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Man to Man: Episode 3

Ghost Agent K begins to win the trust of his employers, and slowly they show him some of their most painful memories. He isn’t immune to their plights; however, with the success of his mission hanging in the balance, Seol-woo may need to exploit that trust and push them forward so that he can execute his carefully laid plans.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

We return to the edge of the unfinished bridge where K desperately stomps down on the brake of the stolen police car, trying to save Woon-kwang’s runaway car from pushing Seol-woo and Do-ha down to their deaths.

The cars break through the safety barricades, blocking them from the fall, and finally they screech to a halt just in the nick of time. Do-ha tries to gather her wits, while Seol-woo shatters the windshield and goes to Woon-kwang, who has passed out in his car. He checks Woon-kwang’s pulse and confirms to Do-ha that he’s alive and just fainted from shock.

He’s taken to the hospital, and his team waits to hear the actor’s prognosis. Do-ha looks drained as she declares that Woon-kwang will be fine, but then the statement turns into a question, and she grips Seol-woo’s sleeve for assurance.

CEO Ji arrives and is alarmed to see that the situation is more serious than he had believed. He mutters to himself in disbelief, wondering how Woon-kwang could be “in an accident like this twice.”

Seol-woo overhears the comment and looks up, shocked. Do-ha tries to continue with her managerial duties after promising that she’s fine, but then stumbles from dizziness and Seol-woo literally sweeps her off her feet.

He tells her, “You’re a patient as well,” then carries her out for treatment. Sweetly, she asks him if he’s okay since she knows he took the brunt of the impact, but before he can answer, his handler Dong-hyun shows up, dressed as a nurse.

Seol-woo voices his concerns about the suspicious nature of the accident to Dong-hyun when they are alone. He describes the shady mechanic he saw tinkering with the car right before the accident. According to Seol-woo, the man carried himself like someone who was in the military. He adds that Woon-kwang has been in this kind of “accident” before and thinks something strange is afoot, so Dong-hyun agrees to look into it.

Dong-hyun can’t help ribbing Seol-woo for acting so worried, and asks if he’s grown fond of the tantrum-throwing celebrity. Seol-woo replies matter-of-factly that he doesn’t care if the star dies but they’ll need him alive if they want to find the wood carving, adding coldly that it’ll be “annoying if he dies now.”

At home, Seung-jae reads up on Woon-kwang’s accident with a smirk. His wife walks in and so he swaps his glee with false concern, asking if her movie is in any danger given Woon-kwang’s predicament.

She’s unconcerned, and replies that they’ll simply need to replace him if it comes to that. Seung-jae doesn’t buy her nonchalance and he presses her, but she assures him that they won’t squander his investment. He’s impressed with her business-minded attitude and she smiles uneasily.

Seung-jae hurries off to give their son his bath, while Mi-eun receives a text from CEO Ji, updating her on Woon-kwang’s situation. She calls him right away and can’t keep the worry out of her voice as she instructs him to get Woon-kwang the best doctors and call her if there are any issues.

Meanwhile, Woon-kwang dreams of his first car accident: In flashback we see Woon-kwang driving while the director gave instructions through a walkie-talkie as they filmed the scene. Suddenly, just as with today, the steering wheel locked in place and the car’s speed increased out of control.

We cut to Woon-kwang unconscious in his overturned car as a stream of blood dripped across his forehead. He woke in the hospital just as the news of Mi-eun’s engagement to Seung-jae broke.

It seems that things were quick for the couple since they were engaged a month after their first meeting. He watched the segment on the verge of tears and later spoke with Mi-eun on the phone just before her wedding. She apologized half-heartedly then said, “This is where it ends for us. I’ll pray for your recovery.”

Back in the present, Woon-kwang’s ex-girlfriend Eun-soo arrives at the hospital and when questioned, she says she’s merely visiting a colleague. Do-ha points out that her face mask and sunglasses make her look like a secret girlfriend just begging to be photographed. Eun-soo defends herself and insists that she and Woon-kwang are dunzo, thanks to Seol-woo.

We go back to that night Seol-woo and Eun-soo met at the fancy sky lounge. He delivered Woon-kwang’s parting words, which were: “A true relationship for an actress like you is a luxury you can’t afford. If you truly love someone in reality, when you act, your eyes… portray a lie.” As he said this, he deleted the photos of Eun-soo and Woon-kwang on her phone, and she begged to keep one for the memories, but Seol-woo replied, “Being clingy doesn’t suit you.”

In the present, Eun-soo explains that because of that she doesn’t have any hard feelings for Woon-kwang. But when she tries to visit as a “friend,” the bodyguard stops her on account of the doctor’s orders for complete rest. She takes it well and asks only that they tell Woon-kwang that she wishes him a speedy recovery.

Before she leaves, Eun-soo tries to headhunt Seol-woo, offering to double, even triple, his current pay. Surprisingly, it’s Do-ha who rejects her, stating that Seol-woo wouldn’t accept just for money because “he’s family.” Seol-woo plays along, but looks at Do-ha from the corner of his eyes, confused.

Afterwards, Do-ha apologizes for misunderstanding Seol-woo’s meeting with Eun-soo, and also thanks him for saving Woon-kwang. She asks him to continue to look after Woon-kwang, then reveals that oppa “has a way of owing people his life.”

As it turns out, Do-ha first met Woon-kwang while he was recovering from his first car accident right after Mi-eun got married. He sat on the edge of the hospital roof drinking soju, when Do-ha (dressed in black, and eyes wet from mourning) came upon him.

She pleaded for him not to kill himself since the weather wasn’t so great that day. They sat side-by-side on the roof and Do-ha told him that according to her grandfather, “They say you don’t die when your heart stops. You aren’t dead as long as someone remembers you.”

Thinking of Mi-eun’s betrayal, Woon-kwang twisted Do-ha’s words a little and said that if so, then he’s dead. She grabbed the soju bottle from his hands and said, “You’re so stupid. I’m not saying you should die if you’re forgotten. I’m saying don’t forget and live. That is what you should remember.”

He replied morosely, “There’s no one to remember anymore.” She suddenly asked his occupation and he told her he was an action star. In the present, she tells Seol-woo that’s how their stars collided.

Seol-woo has his own depressing take on Do-ha’s words to Woon-kwang and says, “The dead won’t come back to life just because you remember them. You should forget the dead.” She looks at him curiously, then places her hand on his chest (and the sound fills his ears) and asks if his heart beats, wondering if he’s made of stone.

He’s uncomfortable and tries to leave, but she persists and guesses he’s never dated before. He cuts her off and flees, and she watches him, saying to herself, “What’s with him? His heart did beat, but…”

At Seol-woo’s, Dong-hyun admires a nifty little spy camera tool that can blueprint the layout of any building from the inside. Seol-woo asks about that mechanic he saw on set, but Dong-hyun doesn’t have anything to report. Dong-hyun suggests that Seol-woo is mistaken about seeing the man, but Seol-woo is certain.

Dong-hyun offers police back-up to help handle Woon-kwang’s situation, but Seol-woo rejects it. Dong-hyun argues that Woon-kwang could die after Seol-woo’s mission is over, and Seol-woo replies sarcastically, “Even if I leave, he won’t die, since someone remembers him.” Dong-hyun asks what he’s talking about, but Seol-woo just calls it nonsense.

In the hospital, Woon-kwang has awaken but is exhausted from his fitful dreams. He tells Do-ha about being troubled by the two oddly similar and dangerous car accidents, then tenderly says, “Do-ha, don’t do anything so dangerous again. I want you to stay by my side for a very long time.” She voices her relief that Woon-kwang’s injuries aren’t as serious as they were last time, and Woon-kwang adds that he’s even allowed to go home already.

The next day, the entire Chewing crew celebrates Woon-kwang’s discharge. Woon-kwang accepts their concerns and gives a special shout-out to Seol-woo, thanking him. Given recent events, Woon-kwang asks Seol-woo to stick by his side like glue and guard him 24/7, with a large raise, of course.

Seol-woo panics internally as Woon-kwang makes his offer, and he looks as if he realllly wants to refuse, but with the mission on the line, he accepts.

CEO Ji wants Woon-kwang to get back to work so they can stay on schedule, but suddenly Woon-kwang is feeling dizzy and needs to lie down. The director of the movie comes over to visit Woon-kwang in bed, and feeds the star excuses about what happened with the car, but Woon-kwang tells them to find a replacement actor.

The director doesn’t want to because the scenes they already filmed look great. Woon-kwang is enchanted by the flattery and says, “My death scene was incredible, right?” The director agrees emphatically, adding that it looked like Woon-kwang was really dying. The statement deflates the actor and he says, “That’s right. I almost died.” Woon-kwang commands CEO Ji to clear his schedule and escort the director out.

The team sits down to rearrange Woon-kwang’s schedule and Seol-woo is immediately worried about the fan-meeting as other items on the schedule move to the chopping block.

Before he can think of a Plan B and try to coax Woon-kwang back into the limelight, Do-ha shows Seol-woo to his new accommodations. Naturally, the room is covered in Woon-kwang fan art, and Seol-woo immediately asks for a different room, but unfortunately Woon-kwang wants him in the room closest to his. She mentions that the staff used the room to sleep over often in the past, so he should find it comfortable.

Seol-woo reluctantly agrees, then asks about that trip to Russia; he suggests that it might be good for Woon-kwang to get away for a bit. Do-ha, ever astute, picks up on Seol-woo’s keen interest and asks pityingly if Seol-woo already packed and prepared his passport. LOL.

She assures him that they’ll have more international trips in the future so he shouldn’t be too disappointed. Aww, she’s sweet.

With a snag in their plan, Dong-hyun meets with Department Head Jang to find a go-around to get to Chairman Victor, and Department Head Jang insists that it’ll be difficult given the chairman’s influence in Russia. They then discuss Woon-kwang’s recent accident and the eerily similar one seven years ago.

Apparently, not only does Department Head Jang know about that first accident, he also knows about the love triangle between the Songsan couple and the action star. He supposes the second accident is also because of Mi-eun, with Seung-jae as the mastermind. The agents realize it’ll be hard to trace the crime back to the chaebol, what with Songsan and his connections covering all his tracks.

Back at Woon-kwang’s, Do-ha and Seol-woo read through a melodramatic scene for Woon-kwang, but he stops them short of completion, unhappy with their portrayals. He chides Do-ha for hamming it up and Seol-woo for robotically reading the lines.

Woon-kwang decides to take over, and Seol-woo is visibly relieved. Do-ha readies herself and promises to act natural, but he chooses Seol-woo as his partner instead. Seol-woo hesitates, and Woon-kwang observes his resistance, then decides to end the exercise.

Desperate to pull Woon-kwang out of his funk, Seol-woo stops him dramatically with one arm, and takes the female role. Woon-kwang becomes excited by the bodyguard’s enthusiasm and Seol-woo adorably clears his throat trying to generate a higher, more feminine-sounding voice. So cute.

Seol-woo throws himself into the role and Woon-kwang rises to match Seol-woo’s character immersion. They act out the dramatic scene, and then Woon-kwang calls cut, but Seol-woo has been so swept up in the emotions that he continues crying after it’s over and struggles to shake out of it, so Woon-kwang comforts him.

The doorbell rings with get-well gifts from Woon-kwang’s fans and when Seol-woo answers the door, he sees Dong-hyun dressed as a deliveryman. He isn’t there only for packages though, and delivers the bad news about Woon-kwang still being their only option to get to Chairman Victor.

Seol-woo sulks to be left at Woon-kwang’s disposal and goes back inside where Do-ha accepts a call from her father in prison. She takes a deep breath and hears him out when he asks for some money to use at the prison commissary. She rips into him for ending up back in prison, implying that he does this often.

Her father downplays his offense, saying that it’s all just a part of doing business, and promises to explain everything fully once he gets out. She guesses that he’ll say that he has tons of money squirreled away somewhere and when he gets out he’ll shower her with money. She asks why he needs money from her when he’s so rich.

He says that a partner has his money, but weirdly he can’t get in touch with him, so Do-ha tells him to also lose touch with her and hangs up. Seol-woo overheads the heated call and gets this thoughtful look on his face.

Department Head Jang meets with Mi-eun to discuss the strange nature of Woon-kwang’s accident, and he even tells her to beware of her husband. Mi-eun is in denial, and insists that Seung-jae’s act of investing in Woon-kwang’s movie is proof that he’s not behind the car incident. The NIS agent warns her to be careful anyway and that makes her snippy. She barks that she doesn’t want to hear that advice from him.

The conversation takes an interesting turn when Department Head Jang reminds Mi-eun of the reason why she ended up having a secret relationship, but we don’t hear that story just yet. Mi-eun says that she will protect her position just as long as he doesn’t “forget his promise.” You totally married Seung-jae for Woon-kwang, didn’t you?

After her call with her dad, Do-ha drowns herself in soju and Song-yi offers sagely, “They say parents and children were lenders and debtors in the past life in reverse. You must’ve borrowed like crazy.” For all her tough love, we know that Do-ha’s a big softie, and she starts reciting Dad’s inmate number to be written down before she forgets.

Song-yi knows she’s going to send Dad the money, and she doesn’t deny it, but adds that she keeps a record of all the money she’s loaned him and will be charging lots of interest.

She’s totally wasted as she stumbles back to Woon-kwang’s while Seol-woo is racking his brains trying to come up with a plan in his new room (one that will “move” Woon-kwang), when he notices Do-ha from his phone’s security camera feed and watches her climb the stairs.

Do-ha moves to open Seol-woo’s door, so he promptly locks it. She rattles the handle, and he watches pleased when she gives up. However, she’s struck with an idea and he panics when she picks the lock with a hairpin.

He dives onto the bed to feign sleep, but Do-ha doesn’t even notice him there. She collapses onto the bed and uses his chest as a pillow, then makes moony eyes at the oppas on the walls.

She tells the 2D Woon-kwangs that she drank too much, then starts pouring her heart out to the photos. She bemoans the return of her father into her life and wonders aloud if she should have just died back when her grandfather passed away.

Back then, her father was in prison and the creditors began harassing her. With her grandfather gone she wanted to die too, but then she met Woon-kwang. She says that she lied to Seol-woo about her being the one to save his life, because really Woon-kwang saved her. She adds cheerfully through tears, “That’s why I thought we were meant to be.”

She believed that she was the one who gave him the strength to get through his grueling physical therapy sessions, but didn’t know it was because of her. Then, she passes out and snuggles against Seol-woo.

Seol-woo gets up, having finally found the way to motivate Woon-kwang: Mi-eun.

He finds Woon-kwang downstairs and the pair sit down for a midnight snack of chicken and beer. Woon-kwang asks if Seol-woo thinks he’s pathetic for trying to pull out of the movie and Seol-woo says, “People leave in order to find a reason to return. Think only of yourself for now.”

Woon-kwang admits that after surviving his two car accidents, he’s become fearful. He describes rehabilitating his leg after his first accident and though it was hell, he made it through on hatred and rage. The actor explains that there was a woman he loved, but on the day of that accident she left him, and married someone else before they even broke up.

He catches himself then tells Seol-woo to forget it, but Seol-woo divulges that he was sent to Woon-kwang by Mi-eun. The spy lays out his bait and tells Woon-kwang that the largest shareholder of Chewing Entertainment is Mi-eun. Seol-woo says that Mi-eun probably wants Woon-kwang to return to work, then adds, “You are not the type of person who would be someone else’s puppet.”

Seol-woo waits for Woon-kwang’s reaction intently and in voiceover he says, “Faith, hope, and love cannot save a person. What saves a person is hatred and rage. At the end of Woon-kwang’s hate and rage is Song Mi-eun. She will save him.” Woon-kwang eventually asks Seol-woo where his loyalties lie, whether it is Songsan or him, and that’s the question Seol-woo was waiting for, so he replies, “I belong to the person I serve.”

His mind trick works, and the next morning Woon-kwang suits up and heads to CEO Ji’s office. He confronts the CEO about Mi-eun’s large stake in Chewing, and CEO Ji sweats.

Meanwhile, Mi-eun meets with her designer friend (whose name is SHARON KIM) and asks about Woon-kwang. After Sharon says that he’s fine, she questions Mi-eun, asking to know why she keeps up with the charade when she has everything, especially since Woon-kwang hardly appreciates her keeping tabs on him and helping him from the shadows.

Mi-eun replies that she doesn’t care about being appreciated, in fact she doesn’t want Woon-kwang to know (too late for that), and adds that she’ll keep it up, “Until the things I want to protect are safe.”

Back in CEO Ji’s office, the CEO gets on his knees and offers his head as payment for the deception. He’ll answer to Woon-kwang’s wrath, but doesn’t regret his actions since Mi-eun was the only one who could help Woon-kwang back then.

Woon-kwang won’t hear his excuses and announces that he’s leaving the talent agency. Do-ha follows shortly thereafter, while Seol-woo stands vigil outside the office and smirks as everything goes according to plan.

They return to Woon-kwang’s where the actor gathers his team and tells them to choose between him and Chewing. Unlike Do-ha, the others are less certain of what they should do, but Woon-kwang doesn’t demand decisions immediately. Instead, he asks about their first item on his schedule: Chairman Victor’s birthday party.

The main trio flies to Moscow, and Seol-woo and Dong-hyun rendezvous in the lobby of a hotel. Dong-hyun deposits a large coin into the spy’s hands and then moves on. Once Dong-hyun is gone, Seol-woo gets this look in his eyes when he sees Do-ha walk into view, dressed in a fancy white ball gown.

She’s a bit self-conscious about her outfit, but he tells her that she looks pretty. Woon-kwang enters at that moment and he compliments both himself and Seol-woo, calling them a fine-looking pair. He suddenly asks where Do-ha is, and Seol-woo becomes confused since she’s standing right next to them. Do-ha looks sad, until Woon-kwang slowly turns to her and says, “All I see is a beautiful woman.” And she giggles. You cheeseball. I love it. Seol-woo watches the entire exchange not amused.

Meanwhile, back in Korea the baddies are onto our spy team, and have tracked Dong-hyun to Russia. They have a hunch about Seol-woo’s plan to acquire the wood carving, but instead of intervening in Russia, Assemblyman Baek advises Ki-chul to let our heroes bring the item back to Korea, then intercept it.

He makes a point of impressing onto Ki-chul that he will be the one to possess the wood carving in the end and not Songsan because he is done bowing to Seung-jae.

The trio gets through Chairman Victor’s extensive security check and Seol-woo affixes his spy gear onto his body to give Dong-hyun (who acts as his tech support), a view of the scene, and to start constructing the building’s blueprint. Woon-kwang and Do-ha marvel at the ornate ballroom, but their good mood is interrupted by the arrival of the Songsan couple.

Seung-jae inquires after Woon-kwang’s health following his accident, and Woon-kwang replies that he’s fine, but as he answers his eyes drift over to Mi-eun, who avoids his gaze. Do-ha credits Seol-woo for Woon-kwang’s good condition and Seung-jae takes notice of the bodyguard for the first time. Seung-jae praises Seol-woo for his good deed, with a strange look in his eyes.

Woon-kwang announces to Mi-eun that he’s leaving Chewing because he doesn’t like the main shareholder. Do-ha accuses Mi-eun, asking how long she intended to keep her secret. Mi-eun dismisses Do-ha and says she doesn’t need to speak with her about such matters, but Woon-kwang puts his arm around Do-ha and disagrees, stating that as the CEO of his new company, Do-ha’s opinion matters.

Seung-jae interrupts and advises that they talk business later, making it a point to put his arm around Mi-eun’s waist. It doesn’t go unnoticed by Woon-kwang. The trio leaves the couple, and Seung-jae studies his wife’s face and asks if she’s flustered, but she insists that she’s merely taken aback.

Chairman Victor finally makes his appearance and immediately he beelines for Woon-kwang, greeting him excitedly as a fan. In his mind, Seol-woo goes through the plan he and Dong-hyun had mapped out, which mainly involves hacking into the security mainframe to disarm the sensors and stealing the carving during the happy birthday song while all of the lights are off.

Later, after her husband peels away to talk shop with Chairman Victor and Do-ha disappears to the bathroom, Mi-eun approaches Woon-kwang and recommends that he reconsider his decision to leave Chewing. She warns that he could lose everything. He tells her that that’s his problem, and she replies back cryptically, “It’s also my problem.”

She thinks he’s just being prideful, but he’s adamant and asks if to her, he still looks pathetic. He says, “Please let me get away from you.” Oof. The exchange doesn’t go unnoticed by Seung-jae, who watches them from a distance with a grim expression.

Meanwhile, the blueprint mapping is done and Dong-hyun directs Seol-woo to the security mainframe in the basement. He’ll need to get his timing right in order to avoid the security cameras monitoring the entrance. Seol-woo intends to slip away from Woon-kwang while he’s getting the tour of Chairman Victor’s collection in his “secret room.”

Only Woon-kwang is allowed into the secret room, so Seol-woo escorts him to the door to see him off and prepares to shut down the security sensors. However, he’s caught off-guard when Woon-kwang requests special permission to bring Seol-woo along.

He’s met with some resistance from Chairman Victor (and Seol-woo), but Woon-kwang describes Seol-woo as a “brother and soulmate” with whom he has no secrets. When Seol-woo tries to whisper that he doesn’t need to go along, Woon-kwang shushes him with a finger to Seol-woo’s lips. At Woon-kwang’s insistence, Victor concedes and Seol-woo panics.

Dong-hyun warns Seol-woo not to go in since it’ll mess up their plan, but seeing no other option, Seol-woo goes forward. Now that he’s lost his timing to disarm the security sensors, he’ll need to speed up his plan to sneak away during the birthday song and retrieve the carving. Dong-hyun is certain the plan won’t work given the short timeframe, but Seol-woo isn’t a super spy for nothing and answers: “Plan B.”

 
COMMENTS

This episode was a lot more toned down compared to last week, and our zaniest characters, Woon-kwang and Do-ha, had some quiet moments to shine and show us their scars. So far, their relationship feels like the emotional core of the drama and I love how deeply they care for one another. I thought it was interesting that Do-ha was not a fan of Woon-kwang’s before they met, and slowly her adoration for him grew over time after getting to know him as a person and friend. That scene on the roof now colors every interaction between the two for me and it’s a warm and lovely feeling.

With Do-ha and Woon-kwang in somber moods, it fell on Seol-woo to bring the comedy and high energy we got before, and I’m sorry to say but I think Park Hae-jin missed the mark for me. I don’t think he has that innate sense of comedic timing or creative flair as like, say Jo Jung-seok has. To be fair, the scenes themselves weren’t particularly hilarious but even his delivery was a bit lackluster, so those two things together resulted in some flat scenes.

Seol-woo’s motives kind of leave me confused from time to time, especially regarding Do-ha. I think for now he’s just trying to figure everything out and focus on getting his mission done and then “die” as he always has. So I’m willing to bet that he himself isn’t accustomed to facing the various feelings he may or may not be having for the people in his undercover lives, since he rarely develops emotional attachments. It’ll be interesting to see him grapple with those thoughts especially since he’s shown a tendency to manipulate others in order to achieve his mission, which makes him a great spy, but a crappy friend.

The spy elements of this episode were kind of underwhelming, but I’m hoping the next episode propels us into stickier and more perilous situations, and overall raises the stakes on all fronts, because I don’t feel particularly invested in anyone’s journey right now.

 
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His facial expressions throughout this episode were priceless!

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After watching episode 4, I've realized there's only 2 expressions to Seulwoo - stoic bodyguard and confused/disgusted spy. As murasakimi said, Park Haejin didn't fully bring the comedic timing.

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I beg to differ from daydee and murasakimi. How can it be only stoic bodyguard sand confused/ disgusted spy? Not sure if we had really watched the same drama.....sigh....

I have not always been a fan of Park Hae Jin's acting - for example, I find him somewhat stiff in Dr Stranger. But my personal view is that Park Hae Jin had really nailed it for this role and he had also shown great comedic timing in this drama. I find myself either sniggering or laughing or holding my tummy in stitches at his priceless incredulous expressions or when he rolls his eyes at the absurdness of Cha Do Ha and Yeo Woon Kwang. I prefer this type of restrained comedy than straight on slapstick comedy.

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I agree with you. Although Park Hae-jin's expressions are not laugh out loud funny, it still has me either smiling and giggling. I think having that confused/disgusted characteristic makes Guard Kim seem more humane because from this perspective both Woon-kwang and Do Ha are ridiculous! Do ha more so...especially in the first two episodes. I really liked how she came around because it shows that she was willing to trust a new person who has entered their 'family'. I think for Do Ha, what matters is that Guard Kim saved Woon-kwang despite all the dangers he was facing/putting himself in. So in her eyes she can trust the person who does that.
Anyway, back to Seol-woo. I think I like the way Park Hae-jin is portraying two sides of the coin. We saw in episodes 1 and 2 how he can be the top secret spy agent he can be, with all his fighting skills. If that was all he had to show, then I would've been disappointed because we've seen hundreds of leads who are stoic, cold and unfeeling. So for Park Hae-jin to portray any other emotion than 'I'm a spy so I have to be strict and grim' is a welcome dish, atleast on my plate.

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I agree with you. I find it hard to laugh at many supposedly "funny" scenes in Korean dramas which others find hilarious. But PHJ's stoic face which strives to remain unruffled and even are constantly being betrayed by those eyes now...and it's the eyes that get me every time and I'm giggling at all the myriad expressions that range from wide open shock to revulsion, and the accompanying mouth movements are hilarious...sometimes his mouth just hangs open in shock. And then he'll school his face into that frozen blankness. I think it's more hilarious because he does this all so silently and doesn't let out a word about what he's feeling, except for the occasional long pained sigh, and that side mutter. I love it.

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Just caught up on this ep and I really found PHJ hilarious in this episode. His unamused face amuses me every single time. And I agree with what you said, his confused/disgusted expressions are on point because even to me, Do-ha and Woon-kwang looks ridiculous sometimes so whenever I see Seol-woo silently reacting through his facial expressions, it gets me. He has to control his reactions since he's on a mission, and for me, so far he's doing good in portraying his personality as a spy & a bodyguard.

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I also agree with this. That scene where he has to practice the script was absolutely hilarious to me. I mean the high-pitched throat clearing and watery eyes were on point. I think the type of comedy that PHJ portrays suits his character; if it was anything more, people would probably complaining about the execution, exaggeration, etc.

What it shows is that there are different types of comedy, and PHJ not aiming to be, say Namgoong Min (Chief Kim/My Fair Lady), for example. The subtle expressions, paired with the small gestures that let bits of his true character shine through, I think is perfect, because it's not forced.

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WK and K running lines together was the highlight of this show for me so far. It was so funny! It made sense that K would be a good actor as he is acting when he is undercover. I finally saw why PHJ appeals to people. I was underwhelmed by the first two episodes, but that scene won me over.

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I think PHJ did bring on the comedic timing in a rather restrained manner. I prefer his subtle expressions compared to the other actor's more dramatic flair because he is not supposed to be dramatic as a spy, but restrained.

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I completely agree with you. I think it boils down to what type of comedy people prefer: I am also a bigger fan of subtle expressions rather than the more "dramatic flair" Jo Jung seuk would bring (though, now that I think about it...It would be interesting to see his take on this character as well...)

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You have to understand that he has to be stoic because he is a bodyguard, who has to be alert at all times. His identity does not really allow him to mingle with his "client". Honestly, I find it more effective than his showing too much emotions because when he does show one, it becomes comedic.

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I must agree with you and Charray :) I am not a fan of Park Hae Jin but his little grimasses of disbelief - what just happened here - is far better fit for his character than slapstick or over the top comedy. :)

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There's a great line in the 'what we're watching' article about him being in a spy thriller & the others being in a comedy and I think it's marrying those two well at the moment - ie ditto, it'd be odd for him to be over the top.

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I wonder why SW cried after that acting class with DH and WK. It doesn't seem to be in character for him though.

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Lol I actually thought it was partly from embarrassment! There is a moment right after he PHJ turns around at the ending of the scene where he just realizes what hes done and I can feel his soul deep cringe!

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Hmm yea I...agree with both sides @[email protected] I think its partly a direction problem where Park hae-jin often and easily smiles when a mission goes his way...which, being a high profile secret agent is totally impractical. If he's truly trained in the art of secrecy, he wouldn't constantly smile and risk giving himself away. But while the presence of his constant incredulous/disgusted expressions seemed similarly misplaced and unfit for his character at first, I've kind of accepted it all as bi-products of flawed writing and direction of the show overall. Once I overlook the fact that none of it (like nothing in this show even narratively) makes sense, I can't help but find Park hae-jin's incredulous expressions funny. Also, that scene where he couldn't stop crying had me in stitches. Sooo, maybe I'm just sticking to this for Park hae-jin? I can't help but have faith in his ability to act out comedic scenes from what I've seen of him in My Love from Another Star. He wasn't outright hilarious there, but his cute and frank personality in that show makes me believe that he has it in him...he just hasn't had that opportunity to let it shine yet.

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On Do Ha: I know people still don't like her, but this episode, I decided that I love her. We realize that DH and WK were each other's lifeline and that's obviously the reason why she's so crazy about him, which explains how protective she is and why she was so against SW. Her apology for distrusting him was sincere, and it shows a lot about her character. She clearly had reasons to distrust him and when she found out it was a misunderstanding she felt no shame in apologizing. Her blatant honesty and straightforwardness is such a joy to watch.

I find it interesting that SW said DH's opinion of "the dead don't die because you remember them" was nonsense, but he still repeated it to Donghyun. SW has alway had to forget, or he wouldn't be a successful agent. So he's always had to remain cold and detached even while pretending, and I'm sure he walks away from every mission, wiping clean his memories of the people he manipulated to get the job done. (But DH and WK have such a way of worming their way into hearts especially with the heartfelt drunk talk!)

It's significant because it shows that whatever DH is saying is unsettling him and making some sort of impression on him. He definitely is not interested in her (yet), but probably something about her just nags at him and unsettles him. Especially because his first impression of her was most likely a crazy sasaeng fan who's only obsessed with oppa, and his impression might be changing now.

On Seol Woo: He is the master of deadpan expressions that say so much, really. And he's such a sulky and petty kid whenever he's not doing that ice cold bodyguard facade! I love how
- He almost rolled his eyes when DH talked about WK looking like a sleeping angel, and
- How his face just said "tsk, tsk" when DH realized he hadn't been flirting with WK's ex. You can almost see him shaking his head and clucking his tongue!
- And hah, when he gave her that side-eye when she went all defensive on his behalf "he's family, he wouldn't do such things".
- And also when he cried tears for his lost dignity while acting the scene with WK.
- Ok this list might go on forever, so I'll stop for now.

I wonder if, his comments that "you're pretty" are genuine? I don't think he had the intention to use her in his missions, so I do wonder what his motive is in telling her that. But, hah! Was he annoyed that she reacted so much to WK's compliment but not to his?

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He had this self-righteous expression in his eyes when DH realized there wasn't anything going on between him and the ex. Hilarious.

I think the "You're pretty" came out involuntarily, he turned away at once, after saying those words, like he hadn't meant to say them. If he had wanted to flatter her, he would have gone on, but he didn't and I think he was being genuine then.

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I think when he said "You're pretty" was genuine because for him he is just stating the fact. I don't think he realises that this can affect Do ha in any way. Maybe he didn't mean to compliment her, but I'm sure that in his eyes she looked pretty and so that's what he said.

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I like SW's little wave when he sees off the ex. it's so cute!

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Maybe that's more what came before? I think they could have put a bit more light/shade & context into Do-Ha in week 1 so she felt more rounded - in that, I thought this episode did great work and I came out of it liking her much more as well.

I'm expecting Dong-Hyun to pitch up in drag at some point - he seems to be having a whale of a time!

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I also wished they had fleshed out DH's character in Week 1 instead of the screechy banshee she was then. She did come out looking more sympathetic in this episode, and I like the quiet conversation she had with WK when he broke his leg and when her grandpa died.

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I read in Soompi that the rating for MxM dropped. Apparently viewers blame DH and/or the actress. Even soompi's readers were bashing her so bad.. Saying how they hate her face, her hair and her eyes. The show should replace her etc... etc.
Is she really that bad (character or the actress's acting) and thus deserved to be bash like that? Coz she seems fine to me...

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I genuinely think it was the character - I don't think there's anything wrong with her acting. But we were given very little to like about the character, I think, in the first two episodes - I think it was a bad judgement to finally do something 3 epis in, but I'm glad they finally did.

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I think her character was and is fine since the beginning. The backstory helps but does not make her a more "likable" character. I think it's because she is a more mature actress and that may be what is throwing people off. Maybe they expected a cute young girl as a number one fan. At first I too thought it was odd she was cast as I've mostly seen her in melodramas with older cast. But when I saw the promos I thought wow she looks...younger! And fresh!...and then in the first two episodes I really liked her portrayal of DH. A super fan but also like a mother to her star, not everyone could convey both. She is a good fit. They just gave her a bad hairstyle. I think she has great chemistry with Park Woo-sung and I actually think she looks good with Park Hae Jin! I can't wait until their romance develops.

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I like her and I honestly don't get why she's getting bashed like that! Episode 3 ratings did drop but that was because of the presidential debate, episode 4 ratings are better!

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I totally agree with you. I get that she was a bit over the top in the first two episodes but I think that's how she should have been anyway. Because to her all she was doing was saving her Oppa from a threat, as she saw Seol-woo then. Because she did this, it made more sense of how she came to like...or accept him in this episode.

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I didn't like her in the first two episodes because she was just too loud, brash and rude. But this episode showed she could shine through in quieter moments, and she toned down her behavior, so she came out being more likeable now.

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I have been reading these hateful comments from epi 1 (honestly before it was aired) and with epi 3 rating dropped, they just found reason to bash her more.

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I think people just take lower ratings as a reason to bash her even more, but it might not even have been due to her.

I liked her even in E1-2, and I like her even more now. How she looks doesn't really affect how much I like her! I don't think there's anything wrong with her acting, people probably just don't like her blunt bob and how she's so crazy over WK, sigh.

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Me too... I like her since the beginning. I like that she is a strong headed woman. Thou, I was like ehhh when she seems like a crazy fan. But episode 3 and 4 did redeem her for me.

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It does kind of reflect the likely gender disparity in the population of Korean viewers, one guesses.

It is almost a cliche to have Korean rom-com with naive, perky, earnest, slightly stupid but good hearted heroines paired with (initially) arrogant, unfeeling, smart and/or "player" male protagonists but you'd hardly hear of k-nets going negative on the actor's talents or looks.

Presumably a larger proportion of female audiences project themselves more on the female actors. Hence the stronger negative reaction.

A similar trend seems clear with idols turned actors. It may be my imagination but the female idols appear to more widely criticized than their male counterparts although objectively the proportion of poor first time performances would be about the same.

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many big names/stars act average but they are famous maybe because of their pretty face. Cha do ha/kim min jung's acting is above average maybe extraordinary. I also didn't liked her in first 2 episode but in episode 3 i liked her.

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Dont get wrong bout Soompiers in ManXMan forum, not all of them bashing the DH/KMJ, im myself.. always spazzing there, so far they aint bashing her tbvh.

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Good observations Lezah

If I may add, I think SW has a blind spot. He does have an attachment for the people he saved. Like the Russian military guy. And now, the spoilt diva. He just doesn't realise it yet. He wants to forget people but people don't forget him. And it's actually a good thing for him.

Another thing that perplexed him and making it different from other assignments is that this particular mission is unusual. Our WK and DH are lovable, comical and dysfunctional "not-couple" makeshift family, unlike his previous targets which are more predictable and lethal in their dealings and reactions.

Saving WK was the right thing to do and it kept SW in the mission. But it also made WK go off tangent, compromising the Russian trip. Dealing with DH wasn't easy too, getting an earful from her and his smooth tactics not going anywhere with her. Yes, he overcomes these "obstacles" easily but I guess he remains disturbed by the fact that he is receiving love and gratitude in an overwhelming manner when these are just "duties" to him.

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I actually think he and Petrov probably go way back (might have been secret agents together at one point?) so they might even be friends.

I agree with you! I get the feeling that for his past missions, especially the ones that they showed in E1, he had to deal with crooks/gangsters/use innocent women to get to those crooks, so those were easily predictable for him. But DH and WK are throwing him off course by actually attempting to "bond" with him, if I may put it that way. DH's not part of this first mission, and his mission was just to get to Russia and steal the figurine, so I bet he wasn't expecting WK to go with the whole "brother" thing. I like how all these little actions are shaking him up! Though I really have a lot to say about his jerk-titude in E4's recap!

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+1,000,000 lezah

This show is not perfect but I still love the show for PHJ and some of the offbeat moments. The super cool spy thingy versus silly over the top moments.

For someone who was involved with militaries, bombs, jailbreaks, old fashion romance, ruthless mafias, pretty much all serious stuff.......so the last thing SW expected was piggyback rides, overgrown baby, chicken run, complicated relationships, bromance.... it's getting too much for him

Hahshahahaha

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When SW was in a relationship with the foreign woman in the past, didn't the woman also attempt to bond with him? That's why they were in a relationship, no? What makes DH and WK different from that foreign woman? When you have a new person in your mix, it's natural to want to bond with him no matter what. It's because SW has the ability to differentiate between mission and personal feelings that he didn't get involved personally way back then.

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I think (and this is just my personal conjecture) that SW doesn't form any "bond" with people who are not involved in his mission in any sense, because that would mean having to fake more "deaths". For example, his mission in the past was to get close to that girl so that he could get to speak to her father. So he focused on her, and her only. This time, his mission was to be a bodyguard so that he could be brought along to Russia. Nothing about having to get close to WK, and certainly not to get into DH's good graces at all. I feel like he tries to remain as detached as possible, but DH and WK are just so... quirky and adorable, they have such a way of worming into people's hearts (or at least mine)!

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I don't know if he was being genuine, but what is with that slow mo when DH was walking up the steps toward SW in her white gown? Is the director hinting at something SW might have been seeing and feeling as a result of her makeover? Haha

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So I’m willing to bet that he himself isn’t accustomed to facing the various feelings he may or may not be having for the people in his undercover lives, since he rarely develops emotional attachments.

Agree with you on this, murasakimi! He probably carries out all his mission being emotionally detached, with really calculated moves to manipulate people, but somehow he seems to keep catching DH and WK in really sombre moments where they share with him their innermost thoughts. And strangely enough, he seems almost affected by it. This is so interesting to me T_T

I did find myself sniggering a little at PHJ's little comedic moves, so I think he's doing fine (wasn't looking out for insanely hilarious moments) but that might be because I enjoyed this episode so much as a whole. And thank you for the very very fast recap!!

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I find all those expressions of his priceless, and it's even funnier because he can't say a word! He gripes and grumbles out of the corner of his mouth as he strides off and those nasty asides make me chortle.

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YES, when he lets that cool bodyguard exterior slip, and he walks off muttering under his breath? I love those moments, he's such a petty man-child at times!

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Hello to all Beanies watching this show! (: Never imagined that one day I'd delurk to comment, much less for this show (had always been waiting for "The One" to delurk me but can't wait anymore).

Like @lezah, I just wanted to respond to this quote as well:

So I’m willing to bet that he himself isn’t accustomed to facing the various feelings he may or may not be having for the people in his undercover lives, since he rarely develops emotional attachments.

I find that part intriguing as well, given that Seol-Woo must have had quite a few relationships during his spy times. Why and how is it different this time, especially with Do-Ha? Surely his previous girlfriend would have shared her innermost thoughts with him as well... yet he was so cold when he left her.

I can't help but think that perhaps the language Seol-Woo uses in his interactions with the people he meets while undercover is part of what affects the quality of attachments he forms with them. After all, Seol-Woo presumably speaks Korean natively and definitely much more fluently compared to the gazillion other languages that he speaks, and his closest friend/ally at the moment is Dong-Hyun, another native Korean speaker. It could be the language that he feels most comfortable and "himself" in. Add on to that the fact that this is likely his first mission in South Korea (since supposedly no one knows him there), and it is possible that this is quite a new context in which he is operating in i.e. in a place where he interacts with people in the language that is closest to his heart. Perhaps this can help explain why he suddenly seems to be showing/feeling emotions for the people in this mission, compared to his previous mission.

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Those are some great observations @rhapsophie!

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Welcome and congratulations for de-lurking, woohoo!
That's actually a really interesting observation, I didn't think of it that way. Maybe he really does feel more comfortable in Korea.

I wonder if it's because for his past missions, he HAD to romance the girl. So like it or not, he had to sit around and listen to her share her thoughts, while probably remaining detached. Right now, as of E3, DH's not part of his mission, but she keeps getting in his way, and in some sense, he's forced to listen to her and spend time with her, and I wonder if that makes all the difference between her and the other women that he had to romance as part of his mission.

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Thanks for the welcome!!

I think you're right about Do-Ha not being part of his mission, but constantly intruding somehow, which is making a big difference. From what I see, it seems like other women in Seol-Woo's life (the ex-girlfriend, Woon Kwang's stylist and makeup artist) kind of fawn over him and are just charmed by his suaveness. Do-Ha seems to be the exception, being suspicious of him right from the start, and calling him out on all the questionable things he does. Rather than just weaving his web as usual and playing with the prey so to speak, he's being kept on his toes a bit more.

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That's a fascinating point... It does make sense in a way. I know from my own experiences in intercultural relationships that language, even when one is fluent, can still present an challenge (I think it is a challenge worth facing, but a challenge nonetheless). Seol Woo may be competent wherever in the world his spy missions send him, but he might not necessarily feel at home. Being in a place with fellow native speakers, who keep forcing him to act as family in the culture he was presumably raised in, it is prolly much harder for him to stay detached, and not be pressed into viewing them as family.

I think what would really back up this theory would be more backstory for Seol Woo, maybe on why he is not known in Korea.

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For some reason I just ship Woonkwang and Doha waaayyy more. Seolwoo isn't selling me on the romantic front but Woonkwang is this wonderful petulant caring manchild that brings out hearteyes in full force. I actually like PHJ's comedic timing, and I think he was more crying due to embarrassment than being too immersed in the emotions, but I don't understand why he's falling for Doha. I love her, but Seolwoo has walked away from quite a few women after all. This show needs to establish what makes her different, or special to him and it hasn't done that yet. Here's hoping it does soon, or its SLS for me!

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He was totally crying due to his lost dignity at having to do such a thing, haha!

I'm still firmly of the POV that he definitely feels nothing for DH, except annoyance and maybe, just maybe, a little intrigue. She definitely makes him uncomfortable to a certain extent, but I wouldn't say that he's falling for her at all. He knows his mission and it's almost over, so I'm pretty sure he's been emotionally detached from DH all this time. It's just that all her heartfelt talk to him might have made him change his impression of her.

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He was crying because he can't believe what he's got himself into! I laughed so much at that! And I don't think he's falling for Do-ha, at least not yet, I just don't see anything romantic in the looks he gives her, I thought the scene in which Do-ha was drunk made it clear, she was there this close to him but there was nothing from him that showed he liked her, all he had in his mind was how to use what she said for his advantage!!

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Yes, the speed at which he propelled his body up was proof he felt nothing for her. HAHAHAHA

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While he has not fallen for her, or least he thinks he is not, he is clearly affected by her. I shall not say more since it's a spoiler from the next episode, but suffice to say, I think he is going to fall hard on all fronts.

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i started watching this after reading the reviews. i kept wondering why he would fall for her as well. it's been established that he can use people to meet his objectives and he has no problem with leaving them behind. what makes her extraordinary? at this very point, i have no idea. i suspect it's supposed to be this whole "we are a family" ordeal and her emotional, heart-felt speeches but i'm not buying it yet.

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I believe what will make him fall in love with her because she uses her heart in her sleeve, she have no problem saying what she thinks, but she's not stubborn or proud and can admit when she is wrong.
What need extraordinary reasons for him to fall in love with her, Sometimes people fall in love because as cliche may seem, love is not rational, and like it or not, we can fall in love with people we can't imagine.

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I ship Seulwoo and Woonkwang more.

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Me too! I ship SW and WK more. They are so good together, and WK is so sweet to him too. Bromance feels!

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My favorite scenes:

The rooftop scene where both DH and Yeo meet for the first time. They are at their most vulnerable, and she doesn't even know who he is.

The part where she has that catch in her voice as she says, "I lied to Kim Guard. I didn't save you, Oppa. You saved me."

When Agent Kim can't stop crying at the rehearsal, and he touches his tears, astounded at himself.

When he looks at her with that look in his eyes as she emerges in her white gown, and when he says, "You're pretty" like he means it.

When she smooths down that gown, like it's so precious.

When he looks at the Russian, begging him with his eyes to say No. LOL.

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I LOVED her white dress and how she looked in it. (Much better than ME, her sequinned dress somehow made her look drab and shapeless). She was just adorable when she smoothed down the dress!

I was laughing at SW's grunts whenever she hit her head against his stomach-pillow but my heart really hurt for her when she said that it was oppa who had saved her, but it was ME who had saved oppa and made him fight to live.

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Yes, that look on his face when he realizes she's at the door, and he quickly locks it, and then she's back and unlocking it, LOL! and when he realizes it, he looks so horrified like, oh, no, she's coming in! and he jumps into bed, and freezes, and blends in with the bed covers!!!! HAHAHAHA he was wearing the same shade of gray. Hilarious!

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I was thinking, "good job, ghost agent". Top ghost agent and he couldn't think of anything else to do at that moment except lie on the bed? LOL. He blended in perfectly! DH just cracks me up - I didn't expect her to pick the lock at all.

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He lay there so still like a stiff gray ghost HAHAHAHA then when she fell back, he swung up so fast and straight I laughed so hard.

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That scene is so hilarious! I didn't notice the same blend of colors until I went back to watch it once more. And aloha! He is indeed wearing the same color as the bedspread. Haha. He looks so panic stricken and horrified at DH outside his door, struggling with the lock, then unpicking it eh? OMG! I can watch that scene for ages and still laugh at the absurdity of it all.

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ME's dress remind me a lot the dress that I have seen more than one actress worn it during award ceremony. LOL. I think Park Shin Hye have worn it before (or something similar). I like DH's dress too. I am not a fan of white bridal dress but since her clothes always more on casual concept, she looks good in it.

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Me too. She was so pretty in her dress and even her hair was flattering for once. I liked how seeing her all prettified didn't even make Seol-woo suddenly develop feelings for her, instead it was more a look of "oh I guess she knows how to clean up well."

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She looked beautiful in the white dress and I think he really meant it because it came out fast and caught him off guard!

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Park Hae Jin's "WTF"/the side eyes expressions are priceless...Laughed so much at the reharsal scene,the poor guy even cried because of his humilliation jajaa...

But i don't mind one bit,this team will surely make out Agent K learn to be alive...Love seeing those bits of his true personaly come out,it's quite intresting as he himself has the strong one,no wonder he didn't vanish among all the times he had to live as another person...Curious if at the end of this drama journey he'll still be agent or he'll quit,i guess the later one...Also,is Seolwoo his real name or another made one...Love his partner so much(and the comic BGM's attached)

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I like that scene too. It was quirky.

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Bwahaha I replayed that scene so many times.

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I love his partner too!! It's only when Seol-woo is around him, he shows his true self, together they're hilarious!

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Yes, there needs to be more appreciation of Jung Man Sik as Dong Hyun and his cute little side bromance with Kim Seol Woo. Dong Hyun is hi-larious in how he always shows up in character at the most random moments. He also humanize Seol Woo. For all his secret agent hard-heartedness, I feel the Seol Woo thinks of Dong Hyun as a friend (perhaps his only one).

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This so much! It's only when Seol-woo is around Dong-hyun that he acts remotely human. Did you see his cute little dance in the lair? I can't remember if it was 3 or 4 cause I watched one right after the other. It was so funny, I don't think I've ever seen Park Hae-jin be funny but it suits him really well.

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in this episode, Do Ha starts to grow on me. Somehow, a grateful and kind Do Ha (towards SW) seems more relatable than a grumpy and possessive manager.

PHJ is one of my favourite actors so I tend to be rather bias. At this juncture, I guess it's difficult for us to feel for his character as the show has yet to highlight his background. Probably he is an orphan, rooted and trained for a long stint in other countries (apart the from South Korea) since young, with the only indication that he hasn't been back/around in South Korea.

I am not sure what to make of his staring at her gala dinner make over... I guess his previous remarks "you are pretty" were never sincere. Just a well trained agent who gave fake compliments to secure their targets' loyalties or favours.

But in the beautiful dress, his expression is one of surprise as he sees her as pretty afterall. And I guess he barely give it much thought as of now.

Despite whatever lacking in his show, I still like it much better than K2. I do hope the story will give us a chance to see more facets of PHJ as I believe he is an accomplished actor...

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I don't have any particular bias toward JCW/PHJ, but I definitely like this show more than K2. Might have something to do with the fact that I prefer DH much more than Anna.

I saw his previous "you're pretty" remarks as a random flippant remark to get her to stop asking him questions (hoping he would fluster her), but I was surprised at him saying it when she showed up in her white dress. It looked genuine, but I didn't want to believe that it was.

Man, the problem about drama relationships that start off on a "fake feelings" premise is that I feel like I'm going to second-guess/be suspicious about everything he does from now on - is it genuine, or is it not? The same thing happened in High Society; I couldn't get invested in the main couple's relationship because the hero never sold me on the fact that he genuinely liked her after a while. I hope I don't have the same problem with this show.

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PHJ seems satisfied with this drama as compared to his Cheese in the Trap drama. He is a passionate actor who cares about his role so I suspect that we will get a good outcome from this production.

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This episode was hilarious, I haven't watched Park Sung-woong in anything before but I'm loving him in this!

I liked that this episode showed us what brought Do-ha and Woon-kwang together. They have this special relationship because they met each other    when they both weren't in a very good place in life, both had lost people they loved and felt betrayed and lonely, they understood one another and connected at that. I want to know why Mi-eun did that to Woon-kwang, I'm sure Seung-jae had a hand in that.

When Do-ha said sleeping Woon-kwang looked like a little angel, WTH?! Seol-woo's reaction to that said it all!!

I'm loving the bromance here! I couldn't stop laughing when Seol-woo suggested to act out scene 14 and be the female lead, after he did it he looked like he lost the will to live, LOL! Woon-kwang wanting Seol-woo to stick by his side 24/7 is going to ruin Seol-woo's plans but it's the best thing ever because we get to see all of those funny expressions!! His pleading eyes to Victor, haha!! Now, what does he have in mind, what is his plan B?!

And Cha Do-ha, you lucky girl, why do you get to have Oppa as your pillow, so jealous, Dammit!!

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I wrote this comment before watching ep 4 ?

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Because after E4, you're even more jealous of DH, right? And then after you watched the preview for E5, you just wanted to take her position? Hahaha.

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I'm watching you, azzo...no funny moves now.

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Sorry, can't promise you anything!

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Aww!! I can't believe @yyishere is helping me get Oppa, I'm touched ❤.. You just leveled up from one of my fav people to my fav person!

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You know me well now!! What do I have to do to be in Do-ha's position?! Is there a way?!

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Make yourself noticeable. Get in his way. Glue yourself to Kim Guard's tummy/pillow/bed/comforter, or his bedroom door.

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I would totally glue my head to his tummy if I could.

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If only we could!

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He'd go everywhere with our heads glued to his tummy...*swoons*

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That's so crazy but I will do it!!

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Deal! You glue your head on the left, and I'll glue mine on the right.

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Hi Azzo.. i would defimitely vie wih u for that spot! Ehehe

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Oooh, I'm getting a lot of competition here, this is going to get dirty!! LOL!

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I love WK. The rooftop scene cemented my love for him, now that I know he can do quiet scenes as well. I love his heartfelt talk with SW in the kitchen too, about his first accident and his love. It's so sad. I love how the actor can act over the top and subtle and yet come off winningly as always.

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I think I know what bothers me about this show now. It's that there's a huge potential for K to be incredibly cruel. He's an expert manipulator who's now involved with two extremely silly, but generally harmless people. I usually like this sort of setup but K is practically a sociopath and DH and WS are not coming across as particularly intelligent, though they're both highly emotional. It makes me really antsy about how this is going to unspool.

It's weird because I think I see the shape of a solid show in here, but the pacing of the writing and the character choices have produced something else. That said, the most hopeful moments in this ep for me were K being blindsided by accidentally accessing emotion while acting, and the DH/WS cheeseball dress reveal - that felt more like they were a sibling relationship where they've got a long history of just being demonstrative goofballs with each other, which is way more appealing than the strange fixation/ownership vibe I got from DH in the first two eps.

Still, I feel like the show stumbled straight out of the gate and is going to have a tough time righting itself.

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Agreed, he can be extremely cruel and that can either make or break this show depending on how audiences react to it. He has no regards for collateral damage be it emotional or physical. This part is tricky to get right. I still don't totally buy his romantic feelings for Do- Ha, she gets to him on certain levels that he disregards quite fast but beyond that nothing yet.

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This dong hyun ahjusshi is found anywhere,anytime and in any form...??

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Reminds me of Healer Ahjumma

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Bwahaha he is everywhere. If he only talking to K, I will assume he is the real 'ghost' agent.

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He has so many guises. I am surprised no one has caught onto him yet.

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Wondering why you deleted this comment.. feel like deleting this and seeing if you get any notification..

I am totally acting like a bot would perhaps! :P

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I love him, he's my favorite character for the moment.

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Ha, I like to think of this as the episode in which we get to see just how many WTF faces Park Hae Jin has in his arsenal. Turns out, quite a few! I don't think I am being biased when I say Park Hae Jin is killing it in this role. His reaction shots are the whole reason this episode is so funny. I particularly love the acting! scene and the one in front of Victor's secret room.

I'm appreciating the writer's work and I think he is pacing things well so far. He hooked viewers with action and hijinks for the first two episodes, but dials back the action this episode to allow for more character development. The character development was well done. I thought Woong Kwang and Do Ha were funny before, but I understand them so much better now and the dynamics of their relationship with just a few scenes. I really love the trio of main characters already, even though Seol Woo is a bit of a cold-hearted bastard. But I'm rooting for and looking forward to him gaining a heart through his interactions with Woong Kwang and Do Ha.

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You're right, this show may not be perfect but character development wise episode 3 was wonderfully written. No sappy melodrama, yet we're given just enough backstory to understand the oddball relationship between Cha Do-Ha and Un Gwang. This isn't a saesang fan going extra lengths but they both saved each other. They are a family unit. I have noted before what a gentleman Un Gwang is at certain points and his concern for Do-Ha is sincere. I liked the exchange between his ex too. It really is time she let go.

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I thought it was beautifully done, that rooftop scene, and I was so shocked to discover at the drunk scene that she had planned to kill herself that day, and that was why she went up to the rooftop. That was a poignant moment.

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I like the back story between DH and WK as well. It's quiet and restrained as two lonely stranger souls connect with each other and make friends. I was surprised she wasn't even a fan of his to begin with. It's after that encounter that she became his number one fan.

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This episode really connected me with Do-ha's character. Her reasons for becoming a fangirl reminded me of how I became a Kim Eun-sook fangirl. My father was sick while Heirs was airing, and in the days after he died, watching Heirs was one of the things that helped me deal with the depression at the time. I almost cried listening to her talk.

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My condolences to you!
It's amazing how a scene in a drama can affect us so much, we find ourselves in the characters and live through them. An episode in Tunnel did the same to me, it reminded me of when I lost my brother and I couldn't stop crying after that! It must've been really hard on you, I'm glad Heirs helped you deal with it. I offer my condolences once again!

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Thank you. I have found that there's some sense of familiarity in almost all the Kim Eun-sook dramas I've seen, I have three aunts married to military men and for this reason, DOTS evoked a lot of deep feelings in me.

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The acting rehearsal scene was hillarious!

I think his tears came from his subconscious self who's mourning his plight on the things he's made to do now... A super secret spy agent (who once dragged around a leader of African rebel army in handcuffs, as his handler said in ep. 4) now has to impersonate a woman just to please a cranky man-child in a desperate attempt to make him go back to work.. haha!

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Exactly!! He would've never expected to see himself in a situation like that, acting out that scene broke him inside LOL!!

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Oh, is that why he cried? I was surprised to see him tearing like a child when the scene was over. And WK had to console him to make him feel better.

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Yes, this is a perfect analysis of this scene and it is a good example of the smart writing in the show I was talking about. There are so many things going on here. On the surface level, this scene is just comedy gold. On another level we see the meta-humor that keeps re-appearing when stereotypical kdrama romantic music starts playing on the soundtrack of this scene, only to abruptly stop when WK "cuts" it. Finally, it's telling us a lot about Seol Woo's character and how he is feeling so much frustration with his predicament. When he starts to cry and can't stop, he seems so surprised too, like he's not used to these things called emotions and doesn't quite know what to do with them.

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Murasakimi stole all the words from my mouth.
I agree about PHJ's comedic timing (or lack thereof). His "funny" scenes were just meh. And I'm also not particularly invested in anyone's story.
But I've started warming up to Woon-kwang. I still don't like Do-ha however.

I'm only still around because I'm a sucker for incredibly hot/ emotionally-restrained/ secret holding type of character. And PHJ is doing great on that front.

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WK is pure comedy gold! I love his over the top flair because it complements so nicely with SW's restrained style.

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Yes, and when there's a sudden shift, and SW does something uncharacteristic like that jubilant fist pump in the previous episode, it just makes you do a double take in shock...and everyone turns and looks at him, and he realizes he's done something totally out of line, and he didn't even know, he couldn't help himself, and the animated face freezes,and that robot face slips into place again.

The same thing happens when WK who's so loud and flashy suddenly becomes quiet. It's like the life just drains out of him, leaving only those eyes, that are filled with pain, that the loudness and drama are all a facade to hide the pain and sadness that he's feeling inside. It happened at the rooftop, and it happened at the party when he stared across the room at ME.

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Does anyone know when this show will be available in the US? I thought it was supposed to be Friday (4/28), yet it still isn't available today. Any advice on how to watch this (w/ subs)? And any info on the delay? (I've posted this same question in the Open Thread, so please forgive me for the repeat.)

I can't imagine Netflix's rationale for a US embargo. It makes me want to cancel my subscription.

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Not sure if I am breaking any rules here, but try dramanice. Subs can be hit or miss but they have the recent episodes.

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Thank you! I appreciate it and will give it a try.

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Omg loving Park Hae Jin SO MUCH in this drama! The script reading scene killed me :P

Also, I like how Do-Ha and Woon-Kwang go way back and there is a backstory to show how she became such a fan!

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Yes! I love the script reading scene too! But why did he cry? It's so strange. Haha. And WK's consolation that the scene is over? Double haha

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For me, he cried because he outraged to be the acting partner and cant outstand that humilition to his ego. His clutch said it all.

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I think there were two reasons: first, he discovered his inner actor self, he delved into his emotions, and he was a natural at it! Possibly because he's been acting a role throughout hi spy career. The tears flowed because he was so invested in the character.

Then when rehearsal came to a stop, he realized that he was doing something so uncool, and this time, he cried for real, for himself, like, Kim, what have you become? What have they done to you?

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Hmm... my two cents on Park Hae Jin/Seol-woo. As a ghost spy, SW pretty much has to be like a robot, follow orders and get the job done as if you stray, there can be dire consequences. I too was a bit confused about his actions/motivations, but as we see more of him, I think it's actually quite simple if we follow his train of thoughts/spy manual. He is just being his ghost spy self and following his routine, which is being a robot. So I understand Park Hae Jin/SW seeming off at times but really if we think of a robot having to reprogram himself in a split second because the situation calls for it, I can see how yes it is not a flawless performance as it is not supposed to be. There needs to be that split second. Not sure I am making sense with my analogy. I think his mission in Korea and his interactions with DH and WK will bring out the humanity in him and that is what we are seeing in Man to Man, glimpses of SW the human vs SW the robot. Because of what they went through, DH and WK are overly full of life, and are slowly cracking the facade of SW to also embrace life, be human. Love, family, brotherhood...vs indifference, having to be on his own and "die" multiple times, move on and leave everything behind. It's my first time watching Park Hae Jin and I like him so far. But yes I can definitely see him in just an action drama. I think the show is still truggling here to blend all the genres together, but I do like where it's going, or at least where I think it's going.

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I love this show? I love the comedy elements, the three leads are great together. I was laughing during the whole show. Agent K's expressions priceless.???
I like how the show explained DH and Yeo's relationship and how they each support the other when they were at their worst.
Agent K:
“I have to go to Russia.”
The one standing in agent K’s success
Yeo.???
Solution: Plan B.??

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Same. This week's episodes really hit all the right notes for me. I was laughing so hard and I even managed to get emotional at some scenes. Also, Kim Min-jung is so pretty, I was so stunned by her in that dress.

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Yes, the interaction between the three of them is great. This weeks episodes were pretty good.

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The three leads are really great together, but that doesn't mean I don't like them in pairs too. I enjoy more of WK and SW's scenes together as compared to SW and DH's scenes. Maybe this will change in the future, but for now, the dynamic between WK and SW is super interesting to watch.

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I am watching this drama for my love Park Hae Jin but I am also enjoying this drama. I still love Chicago Typewriter more for Fri-Sat slot for so many reasons, but it doesnt make me enjoying this drama less. I feel like I am watching DOTS 2.0 for whatever reason that I couldnt figure it while watching drama, so I will let myself enjoy it without thinking so much about the plot and too emotionally invested.

I think we get many idea to do meme for Agent K 'wtf' faces lol so I am looking forward to it. I may creating some too, but I am not that creative lol.

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The writer of DOTS is the one who wrote the script for this drama as well! Your intuition is totally right.

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Agreed with you, i love this drama compares to CT,

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I love how the badass superspy is absolutely terrorized by the goody star and his number one fan.

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I really wanted to love this drama. I like PHJ as an actor ok, but I get the feeling that he is too "aware" of how he looks to really bring the comedy aspects to life. I am really struggling to connect with the lead actress. I know they have to downplay the attractiveness of some of the prettier actresses to get us to buy the fact that they are "average", but I feel like they downplayed the looks of an already relatively plain looking actress, and it's not working. They could have made her look attractive but nondescript, but instead they chose to make her look like Olive oil (popeye) with that stupid haircut that elongates her long face, and clothes that bring out her super skinny physique and not in a good way. She has some nice features that could have been brought out, but no, they made an average/attractive woman look ugly, and it does nothing for her character, and it is distracting because the lead male is super pretty. I hope the stylists or whomever is responsible for her look in the drama will do their best to re-think their style, hair and makeup choices. That said, I think she is doing a good job with the character she has been given. I am really not crazy about the writing, as I am still not sure wth is actually happening in this drama, or why anyone is doing anything.

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I respectfully disagree.

Why can't the actress be plain or ugly? Plain and ugly women exist in real life. Most of us have conversations, even friendships with them and aren't too distracted by their looks to pay attention, care, and be nice. Heck I doubt many of us on this site look anywhere near like the average kdrama actress.

There are dramas where a plain guy gets a pretty girl. This is just the reverse.

And it fits here. Nothing about her character says she needs to be pretty. She isn't a model or written as someone the men fawn over. Plus Ghost K seems like a pretty face wouldn't sway him anyway as he's had the girls and dumped them. Personality would matter most and she's quirky, resilient, and smart. I bet he likes that.

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I like that she's not gorgeous or perfect. Gorgeous or perfect would be ME. She's beautiful in every shot. I like that the charming agent will fall for the average girl. There's something terribly romantic in that, and something very real, too, that a charming, good looking man can see beyond a pretty face to the beauty within. It says something about the charming, good looking man, too, that if he can see beyond superficial beauty, and be charmed by the character beneath, he is more than a charming, good looking man, he is a man of character himself.

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I actually like Kim Min Jung in this kdrama. I didn't like her in Gap Dong at all, and I wasn't sure about her in the first ep of MtoM, but by episode 3 her character has grown on me and I like her in this role. She was adorkable in the white dress at the Russian birthday party - feeling gawky but also cute. "Have you seen our Ms Cha?" haha
I can't wait to find out what Plan B is ~

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WK is so smooth with his words. I was surprised when he said that, only to turn it into a compliment that she's a beauty. Hahaha.

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That was so funny! And the look Seol-woo gave them at that and then walked grumbling about them was so cute!

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I'm loving Park Hae-jin in this! His expressions are subtle (a perfectly timed raised eyebrow, a twitch of the clips, etc) but that's precisely why I like them so much. His take SW is spot on imho. Then again, I do prefer that kind of acting over the over-the-top stereotypical "comedic" acting which always feels forced to me.

♥ this kdrama

I need more bromance tho. SW and WK ftw!

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The difference in acting style between WK and SW makes a nice contrast, doesn't it? One is restrained, and the other over the top? I like how the two react off each other's acting styles and yet complement each other in a way that is unique and interesting.

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IKR! Moreover, the acting styles totally match the characters, which improve my enjoyment of the drama tbh.

I wrote my comment the way I did cos I was reacting to all the negative comments to Park Hae-jin's acting/his acting choices. I was quite stunned by them cos he's doing a great job imho. And honestly? I don't see how SW could have been played differently. I mean, the way Park Hae-jin is playing him makes sense to me.

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I am having so much fun with this show. I don't think I've enjoyed a show of this type since Chuck.

PHJ is such a hoot while being so cool. Even though I've been a fan of his for a few years now I had no idea that he had this kind of comedic flair in him. I am thankful for his relationship with UG and handler, otherwise we'd not be treated to such a delightful array of WTH expressions. His "I can't betray Oppa" scene in context was even better than advertised. The lead up to it was gold.

DH improves with each new episode as we delve a little more deeply into her backstory. Not that I really disliked her to begin with but at least her devotion to Oppa makes a lot more sense and why she's so fiercely protective of him. They have such a lovely, warm, familial dynamic but it's clear it can't be any more than that because he can't move on from his ex.

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Now that the characters, namely WK and DH, are more fleshed out, it makes their characters more sympathetic and more likeable, not that I don't like WK. I like him; he is so dramatic sometimes, and yet able to bring out the comedy in his actions it is such a delight to watch him.

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