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Crash Landing on You: Episode 13

Our heroes’ time in South Korea is running short, and soon they’ll have to go home or face dire consequences. But their target is still at large, and they’re getting no closer to finding him. It’s going to take a big move to stop him in time, but we know by now that nothing ever goes as planned.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Having thought that her empty apartment meant that Jung-hyuk and the ducklings had returned to North Korea, Se-ri bursts into tears when it turns out they were only throwing her a surprise birthday party. She runs outside and Jung-hyuk follows her, and since she’s embarrassed, he gives her a backhug and says that this day will always be a day when he’s grateful that the person he loves is alive.

Jung-hyuk asks Se-ri if she’s going to cry like that when he really does leave, but Se-ri says she won’t. She tells him to go home soon, worried that he won’t be able to if he’s in South Korea for too long, and she assures Jung-hyuk that she has the resources to protect herself against Chul-kang or anyone else.

Inside, the ducklings are worried after seeing Se-ri cry for the first time. Man-bok mentions the time Se-ri missed her plane, and the others gape at him (Chi-soo: “Just how much did you listen to us??”). Man-bok goes downstairs to bring Jung-hyuk and Se-ri back inside, and he senses something sinister but doesn’t see Chul-kang driving away.

Back upstairs, Se-ri tells the ducklings that she was just surprised. She accidentally complains about the old-fashioned cake, and everyone looks at Jung-hyuk, whose proud expression melts, ha. They light the candles and sing the North Korean version of “Happy Birthday,” then Se-ri teaches them how to make a wish before they blow out the candles together.

Later, Jung-hyuk comes to Se-ri’s room to give her a present. He’s adorably shy about it, saying multiple times that it’s no big deal, clearly feeling like it’s a very big deal. Finally Se-ri just grabs his hand and pries it open, and finds a gold ring inside… awww, Jung-hyuk looks like he might throw up.

It’s too big so Se-ri puts it on her thumb, but Jung-hyuk says that’s his ring and hands her a smaller one. Couple rings! He puts the ring on her finger and Se-ri pouts that for a guy who’s never dated, he’s good at making a woman’s heart flutter. She slides Jung-hyuk’s ring onto his finger and says she’ll always remember him, and why they’re not kissing right now, I have no idea.

Up north, Dan’s mother visits the village and runs into Wol-sook and Ok-geum. Wol-sook mentions that she saw a strange man going into the apartment meant for Dan and Jung-hyuk, but luckily Mom came armed with “keep quiet” gifts. She says the man is her nephew, Alberto, recently home after living in Europe, but the ladies immediately peg that as a lie.

Mom heads up to the apartment and runs into Seung-joon, who turns on the charm full-force. He explains that Dan got drunk and that he was about to bring her hangover soup, and he kneels to apologize for Dan’s behavior.

Mom barely drags herself away from Seung-joon and goes to the bedroom to smack Dan awake. Seung-joon pokes his head in to invite Mom to dinner, and HA, she recognizes the side dishes that Dan stole from her own fridge. Mom asks Seung-joon what his relationship is with Dan, and he says honestly, “I have a crush on Dan. I know she is engaged to another man.”

Her mother asks why he likes her, and he lists her “disciplined sternness and noble elegance.” Mom gives Seung-joon the stink-eye, but in private she tells Dan that she likes him. Dan insists that there’s nothing between them, and that she still intends to marry Jung-hyuk when he returns from (they think) the DMZ.

Back in Seoul, Jung-hyuk locates Chul-kang’s lackey, Manager Oh. He gives Manager Oh a painful neck-pinch for arranging a meeting then sending thugs to beat him up. Manager Oh admits that he’s not loyal to the people he connects, and Jung-hyuk says that he doesn’t need loyalty, just answers to his questions.

Meanwhile, Se-ri asks Man-bok about their scheduled return with the World Military Games athletes in a few days. Man-bok confirms that Jung-hyuk’s father took a big risk setting it up and that Jung-hyuk won’t be safe if he misses the bus, and Se-ri says that Jung-hyuk has to go back no matter what.

Wanting to give the ducklings a gift, Se-ri gives them her black credit card and tells them to go buy themselves some stylish clothes and anything else they want. They’re thrown off by things like pre-torn jeans (until Kwang-bum tries them on and looks fantastic, hee), and Eun-dong falls in love with a reindeer hat with flappy ears.

Sang-ah has been snooping around collecting information on Se-ri, and she calls another meeting with the board of Se-ri’s Choice. She wants to vote again regarding becoming the new CEO, this time basing it on whether Se-ri is suitable to run the company. She’s ready to spill all the details about Se-ri’s disappearance, but before she gets started, Se-ri’s stepmother shows up.

In private, Sang-ah claims that she’s only trying to make Se-hyung successful, but Stepmom snaps that she’s not about to sacrifice one child for another. She says that she and Chairman Yoon know where Se-ri was, as well as the fact that Se-hyung and Sang-ah tried to stop her from returning home, and she tells Sang-ah to bring Se-hyung home from Hong Kong and come see them immediately.

While Se-ri is at work and Jung-hyuk is pretending to be her bodyguard, Secretary Hong shows Se-ri a late-night drunken plea to get back together that her ex-boyfriend posted online. He mentions several other guys she’s dated, so, shooting nervous looks at Jung-hyuk, Se-ri barks at him to get back to work.

Once they’re alone, Se-ri claims that those men were just passing through her life, and Jung-hyuk sulks at her to tell him if he’s one of those “passing through” guys. Se-ri teases him that he took too long to find her, and that it was difficult dating so many men without finding The One.

Since they’re together now, they play hookey from work and go to the movies, where they take advantage of the movable armrest to hold hands. They go for a drive and take a walk on a suspension bridge, and Jung-hyuk brings up another time when he played hookey.

He says he skipped class to take photographs, and that he saw a woman who was totally his type about to jump off a high bridge. Se-ri pouts at the “my type” comment, but soon she recognizes herself in his story. Jung-hyuk continues, saying that he’s thought about her a lot since then and shows Se-ri the recorder he found in her desk.

Se-ri asks with wonder in her voice how many times they’ve met without knowing. She says that if it’s true that one’s happiest moments are the last thing one thinks of as they die, then this moment will be her last thought (and again, why are they not kissing?!).

The ducklings finally get to eat at the fried chicken restaurant, which is full of people watching a soccer game. Chi-soo and Man-bok act like they don’t care about the game until they learn that it’s between Korea and Japan, and by the time Jung-hyuk and Se-ri join them, they’re jumping up and down and screaming every time Korea makes a goal.

After the game, Man-bok steps outside for a cigarette, and to his horror he finds himself face to face with Chul-kang. Chul-kang says that he was angry when he found out Man-bok betrayed him, and he asks if Man-bok believes that Director Ri will protect him when he learns that Man-bok killed Moo-hyuk.

He reminds Man-bok that he’s the one who’s been providing for his family and freed his mother from prison. Man-bok begs Chul-kang to turn a blind eye and let him atone for what he did to Moo-hyuk, so Chul-kang tells him to choose — Moo-hyuk, or Woo-pil, his son.

The night Jung-hyuk and Eun-dong bunk down in one of Se-ri’s guest bedrooms together. Eun-dong talks excitedly about visiting the PC cafe and playing video games for the first time, and Jung-hyuk listens with an indulgent air… until Eun-dong mentions his fight with “Tomato Cultivator,” ha. Unwilling to admit that he’s the one who didn’t show up to duke it out in person, Jung-hyuk stomps out of the room.

In the kitchen, he runs onto Man-bok, who’s crying from worry. Man-bok goes still when Jung-hyuk apologizes for causing him to be separated from his family, then he shuffles out of the room without a word.

The village ladies visit Young-ae again, and Myung-sook says that she learned from Man-bok’s wiretapper friends that Young-ae’s husband was arrested because Chul-kang was trying to dig up dirt on Director Ri. With Jung-hyuk gone, they have no way to contact Director Ri to ask for leniency for the senior colonel, until Wol-sook remembers that Dan’s so-called cousin is right here in the village.

They go to the apartment as a group, running into Dan on the way. They let themselves into the apartment just as Seung-joon is getting out of the shower, and they all stare at his naked chest (OMG Dan’s face!) while he tries to act nonchalant.

While Seung-joon gets dressed, Dan curtly asks the ladies what they want. Young-ae asks her to put in a good word for her husband with Director Ri, but Dan snaps that she doesn’t take personal requests. Seung-joon joins them and tells the ladies that Dan actually has a warm heart, and he promises to talk to his “aunt” about the situation.

One of the ladies mentions seeing Seung-joon coming out of Jung-hyuk’s house recently, and Dan quickly makes an excuse. But later, she asks Seung-joon angrily why he was there. Seung-joon says that he’s decided not to lie to Dan, so he tells her the truth — that Chul-kang followed Se-ri to South Korea, and Jung-hyuk is in Seoul to save Se-ri and catch Chul-kang. Dan starts to cry, worrying Seung-joon, but she slaps away his hand and walks away.

After doing his research, Colonel Go tells Dan’s mother that Seung-joon is who he says he is, but that Director Ri’s investigation turned up that he’s one of the swindlers who was being “hidden” in North Korea. The good news, he continues, is that Dan knows about it, so at least she didn’t fall prey to his swindling. Mom yells that that’s not good news and chases him around the house, ha.

Se-ri lines up the ducklings and gives them all skin mask treatments, and she tells Joo-mok that she’s sending him on a very important errand. She has him dress up and sends him to a restaurant, and OMG I can tell by his hat that he’s about to meet Choi Ji-woo! Sure enough, there she is waiting for him (cameo as herself).

At first Joo-mok can barely speak, but when Ji-woo asks if there’s something he wants to say to her, he recites a famous line from her drama Stairway to Heaven: “You said that people who love each other eventually meet, right? No matter how far you go…” Ji-woo finishes the line, “Love returns in the end,” and Joo-mok pulls his hat over his eyes to hide his happy tears. (That was AMAZING.)

That night, Joo-mok asks Se-ri how she tricked him, so she shows him that she had her fingers crossed while saying she was sending him on an errand. Eun-dong tells the others that crossing your fingers means that you’re lying, but it makes it okay. Joo-mok thanks Se-ri for making his dream come true and says that he can die happy now (noooo don’t say that!).

Se-ri talks about the awards she gave the guys, and Eun-dong says that it feels like they’re saying goodbye again. Se-ri agrees that they say goodbye a lot, but that it’s good to say it while they can. She fusses at them for not using her card like she told them to, so she got them gifts.

Jung-hyuk makes sure that the ducklings are ready to leave on the scheduled bus, but he says he’ll join them after Manager Oh contacts him. Man-bok has apparently caved, and he sends the audio of their conversation to Chul-kang, so Chul-kang calls him to say that he’ll lure Jung-hyuk away through Manager Oh (so he can kidnap Se-ri).

Sang-ah brings Se-hyung to see Chairman Yoon, who’s furious at Se-hyung for lying about Se-ri’s whereabouts. He tells Se-hyung that he made him the heir because he’s incompetent, so he thought he would ask for help, and that he’s going to call another shareholders’ meeting and have him demoted.

Sang-ah begs on her knees for forgiveness, and she shows Chairman Yoon pictures of Se-ri and Seung-joon together in Pyongyang. She insinuates that Se-ri was working with Seung-joon when he conned Se-hyung, as revenge for Chairman Yoon forcing a takeover of Seung-joon’s father’s company years ago. Chairman Yoon says he’ll look into it, and that if Se-hyung is lying again, he’ll lose everything.

Se-hyung calls Se-ri and tells her to come to the house. When Se-ri agrees, he gives Chul-kang a map of the route that Se-ri usually takes. He says he doesn’t care what Chul-kang does with her so long as she never comes near him again.

When Se-ri pulls away from her building, Man-bok calls Chul-kang to tell him that she’s on her way, and that he and the guys will be leaving soon to catch their bus home. They’re already late, and the bus driver is growing nervous.

Se-ri hits a certain stretch of road, and three vans flank Se-ri and force her to stop. Tough-looking men carrying blunt weapons get out and rush her car.

Meanwhile, Jung-hyuk is told by Manager Oh to come to an empty warehouse, where he’s met by Chul-kang and about twenty hired thugs. He says that as long as Chul-kang is in South Korea and Se-ri is in danger, he has no intention of leaving. Chul-kang’s men attack, and Jung-hyuk easily fights them off for a while, but eventually one of them lands a blow that doubles him over.

Manager Oh, coward that he is, escapes during the fighting, but outside he squints to see another car pull up. Five figures walk towards him, and OMG it’s the ducklings! And wow, do they look dapper in their stylish suits.

We back up a bit to see how this all happened — when Jung-hyuk finds Man-bok crying in the kitchen, he asks Man-bok to tell him if there’s something he wants to say. Man-bok says that this is the first time anyone has ever asked him to speak his mind instead of just repeating what he heard, and he decides to do exactly that. He tells Jung-hyuk that Chul-kang threatened his child, but that this time, he’s going to fight. Yes!

Later when Jung-hyuk talks to the guys about leaving, all the ducklings have their fingers crossed as Man-bok openly records their conversation to send to Chul-kang, hee. They tell Se-ri that Se-hyung is planning something with Chul-kang, so when he calls her to the house, they make a plan.

The ducklings hide in her car, and when the thugs attack, they jump out and put up a fight. They seem to be enjoying the chance to use their fighting skills again, and even Man-bok leaps onto the last thug’s back and knocks him out. Damn, I love these guys.

Once they’re done, they continue to the warehouse where Chul-kang lured Jung-hyuk. They’re joined by the guys that Se-ri hired to find Chul-kang, and she sends them inside with a promise of two years’ free rent. Just as things are looking bad for Jung-hyuk, he’s backed up by his squad and enough fighting men to match Chul-kang’s thugs.

Chul-kang sneers at Man-bok, then pulls a gun and fires at him. Jung-hyuk kicks the gun as Chi-soo flings Man-bok to the ground. Everyone starts fighting, and Jung-hyuk loses Chul-kang in the chaos. He finds Chul-kang holding a knife to Man-bok’s throat, but someone comes at Jung-hyuk and distracts him for a moment, just long enough for Chul-kang to drag Man-bok outside.

Se-ri is still in her car and witnesses Chul-kang punching and strangling Man-bok. Chul-kang leaves Man-bok lying on the ground and hides behind another car when Jung-hyuk follows him outside, and Se-ri watches in horror as Chul-kang points a gun at Jung-hyuk. He pulls the trigger, but Se-ri drives her car between them, and the bullet shatters her window.

Whirling around, Jung-hyuk sees that Se-ri is unconscious and he fears the worst. He shoots Chul-kang, who survives the shot and staggers behind the car again. Chul-kang reaches for the gun he dropped, but someone else gets to it first — Man-bok. Ohthankgoodness he’s alive! Sobbing, he lifts the gun, aims at Chul-kang, and shoots.

Jung-hyuk opens Se-ri’s door and she tumbles into his arms, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He hears her voice saying that she’ll think of that moment on the bridge as her happiest moment when she dies, and his own memories of her race through his mind — tying her hair back with his handkerchief, finding her in the crowd by holding up a candle, kissing her at the hospital.

He tries to wake her up, then he realizes how much she’s bleeding and he’s frozen with grief. He sobs wordlessly as it starts to snow, thinking, “No, no, it wasn’t enough. I still have more to say. There’s something I haven’t told you. I love you. I love you, Yoon Se-ri.”

EPILOGUE

Jung-hyuk tells the ducklings that he’ll meet them later at the bus. Chi-soo speaks for all of them as he says that there’s more Jung-hyuk can put on the line than just his life — them. He says that in this situation, Jung-hyuk is as important to them as their country.

Jung-hyuk says he can’t ask this of them, but Joo-mok tells him that Se-ri has become precious to them, too. Kwang-bum and Eun-dong are equally determined, so Jung-hyuk gives them his orders: “Do everything in your power to protect Se-ri. I trust you.”

But later, the ducklings run outside to find Jung-hyuk holding Se-ri’s limp body in his arms. They stand helpless, unable to do anything to save her.

 
COMMENTS

I’ve seen enough dramas to be relatively certain that Se-ri isn’t about to die, but that doesn’t lessen the gut-punch of seeing Jung-hyuk and the ducklings sobbing over her, sure that everything they’ve risked and sacrificed was for nothing. Their grief and shock at seeing Se-ri lying in her own blood is heartbreaking, and I hope for their sake that she recovers enough to lovingly chastise them for thinking she would die so easily before they have to leave. But I’m worried about the fact that they’ve all apparently missed their chance to go home, and the tunnel that Jung-hyuk came through has been discovered by the authorities, so our boys are at great risk of not getting home at all now.

Seung-joon and Dan are still growing closer, but I’m concerned that Dan is too stubborn to admit her feelings for Seung-joon — not to him, but to herself. Even though Dan’s feelings for Jung-hyuk aren’t actually based on any real relationship between them, she’s “liked” Jung-hyuk for so long that it’s more habit than anything else. And Dan is so strong-minded that it’s going to take a lot for her to let Jung-hyuk go, even if her actual feelings are for Seung-joon. Luckily, Seung-joon has a way of putting things to her that force her to admit the hard truth, so hopefully he can help Dan realize that what she feels for Jung-hyuk was an illusion, but that what they have is very real.

Aside from that, I’m so proud of our ducklings! They’re so sweet that I easily forget that they’re experienced soldiers, trained to fight and defend what they love, and they really stepped up and proved that in this episode. Their forward thinking and planning, their delight in getting to show off their skills, and their devotion to their leader(s) was beyond impressive, and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Man-bok especially stood out by finally standing up for what’s right like I always knew he could. He has been in the process of coming out of his shell — pun intended, lol — and he showed true courage by standing up to Chul-kang and even attempting to kill him (this isn’t my first drama… until I see a body, I won’t assume Chul-kang is dead).

Speaking of the ducklings, seeing them all acclimating so well to the South Korean culture is fun, but every now and then I remember that they have to go home to their lives. It makes me sad, but then I wonder why, because their lives weren’t exactly bad in North Korea. Maybe they won’t have things like state-of-the-art electronics and limitless credit cards after they leave, but they have their families and the things that are familiar to them, as well as each other. I do hope that Jung-hyuk finds a way to stay with Se-ri without risking his parents’ lives (which I’m almost certain would involve faking his death), but maybe sending the ducklings home won’t be so terrible. Jung-hyuk and Se-ri will miss them, and I can’t imagine their little family being split up, but they’ll always have each other and this amazing experience they shared.

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Things I loved about the episode:
- Ducklings in suits, ducklings beings ducklings, ducklings singing happy birthday, ducklings getting out of SeRi’s car, Ducklings receiving Beaty treatment... did I mention ducklings?
- SeungJoons cheeky attitude with Mum and Dan. He’s winning both of them and I love it!
- Discovering ManBok was the bravest by telling JH the truth and how thy came up with the plan agains Chul-Kang.

And I can’t understand either how there was no kiss in this episode!!!!

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Stay calm and wait for the kisses. There will be next episode ...

(Did I say anything?)

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The fact that there are no kisses sounds trite, but it is actually a marker for the fact that the lead's romance has come to a standstill. In the ending scene - when she is unconscious and can't hear him or respond - he finally tells her that he loves her, and earlier they exchange rings, but there is this curious mixture of formality (separate bedrooms, no sex, no PDA, only one drunken conversation where they really open up) and casualness (petty jealousy, aegyo, stupid courtship rituals) that I really can't relate to.

Does he have terrible bad breath? Is she a relationship-phobe? This show is reminding me of A Gentleman's Dignity, a show I absolutely hated, because you have 30+ age adults acting like coy teenagers. I know they have imminent and permanent separation hanging over their heads, but rather than pulling them together it is keeping them apart. This 'apartness,' this absence of passion creates an emptiness in the center of the drama. Sorry, not a fan. Rewriting in my head.

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Does he have terrible bad breath? Is she a relationship-phobe?

Ah, you have uncovered the universal ailments that make every kdrama they way they all are.

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Yes k-dramas are that way but not all of them. It doesn’t make it exempt from being somewhat realistic in its approach to show that two characters like each other.. especially if they’re two grown adults.

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I was fully on board with all of this drama's craziness and unlikely scenarios. None of it bothered me at all. It took this episode to undo all of that suspension of disbelief - for all the reasons you mentioned.

I kind of wish there's a deleted scene reel somewhere on the cutting room floor that has all these grownup intimacy moments that, for some reason, were accidentally chopped out.

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Guys mind telling me the name of the song which was played by the street performer after the department store part?

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I believe the lack of passionate scenes in most dramas can be largely blamed on the way media is censored in Korea. Certain acts can easily cross the line, no matter how innocent like a kiss that is pushed too far or sensual touching, and the show can be given an R-19 rating. Surely the producers and makers of a drama/film would want to prevent that from happening as they want to cover a large demographic.

I've only heard this from a Korean talking about the subject so take it with a grain of salt.

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lol that curious mixture of formality and casualness is what I'm like. Social awks, raised in the 1800s, there is no PDA doors open or closed at all. It turns any romance into bromance. As to what Luca said, it appears the rating standards were set by mother XD

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The ducklings totally rocked that suit and had me screaming when they came out through the fog ‘goblin style’. 😎

Seung Joon and Dan’s screen time was limited this episode but it was hilarious hearing his North Korean accent.

We’ve seen this type of ending scene a gazillion times but the way it was directed and the melancholic tone made me teary and the ducklings standing around Seri and Jung Hyuk pulled at my heartstrings

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Loved this episode so much! First off Choi Ji-woo’s cameo was gold! I’m so glad Ju-meok got to meet her, I was expecting it when the ducklings came to South Korea and was so glad Se-ri delivered on her promise,,

The scene stealers of this drama have been the ducklings for a long time and this episode made them even more,, seeing them strutting with their long coats with the headlights of the cars shining behind them made me laugh so much!

I knew Man-bok wasn’t going to betray them! I just knew we’ll get a flashback showing Man-bok confiding in Jung-hyeok about Cheol-gang threatening him (i’ve watched enough dramas that you can’t trick me haha!)

and like LollyPip, seeing the last scene was gut-wrenching and I was tearing up as Jung-hyeok and the ducklings were surrounding Se-ri even though I know she will survive. I LOVE Se-ri’s relationship with the ducklings so much, any scene between them has me either smiling, laughing, or crying,,

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I'm more invested in the second leads romance, let's not forget that they too have the North-South divide, how are they going to end up together ?

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Alberto is a UK citizen... In terms of that, they're in easier situation compared to Jeong-hyeok and Seri...

Unfortunately, he is a criminal in South Korea... The drama has to resolve that before he can be with Dan...

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Cho Ji Woo's cameo was ABSOLUTE favorite part of this episode. I honestly don't care about Dan or Seung Joon, so I just fast forward through their parts. Se-ri is fine, even though I thought to myslef it would be kind of interesting if she died, to see what they did with the 3 remaining episodes. Lol, I have a dark mindset at times.

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By the way, did anyone mention the song behind the scene Jung-hyuk and Se-ri sharing their couple rings? I really want that to be the song being sung in my wedding, if I have any.

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It’s an ost sung by IU which hasn’t been released yet

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I heard it will be 6pm KST this Saturday.

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One of the most sweet, tender and heart-fluttering moments was when Jung-Hyuk bought her a special birthday gift. The way he apologized for the gift before giving it to her had me wondering, what could this be? When she characteristically grabbed the ring from his hand, and it only fit on her thumb, she seemed happy, nonetheless, and he then scolded her for her eagerness. He then produced the second ring for her, and I swooned. Especially when they each placed the rings so tenderly on the their appropriate fingers.
The simple gold bands are rings that married couples wear. For him to bring this most loving gift to her is the epitome of love and is resplendent with meaning. The gesture said so much and affirmed where they would both like to be, and, with each other, forever.
I agree with others, we did not get many kisses, and to me, this moment definitely required a romantic kiss to seal the deal.

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why they’re not kissing right now, I have no idea

No one does at this point.

Jumeok becoming a successful fan was the cutest thing ever. I just loved the Goblin powerwalk ducklings style.

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Ah, so the red beenie hat is related to Stairway. I initially thought the stylist has gone mad putting a hat fit for a 10yo girl for a grown ass man...

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Oh my god, I can't imagine the end yet, it must be separation included T___T

The cinematography of this drama is just so amazing. Every scene is so beautiful and gut-punch. From Jung-hyuk take a bullet for Se-Ri, Jung-hyuk hearing a gunshot and thought Se-Ri died and Se-ri takes a bullet for Jung-hyuk, all of them with the background song Photo of My Mind by Song Ga In just makes you so immersed.

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About the background song. Just wait for the final one (you've just heard that when they exchange couple ring, in the beginning of this episode).

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Isn't it Crush - Let Us Go?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXJfWc4JciQ

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Sorry, not that one. It is the song that I think it is IU who sing it. I'm not sure who sing it because all Hotel De Luna OST sounds like singing by IU to me LOL
I love that OST too and can't wait to hear the official one.

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I teared up for that song, honestly.

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It's a song sung by IU, called «I Give You My Heart», should be officially released tomorrow at 6pm KST. This is her first official OST in 9 years (The one at the end of Ep.12 in «Hotel del Luna», called «The Happy Ending», is not an officially released OST. It's IU penned and sung for that exact scene, as a gift to her fans).

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Yes, it is IU, I heard correctly then :D
IU is rarely sing an OST, not like Gummy or Lien, so I just wandering if it's really IU or not. I'm happy hearing her song though, in this drama no less!

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I know I’m going to cry rivers.
I can’t think of an scenario where SeRi and JH end together 😞

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The relationship's kind of simmering down for me right now. You have these really swoony lines from Jung-hyuk but they're starting to lack impact. Maybe it's like @skelly mentioned?

But what this drama is doing right, is the amazing friendships between the soldiers and Se-ri. I adore it and definitely wouldn't have minded seeing more of it (both in North Korea and in the South).

I'm starting to get a little anxious. I want Se-ri, Jung-hyuk, and all of the soldiers to be together at the end, but can't see this happening. I don't want the writers to go the route of her giving up her career to live in NK, and I don't see how everyone's families would stay safe if the soldiers stayed in the North. There isn't as much tying Jung-hyuk to NK as the others (he's never shown strong national pride or anything like the others), so maybe they'll go with him faking his death and living out his life in SK? IDK. I'm just so hoping they won't go with a sad ending or have a huge time skip with no reasoning to back it up.

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Don't even consider Se-ri going North. It is about political correctness (You remember there is a piece of news last month that a right-wing political party called "Christian Liberals" suing tvN for portraiting North Korea way too rosy?). So Jung-hyuk should go South with Se-ri. The plot may not be too reasonable, because by common sense, a North Korean and a South Korean can't be together (That's why every time when there is reunion session for family members separated between the 38-Parallel is big news for both Koreas). Also, this week 2 photos are leaked (Link below. Forget the Chinese language, just look at the photos and who is holding the babies) are pointing to a happy ending: Remember what Jung-hyuk has said when Se-ri is "drunk"?

https://stars.udn.com/star/story/10091/4339166

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Thanks for the info! Her living up North definitely wouldn't make sense. I'm just super curious as to how the writers will end this drama. Any happy ending will of course be unrealistic, but as a viewer who's been watching this series, it's what I hope they'll do (leave us with a happy ending). It looks like Jung-hyuk and Se-ri may have a decent ending, with him living in the South.

Or I guess they could go completely off the wall and she have his kids after he's died in the finale. But this would be an ending I would hate.

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I think they will meet in Switzerland again. Maybe before leaving he will promise her to meet her there. If he and the ducklings make it back to NK, his dad can finally resign from his post and JH might be able to leave and move to Switzerland. SK is just too dangerous.

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There's two more episode left and I'm really looking forward to see what will happen to our protagonist, I bet you that Jeong Hyeok and Yoon Se-ri will end up in Switzerland where their story first started and will end happily. The end.

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I think their relationship is progressing exactly the right way. They are like a married couple right now, and they are tremendously busy too. Episode 14 gives me hope for my scenario working out, but I'll just have to wait and see. I think they will be together and they will stay in touch with the ducklings and the villagers.

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I really hope so. I don't know why Switzerland didn't come to mind when I was making my predictions!

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If they are like a married couple I am really glad I am not in that marriage. Separate bedrooms where he sleeps with the guys...???

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Guess you're not up on the newest trends, skelly.
https://stylecaster.com/couples-separate-beds/

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I love the fake-out with ManBok! I totally thought he might be that kind of rat but, awww... he's Team Capt. Ri! Totally loved that fighting scene when they came out of Se-ri's car!

Choi Ji-woo's cameo is gold!

Also, that bit when Jung-Hyuk found out Eun Dong was his opponent in that video game! Hahaha! Desperate Effort ftw!

Now contemplating buying that face mask the ducklings were applying. It looks interesting...

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That Jung-hyuk/Eun dong moment was priceless!

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Thank you, @lollypip for this recap. I so love the ducklings! And Choi Ji-woo's cameo with the matching dialogue from STH - it's priceless!

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It was really nice to the ducklings in action and to be good at it! Because until now... They let a South Korean heiress escaped and they were very bad as spy in Seoul. But fighting in suit like that, it was cool! Keum Eun Dong was so cute! It's funny to think the actor is really 16 years old.

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I’m ok about the lack of kisses coz the hand rubbing and hugs are sweet. [SPOILER REDACTED] They tend to simmer rather than burn which is ok for me but perhaps even a small peck here and there could have made it believable. I know right, if my love is Jeong Hyuk I’ll kiss him Everyday every second hahaha Perhaps Son Ye Jin also has a cold and rather to risk it spreading to Hyun bin when they are at such a tight schedule they settled with hugs and rubs. *roll eyes* honestly though I just think it’s the Writer’s way of showing the kdrama “chaste” relationship since we all know they both can and will kiss as long as their jobs dictate *double roll eyes* but I do get why they are restrained since he’s leaving in 5 days as he mentioned. All in all, I love the last 20 mins and how the ducklings fought their way to protect their cap and seri. The ending scene was also wonderfully shot with them being helpless at seeing her in a pool of blood.
The ost was great!

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I think I could understand the lack of kisses between our OTP. My first theory is because RJH and SR made promise to each other not to do something thay makes them sad as at this point, both of them still couldn't them be with each other; [email protected] together. That is why, the best they can do now is staring at each other probably trying to make it less painful for their immenent separation later. My second theory is it is because bear in mind that SR is probably RJH's first love. He is quite lacking in terms of experience and that is why we see him acting like a schoolboy with SR. SR herself also has never been deep in relationships with men maturely as we saw her in previous episodes showing how she always block herself from feelings. I think after seeing SR's got shot we can expect more from RJH and SR because we have to wait for both of them to let everything loose. How exciting!

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Thanks, @lollypip for the recap!

So...ummm....WHERE ARE MY OTP KISSES?! Good grief!!!! SO MANY FREAKING SCENES WHERE THEY SHOULD HAVE KISSED!!! COUPLE RINGS, HELLO?!

Besides, that, as everyone else has said, the Ducklings stole the show this episode! I loved their macho-suited fight scene! Hot dog!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!

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I like the ducklings (+ManBok) in action today. Definitely the HIGHLIGHT. They're so silly I forget they belong to special forces HAHA.

PYO CHI-SOO... YOU'RE THE STAR... With his fighting and crying scene at the end... Looking back to episode 1, who would've thought the man who keeps saying he'd bury Seri would be the one who sheds tears for her when she's hurt T_T

Fanboy Jumeok [and the production team] paid a homage for Stairway to Heaven to a T... THAT CAMERA ANGLE I'm cackling.

I've no comment about Jeong-hyeok and Seri because most people have pointed out: stalled. And viewers have been robbed of kiss scenes again... Such a waste for sizzling chemistry between two actors (I mean, in the BTS, Hyunbin even joked to Yejin about their characters 'going to bed' during the couple ring scene lol).

I get it that they're trying not to create memories as per Seri's request...or that Jeong-hyeok is practically inexperienced. But they're both in their 30s... It's totally unnatural for them to just /STARE/ at each other after exchanging couple ring and revelation about 'THE destiny' on the bridge. Comrade Jeong-hyeok, we're the same age and I WON'T do romance like you [though I hv no such romance, yet lol]... *frustrated

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I had the same reaction as most of the beanies. I was feeling their chemistry at first, but I dnt understand why I dnt feel it anymore. Those moments when they just stare at each other is just awkward and feels "unnatural". I think it might even be awkward for them as they are filming it. I wonder what's going through the writer's mind. I mean why? Right now, something is lacking in the romamce dept, and it's a missed opportunity because they are both very good actors, with very good chemistry. I am also getting a bit tired of RJH pouting. I mean Hyun Bin is handsome and cute no matter what, but the pouting and "aegyo" is kind of redundant now and does not feel real. Really this episode was all abt the ducklings who make me soooo happy, and the second couple: i find Dan and Seung Jun sooo interesting!

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Initial lack of skin ship in SK was ringing true to the character's emotional journey. yes they had a couple of kisses in NK,but I think atleast two of them were fueled by the 'love that cannot be so let's hav this stolen moment feel'. But when they meet in SK again,(something that neither of them ever thought possible) there's obviously the fear of sinking deeper than they are. Plus they have already experienced seperation..The thought of inexplicable parting after getting even closer can understandably keep them apart..But given the two emotionally resonant moments in this ep, the lack of kissing is all kinds of weird and ridiculous.
As it is,the kisses in this drama so far(3?) have been weak sauce at best. Their hugs have done a better job of conveying the depth of their relationship. It's a shame given the actors and the sizzling chemistry they have🤷
Although I am totally aboard the pouty Caption train 🥰 till the last stop

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Weak. Sauce. Indeed!

Maybe they'll floor us with a mini-porn shoot in the finale? Eh? No? Not likely? ;)

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This is why I don't like the superstition of happy endings.
It is already a good ending when they separate at the DMZ in Ep.9. The rest are just fill-ups. But well, K-dramas and their audience!

(2 of my 3 best K-drama consist of a sad ending, after all)

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When the maknae duckling wanted the school uniform and how he gravitated towards it even if he doesn't fully understand is the standout for me! It's a reminder that he should be like them studying and being a kid instead of serving in the military. It's just sad and beautifully presented in the drama

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Also because in NK the military service is 10y compared to the 2y in SK.

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Yes..this moment was the biggest eye sweat moment for me. To think he was deprived of a 'normal' teenhood just because of the side he was born in was soo gutting.
The next scene at the bar when they all eventually cheered for the same football team was a super nice touch by the writer.

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I like the part where they were all cheering for the Korean soccer team. I am glad and pleased that Man Bok finally became part of the team, having fun not just listening to the wiretaps.

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I'm stealing "eye sweat." 😉

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Having seen ep 14,I fear our eyes are gonna be sweating a lot more ;)

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Another amazing episode with a twist I did not see coming.
As mentioned in the recap SR, JH and the ducklings are indeed a family and thinking that in the end they might end up separated makes me so sad.

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This episode has so many wonderful moments! The ducklings have been the star attraction in the last couple of episodes. But their bittersweet moments in this one really had me worrying about their lives. But then we were hit with their suited bad assery..👏👏👏
While the main action has moved South, it's nice to have our second leads on the other end to keep the stories connected. Really hope Dan's tears this episode is her finally realising that RJH ain't the one for her. I have high hopes that SJ and Dan's mom will form an alliance to finally get her to see her worth.
As for the last minute "shots"..I'm with @lollypip and all the other beanies. ..conclusively dead bodies or it didn't happen

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lol but even then with the bodies, in PLLs we saw Mona's body and yet she was frozen but not dead.

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At the end, I was in tears, but didn't fall apart till I saw little baby boy Eun-Dong break down. Then I lost it completely. They got me good, this episode.

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thanks for the recap...there was much to love about this episode especially the ducklings...i'm loving their work here!

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The ducklings are fantastic. The actors are just phenomenal - they really make the characters live. Really great work! I expected top notch performances from the leads, but I really love it when the other characters make a show so very memorable.

And put me down for wanting more kisses too!

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I’m still loving this show though like others I find the lack of PDA between the OTP perplexing. I really liked the couple rings but give the man a kiss, he looks like he’s dying lol

I wasn’t overly impressed with their grand plan to stop the ambush on SeRi - I don’t care how good they are, there’s still only five of them and they’re all in the same car! This could go wrong in so many ways.

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I guess I'll get on the "lack of PDA" bandwagon. If anyone wants to see real kisses between 30-year-olds in a somewhat believable relationship progression, 20th Century Boy Girl had it in spades.

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Oh I love 20th Century Boy Girl! Theirs was a really cute relationship.

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My supposition is that neither JH or Seri have been in a real "dating" relationship. JH and Dan was a paper relationship. Seri's boyfriends were one date tabloid mediaplay. JH and Seri do not know how to act because despite their age, they are as inexperienced as teenagers. Adding to this barrier is Seri's fear of impending loss of JH to NK; she wants to lessen the pain so she holds her emotions in check.

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Totally get the need for distance atleast in the first episodes in SK. But that goes out the window when they basically promise to have life long physical reminders of each other on their fingers and still don't go for some smoochies.
Whatever happened to seizing the day 🤷

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All I can impart is that I cried buckets at the end!

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It seems like the ultimate question of this episode was: Why are they not kissing? Jeong Hyuk is the one initiating all the kisses so far, so maybe there's a reason for his hesitation and that Se-ri doesn't want to push the boundaries. But I'm grasping at straws here. I still don't know why the cameras zoom on the couple in a way that screams "KISS TIME" and then I just get sexy hand caresses. But Son Ye Jin is the queen of melo. No other actors has ever made me cry so much. She cries as easily as breathing! As I wait for the finale, I've been squeeing in the BinJIn shipper forum on Soompi!

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Thank you @lollypip for another great recap! So many things I enjoyed about this episode, BUT just like everyone else I’m confused by the lack of kissing scenes!!! What could possibly be the reason for restraint?

Choi Ji Woo’s cameo was amazing and witnessing Ju Meok’s reaction was everything! I wish there was a way that they could all stay together but I do agree that they need to return to their families.

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I wish you will just do 2-episode recap since we’re usually behind. Timely recap is more important vs detailed recaps.

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Agree. This site is feeling so outdated. The major news platforms and social media are talking about finale, and we’re stuck at episode 13. We need a balance between freshness of content vs the blow by blow recap.

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which episode is it when yoon seri bought the suits for the ducklings ?

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episode 13

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Can someone please tell me the song that the band playing by the streets after they shop? Im really going crazy trying to find the song title.

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ME too!!!

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