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Descended From the Sun: Episode 13

With the medical team home and the soldiers on their way, life starts to settle back to something close to normal for everyone. Shi-jin and Mo-yeon work to reestablish their relationship guidelines, while Dae-young has a life-changing decision to make. We also get some clues as to the dangerous nature of Shi-jin’s real job, and it seems that it’s every bit as worrisome as we feared.

EPISODE 13 RECAP

The doctors are back home, and happy to be so, though they do complain just a bit about things like distance to work, and the cold. They find their coworkers waiting to welcome them back to the hospital, with a reluctant Director Han leading the reception. He particularly complains to Chi-hoon about his mother’s constant harassment, though Chi-hoon is mostly just excited to see his fiancee.

Director Han announces a special bonus to all those who went to Uruk, and literally smacks Mo-yeon with a bouquet of flowers, hee. He’s angry that she didn’t come home on the first plane, as if she did it to personally thwart him, and it looks as if he’s actually, genuinely hurt.

Mo-yeon animatedly tells her friend Ji-soo about the earthquake, and gets teased that it sounds more like a description of her falling in love. Mo-yeon wonders who tattled that she’s dating, since everyone seems more interested in hearing about her captain than her time in Uruk.

She calls Shi-jin later and complains that she already misses being in Uruk, since there aren’t any shirtless singing soldiers or flirtatious captains back home. She tells Shi-jin that she still plans to quit her hospital job and open her own clinic, and teasingly asks if he makes enough to support her if it doesn’t work out. He promises to make a spot for her on Team Alpha if she goes broke, claiming that she has more battle experience than most soldiers.

Mo-yeon receives a sincere apology from Director Han for his propositioning of her — well, as sincere as he’s capable of. Mo-yeon is unmoved and turns in her resignation, though when he balks at accepting it, she says he can always resign himself.

Mo-yeon heads to the bank to arrange for her loan, but the bank teller (a highly anticipated cameo by Yoo Ah-in!) snootily informs her that her loan wasn’t approved. Her change in job status has caused the bank to rethink loaning her the money, which puts her in a bind. If she resigns, she can’t get the loan, but if she stays in her job, she can’t open her new clinic.

Myung-joo is still in the Medicube hospital recuperating, with an attentive Dae-young keeping her company when he can. He wants her to leave the Army and open her own hospital, a much safer occupation, but she claims that being an Army doctor is a lot easier since most soldiers are pretty healthy.

Besides, she argues, she’s so good at being both a doctor and a soldier, her leaving the Army would be a national loss, heh. Dae-young indulgently agrees, just happy to have her healthy.

Shi-jin delivers Myung-joo a transfer order to go back to Korea, which Shi-jin tries to take credit for (Myung-joo: “What influence do you have? You can’t even take care of yourself.” Touche). We see that he actually did convince Lieutenant Park to send her home, by commenting that if she ever finds out that Park wanted to send her to the U.S. Army base when she was sick, she’ll make his life Hell.

Shi-jin has a minor heart attack when Mo-yeon calls him crying a desperate, “Help me!” He breathes again when she just wants his help getting her loan, but when he says it was pretty dumb to resign before asking for a loan, she’s all, Why don’t you extend your deployment, then? Stay there forever!

Her only option is to apologize to Director Han and withdraw her resignation, which Mo-yeon knows will be humiliating. When their lunch table starts to shake violently, the entire Uruk medical team hit the floor, making everyone in the cafeteria wonder why they’re hiding from a jackhammer. Hahahawhoops.

Mo-yeon approaches Director Han armed with flowers and a pretty speech, but he knows right away that this is about her loan. She asks for another chance, which he grants, though he gives her the crappy night shifts and makes her a back-up surgeon in the operating room. Ouch.

Mo-yeon tears up her resignation letter gratefully, and heads down to the OR where a car accident patient is being wheeled in, covered in blood. Her friends wonder what happened to her job on the television show, but Mo-yeon only says that she’ll still be doing that for now.

Chi-hoon and his fiancee visit the doctor and learn that their baby is healthy and due in a couple of weeks. Their eyes go wide when they’re warned to avoid any hanky-panky until after the baby is born… whoops, too late.

Mo-yeon’s rival, Dr. Kim, is curious about the rumors that Mo-yeon started dating a soldier in Uruk, but Mo-yeon refuses to satisfy her curiosity. Dr. Kim pushes, making assumptions about why Mo-yeon was fired from the VIP ward, but again Mo-yeon avoids the subject. She just says that she learned while out of the country that these things aren’t important, what’s important is being happy.

Dr. Kim whines that all Mo-yeon did in Uruk was give some shots and take pictures, telling her to stop bragging. Unfortunately she says this in front of the entire Uruk medical team, who glare at her in disbelief. Dr. Kim scoots away and they all regret not throwing their utensils at her.

Sang-hyun and Ja-ae take a break on the roof, where they discuss a loan she’s paying off to him. Apparently she borrowed the money for her sister’s college tuition, and she’s almost done repaying him.

Back in Uruk, the soldiers are all taking care with their skin again, looking forward to going home. Even Dae-young wears a moisturizing mask, hee. The married Snoopy quips that his wife won’t care what he looks like once the lights go out, making the rest of the soldiers Oooooo at him.

Dae-young goes to sit and think about Lieutenant General Yoon’s offer, allowing him to date Myung-joo so long as he quits the Army and goes to work for her mother’s company. He has to decide by the time they get back to Korea. He’s joined by Myung-joo, and when she complains that being stuck in bed is boring, he makes her at least sit and rest.

She’s in a grumpy mood, complaining that he never even opened his present (Rawr!), but she’s struck speechless when Dae-young simply says, “I love you, Yoon Myung-joo.” It’s so uncharacteristic of him that Myung-joo asks if he’s about to break up with her, but he only says, “I love you. Very much. Forever.”

He reassures her that they’re not breaking up, and a weight seems to lift from his shoulders. I guess that means he’s made his decision. They head back to base, hand-in-hand.

The men make it back to Korea safe and sound, and are given three days’ leave to do as they please. Dae-young immediately starts work on his discharge request, with only a small hesitation before signing off.

Dae-young and Shi-jin make it their mission to drink for the next seventy-two hours, and are soon joined by Snoopy (“My wife got mad when I turned off the lights”). Shi-jin is reduced to tears when nobody answers his calls, so cute.

Eventually Mo-yeon gets wind of their plans and finds them, where Myung-joo has joined them in the meantime. She tells Mo-yeon that this is pretty normal (the boys are practically nonverbal by this point) and heads back to the base. Mo-yeon is disappointed — this isn’t the reunion with Shi-jin that she was expecting.

The boys argue drunkenly over which girl is prettier, the one who just left or “the new one.” Shi-jin naturally thinks this new one is prettier, ha.

Apparently Shi-jin was able to reach his friends after all, and soon their quiet drinking turns into a loud, rowdy party. Shi-jin and Dae-young stay after everyone leaves, fighting to remain awake — they really do mean to just drink for three days straight, don’t they?

HAHA, Sang-hyun is there with them, trying to keep up with their drinking and losing badly. He shares his PPL almonds with Mo-yeon, and Shi-jin suddenly realizes that she’s still here. He seems surprised when Mo-yeon appears to know him, and acts impressed when Sang-hyun says that she’s already his girlfriend. Mo-yeon is not amused.

She takes a drink for strength to put up with Shi-jin, and soon he’s forced to drag her drunk butt home. She aegyos at Shi-jin, wanting him to order chicken and beer, but a noise sobers him up fast and he puts a hand over her mouth. He’s ready to take out the intruder armed with only a scarf, but Mo-yeon recognizes her mother’s coat and bag.

Mo-yeon’s mom pops up from the kitchen floor where she was hiding, to find her daughter drunk as a skunk with a strange man looking like he’s ready to attack. When he introduces himself as Mo-yeon’s boyfriend, she turns the tables on him and plays the, ”You’re my boyfriend? Really?? trick he played on her. She’s adorable when she’s drunk.

Mom is happy when she hears about Shi-jin’s job — good steady pay and he’s often away from home, perfect for her daughter who often spends long hours at the hospital.

Mom is a stitch, she even gets the usually glib Shi-jin twisted up when she asks why he’s being so formal, did he do something wrong? He says no, and she asks why not, and he very nearly promises to be naughty if she wants before he realizes what he’s saying. Okay, Mo-yeon’s mom is awesome.

Shi-jin leaves the cheerfully drunk Mo-yeon to her mother, and meets up with her later when they’ve both sobered up a bit. Shi-jin asks if her mom liked him, but Mo-yeon doesn’t remember anything about their meeting. He gapes when he realizes that Mo-yeon is still drunk, wondering what he’s gotten himself into with her.

He gets a call from his superior officer, and Mo-yeon knows right away that it’s another call that will take him away from her. Shi-jin hangs up with a serious expression, and says that he has to go “to the department store,” their agreed-upon code for when he’s got a dangerous job to do.

He looks terrified, since the last time this happened, Mo-yeon broke up with him. But all she says is that they’ll go see a movie when he returns, and he gives her the most gorgeous smile, looking both relieved and grateful.

Shi-jin and Dae-young suit up for a briefing on their next mission, and they’re surprised to see Lieutenant Park there as the mission commander. They’re given weapons and a special injector pen that guarantees death within ten seconds — their own.

They’re sent to Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, to act as security detail for a meeting between North and South Korean dignitaries. Shi-jin finds himself guarding the door with the same North Korean soldier he fought back when we first met him, which explains how they knew each other by name.

The soldier asks about Shi-jin’s wound and apologizes, and Shi-jin in turn apologizes for getting the soldier demoted, with a wry grin that proves that they actually have a lot of respect for each other. The soldier offers to fight him again any time, and they each note the conspicuous pen the other is sporting.

The guards even go to lunch together, though they sit at seperate tables — wouldn’t want anyone to think they actually like each other. Shi-jin offers to buy his friend lunch when the South Koreans host the second half of these talks, but the soldier says that he’ll be on furlough after this.

When he gets back to Seoul, Shi-jin visits Mo-yeon’s hospital, and finds himself in the elevator with Director Han. He overhears Han telling his assistant that Mo-yeon actually seems to be enjoying her punishment in the operating room, and that he sends her flowers daily, which she returns.

Shi-jin snickers at that, but then Han asks if the assistant has been able to find out anything about her boyfriend. He hasn’t, but he shows han a photo of the whole team in Uruk. Shi-jin points to himself in the photo and says that’s the boyfriend, and Han looks gratified to finally have some info — until he realizes that it’s the guy standing in front of him.

He follows Shi-jin and sizes him up, asking if he’s good at fighting, being in Special Forces. Shi-jin gets up in Han’s personal space and says that he heard about the hotel incident, telling him to watch his back, because yes, he’s a good fighter.

Dr. Kim throws her weight around again, telling Mo-yeon to take her night shift. But this time Mo-yeon just calmly declines, then lights up when Shi-jin arrives earlier than she expected. Dr. Kim gets all flirty at the sight of the handsome captain and angles for an introduction.

Shi-jin admirably keeps his eyes to himself and his tone neutral, and carefully makes a point to say he’s Mo-yeon’s boyfriend. Still, Mo-yeon literally shoves him out of there, leaving Dr. Kim to pout.

They head to the mall, but Mo-yeon is still annoyed that Shi-jin couldn’t tell that she hates Dr. Kim. Shi-jin grins at her jealousy, saying that she wouldn’t be like this if she knew who he just met. Her tone immediately changes when he say she spoke with Director Han, and suddenly she’s all concerned about him.

She tries to change the subject to anything else, but Shi-jin needles her, enjoying her reaction. He finally gets her to stop chattering and gives her a necklace, and though she grumbles that she won’t cheer up just because she got a present, it totally works.

They meet Dae-young and Myung-joo for a double date, and when the waiter notes that they have new girlfriends this time, the ladies shoot eye-daggers at the men. But he’s talking about the stuffed animals, and the guys introduce their new ladies the same way as before (Dae-young: “This is my girlfriend.” Shi-jin: “This is my comrade.”).

Shi-jin reminds Dae-young of the big fight that day, when he fought those gang members to get his phone back because it had a special picture in it. Myung-joo assumes it was a photo of her, and looks through Dae-young’s phone, but doesn’t find one. She does find several photos of cabs, and wonders what that’s about.

Dae-young explains that it’s the same as a photo of Myung-joo to him — they had always gone out for drinks because he wasn’t imaginative when it came to dating, so he could never drive her home. The pictures are all of the license plates of the cabs he sent her home in. When they broke up he deleted all of their pictures, but he kept these. Okay, all together now… Awwww.

Both Myung-joo and Mo-yeon swoon hard, and Myung-joo and Dae-young are so goofy in love that Shi-jin and Mo-yeon bail out. Myung-joo is still cooing over Dae-young’s sweetness as they head out, but she complains when she realizes that Dae-young is taking her home early.

She gets a call that she quickly declines, and claims nervously that she doesn’t know who it was. When her phone rings again Dae-young snatches it, sees that the calls are from a man, and he answers and puts it on speaker phone. HAHA, it’s the same soldier she had spying on Dae-young before, calling to report in again.

Myung-joo gives a weak excuse and Dae-young goes dangerously quiet, then suddenly lunges to her side of the car. I get that this is car PPL, but is that safe? He gets close enough to kiss her and Myung-joo closes her eyes, then he murmurs, “I’m not going to do it. It’s your punishment.” Myung-joo rolls her eyes and turns away, but Dae-young grabs her face and turns her back for a bone-melting kiss.

Dae-young scares the spy half to death when he gets back to base, and makes him work for him this time. He calls Myung-joo and reports that Dae-young is handsome now, and plans to be handsome later, then go to bed while still handsome, HAHA. He adds that her father will be back tomorrow, which makes Dae-young’s ears perk up.

He goes to see Lieutenant Commander Yoon, and finds Myung-joo already there visiting with him. Yoon asks if this discharge request is Dae-young’s answer, which Dae-young confirms, though Myung-joo looks at her father in disappointment. Dae-young learns that Myung-joo knew about this all along, and Yoon tells Dae-young how she asked him, while she was possibly dying, to please not make Dae-young leave the Army.

Dae-young says that that was an agreement between them, not him, and he’s happy to choose Myung-joo even if it means a sacrifice. Myung-joo gets angry and calls him out to speak privately, and he defends that he did this in order to be with her. She counters that it wasn’t easy for her to argue her father out of this, which makes Dae-young pretty furious in turn.

Myung-joo says she only did it because he kept running away, and though Dae-young doesn’t say anything, he looks cut to the bone. She cries that he never said a word while she was fighting her father for them, but he says that every time he ran away, he was fighting, to show that he’s a man of his word. And when it finally paid off, and he had the chance to prove how he felt to her father, she undermined him by going to her father behind his back.

He wanted her father to choose him for his daughter for who he was, not because Myung-joo beat him down. But now he’s only accepting him because his daughter basically blackmailed him when she nearly died, and now, “I can’t be with you.”

Myung-joo agrees, and wishes him a happy life. As she walks away, Dae-young looks shocked, as if he’s surprised she didn’t even try to talk him out of it.

Shi-jin and Mo-yeon finally get a chance to watch their movie, at her place on video. This time it’s Mo-yeon who’s called away, and Shi-jin enjoys being the jilted one a bit too much, insisting that he’ll stay and finish the movie alone like Mo-yeon did at the theater. Mo-yeon puts a stop to that, saying that line only works on first dates, ha.

Team Alpha are called in for the second half of the talks between the North and South Korean officials, and Shi-jin is put in charge as leader of Team Alpha. He catches Dae-young scarfing candy, claiming depression over his breakup, which is news to Shi-jin.

They hear footsteps and turn to see the North Korean soldier, who’s supposed to be on furlough. He’s approaching them with purpose, looking angry and determined, and both of them are too surprised to move.

At the hospital, Mo-yeon is called to the ER for a patient who’s being rushed in with multiple gunshot wounds. It’s the North Korean soldier, and he’s in need of immediate surgery.

Sang-hyun takes over, because another ambulance is arriving with a more critical patient. Mo-yeon actually reels in horror when the ambulance doors open… and sees Shi-jin, absolutely covered in blood.

COMMENTS

Okay, I honestly didn’t see that coming — I was fully expecting it to be Dae-young in that ambulance. Which is pretty naïve of me, because Shi-jin ad Mo-yeon were getting along entirely too well in this episode, and there’s really no way we were getting out of this drama without a serious threat to Shi-jin’s life. We’ve been building up to this for the entire run of the show, but I guess I got complacent, and I wasn’t expecting this so soon. And certainly not from the North Korean soldier, who we’ve seen since Episode One actually holds a lot of respect for Shi-jin. Granted, we didn’t really see what happened, and I wonder if there’s not a big twist coming — possibly someone else shot Shi-jin, and the North Korean soldier got wind of it, and he was actually there to try to help? I’m grasping at straws, but for some reason, I just really want the soldier to be a good guy.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the show bringing everyone back to Korea so soon, but I really like where we’re going with this. Life doesn’t end when the overseas assignment ends, and I have family members who have been in the military, so I know that it takes almost as much adjustment coming back home as it does going to a new place. Even the medical team are having some trouble getting back to their normal lives — they were changed by their short but dramatic time in Uruk, and it will affect how they interact with the world from now on. Even just hearing certain noises brings back traumatic experiences such as the earthquake, and I appreciate that the show is giving us a chance to see what happens after the team returns home.

There are a few continuity issues making me head-tilt as we watch our doctors settle back into normal life, such as, how did the bank know that Mo-yeon turned in her resignation at all, much less the very day she did it? I’m willing to accept that possibly it wasn’t the same day, but still, how did they know? And if someone is borrowing enough money to open their own clinic, then why would her loan be denied for being “unemployed?” Did they expect her to build her own clinic and keep working at the hospital? Seems as though her quitting her job would be understood — you have to quit one job in order to start another. I suppose at this point I should be used to the fact that you sometimes have to just accept odd leaps of logic in order to enjoy this show, but that one just seems very out-there to me.

I really appreciated that finally, Myung-joo and Dae-young got everything out in the open and really talked. It’s kind of ridiculous that they both made deals with Myung-joo’s father without discussing it with the other, considering that it concerns both their futures. You can’t base a solid relationship on hiding secrets like they did, so it’s good that they got to air it all out (and I love that her father let them handle it without getting involved). It was brave of Myung-joo to admit that she felt like she had to get involved because Dae-young had that bad habit of running away from her, and it’s understandable that she would be scared of his decision, if he had to choose between her and his career.

But Dae-young is right that she should have trusted him, and let him handle his conflict with her father between them. He doesn’t have much, but he has his pride and honor as a man, and I can understand why he feels that he can’t be with Myung-joo under the circumstances she created.

I think it’s clear that Shi-jin and Dae-young’s security detail missions are their “real” job, the one they’ve been alluding to all this time that is apparently so dangerous they can’t even speak about it. So again, I’m surprised at myself that I’m surprised that Shi-jin got seriously hurt, because the show has been practically screaming at us from the beginning that he could be killed at any moment. I just didn’t think that it would be so sudden, so for that, I applaud the show, because I truly was taken by surprise. My heart is still pounding and my stomach hurts a little, which is a good sign. Descended hasn’t been a show to really churn out the plot twists, and as they go, this was a good one. Well done.

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yes! it's here!

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Thank you for the recap! I felt like in some ways, this was a filler ep., however I liked that we got to see the medical team back in Seoul, trying to adjust back to life the way it was before they left. I don’t know if I am the only one, however I felt weird not seeing them in Urk anymore, not seeing the children, and the racially diverse cameos. From some of the articles I have been reading, they probably needed the (many) PPL we saw in this ep., and I am OK with it.

I did like that there is an evolution in the relationships, such as YSJ using the code phrase to let KMY know that he had to go on a mission, and he was sincerely sorry that their date was cut short, again. I also loved the call back to their movie date in ep.2, with YSJ being KMY this time, and I loved how she reacted. I know some of the lines are really cheesy in this drama, but if they are delivered well, I will go with it. So for me, that confession that SDY made in the coffee place about keeping the pictures of the cabs YMJ had taken, because he could stand seeing those (but pictures of her, too painful), was “Awww” inducing for me. Yeah, I am a romantic. And when YMJ said, “SDY, I am falling in love with you all over again,” I was thinking, I TOTALLY understand, so do I. And then they broke up at the end of the ep. *Sad face*

I am glad I didn’t read any earlier recaps or commentary before watching the ep., so I was totally shocked when I saw YSJ in that ambulance, with what looked like blood on his upper body. I have to say that SHK’s very shocked expression contributed to how I felt. I had seen that image before, but I didn’t expect it when I saw it. KMY needs to have a strong heart, to be dating YSJ. What happens to him can give one a heart attack.

I thought the men being drunk was cute and funny, though I can’t help but worry about the state of their livers. Drinking for three days and three nights, non stop? I know they promised that to each other, but still… Why? And KMY is a very cute drunk. I was impressed though, to see how quickly YSJ sobered up once he sensed danger in KMY’s place, and once he met her mom. His tolerance level for alcohol must be high. I was wondering, what did YSJ meant, when he told KMY’s mom that next time, he will greet her properly? I was just curious. What more does he need to do? Get on his knees and bow to her a few times, like I have seen in some Kdramas? (HB’s character did that in MNIKSS, with Sam Soon’s mom in one of the latest episodes). Or is there more to it than that?

I also really loved the scene where the medical staff that went to Urk ducked under the table, when they heard the construction work noises. I thought it was an appropriate reaction for them, considering what they had experienced in Urk. And I am glad LCH seems to be doing better, though wow, that seems to have been somewhat quick? (Not that I want to see him cry any more).

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Totally with you on this!

Though on the recap / earlier commentary - I gotta admit, my Kdrama-indulgence feels terribly incomplete without reading Dramabeans' recaps, regardless whether I do it before watching the episode, or after. :X

**Thank you, Dramabeans and LollyPip**

Adding on to some of your points,

1) About the men and their drinking.

I think Team Alpha's work is almost always serious for them - involving life and death, and thus requiring intense thought and focus. So I suppose engaging in frivolous activities (like drinking for 3 days, ha) whenever they can, helps them create happier memories of the time they spend together.

I really like how Snoopy's character (Sergeant Choi?) is such a contrast to SJ and DY's. [Or maybe just SJ's - I think Snoopy and DY are quite similar, except that he doesn't have the same depth of friendship that DY has with SJ, so he hardly gives in to SJ's playful side.]

We've seen it occasionally in the earlier episodes, but i think especially within ep 13, the comical moments wouldn't be as funny without him.

2) About greeting properly

I think what SJ means is, he should have greeted MY's mum when he first stepped into the house. He didn't, because they didn't know MY's mum was there.

It's a cultural norm for me, so I'm not sure if it is for you - that whether you're a guest or a resident* of the household, the first thing we're expected to do when entering a house, is to greet the people who are inside it.
And some people - especially if they're older generation - can get pretty upset if it's not done.

*I say this partly from experience.. As a teenager, I used to get scolded by my mum when she discovered I had come home and hadn't said "hi" to her. I used to wonder why the fuss, since it's my home as much as hers. But as I grew up, I realized she took it as a show of respect - if I didn't do it, it meant I didn't respect her.

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@ cheekysalsera:

Hi, (I love your screen name, btw :-) )

Yes me too! When I watch a drama, I love to read the recaps and other people’s POVs, to see what I might have missed, perspective wise. The thing is, when I couldn’t watch an ep.(in the past), I would read the recaps, but when I could finally watch the ep., the element of surprise would be gone for me. So now, if I really like a show and I am actually watching it, I try not to read the recaps if I know that I will be watching that ep. the same day, or the next day. That way, I don’t know what is coming, and I can have a fuller experience. For example, the ending of this ep. TOTALLY took me by surprise, and KMY’s reaction (strong reaction I should say) added to the shock I felt as well. I don’t know that I would have been as surprised, and as shocked if I had read the recap first. That was what I meant.

I loved reading your thoughts, thank you for sharing them. You know, I really love the Alpha Team, and the sense of brotherhood they share. I remember in ep.4, when YSJ had to give back his guns and other military items (after disobeying the order to not let KMY operate on the Arab prince), the youngest one (is he “Harry Potter” or “Piccolo?” I think he might be “Harry Potter,”) wanted to cry. He was that sad to see what was happening to his Commander. Did you notice that in that scene? He was also the one who had asked where they were going in ep.2, when they were going to Afghanistan.

I love that he is the maknae (though he is 30/31 this year in real life. He is very young looking, and very cute, I might add). So he is the maknae, yet he is usually the one who notices things, and says them in a very innocent way. It’s as if he notices things, and senses things that Sergeant Choi, and the other one (Piccolo) don’t see right away. But he is the maknae, so they don’t think that he could be that smart or wise. I hope I am making sense. I love how those (three) guys gossip like women, they are like the ahjummas of their army unit, and I find that endearing, and I partly love them because of that. I love how they gossip, and take bets with each other that involve money.

I have another question, if I may: in ep.12, @ 42:30mns into the ep., KMY asked YSJ,” what kind of man has the homeland as a mother-in-law, and the nation as a sister-in-law?” I don’t know why, but I felt that it should have been, “what kind of woman, no?” Because the homeland and the nation become KMY’s rivals for YSJ’s attention, so shouldn’t it be that they are KMY’s MIL and SIL, instead of the other way around? What do you think? (I hope I made sense).

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because he's "married" to his job? or just mistranslated (i'm not sure though).

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Hi Ivory,

Since you like Harry Potter, I just want you to know, not sure if anybody here already points out, Harry Potter is actually Kwang Soo - the cute assistant for Ji Sung in Secret. You might want to check on that. He was a baby there and I was surprise to see him as a special force soldier here. Btw I like reading your thoughts on those 3 ajumas hahaha.

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So sorry I misspelled your name, Ivorie. :"(

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About the greeting, I think it was more like he hopes to be able to meet(= greet) her again next time in better circumstances. Ideally, you'd want to meet your partner's parent for the first time in a more formal or planned setting, like a meal or when you can put your best foot forward. KMY's mom was pretty cool about it but I would think it would raise some eyebrows on other parents to find their daughter being brought back home by a guy they didn't even know she was dating, drunk and late at night and at an apartment where she's living on her own. Not that I'm saying that YSJ did anything wrong by responsibly bringing her back home, but he was probably worried due to those factors.

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Hi Ivoire
Like the others say above, there is a formal greeting which should be the first time meeting and greeting ie the parents get to hear that there's someone dating their daughter/son and so a time and date are set for the meet and greet. It often does include the formal bow on one's knees and head to the floor, I believe.

Some shows hilariously had the girl who was doing the greeting, all decked out in hanbok, bearing gifts and even trying to entertain the "in-laws"... but I digress! :)

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I too believe that Dae Young was supposed to be in the ambulance but Song Joon Ki got hurt for real during filming I think is why the sudden scene at the end.

In another note I still hope that our couples get a happy ending.

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Usually I kind of shrug when the lead character in a drama gets shot - I'm pretty sure the guy's not going to die, and all I'm worried about is lazy writers might reach for the amnesia plot.

But this time I'm really worried, which was so weird until I realized it's down to SJK being so good in this role that I was nervous that being shot would change Shi Jin: maybe he'd be injured in a way where he has to give up his career, or he gets more serious and less jokey. I wasn't worried about the survival of the character but so attached to the way SJK is playing him that I don't want Shi Jin to be changed by the injury.

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I just love this show. After 10 episodes in Urk, I was ready for a change of pace. I love the new normal - Dr. Kang back in the ER OR, the Chairman in love with her and failing hilariously, Dr. Kang being understanding of Captain Yoo's job, Captain Yoo's missions, and that crazy drinking. Is this a Korean thing - huge binge? Seeing them drunk from the sober partner's point of view was hilarious. Dr. Kang's disgust at their days-long binge, and his incredulous expression when she was still drunk the day after. Dr. Kang's mom is awesome. I loved how they brought back the North Korean soldier and had noodles together. The pens they were wore were a bit crazy. I loved the elevator scene with Captain Yoo and the Chairman. Yeah, you brought my girlfriend to a hotel for a first date, and you better watch out because I'm a very good fighter. It was funny that all the hospital staff thought Captain Yoo was so handsome, even that annoying Professor Kim. I am a bit tired of Dae Young and Myung Joo's obstacle-stuck love story. I wish they had some more-fun times. The ending was great, certainly had me on the edge of my seat. I do wonder, since Onew's character is the super rich chaebol heir to the hospital, why doesn't he stand up to the Chairman or for Dr. Kang? I loved how Dr. Kang was so calm and competent even when multiple car accident victims showed up at the ER at the same time. I'm sorry she had to eat crow when she could't get the bank loan, but apparently she's already qualified to join Alpha squad! I do wish there were more music in the episode, like they had in the earlier episodes. The scenes seem to have less punch because there is less tortured yearning and music.

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I really enjoyed that in this episode we got to see what life would be like after all the terror, excitement and romance in Urk. It's nice to see the doctors still coping but have a more appreciative view of the world. Like when MY said that life is too precious and she just wants everyone to be happy.

Loved the drunken scenes, SJ's moments with the hospital diretor, the banters for both couples and meeting MY's mom, who rocks!

Also appreciate all the callbacks continuing in this drama- the 3 nights of soju promised by SJ in ep4, the *dates* of the boys with the stuffed animals in ep1 (so is "comrade" now SJ's code for girlfriend? haha), the constant reference to that movie date etc. It's like you're in on their secret as well. Makes the show more rounded for me and the characters don't seem to just spout lines.

Like most people, that ending shocked me! I honestly got goosebumps when MY freaked. Haha! Good one! What a way to end the episode.

I must say tho, the PPL for this ep was a bit jarring, lol. Took me out of some scenes like the car kiss. But I understand they needed to put them in for the funding of this epic drama. Oh well, I hope it won't be too distracting in the next eps.

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Oh, that's why there was 3 days of soju! I thought they did this every time they had a break, which worried me.

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Lol, this is what happens when you've rewatched episodes multiple times :D ..I got some friends to start DotS so I'm kinda rewatching with them. It's more fun with all the discussions and spazzing.

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Oh, and my favourite scene is probably the soldiers all doing facial masks before they go home. LOL. Huge korean culture/mask marketing. I have to go and buy some more masks to do too....I really hope we get to see Staff Sergeant Choi's wife. I'm not sure if it's the subtitles, but they make it sound like in the serie like she's rich and beautiful (or that is his sister in law?), possibly pregnant (or they are just hypothetically saying that I hope your daughter looks like your wife), and she beat him up when he turned the lights off and tried to get lucky (so he went drinking with his buds)?

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Ohmygod....nice observations! Now I want to see Sergeant Choi's wife.

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Me too. I wanted to see her ever since the other Alpha team boys (Except for DY and SJ that is) talked about her and Sergeant Choi argued as to why a pretty and successful women would marry a military man.

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Totally loved this ep, but seriously SDY and YMJ were back together for like a week and they break up!? Anyway, this ep was a little predicable, and I was definitely waiting for the North Korean guy to come back, this show really likes to do things in full circle. I think this ep was the first time where I really felt my heart racing with the ending, definitely more about the romance and having the scenarios just be there in previous eps, and I kinda felt that in previous episode the issues about the virus etc came and went so fast, maybe they will play out what happened to YSJ longer.

I sound so rambly right, hard to convey what you want to say sometimes, but none the less I am still loving the series and this episode.

Thanks for the recap!

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Omg and I forgot to say this, when KMY went to the cafeteria with that bloody sleeve, I was like what the heck! That's a big no no right?

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Sometimes it can't be helped though, especially when you're on ER shift. I remember most of my sneakers in med school had blood stains on them lol.

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Which country are you practicing medicine?? Infection control can't be too strict in your country.

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I was hope Yoo Ah In stay longer in my screen..

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I second this statement of yours!

His cameo is indeed a tiny screen one hahaha

And i miss #leebangwon ?

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SFD was my first 50-episode drama. I miss it so much! Had hoped Yoo AhIn's cameo would be as the doctor who was in med school with MY and MJ to make SJ jealous. And they could have had a bromance moment where SJ acknowledges how even he could see why people fall for YAI!

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I also hoping Yoo Ah In longer too,, I even keep searching until the ending, maybe there`s more,, but not :(

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i hope yoo ah in stay longer in the drama..
how come he just got a tiny screen? and just being a bank staff?! hahahahaa
however, I love the lovey dovey couple in this drama.. YMJ & SDY, KMY & YSJ.. huwaaaa... love them..! they are so sweet in here.,
anyway, is there anyone know the song that played from Mo Yeon's phone in the medicube? the one song before her broadcast confession?
will be very happy if any one can tell me the song and the singer.

thank you.. :)

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It's Junsu's OST. it will come out next week, we don't know the name yet.

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thank you cicek..
after some searching, I got the song title, but it is not release yet.. the song title should be How can I love you..
but not sure about it.. ahahhaha... can't wait for this song.. hahahahhaa..

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Yeah, I was screaming when the ambulance door open. I was like, yeah, this show finally got Shijin in dangerous situation. Honestly I didn't realize that we still have 1 more week to go ( I was thinking this week is the end of the show), so I feel so glad and relieved I can still wait and watch them.

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In a recent interview, the PD said that every episode after ep12 would feel like the finale. Interesting statement.

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@Jeanie

Every Eps after ep 12 is like a finale? Really?? Jeongmal-heyo??
Why?

I truly hope all couples are fine through the end...

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"I’m grasping at straws, but for some reason, I just really want the soldier to be a good guy."
same. it looks really unlikely, but when i saw them on their naengmyeon date (ok, so it wasn't really a date buT) i hoped that the nk and sk special forces would form some like... friendly relationship , like they really did seem to respect each other, or at least the lead guy from nk and shijin would be... like on friendlier terms (as friendly as nk and sk special forces can be to each other haha) SO i havent watched 14 yet but i really want NK dude not to be the bad guy ;;____;;

anyway, wow the ppl in this episode is back in full force. honestly it wasn't subtle but nothing rly bothered me except for the car one lmao, how did you manage to turn their first kiss into an advertisement?? regardless, next ep is gonna be thrilling i hope

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also just. yoo shijin is such a cute drunk. i love him

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I love this episode, the drunk scenes are too cute ("I think this phone is drunk!") and especially the twist at the end! But very unhappy with the way it was handled in the next episode. This drama butchered the understanding of 'critical' and CPR to another level. I'll keep my comment to avoid spoilers.

I have come to terms with this drama and its lack of plot and the many lapses of logic by thinking of it as a total makjang, instead of expecting it to be a melodrama. It's such a guilty pleasure. So bad, yet, so good.

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Me too! I am so ready to talk about CPR!! Like really?

Cannot wait for the next recap!

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The un-realness of that scene was so glaring... but as what you've said it's a guilty pleasure.. shrugging off such scenes is never easy but for the sake of having enjoying the drama it will do.

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@SJaani

Agree!

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I love seeing how Moyeon, and Shijin actually make things work. It's nice to have the dramatic get together in the far away place, but it's really refreshing to actually see them date and work out their issues. I also enjoy seeing how hard it is for them to actually date...they don't need outside people or complications ruining their dating life, their jobs do that enough. And I LOVE HER MOM.

For DY his pride is more important than Myung-joo's feelings. She's been the one working the hardest to make them work, and she's right to break up with him. I don't think she did wrong to talk to her father. And their kiss was super bad. So disappointing. No words at how ridiculous that scene was lol

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@lemondoodle

DY and MJ kiss; I think it is the car PPL that was a bit too much.

Could have been done other way that would not ruin the supposedly romantic, if not climax, moments of MJ and DY relationship... I was under the impression that they never had much skinship before. Thus this kiss was THE moment we are all waiting for!

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that was the main thing, is they took so long to kiss you really expected something great and it was.... well, even without the PPL it wasn't a good kiss. They are great at longing looks and hand holding though, so maybe stick with that.

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Disagree about DY's pride being more important than MJ's feelings. If that was the case he would have not left being a soldier in the first place. But he chose to leave his job which transformed his to this person very different from his past and gave him his identity.

MJ knows this is why it will be difficult from him to quit the army and bargained a deal with her father for his sake. She was absolutely right in her place.

But i again if you see things from DY's perspective, he has always been looked down upon by MJ's dad. Always. And feeling looked down upon feel's terrible. All he wanted was to be approved by her dad for what he was, not just give into the relationship reluctantly, which will again mean he said yes for the sake of it, putting him further down.

So i understand DY's outburst too, on one had it was difficult to quit, and on the other hand the frustration of being looked down upon.

No offence. Just my POV :)

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Agree but I felt bad for Dae Young too... Ipinaglaban sana nya na ganun nya kamahal si Myung Joo hindi yung tatahimik nalang sya (sorry if you don't understand because i don't know how to say it in english...) But for me, both of them are having a hard time because of Commander's security...

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I saw almond PPL on many drama , It s look yummy when i saw on one happy ending.

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Yes, I think I saw some almond PPL in this episode for the second time in this drama. The first time I noticed it, was when Dr Song was quarantined in Urk. One of the writers (KES) wrote Heirs, and there was some almond PPL in that drama as well. I'm not surprised to see them again in this drama :-)

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When I saw the North Korean special forces captain walking so quickly and determinedly toward Shi-Jin and Daeyoung, I thought he must be defecting to the South. And the gunshot wounds to him and Shi-jin being covered in blood in the ambulance must be some undercover fake death scenario to make it look like they got into a gunfight but the North Korean "dies" in the hospital. Then he goes into a defection-protection program because of his high-level special forces work in the North and he will assume a new identity in S. Korea.

Meanwhile Shi-Jin isn't critically wounded but hurt enough to make the whole ruse plausible. Because they can't really let Shi-Jin die, especially not with two more episodes to go next week.

If any character were to die, I have always thought it would be Daeyoung. He's just set up as the tragic character that you root for to have a happy ending with MJ. Especially now that he and MJ have broken up because neither of them talk to each other before acting, I can see him dying a la the prosecutor in the next to last episode of City Hunter or like Earnest Bot. Sad tears. ? Please let me be wrong here.
And does anyone know if Song Joong-Ki's ACL injury healed well? The fractured wrist I can see healing and him returning to filming relatively quickly, but an ACL injury? Most people I know who have had ACL tears are on crutches and rehab for months, not just a couple of weeks before resuming walking around and filming action scenes! I don't want him to have long term knee issues because he didn't take enough time to heal properly!

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I'm sorry, but overall I think this was the worst episode so far.. I love how they're in Korea now because I think a change of scenery was necessary... but... when Song Hye Kyo got drunk I was cringing soooo bad.. like she seemed so.. old.

I enjoyed all the bromance scenes (esp the ones in ep 14 which I won't ruin for anyone) but overall there was something missing from this ep. Also, I'm tired of the 2nd leads' drama now. Like really??? YMJ almost died last week and you're gonna be all trivial now? Ugh.

Who else thought they were gonna get in a freaking car accident kissing in the car like that?! I couldn't enjoy it at all cuz I thought something bad was going to happen, and just thinking about all the kids who will want to copy this scene irl... I know you were in the middle of some imaginary country the last like 10 episodes but I wish they would calm down with all the PPL. It's so distracting.

Okay.. I know I drank so much haterade.. but other than what I mentioned it was still decent.

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I wasn't concerned about a car accident during the DY-MJ kiss. I was more annoyed at how long the ppl for the automatic driving feature was. Not only did they show it staying in a lane of traffic, but they keep going with the ppl after he comes to a stoplight and drives on. I'm sure the developers of the auto-drive feature didn't have kissing your passenger while the car drives for you as their top use case!

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I know right? What was that? promoting the auto drive feature or something? When i first saw the preview i thought their car had broken down and was being towed away. This surely came as a not so pleasant surprise :|

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I thought the exact same thing in the car scene...First, as you, I couldn't enjoy the moment and then I also believe that that scene promoted reckless driving.

Unless that car knows the destination and is 100% aware of the other cars and traffic signaling (which I doubt) that scene is ridiculous...

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On the bank part - I think it's possible that Director Han made use of his connections to find out where MY took her loan from, and get the bank involved to reject it.
It seems to be implied, coz he didn't look surprised that she changed her mind about her resignation.

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Talking about the bank loan, I believe Mo-Yeon fill in her loan application on the 'occupation column' as unemployed. No bank will ever give you a loan with that status. Even when you are currently working, you have to had worked for more than 1 year with proved by a document from your employee to be eligible with bank loan.

That's a standard procedure of a bank to proceed your loan application. Because you know, bank need to feel secure and confidence that a debitur will be able to return the loan along with its interest.

So, I have no complain about Mo-Yeon loan rejection because that is how the bank works.

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I wish I could write a lot or explain my pov, I have lots of things to do
but I just watched it and I still enjoying it, still good imo,

*maybe because me myself never think too much for this drama, it means to make me enjoy the moment and that's all what I need,

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I am disappointed that you didn't mention the lines on the posters when myungjoo called daeyoung out from the commander's office, and the lines on the building captured when he was watching her leave.

The lines say:
- Be prepared for full combat. Attack with full force.
- If it doesn't work, make it work.

I thought it was such a nice depiction of the values of the army being applicable to their regular (love) lives. And also, possibly a foreshadowing of what's to come in the last two episodes.

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I loved the way they filmed those scenes as well, to include the posters. And I'm thankful that the subbers put it in as well, or else, I wouldn't have got that added touch.

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YES! Those lines were foreshadowing, first "be prepared for combat" and then they fight and then "if it doesn't work, make it work"means that hopefully they'll make it work.

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I enjoyed that bit of detail as well.

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Second Lead couple need to go see a counselor. I'm convinced they like arguing just for the sake of doing it. Most pointless break up I've ever seen. Ruins the entire love confession from earlier.

Looks like that really is the end for Argus. They shifted to a whole new story without properly explaining the old one.

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I thought we past those motion? For me, the reason we see Argus changing from good army to smugglers is maybe because he didnt trust in humanity anymore. He watches the korean caption before SJ died, probably felt, why must he died?, they're not even from the same nation, his own country didnt even send rescue to him plus they even wantes him to do the bad deed and blame everything to him and eveb planning to execute him. For SJ, this is the man he faught with before, saved him and hopes the death of his captain was something of worthy, so oc he felt betrayal watching Argus turning his principal as a soldier and probably thinking 'have I not save him, the captain be alive, and argus can die with honor'.

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Sorry for the many spelling errors ?

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I never thought of it like that. That's a good insight and helps me feel better about the Argus arc. Thanks.

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I was thinking they are a couple that enjoys being miserable. And probably shouldn't be together. At this point I don't even root for them to work out. Maybe just go your separate ways and find someone new.

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I'm thinking the new story is balancing out the Argus story. So yes, it's the end of Argus story in itself... but it's there and for comparison for the new story maybe?

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people may go on hating this show's "lack of cohesive plot" and etc but i will forever love its lighhearted moments

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I wondered what would happen to the drama when they got back to the safe land of South Korea...surely there wouldn't be any life or death situations again? (The hostage crisis kind of blew my tolerance for how many scrapes Dr. Kang really could get into). That being said, the tension has been kept continuous. I do feel like the drama has to be taken with the understanding that there will be over-the-top danger simply for the sake of rescuing someone or making someone heroic; so as long as I remind myself of that, it's a joy to watch.

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Hi Arashi

I think they will quite meticulously give us all the variations of life/death and scrapes for each of the 4 main characters ...

SJ and DY in North Korean enemy territory (stab wounds)
MY literal cliff hanger (SJ saves her)
SJ at wrong end of guns (MY saves him)
MY held hostage (SJ and Team save her)
SJ and MY in minefield (save themselves)

In between SJ and separately, DY in earthquake rubble (wounded and got the girls worried)
MY and MJ possibly get infected (got the guys worried)

SJ in SK but with enemies? (much blood ... gun shot wounds?) so will he be saved?
Tune in to Ep 14 to find out! Muahahahah!

What combination don't we have? MY near death and DY near death scenes I guess. Yeah, I don't wanna go there but the show is what the show is. And if it's thorough, we may just end up there!!!

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@growingbeautifully unnie

You have such meticulous combo that makes me cringe, because you are absolutely right! And those premonition could happen. Aiee!

*knockingnearbytablefuriously*

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@ Flin
Don't just have 'wood' nearby... get tissues ready just in case! And a big pillow to bawl into too! :D

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Thanks for the recap.
It sure was a blast of PPL on our faces in this episode. But knowing how much money has gone into the production and the fact that it's preproduced, I'll let it slide.
HOWEVER, that car scene kiss was ridiculous. I have loved GooWon Couple's story since their first teaser and waited for 13eps for a kiss ( and for that matter, waited 12 ep for them to be together and happy) and when they do finally kiss, all I'm screaming is "that ridiculous". Damn you car PPL.

I was wondering why did they did not end the drama with Argus getting killed. And with this episode I understand why.
Since one of the main points of the drama is the relationship of SJ and MY, I like how the drama moves forward to show how MY would really feel about her boyfriend being a military man with lots of secrets and the possibility of him actually getting killed on his job.

And as for DY and MJ these two really need to talk to each other before jumping. I understand both of them for acting the way they did. I understand DY for choosing to leave the army to be with MJ (and trying to get her father's approval) and MJ for asking her dad not to let DY leave the army in the fear being left alone again (and knowing how much army means to DY). Both did what they did for love but only ended up hurting each other, just because they won't talk. *sigh*

Looking forward to next episodes and amazing discussion here.

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I love the double date! It's been on my repeat mode! Always love all the four leads together (esp their dynamics in ep14)

As a DY-MJ fan, my initial reaction with their breakup scene was WTH. Can you two just stop ?! But, when I rewatched it, I understand why they did that. And I noticed the scene was done really well by the actors. Both of them act really great! So, I concluded that the writers just love to make their story so complicated until the finale to come. sigh.

I was thinking...if we took out all the urk scenes, moved the baddies to SK.. continued the argus gangster whom somehow threatening SK's national security (and let it be the big arc), resolved the arc, got the finale..and as the reward, all the doctors and army officers(?) (who're involved in saving the nation) had a vacation in...urk or some place with its beautiful beach.. this show would probably my ultimate fav.

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TBH the only thing that stops me from being annoyed at MJ and DY on and off situation is the actors' beautiful acting. It's like the writers saw that they're good at emotional scenes so they continuously wrote sad scenes for them.

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Probably, MJ-DY / JW-JG need their own drama. Their scenes together give so much feels!

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A whole drama of them being angsty and breaking up every week? Can we not though. I can take the actors doing another couple in another drama though, that would work.

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Of course not full of being angst and breaking up. DUH.
There are still many things that haven't been shown/told so far about their relationship, because they're simply just a secondary couple. But with that little screentime, their story is compelling (imho). I'm more curious to see how it unfolds.

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So why was YAI's cameo not w/SJK??? I'd been waiting for that cameo thinking it would be some off the wall interaction btwn the two, short, odd, funny, but what we got was YAI being a soulless dweeb in a scene w/ the lady Doc. Talk about anti-climatic.

"Three days no nights" equals death by alchohol poisoning.

The 2nd couples romance..I get why they argued, but breaking up was stupid. If these two can't really exist as a couple they should grow up, stop the push pull crap and REALLY move on. The kiss in the car was about the car, not the couple.

FEATHERS! They put feathers in airbags in Korea? Oops, wrong episode reference. My bad.

Despite it's flaws I'm still enjoying the heck out of it

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Heheheh!

Those were my thoughts too... why have Yoo Ah In for a cameo that had no meta and that made no connections for viewers.

I also can't quite see why both Dae Young and Myung Ju making the mistake of not consulting each other but out of the best intentions to be together, should have resulted in a break-up. I guess it may take them more time for the growth of patience and tolerance and working towards accepting mistakes, instead of simply throwing in the towel (again).

(About the wrong ep... I was wondering about those feathers)

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I am wholeheartedly agree with ALL your words. Yoo Ah In cameo, I was hope he interact with Joong Ki.

LOL the feathers!!! My thought exactly!!!!!!!!! Very very dramatic and super surreal. I am so ready to talk about this.

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Yoo Ah In did the cameo for SHK since they're quite close. But I also thought that it was a very anticlimactic one.

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I should say, YAI is too handsome to be a bank staff..! hahahaha... the screen time is soooo short.. I also have the same thought. I want him have a little more screen time with SJK & SHK.. sooo disappointed!

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the cameo was a present to SHK. Nothing to do with SJK.

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As much as I was happy to see Yoo Ahin and it was really nice of him to offer some of his free time between shooting his 50eps sageuk to do this cameo...I really wished it had been with Song Joongki. I was looking forward to see them interact on the screen together again (even for 30secs) but sadly it did not work out that way...

Oh and can I just say that I didn't think I could love Shijin anymore than I already could until I saw Drunk!Shijin. When he said "Daebak" I had to pause the episode so much I was having a fangirl attack...it was quite embarrassing luckily I was alone!

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Thanks LollyPip!

A question,... how sincere is Dir Han? I already put him into sleazebag category when he tried the hotel room move on Mo Yeon and now he's just petty vengeful towards her,... but he still evinces a liking for her and her spirit. He just can't break it, and I hope he does not keep trying to.

I like that this episode gives us the scenarios of what it would be like for the couples to date in ways as similarly to 'normal' couples as they can. (This might be the only episode to do so, come to think of it... do we only have 3 more episodes to go? So soon!!!!). But we already see that it's just as tough or even worse, even without outside interference.

I've been looking up the car... smart cruise control... I guess it's a great PPL because now I know it's probably the Kia 2016 Sorento. LOL!

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I do think he's sincere in that he likes her, but doesn't know how to act and actually show her that. He's a spoiled rich guy who has always gotten his way. MY won't fall for it, so he's going to harass her because he likes her so much. Basically he'd be the male lead and love interest in other dramas tbh.

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LOL! Whenever I see his face, I think, "Oh no, the sleazy guy again!" I think I've seen him in unflattering roles and he looks too sleek and slick and up to no good ... so I can't see him as a male lead. Maybe he needs to look more scrubby :D

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Yeah, he's sleazy but get him played Hyun Bin and LMH and he's a typical KES male lead :p

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so on point!!! haha

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If we took a shot every time a PPL was thrown at us in this episode I bet we could've competed in drunkenness with our two Alpha team boys. lol (Though I doubt I'd be half as cute as drunk Si Jin)

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That was a major cliffhanger! I did the same thing as MY, gasped in horror, hands on mouth.
I get it about the flaws of the drama, but the Urk scenery, light moments and romance make up for it big time.
Also, you can't go wrong with Joong Ki in it, the guy is super adorable! :)

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haha.. drunk shi jin and mo yeon are so cute!
the episode started so easy and funny , so how could that happen in the ending.. save shi jin!!
waiting for the recap of episode 14! thanks lollypip!
#DOTS

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I really liked this episode except for the break up scene and the car PPL (I kept thinking some other idiots would try this).

To me it showed them all adjusting to how life would be as they move past their experiences in Urk. I loved all the references to past episodes, the 3 day binge and the couple date. I totally fell in love again with Dae Young when all he had were the pictures of taxis. Seriously romantic.

MY's mom was the best! Now we know where MY gets her spunk.

My main reaction to the ending was - 'Where is Dae Young? Is he dead in the parking lot and that's why he's not in the ambulance?'!

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For me this episode was everything that's good about this drama. I honestly think it's at it's best when it's not being too serious, when there are lots of jokes and cute moments that aren't just cute but always fun as well. The moment it gets serious, I almost always start to get annoyed, so I'd almost given up on the show.

I've been waiting for Shi Jin to get injured the entire series, so can't say I was surprised, however I did wonder if they were going to let him die. It would really raise my opinion of it, since it would be such a bold move.

Did have some problems with the drunkenness though - not the fact that they drank that much, it kind of makes sense (trying to erase some of all those bad memories if only for a while and such), but with how it was acted. I just didn't buy it. I usually think SJK is a really good actor, but both him and the actor playing MY utterly failed to convince me of their drunkenness. Especially since SJ suddenly seemed sober after drinking for three days? Errmm... yeah.. okay.. Let's just say that's realistic.

Minor issues aside, I really did get a lot of fun out of this episode, thoroughly enjoyed it, which is nice after many episodes of feeling a tad bored and somewhat annoyed. (which we're back to with ep 14 though *sigh* Maybe I'm just being too critical? Seeing how everyone loves this to pieces, maybe it's just me...)

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I don't buy the drunk scene. It's so cringe worthy. It was just a PPL for that place ( I've seen that restaurant name in my country)

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Yep, cringe worthy about covers it. I had a really hard time watching that scene, it just felt so off.
Did not consider the fact that it's a PPL, but could very well be!

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This drama is a bit cheesy in many sense, let's all admit it. But there is something about it that makes me just swallow my pride and hold on to sanity every time I cringe.

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@yhang,

I feel you ?

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My intelligence is being insulted and expectations dashed over and over again but I still find myself watching the next episode. High five!

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Same. Mainly because the main OTP is amazingly well done and acted.

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Okay, lets call a spade a spade. The drama has very good cinematography and all, but the plot, the plot, i am just not feeling it.

Don't get me wrong i love watching it, despite everything, but seriously....not there yet in terms of plot.

[SPOILER DELETED]

Still love the epi, it was funny but it had more substance than ep 13.

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That scene where YSJ and KMY were in a mall and he gave her the shining sun necklace. It reminds me of Master's Sun. Was that the same place where Master's Sun has filmed?

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I think it was the same place... but what you say about the pendant raises a question....

... Lately I've seen sun pendants in Kdramas... here and in Vampire Detective ... I'm guessing that there's a significance like it's saying, "You're the sun in my life," or something like that??? Does anyone know?

(Yeah cheesy, but fun!)

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"You're the sun in my life" --> that's exactly what Master's Sun is about!

I kinda feel that the writer purposely make a reference to that drama.

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1. Don't watch this show in public. I was trying to hide my tears with the ending.

2. I agree with everyone on the whole filler feel to this episode. It was too happy which means something bad is going to happen but we don't want something bad to happen so we ignore it.

3. Am I the only one who recognized that the mall they went to was the mall from Master's Sun? Yes? Okay...

4. This is such a guilty pleasure for me. Sometimes the writing is great, sometimes it isn't, but I'm still enjoying it and I really don't want it to be over because then that means SJK leaves my screen and I feel like we just got him back. I don't want to say good bye to him yet.

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@ Solarmoonmoo

On your 3. I was thinking that the mall did look like the one in Master's Sun too. I did not bother to go and look it up to compare the water fountain shots, but yeah, it sure looked the same.

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I recognized the fountain right away and then I saw the bench and I knew it was from Master's Sun. I have hit that point in the world of kdramas in which I can cross-reference locations.

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Fill me in please....why would YAI cameo not have been for his buddy SJK, but as a gift for the actress? Are they better buds than w/SJK? Are they dating?

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Never mind...I just saw on SOOMPI that YAI cameo was a BDY gift to the actress, cuz they are such good friends. WHAT-EVERRR. Guess it's the thought that counts because it was a blah appearance. Yep, feeling snarky about it.

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what does "zero nights three days" mean? is it a figure of speech in Korean language? or it's plain "three days with no sleep"?

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Im just wondering do car these days have this autodriving features or something? Is that safe to kiss and leave it to drive alone? Hmmm really curious bout that

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Loved the transition back to civilian life in Seoul in this episode and Captain Yoo surely does look dashing not only in uniform but casual clothes. Something abt how SJK rocks those fuzzy wool sweaters that makes a gal wanna hug him. Hurhurhur.

And how much do i love the face masks scene? A whole whole lot! Now we know the manliest and most macho of men take good care of their skin too!

The only thing i didnt like abt this ep: the awful car kiss scene!!! I know the show needs sponsors to survive but it was so ridiculously blatant that makes me wanna jump out of my sofa and scream! Its as if the writers wrote that scene just to show off the fancy car!!! Sergeant Seo! You're under arrest for your poor driving skills!!!! Its no wonder you never sent MJ home after dates!

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Cable Show Reveals The Truth Behind Product Placements In “Descendants Of The Sun”

http://www.soompi.com/2016/05/03/cable-show-reveals-the-truth-behind-product-placements-in-descendants-of-the-sun/

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I'm really confused about the whole pen thing. Why were the alpha team soldiers all given suicide pens?

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If they get captured by hostile forces, to avoid facing torture.

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