Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 13
As Moo-young’s memories slowly return, he’s faced with a cruel reality that threatens the happiness of the one person that he cherishes. Tempted to settle the score with the man who has complicated his life longer than anyone realized, Moo-young enlists a favor from a dangerous source. In the end, Moo-young will have to decide just how much power his past should have over the rest of his life.
EPISODE 13: “A favor to ask”
Outside the neighborhood market, Moo-young smirks when he and Jin-kook cross paths. Moo-young points to his side, and announces, “I’m still alive,” and admits that he doesn’t see Jin-kook as the type who could kill him. With a knowing smile, Moo-young warns, “You said killing a person makes you a murderer. An evil murderer,” and walks away.
When Cho-rong sees Jin-kook arrive at work, he calls So-jung to pass along the news. They’re hopeful that Jin-kook’s attendance must mean that his resignation was rejected.
At work, Jin-kang asks CEO Hwang which Chinese character she uses for the “Sun” in her name. When CEO Hwang answers that of course she uses the one that means “kindness”, Jin-kang can’t contain her happiness.
Moo-young meets with his boss at Eagle Brewery and learns that he’s been let go. As he leaves the company, Jin-kang texts to see if he’s resigned yet, but Moo-young replies that he was fired before he got the chance.
Jin-kang calls him right away and Moo-young explains that the company gave him as many chances as they could. They arrange to meet and while on the bus, Moo-young researches the mountain where his father died.
At Namsan Tower, Jin-kang calls out Moo-young’s real name, “Kang Sun-ho,” and he smiles bashfully as she runs into his arms. Jin-kang insists on photos of the two of them to commemorate the discovery of his real name and explains that “Sun” means “kindness”. As they enjoy the view, Jin-kang comments that his parents must have been very special to give Moo-young such a strong name.
Jin-kang asks if Dr. Yang had any other information, which reminds Moo-young of the revelation that his father killed himself, but he answers, “Not really.” Jin-kang admits that Moo-young’s discovery makes her feel as if she found her own name.
Moo-young offers to help Jin-kang search for her real name but she wants to hear it from Jin-kook when he’s ready. As Moo-young and Jin-kang enjoy their date, Jin-kook visits the temple where Moo-young’s father, Kang Soon-goo, rests.
As they stroll through the park near the tower, Moo-young finally tells Jin-kang the truth, “My father apparently committed suicide.” Jin-kang hugs Moo-young consolingly over the news that his family life wasn’t the happy one that he had imagined.
As they wait for a bus, Moo-young announces his plan to visit the mountain where his father died. Moo-young doesn’t know how to greet his father since he doesn’t even know his name, so Jin-kang suggests that he should simply say, “Father, it’s me, Sun-ho.”
As a bus approaches, Moo-young urges Jin-kang to leave first, but she complains how hard it is to date in secret since they can’t even ride on the same bus. At the last minute, Jin-kang stays behind and confesses to Moo-young that she’s anxious about his trip, but he assures her that he’ll be back soon as he hugs her.
Alone at home, Moo-young stares at his childhood drawing, especially the smiling father. At the same time, Jin-kook lies awake in his room, flooded by memories of the many ways that he lashed out at Moo-young.
Jin-kook recalls punching Moo-young in the mouth and telling him that he wasn’t human, calling him a murderer and stabbing him. Jin-kook tosses and turns as he thinks about what Jin-kang had to say about Moo-young, “He’s such a pitiful guy…He’s been hurt enough already.”
On the train to Haesan, Moo-young mulls over what he told Dr. Yang — the gunshot heard in his dreams means that his father was murdered. In voiceover, Moo-young confides, “I still dream about my father being murdered. Everyone tells me to stop, as if I’ll never come back once I go there.”
In Haesan, Moo-young picks up a bottle of soju on his way to his mountain destination. A sign on the trail points the way and soon, Moo-young is standing at the edge of a cliff. Moo-young pours soju onto the rocks below and then sits down to add to his text to Jin-kang. As Moo-young lies back on the rock to gaze at the sky, we hear what he wrote, “I’m not sad. I feel like I’ll have a nice dream if I sleep here like this.”
Moo-young dreams that the blue robot is walking and opens his eyes as he remembers watching his father wind up the toy. Moo-young recalls holding up the robot as if it was flying near the signpost on the trail.
Moo-young returns to the trail and his memories send him in a different direction. As he walks along the path, Moo-young sees himself as a young boy, running with the robot high in the air.
Little Moo-young turns to call out, “Yoon,” and soon he’s followed by a younger child with a short, boy-like haircut, in pants and a sweatshirt. The younger child takes the robot and together the children run up the path.
Moo-young stops when he sees a stone angel perched atop a house. He recalls the angel in his drawing and in voiceover he declares, “I think I came home.” He takes in the details of the house as he approaches the door and once inside, Moo-young opens a window.
Moo-young backs up and steps on a toy robot buried in layers of dust and leaves. Moo-young imagines the laughter of children outside and recalls how he and Yoon played happily with that robot. The vision disappears when a white dove flies past Moo-young on its way out the open window.
With the robot in hand, Moo-young looks around and finds the burner and water kettle on the floor. After he takes a few more steps, Moo-young sees the radio from his dreams and imagines a familiar song.
Moo-young drops to his knees when he remembers the gunshot, as if a gun really went off nearby. Moo-young remembers dropping the robot and breaking off its arm, and that the water kettle fell over. He glances up at a mirror and remembers the man who shot his father, a trembling Jin-kook.
That night, as Moo-young travels back to Seoul, Jin-kook gets a disturbing call from Dr. Yang. Moo-young mentioned something that’s been bothering him so he asks Jin-kook, “Was a gun involved with his dad’s death?”
Jin-kang texts Moo-young to ask about his trip just as he gets home. It turns out that Moo-young never sent her the long text that he wrote throughout the day and he ends up deleting everything.
Moo-young looks at the photos that Jin-kang took at Namsan Tower and then removes her childhood photo from his wallet. He tears off the half with Jin-kook and returns the part with Jin-kang to its place.
So-jung finds Jin-kook drinking alone at their favorite pojangmacha. Over soju, she admits that she feels badly about Moo-young now that she knows his real identity. Jin-kook recalls, “Jin-kang said he’d (Moo-young) been hurt by people like me. People who are not afraid to hurt other people’s children to protect their own.”
Jin-kook compares Moo-young to a car without brakes that Jin-kang refused to abandon. Desperate, he hurt Moo-young, unaware that he was Sun-ho. When So-jung asks what he plans to do, Jin-kook shares what he told Moo-young, “Nothing in this world is for free. You can never get away with anything.”
Moo-young’s retort was that he preferred “an eye for an eye” and Jin-kook confesses that he’s okay with that, if that’s what Moo-young wants. Later, a very drunk Jin-kook makes it home with the help of So-jung.
In the morning, Moo-young hangs upside down at the playground and remembers asking Jin-kook if he ever killed anyone. At that time, Jin-kook wanted to know if they had ever met before, but Moo-young had no memory of him.
Jin-kang races up on her bicycle, anxious to hear about Moo-young’s trip. They sit on some swings where Moo-young tells her about his childhood home, but then he takes it all back, “It’s a lie…There wasn’t anything like a house.”
Jin-kang is disappointed to hear that Moo-young didn’t find his childhood home, since she’s convinced it would help him recover more of his memories. Her comment prompts Moo-young to recall his most recently restored memory, that Jin-kook was the man who shot his father.
Moo-young asks Jin-kang when and why she moved to Seoul. From what Jin-kang can recall, she arrived in Seoul in 1996, after her mother’s death. Moo-young then inquires about Jin-kook’s schedule, specifically his days off, under the pretense that he’s always been curious about policemen.
Later that morning, Jin-kook questions Jin-kang’s newfound commitment to working out so early as they leave for work. Once Jin-kook’s car drives away, Moo-young jumps over the garden wall, and thanks to his perfect recall, he enters the door code and goes into the house.
Jin-kang is sound asleep in the car but when Jin-kook suddenly remembers something, he wakes her up to catch the bus. Before he drives away, Jin-kang reminds Jin-kook about the movies.
While he makes a U-turn, Moo-young searches Jin-kook’s room and takes down the items from the top of his closet. Inside Jin-kook’s keepsake box, Moo-young finds the flyer with his photo. Moo-young realizes that something was left cooking on the stove and turns off the burner.
As he nears his house, Jin-kook drives by Moo-young and the two men stare at one another. Inside, Jin-kook finds the stove clean, the hot pot in the sink and his keepsake box in the middle of his bedroom floor. Jin-kook realizes that Kang Sun-ho’s flyer is gone — it now sits next to the toy robot while Moo-young tosses a tennis ball against a wall.
Woo-sang’s former secretary announces to Se-ran that Moo-young wants to see her. She has him turned away but when Moo-young agrees to return at Se-ran’s convenience, the secretary tells him to return in two hours.
Se-ran watches the time and after two hours, Moo-young is announced. Moo-young gets to the point when he explains the reason for his visit, “I have a favor to ask…I need a gun.”
Se-ran abandons her disinterested air and confesses that of all the reasons that she imagined for his visit, she didn’t think of that one. Se-ran wants to know what she can expect in return and smiles when Moo-young answers, “Anything.”
Moo-young then hands her the flyer and explains, “I want to know about that child. About who made this, and why they were searching for him. And what kind of people his parents were.”
Jin-kang takes So-jung out for hangover soup, which gives her the chance to ask about Jin-kook as a potential boyfriend. Predictably, So-jung laughs as if the idea is ridiculous and Jin-kang concedes that Jin-kook isn’t good enough for her. So-jung points out that she’s divorced and when she adds, “…Jin-kook is a really nice guy,” she realizes that she’s said too much.
The girls plan to see a movie until Jin-kang suddenly announces that she left something important at work. Before she runs off, Jin-kang points to Jin-kook and suggests that So-jung can watch the movie with him. Jin-kang hands over two tickets and runs off as So-jung informs Jin-kook, “Your sister is terrible at being subtle.”
So-jung tries to get Jin-kook to smile by poking him in the side as Jin-kang texts Moo-young to ask about his whereabouts. She ends up at his place and the first thing that she notices is the toy robot on the coffee table.
When Moo-young gets home, he sees the light on inside and knows that Jin-kang is waiting for him. He walks in and is greeted by a walking robot, thanks to a good cleaning from Jin-kang. Jin-kang asks about the robot and Moo-young tells her that he found it in Haesan, and that it was probably abandoned because of its missing arm.
Jin-kang follows Moo-young when he goes to wash his hands, to ask why he didn’t answer her text. Moo-young explains that he had somewhere to go and it turns out that he was at the movies and watched So-jung and Jin-kook walk to their theater.
Moo-young is lost in thought until Jin-kang turns off the water. She takes his hand to ask what has him so preoccupied but Moo-young avoids the question to tell her, “You’re just you. No matter what happens, you are just you to me.” Moo-young then rests his head in Jin-kang’s lap but he doesn’t look at all happy.
After the movie, So-jung notes that Jin-kook didn’t watch any of it. Jin-kook feebly tries to defend himself but So-jung assures him that it’s all right to space out. Jin-kook comes clean and tells So-jung that Moo-young broke into his house that morning.
Alone at his place, Moo-young stares at his toy robot and remembers how he and his father played with it together. The next thing Moo-young remembers is his father glancing over at him while a gun was pointed right at him. The memory of the gunshot forces Moo-young outside, to struggle with his feelings all alone.
The next day Moo-young returns to Se-ran’s office where she hands him a gun. Moo-young pockets it while Se-ran inquires if he plans to kill someone with it.
When Moo-young doesn’t answer, Se-ran reminds him that using that gun to kill someone would mean trouble for her. Moo-young helps himself to a handful of bullets and assures Se-ran that he won’t tell anyone that she got the gun for him.
Se-ran explains why she decided to help him, “Because I want you…I’ve fallen for you, Moo-young.” When Moo-young looks confused, Se-ran quotes his last words to Seung-ah, “Don’t get caught.”
Se-ran confesses that after the car accident, she viewed the dash cam footage from Seung-ah’s car until she could understand what he said. She admits, “I was so thrilled that I almost went crazy. I couldn’t believe there was someone like me in this world.”
Moo-young doesn’t sound convinced, so Se-ran explains that the two of them are different branches from the same root. He agrees to give her words some thought and thanks Se-ran for the gun as he leaves.
Se-ran isn’t done and pulls out the flyer, not sure if she should be angry since the boy is somehow connected to Jin-kang. When Moo-young looks puzzled, Se-ran clarifies that Jin-kook was the person searching for the boy.
In his bedroom, Jin-kook places a slip of paper with his PIN into his bankbook, which he returns to a drawer with other bankbooks. At the same time, Moo-young asks Se-ran why Jin-kook would search for him, because he’s Kang Sun-ho.
Se-ran wishes that she’d known that from the beginning, since it bothered her to do something for Moo-young’s girlfriend. She points to the phone number on the flyer and explains that it belonged to Jin-kook until 1996.
Moo-young tells Se-ran that his father reportedly killed himself in Haesan in 1993, although he has reason to believe that he was murdered. When Se-ran promises to have information on his family soon, she sees that Moo-young finally appreciates her value.
Moo-young asks for one more favor, he wants to find his mother and younger brother, Kang Yoon. Se-ran understands why Moo-young wants to find his mother, but not his brother. Moo-young points out that they must not be as similar as Se-ran thinks they are.
Jin-kang looks pleased with herself after she texts So-jung and then gets a text of her own from Moo-young, asking how late she has to work. Moo-young reads that she’ll be very late just as he gets home.
Inside his place, Moo-young loads the gun and practices his aim while Jin-kook visits a public bath. When Jin-kook gets home, he sees Moo-young’s shoes in the entryway and announces, “You’re here.” In answer, Moo-young walks out of Jin-kook’s bedroom with the gun pointed directly at him.
Moo-young’s world has been rocked by the memory that Jin-kook was the one who shot and killed his father. His family, his happiness, his life as he’d known it, everything was taken from Moo-young on that day and Jin-kook finds himself on the receiving end of Moo-young’s unspeakable grief. In spite of his feelings for Jin-kang, Moo-young wants to exact payment from Jin-kook as he applies “an eye for an eye.” Too late, Jin-kook realizes how his anger and disdain have pushed Moo-young past his limit, and he’s been carefully preparing to forfeit his life as payment for the one that he took long ago.
Jin-kang stands in the middle of all of this turmoil, oblivious to the life and death dance that Moo-young and Jin-kook are locked into. Just as she offered hope to a once shattered Jin-kook, Jin-kang has done the same for Moo-young, and he’s grown as a person under her tender care. Will the mutual love that Jin-kook and Moo-young have for Jin-kang intervene, and spare her the loss of the two men who matter most in her life? Moo-young stands on a cliff as he points that gun at Jin-kook, and it remains to be seen if he’ll step back, or fling himself over the edge.
Moo-young’s desperation drove him to seek the help of Woo-sang’s twisted sister, Se-ran, and she was thrilled to play a part in such a dangerous proposal. Se-ran’s confession that she’s fallen for Moo-young wasn’t surprising, but it begs the question, what will she do in order to get her man? The relationship between Moo-young and Jin-kang gets more and more dangerous because of outside influences that they can’t necessarily control. When they are alone at Moo-young’s place, it’s possible to see how happy they could be, and that fills me with hope and dread. Either they’ll end up together in the end (please), or a separation will be even more devastating after sensing the promise that Moo-young and Jin-kang offered each other.
We don’t know definitively if Moo-young and Jin-kang are related and how she came to live with Jin-kook. Yoo-ri’s trial still hangs over Moo-young’s head and Se-ran may have something to do with that. Dr. Yang has yet to explain why he let a young child wander away from a hospital to end up in an orphanage. There is so much more to learn about these very complicated characters who find themselves hopelessly entangled. I’m still hoping that there’s a way for Moo-young to find happiness before we have to say goodbye.
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