Everything kicks up a notch this episode with a con that has so many levels we still aren’t sure if it’s wrapped up. Jung Do allays Sung Il’s fears only to bring it right back up. Jae Sung’s still slimy, Ho Seok’s still stupid, Min A’s not as smart although she thinks she’s smart and Bang Pil Gyu remains the smartest Bang of all. Or is he?
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Jung Do’s up to something suspicious and Jae Sung gets one of the team to betray Jung Do (I’m betting it’s Mi Joo).
We pick from where we left off with Jung Do telling Sung Il that Jae Sung is right and he is using Sung Il. Sung Il, not willing to believe it, tells Jung Do to cut it out. Jung Do continues that once they’ve conned Ho Seok and Min A and grabbed the fifty million dollars, which would lead to them burning the money in Choi Chul Woo’s paper company, formed under his relative’s name, then Bang Pil Gyu would have been conned and Choi Chul Woo would be the con man. This would lead to the media digging into the Bang family which would mean that both the one who was conned and the one who conned, become the con man. Jung Do continues that he was planning on dropping the news at a newspaper that Gab Soo and Sung Il conned someone who owed a huge sum of back taxes and got the taxes. Sung Il asks if Jung Do really means it and the latter bust into laughter, stating that Sung Il’s so gullible and that’s why he always gets conned. Sung Il’s disappointed because Jung Do had been so detailed and Jung Do tells him that he’d patched things together, due to Sung Il’s story at Min Shik’s memorial service. They make a toast and Jung Do wonders why Sung Il would have even bothered going to the same police officer who had tried to nab them. Sung Il offers the squid he’d bought as an apology. After he leaves, Jung Do places a call to someone to inform the person that Sung Il now knows and so they must tighten things up (tighten what up? What are you up to Jung Do). Over at the prison, Jae Sung’s creepy detective shows him photographic proof that Sung Il had handed over the recorder to Jung Do. Jae Sung isn’t concerned however as he believes that the best person to side with them is another criminal in the first place and states that someone came by who would most likely betray Jung Do (Mi Joo. How could you?!!!!!).
2. Gaining Min A’s trust
Sung Il sneaks out of City Hall the next morning and Commissioner Ah who’s been watching him immediately starts to follow. Sung Hee, concerned sends a message to Sung Il and he calls her back to tell her that he’s aware that the Commissioner is on his tail. He tells her to stop getting involved in the situation and promises to handle things himself. Handling things turns out to be Hak Joo, pulling his jumping in front of a car act and soon Commissioner Ahn has to deal with the accident he’s seemingly caused whilst Sung Il drives away with a smile (hahahaha). He heads to Insa Dong where he conveniently bumps into Min A, causing her to stumble and twist her ankle. She notices the crate he’s holding although he tries to hide it. Next thing we see, they’re in a van sipping coffee, whilst Ja Wang heads into the convenience store to get a patch for Min A’s ankle. Whilst alone, Min A mentions the gang’s illegal activity, but figures that it’s all right since they get paid such tiny salaries. Sung Il feeds her a story about coming from a poor background and wanting to help others who aren’t as fortunate either and hae been burned by the law. Min A’s surprised to learn that that’s what Sung Il’s doing and when she probes to find out where Sung Il gets his pieces from, Sung Il admits to having an appraiser who works for him. The appraiser declares authentic goods as fake when he appraises them at the harbor and after that, Sung Il’s able to grab the goods and no one notices. Min A’s impressed and asks if what’s in the crate had been acquired the same way. Sung Il admits to it and then brings out the Celadon from the crate. Min A is stunned by its beauty and Sung Il offers her the Celadon as a gift, telling her to see it as a form of appreciation as well as a token for her silence. She takes the Celadon to her appraiser who tells her that the piece is easily worth two hundred thousand dollars. Min A’s stunned at the words. She then calls Sung Il and asks him to help her as she too has been burned by the laws. Sung Il agrees to help her and after he ends the call, he delivers the good news to the rest of the team. Everyone’s thrilled and Sung Il states that he must be a good con man now (you most certainly are Sung Il. You most certainly are :D).
