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May I Help You: Episodes 1-2

An errand girl for the dead teaming up with an errand boy for the living equals a wild ride. And if you’ve ever wondered what a drama such as Hotel Del Luna would be like if it was set in a funeral home with non-scary ghosts, then May I Help You can satisfy your morbid curiosity.

 
EPISODES 1-2 WEECAP

May I Help You: Episodes 1-2

If I ever come across a ghost, my first instinct will be to run and never look back! But that’s why I’m not our heroine BAEK DONG-JOO (Hyeri) who is in the business of doing one last favor for the recently deceased so they can rest in peace. From exposing their cheating husbands to slapping the best friends who betrayed them, Dong-joo faithfully does everything for her ghost clients.

You’d expect that she became a funeral director because that’s the natural career path for someone who can see ghosts. But after an ankle injury, the former athlete decided that being a funeral director was the next best job and her ability to see ghosts came afterwards. Dong-joo is not exactly a fan of this ability, and even fled the job at the sight of her first ghost. But on advice from a priest, FATHER MICHAEL (Oh Dae-hwan), she returned to find out why the ability was given to her.

Now Dong-joo has a deal (with God? Or whoever gave her the ability) to fulfill exactly 21 ghost requests before she leaves to pursue her dream job as a civil servant — which is what her dad BAEK DAL-SIK (Park Soo-young) thinks she’s studying for. Only her best friends YOON SO-RA (the ever delightful Seo Hye-won) and HYUN JUNG-HWA (Ahn Hyun-ho) know that she’s working at the funeral home. Currently, Dong-joo has 15 ghost requests to go.

Being a funeral director is not a glamorous job especially in a superstitious society. And while her boss IM IL-SEOB (Tae In-ho) is already used to it, Dong-joo’s boyfriend breaks up with her. It’s one thing to be a jerk to someone who’s making an honest living, but the boyfriend is also a coward. I thought breaking up over text was bad, but this guy actually got an errand boy to do the breaking up on his behalf!

May I Help You: Episodes 1-2

The errand boy in question is our male lead BUTLER KIM (Jun) and just like Dong-joo, he’s also in the business of helping (living) people. He runs a Dime a Job service with his uncle and business partner VINCENT (Lee Kyu-han), and they had the coolest entrance scene which I re-watched multiple times! From recycling the trash to walking dogs and swapping out water dispensing bottles, Butler Kim is a total eye candy doing his work, and I’ll gladly pay him to do odd jobs for me too.

By the way, catching cheating partners is one of their specialties, and it’s funny how both the living and the dead require this particular service. Lol. Basically, the Dime a Job guys will do anything as long as it’s not illegal. But it’s not like the country bumpkin of a police officer SUNG DEOK-HO (Seo Hae-ahn) – who lives in their building — will catch them if they do anyway.

May I Help You: Episodes 1-2

After their disaster of a first meeting, Butler Kim meets Dong-joo again in her search for the son of a cab driver ghost (cameo by Ahn Nae-sang, who should really stop dying in first episodes). Kim shows up at the funeral after being hired as a chief mourner, and he’s very committed to the role. He even has a similar scar on his arm just like ghost dad said about his son, and Dong-joo takes him to be the missing boy.

Butler Kim denies any relation to the cab driver, but Dong-joo doesn’t believe him. Not even after he finds the real son — who, unfortunately, was the last passenger the cab driver dropped off before being killed in an off-screen accident (cameo by the Truck of Doom). Since father and son actually saw each other before he died, and with the son finally paying his last respects to the dad, Dong-joo’s ghost requests are now down to 14.

Butler Kim and Dong-joo’s third encounter is equally a disaster when they meet at the zebra crossing where he’s on a usual errand to cross the elementary school kids. He gets distracted over another round of Denial of the Dad and accidentally collides into Dong-joo’s lunch bag, sending the rice and seaweed soup flying out on the road. The seaweed is for her birthday which she never celebrates because it’s also her mum’s death anniversary.

Kim offers to compensate for the food, and Dong-joo is upset that he thinks money can solve everything. Then again, didn’t he accept money to attend his own father’s funeral? He fires back that she’s the one who kicked him in the shin and then paid him to deliver that to her ex-boyfriend! The bickering duo get into a loud back and forth right in the middle of the road, and I wonder if they realize that a man just died at the hands of a Truck of Doom! Sigh.

May I Help You: Episodes 1-2

Anyway, that’s the least of Butler Kim’s problems because the road argument goes viral and their errand service is faced with a lot of cancellations. How can he obstruct traffic? What if a kid had slipped on the seaweed? It’s a work crisis, and Vincent says Butler Kim is in the wrong. Kim is then tasked with apologizing to Dong-joo as well as refunding the money she paid him to kick her ex. So Kim is just going to get kicked for free? Occupational hazards everywhere.

Kim runs into Dong-joo’s dad while on an errand at a building where Dad moonlights as a security guard. He recognizes Dong-joo’s picture on Dad’s phone, and he’s left to wonder if they have a lying gene in their family because Dad tells Dong-joo over the phone that he’s working in his store. And he previously told Kim that his daughter is currently studying for her civil servant exam but Kim knows she’s a funeral director. Lol.

May I Help You: Episodes 1-2

Butler Kim also overhears that it’s Dong-joo’s birthday, and while he’s out sharing fliers in a bear costume, he sees her sitting alone in a restaurant. Dong-joo is surprised to see a dancing bear cheering her up outside, and when she sees the scar on his arm she realizes it’s Butler Kim. This puts her in a good enough mood to celebrate her birthday with Dad, and they have cake — which, as we come to learn, was actually given to Dad by Kim. So sweet!

Dong-joo later sends a message to Butler Kim that she has forgiven him, and she doesn’t need a refund. All is partially right with the world again, until he’s hired to clean out a dead man’s belongings. And on opening the man’s closet, he goes into shock when he sees Dong-joo crouched inside on an errand of her own for the man’s ghost. Lol!

May I Help You: Episodes 1-2

This was such a fun opening week and I really enjoyed both episodes, clichés and all. All the characters are endearing, and they seem like such a riot even if we don’t know much about them yet. I love how Butler Kim and Dong-joo are always meeting in the most hijinks-y of situations, and I can’t wait for them to team up and share trade secrets on how best to help the clients in their respective realms.

But I’m more interested in the people of Dong-joo’s realm, and why the ghost-seeing ability was given to her — also, Butler Kim seems to know Dong-joo’s first ghost and I wonder what their connection is. Thankfully, none of the ghosts have been scary so far. I hope the drama keeps up with its current lighthearted pace, and we get more fun ghost stories, rather than tearjerker ones, as we count down to Dong-joo’s final ghost request.

 
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@unit This sounds like Hi, bye Mama style ghost or the coma ghosts from Ghost doctor which I can handle so I will wait for next week and if it stays that way I will binge watch the early episodes and then live watch going forward.

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Thank you for the recap! I really enjoyed the two episodes and hope they will delve a little deeper into Dong-joo's job as a funeral director and the way other people are put off by the profession. Dad's feelings on the issue I can empathize with considering that he lost Dong-joo's mother in a traumatic way that must still haunt him to this day. This brings me to my favorite (and also simultaneously the saddest) scene this week: Little Dong-joo apologizing to the mirror on her birthday because she is the reason that her mother died. Ouch. :(

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I really liked the first two episodes of this show. The lead couple, especially Butler Kim, is just so sweet, and exactly the opposite of someone who only cares about money. His attempt to cheer up Dong-joo by dancing in his bear suit was really lovable. I also think its cute that some divine force (God? the dead mother watching over her daughter?) keeps ensuring that the couple keeps running into each other, although I have a feeling that just as they get together as a couple, the same force will appear (temporarily I hope) to pull them apart.
BUT this show was pretty much the opposite of what I was expecting in terms of tone and its use of fantasy elements. I somehow thought it would be a fun and zany romp with hilarious ghosts. But actually, there were times when it was really sad, especially with Dong-joo, and then its clear that Butler Kim has some real sadness in his past.

Although I'm a relative "newbie" in watching Korean shows, I know that in the Korean t.v. world rom-coms are often not really "coms" (except for my current favorite, Gauss Electronics!) but always have family deaths or other emotional struggles before coming to what (I always hope) will be a happy ending. But this one really surprised me, I guess because it was a fantasy.
Still, I'm looking forward to the next episodes, because I do really like the main couple!

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I like Hyeri. I don't care at all about her acting abilities, I just like her. She is so... pleasant.

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I agree. She has a warm presence and although her acting range is, perhaps, limited, I think she's good at what she does.

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Memento Mori y'all~~

And this drama arrived right intime for Hallowtide next week! Neat!

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It actually took me three attempts to finish the first episode. It was only when it came to finding the son of the deceased that I didn't keep drifting off in my thoughts. But as soon as this case was solved, my thoughts kept wandering.

I can't say exactly why I'm not really convinced. Maybe it's the pace or maybe it's because I don't feel the chemistry between the two main characters yet.

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It was weird 2 first episodes. The story goes in all directions, the introduction of the characters wasn't very clear, why they "hide" the face of the priest so long? I mean I recognized the actor the first time...

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Jun as dancing teddy bear is so cutee..... even when I can't see his face 😂

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I recognized the male lead from Love and Leashes and thought, "why not?" And now I'm wishing it were next week already haha
I love me a clashing pair and I got that with both the leads and Butler Kim & his uncle haha
I guess technically Butler Kim & Uncle Vincent wouldn't count as a "clash" but I was still amused by Vincents reactions due to Butler Kim's actions (or just existing haha)

I'm confused about Butler Kim's name. I thought he said his name was Jip Su and then he said if was Tae Hee.

I got teary over the boy ghost because he just seemed so confused and lonely and then I thought he never even got to have his unsolved business handled. I get it and don't fault her for being scared and freaked out but it still made me go aww, poor them"

The cab driver and his son also made me teary. I don't usually think or care about stuff that's not mentioned but this time I kinda did miss not have a spelled out conclusion to that story. I wondered if Butler Kim told him about the insurance or if he was just done being involved in that situation. Since he came back when he didn't have to, he probably did tell but then I thought about how the son would have to deal with uncle or would he leave it all behind? I know all that isn't important to the story but it's some of what came to mind when watching.

The bear dance to try to make her smile was nice.

I look forward to all the contrived coinidences and interactions they'll have.

I wonder if Butler Kim will find out about her ability. Also does her boss also know it?

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I don't think her boss knows.

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I really like the leads, they're both sweet people but my favorite character so far is the dad.
1. I love the actor. That ahjussi is adorable!
2. The way he tries to go with his daughter pace is wonderful.
I wonder how hard it most be for him to know how much his day is struggling and not being able to do anything about it. We can see that all he wants is to make things even 1% a little easier for her.
3. What he said to Tae Hee about his wife protecting TH's dongsaeng in heaven was really moving. That scene almost made me cry.

On another note, I find adorable but also sad how similar Dong Joo and her dad are. They both hide their jobs and their feelings in order to protect each other. I'll be waiting for them to have "the" conversation. They need to heal.

Btw, Cookie (Tae Hee) is connected with everyone? Why?
And why is karma so harsh on everyone? Is the show trying to tell us to be nice people?

Ps. I knew I would like this show when in the first 5 minutes twe got 4 slaps, 1 indian bap, 3 back-slaps and 2x1 hair grab. 😆

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Thank you, @unit, for the weecap! I love these first two episodes! I hope the story gets sustained until the end. I love how Butler Kim thought father and daughter are both liars.

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I thought the plot twist was well done. It was a good use of taking advantage of expectations built by kdrama tropes. And the fact that Dong joo is still insisting he's the son. Lol.

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I'm in for this one! I think it took until the end of episode one to get me hooked but I enjoyed episode two.
Butler Kim's constant run ins to DJ or a connection of hers is great, and I can see him shaking his head at the coincidences, my favourite being when he was with her dad while he was talking to her on the phone. He's the only one who knows how they mislead each other which is a cute set up.
I hope they clear up the mistaken identity of Butler Kim being the son quickly, I don't think it needs to run on.

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I figured there would be some sad ghost story lines along with the comedy, but I didn’t expect the show to spend so much time in tearjerker territory so soon. I hope the overall melancholic tone lightens up in the coming episodes the way it did toward the end of these first two - the leads are engaging and the story seems to have plenty of room to develop, with a LOT of loose ends dangling already.

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