Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 6
by | May 3, 2014 | 43 Comments

Ah, here we go. I was okay with the drama once I got over my disappointment that it wasn’t going to be a mystery thriller, but I’m much happier now: This week it’s stepped up its game to become more than a simple murderer-on-the-loose story. That’s still the main premise, but now the plot takes on a distinct cat-and-mouse-game flavor, which brings thrills of a different kind. I’m not on the edge of my seat to solve the crime since we already know whodunnit, but now we’re in a game of one-upsmanship and back-and-forth mindfuckery, and that brings the tension back into play. It’s a solid way to heighten suspense in light of the fact that we already know who the killer is, so good on the drama for figuring it out.


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Mu-yeom shows up at Maria’s trailer and makes the connection: Tae-oh is Gap-dong’s accomplice outside of prison. I find it gratifying that Tae-oh resents his presence, and that he gets sulky when Mu-yeom seats himself at their table.

Mu-yeom calls Tae-oh sunbae (having been in the prison hospital longer) and asks if he heard any gossip about Gap-dong. Who does he think it might be? Tae-oh replies that he’d guess Mu-yeom, but sighs that he can’t expect to guess correctly when not even the cops can. “Although who knows if I were a psychopath like him,” he says. After all, like recognizes like.

Maria has been quietly watching this interplay, but now speaks up to excuse Tae-oh. But Mu-yeom isn’t done with him yet and interjects, proposing a fun test, referring to the questions used when testing for antisocial or psychopathic tendencies. He gives the example: Two sisters go to their grandmother’s funeral, where an attendee happens to be a man matching both sisters’ ideal of a mate. The next day, the older sister kills the younger one. Why?

Maria offers that jealousy is what most people say. Tae-oh smiles, saying, “I think I know the answer. Shall I tell you?” But we don’t hear his answer.

The police take the heat for wrongly arresting one of their own, and the public scorn over their inability to catch Gap-dong is scathing. In response, the case is deemed too large for the city of Iltan to handle alone, and jurisdiction is expanded to the province bureau, which adds officers to their team. Chul-gon is appointed detective in charge.

Maria reviews the psychopathy test that Tae-oh had taken while in the hospital, which rated highly for charm, need for stimulation, and lack of empathy. It’s low on cunning and lying, which suggests to me that Tae-oh’s sharp enough to know how to outsmart the test. Maria speaks with a doctor who previously worked with Tae-oh, who says that his trauma related to his father can’t be treated until he faces it. But Tae-oh studiously avoids the topic.

Mu-yeom hasn’t been reinstated to the force, but goes to the station to get a background check on Tae-oh. That’s when he learns that Tae-oh’s father (the president of a company, which explains the wealth) was murdered twelve years ago by an apparent intruder. At the time Tae-oh had been only 12 (and has a younger brother—wonder if we’ll ever meet him).

He takes this to Profiler Han, who fills him in on the details: It was a particularly notorious case because not only did they never find the culprit, they couldn’t even find a likely suspect. But Mu-yeom’s got a hunch, and notes that Tae-oh was never questioned. What if… he was the killer?

Tae-oh goes in for a session with Maria, ready to divulge a story he’s never told anyone before: “But I think I could tell you, because I trust you.” Looking haunted, he asks her to promise him to “watch over me” through the end. She asks what that means, and he says, “The beginning and ending of my unhappiness.”

With that, he begins recounting a memory, which we see in flashback. Notably, his words differ from what we see onscreen, which begins with a young Tae-oh overhearing his parents arguing heatedly in hushed voices. His father says, “That child is a monster—we can’t handle him.” His mother is in denial, unable to contemplate reporting their child to the authorities, but Dad reminds her that they both saw him throwing his brother as though he were a doll.

It sounds quite different as he explains his childhood to Maria, though: “My father treated me very specially. I found his interest overly burdensome.”

The next flashback shows his father lying in a pool of blood. Mom sobs over his body as Tae-oh approaches, then turns fearful eyes on him: “Tae-oh… did you…?” Tae-oh’s voice remains flat and emotionless as he replies, “I don’t want to die, Mom.”

Adult Tae-oh tells Maria, “The criminal hasn’t been caught yet. That drives me crazy.”

Back at the scene of the crime, someone draws Tae-oh away from the body—it’s Mu-yeom, then a petty officer. Young Tae-oh asks who killed his father, and Mu-yeom whispers a name. Does he mean it as consolation? Whatever Mu-yeom’s reasoning, Young Tae-oh looks invigorated to hear the name Gap-dong.

Maria notes that this incident must have been the beginning of Tae-oh’s hell… which may not be so inaccurate a descriptor if we figure that he became the devil. Tae-oh says that afteward, the world seemed different—he lost interest in things he’d previously liked. His inner monologue tells us, “From then on, I wanted to meet him, my hero, Gap-dong.”

Mu-yeom wonders why Tae-oh seems to be purposely engaging his suspicions—is he toying with him? He hypothesizes that as a child, Tae-oh enjoyed fooling the dumb cop, and when he later found out that the cop had become a violent crimes detective, he decided to keep playing with his toy. It’s like he’s taunting, “Just try and catch me.” But more upsetting is seeing Tae-oh constantly in Maria’s orbit, a fact that alarms Profiler Han as well.

That night, Tae-oh meets a scared lackey in a deserted part of town and orders him to do something. The lackey tries to resist, but Tae-oh threatens the life of his son, trapping him.

At the station, the team is briefed on the original Gap-dong’s fourth murder, which was the incident to draw the most heat out of all nine murders. A flashback takes us to that night, as a young woman leaves her friends. As she’s walking down the road, she senses a presence and hurries along, only to be ambushed by the killer. In the flashback, he’s again played by Mu-yeom.

The next morning, Victim 4 was found dead. Among her possessions were a whistle and a carton of milk, which puzzled the cops: In the third murder they’d determined Gap-dong to have B blood type, but there was blood on the milk carton (not the victim’s) that was AB type. That led to confusion and criticism that this murderer wasn’t the same as the other one.

At the temple, Ji-wool is busily working on the next installment of her webtoon when she hears Mu-yeom and dashes over to his shed in excitement. She sneak-attacks him with a hug, first relieved to see him for the first time in days, then annoyed at the suggestion that he was avoiding her. She snatches up his phone to check if he’d even gotten her messages, sees that there are 118 of them from her that have gone unread, and then narrows her eyes at the ongoing text conversation with Maria.

Ji-wool snaps that Maria made her think she had nothing to worry about, then huffily goes to meet her at the hospital the next day. She informs Maria (with a hilarious uppity air) that she’s the writer of a super famous webtoon and is here for research, asking Maria to show her around the facility. She gets snippy when Maria declines, saying that she’s too young, though she’s mollified when Maria adds that she’s also too pretty. Ji-wool is so transparent and it cracks me up.

Ji-wool notices Maria’s whistle and comments on it, bristling at the thought that Mu-yeom gave it to her. She slaps down sundry items on the desk—book, mirror, wallet—and says that he gave all of these to her. Furthermore, Mu-yeom is already helping her with “The Beast’s Path” so Maria needn’t trouble herself about it, hmph.

That grabs Maria’s attention, and she asks to see it.

At the temple, Mu-yeom finds the monk and asks why he took him in all those years ago. We see that the monk had found Mu-yeom soon after his father’s death, just as he’d realized that Dad wasn’t guilty. The monk merely asks for more food money, which leads the two to bicker over the spending of his paycheck, which is cute.

Maria calls Mu-yeom out, and he jokes that her boyfriend (Tae-oh) might not like them hanging out together. Or maybe it’s way of asking questions, because he notes that she was with Tae-oh during the first and third murders.

Maria asks about his involvement in Ji-wool’s webtoon, which appears to be one step ahead of the murders. But Mu-yeom is confused, not even recognizing the title “The Beast’s Path,” and has to be shown the webtoon, which depicts real-life events that we’ve seen in each of the cases.

So Mu-yeom calls Ji-wool out to ask how she came by the information, such as the last victim being a hairstylist. She pouts that she wrote it way before the murder happened, but he points out that that’s even stranger. He asks which cop tipped her off, and she says that she actually got the idea from another oppa. And just then Tae-oh walks in for work, and she points him out.

Mu-yeom pulls Tae-oh aside and asks point-blank: Is he particularly interested in Gap-dong, or does he know who Gap-dong is? How did he know about the hairstylist?

Tae-oh replies that it was easy enough to deduce from the news. If DNA was left at the scene, it’s reasonable to think that DNA was hair, and if there was hair, perhaps she was a hairdresser. “Are you saying that I’m Gap-dong?” Tae-oh asks.

“Yeah,” Mu-yeom says. “Are you Gap-dong?” Tae-oh laughs like it’s absurd, but thinks to himself, “You’ve recognized me at last.”

Mu-yeom meets with Chul-gon to apprise him of his findings. “Rather than me finding Gap-dong,” he says, “it may be more accurate to say he came looking for me.”

Tae-oh returns home and fiddles with a figurine on his shelf, then reviews a video file. Ah, he’d hidden a camera on his shelf, and his face darkens as he sees a crew of men conducting a search of his place. He calls his lawyer.

That night, Ji-wool pesters Mu-yeom about what he said to Tae-oh earlier. He declines to explain but barks at her not to meet Tae-oh anymore, and that’s enough to make her wonder, “Is he really a psychopath?”

Just then, Tae-oh calls to request a meeting, saying that he’s ready to give him his answer to the sisters-at-a-funeral question. So they meet by the river, where Tae-oh replies that perhaps the girl killed her sister to meet that man again. They met at a funeral, so if a second one were to take place, she could see him again.

Mu-yeom’s wearing a wire, which enables his team to listen in from a nearby team, and they figure the guy must be a real psycho. But why show it on purpose? Mu-yeom has the same question, saying that actually the answer most given by true psychopaths was the simple jealousy one. So why is Tae-oh going out of his way to reveal himself to Mu-yeom?

“You’ll have to figure that out for yourself,” Tae-oh says.

Mu-yeom heads to Maria’s trailer next, which he inspects from corner to corner. He suggests that she sell it, or lend it to him and live with her parents for a while. He gives the excuse that he’s being kicked out of the temple, but Maria guesses his real motivation and asks, “Is Tae-oh Gap-dong?”

He’s surprised that she could think that and still keep company with him, but she answers that she needed certainty. He scolds her for her recklessness, calling her Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs, “all brave and strong and clever and sexy to boot!” Haha. Maria smiles, even though he barks that he didn’t mean it as a compliment.

She points out that he wouldn’t stop chasing her if she ran, but Mu-yeom orders her to stop seeing Tae-oh anyway.

Section Chief Cha wants to arrest Tae-oh right away, making use of the 48 hours they have to find a more permanent way to nail him. Chul-gon argues against it—if they have to let him out on insufficient evidence, it’ll be harder to get him down the line. Then they get a hunch about his next target from looking through Tae-oh’s call records—Maria.

Maria drops by the cafe the next day and presents Tae-oh with the note she’d found in her office—the one telling her to hide. He looks like a hurt little puppy when she asks, “It wasn’t you, right?” Then he takes on a depressed martyr tone as he says that she sees him just like everyone else, when he thought she would take his side.

She tells him she hopes it’s not him, so Tae-oh asks if she’ll stay with him tomorrow. It’s the predicted date of Murder No. 4, so being with him would prove that he’s innocent, wouldn’t it? She agrees.

Maria leaves the cafe lost in thought, flashing back to the night she was forced to play rock-scissors-paper for her life. Now we see that both girls had been so terrified that they were unable to play the game, until Gap-dong had barked at them to do it. Scared, one girl played and the other didn’t. “This time I won’t ever…” she thinks.

Mu-yeom and Chul-gon discuss their plans for nabbing the criminal, and all we can glean is that this is a risky, perhaps controversial, plan. Mu-yeom insists that Maria won’t come to harm because they’ll get the criminal first, but Chul-gon warns him not to give any guarantees—a cop can’t always protect the ones he loves. Ah, insight into his daughter, perhaps.

That night Mu-yeom prods Maria to be honest if she’s scared about the plan and wants to back out. She just says that she won’t run.

He comes up behind her as she readies some coffee, but the sudden proximity makes her jolt, spilling hot water on herself. We know she’s skittish with physical contact, but she relaxes a bit as he tends to her burned hand.

Then he says, “And if you’re not going to run away, then don’t look around elsewhere and just look at me.” She shoots him a questioning, wide-eyed look—does he mean that the way it sounds? He adds, “If you’re not going to run, don’t step out of my view.”

Chul-gon presents the plan to his team, which elicits fierce opposition from Section Chief Cha. He argues that this isn’t the best way to handle things, that it’s too risky, and that Mu-yeom could ruin his future if things go awry. He warns Chul-gon not to assume he knows Gap-dong. Chul-gon pulls rank, though, and thus the plan gets going.

The next day there’s heightened police presence as everyone is on the lookout for a potential fourth case. Tae-oh’s lackey nervously eyes a teacher at the school where he works as janitor; he’s a sweet man who dotes on his son, but as we’ve seen, also under Tae-oh’s thumb.

Speaking of whom, Tae-oh has a couple of cops on his tail as he walks through the city, though he catches on pretty quickly. The cops lose sight of him when a truck blocks their view, and although they bump into the lackey in their hurry to catch up, the lose Tae-oh.

Mu-yeom waits with Maria until Tae-oh calls to meet up, and doesn’t miss that she’s actually pretty nervous about going forward with things. She grips the whistle tightly.

Tae-oh takes her to an amusement park and leads her to the carousel, where he calls her brave for coming out when she doesn’t know whether he’s Gap-dong. She reminds him that he promised to prove that he’s not.

Mu-yeom observes at a distance, but grows anxious when the two disappear from the ride before it ends. He jumps onto the carousel looking for them, and catches a glimpse of their retreating figures. He runs after them, but loses the trail.

Elsewhere, our unfortunate teacher blows on her alarm whistle, terrified and crying as she’s confronted by Tae-oh’s lackey on a subway platform. He advances on her wielding a pair of nunchaku, looking just as scared as she is. But he forces himself to proceed, screwing his eyes shut as he raises his weapon and strikes. Once, twice, repeatedly. Blood spatters everywhere.

The call comes in, and the officers are thrown for a loop. A murder has arisen, and it’s not one they’d anticipated.

Mu-yeom finally catches up to the other two as they’re sitting on a bench with cotton candy, calm as you please. He advances slowly, glaring, furious with Tae-oh but also maybe himself. Tae-oh notices his presence as Mu-yeom thinks angrily, “I’ve been caught by your trick.”

Tae-oh thinks smugly, “I knew you’d take the bait.”

The murderer staggers along by the railroad tracks, covered in the teacher’s blood. Trembling, he steps onto the tracks and awaits his end. Bam.

Tae-oh watches the news that night, which is all about the fourth murder and the citizens’ ire at the police’s incompetence. In flashback, we see that he’d planned this in his call to Gap-dong in prison, telling him that he would become the suspect as Mu-yeom took the bait, and then escape perfectly: “That’s the key point of the fourth murder.”

What’s better, “Crazy Monk will prove my innocence personally… A fish that bites into bait will thrash around, but the more it does, and the angrier it gets while flopping around, the faster it tires. That gives it a better taste. That’s the beauty of fishing.”

True enough, Mu-yeom fights with his rage and bitterness as he watches over the train crash scene. It makes him flash back to his youth, as his father had been locked in a struggle with Chul-gon. At the sound of the approaching train, his father had wrested free of Chul-gon’s grip… and run onto the railroad tracks.

It fills Mu-yeom with renewed determination, and walks over to his partner and grabs Hyung-nyun’s gun. He heads over to Tae-oh’s apartment, calls him out, and loads that gun with a bullet. Out there on the rooftop, he levels the gun at Tae-oh’s head.

He orders Tae-oh to reveal the identity of the prison Gap-dong, giving him the Russian roulette treatment. One bullet, six chambers, one game of truth chicken. Tae-oh smirks at him until Mu-yeom pulls the trigger—one empty chamber down.

Tae-oh smiles, saying, “If you kill me, the Gap-dong inside will never—”

Click. Another empty chamber. Mu-yeom cocks the hammer again. Still, Tae-oh remains silent.

Click. Click. Two left. “Your good luck ends here,” Mu-yeom warns, looking deadly serious. Tae-oh swallows—is he nervous or acting? Mu-yeom bids him farewell, saying, “See ya, Gap-dong.”

“Wait,” Tae-oh says.



Given that we already know who’s committing the murders in the present day, I’m glad that our good guys have clued in to it sooner rather than later. It’s rather early to have everyone aware of Tae-oh’s villainy, but I prefer this to having them running around cluelessly, guessing everywhere but in the right direction. Keeping the police in the dark just made them look more incompetent, and there’s little thrill in a murderer who outsmarts idiots.

So now what we’re dealing with a game of one-upsmanship, where our hero knows the villain is evil, and the villain knows the hero knows, but the trick is in actually bringing him down. Tae-oh’s earlier murders were so easy to carry out that the plot felt rather flat, but now he’s actively muddling the investigation and complicating the issue. That forces everyone to up their games, and as a story that’s just more exciting.

I feel like we’ve seen this version of the evil-child-without-a-conscience in enough dramas before that it didn’t surprise me; Story of a Man had a nicely chilling version, but unlike that drama I don’t expect this one to explore Tae-oh’s psychopathy or motivations. Still, it was an interesting detail to have Mu-yeom be the young officer at the scene, planting the Gap-dong idea in his head. We can’t blame Mu-yeom for too much since he just gave a name—it’s not like he pointed him toward hell with a Murdering for Dummies handbook—but it makes Tae-oh’s involvement in the story more meaningful. When he says that his father’s killer being uncaught drives him crazy, is he just lying to sound sympathetic, or is there truth in that? As in, is he waiting for (wanting, taunting) someone to catch him for it? Does he want to be recognized for his crimes, despite enjoying getting off scot-free?

Or maybe he just knows how to say the right thing to sound innocent. Who knows.

Mu-yeom’s place in the original case also explains the inclusion of Maria, in that she truly is bait. Perhaps he would have killed her for his enjoyment in some other way, but her place in his master plan now is to make Mu-yeom—his Gundam toy, he calls him—squirm even more, like that fish on a hook. Yum?


43 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ChoiHyeRa

    I was refreshing the homepage again and again for this. Thank you for the recap Javabeans!
    On to reading it now.

  2. MeLiYasha

    Oh I refreshed the page and saw this. I’m starting to get addicted to this drama so it’s nice to see it keeps getting recapped, by Javabeans on top of that. Thanks JB! :*

  3. Peeps

    It irks mend to say this but I am awed by TaeOh’s 3rd and 4th murder, not so much as in how he killed the victims but how he orchastrated the timing and method to effectively muddle the investigation.

    Also, I never expected his cold, cold, reasoning to the ‘sisters’ quiz, like it didn’t even cross my mind. But I guess that’s why I’m not a psychopath.

    • 3.1 furelise

      but i actually thought of the same answer when the question was asked.. does that make me a psychopath then?

    • 3.2 Ennayra

      That part of the story didn’t pack much punch for me b/c I’ve heard that sisters quiz before. It shocked me the first time I heard it, but if the viewer has heard it before the narrative punch is definitely gone.

      That said, I really liked the rest of this episode. There’s a great soundtrack here. The music really draws out the tension. Ha Mu-yeom must be extra angry b/c now the son of that lackey is going to live with the stigma of his father as Gap Dong, just like Mu-yeom did. I know the situation isn’t the same, but it’s awful similar.

  4. Ivy

    Thanks so much!! XD What a wonderful review
    This chapter stepped it up and the show’s becoming really exciting

  5. dany

    Ah, these last two episodes have been really interesting. Thanks for the recap.

  6. nohalfmeasures

    Thanks for the recap JB!

    This was the best episode so far. The cast are doing a great job.

    The answer to the sisters quiz was quite chilling…BTW, I wasn’t sure…did Tae-Oh order the guy to kill himself in front of a train?..

    • 6.1 TS

      He might just have been horrified at having to kill someone.

      • 6.1.1 nohalfmeasures

        That’s what it looked to me as well..until we were shown how Mu-yeom’s dad died, so I wondered if Tae-oh wanted Mu-yeom to be reminded of that event.

  7. fun-lugha-swahili

    Aigoo 무서워 …

  8. cheekbones

    Yeah, for once the show is quite unpredictable. I hope it can keep this up. Thanks, jb !

  9. sundaechoc

    And how did I predict Tae Oh’s answer in the test. No, im not a psycho. I’m just a Kdrama lover extremely exposed to serial killers in the dramaland.

    This episode kept me on the edge of my seat. And i’m a bit confused if Mu Yeom’s dad was the one who killed the 4th victim in the original case. It seemed to be patterned with Tae Oh’s lackey committing suicide on the rail road.

    Can’t wait for the next episode~

  10. 10 DayDreamer

    I stopped watching Gap Dong since the second episode but it looks like it turned very exciting. Better go back and marathon the earlier episodes.

  11. 11 Peridot

    I wonder if the younger brother will figure into the story at all.

    • 11.1 TS

      Maybe TO killed him?

  12. 12 hipployta

    I have to admit it was well played…smh

  13. 13 smokingun

    The nickname Rat really suits Tae Oh. And l like his expression when he acts innocent.

  14. 14 Aly

    oh gosh, what an awesome episode! i kind of don’t want tae oh to be killed off yet. i need the next episode like right now!!

  15. 15 mono

    Wow, good series:D:D:D I’m curious about a lot-lot of things. For example what happened to Chul-gon’s daughter or Mu Yeom’s father bloody jacket and Tae Oh’s family story (his father’s death, his brother) etc…

    I’m not convinced in 100% (just 90%), that Tae Oh is psyhopath copycat, because
    1. we never saw him killing (just chase), and this is strange.
    2. It’s too obvious that he is bad… I think in mystery thriller usually (not always) good person turns out killer.
    3. Because of his father’s death-GapDong’s case, maybe he wanted something revenge, so he became friends with Gap Dong, I don’t know:)

    So much secret, I hope we will get answers

    • 15.1 TS

      It would actually ruin the story to redeem TaeOh. It’s more interesting and unified to have it be the good guys working out all the pieces of the puzzle and having the bad guys evade for a while. Having multiple bad guys with multiple lackeys also helps keep at least one killer out on the loose.

      • 15.1.1 mono

        You’re right. I have mixed feelings. Partly I want TaeOh to become good guy and be together with JiWool, but partly I want him to stay bad person because of LeeJoon’s excellent performance and the story.
        I think just in last episode we will know who the real Gap Dong, but there are 5 future-murder and some unsolved piece of puzzle, secret…

  16. 16 Cocoboo

    A small detail in this EP bugged me was when Tae Oh’s mom was touching her husband’s body in the middle of the crime scene where investigators were working!
    I have no idea why Tae Oh and his mom weren’t blocked from disrupting the scene.

    Overall, this EP was really good. I wanna see how Tae Oh and Mu Yeom will play off each other next and what plans do they have in store.

  17. 17 Ami10

    It’s getting better and better. I love how the twists are not exaggerated.
    I just have one question, isn’t it a weird and scary thing to talk about a serial killer to a 12 years old kid, given the fact that Muyeom didn’t know about the psychopathy of Tae Oh back then?

  18. 18 Carole McDonnell

    I like this drama but am not crazy about it. I’m just watching cause I have such a crush on Sang-Hyun-ie.

    As for the plot, I really just wished Tae-Oh would grow as a character. I know this is a police procedural/serial killer thriller but dang, some silly part of me wants to believe he could fall in love or could “want” to fall in love. But noooooooo, ain’t gonna happen.

    I so wish the music wasn’t so over the top.

    Thanks for the recap.

    • 18.1 TS

      Psychopaths don’t fall in love. He doesn’t even seem to have a physical attraction to the women he killed.

      • 18.1.1 Carole McDonnell

        That’s not what i meant. We don’t know if he’s a psycopath, though. He wants to believe he is. He apparently wants others to believe he is. It’s part of his great dream of himself. He was a violent kid toward his brother (who has not showed up as yet) and his father wanted to send him away or kill him but that doesn’t mean he is a psycopath even if he killed his father. And if he is glad his father was killed by a strange serial killer, that joy doesn’t make him a psycopath…since Gap Dong “saved him” from his father’s plans.

        As for love:
        I would’ve liked him to like someone, someone who makes him conflicted about himself. Yes, yes, I know psycopaths aren’t conflicted but yes..psycopaths DO fall in love. And the do love in their own way. Psycopathology has a spectrum. Hitler fell in love..but never harmed the woman he loved. Other psycopaths have loved women and abused them repeatedly, especially if the woman tries to escape them.

        • Cocoboo

          You brought up an interesting idea, Carole.

          I would like to see someone make Tae Oh waver about his decisions too. So far, even Dr. Oh is not affecting him much. He’s toying with her like he’s toying with Mu Yeom.

  19. 19 owl

    This is what I thought after this episode: Tae-Oh implied that the attention he received by his father was unwanted sexual abuse, so when his father was murdered he was relieved. I dont’ think TO killed him. Police officer My-yeom happened to give a name to the murderer in an urban legend sort of way, and Tae-Oh, thankful that his father was gone, idolized Gap Dong who became his savior hero. Of course it wasn’t Gap Dong who murdered his father, either, but to 12 year-old TO, that was an answer he needed. Whacked out Tae-Oh followed the crimes of and sought out Gap Dong, and wanted to be in the jail clinic with him. He became his groupie. When TO was released his warped mind made him carry out copycat crimes of his hero to protect Gap Dong who he referred to as “my god,” and play with Mu-yeom who he thinks is stupid because he never caught Gap Dong. TO is truly playing a rat/cat game with Mu-yeom.

    Am I crazy?

    • 19.1 Carole McDonnell

      No you aren’t. I agree with you on this also. In fact, Mu Yeom might have inadvertently create a monster. I like the parallel of law enforcement adults assuming things about young kids. This drama needed an additional thematic layer and that incident in the past was so good at questions of guilt and cause and assumptions.

  20. 20 Lilian

    This is my favourite drama right now. I always look forward to it. Great plot, great actors and interesting characters. Lee Joon gives me the chills whenever he smiles!!!

  21. 21 Roshogolla

    Moral of the story based on 3rd and 4th murder. 1 – Ditch the heels in the face of danger. 2 – Run away as fast as you can. 3 – Don’t beg for mercy from a psychopath. 4 – Fight back if you see no way out (so you will have DNA evidence). Most importantly use your brain.

    They need to stage the murdering scenes better. It was so simple that it made me wonder of the IQ levels of the female victims.

    • 21.1 이소아

      I would like to see you (not literally) being in that situation. If you really would do what you said? I do not think the female victims were stupid (though I also wondered why she didn’t ditch her heels sooner, but well even girl groups dance on heels just fine so maybe she could actually run fast in heels as without them), but they probably felt such fear in that situation and fear of dying (that explains why the victims begged for their life) that they couldn’t think properly. Also he had better shoes (no heels) and was a man so she probably didn’t think she could fight him back. Lot of times I imagine what would I do in situations that had happened to others. If I would do the same as them or act differently. And it’s easy to tell “I would be amarter and survive” before that situation actually happens to myself/yourself.

  22. 22 molly

    When reading the recap about Tae Oh fiddled with the figurine I thought he was playing with it but after watching the episode he actually noticed it was not in its usual position. Psycho memorise every little detail… how scary.

    This episode makes me feel the need to re-watch all previous episodes, and I did. Many hints were placed here n there by the writer in earlier epi’s that might have been missed by us or have been forgotten, for instance Mu Yeom’s reaction when offered chicken soup by Jiwol.

    • 22.1 Monda

      Funny coz I did it too! I men rewatching past eps. What I notice is the real Gapdong Taeoh was talking to in the prison’s kitchen has pointy eyebrow, and none of the inmates have pointy eyebrow including the man with glasses. Only the poopy guy has his eyebrows covered by his bang. LOL at my lousy observation.

      • 22.1.1 Monda

        *I mean rewatching past eps.

  23. 23 kamun51

    Hey! where are you guys streaming Gap-Dong? I don’t see it on Hulu, Dramafever or Viki!…

  24. 24 xvanex

    the 4th murder was so ridiculous! come on lady, those giant heels you were wearing were a more dangerous weapon!! take them off & fight back? or better yet, run away?? how does she just lay there? Drama, I would appreciate some fighting back from the victims instead of them just shaking and looking at the guy walking towards them to kill them.

    • 24.1 Ennayra

      I was thinking about those heels as a weapon. I understand that she was paralyzed with fear, but her murderer was so scared for so long that I think she could have used those heels as a weapon. Still, he obviously didn’t care about cctv, and was so desperate – desperate people are the ones you can’t anticipate. Ugh, the whole situation…

      I am so tired of looking at Tae-oh’s face!

  25. 25 Nanda

    Is there any of you guys here knows the music score playing when Ha finds Ryu and Oh Maria at the bench at the amusement park? That music score is also frequently played on several tense scenes in this drama.
    I am DYING to know because it gives me goosebump everytime I hear it.
    It would be gladly appreciated if any of you here can tell me where can I get the music. Thanks in advance!

  26. 26 maiarmy

    I am really loving this cat-mouse chase. I agree that from the beginning, I was expecting more of a mystery story and that there would be a lot of unraveling slowly, but I’m totally glad that its not. This in my opinion is much more thrilling to watch and its interesting to see how each side comes up with mind games and strategies to defeat the other. It reminds me a lot of Light’s and L’s battle in Death Note, for any of you anime watchers out there. Im definitely excited to see what the next episode holds.

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