Sung Il calls to Jung Do to get over to the warehouse – they have an unwelcome guest. Choi Chul Woo tracked them down just to show his face and let them know they aren’t as clever as they might think. One thing is certain; it has caught Jung Do and Sung Il off guard.
“By the way, how did you find this place?” Jung Do asks him. CEO Choi’s answer is unnerving, “That is precisely why you guys can’t beat us. You don’t know what’s important.” Jung Do realizes there are holes in the plan that are messing things up.
There’s a scene where Director Ahn and Choi Chul Woo meet earlier to look over Sung Il’s plans to set his men up with loan fraud. This gives Choi a heads up on his two inside men, who are betraying him by fudging the business numbers to get the fake loan money for themselves. Now Choi can intercept, catch them in the act along with front man Jin Suk, and then continue going after Sung Il and Jung Do. We realize just how much CEO Choi finds everything dispensable – people, projects, even companies – except for money. Cash is king. For his services, Director Ahn wants assurance that there is something in it for him – he wants power and money. CEO Choi tells him to stick close and in four years he will have Mayor Chun’s position.
Chairman Wang does some unraveling and discovers that someone has ratted out Jung Do. He calls him and Sung Il to his office. The leak goes back two years ago when Jung Do was jailed. Unbeknownst to Jung Do, Chairman Wang found out that someone on the inside was giving information about Jung Do to the other side. Files on Jung Do exchanged hands somehow. The real concern is that if the stool pigeon still works for CEO Choi, then it’s certain he (the CEO) knows what Jung Do and Sung Il are up to with the loan fraud scheme. Worst of all, the spy is someone in the inner circle. Should they quit and pull the plug? When the Chairman asks what Jung Do wants to do he says he should stick with his team; after all he conned them two years ago. The chairman wonders what they will do about the spy. Sung Il chimes in and says they should come clean – call the team together and say they know there is a spy among them.
The gang meets up at the warehouse. Jung Do tells them he has called them together because one of them betrayed him. Someone gave information to the prosecutor two years ago. Also, Choi Chul Woo may know what they’re up to since he doesn’t know the extent of the damage the traitor has done. He reminds them that two years ago he took the fall, but this time if the con fails, there will be others who suffer. The stakes are higher if this con doesn’t work out. He asks that if the traitor wants to get revenge on him that he or she wait until this gig is up for the sake of the others.
“Someone told me I shouldn’t play with one’s heart because the other person gets hurt and I end up lonely.” Jung Do recites the words Sung Hee once said to him. He says he can deal with the loneliness but he can’t stand that others might get hurt because of him. “So please hold back this once,” he asks. With that, Sung Il says they’ll continue as planned even though one of them leaked information. “Does anyone have anything to say?” he asks. “If not, let’s begin.” They’re taking a chance that their plans will go through.
Burner meets Director Ahn in a café booth. He tells him that the con gang knows there is a spy but they don’t know it’s him. It was Burner who handed Director Ahn that folder two years ago with information on Jung Do. Director Ahn asks if the plans are still on and Burner says they are. He is still acting as a spy for Director Ahn. Or is he?
Remember the set-up is that Ma Jin Suk, working with Jung Do’s team, is letting Accountant Cho and Cha Myung Soo in on the get rich quick loan fraud deal. All they have to do it “adjust” the business numbers and collect loan money from banks and retire carefree. But it looks like Jin Sik has his own special thing going down on the side. He gives Sa Jae Sung a call. Yep, they’re in cahoots although Jae Sung seems to rub Jin Sik the wrong way. We’ll see how loyal he is to him.
Mayor Chun has asked Sung Hee to step in his office. He wants her to quit her job and join his campaign. She is surprised but he tells her he needs all the help he can get and asks her the favor. What she wonders, however, is if he needs to run again at all. Can’t he just make way for the next person? He tells her his dream is for a city with a mayor who cheers and roots for the little guy and everyone is happy. That’s the new picture he is painting. Wasn’t there an old campaign slogan about a chicken in every pot? Something like that. But he tells her that he will show her what her father can do. Right now, it is difficult to believe that Mayor Chun would actually have a change of heart. Still, he must be having a hard time looking at himself in the mirror.
Ma Jin Sik meets with Accountant Cho and Cha Myung Soo and tells them to take the fudged numbers and the fake loan papers to ten banks and in one day they will be richer than you dreamed of. He congratulates them and reminds them to give him his commission. The fraud deal is set, but as they leave, Director Ahn has tipped off Prosecutor Park who has brought police who arrest them on the spot. They realize they’ve been caught and shout at Director Ahn, “How could you do this?” With signed papers in hand as proof, Director Ahn hands the file to Burner who will turn everything over to CEO Choi.
Why are Jung Do, Sung Il, and Gold waiting so nervously at the warehouse?
Here’s what happened: Earlier when Sung Il asked if anyone had something to say, Burner came clean. He was the one who sold out Jung Do. Why shouldn’t he have? Two years ago, Jung Do dumped on all of them, took the money, and threw it from the city building tops. He used them all and never even apologized. Burner wanted to give Jung Do a taste of his own medicine and asks, “How does it feel? This is what you get for betraying me.” I don’t blame him for feeling the way he does, and I think Jung Do was arrogant to think the others wouldn’t mind being had. The others give Burner a hard time but he says it isn’t his fault, it’s Jung Do’s for acting arrogant enough that he could do what he wanted.
“I’m sorry,” Jung Do says. He asks Burner what he wants to do and says he’ll do what he wants. There’s no way Burner doesn’t feel bad about the whole thing. While part of him wants to walk away, he recalls how they pitched in and helped clean up the ramshackle diner. He tells Jung Do that he hasn’t forgiven him and he’ll kill him when this is all through, but for the others’ sake, he’s in.
With that, Burner says that they’ll have to completely change the con because he told them everything. Instead of fraud, they should go with the jimmied accounting books. Instead of turning them over to the police, they will broadcast it far and wide on the Internet. That’s Keyboard’s job. Burner lets Director Ahn think he is still working for him and against Jung Do and takes the records that show the inflated figures. However, he isn’t making a beeline to Choi Chul Woo as Director Ahn suspects, but is on his way to Keyboard’s desk for the fraud information to be spread across the Internet to publicly expose the corruption.
It’s like the game where everyone stacks hands and pulls one from the bottom to place on top – you never know who’s ahead in this drama. Of course Director Ahn had Burner tailed because he didn’t trust him. When Burner arrives he finds a beat up and unconscious Keyboard on the floor. Director Ahn is waiting for him and the boys with bats go after Burner. He barely has time to dial Jung Do and shout that they’re on to them before he’s attacked. Jung Do anxiously answers the call and realizes something is terribly wrong. He, Sung Il, and Gold arrive to find both Burner and Keyboard bloodied on the floor. They call 911 and rush them to the hospital.
So, Director Ahn heads over to Choi Chul Woo with the numbers folder. But in another twist, we find out that he isn’t in fact working for CEO Choi after all. Mayor Chun has stopped in unannounced to inform CEO Choi that he is cutting ties with him. No more dirty money, no more dirty politics. He is tired of being the CEO’s fool. CEO Choi isn’t fazed in the least and reminds the Mayor that clean people aren’t enticed by money so why did he come to him in the first place? It’s a little late to act like he will run a tidy campaign. Such big plans to be the people’s mayor now after all this time is a lofty ambition.
While Mayor Chun and Choi Chul Woo chit-chat Director Ahn walks in. Man, do people ever hold grudges in this drama. He is getting back at CEO Choi for firing him two years ago and has secretly been working with Mayor Chun to get the dirt on the CEO’s companies. Director Ahn hands the folder not to the CEO but to the Mayor. Yes, Director Ahn was planted to get the CEO. “This is what happens when you abandon your people,” the Mayor reminds him. But CEO Choi knows his history too well and doesn’t let him think too highly of himself saying, “You and I are the same.” There is some truth to that, at least up until now. The CEO’s final cutting insult is to ask if the Mayor has a new deep pocket.
Wallet arrives at the hospital expecting the worst. “What did they say? Will they live or die?” she asks Gold.
Have no fear, our indestructible boys just need a few days rest; they’ve filled up on ramen and snacks and are sleeping it off.
Sung Il and Jung Do meet with Chairman Wang’s right hand man Mr. Kim who informs Jung Do that he has been supported up until now because he was as skilled as he is arrogant. But now, there’s just an arrogant punk sitting there with no way to fix what he has botched. He has dragged Chairman Wang into all this and now what will he do to take Choi Chul Woo down? Jung Do has hit a brick wall and seems ready to throw in the towel. It is Sung Il who has the gumption to speak up and say they’ve only begun to fight. It’s not a fight to win; it is a fight until the end. He is committed to that; is Jung Do willing to hang in there, too?
