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Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 12
by | August 22, 2011 | 86 Comments

After all the angst of the past few episodes, it’s time for the couple to get to enjoy some fun and cuteness, even if those halcyon days are, unfortunately, always short-lived in K-dramas. Well, something’s better than nothing — and this time when the happiness is threatened, we get tons of plot advancement, with some crucial dots finally connected, bringing the pieces of the plot closer together.

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EPISODE 12 RECAP

Kang-woo confesses to his fabricated background, his fake relationship with In-ah, and his love for Myung-wol. On live, national television. Myung-wol stops to watch the declaration in a storefront window, smiling in happiness and relief while bystanders recognize her.

The news is the talk of the town, and Spy Mom and Dad exult, patting themselves on the back for all their efforts. Yes, being a persistent anti-fangirl on the internet sure is hard work.

Ryu, though — ah, poor Ryu! — may say the words “congratulations,” but it’s more to convince himself than anything; his sadness is clearly evident. There, there. Let me make it better.

Kang-woo keeps himself out of sight while his managers field calls, all of them bearing bad news — cancelled roles, threats of lawsuits for damages, the heralding of the end of a career. Who knew a drama about spies would have so much meta on the entertainment industry?

Kang-woo says he’ll take care of the monetary damages, sitting alone in the empty concert hall. He’s still got his old baseball in his hand, which he flings across the room — just in time for somebody to pluck it out of the air.

It’s Myung-wol, who asks what he’s doing here. He replies that he’s waiting for someone.

Myung-wol: “And if that person doesn’t show up?”
Kang-woo: “I’d go to the ends of the earth after them.”
Myung-wol: “And if they won’t let themselves be caught?”
Kang-woo: “With a devastatingly appealing Hallyu star like me going after you, you’ll let me catch you, right?”
Myung-wol: “Dummy. Why did you do that?”
Kang-woo: “Do you dislike me because I did that? Now that I’m not a Hallyu star, do you not like me anymore?”
Myung-wol: [shaking her head no — i.e., I do like you]
Kang-woo: “Then I’ll go catch you now.”

Eeee! Why is it so hot to dorkily announce your intentions in advance? It’s like Ryu’s “I will make contact with your shoulder,” except sexy.

With that, Kang-woo runs up to Myung-wol and envelops her in a hug.

In-ah takes up her share of headlines by fainting and holing up in the hospital. The wilting-flower angle is for the media’s benefit — In-ah’s about as wilting as a boulder — per Grandpa’s orders. Chairman Joo tells her to forget Kang-woo, since his career is over (Grandpa will make sure of that), but In-ah counters that she didn’t like Kang-woo for his Hallyu status. Well, that’s romantic and all, but how about the part where you’re blackmailing him into dating you?

Kang-woo lights candles on a cake to commemorate the start of their relationship, and to mark his retirement. She feels bad for being the reason for his curtailed career, and he tells her that if she’s sorry, then she ought to vow her devotion to him. The first rule: When they’re together, she’s to remain within 10 cm of him. He mock-threatens, “If you mess around, I could change that to 1 cm.” That, my friends, is what we call incentive, not a threat.

He puts her head on his shoulder and decrees that their “standard position” and tells her to declare her love for him ten times. Into his cell phone recorder. She does, and he closes his eyes happily, saying, “I’ll never get tired of hearing that.”

In-ah tries to leave her hospital room, but is blocked by Ryu, who reminds her of the reporters outside. She fights him and yells that she can’t just stand idly by like he does, and have her man stolen from her. Barring the minor technicality that Kang-woo was never hers in the first place, her argument lands with Ryu when she accuses him of feeling the same way.

Ryu doesn’t let go of his hold on her until she stops struggling, and she cries into his chest.

While Kang-woo fiddles with his baseball, Myung-wol asks about his father’s death. He tells her the story of his father coming home to celebrate his birthday, and going after the stray baseball and not returning. Kang-woo had gone looking for him, and seen the tail end of the hit-and-run accident that killed him — the same one Ryu investigated in the previous episode.

Kang-woo blames himself for his father’s death, for urging Dad home on his birthday, for throwing the ball too hard. But he doesn’t believe that the death was accidental, and has been trying to reveal the true circumstances all these years, to ease his guilt. He recalls archaeologist Dad searching for the four ancient books, and thinks he was being chased because of them.

Finally a connection between the storylines! Myung-wol starts putting the pieces together, from the Singapore auction to the tattered book in Kang-woo’s possession, all the while registering Kang-woo’s lingering Daddy guilt with empathy.

Ryu finds her at her that night to ask why she ran away, leaving behind all her colleagues. She says she felt she had no choice, and he guesses the reason: “Do you love Kang-woo?”

She answers indirectly, saying that she tried not to, but tells Ryu that she’ll obey whatever orders he gives. Despite her actions, because they have achieved their desired result with Kang-woo, Ryu says that he’ll let her lapse go this time — as long as she doesn’t give up on her duty again. But if she does, “I won’t forgive you.”

Kang-woo calls Myung-wol bright and early, surprising her at the door with coffee. Now that’s a man after my own heart. He takes her on a date, and upon hearing that she’s never been on one before, he’s both amazed and gratified to be her first. The cocky punk in him can’t resist comparing their scorecards, though, and says he’s been on tonnns of dates with tonnnnns of girls, souring Myung-wol’s mood.

To make up for that, he declares that today’s activities will cover the “fundamental dating course” and grabs her hand. I love that these lovebirds are so giddy for each other that she smiles happily at his endearment “our wacko.” Because of the intimacy of “our,” of course, ignoring the whole “wacko” part.

Kang-woo says she needs a nickname for him, and suggests “owner.” Pshhh. Spoken like a man about to get his ass kicked by his “possession.” Thankfully that gets pushed aside because Myung-wol says she already has a nickname for him: “sneaky bastard.” Ha!

Then it’s time for couple shirts, couple hats, and couple cell phones. Interspersed with their date activities are flashbacks to Myung-wol’s rigorous military training, using the similarities to highlight all the differences. Myung-wol In Love pops a beer can open instead of a grenade, and shoots toy targets for stuffed animals instead of real targets with live ammo.

Photos of the date pop up online and send In-ah raging. She vows to uncover Myung-wol’s true motives, and I suppose this is one of the few reasons In-ah isn’t entirely useless to this story — she’s the only person who’s suspicious of Myung-wol’s background.

She calls her fired stylist/assistant to tell her to keep tabs on Myung-wol. Huh, didja pick up from the plot that the stylist is In-ah’s actual younger sister? I thought she was just calling her unni because she was younger, but apparently Little Sis is family, which explains why they snipe at each other so freely.

The sister brattily rejects In-ah’s orders, since she has debuted as an idol singer — and what’s more, she’s already outranking In-ah in the search engine rankings, hee. She came by expressly to rub this in unni’s face, and leaves In-ah with a gift basket containing only the fruits In-ah hates. Keh.

Salting the wound is the music video In-ah catches on TV — featuring her own sister. (And sneaking in some promo for the actress/idol’s newly debuted girl group, Stellar, who are with Eric’s agency.)

Ryu mulls over his discovery that Kang-woo is also in search of the Goblin, and pokes around for more info by asking Chairman Joo about the death of Kang-woo’s parents. The chairman answers vaguely, saying he doesn’t know much because Kang-woo has always been tight-lipped about his father’s death.

Kang-woo takes Myung-wol to a coffee shop, where they attract everyone’s eyes (and snide comments about Myung-wol ruining his career). She wants to leave, but he insists they stay, yelling at her the message that’s clearly directed at the rest of the room — that she did nothing wrong, so nobody has any right to insult her. Aw. His indignation is cute.

With Sister-Minion defecting, In-ah is left to do the sneaking around herself, and snoops around Spy Parents’ quarters. She finds a stray photo of Kang-woo from one of the spy family’s strategizing sessions bearing the words “punish Kang-woo,” but the search is cut short when people arrive.

In-ah quickly slips into the wardrobe to escape being spotted as the parents welcome a reporter inside for an interview. She stews while Hee-bok and Ok-soon assure the reporter that Myung-wol is a sweet, hard-working girl and that it was really jealous, spiteful In-ah who was running interference in the couple’s romance, not the other way around.

Hee-bok brags about how Kang-woo buys Myung-wol such nice things and opens the wardrobe to show the reporter…revealing In-ah in her incriminating pose. The reporter grabs his camera and the story hits the ‘net, painting In-ah as a weirdo. She didn’t have a great image to begin with, but now she’s seen as positively cracked Ha!

She tries to rustle up some sympathy with a hospital photo, but the sharp-eyed netizens are quick to suspect fakery, with comments like “The angle clearly shows it’s a sel-ca.” Hee. Now the tide turns and people start rooting for the Woo-Wol couple in earnest. I wonder what In-ah would do if she knew she was to thank for helping sway fan opinion in that direction.

Intent on hunting down info on the Goblin, Ryu snoops in the chairman’s office and finds a file on Kang-woo’s father. Hm, a clear red flag: The chairman lied about knowing nothing about the father’s death. Why?

Kang-woo and Myung-wol watch a movie together — it’s The Letter, the saddest choice ever! — and Myung-wol thinks how all the love stories in the world seem to be describing her and Kang-woo’s relationship. It’s the anthem of lovers the world over, when suddenly the mundane becomes amazing, and all love stories feel personal.

To illustrate that point, they find themselves in scenarios taken right out of famous movies, like the umbrella scene in Temptation of a Wolf, or the pillow fight from Portrait of a Beauty.

A tickle-fight leads to Kang-woo leaning over her (rawr!), and he leans in for a kiss…which is interrupted by a nervous hiccup from her. Heh. THe mood is ruined, but as he lies next to her, he sighs, “I’m so happy these days. I wish we could live like this forever.”

Meanwhile, Ryu catches a glimpse of one of Myung-wol’s CF photos of her wearing a red mask, and that triggers his memory — of the woman in red who interfered in Singapore. Finally he realizes that it was Myung-wol, and that sends more pieces of the puzzle tumbling into place.

As Myung-wol and Kang-woo sleep next to each other, she dreams of a cute couple-y scene on the beach: She convinces him to run after her, “like in all those Korean dramas,” only she runs so fast he gasps to catch up with her and ends up tripping over his own feet. Haha. Even her romantic scenarios are marred by his dorkiness.

She wakes up to find a gun pointed at her head and an angry Ryu accusing her of betraying her country. Telling her he can’t forgive her, Ryu points the gun at Kang-woo and fires.

Myung-wol jerks awake from her dream-within-a-dream and is overwrought, asking Kang-woo over and over whether he’s really okay. She grabs him in a tight hug, unwilling to let go, as he assures her he won’t die.

Kang-woo had fully expected to retire from public life, but President Kyung tells him that he may be able to make a comeback after all. Turns out that despite his falsified past, fans are lenient because he revealed the truth himself, and his Hollywood dreams may not be over. She urges him to consider it carefully, reminding him that he loves the stage.

Myung-wol is thrilled to hear it, and tells him it would be a shame for the country to lose such a huge star.

The couple’s cozy date is interrupted by the Joo entourage’s arrival at the wine bar. Chairman Joo turns to leave, but In-ah insists upon staying — and suggests joining parties, at that. Yeah, that’s one way to ruin the night for everyone in one blow.

It’s an uncomfortable gathering for all, with Chairman Joo goading Kang-woo and telling him he’ll regret his choice. Kang-woo grasps Myung-wol’s hand and says he already has regrets — of waiting so long to act.

That sign of affection gets In-ah huffy, and she snipes at Ryu that he’s just sitting there silently in front of the woman he likes. Eeeeek!

Everyone freezes, though it’s only Myung-wol who’s shocked at the revelation. Ryu makes a lame attempt to say it’s not true, and when she leaves the table, he finds her outside to assure her that In-ah was just making things up.

President Kyung tells Kang-woo to pull some video clips to send to the Hollywood contacts, so he goes through the Singapore Showcase footage. He’s reminded of In-ah’s comment that a Myung-wol lookalike was in the crowd, and his eyes widen to see for himself, although he shakes it aside.

When Myung-wol enters the room, he pulls her close in a hug, as though hoping to hug out the doubt. Alas, it’s hardly an effective way of banishing suspicions.

Bored and curious at home, In-ah snatches the tablet computer out of Ryu’s hands, then recognizes the photo on it as the book Kang-woo bought in Singapore. Finally, a hard clue about the mysterious last owner.

When Chairman Joo asks about the process he’s making, he lies and says he’s still in the process of investigating — just as he hears In-ah muttering about that dumb book.

Kang-woo is called by Hee-bok and Ok-soon, who greet him enthusiastically as “son-in-law.” He’s taken aback at their leap to conclusions, but at his hesitation, they play the part of protective parents and take the other extreme, asking if he’s just playing around with their daughter.

Heh, it’s an effective way to keep him confused and stuttering while they reverse-psychologize him: Asking if he’s playing around with no intention of marriage gets Kang-woo to blurt that he’s not against marriage. So then they leap on that and ask eagerly when he plans to propose. Ha!

Ryu meets with Myung-wol to ask about the books. Showing her the stab wound in his hand, he confirms that she was the one who gave it to him.

Myung-wol tells him she had no idea it was him, and that she’d come here to fix the situation that was ruined because of her. Since she knows that Kang-woo has the last book, Ryu gives her one last chance to redeem herself: Take the book from Kang-woo. Ohhhh….no.

Kang-woo comes to the apartment looking for Myung-wol, and looks around while waiting. He finds the script notes he’d given her, marked with a sketch of his face, and is touched at her obvious attachment to him. He also finds the ring that he’d given to her when he fake-proposed (and caught her in her lie). Amused and gratified that she still has it, he takes it with him.

That evening, Kang-woo directs Dae-kang to set up a romantic tableau, to set the stage for his proposal. Aww, he’s actually going to do it! He and Dae-kang bicker about lopsided hearts and the cruelty of making besotted Dae-kang lay out the candles for another man to woo his noona-crush, and then Kang-woo waits for her to arrive.

Upon returning to the Joo mansion, Ryu is attacked, and awakens tied up in a warehouse, beaten by the chairman’s minions. Chairman Joo accuses him of betraying him and withholding the info that Kang-woo has the last book. Joo is also suspicious of his relationship with Myung-wol, and calls her to make his proposal.

She’s been in a crisis of indecision all afternoon, not wanting to betray Kang-woo but understanding that this is her last shot to save the mission. Joo’s demands take that turmoil and amplify it even more, because he threatens her with Ryu’s life, saying that if she wants to keep him safe, she’d better deliver Kang-woo’s book. Aie!

Not only will Chairman Joo get the book he so wants, he also sadistically looks forward to seeing Kang-woo heartbroken.

So Myung-wol sits at home, paralyzed with fear, not knowing what to do. All the while, Kang-woo goes from anticipation to anxiety the longer he waits, and wonders what’s keeping her.

Finally he hears a sound in the house and guesses she’s home, eagerly tiptoeing over to surprise her with the ring.

He heads toward the sound and sees Myung-wol walking down the all, all giddy with anticipation. Only, the moment he steps forward, the smile dies on his lips — because she’s sneaking the book from his closet.

*Crack.* And that’s the sound of a breaking heart.

Noooooo!

 
COMMENTS

Ah, I’m pleased that the spy stuff is coming back to the fore, because that is where I think this drama has an interesting, unusual edge, and it’s too bad that a lot of that has been ignored in the past. I actually really like this couple together so it’s not like the romance is a hardship to watch, and thanks be that they at least had a full episode of happiness, at least. But given that her spy identity adds a whole other dimension of conflict to this plot, it’s high time it comes into play — and at just the most inconveniently angsty, heart-wrenching time.

After Kang-woo has been such a crankypants and a mean ol’ fussbudget toward Myung-wol in recent episodes, I didn’t think I’d feel such sympathy when he got his heart broken. But that’s the thing about K-drama heroes — they may be infuriating while they’re denying their feelings, lashing out at innocent others when they’re actually angry with themselves, but once they tumble into love, they’re pretty much all-in. (This isn’t the case for every romance ever, but it comprises a hefty chunk of the rom-com canon and could fill its own category.) In any case, once they’re so head-over-heels, it’s painful to see that come crashing down around them. And especially in this case, when he’s just come to believe in her sincerity, only to be cruelly shown otherwise.

I like that the return of the spy storyline actually provides a stronger conflict than we’ve had in recent episodes — it’s the whole Shiri-ness of this premise that makes it so exciting, the Mata Hari story of falling in love with the enemy. We spent a lot of time on the falling in love part, but now it’s time to ramp up the enemy aspect.

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86 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. AL

    i don’t get why this show doesn’t have the best ratings……i think it is funny yet also serious too……thanx for the recap :)

    • 1.1 pipit

      Seeing how some of the dramas I love didn’t enjoy the rating I think they should get I try to stop asking the same question.

      But indeed! Hwe?! Hwe?!

      This drama has Han Ye Seul who I love, it makes me see the beauty of Eric (never thought him goodlooking before) and last but not least there’s the manly beautiful awesomely gorgeous Ryu!

      How I want him to get the girl! But since it’s not going to happen I’m willing to over him a shoulder to cry on. Or a lap to cry on to avoid extreme bending.

      Thanks JB. For everything.

      • 1.1.1 Jomo

        Excuse me? Something about someone’s lap, pipit?

        • 1.1.1.1 pipit

          Now that you asked Jomo I wonder why I wrote that.
          Perhaps it has something to do with constantly just seeing all these gorgeous guys….

    • 1.2 am

      me neither but like @pipit, I’ve also stopped asking.

      I’ve officially fallen for HYS and Eric…it’s like the time I watched My Princess. Never been a big fan of any of them, in terms of acting esp., but things turned around.

      Now I want Ryu to have a beautiful ending because he’s just too beautiful of a human being to ignore.

      *now all I need is for Jeon Ji Hyun to make a splashing kdrama return with the right role* /wishful thinking?

  2. penguin

    First!
    (i hope)
    i know it’s immature, but i can’t help it!

    • 2.1 Yessie

      close to first

    • 2.2 Kangling

      self control is very important! Next time instead of typing First.. why not try BOOYA!

  3. haha

    thank you!!

  4. anna

    Aw, noooesss, poor KW :(

    I really love that rain scene from Temptation of the Wolves, also the moment when I fell in love with Kang Dong-won. :D

    • 4.1 Ani

      I never saw Temptation of the Wolves, but I love Kang Dong-won. I miss his pretty face. I sure hope to see him back from military service soon. It’s going to have been a full year come November.

    • 4.2 aardvarksmile

      The same here! When I saw the mischievous smile of KDW I just melted. I even bought a white umbrella for sake of my inner-teenage-self, but sadly no Dong-won has arrived yet ;).

  5. snow

    aww poor kang-woo. bring on the angst!

  6. syera

    before i read it, i’d like to say thank you in advance! :)

  7. Noemi

    Thanks for the recap!

    As much as I love the main couple and as much as I feel bad for how Kang-Woo must feel…the second-lead shipper in me just loves that Myung-Wol decides to steal the book to save Ryu’s life (and to save the mission…but let’s just pretend it’s all because of Ryu!) :D

  8. cv

    Thanks for the recap! OMG! I can’t believe she didn’t just ask him for the book and explain the situation! (I know, if she did, lot of things to explain-LOL)
    I can’t wait until episode 13! She got caught red handed by him. How will she explain to him? Or will he let her take the book and follow her? Hmm… going to be intersting for sure!

    • 8.1 Caitlyn

      I know, i’d love it if she just went up to him and told him everything. But then there’d be no show, lol. And he should totally follow her! That would get him involved without her having to tell him! But he’s probably just gonna either confront her & throw her out, or just let her go and then go back to being a tool to her.

  9. Ani

    I thought she was going to turn it against the Chairman and get Kangwoo into the loop. But I guess we had to get the scene with him getting his heart broken. It’s not kdrama for nothing.

  10. 10 ERICISMINE

    oh nooooooooeeeeesss!!!
    heartbroken KangWoo!
    it’s the second time he found her lies, it would double the pain, i think :(
    can’t help to think of his words in episode 10 that he keeps forgiving her T_T, but i don’t know if this time he could forgive her or not

  11. 11 Dodo

    OMG! the last scene was so heartbreaking…poor kang woo.

  12. 12 Ti

    Firstly thank you!
    WHY?!? WHY must the cute lovey dovey moments end here? Does anybody else have a bad feeling about Kang Woo and Myung Wol?

  13. 13 prd2bflpno95

    AISSSHHH!!! i want episode to be subbed! thanks for the recap!

  14. 14 Stardust

    After the recent drama in real life, I thought at first that I would not watch anymore until the series ends, but I still couldn’t help myself!

    The chemistry displayed is so sweet I am in awe of how good these actors are, because after all that, it cannot really feel the same as before.

    I hope the ratings will go up at least to 10+, this show is really better than the ratings show.

    • 14.1 Caitlyn

      Yeah, it’s certainly a pity about the ratings. It seems to be getting the same ratings as Heartstrings, and it’s way better than that!

    • 14.2 Stardust

      Is it me or HYS looks more pale and drawn than usual?
      Hope she can hang on and finish this to earn a nice good rest.
      Maybe we should petition so that they will not sue her and some actors Union should be formed ( like the Actors Guild in US) to protect the rights of all these extremely hardworking ppl! Not those in front of camera, but all those behind the scenes ppl as well! God knows how tough they have it.

  15. 15 Canto

    I like Kang Woo’s character in this show.

    I don’t know who the actor is… I didn’t think that he was very good looking at first but I totally like the vibes that he gives off playing Kang Woo until he suddenly becomes very appealing!

    His bad boy, been there done that vibe
    His cool, I am so sophisticated, I am an actor superstar vibe
    His buried hurt pain over his past as a poor kid and how he fought his way up to stardom
    His impulsive nature
    His macho, “big action” kind of movements
    His sunny nature, his sulks, his teasing, his big ego types
    His creative, artistic expressions
    His innate decency, honesty and integrity although he tries to downplay it

    The character in the show… Kang Woo…

    • 15.1 ERICISMINE

      couldn’t agree more except “I didn’t think that he was very good looking at first” part. HAHA

    • 15.2 I

      Wow, that is a very apt description! Can’t agree more.

      I was never a fan of Eric Mun till I watched this show. Somehow his charisma hooked me mid-series and I’m a newly-minted fan of his, digging out all info on Eric and Shinhwa.

      • 15.2.1 kdlover

        You’ll love him in Que sera sera too!! Sexy!!!

        • 15.2.1.1 Jomo

          Second this recommendation!

          The director in QSS seemed to have a better handle on what Eric can do well than this director. Despite having even worse hair, if that is possible, Eric was un-be-liev-a-bly sexy in that show.
          Don’t beleive the hype that the show is dark dark. It has some darkness, yes, and angst, and people suffer needlessly as they do in many K-dramas, but overall, it was good. Jung Yoo Mi was also fab.

          • 15.2.1.1.1 ginnie

            Que Sera Sera is my all time favorite.

            OHHHH.. Episode Nine!!!! I remember the sound of the rain and then the………………..

  16. 16 HeadsNo2

    I like Myung Wol, but she is honestly kind of the worst spy ever.

    • 16.1 cv

      LOL. I know huh. I can’t believe she was made into a spy in the first place. Then again, it’s k-drama. :D If you can shoot, fight and lie, you’re in.

      • 16.1.1 snow

        but she isn’t a spy to begin with. she’s just in charge of the hallyu crackdown unit back in north korea.

        ryu, hee-bok and ok-soon are the real spies.

        • 16.1.1.1 anais

          As if any of those three are decent spies themselves. Really, Ryu, you didn’t suspect for a moment that the Chairman still would have you tailed? And you meet with Myung Wol in a very public place? And Heebok and Oksoon, yeah… I think Myung Wol is actually a better spy than either of those two clowns.

          • 16.1.1.1.1 snow

            hahahaha. but together they make such a hilarious team. i really like the spy family.

            i’m still wondering if they’ll make kang-woo a spy as well…

          • 16.1.1.1.2 asianromance

            so true! I’m really surprised at Ryu- it wasn’t like he was out of practice and a rookie!

    • 16.2 D

      but she’s not really a spy even when in NK

  17. 17 maria

    THANKS SO MUCH! i find i’m appreciating the recaps more now, because i was so scared that the show would stop altogether. THANK YOU!!

    also– can i just get something off my chest please? and hear this please without snark, coz i mean it that way, but—– ZOMG han ye seul’s hair is waaaay too big and puffy for her tiny face!!!! i love her in her ponytails, but all down, she looks like she’s wearing an ill-fitting wig! HUHUHU, i am inexplicably bothered.

    *exhale*. thanks. peace.

    • 17.1 Canto

      You know… Han Ye Seul is a beauty and all that… even with her age, competing against so many younger actresses, she can hold her own in terms of her beautiful facial features and height.

      But I don’t like her that much. I think she’s a woman of expectations and maintenance, with the saga and all.

      If I were Eric, having to act alongside Han Ye Seul, and with kissing or skinship scenes, I’ll be careful that if I get too close, she’ll accuse me of taking advantage of her!

      So definately the actor Eric, and other people on the set would be on tentherhooks around Miss Prissy on set…

      • 17.1.1 anais

        If I were Eric, having to act alongside Han Ye Seul, and with kissing or skinship scenes, I’ll be careful that if I get too close, she’ll accuse me of taking advantage of her!

        Woah… Which century am I in?

        • 17.1.1.1 asianromance

          I agree, Anais! For a moment, I thought I was reading a line from snide character in a European historical romance novel with all the furor over compromising situations! bring me the smelling salts!

        • 17.1.1.2 maria

          yeah, eric will just 4d his way through this anything, anyway! :p also– how did my post about her hair turn into this?! O_o hehehe

  18. 18 laya

    Thank you for the recap :)

  19. 19 Yer Vang

    I totally forgot it came out today. Been so busy.

  20. 20 astoldbyannabanana

    what a terribly heartbroken expression that is. he’s a great actor. and han ye seul is amazing here

  21. 21 almontel

    CRack….omo…poor KangWoo…got his heart broken a second time…will he ever forgive her?

    i’m glad too that the ‘spy’ is back…now we need to know what’ll transpire tomorrow…

    is she going to sneak out with the book and then KW will follow her? let’s wait and see…

    thanks for the recap!

  22. 22 FMV

    finally it is here, thaaannkk you sooo muccchhhh…. off to read recap.

  23. 23 spearminttt

    HELL. NO.

  24. 24 magz

    NOOOOO kang woo! ryu! gahh! how come this show manages to put us viewers in a rollercoaster both on and off screen? after all that real life drama i was hoping to settle for some of the Cute for a bit more. but at least the plots moving along sigh, i wonder if this mean this will still finish at 18 eps or 17

  25. 25 I

    Thanks a million, Javabeans & Girlfriday, for choosing to recap this series despite the low rankings. Indeed, sometimes our liking for a drama is inversely related to its ratings.

  26. 26 donut

    thanks for the recaps! Love this drama and its unexpected turn of events in their ending of each episode.

  27. 27 FathuPixy

    whoa!! poor kang-woo!!
    i hope they will be together at the end..

  28. 28 Frostylady

    Awwwwwwwww! I live this drama too much! Ratings be damned! It’s not our loss if ppl out there don’t appreciate the greatness of this show!!

    Kang woo, yr angst and sadness is palpable!!! Awwwwww!! :(((

    Ep 13, we’re ready for u!!

    And of coz, tks ever so much for this amazing recap!

  29. 29 Noelle

    Aye! I hate the Joo family. Well the little sis seems alright.

    Dang if only the cute could last forever!

  30. 30 Mouri

    I really, REALLY hate Misunderstanding as the plot conflict of dramas!!! It drives me nuts, and I hate getting driven nuts!! Wat to do…I dont think I can tolerate Kang-woo’s broken heart twice!! :( Please let this conflict resolve…Please allow this to lead to a situation where Myung-wol and kang-woo and the other spies all team up to bring down Goblin!! PLEASSSSSEEEE!!!

    Thanks for the Recap Btw!! I was refreshing Like crazy since dawn!

    • 30.1 Jomo

      But what is misunderstood here?
      This is the most honest MW has been with KW.
      She wanted to be close to him to help Ryu find the book.
      Then all that other stuff happened with the lurve.

      She can’t deny that she used him now that he caught her red handed.

  31. 31 dangerousgoods

    Ah, I know the feeling exactly! The main lead usually has some sort of bad boy aspect to him – whether it be his snarkiness, sarcasm – the ‘glare’, y’know – and this is nothing new, I think that mould goes back immemorial into k-drama history. And despite rooting for the second-lead, my resolve melts and I completely empathise with our main – You’re Beautiful, SKKS anyone? XD

    Just glad to see HYS back <3 Woo-Wol couple hwaiting~!

  32. 32 FMV

    my heart bleeds for kang woo. how can ryu put myung wol into this situation? yes, ryu i am blaming you. all of you, kang woo included is falling in the hands of this evil family.

    cant wait for the next episode .

  33. 33 oddworld

    Drats, is this show losing its wacky humor and venturing into the cute romantic with light humor and more seriousness zone?

    I actually didn’t care much at first for the plot before because I thought it was just a funny/stupid way to get Myung Wol to the South and interact with Kang Woo, while carrying out her crazy/obviously stupid mission.

    And thats what was ultimately so fun and refreshing about the show. But I’ve been noticing lately they’re trying to get more serious and logical with the plot.

    Which makes me a sad panda because at this point it aint gonna be no City Hunter with the plot and tension. And it lost quite a bit of it’s humor and charm.

    So now its like a half serious but not so good spy drama mixed with a couple of ‘heh’ moments. And lots of cheesy romance scenes and somewhat unnecessary angst.

    Got a gut feeling it’s gonna be one of those dramas that gets all angst-y and feels like a totally different drama from the first half

    • 33.1 YY

      I fear you are right. Sigh. Like Fantasy Couple, which started off so wacky and ended up being a tearfest. I miss quirky robotic Myung Wol fixeated on her ‘Mission’. Lately, she’s disintegrated into stereotypal Kor Drama Heroine again.

      • 33.1.1 anais

        Ditto. I forwarded through so many scenes and/or treated various scenes as background noise. MW in love – not a very intringuing character. KW in love – a bit more fun, still quite an endearing stinker. MY in love + KW in love = can’t quite feel the love.

  34. 34 bakedshrimp

    Oh the angst kills!

  35. 35 Jomo

    Thank you for the recap!
    In 5 years from now, if someone were to marathon this series after reading about problems on the set, they wouldn’t guess that it happened before THIS episode.
    All the strange plot-flop from the earlier weeks showed more distress that this coherent and decisive show.

    Other than the leads looking tired, the performances were good, too.

    In-ah continues to make me laugh. She has no rights over Eric, but every right to be pissy at the way everyone treats her. Not that she doesn’t deserve it since she got herself into this “I only want KW and nobody else” mess.
    LOVE that she outed Ryu. That totally caught me in a gasp! Someone please tell me about that ball head on a stick she carries around. Is it the Bitch Plush Scepter?
    Why don’t I have one?

    • 35.1 YY

      Oh, I have one of those….it’s useful for scratching your back – much more elegant than using your fingers. I carry it with me all the time and whip it out in emergencies. Trick is to look nonchalant and cool when you are scratching.

      • 35.1.1 pipit

        LOL! My mother has one but I don’t think she ever look elegant while using it.

    • 35.2 pipit

      Yes, if you know nothing about it you won’t see it in the show. Even the double entendre that they wrote in the previous episode fit perfectly with the story line.

      You know what Jomo since Ryu physically carries In ah on his wide shoulder which btw I think a very sexy movement I start to have a vision of them together. Her with her spoil and bitchy attidute and his with his cool and no nonsense character with make an interesting couple.

  36. 36 YY

    Is the Goblin the evil chairman then? Watched the preview on Ockoala’s blog, didn’t understand a word, but oh boy, KW seems to be really MAD with Myung Wol….this drama is slowly but surely descending into melodrama with misunderstandings piling up and the dreaded tearfest approaching. Help! Can we just return to the quirkiness and fun of Ep 1? Please, please, writers? I promise I won’t say a word about Kang Woo’s hair.

  37. 37 furansizuka

    I love this episode ♥♥♥

  38. 38 tinatot

    how many more episodes are we expecting again? 4 or 6?

  39. 39 damn gorgeous

    thank you for updating this. Even though it’s hard to watch without eng sub, but with your help i easily understand it :D
    Thanks a lot

  40. 40 Evma

    Well the giddy-lovey-dovey parts of this drama are all cute. And its cliffhanger for each episode is also very good and interesting.

    Thank you indeed for this recap, Javabeans.

  41. 41 Ace

    Just finished watching and must say that I felt no awkwardness from the two leads. Kudos!

    I knew they were going to insert that “cute couple-y scene on the beach”. Figured they’d use that scene too somewhere. ;)

    Why are they so cute? Hope we get another episode of cuteness (maybe the last one like the finale of Best Love? please dramagods?)

    Sigh about Kang-woo’s heartbreak though. But from all the crankypants attitude he has shown Myung-wol before, he deserves a little bit of this heartache.

    Another sigh for Myung-wol’s conflict: love or love of country?

    6 more episodes before this concludes…
    Thanks JB & GF for the wonderful recaps!

  42. 42 Abbie

    Nooooooooooooooooooo! Ryu’s captured! Myung-wol must steal book to save him! She takes the book! Kang-woo’s heart breaks!

    Loved this episode! All the lovey-dovey-ness and the ending! Awesome ending!

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

  43. 43 sosoxrah

    So… what happened to the NSA? Why did their story just drop dead in the middle? I feel like they would make the whole mission with the book more action packed with all the complications between 3 different sides. Oh well…

  44. 44 U-Nick

    thank god they’re back….thanx han ye seul you continued filming and for your consideration…i want to see these drama till it ends that your in…i mean waaaaaaa i was so bothered when the news came out that your not filming anymore……but hell yeah!!!!!!!!!you’re back and that’s a big relief for me…..myung wol the spy FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. 45 pang

    This EP just killed mee! OMGGG i really cant wait to see what happens. Urghh it makes me so angry noww. i cant wait to finish this drama!!

  46. 46 Christine

    I don’t know either why it has a low rating, this show is addicting and makes you want to see the next episodes immediately. Eric and HYS have a strong chemistry and the story is good. I wish for this show to be extended. :)

  47. 47 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! I’m no longer watching this show, but I’m following the story through your recaps – and then maybe pick out all the Ryu moments at a future date!

    Please don’t let Kang-Woo get all super-angry at MW and leave in a huff!

    Whatever happened to the south korean spies who were trying to gather information on our crazy cast of characters? There goes my hope of Ryu getting with that south korean spy.

  48. 48 kopi_adik

    Han Ye Seul must be praying to Korean gods like crazy right now to be so lucky that her drama actually didn’t get washed down the drain…

  49. 49 anggi

    aaaaaaaaaaaaa…..thanks for the recap.;)

  50. 50 Lilian

    oh man…this episode is full of sweetness over load! and i never knew In Ah’s assistant was her sister!!! my goodness, she even treats family like that ….

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