My Secret Terrius: Episodes 31-32 (Final)
Well, it’s time to say goodbye folks. I know that I for one will miss all the silly capers and sweet relationships this show brought every week but at least all the characters we know and love get a send-off today. And it doesn’t hurt that a whole boatload of fun is crammed in, reminding us of what this show did best as we leave it behind for good.
In the van carrying Director Shim, double agent Park Do-hoon orders the getaway plan into motion. The unsuspecting agents in the cars behind are blocked from following, and methodically executed by Park Do-Hoon’s men.
At King’s Bag headquarters, Bon and Do-woo lose sight of the van as it enters a tunnel—and the SWAT team find it empty when they open it. With no surveillance cameras to follow them, it’s a clean escape.
In a secure hideout, Director Shim reconvenes with Yoon Chun-sang and they plot their disappearance from the country—in four hours, they will leave from Incheon harbor.
Bon knows that once the pair have left Korea, there will be no way to catch them. He rings Yong-tae to ask him to chase any of his Cornerstone leads that could help. On the official spy side, Chief Kwon brings in NIS resident gadget inventor, the exuberant Dr. Park… who might have the answer to their problem because he gave Director Shim a location-tracking pen before and forgot to tell him what it was.
Director Shim might still have it, but there’s only one problem—he will need to click the pen to activate it before the King’s Bag team can use it to hunt him down.
At the hospital, Ae-rin gently cares for the still-unconscious Ji-yeon and entreats her to wake up.
Meanwhile, Yong-tae receives a concerning call—from Yoon Chun-sang. He wants Yong-tae to join him so they can finish what they started with Bon’s secret safe. Afterwards, a confused Yong-tae wonders if Yoon Chun-sang doesn’t know that he was betrayed.
Bon warily tells Yong-tae that it’s too dangerous to go since it might be a trap. Visibly nervous, but committed to his change of heart, Yong-tae persuasively argues that if he doesn’t go now, NIS will never catch the fugitives—and Chief Kwon agrees.
The only thing that Yong-tae can take with him is one of the listening device stickers. Bon isn’t happy, but Yong-tae smiles, “Brother, I know you’ll protect me. Am I wrong?”
Yong-tae waits outside in a busy, crowded area for the Cornerstone agents to pick him up. As the clock ticks closer, Bon grows suspicious—the area is so open, that Yong-tae could be shot from anywhere.
He realizes it’s a trap and runs towards Yong-tae, trying to warn him. Yong-tae turns to Bon, and the sniper takes his shot. Yong-tae collapses in Bon’s arms, blood pouring from his chest. He looks up at Bon and gasps, “Brother, did we fail?”
Bon urges him to stay awake, Yong-tae’s faith in him ringing in his ears, but Yong-tae’s hand falls limp. His blood runs across the heart sticker stuck to his palm.
From the safety of his getaway car, Yoon Chun-sang scoffs, “That punk. How dare he try to play with me?” A flashback to the night he and Yong-tae were supposed to fly to Switzerland reveals that Yoon Chun-sang’s driver actually had seen Yong-tae’s traitorous text. Director Shim muses that Yong-tae did give them a diversion for their escape… and hands Yoon Chun-sang the tracker pen for him to use.
Do-woo runs to tell the team that the pen has been activated, and the NIS agents catch up with the fugitives at Incheon harbor.
Bon spots their car, and angrily rams them from behind. While Director Shim and Yoon Chun-sang flee on foot, their men provide back-up and shoot wildly at Bon and Do-woo. Through his expert shooting and agile manoeuvring, Bon singlehandedly takes out the men, and reassures Do-woo that he can stay behind. But Do-woo steps up, and shoots one last man that Bon missed.
Unstoppable, Bon races after Director Shim and Yoon Chun-sang, catching up to them just at the entrance of the ferry. Director Shim turns his gun on Yoon Chun-sang, and warns Bon that if he dies, so does all the Cornerstone evidence.
Disgusted at the treachery, Bon says, “To you, a colleague is just someone you use for your own benefit.” Director Shim points out that he lived solely for the organization, and Bon sighs that it was a pity that organization couldn’t have been NIS.
Bon coolly shoots Director Shim in the arm, and Shim’s gun clatters harmlessly to the ground.
Chief Kwon and her team swarm on the scene, securing the two criminals. Chief Kwon lays one hand on Bon’s shoulder, and gets into the van to personally escort Director Shim and Yoon Chun-sang to their new prison.
One month later
Bon and Ae-rin visit Yong-tae… where his ashes lie in a resting place. Ae-rin gently says, “How have you been Yong-tae? You’re no longer being chased. Rest in pease.”
Outside, Ae-rin asks what was really in that safe in Switzerland. With a small smile, Bon says, “What else? One of the great tricks of the con-man Jung In-soo.” Ae-rin shakes her head affectionately to hear that Yong-tae fabricated the safe when he realized Yoon Chun-sang’s plan was to kill him.
In a return to normality, Bon goes back to the school run… and the mothers all swoon as he strolls towards them (this time, to “Sexbomb”). Sang-ryul gets shot down when he suggests he would look that good in a suit, ha.
The Joon-Joon twins hop out of the bus into Bon’s waiting arms, and it’s tough to say who looks happier. All three dash off together, as Sun-mi sighs that every household should have a sitter like Bon. Sun-mi has been running her own shop—successfully—and we come full circle as Eun-ha offers to find a sitter for her. The KIS trio clap excitedly for Sun-mi’s new job.
In domestic bliss, Bon looks after the Joon-Joon twins. He plays hair stylist with Joon-hee (giving her a “princess hair-do”, doctor with Joon-soo, gets paid in nose-nose kisses and it’s all too cute. Excuse me while I rewind.
Bon reads to the Joon-Joon twins, but they struggle to stay awake… and he asks if his storytelling is too boring and they nod. So Bon turns to technology and ice cream instead, which they much prefer. The twins put on their cutest faces, and ask if they can play at his apartment.
Bon smiles fondly as the twins stand enthralled before the fish—and asks them to look after them while he’s away. The twins are downcast that Bon is going away again, but they promise to look after their mom until he comes back.
Ae-rin is on the job hunt once more—but gets suspicious when she ends up in a completely empty office. A mysterious woman sits with her back to Ae-rin as she approaches… and the chair wheels round to reveal Chief Kwon.
Bon and the Joon-Joon twins congratulate Sun-mi on her new career—as an owner of her own Quiznos—and Ae-rin meets up with them for lunch. Aww, it’s like they’re a real family. Ae-rin proudly tells Bon that her interview went well.
At home that night, the twins brush their teeth without complaint, and Ae-rin grins at Bon’s trick to get them to comply—which involves the exchange of lots of ice cream.
KIS—with Bon as their newest member—meet up for their routine chat, and Eun-ha tells Ae-rin she’s actually glad she was fired from Yoon Chun-sang’s kitchen, since she heard that household has fallen apart now.
Excited about their other news, KIS tell Ae-rin and Bon they caught Joon-Joon’s kidnapper (assassin K) last month—but he escaped from under the cop’s eyes. Eun-ha sighs they will just have to catch him again, but Bon jumps in to warn them to just call the police if they find him.
Although Eun-ha is surprised at how much of a coward Bon is (ha) she agrees he has reason to be after Ji-yeon’s “hit-and-run” accident—which reminds KIS to make plans to visit her in hospital.
With a flourish, Eun-ha pulls out an early Christmas gift for Bon, since he will be going to the USA soon. Bon looks touched as he takes out the framed photo of the KIS crew and a scarf they all hand knitted together for him in four different colors.
Sang-ryul breaks the sweet moment and makes it weird by asking Bon for a nose kiss—but Bon obliges, and Sang-ryul flops over in delight. I love it.
In the hospital, Ji-yeon is frustrated because she can’t walk yet and Do-woo refuses to wheel her outside. She notices the red leaf stuck to the window, and Do-woo tells her that he caught it in her hair last time and put it up so she would wake up. Ji-yeon smiles that he’s more mature than she thought, to Do-woo’s pleasure.
Bon comes to say goodbye to Ji-yeon, and promises to see her when he gets back. Although Do- woo is puzzled by Bon’s (unfashionable) scarf, Bon sweetly defends it, “It’s ajumma style, I like it.”
Outside, Bon asks Ae-rin to drive with him to the airport, and she jokes that there better be something in it for her. Bon tells her that if she gets in, she will find out. Ae-rin cheekily asks, “Is it that difficult to ask me to see you off?”
As they say goodbye for an unknown length of time, Ae-rin asks Bon to be safe and not get hurt. Bon answers, “I won’t. I’m Kim Bon.”
One Year Later, Poland
K walks the streets of Poland freely, and ruthlessly kills a security guard so that he can set up the perfect spot to shoot his new target. Elsewhere, Bon readies his own sniper gun.
K lines up his shot, but a panicked voice in his ear tells him to abort because he has been spotted. K furtively looks around… and spots Bon across from him, a laser trained on his forehead.
K has no time to move, and Bon pulls the trigger. K falls over, dead.
Mr. Park got his dream come true, and happily tends to his plants. A package arrives for him, containing coffee-making supplies. Mr. Park laughs to see the sender is “The Handsome Man’s Cafe.”
It’s true! Yong-tae is alive! And he is running the appropriately named café—where there’s no menu to choose from because he selects the beans for the customer. Oh, Yong-tae.
A year ago, Yong-tae actually recovered from his gunshot wound, and Bon gave him the new identity he was promised—as Wang Mi-nam (minam means “handsome man”), Wang Jeong-nam’s little brother. Aww. Yong-tae vowed to live an ordinary life from then on.
Which is exactly what he’s doing in the present, as he watches over his happy customers (mostly) in satisfaction. He admits to himself, “It is a bit boring. But this kind of life isn’t bad either.”
At NIS, Chief Kwon—now Director Kwon—laughs at Ae-rin’s diligence in selling products when she doesn’t need to (classic) and welcomes back Ji-yeon and Do-woo from their travels.
Ji-yeon is totally mended, and the pair smile bashfully when Director Kwon asks why they went travelling to Iceland together. Director Kwon explains that King’s Bag is still open to use as a secret office whenever they need it.
And at the moment, it’s being used as a base for our other spies, the KIS. Sun-mi comments that time has flown by, because her daughter is nearly ready for school, and Sang-ryul has had another baby. To thank his wife, Sang-ryul bought her a new pair of red shoes, which are her favorite style.
Director Kwon stops by King’s Bag—and the tables are turned on her when KIS sit down and tell her that they know she’s moved into King Castle Apartments. Eun-ha offers her a spot on the KIS committee and, taken aback, Director Kwon asks for time to think about it.
KIS rush off to pick up the kids, and Director Kwon cuts to the chase with Ae-rin: she has an important mission for “Alice.”
Ae-rin receives a package from another agent—and with the Mission Impossible theme tune playing—dons some classic spy gear and goes to the designated locker to pick up her orders. Inside the locker is a briefcase and a slip of paper with a time and location co-ordinates.
The co-ordinates lead Ae-rin to Namsan Tower, where she stands alone. A waiter comes over with two mojitos. Ae-rin remembers Bon’s promise a split second before she sees him standing in the distance.
Bon walks up, and asks, “Did you miss me?” With tears in her eyes, Ae-rin replies, “I did. So, so much.” Neither of them can stop smiling (and neither can I).
Ae-rin jokes that it was so hard living without a sitter, and is pleased to hear that Bon has finally finished the job he set out to do. Bon answers that he’s just glad they could finally come for mojitos at Namsan Tower.
Bon asks what the briefcase is about, and Ae-rin tells him that it’s her directive from Director Kwon. Inside, there are two plane tickets and the instructions read “Operation: Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Their mission is to fly to New York and pretend to be a married couple.
Ae-rin opens the jewelry box to find matching wedding rings. Ae-rin and Bon exchange a look. Bon asks her, “Should we put them on?”
The rings fit perfectly. Bon smiles down at his and says, “This mission should be exciting.” Ae-rin admits that she feels nervous, but Bon reassures her, “Don’t worry. Terrius is behind you.”
Bon and Ae-rin clink their mojito glasses in cheers and grin at each other in delight.
Don’t mind me, my heart is just bursting over here.
Bon and Ae-rin’s last scene got me right in the feels—it was so charming, heartwarming, and it referenced their history together. I don’t even mind that we didn’t get a kiss in the end (too much) because these two have so much chemistry together that a look can convey a lifetime. I love the idea that they are heading off to have big adventures together—from saving the country to becoming a proper family. In a way, it makes sense that Ae-rin would be nervous about the start of their family—she has been through an unhappy marriage before and knows all the ways it can go wrong. Bon has the luxury of innocence—but he’s also not worried because he knows that he’s fully committed to making the Joon-Joon twins and Ae-rin happy. Bon and Ae-rin have seen each other at their worst, and their best, and they have chosen in all the meaningful ways to be there for one another. Plus, we got that adorably corny line from Bon, which was the perfect last line for such a corny show.
I don’t think I need to belabor the point, but the spy side of this drama was always seriously lame—and I was worried after the previous episode that we wouldn’t get the sweet fluff that we’re all here for. By the end of the show, it didn’t even feel like Bon was exacting vengeance, because it was a paint-by-numbers resolution. I did enjoy Bon pursuing K, just because of how low-tension it was—and clearly a manufactured reason for the time jump—with a great payoff when Bon got the drop on K. Yes, this episode did have loose ends to tie up on the spy front, and yes, I would have preferred seeing less Director Shim in favor of Joon-Joon—but we ended on the right note, which is what counts. And Ae-rin got her own cool-spy moment, sunglasses and trench-coat included—she took a circuitous route to finally get a good job that fits, but our girl was tenacious and got there in the end.
For one mad moment I believed that the show had fallen for its own hype and actually killed off Yong-tae in a misguided attempt at jerking tears from us (the overwrought symbolism of the bleeding heart sticker was almost too much for me). But thankfully, the old rule of “no body, no death” held true, and our handsome, preening, ridiculous con-man made it through alive. With extra-gooey “brother” love between him and Bon as well, so I’m sitting over here very satisfied indeed. Yong-tae’s ending did have shades of melancholy to it, as he was cut off from his tentative newly-found family, presumably never to see them again in case Cornerstone realizes he’s alive. He does have penance to pay after all those years working as a bad guy though—maybe a boring, honest life is exactly what Yong-tae needs to prove to himself that he became a better person. His one heroic act was a start, but now Yong-tae has to do the hard work of actually living as a good person. I think he’ll be all right—he even has his sweet little pen-pal relationship with Mr. Park.
I’ll be sad to say goodbye to everyone else on the team as well, who all got their moment to shine in this episode. We had classic KIS crew making a return, who are the most genuine, supportive, and goofy set of friends any spy-in-training could want. They are there to cheerlead you—from Sun-mi’s job to Sang-ryul’s husbanding skills—as much as they will be there for you when times are rough. And Ji-yeon finally realized how swoony Do-woo really is. Even Director Kwon gained a sense of humor, and actually welcomed Ae-rin into the NIS organization officially. I firmly believe that Director Kwon goes on to become part of KIS—maybe that was even the reason she moved in—and uses their Mommy Cop skills and network to avert several national crises in the future.
There were flaws in this drama, don’t get me wrong, but at the end of the day this finale offered up everything that I loved about it. It stayed true to itself—as a breezy, effervescent slice of fun that used any excuse to get So Ji-sub into a suit and have him play with two adorable children. And that was enough for me.