Don’t have time to read a full recap? Well, here is what happened in around 500 words or less in every episode of Vagabond. We update as the episodes air. Viewership ratings and links to full episode recaps are included at the end of each summary.
Vagabond is an action-thriller about a struggling stunt double who is trying to solve the mystery behind a tragic plane crash that reeks of conspiracy.
VAGABOND: EPISODE BY EPISODE RECAP SUMMARY
Cha Dal-gun, a struggling stunt double, decides to give his stunt and entertainment career up and works to support his nephew who is on the youth Taekwondo team for Korea. However, the B357 airplane carrying the Taekwondo team explodes in mid flight in a worldwide tragedy. Seeking solace, Dal-gun looks at the last video that his nephew sent him which shows the fun that the kids where having on the plane. However, once reaching Morocco for the funeral, Dal-gun recognizes someone from the flight in the airport. He chases the man down and realizes that he survived from the plane crash! But how? He uses all of this stunt man skills to chase the assassin through the streets of Tangier on a hunt for the truth. But the assassin gets away.
Meanwhile, we find out that John & Mark, is responsible for the plane crash and deliberately hired an assassin to make the plane appear to be malfunctioning which is what caused the disaster. The reason they are doing this is because they want a huge Korean military contract for a fighter plane that is most likely going to go to Dynamic Systems who are the company that manufactures the commercial B357. The crash changes all of that as the outcry of the Korean citizens is for the President to switch the contract from Dynamic Systems to John & Mark.
Full Recap: episode 1
Ratings: Nationwide – 10.2%, Seoul – 11.5%
The families of the deceased receive an in person apology from Edward Park of Dynamic Systems when Dal-gun comes in beaten and broken. He exclaims to everyone that the airplane crash was a terrorist attack! No one believes him so they go to the airport to look at the CCTV. Dal-gun tries to get Hae-ri, an NIS agent stationed in Morocco, to recognize the man that they both saw in the airport, but she does not. He ends up breaking into her place to convince her about the assassin and gives her a usb with his nephew’s video.
By now, the assassin is on to Dal-gun and seeks to kill him and destroy this video that has his face. So he wipes the original cloud file of Dal-guns and tries to get the copy that Hae-ri has. However, Hae-ri has already sent this video to a friend at the NIS.
Dal-gun finds out that the cloud file of his nephews video has been erased and also that someone broke into his apartment. He chases this person down in another big chase scene, but then gets apprehended by the Tangier police along with this man. In the police station, he tries to say that this man broke into his place and is with the terrorists!
Meanwhile, Hae-ri decides to act on the video that Dal-gun gave her and the information that her NIS friend gave her about a conversation the mystery man was having on the phone. She goes to the aviation organization that is piecing together the planes wreckage and finds out that the conversation that the co-pilot had directly matches the conversation that the mystery man had on the plane and surmises that this was a terrorist attack.
Full Recap: episode 2
Ratings: Nationwide – 10.3%, Seoul – 10.7%
Another NIS officer at the embassy pays Dal-gun’s bail to get him out of jail. But they get gunned down at a gas station and the NIS agent is shot. Dal-gun manages to get him to the hospital and calls Hae-ri to let her know that her colleague has been shot. Sh tells him that she will be there and that she has proof that the plane exploded from a terrorist attack.
On the way to the hospital, Hae-ri gets attacked in her apartment by the same guy that broke into Dal-guns place. She puts him at gunpoint and finds out that her colleague is a double agent and is working with the assassins. The colleague escapes from the hospital and Dal-gun runs after him.
Hae-rii is able to rendezvous with Dalgun as they trap her colleague on a street. But before getting any answers the colleague is shot by the assassin who is using a sniper rifle. The assassin is ready to kill Hae-ri and Dal-gun but gets stopped by his own team and killed for going rogue.
At the NIS, word has gotten around that this might be a terrorist attack on the airplane. We start to see that some agents want to investigate it and others want to cover it up. The reason they want to cover it up is because they are being bribed by the CEO of John & Mark, a woman named Jessica who will stop at nothing to get her company the Military contract. Jessica is instrumental in hiring another assassin to take out Dal-gun and to have it look natural.
They hire an assassin names Lilly who is prepared to kill Dal-gun at the airport in Seoul once they land.
Full Recap: episode 3
Ratings: Nationwide – 9.3%, Seoul – 9.1%
The assassination attempt does not work in the airport. The person that was supposed to taser Dal-gun gets a standing armbar by Dal-gun instead. But Hae-ri does not think anything of this and rather thinks that Dal-gun is being too paranoid.
Hae-ri and Dal-gun meet with her NIS friend to talk about what is going on inside the NIS about the terrorist attack. The only problem is, they can’t find out any information about anything. It is all blocked somehow. Dal-gun steps outside, frustrated, and gets approached by a reporter who tells him that he believes what he is saying, there was a terrorism report at the Seoul airport, but that woman is in intensive care now. Dal-gun follows this reporter to a secret meeting he is having with another man, but the reporter gets killed at this meeting.
Dal-gun chases after the man that killed the reporter in a high-speed car chase, but the man gets away. When they get back to the room reporter is not there and it has been scrubbed clean. However they do find a USB with all the information they need on the pilots among other things.
Several other events happen with the family members of the deceased, Dal-gun meeting with Edward Park of Dynamic Systems, and Hae-ri’s life at the NIS. But the most important is that we find out that the NIS is not pursuing this as a terrorism case. They are sweeping it under the rug.
In addition, Dal-gun has another attempt on his life as the brakes go out and the accelerator sticks on his friend car when they are driving to the family meeting. Dalgun has to flip the car for them to survive.
In the end of the episode, they take a tow truck to a press conference event Jessica is having at a children’s hospital to confront her about John & Mark and the terrorism attack on the B357.
Full Recap: episode 4
Ratings: Nationwide – 10.2%, Seoul – 11.1%
At the hospital, Dal-gun’s friend tells all the reporters about the attack on their life and the terrorism attack on the plane. They have video footage that proves it. The NIS gets a lot of calls from the press about this which puts them in panic mode.
Meanwhile, Hae-ri tries to trick one of her fellow NIS agents into getting drunk so she can steal his keys to find the information she needs from the NIS. However this agent is in on it and only pretended to be drunk. This culminates in a meeting with Hae-ri and another agent named Tae-woong. They discuss all the people that died and how it is a cover up. Hae-rii ends up giving this recording to Dal-gun after he has another attempt on his life by Lilly
Dal-gun manages to break into the Blue House (similar to the White House) to go to a family of the deceased meeting that he was not on the list for. He plays the recording for the President and all of the press there. This gets shown live Nationwide. Dal-gun also points at one of the co-pilots wives and says that she is in on it!
Afterward, Dal-gun mets with the president and is put in protective custody. He is sent to a secret NIS safe house in the woods. However, Jessica has gotten word and wants to send in another specialist to kill Dal-gun.
Full Recap: episode 5
Ratings: Nationwide – 11.5%, Seoul – 11.2%
Another assassination attempt is made on Dal-gun while in NIS protective custody. We find out that many NIS agents are double agents and that NIS director Min is taking money from John & Mark. At the same time, the co-pilots wife has been taken in for questioning, she does not give anything up, but, upon release, she is followed by Tae-woong and another NIS agent. They apprehend her at a Catholic church as she calls her husband in Tangier and tries to get rid of the phones sim card.
Min thinks that Dal-gun is dead, but Dal-gun was actually saved by Haeri. So he, Hae-ri, and a trustworthy Director Kang work on finding Min to pin him for working with terrorists. However, the assassin find out that Dal-gun is alive and orchestrate a car crash on Tae-woong and his agents in order to take the co-pilots wife with them. Everything works perfectly.
A city wide hunt is also put out on Min, however, Min is saved by John & Mark and taken to Jessica’s condo.
The Prime Minister and the President are less than thrilled at the turn of events. They would much rather prefer to take John & Mark as the military contractor. So they try to force the Head of the NIS’s hand with it. If it fails, then they will blame it all on him or on the Minister of the Military.
Meanwhile, while sitting in his car with his Judo friend, Dal-gun sees the dead reporter walking across the street.
Full Recap: episode 6
Ratings: Nationwide – 11.3%, Seoul – 12.3%
Dal-gun runs after the “dead” reporter that he thinks he sees in the street. But he does not find him, he does find Edward Park and has a meeting with him where he says they will look into it.
The main focus of this episode is to find the co-pilot and the co-pilots wife. Unknown to them, the co-pilots wife is with North Koreans who are also looking for the co-pilot and will happily torture her to find his location.
Meanwhile, The NIS set up a secret task force to accomplish this. They traced the call back to Tangier so thier goal is to go to Morocco again and try and find the co-pilot. However, Tae-woong is still seriously banged up from the car crash, so director Kang gives him a seemingly unlimited supply of Morphine to help with the pain via syringe. They will set off for Tangier soon.
Dal-gun convinces Hae-ri to tell him what is going on with the investigation and buys a ticket to Tangier as well. He wants to search for the co-pilot at the same time. When they get to Tangier, their main focus is to find someone who is buying a lot of water bottles because only locals can drink the water from the tap without getting sick.
Dal-gun decides to use Hae-rii once again for intel and then sets about hopping rooftops in order to find the co-pilot. When he sees a lot of water bottles on a rooftop, he knows that there is a big chance that the co-pilot is inside. When he sneaks inside, he is held up at gun point by the co-pilot.
Full Recap: episode 7
Ratings: Nationwide – 11.4%, Seoul – 12.2%
Through intel found in the last episode, Jessica was taken in to be interrogated by the NIS, but they have to let her out 48 hours later due to lack of evidence. However, Dal-gun catches the co-pilot in time for Kang to put Jessica back into the interrogation room for another 48 hour time block.
In Tangier, Dal-gun fought with the co-pilot and was able to catch him. However, the Tangier police also wanted to catch him (because they are paid off by John & Mark) along with the NIS wanting to catch him. So there is a three way scene where everyone wants this co-pilot and talk to each other about it in an alley. The NIS manages to get him and starts interrogating him right away. The co-pilot is actually a druggie and lets it lip that he got $5 million for the plane crash.
The NIS agents are all set to take the co-pilot back to Korea, but Lilly the assassin is back on another job – kill them all. So, on the way out of Tangier, the is caravan is ambushed in a scene straight out of Clear and Present Danger. Their cars are shot up with bazookas and machine guns as they sit helplessly by. But they manage to escape via Hae-ri and Dal-gun who drive a taxi to the rescue.
However, the co-pilot is badly injured in the leg and spewing blood. They drive him quickly to the Korean embassy where they have to perform emergency surgery on his leg, themselves, to remove the bullet and stop the bleeding. Everything is miraculously successful.
However, the co-pilot starts to seizure as if he is in shock. The doctor on the phone tells him that he needs a blood transfusion, now! Hae-ri tells them all that he is type O. Dal-gun says that he is also type O! Give him my blood!
At the same time, through many machinations with the Prime Minister, President, Civil Affairs Minister, and the NIS chief, everything gets turned on its head in Korea. Kang’s entire special task force to the NIS has been removed and replace by a new team. Min is back in charge in the NIS and runs this new team. And Kang is put in handcuffs and taken away. Due to all of this, Jessica is released and happily smiles at Kang as she walks out.
Full Recap: episode 8
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