Jung Do’s the master at planning several steps ahead and unravelling his plans in the most precise of fashion. He’s still focused on the big picture and pulling off his assignment and it fills us and him with satisfaction as he starts to knock down the players. Sung Hee finally learns her lesson, although it comes in the face of tragedy and Sung Il’s had enough and believes it’s time for the good guys to strike back.
Top 10 Moments:
- The Squad gets to work
Figuring he has enough time, what with him being on a forced leave and all, Sung Il’s all up for he and the Con Squad going after the tax evaders together. And sure enough, they get to work, from stealing a woman’s car, to get her to pay her tax arrears back in return for it, to Min Joo pulling off her seduction tactic with another evader who passes out drunk and is unaware that five thousand dollars out of the five thousand, seven hundred dollars he was charged for drinks, was paid as his taxes (hahaha). They even pull off cons with parking tickets, use Hak Joo’s way of getting medical insurance money from people and Bang Sil joins the fray by threatening her way through her list of tax evaders. Soon the phone lines at the tax evasion office are ringing and even Sung Hee, surprised at everything that’s going on gets calls from people suddenly in a rush to pay their tax arrears. Even Gab Soo’s told the news, which shocks him, whilst our Con Squad brings in so much money that the news reports that twenty million dollars will now be added to children’s education in the state.
2. Jung Do and Sung Il have a bittersweet goodbye
The team meets after their work’s done and even Bang Sil admits that it’s been fun to do the work when Jung Do thanks her. Alone with the rest of the team, they all celebrate and drink up, although Sung Il when called to make a speech doesn’t have the words to say (awwww). He does wonder what Jung Do would do now that they’re done and Jung Do asks what else he can do as a conman other than to con people. He asks if Sung Il wants to tell him to live a straight life and not con people anymore but Sung Il surprises him by just telling him not to get caught (awwww) as he figures that if he ends up retaining his job and Jung Do doesn’t end up in jail, then they’ll be sure to meet again. Jung Do smiles and warns Sung Il to only buy cars from a dealership and his clothes at a store (hahaha. I’m laughing and crying all at once). He tells Sung Il that when they meet again, they should have drinks together (no, I’m not crying. Something just got in my eye), and the two of them join the rest of the squad in their celebrations.
3. Sung Il’s back at work but everything’s gone to shit
Sung Il wakes up the next morning at his house gate, having been too drunk to head in. His wife’s not amused and hits him, wondering how he could be so irresponsible, even as she tells him to quit his job if its so hard for him to do. Sung Il just smiles secretly to himself, and is still smiling when he gets to the office and hears people whispering about all the people who suddenly upped and paid their taxes. His smile slips though when he gets to his team station and sees Commissioner Ahn there asking him if he had a great break. He leaves after telling Sung Il to wear a suit the next day for his hearing with the disciplinary committee, and even though he tells Sung Il that he was just congratulating his team on doing a great job in Sung Il’s absence, the teams expression doesn’t make it seem like it’s so. After Commissioner Ahn finally leaves, Sung Il asks them what happened and Chang Ho fills him on the them going after Bang Pil Gyu. The news hits Sung Il hard and he asks them where Sung Hee’s at. Sung Hee’s at the moment with Gab Soo (who it turns out, is the mayor of the City, uh-oh) who works, as the news report stating that the tax office had used excessive force to charge taxes, flashes across the screen. As Sung Hee waits in silence, we see No Seung try to convince Sung Il not to go in to see the mayor. Sung Il though is angry that they did it in the first place without checking with him and he tells No Seung that he knows it was No Seung that put the idea in Sung Hee’s head (true). No Seung though believes that they had a good enough reason but Sung Il’s not convinced as he reminds No Seung about what had happened to Min Shik. But that’s the reason why No Seung had done that, because he’d feared that Sung Il would end up like Min Shik. Sung Il though, just tells No Seung not to worry about him, and should instead just focus on getting his pension so he wouldn’t get hurt. Meanwhile, Gab Soo asks Sung Hee if the reason why she’d acted that way was because she’d wanted to help Sung Il. Sung Hee takes full responsibility for the fiasco however, and Gab Soo points out that what they’d done had been an abuse of power. Sung Il replies that they’d thought of sharing the pain amongst themselves, rather than leaving just one person to suffer. She apologizes and Gab Soo offers to make sure that Sung Il doesn’t get disciplined if Sung Hee apologizes to Bang Pil Gyu and promises that nothing of that nature will ever happen again. When Sung Hee agrees to it, Gab Soo cancels Sung Il’s disciplinary hearing and tells her to keep what he’s asked of her a secret between the both of them.
4. Bang Pil Gyu makes a subtle threat
Commissioner Ahn meets with Bang Pil Gyu who asks if it’s true that Ma Jin Seok had paid off all his taxes. Commissioner Ahn confirms it although he doesn’t know why Ma Jin Seok had done so and Bang Pil Gyu jokingly tells him that Ma Jin Seok had claimed he’d been conned by one of the tax officials. Bang Pil Gyu disregards the words as Ma Jin Seok ranting though and asks Commissioner Ahn if he’s aware of the team that had come to his house. Commissioner Ahn replies that he’s heard and when Bang Pil Gyu ascertains that the team had acted on their own without support from Gab Soo or Commissioner Ahn, Commissioner Ahn replies that he’ll be sure to curb the City Hall members responsible. Bang Pil Gyu though isn’t willing to let it go and mentions that the situation reminds him of what had happened six years prior (with Min Shik I’m guessing). The words are understood because immediately he’s done with meeting Bang Pil Gyu, Commissioner Ahn calls Gab Soo and relays the message, stating that he thinks Bang Pil Gyu is of the opinion that they’re going after him on purpose. At the words, Gab Soo calls for a meeting.
5. Sung Hee’s still being delusional and Jung Do was behind the whole thing
On their drive together, Sung Hee cuts in before Sung Il can ask her about Bang Pil Gyu by asking him if it was he and Jung Do that had been responsible for the default taxpayers on their list paying up their taxes. Sung Il admits that he and Jung Do had gone after Ma Jin Seok as per their agreement, but Jung Do had gone after the other defaulters to help him. Sung Hee then tells Sung Il the good news, that his hearing been cancelled. She doesn’t tell him the why of it however but just tells him that now, they can concentrate on going after the defaulters with Sung Il being his ferocious self and them not needing help from any of the conmen (oh sweetie, you’re still all idealistic and delusional aren’t you? What a pity). She tells Sung Il that if he agrees, then she will leave Bang Pil Gyu alone and Sung Il is soon dreaming about making commissioner and wondering if he can rise to the position. Sung Hee scoffs that of course he can, because if Commissioner Ahn can pull it off, then Sung Il can pull it off as well, especially considering that Commissioner Ahn’s catchphrase is, “No it’s impossible”. Turns out she was right as that’s exactly what Commissioner Ahn is saying to the caller on the other end of the line (hahaha) as he tries to convince the person that he will get all the proof needed to prove that Sung Il had collected bribe. He tells the person that he’s heading into meet with the informant who turns out to be none other than Jung Do (wait, what?!) who smiles his cheeky grin. Turns out Jung Do had placed the call about the bribe when he’d been in his cell after Sung Il and Deok Bae had caught him (wait, why was he allowed to have his phone with him?) and the phone call had caused the domino effect for Sung Il. Now, Commissioner Ahn speaks with Jung Do asking for proof that can be used to nail Sung Il on his bribery charge. Except, Jung Do laughs it off as him making a prank call when he’d been bored (hahaha). Commissioner Ahn isn’t laughing and asks him what he takes the Tax Collection office for. But Jung Do threatens to scream should the good old commissioner try anything and points out that he could always turn Commissioner Ahn into the next Baek Sung Il. And with those words, he walks away, leaving Commissioner Ahn to grumble about his shitty day (hahahaha).
6. Jung Do’s a crafty, lovable bastard
Jung Do pays a visit to Jae Sung who’s in prison and asks him if he really did take bribes. When Jae Sung asks if Jung Do’s suspecting him as well, Jung Do consoles him by saying that Jae Sung will be out of prison soon enough then. Jae Sung though takes the words as Jung Do pitying him and Jung Do drops the pretense by pointing out that Jae Sung had said the exact same words to Jung Do’s father. Jung Do continues that he knows Jae Sung is innocent (oooh. So he was the one that framed him), but Jae Sung won’t be able to get out just like Jung Do’s father can’t get out either thanks to someone. As Jae Sung realizes that he’s been had, Jung Do confirms it by telling him that he was the one who’d had Noh Deok Gi call Jae Sung (what the… Jung Do, you crafty lovable bastard) and smiles that Jae Sung’s been had by the little kid he used to buy lollipop for. His face hardens as he says one down, two to go, and then he warns Jae Sung not to give him a reason to come after him.
7. Coming after Sung Hee and No Seung
The team receives a call from Sang Ho, a popular destitute man who’s always come to beg to be let off of having to pay his taxes, and who now wants to pay said taxes. He insists on paying it directly to Sung Hee though and No Seung and Chang Ho head out to meet with Sung Hee so that they can all collect the taxes together (hmmm. I still don’t think Bang pil Gyu’s let the whole matter of Sung Hee barging into his house go. Why do I have the feeling that this is him going after her?). However, No Seung and Chang Ho get there first and whilst they wait, No Seung asks Chang Ho what he wants to do when his contract expires. Chang Ho replies that he wants to become a police officer and No Seung warns him not to sleep on the job like he’s been doing at the Taxation office. Chang Ho though confesses that he sleeps because that’s the only way to make the others comfortable. He explains that because he’s just a contract worker, he’s not really treated like a member of the team and rather than have them feel awkward, he pretends to be asleep and they wake him up whenever he’s needed (awwww). No Seung’s impressed and Chang Ho leaves to use the restroom. He leaves just as Sang Ho arrives, clutching a package he insists he has to give to Sung Hee. No Seung, wonders what’s the big deal in the package and grabs it. He opens it and is stunned to see all the money inside it. He brings out some notes to demand where Sang Ho got the money from and Chang Ho who returns notices a masked man taking picture of No Seung holding the money. The minute Chang Ho calls No Seung’s attention to it, the man takes off and Chang Ho chases after him. Sung Hee arrives just as in the tussle with Sang Ho, No Seung falls and all the money flies around. Hearing No Seung say she should chase after Sang Ho, Sung Hee gives chase and it’s soon two sets of chases going on. Sung Hee misses Sang Ho who’s able to escape but Chang Ho catches up with the masked man. He’s just about to go through the camera and delete the pictures when an unseen person knocks him out with a pipe.
8. The cleanup
Sung Il gets to the hospital where Chang Ho’s in a critical condition and he’s informed that someone had targeted Sung Hee and No Seung. He demands for Sang Ho’s address and heads to Sang Ho’s house. Whilst Sang Ho’s seeing his altercation with No Seung all over the news, with the money in contention, Sung Il remembers when Min Shik had confronted Bang Pil Gyu in his house and Bang Pil Gyu had told Min Shik that he would remember Min Shik’s name. Shortly afterwards, Min Shik had been accused of taking bribes. As Sung Il races along to get to Sang Ho’s house on time, Sang Ho’s wife gets home and is horrified to find him dead (I was so expecting that). Meanwhile, Deok Bae gets a surprise visitor at the police station, who’s come to turn himself in for having attacked Chang Ho. Sung Il comes running into the station and sees the perpetuator is Ma Jin Seok, at about the same time we hear Bang Pil Gyu telling Choi Chul Woo what a wonderful country they live in because poor people can kill each other and tear out each other’s throat for them. He smiles as he states that poor people can also be used by them.
9. The blow comes in threes
Sung Il asks Ma Jin Seok if he really was the one that did put Chang Ho in his present state. Ma Jin Seok doesn’t see what the big deal is and when Sung Il grabs him, he points out that if Sung Il and Jung Do hadn’t barged into his life, he wouldn’t be where he’s at at the moment. When Sung Il asks him if he was acting on Bang Pil Gyu’s orders, Ma Jin Seok points out that Sung Il should have let it go with him and shouldn’t have gone after Bang Pil Gyu. He points out that the rich live to make money whilst the poor live to curse out the rich and tells Sung Il that his team should have just cursed at Bang Pil Gyu instead of trying to take Bang Pil Gyu’s money, which had provoked Bang Pil Gyu into paying someone to try and set up No Seung and Sung Il. Except, Chang Ho had seen it and intervened. When Sung Il asks if it was Ma Jin Seok that had hit Chang Ho, he learns that it was Ho Seok and Ma Jin Seok had been offered a chance to get back into Bang Pil Gyu’s good graces by taking the fall for Ho Seok. He smiles as he tells Sung Il that he’ll be back out in a year and tells Sung Il not to try anything with the police because the police chief of the station is good friends with Bang Pil Gyu. Whilst Sung Il’s still trying to deal with the news, he gets a call from No Seung who believes he should take responsibility for everything that’s happened because Commissioner Ahn also agrees. And even though Sung Il screams that he’s playing into Bang Pil Gyu’s hands, No Seung states that he will resign and tells Sung Il to just keep his head low till he gets his pension. Sung Il has barely dealt with the news when he gets a phone call and has to run to witness Sang Ho’s burial in progress.
10. Sung Hee’s finally learned her lesson and Sung Il’s had enough
Sung Il heads back to the station where he notices Sung Hee being questioned. Deok Bae confirms Ma Jin Seok’s words by voicing his suspicious that his chief is really intent on getting the case closed. And although Sung Il objects, Deok Bae points out the fact that the station is just like the Taxation Office in which once the superiors decide on something, they’re able to railroad their way into seeing it accomplished. After her questioning, Sung Hee meets Sung Il and explains that whilst she was being questioned, she’d remembered that the last words she’d told Sang Ho was for him to go out and find work. Now she regrets having spoken so harshly and the fact that although she’d wronged Sang Ho, she’d been about to apologized to Bang Pil Gyu instead. She leaves in tears and Sung Il sighs as he heads home. Whilst in the cab, he flashes back to when Bang Pil Gyu had told his team, led by Min Shik not to confuse pity with authority because the authority they (the tax collection workers) think they exercise was birthed from their (the rich) pity (Damn). He’d told them that they can eat, sleep, poop, buy and use things because people like Bang Pil Gyu donated to them out of pity. And so they shouldn’t yap to him about him doing his duty as a citizen because he doesn’t owe the nation anything and it’s the nation instead who owes him. Sung Il finds himself outside Jung Do’s door and when Jung Do answers, wondering what’s brought him in so late, Sung Il asks Jung Do if truly money can accomplish everything. He begins to explain all the atrocities that had been committed thanks to money but stops and tells Jung Do that he needs to bring the baddies down and wants he and Jung Do to do one more job (you go Sung Il! Make them pay.).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
Because I could sense it. The minute Sang Ho started reacting suspiciously and clutching onto the bag, my mind began to race with the number of things that could be in it, from a bomb to a biological weapon. Of course it turned out to be bribe money but the devastation that followed in its wake was still disastrous. Damn!
This episode’s a Monte Cassino because let’s face it, seeing Chang Ho hurt and No Seung having to resign was painful and bitter and it was made so much worse with how casually Bang Pil Gyu made reference to the fact that human lives can be bought and traded with money. But, oh that sweet satisfaction at the end when our big teddybear of a Tax Collection officer realizes that he’s had enough and has to take the baddies down, is worth all that bitterness because it tastes so sweet.