Red Moon, Blue Sun: Episodes 21-22
Live like a dog, die like a dog. That’s the motto of Red Cry, who seems to believe in the philosophy of “a tooth for a tooth” when it comes to revenge. Not that anyone can blame him, considering the horrible way these parents have treated their children. But a killer is a killer, and a detective must catch the killer — no matter what.
EPISODES 21-22 RECAP
Unconscious, Woo-kyung is dragged away by the mysterious hooded person from the butchering barn. On the table, Ha-na’s father is tied up, his back freshly carved with a poem. By the time Ji-heon and the local police (who were alerted by Ha-na’s panic button on the watch) arrive, Woo-kyung and Ha-na are nowhere to be found.
Woo-kyung’s phone and Ha-na’s watch are discovered on the barn floor, and Ji-heon orders everyone to search for the two missing people, since Ji-heon assumes — or hopes — that they’ve been abducted (and not killed). As the forensics team investigate the barn and Ha-na’s father’s body, another team discover a skeleton buried outside — and from the size of it, it looks like it was a child.
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The brutal hand of justice
Woo-kyung wakes up from being drugged, and in trying to figure out where she is, she discovers Ha-na unconscious next to her, covered in a blanket. Just then a light shines down on them — the search party has found them.
It turns out Ha-na was drugged with sleeping pills, and is currently en route to a hospital to make sure she’s okay. Woo-kyung apologizes to the detectives that she didn’t get to see who her attacker was. She thought it was Ha-na’s father until Ji-heon reveals that he’s dead. Ji-heon also tells her about the child’s skeleton they found, and he believes that must be the secret Ha-na’s father didn’t want her to tell anyone.
Our favorite coroner investigates the skeleton and reveals that the child was no more than fifteen months old. Cause of death is uncertain, but based on a dent in the skull, he assumes the child fell down or was hit. The coroner also adds that it looks like Ha-na’s father must have suffered a lot of pain before he died, and Ji-heon darkly mutters that he’s glad.
Amused, the coroner points out that Ji-heon’s changed quite a bit from his “all life is sacred, including criminals” spiel. But the coronor also reveals that Ha-na’s father was tortured before he died due to blunt force trauma to the brain. Before the fatal blow, Ha-na’s father was tied up and had multiple teeth pulled from his mouth. It was after he died that the culprit carved the poem into his back.
At the children’s center, an old man in a wheelchair reads a book to the children. He’s actually the original director and the father of the current children center’s director. Eun-ho watches with a fond smile, since this was also the man who ran the orphanage where he grew up and who basically raised him.
The younger director is in his office with Woo-kyung, totally shocked to discover that Ha-na’s father is dead. Woo-kyung’s working to get Ha-na returned to her foster home, but Junior Director is more focused on a marketing strategy to bring in more money by promoting a counseling program to help raise kids’ grades.
Woo-kyung is baffled why her boss is so focused on raising money when they’re still receiving government funding and their enrollment hasn’t changed, but he just grumbles that it’s expensive running a counseling center. His attitude quickly changes when Eun-ho brings in his father to see them, and he becomes deferential and polite — although the old man chides him for being unnecessarily noisy.
However Senior Director is happy to see Woo-kyung, since she’s always been one of his favorites. He tells her that he trusts her the most to take care of the children’s center.
After Woo-kyung leaves the office, Senior Director warns his son that he better not be causing trouble again. Junior Director nervously reassures him that everything is fine, and pointedly looks at Eun-ho, who reassures the old man that his son isn’t gambling again. Ohhhh, well, that could explain why he’s so desperate for funds.
As Soo-young observes, Woo-kyung tries to gently question Ha-na about what happened that night. Ha-na says she woke up because of the noise outside, which is when she called Woo-kyung. Then she saw that “good person’s face” again — the same person who took her away after her mother died. She cheerfully adds that she doesn’t remember anything after that.
Cautiously, Woo-kyung asks if Ha-na ever lived with a baby, and what it must have been like. But Ha-na starts to quote her father, complaining about how noisy the baby was because it kept crying. Realizing what she’s done, Ha-na quickly covers her mouth, refusing to say anything more. Soo-young gently takes the girl’s hand from her mouth, reassuring her that it’s okay to talk and that her father won’t be able to hurt her any more.
Ha-na bluntly asks if her father died, and after Soo-young confirms it, Ha-na admits that her father killed the child, and she and her mother watched as her father buried the baby, just like Ha-na had buried the dead bird in the playground. That’s when he told Ha-na that she better keep her mouth shut or he’d wring her neck — just like he did to her baby sibling.
Woo-kyung seems concerned by Ha-na’s cheerful indifference over what she experienced, but Soo-young grabs the young girl by the shoulders, insisting that even though the Ha-na is smiling, she knows that the girl wants to cry.
The normally unflappable Soo-young starts to scream that she knows Ha-na wants to cry, but can’t because she’s so afraid of what her father would do to her if she showed how scared she really is. Soo-young yells at her to let her true feelings show — she’s just a kid; she should be scared; she should cry!
Ha-na does start crying, but it’s questionable whether it’s because she’s able to release the pent-up fear of being killed by her father like her younger sibling , or the shock of Soo-young yelling at her. Once Woo-kyung comforts the girl, she goes into the hallway where Soo-young is sitting.
Soo-young apologizes for her actions, explaining that it just seemed so unnatural for a young child who is so intimately familiar with death to be so cheerful. Woo-kyung gently reassures Soo-young that actually it was helpful, since Ha-na was able to learn that it’s okay to cry, and that if she does, someone will comfort her.
Back at Ha-na’s father’s place, Ji-heon and Soo-young search for any clues to who the killer was. There’s no sign of a break-in, so Ha-na’s father must have let him in. A flashback reveals that Ha-na’s father was super drunk when he answered the knock at the door, and was easy to eventually overpower in the fight.
The killer dragged the man out to the barn, and when he returned — after beginning his torture of her father — Ha-na was on the phone to Woo-kyung. Ji-heon muses over what kind of “good person” face would be so reassuring to Ha-na.
Based on the blood stains, Ji-heon deduces that the torture began outside, and it was to get the exact location of where the baby’s body had been buried. Ji-heon wonders how their killer even knew about the dead child, since Ha-na was careful to keep the secret.
Ha-na’s father was then dragged to the barn to be killed, and Soo-young says it must have been because the killer needed light in order to carefully carve the poem on the man’s back. That’s when Woo-kyung arrived, interrupting him in her search for Ha-na, so the killer drugged her and left her with Ha-na.
Ji-heon finds a crayon on the floor and realizes that not only did the killer carve on the man’s back, but also drew on it. Soo-young says that the killer must not have only been getting revenge for Ha-na, whose one pleasure was drawing, but also for himself.
They return to the children’s center, where they ask if anyone else knew what kind of trauma Ha-na might have experienced. Woo-kyung explains that she’s been writing reports about Ha-na’s situation and sharing them with a network of counselors, so there’s quite a lot of people who know about Ha-na’s situation, including the other counselors at the center, her assistant, and of course, the director.
The director is annoyed that the detectives keep disrupting the children’s center with their investigations, but Ji-heon assures him they’re being discrete. When Ji-heon asks if he’s read the reports on Ha-na, the director sighs and says that there are so many children at the center that he doesn’t have time to keep track of them individually, especially a child that’s an extra bother like Ha-na.
Eun-ho enters the office to drop off a deposit slip after running a financial errand for the director. Ji-heon follows Eun-ho back to the maintenance/security room, asking him if it’s normal for him to run such personal errands for the director. Eun-ho explains the director is like his family.
Ji-heon asks if Eun-ho’s heard anything about Ha-na, and Eun-ho says he knows she’s been returned to her foster home. Ji-heon tells him that a child’s skeleton was found on the dog farm, and Eun-ho, in surprise, asks if Ha-na’s father killed the child. Ji-heon points out that he didn’t say that, but Eun-ho is still convinced that her father is a terrible person.
Ji-heon knows Eun-ho saw Ha-na burying the bird, and asks if his ability to connect with the children means he somehow knows more about Ha-na’s life. Amused, Eun-ho points out that Ha-na seems to like Ji-heon more than she likes him, so Ji-heon should be the one trying to listen to Ha-na.
Asking about Eun-ho’s alibi for that night, Eun-ho calmly says he was at the children’s center like he always is. Ji-heon presses the issue, asking why Eun-ho doesn’t seem to ever go out with friends, or why he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Eun-ho retorts by asking why Ji-heon doesn’t have a girlfriend (salt, meet wound), pointing out these personal questions don’t matter to the case.
Even so, Ji-heon finds it suspicious of Eun-ho’s ability to connect to the kids so well. Eun-ho says that it’s illogical to assume he’d kill, just because he likes being around kids. But Ji-heon brings up the old arson case, asking if Eun-ho still sees the boy. Eun-ho tells him he hasn’t been in contact with that boy for years, and that Ji-heon should stop being unreasonably suspicious. Ji-heon says he’ll stop being suspicious when he stops being a detective.
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It’s my job to be suspicious
Thankfully for Eun-ho, Woo-kyung messages Ji-heon, asking to see him. She shows him the link she received for the invitation to join the horror website. She explains that when she first clicked the link, it was a black screen that required a password.
Ji-heon starts peppering her with questions about how to access the site, which baffles Woo-kyung, until Ji-heon reveals that it’s the secret way Red Cry communicates with people. He asks for Woo-kyung’s help.
He returns to the police station, where his team are waiting until 11PM when the hacking protocol will take over the horror website. Soo-young’s been studying the letter that Red Cry sent to Ji-hye when she was in prison, and she’s discovered that Red Cry mentions opening up a massage parlor — which is where Ji-hye used to work before she got married.
The mention of something familiar — and possibly the promise of a job — is likely a reason Ji-hye got in contact with Red Cry when she had ignored all the other letters. Soo-young also points out that Red Cry figured out Ha-na’s secret, so Red Cry must be quite skilled at reading people psychologically.
Woo-kyung calls just then, letting Ji-heon know that the log-in screen for the horror site just popped up. She’s been trying various simple passwords to get in, but nothing has worked. At Ji-heon’s suggestion, she tries to come up with something that only she and Ha-jung would know. Recalling the children’s story she read the first time she went to a meeting of Everybody’s Child, which is where she met Ha-jung, and how that story reminded Bit-na of Ha-jung, Woo-kyung types in the password: Red Moon Blue Sun.
That grants her access to the website, and also by using the password, Chan-wook is able to access the site and see everything Woo-kyung can. On the secret site, there’s a bulletin board listing all the news reports of child abuse, with a “Judge’s Room” where members discuss certain reports of child abuse and decide on punishments.
Chan-wook discovers that there only five online IDs available, from H1 to H5, but those are randomly assigned to whomever is logged in, which means that there could be anywhere from 5 to 500 members of Red Cry’s website. There’s also strong security layers, which means that he can’t track any personal information of each member that logs in.
After investigating the list of seven cases that were sent to the Judge’s Room, three of them are revealed to be connected to the children’s center. Ji-heon asks Woo-kyung to come up with a fake abuse story that seems real enough — and is connected to the children’s center — to convince Red Cry to want to help.
Woo-kyung decides on using Shi-wan’s story, since it’s unique enough to be recognized. When it comes time to log-in later that night, Woo-kyung posts her message, with some coaching from Ji-heon on how to tweak it enough that there’s no way Red Cry could resist. Woo-kyung pretends that she’s a concerned neighbor, writing on behalf of something she’s seen from the family next door.
The detectives watch the message board as the anonymous members chime in to discuss whether or not they should help. Woo-kyung’s sent a message to join a private chatroom, and Ji-heon’s delighted because that means they’ve reeled in Red Cry.
They nervously wait as Woo-kyung weaves a story that’s very close to what happened with Shi-wan. When Red Cry asks to speak to the mother directly, Woo-kyung says the woman is too frightened to do anything. However, Woo-kyung says she can provide evidence from the woman about the abuse — photos, diary entries, and Shi-wan’s sister’s death certificate.
Red Cry takes the bait, telling Woo-kyung that they’ll make a decision after they review the evidence. He tells her a time and place to leave the documents, and Ji-heon grins in delight because now they can finally catch Red Cry.
In the morning, Mom is at her regular visit to Se-kyung. She notices that something seems wrong, and as she leans forward to check Se-kyung’s temperature, Se-kyung moves her head away from Mom’s hand, and then starts to gasp. That’s not something someone in a vegetative should do, and Mom calls for the nurses, who run in to attend to Se-kyung.
When Woo-kyung arrives at the nursing home, Se-kyung is in the ICU being monitored for pneumonia. Worried, Woo-kyung asks if Se-kyung will be okay, but Mom continues placidly knitting. Mom’s convinced that Se-kyung moved away from her touch because Se-kyung has always hated her, but Woo-kyung points out it was probably an involuntary reaction due to the convulsions from the illness. Even so, Mom believes that Se-kyung was trying to avoid her.
At the shopping center where Red Cry told Woo-kyung to drop off the package, undercover detectives are scattered about, keeping an eye on the drop site. Ji-heon, dressed as a cleaner, watches as an undercover cop that looks like an appropriately worried middle-aged woman drops off the package.
But a busking band starts to play, and the crowd that gathers to watch blocks Ji-heon’s view of the package. His team scour the area, but there are so many people walking around with bags and packages, it’s hard to find the right person. Finally he sees someone in a hooded jacket walking away with the package, and Ji-heon and the other detectives run after the man.
Woo-kyung confirms with the doctor that Se-kyung’s reaction to Mom’s attempt to touch her forhead was involuntary due to the seizure. There’s still some hope that Se-kyung might be regaining her consciousness, but the doctor says that in Se-kyung’s state, it will be impossible for her to recover.
Ji-heon nearly risks his life crossing the street to follow the hooded figure, and the other detectives are held up in their pursuit when one of their team members is injured. Ji-heon follows the hooded figure to an underground walkway, and he quietly calls for backup to block the exit.
Stopping suddenly in the middle of the tunnel, the hooded figure puts the package in his pocket. Ji-heon slowly advances, and the man takes off running down the passageway.
Sitting with her sister in the ICU, Woo-kyung is surprised when she feels Se-kyung’s fingers tighten around hers. Staring in shock, Woo-kyung watches as Se-kyung’s gaze seems focuses on Woo-kyung — but then her body starts to convulse again. Woo-kyung screams for the doctors.
Ji-heon chases after the hooded figure into an industrial building and up to the rooftop, where he nearly tackles the other man. But the hooded figure fights him off and then seemingly disappears, since when Ji-heon turns the corner, there’s no one on the rooftop.
That’s because the hooded figure is behind him, and the man punches Ji-heon in the face, sending him to the ground, and kicking him in the torso. The hooded figure holds a wrench as a weapon, but once Ji-heon passes out, the man just walks away, leaving the battered detective on the roof.
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Closer to death
OMG Ji-heon was so close! I’m pretty sure the hooded figure is Red Cry. Or, at least, a minion of Red Cry, since it seems like Red Cry might be more than just one person, at least based on how many people might be able to access the website. It makes sense, in a way — it’s like a more extreme version of Everybody’s Child. I’m also still convinced that Eun-ho is the hooded figure because the build matches and he’s definitely got a sweet face that a kid would consider to be a “good person.” (Shoot, I still think he looks like an angel, even despite my suspicions.)
But I don’t think he’s the true mastermind behind Red Cry. I’m now suddenly suspicious of the old man director, for no good reason except he’s shown up halfway through the series and clearly is fond of Eun-ho and Woo-kyung, and would know what’s going on at the center. I could see how Eun-ho would be loyal to the old man who helped raised him, and who clearly cares about the children. I’m not saying it makes complete sense, but why would they introduce a new character that is potentially sympathetic to the cause if not to cast suspicion on him?
I’m worried about Se-kyung, since it did seem like she was momentarily aware of Woo-kyung right before she went into her seizure. I’m clinging to my wild belief that Se-kyung is somehow connected to the little girl in the green dress, so I don’t know what I’ll do if she doesn’t survive or eventually regain consciousness. Then again, I don’t know what Woo-kyung would do, either, since clearly she feels responsible for her sister’s condition. I’m also with Mom on the fact that Se-kyung tried to move away from her — okay, sure, maaayyyyybe it was just an involuntary jerk due to the seizure, but it was so perfectly timed! And now we know that Se-kyung has always hated her stepmother, which seems like a notable data point if only because Woo-kyung seems to bend over backwards for her stepmother’s approval.
And then there’s Soo-young. Her outburst to Ha-na about needing to cry seems an awful lot like something Soo-young wanted — or needed — someone to say to her when she was a child. We already know she’s gone through some abuse as a kid, which is why she’s so quick to lash out and beat up people who cross her. I liked the fact that Woo-kyung could sense that Soo-young needed a little encouraging of her own, which reminds me that Woo-kyung is actually good at what she does. But then that makes me worried, because that kind of counseling skill requires the ability to read between the lines, to assess what people aren’t saying — the same kind of skill that Red Cry uses to psychologically manipulate people. I don’t believe Woo-kyung is Red Cry — that just doesn’t make sense, given what we’ve seen so far. But I do believe she’s the type of person Red Cry would want to recruit to their crusade, and I’m not sure how much Woo-kyung would resist, if she were properly pushed in that direction.
Not that I think Woo-kyung would ever actively hurt someone who’s abused a kid. But we know the desire is there, the deep rage that would make her want to run over someone in her car. We know that there’s a part of her that knew Ha-jung getting up to use the restroom wasn’t a good idea, yet she let it happen anyway. Even if her participation isn’t active, she’s still allowing Red Cry to have his way in seeking vengeance on those abusive parents. And that is why I think I love this drama so much — the villain (if we can even call him that) is someone you almost want to root for. I want Ji-heon to catch Red Cry, but I also want those horrible parents who continue to neglect and abuse their children to be punished for their actions.
I doubt many of us are too terribly sad about what happened to Ha-na’s father, especially since we know what kind of man he is. But is seeking satisfaction in his torture and death something to be proud about? Where’s the line that makes us respect all of human life, no matter who someone is, and at what exact moment do we cross it, once we realize that there are people out there who will kill their own children for the simple reason they can’t stand them making so much noise when crying? It’s a murky world out there, and while Red Cry might have an extreme response, it seems almost reassuring that at least someone is trying to shine a light on all the innocent children who have gone through hell.
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