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Crash Landing on You: Episode 12

Get your tissues handy, because this episode will tug on your heartstrings. There are reunions, partings, shows of friendship and declarations of feelings, and all of them guaranteed to soften the hardest heart. But there’s still danger looming, and it’s gaining allies and getting closer, so our little family needs to keep their guard up as long as they can.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Chul-kang stalks Se-ri through the empty parking garage, so she hides in the guard booth where she can watch his location on the CCTV feeds. Unfortunately, he figures out that it’s a good hiding place and heads towards her… but at the last second, Jung-hyuk calls Se-ri’s phone. Chul-kang answers, and while he’s taunting Jung-hyuk, Se-ri sneaks out of the booth.

She manages to stay alive until Jung-hyuk arrives, and when Chul-kang threatens to shoot her, Se-ri calls out that he’s lying. Jung-hyuk follows her voice and finds her, and they both breath a sigh of relief. The security guards finally arrive, and Chul-kang leaves… for now.

Back at home, Se-ri has a doctor make a housecall to check a minor knife wound that Jung-hyuk sustained while fighting Chul-kang’s hired men. She asks the doctor to keep this a secret, but he gets into a van with Se-hyung and Sang-ah and tells them that there’s a man staying with Se-ri. Sang-ah wonders why Se-ri is having this guy treated at her place when she’s never taken a date to her home before.

Se-ri is understandably upset that Chul-kang was about to get a job at her company with a fake ID, and she snarls that here in South Korea, she can do things she couldn’t do in the north. Jung-hyuk says gently that she protected him, and she asks him not to go anywhere until his wound is healed. Seeing her obvious worry, Jung-hyuk nods in agreement.

A week later, Se-ri and Secretary Hong visit a rough neighborhood in Seoul. Se-hyung arranges a meeting with several men and informs them that she’s purchased the buildings they live in. She mentions their altercation with Jung-hyuk, and offers them a deal — the person who gives her conclusive evidence of the incident will get to live rent-free from now on.

She also passes around a photo of Chul-kang and offers a reward for the man who finds him. She leaves, and HAHA, they all start making calls to their contacts.

Next Se-ri asks Se-hyung for information on Soo-chan, the guy who sold her life insurance. He’s been laid off from his insurance job, and Se-ri finds him shivering at a bus stop. She tells him that she heard how hard he tried to find her while she was lost in North Korea, and although he admits that his motives were selfish, Se-hyung says she was impressed with his dogged determination and offers him a job at triple his old salary.

Jung-hyuk stays at Se-ri’s place while she’s at work, honoring his promise not to go anywhere while he heals up. Worried about how quickly Chul-kang found Se-ri, he gets on her computer and logs onto a website called “Shield.” He finds the file he wants and loads it, and it’s full of information on Chul-kang’s South Korean activities.

Most importantly, it reveals that Chul-kang was able to get a job at Se-ri’s Choice because the CEO of the security company once used his “keeping” business in North Korea. It means that Chul-kang probably has a huge network of people in South Korea who owe him favors, which he’s now calling in.

Meanwhile, the ducklings convene at the sauna to discuss what they’ve accomplished. Man-bok did what he does best — he lurked around the Se-ri’s Choice building and listened to office gossip, but although he now knows which married employees are having affairs, he hasn’t gotten any information on Se-ri.

Chi-soo staked out a chicken place near Se-ri’s home, since she said she eats so much meat. Customers mistook him for the valet, and he did such a good job that the chicken shop owner hired him to make deliveries, hee. Unfortunately, Se-ri didn’t order any fried chicken, so he didn’t find where she lives but he did make some good money.

HAHA, we see that Jung-hyuk did actually call the place to make an order, but Chi-soo was busy eating free fried chicken and took the phone off the hook. So close!

Joo-mok and Eun-dong’s assignment was to visit a PC cafe, and Joo-mok says importantly that he “analyzed the sentiment of South Koreans,” which Chi-soo correctly interprets as “watched dramas all day.” Eun-dong was no better — he wasted the day playing online games under the handle “Desperate Effort,” and had formed a bitter rivalry with someone calling themselves “Tomato Cultivator.”

LOL, Tomato Cultivator just happens to be Jung-hyuk. He loses a duel and vows revenge on Desperate Effort, and when Se-ri arrives home, she finds Jung-hyuk about to storm out the door to settle this in person. Se-ri knows what he’s been up to, as he used her credit card to buy in-game items.

Jung-hyuk looks both ashamed of himself and childishly defiant as he explains that being a level 4 wizard requires a lot of resources, hee. Se-ri forbids him to go out and makes him log out of the game. ARGH, they could have found each other! Jung-hyuk sulks when Se-ri tells him that she’s put a parental lock on her computer.

Kwang-bum had the hardest day — he whines that he couldn’t get anything done because people kept stopping him and handing him cards. One guy told him, “You’re the one we’ve been looking for,” and now he’s scared he’s blown their cover, unaware that he was only attracting talent scouts with his good looks.

Back in North Korea, Dan gets a call from Seung-joon, whose electricity has gone out and he’s gotten sick from the cold. His phone battery dies mid-sentence, and Dan is so worried that she sneaks out. When she gets there, Seung-joon is lying on the floor in the dark, so she puts him to bed.

Still grumpy, Dan makes Seung-joon some porridge and raps him on the head with the spoon, refusing to feed him herself. Seung-joon says the porridge is really salty, but when Dan gets offended, he explains that he was poor as a kid and lived on salty porridge.

Dan snaps that she knows what kind of person he was in South Korea, having seen a dossier that her uncle put together on him. She knows that he was engaged to Se-ri, and that after Se-ri broke things off, he swindled Se-hyung, so she warns him not to try conning her.

Seung-joon tells Dan that his father was conned by someone he trusted and lost his company. They moved to the U.K. and all they could afford was porridge with salt. He says his father died and his mother remarried, and he was sent to boarding school.

Dan asks why Seung-joon became a con man after what happened to his father. He says it was for revenge and Dan puts together the clues — it was Se-ri’s father who ruined Seung-joon’s father. Seung-joon tells her that he planned to marry into the family and destroy them from the inside out, but when Se-ri proved too smart, he targeted the greedy brother.

He says that he thought he’d feel better once he avenged his father, but it didn’t feel good at all. He remembers hearing that living well is the best revenge, and he wonders if giving back the money and living well would be better.

But Dan disagrees, and she snaps at Seung-joon to get well, go back to South Korea, and ruin Se-ri’s family. Seung-joon grins as he asks if she’s mad enough to get his revenge for him. HA, Dan is so frustrated that she finds a hidden bottle of booze and starts guzzling it down.

Se-ri finds Jung-hyuk drinking a beer and offers him soju instead. They get quietly drunk together, and Jung-hyuk announces that he wants to say something while Se-ri is intoxicated. He admits that he doesn’t want to go back, but wants to stay with Se-ri. Feeling herself sobering up quick, Se-ri takes another shot.

Jung-hyuk continues, “I want to marry you here and have a child who takes after you.” Awww. Se-ri says she likes daughters, then she takes another shot when Jung-hyuk says he likes twins, lol. She asks Jung-hyuk what else he wants to do, and he says with a smile that he wants to play piano again, so Se-ri offers to buy him Seoul Arts Center.

Jung-hyuk says he wants to see her grow old with gray hair and wrinkles, and Se-ri informs him that she plans to grow old very slowly so he’ll have to stay for a very long time. But she makes him pinky-swear not to drink with other people, because he’s much too attractive when he’s drunk.

In the morning, Seung-joon wakes up to find Dan in bed with him, snuggling the almost empty liquor bottle. He watches her sleep, marveling that she can relax knowing he’s a con man. But her mother is upset to think that Dan spent the night with Seung-joon, and she orders Colonel Go to use all of his military influence to find out everything he can about Seung-joon.

The village ladies are worried about Young-ae, who hasn’t been seen since her husband was arrested. Myung-sook is concerned that Young-ae might be out of food or firewood, but Wol-sook says that the State Security Department will be watching the house, so if they visit Young-ae and get caught up in an arrest, she can’t help them.

Se-ri and Jung-hyuk dress up for the grand opening of a new Se-ri’s Choice home goods store, and Se-ri sees Jung-hyuk’s watch for the first time. He got it from Man-bok, but Se-ri tells him that it’s the same watch she bought for him for Christmas. Amazed, Jung-hyuk tells Se-ri that she saved him without knowing it.

At the grand opening, Se-ri makes a speech to the employees then declares the store open for business. The ducklings saw an ad for the grand opening, and take this as their chance to finally catch up to Se-ri. They dress “like South Korean men” (Chi-soo is way off, but Kwang-bum nailed it) and split up to look for Se-ri.

Their efforts fail spectacularly, and the employees report their odd behavior to the manager. Man-bok (who is listening, naturally) hears that they’ve been singled out and warns the others. HAHA, they have to wake Eun-dong from where he’s fallen asleep in a model bed.

The security guard is only trying to give Eun-dong his shoes that he left behind, but the ducklings don’t know that, and they run out the door in a blind panic. Jung-hyuk happens around the corner just as Eun-dong slips in his socks and Joo-mok goes back to help him up.

They don’t stop running until they get to a park nearby, when they notice that Eun-dong doesn’t have his shoes on. Chi-soo starts to nag at Eun-dong for falling asleep, upsetting Eun-dong so much that he almost cries. Chi-soo gruffly offers Eun-dong his shoes but Eun-dong refuses, feeling every bit of his immature seventeen years old.

Suddenly, Jung-hyuk walks up with Eun-dong’s shoes and kneels to put them on his feet. The ducklings are so shocked to see Jung-hyuk that they can’t speak, until Eun-dong throws himself at Jung-hyuk. Joo-mok and Kwang-bum go in for hugs, while Chi-soo and Man-bok look on, sniffling.

Se-ri has noticed that Jung-hyuk is missing, but she’s distracted by Se-joon and Hye-ji, who feign hurt that she hasn’t confided in them about being stuck in North Korea. Se-joon claims to have their mother’s support and they propose that Se-ri also back him against Se-hyung and Sang-ah. Se-ri has another idea, for Se-joon and Mom to support Se-ri against Se-hyung, but Se-joon whines that she’s being selfish.

He lets slip that Se-hyung tried to have Se-ri stranded in North Korea, which he heard from Manager Oh, Seung-joon’s former henchman. He says that Manager Oh has been hanging around Se-hyung and throwing around a lot of money lately, so Se-ri tells him to find out who’s been giving him the money and why.

Jung-hyuk finally calls Se-ri and tells her that he’s found the ducklings. When she arrives at the park, Eun-dong runs to hug her, followed by a tearful Joo-mok. Chi-soo acts like he doesn’t want a hug, but when Se-ri puts her arms out he goes in smiling, awww.

Se-ri and the four original ducklings end up in a group hug, which Jung-hyuk watches with a fond smile until it goes on a little long, then he wades in to swat their paws off his lady, hee. He introduces her to Man-bok, who says shyly that he’s seen her several times back in the village.

They all go to Se-ri’s place, and Man-bok immediately starts looking for surveillance bugs until Se-ri assures him that there aren’t any. Chi-soo accuses her of lying about owning such a huge home, while the others marvel at the luxuries of hot water and electricity that never shuts off at night.

Young-ae’s son brings her some food to keep her strength up, and as they eat, he asks if they’ll have to leave the village, and why she forbade him to see his friends. Before she can answer, they hear a knock at the door, frightening Young-ae that they’re about to be arrested.

But it’s only Myung-sook, who brought some potatoes in case Young-ae was running out of food. Seconds later, Ok-geum arrives with fermented bread, then Wol-sook with an entire wheelbarrow full of firewood. Several more ladies show up with food, and although Young-ae snaps that they’ll get in trouble, she’s so touched that she bursts into tears.

That night Se-ri feeds the ducklings grilled meat for dinner, and Chi-soo stuffs his face, claiming that he’s just getting revenge for the way Se-ri gobbled up all of Jung-hyuk’s food. She says he’ll have to eat all the beef in the country if he’s trying to bankrupt her, ha.

The ducklings bust Jung-hyuk’s chops for feeding Se-ri most of the meat, and Joo-mok calls him “loverboy.” Even Chi-soo admits that it’s pretty romantic to follow a woman all the way to South Korea, making the others giggle at his expense. Man-bok watches Jung-hyuk and Se-ri fondly, but he seems to remember something and his smile fades.

Later, Se-ri accidentally overhears Man-bok talking to Jung-hyuk about their deadline for bringing him home. Jung-hyuk argues that he has to stop Chul-kang or he’ll kidnap Se-ri and take her back to North Korea, then go after him and his father. Man-bok says that Se-ri will be fine, with her money and social status.

The next morning Se-ri’s parents have seaweed soup for Se-ri’s birthday, even though none of the kids showed up. Se-ri’s stepmom accuses her husband of knowing Se-ri was in North Korea and not telling her, asking if he thought she’d use it against his daughter, and he admits that he did.

She tells him that Se-hyung hired people to stop Se-ri from returning. In flashback, we’re shown that Secretary Hong and Soo-chan took the audio recording of Se-ri to Chairman Yoon and told him that Se-hyung told the police it wasn’t Se-ri’s voice. Se-hyung had been there and had told his father that they’d gotten many false reports of people claiming to have seen Se-ri, and had convinced Chairman Yoon to believe him.

Se-ri tries to leave for work before anyone is up, but Jung-hyuk catches her. He starts to say something but she talks over him, asking if his wound is healed. He says it is, so Se-ri tells him that now that he’s kept his promise, he’s free to go.

She’s distracted all day at work, watching her phone for a message from Jung-hyuk and being disappointed when one never comes. At some point during the day, Jung-hyuk and the ducklings leave Se-ri’s place together.

Se-ri’s stepmother visits her at work to say that she knows what Se-hyung did while she was in North Korea. Se-ri asks bitterly if she’s going against Se-hyung for Se-joon, sure it’s not her since she’s not Stepmom’s biological child. Stepmom insists it’s not like that, but Se-ri snaps that she doesn’t trust her.

In a flashback, a young Se-ri walks on the beach with Stepmom, who looks distraught, and tells Se-ri to wait while she goes to get drinks. Se-ri spent the whole night telling herself that Stepmom would be back by the time she counted to one hundred, but no matter how many times she counted, Stepmom never returned.

Now she tells her stepmother that there’s a place in her heart that’s still on that cold beach. She says she’s asked herself ever since if it would have been better if she’d never been born. Stepmom says that Se-ri doesn’t have to believe her, but Se-ri snaps at her never to visit on her birthday again.

Manager Oh takes Chul-kang to meet with Se-hyung and Sang-ah, saying that they have similar goals in wanting Se-ri gone. Se-hyung asks what happens to Se-ri if Chul-kang takes her back to North Korea, but Chul-kang won’t guarantee her safety.

Apparently Se-hyung does have limits, because he objects to the idea of Se-ri being killed. He storms out with Manager Oh on his heels, but Sang-ah lingers to offers Chul-kang enough money to carry out his plans, as well as information like Se-ri’s address.

When Se-ri returns home after work, it’s to a dark, empty apartment. Even though she told Jung-hyuk that she’d be okay when he left, she sinks to the floor, sobbing her heart out. She hears a noise and the lights go on, and awww, Jung-hyuk and the ducklings are standing there in party hats holding gifts. It was a surprise party.

Se-ri just cries harder and runs out, and the ducklings stare at Jung-hyuk until he follows her. He catches up with her and apologizes, and she admits that she was crying because she was scared. She sobs that from now on, she’ll remember this good day every year on her birthday, and Jung-hyuk walks over to fold her into a backhug.

He whispers in her ear, “Next year, and the year after that, and the year after that will all be good. Because I’ll be thinking of you. I’ll be grateful you were born into this world. I’ll be grateful that the person I love is still breathing. That’s why your birthday will always be a good day.”

EPILOGUE

When Jung-hyuk loses the video game battle to Eun-dong, he leans back in his chair to take a deep breath and sees something interesting on Se-ri’s desk. It’s a small recorder, and when he plays it, he hears Se-ri’s voice saying her final goodbyes to her family from the bridge in Switzerland. She’d said it was her birthday, and Jung-hyuk checks the calendar and sees that it’s today.

He remembers being on that bridge and asking a woman to take his picture with Dan, just as he hears his own voice on the recording. A look of wonder crosses his face when he realizes that that woman was Se-ri, and he says to himself, “It wasn’t a coincidence… it was fate.”

He pockets the recording and starts to leave, but that’s when Se-ri comes home. Jung-hyuk quickly makes up a story that he was going out to meet someone — but where was he really going?

 
COMMENTS

Is it strange that I’m almost more scared of Sang-ah right now than I am of Chul-kang? We know what Chul-kang is capable of, but Sang-ah is an unknown quantity, and until this episode I’d underestimated her as merely dangerous to Se-ri’s company. But she’s willing to keep going when even her greedy husband says enough is enough, and she’s willing to see Se-ri dead in order to secure control of both companies.

There were a lot of emotional scenes in this episode, and one of my favorites was Se-ri’s reunion with her ducklings. Their responses to seeing her again were so perfectly in character, with Eun-dong running to her like a long-lost mom, Joo-mok unabashedly crying, and Chi-soo being stubborn but coming around eventually. All the while, daddy-duck Jung-hyuk stands by, indulgently letting the kids swarm all over mama-duck and letting them have their moment. The whole scene was exactly as wonderful as I hoped it would be, then Jung-hyuk hilariously undercut the moment by getting jealous, hee. Never change, Jung-hyuk, never change.

Once again, Seung-joon and Dan convinced me that they really need to be together forever. They’re both so annoying by themselves and they’re such polar opposites, but together, they work perfectly. I love how Dan reluctantly took care of Seung-joon when he was sick but didn’t let him milk it too much, and how he knows just how much to push her to get a reaction but not truly make her angry. I can totally see them as an old married couple, bickering happily and driving each other nuts. They’re having a positive influence on each other, with Dan softening a little and Seung-joon realizing that his lifestyle is pretty awful, but I hope they don’t change each other too much, because I love them just the way they are.

But it was Jung-hyuk’s drunk-but-not-drunk confessions that really hit me right in the feels. Jung-hyuk still hasn’t said the words “I love you” to Se-ri, but he doesn’t really need to after confessing that he wishes he could stay and spend the rest of his life with her. It was such a bittersweet moment because he was laying his true feelings right out there, but they both know it’s impossible. It’s dangerous for Jung-hyuk to even be in South Korea at all, much less if he never went home — his parents would be in serious trouble, and so would the ducklings and their families. I want so badly for Jung-hyuk and Se-ri to have a happy ending, but I just can’t see how it can happen without lots and lots of collateral damage.

This whole episode really focused on love, and all the ways that people can love each other even under terrible circumstances. I adore a good romance, but that’s not the only kind of love by far, and Crash Landing on You highlights all kinds. Love between men and women, love between friends, love within a family — it’s all here, and it’s all portrayed so beautifully. I think that’s what I’ll miss most when the show is over… all of the characters and the ways they prove that no matter what’s going on in your life, there is always love.

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The magnificent 5 are making my day and I like how Seung Joon and Dan's friendship is progressing

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Thanks so much for the recap, @lollypip!

Desperate Effort versus Jin Woo....no wait, I meant Tomato Cultivator
When Memories of the Alhambra started to play, I about lost it! HAHAHAHA! Also, all the near-misses with the Ducklings finding Jung-Hyuk was HILARIOUS! But, I have to admit, knowing that Mr. Tough Guy decided to name himself Tomato Cultivator was SO CUTE! I got all the cute feels!

Grey hairs and wrinkles
Jung-Hyuk's confession was pretty sweet, and SO in character for him. He is the kind of guy who would say "I love you" in so many creative ways...but never actually say it because "I love you" is almost too sacred for him to say using words.

When the chips are down, that's when you really know who your friends are
I'll have to say, though, the sweetest scene for me was Young-ae being visited clandestinely by the Hens. It's one thing for people to kiss up to you when you're the Senior Commander's wife...but it's when you've lost everything that you find out who your true friends are. I mean, when you're at rock bottom, that's usually when all friendships are abandoned because suddenly you've become a pariah. But, that just isn't so with the Village Hens. Talk about true friendship.

Ducklings reunion
I also love how the Ducklings all reacted in character to FINALLY finding Se-Ri and Jung-Hyuk. HAHA, Jung-Hyuk pushes them away after a bit was totally cute! I love how he isn't hiding that he loves her anymore.

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I also love how kdramas have started to embrace platonic hugs. There are so many times a character just needs a hug, so that reunion made me grin from ear to ear.

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Also, about that Suju confession, there's a reference as well. In movie «The Negotiation», Min Tae-gu (played by Hyun Bin) last line before he was killed by sniper, to Ha Chae-yoon (played by Son Ye-jin), with a smile, "I really want to have a glass of suju with you."

Most of the movie Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin were interect though a screen and a camera, all but that one scene.

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That memories of alhambra guitar bgm when ri junghyuk lose jskskskd i love love tvn and their inside jokes.

This is the first time seri sobbing in front of junghyuk right? She usually keep it for herself but her shield is completely collapse and i feel so so sad for her... and i doubt ri junghyuk will just going back after he know that they already meet in swiss before (that they are supposed to be together! Destiny!)

Can ri jeonghyeok's dad tell everyone that cheolkang is running away and going to revenge his son? So he can announce his son's "death" so junghyuk could be together with seri forever? After everything happened in the court no one going to doubt him

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“It wasn’t a coincidence… it was fate.”

Sigh. Kdrama.

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Happy ending-wise, I'm gonna go with the Switzerland theory. With piano.

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It wasn't fate, it was pettiness. lol. The repeated reoccurrence of the scene of her muttering he can do better is my favorite part.

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I rolled my eyes when RJH uttered those words. I even felt that Hyun-bin also thought it was OTT cheesy. 😝

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I really loved the episode and I also believe it was all about love.
- SeRi and JungHyuk. There are many ways of saying "I love you" and I think "I want to see you grow old with gray hair and wrinkles" is a sweet one.
- Ducklings and JH and SeRi. Oh, those collective hugs felt so real and warm.
- SeungJoon and Dan. I know our OT is everything but sweet, but these two have won my heart. They belong together. They are beginning to realize that. I just don't know how it's going to be for them, although the might have a chance as SeungJoon has also UK nationality.
- My beloved hens. Oh, these woman are so nice and supportive. It was so nice to see them one by one arriving in the night, trying not to be caught to check on Young Ae, awwwwwwwwwwwww.
- Mum and SeRi. We are getting somewhere, knowing why SeRi is so disappointed on mum, but we still need to know about mum's side. I know mum cares for her, she supports her, she want to be her mum, but there's something we still don't know. I need these women to understand each other, because SeRi will need her so much...
And yes, I also find that at this point SangA is much more dangerous that ChulKang!!

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One of my favorite wordless demonstrations of 'love' was when Jung-Hyuk knelt down and put Eun-dong's shoes on. It wasn't just love, it was also humility, and a demonstration of a good leader - good leaders also serve, just as much if not more than they are served.

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That was papa putting on the shoes of his youngest son 😊

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I got so emotional when baby duckling Eundongie glomps Papa Duck and the others joined in or wistfully looking from afar. They are a family more than a company of soliders.

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Thank you, @lollypip for the recap! I really loved the near-misses of the meetings between the ducklings and Jung-hyuk. I hope Se-ri becomes safe after her deal with the gangsters to find Chul-kang. And the shout-out to Memories of the Alhambra was really hilarious. I really want Se-ri and Jung-hyuk to have a happy ending. Maybe his parents can come to Korea? And Man-bok's family too?

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Hearing the song from Memories of the Alhambra was too funny! I’ve really enjoyed how this drama has sprinkled in gems from past dramas of our lead(s).

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I know the ducklings aren’t the brightest, but honestly, throwing a surprise party for someone who is expecting you all to disappear at any moment without warning - maybe not such a good idea? I feel like they should’ve known she’d think they’d gone!

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That could have to do with the fact that they want to show us in a more illustrative way the constant emotional tension in which Seri lives knowing that at any moment the captain RI will leave.
Particularly for me it was heartbreaking to finally see her emotional breakdown in this chapter, she told me much more about what I thought I knew about her and her emotional universe.

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Son Yejin did so well in that scene. Her breakdown hurt so much that I wanted to reach out and hug her. It breaks my heart even more when she tries to tell Jeonghyuk that she'll be fine. She has money and people. She will understand it if he disappears. Deep down she is scared to lose her duckling fam. 😥

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I also don't think they understand or understood the depth of her feelings for Jung Hyuk. She is a very lonely woman.

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It's a stark demonstration of two different kinds of wealth. They do not have material possessions or the freedom to seek them; she does not have the love and support of even one close friend, much less a community. In that one scene, with her collapsed on the floor, we see who is the poorer person.

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The ducklings finally found their Daddy \o/

The difference South and North Korea is interesting. The South has everything democracy, electricity, running water but Seri is alone. The North is a dictatorship, they don't have technology but they have people around them. The ducklings risked their life to get JH, the ajummas took risks to help Young-ae, Dan's mum wants the happiness of her daughter.

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You are so right about what you say.
Of course we know it's Kdrama and things are not exactly like that, but our NK characters have the support of their family and the community, while SeRi is struggling alone to go on with her life with no support at all, because his brother has hidden motives to be nice to her, and she and mum haven't solved her problems, and dad is only concerned about the company.

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It's indeed a very nice contrast and goes to show how people who love and care for you are what makes life worth living more than riches and power.

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Scenes between our main leads are getting cheesier much to my dislike. Huh, suddenly, the manly, responsible Capt. JUNG Hyuk wants to settle down and have babies in SK? And he has no job, and likes to play computer games now? Too uncharacteristic. While some may fi d those scenes to be so cute and sweet, unfortunately, i don't. I wish they never included those in the drama. Saving grace, the magnificent 5 continue to amuse me and the NK ahjummas are touching my heart for showing how they truly care for each other.

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Hi Lookie
I think that human beings have nuances and layers.

Jung Hyuk can be everything you say (that you like and dislike), but it can also be many other things without necessarily these other things annul each other, or make him a man that is not consistent.
I believe that Jung Hyuk is a man who having known another reality outside the borders of his country (being a pianist in
Switzerland) also wanted things other than what it can have in its political-social context, (-very basic things, by the way- getting old with the same woman, having children, play piano and playing video games), especially when it comes to the moment that this confession arose, and that of videogames, he is in South Korea, without the pressure and vigilance to which he is constantly exposed and obvimete forces him to repress much of who he is and what he feels.

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Well said.

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Even heroic manly guys take a break from saving the world now and then to jump on the bed. Speaking as one who knows--

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Agree. It was cringeworthy when he was charging her credit card to buy items for the game and trying to fight with a player in the game. Uhhh...do you not remember that you're illegally in another country right now? It goes against the way his character has been portrayed. Being a multi layered character is one thing--Seri has multiple layers. But having total inconsistencies is something else.

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It is not getting cheesier. In «Game of Thrones», before that very important battle that there may have some very important character(s) facing very unfortunately events, the screenwriter will write some scenes for those characters to enhance the bond, treasure the moment, etc., and I don't feel the whole writing is not an inconsistency to those characters, it's just a way the screenwriter write the script.

(That's the most clear I can say, because I don't want to *spoil* the plot)

(I watched Ep.13)

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I mean, "I don't feel the whole writing is an inconsistency to those characters ..."

(And I am glad I only need to wait one day for that Ep.14)

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I really enjoyed this episode! Thank you @lollypip for your recap. I agree that we witnessed the different types of love in this episode and it was beautiful in every way to watch. I loved seeing the ducklings reunion with Seri and Jung-Hyuk observing proudly. It truly was like reuniting a family, something that Seri lacks in SK but found while in NK. Jung-hyuk’s confession of how he truly feels was definitely bittersweet but I am still hopeful that we’ll get some type of resolution because they are destined for one another.

Something needs to be done about Sang-ah and I hope someone realizes soon that she is pure evil. I really like seeing Dan and Seung-Joon together. I also loved seeing how the women in the village rally around Young-ae in a time she needed them the most.

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This drama seriously gives me the feels, so far it's one of my favorite ones from last 10 years.

When Jeong-Hyeok was telling Seri he wanted to stay and get old together, I cried. Make it happen, show. Seri saying she won't wait for him if he suddenly left was heartbreaking.

The part where Jeong-Hyeok was playing the game and Memories of the Alhambra music came on...so meta, I was laughing so hard.

The ducklings trying to but failing to dress like stylish South Korean men (with the exception of maybe Kwang-Beom) was hilarious.

I'm so so glad Jeong-Hyeok and Seri and the ducklings were reunited! It'd be awesome if the ducklings end up staying too.

The epilogue was surprising because I thought he recognized her and knew all along that they'd met before.

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I agree! I really thought he remembered their encounter on the bridge. It was interesting to see him make a discovery about their connection.

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This has become one of my top fave dramas as well and Dooly couple is also in my top kdrama otps. They are amazing with how much love, support, respect, and understanding they have for each other. They complement one another. I have come to love both characters equally.

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I've wanted to say since the episode came out, and IDK if I'm the only one who realized, but Pyo Chilsu's FAKE "CHANNEL" T-SHIRT HAD ME ROLLING!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣
I would like to personally thank the creative genius responsible for this fashion comedy.

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and his "burberry pants" 🤣

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On a serious note... this episode was PERFECT, I think it's my favorite so far. It was poignant enough to break you heart a little but not shatter it (yet).

I loved all the emotional scenes:
- Jung-hyuk's confession, which was bittersweet and heartfelt and made me cry a little. Somewhere, someone said something along the lines of how Jung-hyuk is a character who's made being quiet into an art, and I couldn't agree more. So when he speaks, his words all the more carry a certain weight. Both his words and silences have such a gentleness to them, and Hyun Bin is really doing a great job on this front.
- The ducklings' reunion with Papa& Mama Duck 😭💖. Gosh, that was so good. The shock, the relief, the happiness and then just falling back into their old dynamic. Please show, this little family needs to exist together forever
- Also loved our ahjummas back in NK taking care if their unni Yong-ae. They all act so tough and mighty, but they really all love each other and it warms my heart.

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(sorry for all the typos, idk what's gotten into me)*

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i'm not ashamed to say i cried when Seri reunited with her 5 children. it was the most sweetest and cutest moment this entire episode and the music was just perfect

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Trust me, you'll cry bucket of tears when you see ep 13

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Did anyone notice hyun bin kept his video game characters name as 'Tomato Cultivator' after the small plant seri gave him as a present. It's just so adorable.

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I only realised it afterwards but yes so cute!

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thanks for the recap:-) i thought via this episode, it seemed like the writers were giving gift to the kdrama fans...the various reunions, him getting to know that's her from that trip years ago (and previously, she got to know that's him playing the piano) so the past history connection/trope was finally looped in...best of all, i love those boys, their scenes are the best, their experience/reaction in the sauna and at her home...i'm really not sure how this show will end but i'm keeping my fingers crossed hoping that it will not break my heart, as i'm so invested in the story and the characters:-)

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I was so happy seeing all the duckinlings reunion with Ri Jeong Hyuk and Seri. It made me so emotional. They have such a great bonding.
My favourite scenes are when Ri jeon Hyuk confessed that he want to marry her and grow old with her and to play piano again. After he found Se ri he just wanted to be himself. He wanted to live simple and fulfill his dreams like a normal person. This is why i love both of them. They wanted to heal the wounds of the other and stand together side by side.
My second favourite scene was the NK Ajhummas scene. I loved how each of them brought something to Young ae and consoled her in this difficult time. Even though they would have been caught by the military, they showed so much braveness for their friendship.
Last but not the least is the development between Dan and Seung joon. I swear am liking their scenes more and more.

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After he found Se ri he just wanted to be himself. He wanted to live simple and fulfill his dreams like a normal person.

Riiight! 😭😭😭
It's so simple but beautiful. The fact that after meeting Seri, he's finally allowing himself to think of a future (which he had previously confessed of not doing for fear of disappointment, during that (heart-fluttering) bonfire scene). 💖💖💖
This show better give it to them 🤞

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@ LollyPip Great recap,
Wonderful the final paragraph on the various manifestations of love we saw in the chapter, reminded me of a post by @pineapplegongzhu that I recently read, where she also recommended a wonderful book that I am reading thanks to her: "The Four Loves" of CS Lewis

Friends, read it.

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I laughed out aloud many times watching the 5 kids antics! Specially the ‘spy’ guyS! His surveillance was hilarious. I guess I’ll keep on watching the drama just for them.

And that MoA soundtrack! I thought I had removed the memory of that drama from my brain but alas! I recognised it straight away.

The NK ahjummas are sweet and I am loving the second leads decent into ‘feelings’ for each other.

Yeah I got nothing to say about the main leads. Sorry.

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I'm still watching the show, but for me it lost a lot of its appeal after the Seri and the story went back to South Korea.

The first half was exciting and filled with tension of Seri being in a scary and diametrically opposed foreign place, and trying to survive and adapt to her new surroundings. The plot flowed naturally (how was Seri going to make it back to SK) and the tension of the oppressive regime felt very real and consequential. It was a matter of life or death.

But now that they're in South Korea, I feel like there's no real plot or tension anymore, and they're having to come up with absurd plot devices just to fill the time. It's just not believable that a convicted murderer who illegally entered SK from NK could pose a real risk, especially to a woman who could afford 20 bodyguards if she needed. Why doesn't someone report the bad guy to the police? Nationwide manhunt, his face plastered everywhere. Problem solved, pronto.

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Can you imagine the scandal that would be made to know that there is an ex-North Korean ex-convict in Seoul, but that there are also Jung hyuk and the ducklings and the consequences of that in the north?

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Exactly. If the Korean police would catch him he would rat out all of them. Plus se-ri would be in a hit spot if they discover that she was on NK.

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If JH and and ducklings hadn't gone to SK in the first place, there would be no such problem. Seri, her bodyguards and the SK police are perfectly capable of handling one guy without JH & co.

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Common...we all knew it would happen. half in NK and half in SK to see the differences in reaction of SR and the ducklings plus how they adjust to the massive change.

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Just because that was their plan to write it that way doesn't mean it's interesting or sensical.

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I really like this episode and agree with the recap - the drama has done something right despite being tropes or tropes. And this is about small moments, relationships and the definition of the different type of love between people. I hear people exclaiming about how Jeong Hyuk is not getting passionate enough. They haven’t kissed since the border - but my thoughts are - theirs is a slow burn realistic relationship, it’s about being comfortable with each other, acknowledging the attraction but knowing the hurdles in front are beyond your control. But does love mean you have to possess or go all over each other like eager bunnies especially when you are ready to let go of the other person anytime. They both knew both should belong where they came from even though they Long to belong to each other. It’s not what the romantics want to see but I can understand and see the restraint. The waters will break , At some point there will be a point if no return for them , it’s just not now at this episode.

I love the ducklings and how they are like family to Seri, I love her transformation into someone who is a kind leader and more comfortable with her colleagues. Her seeking out the Insurance Agent was very sweet - because she finally opened her heart to see that not everyone is [email protected] like her family. And her protecting Hyuk is like a mirror image of him in North Korea. I love the North Korean Ahjuma show to friendship and loyalty in the face of distress.
For a drama where everyone expected to be Superficial (Lol didn’t we all Scoff at the synopsis?) - it has exceeded my expectations. In fact I feel the writer managed better writing this time round. MLfAS had great chemistry but the conflict was weakly written. loTBs was sweet, but the connection between past lives and present was not fully exploited. Here, everyone shines. She created a family and network of relationships that tug all our hearts. A male lead that Hyun bin embraced with such understateness complimenting a sassy female lead with a complete character progression. You only have 4 more episodes to stay true to the story spirit - it’s hard to get it wrong. (I hope) this has to be one of the most enjoyable drama in a while.

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Agreed! This drama has done so well in making c.15 people genuinely interesting and worthy of our support. It doesn't matter which group the action shifts to, I want to know how they're doing. Except Sang-ah and Se-hyung. Please dispose of them quickly...

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AGREE! This drama has done so well so far. It's winning characters (leads and supporting cast) are at the center of why this is such a gem. Everyone gets their own story and development aside from providing support to the otp. I also think this is a better, more balanced work of Park Jieun compared to MLFAS and LOTBS.

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I've been really thinking about all the ways, Se Ri and JH can live together until they get wrinkled and gray, and I've came up with a new one. JH's death is faked, and to prove it, Choel Gang commits the deed. Now as to the ducklings and Man Bok--they capture Choel Gang and return him to NK. Because the Fav Five do this, they are hailed as heroes--their families are rewarded, and the villagers live happily ever after. Every so often, kits fly over the village bearing gifts for all the residents, courtesy of Se Ri and JH.

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This is actually the kind of possible scenario I've been thinking of...

Been facepalm a lot on some fan theories, particularly about Seri ending up in NK haha

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Oh, but episode 13 put a cramp in my theory--never saw that coming. Maybe one body could be substituted for another? I can't wait to watch episode 14 and see how this is going to be resolved.

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I was thinking that maybe she will manage to get the villagers to Seoul. The building she bought with the chinese tugs inside might have enough space for all of them. And the bloodbath the fortune teller saw is actually them faking the death of all the people there. I mean the couples she had contact with, not everybody.

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Well, episode 13 explains some of the blood bath. We just have to see who survives and regroup from there.

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This has to be one of my most favourite episodes besides episode 9...

The reunion scene between Seri and the ducklings are so well-done... Even Pyo Chisoo got a hug! Though RJH forcefully broke the group hug apart when it got too long and Seri was seen to pat Chisoo's head and shoulder lol.

As pointed out by beanies, the scene where Jeong-hyuk put the shoes on Eundong and Young-ae are comforted by village ahjumma are ones of the highlights. The true comradeship which SK people lacks are shining...

The EPILOGUE... Fate thingy is cheesy...but idky I find myself squealing lol. I've been thinking RJH remembered Seri from the bridge, so I was a bit surprised to find out that he didn't really remember it was her per se... He only remembered their encounter...

And Seri's soft yet menacing voice is my favourite.. She's been using it since the fake fiancée scene (when she threatened Jeong-hyuk that she'd settle in NK if he refused to pat her head and wave to her lol)... Jeong-hyuk is rightfully scared of that hahha

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It seems those Switzerland epilogues are merely for us viewers to see their past meetings but the characters do not have exact recollection of the person/s they met. It's like having a vague memory of an encounter or series of encounters that one remembers a bit more clearly when prompted with something.

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The Swiss scene replay is getting old..in ep 11, when we saw Dan and Se-Ri cross paths,I almost perked up,hoping this time there will be a 'fated' meeting between Dan and our con man SeJoon! I mean if we have to see the scenes again and again might as well throw a bit of it was meant to be dust in our second leads as well ;)
But alas, it's not to be

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Found family trope will never not make me cry. I will miss the ducklings' interactions with Se-ri so much. I'm so happy she gets to spoil them now.

I can't even count how many times I replayed the sauna scene LOL They are so adorable omg!!!

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Who needs enemies when you have Se-ri's family? 😭😭😭 No wonder Se-ri cried when she thought her NoKor family left her. They were the closest things to family and friends to her. Jung-hyeok, that fake out! And it was her birthday too. But I loved how he said her birthday will be good because he will always be grateful she was born and breathing. ❤❤❤

That reunification! CLOY for world peace! I really wish the presidents of these countries would watch this drama 😅

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Thank you @lollypip for your summary! I always look forward to reading them as well as reading your comments.

Yes, CLOY portrays different kinds of love so beautifully. My favorite scene was also the drunk-not-so-drunk confession. We got to hear JH’s inner thoughts. This is his way of saying “I love you.” Still, he needs to says it bc we humans need to hear it from those we love.

BTW- I ran into some hilarious comic strips of CLOY. They will have you laughing!! Here is the link of the user: https://instagram.com/ahpheng8?igshid=u1vovu7zeo36

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Thanks for this link - those were fantastic!!!

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You’re welcome!

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Thanks for the link to those comic strips, @kdrama1fan. Very funny. ;-)

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I love her strips. They're hilarious.

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Thank you so much for the link! 💕😀

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..."drunk-but-not-drunk confessions"...

There is nothing endearing about the drunk confession. Even though it looks like SK Drama's version of a pressure relief valve, it is also an insidious mechanism of control.

In an SK drama society where status, rumour and ostracisation are built in mechanism of power and control - a social and hierarchal pressure to drink and drunk divulge is a way of enabling the powerful to enforce the "Emperors new clothes".

It's just a version of room 101 fuelled by alcohol.

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Every episode is just amazing. So many cute and lol moments. This show is just a hit.

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I agree, tesshan. I wonder why it isn't a hit in South Korea? I wonder why there seems to be so much difference between what other countries find to be good drama, and what the ROK sees as good drama.

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Huh? If 17% ratings isn't a hit these days, then what is?

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I didn't see where it had a 17% rating, the highest I saw was 11%. Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life was ranked 18 - 26.5% for the same period. RDTK2 was rated 14.9 - 18% for the same period. From comments here it seems most Beanies don't think RDTK2 is worth the time it takes to watch it.

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The latest episode recorded 17.7% average nationwide. Also, this is a tvN drama while the others you mentioned are Big 3. Even today, 17% from a cable channel is much more impressive than 17% from a public broadcast channel. This is the 4th highest rating tvN drama in history.

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Thanks for that rating info, mindy. You must have seen it somewhere other than Drama Beans. http://www.dramabeans.com/2020/02/drama-viewership-ratings-for-the-week-of-feb-3-9-2020/

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It has high ratings plus it gets aired on netflix worldwide as well and that makes it even more popular.
ROK2 is good. I only watched bits and pieces of S1 and I really liked it and S2 is just as good in my opinion.

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I was addressing ratings in South Korea, not worldwide. I tried watching RDTK 1, but couldn't get past the first episode. But I'm not your run-of-the-mill TV watcher. I live in America, but I don't watch any commercial TV. On cable I only watch TCM because it is commercial free. I think "Road No. 1," is the best Kdrama made so far, but it did really badly in the ROK ratings--I sometimes wonder if very many people have ever watched it. I also believe that Netflix picks the programs it has--with a slant towards an American audience. The last time I saw any Korean TV live, was over 40 years ago. At that time the Korean channels didn't come on until late in the afternoon--so I mainly watched AFN

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Don't worry. It is a huge hit in SK. Viewers comment saying it is "legend" or "my life's drama". This is a paid tv drama which makes their double-digit ratings (latest is 17.7%) even more impressive than it already is because a lot of kdramas in public/free stations like KBS, SBS, and MBC cannot even break 10%. A 10% in a paid tv channel is already amazing and it is usually the target of kdrama projects, so CLOY is far from that making it a certified huge hit. So huge, in fact, that people are bringing up old projects of Hyunbin and Son Yejin because people cannot get enough of them and their chemistry. There are articles showing both in their 20s and people are asking why they were not able to work together then. Lol Now Korean viewers are rooting for a 20% for the finale. It might be a bit of a stretch but we'll see. They are now the 4th highest in cable drama history which is such an achievement already. 😍

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It is a hit drama in South Korea... Other beanies have mentioned that the rating hit 17% per episode 14. It's one of the highest rating cable drama... 17% would be considered quite good for public broadcast, but for cable tv? It is a massive hit.... The casts and the drama have ranked #1 and #2 for brand impacts since it was aired...

The rating is only taken into account South Korea viewers, btw. Not Netflix and international viewers.

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Now I have no idea if this is even possible but we are in Kdrama land, this is for a possible ending that might just do the trick! What if Se-ri's Choice could make a deal with NK to have her products in the department stores of NK as this might allow her to travel back and forth between the two and then she would be able to be with her man and the ducklings. Since it is impossible for them to remain in SK than the other way around but I would think it would be equally difficult for Se-ri to stay in NK full time. ( she is too much her own person to fully adapt to a North Korean regime) ( her products are being sold by the black market- why not just make it accessible for the women of NK).

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This would be a good option for a happy ending!

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Maybe she could connect up with Dan's mom lol

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Doubt this would work. NK gets all their products from either China or Russia. Few countries trade with them or import products there. What we saw at the market was contra-banded goods.
I think in the end they will meet up in Switzerland again (SR and JH). I hope she will manage to get the ducklings and the villagers to SK as well but that would be a hell of a lot of defectors.

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I like the Switzerland idea!

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Jung Hyuk and Se Ri reuniting with the ducklings was so good. I think I teared up. They're really just one happy family and it's so sad to think that it can't stay that way. Se Ri's second brother and sister-in-law are really annoying me, and I was kind of surprised that her brother had somewhat of a conscious about not killing her. At this point her eldest brother and sister-in-law make me laugh, dad is whatever, and I'm wondering if the mom really cares about Se Ri or whether her efforts are all from guilt.

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As the dorama advances, I realize that her oldest brother and sister-in- law are not bad. Now, her second brother and wife....I better keep my lips sealed. 🤐 The mom will come around and wish her relationship with Se-Ri heals.

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RE Comment #4
I thought I would put this here in a clean comment so as not to change the nature of Lord Cobol's thread.

..."Happy ending-wise, I'm gonna go with the Switzerland theory. With piano."...

I am always shocked at the difference in punishment for blue-collar v white collar crimes. Then there are moments when you realise how easily we are all swayed into mitigating wealthy peoples' crimes and misdemeanours. They are so beautiful, its love...Oh fate.

I still have a glimmer of hope this has a drama has sting in the tail (aka "The Spy Gone North")...but I doubt it.

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Haven’t anyone realise that there are a lot of mistakes in the names in this recap? it is so confusing to read.

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I still can't figure out how this drama will end. Any theory?

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I love the redemption of Seri's birthday. Earlier, Seri told her stepmom that she wishes to have not been born. She also felt sorry for breathing. Maybe, all her birthdays in the past had been so lonely.

Yet, what Jeong hyeok said served as a redemption - he is grateful that seri was born, he is thankful that the person he loves is still breathing. That her birthday will always be a good day. Captain Ri is so spot on!

Kudos to the creative writing and remarkable acting of our favorite couple.

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This story is simply so heartwarming!!!! The final episode is out and it feels like a friend I used to know suddenly had to leave!!!

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