A thrilling episode that ups the ante in the Minamdang Group’s hunt for justice.
This summary of Café Minamdang Season 1 Episode 12 contains spoilers. You can read our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking on these words.
Beginning with Do-won seemingly walking away from Tae-su’s appearances near his brother, we soon return to Han-joon and Su-cheol being attacked and then dragged away to keep quiet per Aunt Im’s orders. Later, Jae-hui is informed of the kidnapping and assembles a team to intervene while her fellow prosecutor stunned follows her. Meanwhile, Jin-sang realizes the danger when he takes Min-gyeong away and loots the license plate of the car used in the crime to show the police upon their slightly delayed arrival.
Cafe Minamdang Season 1 Episode 12 Summary
During a gripping pursuit, the police are led to the Jaepyeong Industrial Complex, where the unconscious victims are being treated. At the same time, Hye-jun regains her bearings when Han-joon’s tracker goggles broke and looks at the device’s recording to discover the letters “IEND” on a sign. This information is then relayed to Jae-hui, who knows that her group must look out for the sign if they are to find Tae-su.
Next, Tae-su calls an awake Han-joon a rat and wants to know what he heard at the signing ceremony. The shaman is defeated if he refuses the idea of picking up anything, and is soon warned that if he wishes to survive, he must tell his captor how much he has heard and why he is investigating the situation. Though Han-joon is wise enough to know that this isn’t necessarily true, he instead tries to push Tae-su’s buttons, stating that “it’s the fat cats behind you that are the real deal.” The former profiler continues to talk about the offenses he’s privy to and goads the “throwaway farmer,” mentioning the fact that he’ll be rid of after the project, but still has no bearing on the stone-walled series at the end of the killer.
Luckily, the police arrive in time to follow the departing Tae-su out of the complex, while Su-cheol proves competent enough to deal with the group in hopes of “cutting” the captured pair. Then Jae-hui arrives to further quell the excitement and takes care of the thugs to Han-joon’s delight. Subsequently, Du-jin and Do-won unsuccessfully attempt to capture Tae-su after finding him, although the tied policeman seems to get under the criminal’s skin before he leaves when he mentions that he is Lim Yeong-ju .
After Du-jin tells Do-won that he will inform him about Yeong-ju as soon as he is sure of his suspicions, we cut to the police station where the secretly recorded conversation at the signing ceremony is being intercepted. Now that they know that Mayor Lee Myeong-Jun is the culprit of the Eun-hye case, in addition to the wide-ranging group all involved in shady activities, investigators prepare to find the evidence that Tae -su has before it becomes clear that they are. re looking for it. Since Han-joon knows that Aunt Im has to have something against everyone to keep them from betraying her, Han-joon first wants to investigate the connections between Yeong-ju and the villain shaman, with Jae-hui happy to look for evidence that leads to a could lead to arrest of both. and Do-won prepared to find out what the cartel really wants.
That night, an emotional Hye-jun surprisingly hugs Su-cheol instead of her brother, and then takes it a few steps further by taking care of him in an elaborate way. When things settle down, Han-joon invites Jae-hui over for a drink, but any moments of possible physical intimacy that occur during this time are uncomfortably curtailed. However, there is a sweet moment between the two that showcases their respective relationships with siblings, and the lighthearted envy Jae-hui has of Hye-jun for having someone to nag her. At the same time, Su-cheol and Hye-jun confess their feelings for each other and seem to start a relationship through their own moments of passion.
The next day, we see that Han-joon and Jae-hui slept together on the couch, causing some mockery from the currently mysterious new couple. The moment of embarrassment is soon to come anyway, however, as the former profiler begins to voice his own suspicions that they may have been up to something themselves.
Further, Jae-hui informs her team that the real Tae-su looked bad with his family, which shows exactly why Yeong-ju saw this man as an easy choice to steal the identity. Here we also see the potential that the serial killer never registered his fingerprints, as well as the fact that Du-jin is left alone to pursue his own hunches. In a run-down house, the seasoned detective searches for information and finds burned images that seem to eerily confirm his beliefs.
Amid moments of affection between Minamdang’s new couple, Han-joon tries to decipher if there’s a private, upscale place near Joyce Entertainment that Tae-su has frequented, believing it to be a hideout could. This is considered a potential forte restaurant, so the shaman rushes off to investigate the establishment while the others tend to the cafe, and Hye-jun plots the serial killer’s movements on a map, thus creating a profile can be created.
After some teasing from her colleagues when invited to Forte, Jae-hui rushes to get ready, perhaps believing that the investigation taking place there might have a deeper meaning. And while it’s not too obvious, Han-joon is still disappointed when Do-won sets out to interrupt the proceedings. When the trio are together, they manage to find information that Tae-su used to come to Forte alone every fourth Thursday at 8pm, although that hasn’t been the case for weeks.
When a picture of Seung-won is presented during these questions, Do-won excuses himself and heads off to make a phone call. As we see, the prosecutor is trying to figure out his brother’s schedule, to the point of speaking to him personally. Meanwhile, Forte’s investigators find out that Tae-su hunts and would always leave sizable tips for the staff because of the muddy footprints he would leave behind when he entered the restaurant. Additionally, the serial killer always wore a suit, appeared to attend work lunches regularly, and “always smelled faintly of smoke.” All this points to the possible hiding place for the shady man who is in a campsite.
Next, Do-won asks his brother if he ordered Tae-su to kill Gyeong-cheol, using Seong-won’s connections to the One Percent criminal group to try to get information. The prosecutor also suspects that Aunt Im is the person who made the Choekang Group’s smug heiress’ problems go away and covered up the Eun-hye case. As tensions rise, Do-won threatens to jail his brother if he doesn’t stop, leading Seung-won to counter the words aimed at him by warning that the prosecutor will lose his job if he does stand in his way. Do-won blames her father for what happened and walks away to make things right. The stunned Seong-cheol suddenly becomes dizzy and has to take medication to calm down when left alone.
With the help of the police, teams disperse to Samcheon and Bongeun campsites in hopes of finding Tae-su’s hideout. It’s Jae-hui’s quartet that gets lucky when they find out the serial killer left his RV in Samcheon, which the detective eventually finds late at night. That being said, the abandoned vehicle could be a trap, as we see Tae-su watching what’s happening from his car while collecting extra gas.
The police use his credit card to pay Tae-su directly while Jae-hui starts looking inside the RV. Since everything from benzene to gopuri stuff is there, the detective knows she has a lead, so he calls Han-joon so he can see for himself. At this point, however, the serial killer arrives, locks Jae-hui in the vehicle, extinguishes it, and sets it on fire. Shortly thereafter, Han-joon discovers the flames himself and angrily confronts Tae-su. Although he is quickly stunned by the criminal’s words when the shaman is given the choice of speaking to Tae-su or rescuing the captive Jae-hui.
After that we move on to the epilogue where we see the story that the story between Tae-su and Eun-hye could go much deeper than expected.
You can stream Cafe Minamdang Season 1 Episode 12 exclusively on Netflix.