Hwayugi Episode 7 Recap
Oh Gong’s brother gives him ginseng soup to help with the cold he caught while being out in the snow. Woo Hwi Chul (Cha Seung Won) (with a noticeable wink from his detoxification) wasn’t aware that it snowed. Hwi Chul probes, is Oh Gong suffering from something else? Son Oh Gong (Lee Seung Gi) is firm it is a cold and nothing else. Oh Gong mocks Hwi Chul’s tick. He gets Bu Ja to mimic it. Hwi Chul shares that he’ll be inviting a famous movie director and Sam Jung to the house. That gets Oh Gong’s attention. Oh Gong pretends he doesn’t care. Hwi Chul looks forward to them meeting and fantasizes that they click. He hopes to make Oh Gong seethe with jealousy.
Jin Sun Mi (Oh Yeon Seo) (aka Sam Jung) tells Fairy Ha what Oh Gong said to her when the power of the bracelet was negated “Yes, you are pretty. I love you.” She notes that the way Oh Gong made the declaration had more feeling than the flat tone he typically has. Fairy Ha says she’s able to negate the ability to freeze the bracelet’s power that General Frost (her twin brother) has. Irked, Sam Jung ask if that’s what happened. Fairy Ha doesn’t directly respond but infers. Fairy Ha warns Sam Jung would be smarter to love a human than a demon. Sam Jung sputters she doesn’t love a demon.
Sam Jung is surprised to find Oh Gong waiting for her when she gets home. He gives her porridge to stave off any ill effects of being in the snow earlier. He teases her into leaving a message for his brother using the thermos. Irked she pulls out her cell phone to call his brother. She retorts that hanging out with him is making her believe his normal is her normal. Oh Gong asks if she’s miffed he tried to kill her. Sam Jung retorts he can’t with the bracelet, so she’s not worried. Oh Gong admits if she were to exit his life, his heart would shatter. He vows she won’t die unless he does. Sam Jung retorts that she finds it hard to trust his declarations due to the power of the bracelet. Oh Gong agrees the bracelet controls him. He urges her to rest, eat the porridge, and call him if she needs him. He disappears. She uses the thermos to call him but chides herself. Then she recalls his words to her in the snow. She says it was fake and she won’t believe his words. Oh Gong says (through the thermos) she’s been gullible since she was young. Irked, she hangs up the thermos. She urges herself not to be entranced by a demon.
I don’t like it when Oh Gong says Sam Jung won’t die unless he does. That telegraphs a sacrifice later in this series. I like Sam Jung’s struggle to resist the pull of Oh Gong, but it appears that she’s fighting a losing battle.
A man encounters the library’s ghost late and night. She’s pretty but has no legs. He screams.
While Oh Gong’s brother shops for seafood at the market, he encounters an octopus that claims to be the second son of the Dragon King of the East Sea, Jade Dragon. He agrees to help him.
Hwi Chul is surprised that in the box is the second son of the Dragon King of the East Sea. Oh Gong’s brother states he lost his powers as part of a punishment and was caught in a fishing net. The elder relates that Jade Dragon was punished for selling medicine to mermaids that made them human. He leaves the Jade Dragon with Hwi Chul and leaves. Irked that he’s forever taking in strays, Hwi Chul tells the elder to watch the Jade Dragon and leaves for a golf game. As the elder runs after Hwi Chul to stop his exit, the box lid opens.
Mean girl Alice gets high handed with Hwi Chul’s assistant insisting that she must speak with Hwi Chul. Predictably, the assistant considers killing her.
Hwi Chul’s assistant finds the empty box at Hwi Chul’s house. She murmurs that Jade Dragon has escaped.
Mean girl Alice is surprised when an octopus attacks her. She screams. When the lights go back on, it’s obvious the Jade Dragon has taken over Alice’s body. He’s not used to being in a woman’s body and ditches the high heels.
Hwi Chul’s assistant immediately knows that Alice is possessed. The Jade Dragon admits it.
Hwi Chul tells the Jade Dragon that he’ll intercede with his father. Jade Dragon claims he must find something first, then he’ll exit the body. Hwi Chul isn’t happy that the Jade Dragon is controlling one of his up and coming stars. When Hwi Chul’s assistant reminds him of the commercial shoot Alice has, the Jade Dragon agrees to do the commercial if Hwi Chul will help him find the person he’s looking for. Hwi Chul agrees and tells his assistant to help the Jade Dragon during the commercial and he’ll find Sam Jung. His assistant worries that he’s not ready to interact with Sam Jung. Hwi Chul assures he can handle it.
Sam Jung’s assistant wonders if she’d be interested in a blind date. He says the guy he knows would be much better than Oh Gong. He claps his hand over his mouth worried that Oh Gong can hear him say something negative about him. When Sam Jung picks up the thermos and talks into it telling Oh Gong not to bother her assistant, he thinks she’s nuts. He rescinds his offer of a blind date with his friend. He tells Sam Jung she’s too busy to date.
Sam Jung’s assistant is pleased when Hwi Chul arrives. He asks why is Sam Jung hasn’t been on TV. Hwi Chul says that Sam Jung is helping him with other events. He explains today she’ll help him with a visiting royal member. Sam Jung’s assistant is taken aback when Hwi Chul winks at him. He decides he should keep working there if someone as powerful as Hwi Chul is noticing him.
Hwi Chul explains he needs Sam Jung’s help in finding the mermaid and returning her to the sea so the Jade Dragon will be satisfied. They discuss whether or not Oh Gong’s love for Sam Jung is real. She believes it’s fake. Hwi Chul confirms that. Sam Jung says if he knows anybody that would like her, she’s interested. Hwi Chul agrees it would be best for Sam Jung to fall in love with a human, not a demon. Hwi Chul says if Sam Jung finds the mermaid, he’ll find her someone to date. He chuckles at the bonus that this will hurt Oh Gong.
Oh Gong’s brother tells him that the Jade Dragon needs him to find the mermaid. He says if Oh Gong can accomplish this, he’ll receive a mermaid’s tear which will offer him a virtual reality experience. Oh Gong isn’t impressed claiming there’s nothing that he would want to experience. Oh Gong’s brother reminds him that he could have the experience of drinking alcohol space which he’s currently banned from doing. That gets Oh Gong’s attention. He agrees to find the mermaid for the Jade Dragon. There’s no other no better bait for a demon than Sam Jung.
Sam Jung is surprised when Oh Gong shows up to help her hunt for the mermaid. He claims that he can’t let her go into any kind of dangerous situation without him. They entered the school and head to the library to find the mermaid.
The first step to finding the mermaid, is finding the man she loves. They find him working in the library. They see that he loves another human. Oh Gong comments that watching the human you love, love another, must make the mermaid want to kill him. Sam Jung’s sympathy lies with the mermaid. Oh Gong asks why is Sam Jung doesn’t have the same sympathy for him. He’s in the same position as the mermaid. Tired of the situation, Oh Gong leaves the library.
Hwi Chul is giddy that Oh Gong’s heart will be shredded when Sam Jung and the director meet. He can already imagine Oh Gong’s sorrow when Sam Jung falls for another man. His assistant suggests that Sam Jung and the director should meet without his assistance to make their feelings come to life. Hwi Chul says that’s not possible and forcing the meeting is the best thing to make it happen. The assistant recalls the director giving her pictures of Sam Jung and asking for her help in finding her. Of course, the assistant promised to give the director Sam Jung’s business card. She asks Hwi Chul which would be better, a fated meeting or an arranged meeting. When he says planned meeting would be better, his assistant smiles knowing in this instance her boss is wrong.
The director visits Sam Jung’s office, but she’s not there. He goes to her desk to leave a note and sees a picture of her as a young girl. He realizes that Sam Jung is the woman of his dreams. Thrilled, he hugs Sam Jung’s assistant who doesn’t understand anything he’s saying because he speaking English.
That was a darling scene. Even though I know the director is doomed and will not get Sam Jung’s love, I like him.
At the commercial shoot there’s male posturing between PK (Lee Hong Ki) and the Jade Dragon. But when the Jade Dragon has a wardrobe malfunction, PK gallantly drapes her in a shawl. The Jade Dragon feels a physical tug towards PK. He asks an assistant if he likes PK. The assistant is shocked and asks if she finally confessed her feelings for PK. The Jade Dragon is not happy to know the body he occupies feels feelings for PK.
Oh Gong tries to decide the kind of alcohol that he’ll drink once he gets the mermaid’s tear. BJ has suggestions which makes him vacillate. He gets irritated when she suggests that he used the mermaid’s tear to reconnect with somebody that he wants loved. He pokes her pointing out she doesn’t even know who she wants was. He claims he’s going to simulate drinking and that’s all there is to it.
At the library the demon mermaid appears before Sam Jung. She douses the mermaid with water but the effect isn’t as promised. The mermaid leaves. But then the mermaid runs into Oh Gong, who gives her the knife from the Jade Dragon. The mermaid leaves just as Sam Jung sees the exchange. She asks Oh Gong what he gave the mermaid. Oh Gong demurs it was someone wanted her to have. Sam Jung asks if a human will be harmed. Oh Gong doesn’t care. Sam Jung doesn’t like that.
Sam Jung finally calls her assistant who tells her the director is waiting for her. She’s confused. She doesn’t know a director that was also a childhood friend. Her assistant puts the director on the phone. But just then the man that the Mermaid once loved walks by. Sam Jung worries the mermaid will kill him when she realizes that Oh Gong gave the mermaid a knife. She hangs up.
Sam Jung rushes to the library and sees the mermaid with the knife. The Mermaid has tears in her eyes.
Hwi Chul isn’t happy when he learns that Oh Gong gave the mermaid a knife. The Jade Dragon explains that the mermaid was discarded by a human and now wants to kill the human that discarded her. Hwi Chul is upset that he was used to harm a human. Oh Gong tells him not to sweat it, saying that the mermaid can’t harm the human.
The human unzips a body bag that reveals the mermaid complete with tail. He is startled when he sees the tail. He runs into Sam Jung. She tells him she knows he killed the mermaid. The man declares that girl wasn’t a human being. He laughs saying if the girl wasn’t human, then it wasn’t murder. Sam Jung reveals that the mermaid will get retribution. She steps aside and the mermaid is there. The mermaid plunges the knife into the man’s chest. Sam Jung says to the man that it will become a permanent thorn in his heart and hurt forever. The man falls down. Sam Jung tells the mermaid that she can return to the sea. She turns into a puddle of water.
The Elder and Hwi Chul discuss how Oh Gong helped the mermaid, but didn’t get his prize of a tear. The Elder comments that Oh Gong must have felt a similar pain as the mermaid, because he was once betrayed by human. The Elder says that Oh Gong’s reaction to that incident caused him to be banished into the house where a young Sam Jung freed him.
Sam Jung is surprised to find Oh Gong hanging out at Fairy Ha’s bar. She asks if he didn’t tell her that the mermaid would try and extract revenge, because he was afraid she would try and stop the mermaid. Oh Gong confirms this stating human can’t be trusted and therefore he couldn’t tell her the truth. Sam Jung tells Oh Gong that she doesn’t consider him pitiful like he considered the mermaid. She says even though his feelings for her or fake, she genuinely enjoys his company and likes him. Oh Gong scoffs that the man probably thought the same thing initially about the mermaid. Sam Jung promises that if she ever betrays him, he can stab her. When Oh Gong suggests they make a contract to seal the deal, Sam Jung won’t fall for that trap again. Oh Gong asks her what virtual reality experience she would want. Sam Jung admits she’d like to go back to when she was young so she can spend more time with her grandmother. Fairy Ha brings her whiskey, and Sam Jung apologizes for drinking in front of Oh GongA. He says it’s no problem, that soon he’ll be able to drink again.
Sam Jung’s assistant apologizes to the director when she does not return to the office. The director leaves the photos on her desk. He says he’ll come back another day. He asks the assistant if Sam Jung has a boyfriend. The assistant thinks of Oh Gong’s rude ways, and declares Sam Jung has no boyfriend. That makes the director happy.
The Jade Dragon refuses to return to the sea even with Hwi Chul’s escort. He claims that the knife given to the mermaid must be returned to his father or there will be trouble. Hwi Chul is frustrated that nothing is going the way he wants. His assistant cheers him up with the news that the director is already half in love with Sam Jung. She tells him that the director was liked Sam Jung when he was a young man. Hwi Chul is thrilled. Now Oh Gong will feel pain.
Oh Gong has the mermaid’s tear and the help of Bu Ja to choose the whiskey he wants to simulate to drink. She spins the wheel of alcohol and he throws the dart and hits whiskey. His brother smiles and says he’ll be at the perfect side dish. Oh Gong is all smiles.
Now that was a cute exchange that I enjoyed.
Sam Jung is surprised when she finds her grandmother sitting on her couch. The virtual reality that Oh Gong earned, is given to her. We see a young Sam Jung run into her grandmother’s arms. They kiss, hug, and cry that they miss each other. We see Oh Gong alone at his house drinking water and musing that he really wants to drink some alcohol.
Now that was a touching moment.
The next day at work Sam Jung’s assistant tells her she looks wonderful. She shares that wonderful dream about her grandmother and it made the world bright again. Her assistant remembers that a man was there for her yesterday. Sam Jung looks at him questioningly.
At a bookstore the director helps little boy get a book.
He seems like a sweet generous man.
Sam Jung looks through the photos the director left for her and finds a drawing with the caption “do you remember me”. The drawing takes her back to her childhood. She remembers the director was a young man that liked her. She tells her assistant knows a man that liked her when he was young. The assistant says he told the director that she didn’t have a boyfriend.
PK shows Bu Ja the video he uploaded of her dancing. Lots of the comments are from fans hoping she can find her family. Bu Ja says it would be nice if she knew who she once was.
We see a sleeping woman in a hospital room. She has a flyer that is got Bu Ja’s picture. The men that tried to bury Bu Ja tell the man on the phone that they found the mother, and if they kill the mother, then Bu Ja will have no one looking for her. The man smiles and says make it happen. The man is the guy from the gym. Before they killed Bu Ja’s mother, the men see the uploaded video of Bu Ja dancing. They can’t believe it.
Hwi Chul’s assistant makes sure food preparations are perfect. Hwi Chul tells Oh Gong that the director coming to the house was born in America but visited his family often in Korea. Oh Gong Claims not to space care. Hwi Chul says Oh Gong will care when he learns that this man is a dear friend of Sam Jung.
The director sees Sam Jung walking towards Hwi Chul’s house. He rushes after her.
Hwi Chul explains that the director had a crush on Sam Jung when she was a young girl. Oh Gong says they won’t remember each other. Hwi Chul counters that they’ve already met, and today will be the official reunion of these two former friends. Hwi Chul loves the fact that soon Oh Gong will be part of the drama even if he doesn’t want to be.
The doorbell rings and the assistant find Sam Jung waiting. She ushers her into the house. The director is right behind her. When Sam Jung enters the living room Oh Gong stands. Hwi Chul smiles as the director rushes in. He asks Sam Jung if she remembers him. She holds out her hand, smiles and says she remembers him. Oh Gong watches the director takes Sam Jung’s hand and they smile at each other. Hwi Chul practically does a happy dance on the couch. He sees Oh Gong’s clenched his jaw as the Director hugs Sam Jung. The director asks if Sam Jung is happy to see him. She smiles and says she’s happy to see him. Hwi Chul asks Oh Gong if this is killing him. Oh Gong admits it hurts. Hwi Chul is giddy with joy. Oh Gong tells Hwi Chul because he created this drama, he’s responsible for what he does next. Hwi Chul watches Oh Gong stride towards Sam Jung and the director. He wonders if Oh Gong intends to kill the director.
Oh Gong walks to the couple. He spins Sam Jung around and tells her that he’s happy to see her. He asks if she’s happy to see him. Sam Jung confirms she’s happy to see him. Oh Gong grabs her and pulled her into a hug. Everyone is shocked. Oh Gong pulls away and stares into Sam Jung’s eyes. Then Oh Gong kisses her. Sam Jung doesn’t know whether to respond or stay frozen in shock.
I want to know why Hwi Chul and Oh Gong needle each other. These two grown men act like little boys trying to one up each other, but they don’t mind making each other feel pain, which skews cruel. If we knew their back story, we’d understand the taunting vibe of their relationship.
The parallel between the mermaid and her human and Oh Gong and his human was effective. The Hong sisters wrote two similar scenarios that showcased pain when love isn’t returned. First the mermaid’s pain when her human loved another. Oh Gong will be in a similar scenario, as he watches Sam Jung respond positively to the director who obviously has feelings for Sam Jung. The director is sweet and kind, I like him. That was an effective casting. I know he’s doomed, but it was nice for Sam Jung to smile at the memory of the oppa that liked her when she was young. Of course, Oh Gong wasn’t going to let Sam Jung fall for another man without making a move. His hug and kiss were Oh Gong’s branding of Sam Jung.
Son Oh Gong (Lee Seung Gi) vacillates between uncaring cad and generous guy. Sam Jung doubts everything Oh Gong says, and with good reason. Oh Gong tries to keep his distance from Sam Jung but he can’t help himself and appears when she needs him. I liked that he kept the knife a secret from Sam Jung. His logic that she wouldn’t understand and muck things up was sound. The highlight moment of the episode was when Oh Gong gave up the mermaid’s tear virtual experience to Sam Jung. I was touched when Sam Jung was young and ran into her grandmother’s arms for comfort and love. What is Oh Gong’s backstory of the human he cared for and was betrayed by?
Jin Sun Mi (Oh Yeon Seo) can’t stop her feelings for Oh Gong from growing. She keeps trying not fall further under his spell. In many ways, Oh Gong’s callous behavior makes that easy at times. Fairy Ha warned her not to love a demon. Hwi Chul warned the same. But Sam Jung’s heart says otherwise. While the Director is a sweet and generous man, he doesn’t stand a chance with Sam Jung. Is it too early to call it game over because Oh Gong has won Sam Jung’s heart?
Woo Hwi Chul (Cha Seung Won) dealt fairly with the Jade Dragon. He wasn’t happy to learn that the Jade Dragon had kept aspects of his mission from Hwi Chul (e.g. the knife to kill the human). He was happy when he knew that Oh Gong would feel the pain of jealously. Once we know why Oh Gong and Hwi Chul are enemies, maybe we can see them grow to frenemies. I want this to happen. Right now, their prickly relationship seems childish.
Supporting characters contribute. Fairy Ha gave Sam Jung the advice not to give her heart to Oh Gong. She probably knows that it’s too late, but it was still good advice. It interesting that Fairy Ha intimated that she countered her brother’s freeze of the necklace’s power. Was Oh Gong under the spell of the necklace when he said Sam Jung was pretty and he loved her or wasn’t he? PK and Bu Ja continue to be cute together. I liked the interactions between PK and the Jade Dragon in Alice’s body. Hwi Chul’s assistant continues to amuse. She correctly realized that the director and Sam Jung had the potential for a match. She’s proven her loyalty and is willing to eat annoying folks, if only Hwi Chul would sanction it.
Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.
Suran sings the 4th song of the OST titled “I’ll be fine”. Per allkpop “I’ll Be Fine”, written by Armadillo and composed by Armadillo and Humbert, is the 4th OST out for the drama series. It serves as the theme song for Jin Sun Mi (played by Oh Yeon Seo) and her trials with loneliness and a hurtful past. Check it out: