A new case begins in the embers of the previous one as Do-Ki uncharacteristically leaves some telltale evidence behind.
This recap of Taxi Driver season 1, episode 9 contains spoilers.
The way Taxi Driver has generally worked thus far is by keeping its cases separate. There’s an overarching plot, sure, and a good one at that, but it has effectively focused on isolated cases that play out across two or more episodes. Taxi Driver episode 9 retains that format, introducing a new, socially relevant case about voice phishing, but it also leaves behind a very damning piece of evidence in the embers of the previous U Data case that proves Do-Ki and Rainbow Taxi aren’t going to be able to stay ahead of Ha-Na and the law forever.
This, almost right in the middle of the season, seems like the right time for such a development, and it creates an interesting spine running through each new case. We also follow on from the previous episode’s cliff-hanger ending with Sung-Chul and Do-Chul, Chairmain Baek arriving to save the former and spend a good chunk of time staring lustily at Do-Ki when he goes ballistic about it all.
What Do-Ki uncharacteristically leaves behind in the U Data fire is an incriminating ID card, which is recovered by the police and eventually presented to Sung-Chul, who remains tight-lipped about it, and then Ha-Na, who is happily fronting the U Data case with support from Jin-Woo after campaigning for, like, four episodes to get anyone to take it even halfway seriously.
You’ll recall as well, though, that Ha-Na was already piecing together the evidence of the deluxe taxi’s involvement in various seemingly unrelated events, including Do-Chul’s disappearance and her own rescue, so she has plenty to be going on with, and the trail of evidence naturally leads her to Do-Ki, whose ruse she sees through and whose phones she wants tapped. The net is closing in, it seems.
The voice phishing case introduced in Taxi Driver season 1, episode 9 is another hot-button social topic, and everyone can get behind the idea of taking revenge on people who swindle the elderly out of their money. This show has always done a great job of exposing some of Korea’s underbelly, and the crimes are somehow more despicable in their small-scale nature. There are no nuclear weapons or such here; exploiting the disabled and the elderly, bullying, and revenge p**n is instead the focus, which only helps us both root for the core characters and eagerly await the downfalls of the guilty. That expert rhythm of build-up and catharsis remains here, but the overarching plot is really beginning to take shape as well.