Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 3-4
Who would’ve thought that angel duty would be this stressful? Our klutzy winged hero has gotten away with plenty of shenanigans down on Earth, but after he makes one major decision, he finally has to pay the consequences. Now his only ticket to heaven lies with a spoiled ballerina carrying a badly wounded heart.
EPISODES 3-4 RECAP
The car carrying our heroine Yeon-seo and her driver drops from the bridge, only to freeze in midair. As our conflicted angel Dan flies down to reach them, he narrates that if angels could have regrets, he would regret “that day.” He places the car back on the road, and we see the doors to the angel headquarters close. He’s missed his curfew.
Dan approaches the now unconscious Yeon-seo and wipes the tears from her face. But then he realizes what he’s just done and freaks out. Next thing he knows, he’s zapped to the headquarters (disguised as a church). He desperately tries to get the doors open, but they won’t budge. Behind him, his senior angel Hoo says that he’s too late. “I warned you,” Hoo scolds him.
Meanwhile, Kang-woo (the observer from the Fantasia party) comes across the accident site and immediately reports it. He finds Yeon-seo reaching out, calling for Driver Jo, and takes her hand in his. She starts to drift off again, so he gently tells her that everything is okay now that he’s here.
Hoo allows Dan inside the headquarters, and Dan sighs as the church cloak fades away — this is where he’ll disappear. He’s forced onto his knees, and a scroll comes floating down and into Hoo’s hands. Hoo declares that Dan has overstepped his boundaries and that he was expected to do better.
All the while, we see Yeon-seo being taken into the hospital, where she’s treated for her wounds and eventually prepped for eye surgery.
Hoo finishes reading the higher-up’s decree, and Dan shuts his eyes as the candles behind him go out. And then… He’s back in the church, to his utter confusion, still in one piece. *blink blink*
Hoo smiles and reveals that he’s giving Dan the last of his last chances: Turn into a human and complete a special mission. Dan thanks his sunbae and the heavens up above, but Hoo warns him that he only has 100 days, so he better not screw it up.
Dan swears that he’ll do whatever it takes to walk through heaven’s doors. “Now what’s this important mission?” he asks. Hoo’s smile grows bigger, and he replies, “Love.” Cut to: Yeon-seo getting the bandages removed from her eyes.
Dan heads over to the park and is tickled pink to find he has his very own shadow. Even more amazing, a little kid bumps into him and acknowledges his presence. He really is human! Feeling pumped, Dan catches a falling leaf to read the location for his assignment.
At the hospital, Yeon-seo’s aunt, uncle, and cousins are all there (oh no — wearing all black) to see her. She blinks away from the bright light outside, and her cousin Nina happily says that the sunset must be the world’s way of celebrating her new eyes.
Yeon-seo is more disoriented than anything, until last night’s events all come flooding back to her. She then notices everyone’s attire and the fact that Driver Jo is missing, putting two and two together.
Yeon-seo becomes hysterical, screaming for Driver Jo, so the rest of the family scurries out of her room. Director Choi insists on leaving, but Nina wants to stay by Yeon-seo’s side. Her mom grabs her arm, reminding her that Yeon-seo humiliated her yesterday. Nina just wriggles herself free and replies, “I understand Yeon-seo.” Ultimately, sister Luna convinces her to give Yeon-seo some space.
Later, Yeon-seo shuffles down the hall, needing to lean against the wall since her vision is still blurry. She refuses to believe that Driver Jo is dead until she sees for herself. At the same time, Dan reaches the hospital, looking for room 502. He stops short when he sees Yeon-seo, and she simply walks past, unable to recognize him.
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I’ll believe it when I see it
Dan follows Yeon-seo all the way to the wake, where Yeon-seo overhears a group of girls gossiping about how Yeon-seo and her father treated Driver Jo like a slave. And in the end, they say, Jo donated his corneas. Aw, Ajusshi…
They start wondering if the accident was intentional, when they finally notice Yeon-seo. She goes inside, garnering everyone’s attention, and finds Chief Jung in front of Driver Jo’s altar.
Jung silently hands Yeon-seo a flower, and the whole room watches as Yeon-seo sets it in front of Jo’s picture. She remembers Jo’s wishes to see her “shine” again, and she slowly grins, making the room think she’s crazy. But past the smile, there is deep pain in her eyes.
Dan watches Yeon-seo wander toward the exit, and then he turns away to find room 502. He overhears a nurse asking about room 502’s Yeon-seo’s whereabouts, and his jaw drops. Re-checking the inscribed leaf, he says, “It’s Lee Yeon-seo?!”
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Life can’t exist without death
Outside the hospital, Kang-woo sits in his car with a bouquet of flowers. He calls a number and asks if Yeon-seo’s surgery was successful, looking relieved to hear that it was. He’s confused, however, when he heads up to her room and it’s empty.
Yeon-seo takes a taxi home, going straight for her room to look at her parents’ picture for the first time in years. She then sits in front of the TV to watch an old dance recital video from when she was six-years-old. On it, her dad told the young Yeon-seo to think of Driver Jo as her dad after he was gone.
Young Yeon-seo said she couldn’t since her dad was her dad and Driver Jo was Driver Jo…”The ajusshi I love most in the world,” she finished, jumping into Jo’s arms. Yeon-seo pauses on their smiling faces, remembering the harsh things she said to Jo in the car yesterday. She breaks down in tears, yelling at TV Jo that he had no right to die and leave her his eyes.
At the angel headquarters/church, a frantic Dan pounds on the doors, crying that Hoo can’t do this to him — he can’t find love for some psycho who smiles at funerals. (HA, the genuine fear in his voice kills me.) He ends up staying all night, falling asleep by the steps. That morning, a police officer comes by, scaring a pickpocket away from Dan. The officer wakes Dan and reveals himself to be Hoo.
Hoo tells Dan that he shouldn’t be wasting time, but Dan whines that this mission is impossible. He starts rambling about all the tragedy Yeon-seo has gone through and how it’s clearly made her crazy and emotionally unavailable. So why, of all people, does it have to be her? “Why, of all people, did you save her?” Hoo says, mocking his tone. Touché. With that, Hoo snaps his fingers to change Dan’s attire to a suit.
Back at Yeon-seo’s estate, Chief Jung finds Yeon-seo lying on the floor in a pile of home videos. With a sigh, Jung starts to forcibly apply Yeon-seo’s eye drops, only to have Yeon-seo pull away. Frustrated, Jung cups Yeon-seo’s face and tells her that she can mess up every other part of her body, but not her eyes — they were Driver Jo’s.
When Yeon-seo won’t listen, Jung cries that Jo was special to all of them, so she should treat her new eyes as such. Yeon-seo grumbles that if they cared about him so much, they shouldn’t have pushed all the hard work on him. She tries to walk away but inexplicably falls to the ground. Jung rushes to her side as she shakily says that she can’t move her legs.
Yeon-seo is seen by a physician, who explains that she’s likely going through psychological trauma. She lost someone very important to her, so doing the things she once did with that person may trigger her.
“So my heart is the problem?” Yeon-seo asks. She can’t believe it — she did everything with the help of Driver Jo, including walk and eat, and now she’s incapable of all that? And just when she got her sight back, too.
At Fantasia, in the middle of dance practice, Kang-woo barges in and states that they’re moving too fast for the music. The ballet master asks who he is to be criticizing them, and Kang-woo replies matter-of-factly that he’s the new ballet master.
Nina insists that he see them perform on stage, and Kang-woo says that he already did, at the anniversary party. And if she considers that her best work, then they have a problem. Well, damn.
She wants to prove herself now, but he quickly says next time. He announces that Fantasia will quit performing obvious shows like “Swan Lake” and do something original. Furthermore, he wants none other than Lee Yeon-seo as the prima ballerina.
Director Choi whisks Kang-woo away, telling him that he can’t be serious. Luna jumps in to say that it doesn’t matter if Yeon-seo can see now; there’s no way she could do moves like the fouetté en tournant after a three-year hiatus. “I was going to have her do it,” Kang-woo says, “even when she was blind.” So he’ll persuade Yeon-seo to return, whatever it takes.
Back at Yeon-seo’s estate, she and Chief Jung hold interviews for Driver Jo’s replacement. And Yeon-seo dismisses every single person for little things like breathing too loud or having bad breath, lol. Jung is just about fed up with Yeon-seo when one last interviewee comes fumbling in — Dan.
Yeon-seo notices the handkerchief in Dan’s pocket but says nothing. After the interview, Dan promises to make Yeon-seo shine if they hire him, using spirit fingers for effect. But hearing the term “shine,” just as Driver Jo once said, Yeon-seo orders Dan to leave. Dan tries to explain that he can’t since his, er, father kicked him out of the house, but she says that that’s not her problem.
Dejected, Dan gets up and mutters to himself that she’s as cranky as ever. Yeon-seo dares him to repeat that, making him cringe — he didn’t mean to say that out loud. Still, since she already heard it, he’ll say one more thing: “Try to be nice, huh? While shining bright. Be nice!” And with that, he marches out of there. Now provoked, Yeon-seo stands and starts after him, making Chief Jung gasp. She points out that Yeon-seo just walked on her own again.
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Sparkle! Be nice!
And just like that, Dan’s got the job. He’s moved in and given a mountain of Yeon-seo’s necessities and instructions. It’s a bit intimidating, but Dan’s just glad he worked his way in.
Jung checks in with Yeon-seo, who makes it clear that Dan is no Driver Jo and that she’ll recover on her own. If that’s the case, Jung wonders, then why did she hire Dan? Yeon-seo doesn’t have an answer for that.
The next morning, Yeon-seo calls Dan in bright and early and chides him for taking longer than a minute to arrive. He offers up his arm to help her walk, and she reluctantly grabs on (with surprising force, heh). Now to get a start on their day.
Yeon-seo has Dan go through martial arts training, and she claps with a blank face as he gets his butt kicked. Next, she has Dan walk her all over the estate to evaluate the staff’s cleanup job, and he rolls his eyes as she nitpicks and yells at the maids.
He narrates that there’s no room to impress her when she hates practically everyone and everything. Still, at the end of the day, he circles a box in his calendar (100 days from now) and swears that he’ll make this girl find love somehow.
Meanwhile, Nina is at Fantasia, practicing on stage. She has Yeon-seo’s speech and Kang-woo’s criticism stuck in her head, and the distraction causes her to slip during a spin. Kang-woo appears and, sighing at her stubbornness, kneels by her side to inspect her ankle.
She looks up at him with tears in her eyes, saying that his “Next time” pretty much means “You’re not getting another chance” to ballerinas. However, Kang-woo promises, “When I say ‘next time,’ I mean it. I don’t go back on my word.” At that, the hard look in Nina’s eyes softens.
Later, Kang-woo calls that mysterious contact of his and learns that Yeon-seo is slowly learning to walk again with her new secretary. He figures that it’s about time he initiate his plans.
Elsewhere, Director Choi complains to her husband that she worked so hard to deflect donors, yet Yeon-seo still ended up with her sight. What if Yeon-seo asks for the foundation back? Her husband nonchalantly states they return it, since it was Yeon-seo’s to begin with, and she nearly smacks him for even considering it.
A scream echoes throughout Yeon-seo’s estate, and all the maids gather to the courtyard for another lecture. She orders them to sweep up the fallen petals, saying she nearly slipped and fell, but it looks like Dan can’t take this anymore. He urges the maids to head on inside, which makes Yeon-seo angrier.
She tells him that he doesn’t have the authority to act this way, and he throws back that she doesn’t have the right to treat her staff like garbage. He asks why she always gets this upset around sundown — was she dumped during a sunset or something?
Yeon-seo confirms that she does hate the sunset, and that gets Dan rambling about setting her up with a nice man. But she just tells him to clean up the petals and then uses her white cane to limp off alone.
Dan is still sweeping when night falls and it’s pouring rain, while Yeon-seo rests inside, bothered by something. She can’t help but think that Dan’s rambling sounds exactly like the rambling of the stranger she met in the park. She immediately calls Dan’s number. And outside, as Dan is grumbling about Yeon-seo, his wings suddenly pop out and he has no idea how to make them disappear.
He sneaks back into the house and into his room, where he hilariously attempts to cover up his easily fifteen-foot-wide wings. Yeon-seo finds her way to his room, but before she can open the door, she hears something shatter by the main entrance. She turns back to investigate and finds the window smashed in. And, upon seeing the shards of broken glass, she’s reminded of the stage light accident.
Out by the estate’s gate, Kang-woo arrives with a cake in hand. He hits the buzzer, but Yeon-seo is too out of it to hear it. The memory of her accident is so intense that she falls to the ground, right under a huge chandelier. She looks up, terrified to see the chandelier shaking at an alarming rate due to the strong wind from the broken window.
She’s frozen in place as the chandelier comes crashing down, just like the stage light, and she waits for the impact. Then, out of nowhere, Dan swoops in and shields her from the raining glass with his wings.
Yeon-seo locks eyes with Dan, completely dumbfounded, and we cut to the two children from Dan’s memory. The young girl had saved the boy from falling off a cliff, and the two stared at each other just as our couple does now.
Ohhhh man — you guys, I live for this content! I’m done! I’m sold! You have me, Show, okay? Now don’t let me down. But before I start gushing, let us have a moment of silence for one of the best supportive ajusshis in dramaland. *ugly cries* We didn’t get much time with him, but boy, did I luff him.
I was so caught up in Dan and his epic rescue last episode that I completely forgot about Driver Jo. So when I saw Yeon-seo’s family dressed in black, I was as shocked and heartbroken as she was. And to have Jo as her cornea donor? I didn’t think I could feel more sorry for Yeon-seo, but that one reveal really proved me wrong. Her home videos pretty much confirmed that she was as spunky and entitled as she is today, which in any other drama, would probably make her a hard heroine to like. But, my gosh, Shin Hye-sun makes Yeon-seo’s pain so visceral. I can see that every tragic event she’s been through has chipped away any positive part of her personality, only leaving the negative. Intensifying the negative. And it’s so sad because I think she’s capable of growing the positive back if she just let it.
Unfortunately, the way Yeon-seo sees it, she has a lot of people out to get her, and the only people who truly love and understand her end up leaving her. It’s made her close up from everyone else, including Nina, who I think genuinely cares for her. It’s refreshing, actually, having a second female lead that already feels so layered and, you know, nice. It’s funny, seeing how Nina and her father are both soft-hearted and how Luna and her mother are both cunning and cold. It’d be great to have these two sides really collide at some point. Still, even in her success, Nina feels like Yeon-seo’s shadow. I didn’t appreciate Kang-woo breaking her down, but it did remind me just how cutthroat the business is. Either way, I’m glad that Kang-woo gave her that little bit of reassurance at the end.
I love, love, love all the mystery behind Kang-woo. Something about him just seems off, like he’s not the average artistic director scouting a ballerina. He seems so hung up on Yeon-seo that I have to wonder if he knows her on a personal level. I mean, what’s with the random phone calls tracking Yeon-seo? What’s with that intense look he gets whenever he looks at her or thinks about her? This all led me to a theory. Now, don’t call me crazy (yet), but what if it wasn’t Director Choi who messed with the brakes in Yeon-seo’s car? What if it was Kang-woo? What if he killed Driver Jo knowing he was Yeon-seo’s donor? Maybe the show’s trying to throw me off, or maybe I’ve seen one too many makjang dramas, but I can’t get the idea out of my head.
Amidst all the tragedy and mystery, there’s the bright light that is Dan. I love that he just pops up whenever I need a breather from the heavier stuff. And now that cohabitation hijinks have been thrown in? Yes, please. Yeon-seo training Dan as Driver Jo Junior was so freaking funny, but it was great to see him put her in her place. Even though she still has to have the last word, I think Dan and Chief Jung’s advice sticks with her. And let’s not forget that Dan got her walking again by straight-up pushing her buttons. It’s pretty satisfying having a tough cookie like her show even the slightest improvement.
One thing, though — I wish Dan would be more patient with Yeon-seo. He’s such a sweet guy, but I think his being an angel definitely hinders any real understanding of human suffering. It makes for some nice humor, but eventually, I hope he comes to understand Yeon-seo just as Driver Jo did. Finally, I want to discuss that childhood flashback that Dan keeps seeing. I think we can all agree that the we-met-as-kids trope is way overdone, but I don’t know. I found that parallel with the girl saving the boy and then Dan saving Yeon-seo really lovely. And it has me even more interested in Dan’s origin story. Just give me more of this drama — I want to knowwww.
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