Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Episodes 29-30
Well, this is it — it’s showtime. With our prima ballerina’s performance and our headstrong angel’s deadline right around the corner, the pressure is higher than ever. Everyone’s starting to step up and do what they believe to be the right thing, to get the best possible outcome out of the tragedy they’ve been entangled in. But even at this point, the “right thing” is still unclear.
EPISODES 29-30 RECAP
We flash back to Dan in the church, telling God that he would gladly kill to protect Yeon-seo. And this is juxtaposed with Yeon-seo in the church, in present-day, telling God that she’d gladly give anything to save Dan.
Meanwhile, Kang-woo is in his apartment when Hoo poofs in. Getting a terrible feeling, Kang-woo asks where Yeon-seo and Dan are. Hoo leans in and sternly says, “Listen carefully to what I’m about to tell you…”
Dan is currently in an abandoned building, where he’s trapped Luna. He charges her and — oh shit, oh shit — pushes her against the wall, choking her. Genuinely scared, Luna asks if he’s actually going to kill her. Dan only tightens his grip, remembering Hoo’s warning that Yeon-seo was destined to die by the hands of evil.
Just then, someone grabs Dan from behind, allowing Luna to escape — it’s the minion Joon-soo. The two men get into an intense fight, tossing each other all over the room until Dan finally pins Joon-soo to the ground. However, Joon-soo manages to reach for his knife and stab Dan in the side. AH! NO!
Dan pushes through the pain to turn the knife on Joon-soo, but the snap of someone’s fingers sends them flying away from each other. Joon-soo is knocked unconscious, while Dan is confused to see Hoo standing between them. Furious, Hoo yells that angels who meddle with human lives will disappear.
Dan laughs dryly and says that he’s going to disappear anyway, so he’s going to protect Yeon-seo first. He walks away, unable to see Joon-soo now awake and coming at him with the knife. Before Joon-soo can strike, Hoo snaps his fingers, his expression resigned, and sends Joon-soo flying into an unfinished wall.
Wha — He — ?! God, we’re only in the first five minutes and I’m already losing my mind. Dan seems just as flustered seeing the blood pool around Joon-soo’s head. Hoo falls to his knees, Dan doing the same out of shock, and states that in all his many years, he was nothing but a bystander, firm and emotionless.
“But you completely changed me,” Hoo continues. “When I saw you, I’d feel angry, anxious, and frustrated.” Even still, Hoo always liked him and admired his pure, giving spirit.
As Dan cries, Hoo smiles sadly and tells him to do what he does best and save Yeon-seo. Smoke starts to swirl around Hoo, making Dan scream for him not to go. With one last smile, Hoo snaps his fingers and sends Dan away so he won’t have to see him disappear. Less than a second later, Hoo is gone.
Back at the church, Yeon-seo pours out a handful of pills and holds them up to her heart. As she caresses the handkerchief tied around her wrist, Dan shouts her name, startling her.
He marches over and snatches the pills away, asking if this is the reason why she wanted to get married. With that, their emotions come spilling out. He cries, “How am I supposed to live without you?!” and she throws back, “How am I supposed to sit back and do nothing?! When I know I can save you?!”
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Did you marry me so you could die?
Dan’s wound starts bleeding profusely, and he weakly reiterates that he can’t be without her before collapsing in her arms. Yeon-seo begs for him to hang on, but he uses his last bit of energy to tell her not to die because of him. He goes limp, and she holds him tightly, crying to God, “Please don’t do this!”
Thankfully, Yeon-seo gets Dan to a hospital and discovers that he’ll be okay. Since he’s still unconscious, she waits out in the hall and wonders what the heck he did to get to that state. Kang-woo then arrives, and Yeon-seo immediately demands that he spill what happened. After he reveals that Dan had been after Luna, he calls both Dan and Yeon-seo foolish for treating death so lightly.
Yeon-seo warns him not to judge them, but he continues that they’re not being noble — they’re running away because they’re scared of being alone. She sighs and answers that she doesn’t find anything wrong with running away if it can save Dan. Furthermore, she’s decided that she won’t be doing “Giselle” anymore. Dan only has three days left, so she’ll be spending every second with him.
Kang-woo tries to argue, but Yeon-seo’s mind is made up. She walks away, running into Dan around the corner, who’d heard their entire conversation. He takes her back to his room to convince her to do the show, but she’s more concerned about his recent murder attempt.
She can’t believe that he’d planned to kill and then disappear like that — did he think she’d be grateful? No, she cries, she would’ve resented him for leaving like that. He reminds her that she’d tried to leave him too, with the pills, which he would’ve resented her for.
She brings up the fact that this all started with her, when she begged for him to save her from the car accident. So if one of them gets to live, she believes it should be him. “You never got to grow up,” she says, her voice wavering. “The one who lives happily has to be you.”
She breaks down crying and embraces him, telling him not to die, and it makes him break down too. He reveals that he just lost Hoo, so if he lost Yeon-seo too, there’s no way he could be happy. She’s stunned to hear this, and even more sad for Dan’s pain. The two cling to each other as they sob their hearts out.
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If only one can live, it has to be you
The next day, Dan and Yeon-seo stop by the church to check out Hoo’s secret room. Dan goes up to the desk and sees that the feather on Hoo’s handkerchief has turned black (meaning he’s really gone). Next to it, Yeon-seo notices the angel report.
Dan reads Hoo’s final report, which reveals that he’d been questioning God’s motives and His plans for Dan and Yeon-seo for a while. The one thing he knew for certain, though, was that the couple earned their right. “Please,” he’d written, “I ask that you give them a chance. Signed, Archangel Hoo.”
Dan promises Hoo that he’ll never forget him, saying that Hoo was an angel he’d looked up to. And beside him, Yeon-seo says a quiet “Thank you.” When they leave the room, everything, including the report and handkerchief, disappears. They exit the church, and Yeon-seo hugs Dan, suggesting they use the time that Hoo gave them to be happy.
Meanwhile, Luna is in her car, fuming as she recalls the police taking Joon-soo’s body away. She comes to the conclusion that everything started going downhill when Dan showed up, so he must be taken care of. Before Ms. Cruella de Vil can get any ideas, though, she gets a call from Nina asking to meet up.
Luna heads over to the meeting place, and her smile immediately drops when a teary-eyed Nina says that she’s sorry. Luna is then surrounded by police officers, who arrest her for her various crimes.
And back at Luna’s house, Mom and Dad helplessly watch as the police confiscate Luna’s belongings. Director Choi hits her chest over and over, crying that she lived the wrong way and that her greed ruined their daughter.
As Chief Jung is informing Dan and Yeon-seo of Luna’s arrest, Kang-woo shows up at the door. He still thinks that Yeon-seo should do the show and that it could be the last opportunity for her and Dan.
“The opportunity for your sincerity to be heard in heaven,” Kang-woo says. He admits that he’d wanted to die after directing Seol-hee’s dream show, but now he’s decided not to give up and to live. A miracle could still happen, so he urges Yeon-seo not to give up either.
The couple are surprised by Kang-woo’s change of heart, and we flash back to when Hoo had visited him. Hoo had known he was still feeling guilty about Seol-hee, so he told him to find his peace by helping Yeon-seo live on.
Later, Dan takes Yeon-seo to the tree in the park, where he used to receive his missions. He catches a falling leaf and takes out a pen to write “July 11, Fantasia Ballet Theater.” Hee.
Yeon-seo still thinks the show is a waste of time, but Dan insists on seeing her dance. He thinks it would be fitting to end their story with a performance when they also started with one (the rainbow dance). Moved by his request, she says that she’ll think about it.
At home, Yeon-seo steals one of Dan’s blank report sheets. Dan catches her writing and tells her that it’s pointless; God had already denied dozens of his own reports. She pouts and shoves the report aside. Either way, she says, she’s decided to do the show after all. His face lights up, and he excitedly pulls her into a hug.
In jail, an emotionless Luna eyes a blanket in her cell. Next thing we know, Luna is being taken to the hospital after attempting to hang herself with the blanket.
Time passes until finally, the big show is tomorrow. Dan sadly notes that they only have one day left together, but Yeon-seo quickly changes the subject and brings up the time he’d come home drunk and made her dance. She thinks it was then, when he gave her his handkerchief for the first time, that she started to like him.
She holds out her hand and suggests they dance like that again. So they go out to a more open space, where he twirls and dips her just as he did on that day. Only now, they hold each other much closer. *sniffles*
The next day — “Giselle” day — Dan accompanies Yeon-seo to Fantasia. While they’re prepping in the dressing room, they’re greeted by the sponsor Chairman Lee. Seeing Dan, Lee mentions that he’s always around as Yeon-seo’s Superman, to which Dan replies that he’s now the husband. Ha, you tell ’em.
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After the last rehearsal, Kang-woo has everyone huddle up so Yeon-seo can say a prayer. She places her hand atop the others’ and admits that she once thought she was better than everyone else. But she sees much more clearly now, and she’s excited to share the stage with them and to dance until she dies of exhaustion.
The dancers all clap, as do Dan and Chief Jung as they watch from their seats. Dan sees Jung tear up a bit, and he smiles and says, “If Yeon-seo had a guardian angel, it would be you. Please take good care of her.” The compliment makes her cringe, but something in his voice makes her look at him with concern.
Backstage, Yeon-seo asks Nina if she’s okay, knowing her role in Luna’s arrest. Nina smiles and says that she’s enduring since she and her family deserve to be punished. She holds out a hand as an official peace offering, and Yeon-seo accepts.
Yeon-seo takes out Dan’s handkerchief and prays, telling God that she’ll give Him the best Giselle there ever was. We then cut to the hospital, where — oh no — Luna has escaped. She snuck away dressed as a nurse to then sneak into Fantasia dressed as a staff member.
Once the theater fills up, the lights dim and the show begins. Yeon-seo and her partner act out their characters’ first meeting, while Nina watches from backstage.
Nina then receives a text that makes her go wide-eyed. She hurries to the hall, where Luna is waiting, and tells her sister to stop going after Yeon-seo. However, Luna reveals that she has a new target.
She learned firsthand how infuriating it is to lose what you cherish most, and now she’s going to make Yeon-seo experience it. So she tells Nina to either be a good little sister and take Yeon-seo’s role or turn her in again.
Onstage, Act I ends with Giselle dying of heartbreak over Albrecht’s betrayal. As the curtain closes and the audience claps, Dan can’t help but tear up.
During intermission, Nina calls Dan out to inform him of Luna and to warn him that it’s him she’s after. Nina’s already called the police, but she still tells him to be careful. In turn, Dan asks for Nina to keep this from Yeon-seo so she can focus on performing.
Dan then finds Yeon-seo, who tells him to anticipate Act II. She reveals that she wrote a report last night and that it didn’t burn away. So it’s possible that God has decided to give her a chance.
“I’m going to put on the best show no matter what,” Yeon-seo says. “And I’m going to protect you.” Before Dan can answer, there’s an announcement that the intermission will be ending soon.
Yeon-seo turns to leave, but Dan grabs her arm to say that he loves her. She smiles and says that she loves him too. They finally part ways, but at the last second, Yeon-seo turns back — just in time to see Luna following Dan and holding a knife.
By the time the dancers have to return to stage, Yeon-seo is nowhere to be seen. With no time to waste, Kang-woo orders Nina to take over for the next act. As she hurries out, we also see Dan spotting Luna and chasing after her.
Nina acts out Giselle’s resurrection, with the Wilis figures cornering Albrecht. At the same time, Dan finally corners Luna out in the hall. But to his surprise, Luna merely throws the knife his way and tells him to kill her.
Nina returns backstage, only to run into Yeon-seo, who’s looking awfully pale. Yeon-seo thanks Nina for covering her and asks that she cover her for tomorrow’s show too. Nina looks on in confusion as Yeon-seo rushes to the stage.
Yeon-seo dances with a lot more desperation in her steps, thinking to herself, “Please let me live. Please.” And back in the hall, Luna goads Dan on, saying that she won’t leave Yeon-seo alone as long as she’s alive. Shaking with anger, he picks up the knife and approaches her…
…Only to drop it. He says that he’d rather see her live and pay for sins. The police show up and get her in handcuffs, but she has more to say before she leaves: “It was supposed to be you.”
Flashback to when Yeon-seo saw Luna. Yeon-seo had seen Luna charge Dan with the knife, so she tackled her out of sight — the knife going into her abdomen. Luna smiles at Dan and tells him to enjoy her present.
Dan runs to the stage, stopping by the curtain to see Yeon-seo acting out the final scene of Giselle saving Albrecht. The side of her costume is now stained with blood, but she pushes through the pain.
“I must finish this dance,” she thinks. “This it it. This is how I can save you.” So she begs God one last time; if her performance was moving enough, she hopes that He will spare Dan.
Once released from the Wilis’ vengeful powers, Yeon-seo as Giselle bids farewell to Albrecht and dances offstage, straight into Dan’s arms. The audience erupts with applause, but Dan and Yeon-seo only have eyes on each other.
She reaches to touch his face and weakly says that she’s happy — that she got to see him one more time and that she was able to save him. With one last breath, she says that she loves him and goes limp in his arms.
Did the show just… Black Swan us?
It did — it actually Black Swan-ed us. It seemed a little too on the nose there with the white costume and the blood, but I’m willing to look past it. I really like that the writer took the determination that the Nina of Black Swan had and twisted it into Yeon-seo’s own determination to save Dan. It was pretty freaking intense; I was terrified that she would collapse before she made it off stage. In fact, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire performance (which was gorgeously done), especially with Dan and Luna behind the scenes playing cat-and-mouse.
I’ve been nervous with episodes in the past, but this one takes the cake. I think I screamed “No!” at my screen at least ten times. Because with this show and these characters, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. If Dan isn’t trying to kill himself, then Yeon-seo is. There was a certain point where I was wondering if our “Giselle”-like story was going to spiral into the ending of “Hamlet.” Fortunately, Hoo was able to calm things down a bit by intervening. As frustrating as Hoo was to Dan (and to me), he will be greatly missed. He was a friend, a role model, and a father figure — the only person that Dan had, aside from Yeon-seo. Hoo disappearing already had me feeling sad by the ten-minute mark, so by the time we did get to the end, I felt downright depressed.
I was glad to see that throughout this very dark episode, there were still a few bright spots. What I enjoyed most, apart from the OTP moments, were the scenes with Kang-woo and Nina finally stepping up. And quite naturally, too, which I wasn’t expecting. When Kang-woo called Dan and Yeon-seo foolish for risking their lives, it seemed like it was coming from a place of sincerity rather than the usual jealousy. It almost made him seem like a concerned dad asking, “What the hell were you thinking?” At the same time, Nina was pretty much saying the same thing to Luna. It’s sad that she even has to do that, considering she’s the younger sister.
So yeah, I’m officially in love with the second leads again. I think they’re getting the redemption arcs that they deserve. But, come on, we all know that the only true joy I get out of this show is when Dan and Yeon-seo are together. When they’re talking things through or when they’re hugging it out. The best part for me, hands down, was when they were dancing in the house. It was a great throwback to the first half of the show. Plus, I had a feeling that it was that drunken dance that started that fire in Yeon-seo’s heart; it was nice to have that confirmed. Throwing in the same OST was the cherry on top — I simply adore this drama’s soundtrack.
This episode definitely felt chaotic with everyone running around trying to kill or be killed, but I did appreciate the fact that our couple experienced what it would be like to lose each other. However, with one episode left, I refuse to believe that Yeon-seo is really dead. Our couple has expressed that neither can live without the other, so I have a feeling that Dan is going to do something to ensure that she stays alive. But after all their arguments this episode, which were totally warranted, I do think he has to consider an outcome where they can both be happy. And maybe that outcome is still possible. Maybe God will be moved by Yeon-seo’s performance, just like she wanted. Then again, maybe not. Whether we get a happy ending or a sad ending, I’m just hoping we’re left with something that is emotionally satisfying.
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