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Spy: Episode 2

Sleek and stylish, just how I like ‘em. That and how briskly-paced this show is, since Spy isn’t messing around when it comes to getting in and out without wearing out its welcome, which is pretty nifty considering its double-header format and its unusual time slot on Friday nights.

The limited timeframe also cuts lingering introductions short, throwing Mom into the thick of things when a ghost from her past reappears with a score to settle. If our resident baddie knows what Mom was capable of when Sun-woo was just an ultrasound blip, what does he think will happen when he threatens Sun-woo after he’s all grown up? That second-degree sunburn will be the least of his worries.

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EPISODE 2 RECAP

At the sight of the scarred North Korean agent at her door—an apparent ghost from her past—Mom bolts for the kitchen to grab a knife just seconds before he enters.

HWANG KI-CHUL (Yoo Oh-sung) casually strolls into her house, bolstered by years of knowing her by another name, and tells her not to be so frightened by his reappearance. Is it the scar on his face? He chuckles a bit as he notes, “You’re the reason it turned out like this.”

He survived whatever attempt Mom once made on his life, sardonically claiming that he made it through the arduous recovery process by thinking of her. Mom would rather cut to the chase and asks him what he wants.

Ki-chul’s come on business, and helps himself to a glass of Mom’s liquor as his eyes scan every corner of her house, even the knife rack with one missing. He seems to enjoy taunting her about how they last parted ways, which wasn’t amicable to say the least, before his gaze falls on her family portrait.

“Your kids are cute,” he drawls, adding that Mom became such a patriot after she changed her name and her native country to fit in here.

But he focuses specifically on Sun-woo, figuring that he must be the child she was pregnant with when they last saw each other. “Seeing him all grown, did he grow up on the blood of the children that died then? I’m not sure how, but the connection he and I share runs deep.” What children?

Mom takes that opportunity to lunge at Ki-chul with her knife, the two fighting deftly and evenly until Ki-chul manages to overpower her. He calmly returns the knife to the rack like nothing happened, claiming that he’s here with a job for her.

“I don’t know what it is, but I won’t do it,” Mom spits back, unyielding. Ki-chul reminds her that it’s not a favor he’s asking, but a demand—if Mom wants to continue living the idyllic life she’s built for herself, she doesn’t have much of a choice.

When asked why he can’t do it himself, Ki-chul wryly mentions the recent string of deaths among North Korean spies, though he admits most of those came at his hands. And so, Mom just has to make one delivery in order to get Ki-chul off her back for good.

While interrogating Soo-yeon, the North Korean agent who turned herself in, Sun-woo is able to piece together that the scarred man who executed her comrades is the same one who spared him in China.

Sun-woo was barely conscious then, but remembers the man telling him to go back home… because they’d meet again soon.

Soo-yeon is desperate to make a deal, since all she wants is for them to get her family out of the North before they’re sent to prison camps or worse. Sun-woo can only share what Hyun-tae tells him from the control room, which is that they can only ensure her safety, not her family’s.

The spy defector despairs at this, crying that she doesn’t even have information they could use anyway—she was just a grunt trying to make money for her family. But she claims that money can move anyone out of the North, and that her supervisor would make some of the arrangements himself…

Suddenly, Hyun-tae bursts into the interrogation room to demand where her supervisor is. Did the scarred man kill him? Is he still in the country? Is he still alive? His questions have a desperate and uncharacteristic tone, like there’s something personal at stake here. Innnteresting.

Back with Mom, Ki-chul lords his scarred status over her as a debt, claiming that she owes him this one favor for what she did to him. After all, he never told anyone back at home that she was still alive, so shouldn’t she do this one little thing for him?

Mom still says no, prompting Ki-chul to pick up the phone and threaten to call her family members to tell them who she really is… starting with Sun-woo.

Chief Song pulls Hyun-tae aside to give him one for bursting out like that, even though both of them seem to know who Hyun-tae was talking about when he was asking Soo-yeon about her supervisor.

From the sounds of it, whoever-it-was might’ve once been an agent for the South, but Chief Song adamantly refers to him just as “that bastard” and tells Hyun-tae to drop it—he’s probably dead or in a prison camp somewhere. He warns Hyun-tae to tread lightly, since he’s on the verge of getting fired.

