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My Roommate Is a Gumiho: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread

Our heroine has to take matters into her own hands if she wants to be with her gumiho and help him turn human. As she learns an important secret that might help him achieve his goal, they go through a break-up, make-up, and then fall prey to some campus gossip.

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

I’ve been so happy with the pacing of our drama that I guess it makes sense we need to hit a bump at some point, and for me, this week’s episodes were that bump. The stakes were high and tension was amping up last week — as we saw what a desperate Woo-yeo is really capable of — but this week the story dials back the drama, and turns back towards rom-com.

Woo-yeo and Dam break up and endure their requisite periods of misery, but it doesn’t last very long. Once again, Hye-sun becomes one of the best mediator characters in drama history, and she tells Dam the truth about the fox bead, and how it turned blue for the first time in centuries when Dam had it. Armed with context, Dam is able to forgive him — and she goes all in to help. Except Woo-yeo refuses said help.

The more Dam insists on taking the fox bead back and helping him become human, the stronger he refuses, and pretty soon he’s teleporting all over the place just to get away from her. That’s when Dam hatches a new plan: good old-fashioned jealousy.

Though Jae-jin knows he’s falling in love with Hye-sun, he spies her holding hands with Woo-yeo. Not realizing she’s giving him energy, Jae-jin thinks that they’re a couple and he’s being played. And so, he goes along with Dam’s plan: the two pretend they’re dating as loud as possible, all for the benefit of Hye-sun and Woo-yeo. It’s not the last time this tactic will be used in dramalamd, but it was particularly funny here, since Jae-jin and Dam are so grossed out by each other that they literally stop in the middle of the street to use hand sanitizer after they were forced to touch each other, hah.

Dam reaches a point where she knows that supernatural intervention is required, though. The mountain spirit is still poking around into their business, and in a fit of desperation, she stops on the street, picks up a pretty huge knife that’s sitting right on the sidewalk (say what?) and attempts to cut the fateful red thread.

This act pulls her from reality into another dimension where she’s face-to-face with the mountain spirit. Dam’s gumption is rewarded; in the end she learns the truth about the bead. The mountain spirit says that what turns the marble blue is not human energy, as everyone believes: it’s humanity.

The mountain spirit was unpleased by the way Woo-yeo cut himself off from humanity and emotion after the death of his first love, and wanted to push him to realize the truth. But, it wasn’t until Woo-yeo met Dam that something began to change. In the words of the spirit himself, she made Woo-yeo care about life and becoming human again. She leaves this exchange determined to help Woo-yeo “find his humanity” and become human.

I like this little twist that the drama tried to pull here — and yet I kinda don’t? It was much more fun to think of their dangerous attraction, and the fact that in order to fully live, Woo-yeo had to take energy from the woman he wanted to live for. However, now the state of affairs is quite different.

Dam requests to return as his roommate, and then flexes her emotional intelligence, explaining to Woo-yeo the things that she does, feels, and even what Woo-yeo does and how it makes her feel. Kudos for communication and clarity, even if this course change doesn’t thrill me.

While Woo-yeo is inadvertently learning to be human, we have the very unceremonious departure of Sun-woo, our lovely second lead. Used and abused by this story at its convenience, he now decides to give into the pressure from his chaebol father and go study abroad.

But before he leaves, he delivers a lovely confession to Dam, saying she can choose to take it as a confession, or a goodbye. She chooses the latter, and as she walks away, the red thread of fate snaps. Sun-woo is left there to weep alone (and I’m left feeling salty about how the drama treated his character).

The last hurdle for our almost-human couple is that some students notice them out on a date, and post their couple-y picture to the university’s message board. Cue the outrage! People are scandalized, but Dam has no patience for their drama. She announces that she was dating him long before he became a professor there (true), and that to clear up any conflict of interest, she’ll drop his class (which she does).

Then, there’s just the shock of Jae-jin and Soo-kyung to deal with, but they’re quickly won over, even though it’s more than a little awkward to see them all at a pizza place trying to be informal with their professor. Just wait till they find out he’s not human.

The other clincher of Dam’s exchange with the mountain spirit is that she made him guarantee her safety — and yes, that means what you think it means. Woo-yeo no longer has to worry about draining her life force, or hurting her in any way through skinship. And so, that means it’s time to make out again. And with that, the curtains fall on our penultimate episode.

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Thank you missvictrix for your super timely weecap! Love you!
Man, Sun-woo got the heave ho pretty abruptly. I didn't like how they cut his storyline and got rid of him like yesterday trash. The writers used his character like the mountain god did, as motivation for Woo-yeo to get his juices flowing. Too bad, it would have been nice to see if this first love matured Sun-woo into a better person. Wow, what a hot kiss and bedroom scene, I thought for a moment I was watching an episode of "Nevertheless". Okay, now I really get why people think Jang Ki-yong is hot! He sure heats up a room!

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You will also feel that way about jang ki yong if you watch www:search....he literally was the hot candy on that series 😉

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I thought Jan ki yong character is relatively flat and Lee Da hee and Lee Jae Wook couple were great in WWW:search.

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They were fluff and actually pretty innocent.
Jang Ki-yong was absolutely hot in there...

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Yes flat because there wasn’t much character buildup or depth (women focused drama so I guess they could afford to keep the male characters a little bit less developed) but he was 🔥 hot 🔥
The way Bae Ta Ami lusted after his character lol the camera angles were planned in a way to make his character pretty sensuous

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I didn't like Ki-yong's character (Morgan Park) very much in Search; perhaps he came off as too smug. Da-hee and Jae-wook were so much fun to watch.

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True.

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In some ways it was realistic that he didn't change mainly because what he did was all to look good in Dam's eyes not that he actually belived he was a bad guy who needed to re-evaluate his persona...Even when he was into her he still looked down on others around her,that she could do better and that he was the better one among others...In some ways this failed romance was his karma for all the broken hearts...
Maybe who knows in the future he'll mature and re-evaluate himself and try to change because he can't stand himself not to look good for a woman...

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“ In some ways this failed romance was his karma for all the broken hearts...”

Nicely put.

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Thank you, @missvictrix, for the weecap! I enjoyed how reluctant Woo-yeo was in the company of Dam's friends. He didn't have a clue on how to deal with the situation. And Dam falling from the couch to Woo-yeo's arms - his reaction was priceless!

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No matter how much I try, I am unable to stop myself from nitpicking about Woo Yeo and accept the main leads' love. The drama is such a wasted potential. Why?

1. The second lead was totally unnecessary. @missvictrix one line description of the character is spot on! " Used and abused by this story at its convenience. " Unlike the reviewer, I did not like the last confession as he was still forcing his unrequited love. Lee Dam doesn't care whether he stays or leaves, so the whole point of his goodbye just went over her head. She still thinks he liked her because of the thread, when it was shown way earlier, from Woo Yeo's observation that Seon Woo genuinely like Dam. The writer wrote off his character by killing whatever growth he showed, by constantly bullying him into confessing his love for Dam.

2. Apart from creating unnecessary conflict, the red thread plot did not induce any change in Woo Yeo or help in his quest to turn human. The mountain spirit abused his powers to help his beloved fox, but everything was in vain, as Woo Yeo was never shown to have take steps in the path of becoming human.

3. A level headed female lead is changed into a fickle minded person within a short span of time (or episodes). The first thing Lee Dam says to Seon Woo, when he fills her on the rumour surrounding Professor Seo and Professor Shin, is she would drop Woo Yoo's class. However, she walks back on the statement by continuing to take his class, until the whole college finds about Dam's relationship with Woo Yoo. Even after witnessing Woo Yoo using Professor Seo, Dam asks Seon Woo to keep her love life with Woo Yoo to be a secret, because she does not want rumours about her. Later on, she has no qualms in confronting the whole people in college, accepting the rumour and is portrayed to be unfazed by the whole incident.

4. The major arc in the whole drama is whether gumiho will turn human or not and gets his happy ending with Lee Dam. So, a crucial answer to this big question is "Humanity". As I have been mentioning in previous MRIAG thread, the show should have focused on Woo Yeo learning human emotions. Watching him be empathetic and compasionate to others, failing to socialize is more entertaining than pinning for Lee Dam.

5. His job as her professor absolutely makes no sense and adds zero value to the story. Atleast before episode 8, we could say he was sad of wiping her memories and kept a watch over her out of concern, but after they became an "official couple", why din't he quit? I am not even going to talk about Dam's endearing nickname, "Oroshin", for gumiho. From the next episode preview, I can see they are gonna address all the topics I covered in point 5, but this only makes it more clear that the writer doesn't have enough materials to keep a story going for 16 episodes.

6. The mountain spirit bestowed Dam with strength/stamina to endure and keep up with the gumiho. If it was going to be so easy, the previous...

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episodes leading to their breakup is uncalled for and they should not have glamourised him feeding on Dam and Professor Seo energy. This is parallel to staying in a abusive relationship because the victim is deluded into thinking the abuser is in love.

I cannot believe this is the same show that is giving us an adorable, feel good love story between the secondary OTP, Jae Jin and Hye Sun. Their relationship is flowing naturally, making their interactions all the more cute. I'm glad this drama is still sticking to the "rom-com" genre by keeping the laughs coming.

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Its a common K-drama trope where the second lead is given the opportunity to express his bottled-up feelings. The worst execution of that was in 'Revolutionary Love' where the second lead's confession is followed by a long awkward silence and the heroine looking like she wants to run out of the room. ;-)

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ALL I KNOW IS:

- The way Woo-yeo spelled and pronounced FOX. LMAO. I swear I'll miss he and Hye-sun's bickering.
- The hot makeout sesh Part I in the hallway. (Kyaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!)
- “I think things are just about to get dangerous.” And that intense stare as he says it. (Kyaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!)
- Woo-yeo taking off his jacket. (Kyaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!)
- The hot makeout sesh Part II on the bed. The soft pecks & gentle nose kiss. (Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!)
- All Hye-sun + Jae-jin scenes = GOLD.
- The 1-second beginning preview for EP15. (Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!)
It's the final two episodes. Just bring on the good ol' fluff, show! And please give me at least one heartwarming moment between Pox and Hye-sun. And let Soo-kyung and that sunbae resolve things once and for all.

The ARGH moments:
- I didn't like that Dam is the one who has to drop the class when Woo-yeo is the one who showed up uninvited to her school and commandeered that class. He should have quit ages ago. Or not shown up there at all. Dam is the one who suffers more from those rumors.
- I didn't like Seon-woo's constant sniveling and the 'If he was such a good man who was way out of my league, I think I could have given up' drivel. And like Dam, I really didn't need to hear YET ANOTHER UNWANTED confession. I love that Dam eventually laid down the law for the umpteenth time. Good luck to him on his journey abroad. Toodle-loo!

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I didn't like Hyeri at the beginning but am now a total fan, she is so FUNNY. I love the "I Have a Cunning Plan" sequence where she tries to trap Woo-Yeo and he keeps evaporating was extremely amusing. I don't feel that much sympathy for the second lead - he never really knew her that well so he was a bit over-dramatic with his final "confession". There is nothing that is harder to listen to than a man for whom you have absolutely no feeling except mild friendship confessing a burning love, it just creeps you out and its really really embarrassing. And you feel awkward because you didn't push him away harder, and you wonder if it's your fault and you've been sending out the wrong signals. I can only assume this character had found all woman so easy to attract he couldn't accept failure, otherwise it doesn't make any sense at all.

I know the ML and FL are only two years apart in age, and they are both adults, but still .............hmmmmm. But OMG Jang Ki-yong is HOT!

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She didn't even wanted to be friends with him!
Think about this: from the beginning, what would lead seon woo to Dam, when he even told himself she was not his style? A bet! He and his stupid friends bet on her. Supposed there would not be Gumiho boyfriend, and how Dam was with all the possible love interest that got close to her before? She would still hated seon woo because of betting on her 100$ to make her fall for him, and she would have rejected him as well.
Friends? She has her own friends. She was not looking for new ones.
Everybody defending him, but from the beginning he was not much of a worthy person anyway.

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Dude was self entitled that couldn't stand that a woman wouldn't be crazy over him and actually avoid and say she doesn't like him...Because he was used with all the women be all over him because of his looks and money that he couldn't and wouln't phantom a girl to not be into him...From then on he practically harrased her on and on...
His luck was that Dam was a very polite and educated girl who was too nice even when she tried to tell him off unlike making a big scene to make him back off...

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Exactly! Then he began to get drunk for her and even cried for her. Honestly, I said it again, even without her own love interest, I didn't feel his infatuation (love) for her was real, and I didn't feel emotional when he cried for her.
Compared to second lead in mr. Sunshine, for example... who even died for her (or her idealism and cause). That was an epic love! Everytime they were together, you asked yourself why she couldn't love him as well!
Anyway... these are obviously two very different dramas to be compared, and I know it is not fair to Roommate gumiho's writer. But still... my point is: seon woo was silly 80% of the time and I am happy he is gone

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I loved these episodes, as I have the loved the whole series. I appreciate that Dam continues to be a woman who is direct and asserts herself when necessary. We saw Woo yeo becoming more human as he yearned to become closer to Dam, but restrained himself because he was worried for her. I liked Sun Woo's arc: He was a thoughtless jerk about Dam, until he got to know and care about her, then he tried to convey his feelings for her, and finally backed away when he saw that he wasn't the man for her. I believe the experience taught him to grow up and become more caring for women.

Plus, the series continues to have some laugh out loud moments. Woo Yeo whisking himself away whenever Dan tried to kiss him was a hoot.

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The character who really got the short end of the stick was Sun-woo's sister. Its not often we get a fun character in a drama who interacts with none of the other characters, like they're not even in the same show.

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True, and she was funny indeed. I liked her way more than her brother.

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Seo-woo's interaction with Dan and Dam at the police station was one of my favorite scenes. Her character is hilarious when she did a 180 from "We're over, oppa" to "Thank you so much for coming today" to get Seon-woo's credit card.

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I think there are two characters that are under utilized in this drama - Seo-Woo (Sun-Woo's sister) and Soo-Kyeong (Dam's best friend) but there is nothing the writers could have done differently. They could have included some irrelevant side story for the two, which doesn't help the main story or leave it the way it is. Soo-Kyeong has an eye of another senior but there is no time to show how that would end up. I also doubt if we would see Seo-Woo again in the last couple episodes.

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Can I just again say how much i love Dam's character. My favorite was when she shocked the mountain spirit by literally yanking on the thread as he was leaving to bring him back. The shock on his face was priceless

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Woo-yeo and Dam have no personality when they're together. Woo-yeo only has personality when he's with Hye-sun, and Dam is like another person when she's with Jae-jin and Soo-kyung. Their relationship is so prim and proper that even during their kisses, I feel nothing.

I'm so disappointed in Soo-kyung for not figuring out Dam's boyfriend. As soon as she and Jae-jin caught Dam telling Woo-yeo, "See you at home" at the library, I expected her to flashback to Dam telling them about her "friend" living with a guy, then Woo-yeo showing up at the club when she texted Dam's boyfriend. Soo-kyung's big secret about Suk rejecting her confession was anticlimactic.

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But... on the other hand, Soo-kyung is very clueless in regard to social shenanigans. It is not the first time she misses something in regard to someone. She may be a very good student, but again, socially speaking, she is clueless.

In regard to woo yeo and dam... I suppose it is a matter of "taste" 🙄?
Some people, according to their experience, might judge a romance or a love relationship this way or that way... (I bet their culture play a role as well)...
For me, they are very respectful with each other even in private sphere, but I do feel them drawn to each other, and most of the time restraining each other for obvious reasons.
Anyway, let's wait and see what happy ever after the finale has for us. I obviously hope there is a happy ever after when he becomes human and all that....

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Agree with you. I think it's obvious that Shin Woo Yeo and Lee Dam are attracted to each other. She even says so after he kisses her for the first time that she wants to be affection with him and for him not to mistake her surprise as lack of interest. It was also about him not wanting to drain her energy. They were both restraining themselves for that reason.

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Hey fellow Beanies! IMO, Hyeri's Lee Dam is going to be one of the most memorable heroines ever. She is unique; not only is she the winsome female lead who will overcome all obstacles in her way, but she will save the day and prevent a true cosmic tragedy (Woo-yeo's destruction) without the benefit of superpowers, social status, money, or high corporate position. Her story speaks to the power of being an everyday normal person with extraordinary character!

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The whole "humanity" thing is what turns the bead blue instead of human energy seems like it was put in there for a few reasons.

It's been hinted at the entire time that meeting Lee Dam was special and there was something special about her and their relationship that allowed the bead to turn blue, rather than simply her giving him energy. So, changing it to humanity rather than human energy makes sense in that regard.

I have another big theory about why the screenwriter made it be humanity instead of human energy. Okay, this is just my read on this drama but it has major Twilight vibes. I was not a fan of Twilight and this drama is much better developed and written than Twilight in my opinion. However, the whole him being able to physically hurt her when he is trying to be affection with her is very Twilight like. There had been so much tension about them not being able to have much physical contact because of him draining her energy and yet it has been clear that they both desperately want to... (cue the buddhist nun/priest scene that was hilarious and Shin Woo Yeo commenting for the past episode about why did she ACTUALLY move in again ;)
So in order for them to be physical intimate without him hurting her, they had to make the bead not need human energy. Have to say that I appreciate that these two leads actually sexually desire each other and that there isn't *much* embarrassment about it (though Hye Sun did try to get Shin Woo Yeo to admit his desire for her at one time and he blushed). Their desire or innocence wasn't what was keeping them from being intimate but rather it was his fear of draining her energy.

I also really liked that the warm sunshine is what makes Shin Woo Yeo take his jacket off. At a sentence level, the writing on this drama is really good! When he was quoting Love in the Time of Cholera to her at the cafe, those lines were really well placed and used to good effect.

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