The questions brought up last episode are mostly answered here. Events have clearly been orchestrated in such a way to set up an obvious scapegoat. Technically this revelation is the cliffhanger, but such is the nature of "Pride and Prejudice" that it's much easier to work out what the drama's doing by going backward rather than forward. We've finally confirmed one suspiciously friendly character as being a villain, although this person's overall angle remains entirely unclear.
By the way, while I hate to ruin the immersion like this, there's a reason why most police departments have an internal investigations unit for this kind of thing. For members of the same general team to go in and question each other under identical circumstances to when they apprehend normal suspects, well, it's just kind of weird. If only because they know the exact operating procedure, so of course someone they know is on the other side of the one-way mirror.
Admittedly all of this does serve an obvious dramatic purpose. The situation is messing with Hee-man's sense of self. We've had to endure the "Robot Taekwon V" theme song every time the man has ever gotten a phone call, and this episode he even specifically references the classic character. While the purpose of the scene in question is at least as much comedy as it it seriousness, on some level Hee-man is cracking under the strain of having to acknowledge that even under the best possible interpretation, he's not really a heroic figure.
On that front, I'm not totally sure what to make of Jang-won and Gwang-mi. They're not really all that invested in the main plot, so their scenes tend to come like some sort of weird hybrid between a secondary romance and comic relief. It's not necessarily bad, it's just that they have relatively little awareness of what's actually going on with the other characters. Mostly these two just inhabit the same general office space.
"Pride and Prejudice" hasn't always been the best drama in regards to characterization on that front. Everything is so wrapped up in the mystery, and the very personal relationship that the main characters have in the kidnapping case, that there really isn't much space for them to grow as people. Although this is really more a stylistic choice than anything that can be called a flaw. Classic detective stories tend to use the same form of narrative development, and it would be unfair to hold "Pride and Prejudice" at fault for that.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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