Episode 4 of Big Bet begins with Mu-sik appearing at a student rally, the Student Council Assembly, about the unification of the Korean Peninsula. Now, Mu-sik isn’t actually performing (as we first thought!), but serving as the NCSR president’s bodyguard. We watch this boy’s passionate performance from the stage. However, in the crowd there are several detectives posing as activists.
Big Bet Season 1 Episode No 4 Recap
To escape the activists, Mu-sik decides to join the army. Unfortunately, his criminal record prevents him from going. As a result, he is forced out. He certainly can’t join the Marines. However, she is followed by a shadowy guy with sunglasses named Mr. Kim. This guy has a small office in Namsan and his job is actually to recruit trainees. Moo-sik is offered to join the Scout Team, but he needs to improve his fitness levels. Of course, this comes from a tough boot camp, but Moo-sik is determined to prove himself.
Out of 76 applicants, only 4 are nominated – including our very own Moo-sik. Kim shows up at a hotel to tell the kids they are surrounded by empty bottles. When he emerges, he sees the commotion and gives them a few minutes to join them. However, their job as Intelligence agents actually involves crossing the border and going to and from North Korea. This is incredibly dangerous work.
In 2001, we went to Manila, where Mr. Min Moo-sik is boasting about his exploits. He still works together with Moo-sik, and the pair do well at the casino. Sang-gu is also there, and Sang-chul calls Mu-sik to tell him about a boy named Tae-seok, one of his friends. He asks Moo-sik to look after him, but is forced to swallow his pride when the boy angrily greets him, realizing that Moo-sik is actually on his side. Tae-seok used to run a brothel, but now he’s forced to hide in Manila, just like Mu-sik.
In the morning, Tae-seok introduces himself properly and goes to Mu-sik’s office. It doesn’t take long before Moo-sik pulls out 10k to help. Tae-seok is grateful, but he actually wants to work in a casino. Moo-sik agrees to think about it.
When Mr. Min returns to the office dejected, we soon find out why. Turns out Min was hit by a Chinese fusion restaurant. He threatened to hurt him, forcing Moo-sik’s partner to beg on his knees. What a mess.
Moo-sik comes to see Mr. Woo and tells him to stop messing with his partner. Sun-gil agrees, but Moo-sik insists that this is the hill he’s going to die on. Given that he helps Mr. Min when he’s down and out, Moo-sik finally buys his freedom by downing a bottle of alcohol. Since then, no one touches Mr. Min, earning his respect.
However, this house of cards will soon come crashing down, but before that, we jump to 2010 as Moo-sik and the others fully support him. Earning 70 billion won in just ten years, they manage to get involved in politics, rubbing shoulders with all the big players in the Philippines. This is a term for non-negotiable chips, specifically betting money at casino tables.
Moo-sik’s operation is smart, and through these chips and comp cards, there is a steady flow of money to the casino. As a result, they end up with a lot of customers and these compact cards are plentiful. Moo-sik desperately needs to get rid of these, considering it’s over soon, so of course he decides to spin at an expensive breakfast sponsored by Moo-sik himself, or meetings with Chief of Staff Carlos. What starts as a simple meeting soon turns into one of the most important meetings in the country.
Moo-sik makes a name for himself, and he’s finally brought to Big Boss Daniel, a man known as the Kingmaker, given that he decides who the next president will be. Everyone in the industry knows about him because he’s basically the El Chapo of the casino world.
In fact, he is 7 million pesos in debt and most of his agents have virtually fled. He must hand over his money by the end of the month, or they will seize it. Tae-seok isn’t entirely happy about this, and the others share their concerns, as Woo is a bit of a psychopath, especially towards his employees.
While Moo-sik is thinking about this, he meets an influential guy named Jo Yoongi. However, the meeting is quickly interrupted when the Koreans send in a wanted man, accusing Moo-sik of assault. Now that it’s the result of Moo-sik’s days of collecting nonsense, one of the men reports that he was assaulted. Feeling bad about it, Moo-sik runs away.
Meanwhile, at the same time as the Philippine government changes, Mr. Min manages to convince the son of the owner of a construction company to build a hotel in Caliz. This coincides with Mr. Wu defaulting on the loan interest, allowing them all to up and move from Manila to Caliz.
Five years later, and Jung-pal accidentally wins the heart of So-jung, a woman who happens to be the host. During lunch, Mr. Min calls and asks him to make a proposal for Bolton, which is their new project.
This week’s episode of Big Bet slows down a bit as Moo-sik wins over all the politicians and uses these soon-to-be-exploding compact cards to gain political favor. The guy has always had a knack for hustle and this episode just shows that. In terms of plot development, aside from Moo-sik working at the casino, we didn’t see much from the other supporting characters. It’s a bit of a shame, especially considering Sang-gu had some good lines in the previous episode.
There’s plenty to like here, though, and understanding more of Moo-sik’s history is a nice way to contextualize the build-up to his capture.
The ending is a bit anticlimactic, if we’re being sloppy, but there’s plenty to enjoy nonetheless.