I know sense got tossed out the window episodes ago in Spy Myung Wol, which leads me to watch every new episode without any critical perspective. Conversely I’m enjoying it for scenes now, random scenes that perhaps make no narrative context in a greater scheme, but nevertheless work if you just watch it. Nice moments between Kang Woo and Myung Wol. And fricking multiple insanely ridiculously awesome moments between Choi Ryu and Myung Wol. How can they be so cute just going spy fishing?
Kang Woo has stopped annoying me because I treat him like he’s just there, having had no real substantive character development or depth since he was first introduced, but a very hot guy that Myung Wol just happens to love. For reasons I’m still pretty baffled by, because by all intents and purposes her chemistry with Ryu and the way he treats her screams OTP to me. Eh, but what do I know, I’m just here to scribble down what happened.
Episode 16 baby recap:
Kang Woo proposes to Myung Wol, who isn’t able to accept right away. Because, ya know, her mission, the lives of her fellow spies, her life long dream to follow daddy’s spy footsteps – none of that can be addressed by one simple proposal. Choi Ryu points a gun at Kang Woo’s head and tells him to leave. Choi Ryu tells Kang Woo to love some other woman. Kang Woo throws the same words back at Choi Ryu. After Kang Woo leaves, Choi Ryu reminds Myung Wol not to forget her promise.
Spy parents come home schlepping their luggage from the airport, yet another possibility to return to their homeland that ends up in disappointment. Chairman Joo orders his lackeys to keep looking for the Four Books. Choi Ryu assembles the Four Books and discovers something that intrigues him.
Kang Woo meets up with Myung Wol alone and hands her the engagement ring. He takes her to the Han River to point out the happy lives of people living in South Korea, and her future secure here as a movie star already. He extols her to live her life not for combat, but to love and be loved, by staying here with him. The spy parents realize now that Choi Ryu likes Myung Wol, bemoaning that male-female love triangles are more complicated than North and South Korean politics.
Choi Ryu finds Kang Woo and warns him to stop swaying Myung Wol with an offer of marriage that will only destroy her by ruining her mission and her goal in life.
Choi Ryu goes to Myung Wol’s apartment and confesses (FINALLY!) that he’s in love with her, wryly saying that this confession is harder for him than any mission he’s undertaken. He asks her to marry him. They can go back to North Korea together with the books and use it to bargain for their lives for failing the grab-a-Hallyu-star mission.
Myung Wol goes to see Kang Woo and declines his proposal. It’s not enough for her to overcome all the obstacles in their path. There are too many things that are so insurmountable for them. She doesn’t want to betray her homeland and her comrades for Kang Woo. She longs to return to her homeland. She thanks Kang Woo for loving her, explaining that she will never forget him. Once she leaves, she tearfully cries outside.
In Ah overhears her grandfather plotting to get back the Four Books and discovers Choi Ryu is fine for the time being. In Ah is happy about that and wonders if she likes Choi Ryu?
Myung Wol meets with Choi Ryu at the rooftop and accept his proposal, telling him she wants to go home with him. Choi Ryu happily tells the spy parents that they will go back to North Korea with the books and get the forgiveness of the government for failing this mission. Choi Ryu smiles broadly as they are packing up to leave, leading the spy parents to notice how happy he is.
Kang Woo waits outside Myung Wol’s apartment to try and convince her not to go home, asking to hear her true feelings. Myung Wol says this is the only choice she can make. Spy daddy hears from Dae Kang how much money the South Korean government gives to people who report North Korean spies, and he starts to see Won signs.
The spy family are at the pier to try and leave but cannot because it’s swarming with South Korea agents. Kang Woo finds Myung Wol and convinces her to stay. Choi Ryu sees this and understands Myung Wol’s heart lies with Kang Woo. Choi Ryu tells the spy parents he’s headed back to North Korea without Myung Wol, and the spy parents can come with him or stay here. Kang Woo goes to meet with the Chairman, who continues to use Myung Wol’s spy presence in South Korea as a threat unless Kang Woo gets him the Four Books.
Choi Ryu and Myung Wol go on a fishing date at the lake as he asks for just one day of her time. They are so insanely cute together, this scene might just be worth the brain hurty of watching SMW for the last few episodes for me. Ryu gives up trying to catch the fish with his fishing pole, instead telling Myung Wol to help him block any escape path, while he plunges his hand into the water and catches the fish barehanded. And when he does, he’s so so happy, like a kid in a candy store. Myung Wol looks about as cheery and carefree as I’ve ever seen her look in this drama.
They sit down to eat a fresh fish stew cooked from the just caught fish. Choi Ryu holds up his cellphone to take selcas of himself and Myung Wol. She laughs that she’s never seen this side of him before. I’m totally crying here for the guy. Dude, you should have never ever let her out of North Korea.
Choi Ryu drops Myung Wol off and tells her that he’s letting her go. He thanks her for bringing him happiness today, and he wants her to pursue her own happiness. He knows he’s not the guy who can bring her happiness, so he will go back to North Korea and smooth things over for her. Myung Wol hugs him goodbye with tears in her eyes. After she gets out of the car, she runs into Kang Woo’s arms for a hug.
In Ah meets up with Choi Ryu for drinks. He piggybacks the drunk In Ah home as she tries to hang out with him longer.
Myung Wol and Kang Woo sit on the roof and plan out their future. He puts the ring on her finger and tells her to turn herself in. Once she gets asylum from South Korea, she can marry Kang Woo. He lays down on her lap and dreams about a future where they wake up to kisses and having cute kids together.
Chairman Joo threatens Kang Woo with turning Myung Wol in, so Kang Woo calls Choi Ryu to ask him to turn over the Four Books to the Chairman. Choi Ryu goes to meet the Chairman and gives him the Four Books, asking the Chairman to leave Myung Wol alone and to allow Choi Ryu to leave the country. Choi Ryu has kept an electronic copy of the Four Books so he’s in good shape. The Chairman sends the Four Books out to be analyzed.
Kang Woo and Myung Wol go to take wedding pictures. Kang Woo is stunned into silence when he sees the beautiful Myung Wol wearing a wedding dress.
Choi Ryu is getting ready to board the plane when he gets a call and finds out the North Koreans have sent someone to eliminate Myung Wol. He races to stop the assassination.
Kang Woo and Myung Wol are taking wedding pictures outside in the courtyard. Kang Woo sees the sniper and turns to shield Myung Wol from the oncoming bullet. Really. The trained North Korean spy does not see the sniper, but the Hallyu star with a penchant for sunglasses does. Kang Woo is shot in the back as Myung Wol stares in shock.