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Man to Man: Episode 13

Sometimes I really think this show is a test of patience. And if I can endure the things I don’t care about it, then the show rewards me with things that I love. Because honestly speaking, when it’s funny I cackle quite loudly, but when it’s not, my interest level takes a tumble. That said, there really is a lot to cover in this episode, plot-wise, and maybe a couple of verrrrrry interesting reveals.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

In the Songsan Sanctum of Evil, Seol-woo and Seung-jae face off. Seung-jae smirks and asks what business the spy has with him. He searches for his gun hidden in a briefcase, but it’s missing. Seol-woo plays with the missing gun in his hands, then aims it at the chaebol… and finally lets out a raspberry, poorly mimicking the sound of gunfire.

Seol-woo grins, watching Seung-jae’s fearful reaction, then explains that if he truly had the desire to kill Seung-jae, then he would do so more discreetly. The reason Seol-woo has come is to offer his services.

Seung-jae promptly refuses, citing the illegality of the deal; he explains that now that he’s cooperating with the NIS, he doesn’t want any skeletons in his closet.

Seol-woo tells Seung-jae that Department Head Jang would never fully be loyal to him, as evidenced by his inability to kill Seol-woo. He brings up the missing tapes of Assemblyman Baek, and surmises that things will heat up between the two baddies. Seol-woo adds that using Department Head Jang “in a dark fight where there are no rules,” isn’t a winning strategy.

Seol-woo promises to get the job done so long as he’s paid for his work, and Seung-jae seems to be seriously considering it, but he doesn’t agree just yet, so Seol-woo designs a test to prove his claims about Department Head Jang. He asks Seung-jae to wait and see what Department Head Jang does after learning that Seol-woo survived.

Later, back at his hideout, Seol-woo and Dong-hyun discuss his meeting with Seung-jae. According to the blueprints Robert Yoon left behind, there’s a clue they must find on the 58th floor of Songsan.

Before Seung-jae arrived, Seol-woo did some snooping around and can confirm that the tapes aren’t in Seung-jae’s office. Seol-woo states that the one person who knows for sure what happened to the tapes is the deceased Chairman Mo (Seung-jae’s grandfather), and by carefully examining the things he left behind, they can find some clues.

Dong-hyun is skeptical of the plan, commenting that it won’t be easy to profile a dead person, but Seol-woo is optimistic because “dead people don’t lie.” And the biggest clue the chairman left behind is: Seung-jae.

Meanwhile, Seung-jae meets with Department Head Jang to express his disappointment about Seol-woo’s aliveness. Department Head Jang promises to take care of it, so Seung-jae then asks for an update on his search for the missing tapes.

However, that investigation isn’t going so well, and for now they are still interrogating the Baek Infantry for leads. Seung-jae rages that if Department Head Jang was going to wage a war against Assemblyman Baek then he should have found conclusive evidence to end the assemblyman first. Department Head Jang vows to take Assemblyman Baek down no matter what it takes.

Seol-woo shows Woon-kwang the text message he received from Robert Yoon, and he tells Woon-kwang that they’re looking into who could have sent the message, since Robert Yoon is dead.

Woon-kwang guesses that the “weakness” referenced in the message is Seol-woo’s, and Seol-woo confirms it, adding that he must see this mission to the end, otherwise everyone will be in danger. To do that, he’s decided to return to his Guard Kim identity and use it as his cover.

Woon-kwang points out that Department Head Jang instructed him to disappear, so Seol-woo responds that pretending to adopt his Guard Kim identity completely is his way of “disappearing.” He asks that Woon-kwang keep his intentions a secret from Do-ha since he doesn’t want her to worry. Woon-kwang wonders if Seol-woo wants him to worry instead, and so Seol-woo explains that they promised not to keep secrets from each other. Woon-kwang grins and they fist bump.

He hasn’t forgotten about his other promise, and says that after this mission is over they’ll discuss Seol-woo’s complete retirement from the NIS. That sounds agreeable to Woon-kwang and he uses the opportunity to bring up his money issue, but is literally shushed by Seol-woo after he hears Do-ha coming through the door.

Seol-woo and Do-ha relocate to their favorite ramyun shop, where he tells her about his intentions to return to his bodyguard position, but not the other stuff. She bombards him with questions, and even guesses that he might be on another mission, but he says that since he was told to disappear, he’ll now live as Guard Kim.

Ever astute, Do-ha eyes him suspiciously, so he adds that until Woon-kwang gets his money back, he’ll only be working on their lovers’ tactic. She’s not totally convinced, but leaves it at that.

Seung-jae watches the news of Assemblyman Baek’s recovering approval ratings, and complains to his wife about wishing they had the tapes to end the politician for good. Mi-eun tries to make him see the positives since there are tapes on the Baek Infantry, which they can try to tie back to Assembly Baek, so all is not lost.

However, Seung-jae can’t escape feeling like he was used to reform the NIS, so Mi-eun encourages him to give Department Head Jang a little longer to prove himself. He nods, but then his mind flashes back to Seol-woo’s offer, and he thinks it over again.

In the kitchen, Sang-shik prepares instant Jongno coffee for Woon-kwang and is caught red-handed by Seol-woo. Bwahaha! Sang-shik tries to butter Seol-woo up, but he merely takes the coffee cup and tastes its contents before saying, “As long as it isn’t poisoned.” Hehe.

Dong-hyun calls at that moment to update Seol-woo on Assemblyman Baek who is currently putting on a big display for the media and apologizing to the nation for his involvement in “Songsan-gate.”

The reason he’s tailing Assemblyman Baek is because he’s one of the people they suspect sent the text message as Robert Yoon. Assemblyman Baek’s apology performance is suddenly interrupted by Do-ha’s father who races into the shot (wrapped in two Korean flags) and declares that Assemblyman Baek is innocent from blame.

Assemblyman Baek thanks him for his support and as his men remove Dad from the shot, he whispers to one of them to double Dad’s pay. He then returns to his apology, but he isn’t free of interruptions just yet.

Dong-hyun comes onto the scene and tells Assemblyman Baek in front of all the press that he sent him a summons and is asking for his statement on Songsan-gate. Assemblyman Baek argues that he needs solid evidence, not hearsay from the Baek Infantry.

He whispers only for Dong-hyun’s ears that he knows they haven’t found the tapes yet, and so Dong-hyun tries to test out his theory and calls Assemblyman Baek “Y.” Assemblyman Baek is confused, but he doesn’t really care about that, and says if they had the tapes, Dong-hyun would have come with an arrest warrant instead of a measly summons.

Having heard all that he needed to know, Dong-hyun retreats, then flashes back to his conversation with Seol-woo about the text message. Seol-woo asserted that there are several things they can glean from the text by examining each line.

The first stated: “Find the missing tapes of Assemblyman Baek.” Based on this, the mysterious sender wanted the tapes, and knew they were missing, which narrowed their field of potential suspects. The second: “The traitor knows your weakness,” which they concluded means the sender knew Seol-woo and also the traitor. But the last sentence, “If you’re curious, come to me,” had them stumped.

Woon-kwang is hard at work at a fan-signing event. Seol-woo tells him later that he has spy stuff later that evening, and Woon-kwang sweetly asks if it’ll be dangerous and if he’ll need his brother. Seol-woo rejects the offer and is given permission to leave. He looks across the room and his eyes harden at the sight of Department Head Jang.

The two meet privately, and Department Head Jang hisses at Seol-woo, demanding to know what he’s doing. Seol-woo plays dumb and asks who he is, since he’s only Guard Kim and no one else. Department Head Jang doesn’t think Seol-woo’s game is cute and asks if he doesn’t understand the significance of being “not fatally” shot. Seol-woo replies that Ghost Agent K is dead and if Department Head Jang wanted him gone for good, then he should have killed him.

Department Head Jang angrily asks if Seol-woo is trying to ruin “this mission” after he gave Seol-woo the chance to live quietly. Seol-woo zeroes in on Department Head Jang’s words to asks what mission he’s referring to, and Department Head Jang doesn’t reply, so Seol-woo reiterates that K is dead.

Department Head Jang warns that if Seol-woo gets in his way, then he’ll have to put Seol-woo down for good. Seol-woo replies that he “won’t take it twice,” then excuses himself.

Do-ha chases Department Head Jang down in the parking lot and takes several assurance photos of the man’s face. She accuses Department Head Jang of illegally surveilling Seol-woo. Instead of answering he just takes off, so Do-ha takes photos of his license plate.

Seol-woo snatches her camera away, then proceeds to delete all the photos she just took. She asks what he’s doing, certain there’s something going on, but he just snaps that if she really cares for him, then she shouldn’t act so recklessly again because it’s none of her business. Ouch.

In the night, Dong-hyun tails Dad, his second suspect in his search for the fake Y, but is caught easily by Dad. Of course, they already know each other so they sit down for some dinner where Dong-hyun tells Dad that Assemblyman Baek is the one who framed him for the murder of Robert Yoon. Dad is flabbergasted given his recent declaration of loyalty and asks how he can help take Assemblyman Baek down.

Do-ha opens a box from Seol-woo and is confused to find a pretty purse inside. She thinks it’s some sort of spy contraption to help with their lovers’ tactic, but is told that it’s an ordinary bag. He then apologizes for getting angry with her earlier.

She says it’s fine since she understands things can be stressful during missions, and so he tries to assure her that nothing is going on and that she should just focus on being his girlfriend and being pretty. He says it to sound romantic, but she looks unsure. Good girl, this all feels wrong.

At Seol-woo’s hideout, Dong-hyun is surprised when Woon-kwang enters. He’s also taken aback when he learns that Woon-kwang knows about the bodyguard thing being a cover.

Woon-kwang explains that he and Seol-woo have no secrets, and Dong-hyun makes a face as if to indicate that he’s skeptical of Seol-woo’s decision. (Please be jealous of each other.) Woon-kwang brought some chicken and beer to share with Seol-woo, but offers it to Dong-hyun instead, and the latter excitedly accepts. Why didn’t you two meet sooner?

Woon-kwang catches Dong-hyun up on all the Black Auction stuff, and wonders if he was born to be a spy because of his top-notch fighting, acting abilities, and good looks. But when he suggests retiring from acting and becoming a spy full-time, Dong-hyun discourages him, saying that it isn’t as easy as he thinks since sometimes spies have to shoot their own colleagues.

The information is sobering for Woon-kwang, who asks if Seol-woo would do something like that. Dong-hyun praises Seol-woo, calling him the best there is. He says that usually Seol-woo looks completely emotionless outside of a mission, but curiously for this mission he’s acting a little weird, since the guy he knows would have gotten revenge for being shot, then disappeared without a trace. But this time he’s sticking with it to the end.

After hearing about a side of Seol-woo he didn’t know, Woon-kwang asks if Seol-woo could be staying because of his “weakness,” and Dong-hyun supposes it could be so. And Woon-kwang realizes that he and those around Seol-woo could be his weakness.

Seol-woo briefs Seung-jae on his meeting with Department Head Jang and points out that he hasn’t been killed yet. Seung-jae realizes that Department Head Jang is only loyal to the NIS.

Seung-jae questions Seol-woo on his loyalty and wonders how he can trust the spy. Seol-woo scoffs and says they don’t need trust to execute a deal. He offers to get rid of Assemblyman Baek, but Seung-jae acts like he doesn’t feel threatened by the assemblyman. Seol-woo warns that he can become anyone’s “shadow” and not just Seung-jae’s, so he should call if he changes his mind.

Afterwards, Seol-woo goes back to Annam Cathedral in search of Father Michael, but is instead given a message in braille from the father. The message says he has told Seol-woo all he knows and then adds: “But I must warn you. You shouldn’t touch the item that led Agent Y to his death. It is far beyond what you imagine. The darkest shadow’s abyss. Disappear while you can. Don’t trust anyone.”

At home, Do-ha and Song-yi are also getting their beer on. Song-yi compliments Seol-woo on his good taste in handbags and asks Do-ha how things are going. She admits that things are going well, but that when she’s together with Seol-woo sometimes he feels estranged, scary, and cold.

Song-yi offers helpfully that just because you love someone doesn’t mean you understand everything about them, but in time the person won’t seem as mysterious and she’ll wonder why she ever felt this way. Song-yi encourages Do-ha not to make things complicated, and the words seem to reach Do-ha, who immediately changes to a more positive tune.

Do-ha brags about Seol-woo’s skinship skills and his fighting abilities. Song-yi says that being a good fighter isn’t something to be happy about, and in a softer voice Do-ha insists it is, because Seol-woo has to be.

Dong-hyun gives Seol-woo the lowdown on the two suspects he investigated as being the Y impersonators, but neither Assemblyman Baek nor Dad check out. And based on the letter Seol-woo got, he doesn’t think it was Father Michael either. Dong-hyun asks about Seung-jae, and Seol-woo expects him to bite on his bait soon.

They look over to Woon-kwang passed out on the couch, and Dong-hyun is shocked when Seol-woo allows Woon-kwang to sleep over for the night. Dong-hyun gripes about him being a nuisance.

Late into the night, Assemblyman Baek has kidnapped the finance director of Songsan and demands to know where the missing tapes are, but the director doesn’t know anything, and though he handled the accounting for the slush fund, he was mostly in the dark about the specifics.

Assemblyman Baek tells the finance director that he knows that he embezzled millions of dollars from Songsan, so he should repent by making a public confession.

The next morning, Seung-jae announces a Songsan scholarship fund (which is being used to safeguard their son’s inheritance and will be headed by Mi-eun) and with Assemblyman Baek standing beside him, the finance director holds his own press conference to reveal to the world that the slush fund still exists under Seung-jae. Assemblyman Baek goes in for the kill and demands that Seung-jae also be investigated for his crimes.

Seung-jae orders Department Head Jang to deal with the situation quickly and bring him the traitorous director using whatever means are necessary. After he leaves, he and Mi-eun exchange loaded glances.

Without missing a beat, Seung-jae calls Seol-woo to make a deal. Seol-woo’s price? 5 million dollars. Seung-jae agrees and warns that he expects to see results. Seol-woo hangs up and Do-ha, who is about two feet away from him, asks what the call was about. He lies that it was Dong-hyun who called to meet, but she doesn’t look convinced.

Alone, Mi-eun asks Department Head Jang pointedly if they are now on the same side again. She guesses not and asks if he is working on another mission. He excuses himself without answering and so she offers him some advice, “If you’ve decided to join our side, get your head on straight. Now, it’s live or die, protect or lose, that is all. Don’t rule out any method and fix the Assemblyman Baek problem.”

At the Chewing office, the production team for Last Love discusses logistics. The film’s director can’t forget the beauty of Annam Cathedral and suggests it for their wedding scene. It’s the first CEO Ji is hearing of it and he gets nostalgic as he recalls going there every week when he was working as Mi-eun’s manager. WHAT?

Do-ha and Woon-kwang’s ears perk up, especially at the part where CEO Ji says that Mi-eun only went on Mondays.

Stage Two of Seol-woo’s plan involves going after Assemblyman Baek, which Seung-jae agreed to pay for. The next morning, Department Head Jang tries to get the traitorous finance director, but he slips through his fingers.

The finance director gets in his car to head to the prosecutor’s office to be investigated by a prosecutor on Assemblyman Baek’s side. After he ends the call, the finance director looks out the window and realizes they are going the wrong way. That’s when his driver is revealed to be Seol-woo, who advises him to sit tight and not do anything stupid, while cheekily waving a gun in the air.

He transports the finance director to a prosecutor whose morals have not been compromised, Dong-hyun, for questioning. They get down to business and the finance director hands over the documents related to Seung-jae’s slush fund.

Dong-hyun begins his questioning and asks if the man has ever seen a safe of some kind on the 58th floor of the Songsan building, but we don’t hear an answer.

Department Head Jang calls Seol-woo out for another one of their secret meetings, and confronts him with kidnapping the finance director. Seol-woo plays coy and says that a skilled ghost agent “doesn’t leave a trail like somebody.” Department Head Jang concludes that Seol-woo made a deal with Seung-jae and Seol-woo shoots back that he knows that Department Head Jang wasn’t going to hand the finance director over to Seung-jae anyway.

Seol-woo also knows that Department Head Jang was actually trying to protect the finance director from Seung-jae, and Department Head Jang doesn’t deny it. Seol-woo sighs and proclaims Department Head Jang unfit for this shifting alliances game.

Department Head Jang asks Seol-woo what he’s been up to, and Seol-woo replies back cryptically that Department Head Jang knows very well how he operates. Something occurs to Department Head Jang and he starts to ask if Seol-woo is working on a mission, but he’s already gone.

On the campaign trail, Assemblyman Baek shakes hands with supporters, but drops his politician act when he sees ghost agent Ki-chul and is secretly handed a flash drive. They exchange barbs before Ki-chul tells him to look carefully at his gift and withdraw from the race quietly.

Later in the interrogation room at the prosecutor’s office, the finance director declares that Seung-jae never ordered him to maintain the slush fund, thus contradicting his earlier announcement to the public. The corrupt prosecutor loyal to Assemblyman Baek asks if he’s denying everything now, and the finance director confirms it.

Assemblyman Baek listens to the voice file on the flash drive, which plays his own voice ordering the murder of Robert Yoon. He knows he’s been cornered and unleashes his rage on his laptop. The next day, he announces his withdrawal from the mayoral race, and takes responsibility for the recent corruption scandal.

Seung-jae praises Seol-woo for his work, and the spy hands over the ledgers from the finance director. Seung-jae makes good on his end of the deal and hands over a suitcase with 5 million dollars in it. He’s so pleased with the transaction that he wonders if Seol-woo will disappear for good, so Seol-woo says he’ll return at the right price.

At home, Woon-kwang cleans his wood carvings (pfft), and Do-ha questions him on what mission Seol-woo is working on now. He tries to throw her off the scent, but she’s locked on, and figures out his reasonings for keeping her out of the loop.

Thanks to Dong-hyun, Woon-kwang has some new insights on what life is like for a secret agent, and tells Do-ha that the people around Seol-woo can serve as his weaknesses. Woon-kwang requests that she feign ignorance, so that at least Seol-woo can be put at ease.

Meanwhile, Seol-woo looks at the suitcase full of Woon-kwang’s money and mulls over his options to stay beside Do-ha and Woon-kwang or to disappear from their lives. He looks conflicted since he’s never had to make that decision before.

Do-ha finds him at home, and they catch up while playing video games. She tells him about Mi-eun and Annam Cathedral, as she whoops him in their virtual fighting match. He cutely pleads for one more round, but she thinks he’s lost enough. HA. Seol-woo claims to have been going easy on her because he’s too much of a gentleman to hit a woman, even in a video game.

She looks at him meaningfully, and says finally, “I believe you.” He’s uncomfortable with her willful gullibility, but she adds that she’ll believe his lies too, because she just wants to be happy when they’re together. He lets out a small smile, then manages to lure her into one more match.

Department Head Jang invites Sharon out for an unexpected date, and she’s a bit miffed to be ignored for so long. He apologizes for his lack of contact, but she’s still annoyed and asks if he’ll act like this even after they’re married. Aw. She barks that she doesn’t drink soju but softens and says that she’ll stay with him.

Soon after, Department Head Jang submits his resignation to Director Im at the NIS. The director is stunned and asks how he can quit in the middle of a mission, but Department Head Jang replies that Seol-woo will see this one through.

At the hideout, Dong-hyun tells Seol-woo about his meeting with the finance director where he learned that the late Chairman Mo designed the 58th floor personally, so the exact layout is unknown. Dong-hyun also looked into the person who was in charge of construction, but that person suspiciously died in a car accident.

Seol-woo looks over the blueprints they have and remembers Father Michael’s words about the important verses in the book of Revelation. Specifically the words “For God does speak—now one way, now another, though no one perceives it.” Then Seol-woo eyes the VIP lounge on the 58th floor.

When Seung-jae is out, Seol-woo goes to Songsan and scans the 58th floor again. This time his device tells him, “Cannot scan with radio interference.” Mi-eun suddenly enters the room while on the phone with Seung-jae, but doesn’t say anything to her husband about the intruder.

Seol-woo introduces himself as Guard Kim, but is aware that Mi-eun knows he’s an agent. He says plainly that he’s looking for the missing tapes under Y’s instructions. He states that they were under her orders, and calls her by name, then corrects himself and says, “Ghost Sunbaenim.”

 
COMMENTS

This twist pleases me greatly because Mi-eun is a character that always hinted at having a lot more to give in this story, and hasn’t yet. I was scared that the show wouldn’t allow Mi-eun to go full-blown ghost agent, but I’m excited that it has. In terms of ghost agents, Mi-eun seems like she’s even a level above Seol-woo when it comes to immersion, since she even had a baby with the target of her mission. I don’t think the kid is actually Seung-jae’s, though if it isn’t, it’s terrible that the kid became an accessory to his mother’s mission, but if it is, then whoa, she’s a total badass.

Narratively, this story doesn’t really dig as deeply as we could go on this topic of what’s real and what’s a mission, but I expect us to get a good amount of time on the Mi-eun, Woon-kwang, and Seung-jae triangle. It really is quite a compelling setup; I just hope the show doesn’t simplify everything too much. There’s still the question of if she actually cut ties with Department Head Jang, and decided to live fully in her Song Mi-eun identity like Seol-woo was going to do with his Guard Kim one.

I think Department Head Jang is being kept in the dark regarding her motives, but I also think she told him off so aggressively in Seung-jae’s office because she knows they’re being recorded, and it was part of her larger performance as his loyal wife. Then again, if she were really on the side of the good guys and wanted to take Songsan/Seung-jae down, and there’s a camera in the room, then wouldn’t she only need to leak one of his meetings with Assemblyman Baek, which would bury them both? So maybe she did really defect for the sake of her kid. In any case, lots of secrets.

Sharon’s marriage proposal to Department Head Jang was super cute, and I liked that they let this relationship last even with all the chaos happening. On another note, I believe Seol-woo really cares about Do-ha, but the fact that he isn’t being truthful to her kind of dredges up all the confusing feelings I felt before about this romance, and I’m getting a bad feeling. I just don’t like that he’s always the one that gets to decide what’s a lie and what’s true for them, because I feel like he owes it to her at this point to come clean about everything. Maybe I don’t like the imbalance of having Woon-kwang in the know and Do-ha on the outs, because I just don’t buy Seol-woo’s reasonings. She’s going to worry either way so at least let her worry about the truth!

On the other end, I’m also not into Do-ha’s tendency to brush things under the rug, because the show does a good job of showing how astute she is and in tune with Seol-woo emotionally. I think it’s that ability that allows her to forgive everything Seol-woo does, but I would argue that Seol-woo is the kind of person who needs someone to tell him that not everything he does is right. He can’t always be defining the relationship on his terms just because he’s always done so in the past with his fake ones. That’s not a healthy relationship!

 
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Favourites:
- Did SW do his hair differently? He suddenly looked extra hot in this episode.
- How adorable is it that WK and Donghyun bonded so easily once chicken and beer was mentioned? I like how Donghyun isn't even that surprised anymore that WK knows everything.
- He called her pretty again!
- The secret behind Jongro Coffee, HAH. Poor oppa!
- How Sharon basically told Team Leader Jang she liked him even though she knew it would be difficult to love someone from the NIS (aww!!)
- How SW is an absolute kid when playing arcade games and how he begged her for another game (I think about the amount of time he'd spent playing alone and how lonely that must have been).

On Seol Woo & Do Ha: When he got angry and told DH it wasn't her business, it was because he was afraid she would get hurt. But from DH's POV, it could have been seen as "you're not important to me, so don't meddle". SW knew that DH would be hurt, so he apologized and told her she should carry on as his girlfriend under their lovers' tactic. And my heart breaks for both of them, because even a simple gift from him was seen to be a spy device. His small smile was both wistful and somehow bitter at the same time.

I like seeing DH and SW being cute together, but I also see DH's contemplative looks once he's not looking, and I feel so bad because like her, I know these happy times won't last. They both know the future of their relationship is still unclear. DH doesn't know whether he's going back to being a ghost and leaving her behind. On DH's part, the only way she can continue to love him is by using the "lovers tactic" as a reason for staying by his side and believing in him - even if she knows that it will be short-lived. She's making this choice so they can both be happy for now. On SW's part, he can't bring himself to selfishly ask her to stay when he knows it would put her in danger, so he uses the lovers' tactic to reassure her of his true feelings and as an excuse to stay with her.

It's not a long term solution, but I'm hoping that once this mission is cleared, they actually talk about their relationship. Though I love how DH is so willing to just live in the present and love SW even if she knows it will hurt in the future. At the same time, I do think SW is doing his best to balance his 2 clashing worlds.

On Mi Eun: Right, she seemed too scheming to just be a simple "SJ's wife". There are ghost agents everywhere, aren't there? Now that it's been revealed, I want to know whether she's the mole. I don't think she is, but I wouldn't put it past her to be, because she has her son to protect now. If not her, who else could be? *tears hair out*

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@murasakimi
"...Do-ha’s tendency to brush things under the rug, because the show does a good job of showing how astute she is and in tune with Seol-woo emotionally. I think it’s that ability that allows her to forgive everything Seol-woo does, but I would argue that Seol-woo is the kind of person who needs someone to tell him that not everything he does is right."

Yes! But I do think that DH's brushing things under the rug because she doesn't want to bring it up at this point when it could only potentially make SW conflicted and spoil the mission - mainly because she is in tune with him emotionally, so she understands how he might be feeling and silently takes it because that's the only way she knows how to support him for now.

And SW... he's trying his best, but he's still a long way to go in developing an actual healthy relationship. We only have 3 episodes left though, argh!

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I love that video game scene too. It showed how much of a kid SW was and how lonely he must have been in the past, playing video games alone. I wonder why DH never plays with him in his abode? Maybe it's just work with this guy. I love the contrast in his behavior in and out of his house - how SW always appear so carefree and easy in his abode and so attentive and careful when he's outside. His house must have been his sanctuary.

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I cannot remember if Donghyun ever played with him in earlier episodes! But I think Donghyun is more than just a work partner to him, since he was the only one SW felt comfortable enough at the start to let his guard down around.

You're right, his house must have been a safe haven for him to let loose of the ghost exterior, and the symbolism of DH and WK being let in just shows how he's let them into his heart. <3

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Re: video game

I love the little reversal that Do-ha is actually better than Seol-woo in this game! LOL. It's good to see Seol-woo's ego deflated sometimes so he would know he's not always in control of everything.

Also, I love the little tidbits Dong-hyun revealed in this hour, that Seol-woo's eyes are generally emotionless unless when he's in a mission or playing video games, but we've been seeing a lot of tiny expressions in his eyes ever since he met Do-ha and Dong-hyun acknowledged as much. It warms my heart to know Do-ha influenced Seol-woo a great deal that the people around him could see it too.

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Yes!! I love how Donghyun revealed little things about SW because we don't get much about his past and Donghyun is probably the only person who knows. I guess that's the reason why Donghyun hasn't tried to step into their relationship. He respects SW's choices, and acknowledges that DH has been a "good" influence on him, making him more human.

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Indeed. This drama is a test of patience.
My interest has been up high, wane down, perk up then deflated again. But I'm still here to see the end of the journey. Hope it'd be quite a bang like the 1st episode.

Thanks for the recap @murasakimi!

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It is a test of patience for me too, but for a different reason, I suppose. This drama started out so promising, then became lame because of the relationship that supposedly started between DH and SW. How can a super spy tell civilians everything there is to his highly classified missions? These missions concern national security. Their safety be damned. Betrayal by a fellow NIS agent be damned. If I know of such agents who are so free with their mouths, I would be very concerned about the security of my country. Even that rogue agent didn't contact his family because of the risk his identity would bring to them, and here SW is freely telling them everything?

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Exactly! I commented few eps back about the silliness. But it seems my love to PHJ is bigger... *sigh*

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Darn, I haven't even seen the episode yet. I'll be back.

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K, I'm back.
Seol-woo definitely doesn't give Do-ha enough credit for how brave she is and how much she cares about him. I see both sides of the issue on why he's keeping her out of it, but I'm siding with Do-ha this time. She can handle anything at this point, she's brave and smart and it's not fair that she's the one on egg shells in their relationship. Not that anyone should be on egg shells in a relationship.
Also, I knew Mi-eun was suspicious, I don't know since what episode I've had the feeling, but I became certain at the end of the last episode when Seol-woo got that text message.

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Also, is it just me or is there some resemblance between Park Hae-jin and Kim Tae-hoon? I mean, other than just being really beautiful men?

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Uhm, just you, I guess? Kim Tae-hoon always gives me creepy, murderous vibe whenever he's on screen, lol.

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Lol wut?! But he looks like such a teddy bear. He's so cute, where did you get that feeling from?

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Are we talking about the same Kim Tae-hoon? He's almost always playing some villainous character on screen.

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@maryxiah, I've only ever seen him as villain in Bad Guys but he was still adorable even as a slightly (?) corrupt prosecutor.

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@rushda29 He's the villain in both dramas I watched him, Angry Mom and The Innocent Man.

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Thanks for the recap Murasakimi! I also loved Sharon's proposal! One thing I really appreciate in Man x Man is that the women are strong and intelligent. Maybe because they are older, they are mature, and it makes all the difference. Although we do not see a lot of Sharon, she is a great character! Dir Jang is very lucky to have her!

I am actually finding the spy elements so interesting! I was worried when the 3rd wood carving/key was found, thinking what would fill the rest of the episodes then? But I like how we are now exploring more into the lives of our ghost agents! I am wondering what the big reveal will be regarding what the priest ghost agent said will be too dangerous to find out so to just disappear...

I am wondering if all of these ghost agents are unknowingly put to work on the same mission, even having to kill or step on each other thinking each is doing the right thing for the country. What could be more wrong than thinking you are on the "good" side and finding it out that all along you were being used for "bad". Or that all your superiors care about is the mission, letting their agents go at each other, like a survival of the fittest...

Aha! MiEun is or was an agent too! I had thought previously that she may have been an agent with NIS. I kind of felt bad for her character who was kind of reduced to a few lines just to be the brain behind SJ, so I am glad she is an important part of this mission, and I hope she'll get to show she can be pretty "badass" too!

Regarding Do-ha and SW, I agree with you about the lies vs truth, but in this case I think he is lying to her to "protect" her, not to deceive her as in the past. Yes, it is still lying but the intentions are different? I actually think Do-ha is quite capable to handle him and his missions, so yes, he should have totally been honest with her, as personally it is better to know of potential danger than not expect it at all! At least she could be prepared! But I understand SW, he never had a "weakness" before, so he wants to protect it at all costs! At least he told WK! I love these two! They both want what's best for her...but the girl can handle it! I do like how they always show us she is on SW's level, beating him at the game! So yes, he should let her know, she is clever, she will figure it out otherwise.. and that may not be the best way to build trust.

Loving Man x Man, I know we say this every episode, but Man x Man is soo good!

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I agree with @murasakimi on most things. Having watched both, I am definitely not as happy as I previously was with the way the show is headed towards the end. This episode tested my patience. I wish Mi Eun had been given a more well written part. Do-Ha continues to be lovable along with Un Kwang. I just wish the show had tighter writing and better villains. Overall, I am extremely frustrated.

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I'm see-sawing on this drama. I had very high hopes based on the premise, but have felt blasé towards the execution. I hope they can finish on a high note. I will continue wait/hope for the story I expected, rather than the one I'm getting. :^)

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I'm officially not interested in the Seol-woo and Do-ha relationship anymore. It just doesn't work. It was cute for a second, but Do-ha does act stupidly for a supposed to be smart person. On the other hand, I like the Seol-woo and Woon-kwang relationship. They've come a long way.

BTW, the video game they are playing is called "Tekken." It's a super popular fighting game series in South Korea. Speaking of which, I'm finding it increasingly jarring when we go from tense and serious to happy, fun cute. Sometimes it feels weird.

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I know right. The writer can't seem to blend the thriller with rom com very well, resulting in jarring edits as we go from tense to cute. The execution of the scenes isn't done very well either. The villains are still not very threatening. They only look good on paper, but in reality, they are merely caricatures of their villain selves. It's so laughable. I only hope for the show to end with a bang.

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Hmm, that's interesting. I'm not having any trouble with the transitions though but I do agree that villains are written like some bad guy school rejects.

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Can I just say how adorable SW & WK are together?! I need more fist bumps & bromance.
And I too agree ME is becoming a total badass, & she may be really a level above SW in going undercover, I mean first a model/actress, then wife/mother; how long has she been in this spy business omg. But I don't understand if her involvement with WK was fake or real, she may be like SW & made the mistake of falling in love but pulling out at the last moment.

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The fist bump and him putting a blanket over Woon-kwang are adorable moments.

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Oppa's hair is half up and half down this episode. Half up in the middle so we see his forehead and know he's on a mission and is as efficient as always, half down at the sides to show that he's happy and relaxed doing his mission because he's got love in his heart. I miss his tightly gelled slicked back bodyguard hair, that was a work of art, but he looks gorgeous with this new hair as well.

Oppa looks gorgeous striding to and fro across my screen in those big great coats this episode. He looked gorgeous in that big grey coat that flapped around those lean, long legs as he strode forward to meet Mr Jang. He looked gorgeous in the final scene where he wore the black coat over his black turtle neck and black pants and came face to face with ME.

The most memorable scene for me this episode was the part he flared up at DH. That icy, cold face and the words "If you really care for me, you wouldn't so something so reckless again" came as a shock because we've never seen him angry with her ever since they became a couple. It was a reality check.

"It's none of your business," he says bitingly and cruelly, the words cut deep, making me recoil in shock, and I am reminded of that dark side to him, the one that spoke those cruel, unforgivable words to her in the cafe a long time ago, the one that lashed out at her father in cold fury the day of the abduction. Later she tells her friend that he's estranged, scary and cold sometimes" and I'm thinking, what's going to happen if they get married and he continues to be a spy?

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Dearest @yyishere, I've followed your lead. I just concentrate in your oppa while watching this drama. Your oppa does look gorgeous with any hairdo and the overcoat. Being tall and strikingly handsome can make anything looks good. ^^

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I'm wondering where he keeps those expensive suits and coats. Does he have a wardrobe? Where does he keep his shoes? Does he send his suits and coats and clothes to the laundry? Must he wear a new coat and new suit and new set of clothes for every mission? Where does he keeps his mirror? How long does he spend dressing up for his missions? How long does he spend styling his hair for his missions? How does he even have time left to carry out his missions?

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You don't sound like an obsessive, stalker fan at all.

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haha same thoughts. like every ep is another fashion show... i happened to notice his fashion in these new eps. it's nice for the eyes but still strange somehow but he looks good but...
there's no end for my confusing mind lol.

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He lashed out because she was putting herself at risk when he did everything he could to protect her. Honestly, he could walk away from all these missions if he wanted, but Seol-woo chose to nosedive into this mess, get all the bad guys so he could secure his lady love, I admire that, I just don't admire his way around it. Like what @murasakimi said, Seol-woo can’t always be defining the relationship on his terms, and he can't always be the one controlling the direction of this relationship alone, I feel like he should give Do-ha more credit and trust in her. If they do get married, spy or no spy, I hope Seol-woo learns to trust and respect Do-ha as his half, it's frustrating to see him recoiling back to his previous self.

On another note, oppa does look gorgeous in every episode. If not for that handsome face, I might have bailed a long time ago.

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I wouldn't even be watching this drama if not for him. I'm not a fan of spy genres, so I am watching this show for beautiful Oppa. The plot is weird, the villains are useless, not feeling much for the romance, Grandfather pic on the wall is getting on my nerves, the only reliable, consistent thing about this show is Oppa, Oppa's acting and Oppa's beauty.

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damn true haha. tbh spy tricks in this drama are soooo oldschool and cliche lollll. can't say i stay for it. i guess it's meant to be about his character the most, not the plot or whatever. even Kwang and Doha's characters are not that well taken care of compared to the first few eps, which makes me upset a bit.

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This is the only drama these days that I look forward to watching every week. I'm drawn to the story and the main characters. I find this drama at core thoughtful in its execution. There are poignant moments mixed with humor. And I appreciate it. The plot around the secret agent, a super-hero actor, and a down to earth and eccentric heroine collectively work as tools/devises to move the plot forward. In this respect, the show doesn't take itself to0 seriously.

I like the internal conflict of Do-ha wanting to trust but unable to trust fully. Her fear that he may disappear or be hurt is palpable and real against her true feelings towards Seo-woo. She is internalizing the realities of the relationship. Seo-woo is also coming to terms with the fact that he must live two lives: that of a secret agent and of a "regular" guy. He genuinely cares for her.

I enjoyed Sharon's no nonsense proposal of sort; Mi-eun as "Ghost Sunbaenim" and amazonian (I'm hoping Woon-kwang is the father to her son); and Head Jang's ambivalence. I'm looking forward to more twists in the remaining episodes.

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In this respect, the show doesn't take itself to0 seriously.

I think so too, that's why I never cared much for all the secret agent stuff (not my reason for watching), they are there and I enjoy whatever they throw at me, but I wouldn't exhaust myself thinking how unrealistic they can be at times.

I do, however, care very much for the romance. I know Seol-woo genuinely cares for Do-ha a lot, but I hope he realizes the fear he puts her through, not because of his dangerous line of work, but because he always choose to hold back.

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I care about the romance too which is why I care about the espionage angle. The espionage element not provides a particular scenario but it has a crucial impact on the decisions made by our leads. It creates the sorts of dilemma that you're talking about and the way they respond to those situations (if done properly) have to be a reflection of who these characters are as established. SW reacts the way he does because of his training. DH reacts the way she does because of her relationship with her father etc.

I don't expect the spy stuff to be "real" in the sense that it is some kind of reflection of what happens in the real world. (And I'm hardly a reliable judge of that) But I expect it to be consistent with the world building in this show. So for me talking about realism here would be asking the wrong questions. ;)

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I accept the world building in this show as part of the plot, and are not looking for realism connected to real life. I do, however, think the plot devices here are weak and poorly written, but that doesn't mean I do not enjoy the show. I do, it's just that I don't care much of their elaborate super spy plot or the missions, I only care how they affect our characters and characters' consistency is what I'm expecting from them. So far, this is by far the worst episode I feel when it comes to characters' projection, I wouldn't mind if it happens in earlier episodes, but not when we're so close to the end.

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And being the premise of the show, it does have every right to take those sorts of liberties with regards to our trio. That tripartite relationship with all of its idiosyncrasies is the show's emotional core played out under the backdrop of espionage. It assumes from the first that the audience must accept that in order to appreciate the show.

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Really love your comment and @Lilium's comment! I think we as the audience have to accept that the core of this show isn't so much about the whole spy/mission plot, it's more about how these things drive SW in his emotional journey and pull our main leads together. This why I don't take the espionage portions too seriously (I am not looking for too much realism here), and why I am so invested in their relationship.

I know a lot of people aren't buying DH and SW's relationship, but I disagree. I really love their relationship. They're 2 people who've been living in 2 very different worlds, and they're trying to make this relationship work in a very realistic way. He has realized he genuinely cares and he's working toward trying to get to a point where he can truly be with her, and I am completely aboard his journey.

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Personally I find the romance very smartly written and completely in tune with who they are.

Like you say they are two people from two different worlds constantly trying to negotiate their own space and finding ways of making it work. SW wants to protect that space which is why he's trying to keep her happily ignorant about what he's really up to. He's attempting to carve a place where they can be an ordinary dating couple where they can do things that ordinary couples do like hug, kiss, watch tv hold hands etc completely shut off from the intrigue that's around them. However, in order to do so effectively, he knows he has to complete the mission at hand so that she and UG can be safe. Even though he's in love, he is still capable of taking the long view like a ghost agent and using his skills as a ghost to make that a reality for them as much as possible.

Once he chose not to leave her again, he was determined to make the Lovers Tactic work.

She's his mission now. Everything he does, even taking down Big Bad guys is so that they can be together and have a future together.

For me that's really romantic.

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It's romantic that he contemplated having a normal life with Do-ha and Woon-kwang, quitting the job he loved, and even went as far as completing the mission just to secure them, but I don't agree with his decision to keep Do-ha out of it. He wanted to build a life with Do-ha, so naturally he has to learn to stop making all the decisions for them, he was learning to make room for her as his partner in previous episodes, I don't get why he would backtrack now when their relationship is finally on the right track.

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But he doesn't think he's backtracking at all. He's completely committed to the relationship now that he's decided not to take off. From his point of view he is protecting her so that they can move forward.

At the end of the day he wants her to be happy. To be blissfully ignorant and be able to enjoy being his girlfriend without the baggage of knowing the dangers of what he's engaged in.

Sure, we don't have to agree with his decisions here. I certainly don't... simply because she knows anyway so there's not much point trying hiding anything. If she's going to worry, it's better to worry out of knowledge than ignorance.

But I accept that he's thinking like a ghost agent. He's compartmentalizing and that's completely consistent with who he is.

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It was consistent with his previous character, yes, but after he started opening up himself to Do-ha, he was making progress in his characterization and no longer held back from Do-ha. The thing is, in this episode, he went back to his previous self where he cut off people and put up a wall, granted we know the reasoning here, but to me, it still felt like he was taking step backwards, plus he could let Woon-kwang in on the double fold mission but not Do-ha? What's the logic in that?

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OH GOD NOW I KNOW MIEUN IS A GHOST AGENT, I NEED TO GET ON THE TRAIN AGAIN ASKJDNSJA. No wonder Mieun had been a huge reason of watching this show for me. When Mieun and Woonkwang's dynamic fades slowly, so does my interest on this show. And now we know how Woonkwang get along exceptionally well with Seolwoo because he did that one unconsciously with Mieun.

I think instead of the Four Men prequel I'd love to have a Ghost Agent Mieun prequel solely just to see how badass she could be

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I would watch that, good idea. Plus if there is more WK, even better.

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A test of patience is the correct expression. I feel like this episode was a huge step backward in terms of romance, I can't believe they undid all the baby-step achievements they had with the romance! Seol-woo was making serious progress when he allowed Do-ha into his life, included her in the missions, exposing his vulnerable sides and leaned on her for emotional support! What the hell happened in this episode? Why does a mere threatening text message turn our superspy into coward mode? I get that he cares and loves Do-ha a lot, no doubt about that, but I don't understand why his character would undo all that character development, it just doesn't make sense. I wouldn’t be this confuse if this episode came before last week’s episodes.

I honestly can't blame Do-ha for wavering this time around. I think she was still very much in tune with Seol-woo in this hour, she correctly deduced he was hiding something and that something might be for her sake. It's not that she was brushing things under the rug, but she was giving Seol-woo a chance to come to her, I find her to be very perceptive when it comes to feelings, she doesn't force her way in but uses other ways to convince people. In this case, I think she was gauging to see if Seol-woo would open up to her, but I was as disappointed as she was when he chose to close off on her.

Also, I didn’t like the reveal of Mi-eun being a ghost agent behind the scenes. To me, for her to go as far as marrying and having the subject’s child in order to complete a mission, Seung-jae’s child or not, was quite ruthless and I can’t find it in me to root for her character at all. I sincerely hope, after everything is revealed and done with, that she doesn’t get together with Woon-kwang, he honestly deserves better and Mi-eun is not the one for him.

Congrats to Sharon and Chief Jang for heading somewhere with this relationship, at least one pair in this show is doing something right.

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I agree this episode was a backwards step in terms of their romance, but I felt like it was necessary in order for our couple to resolve a few things. In a way, their 'honeymoon period' has been cut short. The dangerous reality is that SW is no longer under the protection of the NIS, and the traitor knows his weakness (i.e. DH and WK could be targets). This episode exposes the cracks that are showing in their relationship - DH not knowing if she can fully trust SW, SW snapping at her and occasionally being cold and distant - which is the sort of emotional fall out you'd expect from having a relationship with a spy, I suppose. I anticipate the next couple of episodes will be spent on resolving this, hinging on what SW chooses (referring back to the choice between family and duty fellow ghost Ki-chul mentioned in the previous episode).

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The thing is, if he really wants to be with Do-ha, he needs to learn including her in the decision making, he can't be the one calling the shots for both of them. The choice of leaving or staying in NIS is his, but the choice of staying together is theirs to make together. And I thought he's over the phase of making his own decisions because he's been learning to include Do-ha into this life, but in this episode, he's back to keeping things from her. It's frustrating to see.

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Yep, @maryxiah, I completely agree. I wasn't defending SW per se, just that I could see why the writers introduced this tension between them to move their narrative forward. I guess being a lone wolf for so long means SW keeps secrets from those around him out of habit, so it's bound to be a steep learning curve. Poor DH has been glossing over his withholding of information too, with her "I'll believe your lies too" - but like you said, they'll have to negotiate what being together looks like at some point (ideally after a huge falling out and maybe some hot make up kisses to boot? ?)

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Haha. I'm so dense. 13 episodes in and I just now realized that with the actors playing Seung-jae and Department Head Jang, it's a Vampire Prosecutor reunion.

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You're not alone, after 12 episodes in I just realized that Sung Jae & Seol Woo is basically East of Eden reunion too, a reunion after 11 years.
East of Eden for me was PHJ best acting so far because I love to see his raw emotion there as his character is so much in misery, I can feel his pain, struggle & despair. My heart aches so bad for him. Hope to see that kind of role from him in his next project #fingerscrossed

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That was an intense revelation. Why didn't i think of that?

I too think Seol Woo is being selfish when it comes to his relationship with Do Ha. It's been what, 13 episodes and she still doesn't know 50% about him. At this point he should be telling her about himself, like his background, his real name, or how he came to be an agent.

I loved the confrontantion between Seol Woo and Seung Jae, it's like 'DeJa Vu' like i've seen it before (East of Eden)

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I love this show to pieces and it's fast becoming one of my favourite K dramas of all time. The man I married almost never watches K dramas with me but he started watching this while it was airing because, in his words, I was "raving about it". He marathoned it in 3 nights and then did a rewatch of the already aired episodes. He's never ever done that. Since Episode 9 we've watched the new episodes together had all these in-depth discussions about the show each week.

I never find the show a test of patience for me. There's not a lot I don't like about it... not even the monofunctional villains. I find it a joy to watch something so well thought out that takes its time to build and be true to itself and maintain a high level of character consistency. I'm glad the show is its own beast and the fact that it goes its own way, defying viewer expectations might not actually be a bad thing.

Maybe I'm a rarity here but I'm genuinely intrigued by the spy stuff and the layers that are gradually being pulled back. There's no rest for the OTP as they struggle with the tension of navigating the rough waters of the Lovers Tactic while SW is attempting to complete his final mission once and for all. Here their personalities clash a little and their varying approach to romance come to a head.

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I agree with everything you've said! I am really enjoying watching this show! I really like how everything has enfolded and how we got there! It's interesting because from some of the comments and recaps sometimes I do wonder if we are watching the same show, it's interesting there are so many different views and interpretations! Which makes it even more interesting!

I guess maybe it's because I started watching with no expectations. Never watched Park Hae Jin before, the only leads I knew were Kim Min Jung and Yeon Jung Hoon. So I don't feel like the drama is not delivering what it "promised", but rather enjoy it for what it IS. Yes there is a lot I would want or prefer, but it does not diminish my enjoyment of this show.

Re: romance, maybe because I've been on board since the first, but I think since it was so well established over the last episodes, it was ok to give it a "breather" to focus on our ghost agents and bring the mission (that is one long mission!) towards its end. And bringing in valid elements to question the strength or direction of SW and Do-ha' s relationship is necessary, as indeed it is a complicated relationship! I think when SW got shot it was already an eye opener to Do-ha about the reality of SW's life as a spy, and as his partner. It is dangerous, as SW has always felt. Maybe because SW is so good at it and Park Hae Jin is so good looking, we forget that what he does is extremely dangerous and does have dire consequences. Since he now has someone he wants to protect, his weakness, he does what he thinks is best. Do-ha has always been able to get through to him, so I think she and SW will be fine! I've said this before, she is his match!

Re: bad guys, yes it's frustrating how easy it is to dangle a carrot in front of SJ and have him play along like...dude, last episode you wanted to kill K and now he works for you and everything is fine?! But, I do like how the show is making us see how easy it is to "switch" sides and how as SW said, in the world of bad guys trust is not needed, what matters is getting the job done.

Now that the romance has been established, I don't think SW is going anywhere, I am really intrigued by the mission who really does seem to be more than just finding the wood carvings and the slush funds. And I am glad MiEun is getting focused on. That's why I love Man x Man, there is a story, message underneath, it's not just about the flashy spy action scenes or the bromance or romance...it's about how all these things and people come together to leave us with something. It's subtle but it's there. At least to me!

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I've been following PHJ's career closely since Dr Stranger (although that's a show best forgotten) and it has been wonderful seeing him mature and develop as an actor over the last few years. So yes, I did have expectations on that front but more than that I liked the premise of the show... a spy comedy revolving around a secret agent, an actor and his fangirl. For me the show has really lived up to its premise and more... in ways I didn't even conceive. But then I'm inordinately fond of quirky dramas and oddball romances.

In my opinion the show knows and understands fully that it is nutty show and that the tripartite relationship is somewhat off the wall. But the genius of it has been how they have been able to imbue it with so much warmth. Despite the somewhat absurd premise, the show has done a stellar job blending all the different elements together.

As noted by you, I also think that this is one of those rare shows that uses the supporting cast well. Much as we love our trio, there are also people around them making decisions that affect them directly or indirectly. I'm glad that the show did something more with TL Jang and is doing a lot more with ME. It's nice when K dramas don't forget characters they actually introduced themselves. But thankfully the show is completely pre-produced and not beholden to ratings.

I love the OTP romance. I love it most for being about two smart people who challenge each other's assumptions about what being a couple means.

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I think the premise was a little misleading about Do-ha, which may have caused some viewers to already not like her by episode 1. I think I had read a description about how she was his number 1 fan, and went from being his fan club president to his manager...something like that. Some called her a sasaeng fan from her actions. But that character description was totally wrong! That is not who she is or how she became WK's manager. Of course before watching a drama, you read about what it is about and decide whether to give it a try or not, but I have found that sometimes those premises and character descriptions are not 100 percent accurate, it is a brief intro but there can be so much more to the show and characters themselves. Characters are more complex than a one liner. And shows can be more than a romantic comedy or melodrama. I think sometimes it's hard to apply the labels, and you really do just have to let a show speak for itself.

I actually got interested in this drama because of the photo stills! I liked seeing a different Kim Min Jung from what I had seen before. She looked so fresh and happy, that made me want to check out the drama. I had never seen Park Hae Jin so thought it would be good to check him out too, and in the stills they looked good together! An added bonus! So I was pleasantly surprised to actually really like this drama as I was just checking it out with no strong feelings about any of the actors or the story, no expectations really. And the most lovable character in the story is actually WK! I really love the poster of agent K and WK in his pajamas running together holding hands, that may be the best show description right there!
At the end of the day, I don't like it because it's such a good romantic comedy or such a good spy/action drama, it's just a show I really enjoy watching, excitedly wait for every week, good or bad or both, it speaks to me, and that's what matters, else I would have dropped it a long time ago.

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I really liked Do Ha when she said: "I believe you". She is a very strong character, who if she had another boyfriend, wouldn't take his lies and bossing around (that really raised some red flags for me). But because she knows that this is about the safety of the country and him not wanting to worry her, she wanted to let him know, that she sees through him and doesn't fall for his lies, but she supports him in anything he does. She wanted him to feel safe and relaxed with her. Still, it isn't a very healthy relationship, with him always hiding something from her. She let's him feel at ease, but doesn't get to relax herself. It takes a very strong person to be able to behave like this, but I'm afraid this can't be sustained. Their needs to be more of an equality.

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It broke my heart to hear Do-ha said, "I'll believe your lies too." Doesn't it sounds like she was telling him she could see right through him and his lies? At this point of the relationship, I just don't think he should hide anything from her after all they've been through. And it hurts for Do-ha to be put at arms' length no matter what the excuses may be.

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SW X WK X DH another triangle.
and that fist bump is adorable .

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Thanks murasakimi!

I finally got around to watching this episode afterall. It would have been very engaging if it had just concentrated on the espionage and main missions with humour derived from the bromances and the discomfiture of Seol Woo over Woon Kwang and Do Ha's attachment to him.

The political intrigue is kind of lost on me. I am now wondering what else is on the missing video tapes that fake Y ordered to have found.
If Baek has already been taken down without the need for those tapes, why should it be important to still look for them?

I Mi Eun is fake Y, she seems to be too alone and without the kind of support that Seol Woo has ... she was all along in a better position to go hunting for the tapes herself since she has had access to the 58th floor, but she has no gadgets to help her locate where stuff can be stashed? That does not make her too hot a spy which is a pity.

The stakes over which Songsan and Baek are wrestling remain obscure and narratively uninteresting and spoils the rest of the story. Even Do Ha's dad seems a sad extra with just one important piece to contribute to the plot.

Even until now, I'm not convinced about the Seol Woo-Do Ha connection. I can see them as partners and buddies, more the way Woon Kwang is with Seol Woo, but not really as a couple.

Is it too late to just concentrate on Seol Woo working out his relationships and preferred job description? Oh, and is there really still a compelling mission to complete? ? ? ?

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Thanks for the recap, murasakimi.

I'm still enjoying the show. This past week has been overwhelming with the new crop of dramas that debuted, and my buffer overfloweth. Keeping track of developments is getting out of hand. ;-)

I appreciated how Seol-woo negotiated a fee of US$5 million for his services so he can repay Woon-kwang's loan. I'm sure it's a load off his mind. Now all he has to do is hand over the dough.

The revelation of Mi-eun's identity was a nice twist. I've wondered all along why she suddenly dumped Woon-kwang and married Seung-jae. I've also suspected that her son's father is actually Woon-kwang, and will wait to see how that pans out.

I can't believe that MAN TO MAN wraps up next weekend.

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At first I thought it was so clever to use SJ's money to pay back the $5 million. But then I thought, would WK accept it if he knew where it came from?! It's like dirty money or money from your worst enemy...would he accept it and relish in it, or would he refuse it because it is SJ's money... I guess we'll see what happens to that $5 million...such an integral part of the story/developments after all!

And yes, it all ends next week!! Argh, what will we do! I guess there is Four Men where we may get to see SW again from the reports?! Crossing my fingers.

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It doesn't really matter because MSJ owes him big time for two accidents. :D
Besides, SME used Songsan money to help UG in his career anyway.

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Oh, and regarding her son, I've been back and forth on whether he could be WK's or is SJ's...If he is WK's, I am not sure how it would be handled...could all be forgiven and understood? For sure he would accept his son, he already has such a good relationship with him as Dark Death! WK is so good, such a caring and reliable individual! But would he take MiEun back? I think he would, because that is the kind of guy he is, he is accepting. Part of me of course thinks she doesn't deserve him, but if she did it out of love, to protect him and her son, maybe SJ already had threatened her unborn son back then as well, trying to kill the father...so maybe she too deserves a second chance, a chance at happiness with the man she loves and the father of her son...I guess we'll see. This show is still keeping me on edge, we just want a happy ending for everyone except SJ and Baek!

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'I LIKE YOUR FIGHTING SPIRIT'. He said it again LOL. I'm hoping at some point someone will call Seung Jae out for his lack of imagination and repetitive use of the same phrase.

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Hah! It's like his motto, isn't it? I'd love for the ending episode to feature SJ with handcuffs as the whole gang looking on with triumphant smirks on their faces. Then, as SJ struggles and calls SW all manner of names under the sun, SW delivers the punchline 'I like your fighting spirit' just as JS is dragged off to prison!

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Haha that's genius. Or when SJ eventually ends up at court, bluffs that he is innocent, and the prosecutor says 'I like your fighting spirit'. XD

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Haha, these are funny. If only.

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Am I the only one enraptured by this drama?

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No, you're not. ;)
There are many of us who love this drama. Maybe not here but certainly elsewhere on the internet.

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What make me surprise is, Congress Baek is also a GHOST AGENT

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I've been enjoying watching this show and it's move away from the cartoony/Mission Impossible stuff. The espionage stuff is now more about who knows what and it's made it much more interesting. My brain feels like it's had a workout.

Also interesting, is the way Director Jang keeps underestimating SW's intelligence. He seems surprised about how much SW has figured out. He doesn't seem to know what to do with an agent who's not waiting for instructions or information.

Also, I have a niggling suspicion that DH's father might be more than he seems.

Looking forward to seeing Ep14!

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I love this drama.. I lose interest with other dramas at the moment.. next week is the last week.. so sad :(

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