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One Dollar Lawyer: Episode 2

Our one dollar lawyer and spunky prosecutor face off in court, but that’s not the only time they’ll find themselves thrown together. After an ultimatum is given to our heroine, she’ll have to deal with her least favorite person yet again.

Editor’s note: Coverage will continue with weecaps.
 
EPISODE 2 WEECAP

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Ji-hoon has brought some mysterious evidence to court to win the case and set the adorable ex-pickpocketer free to be a good father again. Mari allows it to be submitted as evidence, because she doesn’t see the worth in it. Indeed, it is that very lack of intuition that loses her the case.

What Ji-hoon has brought in the lunchbox is a big fat nothing. That nothing, he says, is the amount of evidence they have to prove his client is guilty. And adding onto that, he has the pickpocket pinch a wallet in the middle of the courtroom to illustrate oh-so-effectively that this guy is so good he would never get caught in the act.

Ji-hoon wins the case, and it’s another feel-good moment for our innocent family who gets a new start on life, as well as everyone in the Ji-hoon crowd: they saved another person whom the law was discriminating against, and they did it via an unconventional method that was a small dunk, thanks to Ji-hoon knowing how to relate to a jury.

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Indeed, there was someone in the courtroom who was very impressed by Ji-hoon’s skills: it’s LAWYER BAEK HYUN-MO (Lee Deok-hwa, in another powerful role with another troublesome grandchild to sort out — sans the sheet masks and drama-watching).

Lawyer Baek is actually Mari’s grandfather… and the head of the ultra prestigious Baek Law Firm where Mari is destined to land. Except not yet. Grandpa says she must intern for two months with a certain other law firm first… and sure enough it’s Ji-hoon’s ramshackle practice.

This is a super fun development, because it shows that Grandpa knows what it takes to be a truly good lawyer (not just book learnin’), and he wants his granddaughter to learn that very important lesson. But she has a mini tantrum instead, which we kind of expect?

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Ji-hoon doesn’t want to take Mari on any more than she wants to be there — and Mari interrupts a hilarious running gag of Ji-hoon and Moo-jang regularly ducking their scary ajumma landlord because they’re late on the rent (again).

The fun of this whole interlude, of course, is the teasing and jokes — Ji-hoon’s deadpan humor and Mari’s prissy outrage. But she’s soon given a chance to prove herself (ish) when the landlady makes her appearance (1,000 won in tow) and asks for Ji-hoon’s legal assistance in sorting out some hyper-technical rules for Go-Stop. Ji-hoon plays a nice charade, and gets Mari to join in — it’s her first mini trial by fire.

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A knock on Ji-hoon’s door one afternoon leads to his next case, of sorts. He sees no one when he opens the door and has to double back to see the little boy that’s there on behalf of his grandfather. Said grandfather is a security guard at an apartment complex, and he’s regularly pushed around and bullied by a real jerk of a resident. The old man is treated like his personal slave — and then blamed for everything that goes wrong, most recently a scratch on the bumper of his precious car.

Well, Ji-hoon has an interesting way of dealing with that. He runs a hand cart at top speed into the man’s car by “accident” and knocks the entire bumper off. Ji-hoon then walks off with a cheeky grin, telling Mari if she can solve that mess, he’s willing to take her on.

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Well, we knew from the promos that Mari was going to have to intern with Ji-hoon, but I like the way the drama set up their characters and antagonism before that. This show is really all about the kooky moments and hijinks, so I hope that can continue — and increase — once Mari joins our crew.

I didn’t laugh quite as much in the second episode as I did in the first, but I was glad to see the show keeping up the silly humor, from Ji-hoon hiding out with the ajummas, to messing with a curling iron at his desk. It’s only the first week, but I’m hoping the drama will dial up the fun, while also giving us a bit more detail on Ji-hoon’s character. Right now all we’ve got is the big jar where he meaningfully stores his 1,000 won fees. But with Choi Dae-hoon, Lee Chung-ah and more to join the scene still, I think there’s a lot more plot (and backstory) headed our way.

One Dollar Lawyer: Episode 2

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Thanks @missvictrix for the weecap. I enjoyed the way he took what the nightmare resident said about speed and used it against him. I also loved how he blended in with the Ajumma’s from behind 🤣🤣

I am looking forward to hearing how he became so poor he can’t pay his rent in a low price office. It’s not fair on the landlady that she is out of pocket because he can’t balance his books. At least in Poong the Joseon psychiatrist they used the money from the full fee clients to cover the services for those who couldn’t pay in cash. It looked like he was using that model with the loan shark case but it doesn’t seem to be giving him the cash flow he needs. I also don’t like the fact that he is pristine but his office isn’t because it doesn’t give a good impression to the people who come to request his services, they already feel they are not seen as worthy of the services others take for granted.

I like that Mari’s assignment is time limited so we know they will be focusing on her development during this time but I am interested to see what changes he will make in the process.

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I personally loved how after he and the kid shared that little desert in half he said "I gave you a discount" XD (which is exactly as it was... He basically took off half of the expenses)

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At one point I was thinking the bratty apartment resident was our 1000-won-lawyer's older brother. They even shared the same surname🤦🏽😂. Everything was set up for that estranged brothers confrontation so👏🏻👏🏻. Good one for playing me to the t.

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I actually liked the development on episode 2 and excited to see how the new characters will add to the zany energy of that law firm.

I love Lawyer Cheon and Mr Sa's relationship and want to know more of them. Baek Mari is growing on me and looking forward to how she will resolve that case.

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I actually loved episode 2 better, especially the court scene. Coming into episode 2, I thought we were going to have a sudden turn with 'new evidence,' but there was nothing like that.
It was just a well-prepared lawyer with arguments and a prosecutor with counter arguments. There was no new evidence but just a good strategy.
Korean legal dramas have conditioned me to expect a sudden ephiphanic moment that turns things in one's favour.
The court scene was an enlightening watch. And you can see that Mari lost not because she was incompetent or unprepared but because of her prejudice, just like almost everyone in the courtroom. I loved her growth after the case.
I can see why her grandpa wants her to learn a thing or two from simple, clearcut, and 'insignificant' cases under an unconventional lawyer.
I would watch the drama for enlightening cases like this. Please no serial killers, big bad corporation, or rich man to take down.
Drama, remain simple and wacky.

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Ah...this drama is fun hope it stays that way. Ep 2, fl is slightly better, hope she has fun character development. Look forward to know why he, from a prosecutor became a 1 dollar lawyer but how can he survive, must eat, drink and pay rent....ah how he did it.
Congrats to Namgoongmin getting married on 7 oct this year (just thinking when will he marry just a few days ago)

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Thank you so much for covering this show! 😘🙌

While it feels a bit tame compared to my usual law show preferences (snarky, fast-paced, elaborate cases), I had a lot of fun watching the second episode because it delivered exactly the sort of spunk I was looking for. The dynamic between Mari and Ji-hoon is playfully combative and—if there is any romance further down the line—I’m glad that we’re not already seeing the first signs of it. They should actually start to respect each other and their respective approach to their work before the real sparks begin to fly. With the setup for next week’s episode, I’m already seeing a lot of potential for Mari to shine and impress us and Ji-hoon.

With regard to the new case: There’s absolutely no doubt that Ji-hoon damaged the car, so I’m guessing they’ll find dirt on the sleaze and somehow convince him to settle. Or maybe they’ll get him on a technicality by discovering that the car isn’t his property in the first place? I also wouldn’t be surprised if it was revealed that the accusation against the old man was part of some scheme. I’m just not sure why the bastard would choose a target who’s so obviously low on funds if it were about money.

Last but not least: I really enjoy the landlady as a side character and hope she will feature as a client/witness/helper in one (or more) of the future cases.

This drama could become my new comfort law show. What a weird thing to write.

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Namgoong Min and oddball wacky character with more hidden story I am keeping my FRI-SAT free for this. Very Chief Kim esque character but this one I expect a strong backstory for his 1,000 won fees. With that fees surely he is miles behind on rent.

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So he has tailored and bespoke suits but won't pay his rent. Sir, why are you doing this to the landlady and playing it for laughs, ha. I liked the case, it showed how prejudice could affect legal cases. That being said if the defendant was so good, how was caught 4x?🤔. I still think KJE is terrible, but I am awaiting Lee Chung Ah and the mystery of the fab suits.

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I enjoyed this second episode a bit more than the first. I totally laughed out loud when he explained to the three ajummas, from a law book to make it look official, how the game rules change from province to province. Heh!

Looking forward to Ji-hoon's backstory. I'm also curious about the money situation. Apparently, he can't pay the landlady, but what about where he lives? How is that being handled?

Thanks for the weecap @missvictrix!

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I'm not sold on this yet. Will give it 4 episodes before dropping if it doesn't hook me. It just isn't giving me any fresh angles yet...

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I didn't write this on the episode 1 recap because I was more focused on just hoping this drama would be covered but one of the defining moments for me between Ji Hoon & Mari is when Ji hoon and his office manager/assistant were eating at loan shark's office when Mari came in to collect evidence. Pretty much as soon as she came in, he said that it wasn't his office and he was just eating/waiting there but Mari ignores him, takes his food and dumped it on the table only to say he should've told her it wasn't his office in the first place. He did and she didn't pay attention what he said.
I know it's been mentioned about the bias she had for the defendant but I liked how bias toward him was also shown. She instantly doesn't take him seriously and then later judges him for his approach to things. Even at the police station, we see how bias and status work because even though he obviously picked someone's pocket, once the guy realized he was a lawyer, the guy's tune completely changed.
I don't know, I just appreciated that showing of Jihoon knowing the preconceptions about him and using that to help his clients.

Jihoon with the kid was adorable haha
And it's so sweet the kid saw his grandfather being mistreated and immediately went to hire a lawyer haha
(I'm tempted to rewatch the episode haha)

The bully resident is so weird haha
It's so weird seeing that play out because the resident was basically telling him how to damage his car and getting more outraged as it happened haha

I like how Jihoon calls out Mari for clearly not wanting to be there and looking down on him and his office (even though she had a valid point about how messy it was) and I liked that he challenged her to get him off.
That bully resident really ended up being a 2 birds, 1 stone situation haha

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NGM is clearly having the time of his life, and if he’s having fun, I’m having fun. Kim Ji-eun could be swapped out with a dozen other female prosecutor characters from the last several years and it would make no difference whatsoever. The plaid suits are way ahead of her in character development so far. Nonetheless, she deserves better than the cliché of tut-tutting at the men’s mess and doing housework as her first task at the law office. It was encouraging that she gained a little bit of spark and individuality by the end of ep. 2.

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