Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Script Doctor is in: Myung-wol the Spy
by | August 15, 2011 | 192 Comments

girlfriday: Wait is KBS really going to recast a different actress in the SAME role??

javabeans: That’s DUMB. I understand why they’d consider it, but it’s lame.

girlfriday: It is so stupid. Arrrgh. Are they going to go with some crazy plastic surgery story, or are all the characters going to PRETEND that they don’t notice?

javabeans: This ain’t All My Children. What actress is going to want to take the role? Will Eric just have to react in exactly the same way that he would with a different actress?

girlfriday: Seriously. It’s all kinds of crazy.

javabeans: I get that they’re in emergency mode, but they have a week to rework the story and shoot the next episodes. Given that they were only 40% done with shooting Episodes 11 and 12 on a Friday night before the whole kerfuffle went down, I think this is do-able.

girlfriday: Time to call in the Script Doctor.

javabeans: So! If we were writing the rest of this drama, what would we do?

girlfriday: Kill her.

javabeans: And then?

girlfriday: I dunno. I only thought that far because the last scene we saw was the fake-shootout-turned-real.

javabeans: She could be rushed to the hospital in intensive condition.

girlfriday: With a body double like Bad Guy.

javabeans: And she dies in the hospital. But then the body disappears. Dun-dun-dun! WTF? Is she dead or is it a North Korean cover-up so her cover isn’t blown?

girlfriday: The problem is, with no heroine to be the action-hero spy, we either need Ryu to step into her place (but then what of the romance?) or Kang-woo to reveal himself as a super-secret agent.

javabeans: Both! I think Ryu should fall for the cute South Korean spy who should have been tailing Kang-woo all these episodes but got lazy.

girlfriday: Ha. Maybe her daddy managed to ground her.

javabeans: Oh I know! Kang-woo does something suspicious, only to reveal that Da-hae has actually been tailing him this whole time, but she was so good she went unnoticed. Retroactive continuity FTW. And yes, Kang-woo should be “activated” as an agent. He’s been in sleeper mode, a la Ok-soon and Hee-bok at the beginning.

girlfriday: Or maybe, he’s a sleeper-sleeper agent, as in has to be subconsciously triggered to realize that he IS a spy!

javabeans: Oh, like his chip hasn’t been switched on yet?

girlfriday: Yeah, yeah. That would explain his lightning quick reflexes, but cowardly demeanor.

javabeans: Who does Kang-woo work for?

girlfriday: The Goblin?

javabeans: Who is his father?

girlfriday: Oooh! Ooooh!

javabeans: Oh! As he knows it, the Goblin killed his father. But it turns out the Goblin IS his father, and he didn’t die.

girlfriday: He had to fake his own death, in order to go into hiding…. because he knows something deadly.

javabeans: About the books and the havoc they would wreak. He tampered with the books so they could never be assembled.

girlfriday: Yes, maybe he was the one who first put them together, and realized the political turmoil they would bring, and vowed to destroy them for good. But then he got intercepted somehow, and three of them got out. So he’s still got the last one. Or is my math wrong?

javabeans: Honestly, I’m not entirely certain the drama’s math is correct on that one. In any case, Chairman Joo ruined his plans.

girlfriday: And took a leg!

javabeans: Like City Hunter?

girlfriday: Yes. Maximum Daddy drama.

javabeans: Now Kang-woo finds out Chairman Joo is hunting down the Goblin as well, and he has to beat that ticking clock to get to him first. Wait, we need to iron out some backstory. If Kang-woo’s working for Goblin, he had to be trained in the first place, right? Before he was “put to sleep”?

girlfriday: He could have been trained by his dad when he was a child, like Sydney Bristow style.

javabeans: But we know he wasn’t, at least not the way we’ve seen it. The most likely time or opportunity would have been after Chairman Joo took him in, which suggests that at one point Joo and Goblin were partners.

girlfriday: So then maybe Dad laid the foundation, but then his former partner Joo trained him and put him to sleep, after feeding him false information about the Goblin and whatnot… Er, does this make any sense?

javabeans: It could. We just need to connect a few more dots. For instance, what exactly is the shocking secret of the damn books? We need a big reveal, like in Runaway when we find out what Melgidec needs from Jin-yi and the origin of the gold. (Wait, what was the secret of Rambaldi anyway?)

girlfriday: I was just thinking that. Like some crazy Rambaldi secret. I think it was some kind of bio terror, like turning people into zombies in whatever radius of the big red ball (yeah, WTF). I don’t think we have to go into zombie territory.

javabeans: Please let’s not. No zombies or vampires.

girlfriday: It could just be a reinterpretation of a known fact in history, something pivotal to both North and South. Uh….

javabeans: This is a farce, right? You know what would be hilarious, is if in the end it turns out to be some big misunderstanding. It’s the work of a Baekje-era prankster.

girlfriday: HA. A centuries-old fuck you?

javabeans: A wild goose chase of the most epic order.

girlfriday: Okay, I’m totally onboard with that.

javabeans: Right? It totally fits the tone of the show, more than the emphasis on the book as a huge, peninsula-transforming game-changer. Meanwhile, Kang-woo guesses that Myung-wol isn’t dead either. She was taken, and he has to save her.

girlfriday: Or, he does think she’s dead, and he just goes crazy with revenge.

javabeans: I want him to team up with Ryu somehow.

girlfriday: Because they both love her. So that works. Begrudging partnership to avenge the death of the woman… they both loved. Ha.

javabeans: What’s our endgame? How would our finale wrap up? I would want it to go out on a comic note.

girlfriday: I’d want the whole thing to go back to its original farcical tone, especially if they’re going to even try continuing this with no heroine.

javabeans: What if… the North Korean general’s daughter reads the reports of Kang-woo falling for Myung-wol and flies into super angry-fangirl mode, and sneaks into South Korea? To cover up for it, the general blames it on the South. So the situation escalates because the North is like, the South has kidnapped one of our own! We must retaliate!

girlfriday: Haha. So basically it escalates into war, and Kang-woo is the only one who can stop it!

javabeans: YES. It’s like City Hunter, only dumber and dopier.

girlfriday: The dim half-cousin.

javabeans: The North kidnaps In-ah in retaliation, but the South is like, “Eh, you can keep her.” And SHE becomes their big Hallyu-of-the-North star!

girlfriday: Hahaha. Yes, please!

javabeans: Then they find out the books are a big ol’ prank, and toss them aside carelessly. After all that angst.

girlfriday: And then, Kang-woo and Ryu ride off into the sunset together?

javabeans: Bickering into the sunset.

girlfriday: Famous last words: Kang-woo: “Yunno, you’re not half-bad-looking. Can you act?” Ryu: “This is my sad face. This is my angry face. This is my happy face.”

javabeans: Fin.


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192 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ruby

    HAHA KBS should hire you ladies, for sure 😉 let’s hope this fracas will come to an amicable end!

    • 1.1 Jo


      • 1.1.1 monai

        HAHAHAHA so hilarious. 😀

      • 1.1.2 Jossy

        Omg I know right! Best line evarr! What I’d do to see that ending, well, see through. 😀

      • 1.1.3 alexe

        Totally agree ! you are the best . I do love your pics .

        • Ariel

          Yessss. It could be like that fan video of Doko Jin and Choi Hyun Wook, it would take Korea by storm and improve the ratings of Spy Myung-Wol. Kang Woo and Ryu will sweep all the awards in the male category due to all the angst and bromance. In-ah being upgraded to the only Hallyu star in the North improves her image and becomes the most popular female actress ala Lee Seungi.

          And what of Han Ye-seul? I don’t know coz this could mean the end of her career:-(

      • 1.1.4 hijinx

        agree on best last line ever! And if JB and GF ever do start writing dramas- I’d watch it in a heartbeat.

    • 1.2 Cynthia


      It should be like a IRIS/Athena hybrid, only funny with a lot more bromance!

      (BTW – Alias’ big, red ball was known as “Clifford”)

      • 1.2.1 Cynthia

        As for the 4 Books – I think it would be a hoot if, when they’re finally all collected together, that a written code (one part per book) was solved by folding certain pages from the books into one whole page that spelled out whatever the sageuk equivalent of FUCK YOU was!

        Just like in the old MAD Magazines!


    • 1.3 shoestrings

      wow, this is just sooo awesome! you guys write better than other writers do! seriously!

    • 1.4 Stacey

      So … since Myung Wol looks like a goner, and HeartStrings has lost a ton of steam and interest (for me), I recommend Protect The Boss for my fellow addicts looking for another fix. It’s only on ep 5 this week and I really like it so far. It’s cute and light. I can’t wait for Wed-Thurs!

  2. Teehee!

    They could make it like Doctor Who….. She dies but then she transfigures into a new person.

    Honestly though…. that would never work…. unless they can find an actress who is the doppelganger of Yeseul!

    • 2.1 ripleyfell

      They could totally make it work! You know, have Myung-wol be some secret project that NK’s been developing for years and this is just a test run to see how she assimilates into South Korean culture. Then after she accidentally shoots her, they reboot her into a brand new person. See? It could totally work!

      (Or we could just go with javabeans and girlfriday’s idea.)

      • 2.1.1 xine

        Maybe she’s a cyborg!

    • 2.2 Ani

      Nah, I like the whole “She’s dead because it wasn’t a fake bullet but a real one in that gun”. We know she was supposed to shoot Kang-woo and hit him, but the last minute turn of events, as we saw, lead to Myung-wol turning the supposedly fake and unloaded gun on herself. So the story than focuses on the boys.

      Or we can have the prop staff go the route of making dummy cartridges “from real cartridges by pulling out the bullets, dumping out the propellant and reinserting the bullets” but ends up being a repeat of the Brandon Lee (RIP) “accident” and Myung-wol ends up getting hurt. Then on the way to the hospital, someone injected her with sodium morphate, and when they thought she was dead, said someone would take her away like they did with Michael Vaughn (totally taking this from Alias). Said unknown person could have shown Myung-wol in the end up being alive (this route if Han does come back) and this Unknown Person did this to manipulate Ryu and Kangwoo to do his/her bidding without knowing it – sort of like the Angel of Destiny taking Leo away in Charmed as motivation for the Charmed Ones, but in a more evil, manipulating way. Or, no sodium morphate is used and Myung-wol dies and the story focuses on the boys…..

      So many things could be done, but…. Le sigh. I really wish none of that could be the case.

      • 2.2.1 Ani

        Yeah, lack of originality. I think I’ll leave the script writing in more capable and experienced hands. Especially since my scenarios add more questions that require answering while keeping it connected to what has already been told. HAHAHAHA…. Still… sad day about these turn of events.

      • 2.2.2 Shiku

        Ani i still like your ideas. Or she could be in a coma while the boys team up to find out who tried to kill her

    • 2.3 IzOcha

      A ginger Yeseul? no…never a ginger…

      • 2.3.1 girl with tardis

        Love. This.

  3. CDT


    I was hoping it was a rumor. I really was hoping Han Ye-Seul leaving was a rumor. I’m heartbroken.

    I don’t know if I should continue watching or keep on wishing for a miracle that Han Ye-Seul would reconsider.

    Now I’m sad :( But this made me a laugh a bit :) Thank you.
    I guess all I can do now is wait and see what happens. Wonder what they’re gonna come up with.

    • 3.1 Alex

      I’m so sad too! I loved loved loved “Myung Wol”, and in ep 10, my love shot right up to insane levels. I want it to continue just as it started. :-((((

      There’s still hope that she’ll come back, right? Right?? Please!!! I’m okay with a week’s pause and then the original 16-ep run…

      I’m also so sad because I like Han Ye Seul, and as it is she will probably never ever work again. I do wonder how horrible condictions on the set must have been to make her end her own career like this. Maybe she was hoping that someone taking a stand would finally be able to make people see reason and change things, and was sacrificing herself, in a way.

  4. Noemi

    hahaha! I like it…especially the “famous last words” 😀

    So was it confirmed that HYS went to the U.S. or was that just a rumor?

    • 4.1 Daisy

      It’s been confirmed she left for the states. But we don’t know if she will be returning or not.

      Aha another good example why live action shooting while airing is a bad thing to do XD

      • 4.1.1 Yer Vang

        Agree, I’m disappointed because I was a big fan of this drama :(

        • Molly

          Same here, especially after that massive cliffhanger – to think it’ll remain a mystery FOREVER as to what would have happened after the big reveal. Maybe the writers will be generous and tell us the *real* story after the drama’s done airing? I can only hope.

          However, GF and JB’s script is perfectly wacky and a welcome alternative, given that the situation’s pretty much irreversible now. Love the In-ah kidnapping!! (Please please please don’t let In-ah suddenly become the star, writers!)

          • Ani

            Since they already did scenes for episode 11 and 12, is it safe to assume that there is a completed script for episode 11 and 12 and the production would be kind enough to upload it onto the internet? Although we won’t have the whole picture beyond that besides a short summary, at least we’d KNOW how it was going to continue from the epicness of the cliffhanger from episode 10.

      • 4.1.2 Noemi

        thanks for answering, Daisy!

        And I agree with Yer Vang, this situation is disappointing. I thought this was going to be my new crack :(

  5. Niema

    LMAO.. I would watch it.

    • 5.1 Alvina

      lol, for real, same here! The story line is so ridiculous that it just might work 😛

  6. Ani

    I’m…. baffled. XD *cries on the inside*

  7. Aly

    I wasn’t sold till the conclusion! Haha, nice work script doctor’s!

    • 7.1 suitfetish

      I know.

      “This is my happy face” jokes bring me back to Dream High.

      Which I will probably be watching to drown my sorrows. Except I’ve got Fugitive: Plan B and Protect the Boss to work on, too…

      • 7.1.1 girl with tardis

        Fugitive: Plan B was such a hilarious, campy drama. Another one that had inexplicably low ratings depite being awesome.

        • suitfetish

          Definitely of the kind where you had to have too specific a sense of humor, probably.

          Same with Myung-Wol, definitely, that both tongue-in-cheek AND loving tribute at the same time sort.

          City Hunter actually retroactively got me to watch it, because I had avoided action-type stuff completely for rom-com fluffiness. MISTAKE.

          • girl with tardis

            Well, to be fair, not all action dramas are necessarily good. But I think if you like any one of those three dramas, you’ll probably like all three. I did!

  8. jean

    How bout this? The both of you can bcome myeongwol’s long lost sisters!!! Tt’ll be epic!

  9. fanny

    Mwahahaha…please please you girls be their new scripwriter and PD and Myung-wol or someone..i’ll be happy and never get bored with you two^^

    You made this shocking news become easy to swallow :)

  10. 10 aravisalice

    So I was just getting ready to call it a night and go to bed when I saw that the lovely ladies of Dramabeans decided to give me a two shot of Kang Woo and Ryu as a parting gift- Thankyoueverso.

  11. 11 Leila

    LOLOLOL they should just go with this.

    Oh wait I musta missed it. So they’re not airing this week’s episode? or a special?

  12. 12 h311ybean

    I had also imagined the OTP becoming Kang-woo/Ryu, but not in so much detail. Brava, ladies!

  13. 13 asianromance

    omg, this is EPIC! LOL!! You guys have actually come up with a great story to resolve this issue of HYS being missing from the show now! I would totally watch this! Too bad whatever the writers are coming up with will most likely not be nearly as good as what you guys have come up with.

    At least the last scene of episode 10 makes it slightly easier for the production to come up with a new story.

  14. 14 prelude

    Maybe , they should make it as if the gun was switched by the north koreans and it was actually a real one and loaded , this way she is dead .
    even if the whole plote would be meaningless with her death , but it wouldn’t make any sense either if they replace the actress .
    they can have an actress that’s a new spy from north korea sent to kill gang u and stop the hallyu wave
    we’ll get to have a sad ending at least :p

  15. 15 ripleyfell

    Agreed, Ruby! Especially with KBS’s insanity going on. How can you hire a new actress to reprise a role after what Han Ye Seul and Eric have achieved together? The writers were already dragging in the last few episodes (it’s sad that right when it picks up this has to happen) and now they have to write scripts with a complete new actress? Under the scrutiny of all the SPW-loving netizens? KBS better find a damn good actress.

    For the record, I’d love a “centuries old fuck-you”. They are always extremely entertaining. And I’m all for City Hunter 2.0 the Farcical Version. Starring Kang-woo and Ryu of course but Yoon-sung can make an appearance. A cameo to show them how it’s really done. 😉

  16. 16 Yer Vang

    Right when this drama was getting addicting, a problem has to come. Fighting, Han Ye Seul and the rest of the crew.

    • 16.1 Yer Vang

      I couldnt stop laughing. Ryu: “This is my sad face. This is my angry face. This is my happy face.”

      • 16.1.1 Avi

        oh god that totally sets me off too XD

  17. 17 MJP

    So, when are you ladies and Samsooki getting on the plane?

    • 17.1 javabeans

      When they pay me in dates with Lee Min-ho. I’m waiting.

      • 17.1.1 ...


        • Venus

          LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO love ur answer JB!!!

          • HeadsNo.2

            Best answer of the YEAR goes to Javabeans. Bravo!!!!

      • 17.1.2 lois

        Let us know so I can apply for a waitress job..you know the waitress that gets a little too friendly with the customer ;)?

      • 17.1.3 Sunshine

        Nice, but I thought you two had worked out your love life when he landed in LAX. I was sure all fangirls needed to give up on him after your post. :)

      • 17.1.4 MJP


        I don’t know… That is a pretty steep salary you are asking for. I think they may only be able to pay you in Kim Joon dates. I wonder, are you willing to negotiate your salary?

      • 17.1.5 suitfetish

        :immediately signs up for obnoxious Personal Assistant role:

      • 17.1.6 Shel

        You hold out, JB, don’t settle for anything less. :0) And post pics.

      • 17.1.7 3pleX

        i am sure you will not ask for a 5-days-until-midnight-only work schedule ….

      • 17.1.8 Lee Min-ho

        I’m all yours *wink*

        • Avi


  18. 18 revenant

    I don’t even know what to say, other than YES, a million times YES!

  19. 19 lovenyc52

    lol. you two should definitely finish out this show. your ideas are bound to be infinitely more awesome than whatever the actual writers will come up with i’m sure. i am curious to see how they will try to turn this whole thing around. interesting though, that the last episode they were able to air, ended with myung-wol ‘killing’ herself. that’s mighty convenient for them.

  20. 20 hijkl

    LOL they should just use your script. Somehow, I feel like it makes much more sense and would’ve tied up loose ends better than their original plan.

    Going along with the Alias thing, they could bring in another actress and pass her off as Myung Wol…just injected with someone else’s DNA and having a totally new face. So that way she and Kang Woo can be together in the end. -___-

  21. 21 sean

    Bah, I just want it to get done the way it is. I like Myung-Wol. My opinion of Han Ye Seul is up in the air, but I like Myung-Wol so I want it to just finish…

  22. 22 savelatin

    haha, yes! I think In-Ah taken hostage by the North would be a fine comic touch.

    There is definitely a lot of fretting the spy parents could do about Myung Wol’s death/disappearance, to balance the brooding and eventual revenge of Kang-Woo and Ryu.

    If they straight up replace HYS, I think plastic surgery (to hide from North Korea’s assassins?) seems to be the route to go. Ignoring that an actor has been replaced tends to not go well.

  23. 23 ellewu

    after the awesome ending of episode 10, THIS has to happen… i’m seriously heartbroken :'(

    • 23.1 Jess

      Same thing. I feel weirdly stressed out about the whole thing… I was really looking forward to episode 11. I wasn’t even watching the show, I was just reading these recaps, but then when I got to the recap for episode 9 I decided to actually watch it. So I’ve been watching it all week, getting totally invested, and for what? :( I can understand if Han Ye Seul is feeling the pressure of the live shoot and just wants to rest, and I think she could get away with a few days, if they have an extra week that they were going to use for an extension. I’m just hoping against hope that she’ll come back. At least finish it, and then leave it all behind. That’s all I’m asking.

      • 23.1.1 Jess

        Same here. I feel weirdly stressed out about the whole thing… I was really looking forward to episode 11. I wasn’t even watching the show, I was just reading these recaps, but then when I got to the recap for episode 9 I decided to actually watch it. So I’ve been watching it all week, getting totally invested, and for what? :( I can understand if Han Ye Seul is feeling the pressure of the live shoot and just wants to rest, and I think she could get away with a few days, if they have an extra week that they were going to use for an extension. I’m just hoping against hope that she’ll come back. At least finish it, and then leave it all behind. That’s all I’m asking.

  24. 24 Gia

    they are doing the same thing when LDH decided to over in East of Eden, She left for study…

  25. 25 Mira

    Hilarious… But let’s hope she doesn’t end up getting fired.

  26. 26 KDrama Fan

    Craziness in the house.

  27. 27 paperhearts

    LOL nice jobs ladies, you guys could seriously be the next hong sisters. I think Min Ho is back in Korea, so I’m sure KBS wouldn’t mind some coffee dates to save their drama.

    Good thing I stopped watching this before all this happened, I bet people watching this drama must be heartbroken :(

    • 27.1 Cynthia

      COFFEE dates?!
      Ummm….I don’t think that JB had coffee in mind….

  28. 28 Linda Belle

    bwahahahaa….you both are so hilarious…waaayy to far from the script heh..I hope they can hire you 😀

  29. 29 crazedlu

    heh. i’m down for this. i actually liked han yeseul, but thought she wasn’t right for this role, and maybe it was because i had a hunch something like this was gonna happen.

    i’m still rooting for the drama to pull through. who knows? there might even be a upwards climb in ratings, out of curiosity, to see if they pull through.

    • 29.1 Shiku

      You really had a hunch this would happen? Good instincts

  30. 30 enjoydrama

    Ladies, you are funny! Thanks for bringing the laughs amidst all the depressing news.

    I still can’t accept anyone but HYS as Myung Wol. Hope this ends amicably.

  31. 31 IzOcha

    I love beginnings of beautiful friendship endings. Well done, indeed. — esp the N. getting In-ah as a pass for our new OTP :)

  32. 32 mud

    Could they make it so that Myung-wol got shot in the face and hence the use of extreme plastic surgery and then maybe they can carry on as they had planned before? I think crazy plastics could sorta work in this show and only the eyes go unchanged so that even as she bears a new face her eyes remain the same and when she puts on the mask Kang-woo realizes it’s her. They help the other spies get new identities and so with the new identity Myung-wol can escape the North and live blissfully with Kang-woo.

    Or have Myung-wol die, donate her eyes to some random blind girl, and new girl’s eyes fall on one of those ubiquitous Kang-woo CF and somehow the eyes registers Kang-woo as the new girl’s one true love so she must now somehow reconnect with him. They just need to cast an actress with big-bulging eyes like HYS.

    BTW, I’m all for In-Ah becoming the North’s Hallyu star.

  33. 33 The Real CZ

    I think this was a laugh all of us needed.

    • 33.1 FunnyBunny


  34. 34 Venus

    I say this Kill her off!!!! and have her fraternal twin sister come back from N. Korean to avenged her murder …so now we have a City Huntress!!!!….

  35. 35 Mara

    choi ji woo is one lucky lady. her man is smokin’

  36. 36 Chesquared

    Omg! You girls are hilarious! I really LOL-Ed at Ryu explaining his faces.

    I think they should pull a 49days. 😉
    Turns out the gun is real. Myungwol goes to the hospital. Becomes a veggie. Cue body double on hospital bed. Insert Myungwol’s soul into some actress. (I would love it if Lee Hyori would fill in the roll) Myungwol couldn’t go back to her body because 49days are done. Kangwoo realizes it’s her. Since the scheduler recieved a lot of hate, he let’s it pass. But she is stuck in this new body.

  37. 37 FunnyBunny

    I have to thank you ladies for making this post. As weird as it sounds I was really upset over this whole goat rodeo that used to be a well executed drama. This totally made my day.
    Also, can you please please PLEASE write your own drama? If need be I will be to help anyway I can. Mailing scripts to PDs, promoting, stalking Choi Siwon… ok that’s just on MY personal to do list…

    But in all seriousness, thank you for making light of a WTF moment and an absolute killjoy combined

  38. 38 jandoe

    omg way to go ladies in viewing this whole situation in a totally original light! i’ve been ‘saving’ this show but at this rate its going it might not even be worth it. but damn if i’m not upset about Eric’s should’ve-been-epic comeback.

    hope you guys update the ongoings here, I’d really appreciate it. but if you choose not too, that’s fine too – this post itself is pure win by itself! ;p

  39. 39 joon

    girlfriday: Famous last words: Kang-woo: “Yunno, you’re not half-bad-looking. Can you act?” Ryu: “This is my sad face. This is my angry face. This is my happy face.”

    Best ending ever! Epic! I can totally see Ryu pulling this off. Ha ha ha!

    • 39.1 stratosphere

      Ok, if these magically become the last lines, I don’t care whatever else the writers decide to do with this drama – that would almost make up for all of it. JB and GF, you have my undying love :)

  40. 40 drama-mama

    NOOOOOOO…………….. Don’t change actress! I watched a couple of dramas, mainly from HK in the past where they changed the actor or the actress in roles and it was gross! It spoils the show and made it unbearable! Please resolve this!!!!

  41. 41 Sunshine

    OH my goodness. You two are a hoot.

    Loved it. Yes, KBS needs to get on it stat and hire you two. I just hope this poor show is salveagable. I’m too invested to stop now.

  42. 42 crazedlu

    gotta say, PERFECT pics to go with the commentary. hahaha. without them, i wouldn’t have laughed as hard.

  43. 43 Dhea rey

    I was disappointed if not re-hys,thank you but you post is very entertaining,I really like this drama,when hys no I is not necessarily the spirit of watching this drama,hopefully a miracle waiting for SMW..^^

  44. 44 thunderlyn

    No, wait, who was it saying they had the ‘inside’ connections on the last thread? Use your connections to make these girls the new scriptwriters pronto!

  45. 45 laya

    Dunno what to make of this news, srsly /shakes head in bafflement.

    But thank you so much for the lively commentary, ladies!

  46. 46 Mrs. Handtowel

    Love the idea! The sleeper agents reminds me of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse…
    As for everything else, why not make it sci fi?? The writers could potentially make the show even better than it was while HYS was there…

    • 46.1 Shiku

      MJP is that you?

      • 46.1.1 MJP

        Hi Shiku,

        No it’s not me. I’m being myself today. It doesn’t sound like Jomo either.

        Are you Jomo? Mrs. Handtowel.

        • Jomo

          Twasn’t me.
          I think Pipit is Mrs. Hand Towel, but not sure if that is her.

        • Shiku

          Hi MJP

          Sorry for mistaking you

          I wonder who the mystery person is?

  47. 47 YY

    Myung Wol dies cos she switched the blank with a real bullet. She’s a north korean spy so her skull is extra thick from all that training, that’s why it doesn’t blow a hole in her head.

    Kang Woo is so sad he wears his hood and climbs on top of his grand piano. He stays up there for a week.

    In Ah feels so bad she was mean to Myung Wol she quits and leaves for L.A.

    Ryu is devastated by Myung Wol’s death. He leaves for North Korea at once, is pardoned because the generals pin the blame on Myung Wol. Ryu buys a grand piano, leaps on it, and finds peace. He stays up there for a month.

    The old agents get married, conceive a child miraculously and name her Myung Wol.

    The evil chairman continues to search for the fourth Ancient book, not knowing that Kang Woo had already eaten it up, page by page, in his depression.

    The End.

    • 47.1 savelatin

      “Kang Woo is so sad he wears his hood and climbs on top of his grand piano. He stays up there for a week.”
      yep, he won’t change his fancy pajamas either. It can be a whole montage…that could eat up a lot of time! hehe.

    • 47.2 Shiku


    • 47.3 MJP



    • 47.4 Shel

      HA! I love it. :0)

    • 47.5 Jess


    • 47.6 Jomo

      “Kang Woo had already eaten it up, page by page, in his depression”

      I hate to say it, but mopey KW is way better than happy KW. I want to get up on his piano and check what’s under the hood. nudge nudge wink wink

  48. 48 babyfat

    this is terrible – i love this drama – i love the chemistry between Eric and Ye Seul – i’m hating the dilemma they’re in right now – i can tell that the whole production team are racking their brain to think of a way out of this mess – I like Han Ye Seul – i hope she can come out and make a statement to clear the whole mess

    • 48.1 Jomo

      It would be really interesting if she could get on Letterman or some late night show.
      She is a beautiful exotic, to the US, actress who could have a future in American TV.

      He is the reputation fixer. I don’t mean to clear her name in SK;we know she will be destroyed in the press.

      What if they say they had heard she quit a show, and tell us about it. Maybe she could talk about working conditions in Kdrama land.

      Then someone on a CSI show could hire her and she would never have to go back.

  49. 49 Sukispop

    Great stuff, JB and girlfriday! LOL

    I guess I won’t have to buy this drama when it comes out on dvd. 😉

    • 49.1 birdscout


      Nice to see a post from you. It’s been a long while:)

      javabeans and girlfriday:your conversation posts are some of my favourites!

  50. 50 yumi

    I think it is interesting that the production company has taken a move out of Kang-woo’s playbook.

    Kang Woo claimed be dating In-Ah to stop Chairman Joo’s character assassination.

    The production company is using rumors of Han Ye-Seul’s supposed desire to marry to assassinate her character. Interesting that no attribution is made identifying the people she has been discussing her upcoming marriage with. curiouser and curiouser.

    If there was ever a need for a time jump and plastic surgery in the interim, this is it.

  51. 51 rita

    you girls are soooooo funny!!!! loved this….made me laugh at a very frustrating time when i was already into this drama and feeling like it had become a dismal fiasco …..but you guys are just the best!!!

  52. 52 Miss-lyDoodles

    [girlfriday: Famous last words: Kang-woo: “Yunno, you’re not half-bad-looking. Can you act?” Ryu: “This is my sad face. This is my angry face. This is my happy face.”

    javabeans: Fin.]

    me: *dies*

    Seriously, why are you both not scriptwriters for any dramas??

    The drama has so much drama it’s making MAD! Argh! Can’t a real SPY (NSA or someone) bring Han Ye Seul back to where she’s supposed to be?! I pity Eric, I pity everyone (maybe, less to the PD, since he’s also responsible for not managing the film schedules well) Especially, ERIC–I mean, he had to pull off those layers of emotions from Kang Woo’s which he nailed everytime. Too bad they didn’t name the drama HALLYU STAR KANG WOO.

    *urgh!* HAN- YE- SEUL!!!!

    After episode 10, I’ve invested so much–
    So, SCRIPT DOCTORS, please please save this drama!!!

    …or we can go all in and jump ship to PROTECT THE BOSS. hehe :)

    • 52.1 Bluefyre

      Haha! I’m right with ya with everything you said!

      And yes please! Protect the Boss FTW!!

      Haven’t had as much fun with a drama as I did with PTB since MNIKSS!! 😀

  53. 53 Celexa

    We all know that Kang-woo has a big secret…

    yea.. yea… that sounds good… it would work!

    Has KBS called you for the final script?

  54. 54 sugarpunch

    LOL. if you guys write a drama I WILL BE THERE! it will be a crazy and hilarious one with twists! and i guess…. a lot of soju?;)

    btw, i didn’t know that HYS is leaving… Is it just me or is she difficult to work with? and anyone know if she is leaving the entertainment industry for good? oh no… this is such a mess…

  55. 55 oddworld

    At this point they might as well hire of the little Ron sisters to be the new lead

  56. 56 Cathy B

    *sound of Darth Vader breathing*

    Eric, I am…your father…..

  57. 57 notoriousnoona



  58. 58 bluemoon

    Dear Dramabeans and Girlfriday,

    Pack your bags and fly to South Korea NOW. You guys are seriously needed there in the KBS building.

  59. 59 QuietThought

    Just wondering . . . are there no such things as re-runs in Korean television?

  60. 60 JAM

    LURV you 2! 😀

  61. 61 Corn tea

    Has this happened before to other dramas — the lead actor walks off mid shooting?

    The real life drama is better than the fictional drama, gosh, KBS should milk this situation as much as they can and drag it out as long as they can, so they can buy more time for the marine police drama (gosh I forgot it’s name, something Greek sounding).

    • 61.1 savelatin

      From what I’ve read it has not happened before…only in the case of an accident, or something very serious. I guess she made a statement this evening in L.A. and said it was over production issues. :/
      Idol drama on kdramas has been tamer than this! Very unfortunate for the show.

  62. 62 Abbie

    Javabeans and Girlfriday, you guys crack me up! I love your story of how Myung-wol the Spy should end. And I don’t get the book stuff either. And what IS Kang-woo? Maybe he’s a US spy or something? And who is this Goblin person?

    I hope KBS gets things straight with Han Ye-seul. I like her and can’t imagine anyone else as Myung-wol. I hope she comes back. I also think she’s being petty and selfish in this whole issue. I don’t want a time jump in the middle of the series, that’s just sloppy work.

    But what ever happens, I won’t give up on Myung-wol the spy.

  63. 63 shu

    what’s with han ye seull??????????????? did she elope or something?

  64. 64 aX

    I’m only on episode 4 and honestly, the drama in general is just WEIRD but good weird. Han Ye Seul is surprisingly addictive and it’s too bad they have issues. The beginning of your convo is hilarious though.

    I don’t know what they’ll do but they can do a FACE OFF thing. I think most of us are open to it and want this Kdrama to just follow through with or without Han Ye Seul.

  65. 65 VanillaSalt

    Wait, wait, wait! I’m confused here. So Han Ye sul didn’t show up because she didn’t like the PD or the work load? Im kinda confused on the story. can someone explain?

  66. 66 cv

    lol. 😀 That would work! You ladies could be the great next script writer out there!

    What’s that girl in Secret Garden’s name again? She could take over. I like her acting.

  67. 67 Ellen

    This plot is too creative for Korean dramas… lol!

  68. 68 SuSue

    This is fricken depressing… This drama had so much promise too……………………….. [nothing else to say cuz I’m so disappointed…………………………….]

    • 68.1 SuSue

      BTW, I love the possible story… Very entertaining but still, oh, soooooo, depressing…

  69. 69 tinyviolin

    Hahaaaa! …I agree with the comments. You guys could be the next Hong Sisters.

    What would your pair name be? JavaDay Friends? No, JBGF Duo. Bean Girls.

    Er, well, that part’s up to you.

    Really really, though. DO EET.

    • 69.1 Miss-lyDoodles

      Agreed! I was thinking the same thing—BEAN SISTERS—hahaha!

  70. 70 Saa

    Or we can just kill off Myung Wol (nevermind that she’s the main character of the titular drama) and ship In Ah off to North Korea where they dump her because she’s a bad actress with a diva attitude and therefore non-superstar material. Then the North Korean generals decide to have a change of plans and assign RYU to seduce and marry Kang Woo and bring him over to “the dark side,” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLLL.
    And then we end with Ryu and Kang Woo falling deeply in life but denying their near-fatal attraction to each other. Kang Woo thinks he’s “bent,” and has the hardest time dealing with his newfound attraction that has in reality been there all along (he was only thinking of Myung Wol before because he couldn’t come to terms with his LUVVVVV for his “rival” ). However, in the end, he doesn’t care whether Ryu is “a man or an alien,” and proceeds to chase after Ryu. However, it turns out that Ryu is actually a woman and has been disguised as a man all along. Then they run off bickering like an old married couple off into the sunset~♥

    • 70.1 suitfetish

      I am surprisingly on board with the Kim Tae Hee idea!

      …but is she even in Korea right now? She’s been keeping busy!

    • 70.2 YY

      You know what, I thought the exact same thing! Kim Tae Hae is the only actress who I think can replace her and appease us fans. I was trying to think of other actresses who could step into her shoes, but no one came to mind…she’s got a small delicate face and most kor actresses have broader faces. Yoona, maybe? But somehow can’t imagine Yoona doing all that vigorous spy stuff and looking mean. Han Ye Seul kicked ass looking mean….LOL….I’m laughing just thinking of her running about doing the stabbing/rolling/kicking thing in ep 11….but feeling so sad….just won’t be the same without her….Ye Seul come backkkkkkk

    • 70.3 Jomo

      KTH do this!

  71. 71 Tweety

    Its been confirmed that Han Ye Seul is in LA now! So she’s really not coming back …..

    • 71.1 YJ

      Apparently her mother is in Korea trying to convince HYS to come back to film? Ugh. And KBS will announce soon their replacement cast or what will happen

  72. 72 starfield

    LOL! I bet this script is N times better than whatever KBS & the show’s scriptwriters combined can come up with XD

    I’ve zero interest in seeing someone else playing MW. If HYS won’t play, then cut out the KW/MW love line altogether and either proceed without a love line, or have KW fall in love with someone else =/

  73. 73 LadyF

    Okey..u guys are awesome!!! damn, u guys should be called in to fix these mess..i was sad about the whole thing but to be honest your script wasn’t that bad either..actually not bad at all..but seriously are we going to have myung wol spy tonight? or the same ‘special air’ again?

  74. 74 rob

    they’ll do what they did with spartacus series,the main actor has cancer so now the same character will be played by other actor

  75. 75 jyyjc

    If han yeseul is really not coming back (idk somehow i’m still hoping she will), then I’d rather they just discontinue this drama altogether. Yes leave it hanging, we’ll never know the ending. Cuz replacing her character with a different actress is just dumb! The other characters may be able to pretend there’s nothing out of the ordinary but I won’t!!!! T.T

  76. 76 Christy

    As much as I support Eric, I refuse to follow the craziness that is this drama any longer if the main actress is switched. I understand that producers have been put in a tough spot, but as a fan of the show and fan of the main pair’s chemistry, I cannot support the show with this kind of disconnect that is bound to happen with the sudden actress switch.

    I’m hoping that the production is just bluffing in order to get Han Ye Seul back on the set.

    PS: DRAMA GODS, if there was ever a more appropriate time for y’all to use your magic, it’s now. Kthnx!

  77. 77 jyyjc

    Oh and maybe they could somehow start a new loveline with that south korean agent girl, cuz..what the hell happened to her? I haven’t seen her in the past few episodes.

  78. 78 YJ

    A little out of topic with this mess
    but anyone remember the “I want a rocketship” Music video from like episode 5 that the North Koreans were watching of Kang Woo?
    Haha, well it’s from his new groups’ MV

  79. 79 Shel

    Thanks ladies, for the best laugh I had all day!

  80. 80 yeng

    I heard that they will just film the rest without the lead actress, and I think that is actually better than replacing someone else and assume that she has transformed or such…It’s just absurd. I think they can just make her dead.

  81. 81 bakedshrimp

    Best finishing line ever!! ROTFL!

  82. 82 anotheraddict

    Shitty-script Huntresses to the rescue! Silly me to think that you might want to take a night off for a change since you didn’t have to do a MYTS recap…..

    Your script is friggin’ hilarious…. and most likely waaay better than the re-write that’ll air. I’ve been convinced for a while now that K-dramaland would be so much more awesome if the two of you really were being consulted as script doctors. It kinda kills me to think about how much better a lot of these scripts could be with your input and how you’d be perfect as a drama doctoring dynamic duo.

  83. 83 LadyIgraine

    here are my possible script salvage for this drama.

    1. han yeseul’s character gets a full face plastic surgery into another person, to maintain the same character.

    2. they can make han yeseul’s character pretend that she isn’t the real myung wol but another spy cover up. another actress can take the myungwol identity instead.

    3. myung wol has a long lost sister, who uses the same name as her.

  84. 84 elizabeth

    this show is going to go down in korean drama’s history. not for great ratings or super low ratings(maybe) but you know what.

    Just kill her off, put her in a coma, kidnapp her. Pls dun do that actress replacement thing, we are not fools you know.

    I think this show (along with a few shitty ones earlier) has totally cured my addiction to kdrama.

    I am just so totally disappointed with HYS and the korean live shooting system.

  85. 85 joon

    Let’s just do a meta of a meta!

    HYS dies because the bullet in the gun was exchanged for a real one! KW is so devastated that he tries to take his life at home while wearing the brooding hood. He is saved however by Ryu who arrives just in time. KW wakes up with amnesia in North Korea where Ryu has taken him and convinces him that he is actually a North Korean sleeper agent.

    Then they both get a mission to retrieve In-ah who is revealed to be the missing sister of HMW. Apparently, she holds the secret of the 4 books. Agent KW pretends to be topstar KW to seduce In-ah. When KW gets all 4 books, he regains his memories and learns that it is actually a family tree book that can trace all the connections between South and North Koreans. He discovers that In-ah and HMW are actually his sisters so he finally kills himself for real.

    In-ah migrates to North Korea after learning that she can be the best actress in that country considering that no one really knows how to act there. But she acts so badly that her first multi-billion budgeted movie totally shames North Korea so she is sentenced to death.

    After using the 4 books that KW left behind, Ryu learns that he is actually the long-lost brother of Eric Mun (not KW) and returns to South Korea and debuts as the new member of SHINHWA for their comeback. The series ends with a live concert performance of SHINHWA with Ryu who becomes the new top star. THE END.


    • 85.1 YY

      Great!!!!! LOLOL! So good it’d easily be extended to 24 eps….heck, make that 34 eps!

      • 85.1.1 joon

        Then in an ultimate meta twist – it is revealed that the whole SHINHWA is actually an elite spy group that successfully infiltrated South Korea’s entertainment industry. Ryu is supposed to reactivate them as sleeper agents and then you have Spy Myeonwol Season 2! Ha ha ha! ^^

  86. 86 Noelle

    I’m so upset. If she doesn’t comeback I’m not gonna watch it anymore. If they get rid of her through death it would change the entire tone of the show.

    I don’t know what truly happened on the set so I won’t say anything about that. I just know HYS has to say something, do something so that her fans will understand. She can’t hide out forever.

    I think somebody said she went to USA. Does she have family here? Maybe something personal happened? IDK.

  87. 87 AuntieMame

    Here’s one positive aspect of the entire Han Ye-Seul and Spy Myung Wol fiasco, we’re having so much fun and laughter that we otherwise won’t have.

    This drama was been wacky enough to sustain any script revision or actress replacement.

    Just watch … everything will work out perfectly for this drama.

  88. 88 icy

    its official!!! she’s …
    not coming back by the looks of it
    too much stress on her


  89. 89 chuachumill

    ive been waiting for whole week for dissss…!!!!anyways..love reading all dis rants….hiilllaarioussss…YY…im buying that piano too n stay sit beside KW..foreverrrrrrrrr…till my butt sore~hahahahah…n i’ve found my peace….loveeeeee!!!

  90. 90 YY

    I’m curious what was going on in Ye Seul’s head the entire time she was filming that last ep. Had she already made up her mind then that she wasn’t going to go on filming after Ep 10? Or did she pack and leave on a spur-of-the-moment thing? In that climactic gun scene, Eric beseeched her, “Stay with me….why can’t you stay? I forgive you….I’ve forgiven you!” When she shook her head, and said tearfully, “Don’t forgive me” was she thinking of the supreme irony of all those lines?

    Many fans, like me, are uncomfortable with the idea of having another actress step into Ye Seul’s shoes. Well, I’ve got the perfect solution:just get an expert to make a really really good mask of Ye Seul, and glue it on some girl’s face. Just get a girl of similar height and build to Ye Seul. In fact, a few girls could take turns being Ye Seul with the mask on. That way, all the Ye Seuls would be happy, and could get lots of rest. We could have Morning Ye Seul, Afternoon Ye Seul, Night Ye Seul and Post-Midnight Ye Seul. As for the different voices coming out of “Myung Wol”, they could just say the head injury did things to her vocal chords, making her voice deep one minute, and squeaky the next. Or that she developed a multiple personality disorder after the trauma of being shot. Isn’t that a fantastic idea?

  91. 91 Xtine

    LOL! Probably one of the most awesomeness scripts ever! They should definitely use this story as a back-up plan. LOL.

  92. 92 doublen

    I feel bad for Eric. He was first planning to do Poseidon after he was released from army. Production got multiple problems and so on, and he dropped (as everybody else, btw). He got into Spy, that was supposed to be the best drama of the year – even better than the greatest love (how awesome was the original premise). And now Poseidon is steadily in, while Spy’s production is in danger. I was supporting Han Ye Seul’s actions. However, WTF is she doing now?! I can understand her rebel against working schedule, but she can’t just leave. She has a CONTRACT and responsibilty in front of her co-stars. If the production can’t continue with love-line, make action-movie a-la City Hunter and Mixed Invesitigation Agency wtih Ryu and Kang on the ends!

  93. 93 crazyluver

    Eric is not having a good luck on his comeback, first Poseidon and this.

  94. 94 girl with tardis

    I think this is the perfect opportunity to turn In Ah into the surprise hero of the story. Myung Wol is in a coma, unable to complete her mission of seducing Kang Woo and bringing him back to Korea. Orders are sent from the top that Hee Bok and Ok Soon are to bring Kang Woo to the North by force. Except that they bungle it and that South Korean officer (I can’t remember her name) catches wind of what’s going on…

    The South Korean agents convince In Ah that in order to protect her man and serve her country she must go undercover in the North. Her cover story is that she has come to work for the N. Korean drama industry (the original plan for Kang Woo), but in reality her mission is to seduce and turn a certain smoldery-eyed Northern agent…

    Spy Arc, Part Two: In Ah the Spy

    • 94.1 joon

      Ha ha ha! That would be cool but no one likes In-ah! (^0^)

  95. 95 Jessica

    My solution:
    Kang Woo wakes up from an EXTREMELY vivid dream. It turns out everything that happened in the previous episodes is a dream. How does this explain the other characters’ presence in his dream? Because people you know often appear in your dreams! And this drama is so cooky that it could be a dream.

    (But it all seemed so real! Well that’s because it’s actually his life in an alternate universe. <HAHA just had to include the alternate universe thing)

    Kang Woo looks up, kinda expecting Myung Wol to be there, but instead…there's a different bodyguard. (aka the new replacement actress. Not Myung-Wol–instead it would be an entirely new character) Kang Woo's dream felt so real that he starts making connections between the dream and his real life. When the real bodyguard goes out with Ryu (Yes, because Ryu deserves an equal chance this time around) he freaks out because it's just like what happened in his dream.

    He decides to make sure that his dream won't really happen…and tries to kick out the bodyguard. Kang Woo can't fire her, because she actually came from an elite bodyguard agency, and is invaluable to his safety.

    So instead he starts bullying her, (like he did to Myung Wol) either expecting her to meekly obey orders or quit. But she's different–she's spunky and doesn't take his crap.

    AND THEN FOR SOME REASON, we'll get Ryu to become his bodyguard too, so all three of them can live together in his house.

  96. 96 b

    Episode 11

    Myung-wol: Don’t forgive me. (Points the gun to her temple and pulls the trigger, the force of the explosive charge of the blank knocks her to the ground, rendering her unconscious.)

    Kang-woo rushes to Myung-wol’s side and sees blood coming out of the side of her head.

    Kang-woo: Myung-wol! (Cradles her head in his arms, tears running down his face). Myung-wol!

    Kang-woo quickly removes his jacket and wraps it around Myung-wol. He lifts her up and pushes through the crowd that had gathered around them. He carries her out of the film set and runs towards the parking lot. Ryu, In-ah, and some of film crew chases after them. Kang-woo puts Myung-wol in his car’s front passenger seat and straps her in. He jumps in the car, and speeds off towards the hospital.

    Kang-woo: (driving, looks at Myung-wol) Myung-wol! Don’t die! I love.. (notices something on the left side of Myung-wol’s neck; it looks like a piece of loose skin. He pulls at it and it came off. He examines it.) What the? Latex?

    He pulls the car to the side of the road and it screeches to a halt. He puts the car’s blinkers on. He hovers over Myung-wol and starts peeling off more of the latex skin. When it’s almost completely off, he stares at her face. It’s … LEE MIN-JUNG. (Mission Impossible theme plays in a crescendo.)

    She slowly stirs awake.

    • 96.1 Miss-lyDoodles

      LOVE IT!!!!

      This fiasco is extracting so much creative juice from us!!! hahaha!!!

  97. 97 nara

    girlfriday…and ….Javabeans…I adore you most…than the drama…

  98. 98 y.


    You guys should just move to Korea and become the drama’s scriptwriters. Watch the ratings increase threefold.

  99. 99 anais


  100. 100 Dramajunkie

    Haha. Seriously, you guys should be replacing the 5 current writers for this show…

    Heres my plot for ep 11:

    MW shoots herself, KW rushes to her but it’s too late, she’s dead and then…burrowing from the 49 days plot, MW’s soul enters the new actresses’ body and they continue their love story from there.

    Honestly I think this is a good opportunity for the show to make a good turn, even though the odds are against them. At least we won’t be getting the same story repeating itself for the duration of 9 episodes.

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