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My Secret Terrius: Episodes 27-28

Our ajumma-turned-agent goes into the belly of the beast, but this time it’s a calculated risk. Bon may not like it, but when Ae-rin is determined, he’s right there alongside her as back-up. And just as Ae-rin gets drawn more into Bon’s world, Bon is starting to feel at home in hers. With friends to help from every side, what can go wrong for our team?

 
EPISODE 27

A man points a gun to Ae-rin’s head, who cringes away in fear and pleads, “Please don’t kill me.”

The man pulls the trigger…and a flag with “Bang!” on it pops out.

Ae-rin turns to see Bon standing there, and she yanks the toy gun from his hands in anger. Unapologetic, Bon points out that Ae-rin lied to him and asks, “Were you scared? What you’re doing is dangerous. You never know when a gun might be pointed at you.”

Ae-rin answers that she knows that, but determinedly says that she has already made it through the interview, and will have Ji-yeon and Do-woo’s help. She softly adds, “I know you’ll help me too. Because you always look out for me.”

Resigned, Bon says, “If that’s what you want, I’ll make sure to protect you.”

Ji-yeon ushers the two into her car, and cutely praises a proud Ae-rin for passing the interview. Pleased, Ji-yeon adds that Ae-rin even got the interview through her KIS connections rather than NIS.

Sitting alone in the back, Bon grumbles that he feels like a loner with these two getting along so well.

Bon is still worried about Ae-rin though, not least because she is a housewife with no NIS training. He decides there’s only one thing for it—they’ll have to start training.

The next day, Bon runs literal rings around Ae-rin, as she is put through her paces on the race track. Bon yells that she’s too slow and promises a prize if she finishes (I’m getting real Oh My Venus flashbacks here, ha).

Ae-rin rolls her eyes as Bon tells her for the 37th time to just run away if danger appears, and boasts in response to his question if she’s a great actress—she even fooled con-man Yong-tae. Ae-rin smiles as she fondly tells Bon, “You can stop your nagging, Mr. Worry.”

Director Shim gives Ji-yeon only one more month on the King’s Bag operation, and asks if she knows anything about the secret Swiss safe deposit box that belongs to Bon that Chief Kwon found. Ji-yeon lies that she doesn’t, but after she leaves the director mutters, “She’s definitely hiding something.”

Ji-yeon is suspicious too, as she wonders how Chief Kwon knew about the account.

Yoon Chun-sang meets with Yong-tae to tell him that they’re flying out to Switzerland next week to retrieve Bon’s things from his safe deposit box. That will be when Yong-tae’s fate is decided. An unhappy Yong-tae phones Bon, who agrees that this is very short notice.

A knock on Bon’s door has him on alert… as the KIS trio stand outside, holding gifts. When he opens the door, he’s left stunned as they barrel past him into his apartment before he can say anything.

The trio look through his things, make themselves comfortable and brightly inform him that they’ll be throwing a party here tonight. Overwhelmed, Bon is loaded down with an armful of groceries, and given instructions on what to prepare, ha.

Ae-rin joins the gang for the feast, and waves at Bon to come sit with them. Bon sits down, a bit wary, but he’s warmly welcomed by the trio and they all tuck in. Talk turns to the terrorist attack at the school, and Bon catches on in time to enthusiastically praise them for their good work.

The KIS spies turn to the real reason they’re here—to figure out what’s going on with Bon’s love life, ha. Bon quickly lies that Ji-yeon is actually an old colleague of his, and Sun-mi gasps that she must have worked at Mount Gyeryong as another fortune-teller with him. The trio run with the idea, at only a little prompting from impish Bon.

At the King’s Bag office, Do-woo leads Ji-yeon outside for a walk under the autumn leaves. Ji-yeon smiles that Do-woo seems to have grown into a man from the child she knew. To Do-woo’s disappointment, she refuses to try and catch a red leaf, which will make her find her true love.

But when Do-woo finds one in Ji-yeon’s hair, it gives him the courage to step close and place the necklace he bought for her round her neck. From the look on her face, she isn’t unaffected by Do-woo’s close proximity. To cover, she asks if he’s crazy, since it’s so expensive, but thanks him for the gift.

Do-woo grins and asks if they can go to Iceland now that the King’s Bag operation is almost over, as he reminds Ji-yeon of what she said the night she was drunk. Ji-yeon smiles, but Do-woo adds that she’ll have to pay for him, since he spent all his money on the necklace, and skips off.

At the KIS dinner, Ae-rin sadly admits that there’s no one to look after the Joon-Joon twins since Bon got a new job in “insurance”, so they’ll have to stay on Jeju. The trio rally round, as they promise to help Bon in his new job AND to look after the twins until Ae-rin can find a new sitter. They all toast to the plan and wait for Bon to raise his mug to theirs. Aww.

Later that night, Ae-rin lies to Eun-ha that the USB was her husband’s, sent as a threat by someone who didn’t want a book to get published. Relieved to hear that the man in the video didn’t actually die, Eun-ha accepts the explanation. When Ae-rin has to dash off to another meeting, Eun-ha smiles knowingly (because of the late hour) despite Ae-rin’s protests.

Unfortunately, it really is a meeting. Ae-rin and the King’s Bag team discuss the plan: Ae-rin will get the layout of Yoon Chun-sang’s house, which the spies will use to search for evidence while he’s out of the country with Yong-tae.

Do-woo instructs Ae-rin to use special contact lenses so they can see what she’s doing, and to place the listening stickers in Yoon Chun-sang’s room. Yong-tae moans that they gave him glasses which covered his handsome face, but grandly compliments Ae-rin on her spy skills… and then winks at her, ha. Bon sits up and asks if there’s something in Yong-tae’s eye.

After the meeting, Ae-rin wonders if she will get a code name, and asks Bon to think of one for her. He suggests “Alice” because Ae-rin has entered a real Wonderland of her own.

“Alice” enters Yoon Chun-sang’s house the next day, making sure to take a long look around the garden and entrance, so the team can see what she is seeing. There’s a wrinkle in the plan though—Ms. Ahn orders Ae-rin to stay in the kitchen, or else she will be fired.

Which is how Ae-rin ends up peeling garlic. From a huge bowl. All day.

Ae-rin complains to the team that night, because she can’t really do anything, but she did find out something interesting from the other workers. Only Ms. Ahn is allowed on the second floor, and all the doors are locked except when she’s in there to clean.

The team sigh about what they can do when everything is so tightly guarded—when Ae-rin has a bright idea.

EPISODE 28

Ae-rin sneaks into the cleaning cupboard the next day, and places a miniature camera onto the hoover. Before she can congratulate herself, Ms. Ahn appears from behind and demands to know what she’s doing. Ms. Ahn scrutinizes the cupboard, but doesn’t find anything and warns Ae-rin to just do her job properly.

And today, that means preparing a huge bowl of green onions. Ae-rin glares at the bowl, and watches curiously as Ms. Ahn eats a spoonful of honey powder before she leaves.

Ae-rin’s risk pays off when Ms. Ahn takes the vacuum upstairs to Yoon Chun-sang’s library, and the team spots the high-security safe he keeps there.

Do-woo declares that he will need Chun-sang’s fingerprint and specialized equipment to crack the safe. He goes to retrieve the equipment from the engineer, the same one who gave Do-woo the stickers. There’s no evidence that the stickers were signed out, and Do-woo muses that must mean they were snuck out by someone.

Once Do-woo leaves, Chief Kwon pops out, and asks the engineer what he was doing with Do-woo.

Bon meets with Ae-rin after work to walk her home, and praises her on a job well done. When Yong-tae sends her a series of cute animal emojis and a request to go to dinner, Ae-rin is confused but Bon takes matters into his own hands and sends back an angry little pig, ha.

Ae-rin smiles up at Bon, seeing that the emoji is the same one he (accidentally) sent to her before, and happily agrees to go back with Bon to get dinner together. Poor Yong-tae sits pathetically alone in his apartment, disappointed at being rebuffed.

At Bon’s apartment, Ae-rin hovers and badgers him about cooking incorrectly until Bon exasperatedly tells her to go sit down and relax. He explains that he’s cooking because she worked hard all day. Hee.

Ae-rin effusively compliments the finished meal (while Bon looks at her with adoration) and thanks him for letting her experience the best kind of meal—one made for you by someone else. Bon shyly says that this was the first time he ever cooked meat for someone in this house.

Meanwhile, Yong-tae’s former secretary Mr. Park hides outside Yong-tae’s base and calls Yoon Chun-sang to inform him that Yong-tae hasn’t done anything suspicious. Mr. Park isn’t very good at hiding though, and Yong-tae catches him in the act.

The next day, Ji-yeon impresses on the King’s Bag team that the operation to retrieve the information—details on the assassinations and corrupt officials—from Yoon Chun-sang’s safe is their last chance before they get shut down, so they must succeed. Bon decides that he will do the actual retrieval, since no one apart from Yoon Chun-sang knows his face.

Ji-yeon runs over the plan again—Ae-rin will cut the WiFi wire, so that Ms. Ahn is forced to call in a repairman, Bon in disguise, who will use the opportunity to crack the safe. Ae-rin warns that Ms. Ahn is formidable and doesn’t let anyone she doesn’t know enter—but KIS did hear a rumor that she has a weakness for handsome men.

Yong-tae heaves a big sigh, and says that he will take the risk, since he’s needed. Everyone else around the table turns to stare at him, preening as he sits beside Bon. Bon scoffs that he already said he would go in, and besides, it’s too dangerous for anyone else. Yong-tae pouts.

The next day, Ms. Ahn almost doesn’t let Bon in… until Bon does the classic makeover move and takes off his cap and glasses. A halo of light surrounds him, Ms. Ahn goes weak at the knees for the handsome repair man, and Bon is allowed in.

He “fixes” the TV, and asks if there are any more computers or TVs so he can set up the new password. Just as Ms. Ahn is about to refuse, Bon picks up his drink and downs it in such a sexy way (while “Careless Whisper” plays, lol) that Ms. Ahn asks him to follow her.

Upstairs, Ms. Ahn is glued to Bon’s side… until a massive crash is heard from below, and she runs out to investigate. While Bon sets to work on the safe, Ms. Ahn finds Ae-rin standing beside the broken honey jar, and is apoplectic with rage.

Meanwhile, Chief Kwon tips off Director Shim that the King’s Bag team have borrowed the safe-cracker. The director hurries over to discover the office empty and there’s a post-it note with Bon’s handwriting on it.

The director phones Ji-yeon and demands an explanation. Anxious to keep the mission on course, Ji-yeon and Do-woo decide to go back to the King’s Bag office to appease him, while Bon stays behind to complete the recovery.

In more bad news, Yoon Chun-sang receives a phone call, and to Yong-tae’s consternation, he orders that the car is turned around. Out of the corner of his eye, the driver notices Yong-tae sending a text to someone.

At Yoon’s house, Bon finally cracks the safe, and hits the jackpot with Yong-tae’s USB and files on the assassinations inside. Except, an alarm rings out across the house, which alerts Ms. Ahn to the theft and she flies back upstairs.

Bon bundles the incriminating evidence into his bag, and delivers a swift blow to Ms. Ahn’s back that puts her to sleep. Storming out of the room, Bon orders Ae-rin to meet him outside in the garden. He narrowly dodges the security guards, and slips out to a balcony where he spots Ae-rin waiting for him below… and the killer K advancing on Ae-rin from behind with a raised gun.

Bon leaps from the balcony, and runs at Ae-rin. Just as K pulls the trigger, Bon crashes into Ae-rin and sends them both flying to the ground.

Ae-rin is unscathed, but Bon has been shot in the arm. Panicked, Ae-rin fusses over the wound, but Bon reassures her that he’s fine and hands her the bag of evidence. He directs her to escape while he deals with K and grimly says, “I have unfinished business with him.”

Bon manages to get the drop on K, and Ae-rin escapes in the chaos. Bon puts up a good fight, but with only one good arm, K quickly overpowers him. Bon lies incapacitated on the ground, as K raises his gun to fire.

Ae-rin makes it out of the house, and stumbles into the road. The sound of a gunshot rings out.

 
COMMENTS

I’m glad to say that after a minor slump last week, we are (mostly) back on form. The Joon-Joon twins are still a missing hole in my heart, but the joy came back, which is the most important thing to this show.

For instance, it was wonderful to see Bon be welcomed into the KIS trio. From the slightly stunned look on his face throughout their meal, I have to wonder if Bon has ever had friends, but one thing is for sure—he’s never had friends like these. The closest friend that he had, Ji-yeon, was his work colleague and one that he didn’t contact after he went on the run. His walls were up so high that it would take a totally shameless, hilarious lot like KIS to get through, and Bon might pretend that it’s an imposition but we all know better. The KIS crew are treating him like one of their own now, with all the loyalty and expectations that go along with that, and Bon is going to fit right in. He already enjoys fondly teasing them, and he needs that happiness in his life after all the years of loneliness he went through. KIS are getting a good deal too, since Bon goes above and beyond for those people who are close to him. What I’m saying is, I want to go hang out with this lovely gang of friends. And maybe invite Yong-tae. He can keep everyone entertained by repeatedly talking about how handsome he is, and pouting when his “brother” makes fun of him.

It’s not just the KIS trio, as Bon and Ae-rin’s relationship continues to be peppered with sweet moments and meaningful connection. Bon is so in tune with Ae-rin and goes out of his way to make her life easier because she was the one who noticed him and treated him kindly when he didn’t have anyone. It’s a bit sad to think that Bon was so cut off that he believed Ae-rin’s kindness was suspicious, but now he’s surrounded by people he loves. You can tell that he’s not taking that for granted now, because he’s determined to do everything right. So he suppors Ae-rin in her decisions even when he doesn’t like them and pushes her when she needs it–doing small things that means a lot. Their meal together was a highlight of the episode for me, because it felt like a date, but it also felt like they were a couple totally comfortable with each other. It’s so easy to see how they would be together that it feels like they are already family. I guess the dating timeline gets a bit muddled when you basically live together and have the heightened tension of being constantly in danger. My heart tugged for Ae-rin when she admitted that this the first meal someone had made for her—as we saw in the first few episodes, Ae-rin was so busy being a mom it was like she was single. But Bon wouldn’t be the same kind of partner or father as her husband was, as he promises to be involved and present in their family unit.

In what has turned out to be too common in this show, Ae-rin hasn’t explained why she is so determined to go after Yoon Chun-sang herself, and put herself directly into harm’s way, which I would have appreciated. I expect we are to assume that it’s in the name of justice for her husband’s death, but Ae-rin also genuinely seems to enjoy working as a spy. It makes use of her diverse set of talents, there’s a thrilling element to it that has been missing from her life as a housewife, and Ae-rin is very good under pressure. It’s no wonder that Ji-yeon wants her as part of the team (even if it is incredibly unprofessional). And on that, I absolutely loved seeing Ji-yeon compliment Ae-rin and trust her to carry out this important stage of the mission. Ji-yeon so easily could have fallen into the cliche of scorned second lead, and instead she is here cheerleading our heroine. And yay to Do-woo finally getting Ji-yeon to see him in a romantic light—it only took a little unexpected skinship.

There’s very little plot left to this show, but Bon came face to face with his worst fear in this episode—as Candy’s death was almost re-enacted before his very eyes with Ae-rin. At least this time he was able to save Ae-rin, and he made good on his promise earlier to protect her. As we go into finale week, I hope that the show stays true to what made it so good—which is to say, keep it light on the spy front and give us oodles of fun.

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I could honestly watch 50 episodes of KIS and Joon-joon and bored spies being forced to watch people peeling garlic. This episode was hilarious. It's just a shame the spy plot line is so weak.

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And Bon's fish-out-of-water moments when the KIS or Joon Joon does something surprising!

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I’m really going to miss this show when it finishes.
I have to say I went into not really expecting to like it all that much.
But it’s such a sweet show despite the big holes in the spy side of the story. But the tone of the show really makes it more forgivable that the spy side of things isn’t very believable. There’s going to be a King castle sized hole left in my heart when it’s all done.

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I hope Ji yeon bought another bracelet for Do woo. I want just one scene in the finale of them taking a trip to iceland. And I hope everyone survives, especially yong tae. Hopefully he threatened his former secretary to help him, as we didn't see what happened after he caught him snooping around.

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I truly hate the spy thing. Honestly, the writer doesn't know how to put a believable show, and I really dislike the histrionic danger music when we know there is no real danger.
I don't know if you guys watched the drama "Switch" with Jang Keun suk. Many complained because it was not believable, but at least for me, it was... half of it in regard to plot, but 70% of it in regard to execution. The switch team really tricked me almost every time, and that is why, when the guy (or the team) was in danger, I was really worried. And they would always come up with intelligent ways to get out of trouble.

But here, I am not worried for them, and I don't see a much (at least) intelligent execution of the so called "missions" they are on, or a believable reason why they would put themselves so much in "danger"... just to discover the web of baddies??? Are you superheroes or what?? 😒 Revenge? Is Ae rin so desperate to bring justice upon the death of her husband that she would put herself in danger, even being under the thread of leaving her children orphaned??
It simply doesn't make sense. 😑
The writing in this show sucks. 😡
I would have rather had a less "dangerous" operation, less significant plot, but a better execution. Yet... the writer does not think logically.

Having all characters in a life or death situation in every single cliffhanger, in every single episode from the beginning, is not the best way to keep us tuned. It is stressful and knowing they are not really in danger, it becomes silly and tiresome in a rather boring way. 😒😒😒😒😡
I really wanted to drop this show, but I am staying simply for the cuteness when the children are around or the friendship when the KIS team is around.
In this episode, I didn't have much of any, so.... 🙄
I am not happy. 😕

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I've seen Switch.. And the only thing that bothers me on that show was how on earth can two people be exactly same when they are not even twins, or worse, related with each other. 🤔 I can say that the conmen are really smart. Now that you've mentioned it, I'm missing jang geun seuk now.

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I got theory that writer took her knowledge about spy operation from spy themed Harlequin novels ;) but still I watch the show for the KIS and their shenanigans.

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Exactly! I only want to watch nice characters being happy and making me laugh.

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I really like the KIS trio. Their warm acceptance of Bon in their circle is very touching and something this lonely man needs in his life.

I do lose patience on how weak the spy stuffs are so I just immerse myself on what makes this show good.

I miss the twins so much. I do hope we see more of them in the next episodes. Bon just looks happier when he is with them. More twins scenes please!

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Bon and Aerin's relationship (as of the moment) are truly friendship goals. I love how they truly support each other even on things they dont agree with. And yes, the dinner scene was simple and sweet... No need for fancy dates whatsoever. 😊 i miss the joon-joon twins though... At least, for this episode, i can say that NIS has levelled up a bit. Overall, this has been an entertaining show to watch. I am still looking forward on how things will go in the end. Hopefully, it doesnt disappoint especially after all the relationship development among its characters. 😊

For some reason, i am quite drawn to this drama eversince i first saw the trailer. I think i am not quite ready yet for this to end. I might even re-watch the episodes after this is over. 😁

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Thank you for recapping, @helcat. Yes, indeedy, Show has gotten its mojo back. I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

Since romance is in the air, could Show please find someone for Yong-tae? Like Bon, he's been pretty love-starved, too. He just has to meet a lady who is capable of appreciating his stupendous awesomeness. ;-)

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OMG I was just thinking Sun-mi for Yong-tae. Two super-silly, vain people together.

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@grumpyoldman So appropriate, however, the poor kid!!!

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Plus one! they will be a good fit... :)

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*picks a leaf from her hair and swoops in to place a necklace around her neck*
Smooth, Do Woo....very smooth.

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I loved it. So that's what changing his hair color meant. It makes him look more mature, and less frivolous. I'll have to file that in my Hair Tropes Index. ;-)

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I thought so too. When they were walking together I was surprised at how much he towered over her and how mature he looked. He always gave me the impression that he was a scrawny fella.

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Bon's cooking meat for Ae-rin's giving me all the flashback of So Ji-sub's cooking his meat in "Little House of the Forest" where he could eat meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner... :)

Oh, miss Joon-Joon in this episode! They only had a few second on the screen with them singing to their mom. Hope will see them more next week (with Bon).

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I had similar flashbacks. (I also spent a lot of time pausing my stream just so I could figure out the recipes.)

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That scene. With Bon and Ms Ahn. It KILLED ME DEAD. Better yet, I watched this episode with kdrama-loving family, and when he drank the orange juice they all turned to look at me slowly in unison, expecting me to be looking like another Ms Ahn. I cannot believe they played Careless Whisper too. I will never forget.

When I first realised that this show was a little spoofy I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. I'm a bit of a bulldog when it comes to So Ji Sub though, I don't know how to let go of his pant leg, so I kept on watching. I am SO happy I did.

The only issue is that I never feel the cliffhangers or the danger element. I never feel like there will genuinely be a death or extreme injury. I never doubted that Bon was alive after the van explosion, and I doubt he'll get anything more than minor injuries at the end of this episode too. I also find myself more uncomfortable than amused at how incompetent and inefficient the NIS is portrayed as when compared to, say, KIS.

This show relies on the character interactions and the quirks to keep it chugging. I'm surprised I enjoy it so much, I'm more of an action or horror kind of gal, and this drama's action scenes are few and toothless.

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@alex8825 AlexDanno -- as in "Book 'im, Danno"?! Tip of the hat to Jack Lord? ;-)

I'm a bit of a bulldog when it comes to So Ji Sub though, I don't know how to let go of his pant leg, so I kept on watching. I am SO happy I did.

The only issue is that I never feel the cliffhangers or the danger element... This show relies on the character interactions and the quirks to keep it chugging.

You and me both. LOL at your turn of phrase. I read you loud and clear. ;-)

I think this is my first SJS drama, and I love his deadpan expressions. Between him and Do Kyung-soo in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE, I've been having a blast watching both these guys keep a straight face and then suddenly turn into marshmallows.

One reason I've been enjoying TERIUS so much is precisely because I know that the main characters will come through in one piece. I've been watching GUEST and PLAYER, too, and the death, injury, and collateral damage quotient in those shows is depressingly higher. Heck, even in this one, I was taken aback when Ae-rin's husband bit the dust at the start of the show. (And then the actor shows up over in THE THIRD CHARM where he's doing a wonderful job, only to suffer a devastating accident.) Thankfully, TERIUS is frothy enough that it balances out the other more realistic revenge/crime/historical/horror shows I'm watching. All the gloriously mushy stuff with the kiddies -- including overgrown kid Yong-tae -- is my kind of catnip. ;-)

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Actually, it's as in Danno Tatsuya, that glorious character from Ouroboros which might just be my favourite drama.

SJS is fantastic at deadpan. I'd definitely recommend Master's Sun for more deadpan, he does it so well.

That's a really good perspective to have - the guarantee of a character not suffering too much or dying horribly is something pretty foreign to me (especially as a long-term Game of Thrones viewer), so it's nice to know even if it kills off a little suspense.

Yong-Tae is fantastic. I liked him from the beginning, but after the scenes with him and Bon, I like him even more. His comment about having to be the handsome guy to sway Ms Ahn, and the looks he got in response. LOL. I'd prefer it if Bon didn't get too romantic with Ae-Rin and became roommates with Yong-Tae instead. I'd watch a whole new series about them living together.

Hope to see you in the comments for the latest Third Charm episodes this week. You usually share my views pretty well and that show is giving me blood pressure problems.

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Ah, so that's where your Danno comes from. Not the original HAWAII FIVE-0. I started out as a sageuk watcher, and generally skipped thrillers and contemporary mayhem because of lack of sword fights. ;-) Although I did enjoy A MAN CALLED GOD because it was so over the top, and Song Il-gook was shockingly hunktastic in the posters after the sageuks I'd seen him in.

ROFLMAO at the concept of Yong-tae and Terius rooming together across the hall (in what amounts to THREE'S COMPANY because of YT and his ego). THE BON IDENTITY meets THE ODD COUPLE just slays me. I've been loving Son Ho-jun in this show. I'd only seen him before in GO BACK COUPLE, and he was great, first as a jerk, and then as a decent human being. -- Whoever in the recap threads characterized Yong-tae as a big, prissy cat hit the nail on the head. I can practically see his whiskers. LOL!

As for THE THIRD CHARM, I'm attempting to hold my peace, although I have a bit to say in WHAT WE'RE WATCHING, which I'll be posting later today. I'm going to have to go into therapy myself by the time that show ends. It is too real. I've been a tad behind in my viewing because of the finales of 100 DAYS MY PRINCE and THE GUEST. PLAYER winds up today (Nov. 11 in the US), and I'm hoping that everyone makes it out alive.

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LMAO yes. Yong-Tae is like that prissy cat and Bon is the big tired bloodhound the cat slinks around and rubs against, side-eyeing and pretending like it's not the highlight of his day.

The Third Charm is sort of ruining my faith in humanity, tbh. I won't comment on some of the stuff I've seen said across the web in case I spoil anyone here, but I honestly cannot believe some of the things I've seen. I've reached a point where I hate that show and I'm only sticking with it a) it's nearly over and b) I love watching SKJ act, especially his expressions.

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@alex8825 AlexDanno November 11, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Laughing my head off at Terius as the exasperated bloodhound side-eyeing the diva-tastic feline while pretending he doesn't crave Prissy Cat's adulation. I love these two, and hope that they really do turn out to be past inmates of the same orphanage. It is not that far-fetched, as I suspect the best spies are ones without family ties. But family is a relative term, and families of choice often trump literal blood kinship.

OT on THE THIRD CHARM, but what the heck. I am mesmerized by both leads' performances, and think that Esom is doing every bit as well as Seo Kang-joon. In my book, the show is very true to life, excruciatingly so, and reminds me a lot of LIVE, which is one of the very best shows of 2018. The characters and the depictions of their experiences were painfully realistic. That's what made the drama so utterly compelling. It wasn't recapped, but a bunch of us convened to discuss it at: http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/noh-hee-kyungs-live-recruits-shin-dong-wook-as-loyal-policeman/#comment-3219140

So often in life, people come across as unlikable or even downright repellent. As viewers, we sometimes have to commit to waiting and watching to see what unfolds. Some characters are totally unable to communicate, and we get frustrated at trying to read their minds to ascertain their motivations and what makes them tick – just like the other characters on screen. In this respect, THE THIRD CHARM is highly realistic, depressingly so. The sad fact is that some people never get their lives together. They adapt to less-than-optimal life circumstances, and even when the situation improves, they are unable to upgrade to the new conditions. They remain trapped in maladaptive attitudes and behaviors. It's tragic, but that's the way life often goes. Similarly, you cannot truly rescue anyone else. You can only learn to take care of yourself, and live your own life in a manner that inspires others to do likewise.

Thanks for not spoiling T3rdC. I hope you mention your concerns in the next recap thread. I find myself getting very frustrated, too. But that is because the writing and performances are so life-like and convincing. Maybe the viewers complaining the most are ones who haven't lived long enough to have experienced the kinds of things the very human, very flawed characters have been dealing with.

Just in case it might help, I posted a bunch of songs on my fan wall last week or so, tagged with show's name. They're all pieces that at one time or another helped keep me going when the existential blues set in. IMHO, they're germane to what I see going on in the character arcs. Call it DIY music therapy. ;-)

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So, Sang-ryeol is dressing like Bon now, HAHAHAHAHA !!!!

The more Ae Rin personality shows, the more her and her late husband make more and more sense.

I don't see her and Bon lasting romantically. Yeah, that relationship will not last at all.

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Beware of Rampant Speculation

Pssst, @larelle79. Keep this under your hat. I wouldn't be surprised if Dead Dad shows up alive and well after being successfully resuscitated and kept in protective custody by Chief Kwon. We'll find out he was an agent under deep cover himself. Bon will be adopted by the family as Uncle, so everyone will be happy. And Yong-tae, now happily paired off with Sun-mi, will confirm that he and Bon in fact grew up in the same orphanage. It is practically written in the stars. Meanwhile, former blondie Do-woo and Ji-yeon will fly off into the sunrise to Iceland. ;-)

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I don't quite think that will work though. It doesn't seem like Bon's feelings are entirely platonic. Relegating him to the Uncle of the family and watching them all play house together happily ever after would be torture for him.

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@phaiklin,

Yes, there is that drawback. I'm thinking of the kiddos, and what's best for them. Having Daddy and Uncle would be a win-win.

Yes, Bon has been stepping up to the non-platonic plate. and yes, it would be torture for him if Dad returned. So is Ae-rin going to keep lying to Joon-Joon so they'll both hate her guts when they grow up and learn the truth, and have to spend years in therapy to deal with Mom's betrayal? What a horrible scenario.

Maybe the best thing she could do is tell them he died in a car accident on a business trip overseas, hold the funeral, and join them in a long-overdue cryfest. The fact that babysitter Uncle is there would make it a bit easier for them. They're only little kids.

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Saw a post from the fanwall with the twins and I had to watch the four episodes. But I see little signs of the twins T_T

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I love that the show keeps the light tone for everything because honestly the whole spy thing is more hilarious than thrilling or epic. I lol'ed so hard at the scenes of Ms. Ahn and her OCD, AND Careless Whisper hahahaha. I also can't take The Voice seriously after seeing him as grumpy dad in BTIOFL. The only convincing villain is the killer guy but I tend to fast forward his scene because I couldn't care less about the secret gang. Honestly at this point, the show can do whatever it wants with the secret group and Bon's romance, as long as no one dies at the end, I'll stay for the bickering and teasing scenes of our KIS and King's Bag team hehe.

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Was driving a couple of hours ago and on the radio, "Careless Whisper" came on ...... thanks to this episode, Bon immediately came to mind.

*laughing*

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The only thing that bugs me, I was honestly waiting on someone to bring it up, with Ae Rin going undercover is it seems unlikely given her protective mother instinct. Why would she be willing to go undercover given how dangerous it is? I know she wants to do it to bring down the people that killed her husband but what if she was killed too? Would she really be willing to leave her children parentless?

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Yeah,Ae-Rin has always been shown to be a bit thoughtless of the situations that she gets herself into.We have learned to roll with it since *cough*plot contrivance*cough*.
I think we are supposed to buy that her need for bringing justice to her innocent husband is what's driving her to wade into the spy world!
I'm not saying any of it was done convincingly,but that's the one we got 😊

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Thank you for beautiful recap... what I guess is chief kwon who saves the Bon.. And mole is NIS director what I guess.. still I couldn’t see any romance between Bon and Aerin..hope the writer give us a good ending though

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Every time "Creep" by TLC comes on during this show, I cannot help but burst into laughter. I love that this show doesn't take itself seriously, but never feels cheap because of the cast's amazing chemistry. I am going to miss the warm feeling this show gives me.

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