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Tunnel: Episode 7

Oh my god, this episode! Tunnel brings its best game yet as everything converges this hour to bring twists, reveals, and reversals that keep you on the very edge of your seat nibbling away at your nails. Our two mismatched detectives lock horns as secrets come to the fore, and the whole affair as we know it is set on its head with what they find out…

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

We open with a scene we’ve seen before: Young Park Kwang-ho tears down a highway in panic, nearly hitting our Kwang-ho before speeding off, hotly pursued by another car.

This time, we follow the chase. We see young Kwang-ho was drugged by his attacker earlier, and his driving becomes increasingly erratic. He struggles to remain conscious, but his pursuer finally forces him off the road and his car hurtles down a ravine.

Somehow still alive, Kwang-ho flees from the wreckage, but his pursuer creeps up on him. After an intense struggle, he’s overpowered, and his attacker chokes him slowly to death. He leaves Kwang-ho’s body in the open, just like that. I’m so sad right now.

In the present, Sun-jae comes upon the body half-hidden under fallen leaves. He quickly searches its pockets and comes out with young Kwang-ho’s police ID. Back at the wreckage, he finds nothing until he steps on something in the dirt—it’s Kwang-ho’s wallet, which holds his driver’s license. He compares it to the ID card, shocked by the familiar name with its unknown face.

Meanwhile, our Kwang-ho and Sung-shik are busy retracing young Kwang-ho’s last known steps, which in this case is the speed camera that caught his car. Sung-shik worries about the young officer but says that they can’t launch an official search either, because it will expose our Kwang-ho.

At the site of the body, Sun-jae mulls over Kwang-ho’s text and finally makes a call, asking someone to come over. Night falls with Sun-jae still standing guard over the body, and he thinks it’s too far from the car to be from an accident. Was he running away? he asks himself.

He raises his gun at the sound of footsteps, until he realizes that it’s Dr. Mok. Sun-jae shows him the body, and taking a closer look, Dr. Mok guesses he’s been dead some time. He agrees to keep the body a secret for now, and Sun-jae asks him to find out the man’s identity and how he died. (But but but shouldn’t there be a forensic examination of the scene before you move the body??)

On the drive back, Kwang-ho calls the car to a sudden stop, startling Sung-shik. But it turns out that it’s just to make a pit stop at a dumpling place, which seems to mean something to Kwang-ho, although he doesn’t explain.

“Oh right, do you have some money?” Kwang-ho asks. Sung-shik reluctantly hands over his wallet, and Kwang-ho exclaims at the array of notes, especially the 50,000 won one. Which he pockets. Hahaha.

Later, Kwang-ho knocks at Jae-yi’s door (still calling her “agasshi”). When she finally opens it, he offers her the bag of dumplings, but she just closes the door in his face. Still, he somehow ends up at her table and explains that he brought the dumplings because he thought she’d have trouble with her injured hand.

“I don’t like dumplings,” she says, before telling him to eat them himself. Exasperated, he says that she really does match well with Sun-jae: “You’re both rude.” With a grin, he adds that they should just get married, and she dourly leaves the table.

Left alone, Kwang-ho grows quiet over the rejected dumplings. “Yeon-sook liked dumplings so much,” he says soberly to himself.

In his dark apartment, he turns his new smartphone over in his hands until he eventually dials a number which gives him an error message. But he talks into the silence anyway: “Have you been doing well, Yeon-sook-ah?”

Sojourning to the past again, we join Yeon-sook knitting (pink) baby clothes as she talks to her bump about Kwang-ho. “No matter where he went, your father used to call me,” she tells it. “If he knew I had you, he would call even more often,” she says, giving way to tears.

In the present, Kwang-ho smiles as he tells her about cell phones, and then sighs. “Although I can call you anytime… Yeon-sook-ah, wait just a little longer. I will definitely come back,” he promises.

The next day, Sun-jae recalls how Kwang-ho said that he was “not that Park Kwang-ho.” A perplexed Dr. Mok calls him in for the autopsy results and reveals that the cause of death was deliberate asphyxiation.

“If this man is Park Kwang-ho, who is the Corporal Park we know?” he asks Sun-jae in rising agitation. But Sun-jae warns him to keep quiet, saying that he has to find out who Park Kwang-ho is first.

Sun-jae gets his car dusted for prints, claiming it was broken into. In actuality, it’s to lift and analyze our Kwang-ho’s fingerprints, but he’s flummoxed when they come up with no matches in the system whatsoever. Who on earth are you? he thinks, as he watches Kwang-ho amble into the police station.

Kwang-ho checks in for information about the pursuing car, but it’s not a registered vehicle. Tae-hee complains about Sung-shik and Kwang-ho doing their own secret investigations, but Sung-shik just brushes it off.

“If it’s nothing, why can’t you tell us?” Sun-jae asks. Kwang-ho blusters that they’re on the same side—… “Exactly, we’re on the same side, but I don’t know who you are,” Sun-jae cuts in.

Unsettled, Kwang-ho heads off, taking Sung-shik with him. They talk about the pursuer’s car, and Sung-shik explains that they can’t track an unregistered vehicle. With no luck finding young Kwang-ho’s car either, they turn instead to his call records.

Sun-jae searches Kwang-ho’s empty drawers again and only finds the discarded box of his new phone in the bin. He’s puzzled to discover Kwang-ho’s number is registered to Sung-shik, and is also certain he overheard Sung-shik calling Kwang-ho “Sunbae-nim” that time. But that makes no sense, he thinks.

Tae-hee confronts him angrily when he goes though Sung-shik’s desk, but it doesn’t stop him. Finding a handwritten note with “Sunbaenim’s address,” Sun-jae heads off.

Meanwhile, Sung-shik and Kwang-ho track down the location where the last call young Kwang-ho received was made: a public payphone. It turns out to be in his registered hometown, and Sung-shik notes that it’s a remote spot without CCTV.

Sun-jae arrives at Kwang-ho’s address and finds the door unlocked. (Whyyyy?) Taking in the sparse furnishings and still-sealed boxes, he notes the name of young Kwang-ho’s former precinct on the labels and also finds the transfer order and speeding ticket on his desk. Recognizing the license plate as the same as the wreck, he begins to connect the dots. “Then… did that bastard kill the real Park Kwang-ho and assume his identity?” he wonders.

Sung-shik and Kwang-ho question a group of ajummas about who might’ve called young Kwang-ho. They learn about a Mrs. Kim who was Kwang-ho’s neighbor and something of a surrogate mother to him since his parents died, but she already passed away three months earlier. They note disapprovingly that Kwang-ho didn’t even come then.

The detectives explore Mrs. Kim’s empty house but find nothing of note. Sung-shik wonders if anyone told young Kwang-ho about her death, and Kwang-ho guesses the young man would have come had he known. As they leave, neither of them notices a phone lying half-hidden in the dirt.

Sun-jae acquires young Kwang-ho’s police personnel records, but he’s no closer to figuring out why our Kwang-ho is impersonating him.

Next, Sung-shik and Kwang-ho visit the person who made that last call. He and young Kwang-ho had studied for the police entrance exams together, and he says young Kwang-ho was looking forward to his transfer to Violent Crimes since there was something he wanted to investigate properly. That day, he called to congratulate Kwang-ho, and his friend had told him he’d gotten into something wrong. But that’s all he can tell the detectives.

On the way back, Kwang-ho wonders what the young man had been investigating. He tells Sung-shik to head to young Kwang-ho’s old precinct so they can find out more.

Sun-jae shares his findings—or rather, total lack of them—about Imposter Kwang-ho with Dr. Mok, wondering why he’d go so far as to steal an identity. “That would depend on what he wanted to hide, wouldn’t it?” Dr. Mok replies.

Night finds Sun-jae at young Kwang-ho’s old precinct. Uh oh! He hears that someone else has been asking about young Kwang-ho, and just as he asks who, the officer points behind Sun-jae—at our Kwang-ho, who’s just come in.

The men are surprised to see each other. After a tense moment, Kwang-ho (badly) styles out that he’s here to see his old colleagues, and he and Sung-shik bundle Sun-jae outside. Once there, Sun-jae demands an explanation.

Kwang-ho spins a story about some guy impersonating him, and says he came here because he heard the guy had been here. They don’t know that Park Kwang-ho is dead, Sun-jae thinks to himself.

Aloud, Sun-jae says, “I heard that, too,” and suggests the two of them find the imposter together. Plucking the call record sheet from Kwang-ho’s hand, he tells him to be ready the next morning. Once he’s gone, Sung-shik yells at him for not staying in the car like he told him.

What on earth are they hiding? Sun-jae wonders on his drive back. Consulting Jae-yi, he asks, “Did he kill that man and steal his identity?” She points out that they wouldn’t be looking for him if they killed him and advises him to ask himself if he thinks that person (ah, he hasn’t revealed Kwang-ho) could kill someone. She notes perceptively that he would already have arrested them had he thought that.

The next day, Kwang-ho dawdles at his door, reproaching himself for not listening to Sung-shik. He turns with a groan only to be met by Sun-jae, who shouldn’t know where he lives. “There’s not much I don’t know, apart from you,” Sun-jae tells him before ordering Kwang-ho to follow him.

Jae-yi hands back her class’s murder weapon assignments, but one girl doesn’t receive hers. Jae-yi reveals her A-grade to the class, saying it was because she examined why a murderer would use a pair of stockings.

Called on to explain, the student says she chose them because they wouldn’t leave fingerprints. But after experimenting on herself, she realized that killing someone with stockings was actually hard, because they stretch and keep stretching. She concluded the motive in using stockings was because the murderer took pleasure in the killing. Jae-yi reveals that there is such a murderer in Korea, though he has yet to be caught.

Kwang-ho makes various attempts to stall their trip, but unperturbed, Sun-jae continues driving. They meet another man from the call list, and Sun-jae introduces Kwang-ho as the real Kwang-ho who had his identity stolen. But the man had only called the number on a car that was blocking his, so he never actually met him. “Where was that?” Kwang-ho asks.

The detectives arrive at a noraebang (Kwang-ho: “Noraebang? So if you sing, you get money?”) but find it empty. Sun-jae goes off to search the building for the owner, but accidentally leaves his phone behind.

It rings with a call from his father. After a moment’s hesitation, Kwang-ho answers it. He introduces himself as Sun-jae’s colleague and remarks that Dad’s voice sounds familiar. Sun-jae comes back for his phone just as Dad hangs up and snatches it back from Kwang-ho.

Just then, the owner returns. Kwang-ho asks him why the other Kwang-ho sought him out. “He asked me if I knew a woman who died in a tunnel thirty years ago,” the owner reveals, to Kwang-ho’s great shock.

“What’s this? How did that guy know?” he puzzles, mostly to himself. But the owner says that’s exactly what he thought. He reveals that the woman who died in the tunnel was his sister. Jaw practically on the floor, Kwang-ho exclaims, “Jin Seon-mi?” and the owner confirms that was her name.

Confused, Sun-jae asks what that case was, and the owner tells him that thirty years ago, there was a string of murders of young women where the culprit was never caught. Young Kwang-ho had told him there were no records for the case and had asked him if he knew anything about the culprit. “He talked about a man, someone he was following,” he says, but can’t tell them anything else, since young Kwang-ho never came back after that.

The pieces begin to come together for Kwang-ho. “So it was this. That’s why he was the first person I ran into when I first came. He found something out,” he whispers to himself. Fed up with the cryptic comments, Sun-jae demands that Kwang-ho explain himself, but caught up in the whirl of his own thoughts, Kwang-ho runs out.

Jae-yi examines her Jung Ho-young evidence board. She notes how similar the victims are, and that they’re all wearing skirts. Retrieving her recorder, she replays a snippet of her interview with Lee Seon-ok (from Episode 2) which we haven’t heard before.

Lee had told her about a friend of hers, Hwang Chun-hee, who died (in Episode 1). “I didn’t kill her,” she said. She recounted that Chun-hee always wore trousers, but some man told her she’d look pretty in a skirt. A few days later, she was found dead with stockings wrapped around her neck. Noting that all the incidents took place in Hwayang, she calls Dean Hong to find her some case records.

Sun-jae thinks over the noraebang interview on his drive back. Like Jin Seon-mi, his mother’s death was also thirty years ago, also without any case records. He wonders if this could be the case Jung Ho-young was talking about, and also wonders how on earth Kwang-ho could know about it.

At the station, Kwang-ho is told that young Kwang-ho’s car was found. Sun-jae sees him sprinting into a taxi just as he arrives back, and follows.

Kwang-ho reaches the site of the wreck, but can’t find any sign of young Kwang-ho. “Surely he’s not… No, he must be hiding somewhere,” he tells himself, “You have to be alive.” He’s shocked when he comes face-to-face with Sun-jae.

“Who are you looking for?” Sun-jae demands. “Is it this guy?” he asks, holding up young Kwang-ho’s driving license. “You’re the one who stole the real Park Kwang-ho’s identity,” he accuses. “Why did you steal a police officer’s identity? Did you kill Park Kwang-ho? Did you?” he shouts.

At that, horror fills Kwang-ho’s face. “What? Park Kwang-ho is dead?” he asks. He can’t be dead, he says to himself, he can’t. Reading him his rights, Sun-jae arrests him for the murder of Park Kwang-ho.

Appalled, Kwang-ho says, “You asked who I was, right? Would you believe me if I said I came from the past?” Sun-jae stares, calling him a mad bastard. But that’s why he couldn’t say it, Kwang-ho says.

Sun-jae yells that someone died, and Kwang-ho shouts back, “Exactly! In a situation where I’m under arrest as a murderer, why would I say something so insane? Why? Because it’s the truth. Whether you believe it or not, I came from the past!” But he gets no quarter from Sun-jae.

Dean Hong tells Jae-yi that there’s no record for Chun-hee’s murder. Jae-yi is nevertheless certain that Lee Seon-ok was telling the truth, since Choon-hee fit Jung Ho-young’s victim type, and they were both in Hwayang at the time. She wonders if his first murder was actually thirty years ago, not ten, like the police think.

Elsewhere, Sun-jae’s dad returns home and finds his wife passed out on the floor. Meanwhile, Kwang-ho continues to protest his innocence to Sun-jae. He even reminds Sun-jae of how he cuffed him when he first saw him and says that it was because he thought he was an intruder—his desk now was Kwang-ho’s desk in 1986.

“I was working at Hwayang Police Station thirty years ago too,” he asserts. “Not as Corporal Park Kwang-ho, but Sergeant Park Kwang-ho. Park Kwang-ho with ten years in the Violent Crimes Division!”

Sun-jae remains totally unconvinced, and Kwang-ho snaps, “Hey, do you see me as a person who can murder someone? If you had said the same thing to me, I would’ve believed you, you jerk.” He points him to Sung-shik for proof, telling Sun-jae that they worked together thirty years ago, when he was Sung-shik’s superior.

Jae-yi tries to call Sun-jae, but he doesn’t pick up. Meanwhile, from the hospital where his wife was admitted, Sun-jae’s dad tries to call him too.

At the station, Sung-shik is shocked to learn that the car he was looking for (young Kwang-ho’s) was found, because he never got the message. Just as he scolds the junior officer, Sun-jae arrives, pushing a handcuffed Kwang-ho ahead of him. Eyes widening, Sung-shik orders everyone else out.

Sun-jae accuses Sung-shik of helping Kwang-ho despite knowing that he killed a police officer and stole his identity. He refuses to remove the handcuffs and informs the chief that he’s arrested “this fake Kwang-ho” for murder. But Sung-shik is just as horrified to learn that young Park Kwang-ho is dead. “So what you’re saying is… this Kwang-ho killed that Kwang-ho?” he asks.

“Isn’t it?” Sun-jae shoots back. Sung-shik blows up at him, referring to Kwang-ho as “Sunbae-nim” again, which makes Sun-jae crazy. “It’s the truth!” Sung-shik yells. He rips a picture out of his wallet and shows him the team photo from 1986, with Kwang-ho right there in the middle. He even tells him to check Kwang-ho’s fingerprints, predicting he’ll find nothing.

Looking from one man to the other, Sun-jae finally looks at the photo, where the resemblance obviously startles him. “I couldn’t believe it at first, but it’s the same person,” Sung-shik says.

Jae-yi ends up at the restaurant Kwang-ho had told her he got the dumplings from. She takes a bite, and the taste evokes a childhood memory of being fed (the same?) dumplings.

Leaning against a wall, Sun-jae tells Kwang-ho not to say a word. “You still can’t believe it?” Kwang-ho asks. Worried that the news about young Kwang-ho is really true, Sung-shik questions them both, though Kwang-ho refers him to Sun-jae for answers.

“Didn’t I tell you not to say anything?” Sun-jae growls. They’re caught in a standoff when a voice asks for Sun-jae: His father has come all the way to the station in search of him… but he freezes at the sight of Kwang-ho.

“Detective Park? Is it really you?” Dad asks, “You look exactly the same.” He tells him that he’s the husband of Seo Yi-soo, the fourth dot-murder victim, and Kwang-ho and Sung-shik both gasp as recognition dawns.

“Wait, then… Sun-jae…” Kwang-ho falters, recalling the baby back then. He snaps around to face Sun-jae and thinks, You were Seo Yi-soo’s son? That Sun-jae?

 
COMMENTS

Omo, omo, omo! This is so good, I’m flailing and dying and oh my god, help!! Never has it been so hard not to immediately reach for the next episode. Okay, I need a drink.

Where to even start. Young Kwang-ho’s death? That surprised me. Last week, I was worried that his character was thrown away for a cheap shock, but it’s really working in the story. I still would have liked him to remain as a counter-character to our Kwang-ho, but his death changes the stakes in a way that makes things feel much more urgent and dangerous. Once again, Tunnel succeeds in making a character with very little screen time leave a strong emotional impact, although maybe I’m reacting to the sense of tragedy and unfinished quality in his efforts, and that he doesn’t ultimately form a part of our story going forward.

I always think absolute disbelief is the most sensible reaction to someone telling you that they travelled through time. Pictures can be doctored, people can be coached, it can be a very elaborate trick—but that’s real life. For story purposes, I need Sun-jae to believe Kwang-ho quickly, and I think his dad just tipped the balance.

On a side note, I’m absolutely certain Sun-jae will never unlock those handcuffs himself, even when he comes to believe Kwang-ho. And I find this endlessly entertaining, because think about it—do any of you see him unlocking them? It’s such a funny statement about his personality. I’m pretty sure we all like him without feeling conflicted about it, but not backing down when you’re wrong is generally considered a flaw, yet I don’t feel that way about Sun-jae at all. For all his prickliness, he’s endearingly simple, and there’s no malice in his character even when he’s harsh.

It’s funny how similar he is to Kwang-ho on the inside after all, despite their fairly opposite exteriors. Sun-jae tends to blow cool, whereas Kwang-ho is full of ready affection. I’ve been following a few of the comments criticizing Kwang-ho’s behavior as boorish, especially towards Jae-yi, but I find it hard to see him that way.

He’s certainly earned Jae-yi’s indifference and occasionally chilly treatment—as far as she knows, he’s a bumptious detective who insists on calling her agasshi when she’s a professor—BUT context matters, so I don’t think it’s fair for the omniscient viewer to judge Kwang-ho’s behavior against modern sensibilities when he literally stepped out from the ’80s. In his world, women participated in society in different ways, so a young woman studying serial killers (which, remember, didn’t even exist as a concept for him in his time) is, at the very least, an oddity which he has to find context for ihn the new world he’s coming to know. I find it quite similar to his absolute inability to see Sun-jae as either superior or senior, evidenced by his persisting use of banmal with him despite the fact that as a police lieutenant, Sun-jae outranks him even in his past life.

Right now, I think he calls Jae-yi “agasshi” out of habit more than anything, but just like he quickly acknowledged Sun-jae’s skill, he also recognizes hers (especially when his matchmaking arose from his comment about how they make a great crime-fighting team!). If anything, he’s like an embarrassing dad who talks a little too candidly for comfort, and considering that he’s sure to turn out to be Jae-yi’s real dad, I find the whole dynamic hilarious and quirkily adorable. It’s genuinely fun to see Jae-yi constantly shut him down and not give him the time of day, but it’s also fun to see him completely unfazed by it. Go Dad! I really find him the model of an old-fashioned man: a little on the gruff side, but kind, with a protective instinct that sometimes makes him come off harsh. He’s also been working violent crimes for ten years, and that requires a certain amount of steel that ends up staying with you.

As for where the story went this hour, Young Kwang-ho’s last moves raise a lot of new (and thrilling) questions. I feel certain that the man he was looking for in the end was actually our Kwang-ho, but like our team, my big question is, just how did he know about the cases from thirty years ago? What is his relationship to our team? If he’s not connected to them, then who is he connected to? I briefly considered that he could perhaps be Yeon-sook’s second child with another man, but that doesn’t fit her character.

Though it saddens me, I think the chances that Yeon-sook is still alive in 2016 are very slim. She would never abandon her baby, and she strikes me the kind of person who would hold out hope to the very end that Kwang-ho would come back, and so stay right where he left her. If she’s not there, it means something happened. And of course, if we’re assuming Jae-yi is her daughter, we know she was adopted at the age of six. Since it’s been heavily foreshadowed, my guess is that Jae-yi’s parentage will be revealed very soon. This show handles some of its timing really masterfully, such as the many reveals this episode, but its central character ones are a little clumsier, which saps the tension a little. Nevertheless, I’m staying right here with my tea and biscuits, ready for whatever Tunnel wants to throw at me next.

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This episode is so good from beginning to end! Now that all secrets are out, I hope that Kwang-ho and Sun-jae could start helping each other, especially since they chase the same enemy

I really hope that Sun-jae will trust Dr. Mok less since I got the vibe of Choi Woo-young in I Remember You in him. It's not him who did the murder but he orchestrated it

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What is wrong with Dr Mok? Has he appeared in the 80s? I don't remember seeing him in 1986?

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Dr Mok gives me goose bumps sometimes, feel like he's hiding something.

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As far as I know, he haven't appear in any scenes of 1986 before.....

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I've been thinking of Choi Woo-young since we've been introduced to Dr. Mok, too. I really don't trust him. Maybe it's the shared profession, but there's just something about him that doesn't sit right with me.

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We don't trust any forensic doctors who are close to one of the lead cast anymore, ever since the drama I Remember You....LOL !!

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That ending gave me goosebumps

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Me too! Even though we knew who everyone was, the reveal gave me chills!

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I was wondering about the great reveal about Kwang-ho's identity, how would they do it? When would the best moment to do it? I'm very happy with what they've done, it is the most satisfactory way to do it, packing the most punch! Love this show a lot, it's hard to wait every week for the new episodes!

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I think this has been one of the most coherent episodes so far haha and it was exciting from the start to the end!

Can't wait for bromance / team hjinks now :P

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I'm practically holding my breath all eps long. It's just so good.

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Finallyyyyyyyyyy! It was so unnerving to wait for this reveal, but it is finally here! So ready for some bromance now. I bet these two will turn into a great team now :)

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This episode is really good. It makes truly the distinctive to Signal. Now I can see Tunnel as its own drama.

Yoon Hyun-Min looks really good in this drama.
Choi Jin-Hyuk is younger than Hyun Min but look and act much older.
I didnt like Lee Yoo-Young at first. She has a very distance look. But as the drama goes by im warm up to her character.

So at the end we will catch the curpit. But will he able to travel back in time?

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Drama Wiki says Choi was born Feb '85 and Yoon in Apr '85 making them the same age.

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Wikipedia says Choi was born in Feb 1986

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If I rmb correctly, Signal is a more serious kind of drama, what I love more about Tunnel is that it has a little subtle comical feel in some scenes yet not overdone, a couple of touching scenes that moved you to tears and the big suspense on the serial killing etc...

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For me, Signal is the best drama ever, and Tunnel is close to it! And you're right, there were no funny moments in Signal, while here there are some funny moments (Kwang-Ho's reactions to technology in present time made me giggle quite often).

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You know what, I am going to call Sun Jae - Baby Sun Jae after this episode. No matter how much a baby has grown, he'll always be a baby in his parents' eyes. I think that is how Kwang Ho feels. He must have carried baby Sun Jae a number of times, wiped his snot or maybe even changed his diapers!

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And it will be really in character for Kwang-ho to feel responsible for Sun-jae, no matter how much he has grown up. He is still that baby he felt guilty for never catching his mom's murderer. I hope Kwang-ho's attempt to make up for all that will soften Sun-jae, just like what happened to his reluctant relationship with Jae-yi now.

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I agree that Kwang-ho will now see Sun-jae as the baby that he was, and not the annoying brat who never answers him. I think it's an instinctive and subconscious recalibrating that he can't control - jerk-face cop is now sweet little innocent toddler who lost his momma.

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I rmb how baby Sun Jae cried so badly when his mum died, the scene whereby his father was weeping over his wife's body and finding the tie she has bought for him before she died....it was as if baby Sun Jae instinctly knew that his mum has died :(

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Wow, the best episode, episode 8 as well...for those who have not watch epi 8, it will be even better and more truth would be revealed in it !! It was so nice that I rewatched epi 8 already :)

Can't believe that that cute baby has literally grown up to be a "nasty cold guy"...haha, kidding....

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Oh yah and just to add, I know many of us have been suspecting the present timeline forensic doctor, I mean I wonder what will baby Sun Jae react to it if he find out that the serial killer who killed his mother is his (close) friend and he always play chess with him !! OMG! Though all is not certain for now, I'm just thinking how mad Sun Jae would be....okay and so far they have put our mindset (Kwang Ho and Sunjae too) into thinking that that 1986 dog-killer is the serial killer behind all the female victims but I think maybe there will be a twist later?? Though this drama has been giving viewers a lot of obvious hints on who is the daughter and who is Sunjae etc, I hope they won't go so obvious so to that dog-killer is the serial killer...I mean, I hope they won't reveal it so early in the show and it is actually a red herring to suspect the wrong person.... if there isn't a twist after episode 8 on who is the serial killer, then there won't be much suspense left ...since all the secrets are out ....

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I'm enjoying this show so much. The characters are so endearing. The whole police squad feel like real people and they all have their endearing quirks. I love the way Kwang Ho interacts with people, especially Jae Yi and Sun Jae. I also just absolutely love how the Chief treats Kwang Ho (Sunbaenim). Awesome.

Somehow I find the twists that we see coming, comforting? I like that we can see how it's going to turn out (daughter as well) because it makes me anticipate the reaction all the more. Episode 8 and Kwang Ho with Sun Jae was so incredibly satisfying. I'll hold off on discussing more until then.

This show just keeps growing on me.

Like other commenters I have to concur - that Doctor is dodgy. Also shouldn't he have noticed that young Kwang Ho had been drugged prior to the strangling.

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The scene when Sun Jae asked the Dr Mok to the forest to see the 1988 Park Kwang Ho's body, when he saw it, he don't have any shock or surprise reaction??? Since he already know that the body was there .... haha.....plus he keep talking to himself on some weird lines, like choosing to hide in the light instead of in the dark etc etc, it might be another red herring to mislead us, but still ........I think the plot might go the "Hello Monster" and "Gap Dong" way...2 serial killers maybe, one main one and another one who wants to copycat him??

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You are right. The characters in this show are all very endearing with all their little quirks. Even the side characters like Min-ha and Tae-hee, who mostly providing comedic moments are well-rounded characters. They never fall into bumbling idiots category, and we can see that they are clearly competent in their field.

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OMG OMG OMG!
So Jaeyi COULD be Kwangho's daughter? And Sunjae COULD be Kwangho (possible, future) son-in-law? *goosebumps*

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I kept thinking that in the earlier episode, on the constant rain and flood but Jae Yi went to the rest stop to investigate the murder case..later Sun Jae got to know that his chief did not ask her to come, then how did she know to go there?? (another little mystery)....I got a hunch that she is stalking Sun Jae instead, although Sun Jae has been very forward with her to tell her that he will stalk her. There is also a slight hint that she also have a light crush on him.....

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I wonder how much his opinion on those two getting married will change once Kwang-ho knows how each of them are related to him. I hope we see that soon!

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I'm still holding out (irrationally) for some time hijinks to happen again and young Kwang-Ho to survive. Really, all the scenes we've seen him in are when the poor guy is dying to nearly dead to dead-dead.

Also, Yoon Hyun Min is kiiiiilling this. For some reason I feel a lot more invested in Sun Jae than I expected, even more so than I feel invested in Kwang-Ho.

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He really is. Choi Jin Hyuk is really amazing, it's so hard for an actor to act as a bad actor - and his character can't lie for shit.

Hyun Min did the right thing dumping his pro baseball career for acting.

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I want a time re-jiggering, too. For our Park Kwang-ho to go back in time to his Yeon-sookie, catch Jung Ho-young for the "current" 1980s murders (before he can kill the women in the cases Sun-jae knows), give closure to the murder victims' families, and raise his baby happily. Then Sun-jae won't leave home so angry at his dad, Jae-yi would grow up with her loving family and not be adopted (by a possibly crazy / murderous adoptive mother) then suspected for murder*, and other Park Kwang-ho can live his life without being murdered.

*I have nothing against adoption - in general it's wonderful. It's just that because she was adopted as a slightly older child and she froze when she saw her house on fire she was later suspected of having killed her adoptive parents. It was the adoption that was the tipping point in her being suspected, I think. Not running into a burning house is the normal reaction, and in the flashbacks it looked like the house was fully engulfed (not just some smoke curling out a window or something) when Jae-yi arrived. Stop pointing accusing fingers at a clearly horrified and paralyzed child!

I think the two incredibly traumatic events (being adopted at age six means that she either had been living in an orphanage, bounced around between different families, or suddenly lost her birth family - none of which are stellar starts, and then the loss of her adoptive parents coupled with suddenly being suspected of murder) explain a lot of her adult personality. If you don't form friendships, you can't get hurt. Even her relationship with Dean Hong seems a bit distant, with Dean Hong trying for more closeness. So if only we can turn back time, maybe we can get more happy endings / current situations. Please?

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Same. I really hope that Kwang-ho can make it back to be there for his family and to save young Kwang-ho. I'm torn between wanting a "fairy tale" ending even in a genre that usually doesn't prescribe to that and wanting a "realistic" ending where we have to accept that heartbreaks happen, but justice will at least be served.

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It's just so sad how the young kwang ho is the key to everything but he isn't even alive for it all.
This might be a ridiculous theory but what if the young kwang ho is the serial killer's son? The psycho named his son after our hero for some strange reason (maybe cause he was the only one who came close to catching him?). Young kwang ho found out his dad was a serial killer, tried to find older kwang ho and ended up killed. That also means going back to the past and stopping the killer would result in young kwang ho not existing at all!!
Really crazy theory I know but who knows with this show.

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This is such a thrilling eps. Each and every revelation done in a heart pounding and satisfying way. I'm continuously at war with myself throughout this eps, both wanting everyone to find out all the secrets, and also dreading that very moment to come.

With his father's testimony, I think Sun-jae wouldn't have another reason to doubt Kwang-ho's identity. But at the same time, I'm also worried that it will drive another wedge in their relationship. After all, now he can put a face to the detective who was responsible for his mother's case. If it does happen, I hope his resentment wouldn't last too long.

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I knew that the father would be the biggest "help" to confirm that Kwang Ho's ridiculous explanation is really the truth, when I saw that the aged father is still around (yes !!)....and also when he called up Sun Jae but Kwang Ho answered the phone instead...I also like the affection of Sun Jae toward his step-mother, though she is not his birth mother, but the close relationship shows that she has been taking care of him as if he is her biological son..... <3

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Why would there be resentment? Because KH was unable to find his mother's killer? I don't think SJ would be that narrow-minded to blame KH for failing to find his mother's killer. If anything, he would cooperate with him on finding out the truth.

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Thanks Saya. I really liked that ending. Sun Jae would have doubted most of what Sung Shik and Kwang Ho said for the longest time, but when his dad, who has no motive to deceive, also recognises Kwang Ho, Sun Jae had to backup and do a total re-think. ? I like that to happen to him a little. He needs to get off his high horse from time to time.

I was so frustrated ? by the waste of time when Sun Jae and Kwang Ho were investigating the same person separately and not sharing information, ? therefore I'm so looking forward to them coming together as a team and no longer working at cross-purposes, at last! ?

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I'm so glad I decided to give Tunnel a chance, and managed to get caught up in time to catch this episode! I know Kwang-ho's attitude is offputting to some commenters but I agree with you Saya - he's a man of his times. Not that having an explanation excuses his behavior, but the man missed out on 30 years of social development that, had he lived through with his wife and daughter, would have likely changed his attitude for the better.

I may be biased though, because I really love how naturally he's taken Jae-yi under his wing. His scenes with her are the kind of heartbreakingly awkward relationship re-negotiation that happens with fathers and daughters once they hit a certain age. Seriously, it's like gruff awkward 80's dad trying to connect with his teenage daughter over a crush she has that he thinks is lame, and she is just not having it. It reminds me of growing up with my own dad. He's ex-military so I'm sure making the transition to family life with a wife and daughters was wild for him at first and we had some spectacular fights during my teens but fortunately we're close now. I know that the odds are looking slim for Yeon-sook's survival, but I hope he can continue on and be in Jae-yi's life one way or the other. I think they'll need each other.

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Yes, exactly! I was never botheted by how Kwang-ho treated Jae-yi, he's a man who jumped 30 years into the future, everything around him has changed but he's still himself, he wasn't given time to change, He's slowly learning.

I loved that he thought of Jae-yi and took her dumplings, that was really sweet of him. Can't wait to see how he'll react when he finds out that she is his daughter.

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I also love their awkward relationship. And we can see how Jae-yi start softening around him. Usually she is almost 100% chilly and dismissive toward him, but during that dumpling scene, she just looks a bit exasperated. Just like any grown up daughters would reacted when their dad tried to have some unusual bonding moments.

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I love the dumpling scene. It is so sweet, the way he thinks of her in the middle of an investigation and buys her food.

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Kwang Ho already have that instinct of being a father towards Jae Yi ! LOL ! How sweet! Though he at first kinda look down on her for investigating the cases, but we can't really blame him, as he came from a conversative era....

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Kudos to the writer, kudos to the actors, this show never disappoints, I couldn't blink during this episode i was on my toes.

Excellent episode.

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YES YES YES!!! EVERYTHING IS FINALLY OUT IN THE OPEN!!

I’m a bit confused on what happened with his wife. So she has the child (which we assume is Jae Yi), but at some point point she went missing? Or disappeared? And her daughter was adopted?

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Yep the daughter was adopted. We're not sure what happened to the wife yet...unless you watch ep 8:)

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This episode was amazing on all levels! Things escalated pretty quickly by the end of the episode and I was SO glad Sun-jae found out the truth about Kwang-ho...even if he doesn't believe him yet.

Now just...uncuff those handcuffs, Sun-jae!!
Pretty please with a cherry on top!

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Oh so good! Jaeyi-Kwanghoo-daddy-daughter moments! Haha. I really really hope she is his daughter pls!

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This episode was so intense I loved every bit of it. Though I was expecting Sun-jae's dad to show up, it still gave me goosebumps when the realization fell onto Kwang-ho that this Sun-jae is Seo Yi-soo's son, he's the same Sun-jae he knows, that was so so good!

Now, how did young Kwang-ho know about the murders? From where did he learn about the serial killing? And how is he connected to our Kwang-ho? I still find Dr. Mok suspicious but I can't say how exactly!

And I love Kwang-ho/Jae-yi interactions. It was really nice of him to think of her and buy her dinner, he started to care about her and it's a good thing because she IS HIS DAUGHTER! The shock is going to be great but I can't wait to see that happening!

Thanks Saya for the recap.

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I can't think of a way that the young KH could have discovered the killings that happened 30 years ago, much less the killer. Unless someone tipped him off on the killer and his murders, which sets him off in pursuit of him or...

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Yes, me too. At first I thought he's a victim's son like Sun-jae but we were told that the killing stopped in 1986 and started again in the future so he can't possibly be that, I don't know who he is but can't wait to find out!

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Maybe someone became a forensic doctor after 1986 so it kinda curb his desire to kill...Hahaha :P

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I've watched episode 8 already. And my guess since episode 3 was right.

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I lied, guys, I watched 25 minutes of the next episode the second it came out. I only tore myself away so I wouldn't ruin the recap XD

Also for your general enjoyment: the word 'lolarious' was lovingly used in the recap, but didn't survive the edit. (I tried, internet, I tried. There's no match for that word anywhere in the universe, or I'd've used it! I'm waiting for the day it makes the dictionary.)

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lolarious? lolllll...well it's in my dictionary now! Thanks Saya!

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It must be really hard on you guys, trying to contain all the excitement and curiosity and not jump to watch the next episode right away!

And they should totally let you use lolarious, you can find it in urbandictionary.com defined as Lol+hilarious, haha!

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I don't often suffer this, luckily (because I tend to do evens), but even when I've done odds, there's never been THIS much omg suspense. OMG.

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Yeah, this week's episodes were really great, can't wait for the next recap!

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love love love love love love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By the last 10 minutes I was also flailing around like a dying fish cause the anticipation of it all was killing. Honestly haven't felt like this in a long time thank god I was lucky enough to wait for both episodes to be released

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You should've seen the latest 8th episode, you would definitely can't stand waiting for the next episode after that. It was tooo much! OMG!

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I kinda know that that last scene at JY's apartment would appear after the sad sobbing scene before it, cos they are all related !! :)

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gosh...he nags like a dad will do lmao. he technically only 30 plus something in 80s and never knew his child exist , but his daddy instinct as strong as ever..... good episode..i lol when sungshik blow up at kwangho's stuborness for not staying in the car. i thank sunjae dad for showing up and saving the situation.hee.

waiting for 8th episode recap. thanks @Saya.

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all i wanna say is....That fake-call conversation was sadly beautiful! :'(

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That was really sad! My heart breaks for Kwang-ho everytime he mentions Yoon-seok. His eyes change and you can feel his longing and his desperation to go back to her.

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me too...I was moved to tear on every scene he had with his wife, the cruise ship on her birthday, the fake phone call to her, the dream of her etc....

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Trust no one. I even suspect Jae Yi's mentor for unknown reasons. Lol.

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Yes.. me too.... In such crime dramas, there simply doesn't exist a character without any significance to the crimes.... ??

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You are not alone. This episode put her on my radar. I expected her to make an ominous phone call to a man in shadow saying that "she" found out -cue creepy music. I am now expecting some kind of conspiracy theory. Somebody had to bury those records. Hahaha. This show is great at getting the crazy wheels turning in your mind!

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Yes she's number 2 on my suspect list. Characters don't get screen time for nothing.

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She's so suspicious, I suspected her more in the next episode.
I have been monitoring her and pay attention to her conversations with JY.

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OMG! You guys are suspicious of almost every character that appears on the screen!

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And I think that's a good thing, the show is doing it right! I just hope that later when they do the reveal, they do it in a mind-blowing way!

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And the NEXT episode is more shocking i can't even imagine ?
Tunnel is superbb ????

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Is it normal to use ("jsahik') jerk and punk kind of words in korean. Since I am not a native speaker, most of the time I find it cute and funny. But I can't seem to find an equivalent in my language, though there are silly or ridiculing words which people use among friends and those who are younger to them, they are not such strong words. I have heard it in almost all dramas.
I really like the word, "gi jibe", which I have heard mostly while mothers are scolding their daughters.
Any authentic sources??

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'jashik' (자식) and 'saekki' (새끼) both have a basic literal meaning of 'kid'/'child' and are used with that meaning in everyday language without carrying the context of either insult or jokey affection - I'm not an authority, but I've seen this in languages other than Korean, too, where particular relationship words do double- or triple-duty that way (for example, the language/s where the word for 'brother-in-law' also doubles as an insult, which always makes me laugh). Even in English, 'bastard' literally means 'illegitimate child' - that meaning has lost relevance in modern times, so its evolution to slur is much more obvious. I don't think there's a direct equivalent for it in English, though - our curse words tend to be unequivocally cursey!

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Daebak!!!! That ending!! My heart was in my throat the entire time. I am so glad that Sun-jae found out who Kwang-ho really is. I knew he would have a really hard time believing he was from the past. I think he was skeptical even with the photo and Team Leader affirming it. But now that his dad is there to confirm it, I think he will be forced to believe.

I am hoping this will be the jumping off point where our trio will start solving the serial murders of the past. I want them to all be on the same side working together.

Now the next revelation I am waiting for is when Kwang-ho discovers he has a daughter! I do wonder what has happened to his wife though...me thinks something bad happened to her.

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Me too! I can't wait for KH and SJ to collaborate together now that the secrets are out. It's more exciting seeing the duo work together than apart.

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Love, love how the plot thickens. The episodes fly by so quickly, no filler here.
Thanks, Saya for the recap.

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I loveeeee this show! So rich with emotion. I’ve been waiting for the moment where Kwang Ho would meet Sun Jae’s father and realize the connection. The whole episode built up the tension well towards the final powerful scene.

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Yes! The suspense is high throughout the episode. I was holding my breath and wondering when SJ would realize the truth. The revelation didn't disappoint.

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Why do I have this feeling that Park Kwang Ho may never have the chance to go back to 1986?

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NOooo! Don't say that, it breaks my heart, especially after what happened in episode 8, he has to go back, please let him go back!

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I think he will go back, going back will change the future for many i wonder how KH life will be after this journey to the future.

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no, he HAVE TO GO BACK, in order to change the ill fate for his wife and his daughter !! changing the past will change the future too !!

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I agree that the current set up makes it look that his future is in 2016 onwards... his family is found here. If the serial murder cases converging with his family are what brought him into 2016, what can bring him home? Will resolving the murders be enough? Or is he meant to be with the next generation instead of with his own?

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The issue here is how the time travel works. Is there a way to move backward and forward in time? Or is it a specific event that triggers the time leap? For now, it seems that KH can't return to the past. Is it confirmed there is only one time traveler in this show as of now? Why are the killings that happened 30 years ago happening again? Does it mean the killer can time travel too?

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That's an issue I have with most supernatural kdramas: we can only guess at the logic of the execution of the supernaturalness LOL. It is so seldom self-evident, hardly ever explained and even when it is somewhat obvious... it's not consistent!!! I'm hoping that by Ep 10 (past the halfway point) we have a better idea how the time travel works. ?

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haha, I agree....how those fantasy stuff works in a logic, sometimes they seemed to have no rules, for eg. SWDBS, we still don't get it why she isn't punished by taking her power away when she injured a few ppl at the beginning of the show, instead it only took that power from her at the much later part of the show when she accidentally injured that security guard or whoever at the worksite....how does the rule of being superstrong actually works ??!!

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Tunnel is shaping out to be an intriguing drama.. the ending of each episode just makes u soo eager for the next regardless of the not-so-good case of the week.. I havnt seen any of CJH's previous dramas except for the Heirs (God! how did i ever get thru that train-wreck??!!) but he s soo gud in this <3 his interactions with sung shik n sun jae r great!! now that sun jae is also in the know, looking forward to more bromance/in-lawmance?? :D

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Watch Pride and Prejudice! (although your mileage may vary - some people found it dry, but I love it. It's dry in a dark, wry way, but also very atmospheric and moving. It's what really put CJH on my radar, and why I was excited for Tunnel. P&P is a show best marathoned, so keep that in mind, too.)

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Thank you Saya for the suggestion :) !! Now I have a drama to watch so that I don't go mad with anticipation and frustration before Saturday comes. Having to wait for one whole week for the next episode is one major disadvantage of on-going dramas but it builds suspense and makes us analyse each episode in depth and the impact sinks in much more.

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Wow! Objectively, the best epi so far!!!

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I think we have reached peak Tunnel. This episode is so crazy towards the end. The next episode too.... throws you from one emotion to another.

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side note: did not recognise she's the one dating kim joo hyuk (ex 2D1N) until now.

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yeah, I also realized it some days ago. I am so glad that he finally found his love. And another thing that took me by surprise was that Yoon Hyun-min is Jeon so Mi's (1% of something) ex. Though I like Choi Jin Hyuk more Yoon Hyun Min is really handsome.

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This episode was very good from beginning to end, I cannot wait to see what happens next. I knew Sun-jae was the baby in the earlier episode but did not know how they were going to expose it in the story. I love Choi Jin -hyuk and I love him in this one.
this is one of the best ones I have seen . Just cannot figure out how he is going back if he does go back

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I think Dr Mok is a red herring. It's getting too obvious, no?

I just couldn't believe Sun Jae and Dr Mok can remove a dead body from the scene, how are they going to explain?

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They didn't even do a forensic sweep of the location of the dead body. How are they going to pin the young KH's murder on the murderer when no proper protocol is adhered to? They will have a lot to answer to in the future.

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omg omg omgggg!! why is Tunnel aalllwwayyssss !! surprising me, I mean I loved every bit of this episode and it was good. I also think young Kwang-ho killer is the same killer from 30yrs ago still trying to cover his tracks....

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Aaarghh - so good! I agree with Saya that Sun-jae's father's reaction will be the tipping point in believing that our Kwang-ho is from the past.

I also agree that Jae-yi is going to end up being Kwang-ho's and Yeon-sook's daughter, both for the . . . . umm, "fun of it" isn't quite the right phrase . . . . deliciously akward awakening of realization-ness of it all.

SO GOOD! Go Show go! Hwaiting!

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Agreed! I feel uneased with Dr Mok since two previous episode when the commented about Kwang-ho while playing chess with Sun-jae. But it's really hard to figure it out.

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WOW. I had my fist in the air for the last 10 minutes of the show. I loved it! Now pleeeeeeaaaase give me episode 8 later today; I don't think I can handle the cliff-hanger where this episode ended for very long!

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This episode was absolutely great! I loved the fact that the pace has picked up. Suddenly, everyone is on the same page ( Sun-jae, Sung-shik and Kwang-ho that is) and it happened in the most explosive of ways.

I giggled when Sun-jae was the one calling out to Kwang-ho for answers. Poor Kwang-ho was trying to process all the information coming his way but it was funny to see Sun-jae being on the receiving end of non-answers!

You made a great point about viewing Kwang-ho through a different lens Saya! He's literally a fish out of water in 2016. Of course his mannerism and behaviours are going to be dated. He's from a time where people are fairly conservative! And despite his behaviour, his heart is in the right place.

Sun-jae need some new friends. Jae-yi is a good person to talk to. Not Dr. Mok though. He's creepy as all get out!

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"could Jea yi be kwang ho daughter from yeon sook"

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Now we're finally getting somewhere! Very good episode! Thanks for the recap, @saya!

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You could spin young Kwang-ho as a reincarnation of the original (?) Then he gets un-incarnated when the original comes back.
To put it another way: the universe abhors a vacuum; Kwang-ho's unscheduled time travel created one; universe waited a year or two for him to come back, then lost patience and created another Kwang-ho to fill the gap; then said "whoops" when he finally showed up 30 years late and the Kwang-ho seat was overbooked so it had to toss the replacement off the plane planet.

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Lol! U remind me of a manga called tsubasa reservoir chronicle which had similar identity issues. It had a very complex plot where clones of the lead characters give birth to the male lead and its a circle somehow and anotber guy takes the place of the male lead in one world. Its all very confusing but it was one beautiful tragic manga.

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OMG that ending!!! This episode is AMAZING AND GIVES ME CHILL TOWARDS THE END! I simply love all the staff and actors in this show. The team chemistry is superb, from Sunjae to the maknae to the 2 clueless guys. I enjoyed watching their interactions so much which I hardly find in Signal or Voice. Now I know why Choi Jin Hyuk said in his Vlive that the drama has some heartwarming and comical sides too.
I have watched other dramas these days but Tunnel is my favorite and the one that I can't skip even a single second (even rewind). This drama deserves so much attention and I'm glad that the rating is 5% in episode 8. Now I have to wait forever till next week....

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THIS SHOW AWESOME!!!

I don't even know where to begin. The acting is excellent. The storyline is fascinating. Just a wonderful show. And thank you so much for your Recaps.

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This episode is so good. I was like cheering for SJ. He really is good at his work. Every time he discovers something new, I was like 'go Sunjae go' and then I remember it might be bad news to KH.. yikes~
And I like how he thinks it is a good idea that SJ & JY should married each other. Yeah, let see if you will say the same when you find out JY is your daughter, dad~ JY is his daughter, I'm pretty sure of it.

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Well-well... Cry baby Sun-jae turned into Lieutenant KIM SUN-JAE..

”Sun Jae, you're all grown up now!"

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I feel so heart-warming for that scene, that crying little toddler vs the cold-looking Sun Jae !!

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This episode finally hooked me onto this show. CJH is doing a great job of playing a 1980's cop and I get that the norms were different than the present. I just can't like him that much somehow. I don't dislike him, but it is just his way of running headlong into things without thinking. And he has been pretty careless about concealing his situation without thinking about how it puts Sung-shik in a tough position. But this episode was well-played bringing pieces together.
The Sun-jae character (and the actor who plays him) is a great counter-balance. Actually, all the characters and actors in this show are great.
I wonder who the real Kwang-ho is.... I hope he has a link to the 80's and is not just a filler story. I was a little disappointed that he died... I thought he might be the son. And pretty mind-twisty if he ends up being the another version of Kwang-ho as you suggest!

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Just a theory, but wasn't young Kwang Ho raised by an old woman- we never truly know who she was. Could it be that old woman somehow relate to the case? So it be connect young Kwang Ho to the case.

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maybe one of his relatives was one of the victims in 1986 (though he was born in 1988), for example his auntie or something along this line...or maybe the old woman's daughter ??

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Yeah, I was thinking of that too. There was a phone hidden in the dirt, it must be connected the case or to young Kwang-ho's murder!

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Possible. I mean he wasn't even born yet, so maybe the old lady that raised him more make sense to have connection to the case. Or maybe related to his parents- it couldn't be just coincidence that his name is also Park Kwang Ho.

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I wonder if there's more to the similarity in their names, or is it just coincidence and that this have to be in the plot so that he can just use the other Park Kwang Ho's identity easier....

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