Chairman Wang knows that Choi Chul Woo is a tough foe. But things are closing in on CEO Choi and he makes a phone call to Sa Jae Sung. He is willing to pay the five million for the information now.
The Mayor is watching the news broadcasting his slim margin with his opponent. Director Ahn walks in; now that he’s finished what needed to be done in his role as Director at Kukjin, he hopes the mayor has a place for him as vice mayor, second to the Mayor. It appears that Mr. Ahn is threatening the Mayor via blackmail with events from the past – something to do with what happened eight years ago with Bang Pil Gyu and the Min Sik debacle. It seems Mr. Ahn holds a pretty strong card.
Sa Jae Sung loads up a bag with stacks of money. He has provided CEO Choi with that information – whatever that is.
The Mayor warns Sung Hee that Jung Do and the gang are working with Chairman Wang. I think it is a tip so that she can warn Sung Il. Mr. Anh is meeting with Chairman Wang at that very moment and suggests that he switch sides – betray Jung Do and side with them (the Mayor). He tells Chairman Wang that Jung Do and the cons are amateurs and they’re talking politics, now. Side with them and the mayor will give him Maseok-dong development rights.
Sung Hee calls Sung Il and warns him that her father knows they are working with Chairman Wang. The one thing her father told her it that it won’t go the way Sung Il wants. I think it is the Mayor’s way of warning Sung Il to get out before it’s too late.
Here again, I’m not sure why Mr. Kim (Chairman Wang’s right hand man) is getting dragged in at this late stage of the game as a potential traitor. Chairman Wang tells Mr. Kim to let Jung Do know he should put everything on the back burner. It is a test? Then Chairman Wang calls Wallet and informs her that he has cut ties with Jung Do. I guess we’re supposed to think that she and Mr. Kim have their own scam going on. But, I gotta say, this is all so last minute that I’m annoyed at having to think so hard to follow. With Wallet, aka Noh Bang Il, on the line, it looks like Chairman Wang also has Jung Do on the line as well, a conference call of sorts, where he wants Jung Do to overhear what he is telling Wallet. He wants Mr. Ahn to think he is calling the other person but also wants Jung Do to read between the lines and realize what the Chairman is doing. Jung Do and Sung Il will have to put the information they both just received together and add up what’s really going on. Don’t forget to tell us, too.
The phone lines are really really busy as the Mayor gets a call from Choi Chul Woo. The Mayor is sure they don’t have anything to discuss but CEO Choi thinks otherwise. He has a shocking tidbit of information, “Eight years ago, Min Sik – that man, I heard he didn’t commit suicide.” It’s the five million dollar tip.
- Totally annoyed. Me. I can sort it out on paper but it’s confusing in my head. And mostly, I don’t care about the politics and the deals and the sides and the switching anymore. And the new people in the game – geez, it’s too much too late.
- The Mayor’s supposed turnaround isn’t worth all the hype I think they want us to have about it. I guess it is for Sung Hee’s sake, but it is so contrived that my neck hurts twisting and turning to follow the story line.
- Also, Sung Il is fading into the background with all the past, present, and up-and-coming cons. No one is clean and that’s not such a big deal, but it’s too much. I don’t care who sides with whom any longer and that was a big deal and the fun part in the first half of the drama. It was a big deal that Sung Il decided to jump ship. Same with Sung Hee. Now the crisscrossing has happened so often that it’s a game I don’t want to play anymore. Meh.
- I really did understand Burner’s revenge and didn’t blame him one bit. Sorry the boys got beat up for it, though.
- Ahn is such a mosquito, someone slap him good and hard.
- Looks like Wallet may be a baddie and has kept tabs with Mr. Kim all this time against Chairman Wang. We’ll have to find out where Jung Do lands with her.
- So, taking down Choi Chul Woo seemed like an impossible task to Sung Il way back 2, 4, 8 years ago. But he remained the target although there were casualties along the way on both sides. Will taking him down result in the desired outcome? Fair taxes for the rich as well as the average Joe?
- I’m thinking of where this went haywire and it wasn’t all that long ago – the drama had me good up until they had to throw in a few lame twists to get to 16 episodes. Still, Seo In Guk and Ma Dong Seok are bromacing it tight, just how we like, and their performance is worth watching.
- Are you going to hang in there for the finale and are you going to be okay with it because I’m not sure if I’ll be okay. I’ll let you know soon!
- p.s. Oh yeah, and what about Jung Do’s father and Jung Do saving the Chairman’s life twice? Will we get those answers??