Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 9
Tension is building and our female protagonist Jin-kang may soon face an impossible choice. One person after another advises Jin-kang to steer clear of someone like Moo-young, but she’s torn because she’s miserable without him. For all of her brother’s preaching about second chances, does that apply to Moo-young, or is he the one exception to his rule?
EPISODE 9: “So who actually killed her?”
Moo-young follows a distraught Jin-kang, who doesn’t notice the police van that pulls up to arrest Moo-young, or that he keeps looking at her as he’s led away. Jin-kang’s steps are heavy as she recalls that she admitted to Moo-young that she thought of nothing but him when he was missing, furious that he didn’t value his own life. Miserable, Jin-kang stops to lean against her house.
Jin-kook pats Yoo-ri reassuringly and saves her recorded statement on his phone. He takes a call from So-jung, who’s been trying to reach him with news that Cho-rong arrested Moo-young for Jeong Mi-yeon’s murder. Reporters are at the station when Moo-young arrives and So-jung tells Jin-kook to come in right away.
The scene is chaotic as Moo-young emerges from the police van, concealed by a cap and a mask. Moo-young is escorted inside while Cho-rong stays back in the van and when Jin-kook tries to call, he declines it.
The detectives search Moo-young’s place and one of them finds the childhood drawing just as Jeong Mi-yeon’s missing trophy is discovered. The drawing is tossed to the floor when the detective runs out.
In an interrogation room, Detective Gun sets out the trophy, cell phone and bloody envelope of cash. Moo-young agrees that he brought the items from Jeong Mi-yeon’s house and the detectives behind the two-way mirror congratulate Chief Lee on solving the case.
Just as Moo-young confesses to Jeong Mi-yeon’s murder, Jin-kook arrives and throws the case into disarray with the announcement that he has the real killer, “She turned herself in, and I recorded her first testimony today.” It’s at that point that Moo-young turns to the two-way mirror, as if he’s looking at Jin-kook.
While So-jung sits with Yoo-ri, she explains that Jin-kook is in a jam because of her. So-jung urges Yoo-ri to tell the truth during her testimony and just as the girl agrees, Cho-rong shows up to ask if she’s the one who confessed.
Chief Lee stands by as Jin-kook shows their boss a video of Yoo-ri with a boyfriend in a compromising positon, recorded when she was in high school. He explains that Jeong Mi-yeon ended up with a copy of the video and over the course of a year, she used it to blackmail Yoo-ri. At first she wanted handbags, but once Jeong Mi-yeon’s father went bankrupt, she demanded $100,000.
The department has a public relations nightmare with two confessions after making a big show of Moo-young’s arrest. Chief Lee’s boss wants the identity of the real murderer and Chief Lee promises to take care of everything as he glares at Jin-kook.
Cho-rong and the other detectives listen to Yoo-ri’s statement and hear about Jeong Mi-yeon’s blackmail attempt. All Yoo-ri could raise was $20,000 and Jeong Mi-yeon threatened to post her video to her mother’s hospital’s website if she didn’t come up with all of the money.
Yoo-ri took sleeping pills in desperation and when she woke up, the police were investigating Jeong Mi-yeon’s murder. Yoo-ri was happy to hear that Jeong Mi-yeon was dead, unaware that she was the one who killed her.
Jin-kook pays a visit to Moo-young to ask why he lied about being the killer. Moo-young explains that he wanted to end things quickly because his mind was consumed by another problem, and he mutters that he should have lied earlier when he thinks about Jin-kang.
Jin-kook shares the news that Yoo-ri turned herself in and verifies that Moo-young suspected that she was being blackmailed. Jin-kook also confirms that Moo-young was at Jeong Mi-yeon’s home two weeks before the murder, when he escorted the drunk girl home.
Moo-young backs up Yoo-ri’s claim that she couldn’t reach him on the day of the murder because he was busy at the brewery. When they connected that night, Moo-young thought Yoo-ri sounded high, which wasn’t unusual. She told Moo-young, “Mi-yeon is here,” as she peered through a partially open door.
Moo-young left for Mi-yeon’s apartment, and it was on the way that he was caught by the dash cam. Before he entered her building, he heard a thud, and when Jin-kook asks if he saw Jeong Mi-yeon fall, Moo-young explains that he only heard it.
Jin-kook calls Moo-young a liar and produces a photo from the dash cam footage. Jeong Mi-yeon fell almost a half hour after that footage was captured, even though Moo-young was only a few minutes away.
Jin-kook proposes that Moo-young was actually in Jeong Mi-yeon’s apartment when Yoo-ri killed her, which makes him guilty of intent to murder. Moo-young suddenly asks about the time and walks out, because he can’t be questioned after 10 p.m. without his consent.
Moo-young’s arrest is the top news item and Jin-kang reads about the investigation at work. When So-yeon tries to talk about the case, Jin-kang runs out without a word.
At a police team meeting, Detective Gun reports that Yoo-ri’s and Moo-young’s statements corroborates the other’s. The gap in Moo-young’s timeline is explained by the discovery that he stopped at a convenience store across the street and charged his phone for twenty minutes.
The police team’s current theory is that while Yoo-ri was high on drugs, she killed Jeong Mi-yeon and Moo-young cleaned up after he arrived on the scene. Cho-rong clenches a report of Moo-young’s calls when Chief Lee’s boss asks for a report of the calls made by Yoo-ri and Moo-young.
A police briefing on the case is about to begin when Jin-kang calls So-jung, who notices right away that Jin-kang is upset. Haltingly, Jin-kang asks if Moo-young confessed and So-jung verifies that he did, but adds that the police are about to announce that he’s not the murderer. When Jin-kang hangs up, she sobs with relief.
Still in custody, Moo-young calls work and then asks to make another call. He starts to write down Jin-kang’s number but then changes his mind.
Chief Lee sees Jin-kook after the briefing and promises that he’ll see to it that he’s forced to resign. Meanwhile, when Detective Gun asks for Moo-young’s phone records, Cho-rong hands over a report with an offer to compile the list of witnesses. Once Cho-rong is alone, he looks at a different copy of Moo-young’s phone report and enters one of the numbers into his phone, confirming that it belongs to Jin-kang.
Jin-kang’s design team arrives at Arts Brewery, surprised to see Woo-sang’s sister, Jang Se-ran, leaving. So-yeon shares that after Jang Se-ran got divorced, she endured a vicious fight with Woo-sang for the NJ Group’s management rights. With Woo-sang gone, Jang Se-ran now has everything that she wanted.
During their drive, Woo-sang’s secretary mentions that Moo-young’s million dollar check was sent anonymously to his old orphanage. Jang Se-ran is intrigued by the news and wonders what Moo-young is up to now.
Cho-rong shows Moo-young that Jin-kang’s number showed up on his phone history. Cho-rong remembers seeing him in front of Jin-kang’s house and a flashback shows the almost-kiss between Cho-rong and Jin-kang.
Cho-rong is angry, because Jin-kang could be called to testify in a murder case thanks to Moo-young. He tells Moo-young that if he sincerely cares for Jin-kang, he shouldn’t contact her again.
Over dinner, CEO Hwang shares a rumor that Arts Brewery plans to open a new pub. As the team toasts to the promise of more work, CEO Hwang and So-yeon guess that Jin-kang has been glum because of boyfriend problems.
CEO Hwang advises that easy-going men may not be fun, but they’re dependable and Jin-kang guesses, “A guy who has no money, is handsome, and is complicated would be the worst then, right?” CEO Hwang jokes that Jin-kang just described her husband and warns, “If you ever meet a guy like that, run away.”
So-yeon reminds CEO Hwang that she was deeply in love when she married, but she warns that with that type of man, it’s best to run away before it’s too late. Jin-kang insists that she’s a fast runner, but the conversation weighs heavily on her.
A very drunk Jin-kang has to be helped to her room by Jin-kook. She’s obsessed with the time that she won all the races at school and Jin-kook laments that her proudest day was in elementary school. When Jin-kook leaves her alone, Jin-kang moodily covers her eyes to sleep.
In the morning, Jin-kook brings something for Jin-kang’s hangover, but she’s already gone. Jin-kang is out riding her bike, but all she can think about is CEO Hwang’s advice to run away. When Jin-kang sees a cat, her thoughts turn to Moo-young and just when she remembers their kiss, she finds herself in front of the police station.
Jin-kang turns her bicycle around and runs into Cho-rong. They’re awkward with one other so Cho-rong helpfully suggests that they should get together once the murder investigation is over. When they part, he watches Jin-kang walk away with a concerned look.
Jin-kang runs back to ask Cho-rong to pick something fun from his list of one-hundred things to do, so he suggests visiting the ocean. Cho-rong goes back to work looking relieved while Jin-kang walks away determinedly.
At the station, Detective Gun invites Jin-kook to attend Yoo-ri’s interrogation and when he’s asked about Moo-young, he informs Jin-kook that the prosecutors let him go.
Jin-kang reaches her house and finds Moo-young waiting for her. When he asks if she’s seen his cat, she coldly suggests that he should search the playground where all of the neighborhood cats end up. Moo-young wonders if the police have contacted her and then explains his arrest and potential trial, quickly adding that he didn’t kill anyone. Jin-kang admits that she heard about his case and as she tries to get away, Moo-young asks if she’s scared of him.
Jin-kang confesses that she’s scared because she doesn’t understand him, so Moo-young encourages her to ask him anything. Jin-kang decides, “I don’t want to understand you. I don’t trust you,” but when she walks inside, she looks sorry.
On his way home, Moo-young passes a black sedan parked on the street. When he gets home, Mo-young sees his childhood drawing on the floor and rushes over to pick it up.
During her transport to prison, Yoo-ri asks Jin-kook if Moo-young was released from custody. He tells her that even though Moo-young was released, he’s still under investigation and she’ll have to testify about everything that he told her, such as Jeong Mi-yeon’s door code. Yoo-ri asks Jin-kook for a favor in return.
Moo-young fell asleep clutching the drawing and the memories that were triggered by the car accident return to him in a dream. This time, the man at the table falls as he’s shot and young Moo-young calls out to his father. Moo-young’s eyes fly open when he hears a woman call his name and he searches for Jin-kang, but she’s at home.
Jin-kook walks to Jeong Mi-yeon’s apartment building and then visits the same convenience store where Moo-young charged his phone. According to Cho-Kong, the part-timer who worked that night said that Moo-young bought a yogurt drink and looked out of the store window for the twenty minutes that it took for his phone to charge.
Jin-kook sits in the same spot where Moo-young sat and places a call. When Moo-young joins him, Jin-kook tries to figure out what his thoughts were that night. What Jin-kook can’t figure out is Moo-young’s motive, but Moo-young wonders if Jin-kook always knows why he does things. Jin-kook recites, “3 times 5 is 15. 3515,” and insists that he’d remember doing something like giving Jeong Mi-yeon’s passcode to Yoo-ri. In a flashback, we see that Moo-young causally told Yoo-ri, “Your friend, Mi-yeon, is fun. ‘3 times 5 is 15’ is the door code to her house.”
As Jin-kook wonders what prompted Moo-young’s interest in Jeong Mi-yeon, a flashback reveals that Moo-young was out of sight when Jeong Mi-yeon threw Yoo-ri’s money in her face. He helped Yoo-ri pick up the money and handed her two passes to the pub with instructions to give them to Jeong Mi-yeon — and to be sure not to come herself.
Mi-yeon used those tickets and got so drunk that she ended up throwing a beer in Hee-jun’s face. Moo-young stepped in just as Hee-jun was about to hit back and escorted Mi-yeon back to her place. When she started to undress enticingly just outside of her door, Moo-young pointed to the security camera and was told that it was a fake.
Moo-young saw Mi-yeon enter her passcode and once inside, he viewed Yoo-ri’s video on the phone as Mi-yeon tried to seduce him. When Moo-young called Yoo-ri pretty, Mi-yeon corrected him, “…she’s my punching bag,” and was angry when he left after he was done watching the video.
When Moo-young gets back to his place, Jang Se-ran is waiting for him. He walks past her, so Jang Se-ran reminds Moo-young that she lost her only brother thanks to him. Se-ran laughs when Moo-young bows and then hands him her card, “If you’re sorry, come see me. We have something to discuss.”
Jin-kang visits Yoo-ri in prison, where she learns that Jin-kook promised the girl that people can always start over. Yoo-ri apologizes to Jin-kang for trying to run her down with her car and admits that it was no accident. Jin-kang asks why she did it and Yoo-ri confesses, “Because I was jealous of you,” and a series of flashbacks serve as a reminder of how Moo-young opened up to Jin-kang.
When Jin-kang returns to work, So-yeon and CEO Hwang can’t wait to tell her that Jang Se-ran was overheard discussing the new pub with the brewery’s CEO, and mentioned that Moo-young would be managing it.
CEO Hwang and So-yeon are surprised that Jin-kang isn’t at all happy about the news and point out their opportunity to secure more of the NJ Group’s business. Later, when CEO Hwang is about to leave for the day, she catches Jin-kang hard at work on a sketch of a cat.
The next day, Moo-young walks past Jin-kang and Cho-rong on his way to Jang Se-ran’s car. Moo-young watches as they leave on their planned trip to the sea and Cho-rong notices that Jin-kang is suddenly very quiet.
Jin-kook finds a report on the floor next to Cho-rong’s desk and when he sees that it’s Moo-young’s phone history, he digs around. When he finds the original report of Moo-young’s calls, Jin-kook realizes that Cho-rong removed Jin-kang’s number from the official report.
Moo-young visits the site of the new pub, Angel’s Tear, with Jang Se-ran. At the same time, Cho-rong tries to cheer up Jin-kang with a fresh snack at a rest stop, but they’re clearly not on the same wavelength because she bought some ice cream, just for herself.
The mood is tense as Cho-rong starts the car and they’re still in the parking lot when he suggests that they can see the ocean another time. When Cho-rong drops Jin-kang off at home, she breaks up with him, sorry that she wasn’t good to him.
Before they part, Cho-rong gently tells Jin-kang, “It’s okay if you don’t date me. But not him.” He reminds Jin-kang that her mood is easily affected by others and she starts to cry when Cho-rong warns, “You must not see him because of how you are.”
Jin-kang finds Jin-kook in her room and the first thing he asks is, “What’s with the long face?” He explodes in anger over a sketch of Moo-young that he found in her trash can and then pulls out Moo-young’s phone history. Jin-kook points out that if Cho-rong hadn’t removed her name, Jin-kang would have been called as a witness in a murder case.
Jin-kang tells Jin-kook that Moo-young is innocent, but he rages that nothing so sordid should have ever invaded her world. Jin-kang is appalled that Jin-kook considers Moo-young someone who can’t be part of her world and reminds him what he told Yoo-ri about second chances.
Jin-kook bellows that second chances don’t apply to Moo-young because he’s not human, nothing hurts him. Jin-kang tries to explain that he hurts just like everyone else, but Jin-kook claims that pain excites Moo-young, because he’s evil. Jin-kook grabs Jin-kang and implores her to remember what happened to Seung-ah, but she pulls away.
Jang Se-ran exits her car when she drops off Moo-young to point out, “You still haven’t asked yet. ‘Why me?'” Moo-young dutifully asks, “Why me,” and then explains that he knows Jang Se-ran doesn’t need a reason, she can do as she pleases. Jang Se-ran acknowledges that he’s right and urges Moo-young to consider her offer carefully.
Jin-kang is waiting for Moo-young and when he moves towards her, she explains that everyone thinks that he’s a jerk. Jin-kang confesses, “I don’t want you to be a jerk. I’m scared because you seem to keep going astray.”
When Jin-kang asks, “Will you take that job?” Moo-young answers, “I won’t if you tell me not to.” She implores, “Don’t do it. Promise that you’ll be a nice person.” Moo-young doesn’t answer right away but when he finally speaks, he begs Jin-kang, “Then teach me.”
Jung So-min managed to convey the misery that overtook every cell in Jin-kang’s body, and convinced me that without Moo-young, she didn’t have the will to go on. In spite of everyone’s advice, in spite of her own fears, Jin-kang can’t disentangle herself from Moo-young and rather than accept the inevitable, it looks as if Jin-kook will do everything in his power to see to it that Moo-young goes to prison. Jin-kook is eerily similar to Woo-sang, in that he’s unwilling to allow Jin-kang to be with Moo-young. There are hints that Jin-kook has a very good reason, but rather than sharing his concerns with Jin-kang, he’s trying to force the situation, which will only push Jin-kang closer to Moo-young. In my opinion, whatever happens going forward is Jin-kook’s responsibility because he has the ability to come clean, but he’s unwilling to risk his relationship with Jin-kang.
Seung-ah was imprisoned by both her mother and Woo-sang, a poor little rich girl. Likewise, Jin-kang is just as trapped by Jin-kook, unable break out of the protective cocoon that he’s created for her. Jin-kook can’t bear for anything distasteful to touch Jin-kang and because he’s judged Moo-young to be evil, there’s no way that he’ll ever accept him. Jin-kang was told again and again to stay away from someone like Moo-young, but no one ever asked how she felt, what it was that she wanted. Jin-kang is not a child anymore but no one seems to trust her enough to allow her to live her own life and make her own mistakes. As a result, Jin-kook refuses to see that Jin-kang is miserable without Moo-young.
Moo-young, to his credit, doesn’t seem to want to do anything to hurt Jin-kang and if that means staying away from her, that’s what he’ll do. He does seem capable of sincere concern and displayed a willingness to make sacrifices. Jin-kang wants to see Moo-young get the second chance that Jin-kook was willing to give himself and that he offered to Yoo-ri. When Jin-kook confessed that he believed that Moo-young was evil, I could practically hear the bonds between him and Jin-kang breaking. I fear it’s only the beginning.
In spite of the powerful relationship shifts in this episode, my interest was hi-jacked by Woo-sang’s sister, Jang Se-ran. I would love to see her join forces with Moo-young to forge their way through the world. They are so similar and I can only imagine what their partnership would look like. I have a feeling that Jang Se-ran is controlling Moo-young behind the scenes, which is why he was released from jail, but what’s going to happen if she stands between him and Jin-kang?
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