Je Ha decides to take a major risk.
The K2 Episode 10 Recap
Kim Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) goes to Anna’s bedroom door. He pauses, his hand hovering over the handle. Kim Ko An Na (Yoona) (aka Anna) stands at the bedroom door, her hand hovering over the handle. They are both yearning to connect but scared to do so. In the end Anna calls Je Ha on the walkie talkie and wishes him good night. Je Ha’s mad dash for the walkie talkie was cute. Je Ha echoes her words. Then they both softly wish each other good night. Sweet scene, showing their soft gentle attraction.
Agent J4 puts makeup on Anna. She tells Anna that she needs to experience her first kiss. Anna thinks to the mouth to mouth Je Ha gave her. She claims she’s already had her first kiss.
Je Ha drives to a meeting location and waits. He can’t help but think about Anna while he waits.
Agent J4 tells Anna mouth to mouth is not a kiss. I agree with her! Agent J4 says she was kissing yesterday. Anna doesn’t seem to understand who Agent J4 was kissing yesterday. Process of elimination and the beach frolic should have quickly clued Anna to Agent K1 as J4’s kissing partner. Anna goes to find Je Ha. Agent Housekeeper smiles at the overdone make knowing that Agent J4’s heavy hand has done this. Agent J4 loves a bold lip! Anna asks where Je Ha is. Agent Housekeeper tells Anna he’s out. She recalls Je Ha telling her he’d meet with Yoo Jin to get her to back off.
Anna texts Je Ha a picture of herself in makeup and calls him. Je Ha tells her she looks pretty in the picture. Anna boldly declares that he’s hers. Je Ha is surprised. Anna explains that Agent J4 gave him to her. She tells him to keep safe and return to her. Je Ha agrees. Je Ha’s nonchalant muttering response belies that he’s thrilled inside. I doubt Je Ha will ever light up and puff on those cigarettes he sports occasionally.
Je Ha surprises Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yoon A) when he appears at her house. Col Jo and Assistant Kim are surprised to see him too. As they ride to the TV station Yoo Jin asks Je Ha if Anna is happy and when she’ll come home. Je Ha tells Yoo Jin Anna is happy but says nothing about her return.
Yoo Jin fumes to Assistant Kim that this is her last interview about Anna. She wants the publicity about Anna to die down. Assistant Kim tells her to calm down for appearances sake.
Col Jo gets the report from Je Ha on Yoo Jin’s brother’s intent to keep Anna as a shield against his sister’s attacks. Col Jo wonders what will happen if Assemblyman Jang wins the presidency. What will happen to Anna? Col Jo tell Je Ha that Anna isn’t a shield but a sword to attack Yoo Jin with. That’s not good for Anna.
Yoo Jin’s brother visits Anna. He feigns indecision on whether he should share Anna’s mother’s police file into her death. Of course, he hands it to Anna to read with a smile on his face. This guy has a smile repertoire!
The TV interview begins. Ah, the interviewer is the same one from the first episode. Yoo Jin explains how she came to care for Anna. She met Anna’s mother while she did ads for JB Group. Yoo Jin says she introduced Anna’s mother to Anna’s father. She feigns sorrow that she introduced this couple that would eventually break up. At the interview break, Yoo Jin asks the interviewer if the tears were a nice touch. The interviewer’s non-committal response lets her know it was a bit much. The interview pokes holes in Yoo Jin’s story when she comments that Yoo Jin was abroad when she claims to have befriended Anna’s mother. Yoo Jin counters that she traveled to Korea often during that timeframe. The interviewer knows she’s lying and says so. Yoo Jin reminds the interviewer this is a script, not an interview. The interviewer raises her eyebrow and comments she must comply because of the information Yoo Jin has on her son. The interview asks Yoo Jin if her son will be held apart from her for 10 years like Anna. Both women glare at each other. Nice moment between those two. Though they spoke softly a power struggle played out. The interviewer would dearly love to expose Yoo Jin instead of being her puppet.
The interview continues. Yoo Jin explains how she became Anna’s guardian when Anna’s mother died. The interviewer asks about Yoo Jin’s comment that Anna was ill. Yoo Jin explains that Anna has a social phobia and can’t leave the house. The interview smiles and informs Yoo Jin that she’s got a surprise for her…Anna is in the studio! Bam! Touché! Assistant Kim, Je Ha, and Yoo Jin are surprised by this announcement.
Yoo Jin’s eyes bug out of her head when Anna and her brother enter the studio. Anna looks at Je Ha and he gives her a look that indicates she’s poking the tiger. Yoo Jin’s brother nods and smiles at the interviewer. So they set this up. I love it! Yoo Jin eyes are wide with shock. Anna looks at Yoo Jin, glares, straightens her shoulders and heads to the couch. Je Ha stares at Yoo Jin’s brother whose grin is wide as he enjoys his sister’s obvious discomfort. Anna sits next to Yoo Jin and the interviewer asks if the dimmed studio lights are low enough. Anna thanks her for adjusting the lighting. The two women greet each other stiffly. The interviewer pokes holes in Yoo Jin’s claim about the famous designer looking for Anna. A video clip is played and the famous designer tells Anna he was dear friends with her mother (which Anna stated moments ago) and believes Anna should become his muse just like her mother was. The interviewer asks Anna is she’ll being heading to Paris soon. Anna pauses then says she has no plans to leave Korea. The interview wants to know what Anna will be focusing on. Anna says her priority is to conquer her social phobia. Then she wants to solve the mystery behind her mother’s death. Murmurs ripple through the audience and Yoo Jin looks at Anna in shock. Assistant Kim even looks panicked. Je Ha stares at Yoo Jin’s brother whose broad grin confirms he piqued Anna’s focus on her mother’s death. Anna clarifies that she wants to know if her mother committed suicide. She lays out the facts, her mother was planning on taking her to America, her mother was happy, yet she died the night before their departure and did not have a will. The interviewer asks Yoo Jin about Anna’s mother’s state of mind during that time. Yoo Jin says nothing. Anna tells the TV audience that she wants to learn everything she can about the final days before her mother’s death. She asks anyone with information to contact her. She and Yoo Jin stare at each other. Assistant Kim overhears a producer wondering if Anna’s mother was killed instead of suicide. This is a nightmare for Yoo Jin and I’m loving it! The cloak and dagger of that interview was brilliant. Yoo Jin’s discomfort was palpable.
After the interview, Je Ha asks Anna how she could put herself in danger by coming so close to Yoo Jin who wants to snatch her back. Yoo Jin’s brother walks in the room and Je Ha turns on him demanding to know why he did this. Anna cuts in stating she wants to rip the mask from Yoo Jin’s face. Yoo Jin’s brother smiles, this is music to his ears. He says he’ll be back. Alone Anna tells Je Ha she wants revenge against Yoo Jin. Anna claims with his protection, she’ll be fine. They stare at each other. Je Ha must respect Anna’s request for revenge because he’s got his own quest for revenge against Assemblyman Park underway. But Je Ha knows that poking the bear (Yoo Jin) will only make matters worse for them all. I’m on board with Anna poking Yoo Jin. She’s got power in this moment. Why not use it? If the public eye is Anna’s protection, she must use it.
Yoo Jin staggers into the dressing room with Assistant Kim. She’s still in a dazed state after being sucker punched with Anna’s arrival. She tells Assistant Kim that she should have listened to her about the danger from her brother and Anna. Am I an awful person relishing Yoo Jin’s discomfort?
Anna shows Je Ha the police file on her mother. She tells him her mother writhed in agony so much that she broke fingernails. Anna says this wasn’t a simple suicide. Je Ha stares at her. He knows this will be a painful treacherous road they will walk together.
JSS’s President meets with the police chief who tells me that Assemblyman Jang’s presidential quest will soon be history. We can’t hear what he says next but the JSS President looks surprised.
Yoo Jin’s brother introduces Anna to a hair, makeup, and security team. Je Ha glares at the security guy.
In parallel scenes Anna gets makeup applied and Yoo Jin gets makeup applied. Choral chants abound in the background. Nice! Two women putting their armor on!
Yoo Jin tells Assistant Kim that she’ll let Je Ha stay with Anna. She declares she’ll utilize him later. The little matter of the video Je Ha has, stops her revenge, for now.
Je Ha asks Yoo Jin’s brother if Anna is the sword he’s welding against Yoo Jin. He loves the analogy and states he wants Anna to avenge her mother’s death. If he keeps JB Group from Yoo Jin’s grasp in the process, then it’s a win-win situation. Je Ha asks how he could show Anna traumatizing photos of her mother’s death scene. Yoo Jin’s brother laughs and says that he is going to give Anna wings. Je Ha counters that coming at Yoo Jin like this was stupid and shows how little he understands his complicated sister.
It’s photo shoot time. The photographer complains to Yoo Jin’s brother that the low lighting hinders the product. Yoo Jin’s brother sends everyone to lunch, leaving himself alone with Anna. Je Ha walks into the studio just in time to see Yoo Jin’s brother giving Anna anti-anxiety pills from the doctor. He says they take effect in 1 hour. He urges Anna to talk one so they can try brighter lighting after lunch. Anna agrees. As he walks away he passes Je Ha who walks towards Anna. She explains about the medication and hopes it works. Je Ha comments that Anna should get medication directly from the doctor. She smiles and says she trusts her Uncle. She tells Je Ha she’ll wait in the dressing room for the medicine to take effect.
As everyone leaves for lunch, Je Ha and Anna are vulnerable and their enemies take advantage. As Je Ha patrols he sees a gaggle of men break into the building a release poisonous gas. Wow, that seems extreme. Why not snatch and grab? Is death the objective? Je Ha’s phone doesn’t work (signal is blocked). He runs to Anna apprises her of the situation. He tells her to flee. She won’t go without him. They argue. Je Ha convinces her that he can do his job better knowing she’s safe. He pushes her into the ventilation system. Hmmm, why not flee with her and guarantee her safety? Isn’t that Je Ha’s prime directive? On a functional land line phone, Je Ha calls Assistant Kim and demands to speak with Yoo Jin. Assistant Kim refuses. Je Ha realizes that Assistant Kim orchestrated this. She doesn’t deny it stating she hates him and he must pay for upsetting Yoo Jin’s world. She declares Anna and Yoo Jin will now resume their proper places in the power structure. Je Ha promises that he’ll deal with her later. The intruders cut the phone line.
All the remaining security personnel are disabled. In what I’m dubbing “the gas fight”, Je Ha disables the some of the intruders. Let’s ignore he is fighting without a gas mask. Now he fights another set of men and the gas mask is removed. From the air duct grate, Anna sees Je Ha fight three men but he goes down with two men standing. As they approach him, Anna appears and decks one of the men with a fire extinguisher. She calls to Je Ha to get up. The remaining man chases her. Cornered Anna can only hope Je Ha will save her. He does and falls to the ground. Anna puts the gas mask on him before the fumes knock her out too. Agent K1 and Agent J4 find Anna and Je Ha on the ground. I did not like this scene. Silly with the gas. Silly Je Ha fought without the mask. Silly Je Ha sent Anna alone and stayed to fight. Glad silly scene is over. What mattered was Assistant Kim’s action to kill Je Ha and Anna. Did Yoo Jin approve?
Assemblyman Jang Se Joon (Cho Song Ha) watches his wife stand in front of protestors demanding his release. He smiles at the show. He asks the prosecutor if he should leave. The prosecutor smiles and says he’ll take care of the paperwork. Assemblyman Jang grows impatient and turns on the TV. He sees a reporter outside the building announce the prosecutor will soon give an update on Assemblyman Jang. Yoo Jin asks Assistant Kim what happened with the attack on Anna. Assistant Kim says she doesn’t know yet. The prosecutor comes out and tells the reporters, the protesters, and Yoo Jin that new evidence has been found and Assemblyman Jang will not be released today. That wipes the fake smile from Yoo Jin’s face. That wipes the smug smile for Assemblyman Jang’s face. That puts a big smile on Assemblyman Park’s face. This man loves to laugh!
Yoo Jin’s brother, Anna, Je Ha, et all wonder what to do next. Je Ha suggest they return to their former house. His logic is that JSS won’t attack there. Hmm, hasn’t JSS proved they’ll attack anywhere?
Je Ha calls Col Jo as he is striding through the lobby of JSS with the President, Yoo Jin and Assistant Kim.
In Cloud Nine’s cone of silence conference room, Yoo Jin rants to someone that Assemblyman Jang cannot be arrested. She orders he do everything to prevent the smear of an arrest. After the call Yoo Jin asks if Assistant Kim has spoken to the secretary of the President. Assistant Kim tells her he’s not answering their calls.
Assemblyman Park is jolly stating this is prevent scum like Assemblyman Jang from joining the political party. The secretary of the President is angry and asks Assemblyman Park what right he has to dictate what happens. Assemblyman Park soothes him stating he only wants to discuss options with the President. The secretary of the President asks Assemblyman Park if he’s scared of Assemblyman Jang joining the party. Assemblyman Park admits he is. He must stem the wave washing Assemblyman Jang to the Presidency.
The political deserters make their way back to Assemblyman Park who relishes their return.
Yoo Jin wonders what is the trump card they don’t know about. The JSS President says his sources say the trump card is explosive and has the ear of the president of Korea. He notes that if they keep Assemblyman Jang out of jail, they’ll lose the battle for the presidency. The JSS President says the only option is to use Je Ha to assassinate Assemblyman Park.
Je Ha, Anna, et all arrive at the house. Anna is not excited about entering her former house of captivity. Je Ha sees that she’s nervous. He takes the blanket from her lap and whips it over their head. They SLOWLY make their way to the house. They gently speak with each other but really they are only thinking about kissing each other. Finally, they get into the house. They stare into each other’s eyes. Je Ha bends and give Anna a slight nose nuzzle. Then he gently kisses her. Nice kiss! Once again the director mucks with the moment by the scene setup and length coupled with some inane dialog but the actors rise above the silly to deliver a lovely first kiss.
Agents K1, J4, and Housekeeper realize they are kissing under the blanket. J4 hoots her happiness.
Col Jo tells Yoo Jin that Je Ha won’t make survive the assignation attempt because Assemblyman Park’s security is jacked to the maximum. Yoo Jin wants to know where Je Ha is. She’s surprised when Col Jo tells her that Je Ha has returned to their former location.
Je Ha gets the call. He agrees but demands assurances that Anna will be secure. Anna is not happy when Je Ha tells her he’s leaving but will return soon. She demands that he stay. He stares at her and says it will be fine. She hugs him and begs him to stay.
Je Ha learns that Yoo Jin wants him to assassinate Assemblyman Park means he’ll likely die. He agrees to do it. Assistant Kim is surprised, Yoo Jin is surprised, JSS President is pleased, and Col Jo is concerned. Je Ha has two conditions. First, in exchange for Assemblyman Park’s head on a platter, he’ll get Assistant Kim’s head on a platter. Love it! She agrees. Second, Yoo Jin must guarantee’s Anna’s safety and to no longer interfere in her life. Yoo Jin agrees. Je Ha tells the JSS President he’ll need an assault time. The JSS President agrees. He cheekily asks Je Ha for his email address. Je Ha laughs. Yoo Jin says the email address no longer matters. If this assassination doesn’t work, it’s all over. Everyone leaves the room but Je Ha and Yoo Jin.
Yoo Jin approaches Je Ha and tells him that if things look bad, he can abort the mission and return to her. He chuckles and asks why she’s inferring a personal concern for him, it isn’t like her. She chuckles and asks what is like her? He tells her he deleted the damming email long ago. He steps closer to her and looks into her tear laden eyes and says he knows she’ll keep her promises to him. He leaves.
Je Ha and Team Lead So (my hot honey) and the assault team stride through the parking garage. As Team Leader So makes sure everyone is locked and loaded, Je Ha takes a phone call from Anna. Nice that her picture is stored in her contact. Typically, kdramas don’t use photos in their contact lists.
Anna asks Je Ha to get takeout and come home. Je Ha tells her he’ll be late tonight. Her voice breaks and says she’ll wait for him. His voice breaks and says that Agent J4 can get her take out. Anna counters that she only wants to eat with him. A tear falls down her face.
Team Leader So gets a call from Assistant Kim directing him to kill Assemblyman Park and Je Ha tonight. He’s surprised. Assistant Kim states even if Assemblyman Park lives, Je Ha must die. She orders him to get Je Ha’s phone. He pauses but agrees. Don’t worry, my hot honey won’t kill Je Ha (I hope).
Anna threatens to kill Je Ha if he doesn’t return with takeout. Je Ha says he’ll have to bring it or he’s a dead man. Anna orders him to return to her alive. Je Ha promises to return to her alive.
Good cliffhanger to a solid episode. Our couple kisses and the decision to kill Assemblyman Park is agreed upon. Yoo Jin’s power base teeters on the success of the assignation attempt. It is “go big or go home” time. My favorite scene was the interview where Yoo Jin was surprised by a composed Anna who declared to the public she wanted to find out the truth about her mother’s death.
Kim Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) kissed Anna. Yes, the director’s decision to do a long scene under the blanket didn’t thrill me, but Ji Chang Wook and Yoona overcame it and delivered a decent first kiss. I find their feelings for each other believable given what they’ve been through. I don’t agree with Je Ha’s choice to shove Anna into the air vent to fend for herself while he fought the bad guys without a gas mask. I had to shake my head at the silliness of this. I loved the moments of vulnerability, concern, and cute the Je Ha showed this episode. He cares for Anna. He’s ready to kill Assemblyman Park to complete his revenge. But he wants to return to Anna. Will Je Ha’s assignation attempt free him from his revenge quest? I liked how he leaned into Yoo Jin, laser locked on her eyes, and told her that he trusted she’d keep her promises to him. Of course, he can’t trust her.
Ko An Na (Yoona) declared her revenge quest against Yoo Jin. Who can blame Anna for wanting to get revenge against her cruel captor Yoo Jin? No one. Anna showed more strength this episode. She stood up to Yoo Jin on camera. She declared she’s find out the truth about her mother’s death. She whacked bad guys with a fire extinguisher. Her reward? A sweet kiss from Je Ha and his promise to return to her from this mission they both know could kill him. The TV interview was a good moment for Anna to flex her power.
Assemblyman Jang Se Joon (Cho Song Ha) had another cameo appearance. He was surprised to be detained by the prosecutor. Does he know about the attempt on Anna’s life?
Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yoon A) saw that her tower of power could topple. While I enjoy Yoo Jin when she is full on evil, it’s her vulnerability when others give her a taste of her own medicine makes Yoo Jin multidimensional. She’s so thin skinned it’s surprising. Her armor of power covers a woman that vacillates between witch and susceptible. I respect the flaws in her almost more than her strengths. Will her personal feelings for Je Ha help him or hurt him?
The fourth song of the OST, “Love You” by Min Kyung Hoon has an acapella version. Check it out in the embedded video below: