Heartless City Episode 4 Recap
And I thought Episode 3 was intense and had revelations-whoa, this is taking things to a whole new arena and putting even more people into the power play! Finally we have the true answer to who Park Sa is, and it is one you would have least expected! It makes you both hopeful, and fearful for him and his future!
Episode 4 Recap:
Kyung Mi and Park Sa stare at each other in shock as they both recognize each other. And a series of flashbacks start that show the history between the two.
A young Shi Hyun was being dragged to the orphanage despite his protests where a number of children welcome him. Kyung Min is the first to approach him and she gives him a paper necklace. He smiles slightly at her.
Later, as he’s leaving, Kyung Mi watches him and he asks if she’d like to come but she refuses. She waves at him as he heads away and meets his aunt. As his aunt is driving him away, he keeps looking back at the road and his aunt wonders if he forgot something. He shakes his head with a smile. Much later, he leaves a gift for Kyung Mi in the mailbox. She smiles as she retrieves it. It’s a pony. Years pass and she repeats the ritual every time she passes the mailbox but doesn’t find any gift there.
One day, some guys and girls accost her but she doesn’t give in to their demands. She tries to leave but they start hitting her instead of letting her pass. As she lies there taking the beating, Shi Hyun comes along and saves her.
He asks her if she’s alright but she doesn’t reply as a tear streaks down her cheek. He reaches out to touch her face but she pushes his hand away and walks away from him. Going ahead, she turns back to see if he’s following. When he does come after her, she hurriedly turns and starts walking again.
And he follows with the most adorable smile EVER!
As she sits in a pojangmacha, she looks around to see where he is and if he’s coming. Her face falls until he shows up, at which point she starts drinking soju and offers him some too. He simply sits there watching her and stops her when she reaches for a third glass, offering her beer instead.
Haha, she spits it out the moment she drinks it and he bursts out laughing at her. She warns him not to laugh at her-he just showed up out of nowhere having been out of contact for three whole years and hence she’s angry. He wonders if she’s not happy to see him, telling her he’s happy to see her. Aww. He then gives her something and she wonders what it is. He tells her it’s something she needs and hands her money. She jokingly wonders how much it is and gives it right back.
Slowly, he starts telling her about his mother and mutters that she never abandoned him, not even for one second. Kyung Mi wonders why he’s telling her that-“Should we cry about it together?” she retorts but by the time he mentions about his father-that he never knew who it was, he turns to see a tear fall from Kyung Mi’s eyes. Softly, he wipes it away and wonders if she never wants to find the parents who abandoned her.
He declares he wants revenge on his father but she points out he doesn’t even know who it is. “My father… is the world. The world who made my mother like that!” He tells her to smile, because when she smiles, the world will smile with her and smiling at her, tells her to smile, she looks pretty like that.
One day he takes her to see a house and she squeals in excitement all over it. He laughs at her excitement and she’s surprised to see a child’s drawing hanging from the wall. He tells her he kept it cause he wanted to find a house that was the same as the one in the house but is sorry that he was unable to. She jokingly retorts that the reason he couldn’t find it must’ve been the lack of money and he somberly promises to get it for her someday. He tells her to start living there and do her best hereon before he turns to leave.
As he’s leaving, she tells him she made a decision-she’ll become a police officer. He doesn’t reply. The day comes when she wears her uniform to the orphanage after becoming a police officer-Soo Min is also there and she dials Shi Hyun’s number but he hasn’t been picking up yet. Soo Min wonders who she’s calling and asks if its her lover. Kyung Mi thinks for a moment before shaking her head, it’s not like that.
As she and Soo Min are walking away, Shi Hyun is standing below and watching them leave. He mutters, “Congratulations!” before he throws away his phone where she’s ringing and drives away.
Back to the present, Kyung Mi is stunned to see him there and asks what he’s doing here. He calls her by her name. In the distance, a sniper is aiming at them and reports to someone on the phone, asking how to proceed. He takes aim.
With a baffled expression, Kyung Mi asks him if he’s Park Sa. Park Sa’s expression is stunned as well and realizes how this must look to her. He begins, “Kyung Mi ya, Oppa is…” but his sentence is cut short when a bullet hits Kyung Mi straight in the head and she falls to the ground, dead.
