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Life on Mars: Episode 10

Everyone is forced to face some harsh truths this hour, but it’s a necessary growing pain in order to move forward. People are dropping like flies and if Tae-joo wants to stay alive, he’ll have to keep on his toes because if one thing’s for sure, he’s running out of time.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

After a quick recap of the entire Kim Min-seok mystery from Tae-joo’s first encounter in 2018 up until Tae-joo’s “present,” we see our favorite detective leaving work for the night. As he steps into the hallway, however, the lights begin to flicker and an eerie voice calls out to him.

The voice—identifying itself as Kim Min-seok—leads Tae-joo to a window that lights up like a screen to show 2018 Kim Min-seok, dressed as a doctor. As he leans over Tae-joo’s hospital bed, he remarks that the detective looks surprisingly well. Min-seok says he brought a gift and produces a tape recorder. When he presses play, ex-fiancée Seo-hyun’s voice screams for Tae-joo to save her.

Tae-joo runs towards the window, but the hallway warps and stretches, keeping him in the same spot. Smirking, Min-seok says there’s nothing Tae-joo can do—no matter what, he can’t come back. He walks away and the window reverts to normal glass. The lights flicker again and Tae-joo begins to choke, gasping for air. The hallway goes dark and suddenly, Tae-joo is lying on the floor of his room still struggling to breathe.

The television beside him shows his 2018 doctor and nurse rushing into his hospital room. Doc says Tae-joo is having a seizure and as he applies the defibrillator, Tae-joo’s body spasms. Between jolts, Tae-joo flashes back to the roof—when he was about to jump, thinking it would return him to 2018. He remembers Na-young had held his hand over her heart and said that whether he’s dreaming or traveled back in time, there’s a reason he’s here.

As he holds her hand in the vision, Tae-joo’s body finally relaxes.

That morning at work, Tae-joo calls around to elementary schools looking for young Kim Min-seok. After crossing paths with him the night before (when young Min-seok had rescued young Tae-joo from bullies), Tae-joo had attempted to ask his younger self about the other boy. Unfortunately, all little Tae-joo could do was confirm the other boy’s name.

Suddenly, Tae-joo’s ear begins to ring and blood trickles out. A bright light flashes and the TV clicks on to show Tae-joo’s doctor giving an interview. Doc starts by saying Tae-joo’s case is extremely rare. Tae-joo’s body has suffered severe damage and his prolonged coma is only making things worse. He continues that even if Tae-joo were to regain consciousness, his body wouldn’t be able to function properly—essentially, Tae-joo has no hope for recovery. Oh dear.

Doc’s voice overlaps itself, reiterating that Tae-joo is doomed and it would be better to pull the plug. With an anguished cry, Tae-joo throws a hand-radio at the TV and then nearly jumps out of his skin when a voice asks if he can hear the voices from such a distance.

A young man stands beside Tae-joo and warns him not to believe the voices—they lie. Blinking back, Tae-joo tentatively asks if the stranger heard everything. Nodding emphatically, the young man confirms he hears the voices all the time. He then reveals that he’s from 2018 and a stunned Tae-joo starts to say the same when the man holds up his hand. He warns Tae-joo that others might be listening… and then taps his ear, wondering if Tae-joo also has a wiretap.

The man continues that he has a wiretap in his ear and Tae-joo realizes that the stranger is not a fellow time-traveler—he’s just crazy. The rest of the team arrives and apparently the man is no stranger to the station. Turns out, he always shows up around the same time every year, escaping from the psychiatric hospital and causing a ruckus at the station.

The detectives are forced to chase him around the room, and eventually manage to tie him up. He refuses to leave before performing the E.T. finger touch with both Dong-chul and Tae-joo. Hee.

As he’s being escorted out, the mystery patient greets a young officer, seeming to recognize him. The officer quietly watches the man get dragged away before reporting to the team that a crime scene has been discovered.

Driving out to the countryside, Dong-chul comments that Tae-joo looks tired. Tae-joo says he didn’t sleep much, which Dong-chul takes to mean he made use of the dirty magazine Dong-chul had left him. Irritated, Tae-joo tells him to speed up, and Dong-chul leans out to yell at the tractor in front of them.

The schoolchildren catching a ride on the back of the tractor jeer at the detectives and Dong-chul good-naturedly teases them back. All’s well until one boy makes a rude gesture—one that Dong-chul is fond of using himself—and after a shocked beat, Dong-chul starts screaming at the kid to learn some manners. Hehe.

The pair finally arrives at the crime scene to find that they’re short-staffed, due to the Olympics. Na-young leads them over to a deep hole in the ground where a woman’s body had been discarded. She explains that a farmer found the corpse while working and Tae-joo notes that the body appears to have been dead for about a month. Unfortunately, there’s nothing more they can do until the forensic team arrives.

Sometime later, the forensic team turns up along with a crew of officers and the other two detectives in Dong-chul’s unit. The officers scour the fields for the victim’s belongings. Na-young finds a shoe, maknae detective Nam-shik a purse, and so on until they’ve located everything they could.

The victim’s ID says her name is Kim Bok-rye and she lives in the village. Tae-joo assumes she was murdered on her way home from the bus stop. He, Na-young, and Dong-chul head over to Bok-rye’s house and find it oddly void of any photographs but her own. In the bathtub, they find the charred remains of the missing photos.

Dumb luck leads them to the only surviving family photo when Dong-chul trips and spots it under a dresser. Tae-joo’s stomach drops when he looks at the picture and recognizes little Kim Min-seok staring up at him from between a man and Bok-rye. Adult Min-seok sneering at him in his hospital bed flashes across his mind along with Min-seok’s promise that Tae-joo will never return.

Tae-joo’s ear starts to ring again and he abruptly drops the photo to cradle it. Na-young and Dong-chul stare it him concernedly as Tae-joo’s nose beings to bleed. Excusing himself, Tae-joo stumbles into the bathroom. The ringing intensifies and he crashes around a bit before sliding to the floor as Min-seok’s chuckles echo in his mind.

Rejoining the others outside, Tae-joo assures Na-young that he’s okay and Dong-chul jokes again that Tae-joo overexerted himself with the dirty magazine. Whatever Tae-joo was about to retort is cut off by the arrival of Nam-shik.

The youngest detective tells them murder victim Bok-rye’s husband works on a fishing boat, but the couple divorced three months ago after a fight. Apparently, Bok-rye has a notoriously bad temper and didn’t get along with any of her neighbors either.

Tae-joo asks about the child, but no one’s seen him and they assume his father took him. Tae-joo asks about the boy’s school—surprising the other detectives by already knowing his name. Nam-shik is unsure but Na-young figures he likely attends the nearest elementary.

She and Tae-joo go to the school and confirm that Min-seok is a student. They also learn that his attendance is abysmal due to “illness,” and following a bad injury a few months prior, his mother had notified the school he’d be taking a long-term absence. The teacher adds that Min-seok didn’t get along with his classmates.

Outside, Na-young asks Tae-joo if this Kim Min-seok is the same one he’d had her look into—and had said was a serial killer. Tae-joo admits that he is, adding that Min-seok has something to do with why he’s here. “He’s my only clue to find my way back,” Tae-joo concludes, causing Na-young’s heart to sink.

Back at the station, Tae-joo and Dong-chul stare blankly at the murder board they’ve constructed for Bok-rye. Nam-shik runs in and announces the husband has been found, however, he has a clear alibi for the murder as he was on an overseas fishing trip until two days ago. Sighing, Dong-chul removes the husband’s picture from their suspects section.

Tae-joo still wants to speak with the husband, so Nam-shik leads him down to the docks. They find him drunk in a restaurant and Tae-joo questions him about Min-seok. The husband barks that he doesn’t know, or care—Min-seok isn’t his biological son anyway. The husband reveals that Bok-rye had adopted Min-seok solely for the benefits, but everything went wrong after taking him in.

Tae-joo joins Dong-chul at the morgue. Manager Park frets that with all the deaths in the area, he’s not safe. Skimming over the report, Tae-joo notes that Bok-rye suffered extensive injuries. Looking at the body, Tae-joo points out that she bled from her broken leg. Dong-chul innocently asks the significance of that observation, earning stunned looks from Tae-joo and Manager Park.

Manager Park explains that for the wound to bleed, it had to have been inflicted while the victim was alive. He continues that she was beaten to death with a metal bat, breaking and fracturing several bones in the process. The killing blow was a strike to the head and Manager Park bemoans a world where a robbery (as Bok-rye’s jewelry was missing) would warrant such a brutal beating.

The men return to find Na-young staring intently at the crime scene photos. She snaps out of it long enough to report that due to so much time passing, the forensic team was unable to find anything useful.

Detective Yong-ki adds that the bus driver remembers Bok-rye disembarked alone the last time he’d seen her. Unfortunately, that means there were no witnesses to her murder. Dong-chul notices Na-young staring at the photos again. He starts to send her to fetch some tea, but wants to know what’s caught her attention. Na-young finds something off with the photos and when everyone gathers around to look, Tae-joo announces that they need to return to the crime scene.

On the way, Tae-joo explains that one of Bok-rye’s socks is far filthier than the other, indicating that she’d still been trying to get away after her leg had been broken. Disturbingly, this would mean that the killer had drawn out her death, practically toying with her. The killer had planned this attack and waited for Bok-rye at the bus stop.

Na-young points out that the killer’s behavior suggests resentment or revenge, therefore robbery was never the motive—the true purpose was murder. The detectives fan out to search for anything they’d missed. Nam-shik takes the field, but only finds garbage. Meanwhile, Yong-ki and Dong-chul jam out to the radio.

Na-young and Tae-joo return to the hole the body was found in, and Na-young comments that moving the body here would’ve been difficult. Tae-joo agrees, thinking that the assailant must be familiar with the area. Back at the car, the other detectives are standing around chatting when Na-young suddenly calls out to them.

Rushing over, they find Na-young standing next to the hole which Tae-joo is kneeling in. He picks up a badge and hands it to Dong-chul, who recognizes the organization it belongs to. Tae-joo then holds out his hand for Dong-chul to pull him up, but Dong-chul just slaps a low-five and scurries off leaving him and Na-young to fend for themselves.

They must figure something out, because both are present when the team investigates the organization’s headquarters. The club representative confirms the badge belongs to a member of their branch, and Tae-joo requests a list. Yong-ki calls their attention to a photo hanging on a corkboard, having recognized one of the members as a junkie they’d arrested previously.

According to the club rep, the junkie, Yang Gil-soo, has apparently since cleaned up his act and dedicated his time to volunteering. He adds that Gil-soo also helps out with the daily bookkeeping, but didn’t show up today. Yong-ki leads the team to Gil-soo’s house, where they find the utilities have been cut for nonpayment.

Searching the house, Yong-ki finds a bundle of meth, while Nam-shik stumbles across Bok-rye’s missing earrings. A noise draws the team to the shed, where they find Gil-soo drugged out of his mind. He lashes out when Yong-ki approaches and it takes all four men to wrestle him to the ground. Yong-ki gets injured in the scuffle and faints when he sees the blood.

Gil-soo is brought to the interrogation room, but can’t answer any of Dong-chul or Tae-joo’s questions. Dong-chul barks that Gil-soo can’t even pay his bills, but somehow managed to buy meth. He accuses Gil-soo of robbing Bok-rye to fund his drug problem but Gil-soo continues to reply that he doesn’t remember. He does add that the meth just suddenly appeared two days ago.

Dong-chul’s patience has reached its limit and he lunges at Gil-soo. Tae-joo manages to hold him back, suggesting that they wait for Gil-soo to sober up before questioning him again. Yong-ki and Nam-shik return from getting Yong-ki’s head wound stitched up and Dong-chul puts the two in charge of Gil-soo while he and Tae-joo go out.

In the hall, Na-young informs them that she finished going through Bok-rye’s loan shark record book and that Gil-soo had borrowed 1,000,000 won (roughly 1,000 dollars). To date, he’s only returned a tenth of his debt. Dong-chul figures the loan was enough to buy three months worth of meth.

Tae-joo asks about Gil-soo’s whereabouts on the day Bok-rye died and while there had been a club event, Gil-soo was unaccounted for. Dong-chul thinks they have enough circumstantial evidence and tells Tae-joo to send Gil-soo’s statement to the prosecutor’s office as soon as he gets it. For now, though, Dong-chul wants Tae-joo to get himself checked at the hospital—he’s worried Tae-joo will faint sooner or later.

After Dong-chul leaves, Tae-joo turns to go back into the interrogation room, but Na-young stops him—she’s found the hospital where Kim Min-seok received treatment. They head over and although the doctor is out, the nurse at the desk hands over Min-seok’s medical records.

Flipping through, Na-young concludes that Min-seok had been repeatedly abused. Furthermore, Bok-rye’s injuries mirror Min-seok’s records. They realize Bok-rye was murdered in revenge for Min-seok and Tae-joo says they need to find him quickly.

They return to the station to find a commotion outside the interrogation room. Tae-joo pushes through the crowd of officers and sees Nam-shik sitting outside the door, nervously wringing his hands. Nam-shik springs to his feet when Tae-joo approaches and attempts to block him from entering the room.

Tae-joo pushes past and sees Yong-ki watching anxiously as a paramedic attempts to resuscitate Gil-soo. Alas, it’s too late and Gil-soo is dead. Tae-joo demands to know what happened, but neither detective will look him in the eye. He asks Yong-ki why there are bruises on Gil-soo’s face and the other detective leaves the room.

Pausing only to shoot a glare at Nam-shik that causes the young man to flinch, Tae-joo follows Yong-ki out into the hall. He demands for Yong-ki admit whether or not he hit Gil-soo and Yong-ki shouts defensively that he smacked the guy around a bit, but it can happen in an investigation. Tae-joo barks that a person has died and Yong-ki throws back that there’s nothing he can do about it now. He sobers, however, when Dong-chul walks up.

Rejoining the others in the interrogation room, Dong-chul calmly asks what happened, demanding the truth when Yong-ki stumbles over his words. Before he can answer, however, Chief Kim walks in. He then proceeds to berate the team, ignoring Dong-chul’s insistence that he’ll take care of the issue himself.

The reprimanding escalates until Chief Kim smacks Nam-shik across the face, and then Yong-ki. Angrily, he wonders if they’re cops or bullies and reels back to hit them again, only for Dong-chul to grab his arm and pin it behind his back. Crying out in pain, Chief Kim barks at Dong-chul to let him go, but Dong-chul calmly repeats that he’ll take care of his team.

“Even if I get disciplined or fired, it’s none of your business,” Dong-chul snaps, “How dare you hit my subordinates, you arrogant jerk!” He releases Chief Kim and tells him to get lost. Glaring daggers, Chief Kim scoffs that he’ll be watching how Dong-chul deals with this before stomping out of the room.

Dong-chul demands to know how Gil-soo could suddenly die of a heart attack when he was perfectly fine earlier. Tae-joo points out that his drug addiction could’ve weakened his heart to the point that even a minor shock would’ve killed him. Yong-ki defensively shouts that he couldn’t have known that, but Dong-chul tells him to shut up.

Finally, Yong-ki admits that Nam-shik didn’t do anything wrong—it’s his fault. Nam-shik snivels that he’s also responsible but Dong-chul doesn’t want to hear apologies right now. Instead, he sends Na-young to call Manager Park and they lock the interrogation room while they wait for him to arrive.

Dong-chul and Tae-joo look in on Yong-ki’s guilt-ridden form, hunched over his desk as he smokes a cigarette. With a sigh, Dong-chul goes in to comfort him while Tae-joo heads off to find Nam-shik. The youngest detective is sobbing alone in the darkened hallway and Tae-joo sits next to him. Nam-shik whimpers that he’s sorry—he only wanted to get a confession and show Tae-joo that he and Yong-ki were capable.

Tae-joo gently tells him that while the investigation is important, that doesn’t justify illegal acts. Nam-shik apologizes again, but Tae-joo says he should be saying that to Gil-soo’s family, instead. Nam-shik promises to do so and Na-young appears to fetch them—Manager Park has arrived.

Manager Park examines the body and confirms cause of death to be a heart attack. He asks Yong-ki to explain what happened when Gil-soo died. Turns out, Gil-soo didn’t die from the beating but from a forced drug overdose. Everyone shoots a look at Yong-ki and he adamantly denies involvement.

Tae-joo wants to know if they’d ever left Gil-soo alone, and Yong-ki admits that there were a few minutes after Gil-soo fainted when he’d gone out to call for an ambulance. Tae-joo declares that to be the killer’s window and Dong-chul asks if they were recording the interrogation. Nam-shik confirms he’d been trying to emulate Tae-joo and had indeed turned on the recorder.

Realizing the recorder probably captured what happened in the room when Yong-ki left to call for help, the team searches for the device. Nam-shik had left it on the table, but when Yong-ki had scuffled with Gil-soo, it had gone flying. Na-young finds it in a corner and everyone gathers around to listen.

The tape starts with Nam-shik stating their names, date, and the purpose of the recording. Yong-ki had quickly grown irritated and sent Nam-shik out of the room to keep watch. Nam-shik confirms this now to Dong-chul and they continue listening. The tape reveals that Yong-ki had then begun his investigation, but it soon devolved into a beating—more than he’d admitted to Dong-chul earlier.

Suddenly, Gil-soo had begun gasping for air and Yong-ki is heard rushing out of the room to get the ambulance, which he confirms to the team. They continue listening and after a prolonged silence, footsteps are heard entering the room. A voice tells Gil-soo that he hadn’t intended for things to turn out this way, but in order for him and Min-seok to be happy, Gil-soo has to die.

We see that gloved hands had then dumped the entire contents of the package of meth (that had been recovered from Gil-soo’s house) into the addict’s mouth. He seized briefly and then fell still, while the killer pulled out an inhaler and took a puff. From the floor, the killer then picked up an officer’s hat. As he places it on his head, we see that it’s the same officer from earlier in the episode (the one the mental patient had recognized).

Tae-joo replays the recorder and recognizes the sound of an inhaler being used, immediately linking it to the inhaler found where his father was murdered—thereby connecting all the deaths (Dad, Dad’s girlfriend, Go Yeong-suk, Min-seok’s adopted mother, Kim Bok-rye, and finally, drug addict Yang Gil-soo) to one killer. Na-young wonders how the killer managed to get into the interrogation room and Nam-shik agrees, since they were only gone for ten minutes.

“He was watching us,” Tae-joo declares, “He’s close to us.” He rushes out of the room and into the main part of the police station. Scanning the crowd, Tae-joo doesn’t even register the killer officer cheerfully saluting him as he walks past. What’s more, he walks away just as little Min-seok runs into the station and calls out “Hyung!” He happily runs up to the killer and they laugh together as they leave the station, hand-in-hand.

 
COMMENTS

Ooof! So close! Now Tae-joo knows the serial killer is close by, but as Officer Psycho demonstrated with that cheeky salute, it doesn’t make a difference if he doesn’t know who he’s looking for… and this guy is going to be a hard one to catch. He’s already killed four people (as far as we know) and has a knack for blending in. And while I can understand his motivations for killing the two we saw this episode, what was his reason for Dad and Go Yeong-suk? Was he really just following CEO Oh’s orders? Or does he have another agenda entirely? And what does this mean going forward?

Fun fact, when Dong-chul is listening to the radio (instead of helping the other detectives look for clues), they’re listening to Jo Yong-pil’s “Mona Lisa” and Dong-chul declares that the singer will still be active in his seventies. Yong-ki scoffs, but joke’s on him because Jo Yong-pil is one of Korea’s most influential music artists and is still active today. Hehehe.

This wasn’t an easy hour for any member of the team. Tae-joo is still struggling with his dual timelines. The doc said that even if he wakes up, he’ll never be the same. Meanwhile, his episodes are escalating and it would seem he’s running out of time. Na-young was reminded that Tae-joo didn’t come here by choice and regardless of whether she believes he’s a time-traveler or not, he’s made it clear that he intends to return home. Yong-ki and Nam-shik had a huge scare with Gil-soo’s death and all I can hope is that they learn from it, particularly Yong-ki. He dodged a bullet by not being the one actually responsible for the death, but I hope this serves as a wake-up call that he needs to rethink his methods. He’s learned some really bad habits along the way and while it’s not entirely his fault (rather a side-effect of a corrupt system at work) he still nearly made an irreversible mistake.

On the other hand, Nam-shik was heartbreaking. He really respects Tae-joo and wanted nothing more than to prove his and Yong-ki’s worth. It’s hard to compete with a golden trio like Dong-chul, Tae-joo, and Na-young so I can understand why he and Yong-ki feel a little left out. Hopefully everyone can learn from this and find a way to come together as a solid team. They need to have each other’s backs with a serial killer in their midst.

 
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I knew this drama would address the cops violence issue, what's with Tae-joo keep reminding his (stubborn) team member about the dire consequences. And yet, I didn't expect it to also become the thing that could probably push Yong-ki toward much-awaited character growth. I just hope I wouldn't wait futilely for that because Yong-ki's sharp and mocking barb is getting on my nerves.

Also, this show and its love for double-meaning conversation! Here I am, rejoicing that Tae-joo finally met someone who could explain to him about this whole time-travel-slash-coma-induced-dream mess. And turned out, it's just the ET Boy making his yearly visit to the station. *facepalm*

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Is the ET boy is the "Milky Boy" in School 2017?

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Yup, he is also the first love guy from Just Between Lovers.

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Also the younger brother of the heroine in jugglers (though most of the people here didn't watch it). I think we're just listing his entire filmography here.

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Whose first love? The lead actress? The one that die in the accident?

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Yes. The one who died in the mall collapse... :(

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And the soldier who killed the leads dads in while you were sleeping

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No wonder, i find him familiar. Watch both Just Between lover and Jugglers

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Please who knows his name?????????

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According to asianwiki, his name is Hong Kyung.

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Totally gasped when ET Boy mentioned 2018... and then he mentioned the "wiretap in my ears" and I just about died looking at Tae-joo's face ^^ The whole sequence of the squad peering at the screen is so cute.

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i first thought that the killer was going to be adult Kim Min Seok who time traveled to the past to take revenge but now im curious how this creepy officer fits into the equation

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I think they're related some kind of way. Maybe brothers? That's why he beat the foster mother the same way she beat Min Seok.

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I thought that maybe the killer was someone who was also abused in his childhood, and then saw himself in Kim Min-seok and decided to "save" him by killing his abusers.
But that only explains two of his murders, so I'm curious about his motivation for the other ones.

One thing is for certain, he really is a twisted person. When they mentioned that he focuses on the murder itself... it gave me goosebumps. He's someone who enjoys killing.
But I think our team at least knows one of his weakness (his asthma) and I hope it'll be of use.

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I felt bad for Nam Sik this episode. Okay, Yes, Nam-Sik is pretty complicit with Yong Guk and all the brutality going around - considering how that's what the "culture" is like and he definitely doesn't have the power to stop them from going overboard with their actions a la chief Tae Joo, I mean, the guys like to rag on him when he makes suggestions or does something sensible just cuz' he's the maknae.

That said, I think it's cute how Nam Sik looks up to Tae Joo (he & Na young hopped on team taejoo way before dong chul warmed up to him) and he's definitely the most decent male cop around who isn't from 2018, so I hope he learns a good lesson from this.

Also, Yong Guk is just so unlikeable, geez.

I'm also surprised that Dong Chul's investigative skills are actually intact, considering how a good percentage of him getting Na Young to stamp "case closed" on an investigation that probably involves making up false evidence and beating up the supposed bad guy.

Also Na Young/Tae Joo are the cutest slow burn ever.

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Dong-cheol hilariously hitting his head and the gang leaving Na-young to lift up Tae-joo on the hole were my favorite parts of this episode. Those were funny and cute.

We always thought that our Inseong Police Team have always been one step ahead the criminals in this show, but that Psycho Police Officer is one step ahead of them! I was honestly expecting that the killer will be Kim Min-seok who time traveled alongside Tae-joo to their painful past but I was wrong!

