kakashi: I've always liked to be in love with things that others don't appreciate. It makes me feel special. But ... I heard just now that Song Jae-rim might also no longer be part of the cast?! Come on! How many more awesome characters will we have to mourn, show?!
JoAnne: Yeah, buddy! Bangsamtong Boys have got the REAL coffin and they're storing it at the world's only hospital clinic/B&B. What the hell did they do at that mortuary that they didn't even wash the blood off his face? Although I guess technically it was a morgue, not a mortuary... and it looks like Jung Tae wasn't part of this twist because he's STILL standing in front of that mirror. (I know, it's only been about 10 minutes.)
kakashi: Yeah, and we still approve. It's his awakening. His awakening needs time.
kakashi: Much appreciated, the fan service, PDnim. And we'll take more of this, thank you!
kakashi: That reminded me very much of that awesome photo-fight Gaya had with Shinichi in episode 8. Sigh ... I so miss Shinichi... sure, sure, I sound like a broken record.
kakashi: I guess this was to make these gangster look dumb and nice? Succeeded in both, show. So now I'm no longer sure who is good and who is bad. How annoying.(alright! This seems to become a habit among the Inspiring Generation in Shanghai). Bang Joo is way more irritated by this than we are and orders him to put some clothes on. Party Pooper. It seems that Jae Ha is a bit smarter than we give him credit for, though - before any of the Body Snatching Olympics started, he had already switched out Young Chul's body with that of some random corpse he obtained from Old Man Fly.
kakashi: I am somewhat glad this is the reason Jae-ha wanted to see Old Man Fly ... I had somewhat feared that he was some kind of crazy-secret killer or seomthing and that he would send him on Jung-tae's trail. Blame Warrior Baek Dong Soo for it!
kakashi: I can't help but be intrigued by these power plays.
JoAnne: I like them too, and am fascinated by people who think this way.
kakashi: And I think "Roman Decadence".
JoAnne: Back in the office, though, Jae Ha smiles and asks if Bang Joo really thought he'd be stupid enough to bring the body there. Then it must be Daeha Restaurant, smiles Bang Joo. Jae Ha is a bit surprised he figured that out, but admits he's right, and says he chose that place because not even HwangBang would dare to go against an international agency like the Red Cross. (Remember, there's a clinic conveniently located at this restaurant.)
kakashi: It's a clinic, a hostel, a restaurant, and ... what else? A school? A church?
kakashi: YES! I have no love for Bang-joo AT ALL (and a lot of love for Shinichi, even though I know he will probably die a painful death if he is not silently let go by the new writer first... DAMN.)
kakashi: So ... does he really think it could be Baek-san (I don't believe for a second that it was him. He is a nice, though dull person ... or isn't he?) or does he just says this to blackmail Bang-joo?
JoAnne: Jung Tae arrives and Jae Ha greets him pleasantly - it's time to go! Bang Joo has graciously agreed that the funeral can be held in BangsamTong (haha, cheeky). Bang Joo is forced to play along, but it's clear he's furious. After the younger men leave he chops a poor little cigar to shreds. Nothing at all emasculating about what he wants to do to Jae Ha, nope.
kakashi: I would have taken that cigar, let it live!!!
kakashi: And here I was, hoping that the Jae-ha gang could be the new Dobis (BROMANCE!), but nope. Doesn't seem like it.
JoAnne: Goichi was hiding around the corner and reported back to Gaya that she was right, Bangsamtong had the body. He worries that HwangBang will out them for Yamamoto's attack but Gaya isn't worried. If they do that, it just makes them look bad. She instructs Goichi to send word to Osaka that Jung Jae Ha is the new 'Shanghai owner' in Bangsamtong, and that Il Gook Hwa hasn't drawn its sword yet.
kakashi: Oh. Osaka. Will there be .......
JoAnne: Shinichi! (Yaaaaaaaay!) He has a younger, shorter hair cut and is looking quite recovered from his injuries. I'm glad...we've lost so many to this damn war (shakes head.) Grandpa is pleased, and says that Gaya has really grown up. She was smart enough to realize what was going on between between the different factions, and she's biding her time because everything is about to blow up. Jae Ha may have won the battle but he signed his own death warrant in doing so, and Gaya just needs to sit back and wait while the work is being done for her.
kakashi: I am not sure I approve of Shinichi's new hair cut. And can Gaya's sitting back please be done with Shinichi by her side? I mean ... isn't he supposed to be her bodyguard and protect her with his life? New writer, do not mess with our characters!!
(he'll be back in 13, I heard!) when Lady Doc Woo Jin shows up. It's funny how Jae Ha pushes the girls away and straightens up - he really has a thing for Woo Jin.
kakashi: Oh dear, do you think they'll kill off another awesome character - Jae-ha - soon? I don't have a good feeling about this ... too much hubris!
kakashi: I like him. A bit.
JoAnne: I do, too. I think he's got an inferiority complex (much like Do Ggoo) but I don't get the feeling that he's evil inside. I don't think he's a GOOD man... but I don't think he's a bad man, necessarily. Weak, limited... but not evil.
kakashi: That was exactly Jung-tae's problem, wasn't it, when he first heard about his father's god-like status in these parts. Plus, he also abandoned his "second" family, for his revenge quest. No saint at all, Daddy-Shin, more like a hero against his will, I'd say. Exactly what Jung-tae will become.
