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City Hunter (2011) Episode 7 Recap


And City Hunter ups the stakes again! Twists and turns and now a rougher path for our hero. Revenge isn’t going to be so easy. And can I say I’m jealous of Lee Min Ho’s wardrobe? Pink pants aside, that is a sharp collection of very urbane trench coats.

Episode 7

Nana is pulled out of her shock when an aide pops out of the room next door to hand over Seo’s documents. She grabs them and runs off without looking back. Su Hee likewise crisply explains the clothes situation to Myeong Ju and makes her way off. With a glare for Yun Seung, he runs after her. He’s more upset than he should be, considering that he was the one who ditched her, which is exactly what Su Hee points out. He’s stopped in mid-defense by a phone call from his aide about a suspect they’ve found. Su Hee throws out an “I told you so” look and flounces off.

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Myeong Ju bursts in to his office to inspect their lead. It’s Jin Pyo all right, or rather his Korean-American businessman “Steve Lee” identity, but with the right photo.

Jin Pyo is in action, calling Yun Seung and Shik Joon over to his office to suss out a few facts. He’s suspicious that Yun Seung hasn’t been home the past few days, and guesses that it’s a woman: “I told you not to love. The moment you love, our plan falls through.” Yun Seung saves himself by bringing up the subject of his Blue House activities. Jin Pyo is fully aware of these (Shik Joon happily admits to being the leak), and he orders Yun Seung to start spreading the dirt he found on Seo: “So that he can’t put a foot near the election; so that everyone knows what trash he is.” Yun Seung’s in favor of waiting, though; it’s not enough for him to get kicked out of the election, but to make him equal with everyone in the eyes of the law. Jin Pyo’s starting to get a bit heated when the bell rings. It’s Prosecutor Kim Myeong Ju plus aide, wasting no time.

Yun Seung and Shik Joon watch the three men behind the glass walls of the office. Jin Pyo genially introduces himself as Steve Lee and offers drinks. The aide uses this moment to get a quick fingerprinting strip around Jin Pyo’s glass (already on the desk). There’s a moment of tension when Myeong Ju spots Yun Seung’s fallen Pororo toy, wholly incongruous in the office. Jin Pyo explains it off as the maid’s, and the men settle down to a roundabout skirting of topics.

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Myeong Ju casually inquires about hobbies: since Steve’s company sells deer antlers to the East, perhaps he shoots? Jin Pyo baldly denies any shooting whatsoever, dear me no, what with his bad leg and all. Myeong Ju’s stalled for now, and knows it. He explains that they’re looking for the lame man who shot at Seo, and leaves the office. He’s sharp, though, and notices that Jin Pyo’s got strategic blisters on his hand, precisely where he would hold a gun. The aide is sent off to do fingerprint testing on the strip.

No dice on that point, because clever Jin Pyo is currently peeling thin, invisible plastic gloves off his fingers. He’s also half-admiring of Myeong Ju’s intelligence in tracking him here, and instructs Yun Seung to remain wary of the prosecutors.

Meanwhile, Na Na (who’s been ignoring all of Yun Seung’s calls) is fuming over a plate of ddokbukki at Kyeong Hee’s restaurant. What does Yun Seung think he is, really? Kyeong Hee comes over at this moment with a bag of kimchi and maternal concern. She’s gently concerned about Na Na’s job situation, and relieved to hear that Na Na’s much happier now with a steady income. Aw. Looks like Yun Seung’s real mom is Na Na’s surrogate one.

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Back at their shared home, Na Na remains stoic when Yun Seung walks in, harrumphing to get attention. As always, this couple starts things off with a simmering argument. Yun Seung starts to put her right on the situation: “I’m only telling you because you’ll think weird things about me –“, but gets abruptly cut off by Na Na, who declares that she doesn’t care. Yun Seung grabs her hand when she tries to leave and accuses her of being jealous. That should explain why she’s so mad and ignoring all his calls. Her voice rising, Na Na denies it and tries to go off again and is stopped by his hand on her shoulder. Yun Seung continues to get uncomfortably close to the truth, saying that she can’t have been surprised, knowing him, so she must have been jealous. Na Na finds an out by demanding money for violating the no-contact contract; this of course sets him off on her money-mindedness, and of course she ends up refusing the cash and stomping off to her room. Ah, the whole thing is so rife with juvenile jealousy, it’s perfect.

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Quieter now, Yun Seung explains the spilled-beer situation from behind the door. Na Na doesn’t reply, but looks chastened. She slowly holds herself by the shoulders, just like he had done earlier, but then snaps herself out of it. In his own room, Yun Seung distracts himself by looking up Seo’s sons’ info on his iPad. Just then Na Na knocks in reconciliation, and he scrambles to hide the computer. Na Na: “Ah, you were looking at porn, weren’t you? Acting so surprised…” (LOL).

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They begin dinner, where Na Na informs him that the dishes are from Kyeong Hee. Under the pretext of fresh air, Yun Seung proposes that they go visit her. She’s looking seriously ill, and Yun Seung can’t help himself from rushing to her when she sways alarmingly. Na Na insists that Yun Seung piggyback her home. This may not be the best idea, because (HOLY SHIZ) Jin Pyo is right there watching them, looking very grim indeed.

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When they reach the house, Yun Seung looks around quietly. Kyeong Hee thanks him, saying, “Your mother must be so proud to have a reliable son like you.” Ouch. Yun Seung abruptly says, “I don’t have a mother. I don’t even know what her face was like.” Kyeong Hee looks sad at that, and replies, “If she were alive, she would be so proud of you.” Aw.

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All this puts him in a pensive mood on the way home, and he sends Na Na off, and goes off himself to sit on a walkway over a pond. Na Na, having picked up that Kyeong Hee gives off ‘mom’ vibes to him, sits down with him. She muses that even players must miss their mothers sometimes, and admits that Kyeong Hee is like her own mom to her. She starts to sing her mom’s song. It’s sweet, and Na Na uses the moment to declare that she’s not budging from his side. This makes him laugh, and for a moment they share a quiet companionship.

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The next morning, Kyeong Hee is cleaning up her restaurant when a dapper gentleman approaches her from behind. Holy crap, it’s Jin Pyo, who calmly says: “It’s been a long time.” Kyeong Hee turns around and then drops her tray in shock. Not for long – she grabs Jin Pyo by the jacket and shakes him, crying and screaming: “My child! You should have killed me first! How could you take my child? Where is he? My child, my child…” Jin Pyo makes no reply but holds her fast.

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Later on, they both sit at one of the tables. Jin Pyo mentions money that he’d kept sending over the years. Kyeong Hee’s surprised to hear that it’s him, but replies that she hasn’t used a cent of it; she’s collected it all and wants her child back now. A day hasn’t gone by that she hasn’t thought about him. Jin Pyo only replies that the child is living well, having completed his studies and found a job. Kyeong Hee nevertheless insists on seeing him, but Jin Pyo is adamant: “Only when the time is right.” He hesitates, then adds quietly, “I’m sorry then, and I’m sorry now.” Tearfully, Kyeong Hee asks her child’s name, and learns that it’s John Lee. Jin Pyo walks away as she sits down and cries.

At the Blue House, Ki Jun makes a subdued return to the security office, but is met with sympathy. His brother is in the detention center, but the team is working on getting him leniency. Mr. President himself also steps in to ‘boost morale’, but really just to drag Yun Seung out for a chat. One guess where this is heading - Yun Seung is now Da Hye’s tutor until entrance exams. Da Hye, in her bedroom with Na Na, is ecstatic. She moves in to hug her bodyguard and notices the particularly expensive shower gel she used.

Da Hye races to Yun Seung’s office and trots right in and steals his drink. This is hardly likely to get him to start immediately like she wants, but then she sniffs at him: hey, he uses the same shower gel as Na Na! How strange, like they’re both living together or something. She says it offhandedly, but Yun Seung’s rattled enough to agree to Tuesdays and Thursdays evening tutoring sessions. Da Hye pushes, wanting to have dinner together too, but he firmly puts the kibosh on that. He’s a person with LOTS of stuff to do at night, and he “doesn’t like little kids like you.” She asks what his type is. Yun Seung: “Mm, my type?” He spots Na Na standing just behind the door. “A girl with long black hair, pretty when she smiles. She makes kimchi stew well, loves dogs, and can sing well.” All totally Na Na, but she herself thinks that it must be Su Hee unni.

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Na Na still isn’t happy when Yun Seung texts her for her famous coffee. He prods her for the recipe, but she’s not playing.
When he tries to brush something off her suit, she shies away and slings a mention of Su Hee at him. Yun Seung immediately picks up her discomfort and teases, but she gets defensive and runs off.

At home, Yun Seung and Shik Joon discuss Son #1: he was exempted from service on the excuse of high blood pressure. But right now he works at a marine institute in America; scientists there naturally live and work underwater, where hydraulic pressure wreaks havoc on high blood pressure. Gotcha! Shik Joon cackles happily at the impending takedown (“They’re all dead!”), and bags Son #2 for himself.

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At the Blue House, President Choe and Candidate Seo are having a tense meeting. Choe is furious that Seo’s been selling defective boots to the army. He of all people should know how important that is. Has he lost that inner vision that he once had? Seo turns nasty at this, and takes this to mean that Choe is trying to drop his backing for the election. Fine, then. But remember, one sun is always replaced by another. He coldly excuses himself to go for his speech.

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At the press conference, Seo is bombasting on how the nation’s leaders and citizens need to build mutual trust. Myeong Ju and Shik Joon listen intently in the audience, while Na Na ignores Son #3’s come-hither eyebrows. Myeong Ju catches the candidate afterwards, and presents a photo of Jin Pyo. Seo denies knowing him, and Myeong Ju neatly turns it around by pointing out that he’s not helping his own investigation. Shik Joon curiously watches this, and then goes off to follow Na Na.

She’s waiting at the bus stop when Son #3’s flashy red car zooms in. She refuses a ride, but he insists, and even gets out to physically shove her towards the car. Shik Joon immediately calls Yun Seung to deal with the problem. Yun Seung, whose driving nearby, shows up and shoves #3 off Na Na, treating her like his girlfriend.

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Na Na is mollified by the gesture nonetheless, so she accompanies him to dinner, treated by Ki Jun. Ki Huk is out of jail, thanks to the security team, and Eun Ha just HAD to be there too (says tagalong Da Hye). Eun Ha denies this, but it’s pretty obvious that she’s sticking to Ki Jun. Da Hye notices Na Na and Yun Seung coming in together, but drops it to scoot close to Yun Seung’s seat.

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Ki Huk apologizes to everyone for the trouble, but says that he wanted badly to let people know what was happening. He doesn’t regret going into the military, though; he was just unlucky. Yun Seung’s quiet at those words, just like everyone else.

After dinner, Da Hye pretends drunkenness to cling onto Yun Seung, even though (as Eun Ha points out) everyone knows she’s faking. Somehow, her pestering manages to be endearing rather than annoying (except for Yun Seung, lol). She drops the act and then pulls out a math question to further stick around him. He’s frustrated, especially as Na Na uses this as an excuse to leave alone, but Da Hye’s insistent.

Time to set some traps! Shik Joon, dressed as an insurance agent (with a loud purple tie, omg), meets with Son #2 to discuss special, all-coverage insurance policies for the whole family. Likewise, Yun Seung, also in office gear, meets with Son #1 to offer a job at a hypothetical marine institute.

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Both carefully lay the trap – in both cases, the offer is off on account of ill health; Shik Joon’s ‘policy’ won’t cover currently unhealthy family members, and Yun Seung’s institute will require work in pressurized environments. So the excuses both sons pleaded to the military are jeopardizing their chances now. Faced with the possibility of losing the deals, both candidly confess to perfect health, and furthermore agree to hospital confirmations. Busted!
Shik Joon and Yun Seung swap notes in the car, satisfied with their results. Yun Seung’s happy mood is busted by a text from Da Hye, wanting help. Shik Joon: “You can’t leave now! I always end up eating alone!” Haha, Shik Joon is like Yun Seung’s wife, fussing and home shopping and all.

At the tutoring session, Da Hye spends most of her time making puppy eyes at Yun Seung, while Na Na laughs silently at his comebacks. He abruptly concludes the session when he receives Shik Joon’s text: Son #3 is in a Hongdae club.
Da Hye’s morose now that her crush is out of her sight, and decides she needs to relax. Coincidence! It’s the exact same club where #3 is now lecherously eyeing up Na Na. His method of approach is to slide his arms around her from behind, which earns him an arm-twist. She lets him go when she sees who he is, but he’s not leaving, and grabs her by the wrist. There’s a sudden swipe, and Yun Seung breaks them apart. #3 is pissed, and drags Yun Seung off, promising a fight.

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The girls follow outside to a spot behind the club, where #3 is really laying into Yun Seung, who’s just taking the blows. It’s a cowardly, bullying thing to do, and it’s all caught on camera. Shik Joon’s standing just behind the corner, filming the whole thing. He’s not the only one watching in hiding, though. Cheon’s bodyguard is reporting back to his boss: this guy obviously can’t be the City Hunter, although he’ll keep watching him.

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Na Na’s hands are clenched in a fist – she wants to save Yun Seung, but she can’t hit #3. The dilemma’s solved when #3 gives a particularly vicious kick, knocking Yun Seung’s head into the wall. Da Hye can’t take it anymore and rushes #3, swinging her purse at him. He’s not fazed and tosses her out of the way. This is exactly what the bodyguards need, and both girls unleash judo hell on him. Yun Seung uses this excuse to sneak off.

He’s at home, tending to his wounds. Na Na enters to find him prodding his face, and pulls out some medicine. He complains, but it looks like he’s enjoying her attention while she gently bandages his face. This over, she proceeds to roundly scold him for his lack of fighting skills: she’s ashamed in front of Eun Ha because as her trainee, he’s even worse than Ki Jun. It’s extra training from now own, buddy.

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Phase 1 of the Plan is put in action the next morning, three days before the election. Seo is standing outside his home with his family, bidding farewell to his elder two. Suddenly, a retinue of cars arrive – the army enlistment services, plus an army of reporters. In front of the crowd, Sons #1, #2, and #3 are declared fit and healthy for service, and formally enlisted into the army. Faced with reporters poised to ask awkward questions, Seo can only approve. Shik Joon (who’s watching from behind with Yun Seung) waves an enthusiastic goodbye to all three.

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They head off the Jin Pyo’s office to watch the news coverage. Unfortunately, it turns out that sending all three sons into the military has boosted Seo’s popularity. Jin Pyo’s not happy when Yun Seung confesses that it was his doing: “It was to console the citizens, who’d sent their own sons to fight.” Jin Pyo: “And what if Seo wins the candidacy?” Yun Seung: “We raise him high, then we make him plunge. I promise, in three days I will make him plunge.”

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Myeong Ju seems to be the vehicle for this, as two days later, his aides burst in with incriminating evidence. A false account in Finland traced to Seo has been receiving deposits of money from Maris. It’s good enough to get an arrest warrant, as Myeong Ju orders for voting day.

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At a conference hall, Na Na and Eun Ha are busy checking security. Shik Joon and Yun Seung are preparing materials in the parking garage: a flash drive for Shik Joon, to plug into a computer in the broadcast control station, and a black mask for Yun Seung to finish off the vigilante look. Myeong Ju is making moves himself, having ordered a search and seizure in Seo’s company.

Amid the preparations, Shik Joon manages to find his way into the broadcast station, and subtly scouts the computers. Yun Seung, meanwhile, is making his way to Seo’s prep room. Obstacle one is a hallway full of bodyguards, which are dispatched handily, one, two, three. Yun Seung’s ethics play up when he snatches a gun off a bodyguard; though the man raises his hands, Yun Seung drops the gun and goes for it with his fists. He’s almost out of the hall when he’s assaulted by a strong kick to the abdomen. It’s a female bodyguard who just walked in, and who manages to land a few good kicks. (As much as I’m rooting for Yun Seung, I have to say that this woman is kickass). Again his conscience strikes: he can’t bring himself to punch the woman even when he’s grappled her. He solves this by twisting her hands up in a fallen tie, and makes his way off.

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Seo’s on the phone with Cheon Jae Man, who’s warned him about Myeong Ju. Seo thanks Cheon for getting his back, and hangs up to practice his speech. He’s annoyed by an insistent knocking at the door, though, and gets up to open it. Surprise – the doorknob has a taser on the other end, held by Yun Seung. Seo’s knocked out immediately.

Shik Joon, meanwhile, is having a merry time in the control room, ordering around the lighting director and sipping coffee. The man is pretty complacent until he notices that Shik Joon’s ID tag is peeling off – to reveal another ID underneath. Busted. Shik Joon makes a run for it, with three men hot on his heels.

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Things get worse when Na Na makes her way in to escort Seo out. The fallen bodyguards send her alarm bells ringing, so she makes her way carefully, with revolver drawn. Upon arriving at the empty dressing room, she sends out the alarm to seal all doors and windows. Fortunately, the elevator she calls up only contains Myeong Ju’s team and a police team, who are here in response to the kidnapping.

They don’t get far, as the elevator suddenly grinds to a halt. It’s Jin Pyo at the controls, come to take matters into his own hands. There’s a way out: the elevator’s stuck between floors, and they manage to open the doors enough to shove Na Na out. She sets off with gun drawn, hunting for the infiltrator.

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Her infiltrator is currently one the roof with the knocked-out candidate, busy lashing some ropes to the railing. Suddenly he hears a click and a “You! Freeze!” Oh CRAP. It’s Na Na, with gun firmly pointed at the black-clad figure with his back to her. Yun Seung’s eyes snap open wide as he recognizes her voice. For a long moment they stay like that, then Yun Seung makes a decision.

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Not glancing at Na Na, he sprints for the railing – and SHE SHOOTS. The bullet smashes through a glass panel and into his back just as he reaches the wall.

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Conclusion

WHAT a cliffhanger! Na Na’s finally run straight into Yun Seung the City Hunter, and on the opposite side of the law. This was bound to happen some day, and I’m glad that it happened sooner. For once I’m extremely glad that Jin Pyo doesn’t trust anyone and showed up to carry out his own agenda. Now to see what he’ll choose – to save Yun Seung’s life or to finish up the plan? And how on earth will Yun Seung account for a bullet injury to his roommate? On to Episode 8!
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