Kill It Episode 9
The task force digs and finds a body in a body bag. They all look at the woman’s face. They agree now they have sufficient evidence for a search warrant.
Is it the body the surrogate mother?
Kim Soo Hyun (Chang Ki Yong) tells Chairman Do’s secretary Ji Hye they have limited time. She confirms Chairman Do Jae Hwan (Hyun In’s adoptive father) made him but never raised him. She says he knows what the numbered children used for (organ donation). She says the answer about why the numbered children were killed is rooted in why they were born. She send him the fifth target. It is Chairman Do’s doctor cohort, Director Joo. She tells him to kill the doctor or risk those he cares for. He threatens her life. She counters he won’t kill her or Chairman Do until he knows why the numbered children were killed. they see Chairman Do exit the elevator. She tells him to leave unless he wants to meet his father. He splits.
Chairman Do eats dinner with his traitorous secretary. He asks if she was alone after her parents died. She admits that she had an older sister that died in a car accident. Chairman Do commiserates that his daughter also died in a car accident. She maintains her trademark poker face. Tae Soo (brutal punisher/killer at the orphanage/enforcer that works for Chairman Do) calls. Chairman Do tells him to move the numbered children from the current location.
After dinner the secretary calls Ko Hyun Woo (orphanage’s chief researcher) and reports the numbered children will be moved. She can’t let them be killed. Hyun Woo urges restraint. He says it is time he revealed himself. She tells him no believing their plan will implode if he does so. She reminds him of their pact. She says the need number 88. She sees Chairman Do enter the parking garage. She tells Hyun Woo she’ll call him back. When she hands up Chairman Do’s thugs pull her out of her car.
Soo Hyun recalls the secretary’s parting words…children are still being killed and he must find them.
Two numbered children at the orphanage discuss how nice it will be when they are adopted like number 137 was. Little do they know he was harvested and killed. Tae Soo enters. The two children recoil in fear.
Watching Chairman Do’s house, Soo Hyun hears the news report about the task force finding a body near the orphanage.
Tae Soo reports to Chairman Do. The intruder (Hyun Soo) left no traces. Chairman Do notes he took video from his laptop. Tae Soo shows him dashcam camera that shows a man dressed in black scale the wall around the house. Tae Soo agrees the man could be the man he previously encountered. Chairman Do isn’t happy the past is causing him problems. He orders Tae Soo to keep his secretary until he decides what to do with her.
When Chairman Do gets into his car, Hyun Soo calls him. Hyun Soo says it’s been 19 years…father. Chairman Do raises his brows. He sees his son in the car down the street. Hyun Soo asks if he killed him because his sister died. Chairman Do coldly states he no longer had need of his son. Hyun Soo asks why the numbered children died. Chairman Do counters that Hyun Soo was his biggest mistake and calls him number 88. Hyun Soo chuckles and tells Chairman Do he doesn’t make mistakes. He guns his car straight at Chairman Do. He veers at the last second. Heart pounding Chairman Do contacts Tae Soo.
Do Hyun In (Nana) learns from the forensics expert that the body was from an old woman strangled. Ah, the former surrogate mother Tae Soo killed. They both find it interesting the murder took place in Seoul but the body was moved next to the orphanage. He asks about the anonymous interview article delivered to her. Hyun In says it was common courier and tracing the sender may be impossible.
Hyun In goes the old woman’s house. She shocked to find Hyun Soo’s name and number on a piece of paper. She calls him…no answer. The Prosecutor arrives and asks if she found anything. She says not and quickly leaves without telling him why.
On Phillip’s computer Soo Hyun sees instant messages from a new person asking for information about number 88. When Phillip enters Soo Hyun demands answers. How did he get to Korea? Who is the new contact? Doesn’t Phillip know that people close to them lives are being threatened. Phillip claims he knew Soo Hyun would be upset about the new contact. Soo Hyun order him to leave. Phillip claims Soo Hyun needs him to solve the mystery of his past. Soo Hyun is clear…they are no longer friends and he must leave. Phillip leaves.
Soo Hyun exits the building just as Hyun In arrives. She asks why he was at the old woman’s house. She shows him the piece of paper with Hyun Soo’s name and number and informs it she found it at her house. She tells him the woman was killed and buried near the orphanage. She suggests they talk.
Hyun In doesn’t understand the old woman’s connection to the orphanage. Soo Hyun states she was a foster mother to the numbered children. He admits he went to see her recently for answers but she didn’t want to share, that’s why he left his number. He asks Hyun In if she suspected him of murder. She admits she did. Hyun In shares the details of the suppressed internet article. She asks why certain children were numbered. Soo Hyun says he’s still figuring that out. She offers to talk about the orphanage whenever he wants. She gets a phone call and heads to another room. Soo Hyun spies something in her purse.
Seul Ki finds Phillip outside the building with a packed bag. She corrected surmises Soo Hyun kicked him out. She suggests he stay in the animal hospital but Soo Hyun’s dog bares his teeth. She asks what he did to Soo Hyun. Phillip won’t say and asks to stay at her place for a few days. Seul Ki tells him to follow her. She sections her apartment not allowing him full access.
Soo Hyun rifles the diary in Hyun In’s purse while she takes a call. He recognizes the ordered list of names as the targets he eliminated. When they exit the building, Hyun In put her number in Soo Hyun’s phone.
The Prosecutor is nervous prior to interviewing Chairman Do. He and Hyun In go over the facts. He offers to do the interview alone. Hyun In states she’s a police officer not daughter while working.
Hyun In’s mother meets with her lawyer Mr. Jeun. They discuss her desire to make Hyun In heir. He recommends becoming the majority shareholder. She directs Lawyer Jeun to meet with the subsidiary companies and purchase share no matter the cost. Chairman Do’s man spies them talking when they exit the room.
The powerful man waiting for a transplant from one of the numbered children assures Chairman Do and his doctor cohort that he can block any search warrants the Prosecutor requests.
Chairman Do shows Tae Soo and Director Joo the pictures of the mystery man that met with his executive secretary. He shocks them with the new the man is number 88. Chairman Do assumes that when they put him on the foreign ship with orders to throw the body bag overboard, that didn’t happen. Chairman Do shows them a picture of his executive secretary tied up and believes her to be sufficient bait to draw number 88 out.
Soo Hyun stares at the plant Hyun Woo put in his office. Seul Ki enters and tells him to forgive Phillip because he doesn’t have many friends.
Soo Hyun visits the nursery Hyun Woo works at. He claims to be there to buy nutrients for his plant. He examines the mounted business license while Hyun Woo gets the item. Hyun Woo doesn’t charge him because he lives in the same building as Seul Ki who arrives wanting to buy a plant.
Phillip noses around Seul Ki’s apartment and finds a notebook of her sketches. One of them is Pavel.
The Prosecutor and Hyun In arrive to interview her father. Director Joo and Tae Soo exit the room. Director Joo chides Hyun In and snipes adopted children can’t be trusted. Hyun In’s mother walks up, instructs them to go into the room, then tells Director Joo not to besmirch her daughter, in fact, she doesn’t want him to return to the house.
All of a sudden in this episode Hyun In’s mother develops a brain and backbone!
Not surprisingly Chairman Do doesn’t reveal anything in the interview but Hyun In scores a direct hit when she mentions her father’s company’s abandonment of the alleged illegal artificial insemination research.
Hyun In’s mother tells her husband that she’s transferring 20% of her stock to Hyun In. Chairman Do states Hyun In isn’t corporate material. His wife reminds him that he’s the one that sent her to the police academy and believes Hyun In could do well in the company.
Hyun In learns the person that sent her the suppressed internet artificial was a woman. They view CCTV and Hyun In recognizes her father’s secretary.
Chairman Do’s secretary receives a CCTV snapshot. Because she’s tied up, the henchman replies that she’s in a meeting. Hyun In asks about the skeleton near the orphanage. The henchmen calls Chairman Do who believes that either number 88 or Hyun Woo will come to her rescue.
Hyun Woo can’t reach Ji Hye. He gets her GPS location from her phone He recalls her telling him to bring in number 88. He goes to his computer.
Soo Hyun reads the suppressed article. His computer pings with messages showing the GPS location and statement that his is the children’s surgery room. As he drives to the location he recalls Ji Hye’s statement that children are still dying.
Hyun In is told Ji Hye is on a business trip. She requests a track on Ji Hye’s phone.
Chairman Do and Tae Soo arrive where Ji Hye is being kept. She snarls that he’ll never get away with this. He laughs. He says his powerful friends would cover this up should it be revealed. He asks if Hyun Woo or number 88 will come for her.
Soo Hyun arrives. Hyun In arrives. Chairman Do’s henchmen see Hyun In. They call Chairman Do. He’s shocked she’s come. He asks if number 88 or Hyun Woo are there. His henchmen declare she is alone. He orders them to tell her to leave.
Chairman Do nods at Tae Soo. He puts a black hood over Ji Hye.
Hyun In calls Soo Hyun and asks if he’s in the area citing his car. He hears when the henchman knock her out. Soo Hyun takes off and runs to save the woman he loves.
Another stellar episode. Writers Son Hyun Soo and Choi Myung Jin have gotten their act together. It’s like a lightbulb has been turned on. The first half of this series was a murky mess but the second half is turned around. Chairman Do is Hyun Soo’s father, though the artificial insemination project may have something to do with that. The scene between Hyun In and Chairman Do was riveting. Chairman Do is evil in every way. All of a sudden Hyun In’s mother has a brain and a plan to make her daughter heir. The confused drugged woman was gone. Hyun In and Soo Hyun are both hot on the trail and getting answers. Soo Hyun is winning my respect even though he was a killer for hire.
Kim Soo Hyun (Chang Ki Yong) must protect those he loves. The list is small, Soo Hyun and Seul Ki. I loved it when he kicked Phillip out. The lying Phillip talked Seul Ki into letting him stay in her apartment. In a perfectly staged scene Soo Hyun called Chairman Do. Their eyes locked each in their own car. Chairman Do confirmed he is Soo Hyun’s father BUT used the critical words “I MADE you”. Couple this with the artificial insemination research and we have a likely path. I didn’t understand why his wife wasn’t mourning the loss of a son and daughter. If Soo Hyun is a product of artificial insemination that explains that. I’m enjoying the rapport between Soo Hyun and Hyun In. His devotion is plain to see. But his past make it impossible for them to have a future.
Do Hyun In (Nana) faced her father twice. Her father is wily and refused to provide any significant information. I was surprised to learn he pushed her to become a police officer. Did he want her to die in the line of duty? Did he think she could be a useful mole? Did he want her completely out of his business? Hyun In’s mother plan for her daughter surprised me too. I hate to agree with her father, but I don’t see Hyun In in the corporate world. Hyun In and the task force doggedly are pursuing leads, will they learn enough to capture and convict Chairman Do?
I rank this episode (on a scale from 1-10). Episode 9 was excellent. My rating chart is below:
The fourth song of the OST is “Unspeakable Secret” by Jang Hee Young: