Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 14
Memories continue to resurface and the ripples caused by actions of the past have the potential to create devastating waves in the present. The solace Moo-young has found with Jin-kang is put at risk as he struggles to accept the harsh truths about the family he barely remembers.
EPISODE 14: “The Truth Revealed”
Returning home, Jin-kook finds Moo-young waiting with a gun. From the placid reaction, Moo-young realizes Jin-kook knows his real identity and wonders if that’s why Jin-kook despised him. Rather than deny it, Jin-kook flatly suggests they go outside. He starts to leave, but freezes when Moo-young shoots a flowerpot.
“I said, not here,” Jin-kook repeats without turning back. Moo-young asks if the gunshot brings back memories for Jin-kook like it does for him. Knowing the real question, Jin-kook admits that he killed Moo-young’s father, Kang Soon-goo.
It’s Moo-young’s first time hearing the name. He asks why Jin-kook did it and isn’t satisfied when Jin-kook merely replies it was an accident. Spinning Jin-kook around and shoving the gun into the detective’s chest, Moo-young growls, “If you made a mistake, tell me why, how, and what kind of mistake you made to kill my dad.”
Jin-kook doesn’t respond and Moo-young notes the irony that Jin-kook called Moo-young a demon and a murderer. “Before you came into my life, I was living a happy life,” Moo-young spits, “I still remember it.” Choking up, Moo-young begs Jin-kook to tell him the reason. Jin-kook merely warns him of becoming a murderer and Moo-young scoffs at his concern.
They’re interrupted by the doorbell as So-jung stands outside, hoping to check on Jin-kook. When there’s no response, she goes to leave but Jin-kook’s voice crackles over the intercom. Eventually the door opens and So-jung barely starts berating Jin-kook before Moo-young slips past her and out the gate.
Ignoring So-jung’s questions, Jin-kook ushers her inside. The smell of gunpowder and the broken flowerpot are immediately evident and So-jung screeches at Jin-kook to stop letting Moo-young control him.
Still at work, Jin-kang takes a break to grin at the pictures she’d taken with Moo-young the other day. Meanwhile, Moo-young returns home thinking of his father’s name. Happy memories flash through his mind and he pulls out his childhood drawing again. His thoughts are interrupted by a text from Se-ran.
She’d sent a link from a newspaper article. According to the article, Moo-young’s mother had left the family with one of the kids to join a cult. When Moo-young’s father found her, he murdered her and 2 other cult members in a rage, later committing suicide. Horrified, Moo-young crumples up his childhood drawing.
He escapes outside but thoughts of his confrontation with Jin-kook plague him now that he knows his father was a bad person and his childhood not as pleasant as he’d believed. He walks until he’s exhausted and sick, squatting to look out at the city lights before hanging his head in his lap.
Jin-kang rides her bike to the playground the following morning but Moo-young isn’t here. A text pops notifying her that Moo-young won’t be there today. She tries to call him back, but there’s no answer. Moo-young is sitting on the steps of Dr. Yang’s clinic and Dr. Yang invites him in.
Moo-young glumly guesses that Dr. Yang refused to look into Moo-young past precisely because of what he’d found. “I thought he was a police officer, but he was a murderer,” Moo-young mumbles, “And he murdered his wife, of all people.”
Dr. Yang gently tells Moo-young the incident was Dad’s issue and had nothing to do with Moo-young, but he cries that he feels disgusting. Moo-young wonders if it explains why he is the way he is. Jin-kang stops by Moo-young’s but he’s not home.She sets down their picture she’d gotten framed on the coffee table and finds Moo-young’s crumpled and torn drawing on the floor.
Moo-young laughs bitterly that having a murderer for a parent seems to suit him. “Someone once told me… that I’m not even human. And that I was evil incarnate,” Moo-young chuckles, “But he was right.” Dr. Yang asks if Moo-young means homicidal urges are hereditary, confessing that his father is also a murderer.
Dr. Yang says that the first chapter in his book, “The Murderer’s Child” is about him. That’s why he let Moo-young go when he tried to leave the hospital. He’d believed it was Moo-young’s only chance to escape his past, but now he regrets it, admitting he’d been wrong. “Don’t let yourself get hurt by something unrelated to you,” Dr. Yang tells him.
Moo-young scoffs that he doesn’t get hurt, but Dr. Yang warns him that no matter where Moo-young’s rage is directed, it’ll only hurt Moo-young in the end. “It will hurt you,” Dr. Yang says gravely, “and those you care about.”
Woo-sang’s former secretary reports to Jang Se-ran, and she’s surprised he’s back so soon. A flashback shows he’d met with Chief Lee. As he hands Se-ran a flash drive, she muses that money can buy anything and instructs the secretary to call Moo-young.
Moo-young returns home on autopilot. Jin-kang is still there and he brightens a bit but her smile is weak. She guesses something is wrong and though Moo-young denies it, she remains worried. Moo-young picks up on her mood and Jin-kang pulls out the destroyed drawing.
Moo-young crumples it up again and tosses it in the trash, saying it’s all a lie. Jin-kang doesn’t understand and Moo-young sighs that he really wants to tell her everything but remembering how happily she’d guessed his parents were good people from his name, he says he can’t right now.
He changes the subject to food and Jin-kang lets him. She asks if he wants eggs in his ramyeon but Moo-young is still shaken and accidentally dumps the noodles on the floor. “My father killed people,” Moo-young blurts out, “Not just one, but three. He killed three people.” Jin-kang is stunned by the admission and Moo-young won’t even look at her as he asks her to leave.
Jin-kang asks if he really doesn’t want her to stay and Moo-young chokes out, “Not now.” Fishing the drawing out of the trash, Jin-kang asks to keep it. Moo-young doesn’t answer, so she leaves and he hangs his head. Out on the steps, Jin-kang looks at the drawing and replays Moo-young’s comment that it’s all fake as tears run down her cheeks.
Passing Jin-kook in the hall, Chief Lee stops him to say something but changes his mind and awkwardly tells Jin-kook not to be late for the team meeting. Meanwhile, Moo-young meets with Se-ran. She passes over the flash drive, explaining it came from Chief Lee, who was the lowest-ranking team member in 1993 but is now in charge of Jin-kook’s team.
The photo of Chief Lee she sets out triggers a flashback and Moo-young remembers his visit to the station when he was 7 and looking for his dad. Chief Lee had spoken with him and recognized the burn mark. He’d nervously asked for the name of Moo-young’s father, but the boy couldn’t respond and Chief Lee shooed him out.
Amused, Moo-young grabs the photo and flash drive as he gets up to leave. Se-ran calls after him, wondering if she should handle Jin-kook for him. She thinks Jin-kook’s relation to Jin-kang might’ve swayed Moo-young but he warns her to back off. “You said we’re similar,” Moo-young answers coldly, “So you must know… that I can’t stand anyone who tries to meddle in my own game.”
At home, Moo-young listens to the file. Chief Lee’s voice says he’s annoyed because Kang Soon-goo was going to be executed anyway. He grumbles about Jin-kook throwing his life away for accidentally killing a murderer. Chief Lee says it had been self-defense; Jin-kook had insisted on going ahead instead of waiting for the rest of the team.
A flashback shows Jin-kook had come across the dead bodies of Moo-young’s mom, Lee Mi-young, and the other two victims. Drawing his gun, Jin-kook had ventured into the house. A trail of blood led him to Kang Soon-goo holding a hatchet from which the victims’ blood was dripping. Jin-kook had yelled for him to drop the weapon… and we know what happens next.
Chief Lee continues that they were ordered to cover it up, but Jin-kook had resisted. The team was shattered, but Jin-kook had still searched like crazy for Moo-young for months. Moo-young leaves the house and Jin-kook receives a text, ordering him to come outside.
Jin-kook steps outside to find Moo-young waiting. They relocate and Moo-young pulls out the missing flier for Kang Sun-ho, asking why Jin-kook searched for him. “Because I killed your father and I lost you,” Jin-kook answers glumly. Moo-young repeats his question, pointing out Jin-kook could’ve been like the others and written it off since Kang Soon-goo was going to be on death row anyway.
Shocked, Jin-kook asks how Moo-young found out. “Don’t look at me like that,” Moo-young says, “Can’t you be more honest like other people?” Jin-kook admits that he tried to rationalize his actions, Kang Soon-goo had moved first… but he’d later found out Moo-young was there. Kang Soon-goo hadn’t moved to attack Jin-kook, rather he was trying to hide the weapon so his son wouldn’t see.
It was then that Jin-kook had heard Moo-young cry out for his dad and realized what he’d done. “No matter how much I wanted to believe it was unfair, I couldn’t forget that what I killed was a person,” Jin-kook admits through tears, “I’m sorry.” Moo-young says Jin-kook’s searching led him to believe his father was a cop and it kills him that his memories were so confused for so long. Every time he longed for his father, he had been inadvertently longing for Jin-kook, his father’s killer.
“Just because I didn’t shoot you doesn’t mean I’ve forgiven you,” Moo-young warns. He vows to never forgive Jin-kook and walks away. Jin-kook calls after him the location of his father’s grave and his death anniversary. Moo-young remembers Jin-kang telling him how she and Jin-kook always visited the temple on that date every year.
Jin-kang sits up contemplating texting Moo-young, but she remembers how he’d asked her to leave and sighs. Jin-kook returns and tells Jin-kang he’s planning to go to Haesan tomorrow. She asks if she should join him, but he tells her to rest. “You want to be alone too?” she wonders, sadly.
The next morning So-jung calls Jin-kook as he’s leaving to demand he change his house passcode. Meanwhile, Jin-kang mopes around the playground while Moo-young broods at a bus stop. So-jung accompanies Jin-kook as he pays a visit to his mother’s grave, commenting that even adults seek their mothers for comfort and guidance.
Jin-kook agrees he’s been thinking of her often lately. He chuckles that he was such a trouble-maker his mother beat him up a lot, even after he became a police officer. Sobering, he says she never hit him again after the incident and then died a few years later. Tearing up, he wishes she could hit him again, and tell him to pull himself together.
Moo-young arrives at the temple where his father rests. Meanwhile, Jin-kang wanders around town and stops to look at a missing children poster, thinking of the time Moo-young first showed her his drawing. He’d said he believed his father was always searching for him as in the present, Moo-young’s eyes water as he looks at his father’s final resting place… right next to his mother’s.
“I’m not an abandoned child, but a missing child,” repeats the voiceover as Moo-young breaks down in tears. At the same time, Jin-kang is sobbing in front of the posters. On the bus home, Moo-young receives a text and chokes up all over again as he reads Jin-kang’s simple message: “I love you.”
She’s waiting for him when he walks home and he asks if she’s really okay with him, knowing who he is. “Of course,” she replies before running into his arms. Holding her tightly, Moo-young admits he wants to be reborn.
Back at Moo-young’s place, they stay locked together as Jin-kang shows him how to cook rice. He playfully wonders why it matters and Jin-kang replies that a warm home smells of warm rice. As they lie in bed that night, she tells him that when she first visited his house, it had felt cold and lonely. She hopes he’ll continue to fill his house and stay close. Moo-young assures her he’s not going anywhere, promising no matter what he’ll return to her.
The next morning, Moo-young surprises Se-ran by visiting her house. He hands over the gun, saying he doesn’t need it anymore. He admits he used a bullet, and Se-ran blinks that she didn’t see anything on the news. Moo-young goes to leave but she calls out that she has information on his younger sibling.
A flashback shows Se-ran confusedly flipping through Kang Soon-goo’s family registry. She asks the secretary if it’s accurate and he confirms that Moo-young has a younger sister and she was adopted — by Jin-kook’s mother…
In the present, Se-ran smiles wickedly as Moo-young obliviously waits for her to share her findings. She revels in his ignorance and impatience, finally saying she won’t give it to him for free. “You should give me something in return at around this point,” Se-ran says, handing over a plane ticket. She says they can discuss things at their destination. Moo-young agrees and leaves.
Jin-kang is waiting outside an amusement park when Moo-young joins her. They proceed to have an adorable date playing on all the rides until they reach the roller coaster. Moo-young digs his heels in and even Jin-kang’s pouty face won’t sway him. She stomps off and he takes off in the other direction only for her to run back and wrangle him over to the ride.
Despite his protests, Moo-young sits obediently next to Jin-kang as the ride climbs up the track. In a voiceover he laughingly wonders what she did to him and how he ended up in this situation.
That night, Jin-kang and Moo-young hug each other while gazing into a mirror and Jin-kang marvels at the way their scars seem to match up. “They look like a map too,” she adds. Jin-kang muses that they followed the “maps” to each other as a series of flashbacks shows the two interacting about their scars.
The tea kettle starts to boil and Moo-young goes to get it. As he turns around, he bumps into Jin-kang, accidentally spilling some of the hot water on her hand. Moo-young drags her over to the sink for immediate first aid, but despite Jin-kang’s assurances she’s fine, he heads out to the pharmacy for burn cream.
On his way back, Moo-young has another flashback to the day his father died. This time, after the gun fires and Moo-young calls out to Dad as he falls, the younger sibling appears at Moo-young’s side and he sees her face. He flashes between it and the photo of young Jin-kang. Collapsing to the ground, Moo-young pulls out his wallet as Jin-kang’s voiceover says Jin-kook told her there was a fire when she was young.
Moo-young thinks of how Jin-kang said their scars fit together and how she and Jin-kook aren’t blood-related. Se-ran’s amused comment that Moo-young is unaware finally clicks as he thinks of how she said he didn’t have a younger brother and with shaky realization Moo-young says, “It was a younger sister.”
Am I truly dead inside or do I just refuse to believe it so much that my brain won’t process the revelation that our burgeoning couple are siblings? We all saw it coming but, I mean, we have one week left! That’s plenty of time to make it not true, right? More than anything, if there’s no magical twist to fix it, I’m going to be furious with Jin-kook, who not only foresaw this scenario, but had the ability to intervene and chose not to in order to selfishly protect his relationship with Jin-kang.
At this point, though, it hardly matters because the damage is done. Moo-young and Jin-kang have passed the point of no return in their relationship where they could ever assume the roles of regular siblings, and this knowledge will forever hang over Moo-young, preventing them from a future as a couple. All in all, our happy ending just seems to have flown out the window and I don’t see how this is going to end in any other way than in tears.
Especially as Se-ran’s obsession with Moo-young continues to grow by the day. Now that she knows his girlfriend is his sister, there’s nothing standing in her way. And in his fragile state, Moo-young might let her. Throughout everything, Jin-kang has been Moo-young’s only stability, she was healing him and he was finally moving forward and out of the darkness that had trapped him all this time.
Now that their relationship has been compromised, Moo-young might revert to his old ways with a vengeance. He deals with hurt by rejecting everything and now that letting someone in has turned out in the worst way possible, I worry for him and the rest of the characters going into the final stretch.
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