Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 12
One man’s downward spiral has a deep impact on the people closest to him, and the more he tries to keep his sister close, the more Jin-kook manages to push Jin-kang away. His erratic behavior hits Jin-kang especially hard as she struggles between her loyalty to the brother who raised her over loyalty to her own heart.
EPISODE 12: “The Inseparable Two”
Jin-kook spies on Moo-young and Jin-kang playfully running around the living room. Tearing his eyes away, he slumps against the outside of Moo-young’s apartment in stunned silence.
Later, when Moo-young is returning home from his wine bottle opener errand, Jin-kook is waiting at the crosswalk. Moo-young chuckles at the coincidence, not realizing until it’s too late that Jin-kook has a knife. As Moo-young passes out on the sidewalk, Jin-kook coldly walks away.
An ambulance rushes past Jin-kook, followed by a police car. He turns to avoid being seen and trips, falling to the ground in a daze. Meanhwile, Jin-kang is waiting for Moo-young’s return when she hears sirens in the distance. Growing anxious, she attempts to call, but Moo-young’s left his phone behind.
Jin-kang races out to search. She finds the store Moo-young bought the wine key from, but is dismayed to hear it’s been nearly an hour since he left. Jin-kang trudges home, not noticing Moo-young’s blood smeared on the sidewalk.
Locking up for the night, Dr. Yang is shocked to see Moo-young sitting outside waiting. Moo-young manages to choke out, “Long time no see,” before slumping forward. Noticing the blood, Dr. Yang starts to call an ambulance but Moo-young pushes the phone away, while at home, Jin-kook shakily scrubs the blood from his hands.
Jin-kang makes a stop at a police station to inquire about Moo-young and learns the sirens she’d heard were for a drunken dispute between a man and a taxi driver. She arrives home just as Jin-kook signs his resignation letter. He hides it as she passes on her way to her room. Crawling into bed, she wonders where Moo-young is.
Meanwhile, Dr. Yang finishes patching Moo-young’s wound. As his eyes fall on Moo-young’s scar, he flashes back to inspecting the same scar on a young Moo-young at the lake by the orphanage. Turning to collect Moo-young’s soiled clothes, he notices Jin-kang’s picture in Moo-young’s wallet.
Chief Lee and the rest of the unit are stunned when Jin-kook hands in his resignation the following morning, citing his culpability in the previous night’s incident. They assume he’s referring to the attack on the taxi driver, but Jin-kook clarifies he stabbed a man. Unnerved, Chief Lee has the team check the reports again.
Cho-rong passes on the incident to So-jung, adding that they double-checked and no one reported being stabbed. So-jung finds Jin-kook sitting alone on a bench, still in a zombie-like state. She’s appalled when Jin-kook robotically confirms he stabbed Moo-young and demands to know why.
“It was the only way,” Jin-kook insists. So-jung wonders if he even realizes how insane he’s being, but Jin-kook doesn’t respond.
Feeling unwell, Jin-kang leaves work early. She drops by Moo-young’s workplace and learns he didn’t show up. She calls So-jung to say Moo-young has disappeared again. The older woman nervously offers vague responses while the CCTV footage of Moo-young collapsing after being stabbed plays on her monitor.
Moo-young is still unconscious when Dr. Yang checks on him. Meanwhile, Jin-kang is upset when she returns to Moo-young’s place to see her note is still untouched. She puts her head down but seems to find no comfort from So-jung’s earlier assurances that no accidents were reported the previous night.
That evening, Moo-young finally wakes up. Dr. Yang is curious what happened but Moo-young only asks for the time. He winces with the realization that Jin-kang has been left alone for a full day.
Having fallen asleep on Moo-young’s couch, Jin-kang starts awake when an unknown number calls. She answers and tears up when Moo-young greets her. Moo-young apologizes for making her worry and feebly explains that he was caught up after running into an old friend.
Jin-kang doesn’t buy Moo-young’s flimsy story and demands an explanation. Moo-young denies her assumptions that he’s hurt, repeating that everything is fine and she needn’t worry. Outside, Dr. Yang eavesdrops.
Moo-young keeps pushing the friend lie and Jin-kang finally tells him she can’t take it anymore. “This is too hard,” she whispers. Moo-young winces as the line clicks, while Jin-kang breaks down into sobs.
Standing, Moo-young tries to leave but Dr. Yang warns him his stitches will tear. Moo-young reluctantly sits back down and Dr. Yang threatens to call 911 if Moo-young tries to leave before he gives permission. Dr. Yang adds that the only reason Moo-young isn’t in a hospital now is because he guessed Moo-young’s involved in something illegal.
Dr. Yang asks again what happened, wondering if it’s related to Yoo-ri, but Moo-young says he came to Dr. Yang because he didn’t want to answer questions. Dr. Yang questions how Moo-young and Yoo-ri know each other and Moo-young replies, “In a sense, it’s thanks to you.”
Moo-young snorts after learning Dr. Yang has met with Jin-kook, describing their relationship as “neither enemies nor friends.”
Jin-kang returns home and finds Jin-kook still spaced out. He asks if Moo-young called and Jin-kang admits he did, but wouldn’t tell her anything. Finally focusing on Jin-kang, Jin-kook confesses to stabbing Moo-young. “I don’t regret it…” he adds, “because that was the only way.”
Horrified, Jin-kang demands to know why and Jin-kook calmly explains he’s willing to do worse. “So please,” he says, expressionless, “stop seeing him.” Jin-kang declares him insane and starts to walk away. “You’re more important than anything to me,” Jin-kook calls out.
Rounding on him, Jin-kang argues that she’s not an excuse, and that Jin-kook knows better than anyone how cruel people can be. Jin-kang pleads, “He’s such a pitiful guy. He’s grown up in a worse situation than me. He’s gotten hurt enough already.” Unmoved, Jin-kook disappears into his room.
Ignoring a call from So-jung, Jin-kook is forced to go outside when she texts she’ll show up at his house if he doesn’t meet her. At the pojangmacha, So-jung tells Jin-kook that Jin-kang called her that morning about Moo-young. She feels bad about lying and wonders if Jin-kook is even concerned about what happened to Moo-young.
Jin-kook shakes his head no, pointing out he’s the one that stabbed Moo-young. Sighing, So-jung says the stabbing isn’t obvious on the CCTV footage. It looks as if Moo-young passes out drunk for a bit before taking a cab, but she admits she didn’t follow his movements afterwards.
Jin-kook tells her Moo-young called Jin-kang but admits he didn’t ask what they’d talked about. To So-jung’s exasperation, Jin-kook adds that he confessed about the stabbing to Jin-kang. At the same time, Jin-kang squats outside Moo-young’s apartment, thinking about his lie that he was unharmed.
Dr. Yang thinks back on Moo-young’s comments about Jin-kook. As he looks at the photo in Moo-young’s wallet of Jin-kang and Jin-kook in front of the Haesan hospital, he remembers Jin-kook’s evasive response about Moo-young’s Haesan origins. His thoughts are interrupted by a call.
Dr. Yang answers and Jin-kang (having redialed the number Moo-young called from) asks about Moo-young. Dr. Yang says Moo-young’s sleeping and assures her his condition isn’t critical. He offers to have Moo-young call back in the morning, but Jin-kang asks him not to and to keep her call secret. Saving her contact info, Dr. Yang connects her name with Jin-kook’s.
So-jung tells Jin-kook he’s been strange ever since meeting Moo-young. She admits to being wary and now that her fears are founded, she urges him to make a decision: either find out definitively whether Moo-young is his missing boy, or forget Moo-young entirely.
“How?” Jin-kook implores. Pulling out Dr. Yang’s book, So-jung points to Moo-young’s chapter, “The Boy Who Lost His Memory.” Jin-kook is shocked to learn Moo-young doesn’t remember his childhood. So-jung continues that everything up to this point has just been conjecture on Jin-kook’s part and she believes it’ll all go away if Jin-kook would leave well-enough alone.
Moo-young dreams more about his past. As his younger self wanders down the sidewalk again, he sees Jin-kang and her words “it’s too hard” echo. He then hears Dr. Yang calling him and in the dream turns to look up at a silhouette that appears to be Dr. Yang.
Moo-young snaps awake and Dr. Yang informs him he’s leaving for a bit. Moo-young asks about the Haesan hospital and Dr. Yang shakily wonders if Moo-young’s memory is returning. Moo-young thinks he remembers someone stopping him outside the hospital and Dr. Yang promises to ask around, but his eyes are shifty.
Jin-kook packs up his desk while Cho-rong pouts. Chief Lee calls him out and once they’re alone, he berates Jin-kook for once again selfishly causing trouble for his team. Chief Lee concedes that Jin-kook’s guilt in the past was valid, but snaps that if he really feels bad he should stop causing problems.
Tearing up Jin-kook’s resignation, Chief Lee continues, “Do you think I’m stopping you because I like you?” He shouts that if Jin-kook should quit after transferring out of his unit.
Jin-kang worries about Jin-kook’s vow to do anything to protect her while Moo-young stares at Jin-kang’s picture in his wallet. He remembers how happy she was when he’d showed her and then her last comment that, “it’s too hard.”
Dr. Yang finds Moo-young moping on the balcony of the clinic. When his eyes fall on Dr. Yang’s name tag, Moo-young’s memory of the man outside the hospital overlaps and he realizes they’re the same man. Meanwhile, Jin-kook flips open Dr. Yang’s book to Moo-young’s chapter.
Moo-young questions why Dr. Yang never told him. “If I was going to tell you, I wouldn’t have let you go,” Dr. Yang replies. Dr. Yang reveals when he met Moo-young at the lake by the orphanage, 3 years had passed since their first encounter at the hospital and he’d checked to scar to make sure Moo-young was the same boy.
A flashback to the day Jin-kook ran into the ER and where little Moo-young was being treated for his burns now reveals Dr. Yang as the doctor. Dr. Yang continues that a few weeks later, he’d spotted Moo-young leaving the hospital and had asked where he was going. He remembers thinking it was probably the last chance for Moo-young to be free of his past.
Moo-young muses his past must’ve been traumatic, “So bad… that you wouldn’t stop a wounded kid who had lost his memories.” He presses Dr. Yang to tell him more, but Dr. Yang excuses himself, insisting that they should think about whether Moo-young really needs to know.
Jin-kang busies herself taking care of Moo-young’s apartment and it’s dark when she finally leaves.
Finishing Moo-young’s chapter, Jin-kook looks thoughtfully at the missing child flier only to hide it when Jin-kang comes in. She announces she’ll stop seeing Moo-young and when she leaves, Jin-kook sighs in relief. In her own room, Jin-kang sits up all night while Moo-young does the same over at the clinic.
The next morning, Moo-young returns home. There’s a mail notice on his door and inside he notices Jin-kang has rearranged things. He picks up her stuffed cat and the note in its pocket simply reads, “I’m sorry. Please forgive Jin-kook.”
Moo-young runs out and nearly plows into the mail guy, who hands him a registered letter. At the same time, Jin-kook meets with Dr. Yang and learns that Moo-young had been there.
Walking home, Jin-kang spots Moo-young’s cat. She chases it and scoops it up just before Moo-young walks up behind her. Turning to see him, Jin-kang’s face falls and she silently hands over the cat. Cradling it gently, Moo-young asks the cat where it’s been.
Returning the cat to the ground, Moo-young seems to be speaking to Jin-kang as he tells the cat, “You can leave whenever you want. But come back whenever you want to come back.” The cat runs off and Moo-young turns to Jin-kang, gently tucking hair behind her ear as she cries.
Moo-young tells her she can go and Jin-kang demands where. Finally meeting his eyes, she points out he’d promised to stop her if she tried to leave. She tells him she’s not going anywhere, adding that she’d just come right back anyway, and Moo-young kisses her passionately.
That night, they cuddle outside Moo-young’s apartment and Moo-young admits he thought Jin-kang wanted to break up. She sighs that she told Jin-kook they would and lied she’d never see Moo-young again. She says she would’ve broken up, but she can’t give him up.
Jin-kang declares she’ll stay until he says he hates her. “Don’t go even if I do say that,” Moo-young answers. Jin-kang wonders if he would and Moo-young says if he ever did, it’d be a lie. She tells him not to lie, and he promises he won’t.
