Voice Episode 10 – Chapter 5 – Devil’s Whisper
In the records room, Eun Soo (Son Eun Seo) senses someone is there. It’s the suspect! She asks how he got into this restricted access room.
Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) 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.
Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) and Dae Sik (Baek Sung Hyun) arrive at the internet café. Jin Hyuk tells Kwon Joo they will arrest the person with the identified IP address. Jin Hyuk has the desk dude point out the cube with the IP address. Jin Hyuk strides to the cube. Anyone not love to watch Jang Hyuk swagger across a room? It makes me smile. Jin Hyuk gets the woman’s attention. But she’s not older and he asks her name. It’s not the expected name. He tells Kwon Joo a mistake has been made. Kwon Joo considers then asks Jin Hyuk to look up the SMS account.
Oh Hyun Ho (Yesung) sees 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” suspect works! He recalls the pity the suspect had for Love 8080.
Hyun Ho calls Kwon Joo and declares 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.
Jin Hyuk reports the SMS account does not show what they expected. Kwon Joo reports that the IP address is incorrect and the male suspect is Love 8080. The details on Love 8080 come pouring out including genius hacker and paranoid, she reports that Eun Soo is in the archives and in trouble. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik rush back (Dae Sik’s first sprint of the episode) to their car. Jin Hyuk KNEW something was wrong. The suspect was acting during the interrogation.
Kwon Joo asks officers to go the archive room and assist Eun Soo. In a flash, Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik arrive at the police station.
We see other officers coming to the archive room.
The suspect asks Eun Soo why she’s inserting herself. He takes the cap off the bottle of Hydrochloric acid. He doesn’t like being called a lunatic. Eun Soo turns on her walkie talkie. The suspect claims Hyun Ho likes him. Eun Soo backs up and runs into a bookshelf. The suspect lean close to Eun Soo. That surprises me. You’d think she’d avoid being that near the suspect at all costs.
Kwon Joo realizes that Eun Soo is in the blocked section of the archives. Jin Hyuk leads officers downstairs. Why hasn’t Hyun Ho arrived at the archives?
The suspect waxes poetic about the time Hyun Ho picked up a dropped tool and handed it to him. Eun Soo asks him to calm down and tells him he’s delusional. Not a good strategy Eun Soo. The suspect doesn’t like that and declare Hyun Ho wants him. Eun Soo tells him to get a grip. The suspect does not like that either.
Jin Hyuk, Dae Sik and the other officers intercept Hyun Ho outside the archives room. It looks like there are 7 officers. Jin Hyuk tells them the suspect is delusional. He authorizes weapons fire.
The suspect holds the bottle of Hydrochloric acid up to Eun Soo. He’ll only throw it on her not make her drink it like he did the other person. Jin Hyuk and the other officers enter the room. Jin Hyuk calls to the suspect. Eun Soo pushes the suspect away. The bottle of Hydrochloric acid goes flying and splatter on the floor. The suspect ends up face first in the acid. He screams in pain. Everyone exits the room. The suspect yells for Hyun Ho to help him. The officers drag the suspect away.
Kwon Joo comes downstairs and sees the suspect being led away. Jin Hyuk asks if Eun Soo is okay. Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik they did well. Jin Hyuk (still giving us swagger) says “it’s what we do”. Kwon Joo comments that so many people live isolated and don’t engage in the real world. She is NOT talking about bloggers and kdrama lovers I’m sure. Jin Hyuk tells her to check in with Eun Soo. She turns and head that way.
The serious crime detectives feign concern for Jin Hyuk. They can’t believe all the calamities that the Golden Time team has suffered. Jin Hyuk tells them to do their own jobs and the Golden Time team will take care of themselves. As he walks away, the detectives ask him to share any addition information in the elderly woman murder case. Jin Hyuk says it’s simple, catch the harbor boss before he flees the country. Dae Sik says their former co-workers are jerks. Dae Sik wonders if it’s related to working under Jang Kyung Hak.
