Hye Kyung gets yet another case that adds to the mystery that’s her husband’s conviction. Tae Joon continues to help behind the scenes but is he helping her or helping himself? Joong Won’s not as idealistic as he once was but he still offers support and Hye Kyung’s got yet another win in the bag.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Hye Kyung’s threatened and meets her next client
Hye Kyung spends her night dreaming about Tae Joon having sex with the other woman and the morning dealing with Sang Il who corners her after she’s sent her kids off to school and asks her if she thinks Tae Joon’s innocent. Hye Kyung admits that she thought him guilty before but Sang Il’s insistence is making her think there might be some sort of coverup. Sang Il then drops the bomb that Tae Joon cheating or her was not a one-time thing and they have even more videos they’re holding back out of respect for her and the kids. Hye Kyung tells Sang Il that if he has the evidence, he should provide it rather than try to attempt blackmailing her. Sang Il replies that Tae Joon’s the one that’s known to blackmail people but Hye Jung won’t be used against Tae Joon and makes to walk away. Sang Il though stops her by mentioning the accident she’d gotten into shortly after she’d finished training school. He alludes to the fact that if he were to probe any deeper, something might come up that would prevent her from practicing law but Hye Kyung’s had enough and tells him to do his worst. She drives off, ignoring him calling out after her that she should choose between the rest of her life and her cheating husband. At the law firm, Hye Kyung has to battle away Joon Ho being a smug and annoying know-it-all intent on showing her videos of the latest news on Tae Joon (he’s doing it on purpose of course. Jerk) and then head into her briefing with her new client: Eun Joo who’s brought a rape case to the firm and who has a gangster looking man who claims to be her ‘boyfriend’ right beside her. The man’s an insensitive lout, more focused on the money he’ll be able to collect from the chaebol who’d raped Eun Joo than on Eun Joo herself and everyone picks up on it. Myung Hee also picks up on how attentive Hye Kyung is to Eun Joo and when she, Hye Kyung and Joong Won discuss about the client, she reminds Hye Kyung that Hye Kyung can’t judge whether or not a client is telling the truth from the person’s face. Joong Won though believes more in the fact that taking on the case will bring the law firm a lot of money and states that he will talk to a Mooil (the chaebol group) company lawyer to source for information. He and Hye Kyung have a little moment when Joong Won mentions that the lawyer was in his training school class and Myung Hee’s sharp eyes catch it, although she doesn’t say anything.
2. The Mooil lawyer is an utter scumbag and Hye Kyung and Joong Won get all the confirmation they need
Back in her office, Hye Kyung finds the file annoying Joo Ho had sent to her which has yet another news report, but this one’s about Tae Joon’s hearing date and how ironic that the tables have turned for the man who used to go after politicians and fellow prosecutors who have broken the law. The report is of course not complete without the audio recording (because they’ve been banned from airing the visual) of Tae Joon having sex with the mystery woman as the woman asks him if his wife doesn’t do it to him. Kim Dan arrives with all the files needed for Hye Kyung’s case and the two women share a moment about the news report. At lunch, the Mooil lawyer brings up where he’d seen Hye Kyung’s face before and mentions her husband’s scandal, claiming that he’d always thought of Tae Joon as smart and would have never thought that he would be caught. Joong Won thankfully changes the conversation to the chaebol heir and the lawyer’s quick to defend his client that the sex was consensual and it wasn’t rape. Joong Won mentions that they’d never said anything about the case and the Mooil lawyer then writes out an amount on a paper napkin, states that that’s the most they can go up to and leaves. The act and the amount being offered is the final confirmation Hye Kyung and Joong Won need to know that it was indeed rape.
3. Hye Kyung is all about doing what’s right, Joong Won, not so much
Whilst waiting for Myung Hee, Joong Won and Eun Joo’s ‘boyfriend’, Hye Kyung asks Eun Joo why Eun Joo had personally asked for her. Eun Joo replies that it’s because she’d seen Hye Kyung being vilified on screen for something she didn’t do and figured Hye Kyung would be the right person to understand her perspective. It’s these words that drive Hye Kyung so when Joong Won and Myung Hee step into the room with chaebol rapist’s offer: four hundred thousand dollars, and Eun Joo had explained her misgivings in not being able to tell the truth even though she was raped, Hye Kyung steps up to inform Eun Joo that if she pushes through with the trial, things would get messy, but what’s ultimately important is what Eun Jo wants. When Eun Jo specifically asks Hye Kyung what she would do if she was in her position, Joong Won tries to salvage the situation by getting Hye Kyung to meet with him outside the room, but Hye Kyung doesn’t budge and tells Eun Joo that if it was her, she would fight and prove to the spoilt chaebol rapist that not everything can be covered up with money. Eun Joo’s delighted at the words whilst Myung Hee, Joong Won and Eun Joo’s ‘boyfriend’ are not. Joong Won has Hye Kyung follow him into his office and tries to pressurize her into accepting the money on behalf of the client stating that Mooil would simply keep delaying the hearing till everyone’s tired and even with that, Eun Joo will not be able to get any money again. Hye Kyung though speaks for Eun Joo who wants an apology and an admission that chaebol rapist did her wrong but Joong Won believes that four hundred thousand dollars is sufficient apology. When Hye Kyung brings up the fact that Joong Won’s changed, he doesn’t deny it stating that they were both naive in the past, but times have changed. Hye Kyung replies that maybe it’s because she’s a newbie lawyer who would soon get fired but she doesn’t think the issue should end with just collecting money. Joong Won reminds her that it won’t be easy and should anything go wrong, she’ll be held responsible. When he asks her if she’ll be okay and she still insists on following it through, he places the call to Mooil’s smarmy lawyer to state their terms that they want chaebol rapist to make an apology. The lawyer though informs them that they should have taken the money because they won’t be getting an apology and the matter won’t be going to trial either but will instead end with the prosecutor closing the investigation and Eun Joo being accused of making false claims. The words have Eun Joo’s boyfriend storming off after snarling that she should have taken the money and declaring that he would find a way of collecting it. Joong Won’s concern though is why Mooil’s so convinced that the case won’t proceed any further and he tells Hye Kyung to dig into it.
4. Hye Kyung’s case gets tricky
Back in her office, Eun Joo tells Hye Kyung how the story went down. She’d taken a break from studying to go to a bar and had been called up to the VIP lounge by chaebol rapist. The mood had been light and she’d been drinking and although she didn’t drink much, she got drunk fast and was soon asleep. By the time she regained consciousness, it was in the middle of the act and she couldn’t reach her taser or scream because chaebol rapist had her mouth covered. She’d later gone to the hospital with her ‘boyfriend’ who it turns out is simply someone she’d once worked with, because she didn’t want her friends to know. But things get complicated when Kim Dan comes in after investigating and it turns out that Eun Joo had once worked in an adult entertainment establishment, plus her ‘boyfriend’ is actually the driver responsible for driving the girls to where they’re needed. He also has a past conviction, meaning he’s not a credible witness. When Hye Kyung asks Eun Joo if there’s anyone else who could testify for her, Eun Jo mentions a coworker Ye Ji, who’d come along as well. Back at Joong Won’s office, Kim Dan and Hye Kyung get into an argument about the believability of Eun Joo’s statement and Kim Dan warns her about feeling sorry for her clients as it would just make things complicated. Joong Won though is more concerned about the fact that there is a sperm sample, meaning that chaebol rapist, who it turns out is married, can be able to be taken to court, where they can then fight to convince the judge that the sex was forced and not consensual and yet the Mooil lawyer is convinced that he’s got the case in the bag. Hye Kyung wonders if maybe they’ve bought the witness Ye Ji, and Joong Won sends them off to investigate.
