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Police Unit 38: Episode 5

It’s an episode of clearing hurdles for our tax-collecting con artists. While the team’s first major con nears its climax, it becomes increasingly apparent that there’s more at stake here for Jung-do than simply money. And as Sung-il proves himself a resourceful student of the scamming arts, we see that Sung-hee is fast running out of strictly legal means to save her boss.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

While Jung-do races to reach the Hwaseong city council building before Sung-il and Ma Jin-seok show up, blowing their whole con, a semi-truck collides with the side of Jung-do’s car and brings him to a stop. Jung-do painfully raises his bloodied head and his thoughts flash back to the first time he saw Sung-hee.

She had come to inquire about a part-time job at an office, and Jung-do had been struck dumb at the sight of her. Mi-joo had eased the awkward silence by handing Sung-hee forms to fill, while Jung-do had just sat there looking at her. It seemed like there was some con in progress, because Jung-do looked conflicted and uncomfortable as Mi-joo made small talk with Sung-hee.

Suddenly, making up his mind, Jung-do got rid of Mi-joo and told Sung-hee not to work there. He vaguely suggested that while the pay was good, the work was not, and he would be leaving soon himself. He even offered to find her a different part-time job and Sung-hee agreed.

A crowd has gathered at the accident site and an ambulance has been called. Jung-do gets out of the car, limping and doubling over in pain. He tells a concerned bystander to take care of the truck driver, who is also hurt, and leaves after grabbing a second set of car keys. He gets into another car, which must have been stashed nearby, and resumes his race against time.

Sung-hee finds out in the office that the disciplinary hearing date for Sung-il has been set. She tries calling him, but Sung-il ignores it. He observes unhappily to Jin-seok that the route which is usually clogged is surprisingly free of cars today. Jin-seok smirks and says that they will likely reach Hwaseong within the hour.

On the other hand, Jung-do seems to be facing every traffic hurdle to ever plague mankind on his way to Hwaseong. He texts Sung-il and asks him to stall for a little while so he can catch up.

Sung-il uses the bathroom excuse to get Jin-seok to stop for a few moments, but then paces worriedly before the stalls because this won’t buy Jung-do enough time. Then an idea occurs to him and he calls up his detective pal, Deok-bae.

Back in the car, Jin-seok asks if Sung-il is trying to stall. Sung-il mutters a nervous denial and Jin-seok makes it clear that if he’s being lied to, he won’t let Sung-il off the hook. Meanwhile, Deok-bae has put out a police call on Jin-seok’s car. Cursing his friend under his breath, Deok-bae orders all traffic cops on the expressway to look out for and stop the “stolen” car. Haha. Brilliant!

A traffic cop pulls Jin-seok over, and he’s characteristically arrogant and rude, making the procedure of checking his driver’s license take longer than normal. Finally, Deok-bae’s car pulls up beside them. Sung-il keeps an eye out and once Jung-do passes them on the road, Deok-bae makes a fake call to the traffic control room. He “discovers” that there was a mix-up with the license plate reported. He affably apologizes to Jin-seok, who manages to threaten and patronize the cops with equal aplomb before driving off again.

Meanwhile, Wallet goes to the prison to update Chairman Wang’s right-hand man, Mr. Kim, about a business matter. He comments that she has changed a lot to ignore the chairman’s order to help Jung-do because she’s afraid of the police. She asks him if Jung-do really did save the chairman and Mr. Kim answers yes, Jung-do saved his life twice.

Jung-do walks through the Hwaseong city council building and calls Sung-il to tell him he’s arrived. A relieved Sung-il updates Jin-seok that the very busy “Section Chief Kim” is asking where they are. Jung-do washes off the blood at his temple, puts on a pair of glasses, a tie, and a stolen suit, before walking out of the washroom in his new Section Chief avatar.

He pauses by an office board identifying employees, memorizes the real Section Chief Kim’s phone number, finds the car with that phone number in the windshield, and calls him down to move his car. Jung-do then parks his car right in front of Section Chief Kim’s, effectively blocking him in. As the real section chief goes down to handle the parking problem, Jung-do walks into his office.

Jung-do confidently walks by the cubicles of the team under the section chief, noting names and the items on their desks. He stops behind Section Chief Kim’s desk and looks around the startled group. Before they can ask who he is, he begins to address them like a supervisor.

Having noted the wedding invitations on Ms. Jang’s desk, he calls her out on making wedding preparations during work hours, and having seen the hangover cure on Mr. Kim’s desk, he notes that the man is still drinking during lunch breaks. The team is discomfited enough by his accuracy to stay silent while he rebukes them for lacking discipline.

This is when Jin-seok and Sung-il walk in through the department door. Sung-il’s face breaks into a relieved smile when he sees Jung-do standing behind the section chief’s desk, talking to the team like he belongs there. Jung-do walks forward and greets them, looking annoyed at their unscheduled visit. They decide to speak about their deal away from prying eyes and part ways to meet outside.

Ma Jin-seok comments that the section chief is younger than he had thought, and Sung-il hilariously says he just looks young but is really quite old. Jung-do escorts them to the site of the new development, and explains to Jin-seok which sections would be under his own supervision. Jin-seok listens but is more interested in whether Jung-do can guarantee him the five times profit that Jin-seok has been promised.

Jung-do asks Sung-il how much his cut would be, and when Sung-il says five percent, Jung-do says he’ll find an investor who’ll give him ten if he agrees not to work with Jin-seok. Jung-do acts out the part of the over-worked, annoyed civil servant who has no time for hesitant investors, while Sung-il plays to his strong suit, and tries to calm his “junior” down so he doesn’t alienate Ma Jin-seok.

Just when Sung-il starts to think that Jin-seok will really leave at Jung-do’s rudeness, Jin-seok laughs and says he likes that Jung-do is hot-tempered and decisive. He asks how much he should invest and Jung-do says about $4 million, which will turn into $20 million. Jin-seok agrees with Sung-il that it sounds good and Jung-do turns away and grins.

Sung-hee goes to Commissioner Ahn and says she’ll cover up Ma Jin-seok’s tax evasion. He asks if she really believes that Ma Jin-seok made the bribery call, but Sung-hee just says that she knows Sung-il would never take a bribe. This seems to annoy him immensely and he refuses her offer, saying that the disciplinary hearing will be held and Sung-il will be fired.

Section Chief Kang catches up to Sung-hee and tells her that there’s a way to save Sung-il. Jin-seok’s case used to be under his division and he has papers that connect Jin-seok to two bigger players who owe the government in taxes many times over what Jin-seok does. Kang points out that if they catch even one of them, then Sung-il can’t be fired. Sung-hee asks if there’s really a way, and the section chief smiles and says that nothing is impossible in this nation.

Back at Hwaseong’s city council building, Jung-do asks Sung-il for a moment alone. He quickly explains that Jin-seok will now head home to check the land he just showed them on a real estate website. Sung-il can’t see the problem since the land they’re selling is legitimate, but Jung-do tells him that the site he just showed Jin-seok is not the land procured by Wallet.

Jung-do knows that Jin-seok is a real estate expert, and needed to see land that is really well situated. This is why Jung-do needed the two days to prepare everything. He has none of his customary cool as he snaps at Sung-il for messing up the timeline.

Jung-do tells Sung-il to figure out a way to stall Jin-seok again, so that Keyboard and Mi-joo have time to get to his home and office to plant a fake website on his computers. So Sung-il gets back in the car and asks Jin-seok if they can eat lunch before getting back to the city. Jin-seok is in a really good mood, so he agrees.

The team mobilizes to get the fake website planted in time at Jin-seok’s home and office. Jung-do rings Jin-seok’s wife with a fake delivery call to ascertain that she’s out of the house, and Burner smoothly breaks into their home and replaces the original bookmarked site with the fake. But when Mi-joo and Keyboard arrive at Jin-seok’s office to do the same thing, they face an obstacle. They’re playing the part of property inspectors but Jin-seok’s office building had already been inspected a week earlier.

Jung-do calls Sung-il to ask for more time, though he’s not sure how to get anyone into the building. Unexpectedly, Sung-il tells Jung-do that he’ll handle it. He hangs up on a sputtering Jung-do and calls a contact at the National Tax Service department. He tips them off about Jin-seok’s millions in arrears and soon there’s a team of tax collectors fighting the guards at the door to get in. Ha.

Jung-do uses the distraction to slip in wearing a tax collector’s jacket, pilfered from their van, and gets into Jin-seok’s private office. Here, he faces another stumbling block: the password. Fortunately, Burner has seen Jin-seok type it in during his initial surveillance, and struggles to recall what it was.

Burner tells him the password and Jung-do is skeptical as he types in 0000. After the day they had, it seems much too simple. But then the screen unlocks and Jung-do laughs as he makes the site switch. Job done, Jung-do leaves just as Jin-seok arrives to get rid of the tax collectors. Jin-seok goes up to his office and checks the real estate site to verify the location of the land, and smiles widely to find everything in order.

Sung-il’s been left in the middle of the road by an irate Jin-seok, forever plagued by tax collectors, so Jung-do goes to pick him up with Mi-joo and Keyboard. Jung-do gets out of the car and just looks at Sung-il, an impressed smile spreading over his face. Sung-il is adorably embarrassed and they share a laugh before getting in.

Some distance away, detective Jae-sung sits in a car beside another cop who takes pictures of the two. It’s obvious they’re following Jung-do, and Jae-sung says with relish that it looks like Jung-do will be going back to jail.

The con artist team sits around a game of poker and plans the next stage of their con. Burner is to play the real estate agent, “Mr. Park,” whom Section Chief Kim will use to buy the land for Jin-seok. Mi-joo’s job is to find some amazing actors to play the part of the landowners.

Then we see how the plan plays out. Jung-do introduces Jin-seok to Mr. Park, who then holds meetings with each fake landowner and offers to buy their land. They are all initially reluctant until Mr. Park offers them $20 per unit higher than market price. Everyone shakes hands and Jin-seok is happy.

But just as Jin-seok thinks the land is secured, Jung-do smiles evilly and manufactures a problem. Sung-il calls up Jin-seok and tells him that the landowners found out about the development project and are now all refusing to sell. He calms a furious Jin-seok and suggests they offer the men more money. He points out that there’s not much difference between $4 and $6 million, and they should focus on the end goal of $20 million. Jung-do claps at Sung-il’s smooth performance, like a proud father.

So then Mr. Park holds more meetings with the stubborn, fake landowners, raising their buying price incrementally. Jin-seok chases them down in their homes and out on farm fields, quoting bigger and bigger sums. The $20 per unit increases to a $120-per-unit profit for each landowner when Jin-seok finally reaches his limit. An amused Burner gives the signal and the landowners graciously agree to finally sell again.

The poker game over which they plan this comes to a head. Burner has really good cards and decides to call. Sung-il looks hesitantly around and decides to go all in. The others are surprised but they go all in too. One by one they reveal their cards, and then finally it’s Sung-il’s turn.

He puts his cards down and asks if they’re any good. Jung-do gasps and Mi-joo dryly observes that Sung-il is a good bluffer. As Sung-il grins and pulls all the chips on the table to his corner, Keyboard asks if he’ll quit now, but Sung-il’s got a taste for the game now. Jung-do laughs.

Mr. Park meets Jin-seok at a cafe with the land contract and they go over it. Outside, Jae-sung sits with his cop minion, watching the two, and they discuss that the con is drawing to a close now. It’s time to bring them in.

Later, Jung-do and Burner eat at a restaurant where they’re served by a grumpy owner. Jung-do notices that the man is sweet to his grandchild. Burner reports that Jin-seok is eager to avoid paying the commission and Jung-do tells him to stay alert. Then, Jung-do asks about a request he’d made at some point. Burner says it’s all taken care of. He’s even put $200,000 in and tells Jung-do to make good on it later. Jung-do seems pretty worried about this request, whatever it is, since he tells Burner to be sure it’s all set.

That’s when Sung-il walks in and asks what they’re talking about. Jung-do smoothly says they’re discussing Jin-seok to ensure nothing goes wrong at this stage. He leaves soon after and Burner asks Sung-il how he knew about this restaurant. Sung-il says Keyboard told him about it. He gets a text and it’s an update on his disciplinary hearing.

