Oy, Spy Myung Wol is like a recalcitrant child. I compliment it once for having a comparatively sane and decently plotted last (re: previous) episode, and it decides to make me wish I withheld the compliment because this episode appeared to have made a great effort to go the opposite direction. With the exception of one great scene (thank you Eric for selling the angst of loving a spy ), everyone was turning in circles. AGAIN. *headdesk*
You want the book? Gimme the book. I love you? I can’t love you. Come with me to North Korea. No, run away because I don’t want to take you to North Korea. The most consistent and relatable character in this entire drama amongst the leads has been Choi Ryu, so he gets the post topping picture for remaining the sole shining beacon of sanity in this otherwise now completely off-the-rails drama.
Episode 15 baby recap:
Myung Wol points her gun at her erstwhile lover/target and gives the utterly befuddled Kang Woo the real 411 at last. He asks what’s with the calling him “comrade” and she like “duh, because I’m a North Korean.” Myung Wol unhappily explains to Kang Woo that she is Han Myung Wol, member of the Anti-Hallyu Squad of the North Korean army. She is on a mission to South Korea, and he’s her target. Choi Ryu stares in wide-eyed silence during this entire reveal. Kang Woo thinks she’s lying, but Myung Wol is in a don’t-screw-with-me mode now.
The Chairman is pissed to discover his master plan to dispose of Kang Woo and Choi Ryu, hours after he got the book from them, has been foiled. As Homer would say: “doh.” The Chairman’s ineffectual evilness has turned him into Dr. Evil (and this drama veering into Austin Power-esque spy territory). He orders his minion to find out the real identities of Choi Ryu and Myung Wol, and their whereabouts along with Kang Woo. In Ah worries her grandpa realized she gave up his location, and is also trying to use her limited brain cells to connect Kang Woo’s daddy to grandpa.
The love triangle retreats back to Kang Woo’s place for a formal powwow, whereby Kang Woo gets the full scoop on how North Korea wants to procure itself a top Hallyu star and he happened to be the lucky chosen one. Myung Wol was the agent sent on the mission to marry him and make him defect to North Korea. I give Kang Woo props for not busting out in tears laughing when he hears this grand master plan.
Choi Ryu lays down the law – they will take Kang Woo to North Korea via China once he departs for his supposed US trip. Myung Wol explains how initially they wanted his cooperation, but now they have no time, so he’s coming with them whether he wants to or not. Choi Ryu realizes Myung Wol changed her mind because she knows the truth about the North ordering Choi Ryu to kill them all if the mission failed.
Kang Woo goes back to his room to mope and reflect on how ALL the clues were there that Myung Wol was no simple crazy but normal background fangirl. Spy parents are briefed by Choi Ryu that the jig is up, but they are headed back to North Korea with Kang Woo in tow anyways. Spy parents are happy to finally be headed back to their homeland, and without a death warrant on their heads.
Kang Woo asks Myung Wol if she ever genuinely liked him? She lies and says it was all a show for the sake of her mission. He refuses to accept that answer because he knows the difference between fake affection and real love. Myung Wol slaps Kang Woo and tells him to wake up. She’s a North Korean officer and can kill him with one hand. She’s no longer the Han Myung Wol he knew. Myung Wol gets all teary after she walks away.
We find out Kang Woo’s dead daddy was a former authenticator for the Chairman who discovered the secret of the Four Books (leads to a treasure in Manchuria that can change the power in the Korean peninsula) and urged the Chairman to turn over the books to the authorities. Instead he got run over for wanting to do the right thing.
Choi Ryu finds Kang Woo sneaking out at night. Kang Woo says they can’t possibly believe they can take him to North Korea? Kang Woo wonders why Choi Ryu will send the woman he loves into a mission that requires her to seduce another man. Choi Ryu tells Kang Woo that if Myung Wol fails in her mission, the only result is death. Kang Woo asks why Choi Ryu would allow Myung Wol to take on this mission in the first place since he also loves her? Choi Ryu says all Kang Woo needs to do now is go to North Korea and he can protect Myung Wol.
Choi Ryu sneaks into In Ah’s bedroom to find a place to hide. She covers for him when the guards come looking. Myung Wol and Kang Woo head out to wrap up some of his matters. They meet with Agent Kyung and lie that they are back together and she’s going to the US with him. Kang Woo pulls Dae Kang aside and asks him to find out how a North Korean spy can legitimately stay in South Korea. Erh….defect maybe? Kang Woo is not so terribly up to date on his peninsular politics. He goes to thank all the production crew who worked on their drama, because the crew is the real reason for a star’s success in the industry. LOL, love the meta of this throwaway scene.
Choi Ryu finds out Kang Woo left the house with Myung Wol and races to find them. Kang Woo and Myung Wol visit his old neighborhood and he wonders when he’ll get to come back some day. She reveals that she heard about what happened to his dad. He thought that if he got famous and made lots of money, he could find out the truth about his father’s death. Well Kang Woo, you sorta did find out about your daddy’s death in the end by working for the Chairman. Now all Kang Woo wants is revenge on the Chairman.
They play a game of catch outside. Myung Wol thinks to herself – wondering if she can stay here with him, why she needs to take him to North Korea, whether she can change the horrible reality they are facing. Myung Wol throws the ball far to give Kang Woo a chance to runaway when he goes to retrieve it. But he returns with the ball, just as Choi Ryu arrives. Myung Wol looks stricken that he didn’t take the chance. Kang Woo gives her the ball as a present.
Kang Woo finds out that a North Korean spy who is convicted gets a life sentence, but who turns herself in can get pardoned and guarantee basic living standards in South Korea. In Ah gets drunks and toddles over to Choi Ryu’s place to cry on his shoulder. Choi Ryu calls the Chairman to return In Ah in exchange for the Four Book.
Kang Woo and Myung Wol have a mature and thoughtful communication on the roof. He asks what she wants in life. She says she lives only with orders. He wonders if she intends to live her entire life just following orders. She says that is precisely her dream, following orders and serving her country. He will never understand.
She asks him why he came back after she gave him a chance to run away? Kang Woo says he’s all alone, and Myung Wol is the only woman he has ever loved. He is simply Kang Woo, a man who loves Myung Wol. It doesn’t matter whether he leaves or stays. He asks her to turn herself in because he forgives her.
He wonders why she can’t do it. Myung Wol reiterates that she’s an officer trained by her government, and she made a promise to be like her dad. Kang Woo reminds her that even with all that, she fell in love with him anyways. Kang Woo pulls her in for a tight hug, telling her that she also wants only him, just like he wants only her. Myung Wol allows herself to hug him back.
Choi Ryu gets the Four Book from the Chairman in exchange for In Ah. The spy parents enjoy a farewell meal with Dae Kang. Myung Wol watches Kang Woo rest and thinks back to Choi Ryu reminding her that if the mission fails, Kang Woo’s life will be in danger since he knows their real identity. Kang Woo thinks back to Choi Ryu reminding him that Myung Wol’s life will be forfeit if she lets him go and fails her mission.
On the way to the airport, the trio are waylaid by the Chairman’s goons. Choi Ryu stays to fight while Myung Wol and Kang Woo manage to get away. Myung Wol points at gun at Kang Woo, telling him to run away and leave. Myung Wol goes back to her apartment to find an irate Choi Ryu waiting for her. He takes a gun to head out and eliminate Kang Woo, but Myung Wol won’t let him. She tells him to kill her as long as he lets that man live. Choi Ryu asks if she really wants to drive him insane? Does she really not know what he really wants?
The Chairman finds out about the spies real identity and calls Kang Woo, threatening to call the authorities to report the spies presence in South Korea. Kang Woo barges in to see the Chairman, offering to forgive him about his dad’s death and help him get the Four Book back, as long as the Chairman doesn’t call the authorities.
Kang Woo arrives at Myung Wol’s apartment. He goes straight to the point and asks Myung Wol to marry him and live here with him. Ooookay? That really solves all the problems. Kang Woo is clearly a Hallyu star who lives in fantasyland instead of South Korea. But he’s pretty sincere about Myung Wol, which is nice to finally see.