Subterfuge can only go so far and it only serves as a delay of the inevitable when everyone knows what is hidden behind it. Episode fifteen of "Master - God of Noodles" is one of revelations and direct confrontations. Congressman So and Gil-do are officially in battle, Kang-sook takes desperate measures and so does Yeo-gyeong. Da-hae feels betrayed by everyone and Myeong's life is in danger, but the episode finally addresses the fact that his morality might be lost first.
The drama has created an interesting dynamic between Congressman So Tae-seop (Kim Byung-ki) and Gil-do (Cho Jae-hyun). As Kang-sook (Lee Il-hwa) states, the Congressman is the only one Gil-do fears and this means we get interesting reactions out of him. Gil-do has many enemies who know that he is a walking lie and everyone wants Goongrakwon or its foundation, but as Myeong (Chun Jung-myung) has been saying, it takes a monster to catch one. Congressman So is the monster that shakes Gil-do's nearly unbreakable facade.
It is not surprising that Kang-sook would seek help from him, but as Mi-ja (Seo Yi-sook) points out, it is a bad idea when one considers how uncertain they are of his intentions. Perhaps Kang-sook assumed the Goongrak Foundation is too small for someone like the Congressman to want. Yeo-gyeong's (Jung Yoo-mi) decision to keep being his pawn and face Gil-do head on is desperate as well, but less unreasonable. Yeo-gyeong is fully prepared to lose almost all.
The one thing I am sure she cannot let go of is her friends and this becomes evident about all of the members of our makeshift family. Gil-yong (Kim Jae-young) knows he is being kept in the dark, but he still helps. I do wonder what role his debt to Doo-cheol (Park Ji-hwan) will play, however. Tae-ha (Lee Sang-yeob) cannot really fool anyone and he resists Gil-do for now. Da-hae (Gong Seung-yeon) is not from the orphanage, but she also remains innocent and this hurts her, too.
Myeong is the one who has been needing the biggest wake up call and he finally gets it. As a character, he has been one of the least interesting ones until this conflict started growing. A stock good guy can become lost among so many colorful characters. His descent into undeserved cruel behavior is the road to becoming a monster who cannot switch back. This conflict generates sympathy and gives his choices gravity.
I am still trying to wrap my head around everything that is happening and all the subplots we need to see reach their closure, but the creators know how to keep up the pace on the main goals. That would be getting all the pure characters out unscathed and manipulative ones punished. Between Congressman So and Gil-do, everyone and everything is in increasingly grave danger.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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