Voice Episode 8 – Chapter 4: The Secret of the Trash House
Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) is hanging in a meat packing company. The informant is hanging next to him.
Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) asks Oh Hyun Ho (Yesung) to find cars around the nightclub she heard. He finds the car that Jin Hyuk was in. Kwon Joo informs Dae Sik (Baek Sung Hyun), who is busy chasing the motorcyclist that led them on a wild goose chase that Jin Hyuk may be badly injured. Dae Sik implores the patrol team to catch the motorcyclist. I love his intensity. Coupled with the short hair cut, Dae Sik is catching my attention, and in a good way. Kyung Hak knows Jin Hyuk is in serious trouble. He orders the Serious Crimes team to mobilize to support the Golden Time team.
Harbor boss arrives. He tells Jin Hyuk that he looks terrible. He tells Jin Hyuk that he knows he’s desperate to find the man that murdered his wife. His mouth makes the cracking sound. Jin Hyuk asks if he’s the murderer. The man strikes Jin Hyuk. Jin Hyuk asks again if he’s the murderer. Harbor boss says he is the murderer! Jin Hyuk asks why he killed his wife. Harbor boss says nothing will bring back Jin Hyuk’s wife. Jin Hyuk tells Harbor Boss he better run or he’ll learn why he has the nickname ‘crazy dog’. Harbor boss says he has police officers that will cover up his death. He tells Jin Hyuk he’s worthless in the scheme of things. He tells his men to take car of Jin Hyuk. Jin Hyuk stares daggers at the exiting harbor boss. If looks could kill!
Officer Cheon gives Park Eun Soo (Son Eun Seo) information she relays to officers engaged in this. Jin Hyuk was seen in a white car in an alley, his cell phone died shortly after that, and a tow truck took the white car away shortly after that. The serious crime unit listen and make their way to the alley.
Jin Hyuk taunts the man that struck him, declaring his punches soft. The man’s fellow thug tells him to ignore Jin Hyuk’s words. He whips out his chain saw, yes I said, chain saw! But it’s out of gas, so he exits to get more.
This gives Jin Hyuk the opportunity to further insult the remaining man. When the man delivers more blows to Jin Hyuk, he laughs. The man grabs a knife from the table and asks if Jin Hyuk wants to die. In a blink of an eye, Jin Hyuk fells the man using only his legs and feet. Awesome! Jin Hyuk gets himself off the hanging rack. The informant begs him for help promising never to lie to him again. Jin Hyuk hands him a knife so he can cut himself down. Jin Hyuk staggers forward undoubtedly willing the blood flow to return to his arms. Five thugs armed with knives enter the room, ready to rumble. Jin Hyuk demands to know where their boss is. They answer by individually fighting Jin Hyuk. Bad strategy on their part but excellent for Jin Hyuk as he eliminates each thug. Good fight scene! Best one of the series to this point.
Dae Sik implores Kwon Joo for additional details to help find Jin Hyuk. Kwon Joo recalls the elderly woman mentioning a strong spice smell. Kwon Joo recalls the word the kidnapper tried to tell her before he died. Kwon Joo utters the word and asks Hyun Ho to look it up. No need, says Park Eun Soo (Son Eun Seo), it’s a Chinese word for a strongly scented spice used in lamb meat processing. You earned your paycheck Eun Soo! Kwon Joo tells Dae Sik that Jin Hyuk may be near a lamb eatery with a strong smell. Dae Sik relays the information to the incoming series crime unit. He runs continuing to search for Jin Hyuk.
Jin Hyuk takes care of 4 other thugs. As before they make the error of fighting him individually not overpowering him. Jin Hyuk’s lighting fists cannot be stopped.
The harbor boss’s main thug tells him that Jin Hyuk has escaped. He assures harbor boss that he’ll personally dispatch Jin Hyuk promising that no one will breach this control room. Wanna bet ‘crazy dog’ will make those words a bad prediction?
I lose count of how many men Jin Hyuk overcomes and it’s not a graceful marital arts dance of a fight, there’s blood.
The police chief enters the emergency call center and asks Kwon Joo about Jin Hyuk. She tells him he was assaulted this afternoon and Dae Sik and the Serious Crimes unit are searching for him as they speak.
We see Dae Sik leading a full sprint with the Serious Crimes unit behind him. Good grief, will Dae Sik run the equivalent of a long distance race in this episode?
Jin Hyuk handles another thug stabbing him to ensure he stays down.
But a gun is put to Jin Hyuk’s head by Harbor boss’s main thug. Harbor boss says that Jin Hyuk is a nuisance. He promises that he’ll help Jin Hyuk see his wife soon. Jin Hyuk stares daggers at Harbor boss.
Dae Sik, the Serious Crimes unit and many more burst throw double doors.
Harbor boss tells Jin Hyuk he respects his spirit, and dying here should be a relief. Jin Hyk tells Harbor boss he’ll die by his hands. Harbor boss doesn’t believe his gall telling Jin Hyuk he’s nothing. Jin Hyuk counters that everyone Harbor boss has wronged gives him strength and the right to kill him. He calls him a scumbag. Harbor boss laughs and says that Jin Hyuk is barking in front of his own grave. He orders his thug to shoot him.
Jin Hyuk makes a move knocking down the thug. He and the harbor boss have a brief hand-to-hand fight and then Jin Hyuk pins his hand and stabs it repeatedly! Holy Smokes! Vicious! Habor boss knocks Jin Hyuk’s knee out from under him. The thug gets up and once again harbor boss order him to kill Jin Hyuk. As the thug looms over Jin Hyuk, Dae Sik and Kyung Hak step into the hallway and raise their guns and firing at the ceiling to get the thug’s attention. The harbor boss and thug flee.
Dae Sik reaches Jin Hyuk who yells at them to pursue the fleeing criminals. The bulk of the Serious Crime unit pursues them. But they end up grappling with the thugs in the hallway Jin Hyuk already neutralized. Dae Sik calls for an ambulance. Kwon Joo assures them one is on the way. Kwon Joo asks Jin Hyuk if he’s okay. Dae Sik gives Jin Hyuk his walkie talkie. Once again Jin Hyuk pushes Dae Sik to pursue which he does.
Jin Hyuk struggle to sit up, takes the walkie talkie, and answers Kwon Joo’s question “is it him?”, with “it’s him, he’s the one from the black box footage at the gas station”. Jin Hyuk says that the man admitted he is their loved one’s killer. He tells her to catch him at all costs. But the harbor boss and his thug escape in their car. Kyung Hak gets the license plate and calls in the number. Kwon Joo is informed the paramedics have arrived at the scene.
The Serious Crime unit officers tell Jin Hyuk they did not capture but did get the license plate. They ask about his leg. Jin Hyuk pulls out his notebook which blocked the knife blade.
The police chief is relieved Jin Hyuk is okay but says his choice to go solo created the situation. Kwon Joo agrees that the police work in pair. She tells the police chief that the lack of support from fellow officers forced Jin Hyuk into solo mission. He doesn’t like that. Kwon Joo shows the police chief pictures of the man from the black box and tells him there is a direct tie in with the murders of Jin Hyuk’s wife and her father. He’s not impressed with her speech about the duty of police protecting citizens. I’m impressed!
Dae Sik and Kyung Hak ask Jin Hyuk if he’s okay. Kyung Hak urges him to go the hospital. Jin Hyuk stares at Kyunk Hak and comments when something happens once, that’s a coincidence; twice, it’s inevitable; three times, it’s intentional. He tells Kyunk Hak to not do anything to put them to shame. Did he just call out his former boss?
Harbor boss is angry watching the news reports of his failed attempt to eliminate Jin Hyuk. He remembers Jin Hyuk warning him that he’d hunt him down. He throws drink in angry. He says his father told him he’d die broke and a loser and that leeching off rich people was the way to go. He vowed not to live like that. If I was supposed to feel any empathy because of what his father said, I didn’t. It’s only fair when the bad guys struggle.
Two rich guys (one old and one young, father/son?) try and pressure Director Kwon to doing their bidding. They offer to pay for an overseas education for his son. They tell him that it’s time he live like he wants to live. Is the young guy THE murderer? The actor that plays him is good.
The elderly woman tells her brother she knows he did do anything wrong. The handcuffs are driving him nuts and he weeps.
We see how the “original” elderly woman died. The men tried to force her to sign (via thumbprint) the document selling the building. She refused. The brother’s sister was threatened and he held her when she was struck in the head by the floor lamp (he didn’t know she would be struck). Harbor boss then told his thugs to get the sister.
A police officer says tells Kwon Joo they can’t let the sister go because she aided and abetted the bad guys. They can’t let the brother go because he facilitated the murder. Probation is as good as it can get for the brother. This show excels at showing bleakness.
Kwon Joo checks in on Jin Hyuk asking if he went to a doctor. Jin Hyuk says there was no need. He asks her to join the other police officer as he briefs what he knows.
At the briefing, harbor boss is revealed to be a gang leader. Kwon Joo thinks his age isn’t right to the murderer.
The elderly woman catches Kwon Joo’s attention from the hallway and she leaves the meeting to talk to her. The elderly woman thanks Kwon Joo for her help and kindness during this. She apologizes for not telling everything she knew earlier. Kwon Joo assures the woman that she was being forced to keep quiet, the police know that. The elderly woman offers to bring homemade rice wine. Kwon Joo thanks her. She offers her card to the woman if she needs any help. The woman thanks her again and leaves.
Kwon Joo is the symbol of humanity in this sea of macho egos. We’ve all noticed that she’s lonely. But does she see that her empathy matters and touches the victims in a way that the physical act of saving cannot? Does she see the healing power of kindness? Will anyone ever offer this to her? She deserves it.
After the briefing ends, Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk that harbor boss is too old for the voice she heard. Jin Hyuk counters that harbor boss confessed to the murderer and his voice makes the crackling sound.
He asks to listen to the voice recording. Kwon Joo brings it and says her US friend cleaned it up as much as possible. Jin Hyuk hesitates to press play. Jin Hyuk hears his wife begging the murderer not to kill her, she has a baby. Jin Hyuk removes the headphones and regroups. Then he continues to listen. He closes his eyes, grips his fists and listens to his wife plead for her life. The wedding ring he still wears it prominent. But the murderer’s voice isn’t on the tape. Why not? Jin Hyuk tells Kwon Joo to wait until harbor boss is arrested.
That brief scene was beautiful. Jang Hyuk’s magic was on full display. We know Kwon Joo is right, harbor boss is not THE murderer. Jin Hyuk doesn’t discount her but cannot ignore what the harbor boss admitted to him or the crackling sound. Folks, that displays Jin Hyuk’s evolution in respect for Kwon Joo. He was gentle with her. These two are the drivers for this show. These two have me hooked.
Two rich guys (one old and one young) go to the gentleman’s club. The older guy tells the younger guy that they need to disassociate themselves with harbor boss who needs to be shipped to Japan while things are hot. He wants the younger guy to assure him he’s not involved with harbor boss in a way that will cause more scrutiny. The younger guy assures him promising to take care of everything.
The police arrive to capture harbor boss. Kyunk Hak watches Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik peel off from the Serious Crime team. Harbor boss’s henchman says the police are in the parking lot. Harbor boss can’t believe it.
The younger guy calls harbor boss. He scolds harbor boss for getting caught. Harbor boss says that Jin Hyuk was more powerful than expected. He promises to kill him. He won’t fail. Younger guy wants him to take care of his own mess. He threatens to tighten the screw in his mouth. That gets a reaction from harbor boss. He assures him he’ll handle it. The younger guy promises that if he doesn’t the “special treatment” will be waiting. Harbor boss’s face reveals this would not be pleasant. Yep, younger guy is looking more and more like the origin killer.
The motel desk clerk claims not to know if harbor boss checked in.
The younger guy drives listening to classical music. A car pulls out into his lane and he brake hard to avoid hitting him. The man rolls down his window and apologizes for not paying attention. Younger guy drive in front of the man’s car and stares. OMG!!!! The man’s mouth morphs. The younger guy keeps staring. The man’s mouth is morphed. The younger guy drives away with a satisfied smile on his face. We see the man’s mouth isn’t morphed at all.
That startled me. I wondered if younger guy had a mouth morphing super power. But no, it was just the musings of a psycho, nothing to worry about. Yep, younger guy is looking more and more like the origin killer.
Eun Soo walks into the break room and overhears co-workers talking about Hyun Ho’s wealth. She doesn’t say anything. She starts to walk out and they ask what she thinks. She counters that they should talk to Hyun Ho directly not behind his back. Love it! Kwon Joo mini-me!
