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Man to Man: Episode 12

The show’s delivering pretty much everything I want from it right now, and I’m loving it. As we’re treated to more squee-worthy bromance and romance featuring our favorite ghost agent, we get the added bonus of learning a little bit more about the real Seol-woo. And now, more than ever, all I want is for him to live happily ever after with the people he loves most. That’s not too much to ask for, right?

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

After shooting Seol-woo and watching him fall into the water, Department Head Jang calls Seung-jae to tell him he took care of Ghost Agent K with his own hands. Even though Seung-jae had originally asked him to hand K over to the Russians, the NIS agent explains the Russians would have been no match for K. Department Head Jang adds that he’s met his conditions, so Seung-jae should keep his promise.

Chairman Victor receives word about K’s death at the same time as Seung-jae. Though he’s disappointed he didn’t get to kill Seol-woo himself, he tells Seung-jae that he’s satisfied with the outcome.

As Seol-woo sinks into the river, the times he spent with Woon-kwang and Do-ha flash before him quickly. His mind focuses on his memories with Do-ha in particular, and that’s when Seol-woo’s eyes pop open. Now that he’s conscious, he remembers the events that led him underwater, and he starts to swim.

Seol-woo somehow pulls himself out of the water, but man, he looks awful. With a hand on his stomach where the bullet hit, he drags himself across the river bank, looking like he’s going to keel over at any moment.

Meanwhile, Do-ha, who’s been waiting outside her house for Seol-woo to show-up, goes from worry to panic when she’s unable to reach Seol-woo. Looking determined to find him, she starts to walk.

Seol-woo reaches a rundown building in the middle of nowhere and raps his hand on the door. The door swings open, and yay, it’s Ki-chul!

The former ghost agent works on Seol-woo’s injury, wondering why Seol-woo would seek him out instead of going to a hospital. When Seol-woo says that ghost agents are better at treating gunshot wounds than doctors, Ki-chul asks if Seol-woo trusts him. Seol-woo replies that he knows Ki-chul won’t kill him, since Ki-chul still needs him for revenge.

Do-ha reaches Seol-woo’s place, only to find it empty. When she calls Woon-kwang to tell him she can’t reach Seol-woo, Woon-kwang reassures her that he’s probably just running late from his meeting with Department Head Jang. He tells her that there’s no way Seol-woo wouldn’t run away without telling them, which makes Do-ha feel better.

As she hangs up, she notices a door to a room we haven’t seen before. She peeks into the space, which looks to be an actual habitable living space for Seol-woo.

Back at Ki-chul’s hideout, Ki-chul tells Seol-woo that he’s lucky that the bullet went right through him without hitting any organs or bones. Seol-woo says it wasn’t luck—the shooter just happened to have excellent aim. When Ki-chul correctly guesses that someone from the NIS shot him, Seol-woo says it must mean that he’s being told to disappear.

Ki-chul remarks bitterly that the way the NIS uses ghost agents and throws them away hasn’t changed. Seol-woo asks if that’s why Ki-chul turned against the country, and Ki-chul answers that a country that uses you and discards you is meaningless—and that he simply chose his family over that kind of a country. He says that now, Seol-woo will have to make that choice as well.

Dong-hyun sneaks up on Department Head Jang as he arrives at his office to casually ask about K’s whereabouts. Department Head Jang tells Dong-hyun that the wood carving mission is done, so K left. Taking the news in stride, Dong-hyun inquires about the third wood carving, but Department Head Jang demurs when it comes to the details.

Looking suspicious now, Dong-hyun fires off a seemingly unrelated question at Department Head Jang, asking if he knows who betrayed Agent Yoon. When Department Head Jang says he doesn’t and takes off, Dong-hyun pulls out the secret message that Seol-woo left behind for him, which reads: “Department Head Jang knows the mole who betrayed Agent Y.”

Seol-woo just barely makes it home, looking awfully pale and sweaty. Do-ha intercepts him and almost immediately begins chirping at him for making her worry. He smiles weakly at her, asking if she waited for him, and before she can finish asking him if something’s wrong, he collapses into her arms.

As Do-ha struggles to hold him up, she realizes he’s burning up and suggests going to a hospital. But he grabs her tight and refuses, so instead, she lays him down in his bed. She can’t hide her horror and worry when she finally sees the extent of Seol-woo’s injuries, but she stays by his side to tend to him.

Some time later, Seol-woo walks out of his room to find Do-ha still at his place. She tells him that he’s been asleep for three days, then urges him to eat some porridge that she made for him. After, they watch a movie together on the couch before heading to a nearby café, where she tells him that they’ve done all the things they said they were going to do together: eat, watch a movie, have tea. She wonders why there’s no other customers at the café, when suddenly, a gunshot rings out… and hits Do-ha right in the chest. Holy crap.

Seol-woo watches in shock as Do-ha turns to him wide-eyed, then slumps down. His eyes flashing with anger, Seol-woo gets up to find the shooter, and he comes face to face with… himself? Oh whew, this must be a dream. Seol-woo stares at himself and the gun in his hands, and the images of the gun and Do-ha flash back and forth before Seol-woo wakes up for real.

Do-ha’s there next to him and starts fussing at him when she sees that he’s awake. Still reeling from his dream, he brings her in for a hug, telling her that it’s a relief that she’s okay and thanking her for staying by his side. Tears spill down her face as Do-ha reminds him of his promise to her that he won’t disappear without a word again. Seol-woo strokes her hair as he tells her that he’ll keep his promise, and that he won’t die without her permission.

Department Head Jang arrives at Songsan and heads upstairs with Seung-jae’s men. Dong-hyun watches this unfold in a parked car nearby, sighing to himself as he confirms his suspicions about the NIS agent.

In Seung-jae’s office, Department Head Jang and Seung-jae each pull out the keys in their possession, per their deal. Department Head Jang fits the three keys together, forming the master key.

Seol-woo explains to Woon-kwang and Do-ha that he was handed over to the enemy in exchange for the third wood carving, and that it was Department Head Jang who shot him. Seol-woo says that the NIS agent chose the most foolproof way to get what he wanted, and bitterly repeats Ki-chul’s words from earlier, saying that to the NIS, he was “a card you can use and throw away as needed.”

Back in the Songsan parking lot, Dong-hyun, wearing one of his trademark disguises, surreptitiously plants a tracking device onto Seung-jae’s car.

And upstairs, after carefully examining the completed key, Department Head Jang decodes the marks on the key to find a GPS coordinate, which points to the Songsan Produce Warehouse.

Once again, Assemblyman Baek proves that he’s one step behind on everything when he expresses confusion and dismay at Dong-hyun’s release, along with the news that Seung-jae’s held a secret meeting with Chairman Victor. He’s at least able to deduce that Seung-jae must have struck a deal with the Russian for the third wood carving and angrily mutters about not being included.

Woon-kwang asks Seol-woo if he’s really been discarded by the NIS. Seol-woo starts to assure Woon-kwang that he’ll get his money back when he flinches, his hand going to his wound. Do-ha jumps up in worry and insists that Seol-woo lie down, helping him get comfortable on the bed while Woon-kwang watches the two with a knowing look in his eyes.

Woon-kwang brushes off Seol-woo’s mentions of the money and sternly tells his bodyguard to worry about getting better first. He then tells the two to take some time off, instructing Do-ha to take care of “Brother” in his stead. (Seriously, best oppa ever.) Woon-kwang does add that Do-ha’s forbidden from doing anything with Seol-woo that the celebrity himself wouldn’t do, especially not any intimate stuff, ha.

Not wasting any time, Seung-jae and Department Head Jang pull up to the warehouse. Unbeknownst to them, Dong-hyun has followed them there, and he makes a phone call.

Inside the building, Seung-jae and Department Head Jang find a lone shipping container and immediately open it up—but it’s empty. Department Head Jang tells an annoyed Seung-jae that this is definitely the right location, so Seung-jae orders his men to carefully check the container. And voila, his men yell out that they’ve found a secret passageway.

As he rests up, Seol-woo thinks about all the things Department Head Jang said to him over the course of this mission, his superior’s words taking on a different meaning now. He recalls asking Department Head Jang whose side he was on just before he was shot, and ponders what the answer might be.

Back at the warehouse, Seung-jae and Department Head Jang head down the passageway and find themselves in front of an enormous set of doors, which Department Head Jang easily unlocks with the master key. The doors open to reveal a room housing tons of expensive artifacts and pallets of cash: the elusive Songsan slush fund.

Seung-jae’s face is oddly dark after the discovery, as he grumbles about his grandfather not trusting him with the key to the room. Still, he’s happy that he’s found it, and he tells Department Head Jang that he plans to spend the money to “change the world”—that is, turn the world into a place where money rules all. He invites Department Head Jang to work with him until the end before giving him his reward by pointing him toward the dirty records left by his grandfather.

Seol-woo pores over Agent Yoon’s activity log and thinks back to his conversation with Father Michael at Annam Cathedral. The priest relayed Agent Yoon’s words that what he found wasn’t everything, then left Seol-woo with this message: “If it is in the Lord’s will, He will lead you to the right path. The path is in the Word.” In the present, Seol-woo pages through the Bible and stops at this passage: “For God does speak—now one way, now another, though no one perceives it.”

As Department Head Jang looks through the videotape records left behind by Seung-jae’s grandfather, Chairman Mo, he tells Seung-jae that there seems to be a few tapes missing. Just then, Dong-hyun’s voice rings out, volunteering to search for the tapes himself.

Dong-hyun struts in with backup and shows off a confiscation warrant for the slush fund items, telling Seung-jae that everything in the room looks to be illegal. Aghast, Seung-jae turns to Department Head Jang to ask if this was part of his plan, but the NIS agent is just as befuddled and protests that Dong-hyun is interrupting an NIS mission.

Seung-jae rips up the warrant and tries another tactic by telling Dong-hyun to take a few things for himself from the room in exchange for ignoring the existence of the slush fund. But Dong-hyun has no interest in that kind of deal—instead, he pulls out his pen recorder and tells Seung-jae that he’s now on record for attempted bribery of a public official. Pretty smooth.

Seung-jae’s arrested for the charge and led away, leaving Department Head Jang alone with Dong-hyun. As soon as Department Head Jang tries to approach Dong-hyun, the prosecutor whips around and punches his colleague squarely in the face. Angrily, Dong-hyun tells Department Head Jang that if he has anything to say, he should save it for the prosecutor’s office.

Do-ha drops by Seol-woo’s to find him sleeping upright on his couch again. She quietly sits next to him, then places her hand lovingly on his bullet wound. With his eyes still closed, Seol-woo moves his hand over hers, then asks when she arrived. She’s more curious about why he sleeps like this on the couch, and he tells her it’s more comfortable, because he doesn’t dream this way.

Seol-woo asks Do-ha about her hand on his stomach, and she tells him it’s her “healing hand”—something that her grandfather did for her whenever she was sick. Seol-woo just looks at her before putting his other hand on top of hers as he shifts closer to her. Do-ha says Woon-kwang would probably be mad if he found out about this, but Seol-woo just replies that during missions, there are times you have to deceive your colleagues, hee.

When Do-ha asks if the lovers tactic is still on, he tells her with a smile, “Until you stop it.” Turning serious, Seol-woo leans in slowly to kiss Do-ha once, softly. Closing his eyes, he goes in for a deeper kiss and pulls her close as they kiss again and again.

Department Head Jang is interrogated about his connection to Songsan’s slush fund, but he basically pleads the fifth, citing matters of national security.

In another interrogation room, Dong-hyun rattles off the diverse array of crimes Seung-jae’s committed, from embezzlement, to tax evasion, to bribery. He tells Seung-jae to get ready for jail, but Seung-jae smugly predicts what’s going to happen: Dong-hyun will get a phone call, he’ll apologize to him, and he will subsequently go free.

Like clockwork, Dong-hyun’s phone does indeed ring, and though we don’t hear the other end of the conversation, it’s clear that Dong-hyun’s being ordered to release Seung-jae. Dong-hyun says he understands, but when he mentions that the call is being recorded, the caller hangs up quickly.

To both Seung-jae and Dong-hyun’s surprise, Mi-eun enters the room with a lawyer, explaining that what Dong-hyun witnessed today was actually a “joint project” between the NIS and Songsan so that Songsan could provide the agency with evidence on the slush fund. Mi-eun says the money will be donated to charity, then asks why her husband’s being treated like this when he’s cooperating with the NIS.

Assemblyman Baek rehashes the recent course of events with his agent, marveling at Seung-jae’s new strategy of partnering with Department Head Jang to place the blame for the slush fund-related crimes on Chairman Mo. He orders his men to continue investigating Seung-jae.

Later, Department Head Jang meets with Dong-hyun and tells him to investigate the tapes left by Chairman Mo. Dong-hyun angrily tells him to drop the act, wanting the truth about Department Head Jang’s deal with Seung-jae. In response, Department Head Jang reminds Dong-hyun of the original purpose of the wood carving mission: to find the source of Songsan’s slush fund and eliminate the Baek Infantry.

When Dong-hyun asks if Department Head Jang is okay with letting Seung-jae go free as a part of this plan, the NIS agent says this is the second-best option. He asks Dong-hyun again to investigate the tapes, but Dong-hyun has just one more question for Department Head Jang: “K didn’t just simply disappear, did he?” Department Head Jang replies that if he’s still alive, Dong-hyun should relay to him the message that K is dead.

Seol-woo and Do-ha cuddle on the couch watching dramas, and he tries to angle for more kisses when the lights suddenly turn on, and they hear Dong-hyun’s voice. Our couple is super flustered and can’t quite get their act together—when Dong-hyun simply asks what they were doing, they each give different answers at the same time, and Seol-woo hangs his head in embarrassment.

Seol-woo tries to steer the conversation a different way, very seriously asking Dong-hyun about the secret message he left for him. But haha, Dong-hyun just tells him to shut up and relax his eyes—he’s really not letting this go, is he? When Seol-woo tries complaining about his bullet wound next, Dong-hyun rolls his eyes and asks if Department Head Jang shot him. For some reason, this leads Seol-woo to drop the act swiftly, and Do-ha leaves the two men to talk.

At the NIS building, Department Head Jang tells Director Im about activating Plan B, then says that Chairman Mo’s tapes of Assemblyman Baek have conveniently gone missing. Since they have enough evidence to at least take down the rest of the Baek Infantry, Director Im agrees to appoint Department Head Jang as a special prosecutor to formally do this work. Director Im does tell Department Head Jang that the deal he made with Seung-jae may be problematic for him later, but the NIS agent tells him that it doesn’t matter.

Back at Seol-woo’s, the ghost agent tells Dong-hyun that he knew Department Head Jang was activating Plan B when he shot him but didn’t kill him. When Dong-hyun calls Department Head Jang a traitor for teaming up with Seung-jae, Seol-woo says he was suspicious of Dong-hyun too—that’s why he left him that secret message, calling it a way of entrapping the traitor that sold out Agent Yoon.

Dong-hyun’s impressed as he pieces together Seol-woo’s plan, realizing that if he’d indeed been the traitor, he would have killed Department Head Jang as soon as he’d read Seol-woo’s note, exposing himself as the traitor in the process. But alas, since he wasn’t the traitor, the actual traitor’s identity still remains a mystery.

When Dong-hyun wonders what they should do next, Seol-woo tells him to work with Department Head Jang to execute Plan B and says that he’s considering following Department Head Jang’s orders to disappear. Dong-hyun asks where he’d go, and Seol-woo answers thoughtfully, “Just to go live an ordinary life.”

Do-ha visits Woon-kwang to give him an update on Seol-woo’s condition. When Woon-kwang sighs at the difficult life of ghost agents, Do-ha confirms his thoughts by talking about the three ghost agents she knows: Ki-chul, Father Michael, and Seol-woo. Looking concerned for her, Woon-kwang gently tells Do-ha that though it seems like things with Seol-woo will work out now, she’ll only end up getting hurt.

But Do-ha tells him that she’ll get hurt no matter what, so she’s choosing to enjoy things now and hurt later. She smiles and cheerfully asks Woon-kwang to support her—since she has him by her side, she tells him she’ll be herself and face it head on, doing her best until the end.

At the prosecutor’s office, Dong-hyun tells his team to investigate everyone in Chairman Mo’s tapes and to get the job done properly. And with his new authority at the NIS, Department Head Jang begins taking down the Baek Infantry, starting with Assemblyman Baek’s main man. During their interrogations of suspects, Dong-hyun and Department Head Jang use the videotapes to draw out confessions, and they successfully start capturing members of the Baek Infantry one by one.

Seol-woo, meanwhile, does some thinking in his hideout, focusing on four people on his whiteboard: Chairman Mo, Assemblyman Baek, Mi-eun, and Seung-jae.

Seung-jae holds a press conference to apologize for the slush fund and promises to donate the funds to a scholarship foundation. Afterward, at one of their usual meetings, Assemblyman Baek congratulates Seung-jae for turning the crisis into an opportunity, while Seung-jae insults the assemblyman’s rock-bottom polling numbers.

Though the assemblyman clings to the fact that he doesn’t appear in any of Chairman Mo’s incriminating tapes, Seung-jae asks how his campaign will carry on without the Baek Infantry, who have all been arrested. Assemblyman Baek’s not calling it quits just yet, so he asks if Seung-jae’s intent on cutting ties with him. When Seung-jae says he is, Assemblyman Baek says that things will be chaotic for the country if the two face off. Seung-jae’s not perturbed one bit as he replies that things are already plenty chaotic.

At Seol-woo’s, Woon-kwang tells his “brother” that filming for his movie is back on schedule. Seol-woo says he’s working on getting Woon-kwang’s money back too, but Woon-kwang tells him not to bother if it means he’ll have to go back to Department Head Jang. He tells the agent to stay by his side instead, as his family and his brother. Ahhh, I’m swooning over here.

Seol-woo looks grateful, but tells Woon-kwang that he doesn’t even know who he (Seol-woo) really is. Not missing a beat, Woon-kwang says he does know him: Seol-woo’s someone who’s as lonely as he is. Those words seem to strike a chord in Seol-woo, and Woon-kwang ups the offer, telling him to come live with him. He tells Seol-woo not to hurt Do-ha, and to not get hurt himself.

As Seol-woo mulls over Woon-kwang’s offer, he gets a text from an unknown number, which reads: “Find the missing tapes of Assemblyman Baek. The traitor knows our weakness.” The message is signed “Y”—as in, Agent Yoon? Interesting.

The next thing we know, Seol-woo’s back in action: “Disguised” as a sexy prosecutor, he and Dong-hyun head to the slush fund room. Seol-woo tells Dong-hyun that he’s searching for a clue that Agent Yoon possibly left behind to indicate where the tapes of Assemblyman Baek might be. Recalling Father Michael’s words that “the path is in the Word,” Seol-woo starts looking through the stash of artwork in the room.

He zeroes in on a large frame and examines it with a smile—he’s found it. Dong-hyun wonders if there’s a clue within the painting itself, which depicts the verse from Revelation that was written in Agent Yoon’s activity log. Seol-woo has a different idea, and much to Dong-hyun’s horror (and mine), he takes a pocket knife and cuts out the canvas from the frame, revealing a floor plan underneath.

The plan is for the 58th floor of Songsan’s office and includes outlines of the three keys hidden in the wood carvings, which Dong-hyun happens to have on him. Seol-woo lays the keys in their designated spots on the plan before staring down at the plan, not quite sure what to make of it. But Seol-woo looks like he may be hatching a plan.

At home, Mi-eun shares the news that Woon-kwang’s bodyguard was in an accident, and says that he almost died. Seung-jae incredulously asks if this means he’s still alive, causing Mi-eun to ask if he knows something about it. Seung-jae says no, but adds that he learned something new that he didn’t know before.

Later, Seung-jae enters his office at Songsan but stops short when he sees someone sitting in his chair, his back to him. The chair swivels around to reveal Seol-woo, who smirks at Seung-jae in greeting.

 
COMMENTS

What a great episode all around—I love where we are in the story right now, not just with the developments in Seol-woo’s personal life, but also with his continued involvement in the ongoing NIS mission. After all the hoopla about the wood carvings, it’s kind of funny that we just skipped over how the third one was procured. But really, I’m not mad about it, since it means that we’re actually getting to spend more time on the things that I find at least semi-interesting, like the shifting alliances between our players, Mi-eun’s real motives, and the mystery behind who betrayed Agent Yoon.

Though I don’t have anything new to say about Seung-jae at this point, I have to laugh at how things unfolded for him this hour—he finally got to his slush fund, only to be arrested for it, and then he’s forced to give it away to charity to secure his freedom (at the suggestion of his wife!). To top it all off, he then finds out that the Seol-woo still isn’t dead. I’m not sure if he can get any more incompetent, but since we have four more episodes to go, we’ll have to see how the confrontation between Seung-jae and Seol-woo goes. Who knows, maybe Seung-jae will surprise us all with a resurgence in his evilness.

I was somewhat relieved that Department Head Jang didn’t really cross over to the dark side, and that his actions were, as Seol-woo said, the best option for continuing on with the mission. That said, I think the bigger issue with Department Head Jang is that he’s so blinded by his obsession with the mission that he doesn’t see the real issue here: The Baek Infantry may actually just be a symptom of what’s wrong with the NIS, rather than the cause. The NIS’s dehumanizing treatment of ghost agents—even if the agents are signing onto the job voluntarily—clearly bears some responsibility for leading former agents like Ki-chul astray. How can the NIS expect to keep the country safe when they can’t even keep their own from turning against the agency?

It was pivotal for Seol-woo to experience that sense of betrayal and to connect with Ki-chul about it—and I think this is part of what drove him to let his guard down even more in his relationships this week, especially with Do-ha. I liked seeing Seol-woo just start to wrestle with this dilemma of staying as a ghost agent or running away from it all and living an unremarkable life with Woon-kwang and Do-ha. I’m sure there’s so much more he has to unpack when it comes to making that decision, especially since Seol-woo seems to actually enjoy his work, and he also happens to be really good at it.

But if there’s something—or someone—who can convince him to even explore a life outside of the NIS, it’s gotta be Do-ha. I chose to suspend my disbelief and confusion about Seol-woo’s feelings for Do-ha at first, but this week’s developments have caught me up to where the couple’s supposed to be, especially since we finally got some real talk from both parties about their feelings for one another. And that kiss! It was a lovely moment between the two, and miles away from all the other kisses we’ve seen thus far—it was heart-pounding yet sweet, and above all, real. It’s also great how they’re so dorky and cheesy together—how hilarious was it when they were bumbling around, trying to come up with an excuse for Dong-hyun as to why they were hanging out? I’m sold on these two!

But, BUT! I can’t forget about that freaky dream Seol-woo had in his feverish state—not only because I nearly jumped out of my skin when Do-ha was shot, but also because it showed Seol-woo literally facing off against himself in the battle for his relationship with Do-ha. With the mystery text from “Agent Y” warning Seol-woo about his “weakness,” there’s no doubt that our villains will try to use Do-ha (and maybe Woon-kwang too?) against Seol-woo in the final showdown. I’m just not ready for that to happen yet—so I’ll retire to watch that kiss one more time, thank you very much.

 
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Thank you for the recap chocolatte!

My heart broke for Seol-woo when he said it didn’t matter to chief Jang if he really died, that he was a card they used when they needed him and discarded when they didn’t. I think Chief Jang does care about him, a little, because if he didn’t then he would’ve shot him dead! Chief Jang is still a good guy, it’s just that he’s growing desperate to catch the bad guys, and now using any means available to do so!

Lover’s tactic is not just a tactic anymore, he gave Do-ha the choice to end it when she wants to, that means he doesn’t want it to end! When he asked Dong-hyun if he should disappear, that was proof that he really is so in love with her, that he’s willing to leave everything and start a normal life just to be with her, she’s making him want to be an average person, one who can experience all the little things in life, watching dramas with her because they’re long so he can spend more time with her, aww! But it’s not going to be easy for him to live that life, he’s been a ghost agent for such a long time that I don’t know if he knows how to be average! His dream about shooting Do-ha was scary, he knows being in a relationship with her is dangerous for her, she’s going to be his weakness, those who want to get him will be able to do it through her! I don’t know what he has planned visiting Mo Seung-jae but I think it’s a new tactic, “going rogue” tactic!

I’m so glad that Dong-hyun isn’t a traitor because I love him and that would’ve made me really sad! I love his interactions with Seol-woo, I love how natural Seol-woo can be around him and I want nothing to break his trust in Dong-hyun! I laughed so hard when Soel-woo went all agent K mode and Dong-hyun told him to drop it, that was so funny!

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I keep saying this almost every episode but Woon-kwang is just so sweet! I knew he didn’t care about the money when he saw Seol-woo hurt but when he told him that he wanted him to stay with him as his family, as his brother, that’s how you do confessions, I loved this scene so much, I laughed when he said he’s got attached to the Buddha’s wood carvings but teared up a little when he said the rest, he knows how it feels to be lonely and he craves for a family, he takes people like him under his wings, he takes care of them and gives them unconditional love, he did the same with Do-ha and now Seol-woo, our actor-diva has a heart of gold, and I want him to have his happy little family with Do-ha and Seol-woo, I just want him to be happy, please show give us that!

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Yeah, loved Dong-hyun's character and all his silly disguise! So glad he's a good guy!

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Yes, happy he's back, he spent enough time locked up and now it's chief Jang's turn!

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I'm happy that we're finally at the point where Woon-kwang speaks out and invites Seol-woo into his family. It was long time coming, but Woon-kwang had valid reasons for saying it now, he saw how Seol-woo was discarded by his superiors and how much Do-ha wanted to stay by his side, so he took it upon himself to invite Seol-woo into his makeshift family by sacrificing his 5 million dollars. I seriously teared up in that scene.

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He already considered Seol-woo a part of his family, he made it known with his actions towards him and his affection for him! When Seol-woo decided to disappear from their lives, Woon-kwang took a promise from him that he'd stay away from Do-ha, but he himself couldn't stay away from Seol-woo and actually went to visit him! He just said it now but to him Seol-woo will always be a family whether Seol-woo wants that or not!

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Me too! So glad Donghyun is always on SW's side because he's always shown himself as a caring sunbae. I also think Jang does worry about SW. He wants him to be safe, and "killing" him was the only way to get him out of this whole plot. I wonder what KC's handler did to make him so bitter.

I also expect a "going rogue" tactic! Maybe teaming up with SJ, only to bring him down. That'd be good.

I think WK said he was attached to the wood statues also to make SW feel better about the money. Sort of like "ahh anyway I like the statues don't bother about it" because SW clearly can't get the money anymore. He cares so much more for SW than himself that it just breaks my heart! I want some fan service of scenes of them being a happy family at the end. I have to see it!!

Also welcome back azzo! Missed you last recap! ?

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Yeah, I know he said that to make him feel better and that's why he is so sweet! He didn't get all of that money overnight, he worked hard as a stunt-man and as an actor and saved up that amount, to give up that for Seol-woo just goes to show how important Seol-woo's become for him, how much he cares for him and considers him a part of his family!

And thank you, lezah, I might miss the next recaps though, a little busy these days so I watch the episodes late!

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Hi, azzo! We missed you. Oppa missed you, too.

I'm so relieved Dong hyun is good. I went one whole episode suspecting him, and staring at his face suspiciously. Did you see the frustration on Jang's face when Dong hyun broke into the secret room and arrested SJ? It was like Nooooo!!!! After all my hard work!!!!!

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Oppa missed me, sure! You missed me, doubt that! You were happy I was gone so you could get Oppa all to yourself, weren't you?

Yes, but I can't blame Dong-hyun for arresting him, he should've let them in the plan, he worked all on his own, making decisions based on what he thought was best! I know he's a good guy but he hurt Oppa!

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*scowls* He hurt Oppa...*cracks knuckles*

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I laughed so hard when Soel-woo went all agent K mode and Dong-hyun told him to drop it, that was so funny!

And the music cues elevated the scene even more. The spy music was rising when Seol-woo asked if Dong-hyun got his message, and then dropped when Dong-hyun told him to shut up and look down/relax his eyes, haha, and then he blinked twice along with the accompanying blinking sound. So funny!

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I like the sound effects used to convey/emphasize points. Enjoying them in this joy.
Also loved the music in the monkey thing last episode. So much fun:)

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Yes, the sound effects make everything a lot more funny! I love the blink-blinks, can't get enough of those!

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I liked the developments in this episode, even if at the end it got a little politically heavy ...

I really liked the juxtaposition in Kim Seol Woo's dream where it shows the real Kim Seol Woo and Agent K facing off. He seems so troubled by the pending choice that is ahead of him and the danger he is already putting Cha Do Ha in just by staying next to her.

Taking this into account, I had a really hard time understanding why Kim Seol Woo kissed Cha Do Ha. This seems to go completely against his character ... Don't get me wrong, as a fan girl, I loved the kiss, but I guess I'm missing something. I know he has feelings for her, but all of a sudden overtly acting on them seems out of character. Maybe it's on the account that he's still recovering?

I really am looking forward to seeing Kim Seol Woo figure out if he will stay as an agent for a country that will ultimately discard him or if he will choose a life of normalcy with Cha Do Ha and Yeo Woon Gwang.

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I think it was his final decision to put DH firmly into his life. Branched out on that in my comment but to put it shortly, I think almost dying on a mission made him think twice about what he valued in this world, and DH is one of those he values and cherishes. For me he's always been holding back so that he can maintain his ghost agent persona, and the kiss was the one step to trying to break free into a normal life! ?

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To be honest, I'm still confused with Seol-woo's feelings, I know he's in love with her, I just don't know how or why her, I decided to not think of it much, he loves her so he does! I think that kiss was him finally accepting her in his life, no more faking, no more lies, him being sincere with himself and with her!

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azzo is still confused!!!! *giggling* You didn't say a word about your confusion in your post, and I was wondering whether you were still confused. It's like you and your Oppa love: you love Oppa so you do. Don't think too much, or your big head will get bigger and your green face greener.

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Didn't want to say anything about my confusion because I'm trying to enjoy the show as it is but that doesn't change the fact that I'm still confused *sighs*

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Maybe you didn't feel that kiss was great because...*gasps*... you're jealous of DH?????...*runs away to hide, giggling*

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Hi Azzo, i think Seol Woo likes Do Ha because she is the first female immune to his charm in the earlier episodes? She even gave him faces when he told her "yeposoyo" :)

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I like your approach! Try not to overthink things and just enjoy the ride ... This is the first time in Man to Man that I feel kinda thrown by Kim Seol Woo's actions ...

I think I was expecting from the dream to the kiss there would be another change ... maybe just a slight one ... hmm I am still in love with the dream sequence ... maybe that makes me weird ...

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To understand why he kissed her, you have to understand the context of their conversation. Ever since they started the lovers tactic, I feel like they've been speaking in codes regarding their feelings, Do-ha asked if he meant to continue the lovers tactic --being together-- and Seol-woo affirmed it by saying until she ends it. They weren't talking about the tactic anymore, rather confirming their feelings for one another and wanting to be together despite the risks.

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I like the way you put it. Agreed.

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Exactly, I love how they don't need to say a grand confession like "I love you" to confirm their feelings. Just by spending time together, looking into each other's eyes and talking even about trivial things, they already confirm that their feelings are real and their relationship is no longer part of a tactic, and decided to go through with it together despite all the risks.

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Nicely put! ^^

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Thank you for the recaps!!! I was ready to give this show up. Just all over the place tonally and I was seriously frustrated - but because of the ep 11 recap I decided to give it one more episode...I really glad I did!

This week's eps were what I had been wanting the entire show. I am now hooked for the ramp up to the end. (And officially a PHJ fan now as well ?)

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YAY! Another Oppa fan! Welcome wilson! I hope you love Oppa and spread good words about and be a true fan! Just don't love him too much, I don't wanna fight you! LOL!

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*Giggles* Yeah, don't fight azzo, she's very edgy these days.

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My big head and green face are the reason for that I guess!

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azzo big face = Oppa face x 2
azzo head = Oppa head x 4

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Oh great, more formulas! I think I need to write them all down!

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The combination of that dream, the mysterious text message, and Seol-Woo's bold appearance at the end really has me on edge for the happenings of next week's episodes.

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Thanks for the recap @chocolatte.
This is the best episode so far. Although I still want to complain about the underused of the villains, especially Mo Sungjae. I (we) know he can do better and be more evil than what we have seen.
I need something more thrilling... lol. Like, Seol Woo - Un Gwang's having heavy clash of interest and their bromance is seriously tested. And Doha should chose one side, her lover or her life saviour. Come on, it's not really bromance until you two overcome through thick and thin together.
As for Seol woo - Do ha, I just love them, love every given minutes they are together. And that top picture is what makes me rewatching this episode.

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I just love Seol-woo and Do-ha together too. I replayed their scenes over and over again. It was just sweet seeing Seol-woo finally opening up and showing his real feelings.

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Somehow these episodes managed to grasp my interest about the woodcarvings and the slush fund. I don't know how exactly but before I realized it, all I wanted was to know who was the potential mole inside the NIS. It was particularly satisfying to see Seung Jae find his fund only to look at it and having to let it go. Especially after he claimed to be the king...
After 11 episodes it was about time we saw another, somehow weaker, side of Seol Woo. We still know nothing about him and as we are getting closer and closer to the end I doubt we will know anything. While I am absolutely not fond of our main couple (I tried, I swear I tried but I just don't see it. And I still can't stand Kim Min Jun as Cha Do Ha) I did find it sweet how Do Ha nursed him and how he let his guard down. She is clearly his weakness and I am curious to see how this will play out in the future episodes. Somehow I feel like he will have to "die for good" before finally enjoying his life.

I do have one huge big complain and it's the lack of interaction between Seol Woo and Woo Gwang, it's just not enough. We were promised a beautiful bromance and the title of the drama is Man to Man. Yet I don't feel like there is enough bromantic moments between the two of them. I may be greedy but I was promised more for over a year!

