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If You Wish Upon Me: Episodes 7-8

Just as things are looking up for our newest wish-granter, a loss and an unwelcome blast from the past threaten to send him spiraling. As his community service hours come to an end, he’ll have to decide whether to embrace his new life or pack up the way he originally intended.

 
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If You Wish Upon Me: Episodes 7-8

We don’t get any definitive answers about the mysterious resident in the locked room is this week, although it doesn’t seem like everyone in Team Genie is in on the secret. When Gyeo-re mentions he saw someone in the room, Tae-shik asks Yeon-joo about it, but she’s cagey. He doesn’t push and encourages Gyeo-re to let it go.

Gyeo-re really makes himself at home at the hospice now, helping patients however he can. That, apparently, includes reading 50 Shades of Grey aloud to an elderly lady who claims it’s art. HA, Gyeo-re’s face when it gets spicy.

Also keeping Gyeo-re busy is his continued flirtation with Yeon-joo who is not-so-patiently waiting for his response to her confession. He may not have said it out loud yet, but does he need to? He even goes heroically trekking into the woods to rescue her when he hears there’s a wild boar in the area. Only she’s totally fine, despite being drenched in the rain, while he gets sick leaving her to spend the night taking care of him. At least Gyeo-re ends up blurting out that he likes her while he’s feverish.

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Meanwhile, we learn more about another Team Genie member CHOI DEOK-JA (Gil Hae-yeon), the hospice cleaner. When she returns home one night, she’s shocked to see HWANG CHA-YONG (Yoo Soon-woong) there too. As he does every day, Cha-yong patiently shows her the sticky notes and photos, helping her remember that he’s her husband. Ooof.

Deok-ja used to work at the hospice as a cleaner and still thinks that’s her job. Now, they let her continue on as a volunteer while her husband quietly watches over her. Cha-yong is so sweet with her and clearly adores her.

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Now that Gyeo-re’s service hours are up, Team Genie throws him the most depressing congratulatory party where everyone looks miserable. Gyeo-re is obviously reluctant to leave and has a heart-to-heart with Tae-shik who shares that his cancer has returned. (Yeon-joo overhears this.)

Tae-shik wants Gyeo-re to replace him as Team Genie supervisor. He hopes Gyeo-re will leave his old life behind and choose happiness like he did. In a flashback, we see that he’d jumped off a bridge after his initial diagnosis but was saved by Team Genie members.

Gyeo-re barely has time to think it over because Son takes a turn for the worst, and Gyeo-re does not handle it well. He seeks out the internet-famous couple who abandoned Son and is caught on camera taking a bat to their fancy car. Thankfully, Yeon-joo shows up in time to stop him from assaulting the couple.

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I expected this to bring some major legal trouble since Gyeo-re just barely finished community service, but somehow, they don’t charge him. It might have something to do with the fact that Yeon-joo broke the live streamer’s phone that had the recording.

Team Genie then take Gyeo-re and Son to an outdoor spot where they’ve set up a projector. Because Gyeo-re once said he wanted Son to get to run again, they play a nature video for Son to watch while he spends his last moments in Gyeo-re’s arms.

Okay, I knew this was coming, but I was not prepared. And the montage of their moments together is not helping. Little Son passes peacefully in Gyeo-re’s arms with Team Genie in the wings. I love that they gave Son the same last wish treatment as their hospice patients since he’s Gyeo-re’s only family.

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Not that Joon-young would agree with that statement. She finally manages to locate Gyeo-re and watches the scene from afar, but thankfully doesn’t ruin the moment. Joon-young takes note of Yeon-joo, which can’t be good.

Despite almost killing them both and getting them sent to prison, Joon-young insists she and Gyeo-re love each other and are family. We see in flashbacks that she’d desperately tried to hold onto Gyeo-re by manipulating him with the threat of suicide if he left her. At one point, Gyeo-re begged her to let him go, but she’d refused and said she’d kill them both if he found happiness without her. I knew this was a toxic relationship, but wow.

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After losing Son, Gyeo-re decides to stay at the hospice and continue granting wishes, finally allowing himself to try to be happy. He’s becoming quite the chef and is adorably proud of himself for the elaborate birthday dinner he cooks for Tae-shik.

Speaking of Tae-shik, we get some more confusing information about his past. He makes a visit to a cemetery where his wife and son (!) are buried. Turns out that photo he keeps is of his son Joon-il. So does that mean Gyeo-re is not his son and maybe my first assumption about their history was right? I’m not even going to try to guess at this point.

We also see that Tae-shik’s wife was angry at him for getting involved with some guy who was bad news, but Tae-shik argued it was all business. Now, Tae-shik regrets losing himself to his greed for success.

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Meanwhile, Gyeo-re plucks up his courage and officially asks Yeon-joo out on a date. He’s thrilled when she says yes but less thrilled at her idea of a day out. She drags him to do CPR training, more volunteering, and rock climbing. Still, they end the date on a romantic note and even share their first real kiss. Or kisses, more like.

The blissful couple’s night screeches to a halt when they return to the hospice to find Gyeo-re’s supposed “girlfriend” Joon-young waiting for him. We end on a shot of Gyeo-re looking shattered while he stares at the woman he can’t seem to escape.

If Joon-young messes up Gyeo-re’s life right when he’s finally starting to be happy, I will have words. Hopefully, now that he’s believing in himself more and getting a taste of a stable life, Gyeo-re will have the strength to not let her win anymore. And I don’t think Team Genie will sit on the sidelines and watch Joon-young destroy him again. That girl is like a volcano, and I do not want to see what happens the next time she erupts.

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For a healing drama, we’ve got quite a few mysteries going on. What the heck happened to Tae-shik’s wife and child, and is it related to his forays into “business” with a shady character? And if Tae-shik isn’t Gyeo-re’s father, what is their connection? Then, there’s the mysterious patient in the locked room. Now I’m wondering if he’s Gyeo-re’s father. And (unfortunately) we can’t forget the gangsters still after Gyeo-re because of the money.

Whatever’s going on with Tae-shik, I do hope he’s honest with Gyeo-re about how he knows him soon. Gyeo-re is likely going to feel betrayed no matter what, but it’s going to be much worse if he drags things out. All I want is for poor Gyeo-re to catch a break and be with the people he cares about, cooking and drawing his little heart out while granting wishes.

If You Wish Upon Me: Episodes 7-8

 
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I know this is a slow drama, but the story jumped around mutiple sub plots in these past two episodes that it became a bit draggy. They should have stuck to the episodic format for each case.

Sonny T_T . The video was so sweet. I also loved Deok Ja's back story and want to see more of it. Joon Young's possessive and manipulative attitude was sickening to watch. No wonder Gyeo Rye was depressed. The show better not make the 2nd half the drama fully focus on angst.

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That Jun kyung is really something. Like I really shivered at the end. Does she even care about him at all?
I will confess though, I watched that kiss scene like ten times. Yeon joo's words are so swoony. "Did someone push you?" " No. you pulled me". Gyeo-re does not stand a chance.
Tae shik should just spill the beans or is he planning to do it on his deathbed.

Last but not least Son's death. I cried so much. We knew it was coming but oof. May his soul rest in peace.

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Gyeo-rye should definitely learn how to deal with his anger. I can understand why he is so frustrated, but violence is definitely not the answer, even if it is "only" directed at objects.

But I had to laugh when he read from Fifty Shades of Grey and his voice got quieter and quieter.

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Thanks to this drama, now I know what I dislike more than second lead syndrome and every Kwak Dong-Yeon character dying, it's the death of a puppy. How could you kill Son so soon?!! I wasn't anticipating his departure at least for another 4 episodes! I seriously think it was too soon.
Am I the only one who finds the romance between Gyeo-Re and nurse Seo a bit pushed? They went from almost nothing(nurse Seo having a crush on him is not considered romance) to developing some and then full romance this week, I think they rushed their romance.
Overall, this week's episodes were my least favorite so far, I wanted to fast forward multiple times and it's never a good sign. I wanted to see character development, but even in that department, I think they rushed a bit. I like how everyone has a back story, but you don't have to rush the main story, it's about Gyeo-Re, let it be about him!

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the romance is fast... that is true, but it could happen like that in real life. I have known cases.
on the other hand, you are not the only one who has found the romance a little bit pushed, or forced, or didnt believe the chemistry... I suppose i understand why you guys think that way... But personally, i cannot see it like that. the drama is not following a total day to day chronological sequence, to which i can interpret they have "worked" together a little bit longer than what you can see on the screen.
Also, Nurse Seo is a very direct person, she declared first that she liked him and that is consistent with her personality. She is a girl who lives in the present, very mindfull... and posibly that is why she didnt even asked about his past.
I find that refreshing. She is just living the moment... He will have to learn from her.
Finally, about the chemistry... I think it is working well. They even behave a little bit like friends before confessing and kissing... I feel the pace is right.

Anyway... humble and very general opinion.

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The dementia was handled poignantly, I thought. The line when Choi Doekja asks Hwang Chayong if she asks him the same question every night (about whether she is married to him) brought a tear to my eye. Wow, it's hard watching someone slowly, slowly forget about you, and then see that their moments of remembrance cause them pain. I like this storyline, but would prefer them to leave it just there - it's real, it happens, but there are no solutions - and death doesn't have to be the way of wrapping it up. Just leave it as a snapshot of what is.

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It was poignant but all the same seemed misplaced - a side plot that adds little to the overall story.

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it brings context to the side characters and answers why are they "volunteering". I think it was not misplaced.

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Why did I think this was... Not 16 episodes. Oh dear.

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so, this is another traumatised person... im not watching it but just from reading this I already feel for the character. the world can seriously pull blinds on you that you forget what light looks like. it shouldn´t happen to anyone. where are the carefree, untraumatised people?

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The car smashing was a strange detour for a man who's finding happiness granting dying wishes. It's also strange that Yeon-joo took it in stride, when it should have been a huge red flag. And strangest of all was that it didn't land him back in jail or at least cost a good chunk of his fortune. I have really liked this drama, but that moment only served to show Gyeo-re as a messed-up overgrown juvenile delinquent.

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The baddie Seokjoon using emotional abuse to activate Joonkyung’s fear of rejection and abandonment was so low even he looked disgusted with himself. Noble idiocy looks like it’s going to come into play now Joonkyung has come into his safe place Gyeore will not let her play games in the hospice so he will feel the need to sacrifice his joy to keep her focus on him.

I think they did well with the two animal focused wishes. I loved seeing Gyeore settled in to the routine of being in a found family and doing his bit to keep the place going. I think it’s so sad that such a multitalented man was unable to shine because no one appreciated his gentle caring creative side as he was growing up outside of Joonkyung who insisted on keeping it for herself.

Dementia is pretty much standard if you are an older character on a K drama now. I understand it effects a lot of people but so does type 2 diabetes. It would be good to see a more balanced representation of older people living with life style illnesses as well as showing the ajummas and ahjushis that age well by exercising and eating well cue PPL supplements.

I was really upset with Yeonjoo’s response to the date I didn’t like the way she teased him with her choices for the date. He is so fragile that for him to pluck up the courage to ask and to make the effort to wear proper clothes rather than his usual loanshark bodyguard outfit. He just wanted to be accepted as a normal man who deserved to go out on date with the woman he likes. Taking the kettle on the date would have been funny enough but I think she was disrespectful rather than cute.

Next week I hope they don’t drag out the death wish girlfriend storyline and just move on to the occupant of the room, Taesik’s death scene and the fight to close down team genie once he is no longer around. I hope we get the back story of how Taesik knows Gyeore as well.

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@quirkycase thank you for the weecap sorry I meant to say that before launching into my thoughts😳

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Yup, that date teasing was not funny or cute.

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I think Seokjoon likes Joonkyung, so I thought whatever he said to her, was out of the bitterness of knowing he would never receive the love he is looking for. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's how I interpreted his actions.
Argh! The date! I found that very irritating, it was so out of place and sudden for me, Yeonjoo had a crush on Gyeo-Re, when did we move from that to her having him on her tail?! Tbh, I found the whole episode 8 out of place. I even checked to make sure I was watching the proper episode when it started. :D

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This show is making me cry soooo much!
I think this is the third time i write the same, but it is true... What else can I say?
I am always crying, but i embrace it.
Nevertheless, i hope there will come some happy moments too. Come on, show, we are in the halfway through...

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Cant wait Ep 9 any longer

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