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Crash Landing on You: Episode 14

Time is running short and lives are increasingly at risk as the authorities bear down on our hero and his nemesis. Love is a powerful force, but it can’t protect one’s loved ones from harm if someone is determined to hurt them. Luckily, our tsundere soldier is surrounded by friends, who are willing to give their all for the man they love and respect.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

After being shot by Chul-kang, Se-ri is rushed to the hospital, and Jung-hyuk and the ducklings miss their bus back home to North Korea. Se-ri is rushed into surgery, leaving Jung-hyuk standing helplessly in the waiting room.

He thinks to himself that when Moo-hyuk died, he’d vowed to live his life in a way that ensured he never lost anything or anyone he cared about again. It had worked for a while, but it had also meant a life without happiness, the piano, or love. Then he’d met Se-ri and had decided he wanted her in his life, even if it meant worrying about losing her, or a broken heart because they can never be together.

Acting as Se-ri’s bodyguard, Jung-hyuk lurks near Se-ri’s hospital room once she’s out of surgery. Her family ignores him, all but her stepmother, who notices him but doesn’t speak to him.

When Jung-hyuk’s father learns that neither Jung-hyuk nor the men he sent to retrieve him returned, he figures that the military director (the high-ranked officer Chul-kang often works with) will be his biggest problem moving forward. He knows he needs to make a plan, but he has no idea what to do.

While Se-ri lies in a coma for days, a detective questions Secretary Hong about the shooting. Secretary Hong finds it strange that Se-ri was shot while in her car, which should have made it easy to escape. Soo-chan is in tears again, and he begs the detective to catch whoever shot her.

Eventually, Se-ri’s sister-in-law Hye-ji notices Jung-hyuk’s constant presence, and Secretary Hong tells her that he’s Se-ri’s bodyguard. Sang-ah overhears and, thinking of the man who’s supposedly staying with Se-ri, orders Secretary Hong to send her Jung-hyuk’s resume. Secretary Hong stands up to her, saying that Se-ri would have it, and that he wouldn’t give it to her anyway without Se-ri’s permission.

The detective approaches Jung-hyuk to act as a witness to the shooting. Jung-hyuk asks if there was another shooting reported, but the detective says there wasn’t. Jung-hyuk informs him that the shooter was also injured but that he can’t seek treatment at a regular hospital, so he suggests they look into unauthorized medical facilities.

In fact, Chul-kang is being treated in some filthy room somewhere, having been saved by Manager Oh. Manager Oh tells Chul-kang to pay him what he still owes and go home, and Chul-kang chuckles that his life was saved by capitalism.

The senior colonel is finally released, and when he goes home, Young-ae bursts into tears and yells at him for not listening when she told him Chul-kang was bad news. She wails that their son got his dumb brain from his dad, and HA, the kid is like, “She’s not wrong.” The senior colonel promises not to think for himself anymore and hugs his family tight.

The ladies hold a party to celebrate, and Young-ae wears the blue dress that Se-ri altered for her. She warns Wol-sook not to drink and run off at the mouth today like she tends to do, because they invited Dan’s mother. Unfortunately, Dan’s mother brings champagne, and soon Wol-sook is drunk and feeling chatty.

She slurs that the marriage between Dan and Jung-hyuk is called off due to Dan having a revenge affair with Seung-joon. Dan’s mother demands to know what Jung-hyuk has been up to, that Dan would want to have a revenge affair. She suddenly remembers Chi-soo getting drunk and talking about the “swallow from the South.”

She staggers to Dan’s apartment, thinking about how determined Dan has been lately to reassure her that she’ll marry Jung-hyuk. She tells Dan not to worry about her and to live her life doing what makes her happy, not what her mother told her to do.

Sang-ah and Se-hyung decide to fire Se-ri’s “bodyguard,” so instead of hanging out outside her room, Jung-hyuk takes to standing outside the hospital looking up at her window. As her brothers argue over who should hire new bodyguards, Se-ri finally wakes up. Her first words are to tell her family, “Get lost,” then she calls Jung-hyuk once she’s alone.

Se-ri weakly complains that Jung-hyuk left her side without permission. He runs back to her hospital room, and as soon as he sees her he bursts into tears. Jung-hyuk fusses at Se-ri for throwing herself in front of a bullet for him, but Se-ri retorts that he did the exact same thing.

She holds out her arms, and Jung-hyuk falls into them. They cry out their fear and relief, until the ducklings excitedly descend on them. Jung-hyuk stops the guys from hugging Se-ri, only allowing polite handshakes (LOL, he’s so overprotective), then he asks how they knew Se-ri was awake.

The ducklings all look at Man-bok, who hangs his head sheepishly. Turns out, he didn’t like the looks of Se-ri’s family, so he’d disguised himself and put a bug under her bed. The ducklings had taken turns listening in, collecting valuable information like the fact that Se-ri’s father is the chairman of the hospital, and that Se-hyung and Sang-ah are nasty pieces of work.

HAHA, at one point Man-bok even acts out an argument between Chairman Yoon and Se-hyung, as the ducklings watch with rapt attention. They’d been eating dinner when Se-ri woke up, and had dropped everything to rush to her side. Man-bok gives Se-ri a file to listen to, saying that it’s something she needs to hear.

Up north, Seung-joon worries about Dan after she walked away crying over Jung-hyuk. He texts that he’ll wait for her on the bridge, and though she grumbles the entire time, she takes the time to fix herself up before she goes to meet him.

She snaps that the State Security Department is still looking for him, but Seung-joon says he was more worried about her than himself. He confesses that he helped Jung-hyuk and Se-ri get together, and he offers to let Dan think of him as Jung-hyuk and hit him. Dan says she wouldn’t feel better after hitting the guy she likes, so Seung-joon says to think of him as himself, and PFFT, she socks him in the gut.

Grinning, Seung-joon gasps that she’s even more attractive to him now. Dan asks if he means it, admitting that she questioned her own attractiveness after Jung-hyuk left. Seung-joon reminds her that he doesn’t lie to her and says she’s a goddess, and that he can’t hate her even though she’s haughty and unfriendly.

He says she makes him want to be a better man, then his brain short-circuits when she starts to cry. Dan grabs him and kisses him, but she makes herself shy and backs off. Seung-joon takes over, and this time Dan doesn’t stop the kiss.

Se-ri listens to the recording that Man-bok left for her, which turns out to be her stepmother talking to her while she was unconscious. She’d cried that Se-ri always treated her like a real mother, but that she’d never accepted that love.

She’d explained that on the day she abandoned Se-ri at the beach, she’d regretted it and gone back, but by then Se-ri had been found by strangers. She’d sobbed that she was sorry, and that the hell they’ve been through was because she was punishing herself by not letting herself be loved by Se-ri.

Jung-hyuk finds Se-ri crying over the recording, but she fibs that she’s crying because now she’ll have a scar and can’t wear a bikini. Jung-hyuk tries to cheer her up by proudly showing her his many, worse scars, preening when Se-ri acts suitably impressed.

He points out a scar on his face, and when Se-ri says she can’t see it, he cheekily swoops in for a kiss. He’s about to kiss her again when the ducklings come in and assume the worst, especially since Jung-hyuk’s shirt is half off at this point (LOL, Kwang-bum covers Eun-dong’s innocent eyes).

Meanwhile, high-level South Korean officials get together to discuss the tunnel that Chul-kang and Jung-hyuk used to enter the country. They’ve found evidence of North Koreans infiltrating South Korea through the tunnel, including CCTV photos of two men exiting the tunnel a week apart, and they suspect the men may have been involved in Se-ri’s shooting.

Jung-hyuk meets with his contacts, then searches for where Chul-kang might be getting medical treatment, but Chul-kang is nowhere to be found. He’s back at the hospital by the time Se-ri wakes up in the morning, and he hovers over her so much the the ducklings can barely watch, hee. They complain that the lovebirds’ display is making them nauseated (Chi-soo: “We haven’t eaten yet…”), but Jung-hyuk and Se-ri don’t even notice them leave in disgust.

A reporter camps out on a rooftop opposite Se-ri’s room, and he manages to get a picture of Jung-hyuk helping Se-ri stand… it’s innocent, but Se-ri looks pretty happy in Jung-hyuk’s arms. When the picture is published, Hye-ji recognizes Jung-hyuk’s broad shoulders. Se-ri isn’t concerned and even likes the picture, praising the reporter for getting a flattering shot of Jung-hyuk’s back.

Later, Se-hyung tries to get into Se-ri’s hospital room, but Jung-hyuk is back acting as her bodyguard and refuses him entry. Se-hyung sics his two bodyguards on Jung-hyuk, who just flips them to the floor then slams Se-hyung into the wall. Se-hyung backs down and leaves, but not before growling that Jung-hyuk will regret this.

From his lair, Chul-kang sends an email to the military director with evidence that Jung-hyuk is in South Korea. He promises to return soon with Se-ri and get rid of Director Ri so that the military director can take his job.

The detective meets with Chairman Yoon about Se-ri being shot, and Chairman Yoon is surprised to hear about the recent incident with Chul-kang in the parking garage. The detective shows him a photo of Chul-kang from the black box of one of the cars, and tells him that Chul-kang came here from North Korea through the tunnel. Since he’s after Se-ri, the detective plans to investigate her, as well.

Se-ri’s stepmother meets with Jung-hyuk and asks him how long they’ve been dating. The ducklings watch them secretly, and Joo-mok says that he’s seen this in dramas — the rich mother will either throw water on Jung-hyuk or offer him an envelope of money to leave Se-ri. The ducklings brace themselves for Jung-hyuk’s reaction, and LOL, Chi-soo hopes that Jung-hyuk takes the money.

