Jae Sung continues to do what he does best: lie and cheat and manipulate, even behind bars. Some people listen, some people are doubtful and some people even come back for more poisoning. Sung Hee’s roped into the con and takes to it quite well, and Sung Il gives Jung Do the heads up he needs to know that Jae Sung is still working hard to get to him from behind the prison walls.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- The bait’s been set for Min A and Commissioner Ahn knows that something’s up
After Bang Sil’s supposed arrest, Sung Il questions Min A to confirm that she really hasn’t bought anything from Bang Sil. He reminds that it’s a crime to sell knock-offs and just as she’s confirming that she’s well aware of that, Bang Sil’s dragged out of her ‘store’ screaming at Sung Il that he’d made money off of her and she knows every single piece of artwork that he’s siphoned off of her. Sung Il gives the order for Bang Sil to be gagged and tossed into the van, the gives an uncomfortable laugh about how Bang Il’s just saying nonsense because she’s guilty. He hands Min A his card and tells her to call him should she need his help in the future. Back in the car, even Bang Sil’s impressed with how well Sung Il did on his first con and says as much. Sung Il blushes at the compliment (so cute!) but then receives a call from Commissioner Ahn that has him racing to Commissioner Ahn’s office. Commissioner Ahn introduces him to Mr. Shim, the man taking control over No Seung’s position (asshole’s not even as sad as Gab Soo who at least felt bad that No Seung had to be let go). He invites Sung Il out for a drink with the two of them but Sung Il tells him that he has other plans. Commissioner Ahn presses to find out exactly what has Sung Il so busy considering that his team is pretty free at the moment. Sung Il replies that what he’s busy with has nothing to do with work. He nods his greetings and leaves and Commissioner Ahn asks the new man: Mr. Shim, if public officials should be allowed to con people. The man replies that they shouldn’t and Commissioner Ahn agrees that only scoundrels will do so (then you’re a scoundrel yourself because your ass is trash). He then heads out after Sung Il.
2. Commissioner Ahn comes close, very close (too fucking close!)
Sung Il, unaware that he’s picked up a tail, heads to his car and drives off. Commissioner Ahn follows after him and Sung Hee who’s spotted it, tries calling Sung Il to warn him off. Sung Il though is busy on the phone with his daughter and so the call doesn’t go through. Sung Hee then tries calling Commissioner Ahn and lies that she has important documentation she needs him to sign. Commissioner Ahn merely tells her that he’s busy and hangs up the call. Having no other choice, she calls Mi Joo, confirms that Sung Il’s on his way to the warehouse and then informs Mi Joo that Sung Il’s being followed by Commissioner Ahn. Mi Joo passes along the information to Jung Do and Hak Joo and immediately, they start cleaning up the place, hiding the dossiers and the money and all the tools of their trade. Trusting Sung Il, who has no idea he’s being followed is still chatting nonstop on the phone with his family whilst Commissioner Ahn follows behind him on the phone with the police detective he’s called to meet him at the destination point so the detective can nab himself some con artists. The team on the other hand is trying to pack up as much as they can and at the same time, trying to reach Sung Il who’s still on the phone (dude, why the fuck don’t you have call waiting? What the fuck is wrong with you?!). He finally gets to the warehouse and gets out of the car and Commissioner Ahn calls his detective friend to tell him to show up immediately. Finally, finally, Sung Il hangs up the call and sees the call from Jung Do. Jung Do tells him not to come in as Commissioner Ahn is on his tail and just as Sung Il makes to turn to confirm it, Jae Sung’s detective buddy shows up to firstly, inform Sung Il that he’s been followed all the way from City Hall and then to invite him to come chat with Jae Sung. When Sung Il tries to insist that he doesn’t want to come, the man offers him the option of grabbing Hak Joo instead. Meanwhile, the guy’s partner stops Commissioner Ahn from entering, warns him about following people around, flashes him his gun and sends the commissioner off (I never thought I would ever say this but they just got saved by Jae Sung).
3. Jae Sung plants his seed of doubts
Whilst the rest of the team’s wondering where Sung Il’s gone and whether he’s been nabbed, Sung Il is at the prison with Jae Sung who asks him how well he knows Jung Do. He warns Sung Il that Jung Do could just as easily backstab him and then put him in prison just like he’s done to Jae Sung. Sung Il thanks him for the advice and makes to leave but Jae Sung gets him to sit down and listen by threatening to tell all to Sung Il’s team. He then tells Sung Il that Jung Do had acted like a fool for years all so he could get his opportunity to put money in the bank account of a brother Jae Sung hasn’t seen in twenty years. Sung Il immediately flashes to the conversation he’d over head Jung Do having with Hak Joo where he’d told Hak Joo to put in the money and not to make any mistakes. He remembers then that Jung Do had claimed that it had to do with Ma Jin Seok, but he doesn’t share that information with Jae Sung. Jae Sung then asks Sung Il to think of his first meeting with Jung Do because he’s sure that there’s no way Sung Il was the one who’d suggested that they con Ma Jin Seok out of his money. At the words, Sung Il flashes to the police station when Jung Do had made the suggestion and Jae Sung states that a meeting with Jung Do is never coincidental as Jung Do tends to plan things ahead. He continues that he knows they’re hoping to con Bang Pil Gyu out of his money but he’s sure that Jung Do’s plan is to grab the fifty million dollars and bail, thus leaving Sung Il to handle the fallout. He warns him that Sung Il isn’t planning a con with Jung Do, but is being conned by him and suggests that Sung Il switch sides (what a snake).
4. Sung Il’s tempted to betray Jung Do
Sung Il gets back to the empty warehouse and Jung Do comes out of the storage area. Seeing Jung Do, he flashes back to his conversation with Jae Sung. Jung Do asks where he’s been and Sung Il lies that he had personal things to sort out. Jung Do wonders if the police took Sung Il somewhere, but Sung Il doesn’t spill about his meeting Jae Sung. Jung Do then brings up the fact that Commissioner Ahn is onto them and wonders what they should do about it. Sung Il replies that he’ll make sure that Jung Do doesn’t get harmed. Jung Do though is more concerned for Sung Il than himself and reminds Sung Il that the plan is for Jung Do not to go to jail and for Sung Il not to get fired. Jung Do then moves to his desk and Sung Il flashes back to Jae Sung’s request that Sung Il find him proof that he was framed and to hand over the recorded proof to the other detective so Jae Sung can use it to appeal his prison sentence and get out, after which he will go after Jung Do and put Jung Do in jail, whilst Sung Il can return to his regular life as if nothing’s happened or changed. Sung Il then asks why he should believe Jae Sung and Jae Sung wonders if he would believe Jung Do instead, especially because Jung Do’s a fraud (hell yeah he should believe Jung Do! The devil he knows is infinitely better that the slime of a detective that he doesn’t know from Adam). Sung Il’s so preoccupied with his thoughts that Jung Do notices and he apologizes, telling Sung Il to forget what he’d said because Sung Il helped him out and he’s grateful. He tells him that they’re in it together and so Sung Il shouldn’t worry about anything (awwww). Sung Il considers spilling the beans, but changes his mind at the last second.
5. Commissioner Ahn confirms that Sung Hee’s in the know and why or why are we getting a love triangle?
At the office the next morning, Sung Hee tries to approach Sung Il, but Sung Il who believes he knows what she’s about to say walks out after telling her that he’ll handle it. Sung Hee’s then called into Commissioner Ahn’s office where the shady commissioner questions her about how long she’s known about what Sung Il’s up to. Sung Hee denies it but her hands shake as she brings him his cup of coffee and he notes it. He tells her that conning people out of their taxes is wrong and although Sung Il’s too far gone to save himself, Sung Hee can give him up to save herself. Sung Hee doesn’t bite and after she lives, Commissioner Ahn mumbles to himself that she’s in on it and he wonders what he’ll tell the mayor. Just as Sung Hee’s leaving the commissioner’s office, Bang Pil Gyu makes his appearance and gives his creepy smile as he exclaims at what the taxation office looks like. He tells them that he’s there with regards to his court hearing and makes to head into Commissioner Ahn’s office but stops to smile at Sung Hee and ask her how she’s doing. He then heads into the Commissioner’s office and Sung Hee, taking note of how close the two of them seem, calls Sung Il. Sung Il though still believes she’s calling him to get him to change his mind and ignores the call. She then calls Mi Joo who’s surprised to see that Sung Hee is calling her yet again. Sung Hee though, wants to talk to Jung Do and although Mi Joo’s clearly uncomfortable with it, she hands over the phone to Jung Do. Sung Hee asks Jung Do to come right over and he leaves to do just that. Except, Mi Joo gets prissy that he goes running whenever Sung Hee calls him (wait, are they seriously trying to force some sort of love triangle at this point? Like seriously show? Don’t do this to me). Jung Do doesn’t read anything into it, but Bang Sil who is also in the warehouse is able to read the signs and after Jung Do leaves, she informs Mi Joo that it’s always like that when one partner in the relationship gives more than the other. She does warn Mi Joo however that it’s her right to like Jung Do. But Jung Do’s not obligated to like her back (preach it sister!).
6. Sung Hee gives Jung Do a heads-up and is roped into the con
Whilst Commissioner Ahn is meeting with Bang Pil Gyu and telling him that there’s something he hasn’t even shared with Gab Soo that he wants to tell him, Sung Hee meets with Jung Do to inform him about the police being on their trail and that Commissioner Ahn who’s onto the team has most likely told Bang Pil Gyu about the possible con. Her suggestion is that they drop their plan. Jung Do’s plan though is to just ask Bang Pil Gyu himself and find out if the man is aware of their plan to swindle him. Sung Hee tells him that that’s not the time to be flippant and Jung Do replies that they don’t know for certain that there’s a problem. He tells her not to overreact and Sung Hee tosses the words back at him and asks him what would happen if Sung Il does end up getting hurt. Jung Do smiles as he tells her not to worry as it won’t happen. But, the words aren’t comforting to Sung Hee who accuses him of having no sense of responsibility and so says easy words that hurt others. She draws the comparison between the day they’d broken up and the present day and states that Jung Do speaks carelessly and so hurts the people around him. She makes to leave and Jung Do grabs hold of her hands and tells her that his words to her were never easy. Sung Hee then asks him why he had told her that he was a conman back then. She points out that he could have simply walked away without telling her everything. Meanwhile, Ho Seok’s car pulls up right outside that very cafe and Ho Seok takes a moment to offer the mandatory insult to his driver. His driver heads out to get the coffee and Ho Seok spots Jung Do inside the cafe. He immediately heads in just as they get into the argument and Jung Do gives a low curse, then switches to his Satoori accent as he greets Ho Seok. Sung Hee immediately suspects that it’s a con job and tries to make her escape. Except, Ho Seok has assumed that Sung Hee’s Jung Do’s much talked about wife (hahahaha. That’s hilarious). Jung Do tries to give Sung Hee an out by acting like they were having an argument and she’s about to storm, but Sung Hee isn’t quick on the uptake at first and just as Jung Do has resigned himself to everything crashing and burning all around him, Sung Hee picks up on the act and asks him why he cancelled his meeting with the Chinese man (the one Ho Seok had said he thought Jung Do was meant to meet). Jung Do’s stunned that she’s going along with it but recovers well enough to reply that the man had wanted the meeting moved to his day off, Sung Hee chips in to ask why Jung Do would do that considering that the guy was interested in investing (well would you look at that? She’s not too bad at improv). Jung Do replies that her word is more important to him than the measly one hundred million dollars the man had wanted to pay and a stunned Ho Seok wonders if the change of heart was because of him (hahaha. I repeat, not the smartest guy in the book). Sung Hee turns to him to ask if he’s Mr. Bang of UN Communications. Ho Seok admits that he is and she blames him for being the reason why her ‘husband’ just lost a hundred million dollars. She tells him that he should take Jung Do out to one of those nice hotspots (hahaha. She ran out of what to say) and treat him well so he’d forget about the one hundred million dollars he just lost. With those words, she walks away and Jung Do can barely hold back a smile.
7. Ho Seok’s almost hooked but he throws a wrench in the works at the very last minute
Commissioner Ahn does tell Bang Pil Gyu about the fact that Ma Jin Seok really had been conned by one of the tax officials, but he doesn’t know who will be next on the man’s list. He warns Bang Pil Gyu to be extra cautious and so Bang Pil Gyu places a call to Ho Seok who scoffs at Ma Jin Seok’s gullibility in being conned and states that he is too smart to be conned. Jung Do who’s with him at the moment, and who overhears the conversation can barely hold in his laughter. After the call, Jung Do asks what Ho Seok’s father had called about and Ho Seok admits that his father had warned him against being conned. They both laugh and then Ho Seok brings up the fact that he feels pretty bad that he’d lost Jung Do one hundred million dollars. Jung Do shrugs it off, claiming that money is money, which can be lost somewhere and gained somewhere else. What is different though, are people who never look the same and are utterly unique in the world. Ho Seok’s touched at the words and expresses his desire to make up for the loss Jung Do has suffered. Jung Do tries to tell him that there’s no need to it but Ho Seok insists and then offers to invest some money in Jung Do’s company. Jung Do plays hard to get and tries to spin it as him preferring that they just remain friends rather than business partners. Ho Seok insists that it’s for him, especially because of the whole five hundred percent return. He tells Jung Do that he will invest just a small amount and they should meet the next day to finalize. He heads out for his meeting with his wife but the thought has him suggesting that they make it a double date the next day: Jung Do and Sung Hee and Ho Seok and his wife (hahahaha).
8. Jung Do delivers the not so pleasant news (for Sung Hee anyway. He is thrilled)
Back at City Hall, Sung Il’s still remembering Jae Sung’s words to him and staring at the recorder he’d been given, clearly undecided about whose side to take (I’ll give you a clue. It’s not the side of the creepster of a Police officer Plus, why not get Deok Bae to research Jae Sung on your behalf. Get a feel of the guy you’re about to throw your lot in with). Meanwhile, Sung Hee meets a surprise visitor at her neighborhood: Jung Do who remarks that the area hasn’t changed one bit. He’s there to talk to her because he doesn’t have her number, Mi Joo’s unreachable and he hadn’t wanted to ask Sung Il for her number. Talk of Sung Il has Sung Hee telling Jung Do not to mention what had happened that afternoon to Sung Il. Jung Do has no intention of mentioning it however although he does laugh like crazy as he remembers Sung Hee’s improv session. Sung Hee’s miffed, stating that she saved him, and Jung Do reminds her that he’d given her the option of walking away. She huffs then tells him to say what he came to say and then leave. Except, when he does finally say it, Sung Hee grumbles as she wonders why he hadn’t just turned down Ho Seok’s offer. Jung Do simply places the blame on her and states that because she’d seemed so offended, Ho Seok had insisted on the meal in order to apologize to her. She tells him to come up with an excuse for why she can’t be there, then gets angry all over again that Jung Do had not simply refused. Jung Do reiterates that he had refused and then walks away after telling her that he’s done his duty and informed her. Sung Hee screams after him that she’s not coming but Jung Do doesn’t respond to her cries, although he does smile a little bit to himself.
9. Reeling Min A in (and failing at it. Unfortunately)
Sung Il’s con team (Bang Sil, Ja Wang and Ji Yeon) meet to continue with their plan of nabbing Min A. The plan therefore has Bang Sil going back to the store where she requests for a really nice piece of Celadon from the actual owner of the place. Ja Wang and Ji Yeon on the other hand shop for small antique pieces that are not expensive but have the antique look. Ja Wang then asks Sung Il what Sung Il will be doing and Sung Il points out that Min A’s heard about them, and now, she will get to see them in the act. And sure enough, when next Min A’s at Insa Dong, she keeps catching glimpses of the team, going after cultural pieces and collecting money in exchange for their silence. As she spots them, we hear Sung Il tell the team that Min A collects antiques so she won’t have to pay taxes and so they must show her that they too are willing to play dirty in order to make some money. Min A finally catches Ji Yeon in the act and when Ji Yeon sees her, she acts startled and pretends to be embarrassed. Min A’s all snotty as she tells Ji Yeon to carry on with her business and she walks away, unaware that Sung Il’s popped out of the woodwork. At the team meeting, Sung Il’s asked what will happen next, after they’ve shown Min A their true colors and Sung Il smiles as he says that their next step is to become friends. Sung Il makes to approach Min A at Insa Dong, but as he draws closer to her, he keeps hearing Jae Sung’s voice in his head (seriously though. Why are you doubting Jung Do right now?). Just as he makes up his mind to approach her anyway, Bang Pil Gyu shows up and Sung Il, recollecting that Bang Pil Gyu knows his face from the incident with Min Shik keeps his head lowered as he walks past the man. He bumps into Bang Pil Gyu on his way out and when the other man mutters that he should apologize for bumping into an elder, Sung Il bows his head slightly and walks away, telling the others that they would have to carry out their plan on another day. Unaware that the con was just about set in motion, Min A tells her father that there’s been no one suspicious around her when Bang Pil Gyu asks. Back in her office, after hearing the news, Bang Sil reminds Ji Yeon that they’re con artists and advises her to start preparing their contingency plan.
10. Someone gives up Jung Do (I hope it’s all part of some elaborate joke) And Sung Il comes clean
Jae Sung receives a visitor who he greets with a smile. He tells the person that the person made the right choice as he’s more trustworthy than Jung Do (that had better not be you Mi Joo because that hair looks way too much like yours and I will be totally pissed if you betray Jung Do for whatever fucked up reason you’ve given to justify the act). After all, he does work with the government. Sung Il on the other hand is in his car, remembering Jae Sung’s poisoned words that Jung Do would ultimately betray him. He also remembers Jung Do reminding him of their promise to each other that Jung Do won’t go to jail and Sung Il won’t get fired. The thought has him heading to Jung Do’s apartment where he brings up Jae Sung and pulls out the recorder which he lays on the kitchen island. He tells Jung Do that he’d gone to see Jae Sung who had told him that Jung Do’s using him and would ditch him the minute he’s done getting the money. Jung Do wonders why Sung Il’s bringing it up and Sung Il admits that he doesn’t necessarily believe Jae Sung but he came to confirm things. Jung Do sighs then admits that Jae Sung was right. He is using Sung Il.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
Because unless this is some elaborate second part of the get all the people responsible for framing Jung Do’s father scheme, this is some betrayal level shit that has me blowing a gasket. Seriously though, what excuse does anyone have for trusting slime like Jae Sung? Like seriously what excuse is there? The man’s disgusting and everyone should be staying away. Argh!
This episode’s a Tequila Pina Colada. It’s sweet, delicious and fast paced as we race towards the biggest con our team has attempted so far. The players are getting into the game and even Sung Hee tossing in her skills was an unexpected treat and a burst of flavor. Who knew she would take to conning like a fish to the sea. But the harsh reality lies underneath it all, reminding us that there is someone in the team who will potentially betray Jung Do and Commissioner Ahn who’s on the trail to catch them in the act. Needless to say, we’ll all be holding our breaths until the Bang’s have been successfully taken down. But then that leaves Choi Chul Woo and that thought of our ultimate bad, has me reaching for that Tequila Pina Colada one more time.