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Mystery Queen: Episode 10

The case of the week is close to the hearts of each of our main characters. While some were engaged in solving bigger crimes, an innocent amongst them was harmed. For Wan-seung, the passing of a bright young soul is a reminder that every case deserves his full attention. For Joon-oh and Seol-ok, it’s a call to walk the path they were always meant to. But just as all our investigators begin to gather under the same roof, a new character walks into their lives to make things a tad bit more interesting.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Young Joo-yeon is murdered in her own home. When Wan-seung and Joon-oh come to investigate the crime the next day, Wan-seung is shocked to see the young girl’s dead body, her head wrapped in black tape.

Seol-ok heads to Joo-yeon’s home with the side dishes she left behind, but she gets a call from Ho-soon on the way. Ho-soon complains about not being able to find a pink sweater that she simply has to wear today, and Seol-ok sighs while agreeing to come home and find it for her. Hanging up, she wonders why Ho-soon shows no signs of changing even after going through a near-death experience.

Seol-ok texts Joo-yeon about leaving her side dishes at the shop and heads home to sort things out before Ho-soon throws a tantrum. Wan-seung notices her in the crowd below, but is distracted when Joon-oh comes up to him. He directs the lieutenant to check all the railings for fingerprints.

At home, Ho-soon berates Seol-ok for handwashing a sweater that was only meant to be dry-cleaned. Frustrated, Seol-ok asks why she couldn’t take the sweater to the dry cleaners herself, and Ho-soon accuses Seol-ok of spending all day at home doing nothing.

Seol-ok loses her temper at this and follows the younger girl to her room, where she finds Ho-soon lying on her bed, weeping. Seol-ok notices the laptop on Ho-soon’s desk open on a news article about her serial killer boyfriend. Immediately, her tone softens, and she agrees that the dry cleaners would do a better job than her.

Outside her sister-in-law’s room, Seol-ok wonders why Ho-soon can’t control her feelings. She remembers Wan-seung talking about how people do all sort of things because they can’t help themselves, but that kind of volatility feels foreign to her.

As Joo-yeon’s body is taken away to the morgue, Wan-seung apologizes for the pain and fear she suffered in her last moments and promises to catch the culprit for her. Joon-oh runs around the neighborhood taking statements from the locals, and Wan-seung smiles to see his earnestness.

Joon-oh talks to one neighbor who seems to have known Joo-yeon from work — she was the one to tell her about the vacant apartments in this neighborhood. The young woman is sad and scared at the way Joo-yeon died, and talks about moving away. When Joon-oh asks, she admits that a lot of her own underwear has gone missing recently too.

Wan-seung talks to one of the forensic officers, and she tells him that while there are signs of resistance all over Joo-yeon’s body. But she admits that the extent of her injuries are difficult to determine, since the killer washed Joo-yeon’s body clean.

Joon-oh comes back to the apartment to report that none of the neighbors heard the girl scream the night before. Given the thin walls of the building, this seems unlikely to the police, unless the girl willingly let the killer in. Wan-seung notices the piles of folded laundry on the dresser, finding it strange.

Joon-oh’s notes tell them that the man living in the rooftop room next door saw laundry hanging on Joo-yeon’s roof last night. Wan-seung wonders why the neighbor would pay attention to someone else’s clothes.

They visit the man, and he says that he noted the laundry when he came out to smoke after a drama episode. Joon-oh, an avid drama viewer himself, says that it must have been around eleven then. The man is excited to find a fellow drama follower in Joon-oh and confesses that he is a “Wan/Seol” shipper on Queen of Instinct. Joon-oh admits that he prefers “So/Seol” himself. Hehe.

Wan-seung brings their gossip to an end, and the man leaves. Having established the time when the laundry was still hanging on the roof, Joon-oh mentions that Joo-yeon was drunk when she came home. Wan-seung finds it odd that Joo-yeon managed to take down and fold her laundry perfectly, even in her inebriated state.

Meanwhile, Inspector Woo walks into a real estate agent’s office and says that he’s looking for a place to move into.

As Wan-seung walks out of the neighborhood with Joon-oh, he notices a woman asking the other policemen about Joo-yeon. He comments that Joo-yeon’s mother is here, and when Joon-oh asks how he knows, he says that he can tell by looking at her.

Joon-oh approaches the woman, but when she asks about Joo-yeon, he can’t muster up the words to tells her about her dead daughter. As the woman’s desperation increases, Wan-seung takes over and gently break the news. He holds her as she breaks down, and Joon-oh can only stand beside them, feeling helpless.

On the drive back to the station, Joon-oh tells Wan-seung that he knew the victim. He had given her rides back home whenever he’d seen her walking back late at night. We see in flashback that she couldn’t afford to take the cab back home when it got late, and so, she walked or took the bus.

Joon-oh feels responsible for not giving her a ride last night, but Wan-seung points out that she died in her own home. Joon-oh says that he often selfishly wonders if he became a cop just to break up fights, send drunks home, and find lost cats. Wan-seung understands his mood and tells him that since a tragedy happened, they should just work to catch the perpetrator.

Joon-oh says that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to sleep that night, and when Wan-seung offers to sing him a lullaby, he chides him for laughing. Wan-seung tells him that cops who laugh are the ones who last longest in this line of work.

Their car passes by Seol-ok, who’s busy carrying a large bag of laundry to the dry cleaner’s. As she walks by the real estate agent’s office, she bumps into Inspector Woo, spilling all the clothes on the street. She recognizes him with a gasp, and he offers to walk her to her destination in apology.

Joon-oh drops Wan-seung off at the main station and follows him out to tell him that he’ll be getting called up to the Intelligence Services soon. Wan-seung is suitably impressed and asks if Joon-oh knows some higher-ups. Joon-oh says that he wanted to be a detective, but Wan-seung warns him off that way of life, pointing out their long work hours and low income.

He tells Joon-oh not to forget him when he’s Chief of Police, since he’s quite a pitiful guy. Joon-oh smiles as Wan-seung walks into the station, though his eyes remain regretful.

Jang Do-jang comes by Kyung-mi’s shop to buy some food. He pointedly asks why she’s working alone in such a large shop, and Kyung-mi regretfully says that she has to work alone despite having a part-timer. After standing around for a while, clearly hoping to catch sight of Seol-ok, Jang Do-jang leaves without his package, saying that he’ll be back again.

Seol-ok is on cloud nine as she walks through a park with Inspector Woo, especially when he says that he recognizes her from his lecture. She gushes about living in the same neighborhood as him, and when she finds out that he’s unmarried, she says that that married life isn’t all that great anyway. He guesses that it must be particularly hard with demanding in-laws and bowls her over by profiling Kyung-suk and Ho-soon just from their clothes.

She asks if he can profile her husband too, and he takes one look at the contents of the bag and says: “He’s a prosecutor.” Turns out that one was based off Ho-chul’s badge in the bag, but he figures out which district he’s posted in from a campaign t-shirt in the pile.

He leaves her at the dry cleaner’s and says that he had fun walking with her. She stares after him with an admiring smile, wondering how he does it.

Wan-seung is greeted back at work enthusiastically by his two “wives.” They are pumped about their new designation, though their coworkers scoff at the new “Special Unit Seven,” sniggering that the three got kicked out of narcotics. They reach their new desks to realize that their unit might not be that special, though Dong-ki is happy about their proximity to the bathroom.

Their desks are right next to the copier machines too, and it becomes quickly apparent that they will get no work done with all the noise around them. They spot the section chief walking by, and Kwang-tae chases after him to ask about the poor state of their task force.

The section chief says that budget constraints are making it hard to get them a better work area, but he’s working on getting them two more members for the team. One is a guy whom the central headquarters wants to poach, and the other is a profiler. Kwang-tae is placated and lets his boss go.

On her way out of the dry cleaner’s, Seol-ok gets a call from the section chief, who’s holding Joon-oh’s report in his hands. He says that he knows about her assistance in their cases, which makes her vehemently promise never to do it again. (Heh.) But the section chief says that she must not stop now and addresses her as “Professor.”

Next thing we see is Seol-ok walking into the neighborhood convenience store and sticking her head in the refrigerator to cool off. The store owner tells her about a death in the area and asks if she’ll be investigating with Joon-oh, but Seol-ok says that she can’t do that anymore since she’s a bad housewife.

Joon-oh spots her in the store, and they greet each other. They walk together for a while, and Joon-oh tells her that he was the one to volunteer her for the Civilian Recruitment Program that made the section chief call her with an offer.

Seol-ok says that she won’t be able to accept, and though Joon-oh is disappointed, he doesn’t press the issue. He tells her about leaving the substation and getting called up to headquarters before admitting that he’d grown fond of the neighborhood and didn’t want to miss a chance to say goodbye.

A masked man enters a building and steals a pair of underwear. He then walks out coolly to a parked car and exchanges his green shoes for polished black ones. Taking off his mask and gloves, he gets into the car and drives off.

Seol-ok walks back, deep in thought. She feels regretful that she never even bought Joon-oh a meal, despite him doing so much for her. An acquaintance bids her hello, and she stops to greet him. Wait! Is that the panty thief we just saw?! His family comes up beside him, and he picks up his little girl. Seol-ok compliments them on being such a close family and sighs to herself as they walk away. Oh god.

When Seol-ok gets home, she finds Kyung-suk watching the news and finally sees the report about Joo-yeon’s death. Though they don’t show her face, she recognizes the outfit from her picture and understands who the victim is.

Wan-seung takes his partners to Joo-yeon’s apartment. Upon hearing that her head was wrapped in tape, Kyung-tae immediately wonders if Filipino drug dealers are involved, since it’s their signature move. Pfft. Wan-seung tells him to start thinking like a Violent Crimes detective.

Leaving Kyung-tae with directions to search the apartment for clues (Kyung-tae: “Are you the team leader?”), Wan-seung goes up to the roof. A few floors below them, the masked killer sneaks down the stairs. Wan-seung hears a sound and switches off his flashlight before he swings around the corner and directs the light… at Seol-ok.

Surprised (and half-pleased) to see her there, he asks what happened to her promise of never crossing paths with him. She points out that this is not his station and says that she was just out looking at the view. Wan-seung threatens to call her husband, and it looks like Seol-ok calls his bluff, because the next thing we see is them walking down the street together.

He tells her to take a cab home, and she reminds him of the Killer Cabbie he had tried to scare her with. As he grins, she admits that she knew Joo-yeon. He only catches the girl’s name and gloats that he knew she was here about the case. Then, once he registers what she said, he asks how she knew the girl.

Seol-ok tells him about meeting her at the shop, and how the girl was always bright and smiling. She asks that he let her help catch the murderer, but Wan-seung firmly says no. She asks if he looks down at her for the way she panders to her mother-in-law, and Wan-seung just says that it must be because she’s afraid to lose her family.

As she stares at him in surprise, he tells her that he knows that the Shinim-dong case is about her parents — a man and his wife had been found dead in their taxi, which we see in a brief flashback. It was marked as a suicide, but Seol-ok says with confidence that it was a murder. Wan-seung promises to solve the case for her before packing her into a cab.

Seol-ok and Kyung-mi drink together and mourn Joo-yeon’s death. Seol-ok says that she can’t sit back and do nothing, and she considers accepting the position of the Citizen Specialist. Kyung-mi is fully supportive of the idea, though Seol-ok cautions that they may have offered her the position because they think she has a Ph.D in psychology.

Kyung-mi doesn’t think it’s an impediment — she tells Seol-ok that people will take her more seriously now, and if she gets found out, then she just has to apologize sincerely. When Seol-ok brings up lying to her family, Kyung-mi snorts that she’s going to do it anyway, so there’s no point in pretending otherwise.

Seol-ok asks Kyung-mi if she believes in her, but her friend just says that investigating suits her better than cooking. Then she points at the dish between them and asks what the hell it’s supposed to be. The two friends smile at each other.

Meanwhile, we see the masked man stalking Joo-yeon’s friend as she walks home from work. Eeep.

Wan-seung, Kwang-tae, and Dong-ki watch with glee as boxes of furniture and appliances are brought into the station, and they crow that their unit must be really special. They are told that the boxes are headed for the new office (next to the section chief’s office) and go up to check out their new digs.

There they find Joon-oh, and Wan-seung realizes that the “top guy who is wanted by headquarters” is none other than this boy. He warns Kwang-tae not to partner him with Joon-oh, but Kwang-tae is busy being impressed that Joon-oh gave up a position at the Intelligence Service to work as a detective.

Wan-seung visits the morgue to get the autopsy results, but is strangely told that someone from his unit already came by and collected it.

Inspector Woo is holding a briefing with top police officials about the best criminal profilers in the field. They ask him if they can be relied on, and he says that they have his weighty assurance. He informs them that he’s setting the unit up in the Seodong Police Station and promises to find the criminal.

On his way to his car, Inspector Woo speaks to someone over the phone and instructs them not to let anyone but his team have access to Joo-yeon’s murder case — including the section chief. He then looks over the bio of the Unit Seven team members, pausing at one of their newest civilian recruits: Yoo Seol-ok.

He recalls her face from his concert and then later outside the real estate agent’s office. “What an interesting woman,” he says to himself. “And a Ph.D in psychology, huh?”

Kwang-tae has an unpleasant meeting with the section chief, and he’s clearly displeased at whatever news his boss just delivered to him. Kwang-tae protests that he can’t throw all of his men under the bus while maintaining his own position. The section chief pleads with him that it’s not that bad before he grabs Kwang-tae’s hand and calls him his “work wife.” Hahaha, these two.

Wan-seung comes up to Dong-ki and asks if anyone in their team took the autopsy file. Unfortunately, it turns out that they are no longer the Special Unit team, since Dong-ki and Joon-oh are waiting outside the section chief’s office while Kwang-tae argues with him inside.

