Episode 11 Recap
Park Kwan Soo’s caught onto Choi Yoo Jin’s plan to attack him at his home thanks to the tip-off received from the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police got his information from the JSS president. It appears as if the president’s betrayed Choi Yoo Jin, but it’s all part of a plan to have Park Kwan Soo believe the attack is to take place at his home, when in actual fact, the real location is Park Kwan Soo’s hideout.
Not suspecting the tip-off to be a trap, Park Kwan Soo stations his main men at his home, expecting a convoy of JSS agents to approach at any time following his arrival. He goes about setting up his own trap involving the appearance of being driven all the way to his home, when in reality he’s made a car change a corner or two before his home and has made his escape to what he think is safety.
All of this is achieved with the help of a policeman who stops the JSS car for a traffic violation of having driven up a one-way street the wrong way. This stop is long enough to allow Park Kwan Soo to change to a second car which awaits in a driveway. Shortly after Park Kwan Soo escapes in the second car, the original car then deliberately appears before the JSS to follow again.
Park Kwan Soo arrives at his hideout, thinking he’s finally got Choi Yoo Jin and the presidency is in the bag. He arrives oblivious to an ambush led by Team Leader Seo and Kim Je Ha. With them is the JSS Offensive Team who are stationed both on the ground and overhead behind a wall made of sacks-full of goods on large trucks where snipers take aim.
As many of Park Kwan Soo’s men are stationed at his home, Park Kwan Soo and his small group of bodyguards finds themselves struggling to fend off gunfire from Kim Je Ha, Team Leader Seo and the JSS Offensive Team. Realising they’re no match, Park Kwan Soo and his people move from the clearing where the attack initiates to inside the empty building. They move through the corridors and up to an upper floor office where Park Kwan Soo tries to take refuge. Kim Je Ha and Team Leader Seo fearlessly advance on Park Kwan Soo and his men with guns firing—advancement made easier with snipers relentlessly firing at the same time.
Inside the office, a close-range shootout continue. Park Kwan Soo’s secretary land a shot on Team Leader Seo. A brief standoff between Kim Je Ha and the secretary take place with guns pointing at each other. Kim Je Ha had plenty of time to land a shot, but it was the secretary who made a move first to fire. Fortunately for Kim Je Ha, the secretary ran out of bullets.
Thanks to his secretary’s efforts, this brief standoff buys Park Kwan Soo the time to crawl into to a smaller office inside the current one. With a thick, heavy metal door separating from the action outside, he should be safe and protected. If only Kim Je Ha hadn’t slid under the door just before it fell shut.
A pull of the trigger and it’s game-over for the assemblyman. Kim Je Ha had him exactly where he wants to be. If only he could kill. Just like last time in the elevator, Kim Je Ha just couldn’t go through with it. Want is painted over Kim Je Ha’s face, but the trauma experienced in Iraq just won’t let Kim Je Ha kill at point-blank range. In the end Kim Je Ha tears his gun away from the cowering Park Kwan Soo and fires the bullets into the air, screaming out in frustration at his inability to kill.
This frustration and inability to kill isn’t picked up by Park Kwan Soo. In fact, despite knowing so much about Kim Je Ha’s past (he knows about his deployment in Iraq, about him having previously worked for Blackstone and the crime he was framed), Park Kwan Soo knows nothing about the PTSD he suffers which prevents him from killing him. To Park Kwan Soo, Kim Je Ha’s a mercenary who kills for money, so an offer of double the price than what Kim Je Ha’s getting paid for killing him should take care of things.
Kim Je Ha laughs to himself hearing Park Kwan Soo’s offer. Choi Yoo Jin’s words flash through his mind then as well: “a bullet isn’t the only thing that can kill a person”.
It’s not exactly clear what Kim Je Ha’s just realised, but we’re thinking it has something to do with one of these two things: Kim Je Ha finds Park Kwan Soo’s presumptuousness unbelievable and/or he’s realised that maybe Choi Yoo Jin was right all along. Maybe the best way to deal with Park Kwan Soo is the slow, self-surrendering way she suggested. Maybe Choi Yoo Jin knew things would eventually turn out this way. She knew Kim Je Ha couldn’t kill and it’d all go her way in the end.
Under the guise of contacting Choi Yoo Jin to negotiate a greater sum of money, Kim Je Ha manages to let her know he wasn’t able to kill Park Kwan Soo. There was no mention of the failed attempt. Kim Je Ha only mentions that he’s got Park Kwan Soo before him and he’s offered him twice the amount she’s paying. With just this, Choi Yoo Jin quickly caught onto the situation. Seemingly genuinely concerned, she takes a moment to think about her next actions before she goes about changing the plan from ending Park Kwan Soo’s life at the moment to having him suffer a slow, figurative death.
The phone is handed over to Park Kwan Soo and he is made to order the release of Jang Se Joon from the Prosecutor’s Office. She also has him agree to and publicly announce Jang Se Joon’s joining of his party, the Democratic Progressive Party. It has been suggested at the beginning that once Jang Se Joon sheds his status as an Independent and starts running as part of the party, his presidency is guaranteed.
Mission complete. It didn’t go exactly to plan, but Choi Yoo Jin’s got Park Kwan Soo within her control. To add to that, Park Kwan Soo thinks he’s gained a highly-skilled assassin who will take out Choi Yoo Jin when he finally makes his move to go after her.
Team Leader Seo and the JSS Offensive Team suffer no casualties, and Kim Je Ha returns safe and sound to Ko Anna. It’s a cause for celebration. They go out together for a meal and drinks. Too filled up on alcohol to drive home, they all end up staying the night at Ko Anna’s place where the men happily try on (or, in Kim Je Ha’s case, not happily try on) a face mask to keep their skin on their faces smooth and soft before the agents share a room to head off for the night.
This mission’s really brought Kim Je Ha and the Offensive Team together. When he first joined, they did not like him. There was no respect between Kim Je Ha and his team leader, Team Leader Seo. Following this mission, the JSS agents are enjoying a meal together, trying on facial masks together, laughing together and bunking together. Team Leader Seo and Kim Je Ha’s relationship’s changed lots, too. Kim Je Ha’s acknowledged Team Leader Seo as “Hyung” (big brother) which had Team Leader Seo move in to hug him earlier that night, clearly touched by Kim Je Ha’s acknowledgement of him.
Right at the end of the night, after everyone’s already sound asleep, Kim Je Ha and Ko Anna meet in the attic where Ko Anna’s concern over his wounds is mistaken by Kim Je Ha as Ko Anna wanting to take his clothes off and have her way with him (haha!). No, that wasn’t what she was doing. She just wanted to medicate his wounds.
Medication applied, they head out onto the rooftop where Ko Anna learns a bit about him being on the run for the murder of someone he admit to having loved which he was framed for. She learns this just after agreeing to leave to Spain with him after everything is done and dealt with. Spain is a place she tried so hard to escape from, so it’s not a place which leaves her feeling good about returning; but then it was the place they both first met and so she tells him that as long as he is with her, she’ll be fine.
Over on Choi Yoo Jin’s side, Choi Yoo Jin receives no gratitude from Jang Se Joon following his release. Instead, she receives a slap across the face. Jang Se Joon’s been in touch with Choi Sung Won who’s gone and filled him in on Choi Yoo Jin’s plot to get rid of Ko Anna (which included Kim Je Ha) after the live TV interview with Ji Yeon. To be fair, she did turn back on the order in the end and it was Chief Kim who went ahead without Choi Yoo Jin approval, but we doubt Choi Sung Won would be too inclined to add that part in.
Jang Se Joon threatens Choi Yoo Jin with the presidency, saying that if he doesn’t become president, she would be nothing. He forgets who Choi Yoo Jin is, though, and the options she has. He isn’t the only one she can make deals with. She could go to Choi Sung Won and ask him for a few JB Group subsidiaries and she’d survive quite nicely. Jang Se Joon accuses such would never be enough for her considering her greed. Choi Yoo Jin come back with going to Park Kwan Soo. No doubt, Park Kwan Soo would jump at the offer of Jang Se Joon’s neck in exchange for JB Group.
That put a clamp on Jang Se Joon’s lips as he realises how true her words are. Park Kwan Soo would definitely help her if it meant he got presidency. Park Kwan Soo not only really want the presidency, but also save his face. In Park Kwan Soo’s eyes, Jang Se Joon is scum and a lowly peasant. For Jang Se Joon to win over a ‘nobleman’ like him is truly a frightening thing to him. So, if an opportunity was presented to him to not only win presidency, but also kick Jang Se Joon out of the race, there was no way he’d refuse.
Choi Yoo Jin ends with a promise to come back for the hand that just struck her. She tells him that she is only keeping that intact because he needs it to shake the hands of his voters. Otherwise, she would have had her men cut it right off.
Chief Kim is also put in her place for her attempt to kill Kim Je Ha. Choi Yoo Jin warns that if Chief Kim tries to touch Kim Je Ha again, she may find herself killed by her. Chief Kim, who seems to just want to be someone Choi Yoo Jin can solely rely on, tells Choi Yoo Jin she can do anything Kim Je Ha can do for her. This has Choi Yoo Jin tell her that the things Chief Kim wants to do for her is the things Choi Yoo jin wants to do for Kim Je Ha. So, basically, what Choi Yoo Jin wants is for Chief Kim to realise Kim Je Ha’s wants and killing Kim Je Ha is not doing that.
Just to make sure Chief Kim understands perfectly, Choi Yoo Jin tells her that she is no Kim Je Ha. She can’t do what Kim Je Ha can do, so she shouldn’t try. She shoud stick to what she’s good at.
Following this, Chief Kim falls back into place. The next morning, she is seen to bow, apologise and ask Kim Je Ha for forgiveness outside Choi Yoo Jin’s office in Cloud Nine. After Kim Je Ha makes his report about Park Kwan Soo’s intentions to kill Choi Yoo Jin and is given orders to stay close to Park Kwan Soo, Kim Je Ha takes his leave. Chief Kim is then brought in where Choi Yoo Jin makes use of what Chief Kim is good at, but we’re not given any hints to what that might be: “Alright. It’s your time to do your work, too. Je Ha must not find out about this no matter what. You know that, right?” Choi Yoo Jin orders. “I’ll be sure to remember that, Madam,” Chief Kim assures.
This final scene of the episode slots right in between Choi Sung Won acting all uncle-like towards Ko Anna. He’s agreed to take Ko Anna to her mother’s grave and pay respects before going to a tribute fashion show which is being held in her mother’s honor later in the night. He’s also gone and given Ko Anna the secret house and put her name as its owner.
The secret house which is thought to be Choi Yoo Jin’s turns out to be under JB Development, which means control of the house has always been Choi Sung Won. That being the case, he’s also gone and suggested changing the security system so that it is no longer under watch of Choi Yoo Jin’s JSS. He’s even gone and made the maid, Jang Mi Ran and J1 to work under him now, raised their wages and provided them an no-limit credit card for expenses. Jang Mi Ran seemed concerned about this decision. She had thought to speak up about the decision, but J1 pulled her back, clearly thinking that aligning with Choi Sung Won is safer for the two than Choi Yoo Jin who could order their disposal the second this is all over.
We’re not so sure about Choi Sung Won. He feels suspicious. It just feels so much like he had something to do with Ume Hye Rin’s death. He’s been shown to have a past with doctors and psychologists who were involved in the investigation of Ume Hye Rin’s death. He also took the initiative to provide Ko Anna pills during that photoshoot where she felt anxious. Ume Hye Rin died from taking too many sleeping pills. Wolf in sheep’s clothing, we say!
Episode 11 was great. Loved all the action and the developments. Ji Chang Wook was awesome to watch in that scene where Kim Je Ha struggled to shoot Park Kwan Soo. The internal struggle, the want to shoot but can’t, we can really feel it through it expressions.
It’s great to see Kim Je Ha and Team Leader Seo finally get along and there’s now respect between them. Team Leader Seo was ordered by Chief Kim to kill Kim Je Ha, and even though the order was going to be taken back by Chief Kim (only he didn’t take the call to receive the rescinding of the order), Team Leader Seo ended up not following Chief Kim’s order. It looks like he was going to take the hit if it did turn out to be an order that stood.
It’s also great to see Kim Je Ha and the Offensive Team get along. Remember that shower scene where they were all fighting Kim Je Ha? We won’t be seeing anymore of those scenes because he and the other JSS agents are finally a team. He works with them, they work with him. Not only that, they now all see him as the hero of the mission. When he walked in the next morning to meet Choi Yoo Jin in Cloud Nine, every agent he walked past gave him a thumbs up! Aww! Kim Je Ha being accepted is awesome!
On to Episode 12! It looks like Choi Sung Won’s up to something and it’s going to be a battle between Choi Yoo Jin and Choi Sung Won if the last few scenes featuring Ko Anna and Choi Sung Won is anything to go by. This might create some issues between Kim Je Ha and Ko Anna with them continuing to be on opposites.