Abyss: Episode 4
Our heroes just can’t seem to catch a break as their troubles continue to escalate with each passing day. And while some are trying their best to help, others will do everything in their power to throw a wrench in the works. It’s hard to know friend from foe when faces are easily changed, but as long as Min and Se-yeon have each other, they’re sure to find a way, right?
EPISODE 4: “Abyss; Soul Reviving Bead”
In the chaos following taxi driver Park Ki-man’s stabbing, Min spots his ex-fiancee Hee-jin in the crowd. He gives chase through winding alleys until an oncoming motorcycle knocks him down and Hee-jin slips away. Se-yeon rushes over to him, but Min’s frantic that they need to find Hee-jin. He insists she’s in trouble and that’s why she hasn’t contacted him.
Se-yeon snaps at him to remember that he’s in a new body and can’t reveal his identity — nor should he, as he’s wanted for murder. Min tries to go after Hee-jin anyway, but stumbles because his leg was injured in the collision. Min brushes it off, but Se-yeon insists he lean on her. Their argument is halted by detective Dong-chul screaming Ji-wook’s name.
Dong-chul leans over Ji-wook’s unconscious body and urgently tries to wake him. Ji-wook points weakly with a bloody hand and sputters that “he” went that way. Se-yeon and Min join them but before Dong-chul can run after Young-chul, Ji-wook stops him. “Oh Young-chul… it wasn’t him,” Ji-wook manages before passing out.
At the hospital, we learn Ji-wook suffered a blow to the head, but damage is minimal and he’ll wake up soon. Se-yeon and Min arrive after getting Min patched up and Dong-chul relays Ji-wook’s diagnosis just as he begins to stir. Ji-wook asks if they caught the culprit, but Dong-chul admits their search came up empty.
Dong-chul questions Ji-wook’s final comment before passing out and Ji-wook explains that it wasn’t Young-chul, but Young-chul’s “father” that stabbed Ki-man. Se-yeon fires of a series of questions and Dong-chul tries to shush her, but Ji-wook sighs that Mi-do (the co-worker Se-yeon now resembles) is no longer with the prosecution office and therefore shouldn’t be privy to such information.
Unfazed, Se-yeon whips out a slip of paper — that Park Ki-man had given to Min which reads “I’ll tell you everything. Please help me.” — and says she now represents Ki-man. Afterwards, Se-yeon and Min anxiously wait for Ki-man to get out of surgery. She asks if Ki-man had mentioned anything about Young-chul’s current appearance before his attack, but Min solemnly shakes his head. Se-yeon prays that Ki-man recovers so he can lead them to Young-chul. Min assures her Ki-man will be fine, and then tells her to call him with any updates.
Se-yeon’s head snaps up and she demands where he’s going. Min wants to search around the crime scene for traces of Hee-jin, but Se-yeon can’t understand why he won’t move on after Hee-jin abandoned him. Min agrees that if Hee-jin was living happily, he would’ve… but if she was the woman he saw tonight, something is very wrong. He walks away, ignoring Se-yeon’s cries for him to stop.
Min races around the area, searching for Hee-jin despite his injured leg. By morning, he still hasn’t found her and sits gloomily outside the convenience store. He’s startled when Se-yeon appears and Min asks about Ki-man. Se-yeon sighs that although surgery was successful, Ki-man may never wake up. She opens a bottle of water and places it in his hands, saying they need to recharge so they can search for his fiancee.
Min’s shock is apparent, so Se-yeon explains that he’d said he needs to see Hee-jin happy in order to move on. Se-yeon says she’ll help him do that and saunters off as a small smile creeps across Min’s face. He follows as Se-yeon retraces Hee-jin’s alleged path, pointing out he’s already searched the area and she’s gone. Se-yeon agrees, but says that Hee-jin was on the run and likely dropped something.
They must not find anything, though, as their next stop is the police station where Se-yeon whines loudly at Dong-chul to help her find Hee-jin. He resists until Min suggests they find a less grumpy cop to help. Dong-chul quickly agrees to do it, but gripes that Se-yeon brings Min with her everywhere. Hee.
Turns out they didn’t need him, though, as Hee-jin sashays into the police station just then. Se-yeon notes that her style seems different and all the detectives leap up to help, including Dong-chul. Hee-jin declares she has information on Se-yeon’s murder and wants to give a statement regarding Min.
In an interrogation room, Dong-chul opens by questioning why Hee-jin’s name (Oh Soo-jin) doesn’t match her wedding invitation. Hee-jin haughtily replies that she was going to change her name after getting married, redirecting focus to the fact that she’s Min’s ex-fiancee. She tells Dong-chul to confirm it with Min’s family, but he fires back that they’ve never mentioned her.
Hee-jin explains that Mom never approved, so the engagement was kept very low-key, making it easy for them to now pretend it never happened. Dong-chul doesn’t seem convinced, but lets her answer slide. Instead, he asks about her supposed info on Min and Hee-jin says the real reason she broke off the engagement seems to be connected to Se-yeon’s murder.
Se-yeon storms towards the interrogation room but Min pulls her back, pleading to go in with her and explain things to Hee-jin. “The fact that you were reborn as a handsome stud and that Go Se-yeon is still alive?” Se-yeon asks. Min nods and Se-yeon snaps that he’ll be lucky not to be committed to the psych ward, let alone have anyone believe him. She insists he wait while she go in alone. Min starts to argue but immediately drops it when she glares.
Inside the interrogation room, Hee-jin says it’s all because of Se-yeon. Se-yeon slips in with the other detectives in the viewing room as Hee-jin recalls that she used to work at Se-yeon’s parent’s store and that’s how she’d met Se-yeon and been set up on a blind date with Min. Hee-jin snorts that from then on Se-yeon had always come between them in their relationship.
Hee-jin recalls Min desperately trying to hold Se-yeon back from leaving after introducing them, browsing Se-yeon’s social media while on a date with Hee-jin, and drunkenly complaining that even after getting engaged, Se-yeon wouldn’t pay him attention. Hee-jin says she’d accepted Min’s proposal because he seemed loyal, pure, and innocent, but snorts that no one would actually like a guy with such an ugly face. Ouch!
Se-yeon grows increasingly enraged by Hee-jin’s story. When Hee-jin claims to have felt betrayed, Se-yeon can’t help but blurt out that Hee-jin is a lying gold-digger, to the shock of the other detectives in the room. Hee. Next, Hee-jin claims that Min came to see her a few days after Se-yeon’s death, but Se-yeon knows that isn’t possible as Min was already in a new body by the time she was killed.
Hee-jin lies that she’d gone on a trip following the broken engagement and when she returned, Min somehow found her at her new address. He’d looked disheveled and forced his way inside where he told Hee-jin that he’s always gotten what he wanted. Hee-jin claims to have kicked him out, thinking he was trying to get back together, but he hasn’t contacted her since.
From her purse, Hee-jin procures Se-yeon’s bracelet (the one Se-yeon’s father had given her on her graduation day and laid on her body right before Min had revived her… hmm…). However the sight of the bracelet causes Se-yeon to wonder if the man she’s running around with isn’t Min at all… but her murderer.
Se-yeon bursts out of the room and Min leaps up, asking what happened and if Hee-jin cleared his name. Se-yeon ignores him and it isn’t until he finally stops her outside the station that she rounds on him, demanding to know if he’s really Min. He understandably doesn’t know what she’s talking about and Se-yeon sighs that he can ask Hee-jin directly before walking off.
Hee-jin exits the station, informing someone over the phone that she told the police everything and gave them the bracelet. She cuts her call short when Min approaches her. He’s unsure how to ask his questions and soon there’s a beep of a horn from the parking lot. Hee-jin excuses herself and gets into the car where Young-chul is waiting for her.
Meanwhile, Dong-chul exhumes Se-yeon’s body. Prior, he’d questioned the cemetery guard, who mysteriously remembered seeing Min there one night digging up Se-yeon’s grave. The CCTV footage doesn’t show the man’s face but the guard was adamant that he’s positive. Presently, they unearth Se-yeon’s coffin, but it’s empty.
Min is startled awake by Se-yeon holding a knife and asking him to demonstrate stabbing someone. Min demands to know why she disappeared after hearing Hee-jin’s statement (which she refuses to tell him). Ignoring him, Se-yeon locks herself in her room and recalls how sweet Min’s been, wondering what she’s supposed to believe.
The next day, Min frantically demands why Se-yeon is blocking him out while Dong-chul tries to herd him out of the station. Se-yeon coldly says it’s nothing personal, she just doesn’t want him on the case anymore. Min pulls her aside for an explanation and Se-yeon cries that she can’t be sure he’s really Min or if he has Min’s things because something else happened after her death.
The forensics report comes in confirming Min’s fingerprints are on Se-yeon’s coffin and she drags Min away. Se-yeon finds a coffee shop and uses the ID scanner to check his fingerprints. They match and Se-yeon cries out in relief that he’s truly Min, explaining how scared she’d been he was really her murderer lying about his identity.
Min is miffed she doubted him, saying he didn’t need absolute proof to know she was Se-yeon. She’s just relieved he’s really Min but suddenly a memory is triggered as she recalls Young-chul’s fingerprints were found at his last crime scene despite him never leaving evidence in the past. Se-yeon realizes that Young-chul must’ve not known that although their faces change, their fingerprints remain the same.
A sudden news bulletin informs them that Min has been officially declared as Se-yeon’s murder suspect. Hee-jin calls in and sobs over the phone that she still loves Min and as we see Young-chul threatening her with a sledgehammer, she pleads with Min to come forward and pay for his crimes. Se-yeon immediately tries to tell him how Hee-jin had lied at the station but he puts a hand over her mouth as Hee-jin begs him to do it for their baby. Wait, what???
Min returns to the station, determined to clear his name. Se-yeon shouts at him that no one will believe him, so he suggests they demonstrate Abyss to the police by Min killing himself and Se-yeon reviving him. She refuses and a silly dance ensues as Min tries to make her take Abyss. Dong-chul witnesses it and asks what they’re doing, yanking Min’s hand out and frowning to find it empty. Glowing words float above Abyss, “Only the ones who were revived by abyss can see it.”
Min’s mom screeches at her assistant to take down the articles painting Min as a murderer and demands that Min be found immediately. Meanwhile, Se-yeon tells Min that she doesn’t think she was Young-chul’s first victim and starts to mention the Eomsan-dong Killer, but Min blurts that he needs to talk to confess everything to Hee-jin.
Se-yeon snaps he’s being used as a scapegoat and that Hee-jin is the one that told the police he’s guilty. She demands whether the baby is even his and Min sheepishly admits he’s unsure since he’d once passed out after drinking and they’d woken up in bed together. Se-yeon declares it impossible and doesn’t understand Min’s blind belief in Hee-jin.
Min finally grows angry and spits that he’s always believed Se-yeon but she doubted him. “Hee-jin was the first and only woman who loved me,” Min says, “Why should I believe you over her?” He storms off even as Se-yeon screams after him.
Hee-jin meets Young-chul at a coffee shop. Her bratty behavior reminds Young-chul of her mother and Hee-jin demands to know where she is, threatening him not to harm her. She orders him to tell Young-chul not to look for her again as she’d done what she was asked, and warns that if he does, she’ll reveal everything.
Back at the police station, the tip line is flooded with calls of bogus Min sightings. Dong-chul notices Se-yeon staring glumly into space and tries to cheer her up. His antics elicit a smile, but it’s short-lived as a detective announces Min has resurfaced. Sure enough, Min’s turned his old phone on and picks up a call from Hee-jin, who promises she’s almost there.
Se-yeon runs out of the station dialing Min just as a delivery man arrives. She commandeers the bike and speeds off while Min confirms with Hee-jin where he is, promising to wait. Hee-jin hangs up and dials someone else, agreeing to stall Min until they get there. At the same time, Young-chul receives a call at the cafe and tells the caller that they should dispose of something since it’s served its purpose and says he’ll be there soon.
Se-yeon finds Min first and orders him to get on the bike. Min doesn’t understand why she’s there and Se-yeon explains that Hee-jin called the police and they’re on their way. Min thinks that he can explain what happened but Se-yeon is adamant that he’ll be charged for murder. Min sees Hee-jin pull up behind Se-yeon and starts to approach her, anyway.
But he never reaches her because a truck suddenly runs over her. Min and Se-yeon rush over to Hee-jin’s motionless body as the truck speeds away, Young-chul at the wheel muttering that useless people are no better than bugs. Min and Se-yeon hover over Hee-jin and Abyss starts to glow. Min remembers how Abyss had activated at the hospital but immediately went out when Ji-wook walked up.
He scoops up Hee-jin and Se-yeon helps him load her into the car, thinking they’re going to the hospital, but Min blocks her for getting in as well. He tells Se-yeon to wait since Abyss can’t work if she’s with him. As he speeds away, words glow across Abyss “Abyss activates only when the owner and the corpse are alone.”
Min pulls over and begs Abyss to save Hee-jin. As he holds her, her heart resumes beating and Min speeds off again. Dong-chul and his team arrive to find Se-yeon frantically calling Min to no avail. Meanwhile, Min carries Hee-jin into a hospital and runs off to find a doctor while she freaks out that she was hit by a truck.
Dong-chul’s team reports back that there’s no signs of Min and they can’t reach his fiancee. Se-yeon asks him to release her and we see Dong-chul has handcuffed her wrist to his. Hee. He refuses to let her go until she explains what happened and why there’s blood all over the road.
At the hospital, Min learns Hee-jin was never pregnant. She joins him and mentions that she thinks she should be hospitalized. Min says the doctors have already cleared her, but Hee-jin points out her acne scars are reappearing while her eyebrows are vanishing. Min attributes it to her accident (and not her nasty soul) and asks if she wasn’t pregnant. Hee-jin is taken aback and denies it, identifying herself as single.
Dong-chul interrogates Se-yeon as to what she was doing out there, growing increasingly frustrated with her obvious lies. The blood results come back as a match for Hee-jin. Se-yeon perks up to hear Hee-jin’s last name is different and then calls Min to inform him Hee-jin already has multiple counts of marriage fraud.
Min solemnly agrees with all of Se-yeon’s accusations towards Hee-jin and promises to talk to her later before hanging up and rejoining Hee-jin. He brings Hee-jin to the apartment and neither woman is happy. Se-yeon pulls him into her room to talk. Min says Hee-jin’s death wasn’t an accident but murder and there must’ve been a reason she lied about his guilt only to be eliminated.
Se-yeon doesn’t see a way to figure any of it out without catching Young-chul, but Min says Park Ki-man could tell them. She reminds Min he’s in a coma and Min says they just need to use Abyss… by killing Ki-man and reviving him. Se-yeon balks but Min says there’s no other way to prove his innocence and catch Se-yeon’s killer.
Min walks out, telling Hee-jin to wait for him to return because he has a lot of questions. Se-yeon chases after him, pausing to warn Hee-jin to stay put until they return. Hee-jin starts to argue, but Se-yeon snaps she would’ve killed her already in the old days and Hee-jin immediately cowers. Se-yeon continues after Min but he leaves in a taxi before she can reach him.
Ji-wook checks himself out of the hospital and then goes to see Park Ki-man. He gives his coffee to the attending nurse… which turns out to be drugged because she soon passes out and Ji-wook walks back out as Young-chul walks towards Ki-man’s room. Oh my what?
Min arrives at the hospital and takes off running when he sees the unconscious nurse. Luckily, Ki-man is still alive and Min pulls out Abyss but can’t bring himself to remove Ki-man’s life support. Unbeknownst to him, Young-chul is standing behind a nearby curtain, syringe in hand.
Se-yeon runs into the hospital and tries to crawl past the nurse’s desk… but she’s awake now and easily catches Se-yeon. She manages to convince the nurse to let her in, since she’s Ki-man’s lawyer, but everything seems in order. As she leaves, she tries calling Min, but he’s not answering. Hearing his phone ring, Se-yeon follows the sound to find Min badly beaten by the dumpster.
He weakly tries to hand her Abyss before going limp. Se-yeon starts sobbing, begging him to not be dead. Abyss glows and Se-yeon picks it up, crying that she doesn’t know how it works. Words appear on Abyss that read “If the owner of the Abyss dies, the next revived is its temporary owner.” It then glows white and disappears in smoke.
Se-yeon sobs uncontrollably over Min’s body while Abyss reappears where Young-chul is scrubbing Min’s blood off his hands and slips into his pocket.
Y’all I’m gonna try real hard to watch my tongue, but know that there are words I have for this show at the moment that aren’t okay to say in front of Grandma. Ji-wook has been pretty sketchy from the start and while it was clear he knew more than he let on — and last episode revealed that he’s (most likely) Young-chul’s son — I thought the issue Ji-wook had with catching him was more a moral dilemma between justice and loyalty to a parent… not actively assisting him in his BS!
I’d forgotten that Ji-wook has also been picking up on weird information regarding Se-yeon and her “death” (such as Min referring to “Mi-do” as Se-yeon and then Ji-wook digging up her empty coffin). Does that mean he and Young-chul are at least vaguely aware of Abyss? I am honestly so confused by all the chaos in this episode, I’m not even sure I can process what’s happening. Either way, Ji-wook clearly allowed Young-chul into Ki-man’s room, presumably to tie up their final loose end. So I’m curious why he attacked and killed Min? Young-chul couldn’t know who Min is and it’s not like Min alone is a threat to Young-chul when he doesn’t even know his current face.
I think I missed the part where they said where they’d found Young-chul’s fingerprints. At first I thought it was Se-yeon’s crime scene because Young-chul is so strangely adamant about pinning her murder on Min… but if that were the case, Young-chul would be the prime suspect. So I’m back to square one on his obsession with making Min a scapegoat. It seems unnecessary to go so far out of his way if there wasn’t any evidence tying him to the crime in the first place. And what is his connection with Hee-jin? Is she his daughter? We haven’t been given any other connection between the two, and she seemed to have been the one to call Ji-wook’s phone back when she was trapped in the warehouse, but I am so lost. So much information is thrown around and none of it really seems to weave together.
The only thing I do know is that I’m genuinely peeved. I want to love this show so much. The premise is fun and different, the characters are interesting, Park Bo-young and Lee Shi-un always make me smile, and Ahn Hyo-seop is such a cutie patootie… but something about the writing at this point just seems sloppy? I like shows that make you think but the mental gymnastics I’ve had to pull in this week’s episodes have been exhausting. I could’ve forgiven Se-yeon for doubting Min if he hadn’t already proven to her he was telling the truth with things only Min could know, by behaving as Min does, and just the general insanity she’d witnessed with Abyss. I do understand her confusion with the appearance of her bracelet, though, and I am curious how the heck Hee-jin got ahold of it. I thought Min took it off Se-yeon’s body before Abyss worked, but even if he didn’t, her father had placed it with her. Unless it fell into the casket when she sat up and Ji-wook found it when he dug up her empty coffin?
Above all, though, the thing I’ve loved most is Se-yeon’s relationship with Min. And now he’s dead??? And with seemingly no way to revive him. Abyss said it “temporarily” changed owners when it’s original owner dies so I’m hoping there’s a loophole somewhere. There has to be since we’re only two weeks in and half of our OTP has died… again. If only Min could’ve read the instruction manual! Despite all my frustrations, I’m not ready to give up on Abyss just yet. As crazy as it is, I’m invested in the story and my curiosity outweighs my rage… although the margin is pretty slim at the moment.
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