Side dish: It’s Christmas so you can start a fire with some logs, or let your diet burn and make a Yummy Chocolate Log.
After Korean teenager, Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) fails to grasp the sword stuck in the chest of goblin, Shin (Gong Yoo), she smooches him in an attempt to solve the problem. Eun Tak never finds out if her kiss works, because Shin storms away. Back home, he rescinds every gift he bestowed to Eun Tak, death god, Yeo (Lee Dong Wook), and chaebol, Duk Hwa (Yook Sung Jae) when he was prepared to die.
In the days that follow, Shin pettily punishes Eun Tak for her failure by guilt tripping her to do household chores. She complains to Yeo who suggests that true love could be the key to allowing her to touch the sword. Shin unintentionally reveals that he and Eun Tak kissed. Yeo becomes incensed, because his own relationship with restaurant owner, Sun (Yoo In Na) has stalled over his lack of a business card. Yeo chooses to stalk Sun, scaring her with supernatural events.
On the day of the National Examinations, Shin is forced to use his powers to get Eun Tak to school after the couple lose track of time while he is patting her head. After the Exams, Eun Tak is feeling morose about her orphan status when she is greeted by Yeo, Shin and Duk Hwa with a celebratory cake. Shin then grants Eun Tak her wish to watch a movie. However, the screening of Train to Busan (starring Gong Yoo) is hijacked by Shin’s screams of terror.
Eun Tak remains ignorant about what will happen if she pulls the sword out of Shin’s body. She guesses that Shin means to move far away after it happens, and is hurt by the prospect of him leaving with his true bride.
A rival for Shin appears when Eun Tak runs into blast from the past, Tae Hee. He is now a baseball player, but when he was younger, he was hindered by piano lessons. A chance encounter with Shin allowed the piano to magically disappear and put Tae Hee on the path to a baseball career. Shin lashes out at Eun Tak out of jealousy then confronts Tae Hee who actually recognizes Shin, unnerving the goblin.
Shin is helpless when Eun Tak meets up with Tae Hee, but Yeo does not hesitate to interrupt the date when Sun calls him. He orders Eun Tak to answer his phone, and though Eun Tak and Sun fail to recognize each other. Sun sees through Yeo’s avoidance tactic. Sun orders Yeo to meet her the next day.
Yeo is happy to learn that Sun does not care about his lack of a business card. They enjoy each other’s company in spite of Yeo’s social awkwardness. Their get together is cut short by Yeo’s need to attend and pay for a staff dinner. Unfortunately, Yeo loses his wallet to a pickpocket, and is taken to a police station where Yeo is forced to call Shin to bail him out.
Duk Hwa is tasked by his grandfather with returning a scroll painting of the Queen to Shin. Yeo takes a look at the portrait out of curiosity and is reduced to tears without knowing why. The scene shifts meaningfully to Sun sitting in her restaurant then a scene of the King and Queen during happier times.
After Eun Tak fails to comes home early, Shin seeks her out and finds her at her part-time job as a wedding singer. Walking home together, Eun Tak asks Shin to be nicer to her, and Shin hugs her while refusing to give her any leeway. Shin is suddenly seized with pain, the sword appears and Eun Tak is able to grab the blade. She manages to move the blade before Shin shoves her away in a panic.
Eun Tak goes flying through the air before Shin blocks her from the impact of colliding with a truck, sending a parking lot of cars exploding in the process. Shin wonders if he hesitates to die, because he fears ending his immortality or dreads never seeing Eun Tak’s face again.
This was a very cute episode, in which I repeatedly cooed over how cute Shin and Eun Tak were or laughed out loud at their antics. However, there is no denying that the writer is dragging out the story, and using charm to lull the audience into happy complacency. This entire episode could be summed up as Shin and Eun Tak’s reaction to disappointment. Sure, there was the appearance of a rival for Eun Tak’s affections, but can we take Tae Hee seriously when he is not even a second male lead?
However, it’s Christmas, so let’s simply be thankful for the joy this show brings. I loved the look of disappointment and disgust on Eun Tak’s face after Shin’s failure to win her a lighter (those claw cranes are rigged!) and his freak out while watching Train to Busan. Gong Yoo’s comic timing is impeccable right down to his self-satisfied enjoyment of the submarine sandwich. Meanwhile, Sun’s alternating exasperation and persistence in pursuing the inept Yeo is making it a relationship as entertaining as the lead couple.
It is clear that Sun and Yeo are the reincarnations of Queen and King, respectively. For a while, I had hoped that Yeo might be the reincarnation of the Queen, but from the way the scene transitioned, that unorthodox story line does not appear to be the case.
The ending was quite spectacular, and appears to be a progression in the main plot. However, besides being impressed with the production budget of this show, I can’t say the development excites me much. I have already learned the lengths to which the writer will stretch out every plot development. I do wonder what made the sword concrete in Eun Tak’s hands? It could well be her kiss since Shin appears to be as secretive as ever about his feelings.