Our leading man shows that he has brains as well as brawn.
The K2 Episode 13 Recap
Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yoon A) takes her time telling reporters that Anna feels like her daughter but she’s actually the biological daughter of Assemblyman Jang Se Joon (Cho Song Ha). I relish the shock on Ko An Na (Yoona), Assemblyman Park, and Yoo Jin’s half-brother. They don’t understand why Yoo Jin played that card. Hey, I don’t either, but I have no doubt she’s got a plan. Kim Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) is shocked too. The reporters prod Assemblyman Jang to open his eyes and make a statement. Assemblyman Jang defers comment until they get inside the police station. Yoo Jin picks that moment to collapse. Assemblyman Park claps his hands in glee. Assemblyman Park believes Assemblyman Jang is eliminated from the Presidential race by this revelation. Yoo Jin’s half-brother can’t believe what his crazy sister just did.
Yoo Jin’s half-brother catches up to Assemblyman Jang and asks why Yoo Jin did that. Assemblyman Jang declares his disappointment. He tells Yoo Jin’s half-brother that the man that claimed he saw Yoo Jin kill Anna’s mother was an actor. He sneers that Yoo Jin’s half-brother fell into his sister’s trap.
Assemblyman Jang tells the press that he met and fell in love with Anna’s mother and they planned to marry. He was devastated when Anna’s mother married the director during a state side production of a movie. Assemblyman Jang found him at his lowest point, in jail for a political issue and depressed having lost the woman he loved. Assemblyman Jang claims that Yoo Jin raised him up. Assemblyman Jang claims that Yoo Jin’s support guided him to his first political position. Assemblyman Park snipes that Yoo Jin bought that political position. Assemblyman Jang states that years later Anna’s mother brought Anna to him. Assemblyman Jang says it was a difficult time for his marriage. Anna is hurt by his words. Assemblyman Jang explains that Anna’s mother demanded he divorce Yoo Jin and come to America to live or else she’d expose his connection to Anna. The press murmurs. Anna murmurs that her father’s words are lies. Assemblyman Jang says he refused to betray his wife, whom he loved, for the mother of his child. Anna doesn’t understand how her father can throw her mother under the bus. Assemblyman Jang states that Anna’s mother threatened suicide by pills if he didn’t come to see her. Assemblyman Jang admits he’d heard this threat many times in the past so he didn’t believe her. He utters with pain that Anna’s mother killed herself that night. The police ruled her death a suicide. Assemblyman Jang admits he bears the burden and responsibility for the suicide. He apologizes to the nation for his actions. He asks that no one blame his wife, who became a surrogate mother to Anna. Once again he says “blame me, not my wife”.
Anna feels the fury as she promises her father that Yoo Jin will get the blame she deserves once the burglar steps forward to testify.
The police bring the burglar to identify Yoo Jin. He stares at her and says he can’t be sure. The police aren’t happy. The burglar admits he just wanted Anna to get him a good lawyer, the rest was hogwash. He claims that Anna asked him if Yoo Jin was the killer and he was neutral. An officer tells the Police Chief and the Prosecutor that the burglar was being interrogated the night Anna’s mother died. The Police Chief moans in frustration and the Prosecutor barks they must remove the burglar from the interrogation room or things will only get worse.
The JSS President tells Col Jo they would have been better off if their clients had died.
Yoo Jin’s half-brother calls Anna and says the burglar was paid to lie by Yoo Jin. Anna is shocked. Yoo Jin’s half-brother tells Anna not worry, his lawyer will get them out of this mess. Anna doesn’t understand why they are in trouble. Yoo Jin’s half-brother cryptically says they did something wrong.
Assistant Kim is proud to admit to Je Ha that the burglar was her idea. Je Ha is angry that Assistant Kim doesn’t care who she hurts. Je Ha barks that Anna’s mother’s reputation was needlessly tarnished. Assistant Kim leans close to Je Ha and says her job is to protect Yoo Jin. Je Ha warns that she’s made an error she’ll live to regret. They glare and stare.
The Police Chief is relieved when Yoo Jin isn’t angry with that she was detained. She tells the Police Chief to give Assemblyman Park her regards. That surprises the Police Chief.
Yoo Jin is demur and downcast as she’s wheeled outside of the police station. Assemblyman Jang is there. The reporters want to know if Yoo Jin was mistreated by the police. Going for “best actress in a hospital gown” Yoo Jin cries and claims everything is her fault. She’s unable to answer the reporters’ questions about Anna and her mother because she’s so distraught. She faints on the ambulance’s stretcher and is whisked away.
The reporters swarm the Police Chief asking about the other witness. The Police Chief states he only brought Yoo Jin for routine questioning.
Assemblyman Park realizes Yoo Jin’s acting abilities have cast him as the villain that framed her. At least he respects her maneuvering.
Anna on the other hand, doesn’t see this as a game where everyone takes a turn on the bottom of the pile and on the top of the pile.
A downcast Yoo Jin takes strength from the calls of support as she is pushed through the hospital lobby. Yoo Jin’s half-brother is in her room and offers an apology. There’s a bug in a green plant curtsey of Je Ha. He listens as Yoo Jin’s half-brother compliments his sister on her acting skills. Yoo Jin says he’ll have to wait for her decision on his actions. Yoo Jin’s half-brother demurely agrees. Yoo Jin tells Yoo Jin’s half-brother he’ll have to get Agent Housekeeper, J4 and K1 new jobs when she sends overseas. Je Ha’s eyes widen in surprise. Yoo Jin’s half-brother agrees. As he leaves, he stops and asks Yoo Jin if she killed Anna’s mother. She scoffs and asks if he is recording her. Ha! Yoo Jin’s half-brother denies this.
As Yoo Jin’s half-brother strides down the hallway he elects to ignore an incoming call from Anna. Je Ha watches the smiling snake go. Hey, they finally got rid of that scar on Je Ha’s face.
Yoo Jin flashes back to the night she murdered Anna’s mother. The misdirection from last episode is cleared. As Yoo Jin knocked Anna’s mother to the floor scattering the sleeping pills, Anna’s mother pleaded that Yoo Jin not kill Anna. Yoo Jin responded that love wasn’t a group activity. Present day Yoo Jin cries. What are her tears about? Her own pain in that moment?
Anna keeps calling Yoo Jin’s half-brother but he isn’t answering. When Je Ha enters the room his look offers support and an unspoken “I told you so.” On the rooftop, Anna admits she should have told Je Ha everything. She cries ashamed that she lied to him. He pulls her to him and accepts her apology. He tells her now the fight begins. They see Assemblyman Jang pull up in the drive. Je Ha tells Anna to hear what her father has to say. I like how comfortable two characters are with each other. The seemed grounded in this short scene.
Assemblyman Jang apologizes to Anna for being a terrible person. He tells her that everything he said at the press conference was a lie. Her mother never blackmailed him, she only pleaded with him. Her mother did not commit suicide. He admits other lies because he knew Yoo Jin was watching. He admits he’s a coward and he’s afraid she’ll end up like him. Anna believes he’s only upset about his political career reduced to rubble. Assemblyman Jang says politics is the only thing that will allow him to save her. Anna wonders why politics trumps real people like herself and her mother. She asks if her father wants her to say nothing until after the election. She asks if her father wants her not to cast aspersions on Yoo Jin. She tells her father he didn’t lie to her because Yoo Jin was watching. He spoke the truth about his own feelings. She looks into her father’s teary eyes and tells him that he’s lost his daughter. Good scene. Anna was strong in the face of the father she spent most of her life idolizing.
Assemblyman Jang walks down the stairs and stares in Je Ha’s eyes. He has the look of a defeated man. He leaves.
Je Ha strides into Cloud Nine and the cone of salience conference room. He tells “mirror” they’ll begin again.
Assemblyman Jang campaigns. Yoo Jin campaigns. Anna watches them with disgust. Je Ha tires to sort a path forward with “mirror”. Assistant Kim watches him, clearly unhappy.
