My Name season 1, episode 4 recap – putting a face to a name from all angles

October 15, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
K-Drama, Netflix, TV Recaps
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Summary

My Name Episode 4 lands Jiwoo in hot water as lies on all sides complicate matters even further.

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Summary

My Name Episode 4 lands Jiwoo in hot water as lies on all sides complicate matters even further.

This recap of My Name season 1, episode 4 contains spoilers.


It’s all about the execution, really. Very little about My Name is new, and much of it, especially with stuff like the potentially corrupt police Captain deliberately antagonizing the criminal bigwig while he mourns the death of his friends, is almost aggressively tropey. But if the acting and the direction and the writing are all good enough, you can get away with this sort of thing. My Name is good enough to get away with most things, honestly.

My Name season 1, episode 4 recap

But that’s where we are plot-wise as of the opening of My Name episode 4. Mujin’s empire is under siege, but he has sworn his followers to silence, so the police, including Jiwoo, are at something of a dead end. Even with a new, independent threat having emerged, the conflict between crime and law enforcement is never-ending. Mujin isn’t going to give any ground to Cha, which only makes Jiwoo’s position between them even harder to maintain.

What’s interesting is the compromises even supposedly principled people are willing to make to justify their obsessions when it comes to this sort of rivalry. Cha is willing to release Mango and use Gangjae to bait out Mujin, however many more lives will be lost in the process. Amongst all this there’s also the matter of the mole, or moles; one in the Organization, and one, of course, within the police. Suspicions are rife on both sides. Jiwoo and Cha are deeply suspicious of each other. But that actually amounts to some interesting drama here. She informs Mujin that Cha is meeting with Taeju; he enlists Pil-Do to look into Jiwoo’s police history. There’s a careful, clever game being played.

We also learn that the police firearm used to kill Jiwoo’s father, which was subsequently planted by her to rile up Cha, actually belonged to Corporal Song Joonsu, the Narcotics recruit whose untimely death was being lamented in a previous episode. There’s obviously a deeper conspiracy at play, with lies being told on all sides. In all the mistrust, Jiwoo might be able to rely on Pil-Do most of all, which might be just as well since she can’t seem to shake him.

These two are together when their surveillance of one of Gangjae’s operations turns out to be a setup. A fight ensues, and both end up being captured, at which point we learn that Gangjae has been tracking Jiwoo since seeing CCTV footage of her tearing through Mango’s operation. This is highly problematic, obviously, since Gangjae knows who Jiwoo really is.

You can stream My Name season 1, episode 4 exclusively on Netflix.

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