Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 4
Our protagonist continues to play a game that only he knows the rules to. The only thing that’s clear is that the stakes are getting higher. At the same time, our main players all seem unable to shake the pull that our mysterious protagonist exerts on them. They’re on a collision course and things are sure to get interesting when they finally crash.
EPISODE 4: “You Killed Her”
Upon finding Jin-kook waiting outside his apartment, Moo-young feigns pleasant surprise. He remains unfazed as Jin-kook accuses him of murder, citing his left-handedness and uncanny ability to replace things in perfect order. After Moo-young answers Jin-kook’s snow globe question by seemingly reciting the order of the globes in Jeong Mi-yeon’s apartment, Jin-kook declares him an official suspect.
Moo-young wishes him good luck in catching the killer, but his smile vanishes as he turns to enter his apartment. Jin-kook returns to his car where Jin-kang is waiting for him to drive her to work, unaware Moo-young is nearby. Jin-kook warns her that Seung-ah should stop seeing Moo-young.
Meanwhile, Seung-ah is breaking up with Woo-sang (again). She hands him the keys to her car, saying everything she’d ever received from him is inside. Seung-ah tells him she missed their engagement dinner because she slept with Moo-young last night, adding that she doesn’t regret it.
A cruel chuckle bubbles out of Woo-sang before his expression suddenly hardens and he pinches Seung-ah’s cheek painfully. Forcing her to look at him, Woo-sang warns her that she doesn’t know the meaning of regret yet. He coldly informs her she should’ve apologized if she wanted him to go easy on her and leaves.
The police hand over Jeong Mi-yeon’s boyfriend to the prosecution as Jin-kook looks on with disapproval. So-jung cheerily praises Jin-kook’s unit, but he looks to Chief Lee and the two exchange heavy glares.
Unable to stop thinking about Jin-kook’s warning for Seung-ah, Jin-kang calls her. She’s surprised when Seung-ah’s mother answers instead and is further confused when Seung-ah picks up and starts chattering about an imaginary exhibition.
Seung-ah quickly texts that she’s under house arrest following the previous night’s rebellion. Before she can ask more questions, Jin-kang is shuffled off to a creative meeting with Arts Brewery. Elsewhere, Dr. Yang sits for a nun’s funeral service as Moo-young slips into a back pew.
Jin-kang’s boss reprimands her for being distracted throughout their meeting but Jin-kang runs off to find Moo-young. Of course, he isn’t there, but Hee-jun gives her Moo-young’s phone number. Moo-young watches from afar as the funeral procession leaves the church. A nun spots him as they pass and calls out to him, but he walks away before she can catch up.
Moo-young receives a text from Jin-kang, relaying Seung-ah’s message for him to meet her Saturday afternoon. He texts back, wondering why Jin-kang is telling him that. She replies that Seung-ah is grounded but refrains from snapping that it’s his fault. Moo-young doesn’t reply, but adds Jin-kang to his contacts.
Jin-kook drops by Yoo-ri’s workplace and makes a nuisance of himself until she pays attention to him. Identifying himself as a cop, Jin-kook questions Moo-young’s relationship with the victim. Yoo-ri dismisses the notion of the pair dating and Jin-kook picks up on her not-so-secret crush. He warns her to be wary since Moo-young is now a suspect.
Cho-rong balks when Jin-kook brings up the idea of reinvestigating the case, just the two of them. Jin-kook points out that if the boyfriend is innocent, a killer is still running around, possibly scoping out a second victim. Cho-rong is happy for an excuse when his phone buzzes, but his face falls as he glumly announces Jin-kang wants to move their weekend dinner date to lunch.
Turning back to Jin-kook, Cho-rong shyly asks for the date and time of Jin-kang’s birth to check their compatibility. Jin-kook chides him for being superstitious… and then promptly asks for the young detective’s info as well. Hee.
