Drama Recaps
Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 15
by | August 30, 2011 | 102 Comments

We FINALLY get to the crux of the spy vs. love dilemma, for all the characters involved. I really wish it didn’t take us fifteen episodes to get to this point, but we finally have them – the guns, the ultimatums, the lives on the line, and the hero actually does something… heroic. I know!

I just wish for the characters’ sakes that they weren’t written as the most ineffectual spies ever. I’d be more fearful for their lives and such if somebody would just shoot someone already. ‘Cause the empty threat of violence is starting to get old. Less talky, more shooty!


Finally! She speaks! And it’s a doozy, because with Kang-woo at gun-point, she calls him “Comrade.” Confused, he asks what she’s doing. She asks if he hasn’t figured it out by now. “We came… from the North…” She tells him that they’re here to take him by force.

Oh dayum, all out with it and everything. Kang-woo looks at her, aghast, refusing to believe it. He tries to call her name as he always has: “Myung-wol-ah.” But she answers coldly and formally, “Don’t call me that! From now on, I am Hallyu Crackdown Squad Agent Han Myung-wol.”

Chairman Joo gets annoyed at his minions for failing to execute them, and then tasks the same minions to find and eliminate them. See, this is why lazy villains never succeed.

In-ah tries to put the pieces together to figure out what’s going on, but alas, it hurts her feeble bird brain and she gives up.

The Hallyu Crackdown Duo and their captive go back to Kang-woo’s house, where Ryu informs them that they’ll keep him locked up and monitored round the clock, until they can use his planned trip to the States in three days as a diversion to actually go to North Korea via China.

Kang-woo is still reeling from the shock, and asks why him. Myung-wol explains without feeling that the North needs a star like him, and tells him her mission, to seduce, marry, and convince him to defect.

He looks up at her, finally understanding it all. Ryu tells him not to do anything stupid, and Kang-woo simply smirks.

Once he’s out of the room, Ryu asks Myung-wol why she changed her mind. She in turn asks why he didn’t tell her about his orders to kill them all if they couldn’t succeed. “Why did you try to carry that burden alone?”

Ever the stoic soldier, Ryu says nothing, but does clarify that there’s no take-backsies now. If they don’t bring Kang-woo to the North, then he knows too much to remain alive… Oh crap. So it’s North or Bust.

Ryu inform the spy parents that they’re northbound in three days, and Hee-bok frets that every time he packs a bag, something goes awry. He wants to see a fortuneteller to ease his mind, but Ok-soon refuses, so he resorts to flipping a coin to see if they’ll succeed or fail. They toss it expectantly, only to be foiled by Dae-kang who mucks up the toss, landing it on: Fail.

Myung-wol stands by as Kang-woo calls in sick for a few days, and then he takes the opportunity to ask – even if she couldn’t help any of the other things, being born in the North, following orders, weren’t her feelings for him real?

He asks again, “Your heart. Wasn’t it sincere?” She stands frozen for a moment, and then answers, “No.” Aaaaaaargh. What the hell is wrong with you? It stands to reason that telling him the truth now would only help you. So what’s with the lying? There’s no reason for it, which makes it lame.

She tells him that she was just following orders. He whirls around, insisting that it’s a lie, and that he can tell the difference, thank you very much. He pulls her toward him and shouts, “It’s a lie! Tell me! Tell me it’s a lie!”

She slaps him across the face. Okay, I’m not gonna lie, that’s satisfying on account of his slap-happy behavior eons ago. She tells him to shut up and get it straight – she’s not the Han Myung-wol he knows, and that for her country, she could kill him on this spot without batting an eye. God, I SO much prefer this version of Myung-wol. Where have you BEEN?

She warns him to get it together and storms out, only betraying her conflicting emotions once she’s out of view.

Meanwhile Chairman Joo gets busy reconstructing the ancient books, and we see in flashback that he had once hired Kang-woo’s father to put them all together.

He had succeeded in cracking the code, and uncovered that it was a map – a map to a treasure that would make its possessor the central world power. More than ever, I want it to be a lame cracker jack prize. Please oh please.

Kang-woo waits that night until Myung-wol is asleep, and attempts to sneak out the front door. He gets about five feet from the door when Ryu finally calls out in a calm but threatening tone that he told him not to do anything stupid.

