Open Thread: My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Episodes 15 & 16

Welcome to the Open Thread, everyone! Can you believe we’re already at the end of our journey, and it’s time to say goodbye to our favorite gumiho and her favorite human? 🥲 They really adorable together, aren’t they?

Before we begin, just a quick announcement:

We’ll be starting on our group watch of Kill Me, Heal Me next week, on 24 July 2021, woot! I will publish an announcement post soon, so that we can refresh our memories on the various logistical details, like where to watch, etc. Do look out for that! (Update: Announcement post is here!)

Without further ado, here are my reactions to this set of episodes; have fun in the Open Thread, everyone! ❤️

My thoughts

Episode 15

To be brutally honest, this episode felt like filler to me, with half of it dedicated to requisite angst for our OTP before we arrive at the happy ending that our finale promises, and the other half used for random bits of fun, probably to appease us for having to endure the requisite angst, heh.

For the record, there were a couple of times that I laughed out loud, despite feeling rather ho-hum about the angst that our penultimate episode demands.

My favorite bit of funny, was Byeong Soo trying to imagine the unimaginable scenario that involves Dae Woong and Mi Ho.

The makjang lashings were pretty funny, with Byeong Soo’s imagination going from Dae Woong crashing the wedding to wrist-grab Mi Ho outta there, to Dae Woong crashing the wedding to wrist-grab Gumiho Hunter outta there, to Dae Woong crashing the wedding to announce that the three of them are, in fact, siblings. Pwahaha. I got a kick out of this detour into makjang-land, I hafta say.

Through the various scenarios, Gumiho Hunter’s expressions are extra fantastic, and I cackled at them all. 😆

The other thing that I found amusing, is the reveal that Aunt is preggers with Director Ban. Apparently they’d gotten frisky after eating those boiled eggs at the jimjilbang, and now, the baby’s nickname is “gyeran” (계란) which literally means “egg.” I guess that’s very apt?

I’m surprised that Director Ban isn’t more involved in the wedding planning, since he’s so madly in love with Aunt, but I get that this is all in service of our main narrative. I did get a bit of a kick out of the way he appeases Aunt by telling her that ever since he’s met her, he’s drinking less coffee every day, because she’s filled up the empty void in his heart, with the coffee of love. Pfft. Trust Director Ban and Aunt to make something as everyday as coffee an ardent symbol of their love.

The exaggerated shy meaningful looks that they share thereafter, when Aunt offers Director Ban coffee *nudgenudgewinkwink* when he visits Grandpa with gifts for the wedding, is totally their brand of cheesy. They’re probably going to exasperate their kid by being like this, always, right? 😂

On the angsty side of things, I don’t much care for the multiple almost-meets and just-misses that we get between Dae Woong and Mi Ho, nor for the fake wedding between Mi Ho and Gumiho Hunter, but I suppose this is kind of par for the course, for a drama of this vintage.

Despite not much caring for what kinda feels like reverse noble idiocy (as in, this time it’s Mi Ho’s turn, after Dae Woong’s bout of noble idiocy), I do find the idea touching, that Mi Ho would want to make it such that Dae Woong would believe she’s fine, and living well elsewhere, so that he wouldn’t be hurt by the knowledge of her death.

It’s also selfless of Mi Ho, to take the bead out even though having it would make her life more comfortable, because she believes that this way, she can somehow preserve the years of life that Dae Woong’s given her.

I do appreciate that because Dae Woong knows Mi Ho so well, he’s able to pick up on the clues that indicate she’s not as ok as she claims to be.

I like the idea that Dae Woong’s become so well acquainted with Mi Ho’s gumiho nature, that he can tell right away, when something’s off. Her inability to hear his conversation with Grandpa; her inability smell Ddoong Ja; her inability to overpower him, strength-wise. Each clue makes Dae Woong more determined to check Mi Ho’s condition for himself, and I’m glad for it, because otherwise, Mi Ho would just carry on with her nobly idiotic charade.

I did enjoy the detail that Mi Ho’s grown more savvy, though. She’s able to give Dae Woong quick and plausible answers when he questions her apparently lack of gumiho ability, and that makes her feel more well-informed and grown-up, and less childlike. In a weird sort of way, this makes the dynamic between Mi Ho and Dae Woong feel more balanced. Where before, she’d believe just about anything Dae Woong might say, she’s now perfectly capable of talking back to him.

I’m actually rather surprised that Dae Woong buys the idea of Mi Ho marrying Gumiho Hunter, but I suppose it’s plausible, given that he’s seen them actually book a wedding venue, and he’s always had a sense of insecurity around Gumiho Hunter.

I like that the thing that causes their paths to cross again, after a stretch of being apart, post-wedding discovery, is the photo album of memories, that they’d promised to create together.

Even though neither of them is nursing any real hope of reconciling now, they both can’t bear to leave that album of memories behind, and I like that a lot. It demonstrates how real and how important those memories are to the both of them.

Again, I like how Dae Woong demonstrates his understanding of Mi Ho. From the fact that the lights are on, and the countdown board has been updated up to the present, he can tell that Mi Ho’s in the apartment, but hiding from him. I think it was pretty smart of Dae Woong to leave, and then wait for Mi Ho outside, so that he’d be able to talk to her.

While it does feel, to me, like Mi Ho’s decision to reveal the state of her tails to Dae Woong, is driven by nothing more than the fact that we’re at the end of the penultimate episode, it is still a poignant moment, to see Dae Woong’s horror at the confirmation of his worst fears: Mi Ho really is still dying, and she doesn’t have much time left. Oof.

Episode 16

Augh. You guys, this finale is a moving as I remembered. It had been long enough since I’d watched this, that I couldn’t remember the details of how Show works everything out; I could only recall that Show had managed to move me in deep and surprising ways. And whaddya know, 11 years later, Show did it all over again. I am as moved on this second viewing, as I had been, during my first watch.

The thing that gets me right in the heart, is just how readily Dae Woong agrees to give up his life, if it means that Mi Ho might live. And he’s consistent about it too; it’s not just an impulse thing. Each time it comes up, he grabs that chance by the horns, and embraces it – inhales it – with determination and gusto. It isn’t that he’s not afraid; he is afraid. But he’s even more afraid that Mi Ho will die, and so he’d rather give up his life to her, and die in her place. AUGH. Isn’t that the most moving thing, ever?

I know that many of us had been really annoyed with Dae Woong last set of episodes, when he’d embarked on his nobly idiotic plan to cut Mi Ho off in as cruel a manner possible, in hopes that she’d stop loving him and therefore stop wanting to become human and therefore live and not die. I’d say Dae Woong’s managed to redeem himself very well – and then some, yes? Can’t argue with a man who’s willing to die for the woman – er, gumiho – that he loves, right?

Speaking of redemption, even though I haven’t cared all that much for Gumiho Hunter for most of our story, the fact that Gumiho Hunter comes around, and concedes that the love between Dae Woong and Mi Ho is real, definitely counts for something. I mean, he’s the one who tells Dae Woong the truth, and reunites Dae Woong with Mi Ho, which is critical to our story. I don’t love him in our story, but.. he’s proved himself useful after all. That’s definitely a positive.

Honestly, the moment Granny Samshin appeared, our happy ending was pretty much assured. Sure, it might feel a little like a deux ex machina, but to be fair, Show had introduced Granny Samshin in the beginning of our story, so it’s not like she’s a new addition to our story. She’d just.. been waiting in the wings till it was her time to shine, I suppose.

Because Granny Samshin had already been introduced as a deity who had been involved in Mi Ho’s life, and Mi Ho’s desire to find a husband, it doesn’t feel like our writers cheated or anything, by bringing her back, to magically solve our main conundrum with a little magic.

Also, to be honest, by this point, I so badly want Mi Ho to survive, that I’d be willing to look past any convenience, in how everything is tied up, in the end.

More importantly, the way Mi Ho’s goodbye is handled with such heart and poignance, I’m too busy feeling all the feels, and choking back the tears, to nitpick too much.

I was glad to see Dae Woong and Mi Ho enjoy some happy times together, in the time they had left. While it was nice to see Director Ban and Aunt get married in their quintessentially quirky way, it was really Mi Ho getting to take a wedding-esque picture with Dae Woong, complete with traditional red blush circles on her cheeks, that made me smile the widest.

I’m really quite impressed with how both Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min Ah play out Mi Ho’s last day, with a tightness and wobble in their voices that is never far from the surface. That’s gotta be hard to do, and I thought they both did a really nice job of showing us how difficult it was, for both Dae Woong and Mi Ho to keep up a brave front, even though they were both terrified.

I had real tears in my eyes, when Mi Ho covered Dae Woong’s eyes and told him to think of her as a really, really, really, really, really, really good dream. Ack. What a heartbreaking callback to her signature love declaration. 💔

I thought the Truck Of Doom was a bit much, and quite unnecessary, but.. given Show’s vintage, I suppose I can’t fault Show too much for being tropey? And, this.. probably was a trope in the making?

Also, I take the idea, that Dae Woong is able to feel in his heart that Mi Ho hasn’t actually disappeared. Show isn’t clear about whether this is the bead talking, but I do think it’s a possibility, since Dae Woong had taken the bead in, when he’d drunk that potion, and we don’t see him passing the bead back to Mi Ho.

I’m personally not too hot on the time skip and the extended separation between Dae Woong and Mi Ho, but I’ll take Granny Samshin’s point, that because of all the rules that Mi Ho has flouted, Granny Samshin can’t forgive her and grant her wish, just like that.

It’s not such a bad deal, getting to see how everyone’s getting on, several years later. And what a fun cameo by Lee Hong Ki, as his Jeremy character from You’re Beautiful! The Hong sisters really do love their cameos, heh. I also rather like the idea of the solar eclipse being a metaphor for the allowed meeting of two things, that usually never would have the chance to meet. Although, if this had been a real solar eclipse, Byeong Soo and his entire film crew would have suffered retinal burns for looking directly at it, no? But ok, realism is not the main thing here, so.. moving on.

I kinda love that we come full circle to where we’d first started, with Mi Ho calling out for Dae Woong, while standing in the exact same spot, and looking up at him with the exact same expectant expression.

The difference is, this time, Dae Woong’s relieved and glad to see Mi Ho, and makes his way towards her, instead of away from her. That’s so meaningful; I love it.

I also love that all Dae Woong needs to know, is that Mi Ho really is there. He honestly doesn’t care whether she’s a ghost, a gumiho, or a human anymore, and just is so sincerely grateful that she’s back. What a long way our Dae Woong has come, to be able to love so patiently and unconditionally.

In the end, I actually think it’s perfect that Mi Ho still has one tail left. I dunno, it just seems more in character, that she remain a supernatural foxy being, rather being a normal human girl. And also, it feels more meaningful, in that, now, she’s finally happy without feeling the need to chase a dream to become human. She’s happy as she is, and Dae Woong is happy to love her as she is, and really, isn’t that all that matters? ❤️

THE FINAL VERDICT:

Frothy, yet unmistakably heartfelt.

FINAL GRADE: B++

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phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 days ago

This was an easy (2 episode each week) watch Fangurl as well as a great group watch. It was the 2nd time I have seen it and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for doing this!

P.S. I am looking forward to my 3rd re-watch of KMHM and Shin Se Gi 😍 ! Ji Sung is going to blow everybody’s mind.

Last edited 6 days ago by phl1rxd
BE
BE
5 days ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Really, one might expect a red overcoat like that from Director Ban, but…

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
5 days ago
Reply to  BE

BE – I hate to admit it but Shin Se Gi had me at “Remember” at 55:00 into E1. 😍

BE
BE
4 days ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

All I am saying is think of Sung Dong Il delivering the same lines.

Ele Nash
6 days ago

Aw, what a lovely watch that was. God, I cried A LOT in that final episode 😭 Shin Min Ah and Lee Seung-gi played it so beautifully – acting “swallowing back tears” must be incredibly difficult but I never doubted that the tears were real. Oh, it really was epically sad. But, phew and very, very, very relieved by the ending! I needed a happy ending and it didn’t disappoint – even the random fur tail rather than CGI made it perfect! And who knew Noona could look pretty as a picture shooting her eye-gun ‘I like you very, very, very much’? Or Gumiho Hunter could be so witty in the makjang scenarios?! I think the actor should overact all the time because he really came alive for me then – instead of that otherwise overly glazed slick he did the whole way through. And, eee, Jeremy! And, ooh, Aunt with an Egg and Director Ban likening her to coffee 😂
I agree with your rating as there were definite flaws but if it was a score based solely on our gumiho, Shin Min Ah gets an A++++++ She is a delight every which way you look at it. I’ve taken to mimicking her Dae Woongeeeeeeee to the annoyance of literally everyone I know 😊
Ah, so much to love. Thank you so much kfangurl and everyone for a very, very, very enjoyable group watch. Eye-gun winks to you all! 😉

j3ffc
j3ffc
6 days ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

Eye-gun winks to you all!” Indeed! We need an emoji for that….

Ele Nash
5 days ago
Reply to  j3ffc

We do! Why has no one thought of this. It’s kind of: 😉👉👉

j3ffc
j3ffc
4 days ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

Now I need an emoji for “this totally made my day”! 😅

Leslie
7 days ago

For such a breezy show, episode 15 brought such sorrowful feels. Mi Ho and Dae Woong sold their pain at being separated, and even though I knew we’d have a happy ending, in the moment I felt their sadness full force. Well done Director-nim. I especially appreciated how Mi Ho transformed from a bubbly innocent into an emotionally flat woman. She greyed in front of our eyes. So, again, light show, great acting. I’m just gonna come out and say it. I crush on Shin Min Ah!! 😍

Episode 16 stuck the landing! It hit the right emotional notes – everyone gets their match (I grinned widely at Noona’s attempts to imitate the sparky wink – for the first time she looked almost nice), Egg is born, Grandfather is happy, and, of course, our Mi Ho and Dae Woongie come together as more mature, dedicated, and equal partners. And still as charmingly cute as ever. Ok, Samshin grandmother was a bit of a weak addition, but as you say, KFG, she made it possible for us to get where We All wanted to go, so no harm. It was great that we could end on the rooftop scene, fox tail embracing, story complete. We’ve already had a preview of what their future will be like, and Grandfather will be neomu neomu happier, neomu neomu soon. 😉

MGIAG is so well executed for its time and genre. It brought smiles, laughs, winces, and feels. An occasional eye roll. 🙄 It was a really fun romp with this group. Thanks Fangurl for, as always, bringing us together and guiding us through the fun.

j3ffc
j3ffc
7 days ago
Reply to  Leslie

Thanks so much for your kind comment, Leslie. Back atcha! Great call on Mi Ho’s emotional transformation…and a lovely performance all around.

Ana
Ana
8 days ago

Ah! We’ve finally come to an end. The ending we’re all waiting for. I think Show is the first to highlight Gumihos? Yes? Or if there’s other Gumiho themed dramas before this? Hence, I think My Gf is a Gumiho is the ancestor of all other gumiho kdramas.

I really laugh out loud at Byung Soo’s wild imagination! And our Gumiho Hunter is looking fine eh. Loved that facial expressions.

The next thing that gets me is when Miho mistakenly handed cosmetic coupon instead of wedding invitation to Dae Wong! BWAHAHAHAHA! imagine all that dramatic speech only ending up with a wrong ones or confused reply from the other end.

I’m really glad and relieved that Show served us the perfect happy ending both Miho and Dae Wong deserved. It makes sense Miho is left with one tail, I wonder if there would be a My Wife is a Gumiho?

