It’s the week before last for “History of the nine tails“and. it. is. nerve. wreck!”
All the characters are out and about trying to take on the other side or just survive. And while the foxes, snakes and humans struggle to end this centuries-old feud, the almighty Grandma Taluipa (Kim Jung Nan) decides that it is time for her to act, which will mean insurmountable losses for both sides. This week’s episodes increased the intensity considerably. Given that several characters are warning us of the impending “calamity” and “devastation”, how are we supposed to breathe until the finale?
Here are all the reasons we got so excited about this week’s episodes for the final:
Warning: you know the exercise. Big spoilers ahead!
Grandma and old man are more involved in the storylines
Grandma Taluipa and old man Hyun Eui Ong (Ahn Gil Kang) were mostly on the sidelines and only distributed (cryptic) information from time to time. However, this week they are being put in the middle and it seems that they are going to have a bigger impact on the whole plot, which is all very exciting! (Fun fact: the scene where Grandma is talking to Yeon in the garden is her first “outside” scene!)
In a previous episode, we saw Old Man seek a divorce from his wife. But in this scene it felt like it was just that – venting and nothing more. But this week, when Grandma Ji Ah’s death date is brought forward so she can stop The Imoogi, the old man’s disappointment is palpable. He accuses her of choosing her job again over the people she cares about (she is the cause of the death of her son and daughter-in-law), noting that losing her son is not enough to keep herself to change. And so Old Man walks up to her and tells her that the greatest punishment of all is just thinking about having to live with her forever.
In a way, however, Grandma’s point of view is understandable. She is the boss, the person in charge, and therefore of course has to make decisions, no matter how painful they may be. She decides to sacrifice Ji Ah to save everyone else because in her eyes all these lives are equal. It’s a terrible cross for her and it’s heartbreaking that no one around her understands the weight of her job.
What’s more exciting about this story is that one of Yeon and Terry’s plans is to take out the Sando River gatekeeper. While we later learn that this is another of Yeon’s fake traps, it still gives us a pause to wonder if anything is going to happen to Old Man, especially now that the idea is fermenting in Terry’s head. And when he sees that the old man is out and about in the world, actively helping Ji Ah and going against Grandma, things only seem a little foreboding to him. We hope that he and Grandma can at least reconcile and maybe even heal from the pain of losing their son.
All the loving moments between Ji Ah and Yeon
Yeon (Lee Dong Wook) and Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah) have showered us with so many sweet moments since day one, but this week they really took things to the next level. And I mean that literally because this week they’re finally doing the horizontal tango!
When Ji Ah Yeon tells Yeon that she is afraid to go home because the Imoogi could straighten its ugly head and hurt her parents, Yeon decides to take her on a little trip. Both desperately want a taste of normalcy, so they pretend to be the average married couple with backstories. (She’s the breadwinner who doesn’t come home until after midnight. He’s the trophy husband who’s also recovering as an alcoholic.) It’s kind of silly and even Ji Ah weird says it feels stupid at first but it does Fun to see them arguing one second and giggling the next, even if there is a hint of sadness. The drama takes a turn towards something more sincere, which leads us to the horizontal tango scene mentioned earlier. The scene is tastefully done and beautifully done, but it still is in order to steaming! (Did you see that raised vein on Lee Dong Wook’s neck? Yowza!)
While Ji Ah takes one last stroll along the beach the next day before returning to Seoul, she admits that she feels small and powerless and that the weight of this supposed “fate” is too great to bear. Again, I really appreciate how much the authors agree with Ji Ah’s characterization. While she is both tough and resilient, she is also very confident and honest about her fragility. There is no exaggerated sense of self-confidence or gung-ho-ness here, and this truly is a heroine we can all leave behind.
And speaking of all the sweetness, how about that end-day scene where Yeon and Ji Ah go on a mini date? He picks her up from work because it’s raining, then the two argue over a serving of cup of noodles. They are both so happily in love, which begs the question: why are we seeing this scene now? Is it as threatening as it seems, or are we reading too much into it? Do all these happy, loving moments mean just a tragedy for this couple in the finale?
Terry strikes back
Yeon takes a page from the butler’s (Uhm Hyo Sup) and decides to play the two halves of The Imoogi against each other. So if Terry (Lee Tae Ri) is annoyed with The Imoogi (and the butler) and also realizes that Ji Ah will never reciprocate his feelings. He decides to only do what he does best – create chaos. He uses the butler to spread a disease that starts with itchy rashes, then tosses up a snake egg, and ultimately leads to death. This disease spreads to the police station (the butler reported as the mummy killer) and the radio station and eventually reaches two of our own – team leader Choi (Joo Suk Tae) and Sae Rom (Jung Yi Seo).
Speaking of team leader Choi, when Old Man enters the snail bride (Kim Soo Jin) Old Man takes care of team leader Choi after he gets sick and immediately recognizes him as the husband of the snail bride! Yes, the embarrassing and flinching one ahjussi Whoever finds excuses to dine with the Snail Bride was her husband in their previous life! The husband she has missed and longed for all these years! That information suddenly came from the left panel, but I’m totally there for it. Yay for you to find yourself again!
Back to Terrible Terry. After causing the ice-spitting illness, Terry is apparently still dissatisfied because he goes on another rampage. He even visits Ji Ah’s parents and hypnotizes them into hanging themselves. (Fortunately, Yeon comes in time to cut the nooses). It is becoming more and more volatile. It also seems that he’s not content with being the lesser half of the Imoogi, which makes him want to even dangerous and made us all the more excited to see what’s still up his sleeve.
So many plans and counterplans
This week, Yeon is assembling a Hunt Imoogi team (hereafter “HIT”) consisting of three foxes and three people, including Rang (Kim Bum) but without Yoo Ri (Kim Yong Ji) who threw up to Terry to save rank. Your first plan is to use the Sin Slayer, a powerful artifact that can kill the indescribable, ie. the soul. And so HIT locks Ji Ah and Yeon together in a room where Ji Ah evokes Imoogi and Yeon will kill him.
Except this is another famous Yeon fake. While it looks like the Jimoogi (the Imoogi-owned Ji Ah. You get it? Heh!) Got the upper hand on Yeon by grabbing the Sin Slayer and attacking it first, nothing happens because the “Sin Slayer” only one is a counterfeit item from the flea market. The goal of this very elaborate plan is instead to find out how the Imoogi jumps from body to body, and as the Jimoogi shows, it does so by taking part of its scale.
In fact, there are so many plans and counterplans in this episode that it’s hard to predict how things will play out next week. With so many people who have plans of their own and are smart people (and foxes and snakes), it’s like an intense game of chess with a checkmate happening with every move. Case in point: yeon and rank. Yeon’s mission is to save Ji Ah while stopping The Imoogi once and for all. And while rank is on HIT, his Mission is to get Yoo Ri back and make sure Yeon is alive.
Which means that the mission goals for Yeon and Rang are unfortunately contradicting one another, because if Rang would find his way, Jimoogi (and therefore Ji Ah) would have to die. Rang understands that Yeon would never forgive him for killing Ji Ah, but in the end, Yeon’s life is more important to him. And possibly hoping to alleviate his guilt, Rank springs out of prison butler and instead lets him do the dirty work of insulting Ji Ah.
Who else laughed at how childish Lee Rang is!
Yeon and Terry also have their own businesses. Yeon suggests a deal to keep Terry from being obsessed with him and Ji Ah. He offers Terry the position of gatekeeper of the Samdo River, a god-like position that surpasses even that of a mountain spirit. This will allow him to be adored and respected, things Terry has always longed for. Terry is suspicious of this suggestion, of course, but Yeon tells him that this is the only way for all of them to find him out alive. Otherwise, with Grandma’s interference, they would all end up in the underworld. And so Terry agrees to Yeon’s plan.
But then we hear their respective voiceovers. Yeon’s voice-over reveals that this is another of his traps (he plans to swallow the scales to connect them to The Imoogi, and then jump into the Sando River) while Terry’s voice-over acknowledges that it is is a trap, but plans to use it on Yeon instead. It’s going to be an explosive matchup next week and with so many different players on the board it could be blown up. Let’s just hope the face that’s blown up isn’t one of them
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Did you expect the team leader to reveal Choi? Or the Sin Slayer variant? And what are your predictions for the number of bodies for the finale? Let us know your thoughts and comments below!
Currently watching: “Tale of the Nine Tails”, “The Spies Who Loved Me”
Always favorite: “Kill me heal me, “”defendant, “”Hotel Del Luna”
I’m looking forward to: “City Couple’s Way of Love ”with Ji Chang Wook and Kim Ji Won