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My Secret Terrius: Episodes 19-20

We dig deeper into the mysteries of the shadowy cabal manipulating events to suit their own ends, and we see just how low they will stoop in service of profits. Thanks to our villain turned cowardly lion, Yong-tae, the team gets a little closer to the truth—and maybe he’ll even become a new member? He certainly fits right in with our oddball group, although it looks likes Yong-tae may be getting a little too comfortable for our master spy’s comfort.

 
EPISODE 19

2 Years Ago, China

Jung In-soo, Yong-tae’s previous identity, is walking at night, when a van pulls to a stop beside him. Men jump out and bundle In-soo into the van.

In-soo awakens tied up and blindfolded. A mysterious man lays out tarot cards, and asks In-soo a question, “Do you want to live or die?” When In-soo stutters that he wishes to live, the man replies that Jung In-soo must die then, and he is dragged away screaming.

Bandages on In-soo’s face are peeled away to reveal the Yong-tae that we know. From behind him, the TV blares the news that Jung In-soo, the wanted criminal who conned people out of millions, was killed in a fire.

In-soo has no time to process this, as the mysterious man rings to inform him that he will now live as Jin Yong-tae, in a life he never could have had as In-soo. The man warns him, “But you must remember one thing. You’re already dead.”

Present Day

Yong-tae lies bleeding out, when Bon finds him and vows to save his life. Just out of sight, the killer K reports to his boss that Yong-tae is dying. On hearing this, the boss rings someone else and instructs them to go ahead with the “Cors Project.”

Bon takes Yong-tae back to Ji-yeon’s brother, Dr. Yoo Ji-sub, who grumbles about it but saves Yong-tae’s life and promises not to tell anyone, not even Ji-yeon. In a brotherly move, he pointedly asks Bon if he cares about Ji-yeon’s feelings for him.

Yong-tae wakes up, in pain but alive. Bon brushes aside his thanks, and says that he only saved Yong-tae because he needed him. Yong-tae can’t be feeling too poorly though, because he gripes about the female patient’s gown he’s wearing (he’s in an ob-gyn ward), and orders his “brother” Bon to get him water.

Ha, Yong-tae eagerly guzzles the water from Bon’s hand, but his comment that Bon seems very caring is rebuffed. Yong-tae tells Bon that he got in contact because he had a gut feeling that Bon would be able to help. Downcast, Yong-tae asks Bon to protect him. Bon tells him that he’ll think about it in exchange for the evidence Yong-tae has, and Yong-tae agrees on the condition he is given a new identity.

Breaking the moment, Dr. Yoo enters, covered in blood, and ominously snaps on a pair of gloves. Bon leaves the room, ignoring Yong-tae’s panic as Dr. Yoo advances. Outside, Bon is on high alert as he hears someone take a photo of him, but he doesn’t find anything out of the ordinary.

Elsewhere, the KIS crew grow suspicious of Chief Kwon’s men lurking around King Castle Apartments, and march down to confront them. One makes a break for it, and the other is cornered by Eun-ha… who also makes a break for it, ha. The moms chase after them.

Chief Kwon is flabbergasted to hear that the “Mommy Cop” organization is ruining her surveillance, and orders the men to take a break before complications arise. She is further stymied in her investigation, this time by bureaucracy, in accessing Ji-yeon’s call history.

The neighborhood trio gather at King’s Bag (to Ji-yeon and Do-woo’s weary resignation) to chat with Ae-rin and buy more bags. As their phones go off, at least now we know who took the photo of Bon—one of the KIS crew, snitching on his location because they think he just had a baby.

Ae-rin gasps and leaves abruptly, followed closely by Ji-yeon. The neighborhood trio tut at Ae-rin chasing after someone who doesn’t even want her.

When they get to the hospital, its tricky to say who’s more shocked—Bon and Yong-tae at getting caught, or Ae-rin and Ji-yeon, who walk in on Bon cleaning Yong-tae.

On the roof, Bon smiles to hear that the Joon-Joon twins are missing him, and Ae-rin complains that he shouldn’t have left in his condition. Aww, Bon hands her a sweet and reminds her that he stayed in contact. He adds wryly, “I tried to hide. It’s embarrassing that you found me.”

Understanding, Ae-rin tells him that he needs to share his burden, and that she knows about his painful past. She assures him, “You fought for the country. You fell in love. You stayed responsible to the end. It was just bad luck there was a traitor. Don’t blame yourself or hide.” Smiling up at him, Ae-rin tells him that if he’s worried, he can just protect her.

Touched, Bon looks out at Namsan Tower and tells Ae-rin they should go there some time to get a mojito.

Although Yong-tae initially refuses to work with anyone but Bon, Ji-yeon knows he’s caught between a rock and a a hard place. She tells him that the only way he can live is if he co-operates with her and the King’s Bag team.

Who at that very moment are busy, as Eun-ha and Sang-ryul consoles a distraught Sun-mi about her cheating husband, Lee Chul-seung. Unable to just watch from the sidelines, Do-woo jumps in and offers a “detective service” he knows if they can just get Chul-seung’s phone. Eun-ha puts her plotting hat on.

Which might not reveal what they expect, as Chul-seung calls someone and says, “All clear. Let’s talk tomorrow.” Meanwhile, Mr. Park receives a message from someone and agrees to investigate—and pulls up an image of the bag that Ae-rin ruined.

At the hospital, Yong-tae teases our two spies with information about the bag’s meaning—the serial numbers refer to the subway system, subway station, the station’s locker number and passcode. Yong-tae explains that he didn’t know anyone else in the organization, and never met “The Voice” who is the head of the Korean office.

But Yong-tae does know that J International is only one part of a larger international operation called “Cornerstone” that deals in politics, business, weapons, and anything else that makes money.

Bon realizes that “Gold Clover” was the Polish branch, and Yong-tae affirms that the Magician Card refers to the assassin K. Before he reveals anything else, Yong-tae wants the hourglass, and is perturbed when told the USB is missing.

And who should have it, except little Joon-hee. She found it when she was playing with the hourglass while Bon was unconscious and thought it was pretty enough to take.

As she proudly shows it to a gang of curious children, Yong-tae narrates, “Depending on who has it, the fate of our country could change.” The children run off at the promise of ice cream, USB forgotten on the floor.

EPISODE 20

While Yong-tae gives up all the information he has on “The High Priestess” (which isn’t as much as Ji-yeon wants), Ae-rin comes bearing a gift for Bon—a new cell phone.

There’s none for Yong-tae though, and Dr. Yoo slaps Yong-tae’s hand away from the food that he brought for Bon as well. Snerk. Even more embarrassing, Dr. Yoo tells Yong-tae he can only eat after he’s farted, and leaves after throwing some finger hearts at Bon. I think both Yoo siblings might have a crush on Bon.

Ji-yeon smiles that they can celebrate Bon’s birthday on October 31st with seaweed soup, and Ae-rin files away the tidbit. Yong-tae can only watch in jealousy while Bon devours the food.

As Bon and Ji-yeon follow up on Yong-tae’s information about V (the red-heeled woman), Sang-ryul spots them from afar. He suddenly remembers that he recognized Ji-yeon from the river with Bon, but his brain nearly breaks as he tries to figure out what’s going on.

Unfortunately, V has already left the apartment.

At the hospital, Ae-rin finally gives in to Yong-tae’s incessant whining about his dirty hair, and grudgingly gives him a shampoo wipe. When Bon walks in, he takes one look at the contented Yong-tae and pushes Ae-rin out of the way to roughly finish the job, hee.

Ji-yeon brings Do-woo to a Tiffany & Co. store, where he thinks that she’s getting him a present and picks out a bracelet. His face drops when she tells him it’s for Bon’s birthday, and she doesn’t seem to notice he walks out in a huff. Except the poor fool comes right back in again to secretly buy Ji-yeon the necklace she was admiring.

That night, Ae-rin tells the Joon-Joon twins that it’s Bon’s birthday next week. Although Ae-rin tells them they can’t throw a party for Bon, both twins immediately wonder what they can give him. So sweet.

Lying in bed, Yong-tae muses to Bon about the time when he was 20, freshly arrived in Seoul, and had all his savings from his 10 years in the orphanage stolen from him. From that moment, he hated everyone and turned to conning people to make a living. Yong-tae sighs, “I know it sounds like an excuse, but that’s how I became evil.”

Bon answers, “Being good is difficult, and evil is easy. At the edge of a cliff, you chose the easy way.” Bon explains that some things need to be protected, and advises Yong-tae to think about what he wants to do now.

Operation Phone Hacking goes into gear that night, as the neighborhood trio and Ae-rin play their parts to get Chul-seung’s phone away from him while he’s in the shower. They ferry the phone over to Do-woo (though the trio think it’s going to a detective agency).

Ae-rin and Do-woo almost get caught by Ji-yeon but Ae-rin manages to get away without suspicion. The phone is safely returned to Chul-seung’s pocket in the nick of time.

Pleased with the progress that has been made, Ji-yeon joins Director Shim at a secret meeting place and crows that they have Yong-tae as a witness. Director Shim promises to find a secure hideout and a change of identity for Yong-tae—but neither of them notice that they’re being watched.

Ji-yeon and Do-woo attend the horrifying scene of the man who was poisoned through gas in the vents, blood streaming from his face. Bon deduces that Cornerstone have been conducting tests on humans, although Yong-tae is adamant he didn’t know this was happening.

At the same time, Sun-mi listens to the recording of Chul-seung’s conversations in disappointment, because they’re in English. Eun-ha runs out of the room with an upset stomach when they ask her to translate (she definitely doesn’t know English, ha) but the others pick out bits they can understand and figure out where they’re meeting. Don’t go! They were talking about the human testing!

Sun-mi catches the woman who was with Chul-seung, and wastes no time in getting into a hair-pulling match. When the woman starts to speak in English, to the disbelief of everyone watching, all Eun-ha can remember how to say is, “How are you?” Ha, the world fades and sad violin music plays around Eun-ha as sweat pours from her head. Just in time though, Eun-ha’s daughter, Seo-hyun, arrives to save the day.

Through Seo-hyun, Sun-mi asks the kid-friendly versions of what she wants to accuse the woman of… and is mortified as it becomes apparent this woman is a head-hunter for an American company, here to scout Chul-seung for a new job.

Eun-ha is so pleased with her daughter that she offers her whatever she wants today… which is to skip her English lessons and play on her phone. Sounds about right.

That night, Sun-mi apologizes to Chul-seung, who tells her that if he doesn’t get chosen because of this, it doesn’t matter. Suspiciously though, he tells Sun-mi to stay indoors tomorrow with their child. Hmm.

The results from the lab come back, and to everyone’s horror, they discover that it’s an adapted strain of the already deadly corona virus—manipulated to have a 90% mortality rate and attack the lungs within 5 minutes of exposure. Ji-yeon explains that the “Cors vaccine” is about to be patented, which could bring in a lot of money for the company, and this rings a bell for Ae-rin.

She plays Chul-seung’s recording to the pair, which instructs that the second phase of the Core Project be carried out. Do-woo jumps up to track the phone, and discovers Chul-seung is at an elementary school, where the Minister of Health and Welfare is giving a talk. Which just so happens to be an event that KIS and all their children, including the twins, will be attending.

Ji-yeon surmises that the Minister is going to be the target of a biochemical attack, and orders Do-woo to try and stop it from here while she goes to the scene. Meanwhile, Chul-seung sets a timer for ten minutes on the bomb at the school.

In shock, Ae-rin races out the door when she processes that her kids are in danger, and runs straight towards the school. When Ji-yeon informs Bon, he jumps into action and drives as fast as he can to get to the bomb before it goes off.

 
COMMENTS

After yesterday’s episode which was loaded with cuteness and a swoony, badass heroine, today’s episode inevitably felt slower. I still really enjoyed it, because we got to know Yong-tae better, who is turning out to be one of my favorite redemption stories, and we got more time with the KIS squad in a few brilliant scenes. And it was as funny and sweet as I have come to expect from Terrius—I can’t help it though, I missed the Bon and Joon-Joon moments.

But in return, we did get Bon and Yong-tae cohabiting (that one’s for you abirdword!), which mostly made up for it. We all knew Yong-tae would be a diva, and he didn’t disappoint, shifting seamlessly from gratitude to Bon to petulance and jealousy. Bon was as stoic as he was with the kids, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who scoffed when he tried to claim that he wasn’t a particularly caring person. Sure, Bon, you big softie.

My heartstrings did tug for Yong-tae when he confided in Bon about his past—here is a man who has been so alone his entire life that he felt he could only trust another man on the run. That should tell you exactly where his head is at—Yong-tae must have felt like an outsider all his life, from the orphanage, to being a con man, to having his own identity and life stolen from him. It makes a lot of sense now why he wanted to help Ae-rin, and was willing to take a risk for her. He’s drawn to her because she is a great mother, which he didn’t have, and he must have felt guilty over his part in Joon-Joon’s father’s death, when he himself grew up without parents. Bon is right though, Yong-tae needs to make a choice now to become a better man—I have hope since Yong-tae admitted himself that he is “evil” and I think his yearning to be included will give him the incentive to change.

And Yong-tae was good for another thing this episode as well—making Bon jealous. It was delightful to watch Bon get pissy about Ae-rin rubbing Yong-tae, because he has been so quietly but surely moving closer to Ae-rin, and letting his emotions grow stronger. Their connection on the rooftop was beautiful, and he for sure just admitted he loved her—at least to himself and those of us who know what mojitos at Namsan Tower mean to him. It does feel slightly melancholic that he hasn’t actually told Ae-rin how he feels, but he is a man of action rather than words after all.

I know that Ae-rin’s emotions have been harder to decipher, but she does care deeply for him, and everything indicates that she reciprocates his feelings, even if she isn’t ready to admit that herself. Ae-rin has enfolded Bon into the family, she wants to celebrate his birthday, and she thinks about him when he isn’t there. And I loved that she wouldn’t let him pull away (even though he didn’t try very hard, ha) when things started to get serious and dangerous. I understand that Bon is wary after Yeon-kyung (Candy) died in his arms, but it isn’t a good enough reason to shut down forever, and Ae-rin is right there with me in telling Bon exactly that. I do wish we could explore her feelings about the relationship more, especially how they relate to the loss of her husband, but I’m confident that we’ll get there. In every other respect, Ae-rin is the heroine I aspire to be, because she’s smart, loving, sharp, and capable without being unrealistic. She does what she can to live her best life, whether that means being a great bag salesperson, mother, or even fledgling spy.

Alongside all the good emotional stuff, this series continues to bring the funny, and this time I’d like to highlight Eun-ha’s solo moment when her secret (that she can’t speak English) comes close to being outed. Really, all of the neighborhood trio moments were great—from the Mission Impossible parody, to Sun-mi’s immediate willingness to go full catfight. And the fact that everything is connected (so it’s Sun-mi’s husband Chul-seung who is the bad guy!) elevates their diversions from comic relief to genuine plot progression. Sure, it’s a bit convenient, but I’m in favor of handwaving that away when it means the KIS crew become a bigger part of the action. Even Do-woo is diving in to help them, and Ji-yeon is impressed with how good they are.

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Pissy Bon is the best! Yong-tae should lay off on making him jealous. 😂

Aside from the Bon and YT cohabitation situation, I really found that confrontation between SunMi and the "headhunter" V hilarious! Poor Seo hyeon stuck in the middle and translating for SunMi.

And I also felt for EunHa when she struggled to hide her secret. Your secret is safe with us.

NiS is no match for KIS tenacity. One point for the Mommy Cops in driving KYS's agents away.

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I have to disagree- Young-Tae should *not* lay off making Bon jealous. I want to see more of petty jealous Bon, not less.=)

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You are right. So more fun scenes for us! :)

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I third this motion.May be we can even get a bromantic tangle for affection when Sang Ryul finds his BFF spending undue amounts of time nursing back YT.
Oh the good times we could have,chebaal writer-nim,make it happen.

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"May be we can even get a bromantic tangle for affection when Sang Ryul finds his BFF spending undue amounts of time nursing back YT."

I would love for this to happen!

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Fabulous!

One of those things that I didn't think about, but now that you mentioned it- I WANT TO SEE.

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The funniest thing about the translation thing is that Sun-mi was trying to choose "appropriate" words for Seon-hyun to translate, LoL.

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Definitely! Sunmi was trying to control her words as she spoke to SH while throwing dagger looks at the other lady.
This show is great at creating hilarious situations like that!

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I died laughing Eun Ha approached V and asked “How are you?” 🤣🤣🤣

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The way Eun-ha phrased it reminded me of the way Higgins used to say "Oh. My. God." on the original MAGNUM, P.I. ;-)

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That whole scene was hilarious and I had to watch it again before continuing on with the rest of the episode.

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Yong-tae may be my favorite part of the show lmao. After the Big Bad(s) are defeated and Bon and Aerin settle down with the Joon-Joon twins, is it too much to ask that they adopt Yong-tae as their third kid? Or, like, their giant prissy cat who struts around pointlessly and gets inordinately indignant whenever he's not the center of attention?

The KIS consistently and unknowingly outwitting the NIS continues to be hilarious. Mommy Cops being a real registered organization is amazing. Also, "HOW... ARE... YOU...??" may be the greatest line I've ever heard. What a majestically crafted sentence. Eun-ha is a true master of the English language.

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@renicra jestss,

their giant prissy cat who struts around pointlessly and gets inordinately indignant whenever he's not the center of attention

ROFLMAO. What a great picture! Along with the shampoo scene, reminds me of a friend's feline associate, a Himalayan who picked his own name (Kumar = Prince!). He disliked being patted, as if to say, "Desist, varlet. You're messing up my hair." He was actually quite sweet, but not the sharpest pencil in the box, although he thought he was. LOL.

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To be frank...I always had a soft spot for YT. He is just too much of a coward ( read cute) to be a mastermind villain. Hehe...I would love to see him as a part of Are Rin and Bon's family...sort of a diva uncle to joon-joon! I can totally picture him strutting around the apartment with his nose in the air and acting as if he owns it all! :)

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This show keeps me laughing with its unexpected twists, like Joon-hee is the who actually has the USB Bon and Yong-tae are looking for.

I can't stop admiring KIS for its resourceful and reliable members. Nobody can defeat the power of ahjumma when they unite!

Bon and Ae-rin having mojito at Namsan Tower could be the ending of this show.

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I think she left the USB at that playmat?

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Yes, and i think it wasn't in her house.... The interior of her room is a little bit different. it might be Eun-ha's house.

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So here's my theory based on what we see so far:

Our bad guys are arms dealers, people who make money through perpetuating war. So they would have no interest in a biochemical weapon like this. Weapons like this end wars, not start them.

The Director is the mole and Kwon is a red herring. The Poland operation went south on purpose because Candy is Red Shoes.

Realising they have an operation with Terius involved, Cornerstone and their NIS moles have seen their perfect chance. They allow the team to find out about the biochemical weapon and stage a fake attack for them to "foil". It sparks a panic that leads to a contract for the sale of the viral vaccine. So this is about selling the vaccine. That's why people like the Director haven't moved on Terius and it's why they know where Yong-tae is right now (because, bug) but haven't acted because he's in with the team and that's where they want him. That's why they stabbed him right before Bon got there - so Bon would save him and in taking care of him flush out the whole team.

And that's my theory.

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Having Candy be Red Shoes seems a bit harsh for a show that's mostly light and cute. But it could explain why they haven't shown the face yet. And there's the matter of Sang ryul's wife and her red shoes...

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I don't know, I mean Sun-mi's husband has turned out to be involved in illegal and fatal human medical testing for a bioweapon so... that's pretty dark.

Sang ryul's wife has red shoes but so does medical-testing-Cors-project-pretending-to-be-headhunter woman so this episode. If she was the real red shoes I'd expect them to have a bigger reveal. So I think they're both red herrings (red shoe herrings??).

It's possible that Candy isn't an assassin despite the card but I still think she's red shoes and I still think she faked her death.

At least until I'm proved wrong about everything, delete all my comments and deny everything!

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LOL, should I screencap your comments? 😀

I thought it was pretty clear that V (headhunter) was Red Shoes? When she spoke in English with The Voice it sounded as the same voice as Headhunter. Anyway, I still think Candy being Red Shoes is bit improbable because Nam Gyu Ri is famous actress and I think she only did a cameo in Poland. But I could be wrong...

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I've been suspecting that Candy could be Red Shoes; however, when I saw and heard the "headhunter" I realized they weren't the same person. But then I had the thought that Candy could have had plastic surgery done just like what was done with Young-tae. So even if a famous actress was used as Candy, they could get someone else to be Candy/Red Shoes? But then I think of how terrible that it would be for Bon and hope that if Candy is involved in the nefarious activities that she may have agreed in order to save Bon in some way (not that it would excuse her killing people, especially children).

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I had the same thought of Candy making a late appearance as a double(triple?) agent when the show started.But then she went and did a pretty convincing death scene so I shelved that idea.Her being alive now would be too much of a shock to Bon at this stage of the game,I wonder if they have the time (and imagination) to pull it off.Got the impression that writer-nim meant for Candy and Joon-Joon's dad to be plot devices.
If she did resurrect,it'd be a great twist.

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Yes! That's what I was thinking too! Both spouses bad guys??!!

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I think You are putting more thought in plot line the writers did ;) But I agree with most until YT, they planned to kill him in the office "cleaning" so this outcome wasn't planned it seems, but as I said writers don't really care about plot that much so really everything is possible.

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Oh I agree, I just think their plans changed when they realised he was meeting Bon.

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Brilliant and hilarious as usual.

My LOL moment for this episode:
The moment the Bon @ hospital photo is received by the KIS ( picture above in recap).

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I love the KIS/NIS thing and I particularly love that he was freaking out about being photographed and then found out it was KIS that discovered him.

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My heart was pounding too. I thought it was an enemy, but it turned out that it was one of the KIS informants.. LOL

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Thanks @helcat This episode was seriously the funniest thing I've watched in dramas for a very long time. I thought last episode was already amazingly funny with Bon's face plastered over, but I've never laughed so loud or so much over a drama as I have over Bon having a baby boy or being husband to a pregnant Yong Tae, or over Yong Tae's hairy legs stick out from under his maternity dress (there were some camera angles in which he actually looked pretty!!) and the Mission Impossible theme playing over KIS operation Grab and Return Phone.

It's so good to get Yong Tae's backstory, which I'd hoped for. It's great that he's not relegated to just being an oddball villain and one note, but that he has been fleshed out with so many quirks and contradictary characteristics. Entitled, whiny, compassionate, ruthless, petty, pathetic. Thanks @helcat for suggesting how his past and so much loss of self and history, has informed his present character. It certainly may explain how he is a mix of contradictions with Ae Rin.

Oh and what a hoot! Bon shares my birthday! LOL. 😆 Happy Halloween and 🎂 Happy Birthday Bon-shi! May you have the sweetest celebration and perhaps receive the USB drive from Joon Hee as the greatest surprise 🎁 present ever. 😄

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Ahhhh... maybe your prediction is right! Joon-hee is going to give him USB drive as his birthday present. I'm curious if the show will go to that direction.

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Count me in @growingbeautifully! Hopefully we will see it on the table just as Ae Rin told the children. And yes, maybe @lemoncello right, it's not their home/room.

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Perhaps it will be presented to Bon in a bag of candy corn. ;-)

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Hahaha.. can't hardly wait for that! ^○^

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I need more Bon and YT antics, they are best together, I still can't get around Ae Rin and Bon having romantic relationship, and I found the line about twins missing him bit jarring, the show should address their father's death soon or is he completely forgotten by writers too? Thankfully light tone of this drama don't make me nervous about this week cliffhanger outcome, but I wouldn't mind if they choose something less dark for spy shenanigans, because change of tones are bit jarring at times.

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I agree with you, @shach. As much as I love this show, the whole issue with Joon-Joon not knowing the truth about their father's death is a plot hole (or writer's "choice") that continues to bother me. Not telling the children the truth shows a complete lack of understanding about child development and, overall, feels callous and pointless.

I know this show is pretty brisk but a little time skip wouldn't have hurt. Something like: Dad is murdered and Ae Rin stays home with the kids for a few months as the family grieves. The family savings run out after six months and she looks for work, necessitating a baby-sitter.

I don't know why I wish a k-drama to have any semblance of realism when it comes to grief. Everything else is so fantastical ...

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I commented before I saw this. THANK YOU!!! Yes, that was upsetting to me, too.

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Where is this show available to view in the US now that DF is closed?

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Try Kocowa.

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I'm watching it on Kocowa. MST is included in their pay service, so I bit the bullet and sprang for the 6.99 month.

They're claiming I'll get a month "free", but after the DF debacle, my trust is a bit low.

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the scenes of yongtae in the obgyn were hilarious, this show is such a fun watch!

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Thanks for the wonderful recap @helcat
Show keeps delivering the funny😀
*I have been rooting for Bon and YT to co-habitate but the show went and stunned us with Bon giving YT multiple wipe downs.YT in that flowery gown is life.
I aspire to be that level of high maintenance and am practicing my imperial finger wag and half whiny tone. 😍
*Eun Ha's english melt down was hilariously done.It's neat how the writer showed us insecurities of the queen bee and did a bit of social commentary on the demands parents put on kids based on their own perceived shortcomings without really calling any of these out.
While the show is ridiculous with
things spy,it really shines in the gentle,non judgemental way it treats most of its characters.None of our good guys are perfect,they are all allowed their moments of weakness,vanity and jealousy.
*My heart's breaking for Su-Mi.No worries , your husband isn't having an affair,he is just part of a nefarious organization who is willing to kill his kid's friends and many other innocents to sell vaccines.

*Found the intro of biochemical weapons to be a bit jarring,really wish the show would stick to the current crop of villians that have been introduced.Wasn't keeping up international strife to facilitate weapon sales dark enough?Complicating the plot with international organizations and doubling down on the spy stuff is only going to cut down on our fave's screen time.
Less NIS,more KIS.
Down with double crossing ,here for rehabilitative bromancing.Surely this is the way to go,show😊pretty please

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"rehabilitative bromancing" -- a great turn of phrase, @ashes2ashes. ;-)

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Thank you for the recap @helcat

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Gosh I miss this show. Time to binge

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Joon-Joon need Terrius.
Terrius need Ae Rin.
Ae Rin's world are Joon-Joon.

What are we waiting for?

Thank you @helcat! :)

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This show is shapping up to be a light-hearted pleasant watch. I expected to drop it after the first week, but I keep coming back for more. I love how it doesn't take itself too seriously. Just what you need after a long hard day!

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With Ae-Rin clearly headed toward a romantic relationship with their babysitter, am I seriously the only one concerned that the joon-joon twins still don’t know that their father is dead?

Like, seriously, how is THAT conversation going to go at this point?

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You're not the only one with that concern. It's been called "the elephant" in a lot of comments.

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Thank you for your recap and comments, @helcat!

I love the cloak-and-dagger spoofery in this episode -- until confronted with unpleasantness such as the footage of the human test subject dying a grisly hemorrhagic death from a biologic agent, and Yong-tae getting stabbed. If I look at it as evidence that the baddies do truly reprehensible things and have to be stopped at all costs, it helps a bit. The cognitive dissonance that ensues as the show teeters between cold-blooded mayhem and hilarious comedy -- replete with criminally cute nose kisses with cherubic kiddies fatales -- is going to be the end of me. Have mercy, Show! It's bad enough that you callously bumped off Daddy-o.

Shocking discovery: Daddy-o isn't dead! He's alive and (mostly) well and living over in THE THIRD CHARM with his younger sister, who thinks he had an accident at his construction job. I didn't even realize that Yang Dong-geun morphed from a literary editor at a publishing house to a scriptwriter back in his home town. Is he really a secret agent who was under deep cover, and had to be extracted pronto via a faked death? Stay tuned, and keep your decoder ring handy.

Yong-tae looked too fetching for words in that lovely lavender nightgown, hairy shins and all. Doc Yoo's ominous glove snapping was a hoot, as was Bon's waterless de-groading of the patient. His whining for a dry shampoo cracked me up, especially when Bon vigorously took over from Ae-rin. He looked like an indignant bird whose feathers were being ruffled.

I'm glad we finally got to find out Yong-tae's tale of woe. He's got abandonment issues, and betrayal issues. But he doesn't strike me as beyond redemption. I can see that he's going to have a terrible case of sibling rivalry if Bon starts babysitting him gives him refuge. I can see it all now: Joon-Joon punching every button as he whines for attention from Mom. This will be epic.

Eun-ha's Excruciating English Episode was another high point. The truth nearly slipped out. The catfight with the headhunter was epic, but even better was watching Sun-mi severely editing her speech as Eun-ha's daughter translated the conversation/shouting match with the alleged hussy.

Keep an eye on the walnuts. Lord Nutcracker is a force to be reckoned with.

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LOL. You are enjoying yourself!

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I am indeed. As long as I remember not to look too closely at the man behind the curtain. ;-)

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The only thing hard to swallow is that the twins and Ae-rin don't seem to remember daddy/husband dying a few weeks or months prior. I mean really, the kids are just so happy with daddy dead and a new daddy figure. In fact, they seem to like the new daddy much more. ;D

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