5. Kim Dan gets busted and Hye Kyung learns more about Tae Joon’s proclivities
Kim Dan’s plan is to talk to her contact in the Prosecutor’s office (her lover from the previous episode). Except, they get caught by Do Sub whilst Kim Dan’s looking through the files, meaning there’s yet another sit-down between Sang Il and Hye Kyung. Sang Il’s convinced that Hye Kyung’s doing it for Tae Joon because the last company Tae Joon had been investigating was Mooil Group (seriously dude. If you keep harping on this, people would really think you have something to hide). Hye Kyung insists that it has nothing to do with Tae Joon and she’s just fighting for Eun Jo. Sang Il though doesn’t believe Eun Jo’s story because there’s no evidence that Eun Jo was raped. He gives yet another warning that Hye Kyung should cut off her ties with Tae Joon (dude you sound like a broken record) and then Kim Dan’s dragged off to be interrogated. Hye Kyung apologizes for getting her into the mess and Kim Dan hugs her and uses the opportunity to slip Ye Ji’s last work address into Hye Kyung’s pocket (the girl’s sly and smart. Love that). The address leads her to the adult entertainment establishment and thankfully Joong Won comes to help and vaguely threatens the madam into providing them with her contact list for the girls. So, as Joong Won goes through the list looking for Ye Ji’s number, a curious Hye Kyung goes through their portfolio where she sees a picture of Amber: the woman in the sex video with Tae Jin. Turns out Amber’s a dominatrix and a very popular one at that and as she sees it, she recalls Sang Il telling her that it wasn’t a one-time mistake on the part of Tae Joon. Just as she asks if Tae Joon’s one of Amber’s regular customers, the madam recalls Hye Kyung’s face from the news and Hye Kyung has to leave.
6. Hye Kyung learns of Tae Joon pulling the strings behind the scene and Do Sub’s yet another informant for Kim Dan (how many does she have?)
Hye Kyung heads to the prison to see Tae Joon who’d requested to see her. She brings up Sang Il’s obsession with her letting go of Tae Joon and Tae Joon waves it away as Sang Il’s desire to climb up the ranks by having Tae Joon away from the prosecutor’s office. Tae Jon then brings up Hye Kyung’s present case stating that it would help them and Eun Joo as well. Hye Kyung wonders if Tae Joon slept with Eun Joo because how could he know Eun Joo’s name when he claims not to know the name of the woman’s he’s slept with. Hye Kyung supplies the name though: Amber, and starts grilling Tae Joon. He gets upset, claiming he’s not like that but Hye Kyung’s done living her life with blinders on and asks him if he’d gone to see Amber on their daughter: Seo Yeon’s birthday when he’d claimed to be working. She states that she’d thought Sang Il had been spouting nonsense when he’d talked about Tae Joon’s connection to the case but now she’s not so sure. Tae Joon replies that he’d recommended Hye Kyung to Eun Joo because he’d thought Eun Joo’s case would help build Hye Kyung’s reputation at the firm, meaning she would be able to retain her job with them. Hye Kyung wonders if he’s been doing background checks on her (yes sweetie. He has) and warns him that she’s not interested in his help. Tae Joon replies that she’d started her career late because of him and he wants to help in any way he can. Someone else who’s helping her out, although she doesn’t know it, is Do Sub who meets with Kim Dan when she’s released and passes her a flash drive with the files she’d wanted (would you look at that. I must say, I didn’t see that coming). Kim Dan then informs Hye Kyung that it wasn’t chaebol rapist’s sperm that was found on Eun Joo. They head in to visit Eun Joo at her university and when she’s informed of the result, she wonders if maybe the results were tampered with. Hye Kyung’s distracted though with thoughts of Eun Joo and Tae Joon and Kim Dan ends up continuing with the questioning where it’s discovered that Eun Joo had left her bag at the lounge and the elusive Ye Jin had gone back to pick it up for her. Eun Joo makes to leave for her class, but Hye Kyung chirps in that she might have to start missing classes what with the suspension she’ll get if it’s discovered that she’s making false accusations. She’s so cold that even Kim Dan points it out. But Kim Dan though is now leaning more towards believing Eun Joo, wondering if maybe chaebol rapist had convinced someone else to rape Eun Joo as well so his DNA won’t be found. Hye Kyung wonders why Kim Dan’s now siding with the client and Kim Dan points out how suspiciously the prosecution and the Mooil lawyer are acting. They then decide to get DNA samples of everyone at the club that night (Do you have time though because that’s going to take a while).
7. Hye Kyung breaks down and things get more complicated
Hye Kyung gets home to find Ji Hoon with cuts and bruises; the result of a fight at school. She makes to head to school with him to confront the teacher about what happened but Ji Hoon insists on not going stating that she would be recognized and it would make things so much worse. The words strike at Hye Kyung who leaves the apartment fighting her tears and she heads to the elevators where she walks right into Joong Won and breaks down in front of him, stating that she’d wanted to do well and persevere but she’s now reached her limit. Joong Won comforts her that it’s all good and she’s doing well. After her breakdown, Joong Won presents her with the results of the DNA test. Turns out that the sperm tested positive for a habitual rapist who should normally not have been let into the club based on his age and his looks. Joong Won figures that with the DNA being a match for the habitual rapist, he gets why the prosecution would decide not to push any further or suspect chaebol rapist. To make matters worse though, the habitual rapist who’d been arrested is presently in a coma after getting hit by a truck whilst making his escape from the police. Hye Kyung then expresses her doubts about Eun Joo lying but Joong Won tells her that she doesn’t have the luxury to let the doubts in and she should instead focus on remaining on her client’s side. He leaves after warning her not to keep things bottled up and Ji Hoon joins Hye Kyung, to apologize for his words and to explain that he’d gotten into a fight because a classmate had cursed at Tae Joon. The kid’s beating turned out worse than Ji Hoon’s though and he tells Hye Kyung that he didn’t want to burden her further because he knows how hard things are for her at the moment. She tells him that he will never be a burden to her and leads him inside to treat his wounds.
8. Sang Man’s a lying jackass and Kim Dan’s onto something
The next morning, at the courthouse, Eun Joo confesses to Hye Kyung that chaebol rapist had raped her because he claimed to have recognized her from her previous place of employment and had believed it was alright for him to rape a prostitute even as he’d thrown money at her. The words steel Hye Kyung who tells Eun Joo that they just have to prove to chaebol rapist that it’s not alright. The first witness called by the prosecution is Eun Joo’s ‘boyfriend’ Sang Man who claims that Eun Joo had suggested they threaten chaebol rapist in order to get money from the guy. He sweetens the story by claiming that chaebol rapist was nowhere near the room and Eun Joo had said nothing about being raped but had only mentioned money (I’m guessing they paid you off then. I hope your lying ass gets sent back to prison for perjury). When it’s Hye Kyung’s turn to cross examine the witness, she brings up the fact that Sang Man had followed Eun Joo to the law office when he’d been convinced that Eun Joo was raped. She asks him if he got paid for changing his testimony and he replies that Eun Joo had promised him money if he’d lied and claimed she was raped, but now he wants to tell the truth. Telling the truth is all connected to him winking at the Mooil lawyer who cheers (jackass one, meet jackass two). Back at the law firm, Kim Dan explains to Hye Kyung that the sperm switch had most likely happened at the emergency room and shows Hye Kyung a picture of Mooil’s lawyer getting cozy with another doctor who it turns out is his friend and who he met several times after that day. When Hye Kyung wonders where they got the habitual rapist’s sperm from then, Kim Dan states that there was another rape victim in the emergency room that day and her assailant had been the habitual rapist. The only problem is proving that the switch had occurred and when Joon Ho comes in to throw yet another barb at Hye Kyung and to state that he’s putting his life on the line for his work and Hye Kyung should do the same rather than coasting on her past relationship with Joong Won, Hye Kyung gets an idea. At the courtroom the next day, Hye Kyung circles like a shark surrounding her prey and asks the doctor who’d carried out the rape test, leading questions about the fact that other than Eun Joo, another woman who’d been raped had been brought into the emergency room. The doctor agrees and Hye Kyung asks if it’s possible that the samples got switched. The doctor claims that the possibility is very low and Hye Kyung submits to the judge evidence that the two samples the doctor had collected that day had both tested for the habitual rapist. She then brings up the chance that the doctor could have carried out the test incorrectly and requests that another DNA test be carried out. Except, Do Sub, who’s the prosecutor on the case states that because of Hye Kyung’s claim that the DNA sample has been damaged, another test cannot be carried out. Unfortunately for Hye Kyung, the judge agrees.
9. Getting her witness
With the DNA sample out of the question, Hye Kyung falls back on their only other option Ye Ji. Except, Joong Won reminds her that Ye Ji’s been MIA for a while and her number isn’t going through either. Hye Kyung though has an idea and Joong Won follows her to the hotel where they run into one of Joong Won’s old lovers who warns Hye Kyung about him (hahaha. Joong Won’s oh crap expression is just classic). Joong Won’s still stuck on it which is why after Hye Kyung softly asks the receptionist to let them take a quick look at the list of calls that was made from the room where chaebol rapist had taken Eun Joo that night, and the receptionist leaves to get permission from the manager, he brings up the fact that he’d gone on a lot of blind dates which was where he’d met the woman (hahaha). Hye Kyung wonders if he’d met anyone he’d liked on those ‘blind dates’ but the receptionist joins them before he can answer and they get a glimpse of the call list. Thankfully, they’re able to get Ye Ji’s most recent number and Hye Kyung is able to call her to the witness stand where Ye Ji admits to Sang Man having come to see her to warn her to stay out of reach because chaebol rapist’s family is very rich and she could get hurt. With both sets of contradictory statements, the judge decides that although it can’t be proved that chaebol rapist was the one that raped Eun Joo, there is no disputing the fact that she was raped. What the prosecution can’t claim though is that Eun Joo fabricated the story in order to falsely accuse chaebol rapist meaning, Eun Joo’s acquitted of all charges.
10. Hye Kyung asks Tae Joon for help and Tae Joon’s using Hye Kyung?
Outside the courtroom, Hye Kyung apologizes that they weren’t able to find substantial evidence to get chaebol rapist arrested. Eun Joo though just feels happy that she was able to resist and fight back in whatever little way she could. She thanks Hye Kyung for her help and wishes her all the best in her own troubles. She’s just about to leave when Hye Kyung asks her when she met Tae Joon but Eun Joo’s never met Tae Joon before (huh? They how did Tae Joon recommend Hye Kyung to her? Who’s lying here?). Hye Kyung then pays a visit to Tae Joon in prison to ask him for a contact in the police force who could possibly reinvestigate a case. She does warn him though that he might most likely be burning his bridges with the man but Tae Joon’s all willing to help her. Next thing we see, the police show up to arrest chaebol rapist, right in the middle of his interview with reporters, and accuse him of raping Eun Joo. Turns out they were able to retrieve an undamaged DNA sample from the hotel room (hahaha. So precious and amazing all at once) that matched his rapist ass. Now the Mooil lawyer is all interested in meeting with Hye Kyung immediately and Hye Kyung is in such a good mood she tells Joon Ho that he’s right and it is easier to watch the news on her computer. He smiles (awww. Okay. He’s not too bad). Back at home, Hye Kyung listens to the audio recording of Tae Joon’s sex tape with her earphones on whilst her kids discover yet another set of photographs of their father with Amber. And at the prison, the Mooil lawyer meets with Tae Joon to convince him to help with chaebol rapist’s case and in return, Mooil will hand over all the testimonies against Tae Joon, to Tae Joon. Tae Joon smiles as he states that they’re on the same side now (So let me see, you’re using your wife to amass all the information you need to get yourself out of jail? Just when I thought you couldn’t sink low enough, you turn around and do this).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because I have a thing against rapist chaebols who are self-entitled enough to believe that their money can make everything just go away. Sure he’s going to prison and I’m delighted about that, but I still want to bitchslap his rapist ass.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Side Car, warm and mellow and taken in small sips that should be savored and enjoyed. With the mystery at play with regards to who’s playing who and what Tae Joon’s actually guilty of and us watching Hye Kyung blossom and come into her own with the support of a friend like Joong Won and and an amazing Kim Dan on her side, it’s a perfect blend that makes everything just right.