Another solid episode leans heavily into romance and subtle characterization to offset a slightly weaker case.
This recap of Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 11, “Mr. Salt, Ms. Pepper and Attorney Soy Sauce”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the last week’s episode by clicking these words.
Today’s episode of Extraordinary Attorney Woo feels a bit lighter than some of the recent ones, like it’s letting off the gas a little. Usually, that’d be a criticism, but “Mr. Salt, Ms. Pepper and Attorney Soy Sauce” fills the spaces left by a less-intense-than-usual case with subtle character development and charming romance. If anything, it feels like the case, which is about a poverty-stricken man named Il-su being ripped off over a lottery in a gambling den, is getting in the way of the good stuff.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 11 recap
Unsurprisingly, gambling dens aren’t exactly prime real estate for conclusive legal verdicts, and handshake deals aren’t necessarily binding. Types who frequent such places don’t make reliable witnesses. And so on, and so forth. You can see the difficulties in arguing this in court.
And it’s even more difficult for Young-woo given that Jun-ho keeps popping into her head. Ever since their kiss last week, their relationship has reached a new and confusing level that has him intruding on her thoughts much like her beloved whales. They watch each other through their offices; touch hands through glass. It’s a lovely way for the love story to develop in the margins of the current case.
And the current case is not a love story, by any means, as we find out when Il-su wins his case and immediately tries to divorce his wife in favor of his mistress, Choi Da-Hye, aka Coffee House from the gambling den. Our lawyers are ready and able to help negotiate a fair division of assets, including the lottery win, but it turns out they don’t need to since Il-su is hit and killed by a truck in a road traffic accident, meaning that his assets automatically go to his next of kin.
Jun-ho is there for Young-woo in the aftermath of this, and it seems like he’ll need to be there for her in the future, too, since an epilogue shows Min-woo trying to bargain for a transition to Taesan by forcing Young-woo out of Hanbada at Su-mi’s request.