Our con duo are dealt a devastating blow that’s even more painful for Jung Do because he wasn’t expecting it (quite frankly, neither was I). Sung Il took a man he’s not trusted in six years, at his word. Commissioner Ahn remains a slimeball. Choi Chul Woo really is a smart cookie and our bromance’s been shattered. At least for this week.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Having that drink together, after six years
We open in the past, with Sung Il attending Min Shik’s funeral. Gab Soo and Commissioner Ahn arrive but Sung Il stops Gab Soo in his tracks when the latter makes to speak and tells him to say nothing. He goes to a corner to write his resignation letter but gets stopped by his wife who insists that although Min Shik’s her brother, Sung Il’s her husband and they have to survive. Sung Il’s barely dealing with that injustice when Commissioner Ahn calls out to him to come have a drink with him and Gab Soo. Sung Il doesn’t reply and simply walks away. We then return to the present where Gab Soo’s pouring a drink for Sung Il as he states that they should have drank more often (why would he do that? You’re responsible for the death of his brother-in-law. Remember?). He calls what Sung Il’s been doing with the con, interesting and asks if he would have gone as far as Choi Chul Woo if Jung Do hadn’t betrayed him. Sung Il replies that it isn’t over yet as he feels that everyone should be made to pay their taxes, no matter who they might be. Gab Soo replies by asking him if anything would have changed should Min Shik have succeeded with his goal in getting to Bang Pil Gyu and Choi Chul Woo. Because as much as he hates those guys too (eating with them doesn’t scream hatred in my book), he knows that fighting against them is a hopeless fight because they’re not just fighting back taxes but they’re fighting money and unless money disappears from the world, their fight would be a hopeless one. Sung Il then asks if that’s why Gab Soo had taken those men’s hands in friendship; to keep from fighting the hopeless fight (oooh. Burn). Gab Soo isn’t offended and replies that it took him four years out of the six he’s been mayor to clean up his predecessor’s mess and now, his sole focus is to ensure that the people are happy: the people who are more upset at the thought of someone taking a hundred dollars from them than someone who would refuses to pay an amount they can’t even phantom in back taxes. Sung Il tells him that people steal a thousand with a jacket one and a million with a tie on. Politicians on the other hand get to steal a hundred million, thus making them all the same kind of people, just with different clothing on. Gab Soo sighs and then asks Sung Il if he wants to end up like Min Shik. He continues that Sung Il shouldn’t, and should just live, keep his head down and try to survive. Sung Il replies by telling him the same thing he’d told yet another Chun, this one a woman, who works on his team: he won’t give in just to survive.
2. The plan is put into motion and Bang Pil Gyu is still an asshat, even behind bars
Out of the police station, Commissioner Ahn receives a call. On the other hand, Deok Bae meets with a higher up from whom he requests for the file on Choi Chul Woo. The man’s surprised that Deok Bae’s targeting Choi Chul Woo but Deok Bae is of the opinion that pus has to be squeezed out to make way for new flesh. Over at Mi Joo and Sung Hee’s, Mi Joo tells Sung Hee the truth, that Jung Do had gone to jail immediately after he’d confessed to her about being a fraud, and that he really did like Sung Hee. She also admits that she likes Jung Do, although she’s working hard at getting over that. Sung Hee then asks her if Sung Il and Jung Do are still working together but Mi Joo walks away without giving her an answer. Over at the prison, Jung Do pays a visit to tell his father that he’s gotten rid of Bang Pil Gyu and now, only Choi Chul Woo is left. He tells his father that he’s only there because he wants him to get a good look at his face, seeing that Jung Do would be out of touch for a long while, after he’s done putting Choi Chul Woo away. He makes to leave and his father finally speaks and tells him that he’s sorry. Jung Do, almost tearful, tells his father that he should speak more often, especially because Jung Do’s mother has gone to a better place. Jung Do walks away, leaving Detective Yang in tears whilst he goes to cry in his own car. Deok Bae joins him and Jung Do’s tears are forgotten as he concentrates on the file on Choi Chul Woo that Deok Bae’s been able to get. The file’s a dossier on Choi Chul Woo, containing everything, from information on his kids to how Choi Chul Woo launders his money. Deok Bae also tells Jung Do that Sung Il’s found out that they’re working together and he asks Jung Do if the latter had really planned on framing Sung Il for everything and taking off. Jung Do doesn’t deny it (Jung Do, you asshole!) and when Deok Bae asks why Jung Do hadn’t told him, Jung Do wonders how he could have possibly broken the news to Deok Bae. Deok Bae wonders how things have turned out the way they have and tells Jung Do that he wouldn’t be able to see Jung Do again, after it’s all done because he’s betrayed his lifelong friend. Meanwhile, said friend: Sung Il, is paying a visit to Bang Pil Gyu, and asking how it feels for the man to go from lording it over everyone else, to sinking to the very depths and being in prison. Bang Pil Gyu wonders if Sung Il’s there to pity him because he’s been abandoned but Sang Il merely wonders if Bang Pil Gyu feels no remorse about the people he’s hurt. Bang Pil Gyu doesn’t and he points out that Sung Il has a lot on his mind, what with Jung Do’s betrayal and the fact that he feels no satisfaction about Bang Pil Gyu being in jail. He continues that Justice doesn’t exist because he merely lost fifty million dollars and got to spend a nice holiday behind bars. By the time he gets back out, he’ll be able to make twice the amount, meaning he doesn’t resent Choi Chul Woo, although he’s sure that Sung Il wants to kill Jung Do. Justice in itself, merely gives the commoners a false sense of security and strength to get them to keep on living. And the rich need the people to keep living and earning money so they can collect that earned money back from them. He laughs and Sung Il calls him trash. Sung Il continues that Bang Pil Gyu is so talkative because he’s intimidated and he points out that Bang Pil Gyu will most likely get six years behind bars. The number is particularly significant because six years prior, Bang Pil Gyu couldn’t be touched and now six years later, he’s behind bars. Meaning, anything can happen six years into the future, so Bang Pil Gyu shouldn’t rest easy. Instead, he should read newspapers to keep up with the times so he might have a chance at adapting when he gets out. Sung Il makes to leave but drops one more nugget of wisdom, telling Bang Pil Gyu not to go about asking for the name of guards and telling them that he’ll remember that because the guards will simply beat him up (hahahahaha). With that said, he walks away, leaving Bang Pil Gyu to chuckle as he states that he will remember that.
3. Commissioner Ahn is out but isn’t going out without a fight and Deok Bae chooses a side
Sung Il returns to the office amidst office rumors that Commissioner Ahn will be fired and the other Sung Il has already resigned. Sung Il’s barely gotten settled into his seat when Commissioner Ahn calls him into his office. The man’s already clearing out his desk as he explains that he did it all for the money, because his kid’s growing up fast and they already have another one on its way. He apologizes for having blamed Sung Il for his losing his job and admits that he found out that they got cut off by Choi Chul Woo because the man saw them as a possible threat. He continues that that means that next on the chopping block is the entire taxation office and he explains to Sung Il that that’s the deal Choi Chul Woo made; that the entire taxation office be shut down within a year. Sung Il’s shocked and Commissioner Ahn even more so as he wonders how that can be done to the department. He agrees that he and Sung Il fought and hated each other’s guts but that what is being done to the department isn’t right. And so, he wants Sung Il to go after Choi Chul Woo next. He doesn’t care if it has to be conned out of him, but he wants Sung Il to get that one hundred million dollars Choi Chul Woo owes in back taxes as that’s the only way that Choi Chul Woo’s bond with the mayor can be broken, and that’s the only way their department can survive. He’s practically in tears as he reminds Sung Il that they inherited the department from their seniors and they have to hand it down to their juniors. Meanwhile, Jung Do’s tailing Choi Chul Woo’s son: Sang Joon, who’s been called into the prosecutor’s office. He calls someone, probably Deok Bae, and asks the person to find out why exactly Sang Joon’s being called into the prosecutor’s office. He then notices a bank book and next thing we see, he’s meeting Sung Hee and handing her the book, telling her that it contains the nearly five million dollars in local taxes that Bang Pil Gyu owes. He tells her to help him pass it across to Sung Il because he has no idea how he should wire it over and he feels that Sung Il deserves at least that, with how much effort he’d put into getting the money. Sung Hee wonders exactly what Jung Do’s playing at, what with him tossing the money over from the rooftops, and her finding out through Mi Joo that Jung Do hadn’t broken up with her because of a con but because he was about to get arrested and didn’t want her hurt and then she has to find that out just as he’s stabbed Sung Il in the back. She continues that he can use any other thing to con people, but he shouldn’t use their feelings to con them because not only does the other person get hurt but Jung Do himself just ends up lonely. She tells him that if he wants to hand the money over, he should pass it across to Sung Il himself, and with that, she walks away. As she leaves, Jung Do gets a call from Deok Bae, informing him that Deok Bae’s found the information on Sang Joon that Jung Do wants. As Deok Bae heads out of the station, he remembers Sung Il asking how he could have betrayed him that way. Meanwhile, Sung Il’s remembering Commissioner Ahn’s words to him about their department getting shut down and as Sung Il’s beset with memories of the department working together and being happy, he looks around at everyone in the department hard at work and he sighs. The melancholic moment is then interrupted by Deok Bae who calls him to give him a location and to inform him that he’s meeting Jung Do there later that night.
