I feel like Tale of Gumiho tries so hard with the fated love/OTP element but it’s actually everything else that works and that central thread just falls for flat. The lack of chemistry between Yeon and Ji Ah continues so episode 9 keeping them apart made it one of the best episodes to date, and their reunion at the end lacked any oomph and made me realize I wished the drama was a brotherly fight/investigation show. Episode 9 deserved a rise in ratings as it focused on healing the brotherly rift, and continues to cement Lee Rang as my favorite character and Kim Bum as giving the best nuanced performance in the drama alternating between jackass bravado with little boy fear. I love Lee Tae Ri (formerly the other Lee Min Ho) but I can’t stand Imoogi, he’s so smarmy I just want to punch him in the face and dirty him up. It’s no fun to watch him manipulate from the safety of his hiding hole, I hope Yeon slices and dices him permanently into eternal hell at the end of this drama.