At headquarters, Assistant Commissioner Min arrives and the police search out the area, looking for Kyung Mi and Park Sa.
Park Sa stands there frozen for many moments. He takes a step forward to approach her but a bullet pierces the ground near his feet. Hyung Min hears the shots. Park Sa falls to the floor, facing Kyung Mi and still seems to want to go to her side even as more bullets hit the ground near him. He finally takes cover behind a crate.
He turns to look at her again and again, lying there lifeless and anguish is written all over his face but he’s powerless to go to her side however much he wishes it.
He’s still there when Hyung Min arrives with some following officers and finds Kyung Min’s body on the ground. He watches as Hyung Min cradles her, begging her to open her eyes and hold her, crying in despair. Suddenly another bullet is fired and hits Hyung Min on the shoulder. Hearing the sound of the firing, the officers crowd around him and drag him away from Kyung Min.
Soo Min heads out with her friend and at home they engage in chitchat and her friend wonders what they’d have done in life without Kyung Mi. At the very moment, Kyung Mi’s colleagues witness her being taken away in a body bag. In the morning, Soo Min hears the result of her police entrance exam test and rejoices that she’s passed.
At once, she calls up Kyung Mi to let her know, but the phone is attended by one of her colleagues, who break the truth to her. In a daze, she walks through the hospital lobby until she comes to the room where they’ve kept Kyung Mi. She cries in grief and clings to her until they take Kyung Mi away and they have to pry Soo Min away from her.
A grave environment is also seen at the funeral where Soo Min collapses in sobs by her Unni’s grave and Assistant Commissioner Min watches from afar. His superior, the man who had met Safari comes by and wonders why they sent a woman on such a dangerous job anyway. He tells Min to run any future plans by him first before implementing anything and he’ll pass the word to their superior but Min tells him he’ll pass it on himself.
In the hospital, Hyung Min finally becomes concious again. As soon as he wakes up, Hyung Min changes out of the hospital gown and heads out. As he exits the hospital, one of the officers stops him to tell him something. I think he says that Kyung Min was expecting and says that she mustn’t have known or she wouldn’t have undertaken such a dangerous mission. (I’m not sure though) Hyung Min sits there, unable to hold back his grief and sobs.
Hyung min visits her grave and places the ring he wanted to give her there. He wanted to give it to her in a cool manner, but never got the chance. Thinking back to her last words to him, he breaks down into tears and mutters, “I’m sorry!” He touches her picture as he breaks down from grief.
At home, Soo Min is packing her mourning clothes when she receives a package delivery. Opening it, she finds a new mobile phone in it. It spurs a flashback where Kyung Mi had lost temper at her for losing her phone. She had scolded Soo Min and told her to rise above her hate for her parents and do things for herself rather than in hatred against them. Stop ditching classes, picking fights with friends, getting drunk, she tells Soo Min. If she wants to survive in the world, she has to strive for it. At present, in the phone, she’s recorded a message for Soo Min and had it packaged in case she were busy herself and couldn’t deliver it herself. What makes it worse is that it’s Soo Min’s birthday today.
A car pulls up at the graveyard and Park Sa emerges. Clutching a bouquet of flowers, he approaches Kyung Mi’s grave but stops to see Hyung Min there. Instead of approaching, he stops at an earlier grave and places the flowers there. As he sits, he imagines talking to Kyung Mi.
On the other end, Hyung Min promises her, “Kyung Mi, I promise. I’ll catch Park Sa myself. No, I’ll kill him myself.” Park Sa continues. “I’m sorry. Now I’ll have to fight with that person whom you loved!”
At the police station, Assistant Commissioner Min watches Jin Suk sitting in the interrogation room. He remembers an old meeting with her, where she’d run after him and asked him what he’ll do for her if she does as he asked? At those words, she’d burst into sobs and he’d looked away guiltily. Now, he approaches her and mutters, “Long time no see!” Needless to say, she’s not happy to see him and mutters just that! Just then, another officer enters to interrogate her so he leaves.
Assistant Commissioner Min meets his superior who asks him about Park Sa. Min claims he has heard it for the first time just recently and hence knows nothing about the man. The man passes along new orders that Jin Suk is to be transferred to prison. Jin Suk is taken away just as Min returns.
Soo Min tries on her uniform and mutters that she looks like Kyung Mi and exclaims her happiness at it. Just then, Hyung Min comes and she curtly tells him to come in. He’s brought her Kyung Mi’s bankbook and seal and says she wanted her to have it. Soo Min calls him ahjussji and wonders if he feels wronged that he couldn’t protect her. She mutters that more than that, he must feel the pain that she’s no longer there, same as Soo Min is feeling. And so she vows to finish what her Unni had started and asks for his help. Park Sa was the one who killed her sister and she wants to take revenge for that, same as him. Since she’s officially a police officer now, that allows her to do it. Hyung Min rejects her idea though, calling it naïve.
At the police station, Hyung Min is accosted by a fellow colleague who accuses him of having thought catching Park Sa more important that Kyung Min’s safety. This officer seems to have had a soft spot for Kyung Mi. A fight breaks out until a woman shows up with a camera. She later has dinner with one of the officers who tells her a little about the situation.
Jin Suk is brought out to see Hyung Min and she repeats that she was wronged. Hyung Min wants to ask who was the person who needed the 3 kilos of drugs-the person behind her. He promises a deal to let her go. She passes the paper to him, writing ‘Appa’ on it as a joke. Hyung Min smiles that he wasn’t sure of something until he got here but now he is. The person behind her, the person she’s trying to hide is Park Sa but it won’t work. Because he will catch and kill Park Sa-Hyung Min tells her. She laughs in his face, “You’ll NEVER be able to catch him!”
Hyung Min visits the scene of the shooting once again. Taking a sniper rifle, he heads around the area, looking for the place from where the shot could have been made. Once he’s there, he can imagine what must have happened and how. Sitting himself in the exact same place, he loads the rifle and takes aim. He easily knocks out the package in his colleague’s hands. Seeing how easy the task is, he wonders to himself, “Why’d you let me live?”
As he drives that night, he thinks back to Soo Min’s words. Currently, Soo Min is with her boss at the convenience store who offers her words of sympathy and a drink. Moments later, she’s unconscious. He drags her to the storage room and prepares to have his way with her but she manages to wake up and fights him off. Shaking and trembling, she runs out but before heading out, she empties his cash register. Bastard deserves it!
Hyung Min gets the call when he’s on the road and heads to the police station. Turns out, the owner has made a case of assault against Soo Min and claims she hit him and stole away his money. Quietly, Hyung Min gives Soo Min a drink, she asks to be let go. He asks why she did it and tells her she might be removed from the police force for this offense. She cries at him-why won’t anyone listen to her or believe her? All they have to do is look at the camera footage and they’ll know she was telling the truth. But unfortunately for her, as Hyung Min tells her, the bastard turned off the cameras before he accosted her.
He gives her the option to let the charge remain and use it for good or pick a fight and win her freedom. If she does the former, he’ll have the perfect cover to send her undercover like she wants-to avenge her ‘Unni’. Holding out the keys to her handcuffs, he tells her that she has a choice-she has to live as a criminal and catch her sisters killer, or as a police officer who might not get the chance.
She makes her choice-criminal it is. As she sits in the cell, Hyung Min imagines Kyung Mi there telling him he can’t do this to Soo Min. He argues that this is all he can do but Kyung Min warns her Soo Min can’t do it-what if she dies? Hyung Min vows he won’t let that happen but the Kyung Mi in his conscience asks him if he’s really not just waiting for something like that to happen again. As Kyung Mi cries, he mutters that he’s sorry.
In the morning, Soo Min asks for her phone call. Hyung Min visits her boss in the hospital and threatens him into giving up the case, showing the drugged bottle as evidence against him. He then takes his case to Assistant Commissioner Min who takes time to think it over. Finally, he asks what kind of person Soo Min is before giving his approval. Once again, Hyung Min vows to catch Park Sa.
He visits Soo Min and tells her the preparation is done. Once again, he asks her if she can really pull it off? Until she catches Park Sa, she will have to live as a criminal. She says she can and so she is taken straight to jail. Once showered and changed, she’s locked up with Jin Suk and a few others. She remembers Hyung Min’s words that Jin Suk is the person who can take them to Park Sa.
Outside a church, Park Sa sits in casual jersey shirt and a baseball cap, looking at the necklace Kyung Mi had given him on their first meeting when he feels someone near, Instinctively, he cocks his gun and turns, only to come face to face with his own younger self. His younger self asks him what he thinks he’s doing and with tears, he replies, “I don’t know. I don’t know!” Taking his head in his hands, he cries.
As Assistant Commissioner Min drives home, he gets a call. Park Sa meanwhile takes a sniper rifle and goes up to the roof of a building in an amusement park just as Min walks in. Min stands in a corner, looking around as if waiting for someone until the lights go on and he gets another call.
It’s Park Sa, who’s aiming straight at him through the rifle and asks him-Why did he send Kyung Mi there? Min says he would never send Kyung Mi there, and Park Sa knows that! Park Sa demands to know who killed her then but Min has no answers and tells him the police is currently doing an investigation into it. That answer isn’t enough and Park Sa fires a warning shot at him, wanting to know more.
Assistant Min panics and tells him he understands his heart but he has to think this through. He reminds him to choose his move carefully-if he kills Min now, the truth that he’s undercover and that he’s a police officer will die with him. OMG! What the-?! Park Sa keeps his aim, torn between wanting satisfaction and knowing his predicament. Min reminds him again-he’s a police officer and has always been so. Park Sa starts shouting in frustration as tears stream down his face. Taking off aim, he pulls the gun back and silently cries.
OMG! Park Sa is an undercover agent?! He’s not just a gangster, he’s an undercover agent! And Min is the only man who knows! This is both good news and bad! Park Sa being undercover gives a whole new angle to everything he’s ever done, but we already have an inkling that Min is a shady person and to think that he’s the one who’s behind the scenes for Park Sa has me uneasy. I guess this means the informant/officer Park Sa killed in the beginning of the series was also Min’s order. On second thought, Park Sa/Shi Hyun is a very smart guy and it’ll be an interesting question to ask why he’d stay undercover for so long until Min had him convinced he was a good person. Yet, is it true or did he fool Park Sa?
And man, he’s been at it for eight long years! Looking at him through the new light now, you can that the eight years of acting out the bad guy, being the bad guy, becoming a bad guy has certainly left its mark on him! And he’s all alone in it. He’s even more pitiful than Hyung Min. And here’s my bone of contention with Min-why let Hyung Min fester vendetta if he knows Park Sa is good and couldn’t have done that? Maybe he can’t let the secret out n tell everyone, sure, but there’s other ways of making sure Hyung Min gets off the ‘I’ll kill Park Sa’ vehicle and instead of letting his rage and revenge fester, try n work him so he knows that something is fishy and Park Sa is NOT Kyung Min’s killer.
On the danger of sounding repetitive, I HAVE to say: I am LOVING Park Sa’s character just so MUCH! The guy didn’t smile, didn’t break a sweat in the three episodes we saw him, was always cold, calculating and calm and yet here we see him break down into sobs and suffer from anguish at losing Kyung Mi! And I can see a hell of a lot more potential and backstory behind Park Sa going undercover and then facing off against ‘Safari’.
As expected, Hyung Min has lost his reasoning and he is totally driven by revenge, except its aimed at the wrong person and I can see Hyung Min resist the idea that he might have it wrong. He’s ignoring the fact that Soo Min is a novice, someone who’s literally had almost no contact with how harsh and bad the world can be and he’s sending her straight into the dark corner of what can be considered hell. He can ease his conscience all he wants to assure himself that he can protect her but Kyung Min’s voice of reason in his conscience is right-he won’t be able to do it and is probably trying to recreate the same thing so he can protect Soo Min and absolve himself of his guilt.
The whole ‘I’ll get revenge cause I’m part of the police now’ by Soo Min was too quickly done. Just passing the exam doesnt make her fit for such a duty and its disturbing the way Min and Hyung Min are ignoring that fact and gave in to her request and Hyung Min’s own agenda in it so easily. That’s the only qualm I have with this episode-this part was a little too superficial and forced. Still, since the series itself is such a wonderful surprise, these little shortcomings aren’t bothering me much!
Heartless City, please keep blowing me away with your awesomeness until the very end and do make that an amazing and happy ending too!
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