Anna visits her mother’s grave and apologizes for ruining everything. She cries.
OMG, Yoo Jin has the nerve to show up with flowers! Agents K1 and J4 stare at each other in shock.
Yoo Jin puts the flowers on the grave. Anna stands, instantly angry that Yoo Jin dares to visit her mother. Yoo Jin confides that once Assemblyman Jang brought her mother’s favorite flower to her by mistake. Yoo Jin tells Anna that she’s never hated her, even when she thought Anna must die. Good grief, can Yoo Jin hear herself? Who says something like that? Yoo Jin tells Anna they lived similar circumstances. Her father was taken away by another woman too. That woman is her brother’s mother. Did she lock you away for years? Yoo Jin tells Anna that she tried to understand her mother’s path to pregnancy, marriage, divorce and her return to Korea. But she wasn’t willing to step aside from the man she devoted herself to. Anna asks if that’s why Yoo Jin killed her mother. Yoo Jin tells Anna is would have been better if they were blood related. Why? The better to control her with? Anna stares at Yoo Jin in disbelief. Yoo Jin says Go Anna is no longer her name, but Jang Anna is. Yoo Jin tells Anna she’ll legally adopt her. Can she do that? That is cruel! Yoo Jin’s voice grow firm like a parent scolding her child and tells Anna to stay quiet and be the dutiful daughter of the president. Maybe one day she’ll own JB group. Sounds like Yoo Jin is trying to tempt Anna with what would appeal to herself. Yoo Jin tells Anna to get her revenge after she inherits Yoo Jin’s world. Anna tells Yoo Jin she doesn’t want her inheritance. Miffed, Yoo Jin tells her to leave the country. Doesn’t she know that her father isn’t trustworthy? Doesn’t she know that she has a suboptimal stepmother? Yes, she’s referencing herself. Anna stares at Yoo Jin. She asks what happens if she only wants to reveal who killed her mother? Yoo Jin pulls back and says with certainty “Your life will continue to be full of tragedy. You will watch as everyone you love dies. All the agents including Je Ha will die trying to protect you”. Anna counters that Je Ha will kill Yoo Jin first. Ah, Anna doesn’t know about Je Ha’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and his inability to kill. Yoo Jin laughs and tells Anna that just like Anna suffers from stress from bright light, Je Ha suffers from PTSD. He can’t kill anyone. That’s why he’s working with Yoo Jin, to get revenge and Yoo Jin will do the killing that Je Ha cannot. Anna doesn’t understand Je Ha’s need for revenge. Yoo Jin snipes that Je Ha is working to avenge the woman he loved and lost. Yoo Jin tells Anna that once Je Ha gets his revenge, he’ll leave her side. Yoo Jin chuckles at Anna’s ignorance. Anna counters that she and Je Ha will leave together. Yoo Jin scoffs that Anna know nothing about Je Ha. He’s a wanted man that can’t leave the country. Yoo Jin says at least Je Ha told her that he was framed for his fiancée’s murder. But she laughs when Anna doesn’t know Je Ha’s former finance’s name. Yoo Jin tells Anna Je Ha isn’t wanted for his finance’s murder but rather slaughtering innocent Iraqis. Yoo Jin tells Anna to confirm this with Je Ha. She dares her to ask Je Ha how he can’t leave the country unless he has a fake ID that Yoo Jin provides. Yoo Jin threatens that she could lock Je Ha for the remainder of his life with a single phone call. Yoo Jin leans into Anna and asks if that’s what she wants for Je Ha. Wow! Long scene. Tons of camera angles to keep it interesting. Yoo Jin tried everything she could to corner Anna into keeping her mouth shut about her mother’s murderer. Anna did a decent job staying strong but Yoo Jin boxed her in. Just like any good opponent Yoo Jin preyed on Anna’s weakness and threatened those she cared for.
