Voice Episode 6 – Chapter 4: The Secret of the Trash House
Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) demands the kidnapper tell her how he knew her father’s dying words. The kidnapper explains that on a snowy night he was walking hoping to film a secret video when he saw a man in a fancy suit beating an old cop. The man had a brutal kettlebell. Kwon Joo asks if he saw the man’s face. Yes, is the kidnapper’s response. She tells him to describe him. But she’s cut off when Kyung Hak orders her to stop hurting the kidnapper. Jin Hyuk pulls her away. Kyung Hak could care less when she tells him it’s important she talk to the kidnapper. Jin Hyuk can barely get Kwon Joo’s attention as he admonishes her to get a grip. They don’t know who the inside man is. Jin Hyuk believe the kidnapper is messing with her. Kwon Joo tells Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) that the kidnapper knew her father’s lasts words; words only she knew. Jin Hyuk realizes the kidnapper could help find Kwon Joo’s father’s and his wife’s murderer. They both stare at the kidnapper who stares right back. I thought the missing video recorded the conversation between Kwon Joo and her father.
Kyung Hak learns that the kidnapper claimed to see the murderer and it drove Kwon Joo crazy. Kyung Hak stares at the kidnapper. Does he see someone that need to be eliminated?
Harbor boss tells someone on the phone he’ll get rid of the dangling problem. He’s lead to a container that reveals people. Wow, human trafficking. This show doesn’t shy away from issues! The boss picks 2 of the 4 men offered. He’s told one of them knows martial arts.
It’s a tearful reunion at the hospital between Eun Soo, the kidnap victim, her grandmother and her sister, Park Eun Soo (Son Eun Seo). They all apologize and come together for a group hug. Eun Soo tells Eun Soo that having Kwon Joo talk to her through her cell phone when she was locked in the trunk kept her believing she could survive. Eun Soo remembers Kwon Joo telling her that Golden Time Team was an important mechanism to save people. Eun Soo knows Golden Time saved her sister. She must be and thinking about joining Golden Time Team.
Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo follow the police car taking the kidnapper to the police station. Kwon Joo says the kidnapper is their only remaining link to the murderer. They must talk to him ASAP.
Inside the van transporting the kidnapper, the serious crime unit learns they are almost out of gas. The kidnapper sees an opportunity and claims to have a stomach ache. They pull over to get gas. There are 4 police officers and only ONE escorts the kidnapper to the restroom. Unbelievable! Kyung Hak calls the police chief to let him know they are on their way. He explains the kidnapper was escorted to the restroom by one of his men. The police chief asks if the kidnapper was faking feeling bad. Kyung Hak assures the police chief his man can handle this. Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo drive into the gas station and watch.
The police officer escorts the kidnapper to the restroom. He gets a phone call. He tells the kidnapper he has 5 minutes. A man peers out of the stall. Kwon Joo walks by the chatting police officer and washes her hands in the sink outside the restroom. The man rushes the kidnapper and throws him on the ground. It’s the harbor boss! He pulls out a metal line to strangle the kidnapper with. He chokes the kidnapper. Kwon Joo hears the sound.
The officer outside the restroom finishes his phone call. Kwon Joo tries to recognize the sound. Jin Hyuk sees gas dripping from the police van. Ah, the gas tank has a leak or was punctured to have a leak. Why doesn’t Kwon Joo immediately know what a choking sound is? Kwon Joo tries the bathroom door, but it’s locked. The man is done choking the kidnapper. Kwon Joo calls Jin Hyuk on the walkie talkie and says there’s someone in the bathroom with the kidnapper. Jin Hyuk shakes his head and rushes to the restroom.
OMG! The harbor boss put a pack of liquid on the kidnapper then pours an accelerant on him. That’s hard core! He lights the kidnapper up. He goes out the window. Jin Hyuk and the police officer see the smoke. The bang the door open. They beat the flames out on the kidnapper. They pour water on him. The police officer reports the incident to Kyung Hak.
The kidnapper tries to tell Kwon Joo “Proo…”. She tells him to say it again. The kidnapper says again “Proo…” She begs him to say it again. The kidnapper dies. Kwon Joo can’t believe it. Kyung Hak gets to the restroom and can’t believe what he sees.
Jin Hyuk runs to search the area around the gas station. Little does he know harbor boss watches him from a window. Jin Hyuk is notified the kidnapper is dead. Jin Hyuk runs back to the gas station.
If Writer Ma is trying to make the case that the police are ego driven and often incompetent…point taken!
Chapter Four: The Secret of the Trash House
Bring it Writer Ma! What’s next for our dynamic duo?
Quote “The day Lot left fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:29
I’m digging these quotes and chapter titles. Soon enough we’ll understand what this means.
Kwon Joo tells Kyung Hak that someone was tailgating them. That someone was waiting in the bathroom for the kidnapper. That someone murdered the kidnapper. Kyung Hak says it was suicide. The kidnapper found an accelerant pack just like what was planted at the middle school. Kyung Hak demands to know if she’s trying to make his team get into even more trouble. Kwon Joo could care less about the serious crime team’s image and barks that murder can be guised as suicide. One of the police officers says that the kidnapper posted he’d kill himself if the police ever caught him. Kyung Hak says that Kwon Joo is the trouble maker among them. Kwon Joo smiles and says that the police chief’s opinions are more important than hers. She’ll get him to override the family’s wishes and get an autopsy. Jin Hyuk pulls Kwon Joo away.
Kwon Joo can’t believe this. She tells Jin Hyuk that the kidnapper told her he saw the murderer that killed her father and his wife. Jin Hyuk says the evidence points to suicide. Kwon Joo says the man that killed the kidnapper made the same cracking sound that the murderer made. Jin Hyuk asks her if she’s sure. Kwon Joo says she’s sure. She’s heard that sound when her father was killed, when the original suspect was killed, and now when the kidnapper was killed. She says the original suspect boasted he was waiting for big money one day before he “committed suicide”.
Flashback to the night before the original suspect died…
He’s drunk in a bar and unable to pay the bar tab. The harbor boss and his men extract him. The harbor boss makes the clicking sound with his mouth. The waiter was unable to describe the harbor boss because it was too dark.
Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk this is a pattern. Original suspect was killed and it was made to look like suicide. The kidnapper was killed and it was made to look like suicide. Kwon Joo is certain the culprit has inside help. The kidnapper had the handcuff key. The police van ran out of gas. Jin Hyuk asks if she’s accusing the police chief, Kyung Hak and the other officer of working with the murderer. But then he considers what he knows, maybe, just maybe his police buddies aren’t squeaky clean. They search the local area. Jin Hyuk tells her they need to be stealthy. Jin Hyuk calls Dae Sik and asks for help checking out the local businesses. Dae Sik, who is sporting a new buzz cut, gets an earful when he questions why. He’s surprised when Jin Hyuk asks him to track the activities of the police chief. Kwon Joo is frustrated she can’t understand what the kidnapper was trying to say before he died. Jin Hyuk realizes that the reflection of the kidnapper’s killer might have been captured on a car’s black box. I do love it when Jin Hyuk flashes his detective skills!
The police chief berates Kyung Hak for allowing the kidnapper to commit suicide when there were 5 police officers at the scene. The police chief orders Kyung Hak to claim that the kidnapper was weak minded. The police chief asks why Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo are bringing up the old murder case. Kyung Hak claims not to know. The police chief wants this embarrassing incident wrapped up and ignored ASAP.
Kyung Hak gets a phone call. He tells the caller he’s done everything he could. He tells the call not to call him again. Has the inside man just been identified?
Hyun Ho is told by OC his shift is over. Hyun Ho looks at Kwon Joo’s empty chair and hopes she’s okay.
Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo notice the altered gate of the kidnapper’s killer. Kwon Joo wants to go the police chief. Jin Hyuk says they don’t know who they can trust. He wants to talk to the waiter that saw the original suspect taken away. He’s adamant they need proof.
They arrive at the gentleman’s club. They know from one of Jin Hyuk’s informants this is a high-powered club. He dished gossip on the proprietress. Jin Hyuk demands to talk to the proprietress. She agrees to speak with them. Jin Hyuk asks who is the man that booked the room for the original suspect who makes a crackling sound when he talks. She claims not to now. Jin Hyuk tells her lying to him isn’t wise. Kwon Joo tries but the proprietress won’t talk to her either. As the proprietress turns to leave, Kwon Joo tells her they have proof her son is NOT fathered by the man she claims. Hardball between the ladies! The proprietress suggests Kwon Joo work for her! Can you imagine Kwon Joo handling drunk dudes? Kwon Joo ignores that and tells her to help their investigation not obstruct it. The proprietress says that she can handle Kwon Joo without breaking a sweat. She turns to leave. Jin Hyuk gives her an earful concerning his willingness to send her to jail for 60 years for aiding a murderer. He dares her to see if he’ll keep his word. She stares at him. He stares at her.
The proprietress remembers when a group of bulky guys came to the bar including the crackling sound guy. He sent the women away. She overheard him say something about the GP Development. She remembers his stare was creepy. Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo leave. He tells her that he and Dae Sik will investigate. He tells her to get some sleep. She thanks him for saving her. She gets out of his car. He sighs and drives away.
Kwon Joo stares at her evidence wall. She adds the former suspect’s picture and marks his face with an X. She promises her father she’ll get justice for him. She asks him to wait for her.
The harbor boss reports to someone that thinks will be wrapped up soon. That someone tells him Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk went to the gentleman’s club. That someone texts Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk’s personal information. He recalls seeing their faces when he hid after killing the kidnapper.
Shim Dae Sik (Baek Sung Hyun) complains about the amount of work he and Jin Hyuk are doing. Dae Sik demands to know what’s going on. He’s heard Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo are working their origin case. Dae Sik tells Jin Hyuk he’s not stupid and their partners. Jin Hyuk takes Dae Sik into an interrogation room and shares that the original suspect met someone just before he died. That someone killed the original suspect. That someone is likely the man that killed his wife. Dae Sik asks if the police chief is involved. Jin Hyuk says he doesn’t know, but he plans to find out.
Eun Soo is all smiles as she joins the emergency call center team. It’s like she’s Kwon Joo’s mini-me! Kwon Joo tells the team Eun Soo’s language skills will come in handy. Hyun Ho is stoked to learn Eun Soo has the desk next to him. Kwon Joo asks Officer Cheon tell show Eun Soo the ropes. Hyun Ho reminds her he predicted that she’d sit next to him one day. Coolly, Eun Soo tells Hyun Ho while they are at work, they work. Hyun Ho tells her if you don’t trust anyone, no one will trust her. Writer Ma digs quotes! Hyun Ho feels bad for Kwon Joo who did not have an uplifting visit with the police chief who threatened to shut down Golden Time Team if Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo continue to investigate the origin case. He berates her for putting Dae Sik in the hospital. He complains that the Serious Crimes Unit has lodged several issues about her. Kwon Joo wonders what the connection between the police chief and Kyung Hak is.
And the Trash House case begins…
A woman calls the emergency call center reporting a man threatening an elderly woman with dementia with a knife. This woman hoards trash. Kwon Joo asks Hyun Ho to confirm the GPS location, which he does.
Flashback…The woman visits the elderly woman and demands she clean up the pig sty she lives in. The elderly woman hit her repeatedly and she scurries into a side room to escape the blows. Then the man with the knife arrives.
Kwon Joo tells Hyun Ho to find out who lives next to the elderly woman. The woman reports that the man sliced his own arm. Yikes! Kwon Joo calls code red. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik head out.
Jin Hyuk wonders why this poor area is being developed. Another police patrol report they are at the scene. They tell Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik not to come, they’ve got it covered. Jin Hyuk says they are on their way.
Kwon Joo asks the woman to turn her phone to the conversation between the elderly woman and the man with a knife.
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik arrive on the scene. Jin Hyuk directs the officers while he and Dae Sik head towards the confrontation. The officers come with a bag of bloody items and a bottle of something red they got from the man’s trash. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik remove the iron bars from the room where the woman that called the emergency call center is trapped. Jin Hyuk goes in and hands the woman over.
Jin Hyuk peeks into the room where the man with the knife has chased the elderly woman into a separate room demanding to know where it is. Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk that the suspect’s voice is full of fear. The man searches. The elderly woman attacks him. The man yells that he’ll kill her.
Jin Hyuk intervenes and tackles the man. He puts him under arrest. He looks at the man’s knife strangely and tosses it away. He touches the man’s wound and realizes it’s fake blood. He reports the case is closed. Dae Sik enters and starts to call for an ambulance but Jin Hyuk tells him not to bother. They drag the man away. He demands they listen to him. He tells them that he was fired because of the elderly woman. She tried to kick him out of his apartment but he wouldn’t go. He yells that she doesn’t have dementia. He yells she’s the evil one that kicks out poor people. The police start to take him away. They tell the elderly woman she must come too. She refuses.
The man breaks away and finds a dead body in the closet. Jin Hyuk opens the closet door and the body falls forward. The body is wrapped in plastic. They all stare at the elderly woman. Houston – we have a body!
The police look like idiots for allowing the kidnapper to be killed. But we know this was part of the plan by someone to eliminate the kidnapper. It looks like Kyung Hak helped the kidnapper to be killed. What’s with the harbor boss with the crackling sound? I know he’s not the murderer. But he makes the same noise as the murderer. What’s the connection? I was glad to see Dae Sik return. Jin Hyuk needs a sidekick and Kwon Joo should only fill that role sparingly in the field. Nice to see Eun Soo join the Golden Time Team. Poor Hyun Ho got shot down by her. She wants a professional relationship. We don’t know enough of the new “Trash House” case to make any kind of assessment.
Jin Hyuk didn’t want to believe his fellow officers could be controlled by the murderer. He suspects Kyung Hak and the police chief. He sees the disdain Kyung Hak delivers to Kwon Joo. He tries to protect her by removing her from situations where she shows no fear and won’t back down.
Oh, the irony of Kwon Joo not being able to hear the kidnapper’s final words as he struggled to utter them. Her hearing is now elevated to Wolverine status (Marvel’s mutant universe comic book character). Check out a description of Wolverine’s hearing “enhanced sight, smell, and hearing. He can hear at much greater distances than regular humans. In fact, his hearing is so acute that he can use it as a lie detector, hearing changes in someone’s heartbeat when the person tells a lie (he can also catch the scent of their increased perspiration during a lie). His super hearing abilities allow him to react more quickly and gain knowledge before others”. Did Writer Ma base Kwon Joo on Wolverine with the brain injury from Beautiful Mind as the explanation?
The first song of the OST has been released. Check out “Word Up” by Kim Young Geun