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Crash Landing on You: Episode 3

As cute as it is to watch our misplaced heroine interact with her savior and his ducklings, it’s soon time for her to go home. They have a plan, and they say their goodbyes, sure that they’ll never see each other again. But nothing ever goes like it’s supposed to, and fate tries to intervene and keep them all together a bit longer.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Se-ri is found hiding in Jung-hyuk’s kimchi cellar by Chul-kang, who parades her out to the street at gunpoint. Luckily, Jung-hyuk was warned that Jung-hyuk was in danger and borrowed Colonel Go’s car, and he arrives home just in time. He tells Chul-kang that Se-ri is his fiancee and to put the gun away.

Chul-kang lowers his weapon and Jung-hyuk pulls Se-ri to his side. Chul-kang asks to see Se-ri’s ID and frontline entry pass, so Jung-hyuk thinks fast. He claims that Se-ri is a member of Division 11, a classification of spies stationed in South Korea whose identities and missions are strictly confidential.

He says that Se-ri is tired and needs to rest, and Se-ri conveniently slumps against him. Chul-kang glares at them, highly skeptical, but he’s forced to let Se-ri go with Jung-hyuk. When they’re alone, Jung-hyuk apologizes to Se-ri, but she praises him for showing up right on time and coming up with a plausible story under pressure.

Ina gentle voice, Jung-hyuk asks if Se-ri is hurt, and the way he’s looking at her rattles Se-ri a little. He explains about Division 11, which manages special agents who live in South Korea as spies, along with their entire families. Se-ri is alarmed that Jung-hyuk basically told the entire village she’s a spy, but he says it was the only way to explain how she looks and talks, and that she’s leaving tomorrow night anyway.

They hear voices, and find the village wives at the gate. They’ve brought food, ostensibly for Jung-hyuk’s return, but obviously they’re there to learn more about Se-ri. They try to get in the house by offering to carry the food inside, but Se-ri pops up and takes it from them.

The women haughtily pepper Se-ri with questions about Division 11, but she seems to enjoy saying mysteriously that she’s not allowed to tell them anything. After they close the gate, Se-ri and Jung-hyuk hear the women say that they don’t look affectionate and must be an arranged marriage.

Inside again, Se-ri asks Jung-hyuk what he’ll do when she’s gone and people ask about her. Jung-hyuk doesn’t believe people will ask him about personal matters, but Se-ri points out that the wives’ behavior just now proves they will. She tells him to say he got dumped because their personalities were too different, and not to date anyone for six months to keep it plausible.

At bedtime, Se-ri asks Jung-hyuk through the wall if he’s ever been to Switzerland. She says she saw his books on music and the concert brochure, reminding Jung-hyuk of the time when he played piano in Switzerland. She brags that she plays piano well, because can play Fur Elise without sheet music (ha, Jung-hyuk rolls his eyes). Jung-hyuk looks down at his hands, but he doesn’t answer Se-ri’s questions.

An elegant woman named SEO DAN (Seo Ji-hye) disembarks from the same plane as Seung-joon at the Pyongyang airport, and when their luggage collides, Seung-joon is impressed by her beauty. Dan is greeted by her uncle (and Jung-hyuk’s family friend), Colonel Go, and in the parking lot, she asks where his special access car is.

He tells her he lent it to Jung-hyuk, and Dan gets a cagey look in her eyes. She says she’ll go to his village to pick it up herself after her recital tomorrow. Colonel Go is surprised that she would go out of her way (she comes off as pretty spoiled), but Dan says that she should visit Jung-hyuk, her fiance. Interesting.

Meanwhile, thieves steal the windshield wipers off the car that CEO Jeon brought to pick up Seung-joon, so of course it begins to rain. Seung-joon throws a full-on temper tantrum, upset that he has to travel in such dangerous conditions after paying them so much money.

Chul-kang enters a secret government bunker disguised as a coal mine, and heads to the wiretap room. He leads wiretapper MAN-BOK (Kim Young-min) to an unobserved area and tells him that Ri Moo-hyuk’s brother, Jung-hyuk, works at the outpost. Man-bok’s horrified reaction is interesting.

