Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 11-12
It’s D-Day for our heroine, who has practiced long and hard for her official return to society. It’s her chance to take back everything that she’s lost in the past few years — her dream, her passion, her legacy. However, it’ll be much harder than she thought, as she’s starting to realize that she may have more enemies than friends.
EPISODES 11-12 RECAP
As Kang-woo watches Yeon-seo dance, he remembers his past lover also dancing while talking about the “Giselle” ballet. She’d said that life was unpredictable, like how Giselle didn’t know she’d fall in love and get betrayed.
“Like how I didn’t know I’d meet you, get to know you, and fall for you,” she continued. “Like how we don’t know what our ending looks like.” Kang-woo’s memory of his lover dancing like the heartbroken Giselle is then cut to her being shot.
Yeon-seo finishes her routine, but when she turns to face Kang-woo, all he sees is his smiling lover. Overcome with emotion, he brings her into a tight embrace. And when they separate, a tear falls down his face.
Kang-woo tells her that he’d been going through a deep, dark tunnel for so long, and he never thought he’d could get out. But now he’s finally found the end of the tunnel. He gets down on one knee, holding her hand, and asks her to be his Giselle.
Before Yeon-seo can answer, the nearby structure falls apart and Dan comes tumbling out. Ha, moment ruined. Yeon-seo asks if he enjoyed watching her dance around like a fool, but he blurts out that she danced beautifully — so much so that his heart fluttered.
She’s taken aback by his honest answer but pulls herself together to say that he knows nothing about ballet. He’s so useless that he can’t even drive, so she’d rather he stop spouting nonsense. With that, she turns away, wanting to leave.
On the drive back, Kang-woo suggests that Yeon-seo go to the sponsorship event, Fantasia Night. He doesn’t like showing off his ballerinas to skeevy sponsors — and a worried Dan cuts in that he doesn’t like this either — but her attendance is necessary to show who’s boss.
The next morning, Dan has his first-ever dream. He sees his younger self running away, looking back with fear, and then clinging on to a rocky cliff. He wakes up just before his younger self falls into the water.
Yeon-seo calls him over to ask how he knew about the secret beach stage, so he hands over the photograph he found. He notes that her smile in the picture is pretty, and she snaps for him to stop saying things like that. Dan points out that he may be useless, but he calls them as he sees them.
Yeon-seo watches him walk away, saying to herself, “You said you didn’t like me. So why do you keep doing this?” She looks down at her picture, thoughtful. And later, in her practice room, she posts the picture on the wall.
The next day, Dan happily skips into driving school to get his license (pwahaha). However, his excitement disappears when he realizes that his driving instructor is Hoo in another one of his disguises. The two bicker incessantly as Dan struggles throughout his test.
Having had enough, Dan exits the car and stomps off, with Hoo laughing that he’s really starting to act human. Hoo knows that this is Dan’s first mission involving a person rather than an animal, but he’s been going a bit overboard. He takes out Dan’s journal as evidence, highlighting all the sweet comments about Yeon-seo.
Dan snatches his journal away, embarrassed. But he does have a question concerning Kang-woo: Is he really the one for Yeon-seo? He wants Hoo to look into it for him.
Meanwhile, Kang-woo visits a Buddhist temple to open up his personal locker. Inside, there’s a cremation urn engraved “Choi Seol-hee, 1982-2004” (ah, so that’s his lover’s name), along with his feather handkerchief and second couple’s ring. He thinks back to the night he’d given Seol-hee her ring and sworn his love to her.
The couple was giddy leaving the church, when all of a sudden, the lights all around them shattered. They tried to run away, but two shadowed angels — one in white and one in black — blocked their path. Kang-woo shoved Seol-hee aside, saying it was dangerous, but her human eyes couldn’t see the supernatural beings.
The angels forced Kang-woo onto his knees and declared that he would be judged for failing his mission and for abandoning his deity. Angry, Kang-woo had called the deity cruel for giving him a heart. “Giving me a heart and telling me to overcome its wishes are the works of the devil!” he yelled.
The angels stated that they would then take away everything the deity had given him. The black angel raised a glowing gun (um, what?) and aimed it right for Kang-woo’s heart. He took one last look at Seol-hee — who still had no idea what was going on — and then shut his eyes, bracing himself.
Finally understanding what was coming, Seol-hee ran in front of Kang-woo just as a shot rang out. Kang-woo opened his eyes to find the angels gone and his love standing before him, her dress spattered with blood. She fell into his arms, reaching for his face before going limp. Holding her close, he cried out in anguish.
After cremating Seol-hee, Kang-woo had returned to their apartment and imagined her still there, smiling and dancing. And on the table, next to her urn, we see that the blue feather on his handkerchief had changed to black, perhaps signifying a change in Kang-woo. He narrates that he went crazy trying to become human, but he didn’t want to be human in a world without Seol-hee. He tried to kill himself in various ways, but nothing ever worked. Instead, he suffered alone for the next fifteen years.
As Kang-woo leaves the temple, he says aloud, “I think it’ll work out this time.” A Buddhist monk approaches him, hoping whoever he lost is at peace. This makes Kang-woo scoff — he thinks that the very idea of peace is absurd. The monk asks what it is that he wants then. Kang-woo merely smirks and walks away, leaving the monk (revealed to be Hoo) puzzled.
Yeon-seo is getting ready for Fantasia Night when Dan’s rejection invades her thoughts. She takes out some pills and swallows one. We see that that night, she’d run over to a pharmacy begging for medication that would allow her to be okay on her own. “I’ve been relying on a guy who doesn’t even like me,” she said, breathless.
Outside, Kang-woo drives up to the gate in time to see Dan driving his own car and accidentally banging into stuff, haha. As Dan tries to park, the two naturally start arguing. They both go quiet, however, when Yeon-seo walks out, all glammed up.
She’s surprised to see that Dan has obtained his license, but Kang-woo insists that it would be better to take his car — for safety reasons. Though Dan was eager to drive her, he can’t say that Kang-woo is wrong.
The trio reach their destination and greet Fantasia’s board members, along with the event’s biggest sponsor Mr. Ishikawa. Yeon-seo shakes his hand, and he holds hers for a beat too long. Ugh.
Everyone then boards the boat where the actual event is being held. Kang-woo wanders off to check on the dancers, and Dan escorts Yeon-seo to her table. She refuses to take his arm at first but eventually gives in.
Once she’s settled, he checks to make sure that there are no objects overhead that could fall on Yeon-seo, remembering a chat he’d had with Chief Jung earlier. With the car accident and the chandelier incident in mind, Jung was afraid that there would be danger at the party too.
Kang-woo returns and sits next to Yeon-seo, giving Dan his cue to investigate the rest of the boat. The performances for the sponsors begin, but Mr. Ishikawa isn’t really watching; he’s complaining to another sponsor that he can’t even hold Yeon-seo’s hand. And though he’s speaking in Japanese, it’s clear that Yeon-seo understands every word. She looks especially upset when the sponsor encourages Mr. Ishikawa to pick a different dancer for a “private meeting” later. Double ugh.
Director Choi watches Yeon-seo from another table, an eeevil look in her eyes. She waves a waiter over and quietly orders him to bring Yeon-seo the wine they prepared. Meanwhile, Dan looks around for any suspicious people out on deck, soon setting his sights on a man wearing a black cap. He demands to know what the guy is doing, and Black Cap nervously states he came out for a smoke. Dan lets Black Cap move on, and we see Black Cap’s expression turn dark.
Dan then notices a waiter with wine heading towards Yeon-seo. He pulls the waiter to the ground, spilling the wine and causing a bigger scene than he’d meant to. An angry Director Choi sends a text ordering someone to prepare more drinks.
However, Luna tells her mom not to hold her breath — her henchman is too much of a softie. And in the back, we see Uncle Kim catching that very henchman putting sedatives in the wine. Uncle Kim immediately dumps it out.
Choi is surprised that Luna was aware of her plans. She’s even more surprised to see that Luna had her own backup. Another waiter — Black Cap — delivers what’s sure to be tainted grapes to Yeon-seo’s table. The unsuspecting Yeon-seo eats some of the fruit.
The performances come to an end, meaning it’s time for Director Choi to introduce Yeon-seo. Choi makes a big deal about stepping down from her position and then says, “Allow me to introduce the person who will take charge of Fantasia’s future. My lovely niece, Lee Yeon-seo.” Yeon-seo heads toward the stage, only to stumble from a sudden headache.
Dan bumps into a waiter and, realizing that it’s Black Cap, runs into the main hall to find Yeon-seo hysterical. To the room’s horror, she’s stomping around and screaming in Japanese that all the sponsors are perverts. She slurs that she’ll go ahead and dance for them, twirling over to the deck and nearly going over the railing. Thankfully, someone gets a hold of her just in time.
Yeon-seo looks up at her rescuer and mumbles, “You again?” Dan smiles and nods, while behind them, Kang-woo looks on with concern. Yeon-seo continues, “It’s always you,” and then passes out in Dan’s arms. Well, this feels familiar.
Dan brings her home and tucks her into bed. Still dizzy, Yeon-seo sees his face, and for a moment, she sees the face of the young boy she befriended years ago — the boy who found her when she was crying. When the boy, now Dan, turns away, Yeon-seo grasps his hand and tells him not to go.
The following day, Yeon-seo wakes up, horrified as she remembers her actions from last night. Chief Jung chides her for getting so drunk, but Yeon-seo insists that she barely had anything to drink. They exchange knowing glances.
At a board meeting, Director Choi gives everyone the I-told-you-so speech, saying that Yeon-seo is far too unstable to act as chairwoman. They all look to Kang-woo, who stands and states that it’s their own fault if they back out now; they’d lose the chance to sponsor what’s sure to be the greatest ballet performance in Korea. Unafraid of his threat, several major sponsors walk out on the company.
Kang-woo’s bad mood follows him to the practice room, where he’s furious to discover that, following last night’s events, the dancers are against Yeon-seo’s return. Kang-woo yells that they should worry about themselves. Watching Yeon-seo dance had inspired him, but watching the other dancers last night was another story. “How are your dance moves so empty? Why?!” he demands.
Kang-woo’s harsh words push Nina into drinking at a bar. She later cries in the streets, earning the attention of an irritated homeless woman. Nina recognizes her as her first ballet instructor Ms. Elena, but the woman doesn’t want to hear anything about ballet or Fantasia ever again.
Dan meets with Luna to ask her to investigate the party guests, but he can see that she’s already decided that Yeon-seo is at fault. He’s about to leave Fantasia when he realizes that someone is watching him — Black Cap. He tries to go after the guy, but Luna stops him and kicks him out for interfering with business. He finally leaves, with an amused Luna saying, “How cute.” She orders Black Cap to keep an eye on him.
Dan returns to the estate just as Director Choi shows up. She’s there to demand that Yeon-seo hand the company over; it’s not like anyone there will be welcoming her back. Dan speaks up at that, surprising both Choi and Yeon-seo.
He tells Choi that he understands the greed and temptation she may have, but she’s one of Yeon-seo’s only remaining family members. “Why don’t you love her?” he’s practically yelling. “How could you treat her no better than a stranger?”
Choi smirks, saying that Yeon-seo doesn’t need family with such a loyal secretary. She makes her exit, leaving Yeon-seo emotionally drained. Dan suggests she go upstairs to rest, but she wordlessly wanders out the door and onto the streets.
Dan follows her into a bar (our characters’ favorite place these days), and he urges her not to drink. They just have to wait for her blood test results and go from there. However, Yeon-seo sighs that Chief Jung had called earlier asking if she took any medication. Since she had, the results won’t serve as proper evidence.
Dan sadly apologizes, saying this is all his fault, but Yeon-seo thinks that it’s all on her and her own greed to return to ballet.
She admits that she danced in front of this kid once, and that kid’s emotional response had made her so happy. “He helped me realize that dancing made me happy,” she says, “But I forgot about that for a long time.” She may have come to this realization again, but it’s too hard on her now.
Outside, Dan kneels by Yeon-seo’s side and asks if she could give up dancing for Fantasia since it only makes her suffer — she could always dance for him.
She slurs that maybe it would be better to simply stay with him forever. She gets up to show him the “Giselle” dance, but she’s constantly losing her footing. Dan catches her before she passes out, then having to piggyback her home.
On the way back, she regains consciousness and asks why he’s always saving her. He doesn’t answer, so she then asks why he doesn’t like her. She gets that pretty much everyone in the world doesn’t like her, and she doesn’t care about that.
“But,” she continues in a small voice, “I’m not okay with the fact that you dislike me. I hate it.”
Dan remains silent as Yeon-seo reminds him that he called her pretty, so why doesn’t he like her? Why? She passes out again, tears streaming down her face.
He gets her back home and into bed, finally able to give his answer. Looking down at her sleeping face, he says that he can’t like her and he can’t stay by her side forever. Then, with a heavy heart, he says, “Lee Yeon-seo, how could I not like you?”
He wanders outside again, along a bridge, looking up to the sky and laughing out of sadness. He figures that he’s in big trouble now. Then, out of nowhere, Kang-woo tackles him to the railing.
Kang-woo is fuming, saying that he won’t have Dan interfering with Yeon-seo’s life anymore. How dare he tell Yeon-seo to give up on dancing? It starts to rain, and Dan panics as the spot where his wings should be start itching.
Dan tries to escape, but their tussle sends them over the railing and into the water. They slowly sink deeper and deeper, losing consciousness.
Was it just me or was this the first episode that was a little… off? Almost as if it were written and directed by completely different people. We still got plenty of the quiet, humanizing moments that make our characters so great (which I’ll get to later), but we were also given a lot of the business corruption, which was always the weakest part of the show. At this point, I don’t care about Director Choi or Luna — they were cartoonish villains in episode 1 and they’re cartoonish villains still. For one, I don’t find Choi at all threatening; she’s more of an obstacle that Yeon-seo can’t get around. But most importantly, I don’t pity her at all. I understand that she and her family need Fantasia to keep the foundation they’ve built for themselves, but I’m siding with Dan here. She’s Yeon-seo’s freaking aunt. What she and Luna did to Yeon-seo at the party is just crossing the line. But I guess they were over the line to begin with.
You know who else is pissing me off? Kang-woo. But as I’ve established before, all the negative feelings I have toward Kang-woo are not at all similar to the feelings I have toward Choi. With Kang-woo, all the anger and confusion I have is buoyed with one simple thing: SYMPATHY. I feel sorry for this guy, I truly do. Seeing him with his lover Seol-hee, seeing him lose her — to be honest, it was hard to watch. Seeing the black and white angels make their dramatic K-Pop MV-like entrance? Also hard to watch, in a bad way. But I digress. From Kang-woo’s point of view, we can obviously see how he’s gotten so bitter. He lost someone in such a tragic way, all because he wanted to love her. On top of that, he was given the weight of never being able to die himself. I wonder if it has anything to do with his handkerchief changing color. I think Dan’s handkerchief did the same thing when he kissed Yeon-seo, so I’m anxious to know what this means.
Kang-woo had nothing in his life for those fifteen years, nothing until Yeon-seo came along. So his actions toward Yeon-seo and Dan make complete sense to me. However, that doesn’t mean I’m supposed to like it. The reason why he’s pissing me off is because he’s gotten way too possessive of Yeon-seo. He has a tight grip on her, and now he thinks that he has to do whatever it takes to complete the mission he’s given himself. Judging by his actions, he’s going to continue this mission without actually considering Yeon-seo’s feelings. It makes me worry that he really sees Yeon-seo as Seol-hee and not Yeon-seo as Yeon-seo. And now we have Kang-woo threatening and nearly killing Dan, which arghhhh. It has to get worse when he discovers that Dan is an angel. It’s inevitable.
Even though this episode wasn’t as good as the last, the show hasn’t lost its magic with the main characters and their dynamics. Any time we see the cold and stern Yeon-seo show even the tiniest bit of vulnerability, it feels like a reward. The piggyback confession was what finally broke me — she seemed so small and so childlike when she asked Dan why he didn’t like her. It made me kind of hope that she was awake when Dan admitted that he did like her. In my opinion, Dan shouldn’t have to feel guilty for loving her because for all he knows, he is her destiny (cue You From Another Star OST). This is the only loophole I see that could keep him from disappearing. But first, we need to know how Dan got from point A to point B. How did he go from a possibly suicidal child to an angel? We need to know what we’re missing in between.
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