Mystery Queen 2 Episode 13
Driving back to Seoul, coffee shop owner and Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) discuss love. She wonders if she’s ever been in love. She thinks of Detective Ha.
Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo) tells Profiler Woo that all the security cameras were removed in the area he was at the shooting range. Profiler Woo recalls Mr. Kim points the shotgun at him while he pointed his handgun in return.
Detective Ha apologizes to Seol Ok for deserting her at the rest area. He explains Profiler Woo was meeting Mr. Kim and he followed. That gets Seol Ok’s interest. Detective Ha says Profiler Woo is tightlipped about the matter. Seol Ok encourage Detective Ha to cook and drink with Profiler Woo to loosen him up. Seol Ok comments that the stalkers aren’t around anymore. Little do they know a man we’ve seen before is watching them.
At the police station, Team Lead Gye isn’t excited to see Seol Ok just as he arrives. She pesters him until he agrees to discuss the case of the missing husband. Seol Ok suggests the man that took the heavy suitcase in the early morning hours wasn’t the missing man but his murderer. When she suggests the body was in the suitcase, Team Lead Gye counters he found the suitcase but there were no bloodstains. Seol Ok wants the man’s office searched again. She wants Mr. Hwang (forensics officer) to identify fingerprints.
Seol Ok approaches Mr. Hwang. He’s not interested until she flashes the science magazine where he’s the cover story. Unable to resist, he invites Seol Ok into his inner sanctum. When Seol Ok asks if Mr. Hwang can identify blood stains from years ago, he’s not excited. Kim Kyung Mi (Kim Hyun Sook) and Seol Ok play Mr. Hwang like a fiddle and he decides to help. Both women give each other a knowing smile.
Well played ladies, well played!
Corporal Kong Han Min and Chief Shin’s daughter are concerned when they see Profiler Woo using a crutch while Detective Ha is dismissive. When Detective Ha learns Seol Ok is with Mr. Hwang, he races from the room.
Detective Ha finds Kyung Mi, Seol Ok and Mr. Hwang together. He’s not as effusive when Mr. Hwang shows him the science magazine. He is impressed that Kyung Mi and Seol Ok got Mr. Hwang to help.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a bloodstain in the office. However, Seol Ok notices a different shade of cement on the wall. They break through the cement and retrieve a box containing some bloody knife and stained work clothes.
The battering jealous husband walks out of the police station a free man. Detective Ha ends that when he arrests him for murdering the missing man. During Detective Ha’s interrogation, he admits to finding the suitcase in the office and hiding the contents behind the concrete afraid he would be arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. Seol Ok realizes he’s not the murderer. She tells Detective Ha that he’s not the murderer but wonders where the body is.
Profiler Woo reviews the mall footage and sees the coffee shop owner. Stunned he wonders if she’s Mr. Kim.
The coffee shop owner is startled when her workers reminds her she was the one that put Detective Ha’s ring in the cake. Flashback to the coffee shop owner staring at the ring in the box, then taking the ring out of the box. What happened next to the ring isn’t revealed. Later she let the worker go with a bonus.
Profiler Woo wonders if the coffee shop owner is Mr. Kim OR if Mr. Kim is a man masquerading as a woman. He calls the police station to get inform on the coffee shop owner.
Seol Ok visits with the coffee shop owner. She notices Detective Ha watching TV. Seol Ok confides Detective Ha likes the play “the Waiting Room” about a person that loves a room. Seol Ok hasn’t seen the play. The coffee shop owner admits the play made her cry. Seol Ok gives Detective Ha a single ticket to the play.
Detective Ha learns that the coffee shop lady is the head of the law firm’s foundation. He sees pictures of her and Detective Ha’s brother. Profiler Woo visits Detective Ha’s brother. Profiler Woo analyzes him. He asks about the coffee shop lady. Detective Ha’s brother states they first met when he was a judge. Profiler Woo realizes Detective Ha’s brother has personal feelings for her. After the meeting Profiler Woo believes that Detective Ha’s brother’s law firm is Secretary Kim’s target. Conversely Detective Ha’s brother orders information on Detective Ha’s brother be gathered.
Detective Ha watches the play alone.
The coffee shop owner puts Detective Ha’s ring on. She murmurs this wasn’t part of the plan.
Detective Ha, Seol Ok, and Kyung Mi arrive at the wife of the missing man’s house. The house she has never left. The daughter doesn’t like Seol Ok’s accusation that her missing father is in the house. Seol Ok leads them to the room where the man died. She says he’s buried underneath the floor. She has Kyung Mi get a machine out to measure the density of the earth under the floor. Kyung Mi declares she’s found something.
Profiler Woo reads the information on the coffee shop owner. She was in an accident in 2003. Since then she’s had many plastic surgeries. Profiler Woo meets with her former roommate. She describes the coffee shop owner as unchanging.
The missing man’s body is found. The daughter can’t believe her mother killed her father then lived and slept in the house. The woman says she couldn’t let her husband abandon his family for another woman. She stabbed him dead as he tried to leave. She buried him. She put the excess dirt and rocks in the suitcase. The police lead her away.
During interrogation Detective Ha asks the wife how killing was better than letting him leave for another woman. She asks if he could understand waiting for someone all day long. Detective Ha flashes back to telling Seol Ok that he couldn’t not wait for the missing love of his life. She knew her husband was drawn to another. She hated that he got books for the other woman. She hated that he met the other woman. His death was better than waiting for him to return. She doesn’t care she’ll spend her life in prison because her house was a prison. She does feel remorse for the pain of her daughter. Chief Shin’s daughter watches and tells Seol Ok that love can make you do crazy things.
Detective Ha thanks Seol Ok for the ticket to the play. Seol Ok declares she needs to make love uncomplicated and love the person in front of her. Detective Ha stares into her eyes and asks who is in front of her. Seol Ok scampers away.
Manager Jo can’t believe Seol Ok talked the police officers into cleaning their own space. He sends Seol Ok to make coffee. All the officers ping her for advice while she makes coffee.
Profiler Woo finds the station room empty except for Detective Ha. Profiler Woo isn’t happy that he learned about Detective Ha’s activities from another unit. Manager Jo pings them for an update on the trench coat pervert. Detective Ha declares he’ll arrest everyone wearing a trench coat and storms out of the office.
Detective Ha interviews folks on the street about the trench coat pervert. Corporal Kong Han Min takes his daughter to say hi to Detective Ha before walking her to school. He implores them to find the trench coat pervert.
Profiler Woo interviews the worker the coffee shop owner fired. She notes the boss had an obsession with cake. She remembers going to Japan to visit and finding a duplicate cake in a store. Profiler Woo wonders where the first coffee shop is. He visits the fourth coffee shop. He finds the play posters. He recalls Seo Hyun Soo acted in that play 17 years ago. Profiler Woo realizes that she’s Seo Hyun Soo.
The coffee shop owner visits the actress that performs the play. She gives her a cake and says she’ll play the part that evening.
She acts the play. Detective Ha enters and sits in the audience. She flashes back to the hospital, her injury, recovering and telling herself she’ll live as an empty shell. She stares at Detective Ha and says the line “I love you. Take care”. The play ends.
Detective Ha stares as the curtain falls. He goes backstage to find the actress. Her dressing room is empty. Detective Ha utters Seo Hyun Soo.
The answer I thought I knew, was wrong. That’s to my liking. Writer Lee’s solution was the suitcase contained the rocks that the wife dug up to bury the husband she killed so he wouldn’t leave her for another woman. Writer Lee continues to cross populate this series of episodes with snippets of the overarching mysteries of this series – Who is Mr. Kim? What’s with Seo Hyun Soo? Who is the coffee shop owner? Is the trench coat stalker benign or dangerous? What is Profiler Woo investigating? What happened to the ring Detective Ha planned to give Seol Ok?
Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo) believes Seo Hyun Soo was the actress. Everything seems to point to that being true. The coffee shop owner likes him. She’s jealous of Seol Ok. She has had extensive plastic surgery. She took the ring Detective Ha intended for Seol Ok. There was “the moment” when Detective Ha suggested that Seol Ok look at who was in front of her when she claimed she’d fall in love with the person right in front of her. If Detective Ha can’t get over Seo Hyun Soo AND she’s alive, can he ever move into a real relationship with Seol Ok?
Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) solved the missing man case. Seol Ok realized the wife killed and buried her husband in the house. She didn’t understand the wife’s rationalization to kill her husband rather than lose him. That makes sense. Seol Ok let go of her bad marriage and divorced. I had to chuckle when she had the ear of all the officers in the station.
Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.
The seventh song returns to a ballad with “Want You Hate You” by Zia. Frankly, I’m surprised by the prolific OST. The 1st season only had five vocal songs: