Messing with the wrong person can sometimes land you in hot water; or a high speed chase across the city, or in jail. Jung Do continues pulling off his con and finds out that he literarily conned the wrong person out of 5,000 dollars. Sung Il gets a taste of just how high corruption runs in the task force and considers Jung Do’s offer to bring the tax evaders to their knees.
Top 10 Moments:
- Some acquaintances have their benefits. Others are terrifying
Sung Il unfortunately doesn’t recognize Jung Do when the latter asks him for a light erand so he shakes his head in reply and Jung Do walks away with a smile, placing a call to his contact that he’s done the work. Sung Il heads to a bar with Deok Bae who laughs at him, even as he consoles him that it could have happened to anyone. When Deok Bae mentions that it’s possible that the person who pulled off the scam is the same person who had scammed the other members at City Hall, Sung Il considers it and Deok Bae pushes that it could be possible that the scam artist is an audacious lad who knows them all. He looks at Sung Il and offers to catch the scam artist for him. When Sung Il wonders how he can pull it off, Deok Bae asks him if he still has the number with which the scam artist had called him. Jung Do meanwhile, visits his father who is in prison. Except, daddy dearest doesn’t say a word and won’t even look him in the eye. Afterwards, Jung Do meets with Jae Sung, an old friend of his father who is also a cop who warns him to cut contact with his fellow inmates as he won’t spare him if he finds out that Jung Do is back to being involved in a con. As they speak, the suspect Jae Sung and his men have been waiting for shows up and they immediately tackle him to the ground. As Jung Do watches, Jae Sung explains that even though the suspect had a pretty valid reason for committing the robbery: he was trying to pay his sick wife’s medical bills, Jae Sung still isn’t interested in hearing the feeble excuses as he is well aware that no one is truly bad. As he walks away from Jung Do to make his collar, he reminds Jung Do that he would rather walk Jung Do down an aisle than walk him into prison.
2. Sung Il’s a soldier ant who refuses to be bribed
Whilst awaiting feedback from Deok Bae, Sang Jin, a retired senior from the task force comes calling for Sung Il because he heard Sung Il punched someone in the face. He invites Sung Il out for a walk and whilst on their walk explains to Sung Il that the rich are the queen ants; the lawmakers are the male ants and city workers like Sung Il are the soldier ants guarding not just the Republic of Korea but the queen ants as well. He then asks why Sung Il, a soldier ant is attacking the queen ant. His suggestion to Sung Il if Sung Il wants to meet his 50 million dollars tax arrears is to take the money from the office workers who get their pay after their taxes have already been deducted and so can’t weasel out of paying. Sung Il though doesn’t agree with this as he believes everyone should pay their taxes equally instead of this whole leaving out the rich in the collection of taxes business. By the time Sung Il notices that they’re in a posh restaurant, they’re already at the door where he spots Ma Jin Seok smiling at the coincidence that his tax accountant: Sang Jin knows Sung Il. Sung Il isn’t able to make his escape, due to Sang Jin pushing him to sit, and Ma Jin Seok offers to settle their fight seeing that he doesn’t want Sung Il to get suspended and be unable to pay for his daughter’s fees. That said, he pushes a bribe across the table to Sung Il. Sung Il looks at the bribe and remembers the various instances Ma Jin Seok has used his money to intimidate and insult him and then he laughs. After asking Sang Jin if Ma Jin Seok is one of the famed queen ants, he rises and leaves. Sang Jin chases after him to convince him to sit down, collect the car and put it all behind him, but Sung Il asks who he’s meant to collect taxes from if he can’t go after the rich. When Sang Jin replies that he should take the money from the poor, seeing that it is their fate, Sung Il replies him that it’s not for the man to decide, and walks away. As he leaves, he gets a call from Deok Bae who takes him to an office where they’re given the location of stores where burner phones are bought and fake identities are given to the owner. Of course Deok Bae gets this information after beating the ever living crap out of the office employees who at first tries to intimidate them (hahahaha. They turn so docile after being beaten that it’s hilarious). With the address secured, Deok Bae sends Sung Il off to find out who his scam artist is and tells the office employees he’s left with that Sung Il used to be ferocious but as since become timid since he became a city hall worker.
3. Docile Sung Il turns ferocious
Whilst Jung Do amasses used cars as his insurance leverage for something he’s not willing to share with Mi Joo, Sung Il follows the office employee’s directions and gets led through a meat packing plant (shout out to Bad Guys and the organ trafficking case. I see what you did there PD-nim). Sung Il is as expected, terrified and jumpy and nothing like the cool detective he’s claiming to be (hahahaha). Fortunately Hak Joo shows up, passing on the documents Sung Il requested for. But, when he settles into his chair, he asks Sung Il where he’s from. Sung Il at first tells the truth that he’s from the City Hall, then remembers himself and attempts to lie that he’s from the Metropolitan Police. When Hak Joo questions him repeatedly, and Sung Il gives his answers, the men suddenly burst out laughing as Hak Joo tells Sung Il that his answers were too polite for him to be a police officer (Ha! It’s because you’re so tame Sung Il). When Hak Joo orders his men to take Sung Il out back and weigh him (ouch, that would have hurt), Sung Il pushes away from the hands pulling at him to tell Hak Joo that he had tried being polite and Hak Joo should let them end things on that high note, seeing that Hak Joo is younger and all. Hak Joo takes it as a jest and orders his men to take Sung Il out for weighing. This is the last straw for Sung Il who loses it and starts smashing things, shouting at the men that he intends to show them exactly what happens when a public service official loses it. It’s enough to terrify the men who hand over the files to him. He tells the story gleefully to Deok Baek who laughs at the change. Deok Baek then hands him a file a private investigator had made, whose contents were copied into a notebook (the notebook placed in Jung Do’s car). As Deok Baek points out that he’d been right that all the City Hall officials had been scammed by the same person, Sung Il notices that Ma Jin Seok’s name is on the list as well.
4. Jung Do lands a big fish
Up next on Jung Do’s list is Cho Sang Jin who used to be the City Hall’s Financial Director; a man known for taking but never giving. Jung Do’s fellow inmate who gave him the job asks him to get the man good, as he is very disloyal and Jung Do smiles at the description. As Cho Sang Jin drives up, we see that he’s the same tax accountant who had been talking to Sung Il about the ants analogy and how it’s only right to take from the poor (why does the thought of him getting scammed make me very very happy?). The man is unnecessarily rude to the valet as he marches up into his office, an act that Jung Do takes note of. After buying food for two starving children in the convenience store (awww Jung Do you softie you), Jung Do calls his contact to request for a list of National Tax Service employees. Next he goes shopping to get himself a snazzy looking suit (you clean up well Jung Do), applies hair mousse, puts on a pair of glasses and looks like a well to do gentleman. Back at Sang Jin’s office, we see him engage in unscrupulous business activities and also make sexually inappropriate gestures at a female staff working for him. It is at this point that he is informed that he has a guest: Jung Do who has come, pretending to be a member of the National Tax Service with a borrowed name to boot. And sure enough, when Sang Jin confirms with his contact with City Hall, the person confirms Jung Do’s National Tax Service identity, even as Jung Do is listing aloud the different people Sang Jin has helped to evade taxation. When Sang Jin tells him not to be overly upset as it’s a common practice, Jung Do asks how he won’t be considering that Sang Jin had kept all that money to himself. He tells Sang Jin that he is well aware of the practices in the industry, but they’re in it together and he wants Sang Jin to help him put down roots and grow. Sang Jin catches up to the gist and immediately starts to smile (whilst I’m over here grinning at the fact that the idiot is about to lose a lot of money. Hahahaha). He tells Jung Do to text him the nearest bank to his house and both of them laugh about how much Jung Do had scared him. When Jung Do gets home, he calls his contact to thank him for the supplied identity and promises to send him a little something-something, which is why he soon calls Sang Jin to request that he help spread a little love to his other colleagues who are also in on the information (hahahaha. This is so good).
5. Jung Do and Sung Il meet
Jung Do turning on the cellphone to call Sang Jin pings off on Deok Bae’s radar and he soon calls Sung Il to give him the good news that they have a location on the scam artist. Sung Il takes off from work and heads there, and Deok Bae calls the police officers on his team to give them the address as well. Whilst everyone is rushing over to his apartment, an oblivious Jung Do is still wringing money from Sang Jin and thanking him for his generosity. When he gets the money wired to him via online banking, Jung Do packs his bag and leaves the apartment at about the same time Sung Il is downstairs parking his car. As Sung Il hurries into the apartment building, trying to figure out how to get to the person who has scammed him, he isn’t watchful of where he’s going and bumps into Jung Do who had also been distracted by his phone. Not taking the time to look at Sung Il, Jung Do apologizes at about the same time they spot each other. Sung Il who hears the voice and sees the face places Jung Do as the scam artist who had not only ripped him off but had also asked him for a lighter to light a cigarette. Jung Do lost for words, smiles sheepishly; an act that pisses off Sung Il. But before Sung Il can act, Jung Do throws his bag at him and takes off (hahahahaha. That was hilarious).
6. The chase
Sung Il then proceeds to forget the warning Deok Bae had given him about not immediately chasing after the scam artist and gives chase after Jung Do (not like you can blame him. I don’t think Jung Do has any fighting skills either) who runs as fast as he can, only stopping to laugh at Sung Il when Sung Il trips over a park bench. Jung Do isn’t laughing for long however as Sung Il resumes the pursuit and soon Jung Do is frantically searching for his car. He gets into it and drives off just as Sung Il gets to the car park. Sung Il though, not to be deterred chases Jung Do’s car on foot (wow! Ma Dong Seok is really fit. I would have stopped chasing that car ages ago). Jung Do though is able to get away and when Sung Il stops out of exhaustion, Deok Bae pulls up beside him, and then, the chase is on with Deok Bae calling for backup and having every police officer on the street chasing after Jung Do’s car (Wow. Talk about the benefits of having a cop for a friend). Jung Do notices he’s picked up a tail though and soon both cars are speeding on the road with Deok Bae intent on not letting Jung Do out of his sight. Jung Do then pulls up into a street and quick as rain, changes car, hopping into the new car and driving off (Nice. Now I understand what he meant by all those cars being insurance. The boy is smart!). The only problem is Sung Il spots him in the new ride and points him out to Deok Bae who pulls off a mad U-turn in the middle of the road to go chasing after the guy (If I’d been in that car, I would have lost three days worth of meals. That’s some crazy ass driving) complete with calling out the new car’s license plates to the members of the force. Soon two police cars are trying to barricade Jung Do in, causing Jung Do to try to ram his way out of the blockage. But he’s stuck and soon he’s all surrounded, causing him to fall back on charging head on at Deok Bae’s car, with Deok Bae charging right back at him, until they both turn their wheels at the very last minute, causing Deok Bae’s car to spin around multiple times and Jung Do to crash his own car (Now that’s what they call ‘going burst’ and I mean that in the literal sense of the word).
7. Jung Do was Sung Hee’s scammer
Whilst Jung Do is getting arrested by Deok Bae’s boys, Sung Hee gets a call from her friend Ji Soo who had spotted Jung Do during his makeover for his meeting with Sang Jin and had looked at him suspiciously. Turns out Jung Do was the fraudster who had scammed Sung Hee and the news that he’s back in town stuns Sung Hee speechless.
8. Jung Do makes Sung Il an offer
Sung Il tries to spread the good news about Jung Do having been captured with his fellow City Hall workers, except he keeps starting the good news by reminding them that they’d been scammed and none of them wait to hear the rest of the news. He gets to Deok Bae’s seat in time to hear the beginning of Deok Bae’s interrogation where Deok Bae is questioning Jung Do’s choice in a career path considering that his name means living on the straight and narrow. Deok Bae also pulls out the list of scammed city officials and informs Jung Do that there are two Baek Sung Il in the City Hall Tax division and Jung Do had unknowingly gone after the wrong one. But that is not their main concern actually as Deok Bae with Sung Il’s urging asks Jung Do why Ma Jin Seok is on the list. When Jung Do gives his trademark answer that the man is evil, just like everyone other person on the list, Sung Il scoffs whilst Jung Do figures out that Sung Il is interested in the man because Ma Jun Seok is evading taxes. Jung Do asks exactly how much taxes Ma Jin Seok owes and although Sung Il is unwilling to give out the information, Deok Bae answers easily that it’s 6 million dollars (I repeat, 6 million in taxes? That’s a whole lot of cheddar). Jung Do laughs as he informs Sung Il that getting Ma Jin Seok to pay that amount in taxes is like Sung Il setting out on a weight loss program (hahahaha. True). When the police officer makes to toss him in jail, Jung Do offers to get that 6 million dollars for Sung Il. The offer catches Sung Il and Deok Bae’s attention and although Sung Il tells Deok Bae that he is not interested, Deok Bae informs him that he won’t turn Jung Do over to the prosecutor till the next evening, and then after that, Sung Il won’t be able to get Jung Do out. Thus, Sung Il has till the next evening to figure out whether or not he would be taking Jung Do up on his offer.
9. Sung Il is framed
Whilst Sung Il is still hearing the echoes of Jung Do’s offer and claiming that he is not interested in following through, the second Baek Sung Il of division one, who is also the mole that had called Ma Jin Seok to inform him that Sung Il’s City Hall team were coming for him, gets a phone call. Immediately, he runs to their boss, Commissioner Ahn to tell him something about Sung Il. When Sung Il steps into the office, after Sung Hee tries and fails to get him to go back home, the head of the other team (one of the tax officials that was scammed by Jung Do) tells him that a report had been filed against Sung Il claiming that Sung Il took bribes from people in arrears and then wiped their name off the tax list. Sung Il calls the claim outrageous and Sung Hee is in support as she informs everyone listening that there’s no proof. But the other Baek Sung Il enters to say that he took the call of the person who made the report himself, and Sung Il laughs at the irony. Commissioner Ahn calls Sung Il who meets him at the golf course to explain that he thinks it’s Ma Jin Seok that is trying to frame him because he’d punched the jackass in the nose. Commissioner Ahn isn’t having any of it though, and to make matters worse, he calls over Ma Jin Seok who it turns out he had been playing golf with and tells Sung Il to apologize to Ma Jin Seok so the latter can let things slide. As Sung Il looks at them both, he realizes that Commissioner Ahn and Ma Jin Seok not only know each other, but they’re helping each other out as well. As he looks at Commissioner Ahn’s smirking face, he realizes that it was Commissioner Ahn that had framed his friend Min Shik (the one that had committed suicide) and Commissioner Ahn doesn’t even attempt to deny it. As the realization sinks in, Sung Il walks away, flashing back to the past when Min Shik had been trying to convince him that he never took any bribes but Sung Il hadn’t believed him, nor had Sung Il helped him when Min Shik had been forced to resign (damn that’s sad).
10. Sung Il takes Jung Do up on his offer
Back from the golf course, Sung Il goes to meet his team members who have been assigned to go after a poor man who had had no idea about the taxation and was presently pleading with them not to seize his house items. As Sung Il looks at the man begging, and his old mother washing his little daughter’s face, he tells Sung Hee that the law is a bully that is weak for the strong and strong for the weak. He even calls themselves bullies as well and has Sung Hee finish up for him. On his way, he gets a call from Deok Bae who tells him that he’s on his way to pick up Jung Do and asks Sung Il what Sung Il wants to do. Sung Il ends the call but remembers Jung Do’s offer to deceive Ma Jin Seok who had used tricks such as false residents registration, false divorce and nominal transfer of assets, who doesn’t pay his taxes and yet still owns a huge apartment, expensive imported cars, gold jewelry and who even plays golf. All that Jung Do wants in return for deceiving Ma Jin Seok, is to not be sent to prison. As Deok Bae leads Jung Do out of the prison and into the police car to take him to the prosecution, Jung Do’s head sinks as he realizes that he really is going back to prison. Except, at the last moment, the side door opens and Sung Il asks Jung Do if he really can get the taxes from Ma Jin Seok. Jung Do says he can as long as Sung Il is willing to help him and whilst both men look at each other, Jung Do gives a little smile.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because his smug, annoying face just has me wishing I could reach through my screen, shake him so hard all his teeth would fall out and then bitchslap him out of our galaxy into another so far away he will never be able to make it back home or get access to that money he thinks he can use to rule the world. Utter jerkwad.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode either. And I don’t miss it. I would rather my characters be smart, than they be foolish, annoying or make me worry for their lives.
This episode’s a chocolate martini; sweet and decadent and setting us up for so many happy shenanigans that will soon follow. Hmmmm… nothing is as delicious as the rich and rotten getting what they truly deserve.