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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 12

The delusion, it runs deep in this town. That certainly explains how the secrets have remained under wraps for so long—with this amount of willful ignorance going around, it’s no wonder it’s taken So-yoon this long to piece together the fragments of this mystery. Speaking of which, major secrets are revealed today, and they force the truth upon some people who’ve been doing their best to ignore it. Thing is, you can slap it away for only so long before the truth slaps right back.

 
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EPISODE 12: “A very old crime”

So-yoon sees the wall of photographs of herself in Agasshi’s house, tensing when she hears the clacking of walnuts behind her. But when she turns to face Agasshi, he just hands her a beer and invites her to sit, unconcerned about her seeing his photo wall.

Woo-jae drops by the real estate broker’s office, since the broker has offered him all the instant foods his last tenant left behind. Woo-jae accepts the noodles happily, then wonders at the pair of walnuts left behind. The broker explains that old Grandpa Kim left them behind, saying they were inedible.

Those words trigger a thought, and Woo-jae recalls Sergeant Han’s information about the serial killer leaving walnuts in his victim’s bodies. The shells were extra-thick, which kept them from rotting even as the bodies decomposed around them.

Ga-young walks along with her friends when suddenly, she clutches her head in pain, assaulted by a piercing sound. Nobody else hears it, and her friends hover worriedly as she wails in agony.

So-yoon asks about the photographs Agasshi took of her, saying that it feels like she’s being surveilled. Agasshi apologizes, asking if she’s angry with him and looking worried that Hye-jin might have been upset too. She notes how much he thought of Hye-jin, and asks if he was very curious when she disappeared two years ago.

Agasshi says no, because he assumed she’d gone to Canada to find her sister. She’s surprised that her sister told him that, and he describes the day he’d come upon her in the field, waiting as usual. He’d joined her there, and she’d told him she planned to find her sister in Canada before she died. Hearing that brings tears to So-yoon’s eyes.

Agasshi supposes that Hye-jin would have wanted her killer caught—he doesn’t believe the news story about that ex-driver killing her over money. He points out that Hye-jin isn’t someone who would have fought over money, and So-yoon sees his point.

Recalling Woo-jae’s speculation that the killer would’ve had a strong reaction to news of Hye-jin’s corpse being found, So-yoon asks how Agasshi felt when he heard about it. He clenches the walnuts in his hand and thinks back, explaining that he thought it might not be her, and that it made him very sad.

Woo-jae takes the walnuts to Detective Choi, confirming that they’re the same kind used by the killer. Detective Choi is annoyed that the information leaked, but Woo-jae swears he’s kept his mouth shut and is excited to have provided a clue.

Detective Choi grumbles that it’s not much of a clue, then leans in and mutters quietly for Woo-jae to find the source of the walnuts. They must have come from a tree unknown to most of the villagers (I’m presuming because the police don’t know where they’ve come from either), so it’s Woo-jae’s job to find it.

Woo-jae accompanies Grandpa Kim on a hike into the woods to track down where he found the tree, but the old man says all the trees look the same to him. He picked them up thinking they were acorns, since there are no walnut trees in Achiara, but now can’t recall where that was.

Despite his suspension, Sergeant Han is still working the case on his off-hours, and surreptitiously keeps watch on the mysterious Chairman Noh, the man suspected of being the illegal arms dealer who’s pulling Assemblyman Seo’s strings. Chairman Noh spots him and grumbles to Assemblyman Seo about it, wanting to “cut off the shoots” of the problem before it can grow. The assemblyman warns that messing with the police could backfire in his face.

There’s clear tension between these two, who are aligned more out of necessity than anything, it seems. As he leaves the meeting, Assemblyman Seo complains about the chairmain being overly bloodthirsty, and mutters to himself that the better method is to pull up the roots of a problem, not cut off the shoots.

Ga-young and her mother go to the hospital to undergo hearing tests, which turn up nothing out of the ordinary. The doctor decrees her episode as a result of stress, nothing more.

It’s a different story when So-yoon meets with Hye-jin’s medical researcher, who thinks there’s a good chance Ga-young may be ill. Fabry disease is transmitted via the X chromosome, so if a father carries it, a daughter will certainly have it.

So-yoon takes the results to Ga-young’s mother to press her to get medical attention, but it’s not received well at all. The suggestion comes as a shock to Mom, who is first in denial, then outraged at So-yoon’s insistence. She slaps So-yoon for the affront, but So-yoon pleads with her to think of her child’s health.

Woo-jae informs Sergeant Han about Hye-jin and Ga-young testing positively as sisters. Sergeant Han is disbelieving, having known Ga-young’s mother for years and saying it’s impossible for Ga-young’s father, who was only in town for a few months before leaving forever, to have also fathered Hye-jin a decade before. But Woo-jae points out that the girls’ father could be a different man entirely.

Sergeant Han has also made headway in identifying henchman of Chairman Noh, and takes Woo-jae with him on a delivery for the lumber factory where he’s been working. Our creepy(?) carpenter ajusshi is there to accept the delivery, and Woo-jae admires the artwork in his workshop.

The carpenter tenses when Woo-jae mentions that both he and Sergeant Han are longtime village residents, but makes the excuse that he lived away from home for much of the time.

Ji-sook takes Yoo-na to a doctor in Seoul to discuss her visions, and Yoo-na insists they were neither hallucinations nor ghostly apparitions. It was simply Teacher Hye-jin, appearing before her like her little sister once did years ago, killed by her mother for not being a boy. Both had said the same thing: “Mom, save me.”

It becomes clear that she’s meant to stay here against her will, until her condition is fixed. Yoo-na refuses, saying that she likes being able to see Hye-ijn, and tries to leave the room. A team of nurses restrains her, and when she begs her mother to help her, Ji-sook just tells the doctor to admit her to the hospital. “This is the only way,” Ji-sook tells her, leaving her pleading in her wake.

Assemblyman Seo and Grandma are appalled to hear of it, demanding that Ji-sook bring Yoo-na back immediately. But Ji-sook puts her foot down, telling them the things she’s hidden thus far: that Yoo-na was behind the funeral graffiti prank, and that she draws Hye-jin every night, trying to summon her. They have to cure Yoo-na, for her own sake.

Ki-hyun hears of this and is upset, but Ji-sook’s words have stopped the assemblyman and Grandma’s protests. He tells So-yoon of it when meeting her that night, and also informs her that he had checked into the hospital records proving Madam Baengi’s hysterectomy thirty years ago. He found it odd that the hospital would hang on to such old records, but before So-yoon can get too excited at the possibility that it could have been faked, he adds that he doesn’t think Hye-jin is Madam Baengi’s secret child. There have never been rumors of the kind, and the village was so small back then that it would have been impossible for a pregnancy to escape notice.

So-yoon tells Ki-hyun that she’s made another discovery, this time about the blackmail Joo-hee was holding over his father. It’s a recording of Assemblyman Seo ordering Hye-jin killed.

Ki-hyun puts his investigator on the trail immediately, instructing him to look into the assemblyman and Joo-hee’s interactions.

Ga-young’s mother drops by the pharmacy looking haggard, and asks Joo-hee if she knew that Hye-jin had suffered from a serious illness. Surprised, Joo-hee demands the details.

Woo-jae returns to the woods in search of the walnut tree, which doesn’t yield much until he hears the vague sound of clacking in the distance. He follows it until he comes upon Agasshi, sitting at the base of a tree. Both men are surprised to see the other here, and Woo-jae can’t go around explaining his reasons, so he just says he’d been looking for a walnut tree.

Agasshi points out that this is a special tree, having been planted and grafted carefully here by somebody. He extols the health properties of rolling them in the hands to relieve stress and offers them to Woo-jae to try.

Joo-hee shows up at Ji-sook’s studio, upset to hear for the first time that Hye-jin had suffered a life-threatening illness, and even more upset that Ji-sook knew about it and did nothing. Ji-sook sneers that there was nothing for her to do, but Joo-hee accuses her of only being afraid of being kicked out of her family.

When Ji-sook says it’s frightening to see Joo-hee pretend to feel pangs of conscience, Joo-hee retorts that at least she knows when it’s appropriate to show it—unlike Ji-sook. “You’re a monster!” she declares.

Ji-sook slaps her for that, saying, “You were a bug from the instant you were born!” Even so, she took care of Joo-hee for their mother’s sake. Ji-sook calmly resumes her work, saying that she’s going to start fresh: The culprit has been caught, she’s going to fix Yoo-na, and she’ll have a son to rely on. She sounds, frankly, delusional.

Sergeant Han drops by Ga-young’s mother’s restaurant for a drink, and also for some truth after all these years. He guesses that something happened to her “back then” and says gently that denying things won’t make them untrue, reminding her that Ga-young’s life hangs in the balance.

A flashback takes us to a rainy night in Achiara, when Sergeant Han had nearly run over Ga-young’s mother in the road. She’d looked exhausted and traumatized, but had said she’d simply gotten lost and wandered the woods. He hadn’t pressed her then, but he asks now, guessing there was more to it.

Ga-young’s mother starts to cry, but says she and her child must survive here. Firmly, she declares, “That night, I lost my way in the mountains. That’s all.”

That night, So-yoon watches a news report of a woman who had abandoned a newborn in the park, whose husband and family hadn’t even known she was pregnant. That makes her reconsider Madam Baengi’s history, and she starts reading stories of similar cases, wondering how possible it is for people to not notice a pregnancy in their midst.

Woo-jae brings Detective Choi to the walnut tree, pointing out how carefully its caretaker planted it, and suspects that the killer lives in the area.

Thinking of So-yoon’s comments about not liking that he took her photos secretly, Agasshi takes down his photo wall. Then he returns the envelope of money to the carpenter—money that he’d interpreted as hush money when given. He tells the carpenter, “The sister wants to catch the criminal who killed her unni.”

The carpenter insists he didn’t do anything like that, and Agasshi replies, “That’s why I’m returning this.”

Ga-young gives Gun-woo a new handkerchief to replace the one he’d used after she fell into the lake, and he advises her once again to go to the hospital. She tells him that she did, and was told it was only stress. She says wistfully that seeing his concern for her health, she wishes she could be sick all the time. He balks at that, but she assures him that she won’t bother him anymore, and will be satisfied knowing that he’d be sad if she died.

At the psychiatric hospital, Yoo-na goes along with the doctor’s wishes and pretends that she’s better now and doesn’t see any visions, hoping it’ll get her sent home. But the doctor wants to observe her longer, to her dismay.

That night, Ga-young gets caught in the rain on her way home, assuring her mother over the phone that she’ll be fine. But with every clap of thunder, the piercing headache returns, sending her collapsing to the ground and wailing in pain. As she’s huddled on the muddy ground, someone walks up to her—a man, dressed in a dark rain slicker.

So-yoon receives an unmarked text message, which turns out to be a video clip of Hye-jin in the field near Agasshi’s shack. Notably, the timestamp is the latest of all the videos seen thus far, making this now the most recent image showing Hye-jin alive.

Ga-young’s mother reports her disappearance to the police, spurring a search through the woods. Making things extra tense is that tonight is a rainy Wednesday, and the cops have to hope that this disappearance isn’t related to the serial killer.

Ga-young’s mother is beside herself with worry and has to be persuaded into returning home to wait. So-yoon tries to soothe her nerves while Mom sits in a state of shock, murmuring to herself that she should have done as Hye-jin wanted, but because she didn’t listen, “that thing” is going to happen again.

So-yoon asks what she means, and Mom says that Hye-jin had asked her to catch a monster together. So-yoon asks urgently who the monster is, recalling how Hye-jin had said the monster would kill her, and presses Ga-young’s mother for an answer. But Mom just says dully that there’s no point, and her daughter might die.

Ga-young awakens in the carpenter’s workshop at the lumber mill, looking around fearfully as the man works nearby, whistling pleasantly. He notices that she’s up and addresses her in a friendly tone, but she freaks out and bolts out of the building. But the rain and thunder take their toll again, and the headache returns. Ga-young collapses again.

Thankfully she’s found by the search party before too long, and they rush her to the hospital. The application of an ice pack causes pain, and the doctors notice the blotches that have appeared on her legs. The doctor asks her mother whether she suffers from any other diseases, because they don’t want to treat her with medication that may conflict with her preexisting condition. So So-yoon raises the possibility of Fabry disease and passes along the contact information of the researchers for follow-up information.

Ga-young’s mother can’t stay in denial anymore, and explains to So-yoon that her assault occurred in her first month of marriage. She hadn’t reported it because while “something bad” would have gotten sympathetic reactions from the villagers, “something shameful” would only have subject her to scorn. So-yoon is appalled and starts to argue that there’s nothing shameful about being a victim of rape, but Ga-young’s mother says that’s why her husband left her.

Still, she was fine just having Ga-young… until Hye-jin came along. Hye-jin had pressed her to team up to uncover the truth, arguing that the same thing that happened 30 years ago, and 17 years ago, could still be happening now. “We can stop him,” she’d argued. But Ga-young’s mother had stuck stubbornly to her denial, insisting nothing had happened to her.

So-yoon asks how Hye-jin had found the monster, and Mom just mentions something about an unpleasant fishy smell and the sound of whistling. She supposes Hye-jin’s birth mother told her who he was, but she doesn’t know who that is. All she knows is that Hye-jin was dead-set on tracking down Ji-sook’s mother, Madam Baengi.

Meanwhile, Yoo-na is stuck at the hospital under constant watch. During a group activity session, she causes a distraction and steals a doctor’s cell phone, then slips away to pull the fire alarm.

Woo-jae returns to Agasshi’s shack to confront him about the latest video he sent So-yoon. Agasshi says he didn’t turn them over before because he didn’t know he’d had it, and the file had been saved elsewhere. It’s difficult to tell whether he’s lying or not, because he sounds completely matter-of-fact about how he just wanted to pass the video to So-yoon since her sister means so much to her.

While in the shack, Woo-jae notices the shelves of books, recalling something Detective Choi had said about the criminal using an internet used-books store as a front, as well as mention of an SB diary. Woo-jae takes note of a business card for a site called Romantic World and logs on later, which yields bondage and fetish imagery.

But then… a new window pops up. Over the image of a smiling face are the words (which we ought to recognize): “Attraction and revulsion. Joy and horror. Heaven and hell. In search of the secret to make her happy.”

Ga-young is confirmed to have Fabry disease, to her mother’s dismay. Gun-woo visits her in the hospital and she says once again that it’s nice to be ill, since it prompts his concern.

So-yoon explains her new hunch to Ki-hyun, having researched stories of women who refuse to acknowledge their pregnancies and can go nine months without being detected by other people. It often manifests in the case of unwanted pregnancy—say, rape cases.

She tells Ki-hyun that the time capsule contained more than just his father’s incriminating voice file—it also had a bloody piece of cloth and hair. She speculates that the reason it would have been blackmail to Assemblyman Seo is that it would have confirmed Hye-jin’s blood relationship to his wife.

Just then, Yoo-na calls So-yoon, presumably having escaped the hospital. Ji-sook gets the call from the facility, but So-yoon shows up to assure her that Yoo-na is fine and currently in her oppa’s care.

Ji-sook tries to throw So-yoon out, but So-yoon has a lot to say, confronting Ji-sook about the bloody brawl she engaged in with Hye-jin. She’s deduced that Hye-jin provoked the fight deliberately, because she needed evidence to run that DNA test. Ji-sook’s bravado slips as So-yoon hands over the results of the test, saying that it’s proof they’re sisters.

Ji-sook attempts to keep denying it, but So-yoon says that Ki-hyun wants the truth, and is currently with Yoo-na. It’s entirely possible that they could test Yoo-na’s DNA to confirm the story—so please, just share the truth.

And so, Ji-sook explains, somewhat hysterically, that the child was abhorrent to her mother. Mom didn’t want to acknowledge her, so why should Ji-sook? What’s so important about the blood tie? How could Hye-jin ruin her life over that? “I did nothing wrong,” Ji-sook insists. “I’m the victim!” There’s a manic gleam in her eye.

In the nursing home, Ji-sook’s mother sits in her stupor… and then a hand reaches out for hers. It’s Hye-jin, dressed in macabre black, and Mom flinches at the sight. She trembles as Hye-jin clasps her hand firmly, staring in horror, the sight of her daughter triggering traumatic thoughts.

Flashback. A young girl looks for her mother, and finds her sitting near a newborn baby—it’s wailing and bloody, lying there ignored. Mom stares in detachment while the girl’s eyes widen in horror. And that’s the memory that wakes Joo-hee up in the middle of the night, gasping in shock.

 
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Aha, so it IS a serial rapist running amok, which accounts for why everyone’s so keen to disavow the truth. Now that the mystery of Hye-jin’s identity is solved, I almost feel let down by the simplicity of it—and then I feel guilty for being macabre and wanting something more shocking. Not that what happened isn’t horrible, and maybe any truth would have felt anticlimactic after all the build-up we’ve had.

I’d wondered whether Ji-sook could have been the pregnant rape victim rather than her mother, which I actually think may have worked better than the way they have it (and by “better” I mean darker and more chilling). Hye-jin was supposed to be around 30 years old, while Ji-sook is in her mid-40s, so it could have been feasible. And I could see an argument for Ji-sook being so determined to rise out of poverty that she couldn’t have a teenage pregnancy tainting her image now.

I still think her desperation and motivations work well in the current context (it just would’ve been more powerful the other way), and the actress really sells Ji-sook’s single-mindedness and self-delusion; Shin Eun-kyung makes Ji-sook both steely and vulnerable in a convincing way. Somehow she makes Ji-sook seem both entirely human and monstrous—and every time she starts to seem too cold-blooded, we’re shown a glimpse into her twisted rationale where she seems to be able to convince herself of anything, regardless of facts. Hence her manic “I’m the victim” speech.

Now, I suppose the remaining mystery mostly involves the carpenter ajusshi and Agasshi. There’s the Chairman Noh storyline too, but frankly unless there are secret dead babies in his closet, I’m not sure I have a lot of interest in his background—sure, black market arms selling is bad, but it’s not personal. And Village is, at its most compelling, a story of personal injustices; anytime we zoom out and look at the institutions or politics, it falls pretty flat.

I do hope that Agasshi’s SD drug fixation provides a new kick to the story now that the Hye-jin birth story is explained, and also that the creepy whistling carpenter has a good story backing up what appears to be an impulse-driven raping streak. It’s looking like the carpenter may be the serial rapist and Agasshi the serial killer, but what’s the connection? Are they working together, or are they just two criminal minds who happened to bond over their respective urges? And is there yet another twist we’ve yet to uncover? (With four episodes left, I really hope there are more twists left.)

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but isn't the Carpenter ahjussi kind of young to be the serial rapist if Ji-sook is his biological daughter?..

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Not Ji-sook but Hye Jin.

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Thank you. the second paragraph in Javabean's comments confused me a bit. :)

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Haven't watched the video yet but what does this mean?

"So-yoon receives an unmarked text message, which turns out to be a video clip of Hye-jin in the field near Agasshi’s shack. Notably, the timestamp is the latest of all the videos seen thus far, making this now the most recent image showing Hye-jin alive."

Hye Jin is alive after all? confused.

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This is the latest video from when she was alive.

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I understood that as all of the previous pics agasshi took of Hyejin and gave to the police were of a earlier time and this new video depicts Hyejin in the field at a later time.. so the last time she was seen was actually taken by this new video.. idk if that makes sense..?

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The previous pictures he showed the police dated sep 14, the video he sent soyoon dates sep 15. Both from the same year

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I agree that Ji-sook should be Hye-jin's mom. It's not entirely out of the question, because we only see the baby after it's already out, and her claim she's a victim and desperation to escape her family history would be so much more potent if she were the mother. If this is it, I'm incredibly disappointed, because they spoon fed this scenario to us episodes ago--any good mystery has a final twist.

Shin Eun-kyung must be getting some Flames of Ambition flashbacks doing this role. Ji-sook is not nearly as delicious a schemer as Yoon Na-young was, but she's definitely in the same mold.

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In the dream flash back, joohee was looking for their mom and finds jisook leisurely sitting on rock while drawing before seeing their mom (it wasn't stated up there, actually, tons of details are left out). Which I believe, jisook shouldn't be doing if she just gave birth, also note that if she was the one who gave birth and its a teenage rape baby its her first and she can't physically just leisurely sit on a rock and draw randomly..

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Yeah, I know it's unlikely. But it's not impossible. I have seen the episode, so I do know she was sitting on the rock...but we don't know how much time has passed, or just how far pregnancy denial goes (or how realistic this show is going to be about pregnancy haha).

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Ji Sook isn't his biological daughter. I believe Hye-Jin is. I might be wrong, but from what I've read, Ji-Sook's mother, Madam, was raped by the carpenter AFTER having Ji Sook and Jo Hee. So being a rape victim in this scenario, she was in denial and 'secretly' birthed a baby, Hye-Jin. However, Hye-Jin being the offspring of the man who raped her, Madam would obviously deny that she is her daughter. So that would explain why Joo Her had the flashback and why Ji Sook said, "mother ignored her"

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Ji Sook isn’t his biological daughter. I believe Hye-Jin is. I might be wrong, but from what I’ve read, Ji-Sook’s mother, Madam, was raped by the carpenter AFTER having Ji Sook and Jo Hee. So being a rape victim in this scenario, she was in denial and ‘secretly’ birthed a baby, Hye-Jin. However, Hye-Jin being the offspring of the man who raped her, Madam would obviously deny that she is her daughter. So that would explain why Joo Her had the flashback and why Ji Sook said, “mother ignored her”

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I wish aghassi wouldn't turn out to be serial killer...I'm in self denial.

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me too. but it was shown to us,him injecting a drug to the latest victim on a wednesday rainy night :(

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I still think it's possible. The carpenter ajhussi had the same rain outfit when he raped and when he found Ga Young in the woods as Agasshi/the serial killer. So it's possible we'll get a twist and somebody else murders the victims after Agasshi drugs them. My theory is that the carpenter probably knows Agasshi's habits so he may take advantage of that and kill the women who would be easy targets being already drugged.
If Aghassi really is the serial killer then they made a mistake pointing to him so soon. It would have worked better as a twist revealed later in the game.

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Each episode i feel more sorry for hye jin ? and now ga young mother. But hye jin didn't need the money she only needed relatives to save her, so why she started the plan and the affair thing just for revenge ?

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it seams over the top but the affair might have been a cover up to get Ji sok DNA, as well as for revenge for her didn't wanting to help her.

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Seems likely!

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this is a really great drama with great twists but its sad the ratings don't really reflect that

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So if Ahjussi is the rainy day serial killer, then who is the killer when he was captured and wheeled away in a car? The Carpenter?

And yeah.. I too feel a lil disappointed that Ji Sook isn't the mother, because it feels like an anticlimax...less gripping, less dramatic and less of a drive for Ji Sook ambitious self.. But maybe the writer doesn't want to go into child rape simply because..it makes the killer characteristic a bit inconsistent as in the difference between being a "child rapist" vs "adult woman rapist".. the former suggest pedophilia and the latter "adult human rapist?"..something like that.

And I also think why would Hye Jin go as far as sleeping with Ji Sook husband if she was only aiming for DNA samples. she could just ask her for a drink and take samples from the glass,/ tin. No? Or even take samples from YoNa who was very close to her...And calling Ji Sook "trash of all trashes?" Shouldn't she blame her mother more. I mean if she needs a relative to survive...shouldn't she just ask, beg maybe but...to sleep with her husband.., that suggested a deeper wound or maybe she was a little crazy too.

And the grand plan of capturing the monster? Why would she even do that? Because she had met him and recognize the need to do so since he is still roaming around raping women??

I hope this drama ties up nicely because right now I need it to be more than just revenge. My point is...I thought she just wanted to "live"...I don't really need her "revenge" story. Something like that. Because for me, trying to live means, begging to live and forgiving the rest.

But then again perhaps because she begged to live but couldn't so she wanted everyone else to suffer. But why Ji Sook in particular?? I need that answer.

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I agree that its anti climax for jisook not to be hyejin's mom.. but is a lil bit impossible because first, this is kdrams we are talking about and it is aired in a public network, we can see these things possibly with tvn and jbtc but not in the 3 public channels, it wouldn't go to rape as young as that(jisook is mid 40s, lets say 45, hyejin died 30 years old two years ago, so 32, so their age gap is around 13 years, it is proven in the flash back dream joo hee saw that the actress playing young jisook is around the age range of 12-15 while joo hee is 10-13)..

You know in the flashback dream, joohee is looking for their mom she see jisook sitting on a rock drawing and their mom in shock or something and then a bloody baby.. if you see in the dream joohee seemed lost and then shocked with what she saw, their mom looked depressed, scared, shocked or something and there's jisook who doesn't seem to care...

i think there's much more hidden than what is currently shown, i feel like there's much to be explained because there's still a lot more. But this is a kdrama we're talking about, we must not think too deeply because they often build up things and left them unexplained. And give a lazy ending

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Wasn't the killing that happened when he was in custody outside the normal pattern? Wasn't that the one where a woman was just attacked but not drugged? It could be Carpetner Ahjusshi. Hm... if he know Hye-Jin was his daughter and heard she was dead not in Canada... he might have snapped and murdered instead of raped.

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Is it possible mdm baegi was raped & gave birth to hey Jin whom joo he stumbled upon? So hey Jin gets sent away. This happened 30 years ago.

Then Ga yongs mom is raped & she gives birth to Ga Yong. This is 15 years later.

Does carpenter look like he fits the age of the rapist? I haven't watched this show just relying on recaps here.

And was there nothing that happened in between that 15 years gap? Do serial rapists wait that long?

Is it possible that Ji sook's baby ie yoonah sister was also from the rapist? That's why Ji sook didn't save her?

If Yoon ah can see ghosts, how come Ji sook, joo hee & hey Jin & ga Yong don't have that ability?

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It is possible that the rapist had other victims aside from hyejin and gayoung's mothers, there is a possibilty that gunwoo is a rape bsby as well

It is stated by yoo na that her mom killed her lil sis because the baby was a girl rather than a boy

We can see that yoo na's mom can see hyejin at times too, joo hee had the flash back dream and gayoung is not related to them.

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There could have been other victims that didn't get pregnant you know

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I'm waiting for an horrible revelation about the cute detective. I don't know why, but since he's th only one who hasn't been suspected, for me, he's the most... suspect. XD

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“Attraction and revulsion. Joy and horror. Heaven and hell. In search of the secret to make her happy.”--> are these words quotes from a poem or something?

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I'm still hoping that "madam baengi was hyejin mom" is a twist because:
1. Madam baengi didn't look like someone who has just delivered a baby at the last scene of ep 12. She just showed a sad/ confuse/ mysterious/ expression. Whereas, we can see the baby was all bloody and look like it has bern delivered minutes ago.
2. Hyejin words "jisook is the trash of the trash" will be too much if their relationship is just sisters.
3. Hyejin did not need to have a bloody cat fight with jisook if she wanted to prove her bloodline with madam baengi. She could have it done either with yoona's or joohee's hair.

So, Im still shipping jisook as hyejin's mom. LOL

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Thanks so much for your post.I always look forward to them. I swear this drama had me going back to Mendel and genetics. Who has the genes for psychic ability? Who has the genes for Fabry? Where do these genes merge?

Am still unclear how Hyejin knew to talk to Gayeon's mom about the rapist. What kind of connection did she make? I tend to think that JiSook is Hyeijn's mom.. because of that "I'm the victim" freakout. JiSook was awfully cold sitting there while hermother attempted to abandon the baby. Even before her opportunity to be rich? She couldn't have been cold from birth. So she must've resented that baby.

Art teacher might be a nephew of the pharmacist, or her half-sib from another mother, or her found son. I wasn't sure if the baby on the ground was hyejin or baby art teacher. We have serial rapist raping and impregnating three women? That's incredible fertile badluck. Then has he impregnated any other women? I've noticed that so far carpenter doesn't have any children. I'm not sure he killed hyejin.. would be horrible for him to kill his own daughter accidentally. But could he be related to someone else? And is there anyone else in town with a history of Fabry? Grandad? Mother? Brothers? Sisters?

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I saw on viki that The village is manga based, anyone knows the name of it?

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I just thought of this- maybe agasshi knew that hye jin was suffering from the disease, and was experimenting on the drugs so that she could die with a smile and leave this world in the most painless way possible.

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That makes a chilling amount of sense.

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A chill just went up my neck.

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I'm starting to think that JiSook is the big murderer of Hyejin. I think she might ACTUALLY be crazy and in denial and have done it and suppressed it.

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Ji Sook is not just crazy, she is really scary type crazy. She is in so much denial that she has distorted all the facts to fit her own mania. I think she will end up being in a mental ward before the show is over.

One thing I found interesting as kind of a social comment is that the show has mentioned more than once about how the village - and presumably Korea - blames the victims of rape. I wonder if the writer purposely brought this up, or just random prose.

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Has it been confirmed that Gun-woo suffers from Fabry Disease? I'm confused about this. I think it's been strongly implied that he shares the same genetic heritage as Hye-jin and Ga-young. But there is no way that, even if Gun-woo is also a child of rape, he could have inherited the disease from his rapist father. If the rapist had Fabry Disease he would always pass on his defective x chromosome to any of his daughters but never to a son as the disease isn't linked to the y chromosome. So the only way Gun-woo could inherit Fabry Disease from his father is if he is actually a female to male transsexual using hormone replacement therapy and perhaps gender reassignment surgery to affect this change. Which would explain his somewhat ambiguous relationship with the town's pharmacist. But that would just be weird, right?

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It hasn't been confirmed, only hinted by Hye Jin that he has "dirty blood" like her and Ga Young. And Joo Hee told Gun-Woo that his father is back in the village most likely refering to the carpenter. So he probably doesn't have the dissease but has "dirty blood" because is the son of a rapist.

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Clinicians should head to achiara to study this very rare disease that seems to be quite common there. I mean... Sure it can be inherited, but just because the father has it doesn't mean he'll pass it on. It can be inactivated and it's from a recessive gene. It doesn't make any sense that the rapist is passing it on to so many of children. I think the best way to catch him now is to check his youngest child with the wife. If the child has the supposedly rare disease too then he's obviously a suspect lol. But it's hard to diagnose. Also, it's supposed to be more asymptomatic with women, and the average lifespan for them is even at 74 years. I wish they'd picked a better disease

On a sidenote i thought of gabriel garcia marquez's chronicle of a death foretold when i read the intro... But turns out it wasn't that kind of open secret

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From the time period that this has been going on, there may be many more victims than we know about.

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I thought of Arnaldur Indridason's wonderful mystery novel set in Iceland, Jar City, which also involves an historical series of rapes and a very rare genetic disease. Great book! So a small population (like Iceland or Achiara) with an inheritable disease like Fabry is a geneticist's wet dream. Is Fabry Disease a recessive gene like haemophilia? A man with Fabry Disease will always pass his defective x on to his daughters, whether or not they remain asymptomatic is irrelevant, and never to his sons. A mother who carries one defective x chromosome has a 50% chance of passing this on to her sons and to her daughters equally.

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Ep 13 recap pls

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What if, after all of this, it is revealed that Hye-Jin just killed herself.

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Has anyone put together a character chart? I think I see the relationships but I'm a bit confused and think a chart might help me a bit more.
Thx.

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i am so addicted with this drama, Ep 13 recap please

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"The delusion, it runs deep in this town. "So very true, I think they put it in the water. Ji Sook WOWWWW. Her manic crazy eyes and ability to cry on cueis truly a testament to the depths of her delusions. I really do enjoy watching her justify herself each time shes confronted with her true nastiness. She is steadfast in her pursuit of securing her position, and I honestly don't think there is anyone she isn't willing to sacrifice in the process. I mean she had an abortion became the unborn child wasn't a boy. DAS MESSED UP YO!!!

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