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My Demon: Episodes 5-6

Our demon has come to a very troubling conclusion: his heart, it seems, may not actually be made of stone. Or, perhaps, 200-year-old ice cream. Either way, this is the worst. Meanwhile, our heroine is fed up of this hot-and-cold obnoxiousness. Trouble is, she’s got a mountain of corporate sabotage to deal with before she can fix her love life… and it’d be easier if everyone stopped conflating the two!

 

EPISODES 5-6

My Demon: Episodes 5-6

Our heroes are suffering from serious post-tango regrets. The realization that he might have — ugh — feelings for Do-hee has hit Gu-won like a truck, and no amount of angsty shower scenes can express his discontent. Meanwhile, Do-hee is aggressively channeling her own woes into the world’s angriest skincare application. Gu-won totally cold-shouldered her after the dance. How’s she meant to decipher all these weird mixed signals? He’s like — like a hot iced Americano! Time to forget him and move on… uh, after this one last shot.

And so, Do-hee drops in at the Sunwol Foundation to test if Gu-won looks even slightly pleased to see her. She ends up with a sword at her throat, courtesy of a thoroughly ticked-off Ga-young. Our girl gives as good as she gets, not-so-trusty taser at the ready! But after a deeply awkward stand-off, during which Do-hee loftily insists she has a special relationship Gu-won, she is brought to his office. “Special relationship” is a bluff that pays off poorly. When Gu-won emerges, still ostentatiously shirtless, he’s in full iced-coffee mode, treating Do-hee with flat indifference. Ga-young smirks. Sorry to bother you, Do-hee snaps. I clearly made a mistake.

Gu-won is triumphant. Nobody noticed his disastrous crush! That went great. The next day, Do-hee storms through the office with a deadly expression, while Gu-won exercises his customary levels of charm and tact by throwing tantrums over instant coffee. But keeping his distance proves tricky. Bok-gyu decides to surprise his boss with drinks, disguised in a motorcycle helmet. Not the wisest choice with an acid-flinging assassin on the loose. With a flying leap, Do-hee’s ever-faithful SECRETARY SHIN (Seo Jung-yeon) wallops him across the head with an iPad, whilst Gu-won rushes instantly to Do-hee’s side. It’s passionate, heart-pounding hate at first sight for Bok-gyu and Secretary Shin — and disaster for Gu-won. He messed up. What if Do-hee noticed that he cares?

Well, sadly, she’s a tad distracted. Suk-min is rallying the corporate troops against her — he’s blackmailed Mirae’s board into voting for him as acting chairman. With no spouse to fulfill the terms of Madam Ju’s will, Do-hee is powerless to stop this. Don’t rush into marriage, Suk-min advises, with maximum smarm. You could end up with entirely the wrong person. Here, his wife, KIM SE-RA (Jo Yeon-hee) gives him a sullen look… and hoo boy, there’s no end to the dysfunction there, huh? Meanwhile, Do-kyung — whose hobbies so far consist of dodging manslaughter charges, and finding new locations in which to smirk creepily — gives Do-hee a knowing look. Nice tattoo, he says.

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As ever, Do-hee’s only ally in the family is Ju “my second-lead senses are tingling” Seok-hoon. Gu-won, of course, sees him fawn over Do-hee and immediately greets him with a death glare. He’s left to sulk by himself while Seok-hoon and Do-hee talk in the car. However, for once, this has nothing to do with awkward flirtation; Seok-hoon has discovered some numbers in the Mirae records that don’t add up. A ship was purchased on paper from a virtually non-existent company — classic sign of fraud.

Ultimately, this gets our heroine nowhere. No lawyer will touch a case against Mirae. The only option is to date her way out of this mess! And so, she reschedules with the blind date she accidentally stood up: a man who handily happens to be a prosecutor. Sadly, this particular Prince Charmless proves less-than-ideal dinner company. His interests consist of tortuously bad pickup lines and rampant social climbing — and woe betide you if you’re sitting within splatter range of his wine-tasting. Gu-won lasts five minutes before losing patience and magicking a lobster into clawing the poor guy’s face. Still, Do-hee is determined to martyr herself. As her date emerges bloody-lipped and shellfish-traumatized, she casually proposes marriage.

Cue a deeply affronted demon. Viciously, Gu-won announces that he won’t have to deal with Do-hee if they catch the assassin. And so the mob boss from last episode finds himself facing the terrifying, tango-dancing couple of his nightmares. Tell me, says Gu-won, holding up a sketch of the assassin, if you’ve seen this man. When the guy refuses to budge, Gu-won grins. I guess, he says, I’ll take it out on you. With horror-movie grisliness, all the knives, forks and plates in the room rise into the air, hurling themselves in his quarry’s direction. Seconds prior to impact, Do-hee snatches her wrist from Gu-won’s grasp. They clatter harmlessly to the floor. What is your problem, she asks him, disgusted. You, he snaps back. She looks at him, stung. Then let’s stop, she says. You are no longer my bodyguard.

This one’s a fight with no easy resolution. Fuming and — dare I say — heartbroken, Gu-won walks away. Exhausted and definitely heartbroken, Do-hee returns to her apartment. She’s entirely unprepared for what she finds. Distorted record music trickles in from the distance. Moments later, a man with a familiar rash on the back of his neck seizes her with a handkerchief soaked in chloroform. Goaded into action by his online contact Abraxas, our assassin (Kim Seol-jin) has finally made his move.

When Do-hee wakes, she’s hanging from the top of her balcony at a dizzying height, secured by two lengths of cloth. Above her, the assassin of many faces brandishes a knife, beside himself with glee. He makes short work of the first restraint. She cries out for mercy, but he’s already working on the second. However, just as it begins to snap, a hand seizes her wrist, and she hangs suspended — as Gu-won looks down at her.

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Turns out, Do-hee pressed the emergency contact button on her phone. Gu-won sped to the scene. Now, as the assassin lunges, he and Do-hee both plunge from the balcony. The cross glows. Space collapses. As they reappear in the stairwell, Do-hee dissolves into tears, throwing her arms around Gu-won — who, after a moment, hugs back. Meanwhile, her second emergency contact, Seok-hoon, watches morosely.

Afterwards, our heroes cycle through the CCTV footage. To their surprise, they realize the assassin has a completely different face to the man who first abducted Do-hee… but the same bloodied neck. Is this why Gu-won couldn’t find him — because he can alter his appearance? Rattled, Do-hee wanders back onto the balcony. It’s a pretty morbid move, but she’s caught up in the thought that she really, truly could have died.

It’s here that Seok-hoon finds her. You don’t have to fight this alone, he says, extending a hand. Marry me. Promptly, a voice emerges from behind him: how about you marry me instead? Gu-won has thrown his hat — and his hand — into the ring! There’s a long silence. It’s a lot of pressure, and Do-hee is kind of super traumatized! To Gu-won’s evident shock, she asks if she can have time to consider. (Our demon looks at his hand with a perplexed, “is this thing on?” sort of expression.)

The next day, Do-hee sits musing in her office, when Seok-hoon shows up with a flowerpot. It’s so awkward that they both end up collapsing into giggles. Gu-won, who looks as if he is barely holding back from homicide, guzzles cup after cup of horrible instant coffee and seethes. At one point, he brandishes a cluster of sugar sachets as if he intends to present them to Do-hee like a bouquet. Mercifully, he does not. But in the quiet of the car, Do-hee finally gives voice to the overwhelming question: why did Gu-won propose? Just because, Gu-won answers, sullenly. But then he adds — because I don’t want you to die.

Next thing we know, Do-hee is announcing triumphantly to Madam Ju’s family that she’s getting married… tomorrow! It’s not long before she’s posing for one last Mirae F&B YouTube ad in a wedding dress picked out by Secretary Shin — and looking stunning in the process. Still, the Madam Ju in her mind’s eye is predictably unimpressed. Do-hee imagines her scoffing. Couldn’t you have picked out something more elegant? She teases Do-hee until she’s half-laughing, half-crying. Where in the world, asks Do-hee, did you go? And why did you leave me alone? Madam Ju softens, meeting her eyes through the mirror. Where would I be, she replies, other than in your memory?

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Do-hee makes her way up the aisle… where, of course, it is Gu-won who waits for her. As they stand before their friends, the press, and Madam Ju’s scandalized family, the two recite their vows — whilst the secret contract they’d made beforehand plays over them. They will playact the ideal couple in public. They won’t intrude on each other’s private lives. They will cooperate with one another. And, most importantly, the contract shall expire when both parties have achieved their goals.

They are married more or less without a hitch. Granted, Gu-won takes issue with the announcement that the bride and groom are to walk back down the aisle, to symbolize their lifelong devotion. Look — his life is very long! This is hastily amended to, “the bride and groom will now walk down the aisle together… symbolizing nothing.’” Thus, they proceed to walk entirely non-symbolically through the crowd, as the Noh siblings glower, Seok-hoon looks stricken, and Secretary Shin and Bok-gyu attempt a no-holds-barred competitive cheer-off whilst giving each other the stink-eye.

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Do-hee insists that they will not kiss for the wedding photos. That is, until one reporter asks if it’s true that this marriage is purely for the inheritance — at which point, she announces that yup, kissing is fine. Gu-won baulks, but in a pleasantly lethal undertone, she reminds him of the contract. By way of response, he sweeps her into his arms, leans in close… and presses his finger between their lips, angling them away from the crowd, so that by a very technical margin, no kissing took place.

Nor does anything else along those lines — though they are now sharing Do-hee’s hilariously messy apartment. Gu-won proves to be an exemplary fake spouse: with a snap of his fingers, he banishes every bit of dust and clutter. The two proceed to take separate showers, then awkwardly stutter at each other from across the hall — only to retreat to their (separate) bedrooms. Very, very separately. Alone, each turns to face the opposite, empty pillow. Goodnight, Jung Gu-won, says Do-hee. Goodnight, Goodnight, Do Do-hee, replies Gu-won. Adorable.

In the morning, Do-hee is all business. She’s determined to investigate her latest murder suspect: Do-kyung. Helpfully, Gu-won teleports them into a bathroom stall of a wrestling gym — where outside, the world’s creepiest corporate heir washes his face and grumbles about the guy he’d almost suffocated whilst sparring. Certainly, he’s not murder-averse. Our intrepid heroes follow him out, ducking clumsily behind corners. Okay, so they suck at this. Do-hee gets points for enthusiasm, if not skill. Gu-won gets negative points for dragging them to buy coffee mid-stakeout.

They tail Do-kyung to the underground, where he approaches a series of lockers — the same ones our assassin had used to deposit a mysterious paper bag. When he opens it, though, it’s empty. Gu-won and Do-hee peer at him, perplexed, from a nearby photo booth. Unfortunately, they’re hampered by the fact that they are still absolutely dreadful spies. Do-kyung immediately grows suspicious. He creeps towards the booth, as our heroes tremble. In a flash, Gu-won remembers signing the contract promising to cooperate with Do-hee’s aims. Well, it’s clear what that means! Decisively, he takes Do-hee’s face in his hands — and pulls her into a kiss… this time, very much for real.

Well, this was an utter delight. I cannot get enough of watching these two incredibly attractive dumbasses bicker, self-sabotage, and yearn. This drama is merrily assured of its own cleverness, at the same time as unabashedly wallowing in some of the oldest — and best-loved — tropes in the book. Like Gu-won’s fancy hand-poured coffee, it’s the perfect blend. I’ll never be bored of watching our heroes sulk and act out: Do-hee stone-facedly sitting through that awful date rather than admit she regrets it; Gu-won treating Do-hee’s employees like vaguely irritating scenery… the pettiness gives me life. At the same time, we get to see them be heart-breakingly vulnerable — almost always while the other isn’t watching. I love how the only place they’ll really talk honestly is when they’re guiltily stealing glances at each other in the car.

Meanwhile, the mystery that is Ga-young deepens. I’m convinced there’s some past life rivalry shenanigans going on with her and Do-hee — that sword versus gun confrontation was way too dramatic not to be meaningful! Plus, it’s got to be significant how both women hurt their hands in the same place last episode. There’s more to our sword-wielding second female lead than meets the eye — of that I’m convinced. This show is gloriously fast-paced, but I trust that there’s time for it to pull all these narrative threads together. I also love that our leads are already well aware of their own romantic feelings, at the same time as having miles of character development to go before they can even slightly deduce what’s going on in the other’s head. Bring on more car ride conversations — these beautiful dorks are going to need it!

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This show literally gets better and better with each week. The writing is top notch, literally how is a show serious, swoon-y but also so hilarious, all in the right balances?

* The secretaries are so funny - the Park Fuck You bit from ep 5, the clap-off at the wedding and the ‘and now he realises he no longer understands himself’ meta narration had me dying on the floor omg.
* Gu-won was a bit of a prick for most of ep 5, though it was in line with his character and it was needed to get to where we did by the end of that episode, which had me like like 🥰 (also just what a stunning frame in general).
* I know some aren’t that keen on the lingering stares but honestly I don’t mind in the slightest, especially because OTP development hasn’t been compromised nor is soley relying on longing stares for foundation. So it’s just added decoration and fan-service I guess, and I’m here for it!
* Episode 6 was such a riot!! THEY FINALLY GOT MARRIED! I absolutely adore their dynamic now post ‘marriage’ 😂 Gu-won slowly realising - and then trying to un-realise - that he’s caught feels was very endearing too. He’s loosing control over his reactions to things as each ep passes - so many little smiles, giggles, ‘looks of fondness’ started appearing in higher frequencies around Do-hee, that were then promptly wiped away with a ‘what on earth is wrong with me’ expression. Adorable.
* Do-hee is also continuing to be one of my favourite FLs, definitely one of the best for me in this years picks, with her self rambles and how she literally has taken almost everything in stride without being too ruffled. She’s a fighter! And she holds her own with Gu-won, which leads me back to why I adore their dynamic so much right now. Both the coffee scene and the ‘can you put this in your bag’ for me scene (which I ended up screenshooting for the fan wall because I loved it so much) were funny and cute beyond words. A VIBE I tell you, they are such a vibe together. They’re the same but also different enough to complement each other nicely, and although Gu-won is her ‘bodyguard’ it feels like she’s not just on equal footing with him but also his bodyguard (as she said herself) too in many ways.
* And although they’ve been in denial/still are to some degree about their feelings, since their very first meeting both DH and GW kind of clicked into place and have fallen into a natural rhythm around each other. They literally went from strangers -> bodyguard -> ‘I’m a demon’ ‘ok cool’ -> mutual decision to get contract married, which is actually like drastic leapfrogs in terms of relationship development but it feels so natural and I think that’s because they’ve sort of been in tune with one on some level from the outset.
* The other thing I like is that they’re very much themselves when they’re with each other, and niether feels like they’ve got to change for the other. They’re also the type that show care with the things they do rather than the things they...

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... which is kind of really sweet.

I’m going to backpedal a bit though on the whodunnit - after this week, I don’t think it’s Seok-hoon anymore. Especially since he had a Kopiko PPL scene! Serial killers can’t be endorsing Kopiko can they?! Poor LSY though, forever the bridesmaid never the bride it seems (manifesting an ML role in the future, fighting!!). They’re laying it on thick anyways with showing how psycho the eldest grandson is, so I’m guessing it is him. I’m not exactly here for a scintillating crime thriller mystery so I don’t mind at all if they just make the whodunnit rather obvious and straightforward - the OTP journey is the core of the story and what is holding everything together in my eyes and that has been developed soundly each week, so I’m a happy camper!

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Definitely not Sugar-Free Kopiko!! That's a sure sign that you're not the villain 😅

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I still feel LSY is the villain, in spite of the Kopiko. Maybe more cause I don't want him in another also-ran role. Come on, guy is so much better than that!

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Hahahah I get you!! I feel like he's got potential to become the villain now or anti-hero spurred by jealousy and what not but where I thought he had something to do with the murders that have already happened before, after this week I don't think he did have any part to play in that (that or his innocent sensitive guy acting is way too good). The fraud though, maybe he does have a hand in too???

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IMO, he is the person most likely to have done financial fraud, Madame Ju would have been disappointed in him, he knew of her allergy and could have replaced the tablets... AND it would be a brilliant subversion of type-casting. One can but hope🤷‍♀️

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Yes -- I am firmly in this camp still (since starting the "Who killed Madam Ju?" betting pool last week)

https://bitchesoverdramas.com/2023/12/11/my-demon-ep-5-a-quick-note-on-the-killer/

This blogger sums it up well as to why all signs point to Seok Hoon - even addressing the Kopiko PPL issue lol

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Oh and one more thing not mentioned in the blog -- Seok Hoon is an ex-Marine too. Let that info sink in...

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It's kind of funny how fast I'll change my position (I'd be the worst at mafia) BUT in my defense, it's less me backflipping and more me being convinced by a really, really well put together set of facts and observations.

I'm BACK on the Seok-hoon is sus #1 train - thank you for sharing that blog article @joanna.

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The “can you put this in your bag” moment was hilarious. It was an open cup of coffee ffs

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at the end of the drama she will start looking for something and the whole table will be full of the demons´ stuff that she "put in the bag FOR NOW!"

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hahaha yeah it'll become like Hermione's bottomless purse, filled with inane demon belongings 😆 she'll have trouble finding her taser & spray the next time she's in trouble!

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Yes!!An open cup of coffee in a white bag no less 😂 Does he often go around keeping small cups of espresso in his pockets??

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Probably. He's goofy enough to pull it off... or rather, maybe Bok-gyu has them all in his pockets, having been handed them over the years.

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I too am expecting the evil master behind the scenes with the psycho faceshifting killer is Seok-Hoon. I expect some scene in the future with "you should have just married me when I asked, now I have to let you get killed... muahahaha" because that is just stereotypical enough to fit in to this show, while we'd get to see Gu-Won save her from death at the last possible moment. Which he already did, hanging on the banister at her apartment, but anyway... Seok-hoon wasn't in that scene.

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I'M OUT

I have no idea what happened this week but I felt like I was watching a completely different drama. No, two different dramas. Episode five and six felt disconnected.

After tango Gu Won gets scared and annoyed because "he's too good to have romantic feelings for a lowly human", so he treats Do Hee like trash and blames her of ruining his life. And then he starts acting like a jealous boyfriend? What? He doesn't even notice how hurt Do Hee was and ignores her every time she asks him to mind his damn business.

Watching Gu Won act like a brat while Do Hee was feeling hurt and lonely because her only family died, the guy she likes keeps giving her mixed signals, and someone's trying to kill her and steal her money, was awful.

2. The next drama we get (EP 6) is that someone attempts to kill Do Hee and as a result she gets two marriage proposals??

Watching the two guys at her house talking about "what's best for Do Hee" yada yada yada was so random. Then I blink and she's already married to one of them??

My Demon built the leads' relationship for two weeks, made us excited about their future and somehow managed to make the most anticlimactic wedding in kdrama history. And what about those kisses? Was I supposed to feel happy about them? In my top 3 worst first kisses of the year, one is for DwY and the other two go for the ones in this episode.

What happened to all the honesty and the leads' dynamic? I don't care if they were trying to create some conflict or show Gu Won's human side. Everything felt so out of character and so out of place. Do Hee got really hurt by what Gu Won said but they never talked about it. They just got married? When we still have a million reasons to be mad at the guy? And the random ten minutes love triangle was so cringeworthy.

Totally meaningless and random. Do Hee almost got killed only for that?? So we could have those meaningless scenes with the two guys and then get her married ASAP? They had a lot of excuses to get married. He could've proposed to her right after the tango scene! Literally a bunch of gangsters what to catch him and he needs his powers!
Why make him act like a jerk and then propose out of nowhere only because another dude proposed to her first? *Roll eyes*

They ruined my ship and then they married them? Without bothering to fix anything?

What was fun about the leads' dynamic and their personalities died this week, and I couldn't care less about the rest of the plot. And what's with the SML digging in Gu Won's past?? *roll eyes*

Do Hee should send that heritage to the garbage. Girl, she didn't leave you a company, power and money, she left you a death threat and a horrible step family. She should throw Gu Won to the garbage too.

Peace out.✌️

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Thank you for telling all this. I don’t feel like I’m the only one.

She chose to marry a jerk. She chose a jerk. SHE CHOSE A JERK.

I mean, here’s a second-lead man coming to you, emptying his heart out, telling you how much he loves you and how much he cares about you and how much he works behind your back (investigating the audit) to help you and says, he’s the only one on your side. Who confesses that he doesn’t know where he or dodohee begin and end, so infinite his feeling for her. Who clearly unabashedly emotionally available, polite, forthcoming and honest, good-looking, communicates clearly with you, and even brings you a pottered flower as a gift…..Aaaaand she chose a man who answered, “just because” to her question on why he wants to marry her.

SHE CHOSE A JERK. SHE CHOSE A PETuLANT TEENAGER! Unbelievable, lol

I’m continuing to watch this show, as it’s funny. The side characters are a hoot. The cinematography is stellar. Hopefully our smart and spunky CEO begins to make smarter choices. Looking forward to marriage contract shenanigans.

But come on guys. There’s only lust between these two beautiful leads. They barely exchange the full sentences between the two of them (we are on episode 6!) Do they have common likes? How they handle stress together? What emotionally bonds them?

If someone treated me the way Mr Demon did through all of this time (we are into episode 6!), I’d laugh and walk away! But oh well he saved the female lead couple of times so I guess that’s the substitute for emotional connection, Show??? This is a funny and ridiculous series, lol

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"She chose a petulant teenager!" 😂

I understood him before because he was super focused on getting his powers back, that was the only thing in his mind. But now that likes her he decides to be rude and noisy? When he extended his hand and proposed to her I just wanted Do Hee to slap his hand and get out of there. LOL

And during the wedding I couldn't stop thinking "Do Hee, you now how messy divorces get? You really want to marry a guy that doesn't even know how to apologize or reflect on his actions?". But wtv. I'll just wish the best for this poor girl. LOL

I couldn't enjoy the little comedy we got because looking at Gu Won's face annoyed me more and more with every scene. 🥺😆 But I hope you keep having fun with the show till the end! 😉

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I'm just wondering how the Show is going to turn this jerk into a palpable romantic lead, lol.
Here are some options brewing in my mind:

1. There's a Past (like literally centuries-old) trauma that supposedly convinces us that he's a nice and kind man underneath his immature and jerky façade even though he continues to treat our heroine with hot-and-cold attitude.
2. Bazillion more White Knight Savings of our heroine that supposedly convinces us that he's a nice and kind man underneath his immature and jerky façade even though he continues to treat our heroine with hot-and-cold attitude.
3. A whole boat of jealous immature behavior and noble idiocy and sacrifices related to eternal life and maybe some other tropey stuff I keep forgetting about that...you guessed it right...supposedly convinces us that he's a nice and kind man underneath his immature and jerky façade even though he continues to treat our heroine with hot-and-cold attitude.
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4. He actually apologizes to her for treating her so badly, communicates clearly his feelings and goals, is warm and considerate toward her and is actually mature and consistent.

Show, please, I'm fine with all 3 options (or combination of thereof) but please let have some semblance of option 4 ???

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1. He's literally a hundred-something years old demon that survives from taking advantage of other people's misery. Do Hee has a sad past, present and future (so far) and she's still the best. So wtv happened a million years ago, that he doesn't even remember, he needs to get over it.
2. That's his job. Demon, bodyguard or husband, it doesn't matter, he's supposed to save her because that's their deal. So putting Do Hee in danger to make him look good would only make me more annoyed (well, that's what they've been doing since day 1 but he wasn't awful back then so I didn't care).
3. That's probably what's going to happen... Wait... IS THIS SHOW MOON OF THE DAY 2? 😂
4. That will only happen in our dreams. That's too much to ask from kdramaland.
Plus, Gu Won doesn't care at all. He literally treated her like trash and the next day he was messing with her blind date out of jealousy, even when she told him a million times to mind his own business. He won't apologize, and we have to live with that.

Anyway, I think you'll get a mix of the first three options as a compensation for not giving you #4. I hope you enjoy it!

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🤣🤣

I suggest we loathe-watch it together. I'm still giving this Show couple of more episodes. Who knows it might surprise us. 🥴

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Oh, my friend, I think the best I can do is read the recaps and your comments and talk with you based on that.

But if he apologizes or if the show reverses the roles and he's the one chasing Do Hee and almost dying every episode, while she treats him like trash; call me, I'll come running so we can forgive him/laugh at him together. 😂

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It seems like there doing a beauty and the beast like redemption arc.

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I am all for communication and treating one's partner with respect and I agree that Do Hee hates Gu Won's hot cold approach towards her. However, at this point in her life, she has absolutely no one she can trust and there is only one thing for sure - Gu Won means it when he says he doesn't want her to die. He has proven many times that he will do everything he can to keep her alive and as sad as it is, that's the number one priority for our girl. Yes, SML is respectful, sweet and she has known him for all her life, but the people who back stabbed Madam Jo, were her own children, so she can't trust anyone.

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I wholeheartedly agree.

I think the customary moral outrage / soapbox harangue about respect and emotional stability etc. only holds in a *normal* BGR situation. (i.e. we would never allow our sisters or gfs to date a man like that IRL)

BUT...With death threats, abduction, acid attacks happening left right centre on her daily life BINGO card, our FL's life is currently at the utter bottom level of Maslow's hierarchy of needs -- SURVIVAL.

Whoever can keep me alive is the one I will throw in my lot with. (This applies equally to both our ML & FL which is what makes this contract marriage both so transactional and calculating, and yet so desperately vested as well).

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More than that; it's also a contract marriage at a day's notice.
Why would you then choose your lifelong friend (about whom you don't have feelings of the marrying kind) whose expectations are clearly for rather more than a marriage of convenience ?

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I love the friends to lovers trope, but not here. I've noticed that it makes me feel sad when the SML confesses amd the FL sees them as family. Sad for the FL. It feels like a loss to her. Especially here. I'd love it so much more if our SML could actually be her chosen big brother. She needs that.

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Yes, plus she's going to be FAR safer with Gu-won - when she's with him, she literally has super powers

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"However, at this point in her life, she has absolutely no one she can trust and there is only one thing for sure - Gu Won means it when he says he doesn't want her to die."

Good point, but I wish the Show dwelled more on her justification for choosing Gu Won. There's such a tender emotional scene with Madam Ju that I almost cried (probably the only relationship I am truly invested in this show) and it brims with love and kindness and I wish there was something like that, maybe more discussion with M Ju (or a friend or something) on why she chose HIM. One day she was single and experienced insurmountable trauma of dangling over the balcony, and the next day she's standing at the altar. This whip-lashy: I mean did she choose him out of fear, out of attraction, out of contractual obligation to become a chairwoman? There's a lot going on here, but none of it is convincing to me because our Hero treats our Heroine ALSO kinda whip-lashy: he saves her, then he barely talks to her, he then stares longingly into her eyes, then he's jealous of SML, he then basically throws her out of his own building, and then he again stares longingly into her eyes, and then he dismisses her, and on on.

All I'm saying there's nothing wrong with depicting a hot-and-cold hero in fiction, and see his transformation, that what makes the FICTION super interesting. But it needs to be depicted convincingly, and currently I'm rather distracted with his jerky attitude rather than entertained or amused.

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I mean did she choose him out of fear, out of attraction, out of contractual obligation to become a chairwoman?

Now there's a heady mix that would make the SML even more of a mundane prospect than he already was.

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The reason Do Hee chose Guwon was because he is what she needs the most at this time.

Do Hee's moment in the balcony post attack clearly portrayed how rattled she was with the whole incident and how she truly believed she could have died.

Sure SeokHoon is a very good guy, but with all that is happening, he cannot protect Do Hee the way Gu Won can.

And Do Hee realizes just how much she needs assurance when he heard what Gu Won said.

Gu Won didn't just say, "Just because." He didn't just say, "I don't want you to die."

Behind those words, he said, "I won't let that happen again," and Do Hee heard.

That's why she chose him. Because he makes her feel safe, and right now, safety is what she needs. Love and family she can take care of later.

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PMR handled this marriage contract trope a lot better, both leads were very forthcoming with what they wanted out of the relationship, the attraction developed slowly and convincingly, and OMG they actually communicated with each other. And it wasn't all boring. Here, though...

I'm not saying the heroine cannot chose a jerk out of fear and watch him transform (hopefully) in to a man with whom she can live long-term, that what makes fiction titillating and interesting.

But here I find their relationship so unclear, so whip-lashy, that it's distracting. So she chose him out of fear of her life and because he makes her safe? But she is also attracted madly to him. And she clearly also wants to become a chairwoman. So many other motivations are mixed up together, that it's just a bit chaotic right now. I mean does it take another beanie to explain to me the motivation of the main leads, instead of a Show doing it convincingly for its audience?

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I'd argue that the marriage was just a part of Mrs. Ju's request so Do-hee survives the wolf world she's been sent to... It was also supposed to be one full year for her to announce a marriage, but obviously the wolves grew impatient.

So she chose the jerk who can best ensure her survival in this world, which makes total sense given how often said jerk has rescued her so far.
She chose emotional damage vs certain death.

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"She chose emotional damage vs certain death."

Wow, that would an interesting story to tell. I'd watch it!

Unfortunately, there's no indication she's undergoing any sort of anguish of being emotionally damaged by this marriage. In fact, she appears to be madly attracted to him, even though she clearly dislikes his attitude.

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I think I have second lead syndrome for the very first time. Not because I think SML is so great, but because he's clearly the better choice and the drama couldn't make me understand why Do-hee chose Go-won.

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BINGO! This is exactly what I wanted to say, but unfortunately I am verbose and sometimes have a hard time expressing my opinions succinctly, lol.

Motivation is all over the place is quite unclear for me.

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However, if SML is the murderer, we would look pretty stupid.

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LOL, no we are not clairvoyant! All we see on screen at that time is great unclarity on why she chose Go-Won instead SML.

(I am actually sus about him a bit too.)

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https://bitchesoverdramas.com/2023/12/11/my-demon-ep-5-a-quick-note-on-the-killer/

This blogger sums it up well as to why all signs point to Seok Hoon.

Let's just make peace with the situation by agreeing that beggars can't be choosers and she merely chose the *lesser* of two evils lol

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I won't lose sleep over her choosing Gu-won because it isn't a real marriage. She's human but demon-infected (due to the tattoo transfer) and he's a demon posing as a human for the past 200 years. Each has something the other wants, which for both of them represents safety. If the love-hate bickering attraction actually begins to turn into something more than just novelty and contractual loyalty (as I'm sure it undoubtedly will) then we can start to worry about their 'relationship'. Right now it's a means to an end and a good way to confuse and bamboozle everyone - including themselves.

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Desire and human connection can be and often is very irrational. The growing need to view any and every human connection always from the lens of wrong and right and healthy and unhealthy is disconcerting for me. Maybe the show captures or is trying to capture some unarticulated but deep and simultaneously ridiculous connection b/w Do Hee and Gu Won.

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In absence of parental education or experience with relationships (woefully common), it's good for people to know how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy relationships. A someone who had movie-like irrational and very passionate relationships that ended up in me spending years in therapy, I am glad to see that the society is moving in the right direction to educate the young boys and girls on what is beneficial or detrimental to their mental health when it comes to desire and human connection.

FICTION, ofc, is an entirely different matter. One can depict whatever they want in FICTION, the height of desire and connection and irrationality but it still must tell the story somewhat clearly and within the boundaries of genre and mode (e.g. good editing, etc.) Hence, I am confused on her choices and motivations because the way it was delivered was quite unclear and whiplashy to me.

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It makes it easier to take that she chose Demon for the simple reason that he can protect her better than Seok Hon. I do think JSH would make a wonderful husband and perhaps that is what happens in the future ( I hope so ) . The writers are casting doubt on completely liking or trusting him but I think he is a good fella who loves her In the first or second episode he did stick something in her bag and we don't know what that was or the why of it, which makes our doubt linger as a viewer. However, I think he is sincere. The rest of the family is pure evil. PURE EVIL. I don't know who the crazy, face mask man is and he is just annoying me to no end, for right now, there is just no reason for it. The grandson scares the heck out of me. Those two twin boys should be sent off to boarding school. LOL.

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https://bitchesoverdramas.com/2023/12/11/my-demon-ep-5-only-you/

I think this article gives a very thorough insight into their respective emotional inner lives and motivations in the hotly debated Ep 5 (namely, "Is he or is he not a jerk?" episode)

Enjoy!

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It’s episode 6. There has to be more development. Therefore, it’s a contract marriage. He’s such a jerky guy that he was turned into a demon! It’s going to take a little longer for him to become worthy of love. But no one ever has to like a TV show. In spite of the whole bean thing, I don’t think we’re ever obligated to watch to the end!!

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The real problem for me it's not that he acted like a jerk. The problem is that the show completely ignored that he acted like a jerk and moved on. The problem is that the show won't address his behavior in the future. He won't apologize, be doesn't know what he did wrong, and he doesn't care.

Do you remember the tango scene from last week? That happened after they had a fight. The show does that. He acts like a jerk, they fight, then someone gets in trouble and the problem magically disappears. They never talk about it again. Before it didn't bother me so much because he wasn't that bad and because he actually ASKED her what did he do wrong.
But this time, he acted all mean and scary, hurt her feelings (I think we've never seen Do Hee as sad as she was during the entire episode 5), and then he just... keeps acting like a jerk? Like suddenly he has the right to act like a jealous boyfriend. AND ignores her when she tell him to mind his own business.

What does the show about that? Puts Do Hee in danger to make him look like a good guy. He's her freaking bodyguard, that's his job, to protect her, there's nothing actually romantic about making Do Hee go through traumatic experiences to make him look good. It isn't romantic. It doesn't make him look good.
The show is literally traumatizing her and making her feel hopeless and scared and lonely just so she runs to the hands of a jerk that won't apologize. They're making progress with the romance (the first kiss), when he still hasn't reflect on his actions!

I don't see any development happening soon, at least not one satisfactory FOR ME.

I'm sorry for the long reply, and I hope it doesn't sound like angry at you. Because I'm not, I'm just like super bad at writing without emotions.
I hope you enjoy it till the end, tho.

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At this point in the script, the ML could go either way. He could continue to be a jerky guy and the writers could rely on his great looks to keep the FL and the audience on his side, somehow. Or, we could go in a direction that a lot of dramas do--the ML remembers why he's in this situation, he repents and atones through his love for the FL. Maybe even his love for her in a past life or some such thing.

This is my favorite thing about having people all over the world watching the same shows and not agreeing. At least we can agree about the action of the show. You're right that he is not a great bodyguard. He seems to be vague on how to be a person in general.

Now I'm trying to think of a K-drama where the ML started as an already good person and doesn't change very much. I can think of a few examples where all conflicts were problems for the FL and the ML could be admirable and good from the start. But not the Goblin or the gumiho or the other gumiho, right? They were all jerks at the start of the story.

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He was human and became a demon. Why? We don't know, but it was unlikely a chosen career move. A punishment of some kind? Perhaps, but I'm inclined to think that because his tattoo is a cross, the punishment might have come from above, rather than below, and this particular demon is marked and tracked, rather like a dog is microchipped.

The tattoo transferred to Do-hee just as she did a good turn trying to save him, so did the same thing happen to Gu-won originally? Was it the result of a good turn towards a demon and the resulting power (and temptation) acquired turned his head for the next 200 years?

Will this now happen to Do-hee unless the loss of his tattoo begins to rehumanise Gu-won so can truly 'save her'?

I think there's more at stake here than just human concerns. Will humans continue to flounder, or will they eventually understand they are more than just flesh and blood?

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I feel you. There have been many K-dramas I have been unable to get through because, for 9 episodes, the ML has been condescending, insensitive, and downright emotionally abusive to the FL. Yet, somehow, they finally figure out they love each other. Sometimes, they later show the ML doing kind things behind her back while being a complete jerk to her face. I am at a loss as to how this appeals to anyone except K-drama writers. Not sure why the writers who like this kind of stuff have not been called out on it.

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I think that's just writers that go too hard on the "bad boy"/tsundere thing. Some writers just make the guy completely horrible.

And everyone has their preferences. I remember that when my unnie watched Secret Garden I kept interrupting and telling her the ML was plain awful and I would literally ruin the watching experience for her (I was like ten, don't judge me 😆), but she would defend the drama till the end. No idea why, she just liked it.

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This drama is delightful! I love that the leads are so petty yet when it matters they show so much trust and care.
I totally felt their struggles when they had their fight. There was so much feelings all around and words came flying. The fight felt read.
Also, the dramatic save on the terrace was well done.

The killer. Sigh. As someone pointed out for a guy who covers his face, he seems too chill about the neck. The major clue in identifying him.

The nephew is creepy as f.

I loved these two teaming up to stalk him. It was so fun. Poor guy, someone give him a coffee!

I am totally digging the secretaries. The whole wedding clap was hilarious.
I also loved how Secretary made sure the wedding was done as how Madame Ju would have liked. She is such a mother hen.

Overall, highly entertaining episodes. Not a dull moment. The show balances fun and seriousness very well.

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" There was so much feelings all around and words came flying. The fight felt real" - absolutely, well said 👏 Although both have been seemingly casual about just how much they've had to adapt to, think this was a good week to highlight just how much both have had to take in stride and naturally that brought some cracks to the surface.

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Gu-won x Bok-gyu is my OTP. Their scenes together are gold. Bok-gyu's chipmunk laughing sound effect cracks me up. I'm amazed at how the actors could keep a straight face in the "F*** you" scene. I can see that the show is trying to turn Ga-young into Typical Second Female Lead, but it won't work on me. I still love her, and while I don't ship, I like her chemistry and banter with Gu-won. I understand why he likes Do-hee, but her family's corporate politics and serial killer are a drag, so I prefer our fun Sunwol Foundation found family over our romance. I'm sure that Seok-hoon will find a forty-year-old photo of Gu-won looking exactly the same as now. I can't imagine if Do-hee had married Seok-hoon, how awkward their kiss in front of the reporters would be.

I used to never save my emergency contacts, but thanks to My Demon and Castaway Diva, I've now saved them. So if I'm chased by a serial killer, Beanies will get an SOS message. Or if someone can get me our demon's (or any of our supernatural characters with powers) phone number.

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I'm hoping they'll give a bit of dimension to Ga-young too and going with Mr Queen standards, I'm optimistic here!

Yes the SOS thing is lowkey handy! Funny story though - this one time I'd set an alarm for like 2am (god knows why) and kept trying to snooze whilst half asleep by pressing the side button. Lo and behold I'd accidentally done it one too many times in close succession without realising and had so sent SOS signals to my saved emergency contacts without realising. Woke up to my best friend banging on the door like crazy at like 3 in the morning because she was insanely worried I'd been kidnapped or something (because the SOS feature also takes a photo using cameras and it came up black because no light in my room, but to her it was a sign of being me stuffed in a trunk or something). I felt so very bad but it was also so sweet that she'd gotten this message, hadn't had a second thought before rushing straight to my house in her PJs 😂 Moral of the story - be careful about pressing that side button too many times if you do have your SOS thingy set up!!

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Woah - you owe her BIG TIME man. Remember to treat your bestie like royalty for the rest of her life.

Moral of the story: the SOS emergency feature is one of the litmus tests of true love (whether friends, family, or S.O.)

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I learned about saving emergency contacts from kdramas, too. 😳

An un-aged 40-year-old photo would be straight out of My Love From A Star. And the groundbreaking was identical to the one in Unlock My Boss. I'm sure I miss a lot of callbacks to other dramas because I'm fairly new to this.

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I could see Song Kang start to smile but the camera quickly panned back to Ms Shin

Totally agree re emergency contacts 😂

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I am really surprised by the number of people who commented on how they decided to save emergency SOS contacts after watching this episode of MD LOL

Isn't that a standard practice, no? If I remember correctly, on my iPhone this is a standard protocol under Settings < Emergency SOS

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it could be but I dont use it cause I dont have any numbers to save. for the 15 years I have had a phone nobody has called me.

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But Secretary Shin is the most impressive for delivering the punch line without breaking character. Or as Bok-gyu says, like an AI.

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I have no idea where to even find the SOS function on my phone, but apparently I have it, since I keep accidentally sending a help message to my significant other, lol. After watching these shows, I definitely need to figure out how to trigger it on purpose, though, in case I am ever pursued by a psychotic guy with a skin disease...

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If yours is an iPhone, it is rapid presses on the side button (power on/off) 5 times. I think you can also activate SIRI to call 911 by voice if for whatever reason, you are immobile, bound up, crawling on the ground with a gunshot wound etc. I *think* (don't take my word for it!)

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Up until today, I'd been thinking of today as a chance to say what I think of My Demon and that's great! That's why I'm, for the most part, here--to hear the same from you all.

But today, I want to pay homage to @alathe. You are an amazing recapper.

Our demon has come to a very troubling conclusion: his heart, it seems, may not actually be made of stone. Or, perhaps, 200-year-old ice cream. Either way, this is the worst.

This recap starts out with a BANG. I mean, the solid focus on the fact that this drama rests on a taut balance between the ridiculous and the absurd...and it's doing it well, so far?? Amazing. Accurate. I'm here for you.

The realization that he might have — ugh — feelings for Do-hee has hit Gu-won like a truck, and no amount of angsty shower scenes can express his discontent.

Here, I have to disagree. There were not nearly enough of angsty shower scenes and there totally could have been. We had one. ONE. That's not the level of angst here. He's a demon from hell who, for the first time, has feelings for a human. I think that deserves at least two shower scenes...also more...ahem. Not enough. Two, fine. Three, OTT. So...two.

Gu-won exercises his customary levels of charm and tact by throwing tantrums over instant coffee.

This to me is the sign of a post-post-modernist PPL. I mean, how else are we to be attracting attention to the "stuff that needs to be bought?" Affective tension, that's how. But affective tension that we feel at a distance. Too close? I don't want that. Just close enough? GIMME THOSE PACKETS. (I'm having My Mister flashbacks...)

As ever, Do-hee’s only ally in the family is Ju “my second-lead senses are tingling” Seok-hoon.

This here, @alathe, is a tease. That Seok-hoon is Spiderman is now my greatest dream and hope and I'll never let it go, and YOU STARTED IT.

Seconds prior to impact, Do-hee snatches her wrist from Gu-won’s grasp. They clatter harmlessly to the floor. What is your problem, she asks him, disgusted. You, he snaps back. She looks at him, stung. Then let’s stop, she says. You are no longer my bodyguard.

That you left this interaction more-or-less uninterpreted was genius. The balance between letting us insert our own experience and your narrative leadership is exceptional. I'm in awe.

It’s a lot of pressure, and Do-hee is kind of super traumatized!

Yeah. Let's just pause here for a moment. Yeah. These men. They're not thinking about anyone but themselves...and maybe that's OK for the demon? But...

The next day, Do-hee sits musing in her office, when Seok-hoon shows up with a flowerpot.

...as you do.

At one point, he brandishes a cluster of sugar sachets as if he intends to present them to Do-hee like a bouquet...

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At one point, he brandishes a cluster of sugar sachets as if he intends to present them to Do-hee like a bouquet.

I TOTALLY THOUGHT THAT TOO!!

Granted, Gu-won takes issue with the announcement that the bride and groom are to walk back down the aisle, to symbolize their lifelong devotion. Look — his life is very long! This is hastily amended to, “the bride and groom will now walk down the aisle together… symbolizing nothing.’"

@alathe, can I go back and make this claim when I was in this position? The way you put this makes it seem like this has all been my fault. My life is regular human long...but still!

Gu-won gets negative points for dragging them to buy coffee mid-stakeout.

Nope, disagree. That demon has his priorities dead right.

Well, this was an utter delight. I cannot get enough of watching these two incredibly attractive dumbasses bicker, self-sabotage, and yearn. This drama is merrily assured of its own cleverness, at the same time as unabashedly wallowing in some of the oldest — and best-loved — tropes in the book.

As might be clear, I read this recap and pulled out choice quotes as I read...but I could have just waited for this--utterly precise--conclusive rendering. THIS is why I'm watching, and this is clearly what they're going for. Everyone is too pretty for any other end game...even the beauty of our spunky comic relief.

There’s more to our sword-wielding second female lead than meets the eye — of that I’m convinced.

Pleasepleasepleaseplease. You buried this after your initial conclusion, but I READ IT. Wouldn't it be great if my silly side distraction about Lee Sang-yi stopped and became a distraction for Jin Ga-young? Please please please. She is what a proper 2ML is like. Only, whatever, yeah. Been there.

You make all of our lives better, @alathe.

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👏 👏 👏 👏
I get too excited each week to share my thoughts that I haven't properly shared also just how much I do appreciate how witty, funny and excitingly smitten of the show these recaps by @alathe are, so thank you for doing just that Seon-ha!! I'm always thinking it but don't think I've said it (blame the giddy fangirling that scrambles my head hahahah). Couldn't agree more though with your commentary on the wonderful recap & your appreciation of the recapper themselves 💕

AND also yes the bouquet bit - ME THREE. I literally I feel like there are a minefield of reactions, expressions and what not that always happen in the background but aren't referenced in the dialogue or action, so they're like all these fun little easter eggs (the other that comes to mind right now is the one alathe also pointed out - when Gu-won looks at his hand like it's broken after Do-hee says she needs time to consider the proposals 😂).

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Him clutching his bouquet of 3-in-1 coffee sachets in a tight clenched fist in impotent rage is so pathetic, it's comical.

and I love how the power gradient tips gleefully with the supporting characters around them too! Our ML & FL are such noobs in love, they are surreptitiously consulting their staff or colleagues for love advice, ranging from who to pick in a marriage proposal to what being an emergency contact *really* means in your relationship dynamics

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Yes 💯!! the book he snatches to read, while Do-hee is next door getting a Tarot reading hahahaha 😂 I wonder which one of them will accept and confess feelings first!

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love his colleague who smoothly intones: "page 125," -- all without batting an eyelid. 😉

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no amount of angsty shower scenes can express his discontent.

I feel the show has not adequately tested this hypothesis.

The tango was hilarious and hot at the same time and it was fun to see a slightly different take on it. I’m mainly in this for laughs and eye candy, but I found the hugging and crying scene in the stairwell genuinely affecting - Kim Yoo-jung was great throughout that whole sequence - which made the farcical competing marriage proposals a bit flat in contrast. I’m finding the looooooong stares a bit much, too, but Gu-won staring at Do-hee while dripping with very un-demon-like sweat, breathing hard, and looking like he’s just had every bit of faux indifference shocked out of him was pretty satisfying.

Wasn’t a phony ship purchase an accounting fraud plot point in Numbers? A

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Yes, you're right, there was a phony ship purchase situation in that show.

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Kim Yoo-Jung is actually good at weeping. I mean she’s good at conveying emotion. Which, seeing as she’s so pretty and that this is a comedy, feels like a bonus .

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The fun just continues with this show! Looking forward to Gu-won and Do-hee's next adventure! (Because it seems action-packed adventures are what these two get embroiled in!).

The assassin is dangerous, of course, but who's really creepy is Madame Ju's grandson. He's clearly not quite stable and seemingly one misstep away from becoming totally unhinged. He certainly comes across that way.

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I think they're maybe related?

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I suppose anything is possible. It wouldn't be surprising if that were the case.

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I did wonder fleetingly, whether his father had actually raised him to be a weapon he could exploit to his own advantage by putting ideas in his head and then stepping back to watch him act on them. He is incredibly unstable and therefore disposable.

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I really like this two even when they are being complete idiots. Like come on! You like each other and now kiss!
Gu Won's eventual addiction to coffee is hilarious. He completely forgot that he insulted the office workers of drinking it in the pantry.
He even have a big bouquet of coffee sticks he plans to keep for himself! Also how adorable that he got his own espresso cup and even kept it in Do Hee's bag!

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It's yet another one of those karma-comes-back-to-bite-you moments, just like his initial disdain of "insignificant" and next thing you know, he suffers emotional whiplash, backpedaling on his rejection of her marriage proposal.

Moral of the story: retribution is *not* just a happy rumour 🤣

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Gu-Won’s snobbish view on pour over coffee and his secret growing affection for instant coffee - if this is a PPL for Maxim instant coffee - this might be the best designed PPL ever.

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That old Kdrama swoon is back! Those swoony male leads who were as cranky and full of themselves as they were simps for the FL! The spontaneous delight on GuWon's face when DoHee praises him and the way he tries to control his expressions immediately 😍 It's getting more and more delicious as their awareness for each other is growing (and so are their denials 😄).

I wonder if it is a deliberate choice that everyone else in this show is quite average looking, including the male second lead?

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That double proposal 🥰😍

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GuWon couldn't believe she was actually going to think over both proposals 😄

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@alathe: This is official. I will fling away my squatter status, contract a legal title deed and camp out here every Monday now.

As a certain greeting card would say: "I am so glad it's Monday!" said no one EVER. Your DB recaps have definitively overturned every ounce of misery typically associated with the first 10 minutes of the workday on a Monday morning.

Yours truly just finished reading the scope of my next two projects -- one: to do landscape scans into crushing social issues with data collection, gaps analysis, social strategies recommendations (read: very somber) and two: to interview celebrities and ferret out their unsolved family mysteries and secrets (read: very fluffy).

After reading the emails, I just feel my fighting spirit leave me momentarily, and need to go to the kitchen for a stiff drink (I know it's morning, don't judge me). *then* I thought, maybe the MD recaps have been uploaded!

You did not disappoint me.

If there are any site admin reading this, I want to petition that Alathe be duty rostered to recap weekend shows from henceforth so that side-splitting endorphin-releasing recaps are uploaded first thing on a Monday morning (here in my part of the world). Humor is seriously life-saving work, I tell ya *so good*

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I'm really loving this drama. I don't really trust the 2ML, I gotta say

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yeah I don't think he's evil anymore but still a little sus of him. Him digging up Gu-won's past feels like it's going to give rise to a plot line similar to the one in Heartbeat of Do-shik deciding Woo-hyeol is a problem that he's going to get rid off for In-hae all on his own.....(I mean yes he had his own agenda but he was pretty adamant on his one track anti-'supernatural ML' mindset)

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I think the old homeless ajumma is God. noticed her hat while she saw them on the road?

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Thank you alathe for another wonderful recap.
This show continues to be a joy to watch. 
Every aspect of it is hitting the ball out of the park.
Long may this continue. 
Hwaiting My Demon.  

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I’m more in middle about this drama. I do love some of the really fun scenes between our OTP, the secretaries, and our demon’s little family. I’m not as invested in the killer (who I’m beginning to roll my eyes at), the chaebol politics (if only they could have kept it to a fun whodunnit) and I’m afraid to say the OTP.

I wish the drama wasn’t quite so focused on the pretty, but greater acting range (esp our ML) and heart. Speaking of which, the most heartfelt moments did not come to me at the stairwell (overwrought) but with Do-hee’s ongoing conversations with the dead Madam Ju. So touching.

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Thank you for the spirted recap, alathe!

The Clap-fight at the wedding was 10 levels of awesome! The show knows how to deliver humor using unexpected situations. That and the OTP chemistry are keeping it afloat for me. I particularly love it when they're in the car together.

The wedding is finally here and the cohabitation! Hallelujah! The last part of ep 6 makes me wish for a version of the drama that is just Gu-won and Do-hee being a mystery-solving couple who end up in tight spaces all the time. I really like having our OTP on the same side since Do-hee is a ton of danger. Speaking of danger - do we need a stalker/murderer and an obsessed dancer when the FL already has a whole bunch of family members hating her?

The drama still has an issue with too many lingering shots. It just kills the moment for me. Like holding a pose too long that it becomes awkward. I'm with Do-hee, just feeling exhausted by all the stuff happening to her. I'm tired of Do-hee getting pushed around by the whims of others - whether it be by Madam Ju adding that marriage clause to her inheritance (I would never want to put someone I love in a situation where she would be desperate enough to marry that lobster guy) or by our two guys who always think they know what's best for Do-hee or by all those people out for her life.

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The clap fight!!!! Had me spraying my tea. And at that moment, I was transported straight back to the absurdities of Mr Queen - I love this writer's ability to insert the absurd!!!

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I wish they will unleash it and go FULL-ON absurd.
Definitely on my wish-list.

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Yes the lingering shots are beginning to feel like fan service and actually messes with the pace of the show. Does each lead actor have a camera-stays-on-face for X seconds clause in their respective contracts? Repeated flashbacks are getting annoying as well.

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It is good when the drama is entertaining and double good when the beanies are equally enjoying it, but the real delight is in getting to read recaps that oozes as much fun and excitement as the show. Thanks @alathe for the recap.

Just when I thought they were overdoing the bodyguard bit, they brought in the marriage at the nick of the time and made me squee with the exploding chemistry, near kiss and the real deal! Wrist holding has never been so romantic 😘 With 10 more episodes to fill, I expect nothing less than burning passion at every gaze and wrist-hold.

Yes, the visuals are everything like how they both were suspended from the balcony on a high rise building (which shouldn't have made me laugh and by the way the FL's costumes are so gorgeous), but Do Do Hee crying near the staircase after the near death scare shows how vulnerable she is despite her confident and bold attitude. Kim Yoo Jung was good in this scene.

I find Lee Sang Yi's character, Seok Hoon to be bland. If he is the hidden villain, they better turn up his psychopathic skills that would rival those of the drug addicted grandson. I really have no interest in the evil son, his wife or his sister because the whole chaebol stuff is humdrum and the office workers are more interesting in contrast although the only thing they do in the drama is chat about office gossip.

I hope Ga Yeong is not the Demon's past lover in his human life. I would hate the leads journey to be obstructed by an unwanted love triangle. Instead have Do Do Hee befriend Ga Yeong because both of them have no friends.

If there is going to be a romance between both the secretaries, count me to join their ship. Their dynamics is hilarious and mimicks an older Gu Won and Do Do Hee.

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Romance between the secretaries is incoming I think, and I'll bet it's going to be awesome.

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Truth be told, I don't even need the secretaries to fall in love. I just need the madly competitive, insanely bitchy, uproariously hilarious one-upmanship between them!

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"With 10 more episodes to fill, I expect nothing less than burning passion at every gaze and wrist-hold" you and me (and almost everyone else here too apparently) both!! Thought they'd drag out the marriage to the half way or past half way point but they didn't which means 10 eps of 'married' fluff heheheheheheh

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Seok-Hoon and Ga-Young:

Ah our prospective SML & SFL that haven't *quite* risen to the occasion yet eh? The former is anemic at the moment, whilst the latter is a lightweight passenger on the ship.

Wish list I would like to see in the next few episodes:

(a) SH giving GW a *real* run for his money -- he might still be a killer but the sort cut from the same cloth as that obsessive secretary from "crash course in romance" (he kills to eliminate anyone he thought would threaten Do-hee OR take her away from him)

(b) Ga-Young: I hope the writer is reserving her as a secret weapon narratively.

I am putting two and two together here --
(I) the past life flashback to a lady sword-dancing before Yi-San
(II) the ominous deja-vu Do-Hee got when she was gazing at the painting of a female sword-dancer, before having a sword tip pointed at her moments later by Ga-Young

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The last point I realised in hindsight too when we had the past life flashback! I was like aHH that's why she was gazing at the portrait before then! Interesting interesting interesting, I wonder if Ga-young knows something and is part of the reason why she's a sword-dancer...

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Is anyone else getting a major "My love from the star" deja vu? Fantasy rom-com+ a crime investigation angle +FL in danger and in constant need of ML's magical company +past life love. Also the most dashing MLs with a great haircut! They've replaced the deliciously brusque alien with a deliciously brusque demon and thrown in some contract marriage instead of the neighbour aspect. I cannot believe I am about to say this but atleast so far My Demon is better than My love from the star. The suspense is really suspended for one (we do not know the killer for sure). Second, the tango scene was just too iconic and I am hard pressed to find anything close to it in My love. I love My love from the star also though!

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🙋🏼‍♀️ Yes to MLFTS! I have a comment stuck in moderation 🙄 about the prospect of finding a 40-year-old photo in which Gu-won looks exactly the same being similar to that dead-giveaway situation in the older show.

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Oh yeah I have seen some scene cuts to that effect doing the rounds! You are spot on.

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Ditto!

MLFTS was the first thought that came to mind. I thought this would be the first thread SML would put to ultimately unravel this whole "wait-he-never-ages!" secret/revelation.

Digression to a slightly related note: the other MLFTS-inspired moment (that was then swiftly subverted) was when Gu-won magically appeared at the rooftop to rescue Doo-Hee in the nick of time.

I thought it was one of those Doo Min-Jun super-sonic hearing that recognizes his beloved distressed cries for help within a 500 miles radius...UNTIL we cut to a sweat-drenched Gu-Won laboriously working the stairs and then the penny dropped.

Ah. The downside of being mortal...LOL You get a phone notification. You speed drive. You HIIT your way up 70 levels with a vertical marathon to near cardiac arrest strain. You grip her wrist.

true love is hard work indeed.

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hahaha your HIIT reference is too funny. A sweaty Song Kang made the loss of divine powers totally worth it though.

This also reminded me of another similarity- the fluctuation/deterioration of magical powers of the demon/alien in both shows is also common.

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You're right!

The faltering erratic powers were played to consummate comic effect in MLFTS, though here it might well become a plot point to plunge our OTP into impending peril when he grabs her wrist and NOTHING happens.

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HAHAH your description of Gu-won's 'mortal struggles' is the best! I also thought he had some inbuilt Do-hee radar or something but liked the subversion of the trope - it was all down to the power of technology.

True love is hard work, you're right! Not many people I'd be willing to climb that many flights of stairs for (I say like it's a choice and my body wouldn't give out by the second set of stairs 😂) not to mention the intense fear of heights that'd have me freaking out before I could do any saving!

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Word. The one time I was ever compelled to do a vertical marathon it sure ain't because of true love! (more like primal fear of my trainer) lol

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YES!
I think this drama is trying to mimick a lot of classic fantasy kdramas tbh, not just with the story but the long staring scenes, slow motions, etc. its like it wants to create iconic scenes like goblin, for example, had.

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despite the script of the show feeling like it was generated by ai its a surprisingly enjoyable watch. you would think kim yoojung and song kang are too perfect to be fun on screen but life proves you wrong sometimes

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Yeah, they are too pretty to be this entertaining and even talented. Not fair but also loving it!

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I'll have a few other things to say, but right now that lobster scene was genius, and the clapping contest after the wedding which Do hee's secretary won decisively with uncharacteristic whooping, had me in fits.

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I adore your recaps. They make me laugh as much as the show does.

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It's really a fun drama. I love the main characters together. Do-Hee is very honest with her feelings and can handle them, when Gu-Won was being cold, she just accepted it and thought to her plan to get back the society. She's pragmatic.

I wonder how Gu-Won's powers work because he seems having difficulties with flash lights, first with the car lights and then in the photobooth. But otherwise, I wish he came home to clean too :p

Sung-Min already disapointed his mother, Do-kyung is a psychopath... We still don't know about the identity of the man who spoke with Madame Ju. In the list of men, sadly, Seok-hoon is remaining, he works for the compagny and he's family.

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Best quips this week go to....Bok-gyu!

"He is like frozen ice-cream, forgotten at the bottom of the freezer." (so spot-on my mind automatically crept to one such abandoned tub of cookies and cream that has crawled to the back of my freezer to d-i-e🤣 )

"And he has become someone he no longer understood..." (love the meta moment)

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I have nothing more to add.. all the beanies and our wonderful @alathe have said it all. I absolutely loved your recap @alathe , you are a gifted writer and I will definitely watch the dramas you're recapping just to read your recaps in context.

Is it Friday yet? I want the next episode now. But guess what?! It's Monday and that means our heart-clutching, learning-swimming-and-sword -fighting-from-books, adorable matchmaker is going to be on screen later today.

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Yeah, Matchmakers's day \o/

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Indeed my dear.
MD may have my raging hormones, but MM has my heart 💘💘💘

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All these wonderful dramas and the quiet and poetic MM has our hearts :) I love MD too, but it's more like a teenage crush compared to the deep rooted love I have for MM at this moment. But MD has great potential to become a big love too.

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Nothing to add, apart from one minor quibble.

“Tell me, says Gu-won, holding up a sketch of the assassin, if you’ve seen this man…”

I really felt for mob boss guy at this point, since, like every other sketch of a suspect in Kdrama (from earliest Joseon to the 21stC), it was completely unrecognisable as a human being.

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OMG. Your last paragraph had me legit LOL 🤣🤣🤣

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😂 Same - but maybe assassin isn't human.

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Kim Yoo Jung is so beautiful it doesn't seem real. I put the first image of the article as my desktop wallpaper!

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Thank you for the equally funny recap!

I thought ep 3 and 4 were my favorites. Now it has become this week's set of episodes.

I love the nonbreakup break up scene. They really needed that to move forward. Gu Won has been a brat in ep 5, but it is keeping in line with who he is. Sometimes I forget that he's a demon, and the scene showing how he could have easily killed the gangster dude (and had wanted to) reminded me that yes, he is very much a demon.

The proposal felt right. With all his realization, it was a fitting conclusion especially with how he witnessed Do Hee almost dying and how she trembled in his arms.

His logic behind the proposal made the whole thing even more thoughtful. He didn't just say, "I don't want you to die." Behind those words he said, "I'll never let that happen again. I'll keep you safe." And Do Hee heard and that's why she chose him.

SeokHoon can be the best guy in the world, but he can never protect Do Hee the way Gu Won can. That's why this is the only choice that makes sense for Do Hee.

Anyway, I didn't think I could love this show more!

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"I love the nonbreakup break up scene. They really needed that to move forward" - exactly!! As you said also, he was a brat but it lowkey made sense - he didn't exactly live a super charitable life before, nor has he felt anything for anyone in 200 years or something. So suddenly having his life partially tied to someone else and reckoning with blooming feelings was probably a lot and he reacted the way you'd expect a self absorbed demon would.

And yes also on what you said about the proposal! Although it's a marriage of convenience for both of them, it felt more genuine because of what they'd both gone through before with Gu-won almost dying, Do-hee almost dying and the emotionally vulnerable moment in the stairwell.

And also, our demon has had no problem in the past with snatching Do-hee's wrist/otherwise stomping off with her without a second thought, but he actually offered his hand for her to decide when he 'proposed'. Yes that makes it sound like the bar is incredibly low but we're dealing with an ML who is a 200 year old narcissistic demon with little to no manners so I call it ✨ character development ✨

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Lmao at "sound like the bar is incredibly low" but at this point, the bar **is** low.

But absolutely agree! We're just in episode 6 and between the Guwon who would never bat an eye taking people's lives (he literally finger shoots one as if taking lives is just a silly game) and this Guwon who would beg (the "Do DoHee, please" as he rushed up the stairs

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this is massive character development.

And from using his powers to collecting souls to using them to clean the house and find Do Hee's clothes lmao I think we're in a very fun ride of watching him transform from the soulless demon to the greenest flag!

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those blouses, im dead like drama has to warn me not to watch at night cause my laughter is very ugly

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Re: wrist-grabbing VS hand offering - that's a very nice observation!

I thought one of the best underrated lines was: "It would be morally indecent for me to keep holding the wrist of a married woman."

Sounds like a casual throwaway, but it's not. That line is loaded with subtext. He has quickly sized up the situation -- that Seok Hoon is *real* competition, unlike the last prosecutor bozo. That impetus gave him the kick in the butt he needed to push this not-quite-romance to 2nd base.

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This week's episodes were still hilarious. Gu-Won is such a child, but he has his deep/emotional moments with Do Hee. I hated that he treated Do Hee so harshly after the epic tango scene. I was expecting for the ship to sail. But at the same time, I never expected Do Hee to go back "one last time" to check Gu-Won's feeling, it didn't seem like her character. I think that's one thing about this drama: it never goes as planned, and I like it for it. Now, I am more curious about the cross on her wrist. I want the drama to focus a bit more on that so we get a glimpse at how they can resolve both their problems: DDH's family issues + GW's loss of powers. So far, we pretty much kind of have an idea of who the killer could be (I might be already a bit bored with that). It would be great to balance that out with clues on how DH got the cross on her wrist that made lose his powers and how it could be solved. For now, the hijinks of cohabitating are promising, and I can't wait! Thanks @alathe for such a funny recap, I was LOLing throughout, remembering the different scenes!

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I understand his coldness though, he is so stuck to the Bodyguard movie and those 3 rules, even though he is a demon who says he has no rules binding him yet he is so korean in his rule-following. it must be a cultural thing affecting even supernaturals. I think the killer is red herring... I think he is much closer.

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the assistant is my death because I cackled in the middle of the night at her antiques. like help please warn me if you gonna go slapstick out of the blue.

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I also really like how they are saying hilarious stuff in a REALLY sophisticated high class speech like you dont hear middle class characters talking like that and they use so many idioms and almsot literary expressions, and like it is double funny because the situations are so awkward.
why do dramas never have any merch tho. I want tattoo stickers, photo booth polaroids, bad profiler drawings of myself, and a demon manual. with blueprints. maybe a small sword pendant.

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Seconding the wish/request for merch! I'd kill for some My Demon merch - hopefully they do make some, similar to what was done with DwY? Not sure if that was for OST album though but I'll take OST merch for MD too!!

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I noticed how we lingered on Song Kang’s six pack a few times. Lol. I am sure it was completely unintentional.
The grandson 😱 he gives me serious serial killer vibes. He says “I killed someone” I am taking that to mean he is the one who killed grandma. I had a hard time following the part with his interaction with the doc.
The evil siblings said something about an announcement and to let Do Hee have her happy day. Not looking forward to that.

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yeah I wonder what that announcement is going to be?! they were too relaxed at the wedding, wondering if they've found a loophole to the will or an illegal means of invalidating Do-hee's claim.....

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I just realized, did anyone tell the prosecutor that the marriage is off? LOL

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I think he was the one to whom Do-hee sent a brief, late "sorry something came up" message. But I don't mind thinking of him and his lobster both waiting red-faced somewhere for a bride who never shows.

That "prosecuted for stealing my heart" joke has been used in dramas before, but this guy had the all-time cringiest delivery.

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And his laughing at his own joke, ugh!

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That scene totally cracked me up. The actor playing the prosecutor is great.

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I love this show best when it's delightfully odd and the leads bicker, but I wish the writers would let the romance breathe a little bit. The premise and attractiveness of the main actors are already so very over-the-top that I was delighted to find that the moments I enjoy the most are when Do Hee and Gu Won seem the most silly/petty (Gu Won getting jealous, inflating airbags just because he can, or hiding his growing addiction to instant coffee) and human (Do Hee experiencing real shock after her almost-fall-to-her-death and crying in GuWon's arms). I don't need prolonged stares into each other's eyes or close-ups that exist only to remind me (as if I could forget) that these two are preternaturally pretty, or even fake/strategic kisses. Just let them tease each other or flirt in their own surprisingly awkward yet endearing way.

The secretaries won this week! That clapping contest is the scene that made me laugh the longest and hardest.

I wish the evil family members were less cardboard cutout-y, especially that sociopathic son. And I think the show is wasting that actor who's playing the current CEO.

Final thought: I could see that Song Kang was wearing pants in that shower scene. That really took me out of the moment.

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