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Class of Lies: Episodes 11-12 Open Thread

This week’s episodes offer a whole lot of developments, and all roads lead to our student mastermind and his dark glower. I admit the Dark Glower™ is getting to me a little—glowers do not replace character growth! But that said, we’re seeing the rapid unravelling of his hold on things, and though this week’s episodes are a little bit uneven, they certainly don’t let up on the pace.

Bonus: Watch out for Won-seok’s unattainable crush and adorable team fist-bumps!

 
EPISODES 11-12 WEECAP

Last week left off with Moo-hyuk in a hairy situation with the student who tore off her shirt, acting like Moo-hyuk was trying to assault her. Despite the onlooking students, he doesn’t lose his head, and So-hyun is also quickly on the scene. They manage the situation between them, and Ye-ri’s transparent attempts to stir the pot backfire on her when So-hyun reveals her as the architect of the secret student portal. Honestly, Ye-ri is kinda dumb: For someone who has so much to lose, she sure does gamble a lot.

The student crisis really highlights how unequipped Moo-hyuk is to deal with kids in a pastoral context. He might be highly effective at cross-examining a witness, but earning a young person’s trust, and understanding their fears? Not so much–his surgical ability to extract information comes with a social cost he never has to think about in a courtroom.

So-hyun’s really leveled up this week, which is such a great development for her character. Although there’s still a great deal about the secret lives of the students that she doesn’t know, she’s now awake to the reality that some of them are toxic, and indeed, dangerous. This makes her a much more interesting, much more active player, and it’s about time she shed her naïveté for some serious digging.

Under the guise of student counselling, she’s shocked to learn the extent of Beom-jin’s hold over the students (and she doesn’t even know that he has vile Teacher Jeon eating out of his hand). He’s universally liked and respected—practically perfect in every way, and humble to boot.

But So-hyun can see the bigger picture now: She knows he talked shuttle Byung-ho into standing up to Joon-jae, but contradictorily, also promised to help Joon-jae come back to school, not to mention the fracas with the female student, which he orchestrated in an attempt to remove Moo-hyuk. Another teacher also tells her about overhearing a private argument between Beom-jin and Soo-ah last semester, where he’d demanded she transfer schools and she’d refused.

Won-seok manages to restore the data they mined from Beom-jin’s phone, and confirm once and for all that “0” is indeed his dad, Congressman Yoo, which changes the scope of things completely. Moo-hyuk tells Ki-hoon the good news that his dad wasn’t the one buying Soo-ah’s services, and pushes him to figure out for himself who it really is. The boy’s relief that it’s not his dad is palpable, and I kind of love him for being ready to burn down the house if it were.

Moo-hyuk shares his conviction that Beom-jin is hiding something. Ki-hoon plays it smart approaching the other boy, professing worry that one of their fathers is behind things. Good boy! Of course Beom-jin decisively shuts it down.

It’s interesting that for all his apparent perfection and heroism, Beom-jin doesn’t have any of the emotional courage that Ki-hoon showed last week. If you compare each boy’s confrontation with their respective fathers, they show such a different type of personality beneath it all. Ki-hoon burns hot and fast, while Beom-jin is the slow, icy fury of a glacier. Both of them (wisely) spy on their fathers, but they have such different ends. You could argue that Beom-jin’s playing a long game, but it’s pretty clear the game’s got away from him.

I’m really enjoying this marriage of convenience between Ki-hoon and Moo-hyuk. For all of his unsavory past behavior, there’s something about Ki-hoon that feels sincere. He wants the truth, and he’s willing to break some eggs (or all of them) to get at it. On the other hand, Beom-jin wants those eggs on ice, and to preserve the prevailing status quo that keeps him in control—of the students, of his image, of his future. But we can see that control wearing thin, most notably in how this week he is really forced to emerge from the shadows and take on his enemies and problems face to face.

Prosecutor Cha starts digging into the corrupt congressman, and returns to Soo-ah’s murder investigation. Weirdly, the scene had surrendered just one set of fingerprints: Han-soo’s. She learns that the same unpleasant detective who closed Lee Tae-seok’s death as suicide had also accessed Soo-ah’s murder scene before the official investigation. A little more digging reveals that Congressman Yoo bought the detective’s loyalty with a heart transplant for his daughter.

