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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 8

Our heroine turns a corner and happily, finally, exhibits some grit in the face of unpleasantness—nice So-yoon was rather boring to watch, since the extent of her activity seemed to be looking wide-eyed and accepting what everyone said. But shunned So-yoon is, gratifyingly, more proactive and assertive, and it’s a relief to see her pushing back and refusing to roll over quietly like the town expects. Like sister, like sister?

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EPISODE 8: “Madam Baengi”

The TV program’s open call for information about illegal adoptions in Achiara sends Ga-young’s mother running to Joo-hee in a fret. The broker from 30 years ago is called Madam Baengi, and the only person who’s ever come asking about her is Kim Hye-jin. What prompted this interest?

Joo-hee says Hye-jin can’t have been the only child adopted through Madam Baengi, and complains, “I don’t understand. Why the hell would they go searching for parents who abandoned them?” Then she clocks the other woman’s anxiousness, which strikes her as suspicious, and asks why she’s so worried. Ga-young’s mother laughs nervously that she just doesn’t want more hassle. Hm, I’m not convinced, and Joo-hee doesn’t look it either.

Ki-hyun drops by with suspicions of his own, asking about Joo-hee’s relationship to Gun-woo. The two in-laws aren’t outright hostile, but they’re definitely not warm and fuzzy, and Ki-hyun suggests that Joo-hee had a hand in getting Gun-woo promoted. She denies it, but tenses when Ki-hyun says he doesn’t know why his father would do that for her.

He sees the Green Child Services donation box on the pharmacy counter, which links her to Teacher Park, who serves as its president. He informs Joo-hee of his chat with Teacher Park, and how he thinks she drew So-yoon here intentionally. Joo-hee tenses and feigns ignorance, but he’s done his research and shows her the phone logs between them, coinciding with So-yoon’s hiring process and arrival.

Joo-hee says she’s a big donor to the organization, but Ki-hyun points out that huge sums were deposited into Teacher Park’s personal account. Joo-hee explains that she wanted Hye-jin’s sister to come to town and shake things up, because she didn’t like how Hye-jin disappeared and nobody said a thing. Hye-jin had found the newspaper clipping and So-yoon’s address, but disappeared before she could mail it herself. Joo-hee merely finished the task.

Ki-hyun says she could have spoken up sooner, and she points out that she’s related to Hye-jin’s biggest opposition, Ji-sook and Assemblyman Seo. I can’t tell if Joo-hee’s telling the truth or if this is just a very plausible explanation, and it seems like Ki-hyun doesn’t know either.

She mentions Ki-hyun being questioned by the police over meeting Hye-jin, and asks pointedly, “Did you tell them that you met her again after that? The day she disappeared.”

So-yoon meets with Ji-sook to tell her of Yoo-na’s fears, that her mother is sending her away to get rid of her. Ji-sook says she’s only doing it to help Yoo-na, and warns So-yoon to butt out her daughter’s affairs from now on—she doesn’t want Yoo-na learning under Hye-jin’s sister.

So-yoon replies that she and Hye-jin aren’t blood related, if that makes a difference, and that Ji-sook should put Yoo-na first. Ji-sook bristles, asking if So-yoon intends to stay here. So-yoon seems to have found her backbone in the past few days, and says firmly that she will—she’s here to teach, and intends to find her sister’s family.

Back to Ki-hyun, who’s stunned that Joo-hee knows as much as she does. Joo-hee recalls seeing Hye-jin walking by that last afternoon and getting into someone’s car—Ki-hyun’s. Nobody saw her after that.

“Keep it a secret that I brought the English teacher here,” Joo-hee says. “Then I’ll keep your secret.”

He still can’t understand her reasons, so she says that her sister scares her—if Ji-sook found out what she did, she’d probably take her shop away. Joo-hee suggests that Ji-sook was only ever nice to Ki-hyun out of selfish motives: After marrying the assemblyman, she found Grandma standing in her way. She won over the love-starved boy easily, and with Ki-hyun on her side, Grandma wasn’t able to send her packing.

Ki-hyun can’t believe it, but she says Ji-sook is probably nervous even now that Ki-hyun returned and could take away everything. He asks why she’s doing this, and Joo-hee replies that she wants people’s truths to be known, not the masks they wear.

He doesn’t like anything Joo-hee says but it does trigger some doubts, and he remembers Hye-jin saying Ji-sook was the worst kind of trash. On that last afternoon, she had asked how low humans could go to cover up their own weaknesses: “Would they even murder?”

The PD calls So-yoon in to fill her in on the findings about the illegal adoption ring, and many were arrested in a bust 25 years ago. Madam Baengi was named but not caught because she had been inactive for several years.

So-yoon asks him to put her in contact with Madam Baengi, and he asks her to appear on the program in return, saying that this is a much bigger story than finding her sister.

That night as So-yoon heads home, the hallway lights flick off, and when she gets to her apartment, she finds a doll hanging on the door, its eyes closed and face dirtied. Gack! Why would you do that, whyyyy? Then the eyes open and the doll starts to exclaim something, spooking So-yoon thoroughly. She stomps the voice out of the doll, and her fortuneteller neighbor comes out to check on her.

So-yoon asks if she’s ever heard of Madam Baengi, disappointed when she hasn’t. The lady tells her to leave the village quickly, lest she end up like her sister.

Our two officers are called to a fancy bar, where the burly manager has information for them. Apparently the assemblyman’s ex-chauffeur was in this bar regularly two years ago (with the credit logs to prove it), and got caught up in a fight with the manager. Sergeant Han records the charges against Driver Yang, and tells a happy Woo-jae that they’ll be pursuing the case. I guess if your boss forces you off the murder case from the front side, they’ll go through a side door.

Assemblyman Seo is in good spirits with his tourism project going well, until his secretary lets him know about the very small, likely irrelevant story about Achiara’s illegal adoptions that popped up recently. He figures it’s so old it’s not likely to be a problem, but the assemblyman’s face suddenly darkens and he throws some papers in frustration.

Ki-hyun wasn’t wrong when he predicted that the town would turn its scorn onto So-yoon for being related to an adulteress, and her students snicker behind her back. All through the school, students jeer at So-yoon, saying they’d be too ashamed to come to school for being related to such filth. So-yoon confronts a trio of brats for saying that death was too cheap for such a slut, telling them that no matter what a person has done, “the likes of you have no right to judge their death.”

Woo-jae arrives at the house of a grandma who hasn’t seen her tenant (grandson?) in half a year—he’s holed himself up in his room playing games. Woo-jae forces his way in and grabs the guy when he tries to run, and the comical struggle ends when Grandma hoses them down in the yard.

It seems the gamer is on friendly terms with Woo-jae, and Woo-jae needs his computing skills to get old phone logs that the company says are too old to retrieve. The gamer is happy to oblige, after extorting some gamer-related goods out of Woo-jae (expensive armor and weapons from his game of choice), and gets to work hacking the system.

On top of the club violence charge, (Ex-)Driver Yang is called in by the police for a whole host of other offenses, including building and dumping violations. When he gets back to the farm, he finds health officials testing his cows for infections.

It’s our two cops, attacking Driver Yang through all the legal channels, wearing him down. It’s an indirect route, but Sergeant Han sighs that there’s little more they can do but wait for a reaction.

Yoo-na’s grandmother is appalled to hear that Hye-jin’s sister is teaching at the school, and decides she’ll have to call for her firing right away. Ki-hyun reminds Grandma that he’s the director now, and promises to take care of it himself, which gets her to back down.

To Ji-sook, he says he can’t fire her when she’s done nothing wrong, though Ji-sook argues that she could have negative influence on the children and stir up bad memories. Yoo-na accuses her mother of being two-faced, sweet-talking So-yoon when she wanted something and throwing her out when she’s done with her.

Ki-hyun says her mother’s just concerned for her, but Yoo-na tells him to wake up from his dumb misconception: “Mom doesn’t worry about me. At all!” When Ji-sook asks for his help in sending Yoo-na to a foreign school, he protests and looks at her with new, distrustful eyes.

So-yoon drops by the pharmacy on her way to visit the senior center, and asks Joo-hee if she’s ever heard of Madam Baengi. Joo-hee says no, and guesses that So-yoon must be off to ask the older residents, since it happened thirty years ago.

Immediately, Joo-hee makes a call and gets online to an internet cafe called Achiara’s Corpse’s Sleepless Night.

So-yoon’s trip to the senior center is received with surprising hostility. When she asks about Madam Baengi, one grandma yells at her to go, calling her an outsider and flinging water in her face.

Woo-jae encounters her on the road as she trudges back, and takes in her sodden appearance. He wonders why they treated her so poorly, recounting how nice they were to him. He’s not an Achiara native either, but he figures it’s because he does so much around town helping them as part of his job. He offers to ask around on her behalf since he might get a better response, and that cheers her up considerably.

Woo-jae asks Sergeant Han about it, but despite being a native to the town, he hasn’t heard of Madam Baengi. He points out that it’s likely a fake name, so normal residents wouldn’t be familiar with it.

Assemblyman Seo waits on pins and needles for news, and when it finally arrives, it’s good: His tourism development plans have been approved. He puts in the call to the mysterious boss pulling his strings, and the old man is pleased to hear it, saying that Assemblyman Seo should only focus on the project now and not side problems, which he’d taken care of for him all this while. The assemblyman promises not to have any more problems like Hye-jin crop up.

Woo-jae heads to the main station to deliver a report, only to find it empty. He sees the board in the middle of the room and takes in all the evidence and photos of the serial killer, adopting a pose like he’s a detective on the case. HA, he’s too cute—he wants to be a bigtime cop so bad.

Turns out the lead officer, Detective Choi, is napping nearby, and he bolts up when another officer brings him autopsy reports of the seventh victim. The woman wasn’t raped, but a signature was left, and the cause of death was heart failure after hours of torture.

Woo-jae gets into the analysis and interjects into their conversation, which gets him kicked out of the room. Although after he leaves, we see that his deductions were right, since the detectives echo his thoughts—the killer’s growing more brutal.

Detective Choi fixates on the sixth case, which happened within their jurisdiction and stands out for being out of the pattern: It was on a Tuesday, not Wednesday, and on a night without rain. The killer didn’t hide his car from sight, which went spotted by a witness, and the body was discovered soon thereafter. Thus: He was in a hurry that night and didn’t have time to hide the body—it wasn’t a coldly calcu lated murder like the others.

The conclusion: “I think the criminal lives in this neighborhood.”

The program focusing on Achiara’s illegal adoptions is suddenly yanked, and the PD in charge is dismayed and apologetic to So-yoon. His guess is that someone extremely powerful leaned on the station to pull the story, and he has no power to push back. The only thing he can do is to pass along information to a broker who might have known Madam Baengi, Oh Gab-soo.

Over at the lumber mill, Agasshi finally meets the ajusshi who has newly moved in and set up an art studio here. He’s an old friend and they catch up pleasantly, though it looks like ajusshi’s wife isn’t a fan of Agasshi, pulling her daughter away from him.

Agasshi asks if Artist Ajusshi has heard of the dead body, and the man feigns surprise while being clearly nervous at this line of conversation.

At school, the principal pulls So-yoon as homeroom teacher and adds that he’d like her to quit the school entirely, because she might be an unsavory influence on the kids. She states that she has no intention of going along with that, but he advises her to take the pleasant course, which the director has approved.

Ki-hyun offers her a ride after school, calling it the safest route, but she refuses his favor and says coldly that she will find her own safe route. He persists in following her in his car, so she relents and goes with him to Ga-young’s mother’s restaurant. But when she confronts him about wanting her to quit school too, he just tells her to do as she wants.

He explains Ji-sook’s background, and how she was dirt-poor growing up with a single mom and a sister from a different father, which made her the object of derision. But nobody looks down on her now, because of his father, and “because our townspeople are that simple.”

She asks if he means to do the same for her, and he replies that he wants to help her any way he can. She replies, “I can’t trust you.”

“Why, do I seem like the culprit to you?” he asks. “You’re hiding something,” she returns.

He says earnestly, “But I didn’t kill Kim Hye-jin. And I truly don’t want for you to be hurt.”

That night, Ga-young comes to Gun-woo’s studio as he’s painting a dark portrait, and sends him a series of text messages. She insists that she knows he has feelings for her, that she’ll wait, and pleads for him not to deny it. “All I want is love. Are you so afraid of that?”

But as his phone buzzes nearby, she sees that he doesn’t even look up from his painting, ignoring it wholly. Then he sees the phone and reads the messages, sighing heavily. She sends one last message—”IloveyouIloveyouIloveyou”—and waits with bated breath… and he throws his phone angrily away.

Driver Yang is dealt another blow when his cattle test for brucella infection and his barn is temporarily shut down. In a taxi, Woo-jae follows his truck out of the farm, but Driver Yang catches wind of his tail and pours on the speed to shake them.

Thankfully for their chase (but not for Woo-jae’s nerves), the taxi driver skillfully dodges traffic, runs lights, and sticks to the truck’s tail… until a bigger truck slams into their path and cuts the chase short. Driver Yang gets away, and hurries to Assemblyman Seo’s boss.

So-yoon finally gets a hold of Oh Gab-soo, the former broker, who does in fact know of Madam Baengi. He mentions that her daughter came asking about her a couple years ago—Madam Baengi had sold her own child. So-yoon asks for a name or description, just as three thugs arrive to confront Oh Gab-soo over “a troubling matter.”

The flirty art school assistant gets Woo-jae’s attention with the promise of more information, and somehow interprets his interest in a case he’s been pulled from as evidence of his interest in meeting her. Ha, he looks appalled at the thought.

She clues him into that Achiara internet cafe and points to a post talking about Madam Baengi, mentioning Oh Gab-soo. He’s so excited that he thanks her profusely, which gratifies her (and her misplaced ego) greatly.

So-yoon tracks down the meat processing center where Oh Gab-soo had been working and asks for its employees. He happens to live on site as a security guard, and she is pointed in his direction.

So-yoon knocks on his door calling out to him, but the door swings open and the room is empty. She wanders into the other areas of the plant, calling out cautiously, but only sees meat hanging on hooks.

Yoo-na marvels at a piece of Ba-woo’s whittling, saying it’s much better than the one he put into their time capsule. He shakes his head, saying that their things weren’t in it. She can’t believe he wouldn’t tell her he found it, but he says that he gave it “to that person” because he was told it would help catch the killer. He refuses to tell her who that is.

So-yoon’s fortuneteller ajumma performs some kind of rite, wondering at the name Madam Baengi.

Joo-hee gets dressed up and shops at a department store. A chic white suit catches her eye, which she buys and takes to a beautiful older woman. The woman sits in a wheelchair, and Joo-hee smiles, saying, “I think heaven is helping me.”

So-yoon hears a noise in the plant and heads over to see… Woo-jae? Ah, the cafe pointed him here. He accidentally switches on the conveyor belt conveying the meat and gets hit by one, but gains his bearings… just as So-yoon looks over his shoulder in surprise. Ack! What do you see? What is hanging on that hook?

The fortuneteller racks her memory for the name Baengi, and lands on the name Lee Jung-im.

Joo-hee tells the older woman that everything is proceeding very well: “in the opposite direction of what you wanted so badly.” She smiles chillingly and adds, “How far will things be revealed?”

We see the woman wearing a hospital wristband with her name on it: Lee Jung-im.

“Mom,” Joo-hee says.

Back to the meat hooks. It’s a man in his worker’s uniform. Oh Gab-soo?

 
COMMENTS

This is all rather convoluted, but let’s try to get things in order: Assuming nobody’s lying regarding the recent discoveries, Madam Baengi was an adoption broker who sold her own daughter off thirty years ago, and Hye-jin came looking for her shortly before she disappeared. Madam Baengi is Lee Jung-im, who is Joo-hee’s mother, and therefore also Ji-sook’s mother. Which means the three ladies are all half-sisters, and Hye-jin is Yoo-na’s aunt.

That suggests that the elder sisters should know about having once had a sister, though they seem to be curiously uncurious about what became of her. What prompted Mom to give her child away? Seeing how Ji-sook and Joo-hee grew up into tough-as-nails manipulators of the highest order, I suppose it was Hye-jin’s good fortune to be adopted by a loving family, even if that time was cut short by the parents’ deaths.

And if Hye-jin’s grievance lay with her mother, then what was the purpose of her deliberately insinuating herself into the family to seduce the assemblyman? Revenge against Ji-sook, perhaps? It seems to be more about Ji-sook than the assemblyman at this point, especially when we consider how Hye-jin was the one who sent the affair photos to Ji-sook (in Episode 1) and watched her reaction to them.

Joo-hee continues to creep me out, in a good way; she’s got more faces than a deck of cards, and she’s so quick on the uptake that it’s unclear even to us when she’s telling the truth or when she’s inventing a logical explanation to get herself out of trouble. She’s the type of person where she’s more frightening when she’s happy than when she’s angry, because whatever she wants, it can’t be a good thing.

I like that Ki-hyun is catching on, both to Joo-hee and to Ji-sook, and he’s able to shake her calm facade, even if it’s only for fleeting seconds. The more we see of him the more decent he seems to me; he’s clearly hiding things, but I believe him when he sounds earnest. His trouble is that he has a fierce loyalty to people who may not deserve it, so until he can clear his eyes of the blinders, he’s likely to be more of an obstruction than a helping force.

On a side note, I’m totally getting chemistry between Ohn Joo-wan and Moon Geun-young, which I know isn’t a focus of the drama—based on the story direction thus far and things the PD has said about not forcing a loveline, I don’t expect anything to come of any of the romantic attractions in this show. That said, I’d be happy if one sprung up between them, even if on paper maybe the flirtation with the cute police officer seems more logical. Sure, it’s no hardship watching Woo-jae’s cute puppy-dog crush on So-yoon, but I don’t see even the remotest flicker of chemistry between them. Whereas, my interest tugs in favor of Ki-hyun and So-yoon.

It definitely helps that So-yoon’s character finally perked up this episode, displaying more verve the more she was stepped on. It’s not fun to watch her being sniggered at, but at least she’s not wandering around cluelessly anymore, and asserted herself. I wanted to applaud her newfound fortitude, and if being knocked down is what it takes for her to step it up, I’ll even welcome the struggles sure to block her path.

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Certain things are definitely becoming clearer. I'm surprised that it was Jo Hee that brought So-Yoon to Archiara. Ki-Hyun does seem like a good guy (so far) in assisting So-Yoon in uncovering the mystery behind her sisters death.

Side note, Woo Jae is such a innocent, earnest cutie-pie cop. I'm glad we have his character in the drama to break up all the scary and intense moments.

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Thanks for the recap!!!

Loved this episode because we seem to be working with the characters rather than waiting for them to catch up! I also love the creepy yet not grotesque theme. I guess we'll have to wait for So Yoon to find out about Lee Jung Im but Joo Hee seems to want her to find out so it should be quick. I actually like Joo Hee more because she's so crafty and she just uses people's actions against them.

I think you're right that Hye Jin is another daughter of Lee Jung Im which would explain her fixation with Ji sook. But why the revenge? Maybe for keeping Hye Jin from her mother and refusing to accept her as family? And then where does Ga Young come in??? I think Art Teacher Gun Woo knows something about her through Hye Jin. Wow more answers lead to more questions!! (Which isn't a bad thing!)

I also definitely see the chemistry between So Yoon and Ki Hyun but I feel like he's misguided. He knows how messed up his family is and still try's to offer explanations for them. Ji sook has no excuse for treating Yoo Na and So Yoon like eyesores and she's just getting crazier. Woo Jae is the only one consistently on So Yoons side so I'm rooting for him ( also he's such a puppy he couldn't be shady if he tried).

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emmm... im confused with so many 'mysteries' in this drama yet i start to understand the puzzle here... but... ga young and gun woo... like, why we need their story here??? i didnt get why we need a story about a crazy-obsessed student and her crappy teacher. something is missing here.. and we still didnt get the clue why gun woo dates jo hee...

it seems like jo hee isnt the killer.. and ji sook too.. i watched the scene with hye jin came to ji sook.. i mean, hanging on her car's door.. hye jin's expression wasn't anger... she asked for help, right?

so many puzzles to put to finish this story... ah... not my fave one but im curious, :D

thank you for the recap ^^

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I totally agree with jb on so-yoon and ki hyun's chemistry...like c'mon they make a cute pair...i would like to find out gun-woo's ordeal

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If it turn out that gihyun actualy has DID/Multiple Personality Disosrder and change personallity at the nightfall then he become a serial killer who rape girls and kill them and murdering hyejin but switch back to be a nice guy in the daylight. if that the case, Iam so going to flip a table.

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I am warming up to the show more and more. Before it was so slow and quite a bore, and Soo yoo was too timid. And i like how all Achiara women are so weird, creepy, dangerous from strange-looking-fortuner teller, Ghost-seeing YooNa, Manipulator JiSook, Evil. JooHee and now Madam Baegi. In contrast, Achiara men are clueless and easily manipulated.

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Every character is very important in this drama that's how effective the writing has been. It's like they are pieces of a big puzzle. Anxious to see how everything will play out

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I would like to express my love for dramabeans and Korean drama cos I'm nigerian but I'm still addicted to kdrama and still updated since I can't get live viewing, this drama will be available to watch in my country by next year or so when the episodes have been completed. It's sad but it's worth it. Thanks guys it means a lot to me

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I personally want a loveliness between Ki Hyun and So Yoon

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me too...but i dont think we can get what we want. i just hope that gihyun wont be the killer and he will start to be more honest with so hyun and help her in finding the truth about hye jin death. even if they dont dated officially, as long as they get enough screentime together without being suspicious of each other. i will be so happy. THERE IS SPARKS FLY BETWEEN THEM, THE CHEMISTRY IS SO OBVIOUS...!

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Me three!!
Every time they have a conversation or confrontation, sparks fly! It's hard to deny their chemistry..
Well, even if there's no proper romance, at least give us a little hint of romance and attraction between them.

And Woo Jae, your puppy-crush is so cute, but I hope you'll be paired with art school assistant. They're so cute together!

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Hello, you can watch it online if you have data. There are numerous sites to watch it from. I live in Nigeria too and I watch these videos the morning after.

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Am really liking this. I agree though, MGYs character is the least interesting of all, but am thinking this maybe intentional and we're in store for some more character development (like in this episode) in the latter half of the drama.
I also think this drama's really well made.

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woowww!!! really felt this episode. 10xx dramabeans 4 all your hardwork. FIGHTING!!
@tgs are you serious?? plz what sites do I get 2 watch/download them? also a Nigerian. thought I was the only Nigerian with an addiction...guess i'm not alone*happy dance*

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definitely seeing the chemistry between ki-hyun and so-yoon too!! i wouldn't mind a loveline between them either, hehe.

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this is so unfair! poor my so yoon :'(
#the_truth_must_be_upheld!

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In this episode, since it was revealed by Ki-hyun that Jo-hee's family name is Kang, could Joo-hee be the sister to Agasshi whose real name is Kang Pil-Sung as revealed when he was arrested by Achiara's police for being mistakenly accused to be Hye-jin's murderer? It would make sense why Hye-jin told Agasshi that "What would mother feels when she sees you like this" when Agasshi (while being dressed like a woman) met Hye-jin. It will be a surprising twist if my predicition is right!

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So Yoon has so far been the most 2D character of the whole lot but I am glad she is finally starting to grow a spine. For a drama which has to rely on plot, atmosphere and acting to preserve its momentum, this is unexpectedly good and smartly paced. Sad the ratings are low though. :(

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The villagers' attitudes are too creepy. I'm glad not to have such a weird neighborhood. What is so extraordinarily compelling that So-yoon has to remain in Achiara!? Are we going to watch the writers kill or drive this character insane, too?

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I am actually leaning to wards Hye Jin being Ji Sook's daughter. It would explain why she has so much animosity towards her. Way more than she has towards Joo Hee. The message in the church and the visions she had in the last episode of the child speaking to her through Yoon Na might be part of the guilt she suffers from getting rid of Hye Jin to protect her position in the house.
I don't know how old she is on the show but she might have had Hye Jin really young and her mom help put her up for adoption illegally to get rid of the unwanted baby.The sibling connection she found might have been through Yoon Na.

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Yes! This so much.

Revealed earlier in his confrontation with Joo Hee, Ki Hyun recalled Hye Jin's question about the extent of a human's depravity, asking "Would they even murder?" At this point, the only prominent deaths were the Han family's.

Hye Jin likely found out that Ji Sook orchestrated the "car accident" to "cover up her weaknesses" (hiding Hye Jin's existence) so as to secure her position in the Seo household. Which could explain Hye Jin's painting of the mother with the knife hidden underneath her baby.

Hye Jin is not seeking revenge from Ji Sook for abandoning her, it's for the deaths of her adopted loving family (and also the fact that Ji Sook attempted to murder her)!

