Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 10
Secrets are bubbling to the surface and as the puzzle pieces slowly fall into place, the picture they create may spell trouble for our leads. As Jin-kang’s ties with Moo-young grow, her relationship with Jin-kook weakens.
EPISODE 10: “How To Be A Good Person”
Moo-young thinks back on his conversation with Jin-kang as she walks home. Neither are able to sleep that night and Jin-kook sits up in his room, lost in thought. The following morning, Jin-kook offers Jin-kang a ride to work.
Their awkwardness eventually gives way to their usual banter and they discuss making a trip later in the week. Dropping Jin-kang off, Jin-kook apologizes for blowing up over Moo-young. He promises to trust her to make her own choices and they smile as they part ways.
At work, Moo-young receives a text from Woo-sang’s sister, Jang Se-ran, asking his decision on her job offer. Keeping his promise to Jin-kang, Moo-young answers “No,” and deletes Se-ran’s contact info.
Meanwhile, Jin-kang’s coworkers discuss the job they’re hoping to snag with Jang Se-ran. Seo-yeon wonders how to incorporate Moo-young’s tastes into their pitch since he’s supposed to manage the new pub, but Jin-kang says he turned it down. The thought makes her smile and CEO Hwang balks. Seo-yeon points out Jin-kang has been acting strange all day, and the two women demonstrate how she’d been humming all morning.
Jang Se-ran receives Moo-young’s text and muses that she must’ve been too nice to him since he’s replied so rudely.
Reporting to their superior, Jin-kook and Chief Lee are reprimanded for Moo-young’s release based on lack of motive. Chief Lee is taken aback to learn Jin-kook requested a transfer to patrol. Their boss warns Jin-kook to behave, stating that he only escaped punishment because the next personnel changeover is coming up soon.
The rest of the detective team worries about the repercussions after publicly arresting Moo-young; blaming Jin-kook for not telling them about Yoo-ri sooner. Cho-rong defends Jin-kook, saying he’s the one who reacted rashly, not Jin-kook. The others grumble, but Detective Gun defends Cho-rong, saying he’s in a tough spot because he’s dating Jin-kang.
They receive a call notifying them the team is in the clear and Cho-rong grins to learn that Jin-kook wasn’t punished. Walking back to their unit, Chief Lee stops Jin-kook to suggest he go back to being invisible. Cho-rong rushes over to Jin-kook when he returns and they go outside to chat.
Jin-kook pulls out Moo-young’s original call record, thanking Cho-rong for protecting Jin-kang and apologizing for not explaining sooner about Moo-young and Yoo-ri. Cho-rong agrees Jin-kook was wrong to keep him out of the loop. He starts to say something else, but stops himself.
Cho-rong says he’s happy Jin-kook wasn’t punished and gets up to leave. Jin-kook hands him a few bills, explaining he’d received them from a relative in Haesan for Jin-kang but thinks Cho-rong should spend it with her instead. Taking the money, Cho-rong only makes it a few steps before the memory of his breakup with Jin-kang stops him in his tracks.
Steeling himself, Cho-rong walks back and hands the money to Jin-kook. “Things didn’t work out between us,” Cho-rong says to Jin-kook’s confused expression. He continues that he wanted to tell Jin-kook now rather than have regrets, and apologizes for wasting Jin-kook’s efforts to bring the couple together. Noting Cho-rong’s crestfallen expression, Jin-kook offers to take him for drinks. Cho-rong suggests another time and quickly escapes.
Leaving work, Jin-kang finds Moo-young waiting for her outside. He texts that they should take the bus together but before she can reply, her coworkers come out and Moo-young ducks around a corner. CEO Hwang offers to drive Jin-kang home since she’s headed that way. Jin-kang awkwardly declines, loudly saying she’d prefer the bus.
Seo-yeon tries to take her place, but CEO Hwang is going the opposite direction and she’s forced to walk with Jin-kang. Moo-young is already waiting at the bus stop when Seo-yeon suddenly changes her mind about taking the subway. Jin-kang frantically texts Moo-young that Seo-yeon will be taking the bus and he disappears again.
Seo-yeon decides she’d rather take the subway after all and departs. Jin-kang texts Moo-young again and he reappears from around the bus stop shelter with a smile. Sitting next to each other on the bus, they can’t hold back their grins as Moo-young teases Jin-kang about a typo in her texts.
So-jung muses about the weather as she walks down the street with Jin-kook, but he’s ignoring her. She wonders if he’s upset because November is approaching but he waves it off. So-jung asks what he’s thinking, then, and Jin-kook sighs that Jin-kang broke up with Cho-rong. So-jung can’t fathom why and Jin-kook admits he’s stumped as well.
Jin-kook regrets telling Jin-kang he trusted her to make her own choices, not knowing she wasn’t with Cho-rong anymore. So-jung tells him to keep his promise, but Jin-kook is worried Moo-young had something to do with the breakup. He notices So-jung’s uncomfortable reaction and asks if she knows something.
At a restaurant, Jin-kang questions whether Moo-young turned down Jang Se-ran’s job offer. He coyly asks what she thinks and Jin-kang grins, knowing he’s kept his promise. She admits to feeling guilty for sacrificing CEO Hwang’s shoe-in for Jang Se-ran’s pub. Moo-young wonders why Jin-kang was against the job when it would’ve benefited her work as well as given him a better position.
Jin-kang playfully dismisses his suggestion that she doesn’t like money, clarifying that she just didn’t want him associating with such powerful people. Sobering, she reminds him he promised to answer whatever she asked. Despite her many questions, Jin-kang says she won’t ask anything just yet.
“I’ve always gotten mad at you whenever I met you,” she admits. She lists being angry, tearful, worried, and vowing to never see him again… but she’s never smiled. “So I want to smile first, before anything,” she grins.
Walking home, Jin-kang asks if they can take a different route. Moo-young follows easily and she guesses he knows she’s avoiding running into Jin-kook. Moo-young confirms he’s aware Jin-kook doesn’t like him. Taking Jin-kang’s hand, Moo-young admits he likes Jin-kook, though. At least, he enjoys messing with him. “I act up whenever I’m with him,” Moo-young laughs.
Then Moo-young tells Jin-kang she’d smiled at him once before. He reminds her of the night he’d walked her home and she’d asked about his cat. He’d teased that its name was Jin Kang and she’d sighed, “I think I’ll keep hating you.” Moo-young had wished her good luck and she’d smiled exactly three seconds later.
Awed by his memory, Jin-kang asks if his cat is still missing. Moo-young admits he looked but hadn’t found her. Instead, he’d heard she’d gotten a great boyfriend so he shouldn’t wait for her. Jin-kang repeats that she’ll keep hating him and Moo-young returns, “Good luck.” As they pass a flower shop, Jin-kang pulls Moo-young over to look and he smiles as he watches her.
The next morning, Jin-kook waters the new pots of flowers. Jin-kang says she bought them on the way home and asks if Jin-kook is going to drive her to work again. She warns him she’ll be working late tonight, sighing he’ll have to go shopping for gimbap ingredients alone. Jin-kook accidentally starts to mention Cho-rong, but quickly changes the subject.
Yoo-ri is taken away by the prosecution and one of his team members tells Jin-kook to check on Moo-young since he’s been out of contact. Meanwhile, Moo-young is on the phone with Jin-kang. He warns her his battery is dying but she just called to say she’s working late. He tells her to check under his flowerpot if she stops by his place and hangs up as Woo-sang’s secretary steps out of a black car.
Over drinks, Jang Se-ran asks why Moo-young turned her down. He tells her he thought it would get in the way because he’s learning to be a good person. She laughs cruelly, pointing out it doesn’t suit him. She tells him that they’re the same, “We’ll never become humans.”
She continues that she’s bored because there’s nothing exciting in the world. She chases after anything that “glitters” only to be disappointed. Jang Se-ran says Moo-young is currently glittering brightly and she intends to chase him. “You’ll come to me,” she promises. Moo-young tells her his drink tastes bad and leaves.
Jin-kook goes to Moo-young’s place and sees a pot of flowers identical to the ones Jin-kang bought. He bangs on the door, but there’s no answer. Later, at home, Jin-kook thinks about the flowers and runs back to Moo-young’s place, suspecting Jin-kang lied about working late to meet with Moo-young.
Flashing back to his earlier conversation with So-jung, we see she’d told Jin-kook about Jin-kang calling after Moo-young had been arrested. She’d mentioned Jin-kang’s voice was strange and mused that if Moo-young really was the boy Jin-kook was looking for that they shouldn’t be going out together. Hm.
Jin-kang finally answers Jin-kook’s calls, apologizing for not hearing the phone as she flits about her office. In the background, Jin-kook hears Jin-kang’s coworker ask a question and sighs in relief. Hanging up, Jin-kook finds Moo-young standing behind him.
Moo-young asks if Jin-kook needed him and Jin-kook reminds him he was given instructions when he was released. Moo-young lists the rules about answering calls from the police or else, but explains his phone died so he hadn’t had a chance to call back.
Jin-kook tells Moo-young his interrogation is tomorrow and then blurts, “You’re seeing my sister, aren’t you? Stop seeing her.” Moo-young wonders if it’s because he doesn’t deserve her, but Jin-kook says it’s not about worth, but simply because it’s Moo-young. He warns Moo-young to stay away.
Jin-kang finally gets off work and stops by Moo-young’s place on her way home. She checks under the flowerpot and finds the key to the door. Inside, Moo-young is having his nightmare again, but this time when the voice calls his name, it really is Jin-kang. Sitting up, he hugs her tightly.
After calming down, Moo-young explains he’d dreamed of his father’s death. He admits this is the fifth time he’s had the dream and each time it gets clearer, like a memory resurfacing. He tells Jin-kang it starts out with him playing outside with his younger sibling. He goes inside to his dad and sees the steaming kettle and the gun, but not the face of the man holding it. The happy dream morphs into a nightmare as he calls out to his dad and the unknown man shoots his father dead.
Moo-young tells Jin-kang he becomes trapped in the nightmare and then he hears her voice calling his name. He admits that the dream might really be his memory since he has no recollection of anything before he was roughly 5 years old. All he remembers is walking and there’s a flashback of young Moo-young in what appears to be hospital clothes, walking barefoot down a sidewalk.
Moo-young says he was tired, but was sure someone was waiting for him. He shows Jin-kang the drawing, identifying the figures as his parents, himself, and his younger sibling. Moo-young continues that he was taken in by an elderly woman for a short while but she died and he was moved to the orphanage.
The drawing had been on him when he arrived at the orphanage and Jin-kang notes the people in the picture look happy. Pointing at the father, Moo-young says he’s always thought his dad was a cop and was still searching for his son. “That’s why I’m not an abandoned child,” Moo-young says, “I’m a lost child.”
Embarrassed, Moo-young laughs at his childish thinking, but Jin-kang takes his hand and says she would’ve thought the same things in his shoes. She asks if he’s ever searched for his family and Moo-young said he tried once when he was 8 and again when he was 20, but doesn’t wish to try again. Jin-kang guesses he fears his dreams are true and pulls him into a hug.
Jin-kang arrives home to find Jin-kook busy making gimbap. He tells her to take a nap before they go to the temple, but Jin-kang says she can’t make it. She claims it’s work, but she later admits to Moo-young as they ride on a train, “I lied so easily. I must’ve been influenced by you.”
She playfully suggests they not lie anymore and they laugh as they feed each other some of Jin-kook’s gimbap. Jin-kang says Jin-kook never forgot to make her gimbap for spring picnics and fall field days. Moo-young asks why they always go to the temple on November 1st and Jin-kang admits that she really doesn’t know, only that it became the Yoo siblings’ tradition and she always looked forward to that day.
Arriving in Haesan, Jin-kang calls to ask So-jung to go on a date with Jin-kook in her stead. After hanging up, Jin-kang comments that she doesn’t recognize anything since she never came back after moving to Seoul. Moo-young picks up on the fact that Jin-kook was working as a cop in Haesan and therefore lied about not knowing the police there.
Detective Gun tells the team the investigation has been pushed back a day because Moo-young went to Haesan. He wonders where Jin-kook is and another detective mentions Jin-kook’s transfer request. Detective Gun reveals the reason Jin-kook and Chief Lee’s team broke up in the past was because a violent criminal they’d been after died during apprehension.
Jin-kook had gone after the culprit alone and the man had fallen over a cliff and died. It was ruled an accident and no punishment was sought, but Jin-kook had made a fuss. Cho-rong sticks up for Jin-kook and says it’s understandable that he would be traumatized, but the other detectives argue the death penalty was common back then, so the man would’ve been put to death anyway.
So-jung finds Jin-kook paying his respects at the temple and they sit down to eat the gimbap he packed. She guesses that Jin-kang never knew why Jin-kook took her here every year and Jin-kook firmly replies that she should never find out. So-jung points out that at least Jin-kang’s father’s spirit can see her grow up. Jin-kook sighs that he wished that were true, but really he comes for his own comfort.
A taxi drops Jin-kang and Moo-young off and they flirt as they walk up to the orphanage where Moo-young grew up. They follow the kids into the chapel for choir practice. When the song ends, Moo-young claps and the nun smiles brightly when she turns to see him.
Jin-kang plays with the kids as the nun asks Moo-young who she is. “Someone I want to impress,” he replies. She’s happy to hear it and Moo-young asks what it means to be a good person. She tells him a good person is someone with a lot of love and Moo-young sighs that he’s definitely not one of them. She laughs that it’s true and Moo-young laughs as well.
The nun asks why Moo-young didn’t stick around after the funeral service last time. She starts to mention Dr. Yang but Moo-young quickly cuts her off. He asks instead about the detective from Haesan that had been searching for a boy with burn scars. It had happened the year before Moo-young arrived and when the nuns had called the police, they’d been told the boy had already been found.
Moo-young says he still went to the station when he was 8, thinking maybe the man looking was his dad. “But as expected, he wasn’t,” Moo-young admits, “I don’t know why, but I feel like I still have to start from here.”
Exploring the woods, Jin-kang looks for a rock by the lake where Moo-young used to sit and watch. Moo-young joins her and she asks if he found out anything new. He didn’t and Jin-kang tells him that she used to think about the orphanage when she was a kid. Moo-young agrees she would’ve been sent to one if not for Jin-kook.
Jin-kang reveals that when she was in middle school she’d figured out that she wasn’t really Jin-kook’s sister. She’d thought it was strange that she had no baby pictures, that her father had died two years before she was born, and that when her sister had left for the States, she’d told Jin-kook, “I’m your real sister, not her.” Jin-kang says she’d never thought she’d admit it to anyone because she felt apologetic towards Jin-kook just for thinking about it.
Moo-young realizes she probably had a lot of questions she never got to ask because she couldn’t tell Jin-kook she knew. She says when it comes to being a missing or abandoned child, she’d always felt abandoned. Tearing up, Jin-kang cries that she can’t even thank Jin-kook for raising her but she wishes he were happy.
Jin-kook grows worried whether Jin-kang has eaten and So-jung snatches his phone away before he can text her. She sarcastically apologizes for taking Jin-kang’s place and Jin-kook says she’s pretty when she’s worked up. So-jung asks if he worries about her, clarifying, “Love is about worrying about someone. That’s why you’re never worried about me.”
Waving off Jin-kook’s insistence he doesn’t need to worry because she’s brave, So-jung leans in and says, “But you should know… who it is that worries about you most in this entire world.” In response, Jin-kook smacks her playfully on the forehead.
Sitting with Moo-young on his rock, Jin-kang says she wished she could go back in time and hug his younger self. Moo-young says it’s not too late, and adds, “I want to sleep with you.” Smiling, Jin-kang agrees.
Back at the temple, So-jung drunkenly tells Jin-kang that she likes him for not blowing off the incident like everyone else, and hopes someday he’ll move on. Jin-kook disagrees, admitting he urged Yoo-ri to confess so she wouldn’t end up like him.
He explains that he caused someone’s death and likely would’ve committed suicide if not for his family needing him. Still, he’s tormented by the fact he never paid for his crime and So-jung gently points out it was an accident.
Meanwhile, Jin-kang and Moo-young have relocated to a hotel and they laugh as they undress each other and kiss. Jin-kook confesses that the criminal he chased didn’t go over a cliff, like the report said. “He didn’t run away in the first place,” Jin-kook says, “I shot him with my gun.”
Well, this is a disturbing revelation! We’ve long suspected that the person Jin-kook shot and killed was Moo-young’s father, making Moo-young the boy he’d been searching for. But the current implication is that the man who died was Jin-kang’s father, which is why Jin-kook took her in and visits his grave every year. His dogged determination to separate Moo-young and Jin-kang makes even more sense when it’s possible the two are siblings.
It’s clear that Moo-young isn’t aware of this connection, and I can’t help but be angry with Jin-kook for selfishly keeping secrets that could have such a profound impact. Now, Jin-kang and Moo-young have passed the point of no return and even if they turn out to not be related in the end, the mere possibility is enough to shatter their worlds.
Which is why this episode is especially heartbreaking, because Jin-kang and Moo-young are both so scarred by pasts they can’t remember and finally found solace in one another. Jin-kang was lucky to at least have someone to care for her, but she’s also lived with the guilt that Jin-kook took her in and made sacrifices he didn’t have to. It’s stopped her from trying to find answers while Moo-young’s attempts have been foiled, because surely he was the boy that Chief Lee turned away.
It’s possible these are all just very strange coincidences. Moo-young’s scars seem to be from the boiling kettle, but how did Jin-kang get hers? Was she with Moo-young when his father was shot? Why was Jin-kook able to take in Jin-kang while Moo-young was lost? I really, really hope that there’s another twist and with three more weeks, it’s a possibility. I just hope the damage done beforehand isn’t irreversible.
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