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Man to Man: Episode 1

If this first episode is any indication of what kind of roller coaster we’ve just boarded, then it’s probably safe to conclude that things are about to get very weird. On the ratings front, Man to Man just barely edged out its predecessor Strong Woman Do Bong-soon’s premiere episode numbers, making it JTBC’s most watched opening episode ever. We’ll have to wait to see if Secret Agent K can keep viewers tuning in, but for now, the show has my attention, and I’m ready for this ride. Wheeeee!

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

We open our story smack dab in the middle of a terrorist threat, as U.N. peacekeeping forces surround a bus containing schoolchildren and one suicide bomber dressed in explosives.

Our hero, KIM SEOL-WOO (Park Hae-jin), waits on the roof of a nearby building awaiting his commander’s orders to fire, but his superior continually tells his team to standby. Seol-woo, who has a clear view of the action through his rifle scope, observes in frustration as the terrorist takes a young girl into his grasp, detonator in hand.

Unwilling to watch evil prevail, Seol-woo jumps off the building with his rifle. He locks onto his target from the ground, aims, and then shoots the terrorist dead between the eyes. Seol-woo is arrested for insubordination, but he glances back at the young girl whose life he’s just saved and grins at her beaming, grateful face.

He’s brought to Korea for an interrogation: The investigator requests his name, which he gives, but that’s where the truth ends. When asked for his age, Seol-woo replies with ice in his veins, “I was born in 1609. Age, 409 years old,” and the lie detector he’s attached to processes his statement as true. Baller.

Feeling cheeky, the investigator asks Seol-woo if he has a girlfriend, so he says, “I love… you,” and according to the machine, that’s true too.

From behind a two-way mirror, LEE DONG-HYUN (Jung Man-shik) and Department Head JANG TAE-HO (Jang Hyun-sung) monitor the exchange, amused. Department Head Jang warns Dong-hyun that Seol-woo is dangerous, but Dong-hyun replies that that’s what makes him useful.

Dong-hyun meets with Seol-woo after and explains the three types of special agent categories: white, black, and ghost. white agents operate with their real names, black agents work in the dark, foregoing their identities, while ghost agents are planted deep undercover using fake identities. Dong-hyun wants Seol-woo to be a ghost.

Seol-woo agrees immediately, so Dong-hyun says, “Don’t trust anyone.” Seol-woo replies, “I don’t even trust myself,” and according to Dong-hyun, that’s the right answer.

Seol-woo is dispatched around the world and takes on a number of different identities. He ends up in Budapest, posing as a professor. His target, a young woman named Anna, is his student. His lecture is on the marketing strategies of relief organizations, and he challenges Anna to select the photo that would be most beneficial.

She chooses the more wretched image of the two options and argues that people’s sympathies will be stirred, which will garner more donations. Seol-woo presses back, stating that the organization will need to use increasingly sadder shots as their audience becomes desensitized, and he asks if she believes that to be morally right.

He calls her by her real last name, and she seems surprised. After class, Anna stops Seol-woo on his way out to ask if they’ve met before. He denies it, and she wants to know how he knows her real name, since it’s a secret.

Seol-woo narrates, “There is always a woman behind every case. Love is a useful deception and tactic to a secret agent.” In a montage, we watch the pair quickly fall in love and become engaged. Buddy, you’ve gone in deep.

He continues in voiceover, “However, whereas I am with someone who is high on the romance, I feel loneliness and indifference.” Seol-woo’s interest is actually in Anna’s father, who is a mafia boss, and who was once in the secret police during Hungary’s dictatorship.

Eventually, Seol-woo meets her father, and her father pretends to be pleasant while uttering insults in Hungarian, unaware that Seol-woo is proficient in the language. Seol-woo baits the man with his own secret, and he demands to know who Seol-woo is.

The spy reports back to Dong-hyun and predicts that the father will move to get rid of Seol-woo. Dong-hyun wonders if he will act as they hope, and Seol-woo replies, “People don’t change that easily.” Enter: daddy’s thugs, who don’t look friendly. Seol-woo offers (in Korean) to go quietly, but he guesses they won’t oblige. They stun him with taser batons and take him away.

We shift scenes to the top of building, where a cloaked man with a scorpion tattoo across his cheek surveys the city on a dark and stormy night. He jumps from his spot and takes flight, soaring through the rain. Later, he lands in the middle of a standoff between police and a team of masked criminals, shattering the ground as he touches the pavement.

A police officer asks who the hell he is (in English), and he replies (in Korean), “You’re the cop. Who must I be if I’m facing off against you?” He takes a few steps forward and adds, “You guessed right. I’m the villain. The worst there is.”

He shoots energy blasts from his palms, blowing the police out of his path, then smirks as his tattoo illuminates. The scene fades as the title of the movie blinks across the screen, and we move to a TV studio where Hallyu actor YEO WOON-KWANG (Park Sung-woong) promotes his newest Hollywood movie.

The interviewer presses for details on the film, but the actor replies that his contract is very strict about spoilers, so he’s let off the hook.

He pivots to discuss how Woon-kwang rose to stardom, and Woon-kwang attributes some of his success to the “imaginative planning” of his manager CHA DO-HA (Kim Min-jung), before turning to the camera to wink.

Off-camera, Do-ha barely contains her squees at the praise and steps back so that she’s out of Woon-kwang’s line of sight before she unleashes her inner fangirl. Aww, these two are precious.

Across the world, Seol-woo is taken to a heavily guarded prison in Budapest. A few inmates approach Seol-woo, and their leader requests that he fix another guy’s badly bleeding nose, since Seol-woo is a doctor. Seol-woo quips that he thinks the leader is the one that needs the nose job.

The comment earns him a collar-grabbing, and for a second it seems like Seol-woo is going the pacifist route before he busts out his best moves and uses a rag as a devastating weapon. He steps away from the scene after administering his violent lesson and runs into an old acquaintance named PETROV, who knows Seol-woo as “K.”

Petrov greets Seol-woo warmly, and the spy immediately states that he came to get Petrov out. Petrov argues that it won’t be easy to escape, so Seol-woo replies that getting in the prison is the hard part, but getting out is a “piece of cake.”

So begins Operation: Prison Break. Seol-woo uses his spy skills to shut off the power and set his plan into motion. He uses a key that he’s fashioned from a metal scrap to break out of his cell before getting Petrov out as well. The lights switch on earlier than expected, so the prisoners race down the halls with guards fresh on their heels.

They make their way to the underground mine where the inmates do labor during the day, and then roll away to freedom. With the mission complete, Petrov promises to return the favor if Seol-woo is ever in Russia, and the men go their separate ways.

Sometime later in Budapest, Seol-woo sits in a cafe watching news of Major Petrov’s meeting with South Korean military officials. He has to cut the video short once his fiancé arrives. He tells us, “When working undercover, how you end it is more important than how you start it.”

Anna sees him, but he texts her to meet him at the back entrance. She does as instructed and sees him in his car parked outside. In voiceover Seol-woo explains, “The sympathy of a woman in love is safer than a bulletproof vest, but the wrath of a woman betrayed is deadlier than a time bomb. The best way to end a relationship that’s served its use is death.” And the car erupts in flames. Anna falls to her knees devastated, while out of view, Seol-woo walks off unscathed. He pulls off his ring and sheds his fake identity.

In Korea, twenty alarm clocks try to wake a sleeping Woon-kwang. He tries to buy a few more minutes, but his manager, YANG SANG-SHIK, is insistent. Through some miracle, Woon-kwang makes it to the breakfast table. Sang-shik lays out a wide array of offerings, all from well-known eateries.

Woon-kwang sips his famous Jongno coffee, but then notices that the cup’s design is different. Sang-shik explains that a new branch opened in Hannam-dong, which is closer. Woon-kwang drops the cup straightaway and demands Jongno coffee from Jongno, and not Hannam-dong. Sang-shik grouses that they’re isn’t time for that, but Woon-kwang asks pointedly if Sang-shik intends to let Woon-kwang skip breakfast. Oh, the horror.

Woon-kwang and his team arrive late to the annoyance of the set staff, and the actor pins the blame on Sang-shik, lying that the manager got lost driving there. He forces Sang-shik to apologize, then offers to speed up their timetable by not making any NGs.

On set, Woon-kwang rehearses a long action sequence with the stunt crew. He isn’t a star for nothing though, and he goes through the scene like a pro. Do-ha watches Woon-kwang practice and snaps a few shots with her camera.

Surreptitiously, Woon-kwang flashes a smile at her, always ready for the camera. One of the stuntmen accidentally kicks Woon-kwang too hard, causing the action star to stumble backward, and the stunt director roars. Woon-kwang assures everyone that he’s fine and that the young stuntman should shake it off because it’s no big deal. D’aww.

Meanwhile, outside a public elementary school, MO SEUNG-JAE (Yeon Jeong-hoon), hosts a flock of reporters who ask him why he chose to forego a luncheon at the Blue House. Seung-jae answers that his promise to his son comes first.

His reply prompts one reporter to question his decision to send his son to a public school rather than a private school. Seung-jae explains that he hopes his son can get a well-rounded education on life. The reporter suggests that Seung-jae is hoping to transition into politics, but he rejects that notion.

The reporters turn their attention to a new arrival: It’s SONG MI-EUN (Chae Jung-ahn), Seung-jae’s wife and a former Miss Korea. She makes her way over to her husband and whispers a reminder for him to look natural. Their son comes out, and the family poses for their photo-op. That kid is a born showman.

Later, Seung-jae meets with a congressman, who is running in the Seoul mayoral election. He asks the candidate if he intends to make an enemy of him and his company, Songsan, then reminds the congressman that when his grandfather was alive, he took bribes often. The congressman asks if Seung-jae has evidence to back up his threat and claims that he merely accepted a few meals from his grandfather and nothing else.

Seung-jae suggests the congressman accept a few “meals” from him as well, and displays a large suitcase filled with money.

The man’s eyes turn green with greed, and he agrees to withdraw his candidacy. Seung-jae smiles, but it quickly fades. He rises to his feet, then proceeds to slaps his guest hard across the face before saying, “You have no fighting spirit, you filthy pig.” He informs the congressman that he’s been recording their meeting and adds, “There a new king, so there are also new rules.”

At the NIS, Department Head Jang voices his concerns to his superior, Director IM SUK-HOON, about losing communication with one of their ghost agents. The agent was undercover at Songsan and was able to gain the trust of those related to the chairman’s slush fund, but they fear the agent’s cover may have been blown. Director Im worries that they have a rat in their ranks and can’t trust anyone on the inside, so they’ll call back one of their international agents: Seol-woo.

Faraway, Ghost Agent K sits in a bar when a scantily clad woman approaches. She displays her bare back and her tattoo, which bears the numbers “0906.” Seol-woo takes note of it but doesn’t react until he sees it again on the coaster beneath his drink. He returns to his hotel room, and the numbers appear again in the fogged up glass on his window. He sighs deeply to himself, aware that his short reprieve has now ended.

The doorbell rings, and in walks a poorly disguised Dong-hyun. The spy whines as Dong-hyun gives Seol-woo his new mission. He hands Seol-woo a tablet, adding that he already knows the password. Turns out the numbers are Dong-hyun’s birthday, and Seol-woo sasses that half the hotel staff must know it by now, since he put it everywhere. Ha.

Dong-hyun briefs Seol-woo on the missing ghost agent (whose name is “Y”), explaining that the agent sent a text before going dark. The final message speaks of a specific cargo container that left Incheon on October 4th, which contained three certain wood carvings.

The NIS is tracking the container, but for now, Seol-woo is to go somewhere where nobody knows him: South Korea.

On set, Woon-kwang films a scene for his new movie. And, oh god, it’s the famous wine scene taken right out of Descendants of the Sun, but using coffee instead. Woon-kwang leans in close to get his “taste,” but the director calls cut right before the actors kiss.

They reset to shoot the scene again in a tighter frame, meaning that this time, there will be smooching. Woon-kwang suddenly calls for a stunt double, and everyone is confused. He explains that he can do all the physical stuff, but he doesn’t kiss.

Filming concludes for the day, and Woon-kwang and the actress he had refused to kiss say farewell for the night. The actress promises not to tell anyone that he can’t kiss women. Provoked, Woon-kwang kisses her, and she slaps him, demanding to know what he’s doing. He replies, “Teaching you the facts. I don’t do kiss scenes, but I’m good at kissing.”

The actors move to a more private location to make out in Woon-kwang’s car, where the sound of Do-ha’s call interrupts them. He lies that he’s talking with the director, and Do-ha seems to believe him. He hangs up the phone feeling ill at ease with a vague sense of foreboding; he’s somehow certain that something big and ominous is approaching.

Cue the big, ominous thing which comes in the form of a seething Do-ha, driving a forklift. She maneuvers the prongs under Woon-kwang’s fancy sports car, and up it goes. The passengers panic until Woon-kwang sees the culprit and begins hollering at Do-ha to stop.

She pokes her head out to greet the “director” and glowers. Woon-kwang tries to calm Do-ha down and urges her to hash it out with him using words instead of violence.

Do-ha reminds him that she promised that the next time she catches him, she’d kill them both. Eek! However, she’s realized that it would be unfair for her to die, so she’ll just kill him instead. The actress asks disbelievingly if Do-ha would really kill them since she’s his manager, and he replies that she used to be in his fan club and is absolutely capable of it. Oh dear god.

We cut to Do-ha weaving her car down the highway with Woon-kwang held hostage in the passenger’s seat. Woon-kwang swears that they were only talking about the movie, and Do-ha zooms past car after car following each lie. He finally fesses up after she nearly totals the car in a murder-suicide, then blames his darn, traitorous lips for acting on their own. At that, she stomps on the brake.

She casts him a death glare and says that she understands that Woon-kwang is at his most desirable age. And, she asserts that men in their forties are financially stable and at their peak professionally and physically, adding that she knows that love isn’t a sin.

He’s encouraged by her sensibilities and open-mindedness, until she gets this Annie Wilkes-look in her eyes and continues, “But for a star like you, dating is a sin. You shouldn’t have gotten caught.” She then steps on the gas, and they fly at breakneck speed.

Assemblyman BAEK IN-SOO meets with Seung-jae to give him the thumbs-up regarding the favorable press coverage on his perfect father PR stunt. Seung-jae defers all the credit to his wife and adds that Assemblyman Baek’s opponent will no longer pose a threat in the mayoral election.

He then gives Assemblyman Baek a deed to a plot of land in Jeju-do that represents a large donation to his campaign. Seung-jae adds a thinly veiled threat by asking for a receipt for his contribution, but then he plays it off as a joke. He means it though, and he warns that he can’t keep giving money without getting anything in return.

Assemblyman Baek promises to find the missing wood carvings, which apparently contain details of Seung-jae’s grandfather’s slush fund. Assemblyman Baek assures him that his connections at the NIS are on the case.

Meanwhile, Dong-hyun meets with a director to consult him on his movie about secret agents. Dong-hyun divulges some pretty sensitive information about K (erm), and when the director asks for more details on K’s past, Dong-hyun can’t answer because he doesn’t know much. But he invites the director to ask K himself, since he’s on his way now.

Dong-hyun introduces Seol-woo as K, and thankfully, he’s rightfully alarmed at being outed so casually to a civilian. The director shakes Seol-woo’s hand before whispering that he should beware, because Dong-hyun is a fraud. He flees before he can be tricked further.

When they are alone, Seol-woo shoots Dong-hyun a Sunbae-what-the-heck-look, and Dong-hyun assures Seol-woo that the director would never believe him anyway. Seol-woo asks about the location of the first wood carving, which they’ve tracked to Russia in the secret safe of an arms dealer named Chairman Victor. Given the man’s paranoia, Dong-hyun warns that it won’t be easy for Seol-woo to infiltrate it.

Seol-woo presses Dong-hyun for the plan, but the answer he gets is perplexing: Hallyu star Woon-kwang’s fan-meeting.

He does his due diligence on Woon-kwang by reading up on his profile and even his preference for Jongno coffee. It’s a good thing he does because that’s exactly where Woon-kwang is at that moment, sipping joe outside the flagship shop.

He isn’t just lounging around though — the CEO of his talent agency, JI SE-HOON (Lee Shi-un), tries to sell Woon-kwang on attending Chairman Victor’s “secret” birthday party. Woon-kwang explodes at his CEO for suggesting something so beneath him, so Se-hoon explains that the chairman is a big deal, and also, he’s a fan of Woon-kwang’s. So if Woon-kwang can go to his party, then Chairman Victor will throw his money behind some movies, which Woon-kwang could star in as the lead. The offer is enticing enough for Woon-kwang, and he accepts.

Nearby, Seol-woo is hard at work snapping photos of his target. Suddenly, Do-ha snatches Seol-woo’s camera to delete the memory card. She thinks he’s paparazzi, but is confused when she finds photos of herself. She confronts him, and so he says that it’s because she looked pretty. She rolls her eyes and returns the favor by getting a photo of him on her phone, then warns that the next time she catches him, she’ll press charges without mercy.

Later, she grumbles to her friend PARK SONG-YI about the sorry state of unemployment levels and how young people are resorting to earning their wages as paparazzi. Despite her threats, she doesn’t actually want to turn Seol-woo in to the police because he’ll just meet bad people and be worse off for it.

Song-yi thinks Do-ha should have asked for his number, but Do-ha isn’t impressed that he tells strangers that they’re pretty. Song-yi points out that there aren’t that many guys as handsome as Seol-woo who would call Do-ha pretty. (Um, thanks?) The statement makes Do-ha pause, and she examines Seol-woo’s photo as if trying to reconsider her opinion about him.

Back at his hideout, Seol-woo looks as his empty camera and thinks back to their exchange. We see that he noticed Do-ha approach from behind, but that he played it cool.

He restores the photos easily before looking at her photo. Dong-hyun drops in and sees the picture. He utters Seol-woo’s famous phrase about there always being a beautiful woman in every plan, then gives Seol-woo DVDs of Woon-kwang’s films.

In the car, Mi-eun watches Woon-kwang’s interview, and he gushes as he explains his favorite types of movies, which mainly include kitschy action scenes. The interviewer points out how amped Woon-kwang is about the topic, and his voice becomes soft as he mutters to himself that “someone said that before.” He explains almost sadly that he wanted to prove that he could become a Hollywood superhero. Mi-eun turns off the interview and stares wistfully out the window.

She heads to a fancy clothing shop, where a new suit catches her eye. Mi-eun’s friend explains that she intends to use it as the main outfit in her upcoming photoshoot with Woon-kwang. Mi-eun advises her to reconsider since it’ll be hard to convince Woon-kwang to wear black without explaining further.

She goes out onto the roof afterwards and meets Department Head Jang, but we don’t hear their conversation.

The next day, Dong-hyun meets up with Department Head Jang, and it seems like Dong-hyun is an operative of the NIS who works off the books. Dong-hyun has been doing a little digging on a list of NIS officers that they suspect might have something to do with Agent Y’s disappearance, but he hasn’t found anything. Department Head Jang thinks that they’ll need to get Seung-jae’s secret ledger to find their target, but in the meantime, the fan meeting plan is a go.

At the site of Woon-kwang’s photo shoot, Seol-woo performs magic tricks for the stylist and makeup artist by making a coin disappear and reappear. He goes to pull the coin from out behind the stylist’s ear, but the coin slips from his hand. The girls fawn over the handsome spy, and Do-ha spots them from nearby. She watches Seol-woo pick up the coin he dropped “accidentally” before he gets up to nab the stylist’s ID card, and she gasps.

Elsewhere, Woon-kwang gets fitted for his photo shoot while wearing a red suit jacket. Woon-kwang admires himself in the mirror, but his mood turns sour when Mi-eun shows up.

He’s furious to see her and strips off the jacket before storming off. A little later, Woon-kwang wears the black suit that the friend initially wanted and poses for the camera. She tells Mi-eun that she was skeptical of her plan to dress Woon-kwang in the red outfit if she wanted him in the black one, and Mi-eun muses that Woon-kwang probably won’t ever wear red again.

Seol-woo pickpockets a wallet off of Woon-kwang’s stylist. He nearly gets away with it, but Do-ha catches him in the act. She calls security over, taking pleasure in outing Seol-woo as a thief, until she finds Woon-kwang’s passport in his pockets. Only then does it dawn on her that Seol-woo is probably a Woon-kwang fanboy. Hee. If only.

CEO Ji Se-hoon comes running out and orders Do-ha to let Seol-woo go. Seol-woo turns the tables on Do-ha and twists her arm around behind her as Mi-eun and Woon-kwang join them. Do-ha struggles, so Seol-woo takes the path of least resistance and begins twirling her around and around until he catches her in a dip, then rights her.

Seol-woo announces to CEO Ji that as expected, the security around Woon-kwang sucks. So from today forward, he’ll be the head of security.

 
COMMENTS

Pfffft, she’s a sasaeng. I knew Do-ha was his fan, but I didn’t expect her to be nuts. It’s great, but I just hope the joke doesn’t get old. I mean, seriously speaking, she’s terrifying, but Woon-kwang is also ridiculous, so they pair nicely together. It tickles me that he lives in constant fear of her immeasurable love for him. That aspect of their relationship suits his self-involved personality and makes me like them both more. I do like Woon-kwang despite his insufferable nature, and when he protected the stuntman, I found myself immediately on his side. Park Sung-woong is great though, so maybe it wasn’t that hard to recruit me.

The episode overall was enjoyable enough, but what’s up with the vibes? I’m shocked they are trying to sell us on this main love line right now with that cutesy love song playing in the background. It feels super rushed and forced because I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all the relationships, so I was caught off-guard. I’m going to give the show a break since the scene itself wasn’t overly romantic, and it seemed like the problem was just the song choice.

Speaking of trying to wrap my mind around everything, there really was a lot going on, too much really. I wish the episode was written tighter and wished that they would’ve gotten rid of a few scenes that kept setting up the super important wood carvings, because I’m already starting to not care about those. There were a lot of pieces to put into place before the main trio could come together, and by the end I was just so ready for the hijinks to begin. I think the show pulled off the spy stuff without seeming too slick and unrealistic. It was still unrealistic, but I liked that we were allowed into Seol-woo’s mind instead of going solely for cool and gratuitous action sequences

More importantly, I felt like I was able to connect to Seol-woo, which was pleasantly surprising. I’m glad emphasis was placed on Seol-woo’s inner thoughts while detailing what a badass, cold-blooded spy he is. Because when you’re dealing with a human machine that can trick lie detectors and lie to themselves so perfectly it warrants total distrust of oneself, the importance of that human element cannot be understated. I enjoyed that he admitted his loneliness when he was deep undercover playing a lover. It drew me into his unique worldview, and I’m ready to explore those emotional grounds in his new mission.

Yeon Jung-hoon is delicious as our villain, and I’m eating it up despite the fact that we’re circling pretty familiar territory. Casting-wise, everyone is great, and I couldn’t ask for a better ensemble. I just hope the actors aren’t too good for their characters. Overall, I could see myself getting nitpicky about things I didn’t love if I really wanted to, but I don’t want to just yet. I rather settle in, fasten my seatbelt, and see where this goes.

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First thoughts: Ahhhh Captain Argus! Are my eyes deceiving me? Are we back to DOTS again? *cues You're My Everythinggggggg* And hey look, we got a kiss scene in E1 already. Just think of all the shows where we keep clamouring for a kiss scene NOW (TLAHL, SWDBS...), heh.

On Seol Woo: Man, is this man handsome or what. There's something veryyyy decidedly attractive about him as a secret agent. And like I said on my wall, if I get to be the lucky girl who gets to play house with Park Hae Jin, he can deceive me any time. Where can I sign up?

On Do Ha: "Hello Director, I guess you got plastic surgery in these few hours". HAH! I love her already, if only for that line. She's so spunky! She drove like a road menace just to get back at him (though I must say I kind of pity those cars around her) and I love how he's scared of her.

Though I must say she's a stronger woman than I am... if PHJ told me I was pretty, I wouldn't be scoffing it off with my friend. You tell her, girlfriend! If someone who looks like that says you're pretty, at least get his number! And then I love how she described him as "that pale, whatever-looking man". Hah!

I cannot wait to see more of this show. It's off to a fantastic start!

I love how there's humour together with the action. Now I can't wait for next Friday again T_T

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Did you see those beautifully long, perfectly-manicured fingers in the rolling the coin scene? And that long deep hug? Hey, you're supposed to hug Seol like that only, Jung!

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I was too busy ogling him in every scene. *swoon*

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DH is rather scary when she pounces on WK kissing the starlet. What does she think she is doing by lifting up the car in the air? I am surprised WK still keeps her as his manager after all this. It seems too much.

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Oh dear, I thought it was just for comedic effect, haha! I enjoyed the scene too much to really think about the "real life consequences" of the action. No wonder he's terrified of her finding out!

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Yes, it's meant to be funny...it's weird that in any other show I'd be picking on all the weaknesses, but I'm ready to make excuses for PHJ, that's how much I love him. If that bottle of poo were to appear right now, I'd be ok with it too.

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HAH! If weird high schoolers appeared, I would be down for it too.

I mean, I guess I could nitpick if I want, but I would rather gloss over those small details for now and enjoy the show as it is. If I was entertained in that one hour watching it, then I'll just roll with it and continue watching for as long as I enjoy it. That's my motto when it comes to dramas.

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I'd like to add the scene between Seol Woo and his handler:
He truly took plain bring truth and hide in plain sight to a whole new level. I mean a ghost agent uses texting like the rest of the world and meets in coffee shop, totally possible but nobody will ever buy it. I laughed so hard at that.
Also "We did it in Secret", Our resident superstar villain did erotica before Captain Iron 2 got big.

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Omg I didn't know it was erotica, hah! That's even funnier somehow.

Man I was so impressed when SW lied outright and managed to beat the lie detector.

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The cover of the DVD pretty much spells erotica. haha.

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Erotica LOL
Park Hae Jin is perfect for the role

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Who is the girl that he met with in the coffee shop? I can't find her anywhere

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Oh and THANK YOU murasakimi for the speedy recap!! I jumped onto this immediately hehe.

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okay but that movie scene/first intro to park sung woong what a badass ajusshi alsdkfjsadlfjsn

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Captain Iron 2, right? (I think that's what it was called.) That fake trailer was like the best/worst mash-up of Batman, Superman, Iron Man, and Captain America! I was dying ? during that scene.

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I thought he would be a hero to save the world, but no! He is a villain to kill the good guys! Bwahahaha.

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OMG, I laughed at that so hard but loved it when he turned against the police and blew them up (not that it's a good thing) our Scorpion Man is SAVAGE!!

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It's so funny and random. And the tittle of that trailer movie make my stomach hurt, seriously : captain Iron 2 : The return of Dark Death... pwuahahha... so the heroes is actually the villain based on that tittle alone lol

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that was actually an epic idea... making the villains the heroes and his rocking it!

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I choked on my water on that scene. The superhero that we need!

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finally, it's here

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I swooned for him so hard but goddammit he was such a dick like gee you can't escape a woman's wrath so you gotta fake your death

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International undercover spy is literally the ONLY circumstance where fake-killing yourself off is the right thing to do. Though I do wonder how walking around with a Hollywood star is going to keep Agent K under the radar for any former marks watching.

The sasaeng manager is going to be... difficult for me. Especially if she's being set up as the love interest. Because she's insane, and in a terrifying way. How the hell does one go from a fanclub member to a manager? She just tried to murder him with a forklift!

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Give her a chance! I thought her character was quite cute with the nuttiness, actually! Maybe she will grow on you. Shall not make any judgements on whether I like her as of yet, but so far she's doing ok in my books! <:

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I like her too, she's feisty and sharp, and a match for him. Her aggressiveness is supposed to be funny, and she can act, doesn't pull cute faces, and doesn't annoy me.

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Yes, so far so good w/ Do-ha. I'm okay w/ her. Haha. Like @yyishere said, she hasn't annoyed me, which I'm actually quite surprised, but happily so. Anyways, I'm not looking too much into her seemingly obsessive attitude towards Oppa. As long as she doesn't try to lift his car (w/ him in it) up into the air and threaten to kill him, I'm fine w/ her going around making sure he's protected (from paparazzi and other women's lips, haha).

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I think she is exactly right kind to handle our star. She is part terrifying fan and part nanny. She knows her oppa well and keeps him out of trouble. In the land of dispatch outing couples and netizens slamming actors for not living up to insane romantic and personal vertues standars, as outrageous that car scene was, I think she is effective in keeping him in line. Also, the whole romance is heading towards I can't figure out this crazy, weird chick so I am attracted to her territory. She is going to make his work hard with her crazy skills at spotting anomalies around her Oppa. So it felt apt. I do however feel sound editing at the end was not good and editing could be better. But overall a solid start with few minor glitches. I know nobody cares about those wood whatever but he needs a mission to be around so we're gonna have to accept that I guess.

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I see what you're saying and I can kind of get it... but so far this actress isn't working for me. I could handle a former-fan manager who ramps up her nutty to manipulate her charge into doing what he needs to do, but what I'm seeing onscreen is someone not particularly in control of those impulses. Speeding along the freeway with your client in the car is not sane. The way she speaks about him completely freaks me out too.

I'd like it if her "crazy" and "intelligence" balance levels were reversed, basically. "Crazy like a fox" is good, but right now she feels like she's one step away from completely unhinged.

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I just think that Doha is creepy. I understand she was a saesang fan. I got a yandere feel towards her too. I wish there's no romance between her and SW, I'm rather hoping that SW/WG is the OTP because I'm totally buying their bromance

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That's something that I would like to know, for them to show some backstory how she came to be sasaeng then manager. We can see that despite UG fearing her there is also that respect and emotional attachment between the two.

As for SW having a loveline with her, surprisingly, I am already on board, waiting how that would unfold, not for DH but for SW. He'd been so detached in terms of love and getting him to fall in love would DH, that's something that I would want to see, the in-love SW.

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Well technically she's not just any woman. She's the daughter of a Hungarian mafia boss who already considers Koreans inferior. I have a feeling that if he'd done anything but actually break up with her, she would have gone crying to daddy, and his cover would get fully blown. What I'm curious about is how the girl doesn't seem surprised that her professor boyfriend who was locked up in a maximum security prison is suddenly walking about. Like, what's up with that?!!!!

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Perhaps he told her that he managed to break out of prison? Besides, he was in the car, waiting for her, which suggested that he needed to be kept hidden, instead of waiting for her in broad daylight at the cafe.

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I absolutely loved both this premiere and the second episode! Looking forward to the rest of this show :)

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Yup! This is looking like it'll be exactly the kind of show I love - action, romance, comedy and one great villain. Much like City Hunter which was my gateway to Kdramas, sealed and delivered by Healer. (Side note: The K2 was a terrible disappointment, I hope this one steers clear of the K2 territory).

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Kyaaaaaaah! Park Hae Jin on our small screen on a weekly basis is my strength this days! can't wait for the next episodes.. gaaaaah! <3

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Seriously...

JTBC is in the roll these days...

okaay.. after long time break binge watching kdrama for saving my eye from those horrendous dark circles, Now, in the name of gorgeous Park Hae Jin, i have to surrender and said welcome back dark circle!!!

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I loved this first episode! JTBC is really succeeding lately with Friday-Saturday shows that make me LMAO, between this and the just ended SWDBS. The tongue in cheek humor in Man to Man is really on my wavelength. Also, the acting is so smooth from the entire cast. It's so nice not to have to worry about an acting weak spot.

My only complaints about the show are really nit-picky. I thought the music was a little off here or there. As much as I was happy to see Yeon Jung-hoon, I also thought his scenes were a little over the top villainous. That's pretty much it though. I thought for all the ground the pilot tried to cover, it did so quite economically. I also liked the fast zippy pace. No dragginess here!

My main concern going forward is how they maintain the tone. the second episode was more cohesive than the first (not that the first bothered me too much), which is a good sign. I actually think it's harder to pull off this semi-satirical, action comedy bromance romance than it would be to just do a straight up spy drama which takes itself oh-so-seriously. I'm glad Man to Man isn't the latter and I hope it continues to find the right comedy/drama blend.

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I'm glad that there's this comedy/drama blend though I agree that it's difficult to get the right balance! If it were a straight up serious spy drama I probably wouldn't be catching this show, but I'm all up for a crazy blend of comedy/action.

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haha it's sooooo tongue in cheek, but yes i agree it's going to be hard to keep the balance and tone just right. i think it's up for the challenge. it's doing pretty well so far ^^

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I know that kdrama soldiers are supposed to be cool and stuff but have the writers tried shooting guns ,specially as a sniper? sometimes even your heartbeat gets in the way of a good shot, so I think chewing gum is not a good idea. anyways good start, let's see where it takes us.
Happy drama watching :-)

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I was completely fixated on that as well. It looked like they were situating that scene in the US based on the bus and other cues (though of course the UN wouldn't be on the ground in the US), and if that scene hadn't ended with him taken into custody I would've had issues.

...also, can PHJ not wink? Heh.

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Agreed. And on the wink business, I found his wink-with-both-eyes-with-a-small-smile too cute for words. Ah, I finally see why Park Hae Jin is considered to be such a heartthrob, is what I thought.

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Speaking of winking, can I mention WK's winks? Aren't they meant to be hilarious? Because I can't help laughing every time he winks at the camera.

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From the article that I've read about PHJ, that i can't wink thats why he blinked with his both eyes

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That, lols! I was thinking, what the? Then realized it was super cute, but I would also like to see him wink properly in the upcoming episodes. That would be all sorts of swoony and I think I'll just melt into a puddle of goo.

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Wahhhh the recap is here! Thanks murasakimi!
Loved the pilot episode!!
I thought the ending was quite sudden and all the characters just randomly appeared in front of Seol Woo..hopefully ep 2 starts off smoothly and explains why and how Seol Woo became Woon-kwang's bodyguard.

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Is this going to be SW's last job as a spy? This is going to be so high profile, especially as an actor's bodyguard, he will be sharing the limelight, albeit less, with the actor. Everyone who watches Korean tv or Hollywood movies is going to recognize him!

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Let me go straight into the most striking moments of the episode:

1. Most swoon worthy moment: "Because you're pretty." *swoons*

2. Most OMG moment: When Agent K opens his mouth and starts speaking in English, and it's lucid, and fluent and natural, and I understand every word of what he's saying! To cap it off, he's speaking whole chunks of paragraphs, not inane moronic one-liners like YO YO YO or OK or BYE or HI , which is sometimes the sum total of the English lines spoken by our so-called internationally-educated Korean drama heroes.

3. Next OMG moment: When Agent in Orange strolls over and starts chatting with ASPARAGUS!!!!

4. Most mindboggling moment: When Agent K clinks mugs with his Hungarian lover, and doesn't kiss nor bed her. This agent ain't no 007 that's for sure.

5. Most bawl-worthy moment: When Agent K says in disembodied agent voiceover that he's lonely I start to bawl so hard I'M RIGHT HERE AGENT OPPA I'M COMING TO EASE YOUR LONELINESS!!!!

6. Most engrossing moment: EVERY scene that Agent K is in....the handsomest agent ever to grace our screens, well, since K2 anyways ...are they related btw?

7. Most breathless moment: When he smiles that one-sided quirk that lifts his lips at one corner, the charm hits you full-face so powerfully I keel over.

8. Most cutest moment: When he does that squeeze-eyes shut thing so fast I turn into jelly

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To sum it all up: Park Hae Jin on my screen again!!!?

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Thank goodness they didn't show any bed scene because PHJ cooking in the kitchen with her was hot enough. Whew.

Omg YES the English, how could I have forgotten to mention that. I really, REALLY appreciated the English so much. I understood what he was saying perfectly and it sounded great. Plus, it's that much more believable if he's supposed to be an international secret agent (I mean, you can't expect me to believe that an international secret agent can't speak other languages fluently). Ahhhh. *swoon*

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PHJ's English was like music to my ears.

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I love that he spoke it so naturally, it flowed and he spoke and emoted as he spoke. He looked so comfortable speaking it, he paused at the right parts. It wasn't choppy or came out too slowly, like someone pressing the slowdown button, as happens so often when I watch Korean dramas. I didn't have to strain my ears and go what? What did he say????

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Yes, we talked about this already, it came out so naturally, his speech was clear, his intonation was good too, and he emoted well when he spoke!

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Hi, @azzo, was wondering where you were, and omo, you show up!

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Time-zones suck!!!
This is one drama I don't want to be late to but dammit I'm late!

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#2 - I love his thick English accent. If he's my professor, I'll cup his face and shake him in awe... ❤❤❤

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If he were my English professor, I'd kiss him.

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HEY! Like I'll let you!

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Since you're one of my fav people, I'll do you the great honor of letting you kiss him first, but mind, it'll only be for 1 second, cos I'll time you AND then, I'll bring him home to my kitchen and make mugs of The Mysterious Homey Hot Drink for my darling Oppa, AND then pat him to sleep LYING ON MY LAP.

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Aww, thank you! You're one of my fav people too! But do you think calling me that will get you anywhere with him, dream on! I'll learn magic and disappear with him right there, from in front of your eyes!

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How could I forget to mention Park Hae Jin's really fluent English? Where did that come from? I was really impressed.

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Well, he did not fluent in English at all. I've hear him say couple of word and it's thick with accent. I can barely hear any word.
So It's make me surprised when i watch ep 1. It's must be a lot of time and effort to practice those lines

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Really reminds me of when Kang Sora spoke Russian quite fluently in Misaeng. It shows the actors dedication and practice in their work.

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How about myung sook's Swahili/Tanzanian in Chief Kim? ?

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I think they're cousins him being K1 and the other K2... lols.

also, this might be your no. 7

That smile tho... or was it a smirk?! #parkhaejin #ParkHaeJin #MantoMan #Man2Man #ManxMan #mantoman #jtbc #kdrama #kimminjung A post shared by nonski (@xxnonskixx) on Apr 23, 2017 at 4:04am PDT

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Love the eps! Love PHJ and PSW here.
But, but... K??? Why is he called K?! Why not others? I've been burnt and disappointed by K2, don't remind me of it. No, please.

Director, writer, could you change his code into something else, please? Such as.... L, M, or V... or, G.
Yes, G! Just like my initial and the way my friend call me... ^^

Thanks for the recap, Murasakimi!

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IKR? Do they like to use "K" because.... "Korea"? If so, then, why not "H"? For Hanguk? Anything but "K" ^_^ Or at least until I forget the K2. >_<

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Maybe because K is the first letter in the Korean alphabet.

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I just assumed it was K because his name is Kim Seol Woo, so it was taking into account his surname

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Yes, I think this is the logical explanation.

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I can't wait to see the bodyguard-actor relationship ! I hope Park Sungwong's character will drive Agent K crazy and give us lots of laughter haha.

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Oh my god, the scene where Do-Ha picks Woon-Kwang and his fling up in the forklift? I laughed so much :D

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That was hilarious, but it's also very nutty thing to do. Trust the writer to think of that to include in the script. I cannot...

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That was crazy, I was ready to take notes from her on how to go from oppa's #1 to manager but girl is cuckoo!

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Yess! I'm so glad DB is recapping this since I won't have time to watch this!

I have never watch Park Hae Jin on my screen before but he looks spiffing good!

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1. Idk if it’s just me but the transitions and editing seemed really weird. When they switched from Park Hae Jin to Park Sung Woong for a brief second it just didn’t make sense. But it can only get better from here on out hopefully…

2. He just brought a whole new meaning on how to effectively break up with someone? Poor girl

3. The “who you are?” killed me?. But seriously who thought it was okay for him to say that????

4. I’m not sure how I feel about the female lead. Can’t place my finger on it just yet but it’s not a good feeling. I’m more invested on knowing what happened between Park Sung Woong and the lady who said he looked good in red

@Park Hae Jin what a babe!! *heart eyes*

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Same -- I really want to know about this tortured relationship between Park Sung Woong and Chae Jung An. There's history there and it ain't pretty. I MUST KNOW MORE.

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Me too! I like the subtle tension simmering underneath their barbed conversation. I wonder what's the history between these two.

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I definitely think they have a past, and her son is possibly their child together

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Yup, I'm sure too! She must've broken his heart pretty bad, seeing how he hates her that much!

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Park Hae Jin's face in all these screen caps makes me want to watch this. Just for his face ?

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His face is perfect. I will watching anything he's in because of his face. As well as his acting chops.

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I know right!

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Definitely worth it, he's so beautiful to look at! I watched the episode three times and the third time to just pause at his close-ups and admire his face!

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I can look at it all day!

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Haha, I know YOU can, @azzo1! ?

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Yup, I've made that pretty known! LOL!

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He needs a cuddle.

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Completely agree!! It reminds me of how I felt during swdbs

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Ep 2 was a little more coherent, I think, or at least the editing didn't feel as jarring. The SW, WK and DH dynamic and the wonderfully wacky humour is what's working for me at the moment so I hope they keep that up. (As long as DH moves towards the cute weird rather than the sasaeng fan weird, it's really thanks to Kim Minjung that I'm willing to overlook that forklift thing).

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three words guys "who you are"??

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I didn't get that part. The mafia guy said "Who you are?" He did, I wasn't imagining it? So weird.

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HA! Totally. I rewound it multiple just to confirm that was indeed what was said. (Serious question, with the substantial amount of English spoken in this ep, did they not have a native / fluent English speaker on set to consult...)

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I think it was perfectly acceptable. It was obviously set in Hungary, and English was clearly not his first language, as indicated by his thick accent. Why couldn't he have said 'Who you are?'

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It sounds a little weird but I agree, he is Hungarian. But when was there a dictatorship in Hungary?
May I note that that beauty was SO NOT Hungarian!
Otherwise, thank you very kamsa for bringing oppa back to my screen, show. Much appreciated

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before 1989 hungary was a dictature, a soft dictature but a dictature.
hungarian is somehow a topic focused language, so the who are you and the who you are has a different meaning for a hungarian

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1) So happy to have Park Hae Jin back on my screen! <3 He is PERFECT.
2) I'm tired of these wood carvings already. I foresee the mystery/crime part of the plot already...
3) Park Sung Woong is just charming the heck out of me. He's so self-centered and egotistic but he's killing me with the winks.
4) I need to know the whole story of Park Sung Woong and Chae Jung An's tortured relationship. I am already 100% invested!
5) Kim Min Jung isn't doing anything for me right now. It might be the hairstyle because she's definitely got spunk.
6) This premiere episode was a little disjointed IMO. Beanies say episode 2 is better, so I shall trust them -- haven't watched it yet. I still liked this pilot ep, but it didn't knock my socks off.
7) Though let's be reeeeeal here -- I'm 95% here for Park Hae Jin.
8) You know what, make that 99%.

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Yes I am here 99 percent for Park Hae Jin
And I agree about the short haircut on Kim min Jung. I'd prefer her in a ponytail or something messy...

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Do-Ha is legit one of the craziest female leads we've had so far, and considering that this is dramaland, that's saying a lot. But I kind of like her. Of course I hope she really didn't want to kill Woon-Gwang. My money's on terrifying the actress. I still don't get the why of the situation, and it's also why I'm looking forward to her butting heads with Mi-Eun because clearly Mi-Eun and Woon-Gwang have history together and it will be very interesting to see where it all leads. The star of the moment for me is still Seol-Woo and I'm really looking forward to getting to know him better as a character because something tells me things won't go as easy as he wants and Woon-Gwang might be self-absorbed but he shows occasional wisdom at certain times that confirm that he's pretty smart.

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Yes, on the self-absorbed but smart part.

His insistence on that specific coffee from that specific branch had me in laughter. It is so childish, and he totally can't care less if his assistants have to travel far to get that coffee in the morning. I guess when you re a diva, anything goes.

The refusal to kiss costars and using a stunt double is pretty funny. And it is made more hilarious when he proves he is a good kisser to the starlet. I wonder why he doesn't want to kiss costars. Maybe they will give us an explanation later on, or maybe not.

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Because of his ex lover who is now married to the evil tycoon
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Wowww.... Park Hae Jin Oppa..... So NICE...... ?
I didn't know Park sung woong was this good...... And my favourite villain of all time.....This cast will do wonders.... No doubt....?❤️?

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First encounter with Park Hae Jin. Oh my word, can I just ask the writer and director now to change the whole plot so that we just get him doing mission impossible stuff and looking so fine doing it the entire drama. Screw the love interest, he can have a different beautiful girl every week. I'm with @ lezah

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Yes, yes, where can I sign up to be the next love interest? X)

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I want to be his undercover assistant AND his love interest.

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You be his undercover assistant AND I'll be his love interest!

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If I were his undercover agent, the first thing I'd do is hand-stitch, thread by thread, undercover boxers for him. Cotton, preferably. Cotton's cool and airy and light, ideal for high-stress rescue missions. He would be so much more versatile and wouldn't be, um, restricted, he could like run and jump and s-t-r-e-t-c-h and wouldn't have to worry about cramping or pinching his undercover cheeks.

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You almost killed me here with your hand-stitched, thread by thread, cotton boxers for Oppa! Why do you do that? You want to see me dead so you can get him all by yourself?! I thought we had a deal!

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That was what I thought when I saw him with all the different identities and his mission with the mafia and prison. Maybe a writer should try writing a mission impossible piece and invite PHJ to star in it.

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I found the wood carving thing quite boring so I am kinda worried about how the story will unfold in future episodes since it's definitely going to be an important part of the story. Park Sung Woong is amazing as a crazy Korean superstar. I am very interested in the relationship between Woon-kwang and Mi-eun. I hope they can eventually let go of past hurts and find happiness. Meanwhile, I am not sold on the loveline between Seol-woo and Do-ha yet. It feels a little forced and awkward for now but I guess it will get better as we see more interactions between these two.

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Me too! I didn't find the wood craving part interesting, but it gives SW the motivation to get near to WK, so whatever goes. I suspect it would be more exciting now that the diva and bodyguard have encountered each other, and I am looking forward to the hijinks that are to come.

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already LOVING this drama! I forgot how SQUEE worthy Park Hae Jin is ... Man ... (≧∀≦) still trying to warm up to all the political scenes and the lead female ... but love the setup so far!!!!

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Thanks murasakimi for the recap.

YAY!! PARK HAE JIN IS BACK!!

I loved the first episode, some are saying it was weird but I guess I'm just blind to all of that when I have Park Hae-jin on my screen, but no really, I enjoyed it. Like murasakimi, I liked that we were allowed to his mind, it makes it easier to connect with his character when we know what he's thinking and feeling.
When he said he was lonely, I was all ready: wait for me oppa, I'll run to you!

Do-ha is a bit crazy but I like her, she's definitely going to make it hard for Seol-woo but that's where the fun will be! I didn't think the music was overly romantic at the end but hinting at the wars those two are going to have!

I talked about this with @yyishere already but I loved how natural PHJ sounded when he spoke in English, was really impressed and proud, like yeah, that's my oppa!

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DON"T BE LONELY OPPA WE'RE COMING !!!! Let's run together, azzo, first one to reach oppa gets to keep him.

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YES!! WE'RE COMING!

UGH, I'm bad at running but I'll still run for him, with all my might!

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I would run up the highest mountain for him, BAREFOOT!

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Welp, looks like I'm gonna fall for Park Hae-jin all over again... ?

- I love that green outfit Park Hae-jin wore when he was hooked up to the lie detector. When he turned in his chair, he looked so long just sitting there!
- Didn't expect to hear Park Hae-jin speak so much English, but he's very good and I didn't really cringe. ???
- The first screen cap of Anna looks like Emma Watson!
- so Seol-woo replies that getting in the prison is the hard part, but getting out is a “piece of cake.” I was like, "OH DAYUMMMMMMM!"
- I was wondering how Seol-woo would end things with Anna and then HE FRIGGIN' BLEW HIMSELF UP and then MANAGED TO DAVID COPPERFIELD HIS WAY OUT, LIKE WHAT.
- LOL @ Seung-jae's kid throwin' up the peace sign!
- I was so scared/surprised when Seung-jae slapped the old man, omg! Not really surprised that I'm scared of Yeon Jung-hoon since he's so good at being bad.
- LOL @ Do-ha complaining about Seol-woo's heavy ass camera when she lugs around like the exact same one! I guess it's not heavy to her since she uses it to snap photos of Her Oppa.
- Idk how I feel abt Seol-woo having to pretend to fall in love with all these ladies and then traumatizing them in order to break off the in-way-too-deep relationships... I wonder if he's gonna do the same w/ Do-ha... but of course, she'll be ~different~ and he'll really fall in love w/ her, of course.

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I cringed when he spoke the English though. I don't think he was in an English speaking country, so he should be speaking in another foreign tongue instead of English. But that said, his English was good, and for the first time, I could actually understand what he was saying.

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Honestly if he tried seaking Hungarian all through the scenes in Budapest, it would have taken months to learn those lines :)) Although aside from the Hungarian audience nobody would have noticed if he messed it up. The one sentence he said in Hungarian wasn't that bad, but I had to wach twice to understand what he said. (I'm Hungarian.)

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He's lonely, chingu, he needs me...

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Haha, he is! He really needs to stop pretending to fall in love w/ women, though. It's not helping him. Haha, and be careful! Don't let @azzo1 here you! ;)

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Silly typo--*hear

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He'll stop pretending once he meets me, you just wait, I'm working on it!

And heard it! @yyishere and I have already planned running to him Everytime he's lonely! It's going to be a bloody battle! LOL!

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azzo's going to share because I just told her she's one of my fav people *smirks*

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No, he needs me.......runs to South Korea, one way

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You guys are really making it hard for me...she who runs alone runs the fastest...I made that up, oppa makes me wiser by the minute.

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Thanks for sharing the wisdom, the deal is off *Runs to Oppa alone*

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Get in the line, gem28!

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i'd volunteer to be the BbongSsun to his lonely prince minmin

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Thank you for the speedy recap, murasakimi! :D

I agree with your thoughts on this - I'm hopeful that it'll be a good ride. The messiness of the first episode is understandable because they're doing set-ups (too many, if you ask me). So hopefully the rest of the drama will give us more Park Hae Jin and Park Sung Woong goodness. Also, even though Park Hae Jin's English isn't perfect, but he did so well! It's worlds away from the Lee Min Ho's English in The Heirs *shudders*

Can't wait for the next episode!

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I just watched episode 1 and in the middle of episode 2 and loving it already!

Does anyone know what is the song that plays in the "running through traffic" scene in episode 2? Same scene as was teased in the trailers.

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By the way I'm super sorry if this question counts as a spoiler!

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It's the song: "Take your hand" by VIXX. I lol so hard at the name and it's use on the drama.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjLzOspWGIo
Here the full song.

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Doesn't seem to be the same song though from the opening music - tried soundhound but didn't work as well haha.

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I'm all for a convincing backstory (and seeing Park Hae Jin look so dashing), but anyone else thought that the whole undercover mission to be too pretentious? If one only needed to go to prison, surely one doesn't need to date a mafia boss'/ secret police's daughter for what looks like a long time. One can just commit a victimless crime or bribe the warden or assume the identity of a criminal or piss off the mafia leader by spilling coffee on him. And then, there's the breaking out part. "Getting in is easy, getting out is a piece of break," said no one ever. How exactly does a jumping into a well transport them to a car? They showed everything else but the actual escape.
Make the mafia daughter fall for you--> get close to the mafia boss --> get incriminating info --> take down the mafia. That's the usual formula. But then it went half-baked Prison Break on us. !Σ( ̄□ ̄;)
Now, I'm scared if this is the kind of storytelling where they keep on trying to fit a round peg in a square hole.

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Nah, he doesnt need to go to prison but go to that exact one. If you from a communist country, you'll hear about the kind of prison for person who get arrest by the secret police, prison for politician. It's not easy to getting in those kind of prison and get out but doesn't blow up your whole cover or make numerous headlines. So i kind of sold on that one.
The "prison break" part are typically Korean, thought. Huge setting but haft ass attempt to solve the situation.
About the well and the car, well i decide to not nit-pick on that. Since the drama have a flow and they can skip some stuff to make the drama move faster.

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I thought he said "piece of cake" not "prison break".

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I really enjoyed the first episode! A bit choppy with all the set-ups, but overall it was a good ride with a nice balance of action & comedy.

I was also pleasantly surprised by PHJ's English. The English dialogues were pretty long and he spoke with good pronunciations, so kudos to his effort!
He does action scenes very well too.. Makes me think that he might do just fine if he ever got any chance venturing into Holywood action movies.

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This is, I think, the only time the UK has ever been able to watch along with one of these thanks to Netflix.

I've seen both epis now (I know this is Ep 1 so no details) and am really enj