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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 5

Every answer seems to lead to more questions. Every confession leads to more confusion. Is our protagonist Moo-young a complicated hero or a villain? Our favorite big brother and dedicated detective is determined to protect his little sister, and even more determined to connect Moo-young to the murder case. So far, Moo-young has managed to stay one step ahead, but that may soon change.

 
EPISODE 5: “Did you tell her to do it?”

Moo-young searches for his cat in the pouring rain while Jin-kang leaves home to bring Jin-kook his umbrella. The cat knocks over the cooler which holds the missing trophy, along with a cell phone and an envelope of cash. Jin-kook throws himself at Jin-kang just as Yoo-ri’s car accelerates and then finds Yoo-ri behind the wheel, unconscious.

Jin-kook and Jin-kang rush Yoo-ri to an emergency room and while they wait for the doctor, Jin-kook sees that Yoo-ri’s wrist is covered with scars. Jin-kang asks how he knows her and he vaguely admits that they’ve run into each other.

The doctor reports that Yoo-ri needs to eat more and take fewer sleeping pills. She took at least six sleeping pills but he’s quick to explain that it wasn’t a suicide attempt. The doctor points out that Jin-kook and Jin-kang are the ones who need treatment and they suddenly realize that they’re hurt.

A nurse cleans an abrasion on Jin-kook’s arm while Jin-kang inspects the splint for her hand. Jin-kook asks Jin-kang for Moo-young’s number and then scolds her because she actually has it. Jin-kang wants to know why he needs it and Jin-kook explains that Moo-young knows the girl.

Careful not to touch the evidence, Moo-young transfers everything into a large flower pot just as he gets a call from Jin-kang. Moo-young runs past Yoo-ri’s car when he gets to the hospital, unaware that Jin-kook is reviewing her dash cam footage.

Moo-young finds Jin-kang with Yoo-ri and when he asks if everything is all right, she assumes he’s talking about his friend but he’s concerned about Jin-kang’s arm. Jin-kang suddenly remembers where she’s seen Yoo-ri and when Jin-kook joins them, she tells him that Yoo-ri was Moo-young’s companion at the movies.

Jin-kook asks Moo-young for a private chat and confides that Yoo-ri’s dash cam proves that she sat in front of his house for two hours. Jin-kook theorizes that Moo-young is behind Yoo-ri’s attack but the young man laughs at the detective’s vivid imagination.

Jin-kook told Yoo-ri that Moo-young was his prime suspect in the murder of Jung Mi-yeon and he warned her against covering for a criminal. Jin-kook guesses that Yoo-ri wanted to protect Moo-young and the two men stare at each another until Moo-young confesses that he’s just as curious about Yoo-ri’s motive as Jin-kook is.

On the ride home, Jin-kook asks about Jin-kang’s relationship with Moo-young. She denies that they’re close even though Jin-kook caught them speaking casually with each other.

Jin-kang asks if Yoo-ri’s car accelerated unintentionally but Jin-kook informs her that’s not the case. Jin-kook blames the accident on the sleeping pills, then teases Jin-kang about her injury when she looks concerned. Soon the siblings are laughing as they argue who was the bigger baby at the hospital, until Jin-kook stares out his window with a grave look.

Moo-young waits for Yoo-ri to wake up and has to shake off what he saw on the dash cam footage, proof that she almost ran down Jin-kang. When he stands up, Moo-young sees Dr. Yang’s book on the bedside table.

Yoo-ri finally opens her eyes and sits up with a start. She sees Moo-young and asks him what happened but he replies that she needs to be discharged. Outside, Moo-young hands Yoo-ri her car key and suggests that her dash cam will answer her questions. Yoo-ri insists that she can’t remember a thing and asks Moo-young why he brought her to the hospital. She’s confused when he tells her, “I didn’t bring you here. The police did.”

Jin-kook meets Cho-rong for breakfast and brings the young detective up to date on his findings โ€” Kim Moo-young has perfect recall, is a friend of Yoo-ri’s and his brewery’s umbrella was caught on a CCTV camera the night of the murder. Jin-kook then hands Cho-rong photos that prove that the logo on the umbrella matches the logo on Yoo-ri’s glass in the party photo.

Jin-kook explains that the CCTV video in the stolen scooter case is from the vicinity of the murder, around the time that the crime was committed. He adds that Moo-young is left-handed even though he claims to be ambidextrous.

Cho-rong wants to bring Moo-young in for questioning but Jin-kook tells him to forget about a confession, they need evidence. Jin-kook wants Cho-rong to reinterview the witnesses about Yoo-ri while he returns to the traffic center to prove that the umbrella came out of Jung Mi-yeon’s apartment building.

Jin-kang calls from the bus stop to let her boss know that she won’t be at work. She walks past Moo-young’s truck and doesn’t notice him until he honks. Moo-young drives Jin-kang home and she sees that he has Jin-kook’s book, so she grabs it. Moo-young gets out to help Jin-kang, who’s clearly exhausted, and is close-by when she enters her passcode. When he gets back to his truck, Moo-young looks as if he’s sincerely worried about Jin-kang.

Yoo-ri reviews her dash cam footage and recalls the rest of Moo-young’s explanation, “The detective knew you. You almost killed his sister.” She removes the SD card with the incriminating video and flings it into a lot across the street.

At the traffic control center, Jin-kook stands up abruptly when he thinks of Jin-kang’s near miss. He explains it away as nothing, even though it’s not the first time that he’s done that.

Seung-ah meets with a real estate agent and lists her studio for sale. Once that’s been arranged, she happily texts Moo-young that they can finally meet but he ignores her message. The CEO of the brewery asks him about Woo-sang’s wedding recipe as Hee-jun shakes his head over his friend’s predicament.

Jin-kook curses Cho-rong’s loose lips when So-jung suddenly appears and asks if he’s caught Moo-young yet. So-jung reacts with alarm when she sees that Jin-kook handcuffed himself to his chair, but he explains it was the only way to keep himself from harming someone’s precious daughter.

Moo-young meets Yoo-ri at Hee-jun’s bar, where she insists that she hasn’t used drugs since they met, except for the night of the accident. Moo-young’s mood is pleasant as he pries, “But tell me. Why did you do it?” He wonders if she wanted to teach Jin-kook a lesson but Yoo-ri confesses that she didn’t know about his sister, which tells Moo-young that Jin-kang was her target all along.

Over lunch, So-jung rants that Jin-kook should lock Yoo-ri up but he explains that he has no case, he doesn’t even know her motive. If he was Yoo-ri’s target, Jin-kook reasons she should have waited for him outside of the station. Jin-kook looks troubled when he wonders if Jin-kang was Yoo-ri’s target all along but So-jung dismisses the idea.

Yoo-ri follows Moo-young out of the restaurant and tries to stops him from leaving by grabbing his hand. Moo-young doesn’t understand when she asks, “Why do you treat her like that when she’s not even pretty?” Yoo-ri explains, “You like her.” Caught off-guard, Moo-young promises in his flippant way to give the idea some thought and walks away.

Yoo-ri yells after Moo-young with a threat, “I’ll tell the cops everything! I remember everything…What happened that night at Mi-yeon’s place.” Moo-young calmly tells her to do as she pleases and walks away, but when he turns the corner, he looks troubled.

Jin-kang returns Jin-kook’s book and mentions that Moo-young returned it when he gave her a ride home. Jin-kook is upset that Jin-kang saw Moo-young again and reminds her not to get involved with him. Jin-kang recalls a classmate, whose mother who wouldn’t allow her daughter to play with Jin-kang, and the memory makes Jin-kook angry all over again.

Jin-kang wonders why Moo-young bothers Jin-kook, so he explains, “I get a really bad vibe from him.” Jin-kang lectures, “Telling someone not to hang out with someone because they’re an orphan and because they give off a bad vibe are the same thing.”

Jin-kang teases that she’ll get closer to Moo-young but Jin-kook isn’t in a joking mood. Jin-kang thinks back to Moo-young’s confession that he grew up without a mother and suggests that Jin-kook should be nicer to someone from their hometown.

The next morning, Jin-kang is surprised to find Moo-young waiting for her and as he drives her to work, they chat comfortably. Jin-kang asks how Moo-young and Yoo-ri know each other but she’s surprised when he tells her, “I’m not attracted to Yoo-ri.”

When they near her office, Moo-young suggests, “Come out thirty minutes earlier tomorrow. This date was too short.” Before Jin-kang leaves, Moo-young surprises her with another request, “Go out with me. I like you.” Jin-kang calls him crazy but he persists, “I think I do like you, but I also think I don’t. I’ll need to keep seeing you.” Angry, Jin-kang tells Moo-young that she pities Seung-ah and as she walks away, he yells that he doesn’t mind if she dates Cho-rong too.

Jin-kook visits Yoo-ri’s studio to ask why she targeted Jin-kang, surprised when Yoo-ri tells him that Jin-kang annoyed her. He can’t believe his ears, “Are you saying you tried to kill my sister on purpose?”

When Yoo-ri smiles, Jin-kook struggles to maintain his composure and asks for a reason, but she won’t tell him. Jin-kook finally erupts and pulls Yoo-ri to her feet as he demands, “You tried to kill someone. And you don’t want to tell me why?”

Yoo-ri brings up Jin-kang’s background, “Your sister is an orphan, isn’t she,” which only angers Jin-kook more. Yoo-ri tells Jin-kook that she over overheard what Moo-young and Jin-kang discussed, “‘You’re an orphan? I’m an orphan too,'” and adds, “It seemed like they were falling in love.” Jin-kook insists that Yoo-ri can’t be right because Moo-young is involved with another woman.

Yoo-ri repeats that Moo-young likes Jin-kang, so Jin-kook changes gears and asks Yoo-ri to promise that she’ll leave Jin-kang alone. When she refuses, Jin-kook angrily handcuffs Yoo-ri, but the sight of her scarred wrist brings him to his senses and he calmly informs her that she’s under arrest for attempted murder.

So-jung runs out and excitedly announces the lunch menu when Jin-kook returns to the station. So-jung follows Jin-kook as he escorts Yoo-ri to a cell and on the way out, he ignores Cho-rong too, and drives off in his car.

At lunch, when So-jung tells Cho-rong about Jin-kang’s accident, he immediately pulls out his phone to call Jin-kang. So-jung takes it away and warns that anything Cho-rong has to say will only make things worse for Jin-kang.

Jin-kook breaks a window on Yoo-ri’s car to retrieve the SD card from the dash cam but it’s missing. He sees a CCTV camera at a nearby restaurant and discovers that Yoo-ri threw the card into the lot across the street.

Woo-sang visits the brewery and the CEO suggests that he should try the wedding beer before he leaves. The CEO raves about Moo-young’s recipe and is surprised when Woo-sang asks, “What do you think of Moo-young? Do you really need him here?”

Woo-sang passes Moo-young on the way out, annoyed by his customary smirk. While on a break with the brewmaster, the CEO wonders why Woo-sang threatened Moo-young when he personally chose him to develop his wedding beer. The brew master informs him that the wedding was cancelled but the CEO argues that doesn’t mean Woo-sang can fire Moo-young, even if he is the largest shareholder.

Seung-ah reviews the long list of unanswered texts that she’s sent to Moo-young. She’s interrupted when Jin-kang visits her studio, shocked to see her in a sling. Jin-kang fibs that she tripped and then asks if Seung-ah has another place when she sees the moving boxes.

Seung-ah explains that she sold her studio so that she can run away with Moo-young, perhaps to Greece or Morocco, where they can live in secret. Seung-ah is even willing to live with Moo-young in his hometown of Haesan, if that’s what he wants.

Seung-ah tells Jin-kang that Moo-young came from a large family and thinks it’s amusing that his aunts wore the same clothes year-round. Jin-kang falls silent when she realizes that Moo-young described the orphanage perfectly.

An exhausted Jin-kook arrives home and retrieves Yoo-ri’s SD card from his shirt pocket. He gets a call from Cho-rong, who reports that Yoo-ri has been in and out of mental hospitals since she was a child. Cho-rong adds that she was included in a famous book as Jin-kook looks at his copy of Dr. Yang’s book. It turns out that Yoo-ri comes from a wealthy family, who own a chain of hospitals.

Cho-rong’s voice fades into the background as Jin-kook reads about Yoo-ri. Dr. Park’s voice narrates that Yoo-ri attempted suicide at the age of nine and that she didn’t speak to him until their eighth session, “‘Am I visible to you?’ I’m invisible to my mom.'”

The next morning, Jin-kang walks past Moo-young without a word and boards the bus. He follows her in the truck, and Jin-kang glares at him and then texts, “Do you have any idea what Seung-ah is thinking right now?” Moo-young tries to call but Jin-kang brusquely answers, “Get lost,” so he drives away.

Cho-rong reacts angrily when he passes Yoo-ri on her way out of the station, upset that she was released due to a lack of evidence. He’s in the middle of a rant when Oh Ba-reun, the owner of the stolen scooter, shows up and tells Cho-rong that he’s there to see Jin-kook.

The brewery CEO meets with Moo-young and offers to help him get a job at another brewery. He pleads, “don’t ask me why,” but Moo-young knows exactly why he’s been fired.

Cho-rong visits Jin-kook at the traffic center and reports that he got access to the video data in Jung Mi-yeon’s murder case, thanks to the stolen scooter case. It turns out that Oh Ba-reun caused a scene because his missing scooter hasn’t been returned.

Cho-rong convinced Oh Ba-reun go berserk in front of Team Leader Lee, which gave him a chance to explain that the public CCTV cameras weren’t enough to find the scooter. Cho-rong suggested that they add the footage from Jung Mi-yeon’s case and he hands Jin-kook a USB with all of the video collected from within a kilometer of Jung Mi-yeon’s apartment building.

Seung-ah arrives by taxi at the brewery and runs into Hee-jun, who ignores her at first but eventually tells her that Moo-young was fired. Hee-jun complains that rich people can get away with that kind of thing and looks unsure when Seung-ah asks him to call Moo-young.

Moo-young meets Seung-ah, who asks why he hasn’t answered any of her calls or texts. Seung-ah lets Moo-young know that she found out that he lost his job, but explains that he would have had to quit anyway now that they can run away together.

Jin-kang is on the bus when she gets a call from Seung-ah and soon she’s with her distraught friend. Seung-ah sobs, “It’s all my fault,” and then we see the rest of her conversation with Moo-young.

Seung-ah informed Moo-young that they were rich now that her studio had been sold. She suggested that they go somewhere with a warm climate, like Greece. Seung-ah vowed to leave everything that she owned behind and was surprised when Moo-young wanted to leave to work on his resume.

Seung-ah sobs that she hurt Moo-young’s pride when she brought up money and then cries, “I hate Woo-sang so much.” Jin-kang questions if it’s a good idea for Seung-ah to run away with Moo-young but Seung-ah reminds Jin-kang that Woo-sang and her mother will never leave her alone.

Jin-kang urges Seung-ah to slow down so that she can get to know Moo-young better. Even though Seung-ah understands Jin-kang’s concerns, she argues, “…you don’t know him. That’s why you’re saying this.”

The next morning, Moo-young smiles when he finds Jin-kang waiting for him at the bus stop and he follows her to a playground. When Jin-kang angrily confronts Moo-young about Seung-ah, he confesses that he doesn’t love her and told her so when they met. Jin-kang wants to know why he toyed with Seung-ah’s feelings and he admits, “Because I was curious.”

Jin-kang asks, “So you’re saying that you don’t care about the other person’s feelings at all. Because that’s their problem.” She wonders if he’s ever cared about anyone and she’s not moved when he answers, “Yes. You.”

Moo-young asks Jin-kang why she’s looking at him differently and she confesses, “I pity you.” After that sinks in, Moo-young yells out, “Hey,” as Jin-kang walks away but she doesn’t turn around.

Cho-rong meets Jin-kook outside of the station to explain that he has to meet his mother at the bus terminal. Before he leaves, Jin-kook offers to show him what he’s discovered.

Jin-kook uses a map to point out both the murder scene and where the umbrella was recorded, and then pencils in a route that avoids the CCTV cameras. One side street near the murder scene has lots of traffic, so Jin-kook plans to start with the dash cam video from there.

Moo-young sits in his apartment and tosses a tennis ball against a wall with his left hand, while he broods over Jin-kang’s pitying look.

Jin-kook’s doggedness finally pays off when one of the new videos has a clear shot of the man with the umbrella. Meanwhile, Jin-kang arrives home and finds Moo-young waiting for her.

Jin-kook leans back in his chair after he sees proof that Moo-young was in Jung Mi-yeon’s neighborhood on the night of the murder. A flashback shows that a car splashed the man with the umbrella as it drove by and Moo-young raised his head to look up at the offending car.

 
COMMENTS

If Moo-young turns out to be the one who murdered Jung Mi-yeon, I’m going to forever question why he didn’t accept Seung-ah’s offer to run away together. What better solution for a criminal than to escape with a rich, young, beautiful woman who’s hopelessly in love with you? Moo-young is uncomfortably close to Jung Mi-yeon’s murder, especially now that we know that he’s in possession of the trophy and other evidence, so an opportunity like that should have been irresistible. If Moo-young is the calculating type, he would have jumped at Seung-ah’s offer, but he didn’t. Does that mean that he’s not guilty, or that the connection that he feels with Jin-kang is that important to him? Is that why her pity stung him so sharply?

At first, I found it difficult to understand why Moo-young and Jin-kang have such a strong connection. Other than the fact that they’re both orphans and share similar scars, they don’t know much about each other, yet Moo-young clearly feels as if Jin-kang understands him better than anyone. The fact that they’re both orphans turns out to be a significant parallel because being an orphan historically carries a lifelong stigma. There was a time when orphanages were not only homes for children who had no parents or family who could care for them, they were dumping grounds for illegitimate children. So orphans were either children who had been visited by bad fortune, or the product of illicit liaisons. Either way, no self respecting family would associate with them, which means that orphans faced constant rejection as well as lives spent on the fringes of society. Moo-young knows how it feels to live with that stigma all too well and now he’s met someone meaningful who has lived with it too.

While Moo-young has coped by freezing his heart, Jin-kang has been insulated by the over-protective Jin-kook. Now that we know that Jin-kook isn’t her real brother, Jin-kang’s significance in his life takes on a greater role. What is he protecting Jin-kang from and why hasn’t he been honest about their relationship? Jin-kook has spent 25 years protecting Jin-kang to the best of his ability, but that means that, like Moo-young, she’s never really dealt with the trauma that took her real family away from her. I can’t imagine how Jin-kang will react if she ever learns the truth about her relationship with Jin-kook, even though he’s raised her into a fine, young woman.

Jin-kook is almost as mysterious as Moo-young, he’s goofy one second and dangerous the next, with an anger that simmers beneath the surface. We know that he’s killed someone and it’s possible that event is what has shadowed his career and earned the hatred of his team leader. Did he take Jin-kang in as a type of penance, to atone for his wrongdoing? Or was it out of a sense of responsibility? Something happened that changed not only Jin-kang’s life, but probably Moo-young’s as well, since they’re from the same town. The lives of Jin-kook, Jin-kang and Moo-young are tied together in some mysterious way and it’s only a matter of time until their pasts enlighten the present.

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I'm pretty sure Yu-ri's accussation to Moo-young that he likes Jin-kang rattled him badly. He seemed taken aback that he couldn't deny it easily. Of course I proceed to expect a more genuine and sweet interaction between them the next day. Which only proves that I still didn't know this drama well enough. Because the next day, Moo-young gave the most half-hearted confession I've heard, messing with Jin-kang's mind and thoroughly angered her with his jovial admittance of not caring about other's feeling.

I think that's exactly why it scared me to see him displaying such intense hurt over Jin-kang's observation. With someone like him who seems unable to care about anything, suddenly feeling something like that must be scary (for us and I bet for him too). Should I worry about Jin-kang's well-being?

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How closely is this following the original?

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Certain parts have been edited differently and sequences of scenes have been altered but it is more or less still following the original, though I can't say anything about how it will unfold.

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The mood and backbone is pretty much the same but the events and the characters have diverted significantly. The changes make the story better flow and the characters act and think more logically.

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Moo-young is confusing, but that makes him mysterious and interesting. He's hurting Jin-kang by not confessing with heart, and yet he's feeling real pain when she pities him. When he's with her, his smiles are real and his eyes are earnest (the car ride was especially genuine), but he's still constantly messing with her, and being selfish about his feelings for her. I also don't understand why he decided to "be in a relationship" with Seung-ah in the first place. It's not because she's rich, because he's never taken money from her.
I've been avoiding spoilers like the plague, so I have no idea how this drama will play out. But as of right now, I don't believe Moo-young is the killer. He's very involved with the murder, but which side I don't know. The only reason I have is my completely blind trust in him. Maybe I have also fallen for his charisma.

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Ah... the car ride. I had to rewatch that scene several times because the changing position of the seat belt kept distracting me...

Overall I thought it was a very MY-like confession. He probably feels what he does for JK for the first time in his life so he is not sure exactly what it is and the only way he knows how to figure it out is by spending more time with her. I actually thought this is rather relatable. It just seems a little off because we aren't sure if he is good or bad and are conflicted about his character.

I must say that this in-between-state of MY is one of the main draws of this show.

As for the murder... I'm convinced that he cleaned up the scene. This explains everything we have seen so far... but since we haven't been given even a hint of a motive, I'm also thinking he didn't commit the actual murder. I wouldn't put it beyond him either but I don't believe he is going around killing people on a whim.

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He was definitely there, probably cleaned the scene as you put it. And I have an idea who did it, though we still donโ€™t know the motive.

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I agree. He probably helped in cleaning.
Question is: Why would he clean it? Isn't that accessory to the crime?

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I believe he got together with Seung-Ah out of curiosity. Like he said he doesn't believe in love but still tries (he compared it to going to church since he said you never really know if there is a god but you still go) just to be confronted by the same result.
In retrospect it makes sense because he said in the 1st episode that he helped her cause she was really pretty and he hoped to be able to fall in love with a really pretty woman. So it was just another experiment for him.
Well that's how I interpreted it anyway ^^

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I actually really like your interpretation. It sheds a more positive light on Moo-young. He might actually want to be able to truly experience love, and because he noticed in the media that pretty women are always the ones to induce those feelings, he thought he could learn to "love" Seung-ah. That also may be why he called Jin-kang "not so pretty" when he met her. MY is just so out of sync with human emotion that everything is like an experiment.

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Let's not sympathise with MY just yet, he targeted Seung-ah when he heard the gallery assistants talk about her and the car gifted to her. I also feel that MY intentionally stood next to the car because he saw Jin Kang in it, he wanted to establish contact with the "pretty owner", that's why he asks her about the car and Jin Kang's reply only has him saying it loud that he didn't find her pretty enough to be the recipient of such an expensive car.
The real experiment will start as soon as Jin Kang reciprocates whatever MY is currently going through

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I think it was both. He was curious about what would make a rich lady fall for him, so he was going through the motions of what he thinks Seung Ah will be attracted to.

It seems a bit different with Jin Kang because he didn't keep interacting with her with a specific goal in mind at first (at least my interpretation). It was initially a series of coincidences until he felt drawn to her, and because he's straightforward about it he just pursues her shamelessly and openly.

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He mentioned at some point that he was wondering what would move a rich girl's heart so my personal take is that it's just a game at this point.

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I too think that it was intentional, just that his motivation may not be as sinister as we thought. He heard of a really pretty girl so he wanted to meet her and when he was instead confronted by JK he just said out loud that he thought she wasn't as pretty as the owner of the car was made out to be (you know by the rumours).
Manipulation seems to be his only way of getting into another person's heart since he himself seems to be incapable of reciprocating any feelings.
So I think his manipulation comes both from curiosity (what can he manipulate a person into doing) and from the incapability of feeling anything.
I do also think that he sees no wrong in manipulating people because in the end they are the ones acting on their emotions (that he made them feel through manipulation), he didn't tell them to do anything (like with Seung-Ah when she sold everything).

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Moo Young is pretty honest with his feelings. When Yoo Ri said that he loves Ji Kang, he didn't deny it but said he will think about it. He never said that he was in love with Seung Ah, so for him, he owes her nothing. He always could play the mysterious/hurt man card that attracted women but with Jin Kang, who suffered from life too, it doesn't work. She connects with him only when he shows the true himself and not when he plays around.

For the murderer part, I think he's innocent but helped Yoo Ri to clean up. But I think he could kill if someone tries to hurt Jin Kang (like Seung Ah, Yoo Ri or Woo Sang).

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I have to agree. The way his eyes shifted when he noticed JKโ€™s hurt arm made me shiver. I almost expected him to go crazy on YR because she tried to kill JK.

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That's why that whole scene when he's trying to get YR to tell him why she did it scared me so much. He was smiling and playing it off, but I could feel the tension and anger in his words.

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@kurama @cherryinbloom @newdramaaddict
The scary thing is that Moo Young when he speaks, seems to be so honest ... even honest to a fault. Either he says something that is true to him, as he interprets it, or he is silent.

He allowed Seung Ah to say she loved him and said nothing in words, but by accepting her presence and reciprocating her embraces, he let her think what she wanted. In actual fact, he should know that he was leaving her with a misinterpretation of his feelings and intentions. His silence constituted a lie.

However, he seems to display some traits of a psychopath or the less severe traits of a sociopath. If he is a socio or a psychopath, it's not certain how far he can know or care about the feelings of others since he may not be able to empathise. Then again, psycho and sociopaths can be pervasive liars, which could mean that they are good at lying.

Taking his words at face value, he is curious and wants to find out whether he really likes Jin Kang and in what way. It's noteworthy that he only launched into a deliberate 'experiment' to 'date' Jin Kang, after Yoo Ri put the idea that he likes Jin Kang into his mind.

If he has developed a bond with Jin Kang and perceives a threat against her, it is possible that he may choose to punish the perpetrator without guilt or remorse.

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Thanks a lot for the recap Teriyaki!

That scene where Jin Kang tells Moo-young that she pities him? I dunno why I got emotional there! There was not much said by way of dialogues but Jin Kang's pitiful expressions and MY's confusion over this unexpected statement touched me!

Also I refuse to believe that MY is the killer as far as this case is concerned. Is he capable of killing? Possibly yes. But not in this case.

Also he is playing with people's feelings just because he is curious. That in itself is just horrible! But to not understand that what he is doing is wrong? That speaks of someone who has not been taught the basic moral codes that all humans pick up naturally. Does this bring the old monster by nature or by nurture debate? Maybe. I need more to go on here and the show is awfully stingy with details (not complaining at all though)

Jin Kook is another mystery and the one I am more curious about because he has dual sides while MY seems to have just one (at least for us audience)- however confusing that one side be. Also Jin Kang and Jin Kook are just love! I don't think I am ready for the melo part of the show where the siblings will get hurt!

Seung- Ah is silly beyond reason and I have started ignoring her scenes completely.

Jin Kang and Moo-young on the other hand turn every frame in which they are together into a really interesting puzzle which I really feel like solving as soon as possible!

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I don't really think MY is capable of killing. He's capable of playing with human emotion, but maybe that's because he wasn't brought up right (like in Yu-ri's case). His kitty hasn't been tortured yet, and I'm taking that as an indication that MY isn't violent.
I'm with you on Seung-ah. Her trying to take MY (they've been "dating" for only two months!) and run away from all her problems is sadly such a rich girl thing to do. She's unknowingly being the biggest hypocrite, and that's probably why MY is getting fed up with her.

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I think everyone is capable of killing--given the right (or wrong) circumstances. Since we don't know what the circumstances are surrounding the murder I'm not ready to write MY off for it. He's connected to it SOMEHOW whether he killed or cleaned or something else entirely he's connected.
I don't WANT him to be the killer. I want happy endings for everyone.

I agree about Seung-Ah. That is such a rich girl thing to do. And I wonder how much her studio sold for because she kept insisting that they were rich now and I can't imagine that it went for a price high enough to make a rich girl think that they were actually rich rich.

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Yeah I am pretty sure he helped clean up after.. and yeah also agree on anyone being capable of killing...

Seung-ah is just a rich naive girl who thinks that the world revolves around her and how her problems are the worst and her happiness the most important thing..

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I totally agree with you, Seung-ah is really acting like a hypocrite, she thinks that she can run away from her problems and that they will resolve on their own. I have a feeling though that she might end up becoming evil and mistreat Jin Kang because her obsession with MY is clouding her judgment.

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I actually feel that he could be the killer, but the trophy scene made it seem like he wasn't. I mean, he's such a meticulous guy the first thing he would do would be to get rid of the weapon, right. And if he's covering up for Seung ah, why didn't he get rid of the trophy? It doesn't fit.

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I feel like he is hanging on to the thing for when she remembers it? Or for when the police catch up? I am not entirely sure either!

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Thank you for the recap. It has been a long week waiting for ep5-6. Finally we start seeing some meaningful interaction between MY and Jin Kang, I love how these two never quite react in the way they should. Their expressions are so inscrutable, am pretty sure I have made more faces watching the show than either of them.
The playground scene where Jin Kang confronts MY was unexpected for me as much as it was for MY- I think its because if it were me and my friend's beau had laughed in my face while admitting that they didn't really love my friend I would have reacted with anger, and perhaps MY was expecting such a reaction as well, that's why he looked confused at the unfamiliar look in Jin Kang's eyes and her stating that she found him pitiful had him at a loss for words and he can only bluster after her.
These two are similar in a way, they can anticipate and manoeuvre the world around them but when they come together they seem to be unable to comprehend the other's behaviour.

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"am pretty sure I have made more faces watching the show than either of them."

lmao!!!!! Too true!

I love your interpretation of the 'pity scene' and I agree

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This show is giving me all kinds of feels! One minute I hate a character and then i completely empathize with them.
I want Jin Kang to run away from MY one minute and the other minute am all revved up seeing the spark between these two.

Can we take a moment to acknowledge how brilliantly this show is shot. Kudos to the cinematographer/director . Some frames speak volumes.

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Yes, I agree about the cinematography for this show. Lately, I have caught myself involved in the visuals thinking "Wow, that was a terrific shot... just beautiful" or thinking, "whoa, that was unexpected!" I am impressed. This is a work of art all the way around!

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The dialogues between Jin-kang and Moo-young are excellently shot as well as written. Their faces are always expertly framed with a mostly monochromatic background.

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Yes! It is very โ€˜My Ahjussiโ€™

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Also this is my opinion about the two times MY tells that Jin Kang that he liked her, hope it clears up some confusion:
The first time he confesses to Jin Kang he's merely testing out Yoo-ri's theory and he admits as much when he agrees with Jin Kang calling him crazy saying that he thinks he likes her but also not and that he needs to keep seeing her to clear the confusion. He's basically saying that likes being around her so he must actually like her but since this is something that he's never experienced before he's unsure.
And so he keeps following her in the mornings on the way to work and is thoroughly amused even at her cold shoulder. However, you can see just how pleased he is when she calls him out, he likes the level of honesty they seem to have unconsciously established where he can say exactly what's on his mind without the weighing them in his head first which always seem to be the case with others.
When Jin Kang confronts him about Seung-ah he admits that he doesn't love her since there's no such thing as love and that his beliefs don't stop him from pursuing other people's hearts. Hearing this Jin Kang changes tracks and asks if he has ever in his life liked someone if not loved, and since Yoo-ri's observation as well as his own dissemination of his behaviour he confidently states that he likes Jin Kang.
I feel the that the words "love", "heart/feelings" and "like" are very important to understand MY's confession. Love is still miles away but like is there and he isn't afraid to admit it out loud

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Thanks for the recap... This is my second SIG thriller, and the first where he's kinda like the main suspect...he's still dreamy tho, those searching eyes and the rough red hair! *squeals*

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MY, though unrefined and detached due to complications surrounding his pass, is one with much heart but often quietly expressed and without fanfare.
With his keen observation, he probably knew who the murderer was but needed sufficient due evidences to conclude.
Murderer is probably the one he dissed, deliberately, by having a momentary relationship with his GF. I think he seduced, and slept with her, with the intention of breaking up the two, to save her from the rich monster( he told his GF to go vent but on condition she does not sleep with him).

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Ahh, I am so conflicted. I think I need to rewatch/reread the interactions between Moo-young and Seung-ah because I can't decide if Moo-young purposefully conducted himself to lead Seung-ah to believe that he feels a certain way about her when in fact he doesn't in order to satisfy his own interests (eg. he doesn't like her but led her to believe he did because he was curious about her) OR he simply conducted himself in the way he wanted (eg. he was curious and his actions could be and was misconstrued as romantic interest) without regard to how the other person might interpret the actions. I think I am leaning towards the latter - I am inclined to believe that everything he says or does is technically true, it's just that he is able to move on when he wants to and doesn't believe he's responsible for the residual effects his actions might have on them (eg. Seung-ah believing that they love each other and have a legitimate future together).

If it really is the latter, I can't necessarily say that I believe Moo-young is in the wrong for not feeling responsible for Seung-ah's feelings/beliefs. And I don't know if this is because of the way the residual effects are manifesting itself in Seung-ah. Tb completely h, I am having a hard time sympathizing with her. I feel bad about the predicament she's in, with her controlling mother and crazy ex, however, she's handling it all wrong. Going through a tough situation is not an excuse to being a shitty person. She exhibits a classic case of entitlement and it drives me batty that Jin-kang doesn't hold her accountable for her actions yet she does with Moo-young. Yes, Jin-kang explained that she preferred not to dwell on the fact that Seung-ah has not apologized, nor really shown any concern for the fact that her mom slapped Jin-kang, because doing so will make her mad and humiliated all over again. However, why is she putting the blame on Moo-young for how Seung-ah feels about him or for how she understands their relationship? It is especially infuriating because it seems like she's making assumptions about how Moo-young must be leading Seung-ah on without actually taking a step back and seeing Seung-ah's own role in this. @Teriyaki said it best last week that the realization Seung-ah needs to come to is that Moo-young not expecting anything from her is not due to him genuinely liking her and seeing her as an individual but because he really doesn't want anything from her. And I think Jin-kang needs to come to the same realization.

Then again, it could be that Jin-kang just expects Moo-young to be a better person because she sees the potential and is thus harder on him than she is with Seung-ah? Even so, the way she is treating Moo-young about the Seung-ah situation is throwing me off.

P.S I must say I am so surprised that I'm really digging this show since I usually avoid melos/darker dramas. Maybe I'm captured by Moo-young's charm just like everyone else lol.

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It might be that traditional South Korean culture when it comes to relationships might come into play here. (South Koreans give input on this please) I've noticed a number of times in the kdramas (I know, I know, that's not real life) that often women set claim to men when the men have not really committed to the relationship. And often other women accept that the man belongs to that woman who makes claim, even if it is only one sided. In Western culture, just because a man flirts and sleeps with a woman doesn't mean the wedding reception is in the works. (no comment on morality here) But @ _my.river_ I do feel uncomfortable with Seung-ah's misguided "ownership" of Moo-young and with Jin-Kang's struggle with acceptance of that ownership. Being a Westerner, I don't think Moo-young is at fault, particularly since he never did say he loved her and had stopped responding to her calls and texts. He is not the one reaching out to her, it is her that takes his hand. BUT.... the previews for episode 7 seems to bring a whole different twist to this story as it unfolds. It's going to be a long week waiting to see what happens!

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I don't understand why Jin-Kang keeps running to Seung-ah all the time. Girl, your friend is toxic. You need new ones.

Any decent human beings would have apologized for that slap and asked if they were ok, but because Seung-ah pities Jin-Kang, she not only takes her for granted but her feelings always trump Jin-Kang. It's a very unhealthy relationship.

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@luzitania This^ is what I really don't understand about JK and makes me quite exasperated with her. It's quite clear their friendship is one-sided, she's always the one running to SA. SA is so self-absorbed and can't seem to care about anyone else.

And honestly, would anyone still be friends with someone whose mum slapped you in public and called you classless scum, and said person didn't even apologise for their mum's actions? If it were the friendship would have been a done deal that day.

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@_my.river_ Your last paragraph was the exact thing I was thinking about JK. Why does she hold MY to these standards and never holds SA to the same standards? She seems to downplay SA's role in the whole "relationship". She does know her friend is planning this one-way trips all on her own without MY knowing and doesn't seem to have the courage to call her out on it. Yet with MY she calls him out on his actions to his face.

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Oh I like your approach (to rewatch scenes again to be sure). I didnt do that yet but at the moment my feelings are totally the opposite! Am I the only one here who feels bad for Seung Ah and thinks that Moo Young is a total jerk, which means that I also feel that it makes perfect sense why Jin Kang is so angry with Moo Young (her confusion because of her attraction to him is a different issue)? Yes Seung Ah is so naive to the point of stupidity, but I dont think she deserves first to be led on by Moo Young and now dumped by him like that. He clearly made the first move on her, went on dates with her, and also slept with her. I don't think it's about cultural differences here either. I grew up in East Asia but have been living in Europe for a long time, I would say Moo Young's behaviors would be frowned upon in my home country and here in Europe as well. I mean, he is of course free to cut off the relationship and to pursue another woman and yes I do get it that Seung Ah's total different interpretation of their relationship from his can throw him off, but he did not even have a clear and honest breakup with Seung Ah yet! If I were Jin Kang I would not believe a word he confessed! Actually I am finding it difficult to buy the romance between Moo Young and Jin Kang just because Moo Young displays such typical behaviors of a jerk in his relationship with Seung Ah that I just want Jin Kang to stay away from him for now.

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I completely agree that he was a total jerk in how he broke things off with Seung-ah. And as a viewer, I think there is some confusion over exactly what went down. All we know is that she kept texting him and he kept ignoring her. Finally, they met up which is when she shared her plans of running away and according to her flash back, all he did was got up and said he needed to go back home to work on his resume. And her interpretation of whatever happened was that she hurt his pride and that was the issue she had to contend with. However, according to what he told Jin-kang, he told Seung-ah that he wasn't going to drop everything for her, that he didn't believe in love and therefore never loved her.

I think we fundamentally disagree over whether he led Seung-ah on or not. He could have gone on dates with her, kissed her and slept with her (because she initiated it, mind you, and he refused when he could tell that she was uncomfortable at the motel) out of curiosity and as he explained, some times people go to church even if they don't believe in god. It could also be that he wanted to believe in love and therefore when through the motions of it in the hope that he would come to believe in it?

And a commenter on the next episode brought up a really good point about how Jin-kang isn't exactly a saint either. She continues to interact with Moo-young even though he's said/done some questionable things (eg. when he ignored Seung-ah's call while they were outside the convenience store because "he was talking to another woman") because of her own attraction to him. I think her anger towards Moo-young is in part because of her own frustration at herself and her growing attraction towards him and recognizing that it's not exactly kosher because he and Seung-ah are still somewhat involved with each other.

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I am watching this show out of curiosity. Also because I like SIG and JSM.. But honestly the plot is not like... attractive enough for me. They are so much investigating the case but there are no hints as to who was this murdered student, so that I care that there would be justice for her.
I know MY and JK have a most likely very traumatic and sad past together where a fire left then both scarred, but I haven't been able to develop connection with them, at least, not enough, so that I care for their past either.
I do not buy they could like each other sincerely due to the fact they barely know each other. In the real life there would not be enough trust for that.
I get bored with most of police conversations, either if they are friends or trying to solve a case. It doesn't look also real they dedicate too much time for a case that was supposed to be a suicide from the beginning. Unless the victim would have been the daughter of an important person, why the police would dedicate so much time and effort to find a murderer? They are not even sure it was a murder. It could have really been a suicide.
Seung ah falling in love with MY seems to me also pretty unrealistic.
The vibe of this drama is dark and little bit boring for my taste and some situations and iterations are kind of weird.
So, in general, I don't know if it is worth. But again because it is SIG and JSM, I will keep on watching and see what happens.

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Thanks @teriyaki. So many tantalizing puzzle pieces are left out for us, if only we could put them together while waiting for more pieces to emerge.

Conjectures on the threesome: Jin Kook was involved in the fire that hurt both Moo Young and Jin Kang. Possibly in that fire their parents were also killed. Jin Kang was so young that when she was adopted, or taken out of the orphanage, Jin Kook could change her name to be similar to his, so that no one questioned that she was a blood relation. I wonder though, how a young, single man could take out a little girl to adopt her as his sister. There are rules against this, surely.

Moo Young claims to be around the same age as Jin Kang, but might be a bit older. Old enough to remember that his father was a policeman and that he died. He has also indicated a suspicion that Jin Kook has killed someone before ... possibly his father? We do not know if his father died in the course of duty or in that fire.

In Haesan, all 3 of them have seen each other. Moo Young does not admit to remembering them, but both Jin Kook and Jin Kang (who was very young) find MY familiar. MY would probably not have been just a passer-by but someone with whom there had been interactions.

Conjectures on the murder: Since we are not given anyone else as valid suspects for the murder, the only ones are Moo Young and Yoo Ri. We might like to widen the circle to include Hee Jun, and also the poor boyfriend who is already in prison, but I don't notice these given much screen time for their side character roles to warrant it.

If we take it that MY cleaned up meticulously after the murder and take him at his word when he said he was looking at the murderer, while looking at his reflection in the police station, then he is indeed the cold killer. Maybe he was curious about killing?

If we consider Yoo Ri the killer, the only evidence is that she can go crazy and murderous and then forget what she did, and that she had part of the trophy murder weapon in her home. The thing is that her friend was hit over the head with the trophy, there was blood over the floor that had to be cleaned up and then the body had to be carried and thrown out the window (or balcony?). Is Yoo Ri strong enough to do all that or did a man help her?

Either way, how did the trophy, end up with Moo Young and why did he look surprised to see it in the cooler? Sooooo intriguing!!! 😋 😆

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Hi. I just uploaded Chapter 8: The Thrill of the Chase of my fanfic A Hundred Million Stars Falling From the Sky.

https://www.asianfanfics.com/story/view/1371103/a-hundred-million-stars-falling-from-the-sky-mystery-romance-thriller

Will be back to comment later. *melts away with creepy eyes* *strings play creepily as I melt elegantly into the dark*

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Thanks for the update! I'm enjoying your fanfic story. Looking forward to the next chapter!

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Thanks, Table122000. *smiles enigmatically and slinks back into the shadows*

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I can't tell if Seung-ah is naive or delusional. "Let's run to Greece or Morocco." Have you ever heard of this thing called visas? The most you can get is a three months tourist visa at the airport. If you want a longer one, you need to apply in advance and get authorization and most of them are at most one year. And even once you get one, you need to work and earn an income.

She makes immigrating to another country sound like a bus ride. I am glad Moo-young stayed realistic.

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For South Korea, it is "visa free" for them to go to Greece. (Greece doesn't require visas from very many countries) They do not need a visa. After a certain amount of time they probably need some other form to continue to stay, but very likely it isn't too cumbersome.

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Good to know! That redeems her a little bit in my eyes.

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She watched too much dramas, or old classic movies. Lol.

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I finally caught up with the recap even though Iโ€™m always up to date with the show. Yay for me.

This should have been shared during the first episode. Better late than never I guess.

I like the mood gives off by the drama. It suits the dense mystery that shrouds our characters. I find the plot does progress rather slowly but I donโ€™t mind because what I look forward to is the characters interaction and how they react to the unfolded event. I find those very engaging and one hour flew away really fast with it. As much as I like every encounters between Moo-Young and Jin-Kang, Jin-kang and Jin-kook being cute and goofy together is definitely one of the highlights for me.

Regarding Seung-ah, Iโ€™m surprised that I have seen her before. I did a double take to actually realise that she has been in Jealousy Incarnate (she sure is elegant here).

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I love this drama so much...I want more

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Thank you for the recap @teriyaki

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Did anyone notice that Tattoo Yuri is left handed? Because the scars are on her right hand.

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