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Jinxed at First: Episodes 7-8

When secrets come out, our heroine will have to make a choice: give in to one of the many people trying to tell her what to do, or decide to take charge of her own life?

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

This week opens with lots of fluffy, romantic giddiness and Su-kwang making preparations to propose, so you know what that means – a subsequent plunge into angst, tears, and one excessively dramatic reveal after another.

It all starts when Chairman Sun’s people arrive at the market to search for Seul-bi. The shop owners make themselves useful for once by helping distract the men and alert Su-kwang and Seul-bi so they can flee.

As the two make their escape, they come face-to-face with Min-joon. Once again, he lets them go, but this time Su-kwang clocks the look that passes between Min-joon and Seul-bi.

Back at home, he confronts her for the whole truth. When she gives it, he storms out of the apartment, enraged and heartbroken to finally know for sure who was behind his mother’s death. He keeps saying it’s not Seul-bi’s fault, but he also doesn’t want to even look at her right now – and regrets bringing her home back then.

Then he goes straight to the hotel to confront Chairman Sun, too. Min-joon tries to calm him down, but practically the whole hotel has heard his outburst by now, and it’s not long before Su-kwang is standing before a stunned Chairman Sun.

Chairman Sun keeps saying he wasn’t behind the death of Su-kwang’s mother or the murder attempt on Su-kwang, but neither Su-kwang nor Min-joon (nor I) believe him. After venting his grievances, Su-kwang leaves, and Min-joon follows him out to emphasize that he’ll protect Seul-bi… because she’s “his woman.” (Nooo I was rooting for you!)

Following the confrontation, each of the three parties involved – Chairman Sun, Su-kwang, and Min-joon, that is – decides that Seul-bi needs to be protected from everyone else, and that the way to do that is to have her move to a new house.

Of course, they each want to be the one to choose said house, never mind where she wants to live, and to be the only one who knows where she is.

So it’s little wonder that, after being told by three different people to pack her things and wait for them to tell her where to go, Seul-bi leaves to find her own place to live. For the first night, she crashes in Yoon-ho’s office, and when he finds her the next morning, she asks to borrow enough cash to get an apartment and start earning her own keep.

Instead, Yoon-ho heads out to find Su-kwang, who’d called him in a panic the night before looking for Seul-bi. While he’s gone, Seul-bi leaves again, inspired by Dae-sik’s suggestion that she try earning money by fortune-telling.

The local shaman (who previously met her and recognized her amazing gift) happily takes her on, and soon all the shopkeepers are lining up to have their futures read. Most of her advice is cryptic and not immediately useful, but she is able to alert them to a nearby murder-suicide attempt, saving multiple people at once.

That, of course, is how Su-kwang finds out where she is. He angrily drags her out of there, saying this is no different than what she did as Chairman Sun’s prisoner, so why both to run away in the first place?

Which makes no sense, because – while I get that there’s a stigma involved – one life was forced upon her from birth, and the other is something she chose as a means to support herself and also help people she considers friends.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Remember that kindly fisherman who rescued Su-kwang from drowning and gave him his deceased son’s identity? Turns out, he and Seul-bi’s parents have history – and not the good kind. In fact, while they were out from under Chairman Sun’s thumb, the fisherman tried to kill Seul-bi’s father, only stopping because Seul-bi’s mother used her powers on him.

With some prodding and threatening, he gets Seul-bi’s father to admit that Min-joon’s uncle is backing him and that he’s agreed to hand Seul-bi over in exchange for a reward. He fails, partly because he keeps stalling for more time with her, and partly because Seul-bi decides to return to her mother – and Min-joon – of her own accord.

Speaking of Min-joon, when he and his ex-fiancée aren’t obsessing over Seul-bi, they actually have pretty good chemistry with each other. Their verbal sparring could almost be banter if they’d let it, and she at least has admitted to harboring feelings for him.

Now that Seul-bi’s back at the hotel, Min-joon sets out to prove that he’s different from his father. He gives Seul-bi free rein to decorate her quarters, open windows, and have full kitchen access. (So generous!) Every time she offers a future reading, or even extends her hand to him, he declines, insisting he doesn’t want to use her powers.

Well-intentioned as that may be, Seul-bi deflates just a little each time. It’s a stark contrast to all the hand-holding she got used to with Su-kwang, and it certainly doesn’t make their dynamic any less stifling than it was before she left.

Chairman Sun, meanwhile, is not pleased to have her back. He now wants to keep her away from Min-joon, calling her a witch and acting more paranoid and confusing than ever before. We get a bit more background on what happened with Seul-bi’s mother, but even that really just brings up more questions instead of answers.

In his early adulthood, Chairman Sun had promised to free Seul-bi’s mother from her confinement for good, but as more time passed and he kept finding excuses not to cross his father, her frustration grew. That’s why she ran away with Seul-bi’s father. But the vagueness with which she answers Seul-bi’s questions about him makes me start to worry that there may be a few more birth secrets left in store…

Regardless, the show seems determined to set Chairman Sun’s father up as the real villain and to make Chairman Sun himself a victim of his own cowardice. Through his repeated nightmares, we learn that Seul-bi’s mother once tried to kill the evil elderly chairman – only for her own mother to jump in front of the bullet.

But said mother isn’t dead, and shows up at Su-kwang’s fish shop out of the blue, asking about Seul-bi.

As for Su-kwang himself, thanks to Seul-bi’s predictions putting him at the center of marketplace action, he’s now been officially re-branded as lucky instead of unlucky. And he’s also reclaimed his real name, officially closing his own missing person case.

I really don’t know where the story is going from here. But honestly, I wish Seul-bi could just leave everyone behind and go live her life however she pleases. Maybe she could travel the world and bring Yoon-ho and his son along just for fun.

But the real question I took away from these episodes is: where can I find multiple people determined to buy me a house?

 
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And for the second week in a row, I'm happy I'm just reading the recap and not spending time watching this show.

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Same recaps only not going to watch any more episodes even when it ceases airing.

In the meantime, no one seems a to be registering that evil Uncle and nephew are still lurking in the background.

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Same 🤝. I skipped the episodes this week and I think I'll just read the recaps too from now on. The men in this show infuriate me and make the show unwatchable.

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@mistyisles thanks for doing a great weecap and taking a hit for the Beanies💪 hwaiting. Those of us in the drop and stay club really appreciate you. Hopefully the show will improve or you get a better pick in the next round of dramas.

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Thank you, too! I appreciate you all reading!

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where can I find multiple people determined to buy me a house?

LOL

And sorry, but around where I live it would take multiple people pooling their resources and selling their souls.

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I guess only me actually watching this drama... What draws me in is the fairytale feels of the story as SB remind of Rapunsel, I mean being looked up for life but still having that cheerful personality.

It was sad SB got the bitter end of SG guilt and him lashing out, but then he never got to prosess his mother death and also his own life being at stake. I cried when they missed each other.
After SB got back she looks more mature as she actually got to experience allot of growth at the market.

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I officially don’t know what’s happening anymore. It’s not a bad thing yet, I’m not sure if it’s a good thing, but it’s definitely interesting. The fact that I can’t tell if this is the writers doing a 180 or if this is an intentional subversion of the initial set up is feeding into that - if it’s the latter and they pull it off really well, I’ll be very impressive (but the hotel group suddenly becoming toothless tigers felt a bit like we’d been cheated as an audience).

That said, my biggest drawcards for this show keep shrinking each week - last week it was down to the OTP couple being cutesy but now it’s really only just Seulbi. An objective part of my brain can understand, or maybe try to understand, the inner conflict that Sukwang might be going through to make him lash out like that but I’m just sort of tired of his character being a bit prone to mood swings and being a bit dumb in general. I don’t want to see Seulbi with Minjoon either, what would be really nice to see is just her coming into her own and giving herself the love she’s so desperately seeking from those around her.

My fondness for Seulbi and newfound love of Seohyun will keep me pushing through this show though, regardless of what may come, but this show is lowkey wild hahaha I’ll loose my mind if the Evil Cousin also does a U-turn and turns out to be not quite evil next week 😂

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*impressed

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I only really started this as a filler, and quickly decided that the show wasn't utilising it's fairytale elements properly or well, and that the FL and Seulbi's delightfulness was limping along, carrying a show of otherwise very weak writing and nonsensical character decisions.
But I couldn't be bothered watching this weeks eps, and that turns out to be a good thing, having just read this recap lmao.

Like... WHY did she decide to go back to the hotel exactly????? Aigoo~

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So after episode 8 what I’m wondering is…at exactly what moment did Min Joon fall in love with Seulbi? I mean, I understand him liking and caring about her, but I’m guessing the part where he fell head over heels was in that chunk that was skipped at the beginning of the show? I can’t help feeling like seeing that development instead of being told would be nice.

And speaking of Min Joon, I also think he and the fiancée have great chemistry. I noticed in that one scene in ep 7 he (almost) smiled at her and I thought it was adorable. How much of a departure would this show be if they didn’t waste Min Joon’s whole character arc with him being hung up on a girl who’s clearly going to end up with someone else and gave him a happy ending with his fiancée (who I personally think is very cute and charming, especially when she went around the market in that disguise, lol).

It’s also worth noting that I’ve watched dozens of K-Dramas and this is the first I can remember where what usually spans 16 episodes has happened in only 8 (grudgingly falling in love leading to a teary declaration and kiss which is followed by a short happy period full of cute scenes that’s abruptly cut short by one character finding out the truth and an ugly breakup that includes a sad love ballad and montages of their happy moments). I cannot for the life of me figure out what’s going to fill the next 8 episodes, and the preview for episode 9 doesn’t have me feeling overly optimistic.

Lastly, I’m still wishing for more relationship development between other characters in the show. Su Gwang’s relationship with his dad figure is probably my favorite one in the whole drama and yet it feels like we’re averaging about one scene per four episodes. Then there’s Seulbi and her dad, who’ve been almost entirely neglected. In the end, it still feels like the only relationship getting attention is the main couple’s, and even their arc has been rushed like crazy. Even if we can’t get much of a plot, I wish we could at least have more substance.

I realize most of what I’ve said is negative, but I don’t think this drama is all bad. Overall I do enjoy the atmosphere and pace of the show, I just feel like it’s not living up to its potential.

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I felt I was wading through these episodes somewhat. I also was thinking what was the point when I saw SB heading back to the hotel. I'm hoping things improve.

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I seriously dont know whats going on anymore. I just ff'wd through this week's eps as I was so bored and put off by the acting, esp with all the "cutesy" scenes. Such a shame as I enjoyed it when it first started.

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Great weecap! I am still watching, but only just now starting episode 8. Can I just say that Na In-woo did so well conveying the heartbrokenness of a son who’s lost his mother and confronting the person he thinks is responsible? He’s a bit bumbling in love and super awkward the rest of the time, which is endearing to me. I found myself FF through all the CEOs’ and sons’ shenanigans but not the fiancée. She’s a delight and super resourceful getting the scoop on all the fish couple gossip! Seriously, she’d make a great chaebol wife and I can see why she’d be a good writer. A talented and pretty woman who actually likes you, Min-Joo (although I have no idea why)!

And I agree that it seems that the pacing is for a 10 episode drama, not a 16 episode one, and so if the latter half makes her stay at the hotel for the majority and has to interact with all the boring traumatized people, that would NOT be my idea of a good time, and I could be swayed to just read the weecap as well! Fighting, @mistyisles! And where can you get people willing to buy you a house, indeed!

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