Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 9-10
We’ve got two male leads working to fix our heroine’s heart, sometimes working together and sometimes alone. And while Dan’s motivations have been made perfectly clear, there’s still a lot of gray area concerning Kang-woo’s. Is he doing this for Yeon-seo or is he doing it for his own selfish reasons?
EPISODES 9-10 RECAP
After getting a text from Dan, Kang-woo heads outside to join him and Yeon-seo. But by the time he gets there, he catches them in the middle of a kiss. As he watches them, his expression grim, his shadow sprouts angel wings. He turns to leave, and his shadow’s wings disappear.
Dan breaks away from Yeon-seo, surprised by his own actions. They both stumble over their words, making Yeon-seo smile. But before they can say much else, it starts to rain, and Dan (knowing the drill) quickly apologizes and hightails it out of there. Luckily, Hoo zaps him somewhere with a roof.
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Kiss and fly
Yeon-seo is cursing Dan for leaving her alone in the rain, when Kang-woo appears to hold an umbrella over her. He asks where Dan is, and she suggests they just go. He gets her settled in the car and wraps a blanket around her, saying that she tends to get a fever when she catches a cold.
“Me?” she says, confused. “No, I don’t.” Kang-woo remembers the woman from his video (Yeon-seo’s doppelganger/past life/I don’t even know) and how he’d lovingly protected her from the cold weather.
Either way, he tells Yeon-seo, she needs to be in the best shape for her comeback. She made a big deal about it at the press conference, and he won’t have her embarrassing him. He gives her two weeks to warm up her body, or else he’s giving the main role to Nina. Yeon-seo confidently states that she can do it in one week.
Back at Fantasia, Luna finds Nina by the steps soaking wet from the rain. Luna asks what’s wrong, and Nina explains that she’d spoken to Kang-woo earlier. He came out looking for Yeon-seo, and Nina impulsively told him not to go. She said that she was going to be selfish just like he wanted and then confessed that she liked him.
Kang-woo had expressed his disappointment — he’d rather she focus on the fact that her rival announced a comeback and not on “useless” feelings. Hurt, Nina said that she’d had these feelings since the day she fell and he touched her ankle.
However, Kang-woo didn’t want to waste any more time. He cut to the chase and said that he was a bad person. “I’m beyond anything you can imagine or handle,” he finished before walking away.
Crying, Nina tells Luna that she shouldn’t have confessed; now when Yeon-seo returns, Nina will become nothing but a shadow again. Luna stands, chiding Nina for acting like a baby when she should be angry. After all, someone just looked down on her as a ballerina and as a woman.
Dan follows Hoo around, not yet ready to return to Yeon-seo’s estate. Thinking of the kiss, he admits that he feels guilty, as if he committed a sin. Hoo narrows his eyes and forces Dan onto his knees. He reminds Dan that he’s an angel and that Yeon-seo is exactly like the animals he sent to heaven — they’re all missions and nothing else. Hoo walks off, leaving Dan more confused than ever.
At the estate, Yeon-seo is impatiently waiting for Dan’s return. He’s outside, about to hit the buzzer, but he can’t bring himself to do it. So he wanders around the neighborhood, eventually finding shelter in a bar. There, he runs into Kang-woo, who is not at all pleased to see him. Kang-woo offers to find Dan another job, but Dan doesn’t want to leave until Yeon-seo fires him.
“Agasshi!” Kang-woo says, correcting him. He’s listened to Dan call her “Yeon-seo-yah” all this time and he’s sick of it. Poor Dan just stares at him and asks why he’s so angry. Kang-woo starts to say that he’s not, but Dan darts over and studies his face to confirm that he is. Ha, Kang-woo is so flustered that he can’t even saying anything as Dan flees.
Later, Kang-woo goes home and sits in front of the TV, which is paused on his lover’s smiling face. Remembering Dan’s words, he looks at his lover and says that he was angry, but only because he had ballet in mind. “I just have to get you on stage,” he says. “That way, I can keep my promise to you. But how could you kiss that secretary?!” He stops himself there and shuts the TV off.
The next morning, Chief Jung is surprised to discover that Yeon-seo had waited out in the living room all night. Yeon-seo snaps that because Jung mentioned Dan having a crush, she did something rash. And now it looks like Jung was wrong all along. Still, Jung suggests that Yeon-seo ask Dan directly before coming to any conclusions.
Dan finally arrives and apologizes to Yeon-seo using honorifics, even calling her “Agasshi.” At first, she’s weirded out by this, but she quickly says that it’s about time he showed some respect. She then orders him to walk her to her practice room.
On the way there, Dan insists that he has to get something off his chest — what he did last night was a mistake and he hopes that she can forget about it. Yeon-seo’s eyes are filled with obvious hurt, but she pretends as if nothing really happened. Dan doesn’t catch on, of course, which only frustrates her further.
The point is, she says, is that she needs to focus on ballet, so she wants to pretend as if today is the first time they met. And to her disappointment, he agrees. They part ways, with Yeon-seo wondering if he’s a player and Dan urging himself to focus on his mission. Yeon-seo then walks down memory lane as she goes through her old ballet closet. She gears up (though not quite ready for the pointe shoes) and begins practicing her plié, with Dan watching through the glass doors.
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With Driver Jo’s encouraging words in mind, Yeon-seo goes for a pirouette. But as she spins, she sees flashes of the onstage accident, of the press conference, and of her kiss with Dan. She falls to the floor, and Dan reflexively bursts in to help. She shoves him away, yelling that he’s a psychotic pervert. And if he lays one finger on her, she’ll fire him for good this time. Dan quietly apologizes and gets up to leave. But when he answers a call from Nina, Yeon-seo immediately gets up to follow him.
It turns out that Nina is out by the gate, wanting to give Yeon-seo a gift. She opens it up and reveals it to be new pointe shoes — she wants to officially compete against Yeon-seo, fair and square.
Nina turns to leave, quietly telling herself she did well (aw), and Dan notes that she’s a kind person. Yeon-seo turns to him and asks, “What about me?” She then orders him to throw the shoes out.
At a Fantasia board meeting, a board member asks when Director Choi and Luna will step down from their positions. Feeling threatened, Choi suggests everyone just wait for Yeon-seo’s hyped-up comeback.
Afterwards, Choi informs Kang-woo of their upcoming sponsorship event. She’ll be holding it earlier than scheduled, with a major Japanese sponsor on the guest list. However, Kang-woo doesn’t agree with the company displaying their ballerinas for dirty money.
During practice, Kang-woo has Nina do her routine with her partner. But when the couple act out their kiss, Kang-woo is suddenly reminded of Yeon-seo and Dan and makes them stop. He excuses himself out of the room.
Meanwhile, Yeon-seo is still struggling with her pirouette, growing more frustrated with each failed spin. She calls Dan in and, to his confusion, tells him to stand still. She then dances around him, using him as a makeshift balance bar. Omo. Best excuse for skinship ever.
The amazing thing is that this actually works — Yeon-seo is, once again, able to move with ease. However, every time she gets too close, Dan’s heart goes out of control. He finally calls for a time out and runs out of there, bumping into Chief Jung and surprise guest, Kang-woo.
Kang-woo is there to check on her training, as well as to inform her that the sponsorship event is in two weeks. He tells her to decide whether she shows up to the event as a ballerina or as Fantasia’s chairwoman.
Kang-woo turns to Dan and asks to talk to him outside. He takes Dan out by the water and grabs him by the shoulders, asking what his motive is. Apparently, he’d looked through the glass doors and caught Dan’s nervous stance as Yeon-seo danced around him.
Now, Kang-woo wants to know if Dan only offered to help to betray him later. He even accuses Dan of being after Yeon-seo’s money, which Dan denies. So what is it, Kang-woo asks. Does Dan actually like her?
“Look here,” Kang-woo warns. “You and Yeon-seo belong in different worlds.” Dan says that he knows that more than anyone (hee). To that, Kang-woo warns him one last time to leave Yeon-seo alone.
Dan scoffs at Kang-woo’s assumptions but seems to get an idea and runs off to the angel headquarters. He finds Hoo and hesitantly asks if his mission in finding Yeon-seo love technically has to be with another human. Hoo looks at him incredulously as he continues that he kissed Yeon-seo and his heart has been overreacting ever since.
Then, Hoo remembers that there was an angel from fifteen years ago who was in a similar situation. He’d been an angel in charge of inspiring artists overseas, and it was during one of these missions that he met his human lover.
We see Kang-woo meeting a cheerful, carefree woman who loved to dance. And later, after falling in love, Kang-woo had placed his own angel handkerchief on a church altar. His lover had asked if it would really make him human, and he admitted that no angel really knew how it worked.
Kang-woo placed a ring on her finger and prayed to God, hoping that He would bless them. However, Hoo narrates that an angel loving an insignificant human more than their deity is a sin, and it would lead to that angel having to disappear forever. With that said, a disheartened Dan trudges out of the church.
And around the corner, Kang-woo appears, watching Dan leave and then bringing his gaze back to the church. Oof, chills.
Dan returns to the estate, where a worried Chief Jung informs him that Yeon-seo has been practicing for hours without rest or food. He marches over to the practice room, seeing her dripping with sweat, and urges her to stop.
He points out that she’s bleeding, and she finally rests on the floor to take off her shoes. Though there is a lot of blood, she tells him that this has happened many times in her career. “Now they really look like a ballerina’s feet,” she quietly notes.
Yeon-seo removes Dan’s handkerchief from her tied-up bun and uses it to wipe the blood. Dan kneels by her side, now a bit more understanding, and says that he had no idea so much pain went into her dancing.
Even so, he begs her once more to stop this, worried that she’ll only injure herself and become bitter again. He believes that all the work she’s doing won’t matter if it leaves her unhappy.
Her eyes fill with tears as she says that she hates him, taking him aback. “Don’t worry about me,” she continues, her voice wavering. “Don’t care for me. I hate receiving any kind of warmth. Because it makes me want to be weak.”
Yeon-seo wipes her tears away and admits that she thought he liked her. And now she wants a clear answer from him — does he really like her? He looks up at her, at the hope in her eyes. He remembers what Hoo said about the other angel and finally gives his answer, albeit looking away: “No.” With that settled, Yeon-seo hands Dan his handkerchief back and tells him to get out.
Time passes and Dan journals Yeon-seo’s progress, writing that his mission is back on track. He continues to watch her dance, watch her throw aside countless blood-stained shoes, only now he doesn’t interfere. He thinks that she’s too busy to even consider love, but he wonders if there’s some way she can succeed in both love and ballet.
Eventually, while looking through photo albums, Dan finds a possible answer in a childhood photo of Yeon-seo’s, taken on an island and labeled “The day I started ballet again; My first stage and first audience.”
Once Yeon-seo’s one week is up, she’s danced herself to the point of exhaustion. Director Choi calls her up to remind her of the sponsorship event, and the much kinder Uncle Kim tells her that the event will also serve as her initiation as chairwoman.
Then, it’s Kang-woo’s turn to show up and whisk her away. He asks her if she’s ready, and she imagines breaking down and admitting that she’s not, only to remain silent. Instead, she asks where they’re going, and he replies, “The beginning.”
Yeon-seo and Kang-woo take a ferry to an island, and on that island, Dan is already there, trying to find the exact spot in Yeon-seo’s photo. When he finds it, he gets to fixing a small stage already set up on the beach. He sees Yeon-seo and Kang-woo approaching, so he hurries out of there and hides in a small structure.
He watches as Yeon-seo steps onto the stage and notes that she recognizes it. Kang-woo reminds her that she came to the island for a youth ballet program. To that, she figures that Dan must’ve told him that. She calls out for Dan to come out, but Kang-woo makes up the excuse that as her director, he knows everything about her.
Kang-woo heard that back then, she didn’t want to do ballet and had run away to cry. She adds that there was another kid here who she danced for — he had been her first audience. Dan blinks in surprise, having not known that detail.
Kang-woo tells Yeon-seo to show him that same dance routine, but she says that she can’t remember. Anyway, she says, ashamed, she hasn’t perfected her pirouette yet.
Kang-woo smiles and assures her that he hadn’t expected her to — it’s been three years since she last danced, and it’s amazing that she accomplished what she did in only a week. He just wanted to see how determined she was. From his hiding spot, Dan mutters, “He’s doing well.” Haha.
With some of her confidence restored, Yeon-seo takes off her heels and begins her routine. Her movements are more light and relaxed this time, and she’s finally able to spin on her own. The sight triggers a strong feeling within Dan, and he clutches his heart.
As Yeon-seo continues to dance, we see the younger Yeon-seo happily doing that same routine — in front of a younger Dan, who’s covered in cuts and bruises.
Yeon-seo makes her final move, her arms in fifth position, looking emotional and grateful towards Kang-woo. Proud, Kang-woo walks up to her and hugs her. Dan, now crying, narrates that his mission is almost complete, with love set in her future. “But,” he says, “why does my heart hurt so much?”
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Why does my heart hurt so much?
When the younger Yeon-seo had finished her routine, she’d seen that Dan was crying. She asked why, and he smiled and said she’d danced so beautifully. Relieved, she hugged him tightly, making him smile bigger. However, present-day Dan is turned away from the couple he just set up, far from happy.
Gosh, this writer really knows how to get me with her ending scenes. I think every ending so far has gotten my heart fluttering. (Drunk Dan dancing with Yeon-seo is still my favorite.) Everything from the writing to the acting is working really well, but a part of me is still wary going into the next few weeks. We’ve had a great balance of melodrama and humor, but now that our happy-go-lucky angel is struggling with his emotions, I worry that melodrama is all we’re gonna get. Not a bad thing, of course, if done right, so I’m crossing my fingers for the good kind of angst. Still, the majority of me is still one content viewer. So far, so freaking good.
Thanks to Hoo Sunbae, we learned a lot about Kang-woo’s past as an angel, but the question is… Is he still an angel? Or was that title stripped away from him after losing his lover? I say this because I found it interesting that we saw his shadow grow wings but not his actual body. Either way, I think my first theory from the last recap is a lot closer to what’s really going on — he’s looking after Yeon-seo because she resembles someone he lost. Yeon-seo can’t be a reincarnation (since Kang-woo’s initial romance was only fifteen years ago), but Kang-woo is certainly acting as if she is. I don’t think he means to, though. His promise to his lover sounds like a mission that he’s given himself, a mission that he wants to follow through without any distractions. But, as we all know from other dramas, resemblances always distract.
With this episode, however, I no longer believe that Kang-woo is some scary supernatural villain. I think he’s big trouble, for sure, but no villain would outright admit that he’s a bad person. No, I think that, similar to Yeon-seo, he’s in a bad place in his life and he desperately needs to get out. Dan’s sunny disposition has proved to lighten up Kang-woo’s foul mood at times, but that won’t last long. I can already see that Kang-woo’s hilarious confusion with Dan is turning into irritation and anger. And if he discovers that Dan is actually an angel, that anger could escalate real fast. Would he really let another angel fall in love when he couldn’t?
It’s weird because I can’t imagine Yeon-seo ever being with Kang-woo, but when I see her twin with him, they seem really lovely. Like a great match. The English-speaking scenes had me cringing to infinity and beyond, but you know. Nevertheless, I’m constantly impressed with Shin Hye-sun and her range — she convinced me that she was two totally different people here. And they are different people, which I hope Kang-woo understands.
I was sad to see Dan and Yeon-seo take a step back with their relationship. They were starting to get along so well, so it sucks to see him acting distant and her acting even colder than before. They established that he can never lie to her, but I think it’s safe to say that his answer to her question in the practice room was his first lie. He may not be in love with her, but she’s not just some mission to him anymore. I like that Angel Dan and Kim Dan seem to be different people inhabiting one person. Angel Dan doesn’t have romantic feelings for Yeon-seo (*cough* yet), but it seems that somewhere deep down, Kim Dan is much further along. For many years, maybe. Now I’m remembering how Dan said his purpose in life was her and I’m seeing it in a different light.
From the flashbacks, I’m piecing together that Dan was suicidal and that Yeon-seo saved him and eventually made him want to live again. We don’t know what happened in his life to make him so unhappy, but we at least know that Yeon-seo brought a little light back into his life. And now that they’re older, it’s time he does the same for her. (Parallels, weeeee! How I love them.) Dan must be confused as heck, having his heart in one place and his head in another. I’m sure it won’t take long for his head to catch up; he already cares for her so much. However, now he knows that caring too much can result in him disappearing and leaving Yeon-seo alone all over again. Being the dutiful angel that he is, I’m not sure if he’s willing to risk his faith and Yeon-seo’s happiness for love. But what if Yeon-seo’s happiness meant being with him? What then?
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