This Cafe Minamdang season 1, episode 2 recap contains spoilers. You can check out our recap of the previous episode by clicking on these words.
After getting stunned by a shoe while chasing Jae-hui, Han-joon swears he’ll catch the person he knows as “Looney.” Meanwhile, detectives get to work on the hit-and-run case, searching for evidence at the crime scene, only to temporarily fail. So Jae-hui instructs his team to check the CCTV footage of the area, which allows Shin Gyeong-ho to be properly tracked. Here we find out that he is rather famous among the police, especially for being released after killing someone.
Café Minamdang season 1, episode 2 recap
As the investigation continues and Gyeong-ho himself takes a look at the loss of his sports car, Han-joon pays the criminal a visit, claiming that he is there to help the “rich idiot ”. It’s not exactly a welcome visit, but the fraudulent shaman proves his worth by recalling the man’s past during one of his rituals. In a quick flashback scene, we see that Han-joon has a vested interest in Gyeong-ho, in addition to the alleged murder he was once acquitted of, a case he manages to find the real cause of through intense deduction. .
Vowing to be able to prevent this misfortune, but nothing more, Han-joon offers to help if the wealthy vice president stays out of trouble in the future. Convinced, Gyeong-ho implores the services of the shaman, in exchange for agreeing that he won’t even go to court. Elsewhere, detectives reveal a call to say the car has been located, potentially giving them a boost, even amid fears a search and seizure warrant may be issued. That’s because Cha Do-won, the “talkative talker from the Seoul West District Prosecutor’s Office,” is on their side and will gladly grant the request.
After seeing Do-won show off his skills in exhausting criminals into confessions with his intense discussions of previous crimes to the point that their ears bleed, he seems eager to issue the warrant that Du-jin worries about. It does, however, give some life to the experienced detective, who informs his colleagues that they will need to act quickly as it won’t be long before the criminal finds out about the warrant himself. However, their conversation is monitored by Hye-Jun, who is waiting for the rookie cop to be left alone to enact their group’s plan to give out dash cam footage as part of a larger plan. .
In time, the detectives arrive at Gyeong-ho’s doorstep, who surprisingly volunteers to come to the station in a rather snide manner. Much to his dismay, he still ends up being handcuffed, before Han-joon joins the party from a high vantage point to ask his client to look more confident as he will soon be released. His appearance angers Jae-hui, who is shocked to find out why the shaman is depicting the same man he pointed out. “It’s also part of managing clients,” Han-joon replies, convinced that attempted murder is easier to solve than murder. And, although the fraudster is initially unwavering, some annoyance rises when he decides that the detective swearing to get to the bottom of what he’s up to is actually Looney. Yet Han-joon confuses all of this with affection, leaving him with a big kick in the shin when such a theory is voiced.
Then we see how corrupt internal inspector Jung Cheong-gi could play a vital role in the unfolding case, with a flashback showing his role in freeing Gyeong-ho a year ago for his latest crime. Anxious to avoid any backlash due to the status of the man, the policeman is once again won over by the idea of the money and is content to follow orders once he realizes how much he will earn for his help. Meanwhile, detectives go through the footage with Gyeong-ho in hopes of cracking him. Yet when it seems about to happen, with the vice president’s status changed from suspect to perpetrator, Han-joon returns to the scene again, proving that the dashcam footage they’re using as evidence has in been obtained by illegal means. (because it was delivered before any warrant was officially issued).
As a result, the rookie detective’s haste becomes a costly mistake, which leads to the release of a smug Gyeong-ho. Jae-hui remains determined, however, vowing to see the Vice President again as soon as he gets out, undeterred by the major breach in their investigation. Outside, Han-joon chastises his client, warning the wealthy VP one last time that he cannot help him in any future incidents, and he will instead turn to helping his victims.
Both furious and curious about how the dash cam footage ended up in the hands of the police early on, Jae-hui confronts Han-joon about his actions, before a flashback shows the two men meeting earlier when the shaman was still profiling. Remembering such a moment, the “ghost” detective wants the fraudster to come to his senses as a former cop, or she will arrest him herself. Later, we see that Jae-hui was only transferred due to her new team’s impending disbandment, but Du-jin becomes a surprising supporting figure when he points out that if Gyeong-ho isn’t stopped, the force will be seen. like a complete joke. Thus, the leader is convinced of the necessity of the task and goes so far as to threaten to fire them if justice is not done.
After convincing the rookie detective to stay despite his costly mistake, the detectives soon find themselves annoyed by a taunting, pseudo-comforting Han-joon, claiming he’s declaring war on them. This spurs Du-jin and Jae-hui into action, with the pair ready to spring into action and ask the passenger in the criminal’s car to testify for them. Unfortunately, she seems to have already been swayed by the other side, so she manages to get away when the experienced detectives try to bring her in for a chat.
Troubled by what he had heard about his former life as a policeman, Han-joon seems to convince himself to turn Gyeong-ho over, his friends believing his nemesis was the key to his decision. Thus, the group decides that their bait is the corrupt Inspector Cheong-gi, but the official cannot be phased by any petty tactics, so he needs a tougher approach. The new plan is rather simple, that Cheong-gi should have his evidence handover to Min-gyeong exposed, so that Gyeong-ho reacts aggressively and creates an opening for the internal inspector to become vulnerable to a compromised deal involving a return to clarity. .
With the wheels moving, Jae-hui subtly watches the group’s movement from afar, wondering what they could be doing at such a late hour of the day. Curious and knowing that their security isn’t exactly tight, she heads straight for what she believes to be a show house and, by coincidence, sees their gazes into the underworld of crime. There, she sees her dead brother on file, along with information about him, which causes the detective to root deeper. However, he is delayed by the group’s rather quick return, and a vibrating phone reveals the very fact that Jae-hui was in the building in the first place. With Han-joon opening the door to find himself suffocated by the panicked detective, we cut to the epilogue, which shows the former cop receiving a gift from his current nemesis in his life as a profiler.
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