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Spy: Episode 7

For a world where the stakes are so high for the characters that inhabit it, the current level of danger they all face is surprisingly low. It’s not like the safe delivery of one handsome secret agent will influence the already tense North-South relations or anything, right? As we learn more about Yoon-jin’s past in this episode, it turns out that the women in Sun-woo’s life share common ground with each other when it comes to Sun-woo’s safety and well-being.

Which leaves Sun-woo with the never-ending question of where his heart lies: family or love?

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

We open on the night when Yoon-jin had first received her mission: Ki-chul had wasted no time in burning the photo of her and her mother, then chided her for becoming accustomed to living like a Seoulite.

But now it was time for the real work to begin. After giving her an application for a work visa, Ki-chul had scoffed when she’d asked about more details. It isn’t in her place to know more than she needs to, he’d reminded her, then added not to act so flustered because everything else will already be in motion.

So Yoon-jin had visited the immigration office as instructed, where she’d been immediately apprehended as an illegal resident carrying a counterfeit passport. That was also the day she first met Sun-woo, who had intervened and confronted the employee in regards to a tip-off about another applicant he’d approved.

Seeing that had Yoon-jin recall Ki-chul’s words that the plan has already been set. Sun-woo had given her a reassuring nod that everything would be okay. Fast-forward to the recent past when Yoon-jin went to greet Sun-woo’s family. Ki-chul had advised her on the phone to be on her guard, as Mom is an astute woman and quick on the uptake.

Ki-chul hadn’t been too far when he’d called, and Yoon-jin had seen the van drive away before heading inside. Then on the night before Soo-yeon’s death, Yoon-jin had been the one to give Ki-chul a heads-up. She’d been concerned about Sun-woo’s safety and relieved to hear that Sun-woo wouldn’t be hurt… although left in shock when Soo-yeon’s death was reported on the news.

Another ring takes us back to the present, where Mom holds up the ringing phone: “Are you looking for this?” After asking if Yoon-jin doesn’t want to answer it, Mom says in a knowing voice that in her day, the North only selected orphans as spies because family members were a liability.

“Now… they don’t even select those without families anymore,” Yoon-jin answers, her voice shaking. “Because they don’t return if there’s nothing for them to protect.” Mom holds out the phone for Yoon-jin to take before pulling back at the last second—what are Yoon-jin’s intentions for approaching her son?

Yoon-jin replies that her orders were to stick by Sun-woo’s side; she doesn’t know what the bigger picture is either because she’s simply a pawn that abides by orders. But no sooner does she say that does Mom respond with a slap across the face.

Mom demands that Yoon-jin never appear before her or her family from this moment on, denying Yoon-jin in calling her the affectionate address of “Mother.” With tears in her eyes, Yoon-jin insists that her feelings towards Sun-woo are sincere, despite knowing that she wasn’t supposed to fall in love with him.

But Mom will hear none of it now, barking at how Yoon-jin could have done this to Sun-woo if she truly loved him. “And what about you?” Yoon-jin returns. “You’re also deceiving Sun-woo, aren’t you? Then are your feelings fake, Mother?”

Mom argues that she’s working as a spy to protect her son from harm, but Yoon-jin counters that she’s acting under the same intentions. After all the lying, deceiving, and spying to keep Sun-woo from being harmed, Yoon-jin doesn’t know who she’s affiliated with anymore. She’s becoming someone who cannot be forgiven by Sun-woo or her homeland, and now she’s at her wit’s end.

Her sobbing breaks Mom’s resolve by a hair, though she tells Yoon-jin in a stern voice not to let Ki-chul that she’s been found out. She orders Yoon-jin to disappear off-the-grid and promises not to tell Sun-woo—that’s the last thing she can do for Yoon-jin.

Yoon-jin sits in the dark with her tears until her spidey senses pick up on Sun-woo approaching. She quickly calls him with an excuse that she’s busy with work tonight, and when Sun-woo asks if he can just see her face, she denies him that.

Poor Sun-woo persists, just wanting to be by her side, but he gets turned away. Before he leaves, however, he asks her to promise not to endure things by herself in the future. On the other side of the door, Yoon-jin chokes back her sobs…

… and Mom clicks off the microphone, having heard the exchange. Watching Sun-woo leave, Yoon-jin bids him a tearful farewell.