But Stepmom only pulls a card from her wallet to give to Jung-hyuk. She tells him that Se-ri has always been alone so she hopes that Jung-hyuk stays by her side, and invites him to call her if he ever needs help. Jung-hyuk asks why Stepmom can’t stay by Se-ri’s side, because he thinks Se-ri would like that, too.

Chairman Yoon goes to see Se-ri with the detective, and he asks if she knows the North Korean man who tried to kidnap her. Warily, she asks the detective if he can catch him if she gives him his name.

Se-ri summons her entire family to her hospital room, along with the detective, where she says she has evidence that will shed light on her shooting. She plays another file that Man-bok caught with his bug, one in which Se-hyung and Sang-ah express their frustration at the news that Se-ri would survive her gunshot wound. They go on to argue about Chul-kang and how Se-hyung pushed him to get rid of Se-ri sooner than he’d planned.

His expression dark, Chairman Yoon orders Se-hyung to resign his position at Queens Corp. and announces that he’s no longer his son. Like the coward he is, Se-hyung blames everything on Sang-ah, then his father for not making him the heir sooner. Stepmom stands and slaps Se-hyung hard enough to shut him up. The detective calmly instructs Se-hyung to tell him how he knows Chul-kang, how much he paid him, and exactly what for.

The military director visits Director Ri and shows him the photos of Jung-hyuk in South Korea that Chul-kang sent him. He threatens to send the pictures to the general unless Director Ri retires. Director Ri laughs in the military director’s face at his threat and informs him that he sent Jung-hyuk to South Korea in a classified operation to bring wealthy businesswoman Yoon Se-ri to the country to boost their economic situation, and that he can check with his higher-ups if he doesn’t believe him.

Meanwhile, Seung-joon gets a call from Dan just as he sees some men pull up to the building and run in. He rightly assumes they’re after him, so he sneaks into one of the apartments near Dan’s and hides while the men break into Dan’s place.

Seung-joon slips out and heads to the roof, wondering if this is how it ends for him and why he’s thinking about Dan at a time like this. Suddenly the door to the roof opens, and whoever steps out makes Seung-joon’s jaw drop.

From his hideout, Chul-kang makes a call, and in North Korea, scary-looking men approach Myung-sook and Woo-pil, Man-bok’s wife and son, saying that Man-bok was in an accident in Pyongyang. Chul-kang also calls Sang-ah and tells her that Jung-hyuk isn’t a bodyguard, but a soldier from North Korea, and she immediately tells the detective.

Jung-hyuk’s contact texts him the location of Chul-kang’s lair, so he gathers the ducklings. He tells them that he has to do something, and that they’re not to leave Se-ri’s side. He adds that if he doesn’t return, then they must go home to their families in North Korea.

The detective and his team follow Jung-hyuk to Chul-kang’s hideout, warning them that these are elite North Korean soldiers. He tells his team to arrest Jung-hyuk and Chul-kang as quickly as they can, but if it’s not possible, to kill them.

Jung-hyuk enters Chul-kang’s hideout alone with just his gun, and he catches Chul-kang as he’s about to leave. Chul-kang says that Jung-hyuk can kill him, but that when he does he’s as good as dead himself, and that his father will lose everything.

They’re surprised by a bright light in the window, and the detective calls for them to drop their weapons and come out. Chul-kang drops his bag and raises his hands, sneering that it looks like the universe is finally on his side for once. Jung-hyuk holds his weapon steady as Chul-kang turns his back, hands still in the air. Then Chul-kang whirls, a gun in his hand, and a shot rings out.

EPILOGUE

As Se-ri settles down for the night, she sees that Jung-hyuk left a recording for her, with a note. On the recording he talks about how she takes medication to sleep, and tells her to listen to this next time instead. He plays the song he wrote for Moo-hyuk on the piano, knowing that it led them both to want to live again.

He had gone to her place and stocked her empty shelves with food, and left a note for her saying that they should start living as if they’ll see each other tomorrow, even if it’s only pretend. The note concludes that even if Se-ri forgets Jung-hyuk one day, he’ll be okay.

 
COMMENTS

Another cliffhanger, but I’m not worried about Jung-hyuk in the same way that I wasn’t worried about Se-ri in the last episode, because we still have several hours of story left (damn you, 90 minute episodes!). But there are a lot of bad things that could still happen to him — Chul-kang could badly injure him, he could be arrested or shot by the cops and separated from Se-ri, he could be deported home and separated from Se-ri, or many other scenarios. Plus, Se-hyung and Sang-ah are still out there trying to help Chul-kang kill or kidnap Se-ri (and why didn’t the detective arrest Se-hyung, when he clearly heard his confession of paying a man to kill his own sister??), so there’s still that to deal with.

I still cling to my wish that there’s a way for Jung-hyuk and Se-ri to stay together, hopefully in South Korea. It would mean parting from the ducklings, but like Jung-hyuk said, they have their own families to return home to. Jung-hyuk doesn’t have much to go back for other than his parents, who are aging and would want their surviving son to be happy with the woman he loves even if it meant letting him go. And once Se-hyung is out of the picture, Se-ri’s family might actually be able to reconcile their differences and get along. Se-joon isn’t bad, he and Hye-ji are just endearingly dumb and mildly annoying. Chairman Yoon is distant but he admires what Se-ri has made of herself, and I think that Se-ri and her stepmother could actually find a way to love each other if they let themselves. Se-ri has a lot of reasons to stay, and if Jung-hyuk can figure out how to stay with her, it would be perfect.

Though I hope for a reconciliation for Se-ri’s sake, I still don’t really understand what happened between Se-ri and her stepmother. Even if Se-ri was the product of an affair, Stepmom was effectively Se-ri’s mother since Se-ri was born. Se-ri was a sweet, loving child, and only the hardest-hearted person would abandon an innocent child who always openly loved them. Even if Se-ri’s stepmother regretted trying to abandon her, she then spent the rest of Se-ri’s life rejecting her emotionally and scarring Se-ri to the point that she tried multiple times to kill herself, so I have very little sympathy for Stepmom. Her birth circumstances weren’t Se-ri’s fault, and her stepmother’s regret for a lifetime of abuse feels like too little, much too late, to me. But if Se-ri is able to forgive her, then I’m glad that Stepmom wants to make things right.

I knew that Man-bok would be a valuable teammate if he chose to switch loyalty to Jung-hyuk, and he did not disappoint! Not only has be been extremely helpful in South Korea in many areas, but his forward thinking in wiretapping Se-ri’s hospital room enabled Se-ri to hear her stepmother’s confession and apology. Hopefully Man-bok’s evidence will help get Se-hyung and Sang-ah put in jail for their crimes, too. I just hope he returns home in time to save his wife and son, because Man-bok has risked as much, if not more, than anyone, and he deserves to go home and live a happy life.

(Also, as the finale has aired at the time of this posting, please refrain from posting any spoilers! I’ll get the last two episodes recapped as quickly as I can!)

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Just to clarify, the man isn't a detective, he's a secret agent from NIS who's mainly dealing with North Korean stuffs. That's why he's there, investigating together with the police officer.

I was initially wondering why he didn't just arrest Sehyung and Sangah after listening to Seri's recordings. But later I think that recording isn't a sufficient evidence, especially because it was taken stealthily. The NIS agent will also need to involve police in arresting the two scums.

Also, omg.. I loved episode 14 more than 13... Seri wakes up and instantly tells her family to buzzzz off, but she opens her arms for Jeonghyeok and even let the ducklings station in her room.

Poor ducklings have to witness their stoic captain acts unbearably lovey-dovey with Seri. Pyo Chisoo's look of disgust and Jumeok's facepalm-face are so on point.

What I don't like in this episode:
Why did Manbok fail to shoot CK WHEN HE'S SO NEAR (I know he isn't a soldier like the othee.. But still...).. Also, CK leaves with a trail of blood.. While Jeonghyeok might be occupied with Seri, the ducklings could've followed him...

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"I was initially wondering why he didn't just arrest Sehyung and Sangah after listening to Seri's recordings ..."

The reason is actually pretty simple: Wiretapping cannot be put as evidence, according to South Korean Law. This has mentioned in several South Korean detective dramas.

"Why did Manbok fail to shoot CK WHEN HE'S SO NEAR (I know he isn't a soldier like the othee.. But still...).. Also, CK leaves with a trail of blood.. While Jeonghyeok might be occupied with Seri, the ducklings could've followed him..."

While I don't disagree with your latter part, for the first part. Killing a person take a lot of psychological damage, and it is not like just pulling a trigger. Therefore, for a person mostly working in a dark room listening to other's secret, it is not that easy for Man-bok to kill something, although he is someone he hate a lot.

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I agree with you, killing is not easy, and ManBok is not a soldier.

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I actually didn't mean killing per se.. Just to paralyse him so he couldn't run away.....

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Making sense is the least expectation I have with this drama, with fanatic request for the drama to end "happily". Just want to point out one thing: in the end of Episode 6 when Jung-hyuk shot and paralyze the truck driver, he actually shot the same location as this time he shot Chul-kang, but Chul-kang can still run away ... Think about it.

I would rather want to point out one thing rarely discuss here: the political implication of this drama as a whole. No matter how unrealistic the plot goes, the portrait about North Korea is so accurate several YouTubers (including one on a Yonhap affiliated channel focusing on North Korean News) talked about it. As well the existence of Ju-mok character as a "translator" of South Korean culture and K-drama plots. The screenwriter is obvious to know her drama will be watched by North Koreans, and using this chance to show them the "superiority" of South Korea (Constant electricity, lots of cars and rice, to spill out several examples).

(Recent news states that a crackdown of USBs stored with South Korean dramas, North Korean authority found 60% of them stored with «Stairway to Heaven». I wonder if «Crash Landing on You» will become next North Korean hit of South Korean drama)

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I loved when SeRi told her family off her room, and the wide smile in her big brother and her wife’s face. They were really happy to see her recovered. Those two are selfish and probably a bit stupid, but they are not bad and they care (in their way) about her.

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One of the Kdrama tropes I've come to expect in every drama is the stupid cop. And not just one, but nearly every police officer, with the exception of the very occasional detective (who also happens to have a starring role) appear to have the training, stamina, and insight of retarded cub scouts. I wonder if the writers and directors, themselves, universally have had bad experiences with law enforcement. So, I see the NIS guy in the same light. Irrespective of his formal role, this nasty couple should have been detained, while other local authorities were called. Oh well, he's just another stupid Kdrama cop. I'm annoyed with this because I worked in a DA's office in California just after I graduated law school and, also, because I've been to Korea and met a few policemen, all of whom were very sharp and very dedicated. I wish I had asked them if they felt as I did about these insulting depictions. Oh well . . .

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Haha Dan spared no time hitting Seung-joon, lmao.

I so love the ducklings pokes fun of k-drama and keeps bringing up common tropes throughout this series, like thinking the rich mother throw water or give Jung-Hyuk money.

I agree, the Stepmom storyline is a bit messed up. I wonder if somehow Seri grew up with her own mom and was adopted into the family later on, like not long before stepmom abandoned her on the beach? Speaking of, stepmom had a whole night to go back, and regrets that she waited until morning? And was still horrible to Seri pretty much up until ep 13. Yeah I don't feel bad for her 'regret', only that Seri had to suffer without a mom her whole life.

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I agree with you, and this is probably a spoiler :) everyone don't mind I say: the Mom-daughter line is way under-development. I can guess all kinds of reason to have this relationship look like this, but at least the screenwriter should writer more, way more to explain it.

(Another spoiler: Think 90 minutes is too long? Well ...)

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Under-developed, I mean.

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Hehe yep, the finale was 2 hrs but so worth it!

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Definitely don't agree with the step-mother's explanation for her hatred of Se-ri. I can't imagine having to grow up with a 'parent' like that (because she never acted like one).

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She was going to kill herself, I guess that’s a good excuse to mess things the way she did.

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This writer just LOVES playing with the throwing-water-in-the-face trope. Was addressed with much amusement in the Legend of the Blue Sea, too....

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I disagree about stepmom being horrible to Seri until ep13. It was quite clear to me since ep1/ep2 that stepmom cares about Seri. She defended Seri when her brothers tried to take advantages of her (insisted that Seri is alive when her brothers were rushing to declare her dead, bought Seri’s Choice stock so that the second bro doesn’t get the largest share and swallow the company). She definitely felt terrible for abandoning Seri. Now she tries to protect her in her own way.

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I agree stepmom-daughter relationship is not that horrible, but obviously they are not close (and obviously Se-ri dislike her mom, if not hate her), and the screenwriter has a responsibility to explain why, and how they get better in later episodes. That's why up there I said the relationship is way under-developed. Story-wise, this is not forgivable.

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The writer did explain why, but in a very simplistic and straightforward way. I agree in a better script they could have fleshes these out, but I’m willing to overlook this problem in this case, since the writer is very consistent in their almost fairy tale kind of story telling style.

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No, @bk201, being "very simplistic and straightforward way" is still unforgivable.

My reasoning: Se-ri having such traumatic experience because that day her step-mom abandoned her on that beach. That causes her want to die 7 years ago in Switzerland, that causes her great fear in that market of North Korea (Ep.4), and that causes her crying so hard at that surprise birthday party. Jung-hyuk even worry about her after he left for North Korea. This is HUGH, and if she want to forgive her step-mom, we need to forgive with her, otherwise that would become a big plot hole shaping Se-ri character arc. The audience, as a result, need a scene, to say the least, to solve this, either a scene describe further about Stepmom's will to commit suicide that day (a parallel to Se-ri's in Switzerland), or a scene Se-ri physically forgive her stepmom in the hospital. The screenwriter has time (111 minutes of them, in fact) to settle the ending, why not giving 4-5 minutes to do just that?

When is "very simplistic and straightforward way" is toleratable? When we just need to make a point but not overwhelming the whole main story. Chan-sung’s mother’s story in «Hotel del Luna» Ep.10 is one of them. Although Chan-sung is one of the main characters, but his function in the story is a witness (for the audience to have a point of view, to the hotel operation), and her mom is just a guest in the hotel, so we don't want their story to distract the main focus, which is Jang Man-wol. In «Crash Landing on You», we don't care about Chi-su's backstory as well, because he is not a main character, but Se-ri is. This is why the screenwriter should take more time to deal with her relationship with her stepmom.

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I don't think the mother was depicted as irredeemable and thought that her speech to the unconscious Seri was a step in the right direction. I know someone (not me!!) who raised a daughter borne of her husband's infidelity, and saw how painful it is to be reminded of that every time you see the child, that's why I'm a bit more forgiving towards the mother. Abandoning Seri was definitely punishable by law and I don't know how that part was resolved in a way that she wasn't jailed - the father could've tried to cover it up. So Seri was traumatised, but deep down, she still wanted to be loved by her mother figure. As much as you want to build a fence around you, the moment the person you've been wanting to love you starts to show that love you want, you're gonna set aside every bit of pride you have. There's no room for self-respect or pride when it comes to true forgiveness. That's what I saw with Seri.

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I agree. The writer has done such a good job of poisoning step-mom's image, her remediation doesn't quite work. What's more, her story about her trip to the beach with little Se-ri has a few too many holes to be believable. I love the scene stealing ducklings and the meta-drama tropes. When Ju-Meok mentioned the rich mother/bad boyfriend meme, I began to wonder if that would happen here. I suppose it's great, and pretty funny to boot, that the writer laughs at the common themes of the art form.

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*negotiation horror flashbacks*

at least he'll survive this one.

I expected some major third-wheeling and hospital hijinks knowing this writer, no comedic time to waste even when your sick right??

also eeep the seungdan ship finally sailed despite having such less screentime. Seung Joon just made me melt with every compliment he threw out to Dan, major swoooon!!!

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He can be a realer charmer, haha! Maybe it's from his background as a conman? He seems to read people better than others (or Dan at least).

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His admiration for Dan and his love is so... *sighs*

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It’s already finale and we’re supposed to discuss episode14? Part ofThe magic of dramabeans is being part of a live thriving community. I know it’s hard work but some suggested group episode recaps, I think it makes sense (ala the group reviews of Forest). Too bad as this series was so popular, I’m sure many longed to comment on it.

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It was dramabeans' episode recaps that allowed me to "watch" kdramas all these years. I really appreciate it being recapped by the episode. :)

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I enjoyed this episode more than 13, and it was a long week to the finale!

I found JeongHyeok’s overly solicitiousness (Is that even a word) in the hospital to be a bit annoying and twee rather than cute and sweet which is I think what they were going for....but I did love the scar showing off 😄

Loved Dan and SeungJoon, both these characters have grown on me so much

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I'm glad someone else was irritated by Jung-hyuk's overprotectiveness. This and one other time annoyed me about his character (when he got jealous that Se-ri was hugging the ducklings after they first met in South Korea)

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Yes! It felt really out of character to me

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Yes it was too much.

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Not really for me - I pretty much expected it. I wouldn’t call it jealousy , he’s just a little petty in a childish sense - He has been displaying that since those heart scenes back in NK

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I can agree with that. It still just felt too much for me. But overall, this is just a small, nitpicky thing for me.

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That is an interesting comment. When I was watching it (and I have rewatched this series many times cos it's so good and the wait in between releases was so long lol), I asked myself why there are other scenes where he is clearly protective of her and it sits right and hit that sweet spot and right note of emotional resonance and swoon factor, and why certain other scenes borders on cheese or feels grating. Anyone has any takes?

Also, I notice his protectiveness is multi faceted and layered as well.

In the beginning, it was delegated protectiveness - at least on 2 occasions, his men told Seri "oh our Captain told us to protect you" (when Seri simpering and giddy with the attention lol).

As his feelings grow, you can feel his compelling and restless need (that he can't even fully grasp) to always keep her within his sight ("so that you can be safe.")

Then by mid-point in their relationship, it was double protection with the convoy riding for back-up plan in case of ambush. (he played distant and cool without sending her off, but actually was much closer than she thought)

By the time it was full-blown mutual love he cannot tolerate any situation where she can remotely be put in the way of harm.

On one hand it may look overly-protective, but when you take it in the context of his emotionally scarred history and his vow to "never lose anyone again in my life" it made sense.

The whole time he was treating her like a little child and not allowing her to strain herself at all in the hospital it didn't feel mushy or lovey-dovey, it feels like he is over-compensating for the tremendous guilt and horror that she took this bullet for him. I seriously believe this man may literally kill himself if he lost her to that gunshot wound.

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This is quite a good analysis! I would definitely agree that it's in line with his personality, and then his guilt over Se-ri experiencing all that she has is only going to make it extreme.

Also, now that you mention it, he probably wouldn't have handled it very well at all if she hadn't made it.

Honestly, his lack of self-preservation is... kind of disconcerting to me. Because even at the beginning of the drama, he was willing to risk his life, his parents lives, and his soldiers lives for someone who was still basically a stranger.

And there I go reading too much into a drama that is quite unrealistic in its whole general plot.

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You are right, @empressgirl. In fact he did point his gun to himself one time when he feel disappointed to his loved one (in a future episode you know where, if you have watched it).

On the other hand, @nightmoon: No, she is not a stranger to him. Remember the bridge scene last episode? He told her he met her on that Swiss bridge, and he kept on thinking of her from time to time? (That camera is another hint, which involve a scene on Ep.16. I don't talk further at this point, and you probably know what I am talking about)

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@Titus I was under the impression that he didn’t specifically remember her. Just that he met a woman in Switzerland who he was obviously curious about. It seemed like he didn’t know it was her until he found the recording. If this is the case, then she still was basically a stranger to him.

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@nightmoon, he DID remember her, maybe he is not so sure until he hear her recording at the end of Ep.12, but he did told her story about that day (she is the one he like) on the bridge in Ep.13. And, he actually has a photo of her, shot as it shown in Epilogue of Ep.4. How can he not forgetting her face?
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He did remember her specifically, @nightmoon, and that involved that scene on Ep.16. That's all I can say.

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You are right, that would make sense for him to be overcompensating. I think the idea was good but the execution was lacking.

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Thank you so much for the recap! Even though I've already watched the finale, this still makes me want to go back and watch some parts of this episode again. Which I'm getting ready to do in fact!

This episode really nailed the perfect balance between heavy and emotional and humorous moments. The wiretapping scene was hilarious, and I'm so glad that the spotlight was shown on Man-bok for once. Honestly, without the ducklings, this episode would've been kind of a drag and taken forever for me to have finished.

Also, that kiss between Dan and Seung-joon totally shocked me (though it was a pleasant surprise). I've really grown to like Seung-joon as a character and have definitely wished the writer spent more time on him in general and developed more of a relationship between him and Dan.

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I am not sure if I read the subtitles correctly, but it seemed like the stepmother was there at the beach to commit suicide too? And she brought Seri along. When she couldn't do it and regretted, she went back to find Seri and it was too late. So her explanation for hating herself seems plausible. While she was cruel to Seri as a child, she was also dealing with her own demons and relationship issues (that was not fully fleshed out). Not that it excuses her behaviour in any way.

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Yeah..I also read that she was on we way to commit suicide. What wasn't clearly explained was why take your step child and leave her our in the cold while you are planning to end your life..That one reeks of plot contrivance.
However having once let the child almost die ,we can understand how she then felt undeserving if the love that the child still had for her. The rest of her behaviour when seen from that POV makes sense (albeit in a messed up way). She knew that Se-Ri loved her but tried to be outwardly cold to her in the hope that Se-Ri would give up on her.
Atleast that's what I hav decided to go with.

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I read it as step mom abandoning Seri because she was upset with her husband's affair and subsequent criminal activity.

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What I liked most about the ep was the Ducklings taking turns to listen and know what was happening in SeRi’s room. It was funny and light and it showed us how much they care for her.
Regarding SeRi’s mum, and their relation, what I understood is that she took SeRi when she was a month old, and when she took her to the beach her idea was to kill herself. Why did she take SeRi with her, I don’t know but you cannot ask logic on a person about to commit suicide. I believe that after she came back for her, she realized what she had done and took that defensive attitude to protect herself, hurting both of them in the way.
I have to say I’m liking SeJun and HyeJi quite a lot. I mean, they are stupid and selfish, but they are not bad. And they are funny, and harmless in comparison with the other brother. Also, Hwang Woo Seúl Hye is a fantastic actress. I discovered her in People with Flaws.
Dan and SeungJung are still my favorites... not saying anything more.

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Oh I had the same read on Mom's attitude and just commented above.
Nice info about the elder hyunsung-nim. I am also impressed with the actress and was about to look up her other works. the eldest bro-sis couple and their ineffectual plotting were a nice relief from the horror show that is the second bro and sis in law.

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I read it later!! My exact thoughts about mum.
It reminded me of SeRi in Switzerland, not knowing what to do, but even worse because she put in danger her daughter and never could find a way to deal with it, until she almost lost her.
I’m glad these two women healed their wounds.
I said in previous recaps that SeRi and mum needed this because SeRi would need her so much in the future (which proved right).

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Honestly, I wanted a better reason to explain the behavior of Seri's mum. What she's done was really bad. She took Seri to commit suicide. But why? Why only Seri and not her sons? She should have felt guilty and gave love to Seri after that, she saw how Seri was affected by that (she went to Switzerland to die...) but she just shut down herself and was cold toward Seri. All this part of the story was pretty disapointing.

The duckling parts are my favourite! They're so innocent and cute.

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I think the adage rings true in her case: "Hurt people hurt other people, rejected people reject other people." She hurt the little girl who adores her with all her heart, because in truth we can only hurt the ones who love us (not the ones who don't give a shit). It's probably displacement too - the person she really blamed is probably her own husband, but since she can't get back at him, she can only displaced that bitterness and suffering to the nearest available target. A lot of times - the rejection isn't personal, more than anything the mother is wrestling with her inner demons.

The wire-tapping story-beat by the ducklings was brilliant comedy and a great use of his expertise finally!

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"Why only Seri and not her sons?"

@Kurama, it is simple: she actually love Seri most. There are way too many examples on news to show us that moms and dads always take their love ones to commit suicide. This is absolutely not right, though.

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After watching this episode, one thing that cross my mind. I remember a Hongkong movie called "Bodyguard" played by Jet Lee (now you know how old I am).
I love that movie because at that time I'm so in love with Jet Lee. I can't remember the actress but she's beautiful. I love this movie way more than Whitney Houston "Bodyguard"

Any way, Jet Lee in here playing as a special force from China who is paid to be the girl bodyguard by the girl fiance. The girl is a witness of a Hongkong mafia crime so she needs to be protected before the trial.
As a bodyguard, Jet Lee is extremely protective and annoying which makes the girl hates him .. at first, but then you all can guess that they fall in love.
In the end Jet Lee takes a bullet from her and badly injured. Since he came from China (Hongkong is not part of China at the time the movie is produced) and a military man so his higher ups takes him back to China. I'm still remember the girl chase after him until the border and can only see the car that takes him.

And I'm so frustrated by the ending!!!
and I'm afraid that Jung-hyuk and Se-ri will have the same fate! T___T

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Man-bok is the hero of the episode! It was hilarious to see him sneak into the hospital room while the doc reassured SR's mom about how secure the place is. The ducklings listening in was hilarious!

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I loved it, too!

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My favorite scene in this episode was when jeong hyuk was showing his scars to seri and ended up kissing her. It was so cute 😍

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Thanks so much for the recap, @Lollypip!

I think if I refrain from wanting the Show to be more than it is, I'll be much happier as a viewer.

But, I can't help but complain just a touch. I think the first half of the drama was really well done, up until about episode 7. It dragged a bit after that, but the romance was developed nicely and with some cute trope reversals, but all refreshingly mature (given the ages of our OTP, I thought it was appropriate).

But, once everything shifts to South Korea, I felt things became quite stagnant. There seemed to be a disjunction between the sweet and romantic gestures of the OTP, and the strange strained quality of their romantic interludes. Even accounting for their restraint being due to the constant imminent threat of being separated, the interactions feel unnaturally forced...they are in love, but not too much!

An observation I mentioned to @hotcocoagirl is that the 2nd leads and the Ducklings have their own nice storylines, but another disjunction is that they don't cross with the OTP. The 2nd leads are still in North Korea, and could have their own drama without the OTP or the rest of the plot in South Korea. They don't touch anymore. The Ducklings also, with their fish-out-of-water and enjoyment of South Korea, and even the need to return back have actually very little to do with the OTP. The drama has three interesting storylines which can be independent of each other.

Chul-kang became very boring as an antagonist a long time ago. I realized it in episode 8 when I found Seung-Joon's manipulation of Se-Ri to marry him much more compelling than Chul-Kang's fanatical hatred of Ri Jeong Hyeok and his family, which seemed nothing more than being upset that RJH's older brother was going to expose his corruption. And Chul-Kang won that round since Moo-Hyeok died.

I still enjoy the drama, but I feel like it went the way of Goblin, unraveling and painting itself in a corner right before the end. If I had my way, I think what would have been interesting is to see how the dynamic of Ri Jeong Hyeok and Se-Ri would change once they are on her home turf, and she's no longer a "candy". Ri Jeong Hyeok really has no purpose in South Korea besides protecting Se-Ri...like, he has no other real MEANING as a character outside of his love for her. I find that a bit boring. I would have loved to see him explore playing the piano more fully, and also learning more about himself now that his love for Se-Ri has opened him up again to flourishing as his own man. Okay, rant off.

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I love everything about this drama, tropes and all. I particularly love how Joo Muk uses drama tropes to explain SK cultural norms.

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My favorite scene in this episode is the wire tapping and the ducklings listening to what was going on in Se-ri’s room. It gave me some good belly laughs!!

My next favorite scene was JH showing Se-ri his scars because we finally see that she had gotten through this stoic, “I’m never having fun nor love anyone” guy. She finally tore down the walls he had built to protect himself. He’s now playful and charming just to steal a kiss from her. Awww!!! I was on cloud nine.

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oh thanks - I never saw it that way. That he was doing this sly and playful cajoling to steal a kiss from her. He has never been playful before - stoic yes, swashbuckling yes, strong and silent yes, protective and sweet yes - but not playful. At first, I was slightly thrown off by the scene, because we just came fresh from a very emotional scene of her listening to this confession by mum (which was kinda cathartic and a big emotional story beat moment), so this scars-showing oneupmanship felt a bit off. But I get it - it's his way of distracting her as well (which worked very well), so he saw her crying through the glass in the door. very sweet and thoughtful of him, as usual

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Even though I already finished the drama, I am literally still rereading the recaps to relive it! CLOY honestly tickled my drama fancy - it was so funny, the two main leads had great chemistry, and the OST was so so so good. I don't know what other drama will match up.

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How to move on from this drama when Dramabeans is still posting recaps?!

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