This episode saw one villain fall, Seo Jae Myung (Son Chang Min), only to see another one rise, more terrible than the last. For it looks like Seo In Cheol (Park Sung Woong) has been the true dastardly villain all along. And with only one more episode to go, it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting a very satisfying comeuppance. Especially not when Yoon Jae In (Park Min Young) does nothing all episode.
My main emotion in this episode was supreme irritation and anger, all directed at the useless and idiotic Prosecutor Oh (Noh Kyung Joo). I hadn’t even realized how much I had cared about Kim Yeong Gwang (Chun Jung Myung) until he almost died because the lamest prosecutor ever decided getting Seo Jae Myung was more important and timely than a man’s life. This drama really has been a searing indictment of the Korean justice system, I think. Did the screenwriter make her that ineffectual on purpose, or is the actress playing her just out of energy? Because, really now, 17 years of doing nothing? -5,000 points, Prosecutor Oh.
I know Seo In Wu (Lee Jang Woo) is partially to blame for one of the dumbest plans ever (outrun thugs…for 1 hour), but it’s so much more satisfying to blame the lawyer. Luckily, and it was through luck since no human intelligence was involved, Yeong Gwang was saved in the nick of time and the Man with the Scar was arrested. Of course he said that Jae Myung ordered all of the violence – but really, In Wu, you believed him? Have you never seen a gangster movie where the lackey lies and takes a “break” in prison to save his boss? Come on! At least In Wu got in some good kicks before the police carted off the Man with the Scar.
Of course it was In Cheol (or maybe his dad – the family never got along) who did everything. Just because he hated Uncle Jae Myung. Admittedly, he had reason to – the poor relation never has fun – but he’s been so sneaky and cowardly about everything since then that you don’t feel the least bit guilty for hating In Cheol and hoping that Sales Team 1 (they need a better name – that is striking fear in the hearts of no one) will bring him down.
Jae Myung has probably had better days. All in one fell swoop, his entire Geodae world was taken away from him: because of sneaky loudspeaker fun (how not hi-tech of them) the entire company knows that he looks down on everybody who works there, someone randomly threw an egg at him (more nonsensical violence), he was arrested because of his slush funds and tax evasion, he found out that he’s been raising the person who had endangered his son multiple times, and then I think he died. It was at the very end and a little inconclusive, but it pretty much looks like he died. He had that mystical moment when he imagined that he had actually saved Yoon Il Gu all those years ago (was that the true love story all this time?), and then his hand fell – doesn’t that mean death? Who knows, no one really stays dead in this drama anyways.
Sales Team 1 did some more behind the scenes machinations, and even used baseball codes. I had nearly forgotten that this drama was originally about baseball at all (remember – baseball?) – so you know it’s near the end when they bring up things from episode 1. Gil Dong has even returned and all is forgiven since he was just trying to protect Heo Yeong Do. But really, having the secret revelation of Geum Bok’s be that he heard everything while hiding behind a column is just goofy and sloppy storytelling. I like to think that Joo Dae Sung (Kim Sung Oh) was the most worried about Yeong Gwang – he certainly looked distressed when he saw him all bloody and mangled. But that might have just been the germs and dirt. I admit I thought they were pretty cold-hearted, toasting champagne as Yeong Gwang went in and out of a coma, but they should take their celebrations when they can get them.
Besides, Yeong Gwang probably didn’t even care since Jae In was finally by his side. He was even on the point of proposing, when his whole family barged in (it’s ok, Yeong Gwang, you have one more episode). But wait – where’s Gyung Ju-nuna? It looks like having her brother in peril has finally woken her up, and so she does some snooping of her own in In Cheol’s office where she finds her father’s cell phone. Will she be the dark horse who takes down In Cheol once and for all? Does she get the significance of the phone? Does anyone at Geodae know how to keep their things hidden in a safe?
So it looks like there’ll be some kind of In Cheol smackdown in the next episode – or at least I’m hoping there will be. I will be a little annoyed if he just kind of gets away with everything because everyone chooses to be the bigger person. Not that I’m a vengeful person or anything, but no one likes getting played the way In Cheol played everyone. And the drama could really use some sense of closure. Come on, Drama – basha!