Sun-woo ends up overhearing the tail end of this conversation, having to rush off when the sound of his phone ringing gives his position away. It’s Mom, only it’s not Mom—it’s Ki-chul. Luckily he hangs up before saying anything.

The threat is enough to get Mom to agree to do whatever it is Ki-chul wants, just moments before Young-seo enters to find her mother with a strange man.

But Ki-chul is adept at making her like him when he calls himself an “uncle” who was once close with Mom, even going so far as to give Young-seo a little spending money before Mom snatches it from her hand.

Before he leaves, Ki-chul reminds Mom that she’s making the right decision to help him, since she’s protecting her way of life by doing so. “Don’t think of doing anything stupid,” he warns before speeding off.

Of course, Mom memorizes his license plate and changes her door entry code, stopping only to shut down Young-seo’s question about the “uncle” that’s not her uncle. Mom then anxiously swallows some pills from the secret stash we caught a glimpse of in the first episode.

She flashes back to confronting Ki-chul with the sonogram photo of fetus-Sun-woo, though she’d defied him when he told her to get rid of the baby. They both knew the father, and that’s the reason why Mom claimed she couldn’t go through with it.

But the brutal Ki-chul had no scruples about shoving a pregnant woman down as he asked her what was more important—the child in her belly or her own life? Mom made her decision by fleeing and detonating a bomb in her wake. Well, that explains Ki-chul’s burns.

Sun-woo is none too happy when Chief Song reassigns him to a desk job, insisting that he’s made for the field. He tries taking off his cast sling to prove he’s in perfect health, but it’s a no-go with the chief. The decision has been made.

Hyun-tae picks up the sling Sun-woo threw to the ground with a sort of rueful acceptance, since he’s been demoted too. He does pick at Sun-woo’s sour attitude though: “A spy doesn’t follow his heart, but he puts up with it in his head and digs up information until the critical moment comes.”

And if a spy lets his instincts override his brain, he’ll become a laughingstock like him, Hyun-tae notes regretfully. Sun-woo only has one question: “Who is the Supervisor?” Hyun-tae answers that Sun-woo doesn’t need to know—the Supervisor is only important to a fool like him.

Mom tears apart her house looking for bugs, managing to finally find one planted in her chandelier. Ki-chul can only use it as a microphone, and listens intently to the sound of Mom’s breathing as she discovers the hiding spot.

She rushes to the door when Dad can’t get in using the old passcode, and hastily throws away the cake Ki-chul brought when her husband brings a new one.

A nightmare returns Sun-woo to the scene of the crash, and while he fades in and out of consciousness he ekes out, “Please save… our Sung-hye.” (Is that Mom’s former name? If so, how would Sun-woo know that?)

Sun-woo wakes up in his girlfriend’s home, the nightmares nothing new to her. She’s concerned about him, even though he explains away all her worries with ease despite his reluctance to tell her what he was dreaming about.

Their relationship is a close and comfortable one, though it seems like Yoon-jin knows more about Sun-woo’s job than Mom, considering that it’s that job that first brought them together.

She expresses more enthusiasm than Sun-woo at his move to the analytics division, asking coyly if it means they’ll have more time to date. Sun-woo can’t help but smile and rustle her hair affectionately at that.

Out of the blue, Sun-woo asks Yoon-jin if she misses her parents, reminded of the North Korean defector’s cries about her own. Yoon-jin gets a faraway look in her eye as she says that you don’t miss your family until they’re gone, but that family is all that’s left in the end.

Sun-woo tells her that he’ll have to treat her better since she’ll be his family soon, but she’s not so sure: “Just treat me better regardless. I might not be able to become your family.” He won’t stand that kind of talk, and vows that he’ll fight for her every step of the way—they’ll get Mom’s blessing, just wait.

Speaking of, we find Mom and Dad together on their bed but in completely different places mentally—Dad is absorbed in his laptop work while Mom looks around the room suspiciously, suspecting a bug.

She attempts to turn up the TV volume so her conversation with her husband won’t be overheard, but Dad unknowingly steamrolls over anything she might’ve wanted to say by claiming that he’ll have more time for her after this big project is over with. She can talk to him all she wants then.

He gets out of bed to take a phone call from work, emerging into the darkened living room to find Sun-woo sitting there in silence. He asks Dad what he would do if something bothered him at work, prompting Dad to sit down next to his son when he figures out that Sun-woo’s seeking some good ole parental advice.

Dad only has time to tell his son that he should follow his heart and do whatever he won’t regret—and if it doesn’t work out for him, he’ll be able to take care of his son financially in about two years. He says that last bit half-jokingly, but another phone call forces him to cut the conversation short, even though Sun-woo looks like he could use more of his precious time than he received.

While sitting in on one of Yoon-jin’s classes, Mom’s ringing cell phone ends up interrupting proceedings when she can’t bring herself to answer it, knowing who’s on the other end. When she finally does, Ki-chul instructs her to take a bag out of one of the nearby lockers, threatening to expose her identity to the whole nation if she doesn’t.

Mom takes the package to the location designated by Ki-chul after disguising herself in bargain store clothes, while Sun-woo brings sweets to mend things with fellow colleague Eun-ah (though he probably still doesn’t know she has a crush on him).

He uses Eun-ah’s absence from the control room to turn off the cameras in Soo-yeon’s room, so that what they say will be kept in confidence. He wants her to give him any details she has on the scarred man who killed his colleage—and in return, he’ll help get her family out of the North.

Ki-chul calls Mom to tell her to leave the bag in the subway terminal, claiming that someone will retrieve it after she goes. Mom is wary about that being all he wanted her to do, but Ki-chul reassures her as he tells her to live happily and raise her kids well.

Mom has a crisis of conscience as she prepares to do as she’s told, even though the long look she gives the bag makes it seem like she knows something terrible could be inside.

But still, she makes a step to leave, only to be stopped by a little girl telling her she forgot her bag. Mom tells the precocious child that it’s not hers and goes…

…Only for the bag to explode behind her. Jesus. The girl somehow survives, and Mom carries her through the smoke to her mother’s arms before fleeing the scene.

At home, Yoon-jin doesn’t understand why Mom is suddenly so fixated with the news covering the subway explosion, a conversation Sun-woo is too zoned out to participate in.

Mom worriedly watches for any sign that authorities might know it was her, but though they’ve pegged it down to “the woman in sunglasses,” that’s a far cry from a positive ID. But lest she get too comfy, a text with a close-up video of her planting the bag arrives on her phone. Uh oh.

Ki-chul calls to take credit for that, and admits the whole subway explosion was a setup to get Mom under his thumb for the real task ahead: “Turn over your son, Kim Sun-woo.”

Mom says her son doesn’t need to be dragged into this as a simple government employee, to which Ki-chul chuckles, “You don’t know? Kim Sun-woo works for the National Intelligence Service. He’s an exceptional field agent, though not as good as you. He’s fast, strong, and adept at deceiving people.”

Clearly, since Mom’s face is a mask of shock—she had no idea what her son really did. Ki-chul then admits that Sun-woo got his latest injuries from running into him in China, and claims Mom just has to do this one tiny little thing to get off the hook.

“Hand Kim Sun-woo over to me,” Ki-chul says. “Then you’ll be free.”

 
COMMENTS

Looks like Mom forgot the golden rule of being a spy, and that’s to never trust spies. I think she got off pretty easy there with a zero-casualty explosion, because that lingering look she gave the bag before leaving left a lot of interesting questions hanging regarding her character. As if there weren’t enough of those already.

Which isn’t a criticism—far from it, actually. I’m really digging Mom’s character and mysterious backstory, which we can piece together to a certain degree before we find ourselves on unfamiliar territory. The fact that she was willing to kill Ki-chul to protect a way of life she’d found herself gravitating toward puts her in a new light for sure, since we don’t know if she had a mission involving the man who would become her husband and if her love for him, and for her unborn child, caused her to betray her cause and live in relative hiding for all these years.

Her past with Ki-chul raises even more questions, since his fixation with her seems to go beyond contempt for her betrayal and her attempt on his life. While it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Ki-chul now has an adult version of Sun-woo to blame for Mom’s actions, we know he could’ve ended Sun-woo’s life by now. No, his asking Mom to hand her son over seems less about any benefit Sun-woo’s capture might bring and more about tormenting Mom with the very love that drove her away from him in the first place. Let’s just hope that Mom knows better than to trust any more of his empty promises now.

The revelation that her son was working as a secret agent was par for the course, and for right now I’m mostly curious as to where Yoon-jin’s affiliations lie. Her uncanny reflexes made an impression in the first episode, though I’d be a little wary of a show with three completely oblivious leading spies—a mother unaware that her son is a spy, a son unaware his mother was once a communist spy, and a boyfriend unaware his girlfriend is probably-maybe-likely some sort of spy. As much as we don’t want Too Many Spies around here, Yoon-jin can’t just be around for window decoration, can she? Especially not with how much she presumably knows about Sun-woo… right?

So far, Sun-woo seems to be the most competent spy in the business, and I love what we’ve seen of his colleagues so far—Eun-ah’s juvenile crush on him is adorable, and Hyun-tae is the good kind of crabby ajusshi to have around. I can just see those two going nuts after one day working a desk job, though something tells me their field expertise will be in high demand now that Ki-chul’s back in town. Or at least it better be, because you can’t go calling a show Spy without having some major spy-on-spy battles planned. That just comes with the territory.

 
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Thank you, HeadsNo2!!
I was looking forward to your recaps. :)

I think it's wrong subtitle in the nightmare scene.
It's not "Please save sung-hye", but "Please save us".
It makes more sense.

I loveee this drama so far!!!
I'm really curious what will happen after mom knows her son is a NIS agent.
can't waittt! xD

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Oh that makes more sense, I mean unless this story is going into the supernatural territory (or some sort of amnesiac story line god forbid), there is no reason for SW to subconsciously know his mom's real name.

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I agree it would make more sense, but for him to just say "Please save us" would be "우리 살려줘," whereas he says "우리 성혜 살려줘," or "Please save our Sung-hye." I don't know why he'd know that name, so I'll leave it to Spy to hopefully explain it in the weeks to come.

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Hmmm.. I heard he said " 우리 좀 살려줘" .
It means "please save us"

But i'm not sure.. Cos his speech in that scene was hard for me to hear.
Hope we get to know which is right soon.

Always thanks for the recaps Heads!

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If you have 좀 in the sentence, it means the situation isn't that serious. If it was his mom's name that he said, it would be interesting.

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First of all, thanks for the recap, HeadNo2! Second, about that line on saving Sung-hye (and I honestly believe it was indeed her name he said)... well, I thought about it and have one guess with regards to the reason. If guesses can be spoilers, I won't state it. I'll say, though, that my guess was derived from something mentioned in episode 1.

This show is thoroughly enjoyable. Again, thanks for the recap!

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mom said once SW said something that she forbids after that makes him didnt speak afterwards

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I think mom will ask her son to quit his job. Then again, she might not confront her son about it since she'll have to explain how she came to know.

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I do like 90% of what I saw in these 2 eps. I just can't help but wish that Kim Min Kyung gets to play the Spy Mom, cos she's my ajumma bias.

The writing makes me frown if this early in the story there is already this slip of mom running that errand for KC, cos she trusts his promise to let her off the hook from there on, instead of suspecting that he'd have more threatening stuff up his sleeve. That's a Big slip for a Spy.

Will there be other slip-ups down the road that may be too major to ignore?

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In cases like this you sometimes have to use your own thoughts instead of reiterating what other people say.

Do you seriously believe that Hyerim, who had to detonate a bomb to kill a man who had no qualms about smacking a pregnant woman against a desk, thinks that a vengeful and cruel man like Kichul is going to leave her be just as soon as she drops a little package???

Come on now! He overpowered her in her home. He knows where she (and more importantly her family) lives, he knows what name she goes by now. He even knew the security code and just nonchalantly let himself in. She acquiesced because there is the very obvious understanding that if she doesn't he'll just go after her kids.

Until she can get the upper hand she is basically under his thumb and they both know it. And of course Kichul knows that he can't just keep threatening her family. He has to get more dirt on her and the cruelty of it is what shocked her. What surprised her was how he went about to get more blackmail on her but not that he "promised" to leave her alone because that was never a choice. The very fact that she knew she had to kill him in order to make a new life back when she was a spy just further hammers in the point.

Also (but this is just me guessing) he probably considers it "poetic justice" that he had her drop off a bomb of all things. You know...cause that is what she did to him. Of course minus the innocent people but that hardly matters to a man like Kichul)

Anyways, I appreciate these posts because sometimes a new viewpoint is added that you wouldn't have thought of considering but HeadsNo2 was off on this one and like in all "conversations" you can't just swallow what people tell you "just because". I actually saw the show so that point that Hyerim believed Kichul didn't make sense.

