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Spy: Episode 6

The relationship between mother and son comes to a head this episode, though surprisingly it’s not just about Mom disliking Sun-woo’s girlfriend over a silly thing like financial status. In this world of spies and espionage, Mom actually finds some solid reasoning to reject her son’s true love—I’d give you a hint as to why, but if you’ve seen even one episode of this show, you already know. Hopefully it’ll be Sun-woo’s turn to find out soon; it’s not like his whole job revolves around finding stuff out or anything.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

By the time Yoon-jin enters her apartment, Mom’s gone, having escaped through the bathroom window. But that doesn’t stop Yoon-jin from being extra careful and suspicious as she checks around, all while being on the phone with a mysterious caller.

Chief Song is singing a much different tune with Sun-woo than he was before, back when he was more than ready to throw him under the bus without reason.

But now that he needs something from Sun-woo’s dad, he’s all congeniality and fake niceties, claiming that he’ll consider Sun-woo’s request to help the late Soo-yeon’s family—they have to help their informants if they want to keep getting information in the future, right?

So now that they’re proper chums, Chief Song asks Sun-woo if he can contact his father about a hard drive he’s got. Nothing serious, of course. Sun-woo, just wanting someone to ensure Soo-yeon’s family’s safety, agrees.

After a bout of friendly bickering between Hyun-tae and Eun-ah, they’re able to comb through the CCTV around the time of Soo-yeon’s murder to find a suspicious figure (who they can’t tell is Ki-chul) entering an equally suspicious van.

Before he did though, they can see him throwing something away in a dumpster. Hyun-tae heads out immediately to find it with Sun-woo in tow, and they find the murder weapon—a poison pen.

Dad is heading into a meeting when he gets a call from Chief Song, who introduces himself as a coworker of Sun-woo’s in need of some help. Some secret, unofficial help with cracking his super secret hard drive.

What he doesn’t know is that Dad knows who he is, so of course Dad is more than happy to offer his help. After they hang up, Dad all but cheers, since this will provide them the perfect opportunity to fulfill Ki-chul’s request and bug Chief Song’s phone.

Even though Ki-chul is just a human-shaped shadow on the CCTV footage, Sun-woo can’t help but think back to the scarred man who confronted him directly after the accident.

Eun-ah tries telling him it’s no use and that identifying the man will be a slow process, but Sun-woo claims to have met the mysterious person before and asks her to check the car’s license plate.

She whines, unwilling to go that extra mile for work, while Sun-woo proves to be no help when he even takes her coffee. But who can say no to that face?

Dad tells Mom about how their job just got easier now that Chief Song contacted him first, though she wonders if he’d even bring his phone with him to the meeting.

Sun-woo comes home while Dad mulls over where to set the meeting place, and seems mildly surprised to hear that his father is meeting with his sunbae, despite Chief Song making his intentions on that front clear.

Mom puts Sun-woo’s things away and decides to go through his bag, coming across pictures of Ki-chul’s surveillance footage. But when Sun-woo catches her in the act, Mom hurriedly stuffs the papers back in and claims she was just looking to see if he had any trash to throw out. (And she used to be a super spy?)

Sun-woo is just a teensy bit coarse in telling her not to do it again, and no sooner does Mom finally find the courage to tell her son she has something to say does his phone ring. It’s Yoon-jin, who either always calls at a hint of trouble and/or is just always calling, and Mom holds onto the phone to prevent him from answering.

He finds her behavior strange, to which Mom tries explaining why she finds Yoon-jin so suspicious and unsettling—especially that bit about her birthplace and her parents. Sun-woo asks, half-jokingly, if Mom would feel better seeing Yoon-jin’s registration card, but loses his temper when Mom takes him seriously and says yes.

Mom wants him to just hold off on talking to Yoon-jin for a little while, even if she can’t exactly explain why he needs to trust her. “Do you think you know everything about Yoon-jin?” she asks. Sun-woo’s taken aback for a moment before he replies that no, he may not know everything, but he knows that Yoon-jin is very much like her.

We are nothing alike!” Mom yells, the sudden escalation seeming to take them both by surprise. Sun-woo fights back by asking if she thinks she knows everything about him, to which Mom replies by asking him to listen to her just this once—…

Sun-woo parrots that phrase back to her exasperatingly, tired of hearing her use that line with him. “I’m not a child,” says the son living in his mother’s house, as he opens the door for her to leave. “Whatever I do or whoever I date, it’s my business.”

Dad tries to play mediator after the fight, interrupting Mom from making a call to the number Yoon-jin had listed under “Mom.” She tries to defend her side without explaining how she found Yoon-jin’s secret cellphone with her mother’s number, but to anyone else, it just sounds like overprotective mom talk.

But as for his meeting with Chief Song, Mom proposes that he invite him over to their house. Between the two of them, they’ll find a way to bug his phone.

Later that night, Yoon-jin waits for a scheduled call to come in from “Mom,” only for it to be a man’s authoritative voice on the other end. He cuts the conversation short because they’re under surveillance, and warns Yoon-jin against calling first—something she didn’t do, but Mom did.

Sun-woo debates whether to send an apology text to Mom, but ends up calling his contact instead. Getting Soo-yeon’s family out of the North is going to be more difficult than they thought, so Sun-woo asks Dad to call Chief Song about their impending meeting with enough time for him to mention Soo-yeon’s family to his sunbae before the call comes in.

Ki-chul calls Mom while she’s scoping out Yoon-jin’s place of work to make sure she’s doing what she’s supposed to. She tells him that she’s got it handled now that Chief Song contacted her husband first, even though she doesn’t know why, and that she’ll get the job done.

She’s quick to hang up on her daughter next when she sees Yoon-jin suddenly leave her office, and trails her taxi from a safe distance to the nearest mall.

Mom follows her inside and watches her every move, turning extra suspicious when Yoon-jin starts flipping through books in a bookstore. She checks all of them for secret messages afterward and finds nothing, eventually ending up back in her car to stake out Yoon-jin’s spot at a small restaurant.

It’s only then that she thinks her husband’s words about her being overreactive might be true, though no sooner does she ready to throw in the towel that she sees Ki-chul sitting in the same restaurant. His minions then close the shop and draw the curtains, preventing Mom from seeing more.

Yoon-jin reveals herself to be a North Korean spy through her familiarity with Ki-chul (who calls her “Comrade”), and called for the meeting to ask to be reassigned. She’s grown soft through her fake relationship with Sun-woo, and doesn’t want to make reports on his every movement anymore.

Ki-chul sarcastically asks if she thinks she’s in an actual relationship with Sun-woo, but Yoon-jin does a poor job at covering her tracks when she refers to Mom the familiar way a prospective daughter-in-law would rather than by name.

She knows Mom is now working on their side and thinks that should be enough to cover Sun-woo’s movements, only to be brought to tears when Ki-chul reminds her that it was her intel that got her fellow comrade—Soo-yeon—killed.

Even though she offers to break up with Sun-woo to prevent him from chasing her around the globe should she up and disappear on him, it’s not enough. Her pleas and tears don’t move Ki-chul, who instructs her to continue the mission as planned.

A meeting of the analytics team and Chief Song shows nothing that they didn’t already know before—though Sun-woo has tried to track down the van the suspect disappeared into, they’ve hit a dead end.

He’s pulled up some info that could link the suspect to the nameless scarred man they know is an agent of the North, even though they don’t have a name yet. Chief Song tells them to keep doing what they’re doing before he receives a call bearing good news for Sun-woo: Soo-yeon’s family has arrived safely.

Sun-woo all but flies to the processing area where Soo-yeon’s mother and two siblings are being kept, and unlike the harsh interrogator he replaced, he’s happy to tell her that everything’s going to be okay now—he’s here because Soo-yeon asked for a favor.

Her mother excitedly asks where her daughter is, only for Sun-woo’s face to fall. We don’t hear what he tells her mother, but we see her devastated reaction as she finds out the daughter who saved her and got her into this country is dead.

Mom watches Sun-woo leave from her stakeout car nearby, and just then receives the text he’d meant to send earlier saying he’s sorry. “Your mom is sorry,” she says in response—though she’s not just sorry for their fight, but for spying on him.

Yoon-jin talks to Sun-woo on the phone like nothing’s wrong, acting the part of the sweet and loving girlfriend as she tells him she’ll make him dinner if he comes over.

The first thing she does when she gets into her apartment is go for her Secret Spy Phone, only to find it missing from her drawer. She hears it ringing from a different part of the room and turns…

…Just as Mom flips on the lights. “Are you looking for this?” she asks, holding the ringing phone in front of her.

 
COMMENTS

Ah, so Mom was actually apologizing for what she was about to do on top of all of the things she’s been doing to invade her son’s privacy. I thought it was kind of funny when Dad saw her actions as being that of an over-obsessive mother when that literally IS what she is… it’s just that she gets to actually act on her dislike and suspicion, because she now has proof that Yoon-jin is worthy of all the shade she’s been throwing her way.

If this weren’t a show with Too Many Spies, Mom’s actions would be fodder for a makjang—but luckily that isn’t the case. Though I do wonder if, somewhere deep down, she felt at least a little vindicated as a mother hating her prospective daughter-in-law, because not every mother gets to do much more than throw the occasional glass of water or slide an envelope of money across the table. I can’t help but hope for Yoon-jin’s situation with Mom to escalate into a full-on spy fight, since it’d maybe make Yoon-jin’s character more fun to watch. And also because this show could do with a little more action.

I liked seeing Sun-woo’s follow-through when it came to his promise to Soo-yeon, because we know how much her death weighed on him. No doubt he felt responsible for what happened to her, so holding himself to her dying wish was his way of atoning for what he failed to do for her in life. We also got to see a bit of his slightly less principled side in his willingness to manipulate the timing of events to make things more advantageous for his needs, as seen with the way he handled the previously inflexible Chief Song when it came to his meeting with Dad. It was subtle, but effective—‘cause in the end it wasn’t Sun-woo’s life savings that saved Soo-yeon’s family, but Chief Song.

And that says a lot more about Chief Song than it does about Sun-woo, namely, that Chief Song would choose to do nothing and let people die rather than exert the energy of a simple phone call. He’s been Shady McGee since the beginning though, and there’s no telling what’s on that hard drive he needs cracked, or who it actually belongs to. At least we know there’s someone above Ki-chul that he has to answer to, but it seems likely that Chief Song will be revealed to have something to do with him in the near future. Because the espionage world in this show is just that tiny.

But that doesn’t mean Sun-woo’s part in it has to be—he’s got a lot on his plate with his mother being a former and recently reactivated North Korean spy and his wilting flower of a girlfriend being an active North Korean spy who made him her mission. I’m excited for all of those reveals to start happening, that’s for sure. It’s time to man up, Sun-woo, and be the spy you were born to be. We’ll be cheering you on from here.

 
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Is it just me or do Jaejoong and Ji Chang Wook look alike?

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I said the same thing a few days back! I'm not watching Spy but in Healer, in certain shots of Ji Chang Wook, it feels like Jaejoong.. :)

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where do people see this resemblance ?
Ji Chang-Wook has always looked like a Changmin in everything .
the one who looks like Jaejoong is that Kwak Hee-Sung guy .

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yes KHS brings more remindance of JJ in him

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From certain angle, JCW and Jaejoong do look alike...
Some TVXQ fans said JCW is like Jaejoong+Changmin combo..

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Same here. .I am watching healer .. not spy ..could not watch after 1st episode. .ugh.... But yeah even i feel ji Chang wook and jaejoong look alike.

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healers fans are getting annoying

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They are being silly then since Jae was once voted the most handsome man in Asia or something like that I read on back.
People do have brothers after all. It is not an insult if some people think they resemble each other, even though I myself cannot see it at all.

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Wow you guys/girls actually sticking to recap this drama.. all the power to you...

I dropped this drama after 4 ep.. The over-obsessive mother just turned me of... I was just not really immerse in this spy world... I may give it chance after it finish airing, but for now I will just read these wonderful recaps...

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I feel bad for Sun Woo the girl he hoped to marry is playing him, he is her mission. No matter her real feelings for him she has do her job because they kan kill her family in North Korea.

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hard part is her intel on SW somehow resulting the death of SY . . in which mom had it in her not to give intel to KC cos she's concern of SW's safety . . seems like YJ is more into her parents wellfare
or if that "mom" on her phone just a cover-up the its just her own safety in which ain't showing how deep her love is for SW

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I don't know why, but even with all the plot goings on, this drama seems boring.

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Spy is pretty good, but I feel like it's under-rated. Spy does not have high ratings in Korea and it's not getting enough hype from international viewers.

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It doesn't have soaring ratings but it's not a flop at all considering the time slot. It did really well for its premiere but it seems that the plot isn't making viewers come back for more.

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Spy is not a flop, but it's not a big hit either. The premiere episode did well, but some people stopped watching the drama. Apparently, the story isn't good enough for people to come back and watch more. Therefore, Spy is not getting enough hype from the international audience.

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it's going to be delicious when the genius analyst finds out about what mommy and his girlfriend were up to .

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Y'know this comment sounds different out of context. Ehehe~

But yes, I'm still waiting for lots of action. Come on, Spy. More spy-on-spy fights please???

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good thing I didn't add " behind his back " then

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I cannot wait!

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oh and after he finds out Sunwoo should take a long sad shower

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lol at all your comments haha

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...yeah, that had to be the Least Surprising Secret Spy Reveal ever.