The informant Tabloid calls Jin Hyuk, surprising him. The informant knows he’d be dead if it weren’t for Jin Hyuk. He has information that Jang Kyung Hak visits the Gentlemen’s club Fantasia often. But the damming evidence is that Jang Kyung Hak used the Harbor Boss’s card. Jin Hyuk warns him he better be telling the truth. The informant says the Jang Kyung Hak is being blackmailed for a video taken by a woman (the suspect aka Love 8080? Is that the tie-in?). We see Kyung Hak being approached by a woman and someone filming a video. We see Kyung Hak receiving a link to the video while at work. This upsets him. The informant says the important point is that Kyung Hak has been compromised. Jin Hyuk wants the informant to find out what the blackmail details or the girl approached Kyung Hak. Hmm, I thought the information was self-explanatory except for the identity of the girl who approached Kyung Hak. Dae Sik is shocked. He wants the details on who is blackmailing Kyung Hak. Jin Hyuk strides away.
Hyun Ho is relieved Eun Soo is okay. He doesn’t understand why he had a stalker. Eun Soo suggests that his on-line presence made him a target. Kwon Joo asks both of them if they are okay. She praises Eun Soo calm reaction. Eun Soo demurs that she wasn’t able to handle the suspect as well as Kwon Joo could have, so she has much to learn.
Dae Sik can’t believe that Kyung Hak is being blackmailed. He doubts the informant. Jin Hyuk points out that Dae Sik stated Kyung Hak frequented Fantasia. Dae Sik sputters that blackmail is quite different. Jin Hyuk wants to speak with the girl that hit on Kyung Hak. Until he hears it himself, Jin Hyuk won’t believe it.
Jin Hyuk’s son calls thrilled that a friend left him a gift. We see someone drop off the gift while the child sleeps. OMG!! It’s the murderer NOT harbor boss! The child wakes and asks who it is. With his back to the child, the murderer says that his father got a shock yesterday. He tells him to be good to his father. Then he smiles a creepy smile and leaves. Jin Hyuk’s son says he did not see the man’s face. Jin Hyuk runs through his friends and says his son knows all of them. He asks to speak with the aide. His son says the aide stepped out. Jin Hyuk asks to speak with another person. His son says he’s alone. He asks if he can open the gift. Jin Hyuk flashes back to Hyun Ho stating the mirror indicated who would be targeted next. THANK GOODNESS! Jin Hyuk tells his son NOT to open the gift. He’s coming to the hospital. Dae Sik sees that Jin Hyuk is upset. He’s right, Jin Hyuk explains his son got a gift from a stranger when he was alone in his room. The stranger told his son that his father got a shock. Dae Sik realizes the seriousness of this. He wants to come with Jin Hyuk. He wants Dae Sik to stay to handle anything that comes up. Jin Hyuk implores his son not to open the gift and that he’ll be there shortly. I’m so relieved that Jin Hyuk recognized the danger. I’m relieved Dae Sik saw the danger too. I hope his son doesn’t open the gift. But the real surprise was that the murderer delivered the gift. Based on the harbor boss’s vow to get Jin Hyuk through his child, I thought he would take that action. Did he coordinate this with the murderer?
CHAPTER 5 – DEVIL’S WHISPER
The next chapter begins! Writer Ma…do what you do best…engage and surprise me!
“The world’s trying to change itself in a new way. I can smell death. Nothing new comes without death.” Demian by Hermann Hesse
Penguin states “Emil Sinclair-the hero and narrator of Hermann Hesse’s novel Demian moves perpetually between the temptations of the flesh and the promise of radical religious redemption.”
Per sparknotes “Demian presents the reflections of an older man on his childhood. In this book, Emil Sinclair recounts the various episodes of his childhood that led to a profound change in his worldview.”
A man gets off the elevator in the hospital. Who is this? Did harbor boss send him?
Jin Hyuk’s son wants to open the gift. Jin Hyuk wants his son to call a nurse. His son starts to open the gift. I’m TENSE!!