Jin-kang sobers and sighs that they’ll really have to date in secret. “I can’t watch my brother fall apart,” she whispers. Moo-young says he’s confident they’ll manage and smiling, Jin-kang agrees.
Jin-kook brings the missing child flier to Dr. Yang, and the psychiatrist recalls Jin-kook was the officer that brought Moo-young in. A flashback shows Dr. Yang setting Moo-young free moments before Jin-kook had run up to a nurse looking for the boy.
Jin-kang goes to leave and has to remind Moo-young he can’t walk her home anymore. He tells her he’s going to take off work for a while since he’s still under investigation. He adds that Dr. Yang seems to know about his past, but won’t share. Jin-kang wonders why and Moo-young says Dr. Yang suggested it was something really terrible.
“What if…” Moo-young ventures, “it’s so bad… it’d be better that I didn’t know?” Jin-kang’s brow furrows as she mulls over the idea. Moo-young immediately backpedals, insisting that it’s nothing she need worry about as he pulls her into a hug. She says that she’d rather he not know, but tells him to follow his heart. In exchange, she makes him promise not to run away again, always have his phone on him, and to not get hurt.
Jin-kang is already home when Jin-kook arrives. She greets him cheerily and he goes into his room to hide the missing child flier.
The next morning Moo-young visits Dr. Yang and demands to hear about his past. Dr. Yang tries to deflect, but freezes when Moo-young asks if his father was murdered with a gun. Dr. Yang denies it, but Moo-young insists he’s ready to know. Dr. Yang corrects him — Moo-young’s father wasn’t shot, he committed suicide by jumping from a cliff.
Moo-young presses for more, but Dr. Yang says he doesn’t know any details, only that he’d never heard any mention of a gun. “Ive only heard nurses gossip,” Dr. Yang says, “that you were the child of a man that killed himself on Mount Geumah.”
Riding the bus home, Moo-young searches the location on his phone. A text pops up from Jin-kang, wondering if he’s awake and Moo-young signals for the bus to stop. Moo-young responds that he went to visit Dr. Yang before turning in his resignation at work.
Jin-kang stuffs her phone under her pillow when Jin-kook pops into her room to say he’s leaving. When he’s gone, she asks how Moo-young’s visit with Dr. Yang went. Moo-young isn’t sure but tells Jin-kang his real name: Kang Sun-ho.
Meanwhile, Jin-kook thinks back on his own meeting with Dr. Yang, where the doctor confirmed Sun-ho was the boy Jin-kook was searching for. Moo-young and Jin-kook reach their neighborhood corner at the same time and Moo-young smiles as Dr. Yang’s words repeat, “Moo-young… is Kang Sun-ho.”
Moo-young stop playing with fire! Didn’t anyone ever tell you not to smile at the crazy people? As much as I adore Jin-kook, he’s actually starting to scare me. I can understand his opposition to Jin-kang’s relationship with Moo-young (especially now that Dr. Yang has confirmed that Moo-young is the boy Jin-kook has been searching for, therefore insinuating a familial relationship between the young lovers) but holy crow stabbing people isn’t the answer! The worrisome part is that even after the attack, Jin-kook still feels completely justified.
Jin-kook knows how tragic Moo-young’s childhood was and witnessed firsthand how hard it was for Jin-kang growing up, so he must have an idea how awful it would’ve been without a strong support system to shield him. It’s easy to understand Jin-kang’s bewilderment at the way the kind-hearted man that raised her so selflessly can dismiss Moo-young so cruelly because his fervor to destroy Moo-young has gone beyond reason.
Moo-young has certainly made mistakes, but under Jin-kang’s influence he’s striving to do better. Redemption should be available to those who genuinely wish to change, and while Moo-young is putting in the effort, Jin-kook refuses to acknowledge it. His distaste for the relationship started as a desire to protect Jin-kang but it seems to be evolving into an effort to protect himself.
Moo-young is the physical embodiment of Jin-kook’s past mistakes come back to haunt him. Jin-kook is channeling all his fear and frustration at Moo-young, who’s really a victim like Jin-kang. Unfortunately, Jin-kook is prepared to sacrifice one in order to keep the other.
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