4. Sung Il and Jung Do are reunited
As they stake out the playground where Deok Bae’s meant to meet Jung Do, Sung Il wonders why Deok Bae’s doing what he’s doing at the moment. Deok Bae has no idea, as he feels that Sung Il and Jung Do have to decide if they will end up as friends or as enemies. What he does know is that Sung Il was only truly happy recently, when he was conning people out of his taxes. He tells Sung Il that Sung Il can be angry and disappointed in him and Jung Do, but he shouldn’t be angry at himself because Sung Il didn’t do anything wrong. Sung Il though doesn’t agree seeing that he’s conned people out of millions and Deok Bae replies that it doesn’t make Sung Il a bad person. He continues that the world isn’t merely made up of good and bad people and there are people that are less bad than the others: people like himself and Sung Il. Sung Il grumbles that Deok Bae is a very very bad person (hehehehe) who lied to his lifelong friend, but his tirade is cut short by Jung Do showing up. Deok Bae suggests that Sung Il go easy on Jung Do because they both have sad stories. Sung Il merely stalks off without replying and Deok Bae drives off, leaving Sung Il to walk up to Jung Do and repeatedly punch him in the face (wow. Sung Il packs quite the punch). Jung Do tries to fight back and soon the two of them are grappling with each other (hahahaha), unaware that they’ve picked up an audience at the playground who are watching the two grown men acting like idiots (hahahaha. This is so fucking hilarious). The next thing we see, Jung Do and Sung Il are in lockup (hehehe) with Jung Do wondering why Sung Il just wouldn’t accept his apology and Sung Il calling Jung Do a lying punk who punched him, an elder, in the face (hahahaha). They get so loud that one of the policemen has to shout at them to keep it down. Soon, Jung Do pipes up that he’s hungry and when Sung Il admits that he’s hungry as well, Jung Do asks what he wants, stating that the police station would order them food. Sung Il’s surprised (as am I), but it turns out that Jung Do’s right because soon, they’re both eating their ordered noodles, and then they swap dishes so they can try out each other’s food (so cute :D). Nighttime has them sharing a blanket and then Jung Do passes across the bank book, telling Sung Il that it’s Bang Pil Gyu’s local taxes. Sung Il’s surprised that Jung Do hadn’t tossed the money down with the others and Jung Do has no idea why he’d kept it either. Sung Il then asks if what Jung Do had said previously was his plan: take down Bang Pil Gyu, then Choi Chul Woo and then link Sung Il with Gab Soo so they can all go down together. Jung Do admits to it and Sung Il wonders why Jung Do couldn’t follow through. Jung Do replies that he felt Sung Il had a tough life and then Sung Il wonders how Jung Do had known that he would want to go after Bang Pil Gyu next seeing that Sung Il had been the one to bring the man up. Jung Do replies that he would have eventually brought up Bang Pil Gyu and tells Sang Il that he hadn’t calculated that far ahead. Besides, in a con, the winner and the loser are determined by how they adapt to the changing situations. He points out that Sung Il has experienced it first hand and Sung Il gives a small smile. Sung Il then asks why Jung Do had thrown the money down the street rather than pay it in as tax and Jung Do replies that Bang Pil Gyu had told him that he would just get the money right back through the mayor. Jung Do huffs at the thought that after all they work they’d put into it, the money would have ended up right back with Bang Pil Gyu. He continues that he’s already started working on Choi Chul Woo’s son and tells Sung Il to just wait and see what Jung Do will do with that money. Sung Il then fills Jung Do in on the happening in the taxation office and tells Jung Do that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that one hundred million dollars and break the link between Choi Chul Woo and the mayor. Jung Do points out that a lot of people in the taxation office would have wizened up to them and Sung Il suggests that they pull off the con in a week or two. Jung Do laughs at how crazy the timeline is, but admits that it would be a lot of fun. Sung Il then suggests that they make sure to trust each other from that moment and the two of them shake on it and show the police officer their clasped hands so he can let them out of the cell (hahahaha. So the cops were holding them in until they shut up and made up? That’s so fucking hilarious).
5. Putting the con together
Back at home, Jung Do fills Sung Il in on Sang Joon who’s the director at Samjin industries. The company’s a defense contractor and Choi Chul Woo’s money line. Samjin is at the moment working on a deal to supply electronic warfare machinery and their contact is an American defense contractor: General Martin, whose Korean office just received a new manager: Martin Kim, whose Korean is crazy good even though he has an American name (does he speak crazy good English as well?). Martin Kim’s reason for his trip to Korea is to ascertain whether General Martin should continue dealing with Samjin Industries, or whether they should find another company to partner with. Jung Do’s plan is to get in between General Martin and Samjin industries, stir up some trouble and get their one hundred million dollars out of it. Sung Il wonders how they will pull that off and Jung Do brings up when he’d conned Sung Il. Sung Il grumbles about the remembered memory (hahahaha) and Jung Do reminds him of how the con had worked: Sung Il wanted to buy a car, there was someone else who wanted to sell his car and Jung Do had gotten in between. That’s kind of how the con would work. Sung Il asks when they would start and Jung Do smiles as he suggests they get some expensive outfits first (hahaha. Sung Il’s what’s wrong with what I’m wearing expression is classic).
6. Transforming Sung Il into Martin Kim
To that effect, they go shopping and when they happen upon a great looking suit (looks gorgeous on you Sung Il), Jung Do states that Sung Il would be Martin Kim from that moment on. He explains that Martin Kim is a Harvard graduate who worked at a New York law firm before he got scouted by General Martin and so Sung Il must have the right amount of sophistication, prominence and forcefulness. And so, they practice Martin Kim’s speech pattern and are all smiles when Sung Il nails it.
7. Making their play
Next up on their plan is for Sung Il to pay a visit to Samjin industries (well hello there Sung Il getting the slow-mo walk. You look smoking). Upon getting there, he moves according to plan, telling Sang Joon about the head office’s reluctance in following through on their agreement with Samjin, and when Sang Joon asks for the reason, Sung Il, follows Jung Do’s suggestion and whilst peppering his Korean with English (Ma Dong Seok’s English is amazing), explains that all five General Martin directors don’t get enough money and so Sang Joon should prepare eighteen million dollars for each of the directors. Sung Il promises to let the deal go through successfully if Sang Joon pays up. But like they’d already expected, Sang Joon has no interest in coughing up ninety million dollars. And so, as planned, cops come to pick up Sang Joon who’s been prosecuted once for using drugs but had been let go because of Choi Chul Woo’s influence. Jung Do’s tip-off to the cops though is just to give Sung Il the time to show up, as Martin Kim and mention to Sang Joon that the head office is even more worried now that they know that Sang Joon’s used drugs before. He asks if Sang Joon can’t afford the ninety million dollars and suggests that Sang Joon sign the defense deal he’s currently working on, move things around with some subsidiaries, charge for development and pocket the extra money. He promises that he and the other directors would look the other way which would give Sang Joon all he needs to make millions, even billions of dollars extra, all for the sake of giving the directors a measly hundred million dollars. Sang Joon agrees and Sung Il wonders what they would do about the actual contract which cannot be forged. Now this is where Jung Do comes in, because he is the one who meets with the real Martin Kim and liaise’s with him, after claiming that Sang Joon’s out of the country. Thus, the two parties are able to get their contracts signed, without actually meeting each other (ingenious. Absolutely ingenious).
8. Everything comes crashing down
We cut to a quick glimpse of Choi Chul Woo meeting with his son and the next thing we see, Gab Soo calls Sung Il to his office. On his way to Sung Il’s office, Sang Joon, who’s transferred the money calls Sung Il to inform him that the money’s been transferred. He immediately calls Jung Do to deliver the good news and tells him that he would meet with him after he’s done with his meeting with the mayor. He enters Gab Soo’s office where Gab Soo asks him if it was fun and asks if he thought that Sang Joon was just like his father (shit. I knew everything went way too well). As he speaks, we cut to the police station where cops are riffling through Deok Bae’s desk and the very same prosecutor who had handed Deok Bae the file on Choi Chul Woo tells him that he’d heard that Deok Bae had gotten Choi Chul Woo’s file from a prosecutor: an act which is illegal in itself. We then see Choi Chul Woo talking to a Mr. Jang about people being brought down by their weaknesses, even as we cut back to Gab Soo telling Sung Il that Choi Chul Woo doesn’t have any kids and had merely set it all up to nab Sung Il. As Deok Bae’s being led away, Jung Do’s caught by the cops who had been set on him and we see Commissioner Ahn receiving a package (fucking asshole. I knew it was a terrible idea to trust an asshat like you. But I fell for it anyway). Gab Soo then goes back to his rhetoric, wondering why Sung Il hadn’t listened to him when he’d told Sung Il about it being an impossible fight as long as there’s money. He suggests that Sung Il testify against Jung Do because that’s the only way Sung Il can survive. The words echo exactly the same sentiment as his wife’s words had and when Sung Il tries to speak, Gab Soo insists that Sung Il should return to the Sung Il of old, the one who understands the status quo and who keeps his head bowed. Besides, Jung Do and the cops already think that Sung Il was the one who sold out Jung Do anyway (fucking hell).
9. Sung Il betrays a friend to save his colleagues
And sure enough, when Sung Il heads to the police station and sees a handcuffed Jung Do, Jung Do attacks him after snarling that he’d heard that Sung Il sold him out. They’re finally separated and Sung Il heads out to drink. He makes a call to someone to ask if “he’s” in and the minute he confirms it, Sung Il heads out. We then cut back to the rest of his conversation with Gab Soo where he’d asked Gab Soo if he had been the one to ask Commissioner Ahn to say all those things to him. Gab Soo replies that it had been necessary because they’d needed Sung Il to move so they could get him. Jung Do accepts that, then asks why Gab Soo is so intent on saving someone who he’d wanted to capture just moments before. Gab Soo replies that he figures that Sung Il will be calmer now that he’s been had and Sung Il replies that he would do exactly as Gab Soo wants: live his life with his head bowed, return to the status quo and testify against Jung Do, as long as Gab Soo makes sure that the taxation office survives (shit. Shit Shit!).
10. The betrayal is complete
Jung Do’s driven to the courthouse where Sung Il, who’s sworn to tell only the truth is asked if he had run cons with Jung Do. He admits to it, just as he admits that Jung Do had approached him about them conning taxpayers out of their taxes. With that testimony in the bag, the judge sentences Sung Il to ten years in prison (fuck) and Jung Do looks back at Sung Il with betrayal in his eyes.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
Because idiotic Sung Il actually thinks that Gab Soo would keep to their agreement. Forget even Gab Soo, he actually believes that Choi Chul Woo would allow Gab Soo break out of their agreement. That shows just how stupid he was in this moment and I have a headache screaming and trying to deal with it. Argh!
This episode’s a Whiskey Sour. Because after feeling the high of the Jung Do and Sung Il team teaming up together and how well their con went, things soured for me. That Sung Il would believe the word of a Gab Soo; a man he knows Choi Chul Woo has in his pocket is painful for me. The fact that Choi Chul Woo, that scum actually conned our Con team has me even more pissed and right now I’m feeling pretty sour because I know that even if Jung Do makes it back out of prison, he wouldn’t be trusting Sung Il any time soon. So in one episode, everything went to shit and our bromance’s been broken. Good job show. Thanks for nothing. Urgh!