Movie Preview: “The Mimic” (Korean 장산범/ Jangsanbeom)

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“The Mimic” is a Korean Horror movie directed by Heo Jeong also known for the movie “Hide and Seek”. Will it be scary? I hope so!

Story

A family left the city life behind and moved into their new home in the countryside. The place is idyllic; surrounded by trees and nature. One day, Hoe Yeon (Yeom Jeong Ah) finds a little girl (Sin Rin Ah) in the woods. She does not seem to have a family, so she and her husband take her in. Her husband (Park Hyeog Gweon) is fascinated by the fact that she has the exact same voice as their daughter  Ju Hyeon (Bang Yu Seol). But soon people around Hoe Yeon start to go missing…

This is the international trailer:

Thoughts

The story of the movie is inspired by the legend of the Jangsan tiger, a mythical human – eating being which lures humans to them, by imitating the sound of a wailing woman or a stream. If you’d like to know more, I found this blog to be very interesting.

In principle, for me, every horror movie which entails children behave out of the norm to be creepy. If it’s “The Children”, the original “Omen” or “Village of the Damned”, a child behaving abnormally holds a different kind of horror than a psychopath wielding his chainsaw. I’m prepared to be creeped out by this and am looking forward to it!

The movie will be released on the 17th of August in Korean cinemas.

The Bride of the Water God Episode 13 Recap/Review

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Welcome to the recap/review of “The Bride of the Water God” episode 13. At the end of episode 12 our Water God and his servant were reunited. Will they have a little bit of quiet? Let’s find out!

So Ah And Habaek are enjoying their reunion hug when Hoo Ye steps into the alley. Let’s not forget. He and So Ah were on the phone last episode when So Ah spotted Habaek and forgot everything around her. He sees them hugging and defeat blossoms on his face. Before Habaek can spot him, Hoo Ye quickly steps back into the alley.

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When you’re happy that your love is suffering during your absence.

Habaek sees So Ah’s phone and goes to pick it up. Hoo Ye is still lingering at the corner, but his plot armor keeps him from being seen by Habaek. He watches Habaek and So Ah as they walk back to So Ah’s house, arms around each other.

Nam Soo Ri has returned with his Master as well! After they’re happy reunion, So Ah serves Nam Soo Ri a fresh cup of instant ramyeon and searches for answers. Why is Habaek back? Habaek can only enter the human realm with a mission. And he did so by twisting the meaning of the original mission he received. Sure the main task was to find the sacred god stones. But as a side quest, the High Priest asked him to find out what the meaning is behind the sacred stones being guarded in the human world. Not really a quest, more like food for the mind, but Habaek twisted it to his convenience and persuaded the High Priest. That way he was able to return.

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Habaek being mean. So Ah probably cried while hugging Yoong Yoong

Habaek walks up the stairs towards his roof room. He starts to reiterate the to do list he gave to So Ah before he left. None of those things which she actually did. So Ah isn’t even listening. She asks Habaek about his new task. The Water God moves faster than we’ve ever seen before when he hugs her from behind and tells her that it’s all bullshit. It doesn’t matter. He only had one reason to come back. So Ah.

“I came because I knew you were not doing well. I have to go back. That’s still what I have to do. I came to say goodbye properly. Properly. I don’t want to leave any regrets. Even if we have to part ways, I want to be able to convince myself that I loved enough. If you’re not ready. If you don’t agree with me, I’ll go back.”

So Ah answers:

“To be able to say goodbye properly, you want to love enough. It’s not supposed to make sense, but it still sounds nice. Now that I think of it, I think I’ve been to petty to my life. When I didn’t love myself, who would want to love me? Someone must have felt sorry for me. A good thing like this happened to me.”

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Hoo Ye is still outside of So Ah’s house. He looks up at it with yearning until he turns away. He leans against the wall, right next to the spot, where once upon a time Habaek scribbled his and So Ah’s name down. He knows he lost against Habaek in winning So Ah’s heart.

The next morning So Ah awakes with a start. Confusion spreads on her face. Was Habaek’s return just a dream? She goes up to the roof top room. He’s not there and the room looks unused. When she finally decides to step out on the roof top, Nam Soo Ri and Habaek are already following they’re daily routine. Nam Soo Ri asks why So Ah came out of his Master’s room. Usually, she always takes the stairs to enter the rooftop, doesn’t she? So Ah says she was looking for something. Habaek, the tease that he is, whispers “Were you looking for me?” when he passes her on his way inside.

Inside the house, Nam Soo Ri is joyful that he can return to his part -time job as duck boat operator. As the talk was off work, Habaek asks So Ah if she isn’t going to leave soon. With a sigh So Ah tells the two of them, that due to unforeseen circumstances, her clinic will be closed for an unknown amount of time. But that doesn’t matter, right? She has an omnipotent God living with her. He can just produce things out of thin air. Just, that Habaek doesn’t have his powers as Nam Soo Ri quietly proclaims. They did return when he went back to the realm of the gods, but Habaek had to strike a deal. The High Priest wouldn’t let him go with his powers. He had to return in the same state in which he arrived in water country. But, they were allowed to bring one important and powerful item back to the human realm.

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When you expect a gold laying duck…

Bi Ryeom is being helpful again. He arranged with the director of Moo Ra’s movie to delay the kissing scene until she’s ready. Moo Ra decided to train with the weird blow up doll Bi Ryeom got her, but Bi Ryeom thinks that won’t be enough.

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“Let me help you.” – Bi Ryeom

And finally, we find out the mystery behind their ‘engagement’. 1.200 years ago when Moo Ra was struck with jealousy because of Nak Bin, she begged Bi Ryeom to tell Habaek, that they are engaged. What she received were congratulations. Not the outcome she was looking for. Bi Ryeom’s words make Moo Ra furious. She stomps towards him and tries to strike him again, but Bi Ryeom easily avoids the hit and captures her in a hug. “Why do you keep pretending that you don’t know about my feelings”, he asks her? Both of them were ignoring the feelings between them, but Bi Ryeom doesn’t want to wait anymore. He lets Moo Ra go. Instead of accepting his invitation for lunch, she leaves after telling him not to talk with her anymore.

Hoo Ye awakens once again in his office. Joo Geol Rin is there as well. Again, Hoo Ye called him when he needed him. Hoo Ye promises that he won’t be a nuisance again. Joo Geol Rin suddenly tells him that it was him who took Hoo Ye away from his mother on the orders of the king. It was him who locked him in that cave. But that he could never turn his back on Hoo Ye. He always returned to see him and tell him about the world of the gods. Not for Hoo Ye’s sake but his own. He also tells Hoo Ye to show So Ah his true colors. If she doesn’t accept him then, he’d at least tried.

Habaek and So Ah got into an argument after she told him that she gave Moo Ra her car back. How can a man love without a car? Nonetheless, he arrives at the apartment of Bi Ryeom, to announce his return. Neither Moo Ra nor Bi Ryeom are happy to see him. Moo Ra wanted Habaek gone to avoid him getting hurt and being with So Ah. Bi Ryeom was happy that Habaek was gone and peace returned to their lives and Moo Ra wasn’t constantly hurt. He and Habaek go to a coffee shop to further discuss his return. He knows that he has to leave right? He knows what will happen to him if he doesn’t? Why is Moo Ra not good enough for him? Habaek tells him to leave Moo Ra out of this.

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Outside of the coffee shop, Bi Ryeom encounters So Ah. He doesn’t save her from his wrath. He reveals to her that it was him who doomed her ancestors 1.200 years. All on the orders of Moo Ra who had been blind with anger at what Nak Bin had done to Habaek. So Ah should hope for her own sake, that Moo Ra doesn’t feel that way this time.

So Ah and Habaek walk back together. They are engorged in their talk about cars when out of nowhere Joo Geol Rin appears. Joo Geol Rin decided to help Hoo Ye with his advance on So Ah, by lifting Habaek’s curse.

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Kiss the boy

Habaek sits down on a bench and waves Joo Geol Rin over. They prepare themselves. Seconds pass as they slowly advance to the kissing point, but So Ah’s scream of disgust interrupts them. Habaek jumps up and decides he doesn’t need the curse to be lifted. He has gotten used to the feeling of being hungry. He sends Joo Geol Rin away but gives him a warning that at one point in the future he will seek revenge.

Bi Ryeom returns to the apartment, only to find it empty. Moo Ra is gone and he fears for the worst. He calls his minion, Jin Geon, to find her. Joo Geol Rin is back at Hoo Ye’s office. He exposes to Hoo Ye that Habaek’s powers haven’t returned, something that Habaek confirmed to him before. It doesn’t matter why he doesn’t have his powers, all that matters is who is stronger now, he explains to a confused Hoo Ye. A half god or a powerless god? Suddenly Moo Ra enters the office. Moo Ra is surprised by his presence. Under which circumstances did they meet? But Joo Geol Rin escapes before he answers and Hoo Ye has no interest in answering her.

Moo Ra came to Hoo Ye’s office to tell him about Habaek’s return and to pledge her alliance to him. She wants So Ah to be taken away from him. She will help Hoo Ye with her resources to make it happen. Hoo Ye smirks at her. He confesses to her that that won’t be necessary. A powerless water god is no enemy for him. Moo Ra is shocked. How does he know? It doesn’t matter, he explains to her. All that matters is that he’s the one with power and she and Bi Ryeom better don’t get involved in the matter. Otherwise, he has to use his powers in the human world. And that is the one thing he despises. Bi Ryeom enters Hoo Ye’s office. He walks cautiously to Moo Ra, his eyes set on Hoo Ye. Moo ra decides to leave before things escalate between the two.

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Bi Ryeom pulls Moo Ra out of Hoo Ye’s office. In the parking lot, she’s able to pull free. Why did he have to behave so rashly? Hoo Ye was only helping her, she almost fell. Why is it that with him, even though he’s a half – god, he behaves so irrationally? What is the reason? Is it fear? Does he believe Hoo Ye is the god of death? What is the reason for his rage? Bi Ryeom answers cryptically. Doesn’t she understand, that it’s because of her asking that he can’t tell? Why did she have to pull the half – god into this whole mess anyway? To get rid of Habaek? Does she want Bi Ryeom to seduce So Ah to keep her distracted? She knows he’s good at that. This earns him a slap in the face. One he doesn’t avoid this time. He leaves without a word. Moo Ra yells for Jin Geon (Bi Ryeom’s minion with the crushed tongue) to come out. He will tell her now what is going on with Bi Ryeom or she will really crush his tongue, she tells him. For the first time, he speaks. It is because of him, he tells her. Bi Ryeom is acting that way because of him. But that is all he can tell her. She may do with his tongue as she wishes.

So Ah and Habaek are in the dining room, sitting at the table. So Ah wants to just look at Habaek. Is he a dream or reality?

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They both get embarrassed and relocate to the living room couch. So Ah asks Habaek where he will go for a drive tomorrow. They could go and see the sunset. She used to tell people that it was a waste of time to do so. But then she dreamed of going to Vanuatu. Such a contradiction. Habaek tells her, to tell him all the places she wants to visit. He’ll take her. So Ah sighs and explains to him that they’d need money for that. And as they are both jobless and he didn’t bring a magic money making wand with him, the situation is hopeless. Habaek leaves to make a call to Moo Ra in his room. He wants her to give him money, but Moo Ra doesn’t even want to hear his voice and disconnects straight away.

Nam Soo Ri enters Yeom Mi’s office the next day. She greets him with the words that he was the one with So Ah. Why were they both soaked? Yeom Mi thinks she’s seeing dream Nam Soo Ri, but quickly she realizes that he’s real and back. She comes back with him to So Ah’s house to see for herself that the water ghost has returned as well. Habaek isn’t happy that Nam Soo Ri brought that weird woman back. Nam Soo Ri explains that the reason why he went to her was the fact that she’d offered him a part – time job. He only has to sit in her office. He inspires her supernatural abilities. Habaek accepts. But only because he wants the money.

So Ah tells Yeom Mi that Habaek came back to tell her goodbye. Yeom Mi breaks out into tears.

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Habaek comes down the stairs during their emotional bonding moment. He leaves and drives off to meet with Moo Ra. So Ah calls him on his way and finds out about it. She inquires why he’s going to see her, but he doesn’t tell her. Rather he asks if she is jealous about him going to meet her. So Ah denies. Habaek, however, conters that he is jealous of male human friends. Now So Ah finally gives up the information, that she as well might be a bit jealous of his female deity friend. She disconnects after telling Habaek that she has to go to her part – time job at her male human friend’s place. But before So Ah can leave she receives a call from Nurse Yoo. So Ah hurries to her clinic and swings the door open. Their building suddenly got sold. And the new owner has no interest to kick them out. Instead, he lowered the deposit and the monthly rent. Things have gotten better instantly for So Ah and Nurse Yoo.

Moo Ra calls Bi Ryeom. She wants to meet up with him. He didn’t come home last night. She asks to meet up at Beriwon Resort before she can hold it back. She doesn’t want to meet at Hoo Ye’s resort, but before she can take it back, Bi Ryeom agrees and disconnects. Moo Ra is worried at what might happen at Hoo Ye’s resort, when at the same time her door bell rings. It’s Habaek.

So Ah enters Hoo Ye’s office. She just finished her weekly consultation for his employees which they are, according to Hoo Ye, grateful for. She tells him about her unpredicted luck with her clinic, but Hoo Ye doesn’t tell her that it was him who bought it. He inquires that she probably won’t be available for dinner for quite a long time. But he doesn’t mind. He’s good at waiting. Of course, So Ah doesn’t understand what he’s talking about. Hoo Ye drops the topic and accompanies her to the exit. He brushes loose hair  strands away from So Ah’s face as she herself seems to be unable to adjust it herself. A quite unstable Bi Ryeom sees this. He approaches them. So Ah, still not on top of all information tries to introduce them, but Bi Ryeom only has vile words for her. Is Hoo Ye her insurance? Is she going to replace Habaek with him, once Habaek returns to the realm of gods?
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They transport to somewhere in the woods. Jin Geon is there as well, but Bi Ryeom tells him to not get involved. Hoo Ye wants to know the reason why Bi Ryeom is so set on getting rid of him. Your existence is the reason why. This is not enough for Hoo Ye. He can’t do anything for the way he exists. If this is his reason he isn’t interested to stay. Bi Ryeom tells him that he won’t be able to leave. He won’t let him. Should I let you punch me until you feel better Hoo Ye asks. Bi Ryeom answers that he’ll make him pay for his sins. Hoo Ye denies that he ever committed one. That’s when Bi Ryeom throws his first punch. Your greatest sin is that you’ve forgotten what you did, he tells him with disgust.

Habaek is trying to force Moo Ra into giving him money. Moo Ra is tough like steel. If he doesn’t have money, he won’t be able to survive in the human realm and be forced to return. Habaek tells her that she will be punished once they’re back. Moo Ra tells him he can try to do that. Without a tongue. They stare at each other when they almost simultaneously receive calls. So Ah called Habaek to tell him that Bi Ryeom abducted Hoo Ye. Moo Ra receives a call from Jin Geon that Bi Ryeom is fighting the half – god.

Bi Ryeom and Hoo Ye are still fighting. Hoo Ye wants to stop. There is no point. Bi Ryeom wants to continue. Neither of them can die, so let’s continue until they’re close. That’s not true though. Hoo Ye has the power to kill. Is that why you asked to fight without powers, he teases Bi Ryeom. This is enough to enrage Bi Ryeom until the point of no return. He unleashes his powers at Hoo Ye. Hoo Ye is thrown to the ground but gets quickly back up on his feet.

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Hoo Ye remembers. At this moment, Moo Ra and Habaek materialize in the clearing.

And this is the end! For a second there, I was worried, he was going to hurt Bi Ryeom. Still, I hope Jin Geon will be ok. Habaek is back. Still powerless. Which is, honestly, kind of annoying. Sure, otherwise he’d just solve all of So Ah’s problems and also can keep her easily from harm (something which the drama doesn’t want to happen). Still, even the gods with powers don’t have really impressive ones. I was expecting a little bit more kaboom from the fight. I mean, ok Bi Ryeom is by rights a god under the law of ensuring life and nature. But Hoo Ye’s powers could have been grander than just dark shadows. If he’s supposed to wield fire, make it fiercer? More like an explosion? Or firestorm? But that’s just me.

There were a lot of nice scenes so I won’t complain. Loved the whole Moo Ra/ Bi Ryeom story line. Also Habaek’s and So Ah’s story line. The kiss was also more to my liking this time. I was wondering if Nam Joo Hyuk may be held back because the public knows that he has a girlfriend and he doesn’t want to come off as too realistic? Or maybe I’m thinking too much.

Loved the scene with the driver’s license and ID. That was just awesome and needed “SWAG” as subtitle. Very fitting music choices this episode. A couple of instrumental pieces which I believe were new.

So this is it. I hope you enjoyed this episode of “The Bride of the Water God”. Share your thoughts with me if you like in the comments down below.

As always thanks for reading.

Your fellow drama-addict,

Ivy

Fans Send Birthday Gift to Yeo Jin Goo at the Set of “Reunited Worlds”

It was Yeo Jin Goo’s birthday on the 13th of  August and the fans of the actor didn’t forget him. Yeo Jin Goo who currently stars as Sung Hae Sung – a young man who returned from the dead – the male lead of the SBS fantasy – romance drama “Reunited Worlds” uploaded two pictures on his Instagram along with a thank you to his fans who send a coffee and bingsu (Korean shaved ice) truck to his filming location.

