Mystery Queen 2 Episode 16 (Final)
Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo) and Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) arrive and find the police at the scene where the dead victim’s boyfriend is behind the wheel. There is a will and charcoal in the car. Seol Ok declares this is EXACTLY how her parent’s bodies were staged. Team Lead Gye doesn’t believe her. Detective Ha does. Detective Ha declares Mr. Kim is behind this murder.
The murdering student whines about being locked up again. Detective Ha’s brother (his lawyer) notes he committed a crime. The murdering student demands to speak with Mr. Kim. Then he threatens Mr. Kim (Mr. Kang) says he knows more than they realize.
Seol Ok tells Kim Kyung Mi (Kim Hyun Sook) and Mr. Hwang, forensics officer, they won’t find the victim’s fingerprints in the car. Kyung Mi says the victim wasn’t wearing gloves. Mr. Hwang declares the car was wiped clean. Kyung Mi stares at Seol Ok whose prediction was spot-on.
Detective Ha’s brother walks out of the police station. He recalls the murdering student threatening to tell his brother the past he’s kept buried for so long.
Detective Ha reads the suicide note which the victim confessed to the crime. Seol Ok knows the note contains all the details for the crime he “confessed” to. Team Lead Gye wants Seol Ok to back off. Detective Ha counters that Seol Ok has experience with a past crime that is just like this one. Flashback to season 1 where Seol Ok tells Detective Ha the will found with her parent’s bodies wasn’t her father’s will. Team Lead Gye recalls the victim’s apartment had evidence laid out for the police to find. Profiler Woo arrives and ask if the victim committed the murder and then committed suicide. Seol Ok retorts the victim didn’t commit murder nor did he commit suicide. Profiler Woo agrees the suicide note is just like 11 years ago. Detective Ha asks if Mr. Kim is the instigator.
Mr. Kim/Kang orders Chief Shin to move the murdering student into an individual cell and allow food delivery. Chief Shin agrees.
Seol Ok vows to catch the killer. Detective Ha tells Profiler Woo it is time for him to divulge the details about Mr. Kim. Profiler Woo confirms that fabricating evidence is Mr. Kim’s method. Seol Ok remembers that the handsome student and his friend planted a camera in the victim’s apartment. She wants to find the camera and the footage ASAP. She worries that if Mr. Kim learns of the hidden camera, he gets the footage first. Detective Ha drives to the victim’s apartment. Mr. Kim/Kang (who has Detective Ha bugged and was listening) is determined to get the hidden camera first.
Mr. Kim’s “fixit” man searches the victim’s apartment and finds the camera. He’s surprised when Team Lead Gye steps into the room. Team Lead Gye arrests him.
Profiler Woo, Seol Ok, and Detective Ha arrive at the scene. Team Lead Gye hands the “fixit” man’s phone to Detective Ha. The truth hits him. Detective Ha realizes Mr. Kang planted a listening device on him. Mr. Kim calls the “fixit” man’s phone. Detective Ha shows everyone the number. He takes the call. Mr. Kim/Kang asks if they found the hidden camera. Detective Ha says nothing. Mr. Kim/Kang hangs up.
Does Detective Ha know who Mr. Kim is? Or does he only suspect Mr. Kang?
Detective Ha tells Profiler Woo that he has a friend that can ferret out any information. He removes the listening device from his jacket. Detective Ha tells Mr. Kang that he knows he’s listening. Detective Ha asks if he prefers to be called Mr. Kim. Detective Ha declares he knows that Mr. Kang used him and pitted him against his father by saying that Seo Hyun Soo’s death was related to his father’ s law firm. Detective Ha demands to know how a many he implicitly trusted could do this to him. Detective Ha throws the listening device out the window. Mr. Kim/Kang takes his headphones off. Seol Ok assures Detective Ha that you never suspect those that are like family. Detective Ha declares he knows where Mr. Kim/Kang is. He drives with purpose.
Detective Ha, Corporal Kong Han Min and Chief Shin’s daughter arrive at Mr. Kim/Kang’s lair and find it stripped.
Profiler Woo and Seol Ok tells Team Lead Gye the hidden camera was planted by Seol Ok to lure the “fixit” man to retrieve it.
Detective Ha asks Profiler Woo if he found Seo Hyun Soo. Profiler Woo confirms it and says Seo Hyun Soo doesn’t want to be found by Detective Ha. Using his intuition, Detective Ha guesses that Seo Hyun Soo is the coffee shop owner. Profiler Woo doesn’t deny it. Detective Ha is glad she’s alive.
Detective Ha interrogates Mr. Kim/Kang’s “fixit” man. He doesn’t admit to planting evidence against the victim. Detective Ha admits he doesn’t have evidence…yet.
Mr. Hwang and Kyung Mi search for proof that the “fixit” man was at the recent crime scenes.
Detective Ha tells the “fixit” man he shouldn’t take the fall for these crimes that he didn’t commit alone.
The murdering student tells a reporter that he knows about a connection between Detective Ha’s brother and Mr. Kim.
Special food is delivered to the murdering student. He eats it with glee. An officer finds him dead in his cell. Chief Shin and his daughter watch the body loaded onto an ambulance. His daughter doesn’t understand how someone died eating sushi. Chief Shin realizes that Mr. Kim killed the murdering student. Mr. Kim calls Chief Shin. He won’t answer the phone. Mr. Kim/Kang doesn’t like that.
Detective Ha’s brother arrives at the morgue. Detective Ha tell his brother that someone is using him. The truth hits Detective Ha’s brother. He realizes that Mr. Kim killed the murdering student. Detective Ha says that Mr. Kim/Kang is the murderer. Detective Ha’s brother declares it is an acquittance. Detective Ha warns his brother that Mr. Kim/Kang is dangerous. His brother denies knowledge and leaves.
Detective Ha tells the “fixit” man the murdering student was killed at the police station, and the same thing could happen to him. The “fixit” man is forced to consider the possibility.
Unit 1 and Unit 2 search and seize documents. Detective Ha finds the long ago buried autopsy report of the taxi driver. He shows Seol Ok. She’s stunned and sobs that her theories about her parent’s deaths and the taxi driver were right. They were killed, they didn’t commit suicide.
Detective Ha apologizes for not realizing Mr. Kim was the mastermind. Seol Ok is grateful her parents are cleared of murdering the taxi driver. She misses them and cries. She wishes her parents knew they were exonerated. Sweetly, Detective Ha tells her she did well and pats her to comfort her. Seol Ok is grateful for his support.
Coffee shop owner overhears Detective Ha’s brother arrange to meet Mr. Kim.
Detective Ha finds evidence that the coffee shop owner is slated to be killed tonight.
Detective Ha’s brother meets with Mr. Kim who assures him he had nothing to do with the murdering student’s death. Mr. Kim promises him that he’ll protect Detective Ha’s brother so he can continue to do important work. Someone is watching the encounter.
I’m assuming the coffee shop owner is watching.
Detective Ha struggles to stay awake and drive to the murder location. He knows someone will be framed for killing the coffee shop owner but he doesn’t know who.
Mr. Kim tells Detective Ha’s brother that Detective Ha used to love a woman named Seo Hyun Soo 17 years ago but they were separated. Detective Ha’s brother asks why he needs to know this. Mr. Kim drops the bomb that Detective Ha’s brother’s girlfriend is the missing Seo Hyun Soo. He chuckles and retracts the information. Then he tells Detective Ha’s brother he must decide the truth for himself. Detective Ha’s brother reels for the reveal and leaves the room. Mr. Kim chuckles. He calls to the Seo Hyun Soo to show herself. She approaches with a gun in her hand. She shoots Mr. Kim/Kang! He falls to the floor!! She approaches the dead Mr. Kim. She tells him she’s supposedly dead and been hiding for 17 years, and now he’s the dead one.
A drugged Detective Ha arrives at the site. He aims his gun at Seo Hyun Soo. He sees who it is. He lowers his gun. Detective Ha and Seo Hyun Soo stare at each other. Detective Ha struggles to stay upright. Seo Hyun Soo cries. A man comes from the corner and shoots Seo Hyun Soo.
She falls to the floor. Detective Ha falls to the floor. The man (Mr. Kim/Kang?) stares at Seo Hyun Soo. He walks away. Mr. Kim/Kang removes his bullet proof vest as he strides away from the scene.
Detective Ha struggles to reach the dying Seo Hyun Soo. He can’t and passes out.
WOW, WOW, WOW! I’ve waited this entire series for a great scene. That was it! Mr. Kang is shot by Seo Hyun Soo. Detective Ha is framed. Mr. Kang shoots Seo Hyun Soo. Detective Ha can’t save her. My quibble is the drugging of Detective Ha and how he could drive (though impaired) but not save Seo Hyun Soo.
Seol Ok calls Detective Ha but he doesn’t answer. Seol Ok receives Detective Ha’s ring in the mail along with a note from the coffee shop owner that she found the ring while cleaning the shop.
Unit 1 arrives and arrests Detective Ha for murdering the coffee shop lady.
Unit 2 discusses how Detective Ha found the murder plan for the coffee shop owner. The file smells like mustard. Corporal Kong doesn’t want to admit he was eating a hot dog with mustard when he delivered the files. Team Lead Gye enters and says he saw the file on the bottom of Detective Ha’s stack. They realize someone put the file on top of the stack. Chief Shin’s daughter reports the security footage only shows the team members and Chief Shin entered the room. Team Lead Gye recalls seeing Chief Shin outside the room yesterday.
Detective Ha’s brother cries as he stares at the coffee shop owner’s body in the morgue. He sees his mother’s ring on her finger. He recalls giving her the ring.
Profiler Woo, Seol Ok and Team Lead Gye realize Detective Ha’s tea was drugged by the person that handled the file. Profiler Woo wonders if the fingerprints of the culprit were left due to the mustard sauce. Detective Yuk stops Chief Shin’s daughter and she explains Mr. Hwang will analyze Detective Ha’s drugged cup. When Team Lead Gye calls to him, he runs. Flashback to everyone wondering if Detective Yuk is the inside man. Seol Ok wonders if the culprit’s fingerprints are on the bullet.
Mr. Hwang lifts a print from the bullet. He declares the Detective Yuk is the culprit. Seol Ok isn’t surprised.
Team Lead Gye finds Detective Yuk’s desk empty. He puts out an alert for his arrest.
Detective Ha visits the theatre where he saw Seo Hyun Soo and lays a bouquet on the stage. He remembers her performance and words of love.
Detective Ha’s brother calls Mr. Kim and asks to meet.
Detective Ha arrives at the police station. Everyone is happy to see him. Even Manager Jo. LOL when Corporal Kong gets rid of Manager Jo with a phone call.
Mr. Kim/Kang and Detective Suk wait for Detective Ha’s brother. Mr. Kim asks for his loyalty. Detective Suk gives it.
Profiler Woo, Detective Ha, Team Lead Gye, Seol Ok and Kyung Mi stride down the street ready to catch the next batch of criminals.
Good finale. Writer Lee wrapped up much and left the door open for another season with Mr. Kim/Kang still at large. How did things end up?
* Mr. Kim was revealed to be Mr. Kang long term friend of Detective Ha and former officer. He shot Seo Hyun Soo and framed Detective Ha. He was at large with Detective Suk (his new right-hand man) when the series ended.
* The coffee shop owner was revealed to be Seo Hyun Soo with plastic surgery. She “killed” Mr. Kim/Kang which was a brief albeit too short moment of satisfaction. Unfortunately, Mr. Kim/Kang had a bullet proof vest on and shot and killed Seo Hyun Soo. Her death scene with Detective Ha reaching out to her was the powerful moment in the series.
* The trench coat stalker aka murdering student was killed in prison when Mr. Kim/Kang poisoned his delivered food. It was never explained how someone so young knew about Detective Ha’s brother and Mr. Kim’s crimes.
* Profiler Woo told Detective Ha that the coffee shop owner was Seo Hyun Soo by not saying a word.
* The coffee shop owner (Seo Hyun Soo) returned the ring to Seol Ok via mail with a note.
* We never learned what crime Detective Ha’s brother committed that put him in the power of Mr. Kim/Kang and murdering student.
Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo) found and lost Seo Hyun Soo. You could argue she had to die so Detective Ha could finally move on. In this instance, I believe he could have lived with knowing who she was and not been stuck in a rut by that truth.
Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Gang Hee) figured out and solved the crime. Seol Ok is a smart loyal person. Her friendship with Kyung Mi in the latter half of this series was a positive.
How did I do on my wish list for the final episode?
The MUST happen:
* Mr. Kang is revealed to be Mr. Kim. GRANTED.
* The blackmail he holds over Detective Ha’s brother and Chief Shin is revealed. NOT GRANTED.
The MIGHT happen:
* Seo Hyun Soo is revealed to be the coffee shop owner. GRANTED. I must applaud her for shooting Mr. Kim/Kang. Unfortunately his bullet proof vest ruined the effect.
* Profiler Woo reveals his involvement. NOT GRANTED.
* If Mr. Kang/Kim killed Seol Ok’s parents, let that be revealed to end that long-ago mystery. GRANTED.
* Detective Ha and Seol Ok could recognize they should move from friend zone into a romance. NOT GRANTED but the possibility exists.
Final Thoughts. Writer Lee delivered uneven, unfocused episodes for a considerable stretch of the series. In the latter part of the series the plots tightened and episodes improved. Even so, not everything was clear. The door is open for a third season. I’m not sure I’d want to watch it.
Ranking the episode (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as terrific. My episode ranking chart is below.
I may have liked the OST more than the series. The 10th song of the OST is “Stay” by J-Cera. The 11th song of the OST is “Cannot Live Without You” by Monni: