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Tunnel: Episode 4

I’m genuinely amazed at how much emotion Tunnel has been able to condense into one episode. I was going to say that things had slowed down a little this week, and while that’s sort of true, it’s also misleading, because every scene this hour is packed full of subtleties and growth. When characters with a single-episode arc create sympathy and attachment, when your most “normal” character is the guy who popped out of the ’80s, when your aces prove maladroit rather than unfeeling… all I can say is: I’m all in.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

Kwang-ho’s heading home when he notices smoke pouring out of the neighboring house. Nobody answers the door so he smashes the window, climbs in, and puts out the fire near the stove. He’s shocked to see Jae-yi emerge nonchalantly from a shower, but she just asks if he wants coffee. But we see her stove is electric… so how the fire?

The next morning, they come out at the same time. Still addressing her as “agasshi,” Kwang-ho says they can’t live in the same house and she should move out, but she points out that their apartments are on different stories. He argues that she must be uncomfortable, too. “Not at all,” she says, before going her way.

Kwang-ho yells in frustration, comparing her taciturn character to Sun-jae’s. Across the road in his car, Sung-shik watches him argue with the landlady. He follows Kwang-ho to a citizen center and asks the official what Kwang-ho wanted. She tells him he’d been looking for someone they have no records for—a woman called Shin Yeon-sook, whom he claimed was his wife.

“He said ‘Shin Yeon-sook?’ Really?” Sung-shik exclaims, eyes wide.

Kwang-ho returns to the site of his old home, still unable to believe it’s gone. He can’t understand why there’s no record of Yeon-sook and wishes that he could ask Sung-shik. And when he turns around, Sung-shik is right there, gazing at him with full eyes.

“Sunbaenim… I’m maknae Sung-shikie!” he cries, throwing his arms around Kwang-ho. But Kwang-ho steps away to stare at the older man a moment… and then engulfs him in a bear-hug of his own. “I thought you were deeeeaaad!” Sung-shik wails.

Over a meal, Kwang-ho tells Sung-shik about what happened to him. He finds out that they never caught the 1986 murderer, and wonders if that’s why he’s here. Sung-shik thinks he might have died since there were no more victims. While they discuss Kwang-ho’s attempts to go back, the waitress gives Kwang-ho a dirty look for speaking in banmal to the older man, although Sung-shik quickly explains that the young man is like a son to him.

Sung-shik asks what happened to the younger Park Kwang-ho, and is shocked to learn that he’s missing. Kwang-ho agrees that it’s too weird that the guy has the same name and same job as him. He thinks the younger man might hold the answers and plans to look for him, and so he asks Sung-shik to find Yeon-sook. When Sung-shik has to leave for a meeting, Kwang-ho laughs that he grew up—or rather, he corrects himself, he got old.

Before he goes, Sung-shik tells him seriously, “Sunbaenim, don’t suddenly disappear like that again.”

Sun-jae plays a game of chess with the medical examiner, Dr. Mok. From the way Sun-jae smiles and talks easily with him, they must be friends, and we find out that Sun-jae had once intended to be a doctor. But their game is cut short when Sun-jae gets called to a new crime scene. At the same time, Jae-yi sends a message telling him to come to the university, while Dr. Mok executes a move that wins him the game.

Kwang-ho wanders a busy street, taking in modern life with the curiosity and enjoyment of a tourist. He growls when Sun-jae screeches up in his car and tells him to get in, but figures that means there’s a new case, although Sun-jae characteristically ignores all of his questions.

They arrive at the scene of a burglary. Kwang-ho mistakes the security company for police and tells them to stick to their own jurisdictions before heading in. Haha. They examine the crime scene, with Kwang-ho perplexed by the booties he has to wear.

Kwang-ho goes to check the escape route (grumbling about Sun-jae giving him orders) while Sun-jae heads upstairs with another officer. They’re surprised to see a school kid leaving, and when Sun-jae calls out to him to stop, he notices the kid wearing outside shoes.

The kid breaks for it, and Sun-jae gives chase, leaping the wall Kwang-ho was just checking out. Kwang-ho joins the pursuit and the two men run him down, although Sun-jae misses the kid by a hair and Kwang-ho grabs him first.

At the police station, the kid points out that he didn’t have any stolen goods on him, and Sung-shik identifies him as the lookout for the actual burglars. But since he won’t spill, they lock him up. They figure that the perps knew what they were doing since it was a carefully timed operation, and they avoided all the CCTVs, too.

Kwang-ho wants to investigate the kid further, but Sun-jae shuts him down, rudely telling him to use his head. Sung-shik tries to mediate and Tae-hee notices him speaking to Kwang-ho in jondae, which is totally weird. Sung-shik styles it out, although he still trips over his tongue trying not to call Kwang-ho “sunbaenim.” Hehehe.

Elsewhere, Dean Hong asks Jae-yi how it felt to be involved in a case. Unusually animated, she says it wasn’t bad. The dean reminisces about their first meeting and how Jae-yi didn’t respond to her then. A quick flashback takes us back fifteen years, to a young Jae-yi in a police station in England, where Hong learned that she was adopted at the age of six. “Jae-yi-ya. You grew up well,” Hong says in the present, smiling.

Sun-jae catches Jae-yi on her way out and asks why she wanted to meet. He’s surprised when she asks what he meant about her being only half-right on the last case. Amused, he tells her that the victim and murderer had never been in a relationship, so she was wrong on that count.

Smiling a little herself, she says that the murderer was in a relationship in his head. She suggests that Sun-jae try stalking sometime: “It will help you understand the culprit.” Nodding, he agrees before asking her if she’s ever been stalked. Hah.

Back at the station, the kid, whose name is DONG-WOO, pleads urgently with Kwang-ho to let him out, because he really needs to get home. “What if I know who’s going to be hit next?” he blurts out desperately. That gets Kwang-ho’s attention.

Tae-hee and Min-ha (we need a name for this pair—ideas?) get back after a fruitless search for leads. Sung-shik is hilariously horrified to see Min-ha dressed up in a retro ’80s TV detective outfit, which he tells them was inspired by Kwang-ho.

The three of them catch up to Kwang-ho in the office, where they’re dismayed to find out that he released the kid, Dong-woo. Kwang-ho tells them that Dong-woo had to get back to his younger sister, and so he gave up the location of the burglars’ next target.

The detectives groan at him for being so simple as to believe him, but Kwang-ho insists on checking it out. Sun-jae again tells him to use his head. “You’ll regret this later,” Kwang-ho warns, and he calls Sung-shik aside for a word. His hangdog compliance astonishes Tae-hee and Min-ha. It really looks like Kwang-ho’s about to chew him out.

In the privacy of the meeting room, he reminds Sung-shik that he taught him to keep going even if he’d been deceived a hundred times. Sung-shik tries to explain that it’s not the same these days, but Kwang-ho’s done listening.

He heads to the location with Driver Oh, who he keeps accidentally calling Reporter Oh (“kija” instead of “kisa”). Kwang-ho wants to check the place out, but Oh balks until he hears that they might catch burglars.

Unknown to them, the burglars are inside already, filling their bags with jewelry while counting down how long they’ve got until the security company turns up. But just then, Kwang-ho rings the doorbell, and they run for it. Kwang-ho catches sight of them over the perimeter wall and leaps over, giving furious chase. He wrestles a bag off one, but they ultimately get away.

News of the incident reaches the team at the station to everyone’s shock, and they immediately head to the scene. Sun-jae notices that it’s the same security company, “Safe,” as the previous hit. Kwang-ho curls his lip at their arrival, especially when they exclaim that the tip turned out to be true.

Looking extra hard at Sung-shik, he repeats what he said before about always investigating no matter what. “Whether it’s the past or the present, that’s still the same,” he barks before telling Sun-jae to use his head, mirroring Sun-jae’s earlier gesture back at him.

The security company connection hits Sun-jae. He and Kwang-ho both head to Dong-woo’s place, but no one answers the door. Finding it unlocked, they go in, and Sun-jae detects the smell of blood. Kwang-ho shouts when he finds Dong-woo lying in the bathroom, dead.

A sound makes them look back toward a wardrobe, where they find an unconscious girl inside. She’s rushed to hospital, and the forensic team take over the scene. Simmering with anger, Kwang-ho summarizes for his team: The girl in hospital is Dong-woo’s little sister and the two of them lived alone. She appears uninjured, but they’re still running tests, he reports.

Looking from the body to the wardrobe, Sun-jae suddenly climbs into it. Through a large peephole, Dong-woo’s body is clearly visible. “Could the child have seen it?” he wonders to himself.

At the autopsy the next day, they establish the time of death, and Sun-jae is certain that the little sister, SOO-JUNG, witnessed her brother’s murder. He ignores Kwang-ho (again) to take a call, and Kwang-ho mutters about him always acting so superior. “He is superior, you know,” Dr. Mok tells him, laughing.

Both detectives go to the hospital, where Soo-jung is now awake but won’t talk due to shock. Sun-jae calls Jae-yi in and tells her how Soo-jung was left with her brother’s dead body for a whole day. “Please find out what she saw,” he asks.

Kwang-ho objects to her involvement, but as ever, Sun-jae ignores him with a dirty look. Kwang-ho follows him out and smacks him upside the head, telling him to hit him back if he feels wronged.

“If you had listened to me, Dong-woo wouldn’t have died and Soo-jung wouldn’t have ended up like that,” Kwang-ho criticizes. Sun-jae swings back at him even before he finishes talking, and it turns into a furious brawl of kicking and punching, until some passing officers run in to break it up.

They’re back at their desks a little later, both sporting nose plugs. Sung-shik is rendered speechless at the sight of them, and gestures to Kwang-ho to come to the meeting room. Kwang-ho blames him for pairing him up with that emotionless punk, but Sung-shik says apologetically that he’s really good at catching the bad guys. If this were the old days, Kwang-ho growls, he’d have given him a good beating already.

Sun-jae examines Dong-woo’s transaction records which highlight an internet café while Kwang-ho flips through the security company’s personnel records. Thanks to some distinctive eyebrows, he recognizes a photo as one of the burglars—listed as dismissed for, yup, burglary.

Sun-jae heads out for the internet café Dong-woo frequented and Kwang-ho follows after an entertainingly schoolboy-ish exchange of growls. Sounds like a truce to me!

Soo-jung wakes up to see Jae-yi at her bedside, and she turns away. Jae-yi talks to her, telling her her name. “Now that I’ve told you my name, I don’t have anything else to say,” she says.

Kwang-ho shoulders Sun-jae out of the way to enter the café first, but he finds the place totally bizarre. Cutting in on Sun-jae again, he shows the boss the photo of Eyebrows, which the man immediately recognizes.

The remaining team collate information on Dong-woo, who they learned had devoted himself to the care of his sister, always making sure to get home by 6 p.m. for her. Sun-jae and Kwang-ho return and tell them about Eyebrows, an ex-Safe employee who was close to Dong-woo, and another guy who also gamed with them. Sun-jae also confirmed that the footprints at the scene of the burglary match the ones at the murder scene.

Sun-jae and Kwang-ho question a current Safe employee, who tells them that Eyebrows contacted him the day before with questions about his schedule. Sun-jae compares a map of the area covered by the guard to the location of the burglaries and finds that they overlap.

Kwang-ho silently puzzles over the tablet Sun-jae is using. It looks like a computer, but why is it so small? he thinks, fiddling around on the touchscreen (to Sun-jae’s annoyance). Armed with the new information, they predict the burglars’ next hit as one of two locations. That night, Sung-shik stakes out one location with Tae-hee and Min-ha, while Kwang-ho and Sun-jae take the other.

Jae-yi visits Soo-jung in the hospital again and offers her chocolates, but the girl turns her face away. She returns the next day. The chocolates are untouched, and Soo-jung is still refusing food.

Morning arrives, and Kwang-ho is amazed that Sun-jae didn’t say a word all night. The burglars suddenly appear from over the wall, and Sun-jae knocks one out while Kwang-ho takes the other.

Sun-jae calls Jae-yi from the station to tell her that they’ve caught the burglars, but without Soo-jung’s testimony, they’ll deny the murder charge. In the interrogation room, he shows Eyebrows a photo of Dong-woo. “It’s the first time I’ve seen this face,” Eyebrows says. “Then who killed him?” Sun-jae asks.

Meanwhile, Kwang-ho questions the other accomplice in a different room. He denies murdering Dong-woo but won’t point the finger at Eyebrows either. Kwang-ho seizes the terrified guy by the collar and warns him that Eyebrows will lay the blame on him. “Let’s see if you sing the same tune then,” Kwang-ho finishes, throwing him back in his seat.

He rejoins the team and tells them that it’s definitely one of them. But the problem, Sung-shik says, is that they haven’t turned up a murder weapon yet either.

Night has fallen with Jae-yi still at Soo-jung’s bedside, the girl still turned away. She tells her that she’s never spoken to someone like Soo-jung before—usually she talks to murderers, and they tend to do the talking. “But this time, it seems like it’s my turn to talk,” she says. Hesitatingly, she continues: “Soo-jung-ah. I saw my parents die.”

We flash back to the fire that killed them, and Jae-yi tells her how she was too scared to go closer. Because she just watched her house burn, people had whispered that she set the fire herself, “And for a long time, the rumor went around that I was a murderer.”

She doesn’t notice Sun-jae at the door, and continues: “Though fifteen years have passed, I still regret that moment. Why couldn’t I do anything?” A tear rolls down Soo-jung’s cheek, and Jae-yi tells her that she can do something. Outside the room, Sun-jae listens, affected by her story.

Soo-jung finally speaks and tells Jae-yi how her brother made her hide in the wardrobe, and she watched through the peephole. A flashback takes us to the two men cornering Dong-woo. Eyebrows didn’t believe that Dong-woo didn’t sell them out and sent him flying all the way to the bathroom with a vicious kick.

He then stabbed him with a switchblade and forced his weak-willed accomplice to do the same… in Soo-jung’s direct line of vision, while she sobbed in horror in the wardrobe. After the men left, Dong-woo tried desperately to close the door so she wouldn’t see him, but couldn’t manage it.

In the present, Soo-jung sobs, and Jae-yi reaches out to comfort her with a tentative hand.

The next day, the burglars cross paths as they’re escorted away and scream insults at each other. Kwang-ho tells them to shut it, calling them murdering scum. Afterward, he and Sun-jae exchange a measured look. Is that a glimmer of grudging respect there?

Soo-jung prepares to leave the hospital and runs back at the last minute to collect the chocolates Jae-yi left her. Waiting outside, Jae-yi raises a hand as Soo-jung passes. Soo-jung waves back, smiling, and Jae-yi smiles back. For a moment, we see an image of a young Jae-yi in her place. A little distance away, Sun-jae takes in the scene, some gentler emotion in his expression.

In the night, a man abandons a woman’s body on the riverbank, and a close-up shows seven dots tattooed on her ankle. Oh no. It’s found in the morning, but it’s in a different jurisdiction than our team’s. The chief there is familiar with Sun-jae’s fixation and warns his colleague to expect him.

As predicted, Sun-jae (ignoring a phone call from his dad) attempts to see the body, but he’s blocked by the chief and his men. Sun-jae accuses them of merely wanting the credit and points out that they’re already miserable failures. That riles them up, and the whole team bodily throws him out.

Back at the Hwayang precinct, our team watch the report on TV, and Min-ha remarks that that must be the work of the guy that Sun-jae lost. Tae-hee grouses that that’s why he tears off anytime a murder of a young woman occurs, because he can’t stand that he made a mistake. The report names the serial killer as one JUNG HO-YOUNG, which rings a bell for Kwang-ho, although he can’t put a finger on it.

Kwang-ho drags Sung-shik outside to ask about his progress on finding Yeon-sook. Sung-shik tells him he’s close to finding her, though he doesn’t reveal that he actually came up totally blank on his search. The records official had told him that she either she hadn’t renewed her citizen ID for a long time… or she had gone missing. She added that there might be paper records of her somewhere.

Kwang-ho heads off to the other Kwang-ho’s old police station, where he introduces himself as a hometown friend. The officers hand over some mail to him, one of which is a speeding ticket. He recognizes the registration number as the car that nearly ran into him the night he arrived, and realizes that panicked young man must have been the other Kwang-ho.

Elsewhere, a hooded man attends confession in a church. “‘Spare me, I have a child,’ that’s what that woman said,” he tells the priest, “But how is that relevant?” He replays the memory of choking her to death with a pair of tights. On the other side of the screen, the priest crosses himself.

“Although it was a long time ago, I keep remembering it. I wasn’t going to do it again, but I can’t stop,” the hooded man finishes. With that, he sweeps out, hood pulled low.

 
COMMENTS

That profile really looks like Dr. Mok to me, what do you guys think? I’m not attached to the idea that it’s him, but it’s where the clues seem to be pointing for now. The last ten minutes threw me with all that new information—are we actually after two serial killers? Or are they one and the same? I originally thought Sun-jae’s fixation was because of the way his mother had been murdered, but he seems to have no knowledge of that at all. This Jung Ho-young is his own personal failure, and that’s a backstory we haven’t had yet.

The Sung-shik/Kwang-ho reunion was unexpectedly low-key, but also just right. I enjoyed how easily they fell back into the sunbae-maknae relationship despite the facts of the present, and the incongruity of how others see them versus how they see each other will never not be funny (or adorable). Surprisingly, Sung-shik and Kwang-ho have turned out to be the lighter half of the show so far, while Sun-jae and Jae-yi offer a perspective into a less examined, less relatable side of human nature in a way that’s both percipient and off-putting (in a really good way).

This episode was so rich in character studies that I don’t even know where to start. I had the hardest time connecting with Jae-yi in the first week because I found her a bit disturbing (and also because I wasn’t sure if she was a murderer or not), but after this week, I’m pretty sure that she’s my favorite character. Although her scenes were shorter and fewer, they were effective and affecting, especially her interactions with Soo-jung. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that she and Soo-jung healed each other: Jae-yi needed the right person to listen to her, and Soo-jung needed the right person to talk to. Maybe it always takes broken people to fix broken people? I don’t know, but it’s interesting to think about.

My impression of Jae-yi is that she’s always been a little strange, hyper-focused, and interested in weird things, and that makes it hard for her to relate to “normal” people (and for them to relate to her). Soo-jung simultaneously wakes up something hopeful in her, but also strips something away, leaving a childlike, vulnerable, and disarmingly animated Jae-yi in her place. It’s clear that something in her wants to connect (and I think she surprised herself when she didn’t give up with Soo-jung), but I also think it’s equally clear that she doesn’t know quite how. What people mistake for creepy or aloof is, I think, her “neutral” setting, which is not the same as other people’s. She’s certainly not neurotypical, and that makes her an even more exciting character. Dramaland is full of neurodiverse men, but far less so for women, so I hope very much that the show will continue to do her justice.

It’s also quite fascinating how much and how fast Sun-jae has become personally invested in her, to the point where he’s gone out of his way so many times to seek out her help or opinion. They seem outwardly to share similar personalities (and enjoy some quite darkly entertaining repartee) but they actually aren’t alike at all. Though he says little, Sun-jae is always full of repressed, angry energy, whereas I think Jae-yi has a flowing inner life which keeps her much more grounded, if still helplessly alien. If anything, I see them as closer to opposites—Jae-yi dealing in emotions where Sun-jae deals in facts. That said, however, it’s also clear that he has some kind of faith in her abilities, and I, in turn, have faith in his. With Jae-yi, he’s proven that he’s able to change his opinions, grow respect, and finally experience compassion towards her, and that’s a long way to come in just four episodes.

On the other hand, Sun-jae is a character who needs more than one foil because he’s got so much going on, and he’s doing far less well with Kwang-ho. I’m certain that his violent reaction to Kwang-ho’s censure is because he knew it was true: His mistake left one kid dead and another traumatized. That is regret on his face during the fight, just like Kwang-ho had warned. An explosive mixture of self-aware and obstinate, Sun-jae is well aware of the part he played and clearly can’t forgive himself (or anyone else). Contrary to what Kwang-ho thinks, he’s not an emotionless robot, but rather, his emotions are under such a tight lid that every single one of them just ends up coming out as anger. I’m sure he believes he deserved the beating, and his driving emotion for fighting back is that same anger—at himself for being wrong with such serious consequences, and at Kwang-ho for being right.

But the fight has cleared the air between them the tiniest (really, the tiniest) bit, and there was even a noticeable lack of bite in their last few barks. Sun-jae is very much the guy who only believes in evidence-based practice, and although there’s been ample evidence already that Kwang-ho’s method is equally effective, I think a natural personality clash makes him automatically balk at acknowledging it. But let’s hope the worst of the hostility has passed, and maybe next week we’ll get to see them actually put their chalk-and-cheese smarts together and give us some answers. Or not, but I’ll take some bromance with that, please.

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Lee Yoo-young's stare.

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She can do so much with just her stare. That scene right after she smiled back to the little girl, she somehow looked emotionally exhausted after finally connecting to other people. It seemed like she needs more energy to express her feelings than "normal" people does because she didn't really understand how. I'm glad this drama found the right actress to portray a very interesting character.

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No matter how much I try to understand Jaeyi

I agreed with Kwang hi assessment
of Jaeyi finding her a bit disturbing

How can someone nearly burn the house down and not react. Her initial reaction was calm to see Fire spreading.

More importantly some explanation is in order as to why she did it.

I was equally annoyed with Kwang ho when didn't respond complaining instead to the land lady about the broken window.

That's carelessness leaving a Fire unattended.

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I think she is the calm and collected sort. No situations can faze her, and she doesn't allow herself to get fazed either. Watch how calm she is when she sees KH in the kitchen after her shower. Like, okay, you are in my house. Want a drink?

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How can someone nearly burn the house down

Is that a fact? It just looks like she was fascinated with the fire. It didn't look like she was gonna allow it to go to the extent of burning her house down. She's playing with fire but she's still in control of it... well, until KwangHo barged in and doused it all.

JaeYi seems like a person traumatized by seeing her house burn down with her parents in it. Most people would have screamed and tried to run in in anguish, but some people just curl up further into themselves, go numb and blame their own selves, like what she apparently did. To the outside, it looks like she premeditated it... but that's just because they can't see her feelings.

There's a line from HoGu's Love that still sticks with me today: A cop had been skeptical of a rape victim and had asked her, "why don't you act like other rape victims?" and she'd shot back, "and how are rape victims supposed to act?!" That one line encapsulates so much about human psyche: We're all different and all react differently. You can't judge a person's motivation or situation just based on how they act in that moment.

JaeYi seems like a very calm and detached person, one who perhaps lost interest in connecting with others because she naturally couldn't connect at first and then later, stayed that way because there was no one to show her how. And maybe having to hear all those lies from murderers exacerbated that somehow.

She's logical and rather emotionless in situations where she knows she still can control. Probably because emotions wouldn't affect the outcome and so why bother? But it's clear that she's not an emotionless robot, as seen by how she lights up and beams upon topics that interest her.

As for the fire, I think she was just fascinated - how could something that engulfed her entire family and home be so controllable, like it's in the palm of her hand? As you saw, she came back from her bath, and the fire still hadn't even touched the ceiling or spread much. (And it's still true even if KwangHo wasn't there.)

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That was a really great explanation, @Peeps. I never thought about it that way. I just assumed that Jae-yi started that fire beside her stove by accident. It's interesting that she tried to control or tame the one thing that burned her house and family down and also stuck that murderer accusation to her. Maybe playing with fire is her way to confront her hurtful past, something that many people might found strange.

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I think she is exhibiting a "reduced effect" display which refers to a lack of emotional expression. Maybe it's due to some PTSD...

By the way, I am really annoyed at the guys for not giving much thoughts to their witness. Its not just Sung Jae who is at fault but also Kwang Ho for not giving adequate protection to the young chap.

Anyway their parents were heartless for abandoning the kids.....I think I may have missed the part on the parents....

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I fell in love her! When an actress can convey so much while being subtle, you know she's good. Others can come off as wooden, blank/bland, expressionless but she acts with her eyes. You see her character through her body language and her eyes.

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Kwang-ho 1988 must be busy running in and out of the tunnel trying to handle the perfect wife.

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Ha! Good one! :D

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I still stand true to my opinion, that those police officers should have listened to Kwang-ho, no matter how little or how weird the suggestion is. They should have considered all possible scenarios, and if they did, Dong-woo might not ended up dead

I love that Jae-yi and Sun-jae become sort of like a partner, more than Sun-jae and Kwang-ho could ever did. But maybe this is just the beginning of the phase where their relationship would grow over time, and when Kwang-ho had to go back to the past (if he ever could), I'm sure that Sun-jae will miss him the most

Now I begin to doubt about Jae-yi's origin because it's said that she was adopted. With Yoon-seok never been in the register (missing or unknown dead?), I think the possibility of Jae-yi being Kwang-ho's daughter become higher

The killer in the end send the chills down my spine. Boy, was he so creepy

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That police officer has become jaded and cynical after all those crimes they've witnessed. It was hard for them to trust a criminal's statement. Especially one that already did it several times. I think Kwang-ho's presence will gradually remind them that humanity isn't completely lost yet. That some criminals still has that innate good left inside them. I think Sung-shik has already started to understand it and rethink about his prejudice about criminals.

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Maybe? Not that I'm blaming the police and think that Kwang-ho did a good deal by releasing Dong-woo, but I want for the police officers to at least listen. Isn't it the basic police work to actually sit and listen rather than making assumption? Even when Dong-woo plead to them to let him go because he truly had something to do, no one actually stop and listen to him. I'm not sure how police work, but it was sad to know that they just assume for the worst and never try to listen and understand

But I guess it's realistic? That the police officers just stop believing because they've been betrayed many times. I just wish that in the future, the police would actually start listening. It was heartbreaking to see Dong-woo dying when he could be saved

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Isn’t it the basic police work to actually sit and listen rather than making an assumption?

--> they listen and he lied 1st,
he run away in an act, many people lied to get out from the bar but people who caught in the act will eventually get released in 24 hours as the law said,
so no one assumes the worst since he couldn't give more information when the police asked him, they put him behinds the bar for 24 hours and will release him,

yes people need to be more listen to others but why people keep forgetting the credibility of someone,
it's not always the other person fault to not believe you,
it also because you aren't convincing or you hide all the truth when they give you the chance.

if anything, I'll say that kwang ho is more irresponsible, how can he release someone that know about the robbery,
how he know that information should be investigated and the witness should be protected,
it's a big case and some random kids know that,
he release the witness and accepted half-assed confession,
it doesn't work like that and that's what the other cop are angry at him,

so I don't get the motion that police should always believe witness all the time without witness provided some conclusive testament or evidence or willing to cooperate in the investigation,
trust works both way,

even on 1st case, they believe the witness and the witness lie to their face,
they do believe people that are not suspicious and if people hiding something when giving their statement,
I can't fault the police to not believe them

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After reading your explanation, I think it make sense that they didn't believe in Dong-woo. Oh boy, you should have been honest the first time they asked you. Maybe I'm just a little bit sad that Dong-woo died so tragically like that

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"I think the possibility of Jae-yi being Kwang-ho’s daughter become higher"

My thoughts exactly. We don't know if Yeon-sook had a boy or girl and so many people in current timeline are tied to Kwang-ho from 1986 so it's a definite possibility.

I loved the reunion between Sung-shik and Kwang-ho and how Sung-shik automatically returns to his younger self whenever Kwang-ho is around. Their dynamic is so cute.

And I want Kwang-ho to realize who Sun-jae is. That might help him soften toward Sun-jae a little, because when you really get down to it, Kwang-ho is just a big ol' softie.

And on a purely superficial note: Choi Jin-hyuk is so hot in those jeans during the fight scene. Hmmmm, yum.

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Me too! I love Sung-shik and Kwang-ho's reunion so much. It's so understated yet so touching. I actually cried a little when they hugged each other

I really hope that Sun-jae and Kwang-ho could start being civil and work together because the two of them make a good combination. They just need a little push

Don't worry. I'm superficial too because Choi Jin-hyuk is always hot in my eyes :D

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In stead of Jae-yi being Kwang-ho's daughter, my guess is that Sun-Jae is Kwang-ho's son. At the end of the episode, it seems that he is very invested in the murder cases 30 years ago.

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Just watched the first 10 minutes of ep 5 and figured I as wrong. Ignore my comment.

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Sometimes, the one relationship that intrigued me and draw me in is the one that catch me off-guard. I certainly didn't expect that emotional connection between Sun-jae and Jae-yi. Considering that so far, they already hung up on each other numerous times and barely have a proper conversation. But there was a flash of understanding in Sun-jae's expression and recognizition of how similar they actually were (and maybe even a bit of interest). Though for now, it was mostly a one-sided concern from his side, I can't wait to see how it would eventually develop.

Btw, is it just me, or did that "stalker conversation" between those two really sounded like a very twisted pick-up line??

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Omg, I totally think the same! It's almost like they're flirting with each other in a weird way.
"Try to be a stalker"
"I'll be your stalker"
LOL

I'm actually curious about Sun-jae and Jae-yi, which is an improvement since I think that they wouldn't match each other until eps3

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I actually find it so funny and attractive that they keep hanging up on each other. I was watching this episode with my friend (who didn't watch episode 1 or 2) and she was shipping them so hard. I don't want to bring a love line into this drama but these two characters do have a very interesting relationship to look forward to.

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Me too. They are really cute, hanging up on each other like that. Both are also so curt in their conversations with each other too. To the point, never meandering with their words... haha. It would be a very dry relationship if they ever get together.

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Yes! Someone told me OCN dramas don't really tackle romance. But if it's handled in subtle way, not highlighted/emphasized, and the focus is still purely the mystery, then I'm all for it.

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The thought just occurred to me that even if there is no love line between then (& I really hope there isn't) SunJae and Jaeyi would make a really good partner duo.

The show could be setting them up for when Kwang-ho finally returns to 1986. She could just step in an work with him as his consulting partner on his cases.

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I got the feeling that sunjae recognised jae yi from before . That's why he connected to her faster than the others.

Maybe he met her as kids.

If u watch that scene from first episode carefully where he first laid eyes on her thru the window

a light of recognition goes up in eyes.

What do u guys think ?

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A nuance of subtitles is that humour or intent of humour can get lost in translation. In the restaurant scene, those unfamiliar with honorifics will miss out on why the waitress gave Kwang-ho the side eye and why lonely shining goblin went bug eye at the police station when Sung Sik addressed Kwang-ho formally. It's always interesting to see if translators will include that information in the subtitles.

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Yup agree. When I started watching KDramas years ago, I didn't mind how it was translated as long as it won't affect the story. But when I started to learn korean through watching variety shows, I learned those important language nuances that get lost in translations. Good thing now I can understand.

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Unfortunately, the subtitles I had to work with didn't give any indication of the nuances. I was puzzled why the waitress gave KH the side eye, and what SS said after until I read the recap and your comment.

I love the instant camaraderie SS and KH had when they found out about each other's identities. It's like their affection for each other never faded for the past thirty years, SS that is. I love their chemistry.

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I think we can bluntly say it: DramaFever doesn't pass on those subtleties, you have to listen for them yourself. Also it seems to have an editorial policy of using a person's name regardless of if they're referred to by a title or relation: superior, brother, ma'am, president/rep, you have to kind of learn these actual words or you don't correctly read the relationship between people.

This lead to the famous line in Healer where he said "Ahjumma, so your name was Min-Ja?" get translated as "Min-Ja, so your name was Min-Ja?"

Seriously would it have killed them to translate Ahjumma as Ma'am???

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4 episodes in and I'm already in love.

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Me too! I am so hooked :)

It's bee a while since I tried a procedural but this one is awesome: it works for me because it manages to have light moments without taking away from the complexity of the case at hand. Also, I already love all of the main characters.

I also immediately fell in love with the pilot episode of Mystery Queen. I thought the aujumma would be a wannabe flake, but she is actually brilliant which is 10 times more awesome than I expected!

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Woah what an ending!! I absolutely loved that the serial killer went to confession then WALKED OUT OF THE CHURCH LIKE A BOSS

Are we still sticking to the theory that Jae yi is Kwang Ho's daughter? So far we don't know much about her biological parents but we do know that she was adopted and those parents died

I wonder what happened to his wife??? Its so weird that she vanished. Why didn't they think too look for her oarents to see if they know where she is??

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Yes! I was surprised the man went to church to confess his crimes and even had the intention to stop killing. I wonder if we will have a back story on him because I am interested to find out why he has second thoughts about killing women, and yet continues with it. So he also travels through time, like KH since the seventh woman is found in 2016?

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Not 7th but 5th victim.

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No, the seventh victim was killed in this episode in 2016.
The killer then went to confession afterwards.

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Maybe someone mentioned this before but going back to episodes 1 it is obvious the contrast of red the director used during the scenes.
It seems that at the time of the real murders people were really paranoid about using red given that they believed that was the method the murderer used to choose his victims. This has been used in various Korean shows and movies were the murders are depicted for example "Memories of Murder" and "Signal" (although in signal it wasn't given much importance)

This might also be used in this show and it might even be given as an important clue because there was a lot of red in episode 1, heck even his flashlight was red.
Thanks for the recap Saya :)

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Jung Ho-Young is the name of the high school kid who murdered and buried dogs (what a sicko!) from Ep 1 right?! Man! If they are one and the same and he turns out to be the serial killer, then Kwang-ho was right in suspecting him all along.

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I kinda hope he is the same perpetrator because 2 serial killers on the loose is yoo horrifying. But I doubt it since he was Sun-jae's personal failure. If he is indeed the one and same killer, that means he has killed other women since those 6 dots murder, and used a different method or signature since cops didn't connect it to the dots murder. Why? Is there any difference in the way he picked his victims? And also why now he started to continue the dots murder again? Maybe we really are dealing with 2 perpetrators here. *shiver*

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I do think there's 2 perpetrator too and they are connected somehow, like partner or mentor and mentee

That high school kid have an alibi in the past dot murder, but from sun jae reaction of the killing method, i do think he also killed women via strangulation. This make me think that yeah, we have two killer with similar method but different mark

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Maybe he is the present one who went back in time and did the killings and the younger self might have known about him sooner or later

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me also thought the same!

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Thanks! I was wondering where I heard that name from. He has finally graduated from killing dogs to killing women? The guy in the church looked too old to be him, if he were to travel through time.

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Tae-hee and Min-ha (we need a name for this pair—ideas?)

How about Tae- Min

Or better yet Hee-ha
cause they're for comedy relief

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When one of them went for the retro 80s fashion style, I laughed. For some reason, KH wore the fashion better than him. He really looked like an old dud in that suit. Haha.

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@HallyuMint, I was going to suggest "Dynamic Duo", but I love Hee-Ha!

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This drama is just that good guys! My dad had to sleep at 2 a.m. today since he wanted to finish watching all 4 episodes with my sister and I. He was supposed to go to bed but got sidetracked by the first episode. Nearing the end of episode 4, he was all like "Is this the last episode?", "How many episodes altogether?" and "How come the drama is still not finished?" So I had to explain that the drama is still ongoing. And he was definitely not happy with my answer :'D

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Man this episode was hard for me, that stabbing scene.Anything that are kids related is very hard to watch even though back of your mind you know they are acting and the kids are fine.

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I knew the name of that Wanted Serial Killer that Sung Jae is after sounded familiar,it's the highschool kid Kwang Ho caughted killing the poor dogs...There must be two options,the future Jung Ho Young found the tunnel and returned to the past and did the killings or the young one did it,yet by the siluette of the killer from ep 1 it looked like an adult so it must have been the present one doing it or the 3ed the both are working together as my bet is the younger one hit him back then with the rock in the tunnel..No wonder Kwang Ho found his name familiar in the present and his instinct was so spot on in the past when he told his Chief that he was sure he was the criminal...

Hmmm,i think one of the possible variables of the tunnel might be the hour...The serial killings in the past always were between a interval,so maybe in that time frame the line between past and future is crossable

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I think the time travel has some connection with wife blowing the whistle.The whistle has to have a function.

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Like you, I think the serial killer travelled to the past (as a grown man) and killed the women.

Whilst in that time his young self was practising his skill by killing dogs.

I don't know how the tunnel/time travel works but I am convinced he travelled back in time to commit the crimes & then returned to the present.

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I quite like the show but I don't have anything to say about it. I'm surprised Saya found it so rich in character studies, because even after reading her (forgive the hetero normative assumption) analysis, I don't see what she saw.

To me it's a fun, enjoyable but not thought-provoking ride.

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The case this week seemed a bit too straightforward. I wasn't surprised at all about the culprits. I kinda felt like the show wanted a way to introduce Jae Yi's past by having her connect with Dong Woo's sister. She did seem less intimidating now that we've learned more about her though.

I like the budding relationship between her and Sun Jae. I don't ship them though. I'd rather see them and Kwang Ho all be friends.

The reunion between Sung Shik and Kwang Ho was adorkable and sweet! Sung Shik's little mistakes cracked me up too.

Now I can understand Sun Jae's cold attitude towards Kwang Ho because his past partner supposedly caused them to lose the serial killer Jung Ho Young. And Kwang Ho has been finding clues and moving their investigations forward more than SJ has.

I hope Dr. Mok is not the killer. That's not surprising.

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I can't believe that he cannot remember how jung ho-young is, but could totally remember the car plate number of the other kwang ho

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Sung Shik can't find KH's wife... maybe she also time traveled? Lol. Maybe she went there one day, and when she crossed the end, she appeared in the future just like her husband. That's why her records are missing like KH's...

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Kwango Ho's records are missing because of the fire at the police station 30 years ago.But what about the wife's?

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I love this show.Its my first crime Kdrama and its so perfect.

Last week I was worried about the love line between Detective Goodlooking and Jaeyi because I didn't understand her character and found her unbalanced and scary.

However, after hearing her back story and seeing that she isn't actually a serial killer/ murderer herself, I think I will be able to see her and Sunjae get together.

Anyway, the murder in this episode really made me sad purely because it was so unnecessary.

Great plot though. So many questions still unanswered, so much story left to tell.
The next episode cant come fast enough.

(P.s: thanks for the recap)

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did this theory ever came up? That Sung-Jae might be our Kwang-Ho's child? Because that would be a blast of a discovery after that fist fight lmao

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imagine kwang ho and his wife had a son and it turned out to be sun jae who changed his name in this 30 year forward timeline

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Finally, this episode kind of showed something more of Jae Yi ( i swear i got creepy vibes from her initially and she really seemed scary to me) and somehow, with her telling her story to the little girl, i could at least connect with her just a little bit.

When she smiled and waved at the little girl, she seemed so very normal though her smile was bittersweet, and i really really want to see her real smile at the end of this drama. She must have suffered a lot when she got framed for killing her adopted parents. I feel so bad for her..

When Dr. Mok asked Sujae, what if he became a doctor? I was like , No thank you! I had enough of f Yoon Hyun Min ( Sunjae) frustrating heart surgeon character in Beautiful Mind, i just dont want to replay it.

Surprisingly, i did not think of suspecting Dr.Mok as the killed, but now that i think about it, he really might be, the voice and the profile.

Did the killer time travel ? or are there two killers ? Did someone just imitate like the previous murders? So many questions with many theories. The whistle though is really an important element here.

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I think that the killer knows something about the tunnel. But I think that it's either the same killer or the one in 2016 is the son/descendant of the one back in 1986.

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