Yoo Jin and Assemblyman Jang work a food line for the poor. Afterword’s Yoo Jin gets in her car and leaves without a word to Assemblyman Jang. He looks up and sees Je Ha watching him.
Assemblyman Jang walks with Je Ha and asks about Anna. Je Ha says that Anna is fine physically. He tells Assemblyman Jang that he’s the worst father alive. Love it! He offers Assemblyman Jang the chance to be a good father. Assemblyman Jang doesn’t think it’s possible, that ship has sailed. Je Ha says he’s found a way to break free from Yoo Jin and defeat Assemblyman Park. In return, Assemblyman Jang will have to reveal who killed Anna’s mother. Assemblyman Jang asks if Je Ha has evidence.
Yoo Jin and Assistant Kim enter the cone of silence conference room. Yoo Jin is impressed that Je Ha spent time with “mirror”. Assistant Kim asks why Yoo Jin gave Je Ha access to “mirror”. Yoo Jin says that a person must reveal their goal during interactions with “mirror”. Yoo Jin asks “mirror” what Je Ha questioned her about. “mirror” responds that Je Ha asked about arms importing in the country of Kumar. Also, oil and gas developments and subcontracts working that field. “Mirror” tells Yoo Jin that Je Ha dubbed the dirty dealings Kumar-gate. Like the pop reference using “gate”. The smile is wiped from Yoo Jin’s face. Is she involved in these dirty deals too?
Assemblyman Jang agrees to Je Ha’s request. He asks what Je Ha has against Yoo Jin. Je Ha says the dirty dealing involve Assemblyman Park and the President too. He offers to give Assemblyman Jang the physical evidence that will make Assemblyman Park drop out of the race for president. Je Ha says the evidence will also remove Assemblyman Jang from Yoo Jin’s grasp. Assemblyman Jang wonders why Je Ha is willing to do this. Je Ha says a politician willing to betray Yoo Jin is useful. Assemblyman Jang has to laugh at the correct characterization. Je Ha warns Assemblyman Jang that Yoo Jin has plans to control everyone and this is their only chance to make Yoo Jin and Assemblyman Park face the consequences for their action. This is sounding like justice, not revenge! Je Ha says Anna only wants her mother’s reputation restored. Assemblyman Jang agrees to support Je Ha and for once in his life, be a good father. They shake hands.
Nervous, Yoo Jin asks if Je Ha asked about things related to her. Mirror denies this. Yoo Jin asks if Je Ha asked about things related to Anna’s mother. “Mirror” denies this. Yoo Jin sighs in relief. Assistant Kim comments that Je Ha might have thought it futile to get “mirror” to reveal anything about Yoo Jin. She considers, but shrugs that it doesn’t matter. Yoo Jin asks “mirror” what Je Ha’s last query was. “Mirror” states it was about those without political ties in Iraq. Yoo Jin tells “mirror” to display the people. Less than a dozen faces are displayed on the screen. Yoo Jin is started to see one of the faces. Yoo Jin utters Kim Suk Han clearly shocked to see the face. She asks “mirror” to confirm Kim Suk Han’s identity which mirror does. Turns out that Kim Suk Han is the current president’s son. Yoo Jin smiles broadly declaring Je Ha just handed the biggest player in Kumar-gate on a silver platter to her.
Ah, now we see. The tall doctor that stared at Je Ha when Anna was brought to the hospital by Yoo Jin’s half-brother is Kim Suk Han.
Je Ha stares at all the hospital CCTV cameras and locates Kim Suk Han. He’s in the chapel. As he exits, he asks the waiting doctors if the surgery room is ready. They leave together. Je Ha realizes something and pushes away from the bank of CCTV cameras.
Assemblyman Park finds Je Ha looking through paperwork on his desk when he enters his office. He smiles and asks why Je Ha has come. Je Ha says he need the balance of the promised money. Assemblyman Park laughs. Je Ha laughs. Assemblyman Park tells Je Ha that Yoo Jin’s popularity is on the rise but Assemblyman Jang’s has taken a nose dive. Maybe everything is okay. Je Ha recommends that Assemblyman Park not relax just yet. He’s got information about Kumar-gate. That wipes the smile from Assemblyman Park’s face. Love it! Assemblyman Park wants to know how Je Ha found out. Je Ha states that Kim Suk Han is being closely watched.
The JSS President, Col Jo stand before Yoo Jin. Assistant Kim enters and tells Yoo Jin that Je Ha met with Assemblyman Park last night. JSS President feigns outrage and snarls at Col Jo about Je Ha. Yoo Jin tells him to stop blustering. This is going according to her plan. She tells Col Jo to provide Je Ha backup. Will it be Agent So? Will it be Col Jo himself? Yoo Jin tells Col Jo the next president will be decided by how well they can execute her plan.
Assemblyman Park goes to the hospital supposedly for a physical. Kim Suk Han is told Assemblyman Park wants to see him. Je Ha watches. While Kim Suk Han administer a CT scan, Assemblyman Park says he needs to talk to him. Kim Suk Han tells Assemblyman Park things get messy when he visits. Assemblyman Park says he’ll have to be careful with the critical object. He warns that Yoo Jin is looking for it too. He warns him to hid it. Kim Suk Han says the object is powerful as it allowed Assemblyman Park to force his father’s long time secretary to quit. He warns Assemblyman Park never to forget he has “the critical object”. As he wraps things up with Assemblyman Park the candidate recommends that he increase security. He wouldn’t want the president to suffer an accident.
As Assemblyman Park leave the hospital Je Ha watches. Kim Suk Han leaves the entourage. Je Ha sees men following Kim Suk Han. Je Ha gets a phone call. The caller tells him the Kim Suk Han is being followed by a mix of men from the President and Assemblyman Park. Je Ha looks across the railing and sees Col Jo on the phone. Je Ha recommends that Col Jo leaves. Col Jo tells Je Ha he can’t do this solo. Je Ha tells Col Jo to join him. Col Jo admits Yoo Jin sent him. Je Ha smiles knowing that mirror tipped her off. Col Jo says Yoo Jin didn’t tell him the particulars. He wants to know what’s going on. Je Ha tells Col Jo he only has one job, be obvious while he watches Kim Suk Han. Hey, it’s my honey Agent So in a neck brace watching Kim Suk Han. Agents are watching him which Kim Suk Han can’t help but realize. Je Ha tells Col Jo that Kim Suk Han was an important piece of evidence. LOL as JSS agents stalk and stare at Kim Suk Han without any stealth! The agent crossing himself in the chapel – ha, ha! The glare that Agent So gave Kim Suk Ha was darling! The agent bursting into his office just to stare – cute! Je Ha says the goal is to make Kim Suk Ha uncomfortable enough to move the important piece of evidence. That’s when they’ll seize it.
Assemblyman Park learns from his assistant the Je Ha has agents all over the hospital watching Kim Suk Ha. The assistant says the Kim Suk Ha has three bodyguards. Assemblyman Park directs his assistant to watch closely too. If JSS agents get near to the crucial evidence, they have to be ready to get it first. If they can’t grab it, then destroy it. Above all, Yoo Jin must not get the evidence.
As Kim Suk Ha prays in his usual spot at the chapel he makes a move to access something but stops when he sees the JSS agent watching. He stands to leave. Je Ha and Kim Suk Ha stare at each other as he leaves. Je Ha motions to the JSS agent who shows him where Kim Suk Ha was looking at. But it doesn’t look like they find it.
In his office Kim Suk Ha calls someone. It’s Yoo Jin’s half-brother! Love it! Sitting at the dark conference room table is Yoo Jin’s half-brother, his father in law, and others. One man states that Kim Suk Han surprises him by his involvement. They wonder who will control the critical evidence. They note that it’s big trouble for Yoo Jin’s half-brother if Yoo Jin gets control of the evidence. Yoo Jin’s half-brother feigns nonchalance. His father worries that Yoo Jin is a formidable opponent. They wonder who will have the power in the end – Assemblyman Park or Assemblyman Jang. Yoo Jin’s half-brother comments that the critical evidence, a memory card, is the game changer. The men decide Assemblyman Park wouldn’t betray them. They chuckle that Assemblyman Park must be the next President.
Kim Suk Ha isn’t happy that Yoo Jin’s half-brother isn’t answering his phone. He leaves his office and stare at Agent So and the other stalking agents. It really is rather humorous watching the agents NOT be stealthy. Agent So, my honey, even winks at Kim Suk Ha as it appears their shift ends and they all stroll past him!
Kim Suk Ha realizes maybe the agents didn’t have their shift end, maybe someone has the critical evidence. He runs down the hall with his bodyguards and meets Je Ha. He orders his guards to get Je Ha. They grab him. Je Ha watches Kim Suk Ha retrieve the memory card from underneath the chapel chair. That’s a silly place to stash that. Je Ha smiles. Now he knows where the critical evidence was. Realizing he was maneuvered into revealing the evidence’s hiding spot, Kim Suk Ha approaches Je Ha and demands to know who he is.
Je Ha finally shows the “chess player” side of his character. I’ve been wondering when Je Ha would move from brawn to brains. This was the episode. While I welcome the shift, it made the episode a bit dull. Thank goodness my honey, Agent So and the other stalking agents added humor right at the end of the episode. So, the question is obvious, what’s on the memory chip? Who will end up with the memory chip?
Kim Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) mines mirror for information that could eliminate his two biggest foes, Assemblyman Park and Yoo Jin with a single blow. Smart man! Je Ha asks Anna to give her father a chance. I had to laugh when Je Ha accurately called Assemblyman Jang the worst father on the planet. But he gave him the opportunity to free himself from Yoo Jin’s clutches. I’m assuming he did this for Anna and because he knows Assemblyman Park does care for his daughter even though he is a dreadful dad. No Mr. Song this episode but Col Jo filled in the “older guy giving Je Ha advice” role this episode.
Ko An Na (Yoona) had an unwelcome visitor at her mother’s grave. Yoo Jin brazenly visited Anna’s mother’s grave while Anna was there. Yoo Jin has no problems twisting the knife. Anna should be certain that Yoo Jin killed her mother now. Anna stood her ground admirably even when Yoo Jin taunted her about not knowing everything about Je Ha. But Anna knows that Je Ha is on her side and she he is the man she can trust. Glad to see she realized that and apologized to Je Ha. She’s still in the position of being a pawn more than an active participant which limits the interest in this character. I hope she gets a moment in the last 3 episodes where her intelligence contributes to the end game.
Assemblyman Jang Se Joon (Cho Song Ha) decides joining team Je Ha was his best option to survive. You’ve got to admit that Assemblyman Jang looks out for himself first. If he’s willing to bank on Je Ha, the odds increase that Je Ha will succeed. Assemblyman Jang doesn’t throw in with weak people. Served him right that Anna was not swayed heavily by his tears and apologies. He at least admits he’s a bad dad. This actor is short!
Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yoon A) was nervous once she realized Je Ha knew about Kumar-gate because that could expose her dirty dealings as well as Assemblyman Park’s. I was a bit surprised that Yoo Jin didn’t go deeper with mirror about all of Je Ha’s inquires. She seemed to dismiss the possibility that Je Ha was trying to get the good on her. Assistant Kim never trusts Je Ha and must roll her eyes at Yoo Jin’s consistent soft manner about Je Ha. She probably wants to scream, he’s out to get you, why don’t you see this obvious point?! Yoo Jin’s confrontation with Anna was a perfect show of Yoo Jin’s strategy to control. Lure, and if that doesn’t work, go for the jugular and threaten. That strategy has gotten her far. Has she finally met her match with Je Ha. Will her attraction to Je Ha be her undoing?
The instrumental music of this series is quite strong. I don’t think I’ve ever waited in anticipation for instrumental tracks on an OST. Here’s a fan made video of the fight scene music: