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Vagabond: Episode 12

The race is on for our heroes to get the terrorist to the courthouse in time to testify about the real culprit behind flight B357’s crash, but danger looms around every turn, and their enemies will stop at nothing to silence the truth.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Outside a Seoul courthouse, members of the bereaved families gather for an official hearing on the B357 crash, but police barricade reporters from entering.

In the Blue House, Prime Minister Hong casually asks President Jung to share the slush fund money from the John & Mark deal, but President Jung sternly warns that money is for the administration and for the future of politics in the country, so Prime Minister Hong drops the subject.

Not long after, Jessica and Secretary Yoon arrive to meet the Prime Minister and President for an official breakfast to celebrate the deal. Jessica uses the opportunity to flirt shamelessly with President Jung.

At the port, Chief Min’s men track down Tae-woong and the storage container and open fire on it right away. Chief Kang and Agent Hong overhear the gunfire and sprint into a nearby building with a sniper rifle to get a better vantage point.

Chief Min’s men halt the container truck in its path, and a shootout erupts between them and the agents inside. Dal-geon spots a nearby car and fights with Tae-woong over which of them will heroically dash over to the car to rescue them all.

Outside, Assassin Kim preps a live grenade, which he offers to one of the other men to throw. But as soon as the pin is pulled, another shooter domes the man with a precise shot and the grenade falls in front of the assassins. Assassin Kim barely recovers in time to chuck the grenade at the container.

The shooter was Chief Kang, now in position atop the building, who takes aim at the rest of Chief Min’s crew. One of the crew members spots Chief Kang, but before he can vocalize who the sniper is, Chief Kang precisely snipes him down.

Meanwhile, Dal-geon breaks for the other car, and with the help of Chief Kang’s fire, brings the car back to the team trapped in the container truck. After collecting everyone on board, Dal-geon guns it out of the port, and Chief Min’s remaining men scramble to give chase.

Back at the Blue House, Jessica asks about a supposedly classified deal in Africa she heard was going poorly, and notes that she heard about it personally from the King of the country involved.

President Jung asks Prime Minister Hong to use Jessica to solve problems with the deal, but Prime Minister Hong seems annoyed at the suggestion.

Afterwards, Chief Min calls Secretary Yoon as he chases Dal-geon and company through Incheon. When Chief Min’s car finally catches up, he and his men waste no time firing bullets despite a ton of traffic around them.

Dal-geon weaves into oncoming traffic to create some space from Chief Min, and manages to swerve off the highway just as Chief Min’s car heads into a tunnel, effectively ending their pursuit.

Secretary Yoon overhears the whole chase, and when he learns Dal-geon escaped he rushes off to inform the President, while Jessica mobilizes her own counterattack as well with Lawyer Hong.

Secretary Yoon pulls the President and Prime Minister out of another meeting to break the news. President Jung appears unaware of the full details of who orchestrated the crash, and chastises Secretary Yoon for keeping him in the dark about John & Mark’s involvement.

Secretary Yoon suggests breaking the deal and returning the slush fund money, but President Jung is unwilling to give up the money, so he agrees to mobilize the police to stop Dal-geon from reaching the courthouse. Secretary Yoon tells the police there’s no need to capture any of the fugitives alive.

At the courthouse, Lawyer Hong meets Oh Sang-mi to discuss whether Kim Woo-gi holds any evidence about the true culprit behind the plot, but she insists he never told her about anything that could be used against them.

At the trial, Edward announces that Kim Woo-gi, Dal-geon, and Hae-ri will all be arriving shortly to testify. In the meantime, Lawyer Hong questions Oh Sang-mi, and she provides evidence of a secret bank account where Dynamic funded Kim Woo-gi’s involvement in the crash.

Kwang-deok bursts out that the evidence is fabricated, and he fights with the other bereaved families over which company is lying. The judge struggles to bring order to the court, and ends up breaking his gavel from smashing it so hard. Ha.

Meanwhile, Dal-geon tries to evade the police while Director General Ahn questions whether the order to kill the fugitives really came from the President. At the same time, Chief Kang employs his savant hacker to break into the NIS surveillance feeds and post the videos of the chase on social media.

During a recess in the trial, Kwang-deok confronts the other bereaved families about falling for John & Mark’s lies. Just then, the video of the chase is posted online, and Kwang-deok leaves to find Dal-geon since he wants to make sure the police don’t cover up the evidence again.

At the same time, in her office, Jessica urges Lawyer Hong to expedite the trial before Kim Woo-gi can get there, and asks Secretary Yoon to pressure the Chief Justice into wrapping up the trial early.

Lily, meanwhile, prepares a sniper rifle, and tells Jessica not to worry, since one shot to Kim Woo-gi will end everything anyway. Jessica tells her that the rifle is a last resort, and warns not to make any mistakes this time.

After the recess, the judge begins to deliver his ruling, but Edward interrupts to ask for more time for Kim Woo-gi to arrive. As this happens, the judge receives a memo from the Chief Justice to wrap up the trial, but the judge dissents and grants a thirty minute extension.

At the same time, a TV helicopter starts following the police chase in progress. Secretary Yoon orders the chief of the news station to pull the chopper out or he’ll expose all of the chief’s past misdeeds.

Dal-geon drives forward but runs into an intersection with a full police barricade. The chasing police cars block the return path, and the vehicle is effectively trapped with no escape, as police surround them on all sides with guns drawn.

Chief Min and his team arrive on scene, while Kwang-deok and another bereaved family member watch from a distance just as the TV chopper gets pulled out by the station chief. At the same time, Lily and a henchman setup their rifle outside the courthouse entrance.

Chief Min takes over the police team leader’s megaphone to order the fugitives out of their vehicle or they’ll be shot. He then privately tells the team leader to shoot them anyway once they’re out in the open.

After a tense countdown, Kim Woo-gi runs out of the car with his hands up, and the rest of the crew have no choice but to follow suit. The team leader then gives the order to open fire, but his officers are momentarily stunned by the unexpected order, until Assassin Kim takes the lead and rains bullets on the group.

Thanks to the temporary delay, the fugitives get enough time to quickly retreat behind the vehicle for cover as the rest of the police force begin firing with impunity.

Just then, a truck of doom rams through the barricade and blocks the view of the car. The driver yells for Dal-geon to escape, and the team climb back in the car and flee through the now open barricade.

Dal-geon manages to get near the courthouse before the car breaks down from all the gunfire, and they decide to run the rest of the way. But Chief Min’s team catch up to them and begin firing once more, until Kwang-deok barrels through the intersection and rams into Chief Min’s car, stalling the chase.

The group of fugitives start sprinting to the courthouse. Meanwhile, Chief Kang’s hacker continues to upload surveillance videos to social media, and a group of bereaved family members congregate outside the courthouse to see what’s going on.

But as Dal-geon and company arrive, the onlookers are mystified to see the police pointing their weapons instead of letting the group in to the court as they should be. The bereaved are infuriated, and they all charge at the police, opening the way for Dal-geon and Hae-ri to escort Kim Woo-gi inside.

In the ensuing chaos, a gunshot rings out from Lily, connecting with Kim Woo-gi’s arm. Tae-woong calls out the presence of the sniper just as another bullet is fired, and Hae-ri dives in front of Woo-gi to get him out of the way.

Before a third shot can be fired, Kwang-deok and a group of the bereaved surround Kim Woo-gi, blocking Lily’s view. Jessica orders her to take the shot anyway, but Lily backs down, unable to get a clear shot.

Lily orders her henchman to clear out, but an unknown counter-sniper domes him and pins Lily on the roof so she can’t get closer to the action to try another method of killing her target.

In court, Lawyer Hong argues that the time extension is up, but just then, Dal-geon and Hae-ri barge in with Kim Woo-gi, and the look of horror on Lawyer Hong’s face tells all: his case is screwed.

 
COMMENTS

It might be a bit easier to take this show seriously if the villains possessed any semblance of competence at their jobs. But from what we’ve seen, especially from the assassins, everyone is completely incapable of doing what they’re supposed to. We spend this entire episode following not only Assassin Kim’s group of elite North Korean agents fail to hit a single shot on any of the fugitives despite shooting probably a thousand bullets (I lost count), but also watching Lily only manage a grazing arm shot on a wide-open Kim Woo-gi.

Contrast this with Chief Kang, who manages to blast two people right between the eyes on his only two shots from roughly the same distance, if not further. It’s kind of pathetic that this is the best help money can buy. I mean, at this point, even Kwang-deok is able to foil their attempts to take out Dal-geon and Kim Woo-gi, and that’s just insane. If a random judo teacher is more effective than a team of elite mercenaries I think you need new mercenaries.

We’re definitely starting to see the wheels fall off for Jessica, as she watches her enemies slip away every single time she supposedly has them cornered. You see this most when she’s screaming at Lily to murder civilians to guarantee they can take out Kim Woo-gi, but also when Secretary Yoon informs her about the ongoing police chase. You can really see the panic in her rising as more and more goes wrong for her plans. All the effort she’s put in to worming into the President’s favor is about to be wasted in one fell swoop and despite her seemingly endless funds she can’t even rely on the Chief Justice to be able to control one of his judges. It’s very satisfying to watch the facade crumble.

At the same time I’m slightly worried about the pacing here. We’ve got effectively a quarter of the drama left to go but we’re already set up for what should be Jessica’s demise in the relatively near future. Unless we’re going to spend a full couple of episodes also exposing Secretary Yoon and the top government officials, I don’t see how we’re going to fill all of that time. Especially with today’s revelation that President Jung is pretty much in the dark as far as orchestrating the terror plot in the first place, this seems like a pretty open-and-shut case once Kim Woo-gi spills the beans on them. Maybe there’s more to it and we’ll start to see the rest of this conspiracy unravel as the other major players start to fall, but I’m just concerned there’s not enough meat left here to sustain us for the rest of the series.

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What's that sound?
It's the plot churning.
Geez it's noisy.
I hope that get that fixed so it can start moving again.

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My lesson in churning was taught to me by a grizzled old civil servant.

Me: but we’re not making any progress, we’re just churning!
Him: that’s the point of the exercise. Motion to create the impression of progress.

Vagabond has the look and feel of an action thriller created by a committee of bureaucrats.

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I should add ... with no subject matter expertise in any of the areas touched by this drams’s storyline or making.

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🤣🤣
The televisual equivalent of busy work.

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I am still waiting for that VR brain surgery with just toothpicks and dental mouthwash.
Btw, what's your dad view on these episodes? :)

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He was a bit bored because it's basically the same plot point over and over again. i.e. they make a move to get him back for the trial, the bad guys try to stop them. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

We did both get a good laugh at how bad the romance moments are.

Mind you, at the end of every episode he asks for the next one and acts like I somehow have the power to make Korea produce it for him, so I think he's still enjoying it overall.

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Nice to hear he's enjoying it. :)

Yea, the attempt to insert romance in this series is the real comedy here. But again, everything in this drama is pretty much laughable. I am not even watching the show, but just by reading recaps I was laughing my head off. Can't wait for the next episode recap.

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You sure you're not watching VB rabbit? 😆

Glad your dad is still enjoying VB @leetennant. My dad probably have dropped it, or he's taking his sweet time to watch. On the other hand, he picked up My Country. Heh.

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@katakwasabi Yes, I am sure I am not watching the show. Why are you doubting me in every recap? 😋 Give me 10 reasons why I need to watch this show.

I love your dad already. He's smart. Maybe you should watch My Country with him. Who knows? You might pick up a new muse or two. 😉

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@msrabbit VB teached me to doubt everyone...🤭

yes dad is smart. He knows what he likes aka sageuk/history and sticks to it. Haha.

Anyways...according to my statistics...i'll pick up one new muse a year and collect them. But my current muse is too strong to be toppled from top spot 🤣.

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I feel like you're both tangentially insulting my father right now...

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Oh, not at all @leetennant. I love your dad too! Whoever watches VB and recognizes it for what it is, is smart, imho.

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Oh no! Not at all @leetennant! I'm so sorry, that was never our intention 😔.

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@msrabbit @katakwasabi
It's fine, it's fine. I was only joking. You know the only fight I'm in for when it comes to my Dad is making sure nobody else touches So Ji-sub.

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You know what y'all are.... Fuckin' entitled antis who have convinced yourselves that your opnions somehow matter but not not really.

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ok

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Opinions! On a kdrama!
On a website devoted to having opinions on kdramas...

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What will they think of next?

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Comment sections!
With comments in them!

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Not sure what you're talking about Mars -- I love the show. It has no logic or reason to it, but it's a wonderful show that gets my mind off of real life problems.

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Mostly I see this comments section as affectionate ribbing for something we're enjoying a great deal while being aware of all its many many many flaws.

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I must say the writer makes Korean people look so fickle. I have to say it was really satisfying when they finally arrived at the courthouse. Finally the victims believed the other victims. It was getting exhausting.

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I must say Dal Gon indeed has crazy skills and is a wow stuntman...It was sooo satisfying seeing them arrive at the courthouse even with half of the country against them...Also,felt nice seeing the judge be a good man and not be corrupted like all the rest!
Also i adore the ending OST,can't wait for it to be released,any ideas who sings it?

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Ep 12 was a very long Hyundai 2020 Palisade ad. That car is freaking durable and semi-bulletproof...we see bullet holes but no one inside got hit 😆🤣.

Also did a time jump happen somewhere? Trying to figure out how a 2020 car is in a 2012 drama 😅.

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The car traveled to the past because it is the faithful weapon of our God Of War...

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Hmmmm...nice theory but not likely imo. Instead of the car is Dalgun's weapon...I say it is actually a NIS shield.

The NIS future car saw how many NIS workers have died in 12 episodes, it had to intervene and came to protect it's remaining staff.

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It's a prototype of the 2020 model that just arrived at the port from Hyundai's secret lab oversea. It was originally designed to be very sturdy with bulletproof interior, but those got axed when they go into production in the 2020 model because it's not cost effective.

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There you go, trying to make things seem reasonable.

My pet theory to make all the inept assassins look reasonable is that they are secretly working for Park and putting on a show. It takes tremendous amounts of skill to fire that many bullets that fast and not get *any* hits on the targets. Same thing for Lily - instead of complaining that she only winged her target, we should applaud her for just grazing her target enough to make it really look good, under some really stressful conditions.

After all Park needs all these failed assassination attempts to look fearsome, so that he can crush Jessica’s company.

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My pet theory for them is that writernim is too detail-oriented that he/she wrote who/when/where each bullet goes, and sadly none of them are in favor of the assassins. Then again, with a name like "the Unkillable" and that bowl cut look, who would take them seriously?

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I was amazed that none of the bullets made the car explode touching the reservoir...

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This works perfectly with my theory. The rifles were firing under powered bullets (special load). The’ll make a hole in the first surface, but don’t have the oomph to go through the next layer. All the mercenaries are working for Park.

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It works with my theory too. Because in this prototype, the interior is bulletproof.

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The car has plot armor protecting it's gas tank -- although not sure a bullet can ignite the fuel. Certainly though, bullets can punch through the engine and cause it to stop, unless like I said, the car has that special plot armor.

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If a random judo teacher is more effective than a team of elite mercenaries I think you need new mercenaries.

LOL
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Agree!

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I repeat: the NIS and assassin squad need to be very ashamed that they are getting beaten/foiled by a stuntman. NIS needs to reconstruct their training plans and send all future recruits to Dalgun's stunt school to produce more Dalgun-like durable and agile agents.

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I repeat: We need new writers.

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Watch out. You might get the writers from God's Gift or Manhole or ....
.... or
Arthdal 😨

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😱😱😱😱 NO. NOT Arthdal. I don't want season 2. or 3. or 4. or 5. But.. but... but... I want to get to that rooftop. [seaweed slap self]

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But remember, in the NIS, promotions,etc. depend on ones level of corruption and ability to brown nose, NOT, repeat NOT on technical or operational capabilities.

So, send the brown nosing corrupt a*holes with no other skills to stunt school, and you’ll get back a bag of broken bones, at best.

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I am with you. Dal Geon is not immortal because he went to action school. It's because he is the Monkey King. They need to recruit his monkey minions from outer space when they come to fetch their king in that alien spaceship. [For those who don't know what I am talking about, please refer to this.

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Monkey King is right. I would still love a Ma Wang cameo. After all, he is the head of a huge entertainment enterprise, and...someone is going to get the movie rights to this story, right?

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The training will be a preliminary NIS purge. All brown nosing corrupt agent wannabes will be bags of broken bones aka not suitable for employment. In the end, NIS will be filled with otherworldly humans like monkey king Dalgun.

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Shapeshifting monkey alien king who sometimes craves chicken.

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Any theory on why Chief Kang was there on the rooftop with long range sniper gun ready to fire? I thought they were gonna just sent KTW and weren't expecting company.

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Vagabond is an equal opportunity employer. Everyone gets to shoot.

Alternatively, they were supposed to be the overwatch team to provide just-in-case security. Except they didn’t get into position early enough. In any such plan, the overwatch team should have been in position before the container started to move off the ship,

All this could have been avoided if KTW had gone on a nice drive around the country away from the port. But you’ve got to have your quota of fire fights to use up all the ammo. No one wants to go back to base with unused ammo.

