Air City: Episode 7
So, the bad news: Air City is starting to bore me.
The good news: The men are seriously hot. Particulars:
1. Lee Jung Jae pissed off and all hot and bothered.
2. Lee Jung Jae punching douchebags
3. Lee Jung Jae in aviator shades and leather jacket
4. Lee Jung Jae
5. Lee Jin Wook pissed off and all hot and bothered
6. Lee Jin Wook punching douchebags
7. Lee Jin Wook with battle scars
8. Lee Jin Wook with five o’clock shadow
9. Lee Jin Wook
10. Guy who plays Min Wook
11. Guy who plays Ji Sung’s agent friend in Hong Kong
12. Guy who plays Jung Min, even if he’s the asshole who gets Do Kyung in trouble
13. Hot guys packing heat in bulletproof vests
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
Rhyme Bus – “Music of My Life” [ zShare download ]
EPISODE 7 SUMMARY
Ji Sung and Ha Joon both race to the holding cell where Do Kyung’s been accused of smuggling drugs after being set up by her “friend,” Jung Min. Both men express their frustration in different ways. Ha Joon provides the supportive, caring “I love you even if you may or may not be dating the drug-smuggling bastard, and may or may not be involved with Ji Sung, and offer you my shoulder in support as a friend even though I hate that you don’t see me romantically.” Ji Sung, on the other hand, reacts more harshly, as though to say, “I mean this in no misogynistic way because in reality I totally dig you, but, Seriously, woman?! How could you be that naive? I know you’re not stupid, but Seriously, are you stupid?!”
Like I said, they react in different ways.
Do Kyung is taken into custody, and news of her arrest spreads quickly. Her office and home are upended by the drug team agents, and the airport employees are left wondering what is going on.
Yi Kyung visits her sister, and here’s where I think they dropped the ball reconciling the two sisters so early. By already having restored them on good terms, Yi Kyung’s reaction now (worried, upset, blah blah blah) is predictable and boring. But imagine if they’d left them on shaky ground — this incident could have been the catalyst showing Yi Kyung that she still loves her sister. She could’ve initiated the reunion by coming to Do Kyung’s support when she most needs it. I would’ve found that much more interesting.
Ji Sung knows Do Kyung’s situation is not good but is equally unable to do anything about it. Agent Min Wook is ordered to Hong Kong to find smuggler Jung Min, but Ji Sung is ordered to stay behind. The NIS is exceedingly tight-lipped about the case, which frustrates Ha Joon most of all, who’s aggravated at being kept in the dark and unable to help. He goes to Ye Won (Agent Im) for information, but she refuses. Perhaps if he hadn’t burned her by getting her into trouble the last time she told him something confidential, she’d be more inclined to help.
The drug department people treat Do Kyung like the criminal they think she is, and talk down to her, putting the uppity suspect in her place. Ji Sung arrives just as one such dickwad is giving Do Kyung a hard time, and Ji Sung loses his temper and punches him. The supervisor walks in, infuriated at Ji Sung, who yells at him to conduct their work properly. The supervisor, naturally, doesn’t like being told how to do his work and reports Ji Sung to his bureau chief, who suspends Ji Sung from duty.
Since nobody will give him any information, Ha Joon takes it upon himself to play Do Kyung’s white knight and finds an old classmate of Do Kyung’s who also knew Jung Min. He goes to Hong Kong to meet the friend, sporting some sexy stubble. (I wish they’d dressed him in something other than a suit while they were at it.) The friend hears Jung Min’s name and visibly stiffens. She provides the name of a bar he frequents, as well as the name he uses in Hong Kong, Alan Kim, and warns Ha Joon that he’s very dangerous.
While supervisor Min undergoes a checkup with Myung Woo, Manager Noh shares the news that Ji Sung got into trouble raising a ruckus over Do Kyung’s case. They wonder at his behavior, and Manager Noh says it’s obvious why, since Ji Sung likes Do Kyung. Myung Woo’s startled to hear it.
She calls out Ji Sung and assures him that she won’t tell Do Kyung about their former relationship. Ji Sung surprises her by saying he’s already told Do Kyung everything. Despite caring nothing about Lady Doctor, I like that this demonstrates nicely why their relationship broke up — Ji Sung’s reaction is to lay out the truth in plain sight, while Lady Doctor’s is to hide it.
She’s a very pretty woman, but she just grates on my nerves. It’s a combination of the character and the flat, unresponsive acting, which is only cast into starker relief next to Lee Jung Jae’s intensity (and Choi Ji Woo’s sophistication). Somehow I see her as a kindly neighborhood matron rather than an attractive doctor in a fast-paced environment. I think she got stuck in the wrong drama. She’d probably do much better in ajumma dramas like My Man’s Woman, Rude Women, or daily series (which are all shows I won’t watch). Anyway. If she continues being so placid (more like flaccid) and docile, I’m going to be adding adjectives to Lady Doctor, and they’re bound to be more colorful than “pretty.”
The airport employees all ponder Do Kyung’s situation, and come up with one solution that would clear her name: If the guy who’d swallowed drugs in the last episode woke up, he could confirm that Do Kyung isn’t part of his organization. Yay!
So, of course, he dies. Suicide. In the very next scene.
Seriously, writers? It’s called “foreshadowing,” not “fore-hitting-you-over-the-head- with-hints-that-give-away-the-ending.”
Ji Sung, now kicked temporarily out of the airport, hears the bad news from Ye Won with chagrin. Ha Joon wanders the streets of Hong Kong asking random strangers if they know Jung Min. And Do Kyung sits in jail to remind us that although Choi Ji Woo barely has any lines in this episode, she is still one of the main characters. She does receive a sweater from her sister, which again would’ve been such a great gesture if they hadn’t reconciled so early. But since they did, the scene just reads as, “Oh, she’s cold. Sweater. Huh.”
Forced to turn in his badge and passport to the agency, Ji Sung uses a fake passport to go to Hong Kong. Agents Ye Won and Min Wook are already there to track down Wang Wei’s (evil heart-patient guy from Episode 1) organization, and meet with their correspondents there, who are upset that they were sent instead of Ji Sung. They trust Ji Sung and would rather work with him.
Ha Joon sees Jung Min in the bar and follows him around, doing a pretty poor job at being secretive. Wang Wei, meanwhile, is impatient to capture Jung Min. I don’t speak Chinese, but even I can tell that neither does he. It sounds like really fucked-up Korean more than anything.
The agents prepare to raid Wang Wei’s organization, first stopping by to pick up Ji Sung, who’s arrived on his own. The HK agent welcomes Ji Sung’s presence, although Ye Won and Min Wook are alarmed (further still to hear Ha Joon’s also in town).
Ye Won gets a phone call from the chief, who’s heard Ji Sung’s disappeared and asks her if she’s seen him. Ye Won covers her eyes as she answers, “Uh, no, I really didn’t see him.”
Ha Joon manages to catch Jung Min, telling him he was sent on behalf of Do Kyung. In light of the bigger picture (drugs, guns, organized crime), Ha Joon’s misplaced chivalry seems laughable, but I think it’s supposed to be. Or I hope it is. But the encounter is interrupted when Wang Wei’s thugs arrive en masse to beat the hell out of Jung Min. Ha Joon attempts to defend Jung Min (I’m going to explain this by thinking he wanted more info from him, and had to help him if he wanted to get it), but instead draws their attention to himself while Jung Min escapes. Oh, Ha Joon.
By the time Ji Sung and the agents infiltrate Wang Wei’s headquarters, they find it empty and abandoned, except for one lone figure hanging from the rafters, strung up by his hands, upside-down: Ha Joon.
He’s injured but not severely, and Ji Sung angrily berates him for interfering blindly with their affairs, acting the foolish hero. Because of his hastiness, he ruined their operation, which they’d been planning for ages. Ha Joon has enough energy to take offense at the implication that he fucked up their sting, which, honey, you kinda did.
Ji Sung’s agent comrade tells him they’ll have to give up on Wang Wei now, since all their work ended in failure. But Ji Sung won’t give up — he’d rather start over and get him eventually.
When Ha Joon hears the full(er) story, he’s angered to hear Ji Sung and the agents are there to catch Wang Wei and not to help Do Kyung. I get that he cares for her so much that he’s single-minded in his quest to save her, but it’s kind of a stupid sentiment. You’re really going to get mad at the national security agents for doing their job and trying to capture large-scale international criminals instead of disobeying orders to act on personal motivation? I know you’re pretty, but don’t be stupid.
Do Kyung is released, as they haven’t found anything linking her to the drug smuggling. At the same time, Ji Sung traces his steps from the night his friend died in Hong Kong, remembering the events leading to his death.