Voice Episode 15
Chapter 8: For the Last Golden Time
“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” Helen Keller
I like that opening quote. That is an optimist statement for the final chapter of the series.
Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) dangles the key in front of CEO / Murderer Mo. Jin Hyuk states it is the container key. Jin Hyuk says this means that he’s finished. Jangling the keys like that made me think of distracting a baby with a ring of keys. Just a random thought.
Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) tries to identify the sound coming from the overturned bus. She realizes the gas line is leaking. If a fire starts, the bus will implode. She remembers Jin Hyuk is in the area. She calls him.
Jin Hyuk takes the call from Kwon Joo. She explains the bus situation. She states the gas issue and potential fire, could be a disaster in the making. She asks Jin Hyuk to go to the site, there’s not a minute to spare. Kwon Joo identifies the bus driver as working for the Mo transportation company. Jin Hyuk agrees to engage. CEO Mo comments that Jin Hyuk seems to be busy. Jin Hyuk stares at CEO Mo. He promises to deal with him when he returns. He leaves.
But he runs into a block of guards. Jin Hyuk heads the opposite direction. Father Mo sees Jin Hyuk and can’t believe he’s not suspended. This is the police officer that grabbed his son (CEO Mo). He demands to know how Prosecutor Park is doing with his investigation into the Golden Time team. His assistant states there isn’t sufficient evidence.
CEO Mo remembers the jangling key and Jin Hyuk’s threat they would lead to his downfall. He clicks! He mutters to himself no way he’ll go down. Is there a tinge of concern or is that wishful thinking on my part?
Jin Hyuk calls Dae Sik and explains the situation. Dae Sik says these situations are no longer in their job jar, Golden Time was disbanded. Jin Hyuk yells that when people are dying, they must engage. He orders Dae Sik to come to the site. Dae Sik agrees and heads out.
A high-ranking official attends the ceremony. Father Mo gushes how he’ll build many more roads.
Father Mo’s assistant calls the police commissioner to inform him of the bus accident and that Golden Time team has gone rouge and is engaging. The assistant’s states Father Mo won’t be happy if this affects his celebration.
The police commissioner only waits a moment to call Kwon Joo and tell her he knows she dispatched Jin Hyuk to the bus accident. He accuses her of ignoring the disband decree of the Golden Time team. Kwon Joo counters that those going to the scene are going to save the potential victims not as police officers but as concerned citizens. The police commissioner doesn’t believe that. Kwon Joo is firm, even if she must resign, she won’t walk away from her responsibilities. She hangs up on him!! I am a huge fan of Kwon Joo. Her clear vision, her no nonsense ways couple with a moral center that cannot be altered (unlike so many on this show that can be blackmailed, bribed, etc.). Plus, she’s a straight shooter. What’s not to love?
Back at the shipping container, Kyung Hak and the forensics team gather evidence. Jin Hyuk calls Kyung Hak and asks if they ascertained if it is human blood in the shipping container. Kyung Hak confirms this. Jin Hyuk tells him to match the blood with CEO Mo’s. Jin Hyuk states he’s headed to the scene of a bus accident. Jin Hyuk says the bus is a Mo transportation company asset.
At the accident site, the gas continues to leak, the passengers are bloody and immobile. The pregnant woman tells Kwon Joo her husband is in bad shape. Kwon Joo asks to speak with another passenger. The woman with the young boy tells her that her son is starting to get cold. Kwon Joo recognizes the boy could be going into shock. Kwon Joo tells the mother to perform massage. Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk an injured child is on the bus.
Jin Hyuk arrives at the same time as another patrol car and the EMT (Emergency Medical Team). They start helping the victims. Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk she hears the gas leak. Jin Hyuk tells a rescuer they need to step up the rescue efforts due to the gas leak. Jin Hyuk makes his way onto the bus. He starts helping the able out of the bus. More ambulances arrive. Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk the gas leak is increasing and the danger is increasing. Kwon Joo dispatches more help. Jin Hyuk helps the pregnant woman and the child off the bus. But the husband of the pregnant woman is trapped. Jin Hyuk yells for the jaws of life to extract the man.
Father Mo isn’t happy to learn about the mess. He kicks his assistant!