(and of course the bland girlfriend has feelings for her target now....this may be based on an Israeli drama but it is being aired in Korea after all, and the actress is billed among the main leads)

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Eventhough I feel that we need less family drama, better decisions from Mom (come on, she was a spy and knows Ki-chul), and better cliffhangers (as in, I'm not very surprised by the turn of events at the end of each episode), I'll stick to this Show for a while still.

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I knew something was off with YoonJin since the first episode, and I can't wait to see Hyerim's rage over her..lol
Let's get ready to see Sunwoo's perfect life being destroyed, we need more drama here.

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Lol yeah, from the preview for the next episode it's seems like yj give a hint to sw about choosing your family first then your love, can't wait for the next episode, in what moment sw will find the truth? And kichul said to mom this is the last mission so they must success, what mission actually?

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Woohoo another recap! Thanks Heads! :) Like a couple ppl have said already, this drama is getting kinda boring...i hope it picks up soon. I'll stick with it for now (jaejoong oppa fighting xD!) but pleeeease let it pick up

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Sw keep saying yj look alike his mom, maybe he knew who is yj and his mom?

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from the story of his childhood where he stop speaking after mom scold him, then if its correct that he mention of saving mom when he mentions mom's name when he got into that car accident . . he might know

and those gray turtleneck mom, YJ and SY sporting seems to give some kind of clue that however a spy is they gave off same vibe

seems like spies that are forced into being one and from a kind of "straight" country got the same trains of thought can't blend well

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Maybe at this point the mom and dad should just run over her with their SUV. I mean, she was seen clearly as the enemy.
It could happen.

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I so hate like the mother, former top NK spy and that she knew Ki Chul personally, is like an idiot, sorry to say that. She should anticipate at least some of his actions (don´t look in that bag? really? and so on). I know the spy story is just cover up for all that romance, but the characters should at least be not so inept and the story should have some logic :(

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What has struck me the last few episodes is the true feeling of menace coming from the North Korean side. I was surprised and distressed at Ki Chul hitting Mom. He, at least, doesn't care at all for the distress of the women he's bullying.

And SW's Team Leader is truly a bastard. I don't know what he's up to, but it seems primarily about promoting himself. I find myself regularly swearing at him while I watch.

This whole spy world seems very cruel. I originally thought Mom would have done better to have reported herself and Ki Chul to the authorities, but with the Team Leader seeming to be corrupt, I don't think that anymore.

I am wanting to see SW outsmart them all, catch Ki Chul and destroy his operation, unmask Team Leader, etc. It would be great for Mom, Dad and SW to be kicking butt on the same team and taking no prisoners.

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SW is going to have to pick up the pace if he is going to outsmart them all, and I am willing to think he can do so. There has to be more to what he's been doing all this time as a spy and some back story successes. C'mon, shouldn't every spy who trusts his girlfriend and begins to let her into his life know that he's been set up for that exact thing?

btw, Did anyone see the movie, Covertly Secretly, about NK spies?

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^^ mr. and mrs. smith married to each other and each have their own space to keep all their spy tools

wonder how SW and YJ meet up in the first place
cos i think that's the reason YJ openly knows what SW does

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i think so too!! because he clearly said before that they have met because of his job!!

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I knew it! !! Yoo jin would be the spy from NK!!

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Think when mom said sorry after seeing SW gets out from meeting SY's mom is because her knowing YJ is a spy
and thinking that she's also now took part in murking her son's life

Didn't see SW routing the event with ChiefSong's call with his dad as less principled . . it's just strategic planning XD cos CS is a baddie himself

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What's with the negativity of some comments here? Well, at least this drama has a good camera works. The scenes turn out to be so beautiful lol.

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Agreed, the cinematography looks lovely as expeccted from the director of The Princess' Man. Acting overall is fine, at least from 3 of the 4 leads. Seems like its really the writing that needs a boost to lure back the audience.

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+1

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i think till now the story is more than expected!! maybe that's why it seems boring even with all the turns of events!!
i hope sw finds out at least about his girlfriend being a spy and use it to catch kc!!
or even better if he already new who she was!!

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Thanks for the recap.

Another great episode! I can't find any flaw with this series (not that I'm looking for one). Acting, pacing, writing, and directing are all good. I particularly like how subtle the suspense is. It may be subtle, but it still takes me by surprise. Another thing I enjoy is the amount of drama. Again, subtle is the word. Not too much and yet it is there and actually evoked feelings from me (e.g. when Soo-yeon’s family finally arrived safely and Sun-woo had to break the sad news to her; Sun-woo and Mom's regrets after their heated exchange; etc.).

I love the fact that the plot/story of Spy is kept simple and yet it still manages to make me think.

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thanks for the recaps!

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