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Crash Landing on You: Episode 5

Since their main plan didn’t work, our captain has to get creative in finding his ward a way back home. It’s not easy, with more people learning about her presence and their cover story growing thin. But the more dangerous it is for her to stay, the more she’s integrating into his life, and the harder it’s going to be for her to leave.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

Se-ri goes missing in the marketplace, but when Jung-hyuk hears she’s lost, he buys a candle and holds it up so she can find him. He jokes that it’s scented this time, and they both smile in relief. As they walk home, Se-ri admits that Jung-hyuk made her heart flutter a little back there, so he decides it’s time to come clean about his situation.

He tells her that he has a real fiancee, but Se-ri acts offended by Jung-hyuk’s implication that she has feelings for him, and she (a bit too vehemently) insists that she doesn’t. In fact, she says that she has several men in Seoul who are probably crying at her loss, ha.

Meanwhile, Seung-joon drops Dan off at Jung-hyuk’s house, which is clearly empty at the moment. She coolly dismisses him anyway, and as he’s being driven away, he passes Jung-hyuk and Se-ri. He seems to recognize Se-ri, but he concludes that there’s no way she could be who he thinks she is.

Wol-sook and Ok-geum see Dan in front of Jung-hyuk’s house and stop to ask what she’s doing. She says she’s waiting for Jung-hyuk and tells them that she’s his fiancee. They’re scandalized, since they think Se-ri is his fiancee, so they quickly move on.

Jung-hyuk tells Se-ri that his fiancee is studying in Russia, so she won’t mess up their plans. As soon as Jung-hyuk and Se-ri turn the corner and see Dan, Se-ri knows exactly who she is. Awk-ward. Dan studiously ignores Se-ri as she tells Jung-hyuk that she came to pick up her uncle’s car, but Jung-hyuk offers to drive her home since it’s late.

He explains that Se-ri is carrying out a mission with him, and that they won’t see each other again after it’s over. Se-ri backs him up and rambles a bit about being in Division 11, but Dan says she doesn’t care, heh. Jung-hyuk sends Se-ri inside, promising to be back soon.

As they drive away, Dan notices that Jung-hyuk keeps checking the rearview mirror worriedly. She mentions that this is only the seventh time they’ve spent time with each other, and that only two of those times have been in the seven years since they were engaged. She says there’s no love between them, and that she wants that before they get married.

Dan lets her mother know that Jung-hyuk will be dropping her off, so her mom parades around in front of her brother, Colonel Go, in inappropriately fancy outfits trying to decide what to wear. He tells her to just be polite, so she ends up choosing a hanbok, ha.

When they arrive, Jung-hyuk is anxious to get back to Se-ri, but Dan’s mother insists he stay for dinner. She goes on and on about how the matchmakers are pestering her to let them set up Dan (Colonel Go: “I never heard about this…”), and Jung-hyuk nervously checks his watch.

Seung-joon is also thinking about Se-ri, sure that the woman he saw tonight looked just like her. Se-ri’s brother Se-hyung had once set Se-ri and Seung-joon up on a blind date, where Se-ri had played her Picky Princess role to the hilt. She had made it clear there wouldn’t be a second date, having pegged Seung-joon as a conman right away, and had told him to just scam some money from Se-hyung then get lost.

In the present, Se-ri gets excited every time she thinks she hears Jung-hyuk returning home, then laughs at herself for getting all worked up. Eventually the village wives show up with snacks and beer, wearing their most sympathetic faces for what they think is Se-ri’s betrayal by Jung-hyuk. They’ve decided that Dan has no morals, and Se-ri teaches them a few South Korean swear words that apply to women, ha.

Young-ae, who’s always thought highly of Jung-hyuk, tells Se-ri that she ought to break his neck for getting engaged to two women at the same time. The women start to talk about teaching Jung-hyuk a lesson, and even Man-bok, listening in from his bunker, grumbles that you can’t judge a book by its cover, HAHA.

Young-ae says she’s going to tell her husband to make sure Jung-hyuk isn’t promoted, and Se-ri realizes she has to do something. She tells the ladies that Jung-hyuk and Dan’s engagement was arranged by their parents, and that her relationship with Jung-hyuk is sort of a star-crossed Romeo and Juliet story.

After leaving Dan’s home, Jung-hyuk goes to see his own parents (who have an ostrich instead of a guard dog, lol). Director Ri says that he wants Jung-hyuk to marry Dan within the year, and Jung-hyuk agrees, but he says he has a favor to ask in exchange.

When the ladies finally leave Jung-hyuk’s place, Se-ri takes the opportunity to ask Young-ae again to put in a good word for Jung-hyuk with her husband. Wol-sook, who is sloppy-drunk, screams at Se-ri that boyfriends are better than husbands anyway, and she has to be carried home, hee.

It’s morning when Jung-hyuk finally returns home, and he finds a suspiciously calm Se-ri waiting up for him. HAHA, she’s lined up empty beer cans across the floor, and she tells him not to “cross the line” and there won’t be a war.

Jung-hyuk explains that he’s been setting up a way for her to get out of the country, and Se-ri’s anger deflates. He says that she’s going to become a reserve member of the international track team, travel with them to Europe, then “go missing” and make her way home to South Korea. Unfortunately, Man-bok is still listening to Jung-hyuk’s house, and he hears every word of their plan.

