Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 7-8
Oh boy, feelings are all over the place with this episode. Our heroine has been pushing people away for so long that it’s become a sort of reflex. Even when it hurts her more than anyone, she has to keep what she believes to be a safe distance. However, with a certain someone, she just can’t seem to let him go.
EPISODES 7-8 RECAP
Dan wakes up on a bench in Yeon-seo’s courtyard, and he’s bombarded with memories of last night when he danced with her. He starts to freak out from embarrassment when the police show up to take him away — Yeon-seo reported him for breaking in.
Before he’s pulled away, Yeon-seo gives him one last chance to explain himself. He says that he only came back because he felt sorry for her, that he never once lied to her, but she doesn’t believe him. “We’ve met before, haven’t we?” she asks, looking betrayed. “When I couldn’t see.”
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We’ve met before, haven’t we?
She thinks back to last night, after she set Dan on the bench and covered him with a blanket. He’d talked in his sleep, saying that he would definitely complete his “mission,” and Yeon-seo had taken it the wrong way. He’d then said the same thing he said the day they met, that she handled trauma strangely.
Since Dan is unable to lie, he struggles to explain without revealing his identity. All he can say is that they did meet before and that he was sent by someone, er, above. But after all the weird things he’s said and done, Yeon-seo has to believe that he was sent as a spy and that he broke the window.
She throws his handkerchief at him, and Dan just stares at her incredulously and repeats, “Spy?” With that, Yeon-seo tells the police that she’s done, and they drag him off to the station to be questioned. Fortunately, they don’t hold him for too long and let him go.
Later, Yeon-seo is packing up Dan’s stuff while Chief Jung is trying to convince her to reconsider. Jung finds some of Dan’s notes and points out that he’d written words like “Love” and “Dating.” Could it be, Jung suggests, that Dan saw her at the park and fell in love with her? Pfffft, I dig this lady’s imagination.
Yeon-seo thinks the idea is ridiculous, but she does find herself wondering if she made the right choice. Still, she tells Jung to deliver Dan’s things, to which Jung reminds her that he was kicked out of his home before.
In fact, Dan is trying to get into the angel headquarters as we speak, only to have Hoo send him flying back every time. Hoo tells him that he can’t return until he finishes his mission, meaning Dan is now homeless and broke. But that’s okay — Dan figures he can still play matchmaker even if he’s not by Yeon-seo’s side.
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Why is this body having emotions?!
At Fantasia, Kang-woo catches the dancers watching Nina’s livestream of Yeon-seo (from the party yesterday). They ask when Yeon-seo will join them, and he replies that he’s taking care of it. He gets them ready to practice their new show “Giselle,” but the “Swan Lake” music comes up on the stereo instead.
Kang-woo finds Luna to confront her about the music, but she has to take him to an emergency board meeting first. Everyone is up in arms about Yeon-seo’s return to ballet, so Kang-woo makes himself loud and clear: “I will bring Lee Yeon-seo. I’ll bring her in front of you — no, I’ll bring her in front of the whole country.” He’ll have her speak at a press conference to seal the deal. For now, he’ll have to deal with that livestream video that makes Yeon-seo and Nina look bad to the public.
Kang-woo asks Nina to take some lovey-dovey photos with Yeon-seo, but when Nina heads over to the estate, she’s too nervous to go inside. Dan comes up from behind her, scaring her and making them both jump. Then they hear Yeon-seo’s voice and really get scared; they hide behind each other before straight up bolting. Ha, aren’t you two peas in a pod.
Nina can see that Dan is starving, so she takes him out for some sweets. She reveals that she came to see Yeon-seo as a favor to Kang-woo, making Dan’s ears perk up. He asks what kind of person Kang-woo is, but even Nina isn’t sure. She doesn’t know if he’s a good person or a bad person, but she does think that he’s cool.
Back at the estate, the rest of Yeon-seo’s staff hand in their resignation letters. She asks how much it’ll take to keep them, but to her dismay, their only demands are to rehire the staff she already let go. Off to the side, Chief Jung warns her that nothing will get done if they quit. Yeon-seo scoffs at that and grabs the letters, accepting them.
Once the staff files out, Yeon-seo notes that Jung is her only remaining employee. Frustrated, Jung states that Yeon-seo can’t keep buying people with money; it won’t keep them by her side. Yeon-seo turns and walks away, hiding the pained expression on her face.
As Yeon-seo walks over to the vet to pick up her dog Gureum, her building stress starts to blur her vision. She closes her eyes and uses her white cane to guide her the rest of the way. The vet congratulates her on her rumored ballet return, showing her the news article about her upcoming press conference.
Furious, Yeon-seo heads over to Fantasia to confront Kang-woo. She hears the dancers practicing in the performance hall and wanders in. And seeing Nina dance on stage with her partner, Yeon-seo’s expression grows wistful.
Kang-woo approaches her and reveals that the male dancer is actually her partner. Yeon-seo glares at him and demands that he cancel the press conference, but he refuses. Their arguing earns the attention of the dancers.
Nina looks hopeful to see Yeon-seo, but Yeon-seo announces that she will never return. She turns to leave, and Kang-woo chases her down outside. She asks why he’s doing all of this and he responds, “I’m trying to protect you. You and Fantasia.”
He tells her that she barely escaped death and that he could feel how tightly she’d grasped his hand that night — this is her chance to start living again. Assuming he’d been wanting a reward for that night this whole time, Yeon-seo takes out her wallet and throws a bunch of checks to the ground.
Now desperate, Kang-woo insists that she’s worth so much more than that. But Yeon-seo just holds out her cane and snaps that she’s not the same ballerina, so he should come to his senses. She heads to the street to catch a taxi, only to have Kang-woo block her way again.
Dan, who’d been wandering around Fantasia, comes across the checks and happily gathers them up, thinking it’s a gift from above, HAHA. He then notices Yeon-seo and Kang-woo together and muses that they must really be fated. After Yeon-seo escapes in a taxi, Dan approaches Kang-woo with a smile.
Yeon-seo comes home to a delivery from Director Choi. Her aunt calls to explain that it’s an agreement on an extension of the power of attorney — her final way in as the permanent director of Fantasia. Angry, Yeon-seo tells Choi to forget it; she’ll walk into the press conference perfectly fine, and she’ll do it all by herself. She hangs up, instantly regretting that promise. And on the other line, Choi smiles as she watches her husband burn the cornea donor documents she’d stolen from Driver Jo’s room.
Yeon-seo goes out to the courtyard and stands a few feet away from Gureum. She tells him to stay and then shuts her eyes, saying, “I’m the owner of my body. I’m fine. My arms, my legs, and my eyes are fine.” She drops her cane and takes one shaky step forward, only to crumple to the ground.
She cries out in frustration and then remembers how she’d danced with Dan, moving with ease. She squashes the thought and half-heartedly grumbles that she doesn’t need him.
Meanwhile, Dan eats ramen at a convenience store, having turned Yeon-seo’s checks in to the police. While Hoo, disguised as a store clerk, keeps him company, Dan watches the people around him and wonders if Yeon-seo has ever been close to anyone.
The next morning, Yeon-seo tries and fails to scramble eggs (and I thought I was a bad cook). Chief Jung interrupts, however, to introduce her to the maid she’d fired for leaving the stool out. Jung had re-hired her to work at Fantasia, where the maid had discovered of the former security guard’s work as a spy.
That meant, of course, that Dan was innocent. Jung encourages Yeon-seo to seek him out, but Yeon-seo stubbornly refuses… until the very next scene.
Yeon-seo eventually comes across Dan in the park, sleeping on the bench and covered in newspapers. When he sits up and reveals his face, she surprises herself by getting all googly-eyed. She shakes it off and approaches him, offering to double his wage if he returns to the estate.
As she explains that she has to walk on her own by next week, she struggles to say that she needs him. He smiles and says that he already knows, showing her a newspaper article about the press conference. And while he doesn’t care for payment, he does have a condition for returning.
