Hyena: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread
There are many trials in store for our leads this week, and they seem to be getting attacked from all sides. Loyalties are tested, trust is broken, jobs are lost, and hearts are revealed. It feels like a lot of moving parts, but Hyena has handled things quite competently from the start, and I’m kind of psyched for this final battle. Not that I’m ready to say goodbye yet, or anything.
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP
After getting tipped off by Geum-ja (during that beautiful confession scene) that there was a plot to bring his father down, Hee-jae sets to work. We know he’s dedicated and smart and beginning to piece the ugly business dealings together, but he’s just not fast enough. His father seems crushed under the weight of what’s happened to him and before you know it the man is walking into traffic. Literally. What a horrible and heartbreaking thing to happen, and have our Hee-jae witness.
Luckily, he survives. This tragic turn of events also serves to bring our leads together even more, so that is a silver lining as well. Geum-ja is there at the hospital with Hee-jae, and in her wily way, helps him piece together the part of the puzzle that he’s struggling over. It’s sad (yet kinda noble too) that it’s his trust in Attorney Song that initially handicaps Hee-jae from seeing the truth. But now he’s onto him — and so is Geum-ja.
Speaking of Attorney Song, though, he’s in full baddie mode at this point. Or, more like, he was always a baddie, but we just saw him through Hee-jae’s trustful eyes at the beginning. Now we are seeing his true colors, and they are ugly. On top of scapegoating Hee-jae’s father and not feeling an ounce of emotion for this man’s life, Attorney Song is also ready to disbar Hee-jae and Geum-ja as well. We all knew he had a plan to use and lose Geum-ja, but baby Hee-jae? That’s just evil.
I’ve said before how fantastic Hyena is at bringing their moving parts together. Those cases that felt like they were a tiny bit random weeks ago? Not so. At this point in the drama, everything is getting pulled together for a vortex-like finale. Issume, Chairman Ha, his children, Kevin Jung (gag), the tax inheritance bill — all of it is linked, and Attorney Song is the puppeteer. And who’s just daring enough to see the puppets, their strings, and that very puppeteer? Our kickass heroine.
I already loved Geum-ja, but I especially loved her this week. Perhaps knowing she had to help and defend the man she loves (come on, we know it’s true!) brought out even more fight in her?
First, her father turns up again, and she fearlessly rakes him over the coals. Then, she pounces on Attorney Song during one of his business meetings, and later confronts him upfront in his office, cheekily sipping tea, threatening, slamming doors… it’s just great. Even her outfit has more fight in it in these scenes. She’s in sheer black tights, a short skirt, and a huge long leather coat (she reminds me of Trinity in The Matrix here and I love this parallel somehow).
Geum-ja is taking names, but that’s not to say Hee-jae doesn’t deserve some credit too. He’s under the weight of his father’s case, his father’s attempted suicide, the back stabbing by Attorney Song, and the prospect of losing everything that defined him at the start of this story — but he’s still not giving up the fight.
And speaking of that, I really am enjoying how the plot has taken Hee-jae from the self-assured and complacent place that he was at the beginning of the drama, and made him into a full-fledged hero. You know, the kind that doesn’t back down from a David versus Goliath fight, and the kind that puts truth above all.
Attorney Song’s next attack hits close to home: he has Hee-jae and Geum-ja investigated by the Korean Bar Association for what has become their dating and information-sharing scandal. He’s also anxious to boot them both the heck out of Song & Kim now that a) he doesn’t need them and b) they are basically mutineers to his dictatorship. Speaking of which, you’re fired.
Yep, Geum-ja and Hee-jae are unceremoniously fired via company-wide text message, and it’s pretty humiliating. But, what Attorney Song means for evil, works for good. Hee-jae and Geum-ja leave the office according to her advice: “stand tall and clear your office.”
It’s a lovely touch that when they’ve cleared the hallway of onlookers and are alone in the elevator, Geum-ja holds his hand to steady him. I loved this moment. And actually, I wish we had a few more of them to get us through the eruption of politics and sacrificial lambs that was this week’s episodes.
I think we all expected this glorious joining of forces between Hee-jae and Geum-ja before Hyena was over. What we didn’t expect (or at least I didn’t), was the team that was going to develop too. They brought a smile to my face again and again this week with their loyalty, PPL pretzels, and camaraderie right till the end. The fight is on, and our team is ready.
A final word on Attorney Ga: I’m a little disappointed in him. I really wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt (especially when Yumi insisted on their being loyal), but I ain’t seeing it yet.
Still, Jeon Suk-ho did a really nice job handling this development for his character — we can see how torn he is, and how much he hates himself for doing what he’s doing, and yet can’t put the brakes on it. Like Hee-jae, despite it all I still feel friendly towards him, and even sorry for him, so we’ll see if he pulls through in the end. Till next week!
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