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Re: bromance, maybe it's quality over quantity? Of course we would like more bromance, but part of me feels that what we got was just right. The bromance was and is definitely there, all the scenes between SW and WK have been great in showing us their growing relationship, there was not a wasted scene, in my opinion. I actually think that too much of anything sometimes is overkill and can cheapen/lose those special moments. I feel their bromance, I love WK as SW's brother/family, and loved how we got there. Maybe I'm just easy!

Re: Man to Man, I really think it is all about SW really, or should I say, a man facing off with himself, which could apply to all our male characters here. I didn't get the title as SW/Agent K to WK. Or from one Man to another. I think it's about how SW can be a man robot like Agent K, or a "regular" person/human like SW the man. Or how WK can be the spoiled diva, or the best selfless, kindest oppa! Or how Dir Jang can be an honorable man, while also able to be do some shady business to a traitor level. Or even how Kichul could be Agent K's worse enemy to probably one of his only friend. I guess it represents, as @PakalanaPikake had mentioned in the previous episode recap, dualism in man. One can be good and evil, honorable or a traitor...etc. and our spies all walk a fine line between the two or can really be both depending on what the situation calls for.
SW's dream was like looking at himself as Agent K vs SW the man who loves Do-ha. Who will he choose to be?! Agent K will follow his mission even if he has to coldly hurt/kill Do-ha (or get her killed by putting her in danger). SW the man who loves her will put her before his mission to protect her...It's like he has a face off with himself.
The beginning narration says that agent K is a ghost agent with no name or reputation, while SW the man has a name (although I have wondered if KWS is his real name) and with a name comes a reputation, a representation. Thus Man to Man! Anyways, just my 10 cents on this!

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Before this show I never understood the appeal of Yeon Junghoon. How stupid of me, because he's sssmoking hot! I've been watching Vampire Prosecutor to fill my time during the week and now I'm half-way through season 2. Mrawr. Then he whipped out his very natural English last episode, and then more in this episode. I can't take it, I just can't.

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Yes, he does have a good English! I liked him ever since I first saw him in Sad Love Story and I thought his English was really good but he's even better here!

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Yay to more Ki Chul! KC's understandably bitter, but I like how he seems like a sunbae giving SW advice. KC's small smile when SW left showed that he knew his words had gotten through to SW - SW is really thinking seriously about his future with DH. It's really up to SW now to balance his 2 worlds and try to get his happy ending. (I only hope KC gets his too.)

My favourite moment is obviously the kiss scene. It was gentle, and sweet, and I've replayed it countless times. (And then his pouty lips when DH asked "again"? With an annoyed look when Donghyun walked in on them? And the terrible acting from both DH and SW to avoid the question of why she was there? Priceless!)

Besides that, I noted how the first thing SW did when he woke up was to say he was thankful that she was safe and that she stayed by his side. It shows how he thinks of DH more than himself.

On Seol Woo: I don't think SW has ever had a moment when he was injured, and woke up to someone smiling at him with a warm meal ready. I know it was a dream, but it showed his desire to live as a normal man with the next scene showing his fears that his presence will cause DH to get hurt. How badly he wants to be with her, vs the very real fear that she'll be used against him.

"I can sleep without dreaming" just tore my heart because he didn't want to dream of a normal life in case he started to get greedy and actually want it. Knowing the risks and still daring to take a step toward DH is the biggest emotional breakthrough for SW for me. DH has only ever seen the formidable spy side of him, and allowing her to see this completely vulnerable, injured side of him speaks volumes.

He's been dropping small confessions for a while now, but really, "our tactic will last for as long as you want it to" was the one big confession for DH. SW was basically telling DH that it wasn't a mission to him anymore, she was the one in control. And the way he looked at her to get her consent before kissing her, how he swallowed nervously, how she looked unsure but trusted him and let him kiss her, and then kissing him back... it was just precious.

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On Seung Jae & Mi Eun: SJ is almost like a kid at times. I see him as just someone who wants something and just wants an easy way to get it, using his power and money. When ME strode in to save her husband's sorry ass from the prosecutor, it was painfully clear that she's the brains between the two. I bet SJ was surprised to hear her talking like she actually knew everything, and it raises a lot of questions - who is ME exactly, and is she the mole?

On Woon Kwang: Awww I love how WK always says that SW is more important than the money, because he cares for him. And SW knows it too - the look of gratitude and affection on his face was adorable. The fact that WK doesn't care about SW's past and only knows that they're kindred spirits in that they're both lonely just makes me love WK more, and I honestly love how he offered SW a route out to a normal life. WK is one in a billion and truly amazing.

Side note: Wait, wait, wait - Y is alive?! That message SW got at the end?

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He slept upright to stop dreaming those terrifying nightmares: that part broke my heart into pieces.

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That was so telling about what his job entails and how he deals with it.

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Yes. I love that he gave her the right to call the shots, to continue or not depends on her decision and that he would go along with her. D'aww! I was melting 1000x times when he said that and sealed it with a kiss.

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Hi dear. Really enjoyed your comments.
As you mentioned, first we see him having this face off in his dream and that scared him because he fears for Do-ha's safety. And then the next time we see him sleeping while he sits because he doesn't want to have those dreams...oh no..but the kiss that follows shows us he really wants to embrace her.
But the question for me is, what is his resolve. He wants to protect Do-ha and be with her too. Both things are being shown as a contradiction. But the look in his eyes makes me believe he has a plan and a resolution that will allow him to keep her safe and be with her as well:)

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Ok, that kiss should satisfy everyone who was asking for a proper kiss. I was suddenly cringing at the cheesiness, as if I was sitting at a table with two friends who have declared their relationship public (lover's tactic my foot) and are showing the world how in love they are with each other. When Cha Do Ha said 'Do you want to drink me in?' Kiss? Again? and Seol Woo puckered up... I'mgagging from the mushiness. Of course, Dong-Hyun then walks in saying 'don't look at me with those intense eyes'. He's not fooled. ROFL.

I really hoped that screencap would make it onto What We're Watching. Seol Woo summarises my philosophy: 'I don't watch movies. I prefer dramas. They're longer'.

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Everytime MSJ says: 'Fighting!', I get the chills. Like there's some malicious undertone to him wishing you luck (wish there probably is).
YWG is a ray of sunlight as always. The best oppa/hyung to Doha and Seolwoo.
❤ I'm still thinking (hoping), SME's child was his haha. Just to piss MSJ up. ?
Oh, and the kisses were sure hot.

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I dare say he had a DNA test done but I suppose the results could have been switched.

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I'm so in love with this show <3 I'm already sad that it's coming to an end. Woon-kwang telling Seol-woo to come live with him and treat Do-ha well and be his family is literally all I've wanted from the show since the first episode.

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Woon-kwang is my favourite. I like how he reads the eyes. No fooling this man.

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Thanks chocolatte!

I had more or less stopped watching this show but I did watch this episode and found it much better in the building of the OTP relationship, although I miss the hi-jinks and cool 'espionage' stuff of the earlier episodes. I'd like to have a lovely mash-up of both and somewhat less time spent on the baddies who seem to mainly sit around to get the news or concoct more schemes.

What I'd love to know is what Mi Eun is really doing. Whether she is only concerned about having her son with her and will sell out Jang, or whether she's still playing a double game, and could be the hidden card in Jang's pack.

And I agree that Jang has missed the bigger picture of what is wrong with the NIS. It's does not really inspire one to be loyal to an organisation, that would abandon and 'kill' one according to need. I really liked that Seol Woo looked for Ki Chul when he first felt betrayed, and that given the chance to become a rogue agent, he chose to go back. Perhaps it was the warmth of brother Woon Kwang and Do Ha that tipped the scales towards his returning, together with concern for Dong Hyun whom he had suspected.

In the end, in a great change from where he was previously, it's the people who will matter to Seol Woo, rather than just the mission, and he'll be all the better for it. ?

Yup, this is a great part from which to start watching the show again. ?

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I have so much love for the writing and execution of this show and the placement of the wood carvings are a major part of it. On a superficial level they serve as plot devices but over time they have become symbolic of SW's journey as he is gradually remade into another kind of spy. Beneath that cloak and dagger stuff, this show is about how the the spy finds a family even when he didn't want one or didn't even know he needed one.

As an ongoing motif in the drama, the wood carvings have evolved from being mission goals for a super spy to a symbol of familial connection. The carvings bore secrets sought by everyone but it's gone beyond the wanted treasure scenario. These days they are playthings for UG, they represent a debt of trust from two people who probably had the least reason to trust him and most importantly, they now represent a deep abiding connection. The wood carvings brought him to UG and DH when they were just assets but while he inserted himself into their lives, they inserted themselves into his.

That scene close to the end of the episode with UG brought me to tears. UG tells him not to worry about the 5 million or the Buddhist statues. He's grown attached to them and to SW. He wants SW to stay and be a part of this family that they are already building. When UG says "Brother", he means every syllable of it... every shade, every nuance. And proves it by showing his willingness to forego it.

There is so much depth to UG that we're constantly mining. It becomes clearer and clearer with every episode why DH adored him and continues to do so. Why she got into the car at the end of the second episode in such foolhardy fashion is being made more evident with every episode. We're not just looking at a great actor but a very, very great man. But the affection, of course goes both ways. UG’s care for DH goes beyond being an overprotective brother but he will do anything for happiness even to the point of being a part of the solution for our star-crossed lovers.

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Woon-kwang and Do-ha are the definition of true family. Their protectiveness of each other goes beyond superficial understanding, and they know they will be there for each other even if all else fail. I teared up when Do-ha said to Woon-kwang, "Since I have you. I will be myself and face it head on." It is such a testimony to their strong familial connection, that she fears nothing because at least she knows she has him by her side.

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Ah, being a spy is hard! You can never be sure of who is on your side, who is going rogue, who will stab you in the back or hurt the ones you love...This episode was so good in how it brought back our NIS guys working back together...it seemed that our other little trio (SW, Do-hyung, Dir Jang) was broken for a while, so glad it looks like they are back on the same page...plan B! How they keep track of their plans I have no idea, and it looks like they too need to figure it out as well, oh, this looks like plan B! I guess that's why they are professionals! I am so intrigued in who the real traitor was then...MiEun??! She definitely seems to be playing everyone here and working both sides.
I too like how they brought back Kichul in this episode as the one SW can turn to. At least ghost agents seem to have a deeper understanding/connection of what they are/do. They are I guess also like a family, a ghost family! Since obviously the country can throw them away at anytime.
WK, I want to be part of your family too! Please be my big brother! WK continues to be so good! I hope he will have a happy ending too, with a good woman, but being single is ok too! He already has a family! I can see him as such a doting grandpa!
Do-ha, I continue to love you! She and SW are so perfect together! I love how they are always trying to understand each other and are able to communicate. SW: what are you doing? DH: lovers tactic....SW: what are you doing? DH: healing hands...ah, they are too cute together!
And yes, I am afraid SW's weakness, Do-ha and WK, his family, will be used to hurt him. It will definitely, like Kichul, be a turning point for him too. Will he choose his family or his country? Will he be able to have both, as you said chocolatte, SW enjoys and is good at what he does! And what about WK?! Will he also have to choose, between MiEun and his brother, his family's?!! I have a feeling maybe he will be the one to solve it all! He has been the rock in this show! The one we can always count on and somehow, the glue that keeps it all together.
Ah, we are almost at the end of this wonderful journey! I really like how Man x Man is still keeping us going! Still love the pace and developments! And yes that dream scene, SW facing himself Man to Man!

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i'm here for the kiss! yes, that kiss is that hot or what? and naughty, naughty seolwoo angling for another kiss and donghyun sunbae walking in on them hehehe...

gahh... this show is killing me...

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I've been here and there, to the moon and back because of the kiss. It was sensual, yet gentle and loving at the same time. Damn, I loved it.

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can't get enough of it. been watching it for the nth time hehe...

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#nobodyhugslikeoppa
#nobodykisseslikeoppa

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Woon Kwang has got to be my favourite person now. The scene where he offered Seol Woo to live with him really struck a chord.

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Thanks for the hard work on the recap!

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This week's episodes are really solid and I'm loving it. A vulnerable Seol-woo is what I've been waiting for, where he's completely lowering his guard and not holding back anymore. And finally, a real and proper kiss!

The relationships between our trio just continue to be all kinds of awesome. I wish this show is longer than 16 eps!

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Man, I really love in-love Seol-woo so much, especially when he was being all cute puckering his lips. Gah, those two are so adorable I could just die.

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Yess, and I'm so loving that image of him leaning on Do-ha's shoulder. We're seeing the real Seol-woo, completely at ease & comfortable with her, just completely being himself without his ghost agent persona.

And then he puckered his lips, asking for another kiss, looking like a little kid asking to be pampered. Too much adorable!

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This episode was everything. I was afraid then I laughed then I squeed then my heart got ful then I laughed then I whooped. I felt such a range of emotions in this episode that I walked away feeling drained but happy. Everyone needs a Woon-Kwang in their life, they should clone him and give one to all the beanies. Seol-woo in love is my favourite version of Seol-woo even more than badass, sometimes sassy Seol-woo. Also, does anyone suspect that Mi-eun is Agent Y?

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Me too! I want a WK in my life! And a SW! Ok, go ahead and throw in a Do-ha too! I'll take our little trio! Actually, please take me!

Re: MiEun as Y, that would be such a twist! I was thinking that Y stood for Agent Yoon, but it's true if I followed correctly they refer to Agent Yoon as Agent Yoon, not Y. So Y could indeed be another ghost agent, right in front of their nose, MiEun. I thought she could be the traitor. But she could be both, ghost agent Y and the traitor. MiEun is not a likeable character but she does seem to be such a central piece to the puzzle.

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Agent Y? I hadn't thought of Mi-eun but she's definitely in the mix. What about Sharon or Father Michael?

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Or maybe it's a trap message from the traitor.

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It's so gratifying when you think (and hope) you know where a writer is going and then your educated guess(es) get supported by the text! Good job, writer-nim :) Since the beginning of the series, I felt that the early quasi-romantic scenes such as the "tango" of the first episode or Seol Woo telling Do Ha in Russia, "I could only see you," were not examples of the writer trying to force the romance. Instead, the were meant to be fake - items pulled from Seol Woo's bag of ghost agent seduction tricks - to be contrasted with Seol Woo's genuine behavior when he really starts to fall for Do Ha. I feel like the romance only began in earnest once Seol Woo's true identity was exposed and I like how it has progressed since then in a very realistic, natural way. Instead of grand, cheesy pronouncements, Seol Woo/Do Ha have been developing their relationship through shared details of their lives such as Seol Woo's idea of a great date (a movie and tea) or that he likes to watch dramas - just the way normal relationships develop. Of course, some of the details of SW's existence are a bit odd since he is a ghost agent, but he has been very honest about sharing them. I also think the progression of kisses was intentional. I know everyone was frustrated with the earlier "frozen" kisses, but how fitting they would finally have a real, passionate kiss only when they are being honest with each other and with themselves about their feelings?

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While I could see (or felt I could see), how the romance was going to develop from the beginning, I have no idea where the NIS/spy plot is going. Who is the traitor? Is there a possibility agent Y is alive or is someone just using his identity to text Seol Woo? Why does Seol Woo confront SJ at the end of this episode? What exactly is Mi Eun's plan and is she good, bad or somewhere in between? Gah, I have so many questions and there are only 4 episodes left to answer them!

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Thanks for the recap, chocolatte!

Episode 12 continues the momentum from 11, and I enjoyed every second of it.

One thing I noticed about Seol-woo in this episode: his hair. After getting shot, we're seeing more and more of the real man behind Agent K, especially in relation to Do-ha. He has literally and figuratively let his hair down, and looks more gentle and vulnerable than ever. It's actually quite becoming -- in the dual sense of coming into being as well as handsome. Instead of the Tonsorial Indicator of Evil, it's more case of Seol-woo Reality Mode At-A-Glance. Hair off forehead = "Spy Persona Engaged." Bangs down on forehead = "What You See is What You Get." ;-)

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Yes, men's hair in kdrama is always so revealing. Seol Woo was definitely sporting the brushed-down hair of vulnerability and authenticity this episode.

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Haha...Good observation! But, he was recuperating too...I guess a person supposed to be resting wouldn't do his hair? I actually thought his look changed a little too, his face seemed slimmer? I thought maybe that scene was shot as he was transitioning to do Cheese in the Trap the Movie, as PHJ is quite busy this year!

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When the show ends, his hair will be a mass of curls.

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Or he'll lose all his hair because of all the stress.

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That's scary, you're putting images in my head and they're not pretty.

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He could wear a Do-ha wig to compensate for the hair loss...*snickers*

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*dies from the image

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Hey! Don't ruin Oppa's image!

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haha reminds me of hae jin's curls in family outing loll

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A spy should know how to mess with the hair indicator!

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Hair off forehead = "Spy Persona Engaged." Bangs down on forehead = "What You See is What You Get."

Still, handsome all the way.

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Nice observation!

With his hair down, I can't help but want to offer him a reassuring hug :)

Noticed some parallel with CITT, on the way PHJ's character falls into the arms of the female character. It gives off the "You are my safe haven" vibes strongly.

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Ahhh I don't think I could get more hooked with this drama than I'm now but I'm definitely wrong. This drama keeps getting better and better in each episode. The story, the plot, the acting of the casts, the bromance and the romance. They make me wish for the weekend to come sooner. I don't know what I'm gonna do when it's over.... hiks hiks...

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BEST.EPISODE.EVER

I'm not saying this just because of THE kiss, ahem maybe a little, okay a whole lot! Aside from being the best kiss they had so far, this is the kiss AFTER the confirmation of their feelings, and it was sweet, gentle and filled with their desires for each other.

I had my reservation concerning Seol-woo's feelings for Do-ha before, but I was able to get past that the moment I see cracks in Seol-woo's emotions, especially when his judgment was slightly clouded by Do-ha. I love that this show didn't totally discarded Ki-chul, but used him as an illustration of the path and conflicts Seol-woo might encounter in his ghost agent life, and Ki-chul's advices become Seol-woo's guidance in making his choices. His job as a secret agent is personally rewarding, but he must be prepared for all outcomes and the fact that he's disposable depending on the situation. Seol-woo's dream perfectly illustrated that the normal life he dreamed of with Do-ha might be jeopardized by his ghost agent persona, it's not he didn't know this before, but with his recent encounters and his burgeoning feelings for Do-ha, the fear magnified tenfold. I cried for a bit when he woke up saying it was a relief (she) was safe, and she didn't get it, thinking he meant himself, or when he said he could sleep without dreaming on the couch.
I also love the parallel of Seol-woo's date suggestions in the previous episode to the ones in this episode, he previously suggested them eating meal (rice) together, watch movies and drink tea, but in this episode, they become eating ramen together (suggesting intimacy), watch dramas (spending a long time together) and drink alcohol (again, skinship). It's like they lost all inhibitions once they're on the same page in this relationship, the lovers tactic was a ruse but their feelings were not and they were both clear enough on it when Do-ha asked if they're continuing the tactic and Seol-woo responded until she ends it.

And if I didn't say this enough in the past, I want to stress how much I love Do-ha as a heroine. I loved her conversation with Woon-kwang when he expressed his concerns about her relationship with Seol-woo and she told him, "I would rather enjoy myself a lot now and then hurt a lot later." I love that she isn't afraid of hurting, but more afraid of not trying, how much heroine in dramaland actually tackled on their problems like this instead of running away? Do-ha proved to be so much more than just a girl in love, she's supporting her man in any way she could and at the same time, sustaining her relationships with everyone around her. She's brave, loyal and full of love. I just love her to moon and back. Same goes for the Seol-woo and Woon-kwang.

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Yes, I agree with you. Do Ha is not typical heroine in dramaland. She face their problem head on and continue to support Seol Woo. Me too love her to the moon and back since the first episode. Love the trio full!!!

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Awesome! Lovin' it.

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I liked the kiss. It was a satisfying, sensual kiss, one to rival the kiss in CiTT. PHJ redeemed himself with this kiss. I was beginning to be worried that he had forgotten how to kiss after those dead frozen kisses in the earlier episodes.

The lead-up to the kiss was as much a work of art in itself as the actual kiss itself. I liked the tentative, slow build-up to the kiss, as he took his time, and paused that fraction of a second every now and then in his journey to the actual act. It was a fevered, drunken first kiss that he shared with KGE in CiTT, and this time, PHJ again delivers a feverish kiss, literally, and it was every bit as sensual as that kiss in CiTT.

My favourite scene this episode has to be the part where SW comes face to face with himself.

The two SWs meet: agent K, who has a job to do, a mission to accomplish, and the newly humanized SW who feels love and affection, who dares to dream, something he has never done before, who entertains thoughts of leading a normal life with his new family - the woman he loves, and his brother, WK.

It is a meeting of SW’s head, and his heart.

I have two interpretations of the shooting of DH:

1. K shoots DH because she is his weakness. She is an encumbrance, a liability, she will only weaken him; she has no place in the harsh world that the spy occupies. He has to get rid of her to make himself strong.

2. If SW ignores what the agent in him is telling him to do, and continues to let his emotions rule over his head, he will eventually cause her harm. Her death at his hands is a manifestation of his greatest fear, that she is putting her life on the line every moment she spends with him.

DH’s body twists awkwardly in a macabre dance of death from the impact of the rapid series of two gunshots, delivered so loudly and so swiftly, so jarringly, in such quick succession that I am numb with shock, and watch, transfixed, as the red spreads on her sweater and fans out in a grotesque, garish pattern, like a child’s first bad attempt at painting.

The frozen, surreal, dreamlike stillness of the moment is so beautifully captured in that sluggish coil of smoke rising so slowly, so horrifically, from the gun that appears to belong so naturally, so gracefully, so much a part of, those long, exquisite, familiar fingers.

I love the part where K raises his eyes slowly to meet human SW’s; those eyes filled with such terrible knowledge in that pale grim face and the deafening silence shattered, even as I, and SW recoil from the jolt of that last thunderous gunshot.

Their eyes meet, and the dawning realization of the stark brutal truth: “You know this will happen, and it will happen, it is only a matter of time before she gets hurt because of you. Stop deluding yourself that everything is going to be all right, stop deluding yourself that you can lead a normal life. She could die because of you. She will die because of you. If you love her, you will leave. Leave before she...

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...gets hurt because of you. She is your weakness. Stop hiding, stop running from the truth. Wake up and face the truth.”

In SW’s eyes shocked, grief-stricken eyes, we see the reluctant, grudging acknowledgement of the truth, a knowledge that he has shelved to the deepest innermost recesses of his brain, always there, but kept locked up, hidden, because he does not want to think about it, because he cannot bear to be parted from DH.

In a telling exchange between SW and WK, SW struggles to understand WK’s generosity of spirit. “You don’t even know who I am,’ he tells WK. “You don’t know my past, you don’t know what I have done.” And WK’s answer, so simple, so poignant: “I know you are like me. You are as lonely as me.”

For in the end, one thing stands out - the K of the dream is no longer the K of the past, this K has eyes that are tempered with pain, so different from that cold, expressionless mask, that “shadow without a name or reputation” that executed an order without remorse and emotion a lifetime ago. That K died in the water that day, and has been reborn, resurrected by the sheer strength of DH and WK’s unwavering love and trust in him, a new K – no longer a shadow, but a man with a name, a man who loves, and is loved, a man who is no longer alone.

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That K died in the water that day, and has been reborn, resurrected by the sheer strength of DH and WK’s unwavering love and trust in him, a new K – no longer a shadow, but a man with a name, a man who loves, and is loved, a man who is no longer alone.

And it's befitting to see flashes of his moments with Woon-kwang and Do-ha that jolted him awake in the water, granted the bullet wound wouldn't kill him, but the strong desire to survive for people who loved him figuratively saved him. I'm loving the new conflict Seol-woo has to face now in light of recent developments. So the question now is, will he choose family over country like Ki-chul, or the country that could abandon him easily in spite of his sacrifices?

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To me personally, that kiss can't rival the kiss in CITT! Oppa and Kim Go-eun's chemistry was off the charts, I don't feel that here with Kim Min-jung! They're cute together, yes, but that's it!

Love what you said about the dream, he knows getting her involved with him is dangerous but I think he's so in love with her now that he can't keep on pretending that he isn't! He wants her to be a part of his life or rather wants to be a part of her life, she awakened his desire to be a normal person, I'm sure he never even thought of that before, things he never wanted to do but now he wants to and with her!

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The execution of the kiss was as good as the kiss in CiTT because Oppa is K - the King of Kissdom, that said, I agree with you 100%....*gasps! I'm agreeing with you????*.... that the chemistry is nowhere near that of his chemistry with KGE. They sizzled every time they were together in Cheese and made my heart race.

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*gasps* YY is agreeing with me? Like is this real?

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Re: kiss, so funny you memioned frozen kisses. Didn't Park Hae Jin said that in fact it was so cold when they filmed these outdoors kiss scenes at like 2am that their lips were frozen! I think he said it was just too cold to feel anything/romance! So being indoors for this kiss probably made all the difference!

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mentioned--typo

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Man, why do I have a bad feeling about Dong-Hyun when I shouldn't. The way he smirked after he'd heard from Chief Jang that SW has disappeared, it bothered me. He also the one who knew SW's weakness all along. That is Do-Ha. It's been a while though when he said that SW is not himself if something is happening with Do-Ha.

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He was smirking because he knew Chief Jang was lying. K left a cryptic message pointing Chief Jang could be the mole to Dong-hyun, so Dong-hyun was testing to see Chief Jang's reaction.

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My interpretation was: when Chief jang said "if by any chance he is alive, tell him that K is dead". This hinted to Dong-Hyun that K is alive. Before this he didn't know where to find K and what happened to him. That smirk was his delight to learning that K probably was alive. Following that, we see him go to SW's hide out again and this time he finds SW..and...catches him with Do-ha (wink)
So again my read is: Dong-Hyun is a good guy.

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Yes, this episode was pure gold. On this pairing I am truly sold but dear show somehow could i put this on tempo on hold???...and have the main couple enjoy where they are for another four episodes and then continue with the rest of the planned story for another four episodes(*wishful thinking* a four episode extension with only SW & Do-ha moments....)
The way SW interacts with Do-ha now is wonderful to see: he is just so natural with her. He knows her/is able to read her well and probably predict her reactions and interpretations :) He is at ease with her. He isn't hiding anything from her anymore and this is definitely something new..big and great for SW. When Do-ha asked SW about his parents and he said"it was just like any other family". I think he was in spy mode then but now if Do-ha asked him another question about his past life or even the same thing comes up I think he will answer honestly. I wonder how much we will learn about SW's past. When he said to WK "you don't know anything about me", it does indicate he has a dark past. Just makes him cooler and more bad ass which I like :) I am so curious to learn more about him.
I liked how frank Do-ha and SW are with each other. Their relationship (i) took time to develop. (ii) seems natural and "real" as chocolatte also pointed out. I can imagine them together and the chemistry is looking fantastic. I was complaining previously about the kisses but the kiss in this episode and the build up to a potential kiss was just perfect. I am satisfied and pleased :)
There was some conflict presented in this episode. When SW was in his dream and he saw himself as the killer agent he is which does not fit in with a life with Do-ha. The show will probably explore this arc in the next episodes. When SW promised Do-ha he will not die without her permission. I am worried that this episode is the calm before the storm. Then when WK was warning Do-ha heartache is coming your way...I think there will be a heart wrenching episode somewhere in the next few episodes. Should i watch all four together...I want to but when the new one comes out I cant wait....

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Park Hae JIn new drama > 4 man will be the prequel from man x man
they said in 4 man, they will tell the story about the past and true identity from Kim Seol Woo

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I have mixed feelings about this. To me, before Do-ha, no one else was able to capture Seol-woo's feelings. I wish they had announced this after Man to Man concluded.

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This was the most satisfying episode for me so far. Seol-woo saw just how expendable he really is and there's always a difference between knowing something and experiencing it first hand. How sad that he prefers to sleep sitting up so that he doesn't reach the deep sleep of dreams. There are some tough times ahead for our hero and his adorable friends.
On a side note why keep so much of your slush fund in cash? Surely gold would be safer. Goodbye Lenin anyone?
And he looks so good in glasses too.

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Gold bars are heavier and harder to transport I guess?

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Ok, first off, the kiss, I mean THE KISS! It was beautiful and swoon-worthy.
Well secondly, I loved the brilliant symbolism in this episode.
You know how Do-ha had been into his house before, looking around on her own earlier, but she did not find his room that time around. Her only finding out in this episode a different, unseen part of the house, symbolizes the audience coming face to face with a previously unseen aspect of Seol-woo's personality. Today we see a vulnerable Seol-woo-both physically and emotionally.
1.He was reminded that he is not invincible, when he was shot be Mr. Jang himself.
2.His relief on seeing Do-ha alive after that nightmare.
3.That simple, sincere and heartwarming confession after that.
4. When Woon-kwang asks him to farget about the money and come live with him as family, without caring about his past.
Apart from being vulnerable, there is this cute and playful, newly in love Seol-woo, who cuddles and wants to kiss his girlfriend while watching dramas, and gets all flustered when Sunbae comes in.
Another very beautiful thing I noticed is how Do-ha found out about his secret room all on her own, without his help. Sort of how she found her way into his heart without his permission or knowledge.

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Ok, first off, the kiss, I mean THE KISS! It was beautiful and swoon-worthy.
Well secondly, I loved the brilliant symbolism in this episode.
You know how Do-ha had been into his house before, looking around on her own earlier, but she did not find his room that time around. Her only finding out in this episode a different, unseen part of the house, symbolizes the audience coming face to face with a previously unseen aspect of Seol-woo's personality. Today we see a vulnerable Seol-woo-both physically and emotionally.
1.He was reminded that he is not invincible, when he was shot be Mr. Jang himself.
2.His relief on seeing Do-ha alive after that nightmare.
3.That simple, sincere and heartwarming confession after that.
4. When Woon-kwang asks him to forget about the money and come live with him as family, without caring about his past.
Apart from being vulnerable, there is this cute and playful, newly in love Seol-woo, who cuddles and wants to kiss his girlfriend while watching dramas, and gets all flustered when Sunbae comes in.
Another very beautiful thing I noticed is how Do-ha found out about his secret room all on her own, without his help. Sort of how she found her way into his heart without his permission or knowledge.

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That is beautifully put, Blueberry.
Cuddly Seol-Woo was such a cute surprise :) So happy we finally got to see the softness in him.

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Thank you.
I never thought we'd see Seol-woo so adorably mischievous like that.

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I wonder what Do-ha saw in the room because the scene felt like it was cut short. And I love watching Seol-woo being all cute and cuddly in front of Do-ha, so adorable! I wouldn't mind if they do plenty of skinship, I can watch these two a whole day.

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Even though our OTP's appeal does not lie in their skinship, but I definitely won't mind a ton of it in the upcoming episodes.

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Yes, from the very beginning, Do-ha's always been able to catch him off balance and surprise him: she caught him in his "paparazzi" act and "pickpocket" act, then she caught him sneaking back to the party after Wood Carving Mission #1. SW had his fancy surveillance camera app to tell him when Oppa snuck out to eat the forbidden chicken drumstick, and he made fun DH for thinking that she had "everything under control" - but she knew EXACTLY what Oppa was up to and chased him down straight away!

Sure, he managed to blow her off initially with his ghost agent tactics, but I'm sure he was impressed by her despite himself, and then it deepened gradually into grudging admiration. And when DH was kidnapped, she managed to contact Oppa to alert SW (... when Oppa asked SW if DH had really been abducted, SW was truly surprised, asking "How did you know that?" -- I'm disappointed they didn't explore that moment further, since it showed SW yet another example of how resourceful and courageous DH is!

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“Disguised” as a sexy prosecutor,

NOTED.
now, i want him on my screen as a sexy prosecutor, can i have it God drama? please please please...

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Seol-woo (sometime in the future) retrains as a sexy prosecutor and teams up with Ji-wook who has solved the case and has gone back to work as a sexy prosecutor.

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I'd watch the hell out of that show.

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I'm imagining him in high heels, short skirts, and sporting Bong Soon's glorious cascading hair....*swoons*

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But I notice he's very protective of his body. He doesn't do shower scenes. When he got shot, all we see is a tantalizing glimpse of abs. All good, I love me a clothed Oppa.

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I think he's saving his abs for @azzo1.

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Yup.. You've got this right!

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Ok now I'm curious.. Has Park Hae-jin ever been fully half-naked in any of his works? I've never seen him topless in dramas of him that I've watched & in some photoshoot pics he only showed sneak peeks through unbuttoned shirt. He looks like he works out and got nice pecs & abs so why does he seem so protective of his body? I'd love an unclothed Oppa.

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Oppa is such a tease! He does workout but doesn't like to take off his shirt that much but if you want to see him shirtless then watch him in Snow in Sea Breeze! It's a melodrama so watch it at your own risk! You've been warned!

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He's shy, but I like him more because of it....*giggles*

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@azzo1and @YY your comments are cracking me up....

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as i know, in one who the tv show he say, that he is a "conservative" person. some of the actor who have conservative mind usually didn't like to show their body in camera ahahahah, i think Park hae jin same like lee joon gi LOL
Even he said that he didn't like see a woman wear a short skirt and woman who wear a blouse which the button have a distance space ahhahahahah

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it's hilarious to me that a man so pale, stiff, rigid, and serious can portray himself to be sweet, gentle, embarrassedly shy and loving at certain times... and then so deadpan funny at other times...

i call that GREAT ACTING, and i'm a committed fan of Park Hae Jin from this drama forward!
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exactly! he's the typical handsome guy but i still find something unique about him. and a big yes to his sense of humor!

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Someone please give SJ a very deserved beating. At this point I don't understand ME's actions & I'm seriously hoping WK forgets her & moves on with someone better & less twisted.
finally, more kisses from our leads please, they are pros ;-)

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Of cause Doha will be used against our spy in the future. The drama gods told me so. But i love hoe our spy is ascertaining his relationship with his lady love. He would do anything for her. Even if she is in danger am pretty sure he will go to her rescue.

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