The case isn’t as clear cut as expected.
Tunnel Episode 11 Recap
Detective Park Kwang Ho (Choi Jin Hyuk) kneels beside Professor Shin Jae Yi (Lee Yoo Young) who was almost strangled to death by serial killer Jung Ho Young. His partner Lt. Kim Seon Jae (Yoon Hyun Min) 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.
Kwang Ho tell Professor Shin that 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?”
Before he can get the answer Team Leader Chun (Jo Hee Bong), Officer Kwak Tae Hee (Kim Byung Chul) and Officer Song Min Ha (Kang Ki Young) rush in. Team Leader Chun asks if Professor Shin is okay. Then he asks where Ho Young is.
Seon Jae runs after Ho Young through the woods. Ho Young decides to lie in wait for Seon Jae and crouches to the ground. When Seon Jae approaches with his gun drawn, Ho Young jumps him. They struggle. The gun goes off. Team Leader Chun, Officer Kwak, and Officer Song leave Kwang Ho with Professor Shin and run towards the sound of the gunshot.
Seon Jae struggles with Ho Young. I’m not going to be able to do this scene justice with words. In the end, Seon Jae has the upper hand on Ho Young and is choking him when Team Leader Chun, Officer Kwak and Officer Song arrive and pull him off Ho Young. Seon Jae is crazed with hate and Ho Young loves it. He smiles at Seon Jae knowing that he’s become a killer in his heart. Seon Jae lunges for Ho Young wanting to wipe the smile off his face permanently. Team Leader Chun pulls Seon Jae away telling him it’s okay. Officer Kwak and Officer Song take Ho Young away to the waiting police car.
Wow!! That scene satisfied my inner bloodlust! It was raw, it was heated, the fury of both men radiated. Seon Jae tapped into his inner rage at Ho Young, the man that killed his mother. When Ho Young got in his car and Seon Jae broke the driver’s side window to get to Ho Young, I was impressed. When Ho Young was bashing Seon Jae with the metal pipe, I was shouting for Seon Jae to grab the pipe. He did and bashed Ho Young right back. When Ho Young was screaming for Seon Jae to let him go, Seon Jae put him in a choke hold and might have strangled Ho Young to death (a fitting way for this scum to die considering strangulation is his method of killing) but the rest of the team arrive and literally pulled Seon Jae off Ho Young. The last part of the scene, was the most disturbing. Seon Jae’s inner animal was in control and Ho Young loved it.
Kwang Ho and Professor Shin arrive at the emergency room. The doctor asks Kwang Ho what happened as he examines the unconscious Professor Shin. But the doctor’s presence is required for a more critical patient. This drives Kwang Ho crazy and he yells at the doctor to take care of her. Security guards are called to hold Kwang Ho who yells that he has too many thing to tell Professor Shin. Awk! Tears!
The team arrives at the police station with Ho Young. Reporters and a crowd are waiting. As Ho Young exits the vehicle the crush begins. One father rushes to Ho Young and yells at him for killing his daughter. Team Leader Chun pulls the man away and into his arms as Ho Young is taken inside. Seon Jae stares at the sobbing man. He too knows the pain and fury the man is feeling.
Ho Young is processed by a young officer. When Ho Young pulls away, Seon Jae intervenes and roughly pulls Ho Young’s belt off, empties his pockets, and puts Ho Young into the cell. Seon Jae glares at Ho Young who glares back.
Wow! Loved Seon Jae taking control of Ho Young and forcing him to comply. That shift in power was subtle and oh so satisfying. The hatred between these men is palpable!
At the bullpen, the team is told NOT to tell anyone that Professor Shin is the reason they were able to apprehend Ho Young. Officer Kwak tells Officer Song that if the press found out the truth, they’d be labeled as incompetent. Officer Kwak is impressed with Professor Shin’s moxy in luring Ho Young. Officer Song can’t believe that Seon Jae was choking the life out of Ho Young when they arrived. Team Leader Chun snaps that Seon Jae had good reason to choke Ho Young. Seon Jae enters the room, leaving Officer Kwak’s question answered. Team Leader Chun tells them that the hard work begins now. He warns them that criminals like Ho Young can be as much of a hassle after capture as they were to capture. Team Leader Chun is sure Ho Young will never confess. Team Leader Chun is adamant. They must have solid evidence against Ho Young. Team Leader Chun orders Officer Kwak and Officer Song to join the forensics team at the site. Team Leader Chun asks where Kwang Ho is. Seon Jae tells him he’s at the hospital. Team Leader Chun orders Seon Jae to go there at get a victim’s statement from Professor Shin. Recall Seon Jae knows that Professor Shin is Kwang Ho’s daughter having found out literally seconds before Ho Young assaulted Professor Shin.
