Rating:
Average user rating 4.1
82

Gap-dong: Episode 10

We totally take one step forward in the Who Is Gap-dong mystery, but also, maybe one step back? I don’t know. It’s way too early in the show to be arriving at conclusions—not with ten episodes left—so I am taking our latest case development as yet another twist and not our destination, which means that with the answering of one question, we usher in a bunch of new ones. I guess that’s why they call it a myestery.

SONG OF THE DAY

Siborongborong – “Wanna Know” [ Download ]

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Backing up slightly, we open with the conversation in Tae-oh’s apartment. He holds up Maria’s unclaimed coffee card, stamped nine times, and says he’s curious to know about what happened in Gap-dong’s ninth murder. “I feel like there’s something interesting about it,” he says. “Something different than what the world knows.” Maria says that to know the secret of the ninth murder, he’d have to be the one to perpetrate it. “I’ll never tell you,” she says.

Tae-oh says he’s glad to get the chance to see her before he dies, which naturally grabs Maria’s attention. He explains his mother’s “gift” to him, and tells her that it’s up to her to decide whether he’ll live or die. He swallows the pill.

Mu-yeom answers the ringing pay phone, all nervous anticipation, only to find that it’s Officer Young-ae on the line (she’d helped him locate the pay phone). He’d put her to the task of tracking Maria, and Young-ae reports that Maria is at Tae-oh’s place. Mu-yeom heads over immediately.

Maria sneers at Tae-oh for miscalculating her decision, then leaves him to die alone. But the moment she steps outside, her hands are trembling as she calls Mu-yeom, asking shakily, “Is it okay… to kill him?” She cries that she wants Tae-oh to die, but the conflict is tearing her up.

Mu-yeom calls it in, bringing both ambulance and police officers to take Tae-oh to the hospital. The nosy reporter tries to get a glimpse of the suspect and pokes her nose around, though for now she’s held off.

Afterward, Mu-yeom tells Maria she did the right thing in calling him. She’s shaken at her own thoughts, but he assures her that it’s a normal human response—it’s the psychopath who would face that moment without feeling any conflict. Maria asks fearfully how they can stop Tae-oh, but for now he doesn’t have a good answer.

The story makes front-page headlines in the newspapers, with a large photo of Tae-oh identifying him as the Gap-dong suspect. Not only is this a big development for the case, it’s also noteworthy given the prominence of the Ryu family. We’d been told previously that his father was the president of a company and could see that Tae-oh came from wealth, but now it seems he’s actually close to chaebol-level. Well, that explains why his mother would have wanted to keep a low profile for all of them.

The media is all over the story, which only adds to the headache for the authorities. First of all, Tae-oh’s legal reps hit back hard with lawsuit alleging libel and emotional distress, and the prosecutor worries that he’s been backed into a corner.

Detective Ki-ri confronts the nosy reporter for leaking the story, since she was so keen on getting a look when Tae-oh was being taken away. However, she insists that she didn’t do it, arguing that this was a calculated ploy orchestrated by Tae-oh’s side. She advises Ki-ri to take a good look at who benefits from this latest turn, which makes Tae-oh’s family a lot craftier than anyone had given them credit for. But also, why is the reporter on the outside smarter than the team of cops who’ve been working this case for months?

The Ryu family’s high-powered lawyer reports to Tae-oh’s mother that they were lucky at how things resolved, because Tae-oh could have lost his life if things went awry. Hm, so Mom hadn’t ordered him to die?

In a flashback, we see how the scene had actually played out when Mom gave Tae-oh the pills. She tells him to take those pills in an angry suicide gesture (angry over being wrongly accused, she means), but in a situation where he’d be saved in the last minute. Thus he gains credibility for going through with the attempt, but gets to keep his life.

That’s why the lawyer says Tae-oh got lucky after calling Maria, since there was no guarantee that she’d call for help. They’d meant for Tae-oh to call someone a little more friendly, but in the end it all worked out in their favor. Mom leaves the rest to Lawyer Kwon to settle, and he assures her that he’ll make sure Tae-oh is declared innocent.

At the prison hospital, the inmates gossip about Tae-oh being a psychopath, all sharing how they totally felt that about him while Tae-oh was here but just didn’t say so for one reason or another. Everybody’s a genius in retrospect, eh?

Tae-oh is set up in his own luxurious private wing of the hospital, where Mu-yeom visits him (while he’s reading Crime and Punishment, by the way). Mu-yeom revisits the lie detector question, asking whether Tae-oh truly wants to stop his behavior, but Tae-oh says that he doesn’t know himself.

Mu-yeom then asks if he started Tae-oh on the wrong path all those years ago by planting the idea of Gap-dong into his head after Tae-oh’s father was killed. He explains that he’d spent some time in his youth fixated on Gap-dong, too, thinking that Gap-dong must be some impressive person to thwart capture, with extraordinary abilities or intelligence. But now he’s realized that Gap-dong is just a son of a bitch who has evaded capture.

Tae-oh answers, “You’re right. At first, it was you. And you were also my hero and my god.” For a while, Tae-oh had entertained the theory that Mu-yeom had been copycatting his father, and had wanted to meet him and find something out. Mu-yeom leans forward, eager to hear this question, only to have Tae-oh tell him that he doesn’t know the answer—only Gap-dong and Maria know.

Mu-yeom’s curiosity spikes as he asks what Gap-dong was like, and Tae-oh replies that he “had an unexpected appearance.” That’s the only clue he offers, though, and calls this visit to an end.

Tae-oh’s lawyer visits with him next to apprise him of latest events, which are looking favorable for Tae-oh—there’s a growing belief that he’s been wrongly accused, and it’ll be harder for the authorities to have him arrested.

Ji-wool makes a delivery for her mother’s chicken restaurant (the product placement on this show is seriously amusing, in that it’s so random and out of place), not realizing that Tae-oh is the destination until she’s in front of him. She tries to excuse herself right away, but he plays on her sympathies and asks her to stay because he hates eating alone, and gets her to sit back down.

She admits to still feeling confused around him, because she keeps thinking he’s not guilty. But at least her head still issues some warnings, because she knows she ought to keep her distance, and she leaves.

Mu-yeom resumes his stakeout of the phone booth, and just like last time he’s just about ready to call it a day when the pay phone starts to ring. Heart pounding, he picks up the receiver, and is greeted with Gap-dong’s whistle. Bingo.

Gap-dong starts by saying that this’ll probably be the last call, and asks if he’s listening. Mu-yeom doesn’t answer, and Gap-dong hangs up the phone. Finally we see the face on the other end, and to nobody’s surprise, it’s Poopy, aka Park Ho-seok. After hanging up the call he resumes his meek demeanor (and speaks in a deliberately higher-pitched voice) as he collects his belongings—he’s being released.

Poopy/Park Ho-seok steps out of the prison a free man, leaving just as Mu-yeom drives up to the prison. But Mu-yeom doesn’t see him, and Park Ho-seok makes his way to the bus stop, where he borrows a phone from another passenger to call Tae-oh. Just to make things absolutely clear, Park Ho-seok says the words “Ha Mu-yeom knows that I’m Gap-dong,” but interestingly, he sounds panicky about being discovered while Tae-oh remains cool-headed. It almost sounds like it’s Tae-oh bossing Gap-dong around, rather than the reverse.

Tae-oh tells Park Ho-seok that his statute of limitations has run out so he’s got nothing to worry about, and sighs that the only thing he’s disappointed about is not getting to learn about the ninth murder’s secret. But he can hear that from Park Ho-seok later, he says, and hangs up.

We see that ninth case from Maria’s perspective, as she flashes back to that day after she’d played rock-scissors-paper and her best friend had died instead of her. She had begged Gap-dong for her life, trying to bargain by offering to keep silent if he let her go. She’d asked, “Wasn’t winning the game supposed to let me live?” Maria shakes that memory from her head.

Mu-yeom arrives at the hospital to check on its call logs, and flips out to hear that Park Ho-seok was just released. Ah, they’d gotten a sudden order from above, suggesting that Tae-oh had his lawyer pulling strings.

Park Ho-seok tracks down Maria while she’s out on a jog and calls out to her from the taxi he’s driving. As she recognizes him from the hospital, she gives us the low-down on his stats: 43 years old, suffering from social phobia and delusions, imprisoned for repeated thievery. He insists on driving her home and ushers her into the car… which Tae-oh notes, having trailed behind Maria in the park. He looks upset—is this not a part of the plan?

Mu-yeom reviews Park Ho-seok’s file, and frankly nobody is all that worried about his release other than him. Park’s cover was so thorough that they all know him to be the prison loser, and are skeptical of Mu-yeom’s claims. But when Mu-yeom realizes that Park’s assigned doctor was Maria, he wonders, “Was this it?”

In the cab ride, Maria notices that the name on the placard isn’t Park Ho-seok’s, though she forces herself to sound casual as she congratulates him on finding a job so quickly. Park Ho-seok merely says he got lucky, then sounds sheepish when he “accidentally” takes the wrong street.

Mu-yeom calls while she’s in the car, and warns her that Park Ho-seok is Gap-dong. He instructs her to get out as naturally as she can, without drawing his suspicions, and she manages to get him to pull over without betraying her knowledge. Park’s face contorts angrily at being thwarted, but he holds on to his meek persona and lets her go.

Maria asks him to explain why he came looking for her, but Park just excuses himself, saying he’ll tell her next time. Maria hurries home to her trailer in a near-panic, peering out of her window as she calms herself. But then Park Ho-seok comes into view in her front yard, and she ducks out of view and tenses as she holds onto her locked doorknob, trying not to shake.

But then anger wells up and she comes to a different decision, throwing open the door and stomping out into the yard to face Park Ho-seok. She flinches when he pulls something out of his pocket, but it’s only her phone, which he holds out to her. He leaves without further fuss.

Mu-yeom speeds right over and finds her in her yard, looking confused. Even she doesn’t seem convinced that he’s right about him being Gap-dong, having never once suspected him while at the hospital. Mu-yeom is certain, though, and reminds her of her words earlier that Gap-dong is sure to have changed.

Now we flash back to Tae-oh’s discovery of Gap-dong in the prison kitchen, this time seen from Park Ho-seok’s perspective. He’d shown the fishing knot to Tae-oh and called it his signature, while an awed Tae-oh had asked how he managed to stop killing before he was caught—he’s the only one who’s been able to do it. The others only stopped because they were caught, but Gap-dong stopped himself.

It was Gentleman Choi who had stepped in before Park could answer, perhaps explaining how he found out about Gap-dong.

Park Ho-seok steps out of his car, and when he returns there’s a surprise visitor in his backseat: Tae-oh. The air is tense, and they don’t seem thrilled to see each other. Ooh, is this story about to take another turn with our buddy killers no longer buddies?

Tae-oh asks why Park Ho-seok sought out Maria, and also reminds him that he was supposed to tell him the secret of the ninth murder. Park hedges nervously, saying that he’d promised to tell him when it was time for the ninth murder, and Tae-oh retorts, “Then should I go ahead through the ninth case?” Park’s eyes widen in alarm—this guy is way too scared to be the real Gap-dong, isn’t he?

Tae-oh narrows his eyes, guessing the same: “You don’t know, do you?” Park Ho-seok clings to the story, saying that he knew about the knot, and Tae-oh asks him to demonstrate his stuff in person. Park gulps, and Tae-oh laughs.

So now Park sweats over his dilemma, looking over a bridge at the water below, and trying to flag down a cop car in a burst of desperation.

There are twelve days left until the anniversary of the sixth murder, but Profiler Han has a brainwave and calls Mu-yeom to alert him. Twenty years ago, if they’re counting by the lunar calendar the sixth murder occurred on the day before Budday’s birthday. In other words, today.

Mu-yeom checks his notes, and sure enough, there it is—May 17 by solar calendar, which was April 7 by lunar.

Meanwhile, the investigation unit is briefed on the key points of the sixth case: a middle-aged victim this time, her hands tied with a scarf, with rolls of wallpaper found nearby and a taxi somehow involved… Believing themselves to have twelve days, they’re not operating at full urgency, but Mu-yeom joins the briefing to declare that it could happen today.

Maria has made mention of seeing a hypnotherapist before, but today’s the first time we see her in a session. She is instructed to think back, and describes being in the field of reeds at the scene of the ninth killing. She’s trying to glean more details from her memory, and the therapist urges her to buck up her courage to look at the ajusshi’s face.

She isn’t able to come up with anything new, and Profiler Han worries afterward that she’ll be plagued with nightmares again, like she used to be. But she needs more clues to help her make sense of her confusion about the new suspect, because she keeps thinking it’s not him. “I’m afraid I’m going crazy,” she worries to him. “I’m so sorry that I can’t do anything, and it drives me crazy.”

Ji-wool’s mother heads out of her chicken shop, and the next-door ajumma notes her pretty new scarf. And who should be on hand to offer his cab services but Park Ho-seok, who has been watching outside her store for just this opening, it seems.

Mom requests a ride to the temple, which gives him the chance to note that tomorrow is Buddha’s birthday. Mom says she’s off to make a wish for her troublesome daughter, and Park Ho-seok hands over some money and asks her to make a wish for him, too. His request? “To return me to my twenty-year-old self.” Why, is all that serial murdering giving you a backache, old man?

Mom tells him to give her his name and address so she can fulfill the wish, but he declines.

At the station, Mu-yeom pores over CCTV footage of the city, watching the movements of the taxi. The cops wonder where he’s heading, and Mu-yeom plots his course on the map… and the trajectory taking him to the temple.

Ji-wool is busy at work at the temple, accepting templegoers’ payments in exchange for their wishes. Or rather, I should say hustling at the temple, because she sure knows how to manipulate anxious moms into coughing up more dough to upgrade for premium wish-making locations. After all, what’s an extra hundred bucks when your child’s second-chance university admission hopes are at stake? (“Ah, you want to upgrade to thirty dollars? But the number three seems rather unlucky, like you’re heading for a third attempt… Ah, you’d like a hundred dollars then?”)

Mu-yeom shows up at the temple to ask about any strange taxis making an appearance. But on a busy day like today, there have been more than a few taxis making the rounds, which offers little help.

Ji-wool pulls him aside to tell him of her encounter with Tae-oh at the hospital, and she’s pretty much decided he can’t be that terrible. She sighs sympathetically about him being rich but lonely, with nobody to visit him, and then says that she thinks Tae-oh called her specifically there because he likes her. PSH. You know, if she were the victim of the day I’d be pretty annoyed, but at this point her delusions are kind of cute. She says that it’s such a worry that his feelings are moving toward her, and asks, “Aren’t you jealous? Angry?” She cuddles up to him, and he grumps, “You want me to hit you?”

Chul-gon finds himself in the hot seat with the special investigators, who turn their icy cynicism on him in the interrogation room. Now a new rumor is circulating that Chul-gon is working to help Tae-oh, which is so absurd that Chul-gon bursts into laughter. But not only is he being grilled, the investigators delve into questions that they weren’t able to turn on him before he was taken off the case, due to his position of authority. Now they ask why Mu-yeom ended up shot instead of Tae-oh, as though that was his plan all along.

Ji-wool mentions to Mu-yeom that her mother is on her way to meet her, and should be arriving any minute. But Mom is taking longer than expected, and Ji-wool calls to check on her, leaving a voicemail asking whether she’s drunk or asleep. She’s not worried—yet. But she ought to be.

Park Ho-seok has claimed his next victim, and drags mom’s body along a dirt road in a secluded neighborhood.

Mu-yeom is driving along when he has a sudden flash of insight and thinks back to the taxi he’d seen on the CCTV cameras earlier. He pulls over next to the empty parked cab, and sees the cell phone in the passenger’s seat as it lights up with a new message. Mu-yeom reads the text (from “daughter Matilda”—Matilda being Ji-wool’s pen name) and it’s a worried message asking why Mom isn’t responding. Nearby he finds a discarded purse.

Chul-gon is presented with bank records, with a particular (very large) deposit from a Mr. Kwon noted. That’s Tae-oh’s lawyer, and Chul-gon both recognizes what has happened and realizes that he’s screwed by it. He tells his interrogators that an investigation is understandable given the deposit, “But after Gap-dong is caught. Got it? I’ll see you then.”

But he’s surprised by the declaration that Gap-dong has already been found. Chul-gon beelines for the detectives’ unit and asks about the arrest, and is handed Park Ho-seok’s file.

They mean Gap-dong has been identified, but he hasn’t yet been apprehended. Currently Park Ho-seok is still at large, and hovers over Ji-wool’s mother as he prepares to do the deed. Notably, his hands are shaking. Are you doing this just to prove yourself? Park begins to strangle Mom with her scarf, but that wakes her up and she fights back, biting into him and running away.

Mu-yeom races along the road trying to locate Mom, and finds the track marks indicating where she was dragged. He follows the trail, while Mom struggles to evade her pursuer.

Back in the city, Tae-oh puts in an appearance at a nightclub, scanning the crowd of partiers until he sees what he’s after: Maria, sitting alone at the bar. Today she’s sporting a cross between her normal appearance and her Vixen Maria getup, dressed much bolder than usual but lacking the wig and extravagant makeup.

His smile drops when she comments on his “suicide performance” and says that she ought to have made sure he died. “It can’t be that that pathetic Gap-dong is your hero,” she says with scorn. “You have to go farther—you should complete what he failed.” Her tone borders on mocking as she asks if he wants to relocate to that reed field, and Tae-oh, suddenly angry, grabs her arm and drags her aside to a dark corner of the club.

He shoves her down to the couch, then hovers above her, his fingers brushing the hair out of her face. “I don’t know either when I’ll strangle your neck,” he says. “So don’t provoke me. I’d like for you not to be the woman who dies tonight.”

Out in the field of reeds, Park Ho-seok has caught up to Ji-wool’s mother and regained control of the situation, dragging her along as she cries for mercy. He glares at her as he grasps a weapon in his hand—a hammer.

He raises it with a trembling arm, just as Mu-yeom races toward him through the field. Mu-yeom launches himself at Park…

 
COMMENTS

Hm, so Poopy is our guy—or is he? The show definitely likes to mess with misdirects and red herrings, plus he’s way to full of fear to be the real Gap-dong, but there are enough hints built in to keep us guessing for now. Such as him wanting to return to his youth, and the suggestion that Gap-dong has changed. I don’t suppose a ruthless killer would have changed into a scared loser over the years, but you know, I suppose stranger things have happened. Until the show clears this up for us, we can’t quite conclude whether Park Ho-seok is our guy or merely another copycat.

My gut is going with copycat, though, considering how fearful he seemed of Tae-oh thinking he was lying. And if he were the true Gap-dong, what the hell does he have to fear? So the question in my mind is why he decided to take on this guise, and what he could possibly gain from it.

Oh, and who the real Gap-dong is, if he’s just another wannabe. It’s entirely feasible that he learned the fishing knot from the real criminal, but we’ve already sort of exhausted the prison family for suspects, haven’t we? I wonder where the show will go from here, because at this point any new character is going to seem glaringly obvious, so how will they continue to keep us guessing? Not that the show has done a stellar job of that—I think we all sorta saw Poopy coming a mile away, whether it was from Day 1 or more recently. In any case it wasn’t a stunner, and I’m still holding out hope that the show will have a few surprises up its sleeve, otherwise the path to the finale could end up dull indeed.

But on the upside, even if the mystery of Gap-dong’s identity hasn’t been the most scintillating enigma to hit dramaland, well, ever, at least I can enjoy the characterizations. I don’t really care about Poopy as a person or his backstory, but I find it interesting to watch his bravado clash with his scaredy-pants flashes. The show hasn’t made me too curious about the facts of the case (we’ll get those details as they become necessary, but there’s no sense of ticking clock or urgency about the case itself), but I do find myself wondering at motivations of our characters, and trying to parse their psychological underpinnings.

For instance, is Tae-oh feeling an actual emotion about Maria—say, concern or anger or care—or is it just the detached possessiveness of somebody who has marked his territory and doesn’t want anybody else claiming his property? Is he the only one who gets to toy with her? Or is he motivated by anything deeper?

I find it interesting that he took the pill for real despite the possibility of Maria not calling for help. Granted, she did end up calling somebody, even if she didn’t direct the inquiry to emergency services directly, but he miscalculated with her and I do think that was a risk he was taking. There was no certainty that she’d do as he wanted, and things could have ended very badly for him. So did he feel a need to prove something to her, in addition to fooling the world? What really drives him?

Not to give short shrift to our heroes, but I do find the villain’s psychology much more compelling in this drama, which is too bad. The thing is, I do love Yoon Sang-hyun in this role and I’m thrilled that he finally aligned with a role that allows him to show as much of his range as he is capable of handling (as opposed to some previous roles where I felt he was wasted). On an acting level, I’m enjoying pretty much everybody’s performances across the board, which includes Kim Min-jung, Kim Ji-won, Sung Dong-il, Kang Nam-gil, and so on. It’s just that on a character level Mu-yeom and Maria are turning out rather straightforward, and so Tae-oh ends up being the only one I puzzle over, and whose inner workings I’m actually curious to know. I suppose there are worse problems to have (you know, like finding nobody compelling), but you know, I like to be greedy.

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , , ,

82

Required fields are marked *

thanx for the recap javabeans....

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

thanks for the recap! can't wait for next episode

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap! With too many dramas to catch up with, reading the recap is the best way to follow up with what's happening! =)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Am I the only one who thinks that what we see of Gap Dong's face in Maria's flashbacks looks eerily similar to her stepfather?

Could he be Gap Dong? Now that we've kinda ruled out Poopy I'm starting to suspect everybody, haha.

0
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've thought the same thing all along, that profiler step-dad was gap-dong. But I think the big reveal in this episode (aside from all the doubt casting) is his teeth, which we get to see while Dr. Maria is under hypnosis. They are rather similar to the way profiler step dad's two front teeth protrude/overlap.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I had the same thought too from the scene where she went through the synopsis. If it is true that would explain why the murders stopped, as he went overseas! But I can't figure out a motive...or is he the true psychopath

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yup, as soon as there's some possibility that Poopy was not Gap Dong after all, my mind went to Profiler Han.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

For me, another aspect that makes me think he might be gapdong is his hobby: fishing.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

That makes sense. So he would know Gap Dong's signature knot... !

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh my gosh, can I just say you people are really smart because that's so cool <3

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow! This is fast progress. :D Awesome job! I think that we all have a bunch of reasons to suspect Profiler Han. Well, lets wait and see who it is...

0

Oh, they were totally trying to make us think he's Gap Dong in this episode. I don't want to fall for it, yet.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

what an intriguing episode!
thanks for the recap :D

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ryu Tae Oh is the one I'm puzzled about too.
I don't think Poopy is Gap Dong, but he may have met him. (Or not.)
I'm curious about what happened to Maria in the field, what did Gap Dong say to her?
I'd be pleasantly surprised if Ji-Wool did something unexpected, and surprised Tae-Oh. (Even Maria did, come on)

Who is the fifth victim going to be? Because if Poopy fails, is Tae Oh going to finish the job?

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think Tae Oh will murder again. Not unless he does it out of love or sanity or the need to prevent the death of someone he loves. He still doesn't care enough about human life to save ahjumma --whose cooking he likes-- from possible harm by Loser Gap Dong. So he's not human yet. But the secret is important to him: How can a murderer stop murdering? How can I save myself from this evil within me? This is his great desire...to stop. To the best of his ability, he wants to be good...or at least to have control over his wrong urges.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

oops ...Tae Oh will NOT murder again. not unless....

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

From a few episodes back my hubby bolted up and said he thinks profiler Han is gapdong. After the single father committed murder number 4, he pointed out Han was in a position to manipulate Mad Monk's dad, also a single father who he seemed to know fairly well. When I pointed out the cake box scene, he said don't be surprised if in a later episode we see that Han volunteers at the hospital. Mad Monk mentioned the "just try to catch me" motive for gapdong. Who better to be competent enough to take on Chul-gon, especially being a profiler FOR the police. If he is gapdong and married the lone survivor's mom??? Well that would fall in line with being a psychopath. And lastly ... he's a fisherman (ergo would know how to tie the intricate knot).

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hasn't Han and his wife been married for 17 years as well?
And its been 17 years since..

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Dear Javabeans, thanks for the recap. I want to make a confession, the last murder (attempt) scene made me laugh really.. I found it hilarious.. LOL I know I shouldn't be laughing but I can't forget how funny Ji Wool's mom was in the earlier episode and she's still funny when struggling to escape her murderer, and Poopy didn't help tje situation either he was so incapable and trembling and so..hahahaha thanks, show, I love how you make me laugh upon a supposed-to-be-scary scene!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

On the other hand, the club scene where Ryu Tae Oh released his beasty real-self to Oh Maria thrilled me much.. it gave me goose bumps!!

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

me too. I felt so....weird about that. Passionate angry stalker guy....Korean wrist grab....and Maria being all sexy. Just wow! Those two make a very dysfunctional pair.

I feel so sad that Tae Oh committed murder. If he hadn't, slowly the two couples would've been created. Younger set (Ji Wool and Tae Oh) and older set (Mu Yeom and Maria). But noooooooooooo...he had to go screw up his life by murdering folks....for a loser who isn't even the right guy. Ah me!

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

But thinking about it, the way Maria reacts when Tae Oh throw her to the couch and press on her, she's quite passive isn't she? It's like she was waiting for him to do something further, and let him make his move. And if we compare to other victims maybe that's what happened to them too.... suddenly became paralyzed by the aura of the killer in front of them?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think those women got paralyzed because the writer wanted them to be...to help the plot. I suspect some folks would be paralyzed by fear which would be normal for some and others would have adrenalin kick in which would also be normal.

As for Maria, she was kinda in between guises there. She didn't entirely have the kick-ass pseudo-bravery of Vixen (no wig, but feminine, sexy and alluring but not "tough") but neither was she Maria either (her long hair was let down and she was drinking). We've never seen this aspect of her which is kind of a melding of both her extremes. So she has to somehow deal with him in this new emerging self she has. Neither helpful caring loving foot-washing mommy figure, nor angry bitch. Oeteke?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too! I can feel the heat and actually hope he unleash his anger towards her somehow.. oh pardon my imagination. For a moment I wish I were Maria LOL!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, now we know the role Poopy plays! Time to reveal that the other Gap Dong is one of the cops. I'm thinking Section Chief Cha, or bungling cop who's always pushing that annoying reporter.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's Chief Cha.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is it only me who thinks that Gap Dong is Maria? I dunno why, she might've changed her voice and everything. But definitely there is something mysterious about her. She's not my favorite character. And believe it or not, Tae Oh's my favorite character. There is something so amazing 'bout him.....

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

GapDong is Maria?? are-you-seriously-sure????

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Current Chief cha can possibly be gap dong, he seems to be acting wierd right from the first ep which is a clue for the viewers, the most important clue happens to be the 10th ep chief cha was instructing his team abt d forewarned 6th case is after 3 day but actually is actually the current day, our hero ha breaks in and warned his guys

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow, wow, wow!

The power of the myth of Gap Dong to do harm! It's as if the name and the ideal of a serial killer is enough to cause other folks to kill, to cause losers to kill. I mean how different is Ho Seok from the other loser guy who killed himself on the railroad tracks?

I was seriously surprised at the relationship coppycat had with his seeming idol. Tae Oh's seeming disdain on the phone was like??? WTF?? Shouldn't worshipers be less disdainful? But I guess there was always the question in his mind of whether this was a Gap Dong knock-off?

Common sense issues:
How did "Loser" Gap Dong happen to drop her off near her trailer? Seriously? If you see someone you're afraid of, don't go in their taxi..even if their poor feelings will be hurt. And if k-drama luck gives you the chance to escape, do not let the guy drop you off near your house? Just get out asap. And go to a crowded place! Hasn;t this woman studied psychology, especially criminal psychology?

Javabeans, when you said 10 more episodes to go, I kinda felt my heart drop. What can they do in 10 episodes? But am gonna believe that --overabundance of coincidences or not, overabundance of luck or not-- this drama will work itself out.

Am glad we got the little convo between Mu Yeom and Maria about the difference between being unemotional/cold and being a psycopath. Glad Tae-Oh's discovering his emotions but dang! talk about the pendulum swinging back and forth. Now he's full-on letting all his anger out. First no emotion and now uncontrollable anger/passion. Love the visual thematic help of Crime and Punishment but it looks as if the pendulum will have to swing back and forth a few times before he gets his emotional side right.

Thanks for the recap.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

does tae ho love ji wool or maria?i want to knw..am curious

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

As much as it's possible for him....he is in love with Maria. and he sees Ji Wool as a friend.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I want Tae Oh to be with Ji Wool so bad (which doesn't make much sense because he's a freaking KILLER). And obviously, judging by the amount of GIFS on tumblr, and mentions of the two of them or every other website hosting this show, a lot of people do as well. Anyways, I'm gonna hold out hope for the two of them---Tae Oh and Maria REALLY don't suit each other. I mean, she's like scarred because of Gapdong and he's practically in love with Gapdong, like come on. Ji Wool by herself is rather interested in the whole murder mystery sort of thriller theme (I mean, she did write The Beast's Path) and I think that and the fact that she's able to actually TALK to Tae Oh like he's a normal person rather than a killer is what's going to be the deciding factor on whether there's going to be a loveline between Tae Oh and Maria or Tae Oh and Ji Wool.

Anyways, I personally think there shouldn't be ANY romance in this drama. It doesn't make much sense if you think about it lol. But, yeah, because they're obviously going in that direction---I ship Tae Oh and Ji Wool to the end.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

does tae hoo love ji wool or maria?..am confusd nd curious to knw

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks Chief Cha could be Gapdong. I've been suspicious since on earlier ep Scary Tiger said to him something like,''It's not like you are the killer.'' I feel like it's a hint from the writer.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's true. I did think that at one point because he always looks so sad and innocent. Too innocent if you ask me!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Am I the only one still desperately trying to ship Ji Wool and Tae Oh?

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

My God! We shouldn't ship anyone with a serial killer.. really.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too !

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm actually still trying to ship Ji Wool and Mu Yeom. It could work if they make her a little less whiny and more aware of the situation. Besides, she's knowing enough to be with him if she likes the older guys. We all have our tastes.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

...... I could get behind Lee Joon and Kim Ji-won being paired off in another drama.

But he's a bat-droppings-crazy serial killer here!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well yeah, maybe it's that lee joon kim ji won chemistry that's jusy making me ship.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Am very sure it must d oh maria's step father or chief cha by watching all d 10 ep these two are acting strange am dying to know who it is still hve 5 weeks to reveal the truth omg...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ha! The current gap dong is like lee kwang soo reincarnated, down to the pabo facial expressions!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's who he reminds me of! I didn't realize it before, but you are so exactly right in your description.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The way Tae Oh suddenly becomes bossy towards Poopy is totally unexpected. I think he knows he is not Gabdongi but wants to make use of him. And I think Tae Oh is the one who ask Poopy to kill Jiwool's mother. Poopy did not know Jiwool, how would he know the right time and place to pick her mother?

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

oh,there's a thought! I'm so used to coincidence in this drama that I thought it was just another coincidence.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ryu Tae Oh asked Poopy to "show himself" in the taxi. I think that's what he meant, to perform murder no.6.

Ahhh forgot to highlight this, finally we got the first victim who fights back!!! Applause to Ji Wool's mom!!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I noticed that too! There's a reason why ahjummas are awesome XD

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

ooh I thought Tae Oh is the one asking Poopy to kill Jiwool's mother too. remember he said to Jiwool her mother had great skill (at making chicken or sth?? foreshadowing??? oh well kdrama) and that seems to make sense rather than coincidence, which is also kind of this drama in a nutshell thou

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Tae Oh is brilliant (in a creepy serial killer way, of course) so how did he fall for Poopy's trick in the first place?? Did he know all along?

Chief Cha is another good guess for Gap Dong. But Profiler Han seems more likely to me...

And what oh what happened during the 9th case? Why did Gap Dong stop? What happened between him and Maria?

Gahhh... The mystery!

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I got the creepiest feeling from Profiler Han this episode, too, Lovely. Just think how incredibly scary the thought is that he kept Oh Maria by his side as a daughter all these years...and even influenced her to become a profiler. I wonder if he systematically trained her to miss clues about him and has caused confusion in her psyche as to render her nearly insane (like so many characters inside and outside the jail clinic). What isn't clear, yet, is how Tae Oh's involvement would fit into this picture, and if so, what did Profiler Han do to tangle him in such a mess of a life. It is rather exhausting just thinking it through ~

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well put.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ok...I don't think it is Poppy and I was sure it was....I am now leaning towards 3 suspect - 1. The Chief who is now in charge - not Crazy Tiger 2. The Monk 3. The Profiler

The Suspense is killing me!!!! But, I am loving it.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Look at that Poopy guy's face in the picture above. He looks so meek, far from smart. How can a stupid guy got away with serial murder? I literally laughed when he tried to stop the police car. He can't be Gapdong.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I hear you when you say "meek" and Poopy. Poopy def has social anxiwty issue and he kinda overcompensated by allowing someone else to worship him as a serial killder.

But I think when we think of meek-- the real definition of the word-- as someone who can hold his emotions in an even tempered way-- then Gap Dong would fit the definition of meek. Because the real Gap Dong has managed to be efficiently careful with his murderous rages. And he's managed to very calmly, in a controlled way, not get caught, not kill anyone who might suspect him...and perhaps even hang out near policemen. This is the great secret Tae Oh is looking for: to control the desire to murder.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh gosh, I was hoping the secret Tae Oh was looking for was how to stop murdering because he didn't want to be driven/controlled by the desire to murder anymore. I mean, life would be a lot easier for him if he didn't have that desire, so why wouldn't he want it to stop?

Hasn't anyone else read about serial killers who stopped for a while because they fell in love/got married, and then when their spouse dies they start again? That could be what happened with Gap Dong. Or he was just in jail for another crime or he died. But this is a Kdrama, so of course he's not dead.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think Gap Dong is the Monk...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Tae-oh's personality is quite puzzling, javabeans. He seemed a bit shocked whey Oh Maria walked out, as if he hadn't calculated that possibility. The fact that he couldn't predict her reaction shocked him. Tae-oh seems to know that Poopy isn't Gap Dong based on their conversation in the taxi. I do cringe at the years of craftiness and evil and the sick mind behind the real Gap Dong.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I guess now we kinda know what drived Tae Oh to kill in the first place and will move him even more from now on...to know the secret,why and how did Gapdong stopped killing on his own free will,and this secret indeed only the true Gapdong and Oh Maria knows it...also i think he wants to know why did he let her live and how did she made him let her survive...
'Em i the only one who sees the dude face from Maria visions?he doesn't look with nobody till now and he was kinda goodlooking as well...
so curious to see what happed that day exactly,like Tae Oh says it must be a twist,what made him spare her...we know he lied about the game winning and wasn;t intrested in letting her live like he told her...so what was it?
and Poopy taking Gapdong identity in front of Tae Oh was a bad move for him but i guess his medical record kinda explans part of it,he has delusional type so maybe at that moment he acually made himself think he is Gapdong for fun and burned himself when he found out what a psyhopath Tae Oh,he is totally afraid of him...
i also see Tae Oh mom is preparing to leave with him away,he even said he will leave soon,so i'm curious what will happen..also i find kinda intrestin Maria game,to name it like that,always provoking Tae Oh and right away being all afraid of him when she makes him mad,what does she actually want to do...till now i guess his wathever feelings he has for her it's her luck and that she has the answer to his question and he surely wants to know what happened to her that night...i also think Maria still fells haunted by whatever decision she made that night,i suspect also that she played with Gapdong letting her friend die knowing what to choose,so the guilt still is vivid and makes her wanting to find the real one to end her nightmare

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I wonder... maybe Maria is retraumatized and isn't strong enough to not revert to her weak bullied-by-serial-killer child self.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Who else believes that profiler Han is the real gap-dong? I know I do. A serial killer that marries the victims mother to keep close tabs on Dr. Maria. He taught mad monk the fishing knot signature. The time frame fits for his age.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

When pulling my mind back to the Teoh-oh's lackey being threatened to kill the teacher with his son's life hanging in the air, I gnash my teeth in rage and hatred with the helmsman manipulating the whole tragedy behind the scene. Feel like wanna crash his head too with nunchaku as what HMY has in mind, oop, no, sorry! I'm a human, still a normal human.
Thks to Lee Joon for taking on this role !

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm wondering if the "secret" of the ninth murder, AND the reason why Oh Maria is so traumatized, might be because Gap-dong made her kill her friend.

Which would also explain why she would choose to "run away this time" and could also serve to explain why the killer managed to stop killing.

Not sure if I missed anything across the 10 eps that would make this implausible but it sounds like a decent explanation in my head.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow!!! Good thought there! Hadn't thought of that! So Gap Dong would have to find two people on the 9th murder, as well?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

My guess is that the chosen victims for Murder 9 mk. II will be Maria and Ji-wool, this time for real.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

How would that explain why the killer stopped?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Although the writers were obviously trying to point us in the direction of Profiler Han being Gap Dong, it's still kind of early for me to say it's definitely him. But he is at the top of my list. He could have married Oh Maria's mom so he could keep an eye on Maria, watching for the moment she remembers something.

Two things I'm still confused about:

1. Why did Mu Yeom tell Tae Oh that Gap Dong killed Tae Oh's father? Did they ever expand on that scene? How completely random...

2. What's up with Maria's vixen persona?

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This drama really, I woke up in the middle of the night and suddenly thinking about who could be Gapdong!! Nooo... do I have to spend the next five week like this until the mystery is solved?? Help me... I can't get it out from my head!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I too have question:
- Ryu Tae Oh said Poopy killed gentleman Choi with a verse from the bible. Why and how did that particular verse affect him so much that it made him suicide???

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The verse was used as a threat to his family.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ohh? I might have missed that part.. thanks for the answer!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I sort of think Poopy is a copycat too, like he had to psych himself into the murder of Ji-wool's mother (who, I am pleased to see, is the first actual victim to even attempt to fight her killer, or have a reaction aside from cringing fear. Ji-wool held up well when she thought Tae-oh was going to kill her too, but she went a more passive route).

And Tae-oh....well, we knew he wasn't going to die, obviously, but I'm really enjoying Lee Joon play him, especially in moments when he shows flashes of something other than 'crazy bastard, lock him away'. The pill scene at the start had me with my fingers crossed.

And his most obvious object of obsession is Maria, whom he seems to have an almost proprietary feeling towards (and she's also the only person capable of hurting his feelings)....... but he seems to have turned some of that attention on Ji-wool after the kidnap/murder 5. I'm rather surprised to see him seeking her out/manipulating situations to be near her, whether it's the chicken shop visit last ep or the delivery this one. And he's successfully confused her, too - I think he's trying to groom her to be one of the victims in murder #9.

(also, where is the common sense on any of the good guys in this story?! I can excuse Ji-wool's mother since she's totally unsuspecting (and what will happen now that Murder #6 mk. II has failed?) but Maria getting in cabs with a former patient and trying to confront a suspected Gap-dong, plus Ji-wool's near-total naivete about Tae-oh, are frustrating. As was Mu-yeom's inability to not handle dead bodies with bare hands.)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I see I'm not the only one who suspects Profiler Han to potentially being Gap-dong...over the past two weeks, I've been seeing more and more glimpses into that possibility. Poopy always seemed fishy to me because of his overly "I'm the village idiot" persona, and his alternating flashes of being "evil" with his meekness seemed a bit too contrasting for him to be the real GD. Seeing his hesitation also confirms (to me, for now) that he's just another copycat like Tae-oh -- without the large bodycount.

The "good ol' stepfather" persona always seemed fishy to me, and despite him being a profiler -- what better way to hide your psychopathic tendencies by actually being part of law enforcement, injecting yourself into the investigation by "providing a profile of the killer" (which would throw suspicion on others than yourself) and keeping tabs on sole surviving eyewitness by marrying her mother?!

My suspicions about him didn't begin from the beginning, but the timing and the assorted coincidences are beginning to pile up. He would be the true psychopath, being able to disguise his tendencies and taste for murder with his professor-like demeanor...unlike TO, who seems to be struggling to contain his taste for murder by continuing to copycat the murders.

TO's continued interest in Maria seems to be cracking a bit of his psychopathy, although I'm frankly getting annoyed at Ji-wool's continued "he's a good person! he's misunderstood!" defense of TO...did he have to nearly kill you for you to stop seeing him as a good person??

For this to continue 10 more episodes...guess we'll be seeing red herrings galore, a la God's Gift x/

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am suspicious that it is the Profiler….or….and this would be a neat twist, a female. Tae-Oh *did* say that Gap-Dong had an "interesting appearance." Even BETTER than that, if it turned out that Tae-Oh's mother was involved.

*drums fingers together in deep thought*

hmmm…

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ok so obviously Tae Oh is a murderer and a bit messed up in the head. I probably should not be defending the guy at all. But, if you think about it, he's really not a psychopath at all. He feels feelings. He loves Gapdong, he considers him his hero---that's a feeling. He gets angry when Maria is with Mu Yeom---that's a feeling. He's caught off guard and confused when Ji Wool is plain out talking to him in episode 8---that's a feeling. Basically, he doesn't at all follow the definition of "psychopath." Either ways, he's sort of SUPER interesting. Fascinating. You wouldn't know how mezmerized I was in one of the earlier episodes where he's in his apartment and the classical music is playing and, when it climaxes, he does a perfect ballet move. God, I was like unable to look away. And, come on, let's not forget the shower scene.
Basically, you don't see characters like him in many dramas---in most of them, they're either of two extremes: extremely cold or extremely nice. But Tae Oh, he's so hard to figure out and his mind works in the strangest way. He's a killer, yes, and he's a murderer, yes, but he's not a psychopath.
Either ways, Lee Joon did a hell of a job in portraying this character.

(BTW. I am also completely for the ji wool/tae oh loveline---if only)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I know what you mean about extremely bad, extremely nice in many other dramas. Gapdong's writer have put such "hard to guess" personalities, not only Ryu Tae Oh, look at Oh Maria, Chul gon, Poopy, etc. I think that's one of the factors that make me hooked up to this drama. GOD I keep coming back to this "forum" because I can't wait for the next episode.

As for Ryu Tae Oh, it's the club scene that made my heart skipped a beat.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Okay, my bet is that Profiler Han is the reap Gap Dong. He stopped killing because he married Maria's mother right away after the 9th case. The only hole in that theory is the fact that Maria can't remember him - but she was catatonic after the 9th case for a while. She probably didn't want to recognize him, especially since she was now living with him in... Australia, I think was where they moved to? That's why he's so interested in whether she regains her memory or not. Since the statue of limitations is up (or was it almost up), he's just toying with them all now.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

*real

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

So late to the game... But loving the mystery. Guessing Profiler Han or Chief Cha for now.

Hate that Kim Ji Won always gets stuck in roles that pine and pine and pine for much older men. Can't stand the Lolita-like characters she always gets from writers. Gives me the creeps. I thought High Kick 2 was bad enough, but this!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Currently Airing

Prime-Time Shows This Week
Monday-Tuesday (March 30-31) Wednesday-Thursday (April 1-2) Weekend (April 3-5)