We meet our Korean ghostbusters and are introduced to our very interesting, core ghosts. One’s lost her memory and the other is what we’ll probably be, should we become ghosts: tailing our oppas about as we run our fingers through their hair (hahaha). The premise is set and the characters come into play. The drama though hasn’t quite found its footing just yet. Hopefully it gets better in episode two.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- We meet Bong Pal. He’s a ghostbuster whose goal in life is to make one hundred million won
We open on Bong Pal walking down the street, till he sees something that has him running. We then cut to cops chasing after a thief and Bong Pal behind them as we hear Bong Pal tell us that there are a variety of people in the world: thieves, cops… he trails off as he leaps over the thief we’d assumed he was chasing and continues running till he stops and we see just ahead, people being flung aside until a ghost makes his appearance. Bong Pal completes his statement and says that even ghosts exist in the world. He chases the ghost to a warehouse and when the ghost attacks him, he punches the ghost in the face. We cut to morning and Bong Pal who’s in the toilet sees a ghostly hand appear by his doorframe. He tells us that he can see ghost and in the next moment moans that he’d given himself away and now the ghost knows he can see her. Sure enough she shows up to bug him and when he reacts, she smiles that her suspicions have been confirmed. The minute she opens her mouth though, he punches her in the face as he tells us that he beats up ghosts. Whilst the female ghost is groaning that he about dislocated her jaw (hahaha), Bong Pal warns her to never come to his house again. She is all courteous and leaves and Bong Pal tells us that he didn’t just hit a girl, he hit a ghost. He corrects us though that he only beats up the weak ghost as we see him run away from a gangster ghost who’s way bigger and stronger than him and he also states that he gets paid to beat up ghosts and that his plan is to earn one hundred million won total. He’s got a long way to go as he just has over a million won in his bank account and he wonders if he should start targeting the stronger ghost so he can hike his price. He heads to his university where his Economics professor splits them into groups for a class assignment. Bong Pal though isn’t a team player and turns himself into a one man group and his former group members call him an arrogant jerk.
2. We meet Myung Chul, a monk who’s seen better days
Myung Chul’s in a bus scribbling notes on his palm when he notices that a little girl’s observing him. He makes faces at her, trying to get her to smile, but his plan backfires and the girl cries instead. Uncomfortable with the censure he can see in everybody’s eyes, he gets off before his stop and makes his way to a funeral to perform the rites. Except, he’s at the wrong funeral and he’s directed to the right funeral. Whilst there, he eats like he’s been starving for days and even steals leftover alcohol. It’s a pitiful sight and the other mourners comment about how he used to be successful back in the day and was even good at exorcisms but now, he’s at a low point.
3. Say hello to Chung Sang and In Rang, founding members of Ghostnet club
Over at the university campus, Bong Pal’s admiring the gorgeous Seo Yeon from a distance, and the moment is interrupted by Chung Sang and In Rang who spouting nonsense, attempt to get a read on Bong Pal and conclude that he has an air of darkness around him (you have no idea). They offer to help shine light on him and drive away the darkness and hand over a flier to their club: Ghostnet where they’re preoccupied with finding ghosts. Bong Pal’s not interested and walks away leaving Chung Sang and In Rang to return to the Ghostnet Club office where they find an eviction notice. In Rang wails that they will be kicked out if they’re not able to find more club members and suggests they sell Chung Sang’s expensive video equipment to pay for room and board. Chung Sang though believes that the equipment will come in handy someday and they will gain both popularity and wealth. When a frustrated In Rang asks for a time frame, Chung Sang suggests they get to work immediately and points to a newspaper clipping decrying Seoyi Girl’s High as being haunted by ghosts. Next thing we see, they’re both at the high school with In Rang terrified because six students are known to have died on the school grounds whilst Chung Rang applies makeup and preps so he can look great on camera (Dude! wrong priorities. Hahaha). Bong Pal receives a mail with a link to the live stream where commenters are calling the boys stupid for going to the haunted school. The boys don’t take them seriously however and they goof around, scaring each other and remaining totally oblivious to the fact that there’s a ghost watching them.
4. Bong Pal gets lured into Seoyi Girl’s High
Bong Pal who’s watching them stream the video gets distracted by Myung Chul who it turns out is a family friend. As Myung Chul digs into the hangover soup Bong Pal made for him, he reminds Bong Pal to continue to keep his distance from ghosts and to pretend not to see or hear them so they wouldn’t disturb him (so he doesn’t know about Bong Pal’s extracurricular activities then). He’s trying to give Bong Pal a message from his dad when Bong Pal excuses himself to chat with a client who wants him to get rid of a schoolgirl ghost in her school. Bong Pal’s all up for it, particularly when the girl tells him that she would pay ten million won for the exorcism. The location is Seoyi Girl’s High and Bong Pal lies to Myung Chul that he’s going to the study hall and hurries out to the location. We cut to the school and see that the message was typed on the only computer that’s on in the computer room and there’s nobody there. Chun Sang and In Rang who are still in the school are shaking in their boots as they head to the restroom where the ghost was claimed to have been seen. They’re practically falling over each other and getting spooked by the littlest thing so when the one of the restroom doors swings open and a cat jumps out with a loud screech, they take off running like all hell’s been let loose (hahaha. What cowards). What it means however is that they’re not around when Bong Pal comes looking for Miss Help Me, the person who’d sent him the message.
5. We meet Hyun Ji, a ghost who’s seeking vengeance for the other ghosts
Bong Pal makes his way into the school where he spots Hyun Ji standing in the middle of the staffroom. Having figured that she’s the ten million won ghost, he proceeds to beat her when she appears before him and when Hyun Ji complains that she’s in pain, Bong Pal tells her not to pretend she’s hurt when she’s a ghost and not a girl. Hyun Ji points out that she’s both and then starts clutching her heart as she claims that she died from a bad heart. She’s just faking it though and she uses Bong Pal’s temporary sympathy to turn the fight around and starts beating him up as she asks him who he thinks he is to beat up ghosts. The two of them struggle and fight but Hyun Ji wins out in the end and Bong Pal has to slink off out of the school. Hyun Ji who sees his notebook and notes that he attends the elite Myungsung University tosses the note at his head and warns him against coming back.
6. We meet Kyung Ja a ghost fangirl and Myung Chul’s not as good as everyone thinks. Or is he?
Whilst Bong Pal is at home remembering the trouncing he’s received and feeling very angry by the minute, Hyun Ji’s passing by a cafe and spots Kyung Ja an older ghost who’s been attached to a cute guy she’s been following around for two years. She’s convinced that she’ll keep sticking with him until he dies and she can introduce herself (well that’s one way of proving your love for him) and grumbles that the man isn’t dead yet although she’s made him lose all his hair. She then asks Hyun Ji if she’s found what she’s looking for and when Hyun Ji answers that she hasn’t yet, Kyung Ja reminds her that it’s been five years and she doesn’t have much time. Hyun Ji then wonders why she’s still on earth and hasn’t moved on to the afterlife and Kyung Ja answers that she could either have unresolved issues keeping her or she was murdered. Hyun Ji though doesn’t know how she died, who her parents her, what school she attended or if her name is actually Hyun Ji. Kyung Ja then points out that seeing that the first day they’d met five years prior, Hyun Ji had tried taking the SATs, unaware that she’s dead, maybe Hyun Ji’s unresolved issue is that she didn’t take the exams. The next morning at breakfast, Myung Chul notices Bong Pal’s bruised face but Bong Pal waves it off and questions Myung Chul about the weaknesses of female ghosts. Myung Chul who’s about to answer wonders what’s with Bong Pal’s sudden interest in ghosts and figures that Bong Pal receives his injuries from a ghost beating him up. Myung Chul blames himself for Bong Pal’s affliction and offers to show him a ghost’s weakness. He takes the word literarily and drays Bong Pal to an abandoned building where he addresses a ghost. Except the ghost is facing the other way and to make it worse, Myung Chul calls the ghost a child when Bong Pal can clearly see that the ghost is an adult male, totally drunk. Seeing that has Bong Pal walking away and so he doesn’t see when Myung Chul faces the ghost correctly and throws rice granules in the ghost’s face. The rice granules hurt the ghost who gets mad and attacks a screaming Myung Chul.
7. A kiss awakens Hyun Ji’s memories and Chung Sang and In Rang find the ghost they’re looking for
Upset at all the negative reviews they received for their ghost hunting fail, Chung Sang and In Rang head back to Seoyi Girl’s High, set up cameras in the hallways and classes and then inform their viewers that this time around, they intend to wait till a ghost appears. They hide in a closet and observe the hallways with their installed cameras. Unaware that that Chung Sang and In Rang are also in the building, Bong Pal comes back to Seoyi Girl’s High in order to trounce Hyun Ji in return. Except, Hyun Ji’s still stronger than him and proceeds to beat the crap out of him (hahaha). During the course of the fight, they roll down the stairs and end up in a lip-lock. The act has Hyun Ji flashing back to the time of her death and she clearly sees herself bleeding, the crowd of students gathered and the sign of her school which reads: Academy of Language Arts. Bong Pal blusters that she shouldn’t think anything of it. He then adds that she shouldn’t think it a big deal as it’s not her first kiss. But it is her first kiss and she kicks him in the groin because of it (ouch). His screaming wakes up Chung Sang and In Rang who check their cameras for any footage of the ghost. They don’t see the ghost on the cameras and are therefore horrified when she creeps up on them. They take off running and screaming and bump into Bong Pal and Hyun Ji who also get terrified by the ghost and take off after them. Hyun Ji though takes a detour and Bong Pal runs to the elevator with Chung Sang and In Rang. They think they’re safe until a ghostly hand appears and starts to strangle Bong Pal. Thinking fast, Chung Sang pops open the elevator door and Bong Pal punches the ghost in the face. She falls to the ground and her face transforms into that of a man and as the elevator doors close, Bong Pal sees the male ghost turn to leer at a terrified looking Hyun Ji.
8. The start of a beautiful partnership
The boys runs outside where a terrified Chung Sang wonders who the creepy ghost is. In Rang remembers him as a pervert who peeped into the girl’s bathroom and a schoolgirl then had knocked him off his feet which had resulted in him dying on the school grounds. At the words, Bong Pal takes off running, and he thankfully makes it in time to the classroom where the perverted ghost has cornered Hyun Ji after beating her up. He jumps in to defend her and gets trounced for his efforts, so much so that he starts to beg the ghost to let him leave whilst he can continue whatever he had in mind with Hyun Ji. The words are merely a distraction though as Bong Pal tries to kick the ghost in the groin when he’s not looking, but the ghost is wise to him and lifts him high up in the air as he attempts to strangle Bong Pal. Hyun Ji wonders what she should do and then sneaks up on the ghost to kick him in the groin (atta girl). Soon they’re fighting all night long until Hyun Ji notices the pervert ghost’s Achilles heel: the back of his head and tells Bong Pal to hit it. The minute Bong Pal does, pervert ghost disintegrates. After praising each other on a job well done and making their introductions, Bong Pal wonders who he’s to take his ten million won from and asks Hyun Ji if she knows who ‘Help Me’ is. He figures that she’s the one but she points out that ghosts don’t have money and he hadn’t caught the ghost alone; she’d helped, and so she shouldn’t have to pay him. The conversation then dissolves into an argument with Bong Pal warning Hyun Ji that he never wants to cross paths with her again, and her saying the same. He walks out of the school but unfortunately all their ghostbusting antics had the security guard call the police and they’re waiting for him as he leaves the school.
9. Hyun Ji figures out a way to get her memories back and Bong Pal gets busted
Hyun Ji meets with Kyung Ja who points out that Hyun Ji is constantly getting into fights and then notices her slightly swollen lips (why are they swollen though? Was it from the kiss? Cuz that was a light peck. Or did she get punched in the face? Can ghosts actually get injured?). Hyun Ji brushes it off as her bumping against something and then mentions that when she’d bumped against the thing, memories had flashed in her head. Except, she can’t remember anything of what she’d remembered anymore. Kyung Ja’s suggests she go bump against the thing again so her memories can return to her. Meanwhile, Bong Pal is getting grilled at the police station where everything he says just makes him look like a weird pervert who’s gone to a high school female bathroom to plant a camera. Nothing he says is believable and he’s sent to a cell where he remains until Myung Chul shows up the next morning to get him out. With Bong Pal’s account book in hand, Myung Chul asks Bong Pal if he made all his money from performing exorcisms. Silence is all the proof Myung Chul needs to confirm the truth. When he asks Bong Pal why’s he doing it especially because Bong Pal’s aware that there’s a chance he could turn into a ghost as well, Bong Pal tells him that the money’s so he can get his eyes fixed like Myung Chul had once mentioned. And with that, he leaves.
10. We meet Hye Sung who sees something and Hyun Ji locates Bong Pal
Hyun Ji visits Myungsung University searching for Bong Pal and gets carried away looking at the sights. She hears a dog whining and looks in on a rescue mission where Hye Sung pulls out a puppy that had been stuck in the drain. He gets bitten in the process but is good natured enough not to complain. Hyun Ji is impressed that he’s so young and already a professor, which makes Myungsung even more impressive in her eyes. She disappears, disrupting a broomstick and Hye Sung’s eyes briefly glance to where Hyun Ji had been and his eyes skitter away (so what? Can he see her or hear her? Or is it both?). Hyun Ji though, heads to the student center where she commandeers a vacant station and accesses someone’s computer so she can find Bong Pal’s house address. And so, when Bong Pal gets home, it’s to find Hyun Ji waiting for him. She complains about him taking too long to get home and he replies that he’s not in the mood for a fight. Hyun Ji doesn’t want to fight either as she merely wants to confirm ‘something’. She tells him to hold on for a bit and flies towards him, her mouth headed straight for his.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode
This episode’s a Minted Sake Pineapple Cooler. It’s sweet in some parts especially because Kim So Hyun is an amazing Hyun Ji who’s innocent, and sweet, smart and kickass and actually has great chemistry with Taecyeon’s Bong Pal. The problem though is the other part, the setting up of the story and the introduction to the characters which dragged in some parts. Plus, that accidental kiss and the setting up of the need for more future kisses so Hyun Ji can get her memories back as me cringing just a tad bit. Maybe over time I might be able to get over the age difference? For now though, can we stay away from the kissing aspect so we can enjoy the rest of what I’m hoping would be an amazing drama?