We have hopped right back into twist and turn land with Vagabond and I feel right at home. For those trying to catch up, Edward is the original bad guy who caused all of this happen from the beginning. But it also looks like he has someone above him that he answers to.
*Update: Comments about the ending are at the bottom, wtf?*
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KOREAN DRAMA VAGABOND EPISODE 16 RECAP
We open on the Blue House with the president in his office looking at a briefing. His secretary come in and tells him that his time is up. So he buttons his jacket and gets up to leave. But he takes one more look at his office before he does.
He gives a speech at a press conference Where he basically says, any moment I didnt’ work for myself. I always worked hard for Korea’s development. In Korea we need a President who can devote himself. It is bad for Korea if they cannot. So I will resign.
The press team claps for him.
In the warehouse, a CSI team looks through the site and takes photos. One of them finds Dal-gun’s necklace.
Elsewhere, Hae-ri is looking for Dal-gun. She calls Hwasook to find out where his cellphone last stopped. Then she goes into his apartment and sees a lot of policemen there.
They ask her what her relationship is with Dal-gun. Then they tell her that his finger print was found where Kim Woogi was kidnapped (flashback to Dal-gun giving the police officer his finger print). Then she gets a phone call, someone found Kim Woogi and he is dead.
Hae-ri runs to the coroner where she is told by Tae-woong that this is Kim Woogi. She asks who the other person is. Tae-woong says that there is no data, but his blood type is O. Hae-ri thinks that it could be Dal-gun because his blood type is O, but she does not tell anyone that.
She asks Tae-woong if he also thinks the same thing? He says that the last place Dal-gun’s cell phone was activated was on the scene. Haeri tells him that people can forgerize the phone list. Then the sidekick comes up with things that were found on the scene. One of them is the bullet necklace.
Haeri knows that this is the necklace that she gave to him. They think that this other person is Dal-gun. Hae-ri walks over to the body and starts to tear up as she reaches a hand out to lift the sheet. She looks at the body and drops the sheet and covers her mouth to keep from crying.
Elsewhere, the president is at home cleaning one of his plants and wering normal clothing. He sees the news which says that the body of Dal-gun and Kim Woogi was found. The president dropw his plant as the news says that Dal-gun kidnapped Kim Woogi and set a fire that killed them both.
Cut to Hae-ri crying over Dal-guns memorial.
Dal-gun watches her crying very close nearby. She cries and cries and he tries to keep from crying and going to her.
Cut back to that night Edward hung him in the warehouse by his arms. He told Dal-gun to just look at this as seeing his loved ones earlier.
But, Lilly and the North Korean where outside scoping the scene with someone else. The North Korean thinks that Lilly is really great at finding these things and asks to be her partner. She tells him that she does not do partners, only sidekicks. She lovingly pats him on the cheek and then smiles when she sees Edward. The North Korean wonders what is going on.
Edward drives away and the fire is detonated. Dalgun tries to free his hands and is able to. he starts to run away, but he falls to the ground when everything explodes. But he gets back up and tries to escape through a fence.
Lilly sees him and tells the North Korean and the other guy to hop in, it’s Dalgun.
Dal-gun keeps trying to get out.
Lilly drives their car into the burning building. The North Korean thinks she is crazy, if you want to die, just die yourself. But she isn’t listening and drives in and runs to rescue Dal-gun who is passed out.
The other guy tries to get Kim Woo-gi, but the bomb explodes and they both die. Lilly, the North Korean, and Dal-gun barely manage to escape and are blown from the building.
Soon-jo tells the people that as the new president he will investigate all the corruption of the former president and make a new prosperous Korea. He hopes this pain with be happiness for a better Korea.
Dal-gun watches this speech from a safe room somewhere.
At the press conference, Soon-jo’s team walks away talking about how the press conference went well. But then Lawyer Hong Seong-bum (Jessica’s former lawyer) gets a message that Samael wants to see Soon-jo.
