Goblin episode 5

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Episode Recap

Goblin, Shin (Gong Yoo) is noticeably colder towards Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) after realizing that he has fallen in love with the only person who can end his life. Not knowing why Shin might be angry with her, Eun Tak focuses on helping out a ghost instead.

Death god, Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) finally runs into restaurant owner, Sun (Yoo In Na) on the very bridge where they met. Sun does all the heavy lifting, ignoring Yeo’s social awkwardness and trying to move their relationship along with a coffee date. She seems frustrated with Yeo yet determined to make him hers. However, Yeo pushes Sun to her limit when he runs out of the café after being asked for his name, then badgers her for the receipt to claim their drinks as a work expense.

At home, Yeo commiserates with Shin over beer. The death god cannot tell Sun his name, because he does not remember it. Shin has determined that what is best for Eun Tak is for him to disappear from her life.

After the Chairman’s grandson, Duk Hwa (Yook Sung Jae) refuses to pay for the bar fridge items Shin drank and Eun Tak donated to the ghost, Eun Tak has a chance to ask Shin to cover the expense when he shows up unexpectedly at her door. It turns out that Shin has come to take Eun Tak back to his house. When she asks if he loves her, he says the words, but devoid of all emotion. Eun Tak notices rain begin to pelt the window, and is hurt that Shin seems so upset in making his offer, but pragmatically accepts it. On the car ride home, Eun Tak finally learns Shin’s name.

Upon arrival at the house, Eun Tak is greeted by an agreeable Yeo who is eager to have her kill Shin. After a delayed entry, because neither Shin nor Yeo know the front door’s pass code, Eun Tak is shown the bedroom that will eventually be hers. However, she spends the night in Shin’s bedroom, while Shin forces his way onto Yeo’s couch where he wakes him up to discuss God.

The next morning, Eun Tak enjoys a breakfast cooked by Shin and Yeo, then lays down ground rules during her stay. One of her requests entails receiving phone calls and not supernatural visits, so Duk Hwa is enlisted to acquire a pair of smartphones for the two gods who prove to be ridiculous Luddites. Yeo makes progress in his relationship with Sun by entering her phone number into his contacts list.

After doing online research on Shin and finding very little information, Eun Tak goes housewares shopping with the goblin. Shin purchases practically everything Eun Tak requests, but hilariously denies that the items, including a stuffed goblin wearing an acorn disguise, are for her. However, he is eager to let it be known that he is responsible for the decoration of her bedroom, which Eun Tak is thrilled with.

Yeo comes knocking on Eun Tak’s door to ask her to suggest a name that women would find attractive. Eun Tak lists Hyun Bin, Won Bin, Kim Woo Bin, and Yeo’s takeaway is ‘Bin’ is a good choice. Duk Hwa learns of this and scoffs at Yeo’s choices, though he is hardly proud of his own name, having been named by Shin after actor, Andy Lau when the goblin became obsessed with the Hong Kong movie, Infernal Affairs. Poor Duk Hwa encounters more frustration when he learns that his grandfather’s employee ignored his request to liquidate Sun’s restaurant, and that he is only being provided with money to pay for Eun Tak’s National Exams.

Eun Tak is too busy studying to grant Shin’s request to have her pull his sword out of his body, though she readily accept the food he leaves outside her door. When a frustrated Shin confronts Eun Tak, she admits that she is reluctant to fulfill his request, because he might kick her out while she is studying for exams, once she is of no use to him.

While Sun is sulkily waiting for Yeo’s call, Eun Tak asks her advice about getting married to someone significantly older. When Sun asks if she likes the man, Sun immediately denies any feelings. She also does not believe that the man has any feelings for her. Sun incredulously asks why Eun Tak would get married, given mutual indifference.

Eun Tak goes home and ignores Shin while socializing with Yeo. Shin loses his cool, and he and Eun Tak end up loudly bickering. Eun Tak demands that he provide her the boyfriend she requested, and Shin identifies himself as the very boyfriend in question. This bold statement causes both Shin and Eun Tak to awkwardly run into their bedrooms as Yeo watches.

Yeo is brooding in the dark about not being able to call Sun, because he does not have a name to offer. Shin decides to take matters into his own hands and calls Sun using Yeo’s phone. Yeo gives himself a moment by pausing time, though he does not have much to say when he finally does speak. Sun ends up commandeering the conversation and arranging their next date.

When Shin and Eun Tak run into each other, they are awkward, but manage to make amends by agreeing to go out for a meal. They end up at the restaurant they dined at in Québec. While being escorted to their table, Shin has a vision of a 28-year-old Eun Tak and he realizes that he is not a part of her future. He comes to the conclusion that he must die in order for her to have a full and happy life.


Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: Another cute episode! If Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun and company weren’t so amusing, I would be annoyed by how little the story has actually progressed.

Only 만: The story’s going around in circles. I keep expected progress in terms of learning about the past, or the sword being removed, or even Shin telling Eun Tak what his problem is about being with her. Instead, we get confusion and noble idiocy. But, who cares? They’re cute enough that it doesn’t matter.

Junggugeo Kaenada: Yes, Shin’s decision to keep Eun Tak in the dark about what will really happen when she pulls the sword is noble idiocy. Yet, in this case, it actually makes sense. There is no point in burdening a teenager with the knowledge that she might be helping you commit suicide.

Only: There’s also no point in dicking her around in the meantime. He can’t die without her, so swearing that he’ll disappear for her sake is pointless; he’ll either be around in some form, or she’ll have to help him die. But, I guess not everyone thinks about these decisions in a logical way, so maybe I’ll be more forgiving this time. Ah, the power of Gong Yoo.

Junggugeo Kaenada: We also saw in this episode that attraction is not logical. Sun is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in her fledgling relationship with Yeo. Lee Dong Wook is very good looking, but I don’t know if I would still be pursuing him if he was such a weirdo.

Only: I guess they just can’t help it. I’m sure we’ll find out at some point that it’s fate that they be together. It’s not like this show is short on fate.

Junggugeo Kaenada: Speaking of fate, it seems that Eun Tak is fated for a future without Shin. Of course, that is probably just a red herring, because this drama is likely to have a happy ending. So, I see Shin’s vision as a positive, because I won’t have to watch him romance a teenager.

Only: I was pretty relieved to see an older version of Eun Tak show up. Though, I’m not sure how Shin jumped to the conclusion that Eun Tak’s future didn’t include him, just from seeing that one moment.

Junggugeo Kaenada: Shin claims that he can see that he is not at Eun Tak’s side. I guess he meant that he literally was not at her side, and thereby concludes that he is not in her life. That’s a little creepy.

Only: I guess living for a millennium doesn’t really give you perspective.

Junggugeo Kaenada: I do like the petty, antagonistic relationship Shin and Eun Tak have, which I fear might disappear when she is no longer a teenager. When they went shopping for home ware items for Eun Tak, I loved that Shin claimed that the stuffed goblin toy was going to belong to him. Then, he kept removing the items that Eun Tak repeatedly added to the cart.

Only: I loved the scene where neither Shin nor Yeo could figure out how to get Eun Tak into the house, because they’d never used the front door keypad. I sense that we’re coming up on a time skip, and that the tone will be a lot more sombre from that point on. Which is not necessarily bad, though I agree that I’d miss the comedy.

Goblin (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비)

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