(Daddy!). He's a perceptive guy, that Fly, and he urges Jung Tae to let go of his Daddy Issues now.
kakashi: Yes. It's time we moved on.
kakashi: Very moving. Yes, kiss my ass, too. But can we get rid of Ok-ryeon? She gets on my nerves BIG TIME. Aka could kill her. (Trying to bribe me?)
kakashi: Yeah, alright, I was a bit moved by her sadness. A bit.
kakashi: I am not sure that HwangBang is responsible. We just heard that Baek-san indeed fought Daddy-Shin that day: we do not know why, though. If Baek-san is who cause the deadly bleeding, Baek-san would also be who killed Gaya's father, and we know that's not the case. That was Aka - Aka causes terrible injuries and let's people suffer terribly and die a slow, agonizing death. So I'm guessing there's at least three people that had a go at Shin-Daddy that day.
kakashi: Alright, at least we have confirmation now: EVIL.
JoAnne: Jung Tae and Ok Ryeon return to Bangsamtong. He tells her he's going to stay, figure out who killed his father, and pay them back. He wants to work for Ok Ryeon, and can she give him a place to stay, too? Ok Ryeon urges him to let go of the desire for revenge, but she doesn't answer his question. She's been acting a bit odd for someone who was so in love... can't wait to find out what's going on with her.
kakashi: Nooooooo, here goes our chance of him going back to Dobi!
kakashi: Not almost paradise, this place!
kakashi: Yeah, I think this is finally it: The Soo-ok goodbye scene.
kakashi: His "I am sorry" was so lame!!! At least explain what happened to your for the love of Shinichi!
kakashi: Uhm ... Soo-ok, I guess? No, maybe not ... sounds like she is talking about Jung-tae but whatever she means to say, it's beyond me. If it's Soo-ok, it's not entirely unclever: there is no way they can replace Kimmie boy, so if they still want some kind of love-triangle there, it has to be the memory that gets into the way of the lovers. And I was surprised to learn that this hostel-hospital thingy or whatever it is is actually Ok-ryeon's. I thought it was Woo-jin's. Or is it theirs? Together? Maybe they're in a relationship?
kakashi: That goes without saying. Hmmm, the light on his face ...
JoAnne: Three nerdy types rush into Rome carrying papers of some sort, only to find GiChi and PoodleTop at make shift desks signing yet more paperwork with a happy couple. Are they dabbling in real estate or something? The men are suppliers, and their contracts have been cancelled without notice. Jae Ha enters and they plead with him, but their time is over. There is a new owner in town, and things are going to run his way.
kakashi: Haha, when he mixes in random English into his dialogue, I chuckle.
kakashi: They're growing on me. In an almost Dobi-kinda way.
kakashi: So so is funny. Though expendable. Expendable isn't good in this show.
kakashi: She wanted him to see her double swords - and she wanted him to know that she killed Shin-Daddy.
kakashi: Shinichi flashback!!! Jung-tae realizes that this man has a different style of swordsmanship and that's why he studies him very carefully. That tea kettle he kicks? To study the man's reactions. He is hurt, yes, but I think / hope he isn't as hurt as he pretends to be. Clearly, he will win this battle and "pass the test", but I also think he needs more training. I'd suggest Mo Il-hwa came to town and gave it to him.
JoAnne: So either I'm just really paying attention and my curiosity is leading me down the same paths the author is taking, OR the hints are heavy enough that I don't even realize they're hints, because these new developments are right in line with my thinking. I will admit that I thought that this episode was not very exciting, but I was completely surprised that the hour was up already, too. Take from that what you will.
kakashi: Oh, but I thought it was VERY exciting. Granted, there were some draggy bits (mainily the quiet bits, to be honest), but especially towards the end, things picked up speed again! This makes me VERY excited for episode 13.
JoAnne: Obviously, the swordsman is from HwangBang, and just as obviously, Jung Tae will survive and figure this out. Jae Ha has a vested interest in getting Jung Tae OUT of the picture, since in the public's eyes (and possibly in ChirinBangs) the rightful owner of Shanghai is the son of the previous owner. HwangBang was willing to use Jung Tae, but they can easily move ahead without him if he's not the right mix of powerful-but-easily-controlled. Will Jae Hae attempt to pit Jung Tae against HwangBang and do the same? I'm guessing Old Man Fly has a role to play in all this, too, and of COURSE we have yet to see what Gaya might pull with him. I don't see how Il Gook Hwa and Jung Tae are ever going to coexist peacefully.
kakashi: Jung-tae is still not taking things into his own hands - but he has to, sooner or later. He also seems to have forgotten about his sister completely (as he is now looking for his father's killer). Not that I mind, never liked that story line.
JoAnne: I also have questions about this GongGong organization. Is it essentially ChirinBang? If Bang Joo is a member of ChirinBang does that mean that there are 7 'important' Chinese gangs in Shanghai and we might see more of them coming up? WHO was Ok Ryeon talking about with the blood on the hands? Is she feeling guilty about Ahjussi's death, which we knew about? Or did she in fact inform us that Soo Ok is now dead, and she feels guilty about THAT? (If so, boo.)
kakashi: As said above, I think that's indeed what she did. Soo-ok is gone, bye bye, farewell, tschüss. The best he can get is a bit of guilt from one of the characters. It's a hard world.