On Saturday, Chief Lee and another detective snicker when they drive past Cho-rong out with Jin-kang in full uniform. Pulling up beside the couple, they tease Cho-rong good-naturedly. The mood grows intense, however, when Jin-kang is introduced as Jin-kook’s sister. Unaware of the bad blood between the two men, she greets the chief cheerfully, but his smile is strained as he excuses himself.
Back at the station, Jin-kook continues to wrack his brain over the connection between Moo-young, Yoo-ri, and the murder victim. Attempting to run a computer search fails when his access is denied, and his eyes fall on Chief Lee’s desk.
Jin-kang picks Seung-ah up from her house under the ruse that the two are going out. Once outside, Jin-kang worries whether she’s doing the right thing, but Seung-ah assures her that she just doesn’t know Moo-young well enough.
Chief Lee runs into Jin-kook back at the station and the detective inquires about the restrictions on Jeong Mi-yeon’s case. Prickling, Chief Lee sneers that he has no intention of lifting them. He then brings up Jin-kang, musing that Jin-kook fashioned her name to be similar in order to appear more like siblings. What?!
Jin-kook freezes, but Chief Lee assures him he was too disgusted to expose anything to Jin-kang and walks away. So-jung overhears the whole conversation, but doesn’t let on as she bounces over to Jin-kook. He explains his conundrum regarding Moo-young’s suspicious connection with Jeong Mi-yeon and she sighs that he’s obsessed.
Meanwhile, Jin-kang delivers Seung-ah to Moo-young and thinks back on Seung-ah’s words that she only felt like herself around Moo-young. Jin-kang confirms a meet-up time for her to take Seung-ah home and they separate. Moo-young turns to watch her leave as someone else takes pictures from a car in the parking lot.
So-jung takes Jin-kook out for drinks and admits that she overheard the nasty things Chief Lee said earlier. Jin-kook’s face falls, but So-jung points out that Jin-kang has grown up wonderfully, and that Jin-kook should be proud that he’s raised her well.
Jin-kang kills time on a park bench, taking silly selfies to send to Jin-kook, while Seung-ah awkwardly leads Moo-young into a room at a love hotel. Noting her discomfort, Moo-young tells her not to push herself. Hugging him, Seung-ah says she loves him but Moo-young, eyes cold, doesn’t respond.
Moo-young and Seung-ah meet back up with Jin-kang. Another car suddenly pulls up and Seung-ah’s mother steps out. She glares at Moo-young, but it’s Jin-kang that’s on the receiving end of her angry slap. Seung-ah stops her from delivering a second blow and is dragged to the car.
Moo-young ignores Seung-ah’s pleas as her mother shoves her into the car and drives away. He barely moves towards Jin-kang before she turns and walks away from him. Following after, Moo-young tries to make light of it, but Jin-kang rounds on him.
“I’m embarrassed, I think that it’s unfair, and it hurts so much,” Jin-kang shouts. She tells him it’s his fault and barely holding back tears, angrily begs him to leave. For once Moo-young doesn’t argue and does as she asks.
Jin-kook happily giggles at the selfies Jin-kang had sent. So-jung watches him with a smile, and teases him for adoring his sister so much. He falls asleep drunk in his seat and she sighs that he has no concern for himself.
Moo-young broods on his roof until the cat starts meowing at him. Crouching next to it, he asks why it hasn’t left yet. When he gets no reply, he scoops it up into his arms and pets it as he returns to staring out at the city.
Woo-sang receives a stack of photos of Seung-ah and Moo-young on their date. He demands to know the sender and his assistant suspects the managing director. Woo-sang is stopped from firing anyone by the arrival of Seung-ah’s mom.
At home, Seung-ah gloomily plays with Moo-young’s bracelet. When the housekeeper leaves to answer the door, Seung-ah snatches up the woman’s phone to text Jin-kang. Meanwhile, her mother grovels on her knees to Woo-sang, swearing Seung-ah will behave.
Woo-sang claims he’s working out a deal with Seung-ah and kicks her out, saying he’ll contact her later. Seung-ah’s mother storms out and Woo-sang angrily sends the contents of his desk to the floor.
Jin-kang sees the text from Seung-ah and she flashes back to getting slapped. Moo-young picks up Seung-ah’s pottery from his desk and has his own flashback to Jin-kang’s face right after Seung-ah left with her mother. He replays her rant afterwards and then chucks the pot into the garbage.
Woo-sang leaves work and a car pulls up alongside his. The windows roll down and a woman smiles smugly at him. She takes credit for the pictures and laughs that she’d never understood his interest in Seung-ah until now. She wonders if he actually intends to marry Seung-ah, but Woo-sang drives off without a reply.
Jin-kang sighs at Seung-ah’s text. It’s another message for Moo-young and she hesitates to text him after the blowup yesterday. Moo-young is almost home when Jin-kang texts him asking to meet and he immediately turns around.
He finds Jin-kang waiting for him by the neighborhood laundromat and she holds out her phone to show him Seung-ah’s message. Moo-young doesn’t even spare it a glance, wondering why Jin-kang didn’t just text him. She admits that she actually wanted to apologize for lashing out yesterday.
Jin-kang says it wasn’t his fault, and apologizes for being harsh. Without answering, Moo-young stands and starts riding around on her bike. He says it’s not enough to just say sorry, and she should buy him lunch.
Irritated, Jin-kang chases after him while Moo-young rides playfully around her. They’re spotted by Yoo-ri, who’s stunned and hurt by the genuine smile on Moo-young’s face.
In a nearby restaurant, Moo-young finally reads Seung-ah’s message. She promises to be more cunning from now on so they can be together forever. We see her assure her mother that the relationship with Moo-young is over, even as her voice-over declares her feelings will never change.
Looking up, Moo-young complains that Jin-kang has eaten most of the food. She orders more, teasing that he should’ve eaten faster. He questions why she did Seung-ah a favor after being slapped and Jin-kang says this is the last one.
Moo-young points out that Seung-ah didn’t bother to apologize before asking a favor and thinks the people who should’ve been slapped were Seung-ah and himself. Jin-kang offers weak excuses that Seung-ah was in a rush and her mother was naturally protective of her precious daughter.
Moo-young asks if Jin-kang isn’t precious and she admits that she is upset. However, she thinks mothers are just like that and Moo-young replies he wouldn’t know. He tells her he grew up in an orphanage and Jin-kang suggests they not be sad about growing up without parents.
At a nearby table, Yoo-ri seethes as she eavesdrops. Moo-young jokes that as he’s already turned 30; that makes him Jin-kang’s oppa. She shoots that down, and asks about his burn. Moo-young doesn’t remember and Jin-kang admits that she doesn’t remember how she got her’s either, only that her brother said it was a house fire.
Jin-kang admits that she’d lied about never getting hurt. She says that’s probably why she was so combative with Moo-young—he reminded her of her childhood. Jin-kang recalls the only other time she’d been slapped, which was by a teacher when she was young. She adds that she’d made the mistake of telling Jin-kook, who’d cried all night.
Moo-young walks Jin-kang home and they bond over their similar backgrounds. He appears surprised to hear that she also lived in Haesan when she was young. They reach her house and Jin-kang sighs that kids are cruel, but Moo-young argues that adults are far worse.
She tells him not to be so jaded and asks about the cat, wondering what he’d named it. Moo-young jokes that he’d named it Kang… Jin-kang. Then admits he didn’t give it a name because it didn’t really belong to him. He bids her goodnight with a smile and it remains even after he’s turned away.
Yoo-ri watches Jin-kang go into her house with a dark look in her eyes. That night, she remembers back to a rooftop where she’d been prepared to jump when Moo-young appeared. He’d suggested she hang out with him instead and held out his hand.
The next day, Jin-kook stops when he spots a fortune teller’s stand and pops in to ask for a birth hour for Jin-kang that would be the most compatible for Cho-rong. On the way out, he’s nearly run over by an erratic Yoo-ri. Recognizing her, he follows her to a psychiatric clinic where she meets with Dr. Yang.
Dr. Yang tells Yoo-ri he won’t prescribe her any more meds, but guesses she really came to talk. She cries that he and “that woman” ruined her life. He gently says that her mother just wants her to get better but Yoo-ri doesn’t want to hear it.
She starts talking about Moo-young, whining that he told Jin-kang things he’d never told her. Yoo-ri turns on Dr. Yang when he asks if she likes Moo-young, accusing him of mining for more book material. She starts asking for medication again and her tearful pleas quickly escalate to violent screams.
The detective unit goes out for a company dinner, sans Jin-kook. Meanwhile, Yoo-ri’s become zombie-like as she shuffles around work. Her vision blurs a bit as she leaves to go on an errand for her boss.
Jin-kook drinks at a pojangmacha alone and flips through Dr. Yang’s book on trauma. Since it’s pouring Yoo-ri unfurls her umbrella, revealing the Arts Brewery promotion logo. Her mind is hazy and she flashes back to a man’s hand closing over hers on the umbrella and then a door with the number 1502.
Her eyes refocus on the umbrella’s logo just as Moo-young exits his apartment holding an identical umbrella. Calling the cat to eat, he laughs when he tries using Jin-kang’s name and it appears. The cat jumps down and knocks over the old cooler, revealing Jeong Mi-yeon’s missing trophy.
Jin-kook receives a call from a drunken Cho-rong, finally agreeing to help him reinvestigate Jeong Mi-yeon’s murder. Pleased, Jin-kook lets him know Jin-kang’s time of birth. After they hang up, Cho-rong sends a good night text to Jin-kang. Noticing the pouring rain, Jin-kang calls her brother as she starts out to meet him.
Surprised Jin-kang knows he’s been drinking, Jin-kook doesn’t correct her when she assumes it was at the team dinner with Cho-rong. He tries to protest when she says she’s on her way, but Jin-kang hangs up so he runs to cut her off. At a corner, he crouches down to scare his sister but just as she comes into view, a car careens towards her.
Jin-kook leaps out and manages to shove Jin-kang out of the way. Neither sibling is hurt so Jin-kook goes over to investigate the car. He opens the door and an unconscious Yoo-ri falls into his lap.
I hope she just passed out from her drugs and didn’t overdose. Yoo-ri is a loose cannon. Her obsession with Moo-young is obvious, and she lashes out at anyone who may be romantically attached to him. It makes sense to assume as Hee-jun does that she fears rejection, because Moo-young certainly doesn’t love her back. However, her intense jealousy towards Jin-kang over her bond with Moo-young is something to watch out for. It makes you wonder whether she passed out before or after the car nearly ran over Jin-kang.
If it’s the latter, she’ll have Moo-young to contend with. While he enjoys messing with Jin-kang’s mind, he seems to draw the line at anyone else causing her pain. The look on his face when Seung-ah’s mom slapped her seemed both a little surprised and very much unhappy. He was actually concerned for Jin-kang afterwards, enough so that when she screamed at him to leave her alone, he did.
I’m really curious about our leads’ pasts. Moo-young has suggested he met the siblings before, but now Chief Lee has revealed that Jin-kook and Jin-kang aren’t siblings at all? What is this mysterious incident in the past and was it related to Moo-young? Surely it is. As some sharp beanies noticed, Moo-young’s scar seems to match up with Jin-kang’s scar in a way that suggests he may have shielded her from the fire. Whether that turns out to be true or not, it’s a great theory and poses a lot of questions.
I can’t get enough of Jin-kang and Moo-young together. They’re both so similar in their scars (both literal and metaphorical) and yet the way they’ve learned to cope is completely different. Moo-young has buried his pain so deep that he can’t seem to feel much of anything anymore, choosing to view the world through a cynical lens. Whereas Jin-kang has become more compassionate, but in no way weak. It’s great juxtaposition and I’m hoping they have an opportunity to heal together.
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