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Good Casting: Episode 5

Nothing takes the wind out of one’s epic rescue mission sails more than a fallen comrade. It doesn’t slow our lady spies down, however, and they quickly uncover a lead that could not only help them retrieve the stolen data but bring them another step closer to Michael. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones after the data.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

Having rescued Ye-eun, the team is distraught to find Gwan-soo has been shot. Chan-mi takes off after Secretary Goo, stealing the delivery bike and engaging in a high-speed chase. After placing Moo-hyuk in charge of calling an ambulance, Ye-eun and Mi-soon jump into the van. They catch up just as the first pair cut a tight U-turn, and Ye-eun’s reluctance to break traffic laws frustrates Mi-soon almost as much as Ye-eun’s execution of a clumsy U-turn.

Secretary Goo swerves into a construction lane, sending debris flying. It doesn’t slow Chan-mi down for long, though, and the women continue to fly down the highway. Ye-eun and Mi-soon somehow end up in front and swerve to cut them off. Secretary Goo shows no signs of slowing down and thankfully swerves just before T-boning the van. Chan-mi manages to pull ahead and shoots out a tire, jumping from the bike as the car hits it and flips.

Hearing the crash, Ye-eun and Mi-soon leap out of the van as Chan-mi drags Secretary Goo from the wreckage and cuffs her. As the women catch their breath, none notice Chief Tak speeding past, gripping his wheel anxiously. Instead, they reconvene at the hospital and Mi-soon chides Chan-mi for ripping out her IV when she should be resting. Chan-mi sighs she feels uncomfortable lying down while Ye-eun sobs, blaming herself for Gwan-soo getting shot.

Attempting to cheer Ye-eun up with a story of a gunshot wound she’d received that nearly killed her, Mi-soon only succeeds in making Ye-eun sob harder. She needn’t worry, however, as Gwan-soo walks up and asks what’s wrong. The bullet only grazed him and once he learns they caught Secretary Goo, he orders Chan-mi and Mi-soon back to HQ while Ye-eun is tasked with guarding Woo-won until he wakes up.

Chan-mi slips an embroidered handkerchief to Ye-eun before stalking off. Smiling, Mi-soon tuts at Chan-mi’s tough act and pats Ye-eun fondly as she also leaves. Pausing by a window, Chan-mi checks her side in the reflection and winces. Remembering the ointment Seok-ho had given her, she dabs some on the injury.

Back at HQ, Gwan-soo is appalled when Kook-hwan says the incident will be chalked up to an “obsessive fan.” Gwan-soo argues a fan wouldn’t kidnap Ye-eun but Kook-hwan counters Ye-eun shouldn’t have been in Woo-won’s house. Kook-hwan wants to let Woo-won’s agency and the police handle the mess. Insisting on keeping Secretary Goo for the full legal confinement, Gwan-soo vows to get her confession and storms out.

Chan-mi grows antsy watching Mi-soon interrogate Secretary Goo, but Gwan-soo warns her to trust her team. We see he’d learned from Ye-eun Secretary Goo was searching for a watch Woo-won’s manager had. Now, Mi-soon tsks at Secretary Goo mistaking Woo-won for Cheol-woong, wondering if Secretary Goo needs glasses. Recovering from her initial surprise, Secretary Goo is confident the agency doesn’t know what she was after.

Holding up the watch, Mi-soon gives her 10 seconds to explain its significance. Secretary Goo smirks as Mi-soon starts to count down… only to panic when Mi-soon speeds through the remaining numbers, grabbing Mi-soon’s hand just before she drops the device in a glass of water. Secretary Goo stammers there’s a chip inside and Mi-soon leans back with a triumphant smile.

To Secretary Goo’s horror, Mi-soon reveals there are two watches – a real one belonging to Woo-won, and the fake the chip was being transported in – and Cheol-woong absconded with both the real watch and the chip. The theory is proven when Secretary Goo opens the compartment to find it empty, but she still refuses to talk. “Chief Tak,” Mi-soon adds, “Do you think we couldn’t get him… or chose not to?”

Showing her the club footage of Chief Tak with Cheol-woong, Mi-soon says they have plenty on him. Secretary Goo looks up at the two-way mirror and calls Chan-mi by her real name. “Do you think I couldn’t get you,” Secretary Goo smirks, “or chose not to?” Meanwhile, Ye-eun is still waiting for Woo-won to wake up when the CEO of Woo-won’s agency bursts into the room. He seems distraught… until he sobs Woo-won’s schedule is packed. Heh.

He’s relieved Woo-won is breathing, thinking they can work with him being unconscious. Appalled, Ye-eun points out Woo-won suffered a concussion but the CEO waves her off, saying Woo-won cracks walnuts on his forehead. He runs out to talk with the doctor and Ye-eun sighs, tucking Woo-won’s blankets around him.

At the golf course, Chief Tak reports to Director Myeong, cowering when Director Myeong raises his club against him for the mess. Satisfied with the fear in Chief Tak’s eyes, Director Myeong lowers the club and orders him to get the item. Answering his burner phone, Director Myeong suggests a meal and, on the other end, Kook-hwan hangs up.

He turns to the woman he’d initially reported the agents to, offering to meet or get rid of Director Myeong. She leaves the choice to him, saying she trusts Kook-hwan. He questions why she wanted a copy of Seok-ho’s computer, noting they’d found nothing suspicious. She coolly tells him the opposite of “to doubt” isn’t to trust, but “to know for sure.”

Head Secretary Woo-seok reports to Seok-ho that after looking into Chan-mi, he discovered she’d emigrated with her family and never returned – so the new secretary can’t be her. He continues she’s likely married and had children but trails off when Seok-ho gives him a death glare. Looking despondently out his office window at Chan-mi twirling her pen, Seok-ho flashes back 15 years ago.

Chan-mi twirls her pen as Seok-ho puts on some music while they study. She warns him to sit down before she throws her pen and he proudly declares he can evade it… only to squeal when the pen zips past him, knocking the record-player shut. Seok-ho cries she could’ve hit him and then fusses over discovering a rip in his jacket. Chan-mi tries to argue it was already there, but Seok-ho just wonders how a pen could’ve made such a gash.

Rolling her eyes, Chan-mi laughs and despite Seok-ho’s protests, removes his jacket. He watches in awe as she speedily repairs the hole, but his excitement fades when he realizes she’d embroidered a pretty flower over the hole. Seok-ho pouts that he can’t wear it but quickly buckles to Chan-mi’s warning tone. Smiling, she insists it looks good on him and he can’t buy stuff like this anywhere. Snapping back to the present, Seok-ho shakes off the idea with a smile.

Ye-eun is ecstatic when Woo-won wakes up but before she can fetch a doctor, he asks where his manager is. Turns out, he’s missing the last week of his memory and the doctor assures Ye-eun it’s not uncommon to experience short-term memory loss after a concussion. Woo-won barks at Ye-eun to fetch his clothes, his diva persona in full-swing. She reports to Gwan-soo and is told to stay with Woo-won and keep an eye out for Cheol-woong.

Leaving the hospital, the CEO of Woo-won’s agency muses he could’ve died if not for Ye-eun and “reminds” him he has an event in Taiwan tomorrow for Il Kwang. Woo-won is skeptical he hired Ye-eun sometime in the past week but she produces the contract he’d signed. He questions the repaired rips and Ye-eun fibs Poppy, his dog, tore it up. The CEO also confirms Woo-won called Il Kwang and personally requested Ye-eun on his staff in exchange for signing the contract… they even have a recording. Hee.

While Ye-eun has been with Woo-won, Moo-hyuk and Tae-hee have been watching her daughter. Moo-hyuk tries to comfort a wailing So-hui while Tae-hee dozes on the couch, exhausted from work. Wandering around the apartment with So-hui, Moo-hyuk happens to spot a photo of Ye-eun with Min-seok, thinking So-hui looks like him. Ye-eun arrives home and Tae-hee comments So-hui’s fussiness is nothing like Ye-eun while Moo-hyuk counters So-hui takes after her father.

Ye-eun pales and cuts off his mention of the photo, asking if they’re hungry. Not wanting to impose, Tae-hee waves her off and ushers Moo-hyuk out. Ye-eun sinks to the floor in front of Min-seok’s photo and a flashback reveals she’d ran to Min-seok’s funeral and froze when she overheard another agent gossiping something was off with Min-seok’s death – everyone on Min-seok’s team was being investigated by Internal Affairs. Tears in her eyes, Ye-eun now vows to discover the truth.

PART 2

While eating with Tae-hee, Moo-hyuk is still in awe of Ye-eun’s single-mother status. He wonders why she had a child so young without being married and where her family is. Tae-hee sighs that he’d be hard-pressed to find an agent without a backstory. Moo-hyuk excitedly asks for hers, but Tae-hee takes her leave, ignoring her pleas to talk more over drinks.

At another restaurant, Director Myeong tells Kook-hwan he needs someone released from custody. Kook-hwan laughs that he hasn’t changed a bit and then coldly replies he’s not someone to be ordered around for free. Director Myeong suggests he’ll be pleased with what he’s placed in Kook-hwan’s trunk, but Kook-hwan is unimpressed. Director Myeong asks if he’s aiming for Chief of NIS and Kook-hwan snorts at such a “small” position.

Likewise, Director Myeong says he won’t simply be satisfied with Director of Il Kwang Hitech but thinks the higher Kook-hwang climbs the ladder, the more he’ll need Myeong’s money. Kook-hwan doesn’t trust intangible promises and goes to leave but freezes when he opens the door to find Chief Tak kneeling outside. His face contorts as Chief Tak muses they haven’t seen each other in three years while Director Myeong just smirks.

Cheol-woong passes through airport security with a comically fake mustache as the NIS scours security footage. Unfortunately for him, the mustache falls off and facial recognition pegs him. The footage also shows his ticket to Taiwan and Mi-soon reports Chief Tak is suddenly taking a business trip to Taiwan as well. Gwan-soo tells them they’re on standby as Kook-hwan glares at him through his office window, shuttering the blinds when Gwan-soo turns to look.

Chan-mi confronts Gwan-soo about Secretary Goo being released and he sighs, repeating Kook-hwan’s words: there’s nothing linking her to a crime. Chan-mi argues they arrested her at the scene, but Moo-hyuk pipes up only Gwan-soo’s prints were on the gun. The similarity to only her prints being found on Min-seok’s gun, leading to her being fingered as his murderer, leave Chan-mi shaken.

The fact that Woo-won doesn’t remember the incident and therefore can’t testify sealed the deal. The interrogating agent three years ago had also pointed out Min-seok couldn’t testify whether Chan-mi allowed “Michael” to escape because he was dead. Furious, Chan-mi storms into Kook-hwan’s office, insisting Secretary Goo is a material witness. Kook-hwan counters she’s Chan-mi’s only lead on Michael.

Chan-mi argues apprehending Michael will reveal the leak in Il Kwang Hitech. Kook-hwan says she’d made the same argument three years ago, coldly asking if she needs to be reminded how that ended. Frustrated, Chan-mi demands why he put her on this case and Kook-hwan says humans differ from animals because they learn from their mistakes: “It’s about time you broke free from your past. Live your tomorrow… and envision your future.”

He starts to leave, but Chan-mi announces they’ve located Cheol-woong. Kook-hwan looks sick as Chan-mi vows to deliver Cheol-woong within 20 hours. Meanwhile, Ye-eun looks equally ill as her snide supervisor, Hyo-jin, informs her she’s going with Woo-won on his business trip. Ye-eun whimpers this is too short-notice but Hyo-jin waves her off, adding they’ve forgone hiring a translator as Ye-eun is fluent in Mandarin… thanks to the padding Gwan-soo and Moo-hyuk gave her resume.

While wheeling out Woo-won’s luggage, Ye-eun trips on the steps and Woo-won gallantly catches her… only to break the moment by fussing over his luggage. Ye-eun pouts the steps are steep and he points out the luggage has a handle for her to carry it. She lugs the bag out and loads the car, her annoyance dissipating when she sees Woo-won smoothing a blanket over the passenger seat.

Ye-eun daintily slides into the car and Woo-won snaps she’s ruining the leather seats – the blanket is to protect it from dust. She asks if she should sit in the back, but Woo-won groans those seats are also leather, pulling out a handful of bills and ordering her to take a cab. He warns her not to make him unload the car himself, and Ye-eun slinks back out. As he peels out of the garage, Ye-eun growls she understands why Cheol-woong left.

The surveillance van pulls up to the airport and Chan-mi muses it’s been a while since they’ve been abroad. Mi-soon agrees a vacation would be nice and Gwan-soo snaps this isn’t for fun as the three saunter inside. Woo-won pulls up and Ye-eun runs up moments later, panting she’d paid the cabbie double but there was traffic. Woo-won just mutters she’s an idiot and walks off as Ye-eun picks up his bags, waddling after him.

A crowd of fangirls immediately swarm Woo-won inside, knocking Ye-eun to the ground in the process. She struggles to follow as Mi-soon pauses, thinking she hears her daughter in the crowd. Finally boarding the plane, Ye-eun looks up with surprise to find Mi-soon posing as a flight attendant. She follows Woo-won to first class and her enthusiasm is once more dampened when Woo-won corrects she’ll be flying coach.

On her way back to her seat, Ye-eun accidentally bumps into a pregnant woman and frantically fusses over the woman until she looks up to see it’s Chan-mi. Slipping an earpiece into Ye-eun’s hand, Chan-mi assures her she’s fine and continues shuffling towards the bathroom. From a compartment in her fake belly, Chan-mi pulls out a syringe and a weapon. Leaving the bathroom, she slips the syringe to a man dressed as a sheik and Gwan-soo is stunned she saw through his disguise.

A young flight attendant brings a snack tray to Woo-won and asks to take a photo together. Rolling his eyes, Woo-won pulls out his own phone and barks at Ye-eun to swat away the flies. The embarrassed flight attendant leaves and when Ye-eun arrives, Woo-won says it just flew away. He asks for headphones and when Ye-eun returns, he complains about the blanket, wanting his cardigan instead.

Ye-eun makes several more trips for slippers, an eye mask, and snacks. While placing the snacks in the tray, she notices the empty cookie bag. Seeing it contains pistachios, Ye-eun briefly worries about Woo-won’s allergy, but shakes it off, thinking he would know better. The frequent trips allow her to confirm Cheol-woong isn’t in first class, and as Mi-soon has already cleared business class, that leaves coach.

Head secretary Woo-seok watches Seok-ho shoot (and miss) at an arcade game to relieve stress. He hands over a list of attendees to the Taiwan event, finding it odd Chief Tak is suddenly among the guests. Woo-seok also points out while Chief Tak is flying into Taipei, he’s leaving from a different city. He assumes Chief Tak is conducting other business and sighs when Seok-ho misses another shot.

Seok-ho insists it’s hard to even land one out of 100 and tells Woo-seok to contact an employee Director Myeong ousted to Malaysia to act as a spy. He raises the gun again and Woo-seok tips his elbow just as he shoots. It hits the target and Seok-ho excitedly asks if he saw. Woo-seok deadpans Seok-ho finally hit one after spending 250 dollars. Seok-ho wonders if he’ll get better if he spends double. Curious if the game is defective, Woo-seok shoots all three targets, confirming to himself Seok-ho is just a bad shot.

The seatbelt light finally goes off and Chief Tak pulls out a paper with Cheol-woong’s seat number he’d received from Kook-hwan. He then pulls out a device that jams the earpieces. Ye-eun passes him on the way to the bathroom and frantically tries to tell the others… but all she gets is static. Chan-mi also finds her earpiece dead but Ye-eun is already on her laptop repairing the connection.

As soon as it clears, she tells them Chief Tak is on the plane and Chan-mi looks up to see him just as he spies Cheol-woong. A flight attendant insists Chief Tak sit down, but Chan-mi follows his gaze to where Cheol-woong is nervously guzzling water. Emptying the bottle, Cheol-woong rushes for the bathroom and flight attendants struggle to hold Chief Tak back. Unfortunately, the bathroom is locked and Cheol-woong is forced to scramble for another.

A cane flies out into the aisle and Cheol-woong trips. Chief Tak makes it to the bathroom, but instead of Cheol-woong, Chan-mi is waiting inside. With Mi-soon’s help, Chan-mi drags him in and they fight. Chan-mi demands why he didn’t oust her upon discovering her identity, accusing him of being Michael. In the aisle, Cheol-woong wets himself as an old man shuffles towards him. Meanwhile, a nosy flight attendant tries to investigate the noise in the bathroom.

Before Mi-soon can react, a hand chops the woman’s neck and she passes out. Ye-eun stares down in shock and Mi-soon praises her for doing it in a single hit. Chief Tak gets the upper hand but Chan-mi pulls out her weapon and sprays something in his face. The “old man” reaches Cheol-woong and injects him with the syringe he’d gotten from Chan-mi. Gwan-soo then slips the watch off his wrist and reports to the others: “package acquired.” Chan-mi manages to get on Chief Tak’s back, but he stabs her in the leg and gets away.

Epilogue — Following his trip down memory lane, Seok-ho had called Chan-mi into his office, asking if she had needle and thread. Seok-ho tells her she doesn’t need to repair his jacket for him, but Chan-mi proudly insists she’s good at sewing. He says she looks a lot like another fine sewer he knows, admitting he’d thought she might’ve been the same person. Chan-mi says that person may look completely different now.

Thinking of Woo-seok’s words, Seok-ho agrees she could be a wife and mother now. Chan-mi bristles, chiding him for assuming a 38-year-old woman would be married with children. Seok-ho insists he only meant Chan-mi was very popular. Chan-mi demands if he’s criticizing her messy dating life and poor Seok-ho can’t understand why she’s so upset. Chan-mi sniffs it’s uncomfortable to hear him badmouth someone behind their back.

Before he can say much else, Chan-mi sticks herself with the needle. Panicked, Seok-ho leaps up to offer a bandaid. Their sudden proximity becomes charged and Chan-mi excuses herself. Seok-ho laughs at himself for thinking he’d meet her again after 15 years… unaware a cute duck now adorns his suit jacket. Heh.

 
COMMENTS

The further we get into the show, the more I realize a suspension of disbelief is necessary for this zany plot. I find it ridiculous that Kook-hwan could find out Cheol-woong’s seat but our team – who had seen his plane ticket – could not. Of all the weird things that have happened in the show, this is the one I find the most unbelievable and irksome. I still don’t fully understand what Kook-hwan’s deal is. He’s joined hands with this woman, who is still unidentified so every time they show her… I just don’t care? But he also has a history with Director Myeong and Chief Tak. That makes more sense since I was already sure Kook-hwan’s interference three years ago was not for Chan-mi or the agency’s best interest. His end goal is unclear, but with his fingers in so many pies, he’s bound to get caught sooner or later.

I still think this show would benefit from not trying to take itself seriously. The darker plot points don’t mesh with the antics and it really feels like two different dramas being haphazardly smooshed together. The switch from Ye-eun fussing with Woo-won at the hospital to crying over her dead boyfriend’s photo and vowing to uncover the truth… is disorienting to say the least. And I’m not just saying that because I’m fond of the Ye-eun/Woo-won ship! (but really, I do think they’re cute and dead baby daddy makes it awkward). Amnesia is cliché, but I never complain when it’s used effectively, and I was so proud of Ye-eun for bluffing her way through. If anything, Woo-won can only blame himself for going through such an elaborate charade to be a jerk since his signature and the recorded call are what gave the lie credibility. Woo-won is a total brat but there have been glimmers of a soft boy underneath and Ye-eun’s earnest sweetness is sure to wear him down.

Still, Seok-ho remains my favorite puppy of the bunch. One minute he’s a cool CEO, making moves to catch the snakes in his company and the next he’s a big dork that can’t hide he’s still in love with the girl he’s had a crush on for 15 years. Woo-seok’s pitying glances and sharp tongue makes it all the more entertaining and I can’t help but wish this had been the central plot for the show instead of business espionage. The shooting gallery scene was short but it was easily my favorite part of the episode. I won’t ask you to make sense, Show, so long as you keep giving me plenty of Seok-ho.

 
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Le Sigh, Lee Sang Yeob is such a cutie. (*Heart Eyes)

His character reminds me of Bobby Newport from Parks and Rec, a human golden retriever. Not very smart (with a very bad memory loss), but sweet and lovable but has a hint of sinister stuff behind the puppy dog facade.

His character intrigues me because I think he's going to be revealed later on as someone working with the bad guys or maybe the 'Michael.' I seen spy shows where the person we least suspect to be the baddie turns out to be one lol. Because this love trope thing feels a bit played out for someone as talented as Lee, I think there's something brewing...

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@soulsearch12,
I'm not so certain that LSY's Yoon Seok-ho is an actual baddy. I'm getting more of a vibe that he's using weakness and lack of corporate supporters as protective coloration -- much as Prosecutor Jang Do-han in LOOKOUT camouflaged his true intentions towards more-powerful enemies. I expect that Seok-ho is trying to discover the mastermind behind the purported Big Bad, Myeong Gye-cheol. I'm getting a kick out of ubiquitous character actor Woo Hyeon as the main villain. He's having fun with the role.

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Honestly I have my doubts. Remember when Sidney's dorky friend in Scream turned out to be the main culprit at the end?

He may not end up being the main bad guy at the end of the show. But I feel like there is something more up his sleeve. It is just that LSY's puppy dog portrayal of this character is making us forget that could occur lol.

You may be right too. Hmm, I just have to laugh at recent moments when LSY's character acted so adorable when he was imagining Chan-mi and them. Why are you so cute bro haha?? That's why his turn would suck but also a delicious plot twist!!

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@soulsearch12,
I agree that it would be a great plot twist if Seok-ho turns out to have crossed over to the dark side -- but a really depressing character arc. :-(

I didn't watch SCREAM, but I do have a warm spot in my heart for dorks of all shades and stripes, Willow and Wesley from BUFFY being two of my all-time faves.

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I go back and forth on that theory only because when he has those epilogue moments, he appears as sweet and lovable. Like who would ever think a guy like him would be the bad guy, but then again wouldn't that be more intriguing if that does occur?

Hmm, I mean LSY is the main male lead here right? So, I feel like the writer probably has something up their sleeve. If not, it would sorta feel like a waste of LSY.

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I second this theory

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For all we know with this plot, Seok-ho + Woo-seok could be from another spy agency, working trying to catch the rat within NIS. I agree that Seok-ho seems to be more than what we see, and Woo-seok, uh, are we suppose to read something in his shooting ability? Hopefully, he is not the bad guy as @miky88 mentioned in last episode comment, cuz then the cute bromance is a fake, nooo!

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Thank you for the recap, Sunny!

Sigh, I wish I had those embroidery skills lol. Completely agree with dead baby daddy making things awkward. I'm almost certain at this point he's going to be mole who faked his death or something.

I really feel like the show keeps revealing that one woman Kook-hwan reports to like we're supposed to know who she is? Very weird.

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@captainlaika,
I, too, have been getting the feeling that deceased Agent Kwon's death may have been faked. Oh, goody. Now I can get totally confused by double- and triple-agents. ;-)

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I really hope that's not the case here. That would make this already clunky story more convoluted.

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ah yea, good point. I fear the plot is not this show's strong point though, which is unfortunate given it also seems to be a serious focus

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It is a bit sad because this is a pre-produced drama (not saying this means quality) but the newbie writer had less time constraints because it wasn't live-shooting.

I wish this show like @sunny said was more about Chan-mi and Seok-ho's prior relationship. I really do like his character as this dorky guy in love coupled with his stern poker face moments as a CEO which are obviously a mask to his real inner personality of a dork.

Do you think that even though he may not be the bad guy in the end, that his role on this show will go beyond the first love silly trope rn?

Surely since they filmed this until Feb., and he is the main male lead here that there's more to this character? Maybe he'll end up helping the ladies in the end?

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@soulsearch12

You know, I had totally forgotten this was pre-produced until you mentioned it which... lol yeah, not a sign they've made great use of it

Same on the puppy romances! I think Seok-ho's switching between dorky and competent CEO is somewhat fitting in a show with spies. So far I think he's aware of the leak and is trying to root it/ get rid of it- so maybe not necessarily a hero at first but I don't think he's gonna be a bad guy (hopefully!!!). Either way, I think he's a fun character so I hope he gets more time and development.

While the epilogue was probably my favorite scene, I certainly hope they move the first love stuff along if only because Chan mi is Not Subtle oh my god but also because it would be so fun to have a team up

Why are the epilogues almost always my favorite scenes lol

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I feel like I am being a bit too harsh on this show lol. It is good, but not at the potential that we all thought it could go. Still a fun watch, but sometimes it could be more tight esp. since this was pre-written w/o being a live-shoot. I definitely think this has to do with this being written by a newbie writer. Why did I feel like Protect the Boss writer wrote this lol? (I know same female lead but yeah).

True for a spy show, it does fit into the double agent tactics. Its just that when LSY acts like such a dork (which I love lol) in those scenes when he's reminiscing about her. I've to laugh, why so cute sir?

Speaking of, I know he was filming a film w/ Kim Hye Soo I believe around this time but his arc thus far isn't as much as I thought it would be here. He's like here and then bounces lol imo.

Wonder if Seok-ho is going to team up w/ Chan Mi later hmm?

I too love the epilogue scenes, I was a bit taken back by their first intro where it begins with him accidentally touching her chest and she punches him. Those scenes are like a show within a show (College set drama w/ a dorky sweet guy and a strong fiery woman). Now that's a show that I would love to see too!

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Thank you for your recap, @sunny. Like you, I'm having a hard time dealing with the pastiche of plots and genres that reminds me of Dr. Frankenstein's creature stitched together with Chan-mi's embroidery -- which only accentuates what it purports to camouflage. It's not a good sign that I found myself failing to muster the interest to watch it with subtitles after having viewed both of this week's episodes raw -- my usual practice when watching Kdramas so that I can pay attention to facial expressions and other visual details. I'm inclined to drop it, despite my love for Lee Sang-yub. From the beginning, the incompetence of the allegedly-crack duo of experienced distaff spies and their surveillance team has been hard to swallow.

It's ironic that the drama's original working title was MISCASTING. Talk about truth in advertising. Not that I have a beef with the cast. The actors are giving it their best shot, and deserve better writing and directing.

To me, it's more a matter of the show having an identity crisis. As @sunny notes, it's a mash-up of genres. Some of them dovetail better than others.

Granted, I've laughed aloud at the humor. At times I'm reminded of such classic Sixties spy and crime spoofs as THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, GET SMART with Don Adams and Barbara Feldon, and the original BATMAN with Adam West and Burt Ward. Mel Brooks and Buck Henry wrote inspired Bondian lunacy when they devised GET SMART's benighted Agent 86 with his "shoe phone" and ultra-competent Agent 99 -- who would run circles around the present crew. MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. had its cartoonish aspects mixed in with Cold War espionage purveyed by hunktastic good guys in suits. BATMAN totally owned its comic-book campiness, right down to the masks, capes, and tights -- and everything designated with the "Bat-" prefix.

Methinks GOOD CASTING would have benefited from a lower episode count. That would have reined in excessively-long scenes of mayhem. Show also needs a ruthless script editor.

Maybe I'm partly to blame, too. I could have sworn I'd checked my brain at the door. Apparently I've been falling down on the job. ;-)

That said, I'm most invested in the getting of justice for fallen Agent Kwon Min-seok and his unofficial family. I'm also curious about the identity of Michael, whom I'm willing to bet is a woman, just because. Whether either of these items will be enough to keep me tuning in remains to be seen.

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Someone on Tumblr said that it feels like the newbie writer on this show was in a war with the other writer on this show. The newbie writer wants to write a spy comedy with three badass women vs the other writer a drama with sexist rhetoric of older women in Korea.

I think the gag with this show is the tone, as weird as it is. It has a campy feel to it. I wish it went more of the Chuck route of a show that was funny in its main character, but really great action mixed in with a wonderful and interesting romance (Which could've been the Chan-mi and Seok-ho situation). Or more like Alias with its serious tone (which is a drama route this show feels like the second half is doing so coupled with the slapstick campy comedy of the first half) feels so disjointed :/

I will still continue to watch, but this being a pre-produced show boggles me b/c you would think it would be more air-tight.

Also great taste, I too am considering watching this for more Lee Sang Yeob cuteness which for a female led show is just awkward. I hope they give him more to do here b/c he's just too talented to be wasted on this.

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@soulsearch12,
Thanks for reminding me of CHUCK, which was one of my faves back in the day. I was also a dedicated watcher of ALIAS. Those Rambaldi devices were as strange as the baddies were ruthless. I haven't thought of either show in ages. CHUCK ended some months before I started watching Kdramas in 2012.

A war between the scriptwriters sounds about right. That would explain the schizoid feel of the show.

You might consider tuning in to ONCE AGAIN for your Minimum Kdrama Requirement of Lee Sang-yeob. I watched the first episode, but cannot commit to such a long series (100 eps., about 50 hours) at this time. It's got a passel of great veteran actors, including Oh Dae-hwan, who caught my eye in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SOO BAEK HYANG. The weekend drama is pulling in 30% of the audience, and is just past the 1/4 mark. I've watched LSY in HOUSE OF BLUEBIRD and A LITTLE LOVE NEVER HURTS in the family drama genre, and sageuk JANG OK-JUNG, LIVING FOR LOVE, as well as shorter dramas and specials. Ma-dol Oppa in TOP STAR YOO BAEK is one of my fave roles of his. He was also excellent in LOVE AFFAIRS IN THE AFTERNOON.

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How did I ever forget Captain Awesome?!?! And the totally pervy Lester Patel. Dang -- Morgan Grimes, Big Mike, and Jeff Barnes. I loved all of them. What a bunch. California's answer to the computer geeks in Britcom THE IT CROWD.

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Yay another CHUCK fan! Love the show, the ending though (that's another post lol).

Great usage of spy hijinks mixed in with great action, and comical characters too. Full of heart and humor. I wish Good Casting were more like that.

Funny you mention that, I watched Once Again for Lee Min Jung only to become a fan of Lee Sang Yeob. I remember his amazing dark and heartbreaking turn on Signal. I wish he got more leading roles, but I think its b/c he's kinda nondescript looking? He's very handsome/attractive, but doesn't have that definitive LSY type of role yet.

In House of Bluebird, I heard his love line with CSB was cut short? Is he in it enough for me to watch? Same with A Little Love Never Hurts as well? Poor guy, always gets the second/third lead roles and it's like huh?? He seems like a nice and funny guy in rl, and he's talented and attractive so what's the deal S.K?

Glad you mentioned Love Affairs :) Discovered it and finished it last wk, and while his role compared to his female co-star was more passive. He was incredible in that role, with such a subtle and nuanced role. His eyes conveyed so much!!

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The fact that we have three leading women doesn't mean it's a female driven show, at least to me. Can you relate to any of them? Because I can't, even if I'm loving Ye Eun.

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As @soulsearch12 has mentioned before me, I wish this show had more of a Chuck vibe to it. I watched only a few episodes of it but it was fun and it balanced the spy stuff with humour well. This show's tone fluctuates so much that the viewer is left confused ( or in my case disappointed). Ye Eun is the most relatable of them all and I am rooting for her and Woo Won but the show does a bad job of showing how she feels. Has she got closure over her ex and is focused on getting justice for him because he was a good person or is the pursuit of justice a way of her to get closure? Has she moved on with her life or is she still not over him. Also Lee Sang Yeob is so cute my heart can't take it and something tells me our CEO is preparing himself to take on the bad guys in his own way.

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@manichan,
I'm in the same boat with you re: Ye-eun and Woo-won. I don't think she's over Min-seok yet because she still keeps their family photo where she can see it, so I'm very conflicted over the teeny sprouts of interest that have begun to emerge between her and the idol. We'll see how long that lasts after he learns she has a child. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I'm hoping that Min-seok's death has been faked and that he's in protective custody somewhere, possibly with amnesia.

The budding relationship between Ye-eun and Woo-won reminds me of FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY's very cute romance that sprung up between actress Ha-jin's kid sister/manager Ha-kyung (Kim Seul-gi) and rookie TV news reporter Jo Il-kwon (Lee Jin-hyuk). They were perfect together, and so sweet I thought I'd develop cavities. Come to think of it, KSG's romance with Heo Jeong-min totally upstaged the alleged OTP in PEOPLE WITH FLAWS. Someone cast her as FL for Pete's sake. She's long overdue.

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I haven't watched Find Me in Your Memory (in my zone, I can't watch on a legal site) but probably do, because I really love KSG. And regarding the couples in People with Flaws, every single couple was better than the OTP 🤷🏼‍♀️

I like your theory of MinSeok. I wish it is true. My General Frost deserves better.

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@eazal,
I'm still carrying a torch for General Frost and his sister the fairy bartender, too. You can call me Cleopatra (Queen of DeNile), because I'm still holding out hope that Min-seok's death has been faked, and that he'll come home in one piece to Ye-eun and their little girl.

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The Ha Kyung- IL Kwong ship was the most adorable. Even I am a bit of a hopeless romantic but I want Min Seok to be dead and Ye Run to move on and find her happiness, preferably with Woo Won. She's the cutest character and the one who makes most sense do I don't want her to be that demure female character who can't move on after her boyfriend's death

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I love these Chuck fan comments lol!

The tone is uneven, and if I'm going to add another show Barry which handles both the comedy and dramatic aspects very well. Why b/c when the dramatic stuff occurs it feels heavy/meaningful and the comedy is there to help counter that with the mundanity of acting. I'm ok with adding dramatic heft to this story, but the writer needs to streamline it to one main arc which is "Who is Michael?"

This post is a really excellent summarization of the show/it's pros and cons:
https://lianabrooks.tumblr.com/post/618012163893837824/good-casting-review-e1-4

This post also reviews each episode and grades it which is very helpful with me evaluating the show, and wondering if I'm being harsh w/ it lol b/c I do like it but oh the loss potential:
https://www.thereviewgeek.com/goodcasting-e5review/

I wish Lee Sang Yeob's character was in another series but as the lead. K-drama writers/producers, give this man a leading role pls?! He's so adorable in this show which I find a bit weird to say b/c he's almost 40 :O but I melt. #RedBackpackSong

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Firstly, Lee Sang Yeob doesn't look forty and even I want him in a leading role cause he's way too adorable to be wasted.

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@manichan,
From your keyboard to God's ear. ;-)

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Isn't this a sorta leading role for him albeit he is the defacto male lead here?

IA. 37 where?? I'll give him 29-30 age range. Give us more LSY K-drama gods!!

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@soulsearch12,
Thank you for those links. I especially liked the first one.

LSY turned 37 on May 8. From the standpoint of someone old enough to be his mom, it's very possible for guys to still look boyish into their 40s. Mr. P was that way. One's vitality and pizzazz is just as important to leaving a youthful impression as one's appearance.

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Another of my faves, Jung Bo-suk was 50 when he performed in CAN YOU HEAR MY HEART? in 2011. He still looked boyish to me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-rx2SEIIFE

Ditto for Choi Moo-sung, who was 49 when he played crooked chief prosecutor Yoon in LOOKOUT.
[The Guardians] ep.03, 04 Will Choi Moo-sung have a black hand at Kim Sang-ho? 20170523
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWB1ikfLqnM

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I know last week I said I would drop, but I really like Ye Eun storyline, so I decided to watch it and skip the rest. By your recap, it seems I didn't miss much.
The feeling you are having right now of confusion about the tone of the show, is the one I've been having ever since the beginning. Even if I leave my brain aside and try to watch it as funny nonsense show, there are all those scenes about serious stuff that just don't fit.
Anyway, I'm here for Ye Eun, and I don't really care about the rest.
More or less like the writer.

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@eazal,
What we're experiencing is cognitive dissonance. I had a serious case of it with the serial killer subplot in WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS. Ditto for YOUR HONOR, which had some seriously awful stuff go down in the beginning that nearly made me run away screaming. One thing I cannot stand is romance/rom-com combined with psychopaths and murderers. Is it too much to ask for a plain vanilla romance without bloodshed, Truck Of Doom, etc.? In this spy story, I guess we're supposed to be okay with collateral damage. Sheesh.

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@eazal,
Oh, and like you, I was ready to drop it last week, but will see how it goes this coming week. I'm not necessarily expecting the show to get better, but I kind of like the romance with the idol for some reason. Lee Sang-yeob is fun to watch, and that's probably my biggest reason for sticking around.

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Exactly!!

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Secretary Goo is either a really bad shot or a villain who's averse to killing good guys. I suspect is the former, due to her (lack of) eyesight, hence she couldn't differentiate Woo-won from his manager. Either way, like @captainlaika commented, the equality of bad spying from both sides indeed exists.
I wish they could maybe scale down the stakes, say, these ladies are in a PI agency instead of NIS, dealing with corporate espionage. I'll feel more comfortable in putting my brain to rest...

Sad to see Woo-won is still being a total brat so not much progress for the ship. At least show gives some hints that his agency is treating him appallingly, so his brattiness might be some form of revenge?

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From teh way I look at it, Woo Won knows the agency isn't really concerned about him so his entire mentality is " If they don't care about me, why should I?"

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Yea, maybe he was treated badly when he was a struggling artist before the rice cooker made him famous.

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This may very well be true. It could be his way of getting back at them

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@meowingme, @manichan,
Woo-won may even be in the same boat as Yoon Doo-joon's character in RADIO ROMANCE, who was forced into show business by his appallingly greedy stage mother and heel of a father... and like TOP STAR YOO BAEK's title character, whose mother was the same way, IIRC. The parents could be colluding with their kids' entertainment agencies to make hay while their minors are still bankable. In which case, I wouldn't blame Woo-won for being recalcitrant.

I like your idea of the spy organization being private investigators instead of a national security agency. At least that would lessen the possibility of triggering an international incident. They could be latter-day Pinkertons.
https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-pinkertons

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What I know about Pinkerton are bits from reading historical romance/mystery, hehe. That part about hiring the nation's first female detective sure fits this show!

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The way Lee Sang Yeob looked at Choi Kang Hee in the epilogue, please shoot me.

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Same LOL, I too would like to be stared by LSY like that as well. So dreamy. If I ever saw him in rl, I'll embarrass myself so hard haha.

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I feel you.

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So it took me two attempts to get through and finish this episode. I still don't understand why we haven't been told who the mystery woman is and at this point, I don't care. I know this is a spy drama but I really want them to stop with the drawn out action scenes and show a genuine friendship or bond between the team.

I do believe that Seok-ho is carrying out his own investigation and trying to get as much dirt on Director Myeong to get him out for good.

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