Sunday, August 31, 2014

Triangle: Episode 23

That’s a helluva pissed off expression if I’ve ever seen one. As more baddies are brought to light and more people on Young-dal’s side are threatened, Young-dal finds it increasingly harder to keep his anger in check. Now if you’re thinking that tidbit would prompt the evil chaebols to get hustlin’ on their ever-present-but-not-really-urgent threat to take Young-dal’s life, you’d be sadly mistaken—they’ll be throwing that threat out there until the cows come home.
But at least we’ve got a hero who will do anything it takes to protect the people who are on his side, and vows to destroy anybody who threatens to hurt them. How could you not love a man with that kind of loyalty?

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At the hospital, Young-dal tells his hyung that Elder Ahn is in critical condition after a hit-and-run earlier that morning, and there were no witnesses. Hearing this, Dong-soo offers to do what he does best: run around and gather information.
Team Young-dal is a bundle of nerves upon hearing the news. They worry that Young-dal will be eaten alive without the rich man’s support, and wonder if their enemies called the hit.
We already know Chairman Yoon was ultimately responsible, but now learn that he had Director Hyun carry out the task, intending to use it as blackmail should the man betray him later on. And even though Chairman Yoon said he’d take care of the Young-dal problem himself just last episode, he gives Yang-ha the honor. Gee, thanks for changing your mind again old man.

Still, Chairman Yoon has Kim Jin-soo keep tabs on Yang-ha, unconvinced that his son will finish Young-dal off. He can’t have his adoptive son join his brothers and turn against him. Or something.
Seeing Elder Ahn lying comatose is hard for Young-dal to bear, as he remembers when the aging chaebol first offered his help. The elderly man’s prognosis isn’t looking good either, and Young-dal is certain that Chairman Yoon is responsible, despite not having any evidence to back up his claims.
Young-dal is back on his revenge warpath, and he won’t forgive Yang-ha if he chooses to fight alongside Chairman Yoon. He knows Dong-soo gave up on revenge for the sake of their little brother, but he won’t do the same, not when he knows Chairman Yoon is attacking the people he cares about to get to him.

Nothing seems to be going in Chairman Go’s way today because two matters infuriate him: (1) Chairman Yoon got to Young-dal first; and (2) Boss Min has blocked off all his men assigned to that job. It’s pretty funny how he does the comically evil “I must destroy him myself!” to the first, and awesome of Boss Min telling him through clenched teeth to back off.
I’m finding Chairman Go’s villainous existential moments downright hilarious lately—this time is no different, wondering if he’s losing his evil touch again. He won’t stand to be made a fool of and declares war against Boss Min. Again.
Yang-ha is surprised to hear about the major investment deal between Hanchang Group and Anderson Group. Before that can sink in, Young-dal barges into the office and warns Manager Bae that there will be hell to pay for betraying him and his team.

Once they’re alone, Young-dal cuts to the chase: Yang-ha will face the same fate as Chairman Yoon if he continues to remain loyal to him, which also means their brotherly ties would be broken from that moment on. Those are the same words Yang-ha wanted to say to him, and since Young-dal won’t quit of his own accord, he’ll have to arrange Young-dal’s dismissal from the company.
Young-dal invites him to go ahead and try, because he won’t ever leave Daejung before Yang-ha and Chairman Yoon pay for their crimes. It’s only when Young-dal leaves, however, does that impassive expression drop from Yang-ha’s face, remembering how Young-dal was responsible for his early release.
Yang-ha seeks out Director Yeon from Hanchang Group to confront him about the impending investment deal with Anderson Group. He asks if it involves Yoo-jin, and his “I’m not at liberty to say” answer basically gives Yang-ha the confirmation he’s looking for.

So Yang-ha buys Yoo-jin some PPL beauty products to butter her up and as an attempt to fulfill that promise to impress her with his sincerity. It’s enough for her to hear him out until he brings up that Anderson Group investment deal, which she remains mostly tight-lipped about.
What she does disclose, however, is the detail that she’s currently negotiating with Young-dal. She’s amused when that gets a desperation reaction out of Yang-ha, so she says she’ll reconsider if he manages to impress her. She’ll keep the present, though.
When Young-dal runs into Director Hyun at the office, he isn’t having any of the man’s fake sympathy about his soon-to-be dismissal today—he knows that Director Hyun is in leagues with Chairman Go.

Director Hyun angrily grabs a fistful of Young-dal’s suit when the latter gets cheeky with him. He calls Young-dal a gangster, an insult that’s answered with Young-dal’s right hook. Young-dal acknowledges that his response was probably out of line, but adds that he can barely keep his temper in check lately.
Just when Director Hyun doesn’t know what to do about either Young-dal or Yang-ha, he’s conveniently told that the two are brothers, so he can use that familial connection to bring them both down.
Meanwhile, Dong-soo meets with Jung-hee, concerned about his brother’s growing vengeful emotions. He believes Jung-hee’s the only one who can get through to Young-dal right now, and she promises to do whatever she can to calm Young-dal down.

Dong-soo also asks for her help to make his brother’s dream of settling down with the woman he loves into a reality. She replies that she and Young-dal share the same dream, so she’s sure it’ll come true.
Picking up on how Dong-soo refers to Young-dal by his real name Dong-chul, Jung-hee asks if their family ever lived in the Dongjin mines dorms. She takes out the childhood photo in her possession, and when Dong-soo confirms that the boy is Young-dal, she tells him that she’s the little girl next to him.
Onto the next scene where Chairman Yoon is brusquely told by Shin-hye to get to the point already. He knows that Shin-hye is well-aware of the bad blood between Dong-soo, Young-dal, and himself and now he wants to put an end to that war.

His proposition is for her to persuade Dong-soo and Young-dal—both of whom he notes she shares “a special relationship” with—to leave Daejung alone. If they do, he’ll brush everything under the rug, too—for Yang-ha’s sake, of course.
Shin-hye doesn’t believe a word of it though, and offers her professional(?) opinion, saying how Chairman Yoon requires therapy and attributing his severe lack of moral boundaries and remorse to his self-centeredness. Manipulating his own son for his gain shows just how grave a concern this is, and she won’t stand to see Yang-ha suffer under his father’s thumb anymore.
To that, Chairman Yoon replies that he’s gained another enemy, and warns that she’ll regret not listening to him.

Jung-hee calls Young-dal up to the rooftop, where she tells him that she met Dong-soo earlier. There are plenty of things she’d like to say, but she doesn’t want to sound like she’s nagging either, so she simply lets Young-dal know that both she and Dong-soo are worried about Young-dal’s anger. He assures her that it’s not a problem.
With that, Jung-hee redirects the conversation to a lighter topic—who was his first love? It couldn’t have been someone like Lady Kim, right? Whoa, I haven’t heard that name in a while. Seriously, where did the “hell hath no fury like a scorned woman” lady go?

It’s adorable how she calls herself “his last love” and how Young-dal gets all embarrassed at the question. She presses for an answer, and so Young-dal mentions how he was told that he played house with the little girl who lived next door.
So she takes out that childhood photo, asking if the one in the picture is the same girl. Surprised, Young-dal asks how she has this picture. Jung-hee points to herself: “Your first love was me. I was your little bride.” Young-dal breaks into a wide smile.
Unfortunately, the detectives can’t find any CCTV footage that links to Elder Ahn’s accident, so Dong-soo decides to draw up a list of possible suspects for now, including Chairman Yoon and his men.

After Shin-hye relays everything about her conversation with Chairman Yoon to Dong-soo, she also delivers some belated news: she’s been assigned to work with the FBI for the next two years. I know it’s a fictional world, but she’s coming stateside? Have mercy on those poor, unfortunate souls.
But that’s not all: she’s looked into possible schools for Dong-soo as well. Oh, you want him to come with you? If that means both of you two get to do something in this dramaverse, then by all means go. Shin-hye pretty much says the same thing, emphasizing the need for Dong-soo to move on and start anew.
Young-dal is still smiling at the photo of him and Jung-hee as kids when Jun-ho drops off the files from Hanchang Group. He’s surprised when Jun-ho recognizes the photo, and in turn, Jun-ho is surprised to learn that Young-dal was Jung-hee’s first love.

Jung-hee is busy telling Grandma about the Young-dal = Dong-chul connection, smiling when her grandmother exclaims that this means they’re a match made in heaven. Grandma’s both happy and relieved to hear that Young-dal has found his brothers too, and tells Jung-hee to invite him over sometime.
Now that Young-dal is known to be involved in the upcoming Hanchang-Anderson investment deal, Manager Bae argues that kicking him out of Daejung won’t eliminate him as a threat. He encourages Yang-ha to consult Chairman Yoon about it, but Yang-ha won’t disappoint his father further and chooses to handle this on his own.
Manager Bae is then called in to see Director Hyun, who asks if it’s true that Young-dal and Yang-ha are brothers. He warns that Yang-ha won’t last long and advises Manager Bae to fall in line behind the right people like himself.

It should come as no surprise that Chairman Yoon thinks the idea to have Young-dal fired is utterly pointless, but he doesn’t tell Yang-ha (nor us for that matter) why it won’t work. Instead, he tells Yang-ha to find out the answers for himself like it’s some sort of homework assignment while he takes care of Young-dal himself. For realz this time.
That answer happens to be in Elder Ahn’s will, which states that Young-dal will be given all of Elder Ahn’s shares in Daejung. It would be impossible for the board to vote for Young-dal’s dismissal given that majority stake in the company, so Kim Jin-soo theorizes that Chairman Yoon (who already knows the contents of this will somehow) plans to use Director Hyun again.
At the same time, Young-dal receives the same information about those Daejung shares from Elder Ahn’s lawyer. He’s also told that Elder Ahn wishes him to use said shares to benefit society in the future.

Meanwhile, everyone with a connection to Young-dal including Boss Yang, Boss Min, and Madame Jung are slapped with a search and seizure warrant. When they demand to know who was behind it, Detective Gook whispers that it was Chairman Go’s doing.
Chairman Yoon meets with Director Hyun on the roof, sighing that he’s been thinking of Director Hyun’s father lately. Director Hyun is the only person he can trust now, and therefore he’ll have to be the one to do away with Young-dal. People have threatened about getting rid of Young-dal so many times in this show that you can turn those words into its own drinking game.
Director Hyun wastes no time to relay this turn of events to Yang-ha, telling him to refocus his efforts to deal with the Hanchang-Anderson investment deal instead. He agrees not to tell Chairman Yoon about Young-dal’s involvement in the matter just yet, so Yang-ha better get moving.

After Young-dal finds out that Chairman Go was responsible for getting all the key players on his team arrested, he rushes over to the police station, where Detective Gook assures him that Boss Min & Co. will all be fine. He adds that it seems like Chairman Go is determined to take Young-dal down once and for all this time.
But Young-dal’s got a plan to bring down a weakened Chairman Go this time: he’ll make sure Chairman Go loses all of his Daejung shares. Just then, human messenger pigeon Jun-ho comes running to tell him that the board meeting (that was supposed to determine Young-dal’s job status) has been canceled, and Young-dal realizes that Yang-ha has caught on.

Dong-soo tells Shin-hye that she’s right in that he needs to start anew, but he has to take care of family matters first. He plans to take Yang-ha out of Chairman Yoon’s clutches before the chaebol can ruin his youngest brother any further, so she should go ahead and leave first and he’ll join her later. She approves of this plan.
Right then, Dong-soo receives a call and learns that there’s a high possibility that Director Hyun called the hit on Elder Ahn. And because theories are made to be shared between our exposition fairies, Dong-soo relays that information to Shin-hye, who’s surprised to hear it.
Yang-ha happens to eavesdrop on Director Hyun’s plans to off Young-dal by using Jung-hee as bait. Director Hyun doesn’t seem to be all that concerned about the number the victims involved—the more the merrier.

After the annoying sunbae trio loses in a card game and is forced to collectively pay for lunch, Jung-hee receives a text from Young-dal to meet him after work. But then Young-dal also receives the same message.
When Dong-soo calls moments later, Young-dal is enraged to hear that Director Hyun is most likely responsible for Elder Ahn’s accident. Next thing we know, Young-dal walks right up to Director Hyun and greets him with a punch to the jaw. He then proceeds to kick the man repeatedly on the ground, not caring that he’s doing this out in the open.

The beating stops when Young-dal’s buddies intervene and have to physically hold their friend back. When Director Hyun feigns innocence to the hit-and run, Young-dal breathes menacingly that he’ll kill Director Hyun if the elderly man passes away.
Young-dal declares that Director Hyun is the man responsible for putting Elder Ahn in the hospital, but Director Hyun keeps up the act and issues the threat that Young-dal will soon come to regret his actions.

Yang-ha is still troubled by Director Hyun’s words. After work, he asks Jung-hee for a chat, only to be told that she’s on her way to meet Young-dal behind Daejung. That’s where Young-dal is waiting now, unaware that Soo-chang is in his car, waiting.
And at the opportune moment, Soo-chang turns on the ignition and guns it, speeding towards Young-dal.

Um, watch out? Don’t get me wrong—I honestly want to be the viewer who’s screaming at her monitor telling Young-dal to get the hell out of the way because there’s a car hurtling towards him. But at the same time, it’s difficult to find the enthusiasm when it’s clear that Triangle is struggling to keep its narrative momentum and stretching its story as thinly as possible in its final weeks. Considering (some of) our characters’ progression to this point, it’s sad to think that both the show and its viewers are dragging its feet towards the finish line.
Not that you could generally tell from the numbers, since Triangle still managed to net first place with 9.5% with SBS’s Temptation close on its tail with 9.0%. And the thing is that Triangle is by no means a bad show, but rather the series falls into that unfortunate category of shows that are victims to repetitive and recycled plot points until the final conflict is introduced and (hopefully) dealt with. Case in point: Our baddies have been talking and talking and talking about getting rid of Young-dal for weeks on end, and using tiny conflicts and multiple side characters to try (and fail). At this point, I’m actually amused by the innumerable failed attempts on Young-dal’s life, like it’s some special inside joke.
But instead of Chairman Yoon and Go’s collective inability to execute anything properly anymore, what leaves me more exasperated is the way Triangle chooses to introduce and resolve its conflicts. And because we’ve seen it happen so many times, you could almost break it down into steps that look something like this: (1) Introduce conflict with minor characters viewers have never seen before; (2) Let every character know about said conflict via human messenger pigeon; (3) Conjure emphasis and importance on the narrative threat; (4) THIS IS A REAL THREAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL; (5) Poof! Conflict and minor characters are gone!
Even with all that being said, there are still the sparse nuggets of sweet character moments I hold dear, especially when it comes to our main couple. I love that Jung-hee brought up her concern for Young-dal in a way that felt totally normal, and that wouldn’t push him to be even more upset and angry than he already is. They’re just so adorable together that I wish we’d spend more time on PPL dates than talking about revenge that may or may not ever come to fruition.
We’ll have to wait to see how Yang-ha will act in the last few episodes in this series, since he spent much of this hour pondering over Young-dal’s once-intentions to save him, his declaration of war against him, and now the imminent threat to Young-dal’s life. If only I could tell him to stop his moping and save his brother. Hey, if Shin-hye can manage to tell Dong-soo that he needs to do something with his life, maybe there’s still hope yet.

Triangle: Episode 22

We’ve officially circled back to plotting and planning with minimal follow-through, which is its own kind of letdown for anyone weathering the meandering pace in the hopes that the emotional payoffs, however sparse, will make it all worthwhile. While this hour isn’t bereft of important brotherly connections, it certainly takes its sweet time exploring them, much to the detriment of the story flow. If Triangle doesn’t start shaping up soon, it’ll be yet another addition to the ever-growing list of Dramas Negatively Impacted By Extensions. And I, for one, don’t want it to be.
Ratings-wise, Triangle maintained its first place spot with 10.0% (I know!), while its competitors remained in the single digits.
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Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the immediate fallout from Young-dal telling Yang-ha that he’s his long-lost little brother. Instead, we cut to both siblings after the fact as they brood about what just happened.
Yang-ha calls Kim Jin-soo to ask for the truth regarding his adoption, but the old man is reluctant to divulge any information as he insists, “You’re Chairman Yoon’s one and only son.”
“Before I was adopted, my name was Jang Dong-woo, wasn’t it?” Yang-ha presses. “My father was Jang Jung-kook. I have two hyungs: The oldest one is Jang Dong-soo, and the younger one is Jang Dong-chul. Is this true?”

Kim Jin-soo grows ever more uncomfortable as he insists that he knows nothing, but at Yang-ha’s incessant pleading, he finally gives in: “Yes, they are your brothers.”
Yang-ha reels in shock, tears streaming down his face as he asks if this means his real father was the man Chairman Yoon hired Chairman Go to kill. And if so, how could he have adopted him and raised him as his own? How?
The older man begs for Yang-ha’s forgiveness as he claims Chairman Yoon wasn’t aware of his parentage—he took it upon himself to try and atone for what happened by having Yang-ha raised by a wealthy family. This isn’t much of a balm to Yang-ha, who asks what right Kim Jin-soo had to decide something so enormous for him.
“What I did was wrong,” Kim sighs heavily. “Please forgive me.” But Yang-ha can only cry piteously as the truth of his existence settles in.

Since Young-dal is going through such a rough patch, Jang-soo tells the boys that he won’t be at work for a few days and asks Jung-hee to lend Young-dal whatever support she can. He’ll need it.
Jung-hee finds Young-dal moping alone, and isn’t successful in her early attempts to get him to open up. When he finally tells her that he recently found his younger brother, she smiles that that’s great news—what’s there to be sad about?
“My dongsaeng… is Yoon Yang-ha,” Young-dal admits. While Jung-hee’s eyes grow wide with shock, Young-dal’s remain distant and pensive as he adds guiltily that he’s the reason his little brother is about to get arrested.

Chairman Yoon has had it up to here with Young-dal, and tasks Director Hyun with getting rid of him. Knowing that Young-dal would have no reason to stay at Daejung without his connection to Elder Ahn, Director Hyun vows to find a way to sever their relationship.
Kim Jin-soo takes this chance to plead with Chairman Yoon about letting Yang-ha take the fall for him, but Yoon won’t be swayed: if they don’t feed Yang-ha to the prosecutors, it’d mean he’d have to take responsibility. And he has no intention of doing any such thing.
Young-dal feels hopeless when it comes to saving Yang-ha from prison, but Dong-soo refuses to let him fall into despair. He thinks that Elder Ahn might be of some help, and advises Young-dal to seek his opinion.

Since Yang-ha still seeks Shin-hye’s advice for whatever reason, he goes to her with the same conundrum his two brothers are facing: What should he do?
Her advice is for him to not take the fall for his father, but Yang-ha retorts that she’s asking him to abandon the man who’s raised(?) him his whole life for two brothers that just came out of nowhere.
Yang-ha decides that he’ll no longer seek Shin-hye out if this is the kind of stuff she’s going to spout, because he considers Dong-soo and Young-dal as nothing more than two people trying to take him and his father down.

Young-dal asks Elder Ahn if there’s any way of stopping the investigation not only because their main target has found a way to weasel out of it, but because the scapegoat, Yang-ha, is his long-lost little brother.
Elder Ahn knows an incredible turn of events when he sees one (only in dramaland), and empathizes with both Young-dal and Yang-ha as he promises to see what he can do.
Just in case we didn’t know Young-dal’s inner conflict, Boss Min explains it to Team Young-dal as she wonders if there’s anything she can do for their poor comrade.
Jang-soo tells her that there is, and asks if she can make sure Kang Sun-tae doesn’t spill whatever incriminating information he has on Chairman Yoon so they can prevent Yang-ha from going to jail.

And just in case we still weren’t up and up on what’s going on, Hyun-mi wonders aloud about Young-dal being responsible for Yang-ha’s possible-future-arrest. Jung-hee agrees as she murmurs, “They really shouldn’t be doing this to each other.”
They stand at awkward attention when Yang-ha passes them, but he stops momentarily to share a charged but silent glance with Jung-hee.
Onto the next scene where the same matter is discussed, this time with Director Hyun telling the casino managers to be on their toes with Yang-ha’s investigation on the horizon.
He gets in a dig about Manager Bae betting on the wrong horse (aka Yang-ha), before correcting Bae’s female counterpart on the rumor mill regarding Young-dal’s part in Yang-ha’s possible arrest. Of course, Manager Bae later tells her that the rumors are all true—Young-dal is responsible for the investigation.

Yang-ha starts his farewell tour before the investigation and stops by Director Hyun’s office to warn him against getting it into his head that he can become the heir to Daejung while he’s gone.
Director Hyun gets flustered now that he’s been found out, while Yang-ha all but shrugs at the futility of Hyun’s ambition. But he makes sure to warn him to be careful of Young-dal if he’s really going to try to usurp his position, “Because Heo Young-dal may be an even bigger threat to you than I am.”
While Chairman Go orders his minion to do something about Young-dal (for real this time you guys), Yang-ha warns Manager Bae to be careful of Director Hyun moments before men come to escort him to the prosecutor’s office.

Young-dal gets a brief moment with his littlest bro, only to be taken aback when Yang-ha declares that his relationship with his father is more important to him than his brothers are. This shocks Young-dal into asking if Yang-ha is unaware of what Chairman Yoon did to them.
“Your father isn’t Yoon Tae-joon,” Young-dal stresses. “It’s Jang Jung-kook. Your father is Jang Jung-kook, the man Yoon Tae-joon killed.” But Yang-ha snipes back that that name has no meaning to him—besides, he has no memories of that father.
“Dong-woo-ya,” Young-dal ekes out with tears in his eyes. Yang-ha: “Don’t call me by that name. My name is Yoon Yang-ha.” But even as he’s escorted away, Young-dal calls out his birth name pitifully.
Outside, Young-dal completely breaks down: “Dong-woo-ya… Dong-woo-ya…”

When Dong-soo confronts Chairman Yoon over his inaction regarding Yang-ha’s arrest, Chairman Yoon takes the same stance as his adopted son when it comes to who his real family is as he declares that Dong-soo’s relationship to Yang-ha means nothing to him.
Furthermore, he adds that Dong-soo and Young-dal are the reason Yang-ha’s being investigated at all—so if they care so much about him, they should do something about it.
Dong-soo tells Shin-hye how shocked he is over how little Chairman Yoon cares for Yang-ha, adding that he’s changed his mind about whether Yang-ha would be better off staying with his adoptive father: “If left under Yoon Tae-joon, Dong-woo will end up becoming a monster too.”

But Shin-hye, all-seeing and all-knowing, reminds him that they need to focus on how to free Yang-ha before anything else. That’s when Dong-soo tells her that Young-dal is working with Elder Ahn on his end to see what can be done. (Yes, but what are you doing about it?)
After finding out that Boss Min made sure Kang Sun-tae wouldn’t spill any of his incriminating information on Chairman Yoon, Young-dal calls to thank her. She passes it off as nothing, but makes sure to warn Young-dal that Chairman Go has put out orders for him to be taught a lesson. Again.

In order to protect Young-dal, Boss Min orders that all her men be mobilized to ward off Chairman Go’s men. Talk about déjà vu. Manbong takes on the role of general to Boss Min’s men as they gather to prepare for battle against the group of thugs Chairman Go has deployed near Madame Jang’s casino.
Madame Jang has enough warning to clear out any customers before Go’s thugs enter her casino looking for Young-dal. Boss Yang suffers no guilt in redirecting them to Daejung Casino instead.
After the leader of the Annoying Sunbae Trio continues to act uncharacteristically nice to Jung-hee only to talk viciously about her behind her back, Young-dal invites Jung-hee out to ease his loneliness.

Jung-hee’s just happy he reached out, explaining how consumed with worry she’s been about him. Over some soju, Young-dal takes her and himself down memory lane as he tells her about how he was left to care for his littlest brother alone and how painful it was when he was taken away from him.
She’s still having a hard time wrapping her head around the fact that Yang-ha is his long-lost brother, and asks what will happen to him now. Young-dal hangs his head as he admits that he’s doing everything he can to save him from being imprisoned, but doesn’t know if it’ll be enough.
Picking up on his mood, Jung-hee reaches across the table to grasp Young-dal’s hand in hers. “One day… Yoon Yang-ha will realize how much you truly care about him.”

Chairman Go’s thugs find Young-dal with Jung-hee and force him to follow them into a shady alley where they can duke it out. Jung-hee can do nothing but fret and call Jailbreak for help when she’s left behind.
Young-dal is outnumbered but excited at the prospect of taking the thugs on since he’s been itching for a fight. He actually ends up kicking so much ass that the thugs are sent running home to Daddy Go with their tails between their legs.
Team Young-dal freaks out about their friend’s fate since he never came home that night, unaware that he spent the night in his old room at Jung-hee’s house.

Little Byung-soo is the one to wake him up by calling him “Brother-in-law.” Hah. It’s adorable how Young-dal is so excited to be called that, as he ushers Byung-soo over to him with a grin: “I am, aren’t I? That’s what’ll probably happen, right?” Awwww.
Of course, Byung-soo extorts his new soon-to-be family member by saying that his friend’s brother-in-law always gives him money—so of course, Young-dal wants to earn points and does the same. Cute cute cute.

Young-dal’s smile only brightens when he finds that Jung-hee has prepared breakfast for him and the family, while Grandma dotes over him approvingly. To add to this idyllic scene, he and Jung-hee also share a sweet little smile when their eyes meet across the table.
Team Young-dal is relieved to see him safe and sound at work the next day, though Boss Min calls him like a worried mother to take him to task about going off the grid last night.
However, when he tells her that he plans to meet with her to make plans about Chairman Go, she assumes that he’s finally planning on taking care of Go for good.

Young-dal meets with SUNG YOO-JIN (executive decision to call Jiyeon by her character name, now that we know it), and is introduced to her sidekick, DIRECTOR YEON, from her father’s conglomerate Hanchang Group.
She immediately cuts to the chase: Hanchang Group and the American-based casino conglomerate Anderson Group are about to sign a ten billion dollar investment deal.
It would completely eclipse the deal Daejung made for their newest island resort, but Anderson has a condition: They want a monopoly over foreign clients. That’s why Yoo-jin contacted Young-dal, because if he can help her solve that condition, she’ll cut him in on the deal.

After telling Dong-soo that Yang-ha has been released thanks to Young-dal’s behind-the-scenes help, Shin-hye finds Yang-ha to tell him the same thing. He stands by his decision to not consider his brothers as his family, but Shin-hye manages to convince him to meet with Dong-soo before he decides to cut his blood ties completely.
Yang-ha’s face remains stoic and impassive as Dong-soo admits that he doesn’t have the right to call himself his brother after he failed to protect him as a baby. “But Dong-woo-ya… even if you deny our relationship, don’t deny our father, Jang Jung-kook. No matter how you decide to live your life, don’t ever erase his name from your heart.”

As Dong-soo goes on to say that he won’t object if Yang-ha and Young-dal decide to live separate lives as long as they’re not fighting, Yang-ha’s eyes begin to glisten with unshed tears. Dong-soo adds that if he only had one wish for his youngest brother, it would be for him not to follow in Chairman Yoon’s footsteps.
Dong-soo: “Do you remember telling me once that money was honor, money was pride, and money was everything? That’s not true. There are so many things more important than money in this world. What breaks my heart and saddens me the most is that Chairman Yoon raised you to think that way.”
After choking back his own tears, Dong-soo excuses himself. Yang-ha never says a word.

Yang-ha is embraced by Chairman Yoon upon his return, though he can’t help but think back to Dong-soo’s wish that he not follow in his father’s footsteps. But methinks Yang-ha knows just how little his father was involved in his early release when he tells his father that it was all thanks to his efforts—when in reality, he knows he has Young-dal to thank.
Speaking of, Chairman Yoon promises Yang-ha that he’ll get rid of Young-dal and Elder Ahn. Yang-ha doesn’t need to worry about a thing.
While Chairman Go is over the moon upon hearing news that the investigation into Yang-ha (and himself by extension) has been called off, Young-dal’s buddies are just as over the moon when he tells them that they could get cut into that multi-billion dollar Hanchang deal.

But since news only arrives via human messenger pigeons, Young-dal is the last one to find out about Yang-ha’s release—even though he was the one pulling strings to make it happen. Whatever the case, Young-dal is happy to hear it.
Dong-soo is the next person to call Young-dal with the same news, admitting that Yang-ha’s release was all thanks to him. But Young-dal quickly catches on to the fact that Dong-soo has had a little too much to drink as his hyung laments that he’s too ashamed to even face Young-dal because he’s never done anything nice for him.

He starts to tear up as he claims he’s happy Yang-ha was released, but that his heart still aches every time he thinks of Young-dal. Because he feels sick to his stomach when he thinks about how the three of them ended up this way and because of the rage he feels toward Chairman Yoon, he felt justified in having a few drinks.
“I just miss our father so much today,” Dong-soo says as he breaks down over the phone. Young-dal can do nothing but voice his concern for his hyung… at least until Dong-soo, in desperation, asks what they’re going to do about Yang-ha.
He hangs up before Young-dal can even try to answer, and as we see both brothers crying separately, we find Yang-ha drinking alone as he thinks back to his meeting with Dong-soo, as well as his father’s promise to get rid of Young-dal.

Yang-ha is welcomed back to Daejung with open arms as the new CEO by everyone but Director Hyun, who plans to bring about Yang-ha’s downfall by pitting him against his black-hearted father.
Speak of the devil, Chairman Yoon calls Yang-ha to say that he’s “taken care of” Elder Ahn, and that all Yang-ha has to do is take care of Young-dal.

…Which means Young-dal is in for a rude awakening when he gets to work only for Messenger Pigeon Jun-ho to tell him that Elder Ahn has been in a car accident. He’s alive, at least, but in very critical condition.
Yang-ha watches the exchange in shock before Young-dal sprints from the building, hell bent on getting to the hospital as fast as he can.

Seeing as how Chairman Yoon can do his own dirty work with about about 99.9% more efficiency than Chairman Go, I’m hard-pressed to find a reason why Go is still treated as though he’s not totally obsolete and/or irrelevant. He had his time in the spotlight as a particularly nasty villain, but that time seems to have come and gone now that Young-dal’s entered the big leagues—heck, the show even hung a lantern on Chairman Go losing his villainous flair when he literally asked his minion if he lost it.
So we saw a big deal made of Chairman Go’s inability to carry out any orders ever last episode, and when he was tasked with taking care of Young-dal (again), only to fail spectacularly (again), I was actually kind of glad we didn’t cut to Chairman Go getting a cartoonish “I’ll get you next time, Gadget! Neeeext time!” moment. Because that’s all it would’ve been at this point: a joke. He’s turned into a joke at this point, so I really hope Young-dal was being serious about taking care of Chairman Go. Someone’s gotta do it.
While I admit to feeling a bit underwhelmed with Yang-ha’s reaction to the big reveal, there’s definitely room for growth now that he seems to be even the slightest bit torn between his adoptive not-a-family and his real one. Young-dal’s change in the way he approached Yang-ha was also very subtle (maybe too subtle), since he didn’t spend all that long reconciling the Yang-ha he hated versus the little brother he’s been missing. I was expecting more conflict on that front, but it’s not so out of character that Young-dal can’t ignore his better self even if he wishes he could. And even though he’d like to lump Yang-ha in with Chairman Yoon, this hour made it clear that he thinks of Yang-ha as his flesh and blood, whether he likes it or not.
Which still leaves Dong-soo with nothing to do but continue his career path of being Sad And Worried. There’s clearly some self-awareness on the part of the show when it comes to Chairman Go’s impotence, but I do wonder whether Dong-soo’s ineptitude is something that will be addressed anytime soon. His conversation with Yang-ha was just about the only worthwhile action he had, since his only other attempt to do something in confronting Chairman Yoon was just sad. He clearly made no plans other than to tell Chairman Yoon his thoughts, so when Chairman Yoon all but brushed him off, he was left with nothing. He made no impact. That scene was rendered completely unnecessary.
However, if Dong-soo’s tearful phone call with Young-dal is any indicator, there could be a possibility for some character change on the horizon. I wouldn’t know, because spinning theories based on future unknowns is Shin-hye’s job.