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Crash Landing on You: Episode 11

If it was fun watching our heroine try to adjust to life in North Korea, then it’s double-hilarious seeing her hero and his ducklings flounder in the excess of Seoul. But it’s not all fun and games as the enemy draws closer, and so does their inevitable parting…again.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Jung-hyuk finds Se-ri near her apartment building, and she just stares at him in disbelief as he says that he’s been looking everywhere, since she never gave him her address. Her eyes filling with tears, Se-ri says that she hates dreams like this because she’ll be sad when she wakes up. Jung-hyuk assures her that this is no dream, and Se-ri dives into his arms. Oh his face… he looks like he’s come home.

Eventually Se-ri notices the scrapes on Jung-hyuk’s face, but he says he’s fine. He doesn’t tell her that, in order to get to South Korea, he’d had to crawl through an old gold mine tunnel that was nearly ten kilometers long (over six miles), and that at one point, it collapsed on him. He’d been at the ocean when he finally emerged, and had walked the rest of the way to Seoul.

Unfortunately, Jung-hyuk’s portrait pin of the “great leader” fell off his jacket at the tunnel, and it’s found and reported to the police. While investigating the area, they locate the tiny tunnel entrance.

Se-ri takes Jung-hyuk to a cafe and peppers him with questions until he asks her to stop so he can answer them. He says he didn’t defect and he’s not staying – he came because Chul-kang escaped and came to South Korea looking for her. He explains that once Chul-kang harms Se-ri, he’ll go after Jung-hyuk and his whole family, and makes it very clear that as soon as he stops Chul-kang, he has to return immediately.

Se-ri looks sad about that but she accepts the reality, though she latches onto the fact that Jung-hyuk’s job right now is to protect her. She says that he has to stay right by her side, then wraps her scarf around his neck to hide his face, saying that South Korea has fast internet, and the moment his face is caught on CCTV, it can be all over the world in seconds.

She takes him back to her place, where Jung-hyuk looks pretty freaked out by the obvious wealth displayed. Se-ri offers him something to eat, but all she has in her fridge is bottled water. Jung-hyuk gets right up close and wonders what she spends all her money on if not food.

She reminds him that her nickname is Picky Princess and that she never eats more than three bites of anything. Thinking of all the times he’s watched her pigging out, Jung-hyuk mutters, “I’ve never seen you eat less than three bites…” HAHA. Se-ri explains that that was a survival tactic, and hee, Jung-hyuk just smirks at her.

Elsewhere, the ducklings stand outside a fried chicken place, pitifully wondering if they can afford it. After figuring out that they need to talk like the locals, which means calling Man-bok “hyung” and giving him permission to speak banmal, Chi-soo suggests that they get some fried chicken. Since Man-bok is the hyung, it’s his job to make the final decision, and he’s faced with four sets of the saddest, most pathetic puppydog eyes you’ve ever seen.

Se-ri had the same idea and orders fried chicken delivered for Jung-hyuk. He offers her a piece, deadpanning that he was told that it’s the custom in South Korea to offer your host the first bite, HA. He makes Se-ri laugh, but her expression turns serious again as it hits her again that he’s really here.

Jung-hyuk asks how her family reacted when she returns home, and Se-ri lies her face off. She says that he was right and that they were all thrilled to see her, and that everything has been great, so he doesn’t need to worry about her once he goes home. Jung-hyuk doesn’t look like he believes her, but he nods and accepts her story.

The doorbell rings, and Se-ri tries to ignore it when she sees that it’s her brother and his wife. But Sang-ah remembers her key code so they let themselves in, so Se-ri quickly sends Jung-hyuk to hide in the next room. They walk in like they own the place, and Se-hyung says smugly that they know Se-ri was in North Korea while she was missing and that nobody believes her amnesia story.

He says that he’s the CEO of Queens Corp now, and he warns Se-ri not to try anything to make their father change his mind. But Se-ri continues to claim she remembers nothing, so Sang-ah plays the recording that Seung-joon sent them of his conversation with Se-ri in North Korea and says they have a lot more evidence.

Se-ri asks, if they knew where she was, why they didn’t try to get her home, and Sang-ah has the nerve to say that it was out of consideration for the family. Se-ri says there are three types of people you should never forget: people who help you when you need help, people who ignore you when you need help, and the people who put you in that situation.

Se-ri snarls that she’ll never forget the two of them, and Sang-ah wisely decides it’s time to leave. Se-hyung warns Se-ri to keep her mouth shut and be grateful she got home. On their way out, Sang-ah notices a pair of men’s shoes in Se-ri’s entryway.

When Jung-hyuk rejoins Se-ri, she asks him not to say anything because she’s too embarrassed. He says he won’t, then steps forward to hug her. Se-ri says this helps and she feels less angry, but Jung-hyuk says that he’s angry, so angry he almost ran out to confront Se-hyung and Sang-ah.

He tells Se-ri that there’s another person she should never forget — someone she likes, because only keeping hate in her heart will hurt her. She asks if that’s still true when the person she likes isn’t by her side, and Jung-hyuk nods.

The ducklings sit overlooking the city and marvel at the lights that stay on all night long (Joo-mok is especially entranced that Seoul really is like he’s seen in dramas). Man-bok says that his son would be able to study to his heart’s content with all this light, and Kwang-bum wonders where Jung-hyuk is right now.

They find a jjimjilbang (sauna) to spend the night in for a reasonable price. Kwang-bum brings them some food and says he didn’t even have to pay for it, and the others figure that the shop owner gave him free food because he’s so handsome, ha. Of course, when they scan their bracelets at check-out, they get a nasty shock — the bill for all the “free” food and services. Ouch.

Back in the North Korean village, the ladies get all dolled up in makeup and hanboks for the new year, to visit a fortune teller who’s known to be extremely accurate. Young-ae goes first, asking how to make her son study harder.

The fortune teller (cameo by Kim Sook) summons her spirit guide, a South Korean ghost. She suddenly begins speaking and acting like a little girl, and she says that Myung-sook’s husband (Man-bok) went far away. Myung-sook thinks he’s in Pyongyang, but the spirit says he’s much further than that, and that he can’t return.

Young-ae asks what she means, but the spirit tells her that she’s got a bigger problem. She wails in a frightened voice that there will be a bloodbath in the village, then she cries until Wol-sook gives her a cookie. Sure enough, just then the senior colonel, Young-ae’s husband, and several more officials who were in league with Chul-kang are dragged to prison.

CEO Jeon gets wind of it, and he wakes Seung-joon and tells him that their little business of hiding fugitives was busted and they have to leave. In the hotel hallway, CEO Jeon is caught by soldiers, and luckily Seung-joon hadn’t turned the corner yet so they don’t see him — but now he’s alone.

Jung-hyuk’s father re-reads the letter that Jung-hyuk left for him when he went to South Korea. The letter explains that Chul-kang killed Moo-hyuk and now he’s after the woman Jung-hyuk loves, and he promises to come home before the next company switch in a month. Director Ri thinks for a moment, then burns the letter.

Jung-hyuk’s mother is worried for Jung-hyuk, and Director Ri says that if it’s discovered that Jung-hyuk went south, he and the family are done for. His wife snaps that all he cares about is his career, and that if his position costs them another son, she’ll kill herself.

Se-ri has her lock recoded, and she insists that Jung-hyuk get a code of his own. She also suggests they go shopping and Seoul-ize his style a little. At the car, Jung-hyuk knocks on the hood and says it’s because animals hide in the engine for warmth in winter.

Just as Se-ri laughs that they’re in a parking garage, a cat runs out from under her car. HA, Jung-hyuk looks even more shocked than she does. Se-ri says she’ll be sure to do that from now on, but her expression changes suddenly and she admits that she made herself sad, since she’ll think of him every time she does it.

She says that while he’s there, they should refrain from doing anything to become closer emotionally, and not make more memories that will remind her of him. Jung-hyuk understands, and he says he’ll do his best.

At the store, Se-ri has Jung-hyuk try on several suits, and he looks increasingly drool-worthy in each. The store employee keeps fawning all over him, which makes Se-ri jealous. But then she tells Se-ri that Jung-hyuk was looking at her with a sweet expression, so Se-ri buys one of everything, hee.

Jung-hyuk nearly has a panic attack when he sees how much Se-ri is spending, but she smirks that she was telling the truth about being loaded. She takes him for a haircut then they head to her office, where she introduces him to Secretary Hong as her temporary bodyguard, Lee Hyuk. Secretary Hong assumes this means she’s dating again, since that’s the only time she uses a bodyguard, and PFFT, Jung-hyuk’s face.

In the elevator, Se-ri tells Jung-hyuk that she hasn’t dated that much (Jung-hyuk: “I didn’t ask.”) and that it was mostly because she didn’t have anyone else to do things with. Jung-hyuk rolls his eyes, but he softens when Se-ri says that she’s grown a lot more picky because of him.

The ducklings find Se-ri’s building, and it hits them that she really is as rich as she said. LOL, poor Eun-dong whines that he should have taken the hundred million won as his prize instead of the corn. When they try to go in and see Se-ri, they’re stopped by security, and they awkwardly backpedal out of there when asked for their IDs.

Dan meets some school acquaintances for lunch, who are very focused on their wealth and look down on Dan for not being married yet. One of the women is the one who saw Jung-hyuk and Se-ri at the hotel together, and she pouts that she’s just so worried that Dan will die alone.

Dan keeps her cool admirably and asks how the woman’s husband is doing, since he used to say he would die if he couldn’t marry her, LOL. It starts to rain, and the ladies simper over how their husbands will pick them up because they just love them so much. Out the window, they see a handsome man standing under an umbrella, and they crane their necks to admire him.

HA, it’s Seung-joon — Dan called him for a favor. Dan calmly says her goodbyes and leaves, and a few minutes later, her “friends” gape to see Seung-joon helping Dan into his car. He shoots them a smirk before driving off, leaving them twittering like flustered birds.

In the car, Dan snaps at Seung-joon in annoyance and asks if he has any candy, using a South Korean slang term. He asks where she heard it but Dan snaps that it’s not important. Unfortunately he hasn’t got any candy (cue a glare from Dan and a well-timed thunderclap, hee), and he looks properly terrified.

While Se-ri works, Secretary Hong invites Jung-hyuk to eat lunch with him, and Jung-hyuk narrowly misses seeing Chul-kang walking past in a security guard’s uniform. Secretary Hong talks about Se-ri’s habits, like how picky she is about her food, but Jung-hyuk remembers how voraciously she ate in North Korea.

On the drive home, he’s feeling pouty that Se-ri’s employees know more about her taste than he does. Se-ri says that he does know her taste best, because he’s exactly her taste, and Jung-hyuk can’t help but grin.

Dan agrees to let Seung-joon stay for a few days at the apartment that she and Jung-hyuk are supposed to live in after their wedding. As she turns to go, Seung-joon opens his suitcase — and LOL, it’s full of ramyun.

Dan condescends to stay and eat, and Seung-joon tells her not to do this with other guys because Do you want to eat ramyun? has a hidden meaning. Dan doesn’t understand and says she likes it, and Seung-joon nearly swallows his tongue and asks if she likes the ramyun… or maybe him? Ha, Dan just grins down at her bowl.

Seung-joon is so flustered by Dan’s mysterious smile that he can’t sleep that night. He decides to man up and calls her to ask, but she doesn’t answer, so he spends the rest of the night staring at his phone in case she calls back.

When Dan finally calls the next morning, Seung-joon pretends he doesn’t remember calling her like a giant dork. He says he needs to talk to her and asks her to come over, but Dan just hangs up, sending Seung-joon into a “did she hang upon me or did we get disconnected” emotional tailspin.

Meanwhile, Dan’s school “friend” has posted somewhere (does North Korea have social media??) that Dan’s engagement to Jung-hyuk was canceled because she’s having an affair with another man. Her mother shows it to Colonel Go, her uncle, who guesses that it’s “Alberto,” whom he met at the hotel.

They go to talk to Dan together, but Dan just says she’s busy and leaves. Dan’s mother decides to support her daughter if she really likes this other guy, so long as he’s not a swindler. LOL oops.

When Dan calls Seung-joon to say that she’s waiting outside, he runs to the balcony and stares down at her with a goofy smile on his face. Oh, this boy is toast.

Se-ri’s oldest brother Se-joon and his wife Hye-ji visit Se-ri’s mother to tell her that Se-ri was in North Korea while she was missing. Se-joon says that Se-hyung knew all along, and that he hid it in the hopes that Se-ri would never return home and he’d be named heir. He says that he found out from Manager Oh, Seung-joon’s informant, who’s back in Seoul right now.

When Se-ri and Jung-hyuk were shopping, Jung-hyuk had stopped to hold the door open for several people, and someone had filmed him and uploaded it online because of his dashing looks and manners. Se-ri is worried when she sees it and Jung-hyuk admits that he didn’t know people could do that.

Then he notices the comments and how everyone is complimenting him, and he gets drawn into reading how handsome people think he is. HAHA, he even makes Se-ri move over so he can scroll through the comments himself. He’s so preoccupied that he doesn’t see Chul-kang lurking just outside the office door.

He gets a call from an informant saying that they’ve arranged a meeting with Chul-kang, so he tells Se-ri that he has to go somewhere tonight. Se-ri doesn’t want to let him wander around alone, but Jung-hyuk says that the danger is the reason she can’t go with him.

He reminds her that as soon as he finds Chul-kang he has to go home, which means they might not see each other again. Se-ri understands, but she says that she wants to hear his voice again before he goes. She enters her number into his phone, and installs a locator app so they can find each other.

That evening, Jung-hyuk arrives at the arranged meeting place, but there’s nobody there. Jung-hyuk calls his informant and hears a phone ringing, so he follows the sound to find the phone sitting on a table in an empty room. He’s suddenly attacked from behind by several men, and is soon surrounded.

Se-ri works late, taking occasional breaks to watch the video of Jung-hyuk again, awww. She texts him to ask if everything is okay, then decides to go home. She passes Chul-kang in the hallway, not even looking at his face as she assumes he’s just a security guard.

She gets to the parking garage, where she knocks on her car’s hood like Jung-hyuk showed her. Because she’s standing in front of the car, she can see Chul-kang huddled in the back seat, so she slowly turns to walk away, pulling her phone from her pocket.

Chul-kang gets out of the car and Se-ri breaks into a run, and she has to leave her phone behind when she accidentally drops it. She manages to hide from Chul-kang in the guard booth, where she can watch him on the CCTV feeds. Soon Chul-kang spots the booth and moves closer, pulling a gun from his pocket, and Se-ri ducks in terror.

Jung-hyuk fights his way through his attackers and calls Se-ri, but she doesn’t answer, so he uses the locator app to see that she’s still at work. He calls again but Chul-kang answers, and he croons ominously that he’s with Se-ri. He reminds Jung-hyuk that neither of them can call the police, and tells him to stay on the phone and come see him.

When Jung-hyuk gets to the parking garage, Chul-kang says that if he tries anything, he’ll put a bullet in Se-ri’s head. Jung-hyuk growls that if Chul-kang harms Se-ri, he’ll kill him. He walks into Chul-kang’s line of sight and Chul-kang cocks the gun… then the lights go out.

Se-ri’s voice calls out to Jung-hyuk to run, that Chul-kang is lying. She’s not far from Chul-kang, hiding behind a pillar, and the way she’s yelling makes her voice echo. Loud footsteps rapidly approach Se-ri’s location and a hand grabs her… and whew, it’s Jung-hyuk.

EPILOGUE

Seven years ago in Switzerland, Se-ri had just happened to be in the area when Dan had arrived to see Jung-hyuk. They had ended up in the same little shop, and Dan had overheard Se-ri muttering to herself about needing something sweet, using the same slang word that Dan later says to Seung-joon.

Se-ri had loaded up with chocolate as she’d told Dan that it helps her mood when she’s angry or depressed. Dan hadn’t responded, but she’d grabbed her own armload of chocolate after Se-ri left, ha.

Later, Se-ri had taken Dan and Jung-hyuk’s picture at the bridge, and Dan had seen the way Jung-hyuk was looking at Se-ri. She’d stormed off, angrily shoving chocolate into her mouth.

 
COMMENTS

Oh boy, I was not expecting a confrontation with Chul-kang so soon. I doubt this is the end of it…Chul-kang will probably take off now that his plan has been foiled, and I’m sure that Jung-hyuk can’t go home before the ducklings find him, so there’s a lot more to do before the final confrontation. Plus, Jung-hyuk can’t leave before telling Se-ri he loves her! I totally understand why she asked him not to behave romantically, because it will just make their eventual parting that much harder, but she deserves to hear the words just once before he goes. Or better yet, don’t go!

As cute as Se-ri and Jung-hyuk are together, I gotta say that Seung-joon and Dan are my new favorite thing. I love how very confused Seung-joon is by his own behavior. He knows what he’s feeling, he just has zero control over himself and is completely unable to stop doing and saying stupid things. And I can see why it’s Dan — Seung-joon is very handsome and charming and he’s probably never had to work to impress a woman, and if there’s one thing Dan is not, it’s easy to impress. So when Seung-joon does earn a small smile from her or the pleasure of her company, he probably feels like he’s won a war, and that’s a very powerful feeling. She’s also very much in control, which makes Seung-joon feel like he has no control over the situation for once, and as a con man he’s usually calling all the shots. Add in the fact that Dan is strikingly gorgeous, and Seung-joon’s heart hasn’t got a chance.

And Dan is really coming out of her shell with Seung-joon… she’ll always be reserved, but for her, she’s really loosening up. I love how Seung-joon talks to her straight, so that even she can’t delude herself in the face of his logic. And in the same way that Dan being a challenge does it for Seung-joon, Seung-joon does it for her in the way that he’s obviously thrown off-balance by Dan. She’s only ever liked one guy, a guy who literally didn’t know she existed then ignored her for years after their engagement, so it’s got to be a heady thing for Dan to get so much attention and admiration from a handsome man. There’s something about knowing that you knock a man off his feet that makes a woman feel very powerful, and you can tell that Dan is feeling it by the way she deliberately keeps Seung-joon off-balance.

Back to Seoul, it’s fun watching the ducklings try to navigate this strange new world without any guidance, but they’re just so hapless and I want them to reconnect with Se-ri and Jung-hyuk soon. I can just imagine the scene at Se-ri’s opulent apartment, with ducklings everywhere and poor Jung-hyuk trying to keep them from destroying the place. But as cute as they are, I’m also getting a strong sense of foreboding that all of them won’t get home, especially since the fortune teller made that ominous prediction about Man-bok. I’m scared that he’s going to try to atone for Moo-hyuk’s death by giving up his own life to save Jung-hyuk… and while that’s noble and all, and I know it’s unrealistic, I just want everyone to get a happy ending.

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Oh, this was epic! I especially loved all the duckling's hijinks in Seoul. Ha...
I realised after reading the recap that Hyuk and Seri never said "I love you" to each other even once, but a whole load of goodbye.
But even at one glance, you will see that they are very close one..

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Seri told HJ on the phone, when she was kidnapped.

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Oh, yes... I have forgotten it

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She also arranged the books in his bookcase at home to read Ri Jung-hyuk I love you.

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She did that to create attention...

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Thanks for the great recap. To be honest I initially thought ep 11 a bit underwhelming. I had so much expectation on RJH and YSR reunion, I was hoping for a more romantic and emotional scene but I don't that what we've got. Granted, RJH does not usually say what he feels, he just give YSR some look that could melt anyones cold heart😍😁.. But man I really wanted to hear them to say "Bogoshipo" to each other, they haven't seen each other for awhile anyway.
I love the makeover of RJH, this role trully showcase how hot HB is. He's never been this hot and swoon worthy in his other kdrama and movies, I think.

After reading your comments though makes me think that this episode I guess is really more for Dan and SJ, they do look good together. I am now rooting for their own happy ending, Dan deserves it. She has been ignored by her own fiance for so long, RJH just never thought of her other than when trying to figure out who could have taken Se Ri away back in ep 9.

I too am worried that Man Bok may not make it back, but I am still hopeful that it wouldn't turn that way. Otherwise will have to make sure I am watching that scene in my room where I can bawl my eyes out to my hearts content😢.

I also think it is indeed a little to soon to have a confrontation with Chul Kang, i hoped that a reunion with the ducklings should happen first before any fights.

I can't wait for the next episodes!!😁

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the duckling's Seoul hijinks are super entertaining and hilarious that i couldn't keep a straight face. The near misses with Jung Hyuk was ridiculous in its own right but of course they need to be separated longer. I loved the role reversal of Seri buying the entire department store and giving Jung Hyuk a makeover which i'm sure is a trope that Hyun Bin's character is used to doing for his female leads aka secret garden. Also let's not forget the secondary couple. Boy am i glad that they're stuck together so more scenes and development on their end instead of meddling with the main lead's love life as they already have so much on their plate.

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That make over scene made me stop breathing every time he comes out! *dramatically fans myself*

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He’s just so beautiful in suits 😍

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He has joined my list of Korean actors that look great in suits: Choi Jin Hyuk and Choi Si Won. So far the Chois have a corner on the suit wearing market.

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How about Park Seo Joon in What's wrong with Secretary Kim?! I'll take that to go!:)

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Park Seo Joon was good too, but to me both Chois look like their suits are made to fit them perfectly. Jin Hyuk in, "Devilish Joy," wore a lot of suits. And BTW, Rain ain't that bad either.

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I agree about the Chois is suits too....although I might prefer both their smiles more! Both of them should only be in cast in roles where they wear suites and show off their dimples all the time? win-win?:)

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I let out squeals that prolly woke up my neighbors when he did his fashion show (and every single time he's onscreen in this episode). Hehe! Hyunbin looks damn fine in military uniform and I was swooning endlessly back when we were in the North but man oh man him in a three-piece suit is divine! Oh and that suave and sleek hairstyle is killin' meeee! Hyunbin has never looked this good. It's his best look out of all his projects.

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To be fair I would still say he looked absolutely gorgeous in MOTA because that hairstyle outright beats the atrocious hairstyle he’s been sporting that covers his glorious forehead but hyun bin in uniform is hard to beat

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I have grown to like this hairstyle - it’s cute haha

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As much as I love SeRi and JungHuyk, I was so happy to watch the evolution between Dan and SeungJoon!! I agree these two are just made for each other and they complement themselves so much. I love to see how Dan is changing.
And I love Dan's mum. Oh, that woman is fantastic. You may think that she only wants position in her life, but instead she wants her daughter to be happy. And if it Alberto Gu, then so be it!!
I am a bit worried about what the fortune teller said. It's not a good omen for our ducklings and our hens...
Still, I expect to cry buckets at the end of the show.

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Love Dan’s mom too! I was waiting for her to go Jung-hyuk-is-only-man-for-you route but boy mom did not disappoint!

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I wonder what she will say when she finds out Seung-joon IS a conman but given the way she's been talking about how she just wants Dan happy she might let them be.

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If only Dan stops obsessing...

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Strike a pose, there's nothin' to it...VOGUE
I don't know about you, but I happily hit repeat - repeat - repeat with Jung Hyuk's Cinderella moment in the department store! By golly, Hyun Bin is so ridiculously handsome. He blinds. I swear, this whole show is trying to make us all love-slaves to Hyun Bin......but, I think I'm okay with that.

Parting is such sweet sorrow
During the first few episodes of this show, I think I figured out that one of the running gags was that Se-Ri would keep saying "I'm leaving now!" only to be delayed in her various attempts. But now I see that it serves two purposes. Yes, it is a running joke, but also...not. As she and Jung Hyuk fall in love with one another, having to say good-bye again and again is heartbreaking. If anything, it would be another obstacle to overcome. How can you keep your heart consistently open to love when you KNOW it has to end?

While I still would have preferred a bit more longing and heartbreak in episode 10 to make the reunion more palpably satisfying, I think @lollypip does a great job of describing their reunion so that I feel their longing fulfilled in their embrace. Jung Hyuk did look like he had finally come home.

I also LOVED the Kit Kat epilogue!! So cute! HA! And I also love how Se-Ri and Dan also had an interaction in the tourist shop. Somehow, I feel like they could be friends had it not been so unfortunate that they loved the same man. Pity.

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Whoops, just a few other thoughts

WHERE ARE MY OTP KISSES?!
At the risk of sounding OTP thirsty, is it just me, or did you feel we were robbed of several kiss scenes?! When they met on the street, it seemed a kiss-worthy moment. With the Refrigerator scene, in close proximity to one another, weren’t you expecting a kiss?? I sure was. I felt like Se-Ri was thinking the same thing as she was obviously very aware of his face so close to hers, and I could have sworn she looked at his lips a couple times.

Also, Se-Ri was totally enthralled with Jung Hyuk in all of his suits. All they did in the privacy of her office was look at the thirsty tweets on there uploaded video of him holding the door for everyone?? Boooo....!! Okay, okay, in the garage, they had Chul Kang to worry about...but still! Again, their faces were so close together...but no kiss!!! I feel cheated. *pout*

I love this show, but...
I just realized watching this episode that part of the thrill of the first half of this drama is that the danger to Se-Ri and those sheltering her is very real given her helplessness. But, in South Korea, she’s on home turf, and surely Chul Kang is in a more precarious position. I feel this removes a lot of tension because I genuinely believe Se-Ri can handle herself...and certainly with Jung Hyuk by her side, they would be unstoppable. Even should, say, Chul Kang team up with Se-Ri’s older brothers, we all know they are stupider than Se-Ri. If anything, in the second half, the real threat will be emotional. Not just the inevitable parting but the real threat is Jung Hyuk’s heart. I genuinely think he would become a shell of a man should anything happen to Se-Ri. So, for me, this second half is more about protecting Jung Hyuk’s emotional well-being, which is tied to Se-Ri’s physical well-being.

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I totally agree-where are the kisses??😐🤔 The reunion is really not as romantic as I hoped it would be.. The writer is so inconsiderate of us😁 and RJH, think about the trouble he went through going to the South.
Se Ri definitely checked out RJH's lips at that refrigerator scene. So why they didn't kiss?? Damn it😭😭

They should have ateast kissed while they were on the street, I would have love for RJH to kiss Se Ri to reassure her that she is not dreaming.

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I totally agree on the kisses. Why are they doing this to us? It‘s such a waste! Just watched Late Autumn and I‘m still not over that one kiss in the movie. Damn, Hyun Bin was going WILD!! Pervy me is still hoping for a similar kiss in the drama...

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OMG my jaw dropped when I saw that loooooongg wild but very emotional kiss scene he had with Tang Wei. I don't think we'll get that here but a part of me is still hoping.

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Re: WHERE ARE MY OTP KISSES?!

Right? I also felt that there were so many missed opportunities!
Maybe the show is holding back, because there's gonna be a lot of them later? I hope so. I feel like they're teasing us on purpose.

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I really hope so, too! Se-Ri and Jung Hyuk might be holding back until they (somehow, maybe) make sure they can stay together forever. But once this will be the case I want to see something steamy in the line of Secretary Kim or Her Private Life...

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I think so too which is very much in character for our otp. I applaud them because they are very mature and rational despite obviously wanting to be together but at the back of my mind I'm thinking, "Throw caution to the wind and just be together!! Go crazy with the kisses!!" LOL. I'm also thinking that show is holding back given that there is imminent danger and a bad guy lurking. Once that is taken care of and otp figures out a way to be together then I sure hope we get some RAWR action because what a waste of this awesome pairing of Hyunbin and Yejin if we aint getting some action, right?! 😂

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I swear that this drama's writer is totally a fan of Hyunbin... She's been describing his face as a national treasure and REVOLUTIONARY (+his Pacific Ocean's shoulders)... Then she's trying to kill viewers with Cinderella parade...

And Son Yejin is drop dead gorgeous as well.. I'm totally in disbelief that Ri Jeong-hyeok can hold himself from kissing her when they're both alone in her house (though maybe it's out if consideration for them both as they're going to separate again *sigh).

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Hyunbin is called a "national treasure" before this drama. It's like his own nickname by the people and media much like Gong Yoo is called "Coffee Prince". The writer must have taken that label and worked it in the drama and it goes so well with our Captain Ri.

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I think the fact that Chul Kang in Seoul has no orders to follow and enough money to hire tugs is still a big issue. Yes, she is on her home turf but he is still dangerous. She cannot call the police or involve anyone else in this situation because Chul Kang or other North Koreans could put them in danger.

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True! She may be home now and have the money but she cannot seek legal or official help because it will incriminate and involve a lot of people including those she loves.

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During the suit PPL, Seri was jealous of the store clerk's attention to JH until she commented that they were a couple. That made Seri so happy she bought a lot of clothes from the clerk. I think this captures the character's roller coaster of emotions: she knows she wants him but she also is a realist that he cannot stay with her. If she gets too involved (physically; kisses) the parting would crush her soul to the point she would be back at the bridge in Switzerland.

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The unromantic cynic in me says:
(1) He can't take all those suits back to N.K.
(2) After he leaves she can just return them :)

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Or gaze on them longingly.

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Or share them with the ducklings.

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I agree with you, as well. Where are the kisses? I mean, they don’t have to kiss every single time, but all they do is stare at each other and hug, and hug, and stare some more. In real life this would not happen especially after being separated and longed for each other.

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It's just a thought but what if Seri's biological mother is actually North Korean. This would allow her to have dual citizenship and can live happily ever after with Jung Hyuk ^_^ HHHHHHHhhhhhh

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Is dual citizenship possible though? 😅

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I don’t think so.
No phone calls from one country no another, no crossing frontiers.
I don’t even thinks one country recognises the other as a country.

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You are right, @Eazal
The North and the South both claim themselves the only legitimate government of the whole Korean Peninsula (that's why the Korean War). No duel citizenship allowed. They are not Canadian.

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No, Korea does not recognize dual citizenship for adults.

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North Korea even fights family reunification between North and South citizens separated by the Korean War. The only hope SR and JH will have is a neutral, third country. The writer figured out how to allow Sim Chug and Joon Jae to live together that was satisfying for me. I'm sure Park Ji Eun will do the same for SR and JH.

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Why do I get the feeling that both Yoon Se-Ri and Jeong Hyeok will end up living in Switzerland.

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And to my mind that would be perfect for him, he would have the excuse of resuming his musical studies--and Se Ri can live anywhere.

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Dual citizenship isn't possible for North and South Korea.

Even if Seri's biological mom is a North Korean, it doesn't make Seri one... Seri has to "properly" defect to the North if she wants to claim citizenship. Same with Junghyuk. South Korean law considers North Koreans who defected to be their citizens...but yes, it means he has to defect and leaves his family behind (and in a great danger).

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I'm hoping that since his father is elderly and knows that younger officers are looking for a chance to take his place, and since their family roots are in the South, that Mom and Dad will defect, allowing RJH to defect. I can't see him leaving them behind. Then Mom could become the mother Se-ri always needed.

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Even if that was somehow possible, wouldn't the people in his village still be in danger by way of having a connection with him?
For him to stay in SK, his whole life in NK and all the people he cares about need to be uprooted!

I only see a happy ending if there is a reunification. There were hints about it earlier in the show, but it's gone quiet about it now.

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Talking about danger, @crabbielife, to enhance what you've said, Jung-hyuk's family will be sent to concentration camp, and it is one horrible place to enjoy your retirement. That's why I believe he won't stay in South Korea. that's how tragic the story is.

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True.. I also believe that's the main reason for Jeong-hyuk's firm insistence to go back...not that he's feeling particularly patriotic lol

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You are right, @crabbielife, all those patriotism in North Korea is made up.

«Crash Landing on You» did portrait North Korea's problem in a lighthearted way, and it is suitable for a TV drama. If you are interested, this funny documentary can show you something more raw: https://youtu.be/8QRFx5pXb_M

And how to make this is even more fun: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/movies/under-the-sun-documentary-north-korea.html

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And thanks for recommending some documentaries..

Regarding patriotism, I had a chance to meet some defectors and they scoffed when I asked about that or juche lol. Most of them generally defected to earn more money to live and to have better education.

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"Most of them generally defected to earn more money to live and to have better education."

Honestly, I don't blame them. No matter what Juche or patriotism is, they are not food, and they cannot buy freedom or meaning of life though ideology. North Korea used to have some severe famine (mostly because of drought, and the country itself have not enough ability to produce food, because they put priority to military build up as well technology development on nuclear weapon and rockets, etc., and finance them extensively). Jung-hyuk can stay in North Korea that long and tolerate to be a soldier, a career he's not very fond of, probably only because he had a promise with his dad.

(Think about that, every 25 North Korean there is one soldier--Total population of North Korea: 25M in 2017, Eun-dong's 10-year military service doesn't made up)

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The only option would be to fake his death...and the bad guy could be of use in this case, since he is officially dead in NK already. They could use his body and pretend it is Captain Ri. But that would still leave the issue of his parents. His mom could move to Switzerland but I doubt his dad would be able to since he is a high ranking official.
And the ducklings would end up alone without their fav captain and leader.

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Can someone enlighten me on how this works in North Korea....why was Dan able to go to Russia and JH to Switzerland to further their studies? It looks like it's not impossible to leave the country for long periods. JH could go back to Switzerland to further his musical dream and Seri could join him whenever she wanted to. He can still make trips home to see his parents right?

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They are children of elites. Their parents are in positions of power, and thus they have access to things and opportunities that others do not.

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And by the way, Kim Jong-un and his sister have been sent to Switzerland to study. This is not secret, and this is pretty common.

In fact, there are people really rich in North Korea, they are probably just 0.1% of them, most of whom also get huge power in the country. Jung-hyuk's father, according to position, is the No. 3 of the country, with the ranking of Vice Marshal. However, his power may be pretty fragile, and can be put to concentration with just one word of Kim Jung-un the Supreme Leader.

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You can do so if you're children of VVIP people as mentioned by @egads and @titus. Diplomat children are usually educated abroad as well. However, it is possible for them to get called back to their homeland if Great Leader requires them to do so.

Jeong-hyuk is now way past studying age, it's kinda difficult to leave again under the pretense of studying. If he leaves under such pretense in order to meet Seri overseas, it could endanger both of them and also their families.

By the way, Kim Jong-Un's mother family used to take care of him and his sister in Switzerland but when KJU's mother is dying to cancer, they sought asylum to the US, fearing for their lives once she died...

RJH's family isn't that elite, so it'd be more dangerous for them to do such pretense.

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I knew I'm going to love all the pairs, Se-ri and Jung-hyuk also Seung-joon and Dan. All of them are just so cute. This reminds me of the pairings of DOTS.
Can we have another drama for Seung-joon and Dan?

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We need that drama with Dan and SeungJoon ❤️

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Since I am watching this drama for deep reasons, I really liked the Pretty Woman scene :D

The ducklings strolling in Seoul are so funny. They're so lost about the world!

Chocolate is the best for every situations!

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I can't decide if Hyun Bin looks better in uniform or in a suit....hmmm...🤔🤔🤔

I'm kinda loving the fact that Seung Joon is the one overthinking every single thing Dan said. Though I've asked my boyfriend if this is true for guys and he just laughed. Methinks it's not.

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I can.
In uniform.

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Well, his last outfit, when they are leaving the department store, looks kind of like a good mix of both: The brownish color of his suit and coat reminded me of his uniform.

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Edit: Hyun Bin in his white Marine uniform (which he wore during his mandatory military service irl) might be the hottest thing I've ever seen...

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Hahaha! Have to Google this!

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Choosing which looks better on Hyunbin is truly a conundrum. I can't decide so I'll have both. Hehe

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Uniform. The one in North Korea with the belt where he puts the revolver or whatever. Hot stuff!

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The role reversals in this episode is the highlight for me. Hyun-bin getting the make over and Seung-joon spending the whole night questioning that one smile from Dan!

The Ahjummas and the Ducklings continue to give me a smile with their missions!

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SeungJoon reaction was hilarious.
He doesn’t even know why he’s freaking out this way.
Oh, I laughed so much!

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Emerging from being a long time lurker to say : I love this show so much.

I’m so worried it’s going to go the way of other Netflix dramas and not have a proper ending (Vagabond I’m looking at you) - it better round off because I am INVESTED lol.

I think there’s no way everyone’s getting out of this safely but that makes me appreciate the cute moments all the more.

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I am actually a bit worried if this will be like othee Netflix kdrama with hanging ending. I really hope not. We need proper closure which is happy ending for everyone we love.

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Talking about ending, @beffels ...

I always believe there will not be a happy ending, since I have said that even the best screenwriter cannot work around the tragic reality of the North and the South has never been one Korea. Separate families between the two countries is one of the big issues on the peninsula (and having event hosting them reunited is big news for both countries). I guess we have to prepare for their eventual separation in the end, and if Park Jieun is writing otherwise, she must defy logic and common sense.

This make our longing for them being together, way more painful, and that may probably the show trying to tell us: After a year of hopeful meeting and discussion, last year both leaders (Moon Jae-in in the South, and Kim Jong-un in the North) rarely meet, and the relation between them go stagnation. It is not about ideology, it is about the sense of family between the people of 2 countries (And do you realize there are so many dysfunctional families featured in this drama?). The 2004 movie «Taegukgi» talked a lot about that.

This lead us to another ending of another recent tvN drama, since Park Jieun has just invited Lee Jieun (a.k.a. IU) to be her next OST singer (9 years since IU's last K-Drama OST) for «Crash Landing»: «Hotel del Luna» is a story about a love between a living and a dead. You've probably won't expect it to end happily (and I am glad they didn't twist the ending to be a happy one), so (to be realistic) does «Crash Landing», I don't think this will be a happy ending as well.

A wild thought: IU finish her un-released «The Happy Ending» to be «Crash Landing» official OST? Park Jieun is playing a lot of K-drama gag in «Crash Landing» as recent as «Memory of Alhambra» and «Sky Castle» ...

(By the way, «Vagabond» is SBS's, «Crash Landing» is tvN's. They are not Netflix's, which is just holding oversea broadcast right. I would rather consider it this way)

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I’m not really expecting a happy ending because I just can’t see how that would work - just a satisfying ending would be nice, even if it has to be sad. (There have been a lot of Romeo and Juliet references throughout....I don’t think they’d follow that exactly as there’s been a big emphasis on how Seri should stay alive and he’ll be thinking of her, but I’m expecting a star crossed lovers sad ending - I will happily be wrong!)

That’s interesting to know about the different networks, thanks! I only get them through Netflix and they come with “A Netflix Original” all over them so just kind of assume it’s the same thing.

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Most of those "Netflix Original" are simply because Netflix paid some of those production expenses to secure international broadcasting right. For private network like tvN and OCN (both under CJ E&M, itself a major movie producer of, like, the award-winning «The Parasite»), as well JTBC (a network under Jung-an Daily, one of the three major newspapers in South Korea. This is where «Sky Castle» and «Chocolate» come from), they have a lot more money to spend. As a result, they can produce TV Dramas with Record-breaking budget (the 2 great examples: «Mr. Sunshine» KRW43B and «Asthdal Chronicle» KRW54B, both from tvN).

SBS (along with KBS and MBC) are the 3 old public broadcast. Due to short of funds and union actions, a lot of screenwriters leave those networks, so their production quality is not that consistent. They do have some good shows though («One Spring Night» by MBC and «When the Camellia Blooms» by KBS). «Vagabond» is one of the most expensive shows made by a public broadcast, but it is so bad I didn't even finish ep.3.

There is only 3 K-drama shows really produced by Netflix. One of the most anticipated should be «Kingdom», which is going to have a Season 2 next month. «Love Alarm» and «My First First Love» are the other 2 for the time being.

(That doesn't mean other TV networks don't have TV Dramas--MBN's «Graceful Family» is one of those few shows produced not by the networks we've mentioned--the 6 networks we talked about are just more famous only)

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My friends, have faith. Do you not remember "The King 2 Hearts"?

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OMGosh, Tay, I tried to watch "The King 2 Hearts," and now you've given me the push to finish it. Thanks!

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I haven’t seen it! It’s only just become available here but I’m holding off because I can only manage one North Korea/South Korea drama at a time.

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Have you watched, "Dr. Stranger"? That's the North/South one I couldn't get through.

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Twittering like flustered birds.... Lol
Loved the recap.

The episode was fun & all, but my attention started to wane right around the 1 hour mark. There's not nearly enough story or well done execution (Sae Ri knew the mother & sister in law had been in her house because of the wardrobe thingy but still didn't change her passcode to protect her privacy? ) to warrant that sitting through 90 minute episodes.

It's manufactured & obvious moments like these that take me out.
__Another thing, why wouldn't she have Ri Jeong Hyuk tell the baddie's looks to a sketch artist & spread the them to her security as a dangerous stalker or something? She hasn't alerted anyone or made any arrangements for her safety except having the ML by her side.
I'm not even going to mention the oh so convenient move of so many principle characters to SK... Eh CLOY doesn't deserve this amount of energy but it's a force of habit.

Hopefully ep 12 is better overall & not just interesting intermittently like ep 11.

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I like ep.12 much better than ep.11, and I’d like to suggest you to turn on the ‘Fantasy’ mode like I do. If you put CLoY in this category, you’ll have no problem watching it just like me. lol

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Hmmmmm😎🙂

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Sadly I can't turn on my fantasy mode. I enjoy it for the ridiculousness it is, but I still expect some semblance of rational application in the writing before they go all dramatic.

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I think Se Ri is too busy after Jeong Hyeok appears to think about much else but protecting him. When her wake up call happens, she does all the things you mention. I too liked episode 12 more than episode 11. Frankly I don't know what I'm going to do when this drama ends, I like it so much. Maybe I'll have to watch it over and over until I get tired of it.

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It’s hard to find a drama that I’ve enjoyed as much as this one, unless it goes seriously off the rails in the last few episodes it’ll be a rewatch for me. Possibly one I will force, I mean gently persuade, others to watch with me :D

(And because I couldn’t reply to your other post, Kwan - not sure why - I haven’t seen Dr Stranger either, this is a first north/south drama for me. I’m relatively new to kdrama)

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I guess ep.11 is the springboard for ep.12, necessary to be there, but may not be as fun. If you watch them together, you will surely find it funny and amazing.

(Personally, I like the video game scene, and they finally *doing something* together, a reference to their pass project, «The Negotiation»)

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Yeah ep 12 so far seems better than ep 11. Amazing is a stretch 😆
No idea about their past project.

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Oh, you should watch that then: https://youtu.be/4xIaVKyO6L8

Think about Hyun Bin as a terrorist (Yes, this is his first bad guy role) and Son Yejin as a police negotiator, so the movie is called «The Negotiation». That "something" refer to Hyun Bin's last line before he is killed.

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That fortune teller's prediction made me super nervous as well!

I love that now it's Jung-hyuk who's under Seri's protection! His makeover was amazing (Phew... Hyun Bin is one ridiculously HANDSOME & PERFECT man dammit), and his little smiles of satisfaction throughout are SO CUTE! 🥰🥰🥰

And unlike most of the comments I'm seeing, I quite liked their reunion. Yes, I thought it was a little too quick but I didn't want to dwell on the heartbreaking separation; one episode is fine for me.

Also, can I just say how I absolutely LOVED (not using this lightly) their hugs? I thought it conveyed their longing for each other so well. You can see how at ease they are with each other, and happy and relieved to be together again.

And finally, super happy the Seungjoon-Dan ship is sailing! They're so good together.

Need I say how much the Ducklings' antics made me laugh?
🤣🤣🤣

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Their hugs feel so secure and warm. I FEEL their hugs. Hyunbin has a huge built and when he envelopes Yejin in a hug, Seri looks so safe. I just feel warmth all over. In addition, he is very gentle towards her and she with him so their little actions (touching his face, slightly combing her hair, caressing her hand etc. AND those longing stares they share) make me feel their longing and love all the more.

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I think their hugs are better than their kisses.

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His hugs are always at the right time. And it’s always warm and gentle. Hyuk is now my no 1 kdrama male lead prototype

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The ducklings ins Seoul are hilarious! All guys are doing a stellar job. The feelings that Se-ri and Jung-hyuk gave me during that parking garage scenes. Amazing. Hyun Bin is really giving his best here...his facial expressions and tears whenever Se-ri is in danger are just so convincing. Kudos to him.

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I'm glad you mentioned Hyun Bin's tears!
His emoting game is 💯
You know how in some dramas, the single tear thing is SUPER CRINGEY?

Here, it's absolutely not! My heart aches every time he cries, because you really get the sense that it's coming from a real place of fear... like he actually can't control his tears, and you're RIGHT THERE with him!
UGH, his acting is SO GOOD!!!

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Especially in the case of a character so masculine and always ready to make fists with anyone, when necessary. This contrast makes the character more human and real.

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The one eye tear thing - I don’t know how they do that. But I think those red eyes are the best - maybe he used onions hahaha

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When he sighed and felt relieved when "she" picked up the phone gave me so much feels then he started to get teary-eyed when he thought Cho found her.

I absolutely love that part when Seri shouted that she is fine and Jeonghyuk was relieved and closed his eyes as if listening to her voice to locate her in the parking area. Love love love!

Also, yay for Seri being alert the whole time she was being chased. We cannot do away with our heroine being protected and saved but I am glad Seri is capable, smart, powerful, and does whatever she can to help and not solely rely on Jeonghyuk especially now that she is in her turf. She is such a Lady Boss Queen!

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Yesss! I love the fact that she is no damsel in distress. They are perfectly matched!

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Seri's resourcefulness is one the first things I loved about her! She's smart and badass!

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I love that Se Ri is a smart, quick thinker and is very courageous. And tesshan, you're right they are perfectly matched.

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YES!!! I wanted to check in and comment how great it is that Se-Ri is clever and brave and so capable! She doesn't always need to be protected (though those times are swoon-worthy) and she can protect him back, even at the risk of her life. K-drama tends to portray their heroine as candy girls who are weak and need to be protected and loved throughout the whole drama. But Se-Ri can be bad-ass and still be loved by Jeonghyuk! She's not only lovable but admirable too! This is one of my favorite character for Son Ye Jin to date! I can't imagine anyone being paired with Hyun Bin in this drama that could beat this.

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After waiting for the reunion for 2 weeks, I do find it quite underwhelming... But the leads' acting with their eyes and those hugs kinda make up for it (a bit lol).

Meh I wanna kimchi-slap Seri's second brother and his wife so bad... SO EVIL.

And that fortune telling gimme some creeps... I hope it doesn't foretell the demise upon the ahjummas and ducklings, especially Manbok...how would his wife and young son survive without him *cries

Agree that Seri should've done more security measures, knowing that Chul-Kang is after him. No matter how good Jeong-hyuk is at playing bodyguard, the last scene proves that he is not enough. That villain is smart and dangerous.

I can't predict how this drama ends at all... I want a happy ending for everyone, yet idk how the writer will make it realistic... I feel like I'll be OK even if it isn't realistic but my inner-InterKorean-scholar will scream in protest lol

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I was wondering as well about the fortune teller's vision. She said Manbok cannot come back. I just hope she means just for the length of his mission.

I do hope in a happy ending...for all of them.
I doubt they can all move to the South. Too many family members involved.

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Thanks for the recap and I loved this episode! The only thing I don't get is Hyuk's sequence with the informant at the Chinese place. Like, what was that about, if not for the Chul-kang / Seri / Hyuk showdown at the basement parking? How did that informant knew Hyuk, how did Hyuk give him his number? Other than that, this was a fun episode! Oh my heart, the ducklings.

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Yes, big plot hole there.
I suppose he has some informant, maybe the ones who told him that ChulKang was in Seoul, but even so, some hint would have been welcomed why he was there.

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I was slightly confused, but I took it was Jung Hyuk was searching out information and following up on leads. Chul Kang knew he was there at thing point (right?) and asked someone to feed him info about his supposed whereabouts and set a trap for him....

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Lol, maybe I was too focused on the romance and the ducklings that I totally forgot RJH was still working on his mission. haha

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Hyun Bin modeling clothes is one of the greatest things in the world, there is a saying men in suit is to women, what women in lingerie are to men. Boy do I agree, yummmm.😍🤩

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I'm pretty sure part of the reason Seri covered up RJH's face was so she could keep his handsome face to herself.

At first, I thought the reunion was a bit underwhelming but I think after all the running-for-your-life and shootouts in NK, it might be a good time to let things mellow out a bit. That said, writer-nim please give the people(read: me) what they want.

The ducklings trying to survive in the big ol' city was the funniest, saddest and cutest thing ever.

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Hahahahaha Seri is one jealous gf! She made sure to hide all but his eyes! Hehehe! BUT she could not hide him for long. That sales lady is each and every single one of us swooning. Just like what @pineapplegongzhu said, we are Hyubin's love-slaves! Hehe!

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Like a lot of viewers, I felt this episode was good, but... less than what I was expecting. I think that anyone who has ever suffered through a long-distance romance can understand something of what Seri and JH are going through; I've been there myself...and find them radiating a lot more exhaustion than passion.

Maybe it's realistic for them, not to kiss, not to speak about what they feel, not to be passionate in every way about each other - yes, I can see it could be realistic but it's also not very exciting or interesting to watch. So instead there is the stalking Chul thrown in for danger and the ducklings for comedy and another couple for cute couple hijinks.

There is a lot of good stuff going on, but the center, the heart of the story... that relationship is so elevated and ethereal, even when they are right next to each other, that I just really don't feel it in my gut.

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I expected this episode to be more light-hearted and of course there were some fun moments. But the angst of Jung Hyuk’s and Se Ri’s impending next separation is always there and made my heart feel heavy during watching.

I don’t watch dramas for realism, but for a moment I had to think about the realism of the tunnel scene. Inspired by the drama I recently read a lot of unbelievable, but true stories about people escaping German Democratic Republic into the West. And there were indeed people digging their own tunnels and creating flying objects in order to (successfully) cross the inner German border. 10 km seems a bit long, though. Anyway, find yourself a man who’s willing to crawl through an extremely narrow tunnel for 20 hours in order to protect you! Jung Hyuk is setting new, even higher standards for amazing Kdrama boyfriends – and might ruin real life men even more.

I was hoping for more intimacy between the two leads, but maybe that’s not even necessary. Their beautifully acted hugs and facial expressions are enough to show how deeply in love they’re with each other. I loved the comforting hug in Se Ri’s apartment (after her brother and his wife are gone). To me it felt a little bit like a wedding scenario. Jung Hyuk is dressed in all black and Se Ri’s wearing a white sweater. When the camera is zooming out after the hug, we see them looking in each other’s eyes and holding hands as if they’re bride and groom ready for their vows. I also liked happily beaming Se Ri when the saleswoman thought Jung Hyuk was her husband!

I love Jung Hyuk’s parents and I start worrying about them a bit. I hope they’ll stay safe. As much as I want Jung Hyuk and Se Ri to be together - I also don’t want his parents to lose the only son they have left and get in trouble. I really hope there’s a solution for all of them, although I have absolutely no clue how this is all going to end. After watching Episode 12 I see all my theories slowly going down the drain.

PPL in the show is great (and I already became a victim), but, seriously, who would buy KitKat in Switzerland where you can have the finest and most delicious chocolate in the world!? Couldn’t they at least have collaborated with some Swiss chocolate brand instead?

Also: This is an urgent call for the white South Korean ToD. Please take care of Chul Kang!

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Ri Jeonghyuk is indeed raising the bar sooo high for kdrama hero/bf/hubby. He's swoony but very gentle, caring, supportive, respectful, capable... and so much moreee! He's not even afraid to have such a strong, smart, capable, and powerful woman by his side! They make such a wonderful power couple!😍😍😍

I laughed at Kitkat. Switzerland has tons of other amazing chocolate brands (but I do love Kitkat hehe).

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A reality check: Jung-hyuk's parents will probably be in concentration camp for the rest of their retirement if Jung-hyuk doesn't return. There is no perfect ending.

And by the way, @willow, I agree with you, I won't buy Kitkat in Switzerland. Suggestion: Lindt or Milka, anyone?
(Just check, Kitkat may have originated in Great Britain, but it's now owned by Nestlé, a Swiss chocolate company, so that's still reasonable)

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Well, I agree with Lollypip in the interesting relationship between Dan and Seung joon.
I am starting to like Seung joon because he is funny and a confused being regarding his interest Dan whether he has feelings for her or not.
Not knowing he has already fall for her. I am not sure about Dan because she is still obsessing over Jung Hyuk.
I am now interested in Dan and Seung joon whether their relationship will turnout good.

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Their story right now is another role reversal I'm enjoying. Seung Joon is a wreck while trying to figure out his emotions and impatiently waiting for Dan to call. And Dan is the one to call him on the phone and call him outside. It's hilarious and a nice turn for their characters.

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I think both of them have feelings for each other. SJ waiting for Dan to call and Dan just calling SJ to pick her up because all her friends were bragging about their husbands.
But maybe because it’s their first time actually falling for someone (not faking it or holding to the idea that you are in love even if it’s not love) they don’t really understand what’s happening.
They are fantastic together.

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Thank you for another lovely recap! I have to admit, I could have watched a half hour or more of Hyun Bin aka JH trying on suits and it still wouldn’t be enough! 🤩 I was right there along with Seri and the sales woman. 😂 The current build he has right now suits him so much (no pun intended- lol)! How can one man be so handsome?

The adventures in Seoul with the boys from up North has been fun as anticipated! Can’t wait for their reunion with Seri and JH.

One of the standout moments for me in particular when watching this episode was how JH is there to comfort Seri after overhearing the threatening conversation between her brother and sister in law. He supports her (they support each other, really) and although she’s strong she allows him to be there for her. This character growth in Seri has been beautiful to witness.

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Thanks for the recap! I’m here! I thought ep11 was a little meh for me, it felt a bit jarring and poorly edited. But i squee at ep12 which was fantastic but let’s get to that recap when it comes.
That being said - I did hit repeat several times for the department store scene. It’s fan service and I’ll take it thank you. Seri moony eyes reflected mine. The slow mo was also perfect.

Also regarding lack of kisses and intimacy, didn’t Seri say something to Hyuk about try not to do too much as you are leaving. And he said “I’ll try” - the car cat scene. It’s very much in his character to respect her boundaries, esp in their circumstances. He earns a lot of brownie points for that! You got to love a guy who understands and respect what a girl says!

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I heard her "don't do too much before you leave" but I ignored it because real people just don't operate that way. I know this is a fantasy story but I like realism in my love relationships and a deep love that contains no passion always just makes me roll my eyes. When you are all in, you are really all in. In all ways.

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Hmm I see your point but disagree - I see a lot of passion in their eyes. It’s just restraint on the physical intimacy. For me it’s realistic because if I were them, I will make sure we don’t go to the point of no return because the heartbreak will be unmanageable - their situation is deadlock there’s is no good solution.

But then if that’s Hyun bin on that end, I’ll say heck I’m lusting over you, I can die tmr it’s fine hahahahaha but then again I’m not Seri /Son ye Jin, so she’s probably not as desperate LOL

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I see a lot of comments here about not having the OTP kiss in this episode. But I thought it was cuter that Hyuk seem so embarrassed that Seri asked about him showering (just before the only- bottled water-in-the-fridge scene) - maybe hes's a little intimidated by not having the home-field advantage! So, maybe Se-ri needs to make the first move again? She's already told him that she loves him, although they tend to kiss only under an imminent threat of separation or being caught (boat raid, crossing over the barbed wire, etc.)!

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Ah thank you. I was vaguely aware of this film & Son Yejin from posters but didn't know the guy was Hyun Bin.

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This show has been coming along pretty great. I remember being like I hope they don't drag out her NK thing, and well they didn't! For what its worth, I wanted a fun, touching, and campy drama and it delivers on that front! Been a while since we had one of those crowd-pleasers!

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DOES ANYONE KNOW THE CUTE SECURITY GUARDS NAME

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Yess who is he? I thought he was cute too! Hehe!

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The ducklings in Seoul is a beautiful experience full of secondhand embarrassment. I'm thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. I hadn't even thought about what the fortune teller said about Man bok, and now I'm worried even more... The scene of him overlooking Seoul and thinking about how his son could study to his hearts content really pulled on my heart strings. Jung Hyuk's makeover scene is just *chef's kiss* Please drama writers... make those sort of scenes a regular thing

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Soooo are we not gonna talk about the fact that Seo Dan just littered in Switzerland? A most likely Kit-Kat endorsed littering too!

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@parkchuna,
Dan a litterbug?! I couldn't believe my eyes!

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I really liked this episode. Wonderful recap as usual, @lollypip! I really like Dan’s relationship with Seung-joon right now. I love how clueless he is. I can’t really believe that this man has never been twitterpated before, but it’s adorable nonetheless. And the modeling of suits by Hyun Bin. I’ve done this before, watch my husband try on suits and it’s not as arousing as you might expect—actually, it’s incredibly boring and sometimes frustrating. But with all the bespoke suites he’s trying on (already altered time fit him like a glove) I can’t say that Hyun Bin may have made me rethink going to a suit shop with my own husband again!

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Thank you for your recap, @lollypip. ;-)

I've been in worrywart mode ever since it was revealed how Jung-hyuk exited DPRK via the gold mine and tunnel. Was that how the Ducklings exited, too, or is there perhaps another secret route? It's not clear to me how soon they followed their captain -- or how much time elapsed before his "great leader" portrait pin was found in the storage cave at the ROK shore. So far, none of the northerners seem to be aware that that particular route has been discovered. Perhaps there's a news blackout on it. But I'm sure the smugglers all know the score.

I'm wondering just how Capt. Ri intends to single-handedly return Cho Chul-kang to NK after he apprehends him. Certainly he wasn't expecting to have backup (and does not know that his father dispatched his men to retrieve him). With an opponent as wily and desperate as Major Cho, he'll have his hands full. Since boat-to-boat is probably still not an option, just how was he planning to escort an uncooperative Chul-kang through 10km. of unstable tunnel? Knock him unconscious and drag him through the tunnel, and hope neither of them gets stuck? I'm getting claustrophobic just thinking about it. Knowing the criminal mastermind, he probably has it booby trapped.

The apprehension of Chul-kang's crooked associates has me worried for their innocent family members, although Senior Colonel is the only one whose relatives we've seen. I'm also concerned for the Ducklings' kinfolk. The fortune teller's pronouncements certainly cranked up the foreboding about Man-bok. That nebulous prediction that there will be a bloodbath in the village is disconcerting; I'm not sure how to interpret it. It might refer to a shootout between the gangsters employed by Chul-kang and Jung-hyuk's father's undercover minions. Given how young and freaked-out the ghost sounded, I'm not sure what to expect.

For the nonce, Alberto / Seung-jung is one step ahead of his pursuers. CEO Jeon protected him this time, but it was still a close call. I wasn't expecting Dan to give him a place to lay low. I loved how he showed up right on cue to squire her away from her obnoxious frenemies, which was most satisfying. I laughed my butt off at his suitcase full of ramyun -- and his literal offer to whip some up for her. It's a nice twist on Capt. Ri's making a bowl of ramyun from scratch for Se-ri when she first arrived in the village.

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I'm still having a hard time warming up to Dan. After seeing how shabbily her classmates treated her, I can understand why she became so fierce and domineering. On the other hand, I loathe the way she set her sights on Jung-hyuk without ever having spoken with him or even once considering his feelings or wishes. She basically had her mother buy her a living Ken doll. Cue up “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles. Even when it was patently obvious that he was emotionally unavailable, she continued to lay siege to him. Her demand that he love her was so ridiculous I had to wonder which planet she was from. Her idea of love was more akin to taking a hostage. I just hope that she treats Seung-jung better than she has treated Jung-hyuk. But for the time being, she's driving him out of his tree just by being her usual heedless, imperious self.

I never foresaw Capt. Ri or his Ducklings sneaking into South Korea, so this episode’s fish-out-of-water scenes tickled my funny bone. That look on Jung-hyuk’s face when he peered into Se-ri’s fridge and spotted nothing but bottled water. LOL. At least it wasn’t full of cosmetics like Kim Mi-kyung’s in PEOPLE WITH FLAWS. ;-)

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The ducklings were on the national team that were taken to Seoul by bus I believe.

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@ally-le,
Slipped my clutch again. Thanks for the reminder. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake, maybe you missed it? The Ducklings took a bus to Seoul as part of a military sports team. That's their cover, and they're on their own if they don't make it back onto the bus when the military games are over.

I don't think Cho Chul-kang is going home. I don't think it's over until he's dead. If he goes home, he could just pull strings with the people who took his money and get out again and go to S. Korea again and lie in wait for Se-ri again. So he has to die.

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@lindag latebloomer,
Ah, yes. Infiltrated the same basic way Se-ri was going to be smuggled out, until she missed the flight. That 2-week hiatus didn't do my memory any favors. O_o

You make a good case for Jung-hyuk's terminating Chul-kang with extreme prejudice. I suspected that he would only do it as a last resort so as to uncover who has been aiding and abetting him. The military guy who wants to dethrone the senior Ri is the one who wants Se-ri returned to DPRK so he can build a case against his Dad. Even if Chul-kang buys the farm, his overlord will still go after Se-ri, so he has to be exposed and neutralized as well.

If Cho Chul-kang has to die, I'm hoping that he's dispatched by a big white civilian Dump Truck O' Doom. It would be poetic justice.

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Thanks Dramabeans staff for the recap! I truly appreciate it!

I do notice recap sometimes are quite late (by late, I mean next episode is to be aired/aired and there’s still no recap for previous ones). Example - Crash Landing ep 13 is to be aired and we still don’t have recap for awesome ep 12. I truly understand the work load , I think this is is hard work and most likely a labor of love!

Perhaps a compromise... instead of recapping episode by episode, just summarize 2 episodes into single recap. It’s aired back to back anyway. Something hopefully the staff will consider.

A fun part of reading “live” recap is... well... it is live and current. And fun reading viewers comments about latest eps.

More power!

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I love You so much, Hyun Bin and Se-r😍😍😍

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