My Thoughts — Save Me— Episode 12
Sang Mi’s mother has risen from the drug induced fog and goes to find her daughter to tell her to leave this horrible place. But faithful leader Kang Eun Sil grabs her, returns her to room and injects her with a drug that puts her under. When Im Sang Mi (Seo Ye Ji) arrives, her mother’s hair barrette in hand, she sees Eun Sil hiding a needle behind her back. She gets angry but Eun Sil has the power and Sang Mi has to back down and beg for forgiveness.
Seok Dong Cheol (Woo Do Hwan) continues his indoctrination process at the cult. He observes the emotionally whipped up followers who believe whatever cult leader Father Baek Jung Ki (Cho Seong Ha) dishes up. The lure of salvation is a huge driver. He learns new members must pay $2M to join. Dong Cheol snoops around the facility and runs into Father Baek outside the individual prayer rooms. He feels the pull of Father Baek who is an excellent salesman.
The undercover reporter tells Sang Mi that her mother is drugged consistently to keep her docile and mentally out of it. Sang Mi tells her to meet with Dong Cheol with the information so he can search for evidence. Dong Cheol’s search includes a drug lab. He avoids discovery by an evening guard. Dong Cheol learns that the life water everyone sprinkles on their food is water from Father Baek washing his face or feet.
A hiker discovery a body of a young woman not far from the cult. The police detective investigates and recalls a grandmother begging him to help find her granddaughter. The young woman is the grandmother’s granddaughter. Bold as brass, the police detective goes to the church and demands to speak with Father Baek. Eun Sil, deacon Jo Wan Tae and Sang Mi’s father try and block his access but Father Baek appears and agrees to speak with the detective. The police detective asks questions about Sang Mi and her upcoming joining with Father Baek. He bluntly asks if Father Baek plans to have sex with Sang Mi. Everyone disguises the truth with flowery words about spirits joining. Sang Mi is summoned and must state that she is doing this willingly. The police detective doesn’t believe her, but cannot proceed without a complaint. As he sits in the parking lot he sees the Governor and his assistant arrive to speak with Father Baek. He shakes his head that his task master (the Governor) is a supporter of Father Baek. Wan Tae asks the police detective to find the boys that took Sang Mi. Wan Tae tasks his brother to search for the boys in town.
Han Sang Hwan (Ok Taecyeon), Woo Jung Hoon (David Lee), and Choi Man Hee (Ha Hwe Jung) search for information about the cult. Unbeknownst to them they are tracking the girl whose body was recently found.
Sang Mi searches Eun Sil’s room and narrowly avoids being found by hiding in a closet.
Sang Mi has a moment alone with Father Baek. She demands to know why she and her family were targeted. Father Baek recalls watching the happy foursome eating supper together and his lust for Sang Mi flaring. He tells her that once he cared for a girl but didn’t wait long enough. He hasn’t made the same mistake with her. Sang Mi is repulsed. Father Baek won’t take no for an answer and slams Sang Mi to the ground. His hand goes up her skirt. Sang Mi stares at him in horror.
Father Baek will have Sang Mi, with or without her consent. Father Baek manipulates with the lure of salvation. But Sang Mi doesn’t believe that so her mother is the leverage the evil cult trio (Father Baek, Eun Sil, Wan Tae) use against her. As these episodes have unfolded the individual motivations have become clearer. Father Baek is a partial nut job, who almost believes what he preaches. Eun Sil’s dead daughter was to be the bride for Father Baek, but she committed suicide. Now Eun Sil must force Sang Mi to be the bride for Father Baek to earn salvation for herself and her daughter. Wan Tae is in it for power and money. I still want to know the connection between Father Baek and Wan Tae.
Sang Mi got a rude shock when Father Baek physically overwhelmed her. She thought her disdain would be a shield, but Father Baek showed her willingness wasn’t necessary. While Sang Mi has support from the undercover reporter and Dong Cheol, in many ways she’s in this alone. She’s fighting to save her mother but the evil trio holds all the cards. It’s too bad the police detective decided to question Sang Mi in front of the evil trio, she had no choice but to lie. I did enjoy the police detective grilling the evil trio and Sang Mi’s father if Sang Mi would be forced to have sex with Father Baek.
Sang Hwan and his friends managed to not be found by Wan Tae’s brother. Wan Tae wants retribution. I keep wondering WHY someone (Sang Hwan or the police detective) doesn’t look into the background of the trio of evil. What brought them together?
Dong Cheol searched for evidence but came up empty. His horror at finding out the life water as discarded washing water from Father Baek was echoed by me when I watched the reveal.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank the episode 11 as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.
The fourth song of the OST is “Out of The World” by INKII: