Man To Man: 4


I said last time that if Do Ha’s dad shows up again and says something vague, it means that Do Ha’s character is more than Seol Woo’s love interest. Well, he showed up in this episode, and asked if she still has the “gift” he gave her. Pretty good to have written a future mission for Seol Woo, and Do Ha will be his target, I would say. This will complicate things a tad bit for Seol Woo, and I can’t wait. As far as her dad’s character goes, I’m sure he’ll help in complicating things for everyone involved. Not a matter of if, but when.


It looks like Seol Woo will have time to fall in love because our baddies are busy playing double cross, It looks like they each have a role as a “team”, but each member has a different goal. Seung Jae’s goal is to get his father’s dirty money, and he is looking more like ghost money to Assemblyman Baek.  Assemblyman Baek seems to be a mastermind playing puppet, and we have an actual ghost agent who hasn’t done any of the dirty work yet. Meaning, they’re nowhere in this show, which is not good if we have a secret agent that lives for a mission.


I feel bad for Do Ha who’s confused at Seol Woo’s advances, then gets let down in a shocking way. That’s a big eye opener for a woman who’s been told somewhat of the truth. I feel for her though, a lot has happened to her since she met Seol Woo, dealing with Un Gwang’s accident, and her dad showing up all at the same time.


I know it’s Seol Woo’s tactic in order to accomplish his mission. He is still the same using logic and assessing every situation and reacts according to that. Seol Woo “wooing” Do Ha wasn’t part of his plan to begin with. In fact, I didn’t see that he tried to charm her at all. In the end, he must’ve been “What the heck, my mission is over anyway, so yeah let’s just tell her what she doesn’t want to hear, not thinking it’ll backfire. I think this is where he’ll reach a realization that he’s never experienced this before, and that’s where the “comedic” turn of events will ensue. I just think he went a little bit farther than what a car explosion. Maybe it’s just me, but I did see a pang of guilt when he was walking away compared to the woman he left behind in the first episode.


The show is stepping up on the action/suspense aspect, which I’m not going to get into detail. The action is there, but I want more. I think I’m going to keep saying this in every post. They spoiled me in episode 2, and I want to see more action scenes like that. They’ve been setting up the loveline between Seol Woo, and Do Ha. As far as the romance goes, I don’t see any chemistry suggesting that they’ve developed mutual feelings for each other outside the professional realm yet, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Seol Woo was a teeny tiny bit attracted to Do Ha in the last episode, but kept it at bay because he’s on a mission.

Man To Man: 3


This episode is a little flat for me today. I was hoping for more action scenes, but I guess you can’t have any actions without building up the anticipation first. The only believable chemistry I see is that of Un Gwang, and Do Ha’s which was heavy enough for me to carry the show. That, and you’ll also have to justify the romance that’s supposed to bloom in the next few episodes.


I did get my backstory on how Do Ha and Un Gwang became close. I’m glad that it’s not one of those “crazy fan forced her way in his life in a dramatic way”. Instead, it was at a deeper level of connection. They had met at a time where they had no one else understanding what pain feels like. Un Gwang deep down has scars of his own, so does Do Ha, and that’s a bond that they only share with each other. I’m glad that I kept myself as open minded in both characters. This relationship works – even leveling up to a romantic potential. Un Gwang has a new side that I don’t think many people in his life has the privilege to see. His loyalty. Now that I know his history with Do Ha, and what Seol Woo did to save him, it’s only natural for him to overlook the petty things they throw his way. What they did to him was bigger than the tantrums


A new character showed up. Do Ha’s father. I’m not sure if it’s a one-time thing to establish roots in her emotional side – like what else makes Do Ha who she is. It’s obvious that she’s a filial daughter even though she acts as if she’s not. If her dad shows up in another episode, and happens to mention something vague, it would mean that Do Ha’s character is more than just Seol Woo’s love interest.


Sooooo, just who exactly is she? Was she an agent that quit, fell in love with Un Gwang, but was pulled back in for another mission? Her entire marriage is a mission???? What is the promise???


I’m beginning to wonder what Seol Woo’s history is. I mean, they showed us that he was a top soldier, sent back to Korea and now Agent K. I want to know the history before that. Did he take psychology classes? Or was his heart really broken? From the beginning of the show he puts “love” in a bad light. It makes for good quotes – for the brokenhearted. Sure, he’s played the part of a romantic in his missions. But let’s face it, as far as contrasts go, Seol Woo’s targets of “love” were high profile, and beautiful according to social standards. Then here’s Do Ha, a simple woman. His past missions, he was able to not feel anything for those women. But, Do Ha, she’s already chipping into Seol Woo’s wall the second he saw her in that gown. He saw the true beauty that was inside her. NOW IF THEY CAN JUST PULL OFF THE CHEMISTRY, I’d be really excited about this show.
Seol Woo is going to in for a rollercoaster ride, things are not going to go as he planned. One, because Do Ha is not charming on the outside, but her heart is sincere. That’s what’s going to throw him off.

Final Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

It has been a while since I saw a finale that actually ended where everything was tied up nicely. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I got everything I want to happen for this show to close. I really do appreciate a fan service ending that still ties in loose ends and completes the series.

The show in its entirety isn’t flawless, at least for me.  There were characters/scenes that I’d rather not have been written in, but it did not ruin the entire episode/show as a whole. If anything, some of them was a relief from plots that are getting too serious. Some was given closure in the end though. Not a lot of shows do that. There were scenes that I wished were written in too…like showing us Gook Doo being a true second lead with scenes that makes Bong Soon flutter even though he doesn’t realize he likes her back then, and I would’ve like to have seen more of Grandma.

Below are the characters that I think would still make the show as great as it is without them:

Hee Ji. She wasn’t a threat to either Bong Soon/Min Hyuk or Bong Soon/Gok Do love line. I didn’t like the fact that she was written in as a persistent, if not desperate to get a boyfriend. They could’ve just highlighted her musical skills, and could’ve still remained a target for Jang Hyuk, just like Gong Shim, but her character wasn’t meant for a love line at all. She could’ve been an idol that Min Hyuk attends a concert with Bong Soon inciting jealousy or something.

Gook Doo’s mom. Was she written in to purposely annoy Bong Soon’s mom, to get her jealous? If so, there’s a lot of other things that can annoy a mother. She wasn’t necessary. Her character didn’t contribute to anything useful, even for her own son. I didn’t see her bring him lunch, or anything. Speaking of mom, I’m glad that they cleared it up that she did not hit her husband. If that was the case, why did the writers lead me to believe that she was an abusive wife this whole time?

I probably will be the only one that had some questions left unanswered like: What happened to Min Hyuk’s mom and why can’t he talk about her in front of his dad? Why is Min Hyuk distrusting of the police? Where is Min Hyuk’s dad, or at least his brother during the wedding? Where is Bong Soon’s grandma?

Did anyone else think that Jang Hyuk looked similar to Im Si Wan? Boy, did I really wish that they spent a quarter of an episode diving into his childhood/teenage years so we can see what triggered him, instead of being mentioned during an investigation. They could’ve made it where he was the weak one in contrast to Bong Soon’s strength growing up, therefore he tried to get even by kidnapping women who are weaker than him.

Boss Tak. I feel that the Tak group story ended after Bong Soon defeated them in the warehouse. I don’t see why we keep coming back to the hospital to see their recovery process or lack thereof. There was no lesson to be learned there. I can see that in the end, Boss Tak somewhat redeemed himself and helped a bit in getting information against Jang Hyuk. As far as the high school kids go, I’m not sure where their PC room adventures is of any use during the episodes they aired in. In the end, they were useful to Bong Soon which eventually made sense as a whole show.

Other than that, everything else was peachy for me! The following characters have never ceased to make me laugh. Just their expressions alone gets me smiling. Line or no line, their presence on a scene makes the show enjoyable.

I’m glad that they cleared it up that she did not hit her husband. If that was the case, why did the writers lead me to believe that she was an abusive wife this whole time?

Who wouldn’t love Bong Soon’s dad? He cherishes her the most! He’s supportive of her when mom isn’t. #fathergoals

Secretary Gong. There would be no CEO without a trustworthy secretary. I swear, whenever I see him in a scene, I knew I would be busting out a laugh or two. There were times I felt bad for him, watching him with his dumbfounded face.

Leader Oh. Whoever wrote this character in is a genius! There was not a moment that this character made me stop laughing. Kudos to the actor who played this character. He nailed it!
I love anything with Ahn Min Hyuk and Park Bo Young together. Ahn Min Hyuk’s character was consistent throughout. He knows what he wants and goes for it. He thinks life is a game and he plans like a gamer. He likes Bong Soon, and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to be with her. His character need not any development. That is one consistency that I appreciated with him. That’s what I like to see in a leading man. Not someone who still has to figure out in 6 or 7 episodes if he likes the girl or not.

This was possible because of his alter, Park Hyung Sik. There was not an episode where I didn’t ask why is he so handsome? How can he gaze like that in real life and expect the receiver not to melt? They really wrote all the #boyfriendgoals and #husbandgoals into his character, and he played it out perfectly. Makes me wonder if he’s really a player in real life.

