'Tale of the Nine-Tailed' Episode 13: Is Yu Ri to become new Imoogi? Lee Yeon and Lee Rang in for a suprise
'Tale of the Nine-Tailed Fox' Episode 13 saw how Yu Ri offered her life in return for Lee Rang's, and Tae-ri, one half of the Imoogi makes use of this
'Tale of the Nine-Tailed' Episode 13 begins where we left Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-wook) and Ji-ah (Jo Bo-ah). After Lee Yeon's attempts to capture the Imoogi, in its human form Tae-ri and banish it from Earth fails. Of course, Lee Yeon sees Ji-ah struggle with a sharp pain in her chest and rushes to her side only to find her speak like Ae-eum did when she was possessed by the Imoogi six hundred years ago. Looks like a part, the most important part of the Imoogi was hidden within Ji-ah all this while, and to banish the Imoogi would mean to kill her. In Episode 13 of 'Tale of the Nine-Tailed', we will now see how Lee Yeon deals with this new development and the state that his brother Lee Rang (Kim Beom) is in.
Turns out Yu Ri is a lot gutsier than Lee Yeon or even Lee Rang had given her credit for. Soon-ho, the kid that Lee Rang had saved, watches as Yu Ri offers her life to Tae-ri in return for Lee Rang's life. He is surprised to find that she is telling the truth and ends up plotting a plan. Instead of killing her, the Imoogi takes her along with him after saving Lee Rang's life. It is Soon-ho who tells Lee Rang everything. He then arrives at Lee Yeon's place to find out that Yu Ri has broken up with Shin Joo. We had seen how Yu Ri had tried to be mean to get Shin Joo to hate her and forget her. So Shin Joo is extremely heartbroken about this and shares with Lee Yeon.
Lee Yeon, on the other hand, is still dealing with the aftermath of having found out that Ji-ah holds the part of the Imoogi that is required to be killed or banished to get Tae-ri, the other part of the Imoogi to stop from planning destruction. This destruction, surprisingly (not!) comes in the form of a terrifying virus that humans will not have a cure to. Before Lee Yeon can calmly think about a plan, he has to deal with Ji-ah's breakdown because after the appearance of an Imoogi within her, she hurt Lee Yeon just as Ae Eum did in the past. This is not something that Ji-ah wants for the two of them and even begs Lee Yeon to help her so that she doesn't hurt him or anyone else for that matter.
Of course, he comes up with the idea of leaving everything behind and running away from all the problems. Which, to be honest works just fine for the two of them as it gives the two of them time to spend together, away from all the supernatural conflicts. From making love, to just playacting as husband and wife, Ji-ah and Lee Yeon find an opportunity to do things that other normal couples would and it is this moment of love that gives Ji-ah some clarity. She realizes that the two of them cannot run away forever, and she tells Lee Yeon that he wants to return to Seoul to face whatever it maybe.
This is how we find Lee Yeon concocting a plan to slay and kill the Imoogi within Ji-ah. He initially discusses how they would kill the Imoogi using the dagger that slays sins and the others — Lee Rang, Shin Joo, and the Snail Bride — are all in on the plan. However, there is no such dagger and all that Lee Yeon had done was to set a trap for the Imoogi. He understood that the Imoogi would use some means to leave a trace of itself behind in human bodies and it is this that he finds by luring the Imoogi out. Something that looks very similar ot a chip is placed in Ji-ah's neck that the Imoogi removes after falsely believing that Lee Yeon is dead. The Imoogi is excited about taking Lee Yeon's body over, but when it realizes that all of it is a lie, it understands the position that it is in.
In the meantime, Tae-ri also realizes that the Imoogi within Ji-ah has removed the part of itself. As Lee Yeon and Ji-ah continue to move forward with their plan with Lee Rang, Shin Joo, and the Snail Bride's help; how will Tae-ri counter attack? We will see in the upcoming episode.
'Tale of the Nine-Tailed' will be aired on tvN on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10.30 pm KST and can be streamed on Viki Global.