Here's hoping that with the recent events that happened with Yong-ki and our poor little Nam-shik will make their team more solid as before.

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K-drama rules suggest that once a show spends some time on a side character, they're either 1. Going to die like the girl from the last episode, Or 2. Otherwise significant like this young , good looking, asthmatic policeman.

I continue to find the inclusion of the inhaler in dramatic scenes hilarious. How on earth did they think the sound of someone breathing in heavily through an inhaler is creepy? 😂 Who suggested it? Let me give them a hug - I like Star Wars too.

But honestly, I love this Show.

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Mr Raines in The Pretender was pretty creepy too.

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Awww... a Pretender reference. Nice one. One of my favourite tv shows ever.
It was the sound of the squeaky tank on wheels that undid me in that.

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I loved it ! It's sad that they never gave a real end to this show. Jarod was a great character :)

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I am bad at details and missed out this policeman from earlier episode. I shouldn't have because he's quite a regular actor. That's probably a casting mistake if I can call it one.

I too thought the inhaler was funny. It's not how I use an inhaler unless I've been doing it wrong all this while.

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It's a pretty foolproof rule! I eyed him first when he was carrying little Tae-joo out of the tunnel because I thought it was weird, but then when he showed up a couple more times I was sure he was our killer!

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I feel like the pace is picking up again after that relatively slow episode 9. I love how 3D tae joo is: we feel his frustration, fear, annoyance and i support him freely. I didnt like yong ki. Not cuz of the actor-- i think hes playing the role perfectly. But because of the character. He plays a stereotypical arrogant mysoginistic male. But i swear no one deserves that fear he went through. Im sure he'll learn his lesson. And our team can put up a more united front!

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Tae-joo & Dong-chul just get chummier and chummier, loved when Dong-chul told Tae-joo to take the wheel, he just took it in stride and drove on while Dong-cheol was "fighting" the kids ^^
And ooh, a massive reveal! Are we getting closer to the identity of the manicure killer? Since I still hasn't gotten over cute, innocent little Min-seok, I am still hoping the the 2018 manicure murder isn't him and that there is only one killer who is part of the police force from the beginning of his murdering career and thus managed to meddle with evidence & avoid arrest...
The reveal makes me wonder whether show will wrap the murder before the finale and spare some episodes to deal with the time-travel mystery. Na-young reaction regarding Tae-joo "coming back" breaks my heart, I really don't want to deal with this angst!
But maybe, show being the show it is, there's still some twist regarding the murderer.

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What if TJ and MS are step brothers? MS was adopted. Maybe he's the son of TJ's father and his girlfriend? And they abandoned him and the police officer found that and killed them? Because like sunny said, we found out the reasons for him killing his 2 victims in this episode, and they're related to MS. But what about dad and his gf? I don't see any connection between the police officer and the gangster from the previous episode. He seems very protective of MS and that's the only reason I can think of ( or maybe I'm totally totally wrong!). This may also explain why MS is somewhat fond of TJ when they're young and his obsession with him in the present.

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Ooh,this is a theory I can get behind.!The recent crime of buying killer was way too personal and suitably psycho-ey.For him to do this and then also be a contract killer would be too jarring.I had clocked the officer who carried young TJ outta the tunnel but didn't give into rampant theorising till he showed up first in ep10.Also he's Death if by his hand means that he has also developed clear rituals and can't possibly be his first kill.Now off to theorise if I can spot the hyung in 2018 timeline.Looking at you,lead detective ;)

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Life on Mars continues to blow me away. Nothing in this show is insignificant. I actually can't wait to rewatch this entire drama after it's finished to pick up on all the clues and nuances quietly and cleverly threaded in since the very beginning.

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Nam-shik is our little puppy that needs to be protected at all times. But he's also a competent police officer who is maturing very quickly. I'm like a momma of little birdie Nam-shik. I don't know if I want to set him free or keep him in the nest.

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Prediction. When Tae-joo wakes up in 2018 he will meet Jo Nam-sik who is now a senior, well respected, straight shooter police officer.
(Recall in TUNNEL when Park Gwang-ho jumped from 1986 to 2017 and found out that his then hoobae was now Criminal Team 1 Leader Jeong Suk-sik.)
Also I have already warned writers-nim not to mess around with Nam-sik.

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I think that the cops in 1988 were once actually real people who are experiencing something similar to taejoo. Its just that they have accepted it and embraced 1988.

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Thank you for the recap.

I'll say this again what I said in last recap: even if Tae Joo finds out the truth, can he stop the bad things from happening? He couldn't save his dad no matter what. So I'm just worried if he can save little min seok or if we'll have to watch him become the adult psycho killer because that will be painful. I still haven't recovered from Dad getting shot 3+1 times (gah! My heart!)

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I do not believe that Tae Joo will be able to alter anything from the past. I believe that he's been sent back to understand the motivation of the killers (senior and junior) and hopefully put a stop to the present day killings.

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This show manages to send a shiver down my spine or surprise me every episode. It's neither shock tactic, spooky music or some huge build up. Rather it's in the little moments when you least expect. Yet they never drag it out for long. I think the time spent of starring in Mr Sunshine exceeds this.

I've never seen a show which mix comedy, mystery and crime so well together as this drama.

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Did Taejoo ever managed to go see a doctor? I recalled in the earlier episode that Nayoung recommended a doctor him. I'm getting worried about his well being. Even though I still believe that he is in coma/imagining the scenarios, logically he should have gone for a medical check up.

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I loove this show, and somehow find that Jung Kyung Ho/Tae Joo is so sexy with that lanky but capable gesture, and calm, pale and kinda ever-fatigue face of his. Tell me how can it be??? Someone tell me im not the only one??

That aside, the acting of this drama is def stellar, and Park Sung Woong is just hilarious! Go Ah Sung/Na Young is the definition of deadly cute, and poor Nam Shik (hello there, Yoon Ji Suk/Ji Ho's little bro from BTLIOF) reminds me of an eager little puppy. Of Yong Ki, I just want to smack him on the head or kick his shin.

Regarding the plot, was this killer ashmatic cop never been revealed, and thus still alive in 2018 in which he prob the one who helped Min Seok/accomplice in the murder case and also one that shot Tae Joo in the head?

He seems to have somekind of connection to that bald gangster, maybe his lost son or someone he helped then he felt obligated to help the old man killed dad and woman in motel? Maybe he is an abused child himself thus he wants to help MS? Whatever. Lol.

Im just very curious now as to how these mysteries will be revealed, and how will Tae Joo's fate be in 2018, when even if he could wake up, his body isnt up to get up and catch some baddies, also his ex-fiancee's state?

From this point, the ending feels kinda bleak, except those docs words are also imagination and TJ actually is doing fine, he just need a trigger to open his eyes, sit down, pull out his IV line, and walks limply out of his ward with bandage on his head to hop on the nearest opened car possible, or vacant taxi right in front of the hospital lobby to catch an in time rendezvous with MS.........

Guess Im watching too many dramas and the writer must be, better be, having more in the stores that that.

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No it’s not jus you. I find Tae Joo super sexy too. 😍😍 But only the 1988 TaeJoo. His hairstyle in 2018 was too slick for me!

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I am always in awe at how this show adapts the BBC episodes and still manages to retain the local flavour as well as hold together a cohesive serial killer plot line for this long. It's the new standard in adaptations in any language that's for certain.

Yeah, I'm a little worried about 1988 TJ myself. He's looking close to collapsing into a heap caused by serious sleep deprivation and information overload. The stress must be really getting to him. First he finds himself in 1988 Wonderland, then he finds out that Dad lies pathologically, scams people and beats women up. Then he sees Dad shot in slow-mo not once but three times. Now KMS is visiting him in hospital trash talking bad nothings in his ear. I'm surprised he's not reaching for the benzodiazepines.

Poor NY. She looked so downcast when TJ said that he had to get back. She doesn't want him to leave, poor thing. Can't blame her. I'm rooting for them as well. There was a funny cute scene with the two of them... him in the bunker trying to get out and she trying to pull him out with a random stick. He falls, she falls. LOL.

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Completely agree! This show can stand on its own even when you've watched the original.
Also, I loved that the stick was more like the flimsiest twig ever XD

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At least she made some attempt to help. The others just took off. ;)
What are your favourite episodes adapted so far?

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I actually really liked this one (I was SO happy it wasn't Yoong-ki the one who killed the suspect this time!) and the hostage situation one (which I thought balanced the dark theme and resolution with the comedic timing of the leads really well). I also really enjoyed dad's story in this version and how it's connected with the 'future'!

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Yeah, I really like how they've integrated Dad's story into the overall storyline. I would even venture to say that the way they handled Dad's role in is this better than the original. ;)

I also liked how they combined two and maybe even three of the BBC episodes in this one.

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@lilium I'll say it surely!! I preferred Dad's overall story here! I think they're doing a really, really good job of taking things from the original and adapting it in such a way that we're reminded we're watching a remake, but managing to make us not miss the original ^^
I'm incredibly curious about this one's resolution!

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I'm really curious about the relationship between evil cop and little Min-seok, and why he feels the need to commit these murders...

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I JUST LOVE THIS SHOW!. I'd be so confused, frustrated, scared if I were Tae-joo. And, Jung Kyung-ho is really a good actor. I was impressed with the scene in the hallway when he was choking and gasping for the fresh air. It was beautifully captured! It was so intense scene when I was holding my breath!

The funniest and maybe my favourite scene is when Tae-joo went back to go inside the hole and found the pin. But Dong-chul left him with Na-young. And the "effort" when Na-Young was looking for stick to help him out (but failed), was so hilarious. And because Na-young was wearing a short skirt, she had to kneel down so Tae-joo couldn't see what's inside her skirt.

I'm wondering what the relation between Min-seok and that Inhaler Officer. Is he kind of "angelic" character for Min-seok, like what he said to Gil-soo (in the tape) for him and Min-seok to be happy, he had to kill Gil-soo.

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I had a inkling that the bad guy was a cop in episode 9. I might be wrong but I think the cop who found little TaeJoo and carried to adult TaeJoo is the same bad guy cop.

When adult TaeJoo was holding little TaeJoo and had his back to the cop my mind was screaming for him to turn back and look at the cop. Cos I feel nothing in this show is coincidence.

I’m still hoping that the 1988 folks are real people and not figments of TaeJoo’s imagination. But as many beanies have posited this could all be a dream and TaeJoo will wake up in 2018 once he’s figured out who the killer is.

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You're not wrong, it was him! I also paid attention to his face because I thought it was suspicious when he found little Tae-joo.

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Na-young's sad face when Tae-joo mentioned going back made me so sad. He's the first and only person to treat her like the police officer that she is and not just a glorified secretary.

It actually makes sense that there was someone who groomed Min-seok to become a killer later in life. After all, who was the person who shot Tae-joo in episode 1?

I'm amazed by the fact that I wasn't even interested in watching this show and now I'm addicted to it. It is THAT GOOD!

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I just had a thought: It'd be interesting if killer cop in '88 was still on the force in 2018 and turns out to be someone Tae-joo knows. What if this killer mentor was the who who distracted Tae-joo from investigating that house in ep 1? There were other cops looking for Min-seok that night. Maybe his mentor/hyung was there and that's how he was able to find Min-seok so fast and help him escape. My mind is now going down a rabbit hole of possibilities! SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!

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And another thing: why does the psychiatric patient recognize killer cop? I doubt that was just a throwaway line/scene when the patient recognized the killer cop.

Oh and the kid flipping off Dong-chul was hilarious! And he did it TWICE! Haha! Dong-chul getting a taste of his own medicine. Then Dong-chul telling Tae-joo to hold the wheel so he could hang out the car window and yell was so funny and so in character with Dong-chul.

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That burly kid looked like such a future Dong Chul to me, too 😆

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It is possible that the "officer" is really a mental patient who has adopted the persona of a police officer.

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That's what I thought when the mental patient recognized him.

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"And another thing: why does the psychiatric patient recognize killer cop? I doubt that was just a throwaway line/scene when the patient recognized the killer cop."

Yes, I kept thinking about that scene. It has to be significant. I think the show will come back to it in some way.

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Look at my boy Kwak Jung Wook getting significant roles! I hope he gets all the acting jobs <3

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I wasn't as into this episode as I was in the first 9. Not saying that it wasn't a good episode... it just wasn't great! And I am trying to figure out where I felt it was lacking compared to the others.

It started off pretty well with the whole running and not being able to catch, Kim Min Seok visible through the window- everything was as impressive as these 2018-breaking-into-1988-scenes have been!

And then they were as hilarious as they usually are- with DC providing comedy gold by tripping, being put down by a lil boy and later by leaving TJ in the hole...

The case of the day was quite close to TJ's own mystery so I think we will get more closer encounters with each proceeding ep. The show had been hinting at police brutality and I knew they had to emphasize it more cuz both DC and Yong Ki are pretty violent. That scare! That suddenly made everything just so so dark. And unlike others here, I doubt this will change Yong Ki. But I will be glad to be proven wrong.

But wait I was tying to figure out what was wrong and ended up recounting everything that was awesome!

So yeah.. that ET boy (aka the strawberry milk boy). Just giving a whole new cameo just to give TJ a lil hope only to be quashed by the ET boy being not quite mentally sound and this being his yearly breakout. That seemed like a lazy move by the show. But then he recognized the bad officer. So maybe it wasn't lazy writing but building up for something more later. Maybe they were from the same mental asylum? Or foster care? I hope they bring in ET boy again to finish his story cuz it just felt too random.

Anyway I am undercutting my own statement a bit. Can anyone help? Did anyone else too found this episode a lil less engaging than others?

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I totally love this series as well though there are several plotholes relating to the time-travel which the director didnt try to clear up that bothers me...one was Han Tae-Joo's identifications and his transfer documents from Seoul. Even if its the 80s era, there are still some documents checking for seeing the doctor in the hospital, getting your salary, applying to stay at his 1988 home, as well as his police portfolio profile would need to have past education & working history documented to keep as record...but somehow he was able to freely live thru in 1988 onwards even though he is a complete alien.

Also, as a person from the future and being in the same police profession in 2018 and in 1988, anyone would be one step ahead as they have already know the past history, or at least had understudy those past famous crimes and should have been searching for the potential victims to try rescue them before the serial killer gets them but instead he is just reacting to the events unfolding rather than to prevent it from happening as a cop.

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Ah Kelvin... the mechanics of the time slip doesn't really get explained until the end so it's technically not really a plot hole. Yet. ;)

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