When all the masks come off, the bets are off as well and all we can do is hope our heroes survive, except, are they even heroes? Da Hae learns the truth and Gil Do learns the congressman has always known the truth. Gang Sook is recklessly pushing to bring Gil Do down and Moo Myeong recklessly backstabs a friend. Everything boils down to catching their parents killers as Yeo Kyung learns who is behind her parents’ murder and Moo Myeong stares into the eyes of his parents’ killer without a blink or a tremble.
Top 10 Moments:
- All the masks are off
With congressman So Tae Sub confirming Gil Do’s suspicions that the congressman knew exactly who he was, the next thing for Gil Do to ask is since when exactly the congressman had known who he was, to which the congressman admits to having known since Gil Do started appearing on television and calling himself noodles master. When Gil Do asks for exactly what it is that the congressman wants, So Tae Sub answers that he would like the top secret information Gil Do has stolen, as well as Goongnak Foundation (aspiring much are we congressman). When Gil Do comments that the congressman is greedy and asking for too much just to get him a seat on the National Assembly, congressman So Tae Sub says that Gil Do can simply do what he does best: steal them back from him. Gil Do refuses and when So Tae Sub mentions all the shady things Gil Do’s done, Gil Do throws it all back in the congressman’s face reminding him of the 450 million dollars he got out of the defense industry (wowza! That’s a lot of cheddar). Congressman So Tae Sub drops the smile as he asks Gil Do if he wants to die and Gil Do says he’s doing it to survive because even a corned mouse would bite, to which So Tae Sub informs him that the cornered mouse would still not survive biting the cat. The words clearly get to Gil Do who has a mini panic attack and asks Tae Ha if Tae Ha is scared of anybody. Tae Ha replies that the only thing that scares him is the blood of a murderer, running through his veins. Congress So Tae Sub on the other hand meets with Gang Sook to whom he wonders about her desperation in taking her husband down by handing him the secret document. Her answer, because she can’t stand Gil Do ruining Goongnakwon (Sure that’s all dear?). As for why she choose the congressman, well, because he is the only person that Gil Do fears and she wants Gil Do to be beaten up by him.
2. Da Hae tries to blame the game
Da Hae on the other hand finally returns to Goongnakwon to find Gil Young being the new dishwasher (hey Gil Young. So the gang is all around Goongnakwon huh) and hears the news that Moo Myeong is leaving Goongnakwon to work at Chimyeon restaurant with Gil Do. She confronts him about it, him being nice to her, teaching her how to make noodles, bonding with her all so he can get her to give her shares to Gil Do (seriously lady? The only person you should blame for handing your father your shares is yourself! Don’t go blaming Moo Myeong) and get on Gil Do’s good side. When Moo Myeong tries to explain that it must all be a misunderstanding, she tosses the DNA test result at him. When she continues to whine about Moo Myeong using her, he tells her to stop her whining because she was the one who lied first, pretending not to known Gil Do and then getting in-between Gang Sook and Seol Mi Ja. He tells her that Goongnakwon is a battlefield and if she needs to whine, she can go do so somewhere else. He tells her that he has to win in this battlefield that is a matter of life and death and she shouldn’t get in his way with her pretend naïveté (dude, she’s not pretending. She’s actually that naive). When she tells him that he’s becoming Gil Do, Moo Myeong responds that that’s exactly what he wants, to which Da Hae tells him that she would get rid of him if he comes back to Goongnakwon. She leaves and bumps into innocent Tae Hae who she accuses of just wanting to use her like everybody else and then stomps to her father’s office whom she tells that she saw him at her mother’s memorial vault and that she would choose to believe him with regards to what he said there (girl, you’re an idiot. A big ass one at that), but that’s the only thing she would believe. She accuses him of sending Moo Myeong to her but doesn’t believe him when he said he didn’t. What she wants though, is her delegated shares back because she’s the only one who cares about noodles just like the rest of the kitchen staff. She tells Gil Do that she would protect Goongnakwon, to which Gil Do tells her that she’s grown up because it’s only by protecting what you have that you can take from others. Da Hae though isn’t interested in taking from others but Gil Do tells her that if she takes over from her father, she’s taken from him and if she becomes the new head of Chimyeon restaurant, she’s taken from Moo Myeong. He finishes by saying that there is nothing wrong with taking from others, what is wrong is losing.
3. Yeo Kyung is being manipulated and she doesn’t even know it
Congressman So Tae Sub hands Yeo Kyung the file Gang Sook had given him which contains bank statements of money Gil Do had laundered, through Dokku into Goongnak Foundation. Yeo Kyung is pleased with this new development as she starts to think of the numerous ways she can link Gil Do to Goongnak Foundation and of course fraud. But, congressman So Tae Sub stops her and tells her to instead focus only on Gil Do. Yeo Kyung is of course surprised as she doesn’t understand why she’s leaving the foundation out of it considering that Goongnak Foundation itself is Gil Do’s heart and soul. The congressman just tells her to do as he says: use Dokku to get to Gil Do and then get a search warrant to find him just one document in Goongnakwon. Yeo Kyung though has had enough and she tells the congressman that she won’t be his errand girl to which the congressman tells her to consider it as her doing him a favor. When Yeo Kyung informs him that she started the investigation because he said he knew who had her father killed but that is not going anywhere anymore as he now has her running around for him, Congressman So Tae Sub tells her to strike a deal with him to tell her her father’s true killer by bringing her the document. When she asks what’s in this important document, the congressman tells her that she mustn’t break the document’s seal nor must she read it if she doesn’t want to get hurt. Back in his car, the congressman calls smarmy prosecutor and tells him that Yeo Kyung is not as smart as he thought, so the prosecutor should help her out and then conduct the search and seizure himself. Yeo Kyung meets with Moo Myeong to pass on the evidence she’s been gathering to him and when she mentions that the source for the laundered money list is the congressman, Moo Myeong is shocked but doesn’t say anything.
4. Tae Ha clears the air and gets asked a favor
After waiting for Da Hae to come back to Goongnakwon, Tae Ha corners her on the stairs to tell her that he is protecting her. He never meant to watch her, plus surveillance isn’t done as up close and personal as he is doing at the moment; no, surveillance is done in secret and from afar. After he’s said his piece, he makes to leave but stops when Da Hae tells him she’s sorry. She continues by saying that she’d been confused that day and she hadn’t known who to trust. Tae Ha replies that he’s thankful that she’s back and then walks away, whilst Da Hae smiles (awwww. You two are just too cute). Tae Ha walks to meet Yeo Kyung who had come to ask him for a favor: knowledge as to how to access Gil Do’s hidden room because Moo Myeong wants to go back in. Tae Ha is understandably worried (for the man he keeps claiming he’s not worried about. Yeah right Tae Ha) as he tells Yeo Kyung that it would be like walking into a trap seeing that Gil Do is already in the know. Yeo Kyung volunteers to go first as this is the only way they can all find out exactly what happened with her parents and Tae Ha (something tells me it’s connected to that congressman you’re in cahoots with Yeo Kyung). Tae Ha answers that he has never been into the secret room either but he has noticed that recently, Gil Do has started carrying a fountain pain around with him, and he’s so angsty that he cannot head anywhere without the pen. After dropping that insight, Tae Ha makes to leave but Yeo Kyung stops him to tell him that he’s right about them surviving without being friends. But, she still doesn’t want Tae Ha to push her away. Tae Ha just tells her to take care (Gah! Tae Ha! Talk to them. Lean on your friends. Don’t listen to the you don’t need friends crap Gil Do’s been spewing. Take a cue from his miserable life and keep your friends close to you).
5. Gil Do’s secret room is discovered
Still unaware as to how much the congressman is playing her, Yeo Kyung is surprised to be saddled with smarmy prosecutor on her search and seizure and soon the prosecutors along with the investigators storm into Goongnakwon. The news gets to Seol Mi Ja who rushes in to see Gang Sook and exclaim at how reckless Gang Sook is about hurting Goongnakwon just to get at Gil Do. Gang Sook though doesn’t care if she bleeds a little as long as she gets at her husband. Her husband though is sitting pretty in his office as the search and seizure turns up no result. Yeo Kyung then asks Gil Do to sign the document stating that nothing was found, an act that surprises those with her although they don’t comment on the unorthodox behavior. And sure enough, Gil Do brings out the ever secret pen and signs with it. When Yeo Kyung asks for it so she can examine it as she’s considering what gift she can get for a friend, Gil Do hands it over. Yeo Kyung makes quick work of dismantling the pen to get to a switch which she presses and sweet as rain, the secret room door turns (drats! I will still be pissed if the document falls in the hands of the congressman though. I want him and Gil Do paying for the crimes they’re guilty of). Yeo Kyung is feeling cocky as she walks into the room with the others only to find a tastefully decorated room with chairs and everything, but no hidden files, no pile of cash, no multiple uniforms and ID cards and no secret file for the congressman (Damn, Gil Do’s good. Or was it Tae Ha that gave it away because damn that’s cold). A flashback shows that Gil Do had gotten Dokku to help him move everything out during Dae Chun’s burial. (Damn. Talk about planning ahead). Yeo Kyung leaves to head straight to Moo Myeong and ask if he was the one that leaked it to Gil Do. Moo Myeong just tells her that she should wait till he gets Goongnakwon and his father’s name (wow! Harsh. So it was you?). Yeo Kyung, angry and upset tells him that after all his friends have done, with her working hard to get him out of Goongnakwon, Tae Ha working for Gil Do and Gil Young always willing to do anything Moo Myeong wanted, this is how he chooses to repay them. She warns him that now that he’s succeeded in pushing them away, by the time he finally gets his revenge, he will be left with no friends to laugh and cry with (damn! Harsh but true. Wonder if Moo Myeong would be satisfied if in taking down Gil Do he becomes the very man he hates. Something tells me that’s the lesson the drama wants to teach).
6. Moo Myeong learns his father’s name
Whilst congressman So Tae Sub considers how best to punish Yeo Kyung lightly, seeing as he still has use for her, Moo Myeong is at the Chimyeon restaurant remembering Yeo Kyung’s words and trying to come to terms with them (you’re going to be alone Moo Myeong. There’s no avoiding it). Whilst going through the file on Gil Do, Gil Do himself steps into the restaurant and Moo Myeong barely has enough time to place himself between the document and Gil Do. Gil Do thanks him for the heads-up, although he makes a note to tell Moo Myeong that he’d already been prepared for the act even before the prosecutors had shown up. He asks Moo Myeong how he’d known and Moo Myeong tells the white lie that he’d overhead a conversation between Congressman So Tae Sub and the prosecutors. Gil Do is pleased and tells Moo Myeong that he wants Moo Myeong to build up this present Chimyeon restaurant till it’s even bigger than Goongnakwon. When he mentions that it took him two years to achieve the past Chimyeon restaurant success, Moo Myeong is surprised and Gil Do clarifies that it was the two years when he lived with his friend. Gil Do smiles as he calls himself lucky. The minute he leaves, Moo Myeong searches through the document until he confirms that yeah, Gil Do lived at the house where his parents lived for those two years when he was ‘training’ to be a successor. As Moo Myeong remembers Yeo Kyung telling him that it seemed like Gil Do stole someone’s identity, Moo Myeong realizes that Gil Do not only took his father’s life but took his name as well.
7. Yeo Kyung confronts Gil Do
After getting back to the office and seeing her investigation board, Yeo Kyung snatches off the ransom poster of Gil Do off her wall and drives straight to Goognakwon to meet with Gil Do who was having a sales meeting with Tae Ha. When Gil Do tells her there’s nothing more to investigate and suggests that Tae Ha take her home, Yeo Kyung pulls out the ransom poster and calls him by name: Kim Gil Do, asking if he doesn’t recognize himself in the poster. Gil Do recovers in time to tell Yeo Kyung that although the person in the poster does look like him, he’s never met the man before and he doesn’t recognize him. He does tell Yeo Kyung exactly where she should look: herself, her father who was a lieutenant colonel working as a professor at the time of his murder and his murderer, an ex-convict with the name Park Moo Taek. He tells her that congressman So Tae Sub has been leading her around and now he would push back and give her some clarification, starting with the fact that the general story which she’s heard is that her parents had been on their way from their daughter’s birthday party when they’d been attacked and the murderer had almost killed her when her father’s phone had rang and frightened him off. He confesses that he was the one that had called Yeo Kyung’s father. When Yeo Kyung demands to know how he knew all the details like he was at the scene, Gil Do doesn’t confirm or deny her words, but just tells her that he and the congressman have an ill-fated relationship and have had an eye on each other for the past 30 years. When Yeo Kyung demands to know who ordered her parents’ murder, Gil Do tells her to focus on finding that out instead of investigating him. Yeo Kyung walks out in a daze, not even noticing Da Hae, whilst Gil Do admits to Tae Ha that the congressman was the one who gave Tae Ha’s father the order. When Tae Ha makes to go after the congressman, Gil Do stops him to tell him that the congressman is the one person he fears the most and that Tae Ha would die if he goes after the man now. He rises from his seat to comfort a crying Tae Ha, although we do notice a little smirk at the corner of his mouth (something tells me Gil Do’s not giving the whole story here).
8. Moo Myeong plays it dirty
Gil Do is taking a nap when one of the family elders and Gang Sook come storming into his office. Their problem? Gil Do’s Chimyeon restaurant has stolen all of Goongnakwon’s customers by selling the Royal Pheasant Buckwheat noodles at half the price Goongnakwon sells it at (genius. Pure genius). Gil Do is disbelieving (is that real or is he faking it?) and so he heads to the Chimyeon restaurant where sure enough, business is booming, so much so that the person ahead of them in the line has been informed that he would have to wait 40 minutes before a seat is available for him. When the elder has them all sit at the patio, Moo Myeong adds salt to the wounds by serving them all the Royal Pheasant Buckwheat noodles (hahaha) and the elder has him excuse them so he, Gil Do and Gang Sook can talk alone. After Moo Myeong leaves, the elder insists that Gil Do must have taught Moo Myeong the secret recipe. And Moo Myeong claiming otherwise is not enough to dissuade the old man who is convinced that since Moo Myeong can simply open another restaurant right in front of Goongnakwon and start selling the noodles, the best thing to do is to have Gil Do name Moo Myeong his successor and get Moo Myeong to sign an agreement not to open a competing noodle restaurant (wow. I see what you did there Moo Myeong. Really smart. I like it). When Gil Do tries to buy himself some time to investigate, the elder cuts him short saying that all their shares but Da Hae’s 70% is enough to get Gil Do kicked out of the Goongnakwon, especially because the only reason they’d kept him on so far had because they’d thought he was the only one that knew the recipe for the Royal Pheasant Buckwheat noodles. But now that someone else is cooking it perfectly, his only card is gone.
9. Yeo Kyung learns the connection between her father and Congressman So Tae Sub
Now demoted to her previous office, with no investigators to work with, Yeo Kyung still receives a visit from her investigator friend who brings with her files on Congressman So Tae Sub including some shady dealings the congressman has been involved in. She also drops the bomb that Yeo Kyung’s father had been dismissed from his post for whistleblowing about the nations defense industry, something the congressman is a part of. After reading the file brought to her, Yeo Kyung is so shocked she’s almost in tears but she steels herself and pays a visit to Congressman So Tae Sub, apologizing for not being grateful for all the help he’s rendered her, especially because now she knows she can’t do anything by herself. She asks So Tae Sub to restore her back to her office and give her back her staff and she would make sure to bring him Gil Do.
10. Deciding Kim Gil Do’s heir
After the elder leaves, Gil Do calls Moo Myeong to find out from him how he’d gotten the recipe for the Royal Pheasant Buckwheat noodles. Moo Myeong’s answer is simple: he can perfectly recreate any and every dish he’s ever tasted. The Royal Pheasant Buckwheat noodles had taken him some time, but he’d eventually learned how to make them. Gil Do then decides to put it to a test. He would cook a very difficult noodle dish and have Moo Myeong taste it. Moo Myeong’s task would be to then recreate the dish perfectly, as not being able to do so would confirm for him that indeed Moo Myeong had stolen the recipe for the Royal Pheasant Buckwheat noodles and would pay for it. Moo Myeong agrees to the challenge. Gil Do then spends the night going through Ha Jung Tae’s noodle book for a noodle recipe he can create. As he cooks his noodles, he thinks to himself that there’s nothing like a perfect sense of taste as he’s sure that Moo Myeong is Choi Soon Seok who had learned the recipe from his father. He decides that he will bring up the issue and if Moo Myeong as much as trembles at the matter, then he will have his suspicions confirmed and will kill Moo Myeong. Moo Myeong on the other hand thinks to himself that this is the final hurdle and he absolutely cannot falter now or show any emotions especially if he wants to live. So, whilst cooking, Gil Do begins to tell of a story he’d heard, about a man who was good at stealing, swapping and imitating others; quite good in fact that a lot of people fell for his schemes. But one day, this man slipped up and had to go on the run and whilst on the run, he made a new friend who was well learned and skilled and as per the man’s MO, the man pushed his friend off a cliff. Years passed and then the man’s friend’s wife paid the man a visit and the man found out that his friend now had a family. So the man went to his friend’s house to get rid of the evidence by setting the house on fire. At that point, Gil Do turns up the fire on the grill and asks Moo Myeong if he’s ever grilled a dragonfly. Moo Myeong’s answers to the negative and then Gil Do continues by describing the sound, his eyes extremely focused on Moo Myeong. Moo Myeong simply smiles as he tells Gil Do that he’s never heard of the story before and wonders if the story even exists. Gil Do keeps his eyes on Moo Myeong as he answers that the story hasn’t even been printed yet because he wrote the story. He looks at Moo Myeong’s throat, which hasn’t moved because Moo Myeong hasn’t swallowed, and at the same time, a rolling pin crashes to the floor and Gil Do bends to pick it up, all the while keeping his eyes on Moo Myeong.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
If anything because the chick has become Da Hae, rushing headlong into things without planning them out properly. She just almost apprehended the guy and found herself outsmarted and then the next thing she does is head straight to his house, showing up a picture of himself, letting him know that she knows his true name all without playing her cards and digging deeper first? Gah! What an idiot.
Headache inducing moment:
Because this was the moment, the moment Gil Do can find out everything and have Moo Myeong killed. The moment when just a little slip up from Moo Myeong, from his eyes to a twitch in his hands would give him away to Gil Do. I held my breath, praying and hoping that Moo Myeong would not give it away
This episode’s a Negroni, part sweet with all the twists and turns, all the while leaving you strumming with the undercurrent of danger that everyone is playing with, all the while leaving a bitter taste in your mouth because you know that with an alternate title like Master of Revenge, nobody is going to be the same at the end and this show is going to break our hearts.