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City Hunter (2011) Episode 6 Recap
The episodes seem to switch off between action-packed and mellow. This one works on bringing our four youngsters together and thoroughly mixing up the budding attractions. Lest we get our heart rate down, there’s a fair bit of set-up for some juicy retribution to come.
Na Na furiously accosts Yun Seung in the grounds. Who does he think he is, to interfere in her life and buy her house? Does he think she’s pitiful, struggling with many jobs to make ends meet? Yun Seung sputters a bit at this unexpected reaction and then defensively flings back: No, he actually bought the house because he wanted it. It’s cozy and close to the Blue House and it’s a good investment. What, did she think he bought the house for her? Na Na asks disbelievingly: does he really want that broken down apartment? Fine, then, she’ll move out as quickly as she can. End of discussion.
He’s in a snappy mood at work, then, when Ki Jun edges up to offer an apology. Ki Jun further asks about the woman with him – it wasn’t…by any chance…Shin Eun Ha, was it? Yun Seung denies it and sends him scuttling. Na Na plays with the bullet necklace at her desk; seems she’s taken to carrying it with her.
At his own office, Myeong Ju is interrogating the prison bus driver that got kicked out by Jin Pyo. The driver has one concrete identifier – it looked as though the man had one bad leg. Myeong Ju tries to work together evidence into a cohesive whole. Because of the hack and the letter, he suspects that the attacks on Lee Kyeong Wan and Seo Yong Hak are related…is this the City Hunter? Even though the kidnapping and assassination attempt aren’t consistent with a single person? He orders his aides to follow up the lead on Jin Pyo, as well as the hack and letter.
On top of Na Na’s crummy apartment building, Yun Seung surveys the city. He muses, “Just in case, it’ll be a good place to escape.” He’s still annoyed by the broken lock and security grilles, so he pays a visit (and a fee) to a contractor to fix up the apartment. All he needs to do is get the key from Na Na.
To that end, he waits for Na Na outside the building in his car. He passes the time by practicing graciously giving the apartment to her. Which is, of course, when the real Na Na shows up and scares the crap out of him.
The surprise makes him forget his lines and he just blurts out, “I need the keys!” Of course it sounds like he’s in a hurry to evict her and Na Na takes it as such. She packs up some clothes in a rollaway bag and promises to come back for the rest of her things and her dog, ignoring Yun Seung’s awkward entreaties to just stay. After she’s gone, Yun Seung can only yell, “Wow…hey, it’s not like I flaunted my money! You’re the one who got upset first!” Ha, our City Hunter is totally incapable of dealing with a determined female.
Unknown to them, however, Cheon’s bodyguard has shown up on stakeout outside the building. The man follows them as they both head off, Na Na in a bus, Yun Seung driving alongside and getting soundly ignored. Na Na ends up visiting her dad in the hospital, with Yun Seung standing unnoticed by the door. She pours out her worries to her dad: her job is jeopardized, her salary too, and she doesn’t even have a place to sleep. Pulling out the bullet necklace, she says with tears in her eyes: “This person saved my life…but I can’t even save myself now.”
Yun Seung’s senses haven’t let him down, as he notices the bodyguard in the lounge area. Looking around, Yun Seung spots a pretty girl – aha. He smoothly slides riiight up to her and tells her confidentially: “Hey, you see my friend there? No, don’t look, but he’s really got a crush on you. He’s really good-looking. So, at least go up and have a drink with him. You can reject him afterward if you want.”
So our deadly bodyguard is appraised critically by the woman, who finally says: “You’re not my type. But can you get me your friend’s number? He’s my type.” Of course, by this time Yun Seung is out of sight. He’s back at the hospital room, where Na Na has curled up on the floor next to her dad’s bed. Sighing, he covers her up with a blanket.
He heads back, unprepared to deal with Na Na’s broken down apartment. The TV doesn’t work. The toilet won’t flush, and with moans of pain, he has to reach into the tank to pull the lever by hand. He spends a night of misery, and next morning prepares to greet Na Na at the Blue House with two coffees. Unable to get her attention with a smile, he resorts to complaining about her apartment. Na Na crushingly points out that it’s not her fault the apartment is like that; that she doesn’t want to feel upset every morning; and can they pretend not to see each other? The brush-off leaves Yun Seung cranky, so when his boss comes up with an Oh-is-that-for-me look, he snaps, “I’m sorry, this is for someone else” and takes a sip from both cups.
Myeong Ju has come up against a wall in his investigation. Because the letter was anonymous, it can’t be used as evidence. And unless they find someone, they can’t link the attacks and the hack. Just then, the assistant rushes in with the news that they’ve identified the IP address that hacked into the Blue House servers. It’s Ki Jun’s home computer.
Myeong Ju arrives at the Blue House, calmly explains the situation, and declares an arrest. Poor Ki Jun is escorted out of his office by Myeong Ju’s police help, in front of both security teams.
Later on, both teams are at lunch, where the bosses take this opportunity to beef about Ki Jun’s general inefficiency and untrustworthiness. Eun Ha has had enough and stands up with a bang. She criticizes them for talking about a man behind his back: “He didn’t look like a university graduate, and he was a bit silly, and people didn’t think he was good-looking. But he wasn’t a bad person. I can attest to that.” With that, she sweeps off.
At Jin Pyo’s office, Shik Joon importantly lays out a series of x-rays on a whiteboard. They’re for the Seo’s son’s basketball leg injury, but the data doesn’t match up. Long story short – military service fraud. Yun Seung vows to bring him in this time.
Seo himself is out electioneering with his wife and entourage. The populace is happy, but the bodyguards are on edge. So when a man comes running up and puts a hand in his jacket, Na Na swiftly judo flips him into a street. Oops – all he had was a support flag. The candidate and his wife are not pleased, and the latter especially lays into Na Na in the car. Her mood is not improved by Yun Seung’s text, calling her to come clean up after her dog.
When she gets there, they erupt in another argument over the dog - Yun Seung refuses to clean up after him, and Na Na doesn’t want to be harassed all the time because she hasn’t got a place to stay. So Yun Seung just yells out, “Let’s live together then!” Whoa, shock. Na Na thinks he’s joking, but Yun Seung points out that she won’t have to pay, just cook and clean (and fix everything that’s broken), and then when she’s rich she can pay him back. All in the name of his investment, of course.
Na Na still has an obvious objection: he’s a guy and she’s a girl. Yun Seung airily declares that she’s a 4th level judo fighter; if he tries anything, he’ll obviously get beaten by her. And one more thing: “You’re a B cup. I don’t consider anyone under a C cup to be a woman.” (Ha, this guy and his standards. As if) And since she dislikes him, she won’t sneak attack him either. It all works out.
Na Na considers this for a while: they don’t like each other, so there won’t be any hanky-panky, she needs a place to stay, and she won’t have to pay. She tells her parents’ photo: “Just wait till I get this house back. Until then, close your eyes.”
She agrees to live together on one condition: they write a contract forbidding physical contact. For example, if he grabs her hand, he gets fined 50,000 won. Yun Seung spies opportunity in this and starts creeping closer. How much for holding her by the shoulders? 100,000 won. An arm around her shoulders? 200,000 won. A hug? 300,000 won. A peck? 500,000 won. Yun Seung backs her against the wall and leans in close. “So how much for a kiss?” Na Na stutters, but declares a kiss to be one million won. Yun Seung breaks away, laughing at her dating expenses, but then agrees. Na Na goes off to collect her stuff from the hospital.
Shik Joon packs for Yun Seung, fussing about Jin Pyo’s reaction all the while. He comes round when Yun Seung explains that it’s for Na Na’s protection. Yun Seung again asks what relationship Shik Joon has with Na Na, but he just gives a flippant answer.
Things are settling in at Na Na’s apartment as Yun Seung demands something to sleep in. The only she has that fits him is a judo outfit, but as he reaches for the embroidered belt hanging on the wall, she stops him and hands him another one. He’s distracted later on when she emerges from the shower, toweling her hair. Yun Seung watches her mesmerized, but hides behind a rice cake when she looks round.
Both spend restless nights, but Na Na’s troubled by a nightmare about her parent’s crash. She’d been a student as she arrived at the scene, crying as she saw her badly injured parents loaded into an ambulance. Clutched in her father’s hands had been that same embroidered judo belt, a present to her.
Next morning, Na Na makes elaborate plans to keep her living situation from the other building residents; it’s kind of funny watching her tiptoe along on full alert when she’s really just going down the stairs.
In the meantime, Myeong Ju’s trying to meet with Seo, but keeps getting rejected because the candidate’s been ‘hospitalized.’ Why do I think not?
Yun Seung goes to visit Ki Jun in jail, and meets Ki Huk as well outside. He knows Ki Jun wasn’t the hacker, but Ki Jun isn’t playing. Yun Seung presents the same choice to both: the Prosecutor’s office has already started an investigation into Seo’s boot company, so they can help; or, Ki Jun can go along with his charges and end up lying in court.
He meets Na Na again at the pistol shooting range. Da Hye is here to pester him again, this time to teach her how to shoot. Under her persistent pouts, Yun Seung finally gives in. Na Na watches, looking rather unhappy, as Yun Seung gets real close to the girl, folding his hands over hers. Da Hye happily notes that it’s a center shot, and wonders why good shooting isn’t an entrance requirement for Seoul University. Heh.
Shik Joon is on stakeout at the airport, where he spies the Maris rep, Mr. Hudson, meeting Seo’s assistant. Yun Seung gets his call and leaves the office. Seo’s group, plus Shik Joon tailing, arrive at a posh hotel.
Meanwhile, Myeong Ju picks up Su Hee for their party invitation. She teases him that he’s on time for once, unlike when they were dating; his face falls, clueing us in as to why they may have broken up. They arrive at the same hotel, where Myeong Ju spots the hale and hearty Seo along with the Maris rep. He shoots off with an apology; Su Hee sighs, saying to herself that it was always work first with him, but disappointed nonetheless.
He catches up with the group at the elevator, and pointedly remarks on Seo’s hospitalization. Seo bluffs that he was just here and met a friend. Undeterred, Myeong Ju switches to English to directly address Hudson – he had better not violate any trade or tax laws on arms during his stay in Korea. Neither Hudson nor Seo are pleased.
Both make their way into a suite. Yun Seung, carrying a metal briefcase, takes the one next door. He’s got all the gadgetry set up – audio and video recording equipment, plus laptop. All he needs is a mole next door. Enter Shik Joon, dressed as a hotel employee and carting room service. Shik Joon unloads coffee and fruit onto the table in front of the two men, carefully positioning the coffee pot so that the tiny camera on the handle has a good angle. He beats a retreat to Yun Seung’s room (happily kissing his $50 tip), and they switch on the camera.
Hudson is pressing Seo to purchase Maris’ armaments. Seo plays hard to get, because previous Maris aircraft purchased by Russia and India had crashed due to defective manufacturing. He offers a solution: he gets a Maris deal with a 20% cut now; when he’s president, he’ll give a bigger contract for better, non-defective goods. Hudson agrees to a contract and the men shake hands.
Both Shik Joon and Yun Seung are shocked at the level of corruption here, which directly compromises the safety of Korea’s people. Yun Seung orders Shik Joon to get the plan started. Shik Joon, however, has more important things on his mind – like the fried octopus deal he saw on TV, to round off his home shopping craze. He pats Yun Seung on the back, tells him to keep up the good work, and skips off.
Na Na’s here too, inspecting a hall for a press conference the next day. It’s where she runs into Myeong Ju, who’s looking for Su Hee. Su Hee seems to be more disappointed than she lets on, because she’s drinking alone at the hotel bar, ignoring Myeong Ju’s calls, where Yun Seung finds her. He’s surprised to find her here, but she explains that she’s here for a party. Su Hee muses: it’s because of her that her friend got married, but while her friend went on to have kids and a happy family, she’s alone. She’s gotten tipsy; when she rises to leave she knocks over a glass onto Yun Seung. He’s not concerned, but she insists on helping him clean up since he’d helped her once before. They head for the 19th floor on the elevator, where they are spotted by none other than an angry Myeong Ju.
The coincidence machine is really working today, since Na Na is told by Seo to go to the 19th floor to hand over some documents. By the time she gets up there, she’s forgotten the room number. Na Na then takes a wild guess, and knocks on one of the doors. Who’s going to bet me that it’s not who I think it is?
It’s Yun Seung, clad in a bathrobe. Na Na looks surprised, and then shocked as Su Hee appears behind him. Well, it certainly looks very suggestive. Naturally, this is the point when Myeong Ju arrives. Uh-oh…cue shocked faces all around.
I really like that the drama takes time to focus on our OTP. The whole let’s-live-together-with-a-contract thing is rather old, but there’s enough background (Yun Seung’s protectiveness and Na Na’s own revenge issues) to make it interesting, more so now that our foursome is set up for some conflict. The revenge plot is chugging along fine, and who doesn’t want to see the corrupt foursome go down? On to Episode 7!
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