Air City: Episode 12
SONG OF THE DAY
Wanted – “Bye bye bye” [ zShare download ]
EPISODE 12 SUMMARY
With the hackers at large, the airport is on high alert for anything suspicious. Given the level of danger involved, they are awfully slow about clearing an unattended suitcase left in the terminal. You’d think the SWAT team would be swarming instantaneously, but first we must see two cleaning ladies quibble over what it could be. It’s a red flag for a bomb threat and you’re on the lookout for a bomb. Put it together, folks.
Still, the airport team manages to inspect a total of seven instances of unattended luggage, all to no avail. I guess they’re so busy working at clearing false alarms that they missed the REAL piece of baggage left by the terrorist hacker guy in the last episode.
On the relationship front, Ha Joon is on edge, having witnessed Do Kyung and Ji Sung together in her apartment. Meanwhile Do Kyung just wonders cluelessly what he’s so upset about.
The hackers prepare for their next move as they crack into the database of security personnel and substitute their photos in for real officers. Then, they pose as construction workers to stop the real SWAT squad, then easily subdue them and steal their uniforms, weapons, and transportation. So I’ve learned from Air City that (1) Korean intelligence agents are super-effective (episode 11), but (2) but Korean SWAT team members are pussies.
The NIS traces the hackers’ IPs to their hideout and burst in… only to find the lair cleared out and empty.
I wonder if the “surprise” of this moment would have been more effective if we hadn’t already seen it in Episode 7. You know, when they burst in on Wang Wei’s lair, only to find it cleared out and empty… except one hanging Ha Joon, that is.
The next day, the hacker with the bad stringy hair leaves another unattended piece of luggage (another one? What happened to that one you left last episode?), which is found by our heroes and rushes off to the bomb squad because this one is a real threat. Ji Sung is called away just as he’s about to take a closer look at the people delivering the bank money, who are now our hackers disguised in uniform.
In the interim, some more hackers dressed up as maintenance workers (they sure like the dressing up — they must have a killer costume closet) swap out the real money for the counterfeit, while SWAT members are distracted by the possible bomb.
Just as they’re finishing up loading their money, Mr. Eom (cart man) stumbles in scolding them for their misuse of the airport carts. Even if they weren’t dangerous criminals in the middle of carrying out a massive crime, I’d be annoyed at the old man constantly grousing about the carts. They’re carts. They have wheels and they move heavy things. I need them to move my heavy things. Given that you don’t know I’m about to steal $10 million, you could be a little less stingy with the carts, man.
Clearly we are all on the same wavelength because the hackers aren’t about to be stopped, and they knock him out.
Elsewhere, the bomb squad takes the bomby suitcase away to detonate it in the safety of their own bomb shelter place thing. Did MBC just spend all their money on that explosion instead of adequate writing staff? Because I’m telling you, they bet on the wrong hand.
Ji Sung is convinced that the bomb was merely a diversion planted by the hackers to distract everyone while they were going on with their plan. The bureau chief asks him if he were the criminals, what reason would he have to plant a distraction? That triggers an idea, and Ji Sung races to the bank to insist they check the newly arrived dollars from Hong Kong. Because the bank official got the approval from their officials (the hackers posing as such), he finds no reason to be alarmed.
Ji Sung meets with resistance all around, because nobody else feels his hunch, but he persists. Upon testing the dollars, they find they’re fake. All ten milllllllion dollars.
Mr. Eom is found injured and unconscious at the loading dock, and rushed to the hospital. Thankfully, he’s not grievously injured.
Figuring the criminals haven’t been able to leave the country (or take their money) yet, they go to the harbors, which have been closed because of the bomb threat, and ask to see the cargo. There’s too much for them to possibly inspect, however. Do Kyung points out a group of crates and asks what it is. The harbor manager says it’s artwork to be returned to Russia after being loaned to Korea. The paintings have already been inspected and specially wrapped. They shrug and walk away. GEE I WONDER WHAT THAT WAS FOR.
Back at the airport, really dramatic music plays as Ji Sung and Do Kyung (separately) research about the Russian art. The music’s a little energetic for the scene. If watching someone surf the Internet is that thrilling, my life must really be exciting.
Do Kyung notes a particular discrepancy and goes back to the harbor, where she insists they open the crates of artwork. The harbor manager won’t allow it, but Do Kyung says she’ll take responsibility for it. Ji Sung also steps up and offers to take responsibility, causing Ha Joon to shoot him a look.
So they rip open the crate. And what should they find inside?
The money, of course! Whoop. De. Doo.
Now all that remains is to catch the criminals themselves. Knowing they’re dangerous and possibly armed, the NIS takes care to conduct the arrest quietly, and away from innocent passengers. They allow the hackers to pass through customs without problems, which gets the hackers to thinking they’re home free. Ye Won, posing as airline personnel, stops them to apologize that their gate has been switched. She escorts them to their terminal, and they celebrate a little early as they enter the passageway to board their plane…
…only there’s no plane at the end of the corridor. D’oh!
To celebrate, Ji Sung offers to buy Do Kyung a drink after work, but she says she’ll do the buying. Ha Joon just watches the exchange. After Do Kyung walks off, Ha Joon apologizes for not having taken Ji Sung’s hunch seriously, and Ji Sung tells him not to worry about it. Things ended well, and he thanks Ha Joon for his help.
Ha Joon asks if Ji Sung’s going to answer his question earlier about what decision Ji Sung’s made regarding pursuing Do Kyung (or not). Ji Sung laughs and finds no need to enlighten Ha Joon, telling him to worry about his own matters.
And then Lady Doctor collapses in pain.
We’re heading into our last stretch of episodes, and I’m dismayed that of all the characters whose health they chose to endanger, they picked the character I care least about. Plus, there’s been so little movement on the Do Kyung-Ji Sung relationship front that I don’t know if wedging Myung Woo in between them is going to produce much of a dramatic effect.
But whatever. Four more episodes. At this point it’s like eating the last few bites of food to clear off your plate, even if you’re already full, the food wasn’t that good, and you don’t particularly enjoy it. You just feel like you spent that money on that mediocre dinner, so damned if you’re not going to finish it. Even if it ends up giving you heartburn and you were better off just leaving those remnants on that plate.