Crash Landing on You Episode 10 Recap
Captain Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin) and Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) reach the border. They recognize the moment has come. Jung Hyuk directs her to walk to a point where the South Korea team will perform their search soon. She asks him to walk her there. Jung Hyuk points to the Demilitarized Zone line and says he can’t cross it. Jung Hyuk tells her to be careful. Se Ri tells him not to forget her. Jung Hyuk says he can’t forget a woman that fell from the sky. Tears fill her eyes. She smiles and says she’ll get going. She starts to walk away. She cries as she steps over the Demilitarized Zone line. Jung Hyuk steps over the Demilitarized Zone line. He grabs her arm. He says a single step will be okay. Jung Hyuk kisses with passion. Se Ri returns his ardor with her own.
There’s a memorial marker at Se Ri’s company. Her workers wonder if the company will be sold. In sunglasses Se Ri walks to the memorial. She questions who picked the photo. She takes the book and wonders who grieved her and who didn’t. She turns, removes her sunglasses and announces to the stunned crowd that she’s back. She apologizes for those that were happy to see her gone. She announces that for the first time since inception all her products will be half price to celebrate her return. She tells everyone to spread the word that she’s back.
She’s got style!
Se Ri’s eldest brother Yoon Se Jun and wife Hye Ji bemoan that he’s the only being prosecuted for the embezzling that Seung Jun did. YS notes he and the second brother will never be as competent as Se Ri was. Just then the phone rings. The caller informs them that Se Ri is back. Needless to say, it is a shock.
Insurance agent Mr. Park is cleaning out his desk. His boss states this is the price he must pay for approaching Chairman Yoon (Se Ri’s father) to say Se Ri was alive. His boss declares Se Ri is dead. Mr. Park sees the monitor flash with news of Se Ri’s return. He falls to his knees in joy.
Se Ri’s second brother, Yoon Se Hyung, and his wife Sang Ah, tell her executives that another company will be purchasing the company and they’ll be CEO. They promise fat inducements for the current management team.
Se Ri walks down the hallway.
Se Ri’s assistant Hong Chang Shik hears the news via phone. He turns and sees Se Ri walking toward him. She tells him even though she’s got issues how thing were handled, she’s glad to see him. Relieved Mr. Hong throws his arms around Se Ri and declares he looked long and hard for her. Se Ri is touched by his show of emotion.
Se Ri’s management team approves Se Hyung’s plan. Se Ri and Mr. Hong walk into the conference room. The room is filled with audible gasps. Se Ri notes that those that just voted against her…will be forgiven and she sends the relieved management team back to work. They exit the conference room quickly. Only Sang Ah remains. Se Ri tells her sister in law that she won’t let someone so greedy take over her company.
Se Hyung ditched his wife to deal with Se Ri.
At the North Korea border, Captain Ri’s foursome, Lt. Park, Sgt Pyo, Staff Sgt Kim and Private Geum, note that Captain Ri has been bummed since she left.
Jung Hyuk sits alone and imagines Se Ri next to him. But she’s not. He’s willing to wait.
Jung Hyuk runs into the eavesdropper. Jung Hyuk recognizes him from town. The eavesdropper says he made a deal with a guard to see him. He explains his job and his nickname the rat. He describes meeting someone that was kind to him years ago. He shows Jung Hyuk the wallet he got. He holds out the note. Jung Hyuk reads the note that his brother wrote. He asks eavesdropper if he knew his older brother, Mu Hyeok (deceased). The eavesdropper nods his head in confirmation.
Flashback…10 years ago…the eavesdropper and his wife take their sick son to the hospital. The doctor informs them only medical hospitals have the medicine. At home they fret over their sick son. Mu Hyeok brings a nurse with the medicine. He takes the offered payment. Officer Jo tells the eavesdropper to tap Mu Hyeok. The eavesdropper doesn’t understand. He notes Officer Jo and Mu Hyeok are friends. Officer Jo tells him to do as he’s told and reminds him that his mother was caught cross the border for commerce and could be sent to a camp. Officer Jo believes that his mother might not survive a camp. He promises the eavesdropper he can save his mother IF he does as told. If he doesn’t, his mother might die sooner than expected.
The eavesdropper overhears Mu Hyeok detailing the dirty dealings of Officer Jo and the evidence he has to take him down. He has one SD card with him and one hidden in the watch. Officer Jo overhears the conversation.
The eavesdropper details Mu Hyeok’s jeep’s progress before Officer Jo’s men attack and kill him. The eavesdropper cries.
When the eavesdropper returns home, his wife says Mu Hyeok stopped by with a birthday gift for him. It is the wallet with money (that the eavesdropper gave him for the medicine) and a letter. The eavesdropper reads the letter “Happy Birthday. A good wallet brings you good luck. You are a good friend. I wish you and your family the best. I’m heading to the city for business”. The eavesdropper sobs his grief.
Captain Ri asks why the eavesdropper is telling him now. The eavesdropper’s eyes fill with tears and declares he’ll never be able to forgive himself for what he did to his only friend. The eavesdropper kneels before Jung Hyuk. He declares he doesn’t care what happens to him. He asks only that his family be safe. He gives Jung Hyuk the watch and the recording of Mu Hyeok’s words. He sobs and leaves.
Jung Hyuk holds the watch. Then Jung Hyuk plays the recording. It’s Mu Hyeok bragging on Jung Hyuk and his musical prowess. Mu Hyeok tells his cohort that Jung Hyuk wrote a song for him and he’ll hear it when Jung Hyuk returns to North Korea. Mu Hyeok says he’s happy when he thinks of his brother. Now Jung Hyuk cries, the bitter pain of losing his brother that loved him so. Jung Hyuk says I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. Jung Hyuk hears the crash of the armored jeep after his brother’s last words “I want my brother to be happy.”
Wol Sook finds a note in her salt container. She gathers the village ladies. They realize Se Ri is THE Se Ri of the cosmetic brand. They are shocked. The Colonel’s Wife can’t believe Se Ri didn’t tell them. Wol Sook reads the note from Se Ri. “I’m so sorry I couldn’t tell you everything. Thanks for speaking with and including me. I have to leave now, but I wanted you to know my real name. I’m sorry I had to lie to you.” The eavesdropper wife murmurs that Se Ri must have suffered being in a strange place. They all hope she’s okay. The Colonel’s Wife says she’s either fine or dead.
Se Ri watches a father play with his children and a kite in a park. It gets loose distracting Se Ri.
Se Ri returns to her the family home. Her sister-in-law Hye Ji rushes to her, hugs her and declares they must get skin care treatments together. Se Ri spies one of her rings on Hye Ji’s finger. Se Ri roughly removes it. Hye Ji declares she didn’t want to go into Se Ri’s apartment but mother insisted and knew the code. Se Ri’s stepmother returns home.
Se Ri apologizes to her stepmother. She asks if her stepmother wanted her to return. She says the company belong to her not her stepmother’s children. Her stepmother tries to disagree but Se Ri isn’t listening. Se Ri states her stepmother wanted her dead. Se Ri explains her apology was for returning and ruining her stepmother’s plans.
At the family dinner, Se Ri’s father explains his wife has an upset stomach and won’t be joining them. Se Ri tells her family her memories of her time after the accident are sketchy. She does remember her father stating she should be the heir and next CEO. She tells her family that she’s lost her appetite.
At her apartment, Se Ri marvels at hot water with needing cauldrons to heat it. She slathers herself in skincare. She lays on her big comfortable bed. But she misses it too. Se Ri doesn’t sleep easily. She takes sleeping pills.
Jung Hyuk extracts the SD card from the watch. He reads his brother’s report on Officer Jo’s illegal activities. He faxes the report to his father.
Goo Seung Jun (Kim Jung Hyun) is accosted in the lobby and the officers demand to see his documents. His manager watches and cowers behind a paper. As the men escort Seung Jun to the elevator, Seo Dan sees him, ascertains the problem, and call him Alberto. Her uncle follows. Seo Dan (Seo Ji Hye) introduces Seung Jun as Alberto a diplomat. The men see Seo Dan’s uncle rank and immediately salute. Seo Dan’s uncle demands to know what’s going on. The men declare they were told suspicious things were going on but with believe this isn’t a man of interest. Seo Dan’s uncle declares that if his niece’s word cannot be doubted. The men leave.
Seo Dan admits she didn’t actually plan to call him like she said. Seung Jun retorts that he’s helped many times. He details that he carried her home on his back and was forced to walk home. Seung Jun smiles and says Seo Dan invited him to sleep over. Seo Dan is taken aback but keeps her cool. She says helping him in the lobby makes them even. Seung Jun asks if her wedding is delayed because Jung Hyuk is at the front. Seo Dan knows she didn’t tell Seung Jun about that. Seung Jun claims she told him. Seo Dan asks if Jung Hyuk told him.
Flashback…Seung Jun is walking home after dropping Seo Dan off at her house. Jung Hyuk calls and tells him he’s taking Se Ri back to South Korea tomorrow. Jung Hyuk asks if Se Ri’s family is really waiting for Se Ri’s return like Seung Jun claimed. Seung Jun asks if Jung Hyuk trusts him. Jung Hyuk counters he must. Seung Jun says that not everyone in the family knows she’s alive but one brother does. But her brother wasn’t happy to learn Se Ri was alive. Seung Jun says her brother will lose status once Se Ri returns. Seung Jun says it won’t be smiling faces greeting her at the family dinner. Seung Jun suggests Se Ri stay in North Korea. Jung Hyuk refuses stating Se Ri’s place is in South Korea. Seung Jun is forced to agree that Jung Hyuk should send her back. Jung Hyuk asks for Seung Jun’s help. Seung Jun downplays his friendship with Se Ri. He reveals Se Ri broke their engagement. But Jung Hyuk still wants Seung Jun’s help.
Seung Jun watches as instructed and argues with himself about reneging on his promise to help.
A guard tells another guard to search vehicles for a single woman.
Jung Hyuk watches Se Ri sleeping on his bed. He wakes her and tells her it is time to leave. He takes her by her hand and leads her through the house. Outside, Jung Hyuk spots the guard. He calls Seung Jun and tell him now. Seung Jun’s car approaches the guard shack. He shows the guard his ID. He asks if this is the British embassy. The guard tells him he’s in the wrong spot. While Seung Jun distracts the guard, Jung Hyuk leads Se Ri out through the gate. Seeing the pair has escaped the grounds, Seung Jun backs up.
Seung Jun drives Se Ri and Jung Hyuk. She thanks him. Seung Jun only grunts. Se Ri apologizes for running away. Seung Jun quips she’s practically a race car driver the way she sped away. Se Ri admits when they first met, she thought he was a thug not fully utilizing his intelligence for good. But once she got to know him, she knew he was a nice and loyal guy. Seung Jun asks where his engagement ring is. Se Ri says nothing. She explains she left it in a pawn shop so she could buy Jung Hyuk a gift.
Ha! Both men are surprised by that!
Se Ri tells Jung Hyuk she got a lovely vintage watch. Jung Hyuk tells her it’s fine. Her safety is all that matter. Seung Jun is practically gagging at their intense gazes. Seung Jun signals PG waiting in a jeep. He helps Se Ri into the jeep. Jung Hyuk thanks Seung Jun. He isn’t happy and says nothing. Jung Hyuk gets in the jeep and they drive away. Seung Jun watches them go.
Long and informative flashback.
Seo Dan digests all that Seung Jun has told him. She wonders if Jung Hyuk went to the border to help Se Ri escape. Seung Jun confirms this. Seo Dan can’t believe the Jung Hyuk risked everything for Se Ri. Seung Jun counters that he helped the couple so Seo Dan could get over her first love. Seo Dan counters that getting rid of the couple doesn’t lessen her pain. Seung Jun counters that Jung Hyuk’s choice to return to the border to save Se Ri is a clear game over signal. Seo Dan doesn’t want to admit that. Seung Jun presses that wanting Jung Hyuk isn’t the same as loving him. Seung Jun declares she’s obsessed and the love that once was is rotten. He advises Seo Dan to forget her love for Jung Hyuk.
Seung Jun gave good advice.
Seo Dan’s mother asks Seo Dan’s uncle about the man in the lobby. She describes the man that brought Seo Dan home last night. They realize it’s the same man. Seo Dan’s mother declares her daughter is a femme fatale. He notes that Jung Hyuk’s assignment to the border didn’t seem to bother Seo Dan. Her mother declares if the marriage falls through, she wants Seo Dan to dump Jung Hyuk, not vice versa. Seo Dan’s uncle gets a call.
Seo Dan’s uncle arrives at military court. Officer Jo is the defendant. Jung Hyuk is in full uniform. The prosecutor declares that Officer Jo has murdered 11 people to cover up countless crimes and abuse of authority. The military judge asks who provided the evidence. The prosecutor declares Captain Ri did. Captain Ri testifies that his brother had evidence against Officer Jo. Interrupting, Officer Jo declares this is slander. He disavows knowing the men that rammed the vehicles. On cue, the men lie that Officer Jo did not order them to ram the vehicles. Jung Hyuk reveals the jeeps had special armor and provides a sample. Captain Ri directs the judges to the evidence which shows large sums of money transferred illegally to Russian companies by the state security shell company. Officer Jo yells these are all lies by a man the harbored a South Korea spy who claims was Division 11. The judge looks at Seo Dan’s uncle who nods. The judge declares Officer Jo’s claims are irrelevant to this case. Officer Jo yells his frustration. The judge decrees that Officer Jo is found guilty on all counts, stripped of his property and citizenship rights. He’s sentenced to a life of hard labor. Officer Jo freaks and rushes Jung Hyuk. He grabs his collar and declares Jung Hyuk missed one important item. As he’s dragged away, Officer Jo declares because of Jung Hyuk’s mistake, the woman will die. Jung Hyuk stares at Officer Jo furiously trying to understand what error is Officer Jo raving about.
Officer Jo isn’t dumb. He knows something. But what?
Wearing his brother’s watch, Jung Hyuk ponders and reviews the events. He wonders what he missed.
Officer Jo is driven away.
Jung Hyuk cross references the armor purchases. He realizes there must be a location where the special armor is made.
A specially armored Russian jeep sets out to intercept the jeep Officer Jo is in. They succeed in securing Officer Jo. The jeep with the officers blows up. Officer Jo walks away with his men.
Believing Officer Jo is dead, Jung Hyuk tells Seo Dan’s uncle Officer Jo’s attack was planned. Seo Dan’s uncle agrees that Officer Jo bribed many and killing him was likely considered the best course. Jung Hyuk points out only 4 of the 5 bodies were found. He believes Officer Jo could have escaped with help from his men. Seo Dan’s uncle declares Officer Jo died by the same method he killed others with.
Jung Hyuk returns to his office and finds an article about Se Ri’s death. Officer Jo calls and says he’s not weak like Jung Hyuk’s brother and won’t be easily gotten rid of. Jung Hyuk vows to hunt him down and kill him. Officer Jo declares he’ll go to South Korea and kill Se Ri before Jung Hyuk can put his hands on him. Officer Jo dares Jung Hyuk to catch him. Jung Hyuk realizes this is big trouble.
This forces Jung Hyuk to find a way to South Korea, which is exactly what needs to happen.
Over chicken and beer, Mr. Hong explains to Mr. Park that Se Ri is different since she returned. He offers that she tells him to take a break and had him accompany her to a mountain to look for people moving far away. Mr. Hong admits the kinder Se Ri is more frightening.
Se Ri works late at night. She leaves her office. Someone watches her get in the elevator. Someone watches her walk to her car. Before she’s intercepted the parking lot security guards escort her to her car. She drives away. It’s Officer Jo!
Wow, he got south quickly!
A man asks to meet with the eavesdropper who bows when he sees him.
The foursome are surrounded by officers at gunpoint.
Se Ri turns off the lights in her bedroom. She waits for sleep to come. She reaches for the sleeping pills but the bottle is empty.
Se Ri walks the street wondering if Jung Hyuk is thinking of her and if their relationship is true love.
Se Ri sees Jung Hyuk waiting for her in the middle of the sidewalk. She stares. He stares.
Jung Hyuk walks towards Se Ri. She can’t move. When he reaches her, tears fill her eyes. Jung Hyuk says he’s been looking everywhere for her. He didn’t know her address. He smiles. She stares still in shock.
The eavesdropper, Captain Ri’s men are brought into a room. Jung Hyuk’s father comes into the light. The men salute. He tells the men that Captain Ri has gone south. He asks 5 men, Captain Ri’s men and the eavesdropper Jung Man Bok who was instrumental in proving Mu Hyeok’s death by Officer Jo, to help on a top-secret mission to South Korea to bring his son home. They men as stunned at the request.
As members of the North Korea track team, the 5 men ride in buses to the track meet in South Korea. The track team unloads. The coach gets on the bus and declares they have 2 weeks to complete their mission and return. The coach states if they fail, he won’t be able to help them.
At the convenience store, the foursome wait for their ramen noodles to soften. They marvel at the variety. Sgt Pyo sneers there isn’t enough rice in the country so they must eat noodles. The eavesdropper brings over his steaming hot rice from the microwave. He points to the shelf full of various kinds of rice. The foursome stare at the bounty of rice. As they walk 5 abreast, someone comes up behind them and tells them to walk at ease. When they are away from the crowds, the man says he’s been in the country without an assignment for a long time. He offers them his job as a delivery man. As his boss exits the eatery and yells at him to get to work, the man points to the five-some and declares they are taking over. He runs away with glee.
OMG that was Kim Soo Hyun!
I got whiplash from the rapid progression of events and the location shift to South Korea. I thought the show would drag once Se Ri returned to South Korea without any of the characters we’ve invested in having direct contact with her and more importantly our couple separated. That didn’t happen. Writer Park Ji Eun did not keep our couple apart for long. Getting Jung Hyuk to South Korea happened quicker than expected. This episode was flashback heavy: we learned that Seung Jun helped Jung Hyuk and Se Ri escape his father’s house and Jung Hyuk learned that Officer Jo ordered his brother killed and listened to his brother’s final words praising him. Blink and Officer Jo’s trial was over and he escaped. We couldn’t savor the process of the evil Officer Jo being brought to justice. Jung Hyuk guessed that Officer Jo wasn’t dead and he didn’t have to wait long for confirmation when Officer Jo called him to promise Se Ri’s death by his hand. Officer Jo quickly traveled to South Korea and watched Se Ri. Jung Hyuk’s appearance in South Korea that stunned Se Ri. Just like in the market place, they locked eyes and Jung Hyuk walked to Se Ri. Then the bonus scene sent the fivesome into South Korea to return Jung Hyuk to his country. Who will be next to cross the border, the village ladies?
Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) returns to South Korea and misses Jung Hyuk. Se Ri’s return was dramatic and I enjoyed the shock value. Se Ri stripped her feckless sister in law of her ring. Unfortunately, she didn’t give her stepmother a chance to explain that she had regrets. But why should Se Ri believe in the possibility that her family cared for her when they haven’t ever cared?
Captain Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin) got the evidence of Officer Jo’s evil deeds from the eavesdropper. With lighting speed, he faxed his father the damming evidence and Officer Jo was in a prison uniform and on trial right shortly after the fax was transmitted. Jung Hyuk had to be unnerved with Officer Jo’s ravings that he missed something that would cause Se Ri’s death. Nothing motivates Jung Hyuk like Se Ri’s health and happiness. With Officer Jo’s connections he faked his death using the armored jeep and walked away. Money makes friends. Jung Hyuk’s gut told him it wasn’t over and Officer Jo confirmed that. Jung Hyuk went back into knight in shining armor mode and made his way to Se Ri, to protect her from the big bad evil Officer Jo.
Goo Seung Jun (Kim Jung Hyun) gives Seo Dan (Seo Ji Hye) good advice. Color me surprised when Seung Jun revealed that he helped Jung Hyuk and Se Ri escape Jung Hyuk’s family compound. The last two episodes have shown a different side to this character whose selfish back stabbing ways have previously minimized his charm. But his good deals changed that. He advised Seo Dan to give up on Jung Hyuk. He pointed out that obsession to keep Jung Hyuk so Se Ri couldn’t wasn’t love and not good use of her life energy. I’m going to say it…I agree with Seung Jun.
I rate this episode as almost terrific, 8.5 on a 10-point scale.