Dae Sik arrives and everyone works in tandem to lift the bus and extract the pregnant woman’s husband. They get him out! The ambulances leave. Kwon Joo hears someone crying for help. She recognizes the voice as the bus driver she spoke with previously. Kwon Joo asks Jin Hyuk if the bus driver is accounted for. Jin Hyuk inquires but the bus driver is missing. He tells Kwon Joo he’ll check the bus again. Jin Hyuk finds the bus driver in the front of the bus. He yells to Dae Sik for the jaws of life. Kwon Joo reminds him the danger increases as the gas leak increases. Jin Hyuk yells they are being as expedient as possible. The jaws of life are put in place. Meanwhile a rescue worker sees something wrong with how the tire was fitted. He also sees the gas hose that is leaking. He yells there is a gas leak and it may implode. His boss yells at him to stop it. Yikes, that’s the assignment you don’t want.
Kwon Joo hears the sparks near the gas leak. She tells Jin Hyuk they must exit the bus. They manage to extract the bus driver. The gas and the sparks ignite. The flame spreads. Jin Hyuk urges everyone away from the bus. It turns into an inferno. They all stare at the bus which is engulfed in flames. Jin Hyuk reports to Kwon Joo that the bus driver was rescued, so the mission is complete. Relief washes over Kwon Joo’s face. Everyone at the Emergency Call center breathes a sigh of relief. A rescue worker tells Jin Hyuk that the bus had inferior replacement parts, causing a minor issue to become a major accident. The bus driver overhears. He tells Jin Hyuk that he told the company the bus wasn’t in drivable shape but he was sent out anyhow. Jin Hyuk tells the man to concentrate on his own health. The last ambulance leaves. A rescue worker gives Jin Hyuk the bus driver’s personal items. Jin Hyuk promises to drop them off. He compliments the effort everyone made.
Jin Hyuk stares at the paper the bus driver signed. One clause states if the employee dies, the insurance goes to the Mo Transportation company! That’s low, the life insurance beneficiary is the company not the employee’s family? Jin Hyuk can’t believe it. He yells to Dae Sik that he needs to stop by the hospital before returning to the police station.
Once inside his car, Jin Hyuk calls Kwon Joo and tells her to expect the insurance agreement the bus driver signed. He tells her to see if the beneficiary clause is standard the Mo transportation company. Kwon Joo asks what he means. Jin Hyuk says CEO Mo is a psycho so messing with his employees would be the norm. Jin Hyuk calling CEO Mo a psycho never gets old. He tells her to come to the hospital where the bus driver was taken once she has details.
Kwon Joo tells Hyun Ho to look into the beneficiary clause of the insurance agreement and determine if is standard the Mo transportation company. Looking at the agreement, Hyun Ho mutters that the employees pay the insurance premium, not the company.
The news reports the bus accident. They state no lives were lost. The reports state that the Mo transportation company is huge and had a previously spotless record. Father Mo complains the bad publicity quells the happiness of the day. He warns the Mo transportation company managers that further publicity will cost them their jobs. He isn’t satisfied with their verbal apology and kicks each of them. He tells them to leave. He demands to know where his son is. His assistant states CEO Mo left to handle something, but didn’t provide details.
Murderer Mo arrives at a luxurious house. He tells himself that Jin Hyuk couldn’t know about this place. Is this murder central? He walks to the basement. Yes, I find his measured steps creepy. He uses a card swipe to access the basement. He walks into the open room, closes his eyes and recalls harbor boss’s words that he thought of Murderer Mo as his younger brother. A vision of harbor boss appears. Love it! The Elvis hair is back in the building! Harbor boss tells Murderer Mo to go to hell. He states he has a key to this place, where all Murderer Mo’s sins are preserved for posterity. Is the key in the satchel in the police evidence room? Murder Mo tells harbor boss his problem was he always left a trail behind him. He says if Jin Hyuk knew about this place, he’d be dead. Harbor boss asks if he wants to know where the key is. Murderer Mo turns away. Next up in the ghost department is a woman asking for Murderer Mo to save her. This agitates him.
Good scene. Murderer Mo needs fleshing out. His demons need a face and a voice. Is that blood we see on the walls? Did Murderer Mo fight then kill his victims? Is everyone buried in the lake or on the grounds of the property? Didn’t Father Mo previously tell his son he had to clean up a spot used for dumping bodies?
When Jin Hyuk arrives at the hospital, he looks for the bus driver. He finds some of the victims, the pregnant lady and the mother of the child, both who are grateful that he saved their lives. Jin Hyuk is gracious and asks about the husband and child, both who are fine. He asks where the bus driver is, and they tell him. He bids them adieu.
He finds the bus driver and tells him to rest in his bed.
Hyun Ho and Eun Soo are appalled to learn Mo transportation company hires drivers without family to ensure they would become the life insurance beneficiary’s. They tell Kwon Joo. Hyun Ho reports over 10 years there have been 50 deaths and 500 injuries. Wow! That must be higher than the norm. As she finishes the conversation Prosecutor Park strolls by with a big grin on his face. She doesn’t offer him the time of day and strides away. Love it!
Hyun Ho believes there are even more accidents that weren’t reported. He believes the real figures are being suppressed. Eun Soo impressed with his skills. They banter a bit. Eun Soo boasts no one can beat her in drinking.
Kyung Hak directs one of his team to look into the background and potential connection with harbor boss of one of Mo transportation company’s drivers. The officer immediately sees he’ll be investigating Dae Sik’s father. Kyung Hak tells him do it quietly. Proving there are active brain cells in this officer, he asks Kyung Hak why they aren’t turning the heat up on CEO Mo. He vows the next time CEO Mo is at the station, it will be a real investigation. Kyung Hak tells him to investigate and do is quietly.
Jin Hyuk learns from the bus driver he was forced to sign the insurance agreement. The bus driver states repairs are minimal on the buses and inferior parts are common. Wouldn’t that put the public at large at great risk? Do all these accidents happen with only empty buses? There a logic gap in this plan. Jin Hyuk can’t believe the Mo transportation company. The bus driver states he has no power and no voice and must follow orders from above. Jin Hyuk once again utters “dog-like scum” (or something close to that, wish I’d kept a tally on that phrase).
Kwon Joo arrives and immediately asks if the man in the bed is the bus driver. He recognizes her from their previous conversation at the Mo transportation company. Jin Hyuk lets the bus driver know that Kwon Joo was the one that determined he was still missing and prompted the search and rescue. Jin Hyuk is bragging about her. Sweet! The bus driver is grateful. Kwon Joo demurs that Jin Hyuk did the actual saving. Now she’s bragging about him. Sweet! Kwon Joo asks to speak with Jin Hyuk.
Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk he’s hypothesis about the insurance agreement scam is correct. The dollar amount scammed from the insurance companies is huge. It’s a wonder no one picked up on this earlier. Jin Hyuk is pleased to have solid evidence against the Mo transportation company. Jin Hyuk calls a reporter? and explains the scam. He urges this be leaked on social media ASAP. Love it! Kwon Joo asks about the container and if it was the location of the murders. Jin Hyuk believes so stating Kyung Hak is leading the investigation. Kwon Joo tells him Hyun Ho is tracing the burner phone. She asks if the mole is within their department. She asks if Jin Hyuk is suspicious of any one in particular. Jin Hyuk defers the conversation for later when he has solid proof. Kwon Joo provides Jin Hyuk the good news that they were able to provide counter evidence to discredit all of Prosecutor Park’s charges against the Golden Time team. Somehow, I don’t think Prosecutor Park will take that lying down. Jin Hyuk wonders what Prosecutor Park’s next move will be.
Hyun Ho mutters this guy threatened many people. Eun Soo asks what he’s talking about. Hyun Ho pulls back from any further statements.
Police commissioner understands that Father Mo is angry. Prosecutor Park agrees that Golden Time’s interference in the bus accident and Jin Hyuk’s forceful discussion with CEO Mo at the event were unacceptable. Police commissioner counters that his officer couldn’t turn their back on the dying victims. Prosecutor Park calls Jin Hyuk a rotten apple that will infect the other officers in the department. He tells the police commissioner to take care of Jin Hyuk.
Speak of the devil…Jin Hyuk barges into the meeting much to the chagrin of the officer outside the police commissioner’s door. Love the double door entrance. Our Jin Hyuk has flair! Jin Hyuk salutes his superior officer. Then he lambasts them stating two friends of the Mo transportation company are enjoying a lovely cup of tea. He places the counter evidence to discredit all of Prosecutor Park’s charges against the Golden Time team on the table. Prosecutor Park laughs and insults Jin Hyuk’s brain power. Jin Hyuk asks Prosecutor Park how much money it took to change who he pursues in the name of justice. Jin Hyuk says the accident involving a Mo Transportation company bus, with a psycho CEO (that has a ring to it), will crumble around Father Mo who uses the weak to add to his money and power. Jin Hyuk vows to prove all of it. He declares the only way to stop him is to kill him. Prosecutor Park stands and tells Jin Hyuk he’s a nobody detective on suspension. He states when Jin Hyuk receives orders to hide something, he must comply. Jin Hyuk scoffs and says that kind of power is of another era. He points out that Prosecutor Park’s job isn’t to cover up the messes of the rich and powerful. Prosecutor Park’s job is to help the helpless, who are squashed by the rich and powerful. Prosecutor Park goes to strike Jin Hyuk but his lightning reflexes block the blow AND he holds onto Prosecutor Park’s wrist when he tries to pull away. Jin Hyuk stares into Prosecutor Park’s eyes tell him to let him have one good punch. He offers a punch from the left that would knock him on his butt or a punch from the right that would kill him. In full crazy dog intensity (and that’s a compliment) Jin Hyuk warns Prosecutor Park that he better look at his opponent before attacking. He pushes Prosecutor Park back over the arm of the chair. Awesome!! Think how thrilled I’ll be when he takes down Murderer Mo!!! The police commissioner stands. But Jin Hyuk takes the wind out of his sails when he salutes and promise to work as his badge requires. LOL!!!! Jin Hyuk leaves the office head held high. Prosecutor Park looks at the counter evidence in disbelief.
Writer Ma, thank you for taking the muzzle off Jin Hyuk and letting him shine with righteous fervor and intensity. This is what Jang Hyuk does best. Once again, the height differential with his opponent Prosecutor Park was inconsequential. Jin Hyuk expands to 10 feet tall with his direct and cutting remarks. I loved it!
Kyung Hak tells Jin Hyuk that the blood in the container was from foreigners from China or other southeast Asian locations. Jin Hyuk asks if any of the blood matched CEO Mo. Kyung Hak says it did not. He states this isn’t the right location. Kyung Hak believes the container was used for human trafficking by harbor boss. Jin Hyuk muses that Kwon Joo said the location was near the ocean. He wonders where CEO Mo’s true location is. He asks where Dae Sik is. Kyung Hak says Dae Sik left after receiving a phone call.
Couldn’t get any clearer…Dae Sik is not happy to meet directly with Father Mo. Father Mo says that Dae Sik was dragged around by harbor boss for 3 years. Father Mo brags accepting his bribe money is the norm. Dae Sik says it would be wise to tone down the bribes. He rails that he’s a lowly detective. Father Mo counters that his partner is Jin Hyuk which connects them. Father Mo says he knows the secret about Dae Sik’s father and Dae Sik knows the secret about his son. Wow! Does Dae Sik know that CEO Mo is the man that murdered Jin Hyuk’s wife. My mind flashes back to the first episode and Dae Sik’s uneasy stance. I took that to be the awkward position of telling his partner his wife as dead. Was it also knowing who killed Jin Hyuk’s wife? Yikes! Father Mo knows that Dae Sik’s father killed someone in a hit and run accident. He says that Dae Sik sent harbor boss’s person to his death. I don’t know what that means. Father Mo says these two events won’t vanish. Father Mo warns Dae Sik not to let Jin Hyuk besmirch his reputation. Dae Sik leaves.
Father Mo’s assistant tells him that social media is buzzing with rumors about the bus accident. Father Mo orders Prosecutor Park and Assemblyman Choi be sent for ASAP.
Dae Sik tries to shake off the meeting. He recalls harbor boss (who was holding a USB drive) telling him that it was time from Dae Sik to get his freedom. Harbor boss ordered Dae Sik to bring him the key from the satchel he left behind. In return, harbor boss promised to erase his father’s record and Dae Sik’s murder record. Dae Sik committed murder in the past for harbor boss? We now see Dae Sik searching for the evidence at the villa harbor boss was murdered at. His frustration and hatred of harbor boss was evident.
You’ve got to give it to Writer Ma for crafting complex connections throughout the characters of this show. Not everyone caught in evil’s web is a bad person but they were all used by the Mo family. The evidence board on Kwon Joo’s wall shows a complicated trail. It may or may not be correct, but it mirrors the complicated reality.
Murderer Mo recalls stabbing harbor boss then finding the USB drive (no doubt with the evidence against Dae Sik and his father) in the pocket of harbor boss. Murderer Mo wonders if harbor boss tried to make a deal behind his back with Dae Sik. This does not bode well for Dae Sik.
Murderer Mo hears his father railing on the phone about the unflattering reports. He enters the room. Father Mo starts in on his son. He demands to know if his son went there (the murder house). He yells that he told his son NOT to go there. He yells that whenever his son returns from there he is in a crazy frame of mind. He orders his son to go to America and lay low. He says Jin Hyuk is on the war path to get evidence against him. In a calm voice, Murderer Mo asks his father why he should run away. He stares at his father and again asks why he should run away. Cue creepy sound effects. He moves toward his father. He reminds his father that he gave him carte blanche to do what he wanted with the faithful harbor boss by his side. He asks why should he change now. He says “it’s real now”. Father Mo is shocked. He stares into his father eyes and he gets closer “you made me like this. Did you forget?” We hear the click! “You taught me father. To get rid of anyone that humiliates me or shows arrogance to me.” Now he yells at his father “Get rid of them! I can do that!” We hear the click! Now he calmly says “I’m a special person. I’m doing as you taught me, so don’t tell me what to do. If you interfere, I would be able to stop myself, even though you are my father. Cue creepy sound effects. Father Mo’s hands shakes and he leaves, no he flees, the room. Murderer Mo pushes himself upright, adjusts his collar, and breathes deeply.
Wow, wow, wow! Superb scene. The son clearly told his father he was to blame for who is he. He warned his father he too could suffer the consequences if he treated him like others had that he had dealt with. Kim Jae Wook earned his paycheck in that scene. He was cold, menacing, and frightening. His father almost deserves to die by his son’s hands for his culpability, doesn’t he?
Father Mo breathes deeply outside the room. HIs assistant asks if he’s okay. Father Mo recalls the doctor telling him that his son has a split personality due to schizophrenia. The doctor said it was either hereditary or acquired in life. The only way of dealing with it medicine or hospitalization. Shaken by what he just experienced in the room and what he’s allowed his son to do, Father Mo utters “It’s all my fault. It’s all my fault.” He rushes down the hall.
Father Mo, for once, I agree whole heartedly with you. You allowed your son to become a monster unchecked. No not unchecked, you aided his sickness by providing him harbor boss to facilitate all manner of horrors. For shame, for shame, for shame. There can be no absolution for what you’ve unleashed on this world.
Murderer Mo spins the USB drive with the evidence against Dae Sik. He says “how should I play with you?” We hear the click!
In the interrogation room, where nothing is private…Jin Hyuk hears Kyung Hak confirm that Dae Sik is the mole. Kyung Hak remembers the day Dae Sik’s father called. Kyung Hak says Dae Sik’s father had just killed someone while driving (due to sleepiness from medicine).
Flashback…Dae Sik rushes to his father’s side who is kneeling in front of the dead man. Four men walk up. Harbor boss clicks out his greeting and warns that his father will go to prison for a long time. Dae Sik declares he is a police officer. Harbor boss and his men laugh. They start to call the police. From that point, Dae Sik was in their power. Even worse, Dae Sik roughly pushed one of the men away. The man lost his balance, fell, and hit his head on the curb, and died. This is the murder Dae Sik was responsible for. What a dreadful evening for Dae Sik.
Kyung Hak continues that what was done is Dae Sik is standard operating procedure. They control Dae Sik to get to Jin Hyuk.
Flashback…We see Dae Sik erased the recording of Murderer Mo’s interactions with Kwon Joo after he murdered her father. That’s why the recording was missing and couldn’t be played in court.
Flashback…We see Harbor boss ordering Dae Sik to threaten Kyung Hak with exposure of the video. Harbor boss told Dae Sik that with Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk breathing down their necks, he wanted someone else to thwart their efforts, hence Kyung Hak needed to be compromised. These are not stupid criminals!
Jin Hyuk takes a moment to let what Kyung Hak told him sink in. What a bitter pill to have all his suspicions (and more) confirmed. Hyun Ho calls Jin Hyuk and states he has the identity of the burner phone. He struggles to say the name. We know he doesn’t want to say it’s Dae Sik. Jin Hyuk cuts him off and says he’s got it. Jin Hyuk calls Dae Sik and asks to meet. He suggests they meet at Grandmother’s eatery.
Kwon Joo realizes that Murderer Mo has cooled his pursuit of her. She wonders what his motive is. She believes the rampant pattern of killing is unusual. She wonders if something happened during his childhood. Eun Soo interrupts her thoughts with the research about Murderer Mo. She reads that his mother committed suicide when he was 12 years old. She has his mother’s sister’s contact information in California. Kwon Joo calls the Murderer Mo’s aunt in California.
Jang Hyuk’s hair is looking good while Jin Hyuk waits for Dae Sik and the confrontation…Dae Sik arrives to find Jin Hyuk waiting. Dae Sik compliments Jin Hyuk on his good work and getting Golden Time team reinstated. He wonders if CEO Mo had anything to do with it. He recommends they take their time with CEO Mo. Jin Hyuk pours Dae Sik a large glass of soju. He encourages Dae Sik to chug it, which Dae Sik does. Jin Hyuk chides Dae Sik for getting caught. He chuckles and says he knows everything. Dae Sik laughs and tells him to speak plainly. Jin Hyuk chuckles and says he knows about CEO Mo. Dae Sik asks why Jin Hyuk is doubting him. Jin Hyuk chuckles and asks why he’s not admitting the truth. Dae Sik states he should have not saved Jin Hyuk if he knew one day that Jin Hyuk would treat him like this. Jin Hyuk agrees. Dae Sik stands. He tells Jin Hyuk he’ll leave first. Jin Hyuk puts two bullets on the table. Then he puts his gun on the table. He tells Dae Sik to do what he wants. Dae Sik asks if Jin Hyuk is trying to incite him to shoot him. Jin Hyuk states that if Dae Sik doesn’t take advantage of this one-time offer, he’ll live to regret it. He urges him to pull the trigger. Now Dae Sik gets angry. He demands to know what Jin Hyuk is doing. He demands to know what Jin Hyuk wants to hear from him. Jin Hyuk keeps that light tone and asks again, why did Dae Sik do it? With tears in his eyes, Dae Sik admits he was afraid and cornered. He admits he did it to live. The superb second OST song “Voice” plays in the background.
He raises his voice saying that Jin Hyuk was attacking him without realizing it. He maintains these powerful people cannot be opposed. He yells they exist in a different playing field from them. He pleads with Jin Hyuk to drop this case so he won’t be in harm’s way. Now Dae Sik loses his control. Dae Sik demands to know how Jin Hyuk will catch him. He screams Murderer Mo’s name repeatedly. Dae Sik declares even if Jin Hyuk caught Murderer Mo red handed, his protection network will expunge him of the crime. He declares this is a waste. Jin Hyuk laughs. In that light tone, he asks Dae Sik why he is unfit to wear the badge. Jin Hyuk says no matter what they cannot succumb to not doing what is right. Defeated, Dae Sik says he’s not as strong as Jin Hyuk.
Now Jin Hyuk stands. He slaps (but not hard) Dae Sik’s face twice. He tells him strength has nothing to do with doing what is right. He shows his chest and points to his heart. He declares life is so painful it feels like you are torn apart, but you don’t give up, you endure and press on. Tears stream down Dae Sik’s face. Now Jin Hyuk yells back. You do what is right. You don’t sell your soul. He calms down. He says this has been his final advice to his little brother. He admits it’s hard. He says his wife told him this was hard.
Jin Hyuk pushes his gun to Dae Sik. He tells him to shoot him. He’ll even turn around and close his eyes. Jin Hyuk turns around and sits. Dae Sik sobs. He leaves. Jin Hyuk sits there absorbing what just happened.
Dae Sik staggers down the street emotionally drained.
Jin Hyuk remembers that Dae Sik told him in court that Kwon Joo believed the same man killed his wife and her father. He remembers Dae Sik slandering Kwon Joo’s work saying she made a mistake on the emergency call that ended up killing his wife and now she was trying to cover her mistake with a lie. He remembers Dae Sik’s negative words about Kwon Joo becoming the new Emergency Call center lead. He remembers Dae Sik’s slander that Kwon Joo’s schooling in America was paid for by someone. Jin Hyuk puts his head down.
Wow, wow, wow!!! Another great moment! Jang Hyuk killed that scene. Baek Sung Hyun made me empathize with Dae Sik. I don’t have the words to say it as clearly as I’d like. I was floored how fabulous that scene was. Finally, Writer Ma gives these characters the emotions these actors were waiting to portray. In sports they say to leave it on the field (commit wholly). Our actors did just that.
Father Mo’s assistant turns on the TV for CEO Mo. He watches a reporter inform the viewers that Mo Transportation company uses defective part on their buses and had special insurance contracts with the drivers that only benefitted the company. The bus driver appears saying the insurance was required for employment. The reporter says there have been 50 deaths among the drivers. CEO Mo smiles and recalls Jin Hyuk’s promise to find the evidence to put in prison. We hear the click! CEO Mo asks for “the rats” phone number.
Kwon Joo strides out of the police station and calls Jin Hyuk. Emotionally drained, he asks what she wants. She informs him they’ve found the spot where Murderer Mo killed his victims. Kwon Joo gets in her car stating that there was an incident at this villa when CEO Mo was young. Kwon Joo details the CEO Mo’s aunt stated her sister struggled after she married his father.
Flashback…a young Mo Tae Gu (CEO Mo) asks his mother to go to the sea. She agreed saying even though Dad was on a business trip, they could go. His mother took him to this villa. When they returned home from the vacation, depressed gripped her into a downward spiral and she committed suicide. That was the triggering event for Mo Tae Gu’s downward spiral.
Flashback to Kwon Joo’s discussion with CEO Mo’s aunt where she said the villa was by the ocean. That gets Kwon Joo’s attention. Kwon Joo starts searching Mo Transportation assets. She remembers telling Jin Hyuk that it was by the ocean and echoed. We know it is the basement in the villa Murderer Mo visited earlier. Kwon Joo tells Jin Hyuk Mo Tae Gu became a repeat offender murderer and the villa is likely where he committed many of the crimes. Jin Hyuk states that’s where he killed his victims.
Dae Sik drinks alone, outside. He remembers the words Jin Hyuk told him. Mo Tae Gu calls him. Not good, not good. Mo Tae Gu says they need to discuss something. Dae Sik hangs up and throws his drink. He thinks “I’m sorry brother. I’m going to repay my debt to you.” He staggers to his feet and walks to his destiny.
Kwon Joo gets out her car, runs to Jin Hyuk and asks if all is well with Dae Sik. Jin Hyuk says it will take time. Kwon Joo says Hyun Ho got the blueprint of the villa. It’s located by the ocean and has a basement. She wants to go there. Jin Hyuk states Kwon Joo believes that Mo Tae Gu murdered his victims there. Kwon Joo can’t guarantee it, but she believes that is what the evidence tells her. She believes there was an incident that triggered his blood lust. Jin Hyuk agrees they should go to the villa. They get in her car and drive away.
Dae Sik meets Mo Tae Gu. Dae Sik is drunk. He can’t believe a murderer called him. Mo Tae Gu states there was no choice, they had to meet. Dae Sik declares the control ends tonight. He’s turning himself in. Mo Tae Gu tells Dae Sik to hand over the key. He warns death is Dae Sik’s only option if he tries to keep the key. Mo Tae Gu suggests he kill Dae Sik’s father. Dae Sik puts his gun at Mo Tae Gu’s head. He screams at him. Mo Tae Gu smiles. Father Mo’s assistant comes up behind them. He hits Dae Sik with a metal pipe. Dae Sik sags to the ground. Mo Tae Gu kicks the gun out of Dae Sik’s hand. He takes Dae Sik’s phone. He throws it into the harbor. He walks away. Father Mo’s assistant comes up to Dae Sik’s bleeding body and grabs him.
While driving to the villa Kwon Joo asks Jin Hyuk if he’s concerned about Dae Sik. Jin Hyuk says Dae Sik is a good guy that got trapped by evil men that controlled him for their own purposes. He declares they must catch Mo Tae Gu, no matter what. Jin Hyuk believes Dae Sik is in danger otherwise.
Jin Hyuk’s informant calls him. He states that Mo Transportation treats their employees like slaves. Disability money was stolen from employees, he promises to work with his reporter friend to get the information on the evening news. Jin Hyuk hangs up.
Jin Hyuk tells Kwon Joo that Mo Transportation is run by evil men. He says the evening news should be satisfying.
Jin Hyuk gets a text from Dae Sik stating “I’m sorry. I will repay your debt.” Jin Hyuk doesn’t like that and calls Dae Sik but it goes to voicemail. Jin Hyuk tells Kwon Joo what Dae Sik texted and that his phone is off. Kwon Joo wonders if Dae Sik is meeting with Mo Tae Gu. Jin Hyuk calls to get Dae Sik’s phone tracked.
The assistant has driven Mo Tae Gu to the villa. Mo Tae Gu exits the car and looks into the trunk.
They arrive at the villa. Kwon Joo sees the car and realizes it is the car that Mo Tae Gu drives. She tells Jin Hyuk it is Mo Tae Gu’s car. They draw their weapons and approach the front door. The surveillance camera watches.
In the basement, Dae Sik kneels horrified when Mo Tae Gu turns on the lights and reveals blood stained walls and a table of instruments of death (including the kettlebell). OMG!!! It is a vast array of kettlebells!!! Dae Sik stares in horror. Mo Tae Gu calls him a rat. He picks up a kettlebell. He turns and stares at Dae Sik.
Jin Hyuk and Kwon Joo go through the courtyard front door. They approach Mo Tae Gu’s car. They spy the trail of blood going into the house.
Back in the basement, Mo Tae Gu asks Dae Sik how he should kill him. We hear him click! Dae Sik begs for his life. Mo Tae Gu smiles.
Back outside, Jin Hyuk bends next to the blood trail and sees the blood is fresh. Jin Hyuk states Mo Tae Gu brought someone with him. Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk stare at the front door.
Back in the basement, Dae Sik screams in terror. Murderer Mo smiles.
EPIC…this episode was epic. Talk about a payoff! We’ve waited, watched, endured and tonight it all paid off. Jang Hyuk rocked every scene. Kwon Joo figured out the lair. Murderer Mo’s back story was revealed in a satisfying way. Father Mo realized he was to blame. Dae Sik’s traitorous ways were exposed in compelling scene. Dae Sik end the episode in the clutches of Mo Tae Gu and potentially the final victim.
I’ve said almost everything during the recap and I won’t repeat myself (much).
Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) is a role model and ready to keep her promise to catch her father’s killer. I love this smart, no nonsense woman that doesn’t take crap from anyone. She not only has superb hearing but also an intuition and the emotional intelligence that makes her, in many ways, the heart of this show.
Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) is the avenging knight. Finally, Writer Ma stopped making Jin Hyuk a basic (and you could argue at times boring) police detective. The web was woven for two thirds of this series. The reveal of the tapestry set Jin Hyuk free to bray at the wind and declare that vengeance would be his. His stunning scenes were major highlights of this episode. Jang Hyuk’s magic was on full view this episode. I had despaired that he would not be allowed to strut his A game in this series. Finally, in these final four episodes, Jin Hyuk’s character has been unleashed and Jang Hyuk’s talent and intensity has amazed me again.
Mo Tae Gu is the psycho multiple murderer with a mental disease. His depressed mother committed suicide after they vacationed together. I needed a more compelling back story for Murderer Mo and I got it. Mo Tae Gu’s confrontation with his father proved there were no boundaries or relationships that were sacred. Anyone was fair game if they dissed Mo Tae Gu. Kim Jae Wook earned his paycheck this episode.
What’s my wish list for the final episode? If the final episode is half as satisfying as this episode I will be a happy viewer.
* I’m not sure it’s possible that Dae Sik can live, but I want him to. Tonight’s back story proved that Dae Sik succumbed to the vice grip of the evil Mo family. He deserves to right his life.
* Murderer Mo must die. Maybe I shouldn’t say that, but the only thing that would satisfy, is his death. Having him rot in prison isn’t enough for this heinous subhuman.
* Kwon Joo must live and get the satisfaction of vengeance for his father’s death. She promised her father she’d catch his killer. She’ll keep that promise in the final episode.
* Jin Hyuk must live and get the satisfaction of vengeance for his wife’s death. He’s been living half a life since his wife’s death 3 years ago. He knows that his wife’s reputation was besmirched by the man that brutally killed her (and his father). He deserves a final show-down with Murderer Mo. Jin Hyuk will prevail. I will be satisfied.
* And finally, I’d like Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk have a drink at Grandma’s eatery after they wrap this case up. Jin Hyuk’s realization that his antipathy of Kwon Joo was fueled by Dae Sik (who was manipulated by the Mo family) opened the door for a potential friendship. Yes, that’s what I want, friendship. Kwon Joo is a lonely soul that has single mindedly focused on avenging her father. She deserves a friend. Jin Hyuk sees that Kwon Joo has had his back every step of the way. He deserves a friend. They deserve a friendship with each other.
The third and final song of the OST “My Ears are Open” has been released. I was surprised by the rap style of the song based on the other two ballad style songs of the OST. I like the song. The title is clever and in keeping with this series. The video below features our leads, check it out: