Voice Episode 12 – Chapter 6: A Telephone Call from Hell
Heo Ji Hye’s file (recall Ji Hye was Jin Hyuk’s wife). She worked in a charity. She got off work at 7pm. She had been looking for as missing person named Kong Cheol Han for a month. She looks at the text message “I’m Ji Hye’s friend. I have something to tell you about Jin Hyuk.“
Chapter 6: A Telephone Call from Hell
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 learns from harbor boss that the police have confiscated the USB and accounting ledger. Harbor boss declares it’s all Jin Hyuk’s fault. But Murderer Mo may be implicated. Frustrated Murderer Mo holds the phone away while he gets a grip. He warns harbor boss he’ll have his other Achilles heel severed. Harbor boss is bold, “I knew you’d discard me. Come get me. I have insurance against you. Man up and come after me”. Wow and Wow! Harbor boss clicks out the taunt that will end his life by Murderer Mo’s hands. Harbor boss waved the red flag in front of the bull. Murderer Mo will relish coming after him. I actually hope Harbor boss gets a couple of good licks in. Murderer Mo has had it too easy.
Rooftop man, Jin Goo, has collapsed (from the drug the Welfare Facility workers injected) and his recent surgical wound has reopened. Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) tells Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) that something is terribly wrong. Jin Goo surgeries were called repairs. She urges Jin Hyuk to pursue the ambulance and catch it before it reaches the hospital. Jin Hyuk agrees. He and Dae Sik (Baek Sung Hyun) rush to their car.
Kwon Joo assigns Oh Hyun Ho (Yesung) and Eun Soo (Son Eun Seo) to track the ambulance and find out everything about the Hospital and Welfare Facility with the same name.
Dae Sik wonders if Jin Goo needed discipline. Jin Hyuk agrees he initially thought the same but Jin Goo’s wounds tell him something is wrong. They head to the hospital.
The workers try and stem the blood from the wound. Kwon Joo hears the ambulance going into an underground parking lot. Thumbs up for on-the-spot super hearing analysis! Hyun Ho tells Kwon Joo that owner of the hospital is a 37-year-old woman, Woo Min. They unload Jin Goo and take him into the hospital. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik arrive. They head upstairs to investigate.
Murderer Mo remembers harbor boss’ words. He’s disappointed the harbor boss has turned against him and is afraid of Jin Hyuk.
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik ask out Jin Goo at the front desk. They see a woman who says that Jin Goo is a frequent guest at the hospital. She urges them to wait until Jin Goo is stabilized. Jin Hyuk must agree. They see a man wearing a rosary bracelet on a table as the woman shuts the door. Dae Sik recalls Jin Goo wearing a similar bracelet. Jin Hyuk tells Kwon Joo that Jin Goo may be in the room next to them. He says they’ll wait until Jin Goo receives treatment to speak to him. The receptionist walks away. Dae Sik notices how quiet it is. Where are the patients, their families, the hubbub of a hospital?
Hyun Ho and Eun Soo figure out that Woo Min isn’t registered and the hospital’s main source of income is the Welfare Facility.
Kwon Joo listens to Jin Goo transferred to a metal table. They grab instruments but this isn’t a typical surgery compliment of tools. It looks like torture.
Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk that something is wrong. She says Jin Woo is being prepped for surgery without anesthesia and with an active cell phone on his person. The hospital owner Woo Man isn’t a doctor but a therapist. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik go into the treatment room. The woman is on the phone with the hospital owner. Jin Woo is not there. Jin Hyuk demands to know where Jin Woo is. The woman says nothing. Jin Hyuk requests backup.
Kwon Joo wonders what is happening. She recalls music. Eun Soo says the ambulance disappeared from CCTV. Kwon Joo realizes Jin Woo wasn’t taken to the hospital he was taken back to the Welfare Facility. She reports this to Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik who can’t find Jin Woo or any patients in the hospital. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik head to their car to return to the Welfare Facility. The police are dispatched to head there. Kwon Joo declares they must save Jin Woo. She’s determined to save all these victims as she hears their plight to compensate that she wasn’t able to save her father when she heard his plight.
The welfare facility director arrives to do the surgery. He gets a phone call. He tells the caller that they’ll remove the cornea and kidney. Do they sell body parts on the black market? The welfare facility director says other parts will go to the USA who pays handsomely.
Hyun Ho tells Kwon Joo the key workers at the Welfare Facility include a butcher and a doctor who work there due to high debt.
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik arrive at the welfare facility. Kwon Joo tells them the welfare facility director is famous for an insurance scam at former facility. He fled the country but now he’s back. They find the ambulance in the parking lot. They search welfare facility. They break through a locked door and find a group of people sitting on the floor softly moaning. They don’t respond when Jin Hyuk talks to them. Dae Sik finds medicine, boxes and boxes of it. Jin Hyuk tells Kwon Joo the medicine company’s name and mentions a bad smell. Jin Hyuk questions the people who finally respond and say they were given the medicine often and it made them hallucinate. Jin Hyuk urges Kwon Joo to get the backup police to the welfare facility ASAP.
Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk that the surgery on Jin Goo is happening on the basement. The sound is disgusting and upsetting. They find the phone and turn it off. They hear Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik approaching. The welfare facility director calmly states sometimes you get more than you thought. He orders them to finish Jin Goo. He heads out with a scalpel in hand.
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik search the basement. They hear Jin Goo’s moans.
Finally, the police arrive and burst in the building.
Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik find Jin Goo on the operating room table and the three workers ready for a brawl. Jin Hyuk gives it to them. Dae Sik even gets some action. The welfare facility director flees. Dae Sik calls for a real ambulance. Jin Hyuk assures Jin Woo he’ll be saved. They move him to a stretcher.
Dae Sik finds a freezer full of body parts. He calls for Jin Hyuk. They can’t believe what they are seeing. This is why this show is 19+, egad! Jin Hyuk can’t believe the workers did this to human beings. One worker laughs and say their lawyers will get them off. Jin Hyuk beats the man. Dae Sik stops Jin Hyuk. The other worker spills that they are testing an obesity medicine that has severe side effects. Subjects that don’t cooperate are sliced into parts and sold into the black market. Jin Hyuk wants to hammer the man he beat but stops himself. Jin Hyuk wants the welfare facility director.
The welfare facility director runs through the building. Jin Hyuk and Dae Sik search for him. Jin Hyuk calls Kwon Joo and explains how the welfare facility is a cover for an illegal drug testing scheme. In the director’s office, they find the little girl. Jin Hyuk promises to discipline everyone that hurt her. He promises she can play with his son. Does she know where the director is? She points to the location. Jin Hyuk tells Dae Sik to take the girl out of the office. Dae Sik tells Jin Hyuk not to lose it in one simple word.
Jin Hyuk opens the secret room behind the bookshelf. The welfare facility director is there and tries to stab Jin Hyuk with a scalpel. He breaks the welfare facility director’s arm. The welfare facility director says society doesn’t care about those people. They are throw away. Jin Hyuk fires his gun in the air. He puts the gun to the welfare facility director’s chest. He gives the welfare facility director a piece of his mind. He makes him believe he will shoot him but he doesn’t. Jin Hyuk promises prison will his living hell. Jin Hyuk arrests the welfare facility director. Jin Hyuk reports to Kwon Joo the arrest has been made.
Jin Goo’s wife finds him and tells him his life was more important than money. Jin Hyuk says there are crazy people in this world. Kwon Joo calls Dae Sik and asks if Gong Chul Han was in the welfare facility. Is this the first time Kwon Joo has called Dae Sik? Jin Goo recognizes the name but is not shape to communicate this. No one else knows the name. Dae Sik tells Kwon Joo there was no one in the welfare facility with that name. Jin Hyuk asks what that was about. Dae Sik explains that Kwon Joo wanted to know if Gong Chul Han was at the facility. I’m going to ignore that Dae Sik’s methodology wasn’t thorough and Kwon Joo’s accepting it was silly.
I wanted to like that story but it was too simple. It gave Jin Hyuk some moments to pontificate with passion. He had the good scene with the little girl. But it felt like filler. I’m glad there is a tie in with Gong Chul Han but the 50 minutes that case took didn’t resonate.
Kwon Joo reads the records that state Gong Chul Han was a patient at the Welfare Facility, then disappeared. Heo Ji Hye was in charge. Ah, finally we can see how Jin Hyuk’s wife could be tied into this.
Hyun Ho and Eun Soo can’t believe how close Jin Woo came to being killed. Eun Soo shudders saying listening to Jin Woo’s pleas reminded her of when her sister was dragged away by the rapist video kidnapper. Hyun Ho suggests they get and sandwich together. She smiles.
Subway product placement scene…
Hyun Ho and Jin Hyuk eat. They laugh and joke. Nice to see two co-workers on this show have a moment of connection. Too bad it isn’t our leads.
Murderer Mo and harbor boss meet. Harbor boss clicks loudly. Murderer Mo asks if he’s nervous the police were called. Harbor boss says he has no escape. Harbor boss asks Murderer Mo to get him out of the country safely. Murderer Mo asks if the satchel had anything that would incriminate him. Harbor boss clicks. Murderer Mo asks if he should kill Jin Hyuk. Harbor boss seizes on that idea as capital. Murderer Mo stabs harbor boss and pins him to the table. Murderer Mo says he wants to meet the man that scares him. He twists the knife and says if only harbor boss could divorce himself from feeling pain, he’d be able to ratchet up his cruelty to heights unknown. Murderer Mo pulls the knife. He tells harbor boss he’ll give him two choices and his life will change forever depending on the choice he makes. Effective scene! I was surprised at the deferential tone harbor boss took considering all the bluster he spouted on the phone to Murderer Mo. No doubt an in-person encounter with Murderer Mo chilled harbor boss to the bone.
The interrogation of harbor boss’s assistant isn’t going well. Jin Hyuk enters the interrogation room. He tells the assistant he knows that harbor boss did not kill his wife. That surprises everyone watching the interrogation and in the actual room. Jin Hyuk asks who put the bull’s eye on harbor boss. Jin Hyuk says it is futile to go to jail for his boss, who will not help him. The assistant chuckles and says harbor boss told him that he has many friends in the police and more influence than Jin Hyuk knows. The serious crime unit members behind the one-way mirror wonder who in the police is dirty. Kyung Hak says the ramblings of the assistant are nonsense. Dae Sik looks at Kyung Hak as he walks out of the room.
Kyung Hak calls his daughter. He asks if he should come and live with her. Jin Hyuk overhears and knows that Kyung Hak might be ripe for the picking. He asks if Kyung Hak has anything to tell him. Kyung Hak feigns ignorance. Jin Hyuk tells him to follow him. Love the look Jin Hyuk gave Kyunk Hak!
Harbor boss walks the street and recalls Murderer Mo’s words about his two choices. Harbor boss told Murderer Mo that his limited power made Jin Hyuk, the crazy dog, an impossible target to kill. Murderer Mo tells harbor boss choice #1 is to use him as the bait to lure Jin Hyuk into a trap. If all goes well, harbor boss can choose the country he’ll live in as a free man, free of the servitude to the Mo family. Harbor boss asks what his other option is. Murderer Mo says choice #2 is to live and die as his father did. Murderer Mo looks at him meaningfully.
Make perfect sense that Murderer Mo wants the ultimate prize Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo. He’s right that Jin Hyuk could not resist harbor boss dangling the opporunity to know who the real killer of his wife is.
Jin Hyuk tells Kyung Hak that all the police chiefs used to be strong but now they are servants to someone else. He hands Kyung Hak the picture of the girl putting her hand on his thigh. Jin Hyuk understands how embarrassing the picture must be. Kyung Hak pounds the car. He tells Jin Hyuk to stay out of it. He knows saying sorry isn’t sufficient, but he’s sorry nonetheless.
At the hospital, Jin Goo’s wife asks her husband what is bothering him. He states the police wanted to know if anyone knew Gong Chul Han at the Welfare Facility. Jin Goo admits he knows that name. But he only knows bits and pieces about Gong Chul Han. He wonders if he should tell Kwon Joo. His wife encourages to tell the police whatever he knows, no matter how insignificant he thinks the information is. Jin Goo agrees he owes them.
Jin Goo calls Kwon Joo. He thanks Kwon Joo for saving his life. Jin Goo says that he of Gong Chul Han at the Welfare Facility. He knows someone that knows him well. Unfortunately, he only knows a partial name “Park”. But the man is a bus driver Sungwun (Father Mo’s empire). Kwon Joo thanks him.
Kwon Joo considers how Sungwun keeps coming up. She knows there is a tie in club proprietress’s murder. Hyun Ho and Eun Soo return from their break and give her a sandwich to eat. She agrees to eat it. Jin Hyuk calls and says to meet her at Grandmother’s eatery. He hangs up.
Jin Hyuk drinks at Grandmother’s eatery and recalls his conversation with Kyung Hak. He asks Kyung Hak to confirm he had nothing to do with the Ji Hye incident but has been threatened. Kyung Hak confirms this. He thinks there is someone in the police station that is the traitor. Kyung Hak says that man disguised his voice but knew everything about him. Kyung Hak admits he has been considering retirement. Jin Hyuk tells him to catch the traitor to make amends. Kyung Hak asks Jin Hyuk if he trusts Kwon Joo. He says the police chief asked for background on Kwon Joo. He found that Kwon Joo was snooping around Jin Hyuk’s wife’s murder as though it was a “man” problem. He tells Jin Hyuk to get the details from Kwon Joo.
Kwon Joo arrives at Grandmother’s eatery and sits down at Jin Hyuk’s table. She asks if everything is okay. He pours her a drink. He asks why she’s been looking into Ji Hye’s background. Kwon Joo says she has something important to tell him. It’s related to the reason his wife was killed. She asks Jin Hyuk if he knew that his wife was visiting a Welfare Facility resident before she died. Jin Hyuk recalls his wife telling him that Gong Chul Han had gone missing again. Jin Hyuk told his wife Gong Chul Han has disappeared multiple times. His wife was frustrated with his lack of urgency. He remembers his wife pleading with him to find Gong Chul Han. Doesn’t this mean he knows who Gong Chul Han is? Kwon Joo shows Jin Hyuk a picture of Gong Chul Han. She says that Ji Hye was obsessed with Gong Chul Han. Jin Hyuk laughs. He asks what Kwon Joo is trying to say. In the past, we see Gong Chul Han on the ground at the Welfare Facility. He sees Jin Hyuk’s wife. Jin Hyuk asks Kwon Joo if she’s saying that his wife’s inability not to try and help Gong Chul Han led her to murder. He asks what Kwon Joo is hiding from him. Kwon Joo says Gong Chul Han left his wife a note then left the Welfare Facility a few days before her death. She shows Jin Hyuk a note that states that his wife had been searching for Gong Chul Han for a month. Jin Hyuk chuckles and asks if Kwon Joo thinks his wife was romantically involved with Gong Chul Han. Kwon Joo shows Jin Hyuk the text she received last night. “Do you know a wolf under a sheep skin? Ji Hye is that kind of woman. She was an underground broker”. Jin Hyuk chuckles and says his wife wasn’t like that. He excuses himself. Kwon Joo notices he’s under the influence of alcohol.
Jin Hyuk steps outside for a smoke. He gets a phone call. It’s harbor boss. He asks to speak with Jin Hyuk one on one. Harbor boss tells him not to bother tracing the phone number. He promises the information he has is more valuable. Jin Hyuk asks what he wants. Harbor boss says he wants a deal. Jin Hyuk says it’s all over once he catches him, what would he possibly offer?
Kwon Joo gets a text.
Harbor boss chuckles. He promises to help identify Jin Hyuk’s wife’s murderer. And he’ll provide evidence on every person that has been murdered. In exchange, harbor boss must be freed. Jin Hyuk wonders what happens if he doesn’t take the offer. Harbor boss states he’ll be sentenced to a lifetime of wondering but never knowing why his wife died. Harbor boss tells him where to meet him (a memory from his marriage).
The text on Kwon Joo’s phone reads “I’m Mo Tae Goo (Murderer Mo). Can we meet?” Notice the similarity to the text Jin Hyuk’s wife received?
Cue bathtub and classical music as Murderer Mo lounges knowing he’s set the trap for his big prizes, Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk.
Kwon Joo stands and stares at Jin Hyuk who is still on the phone.
Jin Hyuk finishes his phone call with harbor boss and stares into the night. He turns and stares at Kwon Joo.
Murderer Mo has cast his bait for Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo. Will they confide in each other about their respective communications with harbor boss and Murderer Mo?
Harbor boss decided to take the deal Murderer Mo offered that allow him to live. I was disappointed that he boosted on the phone to expose Murderer Mo but then acted subservient when he met face-to-face with Murderer Mo. How can he think Murderer Mo will really let him live?
Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) defeated some of his crazy dog demons. He was on the edge when he beat the worker. He was on the edge when he almost shot the Welfare Center Director. Jin Hyuk has probably not gotten much sleep since all this happened. His body is tired and his brain struggles to process. I liked the scene between Kyung Hak and Jin Hyuk in the car. That worked. I liked the scene between Jin Hyuk and the little girl. That worked. I liked the scene between Jin Hyuk and the harbor boss. That worked. We finally have some insight why his wife was murdered. Does saving victims help him deal with his wife’s murder?
Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) told Jin Hyuk his wife was looking for another man. Is Gong Chul Han Jin Hyuk’s wife’s brother? Best friend from college? She was desperate to find him. I like Kwon Joo. Saving victims helps her deal with how she was unable to save her father.
Four episodes to go. Murderer Mo most definitely will get his hands on either Jin Hyuk or Kwon Joo or both. Writer Ma is positioning this show for a climatic ending.