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In other words, 몰라....
😜

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I caught up to this show so that I could join in on the fun. But now I have got nothing to say, lol

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Lol. That's okay. This one isn't really that exciting. Next one though... 🤭😉

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It's funny when I really want to say something I don't know what to say and when I don't think much thoughts just come flowing. Weird.

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I had the same feeling, Regals, that the drama was pretty much over with 4 episodes left. But here's a bit from a Soompi article from last Saturday:

The production company Celltrion Entertainment stated, “The drama will showcase the most shocking plot twist. A series of plot twists will take place until the end. Please look forward to it.”

I'm both looking forward to it and dreading it. Let's see what this writer cooks up!

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Hae Ri becomes an incredibly competent agent and takes over command of the NIS? She moves all of the agents into shipping containers because no agent has ever been harmed in one and they're easy to camouflage.

Hae Ri secretly became a bionic agent when special implants were places during her spine surgery making her now as bullet proof as Dal Geon?

I think it's most likely that Edward Park is not who we think he is and he's been pulling the strings the whole time. I prefer that to more hospital dances.

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Oooh... why is your first paragraph reminds me of Lee Jun Ki's Criminal Minds?

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Certainly hilarious!!! I would be shying away for season 2 of this show if Dal Geon and Hae Ri teams up again as the Unkillables or Monkey King and Queen run NIS

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There are more than a few plot twists, including who in the government gets arrested. Also, housecleaning in the NIS as well. Also, Edward Park's organization may be more than we know. I suspect there may be a bit more to Vagabond as well. We also need to find out how Dalgeon hooked up with some English-speaking assassins. We also need to find out about the rest of the North Korean assassins that worked for Min. I saw Episode 13 but I can't remember if Min escaped or not, LOL. If he's still on the loose then he'll continue to play into the plot of the show.

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Thanks for the recap. I don't know if it's some new slang, but I've never heard of the term "domes" before. I'm assuming it's another word for "head shot", but it's new to me.

Another thing, the "truck of doom" I believe was driven by one of the bereaved family members, although I'm not positive about that.

One other point I found interesting, was the fact that the Judge in the case bent over backwards to give Edward Park time to bring his witness in, in spite of "obviously sleazy" lawyer Hong's objections. I'm not sure what it means, if the judge was acting independently of the insidious corruption, or that he was already made by Edward Park's group.

Incidentally, I don't believe for a minute that Edward Park is a saint either. I expect that while the recapper is worried about lack of plot, we're going to find out about Park's organization and who he really is, and who the power behind him is. In fact, I have a feeling the Prime Minister may be part of it.

I haven't mentioned it before, but I found it odd that Lawyer Hong was sent to represent the bereaved families of the victims. You would have thought that as an attorney for John and Mark he would have been unable to represent them due to a conflict of interest. I'm serious surprised his butt isn't going to jail any time soon.

Finally, I was wrong about Lily switching sides. I suspect she'll be around for a wild finale of a gunfight with Dalgeon and whoever is still alive at that point in time, LOL.

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The judge received orders from higher up to close the case fast. That made him upset...so he deliberately dragged it out.

By the way, the courtroom sequence is utter nonsense. There is no way a case of this size, and importance would open and end with judgement on the same day.

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The whole thing was portrayed like a criminal trial, which made me really confused. My first comment was going to be "who was on trial, with what charge?"

But then the recap said it was definitely an inquiry into the accident. A public inquiry like this wouldn't be held in this way. It's almost laughable. Wait, no, it is legitimately laughable.

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You're right. It should be a civil trial, which at least in this country, takes a long long time, with tons of evidence, and what not. Of course, since this is a Kdrama trial, things go much faster and logic is a minor detail.

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Am I the only one who thinks that Lilly just didn't want to shot Kim Woogi? The arm shot looked pretty intentional to me. And she didn't even try again, she just looked at them and packed her things.

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You are not the only one.

But whether she missed or not, she didn't get paid to shoot a whole heap of unarmed civilians, so that's why she packed up and left.

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I think she's a thrill-seeker. I think she felt that she could wing him and that was good enough. Although we'll just have to see what she has planned, and if Jessica continues to employ her.

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Does jessica have enough money to continue employing Lily? 😂

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Sure she does. She's got a lot of sugar daddies who will pay for her "service".

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