Rating:
Average user rating 4.5
38

My Secret Terrius: Episodes 25-26

It’s officially time to team up! With Yong-tae’s help, the NIS, the KIS, and the Bon Identity prepare to infiltrate Cornerstone and its evil top baddie, the Voice. But they may need to go in without Ae-rin, who suffers an emotional setback that sends her reeling. Our plucky heroine never dwells for too long though, and she may have the opportunity she needs to seek justice.

EPISODE 25 RECAP

Eun-ha rushes to meet Ae-rin with the USB evidence, but K finds her before Ae-rin does and knocks poor Eun-ha out. While she slumps unconscious to the ground, K dumps the contents of her purse out on the ground and grabs both the USB and Eun-ha’s wallet before he takes off. Ae-rin finds her friend unconscious and calls for help.

In Bon’s hideout, Bon waits with raised gun while an intruder approaches. The figure steps into the light, and it’s the missing Yong-tae who steps into Bon’s aim. When Bon speaks, Yong-tae’s apprehension melts away to relief that his precious brother is still alive. Bon demands to know where his laptop is.

At the hospital, Eun-ha is not seriously injured, but definitely furious that someone dare attack the head of the KIS, ha. Ae-rin asks if Eun-ha recalls what the man who was murdered in the video looks like and then shows her an image of Chief Moon.

Eun-ha confirms that it was him and worries about Ae-rin and what she’s involved in, but Ae-rin begs her to stay quiet about this for now, even keeping it from Sun-mi and Sang-ryul. On cue, those two arrive to comfort Eun-ha and rage on her behalf. Ae-rin uses this moment to duck away and search for the USB at the scene. When she doesn’t find it, she calls Ji-yeon and asks to meet.

Bon finally lowers his gun, and Yong-tae tells Bon that he took his advice and offered something small up to Cornerstone, in this case Bon’s laptop, and used the moment to request a meeting with the Voice. As he traded the laptop off to K, he offered the location of the bags as well if granted an in-person meeting. Bon is proud of his protege.

Ae-rin and Ji-yeon meet, and though Ji-yeon tries to dodge the truth, Ae-rin has put everything together already. Ji-yeon’s eyes widen as Ae-rin reveals that she’s seen the footage on the USB and knows all about Chief Moon and her husband’s connection.

At K’s place, he confirms he’s got the right USB and watches the footage of his handiwork.

Back at the hideout, Yong-tae seems confident that he can move forward with the plan, but Bon would rather take over. Now that he’s a ghost, just like Yong-tae was, he can get more done.

At King’s Bag, Ae-rin begins to cry as she realizes that everyone has been keeping the truth of her husband’s death from her. She vows that she’ll take her information to the police and have the man arrested.

Meanwhile, Sun-mi and Sang-ryul check in with their building security. But just like the footage of Ae-rin’s husband’s death, the footage from this evening has gone missing. Sang-ryul shivers as he makes the connection between the two occurrences.

Ji-yeon tries to comfort Ae-rin, and tells her that Bon kept this information from her because he came to care about her. Ae-rin recalls Bon’s request for her to stay on Jeju Island as she wipes her eyes.

Ae-rin returns to her apartment and cries through the night. Outside the building, Bon learns about Ae-rin’s discovery from Ji-yeon and heads immediately up to their floor. He almost rings the bell, but hesitates. As Ae-rin cries, Bon stands watch in secret in the hallway.

The next morning, Ae-rin can’t find even a drop of water in the pitcher after her long night of crying. She opens her door, where she finds Bon, who is still there in the hall. She invites him inside, and they sit across from one another at the table.

Bon apologizes for the secrets he’s kept. He says that they both lost someone precious to them, to the same killer from the same organization. He asks her to let him take care of the revenge, and says that he can’t let her get involved again (hmm, we’ll see about that).

At the NIS, Director Shim and Chief Kwon face off about the explosion and Bon’s death. Director Shim insinuates that Chief Kwon seemed awfully dedicated to Bon’s downfall, and in response the chief sneers that sure, she wants to get him, but she wants him alive. Bon is the only one who knows where the last file on Operation Candy is hidden, and she wants it.

Over at King Castle Complex, Eun-ha has a visitor: Do-woo, with freshly dyed hair, comes bearing flowers. Eun-ha assumes he wants to interview for KIS membership and ushers him in. Eventually, Do-woo manages to extricate himself from the apartment, as Eun-ha promises they’ll review his interview. Once in the elevator, he crushes the last remaining surveillance sticker between his fingers.

At King’s Bag, Ji-yeon and Bon discuss the lost footage. Bon tells Ji-yeon about the recently reemerged Yong-tae and their plan to uncover the Voice.

Before Yong-tae begins his mission, however, he meets with Ae-rin to apologize for her husband’s death. She balks when he calls it an accident, and he can’t quite raise his eyes to meet hers.

He knows that he doesn’t deserve forgiveness, but he asks her to recognize his bravery, and how significant an act that is for a scaredy cat like him. A single tear manages to trickle down Ae-rin’s face as she asks him to help Bon take them down, or else she will never forgive him.

As Ae-rin leaves the café, someone takes photos of her from a distance. Moments later, Yong-tae receives a call from a blocked number.

It’s time for his meeting with the Voice, and he visits King’s Bag to pick up his spy equipment. They give him glasses that will allow them to see and hear everything. Ji-yeon tells Yong-tae he looks good in glasses, and Yong-tae smugly shrugs an “of course, I’m very handsome” while Do-woo grimaces at his vanity.

The Voice, meanwhile, USB in hand, laughs an evil laugh. He tells K to be at the ready to take Yong-tae out when he gives the signal. This meeting is, of course, a trap.

Yong-tae arrives at the restaurant for their meeting. As he sits across from the Voice and faces him, Bon, Ji-yeon, and Do-woo, who are all watching the video feed, gasp. They recognize the Voice as Yoon Chun-sang, the Blue House chief presidential secretary.

Yong-tae hands over the key fob for the car with the bags. His eyes grow wide as Chun-sang holds up the lost USB and asks Yong-tae if he planned to use this against him. Yong-tae’s response is a simple, “yes,” which sets off the secretary’s temper. Bon jumps out of the car as he hears this, gun in hand.

Yong-tae continues that there’s another copy of the video, as insurance for his own life. Chun-sang doesn’t seem to care and gives the rap to the table to signal K. But then Yong-tae mentions Bon and a Swiss bank box, and this makes Chun-sang signal for K to wait.

Bon’s already inside and disguised as a waiter, and he makes it close enough to hear Yong-tae’s offer to Chun-sang. The safe in Switzerland has a document related to Operation Candy, and Yong-tae promises to hand it over to Chun-sang. Bon grabs his gun from the catering cart.

EPISODE 26

At the meeting in the restaurant, Chun-sang asks Yong-tae what he wants in return for Bon’s Swiss account information, and Yong-tae says that he just wants a second chance to work in the organization.

Still staked out in the car, Ji-yeon is miffed at the news of this Swiss account. She wonders if Bon has been lying to her again, and calls Do-woo to ask that he dig into Chun-sang.

Yong-tae escapes from the meeting alive, and he and Bon talk by the river with some excruciatingly in-your-face PPL coffee drinks. Just like Ji-yeon, Yong-tae is in the dark about what’s inside this secret Swiss bank box, but Bon doesn’t reveal anything.

Ae-rin takes a video call with her kids that evening. They sing her a song of encouragement, and she promises to come pick them up once she’s found a job. After she hangs up, her doorbell rings. When Ae-rin opens the door, no one is there, but there is a coffee drink, with a sticky note from Bon promising that the operation has made progress. Ae-rin pauses to look to Bon’s apartment door.

Bon is over there in his apartment, and he stops to feed the fish (how are any of them still alive?!) His eyes drift to a jewelry box, and he recalls earlier, when Ji-yeon finally had the chance to give him the birthday gift she picked out for him.

She’s glad that she finally gets to give him a gift, since she’s got a pile of them that she was never able to give to him. She walks away wishing for no unrequited love in a future life.

In the present, Bon tries on the bracelet and smiles at it before returning it to its box.

In the morning, Ae-rin’s doorbell rings again. This time it’s Ji-yeon, and she’s come to ask for a favor.

Over at King’s Bag, Do-woo briefs Bon on what they know about Chun-sang’s household so far. The guy has heavy-duty security 24/7 and keeps the evidence of his evil deeds at his home, so they’ll need to get someone on the inside before they can figure out how to proceed.

Back at Ae-rin’s, Ae-rin agrees to Ji-yeon’s proposal, even as Ji-yeon warns her that it will require a lot of courage. Ji-yeon tells Ae-rin to just prepare herself as she leaves. Ae-rin’s first move is to call Eun-ha. Time for the KIS.

At King’s Bag, Ji-yeon has returned and she and Do-woo reveal their plan: they will infiltrate the residence by sending a maid to join the staff. Most staff don’t last longer than a year, but one head of staff, known as Ms. Ahn, has lasted five years.

She’s authored a book, and has a mysterious past including time spent in Russia, where it’s rumored she picked up some amazing combat skills. Bon can’t stop his imagination from conjuring up an image of Ms. Ahn throwing some swift fists, the result: a completely deboned chicken. Ji-yeon says that it’s likely that Ms. Ahn is a Cornerstone agent.

The KIS have convened as well to discuss their part in this plan. Sang-ryul casts their SWOT analysis to the TV as Eun-ha leads them through the details of what to expect from Ms. Ahn.

First, no comments on wrinkles. Next, Eun-ha confirms that everyone has read Ms. Ahn’s book, and understands her skills with a knife. Ae-rin’s mind drifts to Ms. Ahn in the kitchen, slicing a carrot she throws into the air and producing a little carrot rabbit.

They go through Ms. Ahn’s strengths (cooking by taste), weaknesses (rumored to be hot men), risks (she might beat Ae-rin up), and opportunity (she is looking for someone to make nabak kimchi, something that Ae-rin excels at making).

At King’s Bag, Ji-yeon confirms they need an outsider, since Chun-sang has an excellent memory and knows all NIS agent faces. Bon suggests reasonable alternatives, like the CIA or Interpol, but Ji-yeon finally reveals that they’ve gone with the KIS.

Bon pauses, and then realizes exactly who is headed in. He’s upset, but Ji-yeon says that Ae-rin has already accepted the mission. Bon thinks back to a moment when he started working with Candy. They met in a library, where she passed a USB through the stacks to Bon. Candy is visibly shaken by her activities, and Bon tries to comfort her.

He slips a Nora Jones record through for her, and lets Candy know that if it’s ever too much for her, she can stop.

As a Nora Jones song plays in the present, Ae-rin finds Bon waiting outside their building for her. He helps her with her bags, and asks if she’s making the kimchi to sell. Ae-rin doesn’t answer.

Upstairs, she gives Bon his birthday present from the twins. They’ve given him their toys that remind them of him, and he tells Ae-rin to tell them that he was so grateful he cried. Bon asks if there was a present from Ae-rin as well, and Ae-rin admits that she cooked a meal for him, but had to throw it out when he couldn’t come. She offers to make some nabak kimchi for him now.

Bon tries to drag information from Ae-rin, but she and Ji-yeon have agreed not to let him know (too late!). So Ae-rin dodges Bon’s questions, even as he persists, his eyes downcast as she lies to him.

The next day, Ae-rin dresses for her interview and Ji-yeon gives her a ride there. Ji-yeon pipes in on the earpiece Ae-rin is wearing to reassure her. All Ae-rin needs to do is pass the interview, nothing more.

It’s a group interview, and Ae-rin is up against two other women. Ms. Ahn demands that Ae-rin tie her hair back, so Ae-rin has to discretely tuck her earpiece into her pocket.

The first test is wheeled out before the women on a cart, but before they can even begin, one woman makes the mistake of trying to butter up Ms. Ahn by noting how few wrinkles she has. That woman is immediately escorted out, ha.

Ae-rin and the other remaining candidate are asked to taste a sauce and report what went into it. The first woman lists off a list of basic ingredients, and Ms. Ahn asks if that’s all. Ae-rin adds the final ingredient, green plum extract, and it keeps her in the running while the other woman is dismissed.

Outside, Ji-yeon watches as the two women depart. Ae-rin remains inside, and Ji-yeon wonders how things are going.

Elsewhere in the compound, Chun-sang is briefed with details of the King’s Bag operation. As he flips through the dossier, he spots the profile for Ae-rin, and asks who she is. His secretary confirms that she’s the woman they used to lure Bon out of hiding.

Ae-rin presents her nabak kimchi to Ms. Ahn. At first the woman is indignant that Ae-rin brought food in without being asked to, but she can’t help but taste the kimchi.

Ms. Ahn fills up a wine glass with the water kimchi and sips it like she’s tasting a fine wine. She lists off its taste profile, and Ae-rin is awarded the position, to start next week.

Ms. Ahn receives a phone call as they rise, and she shoots a sharp look in Ae-rin’s direction. After a halting conversation, she escorts Ae-rin out a back door, as she explains that the security system makes leaving by the front gate impossible after dark.

Ae-rin is proud of her success at first, but she quickly becomes uneasy as she senses someone stalking behind her. She hurries her steps, Ji-yeon no where in sight, but the footsteps behind her catch up. She slips the earpiece from her pocket into her ear, but before she can call for help, she feels the barrel of a gun pressed to her temple.

COMMENTS

The lax spy skills have finally caught up to the King’s Bag crew, and Ae-rin is paying the price. They’ve gotten away with a lot of sloppy work up until now, but it seems that Chun-sang is not playing around and no amount of delicious kimchi will sway him to release Ae-rin.

This episode was an excellent recovery from last week’s pair of snoozers, mostly because it remembered to balance emotion with forward plot momentum. The dramatic irony in that scene with Ae-rin and Bon in her kitchen was intense. As Ae-rin doubles down on her deception with Bon’s every question, we know how much it hurts Bon, even if she’s unaware. Ae-rin’s lies are not so different from the ones that Bon told her along the way, but now that his secrets are all out, things don’t feel so great on the other side.

I also wondered if Ae-rin kind of knew that Bon knew already, and she wanted for a moment to make her feel how she felt when she was lied to. I don’t think that Ae-rin is a vindictive person, but she’s still hurting right now, and I could see how she could find some catharsis in dealing out some hurt to others, especially those she trusted.

And that’s what’s interesting about this episode. Everyone is so conflicted and struggling with their emotions in the fallout of the lies. Bon and Yong-tae come clean, while Ae-rin takes a turn at deception to ensure that she remains to see this operation to its conclusion. The plot is focused on set up, but there are so many emotions burbling at the surface for everyone that made for so much tension. Ae-rin doesn’t seem to hate Bon, she wants to work with him, but things are definitely tense between them.

Ae-rin isn’t new to deceiving others to protect them though, so I’m not sure that she can stay angry with for Bon too long, at least not until she comes clean with Sun-mi about her husband’s death.

It’s a bit of emotional whiplash to return to Ae-rin in mourning for her husband, and yet it also feels like the right move. Ae-rin seemed to move forward so quickly past her grief, mostly to advance the plotline between her and Bon, that it feels odd to be right back where we started in the first few episodes. But grief is a process, different for everyone, and Ae-rin has received information that completely changes everything she thought she understood about that major moment in her life.

Ae-rin is just now doing what she probably would have done all along, had a certain attractive sitter not shown up just in time. Heading to her parents to regroup, taking some time alone to search for a job while the kiddos are tucked away on Jeju Island, this all feels like the natural path she would have taken. Everything with J International and King’s Bag and Bon seems like a blip in time, a quick deviation from reality as a way to avoid coping with her loss. It almost feels like she woke up from a fantasy, if it weren’t for the coffee of yearning left at her door to confirm that Bon is really out there still, fighting for the both of them.

There was a part of me, the part now invested in the romance, that wished that Bon had actually rung the doorbell and stood by Ae-rin’s side as she cried. It would have been a great moment of friendship, one that put aside all other feelings to comfort someone, whose pain you contributed to.

But this was the moment Ae-rin has needed all along, to be by herself to process, and Bon respects that. Staying outside the door, he’s very much the Terrius following behind her, always watching, but he’s not Bon, the friend who provides the distraction from reality.

It’s Ji-yeon again who is willing to invest in Ae-rin’s skills. It’s not that Bon doubts that how capable Ae-rin is, but he is a little too caught up in taking care of the mess, as if he alone needs to fix things. But it’s impossible for Ae-rin to not want to see this all to the end, especially now that she knows how personal it is to her and Bon. Ji-yeon sees Ae-rin as a friend and equal, and I hope as the fear Bon harbors gives way to trust, he’ll ease up and work together with Ae-rin.

And Chief Kwon, you know and I know exactly who tried to get rid of Terrius! Stop playing who-has-the-biggest-armchair and take Director Shim down! But speaking of Bon’s supposed demise, why would Chun-sang want Ae-rin if they think Bon is dead? She’s not very useful as a lure if Bon is dead. But then again, someone was taking photos of Ae-rin after her meeting with Yong-tae, and Chun-sang is the most likely to put a trail on him. He also has great memory for faces, so he’s probably more interested in her connection with Yong-tae than Bon. I suspect that it won’t be long though, before ghost Bon will have to step out of the shadows and reveal himself.

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , ,

38

Required fields are marked *

Finally! We're dealing with the Husband Elephant. That thing has been taking up way too much space in this room. Bring on Episode 15 nookie!

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I still can't see romance from AeRin side, she seems to treat Bon like a friend not love interest.
And why they still meeting in public places, Yong Tae why so careless? So writers think that when bodies blow up they disappear without a trace? And last complaint, not enough KIS!

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yesss the fact that they meet up in the open when they're supposed to be doing secret spy stuff bugs me. Well, tbh the whole spy plotline requires suspension of disbelief haha

I also don't see a defined romance happening between AeRin and Bon anytime soon, especially since her husband just died. I can imagine the writers giving us an ambiguous ending with them smiling at one another. A major time jump would have to happen for the two to get together romantically.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

My fave spy-don't moment this episode:while kitting out your double agent for a first face to face with the super,smart,big baddy may be get him something less conspicuous than freaking plain glassses??😂 nope?you're right.i am being dumb.It's not like the baddie found it suspicious at all.definitely nit-picking.oh,well

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Why are they sending Ae-Rin to the Voice's house?! It must have already been documented that she worked with Yong-tae at J International and with King's Bag in addition to being the lure for Bon.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't think aerin hid her new job from bon to give him a taste of his own medicine. She knows that he worries about her and maybe she didn't want to add to it. Also she knows that he would try to stop her. I don't think she was trying to hurt him by lying to him.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree wholeheartedly with this. She knows how he cares, and didn't want to make him worry. I also love the fact that she wasn't scared off the mission and feels strongly about helping (because of her husband)

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

i missed the joon-joon twins this episode :(

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh man, they're finally bringing up her husband again. Thank god! It felt a little bit beyond her just getting distracted and trying to redirect her feels, because he was too absent.

The KIS are amazing and still showing up everyone else. I love this little group, and the assortment of characters within it. Sang Ryul is my favourite, and maybe I'm wrong but am I sensing a little spark between him and Sun Mi? Or is their bickering just throwing off my radar?

So Ji Sub continues to be my ultimate k-drama crush. I might have a little obsession with his hands.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with the hands. 😂 i find it too pretty for a man.. Oh goodness! I love it too 😂😂

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love his hands too!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

You weren't the only one who was relieved to see more time spent on the Elephant. Not showing Ae Rin's grief process was the only emotional beat that didn't ring true to me. The show/the actors have been pretty good about showing the love line as being primarily from Bon's side, which has kept me from being too creeped out.

Because the show hinted at Sang Ryul's wife being related to Cornerstone (the red herring shoes) before they confirmed Sun Mi's SO as a conspirator, I wouldn't be surprised if they "went there" but I'm not shipping it.

Oh, and I'll see your So Ji Sub hands and raise you THAT VOICE.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

THAT VOICE ;_; I fell for his voice in Master's Sun, when I first saw him, but noticed the hands and those eyes in Sorry, I Love You. The man is a complete package and he's ruined me.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for your recap, @abirdword.

Mystery of the week for me: Why did Do-woo suddenly change his hair color? Is he trying to go incognito now?

Bully for his undercover operation to debug Eun-ha's apartment. Are all those pesky sticker-listening devices accounted for now?

I've got to hand it to scaredy-cat Yong-tae for stepping up to the plate, as well as facing the music and coming clean about his role in Ae-rin's husband's death. He managed to rustle up a surprising amount of chutzpah for his meeting with Lord Nutcracker / The Voice.

LOL at Ms. Ahn's stunning knife skills. Her chicken-boning-fu is a hoot.

I really expected Bon to drop off another candy in the insulated bag on Ae-rin's front door, and was not expecting "the coffee of yearning" -- a great turn of phrase, BTW. ;-)

Speaking of coffee, that PPL with Bon and Yong-tae was blatant indeed. But I think the Post cereal one in ROOM NO. 9 a couple of weeks ago was really over the top, as was this week's candy bar PPL, both with obnoxious lawyer Hae-yi. Oh, and then there are the onmipresent vacuum cleaner PPLs in many shows, including this one. I'll gladly buy one, but only if they throw in So Ji-sub or BAD PAPA Jang Hyuk to minister to my carpets. ;-)

4
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

One mystery for me was back when Bon was shot jumping off that bridge, and that stunning Cobalt blue ride of his with the spoiler in the back was left on the bridge by itself. Now I'd figure that car would've found it's way to the NIS impound lot where it'd be dusted right down for even DNA evidence smushed between the seats.

The next thing I saw when Bon was doing the superspy driving maniac thing on the way to Joon-Joon's school, was that he was driving the exact same car! I gotta believe that Bon has eight of the exact same bomb-diggity cars in his super-secret hideout, just cuz he likes the color. I hope that Yong Tae didn't steal any of them when he 'switched sides.' Although that would account for Bon calling him a jerk when he'd seen how he'd been cleaned out.

:-)

1
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

@grumpyoldman,

I'm with you on that plain-vanilla ride of Bon's. I bet he got tired of forgetting where he parked his car at the airport, so went with something a little easier to spot.

LOL at having 8 of them, and Yong-tae rustling the herd of them. Interestingly, Ha-ri in THE PLAYER also acquired high-powered wheels in a similar shade of cobalt.

Speaking of leaving the car on the bridge when he jumped, he should have had to ransom it like everyone else who parks illegally. I suspect the car is equipped with a super-duper parking space detector, because that's the only way I can imagine anyone being able to find a convenient parking space anywhere in gridlocked Seoul. Or maybe it has a cloaking device that enables the driver to avoid parking tickets. ;-)

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I can imagine Bon walking up to the NIS Impound Lot and going to the attendant and saying, 'hey, you got my car?' 'uh i dunno. what's the license plate?' 'b-o-m-b-d-i-g-g...'

'oh yeah, that cobalt blue ride. it's NICE. Registered to Super Secret Agent Kim... Bon..." while looking up in recognition, and peeing in his pants.

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL! I would not want to be the poor schmoe who has to tow it, either. I have a feeling that Bon is a car nut who is particular about other people touching his wheels. (Unless they're Joon-Joon.)

1

@pakalanapikake, only Joon-Joon can touch his wheels. Not even Ae-rin. (especially not Ae-rin)

1

Bon standing outside of Aerin's door as she cries was the most moving scene for me at this episode. I love how Bon respects Aerin's grief and just allow her to cry her heart out while he stand behind her. It was a beautiful moment of friendship.

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

100% agreement here.the choice of standing guard and finally letting her grieve was the best move.Having lost a SO himself,Bon would be more attuned to Ae-Rin's sense of loss there

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

thanks, @abirdword, for a great recap. I especially wanted to comment on a part of it.

"It’s Ji-yeon again who is willing to invest in Ae-rin’s skills. It’s not that Bon doubts that how capable Ae-rin is, but he is a little too caught up in taking care of the mess,"

Maybe I'm just too cynical, but sometimes it seems to me that Ji-yeon is just trying to get Ae-rin killed. Just after Bon tells Ae-rin "PLEASE don't put yourself in danger anymore. I couldn't bear it if I lost you," Ji-yeon comes by and says, hey, there's this really important mission i'd like you to do for us, cuz you've got some great skillz and people are always underestimating you. The mortality rate is , ( aka 99% ), but other than that you've got nothing to worry about, and we'll be behind you all the way. ( Like a few miles behind, but that's not the point)

Okay, Maybe Bon didn't say all that, but what his lips didn't say, his eyebrows did.

When I brought up my suspicions to my daughter because of JI-yeun's unrequited love, she was like, "definitely that girl's trying to take her out the paint."

I was like, "what does that mean?" Reply: "oh, she's trying to kill her off." These kids and their lingo.

Also, about Bon, I don't think he underestimates her, I think he's terrified if she's caught, esp. by Agent K, she's gonna get killed, and he won't be able to save her. Granted, he feels an echo of Candy when he sees her, but his fear for her is very real. And come on, if even Yong Tae could kidnap her twice in 2 weeks, how able to defend herself can she be?

So, until we find out her parents were martial arts masters on Jeju island, my vote is for Bon, at least keeping her some place where she can be rescued if it all goes to crap.

1
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Just to be clear, I don't mean hide her on the shelf in the ammo locker. I mean give her missions which don't include going into the enemy stronghold where K probably has his pup tent.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

ROFLMAO! I couldn't agree more. ;-)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@grumpyoldman, I had gotten the feeling much earlier in the show that Ji-yeon was looking to send Ae-rin on a dangerous mission out of jealousy. But I really think that she is now resigned to her unrequited love, and pretty much has conceded to her rival in romance. That's just my take on it at the moment.

I agree with your assessment of Bon's pragmatically well-founded concern for Ae-rin's safety during missions.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with you, though I do think Ji-yeon really underestimates the danger she puts her in.

It also makes me laugh whenever Bon yells at Ji-yeon about this. She just goes, blah-blah-blah. This is my mission and I can do what I want. I'm all grown up now.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ah, so it's not out of maliciousness, Ji-yeon's just on auto-pilot, like most of the other professional agents who get faked out in the course of the show. That being the case, I think I'd rather have an agent with a firm grasp of reality jealously sending a rival off to certain death than an inept one doing a half-baked threat assessment. Yowzer! ;-)

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is it just me or is it possible that Kim Bon and Jin Yong-tae grew up in the same orphanage around the same time?

Or is Yong-tae just playing him when he's calling him 'brother'?

1
10
reply

Required fields are marked *

I hadn't thought of that possibility, but it intrigues me. Since Yong-tae has had plastic surgery, unless there are photos of him at the orphanage, how would Bon be able to recognize his younger face?

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I thought it was Yong-tae who might have intuitively recognized Bon first, as he asked for him for rescue, and then started calling him brother. I also thought it was possible that Bon himself had had facial surgery, possibly due to a mission injury or a mission itself, and that the level of Yong-tae's recognition might've been due to Bon's personality, the way he moved, his presence. After all, even Sang-ryul said that Bon was too pretty to be allowed. Bon really scared / intrigued Yong-tae from the beginning.

Sorry, I was just remembering Yong-tae and Bon outside his car, and Ae-rin telling Yong-tae, we both know you're a scaredy-cat. Now I can't say anything sensible for a while. :-)

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@grumpyoldman,

I think you've hit on something. Certainly the way one moves is distinctive, and Young-tae could have been twigging to Bon's mannerisms he recalled from childhood. His fascination with Bon may be the result of cognitive dissonance caused by physical appearance not matching all the non-visual cues. Now we're getting into face blindness territory a la THE BEAUTY INSIDE. Oh, no. There is too much meta in this show! I'm losing my marbles. ;-)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think Yong Tae is calling him "Brother" out of respect and gratitude.

The show has never said where Yong Tae comes from, and we don't know if Bon was telling the truth when he told Sang Ryul that he came from Daegu. Still, I think Yong Tae would have recognized Bon as one of the cool older kids if they had been in the same orphanage.

Come to think of it, have they mentioned if Bon was an orphan when he was a kid?

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

That sounds good to me. I only half-believe my theory, myself. The thing that made me wonder is that Bon himself doesn't know how old he is, that is if he was truthful when he was being interrogated, I mean interviewed by KIS.

It's also possible that Bon's features have changed, maybe after a wound received in the military / NIS, and that Yong Tae might have 'gotten a feeling' about him due to his personality and the way he moved, like he did when he recognized Ra Do-woo (aka 'cutie').

But like I said I'm not married to it. This isn't Mr. Sunshine after all. :-)

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

My only problem with the idea that Bon doesn't know how old he is are a couple of later pieces of information that came up later.

When Sang Ryul did his rapid fire questioning in order to see if Bon had feelings for Ae Rin, Bon managed to quickly whip off that he was 39. Because this is the same scene where I picked up that Bon was from Daegu, obviously I place a certain amount of credibility to those answers over the previous KIS interview.

The other bit of information is that Bon's birthday is Halloween, which implies that there is a known date of birth.

Just like you aren't married to your theory, which is pure Kdrama, so I like it, we've also been given conflicting stories by the writer, so I can't be married to my own text based reading.

PS I agree with your body language comment earlier in the thread. When Ae Rin was being "followed" by the dark stranger as the light cliffhanger several episodes back, the dark stranger walked like So Ji Sub, so I knew who it was. (I spotted the same walk with this episodes cliffhanger.)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You're convincing me, especially with Bon's birthday and Sang Ryul's rapid-fire questioning of Bon, which I absolutely loved.

2 questions, was Bon the only from from Daegu, or did he mention it multiple times, or is that a play on "Oh My Venus" ?
Second, is So Ji Sub a little bow-legged? I was wondering what it was about his gait, especially when he ran to save Ae-rin from the flashing mirror.

0

for @pakalanapikake, I just had a vision of a forgotten scene for the last episodes, where Yong-tae, Killer K, and Kim Bon are all living. Of course they all have different names and different faces back then, cuz that's how the skullduggery games goes.

Young Jin Yong-tae is around 4 years old, shy, timid and scared, and he's friendly with people who won't hurt him, but otherwise he's doing his best to disappear into the woodwork, He's so hungry for a kind word from the matrons that he works extra hard and does nice things, but all they talk about is how cute and adorable he is. He's currently hiding behind some barrels because Killer K is in a mood, and he just knows if he gets caught he's gonna get it.

Killer K, who's about 10, is your typical early adolescent boy. He's probably just started shaving, just because, and he likes life's simple pleasures. Things like pulling the wings off butterflies, tying cans to the tails of stray dogs, and tying twine to the tails of stray cats, to leave them hanging on the clothesline to fight with each other, cuz each cat blames the other for their predicament. He's currently looking for poor little Yong-tae because, he's too good looking to be allowed, and "I just can't stand that kid." Of course while he's looking he's knocking other kids out of the way, left right and center. Time is money after all. He's good looking himself, but no one is allowed to be even half as good looking as he is.

And here's young Kim Bon, the king of the cafeteria crowd. He's brilliant, nice, and athletic. He's a soccer star, rowing champ, and martial arts champion, but not that good a swimmer. He's almost single-handedly keeping the orphanage open because people want to give donations when they see his picture on the fund-raising brochures.

He immediately spots Killer K looking for Yong-tae cuz, that's what he does, and really, how many 10 year olds can pull one over on a 16 year old? He yells to Killer K and says, Hey! Knock it off!

Killer K glares back at him, only a few feet from where Yong tae is cowering behind a box, and then when he sees who's talking, lowers his eyes and goes sulks in a corner.

That night at dinner time, Bon is thinking about his future. "Arrrgh these kids!" He thinks, "I gotta get outta here. When I grow up i'm gonna join the special forces and kill all the bad guys. No, I'm gonna be a rocket scientist. No, special forces. No, rocket scientist. Wait! A special-forces rocket-scientist!"

Killer K, in the meantime, is picking at his food and sulking. "God I hate that guy!" He thinks to himself while he glares at Bon, but only when Bon isn't looking. "I wish there were some way I could kill him."

And Yong Tae is on the opposite side of the room, in the corner. He's sitting with some friends, but somehow he's sitting so he's hiding behind them, cuz he's scared of Killer K's glares. "Those two are so cool!" He thinks. "I want to be like them...

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm long-winded, sorry.

And Yong Tae is on the opposite side of the room, in the corner. He's sitting with some friends, but somehow he's sitting so he's hiding behind them, cuz he's scared of Killer K's glares. "Those two are so cool!" He thinks. "I want to be like them." ... "But only if they don't catch me." He looks at his food dejectedly.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Up there, it was supposed to be, all living in the same orphanage.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *