Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 5-6
Now that our friendly neighborhood angel has eased his way into our heroine’s life, he’s finally able to get to know the real her. There’s still so much he doesn’t understand, but as they spend more and more time together, he finds that there’s something about her that makes him want to be hopeful. And, surprisingly, the unexpected rapport that the two form makes her hopeful too.
EPISODES 5-6 RECAP
The chandelier breaks loose, and Dan hurries to cover Yeon-seo with his wings, protecting her from the falling glass. She looks up at him, speechless at his appearance. He asks if she’s okay, and all she can do is give a small nod. She’s still staring as he picks her up and, ignoring the broken glass he’s stepping on, takes her to the couch.
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Your face is almost as distracting as your wings
Dan wonders why she looks so red and reaches out to touch her, but she flinches back. He then realizes that he’s in full angel mode and stutters that he can explain. But Yeon-seo says that there’s no need — he’s obviously a pervert. “What?” Dan says, taken aback. LOL, she thinks that his wings are part of a costume and that he’s playing some sick game with her right now.
She starts grabbing at the wings, ordering him to remove the “hideous things,” and he yelps in pain. He pins her back on the couch and drops his honorific speech to retort that his wings should be an incredible sight. And he won’t have some ignorant girl call them hideous — she’s the one who’s hideous.
He seems to regret that last part. He releases her and silently shuffles out of there, stopping at his otherworldly reflection in the hall window. “Right,” he tells himself. “To humans, it’s the same whether it’s an angel, monster, or pervert.” The storm ceases outside, and he’s surprised to have his wings finally disappear. Aha.
Kang-woo finds his way into the house, having heard all the noise, and comes face-to-face with Dan. Assuming Kang-woo was the one who smashed the window, Dan tackles him to the ground and calls Yeon-seo over. She whacks Kang-woo away from Dan with her cane and demands to know who he is.
After explaining himself, Kang-woo suggests reporting the broken window. But Yeon-seo doesn’t want to; she just wants him to leave. He asks her what she’s so afraid of, and Dan walks in, repeating that he should go. The boys start to bicker, so Yeon-seo stands and orders them to stop. With that, Kang-woo reluctantly heads out.
Later, Yeon-seo thinks about Kang-woo’s question of what’s scaring her, bringing on memories of the stage accident again. She then remembers Dan stepping all over the broken glass and grabs a tube of ointment. She opens her door to find Dan already standing there and holding a glass of tea. He tells her to drink it and calm down from tonight’s events, and she snaps that she wasn’t fazed. He sighs, wondering why humans have such trouble admitting when they’re scared or when they need someone.
Either way, Dan assures her that he’ll stay outside her door all night, just in case. Yeon-seo hands over the ointment, making up the excuse that she doesn’t want his wounds to hinder his work. Yeon-seo quickly shuts the door, making Dan smile. He sees that the wounds on his feet have magically healed, but he applies the ointment anyway, hee.
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It’s the thought that counts
Kang-woo reaches his neighborhood and texts his source to gather information on Yeon-seo’s odd secretary. He starts toward his apartment and notices someone following him. He confronts this person and discovers that it’s a flustered Nina, who lies that she happened to be in the neighborhood. Kang-woo looks at her with pity and suggests they eat out together.
During dinner, Nina presses that their meeting was a coincidence and that he should be more trusting, but he reveals that he doesn’t trust people. “Because they’re weak,” he says. “Valuable people die too soon, and selfish liars live way too long. They betray and commit evil deeds. I don’t trust anyone.”
Nina wants to be someone Kang-woo can trust, and he scoffs that Yeon-seo wasn’t as naive as she is. Realizing that he must’ve already met Yeon-seo, Nina shakily says that that’s great and that she can’t wait for the three of them to work together.
Kang-woo doesn’t want to hear any more lies, but Nina insists that she’s sincere. She explains that when they were young, she always looked forward to watching Yeon-seo dance. And if she has to, she’s ready to be Yeon-seo’s understudy again. Before Kang-woo can cut in, Nina quickly excuses herself to the bathroom.
When she returns, he frowns to see a cut on her hand. He lifts her chin up, making her nervous, and correctly guesses that she went to the bathroom to throw up. She swears that it was just a one-time thing, and he reminds her that she wanted to be someone he could trust.
She starts crying and begs him not to tell her family, afraid that they’ll blame themselves. Frustrated, he grabs her and guides her over to a mirror. As they look at their reflections, he tells her that she can become a good ballerina by being selfish and putting herself first.
The next morning, Yeon-seo peeks outside her door for Dan and finds Chief Jung instead. They go out to the courtyard and see Dan talking to a few staff members, who worked all morning to clean last night’s mess. Yeon-seo warns him to watch his banmal, but he suggests he drop the honorifics since she did a long time ago.
Anyway, now that Yeon-seo has the staff here, she wants to ask them something. She wants whoever broke the window and tampered with the chandelier to step forward. The staff doesn’t appreciate her attitude and walks out on her, to Dan and Jung’s dismay.
So Yeon-seo decides to check out the CCTV footage instead. Dan panics, realizing that his wings unfolding will appear on film. The security company worker shows them the film, but it cuts out mere seconds before Dan’s wings come out.
Dan relaxes and turns to the worker, his eyes widening to see the guy’s face morph into Hoo’s. Dan follows Hoo outside and asks why his wings acted up — was it because of the rain? Hoo reminds him that it rained when he met Yeon-seo at the park and again when he saved her from the car accident.
Dan doesn’t know where to go from here, and Hoo advises he keep an eye out; Yeon-seo’s destiny could be right around the corner. Hoo then opens the front gate to reveal Kang-woo standing there with a detective and gives Dan a little wink wink before leaving.
Yeon-seo is annoyed that Kang-woo brought the police over, but he insists that he didn’t file an official report. Even so, there’s not much for the detective to go on since the crime scene was cleaned up.
Afterwards, Kang-woo asks for a little more of Yeon-seo’s time. But she’s already on her way out. She orders Dan to bring the car around, but he sheepishly admits that he doesn’t know how to drive.
Well, I guess Kang-woo gets some time with Yeon-seo after all. He drives her and Dan to her destination, having to listen to them argue the whole way there, haha.
Kang-woo stays in the car as the two go inside to visit her parents’ memorial, along with Driver Jo’s. Dan gives Yeon-seo a moment alone but stays close to the door. She quietly greets her parents, admitting that she feels so targeted these days.
She turns to Driver Jo’s picture and tells him that she can’t stand the sunset anymore. Back when he was driving and he mentioned that the sunset looked beautiful, she should’ve agreed instead of lashing out. “You’re all so mean,” she finishes. “You left me here alone.” Dan hangs his head, both surprised and saddened by her words.
As Dan walks her out of the building, he apologizes for bringing up the sunset before. He also thanks her for giving him hope. Now he can believe that she’s capable of love. She tells him to stop talking nonsense — who does he think he is?
“The person who exists only for you,” he answers. “I’ll be honest. The goal of my life… is you.” She shoves him away, telling him to cut it out, but his face remains serious. They stay like that, looking into each other’s eyes, when it starts to rain.
Dan goes inside to find an umbrella for them, finally giving Kang-woo his chance to talk to Yeon-seo alone. While they wait for Dan, Kang-woo decides to take out his projector and show Yeon-seo something: her old ballet performances from all over the world.
He turns to her and says that he likes her so much (as a dancer) that it drives him crazy. He thinks that she shouldn’t waste time walking in everyday shoes when she could be dancing. So he wants her to start up ballet again with him.
We don’t get to hear Yeon-seo’s answer. Dan returns — only after the rain stops — and the three of them hit the road again. As they’re driving, Kang-woo nearly hits an obstruction on the road and swerves to the side.
This action triggers Yeon-seo’s memory of the car accident, and she grasps her head in horror. Kang-woo takes her hand and tells her it’s okay, making her realize that he was the man who held her hand that night.
Now that she knows, he hands her the necklace she’d worn that night. She’d dropped it on her way to the hospital, and he kept it all this time. She looks at him with new eyes, and in the back, Dan is also looking at him. He remembers Hoo talking about destiny and wonders if this could be it.
Kang-woo drops the two off back at the estate. Before he leaves, though, he gives Dan the cake he’d bought as a bribe to get along.
Elsewhere, Yeon-seo’s uncle is talking to an employee who’s been feeling guilty ever since Driver Jo’s death. The employee reveals that Jo had confronted him about deflecting Yeon-seo’s donors per Director Choi’s orders. And after the car accident, Choi had ordered the employee to get rid of the car.
Uncle Kim is genuinely shocked to learn of his wife’s actions. He heads over to her office, stopping outside when he hears her yelling at the former security guard from Yeon-seo’s estate. She’s annoyed to hear that the guard quit after Yeon-seo started catching on, without even stealing Driver Jo’s documents.
Back at the estate, Yeon-seo thinks back to Kang-woo’s offer. She’d told him that she did everything she wanted to do as a ballerina, but he insisted that she could do so much more and that she could trust him. At that, she’d concluded that she couldn’t trust him. She said that she knows from experience that cliched words like that never come from a place of sincerity.
Meanwhile, Kang-woo sits in his office, mulling over Yeon-seo’s rejection. He wonders how he can change her mind while smiling at a home video of a young girl dancing. (Hmm, interesting.) He then receives all the information his source was able to get on Dan, confused by Dan’s lack of connections and money.
Dan sits outside, hanging out with Yeon-seo’s dog Gureum and writing in his journal. He writes that he might’ve found Yeon-seo’s destiny, but he’s not quite sure.
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An angel with doubts
That morning, Uncle Kim is giving his wife the side-eye during breakfast. He tells her and their daughters that they never congratulated Yeon-seo for being discharged from the hospital, so he’d like to do that now. Director Choi doesn’t like the idea, but then she gets a glint in her eye.
Yeon-seo wanders outside and finds Dan asleep by a sick Gureum — along with the now half eaten chocolate cake. Yeon-seo wakes Dan and they rush Gureum over to the animal hospital, where he has to stay for a few days. On the way back, Yeon-seo tells Dan that Gureum is the only family she has left and without him she’d be completely alone.
Dan reminds her that she’s not alone; she has him, Chief Jung, and her staff. “Are you going to stay by my side forever?” she asks. “Until I grow old and die?” As she expected, he has no answer to that.
The two return home and are greeted by Uncle Kim and Nina singing their congratulations, all while live streaming. Yeon-seo is not at all amused, especially when she hears that Director Choi is wandering around upstairs. She hurries upstairs to Driver Jo’s private room, but everything’s still in order.
She just missed Director Choi, who snuck in with a key from the former guard. Choi hides Jo’s documents in her purse and joins everyone else for the party. However, Yeon-seo wants them out, saying that her health is nothing to celebrate when it resulted from someone’s death.
Nina tries to get Yeon-seo excited about dancing together again, and Yeon-seo points out that Nina is too nice. She figures that Nina has to beat her at kindness since Nina can’t beat her at dancing. “Couldn’t,” Nina blurts out, saying that’s in the past now.
Nina regrets saying that, but the damage is already done. And seeing how upset Yeon-seo is, Dan urges everyone to leave. Once they’re gone, Dan asks Yeon-seo if she has to act so harshly towards family.
Yeon-seo keeps telling him to shut it, so Dan finally explodes and asks how she would feel if that was the last encounter with her family. He yells that her rudeness will only hurt herself in the end. Furious, she flings a piece of cake at him, initiating a food fight. They even grab at each other’s hair, which seems to be the final straw.
Yeon-seo fires him, and he throws back that that’s fine with him. He doesn’t know how he ever saw hope in her considering how heartless she is. He storms out, leaving Yeon-seo alone. She looks down at her wrist, where she got a nasty cut, and struggles to hold back her tears.
Later, Chief Jung catches Dan and takes him out for drinks to convince him to return. After all, she thinks that Yeon-seo is most comfortable with him; Yeon-seo hadn’t bickered with someone that much since she was young. And back at the mansion, we see that Yeon-seo is already tempted to call him.
Yeon-seo then hears Dan calling her from outside. She heads out to the courtyard and finds Dan drunk as a skunk, moving the hose and ladder away so she won’t trip on them. Aieeee, so cute.
She holds out her hand, wanting his house key, and he notices her cut. He drops to his knees and ties his handkerchief around her wrist, telling her to think of it as him — that way she’ll be okay even when he’s not with her.
He continues that it’d be nice if she could dance while wearing the handkerchief. And he hopes that whenever someone says “Trust me” or “I’m sincere,” she can find it in her heart to believe them. Her eyes soften, realizing he must’ve heard her conversation with Kang-woo.
Dan stands, saying why wait when they can dance now. He takes her hands and hums as he makes them dance across the courtyard. She tries to pull away, but when he brings her close and twirls her around, she starts to go with it.
With one last twirl, Dan dips her and then brings her back up with a smile. “See?” he says dreamily. “You look prettiest when you dance.”
Yeon-seo can only stare as Dan starts to lean in. But he merely passes out on her shoulder, the smile still on his face. Yeon-seo stays just like that, too dazed to move.
Am I going crazy? Am I really head-over-heels in love with a drama that’s only in its second week? I feel like I’m totally setting myself up for disappointment, but all I see is potential — so much potential that I have to keep hope. I do have one issue, however, so I’ll go ahead and get that out of the way. The Director Choi character is clearly the typical drama villain, but, honestly, the more screen time she has, the more cartoony she seems. It’s a little too Mwahaha for my taste. And I can sense that there’s a lot to this family history that we’re not seeing, so I want more from her. More than anything, I’m curious of how her dynamic was with Yeon-seo and her parents before all this chaos happened. Is she really only driven by greed? I hope it’s not as simple as that.
Kang-woo, on the other hand, is the enigma that Choi fails to be. He still blurs the lines between nice, determined second lead and creepy, obsessed possibly-second-villain. It’s safe to say that my Killer Kang-woo theory is out the window, but somehow, having him somewhere between a hero and a villain is much scarier. (That scene with him and Nina seriously made my skin crawl.) After some of the hints we got this episode, I’m beginning to wonder if he also had some tragedy happen in his past. Was there a daughter? A wife or a girlfriend? Someone who was also into ballet? Perhaps something happened to whoever it was in that home video and it molded him into the calculated artistic director he is today. Or maybe I’m jumping to conclusions again. Still, something must’ve happened for him to be this way — to be this distrusting.
Hoo may be pushing the idea of Kang-woo being Yeon-seo’s destiny on Dan, but I can already tell that it’s not exactly the kind of destiny Dan is thinking. I think Kang-woo has the perfect personality to coach Yeon-seo back into dancing, but to coach Yeon-seo back into love? No, I don’t see it. Kang-woo and Yeon-seo share very similar negative views on life, which wouldn’t do any good for either of them if they were to be together. Despite all of this, I’m kind of looking forward to Dan playing matchmaker, if that’s what he really plans to do here. It could lead to plenty of funny antics, and if gone too far, plenty of heartache as well on Dan’s part. Speaking of which, Dan could very well be the third point in this tragedy triangle. He doesn’t carry the effects of trauma as Yeon-seo and Kang-woo do, but he does carry a lot of positive energy that could be hiding something darker from his (maybe human?) past. I love seeing him so animated, so I’m nervous to reach that point where everything comes crashing down.
To close, I must say that I’m enjoying the dance elements just as much as the fantasy elements. We’ve seen how beautiful ballet can be, but I like this look behind the scenes. I like that we’re shown seemingly “perfect” ballerinas struggling with their own self-image or self-worth. What I personally find so amazing about ballet is that the dancers make it look easy and effortless, when in actuality, it’s both physically and emotionally gruelling. The show is doing a great job of juxtaposing that with Dan and how angels are supposed to be these perfect supernatural beings. Ballerinas and angels have this ethereal quality to them, but at the end of the day, they’re just… people. People who break, who hurt, and who get adorably wasted on one glass of soju.
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