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Vagabond: Episode 13

All the cards are on the table as our heroes finally try to bring the truth of Flight B357 to light. But do they actually have all the facts, or is there someone else working in the shadows to keep all parties in the dark about which forces are really responsible for the tragedy?

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

In the courthouse, Kim Woo-gi delivers his version of the events that led to the crash of Flight B357. He names John & Mark Vice President Michael as the architect of the plot.

He provides a video recording of his meeting with Michael which undoubtedly proves his claim. The entire gallery of spectators erupts in shock at John & Mark being proven to be behind the attack.

Chief Min and his lackeys slip out of the proceedings to warn Secretary Yoon about the fresh evidence against their side, but are shocked when Secretary Yoon reveals there’s nothing they can do and Chief Min should just quietly take whatever jail time he is given.

Just then, Tae-woong and his right-hand man Agent Kim begin to chase down Chief Min’s crew, so Chief Min tries to make a run for it. Except a car cuts off his path and out strolls Chief Kang, not dead, to Chief Min’s shock.

Chief Kang drops Chief Min with a swift punch to the face, then follows it up with several more shots to a defenseless Chief Min until Tae-woong steps in to stop his boss from killing him.

In court, the judge rules on the outcome of the case, and orders Dynamic to pay a large sum to the victims’ families for the crash. Dal-geon bursts out that Dynamic are innocent, and the other bereaved cry out that John & Mark should be held responsible.

But Edward calmly explains that Dynamic will fulfill the court’s decision, as they are also responsible for negligence in this case, and offers sincere condolences to all the families for what happened to their loved ones. The judge notes that criminal charges will be filed against John & Mark for their role in the crash.

Afterwards, the bereaved families thank Dal-geon for his efforts to bring light to the truth, even if they all doubted him for it. As they chat as a group, Hae-ri just now realizes she is bleeding from a gunshot wound, and nearly collapses. Dal-geon carries her out as Kwang-deok calls an ambulance.

They run into a group of reporters outside, but Dal-geon chastises them for failing to report on the truth all along. Meanwhile, President Jung watches the news reports live, and Dal-geon takes an opportunity to specifically call the President out for his potential involvement in the scheme on live TV.

In the ambulance, Hae-ri spots Dal-geon’s statement trending on the news, and she expresses pride at finally being able to do work for the country and its people.

Later, the Blue House Press Secretary fields questions from reporters on Dal-geon’s claims about the President, steadfastly denying the President’s involvement.

Meanwhile, President Jung laments the bind Dal-geon is putting him in, but Prime Minister Hong suggests pinning all the blame on Secretary Yoon. President Jung doesn’t want to be seen as incompetent, but Prime Minister Hong argues that’s better than being seen as guilty.

At the hospital, Hae-ri undergoes surgery to remove the bullet, and Dal-geon urges all the bereaved families to go home and rest in the meantime. Dal-geon heads to the hospital chapel to pray, while several bereaved follow him there to pray as well.

At the same time, President Jung calls Secretary Yoon into a meeting to discuss their plan moving forward, and Secretary Yoon seems to see the writing on the wall. He checks his secret recordings of his dealings regarding the military contract which implicate the President being a major player in the scheme.

Secretary Yoon meets with President Jung at a temple, where he agrees to take all the blame for the President and take full responsibility for the mess they’re currently in.

Afterwards, Director General Ahn privately questions whether he and Secretary Yoon should really be willing to take the fall, but Secretary Yoon argues that the President falling would doom them both to never be able to climb back up.

When Secretary Yoon returns to his car, he finds that his secret recordings are missing, and in its place someone left a charcoal brick for him, signaling that he should kill himself to tie up their loose ends. Secretary Yoon’s calm facade finally breaks, and he screams in anger at his impending fall from grace.

Back at the hospital, the doctor reveals that Hae-ri may suffer temporary paralysis while she recovers, but will ultimately be fine, much to everyone’s relief.

At the Blue House, President Jung addresses reporters for the first time, and denies Dal-geon’s claims that he is responsible. He names Director General Ahn and Secretary Yoon as the culprits, and promises justice will be brought upon them.

Later, Director General Ahn turns himself in to the Prosecutor’s Office for questioning. But Secretary Yoon does not turn himself in, and instead he lights the charcoal brick in his car in an attempt to kill himself, passing out as it burns next to him.

Prime Minister Hong reports the suicide attempt to the President, who seems happy that they will be able to easily pin everything on Secretary Yoon now.

In the hospital, Dal-geon takes care of Hae-ri overnight, and she doesn’t let him know that she’s awake so she can admire him while he cares for her.

In the morning, she finally calls for him, but Agent Hong is there instead. Agent Hong lets her know that Chief Kang is now in charge of the task force again now that Chief Min is exposed.

Jessica, meanwhile, prepares her own defense from the allegations against her, but Lawyer Hong reports that she’s banned from leaving the country, so she elects to hold a press conference to address the claims personally.

At the press conference, Jessica maintains her innocence, but her speech is derailed when Dal-geon leads the bereaved family members in attendance in a silent protest, holding up images of their loved ones who perished in the crash.

Jessica tries to continue, but all the reporters anonymously receive a video showing Jessica kissing Minster Park, the same images Jessica used to blackmail him into complying with John & Mark’s bid. Just then, a prosecutor walks up on stage and takes Jessica into custody for illegal lobbying.

At the NIS, Agent Kim questions Kim Woo-gi and Oh Sang-mi together to get their stories straight, but they just end up fighting with each other. Chief Kang decides there’s no point trying to get more from them and sends them back to prison.

Tae-woong then asks Chief Kang why he publicly released the video of Jessica so the Prosecution could take credit for the arrest, but Chief Kang says that Vagabond didn’t release the video, so there must be some third party involved as well.

On the bus to prison, Kim Woo-gi tosses some sort of note to Oh Sang-mi before she is dropped off at a women’s prison. When Sang-mi arrives in her group cell, there’s a new occupant: Jessica. Sang-mi commands the rest of her cellmates to beat Jessica up for her and they all jump right into action.

Sang-mi eventually orders them to stop so she can taunt Jessica, and threatens to make sure the beatings will continue until Sang-mi is released. Sang-mi slaps Jessica with all her might and then orders her cellmates to continue the beat-down.

Meanwhile, Kim Woo-gi’s transport bus stops randomly in the middle of nowhere and a new guard boards the bus. The guard takes off his mask to reveal that he is Scar (aka Jerome), Kim Woo-gi’s terrorist partner. Kim Woo-gi realizes he’s in danger and freaks out, only for the other guard to knock him out cold.

At the same time, Agent Hong wheels Hae-ri around the hospital, and they catch a news report on Secretary Yoon’s suicide attempt. He survived the attempt and is in critical condition in hospital (and we see Prime Minister Hong watching over him, his face unreadable).

Later, Dal-geon finds Hae-ri trying to walk on her own and offers to help her. He pulls Hae-ri’s arms around his neck and lifts her feet on top of his, slowly stepping backwards to help exercise Hae-ri’s legs.

It’s essentially a slow dance between the two, and Hae-ri smiles as she stares up at Dal-geon’s face while he sways her back and forth.

At the prison, Jessica and Lawyer Hong meet to discuss who leaked the video. Jessica says that she’ll investigate the source of the video when she gets out, and orders Lawyer Hong to head to the US to expedite the process of her extradition out of Korea.

Afterward, Jessica uses her connections to pull Oh Sang-mi into a private room to reason with her. By that, of course, I mean beat her into submission now that their cellmates aren’t there to back her up.

When they return to the cell, Sang-mi orders the cellmates to beat up Jessica again, but they don’t listen, as Jessica turns the tables on her and all of the cellmates comply with Jessica’s order to beat up Sang-mi instead.

Later, as the beatings continue, Jessica threatens that this will be Sang-mi’s daily life until Jessica goes back to the US, but Sang-mi bites back that it will actually be her who is released instead of Jessica.

At the hospital, Dal-geon leads Hae-ri through rehab, shouting encouragement at her every step of the way (despite the room being full of other patients). Whenever Hae-ri feels pain, she gets Dal-geon to massage her legs, though she’s clearly enjoying having him fawn over her.

In prison, Jessica contemplates what happened to Michael, implying that she was not responsible for his murder, and wonders who else could have been behind his death.

Just then, her cellmates reveal that Oh Sang-mi was just released. We see in a flashback the note that Kim Woo-gi tossed her on the bus, clearly aware of some other deal, which promised Sang-mi another large sum of money and warned to beware a tattooed killer.

Later, Lily visits Jessica and shares that Lawyer Hong never went back to the US like Jessica asked. Lily wonders if Lawyer Hong was behind the video leak himself, but Jessica doesn’t see why he would turn on her.

Jessica pays Lily to find out who is helping Oh Sang-mi, and also intriguingly plots to send Dal-geon “something more powerful than a bomb.”

Meanwhile, Dal-geon meets with the bereaved families when he receives a mysterious text message. His face turns to pure shock when he opens the link it’s Hoon’s video aboard Flight B357, presumed to be deleted forever by the NIS. The same sender calls Dal-geon, and he demands to know who is on the other end.

 
COMMENTS

I guess I’m not too shocked that there’s some other mysterious figure who is apparently pulling the strings. Jessica’s demise did seem to come too easily, at least in terms of where we are in the plot, so we needed something to fill in the gap with three episodes left or else, well, there would be basically nothing interesting going on. So who is actually the true puppet-master? We don’t really have anything of substance to go on here. We can surmise that they’re in league with Lawyer Hong, and probably also with the assassin that killed Michael, but there’s not much to go on aside from that.

My only hunch is that Prime Minister Hong may be involved, if only because he just seems shady in every interaction he has with others, but realistically I don’t have anything concrete to point to and say “this is how I know something is up with him”. It’s essentially pure speculation. Which is kind of a kudos to the show, I guess? On one hand, I’m not exactly on board with them introducing this new power figure that we didn’t really get any inclination even existed until so late in the drama, but on the other hand, at least this means we get an extra level of intrigue moving forward to create some tension instead of the lay-up of a job that putting Jessica and her co-conspirators away would be. We might actually get some interesting developments instead of the simple tidying of loose ends we were on pace for.

Because, let’s face it, if they spent the next three episodes focusing as much on Hae-ri and Dal-geon’s relationship I might tear my hair out from boredom. There’s just no chemistry between these two for me and every time we get force-fed a supposedly romantic scene I find myself wanting to liberally fast-forward to get to something more interesting. I don’t know if it’s the actors themselves or if it’s because the writer keeps putting them in the least romantic settings possible and then shoehorning in a romance scene. Everything just feels so out of place with that whole story-line that I wish they’d just drop it and move on.

This show is such a weird chimera of good and bad parts intermingled that it’s kind of fascinating. When it’s going for the action-flick style presentation it really nails it, giving us breakneck pacing and well-choreographed (albeit sometimes nonsensical in terms of believability) action sequences that leave me on the edge of my seat. But then it bogs itself down when it hamfistedly tries to take us out of the action with its romance and politicking subplots that leave a lot to be desired. This hour was a particular slog, with almost nothing of substance happening between Kim Woo-gi’s evidence video and Dal-geon receiving the deleted flight video. I think a more focused direction would be a big help, but hopefully with a new player now making their move, we can ramp up the pace as we head toward the big crescendo.

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The last few episodes sure were wild with all the ridiculous amounts of obstacles the characters faced and this episode went back to more scheming then acting which again wasn’t as exciting. I am quite unsure how this show is going to wrap everything they threw at in the first few episodes in 3 weeks. I have my hopes that it’ll end neatly...

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There’s just no chemistry between these two for me and every time we get force-fed a supposedly romantic scene I find myself wanting to liberally fast-forward to get to something more interesting. 

I'm guilty of fastforwarding their romcom parts. It nearly gave me whiplash when they keep changing scenes from the prison feud to hospital romcom. Haeri and Dalgun have good bickering, sibling-like relationship. The writer should have stuck with that instead of forcing a loveline that is so unnatural it takes the joy out of watching their scenes together.

This episode the president intrigued me most. He's so slimy and unnerved with everything. I want him to be the real bad boss, instead of just a puppet being toyed by someone else.

And...Ki Tae Woong's airtime was so miniscule....it made me think why am I still watching this. Hahaha 😅

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I think there's a 53.7% chance that Taewoong is the Big Bad. That would be AWESOME. Maybe he could get an iron nail ring and start drinking Maxim instant coffee. Muahahaha.

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Oh... I thought of that after he questioned Mr Kang. This is the first episode I started to doubt KTW. At this point I don't mind him being evil, at least give him something to do instead of being sad face and gloomy 😂. He needs his rifle and leather long coat to complete the iron nail ring and maxim coffee look. Hahahahaha ☕

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Toldyoutoldyoutoldyoutoldyou

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The romance doesn't actually bother me. I think it is the least ridiculous part about the show, lol. As for Jessica, SIGH, she was uninspiring as a villain so good riddance,

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“ The romance doesn't actually bother me. I think it is the least ridiculous part about the show, lol.”

Thinking about it, you’re RIGHT. Oh. My. God.

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Hey. How are you? Didn't watch the show. Just dropped in to read the snarky comments.

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I’m still watching this show. 😱
I question my mental state. Sigh.

And how are you doing?

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Watching Extraordinary You and getting annoyed with the inconsistent and constant flip-flopping character of Baek Kyung.

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So why did Woogi testify? He said about 100x that he wouldn't testify even if they brought him to court, but he didn't put up any sort of resistance once there. Did I miss something? Maybe he's in cahoots with whoever's really in charge? Also, he got over his heroin addiction really quickly, good for him, lol.

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He cut a deal with Park. Park’s agent on the boat had plenty of time to work him.

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Because until he testified against them the villains had every reason to kill him. Not that he probably won't be killed as a plot contrivance in a future episode because lord knows I've never seen a Korean drama where a valuable witness is actually protected by the police, prison, or any other agency.

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I did enjoy the action and do miss it when other things happen. Let's see who the who's actually pulling the string.

And I didn't even notice that Jessica was reading How to win friends and influence people (haha), cause I was busy skipping the back and forth of Sang Mi and Jessica making the minions beat up the other. I mean the whole thing was just ridiculous. I do want to know why SM got out and what's Jessica wants to send to DG

And also the Subway PPL, heh ('Hey, how is it going Subway, long time no see').

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Subway is always present in VB. It's their staple food. NIS eats it, Lily and co eats it, bereaved family members eat it and one works at Subway. I lol-ed when they gathered at Subway, they aren't subtle at all with the PPL.

I remember Hyundai Palisade, Black Yak and Subway. I'm waiting for dyson and coffee to make an appearance somewhere. Hahaha 😆

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I was actually just wondering if I saw the subway ppl before. I might have noticed it but this was more obvious I guess, cause I watched almost the whole drama till now in increased speed so as to catch up.

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It's always surprises me how I miss what goes on in a scene but not when it comes to characters and their motives. I guess that's why I have it easier knowing what the characters might do or how they might act but don't notice generally notice plot holes or miss most clues.

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I actually thought that it was still quite obvious someone else was pulling the strings. The guy who was observing it all in the early episodes in the dark room and calling tha shots was never shown. When they supposedly killed the first suspect that dalgeun noticed in the premiere.

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Yes I thought it was quite obvious too. I was actually a little suspicious of Edward Park and then the Prime Minister and it seems some characters have different motives so it's confusing. There are quite some questions that are not answered.

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I am actually quite suspicious of Edward Park. Remember reporter Jo who died but later found on the street? The reporter appeared to egg DG to investigate further then disappeared conveniently, seemingly implicating John & Mark.
Edward also provided help numerous times, almost always behind the scenes, including tipping the NIS. He didn't appear until it was absolutely necessary to get involved himself.
Not to mention the "group/organization" behind him seemed to be super influential according to Jessica, but so far nothing has supported that, except bribing the militia which I guess probably any company with funds to spare could do.
He just seems to be way more cunning than he appears and I do not trust him at all. His motives just happened to align with DG at the moment.

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What made me suspicious of him was Chief Kang telling Haeri and DG not to tell Edward's assistant Nikki about anything related to Vagabond making me realize Kang doesn't trust him. And it's when I wondered how he has connections and why he was helping them, not to mention him having a history with Jessica.

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The first episode had Michael murdered because he was trying to warn people about the terrorist attack so we already know he either wasn't involved or thought he was organising something else.

Part of the problem is that the characterisation is consistently weak so it's difficult to work out people's motives when their behaviour is constantly changing. I find it hard to believe that Jessica's behaviour can be explained by her mistaken belief that her company really is behind the attack when they aren't. That's insane.

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As someone who enjoyed the romance part of this drama and craved for more, I wonder if we are watching the same drama. As it is there is already very little romantic scenes and it still irks you? The romantic scenes were the only lighthearted part of this drama, if not the whole drama would slide into a dark melodrama making it very niche. Fyi, the first time when they hit 13% ratings was because of the drunken kiss of haeri to dalgeon and every time tjey have more interactions, the Korean ratings were higher.

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Ah, the episode with the hospital dance scene. I was perplexed by how empty the hospital was.

I'm sure Hae Ri will make a miraculous recovery and be running through a hail of bullets soon.

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On the contrary, i love the chemistry between DG n Haeri. Btw. I lost track the name of Jessica's lawyer on your recap. First it's Han then it's Hong. Same goes to Haeri's NIS Unnie which ended up ti be Hong as well. Now there's another Hong - Prime minister. Not sure why u do recaps as if u find this show boring. I wish the show doesnt end too soon but i am so excited to find out how DG became sniper in the opening of first episode.

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I'm enjoying Vagabond very much. While the plot, as usual for most dramas, doesn't bear close analysis it's believable enough on its own terms for me not to boggle at it, and I find it refreshing that way overdone byzantine plot fillers are mostly absent from these late episodes. A joy to me to see Seung-Gi back in a contemporary adventure, and to see his acting & charisma even better than before the Army! (It was hard to judge from Korean Odyssey - my expectations for that entire drama were way too high.) I feel a charming chemistry between Seung-Gi and Suzy that is completely suited to their characters in this drama, and I like their understated romance a lot. A special pleasure is the excellent acting of just about all secondary characters (um... Jessica not so much). The action scenes have great tense energy. All-in-all, a good upper-middle-tier drama for me, with fleeting moments even better.

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I'm glad recaps exist since this episode was so boring I wandered off and forgot it was on.

The two weakest parts of this show are the scheming and the romance and this episode was just entirely those two things.

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I thought scarface aka Jerome is dead. He was killed in episode 3

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Nope. The episode gunshot happened off screen. That was the clue that Scarface would be back.

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The soldier who threatened to kill scarface he told that him that "Samael has given you a chance". Who the hell is Samael?

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The yet to be revealed bigger villain.

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I know I shouldn't look a lot of logic in this drama, but the whole Hae-ri being rushed to the hospital and getting spine surgery was too much! Why did you carry her on your back in you suspected her spine was injured? And what the heck was the EMT person doing allowing her to sit up in the ambulance too? No wonder she is almost paralyzed by the time of the surgery!! And then the whole romance-while-doing-PT was the last straw. Really - walking by having her stand on your foot???!!! The whole discipline of PT took a giant leap backwards with that one scene. I mean....you could have easily built up the love-tension by having her just be bedridden and him having to take care of her (washing her hair, giving sponge baths...you know, the usual tropes!). Anyhoo......moving on to speculating about the real baddie behind all this, my money in on Edward. In some twisted logic, I bet Dynamics came up with the dastardly plan to bring their own plane down and take out their rival J&A for it at the same time. And their supporter is the Prime Minister, who will turn on the President. Whose with me on this theory??????

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I just wonder if Haeri's family forgot she existed. She was shot, piggybacked on national TV but yet no family member came. What a cruel family. Tsk3

And the EMT had to let her sit in the ambulance...for a high 5 moment. Pffft!

about the theory, if EP and PM are both baddies, they are not in cahoots and are working seperately. Hahaha

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When Kim Woo-gi testifies in the court and showed the evidence, who is Michael talking to in that video?

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Why my brain is saying that haeri go is main culprit!!!

Remember the final scene of first episode!! CDG was aiming snipper and was shocked after seeing HRG !!

AND I think in second or third epi when CDG searching the bag there was a Japanese passport and in vagabond trailer Suzy was wearing her clothes and still this scene is not aired but I think HRG is girl friend of Micheal!!!

If this really happen!!
I fuckin gonna mad!!
It's ridiculously absurd and unconventional!!!

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Ah regarding my theory that Edward Park might be a baddie, your comment reminded me that the co-pilot said EP's assistant looked familiar - further evidence maybe he was involved right from the start or maybe just a coincidence?

Back to HRG being the big bad boss, can't imagine how they would explain that ever. But it would definitely be mind blowing, and hugely disappointing.

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