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Mysterious Il-seung: Episodes 5-6

It’s another race against the clock this hour as our hero finds that his new identity comes with a price. As he navigates uncertain waters, he has to fend off both a suspicious partner as well as the mysterious Men in Black. All in a day’s work for an escaped convict on the run.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

Jong-sam wakes up in the place he’d left Il-seung’s body, wearing Il-seung’s clothes. He’s greeted by the unhappy Men in Black, the older of whom wraps a tie around Jong-sam’s neck and begins choking him. He chides Jong-sam for ruining Il-seung’s body—causing postmortem trauma when it rolled around in the trunk, rendering it suspicious to call a suicide—and sighs that the only solution is to replace it with a fresh corpse.

Jong-sam produces a long strip from his pocket that’s dotted with Morse code. He calls it a treasure map and we see that he’d found it hidden in Il-seung’s police badge. The Men in Black incredulously ask what kind of treasure, finally releasing Jong-sam when he says, “The treasure you guys lost—100 billion won.” (Roughly 100 million dollars.)

 

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A narrow escape from death

 
The older man scans the strip and asks where the money is. With a devilish grin, Jong-sam holds up the torn end of the strip before stuffing it in his mouth.

The Men in Black call the chairwoman—Chairwoman Gook—to report the note, which states that Il-seung didn’t commit suicide, and that he hid the 100 billion won and evidence. Unfortunately, they don’t know where it’s hidden, since Jong-sam ate that part. Hee.

Jong-sam demands a new identity and a modest sum in return for his cooperation, but their conversation is cut off with the arrival of the police. The Men in Black knock Jong-sam out and we learn that earlier, they’d set Il-seung’s body—dressed in Jong-sam’s prison jumpsuit—on fire in his cell.

Jong-sam awakens in the hospital and bolts up, ripping out his IV. He’s startled to find Jin-young sitting next to his bed, who asks if he’s going somewhere. Jong-sam chuckles nervously that he isn’t. Suspicious, Jin-young flashes Il-seung’s badge, which now bears Jong-sam’s photo.

She asks if he’s really a detective, and Jong-sam laughs that it would appear so. To get out of answering Jin-young’s barrage of questions, like what department he works for, Jong-sam suddenly cries out, clutching his stomach, and insists he needs to poo before running off to the toilet.

The younger Man in Black finds Jong-sam in the bathroom and drops off a bag of clothes for him as well as some spending money. Jong-sam asks why they killed Il-seung and is told that Il-seung stole 100 billion won. Jong-sam wonders why they didn’t just forge the autopsy with the real corpse.

The agent answers that too many people were watching to be able to pass off an obvious murder as a suicide—fabricating a new identity is much simpler. Jong-sam asks what happens if he gets caught, and the agent replies that Il-seung only had a grandmother with dementia, and if anyone else asks, just say they share a name. Besides, it’ll all be over in twelve hours.

The agent explains that Jong-sam has until 10 p.m. to find the money or die. If the Men in Black find it first, he dies. And if Jong-sam tries to pull anything funny… he dies.

Chairwoman Gook gives a speech in front of the press at her retirement ceremony from the National Intelligence Service (NIS). Afterward, she finds a man waiting for her in her office, who congratulates her on her retirement, though she snipes that she’s been fired. He retorts that she shouldn’t have made a mess—he’s heard “Il-seung” is still alive and wonders why she didn’t let him rot away in prison.

Chairwoman Gook replies that she wants her money and that Jong-sam will die at 10 p.m. regardless. The man worries that they’ll be caught and points out that Prosecutor Kim is sniffing around. Unperturbed, Chairwoman Gook answers that they both know Prosecutor Kim is busy today.

Prosecutor Kim is currently with Director Lee of the Future Economics Institute. He politely promises to restore everything they confiscated when the investigation is over. Director Lee angrily wonders if that’s even possible, but Prosecutor Kim replies that he only has himself to blame.

Outside, the public cheers for Director Lee, who is also the former president. A news reporter reveals that Director Lee has been accused of receiving illegal funds from the former chief of the NIS, Chairwoman Gook. Curiously, the amount is 100 billion won, and Jong-sam takes note of this as he watches the report at the hospital.

His train of thought is derailed by the arrival of Jin-young, and tells her she can leave since his test results came back fine. Jin-young wants answers, though, and asks why he woke up next to the lake. Jong-sam replies that it’s classified, so she asks instead why he let attempted murderer Gil-choon go, pulling up the footage of Jong-sam meeting Gil-choon after he tried to drown Eun-bi.

Jong-sam stammers that that’s classified too, but Jin-young snaps at him to respond properly. Luckily, Detective Park comes to his rescue, revealing that “Il-seung” is doing work for the NIS and has been ever since he graduated from police academy.

Jin-young argues that he’s a suspect and implores Detective Park to arrest him. With a sigh, Detective Park has officer Min-pyo cover Jong-sam’s ears so he can launch into a lecture on how the NIS outranks them so their hands are tied.

He asks Jong-sam to cooperate and tell them were Gil-choon is, but Jong-sam is shocked to discover Gil-choon hasn’t been caught. Maknae detective Dae-woong runs up to say Eun-bi is finally stable and the detectives leave. Min-pyo hangs back to gripe that Jong-sam reeks and tells him to take a shower.

Freeing himself of the corpse-stink in the bathroom, Jong-sam thinks back to the warning about his 10 p.m. deadline. He then remembers Il-seung’s final Morse code message, and we learn that the part he ate was a series of numbers and the word “pine tree.” Ironically, the same numbers are on an advertisement sticker next to the bathroom mirror.

Jong-sam scoffs that it can’t be so simple as a phone number but dials anyway, and when someone answers he asks for So Na-mu (pine tree). The woman answers that she’s So Na-mu and Jong-sam slams down the phone in shock.

Outside, Man in Black is waiting for him and mimes “I’m watching you.” Jong-sam smiles back and then bolts into the stairwell, which gives him a slight advantage as they tear through the hospital, though the rookie stays hot on his heels. In a last-ditch effort, Jong-sam catapults himself over the railing on the second floor and crashes onto a passing gurney.

Jong-sam rushes outside just as an ambulance drops off a charred body listed under his name. Gripping his police badge, Jong-sam shakes it off and runs away just as the agent comes into view.

By the time Man in Black makes it outside, Jong-sam is gone. The agent races to his car to tell his partner that he thinks Jong-sam’s hiding in someone’s trunk. Using a tracker, they follow after a car as it leaves—while Jong-sam steps out from his nearby hiding spot.

A quick flashback shows that Jong-sam had discovered the tracker hidden in his clothes and tossed it into an open car in the parking garage.

Meanwhile, Gil-choon makes a purchase at the hardware store and Chairwoman Gook sits in her new office, running Yirim Food. She pulls a case from the safe under her desk and checks the gun inside before replacing it. The Men in Black arrive with a congratulatory bouquet but she wants to know why they aren’t tailing Jong-sam.

She scoffs that they’ve already lost him and the younger agent (who finally gains the name Agent Ki) answers that it’s too hard with just the two of them. He says they used to have backup as well as wiretapping and tracking teams, but Chairwoman Gook cuts him off, saying that those were NIS perks.

She snaps that things are different here, and the older agent, Agent Kwak, pulls Ki outside to remind him that to the public, they work at a private company. He says that they’re supposed to take care of things the NIS can’t, which is why they get paid more. Agent Ki pouts that he wants to work for the country but the older agent asserts that they do since their salary comes from tax money.

Elsewhere, Jong-sam meets So Na-mu, the woman he’d spoken to on the phone. She sighs with exasperation as she repeats that she doesn’t have anything for Oh Il-seung. She says they don’t accept personal cargo but confirms that a shipment had arrived this week. Na-mu rejects his request to see them so Jong-sam holds up his badge.

Outside, she shows Jong-sam a huge stack of shipping containers, but informs him that he needs to come back with a consent form or at least the serial number. Jong-sam ponders the serial number and remembers seeing one scrawled on a bill in Il-seung’s wallet.

He realizes he needs to retrieve the wallet but a flashback reveals that after he’d saved Eun-bi, Gil-choon had accosted him and demanded the wallet. (This was the scene caught on the CCTV.) Jong-sam had pointed out it was wet but Gil-choon had threatened to call the cops and snatched it anyway.

In the present, Jong-sam realizes that Gil-choon will likely go after Eun-bi again and heads off to the hospital.

Jin-young questions Eun-bi about Gil-choon, and she remembers waking up on the roof and screaming. Gil-choon had promised she’d be okay if she obeyed, so Eun-bi climbed up the water tank. That’s when Gil-choon had pushed her inside and tied her to one of the support beams.

Eun-bi asks about her cell phone but Jin-young says they’re keeping it for evidence and it likely doesn’t work, anyway. Eun-bi sighs and admits she was waiting for a phone call. In the hall, her brother Ddakji peeks around a corner at Eun-bi’s room but ducks back when the guarding officer looks his way.

Jin-young makes a call and learns that Gil-choon had been an employee at the building. Meanwhile, Jong-sam arrives and spots Ddakji shuffling around sadly, but chases after Jin-young instead. He catches her outside and hops into her car.

Jong-sam guesses that she’s got an eye on Gil-choon and says he’s trying to cooperate. Jin-young wants to know what the CCTV footage was about and Jong-sam admits that he was mugged. Hee.

She calls in a trace on Il-seung’s credit cards, and then they arrive at the construction site. The foreman tells them that Gil-choon had been a good worker but didn’t get along with the rest of the group so he’d been let go. The cook left with him and there were rumors they liked each other.

The foreman says the cook was an illegal immigrant so she’ll be hard to trace. He laments that she’d given up everything for Gil-choon but he’d gone and raped the woman who works at a nearby cafe. Jin-young leaves her number and they leave to speak to the cafe victim.

The woman tells them that she lives in a nearby motel, and one night when she came home, Gil-choon was waiting for her. He’d offered her a piece of gum but when she rejected it, he’d shoved her into her room. Her screams had alerted her neighbor and Gil-choon had run away.

Recalling that Gil-choon had vehemently denied it was rape, Jong-sam asks if she’s sure that’s what he was trying to do. The victim is adamant that Gil-choon had undone the buttons on her blouse. Jong-sam is briefly distracted by her chest and she giggles at his innocence while Jin-young just glares.

Outside, Jong-sam declares that it was attempted murder, not attempted rape. He reasons that it was a hot day, so cafe woman’s shirt was likely only partially buttoned. He thinks she mistook Gil-choon buttoning it up (as he did with Eun-bi) as trying to take it off.

Jin-young mentions that Gil-choon knew this woman, but not Eun-bi. Jong-sam insists that Gil-choon thinks he knows Eun-bi because he stared at her picture every day. Jong-sam’s outburst gives Jin-young pause, and she asks how Gil-choon had access to Eun-bi’s photo.

They’re interrupted by a call from Detective Park and Jong-sam takes the opportunity to scuttle away. Hehe.

Back at the station, Jin-young reveals that she thinks the case was actually meant to be premeditated murder, just like with Eun-bi. Detective Park asks how Gil-choon knew Eun-bi, and Jin-young drily repeats Jong-sam’s “it’s classified” line.

From the casefile, they learn that Gil-choon was caught two days later, drawing a bath at the same motel. They all conclude that Gil-choon was returning to drown the victim and will likely try the same with Eun-bi. Just then, they get a notification that the card was used near Eun-bi’s house, and they race off.

Meanwhile, Gil-choon laughs as he watches TV in Eun-bi’s living room.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

Jong-sam squeezes himself into the police van, joining the team as they head towards Eun-bi’s house. Eun-bi is already arriving home, alone, and notices the men’s boots and opened food but assumes that it’s Ddakji. She calls out to her brother, but it’s Gil-choon who answers as he drags a water-filled basin into the living room. She drops her bags in horror as Gil-choon descends on her.

Gil-choon tells Eun-bi that he had to buy the tub since she only has a sink in her apartment, and that won’t work because he wants to see her face. After buttoning up her jacket, Gil-choon lifts her up and places her in the tub, telling her to look at him as he submerges her underwater.

The detectives arrive at the same time as the patrol dispatch and they race upstairs to Eun-bi’s apartment. Whipping open the door, they find Gil-choon leaning over the tub, where Eun-bi lies unconscious.

Smashing a mirror, Gil-choon grabs a shard and barks at the cops to get out. Jong-sam rushes off to find another way in while Gil-choon holds the shard to Eun-bi’s neck. The team backs out and decides to regroup.

Detective Park instructs them to try to find another way in from the neighboring apartments but when Min-pyo tries the balcony, the distance is too far. He reports this to Jin-young, but a clanging sound catches her attention—outside, Jong-sam is scaling the wall via pipe.

 

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Jong-sam to the rescue

 

Jong-sam reaches the window and launches himself inside at Gil-choon, and the men grapple fiercely. Gil-choon tries to stab Jong-sam with a mirror shard, which Jong-sam blocks just as he spots the wallet fallen on the floor.

Meanwhile, Jin-young swings across to the balcony with the help of a bedsheet rope and slams into Gil-choon. As they grapple, Gil-choon manages to wrap his hands around Jin-young’s neck, and she barks at Jong-sam to help, kicking her handcuffs towards him. Jong-sam’s eyes flit between the wallet and the cuffs but before he can move, the other officers succeed in prying the door open and swarm into the room.

Gil-choon is escorted out, and an unconscious Eun-bi carried out. Jong-sam snatches the wallet and follows.

When the detectives try to load Gil-choon into the car, he asks about Jong-sam and tells them a death row inmate is running free. They take it as crazy talk, assuring him that he’ll see his cellmate soon. Jin-young overhears and thinks back to teenage Jong-sam climbing the pipe outside her house the same way she’d seen it done tonight.

Jin-young catches Jong-sam before he can get on a bus and drags him off to eat. He tries to get protest, but Jin-young threatens to arrest him so they end up at a convenience store for ramyun. As they sit down to eat, Jin-young interrogates Jong-sam on his climbing skills, hometown, and high school. He asks if she’s interested in him and is startled when she readily confirms it.

Jin-young wants to know why he didn’t arrest Gil-choon earlier and Jong-sam admits he’s not used to it, which Jin-young accepts since he’s mostly worked with the NIS. Jong-sam questions whether he’s being interviewed as a witness and Jin-young explains that he said Gil-choon’s case is classified, so she’s asking about the things she finds suspicious. Jong-sam’s disappointed that this is what she’s interested in.

Jin-young startles him by suddenly shouting “Kim Jong-sam!” and Jong-sam sputters, though he feigns ignorance when she asks if he knows anyone by that name. Jin-young says Kim Jong-sam is a thug, and he replies that he doesn’t know any thugs.

After she leaves, Jong-sam mutters that he’s not a thug but grins that she remembers him. He suddenly remembers his time limit and glances at the clock to see it’s almost 9 p.m.

Jin-young arrives home and jumps out of her skin when she turns on the lights to reveal her mother sitting at the table. Their house is packed tight with expensive furnishings and Jin-young whines at her mom to get rid of them. Mom swears she’ll earn enough to buy a bigger place but Jin-young would rather she just earn enough for different furniture.

Mom wonders how Jin-young can sleep when thinking about their situation, but Jin-young says she doesn’t think. Mom says she should dream about her future, but Jin-young says she’ll leave the dreaming to her mother.

Jong-sam finds the correct storage container, and employee So Na-mu warns him that she’ll hold the police responsible if anything goes wrong. After she leaves, Jong-sam grabs a trash bag and steps inside amidst stacks of boxes. He pulls the tape back on one and although we don’t get to see what’s inside, his eyes widen and his face breaks into a grin.

Jin-young flips through Jong-sam’s casefile and flashes back to her father’s funeral. She had chased down a detective and declared that her father hadn’t committed suicide. The detective had told her the suicide note was clear and her mother had confirmed the handwriting.

Jin-young had argued that she’d seen someone come out of her father’s office that day, but the detective simply replied that they were still investigating. She’d tried to follow him but froze when she saw Jong-sam being escorted in by a detective, his clothes stained with blood.

In the present, Jong-sam runs among the storage containers with his full trash bag. The Men in Black step into his path and Agent Ki slashes the bag, sending boxes of knock-off cigarettes cascading to the ground. Agent Kwak laughs that Jong-sam must not have found the money but planned to barter for boat fare. Too bad, he didn’t have enough anyway.

A short while later, Jong-sam is lying on the dock with his hands bound. Agent Kwak explains the scenario where corrupt officer Oh Il-seung commits suicide by drowning, while Agent Ki tethers Jong-sam’s ankles to a concrete block. Fear flits through Jong-sam’s eyes as he stares at the water before the men kick the block and he’s dragged down with it.

Jong-sam struggles to undo the ties on his wrists as he sinks to the bottom.

EPILOGUE

Detective Min-pyo catches Jin-young on her way home to say he credited her for the drug bust. Jin-young asks about Gil-choon’s case, which he says is hers as well since she’s the one who solved it. He’s taken aback when she tells him to take the credit, but she explains that he’s the one who cuffed Gil-choon, and he concedes that’s true.

COMMENTS

Jong-sam really has a knack for landing himself in trouble. I really thought he’d found the money when his face lit up like a Christmas tree! However, I’m happy there was a twist, because I was starting to feel a bit disappointed at how conveniently Jong-sam was able to piece together the puzzle. I love having a smart hero, but you lose a lot of tension if he solves things too easily. Luckily, Jong-sam also felt it was weird and I do wonder who masterminded that twist… Did Jong-sam make a last-minute switch? Or did Il-seung lay out a more complicated plan before his death? Both men have proven their craftiness so it’s hard to say.

I found these episodes a bit lacking compared to last week. Part of that may be because I was so invested in their childhood story line and am dying to know what became of Detective Kang. Additionally, the teen counterparts have a chemistry that has yet to translate to their adult selves. Regardless, maybe it was a lack of Ddakji or perhaps it was just a lack of desperation coming from Jong-sam that fell a little flat this hour. He had a deadline and his life was on the line, but he didn’t seem as anxious compared to his last outing. Perhaps because no one else was at risk this time? All I know is, I didn’t feel nervous for him until he ran into the Men in Black in the shipping yard.

I’m also getting concerned about the characters’ sense of priority. Llast week, Jin-young wasted time interrogating Jong-sam on his identity while Eun-bi was drowning, and this week Jong-sam actually debated whether to stop Gil-choon from choking Jin-young or grab the wallet. It wasn’t going anywhere! I know he was on a time crunch, but that just seemed silly to me.

On the upside, we finally caught mega-creep Gil-choon. It doesn’t quite seem like his story is over, unless the mention of the illegal immigrant cook was just a random red herring. I’m not sure what that means going forward but I wouldn’t mind learning why he’s nuttier than squirrel poo… He’s pretty low on my priority list, though so I’d rather not dwell on him too much unless he has something new to offer.

I’m glad we’re finally getting more insight with Jin-young. I wonder what her father’s apparent suicide has to do with the rest of the conspiracies going around. The detective was pretty dismissive, so it makes sense she’d want to investigate herself. It’s interesting that she saw Jong-sam the night he was arrested. I’ve been curious for a while, but does she think he’s guilty? Depending on that answer, I’ve wondered whether she’d be more receptive of him if he’d come clean to her about his identity. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

 
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At times I am not sure if this drama is trying to take itself too seriously. It appears to be moving along fairly briskly (early episodes after all) and still setting things up.

It seemed like the idea is that JS going to be, at least initially, more self concerned and mistrustful and hostile to the police (he was jailed 10 years for a crime he didn't commit after all). But the drama is not playing out his anti-hero chapter very consistently.

JS also switches between capable and bumbling fool so it gets a bit off tonally as it appears like fairly clumsily made comedic scenes.

And I completely agree with the reviewer. JS isn't at all convincing that he is in fear of his life. There is limited sense of desperation in his actions or his facial expressions. I fear that YKS is outside his capabilities as an actor.

Most likely attempt ep 8 and decide but this is probably going to be dropped from my watch list.

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- I don't get any anti-hero vibes from JS tho? Like we seem him actually cooperating with the police, albeit utilizing some underhanded/unconventional methods. While there is some resentment in there for , but I don't see any instances where he is actually 'hostile' to the police. I think the better question is /why/ he isn't resentful of the police who put him in jail lol
- I think there is less sense of urgency in these episodes because it's focusing more on the investigative procedural side of things, less of chase scenes and stuff but more of detective work. It would get pretty boring too if we had high-paced action all the time (*cough like some hollywood action/superhero movies cough*). And frankly, the scenario writing gets really wonky at times lol, but the overarching plot is still okay for me.

