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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 13

So-yoon persists in digging and digging, despite the fact that nearly the whole town is determined to stonewall her. She may not be the shrewdest investigator around (her tactics can be aggravatingly clumsy), but persistence does pay off, and anger fuels boldness. Watching her in action feels a little like throwing eggs to chip away at a boulder, but the cracks do start to form in the town’s armor of silence, and the more dirt she uncovers, the closer we get to the truth.

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EPISODE 13: “Monsters”

So-yoon asks Ji-sook if she’s ever for a moment thought of Hye-jin as deserving of pity. Ji-sook thinks back to when Hye-jin had come to beg for her help, swearing not to tell a soul about it, asking only that Ji-sook save her life.

Ji-sook had cast off her pleas, asking blankly, “Why should I? Why do I have to save you?”

She tells So-yoon that a stranger came asking for an organ, scoffing at the absurdity of her request. So-yoon fires back that Hye-jin was her blood sister, coming her as a last resort to find her kin. She asks for the reason Hye-jin went to the lake right before dying, guessing that Ji-sook called her there, where she was then killed. If that’s wrong, then tell her the truth.

Ji-sook says that the only thing she’s guilty of is being related to Hye-jin: “Because of that, she blackmailed me, stole my husband, and now gets me treated like a murderer.”

So-yoon says she only wants to know the truth. That sets Ji-sook off as she notes how she’s just like her sister. Her face twists as she screams, “What’s important about the truth? What’s so important about something that shatters the lives of people living calm lives?!” She says nobody cares, and nobody’s curious—So-yoon’s actions only cause trouble for others.

Ki-hyun picks Yoo-na up from her hospital escape and takes her to So-yoon’s apartment, where she falls asleep. So-yoon joins them there and relates what Ji-sook said, saying that she’s starting to understand how angry Hye-jin felt.

After stumbling on that Romance World website, Woo-jae shows it to Detective Choi, sure that the creepy page is related to the killer. Detective Choi, however, has found more pertinent information—namely, that the killer appears to be using an online cafe to write about his murders. The writer is “Sweet boy,” and he’s calling it his “SB Diary.”

Nothing is explicit, of course; he writes in vague terms about things like “I have a feeling I’ll have a thrilling meeting today.” However, the police have been able to see how the postings’ IP addresses and dates coincide with killings. They’ve figured out a way to communicate with Sweet Boy online via the used books sales, and we see that Agasshi is indeed Sweet Boy, always using a different computer in a different PC room to evade tracking.

For instance, one of Sweet Boy’s postings uses coded language to say, “The book is ready. Taking orders now.” Detective Choi replies online, “This time should be fun, right? I’ll place an order.”

Woo-jae deflates to see how far the police investigation has progressed without him, and says his walnut tree clue isn’t very significant in the scheme of things. But Detective Choi tells him that no clue is unimportant, and you never know when something you thought was small could turn up to be useful. Aw, he’s totally taken Woo-jae under his wing.

So-yoon goes to the lumber mill to ask if anyone came by two years ago. The carpenter’s wife explains that they moved here recently, and gasps in fright when So-yoon explains that she thinks the mill was Hye-jin’s last destination before dying. So-yoon looks out the window and sees that the view is clear—if Hye-jin had been standing out in the field as Agasshi thought, wanting somebody to see her, someone standing in the mill would have certainly spotted her. The wife looks alarmed at the thought… though why do I find her suspicious?

The wife tells the carpenter about So-yoon’s visit, and his face darkens. She asks about his hospital visit, and if he’s holding up, but he doesn’t answer.

In the basement of his shack, Agasshi concocts what looks like homemade drugs in his personal laboratory. He heads up to let in So-yoon, who drops by to ask about the video he sent her, thinking he must know something. She’s disappointed when he says he doesn’t, that he only sent it because she might want to see her sister, and he clocks her glum reaction. Hye-jin was sad too, he says, sighing that she died before she could be made happy. He tells So-yoon he hopes she can become happier.

He insists that she stay for a drink, and as he prepares snacks, he pulls out a syringe and injects a beer can with its contents. Aw, Agasshi, I really don’t want you to be evil.

Ki-hyun takes Yoo-na home, then confronts Ji-sook about her locking up her own daughter. He threatens to tell everything he knows—about her, Hye-jin, all of it—to Grandma if she doesn’t leave Yoo-na alone.

Ji-sook plays the victim, sounding wounded as she says he’s jumped to scorn her without trying to understand. She says she was so terrified of being kicked out of the family when Hye-jin showed up that she was just trying to protect her family. Ki-hyun doesn’t buy it, appalled at her lack of sympathy for her own sister. Ji-sook bristles, saying that a mere blood tie doesn’t make Hye-jin her sister. After all, she isn’t related to Ki-hyun but he’s still her son.

But that doesn’t work on him anymore, and he calls out her behavior as sheer selfishness.

So-yoon looks around Agasshi’s shack and notices the wall is bare now. He explains that he took the photos down because she didn’t like them, and when he clocks her interest in the door, he tells her he’s got a hobby laboratory. He even says that he likes to fiddle with medicines, and is working on a happiness drug.

He hands her the tainted beer can and waits in anticipation for her to open it, but the arrival of Woo-jae interrupts. He’s here to ask about the walnut tree, and takes the opportunity to look around the bookshelf some more, asking if that used books website is Agasshi’s.

Agasshi replies that he’s just a frequent customer, and when So-yoon excuses herself, he tries to get Woo-jae to stay for a beer. He looks excited when Woo-jae pops the can open… then deflates when Woo-jae recalls he’s on duty and sets the can down.

As they leave together, So-yoon tells Woo-jae about her curiosity about the lumber mill’s former resident. She has a hunch that Hye-jin went there to see her father, the monster, and shares what she knows about the rapes dating back at least 30 years, and the possibility of more that they don’t know about.

Both So-yoon and Woo-jae are unsure what to make of Agasshi, finding him suspicious but without a concrete reason to think so. He seems obsessed with Hye-jin and may know more than he’s letting on, but is only teasing information in bits and pieces. So-yoon decides that her priority is to find out whom Hye-jin went to see at the mill, because he’s sure to be connected to her death.

Gun-woo runs into the carpenter’s wife and daughter in the park—and, ooh, he is in fact the carpenter’s son. The wife tells him that his father’s health isn’t great and that he moved back to rest, and to get along better with Gun-woo. He says dutifully that he’ll visit, but doesn’t look thrilled about it.

He goes to the hospital next to visit Ga-young, but hangs back when he sees So-yoon arriving ahead of him. So he’s there to overhear the women’s conversation as So-yoon asks about Hye-jin seeking out her father, wondering how she found him on such paltry information. Ga-young’s mother says all she recalls is that song he whistled, and that Hye-jin heard that whistle at some kind of gathering. Hye-jin was able to find out that the man was from Achiara.

Sergeant Han continues staking out Chairman Noh, and watches him arrive at a building while talking to Woo-jae over the phone. The ambush comes so quickly that he doesn’t have time to react as a team of gangsters rushes his car, drags him out, and pummels him in an empty warehouse.

Woo-jae arrives to meet Sergeant Han, and immediately knows from the abandoned car and dropped phone that something has happened. Thankfully, it doesn’t take him long to find his battered sunbae.

So-yoon asks the medical researcher about gatherings of Fabry disease patients, and how she could find out who’s involved. The researcher won’t disclose the identity of the patients, but at So-yoon’s earnest appeal, she agrees to check whether there is a man in his 50s or 60s with the disease. She points So-yoon to a hospital where such a patient is being treated, but won’t give her any more information than that.

When she gets there, the carpenter’s wife spots her in the lobby and ducks out of sight, looking nervous. So-yoon pretends to be a patient to see the doctor, then asks him for the man’s contact information, saying that she knows a dying Fabry patient who needs to see her father. But the doctor has her escorted out.

On a hunt with Assemblyman Seo, Chairman Noh chuckles over the cop he roughed up, saying that he only scared him to get him to back off—he doesn’t like actually killing. That’s why he didn’t kill Hye-jin, he says, despite the assemblyman’s requests.

Assemblyman Seo is shocked, having thought otherwise all this time. Chairman Noh clarifies that Hye-jin came to him two years ago to make a deal, promising to hand over the audio file (of Seo ordering the hit on her life) in exchange for locating her sister in Canada. He didn’t see the need to kill a dying woman on her way out of the country, so he didn’t. He reiterates that he doesn’t like spilling blood, though the irony of saying that on a hunt is lost on him.

The chairman and assemblyman sit down to dine al fresco in the woods, and Assemblyman Seo has the other man’s drink drugged. He and the chairman’s secretary leave while the chairman sleeps it off, only to awaken a while later, abandoned in the woods.

Grandma sits down with her son to insist he cut Ji-sook loose now, arguing that it’ll only get worse later. She says Ji-sook’s nature is too cold-blooded, and despite the assemblyman countering that he’s stuck with his wife fore the past twenty years, she advises that it’s better to do it now than later.

Ki-hyun’s investigator reports on his findings about Joo-hee being given ownership of the school, and then selling it off to a new owner. He confronts his parents with the information, and Assemblyman Seo seethes to hear Joo-hee’s handed it off. Ki-hyun is angry that his father single-handedly gave away the school in an illegal deal, behind teh board’s back, and shrewdly guesses that evidence of the kill order must exist for his father to cave to Joo-hee’s blackmail.

The assemblyman grabs Ki-hyun’s throat and warns him to keep his mouth shut. Ji-sook, on the other hand, is more shocked that her husband knew about her being related to Hye-jin all this time.

She puts on her most contrite face and begs her husband to forgive her, crying that she was afraid he’d leave her, swearing to do anything he asks if he’ll just let her stay. But he’s seeing his mother’s side now, and growls that he should have left Ji-sook two years ago as he wanted, if only for the election.

Ji-sook stiffens, turning it around on him, reminding him that he was the one messing with every woman in town. She vows not to be ousted, telling him that she’s carrying his son.

So-yoon seeks out Joo-hee for help, asking to see her mother. She appeals to her sympathy for her sister, saying she needs to track down Hye-jin’s father.

It gets her to agree, and So-yoon then visits Joo-hee’s mother to ask what she told Hye-jin to identify her father. As she presses her to share, Mom envisions that it’s Hye-jin asking the questions, and starts to speak. But the only thing she says is “Yoo-na.”

Yoo-na learns that Ba-woo is going away to a special school, and as they think back to the time capsule, he wonders where their belongings went. He doesn’t think that was their capsule, pointing out that they’d put in their wishes—were the things in the box really Hye-jin’s wishes?

Yoo-na ponders that as she walks home, and comes across a storefront with various wooden objects in the window. It’s the carpenter’s new shop, and something about that box grabs her attention.

As Gun-woo sits with Ga-young in the hospital, she says ruefully that she should have listened to her mother about not being out at night. Mom had specifically warned her to be careful of a whistling man, and that’s what she’d heard when she woke up. Gun-woo’s face hardens as he puts two and two together.

So that night when Joo-hee discusses her plans to move, he reiterates that he’s not leaving. He explains that Ga-young has the same disease that Hye-jin did, and finally confirms for us that she’s his sister. His father is responsible for everything, he says grimly: “I have to stop him.”

Sergeant Han recovers from his beating, and tells his boss that the incident didn’t have to do with the case and was a random fight. The boss has pulled some strings to lift his suspension, and chides him not to get in any more trouble.

Woo-jae informs him of a new complication, however: The chairman responsible for attacking him has died, after wandering the woods for two days. He wonders what they do now, and Sergeant Han sighs, “It’s over.”

The carpenter’s wife relays the good news that their daughter won’t suffer too badly from her disease with proper attention, and when he apologizes for being responsible, she lovingly assures him not to think that way. But her face clouds as she wonders if “that person” will be okay, because they make her nervous.

That’s when Agasshi arrives and asks the carpenter about his wife’s lie—she’d told So-yoon the mill was empty two years ago, but he knows they were living here then. The carpenter asks what Agasshi wants from him, looking panicked and upset. Agasshi replies that he just wants to know what his relationship is to Hye-jin.

Ji-sook confronts her sister over her blackmail stunt and takeover of the school, particularly wanting to know how much her husband knows. Joo-hee scoffs at Ji-sook’s absurd marriage where both sides know everything and pretend not to, then warns her big sister that there’s something else she should worry about: So-yoon is out to find Hye-jin’s father.

So Ji-sook goes to So-yoon, chastened this time, and begs her to stop digging. She says she’s sorry to Hye-jin, but Hye-jin’s already dead, and the living have to keep living. She offers to do whatever So-yoon wants, offering to set her up nicely in Canada or Seoul, which So-yoon flatly refuses. Once again, there’s an echo of Hye-jin in So-yoon’s determination, and that resemblance startles Ji-sook. “You’re… just like a ghost,” she sneers.

So-yoon asks Woo-jae for help tracking down the father, but he’s unable to break the law to get that information for her. He promises to do his best to try, and goes to Detective Choi, who points out all the flaws in his argument. For one, there’s no proof linking the hospital patient to the rapes or murders, so they can’t just release his information on a suspicion.

The cops jump to alert when Agasshi responds to their bait regarding the book order they placed online. (We’re operating under the assumption that the coded “order” is really a clue as to the next victim.) An IP address is traced to a certain city, and of the pattern holds, that means the next victim will be taken nearby. The cops move out, while we see Agasshi indeed fulfilling the book order. It’s from “Sweet Boy,” and as the clerk at the post office accepts the package, she sees the information and hits a silent alarm, having been forewarned.

But she’s jittery, and Agasshi clocks her nerves. He backs away just as a security guard attempts to hold him there, then fights the man off and bolts. He races away just before the police pull up, barely managing to get away.

Detective Choi pulls all the CCTV footage in the area and gets to work examining all the tapes. Agasshi has taken care to keep his face out of the camera’s line of sight, but they do see that while waiting in line, he’d been drinking a can of coffee. Retrieving that can, they pull a fingerprint and run a scan in the database for a match.

Meanwhile, Agasshi returns to his basement laboratory safely. He sends So-yoon a text masquerading as Woo-jae and tells her he’s unearthed a clue, asking her to meet him at Agasshi’s house.

The real Woo-jae, meanwhile, was left behind when the serial killer team mobilized, and had seen the case file lying open. Something about the pictures of the victim strikes him as odd, and he takes the file with him and pores over the information, trying to figure out what’s niggling at him.

He reads the details on the newest victim who died with a smile on her face, and the police theory that she was given a drug in some kind of experiment. He pulls up that Romance World website and compares the victim’s face to the picture on that site, and recalls So-yoon mentioning a happiness drug Agasshi was working on.

He calls her right away, puzzled when she replies that she’s almost there. Thinking she’s about to see him, she hangs up the call as she pulls up to Agasshi’s house.

Yoo-na ends up buying that wooden box from the carpenter, which sits on her nightstand. She wakes up in the middle of the night, and starts in fright when she sees somebody in bed next to her—it’s So-yoon.

Ack! But it can’t be a ghost since she’s not dead (yet), and heads into Agasshi’s house eager to hear about Woo-jae’s discovery. The house is empty, though, and she wanders to that back corner where the door to the basement is, and heads down to the lab.

The police database yields a fingerprint match, though we already know the result: It’s Agasshi.

As So-yoon takes in the sight of another wall with Hye-jin’s photos and news clippings posted on it, a voice sounds behind her. “The pictures came out quite well,” Agasshi says. She turns. And BAM! He knocks her out cold.

 
COMMENTS

I know it was long past futile in hoping for some kind of redemption—or at least mitigating factor—with Agasshi’s criminal streak, because we’d seen too much of his activities for him to be innocent. But I’d liked him as a character (and the actor has been doing a wonderful job making him feel sympathetic), and hoped for some other explanation.

It feels like an odd choice to make Agasshi the killer after all, when he was portrayed as a falsely accused nice guy early on, because now we’re just circling back to the initial point. It feels too obvious to make him our bad guy, when you go through all this effort to give us a red herring and then tell us that the red herring is actually the culprit.

I’ll still withhold judgment until the full story comes out, because who knows, maybe we’ll have a really compelling backstory or explanation, which would at least mitigate the obviousness of the killer’s identity. It’s starting to look like both Agasshi and the carpenter are operating under twisted logic. I find Agasshi particularly interesting because he seems so… calm and lacking maliciousness. Is has the unsettling effect of making him both seem innocent, like a child who doesn’t understand why something is wrong, and extra-dangerous, because lacking a moral compass entirely is more frightening than someone who feels nerves or guilt over his actions.

The carpenter is the opposite of Agasshi, looking constantly scared and jumpy despite insisting he isn’t guilty, even as everything points to Guilty As Hell. Does he really believe he didn’t commit his crimes, or is that the guilt talking? I do have an inkling that his sweet-faced wife may not be as innocent as she seems—could she have offed Hye-jin to protect her husband?—but the fact remains that it’s Mr. Carpenter who’s raping and impregnating multiple women. So, hardly innocent.

At this point the remaining mystery is mostly about how Hye-jin died, since Chairman Noh is now dead and that whole side plot seems moot. It does suggest that Assemblyman Seo is unconnected to her death—at least in this specific instance, since he’s far from blameless. He did order her killed—it’s just that he made the fatal flaw of hiring incompetent hit men—but we can presume from his surprise that his hands are clean of her blood in this one case. Well, as clean as they can be given the circumstances. This is one dirty town.

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The lady that plays Ji-Sook deserves an Emmy ... she's killing it.

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LOL!

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She's an ace veteran actress... she used to lead dramas and films once upon a time...

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She was also Chef's mother in Oh My Ghost. But this character really gives me chills

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I agree. She's the only person who brings me back into this show.

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I know right? Talk about really "selling" the part ... she's hitting it out of the park in every episode.

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I'm so confused :O

Agasshi sounds obsessed with Hye-jin's loneliness. Maybe he's working on the happiness drug to send "sad" people to a "happier place"?

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Yes, maybe he planned to drug Hye Jin but someone else killed her before he did.

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Not maybe, obviously.. its obvious someone else killed hyejin, and he is obsessed over the fact hyejin died before she became happy.. i also think the carpenter, father of all, is not the one who killed hyejin, i think its someone else, and that someone else might be jisook, hence, all the big deal the show is giving jisook qnd hyejin.

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woww....still curious with the story line... thanks for the recap..

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i think ji sook is kim hye jin real mom.. don't know why..

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Remember the flashback the pharmacist had about her mom and a baby near a boulder? Ji Sook (the girl who pointed the way) looked about ten at the time. And also baby near boulder.

So it's pretty much impossible for Ji Sook to be Hye Jin's mom

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She was 14, and 44 now, i think it still possible since we dont know who put the bloody clotles in the time capsule.

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Lol, in the flashback she was sitting leisurely while drawing, something a girl who gave birth to her rape baby couldn't physically because giving birth is hell as fuck and assuming it should be her first baby its egen more of a hell. meanwhile her mom with some bloody baby and joohee are shocked and lost, in panic. I think the reason they are showing big deal with her and hyejin is that she killed hyejin.. also, she has loose screw in her mind even before that.. i mean in the flashback she was relaxed and didnt care to her mom who just gave birth, her sister who is lost, and the bloody baby

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I think there's a possibility, but it could also be possible that Jisook's mother is Hyejin's birth mother. Remember when Hyejin's ghost met Yoona in her dreams and said "Omma, save me" and she slipped a chipped fingernail into Yoona's hand? Jisook's mother was also scrapping her wheelchair till her nail was chipped - a reference that she is Hyejin's mother?

In any case, the pharmacist's dream of the infant lying on the grass while her mother just stared soullessly at it seems telling that it was her child she gave birth to.

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It is basically confirmed that hyejin, joohee, and jisook are sisters.. also, do you watch the show/drama, jisook basically admitted that they're sisters and joohee told soyoon where their mom is because soyoon told her to help her talk to kom for her younger sister, hyejin.. if you just read recaps/reviews, let me tell you that alot of important details are missed out

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If you read my comment properly...... I basically said I think Hyejin, Joohee and Jisook are sisters (sharing the same birth mother) and raised two evidences. And if you must know, yes, I've watched every episode religiously and I don't rely on the recaps.

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Currently i have no clue who killed hye jin, but ji sook character is the most interesting one in the show now, she always make me feel something bad happened to her she doesn't give me the pure evil feeling u always feel she is hiding something, the grand ma saying yoo na name is so suspicious why now what's about her too ? i feel like maybe ji sook was raped too... Finally so yoon was really stupid to just go to ajasshi house like that !

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What if the carpenter and Jisook used to date and Yoona is actually his daughter and not the assemblyman's? o: Maybe that's why Jisook doesn't want Soyoon digging any further or it'll reveal her infidelity, and maybe that's why Mdm Baengi only said Yoona when Soyoon went to look for her! o: (just my very random guess though since anything can happen in this drama)

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i think what u said may be right but if yoona's real dad was actually the carpenter ahjussi then yoona will suffer from fabry's disease too but i dont think she's suffering from that disease. but somewhat i feel gayoung and yoona are related in some way .

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A few weeks when I suggested that Ji Sook was Hye Jin's mom, the theory was shot down because of her age, but I dont think the show ever confirmed how old she actually is.

I still think this is the case because it makes the most sense. I think their mom was saying Yoo Na in that that was her grand daughter, just like Hye Jin was. Remember, Hye Jin found a sibling match on her maternal side. Maybe when she spoke to Mdm Baengi, the madam also mentioned Yoo Na which prompted her to do a DNA match. I usually keep up with the show through recaps and episode 13 is the first one that I have watch so I might be mistaken, but didn't So Yoon mention that Hye Jin must have had another reason for picking the fight with Ji Sook, that resulted in the bloody clothes. If she wanted a DNA sample all she had to do was get it from Hye Jin, so why the fight. Now that I am writing this I am inclined to believe that she wanted a sample from Ji Sook to prove that they were mother and daughter.

This also explains why Hye Jin had such an intense hatred for Ji Sook. She came to her begging as her daughter begging for help and she discard her just like she did as a baby. Ji Sook was probably raped by the carpenter and didn't want her rapist child, this is why she sees herself as a victim. This is why her sister slapped her. After the pharmacist found out that Hye Jin was actually seeking help because she was dying she is seeing that her sister is even crueler than she thought.
Ji Sook is trying to do damage control with all her crying and begging to be save because she realize that everyone knows they are related but they think it is as sisters. If it stops her than she is safe. But if they found out the truth, that Hye Jin was actually her daughter then she is finished.

Ajusshi might have met the carpenter through his blog and for a time found a kindred spirit. He does not know him to be a killer though, just a rapist, which is why he never suspected him of Hye Jin's murder. Some comments are speculating that it might be his wife. I agree. She is shady. Why did she lie? I am incline to believe that her husband has reformed from his old ways now that he is getting sick and she is trying to protect his past for the sake of her daughter.

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Lol, in the flashback dream joohee had jisook was sitting leisurely while drawing, something a girl who gave birth to her rape baby couldn’t physically do because giving birth is hell as fuck and assuming it should be her first baby its even more of a hell. meanwhile her mom with some bloody baby and joohee are shocked and lost, in panic. I think the reason they are showing big deal with jisook and hyejin is that she killed hyejin.. also, she has loose screw in her mind even before that.. i mean in the flashback she was relaxed and didnt care to her mom who just gave birth, her sister who is lost, and the bloody baby.it is basically confirmed that hyejin, joohee, and jisook are sisters. I think jisook is the reason why she was adopted, probably hates jisook because she is the reason their mom is kicked out of the village, and she didn't helped her when she asked for help and well jisook has loose screws to react the way she reacts, being all relaxed in flashback, she might be the reason why her mom got rape... also, if you watch the show/drama, jisook basically admitted that they’re sisters and joohee told soyoon where their mom is because soyoon told her to help her talk to mom for her younger sister, hyejin.. if you just read recaps/reviews, let me tell you that alot of important details are missed out.

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I think Candi's theory is plausible - actually, I'm pretty much on the same page. To counter the points that you're saying Anon, the show's already mentioned that pregnancy can occur without the person who is carrying the baby knowing because of a huge psychological denial. If she was raped at a young age, that could definitely act as a psychological denial.

I think the way the show showed her calmly drawing was to emphasize Ji Sook's broken mental state and how unaware she is of having a baby. While some people could have enormous pain while going through childbirth, psychological denial is a powerful thing. And if you read those stories where people were just unaware of the fact that they were pregnant until they gave birth, some people thought that they were having a stomachache and ended up giving birth in a bathroom. (I think a long time ago, I read a story about a student that gave birth in the bathroom or something) Doesn't it also strike you as strange that the mother is completely shocked with a bloody baby near her and then her daughter is a couple meters from her leisurely drawing?? Wouldn't she have at least heard the baby's cries and come out of curiosity? I think something about that scene is unnatural - and it's mainly Jisook's reaction more than anything else. The horrified expression is what we should have, but Ji sook is almost eerily calm in the scene. And we're supposed to think that she couldn't hear a baby's cry a meter away from where she was standing? That's ridiculous. So, going off from that, it's possible that Ji Sook is the mother of Hye Jin (and in all honesty, if that one fact lined up, everything else points more directly towards Ji Sook being the mom, especially with Ji Sook's mom saying to Soyoon "yoona" as in to check Yoona's DNA because it's gonna show a maternal similarity - I mean why else would Yoona be a clue to anything?).

The only thing that is strange though is that she should have been pretty bloody (or her dress at least) if she gave birth to a baby - but she is wearing a dress, and we don't see the backside of it, or perhaps she has an underskirt that was ripped. The mother is wearing white, and she doesn't seem bloody either. (although I thin the camera angles have also made it so you can't see her entire outfit). But considering the intense strife between Hye Jin and Jisook throughout the entire drama, I think it makes more sense story-wise that Hye Jin and Ji sook are mother-daughters. Them being sisters just can't explain why Hye Jin would be as intensely angry as she was towards Ji Sook.

Honestly there's too many things that don't line up if Ji Sook isn't the mom. On the writer's part, they also need one last good twist. Wouldn't that be the best kind? It's not like they can go back and take back the identity of the rapist or the serial killer at this point, but there has been no definite answer to who the mother of Hye Jin is.

Ji Sook being adopted...

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ah darn it. it took away my character count..

Ji sook being adopted is way too out of the context for the show at this point. If anything, I think that's more of a ridiculous statement than Ji Sook being the mom. At least there are clues in the show, that points towards it.

Furthermore, Ji Sook confirming that they are sisters means nothing because if she is psychologically scarred and is in full denial, there's no way she'll say with her own mouth that she is the mom (ie:// look at how long it took for the other woman who was raped to say that Ga Young was the product of rape) so there's nothing from Ji Sook's part that we should believe at the moment.

Also, age doesn't counter the theory at all. In the scene, Ji sook is somewhere between her 10-13s probably. She could have totally had her period then, and that makes her (although horrifying) biologically able to have kids.

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What is this? Why did Agasshi suddenly become the serial killer? And why does he want Soyoon dead? Maybe he is Hye Jin's killer after all. But he did have an alibi. And he doesn't bury his victims either. Also how do you explain that other victim while he was detained? What exactly does he want?

I hope we get some backstory about Soyoon's parents because that car accident ain't no accident if she and Hye Jin were posted dead in the news.

I have a theory that maybe Hye Jin died of her disease but there was somebody who just buried her without reporting to the police because things will get messy if the police start looking for connections.

So many twists and turns. Anything can happen in this drama. I wouldn't be surprised if Hye Jin was actually alive and just faked her dental records so she can investigate secretly. I just hope they don't pull something absurd at the last minute.

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I don't think Ahgassi killed Hye Jin, but I think he had intentions drugging her with his "happy drug". That would explain why he finds it a pity that she died before being "happy", and his suspicions that the carpenter killed Hyejin, since no one else would had a good view of her except from both their houses. I think the reason why he attacked and wants to kill Soyoon is because Soyoon reminds him of Hyejin; he has mentioned about how pretty Soyoon is. This is a very twisted and confusing drama haha

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I think so also. He seems to think that he is doing his victims a favor by making them die happy. He like Hye Jin and seems to think that the saddest thing about her death was that she did not die happy. Therefore he is trying to rectify that with So Yoon. He likes her and wants her to die a happy death.

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I've only been following the show through recaps here, so maybe that's why this isn't clear to me, but can someone explain to me how many people are related to each other in this show? Like, blood relations?

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the people that are like related by blood is just way too confusing . like if i were to draw a mind map on how one is related to another there would be too many branches . carpenter ahjussi has nam gun woo as his son , gayoung and hyejin as his daughter. hye jin's mom is baengi ahjimmae & tht carpenter ahjussi. hye jin's sister from her mom's side is jisook and johee . hyejin's siblings from her dad's side is gayoung and gun woo. there's more people who are like related but it's already confusing with this much .

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When So yoon was asking about Hye Jin's father, she said Yoona. Hmm? Could it be that Ji Sook was also raped and Yoona was the product?

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I don't think so. She doesn't exhibit symptoms of Fabry's Disease. However, I think her mother was raped. Furthermore, her mother killed her sibling.

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now that you mentioned yoona's mum killing the sibling, im getting some ideas. jisook could have been really raped by that mill guy as some here has suspected, and since she is aware of hye jin's illness (im presuming she knows who raped her mum) so jisook worries that her unborn child (by that mill guy) might also have fabry's disease transmitted to the unborn child thus she killed it. yoona im guessing is assemblyman seo's daughter after that?

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Maybe. But its so shady how much she hates Yona's presence. I know the show justified it as 'she hates Yona because Yona knows she killed her baby' but I feel there's some backstory regarding her hatred towards Yona.

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Aghassi...o! Aghassi. I still have this fondness for his character even with all his twisted evil deeds. He's like a child that lost direction and needs guidance. Tha actress playing Ji sook really dived into the role

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From this ep we can conclude that the serial killer is Aghassi, adn the on who rapped for 32 years is the Carpenter, right?

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Yes.. the only question is who really killed hyejin

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Here is my sudden thought. Hye Jin's killer might be the wife of the carpenter? Hye Jin found out that he is her father, found him and met his current wife. Somehow they argued and Hye Jin was killed.

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Interesting. May I know what triggered you to think so?

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My theories re all this fiasco:
1) The carpenter still has his bad habit; raping woman.
2) In the episode where they show us Agashi met the last victim, the woman had been raped by the carpenter.
3) Agashi knows about this & he doesn't like it. Because his "precious" Hye Jin, who was born due to rape, was not "happy".
So, to make the victims happy, he injected the happiness drugs that causes their deaths.
4) Carpenter's wife is definitely fishy! Hyejin's killer perhaps? Why would she lie to Soo Yoon.

I still haven't figured out where Ji Sook fits in Hye Jin death. (Well we can argue, by refusing to donate her kidney, it leads to her death).

Hopefully the writer keeps throwing surprises for the last episodes.

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Based on your theories, now I have this one new theory.

Carpenter has a bad habit of raping women. Agasshi injects the happiness drugs on the victims. What if... the victims are also rape children of the carpenter? He's injecting the happiness drug to the victims to "make them happy" as well as to stop those with Fabry's disease from breeding. I don't see why he wants Soyoon dead tho, unless some uber plot twist happens in which her dad is not her real dad but actually the carpenter.

Maybe Hye Jin died from her disease but Ji Sook just buried her without telling anyone so that nobody would blame her for not donating her kidney. Carpenter's wife can also possibly be Hye Jin's killer. Maybe while Hye Jin was talking to carpenter, the wife thought that he might be cheating with her (Given her reputation in seducing Assemblyman Seo.) so she killed Hye Jin. She definitely knows something big.

I have a feeling that the car accident in the beginning was caused by Baengi Ahjumma. She wanted to eliminate the young Hye Jin before she could look for her real mom. Then someone else posted them as dead so that Baengi wouldn't attempt to kill her again if she lived. Now the question is, who would do something like that?

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Did the show state when Agasshi started killing?

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I find Moon Geun Young's acting in this drama so one note. Untill a few episodes back her acting consisted of making big eyes, not even when she acted scared was she convincing. It has gotten better so maybe it has to do with how the character is written. I never saw Moon Geun Young in anything before but from people's comments I was under the impresion that she was a good actress. Maybe it's because the side characters in this drama are so complex and well acted thus making them interesting while our heroine was kinda boring. At least the cop Woo Jae has some quirks but Soo Yoon felt like a simple narrative device to get the mystery unfolding.

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Yeah, the problem is she's never given anything to do. She's doing a credible job, working with what she can. If you want to see a tour de force performance from Moon Geun-young, I'd watch Painter of the Wind, or the first couple episodes of Cinderella's Sister (do not recommend you watch the whole thing, though--bleh).

I'm actually kind of disappointed in the whole cast, actually. The less said about most of them the better, but I expected a bit more from Jung Sung-mo (Ji-sook's hubby), and anybody who's seen her in Flames of Ambition knows that Shin Eun-kyung (Ji-sook) can do much better (even though she's quite good here).

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Somehow, Jisook's "Im also a victim" struck me really hard in the last episode. I cant imagine how Gayoung will react when he knows that Gunwoo is her brother.

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I think she's hyejin real killer.. also she has loose screws

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Watching this episode makes me believe that jisook is hyejin's mom.

Does anybody thought that:
1. The flower box is the real time capsule which ba woo talked about with yoona? Even the package is different from the one before. We knew that hyejin has already taken the time capsule before the children atarted digging.

2. The achiara corpse was actually the real kimhyejin (seoul mother's daughter)?

Because i read somewhere that the daughter had never been found (she was swept away in the swift current but her body had never been found). So the dental record was matched.

3. Hyejin/ so jung was alive somewhere?

Is it just me or anybody share the same thoughts? Im thinking about those random thoughts because this is dramaland.
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#3. - Hye Jin was dying. This was the reason she came to Achiara she needed a donor. The reason she was seeking revenge is because everyone was too busy denying her to actually help her. Therefore she could not be alive somewhere. Also, Yoo Na has a habit of seeing ghost. This is why she knew Hye Jin was dead before the body was ever found.

Actually with the last episode, I am inclined to believe she has the ability to see distressed spirits which is why she saw So Yoon's even though she was not dead yet.

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#1 Yeah I think the flower box was from the real time capsule. It was probably taken when she died. I think Hye Jin was trying to get her father to notice her. After talking to her mother who refused to help. She had nothing left to lose. She wanted to catch a monster (her father, the rapist) by standing in the field and making him face his past mistakes. She already had a death sentence what her disease, she had nothing left to lose.

Where she miscalculated was in his wife. I think she probably confronted her and wanted to enlighten her on the type of man she married. Instead she was killed. The evidence destroyed or hidden. The husband probably found the box.

Or a next theory is that he made the box. She had told the kids she put something in the time capsule that would catch a monster. Maybe it was the box itself or maybe I am grasping at straws.

Since a lot of the mystery in this seems to be obvious to the viewers, like who the murderer and the rapist are, the fun is now seeing how it will play out.

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Hmm but when Hyejin, Bawoo and Yoona gathered together to put their items into the time capsule, the box was clearly a recycled tin can and not the box that the carpenter made. Instead, I think someone tampered with the original time capsule and replaced the items with the voice recording and Jisook's hair + Hyejin's bloodied shirt, to frame Seo Chang Gwon and Jisook for Hyejin's death. It is also possible that Hyejin tampered with the time capsule herself to seek revenge, but I am inclined to think that someone was trying to hide Hyejin's wish. If we have a clearer idea of Hyejin's exact wish, we might get closer to knowing who murdered her.

To this end, I think you're right that the carpenter's wife is suspicious! I'm trying to understand why she said "that person" after Soyoon came to visit. Does "that person" refer to Hyejin or Soyoon? She definitely has lots to lose if the "monster" was revealed: 1) her husband would be convicted, 2) her daughter would be fatherless, 3) her family's happiness is at stake.

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Lol, in the flashback dream joohee had, jisook was sitting leisurely while drawing, something a girl who gave birth to her rape baby couldn’t physically do because giving birth is hell as fuck and assuming it should be her first baby its even more of a hell. meanwhile her mom with some bloody baby and joohee are shocked and lost, in panic. I think the reason they are showing big deal with jisook and hyejin is that she killed hyejin.. also, she has loose screw in her mind even before that.. i mean in the flashback she was relaxed and didnt care to her mom who just gave birth, her sister who is lost, and the bloody baby.it is basically confirmed that hyejin, joohee, and jisook are sisters. I think jisook is the reason why she was adopted, and the reason why her adoptive parents died, the reason why her adoptive grandma did not take her,probably hates jisook because she is the reason their mom is kicked out of the village, and she didn’t helped her when she asked for help and well jisook has loose screws to react the way she reacts, being all relaxed in flashback, she might be the reason why her mom got rape…

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Yeah, i've been wondering if Carpenter wifey has been killing women in order to protect hubby. Am still not sure Carpenter is Mr Rapey. For all we know he may not be art teacher's actual dad. Art teacher's actual dad might be rapist who somehow raped carpenter's first wife...if carpenter had a first wife. ;-)

Does anyone know what the word "Achiara" mean? Does it mean anything punny? Or does it have some allusion? Or is it just a name?

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I think they explained in the first episodes the name comes from the lake in the village. "achi"=small and "ara"=pound/lake. So Achiara translates to small lake.

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thank you!

Now am wondering if there's some other word play involved. Like maybe an allusion to some Korean saying.

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Not sure if anyone has addressed this, but why did Hye Jin have to go through the convoluted method of procuring DNA samples from Ji Sook and begging for her intestine too, when she could have requested all this from the pharmacist? Isn't the pharmacist also Hye Jin's sister, since all three share the same mother?

Any help appreciated...

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Yeah.. it wasnt stated why and how is it that, i think its either additional mystery or a plothole that the writers did not notice

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I don't even know what to think anymore.... I'm kinda sad that Agashhi is the killer (currently) I really liked his character....

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Me too :( really disappointed

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yeah, the actors are quite good. I'm impressed.
how can hyejin's bloodline so complicated. poor girl.
how can soyoon come to agashi's place stupidly. did agashi hack woojae phone or whatever so that message came as woojae's name in soyoon contact? ah, stupid girl.
oh my God! I know you are in rush to find your sister's murder but why?!
I'm done with guessing hyejin's mystery. lol.

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Thanks for great review. If Hye-jin, Ga-young, Gun-woo are siblings; Hye-jin, Ji-sook and Joo-hee are siblings, then Joo-hee and Gun-woo might be having a somewhat incestous relationship? Also why are the police rummaging for a coffee can for fingerprints when they could have just lifted fingerprints off the two parcels that were handed at the counter? Rather sloppy writing I feel in an otherwise quite gripping drama.

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Nah.. their not blood related, gunwoo's father raped joohee's mom.. jisook, joohee, and hyejin have different fathers

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No Gun-woo and Joo-hee wouldn't be in an incestous relationship since they do not share blood. They have different mothers and fathers. Hye-Jin and Gun-woo are related because they have the same father, Hey-jin and Joo-hee are related because presumably (I am still inclined to believe that the show MAY have the twist that Ji-sook is Hye-jin's real mother) they have the same mother. However, there is no blood relationship between Joo-hee and Gun-woo.
Although, it will be awful for Ga-young when she learns that the teacher she has had the hots for is her Oppa. Ai ai ai.

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Have anyone notice that Gun Woo and Ga Young looks similar. I mean their face feature looks quite the same.

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So that carpenter is the art teacher's father? How can his father be so young?

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I understand what's going on but I'm so confused w them having the same father/different mothers or the other way round. Can some summarise for me about their siblings/parents connections? I'll appreciate it so much :)

This is my understanding:
-Hyejin and so yoon(?) are sisters. So they shared the same parents but died in a car accident(?)
-Hyejin,jisook&joonhee shared the same mother but diff father(?)
-Gunwoo and gayoung are half siblings bcos they shared the same father but diff mother (?) so carpenter is their dad?
-Then what abt yoona's step bro? Jisook is his Step mom, so who's his real mom?

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1) Soyoon's parents adopted Hyejin (who was known as Sojung) so they are not sisters by blood. Solon only found this out when she arrived in Achiara though.
2) Most viewers (I included) think that Hyejin, Jisook and Joohee have the same birth mother. Jisook and Joohee clearly have different fathers, though not much details about that has been mentioned apart from their different surnames. A handful believe that Hyejin's father is the rapist, that would make Hyejin, Gunwoo and Gayoung share the same birth father.
3) For now, it is certain that the carpenter is Gunwoo's father and Gunwoo said that Gayoung is his sister, hence, presumably a child of the carpenter. Gayoung's mother was raped and made pregnant with Gayoung, that's why most think that the carpenter is the rapist.
4) Nothing has been mentioned about Gihyun's birth mother and I'm interested in knowing about that too, if it shed some light on the mystery.

I hope this helps clear the air! Some of it aren't confirmed per se (as I have indicated), but the majority opinion :)

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1. Hye Jin and so yoon are sisters but not related by blood. So Yoon's parents adopted Hye Jin, then they had so yoon.

2. If they are sisters then they are all half siblings - same mum (hospital one), each has a different dad - Hye Jin's would be the carpenter. But show hasn't explicitly confirmed this, Ji sook may still be lying - plot twist: maybe she was the rape victim and Hye Jin's actual birth mother...

3. Gun woo's dad is the carpenter; he acknowledged that ga young is his half sibling, so her dad is probably carpenter dude too.

4. It's not been mentioned who his real mom is - seo Chang won and Ji sook have been married for 20(+?) years, so it seems like his biological mum died early on and isn't central to the story.

Either way this show seems a bit too complicated for its own good. There's a fair bit of half-siblingry going on isn't there.. I'm liking the actors and their portrayal though! Wish we saw more cute sibling moments between Yoona and her bro.

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It will be a letdown if this drama ends up pointing at the lumbermill resident as a Hye Jin's killer or her mother's rapist. The character was introduced so late in the game. The assemblyman is a character that was introduced early on. There must still be a major twist that links him more prominently and awaits discovery by the the protagonists.

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Yeah I agree to that! I somehow feel that the assemblyman is actually the father of gun woo, hye jin and ga young. Hye jin had a twisted relationship with her father thats why they are all so secretive about it. That's just my guess though...

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Can yoo na be daughter of carpenter?

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yoona is lumber ahjussi's daughter. instead, gunwoo, gayoung, hyejin is assemblyman's children.

twist!

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i love that this show has classic elements of a horror movie in small doses. If it weren't in small doses, I couldn't bear it. I just watch and think: DON"T go there; DON'T open the door; DON'T go downstairs; DON'T - AAAACK!! (I admit I couldn't watch the last 10 seconds; had to read the recap! Thanks, javabeans. You saved me from a heart attack!)

I think it's pretty evident that:
Agasshi is the serial killer.
Ajusshi carpenter is a serial rapist.
Ga-young, Kim Hye-jin and Gun-woo are half-siblings; different mothers, same father, and all have Fabry disease.
Kim Hye-jin, Ji-sook and Joo-hee are half-siblings; different fathers, same mother.

What we don't know:
Who killed Kim Hye-jin and why? (Lots of motives and suspects)
Why are all of So-yoons relatives dead, and were they murdered? Who was So-yoon's mother, really?
Why was So-yoon spirited away to Canada after the accident, and announced as dead?
What evil did Ajusshi and Agasshi do together? What is their true relationship?

We know Assemblyman Seo is capable of murder, as was Chairman Noh. We don't know what happened to Ki-hyun's mother. She either left, or died. Or both. In which case she could have been So-yoon's mom also, which would make So-yoon and Ki-hyun half-siblings as well. That would not surprise me. And I wouldn't put it past Grandma to murder a woman who disgraced her son, as well. Maybe that is why Ji-sook is so unreasonably terrified of Grandma. And why Joo-hee wants to get the heck out of town before the s--- hits the fan.

I've already posted in a previous episode about Ajusshi and Agasshi having a symbiotic rapist-torturer and executioner relationship, so won't repeat it here.

But despite the show's faults, I have to say it has held my interest well. I don't fault MGY's acting. I think she was directed to come off as naive, innocent and even a little dumb; but tenacious as hell. And that she is.

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Just some thoughts (although some of them are obvious at this point lol):
- Hye Jin is related to Gun Woo and Gayoung (father), and Joo Hee and Ji Sook (Mother)

- Aghassi is the serial killer who wants to make people happy - hence his 'happy' drug. and he was probably going to kill Hye Jin at some point had someone not beat him to it.

- The Lumber Mill Ahjussi was a serial rapist who left the village and probably sought help to stop himself.

- Hye Jin went to the Lumber Mill and met with his wife and the wife killed Hye Jin, as she didn't want anything about her husbands past getting out as it would destroy their family. When Hye Jin was killed the wife would've been either pregnant with the child or had a newborn (not sure how old the girl is exactly) and didn't want to raise the child alone and whatnot. Or some other motive, either way I think she did it.

- I think that Assemblyman Seo and/or his mother could be somehow involved with the accident that killed So Yoon's parents. We haven't had much mention of that since the beginning (obviously there has been more prominent things to unravel). I'm also curious about So Yoon's grandmother's suicide as that is another thing we haven't touched upon either.

- I hope that Joo Hee has kept a copy of the incriminating voice recording and that she takes down that family before she leaves.

- Also, I still kinda want So Yoon and Ki Hyun to end up together haha They have a really good friendship and connection and seem to have a ease with each other. Not that I think the drama needs romance, but just a random thought haha

I could be, and probably will be wrong with most of my thoughts, but hey, that's what we drama fans deal with all the time.

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what does Beangi ahjumma means when she always mentioned Yoona during Soyoon's last visit to her?could it be that the former visioned on what's happening with Yoona like her accident visit to lumberman's shop,i mean there must be something..

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Ji-sook is Hye-Jins mother. I'm sooo frustrated. Hye-jin,Ga-yoon,the male teacher and the little girl are siblings.

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It is surprising to me how far along this show is and it still is a very thick puzzle, hard to understand and to put the pieces together.

It has crossed my head that Yoona is actually the result of Jisook being raped, and HyeJin was pressing Jisook to admit to the fact that Yoona was actually HyeJin's sister, which would have been really bad for Jisook since it would have been bad for her marriage, to have her child actually the result of a rape and not from her husband.

From what I understood, Yoona was the only child Jisook (supposedly) had with her husband and she was the reason that Jisook kept her marriage with him.

Otherwise, why is Yoona haunted by the ghosts of the people who were sacrificed? Why isn't Jisook the one haunted by what she did/concealed? It's because those people were sacrificed (the secret was kept at all costs) in order for the secret about Yoona's origin to be concealed. The secret had to be kept, in order for Jisook to preserve her marriage to the assemblyman.
Otherwise, I don't see any link between Yoona and the rest of the characters in this extremely intricate storyline!

And another thing that's puzzling: why do so many people take for granted that the carpenter is the rapist when it's obvious that he's too young to be in his fifties?

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