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KiChul must [still] be high up the ladder and rich, cos I saw him take out 2 yellow notes to pass to SunWoo's sister. That's about a hundred dollars.

I like this show. I'm hoping it does a good job till the end.

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Thank you for the recap Heads! The version of sub that I watched apparently had quite a few mistakes, so there are important info that I only picked up from reading your recap!

Most importantly:

“Seeing him all grown, did he grow up on the blood of the children that died then? I’m not sure how, but the connection he and I share runs deep.”

WHAT CHILDREN indeed 0_0?!! Don't tell me mom in her spy days had a hand in killing children....??? Nah...

As to Ki-chul wanting mom to turn Sun-woo over, my guess is that he wants him to work as a mole at NIS? Of course, torturing mom is added bonus too.

Yoon-jin... I have a feeling that Sun-woo knows at least SOME of her secret background, having met her at his job. And yeah... it would be a bit excessive to have Sun-woo completely ignorant of the fact that both Mom and Girlfriend are spies lol.

I like Sun-woo's colleagues too, not only do these people have one of the most "exciting" job in the world, their colorful personalities guarantee that there won't be dull moment when Sun-woo is at work =D!

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if not mistaken they were in relationship before
so HR might have miscarrieaged/aborted his child before or... #dontwannagothere XD

i really like the scene where EA interogate SW and her smirk when SW answers TRUTHFULLY that he got a gf

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I am much more into this style than Healer.
convincing enough to engage me

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"Convincing enough to engage me"

Are you referring to the storyline or acting or both? I'm just curious :)

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Sadly the storyline of Healer is mostly about everyone else but the younger main leads.

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Are you talking about tone and visual style? For these two things, I agree that Spy has this darkness to makes certain things more realistic. I think Healer's lighter tone fits its change to a more heartwarming and rom-com drama though.

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Hehe I know you got burned on Healer thread. I love Healer but the hype on that thread is scary. Some comment are not so nice and I hope nobody pisses off anybody. Cause that is why I am lurking in this site more than any other place.

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redfox, may I know what do you prefer about Spy? I didn't give Healer a chance after 15 minutes of the first episode and I am wondering if Healer is overhyped or overrated? I know MANY love Healer but I like reviews.

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I would say it's overrated based on what international fans say. It's not that popular in Korea, but I would give Healer another chance. The first episode was mediocre for me, but the show got much better as it focused on what it was good at. Feel good moments and rom-com. The last several episode have been very entertaining.

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Is it an odd coincidence that Ki-Chul is the nearly the same name as Yoo Oh Sung's character in "Faith" (Ki-Cheol)? Same characteristics as well.....scary mysterious bad guy. BTW...nice writing/directing so far...I like this style as well.

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I thought the very same thing! Definitely brings bac my faith feels, he was hilariously evil in that show.

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Thanks for an awesome recap!
This series is really enjoyable so far with great emotional beats and steady development :)

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I think these first two episodes worked well together to set up the foundations for a good complication in the story, whether it be between mother and son or the couple or maybe all together at once! That's what we're expecting and I just hope the team is able to deliver. Not much else to say about the acting it was all fine. I did feel it was at times over the top but I think it was acceptable even necessary knowing the main audience of these kdramas. The style and feel is even a notch more sophisticated than the typical kdrama.

I will say that even as a fan of Jaejoong the musician I saw Seon Woo his character rather than the actor.

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speaking of Jaejoong, I hope we'll get a song for the OST, I've never listened to his stuff but really liked his songs for Triangle.

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"... I hope we’ll get a song for the OST" ME TOO !!!! I love him. I love his songs. He's a great singer-songwriter.

I suggest you for a taste: All Alone (balada), One Kiss (soft
rock), Mine (rock). Are from his solo work.

Sorry, my english it's not good.

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YES!!! I really hope Jaejoong sings for the OST! Love his previous OST tracks.

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I hope so too! His labelmate Gummy had her song featured at the end of episode 2 so I can only hope that they've made some sort of agreement. And of course having him write and sing an OST song would only be more persuasive in getting Japanese fans to purchase DVD material :P

I see cheetah has already pointed out some of his solo songs. Seeing as you liked the song Destiny from Triangle I would also recommend his song Dear J from JYJ's album this year. It has a similar feel to me though Destiny is a bit more upbeat. I actually think this song has been featured on DB for a Triangle recap before but you may have missed it :)

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@cheetah @WW834 @Delie - thanks for the recs!

I'm in the funny position of having absolutely zero knowledge of Jaejoong's music/never having set eyes on him before Triangle, but I do like him as an actor :D.

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I'm reallllly loving the no nonsense approach the writer is going, he cuts it right to the chase, lets hope he won't lose steam in the middle. Also Ki Chul is so unapologetically evil, I mean if a man can kick a pregnant woman without remorse he is definitely a certified bastard.

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mom surprise when he knew what his son real job even thought i think she already wondered what his son did so he is injured like that (first episode) and also when she said why son woo boss eyes look cold but everytime she confronted his son, sun woo know how to make his mom stop by saying "i love you mom" lol this is adorable .

by the way, i wonder too, who is sun woo real father?

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I had feeking Kichul is his fath3r....Well it wil be father-mother-son spy ;)

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OMG!!!! Don't scare me!!! That would be deliciously evil!

"Luke...I am your Father!!!"

"Nooooooooooo!!!"

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Spy is off to a good start. It has a very cinematic thriller quality to it and here's hoping that it can keep up the momentum. It's gritty and hard-edged with all the major characters having ambiguous layers to them, even the father. Was he a spy once upon a time as well? I also hope that it remains a good showcase for Jaejoong's acting talents as he moves into more mature, substantial roles after his military service which I guess must be happening soon.

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I love the father and how the relationship of the parents is portrayed here. So sweet and loving. The father used to work in Ministry of Defenses and now his work is high profile security system/IT related. Very good potential for future plot development here and it may mean he will live longer in the show. LOL

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yeah, I hope he isn't as totally clueless about Mom's past as we assume he is.

(nice kdrama dads' days are almost always numbered but if he knows things then maybe he won't get killed right away, I want him to stay alive for a good chunk of the drama)

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Yeah I'm loving the father too! He's such a caring father and husband! I think he does know something about the Mother's history judging from the preview for the next 2 eps where he tries to protect her from KiChul at the baseball place.

P.s. they better not kill him T_T

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Thanks for the recap. I hope Sun-woo is smart enough to fight the baddies. Bring it on the twists and the mysteries.

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I @KDaddict above, I love about 90 percent of what we're seeing in this series - good/convincing acting by almost the entire cast, a quick pace, and stylish as hell.

I'm particularly fond of the relationships between Sun-woo's family - they seem genuinely close and affectionate, and even the standard bratty teenage kid sister/daughter holds her own well enough (and is it just me, or does Mom coddle her a lot, I mean sitting in on her hagwon classes?). Also, Yoo Oh-sung is fabulous, but then he always is. Can't say the same about the gf (bland as hell, despite probably being a spy-in-disguise) but I do like the North Korean defector, Soo-yeon - I thought she'd be a disposable character we only see for one episode, but it's good to see her back.

Mom may be a hardened spy, but I do wonder about how naive it is, to take Ki-chul at his word and not suspect a further trap. And now she knows her son is a secret agent......I totally think this is about Ki-chul inflicting pain and blackmail on Mom, otherwise why would he hold off on killing Sun-woo and tell her to turn him in instead?

(repeating my prayer from last ep, please don't let Dad die! I really like his scenes with Sun-woo here, but sadly kdrama law doesn't let good parents live for too long)

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I felt the same about the gf. Not sure if it's because of the way the character is written for now.

I like the North Korean defector too, so far!

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Sitting in on her daughter's hagwon was weird, but this must mean that she's a big troublemaker.

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Sitting in on the hag won wasn't that weird b/c it was a special session to explain the curriculum. Now if she sat in on every class, that would be weird.

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I don't think I saw any of the other girls' parents, though. Wouldn't have noted the hagwon sit-in as weird if Mom hadn't seemed like the only parent there.

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There was an older women there and I swear I saw a dad too. ???

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I've been to hagwons before and it would be weird my mom sat in my class.

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Absolutely loving the drama! Really love the relationship between the main family, mother-father, mother-son, father-son. Hope we c more of the younger sister soon :)

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I'm curious to know Sunwoo's real father, like it seems there is a big secret there, and it will explain alot why Ki-chul wants Sunwoo in his team.
Love the last scene when the mom finds Sunwoo's real job haha

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Speaking of Ki-chul and Mom, that whole scene with them fighting (ok, her trying to knife him by stealth for threatening the peace of her new identity and family, and him resisting getting knifed) was set up a lot like the scene between Vernita Green and the Bride in Kill Bill 1, down to the daughter coming in and getting introduced to mom's "friend".

The only change is that the house isn't a mess at the end!

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LOL I thought I was the only one who remembered that scene from Kill Bill Part 01 while watching Hyerim-Ki-Chul to fight. haha
Btw this drama gives you a movie feel, maybe it's because it's a new format, but they are doing a good job there.

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haha, good to know I'm not the only one to be reminded of that scene!

I agree Spy does have a more polished look and feel than your average kdrama, I hope they keep the visual quality right to the end despite the inevitable live shoot.

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if he is . . dont think KC knows of the fact
and it'll be weird for HR to blow up her kid's dad

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My favorite part was when Ki Chul tells her the truth about her son being in the NIS and how her son is good at deceiving people. Then, us seeing her face when right at that moment her son looks back at her and she begins to realize the truth - giving us a hint at all cloak and dagger games she's going to have to go through to keep her son at bay.

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I loved that part too! when SW looks at her will his 'innocent' smile, yet she now knows that her son is not as innocent as she thought he was... so excited for the next episodes!

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Yes indeed that moment was just perfect to end the episode on. I also think that SW's character has been written well to show how he can pretty comfortably keep a lot of information from his family. He seems to have a pretty care free personality in front of them and so far rather than seeming two faced it just feels like he's able to be relaxed with his family and serious for his work.

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May be it's only me, some angles of mom reminds me of Jang Na Ra, (older version of course ) , especially the side profile.

I am being shallow here, I like how Jaejoong looks in here. Very handsome, charming when he is serious at work, sweet and adorable when with family. The character is closer to his own self and he comes off very natural in his scenes imo. I don't see any awkwardness transitioning from one scene to another even though he has to show different temperament of his character.

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Yup as a long time fan I can agree that this character is more aligned with his personality than previous ones, say Kyungtak from Dr Jin. From what we know (and Jaejoong shares quite a lot on twitter for a celebrity) he also likes to dote on his parents so that might add to his comfortable relationship with his drama mom.

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Thank you HeadsNo2 for a wonderful recap. I'm happy to see that the drama hasn't lost it's momentum it started off with in the first episode. Writers are doing excellent job here. Surely, the story is quite complicated and there are many possibilities of thrilling future plots. However, I hope that writers don't make silly mistakes. Anyone can tell what was inside the bag that KiChal asked her to leave at a busy public place. And HyeRim being a intelligent Spy herself would not have fallen for his motives. But I guess, they wanted to show her threatened by his blackmailing. I wasn't still convinced that she would agree to do whatever he tells her. She is a fearless woman who has carefully left her past and protected her baby.

Let's see how the story unfolds. Cast is doing excellent job. Me too have a feeling that SunWoo knows something about his girlfriend. In my opinion, he would definitely notice the mask she has put on. She is not just a romance element of the drama. It would be interesting to see what secrets she is hiding and if she really loves him.

Spy is engaging. Definitely has a potential to grow in viewer ratings.

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or she's just a better liar ^^

KC did warn mom not to open the bag
and she did hesitate, though KC is watching her steps

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I don't think mom blindly trusts Kichul's words that delivering the case is all he asks of her, what with her repeating questions if he'll leave her alone after this small task. She's wary, but living a common life for more than two decades must have dulled her spy instinct substantially. She also seems to make herself believe his promise in desperation, what else can she do in such abrupt, unwelcoming reappearance of her past. And her medications!!! What is it for?

At this point, I'm happy that Seonwoo's love isn't the focus of the show. I saw a lot of commenters compare Jaejoong's acting to when he stared Triangle but these two characters are completely on the opposite ends. Youngdal is a street thug with no education whatsoever and always live his life to the fullest (or how he can get most out of it). Seonwoo is introverted, composed, and was trained as a field agent to hide his feelings. I have a feeling Seonwoo has never been confident about himself (likely a scar from when he was traumatized and refused to talk until 5 years old just because mom scolded him for picking up her accents), and being a field agent is his attempt to overpower his inner self. Of course, I can be completely wrong and Jaejoong is just not too comfortable in this role. :D

Overall, I like the tone, the multi-layered characters, the set ups, and the pace. Yay for Jaejoong to get into a decent project finally! Please drama, don't disappoint us!

Favorite characters so far: Dad, Mom, Baddie
Least favorites: Girl agent, Girl friend, Sister

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Am I the only one who thought that Seonwoo had more chemistry with the N. Korean defector girl they were interrogating than his gf?
But yaay for mom finding out about her son. It's gonna become more interesting. Spy drama hwaiting!
Thank you for the recaps!

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re: first question, you are definitely not the only one! See the comments in the ep 1 recap if you don't believe me ; )

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I didn't really read all the comments from the first one. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Hehe!

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Like @pogo has said, see the comments of the review from episode 1. Most viewers want to see Sunwoo with North Korean girl than with his girlfriend. Although we wish that, in the end we know that this couple will not change (the drama has some different elements of usual kdramas, but in this respect I don't think that will change that much).
I love the scene of Hyerim and Kichul fight, her fear of him while the courage she has to protect her family.
Her scene discovering Sunwoo secret was also very good and brings the suspense I expected to see in this drama.
Hope for more action scenes this week too. Until now I'm liking the story... the love line is the only part that I'm not convinced. For a couple about to get married they seem to be somewhat distant and, at least for me, Jaejoong and Sunghee seemed uncomfortable with acting cute and close to each other.

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You are not the only one!! These two Sunwoo-Sooyeon character is more interesting than Sunwoo-Yoojin(*whatever his gf name is)!!! I wish the writers could develop these two characters scene more in future epi!!!

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They will have scenes together, but from that to Sunwoo break up with Yoonjin and stick with Sooyeon is a very small possibility in kdramaland :(
Hold on that this week will get more boring moments between Sunwoo and his girlfriend. Well, at least the action scenes are really good. I want to know what Hyerim will do after know that her son is also a spy.
And dear writer do not kill the father, no, no, no ... he has to live.

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at this point i wouldn't mind if SW ended up single ^^
JJ even shares a selca w the NK lady <3

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No do I....can they just kill Yoonjin? Yes, I'm being mean, but Yoonjin is the most annoying character. *Jaejoong secretly, not so secretly, also wants Sunwoo end up with the NK girl* haha
Can not wait for tomorrow new episodes...

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I agree with you 100%. Many viewers and fans felt the same. Korean viewers even rooted for this pairing more than with his gf.

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Yay, thanks for the recap!
not much to say, I enjoyed this second ep. ..The bf - gf scenes were really cute. But I'm not hooked yet!

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Why do I get the niggling feeling that the dad is too nice to live a long happy life... :(

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I feel the same >.<

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I think that it is 우리 좀 살려줘 which means please save us.
It was not clearly pronounced because Sunwoo was uttering the words unconsciously.

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thanks for the recaps! been waiting impatiently since i think i will wait for it's premiere of official english sub on KBS World TV. meanwhile i will stick around here to know the story.

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I think the "children" he refers to just means his subordinates. He probably led a cell of spies then too and either she bombed them together or the rest were executed for failing the mission or were killed in other ways. She had to get rid of them to ensure the future of her unborn child.

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yeah that was what i was thinking too

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"While sitting in on one of Yoon-jin’s classes"
Heads, is this the right name for the daughter? I thought that was the girlfriend's name.

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Healer 10 out of 15
Spy 13 out of 15 in terms how they have started but lets see how Spy will progress Healer for me its dropping down

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Reminded of spy film titles:
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Spy Who Scammed Us

Impressive, the fight scene between Ki-Chul & Hye-Rim.

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I really hope the girlfriend isn't a spy because that's kinda cliche imo. Other than that, not a bad first couple episodes.

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In the flashback, when Mom says it's that man's baby, my theory is that she was on a spy mission to seduce Dad when he was with the Defense Ministry working in China, but she ends up falling in love with him and pregnant. He marries her and they build a new life together in the South.

I don't think he would have married her if she were pregnant with some other man's baby, but you never know. More backstory to come.

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