The man arrives outside Jin Hyuk’s son’s hospital room. Jin Hyuk’s son opens the gift and is thrilled with what he sees. The man opens the door. Jin Hyuk’s son asks the man who he is. The man enters the room and shuts the door behind him.
Another man watches his from a hospital stair well. He calls harbor boss and reports that “Ghost” has begun. He says they need to move to the next stage. He sends a text message the murderer.
Jin Hyuk’s son asks Ghost who he is. Ghost approaches the bed and says nothing. Jin Hyuk’s son yells for his father. Jin Hyuk calls to his son. I’m TENSE!! Jin Hyuk calls the nurse’s station and says a strange man is in his son’s room. She calls security. She rushes to the room.
Ghost walks towards Jin Hyuk’s son who has crawled under the bed next to his.
The security team is running towards the room.
Jin Hyuk calls Kwon Joo and reports the situation asking her to send a patrol. Jin Hyuk says whether or not harbor boss sent the stranger, someone sent him to his son. Kwon Joo calls code red and asks patrols to go to the hospital. Officer Cheon reports his review of the CCTV did not yield a harbor boss sighting.
Ghost reaches under the bed. Jin Hyuk’s son screams.
Jin Hyuk drives to the hospital and asks Kwon Joo for an update. She says the patrol will be there in 5 minutes.
Ghost pulls Jin Hyuk’s son out from under the bed. Two security guys and a nurse enter the room. Ghost and the security guys fight. Ghost easily dispatches them. He flees. Another security patrol pursues him.
Kwon Joo learns the patrol has arrived at the hospital. Jin Hyuk yells the room number. The patrol heads to the room.
The nurse calls Jin Hyuk. She tells him Dong Woo is okay. The man fled. Jin Hyuk tells her that the patrol will be there in minutes. He tells her to put the gift away. Jin Hyuk hits his horn to expedite his drive to his son.
The other woman that cares for Jin Hyuk’s son arrives. She’s horrified by the injured security guard and immediately comforts the crying child.
Ghost runs through the hospital.
Jin Hyuk arrives. He tells Kwon Joo that the man fled through an emergency exit. She starts checking the CCTV.
Ghost runs through the hospital.
Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk where the man is. Jin Hyuk rushes to his car to intercept.
Ghost exits the hospital. Jin Hyuk’s car stops in front of him. Jin Hyuk stares at the man. Ghost stares at Jin Hyuk. He runs. Jin Hyuk goes after him. Ghost tries to scale a wall. Jin Hyuk pulls him down. Jin Hyuk demands to know who sent him. He asks if it was harbor boss. They engage in a smidge of hand-to-hand fighting but Ghost eludes Jin Hyuk and runs away. Jin Hyuk runs after him yelling to Kwon Joo if he catches his guy they’ll be able to track down harbor boss.
My fingers have been flying. I am disappointed in the wimpy interaction between Ghost and Jin Hyuk. I was savoring a terrific fight but got a dodge and run instead. That was lame!
As the murderer drives home he recalls entering Jin Hyuk’s son’s room. Staring at the sleeping child. Putting the gift at the end of the bed. Bending down and touching his face with shaking fingers. He pulls away like something was gripping him. Then the son calls to him. Then telling the child his father got a shock yesterday and to be good to his father. He recalls seeing Jin Hyuk arrive at the hospital. He smiles at the pleasure of toying with his intended victims.
Wow! Kim Jae Wook is killing it as the murderer!!! Harbor boss is a creep but the murderer is creepy. The trembling hands when he touched Doo Wong. Was that the thrill of the moment or a medical issue?
The murderer arrives at a sleek house. He asks the guards if anyone is there. He’s told everyone is there. From a van across the street, harbor boss watches Mo Tae Gu (we FINALLY have a name) go inside. That’s interesting. Harbor boss spying on Murderer Mo (what I’ll call him) and most likely his father.
