“Being framed and ending up in this prisoner’s uniform is more honorable than being hypocritical in that judicial robe.” ~ Bong Sang-pil
Pres. Ahn Oh-joo’s (Choi Min-soo) plan to frame up Sang-pil (Lee Joon-gi) for the death of Uncle Choi Dae-woong (Ahn Nae-sang) succeeded. But this didn’t sit well with Judge Cha Moon-sook (Lee Hye-young). She once again reminded Pres. Ahn that he’s nothing but her dog and that he should always ask permission from her for every single thing that he plans to do. Go on, Judge Cha. Just feed Pres. Ahn’s anger until he couldn’t take it any longer. I’ll just sit here and eagerly wait for the day your most loyal dog will devour you to death.
Sang-pil mourns the death of his beloved uncle behind bars, and now is Ha Jae-yi’s (Seo Ye-ji) turn to save him. She went to Judge Cha to ask her to let him see his uncle for the last time, which the latter allowed. It was actually a confusing move, and I got even more confused when she asked Jae-yi to win Sang-pil’s case in exchange for the approval of her request. Yes, I know that Judge Cha didn’t like that Pres. Ahn acted without her permission, but I thought they were on the same page. Asking Jae-yi to win the case also means putting Pres. Ahn’s past as a thug in danger of getting exposed, and if that happens, her crimes will also be revealed to the public.
There are two scenes in this episode that amplified my respect for Lee Joon-gi as an actor. First is his breakdown scene at Uncle Dae-woong’s funeral. I can’t help but remember the scene in Scarlet Heart Ryeo where he learned that Hae Soo is already gone. Second is when Pres. Ahn visited him at the prison to warn him to keep quiet if he doesn’t want any further harm to his people. The anger written on his face is enough to give me goosebumps.
Jae-yi represented Sang-pil in his trial where she faced prosecutors Kang Yeon-hee (Cha Jung-won) and Chun Seung-bum (Park Ho-san) whom I can’t determine whether are allies or not. But whatever’s the case, I’m confident that Jae-yi will be able to prove Sang-pil’s innocence because we all know how capable she is as a lawyer.
I thought Sang-pil was thinking the same that’s why I was shocked when he purposely stabbed himself during a fistfight with a former gang co-member who is also a detainee. This is because he believes it’s the only way for him to prove his innocence. To be honest, I’m quite disappointed with what he did because it felt like he’s not confident with Jae-yi’s capability. Well, at least to me.
FACE TO FACE AGAIN
Jae-yi and her omma Noh Hyung-joo (Baek Joo-hee) met face to face again in this episode, not only once but twice, and I’m still amazed by Jae-yi’s continued failure to recognize her own mother. I just can’t accept it because nothing much has changed in Mrs. Noh’s appearance aside from her hair. She also has old pictures at their home so it’s impossible for Jae-yi to forget what her mother looks like. Plus, the photos that this woman handed her were taken by her mother. Aren’t these enough for Jae-yi to think that this woman doesn’t only look like her mother but is actually her in the flesh?
Now, how will Jae-yi use these photos to boost her chances of winning Sang-pil’s case? How Sang-pil’s move will affect his trial proceedings? Is Jae-yi’s mother the one who sent Sang-pil the notebook containing information about Gisung’s “The Seven”? Ahhh, I hope to find the answers in the next episode!
P.S. Can I just mention how annoyed I am with Nam Soon-ja (Yum Hye-ran)? She always points out to Pres. Ahn that they’re different and that’s she’s above him when the truth is they’re just the same—dogs that are owned by a master named Cha Moon-sook. I actually feel bad for dogs because they get compared to these lowly creatures. So unfair!
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