Red Moon, Blue Sun: Episodes 13-14
Who is Red Cry? That’s the question of the day, especially since the mysterious Red Cry seems to know a lot of secrets that no one else could possibly know. Which means Red Cry’s identity should be easy to discover, right? Except, of course, nothing on this show is ever easy, especially when things are not quite what they seem.
EPISODES 13-14 RECAP
So-ra’s mother suddenly blurts out to Ji-heon that “Red Cry” made her do everything. She tearfully explains that she first encountered Red Cry on an online forum for mothers.
She had complained in a post about her husband beating her and that she was afraid her husband would end up killing her and her daughter. Red Cry sent a private message, telling her that she shouldn’t allow herself to continue to be beat up — that it’s her fault because she kept forgiving her husband.
So-ra’s mother originally had planned to commit suicide, but didn’t have the courage to go through with it. That’s when Red Cry sent her a message that there’s one particular death that would make everyone happy. Hint, hint.
Even though she hated her husband, she still couldn’t go through with the murder — he was still the father of her child. But Red Cry went ahead with the fake suicide, anyway.
Ji-heon demands more information about Red Cry, clearly not believing So-ra’s mother’s statement — it’s not like she’s had the best track record with telling the police the truth so far. Ji-heon says that they’ll investigate her claims, but the primary murder suspect is still So-ra’s mother.
As Eun-ho draws the little girl that Woo-kyung describes, she realizes that she knows who the little girl in the green dress is — or at least she knows that the little girl is someone she’s met before.
Eun-ho says that he can relate to the feeling of being certain you know something, but have no idea where or why you know it. He describes a dream he frequently has where there’s a desk he recognizes, but doesn’t know why. He’s pretty sure it’s from a memory that he doesn’t want to remember.
That’s when he realized that, if you try hard enough, you can erase certain things from your memory.
At the nursing home, Mom gives Se-kyung a haircut. When Woo-kyung arrives, she tells Mom that there’s space in a cheaper shared room, but Mom insists that they can continue to afford the private room for Se-kyung. Woo-kyung points out that they don’t know how long Se-kyung will be in her comatose, vegetative state, but Mom insists Woo-kyung’s father left enough money for them to get by.
As Woo-kyung marvels at all the care Mom does for Se-kyung even though Se-kyung isn’t her birth daughter, Mom grumbles that Woo-kyung never seems to let her forget she’s a step-mother. Woo-kyung wonders if there were any photos kept of her birth mother, but Mom says that their father got rid of them when he remarried.
Then Woo-kyung shows her the drawing of the little girl in the green dress, asking if Mom recognizes her. Mom stares at it, but says that it’s ridiculous Woo-kyung is still so hung up on this little girl. As they lean Se-kyung over to wash her back, Se-kyung is forced to face the drawing of the little girl. Se-kyung blinks a few times in a way that, despite her vegetative state, makes it seem as though she recognizes the little girl.
At the police station, Ji-heon and Chan-wook argue about how impossible it will be to track down Red Cry through the anonymous chat app, so they’re stunned when Soo-young hands them the membership information from the mother’s forum, revealing that Red Cry is actually Ji-hye. Um, say what?
Considering that Red Cry registered on the site two months after Ji-hye died, the culprit must have stolen Ji-hye’s information. Ji-heon argues that Ji-hye’s information was used on purpose, since the name “Red Cry” comes from the same poem that was written on the back of Ji-hye’s photo.
Red Cry actually contacted a few women on the forum, all who had abusive husbands that hurt their children, but they cut off contact when Red Cry suggested murder. All except for So-ra’s mother.
Ji-heon presents all this information to Captain Hong, adding that poetry was found next to So-ra’s father’s body and Hye-sun’s body. The way the people died might have differed, but the motivation and poetry links them together. Captain Hong is finally forced to admit that it looks like they’ve got a serial killer on their hands.
However, he warns Ji-heon that if the public find out they’re trying to track down a lunatic who kills criminally abusive parents, the public will side with the killer and it will make their investigation that much harder. He orders Ji-heon and the rest of the team to find the killer ASAP — but to do so quietly.
Woo-kyung visits So-ra’s mother at her home to present her with small gifts from the children’s center. Woo-kyung cautiously asks if So-ra’s mother tried calling her again, and the woman admits she wanted to make sure Woo-kyung was okay — in case Woo-kyung was arrested.
She confesses that she told the police all about Red Cry, and the two women stare at each other in confusion as So-ra’s mother says that she assumed Woo-kyung was Red Cry, since Woo-kyung was the one who told her about the forum in the first place.
Woo-kyung has no idea what she’s talking about, but So-ra’s mother is adamant. Red Cry knew things that she had only told Woo-kyung. But Woo-kyung insists she doesn’t know what the woman is talking about. So, then, who is Red Cry?
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Aren’t you Red Cry?
Ji-heon and his team set up their new command center in an unused basement storage room. They have to keep their investigation secret even to the other detectives, which means everyone else thinks they’re working on real-estate fraud. How exciting!
The results come back regarding Ha-na’s parentage, and thanks to the DNA Ji-heon stole from the beer can, it proves that the creepy dog butcher really is Ha-na’s father.
When Ji-heon visits the man to tell him about the DNA results, the man howls in exasperation. Ji-heon tries to get him to explain how he supposedly didn’t know about Ha-na, especially when his wife never went anywhere or had friends — implying that the man must have locked up Ha-na and abused her.
The man brazenly says that Ji-heon doesn’t have any proof. He gets a little cocky as he asks if Ha-na said anything about him, seeming to know full well that his daughter doesn’t speak. Grinning, the man suggests that they bring Ha-na to him and ask her themselves.
Ji-heon consults with Woo-kyung about Ha-na. Woo-kyung says that children are susceptible to suggestion, especially if a threat is involved, so even if Ha-na saw her father, she likely wouldn’t say anything. Ji-heon realizes that the “Don’t say a word or I’ll wring your neck” threat must have been something Ha-na’s father told her, and takes Woo-kyung’s case-file notes to try and set up a restraining order.
Woo-kyung shows Ji-heon the drawing of the little girl in the green dress, admitting that she recognizes the little girl. Not completely — she doesn’t know who the girl is, just that it’s someone from her past.
Ji-heon’s impressed by the skill in the drawing, and Woo-kyung says Eun-ho drew it. Ji-heon’s demeanor grows frosty when he hears that name, since he still considers Eun-ho a suspect. Woo-kyung wonders if she’s a suspect, too, and Ji-heon confirms that she is — but he says it in a pleasant way, as though it’s not a concern and a mere formality.
But she asks him about the internet forum and the name “Red Cry.” Woo-kyung also recognizes that the name is taken from “The Leper” poem, and Ji-heon says that the identity of Red Cry was revealed to be Ji-hye. That seems to surprise Woo-kyung.
When she gets home later that night, Woo-kyung searches the forum for all of Red Cry’s posts, then screws up her courage to send a private message to Red Cry: “I’m Cha Woo-kyung. Do you know me?”
In their secret basement room, Ji-heon and his team search through all the IP addresses connected to Red Cry’s account, but they only ones they could trace were from public PC rooms. After that, it’s a dead end. It seems hopeless, but Ji-heon hauls out the evidence boxes from Ji-hye, Doctor Park, and So-ra’s father’s deaths.
As the days go by, the team goes through all the evidence carefully, Ji-heon reading the hate mail Ji-hye received while she was in jail. Eventually he finds something of interest.
The big question about Ji-hye’s death was how Doctor Park convinced her to go the amusement park that night. If they can solve that, they might figure out the key that connects all the other cases. What they do know is that someone was in her room before she died and left the poem on the photo — that someone could be Red Cry.
From the pile of hate mail Ji-hye received, Ji-heon’s narrowed it down to five possible suspects who gave Ji-hye their contact information.
Soo-young reveals some interesting info she’s discovered, too, which is that in one of Doctor Park’s last photos taken the day before Ji-hye died, a car is shown stopped outside Ji-hye’s house. Doctor Park wasn’t the only one watching Ji-hye.
Tracing the license plate number, Soo-young tracked the car to none-other than Woo-kyung. Dun, dun, dun!
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When the consultant is the suspect
Ji-heon and Soo-young visit Woo-kyung to ask her why she stopped outside Ji-hye’s house that day. Woo-kyung muses that she saw Ji-hye taking out the trash, and she just stopped to watch such a notorious public figure for a few minutes.
She explains that she takes that road a lot, since it’s on the way to her sister’s nursing home. Soo-young demands information about the nursing home and her sister’s condition so that she can verify it. Ji-heon asks what happened to Se-kyung that she ended up in such a vegetative state. Despite Woo-kyung’s peaceful demeanor, her hands clench as she tells him that Se-kyung got in a car accident two years ago.
Ji-heon says it must be difficult for Woo-kyung to take care of her sister, but Woo-kyung insists it isn’t. After all, it must be much more difficult being bedridden and trapped in a body that can barely breathe on its own.
Ji-heon refuses to accept her explanation, reminding her that whether it’s a needle prick or being stabbed by a knife, both injuries hurt. He knows that she wouldn’t counsel her clients to pretend their pains, however small, don’t matter compared to someone else. So why is she insisting she has no right to feel her own pain?
Since Woo-kyung’s story about driving by Ji-hye’s to visit her sister checks out, Ji-heon and Soo-young leave the children’s center. Ji-heon marvels that Woo-kyung seems to hide her emotions so well.
Soo-young disagrees — she thinks Woo-kyung is screaming with her entire body, which is why Soo-young is so uneasy around Woo-kyung. Only small children or the very ill and damaged scream with their bodies like that.
Woo-kyung visits Se-kyung — this time without Mom around. Woo-kyung holds her sister in her arms.
Suk-woo’s mother continues to be more focused on her attempts to make money than the loss of her child. When she gets another loan payment notice, she calls Woo-kyung, who apparently did send her 5,000,000 won like she had asked for.
But now the woman — still being bombarded with threats to pay back her loans — says that the loss of her son isn’t worth the equivalent of a measly 5,000 dollars, so Woo-kyung should send her a little more money. Just 3,000,000 won, that’s all, and she’ll never bother Woo-kyung again. Woo-kyung hangs up on her.
The woman then marches down to the children’s center, where she asks Eun-ho, who’s replacing a railing, where she can find Woo-kyung. Eun-ho seems unimpressed by the woman and stubbornly refuses to help unless she tells him what it’s about, but in the end it doesn’t matter because Woo-kyung finds her there, anyway.
In Woo-kyung’s office, Suk-woo’s mother pulls out all the stops to try and get Woo-kyung to give her more money. She threatens, she pleads, and then she says that, if she gets the money, she’ll forgive Woo-kyung for the accident.
The word “forgive” seems to trigger something in Woo-kyung, because she starts to methodically slap the woman upside the head multiple times until the woman runs away.
Her fingers trembling, Woo-kyung sits down at her desk, seemingly in shock by what she’s done. Just then, she gets a message from Red Cry that says, “Of course I know you” with a little smiley emoticon.
Back in their basement command center, Chan-wook and Soo-young are convinced that Woo-kyung must be the culprit they’re looking for since she’s connected to all the cases. But Ji-heon says they need to step back a bit — it’s not Woo-kung who’s connected to all the cases, it’s the children’s center at which Woo-kyung just so happens to work. Their culprit is likely connected to the children’s center in some way.
Just then, a worried and distressed Woo-kyung shows up to their office, telling them about the message she received from Red Cry.
If the information Red Cry knew about So-ra’s mother was something she had only told Woo-kyung and no one else, then Woo-kyung must have told someone. But Woo-kyung insists that she keeps her cases confidential, and didn’t even discuss So-ra with her colleagues out of respect for So-ra’s mother’s wishes.
Ji-heon’s in full detective mode as he peppers Woo-kyung with questions, but Woo-kyung says that there’s no one around her that she suspects or that’s been acting suspicious. But she’s still worried that — and wondering if — Red Cry is someone near her. Ji-heon wants to know why Woo-kyung sent a message to Red Cry in the first place, and Woo-kyung hesitates before admitting it’s because it’s like Red Cry knew her thoughts.
Even though she remained a professional counselor for So-ra and her mother, Woo-kyung secretly thought their lives would be better if So-ra’s father died. If she were in So-ra’s mother’s shoes, she would have killed him herself. She might not have been able to say these words, but Red Cry did — and then actually put the words into action.
Suk-woo’s mother is first delighted to see an array of gifts from her adoring fans, then annoyed and disgusted when they’re all just snacks and lingerie — nothing useful that she can use to pay off her debt. She opens another package that only has the note: “The poop of sorrow, a meal of poop.” (Which, to no one’s surprise, is a line of poetry — it’s from Choi Seungja’s poem, “You, Who I Cannot Save.”)
She cautiously opens the container, then shrieks and flings it across the room when it looks like there’s a dead animal inside. Except it’s just a stuffed toy cat, but realistic enough to send a menacing message, although the staff just brush it off as a joke.
Ji-heon updates his evidence board with all the connections to Woo-kyung. She certainly does seem to be in the middle of it all. Meanwhile, Chan-wook and his puppy-like exuberance track down something suspicious — one of the phone number’s found in Ji-hye’s hate mail belongs to a registered phone that was only used once.
That one call was the day before Ji-hye died, and it was from a payphone near Ji-hye’s home. They trace the owner’s information to a woman named Min Ha-jung, who doesn’t seem to be particularly remarkable.
Ji-heon and Soo-young go to the woman’s clothing shop and her first reaction at seeing them is to worry that it’s a tax audit. Ha. She doesn’t recognize the phone number, so they ask if her information was stolen. The woman starts to worry, but Ji-heon’s distracted by a notice in the shop about Everybody’s Child — which was the same protest group against Ji-hye that Woo-kyung was a part of.
Woo-kyung finds one of her old childhood friends, and they both awkwardly admit that they don’t really remember each other, despite apparently spending all their time together as kids. Despite the photos from the album, and what Woo-kyung’s father used to tell his daughter, the woman insists she never went to Woo-kyung’s house or played with her when they were children.
The woman thinks that Woo-kyung must be confusing her with another little girl, laughing off the fact that memories can get muddled as you get older.
Ji-heon asks Ha-jung about Everybody’s Child, particularly Woo-kyung’s involvement. Ha-jung cheerfully tells them that Woo-kyung was only a part of the protest for a short while until her sister got into an accident. Then Woo-kyung left and, as the woman puts it, “went crazy” and even quit her job.
Ha-jung’s teenage daughter arrives and Ha-jung happily greets her before shooing the girl upstairs to study. Beaming, she boasts to the detectives that her daughter is the top of her class in one of the best Gangam schools.
As the detectives leave the shop, Ji-heon decides Ha-jung is acting suspicious. But Soo-young believes Ji-heon is letting his burgeoning friendship with Woo-kyung get in the way of analyzing the facts. Suddenly Ha-jung’s daughter runs up to the detectives, telling them not to believe anything her mother says.
Suk-woo’s mother gets another threatening message from one of her loan sharks, then flounces into the street — and straight into the speeding path of a Truck of Doom. The truck drives off, but Suk-woo’s mother staggers to her feet, only to collapse again on the side of the road.
Woo-kyung shows her not-childhood-friend the drawing of the girl in the green dress, asking if she remembers the little girl. The woman stares at it in surprise, then looks at Woo-kyung: “Isn’t this you?”
As memories of the little girl in the green dress crouching and crying from an unknown older woman flicker in her mind, Woo-kyung adamantly insists it’s not her, although I’m not sure who’s she’s trying to convince — her friend, or herself.
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Your deadly wish is my command
Another body, another line of poetry, another day in the life of Red Cry.
I’m still on the fence with Woo-kyung. There’s definitely a darkness in her, and I could certainly believe that, in a blind rage, she might have done something terrible in her past (perhaps even be the one responsible for sister’s vegetative state) — but it would still require a level of disassociation so extreme I can’t imagine how she’d be able to hide it all these years. But there’s something being hidden, whether Woo-kyung is fully cognizant of it or not (all those clues about memories being manipulated must be leading somewhere, right? Woo-kyung’s childhood might not be all that she believes it to be, if her childhood “friends” barely know her).
Based purely on Se-kyung’s millisecond blinks as she faced the drawing, I’m now convinced that the little girl in the green dress is Se-kyung, who’s somehow essentially astral projecting herself to Woo-kyung, helping her find ways to save kids when Woo-kyung couldn’t save her own sister. Or something like that (don’t worry, I’ll probably have another theory in the next episode, based on whatever teasing tidbits the show decides to give us). Then there’s the fact that Woo-kyung’s father kept so many photos of Woo-kyung’s supposed friends, but got rid of any photos of his first wife. That’s strange, right? Wanting to let your child relive her childhood, but without any memory of her birth mother? There’s something shady there, and I need to know more!
But first I suppose we have to figure out why Woo-kyung — or the children’s center — seems to be the linchpin to all the deaths. I keep talking about the plot of the show (just because there’s so much of it!) but I’d like to take a moment to give my respect to Nam Gyuri’s ability to subtly portray Soo-young’s hypersensitivity to body language. It’s something I picked up on a few episodes ago and wasn’t sure if I was just imagining it, but when she started to talk about Woo-kyung “screaming with her entire body,” I realized that Soo-young really does have a strong sense of what people’s bodies are really saying, when their lips are saying something else (which is why she knew Ji-heon was still mad at her, despite him reassuring her that he was fine).
This is also interesting because being hyper-aware of body language is also a sign that Soo-young very likely was abused as a child. When you don’t know if a parent will suddenly go from friendly to terrifying, you have to use all your senses to deduce how someone is feeling, gaining an almost sixth sense of the undercurrent of someone’s emotions. Perhaps that’s also why Soo-young seems so emotionally distant — you can’t get hurt if you don’t let anyone know you can be hurt. Or why she hates not knowing what’s going on, because only when she has all the information can she can craft a plan for survival. Or why she prefers to obey orders and follow protocol, instead of trusting Ji-heon’s off-the-rail instincts. These are such minor details, but fairly common in children who have been abused, which makes me applaud the production team for doing their homework and Nam Gyuri expressing those subtle cues.
Anyway, I can’t blame Soo-young for not trusting Woo-kyung, because I’m still not sure that I trust Woo-kyung, either. But I trust Ji-heon and his ability to solve cases, no matter what, despite his apparently boring childhood and the fact that he doesn’t seem to be haunted by any trauma (at least, not yet).
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