Mystery Queen 2 Episode 4
Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo) and Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) watch the father exit the pharmacy followed by the pharmacist mother and son (who watches the arsonist on the dark web and seeks to emulate). Detective Ha and Seol Ok approach the mother and son. Seol Ok notices the front of the boy’s shoes appear worn but that back does not. She asks he has spilled acetone. The mother gets upset. She sends the son to wait in father’s car. The boy finds the brand name cigarettes and lighter in the gloves box. The father approaches Detective Ha and Seol Ok and shows his card which proclaims his status of a lawyer. He warns if they try to speak to his son, he’ll see them in court. He walks away. The father drops his son off at school. He notices the lighter is missing.
Seol Ok explains all the clues on the boy’s person (burnt hair, rough hands from the acetone, etc.) that indicate he’s the arsonist. Seol Ok believes the boy loved the excitement his fires create.
Detective Ha asks another police officer in a unit equipped to deal with children for help. She tells him this kid is too high profile. They have to duck out of sight as they spot Manager Jo ordering Team Lead Gye to keep them apart and under surveillance to minimize trouble. As they exit the police station, they decide to monitor the boy’s activities after school.
Detective Ha and Seol Ok are dismayed to learn school released early due to a fire alarm. They rush to the pharmacy and inform the mother of their suspicions. She’s outraged and orders them to leave. But she’s unaware that school released early. She calls her son. Detective Ha and Seol Ok realize he’s going to set a fire and rush out of the pharmacy. Seol Ok realizes the boy will try and burn a truck just like arsonist on the dark web detailed.
The boy stares at the fruit truck outside his apartment. He rides the elevator up to the roof with a smile.
Detective Ha and Seol Ok follow the mother who learns where her son is.
The boy’s classmate and her mother head downstairs to purchase strawberries from the fruit truck.
The boy stands on the roof and prepare his fire bomb. He’s not happy when the fruit truck drives away. He stares at his fire bomb, he decides to throw it to the ground. The boy’s mother, Detective Ha and Seol Ok arrive and see the fire bomb fall. The classmate’s mother is engulfed by the flames. Seol Ok grabs the classmate and Seol Ok beats the flames out on her mother. The little boy watches from the rooftop and calmly backs his belongings. He tells himself the lie that he came to visit his classmate will fool everyone.
When he exits the elevator, Detective Ha grabs him.
The boy’s mother refuses to let him be questioned. Detective Ha yells that her son set an innocent woman on fire. The father arrives. He informs Detective Ha that his son is less than 10 years old which exempts him from criminal charges. Team Lead Gye and the other officers arrive. They have no choice but to let the father take his son. Seol Ok can’t believe it as she cradles the crying classmate who saw her mother burn.
Cue intro title sequence…
Seol Ok sits with the daughter as she sobs waiting for word of her mother. Seol Ok cries as she cleans the girl’s shoes. Detective Ha learns the mother may not have the money for the extensive treatment path.
Detective Ha’s brother calls to inform him their father is being released from jail. Detective Ha’s brother greet their father as he exits jail. Their father is determined to attend the inauguration ceremony even though he has a cold.
The mother and father ask the boy if he threw the fire bomb. He admits it. They ask if he’s set fires before. He admits to two additional fires. The father yells at the mother about her shoddy mothering. She yells back that they both work. The boy cries as his parents yell at each other.
Seol Ok is frustrated nothing can be done because the boy is so young. Detective Ha refuses to believe that. Seol Ok flashes back to finding her father after an accident. Detective Ha holds out his hand and tells her they can make a difference.
The parents prep their son with the lies to tell the police. The boy points out he can’t be charged because he’s under 10, so there is no reason to lie.
Alone the father worries about the compensation they may need to pay if their son admits his crimes.
Seol Ok reads the laws that protect the boy. Detective Ha counters that a civil suit for compensation is the best path. Seol Ok wonders if the school could punish the boy.
The next day Seol Ok heads to the school and Detective Ha heads to the police station to find a way to punish the boy. Seol Ok runs into the coffee shop owner who is rattled to learn she spotted the arsonist near Detective Ha’s apartment fire. Manager Jo gives the case to Detective Ha claiming that Team Lead Gye botched the job. He orders Team Lead Gye to leave Detective Ha alone. Manager Jo soothes Team Lead Gye stating this is a loser case that should be avoided. Team Lead Gye in turn pulls Detective Ha’s partner from blocking him from the interrogation room. Detective Ha realizes that Team Lead Gye is avoiding the case and is grateful for the noninterference.
Detective Ha faces the boy and his father in the interrogation room. The father denies all charges. The boy says nothing. Detective Ha baits the boy and he starts talking. Corporal Kong Han Min and Chief Shin’s daughter enjoy the show. Manager Jo and Chief Shin join them. Detective Ha gets the boy to admit that if wanted to do the experiment on the truck not the person. The father stops the interrogation. Detective Ha tells him his son’s confession will fuel increasing the compensation. Detective Ha tells the father he needs to man up and accept responsibility for his son’s actions.
Seol Ok and the coffee shop owner can’t convince the home room teacher to take disciplinary actions against the boy. She makes the point that she must care for all her students. The coffee shop owner calls the teacher a wimp and leaves. She offers to meet with the principal. When they arrive at the principal’s house, the boy’s mother is leaving.
The boy and his parents are surprised when the principal assigns all of them 10 days of community service at the hospital. The family is not happy. Detective Ha and Seol Ok tell the angry parents that their son must take responsibility for his actions or he’ll be doomed to repeat them. The parents refuse to listen and heed.
Detective Ha and Seol Ok discuss the case from the rooftop. Detective Ha says they’ve done all they can. Seol Ok is bummed out their efforts didn’t seem to change anything.
The boy and his mother arrive at the hospital. The mother tells the boy she’ll do the community service, he need only do his homework. He sits outside. The boy’s classmate sees him. He tells her he’s waiting for his mother. She tells him she’s scared to see her mother’s face. When he offers strawberries, she flashes to the day her mother was burned. She screams and falls to the ground. For the first time the boy understands his actions affected someone else. He tells his mother he’s worried what will happen when his former friend learns he was the one that torched her mother.
Seol Ok and Detective Ha bring the girl to see her mother. They are surprised to find the boy, his mother and father tending the burn victim. The girl runs into her mother’s bandaged arms and sobs.
Seol Ok brings the coffee shop owner a plant to celebrate the opening of her next franchise. When Detective Ha arrives the coffee shop owner lights up and Seol Ok can’t help but notice.
Detective Ha’s brother and his father are surprised at the large flower arrangement sent. They examine the card. Detective Ha’s father exclaims the sender will try and take the company from them. Detective Ha’s brother promises that won’t happen. They enter the inauguration ceremony. A man reports to someone that Detective Ha’s father looks better than expected.
The coffee shop owner asks Seol Ok if she’s dating Detective Ha. Seol Ok answer is a definitive no. The coffee shop owner is pleased. Seol Ok tells her that she’s returning to her food shop and will no longer work as an honorary police officer because it is merely a title without power.
The coffee shop owner has a cake for the a special visitor. Flashback to the principal receiving a similar cake. We see the cake box has a layer of money underneath the cake.
Was justice served? The boy’s family finally provided the burned woman some support in the hospital. I’m not satisfied with this. This is a “take what you can get” situation.
Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo) was determined get the boy to confess. He succeeded. The coffee shop owner is sweet on him. There was an initial pull between them. But now we see the coffee shop owner has another side to her. It was nice to see Detective Ha have some latitude at work even though it was because no one else wanted to deal with the tricky case. His father is out of jail and appears to be targeted for a takeover. How does Detective Ha factor into this?
Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) felt disappointment their efforts fell short. She was pleased when the mother and daughter reunited. Frankly, the entire case was a bit disturbing watching the boy uncaring about his actions and his parent’s willingness to protect their son at all costs throwing away their humanity to do so. Her only deductive moment was in the initial sequence when we saw the clues that convinced her the boy was the arsonist. Seol Ok claims she’ll stop acting as the honorary police officer. I’ll be curious to see how she gets involved in the next case.
Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as good. My episode ranking chart is below.
The fourth song of the OST “Don’t Know Love” by Lucia is lovely with a sense of heartache. I’m surprised there are no videos for this OST. Where are the video creators watching this series?