Chul-kang orders Man-bok to listen in on Jung-hyuk but to be careful as he’s smart, and Man-bok tells Chul-kang about a new directional microphone that can hear whatever happens outside Jung-hyuk’s house. Chul-kang orders Man-bok to find out what he can about the woman who claims to be from Division 11, sure that the right bit of information can bring down Jung-hyuk’s whole family.

Man-bok looks unsettled about this, but Chul-kang dangles promises of a promotion and his son getting into a good college in front of him. Man-bok remembers back seven years, to a night when he’d listened in on a conversation between Jung-hyuk’s brother Moo-hyuk and another soldier as they drove home. Moo-hyuk had spoken of his younger brother, who was a piano prodigy.

He had said that his brother always apologized that Moo-hyuk had to give up piano and follow in their father’s military footsteps, but Moo-hyuk had been okay with it since Jung-hyuk was a much better player. He’d been looking forward to hearing a song that Jung-hyuk wrote for him, but their vehicle had been slammed by a Russian Kamaz truck, killing Moo-hyuk. Man-bok had heard everything, and had been left shaking and sobbing.

In the morning, curious villagers mill around Jung-hyuk’s front gate, hoping to get a glimpse of the mysterious fiancee when Jung-hyuk leaves for work. Jung-hyuk wants Se-ri to stay inside, but she argues that it’s better to let the villagers see her. Jung-hyuk capitulates, but first he uses a handkerchief to tie up Se-ri’s hair, saying that here, only crazy women walk around with their hair down.

They step out to the street and Se-ri fusses over Jung-hyuk, putting on a show for their onlookers. She makes him touch her hair to prove they’re in love, threatening to stay and marry him for real when he tries to weasel out of it, hee. He complies, cringing along with the villagers at her terrible aegyo, and finally makes his escape.

The village wives get together to make kimchi and complain about Se-ri. Myung-sook, Man-bok’s wife, doesn’t get why they dislike her, and they all just glare at her, their jealousy evident. A couple of them go to invite Se-ri to make kimchi with them, but she turns them down, saying that she doesn’t like kimchi. HA, their faces.

During morning training, Jung-hyuk calls his ducklings to his office to discuss the plans regarding Se-ri. He sheepishly tells them that he had to claim Se-ri as his fiancee, and Joo-mok says that he’s seen this in South Korean dramas. He says the main couple always end up kissing to avert a crisis, and then they spend the night together.

The ducklings stare at Jung-hyuk, and Kwang-bum asks if that’s why Jung-hyuk didn’t come back to the barracks to sleep last night. Jung-hyuk assures them that they slept in separate rooms, but Joo-mok states confidently that in the dramas, the fake couple always fall in love. LOL, Jung-hyuk squeezes his leg as punishment for watching too many dramas.

Jung-hyuk gets down to business, making sure that there’s a boat to carry Se-ri to international waters, which Chi-soo says will cost a twenty-thousand-won phone card. The meeting place and time are set, then Jung-hyuk sends the ducklings to his place to do more repair work and keep the villagers away from Se-ri.

One of Man-bok’s employees (who’s posing as a telephone repairman) reports their arrival at Jung-hyuk’s house. Man-bok listens in as Se-ri welcomes the guys, then instructs his man to set up the microphone where it is. He hears Joo-mok arguing with Se-ri about drama characters, but without context, it sounds to him like they’re discussing spies they both know, HAHA.

Meanwhile, Jung-hyuk goes alone to the site of the accident that killed the grave robbers. The soldier posted there tells him that it was strange to see three empty Kamaz trucks pass by several times that night, with strange, heavy armor on their front bumpers. He also says that the woman who was killed was identified as a trader hitchhiking to Kaesong, so Jung-hyuk correctly guesses that she witnessed the accident.

Chul-kang visits Seung-joon at his new mansion, and Seung-joon refuses to shake hands as he launches into his whiny complaint about the missing windshield wipers. Chul-kang informs Seung-joon that he can always sell Seung-joon’s location to one of his South Korean enemies who want him dead. Seung-joon perks right up and offers his hand to shake.

