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Criminal Minds: Episode 6

The team is back to chasing serial killers this hour, but of course, it gets much worse than that. But the good thing about bad things happening to our team is that we get to get a little closer to them, and learn more about how they got here. Of course, that means getting closer to some of the worst that humanity can offer, and Criminal Minds certainly doesn’t pull any punches about what a bad world it is out there. But with our ace team on the case, there’s always light in the darkness.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

As Ki-hyung closes up his car, he can’t see his son and calls out to him in mounting worry. But when the boy pops up in the backseat, Ki-hyung smiles… until he hears the sound of a camera shutter, which comes from a black-clad figure in the distance. He follows behind, stumbling, and we see it’s the Reaper, Kim Yong-chul.

And then the scene fades, and we see Ki-hyung is actually in a meeting with a doctor, whose voice finally filters in to him, telling him that he could be in danger from his hallucinations, and that he needs to extinguish his obsessive thoughts. Ki-hyung replies that he still has things to do.

Chief Director Baek receives an update on Ki-hyung’s condition, and is left troubled over a report recommending removing him from his position.

Hyun-joon finds Min-young studying a book on criminal psychology, and has some fun quizzing her and Nana on the history of profiling. Despite profiling’s success, Hyun-joon tells her with a smile that they can’t rely on a single algorithm to solve a crime. The next answer is supplied by a just-arrived Han, whose return delights everyone.

In Seoul’s Noryangjin district, a girl named Jo Eun-jung runs out of a study room with a nosebleed. As she comes out of the bathroom, she finds a study notebook dropped on the floor and follows a departing figure to return it. But as soon as she steps into the stairwell, the figure tases her and drags her away unconscious.

Eun-jung’s parents expect her for dinner, and think she’s not answering her phone because she’s busy studying. When they find a DVD in the mail, they think it’s from her. They sit down together to watch it, but horror fills their faces as they realize it’s a video of their daughter being brutalized.

At NCI headquarters, Ki-hyung watches the same video, face grim. The masked assailant in the video makes him flash to the Reaper’s mask, and he blinks hard to clear the image. Min-young reports that they don’t know if Eun-jung is still alive.

The rest of the team is briefed on the new case. Watching the video closely, Hyun-joon thinks the assailant is saying something but it’s drowned out under the loud music. As Nana works on isolating the voice, they also notice a tattoo on the assailant’s wrist.

Judging from the circumstances of the kidnap, Hyun-joon doesn’t think it’s grudge- or ransom-motivated. Instead, the assailant appears to have a sadism fetish, and filming it shows that their pleasure in the victim’s pain overwhelms the risk they might feel of being discovered.

Ki-hyung tells them that the “why” here isn’t important so much as who the video was sent to. He cites three unsolved murders since 2015, where the young women’s bodies were disposed of in places where their parents would discover them first.

They don’t know what to make of the murderer’s shift to making videos, but Min-young observes that those videos of their children suffering would be far more distressing to parents than only discovering their dead bodies.

In the torture lair, the masked assailant studies a picture of Eun-jung and her mom, taken from her wallet, while Eun-jung lies nearly lifeless beside him.

Mid-briefing, the NCI team gets word that Eun-jung’s body has been found. Oh no. Police and NCI swarm the area around the family’s home; unlike the previous cases, Eun-jung’s body was abandoned out of the way in the woods. Sun-woo puzzles over the change in pattern, but Ki-hyung says there’s definitely a reason why her body was dumped here.

Hyun-joon searches the surrounding area, and finds the reason off the trail: a small grave wreathed in flowers, along with a locket containing a miniature of the same photo from Eun-jung’s wallet, of her, her mom, and a puppy.

In the morgue, her mom breaks down when she sees Eun-jung’s feet with their nails torn off. Later, she tells Hyun-joon and Sun-woo that that was a favorite spot for the two of them, so when Eun-jung’s beloved puppy died, she wanted to bury it there.

Sun-woo notices a ring on Mom’s hand and asks if her daughter had one, too. With a cry, Mom realizes it was missing from the body, and breaks into fresh sobbing as she recounts that they’d got matching rings for her daughter’s birthday.

Sun-woo reports to Ki-hyung that the dump site had nothing to do with the fathers. Ki-hyung also recalls that the DVD was addressed only to Eun-jung mother, and it dawns on them that in the past cases, it was always the moms who discovered the bodies. Thus the whole family wasn’t the target, only the victims’ mothers.

Nana finds Han replaying the video into the night, and he notices how the assailant keeps shooting glances towards the camera, as if for approval. The next morning, he reports to Ki-hyung that the perp seemed to be acting under someone else.

When Min-young brings the report that shows the DNA collected from Eun-jung was different from the previous cases, Ki-hyung tells them that there are two perps: one torturing, the other filming. Nodding, Han describes it as a folie à deux—a condition of sharing the same psychosis and delusions. Ki-hyung speculates that the stronger one dominates the weaker, forcing him to murder, then using it as blackmail against him.

Hyun-joon and Sun-woo go to the study room where Eun-jung was last seen to examine the CCTV more closely. A shadowy figure onscreen catches Hyun-joon’s eye, and he steps into the hallway to try something out.

Out in the corridor, he notes the locations of the cameras. Sticking close to the walls, he weaves down the corridor while remaining unseen by the cameras, and guesses the culprit did the same, utilizing the cameras’ blind spots. Sun-woo comes to the same conclusion.

Replaying the video several more times, Sun-woo notices the notebook, but wonders about Eun-jung’s reaction to finding the notebook. Making the connection, she goes to the scene and mentally envisions the scene. When she reaches the stairwell, someone grabs her, and taken by surprise, Sun-woo slams him against the wall—but it’s only Hyun-joon.

They’re able to piece together a picture of what happened, realizing that the culprit lured Eun-jung, using her kindheartedness in helping a stranger against her.

Another girl, Kwon Yoo-jin, walks home that night while chatting to her mom on the phone. A hooded figure on a crutch limps ahead of her, carrying unwieldy boxes. Oh, this is definitely not going to end well. He tumbles down and Yoo-jin runs to help, sweetly carrying his belongings for him. Walking on ahead, she doesn’t see when he throws the crutch away and lunges at her with a taser.

At headquarters, Ki-hyung deduces that it’s the same criminal, given the victim type and circumstances. Hyun-joon strongly warns against an open investigation by the police since it might jeopardize the girl’s life. Han agrees: “If there’s no enjoyment to be gained from the victim, there’s no reason to let her live.”

They begin profiling their suspects, predicting them to be young and good-looking. The unfixed timing of the crimes means they might not have jobs, or their jobs have flexible hours, and they would be unsociable and were probably abused as children. Hyun-joon also notes that the victims were picked because of their relationships with their mothers.

Just then, the news shows Yoo-jin’s mom appealing to the kidnapper for her safe return, and Ki-hyung immediately dispatches Min-young to block the reporting. A quick cut to the torture lair shows us that Yoo-jin is alive, though bound and beaten.

A wheelchair-bound man grimly watches the same report. His son, a fearful-looking young man, scuttles out, and Dad barks, “Do you think they won’t find you?”

Min-young finds Nana lamenting over how many times she’s had to watch the horrible torture video. But she wonders why Nana’s dolls are all turned around and Nana cries out—she can’t have her babies witness such horror.

A sharpened picture of the wrist tattoo comes back, revealing an S design. Han recalls seeing that symbol in a pornography investigation four years ago, and he and Min-young trawl the case files.

Yoo-jin’s mom receives the tell-tale envelope and, against the NCI’s prior warning, loads the disc. But she can’t bear to play it, and hands it over to Min-young unwatched. Mom blames herself for the attack, especially since she’s encouraged Yoo-jin to be thoughtful and kind to others. “I didn’t know it would turn out like this,” she cries. Min-young promises to bring Yoo-jin back.

Han and Nana watch the new video, this time comparing it with photos from an old case file. Han pauses the video and notes the similarities in the furnishings and room layout and deduce that it’s the same room. The case files are for a sadistic porn company called S Culture, and he realizes their symbol is the same as the wrist tattoo. Ssomething spikes Nana’s attention and she rushes out.

She tracks down an old acquaintance at a PC room, and the guy sends over what he’s got about S Culture. He calls to her as she leaves, and smiling, he says, “Noona, I never thought you betrayed us.” I wonder what that means.

With the new information, Nana tells the team about one of the men behind S Culture, a Kang Jae-deok who has a history of doing time for rape, assault, and circulating porn. Sun-woo and Min-young investigate the business address and run in at the sound of a woman screaming. Min-young takes down the masked assailant.

As they arrive at Kang Jae-deok’s home address, Ki-hyung tells Hyun-joon that Kang suffered domestic violence in childhood and his mother ran away. They ring the doorbell, and it’s the wheelchair-bound man who answers. He angrily turns them away but Hyun-joon barges in when he spots the young man fleeing.

He follows him out the window, all the way to a rooftop, where Kang teeters on the edge. Hyun-joon holds out a conciliating hand, but Kang whispers that he won’t go back to prison again, and takes a last step back, plunging to his death. Well, that was over fast. A close-up shows the “S” tattoo on his wrist.

Still with the father, Ki-hyung tells him that his son threw himself off a rooftop. Dad’s face twists in grief and he shouts at Ki-hyung to get out, but Ki-hyung says they still have to save the kidnapped girl. He looks around Kang’s room for information, and from its disorder, he pegs him as a submissive.

Hyun-joon returns in time to see Ki-hyung pick out a red fingernail hidden in an inkpad, which he guesses to be from one of the earlier victims. He digs around for more clues, and discovers a group photo.

We rejoin Sun-woo. It turns out the scene they interrupted was staged, and the fake assailant says you’d have to be a psychopath to be doing it for real. But he does remember Kang Jae-deok, and Sun-woo shows him the group photo she just received. He points out the other person he recognizes, who has the same tattoo: Yoon Jung-sub.

Ki-hyung and Hyun-joon next head for Yoon Jung-sub’s address. A woman (guest appearance by Im Soo-hyang) answers the door, and Ki-hyung notes how she nervously buttons her collar to hide a bruise. Inside, they take in the extremely orderly house, and she explains that her husband likes things tidy.

They ask questions about Kang Jae-deok, whom she knows as her husband’s friend. They inform her that he’s a murder suspect, but he just died. Increasingly nervous, the wife says they had nothing to do with Kang. She pulls at her sleeve to cover another bruise, and they leave her with their number.

Ki-hyung notes that the apartment bore all the hallmarks of a controlling sadist’s personality, with its obsessive neatness and many mirrors. They guess that the wife, Yoo-kyung, is abused by her husband, but is in a Stockholm syndrome situation. Ki-hyung agrees to let Hyun-joon stay behind to keep a lookout for Yoon’s return.

Inside, wife Yoo-kyung still can’t get her husband on the phone, and spots Hyun-joon lurking around outside. Hyun-joon stays nearby in his car to stake out the house, and a short while later hears a clatter and investigates. All he finds is a fallen window grate with a scrap of bloody fabric from the wife’s dress stuck on it.

He reports her escape to Ki-hyung, who’s certain she’s gone to her husband. Nana finds a glimpse of her on CCTV, but they lose her after that. Ki-hyung worries that victim Yoo-jin will be in more danger if Yoon finds out that they visited. Luckily, we can see that she’s still alive.

Later, Ki-hyung is informed of a visitor. It’s the wife, Yoo-kyung, sporting fresh bruises and a split lip. Ki-hyung questions her, and she admits that she told her husband everything. She makes excuses for her beating, but Ki-hyung presses her. Crying, she eventually reveals that her husband is only violent when drunk—he’s good the rest of the time.

Sun-woo notices the ring she’s wearing is the same as victim Eun-jung’s, and asks Yoo-kyung if her husband gave it to her. When Yoo-kyung hears where it came from, she throws it away with a horrified scream.

Based on what Yoo-kyung tells them, they locate Yoon at a gambling den, where Hyun-joon takes a squad and arrests him. In the back of his car, they find all sorts of kidnapping and torture paraphernalia, including the distinctive mask.

Nana takes care of Yoo-kyung, who’s even more shaken at the sight of Hyun-joon bringing her husband in. But once in the interrogation room, Yoon remains cool as a cucumber.

Sun-woo estimates that as a dominant, Yoon will have mentally prepared for this situation, so their aim is to create a situation he won’t have expected. If they can unbalance him, they have a chance of finding out the victim’s location.

He does seem to react to the changes in temperature and lighting, and that’s when Hyun-joon goes in to destabilize him some more. With a sharp smile, he asks Yoon if he enjoyed pulling out the girls’ fingernails, but Yoon doesn’t bite.

Hyun-joon guesses the DNA results will match Kang Jae-deok for some of the murders, and Yoon with the rest. The evidence is piling up against him, Hyun-joon warns, so he’s better off revealing it now. Yoon tells him to just to do it by the book.

Ki-hyung reckons that Yoon is putting up a front, and he asks Nana to ask her to convince Yoo-kyung to help, since Nana’s the one who best understands what Yoo-kyung is going through. Ooo, Nana’s secret backstory. Ki-hyung says they’re nearly out of time to save Yoo-jin, but leaves the decision with her.

And so, Nana reluctantly seeks out Yoo-kyung. Passing her a hot drink, she admits that she’s much better at talking to people online. She begins to tell her own story, how she met a guy when she was 21, and she liked him so much that she even learned to be a hacker like him, just so she could be with him more.

Then, she realized her hacking (messing with the stock market) resulted in someone’s death, and one day, she went home to find her boyfriend had stripped the place of everything and vanished without a trace. “I lost everything then,” she tells Yoo-kyung, a tear slipping out.

Yoo-kyung finally speaks, and says her husband only struck her cheek at first. She tells Nana how he took her in: “That person was everything to me.” Nana pleads with her to help save Yoo-jin, and Yoo-kyung sobs that she’s scared.

“Will it really be okay?” she asks. Taking Yoo-kyung’s hand in hers, Nana smiles warmly at her and replies, “The two of us…shall we save our past selves, with our own strength?”

The whole team looks on as Yoo-kyung faces her husband. Voice shaking, she asks if he really killed someone. “Why did you do it?” she cries. Turning to the two-way mirror, Yoon shouts that he’s not going to tell them a thing, and demands they take his wife out.

Crying, she asks him where Yoo-jin is, and he coldly replies, “Why would I tell you that?” He yells at her to realize that the NCI are trying to make them out to be murderers, and tells her to get out, since it’s nothing to do with her.

“You really won’t talk?” she asks, tears running down her face. “I won’t say a word,” he replies. Crying quietly, she leaves the room, and Nana and Min-young run to comfort her as she breaks down.

Ki-hyung watches the women from a distance. Noticing him, Yoo-kyung nods to him, and then excuses herself for some air.

Ki-hyung watches her pensively and thinks back to the messy disarray of Yoon’s car, compared to the obsessive tidiness of the couple’s home, and how neither of the men have animosity towards their mothers. He wonders why on earth those two committed crimes like this.

He goes back over the interview footage with Han and Sun-woo, and realizes that Yoon’s tough talk was defensive rather than hostile. They go back over the footage of Yoo-kyung, and Ki-hyung notes a lack of fear, considering how she easily makes eye contact with Yoon. If she were afraid, she would have looked anywhere but his face.

They notice now how placid she is, despite the horrific murder scene photos all over the wall, and how Yoon looks to her for cues. Oh man. They now decode the couple’s conversation for the real meaning: Yoo-kyung’s parting question was actually confirmation that he’d take the fall and keep her out of it. Ki-hyung asks where Yoo-kyung is right now.

At the same time, Nana is finally able to isolate the assailant’s voice from the video. But she’s shocked to hear a woman’s voice saying, “Crazy bitch, sluts like you should be killed.”

Ki-hyung continues to put together the pieces: Yoo-kyung used both Kang Jae-deok and Yoon Jung-sub, and then acted like she was a victim herself. He thinks to himself that she was actually the one to conceive and plan everything. A flashback to Yoo-jin’s kidnapping reveals that the limping “man” was Yoo-kyung, whose hood had covered her face.

The guard escorting Yoo-jin outside gets a call to alert him to the danger. But before he can react, a cold-eyed Yoo-kyung knocks him out with a taser.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, firstly, NCI, don’t tell me you let someone with a hidden taser into your building and that didn’t get caught in the security checks? Secondly, when did she have the time to put Evil Eyeliner on? But lols, minor necessary plot holes aside: That’s more like it! Just as I was worrying that the whole case was too straightforward, it’s good to know the show can play with an ace up its sleeve, and bring it down with well-calculated aplomb. I just find it really satisfying to be taken for a ride where I don’t figure it out until the twist is upon us (though I admit I am also a little dense sometimes).

I’m also glad that we’re finally addressing how profiling is an inexact science, because so far, all the profiling has been delivered with the gravity of a medical diagnosis. Although I think psychological evaluations can have a lot of value, the margin of error is always going to be wider and it needed to be acknowledged. It fits that it’s Hyun-joon, the man of action who once rejected profiling, who points out that profiling isn’t a tool to be used in isolation, nor is it foolproof.

I actually prefer the cases to span multiple episodes, for a number of reasons. When a case is opened and closed in a single episode, I think it can end up lacking the emotional tension that makes you unsettled and nervous as a viewer. When they are single-episoders, it makes more sense for them to be lower-key than, you know, an anthrax attack, with the plot augmented by a backdrop of meaningful character moments. I want to lose the nagging sense that this show is trying to reproduce something; they’ve certainly got the acting power for it, so I’ve decided to remain firmly optimistic that it will find its own rhythm.

Since it’s a fairly large ensemble, I think it’s been over-conscious in giving each member lines and character moments, instead of going about it more organically. If each member had clearer specializations, it would go a long way to giving them more cohesive development, both individually, and in defining their roles within the unit. I think that’s why Hyun-joon remains the fullest character so far: He’s active, involved, and sympathetic, giving us clear lines of connection between what he does, what he says, and what he feels, whereas I think Sun-woo and others are given much less to work with. Hopefully that’s something that will even out in the weeks to come, especially since we’re still waiting for more about the Nadeul River case that Sun-woo and Hyun-joon have in common, as well as the various hints dropped about everyone else’s backstories.

I’ve read a few complaints about Nana and Han, based on how they don’t match up to the characters from the original, so I must be in the minority when I say I really like them. Even if they’re a little one-note, it’s a good note, and their quirkiness breaks the serious vibe the rest of them have nearly all the time. Though we’ve seen Hyun-joon have fun and crack more than one smile, he’s not exactly a joker, and I enjoy the levity and touch of weirdness brought by the socially-awkward nerd and the fluffy hacker. I mean, the dolls were a little creepy, but Nana is absolutely adorable about them, and I find her bubbly warmth infectious. But then maybe that’s just one nerdy recluse relating to another, who knows? And I always have a soft spot for flaily women, so Han’s flaily-supergenius-manchild is welcome to my flaily-farm any day.

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Plot: This episode was based on 2x3, "Perfect Storm". The main culprit was indeed the wife from a married couple, with her husband her submissive partner. But in the original they didn't target the parents at all until the mother of a victim gave a television interview offering forgiveness to her daughter's abductor, triggering the wife's anger (due to a past that may come up in the next episode). After this, they started sending dvds of the torture they inflicted on their victims to the parents, there was no specific target among them.

Character: Nana's character base did have a terrible hacker boyfriend but not in quite the same circumstances. Their official breakup was due to her being arrested and then recruited by the FBI.

Personal: I thought this was a great episode in the original so I'm having a lot of fun with this one. I do still want more focus on the team members though.

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I'm waiting for Lee Han to shine!
Love the original character.

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I think episode 6 was the best CM-SK so far. Better pace/editing, actual profiling, intresting villain, profiler teamwork, etc. I hope we will see improvement in upcoming episode too

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Hi @persianrose, following your suggestion in WWW, I did watch Eps 5-6. Happy to let you know,I enjoyed Ep 6. I'll put CM-SK on hold rather than completely dropping it. Thank you again.

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YASSSSS I GUESSED CORRECTLY!! But can we talk about how great of an actress that woman is. She switched up so effortlessly between victim and mastermind. And it’s so rare to see women as serial killers. You go girl! My only question is why did she allow her husband to beat her up when he’s drunk?

I wish they would’ve delved a bit further into Nana’s backstory. How did she kill someone? Did she end up going to prison? Is that what got her into hacking? and why did she stick with it? (Also #protectnanasquad she's a ray of sunshine)

Anyone else notice how the number of comments went down severely between this week and last week. It's so weird considering the episodes were much better this week imo

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"Anyone else notice how the number of comments went down severely between this week and last week. It's so weird considering the episodes were much better this week imo"

Yes. I noticed and I believe that it's exactly due to thw episodes were much better that the comments went down so much. As it's quite clear those who commented the most in previous episodes are those who dislike the drama. Now that it gets better, they have less reason to post that much. Plus, we had quite ugly commotion due to too much negativity last week.

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Because the recaps so .. late ... I've already watched it since ... thursday and friday morning ... made people lazy to comments

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probably many people dropped this show and dont watch it any more

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Well I enjoyed it so much except Ep 4 ...

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I'm one of those who dropped the show after watching 2 episodes. Just reading recaps.

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Probably because the episodes were better (storylines, editing, acting)- nothing stuck out like a sore thumb..but it wasn't anything groundbreaking...
I guess the show does give the strong impression of 'trying to reproduce' the original a lot-especially in the anthrax episode, the park scene seems very fabricated/CG-like..i think it does a poor job of an adaptation-it gathers original plotlines and develops them in a way that the original might have gone..so, the whole thing does not enthral as everything plays out in a predictable way.. tbh, even the original has its glaring flaws-instances where normal investigations might be more efficient than profiling and where the characters are incredibly stupid..but that was the flavour of the original show..
I doubt that S.korea has many serial killers like the US-version but it could do with new storylines/adapting original ones in the context of S.korea- some army ones(the mandatory years), biochemical(anthrax screams USCM mimicry but possible MERS/whatever virus pandemic affected S.Korea) , the academic, the bullying, the plastic surgery, shooting in different locations, ritualistic S.korean crimes, or based on the previous laws that no same name people can marry or the infidelity law..

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My guess is that either she has some masochistic tendencies or she got those bruises while fighting/killing their victims and just pretended he did it when the NCI showed up. I don't think it's possible for the submissive partner to be able to go against her like that.

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Some psychotic hurt themselves and get ectatic feeling ... i guess she hurt her self ... and play victim

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YES she was so good! I felt something off when she suddenly asked her husband if he really killed the girl, but wow. And that last shot with her tasing the guy was some powerful stuff. This sounds wrong but yay for more female killers! Lol, since we know dramaland loves serial killers so much nowadays. . .

I think she probably made the story up that her husband beats her, because he's a submissive, right? If he did, it would be because she allowed it, but that would be a very twisty relationship. Well, more than it already is. I hope the next episode delves into that more, because she's really interesting. Especially her interactions with Nana.

#protectnanasquad ftw!

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I felt something off when she escaped through that window. Seemed too hardcore for a housewife, even one who had Stockholm Syndrome. I had expected her to be involved in the crime somehow, but not as the dominant leader. I heard a record scratch when she was like "so you're not going to tell the cops you killed that girl". Im Soo Hyang was awesome in this episode!

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People just dropped this drama, that is why there are no comments here.

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that actress is im soo hyang, and she usually gets bad comments here. I agree though, that was a good cameo. I guess she likes these types of roles better? haha or something

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I'll watch this episode for sure.

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Thanks for the recap!
So... the team finally found their groove! Hope it get better and better.
As I have already watch the original version, it doesn't surprise me knowing that the brain is the wife. That sudden emotion face change is chilling! The actress played so well that it creeps me out.

True that there are some glitch here and there, but this episode is by far the best out of 6 episodes. ^^

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Nice episode ...

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Imsohyang do a good job. Her acting ... 2 thumbs up

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Thanks for the recap! And I agree that at first I found NaNa to be annoying but I actually started liking her this episode bc of her quirky and nerdy nature, it really helps ease some of the intensity. Also I feel proud that the nerdy trope in this show us the one that is able to sympathize and connect with people the most out of the team lol. Episode 5 and 6 were so much better and I'm totally ready to follow our team as it probably only gets better from here!

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I think the show finally came into its own this episode and am lapping it all up. Loved the dream like intro (I know, I know 'hallucination') and how it casts a pall over the rest of the team. It amps up the urgency when we wonder if TL Kang is gonna make it the rest of the episode in sound mind and if he's going to be able to take the heat as the series progresses.

I'm a sucker for mystery procedurals.. it's like comfort food. Although I was more of a NCIS fan rather than CM. To be honest, I could never quite stomach the few American CM episodes I watched. They were psychologically upsetting, and disturbingly haunting. Too much real life depravity rolled into an hour of TV left me feeling slightly queasy. Which is why I looked forward to CM Korea. If anything, I'm hoping that the stories would be more hopeful( maybe less depressing?) and justice more satisfying( i don't know if that made sense) . The madness of the human mind needs no encouragement. I don't always need to watch in detail how psychopaths get off on cruelty, I have my imagination for that.

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There was a summer when I used to have the American CM on more as background tv while I surf the web or fold my laundry. It was on some channel that did a lot of reruns and at the time, the summer was sort of deadzone for tv (now there is just too much good tv to watch all the time).

I looked away during the crimes portion and then tuned in more during the profiling. I stopped after awhile since it occurred to me that the series had introduced some really violent crimes I've never even imagined and that there was enough unique violent crimes to last an endless number of seasons. Then again, I've always liked my procedurals sort of light (i.e. Bones before it had too many seasons).

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Hey fellow Bones fan (: i could watch the initial seasons again and again. It got too complicated when they brought in the baby and i left it by season 8

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I'm also a fan of US version of CM - including the spin-off Suspect Behaviour. But had to drop off due to the endless seasons.

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Like some of the other commenters, I found episode 6 to be much better and smoother. There were a few jarring bits, but nothing that distracted me too much. The only part that really annoyed me was the comparison between Nana and Yoo-Kyung's situations - which don't seem all that comparable to me (lying criminal bf who used and abandoned you versus husband who physically abuse you and turned out to be a serial killer). Anyways, I found the hour to have gone by very quickly. Liked how Hyun-joon pointed out that profiling is only the a piece of the puzzle in solving a crime. Liked how they actually did profiling. I enjoyed that part when they went over the footage of Yoo-kyung's conversation with her husband. The action and tension was also well-balanced in this episode.

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After Ep 4 ... Ep 4 is such disappointment ..but starting from Ep 5 ...getting better ... and Ep 7 is very Good too ...this recaps is too slow ...

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Finally get around to watch it and the recap already here for long

I still think the case of this week is way better for the opening week or even make this at the beginning and make the ep before as flashback.
The ep is more coherent and resemble the OG more in term of progression. It really what makes it about criminal minds.

the disappointing part:

- Lee Han and Hwang Hana is still an awkward actor
- the abduction method is weird and why drag the body like that and hope that they get away without the sounds and the people outside
- the editing between scene still has weird part, like before they found the 1st body, there's no need to talk as if it hasn't happen cut to the present and then cut to the past again
- It's weird that they kinda know the 3 victims earlier but there's no indication of the perpetrator become dormant, there must be a clue and profile from 2 years ago but none is said. It's 2 years.
- It's so unlikely that someone finds the tattoo that small and link it to underground sadistic culture, it better to be the opposite, suspect that it was a sadistic culture then looked at who has the tattoo
- the interrogation room is dark but when we see it from CCTV, it's bright. It means the dark room is shot that way just for "tense" looked alike atmosphere
- the flashback of yoo kyung is manipulative, there's no need to do that for something that is wrong as it's manipulative for the viewer just 5 minutes away to know that she is the culprit.

the good progression
- the last part about detecting the part about the mum video is the profiling that the series needed.
- the acting of the perpetrator is way better and moved

the disappointing progression
- why do they move yoo kyung that fast to her home? It feels like a way to make it more dramatic. It was better if she is going to treatment or make a written statement. It just so bizarre that they release her before they talk again and finalised it with the husband.

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Okay, I liked this episode of Criminal Minds the most so far. I haven't watched the original, so I'm just taking this show as any crime/mystery drama. It's not as smart as I'd like it to be (some clues are sooo convenient), but it's slick enough and has powerhouse acting. I'm sticking around and I'm glad I am because it's only improving.

I think it's interesting how we always assume serial killers are men. I've watched a few shows now where they spin it and reveal the killer to actually be a woman, so I should know by now but this one still got me.

I appreciate the multiple episode format per case. Now we've got two serial killers on the loose, plus that river accident that was alluded to. It's tense stuff and I like the characters enough (mainly Hyun-joon and Ki-hyung) that I do actually fear for them. I'm looking forward to the next episodes...

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Oh that cliffhanger! I knew something wasn't quite right but the actress who portayed Yoojin was so convincing, that I didn't think it was possible for her to be the one in full control.

Best episode so far!

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LOve this drama ...the recaps is too way slow ...I've already watch Ep 7 ... and I'm glad it's getting better & better

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Who played the part of her husband?

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