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Nah... jisook is in her mid forties... hyejin died 30 years old(in korean age,2 years ago, was born/adopted in 1984, so she 32 now in korean age)..

i think that it is gayoung's mom who is hyejin's mom.. the rape thing, and the fact that she is nervous about baengi, the art teacher who seems obssessed with hyejin(he paints her always and was into gambling since she died) 'investigating' gayoung's birthmark which hyejin also knows(and i think its by 'investigating' too when hyejin was looking for her mom)... though, this theory might be wrong since in the preview gayoung asks her mom who really is her dad(meaning gayoung might be mom's rape child)

The child whom baengi/lee imjung put for adoption/sold is pharma joohee, i assume she hates her mom for this, hence she wants 'everything' to be revealed by somewhat 'helping' the hansoo sisters..

I also assume assemblyman's boss is hiding something which is why he helps assemblyman to cover up everything.. there is definitely something with him..

With the jisook one, its clearly stated that the baby that died is yoona's younger sibling.. and seeing the baby die is how she got her 'powers'.. i think jisook had an affair with another guy, maybe the assemblyman found out about it hence she killed it..

If gayoung's mom is not hyejin's mom, then its sure that jisook have something to do with her real mom.. but i'm pretty sure jisook cannot be hyejin's mom since the age dont add up..(though it is possible to uave kids around the age of 10-13 i doubt that a kdrama would go that deep, most especially, its a public tv station, if its cable like jbtc its much possible, but sbs??, no). The theory up there is also possible.. its much possible than jisook being hyejin's mom.. but we dont know, she might really be her mom.. you have a point too...

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Please what site do you watch it. It's a big problem trying to keep up these dramas I'm sure you understand

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You aren't alone. I and my family have been kdrama fans for over 4years.

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My addiction is quite bad cos every other time I'm on dramabeans checking out for new drama casting and recap.

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I find Sung Jae's (sp?) character to be so incredibly annoying. If there is a love line to be had, I also am in favor of KiHyun and So yoon than otherwise.

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Thanks so much for the recap of this complicated show. The subtitles at Viki are coming along pretty slowly so I finally gave up and just watched the show while using this recap to fill in the untranslated scenes.

I'm really glad that our female lead has started to assert herself. If she continued to be a wet blanket I think that it would've really lowered the show's overall energy. She needs to step up and really dig into what's going on here now.

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I dont see any chemistry between ki-hyun and so yoon. And i really like how this drama is getting! Yook Sung-Jae is our male lead and there isnt much story about him, i know loveline isnt focused in this drama but i would really like Yook Sung-Jae and moon get togather <3

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I don't either..Neither do I think that this is plausible..considering how they're all related..If Baengi ahjumma IS hyejin's mother..then they're all sisters..And so yoon being hye jin's sister,her and gi hyun's relationship would never be smooth..and they won't be even remotely happy on the paper..
I think the writer would keep it as mentioned ...without loveline.Though woo jae is so pleasant to watch on screen with his earnest attitude towards so yoon with his 'ideal police words at the edge of his tongue..always ready to serve the people' lol.

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I also hope, that here won't he any lovelines.. its going to destroy the story.. the stoy far much better without any lovelines

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Rili???? At last, found my fam in naija..... Which site??? I'd like to download nt just watch and d ones with engsub...thanks

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OMG..... Glad to know naija pipu r addicted tu....

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Yeah MO pink

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I don't know any site too. But my neighbor downloaded healer then don't know where he downloaded it from

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In Soo Young's family photo, the parents look well off and I think they are from Achiara. The news article was published in Achiara and mentioned all 4 died when their car and a truck collided. Maybe they were the owners of the lumber shack.
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I think Soo Young's dad might be half-brother to Assemblyman through his father's mistress. So to get rid of the heir to the Steel Industry maybe JiSook or Assemblyman orchestrated that "accident". And maybe JiSook tried to cover up this accident because of her greediness.

In summary, JiSook caused their deaths to get rid of competition for her husband and his company.
Because she is greedy and wanted to be known as the wife of the richest person in Achiara.
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Hye Jin was angry at her because she was a scum who jeopardized the lives of her adopted family and herself.
Since JiSook is not related by blood to Assemblyman unlike Soo Young who might be Assemblyman's niece, she posed as Assemblyman's mistress to learn about the truth of the accident.
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Maybe AssemblyMan and JiSook(and her brother in China) were also involved in polluting the lake with the Steel Industry chemicals. And Hye Jin, Joo Hee, and the Artist wanted to find evidence for that. AssemblyMan wanted to turn Achiara into a resort town for tourists so he cannot have people threatening about the lake pollution by his Steel factory. That is why he got rid of Hye Jin.
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I think there is a huge drug problem in Achiara. I think Ji Sook is on drugs given by her pharmacist sister. JiSook and Yoona are certainly hallucinating. Maybe Joo Hee is providing the family with drugs instead of vitamin supplements. And the victims in the murder cases were killed by a drug addict or were drugged. Or Maybe it was the polluted lake water?
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Since Hye Jin knows she has one sister living in Achiara.
Probably this would rule out Yoon Ji Sook and Kang Joo Hee because Ji Sook also has brother with "Yoon" family name
living in China. So if Hye Jin was related to Ji Sook then she would be have 2 sisters and 1 brother. But why was she looking for only a sister in Achiara?

Since Hye Jin was looking for "ONE sister" I feel like it must be another female like the Bully girl and her mother who is the restaurant ajumma.
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And it intrigues me why does Gun-Woo say that Hye Jin told him about the bully girl's birthmark on her thigh. It sounds weird that Hye Jin would tell a male character about his
female student's birthmark which is not visible on her leg but is hidden on her thigh. Why is the birth mark unique? Does it connect the bully girl and Hye Jin as sisters?
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Also there are no last names provided for restaurant ajumma and the bully girl. In ep 2 bully girl looks at an old photo of her mom and some guy who looks like Inspector Han. How are the restaurant ajumma and Inspector Han...

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Also there are no last names provided for restaurant ajumma and the bully girl.
In ep 2 bully girl looks at an old photo of her mom and some guy who looks like Inspector Han.
How are the restaurant ajumma and Inspector Han related?
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Also Inspector Han and Soo Young has same family name "Han".
Inspector Han returned to Achiara after 15 years.
Bully Girl could pass for his daughter according to her age.
Maybe Inspector Han is Soo Young's uncle on her dad's side.
Bully Girl is the daughter of Restaurant Ajumma and Inspectar Han and is step-sister to Hye Jin with same birthmark.
I think Hye Jin is the daughter of Restaurant Ajumma who gave her up for adoption because
she was raped in that one flashback where she was gagged in ep 3.
And Inspector Han's brother and his wife adopted Hye Jin through the illegal adoption ring.
This would mean Inspector Han, Bully Girl, Restaurant Ajumma and Hye Jin are all related as a family.
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Joo Hee and Agashhi both have "Kang" family name.
When Hye Jin asks Agasshi what his birth mother would think of him cross dressing maybe both are related
and that Lee Jung-im who "gave their child up for adoption" is his mom? No gender of the child is specified.
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Maybe Hye Jin was really an accidental victim in the forest when she slipped and fell down.
Her skeletal hand is outstretched like in Yoona's flashback and maybe she was trying to grasp some one's hand when she fell but the other person just left her to die.

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Joo Hee is the most suspicious but I don't think she's the killer. I don't know I just think something is strange but she's not the killer. But there are still suspicions about her:

1. She knows about Madam Baengi and the madam (Lee Jung Im) is probably her mother. So obviously she knows about the illegal adoption and Hye Jin, probably even before Hye Jin came to the village.
2. If Madam Baengi is also Hye Jin's mother, then Ji Sook, Joo Hee and Hye Jin are half-sisters. Half-sisters with different fathers. Jealousy and revenge probably the motifs.
3. She sent a letter to So Yoon in Canada and even orchestrated to get her the position in Haewon School. Why??
4. She's the only close friend to Hye Jin in the village and based on flashbacks, Hye Jin also shares so many secrets to Joo Hee. If there's a person who knows Hye Jin more than anyone else, it's probably Joo Hee.

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The big question is, we don't know how Hye Jin died? Did she stabbed? Drugged? Poisoned? Or accidentally fell?

IF Joo Hee is the killer, she would use drugs/poison, I don't think she'll stab her.

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I have a theory that Ga-young is related to Gun Woo Saem. Based on his knowledge of her birthmark/scar and the fact that her mother is both aware of who Baengi Ahjumma and seems frightened by the news getting out.

It would also explain the "weird" attraction between them. If she is his lost dongsaeng, then it makes her attraction to him worrying and any potential attraction/affection he feels frustrating.

Though at the end of this speculation, I wonder why he hasn't just confirmed it and confronted anyone...

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I love the spooky music in this drama!

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