3. Sung Hee continues to be dragged into the mess and we get our suspicions confirmed about the break up
Sung Hee’s on her way out when Jung Do calls her about their double date with Ho Seok. Sung Hee reiterates her stance not to go. Except, Jung Do’s waiting for her right outside her office and to make matters worse, Ho Seok shows up as well with his wife in tow. With no way out of the situation, Sung Hee agrees to the dinner plans. Dinner turns out to be a birthday party for Sung Hee (hahaha) and after she blows out her birthday candles, everyone digs into the meal. Ho Seok’s a thorough eater with no qualms about using his hands whilst everyone else eats with a fork. When his wife calls his eating habits cute, he asks Sung Hee what she likes about Jung Do (uh-oh). Sung Hee mutters that she can’t remember and when everyone, Jung Do inclusive press her to tell them what she’d liked about Jung Do, she looks at Jung Do and tells him that honestly, she doesn’t remember (ouch. That’s gotta hurt). She tells them that that’s what happens when you’re hurt badly by someone: you can’t remember what you’d liked about them (huh, girl. You’re supposed to be married to him and you’ve told Ho Seok that you guys are done fighting. This outpouring of emotions isn’t helping your case in any way whatsoever). Ho Seok’s wife immediately whispers to Ho Seok that Jung Do must have cheated on Sung Hee. After dinner, whilst their ‘husbands’ are talking, Ho Seok’s wife admits that looking at Ho Seok makes her feel like she should punch him in the face (hahaha. That’s harsh). Sung Hee’s stunned, and Ho Seok’s wife admits that she’d dated and married him for his money and after she’d once told him that she likes how he eats, he hasn’t stopped stuffing his face (hahaha). She growls that she wants to rip out his jaw but when Ho Seok joins them, she’s all smiles. When they drive off, Sung Hee chuckles that the woman’s strange (I’m with you on that girl. Strange, strange woman). They walk back to where Sung Hee can take a cab and on their way, Sung Hee asks what Jung Do had been talking to Ho Seok about. He tells her about how he’d suggested Ho Seok invest in their smuggling operation and Sung Hee immediately guesses that the plan is to mix a few actual pieces with a couple of fakes. She asks if Ho Seok had agreed and Jung Do replies that he’d refused initially. Then Jung Do had set out to convince him, telling him that it’s time he join the big leagues instead of making the six figures that is considered chump change in the present market. Ho Seok had then asked to see the products first and Jung Do had agreed. Finally, they get a cab and Sung Hee tells Jung Do not to involve her in his scams again. He agrees, sends her off, then calls her to apologize for being the only one with good memories of their time together. On his way back home, he flashes to when he’d broken up with Sung Hee and had gone out of the restaurant looking miserable. Jae Sung had shown up to arrest him and as they’d driven him away in handcuffs, Jae Sung had scoffed at the thought of Jung Do liking someone. Especially a girl like Sung Hee who Jae Sung considers a waste of Jung Do’s time because Sung Hee clearly has no money. Jung Do had cut him off, stating that he’d just turned the first real thing he’d ever had since he’d become an adult, into a fake. With tears in his eyes, he’d told them to just drive.
4. Putting their plan into motion
The Con Squad set out to dividing their mission with Ja Wang researching on the Chinese pieces, Mi Joo purchasing pieces that are identical to it and Sung Il reading up on all the pieces so he can sound like a good enough expert. Jung Do on the other hand places the call to Ho Seok about the pieces being ready for his inspection. And just like the team predicted, he calls Min A who in turn calls the one true expert she knows: Sung Il (damn, this con’s amazing). They all have a sit down, Jung Do produces the art pieces and Sung Il gets to work inspecting the pieces. Jung Do, playing the part grumbles that if Ho Seok had wanted an expert to look at the pieces, Jung Do himself could have supplied him with one. Sung Il ignores him as he continues inspecting and when he’s done, he tells them that pieces like the ones in front of him shouldn’t be private property, but should instead be in a museum, due to its immense historical value. He then tries going into detail explaining about the piece but Ho Seok and even Min A interrupt to ask how much the piece is worth. Sung Il finally puts them out of their misery and replies that the piece is worth half a million dollars. Ho Seok almost levitates off his seat at the words whilst Min A has to hold back a smile. She walks Sung Il out and asks him if he’s free later in the day as she has something to show him. Sung Il gives a little smile.
5. Catching two birds with one stone
Inside the office, Ho Seok marvels at Jung Do’s skill. He then asks when the next shipment would come in and Jung Do replies that it comes in every other week and that the next shipment coming in will have three hundred pieces. The words stomp Ho Seok who can’t figure out how much the money will total to and Jung Do corrects him that the value of the shipment isn’t fifteen million dollars but one hundred and fifty million. Jung Do deducts all the extra costs and puts the profit at seventy-five million dollars, stating that should Ho Seok invest thirty million dollars in the business, then he will be getting seventy-five million at the end of it all. Ho Seok’s interested but figures he would have to get a loan. Jung Do attempts to offer him a loan but gullible Ho Seok’s all he can’t take Jung Do’s money and promises to get the thirty million dollars all on his own. Meanwhile, Min A’s meeting with Sung Il who she asks when she would get to see the harbor that Sung Il had told her he gets his antique pieces from. Sung Il replies that the pieces would arrive in two weeks and Min A asks him how much it would cost. Sung Il brings up the fact that another Japanese buyer is interested in the pieces and Min A merely repeats her question. Sung Il replies that after all the costs, it would amount to twenty million dollars. Min A asks how much the profit would be and Sung Il tells her that it would be at least triple the amount as long as they don’t get caught. Min A then asks him to follow her and leads him to her heavily guarded storage room. As they walk, she tells him that she doesn’t trust people because the older they get, the more they hide things away. Her antiques on the other hand show everything, from their chips to their discoloration. They finally get to the door and she uses a key, which Sung Il notes, to open the door. Inside the room are rows upon rows of ceramic vases that Min A’s been amassing for twenty years. She asks Sung Il to appraise the pieces for her, telling him that she feels like she can trust him for some strange reason.
6. Commissioner Ahn learns that Bang Pil Gyu’s the target and we confirm Mi Joo as the backstabber (Grrrr)
As Sung Il leaves the house, Mr. Shim (No Seung’s replacement) takes note of it and reports to Commissioner Ahn who figures that Sung Il’s next target is Bang Pil Gyu. He immediately calls Gab Soo to relay the message and soon, both of them are at the taxation office. Except, when they get to Sung Il’s team, Sung Il’s not at his desk. Sung Hee covers for Sung Il by stating that he’s gone to Borough office to get some files. Gab Soo asks if she’s sure and Sung Hee states that she is. He takes note of it and tells her to inform Sung Il when he’s in the office that he wants to see him. Back at his office, Commissioner Ahn confirms t0 Gab Soo that Sung Hee is in the know, although he’s not sure if she’s working with Sung Il (wait, why is he so concerned about Sung Hee? Is he really her father?). Commissioner Ahn tells him that they have circumstantial evidence that Sung Il’s trying to con Bang Pil Gyu and he asks Gab Soo if he should relay the information to Bang Pil Gyu. The words have Gab Soo sighing. Meanwhile, over at the prison, Mi Joo (the backstabbing bitch) pays a visit to Jae Sung who is surprised that Ho Seok and Min A fell for the con. Even as he wonders if it’s that easy to make fifty million dollars, he tells Min A to meet with Bang Pil Gyu and tell him that unless he wants to lose fifty million dollars, he’d better get Jae Sung out (urgh! What an asswipe). He then notices Mi Joo’s uncomfortable expression and asks if she’s having cold feet now at the thought of betraying Jung Do (it’s your conscience Mi Joo. Listen to it. Listen to your conscience!). He threatens Mi Joo with the thought of her being tossed into jail and she apologizes (Sheesh, this guy is a total slimeball). He then tells her that with Jung Do gone, she will be able to return to her old life of scamming scumbags who are blinded by lust. He promises to protect her but warns that should she stick with Jung Do like Sung Il’s chosen to do, then he will make sure she rots in jail (says the guy who’s rotting in jail at the moment)
7. Mi Joo sells the squad out
Upon leaving the prison, Mi Joo goes to Min A and Ho Seok to inform them about the con. Immediately, Min A calls Bang Pil Gyu who comes to the office and slaps Ho Seok hard across the face. He calls him an idiot and a moron and wonders why Ho Seok didn’t take his teachings to heart. As Ho Seok starts to cry, Bang Pil Gyu pulls him into a hug. He then meets with his kids and Mi Joo, confirms that Jae Sung wants to be released as payment for his help and tells Min A to talk to Commissioner Ahn so his prosecutor friend can help out. With that done, they focus next on getting the Con team and Min A and Ho Seok call Sung Il and Jung Do to come to the house for a meeting. Sung Il and Jung Do, unaware of the trap they’re walking into, head to the house. Mi Joo tries to beg off and get out of the house, telling Min A that she can’t bear to look Jung Do in the eye but Min A’s unsympathetic, telling Mi Joo that Mi Joo should have thought of that before she betrayed Jung Do. She calls all her guards, including the ones in her storage room to be on standby. Bang Pil Gyu then joins his kids, stating that he wants to be around to see the expression on Jung Do and Sung Il’s faces. And sure enough, he’s there when Sung Il and Jung Do arrive. Sung Il’s the first person to get to the house and he turns to Jung Do to tell him that he thinks they’ve been caught. Jung Do turns around and sees all the guards running in to block their escape (damn. Fucking Mi Joo. Argh!). Bang Pil Gyu gives the instruction to the guards to hand over Jung Do and Sung Il to the police. Mi Joo who’s hanging back starts to tear up and whilst Ho Seok runs out to grab Jung Do’s clothes and ask him if he doesn’t know who his father is, Min A calls Mi Joo out so everyone can get a good look at the person who’s betrayed them (I know Mi Joo’s a betrayer but still, shit girl you’re a bitch). Jung Do’s stunned, Mi Joo’s tearful and Jung Do and Sung Il are led into police cars.
8. Talk about a silver lining
Locked up in the police cell with Jung Do, Sung Il calls Sung Hee to tell her that something came up and so he would need her to file paperwork stating that he would be out of the office for two days. Sung Hee’s immediately worried but Sung Il tells her that there’s nothing to worry about. And it would seem that he’s right because Bang Pil Gyu’s practically blowing a gasket because it would seem that nothing can be done to Jung Do and Sung Il because they didn’t complete the con (well, that’s a relief). Ho Seok’s giving his statement as is Min A but the police chief explains to Bang Pil Gyu that he can’t satisfy Bang Pil Gyu’s need to have Jung Do and Sung Il sent to jail for years because without proof that money had exchanged hands, he can’t hold the guys for anything more than forty-eight hours. In fact, Jung Do and Sung Il are well within their right to accuse Ho Seok and Min A for fraud because Jung Do bought goods from Ho Seok and Sung Il had given Min A the very expensive Celadon. Upon confirming that the police chief can’t help him, Bang Pil Gyu walks away, stating that he would handle things himself (that doesn’t sound good). After forty-eight hours, Jung Do and Sung Il are released from jail and they head out to the restaurant the Squad usually eats at, to grab themselves something to eat. After their meal, Sung Il heads out to contact Min A (wait, what?) and Jung Do states that he will handle Ho Seok and Bang Pil Gyu (did I miss something? What’s happening here?). After Sung Il leaves, Jung Do places a call to Mr. Kim, asking him to connect Jung Do to ‘him’. Mr. Kim hangs up and tells Chairman Wang that it would seem that Jung Do has decided to get real serious
9. It’s all a part of the con (Yipeeeeeee)
Sung Il heads to Min A’s house to tell her that he has something to tell her. She scoffs, wondering if he’s there to get the vase back. Sung Il replies that he’s not that low, and asks her if she really wouldn’t pay the taxes her father owes. Min A laughs as she asks if Sung Il’s so crazy that he can’t read the present situation. Sung Il replies that he can, which is why he’s asking her nicely if she will pay her taxes. Min A calls Sung Il a rat and wonders if he thinks he’s tough because they couldn’t find anything with which to hold him and if he thinks her father would just let him get away with it. Sung Il calls her rude and says she’s just like her father. He asks her if she truly doesn’t understand the situation and if spending a few days at the precinct had thrown her off. He calls her frustratingly dense and tells her that Mi Joo didn’t betray them (yay for Mi Joo. Girl, I love you and I apologize for ever thinking you were a backstabber. You rock!), but had instead needed to borrow something from Min A. The words immediately have Min A checking for the key to her antique storage room and we see in flashback that when Mi Joo had held onto Min A to beg her so she wouldn’t see Jung Do, Mi Joo had lifted her bunch of keys, made a wax copy, slipped the bunch back in Min A’s pocket when Min A was distracted with the guards dragging Jung Do away and had then gone to have a key made (hahahaha. This con has so many levels, it’s amazing). Sung Il reminds her that the house had been empty when they were all in the station and smiles as he tells her to go look in the storage room. Min A, horrified, races to the room and we see in flashback that Mi Joo had come with Hak Joo, Bang Sil, Ji Yeon, Ja Wang and several movers. So, when Min A enters her room, she finds it empty (buahahahaha. Too hilarious).
10. Something’s wrong. Very wrong.
Min A sinks to the ground in horror and Sung Il enters the room and tells her that whilst he and Jung Do had been locked up, the rest of the team had liquidated everything. And seeing that there’s no evidence linking them to it, they will be able to get away with it. He asks her if she’s interested in paying her taxes now and Min A turns to beg and plead and ask him what he wants her to do. Sung Il tells her to place a call to Bang Pil Gyu and when she does and hands the phone over to him. Sung Il reminds Bang Pil Gyu that he used to think money solves everything. Bang Pil Gyu immediately asks who is speaking and Sung Il gives his name, stating that Bang Pil Gyu doesn’t remember his name or face but he remembers when Bang Pil Gyu had claimed six years prior that he doesn’t owe the nation anything. Sung Il now asks him who he thinks he is to make such statements and tells him that even if Bang Pil Gyu has no intention of meeting his obligations, then Sung Il will do it for him. He then reads out Bang Pil Gyu’s taxes and tells him that they have been paid in full. He hangs up the call and Bang Pil Gyu smiles. Sung Il warns Min A to live decently, instead of living off the coattails of her father and walks away. As he walks out, he gets a call from Jung Do. Just as he tells Jung Do that he’s done with his part, Jung Do apologizes that he can’t pay the taxes with the money. Sung Il tells him to stop joking but Jung Do’s serious and he tells him that he needs it for something important. We then pan to Jung Do who’s making the call whilst sitting directly across from Bang Pil Gyu. Sung Il reminds him that he’d promised that he wasn’t playing him and that Jae Sung had been lying, but Jung Do chuckles as he asks how Sung Il can trust a con artist. With that, he hangs up, leaving Sung Il to scream in frustration whilst Jung Do turns to Bang Pil Gyu to ask him what’s next.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode. Although at the point when Mi Joo had betrayed the team, I was convinced that she needed to be bitchslap. Thank heavens she remained awesome till the end.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Martinez, beautifully layered and complex with the con within a con within a con that blows our mind. And when we consider that there’s a possibility that Jung Do’s seemingly capture by Bang Pil Gyu might still be part of the con, then we’re completely blown away. The wealthy might look down on others and think they’re smarter than them all, and so it takes the grandfather of cons to take them down. And that’s what this episode is, a grandmaster that blows the others out of the water.