Once in a while, you realize that some good guys are just the worst of bad guys, carrying a good guy’s badge and bearing a good guy’s title. The team works well off each other in pulling off the con. Jae Sung’s shady and abusive and Commissioner Ahn is slimy and corrupt. Sung Il’s quickly learning the art of the con but Ma Jin Seok pulling a fast one might just put everyone in danger.
Top 10 Moments:
Noh Deok Gi gets back home with his money and Jung Do explains to him that security leaks are possible now in this age of phone hacking. Whilst he’s giving Noh Deok Gi a document to read through and sign, Sung Il knocks on Noh Deok Gi’s door and introduces himself as a police detective who had been briefed on Noh Deok Gi’s situation. When he asks Noh Deok Gi to come with him to the station, Noh Deok Gi throws a wrench in the works when he says that he didn’t call the police. The sudden information throws Sung Il off as he goes off script and starts to argue with Noh Deok Gi as to why he didn’t report the issue to the police and who it was that had made the report then (hahaha. Jung Do’s expression of guy, you suck at this is just hilarious). Finally Jung Do interrupts to save the situation by suggesting that maybe a staff at the real estate agency placed the call. Sung Il then starts blabbing about it being true and that it was a call from a real estate agency. Jung Do can only rub his temples as he sighs (hahaha. Sung Il still has a long way to go in learning the art of the con). To make it even worse, Sung Il asks Noh Deok Gil if the man from the Supervisory Financial Service standing in front of him has handled it (hahaha. Dude, you both haven’t even been introduced yet. How do you already know where he works). Noh Deok Gil at first doesn’t take note of it, and then he does and asks how Sung Il knows where Jung Do works (hahaha. Busted). Sung Il tells an unconvincing line about him being a detective who knows everything and then he makes to get Noh Deok Gil to follow him to the station. Noh Deok Gil doesn’t want to though, and to make it worse he doubts that Sung Il is even a detective, and then Sung Il makes it all worse by trying to drag Noh Deok Gil with him anyway. Thankfully, Jung Do steps in to calm Noh Deok Gil down and inform him that it’s all a formality and he should just follow Sung Il and write a statement. They’re almost home free when Sung Hee walks into the door to tell Sung Il to get out when he can because she’s called the cops. She also informs Noh Deok Gil that the men he’s with are swindlers. And just as Sung Il tries to explain that he’s the one at fault here, the cops show up and handcuff Sung Il and Jung Do. They also put Noh Deok Gil in the car alongside them and Sung Hee as well. Mi Joo who wasn’t in the house when this all went down, observes the happening from the safety of her car, even as she places a call.
2. All hope isn’t lost
Whilst Noh Deok Gil is on the phone bemoaning the fact that he just about got swindled and the person he’s talking to is instead asking about money, Sung Il looks depressed as he stares at his and Jung Do’s cuffed wrist, whilst Sung Hee also looks at her boss (I wonder if she’s regretting placing the call, because she can’t have expected that Sung Il won’t be implicated as well). The four of them are separated when they get to the station with Noh Deok Gi and Sung Hee being escorted to a different part of the station to write down their statements whilst Jung Do and Sung Il are escorted somewhere else. All the while, someone whose face we can’t see changes clothes in Noh Deok Gil’s house and transfers all the money Noh Deok Gil had brought home, into a bag. The person then makes himself comfortable and switches on the TV (hahaha. Why do I have a feeling that it’s Hak Joo and the gang has switched to a Plan B). Jung Do, noting Sung Il’s silence asks him if he’s scared and mentions that Sung Il is a decent man for not fleeing whilst they had the chance. Sung Hee though is scrolling through her phone and partially listening to Noh Deok Gil introducing himself to someone on the phone when she realizes that the policemen had called her and Noh Deok Gil by name when they hadn’t given them their names. And sure enough, the real policemen get to Noh Deok Gil’s house where Hak Joo greets them like he’s the house owner (aha. Now I get the clothes change. Hahaha). When they ask about the reported fraud, Hak Joo replies that it must have been a prank call and the policemen leave. Jung Do meanwhile smiles as he tells the policemen who have led them out back and out of the station that he would buy them drinks later. Sung Il’s confused, not knowing what’s going on and the policemen walk away. Whilst Hak Joo is taking all the money and meeting Mi Joo in the car, Jung Do and Sung Il get into Bang Sil’s car and it’s there, whilst Jung Do is taking off their handcuffs that Jung Do tells him that the con was a success. They drive off laughing and Sung Hee who’s been searching through the station for them and the policemen catches just a glimpse of Jung Do’s smiling side profile.
3. The team makes their offer to Noh Deok Gil and Sung Hee spews vitriol
The team then meets with Noh Deok Gil to whom they spell out their terms: they will give him back his money as long as he stays quiet when they’re running their scam on Ma Jin Seok. Jung Do reminds him that because they didn’t leave any evidence behind, Noh Deok Gil can’t sue them and a civil litigation will take forever. As Noh Deok Gil sighs, all the team members, excluding Sung Il who can’t read the signs yet, smile as they know they’ve got him. Later that evening, Sung Hee shows up at the warehouse for a private chat with Sung ll who ends up telling her everything. Sung Hee though tells Sung Il not to go through with the plan as Ma Jin Seok is not worth Sung Il sacrificing his career. When she asks Sung Il if he would stop should she get the entire 5.77 million dollars, Sung Il answers that that won’t be possible as even Commissioner Ahn is on Ma Jin Seok’s side. Sung Hee though is convinced that she will be able to get the money and she leaves Sung Il after saying so. Outside, she runs into Jung Do who is surprised that she drinks and is now a public official when she’d studied art in school. Sung Hee gives a sarcastic smile as she states that after what he’d pulled on her, she learned to hate abstract ideas. Plus, public officials stick to the law. When Jung Do brings up her closeness to Sung Il, Sung Hee replies that she likes him because Sung Il is an honest and completely different from Jung Do. When Jung Do makes to speak, she tells him to not even attempt saying anything to her, should they run into each other because he disgusts her (ooh. Burn. And he deserves it too). And with those words, she walks away.
4. The good way vs. The con way
Sung Hee puts her plan into motion by appealing to No Seung to help her nab Ma Jin Seok. And so No Seung calls the entire team, briefs them about Ma Jin Seok and then they all head out to reel him in. They get to a car lot and start attaching clams to Ma Jin Seok’s many, many cars even as some members of their team calls them over to the entrance where Ma Jin Seok’s security team isn’t letting them in to see the man. They also get no luck with trying to seize property at Ma Jin Seok’s mother’s place, while his brother simply tosses his cigarette down at them from his safe position way up high in his penthouse office space. When they finally make it to Ma Jin Seok’s brother’s office, they get pushed out almost immediately. Sung Hee, frustrated with it all, calls Ma Jin Seok to tell him that she intends to report him to the prosecutors and if he doesn’t pay up, he will rot in jail. Meanwhile, our con squad is getting briefed about their planned real estate con where they sell someone a piece of land and pocket the profits. Jung Do smiles as he tells the team that it’s a fraud and there’s no need for them to make it hard. He points out the 16 acres plot of land, worth 240,000 dollars that they intend to sell to Ma Jin Seok; a piece of land that’s beside an an area that has stayed undeveloped for centuries because it’s been passed out through generations. He tells Bang Sil that they will need 2 large from her (so, 2 million then), and that the end game is the 6 million dollars they intend to get from Ma Jin Seok. Jung Do also states that they will also need Bang Sil’s reputation in the real estate business since just a word from her is enough to get everyone clamoring to buy the land. So, the plan is for Bang Sil to buy the land and lure Ma Jin Seok in by spreading the word that the plot is beside a soon to be redeveloped area and that the profit from it all will be enough to last Ma Jin Seok three generations and when Ma Jin Seok catches wind of the rumor, he will come looking for them, all on his own (smart. Very smart).
5. The world is filled with bullies and slime bags
Bang Sil is called away from the meeting to her office where Jae Sung is waiting for her and asking what it is that she’s planning with Jung Do. Sung Hee meanwhile meets with Commissioner Ahn who she asks for help in bringing the authorities into the matter. Commissioner Ahn though is stuck on the fact that there are processes in place and Sung Hee wants to break them. He starts reeling out the all the protocols she’s broken, from meeting with people who have nothing to do with the matter, to clamping their cars and disrupting their businesses. When Sung Hee mumbles that she really has to get Ma Jin Seok to pay up and she really needs Commissioner Ahn’s help, Commissioner Ahn tells her that what she should be doing instead is apologizing and promising to never do it again. Sung Hee just bows as she walks away without saying a world. Meanwhile, Jung Do is with Bang Sil and Ji Yeon on the land that Bang Sil has now bought. Jung Do praises her on acting quickly but Bang Sil informs him that a detective who knows everything that happened with Noh Deok Gi came over to her office and so, she wants out. When Jung Do explains that he can’t reel in Ma Jin Seok without her, Bang Sil suggests that he use Noh Deok Gi and even Jung Do explaining that Noh Deok Gi can’t be trusted to come through isn’t enough to convince Bang Sil to stay on the team. She does tell Jung Do to keep the land and calls it her farewell gift to him. That night, Jung Do heads home and receives a surprise visitor in the person of Jae Sung who comes in, critical of how Jung Do can afford his luxury apartment. He pulls Jung Do’s cheeks as he reminds him that he’d warned him about committing any fraudulent acts when he got out of prison and now he’s defrauded an old man. He brings up Jung Do’s family, calling Jung Do’s father a dirty cop (hmmm. And yet, why do I get the feeling that you are the dirty cop asshole. A dirty cop who probably framed Jung Do’s father) and saying that Jung Do is now following in his father’s fraudulent steps. As he says this, he hits Jung Do lightly on the face several times over until Jung Do finally uses his arm to block one of the hits. Jae Sung then slaps Jung Do hard across the face (what the?! How dare you you piece of shit!). He then calls Jung Do a piece of trash who didn’t pull off his con properly and who he can’t even do anything to because Jung Do stole too little. He then tells Jung Do to pull off a larger con so he can lock him up in prison and keep him there till Jung Do is 60, just like he did to Jung Do’s father.
6. Moving on to Plan B
Figuring out that it was Jae Sung that had probably spooked Bang Sil, Jung Do calls the team to change tactics. He decides to go with the golf option to reel in Ma Jin Seok and has Mi Joo get a job at the indoor golf place that Ma Jin Seok visits three times a week like clockwork. Next, Ja Wang provides the team with remote controls and a back end piece which Hak Joo, pretending to be a repairman, installs on the systems at the indoor golf company. He then shows Mi Joo how to work the remote telling her that 1 press is over par, 2 is under par and 3 is for an ace in a hole. Mi Joo practices with the remote and sure enough, she’s able to muddle the system so the golfer who is at the moment working on her swing keeps missing and then out of blue sinks a hole. Next up is Sung Il who Jung Do appoints to be their golfer. Except, Sung Il sucks at even hitting the ball which causes a dilemma for Mi Joo who can’t rig the system if Sung Il can’t even hit the ball. As Sung Il continues to practice, Ma Jin Seok shows up for his weekly game of golf. Remembering Jung Do’s words that a conman is a crocodile and not a lion and so Sung Il should wait till he’s approached, Sung Il continues playing his game. When he makes an ace in the hole though, the cheering catches Ma Jin Seok’s notice, and he’s surprised to see Sung Il there, playing golf. When Sung Il mentions that he plays golf as a hobby, Ma Jin Seok scoffs and Sung Il returns to playing the game, remembering that Jung Do had told him it was okay for him to play the game using just his own skills as they need Ma Jin Seok to think that Sung Il’s a pushover. Sung Il does just that and plays so dismally that Ma Jin Seok laughs at him and even walks over to him to ask after his daughter and mentions how the world is now equal, now everyone plays golf, and the kids of both the rich and the poor study in the same classroom (asshat. I hope they collect even more money from you). As Ma Jin Seok continues to run his mouth, Sung Il remembers Jung Do also telling him that that is what Ma Jin Seok is, a mother-in-law they’re all mad at because his money is not his, it’s his taxes and yet he’s flaunting it all over the place. As the words ring in Sung Il’s head, he remembers Ma Jin Seok offering his daughter money with that annoying smirk as he told her to get her uniform dry cleaned, and he’s filled with renewed anger as Jung Do’s words that he should follow his heart, echo in his mind.
7. A golf takedown spurred by anger
As Sung Il tries to get a handle on his anger, Ma Jin Seok who notices that he’s stopped, smirks as he says that Sung Il’s just like his daughter then, both of them good for nothing (why you Asshole. Someone punch him in the face!). Sung Il, having had enough drops his golf club in his golf bag and tells Ma Jin Seok that he talks to much for a man. Whilst Ma Jin Seok’s splutters at the insult, Sung Il tells him that they should compete (go Sung Il. That’s the phoenix rising right there, and it’s a beauty to see). Ma Jin Seok laughs, accusing Sung Il of acting up, especially because Sung Il doesn’t have any money. Sung Il agrees to not having money but he needs a car and he wants to buy said car with Ma Jin Seok’s money. Ma Jin Seok smiles even as Mi Joo looks frustrated at Sung Il for going off-script. When Ma Jin Seok asks what Sung Il’s willing to bet, Sung Il offers to let him go, not pursue him about his taxes anymore if Ma Jin Seok wins. The offer is very tempting and Ma Jin Seok agrees to a bet of 1000 dollars per pocketed hole (that is one expensive hole I’m telling ya). The game kicks off and although Ma Jin Seok is initially making some decent shots, Mi Joo comes in and soon Ma Jin Seok’s shots keep missing and Sung Il starts to pocket a whole lot of cash (hehehehe. Ma Jin Seok’s frustrated expression is the best). When Sung Il suggests that maybe Ma Jin Seok’s tired and needs to take a break, Ma Jin Seok insists that they have to keep playing (aha. They’ve got you good there Ma Jin Seok. Got you dreaming and believing that soon your luck will turn around and you’ll win. The addict’s curse). The game starts again but Ma Jin Seok spots something fishy in Sung Il’s leg work and balance and he also catches just a glimpse of the remote that Mi Joo’s holding. The minute he tells her not to move and walks over to her, quick thinking Mi Joo drops the remote into her glass of Cola and takes a sip (argh! Electromagnetic energy. That shouldn’t be healthy for you to drink Mi Joo). Over in the bathroom, Ma Jin Seok is still angry at the loss and Sung Il attempts to cheer him up when he joins him, claiming that the money isn’t that much anyway (hahaha). Sung Il then offers to take Ma Jin Seok out for a drink, claiming that they’re now friends. When Ma Jin Seok tells him that he doesn’t drink, Sung Il offers to buy him a meal, saying that he doesn’t feel right taking Ma Jin Seok’s money and so he will return the money to the man when they eat. He walks away and Ma Jin Seok laughs as he calls Sung Il a silly jerk.
8. Baiting Ma Jin Seok
Bang Sil is going through some papers alone, with the news on in the background when Ji Yeon brings her some documents with regards a new project they want to undertake. She mentions to Bang Sil that since it’s a large one, they would probably have to schedule a visit with Chairman Wang (please do. I want to see Chairman Wang’s face, please). Bang Sil’s attention however is taken up by the news and Gab Soo’s appearance on the screen, announcing yet another tax increase. Bang Sil tsks as she rhetorically asks why it is that taxes keep going up each year whilst real estate and corporate tax go down. She answers her own question by saying that it’s become the lawmakers have gotten rich. She admits that although she herself is rich, it isn’t fair. Meanwhile, at Sung Il’s dinner with Ma Jin Seok, Ma Jin Seok is all huffy about not eating because he doesn’t like the smell of the meat and the company in front of him. When he makes to get Sung Il to say what he wants to say, Sung Il excuses himself to take a call from a Mr. Kim, all the while leaving the door just a bit open (you’ve learned well Sung Il) so Ma Jin Seok can overhear his conversation with Mr. Kim who he explains to that although he is interested in the Hwaseong New Town thing, he doesn’t have as large an amount as is being asked for. Immediately, Ma Jin Seok’s ears perk up. Sung Il repeats that he really is interested but doesn’t have enough money, although he tries to confirm that the money he would have otherwise made would be able to buy him a dozen cars (hahaha). Jung Do who is on the other end of the call tells him to cut it out with all the car crap (hahaha. But it does make his claim a bit more viable though. Ma Jin Seok already knows just how obsessed with cars Sung Il is). He ends the call by telling Mr. Kim to keep him updated on anything else happening, but manages to ramble again till Jung Do cuts him off. Back in the room with Ma Jin Seok, Ma Jin Seok admits to overhearing the conversation and asks Sung Il to give him the gist. Sung Il convincingly pretends like he doesn’t want to spill but when Ma Jin Seok insists, he tells him about having a contact in Hwaseong City and then stops, claiming that he doesn’t want to spill such sensitive and confidential information (wow Sung Il. You’re getting really good at this). When Ma Jin Seok replies that he’s a businessman who is well aware of the importance of secrecy, Sung Il starts to spin his web by telling Ma Jin Seok about the guy who used to work for him but who now works in urban development at Hwaseong City, who told him about a soon to begin development in the area. He continues that his friend told him to buy some pieces of land in the area because the prices will be sure to leap. Ma Jin Seok is definitely interested as he asks Sung Il for the earning rate, and he’s impressed when Sung Il replies that it’s five times the investment. He pretends not to be though and leaves to go use the bathroom. Sung Il correctly guesses that Ma Jin Seok’s gone to make a call and he sends a text to Jung Do who is at the moment with Noh Deok Gi. So, whe Man Jin Seok calls Noh Deok Gi asking about the investment, Noh Deok Gi acts surprised that Ma Jin Seok heard about it because he had to pay a lot of money to get the information. He then tells Ma Jin Seok to invest everything he has because the investment will surely pan out well and they would be swimming in cash. Ma Jin Seok falls for it and comes back to the room to ask Sung Il to introduce him to his friend in Hwaseong City and in return, he will give Sung Il five percent of the profits (and that’s what we call taking the bait).
9. Commissioner Ahn is a jackass
Sung Il just finishes making a call informing the person on the other end that the meeting with his friend in Hwaseong City is set for two days from then, when he runs into Commissioner Ahn who tells him that his disciplinary hearing is in two weeks. He suggests that Sung Il take some time off and go on a much needed vacation. When Sung Il asks him what the hell he’s talking about, Commissioner Ahn tells him that once the informant for the bribery case steps forward and gives his testimony, Sung Il won’t just be suspended but dismissed from his post. Sung Il replies that he knows that Ma Jin Seok’s the informant and asks if it was Commissioner Ahn that had tipped off Ma Jin Seok on the day they’d gone to the man’s house. Sure enough, flashback confirms that it had been Commissioner Ahn who had called Ma Jin Seok. Sung Il continues that he’s sure it’s Commissioner Ahn especially because the two of them had seemed particularly close when they played golf together. Commissioner Ahn merely calls Sung Il imaginative and Sung Il asks him if he’s not ashamed to look at his kids. Commissioner Ahn says he isn’t because he gives his son everything his son wants and so his son loves him (not necessarily. He probably just sees you as a piggybank is all). At the words, Sung Il asks Commissioner Ahn what happened to him and the latter merely tells him to worry about himself because he fully intends to dig into the case so Sung Il can never step foot into City Hall again. He then tells Sung Il to take the time off and think about the kind of work he will do after he’s fired; maybe writing perhaps.
10. Ma Jin Seok changes the game
Just as Commissioner Ahn leaves, Sung Il spots Ma Jin Seok who’s come into the office to ask to meet Sung Il’s friend at Hwaseong City that very same day. His reason, he’s suspicious that everything is falling so neatly into place. When Sung Il asks him if he’s suspicious of him, Ma Jin Seok denies that, claiming that he just knows a lot of people who’ve tried to con him or approached him for his money and his way of sifting the bad ones out is by rearranging the appointment. And all because he’s well aware that the real people won’t have a problem with it, and because swindlers then to need everything set in place for the day of the appointment and so they work towards that time. When Sung Il insists that he’s not lying or trying to pull a fast one on him, Ma Jin Seok insists that they go meet Sung Il’s friend at Hwaseong City, seeing that if he’s a staff then he should he at the office when they get there (Nooooooo. This is bad. This is very bad). When Sung Il tries to delay the visit till the agreed time, Ma Jin Seok accuses him of acting suspiciously. With no other choice Sung Il agrees, then calls a still sleeping Jung Do and addresses him as Mr. Kim. Jung Do is at first confused especially because Sung Il can’t come straight out and tell him the details because Ma Jin Seok is listening in. Finally, Jung Do is able to piece together what Sung Il’s saying and rushes out of the house searching for a car he can drive. Meanwhile Jae Sung gets a call from Noh Deok Gi, informing him about a fraud committed by Jung Do (seriously, how do you two know each other?). Jung Do in the meanwhile is heading to Hwaseong City as he calls Ja Wang and tells him to have the website up and running in an hour. Just as he screams at Wa Jung that Ma Jin Seok seems to be onto them and they will be dead if they fail, a truck rams into Jung Do (Gah! My heart just stopped).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because this asshole gives me the creeps, insulted Jung Do’s entire family and then hit Jung Do. I want to slap him so hard that he will see stars and his ears will ring. I want him tied up in a room where everyone he’s ever hit gets the chance to beat the ever living shit out of him. Argh!
Headache inducing moment:
Because Ma Jin Seok, the rat bastard changed the game and I was so anxious because I knew that an unexpected wrench in the works means that everyone is not on their A-game and Jung Do isn’t even at Hwaseong City yet. And then to make it worse, it started the ripple effect that led to Jung Do’s accident. Like seriously, damn Ma Jin Seok and his too smart brain. Although something tells me that Noh Deok Gi probably gave him a heads up.
This episode’s a Cucumber Cooler Cocktail. It’s light and refreshing but with that kick you get from the final scene of Jung Do’s accident, him being disoriented and the ticking clock in the background. And we have to wait an entire week to see if the team pulled off the con. Dammit!