bcook: I just want an answer to one question. Who is that sneering man? *swoon*
JoAnne: My realization in this episode: it feels like we've spent way more time on Tae Soo than on anyone else, and the series is half over! There's a LOT still to do.
I agree. Tae-soo is very much our focus ... and I like it. Maybe he is the key to the grand mystery? Tae-soo, be my key! Poor, sad and angry Tae-soo. Hey, and maybe they're saving all the answers for Season 2. I told you OCN likes to do that. In fact, we often don't get any answers because who knows when the next season will be produced. If.
JoAnne: I sense bitterness, Kakashi.
JoAnne: Made me laugh too. But seriously, they both looked really miserable. And she seemed very fed up with him.
bcook: what's with his hand? I knew it was a set up coz the reach into jacket move was a little too exagerated.
Exactly. It means he has no idea where his fishing rod is! (maybe it's a new way of fishing though? Shoot the fish!) As the woman walks away (a very clear no, Mister, to your proposal), the gunman (with baseball hat and face mask) loads his gun - and fires. The woman goes down. He shoots again. Reloads. Two more rounds.
JoAnne: This reaction seems extreme for a missing fishing rod.
bcook: I live in the south, there's not much a guy wouldn't do for a missing fishing rod.
JoAnne: This is a theme with these guys... they made them all put handcuffs on themselves, last week.
bcook: It's clearly a testament to how awesome they are. Kinda like how Jo has managed to make my text take on her color even when I've chosen mine *grumble*!!
(lol. Awesome! It's like they don't really care now) I squee some more cause they're totally buddies now.
JoAnne: Why didn't we get to SEE rock-paper-scissors?
The bromance! So strong! And awwwwww, Tae-soo is looking out for Psycho. Awwwwwwww.
(for a second I thought it was prosecutor guy from 3 days and spazzed but then....*swoon*) and I seriously don't know what to think of him. He arrests Sleeze (Since he's a corrupt fuck), but he is also very, very nosy. His nickname is Bulldog and he is very eager to help our Bad Guys' cause ... but why? And how does he know Oh Goo-tak "very well"? Hm. Hmhmhm.
JoAnne: Ok, I think I can relax about Nam. The new guy (Conductor!)... I don't know. On the one hand, he came back specifically to act as Special Prosecutor for the big human trafficking case. From where? Why did he leave? Who brought him?And now he's heard rumors of this special unit who apparently does good work, and he wants to stay on and be involved. Does he think it will boost his career? Does he have another motive? There does have to be a prosecutor, so he's offering assistance they'd need, with an implied assurance that he wouldn't then get these people OFF after all the hard work our doggies do. And if I were him, I'd want to know about this special unit I'm latching myself on to. This seems reasonable. On the other hand, he does give off a certain 'questionable' vibe. So we'll see.
bcook: Questionable vibe? The only vibe I'm getting is the hot namja vibe. Sneer at me Prosecutor Oh. I've been a very bad girl.
SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT. I was hoping her husband was a bad guy, at least.
bcook: Gat damn it! Ok. That's it! All hope for his (questionable) happy ending has died. No way can he get out of killing husband, lying about identity, making her care for him when injured...yup. no hope. We're going to need a christmas miracle here.
Ahhh, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. WHY GOD WHY.
bcook: Sorry dude. :(
Oh, he is SO going to die. Fucking dirtbag.
bcook: I sense a slow mo, quick death in his future. Frankly I'm glad.
JoAnne: I'm still holding out hope that Tae Soo is not her husband's murderer. He may have some involvement or knowledge perhaps? But didn't do it himself? Please.
Yes, it's ambiguous, so I'm clinging to that hope with you.
bcook: uhmmm let's be realistic here. Unless writernim is running the biggest switcheroo ever... yeah.
JoAnne: Goo Tak was a good man. Is. He went off the rails for a bit, but kind of like that sheriff in the Walking Tall movies in the 70s. He was a vigilante!
And he likes our boys. He likes them!
JoAnne: He does, indeed. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
A lot happens off camera in this drama. I'm ok with it though.
Yes and no. There are too many overly convenient things in this episode. It's lazy writing. I hope it's an exception!
What'll we do today, boys? Let's just ride around until we find a crime! Sounds like a plan - who's in for coffee?
A bit later, (when did it get dark? also isn't he walking all over the evidence?) Tae-soo is doing his little "what if I were there" trick and imagines himself as the killer. In this alternate world, he is wearing leather and short sleeves and I drooooooooooooooooool so much I need to drink 1l of water afterwards. In his imagination, he fires 6 rounds and surmises that this guy was a very good shot (6 rounds, 6 people dead) ... and then, he's taken out of his dream by Psycho, who demands to know what he has found out.
I would say that our little baby boy Psycho ASKED him what he found out, not demanded (yes, yes, but he's so curt). Tae Soo: those arms. It's not just the muscle, you know. Look at how gorgeous his skin is. So smooth and shiny and unblemished. I bet it feels like silk. Imagine that silk sliding all over you. I need a break. And some water.
bcook: Yes go get some water. I'll just stay here and um and um. stand guard. Yes that's right stand guard. Because I like my eonnis so much. I'll keep the others away while you go get some water. Don't worry about me. I drank a lot before I came here. Take your time.
I think Tae Soo should slip back into mystical murderer mode and think about it for a while in his tee-shirt and leather vest.
(I saw something! It was like a smirk? A smize?) But since his smiling face looks really ugly, he suggests continuing with the sourpuss face. Pffft, haha. Psycho asks how Tae-soo tries to catch the killer, but Tae-soo won't tell - he's not much of a teamplayer. And here it is!!! Psycho's smile!!!!!
I think he asks because he's trying to MAKE him smile. Annoying him like an older brother would. Awwwww.
It worked! Awwwwwwww.
But obviously he has no intention of doing it, right? He didn't go into the prison to do it, right? No, he was all bloody that night. He won't do it. He isn't even thinking about doing it. We're fine. We're fine.
He went to prison because he turned himself in. We're thinking he turned himself in out of guilt for maybe killing that woman's husband. But ... we don't know, do we. One of our big mysteries is linked to Psycho's killing spree and now everybody wants him dead.
JoAnne: I know he turned himself in, but what if he PLANNED it that way, to go after Jung Moon?
bcook: I'm there with Jo. Maybe he did kill the husband, but turned himself in because of Jung Moon. What I wanna know is who is this guy that wants Jung Moon killed so bad he sent Tae-soo AND Woong-chul after him. Jung Moon needs to get his memory back stat.
I definitely want them to spark a little. Please.
That is a skill I would like to have. For party tricks of course. Not for work. Oh no. Never for work.
I feel VERY confident. I think. Well, I am VERY hopeful. At the very least, he really WANTS to be innocent. All signs point to psychotic, in that case. As in, not psychopathic.
bcook: Ok so that was a poignant moment but all I could think was It's the battle of the hair fringe! Who can look through it more meaningfully? On a scale of 1-10 who fringes better?
(yes very bad gun holding technique) but Tae-soo doesn't care: it's always been like this. Hyeon-woo lives safely. Tae-soo lives dangerously.
It's very wrong of me to want to jump his bones WHILE he is holding that pistol, right? Faded jeans. Leather vest but no shirt. Maybe some whiskey. I need a break. And some water.
bcook: Yes. Go get some water. I'll just stay here and um and um. Learn how to shoot...or something.
He was lying, that's why. (THAT LIP LICK. DAMN.)
bcook: Or it could be because of the slightly murderous look in Tae-soo's eyes? And Tae-soo probably makes people nervous just by breathing too close. 'course it's a different type of nervous if you're female. hehe.
Woong-chul is in a car with our Lockpick friend - and is bullying him, as always. While they wait in the car to go chase criminals, Woong-chul realizes that his two weeks are up. Uh-oh.
There are a whole lot of SHIT SHIT SHIT moments this week.
Not for nothing, but I noticed that the creepy Oppa moved TOWARD his beloved during those dangerous moments, and the nice guy running with his wife turned and ran like a dog.
bcook: Psycho...so smart. Obvi he kills all the other people so it seems random.
Not my teddy bear ahjussi!
bcook: Sometimes being a kind hearted criminal really doesn't pay. I don't think it's the same shooter though. This one was sloppy. Didn't shoot to kill. #consipiracy
How convenient. Where is it? Why isn't there a signal?
Not good, show. Don't be lazy.
Conversion to Good Guy: Complete.
Yes. This was a sad moment though. Very emotional. He seems so resigned ...
bcook: Teddy bear gangsta with a heart of gold. I think he should get his own show.
(Tae-soo agrees with me! This must be love) Tae-soo turns to leave, but his friend asks in a reversal of that question Tae-soo had before: isn't he curious why his leg is in braces? Tae-soo says he was waiting for Hyeon-woo to tell him. So ... Hyeon-woo says he wants to stop being a killer himself (oh, they're assassin-buddies?!). Yikes, he crippled himself? Ah, no ... a guy named Jeong Seok did it. To punish him for wanting out? I don't get it.
I guess like with gangs. In this country, gang lore has it that you have to kill someone to get in the gang... but to get out, they will beat you. If you live, you can walk free.
(Guys let's not forget the fact that Tae-soo saw the wedding invite even though it was hidden under a newspaper. Sharp eyes, sharp cheekbones)
He made a new life for himself that must include a new name.
Back to Jeong Seok ... who might that be?! What's the story here? Maybe he killed Tae-soo's woman's husband! That's what I'm hoping.
Tae-soo is outside, smiling a little to himself (awwwwwww) when his phone rings. He is very surprised it's Woong-chul. Oh, Woong-chul! You're smart!! He called the unlikeliest of them all. And Tae-soo is a smart one. He'll realize something is amiss, yes?! Woong-chul is rough as always and then reports that the killer said "why did you do that to us". Yes, "us". Tae-soo aborbs that info and then asks again what's wrong with Woong-chul. Of course he can't say anything, but he says: "make sure to catch that guy". Ohhhhhh, smart. And then, Woong-chul says "now you can do what you must, hyungnim". Nooooooooo :((
Best not mess with my teddy bear, you gangster.
How do they know he's out? Pawnshop ahjusshi? They hand Tae-soo a photo (we don't get to see it!). He looks at it while the guy says to kill that person in the most agonizing way possible. Why does he want this person to die? Tae-soo wants to know - but the other guy has no reason. Tae-soo flicks the photo at the dude and says "no". When that guy grabs his arm, Tae-soo beats them up good, ah, so glorious. He demands to know who ordered this hit, but somebody has called the police! Tae-soo puts the picture in his pocket and waits for his arrest.
Do you think this was a set up, then?
It was a strange little episode. Who sent them? Who was he asked to kill?! No idea why they would want him arrested though, so I guess the police might have been called by somebody else. It's a few little things this episode that don't make sense.
Ha! It was just writernim hearing about my love for Tae-soo fight scenes and penciling one in...just for me. Nomu Kamsahabnida! *90 degree bow*
Report Card: Plays well with others. Appropriately verbal. Demonstrates empathy and always takes a leadership role.
Hehe. How many episodes is this show?
Pretty sure she doesn't count Anyway, they catch one of the two and he confesses to everything. Only it seems the other dude by the name of Myeong-jin made him do it. Myong-jin is not to be found and worse: he is probably preparing the next hit. Oh wait ... he IS taxi dude, right?! Ah! So Woong-chul had the right dude, only that time, his buddy was doing the shooting!
That's the second time Woong Chul has had the right guy before anyone else has.
It was a malfunction, he must have been clearing it. It could not have been empty. What kind of sniper forgets to load his weapon?
I first thought they must have tricked the guy (i.e. with faulty ammunition of something). Because think about the risk? You have that Director walk around and a sniper has all the time in the world to aim and shoot at him?! Wow. Korean police. They're something.
JoAnne: Oh good idea with the tricking!
It couldn't have been trickery tho coz he had the gun (and i'm guessing ammo) when they raided his place. So where would they have found time to mess with his gun? I think he was just so damn excited to finish this guy off that he didn't load his gun. Premature shooting as it were.
Clever. Doesn't fix anything, but still, points for (twisted) imagination.
Jung-moon lectures the guy about how wrong it is to kill innocent people (you don't say!), even if killed-dude lost his wife and kid afterwards: killing people, wrong. And as Psycho lists every victim in detail, he steps closer and closer. When he is right in front of the gun he points it at his own chest and tells Myeong-jin to kill someone like him if he must kill someone. Someone like him who harms other people. Awwww, Psycho. But then, Psycho grabs the gun (like Tae-soo!) and now has Myeong-jin at gunpoint ... and he is about to shoot!!! When Goo-tak appears. Never was I more relieved to see such an annoying haircut.
Mi Young needs to just take some scissors and cut that mess off of his head. The boys can hold him down for her.
bcook: The tear tho. The one tear. Uri Psycho is some emotions buried under that fringe.
I am hoping he just wants to hitch his wagon to a star.
Surely somebody with that awesome smirk can't be all bad? Right? Right?
Gangsters are all about brotherhood and loyalty.
But now Woong-chul is all about his loyalty to the napun dudes. So you can't be asking that.
Oh hell no. No he is not, you smug piece of shit.
I'm pretty sure that was Woong-chul's "foook now i'm gonna have to kill you hyeong" face at the end.
CommentsThis episode has many weaknesses - I'm ready to forgive the show, but only if this doesn't become the norm. It's one of OCN's biggest faults: they can't sustain a good story. Too many things are just too convenient in this episode: starting with the "oh, look, a murder, you guys won't be going back to prison just now", going on to "only a genius with an IQ of 200 can see that these guys work at the same company" and "Ah, this time, I don't care where Woong-chul is". The "throw-Tae-soo-in-prison-overnight"-subplot was also much too forced for me. If those dudes he beat up so badly were able to run away, he could have run away a thousand times over. EXACTLY my thought. Sure, you could argue he didn't because he's trying to be honest now, but in the end, it's crystal clear the show just wanted to have Jung-moon solving a case by himself.
JoAnne: Except he didn't, really. Woong Chul found one killer through the taxi detail, sort of, and Tae Soo actually found the weapon and BOTH killers through his cute little shooting range friend. Jung Moon gets the points for figuring out that the shootings were not random, though. And because he needs to have some points, plus he needed that emotional scene when he caught the last killer.
But he got points from the drug dealer one at the beginning. I agree tho, this was clearly a "let's give Park Hae-jin some more screen time" episode. Could have been written better. Though let's look at kdrama episode logic. This episode is basically the equivalent of episode 10/11 of a 16 episode arc right? Those are almost always filler episodes, usually confused and badly written. Is that when they get their advertising commitments for the second half?
This week's case was a bit of a dud for me. Disgruntled employee goes on a rampage? It's just not clever enough. Even if you make that two employees who try to hide the motive of their crime. But I guess the case was used to provide a link to Jung-moon's case, another "don't ask" murder without any apparent motive. After 5 episodes, I am starting to believe JoAnne's theory (he is innocent). What happened during those murders though? Why would somebody frame Jung-moon? How come a gangster's son was killed? How come somebody sent Tae-soo to kill Jung-moon?
So many questions. Kakashi is right, this week the case was barely important at all and just served as a backdrop, but we got a LOT of info (even if the info really just led to lots more questions) about our beloved pups.
Yes, since we're asking questions, let's continue: How are all our guys connected to Goo-tak? Who is Bulldog Prosecutor? Why does he want those cases and why does he know Goo-tak so well?
JoAnne: Let's go back farther. Why did Jung Moon's parents die? How? Who were the people he killed? Did he kill them? Do they have a connection to Tae Soo's assassin people? Do the assassins have a connection to Woong Chul's gangsters? Was Goo Tak's daughter really a random selection?
bcook: I'll join in on this question party. If he can't remember killing them why did he tell his girlfriend he did? Who the heck wants Jung-moon dead so bad?
What exactly did Pawnshoppy do to Tae-soo beyond not giving the woman money? Who's that guy that harmed cute Shooting Range guy and will either kill Tae-soo or get killed by him? Is he connected to that woman's husband's murder? DID Tae-soo kill him or not? Who approached Tae-soo and asked him to kill someone? Who was that someone? Pawnshoppy must be connected to that since he's the only one that knows Tae-soo is out and about. How does new guy Shootingrange fit into the picture? Tae-soo might sacrifice himself to punish himself, right? Just like Woong-chul. Just DON'T go there, show!
JoAnne: Holding out hope that Tae Soo's enemy guy is the one who killed the husband - OR that he lied to Tae Soo about the guy so Tae Soo would kill him (but that's a very distant second) and in either case, Tae Soo is out to revenge his lady love.
bcook: Is writernim smart/good enough to tie this up in 6 episodes? What happened to all the ppl from last episode?