Fights, death, mistress, hostage, cheating husband and a wife with an iron fist: it’s an hour that set the tone for the rest of the drama and has us assured that the K2 will be a wild ride of a show. We meet our characters, get a glimpse of who they are, and have a ton of questions about them, that would surely keep us coming back for more.
Top 10 Moments:
- We meet Anna. Girl’s been locked up for a very very long time
We open with a preteen Anna, stumbling across the dead body of her mother, with a plethora of pills right beside her. It looks like a suicide, until we notice the open windows and the man in black who’s just a couple of inches away from Anna as she cries for her mother. Anna doesn’t notice him however, and the man is able to sneak away withou her noticing. Next thing we see, a woman dressed in a power suit leads her to a Catholic Church and leaves her in the care of the nuns. Years pass, and Anna’s now grown up, but in filthy gown, and looking utterly unkempt. She also has that crazy, I’ve been locked up for a long time look in her eyes, which would explain why she bails from the church the minute she sees an opening, and runs, all the while constantly glancing behind her like she’s trying to see if she’s being chased.
2. We meet Je Ha, martial arts extraordinaire and knight in shining armour. Except when he walks away when Anna gets re-captured (although we can’t really blame him. Dude looks like he’s on the run)
We then cut to Je Ha in a dinky room. He’s bloody, bruised and obviously injured, but soldiers on, takes a drink (dude, should you be drinking with those injuries?), and heads out of the room, where he’s careful to avoid confrontations and the CCTV cameras (hmmm? Who are you running away from Je Ha?). Anna meanwhile, makes it to the train station but the men who are after her, see her, and one of them gives chase. She’s able to pay for her ticket, and heads to the boarding station. En route, she bumps into Je Ha and slips into Korean as she apologizes. Je Ha takes note of how haggard she is and asks her how she’s doing, in Korean as well. She immediately latches onto him and begs him to save her from the bad men who are chasing her. But Je Ha, who’s spotted the cameras in the train station, shakes her off and walks away (damn!). Anna starts running again, but she’s soon caught by the man chasing her. Just as he makes to grab her, Je Ha engages him in a fight and tells Anna to run. The man though wouldn’t let her get away and so Je Ha, using some martial arts moves beats him, and then kills him (damn). But when he checks the man’s pocket, he’s shocked to learn that the man’s a cop (talk about a clusterfuck), and what’s worse, the guard manning the CCTV, who caught the whole fight, reports it. And so, by the time he runs into Anna yet again, the station police catches up with them. Once again, he sends Anna off and takes on the two police officers. He doesn’t kill these ones though (thank heavens), just injures them. By the time he gets outside however, he sees Anna, locked up in a black car. And although she begs him yet again to save her, the man who has her captive, declares himself a police officer and Je Ha reluctantly walks away, gets into a cab and has the cab driver take him to the airport.
3. Six months later, and Je Ha’s now a handyman (who could probably make decent pay acting as an action film star’s stunt double. Just saying)
Six months later has Je Ha in Seoul, relaxing as he tends to a stray car and does some carwash. A phone call to fix a loose banner, has him heading to a building with a loose banner of presidential candidate: Se Joon’s face. But when he gets there, he has no ID and one of the guards refuses him entry. But a granny, carrying cleaning supplies mentions that it’s the candidate’s wife who put in the request and the guard lets Je Ha through. He also has another guard lead Je Ha to the top of the building. The guard who initially looked bored at having to do such a mundane task nearly has a heart attack when Je Ha gets on the railings of the building and whilst holding onto a secured rope, jumps down to the banner (hahahaha), which he then proceeds to fix.
4. Se Joon’s a presidential candidate with a mistress and no particular love for his wife
In a room, a few meters from where Je Ha’s at, a woman dressed in a sexy lingerie slips some powder in a glass of red wine (hmmm. Sleeping powder?). Moments later, Se Joon enters the room and is all ready to get down to business (he’s not a very patient man, this one), when the sound of a TV interview has him taking a break to watch an ongoing interview of Yoo Jin. His mistress wonders why he’s so invested in watching the interview when he sees Yoo Jin at home already (she’s his wife), but Se Joon merely smiles as he says he would like to hear what Yoo Jin has to say. The interviewer brings up the fact that out of all the presidential candidates wives, Yoo Jin is the preferred first lady material. She’s all shocked at the announcement and Se Joon chuckles knowingly (ha. He soo knows she’s faking it). The questions continue, and Yoo Jin adopts the air of the unassuming but self-sacrificial wife, whilst Se Joon smiles as he watches.
5. Se Joon’s security detail sucks (he really should just hire Je Ha)
The television goes off and Se Joon starts to get busy with his mistress. Until he catches sight of Je Ha fixing the banner and stops, then tells the woman to close the binds. But before she can even do that, the sleeping powder kicks in and Se Joon falls unconscious. The mistress winks at Je Ha, closes the binds and then sets out to positioning Je Ha just right for his soon to be photoshoot. Meanwhile, some masked men have stormed his building and easily taken down his guys. Their mission: get Se Joon on tape with his mistress. Je Ha who has no idea about this moves onto another window pane where he gets a full view of the masked men taking down Se Joon’s guards, even as one of them sneaks up behind granny. Je Ha tries screaming at granny to get down, but he’s on the other side of the window and granny doesn’t hear him. One of the masked men then smiles and hits granny on the back of her head with a heavy object (nooooooo. What an asshole!), and granny falls to the ground with blood pooling around her head (please don’t let her be dead). Je Ha then swings his entire body weight at the glass in his bid to break in, but can’t break it. Thinking fast, he throws a screwdriver at the glass, and pushes his entire weight at the crack. The glass finally shatters and he runs to granny who’s totally unconscious. The masked men in the room, rush at Je Ha and he sets out to taking them down, one by one. With Je Ha taking joining in the fight, and the security function that had been activated on Se Joon’s door (by one of his fallen guards), the masked men aren’t able to get into Se Joon’s room and they all pull out (although Je Ha was able to spot the scar one of them has).
6. Yoo Jin’s a master at working the crowd (Damn the woman’s good)
The interviewer brings up the fact that talk about town is the fact that Se Joon climbed up on his in-laws coattails to achieve the level of success he presently enjoys. Yoo Jin’s shocked, but covers it well enough and steers the conversation to the fact that her parents hadn’t been accepting of a politically bent son-in-law. But she’d still chosen to be loyal to her husband, so much so that she gave up her seat as the heir to her father’s company so she can support him. And even to that very moment, she still respects her husband. The words have the women in the audience all nodding their heads in agreement (and just like that, she’s got more women, on her husband’s side).
7. Want to get out of answering unpleasant interview questions? Make a mild threat and wear a smile (it seems to work for Yoo Jin, just fine)
The interviewer then brings up the company shares that Yoo Jin still possesses, and when Yoo Jin tries to deflect it by mentioning that she’s put the money in a scholarship foundation, the interviewer brings up the connections Yoo Jin’s set up in the foundation, meaning she is still able to keep a large chunk of those shares for herself. Yoo Jin’s PA: Dong Mi, calls for a commercial break and after Yoo Jin signals to the interviewer to turn off her mic, she smiles as she reminds the woman that the plan was for her not to ask that particular question. When the interview smiles and replies that she thought it would be better if she was the one to ask the question (because of the familiar relationship they share), Yoo Jin insists that some topics are too painful to talk about. Kind of like the woman’s son’s issues. The threat works as the interviewer apologizes.
8. Yoo Jin’s the one who makes the clean-up decision for her family
Back in her changing room, Dong Mi briefs Yoo Jin on the happenings at the hotel and her belief that it was the work of one of Se Joon’s opponents. Yoo Jin’s cool calm and collected as she instructs Dong Mi to alter the scene so it looks like an assailant situation, whilst they keep an eye on the mistress who will be put to use sometime soon. When Se Joon calls to congratulate her on the interview, and to mention that she should get rid of Je Ha who’d seen Se Joon’s face whilst Je Ha was fixing the banner, Yoo Jin agrees to handle it. To that effect, she calls the president of the hotel and is as cool as a viper as she castigates him for the security breach and asks him to handle the Je Ha situation.
9. Je Ha’s a killer with a reputation (and boy does he live up to it)
Based on the instructions given, the president sends in the elite team of his security force to go handle Je Ha. But the head of his team, who’d been reviewing the CCTV footage and gotten sight of some of Je Ha’s moves comes running to tell him to have his men stay away from Je Ha, otherwise they would die. The president doesn’t believe him, and even the head of the team, explaining that Je Ha is a specially trained former special forces agent, doesn’t convince him otherwise. And so, the head of the security team goes running to Je Ha’s location. Je Ha meanwhile, lives up to his reputation as he takes down every member of the team, before his music tape finishes playing (Damn, he’s fast and good). By the team the head of the security team gets to the warehouse, it’s to find all his men down, and Je Ha missing from the place. But, he’s relieved though, at the fact that Je Ha didn’t kill any of his men (hmmm. I think he’s not given to killing indiscriminately anymore. Although something tells me that he would happily kill that asshole that hit the granny. And I shall look forward to seeing that when it happens).
10. Anna’s the one who gave her mother those sleeping pills (she probably thinks she killed her mother. Poor baby)
Se Joon gets home to find a cooly pissed Yoo Jin waiting for him. Turns out that Anna’s his daughter and Yoo Jin informs him that Anna’s run away again. She bitterly points out that Anna still hasn’t grown up quite yet, but in the next breath points out that she can’t expect any different considering that Se Joon himself is basically a child as well (oooh, burn). Se Joon doesn’t say anything, but just points out that their contract will be null and void if anything happens to Anna (so do they have a contract marriage or something?). Anna meanwhile, is still in Spain, and still on the run. She runs into traffic and is nearly hit by a fashion designer’s driver, and the shock has her flashing back to the night of her mother’s murder when she’d handed her the bottle of sleeping pills (oh sweetie, I honestly don’t think you killed your mother though. That man in black, probably did the deed himself).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s an Old Timber, spicy, rough, edgy, and so well blended that the characters shine (or at least most of them). I love how each of these characters have their own story to tell, a past that might be sordid or traumatic or both, and one that gives them so much depth that it has us wanting to know more about them. Like, what was Je Ha doing in Spain, and has he earned his title of K2 already, or is this meant to be like an origin story. Who wanted Anna’s mother dead and why on earth is her being locked away for her own good, part of the agreement that Se Joon and Yoo Jin share. But most importantly, what is Yoo Jin’s play in this whole matter. I find it interesting the way she balances being the loving supportive wife in public, whilst behind close doors, it’s crystal clear that she is the one who’s driving the marriage, and her husband’s candidacy. It kind of makes me reiterate my question and ask: why isn’t she the one running for presidency? With how quickly she gets to work and her double faced persona, she would fit quite well in politics.