We got two more great episodes. But unfortunately for us, as we delve deeper into the story and the emotional attachments strengthen, that elephant in the room only grows, rendering it almost impossible to ignore. But I’ll do that for a moment.
Sung Jae. Sung Jae. Sung Jae. We got confirmation that there’s an evil spirit hanging around him however, in the past, the shaman’s reactions and words seemed to imply that he’d been possessed recently (in the past three years, perhaps) but from the flashback, that evil spirit has been with him since his teen years. Also, the shaman implied that evil spirits usually stick to shady people which makes sense, seeing as how the real Sung Jae (that was him, right?) wanted to murder a baby out of jealousy. That orphanage must have been like a house of horrors to him but that’s still no excuse.
We also got a hint that Soon Ae was killed because she witnessed his crime. He is an irredeemable evil person with no remorse and only anger at those who are rightfully pissed at what he did to Sun Woo’s sister. I love that the cop didn’t die and that from his watch, he’s connected him to the attack. I just hope that the evil spirit won’t be able to depart Sung Jae’s body once he’s caught. He must pay in some way. But isn’t it funny how these villains never destroy incriminating evidence? What’s he keeping this stuff around for?
But for now, I fear for Bong Sun’s safety because while Sung Jae gets more evidence of the possession, Soon Ae is blissfully unaware of the danger she’s put the poor girl in.
Speaking of poor girls, how pitiful is So Hyung? We learned this week that their feelings were mutual at the beginning but she didn’t think he was interested in her and dated his friend instead. Time passes and those feelings resurface when he’s moved on. So in a nutshell, the one thing he needed to do to force her to reexamine her feelings for him was lose his. On the plus side, the shaman foresees love and happiness in her future.
I still don’t like Sun Woo’s attitude about the whole thing but he claims to be happy now that he’s no longer in love with her. And after suffering through over a decade of unrequited love, he deserves this release. I mean, it was his own damn fault but he still deserves to be happy on his own terms. I just hope you don’t live to regret it, Chef.
I really enjoyed the relationship between SunSoon and Chef this week. Soon Ae died a virgin so she and Chef would probably have been on the same page regarding physical intimacy without her grudge. Regardless, I found their subsequent fight hilarious as I have a thing for bickering couples. Then her conversation with Joon (who was adorable this week) and the fight resolution too. I really dug it. I mean, I see how it could be annoying because she’s so extra but that’s also what’s charmed our Chef no matter how exasperated he gets.
I loved how Sun Woo freaked out when he learned that she was at a motel with the guys. LOL. Most people wouldn’t be okay with their significant other spending the night with members of the opposite sex but it’s particularly bad when that significant other is always in heat.
But here comes the hard-to-ignore elephant. It would have been great if the possession provided Soon Ae with a means to avenge her death and leave peacefully, knowing that her killer won’t go scot-free. But that’s not what’s happening. Instead, it’s become an opportunity for her to experience reciprocated love for the first time. There are several movies where a dying person (usually a girl) gets to experience love before leaving but the guy is often in the know and agrees to the tragic love.
This drama continues to give us split screens and blogs to remind us of the connection between Bong Sun and Chef. But could it be backfiring? Because instead of settling our feelings it just reminds us that their story isn’t being developed. Soon Ae’s story is beautiful and sad but it’s almost begun to feel like a drama which places too much emphasis on the second lead’s feelings. Normally, that leads to shipper wars and anger but here, I suppose it’s just anger from those who want to see Bong Sun’s and Chef’s love blossom.
Perhaps if it were something like Soon Ae returning in a different body (i.e. Bong Sun was dead and thus not missing out on chunks of her life), or that both she and Bong Sun were present at the same time, or Bong Sun had no interest in Chef in reality etc etc, it might be easier for Bong Sun’s fans to not feel like she was being shafted.
But what about chef? Both women have colluded to manipulate him into falling for them. So this really feels unfair to him. If someone were going to choose this type of painful love, they should at least be given the chance to reject it. But he isn’t. He’s unknowingly given up a decade-long love for a ghost-human combo and it’s really shitty.
Anyway, Soon Ae who was all gung ho about having sex and ending her grudge began to have second thoughts upon falling for Chef. The shaman warned her that having human feelings was dangerous and in addition to that, once she resolves her grudge, she’ll have to leave which is something she isn’t ready to do. This – in addition to Bong Sun’s mannerisms like touching Sun Woo’s face in a previous scene – is why I think Soon Ae exited Bong Sun’s body and the real Bong Sun was with Chef in the final scene in the tent.
Regardless of who it is, I hope they don’t get it on. Because if it’s SunSoon, Bong Sun isn’t present the first time her body experiences sex (not that it would be less icky if it were the 2nd, 30th, 400th time) and if it’s the real Bong Sun, I don’t think Chef wants to sleep with someone he doesn’t have that emotional connection with. Soon Ae may be greedy but so is Bong Sun.
Even in Cyrano-like stories, the love interest eventually ends up with the heart/soul and not the body. So till these two can maintain a relationship without Soon Ae’s presence or interference, I don’t think she can really be satisfied with him looking at her the way she’d always wished especially as she can’t pinpoint many moments where their hearts truly connected. Because when it comes to romances, falling in love is just as important as being in love and dear Bong Sun, so far, you’ve missed out on that.
The restaurant staff…. I know lots of people dislike Min Soo but I find him so entertaining. He’s just someone with no friends who needs validation. He’s our comic relief but I hope he gets more character development. I love how when he couldn’t find anything wrong with Joon, he began criticizing him for being too perfect.
Our too perfect Joon. After a few glimpses of jealousy, it looks like our boy supports Bong Sun with Chef. He really is content as long as she’s happy, isn’t he? Adorable. Girl, why not give up on your crush and look his way? I would if I were you.
I’m generally irritated by Sun Woo’s mom but I loved how she rightfully warned him that messing with one’s employee can lead to sexual harassment claims and reminded him to use a condom. lol.
Eun Hee… girl, it’s not your fault. You did the typical romance thing and fell for your white knight but this guy is evil personified so get out of there stat! I don’t know how but you need to escape because this demon will not hesitate to kill you once you discover that with him, what you see is nothing like what you get.
As someone who doesn’t ship Bong Sun and Sun Woo, I’m not that annoyed with the writers. I don’t necessarily want the SunSoon/Chef relationship to end because it entertains me so but I also don’t want them to keep it going if it’s not supposed to be the main romance. But if it is – which I don’t mind – they have to make it less duplicitous especially as I’ve begun to contrast it with Sung Jae and Eun Hee. Yes, Soon Ae isn’t an evil spirit yet but does that other relationship foreshadow what could take place if things went awry?
Not that Chef has gained nothing from the shenanigans. He was able to deal with his childhood issues and he’s finally able to confess his feelings and go for what he wants. But it isn’t enough. He doesn’t mind dating a bipolar woman but he didn’t sign up for a paranormal romance. Plus I think any normal person would find it hard to forgive anyone who willfully allowed a ghost to possess them for the sole purpose of winning their heart.
Anyway, what’s going to happen now that Soon Ae isn’t ready to let go of life? I just hope her greed doesn’t lead to much darker things.