Heartless City Episode 20 Recap [Final]
Wow, ten weeks of a roller coaster ride with our resident baddie Park Sa is just one of a kind experience. I still remember the feeling I had the first time he strolled through Jo Oh’s mansion-ready for a coup, calm as you please while the world fought on around him. ‘Now that’s BADASS!’ is what I thought, and the subsequent episodes took things to levels that I didn’t even think of! And now it’s time to bid it goodbye!
I’m going into this episode not knowing what to expect since I didn’t get the chance to check out the preview. Now I just hope the ending leaves me satisfied, if not happy! But seriously, after 19 episodes of having such close brushes with death and danger, doesn’t our hero deserve a happy ending?
Note after watching: SERIOUSLY WRITER?! Or as Soo said it, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”
Episode 20 Recap:
Jin Suk, Chung Mo and the others get together, mourning Safari’s death. Jin Suk fingers the urn containing Safari’s ashes. Later, she goes to Park Sa. She begins to say something about Safari but Park Sa cuts her off by reaching out and holding her arm. She looks at him to see he has closed his eyes and sorrow is evident in his expressions. No words needed to mourn and let out the pain.
Soo Min shows Hyung Min one of Kyung Mi’s old albums where there are several pictures of her with Park Sa/Shi Hyun. She tells Hyung Min about Park Sa and moreover-that he’s a cop. She saw his ID at the office and mutters, “How hard it must’ve been on him all that time. To live like Park Sa, how hard must it be for him? To live as Kyung Mi’s killer, unable to say it hurts even when it hurts…” Hyung Min begins to say something, perhaps comfort her but she continues.
“I love that person… Jung Shi Hyun. That’s why, I’m definitely going to make it so he can come back to the police! Help me, Ahjusshi!”
A search through police records at the office turns up no record of Shi Hyun though. When Hyung Min muses he must be another undercover, Hyung Min darts out of the office. Yes, that’s the right thought! He meets up with Park Sa and asks about Safari. Park Sa is somewhat listless and doesn’t respond much. So Hyung Min continues-Safari, that sniper and Kyung Mi, each and every one of them was a police officer.
“And you… Park Sa Adeul, Jung Shi Hyun… you’re also a police officer!”
Park Sa turns to look at him in surprise. Hyung Min wants to know who sent him undercover and reveals that he knows all about his relation to Kyung Mi. He points out that whoever was the one behind Kyung Mi’s death was ready to kill Soo Min right in front of him just like Kyung Mi.
“Who’s the one who sent you undercover? He’s the one who killed Kyung Mi! But you already knew that, didn’t you? Who’s the person who sent you?”
Park Sa asks him what he means to do if he knows. Hyung Min promises to kill the man by his own hands. Park Sa argues, telling him to stay where and how he is-Park Sa will spill whatever blood needs to be split.
But as Park Sa’s leaving, Hyung Min speaks up, “It’s Commissioner Min, isn’t it?” Park Sa doesn’t reply, but that is answer enough for Hyung Min.
Hyung Min meets with Officer Oh and the female officer and asks them if they’ll follow him onto dangerous ground-against a baddie inside the police force. Both agree to it and ask who the person is. Hyung Min tells him, “It’s Commissioner Min.”
Park Sa finds Soo at his place who wants to know what they’ll do next. Is this really the end? Park Sa tells him he doesn’t think they can win and asks Soo to leave-America or Japan, anywhere. Soo refuses flat out and promises to follow Park Sa to the depths of hell. They achieved so much together, he points out and it was all because he trusted Park Sa.
“That street outside… Let’s eat it all up, you’re the one who said that!” he points out.
Park Sa begins to say something but Soo tells him “Jung Shi Hyun… let’s go to the end.”
Park Sa apologizes and Soo storms out in a huff.
Jo and Hong Ki have a bit of an argument where Jo points out Hyung Min knows a lot more than Hong Ki gives him credit for and that he won’t catch Park Sa. Hong Ki tells him to leave police matters to him and that he’ll resolve things on his end. Jo adds that there’s one more thing he doesn’t know.
Hong Ki storms his office and uploads Soo Min’s police profile onto his computer. It’s unclear what he does next.
He then meets up with Jin Suk… and he;s got a file with him which he hands over to her and asks her to ‘remove that kid from Park Sa’s side.’ He says it’s best for everyone and asks that she not try and take things into her own hands. Jin Suk doesn’t know what he’s talking about and opens the folder to view the papers-it’s Soo Min’s police profile.
And so he twists the truth to his favor-that Hyung Min sent Soo Min undercover to catch Park Sa. He asks Jin Suk a favor-to let Soo Min go and just remove her from her side, no more. “I can’t catch you with my own hands!” he pleads. And I cringe!
Soo Min is at home when her phone rings-it’s Jin Suk who asks her to come over immediately. Soo Min is visibly glad to hear from her and heads over. However, Jin Suk then calls her up and tells her she’s outside the office (while she is actually there) and sends Soo Min somewhere else, saying she’s there. Soo Min turns to go but finds herself surrounded by the baddie minions who then start beating her up, asking for Jin Suk’s whereabouts.
She promises she doesn’t know and then they take her to a room, where Jin Suk is sitting. Soo Min’s barely able to stand up and is stunned to find Jin Suk there. Jin Suk asks her why she never told the baddies where she was. Soo Min says she couldn’t do that-what if something bad happened to Jin Suk? Jin Suk doesn’t buy any of it and throws the police profile at her.
A tear falls as Soo Min looks back at Jin Suk and whispers, “I really liked Unni. All the time, every day, I felt so sorry. Deceiving Unni was too hard. I’m really sorry.”
Jin Suk asks her if she knew Shi Hyun was Park Sa. Soo Min confirms it.
“You knew it and you still love him?” Her answer is yes again. Jin Suk tells her she has a last request and asks Soo Min to leave. “Let’s not see each other again.”
With that, she drops a number of checks at Soo Min and walks away.
Outside, she lets her real reaction come out and she turns to look back, crying.
Hong Ki then recruits Officer Kim-seriously man, there’s definitely a time to just quit! His bait-he knows Soo and Officer Kim have been in contact. What Hong Ki needs-call up Soo and arrange a meetup!
And so Soo and Hong Ki come face to face. Hong Ki offers him a hand-which Soo doesn’t take and I smirk in glee. Hong Ki asks Soo how long he thinks his relationship with Park Sa will last. Soo isn’t in the mood for chit chat and tells him to get to the point.
“I heard you were curious about how I came to find Jo’s drug factory, no?” Hong Ki asks as he slides a paper to him.
It’s Shi Hyun’s police profile.
Soo barks at Hong Ki- “Are you messing with me?!” But Hong Ki says he was the one who sent Park Sa in as an undercover agent and says Shi Hyun has gone against his order and used Soo all the time-even used Lee Jin Suk. He offers to let him and Jin Suk go. His demand, “Remove Park Sa and you take his place! I’ll help you!”
Thankfully, watching Hong Ki and then Soo leave is Hyung Min.
Hong Ki then comes to see Jin Suk because he was curious how she handled the Soo Min case. She asks what his ulterior motive was in letting her handle it? So Hong Ki drops another bomb-why did Soo Min still let Park Sa go and fell in love with him? “Because she knew Shi Hyun was also a police officer!”
His version here-that Shi Hyun wanted revenge on his mother’s death and came begging Hong Ki to make him a police officer, so Hong Ki helped him and sent him undercover. Jin Suk doesn’t believe him but Hong Ki asks her to go confirm it herself and tells her to remove herself from Park Sa’s side.
With all the pieces set into place like a chessboard, a triumphant Hong Ki returns to his office.
Soo is drinking away when Park Sa comes to find him.
“You came, my friend? A real friend, right?” Soo calls out to him in a theres-a-problem-but-I’m-pretending-there’s-no-problem voice. Park Sa asks him if something happened.
Soo says something did happen and offers Park Sa a drink. When Park Sa begins to say something, he tells him to shut up and gives him a drink. When Park Sa doesn’t take it, Soo asks why he came if he wont drink? To gather intel.
“Ah, Police!” Soo mutters and Park Sa turns to look at him, stunned. Soo keeps going-it’s a great thing to be a police officer. Is that why he he used him, Soo asks. When Park Sa asks what he’s talking about, Soo shouts at him again to shut up. He slams the drink down on the table and tells Park Sa to leave. “If you don’t go right now… I think I’ll kill you!” he tells Park Sa with tears in his eyes.
Park Sa doesn’t budge so Soo decides he’ll leave instead. Park Sa grabs his arm, wanting to explain but Soo tells him, “Park Sa, we’ll never be seeing each other again.”
So Park Sa sits alone at his place that night when Hyung Min calls.
They meet up and he tells Park Sa he found out the truth about everything and asks Park Sa to be careful-Hong Ki has already approached Soo. Park Sa tells Hyung Min he’ll deal with Hong Ki, “So you leave the police force now. Even if it’s for Kyung Mi, you have to do that!” After that, he asks for one request, “Don’t bother/mess with Kim Hyun Soo.”
Jin Suk is still trying to come to terms with the news about Park Sa and approaches him that night.She tells him she’s sorry and moves in to hug him, asking him, “Why’d you do it? Why didn’t you tell me? Noona couldn’t even congratulate you!” Crying, she tells him, “It’s good. It’s good news… that you’re a police officer.”
He’s stunned that she knows and visibly touched by her reaction. She continues, “Shi Hyun, I’m sorry. If I wasn’t here, you’d have lesser hardships. I… My Shi Hyun, I like to see you wear a police officer’s uniform.”
Her last words make Shi Hyun let out all his emotions and he starts crying-making such raw noises, totally like a child, so pure and such poignant emotion in his sobs as he clings to her.
Soo Min and Hyung Min go to visit Kyung Mi’s grave-only to find Park Sa already there. Soo Min talks with her ‘sister’ while Hyung Min and Park Sa have a chat of their own. Park Sa points out that HM’s dad will oppose his new decision but Hyung Min couldn’t care any less and asks Park Sa not to talk about him anymore. Park Sa apologizes-he hasn’t a father so doesn’t know what he might be feeling. Then he hands over the usb Safafri gave him to Hyung Min.
As he’s leaving, Soo Min rushes after him and asks where he’s going. He turns back to her, “I was thankful… You’ll become a good police officer.”
With that, he leaves.
Soo comes to see Jin Suk and gives me the first laugh throughout this episode.
Soo: “Noona, did you know?”
Jin Suk: “What? That I’m pretty?”
Soo: “That Park Sa’s a police officer! Did you really know?”
She turns to him and tells him, “Soo, let’s hug Shi Hyun.”
He scoffs that he was the only one who didn’t know and she asks if his informant on this matter is Hong Ki. She tells him to go deeper in his thinking-why would Hong Ki turn to him? “Because Shi Hyun threw him away! Shi Hyun… chose us both. He abandoned the police and chose us… How hard must it have been for him? All that time..” Her words ring with him and he takes a deep breath. She asks him again, “This once, just this once… you accept Shi Hyun.”
She tells him that even if Shi Hyun were a police officer, he wouldn’t abandon Soo. But Soo tells her he can’t… rather, he won’t.
Hyung Min and Soo Min go through the data on the usb. It’s a list of transactions… and one name that comes up is HM’s father. He puts the computer down just as he tells Soo Min they’ll make sure to catch each and every bad guy.
Just then, Hyung Min gets taken in for questioning by the prosecutors-for alleged involvement with Park Sa. And the usb is also confiscated… and taken to Hong Ki. Soo Min calls up Shi Hyun.
Jo and Hong Ki celebrate their ‘success’ over lunch. Here, Hong Ki offers to introduce a guy for distribution of the drugs. And in comes Soo. Jo asks Soo if he broke up with Park Sa and Hong Ki and Jo both laugh as he says, “I don’t want to hear anything about that bastard anymore.”
Park Sa goes to see HM’s dad because of Hyung Min and tells him that Hyung Min was taken in but only his dad can help him. He asks him to bring out the truth so he can save his son-does he want to do it himself or should Park Sa make it so that Hong Ki does it? He gives the man time to think it over and says he hopes he’ll make the right decision. He hopes Ji Hyung Min won’t have to live like him-always hating his father.
The reporter bursts into the police station to know what happened and Soo Min wonders if Hong Ki orchestrated the whole deal to get their hands on the usb. So she goes looking for it. When Hong Ki’s on his way back, the reporter distracts him, allowing Soo Min to make her getaway.
Jo gives Soo his men so that he may catch and deliver Park Sa. Soo gives the men a location and tells them, “See you there!”
Park Sa gets a call and panics, “Alone?” Whatever the other person tells him, he heads out.
Soo is meanwhile leading his own men to Jo’s place. Jo seems to have anticipated the move and is ready. Soo declares that Jo has to die for Park Sa and Jin Suk noona to survive this. But soon, he and his men-only three of them are surrounded. A fight breaks out as Park Sa barrels towards the location.
Soo is badly hurt but still fighting until he falls to the ground and one of the men stabs him in the gut. Another knife gets him in the back. Just then, Park Sa arrives and fires at some of the men. He allows Jo to get away when he sees Soo on the ground and moves to help him.
Soo is breathing his last as he lies there and tells Park Sa, “Park Sa… Shi Hyun… It was really fun for me by your side.” Park Sa holds onto him but Soo tells him, “Really. Just hurry and go finish off Jo.”
But Park Sa doesn’t want to leave him and tries to pick Soo up, but Soo’s hand goes limp before he even gets a hold on him. Unable to let go, Park Sa grabs his hand again and again, placing it over his shoulder but it would go limp every time. And so he just sits there sobbing his heart out.
Hong Ki flips his head when he hears what Jo has done and Jo says all he did was keep his promise to Park Sa that someone he loves will die by Jo’s hands. While Hong Ki’s still on the phone, Park Sa comes barreling into Jo’s place and starts taking out his men one by one.
Hong Ki hears the commotion and leaves his office determinedly. Soo Min is on the watch for it though and calls up Hyung Min. Hyung Min readies the police.
On the other end, Jo is the only man left and Park Sa points his gun at him.
“Park Sa. What will change if you kill me? Try it! Sit on this seat and see, you will become just like me! Nothing will change.”
Park Sa tells him, “I’ll finish it.” With that, he fires.
And then he turns to leave, a lone man walking away from a pile of dead bodies at his feet.
Hong Ki arrives and is rushing in when Park Sa calls out to him to stop. Hong Ki turns to reach for his gun but Park Sa levels his at Hong Ki and motions for him to stand straight.
“Why’d you do it to me?”
Hong Ki starts telling Park Sa he can return to the police, he can finish it all but to remember, he is a police officer above it all. All his words are resonating like empty promises and it has no effect on Park Sa. But Hong Ki continues that he should think of Jin Suk. When she heard about Park Sa being a police officer, she cried and begged Hong Ki. “You can do it. You, me and Jin Suk, we can laugh together.”
Park Sa is overcome with emotions, trying to hold back his tears and his resolve.
“I thought of you as a son.” He tells Park Sa, but those words act as the catalyst to bring Park Sa’s rage back and he focuses back on Hong Ki, ready to fire.
Just then, another voice cuts in-it’s Hyung Min and Soo Min in the back, the former aiming his gun at Park Sa. He tells Park Sa to lower his gun-everything has ended now. Soo Min also shakes her head at Park Sa, as if begging him to stop.
Hong Ki calls out to Hyung Min, telling him he caught Park Sa and orders him to arrest the guy. But Hyung Min retorts back at him, “SHUT UP!”
Hong Ki realizes the odds are against him and Hyung Min calls out to Park Sa. The reason he’s here is for him, Jung Shi Hyun, and tells him he can come back to the police force. But Park Sa strengthens his resolve and tells Hyung Min he won’t return to the police.
“Ahjusshi. What you started, you finish it.” He tells Hong Ki.
Hong Ki nods and says he will, kneeling to the ground. Park Sa tells him to apologize to Hyung Min and with a straight face, Hong Ki says he will. But just as Park Sa lowers his gun, Hong Ki takes his out and shoots Park Sa in the chest-twice. Park Sa stands there, frozen, looking at his wounded chest.
Hyung Min shoots Hong Ki just as Soo Min runs past him to get to Park Sa. She kneels by his side, cradling his head in her hands, sobbing. He reaches out with precious seconds left before he closes his eyes and takes her hand into his own. Hyung Min watches and tears up.
Soo Min cries and holds Park Sa close, his eyes now closed.
Jin Suk is holding back tears as she thinks to Shi Hyun in voice over-talking about the place she really wanted to go with him once. “Shi Hyun, I love you.” As she says that, a hand holds out a handkerchief to her to wipe out her tears. It’s Soo Min in her police uniform and Jin Suk tells her it really suits her. Soo Min thanks her.
Once Jin Suk’s gone, Soo Min looks around the place-it’s Park Sa’s house and she imagines him standing there with her and she calls him all the names she’d once called him before.
“I became a police officer. I did well, right?” He reaches out to cradle her face as she cries and she reaches up to hold his hand, only to be jolted back to the reality that she is alone.
Hyung Min gets a visit from his father who seems to be trying to make amends in their relationship and decides to turn himself in. He’s taken aback by the change and demands to know why he’s doing it. He says, “I went too far. I just want to come back.”
At the orphanage, Soo Min goes to meet her kid friends wearing her new uniform and distributes presents. In the distance, she imagines a young Kyung Mi and Park Sa beckoning to her, telling her she did great. She waves back at them as they fade away and smiles.
After the prologue, showing scenes from throughout the series along with voiceover dialogues, we intervut to see a man standing somwhere in a street, talking on the phone, his back to us. The profile is Shi Hyun’s.
Okay, short form: the finale was lacking as bad as the series was awesome. Detail Comments come tomorrow. They’re going to be long but they have to wait until after I get some sleep! See you guys then!
Posted on July 30, 2013, in Asian Cinema, Entertainment, Korean Cinema, Recaps and tagged Heartless City Episode 20, Hyung Min, Jin Suk, Kyung, misc, Parksa, Police officer, Safari, Soo, Soo Min. Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.