Father Mo holds court with some influential folks. We see the proprietress of Fantasia, a minister, and Director Kwon, (we met him in episode 8 when we first met the merry Mo father & son duo) who is looking decidedly uncomfortable at the elite gathering. Father Mo claims he wants to improve with small slice of the world (Sungwun) just like Jacob (from the bible). Murderer Mo arrives. Father Mo asks what the company’s philosophy is. Murderer Mo replies “consider yourself a falling grain of wheat and look after the poor and the weak.” Father Mo asks his guests to help him. The minister states his help depends on others. Director Kwon is still uncomfortable and silent. He gulps his alcohol. Father Mo tells Director Kwon he won’t destroy top down, he prefers bottom up. He hopes Director Kwon will help him achieve his vision of Sungwun. Director Kwon finally speaks and pledges his support. Father Mo asks the proprietress to get more food and drink. She leaves. Murderer Mo receives a text from harbor boss. He leaves the gathering.
Murderer Mo chides harbor boss for his notoriety. Harbor boss is at Fantasia and asks if they should meet there.
I see it now, they are all at Fantasia. I didn’t recognize it when Murderer Mo pulled up.
The proprietress goes downstairs to get food and drink. She spies harbor boss when his henchman opens the stairway door. She hears him say Murderer Mo will be there shortly. She looks alarmed and walks away quickly. The door shuts.
Murderer Mo meets harbor boss. He chides him for telling him what to do. Harbor boss says time is short and their 20-year relationship allows easing protocol sometimes. Murderer Mo insults harbor boss saying he smells and should dip into the hot springs when he flees to Japan. Harbor boss says the cash from his father is insufficient. Murderer Mo doesn’t like that “a dog is biting its master”. Harbor boss says abandoned dogs bite. He knows about Murderer Mo’s visit to Jin Hyuk’s son at the hospital. He asks if he needs a new toy. Murderer Mo smiles.
Wow, I’m loving that Murderer Mo and Harbor Boss aren’t strictly master / slave. Harbor boss is too old and experienced to completely kowtow. He is challenging Murderer Mo while making intermittently making creepy crackling sound.
The proprietress recalls her meeting with Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo. She gets out Kwon Joo’s business card and considers reporting that she saw harbor boss. Wow, she does it! The proprietress calls Kwon Joo and tells her harbor boss is at Fantasia. She tells Kwon Joo to come quickly. Oh no, Murderer Mo overhears her phone call! The proprietress says she’ll wait in the 3rd floor office. Kwon Joo says she’ll be there shortly. Murderer Mo smiles.
Kwon Joo calls Jin Hyuk and reports Harbor boss is at Fantasia. Jin Hyuk says he’ll have the man from the hospital catch soon and will meet her there. Kwon Joo handles the reigns over to another officer and says she’s off to meet an informant. The officer tells police to converge at Fantasia to arrest Harbor boss.
The proprietress finishes her call, turns and finds Murderer Mo staring at her. He enters the room. She’s unnerved and babbles. He says nothing and continues to stare at her.
Jin Hyuk chases Ghost to a construction site but can’t find him.
Kwon Joo arrives at Fantasia.
Jin Hyuk calls out for the man to reveal himself. He does. They fight. The fists fly! If you don’t know (and I didn’t before) those fists are real time speed. Per the avid Jang Hyuk fans’ episode 8 comments (shout out to Beez and Drama Fan (blog Stuck on Hyuk)) Jang Hyuk has lightning fast fists. Knowing this then seeing this scene impresses the heck out of me. Jin Hyuk’s walkie talkie drops to the ground.
Kwon Joo arrives at the meeting spot but it’s dark. She tells Jin Hyuk something feels wrong. But he can’t hear her. His walkie talkie is on the ground and he’s fighting Ghost.
The fight between Jin Hyuk and Ghost continues. They seem to be equally matched. The fact that Jang Hyuk does all his own stunts NEVER ceases to amaze me.
Kwon Joo peers around the room with her flashlight. She finds a smear of blood on the floor. She tells the Emergency Call center that her informant is nowhere to be found and there is blood on the floor. She says Jin Hyuk isn’t answering either. The Officer reports that Jin Hyuk’s radio is disconnected. He asks for police support. Dae Sik answers immediately demanding to know the situation. The Officer says they know the general location and will have an exact GPS location shortly. Dae Sik heads that way.
Kwon Joo follows the blood on the floor. She hears something. She trains her gun in the direction of the sound.
The police patrol cars arrive at Fantasia. They report they will head to the 3rd floor.
Harbor boss gets in the van. It leaves Fantasia.
Kwon Joo continues to search by following the blood on the floor. She finds blood on doorknobs. She opens the door. She enters a private room with a bar. She finds blood on a bottle and glass. She approaches the bar. She finds an ice pick in an ice bucket, a cell phone, and a verse reference in blood on the wall. She calls for backup saying she found the proprietress’s phone. She looks closer. Egad, I don’t like what I see in the ice bucket. Kwon Joo hears something behind her. It appears someone is watching her. She approaches the sound. The police and an employee burst into the room. Kwon Joo lowers her weapon. She stares into the opening she was pointing her gun at. It appears that someone is still watching her.
Jin Hyuk and Ghost continue their fight. Ghost pulls a knife out.
The employee reports what was found to the manager and that the police are in the building. The manager orders all the VIPs escorted out.
Escorts find the trail of blood and the floor and begin screaming. Kwon Joo directs the officer to calm the women. She flashes her light on the bar. I’m assuming she sees the biblical reference.
The serious crimes unit arrives. They learn that the proprietress is missing and there is blood on the floor. Kyunk Hak orders his men into the building. He wants to see the CCTV video. He stands next to the van. His phone rings. He says nothing. We don’t hear what is said to him.
The manager finds Kwon Joo in the room. She says no one can exit Fantasia until their identity is verified. She wants to see the CCTV video. The manager leaves. Kwon Joo asks for an update on Jin Hyuk. She’s told Dae Sik is headed his way but there is still radio silence from Jin Hyuk. She stares at biblical reference John 9:41 ‘Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”’
Murderer Mo washes his hands.
Dae Sik arrives and begins to search for Jin Hyuk. He starts running. Love it!
Father Mo declares they will be successful and Sungwun will florish. Murderer Mo is distracted. An employee arrives and says an accident occurred on the 3rd floor and the police are in the building. He recommends they leave. Father Mo yells at him demanding to know details. Startled the employee says the proprietress’s phone and blood were found. He reports the proprietress is nowhere to be found. Murderer Mo smiles. Father Mo doesn’t understand what happened. She was just with them. Father Mo tells everyone to leave.
In the bar area the serious crimes unit search. Kyunk Hak asks Kwon Joo what happened. She says the proprietress called the police to report Harbor boss was at Fantasia. Police officers ask for support downstairs.
Jin Hyuk and Ghost continue their fight.
The employee leads Father Mo et all out.
Kyunk Hak and his men order the patrons to calm down.
Kwon Joo continues searching one floor up. She remembers hearing someone run away. Why doesn’t she comment on the chuckling? Don’t you hear that? She sees customers fleeing. She goes after them. She finds the manager instead and demands to know why some customer were able to leave. To his credit, the manager admits they were VIP customer who would NEVER be involved with murder. Ha, ha, ha! She rips into the manager but hears the fleeing footsteps. She calls Kyunk Hak and reports the fleeing VIPs. Kyunk Hak takes two men with him. Kwon Joo tries to follow the VIPs. She’s blocked. Kyunk Hak arrives and the manager allows them to follow.
The VIPs head to their cars. Murderer Mo stops and watches the police coming after them. But the security from Fantasia impeded the police’s progress. He stares at Kwon Joo.
Ghost has Jin Hyuk pinned against a wall. He’s got the knife near Jin Hyuk who is blocking it.
Murderer Mo stares at Kwon Joo.
The knife is almost touching Jin Hyuk’s neck. Ghost says “it’s time for you to go.”
Murderer Mo stares at Kwon Joo. He gets in his car and drives away. Kwon Joo breaks through the impasse and sees a car drive away. Little does she know, her father’s murderer is driving away from her.
Writer Ma gets high marks for riveting cases that weave in the overarching origin murders of Jin Hyuk’s wife and Kwon Joo’s father. Writer Ma gets low marks for the logic gaps we must swallow. One logic gap from this episode was the archive arrival timing of Hyun Ho, then Jin Hyuk & Dae Sik (who drove to the police station) and the other officers. Ridiculous. But the intensity and mystery that Writer Ma instills in each episode make these logic gaps fade to irritants not egregious errors. However, I still WANT character development. I’m not holding my breath this will happen at this point in the series. On the plus side, I was pleased that the episode was framed in a Chapter. I missed that in episode 9.
Murderer Mo was finally unveiled. We know who he is. We know who his father is. We know that he and harbor boss both targeted Jin Hyuk’s son. We know harbor boss dared to chide him. We know he killed the proprietress. We know he watched Kwon Joo as she searched the room. We know he stared at Kwon Joo as she struggled to reach the fleeing VIP clients. Kim Jae Wook is riveting as the Murderer Mo. Harbor boss is a creep but the Murderer Mo is creepy. Writer Ma has handed Kim Jae Wook a clever, cruel, dangerous psycho that he is bringing to life.
* Whenever Kwon Joo says she’ll protect someone, it’s the kiss of death.
* GPS locations can take 5 seconds or 5 minutes, whatever the tension needs of the story dictates.
* The director’s pledge to reduce the violence was exemplified by the blurring out of the item in the ice bucket. Per the article“With episodes based on real-life cases, there may have been some overly excessive scenes as we tried to make them similar to the situation victims may have had to endure as much as possible,” Director Kim Hong Seon said at a media event held at a hotel in western Seoul. “We will try to come up with ways so viewers may be less disturbed while not affecting the flow of the show,” Kim said. Shout out to Prettysup (twitter) and Holly Moon (instagram) for the alert about articles on this matter and the upcoming Korean Communications Standards Commission review of Voice scheduled for Feb 22nd.
Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) had to deal with his son being targeted. It can’t get any more personal. His wife was killed in episode 1 and his son was targeted in episode 10. I cringed when Murderer Mo relished touching Jin Hyuk’s son. I was tense as Ghost approached his son’s room. I don’t think I could type any faster than I did during that segment. I love Jang Hyuk. I watch any series he graces. You could argue that Jin Hyuk is a basic police detective. Writer Ma hasn’t given him any special ability, sassy dialogue, or luck to win every battle. But after 10 episodes, I’m invested in Jin Hyuk’s struggle to find his wife’s killer and to find the police on the take. He does this relying on Kwon Joo , who he initially despised but has come to trust even more than his partner Dae Sik. But you ask, what about Jang Hyuk, what does he bring to this series? Intensity. Jang Hyuk is “all in” every scene. He’s no slacker actor. Whether he’s staring at Harbor boss with the eyes of crazy dog or in panic at his son in danger, I FEEL Jang Hyuk more than other actors. This series hasn’t handed anything to Jang Hyuk on a silver platter. But his acting shines through regardless.
Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) keeps getting left alone in dangerous situations. Last episode Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik left her alone with at the murder scene and we didn’t know if the murderer was still there (he wasn’t). This episode the police left her alone at the murder scene and we didn’t know if the murderer was still there (he was). Didn’t Murderer Mo chuckle as he was watching her? Why didn’t she hear that? Has she been having issues with her head? Over the last several episodes it appears her head has been hurting her. Anyone else notice that or am I hallucinating? Is her altered frontal lobe becoming a health issue? Why is Writer Ma marginalizing Kwon Joo’s hearing as the series progresses?
The beautiful and haunting second song of the OST “Voice” by Kim Yuna has been released. Shout out to Drama Fan for the heads up.