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Crash Landing on You: Episode 15

Our hero and his ducklings have overstayed their welcome, and they find themselves in some very hot water with no way out. The truth is too dangerous and lies don’t work against a smart opponent, which leaves them with very few options. Meanwhile, another would-be hero fights for his own happy ending, but it might be too little, too late.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Seung-joon tries to escape from the men chasing him, but he ends up trapped on the roof of the apartment building. He wonders if this is the end, and why he’s thinking of Dan at such a time. The men quickly find him, and Seung-joon gapes when their leader aims a rifle at him… his former trusted broker, CEO Jeon.

Chul-kang receives an email from his North Korean contact saying that Director Ri has a plausible story for why Jung-hyuk is in South Korea, so they weren’t able to threaten him. Chul-kang is told to kill Jung-hyuk, and that if he can’t, not to return home.

Jung-hyuk bursts in and aims his gun at Chul-kang, but he’s been followed by NIS agents, who order Jung-hyuk and Chul-kang to drop their weapons. Chul-kang turns his back on Jung-hyuk, seeming to surrender, as the NIS agents aim their weapons at Jung-hyuk. But Chul-kang pulls a gun from his waistband and whirls to shoot Jung-hyuk.

Moving quickly, Jung-hyuk sidesteps out of the line of fire, and Chul-kang is struck by several NIS bullets. Collapsing to the floor, Chul-kang gasps that he sent evidence of Jung-hyuk and Se-ri’s relationship to North Korea, so Jung-hyuk can’t return home or his parents will be executed.

Chul-kang claims that Director Ri chose not to investigate Moo-hyuk’s murder because he knew he would find that his own actions were at fault. Voice weakening, Chul-kang says that Director Ri probably wants Jung-hyuk to die here, which puts them in the same situation, so they should die together. He reaches for his gun, but he dies before he touches it.

Sick with grief and believing Chul-kang’s words about his father, Jung-hyuk raises his gun to his head. But the NIS agents burst in and arrest him before he can take his own life.

In the village in North Korea, Wol-sook decides to shave her head out of shame for the things she said to Dan’s mother while she was drunk. But a sudden commotion outside has the ladies running to see Myung-sook and Woo-pil being dragged away by two uniformed men.

The men claim to be from the State Security Department, so Young-ae tells them to give her regards to the director of the State Security Department, Ma Young-seop. The men promise to do that and Young-ae crows that Ma Young-seop is her brother, catching the men in their lie and forcing them to let go of their captives. Young-ae tells Myung-sook and Woo-pil to stay at her place where it’s safe until Man-bok comes home.

It’s no surprise that Se-hyung blames Sang-ah for the fact that he’s been disowned. But Sang-ah says that they still have a card to play — she heard from Chul-kang that Se-ri’s “bodyguard” and the other men who are watching her are all here illegally from North Korea.

Chi-soo and Joo-mok play a joke on little Eun-dong, telling him that there’s a person inside the vending machine who hands out drinks when someone wants one. He falls for it hook, line, and sinker and apologizes to the machine while they snicker behind his back, hee.

Man-bok and Kwang-bum are caught and arrested in Se-ri’s room by the NIS agents. The others hide, frightening themselves with horror stories about how the NIS will torture them if they’re arrested. Chi-soo is an orphan, so he sacrifices himself to lead the NIS away from their hiding place. Unfortunately, he runs to a dead end and they all end up in handcuffs.

Se-ri staggers to the lobby as the ducklings are being taken away. She pleads with the NIS agents, but the ducklings are more upset that Se-ri might hurt herself than they are about being arrested, so they yell at her to stay. Se-ri sobs that this is all her fault, and her Stepmom tries to console her, but she ends up making herself sick.

In the van, the ducklings think about Dong-gu from Division 11 and how crazy he acted. They assume he must have been through some intense torture, so when they arrive at the NIS headquarters, they’re braced to face extreme torture and mistreatment.

Instead, they go through a pretty mild intake and medical exam. Chi-soo is then strapped to a lie detector, which he assumes means the electric torture is about to start. HAHA, he upsets himself so much that everything he says flags as a lie, invalidating the test.

He’s sent to eat and calm down, and he’s joined by Eun-dong, who’s feeling pretty chipper after his own questioning. Eun-dong tells Chi-soo that they already knew everything about him and even showed him satellite photos of his hometown, and that he wasn’t tortured at all.

Meanwhile, Jung-hyuk is elsewhere in the building, refusing to speak or eat. The NIS agents are worried about having the son of the director of the General Political Bureau in custody, which would create a huge problem if it got out. They correctly guess that Jung-hyuk plans to take responsibility for everything in order to protect his parents and Se-ri.

Director Ri learns that Jung-hyuk and the others were all arrested by the NIS. He’s comforted a bit by the fact that Chul-kang is finally dead and that Jung-hyuk is safe for now, but his informant suggests that he prepare himself in case that changes.

Seung-joon is taken somewhere by CEO Jeon, fussing at him the whole way for betraying him. Finally CEO Jeon tapes Seung-joon’s mouth just to shut him up, then tells his men to stop at a hotel for the night.

With Se-hyung disinherited, Se-joon and Hye-ji celebrate that they’re close to getting the family company for themselves. Chairman Yoon listens as Se-hyung tries to convince him that Se-ri’s scandal with a North Korean soldier is much worse than anything he’s done. Chairman Yoon snaps that he won’t discuss family issues with someone who is no longer family, so Sang-ah tells Seung-joon to drop it and wait until Seung-joon comes back, then they’ll have plenty of evidence.

Se-joon and Hye-ji were eavesdropping, and they take this information straight to Se-ri and Stepmom. They tell Se-ri that Se-hyung and Sang-ah plan to spin things to make themselves look like patriots, but Se-ri backs up, asking if they’re really planning to bring Seung-joon back.

Seung-joon is still tied and gagged in the hotel room, but once the other men (that we now know were hired by Se-hyung) fall asleep, CEO Jeon creeps out of bed and frees him. Seung-joon wanders the marketplace trying to find a way out of the village, but he spots Se-hyung’s men looking for him so he hides behind a market stall.

A boy taps Seung-joon’s shoulder — hey, it’s the homeless boy that Se-ri gave food to when she was first in North Korea! The kids create a distraction by begging loudly so that Se-hyung’s men quickly leave the area. The song they sing, about orphans with nobody to care for them or mourn when they die, reminds Seung-joon of his own circumstances and makes him cry.

Once the coast is clear, Seung-joon tells the homeless boy that he’s an orphan, too, and also has nobody to mourn his death. He gives the boy a huge fistful of cash as thanks for saving his life. Continuing on his way, Seung-joon sees the pawnshop and remembers Se-ri saying that she pawned the diamond ring he gave her.

The NIS hold a briefing where they watch CCTV video of Jung-hyuk since he’s been in South Korea. Although they’re looking for evidence that he’s dangerous, all they find is footage of him holding doors for people, getting balloons out of trees for kids, and helping an old lady push her cardboard cart up a hill, ha.

Frustrated, the NIS agent tries to question Jung-hyuk again. He lies that he came to South Korea to convince Se-ri to return to North Korea (along with her money and business sense). He also says that the ducklings were only here to participate in the Military World Games, and that he got them involved in his business against their will and prevented them from returning home.

The agent seems to know he’s lying, and when he tells Se-ri, she insists that Jung-hyuk never tried to keep her in North Korea and in fact risked his life many times to send her home. She says he only came to South Korea because Chul-kang was trying to kill her, and that all she wants is to get Jung-hyuk home safely, and that she’ll accept whatever punishment comes with that.

There’s another NIS briefing in which the agents agree that Se-ri’s version of the story seems the most likely. They tried asking the ducklings but got nowhere, so they bring Se-ri to speak to Jung-hyuk directly. Jung-hyuk ignores Se-ri when she talks to him, so she says that she knows he’s acting this way to protect her.

Jung-hyuk replies coldly that he only used Se-ri because of her wealth and influence. He admits that he developed some feelings for her, but he says his reason for coming south was to get revenge on Chul-kang for killing his brother.

Se-ri sobs that if he takes all the blame, he’ll be labeled a criminal and he’ll never go home. Jung-hyuk says that seeing her now bothers him more than the thought of losing his life, and in her weakened state, it’s all she can take. She leaves, and collapses in the hallway.

The NIS agent tells Jung-hyuk that he was too harsh, and that Se-ri is being carried out unconscious. Jung-hyuk gives himself away by leaping from his seat and rushing out of the room, just in time to see Se-ri being hurried from the building. He finally lets the tears he’s been holding back fall as he watches her go.

Se-ri is taken to intensive care due to sepsis caused by her still-healing wound and severe stress. The doctor tells Stepmom that there’s a high chance Se-ri might die, but all they can do is wait.

The village ladies are worried that Myung-sook still hasn’t heard from Man-bok, so Myung-sook suggests they go see the fortuneteller again. Sadly, the fortune teller revealed that a State Security Department officer was having an affair to his wife, so he had her arrested.

The ladies find Seung-joon loitering outside and invite him in to eat. He’s obviously starving and eats so fast that Wol-sook jokes that someone must be chasing him, ha. He leaves and goes to Jung-hyuk’s house, and Dan calls him after finding her apartment ransacked and him gone.

She goes to meet Seung-joon and gets flustered to be alone with him in the dark, so she lights a candle. The absurdity of being in Jung-hyuk’s house with Seung-joon doesn’t escape Dan, but Seung-joon says that Jung-hyuk won’t mind since he’s the one who set him up with a broker and a South Korean phone (that explains that).

He tells Dan that Se-ri’s brother sent people after him, and that he plans to leave for Europe tomorrow. He asks her to take him to the airport, and she agrees, pretending not to be bothered that he’s leaving her. Seung-joon mutters that she could at least pretend to try and stop him, even if it’s only a joke.

Feeling overwhelmed, Dan stands to get some distance, but Seung-joon grabs her hand and stops her. He says he’s been trying to live a good life, but he’s still at the bottom. He tells Dan that he knows he shouldn’t do this, then slips his diamond ring on her finger.

He admits that it’s the ring he bought for Se-ri, but Dan is the one who picked it out and it’s the best he can do. He says that if he’s doing better later and visits her, and if she’s still single, he hopes she gives him a chance. Dan starts to sob so Seung-joon hugs her, and he says that because he likes her, he’ll remember which direction to go.

Not having found anything incriminating on Jung-hyuk, the NIS agent decides to look into the ducklings’ activities while in South Korea. His aide tells him that they charged everything on Se-ri’s card, but it’s all cheap charges like video game items at a PC cafe, downloads of South Korean dramas (all starring Choi Ji-woo, lol), and noraebang snacks. LOL.

The NIS agent gives up on the ducklings, and instead he shows Chul-kang’s laptop to Jung-hyuk. They’ve hacked into his email and found the message where he was told to kill Jung-hyuk, which contradicts Chul-kang’s claim that Jung-hyuk’s father didn’t want him to return home. Knowing that his father didn’t give up on him, Jung-hyuk finally breaks, and he asks how Se-ri is doing.

Dan takes Seung-joon to the airport like she promised, but she refuses to look at him and leaves without saying a word. She lets herself sob after her taxi pulls away, so she doesn’t notice the suspicious vehicles following her. Soon Seung-joon gets a call from someone who says that he’ll kill Dan unless Seung-joon gives himself up.

Seung-joon tries to play it cool like he doesn’t care what happens to Dan, but the guy makes it clear that he’ll follow through on his threat. He gives Seung-joon an hour to show up at an address he texts to him, otherwise Dan will die.

Seung-joon only hesitates for a moment before ripping up his plane ticket and jumping into the nearest taxi. He bursts into the warehouse where the men are holding Dan hostage, shooting a rifle at anyone who moves. He takes down most of Se-hyung’s men, but one of them gets off a lucky shot and hits him in the shoulder.

He calls out to Dan that he’s okay then continues shooting, but the last man shoots him in the stomach before Seung-joon kills him. Seung-joon watches Dan running towards him, and he smiles as he thinks, “I was wrong. When I die, there’s someone who will cry for me. The fact that it’s you makes me sad and happy.” Oh no…

While unconscious, Se-ri has a dream that takes her back to the day she was accidentally blown into North Korea. In the dream, she knows everything that will happen to her, the good and the bad, and how it will all end. But she chooses to experience it all again, just so that she can meet Jung-hyuk and love him again.

Jung-hyuk is told that Se-ri has taken a turn for the worse. He’s allowed to go to the hospital, where he can only watch helplessly as doctors work to save Se-ri’s life. He thinks to himself, “If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t meet you. You wouldn’t get to know me, then you would be safe and happy.”

Seung-joon also has a revelation as he’s being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, Dan crying over him: “If one of us must die while the other lives, if that’s fate, it’s only right that I die and you live on.”

A tone indicates that someone has died, but between Se-ri and Seung-joon, it’s not clear which one lost their fight.

EPILOGUE

While analyzing the CCTV videos of Jung-hyuk, the experts noticed something interesting whenever he was with Se-ri. He was always angled towards her, he frequently mirrored her gestures, and he blocked her whenever men came near. The aide tells the NIS agent that these are all indications that Jung-hyuk loves Se-ri, and the agent snaps that anyone can see that.

 
COMMENTS

Dammit, I think we’re going to lose Seung-joon. We’ve had several gunshot cliffhangers here towards the end, but this one actually worries me. I can see the show killing off Seung-joon for a lot of different reasons, and letting him go out a reformed hero (I know the finale already aired but I haven’t see it, so no spoilers please!) makes a lot of sense, character-wise. Not to mention that Seung-joon is wanted for pretty serious crimes in several countries, so there’s not really anywhere for him to go and be safe, even if Dan could move away from North Korea permanently, which I’d doubt would be possible. But Seung-joon’s death would be so unfair to Dan, who just got over a very long crush on Jung-hyuk, and she doesn’t deserve to lose the man she’s actually come to love. So, while I actually don’t have much hope for Seung-joon’s survival, I’m going to feel horrible for Dan if he dies.

I really hate Noble Idiocy, but in some cases I can see why a character chooses that route. I understand why Jung-hyuk tried to take all the responsibility for being in South Korea — it would protect Se-ri and the ducklings, as well as his family back home, if he were in South Korea for the political and personal reasons he claimed. He would be punished and the others would be exonerated. But the NIS agents aren’t stupid, and they can see the evidence that Jung-hyuk is not a spy. He’s just a man in love who’s trying to protect those he cares about, and not at all a danger to anyone.

It broke my heart to hear Se-ri and Jung-hyuk’s innermost thoughts, and how different they were, but they were also perfectly in-character. They both have very naturally loving natures, but were forced by loss, betrayal, and neglect to shut off that side of themselves. It makes sense to me that Se-ri is willing to go through all the danger, fear, and pain again just to get the chance to experience love again. But Jung-hyuk is also a protector, so he would sacrifice that love if it meant that the person he loves would be safe and happy.

Unfortunately, none of this solves the problem of whether there’s a way for Jung-hyuk and Se-ri to ever be together. I can’t imagine their not having a happy ending, but how that will come about is still a mystery to me. Se-ri can’t go to North Korea, and Jung-hyuk can’t stay in South Korea, so the only other place I can think of that would be a safe haven for them both is Switzerland. It would be a nice poetic ending for them to make a life together in the place where they first met, but I have a feeling that their troubles aren’t over yet.

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Please tell me I’m not the only one who wants to see Jung-hyuk “die” and spend the rest of his life with Seri. And then they can have their twin girls :’) I know it wouldn’t be the most logical conclusion but a girl can dream right??

Seung-joon going in guns blazing was so refreshing too since he started off such a bratty rich boy. I almost forgot that he’s and amazing sharp shooter.

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If he dies it would be very bad for his parents. The survival of his family is linked to his return alive.

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My ducklings are so funny. They are Special OP soldiers but they all signed without hesitating with their real name when they were arrested by NIS. I mean they didn't even tried to lie. They're the most innocent people in this drama!

I really like the NIS agents. They were professional but nice.

I think this drama is good for changing the clichés we could have.

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The interaction ducklings / NIS agents was fantastic, it was so funny!!

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The highlight of this episode: Gu Seung Joon sexily ripping up that ticket😍

That last montage scene with Seri’s narration and seung Joon getting shot was so well done with emotions running high. It is safe to say that Seri isn’t the one to flatline but who knows....

Also the proposal scene was just so utterly heartbreaking for both parties that I can only wish they are safe in the final episode and get the respective happy ending they deserve, fingers crossed.

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Gu Seung Joon sexily ripping up that ticket...oh yesssssss

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That scene, yeah it was so sexy.

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SeungJoon, oh, boy, you've not only melted Dan's heart...

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I always thought this drama would hang out a fake death over the main characters, trying to make the audience believe that either Se-ri or Jung-hyuk were going to die, and knowing this is a rom-com I knew it would be short-lived trying to get an emotional reaction out of the audience,, so I was sure that Se-ri and Jung-hyuk would live no matter how many times they got shot or hurt..

but it never occurred to me that the writer could potentially kill off Seung-joon because he was in his own world for the past couple of episodes with his funny/cute scenes with Seo Dan,, even when he came to Seo Dan's rescue I thought he'll just get shot dramatically, Seo Dan would cry some tears and he'll be fine,, but with the way the ending was shot and the fact that they foreshadowed it earlier in the episode when the kid helps Seung-joon i'm not really sure anymore... Hopefully the flatlining sound is just to scare us and whoever it was will gain their pulse back

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South Koreans don't do well in NK or when dealing with NK. They all just land in hospital/in an ambulance. What the heck?
I really loved how SJ charged in to save his woman. He finally stopped being a coward that just hides and does not get involved with people that cannot give him monetary gain. His character arc was a amazing to see.
Wonder if SK's NIS is really so nice with defectors. Looked like a stay in a fancy hotel. ahahah

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I loved Seung Joon so much in this episode. His transition from conman to genuine over the series has been really well done I think.

the juxtaposition of what the ducklings thought would happen at the NIS vs what did happen was pretty funny - although I wonder how they would be treated in reality?

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The protocol for North Koreans crossing the SK border is just as how the drama showed.
1. Investigate if they are spies
2. Ask if they want to defect
3. Start the process to be South Korean citizens

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If it is not be the same, it will be similar -- I read the autobiography of Kim Hyon-hui, the former North Korean spy who bombed KAL 858 that killed 115 people. She detailed the 8-day interrogation by NIS (or KCIA at the time?), and it was pretty similar.

In fact, being kind to your prisoners is way more effective to push for the truth than torturing them.

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I don’t remember how I felt while watching the finale but I think I cried a lot and laughed a lot over the NIS briefings. They kept looking for spy activity and only found good deeds or innocent purchases. I can’t ever take the NIS seriously again after watching kdramas. 😂

Got to hand it to Chul Kang for going out with style and villainous to the end. He couldn’t go back North so he wanted to take Jung Hyuk to the grave with him. I felt his venomous hate and wry capitalist jokes were well done. Like Go Seung Joon, he was also an orphan who chose a life of crime, but he stayed selfish and hateful, in the end risking his life to take out an enemy, not to defend a loved one like Seung Joon.

Ah, Mori, why does he always have to break my heart with his tortured eyes and sad smile? 😭😭

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@wishfultoki: That's actually a wonderful juxtaposition you highlighted: between Chul Kang and Seung-Joon. They are both orphans, and both chose a life of crime, but Chul Kang was unrepentantly wicked until the very end, and Seung Joon was able to redeem himself through his love of Seo Dan.

They kept looking for spy activity and only found good deeds or innocent purchases.

So true!!! It was pretty cute to see how innocent our elite special ops Ducklings were. I doubt real elite special ops would be quite so innocent, or not take such an opportunity for some excellent spying, but still...I like our dramaland spec ops Ducklings.

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The NIS agent is a true romantic at heart!!

It didn’t feel real but it was very funny 😄

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I'm not sure if I missed it, but anyone knows what happened with Moo-Hyuk's watch and the chip that was supposedly inside it or something? 😬

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ManBok gave it to JH, and that way he discovered the implication of Chul Kang in his brother's death. It was the main evidence to convict him.

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Sadly, this episode was when all the main OTP action started to bore me and I realized that Seri's oldest brother and his wife were actually pretty adorable. Misguided, sure, but a nice foil couple for the evil brother and his wife.

The NIS agents were a highlight, too. And Chi-soo and Man-bok can do no wrong.

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I also think SeRi's older brother and his wife are quite selfish and naive, but they are nice. In previous episode, when she woke up and told all her family to get out of her room, they both got out with big smiles saying "she's back to herself" and you could tell they were really happy. That's where I began to really like them.

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True!!! The audience could see that they were genuinely happy she had woken up.

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This was a hard episode to sit still through. I know the leads can't realistically, but I still want a happy ending. And not just for the leads. I want lots of happy endings. I didn't start off fond of either of the secondary pair, but Dan and Seung-joon just won me over. I have to say, I kept saying (out loud, even!) "Ok guys, show us why you're the good guys" every time the NIS were on screen, and I admit, they came through. They were firm, fair, respectful and very professional. But oh, how I had that old eye sweat when he tried to take all the blame on himself - and when he was said such cruel things, trying to keep her safe. I hate Noble Idiocy too, but it was just so... him. Sigh. What am I going to do without my Jung-hyuk/Se-ri/duckling fix??? No more baby boy Eun-dong?? Seriously, the ducklings are brilliantly acted. I love them all so much!

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What this episode meant to me:
- ChulKang being a perfect villain and while dying making sure he hurts JH by telling him his dad knew all about his bother's death. No redemption for this one.
- Hens getting together to save one of their own, not letting MyeungSun being taken away by ChulKang minions.
- Ducklings and NIS interactions. I don't know who was more hilarious of all of them. The only one who seems to have some logic among all of them is poor Chief Kim that has to deal with the rest of them. I loved every scene here.
- SeungJoon giving all that money to the homeless child brought me into tears. That whole scene was utterly heartbreaking (tears, tears, tears). I was just hoping that the boy could take all that money and prevent anyone to stole it from him. That money could make the difference and change his life.
- SeungJoon and Dan. No more words. Those two belong together.
- SeungJoon entering that warehouse with a rifle (I will not ask where did he get it) shooting and taking down all the baddies. Oh, man, that moment with the gloves...
Yes, I liked the OTP and everything, but SeungJoon and Dan stole my heart. That heart that is almost completely broken by now.

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@eazal: I feel like you and I are on the same wavelength. You beat me to posting, but I love reading that we thought the same things about Chul Kang and the NIS/Ducklings! Ha!

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Yes, I've read your comment!!
And also about Se-Ri's older brother, I commented on other beanie comment. I find them quite adorable, in fact. I think it's mainly because the actress, which I simply adored in People with flaws. I'm becoming a huge fan of Hwang Woo Seul Hye.

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Yeah, now I want to watch People with Flaws for Hwang Woo Seul Hye. She has a really interesting name....why does she have four characters rather than the usual three?

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I also wonder about the four names!
I loved People with flaws, not because of the OTP (I didn’t like ML at all), side characters made the show more than worth. The siblings relation is so warm and what a family should be. I hope you like it (don’t expect anything but a light funny show with some characters that will steal your heart).

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip!!

I found this episode much more interesting. I liked the way Chul Kang died: evil - manipulative - hateful - diabolical to the very end. I don’t think you can get a more villainy villain, unrepentant and not remorseful in his schemes and hatred. Irredeemable, in fact.

Hahaha, I love the NIS and the Ducklings interactions. I’m sure the real NIS is not quite so accommodating, but it was cute nonetheless to see them as intelligent but thoughtful and conscientious investigators. I liked the juxtaposition between the SSD and the NIS interrogations, and how the Ducklings reacted to both. It is, of course, interesting to see how the Ducklings trusted their own SSD less than the NIS. A bit of political propaganda, but I can’t blame South Korea for that.

I actually do like Se-Ri’s eldest brother and his wife. They are selfish, incompetent and greedy...but at the end of the day, they are still family. I love their marriage as well, how his wife supports him and tries to build him up, no matter how foolish he is. It’s actually a sweet marriage.

Yeah, I think Seung Joon stole the show this episode. You felt compassion for him, dread, affection, and awe at all of his daring shenanigans. I think him going all hero-guns-blazing-to-save-the-Woman-he-loves has got to be his redemption. For once he was willing to put his own neck on the line for someone else...because he was honest with himself and Dan that he loves her. If that isn’t redemption, I don’t know what is.

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Se-Joon and Hye-ji!!! Those are the names of Se-Ri’s eldest brother and his wife! I’m a bit sad they got overshadowed by evil Se-Hyung and Sang-Ah because they are such an incompetent but cute couple.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like Sang-Ah not only married beneath her but also...she was under-utilised as a villain. She should have paired up with Chul-Kang, that would have been a hellish partnership, but much more thrilling to watch.

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She was the really mean one. SeHyung was only greedy.
I found her really scaring. And yes it’s if she has joined ChulKang before things would have been different for the last two episodes.

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Agree. She was the one I worried about most, after ChulKang. She was really nasty. Very well played by the actress!

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For a second time, Seung Joon appears with a magic rifle at just the right moment, smh.

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Some rifles can be broken down for transport purposes. If Seung Joon's rifle had the ability to do that, he could have had it in his luggage. Many airlines allow guns in checked luggage. He had his bag with him when he left the airport, so the rifle would have been available to him.

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Thanks, good to know. At least there’s a tiny hope of logic in this scenario 😉

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It would have been most dramatic to end the series at the end of episode 15. Think of the fan frenzy!!

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I really hate Noble Idiocy, but in some cases I can see why a character chooses that route. I understand why Jung-hyuk tried to take all the responsibility for being in South Korea

Oh SAME, Lollypip!
But I totally loved all the delicious angst it brought on in this episode. I'm not even sure if this still classifies as noble idiocy, because NO ONE believed Jung-hyuk's actions or words. I kind of love that our OTP's relationship has come to this, that they're at a point where they trust and know each other well-enough that they can tell when one is lying. I love how much faith they have in their own feelings for each other, which is honestly refreshing for a k-drama; because we've all seen Noble Idiocy (yes, in capital) of the epic kind over the years, the one that makes you wanna pull out your hair.

Even though this is technically a rom-com, and given the premise of this show; I was really looking forwards to 1 or 2 melo episodes, where the painful feelings of imminent separation would NOT be skimmed over and superficially explored. I'm really glad ep.15 gave us that.

But also, really glad we got the ducklings' hilarious antics and literally all of the NIS agents also shipping our OTP (really do wander what the actual NIS thinks of this portrayal). That was also a favorite part of this episode for me. 🤣🤣🤣

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And may I just add how much I love Seri's oldest brother and his wife, Se-Joon and Hye-ji's antics??? 😂😂😂

They're my favorite scene-stealer duo in this show. They're hilarious. Often misguided and a little greedy but harmless in the end. They want to be better than Seri, but they care about her in their own weird way.
They actors have amazing comedic timing, and they're comedy gold together.

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I totally agree with you that these two and the NIS Agents where some of the best of this episode and total scene stealers.

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Maybe it's just me, but I thought the walking in the rain w/ umbrella scenes near the end might have been a little nod at "Something in the Rain"/"Pretty Noona...."

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That’s a jTBC drama though, wasn’t it?

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Yes, and there are tonnes of reference in this drama already, and I don't mind to have one more ...

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If you remember, they did that with «SKY Castle» already, another JTBC drama.

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By the way, that IU OST is pretty haunting, yet hauntingly beautiful. As of Ep.15, it has appeared 4 times, and I can't stop my tear every time.

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I had hoped there would be a way for Jung-hyuk and Seung-joon to switch places/identities, but I wasn't taking Seung-joon being wanted for multiple crimes into consideration.

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'When you put in the coin, the person inside the machine will make your drink for you' LMAO I'm dead

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I actually thought like that when I was much much younger. I thought there were people working in ATM booths.

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The NIS was such a good addition to the drama. They're funny and they provide the tie that explains how Jung Hyuk and the Ducklings can go back to North Korea legally now that their bus left.

Once again, I am in awe with Son Ye Jin's acting! She always makes me cry when she cries. That confrontation scene and subsequent heartache from both Jung Hyuk and Se-Ri were so well acted!

I love the epilogue! It beautifully captures the relationship between our OTP and it's moments like those that are making me suffer from CLOY withdrawals.

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Not sure about rules for active links, but online BBC News had a good article on this series published today.

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Your eyes is great. It is actually an interview of Park Jieun (screenwriter of «Crash Landing on You»)'s North Korean co-writer.

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Something worth noting in this article (Sorry for too many posts): the original idea of the 2nd Leading Couple (Seung-joon and Dan) is from this North Korean co-writer, not Park Jieun the chief screenwriter.

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Thank you @lollypip for the recap! I also don’t care for Noble Idiocy. I’ve never understood why dramas make use of it so much. I believe Se-Ri knew JH was lying just like he knew she was lying back in NK when he came to look for her at SJ’s house. Still, it was a heart wrenching scene for me. 💔

I have enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and agree with so many of them. Things that I also loved in this episode:

a. The ducklings and the NIS agents’ interaction. Hilarious!!! 🤣

b. The NIS trying to figure out JH activity. I think the young agent reporting about JH became his fan. Ha! 😆

c. SJ and the orphans’ scene had me crying like a baby. It was just beautiful. 😭

d. Se-Ri and her stepmom’s interaction. I’m so happy they are getting close!

e. SJ reaping the plane ticket with his mouth. This has to be one of the sexiest scenes in the whole production. He had so much swag!!! He knew that he was at a point of no return and was willing to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves. My heart fluttered so much!! I think I watch this sections several times.

f. The amazing love between our OTP!! Se-Ri willing to relive everything just to meet, get to know and fall in love with her JH. On the other side, we see JH’s love for her. He wishes to not have met her just so that she would be safe. Little does he know that she would be alive but not happy. Just like in the movie “The Croods,” life before JH was not living, it was just “not dying.” JH gave Se-Ri the reason to continue living, he made her HAPPY so I understand why she would be willing to go through all of the hardships again just to be with him. Oh my heart can’t take it!!

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Crash Landing on You is both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time!!❤️💔

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This is the only part I did not understand in the whole show

“ Chul-kang claims that Director Ri chose not to investigate Moo-hyuk’s murder because he knew he would find that his own actions were at fault.”

What is the meaning? Is Director Ri dirty politician?

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Is Director Ri dirty politician? Why Chul-kang claims that Director Ri chose not to investigate Moo-hyuk’s murder because he knew he would find that his own actions were at fault? What does this mean?

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