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City Hunter (2011) Episode 5 Recap


Yes! It looks like the stage is set for some serious action. This drama doesn’t pile on the big explosions and fancy CGI; it’s more low-key and gritty man-to-man fights, which is just perfect for the tone. Revenge is well and good, but seeing (adopted) father and son tentatively at odds adds a bigger dash of drama.

Episode 5

We start back where we left off: Jin Pyo is still aiming at the darkened restaurant; Yun Seung racing to get to Na Na; and Na Na standing frozen as though sensing the laser light on her forehead. Just as Jin Pyo’s finger pulls the trigger, Yun Seung flings Na Na to the floor, saving her from the bullet that smashes in through the window. There’s utter silence for several moments, but Yun Seung still has one more person to deal with. He races out of the restaurant an into Jin Pyo’s building, not knowing that he’s dropped his bullet necklace next to Na Na (where she picks it up). He’s not the only one out there – SWAT teams are also pouring into the building.

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Jin Pyo spots them coming and packs up his gear. The SWATs stream up the stairwells and halls, making their way up the floors. Jin Pyo is frigidly calm as he presses the controls in one elevator as a blind, and then takes the next one down. But the SWAT commander in the control room hijacks all the elevators to arrive at level one – and lines the hall with armed men, guns pointed. When his elevator grinds, Jin Pyo realizes what he’s going to face and grimly loads a handgun, waiting.

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Suddenly, the top hatch in Jin Pyo’s elevator opens and Yun Seung offers a hand to his adopted father. While they make their escape climbing Yun Seung’s rope up the elevator shaft, the SWATs open the doors to find it empty. It’s still a close call; Yun Seung and Jin Pyo get into Shik Joon’s car just as police swerve round the corner.

In the car, Jin Pyo angrily figures out that it was Yun Seung who turned off the restaurant lights, going against their agreement. Yun Seung is calm as he turns one of Jin Pyo’s own sayings against him: sometimes you have to use alternatives to get to your goal. He continues: “And if you had killed Seo Yong Hak, would your revenge end then? He would be made a martyr for democracy. And it would become harder to kill the others.” Jin Pyo: “So are you giving up?” Yun Seung: “If I was going to give up here, I wouldn’t have started at all. Father…please help me.”

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The candidate and his family are ensconced in the hospital, joined by their younger son. Seo Yong Hak is unruffled by the assassination attempt, but definitely ruffled when his son moans that couldn’t he have got shot? Just a little, so he wouldn’t have to serve in the army, like his hyung? Heading out for a press conference, Seo congratulates Na Na and Eun Ha for their quick action, and prepares to look injured to gather sympathy with the reporters.

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The atmosphere at Yun Seung’s place calms down a little as Jin Pyo agrees to help him, since they have the same goal. He points out that Seo Yong Hak is a candidate popular with both the military and the populace – a different case from Congressman Lee. Yun Seung , however, has picked out a weakness in Seo’s company, which produces boots for the army. They have an exclusive contract, but the boots are substandard and soldiers are unhappy. (That’s right – an army does travel on its boots). Ignoring Shik Joon’s entreaties of ginseng juice, he continues that there’s one more thing: all three of Seo’s sons have skived off military service. Pretty serious, especially as their father’s a presidential candidate, even more so since he was once Defense Minister.

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Shik Joon is happy at the reconciliation, but Jin Pyo isn’t backing down so easily. In the car with Sang Gook, he reveals: “If Yun Seung does catch Seo Yong Hak, I’ll punish him with my own method.” Looks like Yun Seung’s job is about to get more complicated…

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Myeong Ju and his boss have a much better relationship now, as they discuss Lee Kyeong Wan’s upcoming case. In addition, they’ve received an anonymous letter that lists all of Seo Yong Hak’s crimes in detail. Myeong Ju notes that it’s suspicious, especially in conjunction with the sniper attack – the incidents are probably related. To this end, he goes through the elevator CCTV’s with his assistant. There had been to traces of the sniper in the building. The CCTV’s had been blocked by smoke, but they’re able to catch a glimpse of Jin Pyo pushing a button without gloves on. Myeong Ju immediately calls for fingerprinting.

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Back at the Blue House, Na Na and Eun Ha are receiving accolades for their accomplishments. The team is also told to beef up security on other candidates. Her face falls, though, when she meets Yun Seung lounging in the hall outside. We know Yun Seung’s here to check up on her, but he just starts to tease her about getting a scar on her face – oh, but maybe it’s better for a bodyguard to look rugged instead of pretty. Na Na’s still not happy with him and retorts that she needs to look dirty for someone who calls substitute drivers for fun. Ouch.

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Her day gets worse when she receives another eviction notice. She calls up her aunt for advice, who kindly offers a place in her own crowded apartment. Na Na refuses, but Myeong Ju has listened in on the phone call and dashes off. He goes off to the buyer’s restaurant to buy the house from him, but gets flatly turned down. The investment is big, as the building is slated for reconstruction into nicer, bigger apartments. Myeong Ju walks off defeated, just missing the car that pulls in. It’s Shik Joon dressed as a gangster, toothpick and necklace and all. Shik Joon has more success, as he pulls out a briefcase and piles on stacks of bills in front of the buyer. The sight of the money, combined with a threat from Shik Joon, makes it a done deal.

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Myeong Ju’s outside hesitating in front of a mailbox. He finally stuffs in a card addressed to Na Na, saying: “Kim Na Na..how are you? During difficult times, don’t be afraid of the shadow. It means there’s light nearby.” Back at his office, he and Su Hee discuss a 1st birthday invitation they’ve received from a friend of theirs. Su Hee muses that that couple must not have known about the break-up, hence the joint invitation.

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Na Na, meanwhile, is bidding farewell to the two kids, who are moving out with their newly-materialized dad. Yun Seung is there too, and gets a present of a special Pororo toy. When they leave he checks out Na Na’s present, a Pororo band-aid. He tells her to at least use her gift, and pulls her in to gently bandage her face.

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The closeness gets to him, and he pushes her away and starts scolding – shouldn’t she at least take care of herself? Na Na rightly points out that her face has nothing to do with him, and besides, she’s way too worried about something else, and stomps away. Wrong move again, City Hunter.

Just then, the mailman delivers the note from Long Legs Ahjusshi. Happily, Na Na breezes past Yun Seung. He ends up driving his car very slowly along the sidewalk –but of course he’s not following her, he’s just going where the GPS takes him. As if – especially when he speeds up as Na Na tries to run.

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Na Na is actually there to meet up with Su Hee in front of her office. She and Yun Seung recognize each other, but Na Na loudly reads aloud her note from Long Legs Ahjusshi and pointedly talks about how happy she is. Miffed, Yun Seung goes off about men who just rip lines from anywhere to seduce girls. Um, this is thin ground for you, mister. The quartet is complete when Myeong Ju steps out of Su Hee’s office. Na Na asks if they know each other, but Su Hee has a quick save by claiming that they’ve been ‘friends’ for 10 years. The appearance of his rival gets Yun Seung’s hackles up, and he quotes the note: “Doesn’t it just reek of boring nerd?” Su Hee breaks the atmosphere by inviting them all in for coffee.

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The TV’s on, and the news reports on a new scholarship fund initiated by Kim Jong Shik (Myeong Ju’s dad and one of the Five). Na Na’s face goes flat suddenly, and she flashes back to a car crash. She switches channels, and explains, “I really hate Kim Jong Shik.” Omo – so the guy who caused the death of her parents is Kim Jong Shik and she’s sitting in front of his son and his enemy; I see switching loyalties…

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Outside, both men insist on driving Na Na home, but she picks Myeong Ju, leaving Yun Seung standing with Su Hee. He drives up to a pharmacy and indignantly watches as Myeong Ju buys her anti-scarring medicine. Angry, he tosses away the medicine he’d bought for her. In Myeong Ju’s car, Na Na tentatively brings up a question: is it possible to investigate an incident from 10 years ago? He’s not sure, as the statute of limitations would have passed; however, there was a case where the family found new evidence and got a retrial. Na Na confirms that there’s something she wants to investigate; Myeong Ju’s hand tightens on the wheel, but he offers to help her.

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At home, Na Na looks through a file in which she’s collected news reports about Kim. To cheer herself up, she opens a box of letters – all from Long Legs Ahjusshi. Whoa – so Myeong Ju’s been sending her letters all this time. In contrast, she makes a face at a series of texts that Yun Seung just sent her.

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At his place, Yun Seung is impatiently waiting for her to reply when Jin Pyo comes on the TV webcam to ask for news about Seo. Yun Seung tells him that Seo recently turned down a defense contract with US company Maris, citing defects; what’s odd is that he’d worked with Maris back in his Defense Minister days, even though the defects issue was still there. Since Maris’ reps are coming to Korea in three days, he’ll investigate then. Jin Pyo seems satisfied, if worn out, and rebuffs Yun Seung’s offer to come over.

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Yun Seung suddenly notices that his necklace is missing; it’s with Na Na, who’s examining it curiously in bed.

Cheon Jae Man and Seo Yong Hak have a discussion about the mysterious sniper. Cheon insinuates that his colleague’s misdoings with Maris may have prompted them to attack him, but Seo has another point. He’s traced the ID tags around Lee’s neck to elite troops that were deployed in October 1983. This is serious business – if anyone found out that the troops were killed by their hand, both of them are over.

Later on in his car with his bodyguard, Cheon is making his own connections. That day at Lee’s event, the City Hunter showed up along with the two kids. He orders the bodyguard to track the kids down, and beef up his own security.

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President Choe is likewise thinking of Jin Pyo; that is, until Da Hye comes along to apply more pressure to get Yun Seung as a tutor. The tutor in question is at a judo training session, where Eun Ha is beating the crap out of her crush Go Ki Jun. Instructor Na Na is finding it hard to train the recalcitrant Yun Seung, who’s still sore about her taking medicine from the Prosecutor. Annoyed, he suddenly blocks her leg, grabs her by the shoulders and swings her down to the floor – the same move he had used to save her in the restaurant. In a flash, Na Na makes the connection. Oh crap.

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There’s a moment of panic in the security team’s office when their computers are suddenly hacked with a picture of a worn-out boot. Hacking expert Go Ki Jun is at a loss, but Yun Seung swiftly does his programming magic to contain the damage. He has his suspicions, though, and confronts Ki Jun about it in the bathroom. It was obvious that he was pretending to be flummoxed, for someone of his skills. Why did he do it? Ki Jun is indignant, and scurries out fast.

Meanwhile, Cheon’s bodyguard has tracked down Na Na’s building, where he’s informed by a resident that the kids have moved out, with no luck about contact info. He’s about to leave when he notices Na Na going up the steps, and a memory clicks – she was with the kids at Lee’s event.

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Yun Seung’s all finished with work and is about to head off when he’s pressured into an office dinner and karaoke outing. When Ki Jun gets drunk, Yun Seung quickly volunteers to take him out, since another colleague has called a bullet driver. Outside, Ki Jun drunkenly confesses that he didn’t stop the hack. Why should he? His younger brother was a taekwondo athlete and a soldier, when he got handicapped and discharged. It was all because of their faulty boots; they came with worn out-soles and the soldiers were told to fasten them with old nails. His brother injured himself on a nail, and got tetanus and had to have his leg amputated. Yun Seung’s eyes widen as he gets the significance of this.

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Just then Na Na arrives as the driver, and gets spotted by Ki Jun. Uh-oh – as a Blue House bodyguard, she’s not supposed to have another job. She’s inadvertently saved by Ki Jun, who assumes that because she and Yun Seung are here together, they must be dating. Na Na hisses to Yun Seung to put his colleague right, but he counters, should he tell the truth then?

He does help her though: when Ki Jun calls his driver, Yun Seung quickly snatches her phone and turns it off. He tells her to get in the back and takes the wheel himself. He looks like he’s regretting it, though, when Ki Jun starts drunkenly lolling onto Na Na in the backseat. Solution? Swerve wildly from lane to lane until Ki Jun flops in the other direction (ah, this scene made me laugh so hard).

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Yun Seung piggybacks Ki Jun to his apartment and rings the bell. The door is opened by Ki Huk, Ki Jun’s brother, on crutches. Both Na Na and Yun Seung are silent as they watch him.

In the bus on the way back, Na Na thanks Yun Seung for saving her job; he’s sitting there with his eyes closed thinking of Ki Jun’s brother, but then pretends to be asleep as an excuse for leaning on her shoulder. Na Na tries to shove him off but then gives in, smiling.

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They walk to Na Na’s apartment, bantering. Yun Seung teases her: she purposely let him sleep because she liked having him close to her, right? Or was it to pay him back for helping her? In any case, he deserves a box of kimchi. Na Na: “So you’re just here to mooch off kimchi, eh?” So cute.

But as they come up to the apartment, they notice that the front door is open. Na Na just assumes that the lock malfunctioned, but Yun Seung seems to sense something. And he’s right – Cheon’s bodyguard has broken into Na Na’s apartment, and finds the Kim Jong Shik file. Yun Seung watches from the doorway as the man approaches Na Na from behind, brandishing a knife. Yun Seung calls out to her, unseen behind a panel, and at this the bodyguard slips out to the stairwell, I’m assuming through the window.

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Not so far! Yun Seung is right behind him, and both men go at each other with all they’ve got (Yun Seung with his face hidden under the man’s baseball cap). It’s Yun Seung for the win, as he makes off with the file and returns to the apartment where Na Na’s packing kimchi.

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She’s casual about the broken lock, which sets Yun Seung off: “HEY! What kind of girl are you? What will you do if a robber comes in?” He gives her the full lecture on security as he leaves. Outside, he remembers the man from the fight on the yatch, but assumes the bodyguard must have been after him instead. Nevertheless, he settles down to a night watching Na Na’s building.
The bodyguard, meanwhile, reports to Cheon, adding that in addition to Kim Na Na they may tracked down the City Hunter.

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The next day at work, Na Na is looking up rentals when she’s accosted by her boss about her frequent court letters. A money-troubled agent introduces trust problems and weakens the team (I suppose he’s talking about vulnerability to bribes). Na Na goes to the buyer to at least reason him out of sending her eviction notices. To her surprise, he tells her he sold it. Next thing, she runs up to Yun Seung on the Blue House grounds where he’s wondering how on earth she makes her coffee. Na Na disregards the coffee and demands : “Lee Yun Seung, how can you interfere in other people’s lives?”

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Conclusion

Great episode. The action never gives way to character and plot development, for which I am thankful. Our takedown team are allies and rivals both, which is going to make for some interesting developments later on. For now, it’s great fun watching them spar, even though they all have the same goal. Super editing, as usual. The pacing is fast, even with the lighter scenes. For the first time we can see how Na Na might come to ally herself with Yun Seung, for her personal agenda against Kim Jong Shik. Or will it be like Yun Seong and Jin Pyo – same goal, different means? On to Episode 6!


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