Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 6
This show continues to amp it up every week and as the web of relationships grows more complicated with each new discovery, our characters’ fates are thrown ever higher into the air. A lot of conflicting desires are at play and as feelings grow—be they suspicion, jealousy, or affection, so does the tension. There’s only so much more this precarious balance can take before something, or someone snaps.
EPISODE 6: “Did you think it was a joke?”
Moo-young is waiting when Jin-kang arrives home and jokes that she looks fine even though her words ruined his day. Her face remains impassive and he sighs that she’s pitying him again. Before Jin-kang can respond, Cho-rong drives up and when she turns back, Moo-young has vanished. Cho-rong cheerily delivers the soup his mother made and Jin-kang suggests they go out to eat before he goes.
No sooner does the couple sit down at a restaurant than Moo-young walks in. Jin-kang eyes him warily as he plops down behind Cho-rong. She struggles to pay attention to Cho-rong’s chatter as she continues to throw glances at Moo-young.
Blissfully unaware, Cho-rong fields intrusive calls and texts from his mother vowing to disown him if he doesn’t at least hold Jin-kang’s hand. After the meal, Cho-rong walks Jin-kang home while Moo-young saunters a few paces behind.
Jin-kang continues to watch Moo-young in her periphery until he veers off, just as Cho-rong finally works up the nerve to grab her hand. He lets go just as quickly, embarrassed, but Jin-kang reaches out and holds it again. Emboldened, Cho-rong asks her to go out with him officially and grins when she agrees.
Reaching Jin-kang’s doorstep, Cho-rong attempts to kiss her but Moo-young reappears and scuffs his sneaker loudly, causing Cho-rong to spring back. Moo-young ducks down to tie his shoe, obstructing his face, and Cho-rong gets into his car and drives off.
Jin-kang demands to know what Moo-young is doing. He promptly replies that he’s keeping Cho-rong from kissing her, wondering if she’s disappointed. Jin-kang snaps that she is and Moo-young reasons that she’ll have to talk to him tonight then, or else he’ll be back to interrupt her next date.
Moo-young goes on to say her words have haunted him and demands to know why she pities him, admitting he’s miserable. She says he deserves it, after playing with people’s feelings. Jin-kang’s surprised he’s never been pitied, but Moo-young says he’s been pitied plenty. However, it’s never bothered him before because he understood those people were just relieved not to have his lot in life.
“But I don’t know how to interpret your words,” Moo-young tells her, “They were really meant for me. You really pity me.” Jin-kang agrees that she does, but when Moo-young presses for her reason, she just tells him to think on it himself.
Jin-kook is unnerved to see Moo-young leaving when he drives up and questions Jin-kang when he comes inside. She evades the question by suggesting he have some of the soup Cho-rong brought by.
Perking up, Jin-kook peppers her with questions and is overjoyed when she tells him to butt out of her dating life. Escaping into the bathroom, Jin-kang is bothered by Moo-young’s words.
The next day, So-jung is shocked to hear Jin-kook found Moo-young on the blackbox footage from the night of Jeong Mi-yeon’s death. She wonders if Jin-kook has a sixth sense for catching criminals. Sighing, Jin-kook points out the reason Moo-young bothered him was because he looked familiar somehow.
So-jung aks how Cho-rong reacted to the news, but Jin-kook hasn’t had the chance to tell him due to Cho-rong’s mother burning herself and needing to visit the hospital. In the meantime, Jin-kook plans to confront Moo-young directly. So-jung balks but Jin-kook insists that the tactic could work.
“He’s the strangest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Jin-kook explains, recalling his previous interrogation of Moo-young. Despite his calm facade, Jin-kook had sensed Moo-young was nervous. He thinks Moo-young gets a thrill from danger and that’s why he toyed with Jin-kook at his own risk.
Moo-young delivers something to Woo-sang’s office. The woman who’d sent Woo-sang photos of Seung-ah with Moo-young sees and questions the receptionist. The package contains a bottle of the wedding brew Woo-sang ordered and a wicked smile spreads across the woman’s face as she offers to deliver it herself.
Sitting on the steps outside Moo-young’s place, Yoo-ri runs away when Jin-kook approaches. Meanwhile, Cho-rong hears that Jin-kook made a break in the case from So-jung, but she won’t give him details. He tries to call Jin-kook, but Moo-young arrives home just then.
Jin-kook tells Moo-young that Yoo-ri ran away when he arrived, adding that he’d locked her up a few days ago. Moo-young’s reaction is subdued and Jin-kook gripes about her lack of remorse for the accident and how she’d refused to promise not to do it again. He’s taken aback when Moo-young laughs and says that it’s just like Yoo-ri not to lie.
Jin-kook asks where he was the night of Jeong Mi-yeon’s death. Moo-young guesses he was asleep but Jin-kook disagrees, citing the dash cam footage that caught Moo-young walking. He wants to know who told Moo-young the apartment cameras weren’t working and Moo-young immediately answers, “Jeong Mi-yeon.”
Then he smiles and guesses Yoo-ri, followed by the security guard. Laughing, he admits he’d just played along but Jin-kook believes his first answer was correct. “As if it’s a joke,” Jin-kook says, “you always told the truth.” He explains his theory that Moo-young gets a thrill from the danger and Moo-young muses at his own charm.
Jin-kook questions why Moo-young wastes his brain on murder and Moo-young throws back that Jin-kook wastes his legs chasing dead ends. Turning away, Moo-young removes his shirt. Seeing the scar, Jin-kook pales and quickly excuses himself.
Speeding back to the station, Jin-kook flashes back to Jin-kang telling him to be kinder to Moo-young because he’s from Haesan too. Cho-rong raps on his window, snapping him out of his thoughts.
The young detective eagerly asks about the big evidence So-jung mentioned, but is disappointed when Jin-kook hands him Yoo-ri’s dash cam memory card. Jin-kook fumbles to defend the card and suddenly Moo-young’s words about Yoo-ri being unable to lie click into place. He shoos Cho-rong away and speeds off again.
Jin-kook gets a copy of Yoo-ri’s blood test from the night of the accident and takes it over to Dr. Yang along with Yoo-ri’s dash cam memory card. Meanwhile, Cho-rong and the rest of the unit rush to locate a missing boy.
Dr. Yang watches the dash cam footage and Jin-kook asks about Yoo-ri’s sleeping pills and if she’s a drug addict. At the same time, Yoo-ri knocks on Moo-young’s door. There’s no response because he’s currently starting work at a new brewery.
Jin-kook calls Cho-rong to ask where the team is, but follows a crowd to Moo-young’s building where Yoo-ri is about to jump. Remembering how Moo-young had talked her down before, she calls him a liar just as Jin-kook reaches the roof and shouts her name.
Yoo-ri steps off the roof anyway and Jin-kook dives for her, managing to grab her wrist. She reaches up and grabs him with her other hand and Jin-kook tumbles over the side with her… and lands on a safety cushion. Yoo-ri blinks at Jin-kook’s hand still clasped around her wrist as he assures her she’s okay.
Afterwards, Jin-kook stays with Yoo-ri at the police station to fill out her report. When he hands her the pen, he notices she’s left-handed. Then he walks her home and awkwardly warns her he’ll be checking in, to which Yoo-ri replies, “I won’t die.”
So-jung, having heard the news from Cho-rong who witnessed the whole fiasco, runs up and kicks Jin-kook. She shakily chides him for holding on to Yoo-ri even as she dragged him over the ledge. Jin-kook assures her he’d already seen the safety cushion, but So-jung vows she’s through with him and leaves.
Moo-young meets Hee-jun at his part-time job and finds Seung-ah is passed out drunk. Hee-jun says she’d asked for Moo-young’s address, but he’d refused to tell her. Moo-young starts cleaning her up, but Jin-kang arrives and takes over, saying Seung-ah had called her.
Woo-sang meets with the woman from his company and she pours them beer. She ignores his questions as to what she wants, and just keeps talking about the beer until finally revealing it’s his wedding brew. Holding out the card—which is signed by Moo-young with a smiley face—she laughs that not only did Woo-sang fire Seung-ah’s father, but had her boyfriend make their wedding brew before firing him as well.
The woman continues to taunt Woo-sang, saying Moo-young brought the bottle to the office himself. Woo-sang ignores her until she adds Seung-ah was dumped. Woo-sang’s face twists as he storms out of the room.
Moo-young drives Seung-ah’s car while Jin-kang sits in the back with Seung-ah laid across her lap. At a stoplight, Moo-young comments that Jin-kang appears gentle today and sighs that it’s boring.
He guesses she was happy to see him earlier and laughs when she glares, saying that’s the look that makes his heart skip a beat. “It almost gives me a heart attack,” he jokes. Jin-kang just tells him to watch the road.
They reach Seung-ah’s house and Jin-kang tells him to wait while she talks to Seung-ah’s mom. Moo-young walks around and opens her door, telling her to get out and wait. Confused, Jin-kang points out that Seung-ah’s mother will be angry to see him. Moo-young says that’s exactly why she should let him handle it.
Seung-ah’s mom comes out and glowers at Moo-young, but doesn’t say anything as she gets into the car and drives her drunk daughter up to the house. Moo-young walks over to where Jin-kang is waiting and asks if she was anxious for him. With a sigh, Jin-kang asks, “Are you doing this on purpose? I really don’t get you.”
Moo-young doesn’t understand, so Jin-kang clarifies, “You do all the nice things after all. Why do you pretend to be so mean?” Moo-young isn’t so sure he’s being nice, but Jin-kang thinks so. They get to the main street and Moo-young steps out into traffic to hail a taxi.
Jin-kang nervously asks him to step back, but Moo-young is unfazed, even as a car narrowly misses him. To his surprise, Jin-kang steps out and starts to pull him back to the curb. He points out they’ll have trouble finding a taxi now, but follows her easily back to the safety of the sidewalk.
So-jung watches Moo-young anxiously from her desk when he stops by her office to update his license. She starts to call Jin-kook before remembering she’s mad at him. Jin-kook has just arrived at the station when he catches sight of Moo-young standing in the street, transfixed on the reunion of the missing boy with his family.
Seung-ah stumbles downstairs and is unbothered when her mother storms out of the room. She perks up when the housekeeper chides her for worrying her mother by breaking her promise not to see “him” and tears up as she watches the dash cam footage of Moo-young carrying her to the car with Jin-kang.
Back home, Moo-young can’t get the sight of the little boy reunited with his parents out of his head. He unfolds a yellowed piece of paper to reveal a child’s drawing of four children: three boys and a girl.
That evening, So-jung sits with Jin-kook at a pojangmacha, pointedly ignoring him as she drinks. He tries apologizing but when she doesn’t respond, he tells her about Moo-young’s scar. With a sigh, she finally turns to face him and Jin-kook asks if he’s being oversensitive again.
So-jung assures him that he is, but Jin-kook is unconvinced. “Just because of a burn scar, you’re not suspecting…” So-jung trails off, wondering if this suspicion is why he didn’t tell Cho-rong about seeing Moo-young on the dash cam.
Jin-kook denies her worries that he’s underestimating Cho-rong, admitting that he actually thinks he was blinded by his obsession. While he doesn’t doubt Moo-young’s involvement, he doesn’t think he’s the killer… because Yoo-ri is also left-handed.
Jeong Mi-yeon’s boyfriend is acquitted of the murder charges and Chief Lee reopens the case. Cho-rong wants to share their findings with the team, but Jin-kook refuses and drives off without so much as an explanation.
Walking up towards the park bench where Yoo-ri sits alone, Jin-kook flashes back to his conversation with Dr. Yang. “Yoo-ri needs time,” Dr. Yang had told him, “and someone she can trust without a doubt.”
Sitting next to her, Jin-kook tells her Moo-young said she doesn’t lie and that he has a question, but she doesn’t have to answer today. He shares his suspicion that she doesn’t remember the accident with Jin-kang, and that’s why she couldn’t promise it wouldn’t happen again. “But you actually have one more day you can’t remember, don’t you?” Jin-kook asks.
Seung-ah is waiting for Jin-kang when she gets out of work and confronts her with the dash cam recording of her conversation with Moo-young when they were taking Seung-ah home.
It sounds bad and Jin-kang tries to explain, but Seung-ah holds out her phone, revealing the only text Moo-young replied to: that yes, he does like Jin-kang. Seung-ah asks about Jin-kang’s feelings but she doesn’t answer and Seung-ah demands to know when this started.
That evening, Jin-kook stops at a local store but runs back to his car when he sees Moo-young coming out. He’s spotted, however, and Moo-young asks him about Haesan since he claimed not to know the cops there, but Jin-kang revealed it was their hometown. When Jin-kook insists both are true, Moo-young assumes he started his career late in life and the men part ways.
Moo-young receives a call from Jin-kang demanding to see him immediately. When they meet up, she furiously asks him why he said anything to Seung-ah. Sighing, Moo-young declares he won’t discuss Seung-ah with her anymore.
Jin-kang follows after him until he stops to say they’ve arrived at his place. He suggests she have some of his birthday cake before she goes. He laments that even though it’s only his legal birthday, it’s sad to spend it alone.
Undeterred, Jin-kang ask why he did it. “Because it’s the truth,” Moo-young replies, “Seeing you is fun, and I don’t get bored at all. I really like it.” He asks her again if she wants cake, saying she has until he blows out the candles to change her mind.
Jin-kang demands he tell Seung-ah it isn’t true and after a beat, Moo-young complies. Whipping out his phone, he begins to text, “It wasn’t true. I was just kidding… because I love you so much. I thought that would help me forget you.” To Jin-kang’s horror, he hits send… but then her phone buzzes and she sees he’d actually texted her.
She tells him she finally understands that she finds him pitiful because he never had a heart to begin with. She says that’s why he toys with people so easily, feels no remorse when he hurts them, and feels happy when he’s won, never even realizing that he’s pitiful.
After a beat, Moo-young smirks and says the reason she’s so angry is because she knows he wasn’t joking when he told Seung-ah he liked Jin-kang. He asks if she’s ever thought about him and Jin-kang denies it. He wonders if she’s ever missed him or been happy to run into him. Jin-kang continues to refuse, but her responses take longer each time.
Stepping closer, Moo-young finally asks, “Do you truly… have no feelings for me at all?” Jin-kang gives the same answer, but this time she can’t even meet his eyes. After a long pause, Moo-young says okay and starts to walk away.
Turning back, he asks if it’s more pitiful to feel nothing, or to be unaware of the feelings you have for someone. Jin-kang is unable to answer, so he tells her he’d rather feel nothing, and then disappears. As she walks away, two ominous black cars drive past her.
She sits down on some steps to think and suddenly starts running back. Meanwhile, Jin-kook takes a box down from on top of Jin-kang’s wardrobe and starts riffling through it as a group of men in suits beat up Moo-young. Jin-kang climbs up to the roof and freezes at the sight while Jin-kook pulls out an old flier for a missing boy with a burn mark on his shoulder.
Ugh! Curse you Woo-sang, because I know it has to be you behind Moo-young’s beating. His pride is making him fickle because he can’t seem to decide what he wants. His relationship with Seung-ah is hard to understand because we don’t know about their early days, but at this point it’s so toxic that continuing it wasn’t good for anybody… except maybe Seung-ah’s mom. He’s growing more volatile and that lady from his company (is she the managing director?) is definitely enjoying stirring the pot.
Still, I think the one to watch out for is Seung-ah. She’s full-on obsessed with Moo-young and quick to turn on her friend whom she’s known for years over a guy she’s dated less than two months. Yoo-ri already nearly killed Jin-kang and her jealousy seems mild compared to the fury in Seung-ah’s eyes when she accused Jin-kang of going behind her back. The wrath of a woman scorned, and all that… I just hope she doesn’t team up with Woo-sang to launch an attack on our leads in some twisted vendetta. Especially because while at least Moo-young helped cause the mess he’s in, Jin-kang just got roped along.
Speaking of, Jin-kang seems to have finally admitted (at least to herself) that she’s not unaffected by Moo-young. Her deciding to go back to him was a big move and it doesn’t bode well for Cho-rong. Even if the relationship doesn’t breech romantic waters (but really with that chemistry, how can it not?), Jin-kang had just agreed to be Cho-rong’s girlfriend only to run towards another man… who’s also a suspected killer? Or in Jin-kook’s new narrative, at the very least an accomplice?
The mystery of our three leads continues to pose more questions! We know Moo-young’s father was a cop in Haesan that died (possibly by Jin-kook’s hand?) and then Moo-young went to the orphanage… but the way he looked at the boy reuniting with his family and the missing poster Jin-kook pulled out of the box in Jin-kang’s room (is that her stuff?) suggests that he was separated from his family. And we know nothing of Jin-kang’s parents since Jin-kook took her in and essentially erased her life prior to whatever traumatic incident brought them together. And then of course the fire. We’re slowly uncovering pieces of the puzzle and while I still have no idea how they fit together, I’m happy to go along for the ride.
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