“You’re always giving me a lot of strength/support!!!!! Thank you very, very much for the congratulations!!!!!!! I want to thank everyone who congratulated me today!!!!!!!! I am so happy!!!!!!!! Woaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!” was the message he attached to the pictures.

You can see more of the adorable Yeo Jin Goo every Thursday and Friday at 10:00 pm KST on SBS.

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Pre-viewing thoughts: “Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo”

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This drama has flown a little bit under the radar. Let’s have a look at it.

Story

Heo Im (Kim Nam Gil) is an oriental doctor, acknowledged as the best in acupuncture and moxibustion in Joseon. His success is blocked due to his low status.

One day, Heo Im travels through time and finds himself in present day Seoul. He meets Choi Yeon Kyung (Kim Ah Joong). She is a doctor, firmly believing in only modern medicine.

Here are a couple of trailers which tvN released for this drama:

Actors and characters

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Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong at the press conference of “Live Up to Your Name”. (C) Tenasia

Heo Im (Kim Nam Gil) 

Heo Im is a doctor in the Joseon era. He’s proficient in acupuncture and moxibustion and is one of the best of his time. Due to his skills, he becomes wealthy and enjoys his new found riches. But not for long as someone decides to get rid of him. Though that didn’t work in the way it was supposed to. Instead of dying Heo Im wakes up in present day Seoul.

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Kim Nam Gil as Heo Im in “Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo” (C) tvN

Probably best known for his roles in “Portrait of a Beauty”, “The Pirates”, “The Shameless” and the 2016 disaster movie “Pandora”, Kim Nam Gil had his breakthrough as Bidam in “Queen Seondeok”. Not only is he an actor, but also a producer, singer, and philanthropist. He founded the non – profit organization ‘Gilstory’ which focuses on preserving cultural heritage, promoting arts and raising special purpose relief funds.

Choi Yeon Kyung (Kim Ah Joong) 

Choi Yeon Kyung is a cardiothoracic surgeon. She believes in modern science. She works hard and parties hard. Her and Heo Im’s paths cross and his influence will change the way she sees things.

Kim Ah Joong as Choi Yeon Kyung in her doctor’s attire.

Many might know Kim Ah Joong as the lead in “200 Pounds Beauty”. She received the Grand Bell Award for the “Best Actress” for her role in the critically acclaimed movie. She’s not only an actress but also a singer and model.

tvN further released a more in depth first look at the characters and the first episode:

And they also revealed a couple of ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos. Especially the one with the dog is adorable.

Thoughts

Honestly, after seeing the first teaser with Heo Im on the roof, I was already sold. The teasers at least seem to show a drama filled to the brim with comedy. So, yes, I will definitely watch it. I need a light – hearted and funny drama to fight off the heat!

“Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo” will air on the 12th of August at 9pm KST on tvN. What do you think about this new time slip drama?

New ‘Behind the Scenes’ Stills for “The Bride of the Water God”

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On the 12th of August, the staff behind the tvn fantasy – romance drama “The Bride of the Water God” released ‘Behind the Scenes’ pictures of the two main actors, Shin Se Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk.

The pictures were taken during the rehearsal for a couple of sweet and romantic moments between the Water God and his servant of the gods.

You can catch “The Bride of the Water God” every Monday and Tuesday at 10:50 pm KST on tvN.

Source: Pop Herald

 

Gong Myung Receives Praise For His Style in “The Bride of the Water God”

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Gong Myung has once again caught the attention of the public. The actor and singer who currently stars as wind God Bi Ryeom in the tvN fantasy – romance drama “The Bride of the Water God”, had previously received praise for the way he portrays the free spirited trouble maker God.

Now the expression of his character through his outfits is also being appreciated. From colorful suits to mixing different patterns or a relaxed jumper; the playfulness, unpredictability, and uniqueness of the charming character capture the viewer’s attention. His silver hair gives the look the final touch.

Catch Gong Myung on “The Bride of the Water God” on Monday 10:50 pm on tvN or your trustworthy streaming site of choice.

Source: Enews

Even if he’s receiving acknowledgment by the public, he made sure to show us that he’s still down to earth and retained his little kid humor:

Source: Instagram

 

The Bride of the Water God Episode 12 Recap/Review

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Welcome to the recap/review of “The Bride of the Water God” episode 12. At the end of episode 11, a furious Moo Ra snatched away So Ah, to finally reveal the truth about her ancestor’s sin. Let’s  finally find it out!

