Voice Episode 9 – Chapter ?: ?
Oh Hyun Ho (Yesung) tells Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) and Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) that the referenced scripture at the crime scene indicates the murderer thinks of himself as an executioner. He perceives of himself as a god who renders judgments and punishments. Hyun Ho believes the mirror on the floor in the pool of blood means the person(s) reflected in it are the next victims. Are Kwon Joo and Hyuk Jin are the next targets?
Nothing says crazy like a clawfoot bathtub by a window and classical musical blaring. I’m calling this guy the murderer until proven otherwise…
The murderer is relaxing in the bath when his father calls. He explains he missed his previous call because he was sleeping.
The murderer watches the news reports that are positive about the Golden Time team citing Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk by name.
The murderer’s father wants harbor boss found. He wants to talk to the police chief.
Eun Soo (Son Eun Seo) and Hyun Ho discuss the elderly lady’s murder case. The police believe harbor boss is the murderer. Hyun Ho believes that Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk may be investigating on their own. Hyun Ho wishes he could use social media to further the investigation. Eun Soo doesn’t like that idea. He calls her old fashioned. He asks her to come watch him DJ at a club this weekend. She spies pills in his bag.
Kwon Joo sinks into chair at her house and recalls Jin Hyuk telling her that the murderer is after them just like they are after him.
Kwon Joo recalls trying to tell the elder lady’s brother that his sister wouldn’t see him again. When she cries, the brother realizes that something is wrong. He freaks out. Police officers hold him. In desperation, Kwon Joo hands him a drink that his sister used to make him. He clutches the plastic bottle like it’s a lifeline. He claims his sister would never leave him alone. I’m ready for the song that plays in the background to be released as part of the OST. It has a sad and haunting quality.
Kwon Joo recalls the elderly woman asking if Kwon Joo would protect her and her brother. Head in her hands she knows she failed to protect as promised. She vows to arrest the murderer. I’d like a second scene that shows what Jin Hyuk is doing and what he’s thinking.
Hyun Ho and Eun Soo walk to the parking lot together. He finds a stray dog. He decides to take the stray dog home. He snaps a selfie of him with the dog. He says he’ll upload it. Anyone else have a bad feeling about Hyun Ho’s life out there for anyone (including the murderer) to follow?
I was wondering what Jin Hyuk was doing…
Jin Hyuk is still at work. His son calls wondering if he’ll stop by the hospital. Jin Hyuk says he cannot come today. He tells his son to sleep well. His son calls him a liar for breaking his promise to come see him. Jin Hyuk promises to see him tomorrow. His son takes his medicine and Jin Hyuk cheers him for doing so. Jin Hyuk says good night to his son.
Jin Hyuk stares at a picture of harbor boss. He recalls harbor boss claiming he killed Jin Hyuk’s wife. Jin Hyuk wonders if harbor boss didn’t murder his wife, why did he say he did?
The police chief apologizes for being late to the murderer’s father. He wants the loose ends tied up and cases closed. The police chief comments that harbor boss’s fingerprints at the crime scene made closure impossible for now. The murderer’s father says he owes harbor boss’s father. He doesn’t want him tried and convicted. He wants to send harbor boss to Japan. He reminds the police chief that he must be humble. Wanting justice and effective policing for citizens is fine, just not in the turf he controls. The police chief promises to do his part. The murderer’s father drives away. I was wondering what the connection between the murderer and the harbor boss was. Now we know the fathers had a long standing relationship.
Dae Sik (Baek Sung Hyun) finds Jin Hyuk asleep at his desk the next morning. He wakes his partner telling him they need to speak in private. Dae Sik recalls overhearing Kyung Hak talking to someone on the phone and stating the Jin Hyuk won’t give up. Kyung Hak further states if the “thing about Fantasia get revealed, it will be difficult”. Is Fantasia the Gentleman’s club? Dae Sik realizes that his former boss isn’t squeaky clean. Dae Sik confirms to Jin Hyuk “Fantasia” was referenced. Jin Hyuk says they need to keep this between them for now. They’ll investigate further. Don’t you wonder if someone is listening on the other side of the one-mirror when cops have “private” chats in interrogation rooms?
Harbor boss meets murderer’s father at an eatery. The murderer’s father understands that harbor boss got caught in this mess because he tried to help him out. He offer a choice – Japan or China – as the country to flee to. Harbor boss isn’t happy to hear that he’ll be forgotten in a strange country. Murderer’s father reminds him that his temper and lack of patience created the situation. He reminds harbor boss his father went through a lot for him. He offers harbor boss a briefcase of money to ease the transition. Harbor boss fingers the passport and the cash. He declares he’ll disappear IF he can kill Jin Hyuk before he leaves the country. His plan? Send a hit man to the hospital where Jin Hyuk’s son is. Low blow! Murderer’s father declares hurting someone’s child is foolish because it always reverberates back. I agree with that. Harbor boss flatly states he has nothing to lose. Murderer’s father begrudgingly admits that harbor boss’s father would be proud of his son. Killing an enemy’s child would elicit pride? I shake my head.
Kwon Joo looks at a case file. She recalls kidnapper telling her that he witnessed a man in an expensive suit beating an old police officer (her father) with a ball. Kwon Joo realizes the murderer is amping up the cruelty with the drama of the elderly lady’s murder scene.
Eun Soo reminds a flirty caller he’s being recorded. He hangs up. Another officer comments that without Hyun Ho in the Emergency Call center, it’s quiet. He wonders what Kwon Joo is intently studying. Another officer is startled to read online that Hyun Ho is a drug addict and doesn’t deserve to wear a badge. In his youth, he was a former gang member, druggie, bully, and hacker who caused another student’s death. Officer Cheon directs the Eun Soo to have the slander removed from the online site. Officer Cheon takes a printout of the posting to Kwon Joo. He says HR will look into the allegations. Kwon Joo tells Officer Cheon to call Hyun Ho. Eun Soo recalls the offer to see him DJ and the pills in his bag. She looks up the drug which combats motion sickness with hallucinogenic side effects. That worries Eun Soo. Are we witnessing an operation to discredit Golden Time team?
Hyun Ho arrives at the club. He takes a phone call and brags about the play list he has created.
Officer Cheon gets a busy signal and shows Kwon Joo a report that doesn’t look favorable for Hyun Ho. She wants it confirmed before she believes it.
Hyun Ho enters the DJ waiting room. A fan gushes that it’s cool that he’s a cop who likes to party and DJ. The other DJ asks who he is. Hyun Ho introduces himself as DJ Black filling in for another DJ. She’s not friendly (and probably jealous too). She complains to the boss that part-time DJ aren’t real artists. She sweeps out of the room. The boss tells Hyun Ho to get a drink. Hyun Ho drinks out of a cup with his name on it but spills some of it. He heads to the bathroom to clean up and gets hit with a dizzy spell. A woman in red shoes enters the bathroom and asks what he likes. Hyun Ho struggles to see her clearly.
The boss introduces DJ Black who staggers onto the dance floor with a knife in his hand! Holy smokes – those are serious side effects from one sip! A club patron calls the Emergency Call center to report a man holding a woman with a knife at the club. The man names the dance club. Eun Soo tells Kwon Joo there’s a hostage situation at the dance club. Kwon Joo directs Eun Soo to get further details. The caller (on speaker at the Emergency Call center) details that the man is a DJ who appears to be drugged.
Multiple calls come into the Emergency Call center. Officer Cheon receives a link to a video. The video reveals Hyun Ho as the man with the knife. Eun Soo tells Kwon Joo that Hyun Ho is a substitute DJ at the club. Kwon Joo recognizes Hyun Ho’s voice. She goes to code red. She reports a drugged man with a knife threatening others at a club. She states the man is Hyun Ho. That gets Jin Hyuk’s attention. He calls Kwon Joo on the walkie talkie and asks for details. She says there a video and Eun Soo’s statement that Hyun Ho was working at the club tonight. She also details the slanderous online post. JIn Hyuk and Dae Sik head out.
Patrol officers arrive at the club first. As Dae Sik and Jin Hyuk drive to the club, Kwon Joo requests that he try and talk Hyun Ho down. Jin Hyuk assures Kwon Joo he’ll handle his colleague properly. Dae Sik wonders if Hyung Ho will get fired. Jin Hyuk says their focus is to stop injuries.
And the bad news keeping coming…Eun Soo tells Kwon Joo that she saw a drugs in Hyun Ho’s bag. Eun Soo also has confirming information on Hyung Ho’s alleged past indiscretions that were in the slanderous post. Kwon Joo tells Eun Soo not to jump to conclusions.
Jin Hyuk reports they are 30 seconds away from the club. Kwon Joo boils the situation down; Hyun Ho was to be a substitute DJ, he’s been drugged, and the slanderous post might be true. Dae Sik doesn’t understand how Hyun Ho became a police officer with that background. Kwon Joo says that Hyun Ho’s father has influence and therefore the history was overlooked.
Hyun Ho holds the knife and the woman and tells everyone he’ll kill her if needed and wonders who would be next. Ouch!
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik arrive the patrol officers have blocked people from entering the club. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik enter the club reporting this to Kwon Joo.
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik enter the circle of people. Dae Sik draws his gun and orders Hyun Ho to drop the knife. Jin Hyuk tells Hyun Ho to drop the knife. Hyun Ho yells back “High Color Laser”. What? Jin Hyuk pushes Dae Sik’s gun down. Hyun Ho keeps repeating “High Color Laser” mystifying everyone. Jin Hyuk directs Hyun Ho to put the knife down. But Hyun Ho orders them not to come closer and continues to repeat “High Color Laser”. Kwon Joo listens and tells Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik that Hyun Ho’s breathing is abnormal and he’s dragging his right foot (I’m not going to ask how she knows it’s the right versus left foot). Jin Hyuk replies that it’s obvious he’s under the influence of drugs. He tries again to get Hyun Ho to drop the knife. Hyun Ho yells that “High Color Laser” is the clue. Jin Hyuk asks Kwon Joo if she can decipher the clue that Hyun Ho is referencing. Eun Soo is the one that realizes that “High Color Laser” stands for HCL. She recalls Hyun Ho talking in acronyms. Eun Soo guesses Hyun Ho could be referencing Hydrochloric acid. Kwon Joo guesses that someone threatened Hyun Ho that they’d release Hydrochloric acid in the club. Jin Hyuk guesses that the person that threatened Hyun Ho is still in the club. Dae Sik splits off to search for the person that threatened him. Jin Hyuk starts disparaging Kwon Joo. Hyun Ho flicks his eyes to the bottle of Hydrochloric acid above the dance floor. Dae Sik finds the threatening person and reports this. Jin Hyuk reports that the Hydrochloric acid is above the dance floor. Jin Hyuk tells Dae Sik they’ll move on the count of three. Jin Hyuk yells to Hyun Ho that on three he must put the knife down. But the woman with the remote control doesn’t wait. She presses the button moving the Hydrochloric acid to the edge. Dae Sik jumps over the bar to grab her. Jin Hyuk see the wobbling Hydrochloric acid and order everyone to run. For a second it appears the Hydrochloric acid will drop on top of Hyun Ho. But Jin Hyuk knocks him to the ground. The Hydrochloric acid falls and smashes onto the dance floor. The woman gets away from Dae Sik. He takes off in pursuit. Jin Hyuk calls for paramedics.
The woman (in three inch heels!) runs down the street. Once again, Dae Sik is pressed into running down a suspect. Jin Hyuk bursts out of the building and joins in. Dae Sik reports woman’s description. They lose her. They wonder if she’s Usain Bolt (fastest man on earth). Usain Bolt would struggle in heels! The woman reappears and they pursue her again. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik manage to trip her up. She goes down. Her hair (a wig) flies off. It’s a guy dressed as a woman! Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik can’t believe their eyes! They handcuff the suspect and report to Kwon Joo they have the perpetrator.
Kwon Joo watches the police van arrive at the station. Hyun Ho and the suspect exit with a gaggle of reporters filming their walk into the station. Hyun Ho yells he didn’t do anything. The suspect smiles.
Hyun Ho tells Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk that he was cyber stalked for over a year. He believes his cyber stalker with the name Love 8080 did this to him. He details all the things Love 8080 has done to him. The suspect dressed as woman entered the bathroom, drew a knife, and said if Hyun Ho did not do as Love 8080 directed, people would get hurt. The suspect states that Love 8080 drugged his drink. Hyun Ho says that Love 8080 flirts but he knows she’s not young but a woman in her 40s. He shows them a picture Love 8080 sent (her face is obscured). Jin Hyuk asks why Hyun Ho didn’t track her IP address. Hyun Ho believes she was using a program to block her IP address. Hyun Ho receives a text from Love 8080 threatening to kill him. He shows it to Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk. Kwon Joo asks about the slanderous post. Hyun Ho says he was never in a gang, the kid that died was in a car accident, and he was confused with another guy with a powerful father. Hyun Ho is adamant this is all being done by Love 8080. Jin Hyuk goes to interrogate the man Love 8080 hired.
The suspect claims Love 8080 said it wasn’t Hydrochloric acid, it was water. Dae Sik says that doesn’t change that he could go to jail for 5 years. Jin Hyuk enters the room and yells that someone could have died. He says Love 8080 and watches the suspect’s reaction. The suspect claims that he can prove Love 8080 hired and instructed him to act as he acted. Jin Hyuk tells him that Love 8080 could be a man or a woman. The suspect confesses he went to a revenge website (that’s a thing?) where others bragged about their revenge activities. Love 8080 contacted him and sent a picture (same picture Hyung Ho has on his phone). He became enamored. When his boss denied payment him for work and he posted it on the revenge website, Love 8080 shared that she wanted revenge too. They agreed to meet outside the club. But she didn’t show, instead leaving directions and the outfit. Love 8080 even called him urging him to do as she instructed. Her voice wasn’t young as expected and echoed. The suspect realizes he was just a pawn to plant the Hydrochloric acid and claims he’s sorry. Jin Hyuk observes his non-verbal communication. Love it!
Outside the interrogation room, Dae Sik reports that the suspect and Love 8080 communicated from different IP addresses. The suspect was used for access to the club. Jin Hyuk agrees and wants to monitor the suspect after he’s released.
The Police Chief yells at Kwon Joo for letting the department look like idiots. He regrets giving her full latitude for picking the Golden Time team. She promises to catch the culprit. The Police Chief yells that she’s not taking this seriously enough. He punishment is refusing her to work on the elderly lady’s murder investigation. Kwon Joo is shocked. Boy, if that doesn’t scream that the Police Chief has something to hide, I don’t know what does.
The cyber crime team calls Kwon Joo and reports they’ve found that Love 8080 is a 43 year old woman, with multiple complaints from younger men, and recently purchased Hydrochloric acid. They also note that someone is on-line right now with Love 8080’s IP address.
Kwon Joo enters the Emergency Call center and reports Love 8080’s location and details. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik head out to arrest her.
The suspect is released after promising the serious crimes unit he won’t do illegal things in the future. He asks the grabs his black bag and asks where Hyun Ho is so he can apologize. He’s told he cannot see Hyun Ho.
Kwon Joo calls Hyun Ho to report they’ve located Love 8080 and Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik are on their way to arrest her. The suspect hears Hyun Ho’s voice as he walks down the hallway. He peers in the interrogation room and smiles. He enters the room feigning meekness and apologizes. He asks if he can sit. Hyun Ho graciously agrees. The suspect titters that Hyun Ho is handsome. Hyun Ho tells the suspect that crazy woman, Love 8080, will be arrested soon. Hyun Ho calls Love 8080 annoying. The suspect smiles but you see the anger lurking just below the surface.
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik get in the car to go arrest Love 8080. Jin Hyuk admits he has a bad feeling that something isn’t right. Thee drive away.
Hyun Ho unloads all his anger at Love 8080 to the suspect . He doesn’t see the suspect’s reaction to his diatribe. The suspect admits he feels pity for Love 8080. He comments she did this because she likes him. Hyun Ho counters that sexual harassment is not normal when you like someone. The suspect backs down and agrees. Eun Soo enters the room. Hyun Ho jumps to his feet solicitous. She asks to speak with him in private. Hyun Ho asks the suspect to leave. The suspect apologizes for taking so much of Hyun Ho’s time. He reaches for his black bag. He gives Eun Soo a look filled with hate but she doesn’t see it. He leaves the room.
Eun Soo wonders why the man got upset just because she needed to speak with Hyun Ho. Hyun Ho says the suspect is gentle. Eun Soo mentions that the cyber crime unit could not tie Hydrochloric acid crimes with Love 8080. The suspect is listening outside the door. The police need to sound proof their interrogation room. Now we know that there is no such thing as a private conversation in them. Eun Soo says she’s researched a disorder where a person believes someone with a higher status loves them and obsesses about them. Eun Soo mentions two other cases involving celebrities and Hydrochloric acid where the attacker was not caught. The suspect continues to listen while standing in the hallway. Eun Soo guesses that the woman they are going to arrest isn’t the real culprit. She slides his computer and a snack to Hyung Ho. He’s touched. She leaves. The suspect is not in the hallway anymore.
Eun Soo walks down the dark hallway and enters the records room. When she looks in a box, it’s empty.
Hyun Ho munches on his snack and uses his laptop, happy as a clam.
Kwon Joo recalls the man looking at Hyun Ho with adoration as they were brought in the station from the police van. She recalls the suspect’s manly then feminine voice.
Hyun Ho is blocked access to a particular website. He doesn’t think a woman in her 40’s could do this. He hacks into the email. But the IP address does not match the IP address the cyber crimes unit provided. He checks the physical location of the IP address. He realizes it’s the address where the “gentle” man works! He recalls the pity the suspect had for Love 8080.
In the records room, Eun Soo senses someone is there.
Hyun Ho calls Kwon Joo and tells her that Love 8080 is the suspect they just released. Kwon Joo asks him to explain. Hyun Ho realizes that Eun Soo is in danger. He insists that the man has a disorder that Eun Soo identified. He yells they must arrest the suspect again.
Kwon Joo puts the phone down and recalls the suspect’s voice. She realizes that the suspect was thrilled to share the spotlight with Hyun Ho.
Hyun Ho calls Eun Soo. He dashes out of the interrogation room and runs down the hallway.
Kwon Joo reports that the male suspect is Love 8080. She reports that Eun Soo is in the archives and in trouble. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik rush back to their car.
Writer Ma is attacking the Golden Time team on multiple fronts. The murderer doesn’t feel kindly towards Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo. The harbor boss wants to kill Jin Hyuk. The police chief wants to get rid of Kwon Joo and end the team. And I could go on.
* Was Love 8080’s move against Hyun Ho an individual crime? I don’t think Love 8080 is part of Harbor boss’s gang or the Kyung Hak’s plan to discredit the Golden Time team because of the length of time (1 year) that Love 8080 stalked him.
* Is Dae Sik getting tired of sprinting every episode?
* Dae Sik wins most improved due to a haircut
* I liked how the episode began with Eun Soo being bothered by a male caller (a typical harassment) but then centered on Hyun Ho’s harassment by a woman/man (an atypical harassment).
* Writer Ma continues to impress by creating cases and situations that surprise and engage me. I want MORE character development.
* Was there a chapter this episode? I felt adrift without the focusing theme of a chapter.
* We got a bit of a breather from the murderer. I’m guessing once harbor boss is dealt with, the murderer will begin to ratchet things up for Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo.
Jin Hyuk’s gut said something was wrong before he left the police station. Is gut instinct Jin Hyuk’s super power to match Kwon Joo’s super hearing? Jin Hyuk is not going to win father of the year by not visiting his son in the hospital. I hate it when the helpless (young, old, animals) are hurt, so I wasn’t happy to have harbor boss specify he was going after Jin Hyuk’s sick son. Ask me if I’ll be sad when crackle mouth harbor boss is eliminated. Will Jin Hyuk take care of harbor boss while in crazy dog mode? He and Dae Sik both suspect Kyunk Hak now. Good! I also like how they are committed to Golden Time team. No more shame about this assignment.
Kwon Joo’s calm nature is a positive in the crisis oriented Emergency Call center. She is the touch stone for the group. I felt bad when the elder woman’s brother wailed in pain when Kwon Joo tried to tell him his sister was dead. Writer Ma has toned down Kwon Joo’s super hearing and dominant impact on the story. I want more from this character.