Mom waits outside until Sun-woo arrives home looking dejected. He asks if Mom had gone to see Yoon-jin lately, letting the matter drop when the answer is no. Before they head inside, however, Sun-woo reminds his mother that no matter what happens in the future, his feelings won’t ever change.

Once she’s alone, Mom questions that statement: “Are you sure [those feelings] won’t change?” Unable to sleep, Mom gets up to take her pills and tells herself to bear through this.

There’s a look of new determination in Yoon-jin’s eyes the following morning, as evidenced in her all-black outfit. She collects some cash and various passports in a hidden compartment beneath a drawer, and then picks up a call from her mysterious contact who angrily says she was the one who didn’t answer last time.

Yoon-jin tells her contact that he’ll need to expedite her earlier request, which sounds like smuggling her family out of North Korea. He huffs at the immediacy, though agrees to do what he can when Yoon-jin offers her entire emergency stash. Their rendezvous point is in three days, she reminds him.

At home, Mom sits next to her husband while he calls Chief Song to explain why they can’t meet at his workplace. Chief Song insists that he’s not trying to spy on Dad’s company or anything, to which Dad gently replies that the company’s future hangs on the balance of the project for the Ministry of Defense.

He instead directs the conversation to invite Chief Song over for dinner tomorrow night, and when the man hesitates, Dad extends the offer to the rest of Sun-woo’s colleagues. He adds that he’ll have remote access at home, and while Chief Song isn’t happy about the arrangement, he agrees.

Over at his headquarters, Ki-chul has overheard the conversation, including the part where Dad wonders why Chief Song doesn’t want to come by himself. Growing curious, Ki-chul performs a quick search on the internet, where a news article reports that Hedge Technet had retracted their bid for the codebreaking program in order to further develop their software.

Ki-chul smirks, taking this as good news. Hm, interesting.

Sun-woo is surprised to hear about Chief Song and his colleagues coming over for dinner. Dad chuckles that it was Mom’s idea, and though they’re briefly interrupted by little sister Young-seo’s poor grades in school, Sun-woo still finds the news suspicious.

Sun-woo sends a worried text to Yoon-jin, who takes a moment to scan her surroundings on the subway before picking up a call from a restricted number. It’s Ki-chul, who seemingly buys her excuse that she’s feeling under the weather and on her way to the hospital. But Yoon-jin has picked up on a tail—one of Ki-chul’s lackeys—and calmly steps out of the train…

… Or so the lackey thinks, because she realizes belatedly that Yoon-jin’s still on the train. But she’s one step too late anyway and loses Yoon-jin, who walks away with a smug expression.

Over at NIS headquarters, Sun-woo is distracted during Hyun-tae’s speech about how this new-fangled facial identification technology makes things so easy for the young’uns. They’re interrupted by Chief Song’s arrival, and Hyun-tae doesn’t miss him hand over a briefcase to their resident hacker.

Sun-woo follows Chief Song out into the hall after the mention about tomorrow’s dinner, worried since his family are still in the dark about him being a spy. Chief Song seems sarcastically amused by how Sun-woo’s kept it a secret and says there’s nothing to worry about since they’ll play the civil servant act to a T.

Meanwhile, Hyun-tae bugs the hacker about that top-secret briefcase, catching a glimpse of the coding program. The hacker says it’s classified information, but admits that he doesn’t know the contacts either since it’s blocked off by a passcode.

Yoon-jin ignores Ki-chul’s call, only to look up and see another one of his lackeys waiting for her by the subway entrance. She hops over to the other side of the escalator to find another way, but gets blocked off again. She gets escorted into a van and sends a reply to Sun-woo’s text (that asked her to send her one period if she’s okay).

Sun-woo beams to see that single dot and tries calling, but gets no answer. Yoon-jin is taken to a remote area where Ki-chul is already waiting for her. He notes that the women around Sun-woo act so similarly when given the same mission, and Yoon-jin doesn’t regret the decision she’s made to try and escape.

Ki-chul’s given some thought as to how to deal with her and her family—should he burn them to death or send them off to a prison camp? He knows better than to try and force a woman to change her mind once it’s made up.

