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Man to Man: Episode 14

Despite my wish for this show to mostly focus on the funny hijinks among our main trio, I suppose we must move forward with the mission at hand. This episode does just that, exposing alliances and Songsan’s secrets, but I’m worried what these developments will mean for Ghost Agent K’s future plans. Show, let’s do what we can to keep him smiling like this for a good long while, okay?

 

EPISODE 14 RECAP

When Mi-eun catches Seol-woo on Songsan’s 58th floor, Seol-woo calls her out on her true identity by referring to her as “Ghost Sunbaenim.” At that, Mi-eun coolly tells Seol-woo that he figured it out sooner than she expected. He hits on the various reasons why it made sense, but says he became certain when he learned about Mi-eun’s trips to Annam Cathedral.

Seol-woo asks if Agent Y was her handler and the one who scouted her to become an agent, and Mi-eun confirms it, calling him a good man. We flash back to the fateful day when Robert Yoon presented Mi-eun with the ghost agent offer, tasking her with getting information from Seung-jae by seducing him. Agent Yoon warned that she’d have to give up any semblance of a normal life, but Mi-eun, who seemed pretty dissatisfied with what a normal life would mean for her, had happily accepted the mission.

In the present, Seol-woo guesses that the mission she’s working on goes beyond taking down Assemblyman Baek—otherwise, he says, Mi-eun could have taken care of things on her own. Mi-eun explains that Agent Yoon was looking for something else that disappeared with Chairman Mo’s tapes: information on first-generation ghost agents. She says if the truth about those agents remains hidden, no one around her, and around Seol-woo, will be safe.

Seol-woo asks if Mi-eun knows who betrayed Agent Yoon, but she just says that they must find the tapes, since Department Head Jang’s Plan B won’t work. Seol-woo says he’ll need her help and asks her to find out what the late Chairman Mo might have left Seung-jae. Though he’s not sure what he’s looking for exactly, Seol-woo says it should lead to the missing tapes.

Over a meal, Dong-hyun asks Department Head Jang about Mi-eun’s ghost agent identity, including her mission targeting Seung-jae. Department Head Jang gives him (and us) the backstory: As she was on her mission, Mi-eun fell in love with Woon-kwang, causing problems not just for her work but also for Woon-kwang, who became a target for Seung-jae. Mi-eun’s solution to these problems was to resign from the NIS and marry Seung-jae.

Dong-hyun wonders if it’s okay to work with Mi-eun, given her history. Department Head Jang says that while they should be cautious, she should still be helpful, since she came forward on her own.

At Seol-woo’s hideout, Dong-hyun marvels at the way Mi-eun continued her mission even after resigning from the NIS. Seol-woo calls her a realist—she chose to marry Seung-jae because she saw it as the only way she could survive and protect those around her. With a faraway look in his eyes, Seol-woo quietly says, “There must have been something she had to protect. Something most precious to her.”

Mi-eun meets Sharon at her shop, and the two discuss Mi-eun’s new role as the chairman of Songsan’s scholarship foundation. Mi-eun truthfully tells Sharon that the foundation was set up to ensure her son’s future at Songsan, then says that Sharon’s the only friend she can open up to. On that note, Mi-eun asks for her help in meeting up with someone the next day.

Woon-kwang hosts Do-ha’s father for late-night drinks at his place, where Dad tells him about some “secret” work he’s doing with prosecutor Dong-hyun—you know, for the good of the country. Looking suspicious, Woon-kwang wonders if he should call Dong-hyun over, but Dad hurriedly asks him to keep quiet about the project.

When Dad notices Woon-kwang’s two wood carvings, he asks where the third one is. He tells Woon-kwang that together, the trio is worth more than double what the carvings would go for individually—more than 10 million dollars. This certainly gets Woon-kwang’s attention.

Cut to: Woon-kwang telling Seol-woo that instead of the 5 million dollars, he’d like the third wood carving instead, ha. Seol-woo tells him it could take some time, but Woon-kwang generously says he’ll wait. Woon-kwang then mentions Do-ha’ father’s supposed collaboration with Dong-hyun, but predictably, Seol-woo says there isn’t such a thing. Given Dad’s weird behavior, Woon-kwang asks Seol-woo to look into it.

Later that night, Seol-woo and Do-ha hang out. Do-ha looks super into whatever they’re watching on his laptop—haha, it turns out to be Chairman Mo’s videotapes. Seol-woo tells Do-ha that his new assignment is to note how much money was exchanged in these tapes, but Do-ha’s doesn’t look convinced at all. She scowls at him, but Seol-woo’s attention is on the screen, as he softly notes that he’s found the secret room that he’s been looking for.

Elsewhere, Dong-hyun secretly meets with Director Im of the NIS and tells him that the missing tapes have something to do with first-generation ghost agents. Director Im asks Dong-hyun to directly report to him on the mission from now on, telling him that it doesn’t make sense to bring in a replacement for Department Head Jang in the middle of the mission.

Back at Seol-woo’s, he shows Do-ha what he noticed in the tapes: Chairman Mo looked at one particular wall in his office whenever he turned off the camera. Seol-woo notes that there’s nothing on that wall, and concludes that the secret room must be behind it. Do-ha suspiciously asks him how he knows what’s on the wall, and Seol-woo teases her by pretending to have risked his life to get inside Songsan by scaling the building from the outside. After bantering back and forth, Do-ha seriously tells him not to do anything that will worry her, and he says he won’t.

Assemblyman Baek bows down to an older woman at a sauna, apologizing to her for falling short. The woman, who seems to be calling the shots for Assemblyman Baek, tells him that they didn’t create the ghost project for things to turn out this way. Clucking that it’s important for Assemblyman Baek to find the missing tapes, she offers him help, but only if he’s sure that he can get back the slush fund money and wrangle Seung-jae under their control.

Assemblyman Baek next heads to Songsan, where he tells Seung-jae that the slush fund doesn’t belong to Songsan, but to those “behind” Assemblyman Baek. He asks to be made the chairman of Songsan’s new foundation, then adds that since he’s retired from politics, they’ll be looking to replace him with someone young and smart. Seung-jae volunteers himself, and says that he doesn’t need those who supported Assemblyman Baek, since he doesn’t want to make any more dirty deals.

As Assemblyman Baek leaves the office, Do-ha’s dad peeks out from nearby, then follows him on his motorcycle.

At Sharon’s shop, Seol-woo shares his discovery of the secret room with Mi-eun and tells her to check the empty wall in Seung-jae’s office. He asks her if Seung-jae’s still a target for her, telling her that they won’t truly win without taking down Songsan. Mi-eun replies that now that she’s running the foundation, it won’t be business as usual for those running the company.

Later, Mi-eun heads to the office, where Seung-jae tells her he’s going into politics. In light of this news, Mi-eun suggests that Seung-jae relinquish management of the slush fund to someone he trusts, but Seung-jae points out that his grandfather ran the fund himself because there was no one to trust. When Mi-eun asks how Chairman Mo did it, Seung-jae clicks a button on his remote, revealing a TV screen hidden behind the wall. Well, that was easy.

The screen displays a live feed of the two of them in that very room, and Seung-jae quips that his videos will become useful for moving power their way. He then leads Mi-eun directly to the secret room where the recording equipment is housed, telling her proudly that he’s the only one who knows about this room. He says he’s sharing the secret with Mi-eun because the room now belongs to her.

At dinner, Seol-woo warns Do-ha’s dad about the dangers of tailing Assemblyman Baek. Dad swears he’ll stop, but surprisingly, Seol-woo tells him not to. To Dad’s delight, Seol-woo says that Dong-hyun has agreed to bring him on as an investigator and tells Dad to report directly to Dong-hyun for instructions. After Seol-woo asks Dad to keep this a secret from Do-ha, he checks his phone, and uh-oh, it looks like something’s up.

In his car, Seol-woo speeds toward Annam Cathedral, where Do-ha’s red tracker light blinks on Seol-woo’s phone. Once he arrives, he bursts through the cathedral doors looking panicked, but he calms down after spotting Do-ha sitting quietly by herself, deep in prayer. Surprised to see Seol-woo, Do-ha tells him she came to pray, and after getting a glimpse of his phone, she asks if he followed her there out of worry. Wordlessly, Seol-woo envelops her in a hug.

Do-ha mentions Father Michael’s absence, and Seol-woo says he disappeared while he still could. When she tells him that she never really liked the idea of couples tracking each other, he takes her hand in his, and says that it will be all over soon. The two look at each other and smile, but they both look sad.

At home, Do-ha examines her tracker coin and tells Song-yi in vague terms that her relationship with Seol-woo comes with lots of worries—though she wants to trust him, she can’t exactly. Song-yi scoffs and tells her to just be in love, but Do-ha sighs and says it’s not that simple for them.

Back in their hideout, Dong-hyun balks at the idea of using Do-ha’s father as an investigator, but Seol-woo manages to get him onboard. Dong-hyun then notices some new photos up on Seol-woo’s whiteboard, featuring a rifle with a dragon design on its handle. Seol-woo explains that the photos are part of the profile he’s building for Chairman Mo, and characterizes the dead chairman as a hunter who “doesn’t trust anyone and likes riddles.”

Seol-woo asks Dong-hyun if Songsan might own any land that could have served as the chairman’s personal hunting grounds. Luckily for them, Dong-hyun recalls that there is such a place, and Seol-woo asks for the location.

The next day, Seol-woo pulls up to the property disguised as an Environmental Protection Agency employee. When the groundskeeper grumbles about this being the second visit from the agency in three months, Seol-woo quickly pulls out a photo of Agent Yoon and asks the groundskeeper if this was the man who visited. Sure enough, it was.

As the groundskeeper talks about Agent Yoon’s three-day-long visit, Seol-woo notices a dragon etched onto his rifle—the same design that was on Chairman Mo’s gun. He asks the groundskeeper about it, but the man says all rifles have designs on them these days, and adds that Agent Yoon had asked him that same question, too.

At Songsan, a staffer tells Mi-eun that Seung-jae has decided to make all of Songsan’s documents publicly accessible, except for one: Chairman Mo’s will. Mi-eun notes the exception with interest, and the staffer says that the will is only available to Seung-jae, per the founding chairman’s orders.

Seol-woo calls Mi-eun to tell her that the tapes aren’t at Chairman Mo’s hunting grounds, and that Agent Yoon had checked already. But Mi-eun has another lead, as she tells Seol-woo that Chairman Mo left Seung-jae not one, but two things: the secret room and the will.

Having tailed Assemblyman Baek to a lounge, Do-ha’s dad makes a phone call. Meanwhile, the assemblyman sits by himself in a large room with lots of drinks, but no one to share them with. He tries his colleagues one by one, and what do you know, no one answers his calls.

Do-ha’s dad then enters the room, disguised as a server, and pours the assemblyman a drink. Assemblyman Baek looks at him suspiciously but can’t quite place him; Dad deflects his words and somehow manages to plant a bug underneath the table before escaping.

Assemblyman Baek hatches his next plan with the last Baek Infantryman standing, and it looks like Mi-eun and Seung-jae’s son Jae-young is their next target. As Seol-woo and Dong-hyun listen in on their conversation back at Seol-woo’s hideout, Dong-hyun suggests that they let Mi-eun know immediately about Assemblyman Baek’s plans. But Seol-woo nixes that idea, saying that he wants to use this opportunity to get rid of Assemblyman Baek and doesn’t want Mi-eun to interfere.

The next day, Assemblyman Baek’s men wait outside of Jae-young’s school and get ready to kidnap the child. It seems that they were successful, as we next see Seung-jae smack his assistant for bringing them the news that Jae-young is missing. As Seung-jae screams at his poor assistant to find his son by any means possible, Mi-eun sits on the couch, tears streaming down her face, and her eyes harden in anger.

The kidnappers don’t get very far, as they find themselves corned on a remote street, blocked on both sides of the road by two very aggressive cars. When the bad guys get out of the car, they’re met with a smiley Dong-hyun on one end, and then a less friendly-looking Seol-woo and Ki-chul on the other side. Nice.

Seung-jae receives word from Seol-woo that Jae-young is safe and that Assemblyman Baek was behind the kidnapping. Seol-woo tells Seung-jae that they’ll keep Jae-young in a safe place, but that Seung-jae should listen to his words carefully from now on.

Ha, Jae-young’s safe spot is at Woon-kwang’s house, where Woon-kwang, in full Dark Death garb, welcomes his little fan to Dark Death’s secret headquarters. So sweet. Meanwhile, Seung-jae and Mi-eun receive a photo proving that their son’s safe, along with a request for Mi-eun to come alone to pick up Jae-young.

As they wait for Seol-woo’s plan to unfold, Ki-chul notes to Seol-woo that catching Assemblyman Baek won’t resolve everything. Seol-woo says he’s looking for the missing tapes, then shows Ki-chul a photo of the dragon design, asking if he knows anything about it. Ki-chul says he’s never seen it, which leads Seol-woo to conclude that the design doesn’t have anything to do with the Baek Infantry.

Back at Woon-kwang’s, Do-ha walks in on Dark Death and Jae-young horsing around (har) and wonders if Woon-kwang kidnapped the boy. Woon-kwang protests that they actually saved him from kidnappers, but bumbles around when Do-ha asks for an explanation.

As Mi-eun’s heading out, she sees Seol-woo in the parking lot and stalks up to him to slap him hard across the face. He apologizes for not telling her in advance, but even as her eyes are still furious, she tells him he did the right thing.

When Seol-woo admits that they still have no leads on the missing tapes, Mi-eun produces Chairman Mo’s will inside a black envelope bearing the chairman’s trademark dragon design. (She’s so badass. I love it.) Seol-woo takes the will, then tells Mi-eun that Jae-young is with Woon-kwang, calling him the most trustworthy person they know.

Seung-jae meets with Assemblyman Baek, who appears not to realize that his men no longer have Jae-young. So the assemblyman continues his ill-conceived plot, demanding not only the chairman position at the foundation, but also 51 percent of Seung-jae’s shares of Songsan, telling Seung-jae that his son has to be worth this much.

At this, Seung-jae just laughs in the assemblyman’s face, then clicks his remote to reveal the TV screen, which shows that the cameras are rolling. Assemblyman Baek incredulously asks if Seung-jae doesn’t care about his son, but Seung-jae just says to him, “Get yourself some decent boys.”

After being led downstairs by Seung-jae’s men, Assemblyman Baek is greeted by Dong-hyun, who arrests him for kidnapping.

Mi-eun tearfully reunites with her son at Woon-kwang’s. It’s adorable how cheerful Jae-young is, as he excitedly tells his mom that Dark Death rescued him from the bad guys. Woon-kwang crouches down next to Jae-young to remind him to keep their meeting secret, and Mi-eun watches the two, her face full of emotion. She thanks Woon-kwang sincerely, and in return, Woon-kwang asks her to live well.

Back at Songsan, Seung-jae thanks Seol-woo for a job well done and asks him what he’d like in exchange. Seol-woo says he was just finishing up the terms of his last deal, but casually says that he’d take the wood carving as a token of appreciation. Oh, I can’t even imagine how excited Woon-kwang’s going to be.

Do-ha catches Mi-eun as she’s leaving Woon-kwang’s and expresses relief at the way things turned out. When Mi-eun credits Seol-woo for Jae-young’s safety, Do-ha asks Mi-eun which side she’s on. Noting the ring on Do-ha’s finger, Mi-eun tells her, “Believe only what you see. If you try to think beyond that, you’ll always end up hitting a brick wall.”

Woon-kwang and Mi-eun can’t help but think of one another that night—Woon-kwang stares down at his Dark Death costume sadly, and Mi-eun recalls his last words to her as she heads home. Meanwhile, Do-ha walks home in a haze, thinking about all the worries and dangers that she’s experienced in the short time she’s known Seol-woo. As she looks down at her ring and caresses it, she replays Mi-eun’s words of advice in her head.

Seol-woo eagerly digs into Chairman Mo’s will as soon as he gets home. The document turns out to be short and to the point, reading: “One with power desiring money will fail, and one with money desiring power will die. Everything, excluding myself, goes to my grandson Mo Seung-jae.”

After scanning the paper and finding nothing out of the ordinary, Seol-woo remembers Father Michael’s words about the path being in the Word, and something seems to click. He heads over to his whiteboard and zeroes in on the photo with Chairman Mo’s portrait on the wall. “The lonely hunter left behind a riddle in his will,” he thinks to himself. “I’ve solved it.”

Seol-woo suddenly hears his door open, and is pleasantly surprised to see Do-ha walking in. His smile fades though, when she tells him she was at Woon-kwang’s, then asks him to confirm what she already knows: that he’s working on another mission. Do-ha notices that he doesn’t have his ring on, but she’s understanding about it, assuming that he takes it off when he’s undercover—she is his weakness, after all.

Do-ha brightly tells Seol-woo that she’ll always cheer him on in his work. She says that though she wanted to believe in his promise and end up living a happy life with him, she knows that it would be too hard for both of them. Looking sad but resolute, she tells him that her fight ends here, and that she’s putting an end to the lovers tactic.

Do-ha reaches out to return his coin, but Seol-woo grabs her hand instead, telling her that the tactic is still in progress. He asks her to keep the coin for just one more day.

Later, Seol-woo calls Mi-eun and says that tonight, every mission will be completed. At the same time, Dong-hyun calls NIS Director Im as he’s leaving the office, telling him that the tapes have been found.

Back on the 58th floor of Songsan, Seol-woo tells Dong-hyun over his earpiece that the clue to the missing tapes was hidden in Chairman Mo’s will. Approaching Chairman Mo’s portrait on the wall, Seol-woo repeats the key words in the document, “excluding myself,” then comments that if Seung-jae had bothered to examine his grandfather’s will carefully, he would have easily inherited everything the chairman had.

Seol-woo takes down the portrait, revealing a safe behind it. When Dong-hyun asks how he’s going to open it, Seol-woo replies that he’s been curious about why the master key to the slush fund room was made from three separate keys. We see that the safe has three distinct key holes, and Seol-woo places each of the keys into it, answering Dong-hyun’s question.

Seol-woo opens the safe to find the missing videotapes, along with materials on the first-generation ghost agents. And as this is happening, Seung-jae receives a phone call; when he hangs up, he mutters that a mouse snuck in.

Seol-woo delivers the materials from the safe to Dong-hyun and asks him to look into the dragon design as a final favor—it’s killing Seol-woo that he can’t figure out what it represents. Nevertheless, the ghost agent looks giddy at having finished his mission and quickly peaces out, telling Dong-hyun he’s off to work on the one tactic that he’s not ending.

Dong-hyun calls Department Head Jang to ask for help in identifying the dragon design, then tells him that they’ve found the missing tapes. But Department Head Jang doesn’t look thrilled at the news, and I have a sinking feeling about all of this.

Outside Do-ha’s place, Seol-woo excitedly calls Do-ha and tells her he has something to say. At the same time, Department Head Jang tries to call Dong-hyun repeatedly, but his calls go unanswered.

When Do-ha comes outside, Seol-woo tells her with the biggest smile on his face that he’s completed his last and final mission. Do-ha just looks at him, not knowing what to make of his jubilance, and of course, that’s when Seol-woo gets a call. His face falls when he sees who it is, and when he answers, he looks downright horrified at what he hears.

Dong-hyun pulls over and tells someone on the phone that he’s arrived with the tapes. It turns out that he’s talking to Director Im, who advises him to drop them off at a car parked across the street, then thanks Dong-hyun for his work. After he hangs up, Director Im opens up a long case on his desk, revealing a rifle with a dragon carving on it. Gah!

As Seol-woo drives speedily, reeling from the news he’s gotten, Dong-hyun cheerfully makes his way across the street to deliver the goods. He’s interrupted by some bright headlights pointed his way, and his smile fades as he sees a truck barreling towards him with no intention of stopping. His body goes flying as he’s hit, leaving only his bag on the crosswalk.

 

COMMENTS

NOOOOOOOOOO. Not Dong-hyun! Ugh, the show is really good at keeping me guessing up until the end—I swear I thought Dong-hyun was the traitor when he made that phone call to Department Head Jang. To find out that he was just doing what he thought was his job, and then to have him killed off—that just made my heart sink. I mean, I guess I’m glad that he was on the side of our good guys? Except he’s now dead. And by the truck of doom, no less! *cries*

I’ll miss Seol-woo and Dong-hyun’s interactions the most—I can’t even imagine how Seol-woo will react when he finds out the news. Dong-hyun was not only Seol-woo’s partner in crime during this mission, but he was also his only trusted friend, at least until Woon-kwang and Do-ha came along. One thing’s for sure, though—Seol-woo’s time as Ghost Agent K is most certainly not over, despite his hopes that it would be.

I’m not sure what this means for Seol-woo’s plans for an ordinary future. Though he still chose to keep Do-ha in the dark throughout his mission, it looks like Seol-woo made the decision to go all in on his relationship with her after everything was over. He seemed so earnest, so hopeful, and even a little bit nervous when he popped in on Do-ha to tell her about finishing up his last assignment. But Do-ha’s smart enough to know that despite Seol-woo’s best intentions, things won’t ever be “normal” for them—and that phone call just confirmed it. Based on the ghost agents we’ve met thus far, I’m not sure there’s a scenario where Seol-woo can completely walk away from his profession. I think Do-ha will have to ultimately make the call on whether or not she wants to see things through with Seol-woo, and whether or not the work, the worry, and the danger would be worth it.

In regards to the Songsan mission, we now have the setup for the ultimate showdown between the good guys and the bad guys, with both camps clearly delineated. I don’t really care about how Director Im came to be on Seung-jae’s side, though the reveal certainly came as a shock. I’m also slightly confused about this development, since I thought Seung-jae and Assemblyman Baek at one point wanted to take down the NIS leadership and install their “own” people—is Director Im not one of their people? But I’m not spending too much brainpower on this, because, eh, who cares.

What I’m more invested in though, is closing out Mi-eun’s story. I was kind of disappointed that her backstory with Woon-kwang and Seung-jae was given to us via a conversation between Dong-hyun and Department Head Jang, but there’s still plenty that I’m curious about: How far is Mi-eun willing to go to complete Agent Yoon’s mission, given that she’s not formally part of the NIS? What is her end game with Seung-jae, and is he really Jae-young’s father?

Even though Mi-eun’s interactions with her husband this hour weren’t noticeably different from what we’ve seen before, they sure did seem more interesting now that I’m aware of her ghost agent identity. I’m hoping we’ll see more of her badass nature as she (hopefully) steps up to partner with Seol-woo as he gets his revenge; in addition, I’m really hoping that we’ll get a satisfactory resolution to her story with Woon-kwang (who was criminally underutilized in this week’s episodes, by the way.) If Seung-jae’s taken down along with all the other bad guys, she won’t have to continue to sacrifice her life and her personal happiness in order to protect the ones she loves, right? Because I can’t think of anything sadder than having to make that sacrifice forever—both for her and for our favorite oppa.

 
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Nooooo. Donghyun! I am very, very upset about this. I really liked his character and he was the only person at the start that SW was comfortable being around. Donghyun always had his back; he was more than just a handler. It's like SW lost a family member and it was very difficult for me to watch the scene.

"There's a tactic that I won't be ending" - Can we talk about how SW looked so insanely happy when he told DH all his missions were over? He looked so excited to finally live as a normal person with her, and his face completely crumpled the next moment when he received the call. My heart just shattered, because our ghost agent doesn't seem to get a break.

On Do Ha: I mentioned in E13 that they're both using the "lovers tactic" as an excuse because they don't know any other way to be together without confronting the reality of it, but it wasn't a long term solution. So I'm actually glad, on an emotional front, that DH brought up how it was too difficult on both their parts to continue - she would have to continue pretending not to know so he wouldn't worry, and he would have to continue lying to her so that she wouldn't worry. (What a messy circle of lies and worries.)

As @murasakimi pointed out last recap, SW's still lying to her and making the decisions in the relationship. It wasn't fair to DH - she would worry anyway, so why not just let her worry about the truth, rather than worrying because she knew nothing? It was difficult for her to silently support him; to even say that she would believe his lies means that she has to doubt all his words but force herself to believe in them. But I love how she told him she would always cheer him on, because it meant that even though their relationship wasn't working out at this point, she would continue to leave a piece of her heart for him.

On Seol Woo: I hope this was a bit of a wake-up call to SW that a relationship involves 2 parties. When SW told DH to hold onto the coin for a bit longer, it was his promise to her that he would be able to start a real, proper relationship with her soon. You could see in her eyes how desperately she wanted to believe in him. And I wanted to believe in him, too, because I think SW genuinely cares for her but finds it hard to be in a proper healthy relationship and express himself because he's never had to. I wonder if things would be a bit different if he'd told her the plans that WK knows - to quit his job as a ghost and to live with them.

Favourite moments:
- So, SO cute when DH & SW were teasing each other and pretending to get mad. For someone who said he can't do aegyo well, PHJ is actually very, very adorable.
- I like how they made watching CCTV clips into a date with popcorn and all.
- How sweet is it that SW agreed to get the 3rd wooden carving for WK?
- Oof, when SW rushed out just because he thought DH might be in danger and couldn't help but hug her.
- When SW held DH's hand in the...

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Why did SW let DH's father tail Baek? Isn't it going against his principles of not endangering his loved ones? Didn't he tell the father to live quietly and wait on tables? He even told the father not to tell DH about his new mission....I don't like this keeping secrets from DH, it's making me uneasy. And his excuse for letting DH's father tail Baek is that he wouldn't listen, he would continue to do it anyway. Scratching my head.

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In that same conversation, SW mentions briefly that giving DH's dad a mission is a way to keep tabs on him - he has always been a bit of a loose cannon and they can't risk him doing something silly and ruin the mission.

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@yyishere argh, I typed out a whole chunk but I don't know why it just reposted the same thing! Now I need to think about what I typed out and try to recreate it ):

- When SW held DH's hand in the cathedral and told her it would be over soon. For someone who didn't seem to like physical contact in earlier episodes, he sure seems to like it a lot now.

I'm so interested in more of ME's backstory, actually. Was she trained intensively as a ghost, or was she just someone Y knew and roped in for the mission? I also really wonder if she ever loved SJ. I remember Sharon once saying she loved both men. That's not a concept that's impossible to me, so I'm actually curious if she ever developed some sort of affection for SJ, and maybe wouldn't want him to go down with the rest of the baddies. I actually really like the idea of ME working together with KC and SW. Ghost team up FTW!

Eh, I'm also confused about the NIS Director. Is he in cahoots with Baek/SJ? Because if he is, then they could have just gotten him to fire everyone and install new people of their own. No need to go to all the trouble of taking down the NIS! Perhaps he has his own motive/goal - then, I want to know what that is exactly, because his betrayal was a huge surprise to me. Though maybe I shouldn't have been surprised when the supposed 3rd wood carving in Myanmar ended up in Russia instead?

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I kind of suspected the Director, but he made so little impact on the show he was hardly around I kind of forgot about him. Then this episode, I suddenly realized, hey, wait, this guy is the mole! He's the last one left! Why didn't I think of that? And in the car when he told DH to report only to him, and looked shifty for a second, I knew it was him!!! That said, it was still sad when he said in that last call to DH, "Thank you for everything you have done" and he sounded like he really meant it.

ME loves SJ is what I feel. She loves him, and that part where they were beside themselves with worry over the kidnapping of their son showed them as a family unit for the first time, that both of them love their son so much, SJ was in tears...I felt so sad for him at that moment, seeing him for the first time as a man who loves his son so much and not a villain.

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Argh, even if he meant it, the next moment the truck of doom went bam and my heart just broke along with it. He was just never around in the show! I didn't expect it.

In the first few episodes I thought SJ showed himself to be a dad who really adored his son and it somehow redeemed him in my mind... so I was kind of upset that he used the kid as a bargaining chip against ME to threaten her. Finally in this episode he showed how worried he was for his child, and that humanized SJ a bit more in my mind.

Actually, I thought SW's reasoning for Dad made sense because honestly... look at Dad. He literally does everything that people tell him not to. He feels like a child who never grew up. I guess SW thought, might as well give him something to do that would keep him out of trouble, though I was a little alarmed that he would entrust Dad with something so important as tailing Baek + planting the listening device. Maybe he thought that because Dad was a completely unfamiliar face, it would be easier for him to get away with it even if he got caught? Idk, man. I just don't want any more secrets next episode!

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I am also confused over the NIS Director. Is he working with Baek? With SJ? With a mystery Older Ghost Agent Association/Brotherhood/Sisterhood/Siblinghood LOL not sure what to call them. Why didn't he just get rid of all of them from the start? Arghh. Confused. I'll follow wise chocolatte and not spend too much brainpower on this, after all, who cares, right?

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i think director im is part of the first generation ghost project and something disastrous happened and they were covering it all up and agent yoon discovered it along in his quest to take down baek infantry. i also think the director gave the mission to mr. jang because he is a by-the-book kind of guy who always played by the rules, one thing the director didn't take into account is agent k's dedication and passion in completing a mission.

wooh.. lot of thinking there... brainpower depleted...

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Gosh Do-ha, my brave, sweet, loving, Do-ha. I just want her and her ghost agent to be happy. Is this too much to ask? She's definitely braver than I am. I don't think I could keep on loving a man like Kim Seol-woo even if he looks like Park Hae-jin. The heartache isn't worth it. Also, I'm curious if we'll finally meet Dong-hyun's wife now that he's dead. She warned him often to stay away from the NIS but he wouldn't listen.

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I like WK's interaction with the kid. It's so cute. He really behaves like a typical dad when he is with kids, or is it only this kid?

Is DH dead? No, please! I love his interactions with SW. They are gold!

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If it were SW standing in the middle of the road instead, he would not be dead. But it's DH so I am afraid he's really dead.

How did that truck appear so suddenly anyway? Even if it had switched off its headlights, DH would still have heard the rumble of the approaching truck. Scratching my head here.

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If it were SW standing in the middle of the road instead, he would not be dead. But it's DH so I am afraid he's really dead.
HAHAHAHA of course since PHJ's the main lead so it's very unlikely that he'll be killed in his own drama (let's not mention the other drama where his screen time DID die).
I agree, DH wouldn't have been that mindless that he won't hear a huge truck. But, oh well, it's a drama.

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I suspect that the real baddies aren't Mo Seung-Jae or Baek Congressman, but rather the people with the dragon rifle. They seem to be in the background and this may be their final move.

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Yes, the dragon rifle, right? That same dragon that was on Chairman Mo's will. They must all be part of some larger, more powerful group, including that old lady he met at the sauna.

Actually, I never thought Baek used to be a ghost, which is interesting to me. Maybe I missed that out in earlier episodes. I wonder what was the original intention of the ghost project; perhaps it wasn't for something good at all, which brings down SW's whole monologue of "protecting order" by being a ghost.

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It's almost like, so who *isn't* a ghost agent at this point?! ?

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He was probably a ghost agent too, he mentioned his code name being I. I thought that old lady was his handler but I guess not.

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Baek only mentioned he used to be with NIS. It was only this ep that he said said he was actually a Ghost Agent I. Anyhow, I thought code names refer to their last names (Seolwoo is K for Kim; Kichul is S for Seo). But I guess not.

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I used to think their code name is their last name, until agent Y is Song Mi Eun, that defunked the theory. Anyway, i suppose they will run out of space for Agent K coz there are Kims everywhere? K2? Lol.
On a side note, truck of doom finally found his identity, he's ghost agent D, lol. But still faceless sadly, lol.

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Who do you think called SW in the last scene? Mr Jang? Because he had managed to remember somehow that the Director had the rifle with the symbol of the dragon?

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Yes, I believe Team leader Jang sees the picture from Prosecutor Lee and links to Director, but he can not call Pros. Lee who is on the phone with Director, sensing this might be dangerous for him, Jang trying to call Seol Woo.

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It's here, it's here, it's here! For once I am not late for the main dish. *running back to read recap, smiling*

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I was so excited to see the recap, that I momentarily forgot about DH. Now I feel bad. I hoped that you would be more optimistic about him, he just can't die...

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I love your avatar, Kim Mi-kyung was superb in Healer.

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I knew that Truck of Doom would make a comeback soon but not Dong-hyun. What will Seol-woo do without him?

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Honestly, I was thinking more of Dong-hyun's wife. Poor woman didn't know her husband was still secretly working for NIS and died doing the job she forbade him to do. Ugh, so sad.

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This was a sad episode.

I almost cry when SW tells DH, “Keep the coin with you one more day.” So sad…

I cried when Dong hyun got knocked down by the truck. The backpack lying there on the road was just so so sad.

SW’s face is lit up and he’s so happy and smiling after he passes the bag to Dong hyun, and when he tells Do ha he’s finished the last of his assignments. He looks so free, so happy…then the call comes, and his face just stills and all that joy just fades from his face. So heartbreaking.

So can we expect SW to do a Liam Neeson next week and go on a rampage of revenge? Somehow I don’t think it will happen…I think he’ll let the law take its own course with the help of ME, I think ME will find those tapes and reveal them to the media.

I think Jang and Ki chul will help him.

I am so looking forward to Oppa in cold fury mode. Nobody does cold fury as good as him. I enjoy all his myriad of faces and expressions, but my favourite, hands down, has to be Angry Oppa.

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I am also looking forward to SW in cold fury mode. DH is such a dear to him, I can't imagine SW's fury and grief at his death. I can't wait for next week to witness his quest to avenge DH's death.

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The TOD claimed another victim. While this is sad and I really liked Donghyun, my only thought was: Oh hey, haven't seen the TOD in a while. He must be back from his vacation.
I found myself a little disappointed that the secret room was behind the portrait, because of course it was. I had hoped it would be in his sons playroom or something, but never-mind...
I did however love Doha in this ep (as always). It was the right thing to do for herself to break up with Seol-woo. He needs to learn that he has to include her and stop lying, or risk losing her. I loved even more that he refused to let her go and that he was actively trying to get her back. His beautiful smile was warming my heart.
What I really want to see now is all the villains getting whats coming for them. I'm also hoping for Mi-eun getting free of her ruthless husbands clutches. She doesn't deserve to be shackled to him for life. I'm not sure though if I want to see her getting back together with Woon-kwang. Sure, she broke his heart to save his life, but at the same time, she kept manipulating his career and emotions.
I'm pumped for the finale.

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Is he 'TOD' one of the drama gods? Cause only a god can appear, claim a life, innocent or guilty anywhere anytime.
And if he is, he's really bothering me.

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TOD is not drama god but he is faceless and can draw doors and appear anywhere. And he's also a sniper on top of a truck :p

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Oh yes, I loved that scene and how both of them handled it. And I especially loved that Do-ha didn't persist in breaking up with him. It was almost like she was waiting for him to reassure her that she was doing the right thing in continuing this relationship against her better judgment.

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(On a completely random note: PHJ in maroon is my weakness. Not everyone call pull off such a bold look, but he does, and looks mighty fine doing so ?)

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That three-piece suit he wore to the church and came running in, pausing at the door like a fashion plate...*swoons*

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Imagining what he'd wear next week to go on his Rampage of Revenge makes me all excited.

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Whatever it is, he will look good wearing it.

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i totally agree.

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im getting a bit bored with this show. even PHJs pretty doesnt seem to be doing it for me.

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Ack, I was not expecting TRUCK OF DOOM to make an appearance. @pakalanapikake this is worse than Cliff of Non-Doom. *sob* Head Jang, you better make a good comeback because I partly blame Donghyun's death on you not being there to collect the tapes. *glares at Head Jang*

I was actually quite bored in episode 13, and then the spy business kicked back into gear with Mi Eun. I still don't understand why she became a ghost agent (for the fun of it, really? I guess it happens).

Unfortunately, I have sadly figured out why I still can't like Do Ha 100%. She speaks way too slowly! I like her character and am rooting for her romance with SW, but she just sucks the energy out of any conversation.

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I don't why most of kdramas are so set on trucks of doom?
Ididn't wait all this while for this episode just so the truck of doom can ruin it. If they wanted to kill off Dong Hyun, they shouldn't have let us get so attached to him. I hope it's just a joke.

!!Miracle!!

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I'm going to say what I said while I watched Lookout, "why does no one answer their phone?!" Poor Dong-hyun, he was a hero. Seol-woo is going to make heads roll when he finds out.

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He most definitely will. I cant wait to see him decimate the bad guys in the last episodes.

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nooooo DH!!!! he is an agent isn't he? shouldn't he have ninja skills or something??

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Ninja skills, unfortunately, does not work if the plot needs for the character to die. Though I'm sad DH died, I'm more interested on how Seol-woo would react.

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I guess you are right, nobody in dramaland can escape the truck of doom :-( As for SW's reaction I just hope he turns into a meteorite of doom and wipe out the existence of the bad guys.

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Well, I am actually quite intrigued at the whole ghost agent reveals and developments as that is/was SW's whole identity pre-Do-ha and WK. Being a ghost agent was his life, to find out in the end that it all started through corruption (slush funds) or for corruption will be quite shattering. It looks like SW and KC are only the second generation of ghost agents, I won't be surprised if they are the last and then that will just be the natural end for Agent K.

And yes, whyyy Dong-hyun!! I just don't know why noone can escape the truck of doom. SW could have called him, he could have picked up the phone while walking towards the black car...argh...oh well, I guess there had to be a casualty. But poor Dong-hyun, he was his happy loyal self to the end. Maybe it is better to die than find out what SW will find out! I can't wait the see SW's wrath, he will be deadly! Dong-hyun was his "family" before Do-ha and WK. Now he only has one family.

I was glad to see MiEun working with SW, and almost being like the leader now that Dir Jang resigned. Also we got some of her backstory so yes hoping to get the full story regarding her son and SJ. She had retired from the NIS but chose SJ, was it really for survival?! Maybe in the end, it will just be her and her son, I can see her being independent all on her own.

I was glad WK would rather take the third wood carving rather than the $5 million even though it's because they are worth more together. I don't think he would have taken SJ's money, he stopped all association with Songsan/MiEun when he found out they had been behind him. And the three wood carvings I believe still represent our little trio, like a family reunited one at a time, and that indeed is worth much more than $5 million, I like how the show is making that parallel.

SW has chosen Do-ha and I like how we were spared a "break up". It is a complicated relationship with outside factors affecting it but this couple is strong! I have faith in them. I can't believe this week is the last week! I will miss our little trio! Thank you so much for recapping!

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DongHyun deserves more than the *truck of doom*. I really hate how they rid of him. He is one of my fave characters since he sincerely looks out for SeolWoo.
As for MiEun, i just hope that she and JaeYoung will come out of this unscathed. I really want happiness for them with or without WoonKwang. I prefer with him ofcourse.
As for Director Im, i think SeungJae has Director Im long ago and only keeping his cards close to his chest. He has no reason to trust Congressman Baek. That rifle Director Im has is connected to Chairman Mo ByungDo. So it may be a symbol of a groups that is more insiduous than Baek Infantry.

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I know! I'm annoyed that they killed him off, but even more annoyed with how they killed him - our DH definitely deserves a more fitting death than this ?

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Yes, I feel the same! Was it just lazy writing?! Of all the dangers/missions he's probably been in, he dies getting hit by a truck crossing a street! Like a roadkill! I am just hoping SW's revenge will be super badass and do Dong-hyun justice!! Please don't let it be lame too!

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Also, everyone take note of the HAIR this episode: Seol Woo has it down to good normal boy hairstyle, reflecting his desire to be a regular guy. I'm imagining the SLICK HAIR OF REVENGE for the finale.

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Maybe he should pull a Won Bin in Ajhussi and just shave the whole thing off.

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Hmm...I like him best in his bodyguard look! With his black shades! Ah, I want to see a running scene with WK again holding hands...let the trio live on! The star, the manager and the bodyguard!

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MIEUN IS SOOOOOOOOO BADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSS. And honestly though the way she watches Woonkwang and her son, there's no way that doesn't mean anything in dramaland.
Just when I thought I have my favorite ahjusshi other than Woonkwang they just had to kill him :(

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i'm pissed that donghyun got killed off that way. didn't even got the chance to defend himself... and poor seolwoo, excited at completing his final mission only to receive that bad, sad news... my heart can't take it.

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I'm still watching this for Park Hae Jin. Somehow I'm not feeling the backstory be it the romance or ghost agent hijinks. Oh well, another 2 episodes then we can move on. Glad to see PHJ already has other projects lined up so we'll be seeing him again soon.

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It's been days and I still can't get over his death.

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NOOO Dong-hyun! ?
The drama did very well to make us like him a lot & also understand SW's attachment to him, that his death has much impact. So sad to see him go, but it's probably a necessary sacrifice to raise up the stake & conflicts at hand.

Based on the preview, SW is gonna weep his heart out for Dong-hyun.. How heartbreaking it is to see SW being so naive, thinking that his job is all over & he can finally live a normal life with Do-ha, coming to her with the happiest smile on his face.. and in just seconds later his delusion is shattered to pieces.

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I'll just go ahead and say it: this was the first episode I was actively dissatisfied with. This week's episodes felt like a regression in terms of character development that I'm left feeling disgruntled. Man to Man has always been more character driven than plot driven, when it was trying to be more than what it was, everything stuck out uneven and the flaws magnified, and to be real honest, I've always found the plot to be meh. I've been hanging in there because I love the characters and it was a joy to watch their characters' growth, be it in romance or bromance, their loyalty to one another, as well as their sense of responsibility.

On the surface, I understood Seol-woo's decision to keep Do-ha in the dark, but after seeing the positive changes in Seol-woo for these past few weeks, it felt frustrating to see him shutting her out. I was happy that Seol-woo chose Do-ha and normal life, but I wasn't happy with the way he handled things. When Do-ha told Seol-woo she didn't like the idea of couples tracking each other, I felt her frustration, she couldn't possibly understand anything if Seol-woo refused to let her in, and it will be tiring for them to keep up with this relationship if one side is putting up a wall. I cried when Do-ha chose to terminate the lovers tactic, but I was with her. It must have been hard for Do-ha to say it out loud when she had been trying to convince herself to be happy with Seol-woo and not to over think it. At its core, with the way things were going in this episode, their relationship didn't feel healthy to me and I was ready to see them separate for the time being.

In regards to Songsan mission, like you, Chocolatte, I was confused and honestly didn't care. I think the first generation ghost agents all went rogue and collaborated with the dead Chairman. It just didn't make sense that Director Im was revealed to be their people when it seemed like Mo Seung-jae and Congressman Baek wanted to get rid of him earlier. And it's laughable that Chairman Mo seemed more effective and shrewd as a villain than Mo Seung-jae ever was in this entire show.

I love Woon-kwang so much that I'm a little disappointed that he was severely underused in this show. I get the highlight on Seol-woo, but it felt unfair to Woon-kwang. I still believe he deserves better and I hope he doesn't get back together with Mi-eun by the end of this story.

Here's to hoping the show goes out with a bang.

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I couldn't have possibly said it better myself @maryxiah ....I felt frustrated with Seol Woo and I can't believe I am saying this Do-Ha doesn't deserve this. She has every right to walk away if her partner can't trust her, he is asking a lot from her without letting her in. Look at Sharon and Jang team leader, they don't share every little thing or track each other but the trust is there. I can't believe we actually have a show where supporting cast seems to have a rational love story and the main couple just regressed despite being otherwise strong characters with growth. Un Kwang wasn't utilized the way I had hoped, neither was Mi-Eun. Mo Seung Jae is laughable as a villain. Dong Hyun dying as much as it will shake things up and hurts, doesn't work because all on a sudden we have a new, scary villain that we have zero connection to emotionally. As a viewer, the final conflict feels utterly lame to me. I'll watch till the end but I have lost a huge chunk of the interest that I had going into the show up till episode 8.
Now I sincerely hope, Lion is not a prequel. I want it to be a new show, this show should end here and not be stretched in any way.

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I agree with both you. The fact that the villains we had seen so far are not really the big baddies makes the whole story up to now a bit pointless - so it's sauna ahjumma and the NIS director pulling the strings? I feel like I'm watching a movie that was all about hunting a particular dinosaur but in the final 5 minutes a bigger T-Rex showed up, ate the other dinosaur, and turned around for the final showdown.

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The truck of doom is always there when you don't need it!!! Arrrghhhh..

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Thank you chocolate for the recap.. I can't believe we only have 2 more episodes.. Time flies so fast when we crazily like a drama and wait for the weekend to come... I'm gonna missed this drama a lot...

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I watch this show for PHJ. It's not a bad show but it's far from perfect. Since it seems to veer towards being a comic action show, I wouldn't be too bothered about the plot's reasonableness. The main couple's not doing it for me. The show was good from 1-8, I hope it returns to its rigour in 15-16. Re the songsan third generation chabeol character, perhaps he's really not to be a villain and that's why the show is not showing him as an effective villain. Maybe it's like the illuminati, we really don't know who's really calling the shots.

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No!!! Not the truck of doom!!!!

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Latecomer to the show.

While I generally don't fancy overly dreary romance dramas, I had thought that MxM contained the right mix of action, comedy and romance. However, at this point of the story, the main OTP just seems to drag it down. I'm not sure why, but these two eps, Do Ha just seems to be so different from the character I liked. The supporting characters are all so much more interesting, and the repetitive way the drama keeps getting Do Ha to question her relationship with Seol Woo is getting quite lame. Poor Dark Death Oppa is a mere sidekick now, whereas earlier he had been a credible lead next to Seol Woo.

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