Didn’t they catch Ho Young strangling Professor Shin? That is solid proof of attempted murder. Didn’t Ho Young admit via the phone calls to the murders except the river victim? Isn’t that a confession from Ho Young?
Professor Shin is still unconscious. The doctor tells Kwang Ho that victims often go into shock from the trauma of the assault and retreat into unconsciousness. The doctor tells Kwang Ho they’ll keep a close eye on Professor Shin and leaves. Kwang Ho sits next to Professor Shin and recalls many prickly moments between them. He cries to his wife that if he hadn’t left her alone in the past, she wouldn’t have died in the accident leaving their daughter an orphan with a hard childhood. He sobs out his pain saying everything is his fault. Awk! Tears!
I wanted to grab Kwang Ho and hug him and tell him he’s the victim too. He’s the one that was pulled forward 30 years in time pursuing the killer. He did nothing wrong, yet the guilt cannot be denied because his actions started this chain of events that imploded his family.
And then there was one…uncaught serial killer….
Coroner Mok smokes and thinks about Professor Shin’s bold interview that lured Ho Young to attack her. He comments at Professor Shin’s intelligence. He hopes she’s okay. He smiles.
Yikes! Professor Shin has a new fan in our second serial killer Coroner Mok.
Seon Jae arrives and sees Kwang Ho sitting outside Professor Shin’s room. He peeks and sees Professor Shin sleeping in her bed. He tells Kwang Ho that Ho Young was caught. Kwang Ho has no reaction. He tells Kwang Ho that he found his daughter. Kwang Ho has no reaction. He starts to tell Kwang Ho who his daughter is but Kwang Ho interrupts and says he knows who his daughter is. Seon Jae is surprised and asks how Kwang Ho knows. Kwang Ho shows him the whistle necklace that Professor Shin wore tonight. Kwang Ho says his wife gave him the necklace but he lost it in the tunnel when he was chasing the killer 30 years ago. Kwang Ho says he never saw Professor Shin wear the necklace prior to today. Seon Jae says Professor Shin can’t remember her childhood. This surprises Kwang Ho who notes that Professor Shin lived with her mother until 6 years of age. Seon Jae says Professor Shin’s adoptive parents weren’t the greatest and their deaths when Professor Shin was 15 led her to meet Dean Hong. The police incorrectly assumed Professor Shin started the fire that killed her adoptive parents, but Dean Hong proved this wasn’t true. Kwang Ho takes this all in. Seon Jae says this is why Professor Shin is a private person. This is why she doesn’t share when she’s hurting. Kwang Ho stares at his partner, the pain of his daughter’s suffering stabbing his heart. With tears running down his face, Kwang Ho apologizes to his daughter for the loneliness and pain she suffered. Seon Jae urges Kwang Ho to tell his daughter that he’s sorry. Kwang Ho scoffs that he abandoned her for 30 years. Kwang Ho declares he doesn’t deserve to be her father. He shakes his head and says he won’t tell Professor Shin he’s her father. Seon Jae stares at Kwang Ho understanding the sentiment though disagreeing but realizing this isn’t the time to press.
Beautiful scene. The tears were flowing. This show has caused more tears than any in recent memory. The subtle, quiet moments yank my heart open. Writer Lee crafts dialog that our actors knock out of the park with an intensity of emotion in their portrayals.
Officer Kwak and Officer Song learn the forensics team doesn’t have much evidence. Officer Kwak spots a cross hanging from the rear-view mirror of Ho Young’s car. Officer Song says it’s a girl’s necklace. They wonder if the necklace belongs to one of the victims.
Team Leader Chun interrogates Ho Young who claims he was saved Professor Shin, he didn’t strangle her. Team Leader Chun asks why Ho Young fled. Ho Young states he knew he’d be a suspect and ran from fear.
Ho Young is arrogant! Caught red handed at Professor Shin’s body he has the gall to claim he wasn’t strangling her!
Team Leader Chun calls Seon Jae asking if he’s gotten Professor Shin’s victim statement. He tells Seon Jae as expected Ho Young won’t admit to the attempted murder even claiming he saved Professor Shin. Seon Jae states he won’t be able to get the statement until Professor Shin wakes.
Seon Jae stares into Professor Shin’s room where Kwang Ho keeps vigil. He thinks he never should have involved Professor Shin in this case. He internally apologizes to Professor Shin. He implores her to wake.
Awk! Tears! These two guys, Kwang Ho and Seon Jae, are riddled with guilt over Professor Shin.
Professor Shin dreams about the whistle and Yeon Sook giving it to her. The next memory is Professor Shin at the airport leaving with her adoptive parents. She blows the whistle not wanting to leave Korea. Next memory she’s sitting on at beach and blowing the whistle but no one comes. She thinks her mother’s promise was a lie.
Awk! Tears! I’m on perma-tears this episode!
Professor Shin wakes in the hospital. Kwang Ho is there obviously concerned. Seon Jae is there too. Professor Shin asks if Ho Young was captured. Kwang Ho is taken aback at the inquiry but Seon Jae understands and assures her Ho Young is in police custody. Professor Shin doesn’t understand why they are in her room when they should be gathering evidence against Ho Young. She makes the valid point that if insufficient evidence is gathered, this will all be for nothing. Kwang Ho is nonplused at her words. She urges Seon Jae to take her statement now. She ignores his “do it later” stance and presses for him to take her statement now. Kwang Ho angrily states she’s got wounds and needs to recover. Professor Shin ignores him. Kwang Ho stalks out of the room.
Professor Shin didn’t offer Kwang Ho much of a thank you. Then she ignored his opinions. No wonder he left in frustration. You have to admire her focus on facilitating the case against Ho Young.
During the victim’s statement Professor Shin admits that she expected Ho Young to attack her by exiting his car and she was surprised when he came from the bushes near the road. She says Ho Young said the interview was an invitation to him and the background sound excited him. Ho Young admitted to killing all the victims but two. Professor Shin becomes agitated as she remembers Ho Young saying he would now kill her. She’s panting as she narrates running from Ho Young, his approach, and his strangling her. Professor Shin recoils in horror as she relives the horrible moment. Seon Jae is concerned but she doesn’t hear him. But when she remembers Kwang Ho calling to her she sees Seon Jae and comes back. She tells him she’s not okay. She sobs that it hurts. Seon Jae holds her while she sobs out her pain. Kwang Ho stand outside the room crying knowing his daughter has been traumatized and he cannot soothe her like he wants. Kwang Ho tells himself he’ll keep Ho Young in jail or die trying.
Awk! Tears! That was a terrific victim statement. Professor Shin reliving her attack gave us details that we didn’t see previously. The admission by Ho Young, the intent to kill that was acted upon, then she saw Kwang Ho’s face. I was surprised she did not recall blowing the whistle.
Seon Jae exits Professor Shin’s room. Kwang Ho tells him they need to put Ho Young away for life. Seon Jae agrees. The dean rushes to the men anxious to learn Professor Shin’s state. Inside the room the dean is upset at what Professor Shin endured. She holds Professor Shin’s hands and frets like a mother would. Seon Jae and Kwang Ho watch from the door.
I’m so glad that Professor Shin has the support of the dean. She needs it.
Back at the police station, the team reviews evidence. Officer Kwak has the necklace from Ho Young’s car and confirmation from one of the victim’s brothers that it was his sister’s necklace. Even better the necklace has the victim’s DNA. Team Leader Chun agrees with Seon Jae’s recommendation that they interrogate Ho Young.
It’s deja vue for Seon Jae as he interrogates Ho Young, this time his partner Kwang Ho is there with him. Ho Young lies he bought the necklace they found in his car. Seon Jae declares he kept the necklace to remember the crime. Ho Young lies and says he found the necklace. Seon Jae plays the recording of Ho Young admitting to the murder. Seon Jae states Ho Young confessed his crimes to Professor Shin. Ho Young says Professor Shin is lying. Kwang Ho grabs Ho Young. Lying with a smirk, Ho Young says he’s never murdered anyone. He stares at Seon Jae who stares back. The hatred between the men is palatable.
I was surprised Kwang Ho kept himself in check. Ho Young is unredeemable scum.
Seon Jae suggests a lie detector test. Team Leader Chun agrees and calls in the expert who administers the test. The expert cracks Ho Young’s psyche like a walnut. It’s clear he’s lying and the machine concurs. When Ho Young yells in frustration at being flayed by the questions that undermine his self-worth, the team nods in grim satisfaction that though it isn’t standalone evidence it does corroborate the evidence they have.
That was enjoyable. Give the lie detector guy a commendation for breaking down the smug unrepentant Ho Young.
Professor Shin wakes from a nightmare about the attack. The dean soothes her. Professor Shin admits she arrogantly believed her knowledge of murderers would allow her to handle Ho Young and the situation. She admits the Kwang Ho was right. She was worried that her provocation of Ho Young would drive him to kill again. She can’t believe she couldn’t even utter a question to Ho Young because terror silenced her words. The dean assures her anyone, including herself, Kwang Ho or Seon Jae, would have been dumbstruck by terror.
I love Professor Shin’s realization of her own arrogance. I love that she was trying to help stop future murders by acting as bait. I love that the Dean has her back and provides loving support. I love that Professor Shin is now wearing the whistle necklace.
The team dinner, Seon Jae’s first, disintegrates into bickering. Seon Jae and Kwang Ho aren’t satisfied with the evidence against Ho Young, Officer Kwak can’t believe that Seon Jae is whining about the handcuffs (LOL), and Officer Song explodes in frustration at their whiny ways.
Love it! The rookie gives them a well-deserved verbal smack down!
After dinner, Seon Jae calls Professor Shin. He and Kwang Ho are willing to visit. She declines their offer saying the Dean is with her and she’s being released tomorrow morning. She asks about Ho Young and Seon Jae says that he’s still denying being a murderer. Professor Shin suggests they visit Ho Young’s mother noting they break through Ho Young’s shell when they talk about his mother. Professor Shin suggests that Ho Young’s mother may be the key. Seon Jae agrees. He wishes her well and hangs up. Kwang Ho isn’t happy he couldn’t speak with her (too cute) and worries that she’s being released too early. Seon Jae says he’ll do what he can, but Kwang Ho will have to look after Professor Shin as they live in the same house. Now in “dad mode” Kwang Ho asks Seon Jae what his intentions are towards his daughter. Seon Jae refuses to answer. Kwang Ho is not happy with that!
LOL! I love Kwang Ho’s protective ways. I love Seon Jae’s protective ways. I love Kwang Ho realizing that Seon Jae has romantic feelings towards his daughter. It was ok when Professor Shin was an acquaintance, but a daughter changes everything. Writer Lee gives us wonderful moments of humor steeped from the characters caring.
Professor Shin tells the dean that Ho Young’s mother locked Ho Young in a mental hospital when he was 19 and threw away the key, calling him not human. The dean wisely notes that a mother’s love can have effects when it is too intense or it is lacking. Professor Shin admits to another memory, her first of her mother. The dean is excited and believes there is a reason that Professor Shin is starting to remember her past. The dean suggests that Professor Shin should find her mother.
Kwang Ho walks to the tunnel. He tells Yeon Sook that he found their daughter but it was Yeon Sook’s whistle that saved her life. He promises his wife that he’ll be home soon and asks her to wait for him just a bit longer. He promises to make everything right when he comes home.
Awk! Tears! Choi Jin Hyuk rips up those scenes. He gets me every time.
The next morning, Professor Shin promises the dean that she will go straight home from the hospital. Instead she visits Coroner Mok who admits guilt with his suggestion a trap be baited to catch Ho Young. Professor Shin is satisfied that Ho Young was captured. Coroner Mok muses that she sounds like Seon Jae. Professor Shin states that she and Seon Jae went to the same college but never met. Coroner Mok asks Seon Jae to return to play a game of chess. She agrees.