Of course, it’s all going too well for Team Moo-hyuk. They’re dealt a blow when Congressman Yoo orders an attack on Prosecutor Cha. Luckily, she’s not dead, but she’s definitely out of the picture for a while. Gah! I just KNEW that was coming when she started getting all that soft camera attention!

At a disadvantage now, Team Moo-hyuk decides to go public to the media, and enlist the help of the investigative journalist Ye-ri nearly spoke to last week, who’d always doubted the official story on Soo-ah’s death anyway. Disappointingly, this whole part happens of-screen, which I find a kind of weird choice. The character was interesting, and would’ve added something to the team dynamic, especially after losing Prosecutor Cha.

They go all out in revealing all about the murders and whatnot, but it’s not until they do an exposé on the college admissions fudging that they really catch the public’s interest, which is bizarre yet entirely unsurprising. That’s not the only attention they’re getting. Moo-hyuk gets a call from his old boss Attorney Lee Do-jin, who says he’ll restore him to his former status if he stops everything now.

Tae-ra is implicated as a chief beneficiary in the school specs scandal, and the whole school turns against her. Naturally, Ye-ri leads the charge (again, unsurprisingly), but Beom-jin comes to her rescue.

Tae-ra’s in an uncertain place with Beom-jin, especially after failing to catch him out about where he’d gone during their cinema date the night Soo-ah was murdered. Moo-hyuk senses her doubts and takes her to the place near Soo-ah’s house where Beom-jin was caught on CCTV. He tells her what they found out, and warns her not to trust Beom-jin.

Meanwhile, Han-soo finally wakes up. So-hyun and Moo-hyuk race to get to him first, but they’re beaten to it by the bent detective, who plans to bump him off for good. But by the time Moo-hyuk bursts onto the rooftop, there’s no sign of the detective—only Beom-jin triumphant. Beom-jin who’s turned Han-soo against him.

I’m not convinced though. I find his hold tenuous at best, even if Han-soo is irritatingly dumb. The more Beom-jin shows his hand, the more it is evident to me that he’s losing his grip and scrabbling for a hold. I’m also beginning to think it would be too easy for him to be Soo-ah’s murderer, which leaves the question: Who else could it be? I kind of want it to be Ye-ri, just because, but you know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be Byung-ho in the end. Isn’t it always the quiet ones?

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The trust between the quartet is starting to break and I am getting excited to see how they will turn on each other backs. We've been seeing Beom-jin and Ye-ri who are always in action to save themselves while Ki-hoon uses all his energy in trying to uncover Soo-ah's death with Moo-hyuk so I would love it if Tae-ra steps up her game and does something for herself. It'll be also great if Beom-jin isn't the murderer and is just covering for his father who he believes killed Soo-ah. I am hoping that we are all wrong with our assumptions and that someone else killed her to make the story more interesting.

Glad that Moo-hyuk got off the hooks with last week's situation and he used his brain this time. So-hyun is starting to do her job but she doesn't do it flawlessly, giving people more information than what she is getting. Prosecutor Cha needs to be safe because she is the character I care about the most in this show aside from Ki-hoon. HAHA

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I decided to drop the show but I'm still here for your weecaps @saya, they are on point.

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Why drop it?? Im finding it so intriguing and i cant wait for every plot twist!

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It just doesn't engage me anymore, but to be honest I don't know why, but I'm curious enough how it'll end so I plan to hang around weecaps.

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at this point i just can’t figure out who killed soo-ah and for what? it’s easy to say it was beom-jin but the writers are making it so obvious that at the same time it feels like it’s not him, so if it’s not beom-jin who is it? i just can’t see the killer being ye-ri or even byung-ho, i’m so clueless, but maybe that’s what might make the reveal for me surprising

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My first suspect was Beom Jin, but after I read the comments here, I don't think he is the main suspect anymore.. But as you have said, I also still can't see anyone else as the killer.. 😣

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yes, beam-jin has the most motive to do so but the other students? not so much, not even tae-ra seems like she could even though she hated soo-ah

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Tae Ra can't do anything without Beom Jin and her Mom, so I guess she is safe from murderer suspect list..

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Ki-hoon has all my heart in the past episodes... Oh, this boy only wants truth...

It's interesting to see Beom-jin is going around being manipulative, but at the same time to "keep" his friends are in control and trust him... Well, even the School Deputy Director trusts him (well, who doesn't? he's just a smooth talker and "perfect"....).

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Its funny how at first i was freaked out by him and now he seems like a poor harmless teenage boy with an over eager first love for a girl. I feel like he couldve been a good kid if it werent for his circumstances and life. He’s definitely smart.

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@justme @lemoncello with you all EXACTLY on Ki-hoon

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I highly doubt that Soo-ah's killer is any of the adults, which leaves the students. Personally, I think Soo-ah's killer is almost definitely between Beom-jin and Byung-ho, mostly because there's pretty much no other strong candidate. I don't think Ye-ri murdered Soo-ah because I've always seen her as being way too impulsive and mindful of her image thus she wouldn't risk her public mage by becoming a murderer. Ye-ri is a bully and a blackmailer, but not a killer.

Beom-jin has been suggested so obviously by the writers to be Soo-ah's killer what with his shady intentions and actions, yet I still don't think that confirms him as the killer. The possibility of him being the killer is very high, no doubt, but I think he's doing this mostly to preserve himself as well as his father, most likely.

I think the most likely candidate for Soo-ah's murderer is actually Byung-ho. He has little to lose and can bear a lot of social pressure as seen how he suppresses himself when he was being bullied. Yet he still exploded on Joon-jae in the end, showing us that he isn't necessarily as weak and helpless as everyone makes him out to be. But he is, or technically was, being very controlled by Tae-seok and perhaps to some extent Beom-jin too, and he was also one of the semi-main causes behind Han-soo's attempted suicide, so I don't see killing Soo-ah on Tae-seok's orders as something particularly beneath him. Also, this is probably super far-fetched, but we HAVE seen Byung-ho act up with a knife/penknife during his fight with Joon-jae, so maybe a piece of foreboding? Who knows, maybe I'm right, maybe I'm just overthinking this, but Byung-ho is my main suspect for Soo-ah's murderer at the moment.

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It's relatively obvious that Beom-jin was the one who destroyed the evidence at Soo-ah's murder's crime scene. But whether he was the one who shoved that knife into Soo-ah is still a big fat question mark.

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Wasn't it the detective who tampered with the scene?

I'm thinking it could go the route of being two different perps, but the one who *isn't* Beom-jin is the one who delivers the killing blow.

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Ooh~ 😮 Byung Ho and the knife ! Now that I think about it again, he didn't seem to be scared of the consequences to be a criminal if he had really slashed Joon Jae and not Moo Hyuk. Even after Moo Hyuk warned Byung Ho, he seemed to forget that his little sister would have hated to be marked as a criminal's sibling and still went for it because of his rage.. 😕

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More than sure there are many to say but at the moment just saying that Beom-jin is such a sociopath,it's truly frightful...At this point i trully hope the show will show us how the ones who deserve to be punished will not escape it

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Ok so i have a theory: soo ah and beom jin are half siblings. And the father killed soo ah to kill of evidence of his illegitimate child. So ah was also probably a hostess with butler lee.

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That is so creepy I don't want it to be true XD

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I'm glad Ki Moo Hyuk is able to get out from that difficult situation using his smart head 👍

Ha So Hyun, it's alright, take your step little by little but surely.. As for Cha Hyun Jung, come back quickly on next week episodes please..

I'm agree with most of everyone's guesses here.. And I will be enjoying this ride until the very end (too bad there's no preview for next week episodes ㅠㅠ I'm really curious~)

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And.. If they are able to do something bad like that to a Prosecutor like Hyun Jung, now I feel even more worried for Moo Hyuk or So Hyun or even Man Seok's safety ㅠㅠ (especially after I saw how adorable they are as a trio 😉)

Even Lee Do Jin has warned Moo Hyuk, I don't want to imagine what he can do to Moo Hyuk if they feel threatened enough and decided to get rid of him.. 😫 Please be safe until the last episode.. 🙏

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I feel the killer is either Congressman, TR's mother or ceo lee.
From the quartet, only BJ has the connections and smarts and motive to kill SA. I can see him covering for his dad OR trying to get enough evidence against him. Remember the beginning where he talked about Patricide? I think that's no coincidence.

TR's mom could be a suspect too since she wants to pave way for BJ and TR together.

If the detective is congressman's lackey i feel the congressman would call for him to cover it up ONLY if him, his son or his buddies (TR's mom and CEO lee) are involved. He wouldn't use it on others.

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