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Not sure what the point of that epilogue was. Hm. The 100 million dollar plot at this point is somewhat fuzzy to me, I'm not sure what's going on, or even if I'm supposed to be knowing what's going on. But still enjoying the drama, and glad that (hopefully) Eunbi won't be subject to a drowning attempt for a third time.

I'm liking the Men in Black. They are surprisingly zen when they fail, and they have a good sense of humor. Interesting for villains.

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Yes, I have been liking them from ep 1. And it seems like the younger MIB (hello there, Agent Ki) is earnest with his job (at least he looks like he could have been a good police if only he's on the right track)

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I found these episodes a bit lacking compared to last week.

Right. Last week I much preferred this to Two Cops (esp day 1). This week, not so much.

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By the way, maybe I missed a point. But when did Jong-Sam learn how to drive?

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I thought the same thing. Maybe he learned before going to prison. I was taking police exam so he must be at least 18.

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This drama is going to be one where there are going to be a lot of plotholes. Which is why I hoped it wouldn't try to take itself so seriously.

Someone already pointed out, juveniles cannot be given a life sentence. The murder was (at worst) a 2nd degree homicide - unlikely to merit death sentence. (what possible motive and planning could he have?)

Why would anyone escape from prison (serving a death sentence) even consider returning?

How naive could you be to expect two (known) killers to let you get away after you find the money for them?

So, my thought is, enjoy it for a fun romp, interesting characters and maybe a good story but don't expect much of anything to hold together on any deeper level.

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For JS going back to prison despite having escaped, wasn't that explained already? That he wouldn't have anywhere to go etc. Also how Ddak ji would probably get punished for helping him. If you want to understand how a life in prison could be preferable to life outside for a person living out a death sentence, please see the movie Shawshank Redemption (a classic imho).
Your next question is answered in the next 2 episodes, I think.

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He doesn't have any place to go - so he returns to a prison where he has been sentenced to death? It is rather irrational?

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As he says in the next episode, S.Korea hasn't executed any of its death row inmates in a while (which is why he was in there for 10 years) and probably won't anytime soon.
Even if JS manages to get paroled in like what 20-30 years, in the prison, there's security for the inmates. They have guaranteed food, shelter, jobs to do, maybe even an education. While on the outside, they have to fend for themselves without the certainty they had while in prison. I have personally had the chance to meet female inmates who'd been in and out of the system because they couldn't find a place for themselves in society as 'ex-convicts'.
Either way, I'm pretty sure he understands that he wouldn't be able to escape on his own (without the help of our Men in Black haha). As stated, he doesn't have the money to maybe leave Korea. Or as we see in the next episodes, neither does he have the know-how to cope with all the new technology (the poor guy doesn't even know how to operate a smartphone).

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Even though juveniles cannot be given adult sentences, there are always notwithstanding clauses...especially if the juvenile is closer to age with an adult, which Jong-sam was, at 18, and if the crime was particularly egregious, and it was, a prosecutor was murdered. The show mentioned that this was a precedent and a first in the constitutional history of Korea. So therefore, Jong-sam was given the maximum sentence. Moreover, Jong-sam already had a criminal history which increased his chances of getting a harsher sentence. He was a petty criminal, yes, but he probably worked with criminal networks and gangs to sell his wares, so it's probably not hard for the prosecution to make a case for gang hit on a prosecutor. In addition, his work with Officer Kang probably wasn't on the books, probably to keep the record away from spies in the police, so he was probably seen around a LOT of gang members and criminal syndicates.

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Also...sorry, more thoughts flowing...but a motive for killing a prosecutor from any criminal organization would be to stop the carriage of justice. It's an easy and effective way to stall or completely destroy a court case, particularly if you can frame the circumstances to completely destroy all credibility of a case. Like a prosecutor dying at a known gang hangout...Why was he there? Was he corrupt?

That may also be a reason for the harsh sentencing of Jong-sam. To prove that the prosecutor was not corrupt and that his death was an attempt to get in the way of the law.

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I like this show. Sure, I'm starting to think that Eun-bi is secretly a pearl diver (seriously, how long does it take to drown a young woman), but the plot moves quickly and it's got a fun atmosphere. What can I say, it's entertaining!

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She's an unconscious peal diver who trained since birth...

Actually, I bet she's Shim Chung and Joon-jae's daughter...or Yoo-na's cousin.

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The over-arching plot of this drama is actually pretty good imho, it's just the at times wonky scenario writing that lets me down haha case in point: that totally artificial decision between the wallet and handcuffs, as pointed out by Sunny. Also how the police reacted to the situation makes them look a tad incompetent.

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It's a little bit frustrating (as Sunny said in the comment) but I think the epilogue gave me an answer (?)

I don't know, I could be wrong, but it's my interpretation from seeing the purpose of the epilogue :

Whoever handcuffed the culprit, it becomes his/her own case (Jin Young handcuffed the party people, while Min Pyo handcuffed Gil Choon. Jin Young said; "You handcuffed him, so it's yours."

So, if Il Seung doesn't consider himself as a police officer, he thinks he has no right to do it. And he has his own priority (the wallet) so he just takes what he needs the most at that moment..

But I'm sure you guys want to say it's not the matter of the handcuff, it's about Il Seung who should have tackled Gil Choon first to help Jin Young. Yes, I want to say that to the writer-nim too.. 😉

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Or whoever handcuffs gets the credit and all the paperwork...of which Jong-sam can't do...and would expose him.

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I like this show!!! Its soooo funny!!! Men in black are great!!! :D

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This episode was a bit confusing, I have to watch it twice to fully understand their purpose (and I also need to rewatch Il Seung's funny scenes 😆). But once I got it, I understand the big picture of what they are trying to show me. It's fun !

I have several questions though.. How come Il Seung's treasure map was on Jong Sam's pocket shirt? How did they force him to change his clothes? Oh, but first thing first.. if Jong Sam was unconscious on the roof, how did they LIFT his body up? He's a 192 cms grown up man ! I'm so curious, Dramaa~ 😣

( But if you are willing to overlook it, overall it's been a fun ride 😊 )

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The treasure map was found in Officer OIL's badge retractor.

Don't try to figure the logistics out? It will never make sense.

Anyway, even if a police officer is seconded/dispatched to the NIS, he would still have a commanding officer in the police force (not to mention friends who are policemen from the academy) So the seeming ease with which the identities get switched is rather unrealistic.

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Additionally, the teen counterparts have a chemistry that has yet to translate to their adult selves

I think it's just a personal preference, but I'm liking adult Jong Sam and Jin Young's chemistry already ( I love that death glare Jin Young gave to innocent Il Seung at the cafe 😆 )

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I agree with those saying that this week's episodes were much weaker than last week. I'm hoping it's because they are set-up episodes to getting Jong Sam in the police force.

I actually found Yoon Kyun Sang pretty believable last week in his desperation to help Eun Bi and in his sadness that he had no life to go to even if he escaped. But not so much this week. Here's hoping next week is better!

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First off...I definitely liked the next episode a LOOOT more, there were just things that took me out of this episode like the plot conveniences/holes and character reactions. OTOH, I just love YKS' funny moments...And to Random Thoughts! It includes some from last week.

1. The main theme for Doubtful Victory/Mysterious Il-sung reminds me a LOT of the opening theme from Cowboy Bebop by Yoko Kanno…which isn’t at all a bad link given the whole morally ambiguous hero in Spike. He starts of a member of a crime syndicate, escapes and ends up being a bounty hunter. And then there’s the whole Mai being put into a cryogenic sleep kinda like Jong-sam in prison/purgatory.

2. The parallel last episode to the first episode of Jong-sam telling Ddak-ji to run was heartbreaking. It’s obvious how much he cares for Ddak-ji and this time, it was so tragic. There’s no running away for Ddak-ji. They’re both caught.

3. So Director Lee being the former president and super shady just means that he’s got something to do with the Odong Blowfish Restaurant Murder and Jin-young’s dad lol. I ain’t no first time k-drama watcher lol.

4. The Totoro picture in the police academy classroom reminds me of Toto-kyun lol from 3MAD.

5. I’ve just realized that Yoon Chan-young yelling at the cops after confessing to killing the prosecutor and the restaurant owner sounds just like YKS in episode 27 of Rebel when he tells off the king for hurting the people and calls the people to fight the king…after having to shoot Ga-ryung.

6. Officer Park is an interesting set of contradictions. He uses a veneer of lackadaisicalness and cutesiness to appear ineffectual and incompetent, when the opposite is true. It’s a disguise for his realism and understanding of bureaucratic structures and human nature…as he shows when he gets Min-pyo to cover Jung-sam’s ears and tell Jin-young about why it’s worthless to question an NIS agent. So I think when he gives the credit to Min-pyo for the drug bust, it really is about being fair with the promotions and giving Min-pyo a bonus for raising two kids. He can give credit to Jin-young, but she can’t get a promotion, so it won’t be beneficial to her now. So he gives it to Min-pyo because then there would be an actual received benefit for someone in monetary compensation. He’s a realist who’s done the cost-benefit analysis.

7. His lecture to Jin-young is also funny because he’s right about Jong-sam being a police academy graduate. He is…technically. It’s just an interesting irony that Jong-sam is technically qualified to do the job he’s only pretending to do, at least on an educational level. He probably doesn’t have enough job experience.

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8. Jong-sam is part Jason Bourne, I swear with that gurney move.

9. Well Agent Kwak…that’s an interesting way to say you’re a public servant by being paid by taxpayers…I wonder if Agent Ki will switch sides and end up helping Jong-sam.

10. I know Kyun-sang has three cats, but to me, Jong-sam is like a giant puppy who’s just too big for his own body and you want to give him all the hugs. He’s just so cute like a Bernese Mountain Dog. Yoon Kyun-sang also has the best expressions and comedic timing for comedy. It really suits him. His face cracks me up a lot. Like when Min-pyo had to cover his ears lol.

11. It also makes me laugh every time he has to get in a car, because he kind of acts the same way a dog does, and gets all excited and happy about it. The height gag with Kyun-sang sitting in the middle of the van also makes me amused.

12. The plot holes…the plot holes. How on earth did Jong-sam pull that strip of paper from Il-sung’s coat when he was changed unconscious from his prison garb? Did he leave the paper on the tarp? Was he only pretending to be unconscious? Also, when did he have time to go to the underground parking area? Did he actually have that much of a lead on the chaser?

13. Why does Eun-bi only have a selfie pic of herself lol? Was there no random people who could be with her as her adopted family or friends? /Nitpick.

14. It kinda bothers me how Eun-bi doesn’t fight more for her life…Like I understand that she’s terrified and doesn’t want to do anything to set off her captor…but I feel like push come to shove, if you were desperate and knew that your death was imminent, you would push aside that fear and just be like ‘to hell with it, I wanna live!’ Same with Jong-sam at the docks, being tied up by the gangsters…I feel like he should have fought more. Plus those cops just standing there when they stormed the apartment…

15. It’s an interesting creative choice to have the shipping container numbers scribbled on an American bill. It really stood out to me, even in the premiere. I also love how Ddak-ji and Jong-sam have the same methods to conceal their voices with the bill.

16. I wonder if the reason why Min-pyo is willing to credit Jin-young for the whole case with Creepy McCreeperson, but keep the Party People case is because the Party People case is a LOT cleaner whereas there were some fumbles with Creepy McCreeperson.

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14. I feel like the whole scene can happened within a split seconds if it's in real life. But the way dramas show it to the viewer (camera angle to capture everyone's face and expression) can take longer, making it looks like they have the whole time in this world to do something..

15. I'm just glad Gil Choon didn't use that money to buy something 😂 if he did, Il Seung would never find the answer (and we would not get another story because the MIB killed Jong Sam in ep 7). Sometimes we just need that convenience plot story in order to get a story 😆

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Thanks for your recap and comments, Sunny. ;-)

I'm treating the show as a romp. After spraining my brain on the plot kinks in BLACK and MAD DOG, I appreciate the chance to relax and hang loose.

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