Now It’s Personal – Trolley Ep 7 Kdrama Recap

Assemblyman Nam threatens war on Seung Hee and her extended family if they refuse to leave his wife alone. Hye Ju meets Ki Young alone at a cafe to talk.

Joong Do manages to talk some sense into Hye Ju, while Seung Hee doesn’t seem to want to let up.  I wonder what’s going to happen now that Assemblyman Kang is involved?

Read Last Week’s Episode Review.

Alrighty, let’s start with the Soo Bin segment of the article since we got some developments there.

JD Might Not Be Joong Do

Thankfully, Soo Bin’s JD tattoo might not actually stand for Assemblyman Nam “Joong Do”.

A photo of Ji Hoon, Soo Bin with longer hair and maybe JD on possibly Ji Hoon's "missing" phone
A photo of Ji Hoon, Soo Bin with longer hair and maybe JD on possibly Ji Hoon’s “missing” phone

Soo Bin was looking at an old photo of herself, Ji Hoon, and somebody else at Ji Hoon’s (most recent?) birthday party. Soon afterward, someone saved as “JD” in her phone called and Soo Bin refused to answer. I’m wondering if this highly implied a potentially abusive partner of hers is the baby’s real father, and she is using Ji Hoon as a cover.

(Or, Ji Hoon told Soo Bin to go to his house if she was ever in trouble. But seeing as how Joong Do threw him to the wolves and Hye Ju essentially kicked him out – I don’t know how Ji Hoon would realistically think that possible.)

Another great thing that may help prove Joong Do isn’t “JD” is that the assemblyman was in a team meeting attempting to push through his dating violence bill at the time. (Which I will get into later on in this review.)

Did Joong Do Actually Kill Ji Hoon?

I pointed this out before, but Soo Bin seems to really hate Joong Do and Yeo Jin.

Assemblyman Nam threw his weight  and position around a lot this episode to get things done
Assemblyman Nam threw his weight and position around a lot this episode to get things done

Joong Do and Soo Bin had another tense exchange on the stairs, and Soo Bin told the little girl who gets dumplings that Yeo Jin is only pretending to be a good person. I don’t understand where that hostility would be coming from unless Soo Bin heard something from Joong Do’s late son, Ji Hoon.

It seems like Yeo Jin mentioned taking care of Ji Hoon when he was a kid, so maybe he had firsthand experience with Yeo Jin’s other side? Or witnessed something happen to her kid when he was still alive?

This theory may be completely out of left field, but I feel like Assemblyman Nam had something to do with the drugs found on Ji Hoon’s body. Cameras caught Ji Hoon entering the restroom before his death picking up said drugs, but the camera angle we got of Ji Hoon made it seem like he was surprised to find the meth there, and was examining it closely.

What if Ji Hoon learned something in jail, or was going to go public with a piece of information and somebody like Woo Jae was hired or given orders to “stop him” before he created another scandal?

After sacrificing his son, Assembly Nam is free to move up the political ranks as he pleases. With no hints of scandal on the horizon, until his wife Hye Ju’s incident.

Assemblyman Nam Pushes Forward the Dating Violence Bill

Assembly Nam is extremely determined to push forward his dating violence bill whatever the cost.

Assemblyman Nam is prepared to push the dating violence bill forward - no matter the cost
Assemblyman Nam is prepared to push the dating violence bill forward – no matter the cost

I think the scene I have in mind was from last week, when Woo Jae asked Assemblyman Nam if he was looking into Hye Ju’s past as her husband or for his political career. Of course, Assemblyman Nam said it was for his wife’s sake, but the same flashback came again in this episode and clearly, it’s leaning more toward his career.

When the incident first happened, I thought Assemblyman Nam would be opposed to using his wife’s past as a reason to pass the bill, and that Woo Jae would try coaxing him into it. Similarly to how Woo Jae wanted to use Ki Young to break Assemblyman Kang’s real estate scandal case, and he decided against it – believing Ki Young was happily married and innocent.

Then at dinner…Assemblyman Nam noticed the meaningful glances between his wife Hye Ju and her former classmate she hasn’t seen in over 20 years. Coupled with Hye Ju calling him “Ki Young” and not Mr. Choi in the car ride back home, and Hye Ju’s flashback confirming Ki Young liked her in high school and even confessed – it just got personal for Joong Do.

Joong Do didn’t even hesitate to flash his Assembly badge while checking on Ms. Jo’s suicide attempt. He even caused a scene with the dash cam on outside of Seung Hee’s home by crashing his wife’s car and was ready to ram their security door down.

Everybody's phones were in focus this episode. Seung Hee's background is herself, her mother's is Seung Ho, and Joong Do's is of himself celebrating a victory with his supporters around him
Everybody’s phones were in focus this episode. Seung Hee’s background is herself, her mother’s is Seung Ho, and Joong Do’s is of himself celebrating a victory with his supporters around him

Joong Do even waited to go to the hospital for his fractured ribs with gifts under the guise of visiting Ms. Jo after her suicide attempt.

This shows that Assemblyman Nam isn’t opposed to getting his hands dirty, which is why I believe Ji Hoon knew something particularly damning about his father and that is why Joong Do let him serve time and (be killed) in order to silence him permanently.

With Hye Ju’s car crashed, she is no longer able to go out and ‘get into trouble’ in Youngsan…which was most likely calculated on Joong Do’s part.

But, what do you think about all of this?

Hye Ju gives Ki Young a smile after seeing him and remembering his high school confession flashback
Hye Ju gives Ki Young a smile after seeing him and remembering his high school confession flashback

Does Soo Bin now know what Ji Hoon died trying to figure out?

Is Ki Young still somewhat in love with Assemblyman Nam’s wife?

Why won’t Seung Hee just let the past go?

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