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Showtime Begins!: Episodes 5-6

When past events come back to light, the newly forged partnership between our magician and police officer is tested to the breaking point. Will truth and trust prevail, or is it already time for them to part ways?

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

This week is all about partnership. And what better way to drive that home than to feature a case-of-the-week involving a boy and his dog? After outsmarting Cha-woong during one of his rare non-ghost-powered magic tricks, not only does the (ghost) dog partner with our team to catch the bad guys, but he also sticks around, even after justice has been done, until his collar can be found and delivered to his owner for a proper farewell – loyal to the end and beyond.

But that case is really just a side plot: the partnership at stake is the newly emerging one between Seul-hae and Cha-woong. And the problem is that their families’ connection is discovered.

Cha-woong is the first to learn about it. When Seul-hae shows him her father’s urn, Cha-woong regonizes him at once from the photo. She clocks his reaction, but figures he just saw her father’s face on the news and proceeds to angrily explain about the “quack shaman” who intervened in police business and got her father killed.

Cha-woong hesitantly points out that said shaman was released on lack of evidence, but she’s heard the details from her father’s partner, the police chief (who’s also Hee-soo’s father), and nothing could convince her it’s not the truth.

Except, it’s not entirely true. As Cha-woong knows, her father and his grandfather were well-acquainted – in fact, they considered themselves partners of sorts – and her father specifically asked the shaman to accompany him that night.

What neither of them knows is that the Full Moon Killer was possessed by an evil spirit, and both the shaman and Seul-hae’s father expended all their strength to draw the spirit out and imprison it in a bottle. But someone did interfere – the police chief, who first created a disturbance – forcing them to act before they were ready – and then was too petrified to help them, ultimately giving the killer time to regain his senses and kill Seul-hae’s father.

While Cha-woong is wrestling with his new-but-still-partial knowledge, the magic show producer decides to pair him with a celebrity for one of the episodes. But when the idol singer Aris shows up to practice, she’s weirdly uninterested in the magic stuff and weirdly insistent that he try the instant coffee she brought with her, dropping it in his bag when he declines.

Then, on the day of the show, she’s nowhere to be found. In desperation, the producer grabs the nearest acquaintance of Cha-woong’s, and of course it’s Seul-hae. That’s lucky, though, because she knows about the ghosts and only has to be told where to stand and to let them do all the work.

Together, they perform a fun number with a split-second costume change, floating tricks, and Ah-reum dancing Seul-hae around like a marionette. But then while Dong-chul carries her through the air, she waves her limbs too much (downside of not being able to see him), and he drops her.

Fortunately, Cha-woong manages to lunge forward and catch her, and somehow pulls it off like it was planned. It’s very smooth and romantic, and further convinces Seul-hae that they make a perfect team.

Their teamwork is further put to the test when Hee-soo’s case-of-the-week catches up to them. He’s been investigating a drug ring involving a number of big names and celebrities, including (you guessed it) Aris. They’re also the dog-killers, and Ah-reum spots their ringleader while she’s out walking the ghost dog.

She uses a nearby mirror to get Seul-hae’s attention, and Seul-hae tails him to the gang’s hideout, where she’s ambushed in the process of calling for backup. But, fortunately, Ah-reum tagged along, and she calls Cha-woong.

He comes bursting in like a full-on action hero, declaring confidently that he’s Seul-hae’s partner and getting in a few well-aimed kicks… with the help of his employees, of course.

A brawl ensues, with the ghosts and Seul-hae all doing their part (my favorite bit was Sang-goon sitting in a chair and tripping each person as they pass) and the General channeling his energy to fight using Cha-woong’s body. They’re hugely outnumbered, though, and are only saved by Hee-soo’s arrival in the nick of time.

Incidentally, Hee-soo has also learned about Cha-woong’s connection to the old shaman. By the time he decides to tell Seul-hae, she’s already seen a picture of the shaman in Cha-woong’s house, and Hee-soo’s confirmation is the last puzzle piece she needs.

When she confronts Cha-woong about it, they both end up hurt: him because she won’t even try to listen to the side of the story he knows, and her because he lashes out when the pain of his own past is brought up.

And that brings me to my favorite development this week: the ghosts make contact. For several episodes now, we’ve seen Seul-hae and the ghosts attempt to communicate with each other in small ways, to varying degrees of success. But that started to majorly shift when Ah-reum took the initiative to signal Seul-hae about the dog-killer, and after Cha-woong and Seul-hae have their fight, the General decides it’s time to take matters into his own hands like never before.

He first goes to Seul-hae’s house to try to talk to her, which is painfully and hilariously awkward as he finds ways to answer her questions and struggles to type his message on her laptop. So then he enlists Ah-reum, who engineers a device that renders ghost speech into a frequency that’s audible to human ears.

Since the General was present ten years ago on the night her father died, he’s able to tell her the whole truth. Having already realized that she’s been listening only to her own preconceived biases, Seul-hae is struck by remorse, and she and Cha-woong talk it out once the General explains everything to him, too.

I really appreciate both how quickly the misunderstanding is cleared up and the way it’s addressed. Both Seul-hae and Cha-woong are able to understand why the other felt and reacted as they did. Both of them apologize, and no one person is blamed for the falling out or burdened with doing all the work to make up.

And that, I would say, is what truly enables them to finally agree to be partners. They’re not just working toward a common goal anymore; they’re on equal footing. They’ve come to understand and accept each other’s point of view, and now they’re both willing to put in equal effort – whether that be applied to chasing down criminals or owning their own faults.

And good thing, too, because the Full Moon Killer is back in action, and has zeroed in on Seul-hae’s heavenly energy like it’s a homing beacon.

 
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That was probably the fastest time in resolving this type of misunderstanding in the kdramaland. Now we're off fight the evil spirit killer and find love along the way.

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"my favorite bit was Sang-goon sitting in a chair and tripping each person as they pass"

Me too 😂😂; it was hilarious

I really love that the misunderstanding wasn't dragged beyond an episode. They can focus on each other now 😆.

The behind the scenes ghost antics for the magic shows are my favourites.

I still can't stand Hee-Soo

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Me too! At least there wont be second lead syndrome for me! Thank god.

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No Pinocchio guilt, yay!
I hope they don't try to bring the guilt again with the "tragic lovers in their previous life" story.

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The ghosts are truly delightful. Ah-rrum calling her unni, even though she is probably older. I will say PHJ is a little bit the weak link here. Everyone else is so much more entertaining even the stiff police officer crush.

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What is it with kdramas and dogs that they manage to squeeze every single bit of tear eventhough I had never been a pet owner. The final farewell scene between the dog and the little boy was so heartbreaking.

Even with lightheartedness in other scenes, the evil guy plot was super scary and I made the mistake of watching this at night. This drama is doing a fine job of building its characters.

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I'm not sure to understand what the ghosts can do or not... Sometimes they touch an object and every people can see it and sometimes it becomes invisible too... But the the ghosts are fun. On the posters, there were more ghosts.

Now, they handled the misunderstanding from 10 years ago, they need to handle the one in their past life.

Jin Ki-Joo is really shining in this drama!

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The ghosts are funny, and really cleverly integrated into the plot. They make this series worth watching, although Officer Go is also beautiful and charming.

But this fantasy romance, watched back to back with Sh**ting Stars, brings out once again a long standing (though minor) irritation I have with 99% of korean romantic comedies. Why does the male lead have to be a totally arrogant jerk for at least 6 -8 episodes? (Of course, I know why--either love or the virtuous heroine has to redeem him)

Still, even given all the myriad ingenious variations that romances have taken , including this one, I can count on one hand the number of k-rom coms where I really liked the male lead from the beginning.

I obviously can put up with it, 99% of the time. In Sh**ting Stars, Tae Sung is really funny at times. But in this one, Cha-Woong was almost too hard to take. If it wasn't for the ghosts, I would have quit because I couldn't stand the guy, and I know this was on purpose.

Of course by the end he'll be someone I'll root for, and his behavior is already improving at the end of this last episode. But couldn't the writers have made him just a little more likeable from the beginning?

Also, could we just once have a romantic comedy or fantasy with a beautiful and successful woman who is arrogant and condescending and who unites with charming, modest guy (NOT a second lead policeman, please.) who brings out her best qualities? Maybe make the lead a famous lady magician, a brilliant female scientist or doctor, or a woman who is a skilled fighter/lawyer?

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I dropped shooting start in ep 1 so, I can't comment on the ML there, but I do not agree that Cha Woong was arrogant. Cold, detached yes, but by no means he was mean. The public treated his granpa like crap which led him to stop caring and helping others because he started viewing people as ungrateful and opportunitistic beings. Even though he was shown to be giving heavy work to his ghost employees, he also took care of their needs. Infact, the only person he continuously snubbed was Seul Hae, but she wasn't perfect either. She wanted to gain points by involving him and the ghosts in the civil police unit, scribbled in his vacation poster and overstepped all boundaries when he clearly wanted to cut contact with her after the initial one time deal. However, none of these actions of Seul Hae comes across as annoying because the character is handled well by Jin Ki Joo who portrays Seul Hae as always cheerful and harmless. One thing that is very clear is both the characters are a bit flawed due to their hurt and the show is utilising it as a base to develop their characters.

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I think it was not just the arrogance but his greed that got to me. Obviously, the character has now had his awakening, and will come through at the end. (although I hope its as a human with Seul-Hae, rather than one or both of them as ghosts!)

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Hotel Del Luna?

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Agreed, would love to see a lady magician lead actually! Or even like just Vincenzo but gender swapped would be cool. It does look like next week of Showtime has the ML thawing out a bit and giving us a bit more fluff at least!

On that last point, that description kind of reminds me of Angel's Last Mission: Love, which is more or less puppy boy meets arrogant, cold, rich, successful, and beautiful woman hahaha

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Sell Your Haunted House has the FL who can see the ghost and fights against them. She's the badass! She's rich! She has style! There is no romance however.

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She was one of my most favourite FL in K-Drama land! And the ML was really good too. (I am still hoping for a season 2)

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CW and his endearingly dramatic self is everything, and I love that all his employees also have an affinity for being extra in their own ways, as showcased by the fight scene! Also genuinely finding it wild that they already addressed the obvious point of angst and talked it out by the end, it makes me scared for whats in store for ep 12 or thereabouts. I fully initially thought a) we were headed for the typical mid season angst over the dad-grandpa connection OR b) when SL found out in ep 6 about shaman grandpa I was gearing myself up for the angst to be spread out over another week at least, but lo and behold they've gone and actually talked about it like adults (kind of, I mean after some prompting but tbh this was a rare case of angst where I actually could understand and sympathise with both sides)

An aside - is it just me or does the possessed psycho dude kind of remind anyone of that dude (will refrain from adding further adjectives here, lest I accidentally spoil) from Flower of Evil? Maybe it is just me because I recently rewatched FoE and it's been stuck in my head.

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Saul hae almost feel because she felt Dong chul touched her under her arms, which made her ticklish. She saw her laughing before the fall.

I'm glad that night ten years ago was resolved because Cha woong really needs to accept that fact that he is a Shaman and needs to find the Full Moon Killer. He is going to need all the help that he can get for it as well.

I do wonder though. Did the spirit just cling to a body that was already a killer as a easy way in or did the body become one because of the spirit. Because when the spirit was in the bottle, Saul hae's father was killed after the fact.

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I am fan of horror/crime/thriller genre (separate and combined) but this is one of the creepiest villain with supernatural powers I have seen.

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Seriously! Like the worst coincidence ever, I was watching episode 4 at night, and at the scene where he gets possessed, my lights started flickering like crazy. And my bed room door shut. I spent the rest of the night praying and huddled in my bed, wrapped in a blanket.

Woke up the next morning and finished the episode hahaha.

Also, pressure difference in air conditioning caused my door to shut. Not sure about the lighting but I think it’s a bulb near its death. Morning let me think a bit more lucidly.

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Eeks! That kind of coincidences are super creepy. But they sort of add fun to the watching!

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I'm watching this one for Cha Woong and Seul Hae, I love the pair of them, and, like other beanies, was very glad that they were able to talk things through and resolve things quickly once both had the full picture. I'm not watching this for the horror elements, it's not my favourite genre - the murderer is giving me the creeps - so it's the romance angle that's keeping me sucked in.

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I loved that they resolved the entire ghost misunderstanding in these 2 episodes and that the leads are now at a place where they can comfortably communicate with each other. The General eating tiramisu and ramen made me smile wide. The last shot of the Full Moon Killer creeped the shit out of me. It was legit scary

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