Vagabond: Episode 6
With the government now taking full control of the investigation, and with our hero now supposedly under their protection, the action should be ramping down for him. But safety is never a guarantee with corruption so rampant throughout the entire organization and even those who are supposed protectors could turn out to be in on the whole conspiracy.
EPISODE 6 RECAP
In the hospital, Oh Sang-mi feigns illness until a mysterious figure enters her room and ominously places an envelope on her bed without saying a word.
Meanwhile, Dal-geon settles into his new safe-house, where Secretary Yoon confiscates his phone and warns Dal-geon not to interfere in the investigation any more.
Afterwards, Hae-ri, who is one of the agents assigned to guard the house, chats with Dal-geon about his escapade into the Blue House, and he boasts about fighting off 30 guys at once. Hae-ri plays along with his exaggeration and jokes that he really is a God of War like his tattoo says.
At the NIS, Tae-woong interrogates Oh Sang-mi about her husband’s whereabouts after the crash. She plays innocent, and also throws a curveball when she claims that the suspicious phone call her husband made before takeoff was actually with her, not the alleged terrorist.
Tae-woong tests her by asking her a question in Spanish, but she is able to speak the language, which lends some credibility to her claim. Director General Ahn, who is observing the interrogation, flips out at Chief Kang’s team for not knowing Oh Sang-mi spoke Spanish and storms out.
It turns out, though, that the team was aware of this, and Tae-woong’s strategy is to lower her guard. When Chief Kang announces that Oh Sang-mi is free to go in the middle of a line of questioning, Tae-woong pretends to be upset with the decision, and she smirks at being able to get away so easily.
Meanwhile, Lily gets pulled off of Dal-geon’s hit job, and replaced with a set of more deadly assassins. One of them heads to the safe-house under the guise of a food deliveryman, and easily infiltrates the premises after the drug-laced food knocks all of the NIS agents out.
The assassin heads upstairs to Dal-geon’s room and bursts through the door with a flurry of gunshots , though Dal-geon is nowhere to be seen. The assassin checks through any crevices Dal-geon might be hiding in, but Dal-geon gets the jump on him and sends him flying across the room while disarming him.
The assassin pulls out a backup knife and begins to flail around at Dal-geon who barely manages to stave off the attacks, and suplexes the assassin through a table to disarm him again. They brawl around the room, but eventually the assassin manages to grab his gun and finally corner Dal-geon.
The assassin stops to taunt Dal-geon before killing him, and at the last second, Hae-ri, who came up after being stirred by the sound of the scuffle upstairs, shoots and kills the assassin from behind.
Dal-geon pulls the assassin’s phone out of his pocket, and calls the only name on the phone’s call history. The call goes through to the man known as Shadow, who is meeting with Jessica and Lawyer Hong. It’s Chief Min.
Hae-ri recognizes Chief Min’s right away, and she and Dal-geon stage a photo of Dal-geon lying apparently dead to trick him into thinking the job is finished. Chief Min buys it, and shows Jessica and Lawyer Hong the evidence as well.
Chief Min also reveals that he was the person who visited Oh Sang-mi’s hospital room and instructed her on how to pass the NIS interrogation easily.
Back at the NIS, Agent Gong puts a tracker in Oh Sang-mi’s phone before they return her belongings and let her leave. Oh Sang-mi is suspicious that she might be tailed, and sure enough, Tae-woong and his men are in an unmarked car nearby ready to pursue.
At the same time, Hae-ri calls Chief Kang and informs him that Chief Min is the mole, and she and Dal-geon clean up the evidence at the safe-house and she deletes the CCTV footage while Dal-geon transports the assassin’s body outside past the knocked out guards who are in league with Chief Min.
Dal-geon drives to meet Chief Kang in a remote location, and Chief Kang recognizes the assassin as a member of an elite group of North Korean defectors known as the Unkillable, that Chief Min was supposed to disband, but apparently kept them together secretly.
Meanwhile, Hae-ri reports to Chief Min that Dal-geon is missing, and one of the other agents grabs the phone from her so Chief Min can communicate his orders to keep Hae-ri quiet while they pretend to investigate the break-in.
At the same time, Oh Sang-mi sneaks into the back room of a church and grabs a phone hidden behind a cross. She calls her husband in Morocco, but Tae-woong listens in on the conversation via the bug installed in her other phone, and she implicates John & Mark in the conspiracy, all of which is recorded by the NIS.
After she finishes the call, Tae-woong and his team barge into the room and confiscate the hidden phone from her before she can destroy the evidence.
As they head back to the NIS building, Tae-woong reports their progress to Chief Kang. Out of nowhere, though, Tae-woong’s car is rammed from the side by a truck of doom. The Unkillables pull Oh Sang-mi out of the vehicle but leave everyone else untouched.
As the Unkillables are escaping, they spot Dal-geon and Chief Kang together and realize that their assassin must have failed. They call the assassin’s phone and reveal that they know Dal-geon possesses the phone, so he reluctantly answers.
Dal-geon taunts that the assassin is dead and the head Unkillable starts to threaten Dal-geon back when Chief Kang cuts in by calling out the head Unkillable by his name: KIM DO-SU. This spooks assassin Kim into hanging up in panic, and he immediately tries to get a hold of Chief Min.
Chief Kang drives to the site of Tae-woong’s accident and Dal-geon finds Oh Sang-mi’s burner phone in the wreckage. At the same time, Hae-ri tracks down Chief Min in a nightclub and Chief Kang orders her to arrest him before he finds out Dal-geon is alive.
Hae-ri barges into the club just as Chief Min hears the news, and she tries to arrest him for being the mole. Chief Min manages to overpower her and escape into the street.
Later, Chief Min ducks into an alley to avoid police, but an officer flags him down and hands him a phone. Whoever is on the other end is apparently an ally, as Chief Min smugly follows the officer and they flee together in a police car.
Back at the NIS, Chief Kang reports everything to Director General Ahn, and asks to be put in charge of the case. He reveals that they have a smoking gun that can catch pilot Kim, and the director general agrees to give him full power over the case.
At the hospital, Hae-ri watches over Tae-woong’s bed as he recovers from his injuries, and Dal-geon recognizes that Hae-ri clearly has feelings for Tae-woong, so he pouts about her poor taste in men. Ha.
Dal-geon returns home and accidentally makes a meal for two people. Lucky for him, Hae-ri shows up with her own food, and invites herself in to share with him. Dal-geon also busts out some soju, which Hae-ri practically drowns herself in, getting absolutely plastered.
With Hae-ri basically passed out, Dal-geon tries to take her back to her place. When he pulls her up, she grabs his face with both hands and drunkenly plants a kiss on his lips as he stares back stunned. She pokes him on the forehead and claims he is now her’s, mirroring her kiss with Tae-woong, then falls back unconscious again.
The next day, Director General Ahn reports to President Jung that Chief Min was a mole and that he must have some sort of contact in the Blue House, but Prime Minister Hong chides him for not bringing any real evidence of this.
Just then, Secretary Yoon loses control of a guard dog and it charges the director general and starts barking at him ferociously until President Jung calms it down.
After Director General Ahn leaves, Prime Minister Hong suggests using the pictures of Minister Park to blackmail him into taking the fall for them as the Chief Min’s contact in the Blue House.
Meanwhile, the families of the crash victims hold another vigil, and this time Kwang-deok releases a statement urging the government to find the truth about what really happened during the crash.
Edward Park watches the gathering from a distance, and he orders his secretary to anonymously send photos of co-pilot Kim with Jessica to the NIS for investigation.
Afterward, Kwang-deok drives Dal-geon home, but Dal-geon spots a man who looks exactly like reporter Jo, the man who was apparently killed while investigating the crash, and Dal-geon jumps out of the car to track the man down.
Dal-geon sprints through the crowded street after him, but loses sight of him. He starts yelling out reporter Jo’s name, but then a hand grabs Dal-geon from behind and wheels him around. Whoever Dal-geon sees brings a look of shock to his face.
Why don’t we start with a bit of discussion on the bad guys? While Chief Min may now be exposed, I’m wondering if there’s more than one mole in the NIS. I’ve already voiced my refusal to believe Shin Sung-rok can play a non-evil character so I mean obviously my main suspicion is on him, even if I have absolutely zero logical reason to believe that based on what we’ve seen from him. To me, there’s just way too much time left in the drama for the NIS sub-plot to be essentially finished and just needing the loose ends tied, so I’m going to stay suspicious of pretty much anything that goes on within the NIS going forward.
On top of that we also have what might be the most incompetent set of assassins to ever grace our screens. Again, let’s remember that Dal-geon isn’t some professional elite soldier trained to evade assassination attempts. He’s a stuntman. Yet he continuously outsmarts them at every turn. I would think Jessica would be able to hire some half-decent lackeys with the kind of money at stake here for them, and with there being seemingly a massive number of people involved in their scheme, but I guess that’s too much to ask for. They can’t even properly make sure they cover-up all the evidence when they kidnap Oh Sang-mi. Wouldn’t an elite ex-military group at least check if there’s anything in the car that might be incriminating?
I’m somewhat disappointed with the shoehorning in of the love-line between Dal-geon and Hae-ri. It just seems kind of unnecessary given everything else that’s happening. Maybe the most egregious thing is that the story between Hae-ri and Tae-woong is more compelling and it kind of feels like a shame to not let it play out more. Hae-ri is kind of a train wreck and I’d much rather watch how that matches up with the seemingly always cool and prepared Tae-woong. But I mean realistically is Hae-ri even dateable if every time she touches alcohol she can’t keep her hands off whoever she’s drinking with?
Mainly I just want Dal-geon, and by extension the show itself, to stay focused on the action of the chase to catch John & Mark because when that’s in full swing I’m completely glued to the screen. There might be some gaps in logic here and there but for the most part when the action is fast and furious it’s a lot of fun (though I would be okay with toning down the shaky-cam a bit). I think I was supposed to be squeeing when Hae-ri kissed Dal-geon but instead I was just rolling my eyes. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I’m just really not feeling the chemistry is there between Suzy and Lee Seung-gi to get me to buy into a potential romance. Just give me Seung-gi fighting hundreds of guys instead. I’d be happy with that.
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