Mystery Queen 2 Episode 15
Detective Ha’s brother meets Mr. Kim on the roof top. The man turns…it’s Mr. Kang! He says he’s surprised that Detective Ha’s brother reached out to him after avoiding him for so long.
Min Joo’s body (the falsely accused student) is placed in the ambulance. Her boyfriend and Seol Ok’s fan club president is distraught. Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) is supported by Kyung Mi. She vows to catch the murderer.
The murdering student watches the body taken away. He’s angry it was found so soon. He calls Detective Ha’s brother and demands that he introduce him to Mr. Kim. When he arrives at Detective Ha’s brother’s office, the murdering student rejects the fake Mr. Kim. He says Detective Ha is just like him, they only want to live.
Mr. Hwang, forensics officer, chides Kyung Mi for drawing the site when photographs are more accurate. Profiler Woo and Detective Ha discuss the clues. The murderer left the body without a clear plan and there are tire tracks from the car. Profiler Woo believes the murderer liked looking at the body and didn’t believe it would be found.
Detective Ha’s brother gives his phone to the murdering student. Mr. Kim (Mr. Kang) tells the student he knows who he is and that the body was just discovered. He asks why the murdering student didn’t dispose of the body. The murdering student admits he liked looking at the body. Detective Ha’s brother closes his eyes and recalls telling Mr. Kim/Kang that controlling this murdering student would be tricky.
Profiler Woo tells Seol Ok now the body has been found the murderer will strike again to get his “fix”.
Unit 2 and Seol Ok meets to discuss the evidence. The victim scratched the murderer so DNA evidence will be available. The victim was moved from the murder site via car.
Mr. Hwang tells Profiler Woo the tire tracks are from an expensive car that he should be able to identify. Mr. Hwang guesses that Profiler Woo believes it is a serial murderer.
A man breaks into the someone’s apartment and takes hair, clothes and shoes.
Whose apartment was it? The victims? The boyfriends?
Seol Ok meets with the victim’s boyfriend who vows to catch and kill the murderer. Seol Ok assures him she’ll catch the murderer. She asks him to search the victim’s effects for a diary. He agrees.
He finds a masked man outside the apartment. The man knows his name. He flees and assumes he’s lost the masked man. But he turns his head and sees the masked man attack.
Chief Shin is upset when his daughter tells him she received flowers from a mystery man called Mr. Kim. He orders her to ride with him to and from work. He forbids her to go clubbing.
A friendly game turns into a nightmare for Chief Shin when Mr. Kang warns him not to betray Mr. Kim. Chief Shin realizes that Mr. Kang is Mr. Kim.
Manager Jo and Team Lead Gye are taken aback when Chief Shin orders Unit 1 to take over the murder investigation. Flashback shows Mr.Kang/Kim ordering Chief Shin to do this. Manager Jo suggests the two units work together. Chief Shin approves this.
The murdering student arrives at the police to do volunteer work.
Mr. Hwang is not happy when Kyung Mi finds a hair and he finds the site disturbed. He yells the site has been compromised. Flashback shows a police officer (the masked man that broke in the apartment) planting evidence at the scene the previous evening. Unit 2 arrives and examines the site. Mr. Hwang asks Team Lead Gye why both units are working the case. Team Lead Gye says Chief Shin ordered it.
Unit 1 and 2, Mr. Hwang, Manager Jo meet to discuss the case. Unit 1 isn’t interested in the details.
Seol Ok examines the site. She knows the murderer parked his car and removed the body. She believes he dragged her to the site. Seol Ok believes the victim woke and tried to escape but the murderer caught her and strangled her. Flashbacks of the murder show Seol Ok is correct. Seol Ok tells Detective Ha that the victim was abducted in the city then brought here. Detective Ha calls Corporal Kong Han Min who report CCTV shows a blue car leaving the suspected abduction area. Seol Ok and Detective Ha walk the abduction area. Corporal Kong calls to report he has a license plate. They arrest the murdering law student.
Mr. Hwang examines the blue car. He tells Kyung Mi it has been wiped clean by a professional. He believes the driver is the murderer.
Detective Ha interrogates the murdering student who seems to have a good idea why the murderer would find a woman that fought more fun than a submissive one. The murdering student claims he’s merely guessing what the killer thought. Detective Ha’s face shows he doesn’t believe him.
Team Lead Gye recalls the murdering student reporting he saw the victim’s boyfriend hitting her in the field. He claims to have tried to stop the fighting but the victim scratched him and told him to go home.
Detective Ha informs Seol Ok that the victim’s boyfriend’s hair and other evidence was found at the scene day two. She tries to call him.
Unit 1 arrives at the victim’s boyfriend’s apartment. He notes the apartment seems groomed for discovery.
Profiler Woo asks the coffee shop owner (Seo Hyun Soo) to work with him on the case. She agrees IF Detective Ha isn’t involved. She regrets not having the strength to stop watching Detective Ha. She knows if the arsonist hadn’t targeted her shop, she and Detective Ha wouldn’t have met again. She wouldn’t have taken the ring. She asks Profiler Woo to let Seo Hyun Soo be dead and allow her to keep her current identity. Profiler Woo agrees. He asks who and where is Mr. Kim.
Detective Ha sees his brother at the police station. He’s surprised when his brother says he’s the murdering student’s attorney. They discuss the case. In flashback we see that the murdering student blackmailed Detective Ha’s brother to be his attorney because of what he did in the past. Detective Ha’s brother tells Detective Ha without an arrest warrant he can take his client from the police station. He tells Detective Ha the real culprit is the victim’s boyfriend. Detective Ha says his brother becomes more like their father every day. Detective Ha’s brother says he’s doing what is best for the family. Detective Ha sighs.
Detective Ha and Seol Ok watch the murdering student leave with Detective Ha’s brother. Detective Ha tells Seol Ok that was the murderer. Seol Ok can’t believe he just walked out of the police station. Detective Ha vows that he’ll return soon with sufficient evidence to convict him.
Unit 2 reviews the volunteers list. Corporal Kong notices the murdering student’s name on the list. Seol Ok wonders if they’ll be able to arrest him as the trench coat stalker. Profiler Woo arrives. They realize that the victim was his first murder and he turned careful (wearing mask and gloves) with the next attack. Profiler Woo declares the murderer will hunt for his next victim soon. The beat cop says there was a recent woman that got away.
Detective Ha and Seol Ok meet with the woman who fled the murdering student and escaped when a police officer interrupted his attack. Kyung Mi finds a bloody fingerprint at the attack site. Seol Ok points out that the murder victim had the murdering student blood and skin under her nails. Seol Ok believes if they can prove the attack occurred in this neighborhood then the murdering student’s story about seeing the boyfriend hitting the victim in the field will be revealed to be false. Corporal Kong shows routes the murdering student used. Seol Ok asks Kyung Mi to find the evidence of the attack. Kyung Mi sputters the area is too large. They wish her well and leave. Kyung Mi isn’t happy.
Kyung Mi searches but finds nothing.
The murdering student visits his grandfather who lives in the area and promises to visit more often. He finds his next victim and attacks. But Corporal Kong reveals himself and Chief Shin’s daughter is the attacked woman. Unfortunately, they lose the murdering student as he ducks into a house in a dead-end street. The murdering student hides his gloves in the old man’s house. He’s startled when Seol Ok and Detective Ha turn their flashlights on him. Seol Ok finds the hidden gloves. The murdering student runs away and right into the waiting Corporal Kong and Chief Shin’s daughter who tackle and cuff him. The murdering student yells he is only a witness that saw the boyfriend attack the victim. Detective Ha and Seol Ok tell him he was caught red handed tonight. Kyung Mi arrives and shows them the evidence she found at the attack site. They return to the station to question the murdering student.
At the police station Team Lead Gye asks why they brought the wrong man in again. Detective Ha informs him the murdering student attack Chief Shin’s daughter. Team Lead Gye wants to know where the victim’s boyfriend is. Detective Ha tells Team Lead Gye that’s not the murderer.
Detective Ha’s brother tells the murdering student he won’t be able to get him out easily. The murdering student comments that Detective Ha’s brother covered his crime up easily enough.
Detective Ha and his brother argue about the case. Detective Ha asks who is fabricating the evidence to frame someone else.
Detective Ha’s brother meets Mr. Kang/Kim. He’s worried that evidence has been fabricated. Mr. Kang/Kim lies he wouldn’t do that. He promises that the case will be unresolved. Detective Ha’s brother worries that the murdering student is a serial murderer. Mr. Kim/Kang tells Detective Ha’s brother he’ll handle all the details.
Mr. Kim/Kang’s “fix it” man calls him. He says the victim’s boyfriend will be found early in the morning. The camera pans to a car with an unconscious victim’s boyfriend behind the wheel. Is his dead? A fire glows nearby. Will the car be burned?
Another good episode. Writer Lee delivered a murder case we care about and continued to tighten and enlighten on the overarching mysteries of this series.
* Who is Mr. Kim? He is long term friend of Detective Ha and former officer, Mr. Kang. He framed the victim’s boyfriend. I was surprised he revealed himself to Chief Shin.
* Who is the coffee shop owner? Seo Hyun Soo with plastic surgery. She agreed to work with Profiler Woo if Detective Ha wasn’t involved.
* Is the trench coat stalker a serial murderer? He is a serial murderer in the making. He was caught red-handed thanks to the sting operation by Unit 2. He’s the worst kind of murderer. He can’t stop and believes he shouldn’t.
* What is Profiler Woo investigating? He is investigating Mr. Kim. Why is unclear.
* What happened to the ring Detective Ha planned to give Seol Ok? The coffee shop owner (Seo Hyun Soo) has it.
* What is the crime that Detective Ha’s brother committed that puts him in the power of Mr. Kim and the murdering student? The student is so young. How does he have knowledge of something Detective Ha’s brother did long ago?
Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo) and his team captured the criminal. It was satisfying watching the sting operation set-up and catch the murdering student. Detective Ha correct guess that someone was pulling his brother’s strings.
Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) figured out how the murdering student committed the crime. The sting operation caught him red handed trying to murder again.
One episode to go. What’s my wish list for the final episode?
MUST happen: Mr. Kang is revealed to be Mr. Kim. The blackmail he holds over Detective Ha’s brother and Chief Shin is revealed.
MIGHT happen: Seo Hyun Soo is revealed to be the coffee shop owner. Profiler Woo reveals his involvement. If Mr. Kang/Kim killed Seol Ok’s parents, let that be revealed to end that long-ago mystery. Detective Ha and Seol Ok could recognize they should move from friend zone into a romance.
Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as terrific. My episode ranking chart is below.
The 8th song of the OST is “On The Way Back” by Jiyeon of T-ara and Park Hyo Joon. The 9th song of the OST is “I Still Love You” Seo In Young: