Tell Me What You Saw Episode 15 “Trinity”
Team Lead Hwang Ha Young (Jin Seo Yeon) finishes her conversation with Kang Dong Sik. He stands to go. She stops him. He smiles and turns. She asks about what he did on November 29 when he took a day off. Dong Sik claims he is bad with details like that. He asks her to repeat the date. Team Lead Hwang repeats the date. Dong Sik repeats the date multiple times. Team Lead Hwang’s agitation increases. Dong Sik says he was with his longtime friend. Dong Sik tells Team Lead Hwang she knows this friend too. Team Lead Hwang is surprised. Dong Sik says Team Lead Hwang shot him in the head. Team Lead Hwang starts to lose it. She remembers spitting out the peppermint candy when she was held captive. Dong Sik says his friend was Shin Gyeong Su. He removes wire to strangle her. Team Lead Hwang remembers the peppermint candy killer strangling her. Team Lead Hwang is in a haze of past memories and terror. Dong Sik walks behind her and starts to strangle her. He orders her to says what she said years ago. Team Lead Hwang recalls that day. Dong Sik releases her. He says he won’t kill her today because 5 years ago she said the name he wanted to hear. Dong Sik says she must attend the grand party he’s prepared for them all. He caresses Team Lead Hwang’s face. Dong Sik promises to send invitations. Team Lead Hwang is frozen with fear. Dong Sik strokes her hair and walks away.
Team Lead Hwang comes up the stairs murmuring Dong Sik is the peppermint candy killer.
Detective Cha Soo Young (Sooyoung) calls Detective Yang Man Soo but Dong Sik answers and says Detective Yang is busy. He asks why she is calling. We see he’s strangling Detective Yang. Detective Cha asks if Dong Sik was in the forest that night. He confirms it. Detective Cha asks if he’s the peppermint candy killer. Dong Sik cheerfully confirms he’s the peppermint candy killer. He drags Detective Yang to the edge. He says she’ll see Detective Yang soon. Dong Sik promises to make it quick. He finishes strangling Detective Yang. Detective Cha is beside herself with impending doom. Dong Sik sighs in relief when Detective Yang is dead. He tells Detective Cha to look up. He tosses Detective Yang from high up the stairs. Dong Sik says this is the invitation. Team Lead Hwang stands at the top of the stairs having seen Detective Yang fall and splat on the concrete floor of the lobby.
Both scenes were worth repeating to ground this episode.
Detective Jang Tae Sung watches Detective Yang’s body taken away. Detective Lee Ji Min tells Team Lead Hwang that Detective Yang’s body will be taken to forensics. MEH pulls the sheet from Detective Yang’s face. Team Lead Hwang asks for a moment. She sobs remembering Detective Yang’s concern for her personally not just professionally. She sobs knowing that Detective Yang suffered a painful and brutal death. Detective Jang, Detective Lee, and Detective Cha all cry in the hallway as they listen to Team Lead Hwang’s wails of pain.
Detective Cha returns to her room and remembers warm moments with Dong Sik. Now she knows he’s the peppermint candy killer. She cries.
Standing where the peppermint candy killer held her 5 years ago, Team Lead Hwang recalls when she called out Yi Soo’s name as the next victim. Genius profiler Oh Hyun Jae (Jang Hyuk) arrives and asks why she identified Yi Soo. Team Lead Hwang asks if she’d said another name, would anything be different. She says she wanted to live. Hyun Jae stares. Team Lead Hwang says the day she said Yi Soo’s name she died. Team Lead Hwang says the moment Detective Yang died, she professionally died. Team Lead Hwang says learning Dong Sik was the peppermint candy killer, she realized she couldn’t do anything. She admits she was afraid. She says there’s nothing she can do. Hyun Jae tells her to die if she can’t do anything and end her pain. He walks away. Team Lead Hwang puts her gun to her head. She remembers a warm moment with Yi Soo. She remembers Detective Yang’s dead body. She can’t pull the trigger. She sobs.
That felt authentic.
Dong Sik calls Hyun Jae and holds out the phone to catch Yi Soo’s music. Hyun Jae says Team Lead Hwang was the name he wanted to know. Dong Sik agrees. He asks what Hyun Jae will do now. Hyun Jae says Dong Sik has no reason to live. Dong Sik begs to differ. He says Team Lead Hwang is only the beginning of another question. Dong Sik asks why he chose Team Lead Hwang and why did she name Yi Soo. Hyun Jae says this is all a game to him. Dong Sik agrees but says he’s only partially correct. Dong Sik asks when they became connected. Dong Sik urges Hyun Jae to find him. Hyun Jae promises he’ll find Dong Sik when he least expects it. Dong Sik holds his doll and says he looks forward to it. He looks directly into the camera and smiles.
Love that Dong Sik was in Hyun Jae’s lair and Hyun Jae was in Dong Sik’s former lair. This has always been about their relationship. Everyone one else was a pawn. Dong Sik’s direct look into the camera…did Producer Director Kim want to break the 4th wall?
Detective Cha apologizes to Team Lead Hwang for not knowing that her former partner was the peppermint candy killer. She calls herself stupid and responsible. Team Lead Hwang points out she couldn’t have stopped him. Team Lead Hwang declares based on results she is responsible. Team Lead Hwang asks Detective Cha to find the peppermint candy killer together and make him stand trial. Detective Cha agrees. Team Lead Hwang shares she met Hyun Jae yesterday. She believes Hyun Jae will kill the peppermint candy killer then himself. Team Lead Hwang says per Detective Yang if admit your fear, then accept it, then you become a real detective. She vows to save Hyun Jae. Detective Cha says Team Lead Hwang only need give her orders. Detective Cha says she won’t lie anymore. She’ll trust Detective Cha. Smiling Detective Cha says she trusts Team Lead Hwang too.
Detective Jang can’t believe Dong Sik is the peppermint candy killer. Team Lead Hwang and Detective Cha arrive. Detective Lee points out higher ups will stop their efforts. Team Lead Hwang declares she has a plan to arrest Dong Sik.
Chief Park arrives at the press conference just as it is starting. He demands to know what Team Lead Hwang is going to reveal. Detective Cha claims not to know. Team Lead Hwang reports that Senior Chief Choi, DB and Detective Yang were murdered by the same man, Mr. Kang. A reporter asks if the murderer is really the peppermint candy killer. Team Lead Hwang repeats the peppermint candy killer died 5 years ago. Chief Park sighs in relief.
Listening to the press conference Hyun Jae murmurs that was a checkmate move. He knows that Team Lead Hwang just kept RIU Team #1 out of the clutches of disbandment by higher ups in the police force. He says that was a decent move. Dong Sik has only one choice. Hyun Jae murmurs that what Dong Sik gets by making this game so big. He looks directly into the camera and says “what are you going to do?”
Hyun Jae’s direct look into the camera…did Producer Director Kim want to break the 4th wall?
Out of uniform Dong Sik smiles enters a lawyer’s office, Lawyer Jung.
Detective Cha puts flowers on Detective Yang’s desk. Team Lead Hwang asks if she’s heard from Hyun Jae. Detective Cha says no. The team goes to find and arrest Dong Sik. Team Lead Hwang and Detective Cha in one car and Detective Lee and Detective Jang in the other.
Dong Sik assumes the identify of Lawyer Jung. He creates a fake ID. He walks away from Lawyer Jung and two office workers bloody and dead on the floor.
At Dong Sik’s house, Detective Cha and Team Lead Hwang look around the empty abode. Detective Cha finds an old ID of Hyun Jae’s. She shows Team Lead Hwang who remarks this is a very old ID, from Hyun Jae’s first assignment as an officer. Detective Cha guesses that Hyun Jae and Dong Sik might have crossed paths BEFORE Dong Sik started killing. Detective Jang reports that there wasn’t much to find at the police station.
The team discusses if Hyun Jae is the lynchpin to Dong Sik’s killing circle. They believe something ties Dong Sik and Hyun Jae that perhaps Hyun Jae doesn’t even know about. She notices Detective Lee’s chair is at a different angle. She wonders if Hyun Jae was there.
Flashback…Hyun Jae sits at Detective Lee’s desk and reviews case files.
Hyun Jae summons Detective Cha on the “direct to Hyun Jae” earbuds. Detective Cha steps out. Hyun Jae asks why Dong Sik came to RIU Team #1.
Team Lead Hwang, Detective Lee, and Detective Jang review the case files. Team Lead Hwang asks why Dong Sik came to RIU Team #1. She wonders if Dong Sik thought he could hide there.
Hyun Jae says Dong Sik knew he’d be found there.
Detective Jang says Dong Sik knew he’d be found out.
Hyun Jae declares Dong Sik came because Hyun Jae was there and exposed. He urges Detective Cha to recall what Dong Sik told her.
Flashback…Dong Sik tells Detective Cha not to get upset and look up. Detective Yang’s body falls to the floor. Dong Sik says this is the invitation.
Detective Lee asks Team Lead Hwang if Dong Sik said anything that struck her as weird.
Flashback…Dong Sik promises Team Lead Hwang to send invitations.
Team Lead Hwang says it was an invitation.
Detective Cha says it was an invitation. Hyun Jae urges Detective Cha to remember even more.
Detective Cha recalls Dong Sik sitting at Detective Lee’s desk and reviewing witness Joo Sa Gang’s case files. Recall Joo Sa Gang was the split personality helmet man/artist that was the Gang Leader’s son.
Detective Lee declares witness Joo Sa Gang’s case files were printed.
Detective Cha tells Hyun Jae it was Joo Sa Gang. Hyun Jae disconnects the earbuds. Detective Cha calls to him, but he’s gone. RUI Team Lead #2 is in the stairwell above her and has overheard.
She was used to find the answer Hyun Jae needed. Love the cuts between both parties realizing the answer at the same time. Bravo Producer Director Kim!
Detective Cha runs to the bullpen. Team Lead Hwang says that Dong Sik couldn’t do all this alone. He had a partner. But Joo Sa Gang worked alone. Detective Cha bursts into the bullpen. Detective Lee states Joo Sa Gang is appearing in court today. Detective Lee gets the details, he’s just left the detention center. Team Lead Hwang declares they will exclusively stop this.
Chief Park listens to RIU Team #2 Team Lead’s report. He wonders why Joo Sa Gang is the connection. He tells RIU #2 Team Lead to bring Hyun Jae to the police station. He barks shutting Hyun Jae is the important thing. RIU #2 Team Lead leaves.
Joo Sa Gang is agitated as he’s driven to the courthouse.
Flashback…Joo Sa Gang expects to meets with his lawyer, but it’s Dong Sik. Dong Sik claims he is Lawyer Jung, his lawyer’s replacement for the day. Joo Sa Gang says he’s told his lawyer everything that needs to be said. Dong Sik agrees. But he stops Joo Sa Gang and says he wants to talk to his other personality. Joo Sa Gang stops dead in his tracks. Dong Sik calls him the left-handed killer. Joo Sa Gang’s left-hand twitches and he grabs it. Dong Sik says they need to talk.
Joo Sa Gang grabs his hand and tells himself not to do anything.
The tension is building!
RIU Team #1 leaves for the courthouse. Team Lead Hwang says they’ll watch Joo Sa Gang until Dong Sik arrives. She tells the team this is the last chance to capture Dong Sik. Chief Park watches them leave.
Dong Sik sits in a white truck and sings to himself.
Team Lead Hwang takes off in one car and Detective Cha, Detective Lee, and Detective Jang take off in another car. Team Lead Hwang exits the parking lot first. Then a van blocks the other car. The driver claims his engine died. Detective Jang yells at him to move the car. Bok Man watches and calls Hyun Jae that the team has been blocked. Detective Cha sees Bok Man on the phone in the parking lot and wonders if Hyun Jae orchestrated this.
RIU Team #2 surrounds Hyun Jae’s car. Team Lead says Chief Park wants to talk to him.
The white truck driven by Dong Sik rams into the police van with Joo Sa Gang. It flips on his side. Dong Sik approaches the police van and drags Joo Sa Gang out and into the back of his truck.
Hyun Jae drives away from a writhing and disabled RIU Team #2.
Dong Sik drives away. Team Lead Hwang’s car arrives and blocks the road. She gets out. Dong Sik gets out of the truck. Team Lead Hwang aims her gun.
Flashback…Team Lead Hwang tells Hyun Jae she’ll have Dong Sik waiting for him if she gets there first.
Detective Cha explains that Hyun Jae used Bok Man to divide them so that Team Lead Hwang was alone. She thinks Hyun Jae wants to sort something between Dong Sik, Team Lead Hwang and himself. She believes there’s a reason.
Believing Team Lead Hwang would drive alone was a big assumption…but I quibble.
Dong Sik holds up a detonator. He’s disappointed the Team Lead Hwang is alone and says arresting by herself won’t be easy. He’s pleased when Hyun Jae arrives. He calls Hyun Jae. He chides Hyun Jae for being late. He holds the detonator in the air. He says it is part of a gift. He says the police van has a gift in it.
Flashback…Dong Sik plants a bomb on the police van when he arrives.
He mocks Hyun Jae that he can either stay next to the police van and face injury or step away. He says this isn’t the day for his last act. He gets in the truck. He drives away holding the detonator aloft. He presses the detonator. Hyun Jae realizes Dong Sik detonated Yi Soo’s car 5 years ago. Hyun Jae yells at Team Lead Hwang to go after Dong Sik.
Hyun Jae rushes to the police van and tries to break the glass to extract the trapped officers. He manages to get one out. Then he returns to extract another. But she’s trapped. She makes the same sounds Yi Soo did when she was trapped. Hyun Jae recoils. He says Yi Soo’s name.
Flashback…Hyun Jae tries to extract Yi Soo but the car blows up.
Hyun Jae pulls and pulls to extract the officer. He lifts her out of the van. The bomb explodes as he’s clear of it. The officer thanks him. Hyun Jae rushes to his car and takes off in the direction Team Lead Hwang went.
Team Lead Hwang follows the white truck Dong Sik is driving. He makes a sharp turn. She’s slowed down but turns too. Hyun Jae follows.
Dong Sik drives the truck to an elementary school. Team Lead Hwang arrives.
Dong Sik exits the truck and open the back where Joo Sa Gang is.
Team Lead Hwang pulls up next to the truck. Hyun Jae calls her.
Detective Cha learns Dong Sik is at the elementary school he went to as a child. Detective Lee says they aren’t far away. Detective Cha says this could be a trap. Detective Jang calls for backup.
Chief Park learns RIU Team #1 is intersecting Dong Sik at the elementary school. Chief Park tells the officer to dispatch RIU Team #2 and no one else.
Enroute to the elementary school, Chief Park calls and yells at RIU Team #2’s Team Lead for letting Hyun Jae get away. He yells they must do what it takes to silence Hyun Jae and Dong Sik.
Team Lead Hwang searches for Dong Sik. He approaches and tells her this is the final party location. Team Lead Hwang says it’s over. Dong Sik sits in a chair and says it isn’t over. He declares the world favors people like him. He says there are many of them. He points to a group of men that enter behind her. He says the men want to beat Hyun Jae to a pulp. Hyun Jae arrives and calls to Dong Sik. Team Lead Hwang turns. Dong Sik knocks the gun out of Team Lead Hwang’s hand and grasp her from behind. He says this will be fun to watch.
Hyun Jae starts to fight the men.
Joo Sa Gang wakes in the truck that Dong Sik has unlatched. He looks at his left hand.
As Hyun Jae fights, Dong Sik tells Team Lead Hwang that 5 years ago the first name she gave was the wrong name, but it is the right name tonight. He tells her to name the person to kill. He demands she say the name. Team Lead Hwang frees herself and declares there’s no one. Team Lead Hwang declares she doesn’t want anyone to die and he won’t kill anyone against. She declares he’ll face the law. She tackles him. He pushes her back to the ground. Team Lead Hwang stands and shows him her handcuffs.
Hyun Jae finishes dispatching the men. He walks toward Team Lead Hwang and Dong Sik.
Team Lead Hwang sees Joo Sa Gang enter the room and start towards an unsuspecting Hyun Jae. She screams his name.
The stage is set…we have two serial killers in play. Writers Ko Young Jae and Han Ki Hyun had Dong Sik kidnap and unleash Joo Sa Gang’s serial killer personality (aka the man in the helmet from episode 9). I don’t fully understand the connection between Hyun Jae and Dong Sik and if Joo Sa Gang is more than an additional killer to the party. We’ll find out in the final episode. This was another stellar episode from Producer Director Kim Sang Hoon and the production team. Though there is a penchant for dark scenes, Producer Director Kim showcases the story and ratchets the tension like a master. I expect the finale not to disappoint. Writers Ko and Han have crafted a stellar story, more intricate than expected. Producer Director Kim has demonstrated his mastery for this genre. Needless to say, the cast will bring it once again.
Genius profiler Oh Hyun Jae (Jang Hyuk) saved the trapped female police officer from Dong Sik’s planted bomb, unlike 5 years ago when Hyun Jae couldn’t save Yi Soo. Hyun Jae realized Dong Sik planted a bomb on Yi Soo’s car and deliberately imploded the car with Hyun Jae right next to it. It was designed to either kill or destroy Hyun Jae by not being able to save the woman he loved. Hyun Jae reached out to Detective Cha to find what he needed, what Dong Sik was searching for in the bullpen. I liked that Hyun Jae reached out to Team Lead Hwang. He hasn’t cut her out of his life. Dare I hope that he understands how Dong Sik tortured and manipulated Team Lead Hwang into saving Yi Soo’s name. I’m also hoping that saving the female police officer and knowing that he never had a chance to save Yi Soo, will allow Hyun Jae to heal after all this is done.
Detective Cha Soo Young (Sooyoung) offered her support to Hyun Jae and Team Lead Hwang. Detective Cha was almost a minor character this episode as Hyun Jae and Team Lead Hwang took center stage. Dong Sik was only a child in the backseat of the car that hit and killed her mother. Team Lead Hwang and Hyun Jae have been more directly affected by Dong Sik machinations. Is she correct that Dong Sik met Hyun Jae BEFORE he began killing?
Team Leader Hwang Ha Young (Jin Seo Yeon) had a gun on Dong Sik but let him drive away. That seemed a bit lame, Dong Sik holding the detonator to get away. Why didn’t Team Lead Hwang shoot him in the leg and disable him? Forget it, 90% of this episode was excellent, it only started to lag a bit in the final act. Dong Sik once again had Team Lead Hwang in a headlock and tried to strangle her to say Hyun Jae’s name. This time she got away and was ready to handcuff Dong Sik…and then Joo Sa Gang arrived.
Officer Kang Dong Sik (Eum Moon Suk) activated the left hand serial killer Joo Sa Gang. Is there a better reason than Dong Sik wanted two serial killers in play? What is the connection between Hyun Jae and Dong Sik? When did they meet? When and why did Dong Sik start hating Hyun Jae and trying to best him?
One episode to go. What’s my wish list for the final episode?
* Dong Sik dies or is captured. Frankly, I’d prefer dead. We now know the entire series is about Dong Sik’s imagined or real relationship with Hyun Jae, everyone else was pawn in Dong Sik’s game with Hyun Jae.
* No one else dies. RIU Team #1 has taken enough losses. Chief Park is an option for one more body. He’s still willing to kill to keep the secret that the peppermint candy killer is alive not dead like he and Senior Chief Choi claimed and fabricated 5 years ago. Position and power are the only thing that matters to him.
* Healing is where this series should end.
** Team Lead Hwang. Her story was graphic, gripping and traumatic. How she even functioned is beyond me. I want the series to end with Team Lead Hwang living life again.
** Detective Cha. She has had closure on who killed her mother, but her serial killer partner is an open issue. I would love the series to end with Detective Cha being confident that she’s a good detective. She is, she just doesn’t believe it yet.
** Hyun Jae. We’ve seen Hyun Jae coming back to life during this series. He’s been empathetic and a hero multiple times. I’d like the series to close with Hyun Jae living a life where he gives and accepts friendship from others. He’s hinted at it, but catching Dong Sik to learn who ordered Yi Soo killed was the overriding goal. With Dong Sik eliminated, Hyun Jae should move on and regain a life worth living.
I rate this episode as almost excellent, 9.5 on a 10-point scale.