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My Secret Terrius: Episodes 3-4

I’ve been waiting for this one since I first learned that So Ji-sub was coming back to the small screen AND that it was going to be in a drama by the writer of Shopping King Louis. It’s just icing on top really that it’s a spy comedy, which is a fantastic mash-up when done well. Thankfully, these first episodes point to this being a funny, zany ride with some heartwarming family antics. If the mystery doesn’t quite hold my attention yet, well, it has time.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Sitting bereft at her husband’s funeral, Ae-rin dazedly wonders if she will be able to raise her children Joon-soo and Joon-hee well without him. Ae-rin’s mother gently assures her that she will, and tells Ae-rin that she’s proud of how she has bravely faced all the hardships life has already thrown at her. Overcome, Ae-rin collapses sobbing into Mom’s shoulder.

This is the exact moment that Kim Bon sees as he walks past. He doesn’t stay long though, as he gets chased away by NIS Chief Kwon Young-sil and her goons.

Dry-eyed now, Ae-rin briefly recognizes the picture of the (murdered) chief security officer of the Blue House, Moon Sung-soo, but she doesn’t have time to contemplate where she knows him from. Ae-rin learns her kids have gone missing and dashes off in a panic… as we see that the Joon-Joon twins are being led away by dangerous killer K.

Chief Kwon is in hot pursuit, determined to catch Bon because he’s a highly wanted criminal. Back at NIS headquarters, agent Ji-yeon’s eyes widen in shock as she realizes that Bon has surfaced, though it seems she has her own reasons for wanting him found.

Bon tries his hardest to lose Chief Kwon, but it’s difficult with genius hacker Do-woo on his digital tail, guiding Kwon and her men after him through crowded corridors and open spaces. A quick change into a janitor’s uniform has him fooling Do-woo and Ji-yeon long enough for him to slip out the front of the building into a taxi.

But it isn’t over yet, as Do-woo tracks Bon’s taxi by satellite. Still uneasy, Bon instructs the driver to head into the Mabong tunnel, and Chief Kwon smiles like the cat with the cream as she follows.

It’s crisis time for Ae-rin, so her friend Eun-ha rallies and mobilizes the other parents to search for the missing children. As they tap into the parental network across the city through instant messaging, its a powerful force, and within minutes a mother has responded with information about the kids and a “suspicious man.”

As the parents furiously update the network, they are able to track the children and K down, and follow their progress through the streets. Eun-ha and her gaggle of parents run off to confront him. K, completely unaware, walks along with Joon-soo and Joon-hee… until one, two, three and then a whole mob of angry mothers surround him.

Taking in the scene, K decides to cut his losses and makes a break for it.

As Chief Kwon and her NIS agents lock down the tunnel, she smirks at the sight of Bon’s taxi emerging. The agents halt the car, guns drawn—only to find that it’s empty inside. Bon jumped out inside the tunnel. Womp womp.

A distraught Ae-rin finally reaches her children, who are shaken but safe, and gathers them close to her. At the same time, Bon exits his taxi and K jumps into the front to make his escape. Bon does a double take, but walks away without realizing who it was.

Ae-rin pulls back to scold Joon-soo and Joon-hee for taking off with a strange man. This is too much for the pair on top of almost being kidnapped, and they dissolve into wails. Joon-hee sobs that she only went because the man said that Ae-rin was crying and needed them.

This comes as a bad shock to Ae-rin, who resolutely wipes her tears away and bluffs that she was actually sweating from her eyes because she ran so fast to get here. With the trust of little children, her kids accept this and promise never to follow strange men again. The police finally show up, and a passing Bon is taken aback to see the photo of K with Ae-rin’s children on one of the mother’s phones.

Back at home, Bon stands in front of his investigation board (he wouldn’t be a spy without one) and thoughtfully notes that “that man” has appeared again. He can’t understand why Ae-rin is caught up in this, but resolves to keep an eye on her.

Without her husband’s salary, Ae-rin has taken on new jobs, delivering milk and working in a cafe, to pay the bills. Bon comes in to the cafe, and looks sympathetic as Ae-rin is lightly scolded for wearing her pain patch while working with food.

At NIS headquarters, Ji-yeon is forced to admit to her boss Director Shim that Terrius got away again. But Ji-yeon can’t let the opportunity pass, and presses Director Shim about why Terrius would show up after three long years for Chief Moon’s funeral. She asks for Director Shim’s support in looking into Chief Moon’s death deeper.

The resourceful new recruit Do-woo takes matters into his own hands after Ji-yeon refuses to tell him who Terrius is—by tricking Chief Kwon into giving him her finger prints so he can hack the system. Oh, lol.

What he finds: Operation Candy. Three years ago, a nuclear physicist from North Korea failed to escape to South Korea, and was killed. It was suspected that former NIS agent Terrius was the leak.

Chief Kwon is certainly convinced that Terrius was the mole and asks Director Shim for resources to go after him. Although Ji-yeon pushes back, and demands evidence, Chief Kwon trusts her instincts. After all, the USB containing nuclear technology is still missing, and Terrius was the only one who disobeyed orders to withdraw during the mission. On top of that, he broke free from top-security interrogation, and injured his colleagues in the process.

Dressed in disguise again, Bon dupes his way into a security guard office, looking for evidence from August 31, the day Chief Moon was killed. But someone got there first, as all the records for that day are gone, in a suspicious power outage.

Finally getting round to cleaning out her husband’s car, Ae-rin finds the now-moldy tarts he bought, when her kids run up with a beleaguered Eun-ha in tow. Looking awkward, Ae-rin thanks Eun-ha for helping out with the kids and promises it will only be until she can afford a proper sitter. Eun-ha tartly points out that she wouldn’t do this for anyone else, but sympathizes when Ae-rin admits that she is finding it difficult to even get to the interview stage of job-hunting.

Meanwhile at J International, Yong-tae has been keeping an eye on Ae-rin to ensure that she doesn’t have any suspicions about her husband’s death. Although it seems fine, Yong-tae sighs, “Why did it have to be her?”

At home, Ae-rin reads the kids a bedtime story, but she can’t stop the tears from leaking when they say they miss their father and ask when he’ll be home. Joon-hee thinks it might be as long as three years since he’s gone to heaven. Later that night, Ae-rin cries in earnest away from the sleeping children.

Back to the grind of job-searching, things actually start to look up for Ae-rin as she gets a call from J International—she got the secretary position! Uh-oh.

Ae-rin isn’t dumb though, and she asks why she was reconsidered for the job, and Yong-tae answers, “I couldn’t find anyone else, so don’t be touched.”

Ae-rin thinks this is a weird answer (and her face doesn’t hide it, ha) but Yong-tae doesn’t seem fazed. Instead, he asks if the salary is enough—from Ae-rin’s eye-popping, he can tell it is. But when he offers to lower it, Ae-rin is quick to refuse, and she enthusiastically promises, “I’m worth my while. I’ll work hard so that you’re touched, sir.”

In typical fashion, Eun-ha is pleased to hear about Ae-rin’s fortune, Sun-mi is incredu-jealous and Ki-young calls out Sun-mi for her negativity. I love this trio and their bickering.

Meanwhile, Bon is lurking near Ae-rin’s kids as they are playing under the watch of their new sitter. Upon overhearing that the sitter is going to meet up with someone, Bon is immediately suspicious that it’s K. Bon stands in her way, and deftly handles her phone away from her to call back whoever it was… and her lover answers, to coo sweet nothings down the phone. Ha.

Ae-rin picks the wrong moment to walk up, and gets completely blindsided as the sitter assumes that Ae-rin didn’t trust her and set Bon to watch her. Bon doesn’t say a word to help as Ae-rin tries to persuade the sitter not to quit, but its futile.

Stuck because of his meddling, Ae-rin asks if what the sitter said was true. Thinking (not that quickly) on his feet, Bon stiffly spins a story that he was just passing by and claims that he was concerned for the kids’ safety. Ae-rin generously gives him a pass, and goes to shepherd her children home.

Rapidly calculating, Bon stops Ae-rin and offers, “If you need help, and don’t have time to find it, can I do it? I’ll be their sitter.” Bon looks briefly down at the unruly kids, and flashes a truly terrible fake smile. Ha.

Flabbergasted, Ae-rin has no words.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

Back at home, Ae-rin hurriedly attempts to tidy up the mess, while Bon sits uncomfortably squashed into a child’s chair. When Ae-rin steps away to make him a drink, the two children sidle over—Joon-hee offers an empty teacup for Bon to drink from, and Joon-soo offers a very dirty gummy bear for him to eat.

Bon gamely sips from the dainty cup, and Joon-hee cutely rewards him with a little heart sticker—and then comes the stand-off as he stares down at the dirty sweet contemplating whether he can eat it. Joon-soo looks expectantly on. Bon raises it to his lips.

Ae-rin comes just one hair too late, and Bon swallows the gummy bear. Horrified, Ae-rin says, “That’s the first time anyone has eaten that.”

Ha, it seems like this is a regular trick of Joon-soo’s. Ae-rin pulls him aside, not quite out of earshot of Bon, and interrogates Joon-soo on where he got the sweet. The options just keep getting worse—the public toilet, the dog house, the street sewer?! Bon is relieved to hear that it was “just” from the playground. I’m dying here.

Ae-rin sets a drink down in front of Bon (who takes it verrrry hesitantly) and thanks him for his kind offer—but since she doesn’t know him, or why he wants the job, she can’t accept. Bon quickly lies that he is actually in need of some money, and follows up that it can just be a trial period until Ae-rin can get a permanent sitter. Still unsure, but out of options, Ae-rin agrees.

Elsewhere, K prepares to eavesdrop on Ae-rin and her kids—but stops in confusion as he hears two unexpected households instead. Aha, K wasn’t trying to kidnap the Joon-Joon twins at all—he gave Joon-hee the cute sticker spy-bugs to take home. And Joon-hee, being a five year old, of course gave them out to all her friends. Including the unsuspecting Bon…

Who is at that moment listening to a song that gives K pause. It’s the same song K heard three years ago, eavesdropping on “Candy” while she was hiding in Poland.

A perky Ae-rin shows up at work, and with a completely serious face, Yong-tae lists out the super important tasks that she absolutely can’t mess up—like getting his morning coffee and changing out the flowers. And that’s it. Slightly put out, Ae-rin notes that she can do other office work, but Yong-tae tells her that she should just concentrate on what he tells her to do.

Yong-tae adds that there’s one more thing—Ae-rin must never go into the locked room beside his office.

Workout scene! Bon is in the middle of push-ups when his doorbell rings, and our super-spy must not get visitors often because he retrieves his gun first to answer the door—to the friendly neighborhood trio.

They’re here to “interrogate” the babysitter, but they don’t get any answers that are useful—Bon doesn’t know his age, won’t tell them where he went to school and was exempted from the military. Haha, all these answers are making him look like a bum.

Eun-ha poses one last important question, a cryptic mix of slang and shortened words that parents would understand to see if Bon can translate what she means. Although he tries, it’s too difficult, and the trio disappointedly dismiss him. Aww, Bon walks away repeating the right answer to himself.

Putting Ae-rin in the awkward position of not being able to say no, Yong-tae asks if she will go out for a celebratory drink with him later. He guesses that she doesn’t want to be late for her kids, but accepts her reluctant yes anyway.

Waiting for the Joon-Joon twins at the bus stop, Bon looks hilariously out of place, a fact the other mothers don’t miss (one of them even comments that he looks like So Ji-sub!).

Dressed all in black, with his arms crossed, Bon does cut an intimidating figure for Joon-soo and Joon-hee when they get off the bus. At least he (tries to) smile down at them when he realizes that’s what the other parents are doing.

The playground is another new experience for Bon (and for Sun-mi and Eun-ha, who swoon over how good Bon looks downing a drink) where he gets co-opted into playtime with the twins. That dead-eyed look on Bon’s face is priceless, as the indefatigable pair clamor for more rides. Thankfully, Sang-ryul comes along to distract them, and Kim Bon looks up at the man as if he’s a savior.

Later the twins settle in for their dinner, and Bon is touched that Ae-rin packed one for him too (yes, with cutely shaped food and everything) even squirreling away the lollipop she gave him. When Ae-rin apologetically rings to tell Bon she’s going to be late, he doesn’t seem to mind at all.

Although Ae-rin tries to discuss work with Yong-tae, she inwardly cringes that he sounds like a pervert when he tells her to concentrate on his handsome face instead. To put Yong-tae off she hurriedly mentions her two children and lies that her husband is still alive, and Yong-tae stares sharply at her, knowing the truth.

Meanwhile, Ji-yeon finally tells Do-woo about Terrius—he was a legendary black ops agent, who was the best in every field. Terrius was very skilled at hand combat (as we cut to Bon reflexively disarming Joon-soo of his toy sword) and a master of disguise (as we see Joon-hee decorate him with princess clothes). Do-woo asks whether it’s true that Terrius and Candy were in a relationship—Ji-yeon sadly confirms they were, even though it went against orders.

The twins decide that they don’t need to brush their teeth since they did it yesterday—and Bon decides to deal with this by offering a push-up competition where only the loser will need to brush. Facepalm. The two children are worn out at last, and Bon puts them to bed.

At nine-thirty Ae-rin comes rushing in, apologetic that she’s so late. Bon is calm though, and she is even surprised that the kids are already in bed. Impressed, Ae-rin asks Bon if he will continue watching her kids—full-time. The two properly introduce themselves, and sweetly shake on the deal.

Yong-tae is up to shady business again, as he meets up with K to confirm that there are no problems from Cha Jung-il’s side, and that K has taken care of the outgoing message. Yong-tae orders K to call when he’s ready and they can “collect the gear.”

Exasperated to learn that her daughter’s bike has been stolen—on August 31—Eun-ha heads to the security guard office to see if there are any clues on the CCTV. And there, on the screen, is Cha Jung-il, right before he died.

Something about his manner catches Eun-ha’s attention, so she calls Ae-rin down to watch it. The whole gang—including Bon, Sun-mi, and Sang-ryul—are glued to the screen, where they see Jung-il hurry along the corridor, looking nervously behind him… and their eyes widen in shock as K comes into the shot. It’s Sun-mi who finally voices what they don’t want to contemplate, “Was Jung-il actually… killed?”

The gang urge the security guard to check the other cameras, and zoom in on the man’s face and Bon’s face tightens as he recognizes K. But there is a love-heart spy bug stuck on the wall—K can hear every word the gang says.

COMMENTS

What a zippy, fun start to the show. I’m enjoying our main duo, the kids are cute, and the mystery is gathering enough pace right from the start that I’m not worried we’ll get bogged down in it. Grounding the action in Ae-rin’s family drama was a smart call before we get swept up in the spy drama side of things, and the balance feels right to me at the moment. The stakes have been raised because their family unit has been splintered, and Jung In-sung brought enough pathos to this episode that it felt like a loss even though we didn’t know Cha Jung-il well.

Alongside this, the comedic moments have been nicely layered in as well, undercutting what could be overly serious scenes. I belly-laughed when the tables turned on K, and the mob of angry women threatened to overwhelm him. It felt like a triumph that these parents have banded together, and that touch of absurdism elevated what could have been a very scary scenario. I do love So Ji-sub in a good comedic role as well, because he’s so good at letting warmth bleed through and playing up awkwardness against his inherent cool-guy image. And let’s not forget the neighbourhood trio, Eun-ha, Sang-ryul, and Sun-mi, who are basically gold in every scene they’re in. They’re protective of Ae-rin, gathering round in her time of need, and by extension it looks like they’re going to try and make Bon into the best sitter that he can be.

Even Yong-tae, our villain, is off-kilter in a light-hearted way when he’s with Ae-rin (who I’m pleased to say, doesn’t find him cool or handsome at all). That was something I appreciated in this writer’s previous show, Shopping King Louis, because the villains were so ineffective it was laughable. I don’t anticipate that Yong-tae is going to be as toothless as they were (at least, I hope not, because I do want some tension please) but it does make think that he’s going to be a real character. Perhaps even with conflicting motivations, because he seems to know and like Ae-rin, though there’s a mystery there too since she doesn’t recognize him.

Bon and Ae-rin haven’t had much interaction yet, but I’m willing to wait a little longer for it (not too much longer, though show!) because the hints we have had have been simple and sweet. That handshake was really lovely, and not least because I suspect it’s the most human contact Bon has had with someone else in 3 years. We’re already getting clues that he closed himself off emotionally because something happened to his girlfriend Candy, not just because he’s on the run. Ae-rin on the other hand, is open and generous, so she’s surrounded by family and friends that love her. What Ae-rin needs is a fulfilling role in life beyond that of a mother, and I’m beyond pumped to see her get some of that back. Even at her new job, Ae-rin is ambitious, has an admirable amount of self-respect and isn’t content with Yong-tae’s “no-work'” policy. I’m thinking that locked door of his won’t stay locked much longer.

Honestly though, I’m all in for the cuteness, which I’m getting from Bon and the kids, especially since it picked up in these episodes. The Joon-Joon twins are hitting the right note between mischievous and adorable for me, and they already have Bon wrapped around their finger. It’s clear he is so, so unused to being around kids but they both seem to like him (possibly because he can be conned so easily) and he tentatively likes them too. Bon is a great character so far—he’s stoic without an ounce of machismo, and so much more easygoing and adaptable than your average TV drama elite spy. Though I’m sure that’s what made him such a good spy. Well, that and the laser focus he has on his end goal. Bon’s going to need all the skills he has though, if he’s going to be able to look after two wayward children, work out a three-year old mystery, AND keep everyone safe from a dangerous assassin.

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More scenes with Bon and AeRin! And my fave Bon and twins! I havent seen Shopping King Louis, but i do hope that the villians will not be so ineffectual. I do want them to pose a challenge for our resident spy-babysitter. I also love the three neighbors and hope to see more of their story intertwine with the leads.

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You just have to watch SKL! It is a must in dramaland!!!! You have to!!! 😅

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Can I just say how much I love Kang Ki-Young as a stay-at-home dad? He was hilarious in Secretary Kim and his comedic timing is perfect in this show too. Especially when bickering with the other stay-at-home mom.

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I love him. I'm thrilled whenever he pops up in a drama. I first saw him in Lets Fight, Ghost! As part of the Sundae team. And I just love him more and more every time I see him in a drama. I so want him to be the romantic lead in something! He's got the chops and the looks, come on dramaland!

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I've loved him since High School King of Savvy. He just has that charisma that makes any of his characters stand out even against actors who ooze charisma too. I'll love to see him take a meatier role as a lead.

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I loved him in all the things you just mentioned. :d Including Weightlifting Fairy.

It just hit me that he has been in a lot of dramas. Give this man a lead already.

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plus one! I'm recently watching "Let's Fight Ghost" and I love he's character as CEO of Sundae Soup.. :).

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“Meanwhile, Ji-yeon finally tells Do-woo about Terrius—he was a legendary black ops agent, who was the best in every field. Terrius was very skilled at hand combat (as we cut to Bon reflexively disarming Joon-soo of his toy sword) and a master of disguise (as we see Joon-hee decorate him with princess clothes).”

This scene was the highlight for me in this episode. So ji sub dressed as a princess. It had me in splits.

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"skilled in 100 sorts of mayhem and explosives.." .. As he folds towels.

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Why these housewives dress up so much, is it normal or they got some sponsor?

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My guess is that they are in a slightly more affluent neighborhood and they like to make a good impression on the other moms?

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Because it's a k-drama, where homeless girls sport $1000 Samsung phones :)

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When you're a stay-at-home mom/dad you have two options. Either let yourself go and become a stay-at-home hobo or put extra-special effort in keeping yourself buffed and polished. I commented during 'Misty' that all that 'feminine chic' seemed like a power move to maintain her alpha dominance in her peer group.

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Bon riding down the slides with the kids was so so precious. And then Sang-ryul's hilarious pose after to distract them. This show is hitting the comedy notes just right.

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I wish they’d let Bon babysit the twins a little bit longer because I haven’t laughed so much in awhile. Like these two first episodes a lot more than I expected!

Also I’m intrigued because it looks like we won’t get a straight up romance between the leads. The way they set up the characters (like AR losing her husband as the show starts and not long before it), it’s going to be interesting to watch how the writer handles their relationship.

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The kids are adorable! Kids with Bon is avoidable. Ae Rin with kids is adorable. The friend trio is aborbs!!! Ahhh! Too many adorableness! Please don’t disappoint show!

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Loved the parent spy network outperforming the real spies!

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@beantown
I absolutely whooped with glee over this, especially when the arrogant Kwon failed so miserably despite having all the spy paraphernalia and a troupe of spies supporting her.

I love that ahjumma (and ajusshi) posse, and how apt it was that social media would work in that setting. (I have to admit though that it wouldn't have worked with me, because I hardly look at my mobile!!!) 😂

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Same @growingbeautifully ! There were so many RL funny moments in this...the parent posse, the high stakes interview, octopus-dogs, the whole staredown contest with the dirty gummi bear😉😂🤣loved it all!

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I loved that too. I have a feeling the parent spy network will prove useful in the future. Eun Ha is great at mobilizing people and the stay-at-home dad mentioned he was Special Forces. Having watched Shopping King Louis, I know the writer can weave seemingly random things together in a funny and clever way.

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I predict before the series is over Bon and the neighborhood mommy group will have formed their own 'task force'.

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@helcat Thanks for the very quick recap!
I'm interested that you say Yong Tae seems to know Ae Rin... is it because:

Meanwhile at J International, Yong-tae has been keeping an eye on Ae-rin to ensure that she doesn’t have any suspicions about her husband’s death. Although it seems fine, Yong-tae sighs, “Why did it have to be her?”

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I thought his "Why did it have to be her?" question was because he had met her in the first interview and had found her wanting, and was now reluctantly going to hire her anyway. So it didn't occur to me that he had known her before. He certainly had not recognised her in the last episode's interview.

Which leads me to the next question: Why hire her at all? Which is linked to the question of last week... why did Killer K walk off with the children at all? All these acts have raised or will raise more suspicions where none existed before, regarding J International and Yong Tae. Now that Yong Tae is interacting with Ae Rin, she's going to get strange vibes about him, as we see at the welcome party. Now that she's in the office, she's going to poke around accidentally and find out stuff that he wants hidden. And surely she'll try to open that 'not-to-be-opened' door. So the motivations about why Yong Tae and Killer K are around her or keeping her around them, is a puzzle.

Wild surmise: she may have been a great computer hacker before and Yong Tae needs her skills?

Another puzzle: why was it that Eun Ha got to see the Aug 31 footage of CCTV recording, but Bon couldn't? Was it from a different security office?

Funniest scenes: the interview-interrogation of Bon for baby sitter job, and Bon stoically being fed and dressed by the children.

Touching scene: Bon realizing that the lollipop was meant for him (I think the kids didn't get any) and squirreling it away.

Aside from the questions, I'm loving this lively, cute show. 😆

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Bon was looking for footage at the other place where Dir Moon was killed. He didnt think to investigate AeRin's husband since there were no reason for foulplay at the time. And K was sloppy for not checking the CCTV footage at their apartment bldg.

Re lollipop, i saw the kids had their own. I am envious of Moms who can create cute bento boxes. My friend makes one for her kid sometimes.

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About Bon's paranoia over being monitored, ...within 2 short episodes, I'm invested in Bon having a more 'normal' life where he does not have to be suspicious of being under surveillance by even the neighbourhood ahjumma or ajusshi. He has not yet cottoned on to the spy bugs in the stickers ... or he'll be paranoid about what the children bring home as well!!!

Regardless of the loveline, I'm hoping or expecting that Bon, Ae Rin and kids will be mistaken for a family soon, and that this will give him pause, to realise what he's been missing in his life, and help him over the loss of the NK nuclear physicist. Bon's aloof defensiveness will not be able to stand firm for long against Ae Rin's and the children's warmth and affection.

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Yes. Its different. EunHa was looking at their apartment bldg's cctv. Bon was checking the other bldg's cctv, the place where Dir Moon was killed which K has taken care of. K was sloppy and didnt deal with the cctv of the apartment bldg where he killed the witness, AeRin's husband.

As for the lollipop, i saw that the kids had their own lollipop's. He was def touched with bento box made for him. I am envious of Moms who can make cute bento boxes. I have a friend who makes one for her kid.

It would be great if AeRin was superb at her IT job. If she was a hacker, much better since that skill will be put to great use when she and Bon team up. 😀

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Thanks for catching the details @jillian Saves me the trouble of re-watching to see what I missed!!!

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That's what give me pause too, for now I'll take it as not so great writing to somehow inject Aerin into spy shenigans, but I like the show anyway for it cutness, So Ji Sub and moms and one pap gang (for real Eun Ha seems more efficient than the professional spies and baddies).

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I was getting a distinct sense that Eun-ha might be a retired spymaster.

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I'm glad this drama is being recapped since I couldn't endure to watch the female lead--I find her so off-putting. I'll read the recaps so I know which scenes to fast forward.

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This is a weird drama. It has that cycling between comedy and serious moments/scenes thing and I'm usually not a big fan of that. So far it is somehow working enough for me here to want to continue watching.

Why am I still watching? For one, as other beanies have pointed out, the twins are adorable. If you're are one of those beanies who has baby Sol withdrawals, this might be for you? Having said that, I'm more interested in seeing Terrius bond with the family and how that plays out in the end.

I really have high hopes for Yong-tae. He could be a very cool/different villain if the writers play their cards right.

Ae-rin is a female lead character I can get behind. I think that's what it is that I like about this drama. All the characters feel very human, even the villain. Another reason is highlighted in the scene when Terrius was being interviewed by the Ae-rin's friends. He couldn't really answer their questions, which was different from the whole spy who is such a good plant.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to the next episode.

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It's cute, though a bit on the surface so far for me – the spy part isn't intriguing me yet and I'm not entirely convinced why Bon needs become the kids' babysitter? For the plot and the comedy I can see it's gold, but I'm just not convinced that's what a hardcore spy would do – because surely he'd have other things to keep track off and he could also keep an eye on them in some other way? Of course it could turn out that the kids are the center of the mystery, but that's not clear from the show so far (neither from what we as viewers know, or Bon knows).

AeRin also seems to have gotten over her husband's death really quickly (yes, she's holding it together for her kids, but I'm not seeing the 'holding it together' in front of the kids and struggling with overcoming a death out of their sight as I would expect). Did the kids notice at all that their Dad died or did I miss something here?

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@alua From the little we've seen of the NIS, I'm getting the vibe that the espionage aspect is going to remain a superficial side-show, while the main action will just be the baddie who wants to bring in weapons while meddling with a family, and Bon who'll be working on his own agenda while protecting that family.

Now cut off from the official spy organisation, and maybe without their gadgets and gizmos, I suppose Bon has to use 'conventional' methods of surveillance to find out what the motivations are against the widow and how to locate the Killer and his 'boss'. Getting close to the family who was targeted is his first step.

This leads me to wonder how ubiquitous those spy bug stickers are, since not only does Do Woo have an experimental version, but Killer K seems to have the advanced, full suite of them! Seems to make NIS more laughable by comparison.

And as for Yong Tae, his character is more like a Disney's style narcissistic villain, who's twirling his virtual moustache. I can't take him seriously at the moment, except that K answers to him. Possibly he's another psychopathic, charming bad guy.

The kids seem to have been left in the dark about what happened to their father by all the adults. The neighbours were wearing black (ie they had come from the wake) and were taking care of the kids, who were playing blithely at the playground. I, too, was surprised that the children were not with their mother at the wake. Maybe the mum (and granny) did not want to cope with distraught children on top of the shock of losing husband. Still I feel it was meant more to set the plot to kidnap the children (still a totally unnecessary move, I feel, on K's part) in the residential area, so that the ahjumma posse could demonstrate their awesomeness, and so that Bon could get a glimpse of K and decide to be the baby sitter.

I still think that if the kidnapping of the children could have been pulled off at the wake, it could also have served the same purpose and been more fun with the NIS chasing Bon while he and the ahjummas chased K around the funeral halls. 😉

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The mom told the kids their dad went on a trip would not return for 3 years.

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They did show her crying while the kids were sleeping but that was the only time I recall.

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I look on this as being as much of a spoof of the usual k-drama spy cliches as a "real" spy/bad guy drama.

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I hope the spy part of it is serious and has some good action. I don’t mind the lightness at the home front, but I really don’t want the other part to be downplayed.
Episode 3/4 is what set the tone for me. I think I will enjoy this show.

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Thanks for your recap, Helcat!

I think my favorite scene was Bon's close call with death-by-playground, especially all those trips down the slide. The look on his face as he wilted was priceless.

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@pakalanapikake IKR, this is an ex-black ops agent, able to do endless push ups, but one bout of playground antics gets him looking half dead.

The other hilarious scene was Bon's series of expressions after he naively swallowed the dirty jelly bean, and heard the various places from which the bean may have been picked up. 😂

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@growingbeautifully, I was gagging right along with Bon when I heard the litany of places that candy could have been picked up. No "five-second rule" on earth could overcome those origins. ;-)

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LOL @pakalanapikake my husband actually checked on the 5 second rule and nope, it does not mean that there'll be any fewer bacteria on the stuff if it's picked up quick, compared to if it's been lying on the ground for some time. Of course, more people could have stepped on it then!!! (eeuwww!)

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LOL @growingbeautifully.

The "5-second rule" is what we invoke when we don't want to waste food, or can't bear to pass up a compromised but delicious treat. It goes along with my late grandmother's saying, "You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die" -- which scoffed at microbes and only addressed visible crud. For that reason, washing it off under running water before eating is perfectly acceptable. ;-)

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like @pakalanapikake is saying, it's not a scientific thing you can investigate. It's a kid thing that kids (and men) say and do because they want to eat something even though they dropped it on the ground. "5 second rule" or holding up the dropped item toward heaven and saying "God kisses, dirt double misses". 😆

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So no one picked up on the fact that the stickers that K gave the twins are the same one that Do woo put on Ji yeon's phone in episode one.

I think we know who the mold is.

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Interesting idea! We'll have to see if the baddies are getting intel from the official intel agency (NIS). Maybe that's what Yong Tae was talking about when he told K to get the departure message. 😎 😃

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We saw how far he was willing to go to get classified information. He is capable of getting whatever he wants, when he wants it. Of course Ji Yeon is going to be hella stupid for over half the series to figure it out.

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I think he recognized the heart one, but not sure.

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I really like this little family unit and the extended neighborhood family.

Breaks my heart that the children think their dad may come home in 3 years.

I wouldn't mind having a dinner like that, sucker included , ready for me when I get home from a long day at work.

I think it would be interesting if the bad guy boss started to see our heroine as a good work partner/friend. I hope that relationship will be built up a bit more before she comes into the know about all the players.

On a side note that has to be the cutest school bus I've ever seen.

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Ah, me too! Ajummas & neighbourhood parents' network is the win!

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Totally ridiculous but still funny.

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I'm curious with BTS where Joon-hee put hairpin in So Ji-sub's hair. He must be trying so hard not to laugh!

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It's great to see nice parents and not awful and rich mothers who make the life of their childreen terrible because of their ambition.

For this drama, I think I will focus on the cuteness and the relationship between Bon and the family.

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Awesome community watch- THAT IS ONE SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD!
A some point in the future, these ahjumma's are going to go head-to-head against the NIS.
The ahjumma’s networking works faster than NIS.😂 Plot Twist: These ahjumma's are the real spies.
Neighbours team was so helpful. They actually stopped kidnapper and find some clues about her husband death. She has great friends to really care about her and her children. Interview about being babysitter was hilarious.
Her high annual salary is more like secret compensation for her husband death.
I can't get enough of Bon with the kids.^^
Those little innocent heart stickers will never be the same. -__-
Everyone is just so cute in this drama, even that villain CEO, I just can't see him in a serious role, he reminds me of Go back couple & Reply 1994 every time I see him and the assassin reminds of DOTS.😂

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LOVED the "neighbors team"!!! they just ROCKED! if only we all had a team like that in each and every one of our neighborhoods...

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Aren't the ahjummas are real spies? Their base was written as *Information System King Castle*

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Hehehe if the Show continues to take itself not seriously, they really might turn out to be spies.

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Well the show are not that serious to begin with so I assumed it really is

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@therevels
I was wondering what the Information System King Castle was referring to!!! It was referring to the Ahjumma Posse?

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My assumption is that it's a secret organization to exchange information (or, shall I say, juicy gossips) 😂

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Hahaha I like your plot twist!
Let's see if they will cover for Bon to win against the NIS. :))

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Did anyone LOL when Sohn Ho Joon was jogging along Hangang? I remember he hates exercising (flowers over boys days).

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@klesis
I was laughing at how covered up he was, and how he looked like he was running reluctantly.

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Thank you for the recap @helcat

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I love So Ji Sub, but the lead actress and her bratty twins is hard to watch, I'll have to stayed tuned for later episodes.

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I really like how the Mom Group is structured like a rival spy agency. That is hilarious. I am already waiting for the day Chief Kwon and Senior Mom Eun-ha go head to head. You know that's coming.

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If the Mom Group is structured like a rival spy agency, then that would make Ae-rin master of her own branch named KAOS. Tip of the gat to Maxwell Smart and Agent 99. ;-)

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i always loved Agent 13 -- stationed in garbage cans, mailboxes, all the bad hiding places...

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LOL! Talk about being behind the 8 ball. ;-)

There are times when I would really like to have my very own Cone Of Silence. ;-)

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Yo, the community squad is just on another level. 😂Ahhh, love it when they all work together to find the missing twins! It’s funny how Bon is now fall under the nosy neighbor kind of type.

I don’t find any chemistry yet between Ae Rin and Bon, in fact, I don’t even mind if there’s no love line between them, just neighbors caring for each other will do for me though I know that’s not gonna happen.

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Seriously though, what is he doing there when their looking at the CCTV footage. Is he already part of Eun Ha's group? Haha!

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This is striking all the right chords already and I'm so happy about that. I freaking LOVED SJS's interactions with the kids. That was drama gold, right there! I'm in for the ride! :)

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Ok so this is the drama about a spy going undercover as a babysitter. And that is So Ji Sub. I am all in now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just watched ep 1, it's worth following, the kids are cute, but not sure if I will watch it full, so I read recaps of ep 2, 3, 4. It seems to be an interesting story line. Now I need to watch this drama to the end, to see that Ae-Rin and the kids are in no harm! And K and who's behind him pay for whatever they've done!
And also Bokjoo' samchon! :"P

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Episode 4 was the best out of the 4 I've seen. Absolutely loved the humor and so hope that the neighborhood gang will end up being Bon's helpers later on when the inevitable spy action really starts up.

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"Daddy is away and Mum never cries".
That's my quality parenting right there.

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I’m so confused.. wasn’t the CCTV deleted by K beforehand? And wasn’t there when Bon was having a look so how did it suddenly appear

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