* This review contains spoilers for Episode 5 of My Demon
My Demon is a captivating fantasy romantic-comedy series revolving around a demon, Jung Gu-Won, who unexpectedly loses his powers. In a twist of fate, he becomes entangled with Do Do-Hee, the spirited and assertive heir to the Mirei Group. Gu-Won must form a marriage contract with Do-Hee, as she becomes the key to regaining his abilities. Their relationship soon evolves from a contractual agreement to a hellish romantic entanglement.
Episode 5: Only You
My Demon Episode 5 begins with a repeat of last week’s captivating tango fight scene between Do-Hee (Kim Yoo-Jung) and Gu-Won (Song Kang). When it is over, Gu-Won appears to be disturbed by his growing feelings for Do-Hee. Neither of them appears to notice the assassin is secretly recording them.
They teleport back to her apartment and Gu-Won leaves a surprised Do-Hee behind while he frets over his situation.
The episode then shifts to the Sunwol Foundation, where the dancer Ga-Young (Jo Hye-Joo), troubled by Do-Hee and Gu-won’s closeness, injures herself during sword dance practice. Despite assurances by Bok-Gyu (Heo Jeong-Do), Ga-Young remains unsettled.
Gu-Won bares his ‘feelings’
Meanwhile, Do-Hee is still wondering over Gu-Won’s strange behavior. She decides to visit him, determined to discover his feelings for her. Inside, Gu-Won is taking a shower, telling himself that his human emotions are a result of losing his powers.
Do-Hee is suddenly accosted by Ga-Young, who points her swords at her. The two women have a tense encounter, as Ga-Young displays her jealousy towards Do-Hee.
She then heads to Gu-Won’s office, which is where he keeps antique clocks to represent all the souls he has contracted. Do-Hee is amazed, but thinks it is just his personal collection. Gu-Won appears to accuse her of snooping, and she momentarily distracted by his six-pack abs.
Ga-Young interrupts them and pretends that she and Gu-Won have a close relationship, causing Do-Hee to become jealous. She asks why Gu-Won left so abruptly earlier. He acts coldly, telling her he didn’t want to see her again. An angry Do-Hee then storms out.
The twisted family
We also get scenes of Madam Ju’s (Kim Hae-Sook) family members. Her grandson Noh Do-Kyung (Kang Seung-Ho) cryptically tells he therapist that he has “murdered someone”. He then beats up his therapist after overhearing the man call him a ‘lunatic’.
Elsewhere, Noh Seok-Min (Kim Tae-Hoon) has a meeting with several Mirae Group board members to discuss his late mother’s will. The board members tell him they are unable to support him publicly, but he threatens to reveal that they received bribes following the disbandment of the audit team. They reluctantly agree to support his bid for chairman.
Later, Seok-Min asks Do-Kyung about the late finance head, revealing that he used to be Do-Kyung’s subordinate. Do-Kyung appears to be hiding something about the man’s death. Meanwhile, we see that Kim Se-Ra (Jo Yeon-Hee), Seok Min’s wife, is dreaming about Madam Ju’s death.
Abraxas enters the chat
Meanwhile, we see a mysterious figure reviewing the footage of Gu-Won and Do-Hee’s fight with the thugs. The figure plays with a lighter, which we have seen both Do-Kyung and Seok-Min doing in the past.
We then cut to the assassin in an online cafe, having a chat with someone named ‘Abraxas’. The assassin tells Abraxas that Gu-Won appears to be a strong fighter. Abraxas urges the assassin to take him on and complete his mission to kill Do-Hee.
Seok-Min takes control
Do-Hee and Gu-Won meet up the next day to head to the office. Both are uncomfortable around each other, which is noticed by the other employees. Bok-Gyu enters the office in disguise to check on Gu-Won, causing a momentary distraction. The assassin is able to infiltrate the room amidst the confusion, also in disguise.
We then cut to a company board meeting, with Do-Hee and most of the Noh family members in attendance. The board then elects Seok-Min as acting chairman until Do-Hee can get married and take over the position. Only Do-Hee and Seok-Hoon (Lee Sang-Yi) vote against him.
Noh Soo-Ahn (Lee Yoon-Ji) later confronts Do-Hee, telling her that she can’t be chairman as she has “too many enemies”. Seok-Min also ‘reassures’ Do-Hee, telling her that he looks forward to receiving an invitation to her wedding.
Do-Hee makes a proposal
Later, Seok-Hoon presents Do-Hee with documents showing some discrepancies with Mirae Group’s finances. Do-Hee immediately realizes that accounting fraud was taking place at the company. She visits a lawyer who tells her that she will need more evidence to prove it.
Meanwhile, Gu-Won feels jealous over Do-Hee’s close relationship with Seok-Hoon. His jealousy peaks when Do-Hee goes for a blind date with the man she was supposed to meet in Episode 1. The date goes poorly, but Do-Hee asks the man, who is a prosecutor, to register their marriage later that day.
She tells Gu-Won that she needs someone who can help her take down her adopted family. However, neither she nor Gu-Won are happy over the situation. He tells her that the sooner they find the culprit who is trying to kill her, the sooner they won’t have to see each other anymore.
The big break-up
He teleports them over to the hideout of the thugs he beat up in the previous episodes. He tells their new leader that he wants to hire them to find Do-Hee’s assassin. When the man refuses at first, Gu-Won attacks him, shocking Do-Hee.
The two have an angry confrontation, where Gu-Won says his life has been worse since Do-Hee appeared. She tells him he no longer has to be her bodyguard, and he walks away. Both are heartbroken.
Do-Hee is driven home by her assistant, which is observed by the assassin. He later breaks into her apartment and attacks her. She suddenly wakes up to find herself tied up and hanging over the side of the building. The assassin sadistically cuts her bonds one-by-one, but before she can fall, Gu-Won leaps over the side to rescue her.
What we thought of the episode
Episode 5 of My Demon masterfully blends romance, suspense, and corporate intrigue. We finally get to see Gu-Won confront his growing feelings for Do-Hee. The scenes where Gu-Won displays his jealousy were a delight to watch, with Song Kang getting to show off his comic timing.
We also got to see the darker sides of the Noh family, ranging from Seok-Min’s corporate blackmailing to Do-Kyung’s psychopathic rage. We also saw a new antagonist, the mysterious ‘Abraxas’. There are hints that Abraxas could be a member of the Noh family, but that could also be a red herring.
The episode’s pacing is well-executed, balancing action, emotional moments, and plot development. And with its literal cliffhanger ending, we can’t wait to see what happens to Do-Hee and Gu-Won next.