Over six minutes of a recap about an episode that happened just the day before. I just don’t get it.
Since it is six minutes I’ll comment on Da Jung taking the mic and telling the East Nation that they should fight and the West will help them. I thought it was a bit spunky for her to do this and definitely seemed like the Nam Da Jung I liked. I still think she’s being stupid here, only because this is a team game and I don’t see her saving everyone in East. She still wants to win the game, so people have to lose.
To be honest, I’m wondering why everyone is okay with her still being there in the first place. If I was part of the Liar Game, I’d be annoyed that Da Jung has three chances at winning while I have only one. If Woo Jin wins then he’d give the money to Da Jung. If Dal Goo wins, he’ll probably give the money to Da Jung as well. I don’t think that’s really all that fair. I’d probably even target her for that reason alone. The fact that everyone doesn’t seem to mind it is troubling. These are the same people who are desperate for money and want to be saved instead of getting voted off or eliminated. Plus, even if they split the money with everyone Da Jung will still get the most.
Speaking of the show, Dal Goo cries because he betrayed Da Jung but says it was because he was tricked. Da Jung and Woo Jin forgive him though. I kind of feel bad for Jamie, because when she betrayed people everyone hated her, but when Dal Goo does the same its okay because he’s their friend.
Woo Jin says that they’re finally a team and thinks of a plan for his team to win. Whenever someone is smuggling, they take all of the cards and get the money out of the atm. Then they get someone from the Eastside to smuggle the money over to the West. Jamie wonders why the other team would help since this plan would clearly make them lose. Dal Goo just says that they’ll share the money so it’s okay. But is it really? This is a game show where you have a chance to win big money. Why would anyone agree to losing just so they could get a share of a small prize when they still have a chance to go big?
Nam Da Jung doesn’t seem to realize this so when she asks Sung Joon to come over to their side, she pretty much says, “Help us by helping yourself get out of Do Young’s dictatorship. It doesn’t matter that he’s smuggled more money and is currently winning, help us and we’ll share a fraction of what you could have gotten. Is winning more important? Do you want to be a lackey for Do Young?”
I promised I wouldn’t make comparisons to the original jdrama, because I feel like the shows are completely different even though they’re based off of the same source material. In the original Liar Game, the game contestants will go into major debt and probably be sold to human trafficking people if they lose. Nao wants to save everyone, even her “enemies’ because the consequences of letting someone lose is too big. If she said, “Is winning more important.” There’s more weight to her words.
In the kdrama, they’re in a reality TV show. The players may go into debt, but it’s not as heavy as the other show. Plus, they all want to win. Losing on purpose so someone else can win the ultimate prize is stupid. It’s just bad gameplay. Da Jung does promise to share the big prize with everyone if they help and tells them that the prize money in this game will be given to them.
Might be a good idea, but I’d still try to go to the very end. Why share 10 million when you can get it all for yourself? If the three players from the East are smart, they’d get all of the cards from the East and then never fulfill your side of the deal. Then you’d win all the money and have a better shot at getting the 10mil in the end.
It seems like the other side agrees though. Woo Jin goes to initiate the plan and goads Do Young into yelling at him. Is it really all that nice getting an orphan who had a horrible childhood to break like that? They all act like he’s a bad guy, but he did help Assistant Kim out and give him a lot of money.
He quickly catches on and tries to recruit Jamie to help him out. Will she betray him or join with Da Jung? Woo Jin seems to have figured out everything, so he’ll easily beat Do Young and I don’t think Jamie would easily help Do Young. Speaking of him, he’s like a completely new character here. I don’t remember him being this mean or cray cray.
Jamie betrayed Do Young and not Da Jung’s team. As Do Young is coming back to his base, the others commit treason after listening to Woo Jin. Their rational is that they wouldn’t be able to get any money from Do Young if they won anyways. Again, nothing has even shown this. He did give them money in the President’s Game after they helped them out. The only one he didn’t was Jamie, because she betrayed him. It’s like these guys forgot everything that happened in the last game.
So why didn’t Jamie betray her team? It’s because Da Jung told her, “When you walk out of these doors, what kind of person do you want to be?” Someone who wins obviously, but I guess she wants to be a good person now even though this is a reality show.
So Jamie holds the money hostage, causing Do Young’s team to run out of time to make the last and final smuggling attempt. With the game over, The West Team got 3.412 million while the East got 588k. The West team wins.
Do Young thinks he’s won since he has all of the cards, but Woo Jin planned ahead and beat him at his own game. Do Young is now all alone, while everyone is happening on the other side. Again, they act so smug against someone who suffered from severe mental trauma. I can’t root for that. I don’t get why Woo Jin hates him so much when it just seems like an ego thing.
Jamie becomes friends with Da Jung’s team. They even ride together in a car.
The three remaining members of the East team, Sung Joon, Bulldog, and the former actor, were going to quit but decided that they’d rather just continue on with the game and make more money.
Woo Jin gets a chance to read the USB that Sung Joon gave him in the beginning of the episode. We learn that everything about Do Young’s life is a lie, but we also get to see a picture from the orphanage that he lived in. It’s the same one Woo Jin’s mother worked at. There’s a picture of Do Young with Woo Jin’s mother and I think the other kid is Woo Jin as well.
Looks like Sung Joon is dead.
Da Jung found out that Do Young was telling the truth after watching the episode and hearing her father speak about what happened. Her father was secretly recorded by someone with the Producer, showing us why she’s pretty much useless when she’s doesn’t have Do Young by her side. She initially didn’t want to play the clip, but the Director overruled her decision.
Woo Jin gets a call from Do Young and we learn that his mother may not have been as nice as we were lead to believe. Maybe she was the one who sold Do Young to that Walden Two experiment. Maybe they wanted Woo Jin, so she gave up Do Young instead. If that’s the case then he’s even more sympathetic since his life was ruined because of Woo Jin and his mom.
Next week is the final week! The ratings has been fairly decent, so this might get a second season.
I know I’ve complained about the show, but I do still enjoy it. It’s just that as a fan of reality TV, it’s hard for me to watch players who are not actually playing the game for themselves. If this was an actual reality show, then I’d be rooting for Woo Jin, Jamie, and Do Young, because they’re actually playing the game while everyone else seems to be out of it.