Side dish: Look, Goblin, there’s more than one way to eat a steak. Why not change it up a little and try this recipe for steak don from My Cooking Blisshaps.
When Shin (Gong Yoo) realizes that he will not be part of the future of Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), he goes straight back to brooding, and then demands that Eun Tak pull out the sword immediately. Eun Tak lets Shin tell her how much he’s suffered over the years, and offers him comfort, but blithely refuses to pull out the sword.
Meanwhile, death god, Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) and playboy Duk Hwa (Yook Sung Jae) go on a date with Sun (Yoo In Na) and her friend. It’s a disaster, as Sun and her friend fawn over handsome chaebol Duk Hwa, then Yeo flinches away when Sun reaches for his phone. He does manage to tell her his new name, Kim Woo Bin, and also to give her the ring (that used to belong to the queen).
Back at home Shin is having an epic mope, but when Yeo tries to cheer him up with a hug, he pulls out a sword to ward him off instead. The two supernatural beings commiserate about how hard it is to be with humans.
Rather than pull out the sword, Eun Tak decides to help out a ghost instead, and sucks up to Shin to get the winning numbers for the week’s lottery. While the ghost goes off to appear in the dreams of her children, Eun Tak tries to buy a lottery ticket, but fails because she’s a minor. In the end, Shin helps out the ghost, as Eun Tak ends up right where she started. Regardless, Eun Tak decides that she will take the blade out for Shin.
After a hard day’s reaping, Yeo runs into Sun on the bridge they first met and in a panic becomes invisible. Sun is in a snit over not being able to reach him and phones Yeo on the spot. Oblivious, the invisible Yeo lets his phone ring, much to Sun’s consternation. To make matters worse, Yeo catches Sun when she slips, and unable to see him, Sun runs away, terrified.
As Eun Tak walks home from work, Shin joins her and the two of them talk about his life as a goblin, and the people he helps. When they get home, Eun Tak spots a Christmas tree, and moved by Shin’s gesture, she announces that she’s ready to pull out the sword. Startled, Shin runs for it, all the way to Yeo’s teahouse.
Cue another round of brooding, as Shin realizes that while Eun Tak is the only person who can kill him, she’s also making him want to live.
The next day, as Eun Tak walks home from school, she’s accosted by the two loan sharks who had threatened her before, but the two men start fighting amongst themselves instead. Eun Tak ends up getting a ride home with the Chairman’s secretary.
I’m not sure why, but Shin starts acting like a jerk to Eun Tak, who tries and fails to get advice out of Yeo. Instead, we discover that because she’s a special case, she’ll be running into death gods every time she reaches an age ending in nine.
Meanwhile, a gloomy Shin delays the sword removal with various excuses, but quietly starts wrapping up his life. He says goodbye to his servant, then bequeaths a credit card to Duk Hwa. He tries to leave the house to Yeo, and ask him to erase Eun Tak’s memory after the fact, but Yeo hasn’t figured out how to use his phone and doesn’t hear him.
Eun Tak tries to figure out the words she copied from Shin’s diary, but can’t make them out even with Shin’s unsuspecting help. As she struggles, Shin comes to her room with a pile of gifts. When Shin asks her to pull out the blade, Eun Tak asks if there’s any love in his gifts. Shin denies it, and takes her to the field where he first became the Goblin.
Before she agrees to pull out the sword, Eun Tak asks him to sign a contract with her, to grant a wish for her once a year. Knowing that he’s going to die, Shin readily signs it. As it starts snowing, Eun Tak prepares to pull out the sword and Shin prepares to die.
Instead, it turns out that Eun Tak can’t touch the sword. Both of them are shocked, but Eun Tak is the first to take action, as she makes the logical leap that the only answer is to kiss Shin. Without fanfare, she grabs him by the lapels to give him a smooch.
Only 만: This episode was heavy on the brooding and light on the action.
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: You forgot the weepy stares. There were a lot of those, too.
Only: As pretty as this episode was and as many great moments as it had, I did find myself waiting for something to happen. By the end of the episode, when Eun Tak couldn’t pull the sword out, I was yelling at the screen.
Junggugeo Kaenada: It was essentially a death watch for Shin. Will he have the guts to ask Eun Tak to pull the sword out? And, if he does die, will it be in a fantastic fountain of blood?
Only: I did wonder how he was so resigned to pulling the sword out, when it was clear that he had no idea what would happen; he really could have exploded into a fountain of blood. The fact that he didn’t tell her that was a possibility was pretty awful.
Junggugeo Kaenada: It did make all those prolonged scenes where she might possibly pull the sword out more amusing, because all I could picture was an eruption of blood. Thanks for putting that image in my head.
Only: Speaking of eruptions of blood, I’m a little frustrated that we keep touching on the past without any explanations. I wish Shin would stop speaking so cryptically about his history with the king. Though, that said, I’m glad he admitted that his march towards the king made no sense whatsoever, given how many people died for it and how little hope it had of accomplishing anything.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Another story line that is going nowhere is the one involving Yeo and Sun. Though, she has become acquainted with Duk Hwa, and is now interested in the chaebol. And, she now believes in the supernatural. So, I guess that’s progress, though not in her relationship with Yeo.
Only: Though, that scene on the bridge where Sun calls Yeo while he’s invisible was priceless.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Yeo’s inability to use a phone in general is fantastic. That moment when Shin was spilling his guts, only to discover that Yeo couldn’t hear a word he said was hilarious.
Only: Since nothing much happened this episode, let’s indulge in some idle speculation. Shin flashed back to the king who had him executed, and for some reason, the scene transitioned so that Sun showed up in the middle of it. I’m going to guess that Sun is the reincarnation of the King, and that Yeo is the Queen. So, maybe we’ll get some drama soon enough?
Junggugeo Kaenada: Well, now that Shin is suffering from severe disappointment, there is sure to be some epic temper tantrums. Gong Yoo has remained super attractive through all the brooding so we’re sure to enjoy watching him spazz out.