As our daydream continues, we find ourselves flying over a mountain lake. A great bird plunges into the water and when it emerges it has transformed into a man. A boy in a boat alerts his fisherman father and as soon as he turns around the human like creature strikes the fisherman into the water as the child in the boat screams. Just as suddenly we are returned to the bridge where So-Ah is held hostage. Bi Ryum is about to snap his fingers and give the powerless Habaek the same treatment when Habaek asks him about the god stones. Bi Ryum can only smile and attempt to stammer an explanation. Moo Ra quickly throws Bi Ryum under the bus and says that it was his fault that the god stones were lost. Bi Ryum releases So-Ah and she painfully gets to her feet and walks towards Habaek. She stops and slaps Bi Ryum. Soon she is standing face to face with Habaek. She can only give him a pitiful look as if to say “why didn’t you help me?”. Without a word, she walks past Habaek and takes Moo Ra’s car.
Back on the bridge, Bi Ryum is laughing. He is enjoying his little game. Habaek realizes that he needs to catch up with So-Ah and remarks that the assembled gods can take care of their business tomorrow. Habaek moves to drive the remaining car but Bi Ryum suggests that they would go faster if he did the driving himself. Habaek punches Bi Ryum hard, knocking him to the ground. Moo Ra can’t believe that Habaek has resorted to actual physical violence. He must be crazy considering that Bi Ryum could tear Habaek apart in his current weakened state. Moo Ra and Habaek get in the car while Soo Ri helps Bi Ryum up. Soo Ri asks Bi Ryum if he is ok and it is now that we learn that this is not the first time that Habaek has punched him. He replies “his fist feels the same as ever.”
So-Ah tries to call Yo Mi from a payphone but she doesn’t pick up. It adds to her despair. She really needs a friend right now. She tries to remember annoying nurse Sang’s phone number but she is far too rattled by her experience on the bridge to think straight.
Back at Moo Ra’s house, Bi Ryum takes a swim while he and Moo Ra discuss their next plan of action. Moo Ra realizes that they have played this back and forth method with Habaek before. Moo Ra remembers when she and Bi Ryum stole Habaek’s special fireflies given to him by his mother. When Habaek had come to collect them each had said they would return the one in their possession only when the other gave Habaek theirs. Moo Ra is angry that Bi Ryum used a method that had already been tried on Habaek once before. Meanwhile, at the rooftop garden, Habaek and Soo Ri each sit in their own bubble of thought while they wait for So-Ah to return home. Soo Ri sympathizes with So-Ah and remarks on how shocked she must have been to experience such things. Habaek can only quietly listen as he is disappointed in his ability to help So-Ah in such a situation. Meanwhile, So-Ah visits her mother’s grave mound. She pulls some weeds and apologizes for not visiting often enough. She talks with her mother about her life’s troubles and asks for advice. It is a lonely scene that shows us the level of So-Ah’s isolation. So-Ah bids her mother farewell and walks home alone while Habaek and Soo Ri wait for her at the rooftop garden of her home.
When So-Ah arrives home, Habaek is waiting for her in the ivy at the brick wall. He asks if she is ok and she is almost incredulous at his question. “What did you say?” Her words freeze Habaek where he stands. She tries to walk past him but then decides that she will ask Habaek for a wish. She wants to see her father and ask him why he tried to take care of others when he couldn’t even take care of her. She tells Habaek that she cannot die until she can ask her father that. He tenderly takes her hand and promises that he will never again allow her to be placed in danger because of matters involving the gods. As if to make it official, he pinky promises in a very complex manner for someone unfamiliar with such things. I guess Habaek has been watching drama.
Habaek climbs the stairs to the rooftop garden and remembers So-Ah’s words. She had also asked him what miserable crime her ancestors had committed that would cause all their generations to be toys for the gods.Then he remembers the fisherman and his son begging before a council of gods. It is decreed that because of their betrayal of the god that all their descendants would have to serve the gods and have lives of hardship. Habaek didn’t have the heart to tell So-Ah this piece of information. That knowledge might have been more than she could bear.
The next day, So-Ah climbs the stairs to the rooftop garden to find Habaek in the giant plastic tub once again. Soo Ri is holding a pink towel. Habaek motions for the towel and we are treated to Habaek in a towel once again. I hope this trend continues. So-Ah wants to return Moo Ra’s car but Habaek tells her that the car title now belongs to her since he doesn’t have a license. She gets used to the idea quickly and leaves for work.
Ja Ya talks on the phone with her grandfather and as usual, she is a grind on the ears. Her grandfather is upset that there was a rumor going around that Hoo Ye was her sugar daddy. He expresses his relief that Ja Ya’s familial relationship with Hoo Ye was revealed rather quickly. He tells her to watch how she conducts herself or he will shave her head and send her to a monastery. (Please have her in a bald cap by the end of the drama! PLEASE!!) As she talks on the phone, she is almost run over in the parking garage by Secretary Min. Secretary Min emerges from the car and she tries to chew him out for his near miss. He explains that it was she that was blocking the way and he carefully steered around her. He goes on to tell her that if she is there to see Hoo Ye, then she has wasted her time. Hoo Ye is out. Before he leaves her in a cloud of polite dust, he once again requests to have his handkerchief back from her. Ja Ya can only stand with her mouth open.
At So-Ah’s office, annoying nurse Sung starts right in on So-Ah the second she walks in the door. She closes a door between them while he’s still whining. She calls Hoo Ye who is actually already in her office. Annoying nurse Sung shows him into her office and she apologizes for missing their meeting. He gently touches her wrist to let her know that her explanation is understood and nothing further is required. She begins to make arrangements to meet with Hoo Ye a bit later but then suddenly realizes she left the contract in Bi Ryum’s car. She also realizes that in order to get the contract back she will have to see Bi Ryum again.
Our three gods meet and almost immediately Moo Ra throws Bi Ryum under the bus again. She claims it was his fault for losing the god stones. Bi Ryum has a different version of the story. He says that Moo Ra used her powers and threw a “water grenade” at him. He claims to have defended himself but when a third god had stepped in to stop them from fighting, the god stones were flung far away from them. They managed to find two of them but they have not been able to locate Moo Ra’s god stone. At this point, Bi Ryum tries to throw Habaek under the bus for losing the coordinates of the gods in the first place. If Habaek had not lost those, he would have been able to easily find Bi Ryum and Moo Ra.
Moo Ra speaks privately with Habaek and tries to explain more clearly what happened. In the parking garage, she apologizes and hugs Habaek but before she leaves she lets him know that she doesn’t like the clothes he’s wearing.
Habaek asks So-Ah to bring him his car. Once they are together, he asks her about getting a drivers permit. When she briefly explains the process he says that it sounds bothersome. Habaek takes her to a tree in the park that she recognizes. He thinks that he is on the trail of the coordinates he needs to regain his powers. It is here that she has lost something as well, which leads her to believe that the location is cursed. Habaek asks her to wait a moment while he searches for the coordinates. She looks at her Vanuatu map when she’s alone. She calls him on her cell when he is only a few yards away. She wants Bi Ryum’s phone number so that she can get her land contract back. Habaek says that he doesn’t want her to be anywhere near Bi Ryum. She sends him text messages instead. And now we have our third blatant product placement as So-Ah uses her Samsung Galaxy S8 to watch him using the camera feature. She is lost in thought when suddenly, Habaek by her side. They take cute selfies together and it is clear that both are affected by the closeness of the other. They can’t coordinate their eyelids and each photo has one of them with their eyes closed. She sends the photos to his phone and he smiles when he receives them.
On the way back to the car, So-Ah explains a little bit about the difference between an elected official and a king. Everyone eventually gets in the car an Habaek tells So-Ah to take him to “his land” but So-Ah also has something she needs to get done too. She needs to meet with Bi Ryum to get the contract. Habaek begins to argue but his stomach rumbles loudly. Just then, Yo Mi finally returns So-Ah’s call. So-Ah is upset because she feels like Yo Mi has been avoiding her. In true flake fashion, Yo Mi can barely pay attention to the call, in fact, she doesn’t even do So-Ah the courtesy of listening or apologizing. She hangs up and sends a text to So-Ah instead. A bit later, Yo Mi is formally introduced to the water god and his servant. For their first meeting, Yo Mi thought they were crazy patients. After the intros, Yo Mi pulls So-Ah inside her reading hut to introduce her to a guru that she met. She thinks that maybe he can read So-Ah as Yo Mi is unable to. There is another person in the reading hut waiting. For now, he is a faceless person reading So-Ah’s fortune even mentioning her bad luck with parents, the land she wants to sell and even about the “minor” god that is stuck to her. The session doesn’t get far as Habaek doesn’t have time to goof around with a fortune teller. Habaek enters the reading hut and is quickly met face to face with the crazed kisser, Geol Rin, from the park. He trembles with fear once he realizes who Habaek is. He makes a mad dash out of the hut with Habaek in hot pursuit. Soo Ri even gets a bit of a romantic moment when he catches Yo Mi. The chase goes out of the building and through the street. It almost feels as if Habaek is being led into a trap with all the twists and turns. The crazed kisser eventually jumps from the rooftop and disappears leaving only an outline of shattered concrete behind.
So-Ah gets lunch for the boys after the chase. So-Ah asks about their need to catch Geol Rin and she wonders if Habaek will have to kiss him again in order to break the curse on her family. Habaek almost chokes on his lunch. He then corrects So-Ah. It is not a curse but a promise meant to correct an injustice. He tells a story about a woman who was allowed to live in water country but her worries made her ill. She was allowed to return to her home with the expectation that she would come back to water country one day. Instead, she married a king in her own land and never returned to water country. The story is upsetting to Habaek and you get the feeling that it is a story about someone he loved very much. He decides that lunch is over and he leaves the table.
In the car, Habaek sits in the back seat and broods. So-Ah asks for Bi Ryum’s information again and Habaek tells her that there is no need to meet with him. He gives So-Ah a handful of torn papers. It is the contract. He tells her that she cannot sell a god’s land. She is very upset since the sale of the land is the thing that would get her out of the hole full of debt that she’s in. She gets out of the car and Habaek follows. As it turns out, it isn’t just the land that is bothering her but it is her insignificance. She tells Habaek that he was born for bigger things and that those things will go on even after she has left the picture. He doesn’t say a word as she breaks away from him. She looks at the papers and prepares to call Hoo Ye.
Hoo Ye is gardening when he receives a call from So-Ah. They arrange to meet at his private residence. So-Ah walks out into a crosswalk as Habaek watches her go. A box truck comes around a blind corner and swerves to miss a man who has just gotten out of his truck and left the door open. The box truck careens out of control and hits So-Ah, proving once again you should never text and walk.
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