The Fiery Priest: Episodes 27-28
With our Team Tsunami getting ready to take on the Fearsome Foursome and bring them to justice, things predictably get incredibly silly – but hey, whatever works. If it takes kidnapping, aging child actors, and silly masks to make the bad guys pay, then at least the team is fully equipped to make it happen. Our priest even gets a chance to sit thing out and rest, but I have a feeling that won’t last long.
When Ssongsak sees Yo-han get hit by a gang member outside Rising Moon club, his whole attitude changes. He beats the gang to a bloody pulp, just in time for the violent crimes team to finally show up and arrest them, including the owner, Kyun-young.
Ssongsak is back to his cute self as he tells the team that he used to be a Muay Thai boxer, and a bodyguard for the royal family. He says that he was framed by his partner, got fired, and couldn’t find a job with any security companies, so that’s why he’s in Korea delivering Chinese food.
He promises Hae-il that he won’t hide this side of himself anymore, and help him from now on. Seung-ah asks Ssongsak to teach her a certain move, calling him “oppa,” and he nearly loses his mind, making Dae-young and Yo-han both chirp, “Teach me too, Oppa!”
Kyung-seon gets a call from a furious Chief Prosecutor Kang, but she says she’s only trying to catch the man who tried to kill her. He yells that he’ll be in trouble, too, but she’s not deterred, and she hangs up on him.
The violent crimes team returns to the station, having turned over all the Diabol members to Narcotics. They still have to deal with Kyun-young, who demands to see Chief Nam and hits Dae-young, but Dae-young just hits him right back and accuses him of trying to take advantage of an inappropriately close relationship with Chief Nam.
Dae-young raises his hand again and Kyun-young grabs it, sneering that no government official can hit him– then gets hit by Hae-il, who says he’s a priest and hits him some more, hee. Eventually Kyung-seon stops Hae-il (though he gets in one last spank) so she can question Kyun-young.
Kyun-young’s attorney says that if this is about drugs, to just do what they usually do, but Dae-young says it’s about Kyun-young ordering a hit on Kyung-seon. Giggling, Kyun-young asks if they have proof, and his lawyer reminds them that the warrant is only for 48 hours, so if they don’t have evidence by then, they’ll be in a world of hurt.
Hae-il learns that the assassins will be sent back to Russia in two days, and he tells Seung-ah that he plans to find out who ordered the hits. Chief Nam comes stomping into the station to kick Detective Lee in the stomach for arresting the Diabol gang, but Detective Lee says that if he hadn’t taken the team to Rising Moon, Dae-young and Seung-ah might have died.
Chief Nam says that that’s the measure of a competent detective, and one of the guys asks if he’s saying Young-chul died because he was incompetent. Chief Nam screams that that’s not what’s important. Dae-young calmly asks what is important, and if Chief Nam even remembers Young-chul or cares about his family.
Hae-il joins in, telling Chief Nam that people should improve their personalities as they age, yet Chief Nam still has no virtue. Chief Nam yells at them to brace themselves for the consequences.
Finding himself followed by a pair of men with knives, Chief Nam mutters that things have changed, because they used to send at least five guys. He has no problem at all taking them out, though they manage to escape on a motorcycle, which has a sign advertising “Darn Fast Courier Service.”
Hae-il takes Kyung-seon to eat at the convenience store, where she thanks Yo-han for coming to her rescue. She jokes that she’s going to get a cool tattoo like those Diabol guys, then decides she’s already intimidating enough.
Hae-il asks why she went after Rising Moon as well as Kyun-young, and she says that Diabol was involved in the plot to kill her, but he thinks that she’s angry about the murder attempt. Kyung-seon admits that she’s not a righteous prosecutor and that it’s hard to change, then heads for home, promising to see Hae-il in the morning for a team meeting.
A man in a black hoodie whistles as he makes his way into an office building. The guard at the door tells him they’re closed, but a voice snarls, “Not for me,” and we see that it’s Chul-beom. He breaks into the office, fists flying, then tells the terrified manager of Darn Fast Courier Service that he has some questions.
Chief Nam holds a press conference and tells the reporters that the drug bust was a one-time problem caused by some chaebols. He states that Rising Moon has never sold drugs, nor is it connected to the police or prosecution in any way.
Chul-beom takes Jang-ryong and Hoon-seok with him to confront Agent Lee, who hired the “courier service” to kill him. Chul-beom warns Agent Lee not to try that again or he’ll be at war with the Foursome, but Agent Lee says that wars aren’t started that easily. Chul-beom threatens to burn the money in the safe, but Agent Lee sneers that he’ll never be able to open it.
He tells Chul-beom to decide if he’s going to be loyal, and if he is, then Agent Lee will ensure he gets his share. Jang-ryong gets in Agent Lee’s face but Agent Lee pulls his gun, and Jang-ryong backs right down.
At their meeting, Seung-ah tells Team Tsunami that the two Russian assassins will be deported through Incheon Airport tomorrow afternoon. Kyung-seon says they have to succeed, because Kyun-young’s warrant expires a few hours later.
Hae-il says they need a plan, and Dae-young whines that he can’t wear that costume he wore at the villa again or he’ll have heatstroke. Kyung-seon complains that she really did need to use the bathroom that night, and Dae-young says he was worried she’d poop her pants when Hae-il knocked her unconscious. Hae-il screams and tells them to focus on the meeting.
He says that when a terrorist is caught, he’s used to reveal where the other terrorists are. He sends Kyung-seon to the jail to secure the prisoners, then Dae-young asks two fellow teammates, Dae-gil and Ik-gu, to pretend to be officers from the Department of Justice. They don’t want to get in trouble, but he convinces them to help for old times’ sake.
Seung-ah’s job is to plan something to provoke the suspects, and finally, they need someone to pretend to be a criminal. Sung-kyu volunteers, and when Hae-il says he can’t just have a face for acting but the ability, too, he tells them that he’s the genius child actor from a very popular older drama.
He even re-enacts his big emotional scene, making them all sob (except Seung-ah, who was too young at the time). Poor Kyung-seon can’t get over it, having had a pretty intense noona crush on him, hee.
Yo-han, Ssongsak, and Yo-han dress as thugs, with Dae-young’s teammates in their police disguises, and Sung-kyu impresses them all by going deep into character right away. Dae-young tries to do a group “fighting!” but they all walk away and leave him hanging, ha.
The ladies stay back, discussing the plan: their target is Anton, manager of Rising Moon, and the man who supposedly ordered the kills. He passed the drug test and has no crimes on his record, but Seung-ah says he looks stupid, which means he’s easily influenced. He’ll be released first, and after that, Kyung-seon has plans for him.
Kyung-seon brings up the day Seung-ah came to her office, and she made Seung-ah stand for hours while she ordered lunch for herself. Seung-ah doesn’t want to admit that it made her angry, but Kyung-seon can tell from her glare.
Chul-beom has a plan for the Russian assassins, too, that includes making sure they get out of the country safely. He has a bad feeling, and Jang-ryong notes that he’s over-sensitive lately, but admits that he feels it, too.
Sung-kyu, Ssongsak, and Yo-han (and his chest hair) pretend to be convicts on the same bus that’s to transport the Russians to Incheon Airport. The Russians are loaded onto the bus, and Hae-il tells the guys through their earpieces not to lose focus.
Ssongsak immediately loses focus and blurts out, “Yes!” and everyone on the bus turns to look at him.
Hae-il growls at Ssongsak not to answer, only to have Ssongsak bleat another nervous, “Yes!” The Russians are getting suspicious, but Sung-kyu saves the day — he repeats, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” over and over, until Dae-gil and Ik-gu pick up the rhythm, and soon they’re all singing.
Hae-il’s laughter morphs into a groaning, “Today won’t go well…” He feeds the guys lines, trying to get the Russians to talk to them, but the Russians just tell them to stop acting stupid.
Kyun-young is making a racket in his holding cell, while Detective Lee hangs around waiting for a call from Kyung-seon. When she does call, he pretends she’s telling him about an informant, making sure Anton hears.
On her way out of her apartment, Kyung-seon runs into Chul-beom, who asks why she went so far in targeting Rising Moon. He asks if she’s not on their side, but she says they like going solo so that’s what she’s doing. Chul-beom laughs that he won’t go easy on her if she’s ambiguous, but she just tells him to take responsibility for planning Representative Park’s murder.
He maintains that he had nothing to do with that, so Kyung-seon tells him to take responsibility for Father Lee’s death instead. Chul-beom warns that he won’t be the only one going down for that, and Kyung-seon tells him, angry tears in her eyes, “One day, let’s settle this once and for all.”
Chul-beom is distracted by the arrival of a set of four thumbprint casts he had made, one of each of the Fearsome Foursome. He and Hoon-seok go to the vault to try them out, but Dong-ja’s doesn’t match. Chul-beom yells at Hoon-seok for using a foreign company to make the casts. He visits Young-moon and tells him to secure the management rights to the welfare facilities as soon as possible.
With one hour left to the “point of operation,” Hae-il decides to take care of Jang-ryong. He starts to put on his black mask, but Dae-young says he’s decided to jazz things up with “couple masks.” Hae-il gets a look at them and loudly refuses to ever wear them, but Dae-young makes him — which is how they end up fake-robbing Jang-ryong of his wallet and keys while wearing dog masks.
Anton is released as expected, and as he’s leaving the station, Seung-ah says something about the “Rising Moon informant” and how they gave info on more than just the drugs where he can hear her. That’s two people Anton has heard mention an informant, so he calls someone and tells them to get rid of the ledgers and products as Seung-ah and Kyung-seon watch from their car.
Still wearing his corgi mask, Dae-young stops to poop by the side of the road. Hae-il drop-kicks the toilet paper to him and he falls over, landing in his own mess, so he barks at Hae-il until a nearsighted man throws a rock at the ill-mannered dog.
Once they’re back on the road, Dae-young worries that Hae-il is trusting Kyung-seon too much. Hae-il says he wants to give her a chance to make amends like he did for Dae-young: “Even saints have a past, and sinners have a future.”
He signals to Ik-gu to put some pressure on the Russians, so Ik-gu and Dae-gil start talking about how much trouble they’ll be in, having killed two people. They insist they didn’t kill anyone, but Ik-gu says that’s not what the paperwork sent to Russia says. This terrifies the Russians into thinking they’ll be shot when they get home, and they beg to go back to jail.
Their bus is also held up by the Canine Bandits (while Dae-gil and Ik-gu try not to crack up), and everyone is made to kneel in the road. Hae-il points a gun at one of the Russians and snarls, “This is a gift from Anton,” but Ik-gu grabs a gun and “shoots” Dae-young, then everyone shoots everyone until the cops and robbers are all “dead.”
Sung-kyu swipes the bus keys and suggests they escape, and as soon as they’re gone, the guys all jump up laughing at each other’s performances. Hae-il sends Dae-gil and Ik-gu back to the station, and he and Dae-young go after the Russians.
Kyung-seon and Seung-ah follow Anton to a nightclub that seems to be the Diabol headquarters. By the time they call backup, the gang may have moved all the evidence, so Seung-ah decides to go in. Kyung-seon wants to come with her, doing her phoenix pose and saying she’ll be fine.
They creep in and spy on the gang members inside, who are being yelled at by Anton for playing with Chief Nam’s expensive sword. He orders them to get rid of the ledgers and drugs, and Seung-ah and Kyung-seon follow them.
Meanwhile, Sung-kyu leads the Russians through a forest while asking them questions that Hae-il is feeding him. He asks why the two men in dog masks would want to kill them, but they say they only followed orders. He tells them that if they turn themselves in, they can get a deal to go to prison in Korea.
The Russians catch them off guard by stating that they hate Russia and Korea, and deciding to go to South America. Sung-kyu says that South America is hard to get to, but the Russians just get angry at his insistence.
Anton catches the women spying and sics his men on them. Seung-ah urges Kyung-seon to go and tell the guys what they know, but Kyung-seon refuses to leave Seung-ah alone. Eventually though, they find themselves cornered, so Kyung-seon runs like the dickens while Seung-ah stays behind to fight.
Sung-kyu persists, offering to introduce the Russians to a detective he knows. Hae-il instructs Ssongsak to take the guy down if he won’t listen, and in a minute things nearly come to blows when the Russians try to leave alone. Sung-kyu stops Ssongsak and yells after them, asking if they have mothers and saying that they should clear their names and go home to Russia.
In the car, Dae-young and Hae-il brace themselves as Sung-kyu launches into the story of the character he played in that old drama, whose mother left him all alone when he was a child. All the guys was wailing by the time he’s done, and they go in for a group hug, even the Russians.
While Kyung-seon saves her own skin, Seung-ah fights Anton’s minions. She’s overpowered, and just as Anton moves to strike her unconscious, Kyung-seon blocks him with Chief Nam’s sword. She tells Seung-ah that she couldn’t possibly have left her alone, and they go on the attack. By the time Detective Lee and the team show up, the baddies are all taken care of.
Chul-beom tells Dong-ja that Chief Prosecutor Kang tried to have him killed, and she advises him to patch things up instead of looking for revenge. She talks about having a meeting, but all Chul-beom can think of is how to get another thumbprint from her.
He has drinks brought in, planning to get her print from the glass, but to his surprise, her thumb is bandaged — she touched some hot machinery and burned her print off. Suddenly, Dae-gil and Ik-gu burst in to arrest Chul-beom for Representative Park’s attempted murder.
With three minutes left on Kyun-young’s warrant, Detective Lee stops his attorney from leaving the station with him. Seung-ah and Kyung-seon lead in Anton, who points out Chul-beom as having ordered Representative Park’s murder, and Kyun-young as having ordered Kyung-seon’s murder. Hae-il and Dae-young lead in the Russians, who accuse Anton of ordering them to commit murder. And they get it all done before Kyun-young’s warrant runs out.
Chief Nam tries to stop them, but he notices that Kyung-seon still has his sword. Hae-il bellows happily that they should put Chief Nam behind bars, as well.
Team Tsunami just keeps getting bigger and badder, and I love it. Everyone has their strengths, even Yo-han and Ssongsak, who turn out to be a lot smarter and stronger, respectively, than I originally thought. It’s tons of fun, watching them come up with crazy schemes and act them out, all the while making fun of and laughing at each other and just generally enjoying themselves. Plus, I think it’s good for Hae-il to sit back and let someone else take the heat for a while, because he’s been making a pretty big target of himself lately. They’re fighting against some serious heavy-hitters — people who are willing to lie, cheat, steal, deal drugs, and even kill people out of greed — but that’s no reason Team Tsunami can’t have a little fun in the process.
Speaking of terrible people, Chief Nam really made me angry in this episode when he found out that Detective Lee backed up Dae-young. I can’t believe he would say that a good detective could take care of an entire gang by himself and that whether a cop dies isn’t as important as keeping good relations with a club owner. I think that was the moment when Detective Lee and the rest of the Violent Crimes team switched fully to Dae-young’s side, because their leader was pretty much saying that Young-chul, Dae-young’s old partner, died because he was an incompetent cop. It’s obvious that Dae-young’s recent change in attitude was already rubbing off on them, and to see Chief Nam so blatantly choose his own financial concerns over their safety and even lives, was just the last straw.
But on the flip side, it’s fantastic to see everyone working together so well, and they got a lot done with today’s caper! They finally have evidence of Chul-beom’s crimes, which should help lead them up to getting some solid evidence on the Fearsome Foursome. Unfortunately, the Foursome have Chief Prosecutor Kang and Dong-ja on their side, both of whom are pretty sharp, and good at wiggling out of situations where they might get caught. I think their weak spot is Chief Prosecutor Kang’s temper — he’s lost it a few times, so if Team Tsunami can get him so hot about something that he makes a mistake, that could lead to his downfall, and the rest of the Foursome won’t be far behind.
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