A trap reveals a truth…
Tunnel Episode 10 Recap
Coroner Mok takes a morning walk and thinks some “hide in the light”.
Flashback, 4 months earlier…Coroner Mok is stunned to see the dots on the leg unearthed. He realizes his victim survived only to die 30 years later. He wonders if the game is afoot.
The inference that the two killer are messing with each other is fabulous!
Present…Coroner Mok looks at the body of the woman he killed by the Haein River. He mutters he was only responding to the entreaty for a game.
Detective Park Kwang Ho (Choi Jin Hyuk) and his partner Lt. Kim Seon Jae (Yoon Hyun Min) arrive at the playground where Coroner Mok murdered his latest victim. Kwang Ho sees the dots on her ankle as does Seon Jae. They notice there are 8 dots, meaning there is a 7th victim they haven’t found. Professor Shin Jae Yi (Lee Yoo Young), who is Kwang Ho’s missing daughter (no one knows this including her), is at the crime scene too and comments on the dots. She wonders if his killing method changed. Kwang Ho believes the killer was inspired to recreate the early dot murders. Kwang Ho says he couldn’t catch the killer 30 years ago, but he’ll catch the killer now. Coroner Mok joins them looking at the body. Seon Jae is surprised to see him. Coroner Mok looks at the heel and sees the dots. He states the 1986 coroner noted the dots. He shows the dots on the foot of the Haein River victim. Coroner Mok states none of Ho Young’s previous victims had dots, only the Haein River victim. Professor Shin immediately understands there are two killers in play but Kwang Ho and Seon Jae don’t agree. Coroner Mok tells Professor Shin she’s only one that agrees with him. He introduces himself. Professor Shin wonders if there are two killer, does that imply that Ho Young spoke the truth that he murdered the last victim but not the Haein River victim. The rest of the serious crimes team arrives. Team Leader Chun (Jo Hee Bong) sees the victim and sighs. He asks his team if they created this latest victim because they didn’t catch Ho Young yesterday.
Coroner Mok looks irked that his “talents” aren’t being recognized.
Kwang Ho and Seon Jae have the unpleasant task of informing the victim’s mother.
The police search for Ho Young casting a wide net but come up empty.
At the police station, Team Leader Chun’s boss berates his team for letting Ho Young slip through their grasp and allowing him to murder again. He tells the team to catch Ho Young.
Team Leader Chun asks his team what about Ho Young do they know that will identify where he is hiding. Kwang Ho suggests maybe his mother or sister are hiding him. Team Leader Chun assigns Kwang Ho and Seon Jae to go interview the women. Officer Kwak Tae Hee (Kim Byung Chul) and Officer Song Min Ha (Kang Ki Young) are assigned to interview colleagues. Team Leader Chun implores his team to make their efforts count.
Team Leader Chun takes Seon Jae aside, upset that he did not report that Ho Young called him directly. Recall Ho Young threatened Professor Shin in this call. Team Leader Chun yells they are a team. He must set aside his rouge status. Kwang Ho enters the room and tells Team Leader Chun to give Seon Jae latitude. Team Leader Chun snaps that Kwang Ho needs to be a team player too. He leaves. Kwang Ho asks what Ho Young said to him. Seon Jae says nothing. Kwang Ho guesses it was a threat to Professor Shin. Seon Jae says he’s worried. Kwang Ho says Professor Shin will be safe.
Professor Shin wonders why only two current victims have dots on their ankles. She speaks with the dean about the case. The dean says connections between victims, murder methods, and geographical locations are the key things to examine for serial killers. Professor Shin suggests two different killers are in play surprising the dean. Professor Shin hypothesizes that Ho Young isn’t the dot killer from 30 years ago. Professor Shin wonders why the killer chooses women in skirts.
Coroner Mok tells the latest victim she should not have been out so late at night. Seon Jae and Kwang Ho arrive and ask about the dots. Coroner Mok suggests a fountain pen (he holds one in his hand) could be what the killer used to make the dots. Kwang Ho scoffs at the idea. He asks Coroner Mok to determine the ink for the dots. Coroner Mok suggests that someone else committed the murder. Kwang Ho is irritated that Coroner Mok continues to raise this possibility. Coroner Mok notes Professor Shin thinks this is an option. Coroner Mok states forensic evidence indicates two different killers are at work. But Seon Jae doesn’t agree with his friend. Seon Jae believe the dots reappeared because of him. This surprises Coroner Mok.
Kwang Ho steps out while Seon Jae confesses that his mother was murdered 30 years ago by Ho Young. This has driven him causing him to become a police officer to catch his mother’s killer. Coroner Mok is surprised by this revelation. Seon Jae says his interrogation of Ho Young prompted Ho Young to return to his original killing methods he used 30 years ago. Coroner Mok reminds Seon Jae that the dots aren’t on all the victims. Seon Jae shrugs believing Ho Young will explain the discrepancy once they catch him. Coroner Mok watches Kwang Ho and Seon Jae leave to continue to search for Ho Young, who they believe is the only killer at work.
Two things continue to bug me. First, I’ve disliked the inference that Seon Jae’s interrogation sparked Ho Young’s murder methods from 30 years ago. That is a weak reason to believe Ho Young reverted to older methods. Second, Kwang Ho and Seon Jae are detail detectives, yet they fail to see what is obvious to Professor Shin and Coroner Mok. Two murder methods mean two killers. The passion to catch Ho Young is clouding Kwang Ho and Seon Jae’s analytical side so I can give them some latitude. But dismissing the possibility out of hand when two respected people suggest it, is irksome. Though I’m loathe to admit it, when I get something in my head (e.g. Coroner Mok isn’t the killer AND respected readers suggested otherwise) I too refused to see the evidence for what it was. I hang my head. Call me Kwang Ho-lite.
Coroner Mok thinks back to killing Seon Jae’s mother and her pleas that she had a child. He sighs. He wonders why he had to become friends with Seon Jae. He muses the Seon Jae doesn’t know that his mother was no innocent. He says Seon Jae’s mother wasn’t a good person.
I’m loving Writer Lee allowing us to see inside Coroner Mok’s thoughts. Ho Young has been like a “black box” killer. You see him do it but don’t know why. Writer Lee is wisely ramping up our insight into Coroner Mok with these scenes. Again we ask, why is Coroner Mok killing women? What drives him to murder?
A neighbor tells Kwang Ho and Seon Jae that Ho Young’s sister fled after everyone found out about Ho Young’s murder status.
They drive to Ho Young’s mother’s house where the old woman is fending off a cadre of reporters. Kwang Ho and Seon Jae push through the reporters and tell Ho Young’s mother they need to talk.
Kwang Ho tries to be kind to Ho Young’s mother but she wants nothing to do with them. She snaps her son isn’t there and she doesn’t know where he is. Kwang Ho asks about the alibi Ho Young was given 30 years ago when he was arrested. The alibi that set him free and allowed him to murder again. Ho Young’s mutters if she’d let them put her son in prison 30 years ago, she wouldn’t be suffering like this. She goes into another room, shuts the door in their faces and orders them to leave.
Ho Young stops by a convenience store to purchase ramen and beer (he’s wearing a motorcycle helmet so the cashier cannot see his face). He sees his mother fending off reporters on the TV. He lifts the helmet and watches his mother deny that he’s her son. This upsets him and he leaves quickly. It looks like he takes the cashier’s cell phone.
The team sits dejected in the conference room. Ho Young has gone radio silent and they have no idea where he is. Officer Kwak reports that Ho Young had no friends. Kwang Ho reports Ho Young’s sister fled and his mother didn’t know his whereabouts. Seon Jae comments that once they receive Ho Young’s mother’s call history, they’ll know if Ho Young has been in touch with his mother. Officer Song reports the second team has not identified any definitive. Kwang Ho wishes Ho Young would call. Seon Jae’s phone rings. The team is riveted immediately noticing that the call it not from a pay phone. Officer Song darts out to track the number.
Professor Shin enters the room just as Seon Jae answers his phone and puts the call on speaker. Ho Young grits out his displeasure that his mother was visited. He says that won’t make him turn himself in. Seon Jae asks if he wants to turn himself in. Ho Young says that’s the only way they’ll catch him. Ho Young says the most recent victim wasn’t killed by him and neither was the Haein River victim. Kwang Ho can’t help but utter his anger at Ho Young’s denial. But Professor Shin speaks and says she believes him. That stops Ho Young in his tracks. He asks who she is. Professor Shin states she believes that he didn’t kill who he didn’t kill. She complements his bravery at calling the police directly. She asks when he first killed someone. She asks why he’s obsessed with women in skirts. Ho Young asks if she’ll let him answer. Professor Shin tells Ho Young that he called because of his mother. Professor Shin says Ho Young strangled his sister out of curiosity but his mother sent him to a mental hospital. In a brilliant move, Professor Shin utters the words a young Ho Young heard his mother say to the doctor “my son is not sound in his mind. He’s not human. Never let him out until he becomes human.” Professor Shin asks if his mother or sister wore skirts. Ho Young mutters she’s reaching. Professor Shin asks if he’s killing his mother over and over with each victim. Ho Young pauses, regroups, and asks if she’s Professor Shin.
Flashback…Ho Young remembers telling Seon Jae he would hurt the woman he cared about. We see that he watched Seon Jae react to his taunt. We see that he watched Seon Jae and Kwang Ho talk to Professor Shin outside her apartment.
Back to the phone call…Professor Shin confirms her identity. Ho Young smiles and
says he’s happy they could speak. He hangs up. Professor Shin wonders why he hung up. LOL that she does this but it mystifies her when it happens to her! Kwang Ho scolds her for interfering and believing Ho Young. Calmly Professor Shin says that Ho Young may not be lying. The most recent victim and the Haein River victim had a different method than Ho Young’s. Kwang Ho stares at her and accuses her of toying with Ho Young to beef up her research paper. Kwang Ho angrily says she doesn’t care about the victims. Calmly Professor Shin says that catching the killer is all that matters. Kwang Ho yells the victims and justice for their families are what matter. Kwang Ho claims not to understand how things work in 2017, but justice is what matters. Kwang Ho says if Ho Young kills again because she upset him, it is on her head. Ouch! Officer Song breaks the tension in the room when he enters and says he has Ho Young’s location. Professor Shin seems to be affected by Kwang Ho’s words.
Wow, wow, and wow! GREAT scene. This episode has been a bit tame but that scene changed everything. I wanted insight into Ho Young’s head. Check. I wanted Kwang Ho and Seon Jae to see that maybe Ho Young wasn’t the killer of every victim. Check. But what matters was the interchange between Ho Young and Professor Shin. She was unfazed by Ho Young. She pricked him with every question. Ho Young was stunned at her insight into his head. When he realized who she was, he confirmed that she was worthy of his attention. Kwang Ho’s angry tirade was on target. Professor Shin does see Ho Young in clinical terms. Kwang Ho sees Ho Young in emotional terms. If they’d only see the obvious, a team is strengthened by different perspectives.
Professor Shin arrives home. She listens again to Ho Young’s tape. She thinks about Kwang Ho’s words. She sighs.
Seon Jae drives Kwang Ho home. He tells his partner to apologize to Professor Shin. Kwang Ho calls her a robot and refuses. Kwang Ho stares at Professor Shin’s door and grumbles she wouldn’t appreciate it even if he apologizes. He goes upstairs to his apartment. Seon Jae calls Professor Shin to make sure she’s okay and to apologize on Kwang Ho’s behalf. Professor Shin says Kwang Ho wasn’t wrong. She asks if Kwang Ho has a loved one that can’t go back. Seon Jae says Kwang Ho can’t go back. This confuses Professor Shin. Seon Jae doesn’t explain and wishes her a good night. Professor Shin stands alone inside her apartment.
The scene subtly showed that Kwang Ho cares about Professor Shin but he’s frustrated with her impassivity. The scene also subtly showed Professor Shin caring about Kwang Ho when she asked Seon Jae about him. Nice!
Coroner Mok tells Kwang Ho and Seon Jae that the 30-year-old murder victims were marked with ink from Shinhae Chemicals. Unfortunately, the company closed its doors 20 years ago. Kwang Ho recalls seeing a picture of Ho Young’s parents in front of Shinhae Chemicals.
Professor Shin tells her class that sometime serial killers confess their crimes either to thwart the police or brag about their crimes. Professor Shin asks her class how would they catch a bragging serial killer?
Ho Young’s mother confirms he inherited Shinhae Chemicals and would go there often. She admits there was another factory. She wonders if her son is hiding there.
Seon Jae calls Professor Shin to let her know they believe they know where Ho Young is hiding. He assures her Ho Young will soon be in custody. Talk about promising something too early! Professor Shin is relieved and says she’s going somewhere.
The team plans how to swarm the factory and catch Ho Young. It’s like watching generals plan a battle.
Professor Shin visits Coroner Mok saying she wanted to talk to someone that agreed that two killers were in play. Coroner Mok states Seon Jae believes they can capture Ho Young. Professor Shin doubts a direct capture is possible. She believes they should lure Ho Young into their clutches. Coroner Mok agrees but says the bait to lure Ho Young has to appeal to him. Professor Shin considers this. She makes a move on his chess board. She is glad she visited.
At the police station, all the officers grab their guns, flashlights in preparation to raid the Shinhae Chemicals factory. Kwang Ho eschews a gun.
Professor Shin stares at a short skirt. She puts on the short skirt. She puts on the whistle! Recall her mother gave her the whistle.
Seon Jae tells Kwang Ho that Professor Shin is adopted. Kwang Ho mutters he’ll need to say goodbye before he leaves for 1986 after they catch Ho Young. Seon Jae wonders if Kwang Ho will be able to return to 1986. Kwang Ho doesn’t want to think that he can’t return.
The team arrives at the Shinhae Chemicals factory. Team Leader Chun splits the team up to make their assault. Flashlights illuminate the team’s path. They hear sounds. On the count of three they burst through and find two men hanging out, not Ho Young. The team is completely frustrated.
Professor Shin gets a phone call from a friend telling her that someone in Korea is looking for her. The friend confirmed that she was in Korea. Professor Shin isn’t happy about that. She wonders who could be looking for her.
Professor Shin parks her car on a lonely road. She starts walking.
Coroner Mok sees an interview where Professor Shin mentions that Ho Young often killed near route 47. She guesses now that is known, Ho Young will need to switch it up. Professor Shin looks into the camera as she announces the next site is at a particular reservoir. Coroner Mok recognizes the song in the background. He realizes Professor Shin is baiting the trap with herself.
Coroner Mok calls Seon Jae and asks if Professor Shin has directly spoken with Ho Young. He confirms this. Coroner Mok tells Seon Jae that Professor Shin is in imminent danger. Coroner Mok says Professor Shin’s recent television interview was to lure Ho Young. Coroner Mok urges Seon Jae to call Professor Shin. When Seon Jae calls Professor Shin, he learns her phone is off. Seon Jae and Kwang Ho watch the television interview. Neither man is happy…at all…with Professor Shin using herself as bait.
Professor Shin walks alone. That skirt is short!
Kwang Ho and Seon Jae (and the rest of the team) drive to the reservoir upset and angry. Tracking Professor Shin’s phone does not yield a specific location and she’s not answering it.
Professor Shin walks alone. A car comes up behind her. She stops. The car pulls up next to her. The window rolls down. A man tells her to be careful when she waves him on. Someone comes out of the bushes and tackles her. OMG!!
The police arrive and jump out of their cars. Flashlights and their voices are how they try and locate her. Seon Jae sees the car with the man (that spoke to Professor Shin). Seon Jae stops and demands to know if the man has seen Professor Shin (showing a picture). The man says he saw her walking alone by the reservoir. Seon Jae and Kwang Ho run.
Seon Jae gets a call from his friend in the missing person’s unit. The man says that two years after graduating school in England, Yeon Ho, returned to Korea to work at the university as Professor Shin. Seon Jae can’t believe what he’s hearing. Seon Jae demands his friend repeat the news. He hears that Professor Shin is Yeon Ho, the missing child. Seon Jae is gob smacked. Seon Jae watches Kwang Ho running after his daughter (though Kwang Ho doesn’t know that Professor Shin is his daughter).
Professor Shin is dragged through the woods. Kwang Ho searches the woods. It’s Ho Young that abducted Professor Shin!!! He puts on gloves. He bends over Professor Shin and ties her arms. He gets a stocking out. He starts to tie her legs.
Professor Shin wakes and runs. Ho Young smiles and gives chase. Professor Shin trips. Ho Young slows and watches her struggle to get to her feet. BLOW YOUR WHISTLE Professor Shin, blow it!!!!
Ho Young approaches Professor Shin. This isn’t looking good.
Kwang Ho searches the woods, his flashlight illuminating his path.
Professor Shin crawls away. Ho Young slowly walks behind her. Professor Shin looks behind her and sees Ho Young.
Kwang Ho is desperate to find Professor Shin.
Professor Shin realizes she has the whistle. SHE BLOWS THE WHISTLE!!!!!!!
Kwang Ho HEARS THE WHISTLE!!!!! HE RUNS TO THE SOUND WITH EVERYTHIING HE HAS!!!
Ho Young is strangling Professor Shin. She stares into Ho Young’s eyes as he applies more pressure. Professor Shin starts to fall unconscious.
Kwang Ho SPOTS THEM!!!
Kwang Ho yells. Ho Young runs. Kwang Ho runs to Professor Shin and drops his flashlight. He’s torn, go after Ho Young or tend Professor Shin? He chooses Professor Shin. He begs her to wake up. He unties the scarf around her throat. He unties her hands. He implores her to wake. Kwang Ho tells her he knew she’d cause trouble like this. He can’t believe that she was willing to become a victim to save others. He yells at her to wake up. Professor Shin coughs! Seon Jae arrives. He falls to his knees next to Professor Shin. Kwang Ho tells Seon Jae to go after Ho Young. Seon Jae hesitates looking at Professor Shin but takes off after Ho Young.
Professor Shin nods her head when Kwang Ho asks if she knows who he is. Kwang Ho says if he hadn’t heard the whistle…then he stares at the whistle. Kwang Ho remembers his wife, Shin Yeon Sook (Lee Shi A), putting the whistle around his neck. He remembers Yeon Sook telling him to blow it if he was ever in trouble and she’d rescue him. He holds the whistle and looks at the necklace. He recalls the old woman who told him that his daughter loved the whistle Yeon Sook gave her.
Kwang Ho stares at Professor Shin. He asks why she has the necklace. His mind is screaming the truth. His heart is pounding the truth. Kwang Ho asks what is happening. With tears in his eyes, he stares into his daughter’s eyes. He declares it can’t be. Kwang Ho asks “Are you Yeon Ho?” Professor Shin and Kwang Ho stare at each other.
Wow! That was a riveting ending to this episode. My heart is still pounding. Kwang Ho strongly suspects that Professor Shin is his daughter. Kwang Ho saved his daughter from Ho Young’s hands of death. I love the use of props and Writer Lee used the whistle to perfection in this episode. Professor Shin blew for help. Little does she know she summoned her father. Will Kwang Ho tell her? Will Seon Jae tell her? Will anyone tell her? This may sound strange but Professor Shin is lucky that her encounter was with Ho Young. He slowly asphyxiates his victims for pleasure. If it had been Coroner Mok, Professor Shin would have been a quick kill, as that is his method.
What stood out in this episode:
Professor Shin baited the trap effectively. Both Kwang Ho and Seon Jae were fit to be tied by Professor Shin reckless actions. There is no other way to put it, but Professor Shin’s actions were not well thought out. I don’t know if she thought that she’d be able to reason with him. But she found out when Ho Young is in killing mode, he’s an animal and the victim is prey. There was no time for discussion, there was only pursuit, terror, and strangulation.
* Professor Shin talked to Ho Young. She stunned him with her insights into what made him tick. I loved that scene. There were two stellar moments in this episode – the ending and this scene. Writer Lee nailed both scenes and the production was perfection.
* Jung Ho Young kills his mother when he kills women. At least that is Professor Shin’s theory. Protected then abandoned by his mother who declared her son wasn’t human, Ho Young’s hatred of his mother was deep. Ho Young acted out strangling the life out of his mother with each murder.
* The questions about Coroner Mok are still unanswered. Why is he killing? How many women has he killed? What is his trigger? What did his comment about Seon Jae’s mother mean?
The police swarming the factory to capture Ho Young was a bust. You knew it would be. I knew it would be.
Detective Park Kwang Ho (Choi Jin Hyuk) had Ho Young in his sights but had to let him go because of Professor Shin. He cares for Professor Shin though he finds her annoying. I can’t wait for the next episode when he’s able to fully grasp who she is and Seon Jae confirms her identity. I loved the scene when Seon Jae found out that Professor Shin was Kwang Ho’s daughter just as he saw Kwang Ho go down the dark road to find her. Fabulous moment.