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Good Casting: Episode 4

Our lady spies dig deeper into the suspicious men around them and uncover more of what is turning out to be a complicated web of players. Unfortunately, the intrepid trio may have bitten off more than they can chew, because the answers they seek come with a price.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

Now knowing Chan-mi’s identity, Chief Tak snickers when she introduces herself with her undercover name. Upstairs, Mi-soon manages to pick the lock in Chief Tak’s desk… only to find it overflowing with red ginseng packets. Shutting the drawer in annoyance, Mi-soon accidentally breaks her hairpin in the lock as Chan-mi’s warning texts they’re on their way go unnoticed. Chief Tak continues to pepper Chan-mi with questions until Seok-ho questions his sudden interest.

Chief Tak says he’s merely curious of their seemingly close relationship and Seok-ho wonders if he should be equally curious about Chief Tak and Director Myeong’s relationship. The tension breaks when elevator stops, and Chan-mi and Seok-ho depart as Chief Tak snickers a crow has landed on the puppet CEO. Meanwhile, Mi-soon dislodges the hairpin and finally sees Chan-mi’s text. Grabbing the trash, she scurries out, passing Chief Tak in the hall.

He eyes her curiously, and then notices a note ripped from his notepad and the emptied trash in his office. He then proceeds to count the packets in his drawer. Heh. Mi-soon digs through the trash she’d nabbed and finds the note. Showing it to Chan-mi, they realize he had a meeting at a private bar. Chan-mi reveals she suspects Chief Tak to be Michael and they agree to infiltrate the bar after work and check the security footage.

In her office, Chan-mi researches the bar and her eyes fall on the keychain Seok-ho had given her as a “bribe” to stay with the company. She clips it to her purse and smiles. Seok-ho catches sight of this through his office blinds and flashes back to his first meeting with Chan-mi. It plays out like a silent film as she falls asleep on his shoulder on the bus and he smiles. The bus comes to a screeching halt and Chan-mi springs up, grabbing Seok-ho’s backpack by mistake.

He frantically grabs for the bag, knocking them both off-balance. They fall and Seok-ho’s eyes widen as he finds himself holding Chan-mi up by her chest. As expected, she punches him… only for them to meet again when Mom introduces Chan-mi as his new tutor. His budding crush dampened by the punch, he dismisses her when she tries to hand him ointment. Undeterred, Chan-mi applies it for him. When she accidentally presses her stuffed rabbit, it chirps “I love you! I love you!” and Seok-ho’s crush is sealed.

In the present, he chuckles and jumps as he looks up to see his chief secretary, Woo-seok, staring blankly back at him. Seok-ho turns away in alarm as Chan-mi’s alarm beeps, signifying the end of her shift. When he turns back, Seok-ho is dismayed to see her gone but fibs to Woo-seok that he was only inspecting his faulty blinds. Expressionlessly, Woo-seok flicks the blinds up and down repeatedly, noting they work fine.

Letting Seok-ho’s weirdness slide, Woo-seok hands him papers to sign off on Woo-won’s autograph event in Taipei. Seok-ho comments he only signs things to spend money, while Woo-won earns money with his signature. Woo-seok points out Woo-won is the most popular star in China and Taiwan, and Seok-ho understands why he’d ask for triple his pay.

Meanwhile, the star in question berates manager, Pi Chul-woong, over how he’s packing his bags. When Woo-won storms off in frustration, Chul-woong’s burner phone rings. He decides against answering, grumbling he’s done with this job. Removing the data card from the watch, Chul-woong thinks it must cost more than his delivery fee. He swaps the dummy watch with an identical one belonging to Woo-won, slipping the real watch and data card into his pouch.

Over at the club, Gwan-soo and Moo-hyuk wait in the van while Chan-mi and Mi-soon squeal over their sexy disguises in the bathroom, excited to work together again. At the same time, Secretary Goo tells Chief Tak she can’t contact Chul-woong. Thinking he’s running, they initiate a tracker, which of course pinpoints Woo-won’s house. Woo-won thinks he sees the watch flash but shakes it off and slips the dummy watch on his wrist.

Ye-eun arrives outside, on a mission to get Woo-won to sign the contract with Hitech. She’s too nervous to ring the bell and tries pumping herself up, unaware Woo-won can see everything she does. He opens the gate and inside, Ye-eun kneels as he flips through the contract. He seems agreeable, his only condition to put Ye-eun in charge of his company events. As soon as she agrees, however, he demands the photos he’s convinced she took when he was naked.

Confused, Ye-eun is too slow to stop him from snatching her phone. All he finds are pictures of Ye-eun’s daughter, however, and she takes the phone back with tears in her eyes. Although he looks briefly chided, having confirmed there’s no risk of blackmail, Woo-won shreds the contract and kicks Ye-eun out. She walks out in a daze, knowing she’ll be fired for failing again.

Gwan-soo and Moo-hyuk order delivery to the van, bickering with the driver over receipts and pickled radish. Inside, Chan-mi and Mi-soon sashay up to the bouncers. While Chan-mi struts right through, Mi-soon is held back. Forced to find another route, Mi-soon heads around back. A guard stops her, unconvinced by her claims of filling in for kitchen staff. Sighing, Mi-soon knocks him out and slips inside.

She changes into a uniform but is stopped by another staff member to fix a fruit platter. Thankfully, Mi-soon is skilled with a knife and makes quick work of a fancy platter which Chan-mi intercepts on the floor and uses to butter up the security crew. While she’s inside, they notice they can’t contact their teammate on the back door and Chan-mi quickly scans the layout of the building.

Out in the hall, she tells Mi-soon the quickest route to the servers from the kitchens and checks a host computer to find which room Chief Tak used. Mi-soon locates the servers and plugs in a USB which Moo-hyuk uses to hack the system. Ye-eun returns to Woo-won’s and follows a small dog that slips under the wall. Turns out Gwan-soo had ordered her to hack into Woo-won’s security cameras.

Ye-eun had worried about the legality of it, but Gwan-soo told her to only hack the outside cameras. In Woo-won’s garage, she quickly cracks his system, but the dog grabs a baby toy from Ye-eun’s coat pocket and scampers inside the house. Ye-eun chases after the dog, but Woo-won finds it first, sitting on his couch with the toy in its mouth. The dog, Poppy, runs when he reaches for it and he chases it to the garage…

And sees all his expensive cars have been vandalized with Chul-woong’s resignation. Outside, Ye-eun sees a figure dart past and, thinking they’re a thief, follows. The intruder finds Woo-won fighting with his coffee machine and matches his gray hoodie and watch to the photo taken of Chul-woong the night before. Ye-eun frantically waves at Woo-won through the window, but he doesn’t understand her warning.

PART 2

Ye-eun watches the intruder load Woo-won into their trunk but is too frazzled to memorize the license plate. When she looks back, the car is gone. Instead, she’s drawn the attention of the intruder, who reports to Chief Tak and is instructed to capture her as well. Ye-eun finds the car parked and seemingly abandoned on the next street. Catching movement in the window’s reflection, Ye-eun doesn’t have a chance to react before she’s tased and thrown in with Woo-won, while the intruder reveals themself as Secretary Goo.

Back in the van, Gwan-soo finds it odd he can’t reach Ye-eun. Moo-hyuk tells him to lay off her since data analysis takes time and scurries off to the bathroom. The guard Mi-soon knocked out is found and the rest of the team is alerted. They catch Chan-mi escaping in the stairwell, but she manages to knock them down and keep running.

Ye-eun wakes up and nudges Woo-won awake. He panics and as they’re screaming at each other, Ye-eun remembers the trackers Gwan-soo gave them. She starts wriggling to pull it from her pocket, her face nuzzling closer to Woo-won as she does. Feeling violated, he headbutts her just as she presses the alert button, knocking her out. Alarmed, he tries to wake her up again, but while she’s out cold, the tracker flashes.

The alert pops up on the van’s display and Gwan-soo calls Mi-soon and Chan-mi back immediately. The women are already on their way back, though. Mi-soon gives a group of guards the slip, while Chan-mi has to fight her way out. The gate starts lowering to lock her in and Chan-mi whips her shoes under before grabbing a fire extinguisher. She prays for it to work and then launches it down the hall.

A few tumbles and the extinguisher perfectly wedges the gate open, allowing Chan-mi to slide under. She grabs the pin as she passes and the extinguisher bursts back into the throng of guards, spewing smoke. Mi-soon ends up on the roof and lowers herself down a pipe. It gives way and she tumbles into a pile of trash – knocking the backdoor guard out a second time. Mi-soon leaps into the van, screaming at Gwan-soo to drive.

Seeing the mob, he doesn’t need to be told twice and as he cranks the engine, Chan-mi hops inside. The mob is hot on her tail and claws at the van but Gwan-soo peels out, leaving them in the dust. The women briefly wonder about Moo-hyeok but quickly turn their attention to checking the footage they’d nabbed. At the correct timestamp, they see Chief Tak meeting with Woo-won’s manager, Chul-woong.

Moo-hyuk returns from the toilet to find a mob of irritated gangsters where the van had been. They don’t pay him any mind as they file angrily back inside just as the delivery guy returns for the dishes. Moo-hyuk flashes his badge and hops on the bike with him. Excited to help someone in the NIS, the guy tells him to put on a helmet and speeds after the van.

The women are stunned to realize it wasn’t Woo-won, but his manager, acting as a mule. They figure Cheol-woong has the data now and finally ask Gwan-soo where they’re headed. Horrified to hear Ye-eun signaled a Code Blue, Chan-mi dives for the wheel and Mi-soon tries to restrain her as both scream directions at Gwan-soo. It does little good, as they’re soon stuck at a toll booth.

Chan-mi worries they’ll lose Ye-eun but Gwan-soo says the direction of the pings suggests they’re headed towards an abandoned factory. They start driving again and notice the delivery scooter gaining on them. Moo-hyuk screams for them to let him in and when Mi-soon flings open the door, Moo-hyuk grabs hold of her, trying to pull himself inside. Luckily, he lets go just in time to avoid splattering them both on a bus.

Ye-eun awakens with her back tied to Woo-won in a warehouse. They both whimper as a group of thugs joins them. Secretary Goo struts in and addresses Woo-won as Cheol-woong. He shakes his head in panicked denial and Ye-eun tries to back him up, but their voices are muffled by the tape and Secretary Goo doesn’t care to listen. She snatches the watch from Woo-won’s wrist and when he struggles, he accidentally elbows her in the face.

The van pulls up outside and Chan-mi and Mi-soon disembark, ready to kick ass. Gwan-soo gives a gun to Moo-hyeok keeping guard in the van and heads in as well while Chief Tak also arrives. The women sneak inside, guns drawn. Chan-mi growls that Michael is hers, but Gwan-soo warns her to focus on the mission at hand. Suddenly, a ringer goes off and everyone freezes.

With horror, Mi-soon realizes it’s hers. She fumbles to shut it off and, seeing the light from her phone and the gun in her hand, Chief Tak escapes. Pissed, Secretary Goo picks up a pipe. Woo-won and Ye-eun fumble for each other’s hands and then Secretary Goo brings the pipe down on Woo-won’s head. He immediately goes limp, a dark stain blooming on his hood. Ye-eun screams and a thug kicks over her chair.

This is the scene Mi-soon and Chan-mi stumble on and they sweep inside like avenging angels. The thugs snicker to see two women, but Chan-mi screams they’re all dead and the women take off at a run. The thugs and their weapons are nothing compared to the trained combatants and in the chaos, Secretary Goo slips out. When they’ve dispatched the lot, the women untie Ye-eun.

Secretary Goo’s escape is blocked by Gwan-soo. Approaching slowly, he says he rarely draws his gun, “But guys who hurt my team… definitely deserve the bullets.” He apologizes for the sexism in referring to her as a guy and levels his gun… only for Secretary Goo to knock his arm away. They tussle briefly, but she gets him to drop the gun and when Gwan-soo holds up his hands, shots him in the chest, the gunshot reverberating throughout the building as Gwan-soo hits the ground.

Epilogue – Arriving at Woo-won’s house with the contract, Ye-eun practices what to say, oblivious to Woo-won watching from his surveillance cameras. Her first attempt is forced and Woo-won spits her type is annoying. Ye-eun realizes it was too fake and goes for a real approach. Woo-won’s eyes widen as she accuses him of being petty, insisting the incident had been an accident that stemmed from her trying her best to make a deal.

“Only someone small-minded and spiteful would use it to leverage a higher signing bonus,” Ye-eun grumbles, “How could you be so mean.” Woo-won is furious, but Ye-eun’s bravado immediately dissolves and she sinks to the ground, lamenting her inability to speak her mind. He softens as she admits anything she says is just an excuse and she’d be mean too in his shoes, thinking she deserves his hostility.

Ye-eun worries how she can negotiate a deal with a top celebrity, knowing the task is above her paygrade. “She’ll fire me if I don’t get him to sign the deal,” Ye-eun mutters, hanging her head. Pulling out her phone, she flips through photos of her daughter and finds her resolve. Standing, Ye-eun throws back an anxiety pill and Woo-won, can’t help but smile as she does jumping-jacks outside his gate. He lifts the remote and opens the gate.

 
COMMENTS

I’m liking this show more and more. For anyone looking for a hardcore spy drama, this probably isn’t the show for you, but for me, a light romp of crazy ajummas and laughs is just what the doctor ordered. The spies manage to be both silly and badass and it fills me with joy to see them bumble their way through missions and still come out kicking butt. Some may argue that as top agents with the NIS, there shouldn’t be so many mistakes, but I think it makes them more human – and certainly more entertaining – and I like seeing them think on their feet and wiggle out of jams.

And did this episode have a doozy of a jam. Ye-eun getting captured sucks, but it’s in line with her character, who’s never been in the field. Honestly, if I were to criticize anyone this hour for being bad at their job, it would be Secretary Goo. I guess she’s never seen Cheol-woong’s face, but you’d think she’d be able to recognize the top star that allowed Cheol-woong to smuggle their info back and forth to Taiwan. Runner-up would have to be Gwan-soo, who decided to try for a cool guy line rather than just subduing the bad guy… gal. And honorable mention goes to Mi-soon for not having her phone on vibrate – rookie mistake.

They hijinks and fights were all fun this hour, but I’m finding myself really invested in the backstory between Seok-ho and Chan-mi. He fell fast and, true to his word, is still in love with her 15 years later. I was a little put off by Seok-ho’s comment last episode that scars don’t suit a pretty face… until we see it was a line he was repeating from Chan-mi. It takes what could’ve been a bit sexist down to just plain sweet and I’m glad the line served a purpose because I am very fond of Seok-ho. There may be twists ahead, but I’m hoping he stays the sweet puppy he is and not be a secret evil mastermind. He’d definitely make a more compelling victim, but I’m pulling for him to finally win the girl and he can’t do that if he’s going around shooting people.

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Yesss. Seokho and Chanmi are so cute together I really hope he's not our baddie Michael. Seokho has trust issues and the show seems to be prepping us for the conflict that will ensue once CM's identity gets revealed to him.
I can't reconcile the fact that the secretary was able to dig CM's NIS identity but not recognize the top star that was definitely not Cheolwoong.
Plot holes aside, I'm still in for the fun and thrill that this drama offers.

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It can be his Secretary,the dude has black hair in the preview...

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Nooo, I dig secretary dude! Crossing fingers Woo-seok is staunchly in Seok-ho's side.

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It's easier to enjoy this drama now I've made up my mind it's an action-comedy drama instead of a spy drama. Love how these ladies keep using shoes as their weapons!
Woo-seok calmly opening & closing the blinds got me cracked up so bad! Seok-ho's undying crush is adorable, how sweet it is that he remembers the things she liked and said. The silent movie worked beautifully as a summed up flashback.
Gwan-soo got shot worried me so much that I had to check to see if Lee Jong-hyuk is billed as a cameo, and thankfully he's not...
Ye-eun & woo-won is going to be all kind of cute, I can't wait till he meets her daughter!

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Yes the trunk scenes were laugh-out-loud funny and I feel like we're in for a deeper connection between these two. The hint was given in the epilogue. I'm sure Ye-eun can bring the softer side of our cranky top star. Lee Junyoung is doing well with this character so far. He's like a manchild. He's one of the reasons I had to check out this drama.

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The epilogue is squeeable. Hope show gives some depth to Woo-won, coz Jun definitely can act it. I still call him as Soo-gyummie, really love him in Avengers Social Club!

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I just finished Avengers Social Club last week and I fell in love with his character so much it also made me watch this show ^^ can't wait for him to bring out the hijinks and give woo-won a little depth

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So, that's where I saw him!!! Thank you ♥️

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Soo-gyum is a well-rounded character that was beautifully acted, so memorable!

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I laughed at the trunk scenes. Ye Eun nuzzling Woo Won was so hilarious. And then his headbutt and then his panic when she passes out was lol. This is the first drama I've watched which has Jun and I'm finding him quite nice

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OMGYESSS. The headbutt was too funny!!! I was crying. 😂😂😂 *replays it again*

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Yeah! I can guess what he was thinking at that moment "aish who the hell does this ahjumma think she is that she's trying to kiss me" hahaha the obvious panic was too funny

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I'm glad he showed a nicer side because he was really mean to his manager earlier.

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I was thrown off by Seok Ho's sexist line last week and was totally expecting it to be that standard male lead line which is supposed to be swoony but is actually really sexist. It was actually quite cute. I laughed so hard when his secretary caught him staring at chan Mi. The poker face was hilarious. I think one of the reasons Mi Soon is being at the shorter end of the stick than others is because she has actually been out of action the longest. I guess she's the standard ahjumma now even though her negotiation skills might still be there.

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Ye Eun's "SUNBAENIMMMMM!" shook my heart.
It thrilled me to see Mi Soon and Chan Mi arriving to save her. Classic, slo mo entrance. Their shadowy figures slowly revealed. Background music pumping up the intensity. Loved it. The fight scene wasn't surprising, but it was fun and they had some cool moves.

There is some suspension of disbelief needed with the spying side of the story. Ye Eun being a rookie and Mi Soon making some mistakes after her recent return to NIS made sense though.

The silent film was a funny and quirky way to quickly give us a bit more history on Seok Ho and Chan Mi. Haven't seen the use of it in any kdramas before.

Mi Soon looked just as gorgeous as Chan Mi. It was annoying that she got rejected again (at the club this time). But her rapid knife skills was hilarious. That watermelon bunny cutout was adorable and made me want to try it. LOL

Gwan Soo getting shot was quite a cliffhanger! He has to be wearing a protective vest, right??? Not sure if there was blood splatter or smoke in this scene. Or if his wound will not be life-threatening.

The epilogue was really nice~! Glad that Woo Won softened up and he learned a little more about Ye Eun.

I agree with Sunny about Secretary Goo mistaking Woo Won for Cheol Woong. She seemed very competent at her job and working for Chief Tak so it was strange that she make that error.

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Regarding Gwan Soo, there was blood, but I think there were two shots, so maybe one hit on the arm or somewhere where the vest is not protecting. My guess.

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I love the directing of the show and how all the creative team seems to be having a great blast by editing the shots. Adding cartoony script for the action scenes how everything should be done but something goes wrong all the time is adding the cherry on the top.

I don't approach korean dramas with expectations and I tend to be surprised or disappointed by it's outcome and potential. I would have felt guilty two years ago to drop a drama while watching but now my priorities are a good sleep and trying to live my life. It's like going to a restaurant which is not filled with crowd but it turns out to be amazing experience.

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I'm really sorry to disagree with all the enthusiasm.
I tried to watch the show. I don't see it as spy drama, but I can't see it as comedy either, because its sense of humor is not funny to me.
The whole van scene for me was stupid, not funny.
I have the feeling this show doesn't know whether to be serious or to be a comedy. I'm perfectly ok with both extremes, but not the mixture of them or at least how the show is handling it.
If it's a comedy, getting an agent killed and left to death by a fellow agent in first episode the day his baby is born is not comedy, neither it is having another agent shot in the chest in episode 4.
If this is a serious show, what was the van scene? Specially considering the life of an agent was on stake?
Besides I don't like at all the way women are depicted. A women show is not about women who can kick ass in slow motion. That doesn't make a woman strong. Just a kick ass.
I can't explain it, but it's not working for me.
The only storyline I can connect is Ye Eun's, and in fact I like her a lot. I may stay with her while I FF the rest of the show. I would really like to love it, but I just can't.

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I think if it was reversed and the agents would be men and bosses women everybody would be laughing hard. Maybe try to not take it too "clumsy women security agents in action" and just let it be like Dumb and Dumber where your brain switches off.

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The fact is I don't think they're clumsy.
I see the competent agents.
It's the story built around them that don't fit.
I very much like Ye Eun. Very much.
But you have a point in what you say about men. It's just that precisely that Dumb sense of humor I find particularly irritating.

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I totally agree about the amount of enthusiasm and rave reviews this is getting. The show is not funny to me either. After 4 episodes I decided to drop it due to the silent movie scene which I found try hard and cringe. This show is full of obvious almost slapstick humour that isn’t for me. It’s shame as I’m a fan of the actress and was looking forward to this.

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Thank you for the recap!

This has definitely been my favorite episode so far- so much fun to watch. I've decided that as long as the ajumma's get to throw down every once in a while I'm fine with them being terrible spies. Besides, it's turning out that literally everyone else is terrible at this too so equality?

I didn't come here for the romance subplots but they're both getting some pretty cute moments too. Especially Ye-eun/Woo-won- that headbutt should not have been as funny/cute as it was. I have to say the end cliffhanger caught me by surprise- I wasn't expecting a death/ serious injury this early but I'm kind of glad the show's keeping up the stakes.

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You've got a good point there about equality ^^

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It seems like the show is slowly getting around to its footing. Kind of feels like it took some inspiration from Killing Eve with the espionage thriller aspect mixed in with the mundanity of office work.

There's a good balance between comedy and espionage thriller stuff. Might not be the best show out rn or so, but its been an enjoyable watch and sometimes it's good to watch something less dramatic esp. now.

Tragedy doesn't exist without comedy, so I'm ok with them adding more heft to the story by inserting dramatic beats from time to time. Story wise its not as tight (this being pre-produced though too lol ok) but the enjoyment is enough to make for a really solid watch nonetheless.

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It's time to board the Woo Won-Ye Eun-ship.

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