At the police station, Officer Song can’t believe he was so blunt with his co-workers. They all enjoying teasing Officer Song. Team Leader Chun breaks the spell when he announces the protector has taken over the case. Kwang Ho can’t believe it. They haven’t tied in the murders 30 years ago to Ho Young. Team Leader Chun says the case has caught the nation’s attention. With the prosecutor’s decision to move now, they are cut out of the investigation. Kwang Ho declares they must solve the old crime now or it will never be solved. Seon Jae voices his concurrence with continuing the investigation. Team Leader Chun can only promise until tomorrow. Seon Jae and Kwang Ho leave to speak with Ho Young’s mother.
She’s not interested in talking with her son. She doesn’t care about the human argument that Kwang Ho makes. But she’s stopped in her tracks when Seon Jae tells her that Ho Young killed his mother. She flees to her bedroom. Through the door Seon Jae tells her that Ho Young killed his mother 30 years ago. He confesses he became a police officer to catch his mother’s killer. He begs her to meet with her son and force him to confess. But she refuses saying her son will never confess. Distraught, Seon Jae pounds on the bedroom door. Kwang Ho gently stops him.
Our partners wonder if there are any options left. Seon Jae recalls Professor Shin calling him a trigger for Ho Young. He tells Kwang Ho they have one more thing to try. Seon Jae believes if he reveals that Ho Young killed his mother, Ho Young’s pleasure and desire to taunt will lead to an admission. Seon Jae declares this time he’s the bait.
My hats off to Seon Jae. He’s going to make himself vulnerable to serial killer who will relish knowing what Seon Jae has to tell him.
Ho Young claims not to recognize the picture of Seon Jae’s mother holding him as a baby. Ho Young gets an inkling and asks why Seon Jae has the photo. Seon Jae admits the woman is his mother. That surprises Ho Young. Seon Jae asks if Ho Young killed her. He comments on the skirt and sweater she wore. Seon Jae declares he’s searched hi and low for her killer. He admits the statute of limitation is over but Ho Young should still confess. Ho Young pauses, regroups, and claims not to the killer. Kwang Ho asks how he knew what she wore. Ho Young claims he was using his imagination. Ho Young laughs the laugh of a murderer that will get away with it. Kwang Ho puts his arm around Ho Young, leans close and repeats the words he told Kwang Ho 30 years ago “I did kill the dogs, but I didn’t kill anyone. Do I need a reason to kill a person?” BAM! Ho Young remembers the interrogation. He remembers Kwang Ho. He stares at the man who hasn’t aged. Kwang Ho leans closer and remarks that Ho Young is still a good liar 30 years later. Freaked out, Ho Young stands and pushes Kwang Ho away from him. He demands to know who Kwang Ho is. This time Kwang Ho laughs. He taunts Ho Young that he’s come from the past to catch him. Kwang Ho says he wondered who killed and left dots on the victims. Ho Young claims not to understand the dots reference. Kwang Ho laughs. Ho Young denies knowing about the dots. Kwang Ho realizes the liar isn’t lying on this point. Kwang Ho stares at Seon Jae who returns the stare. Finally, Kwang Ho sees the truth. Another serial killer was the dot murderer.
About time our detective realize they are dealing with two serial killers! Super scene. I find Ho Young distasteful, yet the actor who portrays him, Heo Sung Tae, makes him watchable.
The team meets in the conference room. Seon Jae can’t believe that Kwang Ho believes that lying scum. Kwang Ho is sure that Ho Young isn’t lying on this single point. Team Leader Chun bemoans that they have no idea who the killer is if it isn’t Ho Young. Kwang Ho reminds them that Professor Shin said the murder methods were different. Kwang Ho is certain there is another serial killer they must catch. Officer Kwak and Officer Song are stunned that there are two murderers in play. Kwang Ho wonders how Ho Young knew what Seon Jae’s mother wore. Seon Jae yells Ho Young could only know because he killed his mother. Kwang Ho has a lightbulb moment. He declares that Ho Young saw the murder happen. Kwang Ho shouts that Ho Young is the witness to Seon Jae’s mother’s murder.
Kwang Ho goes to talk to Ho Young but he’s not in his cell. The young officer says Ho Young’s mother is meeting with Ho Young.
Things are tense in the meeting room. Swathed in a neck scarf (nod to the stylist on that), Ho Young’s mother declares that he killed her. Ho Young asks why his mother did that. She asks why he’s asking that after not seeing her for 10 years. She says she’ll answer his question. She declares he never should have been born. Or at least he should have been born normal. She said she committed him to the mental hospital and he should have stayed there because he isn’t human. Ho Young asks why she provided him an alibi 30 years ago. She declares she didn’t do it for him, she did for herself. She wanted to hide the fact that her only son was a murderer. She hisses that alive or dead, he is a useless excuse for a human being. Tears fill Ho Young’s eyes. She leans close and suggests that he kill himself. Two tears roll down her cheeks. She tells her son to admit to his sins and pay the price. A tear streams down Ho Young’s face. She stands and tells her son not to leave until he’s dead. She walks out. Ho Young demands to see Seon Jae.
WOW! I can’t believe it but Ho Young’s mother’s disdain, nay hatred for her own son, gave me an inkling of why he needs to feel power by killing his mother again and again.
Of course, Seon Jae calls Coroner Mok to give him an update on the theory that Ho Young saw the dot murderer kill. Coroner Mok asks what Ho Young saw. Their conversation is interrupted when a police officer tells Seon Jae that Ho Young wants to confess. Seon Jae hangs up. Coroner Mok bangs his hands on the table.
First time we’ve seen Coroner Mok break a sweat. Excellent!
Seon Jae and Kwang Ho hear Ho Young claim to have killed Seon Jae’s mother. Seon Jae grabs Ho Young and slams him against the wall as Ho Young repeats Seon Jae’s mother’s last words pleading that she had a baby. Seon Jae yells that he’ll kill him. Kwang Ho tells Seon Jae not to be fooled by Ho Young’s words. Seon Jae’s pressure on Ho Young’s neck increases, we hear it (yikes). Ho Young says the statute of limitation is over for the murder and Seon Jae looked so pathetic, he threw Seon Jae a bone. Seon Jae backs off Ho Young. Kwang Ho tells him to leave the room.
Officer Kwak enters the room, hands Kwang Ho the blood test results and leaves. Ho Young slumps into the chair. Kwang Ho sits down and reads the results. He stares at Ho Young who returns his stare. Kwang Ho offers Ho Young a cigarette which Ho Young declines stating he doesn’t smoke. Kwang Ho says Ho Young couldn’t have killed Seon Jae’s mother. Kwang Ho knows the murderer smoked and Ho Young doesn’t smoke. Kwang Ho tells Ho Young he witnessed the murder but he didn’t commit the murder. Ho Young gets mad. Kwang Ho demands Ho Young tells him about the murder he witnessed.
Flashback, 1986…A young Ho Young sees Seon Jae’s mother walking alone wearing a sweater and skirt. Then he sees a man dressed in black following the woman. He watches the man grab and drag the woman into the ditch. He hears the woman plead for her life. He sees the man wrap the stocking around the woman’s neck. He hears the woman say she has a child. The man quickly strangles the woman. Ho Young smiles.
Present…Ho Young looks at Kwang Ho and claim he committed the murder. Kwang Ho grabs Ho Young and asks if he saw the murderer’s face. Ho Young yells he’s the murderer. Kwang Ho yells to tell him who the murderer was. Ho Young yells he’s the murderer. Police enter the room and start to drag Ho Young out. Ho Young yells at Seon Jae reiterating that he’s the murderer.
The next morning Ho Young lead out of the police station. Coroner Mok arrives. The men lock eyes for a moment. Coroner Mok smiles. Ho Young slumps in the police van. Coroner Mok enters the police station.
Professor Shin calls her friend and asks for details on who was asking about her. Her friend says it was a police officer. She says she may have a name. Professor Shin doesn’t understand why the police would inquire about her.
Prison…Ho Young is told her has a visitor. They bring Ho Young to the visitor room. Ho Young sits. His visitor turns and sits. It’s Coroner Mok. Ho Young asks if they know each other. Coroner Mok says he’s heard that Ho Young witnessed a murder 30 years ago.
When Seon Jae arrives at Kwang Ho’s home, he gets out and primps. Kwang Ho tells him to go home. Ha! Kwang Ho forbids it. Professor Shin comes up behind them and asks what is forbidden. Ha! Inside Professor Shin’s apartment Kwang Ho asks if it is okay for Professor Shin to leave the house. Professor Shin says she’s fine. Seon Jae says that’s a relief. He asks if she’s hungry. Miffed, Kwang Ho asks why Seon Jae is inquiring. Professor Shin asks if Seon Jae would buy her a meal. Seon Jae says he do anything for her. Wow! Kwang Ho is irked by their chatter. Kwang Ho tells Seon Jae they need to talk but are interrupted when Team Leader Chun calls. He tells Kwang Ho that Ho Young committed suicide. Kwang Ho drops the phone stunned at the news.
We see Ho Young has hung himself using his shirt through the bars of the prison window.
Ho Young was scum but there was a reason why he murdered. It boils down to rejection and disdain by his mother. She threw him away. He hated her for it. Every woman he murdered, allowed him to kill his mother. The women weren’t people to Ho Young, merely stand-in substitute for his hateful mother. What I found interesting:
a) Ho Young didn’t treat his victims like they were humans, exactly what his mother declared he was not.
b) Ho Young got choked multiple times this episode by Seon Jae. It was fitting that Ho Young’s neck was squeezed in anger just like he did to others.
c) the pleasure Ho Young derived from Seon Jae almost killing him was creepy. It’s like Ho Young said about his sister when he choked her “she was smiling”. Ho Young smiled too when Seon Jae lost control and choked him with the intent to harm.
d) Professor Shin was correct that Ho Young’s mother could cajole a confession out of him, even a false confession.
e) Ho Young witnessed Coroner Mok murder Seon Jae’s mother.
f) I thought for a moment that Ho Young recognized Coroner Mok on the police steps but that wasn’t true.
g) Coroner Mok visited Ho Young. That’s seems arrogant and stupid. Won’t the visitor log be checked? What excuse could Coroner Mok give?
h) it was fitting that Ho Young ended his own life my strangling himself. Good riddance.
i) Heo Sung Tae deserves a shout out for his portrayal of Ho Young. He added nuance (along with Writer Lee) to a serial killer who enjoyed torturing his victims (the ones he killed and the ones that suffered the after affects like Seon Jae).
What stood out in this episode:
* Professor Shin had a flashback of her mother. I was happy she finally remembered her mother. I enjoyed Seon Jae and Kwang Ho wrangling over her. It was cute to see Kwang Ho go into protective father mode. It was cute to see Seon Jae go into suitor mode. I was pleased that Professor Shin admitted her arrogance almost cost her life. I appreciate that the Professor Shin looked disheveled in the hospital. No quick brush or her hair and swipe of lipstick. She was traumatized by a near death experience.
* Seon Jae desperately wanted to believe Ho Young’s confession to his mother’s murder was true. Kwang Ho was adamant it was a lie. We saw the dark angry almost-animal side of Seon Jae. He had every right to go ballistic on the man he believed killed his mother. The man he believed shattered his world at a young age. How will he feel when the truth is told…that Coroner Mok murdered his mother?
* The chess master, Coroner Mok, waits arrogantly sure that no one will ever discern that he’s the dot murderer. We still know next to nothing about why he kills. Now that Ho Young is dead, the story will begin its final chapter as our team uncovered Coroner Mok’s real identity.
Detective Park Kwang Ho (Choi Jin Hyuk) realized that Ho Young wasn’t the dot murderer. He realized that Ho Young did not know about the dots on the ankles. In horror he realized his daughter’s statement that the different murder methods meant two different killers was right. He’d been so positive that capturing Ho Young was the key to returning. But that game isn’t over. He’s got to catch the dot murderer first. Kwang Ho’s decision not to tell Professor Shin he’s her father makes sense to me. His sorrow over finding Professor Shin but not being able to tell her was touching.