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!
JoAnne: An officer AND A GENTLEMAN, Soo Min. AND A GENTLEMAN.
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?
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?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.
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.
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.
kakashi: Get da Fucker! Get him!
JoAnne: Why are your teeth not falling out from the bitterness of saying That Fuck's actual name?
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.
JoAnne: That's because his mouth is open and Mama don't like ugly.
|Only difference is one jerk has a badge.|
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.|
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.
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?
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?
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.'
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.
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.
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?
kakashi: Oh no .... Cutie .... :-( and no sex scene between the two. Double :-(
JoAnne: I join you in sadness. :-( :-(
JoAnne: One night. ONE NIGHT. They couldn't give us ONE NIGHT. Is this police force the Korean equivalent of the Amish Mistake?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
kakashi: Thanks to the herniated back, guns have had so much more screentime in the last few episodes.
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.
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.
kakashi: "I will end it all" ... I know what this means. There is no out. Never.
JoAnne: Sure there is. Damn it.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
"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.