Drama Recaps
Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 9
by | August 8, 2011 | 103 Comments

Thankfully when you set up a world so zany, there’s no plot twist you can create that doesn’t sound any crazier than the last. For example, Operation Marry Hallyu Star vs. Operation Become Hallyu Star. Why the hell not? The downside is that it doesn’t do much to propel the characters forward, as we stay pretty firmly locked in limbo as far as the romance goes. Not that I don’t like the pigtail-pulling shenanigans from Prince Petty, but you’re not fooling anyone anymore, mister. Not even yourself. Somebody get this guy a love vegetable, stat.


Kang-woo shows Myung-wol the incriminating video, and tells her it’s time to take off her mask. He asks angrily if she approached him with this objective from the get-go, wanting to trade up on her fortune by seducing him.

He informs her that it’s too bad, since he doesn’t marry just anyone, adding that even hotel heiress In-ah can’t manage to lock him down. “But a thing like you dares to dream of marrying me? You must not know me very well yet. Marriage is something that requires a match of levels. It might be a different story if you were a star like me. Stop dreaming.”

Aargh, I know he’s angry thinking she only saw him as money, and he’s lashing out even more so because he’s just realized his feelings for her. But he’s being especially assy on purpose to cut deep. Also, I have a feeling she’s going to take him literally.

He tosses her the ring and tells her to keep it, and sell if she wants to. Ouch. He leaves her shell-shocked, and she’s still frozen like that when Hee-bok and Ok-soon run over to check on her.

He stops in his car to brood over it, and we flash back to earlier that night, where In-ah was the one to discover Myung-wol and Ryu together. She took the video and went straight to Kang-woo to announce triumphantly that he got played. As if I needed another reason to hate her.

Aw, now that I see his hurt puppy face, all cut up from his fight with Ryu, heartbroken thinking everything that Myung-wol said was a lie… WAH.

In a fit of anger, he figured he’d take revenge and mess with her too, which is when he planned the fake proposal. Back in the present, it weighs on him, and he sighs, “Rotten girl.” Okay, I sort of love heartbroken Kang-woo more than any other version.

Myung-wol goes to Kang-woo’s place to pack her bags per his orders. He’d told her that he wouldn’t tell anyone if she just quit and left quietly on her own. She sighs that of course this is the outcome, laughing at herself for thinking that Kang-woo really liked her. Oh, if you only knew.

Kang-woo alerts the agency that Myung-wol quit, and tells them to fill his schedule with everything that comes in—another movie with In-ah, interviews, even variety shows. They wonder what on earth has gotten into him.

The mood is even worse at Covert Spy Central, as Hee-bok and Ok-soon argue over who’s to blame, and devolve into wondering if anyone will care when they’re executed for failing their mission.

Meanwhile Chairman Joo decides it’s time to test Ryu once and for all, and tasks him with the sale of one of the ancient books. He completes the drop without a hitch, but then follows the man to a warehouse. No! Don’t go in there!

He goes in, and is immediately surrounded by henchmen, as Chairman Joo comes out to greet him. Uh-oh.

Myung-wol looks at her ring from Kang-woo, remembering how happy she felt when he told her he loved her, only to have it so completely shattered in her face. Ok-soon and Hee-bok run in with more bad news – they’ve gotten word over the airwaves that if they don’t succeed on this mission, it’s not only their deaths on the line, but their families’ honor and status at stake.

Basically either they succeed or their families get reduced to nothing. Myung-wol asks how much time they have left. One month. She gives a determined look, deciding that they can’t give up like this.

Back at the warehouse, Chairman Joo tells Ryu that the jig is up, and asks whom he’s working for. Ryu says he was acting alone, and advises them not to do anything to him, since he’s the one in possession of three of the ancient books now, including the one Chairman Joo used to have… until Ryu swapped it out for a dummy.

He makes a deal with Chairman Joo to join forces, since all they have to do is find the last book, after which “the map of the Korean peninsula will be changed forever.” Hm, what the hell is in those books?

He agrees to let him go for now, and tells his lackeys to find out who he’s working for. Ryu returns to homebase to discover that things have gone south with Kang-woo.

As expected, Myung-wol decides to take Kang-woo’s advice literally, when he told her that he wouldn’t marry beneath his level, star status or otherwise. She takes out her makeup case like a weapons arsenal, and tacks up a picture of Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, and gets to work on her transformation.

Awesome. Especially since this was one of Kang-woo’s particular hallucination-fantasies. Also? This drama is nutty. We’ve gone from marry a Hallyu star to Become a Hallyu star?

It turns out that Kang-woo and In-ah have been booked as guest judges for reality star competition Super Star K crossed with Miracle Audition, which Kang-woo grumbles about despite being the one who asked to be made busy. Auditionees line up out the door.

They watch crazy act after crazy act, some hilariously bad, others just creepy, until the last one is called to the stage. Myung-wol steps up and everyone’s jaw drops. It’s not a warm welcome, but she gets a chance to do the audition, where she waves a stick around impressively, except it’s not really that kind of competition.

She then attempts to act: “This is a sad face. This is a happy face. This is an angry face.” HAHAHA. They’re all exactly the same. Love her. This drama cracks me up. Is this Myung-wol-as-Zoolander, doing her best Le Tigre? It’s totally different from the Blue Steel. Can’t you tell?

She chases Kang-woo down afterwards and he asks angrily what she’s up to now. She tells reminds him of his words, and tells him that she’s going to be a star so he’ll marry her. He asks why.

She confesses that she did approach him thinking she’d change her fortune by being with him, but when he reacted like he did, she asked herself how great could he possibly be, how much better than her?

“It made my obstinate pride swell up. It made me want to take it all the way. So don’t forget your promise.” He tells her to go ahead and try, scoffing that she thinks becoming a star like him is so easy.

Oh, I hope she becomes an even bigger star than you, and you have to beg to be in her movies. Okay, this is unrealistic given her show of acting skills just a few moments ago, but crazier things have happened.

In-ah hears everything and belittles her for her outrageous plans, even pitying her. Argh, now you really have to follow through on this, just to make her eat her words.

She comes home and fills Ryu in on her new mission, which she knows is grasping at straws. But she can’t just stand by and do nothing. She tells him that her father served his country with pride and died a hero – even if she can’t become like him, she’ll fight to keep his honor intact. Aw.

Ryu asks expectantly if that’s her only reason for fighting. She says it’s all she has. Or yunno, you two could run off to some tiny island and make spy babies. Just a thought.

Kang-woo broods at home while watching Eric (As Kang-woo? I can’t tell anymore.) in Strongest Chil-woo. He gets angry all over again, but isn’t above getting angry while staring at her picture on his phone. Aw.

Meanwhile Ryu gets reinstated at In-ah’s bodyguard which she pretends is more annoying than it is, and Chairman Joo asks him to try and separate her from Kang-woo. His minion reports on the results from tailing Hee-bok, which amounts to a lot of sleeping and gambling. Heh.

Kang-woo shows up at his agency the next day and finds Myung-wol sweeping the floor. Ha, she really takes stalking to new heights. His agent tells him that she’s here working for free so that she can learn how to act.

Kang-woo starts out angry, and then decides that two can play at this game, and volunteers to be the one to teach her properly. So off they go, back to Kang-woo’s house.

So she’s back in the house? Again? Haha. This is getting ridiculous. Are we gonna have to make this a drinking game? Every time she packs a bag, drink!

She thanks him, but he makes it clear that he brought her here to break her spirit. If she isn’t going to give up on her own, then he plans to drive her to quit, one way or another. She didn’t expect him to take this tactic, but tells him to bring it on.

His hardcore regimen consists of working out while he lounges around, saying tongue twisters correctly (or no dinner), and staying up all night to watch every single movie or drama he’s ever been in.

HA. Oh, this isn’t about you at all. Nope.

She watches until her dark circles get dark circles, and then he piles a few more on, just to be extra sadistic. It’s not as fun as the I’m-going-to-uglify-you-to-deny-my-feelings routine, but this new dynamic is still him tormenting her and keeping her close, despite himself.

She asks how long she has to keep doing tongue twisters and watching videos, so he finally relents and brings her on set to play a very important role in his drama… Corpse Number 1. Hee.

Kang-woo shoots her and she has to crash to her violent death, except he keeps finding excuse after excuse to do take after take. It’s “Oh I blinked,” or “The action wasn’t strong enough,” or “Oops I ran out of bullets.”

She doesn’t complain though, and does all the takes, tirelessly throwing herself on the ground over and over again. In-ah and Ryu both watch, neither of them amused, until Ryu finally confronts Kang-woo about it.

He asks if Kang-woo isn’t taking the torment a bit far, and Kang-woo counters that he has no right to issue warnings, after participating in that makjang show, just for him.

Ryu: “If you’re really that angry, then doesn’t that mean your feelings were genuine? Otherwise you wouldn’t feel such betrayal.” Ooooh, nice.

Kang-woo: “What about you? Why are you always butting in on Myung-wol’s affairs? Then weren’t your feelings genuine?” Damn, I really like this conversation. Could you guys maybe have it in front of Myung-wol?

They have a stare-off, and Kang-woo raises his prop pistol at Ryu’s face and pops the trigger for effect and laughs as he walks away.

They do a final take, and everything goes swimmingly, except that Myung-wol lands badly, enough to knock her out. What they don’t see is that her final fall made the scaffolding above her shaky, and it starts to lean over, ready to fall right on top of her.

Everyone sees it topple, and hearing the screams, Kang-woo starts to go over to her, but Ryu swoops in before him and scoops her up in his arms. He totally steals the thunder and rescues her before Kang-woo can even budge.

He gets the big hero walk, carrying Myung-wol off the set, just like the scene Kang-woo was watching from Chil-woo the night before. The two men exchange snarly looks once she’s safely on her way to the hospital.

In-ah remarks that Ryu’s excuses that he’s not involved with Myung-wol now seem pretty unbelievable. She hits it pretty square on the nose too, guessing that he’s got the pining one-sided love. He tries to deny it, though she doesn’t believe him.

Kang-woo comes home and stews over Ryu’s words that his anger pretty much confirms his feelings, and calls to check on Myung-wol, but she’s already checked herself out of the hospital.

Chairman Joo asks Ryu when he gets his book back per their deal, and Ryu confirms that he’ll get it back tonight. He meets the people he originally handed it off to, and has to fight them to get it back, suffering a nice stab wound in the process.

He struggles back to home base, where Myung-wol is resting up after her accident. She patches him up and wraps a bandage around his torso, worrying about his well-being. He sneaks glances at her while she’s not looking, touched by her care but not able to tell her so.

And just then, Kang-woo shows up in the doorway behind them. He stops short when he sees Myung-wol looking up at Ryu as she wraps his bandage, and he turns away.

Angry with himself for even coming, he drops the fruit basket he brought and storms off. Aw, poor puppy. But you kinda deserve it, and worse. I do enjoy a jealous Kang-woo though.

He takes it out in his petty childish way of course, by making Myung-wol do extra chores like carry his stuff back and forth. When they arrive at the agency she sees a notice for auditions for a supporting role in Kang-woo’s drama.

She begs for a chance and scores an audition, against Kang-woo’s protests that she’s not ready. But then he turns around and tells her that if she doesn’t get the role, the whole marriage promise is off.

How funny – he’s actually taking the promise seriously? I mean, despite never believing that she’d become a star, he’s still abiding by the promise. It’s kind of adorable.

Kang-woo meets with a new investor who’s been wooing him for some time, and he starts to consider the move favorably, since he’s been looking to get out from under Chairman Joo’s thumb. The chairman gets word and has a fit over it.

Myung-wol rehearses her lines badly, and Dae-kang shows up with some other drama scripts so they can practice. I love that he’s always her little cheerleader. They start reenacting scenes from fake dramas, puns derived from real drama titles:

Hwang-bo Jini (instead of Hwang Jini), That Same Autumn Day (instead of Autumn Story), and What Happened in Ballet (What Happened in Bali). Pfft. Okay, that last one is funny.

Kang-woo pretends to be annoyed, all the while crankily commenting the entire time, and of course strategically breaking up the pair whenever they get too close to each other.

Myung-wol recites a line: “If I don’t see you, I think I’ll go crazy!” Kang-woo: “If I have to keep watching you act, I think I’ll go crazy!”

Ryu returns the book he took from Chairman Joo, and satisfied that it’s the real deal, they partner up to find the final book.

Kang-woo finds Myung-wol working hard to learn her lines, practicing them with a pen in her mouth to get her enunciation down, like he taught her. He sighs as he thinks back to his days pre-stardom, when he was just the pre-idol-trainee, mopping up the floors as the other idols got to practice.

They teased him mercilessly for writing on his mop: “Property of Hallyu Star Kang-woo,” which totally breaks my heart. Can we please see more of Kang-woo in his idol days? Such a sad little boy.

Back in the present, he yells at her to stop reading it like a book, saying that a dog on the street could do better than her. He tells her to just cut her losses and give up now, and upstairs he mumbles to himself that she has no idea how tough this world is.

Are you trying to protect her? Or trying to give her some tough love help? Pick a thing and go with it. You’re giving her whiplash.

He comes down the next morning to find her passed out on the couch, script in hand and a tissue up her nose to stop the blood. Why is the Korean sign of studying hard always a bloody nose? I always hated that, like if I didn’t study till my nose bled, I was somehow failing. Gah.

He lets her sleep for a while, and they arrive at the studio for the auditions. Meanwhile, a story comes out about Kang-woo’s academic past being fabricated, throwing his whole boy-next-door image into question.

He asks if it’s Chairman Joo’s doing, and his agent confirms it, urging him to make things right now before things get out of hand. But Kang-woo is tired of being controlled, and decides to do something about it. He asks for the reporter’s number, ready to give him an even bigger story.

Myung-wol waits nervously for her audition, and Dae-kang and her parents come to cheer her on. She finally goes in, nerves on edge, and takes out her lines, ready to read. Only she looks down at the page and freezes.

It turns out that Kang-woo took her lines that morning and marked them up for her, to make it easier for her to read with the right inflections. Aw. He adds a little note on top: “Show them your true self. Acting that comes from your experiences is true acting.”

She thinks back to all of her aggravating times with Kang-woo as she recites her angry lines, then their happy times as she laughs, and finally his fake proposal as she cries on cue. Aw.

She does such a good job that she gets cast right away, and she runs out looking for Kang-woo to thank him.

She finds him in the lobby and runs toward him, but a sea of reporters gets to him first. They snap away as they ask frantically, “Is it true? Are you dating Joo In-ah?”

Myung-wol stops in her tracks. They lock eyes and he smirks. He takes off his sunglasses and smiles, “Yes, it’s true. We’re thinking of marriage.”



Not her! WHY? Aaaargh, isn’t there some other way you can stick it to Chairman Joo? Like outing his dirty business dealings? Or turning public sentiment against him? Why’s it have to involve you chaining yourself to Princess Napalm?

I’m a little concerned that the plot is retreading the same ground all over again, with the Myung-wol-as-Hallyu-star thing, just as another way to keep them together but apart. I wanted a little more change from Kang-woo’s revelation that she was playing him, because it’s not entirely untrue.

I don’t care much in the grand scheme because there’s no difference between bodyguard and actor-in-training, since both are simply devices that do the same thing – keep them together. But too much repetition of the same setup shows your hand, especially when we expected a big change-up and got another round of the same, which is still cute and zany, but in the same place, plotwise.

Now that we’ve taken this direction, I wonder if the drama shouldn’t have started here in the first place. How great would it have been to make her initial mission something like become a Hallyu star in order to seduce a Hallyu star, so that we could witness her progression in the star system slowly and more organically.

That way the new development wouldn’t feel like it either came from left field or got tacked on to prolong their interaction, but rather started out as a viable way to complete the mission (or yunno, as viable as marrying him as his bodyguard was). I think this setup is wackier than the previous ones, and would’ve been great from the get-go, especially given Myung-wol’s previous job as Hallyu Crackdown Squad officer.

Well, now that we have switched gears to acting, I hope she totally surpasses Kang-woo, becomes an even bigger star, and makes him chase her like a crazy fanboy. Meh-rong.


103 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Yer Vang

    Yah, its up Thanks.

    • 1.1 Yer Vang

      More Ryu please? Lol.

      • 1.1.1 Molly

        Yes! I’m loving the jealous interactions between Ryu and Kang-woo. Just a question though – what happened to the book that Kang-woo bought at the auction? Did Ryu get it somehow?

        • Yer Vang

          that was what I was thinking. What did happen to the book? Lol.

          • Aigoo Addict

            I bet the book is something like the Takeshima/Dokdo islands belong to Korea! LOL– yeah I LOVE RYU <3 [big second lead syndrome–as always]

        • IstayedoutallNight

          I think Kang-woo’s the last remaining book they don’t have yet. And, I think Myung Wol’s seducing Kang woo is a part of the bigger mission (Ok Soon must have asked in some previous episode, I think)

          • Yer Vang

            I wonder when they’ll catch on the Ryu likes Myung-wol? Haha.

          • Molly

            If we pretend that nobody knows that Kang-woo has the book yet (which obviously isn’t the case given Myung-wol’s initial rogue mission), then once Ryu and Myung-wol find out, she’ll face a big dilemma. Kang-woo will of course refuse to give up the book, which will force Myung-wol to her to choose between her heart and her country…I wonder if this is what the writers are going for?

        • Cabbage

          Then Ryu (and MW) would know that he has the last book. Why isn’t she going after that? I thought that if she came back with such a big prize, they’d overlook the other mission.
          Nevermind – brain, shut up.

          • Molly

            Myung-wol definitely knows he has the book, doesn’t she? I remember in a previous episode she decided to steal it back, which means that Ryu must know as well. Ahhh. Confused. Dramabeans or girlfriday, can you enlighten us?

          • teefah

            I think maybe in the last episode, when the spies finally give up on the ‘marry kang-woo’ mission, they’ll get an epiphany and finally realise that they can steal all the books (including kang woo’s) and use them to save their lives hehe. Just my theory:-)

  2. monetski

    thank you. been waiting for this!

  3. monetski


  4. J

    Oh, gosh. 😀

  5. miniejungle

    been waiting for this! thanks GF!!! 🙂

  6. bananamilk

    this drama just makes two days in my week giggle days. haha. i wish they have a bigger twist or motion in the plot soon though… still enjoying eric as usual.. hehe

  7. djinni

    i love you

  8. myweithisway

    Ryu *swoon*

    • 8.1 absothe

      Ryu!! *fans herself*

  9. Noemi

    thank you!

    “Or yunno, you two could run off to some tiny island and make spy babies. Just a thought.”
    ^^yes please!

    Those auditions for the talent competition…wow. That girl who bared her teeth and screamed the high notes made me laugh for a solid five minutes 😀

    I agree–it would be totally funny if Myung-Wol surpassed Kang-Woo in popularity, making him the chasing fan-boy. But don’t they only have a month to pull off the mission? Kang-Woo’s fame can’t be surpassed in a month, I don’t think 🙁

  10. 10 cv

    Thank you for the recap! =)

  11. 11 Elizabeth

    i read somewhere that the initial set up was that she is supposed to train as a star, but with the scriptwriter changes I think the script has gone haywire.

    much as I love the show, but I think ep 9 is abit of a let down after building up so much from the previous eps of them discovering that they do have feelings for each other. yeah its like doing the mildang thing over and over again. push, pull, push, pull.

    These sort of shallow and draggy script gets reflected in the ratings. it is the bottom of the 3 shows in the same timeslot.

    I really hope it step up its plate soon.

  12. 12 legomom

    Thanks for the recap! It seems like nose bleeding has different meanings in different cultures. In HK movies, the actors have a nose bleed when they see attractive women…

    • 12.1 syer

      don’t go breaking my heart….

  13. 13 nonski

    YAY! just YAY! for the fast and wonderful recaps!

    i’m so loving jealous kang woo…

    soft-subs are available at http://www.darksmurfsub.com

    direct links to episodes 8 and 9:

  14. 14 sosoxrah

    So that’s how Myung-wol ends up with Kang-woo again? BLAH… doesn’t convince me. I thought this episode had less of the craziness than 7 and 8. I wish there was more love triangle action going on, but I guess I’ll have to wait. And what about Kang-woo and the ancient book? What’s his secret? I wish they would develop that more so that we don’t end up going full circle with the whole Myung-wol is fired and kicked out of the house back to hired and living w/ Kang-woo again. Let’s get it moving and throw more crazy antics while you’re at it!

    • 14.1 Phi

      while the romance department is gong in circle, at least there’s some development on the books. If CR has 3 books, the last one is in KW’s hands! We don’t know if KW is aware he’s holding the gold mine 😀

  15. 15 firsttimenewbie

    Ryu. Ryu. Ryu. Ryu.

    Oh how I wish Ryu would get the girl. And I don’t mean In Ah.

    While I loved Pil Joo, I really didn’t mind that he would eventually lose. But Ryu? I’m going to be so disappointed in the end.


    • 15.1 xitsyou

      Those are my feelings. Exactly.
      I honestly think I’ll go crazy if Ryu doesn’t end up with Myung Wol (although that doesn’t seem very likely anyway..) or if they end up pairing him up with In Ah.

      Oh Second-Lead Syndrome, why do you haunt me so?

      • 15.1.1 firsttimenewbie

        I can’t believe I’m letting myself hope that she’ll end up with Ryu, even though all logic tells me that’s not likely.

        Man, I’m going to be depressed when this drama ends. And not because it’s ended.

        And if they even HINT at Ryu In-Ah, I will go berserk. Pil-Joo Se Ri small possibility was bad enough.

        But Ryu? There better not even be a possibility. *in a small voice* Because he’s going to end up with Myung-wol.

        See how hopeless I am?

        If I were a drama writer, I would totally write dramas where the main lead doesn’t automatically get the other main lead. But I would probably get no ratings, and thus my career will be short-lived.

        • IstayedoutallNight

          lol agreed and agreed – unless the second lead pulls a Park Shi Hoo 🙂

        • xitsyou

          I’m just as hopeless… lol.

    • 15.2 yuna

      same here. i’m hanging on watching this because of RYU, my lurve 😀

      how i wish the ending would be for him to end up with MW, live for the rest of their lives with lots of spy babies in their native land and for KW defecting to North Korea in his desperation to get out from chairman joo’s control and continue being a big star there. whahahah!

      • 15.2.1 Fall

        great ending!! lol

  16. 16 imoan.naomi

    I wonder if Kangwoo let In Ah in on his little prank. Of course she’s gonna go along with him either way, but that makes him an even bigger ass by screwing all three of them (Joo, In Ah, and Myung Wol) at the same time. That kinda revenge generally ends up as more trouble than it’s worth.

  17. 17 spearminttt

    FACKK i need to know what the ancient book stuff is all bout!

  18. 18 yumi

    Thanks for the recap.

    The perfect pick up for the next episode is.

    “It’s true we are considering marriage, . . . but decided against it because I’ve decided to marry someone else.”

    • 18.1 Phi

      hahahaha I pray that won’t happen so Mw can at least complete her mission XDDD

  19. 19 kangling

    Kang woo. Me luph you!

  20. 20 Tin

    Thanks for the recap. Agree that ep 9 was a bit of a let down. Am also still waiting for KW to get his come uppance for slapping MW but nothing??!! Ryu is such a sweetie though-his care + concern for MW is a real contrast to KW’s bullying ways.

  21. 21 Phi

    Oh man I really wonder wth those 4 books hold that could make “the map of the Korean peninsula will be changed forever.” The writers team better come up with a good reason when they suggest such thing LOL

    That said, if CR has 3 of the books, the last one is in KW’s possession. Knowing or not, KW now has lot of leverage!!

    Plot wise, even slow, there’re forward movements in this episode (more development on the books + KW wanting to break loose from Chairman Joo + and of course a whole new game plan for MW).

    I actually like the idea of MW really taking KW’s words to heart if she becomes a famous star, they’ll get married. This is logical and the only way I see how MW could finish her marrying-KW mission.

    That said, the real romance development among IA-KW-MW-CR is going in circle. If IA didn’t interfere with the vid convo between CR-MW, I think he was ready to give in.

    Writer team, if you read this, please let MW falls in love, CR or KW, just pick one and get some romance & angst going. It frustrates me when neither of the 3 has move forward and embrace the other party….. (well IA really has no footing with neither KW or CR, so forget her). The push & pull is getting tiring….

    Having said that, there’re still a lot of unanswered questions for me, plot wise, so I will keep watching till end 😀

    PS: hallyu star KW becomes MW’s obsessed fanboy, I LIKE, I REALLY LIKE!!! Writers, please let this happens & happens quick 😀

  22. 22 syera

    yay! the recap’s here.. thank you girlfriday ^^

  23. 23 ditdut

    This episode was really frustrating. I was expecting something to actually switch, with Kangwoo knowing Myungwol’s intention. But man, we’re back to the same base. Getting really tired of Myungwol getting fired/kicked out and coming back in. It’s becoming pretty ridiculous.

  24. 24 almontel

    i have no idea either where the plot is going…
    but i’ll stick by SMW only because i’ve invested 9 eps into this already and just love to watch a handsome and beautiful actress together…
    i hope we get to like the next ep…but not liking the upcoming kiss…yikes!!!

    so i guess we’ll probably see MW being one of KW’s co star and i wish they’d have some beautiful scenes together…like they kiss and the director yells cut and KW’s so caught up with the kiss….ke ke ke…
    just dreaming…

    thanks for your recap!!!

    • 24.1 cherry

      I dreamt this too… just came back to this after watching ep 10 keke

  25. 25 Anonymous

    My question is, why do Kong-woo need a sponsor now? I get that in his early days, he needs a sponsor to help him move up in the entertainment world. But now that he is the top star in the country, won’t he and his company be earning tons from his dramas, movies, CFs and concerts etc?

    • 25.1 bjharm

      I do not think it is because he needs a sponsor so much as he can not get rid of the one he has now. As the Guy pretty much a gangster in a $2000 suit. {funny how so many top business men in Korea seem to always have thugs on hire and a dirty trick department} As you can see from the ‘leaked’ news story, it not simple for him just to break contact with the guy.

    • 25.2 Jomo

      A sponsor is the guy who puts up the money upfront.

      I think he would be the Exec Producer here in the States.
      He doesn’t really do any production work, doesn’t make small hiring decisions, but his money gets the films, concerts, dramas off the ground.

      He would, of course, make a ton of profit off of what KW does.

  26. 26 Cynthia


    GF – you really crack my poo up! Am loving your recaps more than I’m liking the show. Ruh-roh – either the writers are running out of gas or they’re drinking some weird Kool-Aid. There’s zany and then there’s just plain nuts. I think I know which area the writers have landed in, and it’s not a good place to be.

    I’m getting shades of Lie To Me and the train wreck that one turned into with these last few episodes of MWtS. Hope someone takes the reins back and redirects this plot.

  27. 27 MJP


    I think you need to go to Korea and help the writers move the storyline along. You have some really great ideas!

    I can just see it now. Goodbye Hong sisters, Hello Girlfriday and Javabeans!

    • 27.1 syera

      yeah i agree.. i found my self enjoying gf & jb recaps more than watching the show itself :p

      anyway, love the last meh-rong pics ^^

  28. 28 Beng

    i had predicted her becoming a star 3 episodes ago. Looking forward to her becoming a real star =)

  29. 29 FunnyBunny

    “Or yunno, you two could run off to some tiny island and make spy babies. Just a thought.”
    How do I sign up for that gig? Specifically with Ryu himself?
    He’s just so awesome! Like when he carried her off the set *sigh* Why are you so cool? You gorgeous, gorgeous man *sigh*
    Ok fangirl moment over ^_^

  30. 30 starfield

    Thank you GF for another fun recap =D!!!

    While I think the book-plot has moved too little up until now (they should’ve sneaked in bits of the book/KW mysterious past plots in past episodes instead of focusing 100% on the romance plots), I’m actually very happy with the pace KW/MW relationship has developed at ^^

    What I’ve found to be annoying in most K-dramas is that they spend wayyyyyy too much time on how the couple fight one obstacle after another to *keep* their relationship, but too little time on how the couple got together. Oftentimes I found myself musing, “Argh. Do I even care that you two are fighting tooth & nail to stay together, when I’m not even convinced that the love between you is so great and so worth fighting for?”

    Also, there are romances that move along super efficiently and are great to watch the first time around, but lacks real feelings so I know I likely won’t be watching the show again. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be repeating MWS after it has ended (I’ve already repeated some of my fav. scenes for the past episodes). Having said that, I do understand why everyone finds ep. 9 painfully slow & relatively uneventful =P

    What I love about ep. 9 is its (somewhat subtle) revelation of how both KW & MW have indeed fallen for each other. KW started off as a person who was completely self-centered and deliberately kept everyone at a distance. But by the end of this episode he was scribbling encouraging notes in the script of a girl who he’s convinced has no feelings for him, and worse has lied to him from the get-go. While MW started off as a girl who’s almost genderless, who seemed to give zero interest to anything but her missions. But now we have a girl who’s pissed, happy, and heart-broken just by remembering the times she’s spent with that man. I considered this a very significant milestone for the two of them and I love it <3

    The last scene, where KW & MW locked eyes as KW delivered that cruel, cruel line was wonderful too~ MW's shocked face was the first time, that she really, really looks like a girl in love =)

    • 30.1 Phi

      yup both KW & MW are mutually attracted to the other even though they’re both suppressing the admission and embrace the other. For MW it’s because of her mission & for KW, he could not accept falling for an ordinary fangirl.

      From that short scene where the young Kangwoo was bullied / talked down to by the other idols, I guess that creates the arrogant, all high-and-mighty KW we have today (sorta be tough and ruthless to the people around him so no one can hurt him again).

      I hope MW, the actress, will shoot to stardom quickly for KW & MW to get on with the marriage promise. I’m a little drained that the writers give KW-MW 1 step forward then retreat it back so quickly…. *SIGHS*

    • 30.2 Princess61

      I love your insight into the complex dynamics of their relationship (MW & KW). Part of me is torn though. I want her to be with Kang Woo but I also want her to be with Ryu too. Aaargh! Lucky girl!

  31. 31 sy

    Erm care to enlighten on what exactly is a “love vegetable”??

    • 31.1 Jomo

      This is a really good question. No matter how hard I try, cannot come up with one that would fit this description.

    • 31.2 Cabbage

      I think she means potato. (read the Best/Greatest Love recaps) Or, in KW’s case, I think a radish would do the trick. Something colorful. Eggplant?

      • 31.2.1 Jomo

        It’s cabbage, of course!

        • sy

          Haha thanks for clearing that up!
          Never really expected it to be a real vegetable though…
          But then again what is he supposed to do with a love vegetable?
          Cook it & eat it or just hold it in his hands??
          Ah but I guess in the context of this drama prob anything goes!

  32. 32 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap!!

    I had actually decided to give up on watching it in its entirely and focus on just the good parts (Ryu!!), but some of the wackiness of this episode has got me thinking about picking it up again.

    I agree with your commentary wholeheartedly. If the drama had started out with her trying to become a Hallyu star, then there would be less of the repetition we have now. I’ve lost count how many times she has been fired and kicked out of KangWoo’s house only to come back again.

  33. 33 Sara

    nyaargh, girlfriday, its not just dramas that know how to tease. I saw the header picture for the recap and seriously thought that KW revealed himself to be a spy too!!

  34. 34 letmeeatcake

    It’d be so awesome if she became more famous than kang-woo but withonly 7 episodes to go, I don’t think there’ll be enough time to develop that idea fully.

    • 34.1 Jomo

      She only has one month to complete her mission (or people will die in NK.)

      Either they get an extension from the general, or the real reason Ryu is there – the books – becomes her new mission, too.

  35. 35 avarachika

    I think he is gonna say myung wol. I mean he did say, “Yes, it’s true. We’re thinking of marriage” and he’s looking at myung wol while he is saying this, plus he didn’t get to say who yet.

  36. 36 lulzk


  37. 37 Linda165 is Eric's Future Wife

    Thanks GF! So Ryu said he had 3 books and Kang Woo has one. It doesn’t add up, because I’m pretty sure when they introduced the books, they said one of them was lost/destroyed right after their creation. Am I wrong?

    • 37.1 ione

      You meant at the auction in Singapore? If i am not wrong, they said that was the only book left, the other 3 went missing

  38. 38 YY is Eric's One and Only Future Wife

    You know what, Linda, I don’t even know what’s happening anymore to the books….this show’s getting crazier and crazier, but I’m loving it!!!!!

    • 38.1 ione

      so, Linday & YY are in the competition with MW now? 😛

      Eric looks extremely handsome, specially love the side view of his face, tall gorgeous nose I’ve seen!

      His comic timing is awesome as well as other expressions. From angry, to cute, to sad, to angsty, to bone chilling glare and when he flashes his gorgeous smiles or twit his sexy lips to a smirk, I dies. Gorgeous, gorgeous man!!!

      lol that’s fangirling talk for a moment there

      I wonder if people really watch the drama or read the recap well or just choose what they want to see cause KW isn’t just all bully toward MW. Despite being loud and hard on MW, he cares for her too: He marked all of MW’s lines & gave her tip for the audition. He swooped in to save her when MW fell from a stunt gone bad in earlier episode. He dropped his showcase and came to her aids when she was kidnapped (he’s no good at fighting but still rushed there anyway).

      I hope the writers pull some drastic moves and make KW & MW come forward with their feeling and confess their love for each other soon rather than yoyoing back & forth.

      Always love the funny scenes in each and every episode!

      • 38.1.1 ione

        ^ twitch his lips…. not twit, typo XD

    • 38.2 Linda165 is Eric's Future Wife

      YY, I’m just happy uri Eric is keeping his promise of wearing a tank top every episode. I’m a happy fangirl ♥

  39. 39 hannah

    but she passed the audition!! I wish it will turn out to be like. “Yes, it’s true. We’re thinking of marriage. Myung-wol and I”. thank you for the recaps!!

  40. 40 Jomo is Already Married to Eric

    Thank you for the recap!
    I still like the show, and agree that jealous KW is the most interesting of his scenes to watch.

    I especially liked that Ryu and KW are only honest with each other. Both actors seem to step up their game playing opposite each other, too.

    KW as Henry Higgins? Yes!

    • 40.1 Ione has Already had Eric's Little Kangwoo!

      g’me more brooding between the 2 men!

      I agree, KW & CR at least can sense what the other feeling on MW and be frank about it while she’s completely clueless that these 2 love her.

    • 40.2 Linda165 is Eric's Future Wife

      Oh no, you didn’t!!!!!!

      • 40.2.1 Jomo

        Tee hee hee hee hee

  41. 41 sky

    love love love your way of thinking you crack me up… good thing a writter who is still interested in the drama wriites good review and doesnt say much about how unrealistic and crazy the story gets. thanks

  42. 42 [email protected]@M!

    excuse my lge…but….. oh shit!! oh shit!! oh shit!!^^

  43. 43 sally_b

    GF – Thank you so much for recapping…I look forward to it as equally as watching the show…for reals. (I can’t help but nod my head- and giggle- with every line you write) PROPS! to you. (っˆーˆ)っ❤

    nrghhhh…the plot LAG. It’s already been established – the attractions….the conflict….the repeated appearances of In-Ah’s bitchiness….Episode 9 felt like bread & water.

    Where’s the content/core issues?
    * wtf about the books?
    * why does In-Ah’s father wield so much power over KW?
    * does KW want the books to gain his freedom?
    * what exactly is KW’s past? origin
    * will Ryu have another shower scene?

    you know…the important stuff.

    Next episode needs to have some BEEF. metaphorically & literally…; )

    • 43.1 bjharm

      do not forget the south korean spy though is seems the writer of the show has.

      • 43.1.1 Cabbage

        yeahhhhh….good point….

      • 43.1.2 sally_b

        LOLz !! How right you are! I completely forgot about the South Korean spy…really. Didn’t notice AT ALL until you mentioned. I guess that makes it pretty clear how viable that plot thread is….not.

        I’m starting to miss the *wacky* again…it keeps the repetition from being so snooze-inducing. If I’m laughing ~ at least I’m entertained (well, besides the glorious eye-candy)…but please, writers, insert more crazzzzzy.

  44. 44 Banu

    He is so gonna regret that TT

  45. 45 Cabbage

    My perfect ending has been revised:

    KW and Ryu fight their way into North Korea to save MW from execution, KW makes a grand declaration of love, and then, KW and MW BOTH appear on a stage singing and kung-fu fighting to adoring, screaming Pyongyang fans.

    And there’s a rocketship. That says, “Starkid Potter.” But that’s optional.

  46. 46 Evma

    Girlfriday, you made this episode more hilarious than the video itself. “and makes him chase her like a crazy fanboy. Meh-rong.” followed by Eric sticking out his tongue, LOL.

  47. 47 Rae

    What would be really crazy would be…..Myung-wol fails but NK’s new plan was to just steal Kang-woo anyway, so he gets captured and forced into doing work w/o complaining, dangling Myung-wol’s family’s honor and whatnot in front of him. Meanwhile, she, Ryu, etc., go back, and Myung-wol gets to see that NK is just going to keep riding Kang-woo hard….etc. and feels bad…they realize they’re in love. Done.

    Lol. Don’t you think sometimes that if we all got together and just listed all the squealworthy things we wanted and smushed them into a drama…it would be the best drama of all time?

  48. 48 Belle

    So thank you so much for your wonderful recap. I feel at the end of the last episode the writer probably felt she/he had one of two options backtrack and repeat or reveal myung wol as a spy. Too early to reveal she is a spy so writer repeated. Another thing they said kang woo’s dad is dead but no dead body was shown, so I totally think guy in chair whose face hasn’t been shown is kang woo’s dad. Thus chair dude’s obsession with kang woo.

    • 48.1 Phi

      I thought in earlier episode (6 may be?) where KW & MW spent the night at the cave, he told her that mountain was where he scattered his dad’s ashes…. so unless they (or KW’s dad) faked the death and replace the body like Han Hyo Joo’s dad in Brilliant Legacy…. 😀

  49. 49 tita es

    I just want to comment to those people who are criticizing the story of this drama, I’m sure you have watched other dramas before and let’s face it, the plot of many if not all, is exactly the same with spy myung wol, love hate love hate situations because it makes the viewers laugh and giggles. And also, no matter what is the story, sorry for being bias, It’s Eric oppa is all that matters, I’m sure a lot of fans will totally agree with me that he looks gorgeous and devastatingly handsome as Kang Woo, and of course not to forget that he delivered his acting and lines very well.
    I thanked you all of you though for being so engrossed with the story which only meant that you like it.

  50. 50 Princess61

    “…Are you trying to protect her? Or trying to give her some tough love help? Pick a thing and go with it. You’re giving her whiplash.” Hahaha! I LOVE IT!

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