Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 15-16
This drama has been raising a lot of questions lately, for us and for its characters. It’s been especially hard on our angel, who has kept faith in his deity for all this time, convincing himself that he had to remain patient for all the answers. However, his head and his heart are telling him that he has to go after the answers himself, no matter where they may take him.
EPISODES 15-16 RECAP
Yeon-seo finds Dan out in the courtyard, and she beams when he waves her over. The couple sit together on a bench, and aware that this is all a dream, Yeon-seo suggests they take photos until they grow old.
They do just that, smiling as a newlywed couple, a middle-aged couple, and finally, an old couple. They slowly lean in to kiss, which, to Yeon-seo’s disappointment, is when she wakes up. “If only I’d slept for a minute longer,” she mutters.
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A good reason to sleep
She calls herself crazy for saying that, but in the very next scene, she spends all morning making breakfast for Dan. She even practices how she’s going to present it, which augh, is so cute but so sad. Because Dan comes running in with bad news.
His expression serious, he tells her that he wants to quit and move out immediately. Taken aback, she asks what brought this on — how could he want to leave after reassuring her that she wasn’t alone? What is he afraid of? “My feelings,” he thinks. “And your feelings.”
She blurts out that she knows he likes her, reminding him of the night they went drinking. She’d been awake for his entire confession, to his surprise. On top of that, his warm actions toward her in the past speak louder than the words he’s saying now.
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Resigning for love
Dan admits that he did like her but that one or two months of romance is nothing against forever. He tells her to forget his confession, calling it a drunken mistake. Besides, he continues, she doesn’t need him now that she can dance on her own. Now angry, Yeon-seo yells that he can go ahead and move out then.
Chief Jung walks in as Yeon-seo continues that she never wants to see Dan again and then stomps off. Jung tries to stop Dan from packing, saying this is already the second time he’s moved out, but he states that it’s for real this time. He passes Yeon-seo, who’s too hurt to look at him, one last time before leaving the estate.
Meanwhile, Kang-woo calls Dan’s cell, wanting to meet up. Jung answers instead, informing him that Dan left his phone after resigning. Kang-woo wonders why Dan would leave after making such a big deal about sticking to Yeon-seo.
Dan heads toward the church, the only other home he has, but the thought of the angel Noel disappearing makes him turn the other direction. Hoo watches him leave with a sigh and then panics to see him walking straight toward Kang-woo. Hoo appears before Kang-woo, therefore letting Dan get away unseen.
When Kang-woo asks about Dan’s whereabouts, Hoo pretends he doesn’t know such a person. But Kang-woo just moves past him and into the church, irritated to find it empty. Hoo tells him that doubting and guessing will only make things harder for him, and Kang-woo agrees. So while Hoo has his back turned, Kang-woo grabs a candle holder and raises it to swing… And then Hoo turns the candle holder into a flower.
Kang-woo smirks, his suspicions of Hoo being an angel confirmed. He asks what Hoo plans to do with Yeon-seo, and when Hoo won’t give him the answer he wants, he grabs Hoo’s arm and seethes, “You think you guys are so special? Looking down on struggling humans and manipulating them with the snap of your fingers?” Hoo stares at him, confused as to why facing an angel has him angry instead of shocked or scared.
Kang-woo merely tells Hoo to deliver a message to his precious deity: If He has any intention to mess with Kang-woo’s plans, He better wake up. Kang-woo leaves, and Hoo kneels before the cross, asking the deity if Dan can really handle this.
At last, Yeon-seo faces Fantasia alongside Kang-woo, who congratulates her on her official return. She thanks him, but when she joins the other dancers, she realizes she may have entered the lion’s den. They’re still gossiping about her so-called sincerity and wanting to steer clear of her. Nina, at least, looks somewhat guilty.
Before practice, Director Choi and Luna show up to make an announcement. The auditions for “Giselle” will be in two weeks and Kang-woo will be off the judging panel. Eyeing Yeon-seo, Choi points out that Kang-woo is incapable of choosing fairly. If that’s the case, Kang-woo says, Choi should be off the panel too.
To be completely fair, Kang-woo suggests they let the dancers be the judges by having them vote. Though this makes Choi nervous, she agrees to compromise. The directors talk outside alone, and Luna warns Kang-woo to stop messing with them, using a menacing tone that even shocks Choi.
Practice commences, and a few dancers get passive-aggressive, constantly bumping into Yeon-seo. This seems to bother her, but she just moves away and continues to do her own thing.
Kang-woo wraps things up so they can discuss the “Giselle” story, and Yeon-seo can’t help but think of Dan. As she remembers their time together, she narrates that Giselle and Duke Albrecht met and fell in love. And Dan, currently on a bus, narrates that the two wanted to call their intense love destiny.
Kang-woo’s narration cuts in, saying that when Giselle discovered Albrecht’s true identity, the betrayal caused her to die of heartbreak. Dan: “However, even after death, they couldn’t forget each other.” Yeon-seo: “And they met again, like destiny.”
Kang-woo breaks Yeon-seo’s train of thought as he explains that he didn’t choose to direct “Giselle” to be predictable. So he’s going to change the ending and have Giselle’s spirit kill the very man who deceived her. (Real subtle, Kang-woo.) The dancers are unsure of this, but Yeon-seo nonchalantly states that she’s all for it.
Meanwhile, Choi’s softie henchman Mr. Park is on his way to give up evidence to Chief Jung — out of guilt — when Luna’s own henchman Black Cap rides by on a motorcycle and snatches the documents away. Black Cap delivers them to Luna and accepts her orders to keep watching Mr. Park.
That night, Dan visits Noel’s wife Mi-ok in the hospital, saddened to see that she’s still unconscious. A worker is curious about the husband’s whereabouts, explaining that he inexplicably appeared only a year ago. Dan is surprised to hear this, having assumed the couple were together for much longer.
Feeling lost, Dan stops by the hospital’s chapel to ask the deity what he should do next. And to his annoyance, Hoo appears and cheerfully answers that he should stay where he is and do some volunteer work.
Dan is furious that Hoo would dare show up here, but Hoo tries to keep things light — at least now Dan can focus on his mission. However, Hoo adds, he should avoid Kang-woo from now on. Refusing to listen to his sunbae any longer, Dan stalks off.
At home, Director Choi sneaks into Luna’s room and searches her desk, perhaps looking for an explanation to her behavior today. Luna then walks in, and a flustered Choi lies that she was looking for measuring tape.
She then tells Luna to come out and join her for a drink. Before Luna follows her mom out, she shuts the drawer that contains Mr. Park’s collected evidence.
As the two have drinks and fruit in the kitchen, Choi talks about the old days and how Luna would always look after Nina while she was busy with the company — how Luna never really had a life outside of Fantasia and ballet.
Luna asks why she’s bringing that up. Choi then narrows her eyes and asks, “Was it you? Were you the one who tried to kill Yeon-seo?” However, Choi only says this in her imagination. Out loud, she says that Luna should relax more and let her handle the company’s affairs. Luna smiles, which doesn’t make Choi feel any better.
The next day at practice, the dancers continue to give Yeon-seo a hard time. But when Chief Jung comes to pick her up, she lies that everyone treats her well. She imagines Dan there, catching her in her lie, and it shakes her up pretty bad. She tells Jung that she needs to go somewhere and runs off, with Kang-woo watching from afar.
Yeon-seo visits the church, and Hoo sighs at the sight of her, grumbling that Dan keeps bringing people here, haha.
Yeon-seo asks about Dan, confused as to why he would list his home as a church. Hoo vaguely answers that Dan was raised here, and Yeon-seo comes to the sad realization that she doesn’t really know anything about Dan’s life.
Hoo tells her not to look for Dan, firmly stating that this is the end for them. So she leaves the church dejected, wondering where else Dan could be. Someone then steps forward, but to her disappointment, it’s Kang-woo, not Dan.
Kang-woo takes Yeon-seo to the neighborhood bar, urging her to get over Dan once and for all. Kang-woo wants her to know that Dan isn’t the person she thinks he is, and that it’s possible that he’s deceiving her.
This angers Yeon-seo — she may not know everything about Dan, but she does know that he’s too transparent to be the deceiving type. Assuming this is about her lack of focus in practice, she tells Kang-woo not to worry; she managed after her parents died and she’ll manage now. With that, she storms out.
She wanders back to the park bench where she and Dan first met, and she desperately calls out, “Kim Dan, where are you?” She goes on to say that she feels like a mess without him, and we see that he’s actually standing behind the tree, listening. He clenches his jaw as she concludes, “I need you. I’m saying I need you.”
He comes out from behind the tree and tells her to get a hold of herself. She asks if it’s really him, thinking she’s imagining things again, but instead of answering, he coldly says that he never should’ve been nice to her.
Yeon-seo looks up at Dan, tears in her eyes as he continues that his feelings for her were a mere distraction — his way of dealing with the spoiled ice princess she is. So he suggests she find another guy who will actually stay by her side.
He turns to leave, but she clutches onto his arm. She refuses to watch him walk away again, so it’s her that’ll be walking away first. “Remember this,” she says, shaking with anger. “I’m leaving you. It’s you who will be left alone.”
Yeon-seo then leaves him there, only crying when she’s far enough away. And once she’s gone, Dan’s cold facade melts away to reveal his own heartache. He yells up to heaven, demanding to know what he should do and why no one is answering him.
Some time later, while caring for the grandma Mi-ok, Dan falls asleep and has another dream of younger him and Yeon-seo (though he’s still unaware that these dreams are his memories). This time, it’s about young Dan drawing a ballerina on a house with a blue gate. When he wakes up, he’s alarmed to see that Mi-ok is gone.
Dan finds Mi-ok outside in a field, trying to call her hubby on her voice-activated app (aww). When Dan approaches her, she asks him to lead her to that spot in the field. On the way there, she tells him of the day she prayed and Noel came to her. She’d worried she wasn’t as pretty as the “last time” they met, and he assured her that she was. The happy memory causes Mi-ok to collapse to the ground.
Mi-ok touches the grass before her, recognizing it as the spot where Noel disappeared. “Please return as a human in your next life,” she cries, clutching Noel’s handkerchief. “I’ll be your guardian angel.” Dan is surprised that she knew of Noel’s true identity — wasn’t she scared?
She replies that no one that kind-hearted could be scary. Noel had pretended to be the husband she lost thirty years before, playing along for the entire year they were together. Dan admits that he couldn’t do that; he ran away in fear of holding onto Yeon-seo and eventually hurting her.
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Goodbye is never easy
Mi-ok leans on Dan’s shoulder and gently says that she doesn’t regret anything, nor does she resent Noel. She weakly continues that she believes in fate, trailing off until she breathes her last breath. Seeing that she’s really gone, Dan holds her in his arms and cries.
After Dan says his last goodbye to Mi-ok by scattering her ashes in the field, he leaves town to figure things out. He wants to know what the deity’s ultimate plan is, and what He meant by sending him to Yeon-seo. He prays that if there’s just one reason for him to stay with her, that He help him find it. So Dan returns to the island where his dreams took place in hopes of finding something.
Back at Fantasia, it’s time for the self-judged auditions of “Giselle.” When it’s Nina’s turn, she dances with a blindfold on — one of teacher Elena’s ideas. However, Kang-woo stops her midway through, saying it wouldn’t work onstage. He has Yeon-seo go next, but he’s confused when she completely ditches the revenge theme and acts out Giselle’s heartbreak.
He asks her why she would portray the original Giselle, yelling that the character should be angry after being betrayed. However, Yeon-seo changed her mind, believing that the only way Giselle would’ve gone crazy was if she was sad.
“Because she loved [Albrecht] that much,” Yeon-seo finishes. She tells Kang-woo to watch for himself and then continues her routine.
As she dances, she channels Giselle’s emotions by thinking about Dan and how he’d cut their romance short when her feelings were still so strong. She turns to Kang-woo, using him as the Albrecht character, but all she sees is Dan.
With a sad smile and tears in her eyes, Yeon-seo reaches for Dan’s face and thinks, “I miss you.” She leans into him, which is when Kang-woo turns away and snaps her out of it. Confused but impressed with the performance, the other dancers slowly clap.
Meanwhile, on the island, Dan talks to some natives to ask about the house he’d seen in his dream. One native remembers the boy and the father who lived there, saying that they just disappeared one day.
Dan finds the house, now dark and empty, but immediately has to take cover when it starts to rain. He’s then hit with a memory of the boy running out into the rain and hiding behind a large jar.
The father, sloppy drunk, stumbled out with a club, knocked the jar over, and dragged his terrified son away. Dan wakes up, having seen all of that in another dream, and realizes that it’s morning. He goes over to the jar, curious, and opens it to find a gift box.
Dan remembers a young Yeon-seo throwing the box at the gate, upset that the boy wouldn’t come out to say goodbye to her. Dan opens the box and pulls out a photo of the two kids together, realizing that the boy is real — that the boy is him. He also pulls out a drawing depicting the day Yeon-seo first danced for him, the rainbow over her dancing figure.
As we see young Dan leaving his house to pick up the gift box, Dan narrates that he would get beaten whenever it rained. Because of that, he never went out after a rainfall, therefore, never saw a rainbow. That is, until Yeon-seo came along.
As Dan runs back to the beach, his narration continues that he wanted to be a grown-up for Yeon-seo and that he didn’t want to die. He reaches the pier, surprised to see Yeon-seo there. And then he sees the memory of young Yeon-seo asking his name.
“My name is…” he thinks, echoing the memory of his younger self. “Sung-woo. Yoo Sung-woo.”
I think this drama is testing me, trying to see how many times it can break my heart in one episode. Because right now, all I can think about writing is This scene broke me and then that scene broke me and then, whoa, this freaking scene takes the cake. Yeah, you know which one I’m talking about. Somehow, that one short scene of Yeon-seo as Giselle made me feel the most sympathy for all four of our main characters. We had Yeon-seo imagining and longing for Dan; we had Kang-woo knowing exactly who she was thinking about; we had Nina having to witness an intimate moment between her crush and her rival. And then, of course, there was Dan in an entirely different place searching for a reason to stay. It’s scenes like this that make me forget any issues the drama may have.
The “Giselle” ballet was an interesting choice on Kang-woo’s (and the writer’s) part since our characters are pretty much acting it out in their real lives. It’s tough to see Yeon-seo so devastated because she was truly radiant when she was in her blissful state of love. For a while there, she seemed like a completely different person, always smiling and blushing. But she wasn’t different — Dan just happened to bring her old, sparkling self back. The old self that Driver Jo had so longed to see before he passed. And you would think that Dan snatching this blissful love away would make Yeon-seo as angry as Kang-woo wants her to be, but the only anger she’s shown has been a mask to her sadness.
I read up on the actual “Giselle” story, and it’s as lovely as the characters have made it out to be. For those who don’t know, after Giselle’s tragic death, she’s risen by these vengeful fairy-like creatures called the Wilis who wish to kill her lover Albrecht. However, Giselle’s love for Albrecht is so strong that she finds it in her heart to forgive him and try to save him from the Wilis. So going back to the drama, we know that Kang-woo is all for the vengeance and that Yeon-seo is all for the love. And now knowing the ballet’s plot, I worry that Kang-woo is going to embody the Wilis. Will he be true to his threats and really go after Dan? Will Yeon-seo have to jump in and do the saving? Or will our Writer-nim be like Kang-woo and spice things up by changing the outcome?
I was starting to doubt this writer once all the angel stuff became somewhat of a convoluted mess, but now that we’re getting more clarity on other storylines, I’m willing to hold off any judgment. For one, I kind of like where we’re going with Luna. She and Director Choi are still my least favorite part of the show, but now that we know more about them, I’ll admit it, my interest is piqued. Choi was into all the crazy scheming to keep something that she put her heart into, but what was Luna trying to keep? If Luna’s own mother is afraid of her current behavior, then that changes things. It makes me want to be afraid of her too. So good job, Show, you finally got me (sort of) into your villains.
I also think that the childhood storyline is going really well. The way the show mirrors the present with the past, the way the two eventually merge — it never fails to give me chills. The only downside is that this could lead to more suffering. Now, I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t want to jinx it, but now that we’ve moved away from a lot of the comedy and into some serious drama, L’s performance is lacking. He’s great with the quieter emotional moments, but whenever he has to be cold or angry, I see him acting. I see the wheels turning in his head. It’s not enough to take me out of the moment, but it does make me wonder how certain scenes would be with a more nuanced actor. Still, I can’t deny the fact that I love him as Kim Dan. And I’m excited to see where he takes this character now that Dan has faced his past.
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