Man to Man: Episode 6
Our secret agent better watch out, because it seems that even his super spy defenses are no match for our heroine’s lovable, but sometimes cringe-inducting antics. All things considered, it says a lot about Do-ha that she’s able to fully throw herself into this new relationship, but I think it says even more that she seems to be able to chip away at Seol-woo’s walls without him even noticing.
EPISODE 6 RECAP
After happily embracing Seol-woo and calling him “son-in-law,” Do-ha’s father, Myung-suk, suggests that they go out to dinner. As they eat, Seol-woo makes a few notes about Myung-suk, narrating that he’s “a con artist who survives on connections and bluffing. To his family, he’s a complete nuisance.”
Outwardly, Seol-woo continues to play the part of the perfect boyfriend, even calling Myung-suk “father.” It’s not long before Myung-suk asks Do-ha about the “item” he gave her, but Do-ha continues to insist that she threw it away.
Seung-jae receives confirmation from one of his men that Myung-suk has the Black Auction ring, so he gives the orders to contact Ki-chul. Just outside Seung-jae’s door, Mi-eun lingers, eavesdropping on the conversation.
Back home, Seol-woo’s struggling from all the alcohol consumed at dinner. However, he sobers up quickly when Dong-hyun identifies the sniper they’re after as a fellow ghost agent who’s gone rogue.
As Dong-hyun talks, Seol-woo gets a text from Do-ha. The two exchange cutesy messages back and forth, and Do-ha can’t contain her giggles when Seol-woo declares that it’s the first day of their new relationship. She texts back a sweet goodnight, which elicits a smile from Seol-woo—and Dong-hyun busts him immediately for it, hee. His smile fading, Seol-woo tells his colleague that he’s partaking in a “strategic good night,” since Do-ha’s now fallen for him.
Do-ha squeals when the clock hits midnight, excited that it’s officially Day 2 of her new relationship. Song-yi wonders if this means Do-ha’s now over Woon-kwang, but Do-ha says her feelings for her oppa are different than those she has for Seol-woo. Do-ha then thanks Song-yi for letting her dad crash at their place and tells her to let her know immediately if Myung-suk tries to ask for money.
Ki-chul tells Seung-jae about his plans for securing the wooden carving and the ring. Seung-jae cares more about the results than the details of Ki-chul’s plan, but he does give Ki-chul one specific mandate: to take back control of the Baek Infantry from Assemblyman Baek.
Department Head Jang receives an unwanted visitor at lunch when Assemblyman Baek plops down at his table. The assemblyman confirms the identity of the sought-after sniper as Seo Ki-chul, then offers Department Head Jang a deal: He’ll hand over Ki-chul’s file, but only if he gets what he needs.
Do-ha arrives at her office building all dressed up and with a spring in her step. She’s surprised to see Seol-woo waiting for her outside, and the two engage in some flirty banter before they head in. In between her bashful smiles, Do-ha remembers to ask Seol-woo to keep their relationship a secret for now. She tells him to pretend he’s an undercover spy in a James Bond movie, asking him to act “secretly and covertly.” At this, he smiles and asks her if it’s okay to do this really well.
In the office, Do-ha’s colleagues gape over Do-ha’s outfit before immediately assuming that she must be seeing someone. Woon-kwang suspiciously gives Do-ha a once-over, then ventures a guess as to who that man might be: him. Pfft. But then he quickly pivots and asks Do-ha if the man in her life is Guard Kim.
That happens to be when Seol-woo enters the office, so Woon-kwang pulls Do-ha close and asks Seol-woo what he thinks of Do-ha today. Playing the role of “undercover spy” perfectly, Seol-woo coolly responds that she’s not his style. He even goes as far as to criticize her clothes and haircut, calling it tacky.
Looking hurt, Do-ha laughs weakly and repeats his words that she’s not his type. Her face falls further as she fingers her hair, and she mutters about getting up at the crack of dawn to primp. Meanwhile, Seol-woo smiles in satisfaction.
Ki-chul inspects his whiteboard and wonders about the identity of the ghost agent after the wooden carvings. One of his men confirms that the agent is known as K, but says they have no other information on him. Ki-chul then moves on to Myung-suk’s whereabouts and learns that he’s staying with his daughter.
At said daughter’s place, Myung-suk snoops around in Do-ha’s room for the ring, but comes up empty-handed.
Back at the office, Do-ha and Seol-woo meet up to chat, but Do-ha’s in a sullen mood because of Seol-woo’s words from earlier. Seol-woo tells her that he only said those things to hide their relationship from the others, and to make it up to her, he offers to take her and Myung-suk out to dinner that night.
When Do-ha says she’s busy—with plans to tell Woon-kwang about the two of them—it’s Seol-woo’s turn to get sulky. He huffily says he’ll just go out to dinner with her dad instead, but Do-ha says that her dad might be busy too, since he just started his new job as a waiter at Song-yi’s restaurant.
Later, Do-ha arrives at Woon-kwang’s house with a surefire way to get him in a good mood: fried chicken and beer. When she starts to butter him up with a flurry of compliments on top of that, Woon-kwang immediately guesses that she must have something to tell him.
Nervously, Do-ha brings up Guard Kim, but she doesn’t have to say any more than that. Woon-kwang jumps in to tell her that Seol-woo seems to like her, and he wishes them the best. So sweet.
Woon-kwang does add that Do-ha should take things slow with Seol-woo, especially when it comes their physical relationship, and he advises her to wait a year or more before kissing him. Haha, Do-ha looks guilty as sin, and Woon-kwang slumps down in despair when he realizes that kisses have already happened—and that it was initiated by Do-ha, no less.
After getting over his shock, Woon-kwang sighs that Do-ha might get married soon. He tells her that when the time comes, he’ll make sure she gets the best wedding possible, and that she shouldn’t worry about anything, since he’s got Guard Kim under control. Do-ha’s eyes well up at Woon-kwang’s touching words, and the two toast to Do-ha’s happiness.
The next morning, CEO Ji announces that Woon-kwang’s ex, Eun-soo, is up for the lead part in Woon-kwang’s upcoming romance film. Woon-kwang scoffs at the idea before asking Seol-woo for his opinion. Seol-woo starts to speak up in favor of Eun-soo, but backs down quickly with just one sharp look from Do-ha. Nevertheless, Woon-kwang says he’ll at least meet with the actress.
Do-ha grabs Seol-woo for a private conversation in the guest room, where she snipes at Seol-woo’s willingness to give Eun-soo a chance. When Seol-woo asks if she’s jealous, she tries to get all cute, but she stops as soon as Seol-woo responds by switching to a formal tone with her.
But Seol-woo’s change in tone seems to have more to do with his spy sensibilities, because a few beats later, they hear Woon-kwang’s makeup artist SON JUNG-HYE calling out Do-ha’s name. Do-ha panics and orders Seol-woo to hide; when he refuses, she shoves him toward the back of the room. A well-timed push causes Seol-woo to lose his balance, and he lands flat on his back just between the bed and the wall.
Just as Jung-hye opens the door, Do-ha awkwardly sits on the corner of the bed, stretching her legs to hide Seol-woo’s feet, which are sticking out behind the bed. Do-ha then tries to pass off the buzzing of Seol-woo’s phone as her own, and even though she can’t lie to save her life, Jung-hye seems to buy it… until she turns back around, and asks what Seol-woo’s been doing behind the bed this whole time. Womp womp.
Do-ha pretends (unconvincingly) that she didn’t know Seol-woo was there, while Seol-woo puts on his best smile for Jung-hye and tells her that he was looking for a dropped coin.
When Do-ha and Seol-woo are alone again, she ribs him for his terrible hiding skills, then asks about his buzzing phone. Seol-woo checks his messages to find a note from Myung-suk asking him to meet—and requesting that he keep it a secret from his daughter.
Myung-suk’s reason for calling Seol-woo out is pretty predictable: He wants to know if Do-ha’s given Seol-woo the ring he’s so desperately searching for. But Seol-woo doesn’t have good news for him, as he simply says that he and Do-ha haven’t gotten to the point of exchanging rings just yet.
Just then, Song-yi calls Myung-suk with the shocking news that their place was robbed. Myung-suk and Seol-woo head to Do-ha’s together, and as they approach the house, Seol-woo notes a black van parked nearby.
Inside, Seol-woo asks Song-yi if she noticed anyone suspicious on her way in, but she says she’s not sure. When Do-ha arrives a few moments later, the first thing Myung-suk asks her to do is check on the ring. Do-ha shrugs him off in annoyance, but then she admits that the ring’s being kept somewhere else, much to Myung-suk’s relief.
Seol-woo double checks with Do-ha and Song-yi that nothing’s actually missing from the house, and Do-ha says that she doesn’t have anything worth stealing. At that, Seol-woo remembers the black van and runs outside, just in time to see the vehicle peeling away.
The next thing we know, Seol-woo’s packed a bag, and he tells Dong-hyun that he’s planning on guarding Do-ha twenty-four hours a day. Unable to believe what he’s hearing, Dong-hyun accuses Seol-woo of going too far and putting his undercover identity in jeopardy. Seol-woo says that they need to speed up the mission and asks him to tell Department Head Jang to move on to the next step.
Seol-woo shows up at Do-ha’s and tells her crew that he’ll stay with them until the thief is caught. Do-ha and Song-yi react to the news with appreciation, but Myung-suk’s a different story, given that he’s already staked a claim on their couch. As a compromise, Song-yi suggests that they all sleep in the bedroom, with Myung-suk and Seol-woo on one side, and Do-ha and herself on the other.
That night, Do-ha and Seol-woo are both on the floor, separated by a mere bookcase. Understandably, Do-ha’s wide awake, and after stealing a few glances at Seol-woo’s back, she whispers his name. When he turns to face her, she asks him if he’s comfortable, then tells him, “Thank you.” The two lie awake for a bit, looking into each other’s eyes, and it’s Do-ha who falls asleep first, while Seol-woo watches.
Elsewhere, Department Head Jang tells Dong-hyun about Assemblyman Baek’s recent attempt to make a deal, but says that he doesn’t like the terms that Baek offered. When it’s Dong-hyun’s turn to provide an update on the ring, he enlists Department Head Jang for help, saying that he needs to make Myung-suk “work harder.”
Cut to: Department Head Jang posing as the CEO of “Gallery Sharon” while asking Myung-suk to sell him the Black Auction ring. Department Head Jang mentions Agent Yoon and the name “Goldfinger,” but Myung-suk plays dumb, claiming not to have any idea what he’s talking about.
But of course he does, as we see a flashback showing how Myung-suk came to be in possession of the ring. He’d walked into an office (maybe Agent Yoon’s?) in a gallery, and was shocked to find it ransacked. He quickly made a beeline for a piece of furniture and dug up an old book from underneath—and when he opened it up, he found the ring safely hidden inside.
Back in the present, Department Head Jang offers to pay “two big ones” for the ring—that is, two hundred million won—which gets Myung-suk’s attention. But he plays it cool and tells Department Head Jang that he’ll think about it.
Seol-woo drives Do-ha to work, which gets Do-ha all fluttery with excitement. But Seol-woo insists that he’s on duty and keeps up a cold exterior, even flicking away her hand when she tries to put it on his. Do-ha just sighs that his aloofness makes Seol-woo even sexier, while Seol-woo shrinks away from her.
Eun-soo reads lines with Woon-kwang at the offices of Chewing and ends up impressing everyone, including the big star himself, with her performance. Woon-kwang confirms to CEO Ji that casting for the movie is finalized before telling him to share the news publicly.
