[summary] The Incarnation of Money – Episode 18

Another brilliant episode that is filled with wonders. It made me laugh before sending me into a tear fest the minute after and finally, the cliffhanger that made me grin from ear to ear. The current situation is really interesting, just like watching two puppets  butting heads with each other while the puppeteer Cha-don is watching them from afar as he pulls the strings once in a while.

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Se-kwang is expecting Madam Bok to see the Gentleman of Jingogae herself but Cha-don won’t take the  risk just like that. He jumps into the elevator and leaves Se-kwang by himself to greet Madam Bok. Cha-don manages to call her to inform about the meeting he planned and she plays along with him in front of Se-kwang. Jae-in’s father gets to assure Se-kwang that he’s the real Gentleman of Jingogae and Se-kwang is very happy to be nominated.

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However, he knows very well that he must not let his guard down as Prosecutor Kwon is up against him. He starts his mission of approaching Ji-hoo because of her father, but he’s doing it his way. Se-kwang starts to ignore her, sending Ji-hoo into confusion on why he’s treating her like that. He later explains that he’s avoiding her intentionally because he starts to be interested in her, just to get her father’s support.

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Cha-don prepares for the big reveal for Prosecutor Kwon to know that Se-kwang is competing against him and sets a camera in the waiting room to eavesdrop on their conversation. Prof Jeon comes to the Chungrok party and realizes that he hasn’t been invited to the elite member’s meeting. He makes a sudden appearance, forcing Madam Bok and Mayor Jung to drag him out for a meeting among themselves.

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The candidates are briefed about their task to do an inspection on the each other. Chief Jo leaves the room and Prosecutor Kwon gets to talk with Se-kwang. Se-kwang accuses him of becoming allies with Kang-seok and Cha-don is monitoring them through the camera put in the room. Prosecutor Kwon is about to talk about their past when Se-kwang realizes that they are being watched. Lucky for Cha-don, they think that it’s the Chungrok’s doing to keep the tab on them for the inspection purpose.

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Both of them take their heated argument to a remote place where no one can hear them. Se-kwang is suspecting Prosecutor Kwon since he’s the only person that could have swapped the blood of Kang-seok with Bi-ryung’s and he’s aiming to get rid og him, the only rival that he has. He wants Prosecutor Kwon to prove that he’s still on their side by giving up his nomination. Prosecutor Kwon won’t budge and they start punching each other’s faces while Cha-don is their match’s spectator from afar. Their greed marks the end of their relationship as partners in crime.

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Cha-don goes to meet Madam Bok at her house and informs her that their plan is going smoothly as Prosecutor Kwon and Se-kwang are at the brink of getting rid of each other. She asks him about the fake gentleman, in which Cha-don answers nervously that everything is good. He’s not happy to see that Jae-in is still out for a date with Hyuk when it’s already late and Madam Bok urges him to go back. Madam Bok and Mr Kim are happy to see that Cha-don has started to get jealous of Jae-in.

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Jae-in is sent home by Hyuk and she sees Cha-don’s car in front of her house. She initially refuses a kiss from Hyuk but soon willing to do so, only to be interrupted by Cha-don. He warns Hyuk not to appear in front of him again. He takes Jae-in away to accompany him for a drink and admits that he never betrayed Madam Bok. Jae-in gets to know the truth from Mr Kim and she’s happy that Cha-don finally falls for her, but she’s not going to forgive him easily this time.

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Se-kwang thinks that Prof Jeon will be able to help him with the vote and he’s confident to win against Prosecutor Kwon. Ji-hoo comes to meet him and tells Se-kwang about her feelings. He breaks into a brief victory smile but soon collects himself. Se-kwang is afraid that he’s going to hurt her but Ji-hoo is ready to use her father’s influence in order for her to win his heart. He apologizes to her and promises to give it a try…and he’s succeeded on the first step to get Prof Jeon’s help.

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As the proxy of the Gentleman of Jingogae, Cha-don gets to enter Se-kwang’s house in order to help him with the inspection. Se-kwang gives him some hints about Prosecutor Kwon’s bribes from the past and he’s so confident that his record is clean without any shady past. Cha-don decides to search his house for any clue of his misconduct. Reporter Go, on the other hand, is torn in between Prosecutor Kwon and Se-kwang.

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Cha-don doesn’t find any flaw in Se-kwang’s life before this and he decides to visit Bi-ryung. She’s living the exact way that Madam Park had been living before, holding onto her son’s picture. Cha-don tells her that her parole review is being interfered by Se-kwang. She vows to get revenge on Se-kwang and asks for Cha-don’s help to inform the father of her son about the situation since Se-kwang has threaten her with the picture. Bi-ryung finally tells Cha-don the truth about Chairman Lee’s murderer that was no other than Se-kwang. Cha-don wants to help Bi-ryung to protect her son since that might be the same request that his mother made to Se-kwang.

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Prosecutor Kwon is frustrated that he can’t find any flaw with Se-kwang and suddenly receives a call from Cha-don, who gives him the chance to hear the recording of Bi-ryung’s voice. Cua-don wants to help him but in return, he wants a big reward from Prosecutor Kwon before giving him the recording.

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Jae-in’s father is out meeting some people in his Gentleman persona and he gets to know that Madam Bok ison her way there, thinking that he’s impersonating her. He manages to escape just in time and goes back home. Cha-don is worried that their plan will fail and warns him to be careful. Madam Bok suddenly drops by to meet the fake Gentleman and Cha-don doesn’t have any other choice but to call him out. Jae-in’s father is ready to admit all his mistakes in front of her but Madam Bok doesn’t seem to recognize him. Cha-don tells him about Madam Bok’s illness and Jae-in’s father sobs in regret while begging for her forgiveness.

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Prosecutor Kwon and Se-kwang are in bad terms, treating each other coldly. Prosecutor Kwon receives a call from Cha-don, who wants to meet him. Cha-don actually told Se-kwang about Prosecutor Kwon’s plan to move his ledger book and reminded him to stay alert. He meets with Prosecutor Kwon to give him the recording of Bi-ryung’s confession, but with the promise that he’s getting a high position once Prosecutor Kwon becomes the president.

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Cha-don gets to know about Se-kwang obtaining  a warrant to conduct a search for Prosecutor Kwon’s ledger book. He intentionally lets him hear the conversation, sending Prosecutor Kwon to call his assistant and gives Cha-don the location of the book. He immediately tells Se-kwang about it and Se-kwang rushes out as Cha-don looks forward to the battle between him and Prosecutor Kwon…


Go, Cha-don! You’re the puppeteer so you basically can do anything from hitting them yourself or make them kick each other! It’s pretty brave of him to go straight for the toughest opponents in the group, but Cha-don knows well that he’s still weak when it comes to the battle of power with Se-kwang and Prosecutor Kwon, with the law basically within their grasp. His solution? Break those two apart and make them knock each other down while he’s just pulling some strings here and there to make the match better and more exciting. Here’s wishing for eternal separation of these two and may they find deepest hatred in each other, enough for them to destroy their opponent’s life. Muahaha~

This episode seems lighter on the revenge part since Cha-don doesn’t really have to do all the work and he gets the time to switch his focus on Jae-in. We might see these two getting back together before the last episode and it’s probably going to happen very soon. Oh, we only have six episodes left!

However, I am still sad for Jae-in’s father. His scene with Madam Bok made my heart sink to the bottom of nowhere. I was expecting another war between them, but it turned out to be heartbreaking. Okay, please don’t break my heart anymore, show…I’ve had enough of sadness, now give me a happy scene for the lovely Madam Bok!

Last but not least, the man of many faces, Lee Cha-don.

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2 thoughts on “[summary] The Incarnation of Money – Episode 18

  1. What a great episode, again! I foretell that whoever goes down, the reporter will go with them in the tug a war between the two biggest baddies. But I must say, I loved how all of Angelina’s scenes were so reminiscent of Gi Soon’s: afraid of the shots, sitting holding her son’s picture in her cell, and promising revenge on the one who put her there. It was PRICELESS! And Cha Don’s jealous moments, when he just came out of nowhere between Hyuk and Jae-In, I was laughing so hard while I watched it! Again, I’ve loved everything this director/writer team has put out!! LOVED IT!!

    1. Perfect reenactment of the past. What satisfies me the most is Cha-don perfectly copying Se-kwang’s action towards his mother back then. Oh, you dorky boy, I hope he will be successful in both love and his revenge!

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