Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 8
Moo-young’s dangerous game has resulted in a scenario no one saw coming and the ripple effect spreads far and wide. As everyone deals with the aftermath, Jin-kook struggles to protect Jin-kang while her own feelings threaten to tear her apart.
EPISODE 8: There’s No Trace of Him
Yoo-ri meets Jin-kook at the station and recounts her memory of the night Jeong Mi-yeon died. She remembers coming to in Mi-yeon’s apartment and spying on her fighting with her boyfriend through a crack in the door. After the boyfriend left, Yoo-ri says she remembers blood and nothing else.
Meanwhile, a concerned Jin-kang knocks on Moo-young’s door, only to be met with silence. She tries calling him but Moo-young ignores his phone as he and Seung-ah speed down the highway with Woo-sang hot on their trail. Moo-young warns Seung-ah not to let Woo-sang catch up seconds before an oncoming truck forces her to swerve.
Their car screeches to a halt just in time for Woo-sang to t-bone them, sending both cars tumbling over the guardrail. Moo-young and Seung-ah are flipped upside down and are illuminated by a fiery explosion. In the back of his mind, Moo-young hears someone call his name and he flashes back to his childhood, in a room with a boiling teapot.
Two men with obscured faces stand off and one shakily levels a gun at the other, as young Moo-young watches in horror. A shot rings out and Moo-young’s eyes fly open only to slip back into unconsciousness.
Early the following morning, Jin-kang runs down the street as Seung-ah’s mother’s tearful voice rings in her ears that Seung-ah was in an accident and the man she was with had been killed. Jin-kang freezes when a news bulletin flashes across a jumbo screen, announcing Woo-sang’s death and Seung-ah’s critical condition. Oddly, there’s no mention of Moo-young.
Jin-kook takes Yoo-ri back to Jeong Mi-yeon’s apartment, hoping it’ll jog her memory. She can’t bring herself to go inside, though, and runs away. Jin-kook chases behind her, noting the security cams as they go. His phone suddenly rings and he ducks out of sight.
Turns out the call was from Jin-kang and Jin-kook rushes to meet her at the hospital. Meanwhile, a team of doctors inform Jin-kang and Seung-ah’s mother that she’s out of surgery, and is expected to recover. Seung-ah’s mother pulls Jin-kang into a hug but they pull apart when Woo-sang’s secretary appears to announce Seung-ah is being transferred to her room.
Jin-kook arrives and Jin-kang fills him in, frowning as she adds that something isn’t right. Jin-kook checks with the information desk and reports back to Jin-kang that Moo-young isn’t registered as a patient in the hospital. She insists that she saw him in Seung-ah’s car and Woo-sang was following them and can’t understand why the news is reporting that Seung-ah was in Woo-sang’s car with no mention of Moo-young whatsoever.
Jin-kook has her tell him everything and Jin-kang tells him about the beating, triggering Jin-kook’s memory of Moo-young’s bruised face a few days earlier. Jin-kang says she’d been worried afterwards and Moo-young had revealed he planned to fight against the true attacker—the one that ordered the beating.
The news is still reporting on the accident when Jin-kook arrives at work. On the TV a detective speaks to the press and Chief Lee identifies him as an old teammate, before someone got the team disbanded. He glares daggers at Jin-kook, but his thinly veiled disdain is ignored.
Jin-kang also makes it to work and assures her concerned coworkers that she’s fine. She says that Seung-ah has yet to wake up, but her life is out of danger.
So-jung takes note of Jin-kook’s dark mood and he tells her Moo-young has disappeared. She’s shocked to hear he was dating Seung-ah, but Jin-kook is more concerned about Jin-kang’s claim that the news narrative has been manipulated.
Jin-kang ventures to Moo-young’s apartment again, but it’s still dark. She calls his number, but his phone is off. Sinking to the ground, she perks up when she hears something meowing and finds Moo-young’s cat.
Jin-kook spots Jin-kang exiting the pet store. He picks her up and is upset to realize the cat food in her arms is likely for Moo-young’s cat. She wonders if they should file a missing person’s report and Jin-kook snaps that it’s not her concern.
That night Jin-kook is unable to sleep. He gets up and peeks in on Jin-kang, but her bed is empty. Instead, she’s back at Moo-young’s place, feeding the cat.
On her way out after visiting Seung-ah in the ICU, Jin-kang runs into Woo-sang’s secretary again. He plays dumb when Jin-kang questions him about Moo-young. He walks away, ignoring Jin-kang’s pleas to at least let her know if Moo-young is alive.
Jin-kook drops in on the detective from his old team, and unlike Chief Lee, this man isn’t resentful. They get drinks and share some pleasant banter before the detective asks why Jin-kook sought him out. Jin-kook demands to know where Moo-young is and after debating whether or not to answer, the detective admits he doesn’t know.
The woman from Woo-sang’s company cries at his funeral, but her tears dry up the second she’s inside the elevator. Upstairs, she walks past a team of men guarding a VIP room. Woo-sang’s secretary opens the door for her and she steps up to a bed as the detective reveals to Jin-kook that they (meaning Woo-sang’s family/company) are keeping Moo-young under wraps and he doesn’t know where he is or what they’re planning to do when he wakes up.
All the detective knows is that Moo-young was unconscious when they found him, but his condition wasn’t critical. He adds that Seung-ah had 2 million dollars in her bag along with Moo-young’s note about leaving together. Additionally, Woo-sang was very drunk and didn’t even attempt to break before the crash—rather he intended for them all to die together.
Jin-kang startles awake at her desk at home and runs to Moo-young’s place. She jiggles the doorknob anxiously, collapsing in tears when it doesn’t budge. Tearfully, she asks aloud, “Where are you?”
Cho-rong calls Jin-kook to report he’d noticed an Arts Brewery beer glass when he’d visited Jeong Mi-yeon’s friend’s studio. Jin-kook gets into his car to head back and his old teammate slips him some money to buy Jin-kang snacks. Jin-kook tries to protest, but concedes when the detective laments he feels bad for her.
The detective asks if Chief Lee ever mentioned to Jin-kook that the boy he’d been searching for visited the police station. He says it happened just after Jin-kook had left for Seoul twenty years ago and while he hadn’t been there, Chief Lee had met the boy. Hmm.
Moo-young is still dreaming about the boiling teakettle room, but this time the gunshot wakes him up and he remains conscious. Pulling himself up, he locks eyes with Woo-sang’s secretary, who’s sitting across the room.
Back at the police station, Jin-kook hunts down Chief Lee and demands to know why he hadn’t mentioned the boy. Chief Lee snaps that he’d told the boy to get lost because the man who was looking for him was gone. Jin-kook stands there shell-shocked as Chief Lee huffs away.
Storming back out of the station, Jin-kook doesn’t so much as glance at Cho-rong as the young detective tries to tell him Moo-young had met Jeong Mi-yeon before her death. Cho-rong gripes about Jin-kook as he peels out of the lot and So-jung slaps him upside the head.
Cho-rong asks why she hit him, but So-jung just takes him out to lunch. Cho-rong reveals to her that after seeing the Arts Brewery cup at Mi-yeon’s friend’s studio, he went to the pub and met with Hee-jun. He’d shown the photo from Mi-yeon’s party and Hee-jun had immediately started complaining about how rude Mi-yeon had been.
Furthermore, Hee-jun placed Moo-young there as well and said Moo-young took Mi-yeon home that night. Pouting, Cho-rong can’t understand why Jin-kook wasn’t the least bit interested when he’d told him this, wondering why he bothers. So-jung gently tells him to trust Jin-kook and wait.
Moo-young has returned home and spaces out on his couch while the cat plays on his stomach. When the cat jumps down, Moo-young looks up to see Jin-kang’s silhouette walking past his window. Outside, she feeds the cat and continues to ask “where are you?” until a shadow falls over her.
She stands and starts to leave, but Moo-young grabs her and pulls her into a kiss. She pushes back briefly before melting into him as he cradles her face gently, deepening the kiss.
Jin-kook broods in his dark apartment. He flashes back to his younger self bursting into an emergency room where young Moo-young was being treated for burns on his shoulder and arm. The boy had looked up and Jin-kook quickly turned his back, looking ashamed.
Jin-kang returns home and Jin-kook assures her that while he doesn’t know where Moo-young is, he’s okay and will come home. Jin-kang numbly responds that he already has before disappearing into her room. Following her, Jin-kook frantically demands if she met with Moo-young and Jin-kang plainly states that she did, but it won’t happen again.
She asks Jin-kook to turn out the lights so she can sleep, but once he’s gone, her thoughts return to the kiss with Moo-young. Eventually, she’d broken away but he’d held her back from leaving. Moo-young asked her to stay, but Jin-kang only replied that they shouldn’t meet again.
In his apartment, Moo-young also struggles to sleep. Jin-kang wakes up to a text and gets up only to find Jin-kook standing outside her door. He looks up from his own phone, stunned, and Jin-kang steps into his arms, sobbing.
A news reporter announces that four days after the accident that killed Woo-sang, Seung-ah has also passed away. Moo-young appears indifferent to the news, but Jin-kang is devastated as she and her brother pay their respects and Jin-kook has to help her up as she cries on the floor.
Cho-rong admits glumly to So-jung he didn’t even know Jin-kang was friends with Seung-ah. And she tries to comfort him that Jin-kang is just private about things. Meanwhile, Jin-kang slips away from the services to sob loudly by herself.
The woman from Woo-sang’s company goes out to her car and muses that Woo-sang’s secretary looks better working for her. He informs her that Moo-young signed the agreement without fuss. She laughs hearing Moo-young accepted the one million dollar compensation with indifference.
Jin-kook is standing outside when Moo-young leaves his apartment the next morning. Moo-young breezily asks if he needs something because he’s on his way to work, and Jin-kook’s voice shakes as he demands to know if this is what Moo-young wanted. He recalls Moo-young believes “an eye for an eye” and chokes out that even if Woo-sang had ordered thugs to hurt Moo-young, Seung-ah was innocent.
“How you could you say that, like I did this on purpose?” Moo-young asks and Jin-kook rephrases his question to ask if Moo-young had known this would be the outcome, would anything have changed. Moo-young replies he doesn’t know and his smirk sets Jin-kook off.
Grabbing Moo-young’s collar, Jin-kook drags him over to the ledge and holds him over. Shaking Moo-young, Jin-kook shouts that his petty revenge cost two people their lives. Moo-young finally spits back that he’d have done it anyway. “You still think you’ve won even when two people died from your pranks?” Jin-kook demands, guessing Moo-young felt he had nothing to lose by putting his own life on the line.
Enraged, Jin-kook punches Moo-young and declares that he’s not human. “If I were human, what would I have done, then?” Moo-young demands. Jin-kook doesn’t answer, only saying he won’t let Moo-young off anymore… no matter who he is. His word choice amuses Moo-young and he wonders if he ever meant anything to Jin-kook.
Jin-kang is surprised when Jin-kook bursts through their gate just as she’s about to leave for work. He warns her to keep her word about staying away from Moo-young, saying Moo-young doesn’t care about anything. Jin-kook says Moo-young views everything as a game and killed Seung-ah.
Taken aback, Jin-kang asks what he’s talking about. Jin-kook repeats Moo-young’s words that he would’ve gone through with everything even knowing the outcome. “Even if he knew that Seung-ah would die. Even if he lost his life,” Jin-kook says gravely, “He still would’ve done it.” He storms off again, leaving Jin-kang shaken.
Cho-rong starts to text Jin-kang his condolences but is interrupted when one of the other detectives assigns him to look back through the dash cam footage from Jeong Mi-yeon’s case. Cho-rong starts to argue that Jin-kook already combed through it, but shrivels up under his superior’s glare and agrees to start as soon as he finishes his text. Hee.
Jin-kook’s words continue to ring in Jin-kang’s ears as she makes her way to work. She receives the text from Cho-rong but just stares blankly at her phone. Meanwhile, Jin-kook pays Yoo-ri another visit. She snaps that she still doesn’t remember anything, but Jin-kook guesses that if she spied on Mi-yeon through the door, she had to know Mi-yeon’s passcode and Yoo-ri confirms it.
He asks if she knows who was caught on the security cam outside the building and she says she doesn’t care, but her hand fidgets on her mop. Jin-kook admits the camera is a fake so nothing was recorded, but Moo-young already knew that. She denies Moo-young’s involvement but Jin-kook says the path she took when she ran from the building was the one with no working security cameras, suggesting Moo-young taught it to her.
Yoo-ri demands to know if Jin-kook saved her only to torment her. She cries that neither she nor Moo-young killed Mi-yeon. Jin-kook calmly states that he killed someone, but Yoo-ri thinks he’s still accusing her and screams repeatedly that she didn’t do it.
Jin-kook clarifies that he was talking about himself, and that he’d killed someone when he was two years older than Yoo-ri. He tells her he’s living proof that she can make a fresh start, but she has to come down to the station tomorrow morning to turn herself in.
Jin-kang texts Cho-rong asking him to meet later because she has something to say, but before he can respond he sees the footage of Moo-young on one of the dash cams and his face hardens. He confronts So-jung if this is what she’d hinted previously and demands Moo-young’s address.
So-jung hands it over and then tries to call Jin-kook, but he ignores his phone as he waits on a park bench. Someone walks up, and though the face isn’t shown, it’s clearly Yoo-ri.
Jin-kang sits down to eat, but Cho-rong texts that he won’t be joining her. Instead, Moo-young walks in and slides in across from her. Finally, Jin-kang asks why he’s acting like nothing happened. Moo-young is playfully surrenders but she’s not in the mood and leaves.
Afterwards, on his way home, Moo-young pauses at a crossroads and look towards Jin-kang’s house before turning to go home. When he gets there, Jin-kang is waiting. She tells him what Jin-kook said about him seeing everything as a game. She starts to choke up as she asks if he really doesn’t care if anyone dies, including himself, and that’s why he isn’t sad.
She asks if he would really repeat his actions all over, knowing he was risking Seung-ah’s life as well as his own. Moo-young remains silent and she takes it as confirmation. Moo-young reaches out to touch her but she yanks her arm away, crying that even while Seung-ah was dying, she only worried about him.
Sobbing, she admits she never got to apologize or thank Seung-ah and demands to know why he remains so calm. “I was so concerned about you without knowing my friend was dying,” she snaps, “So why don’t you cherish your life at all?” Moo-young admits he doesn’t know either.
Numbly, Jin-kang walks away but Moo-young follows silently behind her as she cries. At the same time, the detectives are on their way to pick up Moo-young and stop when Jin-kang crosses in front of the van. Cho-rong is about to jump out after her when Moo-young crosses in front next. The detectives jump out and Moo-young allows them to arrest him as he stares after Jin-kang.
Holy heartache, Batman! There’s so much to unpack this episode, I’m probably not going to get to it all, but what a way to hit our halfway point! The deaths of Woo-sang and Seung-ah each created a ripple effect and while Woo-sang’s so far has been restricted to his company and passing over the reins (to his sister? cousin? I need the show to introduce her already, I’m sick of calling her “the woman”), Seung-ah’s had a deep impact on the Yoo siblings. Particularly Jin-kang, because not only were they best friends, Jin-kang wasn’t able to resolve her guilt over Moo-young before Seung-ah passed on.
Her guilt with Cho-rong is a different story. She had tried calling him out to talk and odds are she was planning to break up. It’s only fair because he’s the sweetest puppy and he doesn’t deserve to be strung along. Alas, she may have missed her window because Cho-rong definitely picked up on the weirdness of Moo-young following her home. Not to mention, I can’t imagine Jin-kang sitting still after hearing he’s been charged with murder. Because despite knowing he’s kind of a sociopath, I still don’t think he murdered Jeong Mi-yeon. Plus holy dang that kiss!
And it’s clear Jin-kook doesn’t think Moo-young murdered Jeong Mi-yeon either. Although, that doesn’t do anything to alleviate his contention with Moo-young. We know Moo-young is the little boy Jin-kook was looking for, but the remaining details are still fuzzy. It’s been suggested heavily that Jin-kook is the one that shot Moo-young’s father, but then why did he do it? Does that mean he was searching for Moo-young out of guilt? And how does Jin-kang tie in to all this? This show is so stingy with its answers!
All I know for sure is next week is going to be chaotic. Moo-young has been arrested, but what about Yoo-ri? It looked like she was turning herself in to Jin-kook. Will Cho-rong be willing to listen after Jin-kook kept him in the dark? Especially since his relationship with Jin-kang is hanging by a thread and he doesn’t even know it. Is it too much to ask for the innocent puppy to have a happy ending?
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