Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 20 FINAL (A SobCap)

Shuk: Okay time to gird my loins, grab a tissue box, keep a bottle of soju nearby, and begin the end. I intend no pics of Asshat Min or Psycho Jo, besides a memorial.

Episode 20 (Final)

Shuk: Jin-sook slowly caresses the gold silk of Safari's urn as Team Safari waits with her. She then meets Baksa at the Bak Cave, and they comfort each other with a few words, and a touch.
kakashi: Hello everyone. In expectation of what is to come, I got very drunk. It numbs the pain. *hicks*
JoAnne: I don't even want to do this. Can we just not?
kakashi: Suck it up, JoAnne unni! Be like Jin-sook! Brave! 

Shuk: At Thigh's place, Soo-min shows him the photobook with the childhood pictures of him and Kyung-mi. She reveals her discovery that Jung Shi-hyun was an officer, which surprises Hyung-min. She wonders out loud about his pain of being known as her unni's killer, and finally, with tears in her eyes, says that she likes him, and is determined to restore him back to his position.
kakashi: Yeah. We all know that's NOT going to happen, do we? But Soo-min always was a naive one. Or maybe she just hasn't heard the "once you're in, you cannot get out" often enough! 
Shuk: Hyung-min agrees, but research by the Gimpy Detective reveals nothing. Chief Yang scoffs that he must be undercover then.
kakashi: Oooookay, yes, jackpot! I found this awesome soundtrack just for you, Ineptness Squad! 
JoAnne: Didn't she date the Beibs? How can we have anything connected to the Biebs anywhere near the awesomeness of Baksa Adeul?
Shuk: At the Cliff of Covert Conversations, the two talk. Thighs points out that all the cops that associated with Baksa are now dead: Kyung-mi, Safari, and Shim Ah Joo, who must have been the flyer in episode one (kakashi: I think he's the sniper from last episode). He demands Baksa tell him who sent him under cover, using the fact that Soo-min was the last target.
SH: What will you do if I tell you?
HM: I'm going to kill him myself.
SH:  Ji Hyung-min. You just stay where you are. Don't come over here. I will do this.
Shuk: You just know that Baksa is now going to protect Hyung-min and prevent him from going rogue. As if there's not enough on his plate. But keeping Thighs on the straight and narrow is the best way to protect Soo-min, too.
kakashi: I shudder a little, cause, you know .... Bromance!!! I imagine how the two kiss ..... uhm .... well. The hair. It would get in the way. 
JoAnne: Mental note to brush the hair out of his eyes when I wedge myself between the two of them.
Shuk: At the precinct, he pulls Chief Yang and Gimpy into the conference room, and ask them for a bigtime favor: start investigating Superintendent Min Hong-ki.
kakashi: Get da Fucker! Get him! 
JoAnne: Why are your teeth not falling out from the bitterness of saying That Fuck's actual name?
Shuk: Meanwhile, Baksa is meeting up with Cutie-soo, who is understandably upset that Baksa is attempting to shut their operation down. Baksa begs his Battle Brother to leave for Japan or China, but Cutie is convinced they can win this, and warns that he will do it on his own. Dammit, boy can't even stop the train gunning for his friends.
kakashi: Cutie was always a bit dim. But that makes him all the more sexy. Yum. He should undress so that we can see his tattoo. Right now.
JoAnne: All I can think about is did that hurt Jung Kyung Ho for him to be shaken like that. But if I could think of anything else... goddamn but that Cutie is cute.
Shuk: At the Gallery of Asshats, Jo and Min meet. Psycho scoffs that The Police Prick is allowing the Task Force and Baksa to walk all over him, but he counters that Chairman has let Baksa slip through time and again. Besides, Police Prick has a plan that will expose Baksa and make him vulnerable. Damn, I don't like the sound of that.
JoAnne: That's because his mouth is open and Mama don't like ugly.
Only difference is one jerk has a badge.
Shuk: Chairman Jo has the final say; the jump drive that Safari took contains a record of wire transfers from Jo to Min, too. He runs back to his office, and tears it apart util he finds an external hard drive. He pulls up the records of Soo-min. What's he going to do with that?
kakashi: Haha, I LIKED that he got so scared and ran and messed up his office while searching for the hard drive. A lol moment in an otherwise suuuuuper bleak hour of tears and snot. 
JoAnne: You LIED (about not including a pic of Min here, kakanote). That's his HAND. We're looking at his hand!
By request of JoAnne, I have removed the offending hand. ~ Shuk

Shuk:  &*@*%&#^$&!!! He meets up with Jin-sook at a bar and reveals that Soo-min was placed with her by the police. Holy shittake, he's gonna wreck Baksa from his family and the people he loves and trusts.
kakashi: Yeah, I expected that as soon as he said "plan". Gaaaaaah! How many synonyms for "awful shithead asshole" does the English language know?
JoAnne: Not fucking enough. That Fuck. That shithead fucktard fuck.
Shuk: Jin-sook loses no time in roughing Soo-min up and having her dragged into her presence. Soo-min tells her that lying to her was the hardest part of the job because of her admiration for the older woman. Jin-sook is only interested in one thing: did she know that Baksa Adeul and Shi-hyun were one and the same? The younger woman says yes. Jin-sook starts to vibrate with emotion: And you still love him? Soo-min, with her head down and tears in her eyes, answers in the affirmative.
kakashi: Jin-sook! My loooooooove! Marrry me!!!!!!
JoAnne: It was only the second time watching (because, you know, subs) that I realized she was TESTING her. Jin Sook loves her, but she's not dumb. Well ok she was dumb. But she wasn't wrong to love her, all the same. Jin Sook rules.
Shuk: Jin-sook takes a disbelieving breath, and asks her one final thing: Leave, and never come under her view again. She throws money at her and leaves, ending up crying in hallway.
kakashi: Cooooome to meeeeeeeee, my awesome kitten, I'll hug you! I'll be your sister! I'll drink endlessly with you! 
JoAnne: Can you imagine how awful she feels? Her heart must be in tiny, tiny pieces.
Shuk: Next, the bastard homes in on Kim Do-hoon, and oh-so-casually asks him how Kim Hyun-soo is doing. Shit, he even knows Cutie-soo's contacts. He orders him to arrange a meeting... at the Japanese Restaurant. Run away, Cutie-soo! Run away!!
kakashi: A small interlude on Do-hoon. Who was falsely accused by many to be the sniper that killed the DeadBoringGirlfriend. Poor chap. And he was killed so suddenly in TEN2, too. Anyway, like everybody else at the Special Ineptness Team, his character was almost entirely redundant but at least he isn't killed in this show. Oups, spoiler. Oups, I don't care.  
A photo of the iceberg that sunk the Titanic, which is the size of the hurting I wanna put on Min.
Shuk: Too late, Min shows up, and does the same info routine, only he reveals Baksa's real identity and role as underground agent, and implies that Baksa spilled the beans on the location of that pathetic drug factory at the school. The innocent look on Min's face makes me want to smash it in with a lead pipe wrapped in metal spikes and coated with my hatred.
kakashi: Cutie? Hello?! You will not do anything stupid, will you?! 
JoAnne: That look. He's kinda dumb, our Cutie... but he picks up fast when he needs to.
Shuk: He goes on to describe Cutie's mother, stating that only Shi-hyun would have that information, and that he passed it on to Min because a wish to protect his pitiable friend, and that Shi-hyun hates drug organizations and plan to bring down Jin-sook and Hyun-soo. His logic is as twisted as his soul, but it strikes a cord with Cutie.
kakashi: Cutie!! Brain! Remember! You - have - a - brain!! 
JoAnne: yessss, take off that shirt, there you go.. JJINJEONG.. why didn't they undress Cutie more when Baksa got hurt and stopped?
Shuk: The exterior of the Restaurant of the Yakuza Blossom is being haunted by Hyung-min, who watches Min leave the property. He stops short when he sees a clearly-agitated Cutie-soo leave, too.
kakashi: Well, at least he is sexy when agitated. 
JoAnne: yeah that pose would be good for... other stuff... just sayin'
Shuk:  Is that why he's looking down?
Shuk: The Toad hies back to Jin-sook's place, to see how his plan bore fruit, and stabs a few more facts into Jin-sook. She finally finds out about his police past, and he warns her to stay away from Shi-hyun, or he will destroy her, too. I never thought the "I love you" line really worked with Jin-sook, but to see her mind racing with your words just brings home how loathsome you really are, Hong-ki.
kakashi: Min isn't a very good liar, thankfully. 
JoAnne: Except that he was, for 20 years. And now suddenly he's like that kid swearing he didn't eat the decorations, with decorations stuck on his face. This kid: 'Oh  no. No. I did not eat spinkles.'
Shuk: Cutie-soo is drinking his amber liquid from a bottle like a champ, with no spilled droplets on his shirt when Baksa arrives at his place. He greets his buddy with great cheer, and Baksa asks if something is wrong. Cutie replies that maybe Baksa was there to handcuff him. Baksa flinches as Cutie repeats all of Min's crap back at his friend, finally leaving when Baksa refuses, and tells him to never darken his doorstep again.
kakashi: Ahhhhh .... tears. And I wanted them to kiss. More tears.
JoAnne: Look at their baby FACES. No boys! No! Hug it out! Take off your shirts and hug it out! Also, Cutie...ummm...the hand cuffs. Let's talk about that k hmmm?

Shuk: Baksa leaves the bright light of Cutie's Cave to brood and think at his own dark abode. (The Bak Cave! The Bak Cave! Say it! We aren't going to have many more chances!)  His phone rings, and he meets Thighs for another Cop Coffee Klatch. Thighs expositionally adds the meeting of Min and Cutie with the information we already have. Min is recruiting Hyun-soo and abandoning Baksa. Baksa reiterates to Thighs to continue as a detective and stay out of the final battle.
kakashi: Roooooooftop! Rooof.Top! Top! And more bromance! Oh my goodness, so much bromance in this episode. This is killing me.
JoAnne: My two tall handsome men.
Shuk: Jin-sook goes to the Bak-cave and hugs him. He is puzzled, until she congratulates him for becoming a police officer, and his eyes go wide. She strokes his face, crying, and apologizes for making his life difficult. She breaks him when she whispers that she would have loved to see him in his uniform. Wow, there is still someone who will stand by him no matter what - would she have gone legit if he had told her? I'm betting yes. [Pause for commercial break and another box of tissues]
kakashi: Iiiiiiiih, I know what JoAnne will say about the crying. It really scared me. My goodness, he cries like a 4 year old boy!! 
JoAnne: I died of embarrassment for him with those faces. She's so awesome, though. And he knows it. They really love each other. It's just not the same kind of love.
Shuk: Once I dry my eyes and come back, we are at a cemetery, but it's not the same place where Kyung-mi was buried with police honors. Maybe that was a memorial? Anyway, Thighs and Soo-min show up, but Baksa is already there. The two men quietly chat while she clears out the weeds on the plot. Baksa gives him the jump drive with Psycho Jo's records on it, then turns to leave. Soo-min tries to stop him, but all does is look her in the eye and thank her; she will make a good police officer.
kakashi: Uhm ..... not really. But, hey, details. 
JoAnne: I thought I was crazy. Did they just meet at some random cemetary? Is it a hint that EVERYONE IS GOING TO DIE?  
Shuk: Cutie-soo pow-wows with a power-pink Jin-sook. She pleads with him to cut Shi-hyun some slack; he's chosen them over Min, which is why Min is passing along the information. She tells him with absolute certainty that Baksa will never abandon them, but Cutie-soo can't agree and leaves.
kakashi: Oh no .... Cutie .... :-( and no sex scene between the two. Double :-(
JoAnne: I join you in sadness. :-( :-(
Shuk: Thighs has a monstrous brain failure when he decides to review the jump drive at work, rather than at home, and with barely any effort at all, Internal Affairs neatly plucks it right out of his hands and gives it to Min. Soo-min immediately calls Baksa as Hyung-min is sent away for questioning.
kakashi: Sigh.
JoAnne: One night. ONE NIGHT. They couldn't give us ONE NIGHT. Is this police force the Korean equivalent of the Amish Mistake?
Shuk: Baksa has a heart to heart with Neanderthal's old man, and asks him to help his son. After all, at least the two of them can see each other, which Baksa can never do with his unknown sire. Wow, he's got counseling skills too. Is there anything this man can't do, besides keep his back intact?
kakashi: They have a deep conversation about fathers and sons and sons wanting to be proud of their fathers. I have heard the same conversation at least 100 times in different contexts. But I'm sure it'll work. 
JoAnne: It has to have worked for somebody or else it would have died out, right?
Shuk: At the precinct, Team Thighs is gloomy in the conference room when Reporter Cha bursts in. They discuss the current investigation of Team Leader Ji and decide on searching for that jump drive. Soo-min rifles his office as Reporter Cha leads Min off for coffee, but they can't find it.
kakashi: Oh, the Cha woman is still alive?! Most redundant character, fare thee well! By the way, is nobody missing Prosecutor Ahn?! I am! I think he went into rehab.
JoAnne: He's looking for Halibut. I search for his face in every crowd scene, you know?  And not just in this drama.
kakashi: JoAnne, now is probably a good time to tell you that Halibut has been in prison all this time. I am pretty sure they mention it somewhere in episodes 4 or 5. Just go back and watch it! I know I could have told you earlier, but ... it was kinda fun to see you suffer.  
Shuk:  And I wasted a perfectly good milk carton on him and everything.
Shuk: Psycho Jo is having his own interrogation of Hyun-soo, and offers 'his boys' to assist him in getting rid of Baksa. Oh noes, you're not really going THAT far over to the Dark Side?! He sends the goons in a van, but pauses outside his car as the driver looks on worriedly.
kakashi: Hm ..... I am not buying this. Cutie wouldn't. No. Or would he?!
JoAnne: He couldn't. He couldn't. Wouldn't the entire set have rioted when the writer gave them that page, if so? It's just not possible.

Shuk: At the Bak Cave (and doesn't Min know where it is? How safe can it be?) Baksa receives a phone call that alarms him. "Alone?" he barks out, before running out the door.
kakashi: *readying tissue*
JoAnne: My stomach hurts.
Shuk: OMG. Cutie-soo is marching with a few guys back towards Jo. It looks like he sent the van on a wild-goose chase and headed back to take of Chairman Jo himself. Too bad Psycho predicted it, and meets him with another passel of goons.
kakashi: I am now watching with my eyes closed. I also do that when watching horror movies. Alternatively, I hide my face behind pillows.
JoAnne: I LOVED that they mirrored that earlier scene, but I won't lie: I spent a lot of time wondering how Cutie was able to convince Jo's men to fight Jo so quickly. You are clearly more devious than I.
Shuk: They are not Jo's thugs (no Gryffyndor ties). One of them was with Jin-sook at the beginning of the episode at Safari's place, so I assume they are his men.
kakashi: Thank GOD for the ties. 
Shuk: Jo asks him why, and Cutie replies he means to kill him so Jin-sook and Baksa can live in peace. Oh, Cutie, you never were the brains of the operation, but your heart is as big as Mount Fuji. About this time, a second group of goons arrives behind him, and pins him against the building. He does his damnedest, but the numbers are way stacked against him, and he goes down with a pipe on his back and a knife in his gut.
kakashi: It would have been much more epic had the knife not been blurred. Sorry to spoil the moment. I always go into snark-mode in very emotional moments. It's my way of coping.
JoAnne: I made ugly, ugly  noises here. The dog was quite alarmed. I pretty much never stopped making those noises for the rest of the drama. She still hasn't really forgiven me, but I can't bring myself to focus on her pain. What about MY pain?  Cutie. You were no Baksa. But I loved you, all the same.
Shuk: As he goes down, Baksa arrives with a handgun and starts shooting. Jo quickly hustles away as Baksa deals with the rest of the thugs and drops down next to Cutie-soo, now propped up against the glass wall and gasping.
kakashi: Thanks to the herniated back, guns have had so much more screentime in the last few episodes. 
Shuk: Cutie-soo ruefully says he's always been a burden to Baksa. As he looks on helplessly, Cutie's breath gets more and more labored as he tells his buddy that being with him was his best time. Shi-hyun begs him not to talk, but he has to get it out - kill Jo and end this. Like Safari, his final request is simple: "Let's go home." And they hug as Cutie's arm drops.
kakashi: Snark-mode isn't working. Oh no. No, no, no....
JoAnne: My crying kept interrupting my watching. This took a long time. I'll let you in on a secret. I say I cry all the time... and I do get teary eyed at lots of things with maybe a trickle or two. But THIS... oh, this. I cried huge ugly gulping sobs for a long, long, time.

Shuk: Psycho eats more on this show than anyone I've seen, as he lets Min know over the phone that Hyun-soo is dead. The alarm in Hong-Ki's voice doesn't faze him in the least.
kakashi: Psycho is also one of the more corpulent Korean actors, one might add. He needs his calories. 

Shuk: Then our Dark Avenging Angel arrives with the sound of a single gunshot.
kakashi: Bang Bang.
Shuk: And Min knows he's boned. He hurries out of his office. Soo-min calls it in, and the Ineptness Squad is activated. Too late to save Cutie, dammit, or really do anything.
kakashi: Let's fire them already. Useless bunch of fools!
JoAnne: 'Fashionably late' just does not cut it in police work, gentlemen. oh! JoNote for Shuk: too bad you don't watch DF anymore. There's a new drama called Police 24H. I can't bring myself to click on that icon.
Shuk: I've already started "Scandal". Please don't make me get out my SKS-47 7.62mm with the built-in bayonet.
Shuk: Pyscho Jo just smiles as Baksa levels the pistol at his head. He calmly tells him nothing will change if he dies. Baksa replies with a single sentence. "I will end it all." And, one bullet later, father and son get reunited in hell. He walks out robotically, with dead eyes.
kakashi: "I will end it all" ... I know what this means. There is no out. Never.
JoAnne: Sure there is. Damn it.
Shuk: Hong-ki is on the lotus pond walkway when Baksa calls out to him to halt. He stands there, hands at his side, weapon down, as Min turns and looks. He reaches to his back, but, at a wave from Baksa's gun, stops. Okay, Baksa, police training would have helped here - make him remove whatever he's got back there!
kakashi: He DOES motion him, but doesn't insist! Baksa! BAKSA!
JoAnne: He's moved from optimism to romantic fatalism. NEVER a good move.