During practice, a dancer informs Kang-woo that she has to pick up her child from daycare. So he tells her to leave — forever. Nina waits up for Kang-woo after practice to try to change his mind, but he’d been wanting to get rid of that dancer anyway since she didn’t move with the others harmoniously. He wants Yeon-seo to come back to the perfect team. He also wants Nina to stop focusing on others, but considering the sad look she’s giving him, that won’t happen anytime soon.
At home, Kang-woo thinks about Yeon-seo as he watches that same video of the mystery woman. The woman narrates in English, and he responds aloud, “Sometimes you have to push yourself so you can go farther.” He then takes out his phone to call someone.
To begin Yeon-seo’s training, Dan places footstep markers all over the estate. He helps her walk the path, starting by linking arms and gradually working up to only linking pinky fingers. But when she has to do it alone, she still ends up falling.
They go to the park for another test run, with Dan moving a couple feet back and encouraging her to walk towards him. She just stands there, looking terrified, so he closes the distance and cups her face in his hands.
“Just look at me,” he says. “Imagine that it’s just you and me in this world.” She nods timidly, and he goes back to his place. But like before, after one step, she falls to the ground. Dan rushes over to her side, and she shoves him off, causing him to fall over her.
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Falling in love, step by step
They stare into each other’s eyes for a few tense seconds before a little girl walks up to them and claps for them to kiss. An embarrassed Yeon-seo tells the girl to scram and then tells Dan to get off her. Well, can’t blame the kid for trying.
With their practice session over, Dan says that he has the first of his three wishes (the condition he mentioned earlier). He takes her to a temple for the floating lantern festival, and they conveniently run into Kang-woo, of all people. Kang-woo explains that he came for the anniversary of a friend’s death.
Dan pushes for Kang-woo to join them and then stands back, watching eagerly as Kang-woo and Yeon-seo write down their wishes and place them in lanterns. The boys exchange knowing looks, and we flash back to earlier, when they’d met at Fantasia. Dan had promised to do whatever he could to help Kang-woo, which gave Kang-woo the idea for the “coincidental” festival meetup.
The time to send the lanterns off comes, and Dan pretends that he can’t find Yeon-seo’s shoes. He says that he’ll look for them and runs off, leaving Yeon-seo and Kang-woo alone. Since Yeon-seo is barefoot, Kang-woo offers to carry her down to the river. She hesitates, wanting to wait for Dan, but ends up giving in.
Night falls by the time they make it to the water, their path lit with colorful lanterns. Kang-woo turns to Yeon-seo and apologizes for the day before — if she’s not ready for the press conference or her debut show, he’ll push it all back.
He just wants her to know one thing: “The life that you’re giving up could be the dream that someone else desperately wanted.” She asks if he’s referring to the friend he mentioned, and he wordlessly smiles.
Dan appears on top of the hill, Yeon-seo’s shoes in hand, to watch the two send their lanterns down the river. He remembers having Kang-woo promise that whatever he planned to do, it was for Yeon-seo’s happiness.
Kang-woo had said that happiness was too vague but promised anyway, to Dan’s relief. Dan looks at Yeon-seo now with a bittersweet smile, hoping that her one true love is more angelic than an angel.
A few days pass, with the press conference going on as scheduled. Kang-woo is furious with Director Choi for not canceling like he asked, but Choi just smirks and takes her seat beside the empty spot reserved for Yeon-seo.
Choi starts to tell the press that Yeon-seo was unable to come because of a mental condition, when the doors suddenly burst open. It’s Yeon-seo, with no white cane and no Dan — and to everyone’s surprise, she confidently struts down the room and over to her seat, perfectly fine.
Fully aware of Choi’s hard stare, Yeon-seo reveals to the press that she is of good health and that she’ll prove it with the upcoming performance.
Afterwards, Choi grabs Yeon-seo and accuses her of being fine this whole time. Yeon-seo coolly dismisses this, instead requesting that Choi retract the role as her legal representative — Yeon-seo plans to take Fantasia back.
As Yeon-seo walks away, she smiles, and we see that she has Dan’s handkerchief tied around her wrist. Apparently, earlier that day, Kang-woo had called to warn her about the conference. Dan wasn’t sure about having her go alone, but Yeon-seo insisted that she could do it as long as she had his handkerchief and thought of it as him.
That evening, Yeon-seo and Dan sit in Fantasia’s outer stage area and celebrate her success with some (ha, nonalcoholic) drinks. He happily says that she did her best and that he’s proud of her. He starts to worry when she squeezes her eyes shut as if she’s sick, but she’s merely building up the courage to tell him thanks.
He figures that she won’t need him now that she’s walking on her own, making both of their smiles falter. Still, he hopes that from now on, she can walk, dance, and lose her temper freely. She asks if that counts as his second wish, but he’s not ready to use it yet.
Her face serious, she says that she knows exactly what his wish would be. First, she wants him to close his eyes. He does, and she slooowly inches closer to give him a peck on the cheek. But at the last second, he gets impatient and turns to look at her, accidentally kissing her on the lips.
A flustered Yeon-seo stutters that she was aiming for the cheek, but Dan’s intense gaze makes her trail off. He leans in and gives her a real kiss, and she finds herself falling into it.
From afar, Kang-woo watches their intimate moment with a dark expression. He has a sudden flashback of a woman getting fatally shot and collapsing in his arms. And the woman looks exactly like Yeon-seo.
We see that the woman wore a ring that Kang-woo is currently wearing on his pinky finger. As he caresses that ring, we see his shadow grow larger and then, ohmyfreakinggod, grow wings.
WHOA. WHAT?! What is… Okay, hold on. You can’t throw in a fakeout kiss, a real kiss, and then a humongous twist all in one ending! How am I supposed to take all of that? My brain is short circuiting. Kang-woo is an angel? And he lost someone who looks like Yeon-seo? This opens so many doors of possibilities, I don’t even know where to start. But we have to start somewhere, so let’s all join hands and jump into the angel theories!
Theory #1: Ji Kang-woo is an angel that fell in love with a human dancer, who, if I remember correctly, he called Matilda. He lost Matilda in a tragic way and, for some reason, he always blamed himself. Time passed and he came across another dancer who had a striking resemblance to his love — Yeon-seo. After doing his research on her and her situation, he vowed to redeem himself by bringing Yeon-seo back into the ballet world. Theory #2: Ji Kang-woo is a fallen angel who, in some way or another, was directly involved with Matilda’s death. As punishment, he was sent to Earth by his own superiors to complete a crucial mission. A mission that doesn’t necessarily benefit Yeon-seo.
I think that in both theories, Kang-woo does not have Yeon-seo’s best interests at heart. In fact, now that we know he’s a legitimate supernatural being… I’m scared, y’all. I’m scared for all of our characters. The little things that Kang-woo says and does makes me strongly believe that he is a negative entity. His relationship with Nina is especially alarming. He convinced her that she has to become selfish, to disregard everyone around her, when her selflessness is actually the most charming thing about her. Sure, the girl needs to look after herself more, but complete selfishness, like what Kang-woo is trying to sell, is going way too far.
One thing’s for sure — Kang-woo is nothing like Dan. What I find most interesting is that Kang-woo seems to have all of his past memories intact while Dan’s are in pieces. Is this because they’re different types of angels? Or is this because Dan is simply a special case? Does Hoo have past memories? I hadn’t thought too much about the rules to this fantasy world, but now I’m curious. I want to know how these angels work. I want to know how many other angels are out there. Are there more angels out there? This dang show’s got me paranoid now, but in such a good way. I mean, that ending just made me 1000% more creeped out by Kang-woo, but because of the guarded emotion Lee Dong-gun is giving the character, I’m tempted to search for the good in him.
My brain is still fried from the big reveal, but not so much that I’m unable to gush over our main couple. Because how precious are they? I so appreciated the fact that Yeon-seo questioned Dan’s loyalty to her. It made sense considering her character and all the weirdness surrounding Dan. Her head was warning her to guard her heart, when really, her heart was in no danger at all. Thankfully, she learned that she had to take baby steps instead of one big leap. It took baby steps to walk again, to trust again, and from the looks of it, to love again. And while she doesn’t always need a helping hand, I’m sure she feels comforted just knowing that she’s not alone anymore.
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