So they go to a hotel room to meet. Soon-jo goes inside to see Edward who is Samael. Soon-jo is shocked. He bows. Edward asks they think his organizations order is a joke? I told you to process the FX project with Dynamics.
He gives him a file to open and tells him to change his government to the people on this list. Soon-jo mentions that it is my present authority to change the people in the office. I did not know that you cared about these tiny details.
Edward asks him why he thinks their organization made him the president. Soon-jo says it is because he is good. Edward asks if he knows why an international dispute happens? It is not for the money, it is for the Power. The person who owns the debt owns power. The country that makes another country owe, owns the world. So don’t mistaken it, our organization can always change someone like you.
Soon-jo stands and says that he will make sure. Edward tells him about the USB they have inside something and how all the international disputes are there. Soon-jo says that he is not popular with ciizens so I wonder if I will be re-elected? Edward tells him that with the oil issue, Korea will be rich and the people will be happy. Also, close the investigation into the airplane crash.
Soon-jo leaves. The secretary asks Edward if he thinks he can trust him?
END PART ONE
Hae-ri goes to Kang in the NIS and says that Dal-gun was murdered, he risked his own life to put Kim Woogi in court. Do you think it makes sense that he killed him? This is all by Samael!
TaeWoong tells her that they have an order to dissolve their task force and all the investigation into B357 is closed. When Soonjo became the new president, he showed his true identity.
Cut to Dalgun int he safe room putting two and two together and looking at a clear board that has lines drawn everywhere and all the key people. He circles Black Sun on the board.
Then Lilly and The North Korean (I’ll call him NK) come in. NK asks how long Dal-gun is going to stay here? Are you drawing now? Lilly tells NK that this is not your money. You have nothing to say about it. So NK and Lilly bicker about that. NK thinks that she is too mean to him and too nice to Dal-gun.
Lilly shrugs and asks Dal-gun why he is not calling Hae-ri? Dal-gun is not calling her because he wants to keep her alive.
Then they start to talk about the board and Black Sun. Lillys ays that everyone cannot join Black Sun, they have a lot of tasks you have to fullfill. Dalgun tells her to help him. She sighs and says that this is not why you help someone from dying. I am not a handle in a subway that you use for support. Then she tells him that she is very expensive. More than ten times your life.
The former president, Kook-pyo, looks at the news that says that he will be arrested soon. He turns off the news and answers his phone. It is Cha Dal-gun. The president asks if he is a conman? Dalgun is dead. Dalgun tells him that he is infront of him, open the door.
The president sighs and hangs up as if he doesnt believe him. But then Dalgun goes to his door so the president lets him in surprised. Slagun tells him that there is not time to explain things, I need money. I am going to go inside the tigers cave to catch the tiger (Korean proverb).
Kook-pyo tells him to go to a loan shark street and find Jangoo Umma. She will give you whatever money you want. Dalgun nods and starts to walk out. The president tells him that he is funny, you will not die even if you are struck by lightning, that is why I am helping you. Your life is collateral so I do not feel like I will lose.
Dalgun turns his head back partly and says, I will never die. then he continues leaving.
Jessica makes a call to Lilly who tells her that she is going back to America because she has a new client who gave her a lot of work. Jessica says, okay, but can I ask you for a favor? There is a government person in America, ask him to bring me to America.
Lilly says okay, she can do that. Then she tells Jessica that Samael is Edward Park, so be careful, the devil is close to you. Jessica is shocked.
On the way back to her cell, Jessica looks spooked. She also sees the assassin that she remembers from the airplane video, Jerome. He is a cell guard now. She quickly walks back to her cell.
Her cell mates ask her what happened? She says nothing and looks around. She spots a jail camera. One of the cell mates is also getting out of jail right now. Jessica looks worried.
So Jessica manages to get a message to Hae-ri and team. She says that before I go back to America, please protect me. I know who Samael is.
Hae-ri tells the team that she will go into the jail. They are hesitant to let her go but think that they can plan everything, especially because they might try to kill Jessica. So they make a plan. Cut to Hae-ri who is a new prisoner in the jail.
Edward and the secretary know that hae-ri is in jail now so they think that this is an undercover investigation. But the task force is dissolved so she is on her own. The secretary, Micky, tells Edward that they should kill her (either Hae-ri or Jessica, not sure). Edward says that they can’t kill Jessica until they find out how much she knows. Micky thinks that is not Edwards way, she could be trouble later.
Hae-ri walks through the prison and notices Jessica. Jessica notices her as well. But theyhave to be careful because Jerome is around and there are other guards on the other side around as well.
So Haeri sneaks around to talk to jessica. Jessica says that she cannot tell her who Samael is right now, I want to make sure I am safe first. But then a guard sees them so they pretend to fight. They knock out the guard. Jessica tells Haeri that Edward is Samael. Jerome is in the jail as a guard as well.
But they have to pretend to fight again because the guard wakes up. Cut to Jerome sending Jessica to solitary confinement. Hae-ri is also in solitary. While there, she fumes and mutters that Edward is the devil.
Later on, Hae-ri is let out for a meeting request. It is with Edward. He tells her that he was surprised to hear that Hae-rii is in jail and asks if she needs a lawyer. Hae-rii clenches her fist and tells him that she came there on purpose.
She tells him that the information that Oh Sangmi (the wife) gave them is all a lie. Why did she do that? It provided confusion in our investigation. Jessica knows things and she knew this which is why she killed Dal-gun. Edward tells Hae-ri that she can’t prove his innocence here.
Hae-ri tells him that no matter what, she will make her pay.
Later on, we see Jerome, Mickey, an Edward looking at CCTV of Hae-ri and Jessica in an infirmary after a fight. Edward thinks that they could be faking even though Jerome thinks they might not be. Then Hae-ri grabs a scalpel and stabs Jessica with it. She goes back to solitary.
Edward gets a phone call from Jessica who is in the infirmary recovering. She tells him that she wants to see him, can you come visit me?
So he goes to sit with her and tells her that it seems like life there is difficult. She writes her email and password on a note and tells her that all the John & Mark deals are in there. If it is revealed then John & Mark is bankrupt. Merging the companies is my last gift to you.
She says that they stopped her from going to America, they want to abandon her even though she worked so hard for them. Edward thanks her for her gift. Then he asks why she is not asking him for help? He can send her to America. is it your pride?
She tells him that she hates him. I will not ask for help from you. she leaves.
He looks at the email and password and then calls someone. he tells them to send Jessica to America.
In solitary, Hae-ri thinks about all her happy moment with Dalgun.
On some day, Haeri gets released from jail. She walks out and is picked up by Jessica who looks fabulous once again. Jessica gives her sunglasses and they drive away. Jessica tells her that as soon as she was sent to America she bailed.
Jessica asks if Haeri can get her revenge? If you want to get your revenge, you won’t be able to do it as an NIS agent. So lets go to America together. I will make you the best lobbyist in the world in 6 months.
Haeri asks what is next after that? Jessica tells her that they can go to the Kingdom. Edward is digging crude oil with someone there. Jessica says that she will make money and stop what they are doing. Hae-ri tells her that she will do it. Jessica tells her that timing is the most important thing for a lobbyist.
Meanwhile, the news talks about terrorism in a part of the world that might affect Edward. Mickey comes in with a phone call from someone important in that area.
Cut to the Ginapaso Border of North Africa. Military looking men with machine guns are going through a building and shooting up everyone they see. Their goals is to get biological weapons from these terrorists? Something like that.
So they kill everyone in the room. Dalgun is one of these military people as well. He looks at another military man getting the biological weapons. So it looks like he was able to join that Black Team. He asks the man if there will be a terrorist attack with that? he mans ays that they only take orders not ask qustions.
Lilly talks to Dalgun over his ear and says that Jerome is the one that is collecting the biological weapon. Dont let him see your face or it is all done. Are you listening to me Gun? Don’t think of anything stupid! You are our money, so don’t be stupid. You are Black Sun’s secret agent, before we find out their identity, if you~.
But Dalgun cut her off then he starts to kill everyone in the room. So it looks like the Black Sun team trained him in how to operate these weapons?
Jerome comes in with his hand gun out and looks around. He radios to see if there are any survivors? Did you get the package? But no one says anything. He sees the package on the table and opens it. it has all the biological devices.
Then Dal-gun shoots him. Jerome falls, but still holds the weapon. He yells, who the hell are you! Dal-gun tells him, Ii am a family member of B357. Jerome looks at him, Cha Dal-gun? He starts to throw the biological weapon at him but Dalgun shoots it and is detonates.
Jerome starts to succumb to the biological weapon. Dalgun tells him that his nephew had more pain during this plane crash. But he has the antidote and says that he will give it to him if he answers who is behind this. Jerome tells him to kill him, but then tells him that it is Axis.
Dal-gun remembers the password, “Wheels turn on their axis.” Jerome tells him that it is a global organization. Edward will use the biological weapon in Kiria Kingdom.
Dal-gun throws the antidote to him and then crushes it with his foot. He tells him to remember his nephews name, Hoon, Cha Hoon.
He walks out cooly and dramatically and then detonates the entire building.
Elsewhere, all the bad guys are driving in their car. Soon-jo, Edward, Mickey and the lawyer. Soon-jo tells Edward that the Kingdom has a new lobbyist. it is a woman. The royal family is interested in her.
Edward says that he will take care of it.
They get to their location. Soon-jo says goodbye. Edward says that while he is in the Kingdom, you need to prepare your presidency well. Soonjo is all like what the hell? The lawyer tells him to take his orders until he becomes president.
Cut to Edward being greated by Han-ki andn Min who are there to take his orders. They are on their way to the Kingdom. They all walk off dramatically in slow motion.
KINGDOM OF KIRIA, NORTH AFRICA
We open on a desert landscape. Then we see a woman putting on her high heel shoes and cut to Dal-gun getting his guns together.
We cut back and forth between Hae-ri getting her sexy look together and Dal-gun getting his sniper look together.
Then the caravan from the very first scene in the first episode is shown. Haeri is inside the car and is told that it takes about an hour to get there.
In the drivers seat, the men basically talk about how proud she is. But they also mention that she is just a hooker. They are not sure if tonight will be Heaven or Hell for her. She tells them, do you want me to tell you if it will be Heaven or Hell? I wonder if you will still be alive tomorrow.
They apologize to her. She says that even if she forgives them, Japaro won’t. They beg her not to tell Japaro. She tells them, if you want to live, just drive.
In the hills, we see Dalgun and a Russian solders with all their sniper things together. The Russian guy tells him that he is the best in Russia. Now he is helping this monkey. Dalgun is not really listening to him.
Then they get word that the target is arriving. So Dal-gun puts his gear on and prepares to shoot.
The caravan gets a flat tire so they stop. Hae-rii gets out and is protected by the other men guards. Then her scarf blows off. Dal-gun sees that this is Hae-ri. His eyes grow wide.
He looks at her, he is supposed to take the shot. But he cannot, he keeps lookin at her. The Russian tells him to take the shot! But then the Russian says he will take it. So Dal-gun shoots the Russian.
The guards all hear this and hurry into the car and head out.
Dal-gun has a tear fall as he breathes hard and takes off his gear and looks at the caravan drive off.
THE END? UM…?
OMG, this ridiculous show just had the most ridiculous ending and I am laughing with hysteria. How did all that money lead to this show? And especially this ending?????
I mean, what were they thinking? How can they end it on this? It is not even a cliff hanger, it is just a stop. If they wanted to end on a cliffhanger then they could have at least stopped it when the Russian was about to shoot her or with Dal-gun closing his hand and almost pulling the trigger, but this is so stupid!
The dummest thing is, what does killing her do? It does not stop Edward from getting his deal done. What the F? I don’t understand at all and it somehow matches this entire drama of none stop nonsense.
What do y’all think? What the #$%^ was this show? I am seriously cackle laughing at this point.
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