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Crash Landing on You: Episode 6

We’re still trying to get our heroine home, but yet again, the unexpected happens and throws some players into the game that are bound to create trouble. These wild cards could be harmless or they could be very, very dangerous, depending on how much they decide to get involved. In the meantime, our star-crossed couple are growing closer despite knowing they can never be together, because even ill fate is still fate.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

After getting her passport photo taken, Se-ri nervously suggests that she and Jung-hyuk take a picture together, but Jung-hyuk says they have no need to remember each other. It makes Se-ri pout, but after she stomps out, Jung-hyuk purchases an extra picture of her from the photographer. Awww.

Later, Seung-joon spots Se-ri at the hotel and pulls her into an elevator, but Jung-hyuk follows them and shoves Seung-joon into the wall. Se-ri says she knows Seung-joon, but Jung-hyuk still tries to twist Seung-joon’s arm off. Se-ri tells Seung-joon that Jung-hyuk is her bodyguard, and LOL, the incredulous face Jung-hyuk makes is hysterical.

When they finally get out of the elevator, Jung-hyuk continues glaring at Seung-joon as he asks Se-ri why she’s in North Korea. She’s surprised he hasn’t heard about her disappearance, and he doesn’t mention Se-hyung telling him that she’s dead. He hears Se-hyung’s goons so he makes arrangements to see Se-ri in the coffee shop later, and he tips Jung-hyuk before scurrying off, hee.

Jung-hyuk turns his glare on Se-ri, who says that she had to think of some reason they’re together. She says she didn’t exactly lie, but Jung-hyuk argues that he isn’t protecting her… all the while protecting her from threats like people walking by and a kid’s ball. Se-ri smirks that he’s totally acting like a bodyguard.

Over coffee, Jung-hyuk asks Se-ri how she knows Seung-joon, and she says that to answer that, she has to talk about her family. She tells him that she really is the daughter of a conglomerate family, which means that everything in her life was business. She says her relationship with her brothers is very competitive, and that they introduced her to Seung-joon, a foreign national, in an attempt to marry her off and get her to leave the country.

She muses that her brothers are probably thrilled, thinking that she’s dead. But Jung-hyuk tells her that even if they didn’t get along, they must feel bad that she’s gone. Se-ri just smiles sadly — he couldn’t be more wrong.

A woman sees Jung-hyuk talking with Se-ri and calls Dan. Dan pretends that it’s no big deal, but after hanging up, she tells her mother to set up a dinner with Jung-hyuk’s parents tonight in the Pyongyang Hotel.

Jung-hyuk and Se-ri go to Se-ri’s hotel room, where Jung-hyuk casually removes or disables multiple surveillance bugs, informing Se-ri that every room in the hotel has them. He’s staying in the next room, but he tells Se-ri not to call him unless it’s an absolute emergency.

He tells Se-ri to keep a low profile if she wants this escape plan to be successful, and when she whines that she stands out among the common rabble, he tells her to take a nap because she’s delusional, ha. Se-ri gets an idea to ask Seung-joon to help her leave the country, or at least have him contact her family (she believes he’s there on business and will go home soon).

She says it was destiny that she and Seung-joon found each other, which makes Jung-hyuk scoff in disbelief. He says, just for example, that he found her after she fell from the freaking sky, then she ran away yet still ended up at his house, but he backpedals hard when Se-ri asks cutely if he wants to be her destiny.

Dan heads to the hotel and uses one of her contacts to get Jung-hyuk’s room number, and she’s not the least bit happy to see Jung-hyuk exit Se-ri’s room. She’s honest about the fact that she got a tip and came to see if it was true. Se-ri tries to explain that they’re staying in different rooms, but Dan snaps that she didn’t ask Se-ri.

Meanwhile, Seung-joon is chased through the hotel by CEO Jeon and Se-hyung’s men, and eventually he gets cornered on the roof. CEO Jeon has Se-hyung on the phone, and Seung-joon meekly apologizes. Se-hyung isn’t inclined to be forgiving until Seung-joon says that he’s seen Se-ri alive. He offers to return half of Se-hyung’s money and keep the other half in exchange for information on Se-ri’s whereabouts. This earns Seung-joon his freedom — for now.

He’s still on the roof when Dan makes her way there, and she tells him to go find a higher roof if he’s planning on jumping, ha. Seung-joon guesses that Dan is up here to brood over a guy, and in a moment of uncharacteristic openness, she tells Seung-joon that she found her fiance with another woman.

Seung-joon tells Dan not to be too bothered, because men don’t want to stay with someone who are upset by them. Dan asks what he’s doing on the roof, and he says vaguely that he’s having money trouble. She offers him similar advice — money comes to those who ignore it, and runs from those who chase it. They exchange names, and Dan even shakes Seung-joon’s hand.

Later, as Se-ri and Jung-hyuk head downstairs for their dates, Se-ri jokes that Jung-hyuk seems unharmed by Dan’s eye-lasers. She assures Jung-hyuk that Seung-joon isn’t dangerous, but he tells her to stay alert, since even people she trusts can stab her in the back. She teases him for his “I’m in love and worried” expression, and he checks her forehead to see if she’s running a fever, hee.

Dan is greatly alarmed when her mother shows up for dinner with Jung-hyuk’s family wearing a lot of makeup. I mean a lot, and her hair is huge. Her mom says she’s ready for war, and won’t let Jung-hyuk’s parents have the upper hand anymore just because she’s a widow.

Seung-joon spins a story for Se-ri in which he’s doing market research in Pyongyang for a high-profile investor, and she immediately calls it out as a lie. She only cares about the money he conned from Se-hyung, but Seung-joon says it was a misunderstanding that’s been cleared up since she went missing.

Dinner with the parents is incredibly awkward, with Dan’s mother making comments about how her daughter is getting older and still isn’t married. She grumbles that she agreed to put off the wedding so they could mourn when Moo-hyuk died, but now it’s been seven years.

Director Ri suggests that they hold the wedding at the end of next month, and says that he’ll have Jung-hyuk transferred to Pyongyang and set up the newlyweds in a house. Dan’s mother is thrilled and offers to supply them with all new appliances. Jung-hyuk agrees to everything, but Dan doesn’t say a word.

She runs into Se-ri in the ladies’ room later, and she calls Se-ri slutty for going to a hotel with one man and having coffee with another. Se-ri just grins and says that she already had coffee with Jung-hyuk earlier today, HA. Dan fires back that they’ve set a wedding date, and when Se-ri says she’ll have left by then, Dan sneers that that will be the best wedding gift ever.

While Seung-joon and Se-ri were talking, CEO Jeon had taken a picture and sent it to Se-hyung as proof that they really did find Se-ri. Se-hyung accuses Seung-joon of only having found someone who looks like her, so Seung-joon leaves the line open when Se-ri returns so that Se-hyung can hear her voice.

They leave the hotel and go for a walk, Seung-joon holding his phone so that Se-hyung can listen in. He asks Se-ri how she got here, but she says she can’t talk about it yet and will tell him once she’s back in Seoul. She asks Seung-joon to tell her father that she’s alive when he returns home, and to “continue as planned” at the shareholder’s meeting. Despite knowing that he’s not going anywhere, Seung-joon promises.

As the parents leave, Jung-hyuk sees Se-ri and Seung-joon walking together, so he follows them from the opposite side of the street. After a while he loses sight of them and goes into full-on panic mode.

Meanwhile, Se-ri and Seung-joon witness a woman being reproached for her too-short skirt, and they marvel that it really happens here. They stop smiling when they’re asked why they aren’t wearing a portrait pin of the “great leader,” so Seung-joon shows his British ID and pretends not to speak Korean, which gets rid of the guy.

Jung-hyuk catches up to them, glaring daggers at Se-ri, so she agrees to go back to the hotel with him. Jung-hyuk is very upset, complaining that he can’t protect Se-ri unless she stays where he can see her.

They stop at a bar for a beer and fried chicken, and while they drink, the lights go out. The staff pass out candles to the unconcerned patrons like this is a regular occurrence, but the lights come back on quickly.

Se-ri notices that it’s snowing and tells Jung-hyuk that where she’s from, being together during the first snow means you’ll fall in love. Jung-hyuk sighs that it would be a big mess if that happened between them, and Se-ri asks grumpily if it’s because he should be with Dan.

LOL, Jung-hyuk asks if she’s bipolar because he can’t tell what she really wants. Se-ri admits that she doesn’t understand her mood swings either.

Tired and a little drunk, she lays her head on Jung-hyuk’s shoulder, lightly punching him when he tries to push her away. She says her head is heavy because she has a lot on her mind, but Jung-hyuk complains that she’s going home soon and should be liking it. She says that liking it is the problem (I don’t think she’s talking about going home anymore).

At the same time, Secretary Hong and Soo-chan also have chicken and beer and watch the snow after giving the proof that Se-ri is alive to the police. Soo-chan is excited that Se-ri will be home soon, but Secretary Hong hopes she doesn’t come back too quickly, since he’s enjoyed having a bit of a vacation, ha.

Se-hyung and Sang-ah meet with Mr. Oh, Seung-joon’s partner in Seoul, and they instruct him to do a job for them — to make sure Se-ri “never returns” from North Korea (they don’t explicitly say they want her dead, but it’s heavily implied). At the same time, CEO Jeon tells Seung-joon that as long as Se-ri doesn’t return to South Korea, Se-hyung will forget about the money he scammed.

Chul-kang is at the State Security Department for questioning regarding the truck accidents. He seems unconcerned, and he calls his interrogator by name when he’s not supposed to know who he is. He mentions the fancy apartment the interrogator’s daughter was given when she got married and says that he sold his own antiques to pay for it, and that he’s done similar favors for officers even higher up the chain.

He’s released right away, and the senior colonel is waiting for him. Chul-kang tells the senior colonel that he took care of him when Chul-kang was orphaned, and got him where he is today, so he’ll stay loyal to him no matter what.

Chul-kang stops by to check on Seung-joon, who shows him a photo of Se-ri. He says warily that she’s a friend who’s from a rich South Korean family, and Chul-kang tells him of the plan for Se-ri to leave the country in a few days. Worried about his own neck, Seung-joon tells Chul-kang to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Meanwhile, Se-ri informs the village wives that she’s leaving Jung-hyuk because of Dan, making out like she doesn’t want Jung-hyuk to be in pain with her around. She says dramatically that their love will be engraved on their hearts even if they’re apart, and the others grow emotional.

Wol-sook hugs Se-ri and says they’d have broken up eventually due to having such different personalities, and because Se-ri isn’t the kind of woman that in-laws like. Se-ri can’t help but take offense, and Wol-sook calls her out for acting sweet while actually talking back. Soon they’re fighting to be the first to storm out indignantly, ha.

Chul-kang takes the photo to Man-bok, who’s never seen Se-ri’s face before. He tells Man-bok that he’s been asked to keep her in North Korea, so he’ll be making money and getting rid of something that’s been bothering him, thanks to the information Man-bok has provided.

The ducklings come over for ramyun again, and Se-ri tells them that this time she’s really leaving, and that she wants to go on a picnic. Chi-soo complains, of course, but he ends up pulling the cart piled high with supplies for the picnic, hee.

Se-ri is surprised by the shovel and axes they’re bringing along (Chi-soo: I will regret sending you back in one piece instead of burying you here for the rest of my life.” LOL!), and she asks where Jung-hyuk and Eun-dong are. Eun-dong is up ahead starting a fire, but Jung-hyuk only said he had something to take care of.

When they catch up to Eun-dong, Se-ri grins at the baby pig he’s got with him… until she learns that the pig is lunch. She protests that she can’t eat the pig since she’s made eye contact with it (ha), so the piglet is spared and the guys plunder the river for fish and crabs instead.

After their feast, Chi-soo stands to recite a poem he wrote for Se-ri:

When you hammer a nail, the nail goes into the wall.
When the wind blows, a persimmon falls from the branch.
But this woman does whatever she wants.
She didn’t die when we fired a gun at her.
When we criticize her, it doesn’t affect her.
Ah, ah, ah, what a troublemaker.

But, as you are leaving soon, please do me this favor.
Be well. Don’t get hurt. Live a good life. Don’t forget us.
If you’re exposed, don’t you dare tell them my name.

Awww, I’m laughing and crying! Chi-soo’s poem has made them all sad, so Eun-dong asks Se-ri to sing. As she sings sings a song about parting from someone you care about, Jung-hyuk finally arrives, and they exchange sad looks.

Early in the morning, Jung-hyuk sends Se-ri to the airport with Kwang-bum, saying that it’s better if they say goodbye in the village. Se-ri admits that she’ll miss Jung-hyuk and that she’s upset that they won’t even be able to check on each other. Jung-hyuk says that he hopes that she forgets all about him as soon as she leaves, and that she goes back to her old life and lives well there.

He holds out a hand, and Se-ri asks for a hug instead. But Jung-hyuk just keeps his hand out, so she shakes it sadly. In his bunker, Man-bok listens to their sad farewell, and when Kwang-bum and Se-ri drive away, he does his duty and calls Chul-kang to tell him that they’ve left. But after he hangs up, he drops his head onto his desk and sobs.

As the sun comes up, Kwang-bum and Se-ri reach a remote road, and Kwang-bum notices an armored Kamaz truck approaching them from behind. It comes up quickly as if to ram into them, forcing Kwang-bum to swerve, as they realize that there’s another Kamaz truck in front of them.

Suddenly, someone on a motorcycle zooms past them on the access road, then pulls a gun and shoots out the tires of the truck that’s about to hit them head-on. Someone in the first truck starts shooting back, and the cyclist brakes hard. The Kamaz truck hits Se-ri’s vehicle and makes Kwang-bum swerve again, so he slams on the brakes.

A third Kamaz truck approaches, so Kwang-bum tells Se-ri to get out of the vehicle. But Se-ri sees the cyclist pass them on the highway, and without his helmet, she realizes that it’s Jung-hyuk. He lays down his bike, then pulls a pistol and shoots at the oncoming truck, not budging even when the truck skids to a stop only a few feet away. The truck hits the motorcycle, which explodes in a huge fireball.

Se-ri runs to Jung-hyuk to ask if he’s okay, but the Kamaz truck’s driver has gotten out and is pointing his weapon at them. Jung-hyuk grabs Se-ri and swings her around, taking a bullet in the back. Kwang-bum tries to shoot the driver but gets shot in the leg, and Jung-hyuk stays conscious long enough to kill the driver, then he passes out in Se-ri’s arms.

EPILOGUE

While everyone else enjoys their picnic, Jung-hyuk stays behind to fix up a motorcycle with special equipment that will allow it to go faster than intended. He checks out a huge arsenal of weapons from the armory, enough that the soldier in charge looks concerned and asks him if everything is okay.

On the morning that Se-ri is to leave, Jung-hyuk goes ahead, having briefed Kwang-bum on what might happen. He follows Se-ri’s truck, unseen, thinking to himself, “I made a promise to her that as long as she’s in my sight, I will protect her. No matter what.”

 
COMMENTS

This show in general, and Captain Ri in particular, are absolutely killing me in the swooniness department. Who knew that motorbikes and firearms could be so absolutely romantic? At first I thought that maybe Man-bok finally saw the light and tipped off Jung-hyuk to Chul-kang’s plans, but then it all hit me at once as he was chasing down the Kamaz trucks that he had to have known all along that Se-ri was in danger or he would never have sent her to the airport alone. And of course, he sent his toughest duckling to take care of her (and the only one who knew what to look for when the trucks came after them) for even the short time he couldn’t be by Se-ri’s side. Se-ri was right, it’s just that neither of them know it yet — Jung-hyuk is in love.

I’m worried for him though, and not just because he’s been badly shot. He signed out a whole lot of firepower under his own name, and he just took down some very expensive military vehicles. He’s just painted a very visible target on his back (no pun intended).

Everyone knows who Se-ri really is now, and everyone but Jung-hyuk, the ducklings, and Se-ri herself have a vested interest in making sure she doesn’t leave the country, even if it means she dies. They need help, and they need help that’s in a position to actually do some good, and I think (I hope) that’s where Man-bok comes in. It’s time for him to stop crying and start doing the right thing, before I start to lose sympathy for him. He’s got a soft heart and he’s a good man, but I don’t think he’s weak or he wouldn’t have lasted in his position as long as he has. I truly believe that if anyone can stop Chul-kang, it’s Man-bok, we just need him to realize it himself. Seung-joon could also be a great ally if he stopped caring more about money than people.

I have to say that, even though Dan seemed cold and unfeeling at first, I actually really like her. She’s a straight-shooter, and she says what she means without resorting to emotional fits. Even her treatment of Se-ri (all the “I don’t care”s) makes sense — it’s not Se-ri she has a problem with, it’s her fiance, who at the very least is spending more time with a woman he’s just met than with his own fiancee. Dan really doesn’t care about Se-ri, because if Jung-hyuk is cheating, he’s the issue, not Se-ri herself. She could still surprise me, but for the moment, I can understand where she’s coming from.

I’m getting pretty scared, because this show is really making me fall in love with the soldier ducklings, yet things are getting very dangerous for those around Se-ri. There are people literally trying to kill her, and I’m going to be devastated if anything happens to one or more of the boys. Thankfully, I think that only Chul-kang actually wants Se-ri harmed. Seung-joon isn’t an evil guy, and I’m sure that to him, “keep Se-ri in the country” literally means keeping her in the country, not killing her. And Man-bok is so close to flipping alliances… once hew does, it’s going to be a real game changer.

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The parts with soldier ducklings are my favourite! They're funny, loyal to their captain, they care about Seri. They don't have the right to die! I forbid it!

My mind always has difficulty to accept that Kim Young-Min (Jung Man-Bok) was born in 1971...

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While watching this show, I kept on saying that Man Bok Looks familiar. Then I remember him from My Ahjussi! I just couldn't connect them since his character here is softer while he was one scheming-evil-man in My Ahjussi. And yeah, he's like Jang Nara who doesn't age!

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I did early on the show, because his character is just like IU's in «My Ajusshi», who is wiretapping the main character(s), and as long as something holding their back (either IU's money issue in «My Ajusshi», or Kim Young-Min's loyalty--he is a North Korean, afterall--and his family safety in here), they are not easy to switch side, which will be very dramatic on this show. For Kim, he is definitely not easy to do so, because the brainwashing of North Korean authority's greatness is pretty imprint in his mind, so be patient.

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Kim is IU's boss on wiretapping in «My Ajusshi», by the way. Also, Kim act as Lee Sun Gyun's junior in that show, and Lee is 4 years younger then him.

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And one more thing, I am looking forward to have IU do a cameo as Kim's supervisor in «Crash Landing», that would be a revenge worth waiting for.

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What the... Kim Young Min is in his late forties?!! I pegged him around late thirties max... Yeesh is this the so-called babyface? Omo

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"I’m getting pretty scared..."

Exactly... So much so that I am dreading the next episodes...

o I am enjoying the tough Hyun Bin now... we can't have a Hyun Bin character without action 😎. And is it me.. or Hyun Bin looks better than his younger self 🤔

o Man Bok!!! We do need him to help JH and SR... hope he switches to the other side soon! I've been seeing this actor in anatgonist roles in the past, that actually cheering him on now in this show, means he is a great actor that can really transform.

o Although I am rooting for the main couple and how will it will unfold ... the love story here "is" I think a bit cliche. At this point, I am anticipating the back stories more:
- what really happened to JH's brother
- why did JH's family agree with the marriage

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Hyun Bin is much much better than his younger self. You're not the only one who thinks so.

And I also hope Man Bok can find the courage to scape from Cheol Kang influence and help JH to solve his brother's accident (or should we call it murder).

The watch is an important issue here. It's in the pawn shop, CheolKang thinks it has disappeared, but I believe that it has Man Bok the one who took it to the shop...

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I think the small piece of paper in Man Bok's wallet is the pawn shop slip for the watch.

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I didn't think about that!! You're right!!

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Sorry about the sort of petty comment about Hyun Bin, wasn't really a fan before :P
I only watched My Lovely Sam Soon and Secret Garden, Memories of Alhambra and now this.
I can see now why he has been doing more action roles. 😁

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@eazal—Can you please refresh me? What's the relevance of the watch at the pawn shop? I only remember that Jung Hyuk's brother was wearing it when he extended his hand to Man Bok.

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We don't know exactly what's the importance, but ChulKang said that it was very important that the watch had been destroyed and no one ever find it.

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Cant wait to know the signifance of that watch as well. Seri needs to let JungHyuk know about this before she leaves the country!

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She already did... He never listened though... :P

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Exactly. And she pointed that out: no one ever listens to me.

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Jung-hyuk may not have acted on the wristwatch yet, but I bet he will. Dollars to doughnuts, he'll end up retrieving her watch for her -- and see hyung's when he does so. And then he'll remember what she said. He probably hasn't thought about hyung's missing watch in years, and will be stunned to see it.

Just as his "famous last words" have become a running joke in the show, Se-ri's musings are turned on their head by the observant guy who doesn't say much. He's the one who recognized her first from their earlier meetings in Switzerland, and who has repeatedly demonstrated that he truly hears and heeds what she says when she peevishly complains about the unscented candle, among other things.

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Hyun bin ages like wine.. the older the better :P

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"we can't have a Hyun Bin character without action 😎."
If my memory is right, Hyun Bin serve as a Marine during his military service, the toughest in the SK military, I even remember he was even in the special forces. I guess that's why he handle weapons well (also shown in his performance in «Alhambra»).

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I had the same experience. Reading the recaps before viewing each episode. Just to prepare me against the uncertainty of Hyun Bin and Se Ri being caught.

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Elevator scene was priceless. I laughed so much.

Ducklings and Ahjummas are supercute. I love them, and I know I'm going to cry so much at the end of the show (it's imposible for Seri to stay in NK and they are not going to SK...).

I agree with you about Dan. I commented on last episode's recap that we are supposed to be on Se-Ri's side but I actually like Dan. And I like her a lot. She's straight, she's honest and she wants to do things properly. So far she's done nothing that makes her look like a baddie (like the horrible brothers and sisters in law).

I have the feeling that Dan and JungHuyk may share something more complex than just their families making them marrying. When they were together in the JunHyunk's room, he told her he made her a promise, to cooperate with everything that was needed and if there were anything else he could do, he would do it. It sounded to me that they were talking about something more than their engagement. I don't know, just an idea.

And the roof scene, with SeongJoon, well, you could see how he's impressed by her and how she softened with him. I like these two together and I want to see more of them.

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I agree that Dan is a great character. She's not simply the tiresome clingy girlfriend and is laser-focused on what she has to do. I look forward to learning more about why it's so urgent for these two to be married, especially when she had other offers during this extended engagement period.

Jang Hye Jin, who plays Dan's mom, also deserves a shoutout. Can you believe she played the poor family's mom in Parasite?! I love her explanation of her "war" makeup. Sure, it's a cross between Joan Collins (circa the "Dynasty" era) x Kim Kardashian but it's just the right look if you want to be terrifying and a touch unhinged.

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All I can say is, thank heavens Dan's mother is not wearing '80s shoulder pads to go with her big hair and warpaint.

*shudder*

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😂😂😂

Did you notice how huuuuge Se Ri's shoulder pads were in South Korea? I googled around and learned that '80s shoulder pads were having a revival—at least for couture designers.

Alas, most of us mere mortals can't carry the look like Grace Jones in her Armani suit.

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@tsutsuloo,

I couldn't miss Se-ri's shoulder pads if I tried. They looked like flotation devices! Thank you for dredging up memories of the '80s that I hadn't buried deeply enough. LOL. Just as is stated in your shoulder pads article, I wore my business suits to work like armor, but didn't go in for the extreme Green Bay Packers look. My rounded shoulders (thank you, scoliosis) benefited from a bit of extra definition.

I hadn't thought of the Nightclubbing album cover from 1981 in decades. Yep, that's the quintessential Grace Jones look. See her in action in the "Pull Up to the Bumper" music video on the GraceJonesVEVO channel on YT. Holy cow. Plus the views of NYC are straight out of the Wayback Machine. I used to trek from Port Authority bus terminal via 42nd Street and Times Square to get to my internship at a translating agency in Rockefeller Center a few years before this was filmed. What a blast to see the long-defunct Wienerwald restaurant in Times Square.

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@pakalanapikake—Thank you for sharing that video! I was 13 when Nightclubbing came out. Although I wasn't listening to her music, I was still very aware of her presence in the culture—and I was grateful for her alternatives to what femininity and beauty could be for a Chinese/Black kid like me.

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@tsutsuloo,

You're so welcome! I didn't have a TV or access to MTV back then -- and was living in Honolulu, so I missed a lot of what was going on in the NYC music scene at the time. Grace Jones sure made a splash, as had German punk opera singer Nina Hagen a few years earlier. She was a fixture at vaunted Big Apple disco mecca Studio 54.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_54

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Dan's mother is a hoot! Totally brash and clueless, i really enjoy watching Dan's frustrations in dealing with her.

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Even I got the same feeling that there might be a little more agreement between Jung Hyuk and Dan from their conversation. It seemed.pretty meaningful. My guess would be that she'll help him in his brother's case and he'll have to help her in something else.

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At first I thought this could have happened: Dan was MuHyeok fiancée and when he died suspiciously he joined JH to find out whatever happened to MH, but then rewatching the dinner scene with both families, Dan's mum said the wedding had been delayed because of MH accident, so I guess that's the end to my theory.

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@eazal,
Your theory that Dan and Mu-hyuk had been engaged (which I share) still makes sense if viewed as a political alliance between families and not merely a marriage between individuals.

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"it's imposible for Seri to stay in NK and they are not going to SK..."
How about Switzerland?

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I've suspected that they will both ultimately "return to the scene of the crime" in neutral Schweiz -- where they will paraglide over Interlaken together.

Maybe she'll relocate the family business as well as Se-Ri's Choice there, too.

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Maybe JH can go to Switzerland but I don't think that for the average North Korean is so easy to leave the country, mainly because when you desert there are consequences to the family staying in the country.

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Same thoughts that they will be together in Switzerland. Goblin and his bride finally had their reunion in Québec too.. LOL

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Thanks for the recap! Between the two lovebirds, then the ducklings and the hens (what I'm calling the ajummas) this cast is really quite fun.
I too am hoping that Man-bok will 'flip' and start to help our pals then his evil boss.
It is going to be interesting how they all end up helping Se-ri.

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"I too am hoping that Man-bok will 'flip' ..."
Not so fast, not only because we have 10 episodes ahead, but also the brainwashing to North Koreans as well the scare of entering NK's notorious concentration camp (not only yourself, but your whole family) really stop him from doing so. So be patient.

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I'm loving this drama so much!
It's fun, but even profound and romantic. I like all the characters - well, except the evil brothers and their wives (did the younger one wear a dress from Hotel del Luna when she went to her mother in law?).

The leads are beautiful alone and even more togheter.
I don't mind tropes, actually -and surprisingly - I'm enjoying them. For example, it was predictable that JH would order another photo of Se-ri for himself, but watching it was satisfiyng nonetheless.

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"For example, it was predictable that JH would order another photo of Se-ri for himself, but watching it was satisfiyng nonetheless."

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@carmen, @kdragon,

It suddenly hit me that the spare passport photo was a replacement for the photo he tried to snap of her on the bridge in Switzerland that he was prevented from taking when Dan showed up.

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You're right! I hadn't thought about it!

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Omg, I love how Jung Hyuk being Seri's bodyguard is played off as a joke, but towards the end of the episode we see that it's very real all along. This includes when Jung Hyuk plays off his concern when he couldn't find Seri at the hotel saying he needs to see her to protect her and then the episode ended like that.

Also, I've been noticing, especially with this episode, that the theme of family has always been incredibly strong in this drama. It's so interesting that Seri and Jung Hyuk are the products of their families. Seri grew up to be incredibly competitive and ruthless because that's how she interacted with her siblings while Jung Hyuk is so upright and upstanding due to his older brother's influence.

We obviously also have the found family in the duckling squad as well as in the ahjumma friends Seri has gained. So many strangers are Seri, yet they seem to have done more and cared for her more than her actual family. What's also interesting to me is Chul-kang. He specifically uses the word "family" when he gets himself out at the State Security Department. Family can evoke a lot of different feelings and thoughts.

Some are warm, and close knit (like the ducklings). Some are the environments that shape people into who they are (in case of Seri and Jung Hyuk) and also you could say that about Chul-kang, who I love as a villain tbh. Getting that bit of backstory to his character really helps paint a picture of his past. With Chul-kang though, he's willing to use his "family" to get what he wants.

A few moments of swooning for Jung Hyuk because damn is he amazing and Hyun Bin playing him has me giving heart eyes all day.

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The way CheulKang uses the word "family" is quite scary...

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Oh Man Seok is truly amazing.

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The actor playing Chul-Kang is killing it (literally). I recall I first saw him as the kind older hyung character in "Wild Romance." He seems to have this solidity and depth to him, even if he's in the wrong he's going to stay firmly planted there and fight for it. Which is frightening in a villain ~

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Yes, Oh Man Seok (see above). Lol! He's awesome. So underrated. He also played Hedwig on Korean Broadway. I couldn't really imagine it when I first heard that...now that I've seen it, I can't unsee it. Lol!

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@mehgann,

OMS is breathtaking as a blonde. ;-)

I wouldn't say that he is underrated, however. He has performed many roles on stage in plays and musicals. In comparison, his film and TV drama roles are not as plentiful. Plus he works as a theatrical director as well as an actor. He's truly a talented individual, and I'm tickled to see him on TV again.
https://channel-korea.com/profile-of-korean-actor-oh-man-seok/

OMS originated the role of Gong-gil in the stage play YI, which was later adapted to film as THE KING AND THE CLOWN. I would have loved to have seen his portrayal (with subtitles, of course).

@hotcocoagirl,
For a dark turn, check out OMS in the film OUR TOWN -- along with Ryu Deok-hwan and Lee Sun-kyun. For a happier role, see him as Jang Taek-gi in MAN OF THE VINEYARD. His rendition of the 1979 West German Eurovision Song Contest entry "Dschinghis Khan" [Genghis Khan] is hilarious, as is his hoofing, at the grape festival talent contest. I really liked OMS's portrayal of tsundere TV producer Choi Jin-beom in the risque late-night cable romp HYENA, also from 2006. (Shin Sung-rok, Yun Da-hun, and Kim Min-jong co-star. SSR has a particularly touching character arc. SSR, OMS, and KMJ also sing, which is a treat. None of the pieces are included in the OST, dang it.)

One of these days I'll get around to watching Goryeo sageuk SHIN DON. OMS is one of my reasons to tune in. ;-)

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I just remember everyone getting mad that he wasn't "hot" enough for Yoon Eun Hye, and I'm still bitter. Lol!!!!

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@mehgann January 14, 2020 at 8:56 AM

ROFLMAO. I don't blame you one bit for being outraged. They must have been blind as bats. Or fixated on flower boys. OMS is high-octane hunkiness! And he's hilariously adorkable -- when he's not playing deadly villains. Hmmm. That means more for us discerning fangirls. ;-)

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@mehgann January 14, 2020 at 8:56 AM

OMG that's the drama he was in! I totally he remember watching him in a kdrama with YEH, but couldn't remember the title.

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I totally agree with you that OMS is awesome! I've seen his stage performances and a slew of dramas/movies that he is in. His acting has a unique touch that is so authentic. He wastes no time to deliver his roles at any scene he is in. He is seriously underrated, yet he cracks doors open for himself by his multi-talents and tenacity.

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Just chuckling - why can JH find loads of tiny surveillance bugs but not notice the foot long directional microphone installed in broad daylight on the telephone pole outside his house?

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Because it's a kdramaland 😄😄

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To be fair, he's actually looking for them at the hotel since he knows they are in every room. He's. Ot specifically looking for anything at his residence

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I was not expecting it then, but that last action sequence was so thrilling and fun to watch (Jung-hyuk's injury notwithstanding)!

- I think Dan might call off the engagement herself. And ditto, as was said about her in the comments the recap... I don't dislike her either, despite her seemingly cold exterior. She is simply reacting normally, given the situation she is in. Of course she wants to keep her man to herself. Although I think her feelings for Jung-hyuk have become more of a habit than truly genuine.

- I'm excited for the next episodes, because I think (i.e. hope) that this latest development will move us forward significantly. At this point, I don't think these two can deny their feeling anymore; with him willing to sacrifice his life for her; and her, her freedom for him.

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I cried during Chi-soo's poem, then laughed through my tears at "don't give them my name." It is hilarious how Jung-hyuk and the ducklings keep throwing Se-ri goodbye parties, yet she never goodbyes. Chi-soo is going to be so upset when Se-ri comes back again. At least they didn't eat their prize pig.

I cracked up when Se-ri asked, "Have I ever told you I'm a chaebol daughter?" and Jung-hyuk said, "Numerous times to the point where I have it memorized." I know some people want Se-ri to go back to South Korea to claim her rightful heir and take back her company Seri's Choice, but I want her to stay in North Korea forever.

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I love Se-ri's bickering relationship with Ching-soo. I howled at her response to his poem: "Your name will be the first one I say. Mark my words."

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@panshel, oh yeah....I think it'll become the running joke of this drama. Se-Ri and the Ducklings keep throwing parties to say good-bye, but she always returns.

The poem was HILARIOUS, and I love how Chi-soo and she bicker all the time - but really, he cares about her! <3

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Honestly, my only problem with her not going back to SK is that I don't want her slimy brothers and sisters in law to get their hands on SeRi's Choice ~ I hope she was smart enough to make a will stating that the company would go public, or be run by the vice president, or something.

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@hotcocoagirl,
Thank you! I like the idea of Se-ri having set up a succession plan to thwart her crappy siblings and their greedy wives. Yesssss!

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Captain Pouty and his ducklings have gone to the point of no return and the element of danger for them and for Se Ri has become real, not only from Chul Kang but from the entire NoKor political spectrum. This makes Man Bok, even if he chooses the right side, immaterial. I bet the following episodes will all be cliffhangers. Bring it on!!!!

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I was thinking the same, so the solution for them would be to somehow become heroes for protecting her. But how?

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@Pat,
I like your idea!

It was mentioned in an earlier episode that Jung-hyuk is a member of the Yi clan of Joseon, while Se-ri is related to a famous personage from the North. (I don't recall whom.) Jung-hyuk had commented on the irony of their respective ancestral ties. So maybe on her mother's side, Se-ri will turn out to be related to a revered northern freedom fighter against the Japanese or some such.

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Not famous person...
Seri's Yoon clan was originated from Haeju in NK, and Jeong-hyuk's Ri clan is from Jeonju in SK. That's why they laughed at the irony.

However for me it's possible that Seri is related to the only woman in Division 11. It could be her mother (either stepmother or biological one).

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PakalanaPikake and crabbielife, I love the idea that Seri might have a female contact who could help her. It makes me wonder more about how she became integrated into her family and her history with her mothers. There is something about the poignant scene of the younger Seri looking out to sea while counting that I feel I need to know more about.

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Thanks for straightening out the details, @crabbielife. ;-)
It will be hilarious if her biological mom really does work in Division 11.

@ Pat,
It's looking more and more as if Se-Ri's biological mother might be a North Korean spy who was called back, and had to leave her child behind. Maybe she's a national hero. ;-)

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@patricia PatLafougere,
January 7, 2020 at 2:16 PM

There is something about the poignant scene of the younger Seri looking out to sea while counting that I feel I need to know more about.

I think that Se-ri's mom may have been a sleeper agent who suddenly had to return to the north. Extraction could have been boat-to-boat to a larger ship offshore -- which is why Se-ri was left behind on the beach, to be turned over to her father.

I recall reading that Japanese citizens had been kidnapped to North Korea in exactly this fashion. It's pretty hair-raising.
https://asiasociety.org/korea/sad-true-story-north-koreas-abduction-project

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/kidnapped-by-north-korea-in-1978-this-japanese-man-is-now-telling-his-tale/2019/09/10/dbcd3dbe-d2c9-11e9-8924-1db7dac797fb_story.html

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@PakalanaPikake, I had no idea about the kidnappings. I'm not sure the drama will want to raise this issue as there seems to be a 'when reunification happens' vibe. However, yes, her biological mother being a sleeper agent would work.
I think that her step-mother, Han Jeong-yeon, is Seri's ally and among the few who do love her in SK. Seri is 1 on her speed dial and she defends her and thinks about Seri in a sympathetic manner (when she isn't being exasperated by her).
I know little about Korean names and family clans. Yoon, which Seri said is a North Korean clan, is her father's family name; I would imagine that Han, therefore is her step-mother's family name. If she is her father's illegitimate child, the clan tie to NK makes sense. I had somehow been thinking that her birth mother was the clan link, but that's not necessary. Just thinking out loud. I started watching this show because I thought it would be amusing at most, but am starting to appreciate that there are very few details that aren't meaningful.

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@patricia PatLafougere,
Yes, I agree that it's jarring to think of the real-life abductions of foreign nationals, so I hope that show has a darned good reason for why Se-ri was left on a beach at night. On the other hand, it would exactly mirror one of her own attempts to escape to the south after her crash landing.

I agree with you about Stepmom being Se-ri's only supporter. Much of the time, I wonder what she is really thinking as her own biological kids and their conniving spouses plot against the youngest, who runs circles around them. She doesn't say much. I'm not sure why.

One possible scenario that keeps playing in the back of my mind is that Se-ri and Dan are actually half-sisters. Scary Mom may be a decorated undercover agent who was rewarded for her outstanding service to the nation. In which case, she might be very happy to have her long-lost second daughter marry dashing Captain Ri -- just as long as she bags him for a trophy son-in-law. Everything else in this show is so far-fetched, it wouldn't surprise me. ;-)

Another thing in the back of my mind is that Jung-hyuk has been quietly investigating hyung's case at his mother's request. Maybe Comrade Dad is aware of it, but picks his political battles very carefully. Mom is a former actress. Could she have honed her acting chops as an undercover agent? Unless we want to find out that Se-ri is Jung-hyuk's long-lost sister -- which would be awful -- I'm hypothesizing that Se-ri could be the long-lost daughter of one of her fellow spies.

Which leads to another question: What's the deal with Seung-joon? We don't know anything about him that isn't probably bogus, which isn't surprising for a conman. Maybe we'll find out he's Se-ri's long-lost fraternal twin -- which would add a demented dimension to his successfully conning his own brother. That would be deliciously wacky on more than one level -- but would work against a Seung-joon and Dan happy ending.

And yes, show pays close attention to details. Some of them are little touches that speak to the inner landscape of a character, such as Capt. Ri's homey kitchen. Others are the clan connections. There are many Easter eggs, that's for sure. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake, great theories! Also Dan's father is dead. He could be a link.
I don't think that Se-ri was left at the beach at night in the scenes where we saw her counting, since there was the scene of her 1st birthday in the presence of her family in Seoul. But there must be a reason for her to be on the beach in her adolescence - ran away in response to a very distant memory?
I don't want Se-ri to be related to Jung-hyuk. I thought about it, too. Please, no!

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@patricia PatLafougere,
I know that we've been told that Scary Mom is a widow. But I have a hard time taking it at face value. Could her husband have ended up in political disgrace? Or might he have been an agent who did not return to the North (perhaps under orders to remain in ROK)? Indulging in silly speculation here. ;-)

As for Se-ri on the beach as a brooding teenage runaway, that makes sense. It would fit in with her giving her stepmom headaches.

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@pakalanapikake, Scary Mom being a spy . 😆 Because she's so subtle and all... I love this show and these recap discussions. Dying for the next 2.

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Scary Mom would have hidden in plain sight -- and terrified the horses.

Plain sight would have hidden from Scary Mom. ;-)

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Hyun Swoon Bin 😍😍😍😍😍😍!
I am dying waiting for ep6, I am not all scared of it but i am actually looking forward to where Se ri will drive to, and where they will run away to? Who will treat Hyun bin and the duckling? Moreover, next week is ep8 ... AM I GETTING THE EPISODE 8 KISS SCENE? This is a Korean drama, i need my set of troupes at right time...

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Haha me too - waiting with bated breath!! The Episode 8 Kiss trope! Although they have trolled us with the ep 3 pre-kiss. And lately dramas have kept us waiting till episode 9 which for a little while was the new 8. But he's injured - will we be getting the Ep 8 kiss + anaesthetic effect kiss from hospital bed (accidental or foggy) combined?
(you know what I mean!) 😂

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Turn off your brain's logic circuit and ask the show to just "entertain" me. So far, so good based upon the leads strong performances.

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I love watching Hyun-Bin in action. And when he came in that motorbike, my heart raced!!! Thank you show!!

And Comrade Pyo - you softie!!! You grumpy softie.

Yes. The show is getting serious. Too many things are boiling. I worry.

I feel sad that Seri found people she loved and love in a strange land. She knows she has to go which makes it sad. I want her to go back. I want those two brothers gone.
I don’t know how the show will resolve this. But I hope these two can happily live in Switzerland:))

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... or Timbuktu. Just don't know if they would be of any use to that state; or just another liability.

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Well i was referring to her 2 bros... if i might get misunderstood here. LOL

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Actually looking forward to more Switzerland scenes too!!

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Yes. More Switzerland, please.

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip!

I feel like this episode should have had the subtitle “Where Hyun Bin makes us all his besotted slaves by being a sexy badass NK protector”

Beanies, let’s do a poll! The title of the poll will be, “In which scene did Hyun Bin make your heart flutter the most by being swoony? Here are your options (you can choose one top choice or rank if you like in a REPLY):

[a] Insisting, quietly, for an additional photo of Se-ri after refusing to take a photo with her
[b] Strong arming Seung-Joon in the elevator as Se-ri’s overly protective “bodyguard”
[c] Vehemently denying he is a bodyguard while protecting Se-ri in the lobby
[d] Turning into Capt. Pouty when distinguishing between “coincidence” and “destiny”
[e] When he promises that Se-Ri will remain safe if she stays within his sights during the walk through the streets of Pyongyang
[f] During the first snowfall in the restaurant
[g] Slow-mo, bad-ass, helmet-less motorcyclist who saves Se-Ri from the ToD
[h] Name your own scene

Normally, I would slightly balk at such overt manipulation to seduce me into swooning over Jung-hyuk by making almost EVERY FREAKING SCENE he is in one in which he does some swoony K-drama male lead trope….but, man, the Hyun Bin Effect is strong with this one. Seduce away, Show!

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Don't forget the smile while he was watching Seri strung up a tree!

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I agree that every single freaking scene seems to have the sole purpose of making us all swoon .. but that slomo motorcycle scene (and this episode's epilogue really did it for me)

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To me, it's the first-look smiling and the eventual mine in the river scene.. He was awesome as a stoic captain.

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@nivearajen Alice Rajen, that mine in the river scene where Kwang-beom deactivates the mine at risk to both of their lives. Seung Jung steps away, smacks Kwang-beom on the arm and says 'Let's go'. 😅😄

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ALL.

Also, when he went back and forth with his bike to pick Seri up from the ahjumma's house.. Then insisted that he was just passing by though it's glaringly obvious that he even installed the comfortable bike seating for Seri lol.

I love how Seri doesn't buy his 'denial' attempts at all, from the bike scene, bodyguard, and to the destiny ones haha.

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Mine was when Capt Pouty was cooking breakfast. I have this weakness for men who can cook; then HB makes him more irresistible 😍😍😍

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If i may add that convo with the tomato 😍

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I totally agree! And let's also mention Captain Barista preparing coffee for Se-ri.

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Hard to chose one, but the elevator and the whole "MisterRi" situation was too funny.
I also loved the scene in Pyongyang, when Seri and SeungJung were walking alongside, and he was on the opossite side of the street, the way he looked at her... awwwwwww....

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OMG! You and I are on the same wavelength! I agree! When he was on the opposite side of the street, shadowing them, but all the while looking wistfully and longingly at her....it just made me swoon!

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I love love! the coincidence and destiny scene
Hyun Bin absolutely nailed it - and her reaction and banter after that was hilarious
He wants to be her destiny but yet he doesn’t want to hahaha

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And let's not forget when he said "piano" to the tomato plant.

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f. At the restaurant, when the server brings them a candle. They both stare at it then away in different directions, lost in their thoughts...
When she puts her head on his shoulder. He goes to push it away again, but she turns her face towards him and he just can't.

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My list is endless, but right now I'd say the campfire scene. I was crying along when they had their deep talk and Jung-hyuk had this flashback to his happy life in Switzerland. And Jung-hyuk gently wrapping his coat around sleeping Se-ri... can he get any swoonier? Not to mention when he slowly moves her head to rest on his shoulder and gets kind of nervous because of the sudden intimacy.

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That scene was gorgeous—the lighting was perfect.

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YES to all the scenes listed above, Beanies!

I was really moved by the end of Ep. 4: Hyun Bin rushes to the market to find Se Ri in the dark, using the lit scented candle.

I swooned as they walked slowly towards one another, their eyes shining with relief and affection. I believe I whisper-shouted: Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!

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I love each and every scene of him being with her and how he takes care of her.

Mentioning two special scenes:

1.Him blowing off the candle when she was crying so that she can cry peacefully.

2. Him buying all the essentials she wanted from the market

3. Him making her coffee from scratch. OMG, i dont even like coffee, but i think i would drink if he made that.

4. Him saving the day saying Se-ri is my fiancee.

5. The campfire scene.

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Just some rambling thoughts while watching this episode:

All jokes aside, I think the fish-out-of-water trope actually works very well to make Se-Ri and Jung-Hyuk’s relationship more “believable.” We know that Se-Ri has her Pricky Princess routine in SK where she’s completely in control of all her relationships - or perhaps more accurately - where she keeps everyone at arm’s length. But, when she is so far removed from her comfort zone and control, it allows her more vulnerability, both physically and emotionally.

She actually expresses her hurts and her hopes with equal openness: when she asks to take a photo together, when she talks about her family being a business…even when she asks Jung-Hyuk for a good-bye hug. I can’t imagine her saying those things to any of the men in her life in SK. Her vulnerability somehow makes Jung-Hyuk open up as well. He still tries to keep up the façade of being cool, detached and professional, but obviously the injection of some competition from Seung-Joon ruffles him quickly, and reveals his feelings bubbling under the surface. He expresses himself more obliquely and more through actions (like secretly following Se-Ri in the motorcycle) than words - which is part of his charm.

Honest and Comfortable

I think what sells me most on the Se-Ri & Jung-Hyuk relationship is that they talk honestly and comfortably with one another. Even when they are bickering or bantering, it’s always honest. He wonders if she has bipolar disorder. She asks him if he wants to be her “destiny” ;) He balks at being called (or ordered around like) a bodyguard. She says her family doesn’t care about her. He says clumsy people like her need to be more careful of those they trust. She says his eyes betray his love and worry for her.

The same holds true for Dan & Seung-Joon. For being a conman, Seung-Joon was strangely honest with Dan. He said that money is his great love, and so it is. He also gave her great advice: don’t run after the guy, or he will run from you. You have to ignore him. Granted, this won’t work for Jung-Hyuk, but it’s generally sage advice against appearing desperate. And while Dan is not overly impressed with Seung-Joon’s smooth operator ways, she confessed her fear that her fiancé likes another woman. She would NEVER say any of this to her friends or family. I love how they introduce themselves to each other and then shake on it - as if they were making a deal!

Opposites not only attract but Complement each other

With Jung-Hyuk and Dan, they are both prim and proper, like good NK privileged adults. Yet, with the SKs, they both let their guards down. The same holds true for Seung-Joon and Se-Ri. With one another, they communicate in the well-mannered and suave etiquette of their culture, but with the NKs they become honest. Interesting dichotomy, no?! Each pair is made up of a SK and NK person, in which one’s suave demeanor is checked, yet also complemented...

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Whoops! Didn't realize the post would be so long! Just need to finish my thoughts:

by the other’s bluntness. But, the result in both cases is honesty and comfort. It’s kind of sweet - rather than like going with like, it’s like magnets. It’s a cute idea to promote unification. Although, given the current climate, I wonder how much audience are willing to suspend their disbelief. In which case, I worry our NK-SK couples will actually end up apart rather than together.

The major-minor characters

Okay, I I actually really like Chi-soo and Dan’s mother. Chi-soo is cantankerous and surly, but he’s so unfailingly devoted to Jung-Hyuk and his troop. One cannot blame him for being protective over “his own.” But, of course, Se-Ri is fast becoming someone he cares about. I wouldn’t be surprised if, at a later episode, he also risks all to help her. The poem itself was telling and so sweet.

Dan’s mother is SO HILARIOUS! She’s like Mrs. Bennett from Pride & Prejudice - so very focused on getting her daughter married, she makes a fool of herself, to the chagrin of her daughter. HAHA! It’s even funnier since Dan is so poised and guarded…the juxtaposition is perfect.

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You wrote out my thoughts EXACTLY! The NK-SK dichotomy, the opposites-attract, the fish-out-of-water trope, the honesty—I love how beautifully it fits and compounds their relationships. I'd say the fish-out-of-water trope even extends slightly to Se-Ri's interactions with Seung-Joon; she considers asking for his help and shares some information with him honestly (albeit not all), which I can't imagine she'd do in SK.

I think it has to do with how Se-Ri's true nature becomes apparent in NK, especially her vulnerability and her yearning for family. Everyone's childhood issues come to the fore when confronted with a crisis, and Se-Ri is no different. When Jung-Hyuk tells her that her family does actually care about her, you can see how much she hopes it's true, and she gives it a chance, trusting that Seung-Joon will tell her father that she's alive. I'm afraid of the hurt she'll feel when she finds out that her brothers really couldn't care less if she was dead or alive as long as she isn't anywhere near the family business.

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YES TO THIS: "When Jung-Hyuk tells her that her family does actually care about her, you can see how much she hopes it's true, and she gives it a chance, trusting that Seung-Joon will tell her father that she's alive."

I thought I was the only one who felt that way. And I'm also wondering what'll happen to her after finding out that Seung Joon was not, in fact, helping her.

P.S. I logged in just to upvote your comment as well as @pineapplegongzhu 's!!

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I'm glad another beanie agrees! And haha aww your post script warms my capitalist heart :p

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Yes to "how Se-Ri's true nature becomes apparent in NK!" Part of me was wondering at her gawking when they got to the capital, but then I realized that was her feeling free to express her thoughts without constraint ~ SK SeRi has made life bearable for herself by being the self proclaimed "Picky Princess," picky about her food, her men, everything. She is her own brand, "SeRi's Choice." She somehow made the decision to live while in Switzerland, but it is living entirely on her own terms.

In NK, it is a life and death situation, and somehow she's found herself able to actually enjoy herself for it seems the first time in a long while. She's enjoying food, and people (like the ducklings and Ahjummas), without fear of how it will affect her in the long term. I think you are right when you say that the crisis state is making her open to give trusting people a chance.

Anyways, all those words just mean I like and agree with the above comments ^_^

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Totally agree with you two.
You would never expect the SK Seri to act as the NK Seri is doing, just look at the way how terrifying Mr. Hong is by the idea of her coming back and retaking her position as CEO, he know his life will be hell again.
Also, NK Seri know that her ways and manners don't impress anyone in NK. She doesn't have the power, no one is watching all her movements, she doesn't have to act to an audience: she can be herself. So NK has given her that freedom.
And regarding SeungJung, I know he does everything to save himself and to his benefit, but I felt he was not really comfortable telling ChulKang who Seri was, I felt some reluctancy on his part. He knows that guy is dangerous.

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'Mrs Bennett' - well put!

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I love Dan's mother. She's a nut!

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Son Ye-jin has this amazing ability to make her male co-stars shine... The last action scene was epic-ultimatum, even though the slow-motion scene (when Jung-hyuk's face was revealed to Se-ri as he biked pass her vehicle) made me laugh abit, because Hyun bin's build seems too big for that small bike...

This show gets better every episode, and even though we have a rather bizarre storyline, it still works due to great chemistry between the leads, humor, music and directing that amplifies the central romance between the leads.

I really like the Son Ye-jin and Hyun bin pairing. They are so compatible in every way!

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Yes! Actors like Son Ye-jin and Gong Hyo Jin (When the Camellia Blooms and everything else she's ever done) are exceptionally gifted at connecting with their on-screen partners. I think that's why there are often rumors about them dating their co-stars.

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I just love how Se-ri can just tease Jung-hyuk about being her destiny, not to fall in love with her, etc. It's so fun to see him being flustered about it because it's slowly becoming true. I don't think the other girls can be playful around him like Se-ri can. <3

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I really love how Se-Ri is playful around Jung-Hyuk. Even in episode 1, when she said "you're just my type" just as she was about to abandon him with the mine... it's that kind of cheeky honesty that set the tone for their whole relationship.

It's probably the reason why Dan could never make Jung-Hyuk fall in love with her - she's too reserved and uptight (like him). Neither will open up to each other. It's just because Se-Ri is a fish-out-of-water that allows her the freedom of expression and honesty that also brings Jung-Hyuk out in a way the other NK girls cannot.

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Damn, I can't believe a HANDSHAKE made me feel feels. Really speaks to how much chemistry Hyunbin and Son Yejin really have. I know it was supposed to be a goodbye but man was it such a charged moment.

About time for our leads to really open up to each other and talk about their respective woes - Junghyuk with his classical piano past and the death of his brother (maybe he'll eventually play the song he composed for Moohyuk), and Seri with her depression and family issues (and her brother trying to kill her, though this is still unknown to her).
I can sense A LOT of tears coming already.

This whole bodyguard theme really got to me. At first it was being taken very lightly and as a joke, but it actually became a central theme of their relationship. And I just love that. Especially since this whole protecting thing really began in Switzerland where her first technically saved her. Curious to know more of that back story too. What made Seri decide not to commit suicide? Did they meet again after that bridge encounter? How did their Swiss encounter affect Junghyuk?

Eventually, I hope they somehow make their way back to Switzerland. To some extenr, it's kind of like their 'safe haven'. Where Junghyuk can be himself and pursue his dreams, and where Seri intended to end but instead decided to create a new life for herself.

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The safe haven. I love that idea.
There, in my soppiest imagination, at some later point he will play Für Elise, dedicating it to her with his own variations. (Hyun Bin really does play piano, so I think it could be done.)

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I think this episode totally focusses on how deeply and hopelessly in love Jung-Hyuk already is. First, he asks the photographer for an extra photo of Se-Ri he wants to hold dear. Next is him panicking when he loses sight of her in the streets of Pyongyang. His facial expressions also show how deeply he’s touched by Se-Ri’s singing at the picnic scene (he’s a musician after all and that’s how you reach his heart!).

It all culminates in the good-bye-scene, which was so beautifully acted. When Jung-Hyuk tells Se-Ri she should forget him and her time in NK, just like some nightmare, you can clearly see that he means the exact opposite of every word he says. Also, when she asks him for one last hug, he of course wants to hug her so bad, but he just can’t, because he totally knows that he would probably turn into a crying mess once he feels her in his arms and would most likely not be able to let her go. When Se-Ri puts her hand in his, he squeezes it tightly swallowing his tears at the same time. This rather subtle squeeze is like a major love confession – and Se-Ri’s eyes show that she understands.

At the end of the episode he’s even willing to sacrifice his life in order to protect Se-Ri. Given the obvious depth of Jung-Hyuk’s love I start doubting it developed in just the couple of days they’ve spend together in NK. I wonder what was going on between them in Switzerland? I think their first meeting on the bridge wasn’t their only encounter back then. I’m so excited to learn more! Totally obsessed with this show!

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But, if they met in Switzerland then Seri should have remembered him, shouldn't she?

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I don't think she can remember him. Keep in mind that she was a mess when she arrived to Switzerland, and the moment they met in the bridge she was about to jump.
I do believe she doesn't remember him, but he remembers her.

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I'm really curious if he's connected Se Ri to the woman on the bridge. Did he take her picture? Dan loomed in front of him as he was about to discreetly take Se Ri's photo.

There was an earlier scene where Jung Hyuk unwrapped his camera—I was hoping for one of a sweet epilogue of him rediscovering her image!

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I have this theory that he might have used a fake identity while living and studying in Switzerland. This just came to my mind, because I read somewhere that current NK leader Kim Jong-un did so while attending school, also in Switzerland. Since Jung-hyuk is also from a high-ranking family this would make sense. I also agree that Se-ri doesn't remember him because of the situation she was in back then. She might have a slight clue as she said he looks familiar when she was going through his old music sheets and discovered some kind of announcement for one of his concerts. She also guessed Switzerland, when he mentioned that he was studying abroad while preparing coffee for her, but then he just switched topics and didn't confirm her guess. I think with the stressful situation she's currently in Se-ri can't put 1 and 1 together yet. I hope more ist revealed in the future episodes and this doesn't end up as a plot hole.

I'm just taking another wild guess here, but I think the fact that they first met in Switzerland might become important in the next episode(s). Because of Jung-hyuk's injury there sure will be questions why he risked his life to protect this woman, especially from his parents or uppers. Once again he might save her by saying he knows her from his time in Switzerland and she was (for some reason) important for him back then.
Lol, I'm on the edge of my seat here. Can't wait for the next episode!

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Oooh I like this theory! I agree that there is more to Switzerland, I think that he helped her find a reason to live back then, which will parallel her giving him something to live for in the present (I read him as just going through the motions of life at the beginning of the drama)

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idk if I'm reading too much, but when SeRi hesitated pawning her necklace I suddenly thought it was significant. So I checked the Switzerland bridge epilogue and she wasn't wearing it yet. So I feel like there has to be more interaction in Switzerland than what we've seen. (Or maybe I'm reading too much, and the watch was really the plot device 🤣)

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lmao so I went back and rewatched it again (ep5), and the scenere really did a close up on the necklace. I'm so excited for this 🤞

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Glad, I'm not the only one having these thoughts! I also wondered why she hesitated to pawn her necklace. She might have gotten it from Jung-hyuk back when they first met in Switzerland. I also thought it could be some memento from her real mother? (Ok, then she might have worn it in the bridge scene) Or did she get it for herself after she survived her crisis? I hope this will be revealed soon!

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Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin are killing it for me. How many facial expressions do they have? I'm endlessly surprised by her range of emotions and his stoic, childlike yet manly sides.
The Ducklings and Ajumma squads are my two favorite troops EVER that thankfully exist in the same drama.

A shout out to actress Kim Sun Young who plays all the endearing characters in Reply 1988, Because this life is our first, When the Camelia blooms, to Crash, and many more.
There are so many familiar faces of actors and actresses in the North Korean sides and I'm sure it helps to portray the Northern people as humane as people who lives, loves and fights their own battles just as the South or anywhere else in the world. Love the show's portrayal of NK.

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Kim Sun-young is, I'm starting to realize, possibly my favourite kdrama actress. She's EVERYWHERE. Someone give her the lead in a drama, please! She'd be amazing as the Diane Keaton character in a Korean remake of 'Something's Gotta Give'...

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KIM SUN YOUNG FIGHTING

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This was such a good episode that it makes the wait for episode 7 sooo long and painful! I loved the ending scene so much - every expression from HB and SYJ was spot on and their chemistry is undeniable.

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What happened to the episode updates this weekend? I was waiting for them but they didn't happen!!

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Last week the production released a news that they'd postpone the release of new episodes to provide better filming conditions for everyone.

It seems like they're live-shooting, though they already have some scenes saved from Mongolia and Switzerland filmings.

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Captain Ri Jeong-Hyeok who's always calm and collected finally lost his cool and rose his voice because he wanted to be Seri's destiny lol.

I love how she just gets him and teases him for his 'dishonesty' in bodyguard and destiny's scenes...so he couldn't even backpedal even if he tries so hard.

The drama has started its melo episodes, I guess. The next episodes will br emotionally-packef ones. Luckily, all actors and actresses here are so good. Literally no acting holes for main and supporting characters.

I'd greatly miss the banters between Seri and the NK ahjummas and the ducklings... Though this drama may end in a happy note for both leads, I badly wish that the writer somehow can reunite the main couple and the ducklings... ㅠㅠㅠ

Also, I like Dan's character. She's simply no-nonsense and knows what she wants.. I guess it'll be her who broke the engagement later, cuz Jeong-Hyeok's hands are simply tied. He's caused too many problems to protect Seri. Irl, he, his ducklings, and Seri would be publicly executed. Him breaking his own engagement will only add more bullets aiming to him.

I wish Dan wouldn't fall into evil-fiancée trope for the next episodes and have her own romance with Seung-joon... They have very cute chemistry already.

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"We’re still trying to get our heroine home"

How is she a heroine? She is a rich woman who is in a dangerous situation that she has made dangerous for everyone around her at every turn because of her self-centred actions.

Sure she is the protagonist, but that does not maker her a heroine.

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Can anybody save Captain Ri right now since he got shot for 1 year already😂

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From https://www.preview.ph/culture/crash-landing-on-you-interview-with-son-ye-jin-and-hyun-bin-a1964-20191219-lfrm

Q: You both previously starred in The Negotiation back in 2018, so it’s not your first time working together. How is it like working on a romantic comedy for a change?

Hyun Bin: When we were shooting The Negotiation, we were in a conflict situation. We were opposing against each other, and also we were in separate areas in terms of actual shooting so it was quite different for this one because this show was a lot more bubbly. It was a lot more fun… And also because it’s our second time working on something, it was better for us to share different ideas and how to make each scene better, so I think I’m having a lot more fun this time.

Son Ye-jin: I think it’s a little bit more complex than just to say it’s better just because it’s the second time working together. I think there’s a lot of positivity that we’re able to create these characters and these very unique roles together. First of all, it is a rom-com, but it’s a story of two people getting to know each other and falling in love despite very difficult circumstances. So we could say that it’s almost a rom-com melodrama fantasy and all of these areas have to be shown through our acting, meaning it requires a lot of depth in our acting skills as well. In that sense, I think we both really worked hard on it and it was a great opportunity to do so.

Q: How did you build or strengthen the chemistry between your characters while filming the show?

Son Ye-jin: It would be really great if actors could create a certain type of chemistry if they could force it or make it, however that’s always not the case. I think it’s something that has to come naturally. Particularly when we do melodramas, the most important thing there is the interaction between the leads where you just have to 'get' the other actor. By that, I mean you have to understand the other person’s acting patterns and what they’re aiming for; you have to be really quick to catch what they’re trying to do and you have to build on that rapport, so I would say that only by doing so would create a win-win situation for both actors.

Hyun Bin: Just to add to that, I agree with what she said. But also in rehearsals it depends on what kind of acting skills the other person has prepared, and also according to what direction the director wants us to act. Sometimes we will tweak what we have prepared for a particular scene according to that, and also depending on the acting of the other person as well as their reaction to my acting. I think we’re able to check each other’s acting during the rehearsal and share some ideas as to how we can make the scene better. So ultimately when we’re actually shooting, we will bring the best out of each other.

Q: Is there anything you'd like to add before we wrap up?

Son Ye-jin: We’re doing our best for every single scene and working very passionately despite the cold...

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@ Helena,
Thanks for that interesting interview with Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin. ;-)

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The ducklings playing in the water was cute, even though the actors were probably freezing. Se-ri is really the Mama Duck here, and Chi-Soo is her grumpy but devoted duckling. Every time they say goodbye they just become closer.

Like others, I’m afraid Captain and his ducklings have just landed themselves in hot water by openly attacking the Trucks of Doom. And we have to wait a whole week to find out what happens! 😫

Speaking of which, I’m happy for @sincerelytod to be getting a meatier role in this drama, but wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient for Chul-Kang to have his men shoot Se-ri if they want her dead, rather than ram her with Spiky ToDs and destroy yet another military vehicle?

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What's the level-up of ToD's? Aside from adding spikes on them? Trains of Doom? Paragliders of Doom?

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Tanks Of Doom.

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@wishfultoki,
I've been thinking the same thing about the wastefulness of destroying military vehicles. On the other hand, Chul-kang is covering up murders by making them look like traffic accidents. And vehicle replacement costs are not coming out of his budget. ;-)

I agree with you about Captain Ri and the ducklings now being in hot water. Let's hope it's not duck soup...

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This episode makes me think we're about to see a bit of a tone shift in the show. There's always been high stakes (i.e. imminent danger/death), but I think Se-ri in particular is finally going to understand the reality she's in. Perfect timing to come to terms with certain *ahem* feelings for certain *ahem* people.

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I am not sure if this is intentional, but it does crack me up how Se-Ri calls Jung-hyuk "Mister Ri" but actually pronounces it alternately

MISTERY and MISERY

...both of which are rather fitting...

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Sorry for those who like her, but I can't like Dan yet. Though I am slowly warming up to Seung Joon. This episode is my most favorite yet. It was so fun to watch. I was laughing through so much of it. I felt so bad for Se Ri as she was hoping her family worried about her. Se Ri so wants her family to care about her. But her brothers don't care about her at all. Jung Hyuk just has no idea. Loving the Ajummas. I hope nothing bad happens to the Ducklings either. I'd hate it if it did. Aww, Chi Soo's letter was so sweet. As @wishfultoki said Se Ri is the Mama Duck. All of the Ducklings were so sad about her going. I still can't help but feel sympathy for Man Bok and can't wait for him to change sides. Looking forward to the next episode.

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I don’t like Dan either. She’s quite the ice princess, and the way she cooly requested Captain Ri to love her before getting married bothered me. (It’s funny though that she’s been gone 7 years and now she’s worried that he might be cheating on her). I wonder if there is more to their background story though so I won’t write her off as obsessive second lead yet.

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Yes. It's the way she talks, she expects, she demands. Until I see less of that I can't like her.

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@wishfultoki, @amy1009,

To me, Dan is a tad less bossy and demanding -- yet almost ominous -- than Se-ri has been all along. I'm coming to suspect that her family's status is actually higher than Jung-hyuk's. Where Se-ri is really a warm person underneath her flippant surface, Dan is coldly imperious. While she wants Jung-hyuk to love her, I don't get the sense that she loves him -- which is not surprising if this is a political marriage of convenience for their families. I'd love to find out what she's been studying in Russia for 7 years. I thought she might have trained in ballet at the Bolshoi, but I don't get the vibe that she's into music. Jung-hyuk, however, is very much a musician who has had to submerge that part of his soul in favor of a very different kind of work.

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I don't like her either... She never asks or cares about what work the other person has but just keeps on making demands from Captain Ri.

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Thank you for your recap and commentary, @lollypip.

My biggest laugh this episode (and there were many) was hearing Chul-kang telling his boss, Senior Colonel Se Dae-ju, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” to explain how he counter-attacked out of the clutches of interrogator Lt. Colonel Hwang Tae-yong, Director of the SDD’s dreaded Inspection Department. I couldn’t believe my ears. I first encountered TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch – in the science fiction of Robert Heinlein, whose works rooted in old-fashioned freedom-loving American individualism should be anathema north of the 38th parallel. Hearing Comrade Cho pontificate on capitalist economics is deliciously ironic. Maybe one has to have grown up during the Cold War to fully appreciate it.

Speaking of Chul-kang, I wasn’t expecting to get a peek at his back story. He would have been like the beggar boy scrounging food for his little sister in ep. 3 – except all alone in the harsh world. After Senior Colonel took him under his wing, they may have been not unlike Man-bok and his son, which is an interesting parallel. Chul-kang is ruthless in running his illicit cross-border treasure-hunting enterprise. Even so, Oh Man-seok has managed to endow his character with an unexpected human side that surprised me.

On the other hand, Chul-kang is very much a product of his harsh early experiences. He has staked out a niche for himself by currying favor with higher-ups who are just as vain and greedy as their capitalist counterparts to the south. He is betting that intimate knowledge of their foibles will provide long-term security for himself and Senior Colonel Se through the sociopolitical equivalent of mutually assured destruction. With his wiretapping operation generating juicy fodder for blackmail, Chul-kang reminds me of the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover. Higher-ups like Lt. Colonel Hwang Tae-yong [a relative of Company 5 Executive Officer Lt. Hwang Yeong-beom?] risk touching off a blood bath if they refuse to go along after having accepted his “tribute.”

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Back to the Se-ri and Jung-hyuk show. ROFLMAO at the one-sided ocular pissing match between “bodyguard” Mr. Ri and Seung-joon at the Pyongyang Hotel. Dan isn’t the only one shooting lasers from her eyes in this episode. I thought Jung-hyuk’s intense gaze would burn a hole through his quarry – and char the elevator’s wood paneling. (Thanks, @lollypip – I didn’t even catch that “mystery” pun. Ouch.) The swindler’s looks of uncomprehending surprise every time he is accosted by the guardian who doggedly fends off all threats to Se-ri, real and imagined, are hilarious. Kim Jung-hyun is in glorious form – and also as he later leads his turncoat pursuers on a merry chase through the hotel’s stairwells and hallways. It’s a sight for sore eyes. More, please.

Dan’s mother knocks the future in-laws (and me) dead with her stunning makeup. She seems to be channeling Divine’s big hair in the original HAIRSPRAY (1988). Or maybe she’s just a Dolly Parton fangirl on steroids.

Scary Mom is adamant about finally holding the wedding after seven years’ delay. I can’t get a handle on the groom’s parents’ seeming resistance to it, even though Director Dad orders the nuptials be held in a matter of weeks. Jung-hyuk’s total absence of enthusiasm on what should be a happy occasion makes me wonder what’s really going on. I belatedly speculated on the situation in the ep. 5 recap comments.

Sgt. Chi-soo’s farewell poem got me in the feels. For all his gruffness, he’s really quite a sentimental chap. He admires Se-ri’s contrariness. And asks to be remembered – as long as it’s not in response to interrogation. That bit of foreshadowing has me spazzing that the ducklings will all end up back in Chul-kang’s clutches. After Jung-hyuk’s shootout and Evel Knievel-esque game of chicken with the Kamaz Trucks Of Doom, I’m on tenterhooks for the duration of the hiatus.

The one saving grace was that brief conversation between Dan’s uncle and Jung-hyuk when he arrived to pick up his sister and niece after dinner. Methinks he’s in on the investigation of the truck “accidents,” which Capt. Ri may be using as cover while smuggling Se-ri out of the country. I really can’t see what’s coming next, although I expect Se-ri to somehow return to the village like a bad penny. (Or will she end up crashing with Seung-joon?! And since this is only ep. 6, uri dashing Captain simply has to pull through.

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