kakashi: I didn't like this episode all too much. I actually only like episodes with loooooooots of Tae-soo. That means I REALLY like episode 7.
Woong Chul is still in the warehouse, tied to a chair. He's respectful and his love for his hyung shows, but he's not backing down. He's not going to kill Jung Moon. He can sleep at night now, and that matters more than the history they share.
I have seen this before haven't I? *confused* Darn it PD-nim!
kakashi: Yes, bcook. It's called "repetition to kill time". Anthony taught us about it! This one was far too long.
Such conviction! Bro-mance is strong. Clearly Du Kwang doesn't love Woong Chul as much.
kakashi: It was a strong Woong-chul moment. He is so loyal, he will die for honor and loyalty. He gets a gangster medal!
Maybe lost in translation? Maybe it's more like..."Go with God?"
kakashi: Nope, a "hint". There's hints in this drama. This is one.
File this under WTF, also: Tae Soo is released from the police station. Putting aside that they should be wondering why he isn't in prison, shouldn't he be released to Oh Goo Tak, at least? He calls Hyun Woo, the shooting range guy. And THAT sad sack little fucker is sitting in a room with the Cruel City asshole, who says they have to strike first before 'that fellow' has a chance to do anything. At least Hyun Woo looks sad about it.
Too many twists!! (not really though, his rather obvious evasiveness last episode said it all)
kakashi: Goo-tak was at the station the day before, so he cleared it all up. Ergo, they don't need to wonder about Tae-soo. And I'm pretty sure his computer file says something about his current status. No, there's no WTF in anything my Tae-soo does.
kakashi: Maybe they had a GPS signal-stopper at that warehouse before? No?
kakashi: ahahaha, no. Because he knows his dongsaeng well. Ergo knows what's going on there.
(yup, pissing your pants in fear and then saying it's beer IS as embarrassing as things get) and provoked him into attacking. All the other gangsters were too busy trying to hide their laughter so they were caught off guard when things got busy, and Woong Chul was able to attack the driver and cause the accident.
Uri Woong Chul is so smart.
kakashi: Clearly, he is talking about himself!
That is one biiiiig hole.
kakashi: Ahahaha, isn't it?! It's like... dudes, maybe a few feet less would have cut it?! (by the way, there is NO WAY you dig a hole that size in less than half a day by hand)
The ring is actually a tiny oxygen mask (selling soon on gmarket) with enough oxygen to hold Woong Chul until the gang comes to rescue him! Such brilliance.
kakashi: Well, it's clear at this point that Du Kwang is giving his dongsaeng a chance. Nice of him. Imagine how it would fuck up this drama if he didn't!
kakashi: It's like when the OTP passes each other and don't see the other.
What does that even MEAN??!
kakashi: Fucking unmyeong, of course. It's always that fucker fucking with things.
What does that even MEAN is right! Is he being all Zen about life and death and fate, or does he mean that it's really ok to kill Woong Chul, or does he mean that him making it LOOK like he killed Woong Chul was always the sanctioned plan? Because I no longer think he really intends to kill Woong Chul. Do you?
I dunno dude. Coz the margin of error involved in burying a guy in soil while leading his rescuers to him via gps (funny how that miraculously came on eh?) is very high. Du Kwang is leaving his bromance up to fate.
kakashi: ... plus untie his hands, AND don't knock him out. That's nudging fate, I'd say.
That little head tilt and glare through the highly gelled fringe made me laugh and laugh and rewatch that a couple of times. Goo Tak is just awesome. Jung Moon has recognized his limitations. He's the brains not the brawn.
kakashi: This is my favorite scene in this whole episode because of Tae-soo. I watched it about ten times.
He does look amazingly good, fighting.
Korean dirt is actually a cleanser... or my oxygen mask theory was true.
kakashi: I found this part sad. Anyone?
hmmmm. Nope. Not a tear was shed. Dude tried to kill Woong Chul (no he didn't!)
So the car magically won't start?
Made by the same company that produced the ankle bracelet.
JoAnne, that was deliberately done by Du Kwang. How? We don't know. Maybe he's a genius hacker.
Silly, why would Du Kwang make the car not start, when he's the one trying to get away?
Nooooo, JoAnne! Not the car! The ankle bracelet!!
(I shout "YES"!) The Scooby Gang accepts, of course, despite Mi Young's protests. (She would, right? It's getting a bit old though) Their reasoning is that it's better to save the bad guy in charge, if it prevents an even badder guy from assuming control. Even Mi Young agrees with that.
The devil you know eh? But didn't Du Kwang say if he saw him again he'd kill him?
Woong-chul doesn't care!!!! He'd die for his friends. That's the kinda man he is.
Du Kwang wakes up in the trunk of a car and has a rage fit, but I mean...who wouldn't? Back at the church, our guys come to the conclusion that it's someone Du Kwang knows and that this is the opening salvo of a coup d'etat. There are 10 'district' bosses and it's certain to be one of them. Our guys need to figure out which one it is without alerting the others to the situation and thus inciting a turf war. They decide that 'Du Kwang' should hold a mandatory meeting where he will raise the tax he collects from each boss to 30 percent - except when the guys all get there it's not Du Kwang at the meeting, it's a cleaned up and mighty spiffy looking Woong Chul who explains that Du Kwang had a 'personal matter' and that he will speak for him. They don't all know he's supposed to be in prison? It's not like he was a bit player in their world. He is the one who made it possible for Du Kwang to take over the entire city!
kakashi: This scene was cool as is this plan. Badass and effective. Not enough Tae-soo in it, though!
(love how he said "out"), and the man who remained calm would be guilty - because he would know that this edict could not possibly have been issued by Du Kwang. They eliminate an additional two. The final step is to carefully observe the faces of the 4 remaining men: the man who looks distrustful and cynical will be their guy. They settle on Son Mung Gi.
kakashi: It's funny how gangsters are the same all over the world, isn't it? There's a certain gangster habitus. At least in movies. And yes, I've been reading Bourdieu.
It's a thought I've had ever since Cruel City, yes.
Why mess with gangsta perfection.
Goo Tak and Mi Young will deal with Son Mun Gi and the others will work on rescuing Du Kwang. The van drives off with our guys while Goo Tak knocks on the window of a car parked nearby; it's Hot Prosecutor! HP nods at a car up ahead which turns out to hold a bunch of men (thugs? cops undercover? who knows.) holding pipes and bats. They all head into a club, where Goo Tak opts to shoot one bodyguard in the leg rather than say hello.
kakashi: This was a funny scene, because when Goo-tak lays out the plan (the two of them going after Mun-gi), Tae-soo goes: What? Only the two of you? Aren't you overly brave? Goo-tak just kinda shrugs. Mi-young also has her doubts, but Goo-tak obviously just wanted to show off in front of the three bad guys. Of course he won't go in alone!!!
That made me laugh, Tae Soo's comment!
(*swooooooon*), Jung Moon has a taser thingy) they do a pretty bad ass strut into the warehouse, but it's wasted. There's no one there! Oops. So is it not Mun Gi?
kakashi: Yes, it was Mun-gi. But he was betrayed himself.
That...never even occurred to me. Wow. Sometimes I surprise myself with how oblivious I can be. So Mun Gi WAS the guy, but then his GUY became the guy, only he was planning to be the guy who killed two birds with one stone. Makes complete sense.
That was actually one of the best double-crosses I've seen. Totally unexpected. *claps for writernim*
The two underlings are in it together. The underling that went after Du Kwang is the boss of this underling) Not sure really how he arrives at this. TV Magic, I guess. The three take on the many and of course, they're kicking butt so thoroughly that Tae Soo feels comfortable enough to stop in the middle and take a call. Or try to, anyway, as the phone is kicked out his hand and then stepped on as it continues to ring on the floor.
kakashi: Needless to say that I loved this scene, right?
I knew that well enough to immediately think, oh, Kakashi must have loved this bit! I wonder if you actually SHOULD watch this with your husband...
I loved this scene! I watched it twice because the look on Tae Soo's face when his phone got knocked out of his hand was just... beautiful.
kakashi: Well, we just know that Tae-soo has a grudge against Cruel City Ahjussi, right? He has been looking for him all over. He probably got wind of it. It's kill or be killed in this world.
kakashi: That temper tantrum was freaking scary. He should be in a monster movie next. As the monster, of course.
(well, we see that it slipped out of his pocket as the threw him in. And remember, they trampled the phone he was using to talk to Woong-chul when they kidnapped him. But yeah, they're dumb. They should have checked for second phone). It's a lucky break, that's for sure. Next thing you know, Woong Chul is on his way to chase Du Kwang, who called the police from the trunk of the car. Whaaaaaaat? Mi Young tells Woong Chul where he can find the vehicle that Du Kwang is in, and the guys race off to track it down.
The second phone is kinda improbably though. He put his driver's phone in his pocket (and both of them forgot about it? In korea? Where your phone is your life?)...but used his real phone to call Woong Chul?
*Cough* The Call starring Halle Berry *Cough*. Watch it. It's good.
(hahahaaaa, so random!!). When he catches up to the kidnappers, he swings a bat and shatters the driver's side window, which causes them to swerve and then hit the curb. That was ballsy, Jung Moon. Also, probably pretty nearly impossible to do unless you were a professional stunt rider in between classes. But whatever. Jung Moon slips off the bike and after he removes his helmet he puts his hands in his jacket pockets and saunters over to see what's what.
kakashi: So ... there a theory out there that Jung-moon himself is a trained assassin. He just completely forgot about it, because he is wacko. And yes, I made this up. But the description of the serial killers at the 5% top that Tae-soo gives in episode 7 completely fits Jung-moon: deadly and without any emotion.
We've agreed that Psycho is in fact Psycho. But with a need to not be a serial killer? #NotAllSociopaths
kakashi: I think it actually DID fly off, JoAnne. It's in the back seat. It flew from the front seat to the back seat.
*singing JYJ* "In the back seat" mumble mumble "back seat". Such ingratitude Du Kwang! I mean... come on!
kakashi: Seems to be a trick of him, remember he did something similar with the creepy Pipe Wrench Serial Killer? Anyway, this is the only thing I don't understand in this whole episode: Why did Du Kwan only slash Jung-moon's arm?
That's all he could reach?
Guilt? What little morals he has left prevented him from (literally) stabbing him in the back?
kakashi: Hm. So ... is Jung-moon angry? Hurt? Curious? WHAT?!
I read that as angry.
Hurt? He was just sliced with a knife you know.
Telling him to watch out for Jung Moon? Note that we still don't know who wants him killed.
Tae-soo knows that Shooting Range guy tried to call him before the phone was kicked out of his hand - so he was trying to find out what's going on. I wonder the same thing, in fact. See how connected I am to Tae-soo?!
Yeah, you should not watch this with your husband.
kakashi: Well, Jung-moon is being totally childish. Come on, Woong-chul DIDN'T kill him, he didn't even try! He saved him!!! Why would he be angry with him? I don't get it.
If I knew that someone was actively trying to kill you, and I didn't tell you about it, how would you feel toward me?
Grate...ful? Well it's not like there was much you could do about it other than make me incredibly paranoid.
kakashi: I'll be damned! O____o
*starts singing* "In the back seat"
kakashi: We're all dogs, JoAnne. All of us.
Speak for yourself guys! *scratches furiously at her ear*
We see in a flashback that Du Kwang hesitated to make the call, and Goo Tak hesitated to pick it up, both aware that contact brought with it certain risks. But what, exactly?
kakashi: Isn't it kinda weird that the most powerful mob boss in Seoul knows Goo-tak's private number?! I'm pretty sure both don't want that connection known.
kakashi: Sexy time with Park Hae-jin! It's the equivalent of a shower scene, so be grateful.
kakashi: A bit less sexy than Hae-jin. But still.
kakashi: It's two times he was asked to kill Jung-moon. Once when he was in prison with him and then once again in that hallway, after which he had to go to prison for public violence.
Some body reaaaaalllllyyyyy want's this guy dead.
kakashi: Still bearing a grudge? Tsts.
