I kinda like this episode, kinda don’t. But now that we have gotten certain questions out of the way, I think the good stuff is going to roll in!
Ma Wang realises that Ji Seon Mi has allowed the bookseller to take the young Ji Seon Mi away and is annoyed – because then the one who made the contract with Son Oh Gong is under the power of the bookseller now. Ma Wang wonders if that means the power of the Guemganggo (along with the love) can be transferred like that too.
However, Son Oh Gong has beaten the bookseller up, showing that he obviously doesn’t love her. The bookseller tries to provoke him into finding the book with young Jin Seon Mi, but Son Oh Gong’s like – why should I? I’m better off this way.
Without Seon Mi’s blood, Bu Ja starts to rot at an exponential rate, causing PK to be distraught. In the meantime, Seon Mi is undeniably disappointed that without Sam Jung powers, she wouldn’t be able to call Son Oh Gong anymore.It’s kinda like an empty feeling of celebration. She finds him at Ma Wang’s house and he treats her coldly, claiming that she doesn’t look pretty anymore (meaning no love).
Ma Wang wants to sign a new contract with the bookseller, in order to continue raking points for his quest. However, he learns from her that the power of the Guemganggo did not transfer. This means that Son Oh Gong still loves Seon Mi. Seon Mi leaves in tears but Oh Gong, with his back turned, thinks that she really has no feelings for him.
Ma Wang then tries to provoke Seon Mi by reminding her that the love will transfer, and seeks out Son Oh Gong to find out who he really loves right now. Son Oh Gong is in the midst of packing to travel to a warmer place and reveals that because he loves her, he has become strange and wants her to lead a life like any other normal human. This is the reason why he’s leaving, and not because he wants to take this chance to get rid of the Guemganggo. Ma Wang is hilariously touched and offers his own larger suitcase. In return, Son Oh Gong gifts him a bottle of wine.
General Frost is upset with the lingering souls of the children and both him and Soo Bo Ri are frustrated with the humans. Rather than the bookseller, it is the humans who mistreat the children who are more evil.
Seon Mi tears when she looks at the bell, thinking that it’s still a love bell. She visits a haunted apartment with Han Joo, but is unable to see the ghosts inside. She sees this as a chance for her to finally be normal. Okay very very questionable – what?? (Refer to end of post for my question!)
Son Oh Gong pretends that his conversation with Ma Wang was just a pretense to shake Ma Wang off, but we all know that was his true feelings. Ma Wang tries to find out from Seon Mi the way to activate the Guemganggo but Seon Mi leaves in a huff, only to find Son Oh Gong in her office.
They then have this tug of war kind of conversation where Son Oh Gong wants Seon Mi to tell him not to leave while Seon Mi acts nonchalant. Oh Gong comments on the spirit hanging by her side but Seon Mi says that she will just be like a normal person – not knowing is better. While leaving, Oh Gong runs into Han Joo and Jonathan and decides to ask the spirit to play around. Seon Mi runs out of her office and gives Oh Gong a proper and formal farewell, causing Oh Gong to be furious – after all that he has done for her, he only gets a thank you? The couple separates in a huff again – which makes me think, what’s the point of this scene? It’s just like a second tug of war from the office!
Later, Seon Mi goes on a date with Jonathan and the young boy seeks her out because he wants her to speak to his sister. Seon Mi however, can’t do that anymore. Meanwhile, Son Oh Gong entertains the sister – wow this man has great affinity with children eh HAHA.
PK hears from the peddler’s grandson that nothing will stop Bu Ja’s rotting unless she eats a human and quickly lures Seon Mi into meeting Bu Ja. Bu Ja is already reaching a zombified state and PK quickly shoves her into the van since Ma Wang is arriving. The van shakes vigorously and a woman screams. Ma Wang quickly opens the door but we see Seon Mi hugging a calmed down Bu Ja.
Everything taken in totality (Son Oh Gong, her powers and ability to help spirits, Bu Ja etc), Seon Mi goes to find the peddler, wanting her book back. This is because the only way for a child to escape the book is through her own will. Son Oh Gong also hears the same from the sister spirit and arrives at the bookseller’s house. He is surprised to see a Seon Mi, who attempts to kiss him.
In reality, that’s the bookseller and she leads him to Seon Mi, who lies asleep on the book with her soul. Son Oh Gong provokes the bookseller that she’s just an evil spirit living off the children’s souls and she cries in anger, because all along she thinks that she’s saving their souls from the humans. In a poof, she disappears. Slightly dubious that you can end the bookseller so easily….
Han Joo takes care of the young brother and hugs him as he cries. A purple ball of light disappears near them. What is this? Is it the sister’s spirit?
Seon Mi brings the young Seon Mi back and wakes up – causing Bu Ja to immediately be okay again and Ma Wang to have contortions. Seon Mi asks if she should let out some blood to test if her Sam Jung powers back but Oh Gong playfully slaps her hand away, saying that he’s tired from dealing with the bookseller. She admits that she didn’t feel good thinking that the power of the Guemganggo could transfer, and Son Oh Gong replies, “The owner of my Guemganggo is only Jin Seon Mi.” I think it’s slightly strange (amusing?) that they are couching their love in ownership language, but I suppose it makes sense in the particular context of this drama.
Seon Mi wants to reactivate the Guemganggo and kisses Oh Gong, before cute-ly and shyly murmuring, “Activate.” Oh Gong then replies, “That wouldn’t do,” and leans in for a deeper and longer kiss – while the bells of the charm ring in the distance.
At the end of this episode, I have ONE important question. It has been bothering me all week – How does losing Sam Jung powers equates to losing the ability to see ghosts? Jin Seon Mi could see ghosts way before she even let Son Oh Gong out right? If I recall correctly, she tried to scare the ghost away with her umbrella, which was why Ma Wang was able to strike a deal with her using the umbrella he had. I really hope someone out there has a good explanation for this, or that the drama will address this later. If not the basic premise of the show is flawed!
Other than the strange concept here and there, I like this episode because we see Oh Gong acting on his autonomy, rather than under the power of the Guemganggo. I also like how the show consistently shows the different ways in which humans bring out the evil spirits. It’s not a new premise, but still rather thought-provoking and slightly humbling too. Even if this is just a drama, I think it has focused on some social issues pertinent to today’s society. Sometimes, I find myself putting my phone away just because I remember how Oh Gong was trying to mimic the humans and using his phone!
Now that we have confirmed both of their love for each other, I can’t wait to see where this takes us. I’m not a fan of the tug-of-war scenes – one is enough but two? That just makes it draggy. So I’m glad that we are over that stage and we can now move on to the grittier and more substantial part of their relationship, and how that plays into saving humans.
At the moment, my guess is that if the bell’s prophecy was to come true, then it would be something like Seon Mi being in danger, Oh Gong sacrificing himself to save her, and then he becomes human so that the two will be together. I don’t know if I necessarily like the idea of him becoming human so I hope it doesn’t end that way.
(Administrative note: words for this recap will go up faster than screenshots just because of my schedule! But this will be updated soon.)