* This review contains spoilers for Episode 8 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 8: The Fateful Choice
My Demon Episode 8 picks up with the aftermath of Gu-Won’s (Song Kang) stabbing. The assassin is about to finish him off, but Bok-Gyu (Heo Jeong-Do) suddenly appears and knocks him aside. The assassin’s mask is torn off and Gu-Won manages to get a look at his face, before passing out. He is immediately rushed to the hospital.
At the police station, Do-Hee (Kim Yoo-Jung) is told by the detective that he knows she is innocent, and that he was pressured into arresting her. Just then, she is told of Gu-Won’s stabbing, and heads to the hospital with Seok-Hoon (Lee Sang-Yi).
At the hospital, an angry Ga-Young (Jo Hye-Joo) blames Do-Hee for Gu-Won’s condition. Fortunately, Do-Hee is able to ‘recharge’ Gu-Won using her tattoo, saving his life. The two then embrace.
We then cut to the mysterious homeless woman. She stares at the moon, and notes that Do-Hee has managed to save Gu-Won. However, she adds that it will result in danger to Do-Hee’s own life.
At the hospital, Gu-Won falls asleep, as Do-Hee watches over him. Seok-Hoon comes to take her back to the police station. Ga-Young watches her leave, and tells Bok-Gyu about her jealousy towards Do-Hee for taking her place as Gu-Won’s human companion.
Meanwhile, Gu-Won has a nightmare about burning in a fire. He wakes up and asks about Do-Hee. At the same time, the police receive word that the arrest warrant against her is dismissed and she is free to go.
At the hospital, the group of thugs suddenly show up to pay their respects to their ‘new boss’ Gu-Won, but he rejects them. Despite this, they hang around and greet Do-Hee when she arrives to visit.
We also see Do-Kyung (Kang Seung-Ho) receiving a message from the assassin, implying his involvement in the plot against Gu-Won. Meanwhile, the assassin panics after realizing Gu-Won saw his face.
Do-Hee takes Gu-Won back to her apartment, letting him hold her hand while they sleep. When Gu-Won says that he is not getting enough ‘charge’, they fall asleep in each others’ arms. Despite this, they still hesitate to reveal their feelings.
The next morning, Gu-Won insists on accompanying Do-Hee to the office. They learn that public opinion about Do-Hee has shifted after Gu-Won’s stabbing, and people are now on her side.
During an office party to celebrate his recovery, Gu-Won has a terrifying flashback to his nightmare of being burnt. He later confesses his fears to Bok-Gyu, but still believes that things will return to normal once he gets his powers back.
Ga-Young visits the office to confront Do-Hee, telling her to let Gu-Won go. She accuses Do-Hee of threatening Gu-Won by withholding his tattoo, which disturbs Do-Hee. Ga-Young later tells Gu-Won that the reason he is becoming more human is because he is falling in love with Do-Hee. She urges him to stop it if he wants to remain a demon.
Do-Hee makes a decision
Later, Do-Hee reflects on Ga-Young’s words, and thinks about how she is putting Gu-Won in danger. She then has a heartfelt conversation with the spirit of Madam Ju (Kim Hae-Sook), where they talk about the troubles she is facing. Do-Hee later calls Seok-Hoon to discuss something important.
The next day, Do-Hee and Gu-Won head to a special board meeting. The board announce they are ready to vote for the next company chairman. Do-Hee then makes a surprising announcement of her own.
She says that she is withdrawing from the running, leaving Seok-Min (Kim Tae-Hoon) as the sole remaining candidate. She also renounces her claim to the inheritance, much to the Noh family’s delight.
Gu-Won demands that she explain her decision. Do-Hee tells him that she just wants to lead a ‘normal life’, but Gu-Won refuses to believe her. She then tells Gu-Won that she no longer trusts him, as he has become so weak that he can no longer protect himself. This leaves Gu-Won heartbroken and upset.
The truth is revealed
We then see Seok-Hoon reading the latest company news about the board designating Seok-Min the sole candidate for chairman. We also learn that Do-Hee told him her reason for withdrawing was to stop Gu-Won from getting hurt again.
He later runs into Gu-Won, and the two have an angry conversation about Do-Hee’s decision. Gu-Won demands to know the reason why Do-Hee would give up the chance to look for Madam Ju’s killer, and Seok-Hoon finally reveals that it was so she could protect Gu-Won.
A guilt-ridden Gu-Won searches for Do-Hee, and finally locates her in Madam Ju’s garden. He asks her to return and continue the fight, telling her that it’s what he wants as well. Do-Hee tells him that everyone she loves is dead, and that she is worried the same will happen to Gu-Won, revealing that she also loves him.
Gu-Won is overcome with emotion and tells her that he doesn’t care about the risk, before kissing her passionately. The episode ends with a voiceover of Gu-Won saying that even if his feelings make him insignificant and weak, being with Do-Hee is a fate he cannot defy.
What we thought of the episode
Episode 8 of My Demon is definitely our favorite so far. The episode puts Do-Hee and Gu-Won front and center, highlighting their feelings and sacrifices for each other.
Both Song Kang and Kim Yoo-Jung gave outstanding performances here. We finally got to see Gu-Won be vulnerable when confronting his feelings, and Song Kang really melted our hearts with his performance. Kim Yoo-Jung did an excellent job showing the struggles that Do-Hee went through to come to her decision, and really lights up the screen every time she is there.
And of course, we couldn’t help but cheer when Gu-Won and Do-Hee finally revealed their feelings at the end. Both Song Kang and Kim Yoo-Jung proved just how much chemistry they have in this episode, especially with their amazing kiss scene.
We also have to commend Jo Hye-Joo for her antagonistic turn as Ga-Young. Even though her character was trying to break Gu-Won and Do-Hee apart, her performance was sympathetic, and allowed us to understand Ga-Young’s reasons for behaving that way.
We were also intrigued by the hints over who is the mastermind behind the plot to kill Gu-Won. Is it really Do-Kyung, as implied in this episode? Or is it just another red herring to distract us from the real killer?
We can’t wait to see how Song Kang and Kim Yoo-Jung will top their performances in the next episode. And we also can’t wait to find out what Gu-Won and Do-Hee’s next move will be!