Meanwhile, Do-ha, with Seol-woo in tow, stops by a store to check out a windbreaker that Woon-kwang’s supposed to model. When the saleswoman mistakes Seol-woo for an actor, Do-ha quickly clarifies his bodyguard status. Seol-woo adds that Do-ha’s the VIP he’s protecting, which brings a big smile to Do-ha’s face.
Back at Chewing, Woon-kwang compliments Eun-soo on how much she’s improved as an actress, and she reassures him that she’ll focus hard on this new project. Woon-kwang then tries to take credit for Eun-soo’s growth as an actress and tells a bewildered Eun-soo to use the heartbreak he caused to make their movie a success.
That night, over dinner, Do-ha asks Seol-woo about his family, commenting that she doesn’t know anything about him. He skillfully deflects the question and turns the conversation back to Do-ha as he asks her about the item that Myung-suk is looking for. Do-ha explains that it’s a ring, but says that she’s not really hiding it—she thinks that if her dad had really changed, he would have found it by now. She promises to take Seol-woo to “that place” soon.
As they continue their meal, Seol-woo’s eyes focus on two suspicious men in the corner of the pojangmacha. With those men in mind, Seol-woo takes Do-ha back home using a different route, which Seol-woo tries to play off as a way to spend more time with Do-ha.
But then he grabs her hand and starts to run, and we see that the two guys from the pojangmacha are on their tail. Seol-woo whirls Do-ha around and hides her from view behind a brick wall, leaning in close. This of course gets Do-ha all flustered, and when she asks him what he’s doing, he responds, “Dating.” Good answer.
While she’s melting at Seol-woo’s words, the bad guys run past the couple. Do-ha looks up at Seol-woo and muses at how strange he is—how he’s unpredictable and impulsive, soft but rough, and how he has a way to pulling people in. Seol-woo sweeps his hand behind Do-ha’s neck, then pulls out a coin, asking if this is the kind of thing she’s talking about.
He tells her the coin was his lucky charm in Russia, then gives it to her, telling her to keep it on her at all times. Remarking that his skills aren’t very good, Do-ha does a magic trick of her own, making the coin disappear and then reappear, which brings a slight smile to Seol-woo’s face.
Ki-chul studies his whiteboard and focuses on “Woon-kwang’s bodyguard,” noting Seol-woo’s presence at Woon-kwang’s accident and Chairman Victor’s party. His underling tells him that there’s nothing suspicious in Seol-woo’s records, but he mentions that he’s been staying with Do-ha since the day they raided her house.
Do-ha stirs awake in the middle of the night and finds Seol-woo in the living room, sleeping upright on the couch. She gazes at him lovingly, then asks out loud why he’s sleeping like this. Seol-woo, who’s totally not asleep, thinks to himself: “Because I need to protect you.” She decides to let him sleep a bit longer and settles next to him on the couch, then lays her head on his shoulder. At this, Seol-woo opens his eyes, but he doesn’t move.
A little while later, Myung-suk wakes up and sees Do-ha and Seol-woo in that same position, both asleep. He says to himself that Do-ha found herself a good guy and sighs that he should buy her a nice place if she were to get married.
The next morning, Myung-suk pays a visit to Songsan to offer Seung-jae the Black Auction ring, and nervously asks for two billion won in return. Seung-jae agrees to the sum, even offering Myung-suk a pricey watch as a “deposit.” But then, he threatens to cut off Myung-suk’s wrist if he dares to give the ring to anyone else.
Seol-woo, Do-ha, Myung-suk, and Woon-kwang enjoy a nice dinner together, but Myung-suk ruins the jovial mood when he tries to get Woon-kwang involved in a so-called investment opportunity. Looking mortified, Do-ha warns her dad to stop; when he doesn’t, she blows up at him and drags him outside.
Do-ha rips into Myung-suk for trying to con Woon-kwang, of all people. Myung-suk swears that this time, the investment is for real—he has money coming in, and he asks her for the ring to prove it. Do-ha tells him that he’s selfish, thinking only of himself but never about her, and yells that he doesn’t care if she lives or dies. She cries that he’s always left her behind—just like he did at her grandfather’s wake.
We flashback to that day, when Do-ha was attacked by an angry mob of people who were victims of Myung-suk’s scams. As she was knocked down to the floor by the crowd demanding their money, she spied Myung-suk just a few feet from her, hiding behind a counter. She could only watch in disbelief as he put a finger to his lips and tiptoed away, leaving her to deal with his mess.
In the present, Do-ha tearfully tells Myung-suk that she couldn’t even call out to him that day because she was afraid that he would ignore her—and that would mean that he really had thrown her away. Unable to deal with Do-ha’s anger, Myung-suk fumbles with his phone and tells her that he needs to go. Do-ha calls him a coward and tells him to get out of her life.
Myung-suk turns to leave and runs straight into Seol-woo. When Seol-woo asks if he’s turning his back on Do-ha again, Myung-suk stammers that he’ll be in touch before taking off. Seol-woo looks like he might go after him, but Woon-kwang stops him and tells him to take care of Do-ha instead.
Woon-kwang deals with Myung-suk himself, inviting him over to his place for drinks. After shooting the breeze for a few minutes, Woon-kwang turns serious and asks Myung-suk to stop breaking Do-ha’s heart and to leave her alone so that she can live her life.
Myung-suk drunkenly says that’s his plan, once he gets the item he needs from her. Tapping his watch from Songsan, he says he plans to start his life with his new “deposit.”
And almost immediately, Ki-chul notifies Seung-jae that Do-ha is in possession of the ring. Seung-jae reiterates to Ki-chul that he’s not to make any mistakes.
Back at a pojangmacha, Do-ha drowns her sorrows in soju as she tells Seol-woo that her dad has a history of appearing only when he needs something from her—like the ring. Looking almost sympathetic, Seol-woo tells Do-ha that it’s okay for her to decide to never see her father again, but only if she’s sure she won’t regret it. Otherwise, he says, she should be good to Myung-suk.
Do-ha pauses, then tells Seol-woo that the ring is with her deceased grandfather. She says that if her father had truly changed, he would have gone to see her grandfather and found the ring easily. She goes on to bitterly say that Myung-suk will probably never find it.
Upon hearing those words, Seol-woo looks at Do-ha, then narrates: “I found the ring.”
Later, Seol-woo carries a passed-out Do-ha home and tucks her into bed. Before turning off the lights, he gazes at her for a moment, then thinks to himself, “Now, I’m going to leave you.”
His next stop is Grandpa Cha’s columbarium, where the ring is displayed in plain sight. He calls Dong-hyun to tell him that he found the ring and instructs him to close things out.
The next day, Myung-suk shows off his watch to Seol-woo over a meal, bragging that the head of Songsan offered it to him as a deposit. At the mention of Songsan, Seol-woo zeroes in on the watch, then asks to see it. He uses his phone to check the watch for transmitters, and sure enough, it’s bugged.
Seol-woo tosses the watch into a cup of water, cutting off the audio feed to Ki-chul’s team. As Myung-suk freaks out over his ruined watch, Seol-woo thinks back to Myung-suk asking Do-ha for the ring the night before. Realizing that Songsan must now be targeting Do-ha, he leaves the restaurant in a hurry.
When Seol-woo calls Do-ha from his car, she’s at her grandfather’s columbarium, where she’s surprised to see that the ring is gone. Seol-woo tells Do-ha to listen carefully, then asks if she sees any suspicious people nearby. Do-ha identifies four men dressed in black suits, so Seol-woo tells her to make her way to a nearby restroom and hide there until he gets to her.
Seol-woo tells Do-ha not to ask any questions and to do exactly what he says. Repeating her words from earlier back to her, he tells her to act like a spy in a James Bond movie, “secretly and covertly.” He asks if she has the lucky charm he gave her; when she says she does, he tells her to keep it on her, no matter what—that way, he can find her. Next, he calmly tells Do-ha: “You will soon be kidnapped.”
Do-ha has no time to react, as almost immediately afterward, one of the men following her grabs her and covers her mouth. Thankfully, she’s at least able to shove Seol-woo’s lucky charm into her jacket pocket before she gets dragged away.
One of Ki-chul’s underlings calls Ki-chul when he’s unable to find the ring in the columbarium. Referring to Do-ha as “the ring,” Ki-chul instructs his men to bring in Do-ha instead. He then turns his attention to his whiteboard, where he moves the picture of Seol-woo from underneath the word “bodyguard” to where “ghost agent” is written.
Seol-woo calls Dong-hyun to tell him about Do-ha’s kidnapping, then asks him to turn on the GPS tracker and link it to his phone. Dong-hyun complies, but warns Seol-woo not to get involved in the situation, telling him to turn it over to the police. Seol-woo says that won’t work, given that they’re up against a former ghost agent. Dong-hyun angrily responds that Seol-woo can’t risk being exposed, since that would blow up their mission to find the wood carvings.
Just then, the GPS tracker pops up on Seol-woo’s phone, with Do-ha’s location blinking in red. Seol-woo immediately turns the car around to go after poor Do-ha, who’s now bound and unconscious in the back of a speeding black van.
Dong-hyun tells Seol-woo again to stay out of it, but Seol-woo refuses. “This is my plan,” he says.
Dong-hyun’s right, even if he doesn’t know it yet—our villains now know who Seol-woo is, and the mission to recover the wooden carvings is probably at risk. That said, I don’t care so much about the fate of Seol-woo’s mission as I do about the reasons behind Seol-woo’s recent recklessness. We’ve seen in previous episodes that Seol-woo has a history of ignoring Dong-hyun and doing what he wants, but up until this episode, it was always done in the name of completing his mission. This time around, he “crossed the line” twice when he didn’t really have to—upping the risk of unveiling his identity—first to move in with Do-ha, and then to go after her kidnappers. So how much of his actions are in line with what he’s always done, and how much is it out of character for him? I’m betting that more of it is out of character than not.
Nevertheless, I’m still conflicted about Do-ha falling so hard for Seol-woo so quickly. While I believe that feelings are burgeoning on his end whether he knows it or not, he is, at the end of the day, still putting on an act. I do find it interesting that whenever Do-ha talks about her jerk of a father, there’s something different in the way Seol-woo looks at her—like he almost empathizes with her. Could he be speaking from experience when he offers Do-ha advice on dealing with crappy fathers? I’m looking forward to finding out what that’s all about, though for that to happen, Seol-woo has to start giving us some nuggets of information about his background—and that’s not something he’s giving up so easily.
This was also a great episode for Do-ha—though I had initially found it hard to connect to her, I’m starting to really like her, and that of course makes it easier to root for her. More than anything, I like that she’s a well-rounded character; she’s self-aware enough to be embarrassed when an attempt at aegyo falls flat, but she’s willing to be vulnerable enough with her heart to still go all in on Seol-woo. One of my favorite moments this hour was when she pulled the magic trick on Seol-woo. It was lovely to see the genuine (?) reaction she was able to get from Seol-woo, and it showed that she’s able to turn the tables on him on bit and be a worthy match for our ghost agent.
The focus on Do-ha’s relationship with her father was also a nice way to showcase why Do-ha’s relationship with Woon-kwang has been and continues to be so important to her. After being abandoned so many times—including that critical moment after her grandfather’s death—it must have been a lifeline for Do-ha to find someone like Woon-kwang to hold onto, even if it was as a superfan of the celebrity in the beginning.
It’s clear that Woon-kwang and Do-ha are now family, and I was touched by all the ways he showed her that he was a true oppa to her in this episode. I find it hilarious that Woon-kwang appears everywhere via his posters, often looking like someone who has the potential to get in between our main couple (see screencap below), but that he’s actually the opposite of that, often playing cupid. And there’s nothing better than when Woon-kwang’s trying to get our couple together—except for when he’s freaking out about them actually being together, of course.
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