My Thoughts — Save Me— Episode 4
Seok Dong Cheol (Woo Do Hwan) is locked up at the youth detention center. A group of guys jump him and beat him. Their leader sneers they were paid to hurt him. That inflames Dong Cheol who turns the tables disables them with his fists. He demands to know who paid to hurt him.
The Im family struggles with the suicide of their only son (Im Sang Jin), who was brutally bullied at school. Mother Im is unresponsive unless Sang Jin is mentioned. Father Im and daughter Im Sang Mi (Seo Ye Ji) take her to doctors who recommend long term hospitalization. Unable to afford this and concern it will further his wife’s decline, Father Im takes his wife to a shaman to drive away the supposed evil spirit surround his wife. Mother Im almost has a mental melt down and Sang Mi begs her father not to subject mother to this again. Father Im sells his truck to get the money the shaman demands for the “treatment”.
In a brilliant segment, the cult church’s emotional frenzy worship is inter cut with the shaman’s emotional frenzy ceremony. The message is clear; both a shams.
Faithful leader Kang Eun Sil visits Father Im sprinkling the “spirit water” on the lunch she brings. Later Father Im hallucinates and sees a cross in a spider web. He takes that as a sign that they need to join the church.
Han Sang Hwan (Ok Taecyeon) supports his father on election day for governor. Father Han wins.
Three years later…
Sang Hwan returns to his home town after a 3 year absence. His former friends Woo Jung Hoon (David Lee), and Choi Man Hee (Ha Hwe Jung) still hang out and tease each other. Even though he can joke with his friends, to the rest of the world Sang Hwan has a hardened shell around him created by his betrayal of Dong Cheol when he did not testify per his father’s request to avoid bad press before the election.
Sang Mi and her Father now live on the church grounds with other followers. While walking Sang Mi hear the cries of a mentally limited boy being beaten by creepy curly haired church leader Jo Wan Tae. Sang Mi doesn’t know it but the boy was beaten because he saw Wan Tae assaulting a woman. Sang Mi stops Wan Tae for hurting the boy further.
Sang Mi goes to her father and demands the boy be taken to the hospital. Father Im declares the spirit water and faith are all the boy needs. Horrified at her father’s allegiance and brain-off state she calls him and the other followers crazy. Father Im slaps Sang Mi for her impertinence. Cult leader Father Baek Jung Ki (Cho Seong Ha) agrees that Sang Mi should take the boy to the hospital.
At the hospital Wan Tae threatens the boy to keep his mouth shut. The doctor releases the boy. Sang Mi, the boy, Wan Tae and mute faithful leader Jo Wan Duk drive back to the compound. When they stop for gas, Sang Mi watches the assault video on the boy’s phone. Wan Tae stares daggers at her. Sang Mi grabs a screwdriver to use to defend herself should Wan Tae attack her. We see the van swerve, go through a guardrail, roll down the hill, and land upside down.
Father Im is now a faithful follower of cult leader Father Baek. Sang Mi couldn’t leave her father so she’s also follower though she doesn’t believe the message the church preaches to the members. It was unclear where Mother Im was. Sang Mi mentioned that the church’s treatment of her mother didn’t work out.
Wan Tae is an abusive slime ball. He relishes using his power to abuse followers physically and mentally. Sang Mi seemed surprised by Wan Tae’s abuse of the boy and was shocked by the video of Wan Tae assaulting the woman. I would think after three years it would be common knowledge among the follower women that Wan Tae should be avoided at all costs. Frankly I was surprised that in three years Sang Mi wasn’t a mistress to Father Baek who lusted after her chaste fragrant virgin body from the first moment he saw her three years ago.
Sang Hwan left his home town in the wake of letting Dong Cheol down in his hour of need. Three years later Sang Hwan seemed to be more of a loner and harder edged. He stood up to a bully and his buddies, so his innate sense of justice can be acted upon now that he’s no longer under the scrutiny of his father and the press. I missed Dong Cheol and want him back.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank the episode as good. My episode ranking chart is below.