The elderly woman, released from jail, returns to her apartment. She makes food and offers it to the woman whose face she now wears. She apologizes. She tells her not to forgive her or her brother.
Oh no! The murderer is arrives. She tells him she won’t be long. We see the kettlebell in his hand. Wanna bet it’s younger guy? Didn’t you think something awful was going to happen when she entered the apartment? The food was only a delay.
Kwon Joo looks at the picture of harbor boss. She asks her father if this is the murderer.
The elderly woman is terrified and backs across the floor. The murderer picks up her cell phone. She asks who is. OMG!!!!!!!!!! HE CALLS THE EMERGENCY CALL CENTER!!! HE IS A SICK PSYCHO. Calming down now. Let’s watch his continued mental abuse of Kwon Joo.
Hyun Ho takes the call. He recognizes the number and asks if the elderly woman is okay. He tracks her GPS and asks if she’s at the apartment. The murderer holds the phone to her and tell her to say help me. She does. He hangs up. That’s not what I thought would happen.
Hyun Ho tells Kwon Joo about the phone call. She doesn’t understand why the elderly woman would go back to the apartment. Then she recalls the elderly woman telling her she’d bring homemade rice wine. She grabs her phone and makes a call.
The murderer raises the kettlebell and strikes the elderly woman. The sound gets me now!
Kwon Joo calls Jin Hyuk and says she’s worried about the elderly woman. She thinks the habor boss is at the trash house. Jin Hyuk tells her he’s heading there. Kwon Joo says she’ll meet him there. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik head to the trash house. Kwon Joo asks Officer Cheon to take over while she steps out.
The murderer asks the elderly woman if she’s ever seen anyone get beheaded. He’s certifiable! She refuses to beg for her life. She calls his a maniac. He yells that he gave her the opportunity to live a new life as a new person. He claims that’s more than what God gave her. She calls him a madman. She tells him he’ll pay for his sins. He laughs. He tells her he’ll decide her fate. He’s certainly chatty with this victim.
The murderer bludgeons her to death. The sound, it is upsetting!
Jin Hyuk, Dae Sik and Kwon Joo arrive. They approach the apartment. They enter the apartment. NO lights. Jin Hyuk uses a flashlight. They search the apartment. Dae Sik shines the flashlight on the closet. They enter the bedroom. They notice a smell. They see the blood on the floor. Dae Sik opens the closet door. The woman is hanging in the closet but nailed like she’s on a cross. That’s a visual I won’t forget. Jin Hyuk tells Hyun Ho to call an ambulance.
Eun Soo doesn’t understand why the elderly lady that was just at the police station earlier is now dead.
Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk realize the elderly lady’s head has been bashed just like his wife and her father. The scripture reference is written in blood on the wall. Kwon Joo looks it up on her phone “The day Lot left fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:29.
Kwon Joo thinks she was killed for cooperating with the police. At least the show has blurred the image a bit. I’m seeing her nailed to the wall in the form of a cross. Kwon Joo asks Hyun Ho to check for cases when mirror were placed in front of bodies. Kwon Joo says if harbor boss did this, then he is the origin murderer.
Jin Hyuk hears something. He and Dae Sik rush out to check.
Kwon Joo hears something. She opens a cabinet. She notices the lights are set to come back on at 9:15pm. She puts the pieces together. She calls Jin Hyuk. The murderer called the Emergency Call center. He estimated the time it would take them to arrive. The murderer is toying with them.
The forensics team gather evidence. Kyunk Hak is surprised there are no footprints other than the officers. The men call the murderer a maniac. Kyunk Hak wonders if Jin Hyuk took evidence. What? Kyunk Hak wonders why Kwon Joo leaves the Emergency Call Center so often. What? Dae Sik enters the apartment. An officer tells Kyunk Hak the fingerprints on the elderly lady’s phone match harbor boss. Dae Sik leaves the apartment.
The police chief learns harbor boss fingerprints were on the phone. He calls someone and reports the phone was found. This does not surprise me.
Jin Hyuk is trying to grasp the time of the fuse box mean the murderer is toying with them. Kwon Joo believes the call to the Emergency Call Center was prerecorded. She listened to it. The man’s voice was muffled. No way the murderer could have committed the crime, exited the scene, in the short time it took them to get to the scene of the crime. Jin Hyuk calls him a lunatic. Kwon Joo calls him a psycho. She’s sure harbor boss is the murderder. Jin Hyuk doesn’t think so, something doesn’t feel right. Atta boy! Kwon Joo is surprised. Jin Hyuk wants to return to the station.
Dae Sik finds them and says the phone has harbor boss’s fingerprints. They are surprised. None the less Jin Hyuk tells Kwon Joo to come with him to the station. He tells a surprised Dae Sik to stay and look for more evidence.
Old rich guy orders him found and the commissioner notified.
At the police station, Kwon Joo asks Jin Hyuk what doesn’t feel right. He shows her the report on harbor boss’s murder methods. They all involve hiding the body. Jin Hyuk says instinct is key. The murderer is a cold hearted killer. That man isn’t harbor boss. That man knows about Kwon Joo and him.
Hyun Ho enters and gives Kwon Joo the information she asked for. He’s thrilled to meet Jin Hyuk, acting like a fan boy. He tries to cover calling him crazy dog with he does crazy good work. Ha! Jin Hyuk stares at Hyun Ho. Then he stares at the information in Kwon Joo’s hands.
Hyun Ho explains with the referenced scripture the murderer thinks of himself as an executioner. He’s like god who renders judgments and punishments.
Hyun Ho thinks the mirror means the person(s) reflected in it are the next victims. Holy smokes! Kwon Joo and Hyuk Jin are the next targets?!
Writer Ma, you kicked it in high gear this episode after lulling me into a false sense of boredom last episode. I don’t give you full marks, but I am thinking you might be able keep these cases riveting.
I believe the younger guy is the origin murderer. I’m thrilled that Jin Hyuk recognizes that harbor boss isn’t the origin murderer and he trusted his gut on that. I’m pleased that Kwon Joo realizes the murderer is toying with them.
This is one of the grittiest shows I’ve seen crime-wise. If you think about the 4 chapters we’ve seen it’s amazing what Writer Ma has shown us. But today took the cake. I was spooked when the elderly woman came into the apartment. I relaxed when she cooked the food. But no, all was not well. The origin murderer came in and killed her. I fully expected origin murderer to talk to Kwon Joo and mess with her head before killing the elderly woman. But that didn’t happen. Instead he prerecorded the plea from the elderly woman so he could kill and escape without capture. Arranging the woman in a cross was a sight to see. If the mirror in the blood means what Hyun Ho speculated, get ready for “Chapter 5 – The hunters become the hunted”.
The one thing that doesn’t compute was the lights going on at 9:15. When they arrived the lights were off. I thought the lights were timed to illuminate the body and frighten them with that discovery. But that didn’t happen. Is the inference that the lights were only done to toy with them?
The murderer is a sick psycho. We are only in episode 8, so we are going to get more of this guy and his twisted ways and god-like belief in himself. The sound of the kettlebell resonates in my body when I hear it. His warning of the “special treatment” to harbor boss chilled me. He’s chattiness with the elderly woman surprised me. He is getting bolder and more confident. He thinks he cannot be caught. He thinks he’s smarter than Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo. I believe he’s wrong.
Jin Hyuk trusts his gut and doesn’t think harbor boss is the murderer. Awesome! I loved the way he took Kwon Joo aside to talk to her about the murder. I loved the way he battled all the thugs showing us why he has the reputation of crazy dog. I enjoyed the way he excluded Kyunk Hak. Jin Hyuk is using his head rather than being ruled by his anger. I welcome the transition. Jang Hyuk slayed me in the simple scene of listening to his wife’s final words.
Kwon Joo let the evidence sway her that harbor boss was the murderer even though her gut said otherwise. I felt like she let emotion cloud her judgement while Jin Hyuk kept a cool head. She was concerned about Jin Hyuk but not in a gushy way. It was professional not personal (though I do think there is a germ of friendship between them). Kwon Joo’s hearing has taken a back seat these last two episodes. I’m okay with that. Early in the series I loved her tough no nonsense ways. I still do. But what resonates with me is that Kwon Joo is the emotional pulse of this show. In the sea of male egos, verbal abuse, and criminals that target those that cannot defend themselves, Kwon Joo offers the victims someone that HEARS them and listens to them. She provides empathy and understanding. During the thick of the crime, she is the bastion for the victims. The police may physically save the victims but Kwon Joo emotionally saves the victims. I hope one day she can save herself.