Sung-il goes to his office to pack up and Sung-hee comes over to convince him to fight for his job. Sung-il tells her that he’s tired of struggling to survive. No matter the committee’s decision, he no longer wants to stoop low just to keep his pension. He says it makes him feel pathetic. Sung-hee watches Sung-il put away all his belongings in a locker in preparation to leave, and rings up Section Chief Kang. She tells him that she’s ready to do what he said.

Sung-il goes home that night to find an unexpected guest waiting for him. The next morning, Jae-sung arrives at Jung-do’s apartment and tells him to take a seat.

Jae-sung had gone around the night before and arrested Burner, Keyboard, Mi-joo, and even Sung-il. When Burner put up a fight, Jae-sung calmly broke a bottle on his head to subdue him. He found the land contract papers at Burner’s and now throws them at Jung-do. Jae-sung tells Jung-do that Ma Jin-seok’s real estate consultant Mr. Noh had told him everything about the scam Jung-do was carrying out on Ma Jin-seok.

Cornered, Jung-do doesn’t deny it anymore but points out that since no money has exchanged hands, he can’t arrest any of them for fraud. Jae-sung interrupts and says that he plans on letting Jung-do’s gang go after 48 hours, because he isn’t interested in nailing them. He points out with enjoyment that Jung-do will now have to personally go and get the contract signed by Jin-seok. The moment he does it, Jae-sung will arrest him for fraud. He ends the ultimatum with a smile and says, “You’re stuck now, aren’t you?”

As Jung-do grapples with the trap he feels closing in, Jae-sung gives him an alternative: He can simply give it all up. Jae-sung generously adds that he wouldn’t go to these lengths even for his own son.

Jung-do laughs at this and then looks almost furious as he says, “All right. I’ll go myself.” Jae-sung scoffs, disbelieving. Jung-do stares right back as he says he’ll get the signature from Jin-seok himself, and then adds his own challenge: “Try your best to catch me. I’ll try my best to run away.”

 
COMMENTS

Sung-il really comes into his own in this episode. In a reversal of their roles, Jung-do is the harassed, worried one for a change, whereas Sung-il is calmly solving one problem after another. Not only has Sung-il’s inner conman started making tiny guest appearances now, he manages to convince a law-enforcement officer to do something completely illegal in aid of an ongoing scam.

Now usually that wouldn’t make me so happy. In no way is willful misuse of the law appropriate. But in this case, Deok-bae was helping a friend he knows is honest to his core. Sung-il would never involve Deok-bae in anything truly wrong, and as a lifelong friend Deok-bae acts on trust here. But there’s also the fact that as a detective, Deok-bae must have seen the worst of human scum getting away from the law because of money and power. He was, after all, the one to encourage Sung-il to accept Jung-do’s help. Clearly, his code allows for some bending of the law if it gets the bad guys.

However, the show actually seems to be exploring what happens when a cop takes that code and twists it to justify any and all abuses of authority. Jae-sung epitomizes a cop on a power trip. He clearly thinks that he has the high moral ground. Whether his vocalized concern for Jung-do is genuine or just a way to hit where Jae-sung knows it hurts him, he is not a straight cop. His arrival at Jung-do’s apartment to give him a heads-up on what will happen the next day could be seen as the actions of a good man. But the way he enjoys hunting Jung-do, taking particular pleasure in bringing him down, tells us that it’s not Jung-do he cares about, but the game they’re playing. And there’s certainly a game afoot.

Why else would Jung-do be quite this desperate to finish the job? This is the first time I’ve seen our hero shaken up. The shock after an accident would certainly do that to you, but his frustration and panic seemed to be fueled by something more immediate than the $6 million that he seems to be willing to give away. Jung-do is always so cool-headed. Jae-sung is the only one who seems to bring out a less polished side to him. Well, Jae-sung and, it appears, Sung-hee. How adorable was that flashback? It was so sparing in details, but a perfect look back into their history. I can easily see a silver-tongued Jung-do tripping over himself for Sung-hee, while she looks at him with those half laughing eyes. It’s all I needed to champion this OTP.

Which finally brings me to Sung-hee and Section Chief Kang. I think Sung-hee’s plan to erase Jin-seok’s taxes and save Sung-il may have worked, if Sung-il hadn’t thrown Commissioner Ahn’s corruption in his face, and Sung-hee hadn’t sounded so absolute in her trust in Sung-il. Commissioner Ahn may not have a problem with being dishonest himself, but he’ll be damned if he lets the honest folk around him judge him for it.

I’m beginning to really like Section Chief Kang. I hope he gets his $5000 back at some point because so far he’s been a really good friend to both Sung-hee and Sung-il. I wonder, however, what got his name on Jung-do’s hit list. But more importantly — I wonder what plan the two of them are hatching to take down this new big fish.

 
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This show is my crack. I'm so happy you're recapping it. The latest episodes were nail-biting and I can't wait to see how they'll panned out. Thanks for recapping this show again!

Now. Since we're a few days away from the new eps, should I start on bad guys? Pretty sure I can finish it by Saturday..... LOLOL

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it is a (15 + alpha)square x N show. or an even more interconnected equation

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Yes. Please watch Bad Guys!

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YES [x3], please do watch Bad Guys!

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Yeay! Been waiting for this. Thank you so much, fasterfester! :)

This episode made my heart jump especially in the last part. However, it is a bit awkward for me that Jung Do went back to think of his first meeting with Sung Hee when he was in the accident. Did that scene really mean that way? or they just wanted to show unchronologically random scenes? You know, in Squad38 we are often showed some cuts which are unchronological or not related.

Hmmm.... I think the way they put JD-SH's first meeting scene when JD was in accident is not really proper.

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*Ooops I mean festerfaster.hehehe. Thank you very much for recapping this! :)

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I think it's to show us (again) that there's more to JD and SH's relationship that we still don't know. To me, it was like a near death experience that JD had and SH was the first person he thought about. Could it be because he wronged her and has a lot of regrets. I actually really liked that scene.

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Ahaa you are right! There could be more about their story that hasn't been revealed yet. Really curious about that! It could be a major one that is related to those political schemes between the tax officers and big evaders.

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I really liked that scene too. It makes me want to know what actually happened between JD and SH. I'm glad I'm not the only understanding this scene as a near death experience with the whole "my entire life flashed before my eyes". Makes it quite romantic.

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Yep, that's what I thought we were getting too - the classic 'life flashed before my eyes' flashback, and clearly Sung-hee means a lot to Jung-do even now, even if he knows they can't have that kind of relationship.

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Me too. I loved the whole opening sequence. We already had hints in earlier episodes about their past and how JD still cares so much for SH, even if he was the one who broke up with her. Now I really, really want to know the reason behind it.

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Loving this show. Too bad it's not getting the viewership it deserves. I hear from my friends that 'it's boring' and completely don't understand!? Every episode just flies by for me! Oh well. :( I am glad to see the ratings edging up. Episode 3 - 3.3%! Yay!

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The ratings for this drama are pretty high .. it's a cable drama, and scoring 4% is an achievement in itself ( unles you're TvN ) ..
me too, I find the drama very appealing and interesting :D

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I think PU38 is not everyone drama.. but 3.3% for cable TV is YEAYYY

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Oh it's actually doing very good and looking at the rising ratings week after week I think it's save to say that this show will become OCN's highest rated drama. ^_^

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Like everyone says, this is cable, and the ratings are great considering that fact - I'll eat my shoes if this doesn't cross 5 percent.

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Thanks, festerfaster! I didn't think of it until you mentioned it, that Jungdo was the panicky one this episode and Sungil was the (relatively) calm one. My favorite part was the lunch -- picking every beansprout out of the soup and then a lengthy prayer, ha. Also loved how Jungdo finally stood up to Jaesung.

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omg that prayer! I laugh whenever I thought of it. XD

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That lunch had me rofl...Sung Il liking soybean soup but being allergic to beansprouts (who comes up with this lmao) and having to do the prayer again because he got interrupted. MDS is jjang!

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It was hilarious, Ma Dong-seok really brought his best fussy ajusshi-ness to that scene, on multiple levels.

The more I see of this drama, the more I wish we could get veteran+younger casting like SIG+MDS in more dramas. I guess we did get something similar with Dear My Friends, loads of weekend dramas and last year's Heard It Through the Grapevine (best drama of 2015, imo) and I feel like the effect on the quality of the drama has always been a positive one.

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I like that aspect too and I think they both bring out the best in each other - MDS can let SIG act naturally and this natural feel of his acting in return enables MDS to show a natural reaction I am not sure if that is very clear. I mean, they kind of both have to only use half the effort. they match really well

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yeah, I get what you mean lol. They really do bring out the best in each other as actors, their chemistry is great and they're such a joy to watch, both together and apart but especially together.

Sometimes it's really just great to see a pair of skilled actors getting to do their thing without having to pull the weight of someone else's deficiencies - having a skilled or at least competent ensemble cast really just makes everyone's job easier.

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I totally don't agree that JD is the panicking one in this episode. He actually is very cool-headed when all of sudden the scam stared out of plan, while he may appeared to be worried. See how he blended in government office in a amazingly short time with his observation and talking skills. How he tactically negotiated with MJS to make him fully believe in this fake development plan. How he pulled everything together in a hot mess? A panicking person can never tackle all these difficulties in such a calm way.

While SI has successfully pulled some tricks with his own connections and behaved beyond expectation, JD is the truly mastermind behind such a brilliant scam.

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to be honest, it really doesn't matter who's calm or who's losing his cool. everyone panics and yet, everyone delivers. what I loved about it though is how great Jung-Do performs when he is under pressure. his acuity is so besotting. :3

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Thank you so much for recapping this awesome drama.. hehe

Eventhough, I have already watched ep 8
I came back here, to read the previous episode recaps, read your (Festerfaster, LollyPip and gummimochi) thought in every episodes, and everybody's comments for this show

It's really GOOD
I am so happy ^^

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Thank you for the great recap! I just started watching this on a whim because this show was picked up. This show is taking years off my life! I am so impressed with the twists and turns so far. I get so nervous for Sung-il the most he's just so adorably out of his element and I cant help but root for him as he comes out of his shell. I really have to commend the actor because he manages to make such a tough looking face and body seem like a total push over teddy bear one minute to badass the next.
And I want to be "The Wallet" when I grow up... :)

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Heehee me too. Wallet is awesome! And I'm sure her minion-daughter is gonna grow up as tough as her. I crack up every time Sung-il is scared of them both.

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Wallet ftw!

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haha I've watched some of their BTS and concluded that Ma Dong-Seok is also a cute teddy bear offscreen.

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At risk of sounding like a broken record, SEO IN GUK, GOD, he's just so good. The way he strode into the Hwaseong office and took charge, or the way he snuck into Jinseok's building-- I know he's a conman and needs to have these skills to be a good one-- but it still looks soooooo cool and slick every time I see it.

I'm really curious about the Sunghee flashback, I haven't watched past the middle of ep 6 yet. I agree that Jungdo looks so cutely(?) conflicted when she shows up. God, it's like the "you're too pure and shouldn't be involved w/ conniving liars like me"trope and it's too good. Everything is too good. T__T I love this so much sighs

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Beansprout allergic?
It's the first time i heard something like that. Oh Sung Il how come you so desperate and adorable enough.

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Oh that was just hilarious! Order beansprout soup and then say you are allergic to beansprouts!! :D

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Not the soup, just, y'know, the beansprouts. He likes the taste, not the beansprouts itself.

Ma Jin-seok's face: O__o

We should be thankful he didn't order porridge and pretend he's allergic to rice. He'd be picking out the rice grains until episode 16.

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Ooh that made me imagine him picking out rice from porridge. Now think about the kinda face Ma Jin Seok would make then!

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imagine if he ordered rice porridge and said he'll only eat grains which are of a certain size..... we'd be stuck right through the run of whatever the next drama after PU38 is :D

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it was an impro LOL Sung Il is like a swindler exam student

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I laughed so hard at the restaurant scene with Sung-Il and Ma Jin-Seok. He can't eat the beansprout because he is allergic but he can drink the soup? And then he started praying and redoing the prayer because MJS distracted him. XD

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omg now I'm laughing again! man, that is so hilarious!

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This drama and Beautiful Mind absolutely the best dramas airing right now. Doctors and Uncontrollably Fond are mere fluff compared to these two. So say I!!!!

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9000+

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You know putting down other shows only affects your own show negatively right? Every show has fans, and if you're a fan yourself, you should know how it feels to have other non-fan talk about your show in that way.

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Eh - but some shows are just basically soaps.

Sure, they have their fans, but doesn't mean they aren't "fluff."

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Falling in love again with Seo In Guk... He is just so amazing ♡♡♡

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Welcome to the obsession! Be warned of the fan girls and the ban boy (me).

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Sung Il's delay tactics in this episode were hilarious. Is it weird that I felt bad for the villain. It was so funny that he was being conned so well and he wasn't even realising it!

And I want more focus on the love relationship. I love the little things we get to know about their history together, but I want more, and not just the past story but more interaction in the present.

But all things said, SIG is killing it. That little smile when he showed Ma Jin Seok the land, and succeeded in impressing him? I replayed that smile like 10 times!

Basically Seo In Guk is sexy + alpha

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It's getting better and better.
And more complicated.
I love SIG in this drama.

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Brilliant. Superb.

I love this drama.
I especially love how everyone is so independent in the swindler team. There are people who give the money a run, there are people given a run by the money.

and I love the way Ma Dong Seok plays Sung Il as someone senior to Jung Do, who has himself been swindled by him but slowly builds an unusual trust to his younger "mentor". It is such an odd relationship, but so unique! or, not trust, but... no, yet still, he does trust Jung Do MORE at least than his bosses. what a desperate situation

what to doooo..... I am growing attached to each one of them. It is one of those cases where there is no right or wrong, there is the internally rotten so called legal side and the "illegal side that stands up for justice." I like this.

aaaand I was right... they did actually spell it out and referred to Robin Hood.
but it is more ambiguous than this.
hopefully not a tragic end. My heart would break too much.

torn between "this bromance" or "THE Bromance". I wish to merge two drama worlds and have Min get rid of the nasty, sleazy, righteous rich guys...

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btw it must be getting more popular in ratings - seeing some product placement in ep 7 & 8....

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THE Bromance is still the winner for me. No one can beat Min and Hyun's love for each other (the only bromance that is similar is the one in School 2013).

But Min getting rid of the "nasty, sleazy, righteous rich guys"? Don't think like that. That is asking for too much violence. I prefer Young Do's ways. Still, I wouldn't say no to a cameo murder :P

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yeah, I know, and Min already promised Hyun there will be no more. But he is also a very skillful lawyer, y´know...

yeah, I think THE bromance will always be the winner. But this weird connection is a pretty strong contender.

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I miss Hyun-Min sooo muucchhhhh...

Thanks God their upcoming drama in different time slot. If not, i would be torn which one I should choose.

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I miss them too, I want a sequel. or a "Hyun & Min 45 years later" kind of show.

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Getting a ruthless Lawyer Min cameo wouldnt hurt here. XD

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I think he might be the only one capable of matching Bang Pil Gyu´s slyness. he would probably find a crack in his shield. something.

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If anyone could do it, it's Min.

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one more thing: I really like the theme song /rap and the bacground music / sounds / effects. Some moments are made really creepy and some really cool by it.

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Yes! I love the music choices. I should use the UP10TION OST for an alarm, that will get me right up.

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Yes, +1000000 to the music, good OSTs and background music can add so much to a drama and PU38 has been really killing it on that front.

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oh, and speaking of music, I was delighted to find the Heard It Through the Grapevine theme used as background music in ep 7! One great drama recognising the greatness of another <3

(I know the song is old but they used the exact cover and portion that were the Grapevine end credits theme)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wywqc0vlxKg

BTS
"I got told off for fooling around!" haha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-AhBxqcjfM

so the directors´ assistants are what they call a car "accident" in dramas. haha is this how it is done wtf

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"I'm going to scam people and live in a house like this" LOL

And he purrs when he's bored. Where can I find a cat like him?

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I want one myself!

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OMG! redfox you are god.

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Everyone is having about this show but I don't really get it. I watched this show up to episode 3 before I dropped it because it bored me so much. I loved SIG and wanted to watch for him but I just don't find the first 3 episode exciting at all... anyone felt the same as me? Did the first 3 episodes more you too but it got better? I'd like to give this another chance. My favourite drama is I Remember You and I lived it from the start. I also loved Bad Guys....just this one seemed a little dull by comparison.

When did this drama got better for you?

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Don't force yourself to like something, life's too short for it!! If the drama seem dull to you, there's no reason to continue it, not even SIG should be worth you wasting your time. ;)

And to answer your question, loved it from ep 1. So there you go, it's all a matter of taste. Don't feel bad for not liking something. ^^

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Best scene this episode...
A toss between Jung Do hijacking that office so skillfully no one could even object, and Sung Il and his beansprouts and prayer. Ah.. choices, choices.
Also, smitten Jung Do is cute.

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Ooops. Wasn't meant to be a reply, but just a comment.

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No worries if you don't like the drama. I actually thought I Remember You started off slow and got better and better as it went along. Same with Squad 38 -- I can see how someone would think the earlier episodes slow although I enjoyed them. I think the action starts picking up ep 5 and 6, and 7-8 go into hyperdrive for me.

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This isn't a "simple" show that depends on soap-opera-ish, romance elements to engender interest.

There's a lot of stuff going on (plenty of twists and turns) - all of which set up other things into motion, getting more and more complicated and larger in scale.

This is an excellently written show.

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I second comm38's point so well said! I was hooked after ep 2 once I realized this was more of an ensemble show. The side characters are important and complex. No one is exactly right or wrong and you're not looking at the world through the eyes of the leading lady or man so I find I'm not invested in the characters the same way but rather the story. So if that's not your thing after episode 3 no worries! There are a lot of great dramas out right now :)

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I love it from the start. the theme itself is edgy and important. the world is córrupt... I just care. the series needs a mindset that is at once realistic and ready to accept fantastical setups.
to me, it has been an adventure novel from the start. one thing is you cannot skip a moment, cause once you do, you lose track and then if you cant follow what is happening ( and happening fast despite of seeming slow!) then you might give up

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It took me until episode 4 to get hooked...glad I stayed for it! Also, I believe Section Chief Kang has the same name as a higher up, someone in Section 1(?) so he technically wasn't on the list, but mistaken identity.

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Great comment! I also second comm38 and meri. There's not a single show on earth that will be able to satisfy everyone. The most popular shows are also the shows with the most people disliking them. So if a show is not for your taste, don't dwell on it. It's one thing to be unsure whether or not you're missing out on something great and keep trying, but if you're already sure you find it boring, no need to continue.
Like meri said, it's about how you like your dramas. I like, or actually am crazy in love, with squad 38 because I love the squad, and the intricate plot points, and I keep wanting to know more about the past, and how it's going to be resolved. But if you want something else out of the drama, or you find it not enough exciting, then that's ok too. ^^

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this is a reply to cookiemonster and meri and comm38 #17 comment thread. ^^

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Thanks for all your comments guys. Like you guys pointed out I am unsure that I may be missing out on a gem of a drama if I haven't given it a chance. I did find first 3 episodes rather slow and dull compared to Bad Guys and IRY (both which I was instantly hooked from ep 1)...but this is the type of genre I do like. Hmm, since a few said that it gets better from episode 5-6 onwards I'll give this a couple more episodes before I decide if it's worth to continue. Haven't spoiled myself yet since I just jumped to bottom to read my replies. Thanks beanies for your thoughts beanies!

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Hi cookie monster! There were actually some parts about this show that I still can't come to terms with (puny details), but I got hooked since EP1 first for the humor. I've seen soooooo many (all?) of In Guk's drama, I actually thought this one would just fly me by yet I was actually enthralled by the humor. MDS and SIG gone crazy is epic. I enjoy the drama component which is so reminiscent of Misaeng, which is an all time fave for tugging on my heart strings. Baek Sung Il's plight just nailed me and I honestly want to see him through it. I was (still is) wary of Yang Jung Do until I learned his connection to Sung Hee and now I just need to know where it'll go while needing to know what happened in the past. So yeah, safe to say I'm on board. The philo component is not as strong as IRY but the positioning of the characters, and their respective internal conflicts are upfront to me and it's all that I need to enjoy it.

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Came around because of the delay in W, and this drama is just too good!! I'm in it for the next 11 episodes!!

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Yes! It was my filler show while waiting for W and Uncontrollably Fond and though I like SIG alot I didn't expect it to be SO GOOD! <3 So hooked on it I forgot to watch Doctors =p

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