Kang-woo asks if he really thinks they’ll succeed in taking him by force without being found out, and asks if Ryu really loves Myung-wol, how he could give her a mission like this. Bitterly he wonders, “For your mission, you send the woman you love into another man’s arms?”

Ryu raises his fist, but Kang-woo scoffs that he shouldn’t really be messing up the face of the star they’re going to such lengths to kidnap. Ha. Touché.

But Ryu lays down a gauntlet of his own. He tells Kang-woo the truth, that Myung-wol faces death if this operation doesn’t succeed. Thank you. I don’t understand why you didn’t just lead with this.

That flares up Kang-woo’s temper, but then Myung-wol wakes up and interrupts them. Ryu rests assured that if Kang-woo understood him, he wouldn’t do anything stupid to endanger her.

He leaves them to break into Chairman Joo’s estate, apparently for no reason other than sport, since he doesn’t actually do anything there. Except for hide in In-ah’s bed, which gets her all aflutter.

The next day Kang-woo asks Myung-wol for a favor, to let him say goodbye and tie up loose ends, if he’s never to come back to this place. He makes an earnest plea that it’s his homeland, which resonates enough with her that she gives in.

He goes to see his agent first, and thanks her sincerely, which confuses the hell out of her. He tells her to stop pouring so much into her thankless job and to date and live her life, and assures her that she can make anyone a star.

Aw, despite the premise behind it being ridiculous, it always gets me when one party is saying goodbye and the other doesn’t know it.

He finds a moment alone with Dae-kang in the bathroom, and quickly orders him to look into the punishment in this country for Myung-wol’s crimes (in the hypothetical, of course). Dae-kang thinks it’s an odd request, to say the least, but Kang-woo gives him no time to protest or ask questions, and tells him to mail the information to his house.

He drags Myung-wol along as he says goodbye to the drama-in-drama crew, and she asks why he’s doing all this. He explains sincerely that these people made him who he is.

Meanwhile Ryu finds them gone and calls Myung-wol in a panic. She tells him that they’re tying up loose ends and hangs up before he can order her back. He angrily traces her phone.

Kang-woo takes her to the neighborhood where he grew up, and she tells him that she heard about his father, and apologizes for having no words of comfort.

He confesses that he was young and powerless, so he thought that if he became rich and famous, he could find out the truth. So he took Chairman Joo’s money, actively sought it out even. He murmurs flatly that he needs to see him brought down, knowing that it’s an impossibility now.

Myung-wol offers that it’ll happen someday, but Kang-woo realistically gives up hope on that front. He turns to her and asks if she knows how to play catch. How to play catch? You just catch.

They throw the baseball around and Kang-woo thinks to himself: “What can I do to change your mind? What do I do to make you let me stay here?” And Myung-wol thinks to herself: “Father, do I really have to take this man away? I really don’t know.”

And then after a moment’s pause, she throws long, purposely giving him an opportunity to run away. Aw. He runs after it and then realizes that she’s not behind him. He stoops to pick up the baseball and dwells on Ryu’s words that she’ll die if he runs away.

Just then, Ryu arrives on the scene, demanding to know where Kang-woo is. Myung-wol stammers, shocked to see him…

He runs past her to give chase, but Kang-woo appears, baseball in hand and a smile on his face. He puts it in Myung-wol’s hand and says that it’s a present from him. Not-a-Euphemism of the Day: Kang-woo lovingly hands her his ball. *snerk*

In-ah drinks away her sorrows after getting a glimpse of Kang-woo and Myung-wol together again. She almost calls Ryu on instinct but decides against it, and calls her ex-manager-turned-kpop-idol, and Dae-kang tags along to be cutesy and make In-ah gag. Well at least he found someone to ease his unrequited noona love for Myung-wol.

Kang-woo finds Dae-kang’s report when he gets home, outlining the punishments for espionage. They range from five years in prison and upward, but if the spy turns herself in, she can be rehabilitated to live a life here.

From what I know of the spy world (as in, purely fictional but rather extensive, I daresay), what you really want is a valuable asset to make a deal. Something that the South wants as much as the North. Like, the BOOKS, perhaps? But nobody listens to me.

Ryu gets called back to home base by the spy parents, stuck babysitting a drunk and sleepy In-ah, who stumbled there looking for Ryu. He rouses her awake and she cries on his shoulder, upset at Kang-woo and Myung-wol, and even him, but thinking that he’d at least understand her pain.

