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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.

  
COMMENTS

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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Thanks for the recap! L is just so CUTE in this. The food fight was awesome.

I agree that the aunt is too cartoony. Plus it’s worse because I strongly associate her Healer character with the actor so I don’t want to dislike her.

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L is a revelation! I am impressed. He’s more of that angelic face, though I must admit his visuals captivated me the first time I saw him. His portrayal of Angel Dan is just spot on like this drama was written for him. This role just fit him. ❤️

The cake fight was so hilarious I laughed continuously for about a minute there. Haha! I like it that Angel Dan does not cower to Yeon Seo but matches her fire with fire. What I was looking forward to in every episode is their bickering. It’s hilarious at its best.

I felt the same way too about the aunt. I always associate her with Healer so I am not outright disliking her here in ALML. I find her annoying but not totally worth all the evil words I can form in my mind.

I am waiting for the next episode’s recap as I have more to say on that one. I honestly didn’t see that coming. What a twist!

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I roll my eyes every time she appears on screen. as if she's do an evil cackle or stroke a skull some time.

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My favorite laugh out loud moment was the argument over Dan's wings and Yeon Seo trying to pull them off.

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Waiting for the recap of the next episode. Have to admit I did NOT see that closing scene coming!

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Me too! I'm sooo intrigued... Can't wait for the next episode :)

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Same here!

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Haha, love how everyone's talking about the next ep without giving anything away.

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its so tempting though, everyone is ready for a good discussion about it

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Yes! I want to comment but I am afraid that I accidently gives spoiler in this thread 😂😂😂
Ohmahgawd 😱😱😱

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Thank you guys for avoiding spoilers! Y'all are angels! 😇

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I liked this episode because there were a lot of scenes of Yeon-seo and Dan bickering, my only reason to watch this drama! They're so funny together. I want to see the BTS from the scenes with the wings or the cake :D

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Okay, so they're dancing Swan Lake, which is the story about a swan who turned into a woman at night, and the prince who forced her to stay in female form by hiding the wings she shed.

On the other hand, we have an angel and he has got wings and I wonder if this is linked in any way... nah, I'm probably just overthinking it.

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I think you've got it!

The director wants to change it to Giselle, which I also find meaningful. It's about a girl who falls in love with a nobleman who deceives her by pretending to be a peasant, and later she dies from the heartbreak. I don't know if you've seen the next episode yet, but ahem...something tells me this story is related to the director's past.

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I want to watch the next episode, but I'm still waiting for the subs...

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Hmmmm - nice explanation that makes total sense. Still I keep thinking of Wings of Desire/City of Angels and how they seem to be tying them all together.

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I was starting to be put off by YS rudeness and how she was mistreating innocent people (like her staff), eventhough I understood why she was behaving that way.

But in kdrama fashion, she'll most likely change... Besides, after the ending of the latest episode, I'm no longer interested in YS only. I cant wait to find out more about the other characters!

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I think it's interesting how usually in kdramas we start with the male lead who is callous and rude and slowly changes due to the female lead's more cheerful personality. This gender reversal is pretty refreshing in my opinion, but I think we're all so used to the male being the rude one, we usually give them a pass.

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I agree. And I didn't fully realize it until this show .

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I do enjoy the gender role reverse trope. it's why I watched Boyfriend earlier in the year.

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As I wrote elsewhere, can’t get any more candy than an angel who got kicked out of his father’s house ... to teach a chaebol heiress “love”.

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I love the gender reversal here. It's always nice to see female characters who are layered and complicated. And it seems particularly rare for female romantic leads to be portrayed as anything other than fundamentally "good." I don't think I've ever seen a female romantic lead so unpleasant 😄

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i actually was a little more on her side at the "party" while he acting disgusted by her lack of warmth and trust, the aunt is rifling through documents to destroy evidence that she was preventing her cornea operations so that she could keep her position (of trust no less)at the head of Fantasia. He was right in that her bad attitude and distrust will end up hurting her more in the long run but its a learned response that she developed because of people like her aunt

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Her mistaking his wings for a costume?.. I don't get it. She would just think that he put upon himself some gigantic fake wings out of nowhere just to play some kind of trick?.. And I also don't get that 'pervert' misunderstanding.. Is that a korean thing?..I am sorry I am new to K dramas. The fact that she didn't even get bothered by those wings even slightly gets me.. I can't get it off my mind

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If I saw someone with wings my first thought would be that it was a costume, and a weird one at that. My first conclusion would not be "He's an angel." We know he's an angel, but that isn't even on her radar.

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Yes I think is in the korean culture i noticed that when a man do something who is strange they called him pervert lool I think when you watch many drama you are not get used to that.

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*get used to that. :)

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She misunderstood it to be his fetish, hence why she called him a pervert. It's kind of a Korean thing, I guess? Often you'll see in dramas that if someone is attached to something not ordinary, it will be interpreted as some sort of fantasy or fetish. I'm trying to think of examples where I've seen this in other kdramas, but I'm drawing a blank. I'm sure you'll come across it again though!

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As the opening scene was unfolding, I wondered how they would get out of the situation since there's no way the show would reveal Dan's true identity this early. I do admit that it was rather weak since Dan's wings looked very different from cosplay wings. But, I like how offended Dan was when she called them hideous.

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a little bit off topic but did you notice how even the wings flinched nervously when he stepped back away from her? nice touch, special effects guys.

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@bdxpelik Yup, I liked that the wings had life and followed the 'owner's' thoughts and feelings.

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I was too fixated on L's face to notice his appendages.

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LOLOL.

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Perhaps cosplay angel’s wings chaebol heiresses are used to are a LOT more realistic than us mere mortals are used to? Also, remember that just like her walking is not normal yet, neither is her sight.

My initial reaction to the scene was laughter and joy at a “reasonable/clever” way out of the problem.

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I LOVE those wings and how bright and shimmery they are! Kudos to the props and special effects team!

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I am absolutely loving this! And it has mostly to do with Yeon Seo and Dan really, they are absolutely adorable every time they are on screen together whether they're fighting or dancing. I don't really care much for the company and family issues but I'm totally in it for our female lead's personal growth and her relationship with our bubbly and righteous angel.

And the next episode's ending gave major goosebumps. Did not see that coming.

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Their bickering is hilarious, but I love how good both of these two are for each other. Only someone so completely genuine could get through her defenses, and she is showing him a more nuanced view of humanity.

When Dan tells her "Saying 'I'm afraid' and 'I need you' isn't that hard," you see on her face how to her it's the hardest thing in the world. And you see throughout their interactions how desperately she wishes she could be as open as he is, and how much she wants to be able to give and get genuine love. Shin Hye-sun is portraying this beautifully. And L is keeping step in step with her with this full, bright character he's completely nailing.

I can't understand Director Choi's character, either. Every other character is given clear motivations and desires and given time to express those as a character, but she seems to be doing it just to do it. I can't even tell if she really cares about the money or position. Is it because she loves her daughter, hates Yeon Seo's family, has an inferiority complex? The actress can do a nuanced villain (see 7DQ), so I have no idea why this one is falling flat.

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Last week she did say to her husband that there was no way she was going to surrender control of the foundation and go back to being poor. So it sounds like money and power are at least part of her motivation -- enough to kill for. And clearing the way for her naive daughter to become the prima ballerina is icing on the cake.

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Not, by the way, because she really cares about Ni-na, but because having her daughter as prima ballerina just adds to her personal and family prestige.

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When Dan tells her "Saying 'I'm afraid' and 'I need you' isn't that hard," you see on her face how to her it's the hardest thing in the world.

Couldn’t agree more. I also loved that scene where Dan told her that Secretary Jo let her do whatever she wanted to do and that’s why she was so stuck up, and that she needed to get off her high horse. at the end of their nasty fight you could tell she was in pain, and that his words really did get to her. But I liked she ended up missing his presence. Dan and Lady Butler are the only people in her life now that she knew (felt) who cared for her sincerely and that she’s grown attachment to them even if they don’t listen to her every whim.

Regarding Aunt Choi - I believe she mentioned that she didn’t want to go back to where they were prior to overtaking Fantasia. So yep she’s in it for the fame and money. Though for her to go through those extreme measures such as injuring Yeon Seo was a bit too much, but then again that makes human beings interesting, isn’t it? We don’t know to what extent people can go to get something.

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I love how Yeon Seo is so obviously falling in love with Dan while Dan has absolutely no romantic feelings for her whatsoever. Yet. I think that'll take a while for him until he starts questioning his mission. Or his emotions.
Anorexia in a Kdrama. Wow, I applaud them for addressing that issue.
Anyone else saw her smile during that drunken dance? I did. I totally did.
I'm as surprised as Dan when she didn't yell at him for putting her dog in danger at the vet.
I never trust Kdramas to pull off the fantasy theme well, but who cares cuz I am in love with this drama.

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Yes. He is not too familiar with human emotions and that everything he does is because it’s “righteous”.

Yknow with Dan it’s black and white - somebody congratulated you, wished you happiness, you say thank you back. Somebody did something good or bad to you, return the favour by being nice back. It’s very godly act, and I don’t have issue with it really. But...... the reality is there’s that grey area. It’s tough to say thank you genuinely to family members who caused you grief, who hugged you when we you went blind, but heard their quiet laugh at the sight of you being disabled. Not everyone who wished you happiness meant it well

Yes He means well when he told her off and I liked it, but at the same time I can’t blame Yeon Seo for being suspicious about everything else and being nasty to everyone. She’s seen the worst and disappoints are too hard to bear when somebody fails your expectations.

And yes I love how she’s harbouring a crush on him so early in the game! His way with words steal my heart too!!! Especially that scene in columbarium! Dan you’re giving her so much hope, I’m scared your promises will scar her!

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He is too trusting and she isn't trusting enough. It will be interesting to see them both move toward a happy middle ground.

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Yes! I would love to see them meeting halfway with their own beliefs.

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I wouldn't say that Dan has no romantic feelings for her, I'd say that he is oblivious to his own feelings. If he died as a child, this is all new to him.

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@bdxpelik @13infamyss @lindag
Ys and Dan are the kinds of kids that wise mentors/teachers can recognise, ought to sit together and become work partners/study-mates. They each have the failings/blindspots and the abilities in the exact areas that will complement each other. Where one is lacking the other will fill the gap but they need to rub off against each other and smoothen our the edges first.

I'm so looking forward to this. I'll even be happy if no romance is in store for these two, as long as they develop into good 'adults' who can meet their fuller potential rather than continue as they are. 🥰 😀 😇

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Ah! You are talking about my favourite OTP trait ever - Ying Yang! I always love it when couples complement each other. I can't wait to see how Dan learns something from Yeon Seo too!

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This is another show that lives and dies by the chemistry of the leads. LYS and Dan together are a hoot and my main reason for watching. SHS's acting is exceptional - I am emotionally right there with her through thick and thin. And Dan is just fun. Everything else I blanket-dislike: the creepy second lead, the needy too-nice-to-be-true Nina, and all the other awful (badly written/acted/unidimensional at best) human beings populating this universe; to the point where I got kind of angry at Dan when he criticized YS for chasing away her relatives - it's not paranoia if everyone is actually out to get you (let's not forget that the main reason they were there in the first place was to steal the evidence of their evilness). That said, both mains have important lessons to learn about humans and I'm looking forward to them bickering their way to that point (popcorn in hand). What I am struggling with is the romance. The angel feels very immature and completely asexual in a way that I can't see them as anything other than bickering siblings. Curious if i'll get over it as the story progresses.

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I love that while we like Dan's beautiful hope in the world, we see Yeon Seo is right--she shouldn't trust her family. It's almost gothic, how they try to gaslight her and everyone else assumes she's being highly strung, but no, they really are out to get her and Dan wouldn't survive in her place.

Yeon Seo actually has great instincts--Dan is doing a lot of suspicious things, but she *is* obviously inclined to trust him, and we the viewers know she's right again. How great was 'No handsome dude with a calling and conviction about my talent, stop bothering me, I'm WAITING FOR MY WEIRD UNRELIABLE VANISHES WHEN IT RAINS PERVERT COSPLAYER SECRETARY, OK!!!!' Our girl's not subtle. I love their rapport, and only worry for future pacing seeing her be drawn to our angel so strongly already.

Thank you for the recap!

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I hadn't really thought about it too much, but you're right that Yeon-seo seems to have good instincts when it comes to people. The juxtaposition of her pragmatic pessimism and Dan's unfettered idealism will be interesting going forward. I have to say I was a bit annoyed at Dan for telling her to be nice to her family, but he's like a child who blindly takes people at face value. He hasn't learned to be wary of intentions.

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lol. love that, its so true her instincts are definately steering her right with Dan but Ithink its partly her hormones. I mean he is just adorable

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I can't get over how much I am enjoying this so far. Like @sailorjumun, I'm worried I'm setting myself up for disappointment, but it's too late now 😄.

I agree with the general consensus here about the aunt. I'm honestly confused by what they were going for with her. She seems so one-dimensional compared to the other characters. Hopefully she'll be fleshed-out a bit more as it progresses 😒

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Thanks @sailorjumun! I have so many thoughts on this show.

I thought is was interesting that although it was Kang Woo who says: "Let me help you to start dancing again." It is Dan who takes her hands and dances with her. He puts into action what he says, and it's so far only with him that YS is able to forget her trauma and walk/dance. He takes her outside herself to give of herself instead of holding herself in.

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Kang-Woo’s offer sounds good but it’ll inevitably become self-absorbed, self-obsessed, trumpeting her own greatness.

Dan works the opposite. He wants her to love another person, to be thoughtful of others, to thank God (despite her pain) for her gifts, to be something more than a noisy gong."

I love the Bible quotations, what Sunbae Hoo said about looking for Yeon Seo's "...bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh" - a reading often used at weddings with the union of a couple. [SPOILER REDACTED] YS has to be a life-giving person to herself first (her own life-giving partner) and generous towards others, and then learn to receive love with gratitude instead of distrust.

On to a different tack...
So Aunt Choi was after Driver Jo's things from the previous episodes and planted the security chief there to get them for her. So was the window breakage a way to divert attention so that he could get the documents from Driver Jo's room?

Ni Na is an interesting foil to Yeon Seo's character. One who is not afraid to be kind and trusting, in contrast with the other who disdains kindness as weakness and refuses to trust. But both needing help in different ways without wanting to ask for it.

If show insists on coupling up people then it's definitely Ni Na who should end up with Kang Woo because they complement each other, however first, I'd want Kang Woo to lose his devotion to being selfish. He's giving out bad advice and I hope Ni Na is not so full of idol worship that she follows it blindly.

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.

Yes, a bad idea would be Kang Woo and YS together. This would be pairing 2 hard-headed and hard-hearted people who not only are not good for each other, but will cause much horror for those working with them.

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Driver Dan? - It was so funny that Dan was hired to replace Driver Jo, so in the interview they never asked the most crucial question, "Can you drive and do you have a driver's licence?" That should have gotten him fired, except that his title seems to be Secretary, but then, even Secretaries are expected to drive. However I like how show holds together the logic. The angel could teleport and fly so why should he know how to drive? Heheheh!

Anorexia - I was looking up how Kang Woo could jump from seeing the bruise on Ni Na's hand, to guessing that she had anorexia, and I think it's to do with easy bruising because she put her hand into her mouth to induce vomiting. She bruised herself unintentionally. But how would he know that sign... maybe the girl in the video (Matil?) had suffered anorexia too? How that ties in with his obsession now in getting Yeon Seo to dance is a mystery.

Reckless Dan - I face palmed when Dan (once again foolishly/recklessly, although sincerely) tells YS that he is someone who exists just for her and that his goal in life is her. It's going to bite him in the future, because she will recall this clearly, and will probably use it against him, seeing it as proof of his deliberately approaching her for nefarious reasons.

Wing Issues - I don't quite get why the times when it rained and she sensed his presence, and when he saved her should induce his wings to pop out and not retract. When he flew, he never had any problem controlling his wings. Why should the combination of rain with YS cause wing malfunction? LOL.

So it's the combination of them saving each other on a rainy day? Once when she saved him as a child and now he saves her ... each had a turn to be a saving angel for each other. So do the wings 'remember' and pop out when it rains now? 😂

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LOL I laughed so hard at how he froze holding her car keys! You are right, why bother driving a car when you can fly!

Wing Issues - I don't quite get why the times when it rained and she sensed his presence, and when he saved her should induce his wings to pop out and not retract. When he flew, he never had any problem controlling his wings. Why should the combination of rain with YS cause wing malfunction? LOL.

I think the issue is Human Dan is not exactly his body. He's turned into a human to complete his mission. He used not to have a shadow, now he does. That's why he was panicking and telling the heavens that his human body was a defect.

I think part of his punishment now is that when he gets drenched from the rain his wings would pop out. Angel Dan didn't get drenched in the rain as we've seen twice in Ep 1. Human Dan does now.

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I thought he recognized anorexia easily because it is common among some professions (ballerina, modeling, acting etc.) so he must have encountered the symptoms before.

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Aunt Choi got the keys to driver Jo’s room from the security chief she had planted there. She threw the fake party to have reason to be in the mansion and stole the evidence of her evil ways at that time.

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I noted in a previous episode, that she had also tried to clear out Driver Jo's stuff. So this episode is good in that it continues her efforts. Did it say anywhere that the security chief also was the one to break the glass window?

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Yes, he was.

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Dan works the opposite. He wants her to love another person, to be thoughtful of others, to thank God (despite her pain) for her gifts, to be something more than a noisy gong.

Yes!! This was how I interpreted his words during their cake fight. Everytime life throws something at her, she fights back angrily. She's angry at the world that gave her nothing but misery in life. By the end of this episode, Dan repeated the words that sounded so bitter in her ears - her fear of someone watching and attacking her all the time, "trust me" "i'm different - all of these and he told her to look at them on positive side. To be thankful for what she has. To not feel so sorry for herself when she doesn't get what she wants. That she's not always not on the losing side had she take a step back and look at it in a grand scheme of things

It's easier said than done, but Yeon Seo will get there. Listening to Dan's perspective after that big fight was already a big change for her. She will bend if she feels you are sincere about her.

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When L is not being very cute and funny, he's actually doing well in the quieter moments. I never expected that he and Shin Hye Sun to have such good chemistry and they are so enjoyable to watch!

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It says a lot that he keeps up with her in every scene. She's putting in a great performance, but in no way do you feel she's acting circles around him or he can't hold his own. Her arc at this point is much more serious and nuanced, and his is silly and lighter, but you're right that he does deliver the emotional beats when they count.

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Finally. I've been refreshing DB page since 2 days ago for this.. OMG i havent invest my time for a drama like this for so long and now i'm afraid whats going to happen next episode. So scared of disappointment 😦😦😦

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L mature nicely as an actor and a person. Now he is good looking in a mature way.
And Shin Hye Sun is just bringing her A game in every scene.
I'm not sure what kind of heartbreak we will get in the future (I totally sure we will get that) but I am in. I'm glad this drama is shaping nicely. I thought I had to wait until I find a new drama to watch after Special Inspector Mr Jo.

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Did I miss something or did I miss something?? So Dan turns back to Dan the Angel when with Yeon Seo when it rains just because it was the form he was in when they first met and it’s the same weather conditions?? Hmmm 🤔🤔🤔🤔
Kang Woo continues to be a mystery to me, but I have read of a couple of (possible??) spoilers on the Beanies Section, which I won’t put on here, and if said spoilers are true, then the character of Kang Woo just becomes more and more of a curiosity to me 🤔🤔
Nina seems like she’s living on a (metaphorical) tightrope which will snap one day VERY soon, especially if she’s taken an interest in Kang Woo but isn’t receiving anything back, because of his interest in Yeon Seo 😩😩😩😩 I actually think these types of characters are the scariest once the rope does snap and all anger, malice, and vindictiveness is unleashed.
Speaking of the unleashing of feels, I’m loving that Dan has been the only one, since Jo, who’s seen and understands when Yeon Seo is at her most vulnerable and her ice begins to chip away (when she’s being all nice and considerate for once & feels sorry towards what she’s put him through) as well as when she feels she’s at the weakest but refuses to show it (all the family moments & whenever her temper flares up). I can’t wait & look forward to the day that Yeon Seo finally will put her trust fully into Dan and lets him be the one to be there for her, but at the same time, that’s probably gonna be the day he realizes he’s in love with her & just about how MANY Heavenly rules he’s broke BECAUSE he’s fallen in love with her, his “assignment”

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Methinks that he was meant to fall in love with her and that is why he got the assignment. ...working in mysterious ways and all that.

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I went back to Ep 3, and I believe somebody mentioned it on the previous recap, was it you @katrina? Anyways Hu and Dan's conversation on his last mission went like this:

Hu: Your final mission...
Dan: I`ll do anything.. blah blah blah... So tell me, my final mission.
Hu: Love
Dan: Find Love? For who?

Soooo Hu did not really explicitly say anything about Dan finding love for somebody. He just assumed this. lol. It could be his final mission was to find love for himself.

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Yes, Sunbae Hoo kept it non-specific. Even that reference to 'bone of my bones' and the rib ... Hoo said that it's the 21st Century so it could be that he has to find the guy's rib and not the girl's LOL. And he could well be the rib himself!!!

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😂😂😂 Oh dear, I’m actually getting a kick out of the thought that he might have jumped the gun on his last mission! Hah!

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Exactly. Dan just filled in the blanks without actually getting the specifics of the assignment. From the beginning I've thought he might have misinterpreted the mission 😂.

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Very typical of Dan-- misinterpreting the assignment lol

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Ooooh that’s an interesting thought 🤔🤔🤔

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@blnmom @gemwendz @kurama @pakalanapikake
I was enjoying that food fight scene again. It would have been so funny if they had not been seriously fighting. (I was still grinning anyway). They were so much like kids. I liked that they went all out, cake flying everywhere and them shouting at each other at super speed and at the tops of their voices. It was completely believable.

I believe that scene needed to have been done in 1 take. That means that they could not have afforded to make a mistake, or else the cleaning crew would have had to clean everything up in order for them to re-do the food fight!!! I'd really like to watch the BTS of that scene and see if they had collapsed in laughter at all the debris of cake in their hair. And to see of course if they had had to re-do takes or if they'd managed it all in one.

The wings scene too would be great t see in BTS. Yeon Seo was able to pull at the wings and they were able to move on their own, so there was mechanics involved in that amazing prop.

Was that a bit of Handel's Messiah as Dan's phone ringtone? LOL.

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The ringtone makes me laugh every time!

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@growingbeautifully you put into words what my thoughts are in the cake fight scene. Hahaha! Kids.

I also want to see the BTS videos. But SBS is so stingy with that. I haven’t seen much BTS videos for ALML. Sad!

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I am too engrossed with L that I don’t notice anything/anyone else. Hahah! Where was I when this cutiepie started his showbiz career? 😂

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I really love this drama. All actors are excellent.

The guy that always has a projector at hand...sure, nothing weird about that ahahahahah

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She did ask him about the projector and he said of course he doesn't always carry it around. He was prepared as he wanted to show her this.

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Thank you so much for recapping this @sailorjumun! You can certainly tell how popular a show is by the number of responses when the recap goes up and there are 30 comments almost at once.
Like everyone else I'm totally enjoying the show. Angel Dan is adorable and so is Yeon Seo - especially how they bring out the worst in each other.

My only beef with this show is the tie of Angels to Catholicism. As a recovering Catholic, I'm tired of the prayer and church references. Can't an Angel just be one without being tied to a specific religion? Then again, I suppose angels are tied to Christianity to begin with...
Okay, off my soap box.,/i>

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You are right to recognize that this show is written from a specifically Roman catholic viewpoint. There were people who were offended by "Goblin" because it was written from a Buddhist/Traditional Korean religious sensibility. "Goblin" was a masterpiece with a great deal to say even to those of us who do not share that religious bent. I am glad that you are appreciating this show in that same way.

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I don't think angels are tied only to Christianity. All three major monotheistic religions have angels as they use the same original books for their mythology. Whether they will all be interpreted with wings similar to Christian interpretation of angels is another matter.

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Thank you for that reminder. I did think about other religions use of "angel" type beings and it seems to be rather universal. However, the church focus and use of scripture does put me off a bit. But only a bit I love all the rest so I can ignore the parts that don't suit me. It is my problem only.

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Religion and religious figures aren't my favorite themes and characters either (excepting the movie Dogma which I love) but it is impossible to avoid that in a drama with an angel for a hero. I mean he is talking about He up there as his boss. Lol. I guess rather than brushing it over they are embracing it with the use of scripture and treating a house of God (church) as a literal house for angels.

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Thankyou, Sailorjumin, for the recap. I do not think you need to worry about being let down by this show. The writing is top-notch and they cast a great actress as the lead, so justice will be done to the writing.

I adore Shin Hye-sun and anyone watching this can see why- she is superb. She is also very beautiful and for once is being dressed in a way that shows it off instead of hiding it- yet one more reason that I love this show. Casting her as the female lead for this story was a stroke of genius.

L has either really grown as an actor or the genius casting director somehow realized that he was perfect for this specific role. He is doing very well.

You are right that Director Choi is a cartoony villain, almost a Snidely Whiplash. Did you notice that her husband is obviously disturbed by her behavior and it also contrasts with her daughter's attitudes as well? Perhaps the writer's are setting up future conflict within her immediate family. But part of the reason for her simple villainy may also be to allow wider scope for our enigmatic Kang-woo. He is clearly intended to be more than a stock second lead. He has an ambiguous agenda- some of which may even be villainous. He obviously has a major back story- which might be very dark. Choi as a simple villain allows Kang-woo to be at once both good and bad- like a great many people actually are.

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I'm just not feeling this show like other people are. Is it me? Is it the genre? Is it the writing? The tonal shifts? Is it L?

What really struck me with this episode is that a lot of the relationships feel unearned, especially between Dan and Yeon Seo.

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