1.200 years ago, humans sacrificed a girl to the water god. Her name was Nak Bin. Habaek took her in and fell in love with her. During that time the King of the wind country was greedy. He was looking to destroy the realm and rebuild it in the way he wished to. For that, he needed Habaek’s power. He promised Nak Bin eternal life if she’d deliver a curse to Habaek. She agreed. The curse robbed Habaek of his power’s during the day and returned him back to a child. At night he regained them and returned to an adult. But Nak Bin never received her eternal life. She was captured by Habaek. The verdict of the Queen Mother was that she was to be killed and her blood used to lift the curse. She would receive her wish in a different way. There would be no reincarnation or nirvana for her. Nak Bin pleaded with him to save her. That she didn’t know that it was a curse. That she did it out of love. To be with him. Forever. But all Habaek had to say to her was that he’d never forgive her.

On the day Nak Bin was executed, Habaek wandered through the garden, Moo Ra trailing behind him. Fleeting images of his time with Nak Bin passed through his mind. He remembered his time with Nak Bin. Nak Bin was dragged to the beach.

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Nak Bin drowned in the ocean. She cried for Habaek to save her.

But Habaek did nothing. After her death, Habaek’s curse was lifted. But Nak Bin’s death wasn’t enough for the Queen Mother. She wanted the lives of Nak Bin’s Brother and Nephew. The brother made a foolish deal for his life with the Queen and promised the services of his descendants to the gods. That’s how Moo Ra’s story ends. She smirks at So Ah.

“That’s ridicolous. What does that have to do with me? Let’s say my ancestors betrayed this country, killed someone or stole something a thousand years ago. What does that have to do with me? Am I suppossed to feel guilty for what she did? Too bad. You can only feel guilty when you feel you did something wrong.”

Habaek is still waiting for So Ah to return. It’s already dark when she comes in, acting as if she just went for a long walk. Habaek wants to know what happened, but So Ah acts aloof.  He demands to know. She heard about his old love story. Nak Bin. But why should she care for something that happened a 1000 years ago? Habaek needs to know more. What is it she really wants to say? Go. Leave this house as soon as possible and go back as soon as possible. Habaek turns to leave, she’s not someone to give him commands. You did nothing, So Ah proclaims, antagonizing the water god further. Nothing to save the woman you loved. Habaek exits the house and slams the door rush. Tears drop down So Ah’s face.

For Moo Ra didn’t only tell So Ah about Nak Bin. She also begged her to let Habaek go. Water Country needs Habaek as Habaek needs Water Country. If he isn’t King, then he is nothing. He needs to return before he weakens even more. She needs to let him go and not be like Nak Bin. After Nak Bin’s death, Habaek punished himself. Moo Ra doesn’t want to see this happen again.

Bi Ryeom waits in front of Moo Ra’s bedroom. Deciding that enough time has passed, he opens the door. Moo Ra is standing in the middle of her room. She wishes she could lose herself in alcohol as humans can. She hates this. She had to confirm to So Ah that Habaek loves her. Why did she have to do that to make So Ah push Habaek away? Why was this the only way? Bi Ryeom answers her that she had to do what she needed to and she shouln’t regret it.

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While hugging her, Bi Ryeom tells Moo Ra that he’d punch Habaek for her if she’d let him. As usual, Moo Ra doesn’t want to hear any of that.

Habaek and So Ah both spend the night restless. Early the next morning, Habaek gets up and dresses. He stares at the door connecting his room with So Ah’s apartment but decides to walk out on the roof. He wakes Nam Soo Ri up, who’s still asleep.

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Is Nam Soo Ri finally receiving a word of appreciation from his master?

He tells Nam Soo Ri to inform So Ah that they are going to have breakfast together. After the meal, he returns their phones to her and tells her to cancel the contract. Also to inform Nam Soo Ri’s employers that he wouldn’t return to work and to get rid of his clothes and books.

“Don’t stay out late. I heard there is a light that turns on automatically when it gets dark. Get it for your door. And don’t eat cup noodles all the time. Try to make yourself proper food even if you’re not a good cook. Also, don’t clean the house once in a million years. Try to clean often. It’ll be easier that way. For the streetlight in the alley, I heard you can submit a complaint when it’s not working. Even if it feels like a hassle , it’s better than just walking in the dark. Just submit a complaint. You like doing things like that.”

He asks Nam Soo Ri to give them some privacy.

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How to say goodbye

They will return right away Habaek tells her. So Ah is surprised. She wants at least drive them to the gate, but Habaek declines. There is no need. Nam Soo Ri is already waiting outside. Bi Ryeom is there as well, assigned to drive them to the land of the gods. Habaek leaves without another word, without looking back. Nam Soo Ri hurries after him while wishing So Ah to take care of herself. Bi Ryeom is the last one to leave. He looks at her expression, at her tear stained cheeks, but there is nothing he can do. He leaves with a shrug. At the gate to the realm of the gods, Habaek looks back for the last time, before entering.

Shin Ja Ya receives an other to replace a reporter. But it’s a documentation about Sailfish. She tries to avoid the offer, but in the end, accepts in defeat. That is until Secretary Min sweeps in. He takes her phone away and calls them back, telling them that they’d have to clean the boat straight away. She’d be vomiting the moment she’d set foot on that boat. That resolves the issue. Ja Ya is grateful and speechless. A rare occurrence.

At their apartment, Moo Ra is taking the kissing practice seriously. But that weird puppet Bi Ryeom bought her, is avoiding her attempts to plant her lips on it. Bi Ryeom chuckles at her and asks if she’d rather had a good – looking mannequin. But it’s not as if that would resolve the problem. It’s about Moo Ra scaring the bejeezus out of her co – actors.

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Bi Ryeom is such a tease. I love it.

Bi Ryeom is kind enough to let her know that he’d be more than willing to help her practice. Moo Ra doesn’t answer him but instead inquires about So Ah. How is she doing since Habaek left?

So Ah is keeping herself busy and is putting on a happy facade. Nurse Yoo and Yeom Mi are both concerned, especially after finding out, that she’s even going on a blind date. Yeom Mi takes So Ah out for coffee to find out more about what happened between her and the water ghost. Yeom Mi is relieved that they broke up, but she is concerned that So Ah hasn’t cried. So Ah has neither the time nor does she want to talk with Yeom Mi about her feelings. She leaves Yeom Mi, who herself is sad about Nam Soo Ri’s departure and wishes she would have made a move on him.

At So Ah’s clinic, Nurse Yoo prepared coffee for Hoo Ye. Also, he seems to hear the wedding bells for the two of them as he confides a lot of information to Hoo Ye, some of it rather private. Before he can tell him more, So Ah arrives and takes Hoo Ye with her into her office to start their session. They talk about their last session and what happened So Ah apologizes again and investigates if he had a bad dream. The answer is yes. She tells him to try and not think about the bad things which happened to him. Maybe he’d be willing to tell her about his past? It’s too early for Hoo Ye and he declines. So Ah wishes for him to confine into her, she is here to help him. Hoo Ye watches her after she lowers her head to take notes of the session. He blurts out that they should go for dinner. So Ah tries to decline, but Hoo Ye beats her by saying that they’d be having dinner alone if not with each other.

Bi Ryeom and Moo Ra went out to a restaurant. Moo Ra is complaining. There is no need for them to eat, why are they here? Bi Ryeom tells her that it was her wish, wasn’t it? To be able to do the things humans do. Meanwhile, at the same restaurant, Hoo Ye is complaining to So Ah about her attitude? Haven’t they reached friend status yet? Both of them know so much about each other. And isn’t he this awesome, rich and good – natured person? She’s hurting his pride with her reluctance.

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They do look a bit like a gangster couple here.

Moo Ra proposes to go to another restaurant but Bi Ryeom doesn’t even listen. He tells his minion to take her home, while he takes off in his car. Moo Ra asks the minor god if he knows where Bi Ryeom is going, but as always the minor god stays quiet.

So Ah and Hoo Ye go on a walk after their dinner. They continue their friendship discussion. Hoo Ye’s feelings seem to be quite hurt and So Ah apologizes for that. But on the other hand, Hoo Ye also isn’t putting as much trust in her as he should put in a friend. She tells him that she can’t make him trust her, but she will put in more effort in proving him her reliability. Unexpectedly she spots the toy Habaek modeled with to make enough money to buy the cups for So Ah. Hoo Ye sees her gazing at it. He decides to buy it for her. Once again, So Ah interferes. She is far too old to receive a plush toy as a gift. Hoo Ye receives a call. Something came up at the resort and he has to leave. So Ah thanks him for the dinner and they say their goodbyes.

So Ah walks home, the toy in her arms. She visits places at her house and touches things which hold memories of Habaek. She ends up upstairs in his room. The book he was reading lies on the couch.

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The next day is difficult for So Ah. She is exhausted and tired and her patients are difficult. Luckily she only has one appointment in the afternoon. So Ah sits in her office chair, when Habaek materializes in front of her. Of course, he’s nothing more than he projection of her mind. But he speaks the truth within her heart. That it feels as if he was the one who dumped her and not the other way round. How she hates him for not catching her lie and staying with her. That she was wrong. There is no solution without hurting anyone.

Yeom Mi has another dream at her office. A soaked So Ah is standing in front of her. She tries to talk, but Yeom Mi can’t hear her. That’s when someone else walks in. His shoes are the only thing we can see. They are drenched. After she awakens, she calls So Ah straight away, that she needs to come and see her.

Moo Ra is at Hoo Ye’s office. Moo Ra confirms that Habaek returned to water country. Did So Ah tell him? What was it that she wanted in return. Hoo Ye tells her that if he’d already known he wouldn’t have asked her. Moo Ra came with an agenda of her own. She wants Hoo Ye to take So Ah and make her his. No matter what he may think, she doesn’t want humans to suffer because of the games of the gods. If she was really concerned about So Ah, Hoo Ye answers, wouldn’t she ask him to make her happy instead of just taking her? For Moo Ra, it doesn’t matter what he does. Just make her forget about Habaek.

Shin Ja Ya is surprised by Secretary Min who materializes out of thin air. Judging by her face, she has another problem. Ja Ya is more interested in how she can get him to become her manager. She needs dating advice again and she’s willing to pay. But Secretary Min doesn’t want money. He wants respect. Ja Ya is frustrated. Aren’t they the same age? She sure won’t call him ‘oppa’. But to get what she wants, she finally gives in. The meaning of the back hug is still haunting her and isn’t her cousin behaving more like a bad boy these days? Secretary Min tries to open her eyes. She should forget the incident. Hoo Ye is interested in her high school friend So Ah. In her car, Ja Ya calls her grandfather. She is furious and wants him to kick So Ah out of his building.

So Ah arrives at Yeom Mi’s office. Her best friend wants to predict her future. Something is fishy about So Ah constantly appearing in her dreams. But just when So Ah was about to give Yeom Mi her hand, she receives a call. They hurry back to So Ah’s office. Ja Ya got her will. Her grandfather kicked So Ah out. The movers are already there and putting away So Ah’s things into boxes.

 

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Who thought the alien believer can fight like that?

 

The whole group ends up at the police station. Mr Ma and Nurse Yoo are in a cell. Mr Ma still hasn’t calmed down. So Ah asks for leniency for her patient and that she as his doctor takes full responsibility for his actions. Hoo Ye enters the station. So Ah called him to help her in this situation. After they are finally are able to leave the station. Hoo Ye shares his amusement that she doesn’t have as many acquaintances. Just like him. He asks to drive her home. Once again So Ah declines. The cold air will wake her up and she lives close by. On her way home she receives a call from him. Is she not home yet? She must have lied about the distance then. So Ah answers that she just walked slowly. So Ah doesn’t even have to explain herself, Hoo Ye’s has been her shadow all the way. Unaware of that, she continues her way home. She tells him about Ja Ya and how she was the one who initiated everything. So Ah has no interest in her, why can’t she just let her be? She wants to either beg the building owner or Ja Ya to not kick her out. Hoo Ye advertises his threatening skills. Or should he just buy the building for her? When she rounds the corner and enters her street, So Ah doesn’t hear Hoo Ye’s voice anymore. She doesn’t hear anything. The phone slides out of her hand. As she looks at the one who can’t be standing at his favorite spot.

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Episode 12 ends with a happy reunion. Yay for So Ah. Yay for Habaek. I wonder what would happen to him if he just stayed in the human world. Will he turn to a human? But the minor gods didn’t. Maybe it’s different with the water god himself. Maybe there won’t be any more water because he’s ‘Nature’ and all that jazz.

This episode I particularly loved the budding relationship between Moo Ra and Bi Ryeom. Moo Ra is finally developing some feelings. But it got me thinking why Bi Ryeom only started to make a move now? How long has this been going on? Or is Moo Ra just really dense. Also, did Moo Ra already have her first kiss? Or is it going to be Bi Ryeom?

Yeom Mi shouldn’t be proud of her fortune telling skills. If she can’t foresee the imminent end of her best friend, what good are her skills? But her missing Nam Soo Ri is cute. I hope he is back as well.

One thing which I seriously disliked, and I think I wrote about it before, is the whole handling of the mental health patients and her work as a psychiatrist. It feels like a very cliche portraying off the people struggling with mental health, even if it was meant for comedic relief.

This is it. A wall of text and a couple of gifs. Let me know what you fought of episode 12 in the comments below.

As always thanks for reading.

Your fellow drama-addict,

Ivy