I would give Show A+ sorry for too biased here but this Show is my all-time favourite Kdrama! I love Shin Min Ah, and obviously she’s the star here. Can’t wait to more group watch Kfangurl! Thank you for this!

BE
BE
8 days ago

So, this is a show I would have never watched if not for the group watch set up. If I were to go back the the guilty pleasure post, I would call this a guilty pleasure watch. I mean show is cheesy; it just is, and the serious elements of this light and breezy romantic comedy with the darker elements in every fairy tale were not executed with nearly the same panache or enthusiasm.
On that level, ie The Great Gumiho Hunter menace and the cameo of the not really very interesting and straightlaced fairy grandmother tended to remind me of the one two punch of long years of paint drying immediately followed by watching for water in a pot to reach its boiling point in slow motion. I had a hard time keeping my eyes open through the better part of episode 15, except for the comedic stretches, especially the one you picked out K concerning the triple fantasy of Byeong Soo trying to imagine, the you can’t even imagine Noona left them with about the proposed Count Dracula in serious 500 year long blood fast and the Gumball of every young man’s dreams’ impending nuptuals, the best of which being that they are all siblings.
The only other part of episode 25 I cared for was the “you are the mokha java of my blood stream, darling” call to the “I’ll be the cream swirling around in your coffee big daddy” response.
Ban’s unfailing sweet nothings ought to be collected and purveyed as a guide book for gullible, lovelorn young men all over the world.
I did not understand why it did not occur to Woong-ah or Mi Ho, Mi-ho-Mi Ho, Mi Ho, given that the key to breaking the spell was getting a fellow to marry her, that, I don’t know, maybe they ought to try that. But I suppose it was better to drag out the ending with a bitter sweet feeling of loss, and it is true the scene on the gym floor was probably the most effective dramatic scene in the whole show. But the whole eclipse business struck me as a contrivance not really related to the concept of the fairy tale planting a psychological truth into young minds; i.e. a woman cannot be fully human in a relationship until the other both accepts the woman’s bestial nature, and truly loves her enough to put a ring on it, allowing him (or her if such is the case) self to be eaten as it were, into something shared between the two of them.
And it is true, in the end, that tale of hers, something while exotic certainly a deal breaker when coming to the mating element of a love relationship up till then, was so sexy as she grabs him up. Seriously sexy.
Shin Min Ah and Lee Seung Gi are just so charming and delectable. They really deliver from beginning to end. And while their power faded a little bit, Sung Dong Il and Yoon Yoo Sun are so loveable as everyone’s inner neurotic paramours. Corny, wonderful, loveable.
We all hope their kid turns out to be a good egg as opposed to the demon spawn likely arising from the mating of Noona, the Witch from the Fashion Industry and Professor Eternally Gummed Up Hunter (who else would have either one of them?); that is, if he can finally cut loose of the thousand year torch for a while. As a former professor, I would have preferred Ol GH went into the trash collecting business, but that is me. One does wonder what kind of subject matter he will be teaching at the university, maybe a course on the nature of time, he calls Sands in an Hourglass, an especially snooze inducing classroom taught between 1 and 3 pm, the witching hours as it is known to faculty who must face students lost to metabolizing their lunches and sitting as far back in the room as possible so the professor won’t hear them snore.
Sappy, fizzy at its best, albeit more like grape soda than champagne, when it hasn’t sat too long open in the GH or Noona refrigerator; might have been a bit more fun if it had been only 12 episodes, but delightful for its otp. It shows its age mostly in its videography and set design. I, notoriously hard grader, would give it a B grade; a good show and something you will not likely find outside of K drama land. Gosh in a season of serial killers and death by seven hundred cuts of the sword, the rot and corruption of every aspect of South Korean life past, present, and future, throw in a coupla old folk shows determined to make you cry, and an unrelenting tragedy of South Korean history, a guilty pleasure indeed.

BE
BE
8 days ago
Reply to  BE

Can’t find edit option on this post. You all do understand that while episode 25 might have taken place with the sad making fallout of the marriage between GH and Noona, I was speaking of episode 15 putting me to sleep (so I could dream up an episode 25).

J3ffc
J3ffc
7 days ago
Reply to  BE

I know the feeling! As always, I enjoyed reading your nicely written review. Always appreciate your insights, even when we differ.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 days ago
Reply to  BE

BE- that was a great comment! ⭐👍👏

Shyama
Shyama
8 days ago

The imaginary wedding scenes with the three of them were fantastic and so funny! Gumiho hunter was surprisingly awesome!

j3ffc
j3ffc
8 days ago

Thanks once again to kfangurl for selecting this show as her Editor’s Choice and for the community for commenting along. This was my first re-watch of any complete TV show, K-drama or otherwise, ever and I found it very enjoyable.

Although the handful of episodes preceding these faltered a bit, I thought that the show regained its composure with these last two shows and that the finale, in particular, was tightly written. Consider everything that happened: one last attempt by Vet Boy-thing to mislead Dae-woong before finally coming to grips with reality and doing the right thing (or as close to the right thing as he could do after all of this), our young couple Kübler-Rossing their way through Mi Ho’s looming departure, a wacky wedding complete with tuxedo and egg reveals, Samshin Grandmother’s appearance, a truly affecting departure scene, a time skip (of course), and finally the fairy tale ending we all wanted whether we admitted it or not. Cue Fox Rain one last time* and we’re out.

I did feel that I got enough of a dose of Noble Idiocy to last me, approximately, forever. Fortunately, despite the overall sad vibe of most of these episodes, there was enough humor to keep us going.  The wedding invitation/cosmetics coupon bit was hilarious and the wedding nicely tied up things for our secondary couple (and the “fake” weddings were pretty good, too).

But for me the most compelling part of this episode and to a great degree the entire show was the way that Mi Ho and Doe-woong handled their last days together, beginning from her stalking/pervert/mooching times in China all the way though her losing her last tail. This felt so emotionally true and, second time around, it still got to me. Consider what our couple went through: Dae-woong heroically and without hesitation deciding to give his life up for Mi Ho, even though it was yet another misdirection from Gumiho Hunter (who finally got a lesson in real love). Mi Ho imploring Dae-woong to remember her as a happy dream and to move on with his life. And, best of all, learning that all too literally Tomorrow Never Comes. Even though they didn’t get to do some of the things that they thought would make them happy on that day, they managed to spend that last day in each other’s company, which was just about perfect. And after Mi Ho’s departure, Dae-goong’s realization that she still lived on inside of him. Although the show used the mechanism of the bead to make this point, it still resonated in a way relevant to real life in how we remember our loved ones even when they are no longer with us (nicely encapsulated in the aphorism that “you never really die so long as someone speaks your name”). 

Not bad for a fluffy fantasy rom com.

First time around, I recall being unhappy with the deux ex machina aspects of the ending. As a rule, I hatehatehate anyone coming back to life in stories, which is one reason I am not a fan of most superhero sagas, and that’s how it felt the first time around. This time, though, I was more forgiving, for a couple of reasons. First, there was a certain level of internal consistency in the show on this point, such as the ladies in the shrine commenting in the presence of Samshin Grandmother that “a promise is a promise”. And even though it was called a “death” in terms of the tails, it played more like a departure than an actual demise.  Second, the way our characters dealt with the coming departure felt legit and earned. There was nothing going into the final half an hour that would have guaranteed that everything was going to end up fine and it wouldn’t have been too unexpected to get a tragic ending. Finally, I dunno, maybe I’ve just lightened up. 

Minor points and questions:

• I’ve been dying to ask about this since I first watched the show. Is the final line of the drama, “after all, my girlfriend is still a fox” the double entendre in Korean as it is in English (old-fashioned now, but still)?

• I also liked where our secondary characters all ended up after the time jump too and especially enjoyed Hye-in trying to put Mi Ho’s shooting guns to the test.

