Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 25-26
It’s another bittersweet episode, with our couple spending as much time together as possible before their cruel fate comes a’knocking. While they want to believe that their fate is theirs to change, everyone around them is urging them to accept that it’s not — that they’re not the only exception. And it’s getting harder not to listen.
EPISODES 25-26 RECAP
Yeon-seo returns home, after her meeting with Kang-woo, and immediately brings Dan into a hug. He asks what’s wrong, and she lies that she just missed him a lot. And on the table, the report that he’d written burns away until it’s completely gone.
Back at the bar, Kang-woo remembers the end of his conversation with Yeon-seo. At first, she thought that he was lying to keep her and Dan apart. So Kang-woo slammed his own angel handkerchief on the table. “Do you get it now?” he’d asked. “Why I know so much about Kim Dan?”
Kang-woo is still thinking about how upset Yeon-seo looked when he leaves. Hoo appears beside him, asking what he plans to do. All Kang-woo knows is that he never would’ve gone to the church years ago if he’d known Seol-hee would die there. So he plans to protect Yeon-seo, just as Hoo plans to protect Dan.
Meanwhile, at Nina’s house, Nina silently heads toward the door, suitcase in hand. Director Choi blurts out that she did everything for her, so she can’t abandon them now. But Nina looks at her parents and cries that if they truly cared about her, they never would’ve stooped so low. She says that it was all about greed and, as she expected, Mom can’t deny it. She turns and walks out on them, leaving Dad ashamed and Mom in tears.
She runs into Luna outside, and begs her to assure her she had nothing to do with hurting Yeon-seo. However, Luna points out that Nina had to feel some kind of relief when Yeon-seo lost her eyesight. “Look into your heart,” Luna continues. “You’re only in the position you’re in now because of what happened to Yeon-seo. All we did was give you what you desired.” Luna goes inside, while Nina falls to her knees and sobs.
Dan is sitting at his desk, trying to search his bible for answers, when Yeon-seo knocks on his door. She walks in with her pillow, saying she can’t sleep, and tells him to carry on with what he was doing.
He can’t focus, though, since she’s just lying on his bed staring at him. (Boy, I see you blushin’!) She finally asks him to lie down with her, wanting to touch him. And as she places a hand over his beating heart, Kang-woo’s warning echoes in her head.
She pulls him in for a hug, and smiling, he thanks her for never being afraid to show him her weak side. He pats her shoulder and assures her that everything will work out — tomorrow’s board meeting, the “Giselle” show.
“And you and me,” he finishes. Instead of answering, she just holds him tighter.
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Everything will be all right
The next day, at Fantasia’s board meeting, Yeon-seo makes the announcement that Director Choi, Uncle Kim, and Luna are all being dismissed from their positions. Choi walks in just then, asking Yeon-seo to allow her to say her goodbyes herself. Yeon-seo steps aside, letting Choi get into her tearful speech.
However, everyone’s phones start beeping with breaking news — Uncle Kim went to the police and confessed to being responsible for meddling in Yeon-seo’s eye surgery and for murdering Driver Jo. As the board members erupt into whispers, Choi panics and hurries out of the room.
This news worries the corps de ballet, but Yeon-seo and Kang-woo ask that they stay patient with them until everything dies down. They’re sure that this isn’t enough to take Fantasia down. For now, Kang-woo gives everyone the day off.
Before Yeon-seo can head out with Dan, Luna steps in and asks if she can talk to Yeon-seo alone. The two go onto the stage in the main theater, where Luna drops to her knees and starts rambling her (very fake) apology.
When Luna asks that Yeon-seo forgive her and her family, Yeon-seo coolly says, “Ah, so that’s what you want.” However, Yeon-seo has no intention of being lenient with her family; she wants them to be punished for their crimes.
Yeon-seo knows that Luna did what she did for Nina’s sake. “But, Unni,” she says. “I’m like your sister too. I’m your family.” To that, Luna says that family are just people grouped together by coincidence. Luna then smiles and says that it’ll be fun — exciting, even — now that Yeon-seo knows everything. She warns her to watch herself before stalking off.
In the practice room, Kang-woo is sulking over a conversation he just had with Dan in the hall. Dan had told him that he wouldn’t let Yeon-seo die but that he wouldn’t give up on becoming human either. He expressed that he’s sure God brought him to Yeon-seo, and to Kang-woo, for a reason.
The corps de ballet then walk in, breaking Kang-woo’s train of thought. And he’s delightfully surprised to hear that they want to practice despite all the media chaos.
Yeon-seo still takes her day off, spending it with Dan. She’s a little upset over Luna, but she tells Dan that the only family she needs is him and Chief Jung. Getting an idea, she then drags him over to a shopping center to use the photo booth.
The two have a good time finding silly headbands and posing for the camera. The more Yeon-seo looks at Dan, however, the more Kang-woo’s warning scares her. Her face crumples in tears and she begs in a small voice, “Don’t disappear.”
Dan is surprised that she knew, and he says that she should’ve told him sooner instead of worrying alone. He calms her down by revealing that he’s been searching and praying for a way to become human. He hugs her and gently says that he won’t leave her, and she silently clings to him.
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I will become human
Afterwards, Dan marches over to Fantasia and confronts Kang-woo, chiding him for telling Yeon-seo and making her cry. He warns Kang-woo not to tell her about the sacrificial love condition. Kang-woo yells that Dan will suffer just as he suffered, but Dan says that he wouldn’t have returned to Yeon-seo’s side if he were afraid of that.
Later, Yeon-seo is doing her own research on angel-to-human transformations. Coming up with nothing, she resorts to calling Kang-woo and asking how he did it. With Seol-hee in mind, Kang-woo firmly says, “These last fifteen years as a human, I’ve been miserable. Every single moment.” It would be the same for Dan, he continues, and he’s sure she doesn’t want Dan to experience that kind of hell.
Dan writes another report asking to become human, and he’s startled when it suddenly burns away, the ashes disappearing into the night sky. Assuming that God is refusing to answer him, he stays up all night writing the same report. And every single one burns away. He wakes up the next day to a phone call from Yeon-seo — she wants to go out on a real date.
So the two get all dressed up, pack up a picnic, and head out to the park, the one place that Yeon-seo believes holds the most history for them. They go on to have a cute date, filled with bike riding and kissing by the water.
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Let’s start our date!
Elsewhere, Nina meets with Kang-woo to turn in her resignation. She knows that he only talked big of her (calling her his “dream Giselle”) to threaten her mom and sister. She slaps him for using her, and he actually looks pretty guilty. Even so, she’s done wasting her time with him.
Back at the park, Yeon-seo brings up her angel research and suggests Dan try to revive himself by jumping off a building or drowning in the ocean. (LOL, his face.) When he dismisses these ideas, she figures there is one way they can always be together. She drags him over to the church and pulls out two rings.
“Let’s get married, Kim Dan,” she says, taking him aback. Why not, she asks, since they love each other? He turns away, unable to accept when they don’t even know what will happen to him. But she tells him not to talk like that; he promised he’d stay by her side. He also said that God brought them together, so he should take responsibility.
They continue to fight over this, when Dan notices a young boy running into the street — in the path of a speeding car. Dan runs over and grabs the boy just in time, though they take a nasty fall. Yeon-seo hurries to his side, and he quietly tells her to get him away from the gathering crowd before they see his wounds disappear.
Strangely, his head injury is too much for him and he passes out. He wakes up in the hospital, where Yeon-seo informs him that the cut on his arm never healed. As they reinspect the cut at home, they both wonder if he somehow became human.
It all seems so sudden and too easy, but Dan is hoping that this means God finally accepted his reports. They decide to test this out by waiting for the rain and seeing if his wings still pop out. However, the next few days are, of course, nothing but sunny. And all the while, Yeon-seo is still trying to convince Dan to marry her, heh.
One night, while sitting in the courtyard, Yeon-seo tells Dan not to feel sorry towards her if they found out he’s still an angel. There’s a clap of thunder, and they look up at the sky and then at each other. He grasps her hand before standing and holding his arms up.
As they wait, they silently pray to themselves that God grant them this one wish. They wait and wait, but… nothing happens. She runs up to him and hugs him, crying that he must really be human. “Thank you!” she says happily. “For the first time, You answered my prayer!”
She looks at Dan, asking if this means he can really stay with her, and he’s so out of it that all he can do is kiss her. They kiss over and over in the rain, eventually bringing it into the bedroom. Well, rawr.
Dan narrates that something incredible happened to him while Yeon-seo narrates that she finally got her miracle. They both finish with, “Love.” As they continue to kiss (seriously, rawr), we see Dan’s handkerchief on the table, the feather still blue.
That morning, Dan smiles to wake up next to Yeon-seo. He reaches over to touch her face, but to his horror, his hand goes right through her, as if he’s a ghost. He rushes over to the church to ask Hoo what’s going on, and in turn, Hoo asks if he checked his handkerchief.
Hoo tells him that the feather burns black if the owner has disappeared or become human. Therefore, God keeping Dan’s feather blue must be His final answer to Dan’s prayers. The frustrated Hoo asks why Dan had to take it this far, and Dan innocently answers that it was his heart that brought him here. Either way, Dan asks, why would God taunt him by allowing him to bleed or to walk in the rain without his wings?
To that, Hoo sadly explains that it’s a warning — a warning that his time with his human body is almost up. When Dan leaves, he thinks of how happy he and Yeon-seo were last night, and he bursts into tears. He later calls Yeon-seo to say that he can’t take her to rehearsal, which she says she understands. But, on second thought, he stops by a flower shop to get Yeon-seo her favorite yellow flowers. He tells the shop owner that he may not be able to see the flowers bloom with his girlfriend next spring.
At Fantasia, Luna secretly meets with a member of the lighting team. And in the dressing room, Yeon-seo catches Nina emptying her locker. She reminds Nina that she didn’t know of her mom and sister’s activities and that thinking bad thoughts (such as wishing Yeon-seo were dead) isn’t a crime.
Besides, Yeon-seo says, she believes that Nina’s “Giselle” audition was great, and she wants to work with a great dancer. “So don’t run away,” she concludes. “Come see my face and suffer. Consider that as your punishment.” She leaves for rehearsal, while Nina stays behind and cries.
As Yeon-seo heads for the stage, Dan arrives and surprises her with the flowers. He reveals that he’d seen her that day she danced alone in the hall, and he wanted to give her flowers then too. The gesture makes her bring up marriage again, but he doesn’t want to hear it.
Still, Yeon-seo states that she’s going to make marriage happen for them. She hands him back the flowers, saying she’ll use them for the bouquet. He follows her into the theater and takes a seat. On stage, she looks at him and mutters that he’s foolish, flashing back to that morning.
As it turns out, she’d woken up first, and when she tried to touch his hand, she went right through him. We then see that she nearly cried after hanging up on Dan earlier, but she held it in. “Let’s see who wins,” she angrily challenged God. “Because I’m going to do everything I want to do with Dan.”
Now, she gives Dan a sad smile and wave before starting her routine. He watches her get into character, when he feels a sudden gust of wind. He looks back to the stage and Yeon-seo is gone (invisible?), though her spotlight is still tracking her movements.
Hoo appears, but Dan begs him to stop, knowing fully well what he’s going to say. The saddened Hoo says it anyway — Yeon-seo has to die now. Dan grabs Hoo’s arm, saying that he’ll give up and disappear so long as Yeon-seo can live.
Hoo just watches the moving spotlight and says that it was Yeon-seo’s fate to die the day of the car accident. Her fate to die may have been postponed, but it’ll have to catch up to her now.
As Hoo leaves, Dan turns back to the stage and sees Yeon-seo reappear, done with her routine and lying on the floor, playing dead. He stands there, frozen, as his eyes fill with tears.
When Yeon-seo comes out to the hall, done for the day, Dan approaches her with determination. He hands her the flowers again and tells her, “Let’s do it. Marry me, Lee Yeon-seo.”
She grins ear to ear, overwhelmed with relief, and brings him into a hug. And though he’s more sad and frustrated than anything, he hugs her back and finds it in himself to smile too.
Wait, wait, wait. Are you seriously telling me that Yeon-seo has to die no matter what now? When did this become a thing? Where is this drama’s rule book? Is it up on the same shelf as Abyss‘ rule book? I know Hoo said that Yeon-seo was fated to die all along, but with the way this episode was set up, this detail seems more like a punishment. As if the deity had gotten fed up with Dan and Yeon-seo rebelling. That, along with the burning of all the angel reports, feels way too harsh to me. It almost makes the deity look like the bad guy, which I’d rather not be the case. I still want to believe that there’s more we’re not seeing, but with everything that’s happened, I can’t help but feel as frustrated as our couple.
Our side characters have been dealing with a lot of frustrations too. Kang-woo and Nina have been annoying the hell out of me these past few episodes, so I was glad to see them chill out a bit, so to speak. When they’re not focused on their resentment and jealousy, I start to see the good in them again. I remember why I liked them in the first place. I like that Kang-woo genuinely enjoys his work and that he takes pride in his dancers. I like that Nina stands up for what’s right and that she feels guilty for something that wasn’t even her fault. They still have a long way to go as characters, but they’re showing some promise. I don’t know if they show promise in helping our main couple — that hope died a long time ago — but who knows. Maybe the show will surprise me.
The show, after all, never fails to surprise me with Dan and Yeon-seo. They talk through things so easily, even through the secrets and misunderstandings that I would assume would set off an argument. They have an immense amount of trust in each other now, and they understand how the other works. They know that they’re too scared to voice the truth. They know that their end is near. As their fear builds, they seem more and more like children to me. Like the kids they once were back on the island. They can see that history is repeating itself and that they have no control over it. Their hugs are longer, their smiles are weaker… it’s heartbreaking. And that one scene in the rain made it all worse. Seeing them that happy, when I knew it was too good to be true — that was brutal.
Dan’s got to be losing his mind right about now. At the age of twelve, he lost his life and his chance at happiness with Yeon-seo. Then, as an adult, he seemingly got his second chance, only to be told that it’s pretty much forbidden. It’s puzzling, to say the least, to keep track of how fate works in his situation. Yeon-seo was fated to die in the car accident, but could it be that Dan was also fated to save her? To fall in love with her? Or was saving Yeon-seo the first time Dan tested fate? Because if that’s the case, then maybe they could manipulate fate again. Even with this episode’s ending, I don’t think they’re going to give up. Their wedding may seem like they’re waving the white flag, but I think it’s more than that. Even if all hope is lost, they’re not gonna waste time and cry about it. They’re gonna get hitched and enjoy the rest of their time together. Then they can cry, and I’ll gladly join them.
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