Rapidly dropping secrets and actions leave us all stunned as we realize that whatever game we think Jung Do can play, he’s playing it at a far greater level than we could have ever imagined. Jung Do’s betrayed his team and taken off. But the acts reverberates because it succeeds in bringing Bang Pil Gyu down and bringing Jung Do one step closer towards the big bad himself. And although we wish Jung Do had filled Sung Il in, we still can’t be sure if Sung Il being in the dark isn’t part of Jung Do’s initial plan. Jung Do you sly person you. Good job :D.
The Episode in 1o Moments:
- Choi Chul Woo really is the boss of them all
We open with Sung Il and Jung Do going their separate ways, after their decision to handle Min A and Ho Seok, respectively. Jung Do places a call to Mr. Kim who tells Chairman Wang that Jung Do’s ready to really get things started. We then cut to Gab Soo and Commissioner Ahn on their way to a meeting with Bang Pil Gyu. Gab Soo wonders why the meeting was called and wonders if Commissioner Ahn had filled Bang Pil Gyu in. The Commissioner replies that he hasn’t and simply tells Gab Soo that he’d done Bang Pil Gyu a favor (the whole getting a prosecutor on their side so he can help in releasing Jae Sung favor bit) which must be why the latter wants to meet with Gab Soo now. Gab Soo then enters the room where he’s to meet Bang Pil Gyu and is shocked to find Choi Chul Woo there as well. Choi Chul Woo gives nothing away and suggests they eat first before they discuss. After finishing with his meal, he asks Bang Pil Gyu to excuse them as he would like to talk with Gab Soo in private. When Bang Pil Gyu tries to put up a protest, Choi Chul Woo shuts him up with a look and Bang Pil Gyu excuses them. Meanwhile, over at Bang Pil Gyu’s house, Jung Do’s dropped off by an unknown person we don’t see (the unknown person who touches his shoulder comfortingly). He walks up to the door and when he spots Bang Pil Gyu’s wife, he informs her that he’s the son of Kim Kyung Ae; words that clearly affects the woman whose eyes dart away. We then cut back to outside the hall where Bang Pil Gyu is clearly upset that he’s been excluded whilst Commissioner Ahn wonders if Bang Pil Gyu had filled Choi Chul Woo in on the happenings. Bang Pil Gyu replies that he hadn’t said anything as he’d taken Commissioner Ahn’s words to heart that there’s no big deal to it. Bang Pil Gyu then gets a phone call that makes him leave the place. And inside the meeting room, Choi Chul Woo confirms that he is in the know as he asks why Gab Soo hadn’t told him. The words confuse Gab Soo and Choi Chul Woo wonders if Gab Soo had kept it to himself because he’s worried that she would be affiliated with it. She turns out to be Sung Hee and Choi Chul Woo asks if Gab Soo’s trying to protect his daughter and warns him that should Gab Soo be put out right now, there are hundreds of people, waiting in the wings, ready to replace him. And so, Gab Soo shouldn’t make such a mistake again as it’s a mistake that Gab Soo can make to other people, but not to Choi Chul Woo who would see it as a betrayal.
2. Things with Bang Pil Gyu are way more personal than we’d realized
Bang Pil Gyu laughs when he arrives at his house and sees Jung Do. He calls him Director Kim’s son and wonders if that’s why Jung Do had approached him: to avenge his mother. Jung Do tells him that it’s not only her and brings up his father: Detective Yang. He admits that they might be partially responsible for what happened to Director Kim, but Detective Yang didn’t deserve what had happened to him. He tells Bang Pil Gyu that there’s no need discussing the past and so, they should focus on work, mainly the liquidation of Min A’s antique pieces. Choi Chul Woo meanwhile, instructs his driver to find out if anything’s happened with Bang Pil Gyu, and at that moment, Sung Il calls Bang Pil Gyu to tell him that his taxes have been paid. When the calls ends, Bang Pil Gyu laughs as he states that young people are now so much smarter than the older folks. But even with all their wisdom, they have no idea that Bang Pil Gyu can still get it back because, he knows the mayor. At the words, Jung Do makes the call to Sung Il, telling him that he wouldn’t be paying in that money as tax but would be using it after all. Both Sung Il and Bang Pil Gyu are confused about his words and even as Sung Il’s wondering how Jung Do could betray him, Jung Do asks him how he could have trusted a con artist and hangs up the call. With that done, he turns to Bang Pil Gyu to ask him what he intends to do now that his friend can’t get him the refund of the money. He tells Bang Pil Gyu that now, Bang Pil Gyu would have to liaise with him if he wants his money back, and what Jung Do wants is for Bang Pil Gyu to apologize for setting Jung Do’s mother up for the fall and for having her sent to prison. As he speaks, we flashback to Jung Do’s mother being arrested and even as she begs Bang Pil Gyu to tell the truth, Bang Pil Gyu had whispered to her that she should stop acting like an ignorant person because she’d been made into a director because of this very reason. Jung Do also wants Bang Pil Gyu to apologize for framing his father, Detective Yang on bribery charges.
3. Bang Pil Gyu loses fifty million dollars (hahahahaha)
Bang Pil Gyu’s outraged that Jung Do dares threaten him but Jung Do reminds him that now isn’t the time for his posturing because Min A’s antique pieces are worth almost fifty million dollars. When he notices that Bang Pil Gyu still he wouldn’t budge, he places a call. At the same time, Sung Il places a call to Hak Joo, telling him about what Jung Do said. The rest of the squad is surprised, although Hak Joo remembers that the money is with Bang Sil. And sure enough, the person Jung Do calls is Bang Sil as he tells her that not only is Bang Pil Gyu being stubborn, but he also cursed at Jung Do. He then tells her to go ahead and do it, and Bang Sil replies that it would take five minutes. Bang Pil Gyu wonders what would take five minutes and Jung Do replies that Bang Pil Gyu’s money would disappear at ten million dollars per minute. This finally seems to get through to Bang Pil Gyu who finally mutters a half-hearted apology. It’s not enough for Jung Do though who wants it to be sincere, and he reminds Bang Pil Gyu that they’d met once before. A flashback leads us to when judgement had been passed on Detective Yang and when Jung Do had broken down in tears, Bang Pil Gyu had walked up to him and told him not to let it get to him as that’s life and Jung Do has to bear it. Jung Do repeats the words now to Bang Pil Gyu and as he makes to leave, Bang Pil Gyu grabs a hold of his leg and starts to beg and plead. Bang Sil who is at the top of a skyscraper with boxes filled with cash calls Jung Do and asks him what he wants her to do. As Jung Do looks down at Bang Pil Gyu, he replies that it’s no fun and when Bang Pil Gyu snarls and leaps at his throat, Jung Do tells Bang Sil to dump the whole lot. And that’s exactly what she does and they toss down the boxes filled with cash (woah. Hahahaha. This is just too good). Jung Do informs Bang Pil Gyu that the money’s gone back to who it belongs to and leaves. As Bang Pil Gyu screams and wails, we see the people thrilled and happy as they grab the notes floating down to them.
4. Jung Do goes on the run
Whilst Sung Il barges into the warehouse, asking the rest of the Con squad, sans Bang Sil about where Jung Do’s at, the news report all over the city is that about fifty million dollars is raining down on Seoul. Everyone hears about it, from Deok Bae, to Sung Hee, to Gab Soo, who is met by Commissioner Ahn with news about Bang Pil Gyu. Meanwhile, Jung Do takes a call from Bang Sil, who he thanks for all her help. She waves off the thanks, telling him that it had been Chairman Wang’s money (huh? Is it Chairman Wang’s money of Bang Pil Gyu’s? Or is it that Bang Pil Gyu conned Chairman Wang out of his money so the consensus is that the money is Chairman Wang’s anyway). She also brings up Sung Il and asks if Jung Do thinks Sung Il will be okay. Jung Do is clearly affected by the question but he brushes it off and replies that what had to be done, had to be done. Bang Sil replies that she’d helped Jung Do because of Chairman Wang, but now that she’s done her own part, Jung Do shouldn’t expect her to help him out anymore. Jung Do smiles and promises to never call her again until he dies. He tells her to keep making money and ends the call. With that, he walks away into the distance.
5. Mi Joo tries to put things in perspective
Sung Il and Mi Joo are at Jung Do’s house, with Mi Joo clearing out the space. Sung Il’s pissed at Jung Do’s betrayal, wondering how he would be able to face Min Shik, Chang Ho or No Seung. Mi Joo’s just as pissed because she faced off against a cop because of Jung Do and now she has to be on the run. She tells Sung Il not to be hate Jung Do though because Jung Do didn’t keep the money for himself. After all, what matters is that the people get the money and not the channels through which the money gets to them.
6. Cutting off the tails
Choi Chul Woo who watches the news report places a call to Gab Soo that they should meet. He then pays him a visit at the City Hall and when smarmy Commissioner Ahn comes to meet him, pointing out that Choi Chul Woo should have chosen a more private place for the meet, Choi Chul Woo replies that he’s there as a citizen. He gets straight to the point the minute he arrives at Gab Soo’s office and suggests what they should do to rectify the situation: cut off the excess tails that they both have because even if Gab Soo’s able to recover all the money that was thrown off the buildings, it would still be traced back to Choi Chul Woo. To that effect, Choi Chul Woo states that he will be dropping Bang Pil Gyu who should be going to jail for a very long time, as a result of his very corrupt charges, based on his pyramid scheme (wow. That’s cold). Gab Soo’s surprised as he’d figured that Bang Pil Gyu and Choi Chul Woo are quite close, but the later replies that they’re not (I repeat, very cold). He even smiles as he suggests that they also round up Ho Seok and Min A as accomplices to make it all better. On Gab Soo’s side on the other hand, he suggests that they throw some of his people under the bus to make it all legit. To that effect, the other Sung Il (the corrupt one) is arrested, as well as Commissioner Ahn, on the basis that they’d tried to get Jae Sung out of prison. Commissioner Ahn runs into Sung Il just as they’re being led away by the cops and he screams as he asks if it’s all Sung Il’s doing, vowing to let the cops know everything Sung Il’s done so far.
7. Choi Chul Woo’s a jerkface making a very difficult request
Finally, Choi Chul Woo mentions Sung Il who he believes is being used by a con artist. Gab Soo replies that he would handle Sung Il and Choi Chul Woo suggests that Gab Soo also disband the tax collection team. Totally unaware of the conversation going on behind closed doors, Sung Il calls Sung Hee who he asks if she’s okay. She replies that she is and asks about him. He tells her that he’s doing fine, apologizes that he had to take time off and promises to return the next day. He hangs up and Sung Hee clears his desk. Meanwhile, in Gab Soo’s office, Gab Soo points out to Choi Chun Woo that the public is very interested in the tax team but Choi Chun Woo doesn’t think they should pander to the public as he believes that they should be herded around with fake promises and tears. He reminds Gab Soo that he owes a hundred million dollars in taxes and tells him that all the help he’s rendered to the city and to Gab Soo himself should be worth that hundred million dollars. He tells Gab Soo to disband the team within a year because things are getting difficult for him and smiles as he asks Gab Soo if the latter understands what he means.
8. Sung Il makes a surprising discovery
Hak Joo who’s been staking out Bang Sil finally places a call to Sung Il, informing him that both Bang Sil and Ji Yeon are entering the office. Hak Joo who’s come with his men and Ja Wang, storms the office where they’re met by Ji Yeon and Bang Sil’s men. She wonders if it has to come to them fighting especially when they’d all agreed that they could do their side jobs. Hak Joo though is pissed and he wants Jung Do’s head and when Ji Yeon suggests that the men who don’t want to be dealt with should leave, Hak Joo and his men laugh at the words, except for Ja Wang who takes her at her word and runs away. Turns out that Ja Wang’s the smart one because when Sung Il comes running in, it’s to find Hak Joo and his men after they’ve been beaten silly. Ji Yeon though, tells Sung Il to go right in as Bang Sil’s waiting for him. Inside Bang Sil’s office, Sung Il demands to know where Jung Do is, but Bang Sil has no idea. When he asks her why she’d betrayed them, Bang Sil replies that she was following Chairman Wang’s orders and so it’s technically not a betrayal. But, although she serves Chairman Wang who is on Jung Do’s side, she feels sorry for Sung Il who’s been a good man and tells him about the danger they’d gotten into when they’d been about to pull off the con on Ma Jin Seok. She tells Sung Il that someone had called her then to alert her to the fact that the others were in danger and plays the recorded message for Sung Il to hear, whilst she steps out of the room. The person who alerts her to the others being in danger turns out to be Deok Bae (aha! I knew it! I called it! I was right!!!!!).
9. Learning the truth about Jung Do
Sung Il heads straight to the police station to confront Deok Bae. He reminds Deok Bae about the file with Ma Jin Seok’s name and the members of the taxation office, a file that Deok Bae had told him he’d gotten from his friend: Doo Gil in the Regional Investigative Unit. Well, Sung Il had called them and they’d said that they don’t have any Doo Gil working with them. He asks Deok Bae what Deok Bae’s relationship with Jung Do is and when Deok Bae tries to get him to leave the station so they can talk in private, Sung Il, who’s been screaming that Deok Bae betrayed him, his lifelong friend for a rat like Jung Do, punches Deok Bae in the face. Post altercation finds them at a pojangmacha where Deok Bae tells Sung Il that Jung Do’s the son of his mentor: Detective Yang. He, Detective Yang and Jae Sung had formed a team that had boasted the highest arrest rates in the precinct, until Detective Yang had started to get distracted. When Jae Sung had asked him what the problem was, Detective Yang had told him that he believed that his wife had gotten trapped in a pyramid scheme. And so, they’d started investigating into the scheme. But the blame had been transferred to Detective Yang’s wife, and Jae Sung who had been bribed, framed Detective Yang who also went to prison. Finally, Jung Do who was planning a con in order to get revenge for his parents, also got busted by Jae Sung and it was only Jung Do pretending that he was oblivious to it all, that had helped him get off with a lighter sentence. And that had given Jung Do the time he needed to perfect his con. Sung Il, picks up the thread of the conversation, stating that so that was why Jung Do had decided to go after people who had personal grudges against Bang Pil Gyu to help bring the man down. He figures that Jung Do had never confused him with the other Sung Il (a flashback confirms this to be so) and asks Deok Bae if Deok Bae had told Jung Do about his moronic friend. When Deok Bae tries to protest, Sung Il points out all the coincidences, from Deok Bae offering to help him nab Jung Do, to him telling Jung Do about the six million dollars and to him insisting that he’s releasing Jung Do for Sung Il’s sake. He wonders how Deok Bae could have done that to him; used him to help Jung Do get his revenge. Deok Bae replies that Sung Il also had a grudge against Bang Pil Gyu and the others and was always promising to avenge Min Shik’s death but Sung Il isn’t interested in all that as he vows to catch Sung Il.
10. Up next, Choi Chul Woo
Choi Chul Woo heads home and when he gets out of his car, he senses that something’s wrong but fortifies himself and keeps moving forward anyway. And across the street, safely hidden in the shadows is Jung Do who’s watching him.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s an After Shock because it is literarily all about Jung Do playing with fire. He’s burned all his teammates (except Bang Sil) and screwed over the second person on his list. And when we dive in deeper and see that it was all part of his plan, that Jung Do has been planning this con for years and that even Deok Bae who we thought was on Sung Il’s side is also part of the initial con, we’re left with blown minds. It’s astonishing really how intricately Jung Do’s been playing the whole situation and now that he has even Choi Chul Woo in his sights, we get the feeling that the con is still not yet over. Because, when Sung Il comes for him, the question we will all be asking is, is the game still in Sung Il’s court or has he just played into the hand that Jung Do’s kept waiting for him. Like, what if the reason Jung Do burned Sung Il so badly is so that Sung Il can come after him with a vengeance and Jung Do can use that in taking down Choi Chul Woo? Because Jung Do’s just proven to us that everything we’ve seen and heard can go either way and is nothing like we think, and that in itself, is mind-blowing.