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 — 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.
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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