Drama Recaps
Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 14
by | August 29, 2011 | 103 Comments

Yay, better episodes! I’ll admit last week’s kind of sucked the joy out of this drama for me, but today’s episode was surprisingly better. Lots of forward momentum, and revealing of secrets. It couldn’t have come a moment too soon. Well, actually, it could have, and yeah, that’s one of my complaints. But now that truths are exposed and decisions are made, I’m just happy to look forward.


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Kang-woo confronts Myung-wol with his investigator’s report confirming that she has fabricated every aspect of her identity. Moreover, he’s figured out that she approached him from the outset because of that book and asks how she could do that, when she knew what it represents for him.

He says he’d been racking his brains for explanations, and even now he tells her that if she just owns up to the truth, he’ll still forgive her. He urges her to come clean, but she stays mum, which just drives me nuts. Speak! Lie, invent wild stories, tell the truth, I almost don’t care — it’s her continual meek silence that drives me to the edge. And Kang-woo too, from the looks of it.

Realizing she’s not going to say anything, his face drops and he turns away, telling her to leave before he has her dragged off by police, saying, “I mean it.”

They separate, both in tears. While Kang-woo parties and drinks to numb the pain, Myung-wol arrives at her apartment to find Ryu waiting for her.

She informs him that her cover’s been blown — Kang-woo knows she’s got a faked identity, though not about the spy part. Since her goal has now become impossible, Myung-wol pleads with Ryu to call an end to the mission, which angers him. He tells her that there’s no such thing as quitting, and that they’ll take him back to the North by force if necessary.

Ryu gives the book to the spy parents for safekeeping. Are you wearing your bad idea pants today, Ryu? Have these two ever accomplished anything competently? And no, becoming full-fledged internet anti-fans doesn’t count in my book. He calls the book their last card, because even if they fail, they can use the book as leverage to lessen their punishment.

Hee-bok and Ok-soon look for places to hide the book, ruling out the sofa and in a hole in the yard. (Hee-bok argues against the burial method, saying they might forget where it was hidden. Ok-soon says they can mark the spot with a plant or a flag. He says that’s too obvious. She counters that they can bury it a certain number of steps away from the marker. He argues that they’ll forget that, too. Ha. Ok-soon says what I’m thinking, that it’s a marvel he ever got to be a spy with a soul that timid.)

Myung-wol arrives as Hee-bok is trying to decide upon a hiding spot, hearing them refer to it as their last hope.

Ryu takes a secret meeting with Chairman Joo to report that he hasn’t yet been able to find the real book, the one Kang-woo swapped out for the fake. He points out that this new problem is Chairman Joo’s fault, because forcing Myung-wol to steal the book made Kang-woo suspicious, and now he’s probably moved it to a safer location.

Kang-woo, meanwhile, is still lovelorn and distracted despite his attempts to forget Myung-wol, and envisions her all around him. During a producing session for the Rocket Girls, for instance, he zones out and imagines producing a song for Myung-wol instead.

Then during a shoot, he imagines that he’s acting with Myung-wol rather than In-ah, hearing the dialogue in Myung-wol’s earnest voice: “Don’t you understand how I feel? I love you. How many times do I have to say so for you to believe me?” Well, maybe if you didn’t run around stealing from him and lying about your identity…

In-ah guesses they broke up and gloats, suggesting he go public with the breakup and turn Myung-wol into the bad guy, earning some sympathy points along the way. He turns her down flat, so she turns to Dae-kang instead, wanting to leak rumors at least.

As a result, President Kyung fields rumors about the breakup and assures the media that Kang-woo and Myung-wol are very happy together and in no danger of splitting.

That night, Myung-wol sneaks into Spy Central and swipes the book from the office safe, where Hee-bok finally decided to stow it. She’s stopped by Ryu, who engages her in a fight on the roof, which ends up slamming her into some broken glass.

He recognizes her just as she wrests free and runs off with the book, leaving Ryu furious and incredulous.

Myung-wol takes the book to Kang-woo, who is dismissive until she holds it out to him, saying she’s returning it. (To be honest, I’m losing track of how many books there are floating around and who has what, but I’m thinking this one must be one of the real ones — Chairman Joo has the one Kang-woo faked — which means Kang-woo now has two real books. I think. It’s possible they’re spawning.)

That mollifies Kang-woo against his wishes, although he keeps telling her gruffly that this doesn’t change things, and that returning the book won’t return his broken heart to her. But he sees her injury and insists on tending to the bloody cuts on her back.

He falls asleep on the couch, and Myung-wol stops by to murmur an apology to him before leaving. His eyes open as soon as she’s gone, his attempt to remain indifferent taking another hit at her regretful words.

Ryu confronts Myung-wol about the theft, asking if she loves Kang-woo so much that she’d place him above her comrades. Myung-wol reminds him that that’s why she asked him to put an end to the mission, anger sparking at last. (Finally she speaks! It’s such a relief, after feeling so frustrated by her constant silence.) Myung-wol says bitterly that she’d rather Ryu just killed her now.

That sparks his temper, and his hand shoots up to grab her throat, although he keeps his hand from clenching. Fighting his own anger, he tells her not to say that again, and not to push him any further — or he might just act against Kang-woo.

Ryu fumes to himself that she’s given away their last hope, although she doesn’t yet know that. He’s been keeping one of his orders a secret from his team, because he doesn’t want to be forced to obey: That if Mission Steal Kang-woo For The North fails, Ryu has to kill his teammates.

Hee-bok reports a development on the Goblin front: Apparently he’s a famous presence in the antiques and artifacts trade. The reason he’s called Goblin is because of the monster-like face that represents his personal seal — an image that captures Ryu’s interest.

Upon discovery of the stolen book, Spy Mom and Dad turn on each other, beginning with Hee-bok’s suspicions that Ok-soon took it to save herself — after all, she’s the only other person who knew it was in the safe. She takes offense and grabs him by the throat, warning him to check himself, lest he wreck himself.

Kang-woo informs President Kyung about the breakup, and she calls the ex-couple in for a chat. She reminds Myung-wol that Kang-woo’s career is in a precarious place right now, with his comeback so recent and his Hollywood future on the verge. Another huge scandal right now could do him in for good this time, so President Kyung has decided that the couple should remain together, at least officially.

Myung-wol tells Kang-woo that if he objects, she won’t go along with it, but he tells her that he’ll do it. After all, she’d used him for the book — he can return the favor and use her for his career.

He takes them on a public date, in front of excited fans who hover around and ooh and ahh at all the appropriate moments. Myung-wol is uncomfortable and tells him repeatedly that he doesn’t have to dote on her with such affection, but he tells her that he’s not doing this for his own enjoyment — and it’s funny how for once the fake-couple trope isn’t trotted out to play up the couple’s romance. Instead, it’s all rather sad as Kang-woo fakes a gentle smile while cold words issue from his mouth.

Ryu sneaks onto the Joo property that night and makes it past the minions in front, but In-ah finds him and nearly blows his hiding spot, so he grabs her and hushes her.

He keeps her with him as he infiltrates the chairman’s secret artifact room and opens the safe, taking out a file folder containing documents pertaining to various antique artifacts. And just as he suspected, they all bear the telltale red stamp — proving that Chairman Joo is the Goblin.

Confused, In-ah slips away from Ryu and runs screaming for Grandpa, taking him to his antiques room. Ryu is too quick for them, though, and has hightailed it out of there, so they find the room empty.

Since Chairman Joo’s own book is safe — it had been moved out of that room previously — he doesn’t yet suspect that Ryu is on to his Goblin identity.

At the end of their awkward fake-date, Myung-wol asks Kang-woo to let her out of the car, preferring to go on her own. He complies and pulls over, telling her that they won’t be going on any more pretend dates, so she needn’t worry.

He zooms away, but keeps an eye on his rearview mirror. Almost against his will he pulls over, perhaps thinking to go back for her, but is interrupted by a text bearing an intriguing message: An unknown number states that he has information on his father’s death.

Kang-woo heads to an abandoned warehouse to meet the mysterious informant, who turns out to be Ryu. He’s immediately suspicious and frustrated, thinking it’s nonsense, until Ryu relays details about that hit and run accident that wasn’t actually a hit and run.

Ryu offers to reveal all that he knows, in exchange for Kang-woo’s book. Immediately Kang-woo’s back to distrusting, and he draws back a fist to take a swing at Ryu’s face, but he stops short when Ryu points out that if Kang-woo finds out the truth about the Goblin, he no longer needs the book.

Kang-woo contemplates this dilemma, wondering if he should trust Ryu and wanting to know the truth about his father’s killer.

The next day, Myung-wol hears the latest news about the chairman being the Goblin. She’s shocked, thinking of what this means for Kang-woo. She races to Kang-woo’s house to see him, but arrives just as he’s heading off to meet Ryu.

Kang-woo pulls up to the warehouse for his rendezvous with Ryu, only to be ambushed by thugs. Chairman Joo’s minions knock him out and drag him off in their car, just as Ryu arrives and witnesses the attack.

He follows closely, ignoring Myung-wol’s worried phone call as he drives, arriving at yet another abandoned warehouse where they tie up Kang-woo. What, that other warehouse wasn’t good enough for your shady deals? Is there some sort of warehouse hierarchy now?

Ryu sneaks inside to free Kang-woo, but they’re soon surrounded by minions and a self-satisfied Chairman Joo, who orders both of them tied up.

Beatin’ time. Kang-woo’s real book is now in the hands of Chairman Joo, who smugly informs him that Ryu was actually under his orders to steal the book from Kang-woo. Alas, Ryu turned out to be untrustworthy, so he ordered Myung-wol to do so as well, only the book she gave him turned out to be a fake.

Ryu breaks in to tell Chairman Joo to be a little more honest: “Tell him you’re the Goblin.”

Joo is startled that he knows, but chuckles and congratulates him sarcastically for figuring it out. Kang-woo eyes him with fury and demands to know why he killed his father. Joo says that he didn’t mean to kill him, but that “it just happened that way.” Like murder was an oopsie equivalent to breaking a toy.

Chairman Joo tells both men they’re about to meet their deaths, once sunrise comes. What, you can’t just do it now? You’re just a softy who wants to give them time for a rescue, aren’tcha?

Back at home, Myung-wol’s worry grows upon hearing that nobody can get in touch with either Kang-woo or Ryu. Furthermore, Spy Mom and Dad drop their recently discovered bomb: That Ryu has orders to kill them if they fail the mission.

Now Ryu’s singleminded devotion to this mission becomes clear, as Myung-wol realizes that Ryu has been trying to do everything in his power to prevent failure, so that they won’t have to die. And that they’d drag Kang-woo with them forcibly if necessary. Furthermore, Ryu told Spy Mom and Dad not to talk about the stolen book in front of Myung-wol, because it would worry her. Aww, that’s sweet and heartbreaking — that he’s angry at her for thwarting him, yet still loves her enough that he doesn’t want to use it to hurt her.

Now she’s guilt-ridden, realizing that she’s been making this difficult for Ryu, and wonders how she can fix her mistake.

As the boys sit in the warehouse, Kang-woo tells Ryu that he ought to know the truth now. Ryu just says he’s sorry, because he meant to keep Kang-woo out of everything, and doesn’t answer Kang-woo’s question of what Joo wants from him, and what he and Myung-wol are all about.

However, he does assure Kang-woo that no matter what their true identities are, he can vouch that Myung-wol wasn’t acting based on her own choice: “Even if you say everything about her was a lie, her feelings for you were real.”

Ryu means this as a warning: “If you hurt her again, I’ll kill you.”

Desperate, Myung-wol goes to In-ah for help, since she’s her only way to find out information on Chairman Joo. She asks In-ha to ask her grandfather where they are, saying that she thinks Kang-woo’s in trouble, and that Ryu is with him.

In-ah has no desire to help, and snits, “Why should I?” Myung-wol: “Because you love Kang-woo.”

In-ah goes home and pouts, but she can’t shake Myung-wol’s worries, or deny that she doesn’t want Kang-woo hurt. Finally, she goes to a minion to get the necessary information.

The mood is dark as Kang-woo thinks of happier times with Myung-wol, and with death looming over his head, he admits, “I miss her, that crazy girl.”

He makes a promise to Ryu, that if they live and he’s able to see Myung-wol again, he won’t lose Myung-wol to anybody ever again. No matter who tries to interfere.

When morning comes, the boys are roused by the minions, to be moved to the killing place. Only, before that can happen, a motorcycle comes roaring up and the lone rider comes in to confront the thugs.

Myung-wol faces off against the half-dozen minions, fighting efficiently, receiving a few hits but landing more than she takes. One particularly hard blow sends her to the ground, though, leaving her vulnerable.

The boys take advantage of the distraction to free each other from their ropes, then join the fray. Kang-woo beelines for Myung-wol, and takes a pipe to the back that was meant for her.

Pretty soon the fight is over, and Ryu turns away as Kang-woo faces Myung-wol, the air between them taut with emotion.

He seems to be ready to embrace her or at least greet her warmly — but he stops in his tracks when she lifts a gun and points it straight at him.

Suddenly he’s confused, and Ryu shocked to see her cocking the hammer. She tells him, “We’ll go together. Come with me, Comrade Kang-woo.”


I don’t mean to stir the pot, but I thought I’d weigh in on last week’s controversy (with the bed scene in Episode 13), in the interest of offering a different opinion:

I don’t see rape in this scenario, which is generally about sexual gratification or power, more often power. I don’t see coercion or opportunism, either. I wasn’t upset by the scene (and actually was taken aback at the uproar) because Kang-woo wasn’t trying to assert dominance over Myung-wol, or manipulate the situation for his own gratification. I have found Kang-woo to be assy at times, but I don’t think he was demanding sex as proof of love, either.

The bed scene to me wasn’t about power, or aggression, or sex, or love. What I see in that scene is Kang-woo trying to make sense of Myung-wol’s suspicious behavior, and trying to find an explanation despite all the mismatched facts. He’d been trying to get her to own up to the truth all episode long, knowing that she’s lying to his face, and has been offering her multiple opportunities to ‘fess up. It seems a lot of people interpreted his meaning as “Give me sex = proof of love.” I saw it an entirely different way, as in, “You say you love me but you pull away from me. People in love don’t shrink away from each other. Therefore, prove to me that you mean what you say. Give me an explanation that fits your behavior.” Myung-wol, despite being driven by military orders, actually does love him — ergo bed scene. My two cents.

As for this episode:

I’m glad the focus is back on the spy/intrigue plot — and that we get some major forward motion, at last — because I’ve always found the spy stuff more interesting than the romance, frankly. The thing is, spy stuff can be outrageous and wacky, but the romance needs roots in reality, which isn’t exactly this drama’s forte. But after holding that plot point of “Force Kang-woo to defect” over these characters’ heads for so long, at least now it becomes something real. For a while there, it was feeling like one of those “Don’t make me come over there…I mean it…I really really mean it” sort of ineffectual threats. At least now they’re addressing the ticking clock and moving us toward that consequence.

I am also relieved that Myung-wol finally acted, after being frozen in place for a number of episodes, just dragged along by forces greater than her. So exasperating. Now the whole truth is out there, and she actually makes a choice — and it’s not the one we might’ve expected. After realizing how hard Ryu’s been working to save them, she chooses to forgo the love thing and fulfill the mission — just as Kang-woo was ready to accept it, it seems. But that’s always the kicker, right? The timing that kicks the characters in the gut?


103 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. yellow2006m

    man how i love this show

    • 1.1 yellow2006m

      and as always THANK YOU for the recaps (^_^)

  2. MizRubyTee

    Haha FINALLY!! waited all day for this…. LOVE THHIS SHOW!!

  3. Yer Vang

    Thanks for the recap. Off to read 🙂

    • 3.1 Yer Vang

      Omg, just get marry already and go the the north. So much drama.

  4. Jane

    So many things have improved in this episode but what I love the most is the cliffhanger! My take on Myung Wol calling Kang Woo comrade is her way of revealing her true identity to him, that she is from the North and that she is on a mission to take him (make him defect) to the North. Episode 15, why are you so long?

    • 4.1 Jane

      Oh, and I must add. The new hairstyle of Eric is putting on extra points to his hotness meter. *drools*

      • 4.1.1 snow

        hahaha that’s true. he’s much hotter in this episode.

        ryu & kang-woo… ahhh, why can’t they have some more bromance, maybe like a nekkid shower scene together??

        • Celexa

          eeewww nooo… i like my naked men alone in the shower… brooding.

      • 4.1.2 Razinfa


      • 4.1.3 sarah

        omigosh YESSSS squealllll

        he looks SO good. the drinking alcohol scene and then when he’s in that awkward meeting with myung wol and the manager and then the fight scene when he looks up at myungwol with his tattered lips.

        ahhh sooooooooo handsomeeeeeee. i paused EVERYTIME just to stare and drool sighh

    • 4.2 Celexa

      Jane… the wait for 15 is going to be NOTHING compared to the wait for 16 🙁

      • 4.2.1 aX

        Actually, there might be 18 total episodes. I’m hoping it’s still 18 despite the issues before…

  5. Akosirhenz

    Yay :)))

  6. Celexa

    Thank you! I watched this raw and I’m dying to find out the details. 🙂

    • 6.1 sally_b

      … I did the same. I’ve been hitting re-fresh on the homepage for about an hour…in anticipation.

      THANKS Javabeans – you REALLY DO make my day.

      p.s. If Ryu gets any hotter, my monitor/screen is going to melt. Lee Jin Wook’s eyes slay me. Not many epsiodes left to work in a shower scene ~ maybe the gym or swimming scene….sighs…hopes.

  7. inFredible

    If I remember correctly, there were four books. It was explained in an earlier episode in the most driest way possible that each book is interconnected to the other in the sense that each book acts as a “cheat sheet” for the next book.

    So book #1 is the key to #2, #2 to #3, and so on.

    It’s crucial to find all the books or otherwise their contents cannot be fully deciphered. When completely transcribed, the four books show a way to expand towards Manchuria (right above North Korea).

    So far, North Korea has one. Greedy Grandpa has two now (one he had originally, one stolen from Kang-Woo). I guess now the fourth book will come into play next or the one after episode.

    • 7.1 MsScorpion

      “To be honest, I’m losing track of how many books there are floating around and who has what, but I’m thinking this one must be one of the real ones — Chairman Joo has the one Kang-woo faked — which means Kang-woo now has two real books. I think. It’s possible they’re spawning.”

      I can’t remember exactly how many books chairman Joo has exactly, but Kang Woo had one real and one fake, Myung Wol took the fake and gave it to Chairman Joo, then in the previous episode after Kang Woo sees Ryu talking with Myung Wol and leaves, Ryu leaves the house with the real book (as in he used Kang Woo’s absence to search the place for the original), and that’s the book he gave to spy mom and spy dad.

      Which means that Kang Woo doesn’t have any books anymore since Chairman Joo took it when he kidnapped both men.

      Hope this clarifies things.

  8. 1234

    This is the second time you’ve pointed a gun at kang woo, miss.

  9. slp

    Wow thank you for the recap!!!

  10. 10 Sa Rang

    Me too

  11. 11 Aidan


  12. 12 lovenyc52

    thaaaaank youuu 😀 as nonsensical as this show sometimes was, i can’t help but come back for more every week lol. thank you for feeding the crazy in me lol

  13. 13 bubblyvan

    yay! finally! been waiting for this … thank you javabeans for your recap 😀 by the way is the next epi the last one? thanks!!!

  14. 14 Alissa

    I love how you put in side comments in, and sometimes I’m thinking the same thing! Thank you so much for posting this, I can’t wait for the next episode!!!!

  15. 15 Thee

    So here is what I guess for the ending of this drama 🙂 After Kang Woo know they are spy from the North and their mission. He volunteer to go back with her as Myung Wol’s husband. Over there he is still a famous star but may not be as famous as in South Korea (since the North is communism and it doesnt contact to many country.) However, he is still happy because he is living with Myung Wol. 🙂 hehehe… just what i’m thinking after reading this recap!

    • 15.1 Lynn

      There is no way a south korean drama is going to write that ending. If i had to guess, I’m going to say she and Ryu would eventually get fed up with their incompetent management and defect.

      …actually, the only fly in that scenario is Spy Mom’s family. Everyone else has no real tie to North Korea but a sense of duty.

  16. 16 diana

    wait, im confused is kang woo a spy as well?

    • 16.1 mary

      If you base it on “Comrade Kang Woo”, then no.

      I think it’s a way of speaking in NK. And it’s MW’s subtle way of saying that she’s from NK. Kind of like speaking in a dialect/accent to show that you’re from a different area.

      As for the possibility of KW being a spy, I really can’t tell with this show. 🙂

      • 16.1.1 sarah


        so from your post i take it that everyone in NK is a comrade? :\ seems so unrealistic but then again, it’s NK.

        i like your analysis. i dont think kangwoo could be a spy. his fighting moves in the last scenes proved that and it would be soo predictable (i say that cause countless of fans spun this twist in the short hiatus of the show)

        thanks though mary!

  17. 17 bishbash

    is it still going to end at 18 episodes?

  18. 18 asianromance

    Thanks for the hilarious recap!!!

    I also mostly find the spy stuff more interesting than the romance, which seems to go in circles. I loved the ending! I haven’t felt this way since the drama-scene-turn-reality moment at the end of episode 10.

    I hope we get to see some of the North Koreans again! And what abt those South Korean govt ppl from the early episodes?

  19. 19 Tennisfan351

    Thanks so much for the recap! :). And I agree with you 100% over last week’s bed scene. I too was confused by the uproar. At least now I know I wasn’t the only one who was thinking the same thing.

    • 19.1 Celexa

      I agree with JB… all I saw was a tortured soul seeking validation.

  20. 20 Webfoot

    what the heck is in those books?

    • 20.1 trixicopper

      How to brew the perfect soju? 🙂

      • 20.1.1 chanbb

        or a clue on how to get the actual book on how to brew the perfect soju. inceptionized. 😛

      • 20.1.2 webfoot

        That might just be worth redrawing the borders for. 🙂

  21. 21 DQ

    I just watched ep 13, I agree with you I don’t think the bed scene was about dominance however he wanted prove of her love for him and the best way to show your true intentions is through intimacy. He asked her to show him her heart. He was able to sense her feelings for him after the bed scene which is why he changed his mind. Anyone can say those words but if she truly loved him she would participate and if she didn’t I doubt he would’ve forced her.

  22. 22 kpopx3lover

    I seriously got to stop reading recaps before watching the episode -_-…..I can’t wait for the subs >.<

    • 22.1 Jo sno

      I know what you mean!

    • 22.2 Celexa

      If I’m really into a show… I watch it raw and then anxiously wait for the recaps… then … I watch it subbed.

      • 22.2.1 1234

        guiltyy as well! hah.

  23. 23 almontel

    thanks for the recap!!! i watched it and tried to make sense of what i saw…
    so does this mean that MW plans to take KW to North Korea now? like she’s going to hold him captive so that the mission is not a failure?
    but i’m intrigued bec of the preview for tomorrow…
    they seem to be still ‘together’? and InAh is now in Ryu’s arms?


    finally! thank you so much!
    *off to read*

  25. 25 laya

    Thank you for the recap! ^_^

  26. 26 wehng

    been waiting for this..thanks so much for the recap!

  27. 27 Ka

    Thank you for the recap!!! But can I say that I knew at some point Ryu and Kang-Woo were eventually gonna get caught and tied up w/ Myung-Wol saving them…but I just didn’t expect her to point the gun at Kang-Woo…hope she doesn’t shoot him…

  28. 28 Ani

    Hmmmm. I’m starting to wonder if that bed scene from last weeks episode all has to do with (1) actually watching the drama to (2) be able to hear and see the emotion and then (3) interpret what is being said the way you’d like to. Most importantly, I wonder if (4) It all has to do with how it’s delivered in Korean and how all the meaning – straightforward and underlying – is lost in translation. I think I need to actually watch last week’s episode and rethink this whole thing.

    As for today’s episode? Ryu has been carrying such a heavy burden, and I feel sorry knowing he still won’t get the girl in the end. As for the main leads, well…. I wonder if they’re going to enact that scene from the drama-within-a-drama they were in where she ends up turning the gun on herself or whatnot. Hmmmmmmm.

    • 28.1 anduril

      It isn’t that simple, because her fake parents would die then. It isn’t only her life on the line. If if were simply up to her, she would rather die (or so she has said multiple times). But how could she force Ryu to kill their comrades.

      • 28.1.1 Ani

        Well yeah, it is JUST speculation. Besides, why would she go shoot herself when, dun dun dun, there’s 4 more episodes to go? Yeah, she won’t kill herself, but what if she turns the gun on herself and then Kang-woo’s all “NO. PLEASE. I LOVE YOU!”…. Hahaha. Not likely. But we’ll see. The show would’ve aired already so recaps will be up soon.

  29. 29 FMV

    thanks for the recap. when a non-korean watches this show raw, he/she is helpless and one can only wish that a recap will show up soon enough on dramabeans.com to learn what the entire episode was all about. and i for one, am really thankful to jb for having the time in recapping this drama. thanks a lot.

    i read that episodes 17 and 18 will be shown back to back on the same day. omg. if this is ever gonna happen, dont worry jb, we are not gonna demand anything. you take your time in recapping the episodes okay…but why back to back on the same day? is that day some kind of a holiday in korea?

    • 29.1 Ace

      17 & 18 will air on the same day so that the next drama, Poseidon, will air the next Monday. Odd-numbered episodes aired on Mondays, even-numbered during Tuesdays. After ep.10, when Han Ye-seul left for the US, they didn’t air ep.11 on a Monday but aired it the next day (they aired a “special” instead).

      • 29.1.1 Phi

        Looks like there’ll be an empty week (Sep.12th & 13th) in between Spy Myungwol & Poseidon since Spy Myungwol will end on Sep.06 with a back-to-back episodes 17 & 18 but Poseidon will premiere on Sep.19 http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/08/more-goofy-photos-from-poseidons-beach-set/

        Not sure what KBS will put on air for that week

        • snow

          it’s chuseok week, so probably some festive programs.

  30. 30 cv

    Thanks for the recap! Finally, almost over! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  31. 31 Amg1

    JB thank you for your hard work!!! : 0 }

    Episode 14 was way better than episode 13, how are things going to pan out is yet to be seen, I am glad that Myung-wol grew her spine back and is kicking butt again!!!!

    *Episode 13 edit*

    Do I feel that Kang-woo rape Myung-wol? and in spite of what I wrote last week my answer is “No.” Do I consider Kang-woo behavior completely out of line and reprehensible, to the point of being criminal? “Yes.” So what make me change my mind, you may asked? Well is very simple, even tough I feel that he used some emotional coercion, what makes the difference is that she “Verbally,” consented, to have sex with Kang-woo, and even when I think she made the wrong choice she in a round about way consented to the act, making “Her” as much responsible for the out come as much as he………

  32. 32 FathurPixy

    Yei! Hurry up!
    15th episode! Where is it?!
    Oh men… Its going to be so cool

  33. 33 HeadsNo2

    The saddest thing about the live-shoot system is we lost the scriptwriter who had been giving us such pitch-black humor at the beginning of this show. I miss that added bit, because without the humor, we’re watching something-like-but-not-necessarily-IRIS. What is this show trying to be, really?

    Does anyone know how many episodes this show will now have? Is it 18?

    • 33.1 nana

      yes. 18 episodes

  34. 34 xine

    Thanks so much for speedy recaps- and absolutely agree about ep 13 ‘bed scene’ . . .

  35. 35 AuntieMame

    As I commented on another site, the most hilarious thing would be if the content of those darn books are ancient recipes for kimbap, soondae, ddoboki and bibimbap. (Yep, secrets that would change the face of Korea . . . snark!)

    When this drama ends, I’m really going to miss my favorite couple . . . spy parents! They are so perfect together both as the spy characters, as well as a perfectly-timed comedic duo. For me, they’ve really stolen the show.

    • 35.1 chanbb

      what if the 4 books actually just hold the secret to finding the real ultimate book? haha. maybe we can get season 2 where gangwoo will also become a spy while still being a hallyu star. and he will join myungwol and ryu in their quest for the “real” real book. LOL

      • 35.1.1 AuntieMame

        Yeah, that scenario would be in line with the wackiness of this drama! hahahaha

        I’ll vote for season 2, titled, “Search For the Real, Real Book”. hahaha

    • 35.2 AuntieMame

      oops, forgot to add . . .

      Regarding the bed scene, it would have been a natural and matter-of-fact progression if it had occurred at the point in time when their love was still ‘pure and glorious’. But, given the timing of the bed scene occurred just after their love had been tainted by doubt and suspicion, it’s natural to question the motive.

      Yet, I think their love was real enough for both of them to want to turn back time to the point before the doubts and suspicions. And, it was with such a mindset that they committed on the physical level. They were both willing partners. And, that’s also why they were able to awaken happily the next morning.

      And, Kang Woo, who was the initiator of the action, voiced his worry about his own motives when he said he doesn’t know what he’s doing, as he laid next to a sleeping Myung-wol. Then, as he looked at the sleeping Myung-wol, he smiled and all his doubts about his own motivation dissipated.

  36. 36 nana

    i love this episode. way better than episode 13. finally the truth is reveal.
    and i can feel the pain in Kangwoo, Myungwol and Ryu. these 3 characters is well develop in this episode.

    can’t believe Myungwol pointed gun towards KW. it’s unexpected. can’t wait for subbed and ep 15 tonight.

    thanks for the recaps JB!

  37. 37 kue

    OMO! thanks for the recap!! LOve this drama….my heart was pounding the whole time while reading this. I am starting to think she might die in the end….no happy ending…seriously how can their be a happy ending in this situation. She is torn between her love for her country and her love for kang-woo.

  38. 38 Dee

    Ah i just don’t feel really good about the ending ! is Ryu gonna die ! I’ve an extremely feeling that they gonna end it like CITY HUNTER PD did ! by killin’ the prosecutor !
    please i want all of them alive ! *sigh*

    Yep and finally she spoke some of the truth out !

    • 38.1 Chris

      Oh ! No i don’t think that they’ll kill him ! im being optimist here ^^ , the drama is kinda getting cool but what the hell at the last 3 episodes ~ totally disappointed !

      but i think if that Ryu died it ‘ll turn out good , you know someone have to die so others can live !

      anyway we’re still waiting for the last 2 episodes all we can do is waiting ~

  39. 39 yumi

    Thanks for the recap.

    Glad to hear your take on last episode’s bed scene.

    I thought it was wrong-headed pathetic and sad on both their parts but I didn’t feel Myung-wol didn’t have a choice.

    It was also very sad because neither of them would get what they wanted/needed from their choice. In fact it could only make the wall between them higher.

  40. 40 chanbb

    this show is one of a few dramas which really got me invested. i can’t explain why!!! the scenes aren’t even that polished, but i don’t care. i have turned my critical eye blind for this drama. is this what true love is? haha.

    and about javabeans’ comment on episode 13.. very well said. i looooove you JB! ♥ (i also love you, GF. ♥)

  41. 41 Yvonne

    WOW Javabeans, thank you so much for writing your $0.02 regarding the bed scene.

    I truly appreciate it.

  42. 42 Noelle

    I still am upset about ep. 13. Sorry, JB, I just can’t understand it your way. I liked this episode because things were revealed even though I wish it happened a couple of episodes sooner. Ya know I kind of miss the South Korean gov’t being involved. I miss what could have been. Does that make sense? I really liked this show in the beginning but It’s all taking a down turn for me. I’m still gonna watch it. Just so I know how it all comes together in the end.

    Thanks for the recap.

  43. 43 Francesca

    Thanks for the recap JB^^ Love how you elaborate Kang-woo’s feeling 🙂

  44. 44 KDrama Fan

    Hi JB, thanks for the recap. I’m no longer watching the show but am enjoying hearing hearing how it’s going.

  45. 45 Ace

    Thanks JB for the recap. Looking forward to tonight’s episode. Really intrigued by the preview. Also, thank you for your two cents regarding last week’s bed scene. From some of the comments, I was amazed that some cried “rape” when they didn’t even watch the episode, but just read GF’s recaps. Seriously? That’s like getting a secondhand version of a story that leads to jumping to conclusions and wrong judgment.

    Ryu somehow redeemed himself for me. I was mighty ticked off at him during the past few episodes. Sad during Myung-wol and Kang-woo’s mock date. And what’s with Chairman Joo? What’s your deal, old man? Such a weird villain. When are they gonna bring back the other supporting characters? *sigh* Anyway, I want the spy stuff to move forward faster so we can get to the romance. Really love these two leads. 😉

    • 45.1 yumi

      Yes, what happened to the South Korean security agent with Daddy issues?

      And I kinda miss the guys from North.

  46. 46 Z

    Thanks for the recap. Love this drama soo much.. wonder why the ratings are so poor in their country! I am absolutely crazy over this show!! Watching it raw and not understanding a word, staying up late just to catch the raw ep. awww.. Love this drama so much!

  47. 47 gustave154

    han ye seul is so awesome in this episode..

  48. 48 babyfat

    love your recap again – it’ my morning rituals at the office . This drama is getting better and better by each episodes – all the three leads have take their acting another notches . Can’t wait to see ep. 15 – Eric look great with the new hair style

  49. 49 Phi

    thanks so much for the recap. I really like how the plot turns and characters are all coming to their own true self in this episode.

    I’m touched that Ryu told KW about MW’s feeling for KW is real despite all her lies to him. Hearing it from the guy who is the competitor probably gives KW the best assurance, poor guy being lied to left and right doesn’t know who & what he can trust any more…… Love KW’s new hairstyle!!! 🙂

    As for the books, there’re 4 in total but I can’t tell for sure who has what. I think Chairman Joo has 2 (his own + the one from KW’s) & CR has 2. It’ll be interesting how they’ll play with the book & MW’s marring KW mission now that everything are out in the open. I can’t wait for EP.15 and thanks for weighting in about THE scene in EP13

  50. 50 alexis

    I love reading your recap! You’re the best! I Already bookmarked this page..

    Anyway, love this drama to death. Sad it’s gonna end soon..Im going to miss Han Myung wol, Choi Ryu and especially Kang Woo..and everyone else. They are great.

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