Se-ri will need a passport, which means she has to get a North Korean hairstyle for her photo. All of the options are at least twenty years out of style, so Se-ri chooses the one that only involves embarrassingly huge waves. The ladies take her shopping for clothes, and she actually gets into it, but she realizes belatedly that she has no money.

They go to a pawn broker, and for a moment Se-ri considers pawning a jeweled necklace she’s wearing. She decides against it and instead pawns her watch, expecting a lot for it since it’s a limited edition. She’s shocked to only get a few dollars for it, since the payment is based on the weight of the tiny leather band. She notices another limited edition watch for sale, and the pawn broker says that a man pawned it many years ago but never returned for it.

Man-bok reports Jung-hyuk and Se-ri’s plans to smuggle her out of the country to Chul-kang, including the fact that they need to go to Pyongyang soon to get her a passport. He believes it might be a plan formed by Division 11, but Chul-kang knows now that Se-ri’s not in Division 11.

Out of nowhere, Chul-kang mentions Jung-hyuk’s brother, Moo-hyuk, and the fact that the watch he was wearing when he died went missing. He says that if that watch is ever found by Jung-hyuk, both of them will be in serious trouble.

When Jung-hyuk gets to the base for training, he notices that the ducklings are missing, and he’s informed that they were all summoned to the State Security Department. Oh noooo.

Chul-kang confronts a very frightened Eun-dong and tells him that of the four of them, only the first who tells him the truth about Jung-hyuk will survive. But Eun-dong is smart — he says it’s been a while since they were brought here, so Chul-kang must have already questioned the others, but the fact that he’s still asking means he hasn’t learned anything.

Furious, Chul-kang punches Eun-dong, but Jung-hyuk storms in and snarls at Chul-kang to ask him directly if there’s something he wants to know. Chul-kang says he won’t tell the truth, but Jung-hyuk retorts that only the person involved can tell the truth, so it’s time for Chul-kang to go tell the truth about his own actions.

Just then, the senior colonel calls Chul-kang to ask why he’s received an official request from the State Security Department, who want to speak to him and Chul-kang about the recent truck accident. HAHAHA whoops. Jung-hyuk leaves with Eun-dong, and when he runs into Man-bok in the hall, there’s an awkward moment before they continue on their way.

Se-ri sees some kids bullying a little boy, yelling that he’s the son of “the Rat.” Se-ri tells them that bullying is cowardly and chases them home. She asks the boy (he’s Woo-pil, Man-bok’s son) why he let them bully him, and he says his dad told him to be good to his friends, so Se-ri clarifies that that doesn’t apply to people who beat him up.

She tells Woo-pil to hit them if they hit him first, and he asks if that’s what she did (he calls her “noona,” utterly charming her). Se-ri says that she did, which made them stay away from her, but that it’s better to be lonely than hurt.

Back in Seoul, Secretary Hong and Soo-chan visit a man who says he heard something strange on a walkie-talkie signal recently. He plays them the recording, and it’s clearly Se-ri calling for help. They’re thrilled to have proof that she’s alive, and they ask the man for the audio file.

Se-joon’s wife, Hye-ji, visits her mother-in-law in the hopes of garnering favor for her husband. Instead she manages to insult Se-ri’s mother by saying that she’ll be her daughter now that Se-ri is gone, and gets kicked out of the house.

Se-hyung is in China, chasing down a lead on Seung-joon. His people have caught Seung-joon’s broker, Mr. Oh, and Se-hyung offers to pay him ten times what Seung-joon paid him to catch the swindler. Mr. Oh calls CEO Jeon, who agrees to help in exchange for a cut.

Jung-hyuk brings the battered and bruised ducklings home for ramyun. Se-ri apologizes to them and says she wants to give them all a gift, then solemnly flashes finger-hearts at them. HAHA, their faces. As Jung-hyuk walks them back to their barracks, they decide it must not mean romantic love like they assumed, and hee, Jung-hyuk looks so put out.

When he gets home, he just glares at Se-ri until she notices, then grumbles, “Do you have multiple hearts?” He peevishly says he’s sleeping in his own bed tonight, then sits up late pouting like a toddler, ha.

At bedtime, Myung-sook tells Man-bok about Se-ri chasing away their son’s bullies, and saying that it doesn’t matter if his father is the Rat. She says supportively that Man-bok is only doing as he’s ordered, but after they’re all tucked in bed, Man-bok thinks about a day years ago when he was beaten up for getting a fellow soldier into trouble for selling drugs.

They had threatened to cut off his ears so he couldn’t rat on anyone, but Moo-hyuk had shown up and chased the bullies away. Now, Man-bok lies in bed thinking about Moo-hyuk’s kindness, and he sobs with grief.

Jung-hyuk and Se-ri take the train to Pyongyang the next day to have her photo taken for her passport. Coincidentally, Seung-joon and CEO Jeon are on the same train, because Seung-joon is bored and wants to visit a casino.

Seung-joon asks Jung-hyuk what will happen after she “disappears” in Europe. In flashback, we see that Jung-hyuk’s father had told Jung-hyuk that he won’t help him if the person he’s smuggling out of the country gets into trouble, but Jung-hyuk tells Se-ri that nothing bad will happen to him.

The train has a power outage and stops right in the middle of the tracks, and to Se-ri’s dismay, Jung-hyuk says it could take up to sixteen hours to repair. People begin running up to the train on foot, and Jung-hyuk explains that they’re “hopping salespeople” — people who sell food, water, and other items to people who unexpectedly have to spend the night on the train.

After dark, Jung-hyuk sets up a little camp for himself and Se-ri, since there’s no heat on the train and at least they can build a fire outside. He buys some blankets when Se-ri bats her eyelashes at him, and some corn to roast when she gets hungry.

He gets frustrated and calls her greedy when she hints broadly for some hot water to wash her face, so Se-ri pulls out her own money to buy it. She says she pawned her watch to buy herself some clothes, and she mentions the nice men’s watch she saw at the pawn broker’s stall.

Se-ri burns her fingers picking up a hot potato, so Jung-hyuk sighs and starts peeling it for her. She tells him he’s a good man, and that he’ll make a good husband and father one day. Jung-hyuk admits that he hasn’t really thought about it because he gets disappointed when things don’t go as he hopes.

He’s thinking about giving up piano when his brother died, and though he doesn’t say so, Se-ri says that she can tell that whatever happened broke his heart. She mentions the old proverb: “Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right station,” joking that she really took the wrong train this time and making Jung-hyuk laugh.

More seriously, Se-ri tells Jung-hyuk to think of the future even if things don’t go as he wishes. She says that she hopes he’s happy after she leaves, and that he arrives at the right station no matter which train he takes.

They finally get to Pyongyang in the morning, and Se-ri enjoys looking around at the unfamiliar city even if, as Jung-hyuk says, she looks like a “country bumpkin.” After getting her passport photo taken, Se-ri suggests that she and Jung-hyuk take a picture together as a memento. He bursts her bubble by saying that they have no reason to remember each other.

As CEO Jeon checks himself and Seung-joon into their hotel, Seung-joon looks like he’s getting suspicious of something. In their room, Seung-joon excuses himself to change for dinner, and CEO Jeon calls Mr. Oh to say that they’re in Pyongyang and that Seung-joon doesn’t suspect anything.

Suddenly, he finds Seung-joon holding a gun to his head. Seung-joon takes the phone and yells at Mr. Oh for turning on him, but Se-hyung gets on the line. He tells Seung-joon that he’s found him, and that he’s dead once he returns Se-hyung’s money.

Seung-joon has gone down to the hotel lobby, and to his surprise, he sees Se-ri walking towards him. He asks Se-hyung how his sister is doing, but Se-hyung says she’s dead. Seung-joon tells Se-hyung he’ll give Se-ri his regards and hangs up, then he grabs Se-ri’s hand and pulls her into an elevator.

Grinning, he says he may not die after all, as Se-ri just stammers in surprise. A hand stops the elevator door from closing — it’s Jung-hyuk, who sees them still holding hands and advances on Seung-joon.

EPILOGUE

We see Se-ri breaking up with a series of boyfriends, making it clear each time that she broke up with them. Her last boyfriend (played by Jung Kyung-ho) had said that she always pushes people away before she gets hurt, and that he hoped someday she meets someone like herself — someone who makes her wait. Se-ri had scoffed that she’d never wait for a man.

Fast forward to the night that Jung-hyuk drove Dan back to the city, and Se-ri had sat up all night, waiting for him to come home.

 
COMMENTS

Well, things just got very, very interesting. From the little promo material I saw, I’d made the incorrect assumption that Seung-joon was an old boyfriend of Se-ri’s who was hung up on her, and that we were going to get a typical love-square. But knowing that they only met once and Seung-joon was turned down, and that in fact he sees her as a way to save himself from her brother, actually makes me a lot more interested to see what Seung-joon does now that he’s the only one who knows where Se-ri is. Seung-joon is intelligent and cagey, coupled with a very low moral threshold and a very high will to live. I can’t wait to see what he does with leverage that won’t work in the usual way, since Se-hyung doesn’t actually care if Se-ri lives or dies.

At first I was very disappointed in Man-bok for turning in Jung-hyuk and Se-ri, but after thinking about it a bit, that’s really not fair. Man-bok has been raised in an environment that unilaterally sees South Koreans as the enemy, and he works in a job that relies on suspicion and subterfuge. He’s a good person at heart (as are his wife and son), and I think that he knows Jung-hyuk and Se-ri are good people, too, but he doesn’t really know them beyond what he’s overheard in a few days. Man-bok obviously doesn’t enjoy this assignment, and he feels a lot of guilt over his part in Moo-hyuk’s death, so I still believe that he’s going to eventually switch sides. I think that when he does, the positive change in him is going to be incredible.

It’s interesting how all of these characters originally seemed pretty straightforward rom-com fare, but the more we peel back their layers, the more complex and interesting they become. Jung-hyuk has a lot of hidden depths, with his love of concert piano and his connection to one of the most powerful men in the country, yet he still manages to be kind, thoughtful, caring, and willing to put himself into danger for those he cares about. Man-bok is another character that fascinates me, the way his difficult job and his soft squishy underbelly are so at odds with each other. But Se-ri is turning out to be the most layered of all, and the more we learn about her, the more I want to know.

Se-ri seemed to take pride in her “Picky Princess” persona back home, never being satisfied or letting anyone get the better of her, even if it meant being lonely and seen as shallow and difficult. It makes sense considering her background as an illegitimate child growing up in a household of people who seemed to be indifferent to her at best, or hostile at worst. It makes sense that, eventually, she became so depressed that she thought she wanted to end her life, but I think that in reality, Se-ri just wanted to connect with someone. Now that she’s in a situation she can’t control like she could control everything back home, Se-ri is learning who she really is, and that’s someone who’s very strong and very capable, but also very caring of others. Once Se-ri and Jung-hyuk are able to fully open up to each other, I think they’ll find that they’re a lot more similar than they think.

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Thank you, Lollypip, for the excellent recaps! This show has become SUCH a guilty pleasure; I laugh just as much as I swoon, be it Binnie, the ducklings, the NKahjummas. It's all wonderful, and wonderfully campy.

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I love the Ajummas too, just laughed so much in this episode with them!

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I started thinking of the Ajummas like a flock of hens - like the boys are the ducklings.

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Oh man, the scene with Eun-dong was both heartbreaking and badass. I'm so glad that Jung Hyuk got there before things went too far.

I feel like since Jung Hyuk as a character is already so upstanding and he does this subtle acts that show he is listening and caring, that when he does immature things like pouting over Seri shooting finger hearts at his squad, it doesn't bother me? Like I feel I've seen this behavior in other kdrama male leads but I find it incredibly off-putting because those characters were already immature jerks with little redeeming qualities. Anyways, basically Hyun Bin's pouting face FTW.

Also his little: "That lousy capitalist heart!" just had me burst out laughing.

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Appears it comes from Hyun Bin's character's unfamiliarity with romantic relationships.

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OMG, I totally laughed at "That lousy capitalist heart!" I love how the South Koreans are viewed by the North Koreans - corrupt, greedy, untrustworthy, swindling capitalists! That it comes from Captain Pouty when he's jealous and petty is just adorable. But, as you said, such a tantrum only works because we know Jung Hyuk is such an upstanding man. The juxtaposition is endearing rather than annoying. :)

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Omg Captain Pouty lmao. I love it!

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This picture of pouting Hyun Bin 😍

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I wanna see a bts of that whole scene hahah

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I loved the pout. The writer is so good at coming up with little bits of humor that stick forever. I especially love the little one in episode 10 when they're in the elevator. I'll never be able to see an elevator scene from now on without thinking of that dialog.

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I know we are not supposed to like Dan, but I have to say I like her. I think she’s a warm woman and I loved the way she told Jung Hyuk they should love each other before getting married. She’s not a cold hearted woman who only wants to get married to improve her status. She wants the romance, but she seems to be too controlled by everyone to let her go. I want to see more of her.

The moment I loved the most was Jung Hyuk jelous and telling Se-Ri he’s sleeping in the bedroom that night. Oh, that tantrum was so cute!!!

And the Ajummas and the ducklings... just ❤️❤️❤️

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I actually like Dan too. She may be reserved and cold, but she's not evil. In fact, I can empathize with her because given her situation, Seri is intruding and Dan is only reacting the any normal fiancee would.

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I'm with you both on this - she's a product of her environment, but isn't without her own wants and needs. I think she's genuinely interested in Jung-hyuk from a romantic perspective - though of course his status doesn't hurt.

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Oh she is Evil.... see preview of ep 7

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Let's discuss that on episode 7, hehe.

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Oh I have no issues with her. She has accepted that her parents chose him as her to-be husband, but she is not willing to go in without feeling 'loved'. And she is vocal about her needs.
And I hope she doesn't become the 'clingy' second female lead.
Am actually rooting for her and Seung-joon. Hopefully they meet again!

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Seung-Joon was so impressed by her when they met. I just hope he sees something more than her beauty and that she can reach his heart, if that's what's meant to be, because I do want Dan to have her romance. And be it a REAL romance, not just someone playing with her.

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I would agree with you @eazal. I rather like Dan myself.

Actually, I would say she's almost a strange mixture of Se-Ri and Captain Pouty. She's born into privilege, like both of them. She's intelligent and well-traveled, one would also assume well-educated. She's perceptive and always trying to understand and know Jung Hyuk's moods and opinions. She's straightforward like Jung Hyuk, but she's very guarded like Se-Ri, which gives her a more prickly demeanor.

But, she's no fool, and she's certainly not evil. I think it's actually quite bittersweet that she genuinely is attracted to and likes Jung Hyuk (it certainly speaks to her good judgment of character), but he's just going through the motions. I'd almost say she's a bit tragic because she can see his value, but he can't see hers.

But, oddly, I think that may be why Se-Ri & Jung Hyuk belong together, and Dan & Seung Joon belong together. Two Juliets and Romeos! The SK people are smooth operators, the NK people are down-to-earth, straight shooters. It's an "opposites attract" thing. Strangely, I think Seung Joon (if he would let go of his self-interest opportunistic default for a second) would have the gentleness and affection Dan craves. Dan would give Seung Joon the straight-edge he needs to keep on the right path.

Jung Hyuk gives Se-Ri the protective and morally upright man she needs to rest upon, and Se-Ri allows JH to explore his feelings and desires.

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I also see what you see in SeungJoon. He' a cheeky player but I do believe his attraction to Dan is real.
Let's wait to episode 6 recap and we can continue this ;-)

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Dan's character is still chill for me. I'm not sure if she's going to do something that would affect the relationship of our leads or their lives (as per preview of the next episodes) so I'm still on her good side.

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Now, just how did Seung-Joon get that big gun in his NK hotel room? 🤔🤔🤔

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I like that you raise all these pertinent questions. 😁

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Thank you! 😛 You can count on me!

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Don't you usually travel with a large gun? Just in case...

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He must be a Boy Scout. ;-)

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Always prepared!

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In the DPRK, yup, that was my reaction also. Oh, well, we do suspend reality in rom-coms and this one in particular.

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He wanted to go hunting remember? I supposed it’s part of their luggage haha

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Oh, that’s a good one! I like it 😁

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Since the North Koreans seem to be able to buy anything they want--did he buy it from a North Korean, and it was delivered ala North Amazon?

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It's his hunting rifle, and he's on safari in Pyongyang. ;-)

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I am finding this show extremely fascinating because there is an element of real-life death and danger mixed in with all these wonderful characters. The sense of being trapped that is unsettling to the human spirit, especially for Se-ri because she is from South Korea and did not plan on being here. The rules are different and yet in some ways not but the danger is really real for someone in her position. I don't dislike Dan but I don't see them as a couple, either and so... I have not warmed up to her, as of yet. I do believe that our guy from South Korea who is hiding in North Korea will have an interesting story arc, as well as the father who listens in on our main leads ( sorry bad with names ). At least I am hoping so. I can't even imagine how this story will end but I am invested in it until the closing credits.

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I have an idea how all will work out with this international mess, but I'll wait awhile before I spew forth.

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please share!!!!

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I'll wait until I watch all the episodes till now over again, after all what else can I do since there won't be any episodes this week. If my mind isn't changed by than I'll spew.

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Where's the edit button??? I need it a lot. Then, not than. I'm too use to facebook.

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I am wrecking havoc on my beain thinking about a happy ending for this drama. I wantes Capt Pouty and his duckling settling in SK (that would merit a Season 2, huh! Could heftily produce a lot of comedic instances there.)

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I'm also concerned about what kind of ending this drama will have. Though it's mostly comedy the more serious moments remind us that Se Ri can't simple stay in NK nor can Jung Hyuk easily come to SK. Even if he were somehow magically able to do so WHAT ABOUT THE DUCKLINGS??

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Asking the right questions! The ducklings~~~

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We all wonder about the ducklings...
I'm afraid I'm going to cry sooooooo much...

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Did anyone else squeal when Jung Hyuk stopped the elevator door from closing? I’m sure everyone in my neighborhood heard me. I’m looking forward to the chemistry between these three.

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Me! Me! We knew it was coming because we saw JH in the background but the moment he actually stopped the elevator from closing.... aAAAAAHHH sQUEEEEE!!!!

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Oh, I joined you. I squealed. I mean, I think we were expecting it, but Hyun Bin is just SO GOOD! His intense, smoldering scowl as his eyes dart from their holding hands to glaring at Kim Jung hyun was so perfect!

And Kim Jung Hyun is so perfect as a oily, slick con-man. And they are two very different men, not just in how they are personally, but how they decide to interact with Se-Ri. I feel like Seung-Joon plays within the privileged world of corruption that Se-Ri is part of: he's charming, devious, smooth, and diplomatic. Jung-Hyuk is the complete opposite, even though he also comes from privilege: he's truthful, wise, intelligent, straight-laced and blunt to a fault. Jung-Hyuk won't play along with Se-ri's rules.

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Every time a show references 'Romeo and Juliet', I get a bad feeling. Don't go there show. Consider yourself warned.

I love how we get to know a little more about each character as the episodes roll. I love how both Captain Ri and Se-Ri are living a life that is not true to their personalities. he seems to be living a life to please his parents and to resolve his brothers death, and she is living a life that protects herself from hurt and rejection.

And Man-Bok - Please join our team. He is suffering too much alone.
And I want his notes!!

And I am glad we wont be having a love triangle. I want KJH to play a savvy antagonist (kinda) or atleast someone with his own agenda.

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ManBok notes, yes, please!!!

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Man-booookk~~ please be part of the ducklings crew!

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Yes, @lollypip! Totally nailed it with the "layers".

I keep thinking this more and more after each episode that this show is one huge onion – so many layers working on so many levels. Beyond the characters, who each have their own levels of silliness, sincerity and seriousness, the environment and the story does the same. In real life, Se-ri would be dead – we know this, except in Show’s version of the world, just because she doesn’t get shot on-sight, doesn’t mean that possibility is off the table. I’m finding a really interesting balance between the crazy, sometimes stupid, unbelievable moments meant to lighten things up, and the always-lurking, dark, foreboding potential that never disappears. It’s that mix of levity and constant unease that’s letting me look past the at-times silly tropey-ness, because I fully expect a mid-show twist that’s going to take us further down the rabbit hole of potential doom. Of course there’ll still be adorable ducklings, swoony leads in steamy scenarios and more weird aerodynamic escapades that don’t make sense along the way… I caaaaan’t waaaaiiiit!

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I really am enjoying this drama
I like how Jung Hyuk is straight laced and seri is a hoot.
The scene where she was eating the eggs and complaining profusely about the train delay was hilarious. Those eggs bits were coming out of her Mouth! So much for miss “I only take 3 bites of food” The little gesture of Hyun bin pushing the bag towards her and then towards himself just cracks me up. I don’t know if those rumours about them dating are real but you can’t deny they are both fine actors and have great chemistry!

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wasn't hyun bin dating kang sora? they broke up? probably old news by now, huh...

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Bring me all the Binnie pouts in the world!

I agree about Se-ri, it makes me want to know her more as Se-ri in NK rather than SR in SK >.<

The world the writer has created is such an interesting take. I know nothing if this is close to reality or not but I'm definitely enjoying it. And I know a lot of it is just to keep our OTP closer.

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I like her more as Se Ri in NK, as it occurs to me she is more herself and not keeping an appearance like Se Ri in SK.

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Yes, and that she's also starting to like herself in NK

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Hee. They are acting like age old married couples already! This is so endearing to watch! It has been long since I have squeeled this much in a k drama...

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Wow, what a packed episode! Thanks for the insightful recap, as always, @lollypip!

That epilogue was priceless! I loved it so much!! I guess with all of the barriers Se-Ri put up against the romantic men in her life, Jung-Hyuk leaped through the barbed wire fence when the electricity was down just like Se-Ri did in the DMZ. Ha!

I can’t tell what I love more - the angst of the love triangle among Se-Ri, Jung-Hyuk and Dan OR the community of neighborhood adjummas who rally around her after she was “dumped”. I felt Son Ye Jin, Hyun Bin and See Ji Hye played the emotional jealousy and discomfort of the love triangle sequence so well: Dan being highly sensitive and perceptive of where Jung-Hyuk’s attention is, Jung-Hyuk’s determination to do the right thing for everyone - even when it is a struggle or sacrificial for him, and even Se-Ri’s attempt (despite her heart) to honor the boundary of Jung-Hyuk’s engagement. It was poignant, and the actors did a fantastic job of portraying the multi-faceted feelings of the entire sequence.

Honestly, I think the two leads sell the show. The dialogue is a little uneven. I’m willing to accept that Jung-Hyuk has somehow managed to fall for Miss South Korea Princess - but not just because the writer tells me so, but because Hyun Bin sells the chemistry he feels for Son Ye Jin so convincingly that I’m willing to buy it.

I do like the more subtle way the Show makes fun of k-dramas or South Korean culture - by juxtaposing it with the more no-nonsense approach of North Korea. So, the aegyeo that Se-Ri attempts on Jung-Hyuk is completely lost on him. Theirs is definitely a “opposites attract” sort of relationship. Jung-Hyuk is the quintessential stoic, man of honor in a den of thieves. Se-ri is the emotional, manic high-maintenance but adorable and plucky heroine. And they are just magnetic towards each other.

I particularly like when Se-ri is petty. She’s at her manic-ridiculous best when she’s trying to save face, but her actions leave Jung-Hyuk dazed and confused. Whether it is after a kiss she (deep down) wanted or after Jung-Hyuk tries to put up boundaries by revealing he has a fiancée, she’s hilarious in her fluster. The same goes for Jung-Hyuk, when he realizes that the finger-hearts do not mean romantic love. Poor Captain Pouty.

The interrogation scene in the SSD was decided not funny, but I cheered on Eun Dong and well as the other Army Ducklings for remaining faithful to Jung-Hyuk. Eun Dong may be the maknae, but he is no fool, and I’m so proud that they held firm even in the midst of torture.

Also, call me a sucker, but I actually liked that Jung-Hyuk asked for an extra photo of Se-Ri from the photographer after turning down her request to take a picture together. They are already so much in love with one another without even knowing it. So sweet. *big heart eyes*

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Loving all the leads' interactions so far. Their conversations and (micro)expressions are really on point, especially for the bantering and funny scenes!! Hyun bin and son ye jin has always been amazing actors, but they're just more natural than ever in their roles here.

When Seri brought up R&J, I got nervous right away. We really dont wanna go that path. But I love how Seri is taking the extra steps to pull JungHyuk up (even though it's not exactly necessary). And of course, all the subtle (or not so subtle) acts of JungHyuk to care for Seri. So sweet and loving.

The second leads are also doing a great job to keep me interested. I hope they'll be able to go through their own sets of character development in the story because there is a lot to learn and somehow empathize with them as well. I love that neither of them are straight out 'evil' and only getting by with how they're used to. But of course, there are lots of rooms for improvement and I hope the show will be able to do their characters justice.

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Hyun Bin's adorable pouting is the highlight of this episode. I was laughing so hard at him being jealous that Se ri gave everyone hearts. And he was even more jealous when one of them told that comerade Park got more hearts. HAHAHA

I absolutely loved that fire scene. Good to see both of them having a chat over their inner feelings, what they really wanted etc. Seri have taken the wrong train but ended up in the right station. She is more of herself in here than in her home country. What a lonely life she has lived in South Korea. Always have to put on her guard because anytime those vultures would come and eat her alive. What she said to ManBok's child of fighting back against the bullies showed a glimpse of how much she tried to fight her inner demons and the real ones who are her siblings. Se ri is actually a very strong woman. She has come such a long way. This is why i love Se ri.

I also love the NK ajhummas. They are also very supportive bunch.

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I would give comrade park 2 hearts myself - he’s really handsome! I won’t be surprised that this will be his come out drama- I’m sure I’m not the only one recognising his looks!
Love it too when he said causally that he didn’t notice the extra heart ..how Jung Hyuk gave that look and decided they can walk themselves back hahaha it’s the little moments that sell this drama - the writer has done a fine job to make the North Korean setting works and make the characters relatable

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Thanks for the recap! Sometimes I find myself waiting more in anticipation for these than the episodes themselves :P

I'm really enjoying the generous bouts of humor interspersed throughout this drama--they've done a great job maintaining that balance between drama and comedy. Ngl when I first read the premise I was skeptical how it could be a romcom. It makes a lot more sense now as I'm watching it, the characters are just so much fun!

I'm really curious to see how the writers will expand on this running theme of fate and chance and how the two leads will handle their eventual separation, seems they really are in a bit of a star-crossed lovers situation.

Looking forward to your recap of ep 6!

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I must say Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin are having a lot of fun in this drama 😂 and so are we 😁.

Hyun Bin's best character (so far) 😎
We get the funny stuff, we get rom-com, and we still get the usual action.

It's also a nice change to see Son Ye Jin in so many funny scenes (although I am guessing we'll have more serious ones later).

And as everyone says, the ajummas and JH's are a great support for the two. Though I am dreading the time all the serious stuff come "crashing in" 😟....

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I read that due to the weather, there will be no new episodes of this drama this weekend. :-( So we have to hang over that cliff for another week.

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Thanks for the reminder, @zzthorn. I guess this really is live shooting. Kudos to the Powers Who Be for saving the cast and crew from frostbite and pneumonia. I'm only too glad to wait. This is a zillion times better than hearing that someone became ill or injured on set.

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Totally understandable that they are delaying, but I will miss not having this to watch on the weekend. Hopefully the cast stays safe and healthy!

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Absolutely. I just wish it had been at a week where lives weren't hanging in the balance.

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@zzthorn,
I agree! But the good news is that both episodes are preempted, which means the rhythm of the cliffhangers won't be screwed up. Only one episode of STOVE LEAGUE was preempted last week, so from here on out the cliffhangers will be messed up. Maybe it won't matter as much with the baseball show (she sez while whistling in the dark as the Eeevil Owner twirls his figurative moustache). ;-)

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Wait. Didn't one of the episodes stated, calls cannot be made to South Korea from the North Korea as access is blocked. Why is it, in this episode, seung hoon is able to do so....

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The caller he was calling was in Shenyang, China, not South Korea.

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@lollypip Thank you for the recap. I agree so much with a lot of what you said that I have very little to add, except I have another drama where I am loving the FL more than the ML. Another interesting drama with an interesting Female Lead and a sweet Male lead. I am loving every minute of this drama. I agree Se Ri has a lot of layers. A lot of the humor comes from her and she is so fun to watch. I also love how we are learning more about the other characters. The ducklings and Jung Hyuk's confusion (and pouting) over the finger hearts was so hilarious. 'The lousy capitalist heart'. Hah.

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Thank you for your recap and comments, @lollypip. I appreciate your filling in the gaps. I don’t know whether it’s the subtitles or my nunchi / intuition having taken a hike. I missed Dan’s statement to Jung-hyuk during their drive back to Pyongyang that there is no love between them, and that’s what she wants before they get married. Hmmm. She sounds adamant, and in a position to demand compliance. Your inkling that Jung-hyuk remembered Se-ri from their encounter on the bridge in Switzerland would account for his emotional distance from his future mate in an arranged marriage that sounds like something straight out of Joseon – or a chaebol family corporate merger in Gangnam.

I wonder what the deal is. Her demand supports my suspicion that Dan may actually have been engaged to Moo-hyuk – which might explain how she and Jung-hyuk have met 7 times over the years, but only twice since becoming affianced. The fact that she has studied in Russia for 7 years makes me very curious about her education and profession. Is she a musician like Jung-hyuk? A ballerina trained at the Bolshoi? (That would explain her lithe build and the absence of fat that her mother tsk-tsks about.) Or perhaps a technical wiz of some kind? It will be interesting to find out.

Director Ri is a hard one to read, which is probably why he has managed to attain his present rank and power. But maybe that was not always the case. Dan’s father is conspicuous by his absence. Was he perhaps a friend of Director Ri’s who ran afoul of politics and has been reeducated or worse? Could they have pledged to become in-laws years ago, and Director Ri is set on honoring that commitment, whether their children like each other or not? – Director Ri’s statement to Jung-hyuk that he will not intervene if anything happens to the alternate member of the track team while overseas sounds ominous. When Jung-hyuk glosses over the fallout from Se-ri’s imminent “defection” when she questions him, I cannot help but wonder what the heck he’s thinking. If he gets himself busted, it will reflect badly on his family – and will be a great pretext for Dan’s family to break the engagement. But that sounds utterly nuts. Is he perhaps on an undercover mission from Director Dad to investigate hyung’s death and root out high-level corruption?

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Your first screencap made my day, @lollypip. The look on Hyun Bin’s face is priceless. Jung-hyuk has got a bad case of Aegyo Whiplash. Sorry, pal. That wasn’t a limited-edition finger-heart. That was Se-ri running the printing presses overtime at the mint and causing hyperinflation – with a resulting collapse in the value of the “currency.” Joo-mok has some Kdrama splainin’ to do. ;-)

Oh, dang. The watch at the pawnbroker’s. Why is Major Cho Chul-kang so interested in it? Is it a limited-edition spy watch by Q?! I expect to find out that Jung-hyuk picked it up for hyung when he was in Switzerland. (When I found out they both were pianists, I thought they might have passed private messages to each other encoded in the notation of their sheet music. LOL!)

Seung-joon is shaping up to be a lot more interesting than I initially imagined, and he seems to be a pretty decent guy – for a swindler. Certainly a lot better than Se-ri’s crappy oppas and the North Korean baddies. Now that he’s crossed paths with Dan, I can’t wait to see how these two become an item.

It took me until yesterday to realize that I’ve been watching Hwang Woo Seul-hye (elder oppa’s wife) play a competent and thoughtful food company heiress in PEOPLE WITH FLAWS. No wonder I was a bit confused. ;-)

Let’s hear it for Mr. Hong and insurance agent Park Soo-chan. I love these two. While the latter is motivated to find Se-ri alive and well in order to avoid a huge payout, he and Se-ri’s right-hand man are truly good guys. They’re really the only ones back home, aside from Mom and Dad, who care about her. The revelation of Se-ri’s unfortunate birth secret – her illegitimacy – explains the hole in her soul. The way she shares her survival tips with informer/wiretapper Man-bok’s little boy gives great insight into what lies beneath her flippant Picky Princess persona. I melted when he called her noona. What a little sweetheart. (Shhh. Don’t let Jung-hyuk hear.)

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Son Ye Jin is just so perfect in this drama. I like it when she tries to act cool then say the funniest things. It's like she's so innocent about the world. And this is the most gorgeous Hyun Bin I've ever seen!

I love our neighborhood ahjummas and the duckling troop!

The first 15minutes of this episode was endearing and funny!

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I love the coined name Captain Pouty and I am most amused when in several instances he has been caught with his foot in his mouth, despite his cool and responsible demeanor - stepping on the land mine while saying he is the best when it comes to spotting them; his confidence about his fiancee not showing in front of him for a long time because she is studying in Russia; his nonchalant attitude ans being the best bodyguard there is.

However, my favorite scene so far has no dialogue. It was a beautiful shot of the ducklings, the camera behind their backs, them sitting atop a hill staring at the dusky blue sky, while eating their precious corn. Keep them going.

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Love that scene as well!!

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Jung Hyuk pouting over Se Ri giving out finger hearts and that one of his ducklings got TWO made my night loo

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seeing nearly 40 year old face/s act cute/illogical story is one reason im off from this drama after ep2, the high rating & praise on the comedic acts likely came from viewers who have enjoyed hong kong mo lei tau brand of show which im not a fan

so oooo disappointed that im missing out on 3 actors whom i have liked alot...HB, KJH, OMS

only reason i wld call quit on a show midway so far is in which i cant understand the story &/ cant accept the style of presentation

nothing against anyone but need to voice out my incomprehension over such high rating/review ---> one man s meat is another man s poison really applies here

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Chin up this drama just isn't for you. I think there is a school of beanies who are in a similar position with it.

If none of the current K dramas are hitting your mark "Candy Online" is interestingly nihilistic ATM (early episodes). In the mould of "Gloomy Salad Days", I find these Taiwanese dramas so surprising.

I love reading LollyPip's recaps but I find comments difficult as this show is like regressing back to early years of DB when certain dramas were an overload of fan girl for one crush or another. "I squealed, Oh the cute, look they did hearts." Thats fine - we all have it and can't blame stars milking fan service if it is where the money is. However, when its a sea of swooning and squealing there is little point for the rational.

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I knew pouty Hyun Bin would make the header. Se-ri's generous finger-hearts killed me. The dirty look Jung-hyuk gave most handsome Kwang-bum because he got two. I chuckle every time Jung-hyuk calls her "Se-ri dongmu." I know North Koreans call everyone "comrade," but it just sounds funny with Se-ri's name since she gave the ajummas a fake name. I loved Se-ri for pretending to walk away from Jung-hyuk's house to prevent fiancée Dan from misunderstanding and loved Jung-hyuk even more for pulling Se-ri back and saying "You live here." Their train campfire was so romantic.

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I legit screamed when Dan said she was the fiancee. Oooooh the scandalized looks of the village women! I love it!

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The Pouty Captain LMAO
He's just so adorable .. and HOT .. and cute XD

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I have a question about this one song that appears in the second half of Ep 5, where folks walk through the train selling snacks. I thought that was a delightful song, although it did not seem like a regular OST type piece. Would any of you have any insights on that? It sounds like a traditional melody, and I googled to find a similar melody used in the Seoul metro network, but have no idea if I am making the right connections.

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