She cries herself to sleep in his arms, and then an idea hits him. He calls Grandpa and offers a trade: In-ah for the books. Thinking to himself, Ryu apologizes to her, admitting, “I do understand how you feel.” He silently asks her for her help one last time.

Kang-woo asks Myung-wol if this is really what she wants.

Myung-wol: That’s not important. People like me… simply move according to orders. What’s right or wrong, what I want… I can’t even consider those things. Bringing you in is all that matters.
Kang-woo: Have you lived your whole life that way? Your entire life? Just following orders?
Myung-wol: Because that was my dream. To be the kind of special agent who could honorably lay her life down for her country, her people. You wouldn’t understand. Let me ask you something. Why did you come back earlier?
Kang-woo: My feet wouldn’t leave the ground. What do I like so much about a stupid spy girl anyway. Honestly, I still don’t believe it. You’re just Han Myung-wol. You’re just Han Myung-wol, the woman I love. And I’m just the Kang-woo who loves you. Isn’t that enough? If that doesn’t change, then South or North, doesn’t it not matter?

FINALLY, a swoonworthy statement from our hero! I’ve waited eleventy million years for this. Finally, he trusts her, not her title or her mission or even her lies, but just her.

It stirs her, but when he pleads with her to turn herself in, she balks. He begs, shouting, that they’ll forgive everything if she turns herself over, but she cuts him short. Calling him Comrade Kang-woo again, she reminds him that she is a North Korean agent, ready to lay down her life. It’s what she was taught, how she was trained, and what she promised to her father.

Kang-woo: “But you love me.” She looks up at him, wavering. He squeaks, “Don’t you?”

Turning to avert his eyes, she says, “No.” But he doesn’t let her walk away this time, and pulls her in for a hug. Kang-woo: “Then why did you throw the ball that far, stupid?” AW.

He says that she can’t be without him either, asking again and again. She doesn’t answer, but she hugs him back.

Over with the other kidnapper-kidnapee duo, In-ah stirs awake and wonders what she’s doing with Ryu. She tries to leave and he stops her, informing her matter-of-factly that she is currently mid-kidnap.

She asks why on earth he’s going to such lengths – is it money? Lots of money? Or Myung-wol? She can tell from his face that it’s Myung-wol, and she asks why he can’t let go of her.

He throws the same question back at her about Kang-woo, and she says it’s because she feels unfairly slighted compared to how much love and effort she’s poured onto him. Ryu then replies concerning Myung-wol: “It’s because I’ve never loved properly. And I’ll never be able to, in the future.”

Aw, poor super agent Ryu. In-ah looks at him curiously, but they’re interrupted by the arrival of Grandpa and his crew. They make the exchange, and when Grandpa predictably sends in backup to go after Ryu, she runs back to stand in their way and give him an exit. In-ah does something heroic? Did hell freeze over?

She earns a slap from Grandpa for her trouble, and goes to bed crying, wondering herself why she’s going to such lengths for Ryu. Well no one ever said you were quick on the uptake, princess.

Spy parents try to have a going away party with Dae-kang to say their farewells, but he’s the slowest wit of them all, so their heartfelt wishes for him just go sailing over his head, finally frustrating them for even trying.

On their last night Myung-wol watches Kang-woo sleep, thinking of Ryu’s warning that he dies even if she changes her mind now. Kang-woo in turn stays up thinking of Ryu’s warning that she dies if the mission is a failure. Not to be the bad guy here, but if you guys just got rid of Ryu…

They head to the airport the next morning, using his trip to the States as a cover. Problem is, Chairman Joo finds out about it, along with Ryu accompanying them, and sends minions to head them off.

Ryu gets out of the car to fight them off, and tells Myung-wol to take Kang-woo to the airport without him. They take off running.

Once they get away, Myung-wol stops and tells him to run. He asks her to come with him, but she can’t let her comrades die because of her. She takes out her gun and tells him to go.

He sees a police car headed their way, and so he turns… and runs away from her. She runs in the other direction.

Ryu arrives at the airport and finds the spy parents waiting, but no Myung-wol or Kang-woo.

Myung-wol arrives back at her apartment alone, and finds Ryu already waiting for her. He asks what happened, and she tells him the truth: “I let him go.” She says she couldn’t bear it anymore, and couldn’t bring herself to do it.

Trembling, he asks how many times he’s supposed to understand and forgive her. She tells him not to forgive anymore. Ryu: “Don’t forgive? Do you know what happens if I don’t forgive you? You die.”

She tells him that it doesn’t matter to her. But it matters to him. He takes out his gun and heads toward her door. She blocks his path, asking what he’s about to do.

He’s headed to kill Kang-woo, of course, now that he knows everything and they’ve failed. She stops him, pleading. He raises his gun at her…

Myung-wol: “Do as you wish. If you want to kill me, kill me. Just leave that person alone.” Ryu’s eyes fill with tears, as he shouts, “Are you trying to make me crazy? Are you saying this knowing what I want? What I really want…?!”

Meanwhile Chairman Joo finds out about Myung-wol and Ryu being Northern spies, and calls Kang-woo straightaway with threats. He comes running over and offers a trade – he’ll cover up his father’s murder, and return the books, and in exchange he leaves Myung-wol alone.

At home he takes out a picture of his father and apologizes for not being able to avenge his death, “But I can’t let this woman go.”

Ryu decides that he’ll follow Myung-wol’s wishes and let Kang-woo live. But in exchange she must return to North Korea with him. He plans to trade her life for the books. At least it’s a plan! Is he the only real spy up in here?

She asks what they’re to do about the mission (to kidnap Kang-woo), but Ryu confesses that the mission was a failure from the moment he let her into his heart. Omo! Is that a love confession?

Just then her doorbell rings and Ryu hides as Myung-wol approaches her door cautiously. She opens it, and Kang-woo comes rushing inside.

She tells him to leave at once. Kang-woo: “No. I’m not going anywhere. Let’s get married. And let’s live here together.”


Grar, this is setting them up for another bout of I’m-going-to-pretend-not-to-love-you-to-protect-you, isn’t it? Can we just skip that and get married, to shake things up? That’d be a nice twist. Sigh.

You know what I feel like this drama is doing? Playing catch. We’re not going anywhere, just tossing a ball back and forth, back and forth, as the power dynamic switches from Ryu, Chairman Joo, Kang-woo, to Myung-wol. Nothing really changes. The ball simply changes hands, and no one scores.

I’d say we need to up the stakes, but the stakes are already up. They’re as high as you can get—treason, death, death by treason. There’s no going any higher than that, really, unless you get into apocalypse territory. It’s just that, your putting your life on the line would mean more if I actually, yunno, feared for your life in any way.

I’m sure I’ll regret it, but I’d really appreciate it if someone got shot, and sometime soon. If one more person points a gun at the person they love with zero intention of firing, I’m going to reach right in there and pull the trigger myself.

What I really want is for Myung-wol to step it up and take some action, instead of just reacting to everything and being a victim of circumstance. What the hell is the point of you being a secret agent if all you do is stand around and be told what you can and cannot do, and choose based on other people’s ultimatums?

I’m finally starting to see a glimmer of the old Myung-wol who began this series – the spy, the woman of action. But she’s still bound by the same frustrating dilemma that refuses to change. So what can you do? Change it yourself. Make some decisions. Change the rules. Kill everyone, whatever. Just DO something, and I’ll be with you.


102 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. stratosphere

    so much flip-flopping in this drama…

    • 1.1 maria

      PREACH, sister. cannot take this seriously now. oh lawrd.

      • 1.1.1 Yessie

        i kinda like the flip floppy-ness of the drama because you don know what gonna happen next

        • tinnybo

          I agree with you and also i think this drama should have a second part, but only with Ryu in it. I would love to see him in the same role, but as the lead with his own story line.

          • Venus

            Boy this drama is sure is BIPOLAR…!!!

    • 1.2 RantQ

      Aghhhh the drama behind the scenes was more drama than the drama itself. The plot is so half-hearted and totally bad. They should just have a shoot-out where everyone dies. That would be a fitting ending to this drama!

  2. honey

    Yay!! thanks for the recap…. I’ve been waiting for this.. 🙂 off to read

    • 2.1 honey

      Not-a-Euphemism of the Day: Kang-woo lovingly hands her his ball. *snerk* —–

      Hahaha Girlfriday, you crack me up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It made me see a lot of things in the episode

  3. chanbb

    stalking and stalking this site, and now the recap is up!! thanks, GF! no one can recap the way you and JB do. ^^

  4. 1234

    thanks for the recap!

  5. Ani

    Kang-woo lovingly hands her his ball.


  6. Jo


  7. vnikkos

    Hoorah! I’ve waiting for this! <3 thank for the recap!

  8. asianromance

    Thank you for the recap!

    “I’m sure I’ll regret it, but I’d really appreciate it if someone got shot, and sometime soon. If one more person points a gun at the person they love with zero intention of firing, I’m going to reach right in there and pull the trigger myself.”– LOL! I agree!!!

    And this episode is a disappointment after the developments in episode 14. The series has already jumped the shark. Please just do something -anything!- to spice it up. I can’t take the one step forward- 2 steps backwards anymore. The characters are getting duller by the episode – however, the acting seems to be getting better with each episode. I guess the actors are working hard to make this all work.

    • 8.1 fyEk

      agree.. we had been taking another round of another round of similar scenario for quite sometime..

      episode 10 was the most daebak episode and it seems that all this circles started then..

      not that i’m complaining, since like u mentioned, their acting
      gets better and better.. even the stoic ryu seems to have emotional feelings now! 😀

    • 8.2 seeyathecat

      last time you said something like that “for someone to just die” was with City Hunter and than they killed the prosecutor. So be very careful what you wish for. I am still not over that one.

    • 8.3 MsScorpion

      I say beware what you wish for.

      Last time we were hoping someone get’s shot in a drama, it was heartbreaking to say the least, or do you need reminders (sexy prosecutor)???

      Let’s just hope the remaining episodes be better.

      • 8.3.1 MsScorpion

        Sorry Seeyathecat, I didn’t read your post before writing mine.

        Totally with you though, I’m not over the prosecutor’s death yet either.

  9. fyEk

    thx for the recap!
    i’m missing all the wacky and funny stuffs of the earlier episodes of this drama..

    but, but, but, i luv kangwoo’s new hair! 😛

  10. 10 chocomouse

    the heck. i reaaaaally love this drama, but can something actually happen for once? there’s only 1 (or 2, or 3) moar episodes D:

  11. 11 oddworld

    well shucks, I was hoping this drama wouldn’t start to suck

  12. 12 yeng

    I feel the same, that this drama is just spinning around and around, and it is not moving too much forward. As much as I enjoy the character revealing their emotion, I would like to see some new change, that myung wol will make a decision and stick with it, either its love or spy.

  13. 13 09031029

    I’m not that surprised that they’re flip-flopping haha. The writing was never even close to being extraordinary. They need to streeeetch it out to fit the 18 episode slot they’ve got going on, of course!

    Haha with that aside, though, I do feel the same. I’m just hoping 16 won’t be a bigger stretch because I’ve had enough of that.

    Nonetheless I thought this wasn’t that bad of an episode. In fact, I’m glad we’ve got a LOT out in the open, if not everything. I’m with you, I want them to get married, or for someone to get freakin’ shot. Seriously when Ryu was pointing that gun at Myung-wol I wanted Kang-woo to just barge in, Ryu press the trigger and for Kang-woo to use his body as a shield for Myung-wol or something… that’s how desperate I was. Ha. But alas…!

    I think besides that scene with In-Ah and Ryu in bed, heh, I loved Kang-woo’s “heroic” moment of his love declaration. Swoon indeed.

    Also… her slapping him, I felt a certain, yet odd, satisfaction with that too. Almost as if, gasp, he semi-deserved it?

    Thanks for the recaps, like always!

  14. 14 santamo

    thanks for the recap!

    sorry to say i lost all respect for myung wol’s character two episodes ago.

    personally i think it’s really lame for myung wol to choose her love for kang woo over her duty to her comrades and country. aside from the fighting skills, nothing sets her apart as a spy from just any random old woman madly in love. trying to leave by herself, stealing the book away from her comrades to give to kang woo, and letting kang woo escape are all examples of her selfishness and unspyliness. she just isn’t cool anymore.

    this episode is my stopping point. unfortunately, i won’t be watching this drama anymore. like oddworld said, it’s starting to suck.

  15. 15 Rachael

    …Annnnnndddddd this is why we didn’t need the extension. We really really didn’t.

    • 15.1 nana

      i agree…extension seem not work as always.

  16. 16 jackie9c

    If the North wants a Hallyu star, couldn’t they just trade Kang-woo with In-Ah. I bet In-Ah would love to follow Ryu. Thanks for the recaps 🙂

    • 16.1 Madita

      Yeppp, this would really be a great final 🙂

      stoic Ryu + spolit In-Ah = ♥♥♥


  17. 17 nana

    i agree.. i’m happy with episode 14 major development but i’m disappointed with this episode. they’re seem not so going anywhere. i hope major change will happen in episode 16. we only have 3 more episodes left! so many things needs to be solved. please writers, move forward!

    but, the actors seem really work very hard. their acting indeed getting better and better each episode!
    i give them credit for that.

    i’m starting to love In Ah, i find she’s adorable in the last few episodes! Rooting for MW-KW. CR-IA. but, doesn’t looks like its possible.

  18. 18 nana

    ah, forget to say!

    Thank you GF for the recaps!
    it’s always fun to read your recaps ^^


    i still will follow this drama to the end! because the actors doing superb!

    thanks for the recaps GF.

  20. 20 snow

    thanks girlfriday for the recap! i laughed tons reading it, hilarious stuff even though it’s life & death for the characters. ahhh, what a different (and better) drama this could have been if the writing had been much stronger. such wasted potential.

    at least we have two hotties in kang-woo and ryu!

  21. 21 Sa Rang

    I heart this show

  22. 22 Z

    I think despite the flaws of this drama, it’s really an under-rated drama. There’s so much potential to this plot. The whole Nk thing made it really special i thought?

    Thanks for the recaps. really enjoyed it.. and now.. looking forward to MONDAY!

  23. 23 little me

    Truth to tell…
    when this drama first started …
    i was like
    “OMFG! what the hell is this?! This is the greatest?!”
    Now I still really like the drama
    (biased due to Han Ye Seul and Eric being some of my favorite korean celebrities)
    but I actually like Warrior Baek Dong Soo more
    which is a sageuk…
    and while I find most sageuks boring or difficult or both,
    This one I find intriguing and not too hard to understand…
    also there is all the Yoo Seung Ho eye candy…

    when you do get the time…
    You ladys may want to add Warrior Baek Dong Soo onto your already long list of dramas to watch.

  24. 24 Bien


    you know I actually started to write my own English Text book because I got so inspired by your witty and funny writing!

    I was laughing all the way till the last sentence!

    Thanks so much for writing all this.

    What we read so easily probably came so hard for you.

    My God you don’t even charger us for this!

  25. 25 trixicopper

    Thanks again GF for another fun recap! 🙂

    I’m still having a good time watching this show. Though I agree that it probably would have been better to not have the extension.

    The total incompetence of our resident spies has never bothered me. Because MW never really was a spy. She’s a movie cop. Who actually flunked spy school. And the spyrents have been inactive for at least 25 years. You would expect them to at least be a little rusty. 🙂

  26. 26 cv

    Thanks for the recap! 🙂

    I hope things get interesting after this episode.

  27. 27 bjharm

    what I find funny is how Chairman Joo keep threatening to reveal to everyone the pair are spy’s..I mean in the real world wouldn’t he be signing his own death warrant? Why do as he ask when they can simple put a bullet into him? Indeed Ryu should have killed him as soon as he had the book in his hands, why leave loose endings to come back and trip you up. But then as ‘Girlfriend” says,they are the worse spy ever!

    • 27.1 bjharm

      ow right and where oh where did the south korean spys go to, that entire story line just disappeared into nothing..unless they turn up last episode as the ‘fix’ to all the troubles.

      • 27.1.1 Phi

        the NSA guys are watching everything ‘invisibly’ and just magically pop up at the right time when needed at the end! 😀

  28. 28 sarang

    Now that you mention death, why do I have a feeling they’ll kill off Ryus’ character? I bet he’ll sacrifice his life for MW’s somehow :,(.

    I actually thought we made a lot of progress in this episode. The spy thing is finally out so the next couple of episodes should be less angsty (not that this one was filled with it). Can’t believe next week is the finale already! Although not without flaws this drama has been one of my favorites out this year.

  29. 29 mary

    Do anything? What about if they put in a meta and have her fly to LA? Just for kicks?

  30. 30 Alvina

    I’m actually quite sick of this drama.
    I used to find it exciting, quirky, ~enjoyable~ but I find myself just watching episode, skimming through their emotions for the simple sake of wanting to complete it

    That’s not what I watch dramas for and it’s sad that I feel that way about this drama in particular because I honestly think that it had potential. 🙁

  31. 31 spearminttt

    FAAACCKKK ryu needs a hug from somebody.

  32. 32 Scheduler Is Mine

    Girlfriday, remember that whole thing in City Hunter about wanting everyone to die and then they killed off Young-ju and you and Javabeans were all “NOOO!!!” And now you’re asking for someone in MWS to get shot??? (Yes, I know totally different dramas and all, but still!) Be careful what you wish for!!! (^_^)

    • 32.1 jyyjc

      Well yeah they were sad, we were all sad but they agreed that young-ju still had to die because it made sense.

  33. 33 Yer Vang

    Thanks, off to read 🙂

  34. 34 jyyjc

    Ok seriously, what happened to those south korean spies? the dad and the daughter? There was a storyline happening with them, what the hell happened!?

    • 34.1 sally_b

      shhhhhh~~~ they’re hoping the viewers missed that. 😉

  35. 35 sally_b

    Oh Show….how you tease. You dance us in a circle and we’re so stunned by your manly beauty – we overlook that we’re going nowhere.

    As someone mentioned earlier, I feel like I’m now watching more out of a commitment to see-it-to-the-end, rather than enjoyment.

    Crossing fingers that the remaining episodes are densly packed with MAJOR action….of any sort.

  36. 36 Noelle

    Will they please just lay it all out in the open and come up with a plan together? Nobody wants to die and the books can be used to achieve that. But no. Lie after flipping lie, when everyone knows the truth. The next couple of episodes better be epic.

  37. 37 Phi

    aigooo that Kangwoo photo header for the cap, takes me quite some time staring at that before moving down to the recap 😀

    Kang-woo lovingly hands her his ball. *snerk* hahaha you totally crack me up!!!

    Damn you make it quite hilarious reading the whole recap from start to end. Agree that they’re still playing catch a lot in this episodes but it still very watchable since there are also major points open up here (finally) like: The treasure map from the books once the code is cracked. MW coming clean about her spy mission with KW. The potential of MW (and the spy team too) being able to rehabilitate and live freely in the South IF she turns herself in….

    I don’t know why MW doesn’t fess up the truth with KW much earlier since I think once he knows her life & the spy duo are in danger because of him, he would probably give in and go to the North with her (just like when she purposely threw the ball far away so he could break free but he didn’t)…. oh well the writers have quite many episodes to fill in XDDDD

    I do see potential romance between CR & IA. I swear they put that scene for CR to sneak in at the Joo mansion and end up hiding under her blankie just to flare up the potential romance between these 2 LOL since I had no clue why he must go there to start with

    In K-dramas (an others) there’ll always be slow & draggy spells at one point or another, and so is this drama. If they didn’t fill SMW with plot movements, it’s filled in with the quirkiness & laughter in the beginning or angst & dilemmas, some rare tender moments in the recent episodes…. Yes, the main plot has great potential to be better if the writing & editing (specially in the early days) are tighter and more polished. That said, there’re enough going on for me to enjoy this drama despite its short comings.

    That Woo-Wol hugging scene is awesome and so was the convo. I love any time our OTP embrace each other whole heatedly.

    Closing in to the ending with 3 episodes remaining, writer team pretty please. I do want a happy one 😀

  38. 38 yuu

    choi ryu, my heart bleeds for you. ;__; thank you so much for the recap girlfriday!

  39. 39 Yoo_R

    Married?? How’s that suppose related with the background plot? If they’re going to marry and Chairman Joo decides to reveal the story, will it be a suicide plot for Myung Wol? because trust me, there’s no such good point related to intelligent world. If somebody knows you as spy, you won’t get off easily. You’ll die without any evidence

    • 39.1 Phi

      KW is negotiating with Chairman Joo that he won’t reveal the Chairman is his father’s murder + bringing the books in exchange for not harming Myungwol.

      Not quite sure what they have in mind when they make him propose to her though, stay tune I guess 😀

    • 39.2 bjharm

      real spy would have just killed chairman joo anyway,
      more so under such threats.
      One thing though is they can not just defect, she may not have any family in North but all the other may do, so his plea for her stay with him is impossible as things stand now.

      • 39.2.1 Phi

        True, the Spy duo may have family there. Though I remember the old guy Hee-bok keep talking about visiting his mom grave instead of other families members

        I guess handing the books in to the North as a trade off will be the best option otherwise it’s going to get bloody

  40. 40 Yvonne

    “Kang-woo lovingly hands her his ball.”



    GirlFriday, that’s why I love you!

  41. 41 Christine

    I will still watch this til the end despite the flaws. I’m still hooked to this drama because of the great acting of the cast. But please don’t kill Ryu. Let them all live.

  42. 42 Christine

    By the way, is this really 16 episodes only?

    • 42.1 Lorilei

      No, it’s 18 episodes. Next week they’ll show Ep 16 on Monday, then on Tuesday it’s double ep with 17 & 18.

  43. 43 ck1Oz

    Not to be the bad guy here, but if you guys just got rid of Ryu…

    That ia funnier than the episode.Sigh, us poor viewers still along for the ride.It’s all for you Eric and Ryu…no one else.
    Ep 18 come on already.

  44. 44 adette

    ‘Cause the empty threat of violence is starting to get old. Less talky, more shooty!

    You had similar sentiments about City Hunter, AND WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED THERE. STOP ANGERING THE DRAMA GODS, OK

  45. 45 YY

    Aw….this ep actually made me teary in many parts, Eric and Ye Seul were just awesome here, and Ryu too. The parts where she throws the ball far, far away, and where she cocks the gun and tells him to run, were just so sad.

    So he asks her to get married. I’m betting since he told her to get married, they WON’T get married. It’s the law of kor drama….nothing ever works out the way you think it will. So next ep, we can expect Ryu to emerge from behind the door, cocked gun in hand, pointing straight at Kang Woo’s head…. she’ll probably karatechop his wrist, grab Kang Woo and they’ll BOTH run together now, instead of apart, and in opposite directions, as has been the way it’s been this ep. Along the way, Myung Wol will go into labour pain….hey, I haven’t given up on the pregnant line yet!

    • 45.1 Jomo

      What IF she is pregnant?

      Was that part of KW’s research?
      Section VII, Part P: If the traitor carries a future Hallyu Star in vitro upon capture, get out of Jail free!

      By the way, I think I asked this before, WHY are they NOT on a plane to anywhere-in-the-world with all the money our Hallyu star has? They could come and move into one of the houses for sale in my neighborhood. Good schools. Taxes are reasonable for the services rendered. Nice waterfall to kiss under not far from my house…My daughter can babysit little Woo-wol.

  46. 46 Leigh

    Shot somebody??? As in kill somebody, or injure somebody real bad so the real emotions can run through…sigh, I’m taking this drama as a comedy…If I do this, I’m not frustrated. Imagine if someone from the North saw this drama. How would they react?

  47. 47 Razinfa

    When u dunk an Oreo in milk too long, it’ll get too mushy not crispy anymore… U just have to dunk it enuf to get it just right!! I think the writers left the Oreos just a tad too long this time……….and it’s getting a bit too lame… BUT, on a higher note, it’s ok coz i get to see more of GW & CR more….!!!


    • 47.1 Jomo

      Great! Now I need to go buy Oreos…

      My hunger aside, what a wonderful analogy!
      With three, count ’em, 3 hours and some minutes left to plot, that Oreo will get soggier, disintegrate, become one with the earth, and provide chocolatey fodder for a new generation of sandwich cookies…

  48. 48 Abbie

    This drama is giving me whiplash with all the changes. Still love it and like the new direction. But still, Myung-wol do something already!

    Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

  49. 49 Ace

    “Not to be the bad guy here, but if you guys just got rid of Ryu…”

    Been saying this all along!! I vote that Ryu gets shot at first…

    As to this drama playing catch…yeah, maybe it would’ve been better if this ended at 16, but I still like it despite the many unnecessary scenes (skipping Chairman Joo). Kang-woo made my day with all that heroic actions and hope Myung-wol will step up and do something as impressive.

  50. 50 tinatot

    i just realized… where the heck are the NSA AGENTS? where is over used principal/juwon’s secretary/current NSA director and father of girl-who-stalks-kang-woo?

    • 50.1 cynthiamarie

      I was thinking of the same thing as well…

      Thanks girlfriday (and javabeans) for the recaps. That was really quick! I haven’t watched episodes 14 and 15, but since I’m so hooked on drama, I just read first the recaps and watch the subbed version over the weekend. Talk about being an addict! Hahahaha!

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