Hearing that they’ve been disbanded, Wan-seung heads towards Captain Jung’s office, determined to have it out with the section chief’s boss. Dong-ki stops him, and as Wan-seung struggles in his hold, Seol-ok comes up the stairs.

Wan-seung asks why she’s here, and she proudly tells him that she’s here to work. As she greets Joon-oh with delight, Dong-ki observes that they sure see this ajumma around a lot. “What kind of relationship do the two of you have?” he asks Wan-seung, who snorts and tells him to look at the glare Seol-ok is shooting at him. “Enemies, then,” says Dong-ki. Lols.

Joon-oh asks Seol-ok if she’s here as a Civilian Profiler, making Wan-seung chortle. When she heads towards the newly furnished office, he follows to tell her that the team has been disbanded and that she has no job here. Seol-ok ignores him as he threatens to arrest her for breaking and entering, purposefully showing him the plaque on her desk with her name on it.

This shuts Wan-seung up, and he observes that she’s quite something. Just then, he notices the captain walking in with CEO Ha, and he quickly grabs Seol-ok and ducks behind her cubicle. It’s clear from the conversation that the disbanding of Wan-seung’s team is all his father’s doing.

After they leave, Wan-seung and Seol-ok get up, only to see Inspector Woo walk in. Seol-ok brightens at the sight of him and calls out his name. Inspector Woo turns to look at them and greets Seol-ok politely. Wan-seung looks between Seol-ok and this “fake profiler” and frowns to himself.

 
COMMENTS

What a great episode to step in to recap! I lucked out. This show’s greatest strength is the interplay between characters and their development, and there were some solid moments of growth for our favorites in this hour. I was also really happy to think that Kwang-tae and Dong-ki would finally get to work in the same team as Joon-oh and Seol-ok, but that dream got snatched away pretty quickly. I’m still hopeful that they turn this around and give our disbanded team a chance to work as one. How many times is the section chief going to disappoint his “Work Wife,” eh?

Joon-oh’s idealism and inexperience has always been tempered by his earnestness and willingness to learn, so I liked that they underlined the soft edges of his world by putting him before a grieving mother and making him deal with the reality of a human life lost. It’s all good to want to pursue the romantic ideal of the life of a detective, but regular police work mostly involves painful moments like these. It made me think better of Joon-oh that he then went on to choose the harder path instead of entering the Intelligence Service and distancing himself from the intimacy of tragedy.

Seol-ok’s decision was long overdue, yet it still felt organic. While duty and obligation has a strong hold on her, somewhere she seems to have realized that she wasn’t really living before she began to solve mysteries. This work breathes life into her, and it’s only human for her to want to pursue a dream that had long remained elusive. I also personally believe that she has given enough to that family, and I’m hoping that she begins to see that too. The lies and mind games that are natural parts of her home life ensure that all the bonds that held her are slowly becoming hollow and frayed. Seol-ok’s decision to take up the job as a profiler was inevitable from the moment she met Joon-oh and solved that convenience store theft case.

On the other hand, Inspector Woo is an enigma. He’s backed by powerful men (quite possibly for all the wrong reasons), but he’s established himself as some kind of genius profiler pretty early on, even managing to impress our Ajumma Sherlock. However, something about his slickness strikes me the wrong way, because what made Seol-ok so relatable was the fun she had in detecting clues during a case. My hope for his character is that he teaches Seol-ok to value herself more as she realizes that she’s better at her job than even Korea’s top profiler.

Finally, since I only have this one episode to say this in, I just want to point out that Seol-ok and Wan-seung are the best buddy cops ever. I have loved the arc of their friendship and have not-so-secret hopes that it develops into more. But mostly, I just really, really want them to become official partners and solve cases together. That would complete my OTP right there.

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Oooh yay! Thanks for the recap - off to read.

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Yay they are finally getting a chance to work as a team, officially I hope! It seems that Inspector Woo has good backing and credentials? I really wish for him to be a good guy who guides Seol-ok and not some criminal or villain in disguise.
For once they displayed Wan-seung's detective experience with the way he handled the grieving mother in contrast to Joon-oh.
When Seol-ok got accepted to the program and they showed her ph.D of psychology, I'm worried that somehow that will catch up to her and it won't be pleasant to see.
Wondering why Inspector Woo wanted to set up an unit at Seodong Police Station and not where else.

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WS's father had a hand in setting up the fancy unit at Seodong. My guess is he wants to frustrate his son out of the police force.

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Me too, I want Inspector Woo to value Seol-Ok and praise her in front of Wan-Seung, just to see Wan-Seung squirm haha.

And yes, it was nice to see Wan-Seung's more human, emphatic side as a detective (: It was cool how he could tell straightaway that the woman was the victim's mother, and how he took the lead to break the news to her gently, and even held her while she cried.

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As I understand it, WS does appreciate and acknowledges SO.

In ep 8 after they caught Ho Soon's serial-killer lover, WS stopped short of crediting SO with the arrest during the tv interview only because she didn't want the focus to be on her and he played along because he was aware that she's been hiding her sleuthing activities from her family. He also later pointedly told Ho Soon that it was SO who saved her life, by risking her own life. That's acknowledgement aplenty there.

Now, WS is trying to keep SO away from the police and hence from him, for her own safety. Ji Won threatened to expose WS's and SO's relationship in a negative light to get the release of Jang Do Jang from custody. She made it clear that the threat is from Ha & Jung. She also blamed WS for what happened to Hyun Soo, WS's noona girlfriend, of which the show has yet to show us. Effectively, Ji Won is saying that whoever (civilian) is entangled with WS will be harmed and WS believes this, knowing how manipulative and powerful his father is who wants him out of the police force (or to be a theater actor) to head the law firm. So, if previously WS tried to stop SO from her investigations thinking she's just an interfering ahjumma, now he's trying to cut her off from his sphere out of regard for her safety even if he know's of her investigative skills. The action may be the same, but the motivation is completely different.

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Doubt that WanSeung would win any case with his personality hahahaha. Wouldnt it be hilarious if he takes control over Ha&Jung then drags it to doom. Best revenge ever!

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Yep I agree... Wan Seung was stricken that he might have endangered Seol Ok by being around her. So he is trying to discourage her to not investigate anymore even though he can't help following her around whenever he sees her hehe ?

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@patinalee: Yup, I do agree with you that Wan-Seung does know Seol-Ok's value and does give her credit where it's due. What I meant was (just to clarify), I would like to see him say it to her face, directly (: Because right now both of them, despite how they feel, avoid complimenting each other directly. Kind of like a battle of wits and pride thing? So all the credit that Wan-Seung gives to her, he does it either to another audience (through his attempt in the television interview), or privately (e.g. to Ho-Soon). But never, or seldom ever, openly, graciously, towards her. It's either presented as a form of "compromise", or deflected by highlighting how she's interfering again, etc. Just saying it would be fun to see someone do what he finds hard to do - praise her directly - and watch his reaction. x)

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aaaaaah this show likes to just hit you in the guts when it comes to characters and their decisions.... I feel like on of their decisions from the first epiosde might really influence the plot line... Well that is just me with my wishful thinking that is though

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Inspector Woo is a mind controler who dreamed a perfect crime that can't be solved...maybe
#its just my wild imagination

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Just like her prosecutor "husband", I am still not sure where Woo stands or what his agenda is. I can't help but feel a bit suspicious.

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This was my favorite episode to date: it brought in all of my favorite characters. I hope this awesome set up won't disappoint!!!

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Finally, it brought together all of the main characters in one team. I wonder what magic they can produce together.

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This really is really an ajumma drama, for Seol Ok to shine and showcase her skills surrounded by semi-competent hotties.

New to the hottie list this week was Yoo. I loved that slo-mo they gave him in the last scene, he does have that 'cerebral sizzle' going on. How cool was he when he was casually profiling her family based on laundry and she was squeeling like a fangirl but like festerfaster, I have a bad feeling about him. I think he was bribed to misprofile WS's noona's case *Please don't make him too evil writernim..*

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"cerebral sizzle" - love the way you put it! (:

I agree with you, somehow I have a bad feeling about Inspector Woo too :/ It started since the time he noticed something strange about the fan who came up to get his autograph in the middle of his live show, yet he presumably did nothing about his suspicions...

I was hoping that the writer introduced Inspector Woo to incite Wan-Seung's jealousy over our beloved ahjumma's fangirling, but that wouldn't be as fun if Inspector Woo turned out to be a bad egg >.<

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@rhapsophie: I signed in to literally write the second para you just wrote. Not so smart then, eh! Or, good with theory, and not so much the practice part.

That said, looking forward to this week's episodes with everyone in the same room!

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@vongole: Great minds think alike :p Nice to have someone feel the same about parts of the show ((:

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+1. I have a bad feeling about him too! There's something strange about his character. Why supposed to be Seondong???

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He was so accurate on his appraisal of the clothes, I am wondering if he did some behind the scenes research first to pull a giant snowjob on SO.

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I'm a bit confused. The Special Unit Seven is disbanded but they're all now put under a new team headed by Inspector Woo, right ? And what's the deal with Inspector Woo ? And why is this case is so important that the top brass create a special team to solve it ?

Is this killer a serial killer who also murdered Wan-seung's beloved noona ?

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These are all my questions too! So confusing, yet so excited for next week as the dynamics would change now that they are officially working together, in police station as well.

I wouldn't discount anything from the plot because this writer seems to like throw things for future plots from early on, like the underwear thief becomes a bigger episode in few episodes.

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I was wondering if Seol Ok's husband caved in to corruption under financial pressure. His mom and sis have very expensive tastes and are very demanding when prosecutors dont earn much. I want to think he looked more jealous than villaneous last ep. Maybe the guilt is why he stays away from home. I still want to give him the benefit of doubt..

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Seol Ok's husband may be corrupt because of non-financial reasons (ambition, deep-dark-secret). If its for money or power, I am going to just blame him! He has a choice :)

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I'm with you @vongole. The way he 'claims' his attribution with WS's father in ep9 was disgusting. He made his own choice and take benefit from that.

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Laughed out loud on how the boss called the chief "wife" and was trying to pacify him

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Ok. Questions galore.
1. I didn't get the time line and thus Seol oks age. i thought she's in late thirties as her sister in law is said to be early thirties (wan Seung says this while asking for her where abouts on the island) and Seol is older than her. But if her parents died in 2007, it's just 10 years since her school years so that makes her younger. What is this discrepancy?

2. I seriously thought Profiler Woo is the murderer and thief. Now reading this I wonder if he is good and instrumental in bringing the disbanded team together against the section chief and H senior's wishes tivaove the case? But why didn't he do anything for the island serial murderer case he saw him in his studio?

3. In ep 9 what does young Wan Seung give hyun soon as a present? It's a card like a licence or or card. What is it, I so want to know.
Please guys throw light on these. :)

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Your point no 2 is very interesting, now I suspect him too.

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No 2 - Yoo looked disconcerted when he saw the gait. Maybe it was insufficient evidence to detain him or maybe his show was more important than the criminal at that moment... Anyways I like the mystery around his character. He doesn't look happy with Seol Ok tho.

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I didn't realize Inspector Woo is a real profiler. I thought he was just an actor on a show or something. He seems suspicious of SO as a doctorate of psychology though.

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yeah, he definitely is suspicious if he hasn't already guessed it. He was quite friendly with her when he first met her, but after finding out she was on the team and reading her profile, he gave her a very suspicious look when the met up again at the office.

I reeeally hope the inspector isn't evil. We have enough shady characters what with SW's dad and SO's husband

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With his observational skills it is apparent to him that her first impression as a fan/housewife doesn't jive with her paper credentials as a professional with a PhD. Both Joon-oh and Wan Seung assumed she had advanced education after experiencing her detecting skills.
Perhaps Inspector Woo is taking advantage of the higher powers' agendas for his own personal crusade. He seems a bit sad and maybe has the experience of an unsolved crime in his past.

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Also, he was in the middle of a live broadcast, might not have enough time to think of a way to act without causing commotion on national tv. I'm totally guessing tho.

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About point 2, maybe Woo didn't want to risk a commotion if he was wrong. After all, the perp had a plastic surgery, and there was not much to identify him as the perp. Even SO used the shape of his ear to identify him. I suppose his gait is not that special either.

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True. We can't read too much into him letting the man with gait go at that time.

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The panties thief (panty fetishism) and a murderer (sexual or other) shouldn't be the same person -- two different types of behavior. If the writer did his homework, it's common knowledge. I'm seriously worried about our cutie lieutenant being a murderer - we saw that he folds his clothes the same way, and has some kind of cleanliness fetish. We were told the murderer washed his victim clean and folded her laundry. That fits the bill.

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I don't think they are the same person. Girl was being followed by murderer, and panty thief was already up there when she got home. Murderer goes right into her apartment, she doesn't pass him on the stairs. I think it's two people it just hasn't been dramatically revealed yet.

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I smell something fishy...

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Hehe the ships makes me laugh out loud

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How I wish Seol Ok could say all the things she said outside the laundry room to her sis in law's face, she's such a brat!

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Im also getting the feel that wan Seung is coming to need seol ok. And he is realising it as well. This episode and the previous one made this quite clear. He clearly likes her presence in their professional work , and it could spill Into the personal from his side. Seol Ok on the other hand sees him nothing more than just a professional detective she knows and may be respects a little. But she's fully aware she's way better than him in this field of work. Very curious how this going to lead up to and what..

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well, it looks like it's going to be epic from now on!

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I admit to being kind of disappointed this episode. I was looking forward to some traction and/or closure of the underwear thief/murder of such a beautiful soul instead we have an episode comprised mainly of police politics. I guess I have to rein in my impatience till the next episode.☹️

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I was too. One of my complaints about this show is the plot moves too slow and there is way too much filler. Honestly, it should have been at least a 20-30 episode drama.

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I felt the same. I felt terrible for the victim. Joo Yeon was such a sweet girl with a bright smile (I'm curious about the actress now). Her story left a bigger impact on me than I expected. During this episode, I was anxious for the team to get together and discover some clues to catch the killer.

There were some nice character moments (like Joon Oh's), but I really wanted the plot to move faster.

I hope this week will be better.

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Up to this point, we've seen that Seol-ok is more than capable of noting details when evidence that a crime occurred is clearly present or when criminal behavior is occurring in front of her. ....... Now it'll be interesting to see if she has an eye to discern elements that may not be as overt, but possibly questionable nonetheless, such as Inspector Woo and that man with the family from her neighborhood.

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...and her corrupt husband!

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Ah, yes, we definitely can't forget about him.

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The ep closed with SO shooting googly heart-eyes at Woo which bodes ill of any objective assessment by SO when it comes to Woo. She'll be blinded by her admiration of Woo to find fault or suspect him of anything, especially after being impressed with his accurate profiling of her family members. It's as her bratty SIL said - love blinds and her lie detecting skills are useless against her serial killer lover. Likewise with SO, her admiration and hero worshipping of Woo will cloud her judgement of him. At least initially, until her stubborn nature and dogged persistence surfaces to disrobe Woo of his magical aura in her eyes.

TBH, the way SO looked at Woo at the end of this episode worries me.

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I think she definitely has a case of tunnel vision when it comes to Woo. The detective does not seem to trust him, and will go with that.

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patinalee & windsun33 -

I agree with what you've both said here.

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I'm usually a fan of the shortness of K-Dramas but honestly, I feel like I could easily watch a 50+ episode drama of Seol Ok being adorable and awesome and exasperated Wan Seung. They just work so well together, they could solve the case of "how did that kitty get up the tree and how do we get it downa gain" and I'd love it.

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Why do I strongly feel the love triangle between WanSeung-SeolOk-Inspector Woo????? With the latter as our dear old second lead. He might step in the game so late but he creates so much impact to our leads. Now that he takes charge of the new 'special unit', I really wonder where they're heading. Consider that this is already ep10, I'm quite concern about the apce of the show from now. It's been extremely slow but a lot to cover. Hope that it wont speed up too much leaving loosing ends all over the place.

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I still need her to fess up about her PhD degree. The cops that she is working with love her now and she is good at what she does but I can't help but be concerned as to what willhappen once they find out.

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Lol honestly though which agency will take you without even a proper CV? Also we are talking about govt departments here. This part is so
unrealistic. I didn't get either why they needed this super seven team since all they have been doing is running after only two cases.

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Uhm.. vetting... Michael Flynn...

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Does anyone happen to know how many episodes MQ will run for? I've been having so much fun watching this drama that I didn't even realise we're already up to episode 10!

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16 eps according to asianwiki.

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I think I'm getting a little tired from Sul Ok's treatment of Wan Seung by this point. He saved her so many time and there are so many times he's helping her out like giving that file to her in this episode or taking those unseen glances at her so we can see already how much he appreciates her, and he had voiced it for couple of times already. I love Sul but the way she tends to shoo him away or doesn't even return her gratitude is a bit strenuous and honestly maybe the writer is stretching it too far too. I wish the bickering doesn't turn into meaningless rant because sometimes it seems to me like she's plain annoyed by him. Like she would look at the profiler with this respectful eyes but doesn't even take her time to consider how he brings her back when that serial killer was burying her. And she says I saved myself. I hate proud type of people honestly. I know it's so last week but I wish the writer shows us some bonding too and some appreciation from Sul Ok's side. But for now maybe I have this love and hate type of relationship with her.

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Well isn't WS the same. We know and see that he appreciates her but he has only voiced this to himself. He hasn't openly aknowledged her, he treats her as a pesky ajumma in public. Similarly we have been shown SO care for and appreciate him but she will never openly aknowledge that.

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He acknowledges her presence though and we have seen how she affects him. I think with more time he will realize how important her presence is in his life. So that's the reason I'm frustrated about how she treats him lol. It has been 10 episodes already and I thought the last couple of episodes will be about sul ok and wan seung's own dark pasts and the mystery will unravel finally. But now I'm not so sure anymore ?. Anyway I will be satisfied as long as sul realizes that the detective isn't as bad as she thinks he is. And that she should maybe open up a bit more. The indifferent attitude is a bit unnerving at times.

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Re WS's open acknowledgement of SO and also his treatment of her as a pesky ahjumma, my response at no. 2 above is also applicable here. It'll be tautologous to repost here. :-P

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Lol but dont you think he is acknowledging her talent as of now on EP 10? See how he gave her the files when he was leaving the station? Also I feel he was exasperated with how the team got disbanded again hence the look at her, but I felt him when he was eavesdropping his father's conversation with some high officials and he knew who was desperately trying to weigh him down, compared to that I felt more frustrated when sul was all annoyed with him for trying to shush her and keep her still. At this rate she will never get to know (or try to) his true self if I dare to assume. Even when he was singing that song for her SIL , he was all sad as he was reminiscing, but Sul (like always) again can never read between the lines, and vents at him for stopping abruptly. She's obviously only busy with her own problems to look at his condition. I say all these since I feel like the drama is told from only wan seung's POV,and till now sul has never openly talked about how she feels about everything. I would not dare to think that her character is half developed, hope that's not the case.

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Oh @patinalee lol I totally misunderstood your post. Completely agree with what you said above. In fact you made ms realize that WS knowingly made SO safe by not disclosing her name. In that case only I thought he was trying to take the credit haha.
Also yes the profiler does look suspicious. I dont see how he can be useful unless he's corrupted too. Plus I have yet my doubt regarding the husband. For some reason he seems like a shady person to me. It's more intuition than logic.

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I think part of it is overcompensation of how she constantly feels obligated to be grateful to her in-laws and never argues or makes waves with them. With Wan Seung she feels free to let out all her inner pugnacity. She can't even do that with her cafe friend, who's a great pal, but you still have to hold back with your friends if you want to stay friends. It's kind of her way of flirting, actually, since she's not that bold with anyone else (like schoolkids picking on someone they actually like). Her sister-in-law seemed to notice that, too. I just rewatched episode 8 when they're wheelbarrowing back from the island, and really, their relationship is mutual teasing. He insists he saved her, she says no you didn't, then she falls in the mud and he laughs. But then they have a nice moment in the ambulance ride back.

I do think Seol Ok isn't good at reading people's feelings, or even her own feelings. She takes a book nerd approach to solving cases and aspires to be like the celebrity profiler, but these last couple of episodes showed Wan Seung can see what people are going through--he immediately recognized the victim's mother and understands Seol Ok's conflicted between her passion for crime solving and her attachment to her family. He was initially presented as a sort of caveman, but it was those caveman ways that let Seol OK be Seol OK.

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Still some plot holes here - I wonder if we will get answers to any of them? Like:
What is the deal with her sister, and what happened to all the money she stole?
Is she actually married officially to the prosecutor, and if so why does it seem like such a cardboard marriage?

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The sister-in-law character is not well written. They tell us she always falls for wrong men, and almost lost her life be because of it, then next episode she correctly profiling everyone's behavior and laments she needs to change her major because she can't be fooled by them. Really? Why didn't she profille her men better, if she is so smart?

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Ha. So true. The charqcter is inconsistent. But then i think if when she tells the killer that when in love one is incapable of reading people. May be that's why she was taken for a ride....? But am not convinced...was she in love? Seol Ok is right, her sis in law needs to get her act right.

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I agree with everyone in that I'm worried that Woo might be Seol Ok's Moriarty

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Wan Seung and Seol Ok's dynamic with each other are like a bickering married couple that have been together for so long hehe Seol Ok does not realized it but I find it so hilarious that it was immediately the first observation that Woo said to her that Wan Seung is her husband hehe. I know some are frustrated that there seems to be no romantic development between WS and SO but I feel there were plenty of hints already... lots of characters in the show always comment on how their relationship seem to be something more
The lawyer noticed that SO is someone special to WS, SIL noticed that SO might have something with WS as they seem to be like a unit already, Dong Ki seem suspicious of their relationship etc. I actually like this kind of slow burn dynamic that makes everyone aware that they are already a unit but the two of them thought that they do not get along even though they seem to gravitate towards each other and spend time together even though they like to annoy each other.. I read in another story where the guy said "If I dont annoy her once or three times in a week then Im not doing it right" like it is their dynamic to bicker hehe

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For someone who thinks love is just hormones, Seol Ok seems to have a lot of guys following her around. There's her husband of course (though I've downgraded him from fond, to protective, to controlling...), Joon-oh has a puppy crush, Inspector Woo seems to have taken an interest, and Wan Seung is pretty much her bodyguard by now. Oh yeah, and that gangster who's trying to track her down.

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I don't think thief and murderer are the same person. Girl was being followed by murderer, and panty thief was already up there when she got home. Murderer goes right into her apartment, she doesn't pass him on the stairs. I think it's two people it just hasn't been dramatically revealed yet.

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hmn.. I think that Inspector Woo was the man whom supposed to have blind date with Joo Yeon. . (since he says he s single) maybe thats why he wanted the best investigator team. . well, I only read this recap, and havent watching this eps yet . maybe I was wrong.. hehe.

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As much as I like this drama, do you know what angers me in every episode? The abuse of authority. Whether it be the police station or the law firm. It's just a bunch of people throwing their weight around for corrupt reasons. It makes me mad because I know that it happens just like that in real life.

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