Speaking of enemies… back in Seoul, Se-ri’s brother Se-hyung still has people looking for Seung-joon, but they’re always one step behind him. His wife Sang-ah tells Se-hyung to look in the one place that Seung-joon would never go, so Se-hyung orders his man to search for signs of Seung-joon in Shenyang, where Seung-joon does a lot of business.

They arrive at Chairman Yoon’s home, along with Se-joon and Hye-ji, to discuss Se-ri’s disappearance. Every time Se-hyung tries to make a point, Se-joon finishes his sentence to make himself look smarter, ha. They recommend that their father not announce that he plans to pass the company to Se-ri, since the news would cause their stocks to drop, and to name one of them instead.

Of course, they bicker over which of them should be chosen, egged on by their wives. Se-joon mentions the hundred billion won that Se-hyung lost to Seung-joon, so Sang-ah suggests they liquidate Se-ri’s company, Se-ri’s Choice, to make up the funds. (First, can they even do that if the company belongs to Se-ri? And second, she’s only been gone a few days!)

Se-ri’s assistant, Secretary Hong, is confronted by Soo-chan, who sold Se-ri the life insurance plan shortly before her disappearance. Soo-chan looks haggard at the thought of having to pay out such an astronomical amount, and he’s determined to find Se-ri alive, but Secretary Hong is losing hope and doesn’t want to discuss the difficult subject.

While the ducklings work on Jung-hyuk’s water system, a little boy steals one of their jackets. They catch him, and Se-ri finds a bag of dirty discarded food that the boy dropped and asks him about it. He says he found it and is taking it to his sister, who hasn’t eaten in three days.

Against the guys’ protests, Se-ri goes back to Jung-hyuk’s house and packs up food and other items for the boy. Jung-hyuk comes home and Chi-soo tattles that Se-ri is giving his food to a lying thief, but Jung-hyuk just tells the boy to wash his face and hands before eating so he won’t get sick.

Man-bok, still listening to their conversation over his wiretapping equipment, smiles the sweetest smile at Jung-hyuk and Se-ri’s kind actions. And the boy joins his little sister in the abandoned box they live in, and feeds her the food from Se-ri.

Since she’s leaving tonight, Se-ri holds a little award ceremony for the ducklings. She gives Eun-dong the Kindness Award and offers him a choice of prizes — a hundred million won to be delivered after reunification (lol), or some corn now. Eun-dong wisely chooses the corn, and HAHA, Jung-hyuk’s face when he realizes she’s giving away his corn.

Next Se-ri gives Joo-mok a certificate of merit for his love of Korean dramas. His prize is lunch with Choi Ji-woo after reunification, or Jung-hyuk’s TV now. Jung-hyuk objects, but Se-ri tells him to trust her, and Joo-mok predictably chooses post-reunification lunch with Choi Ji-woo.

At this point, Jung-hyuk is starting to look put out that he hasn’t gotten an award. When Se-ri awards Kwang-bum the award for being the most handsome person in the room, Jung-hyuk openly sulks, hee. Chi-soo is upset at not getting an award, so Se-ri gives him the cosmetic products Jung-hyuk bought that she didn’t finish using.

Se-ri ends the “ceremony” and Jung-hyuk storms out, so Se-ri follows him to show him that she did get him a gift. It’s a tomato plant she traded for from a door-to-door peddler, and Jung-hyuk is incredulous that she got him a plant with a bag of his own potatoes. He says he doesn’t even like tomatoes, nor is he interested in caring for a plant, but Se-ri tells him to treat it like a pet and raise it with love by saying nice things to it.

Man-bok gets a call from Chul-kang and reports that Jung-hyuk’s fiancee seems a bit loopy (talking to plants, ha), but that she hasn’t said or done anything suspicious.

The ducklings sit outside after dark, eating Eun-dong’s prize corn and looking at the stars. Each in their own way, they admit that they’re going to miss Se-ri when she’s gone.

Jung-hyuk drives Se-ri to the dock to board her boat. On the way, Se-ri takes the handkerchief out of her hair and returns it to Jung-hyuk, and she says it’s strange that she can go anywhere in the world, but she can never again come here to see him. She says, “It’s a shame that you live here,” and Jung-hyuk replies, “It’s a shame that you live there.” Awww.

Jung-hyuk tells the boat captain that he’s going along on the boat until they transfer Se-ri, and he even brought an extra phone card to pay for himself. When they’re out on the water, Se-ri says it feels like she’s been gone forever. Jung-hyuk says it’s probably the same for those who are waiting for her: “A second feels like an eternity when you don’t know if your family member is alive.”

Sadly, Se-ri tells Jung-hyuk that she’s not so sure about that. To lighten the mood, Jung-hyuk gives Se-ri a piece of advice — never to say she plays the piano well because she can play Fur Elise, LOL. Se-ri thanks Jung-hyuk by telling him her name, and he tells her his in return. They laugh when they realize that Se-ri’s clan originates in North Korea, while Jung-hyuk’s originates in South Korea, ha.

The calm night is shattered by the sound of a siren, and Jung-hyuk and Se-ri jump down into the boat’s hold to hide from the coast guard. Unfortunately, the chief is new, and when the captain tries to give him the phone cards to pay for Jung-hyuk and Se-ri’s passage, he informs the captain that the last coast guard chief was fired for taking bribes. Uh-oh.

He orders the hold checked, and Se-ri starts to panic. Jung-hyuk mentions that he heard about something that works in South Korean dramas, but Se-ri has no idea what he’s talking about. She tells him to shut up and just do it, so he tells her to look at him and nothing else. When the hold door opens, Jung-hyuk kisses Se-ri.

EPILOGUE

After telling Chul-kang that Se-ri hasn’t done anything suspicious, Man-bok goes back to listening to Jung-hyuk’s house. He hears Jung-hyuk saying a bunch of random, unrelated words like ocean, sunlight, cloud, calico cat, etc.

We see Jung-hyuk crouched next to his tomato plant, saying nice words to it like Se-ri suggested. Okay, my heart just melted into a puddle. He continues saying nice words — rose, breeze, snow — but he struggles a little with the last word, as if it’s difficult to say: “Pi… piano.”

 
COMMENTS

Intellectually, I know that kiss is just to save their skins, but given the obvious attraction between Se-ri and Jung-hyuk, I don’t think either of them will be mad at the necessity of it. They’ve developed a real fondness for each other in a short amount of time, and I love it. I’m not sure how kissing is going to get them out of trying to smuggle Se-ri out of the country, but it’s certainly going to affect their relationship, and I can’t wait to see how.

Is it weird that I already adore Man-bok the wiretapper? He’s really in the wrong profession, with his tender heart and sweet nature, and he’s even married to the one woman in town who doesn’t hate Se-ri on general principle. He seems to genuinely regret being involved in Moo-hyuk’s death, and he doesn’t seem enthusiastic about helping Chul-kang destroy Jung-hyuk, either. I predict that Man-bok will hear something proving that Se-ri isn’t who she claims to be, and that he flips sides and helps them. It would be so fun if he ended up assisting Jung-hyuk and Se-ri without their knowledge, feeding Chul-kang incorrect information while fanboying over their growing relationship like Joo-mok with his South Korean dramas.

However, he’s working for Chul-kang at the moment, who frankly scares the ~bleep~ outta me. I like how the show is depicting the North Koreans as very normal people who live normal lives (unlike some of the propaganda would have outsiders believe), including the soldiers, but that just makes the corrupt ones that much more frightening. Chul-kang has some sort of bone to pick with Jung-hyuk’s family — he’s after Jung-hyuk with the intent of taking his powerful father down as well, and I have a feeling he had something to do with Moo-hyuk’s death years ago. My guess is that Jung-hyuk’s father is the one who taught his sons to be upright, honorable men, and as the leader of the entire North Korean military, he probably makes it difficult for people like Chul-kang to make their dirty little deals. If Director Ri were gone and replaced with someone whose moral were a bit more flexible, Chul-kang would have an easier time.

But on a happier note, the more we learn about Jung-hyuk, the more I like him. He’s grumpy, but he’s also kind and generous and fair, and not in the way that tsundere drama leads usually are, but right out in the open. He’s not shy about showing his nicer side, it’s just that he doesn’t make a big deal out of it or expect thanks (except when there’s an awards ceremony, hee). It makes me look forward to when he and Se-ri start to develop real feelings for each other, because I think Jung-hyuk will be the first to admit it, like it’s no big deal. They’re already feeling some attraction and friendship towards each other, and their chemistry is so good already that I’m excited for the time when the real romance begins.

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Honestly did not expect the first kiss to be this early, but I’ll take it! Seri and Jung Hyuk are the most adorable twosome ever and their growing attraction is so enjoyable to watch. The North Korean fiancé will be difficult to deal with, no doubt, but I hope the writers deal with the issue with less makjang and more finesse. Plus - how cute are the ducklings???!? So darn cute.

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Ugh tell me about it?! Please leave that 2000's drama trope behind! The only times I seen an ex-fiancee coming back into the ex's life handled well, was Another Oh Hae Young with how the other Hae Young eventually handled it. There's another one too but I'm blanking. On the relationship chart, it shows a square (Which means all the characters are linked with one another). And the NK fiancee and the money stealing guy, I assume are going to be our 2nd couple. The two actors did a short interview together and they had some cute chemistry! Give us some nice kiss scenes for all the couples lol!

I'm giving this show some benefit and hoping that it'll surprise us later on. The first synopsis about this being like "as if Dorothy met the Wizard of Oz by accident." Hmm...

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They also handled the "ex-fiancee returning" trope in a fresh, interesting way in Because This Is My First Life :)

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Yes! That show handled so many things well :)

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Aaaah my heart just melts with this drama!! Dayummm the chemistry between the leads, I go become a puddle every time they are on the screen together ❤️ And the ducklings so so sooo adorable 😘

Rooting for crash landing on you to continue the bang throughout it’s run!! And because I can’t wait to have my weekly dose of hyun bin, I have no gone into a hyun bin drama/movie spree hehehe

Watched negotiation (and confidential assignment and rampant, rewatched secret garden again! yeah I know right? Went crazy for binnie as usual 🙄🤣🤦‍♀️) and boy oh boy is binnie hottie as a baddie or what!!! Blew my heart and soul away! So freaking hot! And even in opposite characters in negotiation the chemistry is on fire with son ye Jin even there! Aaaah my heart!

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I ended up watching The Swindlers because Hyun Bin was in it while I was waiting for new episodes. Love his character in the movie too.

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I’ll watch it this week hehe

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Glad to see them both after Negotiation movie. Sadly they didnt have much intimate scenes in the movie, but we will be definitely compensated in this drama. I am loving it so far.
My favourite actor is HyunBin and i have never ditched any of his dramas even in the worst case. He has such charm on screen and i cant look away.

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In regards to Episode 2 on how she found her paragliders: In episode 2, the North Korean soldiers on Jung-hyuk 's command retrieved her paragliders and Seri's paragliding outfit as well back to his place. It was a short line that one of the soldiers said in EP 2. I noticed that after rewatching the episodes in anticipation for the next episodes that there have been some lines that I've missed.

Hyun and Son have a sweet chemistry with one another, not sizzling per say but a sweet and tender vibe to it. Reminds of The Classic (A film she was in) in regards to how their relationship feels like. With physics, yeah this show isn't 100% accurate lol, but the setting of a romance in NK is also absurd. And yet the writer has done a great job thus far of combining both humor and levity to the situation Seri is in. I found Seri to be a fascinating character, complex and yet we see her take charge of it and become the successful businesswoman she is today. I did cringe a lil in the beginning in regards to some of her actions. For the most part, I really hope that the writer can maintain this tone she had b/c it's perfect.

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We actually see the duckling soldiers show up at his place with the paragliding gear in Ep. 2 as well (minute 14:20, I saw it on a rewatch 🙈). It’s the part when they arrive with the “good news” that the woman who outran them was apparently dead.

I was also reminded of THE CLASSIC for some reason. Did she wear yellow in that?

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Yeah! Thanks for adding in the time as well!

Yes, it gives me those vibes. Hmm, I don't recall tbh. I do feel like the film did have a warm yellow tone to it though!

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When knetz initially complained about Crash Landing on You glamorizing North Korea, I thought, "It isn't so much glamorizing North Korea as it is glamorizing Hyun Bin," but all the ducklings are love. Se-ri's awards cracked me up. "Yes, you're number one." "Don't worry." She knows Joo-muk so well that he won't take the television. Joo-muk is my favorite duckling as Se-ri's South Korean translator. "She has good taste" Kwang-bum deserves his most handsome award. I will never get tired of Se-ri and Chi-soo's bickering especially every time she cuts him off. I don't know when Se-ri will go back to South Korea, but I will definitely miss her interactions with them.

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I'm still not over how Jung-hyuk tries to "warn" Seri about the kiss multiple times in the last scene until he finally kisses her. The whole idea of "hey your people kiss to get out of situations, you should know" attitude is hilarious. But also, it's true that clearly it's a common trope used in kdramas.

Also, I didn't realize one word could bring me close to tears. Piano. He's so vulnerable in the extra credit scene and I teared up when we flashed back to his brother saying that thinking of Jung-hyuk makes him happy. T_T

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The piano was his first love 😭💔

I wasn’t expecting the piano to have such an emotional role in this drama. I almost cried as he rocked himself back and forth like a lost child.

@bbstl looks like we were right! Both brothers played the piano 😭

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Oh, the rocking 😭

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I'm all on board a show being gleefully ridiculous but this script feels regressive. Not only that but our female lead practices a particular form of oblivious entitlement that really grates on me. Watching her express her empathy by giving away other people's shit was bad enough but, honestly, South Korea has huge structural poverty. The idea she's just discovered poverty because she's in another country had an element of ethnocentrism to it too. I mean, I've embarrassingly been there. But it doesn't make her less immature.

Not that she isn't likeable, she kind of is. But this nonsense just doesn't work in the situation she's in. And the notes the show is hitting with the romance don't work for me either. So, I am regretfully dropping this far earlier than I thought I would.

RIP Crash Landing.

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I agree and am just about to pull my rip-cord too, but will wait to see what our 'Diva Princess' is like when she returns to South Korea. Hope she matures faster there than she (and the others who are helping her to hide) is in North Korea while being in a serious life or death situation...

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when in doubt always turn to south korean drama's to help you in a crisis >W<

this show has been throwing in quite a lot of unexpected situations which surely keeps me on my toes. Seri is quite a handful but her antics are so entertaining i can't complain. Place her with a strict but warm hearted guy like Jung Hyuk and it's just adorbs! Especially during that awards scene haha he just couldn't hide his disappointment. Jung Hyuk's ducklings are also quite a fun bunch, each having their own charm. Hope to see what else this show has in store and pls let it be sunshine and puppies for a while.

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Underrated moment but I loved the scene where Jung-hyuk looked at Se-ri and knew she didn’t want to go on the boat by herself so he didn’t even hesitate to say he’ll go with her ❤️

Also Man-bok is my favourite character after Jung-hyuk, I really hope nothing bad happens to him

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I observed this too! He knew she was afraid even though she didn’t want to admit it.

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Don’t hate me on this but there was absolutely no reason for that kiss except to soothe our fangirling hearts 😬

I don’t usually complain about a kiss scene but it just didn’t seem organic to me. Wait until you see the first 2 mins of episode 4.

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I'm sure all these meta drama references and antics would be hilolarious if they weren't all in imminent danger of being tortured and murdered in re-education camps.

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Hey now some people do like dark humor. Seriously though this show is trying to make things not so dark. Anyway I am loving this drama.

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I mean I dislike actual dark humor myself, yet I am weirdly really enjoying Psychopath Diary despite it's ridiculousness. This drama is a no brainer compared to that.

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I've been waiting for this recap! Hope you had a good holiday! And thanks for this. Now I don't have to feel alone shipping hyun bin and son ye jin.

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Man-bok didn't just listen the Jung Hyuk's brother conversation, he was the one who gave the timing to create the accident. I guess his guilt will be key point in the story.

I love the soldats squad. They's so funny and cute. The way they are worried that their Captain can't lie was so funny, how they already care for Seri.

Seri -Jung Hyuk interactions are pretty funny too.

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As quirky as the plot is, i’m watching it for both leads and their firecracker chemistry! What a refreshing, fun drama after a series of serious ones i’ve been watching lately.

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It's been a while since I found myself laughing out loud so often in an episode. Ducklings win again: the awards ceremony was a masterclass in reactions and timing!

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I love the awards scene -
It is hilarious! Hyun bin wins best actor for that scene. He had multiple expressions from
1. indulgence (for letting her do the award - one duckling was like - you think you are a general?! Ha!)
2. Agreement (for letting her give the first award to make maknae duckling)
3. Shock (When she offers his tv)
And total distaste when someone else wins the most handsome award

Hahahahaha I haven’t laughed so much for a while

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Haha. Yh. Jung Hyuk was like the audacity of this woman to give things in HIS house and he didnt get any award on top of it.

Hyun Bin nails in these small comic relief scenes. He gives so many variety of expressions in one shot.

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i hope to see manbok join the parents and the ducklings. he's already a fan even just by confusedly listening to their conversations.

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Hyun Bin's dimples 🥰🥰🥰

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This episode was so much fun! It was definitely all about the award-ceremony and the kiss! However - did anyone else catch one minor plothole (ok, relatively a small one, not the kind you would fall into and disappear!)....when Seri was talking with JH about the women in the village gossiping, didn't she call him by his full name? (it's right after JH says he is not a pushover in regards to the villager women). So, somehow she figured out his full name, even though he only offered it on the boat? I wonder if that is a subtle hint that he doesn't realize she's been snooping around his house.

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The awards ceremony part made me rofl so much. Jung Hyuk sulking so much that he didnt get the handsome guy award.

I also loved that part where he tied her hair with that handkerchief. It was as if they have been married for years. They look so good together.

Last but not the least, i loved the epilogue. Jung Hyuk is adorable in saying those words to that tomato plant. The guy sure keeps his promises and fulfills them with this whole heart.

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Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin are pretty funny :)

Their interview on The Swoon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4l1Dcieyjc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9QSXTjOifg

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The romance and everything about this drama doesn't make sense to me. I have watched this kind of story, drama before and those are hilariously funny but not for this one. Everything seems too force. From the romance to the development of the script and characters is just too much. Sorry but dropping this drama now. I have been fast forward so many scene. I thought episodes 5 will make me love this drama but sadly it didn't.

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At first I'm watching this drama because of Son Ye jin but I'm loving Hyun Bin too now they are so cute together. First episode I already fell in love with their chemistry together. I hope this drama will lasts more than 16 episodes.

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I just finished episode 5, and I'm still loving this one. I really like the funny places--culture shock can be funny. I'm wondering if they'll work choco pies into the plot somewhere. I smile every time I think about South Koreans tying choco pies to balloons and launching them across the DMZ to the North Koreans. Please writers, keep up the good work on this drama.

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It's funny when I am looking at Kim Young-min's Man-bok, I was thinking of his CEO Do Joon-young in My Ajusshi, who order another (IU's Lee Ji-an) to do the wiretapping for him.
They are very different characters. Kim is a good actor.

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I"m absolutely loving this drama. They main leads are awesome and the ducklings are some of my favorite side characters.

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@lollypip thank you for the recap.
Got to love Se Ri, she is so hilarious. Also she might act spoilt but she is a really nice person who cares about others. I loved the scenes with the kid and how both Jung Hyuk and Se Ri help him. The scene with the kid and his sister was so cute and sweet, it just made me tear up. I also just loved the awards ceremony it was so funny expecially Jung Hyuk's reactions, hah. Jung Hyuk is extremely nice and likable. These two are already making such an adorable couple. I love the ducklings and how they said that they would actually miss Se Ri (aww). It isn't weird that you adore Man Bok, he isn't a bad guy. I started liking him especially when he couldn't help smile at See Ri and Jung Hyuk's kindness towards the kid. But I can't wait for him to have a change of heart and have him end up helping Se Ri and Jung Hyuk. I love that kind of stuff.

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Thanks @lollypip.
This was a great episode and with these leads the whole show is elevated. I loved the expression on Jung Hyuk's face when Se Ri was coaching him on what to do after he 'gets dumped'! And that awards ceremony was hilarious with Se Ri giving away or offering stuff that belonged to Jung Hyuk, and then leaving him out of the awards!! LOL. He is such a great sport!!

I really like the little vignettes of humanity and warmth, that raises the show beyond being a mere fun romp and romance, and the solemn, intentional recitation of sweet words to the tomato plant. I'd like sweet words like those addressed to me too! And now I'm waiting to hear JH's sweet words to Se Ri.

It's obvious what a great sacrifice JH made to replace his brother in the army, and that he still suffered the loss of his brother. Just one word, 'piano,' spoke volumes and brought tears to my eyes. I applaud Actor Hyun Bin for his tomato plant scene: infusing that one word with such a great weight of sorrow and regret and possibly ... hope. It held memories of someone and something lost, yet still as sweet as ever. Loved it!

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I always brag with my friends about how loyal I am to Song Jong Ki but darn! I knew Hyun Bin from "My Name is Kim Sam Soon" but this drama turned me into a two-timer ahjumah. Now, I'm scrambling to get more of Hyun Bin's works. I've watched The Fatal Encounter, and I'm planning to watch Confidential Assignment..anything else you guys can recommend I'm all ears..I've heard Hyun Bin + action = is smouldering hot!

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Thanks again for the insightful recap, @lollypip!

Just wanted to drop some thoughts here. Definitely, Jung-Hyuk's recitation of "good words" to the tomato plant was the most impactful scene for this episode. It was so heart wrenching for all the reasons the other Beanies have mentioned, especially "piano". Hyun Bin delivered the line flawlessly. I felt his love, his loss, and as @growingbeautifully said, the hope that not-all-is-dead within him as his love still shines through the word whispered.

I about laughed out loud when Se-Ri was attempting all of those stereotypical aegyeo moves (sending Jung-Hyuk off to work), juxtaposed to his deadpan, slightly confused deer-in-headlights "What is this woman doing?!" reaction. It was SO PERFECT for turning K-drama tropes on their heads.

I genuinely feel as though the running joke for this drama will be "Since I won't see you again....(fill in the blank)". Each time Se-Ri attempts to escape, she'll say good-bye to the Duckling Squad and Jung-Hyuk, which is the perfect excuse for some blunt truths. I actually find that quite perceptive of the writer. When we don't have anything to lose, when we think a good-bye means we won't have any social ramifications for what we say, we tend to tell the truth - and truths we won't normally say.

In episode 1 we learn that Se-ri is naturally attracted to Jung-Hyuk, when she's about to leave him to deal with the live mine he stepped on while she attempts to escape the DMZ and says he's exactly her type.

In this episode 3, when they are on the boat, he tells her not to say she's a good pianist just because she can play Fur Elise, but more importantly, they tell each other their names willingly. It's such a sweet, understated moment with so much unspoken weight.

I have to wonder if it will be the running gag that all their plans for her to escape go awry, so they end up telling each other lots of things that normally may take months or years to be so honest. I also wonder if with each successive attempt to escape, Se-ri will find it increasingly difficult to leave Jung-Hyuk.

The first kiss seemed a bit too forced, and contrived given Joo-mok's SK drama-based prediction at the barracks...but I'm not complaining. ;)

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Hello! This is my first chorean modern times story (well, actually it was Nine time travels, I mean, without some fantasy element. I started watching it courious about North Chorea (I´m from Argentina, that´s veeeery far :) ) I´m liking it so far! the story kept me interested since minute 0. And I love (that happens in all the k dramas I watched) that characters are mostly well written, likable or not. I like a lot the couple (in spite of korean akward kisses haha) I´m ready for episode 4!

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Hello! I'm interested to know the title of the song they played at the end of episode 3. It wasn't listed out in the OST for Crash Landing on You. Thanks!

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When he was talking to the plant and struggled to say 'piano' to it I actually teared up. His longing was palpable.

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