Shuk: Baksa asks why; Min replies with bullshit. Baksa advances, but Min stops him with the mention of Jin-sook. The Police Prick piles on the histrionics to the point of ridiculousness; the only ones he didn't use were "The check is in the mail" and "I'll respect you in the morning."
kakashi: Min, I have reserved lot 458 in hell for you. It is one of the worst spots, I've been told. 
Shuk: Make that 669, so he can be the neighbor of the Beast.
JoAnne: I want that beast to mount him every night, dry.
Shuk: Baksa's eyes fill with tears, but his gun never wavers. Yeah, you know your awesome noona would never behave like that. His hand tightens on the trigger, but Thighs and his woman arrive. Hyung-min tells him it's over. Right away Min calls out that he's caught Baksa Adeul, but Detective Ji just tells him to shut the he** up.
kakashi: Too many guns ... there are too many guns!!!! Ah, I wish we were back to pipes and sticks!
JoAnne: I stopped here. I suddenly really NEEDED to wash out my teacup. But I made myself come back. And I just realized that every time I reach for that teacup now, I change my mind and grab a different one.
Shuk: Hyung-min talks directly to Shi-hyun and tells him that he can become an officer again, but Baksa knows he can never return to the man he wanted to be, and says so out loud. He focuses on the ahjussi in front of him, only acknowledging him as 'that man', and tells him it is ended.
kakashi: Shoot already! Baksa! Shooooooot! Send him to hell! His lot has been prepared, EXTRA hot!
JoAnne: He can't. You know he can't. He wouldn't be his awesome self if he could.
kakashi: Told you he should have been more evil!! 

Shuk: The ahjussi nods and kneels, agreeing it is the end, and Shi-hyun finally lowers his gun. Suddenly, he reaches behind, pulls out a pistol, and shoots Shi-hyun twice in the chest, before a single shot from Detective Ji ends the toad's life. Still the damage has been done, and Soo-min runs to her lover as he crumples to the ground. She cries as his body slowly relaxes.
kakashi: Okay, I knew he was going to die. But I wished he had died a bit more epicly. And with a death-speech.
JoAnne: It was a bit quiet.
Shuk: We see a picture of the Eiffel Tower as Jin-sook voiceovers to Shi-hyun. "That it's the place I always wanted to go. I really wanted to go there with you someday. Shi Hyun, I love you." As Jin-sook cries, Soo-min, complete in a police officer's uniform, hands her a handkerchief. Jin-sook asks her to help her with her hair style, before leaving. It turns out they are in the Bak Cave.
kakashi: At least these two can make babies!!!!
JoAnne: With each other? What do you know that I don't?
Shuk: Alone, we see Soo-min turn in front of the grimy blue window, and suddenly Shi-hyun is there. She repeats the name litany and ends with "Shi-yun oppa, did I do well to become an officer." Without saying anything, he reaches out and cups her cheek. She savors it for a moment, then we pan back and see it was all her imagination.
kakashi: Or wasn't it?
JoAnne: *sobbing* Is she remembering a conversation, or imagining one?
Shuk: Detective Ji goes to the Prosecutor's office and asks his dad if he did something to get him off the Internal Affairs black list. He says yes, he has turned over all the information and is prepared to talk to the investigator about his part in all this. Hyung-min asks, not without pain, why is he doing this? Daddy Ji replies that he wants to be someone his son can respect again. He follows his dad into the situation room where he shakes hands and compliments everyone on the Ineptness Squad for their ineptness. Hyung-min watches him go.
kakashi: Interesting. That was kind of awesome. Isn't he one of the bad guys? Or is this about the 3Ds again? Doughnuts, Dumplings, and Drycleaning?
JoAnne: He said something about going to far, and needing to get back again. I think of the bad guys, Daddy Ji was the one who really was in it because it's how business gets done, and corruption is part of it. Not particularly because he got off on the badness, but because it was the only way to have a career and get anything done, good OR bad...and then he kind of forgot that. Which I'm sure That Fuck also told himself was the reason he was in it, but he was EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL through and through so it was a lie.

Shuk: At the orphanage, Soo-min is passing out presents to some of the kids, when the younger doppelgangers of her sister and lover yell that the uniform looks great, and she waves as they disappear.
kakashi: I have been marveling about the symbolic meaning of this but I have not come to any conclusion.
JoAnne: Since they actually do disappear, not run out of the picture frame, it was never a question for me: she imagines them. And since she was imagining them together, in a happier time, I accepted unquestioningly that Baksa was dead. But maybe that's just how she deals with not being with him. I dunno.
Shuk: We see a final montage of the city, as Baksa voiceovers:

"The world is a mirror. If you spit and curse at it, it will spit and curse back at you. If you smile at it, it will smile back at you."

Shuk: As the credits roll, we see a series of scenes chronicling the story. And in the last second of the credits, this:
kakashi: Readers of Mr. GangsterCat's Blog (read this post) will also know by now that the writer did intend a different ending. Let me quote: "the original script by Yoo Seong-Yeol had written in an insert which made this ending a lot less open to interpretation – showing our leading man walking back into the dark after a not-so-fatal-after-all shootout, with a new identity ... and a new beige jacket (hurrah for colors), leaving the two women who loved him behind, blissfully unaware that the man they just buried was still out there somewhere, looking at the city lights in the endless night". Like in so many dramas, we are left with the possibility that somewhere, out there, Baksa lives on. Baksa forever.
JoAnne: I was TOTALLY convinced he wouldn't do it. But now I'm not. It doesn't help that there's a deleted scene that makes it explicitly clear he was meant to still be alive. Because it wasn't included. Was that because she changed her mind about him living, or because she changed her mind about reassuring us?

Shuk: I looked back at my clock, and was shocked to find that this final recap took over six hours to type and gif. But I think this episode needed the extra effort. Although not all the threads were tied up, and I still hate the police portrayal with the heat of a thousand suns, this drama nevertheless kept me entertained and wanting more. I don't know how I would feel about a less ambiguous ending. Science fiction ahjummas like me may remember the two alternate endings to Director Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"; I preferred by far the darker, disturbing director's cut ending to the rainbows and ice cream theatrical one.
kakashi: We have survived! Thank you, ladies! Thank you, readers! Baksa forever! 
JoAnne: I'm really not ready for this.

Shuk: Baksa fought long and hard, but in the end, I don't think he received justice. After all, Min and Jo was never really punished, the Corrupt Congressman is still out there, and Pyscho Jo was right; nothing really changed. But he did know that people loved and believed in him through everything he did and all the deception he had to go through, and I guess that's enough for any human.
kakashi: Wait for Season 2. Or Baksa: The Movie. Including the return of all the dead ones (Cutie Soo! Safari!!) ... as zombies!! Yes, it is going to be called "Zombie City". 
JoAnne: It would unrealistic to think that one man could bring down such an entrenched syndicate. If nothing else, we know there's always some else out there in the wings waiting to take over, and it's built into every level of society. He managed to uncover the most dangerous bad guy at the moment - That Fuck - and that will be enough for me. God, I'm going to miss these people.


Me refuses to read this SobCap.
Me refuses to acknowledge Cutie Soo's death.
Cutie Soo is here with me right now!! We're fine on our own!!

//If I ever calm down, I may post a more coherent comment.
Anonymous said…
this is the most boring ending episode out of the whole series for me.
i LOLed so hard on your other recaps but this epi it was just boring and NOT the epic ending i have been hoping.
aoiaheen said…
I don't even know what to say.

Of course I would have loved Baksa to be alive and with Soo Min and make pretty babies that look like him and act like him and think like him.

But still, it was a satisfying ending. We all know that the job he was doing was too difficult for one man anyway. The only way he could win was to kill everyone - which he did (with thighs help).

I wish he had died with a little more aplomb though. That one bullet to the heart was too quick. I remember watching The Departed and (spoiler ahead) boy, the hero's death was so sudden and so shocking that it will forever live in my memory as the best death ever!

This wasn't like that. We knew it was coming, we were hoping it won't, but it still happened too quick. Baksa deserved a more emotional death.

The story, I am happy with.

Cutie Soo's death : I can't even. This hurt me more than Baksa's death. Really. It was really well done because the venue they chose was almost a flashback to thier friendship. But he had to die for Baksa to break.

I want to say some more, especially about Jin Sook, but I'm actually feeling too upset after thinking of Cutie Soo, so i'll probably write another comment a littel later.

Gosh, typing a comment is so hard - I can't imagine how you ladies recapped the whole episode.
went said…
I still can't believe they killed off our hero that easily and lamely? hahaha LOL...
I mean all along, I know they will die not all but most of them since they always say this is how it should happen w/this kind of genre. NOIR, but still the way he dies is just not cool and then the ambiguous he might still be alive is even more ridiculous? I can go on and on but i guess i shouldn't. And the cemetery scene, Thank you and you will be a good cop? REALLY????? HOLY CRAP, thats insane closure.
penforella said…
Arrghhh.. Here we are..
Still can't believe that it is all over. Monday-Tuesday with no more Baksa. *sobs my heart is still twisted in a bunch just reading the sobfest.

When I watched 20, I was baffled with the quite way Shi-hyun left. (Gotta admit I only watched non-sub, maybe one day when I'm out of tears), I mean Safari and Soo each have a grand death scene with their last word and all.

Then I read the news article about the intended open ending, and I figure it's a narrative choice, just because any last word or funeral scene will ruin the ambiguity vibe. Darn you pd, no i love you, please make another drama with JKH again soon, after he healed of course.

So when the overwhelming sadness coming in, this is how it all supposed to end:
Safari death was a fake out, he was wearing bulletproof vest people. He goes to the country side where Eun Soo and Meth Kim already waiting. They bought acres of land to farm chilli. He will finally accept Eun Soo loves.
Soo death was also a fake out (we have so many undercover in this show so I can have my fakes out as well), the knife was blurry after all. He goes to Jin-Sook to toast their grand plan while waiting for the rest to pan out.
Shi Hyun death was why yes you guess it, definitely a fake out (see explanation above). He followed Safari to the country side, where he decided to open gochujang factory together with Soo called the Jung-Kim brother best chilli.
Jin Sook and Soo will have a long and satisfying affair, they will bicker to no end while working at the factory together.
Shi Hyun and Soo Min will live boringly happy, they'll make plenty of babies together, they can also raised Scale's son and be neighbors with JS-Soo couple.

The new drug lord is of course Halibut now that he's the last man standing.

Forgive my insanity ladies, the show did this to me. Long live the bromance and the romance. I want both, I'm greedy that way.
CM Shukmeister said…
Lots of tissues and soju, and an entire afternoon.

melona said…
So heartbroken over Soo's death. He's always been slow on the uptake but his loyalty to Baksa is strong. The fact that he initially struggled with the 'betrayal' but chose the friendship is heart-warmingly humane. His and Baksa's bromance is sure one to go down in the K drama history book. Love him, love them even more together.

What Safari and Soo did for Shi Hyun is, in my opinion, the quintessential "Jung" that was said to be lacking in the cold, dark and gloomy city. With two people sacrificing themselves for him because of "Jung", I think Baksa has lived a worthy life.

I'm still in awe at "Baksa crying like a child in Jin Sook's arms" scene. There are so many ways to interpret the script and deliver what's required, but Jung Kyung Ho decided to portray a child's way, which gave the scene a rawness and sincerity that can't otherwise be felt across the screen. The moment that Jin Sook showed her understanding of his pain and her subsequent consolation, he broke down and let go of all the burden that he alone has been shouldering, and turned into a child that just needed his Noona to hold him. It must be such a relief for him and I GET that. Good stuff, Jung Kyung Ho. Now I'd like to wish you a speedy recovery because if anything, I've gained a newfound respect for your craft that I'll watch you in anything next time.

Lastly, thank you ladies for this series of entertaining Squeecaps, plus a Sobcap :( It has been a real pleasure to share the love for the awesome Baksa Adeul here. I'm sure I'll be back to join you when there's another squee-worthy drama. So long and take care :)
CM Shukmeister said…
LOL - I like your imagination! Many of us would have liked to see a mega-happy ending, but the realistic part is that the sacrifices had to be made, dammit. All we can do now is pray for a speedy recovery for JKH, and look forward to the other projects of this awesome cast!

alexe said…
Thank you , thank you , thank you : one for each of you , the Three Witties .
I loved this drama until the very end . Baksa forever .
Newbie said…
Thany you all for your great squeecaps and sobcaps. A very entertaining read indeed. :)

Anais said…
I can't bring myself to finish this finale. I've given myself nearly 2 weeks to prepare emotionally. I even read our recap to lessen the blow. But this drama is going to break my heart. And gut my stomach. Finally, a true kdrama noir.

I can't remember the last time my heart felt like this. It feels like the worst heartbreak I'd ever experienced.

Thank you for the great recaps.
Anonymous said…
Thank you for another drama's worth of SqueeCaps! I was a little late on this bandwagon but I enjoyed every minute. Thank you for clearing up some of my confusion, joining me in admiring Cutie Soo'd butt, making me laugh and last but not least, squeeing with me. Each episode did not seem complete until I read your comments and jokes.

Mia said…
I put watching the finale off until now because I knew I would hate it :( I cried a lot, because I was sad and because I was angry

so you get your hands on important sensitive data that you know people would kill for, what do you do? you make a fucking COPY and store it in a safe place!

so there is an extremely dangerous guy who, as you know, lies as soon as he opens his mouth, he says he will turn himself in and you lower your gun and practically ask to get shot by him!!


on the other hand, I was waiting to find out a ridiculous birth secret regarding doc's father, but they didn't go there, I'm impressed...
and I love that Soo and Jin-sook proved Evil Guy wrong and didn't turn on Doc

so, what did we learn from this drama?
love conquers all and then loses to stupidity anyway, and Jung Kyung Ho is really hot <3

I loved this drama but somehow I'm glad it's over
Lott said…
so sorry for the late comment!!! but i am dying here ladies. i am really bother by the fact if shi hyun really did love soo min. im trying to be optimistic that at the end, he did live and he is phoning soo min. and they are somewhere having awesome i'm so glad you are alive sex but i just need someone to tell me that he love her. not once in the whole series he even mumble that he likes her. i understand his proposition but man oh man. just once, please tell the girl that you love her, give her closure. i even skip work one day because i was so down. please, please response!!! i dont need a dramatic lick my face i love you. just him caressing her face, telling her that she is important to him. i know action speak louder than words and by his action, seem like he love her but you know us women. we always want to hear it!!!
Jenn said…
that was an epic recap. so sad that baksa didn't get the happy ending he deserves :( can't they just make an alternate happy ending for all dramas with sad endings?
JoAnne said…
We've actually done that, right around April Fool's Day - and then ever after we confuse ourselves with whether certain things happened in the drama or whether we just made them up.
mary said…
*giggling* I'm still confused...
Anonymous said…
Sorry for the late comment and an upcoming rambling but I have to get words out of my system.
Firstly, I'm not a Kdrama fan, only a fan for beauty. On a beautiful day, I just wanted to see lovely Lee Jun Ki and decided to watch Time Between Dog and Wolf. Unexpectedly, my heart did not race for Lee Jun Ki but for the bright smile, cuteness and naivety and loyalty of character Kang Min Gi, who was played by Jung Kyung Ho. Casually, I checked JKH out and on the way, fell in love with Cruel City/ Heartless City, falling hard like falling from a cliff and never can be picked up again. :3
JKH was amazing playing Baksa Adeul Jung Shi Huyn. He made me glue my eyes on him and forget all about the plot holes.

My heart was wrenched evry time he appeared on the screen, and especially at the precious moments of his smiling, his sleeping.
The ending made me cry my eyes out in the middle of night. With me, the ending is perfect. It teaches me a cruel fact that, no matter how much people around him love him, how hard he fought but the moment he dies, the sun can still shine, this heartless world wont stop for him. That is the way of life. No mercy at all.
Comparing to others death, I dont think their is more epic than Shi Huyns. The way he looked at Soo Min, his weak smile and her crying and the last grip of their hands are equally epic and heart-wrenching. The scene always brings me to tear no matter how many time I rewatch it.
For the last scene, someone translated to me like this. That man is not Shi Huyn, he wears black, he was death and gone. That man is a symbol, of other undercover agents like Shi Huyn still struggling in this cruel city - cruel world. They walk into the world of darkness, fighting and hurt for the greater good they believe. Their struggling will go on, and as undercover, they are alone (only the symbol man stands while the world around him moving). No one is really good or bad, clean or dirty (the world is blurry) around them. The phone is the only thing keep them on a connection with their first belief (just like only one person know the true identity of an undercover). The connection is weak and can be cut anytime, and can not pick the undercover out of the darkness anymore.
Thats the life of undercover agents and the man is the symbol. He is not Shi Huyn. *crying*

Thank you for your amazing recaps. I really enjoy them and did squeeze with you. Its great to see people react the same way at those moments of Heartless City. Now I rewatch it again (can not count time I rewatch anymore).
marblegirl said…
I am so new to KDramas. I love the "Mac & Cheese, Saturday morning TV show" feelings these shows evoke. I haven't seen my reality play out on KDrama: I'm sidelined after getting asaulted by a demented 92 year old lady with a shopping cart at the grocery store. I kid you not. It took 4 manly men to pull her off me. Crazy people are inhumanly strong! While unable to work, I stumbled down this alternate reality of KDrama land, KPOP, Blogs on KDrama, KPOP, Videos of Korean rock music, fan made videos of KDrama... Who needs pain meds!!! I pray I never recover...Having to return to work will seriously affect my binge watching and binge listening time. I so love your blog...You are all so funny, insightful...kudos.
Kakashi Sensei said…
thank you, marblegirl - and speedy recovery!! I tried very hard not to laugh about your predicament - it's so not funnybutfunny. I'm not even sure you should be thankful to the demented lady for getting you KDrama addicted because this addiction is ... beautiful, but scary at the same time.
In any case, all the best and we hope to see you around here again, even after you recover!
CM Shukmeister said…
marblegirl - Glad that you like our SqueeCaps! We have done a wide-ranging set of shows since our infancy. And good luck with your healing process! Sorry for smiling (and maybe a giggle or two) at your description.

Aja fighting!

JoAnne said…
Tell the truth, Marble Girl, you took that last box of prunes right out of old halmeoni's hands, didn't you? Anyway...best wishes for a speedy recovery; I'm really glad that you found KDrama because I love it (most days) and I sincerely hope you are not traumatized so badly that every time you see a little old lady - or a grocery cart - that you have fits. Because that could be a problem.