44

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Amid all the heated rivalries and shaman shenanigans this week, the Minamdang crew and the police team are forced to work together in the face of the realities of violence against women.

 
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Thank the drama gods that Su-cheol arrives just in time to save Han-jun from an untimely death by choking. Su-cheol chases the suspicious nurse all around the hospital, but still loses him.

Meanwhile, Han-jun and Jae-hui rush back to Yeong-seop’s room, but they only catch a few minutes with him before he dies. Oh no. Playing his role as the spirit-blessed shaman, Han-jun gives Yeong-seop peace, resulting in a last confession: Yeong-seop really didn’t kill anyone.

At the Minamdang hospital room, Han-jun demands an apology, insisting Jae-hui should’ve believed him and even threatening to wash away the DNA material he got from the suspect. He’s so overdramatic that Su-cheol and Hye-jun are feeling so embarrassed. Same. Jae-hui begrudgingly apologizes, so Han-jun hands over the DNA material. But unfortunately, it doesn’t match with any identity. Well, things aren’t going to be that easy.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8 Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Back home, Han-jun complains about the smelly food, igniting his clean freak sensibilities and an air purifier PPL. I was wondering when we’ll get those, which don’t usually work on me, but Seo In-gook is a great seller that I’m almost tempted. Damn.

Planning their next step, Han-jun points out that they need to start with investigating the sewer murder victim KANG EUN-HYE (Kim Min-seol). Laughing maniacally, he promises to catch Gopuri before Jae-hui does.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

The next day, Jae-hui and Do-won track down Eun-hye’s friend who gives them a new lead: Eun-hye is actually a trainee at Joyce Entertainment. They’re surprised, however, when said friend informs them she already discussed this with a male detective (*cough* Su-cheol *cough*). Seems like our Minamdang crew is one step ahead of the police again.

Back at the cafe, a frazzled woman brings in her “possessed” brother to meet the infamous shaman. Everyone’s scared of the possibility of ghosts, but when the woman brings out a thick envelope of money, Han-jun is instantly hooked.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8 Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

At the shaman lair, Han-jun prepares for the consultation. Watching from the CCTV, Hye-jun berates him for accepting when they don’t have any info on this allegedly possessed guy. But a panic-stricken Han-jun only stares at the CCTV camera — his comms earpiece is missing! Things get worse when Hye-jun finds a livestream of the session. Oh nooooo.

The unexpected customers are revealed to be part of a show called Fraudbusters, sent in by Jae-hui. Too bad for her, Han-jun still has a few tricks up his sleeves: his profiling skills. All throughout his interactions with the unexpected clients, he has been cataloging observations, including the hidden camera in the woman’s bag. Our resident shaman just ended up with two more clients in awe of him.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Han-jun leads his new converts out to the cafe. There, he confronts Jae-hui and Do-won about their scheme, as they try to make excuses.

But the confrontation is abruptly cut off when none other than Han-jun’s mother arrives, watching the livestream on her phone and finding out her son is the shaman. Yikes! Poor Deaconess Kim nearly faints in shock.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8 Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Nevertheless, the trio get back on track. Their next target: PARK JIN-SANG (Baek Seung-ik), the director of Joyce Entertainment and a son of Choekang Insurance’s chairman. The Choekang Group again!

With a string of criminal records under his belt, Director Park is infamous as “Pain in the Ass” and “MC Genie” whose favorite line is “Do you know who I am?” It’s a wonder Joyce Entertainment hasn’t gone bankrupt under his leadership. Well, Hye-jun says the company’s already in the red, but surprisingly, it got a lot of investments. Who’s putting money in a poorly managed company? Sus!

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Elsewhere, Do-won privately meets (read: ambushes) Director Park to question him about Eun-hye. It also quickly becomes obvious that they know each other, as Do-won refers to the director’s father as “Uncle.” Are they relatives then? Hmm.

Rattled, Director Park visits an actual shaman. Unbeknownst to him, Minamdang’s dynamic duo has been tailing him. Su-cheol accidentally barges into the ritual and only narrowly escapes by running away with bananas covering his face. LOL. They enjoy the free bananas, but their mission to see the director’s wrist is still a failure.

So, Han-jun enlists the help of VVIP client Min-gyeong, who is so adorably excited to get a call from the shaman. She recommends his services to Joyce Entertainment for their upcoming audition, and Han-jun finally gets a face-to-face meeting with Director Park. He quickly checks the director’s wrist, but he has a pain relief patch on. Blast!

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Meanwhile, Jae-hui suggests going undercover and joining the audition. Detectives Kim and Na dress up as flashy idol wannabes, ready to dazzle and frazzle — except they promptly get busted and kicked out.

No matter, Jae-hui and Detective Jang are ready to go in as aspiring idol duo Han Jenny and Du Jinny. LOL. When did they even get to prepare a performance? I wish the police team had better comedic timing like they had here.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Meanwhile, the director’s stone-faced assistant GU TAE-SU (Won Hyun-joon) recognizes Han-jun. As the audition starts, Assistant Gu gets an order: get rid of Han-jun immediately.

Assistant Gu quickly follows Han-jun to the restroom with a deadly injection. He’s only thwarted when a sparkly pink-clad Jae-hui barges in to demand why Han-jun has given their audition a pass when he knows she’s there undercover. Shushing her, Han-jun pulls her into a stall, even sitting her on his lap to hide her properly. Talk about awkward.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Acknowledging they have the same agenda right now, Han-jun and Jae-hui (finally!) agree to work together. Back at the audition room, the two wink at each other as Jae-hui now pretends to be a wannabe action star, who “accidentally” kicks a coffee cup at Director Park…? The two bicker about their failed plan. Scratch that, it really is an accident. Oops.

Double oops. Because as the spilled coffee gets on an electric wire, poor Director Park gets electrocuted. It does give Han-jun a chance to check his wrist. But there’s no scar. Mission success, I guess?

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8 Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

As the director is taken away in an ambulance, Han-jun, Su-cheol, Jae-hui, and Detective Jang finally talk to Eun-hye’s trainee friend. Their new witness tearfully tells them she actually saw Eun-hye dancing and taking her clothes off in front of some unidentified people. Oh my, poor Eun-hye!

The scared friend has deleted the video she took and sold her phone, but she’s able to provide the details of the buyer. She asks the shaman to tell Eun-hye how sorry she is, and Han-jun gives her comfort. This is the second time this week that Jae-hui saw Han-jun giving peace and closure to tormented victims with his shaman ways. I hope this means she’ll tone down calling him out as a fraud.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

Tracking the buyer to a remote island, they all arrive at the same time, with the guys (except Na-dan) getting sea sick from the boat ride. The two sides do their best to convince the phone buyer to hand over the device. Han-jun offers a looot of money, while Jae-hui threatens legal action. Of course, money wins, so Han-jun gets the phone.

But Jae-hui can’t give up that easily. She steals the phone from Han-jun, prompting a wild chase across the beach. Hye-jun simply sighs at them while enjoying a drink.

They only stop when Hye-jun informs them they’re stuck on the island for the night, so she’s the only chance they have to access the phone and they might as well just share the information. I really thought they’d accidentally throw the phone into the water and lose the evidence. Su-cheol even got his pants ripped to reveal bright red boxers! How is the phone safe amid all that chaos?

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8 Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

No matter, the two groups finally get to watch the incriminating video, and the ladies are righteously angry with its contents. Meanwhile, Han-jun compartmentalizes and zeroes in on one of the men in the video.

The next day, the two teams go their separate ways. The police learn that Eun-hye frequently goes through a certain train station, where they finally find her address. Her landlady reveals Eun-hye came to Seoul with her “uncle.” It turns out this so-called uncle is the same man the Minamdang crew is tracking down: JEON GYEONG-CHEOL (Hong Wan-pyo), the acting chief of Jjokmun Gang.

Han-jun and Su-cheol approach “Madam Wang,” with whom Su-cheol is forced to flirt with so they can get more information on the gangster. They get a location, but Han-jun decides to make a pit stop at the Han River to give his sister some backup.

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

At the river Hye-jun slams a bat on her new boyfriend’s car after catching him cheating. The angry boyfriend is about to hit her, but thankfully, he gets distracted by Han-jun and Su-cheol, who arrive via a reenactment of the iconic mist-filled hero walk in The Lonely Shining Goblin. LOL.

“They’re your angels of death,” says Hye-jun. Accurate, because our dynamic duo instantly gets the guy begging on his knees for mercy. We even get Hye-jun eyeing Su-cheol with interest after he threatens her now-ex. This little loveline of Hye-jun and Su-cheol is so cute!

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

The next day, the Minamdang crew heads to the gang’s hideout. After identifying more victims, they become even more determined to stop the gang.

They raid the hideout — in true Minamdang fashion, of course. That means Shaman Han-jun donning his shiny gold hanbok, waving his fan and bells around, and threatening the gang with a vengeful spirit — except it’s really just Na-dan dressed up as a girl, Hye-jun providing a voice with AI tech, and Su-cheol bringing in smoke for that complete haunted effect. My favorite parts of this show are really the Minamdang crew going full shaman mode to bring their elaborate schemes to life!

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

After Han-jun sticks talismans on the door, they’re able to lock up the spooked gangsters and head straight to where Gyeong-cheol is. The acting chief actually bump into the dynamic duo, but Han-jun is hilariously distracted with teasing Su-cheol.

The gangsters are still no match for the angry Su-cheol. As Su-cheol turns to Han-jun, the latter placates him with some pocket money, so the former is quick to forgive and forget. Did Han-jun just… purposefully rile up Su-cheol to get rid of the gangsters quickly?

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8 Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

A few minutes later, the dynamic duo has hung Gyeong-cheol upside down over some deadly spikes, threatening to let go if he doesn’t answer truthfully. But Han-jun learns Gyeong-cheol doesn’t know much, but he asks anyway if he knows Gopuri.

Unfortunately, that’s the exact moment Jae-hui arrives. As they squabble, the gangster prepares to hit Han-jun on the head. Jae-hui tries to stop Gyeong-cheol — except she ends up tasing Han-jun instead. Hit yet again, poor guy!

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

In this week’s final epilogue, we see what happened with Eun-hye in the video. The lady in the chair is the one who ordered Eun-hye around and who later ordered Assistant Gu to kill Han-jun. And she’s apparently a shaman?! Just as we think we’ve got things figured out, there appears more threads that we need to unravel. Damn.

This week, we saw so many instances of violence against women, and it was a series of uncomfortable but eye-opening truths about the reality of dangers women face everyday. It’s all the more uncomfortable knowing there’s a huge possibility that the mastermind behind Eun-hye’s murder is also a woman. Here’s to hoping that the Minamdang crew will always have a creative scheme up their sleeves to catch the bad guys!

Cafe Minamdang: Episodes 7-8

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , ,

44

Required fields are marked *

I have to admit, it was incredibly cathartic to see the FL apologize three times in about 15 minutes at the beginning of this week’s episodes. I was weirdly proud of her for doing it even though it must have been infuriating for her to see Han-jun that smug. And yay for the more sincere apology in the next episode!

I really loved that we got to see Han-jun’s really impressive profiling/observational skills in action without the help of his sister’s intel. There’s a reason he can pull off this all-knowing act so well, and even Chatty Lawyer is starting to believe, ha!

Hye-jun had my attention more this week, in a good way. I like her ridiculous contrast to Han-jun’s neatness and her amazing hacking skills. She seems to have the worst dating luck in the world, but I like that she stands up for herself and is confident despite that. I also love her relationship with her brother, in all its combative, supportive, reliant, independent, faithful, and faithless complexity. And her mutual interest in Su-cheol is just adorable.

Also, I know folks will be divided on this, but I appreciated that our leads had a legitimately sincere conversation around the beach campfire. It’s nice that we get to see moments of Han-jun’s character that aren’t masked by his extravagance and shaman act (both of which I love, btw) and it goes a long way to making the eventual romance more believable. I hope they don’t stretch out Grumpy not telling him who she really is for too long, I really don’t think that’s where the tension of the show should be coming from, and it’s not super clear to me why she’s hiding her identity, especially since she has lived for the past three years thinking that she knew who the killer was. If she was trying to stay incognito in order to draw as little attention from the real killer as possible, that would make more sense, but I hope the show has a reasonable explanation for her actions surrounding this.

I’m a little annoyed with Grumpy about the ending though. How could her aim be that bad? How could she not make her directions more clear? I know that this was the whole point and the writers wanted Han-jun to get tased, but really it just makes Grumpy look incompetent. She storms in at the last minute into an unknown situation without a plan and ends up tasing someone who is not a threat. *sigh*

8
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yah, the apologies swayed me just a teeny bit. Then poof haha

That tasing, sigh. Han-jun has been manhandled many times, and yet Jae-hui still insists he is in the wrong

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I can totally see how Han-jun's smirkiness gets Jae-hee all riled up and end up doing or saying the exact opposite of what she should. For those sorts of people, even if the sky is blue and they say the sky is blue, I would argue that the sky was more teal. Their quieter, more sincere moments work. But the writing is sacrificing character development for some heavyhanded humor driven by over-the-top miscommunication.

Hye-jun is actually my favorite character. I feel like how her character stays consistent.

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree about Hye-jun. The only off putting thing these 2 episodes was the forced "sisterly bond" between Hye-jun and Jae-hui because they're supposed to be badass.

Like Hye-jun is different. She is badass but is also an awesome team player.

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel like they would get along, but that bond hasn't been earned yet. It was a weird spot to put it!

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yah, I see them going that route too 😊

1

On the other hand, as you say, if she hadn't tased him, we would've have got all those GLORIOUS facial expressions from Ziggy lmao

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

... wouldn't've. sigh.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is totally valid, haha! Sometimes I think the writer must just be sitting there like, "What is a new situation that we can put him in where he'll have to make a bunch of new facial expressions?" I'm not mad about it.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have so much fun watching SIG as Hanjun and Kwak Siyang as Kong Sucheol that I don’t care whatsoever about the plot, its holes, FL’s wooden acting and the lack of chemistry between SIG and her. I feel kinda liberated that my brain doesn’t have to do any work while watching this and I can just rejoice in the sheer absurdity and joyful chaos of this.

12
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm here to the absurdity and chaos, too! Props to SIG and Kwak Si-yang, the shaman tandem I never knew I wanted 😂

9
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

for the absurdity* dang quick typing lol

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The Drama That Makes Everyone Write With Typos

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol 🤣

1

I think ep6 was the one I enjoyed the most until now.
but my god.... grumpy is so annoying lol and dumb for a police. when she went to that bathroom and basically screamed she was doing undercover work I had to roll my eyes. she will never get anyone like this.

still dont feel any chemistry between the leads and I still cant believe that he doesn't know she's his friend's little sister LOL how someone so smart and with all the resources he has doesnt know that?????? or did I miss something and he actually knows?

7
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

*episode 7

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jae-hui is loud without much substance. Like her character was just an afterthought by writer-nim. I wish it was more like uncanny encounter-ish than Lovely-Horribly lol 😌

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like the rest of the show, but I hate the clinically stupid cop so much I’ve had to stop watching. I don’t know how you forgive her for being such a pigheaded moron that she 1. ruined your elaborate trap for the killer 2. announced the room swap in an open lobby and 3. left the IV in the patient’s arm. I mean, that falls into the category of shunning. She’s a hazardous shrill dimwit.

I actually can’t deal with her and am going to have to wait to binge this later when I can fast-forward through all of her scenes.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

The Goblin reference was hilarious. I like that they seem to have fun when they are doing their schemes even when it is very serious.

7
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was lowkey waiting for the groceries on one hand haha 🤣

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Watching a blossoming romance between Su Cheol and Hye Jun was my favourite part this week. I'm still waiting for chemistry between the two leads. I hope it appears.
Theses two episodes have been the funniest so far, but I did find the violence against women very disturbing.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Su-cheol and Hye-jun for the win! 🥳 Though I honestly thought they were all siblings in the beginning lol

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love the Minamdang team more than the police because above all, they work as a freaking team! 🤩 Han-jun knows how to engage every member, plus they all make use of their strengths well.

Jae-hui, sigh, is supposed to lead her team but what do we get? Someone who only listens to the chatty prosecutor more than her own team. Aaargh! That last bit in episode 8, where the police was about to raid the gang's building, was so annoying. She just wanted to barge right in like whatever.

The campfire apology, I thought that was really sincere --don't get me wrong I still hate the romance-- but writer-nim seems to take pleasure in making the FL as annoying as possible by letting her revert to her bickering self the next day.

The bits where they exaggerate Jae-hui's fighting skills are so lame, to be honest. Because the rest of the time she's just either hell-bent on investigating the case HER lopsided way, or is so riled to exposing Han-jun like it's her life's only mission. That, even after the many times she has seen through his facade. 🙄

Don't get me wrong, a fraud is a fraud. But I love how Han-jun uses his profiling skills and not just grasping at straws to draw conclusions.

I had a lot of eyerolling for eps 7-8, but because I love the Minamdang team so much, I am staying for them 🥴

P.S. I hope we see more of Deaconess mom and I hope she's an addition to the team. God knows they need a mother hen in the house 😍

8
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's such a good point about their teamwork! I also love that they all have different strengths and contribute in different ways - even when what they really need is a rookie to wear the wig and pretend to be the dead girl!

I found the barging in at the end frustrating too. I appreciated Grumpy's moment with her sunbae when she was real and sincere, and they had some great moments "undercover" together, but she is way too eager to get recognition for herself at the expense of her team and sometimes even their safety. Even if that's not her motivation (which I think it is at least partially - or she would care so much about accepting help), her actions are reckless and I wish she would do a little growing up.

I have mixed feelings about Han-jun's fraud. I mean, yes, he is lying about being a shaman, that's obviously not great, and the surveillance of people through his sister is very illegal. But he is actually helping people with the problems that he says he's helping them with, so it's not all bad? Maybe? Haha, maybe I'm just as distracted by his stage presence and metallic hanbok as everyone else!

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha IKR about Han-jun's fraud 😁 so far the fakeness is on the side of harmless, and the rest of it is actually for the good. It's like going vigilante sans the bloodbath 🤣

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel like the fraud is okay as long as Han-jun makes sure the evidence they collect can still be admissible in court! Team Police is all about beating Team Shaman, but what they should really be concerned about is the admissibility of evidence given Team Shaman's interference.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

+1 agree!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I dont mind the fraud that much. He does help his clients, but not in the way they believe he will. He isn't defrauding people of their entire life savings that we've seen so I'm good.
Cafe team has such great chemistry and fun scenes. I look forward to them every episode. I am not looking forward to any future romance of FL and ML. I don't want ANY time taken away from Cafe shenanigans. I can only hope Chatty gets her in the end and takes her away. FAR AWAY.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hahaha FAR AWAY amen!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Chatty Attorney, up until this point, is still meh. Like I don't give a damn anymore if he's the baddy or a regular lovesick puppy.

I really wish he was written consistently throughout: annoyingly chatty. That would have given him more color 🤭

8
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same. I was trying to figure out if he's good or bad. I no longer care. He keeps changing so much I'm not sure the writer has decided what to do with him. It feels so inconsistent like writer is trying to figure out what to do with him episode by episode.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think it will better for the citizen, they take back her police badge... She's terrible at her job. She said loudly she's undercover, she doesn't name the person she's threating with her taser to warn the good guys what is happening behind them, they could have let her an open field to shoot instead to think they're the target...

The Minamdang team is the best! I love their teamwork and how crazy and creative they all are.

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

She is acting like a rookie cop when she's supposed to be the team leader 😑

6
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Terrible writing! They should have just made her a rookie cop in the first place. As team leader, she's acting a bit like a subordinate to that veteran cop too. It also didn't make sense that she went from neighborhood cop to team leader of a major crimes unit in 3 years. Especially as a woman since the police force in kdramas seem to be very male-centric. She would have to be the best of the best to rise up that quickly and that fast. I know her team is the reject team and the higher ups want to get her out of the way, but still...

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

IKR, I understand it was supposed to be a "demotion" for her when they put her in that team. But I expected her to be competent lol

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am actually enjoying this, one, for Ingukkies´ absolutely out of this world abilities to become the character and just make you feel whatever the character is feeling. it is like he puts VR glasses on the viewer and pulls you in. second, already mentioned that it is about his profiling and intel and in that way I also feel it is poking into a dangerous cultural obsession and the current worlds inclination to believe more in hocus pocus and fortune tellers that science and research based knodledge. Third, they are trying to do something risky, this type of comedy is not easy to do, it is a bit of Tom and Jerry plus Emir Kusturica mix, on the verge of absurdity and sometimes a little violent. but if someone does manage to pull off such a genre, they usually become cult. we will see....
right now I dont even know who they are after, but I am having fun seeing the exasperated looks on Han Jun´s face.

7
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

True about SIG's performance! I'm just glad they made the team competent and also enigmatic lol. Su-cheol as the sidekick complements Han-jun really well 🤭🤭🤭

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

This was the first episode where I had the thought that I could actually grow to like this heroine. Just a glimmer.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

As glimmer-y as Jae-hui's dress in the audition 😁

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

That was one long handwashing scene! So many shows forget about the handwashing.

Little hacker sis sitting on the rock drinking a beer is the MVP: "i don't know why they're doing this. Must be tiring" - is how I feel about the dragged-out rivalry to pad out the episodes. It's fine to have a rivalry, but the rivalry just has them getting in each other's way instead of showing their individual strengths and making us look forward to when they leverage their combined strengths.

The drama is entertaining even though all the actions feel staged and inorganic. I eyerolled the risky and unnecessary decision to hide awkwardly in a stall when the bathroom exit was right there. Also this drama has the loudest whisperers and talkers.

I really liked the sincere campfire moment between Han-jun and Jae-hui. And it was clever to use fear of ghosts to infiltrate the gang's lair.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The rivalry, the sibling connection, have been dragged for so long. I did a lot of eyerolling too, especially the beach scene cellphone gag. 🙄🙄🙄

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That beach scene went on for far. too. long.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Frankly, I am getting tired of the Tom & Jerry gag. I am watching this with a lot of FFs, but if this gag does not get dropped next week, I am dropping.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is it just me, or was anyone else reminded of Jim Carrey, with some if Seo In Guk facial expressions. I couldn't unsee it once it crossed my mind.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *