You win some, you lose some, but sometimes, loss is prepping you for a grand victory. Jo Deul Ho gets Hae Kyung out of jail but he and Shin Woo have to suffer the consequences. Chief Prosecutor Shim is on a roll but the wheels to his downfall have started to turn.
Top 10 Moments:
- Hae Kyung is released
Turns out Deul Ho’s plans worked brilliantly well and Chief Prosecutor Shim has no choice but to let Hae Kyung go. He does warn Jo Deul Ho if he’s prepared to handle the backlash and Deul Ho says he is. Those words terrify me, right alongside the look in prosecutor Shim’s eyes. Something tells me the retaliation will not be pretty.
2. Hae Kyung apologizes
Firstly, Hae Kyung asked Deul Ho to spend the night (for Soo Bin’s sake of course) and then apologized. Although I wish we’d been giving a better idea of exactly what it is her father had told her in the first episode that had her turn against her husband like that, Hae Kyung apologizes for misunderstanding Deul Ho and thinking that he he had betrayed their family and Deul Ho apologizes right back for not being thoughtful. Is it too much to hope that Shin Woo also ends up apologizing to the son-in-law he wronged? Because I’m really hoping for that to happen.
3. We discover why Tae Jung betrayed Shin Woo
Turns out chief prosecutor Shim promised to make Tae Jung the new owner of Geum San. And part of the plan should be subjecting Geum San to tax evasion charges going by the financial records Tae Jung handed over to prosecutor Shim. I should be cackling at Shin Woo getting betrayed and probably getting the prosecution charges he had levied against Deul Ho in the first episode if not that now, I want prosecutor Shim to go down even more badly than I want Shin Woo disgraced. Him getting a taste of what Deul Ho faced though, turns out, I’m okay with it.
4. Shin Woo gets arrested
Ji Wook put up a token protest when his father ordered him to investigate Geum San’s financial records and bring in Shin Woo. The arrest however takes place whilst Deul Ho is with his former father-in-law and although neither Deul Ho or Hae Kyung were prepared for the arrest, they seem to know what chief prosecutor Shim is planning. Now if only someone would tell them that Tae Jung is a snake. Shin Woo though insists on representing himself (which I don’t think is a good idea at all) and Hae Kyung and Deul Ho decide to separately work on getting him out.
5. Dae So and Ae Ra show off their acting chops
This time around, they’re a married couple (*wink* I know right?) and Ae Ra is possessed by an all-knowing spirit. Chief prosecutor’s old housekeeper who they’re trying to lure away from the buddhist temple she’s been hiding at, along with the suited security men prosecutor Shim provided her bought it to and escaped into their willing hands. Bwahaha.
6. Ji Wook gets slapped with the truth
Jo Deul Ho lists out the names of people under whose accounts chief prosecutor Shim had been receiving bribes from Chairman Jung with. Ji Wook is at first blind to it (as he always is) and says he doesn’t know them, until the final name strikes a chord. Their former housekeeper who helped raised him and who he knows wouldn’t have done any job that would warrant her receiving up to 3 millions dollars into her account. Of course, Ji Wook doesn’t believe that. He would have to be hit with the hammer of truth before he can truly open his eyes, or in this case, his housekeeper who tells him that indeed, chief prosecutor Shim hid money in her account; money whose origins and purpose he lied to her about.
7. Eun Jo speaks her mind
How much do I love that she’s grown so much. So much that she can straight up tell Jo Deul Ho the truth. That she’s not pleased with his decision to defend Shin Woo considering all the things he’s done and the kind of practices she saw when she was working at Geum San. Everything Shin Woo stood for was against all Deul Ho stood for and she couldn’t see the connection. We see the connection though. He’s trying to protect his father-in-law.
8. Shin Woo apologizes
We get a flashback of what Jo Deul Ho experienced at the start of episode 1 and, yup, the apology was definitely necessary and needed. And considering the fact that Shin Woo is planning on taking the fall for Geum San (i.e. he will accept the charges as him working alone and Geum San not being involved), it would seem he is getting his comeuppance. Now all that’s left is for chief prosecutor Shim to also pay and all will be well with the world.
9. Tae Jung shows his fangs
So now, not only is Shin Woo facing legal charges, but he’s been ousted as managing director of Geum San. I do feel sorry for him and I’m not delighting in everything falling around him like it happened with chairman Jung. But at least now he knows Tae Jung planned it all, even down to the audit and also really understands exactly how Jo Deul Ho felt when his world crumbled around him.
10. Jo Deul Ho issues a challenge
Whilst chief prosecutor Shim receives congratulations all round at being just an announcement away from being named a minister and Ji Wook looks sick as it dawns on him what exactly his father has gained with all the subterfuge. Jo Deul Ho shows up at the ceremony, doing what he does best, issuing a challenge that he will make sure chief prosecutor Shim not only fails to get the ministerial ticket but would spend time behind bars.
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
Ji Wook retains that honor because he’s now officially crossed the line into being as blind as he is a total idiot. The signs are all there and he still hasn’t wizened up to his dad. Plus, the self-righteous talk is irritating. Jo Deul Ho wasn’t corrupt. It’s all your dad.
Headache inducing moment:
That smug look on chief prosecutor Shim’s face and the way the prosecutors were genuflecting. Urgh! I wanted to scream; have the world know that this guy’s slimy and nothing he says is honest.
This episode’s a well brewed glass of Gulder stout. It’s taken over 18 episodes to mature, and it’s what two main characters do in this episode; they matured. Good for you Hae Kyung and Shin Woo. Good for you.