Yoon-jin bites back that her family is already in transit, and it doesn’t matter to her what he chooses to do with her. Ki-chul doesn’t skip a beat, saying that death would only be an easy way out. With that, he lets her go.

Just as Yoon-jin is about to walk away, a familiar ring stops her in her tracks. It’s the phone she thought she’d thrown away earlier—the same one that’s now in Ki-chul’s hands. Taking it from Ki-chul’s hand, Yoon-jin answers and is utterly relieved to hear her mother’s voice on the other end telling her that they arrived safely.

But this consequence can only mean that Yoon-jin can’t walk away from this mission (and Ki-chul’s grasp) that easily. She asks what it is that Ki-chul wants from her, then he grabs her throat: “Absolute allegiance,” Ki-chul replies. “That’s the path you’ve chosen.”

Sun-woo stays late at the office, where his facial identification software picks up on a possible match between Ki-chul and an old army photo. Eun-ah teases him for his dedication and guesses that he’s hit a rough patch with his ladyfriend. Adding that there are plenty of fish in the sea, she offers to be a drinking buddy again. Uh, yes please?

Eun-ah makes a face when Yoon-jin calls (booo), and Sun-woo admits that he’d been worried all day but relieved to hear that she’s fine. While they make dinner plans, Sun-woo doesn’t notice the program pick up on another match among the North Korean ranks: Mom.

Speaking of whom, Mom sits with Dad to test out the phone-hacking program, noticing that moving the phone interrupts the process. They’ll need a full three minutes in order to pull it off, but they don’t even know whether Chief Song will take out his phone or not.

After Mom is sent the profiles of the rest of the analytics team, she draws the conclusion that Dad and Chief Song will need to be left alone. However, it won’t be easy for her to keep watch on the others on her own.

They’ll need another person to help out, and as if right on cue, Young-seo comes through the door. Little sis had been previously denied the privilege to stay for dinner because of her poor grades, but now she’s tasked to keep Eun-ah occupied.

Even Sun-woo’s adoration for pickles (yes, you read that right) can barely get a smile out of Yoon-jin at dinner. He can see right through her and figures that Mom did go and see his girlfriend after all. He comes right out with it and asks what Mom said, and when Yoon-jin insists that’s not the case, he isn’t fooled in the least.

Still, he backs off and apologizes on Mom’s behalf. He takes her hand and promises to protect her, not caring whether his family understands or not anymore. But Yoon-jin pulls her hand out of his and says that’s not what a family does.

If someone were to ask her to choose between love or her family, she’d choose the latter every single time. He asks about those who are orphans then—they’d only have love. Taking her hand again, he vows to protect her and become the family she doesn’t have (since he believes Yoon-jin has no other family).

He says that doing so would eliminate all her other worries. It’s wonderfully earnest and noble, and again… where can I find me one of those men?

Sun-woo drives her home, but before she gets out of the car, he invites her over to join them for dinner. He wants to introduce her to everyone as the woman he’s going to marry. Well, that’s one helluva surprise proposal.

Once inside, Yoon-jin sends a reply and breaks down in sobs. Sun-woo is pleased to see that she’s accepted the dinner invite and sends a quick thanks.

Just then, ominous music falls as we cut away to Sun-woo’s cubicle, where the computer identifies two faces from the day Soo-yeon had died to two soldiers in the North Korean troops: Ki-chul and Mom.

 
COMMENTS

If suspense is what Spy wanted to achieve in this show about espionage, then I’m sorry to say that the show has fallen short of its mark. Those last few moments could have been better played out if we didn’t see Mom’s face being scanned earlier in the episode because that takes away from the surprise that the computer software would think to identify Mom’s face, too. I’d been hoping and waiting for the drama to pick up the pace and deliver a taut and thrill-tastic story for some episodes now. You could call it wishful thinking, as the experimental format of a 90-minute double-header really could have supported the idea of cleverly using 50 minutes (or less) per episode to its narrative advantage.

But the truth is that we’re approaching the halfway point, and it feels like Spy is continuing to drag its feet with each passing episode. We still don’t know what the all-too-important mission that somehow involves Sun-woo is, and there isn’t really anyone we can turn to for answers in our characters either, since the only person who knows of the bigger picture is Ki-chul. And even he, our closest baddie at present, seems too low on the villainous ladder to provide a proper explanation.

At this point, I’d even say that there might not be enough of the overarching story arc to take us through the second half. For a show jumping off of a lengthy source material (the Israeli drama The Gordin Cell was 22 episodes long), that’s rather surprising, and yet the main writing credit for Spy lists a number of short drama specials. So I’m torn between whether the writers aren’t able to pace the narrative in a lengthier mini-series format or that they’re saving their better cards for the second half. And if it’s the second, I’d be more disappointed because I feel one should never be stingy with good material.

It’s a real damn shame then that Spy has chosen to dedicate its individual episodes to smaller-scale story arcs thus far, like the One Dinner Invitation. A part of me hopes that this will be the most tension-filled dinner ever, but then the other part hopes that there ought to be some explosions going on in the background to liven things up. Frankly, I feel like we didn’t a deeper explanation to Yoon-jin’s past, and rather needed a better focus on that conversation between Mom and Yoon-jin.

And this is where the story makes a stronger showing. It was an interesting contrast between Mom and Yoon-jin as to why each woman was recruited into the spy world: One had nothing to lose while the other risks losing everyone she loves. Both women are driven by the motivation to keep Sun-woo safe, a common factor that makes me wish Mom and Yoon-jin would team up together if it’s that urgent of a matter. But then again, if Ki-chul really needs Sun-woo that much and without a scratch at that, then the biggest danger Sun-woo faces is a paper cut. Owie.

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Boring show is boring!!

I jumped on the wagon for JaeJoong cuz he does shine now and then, but i lost interest right of the bat in epi1...I watched till epi4 hoping something interesting will happen but ugh how boring is this show for something as sensitive as the espionage world?!! No thanks!

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You stopped at ep4 then why are even bothering to comment on ep7 recap? duh, negative people who have nothing better to do!

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Then say something positive. Should I bother with this show? Is it any good?

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Don't waste your time. The show is painfully boring

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10x Lily.

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its boring but not painfully boring, i have watch more painfully boring drama then this one.

i like the story so far,even thought i share tha same frustation with everyone "to much talk where is the badass mom and the high skill spy mama boy"

but then everyone have different taste.

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Ditto. I tried watching ep1 and I practically had to use toothpicks to keep my eyes open. It was like someone had pressed the snooze button in my brain. People can be a bit bias when it comes to their fave actors but i'm not. If a show sucks it just plain n simple suck. I won't waste time enduring it becuz I think jaejoong is hot when I could be using that time on a drama that actually have teeth like Heart to Heart.

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Try the first two episodes. If you like it, you'll enjoy the rest. If not, then you probably won't. This drama has been consistent with regards to pacing, writing, directing, and acting from the start. In short, one episode should be enough to let you know if it's for you or not.

I hope you enjoy it!

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You're attacking me for stating my opinion about how the show makes me feel? As in BORED TO TEARS! Wow, how mature...Sorry to hurt your drama feels..Grow up plz!

I'll comment on any recap, no need for your permission, thank you!

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same here. I was just hanging on till about episode 4 because of Jaejoong and my love for spy show in general. Now i would just scan through the recaps hoping... somehow and somewhere it might get exciting... T_T

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I find a sad trend in the KDrama world...If ppl love or hate a drama it's almost always viewed as a crime by both the lovers and the haters (lovers will hate those who hate their fav drama, and haters will love those who love theirs). One can't have a preference without being deemed tasteless, clueless or a troll! Why are ppl who follow KDs so limited (not generalizing but there's a considerable percentage who are hardcore judgmental freaks). Ppl love what they love and hate what they hate, if it doesn't sit well with your own taste, why attack others for their preferences? Just go about your business loving what you want to and hating what you want to, that's what civilized ppl normally do! For those who behave otherwise, I suggest you invest in some self-growth, stop being so narrow minded and spiteful. My advice, MY OPINION!

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Because you don't articulate yourself well. Boring?? What do you hate about the show that makes it boring. Be more explicit. Was the acting wooden? Was the staging of lights artificial?? Is the pacing of the story line uneven? Readers want more details from forum commentators than, I don't like this show. Being defensive, makes you sound less knowledgeable and more immature. Take a hint from the authors of this blog, and take the time to formulate your thoughts. Contribute to the forum with more than a shallow opinion. Construct an argument. Far more readers will respect you for well thought ideas, even if they don't agree with them.

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Well, we have nothing to do that's why we are watching dramas! and everybody has the right to State their opinion about some show Whether it's positive or negative.
The show is boring and I didn't even watch the third\forth episode yet.
But I'm still here reading the recaps! Why? because I want to give this show a chance and reading is way faster than actually watching an episode.

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Exactly like me and many others. We don't want to watch nearly two hours of drama for let us down later. So it's more quick come here and read the recap and wait for the drama has changed, unfortunately it's not the case.
There are a lot of unnecessary focus on Yoonjin and more that writers grow her story in the plot, more the drama became boring, monotonous and with very low ratings (ratings of episode 7 and 8, so focused on Yoonjin, had the lowest ratings , 4.2% and 3.8%, respectively).
No one knows why Kichul want so much Sunwoo and I wanted to see more action, more progress of plans/execution of plans than just conversations.

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No ratings have dropped from the 2nd episode onwards because the script focused too much on the mature actors instead of Jaejoong. Same thing with Healer caused the lower ratings, with the script focusing too much on the story of the mature actors instead of the younger leads.

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its not about the mature actor or not i think the story so far even more focused to the mom try to safe the mama boy, and this eps focus to the girlfriends acting like a mother hen protecting the boyfriends...sigh, i'm a bit disappointed how they make Soon woo character like a weak mama boy not a talented spy boy with high action talent.

the mom look badass when she fight with ki cul but then where its it again?, so far this eps is full of emotional characther ,not much action even when the north korean girl die we don't have an action scene so nothing interesting when this scene happen beside the girl die.

i think the rating getting low because this is in friday night and the new variety show who just started this couple of week "the meal a days" have a high rating.

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*"three meal a days"

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It's not about young or old actors, a actor is a actor not matter his/her age. The point here is to have a consistent story that holds the viewer on a Friday night. It is true that the ratings from the second week (episodes 3 and 4) began to fall, but the decline was more expressive as in the following episodes where there was little progress in the plot and the Sunwoo proved to be too immature to a ' bright, intelligent and genius agent of NIS 'as told us in his profile. Moreover, the Yoonjin character was the least approved by Korean viewers and the increase of her history contributos also in low ratings.
In short, multiple factors are connected to a not so good audience (good plot, good actors), Yoonjin is one of them.

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Well said!

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Thank you! Well said too <3 I also liked your comments ^^

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Loll! You are ridiculous! You watched t the show and you claim it bores you. That is OK but then you go out of your way to let everyone know how boring you think it is and then hide behind every coward/troll's excuse "I'm just expressing my opinion!" lol!!!! Yes you did like a million times so why don't you go see a show that you don't think is boring? lol you are acting like a loser but don't worry that is just my "opinion" *rolls eyes*

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I have no words for you kid except, may the lord have mercy on your soul! :/

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Good for those trolls! just my “opinion”

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Hey, do you know the meaning of the word 'critical', because certainly does not mean arrogance. Here is the place to express our opinions on a drama we're watching or wanting to watch, is not up to you and to anyone force us to shut up or stop reading us about what happens in 'x' or 'y' drama. Feeling that the plot is going to a path you do not like is normal/commom, after all we are different people with different personalities and we want / crave different things.
No one here is imposing an opinion, only expressing. You can express your without being rude to others.
We (I) will continue to say what we like or dislike of the following episodes of 'Spy' is up to you and the others learn to RESPECT, ACCEPT AND UNDERSTAND that not all think like you.

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So can we said this new format friday night drama from kbs failed?, i means with less interest from korean netizen watching drama this days and when you even put a drama in time slot where people choose variety show then serious drama ..this is what you get kbs..the rating keep getting low.

Anyway, i will still follow this drama, the PD doing a good job here every scene look good here ,also i'm curious when sun woo show his baddass side so next give him a gun and real action scene please. And Watching the preview for the next eps...can i see that...?

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Not watching the show, but reading the recaps it reminds me of why Triangle was boring -- nothing much at stake with lots of talk about everything that was at stake. I'm starting to wonder if our male lead just isn't very good in action scenes, and so the director is sticking with talk, talk, talk. Because he looks great.

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nah even young dal (jaejoong character in triangle) have an action scene in triangle before he start to work in company and become the business man lol

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Urmm..can they just kill that Yoonjin girl? She's such a turn off and makes me loses my interest and hope in this drama

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lol. i thought i was the only person who don't like yoon jin's character. haha

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This is desire of many viewers, that the writters get rid of her; her dying or just only disappear, no matter; she not more shows in the drama is what matters.

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She reminds me of the girl in Doctor Stranger. In fact, this show reminds me of Doctor Stranger without the medical parts.

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Writer needs to do something ASAP. The drama is progressing so slow, it is really hard to watch. And I think the viewers are agree with me, considering how Spy's ratings just continue to drop pretty significantly. KBS really failed big time these days

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Honestly, I was expecting a lot from this drama before it started. But from the 1st episode, i feel something is lacking, like something is missing. it's a spy drama, but the action is meh, and the surprise element is zero. it's like the whole 1 hour i was watching per episode doesnt really have up and down or even suspense, like an action drama like this supposed to have.

the only reason i'm still watching is because of jaejoong. i will keep continue watching till the last episode just for the sake of watching jaejoong. as for the plotline itself, i won't put too much hope since we're already half through the drama but it's still as bland as the first episode.

the weirder thing is i don't even like yoon jin's character, i found her to be weak and not interesting from the beginning, even after it was revealed that she was working for the ki chul and that she was lying to sun woo. they're lovers but even their love chemistry lack. there's no chemistry at all. the even weirder thing, that soo yeon girl that died, i found her to be more interesting when she interact with jaejoong. i even secretly hoping she will have a loveline with jaejoong instead of yoojin, only to be crushed when soo yeon died in the end.

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Everyone think the same as you. Yoonjin and Sunwoo have not chemistry at all, something that in little minutes with could see between Sooyeon and Sunwoo. Yoonjin character is meaningless, just get rid of her fast.

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action is what we expect but according to what BJO said in the interview after prescon, its a family drama
so as mentioned above, u'll know if its for u or not by seeing the first airing of 2eps
so far so good for me . . w litlle nick here and there per ussual when i was watching something like how YooJin character kept nagging on me ^^

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I'm so bummed the drama is turning out this way. I was hoping to marathon it after it finished.

Also did I miss them or has KMHM still not been recapped? The last 2 episodes were so good too.

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For a show that is supposed to be suspenseful and has an abundance of espionage..... how can it be sooo boring??

I love the kick ass moma and the papa but other than that the show is lacking. disappointeddddddddd~

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I'm mad that this show is making me feel bad for YoonJin. Oh wells, dinner better be on fire.
Thanks for the recap Gummi

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Spy fighting!

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This show needs a great push or the ratings are gonna keep diving to the end of the list!!

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it's slow paced but it's different from most k-dramas format so I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would.
no love triangle , no chaebol , tacky heroine , silly coincidence etc
non of the characters are innocent angels and we don't care for the romance part to end well .
but I guess that's why people who like k-dramas don't like it .

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Exactly. Thanks for pointing out what this drama does not have and makes it different or more enjoyable:) I especially liked the "we don’t care for the romance part to end well". LOL, but so true.

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I don't watch much kdrama and none of the reasons you mentioned are things I (and others too) miss in this drama, reason for I don't like it.
There is less action than was promised; although the actors in the press conference have given to understand that the parties of action would be few, KBS and PD were for 2 months promoting in a way that implied that there would be a lot of action. Sunwoo is more to a newly hired agent than experienced spy and all that runaround frustrates me. I hope very much for a change.

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I think I understand what you're saying. Trailers could be misleading. I'm fortunate I entered without expectations (I didn't get to see the press conference or trailers). I watched the first episode only because of Jaejoong, and I was surprised that it was good. It's actually the first series of Jaejoong that I got past the first two episodes. LOL.

I do agree that Jaejoong's character, Sun-woo, can be frustrating sometimes since they made him seem so promising from the start and yet he hasn't shown any outstanding skills 7 episodes later. Like you, I think a change would make this show even more interesting, particularly with regards to Sun-woo's character.

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I'm pretty sure it was mentioned as a family drama from the start .
and you want action in a k- drama ? LOL that's asking for embarrassing shitt to happen , even the the ones that are presumed good action thriller are tacky as hell with the action scenes.

Korean dramas are all about more talking and less action .
if you don't like something then you don't like it . am I supposed to care ?

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There are some pretty good dramas out there with action.

Cruel City? It was intense and not tacky at all.

Bad Guys? very dark and gritty but not tacky.

Now I will admit that All In and Swallow the Sun had tacky bits and bad English-speaking actors but they were good stories.

And Time Between Dog and Wolf? That one was good and really only one or two characters were tacky.

So not all action dramas are bad.

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I would add IRIS, City Hunter, King of 2 Hearts, and Two Weeks to the list of some pretty good action dramas.

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every drama the two of you mentioned I find tacky and embarrassing in action scenes, especially the ones with the masked vigilante hero sillynes .
I enjoy and love k-drama but I'm not watching them for high quality action and I wouldn't recommend any to someone not used to them .
it's OK if you like them and think they're in a required level to be called good action series , I don't though .

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yes its a new format more than KBS warns us on ^^
but it sure "cure" me of boredom on tacky/silly/cheesy ones
its like when people who are used to rice move to another country to get use on potato/bread, some move along some move back

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This show is NOT boring at all. After every 40+ minute episode I end up craving for more. I'm watching some of the more popular dramas/series and most of them are a lot less interesting than this. While I do agree that a little more action is welcome, the lack of it isn't greatly missed. Not by me, anyway. What I do think this show is missing is a tougher lead character. It's time for Sun-woo to prove why the bad guys particularly chose him and want him to be on their side.

Looking forward to the next episode. And thanks for the recap.

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think KC only wants SW as a tool to get inside NIS #fornow cos he seems not to take a lot of interest of SW when he almost stab him to death in China and only stopped because he saw their family picture, everyone is only a tool in KC's eyes

spent my fastest 2hours passed by on every friday live-airing

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Spy is not boring to me. And sometimes being different or doing things differently can be a good thing!

Still enjoying Spy and its certainly nowhere near or in the same league as some of the worst kdramas imaginable. Sure I wish it had more action sequences & thrilling spy vs. spy moments interjected into it but I can deal with and accept Spy for what it is and for what its offering.

I am adament about this - I do not want to see Mom & Yoon-jin team up together. I would prefer Yoon-jin to choose her family and/or North Korea over Sun-Woo. Like many other viewers here, I want Sun-Woo to be free of Yoon-Jin. To the point where emotionally Sun-Woo can say to Yoon-Jin without reservation: "Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out!"

Although the character Jo Soo-Yeon died a few episodes back she left such an indelible impression on the mind of many viewers that people are still longing for her chemistry with Kim Jae-Joong and presence in the drama. To that I say...good job Chae Soo-Bin.

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Well said! I particularly like your words Sun-Woo to be free of Yoon-Yin, physically and emotionally. So far, Sun-Woo is seen to be holding on her so much I just wonder why makes him that 'vulnerable' but again love is love, as blind as it could be. The irony is I failed to see any chemistry between SUn-Woo and Yoonjin, no matter how hard I tried. But it went effortlessly for Sun-Woo and Seoyeon. Oh I was sad when she died coz I wanted to see her interactions more than Sun-Woo and Yoonjin.

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Thanks momot. I think Sun-Woo recognizes & realizes how blessed he is to have the love and support of his family like he does. So much so that he overcompensates with blinders on in full-force when it comes to Yoon-jin.

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no YooJin for me either XD till recent eps she's on the bad guy side in my POV ^^ seems like we're craving SY much to our dissapointment and now we can only target on Eun-Ah but seems like SW got no notion into that direction at all XD
is she SW's first crush ^^ for him to want to hold onto her so much from the begining . . or maybe SW received so much love from hiw own family that he's very vurnerable to just love whole heartedly

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Hum..Im for once really enjoy this drama and not find it boring..cause i think there is no time to felt bored..the drama felts smooth..even if it not have many action.. What i like about the drama is its more about family bonding..

Im busy with my work this days..so the only drama that i manage to follow is SPY and KMHL. Suprising im enjoy this a bit better that KMHM. I think because 1 episode only 40 to 50 minutes..10 minutes less
really make a different..

For KMHL sometime there is part that i had to fast forward. But still, for Jan drama, i really recommend this 2 drama.

Back to Spy, i think a lot of people question about the chemistry between the lead.. I donno, maybe cause im a bit older..i find their relationship is really what reality of few years couple does..like when they eat or talk..they have this a bit understanding that i cannot explain.. what i love about this ep when SW can sense when his gf was down..soo sweet..he really good married material guy..

Cant wait for next episode..its must be heartbroking for SW when he knows the truth.. I felt the pain already.. been deceive by 2 people he most love..

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I totally agree with you that the 40 - 50 minute episodes are especially helpful when you're busy and may need to juggle things around to fit kdrama watching into your schedule.

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the most notable about SPY is that it always delivers naturally . . how the family interacts . . the subleties of their feelings here and there shown just by simple touch of hands or a look
the little sis who always likes to eat and grumpily objects her mom's choice of news channel . . pickle?! XD

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First time comment here. For my favourite drama recently. LOL.

Even from the 1st airing of this drama, I've never expected too much on it (well I learn that I shouldn't expect in any drama, esp Kdramas lol). And I remember reading an article where the cast said rather than an action drama, it's more about a family drama. It portrays a particular family with unexpected things going on and how they deal with it. And the main lead, SW, even tho described as an intelligent NIS agent, also described as a loving and caring son & lover. JJ said that SW is just a young man in his 20s, experiencing love, quarrels and obstacles with his family, work and lover.

So far, I think the drama says it all. The relationship between people in this drama, esp SW's family, the couple WooJin - is beautifully and emotionally built up. We know the nature of the relationship between mom and SW - a protective mom and her loveable son; mom and dad - caring and loving; mom and daughter, sister and brother, son and dad... Everything is portrayed very beautifully IMO.

Even WooJin couple. Even though I don't like Yoojin much, I still understand why SW wants to protect her. If you look at their relationship closely, even from the start SW always so honest, so caring towards her. He wants to protect the person he loves, is that a bad thing? Esp when in his eyes, she's his lover, someone without family and can feel lonely at times because she missing her parents. She isn't someone he can doubt, cos he loves her sincerely (considering the fact that SW is so honest to her fro m the start).

To mom, he always does what mom wants, why? because he loves his mom. How he drinks this green juice tho he doesn't like it, or let his mom carrying his bag cos she wants to do that, how he always tries to make things clear abt his gf, persuading her to accept her wholeheartedly... He loves them ~ Watching it, I just see a loveable son, and that's why I don't understand why some of you call him "immature".

He also does his best in his job, but how can he expect the closest person to him, his mom and his lover, are deceiving him, gathering infos of him and becos of that, he can't do his mission properly. Even from the start, I think they said and shown enough to prove he's good at his job. Well maybe cos some expect too much, so it isn't enough for some of viewers here ^^ or else I'm a stranger with different taste. LOL

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ah . . thats why she's planted perfectly into SW's side and this is why i don't like her ^^

SW being the good son he is portrayed breaks my heart when he gets into arguments with mom because of her
don't think its ussual for viewers to side with mom instead of the lover intended XD

think 1st time SW started to blotch on his job is after he met YooJin . . she kept ticking on my unfavorable side lol

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Sunwoo's BLIND love for YoonJin is starting to get on my nerves. Then the mom keep trusting in Kichul despite everything *rolls eyes*
I agree with some commenters here, about the drama being focused in the older actors mainly, so far as I remember they said the drama audience target was a younger generation, so in my opinion they aren't doing a bad job here. As much as I like the Mom and Dad characters, I wish they gave the younger actors more action.. Isn't this drama SPY, honestly i was expecting alot more action than we are seeing in the last espisodes.
About the YoonJin&Sunwoo's couple, since we didn't get to see much about how they meet each other, it's difficult to be attached by this couple even if they gave us so many kiss scenes..lol
Sunwoo's character recently is frustrating me too, I mean I still like him, but I think the writer is making him look quite weak and a bit incompetent (aka girlfriend being the enemy), because it wasn't in the original version, the korean writers probably wanted to add more drama/angst, but by doing it they gave Sunwoo character a big flaw in my opinion.

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*they are doing a bad job

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Does anyone know the title and the singer of that English song. Wanna download it. Really love it

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It's 'The key of her heart' from a young singer from Singapore named Reuby.

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