A Model Family focuses on the criminal power struggle in this episode as battle lines seem to be drawn.
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Organized crime is pretty simple. For all its supposed intricacies, all the rings and gangs and conflicting loyalties and such, what it really boils down to is crime as a profession. You’ve got either businessmen whose business is crime, or thugs who have found a market for their thuggery. Either way, they’re criminals, easy enough to understand, so it makes sense why A Model Family hasn’t elected to spend too much time fleshing out the inner workings of the various syndicates involved in what’s happening to Dong-ha and his family.
A Model Family season 1, episode 6 recap
This sixth episode changes that slightly by honing in on Kwang-chul and the power struggle occurring around him. You’ll recall the last episode closed with him being knocked unconscious. He awakens here to torture and the insistence that he toe the line. There are rules, and they must be followed. So it goes in criminal organizations. The Messenger sends a pretty clear message.
Is Dong-ha a criminal? Well, he’s certainly moving in the right circles to earn the label. As we see, though, he’s still pretty useless, though he’s beginning to get the idea. After a meet in Chinatown is raided by the police, Dong-ha turns himself in and claims to have been in the area soliciting prostitutes. It’s better than dealing drugs, right?
This is the least of Dong-ha’s problems, though. Eun-ju has been following him and demands to know what he’s doing, but whatever he explains to her at this point isn’t going to change anything – not when any attempts to get out will be met with deadly resistance. Of course, there’s also the matter that Eun-ju doesn’t really have a leg to stand on when it comes to accusing her other half of sneaking around, and when Dong-ha counters with that, she has nothing to say on the matter. Her exact involvement with the dead man in their garden remains unclear.
Anyway, back to the matter of criminal one-upmanship. The Chinatown bust was the result of an inside informer, and Kwang-chul suspects Min-gyu, who he has beaten into loyalty to him – which he’ll probably need given that Yoon-soo is planning to take out Kwang-chul in the interest of his own self-preservation. Kwang-chul isn’t about to let that slide and makes a challenge of his own, while Park Deuk-soo, who is working with Joo-hyun, shows up at Dong-ha’s place claiming to be the kids’ grandfather. The plot thickens.