The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Tae Ha throws away his cautions to join his friends in the battle. Moo Myeong continues to work his way into gaining control of Goongnakwon. Da Hee’s the only one unaware of Gang Sook’s feelings towards her and Gil Do meets an old enemy.
Top 10 Moments:
- Da Hee learns Gil Do’s name
After running into the safe the minute she heard footsteps coming, Da Hee takes to investigating and captures the proof on her mobile phone (thank heavens the room is soundproof cuz just the sound of her snapping away is giving me heart palpitations). She takes pictures of the safe, of the uniforms and then happens upon the ID cards splayed out on the desk. Like magic, her fingers are drawn to Gil Do’s actual ID card and she realizes the truth, the monster’s real name is Kim Gil Do. She also finds a framed picture of her mother in the drawers and her mother’s pink mittens which makes her tearful.
2. Tae Ha starts to fall in love and breaks a friend’s heart
After doing his duty for the night (i.e. delivering money to one of the bank managers who has been laundering money for Gil Do), Tae Ha stops at the kitchen when he sees Da Hee crying. She wipes at her tears, but because she’d been kneading dough moments before he’d come in, she smears her eyes with flour. Tae Ha pulls close to wipe the flour away and the tender moment is noticed by Moo Myeong who leaves before either of them could notice his presence. He does pull Tae Ha into a secluded spot however to ask him exactly why he’s at Goongnakwon, because knowing Tae Ha, Moo Myeong figures he’s there for another reason. Tae Ha cuts him off by claiming that Moo Myeong doesn’t know him, especially since the one thing he regrets the most is going to prison in place of Yeo Kyung. He drops the horrifying words and walks away, leaving a stunned Moo Myeong behind.
3. Gil Do notices that someone’s been in his secret lair
And can we blame him? Da Hee moved the ID cards by an inch, something that Gil Do who is anal and very observant notices. He also notices the fact that the drawers that had Da Hee’s mother’s things had been recently opened and not pushed back completely (really Da Hee? You couldn’t be bothered to make sure you left everything exactly the way you’d found it? With a father like yours?). Gil Do immediately guesses that the person who had been snooping was Da Hee and tasks Tae Ha with keeping an eye on her and making sure she doesn’t enter his office without permission.
4. Da Hee keeps a few secrets from Seol Mi Ja
With prodding from Gang Sook and support from Seol Mi Ja, Gil Do is forced to promote Da Hee to the noodle department. He affixes the name tag, as is custom amidst the side talk and jab from Gang Sook and Seol Mi ja and the latter can clearly feel the new animosity between Gang Sook and her husband. After the meeting, Seol Mi Ja has Da Hee send her the pictures she took of the hidden room. She only sends the one relating to the vault but instead keeps the pictures of the uniforms and Gil Do’s multiple identities a secret from Seol Mi Ja. Seol Mi Ja though requests for more detailed photos and when Da Hee complains about the high probability of her being caught redhanded, Seol Mi Ja leaves her with these words of wisdom: Don’t get caught. Pfft!
5. Moo Myeong figures something’s up and Gang Sook sets a test
After showing Moo Myeong the pictures Da Hee procured, Moo Myeong brings up Da Hee’s recent promotion. Upon hearing that it was by the suggestion of Gang Sook, Moo Myeong figures that Gang Sook did it to keep Da Hee permanently in the kitchen, and to remove her power to move around freely. Even as he expresses these thoughts, we see it all play out when Da Hee goes to thank Gang Sook for the promotion and Gang Sook subtly tests her about trusting her like a daughter and how heartbroken she would be should that trust be broken. Da Hee says that would never happen and Gang Sook smiles at her, except her smile turns cold the minute Da Hee’s head is bowed.
6. Moo Myeong continues in his takeover bid and fishes for information
After getting the head of broth on his side, the next person on Moo Myeong’s list is the deputy head of noodles. Upon hearing that yet another customer complained about the too soft quality of the noodles, Moo Myeong figures that the binding agent used for the noodles has been diluted. He has Da Hee confirm it and then suggests to the deputy head of noodles that they should try and make theirs. He directs them on how to do it and even goes as far as informing them of the secret ingredient he adds to help make the dough even more glutinous: Yam flour. The deputy head of noodles is suspicious but he allows Moo Myeong to try his method out. When Da Hee also mentions using shrimp eggs instead of bittern, the deputy head of noodles tells her to have a go at it. Both Moo Myeong are left to their devices and Moo Myeong uses the opportunity to break his rule of not being friendly with Da Hee by engaging in conversation with her about her noodle making skills. The deputy head of noodles presents both dishes to Gang Sook, Seol Mi Ja and Gil Do who all praise him for his innovation in creating such exquisite dishes. He gives the praises to who they’re due and mentions that it was Moo Myeong’s idea to use the yam flour and Da Hee to use the shrimp eggs. It’s admirable but brings the question who should become the new head of noodles.
7. Seol Mi Ja suggests a competition
To decide the new head of noodles, Seol Mi Ja suggests that both the deputy head of noodles and Moo Myeong compete for the position. Gang Sook is against the idea of course (right now she confuses me as to what she wants. First she wants Seol Mi Ja’s help, then not anymore; then she likes Moo Myeong, but not anymore. Make up your mind woman!) but the decision is left to Gil Do who decides on the competition. He calls the deputy head of noodles into his office and propositions him to either become his person, in which case he would help the man become the head of noodles or refuse to become his person and should he lose the competition, he would make sure the man resigns. The deputy head of noodles is left stumped about what to do.
8. Yeo Kyung sees her chance to dig into Gil Do and Tae Ha cements his minion status
Yeo Kyung looks through Dokko’s financials but doesn’t see anything illegal. She’s stumped until a news break about an illegal gambling ring is brought to her attention. Turns out the bank manager Gil Do had offered money too and who had been laundering money in his name had been apprehended. Dokko is logically panicky at the thought of Goongnakwon Foundation being investigated but Gil Do isn’t because he has the smarmy prosecutor in his pocket. He meets with the smarmy prosecutor and the Chief Prosecutor. When Yeo Kyung is invited to the meeting, she makes her displeasure known as she’s not meant to be meeting the man she’s investigating privately and Chief Prosecutor allows her to leave as she desires, just as he’d been advised by congressman Seo Tae Sub. Yeo Kyung has Gil Do in the investigation room, but he denies the charges, praises her rise from her orphanage beginnings and informs her that she should get it quickly done as he would have her removed from the case soon. Sure enough, Gil Do’s allowed to go home, although his scowl says he’s not as pleased as he would like Yeo Kyung to believe, and smarmy prosecutor tries to get Yeo Kyung to drop the case but she refuses to do so. In order to plug the loose hole that would potential get him in trouble with the prosecution, Gil Do has Tae Ha perform his first act as a mindless minion: beat up the tattletale. Tae Ha carries out his orders to perfection, beating the man till the man is bloody and broken. After that, he drops the envelope filled with cash, as instructed, and walks away. Except, a car’s blackbox captured it all. Damn!
9. Moo Myeong begins to sow his seed
With the knowledge that Gil Do is Da Hee’s father, and probably trying to use that to his advantage, Gil Do drops his guardedness around Da Hee, even going as far as helping her when she’s assigned the complicated last dish of the day. Whilst Da Hee is suspicious of what changed his mood, she has no idea exactly what Moo Myeong is playing at as he praises her work and says he’s sure her father would be proud of her as well. Da Hee snaps at him to not mention such a thing again, and stomps up, whilst Moo Myeong takes note of her reaction.
10. Gil Do brings out the past and Yeo Kyung is in the presence of hers
Following his conversation with Moo Myeong about setting up a contest so he can win the leadership position as the head of noodles, Moo Myeong responds in kind by saying he would set up a meeting between Gil Do and congressman Tae Sub. With the meeting confirmed, Gil Do heads into his secret room to bring out the document he had stolen from congressman Tae Sub decades ago, after he’d killed the man’s housekeeper. He dresses up to receive the congressman who doesn’t recognize him, even though he recognizes the man very well. And just as they’re settling down to eat, Yeo Kyung walks into Goongnakwon, demanding an audience with Gil Do, meters away from both Tae Ha and Moo Myeong.
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
The girl keeps poking the tiger, especially at a time when the drama is far from over and she hasn’t built the arsenal to take him down yet. I feel like reaching through the screen and slapping some common sense into her head, as I yell “Calm the fuck down and wait for the right time. Preferably eight episodes from now.”
Headache inducing moment:
My heart was beating as rapidly as Da Hee in this moment. I was so worried that Gil Do would find her and considering she was in his room, inches away from the desk that has all his false identities and clutching her mother’s picture and mittens, I knew it was the end for her should she be caught.
This episode’s a shot of tequila. You can smell that heartbreak coming, so pungent that you can practically taste it and you know it would come with tears, devastation and loss of friends. In other words, bottoms up cuz this show will do a number on us all.