• I found myself wondering enough about the Shamshin Grandmother to look up the character, to find what I’m sure that most of you already knew, which is that she is an actual goddess (of childbirth and fate) in Korean mythology. The same character appeared in Mystic Pop-up Bar, although shown considerably younger there than played in Gumiho by Kim Ji-young. Ms. Kim passed away in 2017, leaving behind a very long list of credits that ended with a cameo in Bring It On, Ghost.

• Speaking of SG, I like that she took the time to catch up with Gumiho Vet Hunter Professor Dong to see how he was doing and that she obviously knew his history. Although probably the most unrealistic thing in the whole drama was when the three young ladies passed by GVHP Dong and Dae-woong, they squeed hi to the professor instead of the hot up-and-coming young actor.

• I think the Mi Ho’s single most charming gesture was her emphatic thumbs up.

• I’ll keep an eye out for other dramas with Shin Min-ah, starting with Arang and the Magistrate at some point. While Lee Seung-gi’s career seems to be blooming, I do see that Ms. Shin works a lot less. Hopefully the notorious showbiz aversion to even slightly seasoned (>30 years old) female actors won’t mean that she will not be able to find parts. (In that regard, I just checked and it looks as though she is starring in a new drama to come out next month, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, so there’s hope.)

• Anyone else think that Dae-goong, once he recovered from his accident, would have made a beeline to the shrine to check on what was going on in that painting? I know that I would have.

Overall? I’d give the show an A-. It’s an excellent example of its genre – has there been a fantasy rom com that’s been better? If so, I want to watch it. It was an original story, well plotted for the most part, and cleverly written with wit and heart. It had plenty of memorable scenes that were brought to life by great performances top to bottom, not only our two leads – who killed it – but all of the principals. I think that My Girlfriend is a Gumiho deserves its place as a beloved classic in the annals of K-drama and very much enjoyed revisiting this drama world.

All made more enjoyable by the company of this community. See you in Nirvana and Kill Me Heal Me.
             

*OK, OK – I’ve had Fox Rain on repeat for the last week.

Leslie
8 days ago
Reply to  j3ffc

Love, love your thoughts, j3ffc. 👍🏼👍🏼

BE
BE
7 days ago
Reply to  j3ffc

On the fox double entendre, I do not know, but there is something of the femme fatale written into the gumiho tale.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
6 days ago
Reply to  j3ffc

j3ffc – that was a great comment! Every time you hear Fox Rain in the future the whole show will come right back to you. 😆

Trent
8 days ago

Yeah, I’ll be honest, although I’m totally glad that it ended up in a happy ending sort of place–which was pretty much inevitable, I think, given the general tone and trajectory of Show–I didn’t really love how it got there.

It felt like show did a lot of wheel-spinning, a lot of obstacles and setbacks that didn’t feel too meaningful, but were more for the sake of checking off boxes. I did appreciate Dae-woong’s unhesitating willingness to give up his life if it could be exchanged for Mi-ho’s, that definitely showed his 180 deg. turnaround from the callow lad of the early episodes. But for the most part, that aside, it was kind of meh.

I also felt like the final resolution was a bit rushed and perfunctory, after all the angsty wandering around leading up to it. Like you, I’m not going quibble overmuch about Granny Samshin’s deus ex pictura appearance, since that was telegraphed from the beginning, even though in the event I felt like she was a bit underwhelming once she was on stage…

But now that I’ve complained a bit, to end on a positive note: even though this is only a decade or so old, it does have a definite retro vibe, I thought. But viewed through a retro/light-fluffy lens, it does have a good handful of things to recommend it and make it fun viewing overall. The cast does a good job making their characters and the narrative work.

In the end, though, I have to say that the MVP of this whole show is Shin Min-ah and her 너무너무너무너무너무 adorable dimples and sunny, optimistic, ingenuous persona. Her charisma was irresistible.

BE
BE
4 days ago
Reply to  Trent

On Shin Min-ah: everyone really, really, really, really likes her. Hoi!