Amassing a con squad isn’t easy, but when you have Jung Do putting them together, you can bet it will be a squad worth smiling about. Our team is almost complete and they’re all experts in their field. Sung Il’s trying to learn the art of the con, although he isn’t doing so well. We get a glimpse of Jung Do and Sung Hee’s past, even as Sung Hee makes a call to protect her boss which might ultimately harm him.
Top 10 Moments:
- Defining the terms of their mutual agreement
Sung Il gets into the car with Jung Do and tells him that before they start, Jung Do has to get one thing clear, they’re not talking about money but taxes. When Jung Do calls them both the same thing, Sung Il explains that money is what you spend on yourself whilst taxes are for the people and everyone’s obliged to pay them. Sung Il reads out the part of the constitution that pertains to taxes and reminds Jung Do that that’s Sung Il’s job: to collect taxes, whilst Jung Do’s there to help him. Deok Bae though warns Jung Do that should Jung Do carry out a con again, then he’s dead meat (hahaha). The next morning, Jung Do shows up at Sung Il’s office, smiling as he drinks coffee and greets the other members of Sung Il’s team (excluding Sung Hee who isn’t there with them) and tells Sung Il that they have to head out for an interview. He keeps smiling even as Sung Il groans (hahahaha) and soon they’re on their way out, with Sung Il muttering at him not to come to the office and Jung Do teasing Sung Il about Sung Il being nervous (hahaha. I love their dynamics already). They leave although Sung Hee manages to catch a glimpse of Jung Do’s side profile. She doesn’t think too much of it though and walks back into the office. Whilst in the car, Jung Do demands for the payment for his services, 10% off of whatever tax they’re able to swindle out of the tax evaders. In the case of Ma Jin Seok’s that would be 10% of the 5.77 million dollar Jung Do intends to get for Sung Il (Woah. That’s a lot of cheddar). When Sung Il exclaims about the amount, Jung Do breaks it down into neither of them trusting each other, and their relationship at the moment is about money: money in the form of taxes that Sung Il wants to use Sung Il’s services to collect, and money in the terms of the payment Jung Do intends to collect for the rendered services.
2. Amassing a team
Sung Il finally asks Jung Do where they’re going and Jung Do explains that they have to put a team together for the heist they’re about to pull off. When Sung Il grumbles about Jung Do not having the authority to put together a team without Sung Il’s permission, Jung Do asks him if he’s ever pulled off a scam or if he thinks pulling off one is easy. When Sung Il asks if Jung Do expects him to just allow himself be bossed around, Jung Do with a cheeky grin tells him that he should (hahahaha). They soon turn their conversation to the first person to be on their team: Burner, the rare burner phone supplier who is creative and with a high emotional IQ, but a low IQ score; in other words, he’s stupid (hahaha). Burner turns out to be Hak Joo who glares at ‘detective’ Sung Il (hahahahaha), whilst Sung Il returns to his meek and humble self (hah!). Next up is Keyboard, also known as Ja Wang, whose specialty is creating authentic phishing websites, and who Jung Do met in prison. Next up is Gold, or as we know her already, Mi Joo, a beautiful woman whose speciality is studying her marks and ripping them off for a wad of cash. When Jung Do brings Sung Il to meet her, Mi Joo calls him aside to inform him that she doesn’t work with others, particularly strangers. Sung Il who can hear their conversation tries to butt in that Mi Joo’s being quite rude (hahahaha. Honestly, Sung Il’s the most adorable of the lot), and Mi Joo just gives him a look that has him as quiet as a puppy. She walks away and Jung Do calls at her their meeting point and the time for the meet if she’s interested.
3. Meeting the Wallet
Jung finally turns to Sung Il to inform him that he will be meeting the last person on their team: Wallet, alone. Sung Il’s not having it though as he believes as the head of the team, he has to be in control, and although Jung Do tries to warn him that it might be dangerous, Sung Il’s insistent on coming along. We then see Wallet, or Bang Sil, a cool older woman who dissects emotions even as she serves her visitor: Mr. Kim, tea (wowza. She’s awesome). When Mr. Kim’s hands start to shake, she asks him if he suffers from depression or if maybe the tea’s too hot. She then asks her assistant: Ji Yeon to ‘help’ him. Ji Yeon ‘helps’ him by tossing the hot tea in his face (ouch) and as he screams that it burns, Bang Sil’s men hold him down as she tells Mr. Kim that it’s okay to mess with people’s emotions but not okay to mess with money because unlike people who can talk, money has no way of venting to others (hahaha). When Mr. Kim furiously nods as he says he will do as Bang Sil says, she gives him till the end of the week to do so and has him dragged out. It’s this sight that Sung Il sees, which takes the wind out of his sails. But because he’s been harping that he will be the one to do the talking, Jung Do says nothing and allows Sung Il to take the lead in their meeting Bang Sil. He stutters over his words and eventually tells Bang Sil that he will let Jung Do do the talking (hahahaha). Jung Do goes straight to the point, that they need Bang Sil to be their money source. Bang Sil correctly guesses that they’re con artists, while Jung Do does nothing to hide the fact. His own selling point is that they need money from her, 62 large (why do I have a feeling he’s talking millions not thousands?) to be precise, all for a very lucrative gig that would help restore her youth. Bang Sil calls Jung Do brazen and Jung Do plays the game and says they will leave then, calling Bang Sil a meager mutt instead of the lion Chairman Wang had told him she was, which he figures is the reason why the good chairman keeps getting backstabbed. The name catches Bang Sil’s attention and she wonders how someone like Jung Do knows Chairman Wang. When Jung Do answers that he met Chairman Wang in prison, Bang Sil gives Ji Yeon the instruction to call Mr. Kim and to keep anyone else from entering. Armed guards enter the room, blocking the entrance/exit and scaring Sung Il, who Jung Do teases about being scared (I swear, their relationship is too cute. Hahaha). The call is placed to the prison, and the prison guards race with the phone to the Chairman’s cell where Mr. Kim is handed the phone and Bang Sil asks him if he knows anyone by the name: Yang Jung Do. Mr. Kim tells Bang Sil to take proper care of Jung Do as without him, the Chairman wouldn’t be alive. As she ends the call, she asks Jung Do who he is and Jung Do answers with an adorable smile that he’s a con artist.
4. Sung Il teaches Sung Hee a lesson about life
Sung Hee’s surprised to see Sung Il back at the office as she’d thought he’d been done for the day. When Sung Il makes to leave, Sung Hee suggests maybe they should put the whole business of Ma Jin Seok behind them, as it seems like that’s the only way for Sung Il to be okay and it’s the only way she will be guaranteed of working with him: a boss she actually likes, for a very long time (awwww. Sweet of you Sung Hee. But Sung Il’s got a plan or a con). When she agains suggests that they close the case, forget all about the bribery and assault and start anew, Sung Il tells her not to think like that as nothing is worth giving up the case for an incompetent chief like himself (awwww. You’re not incompetent Sung Il. You just have to learn to grow your claws is all). He continues that if she starts down that path, she would start to lie to herself and end up settling for the wrong things.
5. The Gang meets
First up at the butcher’s shop is Mi Joo (awww, you came), followed by Hak Joo who knows Mi Joo. When he tries to sidle up to her, she glares at him to get lost. Next up is Ja Wang who comes in sweating because he’d gotten lost on the way (hahaha). When Hak Joo begins to insult him about him looking like a monk, Ja Wang insults him right back that he his head looks like a metal sponge (hahaha). Before Hak Joo can lit into him, Bang Sil comes in next with Ji Yeon in tow, complaining about how messy the place looks and the lack of chairs. When Ha Joo starts to attack her about insulting someone else’s place of work and tells her to leave, Ja Wang mentions to her that Hak Joo’s hair looks like a metal sponge (hahaha. I can’t even. Hahahaha). Jung Do unfortunately shows up in time to put an end to the squabbling. He goes straight to business and tells them what the con is and of course, nobody takes it well, considering it all a joke until Mi Joo asks how much is in for her and Jung Do tells her 10% of the money is theirs, so 600,000 dollars split amongst the five of them. Bang Sil though considers the money chicken change and calls the venture a waste of her time and skills. But, Jung Do stops her by offering her 6 million dollars (wait, what?) and tells her that by the time they add the money they’re meant to get paid plus, the tax Ma Jin Seok is supposed to pay, it will all amount to over 6 million dollars and Bang Sil can have it all if she’s able to take it. It sounds fishy to Bang Sil (and to me as well. Jung Do! Are you planning on hanging Sung Il out to dry? I will never forgive you if you do! And your cute smiles won’t convince me otherwise!) but before Jung Do’s able to tell her how they will go about it, Sung Il appears, late for their meeting, even as Jung Do states the first step of their plan: recycling leftovers (you’d better not be talking about Sung Il there, Jung Do).
6. Trying to teach an old dog new tricks and failing at it
Jung Do explains to Sung Il that swindling is all about teamwork and for them to pull it off, Sung Il can’t be the weak link. He is surprised when Sung Il readily agrees with his words and claims that he’s following Jung Do’s lead because Jung Do’s clearly the expert. Jung Do just teases him right back that Sung Il’s acting like that because he’d been scared at Bang Sil’s office. Sung Il tries to deny it but he isn’t able to hide how impressed he is with Jung Do’s skills. To start off on integrating Sung Il into the team, Mi Joo starts him off by trying to teach him the art of voice phishing. She gets him to call random numbers by trying to sell them the con that their mother was involved in an accident. But Sung Il’s so stilted at it, that nobody buys it (hahaha. Poor Sung Il). Next up, Jung Do tries to teach him about noticing the detail of every situation like what color of lipstick the mark is wearing, her smile, her clothes and her occupation. He tells Sung Il to take note of everything and to remember them all, all so he can use it to pick up female marks. Sung Il though keeps failing at it and all the women keep slapping him, except for one with a great body but not so pretty face who gives him her number and asks him to call her. Then Ja Wang put Sung Il to work, learning how to forge ID cards (and failing at it), all the while Ja Wang watches porn whilst Sung Il works (poor Sung Il. Hahaha). And Hak Joo shows Sung Il the act of intentionally running into incoming cars so as to swindle them for medical bills. He even tosses in the purposeful nosebleed to sweeten the deal (hahaha). Sung Il is so awful at it, jumping parked cars without any drivers in them and jumping on cars that aren’t even moving. He does it so much so that one of the car owners actually calls the cops (hahaha). Sung Il fails at everything, but he’s so consistent with trying his best that he’s rarely ever in the office leaving his team members to wonder what he’s doing.
7. Assessing the mark: Ma Jin Seok
With everyone in the warehouse, save for Sung Il who’s still on his way, Jung Do starts with the briefing, informing the others gathered about Ma Jin Seok; aged 47, and owing 5.77 million dollars in taxes. He continues that Ma Jin Seok is well known in the Gangnam club circles and owns 18 hostess bars and 4 clubs in just Gangnam alone, thus making sure that there’s no way you wouldn’t visit one of his establishments if you’ve turned it into a night of having a great time in Gangnam. Jung Do then gets to the core issue, none of these 22 businesses that Ma Jin Seok owns are in his name, instead, Ma Jin Seok stole the identities of homeless men and put down those names as the clubs owners, and then he changes the names of all the clubs every three months and so is able to keep all the taxes he should have otherwise been paying. All these is information provided by Ja Wang. Next, it’s Hak Joo’s turn to fill the team in on Ma Jin Seok’s personal life. Hak Joo starts by saying that Ma Jin Seok is a very active and hardworking man who is up at 7am, eats his breakfast, heads to work and starts to look up on real estate. Hak Joo states that all of Ma Jin Seok’s bookmarked sites are real estate sites and the civil complaint site. He adds that before Ma Jin Seok buys any land he looks it up a cadastral map. When Jung Do asks if there’s anything else, Hak Joo informs them that Ma Jin Seok uses a 2G phone so his phone can’t be hacked, always bets when he plays golf and wins 7 times out of 10. Ja Wang pipes in that Ma Jin Seok doesn’t drink and he doesn’t fancy women (not like the dude’s gay, he just doesn’t have any interest in women in bars, etc). This leads Bang Sil to conclude that it must either be golf or real estate. Jung Do rejects the golf option and they’re just about to settle on real estate when Mi Joo pipes up that that can’t be an option because other than his relatives that Ma Jin Seok splits his assets between, he also has a few allies, the most troublesome of which is Noh Deok Gi who advises Man Jin Seok on everything real estate and is so good that he’s been able to make Ma Jin Seok a lot of money and save him 2 million dollars in taxes. Basically, they can’t con Ma Jin Seok via real estate as long as Noh Deok Gi still with him. Jung Do then decides that they should find a way of conning Noh Deok Gi himself, into keeping quiet so they can make their bigger con on Ma Jin Seok. To do that, he asks Mi Joo to join Noh Deok Gi’s real estate agency and asks Ja Wang to get him Noh Deok Gi’s bank account details.
Suspicious of what exactly Sung Il’s been up to, Sung Hee waits for him outside his house. When Jung Do calls Sung Il to come to the warehouse and get to work, he heads out, unaware that Sung Hee’s tailing him. When he pulls up in front of the warehouse, he heads to Bang Sil’s car to greet Ji Yeon. She ignores him (Awww, poor Sung Il), but is distracted searching for files and so she doesn’t see Sung Hee creep in after him. Sung Il’s not aware that he’s being followed either. He gets to the meeting room, apologizes for coming late and then pulls out his notepad ready to take notes for his training (awww. Sung Il). He’s so distracted that he doesn’t notice until Sung Hee calls his name. Sung Hee takes note of the room and nods in greeting to Jung Do who she tells it’s been a while. Jung Do just smiles (the brat. Hahaha), whilst she greets Mi Joo (wait, she knows Mi Joo too). She then tells Sung Il to come with her as he’s being swindled. Sung Il tries to explain that he knows they’re swindlers, but Sung Hee wouldn’t hear anything of it as she wonders if she would have to call the police to get Sung Il to come with her. Sung Il then takes her outside where he explains to Sung Hee that he is well aware that Jung Do, Mi Joo and the whole lot are swindlers, but they’re swindlers working for him and he’s planning something big (I know you are Sung Il sweetie. But I don’t trust Jung Do, especially because he seems to be planning a way to con you out of the tax money itself). Sung Hee simply tells him to think of his wife and his daughter and how much he loves them, and he should just walk away from whatever con it is that Jung Do and his ilk are planning.
9. We get an idea of Sung Hee and Jung Do’s past together
Sung Hee walks away from Sung Il and walks to her car where she sits down and wipes off her angry tears. The act takes her back to the past where she cries as she sits across a younger Jung Do who tells her that she should be getting angry with him instead of crying, particularly because he’d approached her for the sole reason of swindling her. He raises a glass as he tells her that he’d never liked her and had only dated her so he could collect money from her (ouch. That’s painful). When Sung Hee asks him why he’d never collected money from her then, Jung Do replies that it’s because she has no money and he would never have dated her if he’d known she was penniless. As he makes to leave, he tells her not to feel sad as none of the things he’d done whilst they’d been dating had been from his heart (ouch. And I sure hope the show isn’t going to pull off the I’m going to prison so I’m going to break up with you in the most hateful way trope, cuz I would be really pissed if that’s the case). Back in the present, Jung Do, in searching for yet another of his myriad burner phones stumbles upon pictures he’d taken with Sung Hee during his ‘I was dating you for your money phase’ and he smiles (so what? You actually liked her and were just sprouting nonsense? Kdrama leading men and their noble idiocy and secrets. *Smh*).
10. Starting the con and almost getting busted
The next morning, Sung Il gets to work and notices that Sung Hee isn’t going to be in that day. Immediately he places a call to Jung Do that they should pull off that con today (wait which con? Ma Jin Seok’s or Noh Deok Gi’s?). Immediately Jung Do calls Mi Joo, who’s already gotten a job at Noh Deok Gi’s company, and gives her the heads-up whilst Ja Wang gets to work digging into Noh Deok Gi’s account. Noh Deok Gi in the meanwhile is startled at the amount of messages he’s receiving and is alarmed when Mi Joo reads it and tells him that someone’s withdrawing the money from his account, 10 cents at a time, and the person doesn’t seem to be stopping. She walks off to go call the ‘Police’ and Noh Deok Gi gets a call from Hak Joo, pretending to the Financial Supervisory Service who have gotten a report that Noh Deok Gi’s money is steadily being withdrawn from his bank account. Noh Deok Gi agrees and Hak Joo tells him to head straight to withdraw all the money from the offending account and take it with him, so as to minimize his losses and he should then wait for and follow everything the Financial Supervisory Service agent coming to see him says. Noh Deok Gi follows the instruction to the letter, and Jung Do, who’s dressed as the agent is feeling pretty confident as he heads to the man’s house, even as Sung Il tells him that he has a bad feeling about it (don’t jinx it Sung Il). Jung Do is received by Noh Deok Gi and then proceeds to fan the man’s fears and tells him that banks are all interconnected these days and it’s best for him to withdraw all the money he has in his other accounts before the fraudsters start taking the money from those accounts as well. Noh Deok Gi immediately leaves, with Mi Joo beside him whilst Jung Do is left alone in the house, and with the cash. Sung Il then comes to the house, practicing his introduction as a police officer and so distracted that he doesn’t notice that Sung Hee has again tailed him to his destination. As he walks into the house, Sung Hee places a call to the police station to report a fraud.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
With all that brains on my screen, there is nobody I want to bitchslap. Plus, Man Jin Seok didn’t show up running his mouth and grating on my nerves, so I’m good.
Headache inducing moment:
Because all I could think was because Sung Il hadn’t shared some details of what he’s doing, Sung Hee, who is convinced that Sung Il is about to be lured into a con will blow their con wide open. Talk about a headache.
This episode’s a Skunkboy. It might look sweet and light and altogether fluffy, but there’s some heart and a lot of meat to it and it leaves you hoping and praying that soon Sung Il will grow into his own and become the strong, confident man we all know is in there. He’s already worth many men, now we want him to look the part.