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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 6

As our heroine notes in this episode, just when one path seems to be going nowhere, a new one opens up. I still find the investigation plodding in regards to connecting dots quickly (in that they don’t), but at least there are a lot of dots being connected. What we lack in speed we at least make up for in quantity, as our leads track down more clues, connecting loose threads that must connect below the surface, if they just dig far enough to uncover the connections.

One gets the sense that Achiara is built on a whole web of intricate connections, and once you start pulling at the loose threads, the whole place comes under risk of tumbling down. Not gonna lie, I’m looking forward to watching it crumble.

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EPISODE 6: “Funeral”

With Ba-woo acting strange, Yoo-na goes home and looks up the pills in his prescription. Among them is stilnox, a sleeping aid. Hmm.

Ji-sook notices the necklace Yoo-na is wearing, and when she reaches for it, Yoo-na grabs it protectively, saying it belonged to Hye-jin. Ji-sook says with chagrin, “You definitely came from my belly, but I don’t know. It doesn’t seem like you’re on my side.”

That night, Yoo-na sees Hye-jin in a dream, reaching out to her and leaving a chipped fingernail in her palm. When Yoo-na wakes up in a cold sweat, it’s Hye-jin’s necklace she finds in her palm, instead of around her neck.

Ji-sook tells her husband she wants another child, driven by fears of being ousted from the family by Grandma now that Yoo-na’s ghost visions are back. The last time it happened, it caused tumult in the family and Grandma and Assemblyman Seo were ready to commit Yoo-na to a mental hospital. Ji-sook feels that having a son would secure her and Yoo-na’s places in the family.

Assemblyman Seo points out that they could have another daughter, but Ji-sook is certain that she would have a boy—a son is supposedly in her fate. He shuts her down firmly, so Ji-sook takes another tack, saying that it would be such a shame if this Hye-jin scandal disrupted his political ambitions… and that she wouldn’t be a mere affair but a dead body on top of that… and how a steadfast wife at his side would be a calming influence… especially if the assemblyman had a young son to soften his image.

“Think it over carefully, whether you really don’t need a child,” she advises.

Yoo-na returns the necklace to So-yoon, saying that it would be better for her to keep it. She’s starting to find the connection curious as well, how So-yoon moved into Hye-jin’s old place, and how she discovered the body right after moving here. Strangest of all was the day Yoo-na followed the ghost in the street, and it led her right to So-yoon.

So-yoon points out that she only opened the door because Yoo-na knocked, but Yoo-na says she didn’t. Yoo-na asks, “Who are you?”

So-yoon finds that there are no traces of her sister after age 16—no paperwork or records of any kind. It’s not feasible for a regular citizen to live like that, but she’s told that there are sometimes cracks in the system, when people live as other names.

On her way home, So-yoon sees the newly posted notice inviting the town to Hye-jin’s funeral. Agasshi joins her to read the sign, and So-yoon can’t contain her fear of him, even though he speaks to her quite politely and insists on paying her back for the bus fare she gave him. He sighs that Hye-jin’s death is a pity, and hopes the killer is caught.

At the police station, Woo-jae muses that Hye-jin’s mother is odd for inviting to the funeral all the townspeople who didn’t bat an eye when Hye-jin disappeared. Sergeant Han merely supposes she wants the people Hye-jin had lived amongst to be there to send her off. For the most part, the notices meet with indifference, though Ji-sook sees one and angrily crumples it.

Yoo-na tells Ba-woo that his pills are probably why he feels so sleepy these days, and asks why her aunt (Joo-hee) gave them to him. Ba-woo stops her from asking his father, though he doesn’t give away anything of his agreement with Joo-hee, saying that it’s just treatment.

At work, Ga-young looks at the photo she snapped showing Ji-sook in Ki-hyun’s arms, and asks the head secretary about their relationship. But the other woman just warns her to keep her mouth shut if she wants to keep her job.

Then Ga-young gets a text from her friend that teacher Gun-woo has been absent without leave for the past two days and is on the verge of being fired. Alarmed, she runs out of the office.

The officers drop by Ji-sook’s art studio to ask follow-up questions now that they know of the affair, and why she never mentioned it before. Ji-sook replies that it’s nothing to brag about, and that while her husband’s woman troubles became common over the years, she never stopped feeling crushed by them.

Woo-jae sympathizes with her feelings, saying she must love her husband a lot, but she replies that the reaction wasn’t out of love, but humiliation. And when asked about the fight the ladies had, Ji-sook says Hye-jin started it. Woo-jae gets carried away taking Ji-sook’s side, scoffing at Hye-jin for being the mistress, heaping on the sympathetic words and missing how Ji-sook’s hand shakes, then clenches into a fist under the table. It’s a good thing Sergeant Han is here with his more observant eye, and he clocks her tension.

Ji-sook has a solid alibi for the time of the disappearance, during the Chuseok holiday, and confirms that her husband knew about the fight and agreed to end his relationship. Asked if he actually did, Ji-sook replies that the officers will have to ask him.

Joo-hee shows Assemblyman Seo a picture of Hye-jin’s box, which Ba-woo retrieved for her, and the contents inside: an envelope and a USB drive. They only talk about the files in oblique terms, but apparently it contains a recording of the assemblyman. He calls her “an even more vicious bitch than your sister,” but it’s clear Joo-hee is in control here, and this box is her threat. He asks for time, and she reminds him that he’s had two years already.

The officers arrive at the assemblyman’s office just as Joo-hee leaves it, here to ask about the affair and its end. Assemblyman Seo explains how Hye-jin had threatened to go public, so he’d paid her off in cash for her silence. Conveniently untraceable, Sergeant Han notes. He adds pointedly if he would have killed her if the payoff didn’t work, since he got the silence he wanted in the end.

The assemblyman tenses at the veiled accusation, but is willing to open up his records to prove his alibi and asks the officers to do their job thoroughly. And as they find once they look into his schedule, the assemblyman was booked solid in highly public engagements.

Sergeant Han makes two points: First, that a man like the assemblyman isn’t likely to do his own dirty work, and second, that most people can’t cover their alibis perfectly two years after the fact. Curious how this married couple has airtight alibis, he thinks. Woo-jae, on the other hand, is willing to accept it as a coincidence.

Meanwhile, Agasshi pores over the video footage, rewinding the last part as Hye-jin leaves the field, trying to find something. And then he alerts to something—did he find a clue?

Assemblyman Seo sits his son down, telling him of Ji-sook’s desire to have another child. Ki-hyun guesses it’s because of Grandma, but the assemblyman has a different line of thinking—that Ki-hyun is working too hard at his school director job. Meaning, he’s strengthening his place in the family, which threatens her.

Ki-hyun laughs at the idea that she would think of him like that, but his father presses, “Did you think she would think of you as a son she’d birthed?” Ki-hyun’s face shadows, and his father says Ji-sook has always felt insecure about her educational background and fixated on the school, wanting to take over as the next director.

Ki-hyun interprets this as a warning to step back in his role, which is really for Ji-sook, and focus on taking over for his father at the steel company. It’s upsetting, but he contains his emotions and says he understands.

But he pauses to ask his father pointedly, “You said there was something you had to receive from Kim Hye-jin. Did you get it?” His father dismisses it, but he presses, “Did you kill Kim Hye-jin, Father? Do you have something to do with her death?”

Ki-hyun stares fiercely at his father, who steps closer and says, “You may be the son of a libertine, but you are not the son of a murderer.”

That night, So-yoon wonders, “If you’re my sister, what would you have done here?” The next day, she inquires about the adoption process and how it’s possible to do it illegally, as her parents did with her sister. It could be done as simply as registering a child into the family registry and passing her off as one’s own, either with a child they already know or one procured through a broker.

A disturbance arises in the hallway of the adoption center as a distraught mother demands the return of the child she accuses them of selling. The employee explains that the woman is notorious as the Phantom Baby Mother for causing disturbances at adoption agencies, after losing her child ten years ago. She advises So-yoon to try the police, who would know better than adoption agencies who wouldn’t have insight into illegal cases. But one that’s thirty years old is bound to be tough to track down.

As she leaves, Phantom Baby Mother joins her in the elevator, cradling a stuffed animal like a baby. She mutters aloud that she must not have found her mother yet: “Your mother doesn’t want to see you. Not all mothers love their children.” Yeesh.

Then she faces So-yoon suddenly: “Your little sister too. So-yoon has totally forgotten about you.”

Startled, So-yoon asks if the woman knows her. The woman laughs wildly, “We were both on television together!” Then she sings to her stuffed animal and leaves, while So-yoon gapes in shock.

Next, the officers speak with Grandma, who does as Ji-sook warned and only gives cursory answers, saying she doesn’t like chatter and doesn’t know much about Hye-jin. So Woo-jae tries a different tack, saying that Grandma’s current helper must be quite skilled, asking for a reference for his own sickly grandmother.

At that, Grandma says she’s not nearly as good as Hye-jin was. The officers ask how a volunteer could be better than a professional, and Grandma realizes her slip and clams up again.

As the officers discuss the case over lunch, Woo-jae notes how everything is just a little off. Sergeant Han connects a few dots, like how Hye-jin had taken active steps to work for Grandma, and they suppose she did it to seduce Assemblyman Seo. So was she a gold-digger?

But why would a Seoul native come to a small village to find a rich target? That gives Sergeant Han pause, and they wonder at the possibility of a personal grudge.

Just then, Ga-young’s mother trips and falls. She’s heard their conversation, and looks disturbed by it.

At school, Ki-hyun asks the principal and math teacher why it took a year and a half to fill So-yoon’s job, and gets back nervous answers about how they had no applicants. The answers are reasonable, but the teachers’ obvious discomfort is suspect.

After the meeting, the math teacher makes a call about how he didn’t press the issue this time, but how this makes her nervous. On the other end of the line, Joo-hee tells her to let it go. What is the pharmacist doing meddling in school affairs?

Sergeant Han has the feeling that Ga-young’s mother knows more than she’s letting on. He asks if there was something more between Hye-jin and the assemblyman than the affair, while she just retorts that the affair is obvious enough.

Woo-jae resumes his online searches for Kim Hye-jin, which is a common enough name to be a daunting task. He narrows the search to Achiara and finds mention of an adoption from thirty years ago. It’s a post asking for information, and there’s a reply from a poster asking for information of the adopters, calling it a matter of life and death. The name they leave is Han So-jung, aka So-yoon’s sister, and a phone number.

The last four digits are 0229, and it triggers something in Woo-jae’s memory. The birthday So-yoon had asked for.

Woo-jae calls So-yoon right away, then drops by the pharmacy to talk to Joo-hee. She says she doesn’t know much about Hye-jin, who never talked much about herself, and assumed Hye-jin moved back home once she stopped seeing her around.

Woo-jae wonders why Hye-jin came to Achiara in the first place. Joo-hee recalls Hye-jin mentioning searching for someone, possibly a family member. Woo-jae only knows of the mother, but Joo-hee explains—as So-yoon listens nearby—that Hye-jin spoke of a younger sibling who would come to meet her here.

So-yoon leaps up to ask about that sibling, but Joo-hee doesn’t know.

So-yoon explains to Woo-jae how her suspicions keep leading her to the idea that her sister is Kim Hye-jin, and Woo-jae agrees that he thinks the same. He tells her how Hye-jin’s phone number digits end on her birthday, which is also unni’s birthday—and the name left on that post online, Han So-jung.

The one thing that doesn’t fit is that Hye-jin has a mother whose family tree doesn’t line up. But Woo-jae says excessive coincidence is often not coincidence.

Ki-hyun finds an old schoolmate of So-jung, who recalls running into her in the street ten years after losing touch. She had denied being So-jung, but the schoolmate is sure she was, pointing out that So-jung had stopped and reacted when she’d called her name.

The doubts grow in Ki-hyun’s head, particularly as he recalls Ji-soo’s distraught words about how Hye-jin can’t do anything now that she’s dead. He nearly runs over a pedestrian, distracted, and thinks to his father’s conviction about not being a killer.

So-yoon looks up the Phantom Baby Mother online, who’s been in the news repeatedly over the years. Recalling the woman’s comment about appearing on TV together, she looks up the program to request the files.

She receives a call from Ki-hyun and meets him at the bar where he’s drinking alone. He’s in a contemplative mood and tells her how he wanted to be an architect, and has started to think that he should have pursued that path. She asks if he regrets returning to Achiara, and he replies with the adage that family is what you wish you could throw away if no one were watching.

Ki-hyun admits that sometimes he finds family too much to handle, and she reminds him that she has nobody. He asks how her search is going, and she says that she’s making her way and finding new paths. He asks why she’s looking so hard when her sister isn’t her blood sister, and So-yoon replies that it feels like her sister is the one looking for her, that she’s going where her sister leads her.

“If I have to describe it, it’s a feeling stronger than blood connection.” She teasingly adds, “It’s different from a family you want to throw away when nobody’s watching.”

Woo-jae shares his theory that Hye-jin is So-yoon’s sister with Sergeant Han, who scoffs that it’s outlandish. He points out another point of investigation they’ll need to follow up on, which is finding out why the assemblyman switched chauffeurs two weeks before an important election, when he would be at his busiest. Which happens to also be when Hye-jin disappeared.

Sergeant Han notes that the relationship between a politician and his driver is very intimate, which Woo-jae interprets sideways as a reference to a homosexual affair. Oh, honey. So cute, but so dim. The good sergeant just sighs and tells him to forget it.

Yoo-na heads out to Hye-jin’s funeral, asking her mother if there are any last words to pass along. Ji-sook tells her to rest in peace.

So-yoon receives a call from the photo shop letting her know her order will be ready today. It’s the shop where she’s taken Hye-jin’s drawing of the mother and baby, which will be framed.

Hye-jin’s mother rides in the funeral limo as it drives through town, and Ji-sook looks spooked as her car passes by it. A good number of villagers turn up for the service, including Gun-woo and Joo-hee, who pretend not to know each other.

Ga-young perks up to see Gun-woo safe and sound, saying she was worried to hear he’d missed school, but he treats her coldly, saying she has no reason to worry for him. “Like you said, nothing happened that day,” he tells her. “So let’s cut it out now.”

Joo-hee clocks the exchange. Shudder. I wouldn’t want her interest.

Yoo-na finds Joo-hee and asks why she changed Ba-woo’s medication to include sleeping aids, because he’s acting strange lately. Joo-hee answers that the medication switch was a result of his behavior, answering that of course his father knows about it, though she looks unsettled to be confronted about it.

Woo-jae receives an update from the friend he’s put to the task of tracking down Han So-jung’s old classmates. Somebody reported seeing her, and Woo-jae asks his friend to widen the search as much as possible.

Agasshi heads out to the field from his video, looking for clues, comparing the landscape to his video. What are you looking for?

The weather turns dark and stormy.

The picture framer gets to work on Hye-jin’s drawing… and finds a false backing. Hidden inside the picture is an envelope.

Meanwhile, Ji-sook visits the doctor for a procedure related to pregnancy.

The funeral proceeds. The villagers take turns paying their respects at the coffin, and So-yoon receives an email with the file of her requested video. Lightning flashes and thunder sounds outside, and then the lights cut out. The candles blow out inside the church. The thunder is so strong it shakes the building.

Agasshi follows a trail outside, arriving at a padlocked gate. Daekwang Lumber. Must be the mill Ki-hyun referred to.

Ji-sook wakes up from her procedure with her husband at her side, looking happy and hopeful.

In the church, Hye-jin’s mother looks up and screams. Everyone looks up, eyes widening in horror.

On the wall, written in blood, are the words: “MOM SAVE ME.”

 
COMMENTS

Okay, that blood message takes us to a new place. Thus far we’ve been mostly avoiding supernatural elements, with the exception of Yoo-na’s visions (and maybe So-yoon’s feeling of being compelled by her sister). So we’re not a hundred percent restricted to the physical world, but the presentation of the case has been mostly a mystery of crime and hard facts, not the paranormal realm.

It’s possible that the blood writing has a logical explanation, too—a prank? A part of a scheme? But whether it’s a supernatural occurrence or a human-contrived one, the message takes us in a new direction, or at least opens a line of inquiry. There’s an interesting motif of mothers and daughters (and abandonment) that keeps winding through the story; not all pairs share the same dynamic, but all of them are conflicted, perhaps even dysfunctional.

I like this theme—it’s complex, it’s interesting, it’s fraught with twisted emotional dynamics—and it lends itself to such a wide swath of dramatic territory that there’s a lot the show can do with it. The mystery, of course, is what the show will do with it. The show has hinted that Hye-jin may be pregnant, but how does that tie into the message at her funeral? Who is her mother, and how does she fit into the timeline of Hye-jin’s life? Does the blood message come from Hye-jin in reference to her mother, or is it the voice of her child asking to be saved? Or is it some cryptic other explanation?

On the other hand we have Ji-sook, who’s desperate to be mother again. At first it seems like she’s driven by a fierce maternal longing, which is sympathetic and understandable; today, it comes out that she wants a child to secure her own place. For all her devotion as a mother, Ji-sook is looking at her children as pawns. I’m sure she does love Yoo-na, but she’s also very aware that Yoo-na is of no use to her (politically, in the family) and actually a liability.

Then we also have Ga-young and her creepy overprotective mother, and Phantom Baby Mother, and Hye-jin’s painting of mother and child. Yet at the end of the day, we also have So-yoon going against the argument that blood is stronger than water, being driven (or pulled) along by a connection that never died despite two decades of separation. It’s an interesting point of diversion, and maybe a hopeful one, in this messed-up village where bloodline connection seems more of a misfortune than blessing.

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Just yesterday i was like this show is not very scary. I got my goosebumps today!

Healthy warning- watch it during the day or after reading the recap.

Agree ji-sook sees her kid as pawn which makes it certain that she doesn't really love ki-hyun.

That pharmacist is creepier than gun-woo.

Woo-jae, seargent han and agahssi should team up soon.
So-yoon doesn't teach. Teacher and her pupil meet outside school more often then they do inside!
(what would woo-jae think of this?!:p)

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Am first!!*marks date*

Here in India, we are celebrating Dussehra. A festival to mark victory of Good Over Evil. I wish all of you a Happy Dussehra. May you all emerge victorious fighting the evils:)

Thank you for the recap.

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O My Holy Obssession of K-Drama..LOOK What I found here !!
Happy Dushera to you too girl..Hope you enjoyed alot.
Save some for the DIwali too...Its not tooo far.

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Happy Dussera :)

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Happy dussehra gals

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The ending of this episode was interesting. It make it seem like the village is haunted by a spirit with the way the dark clouds came upon it. I thought this drama was a more a mystery drama but it's turning into a horror show. Every episode have a scene with something supernatural in it.

My biggest question right now is what did Agassi discovered from looking at the video. It might be the biggest clue to Hye Jin death. Can't wait to see the next episode! The pace is finally picking up.

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And it lokks like someone is following agasshi.. most of the time if you are a witness that is revealed early in a drama like this you get killed, so i hope nothing happens to him

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The relationship between the pharmacist and the teacher is so sketch... and none of the female characters in this town look like they can sleep at night lmao. tbh I probably wouldn't be able to sleep either, all this creepy shit happening. I'm so intrigued by Agassi though! And Hye-jin... I just wanna know who she really is lfskdjfdldksf... but I guess that's the point of the drama and if they spoiled it now there would be nothing else to air hhahaaha

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That is one good blood calligraphy at the end.

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That writing sure looked very artistically done and in the dark too! LOL! Well Hey Jin was an artist. :)

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what happened with the end??? sigh.. im wondering, how this show lead us to. with so many 'dark-mysterious' characters in this drama.. even the good seems bad and bad seems even baddest.. what should i predict now? haha...

im glad that so yoon found some good friends in achiara.. but dont tell everything to everyone dear.. she needs to learn to not trust everyone easily..

i hope no one will die later. and who writes 'mom save me'??? aigooo.. waiting for next week.. it kills me!!! haha

thanks for the recap :)

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Now we are talking .. I was waiting for it to get more creepier and the supernatural element did it for me..(as if I was not scared before)

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More creepy? Bring it on!

- says the whimp
#closing all windows & doors, turning on all lights, ready with pillow in hand

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@pastmidnite boooooohh hahahahahahha yes,opens one eye and keeps n watching the show

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Firstly...MGY is so pretty in this episode (scene of her drinking at the bar with Ki hyun) ??

Secondly, I think Ahjussi was thinking about the route Hye Jin took and followed it and it end up at the locked gate. The killing could have happened there.

Thirdly, I still dont understand why the media reported the sisters as dead and how it connected to "trash of all trashes-Ji Soo". I found Ji Sook to be the most likely one to kill her. She has the most at stakes and she is very ambitious. As for Jo hee, who could perhaps burned with jealousy towards her sister luck marrying a rich guy and a woman who probably had the heart of his "conman".. Who she refused to marry...I dont know. I am more confused than ever. I just hope it didnt end by revealing.. Surprise Hye Jin is alive or something like that...because I am gonna be so mad if that ever happen.

..10 more episodes to go.. Keep it interesting Ok. ?

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At the end of the episode, Woojae goes out after he receives a call and then he says something about the weather, but never goes back into the church. It's easy to spot him because of the neon colored vest he's wearing. Then a strange message appears on the wall. Now I'm suspicious of him too. He looks like an innocent cutiepie but you can never trust anyone in this drama Lol.

It's so cute that the girl at the art academy has a crush on him haha. If there won't be a loveline with Soyoon, can these two happen please?

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what was on MGY phone cant wait to find

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I think the person who sent the letter to Moon Geunyoung is the person who wrote the blood message. I think it's not paranormal, but someone want to expose the truth indirectly. Maybe it's the driver.

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Yeah.. i also think that way.. i have many theories about this drama in my head. But i also think that the person who sent the letter to sooyoon and the person who drew that thing on the church is a libpve breathing person.. they could be the same person, they could be not. But I'm thinking it joohee, she knew hyejin is looking for her sister and she seems to be behind sooyoon being hired in the school

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Woo Jae keeps being/acting puzzled in this episode about why Hye Jin would abandon Seoul to lead an isolated life in Achiara. It's a fair question... but what are Woo Jae's reasons for doing the same thing?!?

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I think they never mentioned in the drama, but his character description says that he took academy exams for 3 years and finally appointed to Achiara as a police officer. I don't know how it works in Korea but maybe it's an obligatory duty? But he's on my suspects list too, just like every other character in the drama lol

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Am I the only one who wasn't scared watching this episode's ending? Haha (I watched it alone at night and it's not that scary to me, maybe because I like horror movies. lol)

I think that blood message isn't related to supernatural things. Someone wrote it on a purpose when the lights went off.
Hyejin's mom is the first person that came to my mind. She was busy asked people in the village to come to her daughter's funeral, to show them that blood message?
To tell them that her daughter wasn't dead because of an accident but was killed?
(She's also the first person who realized that blood message, rite?)

And about Hyejin's revenge to Assembly Seo family, I think her grudge going to Jisook. Jisook must be did something really bad to Hyejin's real family in Achiara. You can see it through Hyejin's anger and scary stare towards Jisook when they bite each other.

I like this drama.. the pace is quite slow BUT I don't get bored and keep wanting more.

And Ah! Cutie pie Woojae cracked me up with his clueless reactions esp when he misunderstood about Assembly Seo relationship with the driver. Hahaha.
I want him to be smarter but his naive character makes me smile. We already have smart Sergeant Han tho.

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You are totally NOT the only one:) I don't feel like this show is scary but it's trying hard to be,i admit.
I'm enjoying it because nothing here is obvious and you need to keep guessing...

I think this grudge thing isn't about Jisook at all

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Nope, you're not the only one. And I'm quite particular about the horror movies that I'll watch.

After Hye-Jin and Ji-Sook were pulled apart while fighting, didn't Hye-Jin break loose from the grip of her co-workers and give Ji-Sook one good, swift kick to the face/forehead.

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I don't think they wrote that message when the lights went off. I think the message was written before the funeral began and there was a pennant hanging in front of it. When it showed there was the altar and on the left side there was some kind of hanging and then on the right, blood message. I think the whole thing was staged, and even if a storm hadn't rolled in the lights would have been turned off and the hanging snatched down and the writing revealed.

I am wondering who the supposed mother of Hye Jin really is. Like, maybe she adopted her? Maybe she was a confidant who was helping her investigate?

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I got scared just by reading the recap. Fuh I can't watch this show without checking the recap here 1st. This show can give heart attack fuhhh

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The ending scared me shitless! I have all the lights on at night!

Could joo hee and gun woo be con artists?

I think sergeant han's interesting too...how come he's the only one with brains? & ga young mom did tell him that he can't expect things to stay the same after leaving and returning after 10 years...where did he go? Why leave & why return now.

Ga young had a mark on her leg & sergeant han made a remark that her mom used to like assembly man. Is he her dad? Since hee Jin had that mark too...are they half sisters? But that would make the show darn sick since it says that hee Jin was assembly man's mistress & she was likely to be pregnant too....

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It's sick but that could have been her idea of warped revenge - the gown-child from an affair knocked up by her biological father without him knowing - like Oedipus almost?

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I'm very curious about Sgt Han as he does seem not only to have brains but also very good investigative skills. It's as if he has trained to be something other than a small town cop. He knows how to ask the right questions and how to conduct a police interview in the right way. As Achiara wasn't exactly a hot bed of criminality before the discovery of Hye-jin's body, he seems more than slightly out of place. It's like his skills are too professional for where he's ended up yet he behave like he's been demoted to a backwater like Achiara. He's returned after an absence of 10 years to his small hometown. I am curious as to why. Has he been assigned undercover to Achiara to investigate something or someone?

Another thing I find interesting is the way Sgt Han often lets Woo-jae take the lead while subtly pointing him in the right direction and then asking the real questions which need to be answered after the fact. It seems almost as if he is hiding behind Woo-jae and is, in fact, conducting a separate but parallel investigation of his own.

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He ** doesn't behave** like he's been demoted to a backwater like Achiara.

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Well, when I saw the episode I didn't think it was that strange. I actually thought that was his way of teaching Woo-jae, since Woo-jae is not as experienced? It's the ideal training style on the job when the person has all the qualifications, but not as much on-the-job experience.

But your alternate theory is another valid interpretation of his actions.

The comments have been fascinating. It's interesting to view people's different perspectives and interpretations of the episode

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This is a good show. It's not really horror but more of a classic murder whodunit, in that almost anyone could have done it, but with supernatural touches. And there do seem to be larger issues at play as well, like the illegal baby market and high level corruption.

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I'm starting to think Hye-Jin is assembly Seo child and that picture with her and Seo was supposititious , made to look like there was affair with her but there wasn't that kind of reletionship..
and that younger sibling she was going to meet --Ki-Hyun (which she met at the field)...maybe?
and...maybe all 3 are siblings...So-Yoon's parents had trouble conceiving the baby so had an adoption..and then miraculously So-Yoon was born?...comon!
I'm still hang up on why ALL family members were reported dead in the articule..., and because it's a drama there must be something/someone behind that car accident -for what reason?still nothing in that field...

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I have a theory that rather than hyejin is assemblyman's child with grandma doesnt like granddaughters so she had her for adoption. Which would be a good reason why she was for revenge for the family.. but I think thats messed up since she had an affair with assemblyman, which would be creepy since he is her father. Another theory is that she is actually grumpy grandma's daughter, remember she was looking for her mother and she specifically asked to her care taker but again thats incest, some kdramas but go far as prostitution, rape, and child rape but i dont think incest. But then again it might have that the picture only looked like something was happening but there isn't. But another theory is that hyejin's mom was a victim of assemblyman's woman problems before. Remember that jisook said that she would hate half of village if she bothered about her husbands affair and that gayoung's mom is a victim of rape(its almost 100% sure that gayoung is either a baby produced from rape or assemblyman's daughte, remember the picture she holding of her parents and its almost sure that its both). Her mom might be his victim ( but he is not hyejin's father). Its sure that the place doesnt have any crimes for past 10 years but before that?? Another one of my theory is that hyejin is pregnant and is going to have a baby, because of the fight with jisook her baby died(it impossible for her to die pregnant because if so, where are the baby bones), and then assemblyman broke up with her because of his wife and the election and bribed her. But she didnt accept it. Also the reason why jisook fought is because she is pregnant. She was scared of it being a son and that hyejin would take her position in the house. Hyejin's baby died and jisook knew this and is being killed by her conscience so obsessed with her having a baby

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*i made a mistake. There shouldnt be a rather than in the first sentence of my comment above

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Hi there! Actually, I've had suspicions that "incest" would play a part in this series. And yes, that would be horrifying and sick. *shudders* to think, the series is scary enough. The previous episodes have hinted that Hye Jin isn't exactly...stable (forgot that ep, but it was in the orphanage, where someone told So Yoon that her unnie wouldn't move out of the mailbox as she kept waiting for her letter to arrive. She waited to the point of insanity.) So yeah, sick as it may be, that could have been her ploy. I love this series, I swear!
Oh and, hey javabeans! Great recap. I'm a fan! ☺

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I have to agree with utopia.. i also have my eye out for Woo Jae, he seems too sweet in this story filled with so much darkness. Beware the smiling face!!

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I admit, I want to see this just to see Yook Sung-jae playing a dark villainous character on screen. It's a bit hard to imagine though. Villains aren't usually that cheerful.

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*Sorry i meant utopious

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Any speculation or answers as to why the Aunt didn’t step up to take care of Hye-Jin all those years? She knew that So-Yoon's grandma took her away because she was blood related. There has to be more to the story of Hye-Jin being abandoning simply because she was an adoptee. The grandma left South Korea for Canada - that's over 5,000 miles of distance.

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Well, because she wasn't "really family" just adopted. But yes something shady was going on then that the grandma took the blood-related child to another country. And the news article said both kids were dead. Why do you fake someone's death? When someone tried to kill them, that's when. I think the parents were murdered and they hid the kids to make sure they didn't have someone come after them too.

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Hye jin mention ji sook is trash of all trash. Could it possible that ji sook is the reason of everything. Perhaps hye jin have some grudge towards ji sook. Maybe ji sook is the cause of the accident or the reason of the mix up with the adoption. Since ji sook past was never reveal.

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I have a theory that during their fight hyejin was pregnant and because of the fight her baby died. And thats how she hates jisook so much

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So maybe yoo na isn't really jisooks cause the ghost baby mom looks like she have super powers too .. Or just crazy ?, ga young mother is definitely hiding something maybe she knew hye jin was pregnant or that she was searching for her real parents dun know what but she is suspicious ?, the pharmacist is the most creepy one here it looks like she wanted so yoon to come to achiara she kept looking at her when talking about hye jin sister, dun know what ji sook might have done but hye jin holdes a huuuge gruge against her

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My theory is that gayoung's mom was raped by assemblyman and he is her fafher, she wants to be in the company because of this.

Another theory is that joohee is the one who sent the letter and is behind sooyoon being hired at school, she was talking to the math teacher.

Your first comment made me think about a new theory that when jisook's giving birth her baby died and assemblyman "bought" a baby in replacememt for the baby that died. And so jisook doesnt know about this. But yoona have supernatural powers and assemblyman and grandma doesnt think twice to put her to mental institution because they knew she wasn't blood related to her and thats also why assemblyam comment to kihyun that blood is thicker than water.

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Everyone is so suspicious. Sigh.. This show really hooked me up, but i swear waiting for next epi is really painful.

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It's possible that Kim Hye Jin is Ji Sook and Joo Hee's sister.

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So sad that so little people are interested in this drama? The acting and storyline is sooooo good. I guess it's not everyone cup of tea....sigh.

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damn... it's getting better and better... #sigh #hopelesslyWait

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Since we're speculating about bloodlines, rape and incest, maybe Jin Sook and Gi Hyun had a relationship? They look too much close, it´s suspicious. If I remember well they are ~10 years apart, and Gi hyun & Yoona seem to be ~20 years apart, so maybe oppa is her real father ? That's why Jisook is "the worst trash" according to Hye jin (who discovered it and threatened them) ?

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I really like this show. It's like a korean version of Twin Peaks.

A little village. A beauty dies and everyone in th evilklage seems connected. And there's the question of these supernatural behaviours. Very dark and twisted.

I like the acting and the storyline so far.

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I really wish I could break my habit of spoiling the whole drama for myself just because I'm too lazy to watch it..

Oh my gosh, I'm addicted to this crime series. It was afraid that it would add too much paranormal activity, but the show has just enough to keep you on the edge.

My guesses are that Hye Jin's murder has something to do with her adoption (obviously). It seems logical that Hye Jin planned something that disrupted the community in an act of revenge. Perhaps revenge for the car accident somehow linked to her birth mother? Dunno, but can't wait for next week x

Thank you for the thorough recap (:

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haha I think Korea is still a little too conservative to pack that much 'incest' in one drama.

Tbh, I don't think Hye Jin would care if she found out whose Yoona's real parents were. She would only be able to threaten them for money, which doesn't seem like her motive.

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I feel like Hye Jin, the sister, was the one who sent the letters to So Yoon. It seems like Hye Jin kinda knew that she was going to die in a way. Like she had a time capsule for the kids, and it seems like she planned for the truth to become exposed after her death... But maybe not considering how her "ghost form" appears.

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Very Very Captivating!!!
Couldn't hold on to wait for the next episode!!!
Everyone is quite sneaky and draws attention towards the plot!!!

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Hello, Could anyone give me a link to download My Black mini dress 2011 korean movie.

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Idk man I am suspicious of that Sergeant Han...they keep showing his face at random times and he seems like an unimportant sort of character but hes fishy to me...and how he talks to Ga Youngs mum on his own and left Achiara...? He gets more suspicious each episode. And the other characters seem TOO obvious to be the murderer...but he doesnt. Hmm idk lol. Even Woo jae is a bit suspect imo. Hes very keen on both the murder case and also So yoons sister finding :/

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