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Incarnation of Money: Episode 9

Our resident prosecutor tries his best to keep his head afloat in a sea of prosecutor sharks that swim around him. He’ll quickly learn that there’s a nugget of truth in the saying that anyone can become a prosecutor, but it’s another thing to become a righteous prosecutor. Connections are made this episode as we finally propel our story from out of the past and into the present.

EPISODE 9 RECAP

It takes Cha-don a good minute to swallow the double whammy of an enormous debt and the return of his pseudo family. Though he has no legal obligation to repay the money, he vows to pay Boss Bok back for her gratitude.

But it isn’t money that Boss Bok wants; she’d like for him to do some chores for her instead. So indentured servitude it is. She puts him under Jae-in’s charge and tells them to play nice since they’ll be seeing a lot of each other. Then she sends Cha-don a wink.

The four members of the Traitagon celebrate over drinks but it isn’t long until they’re fighting over who gets to be the new bank president. Se-kwang puts an abrupt stop to this – Mom has just been released from prison and they’ll need to lie low until the statute of limitations runs out.

As for Mom, she seems right at home at the orphanage as Se-kwang watches her work at a distance. But a picture of Kang-seok hanging in the director’s office sends her for a loop and a moment later, Se-kwang bursts in proclaiming that they’ve found Kang-seok.

Looks like Prosecutor Kwon has finally gotten an edge over his rival as he makes a triumphant entrance as the new prosecutor general (to avoid confusion, we’ll keep calling him Prosecutor Kwon).

He wastes no time in asserting his new authority in his inaugural speech, citing that a new era doesn’t come on its own. His prosecutors should aim to be one of three characteristics: intelligent, capable, or righteous.

He puts Cha-don on the spot, who answers that he’d like to be righteous. Then Prosecutor Kwon’s response sets off another slight ping of recognition in Cha-don’s brain: “Anyone can become a prosecutor, but it’s difficult to remain righteous.”

Cha-don mulls over his answer after the meeting and flips the coin into the air just as an annoyed Jae-in steps into view. The coin falls on his head before rolling away, and Cha-don thinks to himself, “Can I become a righteous prosecutor?”

Five years later. Present day. A waitress returns Cha-don’s fallen coin to him at the table along with a tip-off. Then… he eats it? Ha. And is that a floral shirt you’re wearing? Mind does not compute.

The intel leads Cha-don upstairs where he marches into the middle of a high-stakes game. He pretends to be on friendly terms with the boss, who hasn’t the faintest idea who Cha-don is. He further annoys the boss by asking for money and gets pummeled on the table in return.

At that moment, Chief Yang comes to Cha-don’s rescue and the mere mention of “prosecutor” is enough for the boss to shrink away like a dog with its tail between its legs. The boss falls to his knees, spilling out his sob story about how he’s only in the gambling business to find his kids.

Once they’re alone, Cha-don need only hint at the large pot of cash before the boss frantically starts piling the loot into a bag as Cha-don pockets a wad of cash. Righteous, eh?

Just then, a prosecution team led by Ji-hoo busts the illegal gambling den and we see that an unkempt Lawyer Hwang is among those caught in the raid.

Meanwhile, Cha-don finishes up his deal to exchange jail time for money with the boss upstairs. His warning call comes too late and he barely has time to register the news before the prosecution walks in.

So Cha-don thinks fast and punches the boss square in the jaw. He attributes the bag full of money to a bribery attempt and acts like he just did the prosecution a favor by catching the criminal for them.

The boss is promptly dragged away (cursing Cha-don’s name on his way out) and Ji-hoo blinks in confusion before finally asking what he’s doing here. Uh, so this isn’t your case? Cha-don coolly evades her question and assures her that he isn’t injured. Then he hero-walks out of the room.

Cha-don barks orders to round up the offenders when his gold coin drops to the ground. It rolls right in front of Lawyer Hwang, who recognizes the heirloom. He looks up at Cha-don in surprise – could he possibly be Kang-seok?

Elsewhere, Angelina is back to being the girlfriend who complains that her workaholic prosecutor boyfriend is too busy to spend time with her. I suppose it doesn’t help that Se-kwang isn’t all that excited to see her. He receives a call about a drug deal and he asks Angelina for a lift.

Angelina huffs in the car when Se-kwang tells her to wait at home while he works. How long does he expect her to keep waiting for him? Does he even plan on proposing to her?

He ignores her, sticking his headphones into his ears.

Next thing we know, we’re at an Italian restaurant run by none other than Jae-in, who’s practically grinning from ear to ear about how business is booming lately. She daydreams about her mother praising her for her efforts and Cha-don chasing after her to marry him.

Meanwhile, Se-kwang waits with Hyuk for the drug lords at the same restaurant and promptly gets up when they arrive. The baddies throw the case open in retaliation and a puff of white powder blasts in Jae-in’s face as the men engage in a fight.

But we see a different picture in Jae-in’s eyes: The men throw flowers instead of punches, and frolic instead of flinging each other. Her shrill laughter stops the brawl and Hyuk comments that she’s been drugged.

The drug debacle ends up on the news and Boss Bok is not pleased to see her daughter caught in the middle of the scandal. By the time we cut back to Jae-in, she cries in the middle of her now ruined restaurant.

She’s positively offended when the prosecutors are about to leave her with just a simple apology and she demands that they take responsibility for the mess.

Then she sticks a mop and broom in their hands and tells them to start cleaning. And they do. HA.

It’s a bit strange that Boss Bok suddenly calls for Jae-in and Cha-don to come see her after a visit to the doctor. She puts a stop to their childish bickering with the bomb: “I want you two to marry each other.”

Both Jae-in and Cha-don balk but Boss Bok won’t hear of it – it’s an order. And to seal the deal, she unearths a marriage contract and orders the both of them to sign it. It’s with frightened reluctance on both parts that they press their fingerprints on the contract.

Once they do, Boss Bok welcomes her new son-in-law into the family.

Cha-don plays with a pig rabbit doll in Jae-in’s room, flipping the cape with a pig snout back and forth and murmurs, “Pre-surgery, post surgery.” Jae-in snatches it away from him and asks what they’ll do now.

He answers in a matter-of-fact tone that he has no intention of marrying her and Jae-in echoes those thoughts. He offers that they at least pretend to be dating for the time being and gives a curious look when she protests to this suggestion a little too emphatically.

He asks, “Do you like me?” When Jae-in snaps back, he narrows his eyes, “I was your first love, wasn’t I?” Naturally, she denies it: “You were my toy!”

Cha-don doesn’t believe her and then pulls her into the bed, wrapping his arm around her. The close proximity jolts Jae-in and he stares at her for a few moments before slowly drawing nearer. Her heart races and Jae-in closes her eyes waiting for the inevitable…

And Cha-don stops short to ask, “Why did you close your eyes? And why is your heart beating so fast?”

She tries to push him off of her when the door opens. It’s Boss Bok who comes in to check in on them but then she averts her eyes. She apologizes for intruding and then walks out. Oy, that’s awkward. Then Jae-in kicks Cha-don off the bed.

Assistant Kim asks if Boss Bok really intends to have Cha-don as her son-in-law and she laughs that there’s a reason behind what seems like an absurd setup between the two kids: Together, they’ll become a power couple in Korea.

When Cha-don gets to the office, he’s met with an unpleasant surprise in the form of Chief Prosecutor Jo. His superior gives him an earful that Cha-don’s name is being dragged in the mud and a formal complaint has been made against him.

Cha-don is convinced that he won’t get caught but Chief Prosecutor Jo warns him to be careful – there’s only so much he can do without the higher ups finding out. But Cha-don barely gets the time to dwell on the situation before he’s called to see Ji-hoo.

In their office, Ji-hoo asks if it’s true that he lives in a poor neighborhood in the outskirts of Seoul. Cha-don bitterly admits to this. In response to his background check, he sarcastically remarks that all of his “corruption” has amounted to a net worth of just a few thousand dollars.

She gets up and declares that they’ll be going to his place. Cha-don warns her, “Bring toilet paper because we’re out of it.”

The adventure starts with Cha-don’s dingy car door that won’t open and they soon arrive at a shabby house on an unpaved road far from the city. He invites her inside where the house looks like it’s barely held together with a few humble belongings.

Ji-hoo takes all of this in, more surprised that Cha-don’s story actually checks out. Though given his somewhat obvious cough from the cold, this has to be an act, right?

Cha-don makes ramyun for the both of them and as they eat, she asks why he lives like this on a prosecutor’s salary. He reminds her that he’s an orphan and after all of his expenses and donating the rest to the orphanage, he doesn’t have much left over.

So it’s no wonder it irks him when people call him corrupt when in reality, he can barely afford a thing.

You can see that Ji-hoo starts to see him in a different light and she apologizes that she didn’t fully know of his harsh circumstances. Cha-don tells her, “I don’t care what other people think, but I can’t stand to think that you suspect me. Because you’re my ideal woman.”

She laughs that he has a laundry list of female prosecutors whom he considers as his “ideal woman” and slams her chopsticks on the table, annoyed.

He sees her off and as he waves goodbye, Cha-don says aloud: “I was almost caught.” He steps back inside and presses a remote that pulls the shelves back to reveal a hidden door. Inside lies a pile of neatly stacked money on a table with small stacks of bills on the wall.

The arrangement looks eerily similar to Chairman Lee’s vault (though naturally, Cha-don doesn’t know that he’s the late chairman’s son) and Cha-don wonders aloud: “When will I fill all of this?”

But that’s not all – Cha-don uncovers his sleek car from its hiding place and drives back to the city to his high-rise apartment. Relaxing in his bathrobe with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigar in the other, he sighs that he just needs 10 billion won to get rid of Boss Bok off of his back.

Then he thinks aloud, smiling: “Why do I love money so much? Did my parents like it too?”

We’re finally caught up to the very beginning of the series as Lawyer Hwang watches the news about what we now know to be the discovery of the late chairman’s vault. He recalls discussing the matter with Se-kwang and they noticed that the vault was under Kang-seok’s ownership. Since they could only acquire the late chairman’s assets and Kang-seok was missing, they dismissed the vault’s existence.

Looking into Cha-don’s past leads Lawyer Hwang to the orphanage. He asks to see a picture of young Cha-don and immediately recognizes him as Kang-seok. He gives an evil laugh.

Things make more sense in the present and Lawyer Hwang calls Cha-don, luring him with the chance to find out his real name.

The mysterious call and the prospect to know his real name and family preoccupy Cha-don’s thoughts in the car ride back. He says aloud that the name “Lee Kang-seok” rings a bell and recalls the connection to Mom, whom he granted parole years ago.

Chief Yang mentions that Mom disappeared from the orphanage shortly after Cha-don set her up to work at the orphanage. Oh no. Se-kwang, what did you do?

Both Jae-in and Cha-don are called over to dinner and they both make it clear to the other that they’d rather be elsewhere. Cha-don reels from the pungent skatefish smell as Jae-in happily digs in.

But Jae-in gets her revenge when her mother walks in and lies that Cha-don loves skatefish and stuffs several pieces into his mouth. Boss Bok is delighted to hear it of course and then offers to feed him too.

So he has no choice but to accept and ends up with a mouthful of skatefish. He sends death rays to Jae-in. He isn’t about to give her the satisfaction and plays along. Then he calls her loving gesture and asks Boss Bok if he can stay overnight. Hahaha.

Later, Cha-don snuggles into Jae-in’s bed much to her horror. She grabs her pillow and storms out and he gives a satisfied smirk.

But two can play this game and soon, Jae-in returns and slips into bed next at him. She inches closer and he freaks out, jumping out of the bed. Jae-in laughs in victory.

Cha-don shakes the uncomfortable feeling off when he recalls the mysterious caller’s arrangement to meet at midnight.

He heads to the hotel and walks down the hallway in caution. He knocks on the designated door and when there’s no answer, Cha-don carefully opens the unlocked door.

He walks into an empty suite and waits with 10 minutes to midnight. The minutes tick by… two minutes, one minute now. At midnight, Cha-don turns around…

Elsewhere, a body falls from a construction site to the ground below. It’s Lawyer Hwang and we see him covered by counterfeit money.

At 1 o’clock, Cha-don gets up annoyed at the no-show but perhaps more annoyed at himself for waiting for so long.

We’re transported to a fashion show where Boss Bok and the members of the Traitagon are in attendance. Turns out that it’s Angelina’s fashion line and Boss Bok asks about the ex-actress’s business experience.

The reason Boss Bok asks is because she’s bought the Yellow Seas Savings Bank stock in Jae-in’s name but it appears that Angelina still remains as the majority shareholder. Boss Bok resolves that she’ll have to train Jae-in properly if they plan to acquire the savings bank.

Two members of the Traitagon congratulate Angelina after her show and relay that Lawyer Hwang committed suicide. Angelina is shocked to hear the news.

Boss Bok catches her daughter sneaking back into the house and catches her in the lie that she went to go see Cha-don.

They relocate to the study where Boss Bok hands her daughter a 100 million won bank note and instructs her to crumple it. Jae-in carefully folds it in half to which Boss Bok snatches it out of her hand, crumples it, and throws it to the ground.

Jae-in’s eyes grow wide as her mother blows her nose into the note and asks if her mother’s gone mad. Doesn’t she know how much this is worth?

But this is all part of Boss Bok’s lesson. She teaches her daughter: “No matter how much you crumple it, blow your nose into it, or get it dirty, it never loses its worth. That’s money.”

Whether one is born rich or poor, someone can be worth 100 million won or 10 won. She asks her daughter: “How much are you worth?”

Jae-in stumbles over her answer, trying to calculate how much her plastic surgery cost her. Boss Bok lets out an exasperated sigh: “If you want to know how much you’re worth, then work.”

Prosecutor Kwon sits down with Cha-don and informs him that he’ll be transferred to a different department starting tomorrow.

Cha-don still has a few loose ends to tie and he meets a President Choi at a church. The president asks him to shake up a certain apparel brand (Angelina’s), and Cha-don pointedly asks, “You give your offerings to God, but why are you asking me for help?”

All it takes it one large, fat envelope of cash for the men to come to an understanding.

On his way out, Cha-don runs into Ji-hoo and invites her to lunch. She’s on her way to handle Lawyer Hwang’s death because she has a hunch that it may be murder instead of suicide.

Chief Yang notices Cha-don’s pining eyes as Ji-hoo leaves. He tells Cha-don that he’s got no chance because Ji-hoo likes her sunbae, Se-kwang. Oho.

But a sudden call about the arrival of the new Chief Inspector has Cha-don rush back to the office… to see Se-kwang as his new boss.

Se-kwang declares to his team that like a surgeon in an operating room, he’ll conduct an internal investigation to make sure his team isn’t contaminated. He puts Cha-don on the spot and asks if he’s heard of “Shudal.”

Cha-don tenses but answer that he hasn’t and Se-kwang explains that the alleged man is known to be an expert (dal-in) at collecting money (derived from Japanese “shuu-kin”) and hence called Shudal.

He asks Cha-don point-blank: “Do you know who Shudal is?”

 
COMMENTS

I realize after every episode, this show keeps me engaged with nuggets of intriguing character interactions but also makes me scratch my head and ask, Is this necessary? But strangely enough, these seemingly throwaway lines hint towards something greater, like how Boss Bok’s sudden urgency to groom her successor may indicate that her time may come to a close in the near future. That usually means a sickness in dramaland and I wouldn’t be surprised if her recent doctor’s visit had something to do to set up the kids together at this point in time.

There are times in this drama where I’m not exactly sure how to accept this show’s brand of humor. Exaggerated, ridiculous, and even sometimes offensive, often times I cocked my head in confusion, wondering if the show intended for me to laugh at or laugh with it. Granted, there are some instances where the ridiculous circled around to just being funny again (like when Cha-don ate the paper note, keh) but I felt like Jae-in in her drug-induced reverie: Does this show want me to watch the show with a glazed expression? Maybe then I’ll be laughing out loud but there will be someone planted in reality wondering what I’m laughing at. I have found that it helps to buy that this world is just a bit off-kilter and not meant to be taken completely seriously. Then with that mindset, it becomes a much more enjoyable experience as a viewer.

Now that we’re brought up to speed (finally), we’re both given answers to the past and leaves us questions regarding the present. We now know what compelled Lawyer Hwang to approach Cha-don but wonder who is behind his murder. Then, it looked like Mom was doing just fine at the orphanage but disappeared shortly thereafter. Was she killed too?

I actually enjoy that our hero isn’t the caricature walking ethics manual in the prosecutor’s office. Rather, he’s garnered an infamous reputation of corruption, much like how Se-kwang started off his prosecutor career. He initially hoped to become a righteous prosecutor, but we see that he ain’t so righteous at present. We know that a major part of the reason is that he feels indebted to Boss Bok for his upbringing and trying to get out of indentured servitude as fast as possible. But what else scarred him during those years? Or is his father’s lesson about money subconsciously seeping through? Whatever it may be, it makes for rich character development and I’m excited to see how Cha-don will continue to hone his lessons about money. Who will tell him how much he is worth?

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I didn't expect an anti-hero in Kang Ji Hwan, but the heroine is kinda what he deserves ... they are both bad people with their own circumstances.... yet I like the show

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thanks for the recap.....

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I'm not sure if it's the writing or the acting, but I find the female protagonist unlikable. I think Jae-In crossed the line from spunky to spoilt brat. And you're right, the actress is kind of shrill.

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It's odd, but I'm starting to like her. Especially after she got Se Kwang cleaning her restaurant, hee! He's the real entitled brat in this series, and I'm so looking forward to him suffering later.

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yeah I love Jae In's interaction with Se-Kwang in this episode because nobody else in the drama dares to get mad at him and I found it refreshing haha!

But I do admit the writing of Jae In's character is not as good as I wanted it to be...

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More of her issues come out in the next episode.

I am impressed, though, how she started her own business instead of just being an It Girl and partying all the time. That's something, right?

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I actually like this drama....for once in k-drama land the hero is not a genius (actually he is kinda )/ perfect ..albeit he is a corrupt officer..the arch I am enjoying...and the heroin is also not a damsel in distress or pitied upon...I am enjoying it ..so far so good !

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First off, I like anti-heroes. So, I'm enjoying this corrupt side to ChaDon.

Second, this show now has me hooked! I want to see what happens with the restaurant, with Cha Don's revenge on Se Kwang (ooh, SK actually has me feeling sorry for Angelina!) and the succession at Boss Bok's place.

I know it's a given in Dramaland that Jae In and Cha Din will get together, but I kind of hope they don't. ChaDon is a bit too mean about her pre-surgery appearance. I'd rather she met someone who didn't care. Jo-Hoo is clearly in for a big shock down the road, though.

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I really really really didn't like the time-jump. I suppose we're supposed to know how Cha-don subtly went from righteous to corrupt but I really would've liked to see the change.

And when Mom -- who had been in the orphanage cleaning for a coupla days-- suddenly finds the picture the second before Se Kwang enters....well, I was annoyed. I hate that kind of drama antics. Maybe there is some kind of drama notion about the spirituality of incredibly inopportune bad timing, but it just makes me want to scream.

I'm liking the show still but I feel I'll just read the recaps from now on. Will see. Thanks for the recap.

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The Boks. He wants to pay off the money they spent on him and in the meantime found he really likes having a vault f cash.

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I agree about Cha-don! Though we /know/ why he's become a corrupt prosecutor, I still would've liked to /see/ the change too.

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Shhh sometimes I really don't understand a thing in this drama, but I really want to see some romance .. Ahhhh btw our 2 leads !

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Thanks for the recap!! <3

I love the first picture of KJH. This is EXACTLY the face all 4 of my boys as well as my husband make when they're trying to convey 'I have no idea what you're talking about'. Cracks me up.

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I think I rewatched the drug scene in the restaurant an insane amount of times - golden.
My gosh! Lawyer Hwang!
And I enjoyed Lee Moon-shik's cameo. Wonder who else will drop by? Please let it be Kim Jung-hyun next -hee. Though I must admit if there is one character being wasted it's Yoon Young-hyun's.

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I was not expecting Cha-don to go over to the dark side, and his decoy home was a great detail. Now I have no idea where this drama is going, but that is a good thing.

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what's up with jaein's hair? why does hwang jung eum love that hair so much..

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I have to agree. I don't get this thing for heavy bangs in Korean dramas. Mostly I see it on the guys but I prefer hair off the face...

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Now that there are way less prosecution scenes I'm actually liking this show. I actually love the fact that no one in this drama is good except Cha Don's mother. Everyone is corrupted to the core xD I see ChaDon is building same kind of room as his father had xD I found that hilarious actually.

The restaurant fighting part was one that made me think, maybe the writers are morons? I know it was supposed to be funny how the cops came there, ruined everything and refused to pay but... that's not how it happens in real life. Unless that's the Korean catch drug dealers style... I mean they ordered a lot of food and never paid? Wtf? Aish, I'm not gonna ask anymore!

Ji Se Kwang is really starting to piss me off. He is acting so all mighty even though he is rotten to the core... I wish he gets what he deserves and hopefully more!

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I feel so bad for Cha-don's mom. She's like the Ultimate Victim who just wants her son back.
Also, prosecutor Jeon Ji-hoo seems to be a 'good' person too. So that's two!

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The time jump was probably the only thing I did not enjoy of this episode but what a fun episode it was. If I want seriousness, I have other dramas to watch. This was pure fun!

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gummimochi ~

Thanks for the recap. I'm enjoying the show. I really didn't expect Cha - don to go to the Dark side, but that's ok, it adds another twist to the story.

I liked Lee Moon-Sik's cameo appearance as the crime boss.

I'd really like to see a romance between Cha-don and Jeon Ji-Hoo , but that's probably not going to happen.

As far as the tone of the show, it's slightly silly, but I'm okay with that.

I'm curious if any other members of the Traitagon are going to meet an early demise.

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I am perhaps the only one who doesn't like this show anymore and am turned off by it because of this episode. Especially how Cha Don seems to be having yet another personality change with another time leap so much so that I can't even recognize the old Kang Seok in him anymore. Also, why on earth did he agree to pay back his debt to Boss Bok when he knows he has no legal obligation to do and also doesn't want to do it? It's such a weak excuse for Cha Don suddenly to become such a fraud. It's so painstakingly obvious from this episode and the preview of the next episode that the writers are putting Cha Don up as the Extortionist Master who will get caught, get sent to jail, and end up bargaining an insanity plea so he gets sent to the asylum and the heroine goes to save him, as the summary of the show had promised. All of this seems soooo unnecessary in light of the story line that I'm expecting from the setup in episodes 1-2: Cha Don revives his memories, seeks revenge, and saves mommy.

*sigh* Anyways, thanks for the recap, gummimochi. I won't be watching the show anymore (at least for now) and will only read the recaps to see if things get better. However, I do feel that you're being too kind to the show in your comments, lol. I was actually pissed off watching this episode.

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I actually liked this episode since it finally brought us back to the first episode, but having yet ANOTHER version of Cha Don really irked me. And having another shallowly-written Cha Don irked me. I can buy a character who isn't righteous. But I can't buy Cha Don's motivations from moving from point A to point B.

Another thing that really irked me is that I feel like the writers wasted time during the last 8 episodes giving us a rich, epic backstory that didn't live up to its promise (episodes 1-3) and then an arc that is a weak foundation (episodes 4-8) for the current story arc.

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I seriously don't understand JIs hair? What is wrong with actresses nowadays and their bowlcuts/mushroom hair. It's unflattering on almost anyone so why do they insist on having their hair like that?? :O

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I love when a drama doesn't have a protagonist that's all righteous and ethical because that just somehow feels fake. Everyone in this drama is driven by different desires - those who have gained a good level of wealth now seeks reputation; some desired for beauty (Jae-in); some seeks to gain financial freedom (the 10-billion goal for Cha-don).

I've generally got used to the exaggerated tone of this drama; though I do wish they can fine-tune the supposedly funny gags, e.g. Jae-in's hallucination scene is so so so so old-fashioned...I mean, I would have laughed if I watched it back in early 90s in one of Stephen Chow's movies, but not in 2013... We want something smarter.

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Ha, all that righteousness *is* fake! Look at Se Kwang!

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Haha I know gonna lie, this drama has me totally confused. But it's keeping me super intrigued and interested along with good laughs.

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Thanks for the recap, gummimochi!

I actually liked Jae-In's drug-induced hallucination. It actually lived up to the slightly fantastical and exaggerated world the story takes place in....

but it also reveals what a hodgepodge of scenes Incarnation of Money seems to be.

It's starting to veer into Secret Garden territory for me, in that I'm lapping up each episode and am riveted by the individual scenes. However, when I step back to look at the overall picture and at the drama's story, it's a collection of character sketches and scenes, loosely strung together by the theme, "money makes people do crazy things".

And with Cha-Don getting yet another personality change...I feel like the drama could have worked better as an anthology drama. Young Kang-seok can be the first story. The second story would focus primarily on the hypocrisy of the Traitagon and end with some of them living unhappy lives or getting killed. And the third story would be about a man who is being hounded by a loan shark or has a psychological condition that makes him obsessed with collecting money.

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I don't really think Cha-don's personality has changed. I mean, he started by bribing that other guy into helping him fool Jae-in in the first place. Though he never striked me as someone who could be bribed himself, it's not a very big step away especially with Boss Bok behinid him. I still would've liked to see him make that decision, though, but it doesn't feel like a personality change.

I more annoyed with the personality change from the young and cold Cha-don (when he first went to the orphanage) to this crazy clumsy man xO I suppose... growing up does that to people?

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From Cha-Don of 2007 to Cha-Don of 2013: Cha-Don was never really righteous like Ji-Hoo. He wanted to become a prosecutor to meet his benefactor. But I had assumed he was moving to the side of righteous because
1. of Ji-Hoo's influence
2. when he refused Se-Kwang's offer to make him prosecutor anyways if he didn't turn in Lee Gwan Soo (he could have used Se-kwang's connections in the future)
3.. when he helped the woman he didn't know was his mom. It had shown a depth of feeling.
4. when he answered "righteous" for Prosecutor Kwon's question. I thought perhaps being screwed over by a bad prosecutor in his boyhood would have left some impression on him despite the amnesia.

Fast forward to 2013. Maybe it isn't a personality change, so much as there is a disconnect between 2007 Cha-Don and 2013 Cha-Don. I don't really get how the 4-5 episodes we spent covering 2007 Cha-Don have shaped 2013 Cha-Don besides finding out that he is not a straight arrow and he owes Boss Bok a lot of money. 2007 Cha-don was underdeveloped and didn't build a strong foundation for 2013, so it feels like 2013 Cha-Don might as well have been another Cha-Don altogether. 2013 is even crazier than 2007. Though he owes Boss Bok a lot of money, I feel like there is an enjoyment of money and the hoodwinking everyone that he didn't have before.

From young, cold Cha-Don to crazy clumsy man in 2007: such a chance can be possible, but the problem with the drama is that they never hinted why. Were there a few special kids at the orphanage who helped him tag in to that side. Maybe it was a fun college experience. Was it a defense mechanism that he built up because he was originally ostracized for being weird, cold Cha-don? 1998 Cha-Don didn't build a foundation for zany 2007 Cha-Don.

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Okay first of all this is another show that I haven't watched yet. Still thinking about whether I should invest my time in this one so, so far Iam just going with the reviews.

Can someone please remind me which one was the Lawyer Hwang *the guy who died. What wrong did he do. (the only downside of reading recaps is that you don't always remember who is who compared to watching the show)

Just saw Jane after the time skip (via the pics) preffered her better with the long hair. Maybe I just like girls with long hair? Not that short hair is bad on some actress and some can pull of both. Maybe this is just me please correct me if I am wrong.

In regards to Cha DONs mother I don't think that she is dead yet. The reason will be as follows. I think that she is still alive but is infact spending time with a fake son. The reason that I base my assumption is as following. Her lawyer (villain member of Traitagon) is not really a bad guy. Yes he was/is corrupt (hard to say current status) but he never really wanted to harm people. He was out for revenge against Cha Dons dad (forgot why. The dad killed of his bro or dad) so his only target was the dad the others were collateral damage of sorts. I doubt that he would have put out the hit against Cha Don if the kid hadn't found out about him and his GF. He had become a loose end. As for the mother he could have put in a harsher sentence yet he told her to plead for insanity so when she came out she could still be reunited with her son. If he was pure Evil as many think that he is he wouldn't do such things. No the end doesn't justify the means but I hope you all get what I am trying to say. :)
So what he must have done is take Cha Dons mom to a fake son so that she can live happily of sorts (he did say that he found her son. He thinks that her son is dead so this has bound to be a trick) The reason that he would do so is that as he has stated that the statue of limitations is still valid for her husbands appeal he will let her be with the fake son and she will be so focused with said person (being reunited after such a long time) that she may not pay attention to this fact. Will not bring up the appeal. When the time is over even if the truth is revealed she wont be able to do anything and the Prosecutor will be safe. Everyone will be happy (this is drama land after all)
Is it cruel, evil etc... most probably it is. :)
but do we really care. do we really want cha don to go out all to the Dark Side and take his revenge on the person who was like a brother to him. The answer to that question will be either NO or we don't care.

that is all from me for now. Hope to hear your thoughts on this matter soon.

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I want Cha-don to take his revenge on the person who was like a brother to him and then put his mother in a loony bin while stealing all Cha-don's inheritance.

Yeah, that sounds right.

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I actually read the synopsis of this show that our main characters dramatically move to the right side somehow, but I want that turnig point comes soon because lots of viewers here couldn't enjoy the show currently because of our hero and heroin.

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