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Trap: Episode 2

What really happened to our news anchor and his family in the mountains? The detectives try to piece together all the details they can find about the parties with connections to the case as lives hang in the balance. But the clock may be running out…

 
EPISODE 2: “Two Faces”

Following Detective Bae’s fall from the building, doctors are unable to revive him. Suspecting his colleague was murdered, Dong-kook begins investigating what happened to Detective Bae, but finds that the CCTV on the top floors was down at the time due to a power outage.

On the balcony, there’s also no evidence to suggest the detective was murdered, and Detective Jang jumps to the conclusion it was suicide.

But Dong-kook vehemently argues that the circumstances of his death are too strange to make conclusions this early and demands that they perform a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, Secretary Kim watches the crime scene keenly, telling someone over the phone that she took care of everything.

Elsewhere, top criminal profiler YOON SEO-YOUNG (Im Hwa-young) gets summoned to help with Woo-hyun’s case, as the police are still combing the mountains for his family.

Her boss also suspects there’s something fishy about Detective Bae’s death, especially since someone anonymously leaked case files on the police site for a few minutes the previous day, and asks her to look into it.

Meanwhile, the detectives hold a wake for their fallen colleague, and though Detecive Jang finally agrees to let Dong-kook investigate Detective Bae’s death properly, he questions whether Dong-kook is just trying to avoid Woo-hyun’s case because of his past history with the anchor.

Outside, rookie Detective Park explains Detective Jang’s political motivation for trying to avoid making Detective Bae’s case a big deal. Just then, Seo-young arrives and is introduced to the team by Detective Jang, but Dong-kook coldly ignores her and gets back to work.

Dong-kook heads to Detective Bae’s father’s home, and the man explains that his son told him stories about Dong-kook, the only person at the precinct who supported Detective Bae.

The man sincerely thanks Dong-kook for looking after his son, and afterwards Dong-kook can’t help but scold himself for not working even harder to look after Detective Bae, crying over his failure to protect him.

In the morgue, Dong-kook observes Detective Bae’s autopsy after pulling strings to get the best mortician in the country to handle it. She casually explains her findings, and notes that while she can’t officially say it was a professional killer, all the signs suggest it was.

Back at the hospital, Seo-young visits Woo-hyun, but spies Dong-kook arriving just before her. Thinking he is alone with the sleeping patient, Dong-kook expresses resentment for Woo-hyun always causing trouble in his life. Seo-young interrupts to introduce herself again, but Dong-kook denies her once more, telling her to stay out of his way on this case.

Back to a few days ago, Woo-hyun exits the cafe to begin the search for his family, and the owner communicates with the hunters about Woo-hyun’s progress.

But instead of searching, Woo-hyun doubles back to the cafe, and he surprises the owner inside. The two fistfight and eventually Woo-hyun gains the upper hand, subduing the owner and tying him to a chair for questioning.

Even though he is captured, the owner continues to play mind games, so Woo-hyun decides to take a more aggressive approach, so he grabs a large knife and, without warning, chops the owner’s big toe off in one fell swoop.

Woo-hyun explains that his military training was in a special unit which apparently involved torturing people as an interrogation tactic, and threatens to cut off the other big toe as well to effectively remove the man’s ability to ever walk again.

The owner immediately folds, and agrees to give up all of the information he knows in exchange for Woo-hyun putting the dismembered toe on ice to save it. When he evades a question about the hunters, though, Woo-hyun, instead, threatens to throw the toe in a blender.

The owner realizes Woo-hyun isn’t bluffing, and finally gives up all the details about the hunters, who he doesn’t know personally, as he simply provides them with the grounds for them to hunt after luring their prey in for them.

As the interrogation continues, the hunters grow impatient, and radio the owner for a status update. The owner explains that Woo-hyun will be slower than expected because he was injured during the earlier fight, and tells them to be patient.

Woo-hyun signals for the owner to ask about the family, and the hunters confirm they’re still alive. The hunters ask which site the owner thinks Woo-hyun went to first, and Woo-hyun gets the owner to inform them that he went to his wife’s site first.

In the present, Dong-kook goes over the blueprint of the hospital and realizes there’s only one realistic route the culprit could take to kill Detective Bae, and he storms off to check it out.

Upstairs, he finds out that the route goes through the ward for dementia patients. He immediately heads to Woo-hyun’s room to spy on Secretary Kim, and Seo-young interrupts him again to offer her help, arguing her profiling skills may be of use for his case.

Back downstairs, Seo-young explains that her team recently began investigating a series of murders involving hunters killing people with hunting weapons in mountainous areas. She notes that Woo-hyun’s testimony suggests the same serial murderers targeted him.

But Dong-kook dissents, arguing that if they were such prolific killers, there is no way they would let Woo-hyun escape with his life. He jabs at Seo-young’s ego, and chastises her for assuming the killings are connected.

In the mountains, Woo-hyun finds his son tied to a tree. As he runs toward the site, one of the hunters fires a shotgun at him, and Woo-hyun flees. He evades the pursuing hunter, and lures him into the open where Woo-hyun nails the hunter with a crossbow bolt and staggers him long enough to close the gap.

The hunter pulls a knife and wildly swings at Woo-hyun, but the anchor manages to disarm the man. Both combatants dash toward the hunter’s shotgun on the ground, but Woo-hyun gets there first, and shoots the hunter, killing him.

Woo-hyun finally makes his way back to Shi-woo’s tree, where a snake slowly descends on the child’s location. He manages to shoot the snake to scare it off, but it bites him in the process of saving Shi-woo.

In the present, one of the locals leads Detective Jang to the location where Shi-woo was held days prior. The rest of the police force search the area, and they soon find the corpse of the hunter that Woo-hyun killed.

Just after Woo-hyun rescues his son, he brings the boy to a shack by an abandoned bus and tells him to wait there for him while he goes to rescue Yeon-soo, urging the boy to honk the bus horn if anything happens to him.

As soon as Woo-hyun leaves, though, the other hunter creeps up to the shack stealthily. Shi-woo makes a break for the bus while the hunter hardly reacts, clearly toying with his prey. Shi-woo manages to honk the horn, and Woo-hyun immediately dashes back to the site.

Shi-woo is nowhere to be found, though, and the hunter begins to open fire on Woo-hyun, who barricades himself in the shack for cover. The hunter notices that Woo-hyun dropped his crossbow bolts outside the shack, so he lowers his guard knowing Woo-hyun is defenseless.

The hunter casually flicks open the door, but Woo-hyun has one bolt left, which he left with Shi-woo for self-defense earlier, and shoots the hunter center mass, knocking him to the ground motionless.

Woo-hyun steps past the hunter to start looking for Shi-woo again, but the hunter stands up and reveals that his vest blocked the arrow, then charges at Woo-hyun and tackles him. The hunter easily beats the weakened and wounded prey, and stands over Woo-hyun with a knife to his throat.

The hunter asks Woo-hyun why he chose to save his son first, especially since he’s not even the biological father. Woo-hyun is shocked that the hunter knows this fact, and the hunter presses for an answer, offering to spare Shi-woo if the answer is good enough.

Woo-hyun tells the man, though we don’t get to hear the reason, and the hunter decides it’s satisfactory. As a reward, he let’s Woo-hyun live, but cuts out the anchor’s tongue as one last punishment.

In the present, the police work to identify the hunter that was killed, but his colleague tampered with the body, making it difficult to identify him.

Meanwhile, Detective Jang is called back from the scene to meet an associate of Woo-hyun who came to the base camp. The man is CEO HONG WON-TAE (Oh Ryong), and he gets the detective to bring him to Woo-hyun’s hospital room.

Afterwards, Dong-kook finds Detective Jang observing Secretary Kim meeting with CEO Hong, who just persuaded her to cooperate with the police.

Dong-kook, though, doesn’t care about the new man on the scene, and instead chases after Secretary Kim once she leaves the hospital. At the same time, CEO Hong orders his subordinate to look into Secretary Kim’s alibi during Woo-hyun’s vacation.

Dong-kook tails her until she ends up at Woo-hyun’s house. The previous day, when Dong-kook infiltrated the house, he placed hidden cameras inside to capture everything. Now, he watches and waits for Secretary Kim as she searches for something within.

When she tries to leave, Dong-kook cuts her off, and he quickly finds what she came to grab: a burner phone locked in a safe inside the house.

He brings Secretary Kim in for official interrogation, and cuts straight to the point, outlining her role as the brains of Woo-hyun’s company, and speculating that the burner phone was used to facilitate an affair between herself and Woo-hyun.

Finally, Dong-kook reveals Detective Bae’s notebook, and states that the meticulous former detective always kept copious notes. For Woo-hyun’s case, Detective Bae noted particularly his suspicions about Secretary Kim stemming from her word choices.

The way she spoke implied that she already knew the wife and son were dead, which is still unconfirmed, as if she possesses insider information on what happened to them.

Dong-kook also reveals that although there was no CCTV footage on the night Detective Bae died, he found footage from the dementia ward, which uses separate infrared camera to keep track of the patients who might wander off due to their disease.

He speculates that the man caught on camera that night is a professional killer, hired by someone to take out Detective Bae because he was catching on to them.

Secretary Kim calmly dismisses Dong-kook’s theory as conjecture, and as Dong-kook doesn’t have any evidence, she is able to leave freely.

Meanwhile, Seo-young watches the suspect’s reactions intently on the monitor, and she flinches only a few times during Dong-kook’s questioning.

Secretary Kim gets a ride away from the station, and tears fall down her face once she’s out of sight of the police.

Dong-kook brings Seo-young to CEO Hong’s office, and on the way, she mentions that she suspects Dong-kook secretly hates Woo-hyun for some reason, which he doesn’t deny.

When they arrive at the office, Seo-young makes up an excuse to take photographs of the staff. One particular staffer, who appears to be CEO Hong’s aide, catches her eye. His face unmistakably matches the remaining hunter, though for her it’s only a suspicion.

Now alone with CEO Hong, Dong-kook and Seo-young ask about the relationship between Woo-hyun and Secretary Kim, and the CEO reveals that she has a checkered past, but Woo-hyun always looked the other way.

Seo-young distractedly points out that a cell phone is ringing, and urges CEO Hong to answer. The phone is identical to the burner found Secretary Kim grabbed earlier, and CEO Hong claims the caller must have the wrong number.

Seo-young hastily drags Dong-kook out of the room, and as they head to the lobby, she reveals that she smuggled the burner phone out of evidence, and that the call to CEO Hong’s phone was actually from that burner phone, where his number is the only number saved.

She speculates that perhaps the indecent relationship is between CEO Hong and Yeon-soo instead. Meanwhile, though, CEO Hong watches the pair on his CCTV feed, and sees Seo-young pull out the burner, knowing that she obviously was the one who called from the phone.

In the parking lot, Seo-young announces that her team captured footage of the serial killer group from a previous crime scene, though not enough to make out their faces. She mentions that CEO Hong’s aide matches the physical characteristics of one of the killers.

She shoots down the idea that the group coincidentally targeted Woo-hyun’s family, and instead speculates that the group is led by CEO Hong, who went after the family because of his personal ties to them.

Back at the hospital, a sketch artist attempts to create a likeness of the killer from Woo-hyun’s memory, but is unsuccessful. Seo-young sends the picture of CEO Hong’s aide to get Woo-hyun to take a look, and he seems to recognize him instantly.

In the car, Seo-young argues that their goal now should be to figure out why CEO Hong suddenly targeted Woo-hyun.

“When hunters have enough to eat, why do they hunt?” Seo-young ponders openly, “Is it because they can, or do the hunters want to prove their strength and control?” Dong-kook stews silently as she adds, “Nobody knows. Only the hunter will know that.”

At the same time, a police searcher exclaims that Shi-woo has been found. The police at the base camp rush to the site but they find only the boy’s lifeless body there.

At the hospital, news of the boy being found dead reaches Woo-hyun, and he screams in agony, mouth full of blood, hearing his son’s fate.

 
COMMENTS

There’s such an overwhelming aura of mystery to everything going on that even though we’re slowly clearing the fog around what exactly happened in the mountains, it still feels like we’re somehow further from the truth than we were before. I think part of the reason for that is the first two episodes have been mind-bending enough that even as we get clearer evidence than Woo-hyun’s potentially muddy testimony, I’m inclined to distrust that it’s as clear-cut as we’re being led to believe.

I’d say that’s a testament to the quality of the writing and directing more than anything, since that feeling is directly tied to how we’ve been presented with the rest of the evidence thus far. With Woo-hyun’s account clouded by possible amnesia, and with it already being such a bizarre tale, now when we get a more substantial piece of evidence like CEO Hong’s possession of the burner phone, or even the fact that the hunter works for him, I’m not ready to jump to any conclusions. Sure, Seo-young thinks CEO Hong is behind it all, but I feel like there almost has to be a more nuanced explanation.

Now we’re even being baited into jumping to conclusions, too, given what we saw after the hunter finished toying with Woo-hyun. It poses an interesting question: if Woo-hyun knows about Shi-woo’s parentage and still decided to save the boy over his wife, what could possibly be the reason for that?

It’s obviously a crucial secret given they’re hiding it from us at this juncture, but it was clearly enough to get the hunter to show mercy. Is it as simple as an affair with CEO Hong? Again, I’m inclined to think it runs deeper than that.

And while we’re dealing with the mystery on the mountains, we’ve also got a bit to dig into with Dong-kook and Woo-hyun’s history with each other. Admittedly, there’s not much information available at the moment, but something clearly happened and I’m dying to know what it is.

Dong-kook is obviously bitter about what happened between them, but I struggle to come up with any ideas as to what could possibly leave such a deep-seated resentment there. There’s also not really any evidence that Woo-hyun reciprocates the feeling, so that almost has to mean Woo-hyun wronged him in some way, right? Someone tell our profiler to grill Dong-kook on it so we can at least solve one mystery in the short term here!

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At first, I agree with the police that Woo-hyun's escape from the hunters was highly suspicious. I can understand them releasing him just so they can have more fun with the actual hunting, but him escaping them for good? That doesn't make sense.

That, until Profiler Yoon shared an interesting tidbit about Woo-hyun serving in unusual team during his army days. Judging from the hunters' reaction, I don't think they know that they got a "prey" who's capable of defeating them in their own game. But given that it should be an easy-to-access information, I wonder if whoever hiring those hunters is purposefully hiding that knowledge from them. He/She is probably playing another game altogether that they don't privy to. One that required Woo-hyun to successfully escape that forest.

Speaking of Woo-hyun's special training, it actually scared me a bit that he can easily compartmentalized everything (his pain, guilt, desperation, fear, even moral code) and focused on finding the most effective way to save his family and himself. It almost looked like he has no qualms in torturing people to get the answer he needed. And from his violent reaction in hospital, I think he is still in man-on-mission mode even now. I don't want to imagine what he would do after that revelation of his son's fate. I'm afraid that his action would be the biggest detriment to the police's effort to solve his case.

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This was a good one. I liked clever policing, sneaky DongKook was amazing in trapping Sec.Kim, Profiler SeoYoung was appropriately obnoxious and book smart but got her results and is great match with DongKook, I hope we will have love/hate partnership with this two, the actors have good chemistry with each other.
The less good things were villains, their actions are so "in your face", that it's only dissonance for me with detectives following subtly lays clues (like this lines from Sec.Kim) villains actions are so obvious, and laid in open it's verging on ridiculous, especially when actor playing CEO Hong looks so menacing.

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This is an interesting show. I feel like watching "The Hunger Games" when Woo-hyun was given a chance either to save his son or wife.

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finally started this show, can't wait to find out when they will discover the mastermind of the games. If it really is CEO Hong, where does the secretary come in? Why Woo-hyun? and also if the profiler is so smart, why did she not think to reveal the phone maybe up until they are outside the building? ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜•

I have a lot of questions and still no answer so far but this proves to be an interesting watch so I'll stick with it.

also thanks @regals for recapping this show tho it seems not a lot is watching it.

i lile reading everyone's guess on the episode ๐Ÿ˜Š

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unfortunately recap for ep 3 and 4 not up..
this is a good series..

and i hope they make seo joon's character really menacing.. as in that army background.. hope its sthg really scary/awesome

and there is def more to the story than seo jin is letting out in his "statement"

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i can't wait for him to at least be able enough so that he'll turn the tables against these hunters as well

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"if the profiler is so smart, why did she not think to reveal the phone maybe up until they are outside the building? "

This part bother me too. Can't they wait until they are way outside of their suspect's perimeter to discuss about potential incriminating evidence? :(

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haha, maybe she thought she was so clever, she wanted to brag about it immediately ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™€

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It's safe to say that after this 2nd ep, I'm hooked!
But let me also say how disturbing it was to see the hunting scene of the father and son, I was watching through my fingers when the kid was hiding alone and he run for his life :(

This episode clearly sets the show's trajectory of going into a deeper and darker story, and I think it was quite satisfyingly done, rather than a vague 1st episode.
I agree with some comment that at first the show could be about a case of "mountain fever" of the anchor, and even after Woo Hyun started to be treated in the hospital I haven't given up that theory completely. But now, the "in your face" clues even made this show more interesting because I'm optimistic that all clues were spread as part of the trap for us viewer guessing the wrong things.

Can't wait to discuss the next episode!

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good thing :) only 7 episodes isnt it

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Seo-young, seriously, you pulled the phone out in the elevator.

You not as smart as you think you are?

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Who would have thought the CEO has a link to the elevator CCTV on his computer?

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@larelle79 Exactly. The second she whipped out the phone and was talking up a storm about it, I just shook my head.

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@larelle79,
The allegedly hot-shot profiler couldn't have been more blatantly obvious when she practically begged CEO Hong to answer his ringing phone. Oh, wait. It was vibrating. And it was in a closed desk drawer. How did she hear it? (Methinks the foley artist got carried away.) -- And then she suddenly jumped up and dragged Detective Ko out the door. Seo-young better not try playing poker -- she'll lose her shirt.

I really lost it when she started crowing in the elevator about her burner phone exploit. Is she nuts? Such stupidity alienates me from characters who are supposed to know better. Detective Bae was a far better cop.

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Lee Seo Jin and Sung Dong Il are probably the only reasons why I will continue to watch this.

Yes, it's shocking, not something I was expecting from a drama but the villains who play a very important role in this kind of genre are a major letdown. Add to that, Seo Young is very irritating. I suspect it came off stronger than intended.

I just can't wait for Kang Woo Hyun to take revenge and I'll ignore everything else.

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Re: Seo-young, agree.

The second she did her changing in front of her co worker after he explicitly said no to under the guise of 'quirky', I washed my hands of her.

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Along with maknae Det. Park Sung-bum I was in awe of Dong-kookโ€™s interrogation of Secretary Kim. He is such a pro that he threw in that bit about we have enough evidence now (which he clearly did not) so donโ€™t leave town. Although she put on a pretty good act she was clearly rattled as we saw in the cab.
Dong-kookโ€™s grief/weeping over the death of Det. Bae was heart wrenching.
Along with Dong-kook I am baffled why suicide would be the immediate conclusion by his team members. NO!
In a normal 16 episode drama I am sure it would have taken 4 or 5 episodes for DK and Seo-young to warm up to each other.
Thanks again @regals for recapping. I was not clear while watching that it was definite that Shi-woo was not Woo-Hyundaiโ€™s biological son. Thanks for the clarification.

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*Woo-hyun* Even when I proofread this tablet has a mind of its own.

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It's like layers of mysteries in this show. I like that.

Still questioning everything though.

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I'm glad Woohyun is not your normal prim and proper anchorman. Making him an ex-army special training was awesome, he actually has hope to survive the brutality of the situation. I was shocked when he chopped of the bad guy's toe, even more when he threatened to chop the other one off and he even considered blending the toe. Yikes. Woohyun is a very interesting protagonist. Hoho

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I couldn't believe the Korean military prepared men that well when I saw those scenes. Service essentially saved Woohyun's life.

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Thank you for recapping this @regals. After watching the first 4 episodes last weekend I was so blown away and wanted to talk to someone about this show.
The editing and directing remind me of something we'd see from a Stephen King movie. I mean that cafe owner tying him up and taunting him reminded me of the movie Misery (though I didn't see it I'm familiar with the story) and how they used the back and forth to fill in what had happened and what IS happening now.
So many times it is hard to follow - but I was riveted through all four episodes. Thank goodness I waited until Sunday and thought I would check out Trap to see if I'd like it. LOVE the cast and all the different personalities.
However, I was sad to lose Det Bae so soon - I wanted to see him get more confident. :-(

OCN - you never fail to deliver gritty, creepy, thoughtful and very fast paced dramas. So far I've liked everything I see on this channel.

Now I can't wait to talk about this weekend's shows!!!

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OCN be like: not that easy, honey.
Forgive us, Your Majesty

Anyway please keep recapping this drama, and certainly this drama deserves a lot more attention โคโค

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Detective Bae and all the scenes pertaining to him broke my heart. Trap is exceeding my expectations and a pleasant (albeit grim) surprise.

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Thank you for your recap of episode 2, @regals. TRAP is mighty disturbing. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to keep watching the entire series.

I was surprised to realize that Yoon Kyung-ho who plays the creepy proprietor of the Bates Motel & Taxidermy Emporium is currently portraying Ha Sun's elder, Kab-soo, in CROWNED CLOWN. I thought he looked familiar. More power to him for pulling off two such drastically different characters. (Aside: Was anyone else reminded of the Bass-O-Matic when Woo-hyun tossed his digit in the blender?)

I just about jumped out of my skin when the hunter with the crossbow bolt in his chest stood up. Body armor FTW. (Did we just see PPL?!)

In CEO Hong Won-tae's office, there's a wood carving of a coiled snake on his desk. Is it just a coincidence that the taxidermist had a large live snake on the premises? Korea is home to 3 species of venomous mamushi pit vipers and the tiger keelback.
https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Characteristics-of-venomous-snakes-of-the-Republic-of-Korea_tbl1_314156818

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pifohuifahoijfo

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i love this channel bc i love this genre and when they get it right they really get it right. i wish more people were talking abt it cos holy crap

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