Everything comes to a satisfying conclusion, the baddies get it and the goodies remain their awesome selves. Chief Prosecutor Shim finally meets his waterloo. Hae Kyung takes her place at the head of the pack. Ji Wook comes to a difficult decision and Deul Ho stays awesome to the end.
Top 10 Moments:
- Chief Prosecutor Shim’s henchman’s caught
Following the confirmation hearing, news reporters are waiting for Deul Ho outside the meeting room and pelt him with questions. Deul Ho has enough time to answer that all the pieces of evidence he provided will be analyzed and deemed true. He leaves the reporters with their bellowed questions and asks Ae Ra to meet with detective Song. Ae Ra does just that and who do we have sitting across detective Song but the stabbing, truck driving henchman of chief prosecutor Shim who the police had picked up whilst he was trying to flee the country, just as Deul Ho had predicted.
2. Chief Prosecutor Shim’s world begins to crumble
Whilst Deul Ho’s working to catch his henchman, chief prosecutor Shim, unaware that Deul Ho has even more proof, lies to the reporters that the evidence is all fabricated and has the prosecutors start working on proving just that. Ji Wook stands aside from the rest though, looking like he’s fighting with himself. Before chief prosecutor Shim can even settle in his seat, he gets a call from the minister who has been pushing his candidacy, and the minister is pissed. Chief prosecutor Shim promises that he would handle everything but that he needs the minister’s help in doing so. Ji Wook walks in, immediately after, to ask if it’s all true. Chief prosecutor Shim doesn’t even bother to deny it. Instead, he’s focused on getting away with it all. Ji Wook says he will not help his father anymore and chief prosecutor Shim tells him he doesn’t need him anyway.
3. Micheal Jung faces the music
Following his father’s testimony, Micheal Jung rushes to see Chairman Jung to wail about why on earth his father would out his crime like that. He’s in his mid pity party and ranting about calling a press conference to call his father’s testimony false when Deul Ho enters and gives him a satisfying slap. Followed by another. Hahaha. He chases Micheal Jung around, promising to hit him some more, till the latter runs out of the hospital room. Left alone with Chairman Jung, Deul Ho tells him to get better, become a better businessman and ask for forgiveness from Il Goo. He thanks Chairman Jung for testifying to the truth and leaves behind a tearful Chairman Jung, whilst outside the room, Ji Wook comes with a group of prosecutors to arrest Micheal Jung.
4. Chief Prosecutor Shim provides yet another bit of evidence to Deul Ho
When he receives a call from his henchman, chief prosecutor Shim immediately picks up and starts asking why the man didn’t get out of the country like he’d told him too. He freezes when he hears Deul Ho’s voice and is shocked when Deul Ho comes in, holding the henchman’s phone, even as he thanks chief prosecutor Shim for saying all that and giving him the chance to have it all recorded as evidence. He informs his former boss that his henchman has been arrested for murder and attempted murder and asks him why he killed Il Goo and why he wanted Deul Ho dead. Chief prosecutor Shim doesn’t reply, but instead tells him to get out. Deul Ho then plays the recording on the henchman’s voice that clearly has chief prosecutor Shim’s voice telling him to kill Il Goo and to get out of the country after he’d been given feedback about the successful murder of Deul Ho. It’s the final nail on the coffin for chief prosecutor Shim and he satisfyingly starts to hyperventilate.
5. The ball’s in Ji Wook’s court
With Ji Wook thinking about all that his father has said and done, and remembering Deul Ho’s praising Ji Wook’s convictions and asking if Ji Wook can actually prosecute his father, Eun Jo walks into the room, her arms filled with the files, written and audio, of every piece of evidence Deul Ho has amassed against chief prosecutor Shim. Eun Jo informs him that Deul Ho said to tell him that everything’s now in his hands and he can either choose to prosecute or attempt to bury his father’s crime. When Ji Wook asks how he’s expected to prosecute his own father, Eun Jo tells him that Deul Ho told her that it’s better for Ji Wook to do it than for another prosecutor to do so, as that’s the only way to protect chief prosecutor Shim’s pride.
6. Chief Prosecutor Shim withdraws his candidacy
After a night spent with his guilt and his memories of how his relationship with Deul Ho started so well and things spiraled out of control, chief prosecutor Shim calls a press conference to announce that he’s withdrawing as a ministerial candidate and that he would undergo an investigation of the charges that have been brought against him.
7. Order is restored to Geum San
Following the downfall of chief prosecutor Shim, the partners at Geum San, who had initially voted out Shin Woo and gone with Tae Jung, come crawling back to Hae Kyung, stating their support for her and her vision for a changed Geum San. At the next board meeting, Hae Kyung is appointed the new managing partner at Geum San, whilst Tae Jung is left seething. He comes back after Hae Kyung’s moved to her new office and tries to go back to his ass kissing self. Hae Kyung halts the process and tells him plainly that he’s fired. When he tries to bully his way into not getting fired, Deul Ho shows up with the flash drive Tae Jung had had someone steal from Deul Ho’s office and Eun Jo’s testimony of having seen Tae Jung pay that particular person for the job done. The accusation is enough to get Tae Jung out of Geum San for good.
8. Chief Prosecutor Shim gets taken in
After resigning himself to being investigated, chief prosecutor Shim asks the minister he’s close to, to have Ji Wook be the one to investigate him. Chief prosecutor Shim is taken into the investigation room with somber fanfare and Ji Wook starts to question him, then stops as he asks his father why. Chief prosecutor Shim explains that power is hard to let go of once you get a hold of it and you just keep aspiring to more power. He tells Ji Wook that he should use him as his stepping stone and prosecute him to the full extent of the law, that way people would accept that Ji Wook is always impartial and he can use that to work his way up to chief prosecutor, minister and even general; that was why he asked for Ji Wook in the first place (tsk, tsk chief prosecutor Shim. You still haven’t learnt a thing have you?). Ji Wook ends up prosecuting his father and chief prosecutor Shim is arraigned before the court. Whilst behind bars, Deul Ho comes to visit him and request to defend him so he can have the chance to atone for his crimes. Chief prosecutor Shim thanks him, but turns the offer down and insists that he is willing to stay behind bars to atone for wanting Deul Ho dead.
9. The baddies all get what they deserved… except for maybe Tae Jung
It’s a year later and Chief prosecutor Shim is in prison, looking worse for the wear and being reflective. He perks up though, when Ji Wook comes to visit. Micheal Jung is also in prison, but the regular visits he receives from Tae Jung (who charges Micheal heavily for the trips) make his stay a bit more pleasant.
10. Everyone else gets their happy endings
Eun Jo is now a capable lawyer going against Hae Kyung in court and being so impressive that Hae Kyung’s client requests for the case to be settled out of court. Even with that, Eun Jo is able to negotiate well for her client. Dae Soo and Ae Ra are married and expecting their first child. Eun Jo is set up on a blind date with Ji Wook. Deul Ho, Hae Kyung and Soo Bin have family dinner together. And Deul Ho continues to butt heads with Ji Wook whilst protecting those who are wronged. Till the very end, he remains: Neighborhood Lawyer, Jo Deul Ho.
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
None. Things ran smoothly for me. Plus, Deul Ho already slapped Micheal Jung for me anyway. So, it’s all good.
Headache inducing moment:
Also none. It was all excitement and no headache or cause for panic anywhere. The baddies all got what the deserved and nothing went wrong with Jo Deul Ho or his motley crew. All is well with the world.
This episode’s an ice-cold beer: immensely satisfying as it hits all the right spots whilst racing to the end.