Bong Soon’s character on the other hand, I appreciated her growth from the time he met Min Hyuk till her happy ever after. She wasn’t forced to grow up. She knew that she needed to and she took steps to eventually use her strength for good. I liked that every challenge for her is on an emotional level. She doesn’t like the way it feels and she lets it known. If she’s sad, she’s sad. If she’s frustrated, she is – then she moves on. I like that she was able to rely on Min Hyuk with the exception of her sidelining him to rescue Gong Shim. She was able to be honest with him from the get go.

Do Bong Soon is a character I get to love because of Park Bo Young. Her innocent look just makes me want to save her, although I know she didn’t need to be. She’s so charming that even I melt when she acts all cutesy patootie.

Her paired with Park Hyun Sik’s sleekness is a perfect fit. I can watch this two forever, and that’s a long time. Both their acting even if they’re alone on a scene, always moves me. I can’t picture anyone else portraying these characters. The supporting characters certainly helped in the comedic aspect of the show. From Secretary Gong, Boss Tak, to Leader Oh, it was a nice blend adding them with the romantic and suspense plots of the show.One of many things that kept me coming back each episode is because I look forward to Min Hyuk and Bong Soon’s interaction with each other. Its so natural, that I can’t help but cheer them on.

Major kudos to the writers of this show! I’m thankful that 1) they managed to write in natural connections/ skinships (holding hands, gym training, bandaging Min Hyuk’s arm, sleepovers, and many more), 2) for allowing us to wait with Min Hyuk as Bong Soon finds her true feelings for him. Most dramas, both leads don’t realize they like each other and get thrown into cliché’s. Not this one, here we were all Min Hyuk who’s head over heels for Bong Soon and not afraid to show it, 3) For writing in Bong Soon as smart as she is strong. Not too many people see it, but I do. She’s brainy in her own sassy way, and that adds up to her strength, 4) That they didn’t put me through a week of angst when Bong Soon decided to stop a relationship before it started,  5) I’m thankful that they didn’t end the rooftop scene in a cliffhanger, and 6) They gave me a finale full of lovey dovey scenes fit for a romcom.

It’s safe to say that Do Bong Soon is my kdrama hero.

FIGHTING!

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 15

I rarely see a drama that gave me all the cute, fluffy, and lovey dovey in an episode, and as a bonus closed a major plot. I’d have to go back and look at the list of dramas I’ve watched through the years and think of the ones that still has meaningful content on their finale week.

Bong Soon’s dad left home! That was out of the blue unexpected. Then again, I mentioned before that this could be something that is needed for the mom to come to her senses about her feelings about her husband. It was a nice distraction after remembering last week’s ending, and all the get-a-room scenes that we’ve been given. Not sure how this will play out since we have one episode left to go.

Leader Oh and Kwang Bok met, sadly there wasn’t any more to this scene that I’d hope for. Maybe there was, but an editor can only put so much in 60 minutes or so. It was nice to have been addressed though, since Bong Soon mentioned the possibility of them being twins. So now that the doppelgangers have met, who will die first? [Mask, anyone?]

I’ve been asking what’s the use of the Tak thugs and the high school kids? Well, that question was answered in this episode. Tak company is able to get intel information that pertains to Jang Hyuk. The high school kids are needed to plaster Jang Hyuk’s picture on their blog to flush him out. They had use after all. I still believe that they could’ve used this scene without any of their other scenes in previous episodes.

Part of Bong Soon’s maturity aside from being the first one to make a move on Min Hyuk, and being girlfriend goals, is that she’s able to realize that she can’t catch Jang Hyuk alone. She needs Gook Doo and Min Hyuk’s help. That’s one of many reasons she’s strong aside from her physical strength.

This episode gave us a contrast compared to how Bong Soon treated Min Hyuk, and Gook Doo back on episode 6. The boys are still the same though, still protective/competitive of Bong Soon in their own way, either that, they’re just using her as an excuse to have a “man fight”. But, just like episode 6, we already know Gook Doo is no match for Min Hyuk’s charms. This time around, Bong Soon has already taken. We can clearly see that she puts more care for Min Hyuk over Gook Doo, but at the same time she wasn’t being to Gook Doo about it, nor do I think he’d see the difference at all. Plus, the food isn’t so spicy this time around. So, we’ve come full circle.

The real showdown with Jang Hyuk was epic. One can’t really be a superhero without a team no matter how strong or smart you are. I just loved how this all played out. Which means, in the finale, it’s all about Min Hyuk and Bong Soon. I swear, they better not give me a last minute plot twist. I won’t be able to handle it.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 14

JTBC continues to amaze me with this show. What I expected to be a show that shows unnecessary content, boy was I wrong. Today’s episode was jam packed with feels heading into the finale week. The fireworks at the end pretty much described all the feelings I felt this episode.

I knew that Jang Hyun survived his gunshot wound, and that fall from the cliff. I didn’t expect any less from a Jason Bourne of criminals. This would’ve been the episode to explore his character more in detail in exchange for the sauna scene with the Tak thugs and fake monk, and Bong Soon’s parents bickering about divorce. What I wanted to know is how he got out of the car. Did he jump out before it hit water? Was his window open and he crawled out? Did the bullet just graze his arm, or did he pull the bullet out? How does he know of that empty building, was it his or his family’s? Where did he get the cash to spend in order to get back at Min Hyuk/Bong Soon.

Bong Soon started her journey as being normal. I’m kind of sad that she lost her powers, but I’m not because she never used her strength for personal gain. I have been expecting this moment since the episode that showed her mom lost her powers, but, I didn’t expect for her to be super weak where she can get knocked out all the way down just by bumping into her or moving her out of the way. That — broke me into pieces. For once, her mom was considerate of her. I knew she meant no ill will towards her and she wasn’t jealous of her strength before, but I wished that she could’ve toned down an emotionally abusing her all her life. It’s just nice to see that mom would be the only one who would know how to console her at this point in her life. It’s comforting to see a family unit in full support of her.

Speaking of support, her number one fan, Min Hyuk finally received a heartfelt confession back from Bong Soon. Credit to the writer for one, making their “break up” into a short lived one. I wasn’t prepared to see Bong Soon to lose her powers, and Min Hyuk in the same episode, and two, they made Bong Soon’s confession a huge impact on my heart and they didn’t write a “grand gesture” scene. Simplicity really is beauty. Just like their kiss on the beach, it’s so simple but you can feel the power of love. It’s just simply moving. I really don’t have anything else to analyze because this couple is just too cute together.

What got to me in the end, was Min Hyuk’s stubbornness from leaving Bong Soon behind. I started thinking that the Romeo and Juliet dream sequence had meaning after all, because they both died in the end. I freaked out thinking that one or both of them will die and the last two episodes are a montage of their life together, and a montage of developed games in their memory. Thankfully, in the end, Bong Soon regained her strength. I was already crying buckets, yelling in frustration and I couldn’t figure out what the writers have in mind. The power of love – love is the key to getting her strength back. I wonder though if it’s only temporary to help Min Hyuk and she’ll go back to being normal next week. Then again, the show wouldn’t be called Strong Woman Do Bong Soon without her strength in the finale.

Okay, some people might’ve reacted differently [like my 10yr old daughter] about the “bomb” being fireworks. Fireworks or not, it could’ve still killed Bong Soon especially when it was taped on her. It made sense that it wasn’t a real C4 because Jang Hyun is playing a game, and his game is to hurt her and Min Hyuk, not blow up a city block. What I didn’t expect in this show was the extent of the crime Jang Hyun’s willing to commit to play his game. I’m just thankful that they resolved this in this episode and not made it a cliffhanger for the finale weekend.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 13

***My posts have been further delayed since I became one of two new admins under a two month probation on the Korean Drama Quotes Facebook page. I’ve been working on old and new “quotes” to post over there, that I’ve placed my blog on the temporary sideline. Do visit, when you have the chance. My posts will be under -Aquarianunicorn.

But, I think I’ve figured out a way to maintain being a full time mom, full time employee, kdrama blogger and posting quotes on the facebook page. Like I said before, the drafts have been made, the only thing that’s holding me back is adding the images. Hence, you’ll see the lack of collages in this post.

Now on to the review***

The show is more focused now on Bong Soon, and Min Hyuk’s relationship, on how they can overcome problems and Jang Hyuk getting caught. For an episode that’s so close to the end, to the point that I thought I can guess what will happen next, they still kept me with surprises.

Well, I was duped into thinking that Boss Tak would actually turn over a new leaf, and lead an honest life. Money is definitely the root of all evil, isn’t it? Why was it written at all? I get that it’s for a comedic relief when Bong Soon/Min Hyuk/Gook Doo gets a little too serious, but it didn’t make sense. Then again, it hasn’t made sense since the poop wine is your source of enlightenment.

On another comedic relief, there’s a love triangle brewing between Bong Soon’s mom, dad and Gook Doo’s mom. I sensed that before when they were talking about the book, and again when we dad actually bought a book. I think this is an unnecessary development this late in the show. Then again, this could be a way for dad to escape mom, or mom to realize how important dad is to her.

It’s about time that we get to this episode, the showdown between Jang Hyuk and Bong Soon, although, it didn’t really start out that way. I still believe that he was out for Gook Doo then shifted gears and made it personal for Bong Soon. Either way, I finally get to see our heroine use her strength to rescue the victims sans Gong Shim, saving the best for last.

Damn, Jang Hyuk really is a master criminal to figure out how to use her own strength as her weakness.  At least we have some background as to who he is, but it doesn’t link him to Gook Doo like I hoped it would be. Turns out, he was just born a psychopath. We still have three episodes left, so chances of him being caught today is slim to none.

As I expected, Bong Soon became a noble idiot deciding to act alone even after asking Min Hyuk for help. She shouldn’t have asked for help in the beginning if she was going to sideline him anyway. I do understand that she wants to help, but all the training she did, it felt like she threw it away when she went off on her own. This was the one conflict that will make or break their relationship. Unfortunately, even though she did not want to, Bong Soon chose to break it.

Bong Soon did lose her powers like I was expecting. What I didn’t expect is for her to lose them right away, at that same moment when she needed them to fight off Jang Hyuk. The heavens are really cruel. I mean, she just saved her friend, and she lost her powers because there’s an innocent victim that go hurt. My heart stopped at that scene. Again, I was expecting this part of the show but how they delivered it was a knockout punch to say the least.

Thank goodness for Min Hyuk’s boyfriend goals, he so resolute that no matter what Bong Soon says and does, he’ll stay by her side. He saved me from further anguish that this episode gave me.

Well now I’m looking forward to the next episodes as Bong Soon lives a normal life. I’m actually relieved that we won’t have to go through separation angst, and believed me, I prepared for it mentally. She can still be Strong Woman Do Bong Soon without her strength. Now she can work on being emotionally, mentally strong-not that she wasn’t smart to begin with. She was witty in her own peanut sized way, but that was overshadowed by her powers.

Since Jang Hyuk wasn’t caught in this episode, I can only imagine the tricks up his sleeve. He has to be alive since the show centered on his crimes aside from Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s romance. I wonder if he’s going to shift gears and go after Min Hyuk this time since he did somewhat thwart him from hurting Bong Soon.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 12

There’s no doubt that Jang Hyuk is a smart criminal, and I still feel uneasy as to what made him this way. I’m just going to take it that something traumatic happened, but nobody knew and he grew up a psychopath, but didn’t really start until he watched a theater play. Obviously now, it’s about getting back at Gook Doo and Bong Soon. I’ve mentioned it before and I’m prepared to face that Bong Soon will lose her power somehow. I just wonder at how it’s all going to play out. Well, Jang Hyuk has that clever plan, so it’s not a matter of if she’ll lose her strength but when. It’s about time that Gook Doo finds the surveillance camera, now the game starts…..so Jang Hyuk planned this game since the first kidnapping??? WHY?

I still don’t know why Boss Tak is in this story along with the high school kids. What discovery will he find? Also, isn’t it too late to introduce a new character? Now I’m curious about this new monk.

We’ve reached the point where our couple is enjoying dating life, and both are learning how this works although Min Hyuk already knows the usual clichés, and no doubt is head over heels for Bong Soon. Bong Soon is in the same page, just really  hasn’t had the chance to express it with everything else that’s going on.  I’m just enjoying everything that these two are doing because it’s about that time that we’ll be thrown into an ocean full of curses and tears.

The long awaited first kiss. It’s so simple but moving. It’s so gentle but touching in its own way. Min Hyuk waited forever just like us, and it’ so refreshing to see a kiss as natural as that. It’s not a forced kiss, it’s not a one sided kiss, it was a kiss that he asked for and Bong Soon granted whole heartedly. She was the one that came to him. Which is all Min Hyuk wanted, for her to step closer to him, to meet him in the middle. The fact that it happened before Gong Shim’s brutal kidnapping made more sense because it gave Bong Soon a chance to rely on Min Hyuk. I think that even if Jang Hyuk didn’t say not to call the police, she would’ve still made that decision to run to Min Hyuk first.

Now that our kiss happened, we can expect the showdown between Jang Hyuk and Bong Soon. It’s going to be challenging for both because Min Hyuk just wants Bong Soon safe, but Bong Soon needs to save her friend. That right there is their only but major conflict – a conflict that could end their relationship as it has just started.