(Being SEXY) and wants to know what this case is. Goo Tak informs him that they found Im Jeong, otherwise known as Cruel City Ahjussi. Cut to Tae Soo practically bouncing down a hospital hallway, grinning in delight: Im Jeong is dead. Tae Soo views the body in the morgue and there's no smile on his face as he asks Im Jeong's corpse why its there.
kakashi: I don't think he was grinning in delight. In fact, I found this a very complex scene with very good acting (and yes, I watched it several times, because ... Tae-soo). In fact, when he was walking down that halfway, Tae-soo was smiling at how weird fate is. When he entered the morgue, he took a small moment to actually look at the corpse - this is no meaningless death for him. And I think it actually pains him - for a variety of reasons. First, because this man is his teacher. Second, because he now doesn't get to ask the questions he wanted to ask. Them being: 1) who wants Jung-moon dead (Im-jeong was his first handler, so he was the guy who told Tae-soo to kill him the first time) and 2) why Im-jeong lied to him about giving money to that woman. That question would have been followed up by a load of violence as well - remember, Tae-soo vowed to kill Im-jeon in front of Goo-tak. In fact, he begged him to let him kill him.
I agree that his mood shifted when he actually saw the man.
Begs the question...who killed Im Jeong? His dongsaeng? I thought it was a trap at the beginning. Im Jeong just pretending to be dead so that he could shoot Tae-soo when he walks up to identify the body. Yes I have watched waaay too many movies. Yes, I am quite cynical.
CommentsThis episode was good, because it moved the over-arching plot forward quite a bit. We answered SOME questions... but found a whole lot more of them. And this episode was bad, too. Badly written in places, badly directed in others. The characters were pretty confusing to follow at times and the plot relied heavily on coincidence again. The segues were absolutely terrible. Let's hope this clears up soon, as our guys are still a lot of fun to watch and I don't want to get pissed off and lose interest just because the writer/director are having some issues.
kakashi: *shrugs* it did make sense to me! Du Kwang never wanted Woong-chul dead, so he made sure he'd be able to get out of that grave and he made sure Goo-tak and the guys would be there to pick him up. The gangster boys were underlings acting against "their fathers", as Woong-chul told us. What else?
Oh, I understood that well enough, I guess. Definitely the bit about Du Kwang being torn. The second guy, though, I didn't pick up on that as a betrayal of Mun Gi.
As it stands, we have a few mysteries: How are the three guys connected to Goo Tak? Who wants Jung Moon dead, and why? (I have a pretty good guess at this moment) You do? Who? We don't even know who he killed! (His parents? Why?) How are there so many head shots of Jung Moon out there in the world? Is any of this connected to his parent's deaths when he was a child? Who is Nam really after? IS Nam a good guy? Is Goo Tak? Did Tae Soo murder his lady love's husband? Did Jung Moon kill ANYBODY? Who's this new prosecutor, and what's his deal? What did Cruel City Ahjussi do to Tae Soo? (We know that: he promised to send the lady money and didn't) Did Cutie kill him? (Why is Cutie sitting in a dark apartment and doesn't answer Tae-soo's phone call?) What about that guy that Tae Soo swore he'd kill? (He swore he'd kill Im-jeong; he also need to kill the other assassin, if they ever meet again: name is Jeong-seok) And why did Tae Soo turn himself in? (out of guilt, we know that) I'm sure I forgot something, but anyway, my point is this (yes: how do Goo-tak and Mr. Big Mob Boss know each other): they better start ANSWERING some of these questions, not adding more. We're running out of time! (well, we're a bit more than halfway now. If they don't come up with new riddles, I'd say we can still get there) WHAT IS GOING ON?
Tae Soo was angry at CC Ahjussi before he found out that the money wasn't going to her. Why? And Tae Soo turning himself in...he didn't do it right after he killed Ladylove's husband, we know that. Whose blood was he wearing? I always assumed he came from a murder, but maybe it was just a fight. And I'm not entirely sure we know it was guilt that put him there.
Tune in next week for more questions with Bad Guys.