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Mystery Queen: Episode 12

While they may have had their differences before, Seol-ok and Wan-seung are definitely on the same side now as they face off against Inspector Woo (and of course, the criminals). As for Inspector Woo, he’s still the enigma that he was before, but a few layers are peeled back this episode, and we’re given a new look into why he may be so doggedly determined to capture the Seodongmun Market serial killer.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

As a forensics team officer explains to Wan-seung that both the brand of duct tape and the string found at the crime scene don’t match up with the duct tape and string found in the car of the underwear thief, Wan-seung thinks back to how Seol-ok had pointed out the exact same thing when she had confronted Inspector Woo — she had argued that the thief’s duct tape and string seemed completely unused, and therefore, he could not have been Joo-yeon’s murderer.

Wan-seung wonders if the underwear thief really isn’t Joo-yeon’s murderer before complaining that these fake profilers need to use more science to back up their investigations. The scene cuts to one said “fake profiler,” Inspector Woo, who is currently briefing a superior on what he knows about the Seodongmun Market serial killer: The killer is in his thirties and works in an occupation where his uniform resembles a police officer’s.

As Inspector Woo explains the serial killer’s modus operandi, we see the serial killer creepily cleaning a mannequin with alcohol before moving on to do the same to his human victim. Inspector Woo adds that the killer does this because he considers his victim to be a filthy object in need of cleaning and fixing, which is why he uses the alcohol and duct tape.

Their superior wonders why the killer stopped committing crimes for seven years, and Inspector Woo lists a host of potential reasons: military service, death, mental hospital institutionalization, prison, and immigration. Inspector Woo says that he’s narrowed the list to thirty-eight total suspects and expects to get it down to one person by the next day.

The scene cuts back to the serial killer, who sadistically begins to wrap his terrified victim in duct tape, taking immense pleasure in the poor girl’s fear as he slowly suffocates her to death.

At Joo-yeon’s rooftop apartment, Wan-seung makes a call to Seol-ok, bragging about the accuracy of his sixth sense — just as he had thought, there was something fishy about the underwear thief. It turns out that the thief had seen Joo-yeon’s murderer coming up to the rooftop, and the fact that this intruder didn’t come in or out through the front gate means that it was someone who lived in the same apartment building.

Seol-ok adds that the intruder could’ve also come from the building next door if the two buildings aren’t that far apart. After hanging up, Wan-seung takes another look around the rooftop before coming across an unused air conditioner lying in the corner — he curiously notes the duct tape stuck to the sides.

At the interrogation room, Seol-ok and Wan-seung question Joo-yeon’s rooftop neighbor, who grows indignant when Wan-seung asks whether he enjoys peeking into other people’s homes. Feeling wronged, the neighbor demands to know why everyone’s so suspicious of him.

The rooftop neighbor explains that the other night, he had just stepped out of his apartment for some fresh air when he happened to see Joo-yeon putting her laundry away. Her downstairs neighbor had been with her, and playing the part of a possessive boyfriend to a T, he had complained about the rooftop neighbor staring in her direction. The rooftop neighbor claims that the downstairs neighbor had then angrily kicked over her drying rack, much to Joo-yeon’s bewilderment.

Seol-ok and Wan-seung move on to questioning the downstairs neighbor, who gives a very different version of the story: He insists that he was helping Joo-yeon with her laundry and that the rack fell over by accident. The downstairs neighbor explains that after getting discharged from the military, he started to work at the market and met Joo-yeon there.

When Seol-ok asks if there were any suspicious men around Joo-yeon, the downstairs neighbor mentions a rumor about their male landlord previously breaking down Joo-yeon’s door. That leads to Seol-ok and Wan-seung questioning the landlord, who adamantly denies any wrongdoing and insists that everything was a misunderstanding.

The landlord (who also reported Joo-yeon’s murder) adds that he never would’ve even gone up to Joo-yeon’s apartment that morning if he had completely sobered up — he was just absentmindedly listening to his wife’s orders when he was hungover.

Seol-ok notes to Wan-seung that all three — the rooftop neighbor, the downstairs neighbor, and the male landlord — are all a little suspicious in their own ways. Wan-seung says that he has a gut feeling about one guy in particular, but when a skeptical Seol-ok questions his supposed sixth sense, he cheekily refuses to divulge his guess.

At the lunchbox store, Seol-ok and Wan-seung discuss the case while Seol-ok keeps trying to feed Wan-seung her inedible dishes, ha. Wan-seung tells Seol-ok that the culprit is the person who folded Joo-yeon’s clothes, and Kyung-mi notes that the clothes on the bottom shelf are folded like they are at clothing stores, which is completely different from the way the clothes on the upper shelf are folded.

That gets Wan-seung thinking, and suddenly, he realizes that the upper shelf’s clothes are folded military-style. At that moment, he also gets a call from the forensics team officer, who reports that the duct tape found on the old air conditioner is the same as the one found on the crime scene. The officer also adds that traces of a few unusual materials were found after examining the clothes on the upper shelf.

In the middle of the night, Seol-ok sneaks out of her house as Wan-seung warns her over the phone that he’s not taking responsibility for her divorce if she gets caught by her in-laws. Seol-ok retorts that he shouldn’t have told her that he was going to catch the culprit if he didn’t want her to come — at that point, he’s just being a tease (hee!).

At the market, Wan-seung and Seol-ok walk through a narrow alleyway as Wan-seung wonders if Seol-ok harbors any ulterior motives towards him — why else would a married woman come running after getting a call from man in the middle of the night? Seol-ok scoffs that she doesn’t even see him as a man, and besides, she’s here as a civilian profiler, not as a married woman.

Wan-seung warns her that he has no intentions of ever accepting her feelings because he’s the bad boy type (ha), and Seol-ok remarks that it shows before slightly pushing him to move out of her way. Wan-seung accidentally bumps into a few of the mannequins placed eerily along the alleyway, and one falls to the ground as Wan-seung struggles to catch the other.

At that moment, Seol-ok sees the downstairs neighbor passing through one of the bigger streets, and she gestures for Wan-seung to hurry over. They find the downstairs neighbor working as he loads bags of clothes onto a truck, and Seol-ok approaches him as she discusses the usefulness of duct tape.

Wan-seung comments pointedly that duct tape is so great, it can even be used to repair an air conditioner, or it could even be used to murder a person. The downstairs neighbor asks Wan-seung what he’s talking about, and Seol-ok answers that the forensics team found traces of completely different fabrics in Joo-yeon’s folded clothes on the upper shelf, which suggests that those clothes made contact with something different — this would make sense if the person who folded Joo-yeon’s laundry also packed clothes into plastic bags during the day.

Wan-seung adds that the clothes were folded military-style — a hard habit for guys to break when they’ve been released from the army not too long ago. The downstairs neighbor rolls his eyes as if the accusations are ridiculous, until he suddenly hits Seol-ok with a bag of clothes and pushes her over with force before making a run for it. Wan-seung immediately rushes to Seol-ok’s side (awww), but she urges him to go after Joo-yeon’s murderer.

With Seol-ok following right behind, Wan-seung chases the downstairs neighbor through the alleyways, but the neighbor makes a turn, and they lose him. The neighbor steps out when he sees that they’ve gone elsewhere and jogs slowly in the other direction, only to be eventually apprehended by Kwang-tae and Joon-oh.

In the interrogation room, Wan-seung demands to know why the downstairs neighbor killed Joo-yeon. Their conversation is juxtaposed with a conversation between Seol-ok and Joo-yeon’s friend, YOO-JEONG, who’s been severely traumatized by Joo-yeon’s death.

Yoo-jeong explains that Joo-yeon had only gone out once with the downstairs neighbor because he said he had free movie tickets, and not too long after, the neighbor had started acting like he was Joo-yeon’s boyfriend. Joo-yeon had clearly been uninterested in him and had planned to go on a blind date with someone else, which infuriated the neighbor.

In the present, he tells Wan-seung how he had planned to “have” her before another guy could (gross), but he hadn’t expected Joo-yeon to resist so strongly — Joo-yeon had hit her head on the table while he dragged her across the floor, and that was what killed her.

Yoo-jeong explains to Seol-ok that people are still talking about the Seodongmun Market serial killer even now, and in the interrogation room, Wan-seung concludes that the downstairs neighbor probably thought that he could’ve disguised it as another one of the serial killings.

The downstairs neighbor thinks that he wouldn’t have been caught if only he hadn’t folded the laundry, but Wan-seung corrects him — gloves leave traces, just like fingerprints do, and he would’ve been caught in the end anyway.

Yoo-jeong is horrified to hear that her coworker, the downstairs neighbor, is Joo-yeon’s murderer, and she cries to Seol-ok that she can’t trust anyone anymore. She asks Seol-ok to get the police to protect her, and Seol-ok agrees, reassuring her that now that the culprit has been caught, things like that won’t happen to her anymore.

A hiker treks through the woods when suddenly, he comes across a sight that frightens the daylights out of him: the corpse of a woman half-covered in fallen leaves, her head wrapped in duct tape.

Kwang-tae and Joon-oh are helping Kyung-mi out at the lunchbox store, and Kwang-tae comments on how strange it is that Seol-ok and Wan-seung always bicker when they’re together, yet they always end up solving the case anyway. They wonder if there’s something going on between the two of them, and when Joon-oh asks Kwang-tae why Wan-seung is always so mean to Seol-ok, Kyung-mi just sighs at Joon-oh’s innocent inability to understand that bickering is not always mean-spirited.

Seol-ok and Wan-seung arrive at the store together, and Kyung-mi asks suspiciously if they spent the night together. Seol-ok affirms it, and when Wan-seung tries to explain it wasn’t like that, Seol-ok clarifies that they were together sporadically throughout the night, ha.

Joon-oh runs up to Seol-ok to make sure that she’s not too tired and assures her that the police will be doing the hard work from now on. Seol-ok smiles and says that instead, she has the whistle necklace that Joon-oh gave her, and Wan-seung snaps that Joon-oh shouldn’t be buying things like that for a married woman.

Wan-seung asks Joon-oh jealously where his necklace is then, especially when he’s always the one being put in danger because of Seol-ok. Joon-oh answers plainly that he doesn’t have one for Wan-seung, and Seol-ok cutely blows on her whistle to show it off.

Later, Seol-ok and Wan-seung make their way to the police station, where they hear that the Special Investigation Team is holding a press conference about the Duct Tape Serial Killer on the third floor. Seol-ok worries that Inspector Woo has continued erroneously believing that Joo-yeon’s murderer is the Seodongmun Market serial killer, and she rushes off to find him.

She approaches him as he preps for the press conference, trying to explain that the downstairs neighbor had attempted to disguise the murder as a serial killing, but Inspector Woo just spits out the neighbor’s name, age, and occupation — he seems to be fully aware that Joo-yeon’s murderer was never the serial killer.

Confused, Seol-ok asks why he’s holding the press conference then, but Inspector Woo summons the police guards to force her out of the conference room. She sneaks back into the room from the back door, and during the conference, she interrupts Inspector Woo as he tries to make his report to ask whether the case really was a serial killing.

Inspector Woo ignores her and explains to the media that another victim of the Seodongmun Market serial killer has appeared after seven years. Seol-ok realizes that the serial killer really has returned, and she meets up with Wan-seung.

Seol-ok notes that Inspector Woo probably had hints that the serial killer would be coming back and that he purposely described Joo-yeon’s murder as a serial killing in order to get the funds to form the Special Investigation Team.

Inspector Woo drives off to the crime scene where the victim’s body was discovered, and we cut to a flashback of a younger Inspector Woo working overnight at the police station. On watch with Inspector Woo was his friend, JIN-YOUNG, who had been sleeping at his desk.

Inspector Woo had chided his friend to go sleep in the night-duty room instead of the office and roughly nudged Jin-young when he didn’t respond. Instead of groggily waking up as Inspector Woo had expected, Jin-young had lifelessly rolled over across the table, and it was then that Inspector Woo had realized that his friend was dead.

In the present, the officer standing guard at the crime scene tells Inspector Woo that no one was allowed in except for the forensics team. Barely acknowledging him, Inspector Woo thinks aloud: “That’s right. I knew you wouldn’t be able to stop. I’ll stop you. Let’s end it this time.”

Currently examining the body is the forensics team — that is, Wan-seung and Seol-ok disguised as the forensics team, ha. Wan-seung wonders why the serial killer would use duct tape to murder his victims if it would take so long for them to die, and Seol-ok answers that it means the killer enjoyed the process of watching his victims suffocate to death.

Wan-seung comments that this guy really is a crazy bastard when suddenly, they hear footsteps directly behind them. Seol-ok jumps back in shock to see Inspector Woo, who roughly grabs her by the shirt. Wan-seung immediately flings Inspector Woo off Seol-ok, but Inspector Woo just glares at Seol-ok as he reminds her that he warned her to stop interfering.

Seol-ok insists that she’s not interfering and that she’s going to catch the killer no matter what Inspector Woo says. She has a tense staredown with Inspector Woo, before Kwang-tae interrupts to ask Inspector Woo to let them work together with the Special Investigation Team, reminding him that Jin-young was a precious colleague to him too. Inspector Woo flatly refuses and drives away without even taking a second look at Kwang-tae.

Later, Kwang-tae and the team try to get another look at the body, but they’re barred from the scene by the guards on duty. Wan-seung declares that they’re going to be the ones to catch the killer, and Seol-ok agrees that it has to be done as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the serial killer works at his day job as a security officer. He creepily eyes a female office worker, but looks away when she tells him to fix a particular surveillance camera before agreeing to do so. Oh no, he has access to the surveillance cameras!

In the car, Wan-seung wonders what serial killer detectives have to go on if the killer’s motives have nothing to do with money or drugs. Seol-ok explains that serial killers have something called a “signature” to define themselves. It’s the way the serial killer’s impulse is manifested, and in this case, the duct tape on the face and the way the body is laid out can be considered the serial killer’s signature.

Inside a stakeout van, Inspector Woo speaks into his walkie-talkie, noting that the serial killer is definitely at the market.

At Seol-ok’s office in the lunchbox store, Wan-seung comments that the pictures of the duct-taped faces look awfully familiar. He can’t seem to place his finger on it, when suddenly, he recalls bumping into the mannequins along the alleyway the other night and it clicks — the duct-taped faces look like mannequins.

Seol-ok adds that, considering the serial killer hasn’t murdered anyone for seven years, he must be doing things to get back into practice. She thinks that Inspector Woo probably predicted the serial killer’s return based on these practice cases and notes that there were a ton of cases where women in the Seodongmun Market area got splashed with alcohol. Seol-ok explains that it’s kind of like a warm-up for the serial killer before he begins the actual killing.

Kwang-tae heads off to talk to a friend of his who works at the police station in that area, and the friend comments that someone from the police headquarters came by the other day asking the same question. The friend describes the cases of women getting splashed by alcohol as especially horrifying. Not only did the women get the alcohol poured all over them, the alcohol was red. Blood red.

Nearby, Joon-oh speaks to one of the locals, who talks about a mannequin he saw that was being taken away by the police. He notes that it was barely held together by some duct tape and adds that Inspector Woo also came by to ask about the same thing, wondering why everyone’s so curious about the mannequin.

Wan-seung wonders why the killer would’ve left the body in such an easily discoverable location, and Seol-ok answers that it was probably so he could reminisce about the killing.

In the mean time, Inspector Woo and his squad of officers burst into a security company’s office looking for PARK YEONG-SOO; they’re told that the man has gone out to fix the surveillance camera.

Wan-seung gets a call from Kwang-tae, who tells him that Inspector Woo called for backup at Seodongmun Market. Seol-ok concludes that Inspector Woo has found out who the culprit is, and as they’re making their way over, they run right into Inspector Woo and his group of officers.

Inspector Woo angrily demands to know how the two of them found out that Park Yong-soo is here, accidentally revealing more information than he intended. He grabs Wan-seung by the collar and forcefully reminds him that he said he wouldn’t let it go if they kept on interfering with his investigation.

Seol-ok insists that they’re not interfering and that they’re just trying to catch the culprit on their own. But Inspector Woo shoots her down, telling her that she’s not even a cop. Wan-seung comes to her defense and argues that with all his makeup and ajumma fans, Inspector Woo isn’t much of a cop either — he’s more a celebrity than anything else.

Inspector Woo points out that it’s thanks to his fame that he was able to form the Special Investigation Team to capture the serial killer; without his popularity, he wouldn’t have been able to obtain the budget nor the manpower to get the serial killer. He leaves Wan-seung and Seol-ok with a final warning to stay out of his sight and moves on to look for the serial killer.

As the police officers work to track down this Park Yong-soo, we see him getting dressed in his police uniform before making his way out to the market.

Seol-ok tells the others that the serial killer will definitely start the hunt today, considering that Inspector Woo’s already on the move. Seol-ok admits that they won’t be able to match Inspector Woo’s profiling ability, but she notes that they can predict Inspector Woo’s movements to get to the culprit first.

At night, the serial killer goes back to his hideout behind the abandoned building and removes the tarp covering his police car, preparing for the night’s attack.

At the market, Joo-yeon’s friend Yoo-jeong is absentmindedly working at the clothing store when a coworker tells her to just go home for the night. Yoo-jeong makes a call to Seol-ok asking to be picked up, and Seol-ok readily agrees to get a nearby precinct’s police officer to pick her up.

Yoo-jeong waits alone on a dark street, and the serial killer pulls up to her in his police cruiser. He bites his lip when he spots her, excited to see his prey, and he smiles when Yoo-jeong asks if he’s the officer who got the call from Seol-ok.

In the car, Joon-oh sees Seol-ok’s worried face and offers to drive to the clothing store to see if Yoo-jeong is all right. Before they get to the store though, they see a suspicious police car driving by, and Seol-ok’s eyes widen in horror. She immediately tells Joon-oh to follow the car.

Seol-ok makes a call to Yoo-jeong, and Yoo-jeong tells the serial killer (who she thinks is just a police officer) that Seol-ok must be calling to check up on her. The serial killer looks her dead in the eye and tells her not to pick up before grinning evilly and snatching away her phone. Yoo-jeong begins frantically pulling at the door, but the serial killer knocks her out with one punch and continues driving.

The serial killer’s car, followed by a number of other police cars, passes by Kwang-tae and Wan-seung, who wonder why Inspector Woo is pulling out all the patrol cars. Inspector Woo explains to his team that the serial killer is pretending to be a cop, so their new plan is to arrest everyone driving in unidentified patrol cars.

In Joon-oh’s car, Seol-ok points out that the serial killer’s car is a fake — there’s no indication of the police insignia on the lights on top, and the police’s eagle mark on the side of the car is below the yellow line. Seol-ok is sure that she’s found the serial killer.

Inspector Woo races out of his stakeout van, and elsewhere in the marketplace, Wan-seung races to get to the killer too. Suddenly, a shot rings out, and everyone hears it. The scene cuts to Inspector Woo standing in front of serial killer’s car, his gun ready to fire.

 
COMMENTS

It’s interesting to see that with the formation of Inspector Woo’s Special Investigation Team, Wan-seung is slowly but surely starting to understand how Seol-ok used to feel when he used to be the grumpy authority figure telling her to butt out of his investigations. On one hand, I’m not so sure that, as a civilian, Seol-ok actually has any right to demand to be a part of these investigations (especially when she doesn’t seem to be that far ahead of Inspector Woo and has to piggyback on his profiling ability to get to the culprit).

But on the other hand, it’s just fascinating to watch how Wan-seung comes to her defense when Inspector Woo yells at her — it really shows how much their relationship has grown, how highly Wan-seung has come to think of Seol-ok, and how much he trusts her now compared to before. Even when he teases her about staying home for her in-laws, it’s a friendly kind of ribbing that doesn’t hold the same connotation of him looking down on her for being a housewife as it used to before.

Also, now that we know that Inspector Woo isn’t a Ho-chul 2.0 (i.e. a smart but corrupt authority figure) and that he’s actually passionate about capturing the serial killer for the sake of his murdered friend, it gives me hope that perhaps Inspector Woo will be more like Wan-seung and have a similar change in opinion towards Seol-ok once he recognizes what she’s capable of. For now, she’s just a meddlesome civilian who keeps getting in his way, but I’m sure that Seol-ok will show him her worth once she’s given the chance. While she may not have any personal vendetta against the killer, Seol-ok has consistently proven her dedication to finding justice for the victims — especially the female ones.

The only thing I’m slightly concerned about is how Inspector Woo essentially used Joo-yeon’s murder to form his special investigation team. It would be one thing if her murderer had actually been the serial killer, but Inspector Woo knew fully well that it wasn’t. In that case, was he just planning to let Joo-yeon’s real murderer go free for the sake of capturing the bigger fish?

I’m also still curious as to how exactly the serial killer is involved in Jin-young’s death; considering that the serial killer focuses on murdering young women in their twenties by using duct tape and that Jin-young’s death didn’t fit any of those characteristics, I wonder if Jin-young was the officer in charge of investigating the Duct Tape Serial Killer, and perhaps that’s what led to his death. While I had written off Inspector Woo as just another roadblock to Seol-ok’s budding civilian profiler career, it seems that he has just as interesting of a history to share.

In that same vein, I’m also glad we’re taking a break from the corruption circle of Jang Do-jang and Ha & Jung Law Firm. I certainly want to know how everything ties back to Wan-seung and Seol-ok’s past, but I’m tired of seeing just snippets here and there every time Wan-seung mourns the loss of Hyun-soo — maybe it’s the impatience talking, but I want the full story so I can decide how much to hate/fear CEO Ha.

On the other hand, I must say I’m pretty impressed by how each case so far has been weaved into the overarching story — there have always been hints about each case before it actually came to light. For example, Yoo-jeong’s case with the Duct Tape Serial Killer started during the investigation of Joo-yeon’s murder, Joo-yeon’s case started even before the Noh Doo-gil case, and the fact that Noh Doo-gil existed was planted when Seol-ok had been investigating the Jang Do-jang case. It makes me wonder if there are any other apparently innocuous, and even funny, scenarios that hint at a bigger case to come — are we just missing the clues?

It also shows that a case isn’t really over once it’s solved and the criminal is put behind bars. As was the case with Hee-chul, who we saw grieving after his entire family was found to be complicit in the murder of his mother, Yoo-jeong is another example of how traumatizing these crimes can really be. While Yoo-jeong had not been the direct victim when Joo-yeon was murdered, the killing really affected her psychologically because it made her paranoid and suspicious of everyone. The poor girl was already terrified even before she got kidnapped by the serial killer — even if Seol-ok manages to save her, I can’t help thinking that Yoo-jeong’s trauma will be nearly impossible to treat.

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I breathed a sign of relief as Earnest Cop wasn't the killer. Whew.
As for Jin Young, Inspector Woo friend/comrade, I think he grew exhaustion and that was the cause of his death. This can be hinted when Inspector Woo was scolding at Wan-seung for going to the hand-on approach (running approach) and how policemen would be so worn out from so many chases.
I see similarity with Seol Ok and Inspector Woo -- both of them wanting so badly to catch the criminal for the sake of their friends. I hope they can see that from each other.
Poor Yoo-jeong. I hope the show directs her character to a therapist.

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I am glad the show gives some spotlight on overworked police officers. Death by overwork and stress is not uncommon in the Asian societies. It's quite common in Japan, and probably Korea where people work long hours every day. Although the colleague's death is more of a footnote than an actual case of its own, I wish more people would sit up and take note of such scenarios occurring around them

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same thought here. They have that hint when Ins woo was scolding Wanseung.

Makes sense too cause he died sleeping at the table

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I actually stopped watching the drama a couple of episodes ago but still keep in touch with it through the recaps.

One thing that does strike me is as already mentioned in this recap and other recaps is the growing loving bond between our main leads. And when I say loving I don't mean it in a romantic sense, but as a friendship. the two of them really care for one another so it is adorable to see the pair bicker away like siblings and also protect one another when it comes down to it.

I have to admit I want to see more of Wan Seung being saved by Seol Ok. I just love myself some gender role switcheroos. Also I just wanna see Wan Seung's embarrassed face after the event. XD

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The bond is indeed growing stronger with every passing episode. Now they can even have similar thoughts while processing the crimes. Haha. It's so cute. In the past, SO was always the one providing the answers, but this time, WS has finally caught up with SO.

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Gosh yes agreed~! Tbh why do I feel like a proud mom watching her kids grow up even though their like twice my age XD

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Thank you for the recap!
I liked the last part best.

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Inspector Woo has eyes everywhere. He even knows where the police car is heading. I hope he captures the serial killer in the next episode, and not let him get away.

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I love the music used when Inspector Woo is in the forest, reminiscing about the past. It is so poignant, sad and brings back all the past memories of... everything.

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Omg I loved that so much too!!

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I really like that gloomy whistled melody. Isn't that some child rhyme? It's awesome, it always gives me the willies.

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I can't believe how much I am enjoying this show! It is my current crack. Everyone in it is awesome!

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Yes! All the characters are quite distinct and have their own characteristics. I love them! However, with 4 episodes remaining, I wonder if the writer intends to resolve all the issues that have been brought up, especially SO's husband. I wonder what is his role in this drama.

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1. Last episode I lowkey shipped, Kwang-tae and Kyung-mi, NOW I HIGHKEY SHIP THEM!!

2. I guess Inspector Woo gets a pass. But couldn't they have chosen a different reason for the death of his friend? Why exhaustion? Really?

3. I'm anxious to know how this case ties into the other ongoing cases

4. I'm scared for Seol Ok's safety. First Jang Do Jang is after her, then the guys who covered up of her parents murder. Hopefully Wang Seung stays by her side every moment to protect her

5. *prays for extension*

p.s. i miss the cute moments between Inspector Woo and Seol Ok
p.p.s i miss her mother in law :(

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Oh, are the guys who covered up her parents' murder after SO? I might have missed that, or it might have slipped my mind.

I wonder what's the beef with JDJ though. They make him out as this big shot character, but he does nothing, but stalks SO all the time. Wasn't he given a ticket to run off to another country? Did he take it?

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1. Same! I mean, look at that screenshot up there. How could you not??

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Me too! I know Kyung-mi is divorced, but not sure about Kwang-tae. In the earliest episode he mentioned that his kid is still in high school.

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I'm also shipping Kwang-tae and Kyung-mi! I think the death-by-exhaustion (which is likely death by heart failure due to the physical stress of not sleeping and eating) is a good commentary on the passion and work that (good) police put into bringing justice to the victims. And on the working conditions in South Korea. Inspector Woo also brings up a reasonable point that sometimes will and passion are not enough to solve a case. You'd have to be political and sacrifice some of your pride for a bigger goal.

Inspector Woo and Seol Ok did have a sort of cute energy when they first met!

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This might seem a little crazy, but is it possible that Kwang-tae is Kyung-mi's ex-husband? They seem really close and Kwang-tae previously mentioned he had a young son barely in elementary school, and Kyung-mi also has a young son because he is growing quickly. Kwang-tae is also pretty tall, like Kyung-mi described.

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KwangTae & KyungMi...oh they're totally shippable, intended to be shipped, hahaha.

I guess Jand DoJang has to stay low right now as he's been warned, so don't worry about him. But he'll come back for sure, in the story arc about SeolOk's parents-WanSeung's Noona lover-Ha&Jung in the end.

I also love the KwangTae-JoonOh growing partnership. They're like father-son.

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Ah, Inspector Woo, me likey! If he hadn't appeared so late in the show, I'd have believed he's the first lead, he got all the characteristics pat, avenging tsundere and all ^^
Am loving this show back after the pacing and cases speed up. Wish they've done this from the start instead all the drama about Seol-ok family tho.
Wondering wether the big mystery of Seol-ok's parents death will have any ties to Wan-seung's missing noona love? Am thinking with only 4 eps left, there won't be much time to cover 2 cases unless they overlap.

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I love this show, but I was hoping that Soel-ok and Wan-seung would be more of a team by now. Not necessarily in a romantic sense, but in the true Sherlock and Watson sense as partners who feed off the unique qualities of the other. We just got some glimpses of that this week. I have loved the build up. I am worried though that we are going to get to the end of the series without them acknowledging each other's talents and purposefully working together.
I have never done this before... but I am going to agree with a previous Beanie and hope for an extension! Crazy!

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I wonder if this drama is more of an origin story of the legendary Sherlock/Watson (Seol Ok/Wanseung) team. If there isn't an extension, I hope there will be a season 2!

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Inspector Woo, what's wrong with you???

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Thanks for the recap! I am really enjoying this show. I didn't even realise that the pretty lawyer lady who was supposed to be engaged to Wan Seung wasn't in this episode! I am not sure what her role in the story is actually. Oops, hehe.

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I Iike her. She works for the wrong side, working for criminals but she is one cool cat. She character is no weakling dependent on men. Her realizing that she likes WS was so well done and enacted, on the island. Her verbal take down of the goons in the elevator, coming to work even after engagement fiasco, coolly, I really liked.

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She doesn't seem to have much of a role here, except as WS's supposed fiancee, though I think we could have done without her. And the story won't be any less without it. Now that she seems to have served her purpose, she has less screen time as compared to the past. I quite like her, despite everything though. I thought she is one tough cookie.

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She and Seol-ok's husband have been missing for a while now. I wonder what's going on...

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I particularly love how they made the lunchbox restaurant as their base in finding out who the real killer is.. and the sweet innocence of Joon Oh when he was asked why do grade school boys tease girls. of course he had to give a very cute answer that he does not tease girls but help them ?

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And does he seriously doesn't get why all the schoolgirls suddenly have heartache? This guy really ?

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I suppose it's hard to realize your attractiveness when nobody has said it to your face often. I doubt his colleagues at the substation ever comments on his attractiveness. Though I think it's so cute he doesn't know he is the cause of all the heartache. I would be swooning too if I have such a counselor in school.

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so naive and cute! hahahah!!

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Seol Ok was so interfering in their episode. It really grated my nerves and as a civilian she has no right to be at the forensic site. But then I think one so passionate and tented, one just takes it has to grab chances to prove onset even if one isn't allowed to.....she sitting quiet isn't right, may be there is another way....Woo was right here. Yet she was extremely annoying. Wan Seung, he is ok, I mean s not the grown up mature man he ought to b. Seol ok was wrong , he just went all nutsy supporting her against Woo. Guy, you need to b objective and see through sensibly.

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Talented not tented. Typo

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Oneself not onset. Typo. Sorry. Typing on phone, auto correct needs checking...

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I felt her interference was pretty true to Sherlock as depicted in the modern adaptations like BBC's Sherlock and the early seasons of Elementary.

I gave her leeway since she is supposed to be Sherlock. Usually 3rd party "consultant" interference in those crime dramas where they partner up a civilian consultant with a copy make me cringe, but I still lap up them up.

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I'm glad we got to see why Inspector Woo has been so controlling and dismissive. Seol-ok was listening very intently when Woo was explaining that his whole raison d'être since Jin-young's death has been to win enough acclaim so that he could create the Special Investigation Team and personally catch the killer. I think she understood his desperation and the fact that Woo hadn't been dissing her for being just an incompetent ajumma, but rather had been terrified that her sleuthing abilities were going to undermine the plan he'd staked everything on. I have a feeling that given the chance, she'll try to help Woo to be the one to capture the killer.

Btw, the notion that a serial killer who washes his victims with alcohol to clean them (and who hasn't killed anyone for several years) "practices" for another killing spree by splashing women with red-colored alcohol makes no sense to me, but whatevs, it's a minor point that doesn't stop me from fully enjoying the show.

Scooby gang, fighting!

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Haha. Me neither. I didn't understand how Woo found the killer's identity. How SO realised it's the car so conveniently. How Woo had an initial 54000 suspects brought to 38 to 1 , what did he do, u didn't get apart from those general dialogue s in the police van. Ah well, whatever here as well. The leads chemistry is egging me on..though woo , I'd like if she becomes a serious contender for SO's attraction. He's more of a man than Wan Seung.

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I am confused as to how Inspector Woo manages to narrow down his pool of suspects from thousands to tens, then to ones. Haha. I suppose they are rushing for time, and frankly, we aren't privy to his investigative process, so it doesn't make sense to walk us through it step by step. I just accept everything that is handed to me, and enjoy the ride.

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i love how our leads approach each case with sensetive care. they both understand eac other and how they work. its amazing how thier skills are complementary to each other. i love it

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With 4 ep left, I feel like this is last call for bets on the suspect. A key rule of crime writing is that the culprit must be shown within the first quarter of the show (in our case, the first 4 ep) so the audience won't feel cheated when he is eventually revealed. His appearance and relevance is innocuous so we initially pass over him.

From what we are shown, the culprit is with male with gravelly mature voice. He has the financial means and/or access to police lookalike vehicle and gear. He was in a proximity to the police 10 years ago and has returned to killing after a hiatus.

My suspects are:
Section Chief - his innocuous presence is the perfect cover.

WS's brother - seems to be the family failure. Feelings of inadequacy etc led to crime spree. Dad trying to cover it up.

Ho Cheul - was initially no.1 suspect. Always away from home. Single persona. Hiatus corresponds with marriage. But he wouldn't kill his sister would he?

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I thought Jin-young's death was caused by exhaustion from working on the Duct Tape case non stop. Even Inspector Woo hints at it when he angrily asks Seol-ok and Wan-seung if they think they don't need man power to hunt down the criminal. He then throws in this comment about how better officers have died from the sheer exhaustion of chasing after the criminals. I thought that was a throwback to Jin-young dying from overworking his body.

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That's my understanding too, that Jin Young died of exhaustion while investigating the serial murder cases. He was NOT a murder victim himself.

That was the main motivation for Woo to subsequently make a name for himself until his celebrity status made it possible for him to setup a special investigation unit with enough financial and personnel support to go after the serial killer.

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With only 4 episodes left I'm officially scared, will we get full closure? On sul ok and Wan Seung's case? Also I hope sul ok doesn't go back to her close minded in law's place, after everything is over. Sure it's good to see that she's happy with her family, but the way they make her do all the household chores, and take her for granted, (and I talk for both the husband and the mil,sil), it's 'not' okay. Families don't make people do all that , the care and share should go both way. I haven't seen anyone from her family saying a word of sympathy or care to her, not the husband or the mil or sil. When her huaband does ask
about her whereabouts, it more sounds like interrogation, and less genuine concern. She needs to realize that she can do better than this. This half life that she's living, she deserves more than this. I would be so pissed if writer doesn't do full justice to the characters.

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I wonder how the writer is going to incorporate the confrontation between SO and the in laws about her secret sleuthing. I have a hunch that they are going to gloss over the entire issue, and make the in laws accept SO's sleuthing activities. I do so want to see the confrontation, how they come to terms with her secret activities and learn to live as a family who is honest with their feelings. What they have now is merely a facade of a family. They are treating one another cordially, not sincerely. Who lies to one another or waits to catch the other in a lie?

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This episode suddenly feels like I took a detour into another series with Inspector Woo as the lead.
Our leads look a bit like amateur fools getting in the way of serious business unfortunately.

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Didn't they look like kids? The last scene when the gunshot is heard all the leads seemed such amateurs n kiddish w.r.t. Woo who simply delivered as a cop , grown up. Wan Seung , agree, is like a bickering kid . Thank goodness I'm Not the only one who thought such. :)

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I don't understand why the writer inserted a new character so late into the show and made him the lead for these two episodes. It's true our leads look amateurish against Inspector Woo's team, but hey, this show is about our leads, not Inspector Woo. I rather watch our leads solve the crimes in their own bubbling way.

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Seol-ok's team is like, 10% the budget, 90% of the results, like an Indian filmmaker once described his work compared to Hollywood movies. But the characters coming together is nice because we got to know them before.

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Was I the only one who kept feeling that our main team was interfering with police work, when it came to the actual serial killer? It felt like they were fighting to be the one to make the arrest, to the point that they would spend time arguing when they should have been focused on catching the killer.

I'm enjoying the growing dynamics between Seol Ok and Wan Sueng, but I kept getting thrown out of the story with the focus (in my eyes) on being first rather than making sure that justice was served.

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One thing that is now apparent is that the main reason Woo wanted to sideline the "other" team is because he wanted first shot (literally) at the killer.

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I love how close they've gotten.

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I have watched up to episode 9 of this show, but for some reason my interest in this show has stalled, and I simply don't feel like watching more. I keep telling myself I will catch up later, but I don't know.

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Is it me...but I was surprise that you thought Inspector Woo's partner was murdered. I thought from his comments that he died because detectives work long hours and do not have the luxury to take care of their bodies/health.

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This show knows how to make cliffhangers alright. It always has me on the edge of my seat. I hope they rescue the poor girl.

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I felt so bad for Yoo-jeong. How can she feel safe ever again? I can imagine her being a paranoid recluse for the rest of her life. I wish the how had gone with a different victim instead of putting Yoo-jeong through the wringer. :(

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This sort of thing is really scary...a few months ago a woman was shot and killed crossing a street near where I live and since then I haven't gone near that street, even though they caught the guy.

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Her fear is totally heartbreaking. Not being able to trust anyone in the world is the worst.

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I am hoping she will get paired with Lee Won Geun. That would be so cute, and she will feel safe .

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Impressed with how the show can harbor a very complicated cases; Underwear thief, JooYeon's murder, Seodongmun Market serial killer, in just a few episodes- I'm quite relieved that they might be able to get the main arc together in the last 4 ep. I don't mind extension, though. Need more dose of Wan-Seung being 'friendly' with Seol-Ok. ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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I am actually wondering how they will wrap up all these stories in just 16 episodes?

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