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Catch The Ghost: Episode 4

Our intrepid subway police have more cases to handle, and it seems that each case’s victim feels powerless to stop what’s going on. Meanwhile, there are some slight growing pains as our hero and heroine continue to build on their partnership. As partners, they’re beginning to accept things about each other, though they still have a lot to learn.

  
EPISODE 4 RECAP

In the loan shark’s office, Yoo Ryung finds a last will and testament left by Do-chul. It’s to his wife, explaining that he’s being forced to kill someone. A picture included with the note shows the shop front of Walnut Cake Shop, clearly referring to the owner.

Yoo Ryung can’t see anything that would distinguish exactly which shop of the chain it is, but she notices a time scribbled on the back of the photo. She thinks it’s the time the murder is going to happen.

Ji-seok has called in to pass off the investigation, and he tells her they should go their separate ways from now on. He’s unmoved by her protests…until she shows him his illegal loan application. He tries to swipe it back, but she plays keepaway and finally shoves it in her back pants pocket. He won’t risk grabbing her butt to get it out (lol) and finally caves.

According to the advertising guy they question, the loan shark owner is called Bass, and angry muscle man is Gold Watch. Remembering conversations with the shop vendors at their station, Ji-seok calls them for more info. They tell them the Walnut Cake Shop owner couldn’t pay up so Bass beat the guy up, but the whole thing was caught on the CCTVs and the owner threatened to sue him for assault.

Yoo Ryung realizes that if it was caught on CCTV, that narrows the field considerably: only four Walnut Cake Shops have cameras facing them. And there is only one shop that could film that angle: the one at Yongchon Station.

At Yongchon, they stake out the shop. Bass arrives and starts talking to the owner. Ji-seok holds Yoo Ryung back from rushing in and arresting the guy, telling her they’ll lose Do-chul otherwise and won’t be able to stop the murder. Besides, something doesn’t add up. Why would Bass be anywhere near the potential scene of the crime right now?

Gold Watch threatens one of the vendors, telling him to forget Bass and cough up the money he owes by tomorrow. The vendor doesn’t understand why he’s giving Gold Watch money that should go to Bass, but Gold Watch says that he’s the manager now. Another vendor across the way calls Ji-seok to tell him what’s going on, and Ji-seok puts it together: it’s Bass that’s actually going to be murdered.

Sure enough, they see Do-chul, looking a little like a zombie, following Bass. As they follow Do-chul, Ji-seok explains to Yoo Ryung, Gold Watch wouldn’t be able to force the vendors to give him Bass’s money unless he planned to kill Bass and take over. The picture of the storefront shows where Bass would be at the time listed, where he would be most vulnerable.

Unfortunately, they lose their targets. Ji-seok calls Chief Inspector Gong asking him to look through the Yongchon CCTV footage to find Do-chul, while Yoo Ryung sees the vendor selling CDs from their last case.

Bass walks into a deserted area and then confronts Do-chul, but backs down immediately when Do-chul pulls out a gun. He takes Bass to a bridge and tells him to jump, saying he’ll jump right after. Ji-seok runs up, telling them to come down. But Do-chul is ashamed of being a father who couldn’t provide for or protect his son, and doesn’t want to live this way anymore.

There are tears in Ji-seok’s eyes as he remembers the CD vendor, shamelessly talking of his circumstance to win pity, or the loan he almost got to support his mother. He tells Do-chul, “In order to become a proud head of the family, one has to do something shameful every day…But the most shameful thing the head of the family can do is to leave their family. You should fight and win. Then you can protect them.”

Do-chul starts to break down, and Bass takes advantage of the distraction. He knocks the gun out of Do-chul’s hands and into the water, then bolts. This is the last straw (the gun was actually a toy for his son), and Do-chul prepares to actually jump.

Just before he can, Yoo Ryung runs up, pulling the vendor’s cart with all the CDs in it–the ones that had calmed him down before. This seems to move Do-chul enough to get down. He (of course) slips, but Yoo Ryung and Ji-seok manage to pull him back to safety.

Bass, Gold Watch, and Do-chul are taken into custody. Do-chul gets charged for attempted murder, but the extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration, since he was pressured to carry out the attempt. Ji-seok visits Do-chul’s son’s school and passes on a gift: the toy gun he wanted. Then, oof, he says he really needs his dad’s help and asks to “borrow” him for a while. Ji-hwan happily agrees, not knowing that Ji-seok is covering for the fact that his father will serve time.

Lying in their beds during the night shift, Yoo Ryung tells Ji-seok that she burned the loan application and apologizes for threatening him with it. She also tells him that while her heart races during a crime scene, she doesn’t really get excited. She asks if he is interested in promotion, and Ji-seok flashes back to his graduation ceremony. But he just asks her if she’s going to go to Major Crimes like Woo-hyuk said. She vehemently denies it, he tells her to go to sleep, and they both lie down with smiles on their faces. You dorks.

Speaking of Woo-hyuk, he and Ma-ri review the Subway ghost case: the victims have nothing in common or a reason why they were lured out. The last three locations of the calls were traced to payphones that anyone could have accessed, but the latest one was hidden and harder to find, suggesting that the killer might live nearby. Woo-hyuk thinks the Subway Ghost is too meticulous to give away something like this, but Ma-ri notes that it is the guy’s fourth murder and he might have gotten careless.

At 2 a.m., Yoo Ryung wakes up and sneaks out to go search the tunnels. She finds a picture of herself on the floor and recognizes it from one of her night shifts. If only she and Ji-seok were there, who took the picture? Is someone hiding in the actual station?

In the tunnel, she finds an empty boiler room and begins looking for more clues. Her search becomes more and more frantic, until she finally shouts, “Show yourself and tell me where my sister is!” and breaks down crying. Guh, sweetheart.

The next day, a man and woman pull up to a station, met by adoring fans and reporters. The man is Kim Won-tae, and he’s a famous MMA fighter and the new PR ambassador for the subway police. Man-jin and Soo-ho fanboy over him when they’re introduced (haha, when Ji-seok shakes his hand, Soo-ho puts his hand over their hands as he proclaims he’s a huge fan) and Won-tae introduces his fiancee as Ma Hye-jin. Yoo Ryung leads them to a room where they can change, then stands by the door to guard.

Suddenly she hears Hye-jin cry out. Bursting through the door, she finds Hye-jin on the floor and Won-tae crouched over her. He helps her up and says she fell, but Yoo Ryung clocks her red cheek, her frightened demeanor, and a bruise on her arm. Ack.

Yoo Ryung reports this to her teammates; they think she’s just stirring up trouble, but CCTV reveals Won-tae slapping his fiance to the floor. But the worst part is that when Ji-seok shows one of his superiors, even though the footage is obvious, Chief Jeon refuses to investigate because it will ruin the subway police’s already-tainted image.

Yoo Ryung, of course, wants to tell a reporter right that second. Ji-seok just manages to convince her to shut up, but she wheedles out a promise that he’ll figure out a way to pursue the case.

Ji-seok and Ma-ri meet Commissioner Kim, and she brings up the loan shark case. But, to Ji-seok’s surprise, she yells at him to stop wasting his time when he should be finishing the Grasshopper case and kicks him out of her office.

“Menopause is really scary, Mom,” says Ma-ri. OMG haha, and also hmm, interesting. Commissioner Kim guesses that she’s mad because he dumped her daughter. She sighs at such a talent wasted on the subway police, but when she says Ji-seok would have gotten the lieutenant position over her, Ma-ri is understandably ticked. As she leaves, Commissioner Kim murmurs, “She doesn’t even know why they broke up.”

Ma-ri sees Ji-seok leaving, and remembers the time they busted a crew of gangsters at a club. It’s very obvious, from the way he winks at her when they beat up the gang to her smile when he fusses over her afterwards, that they both cared about each other deeply. She chases after him and tells him she’d put a good word in for him if he’d come to Metro with her.

He, in turn, remembers the reason he moved to the subway police in the first place: he found his mother on the side of the road, not knowing how to get home. Oh god, clearly she’s in the early stages of her dementia. As he’s leading her back to safety, he gets a call from Ma-ri telling them about the promotion to Metro. He looks over at his mom, and the next scene is him packing up to go to the subway police. Ma-ri didn’t understand why he was throwing his life away, and called him a loser.

Ji-seok turns down her offer, but as he heads back afterwards, he can barely get himself to walk down the subway stairs. He sends everyone off to research the Podori costumes, and tells Yoo Ryung to drop the Won-tae case.

Ji-seok gets back with no sign of anything, but Yoo Ryung comes in with good news: she’s found a shop that sold the costumes to three men who needed them by the date of the press conference, and she has their address.

They arrive at the house and decide to look over the wall into their yard, but it’s just a little too tall. He crutches down and tells her to climb on his shoulders. She warns him she’s heavy, but obliges. So we get her looking over the wall, while he holds out as long as he can.

With lots of grunting noises. It’s great. But it becomes not great when he hears her mutter to herself, “I dare you to touch each other. If you do, I’ll catch you in the act.” Oh no. What did you do?

He drops her and orders her to tell him what she saw. She finally admits, “Kim Won-tae and Hye-jin are living together…” Ji-seok winces. She’s quick to apologize, but it’s clear he really is hurt. He’s let her get away with a lot because he knows her intentions are pure. But lying to get him to come to Won-tae’s house is a breach of trust. He starts to walk away, but she calls after him, “Police always work in teams of two. Whenever we rode on the scooter, having you in the backseat felt like a seatbelt to me. I just thought we should move together, so I lost my mind for a moment. I’m really sorry.”

Just then, there’s a crash of glass from the house. Without another word, Yoo Ryung runs out into the street, and tries again and again to parkour herself over the wall. Ji-seok watches with a smile before putting his straight face back on. He finally gives her a boost up and he backs up while saying, “I’m going crazy,” before successfully parkouring over the wall.

And just in time, as Hye-jin is on the floor shaking with bleeding hands. Ji-seok arrests Won-tae immediately, but he doesn’t seem that torn up about it, and waits calmly in the police station. He tries to wield his status to wriggle out of the situation, but Ji-seok is unmoved. So Won-tae calls to Hye-jin, who’s in the adjacent room in the middle of filing out a report. No no, shut him up, shut him up!

He gets on his knees, begging Hye-jin to take him back and promising he’ll change, telling her everything he does is for her. Hye-jin hesitates, then crumples up the paper. Yoo Ryung tries to dissuade her, but Hye-jin convinces herself that she got hit because that’s just how he loves and she messed up.

Soo-ho interrupts her to pull both her and Ji-seok into another room, where he shows them a file. Apparently Won-tae was a witness for the robbery and murder of his girlfriend 9 years ago. It was death by brain hemorrhage, which the medical examiner attributed to assault. But the girlfriend’s wallet and ring had been stolen, so it was considered robbery. But as they go through the case file, Yoo Ryung sees a picture of the stolen ring and realizes she’s seen it before…on Hye-jin’s finger.

 
COMMENTS

Noooo! Why, show, why? I mean, I know why. It’s a guarantee I’ll tune in next week. But still! Someone help Hye-jin! Someone high up in the pecking order, please grow a heart.

One thing this show is doing very well is the developing relationship between Ji-seok and Yoo Ryung. I don’t mean romantically–although I definitely think we’ll go there at some point. But right now we’re exploring, among other things, the story of two very different people learning how to work together. They started off this show seeing each other as necessary evils, but now they are learning each other, starting to see their traits as assets. And the fact that he’s slowly warming up to her and her methods while also tempering her recklessness means to me that they’re a great team, which is always a great start to a romance. I think Yoo Ryung’s far too focused on her target to notice it, but Ji-seok is already giving heart eyes. I think it’s only a matter of time before he figures out his feelings aren’t quite as platonic as he thinks they are. I suspect if they do fall in love they’re not going to figure it out for a while, which I’m very okay with.

What I’m also okay with is challenging their relationship. Yoo Ryung can lose her head and not think about the consequences, and this was one of those times where it came back to bite her a bit. Now that Ji-seok has committed to having her as a partner, it makes sense that he would be pretty hurt about her taking advantage of his trust. But, for her faults, at least Yoo Ryung was quick to apologize. It will be very interesting seeing what else comes up to challenge their relationship that’s not just possible romantic tension.

It helps that the actors are just killing it. I didn’t know what all the hype was about Moon Geun-young coming back, but now I get it. She’s just owning this character–all heart and emotions and recklessness (she doesn’t even walk that gracefully sometimes), yet not sinking into caricature. Kim Sun-ho is also doing very well. I will admit, I wasn’t so sure about Ji-seok the first episode. I know this show is a comedy and zany is part of the territory, but in the first episode Ji-seok struck me as a bit bumbling and not the top-tier police detective we’ve been led to believe he is. But I think Kim Sun-ho is settling into the role more, and the more we learn about his backstory, the more real of a character he becomes. That scene in the flashback where he’s comforting his mother while also trying to hide his own emotion was just heartbreaking, and so well done.

I also loved when he was talking Do-chul down, but when I saw the tears in his eyes, it occurred to me that we don’t really know exactly why the father isn’t in the picture. We know that he died, but we don’t know for sure how. There was some emotion as Ji-seok called the most shameful thing the head of the family can do is leaving the family. Did Ji-seok’s father commit suicide? Or did he leave in some other fashion? Whatever it was, Ji-seok was connected in that speech.

We’re getting into the “crime of the week” format, with our larger scale crimes taking a bit of a back seat. But I must say that I actually don’t hate it. The crimes so far are the settings for character growth. The crimes aren’t just a super important puzzle to be solved; as the puzzles are being solved, our main partnership is growing and figuring out how they work together.

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He (of course) slips

Of course :)

Kdramaland Laws of Physics:
1: If someone is in a position where a deadly fall is possible, the presence of any other person makes the first person clumsy.
2: If someone is falling to their death, the presence of any other person partially negates gravity and makes them fall very slowly at first.

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And this was the episode where I was done with the show. Ji Seok was not bumbling in the 1st episode, the results of what happened to him was because Yoo Ryung was stupid and doesn't care how other look as a result.

Nothing about her is enduring and the fact that Ji seok in any real world situation would not only find her as a romantic partner but would have flat out fired her for lying.

Now he is bumbling and looks like a idiot.

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*waves magic wand over @larelle79 - suspendo disbeliefio!

LOL, I'm with you on the bumbling but I think it's Kim Sun Ho settling into character, he's quite a physical comedy guy so it's good to see him stretching a bit into a more nuanced dramatic role.

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I love the dynamic between our leads, and I think this episode added a lot more depth to it. I especially appreciate the way family has shaped them to be complete opposites: Yoo Ryung's recklessness comes from her sister's disappearance and the desire to do better than the cops who ignored her pleas - whereas Ji Seok's cautiousness comes from the role he plays as protector for his mother. She needs to put herself out there, while he can't do the same. They're not reckless or cautious because they want to, necessarily: those are simply the roles they need to play in order to protect what's most important. Who knows, maybe if the roles were reversed Yoo Ryung would actually be a careful person, whilst Ji Seok would be the rash one.

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I honestly do not see how being reckless and barreling into things without a plan makes her better than those cops. She is a danger to herself and to her teammates.

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JS and YR really need to sit down and talk to each other, seriously. If everything is cleared up JS can understand her more and so can YR and she might becomes less Reckless. I'm trusting that's the direction the show is trying to go because it does try to show some consequences (like increasing Ji Seok's money problem) or have the characters tell her (like the subway incident). Of course I might be wrong and am giving the show too much credit.

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Except show is going the opposite direction by making JR falls for her and caves for her every reckless act, which for someone who is a stickler to the rules , is quite hard to believe. Show is telling us that what she did was right and she's the one who's got the job done.

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you're right! I think I didn't express myself clearly. What I meant is that she thinks she's doing better than them by not following the rules. She was ignored, and even if Ma Ri was right in her decision (which I'm not saying she is, either, but Ma Ri thinks what she did is the right thing), that's bound to make any grieving family member furious. Yoo Ryung is not automatically right just because she's trying to play hero, but the cops aren't, either, because sometimes the rules they follow can be heartless. I think this is what the show is trying to tell us, that there are times when rules confine us instead of allowing us to protect others in a more effective way. But of course, rules are not made to be constantly broken, so I hope the writers will soon show us what could happen if someone were to never follow any prodecures (meaning: let's turn the tables a bit and punish Yoo Ryung and reward Ji Seok).

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I'm just going to ignore some of the ridiculous, careless things in their police work stuff (e.g. the flyer guy could or should have just run away while JS & YR are bickering). I think I would drop this drama if not for the cast! I like the subway squad :)

Wow, I didn't expect those revelations, that the Commissioner is Mari's mom and that Mari was dumped by JS.

My favorite scenes for this episode:
- Man-jin and Soo-ho riding YR's scooter
- the "bed scene" (JS seems so forgiving here and I just melted and got smitten!)
- the parkour part when he helps her up the wall and he follows her ("I must be going insane", haha)

I'm always scared of Oh Dae-hwan (the MMA fighter guy) whenever he plays a baddie. He is so convincing!

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For me, Moon Geun-Young is so up and down this drama. Every time she drops into cute and funny (Marry me Mary-esque) it doesn't work for me but then she gets to be a little more realistic and I struck and remember by what a class act she is.

I don't need her to be aegyo - I wish they would have let her be that vulnerable little bulldozer with smarts. Heck, maybe it works for others and its just me.

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Ah yes the actor is quite good. I saw him in Shopping King Louis and Squad 38. In Squad 38 too he played a character who I couldn't help but hate just like in this one.

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Ah yes, I first saw Oh Dae-hwan in Squad 38. Hated him too there, but he was such a scene stealer. I think his character in Room No. 9 was the least hateful (in fact, pitiful?).

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JS is just a gold hearted fool used by dangerously brainless YR, relationship build on dishonesty is no relationship in my eyes. Whatever YR is doing she has no back up plan, hell she has no plan in first place, those "touching" scene in boiler room is best example of that, so she is going alone in dark places to find a killer armed only i flashlight and what is going to happen is she actually find him in one of those dark places? Is he going to say, Hey girl, you won, now I'll confess to everything?
I'm not even comment on this cheap out on domestic violence case.

This show still has potential but I'm starting losing hope in creators.

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He is thinking with a organ and it is not his heart.

The fact that the show made him like that has me writing it off.

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Same with YangCha, what's wrong with guys on this show, she is cute but not THAT cute ;)

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She's the female lead. Gotta have all the males attention by default! ;)

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I have some issues between how they sold us Ji-seok as a great cop and how he really looks at the end... They both look like very lucky fools. I want to see more the other cops, Ma-ri and Yang Cha, investigating seriously.

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This show just keeps getting better and better. I love the humorous and sweet moments in the show. After the first two episodes I decided to pay more attention to what was going on so that I don't miss anything.
My favorite moments were when Ji Seok and Yoo Ryung managed to talk Do Chul down. JS and the scene with Do Chul's son. JS and YR trying to climb up the wall. The flashback with his mother was sad. JS is such a sweetie.
I wasn't surprised when YR lied to JS. I already understood what she was going to do after she ran in saying she had a lead. I suspected from the second episode that Ma Ri had history with JS or that Woo Hyuk liked YR though I was surprised when I found that Commissioner Kim is MR's mother. And wow WH didn't even hesitate when he told JS and MR that he was interested in YR, but after reading some of the comments on the previous episode I can't help but suspect him too.
And ugh, the scenes with Won Tae and Hye Jin were hard to watch. I hope this case gets resolved in the very next episode.

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Thank you for the recap :)
So far, this is my favourite episode (I haven't watch the 5th ep yet)
We learned so much about the characters, the relationship between JS and MR. That kinda answers why they were somewhat awkward, and maybe annoyed for MR. The scene of JS with his mom breaks my heart. How is this the same guy with the one who was handcuffed in the subway. And of course we can see the development of JS and YR's relationship. When they smiled to each other with curtain in between was so sweet. And also, can we talk about how charming and sweet JS looks in the police uniform while talking to the kids. I kept fangirling while watching that scene (yeah I replayed certain scenes a few times). I can't wait to watch this weeks' episodes. I feel like I've been waiting forever!

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This episode had some very cute parts. The scenes in this show are extremely replayable. This is the lightest, funniest, cutest and least frustrating show I am currently watching despite it being about crimes. Even RY doesn't frustrate me like some characters in the currently airing shows.

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@ Hot Hot Rice
My sentiments indeed! My fav episode too! I've replayed so many scenes so many times! Among the serious scenes, my fav is the one after JS came back from the Metro agency and said "I really don't want to go in today" right before he went down the stairs.

I'm so loving Kim Sun Ho that I rewatched his past dramas. My fav is his character in Strongest Deliveryman. In the scene where JS & YR are lying side by side, I almost expect JS to build a fence-like contraption just like in Strongest Deliveryman 😁. Refer to here: http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/09/strongest-deliveryman-episode-14/

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When he talked to the kid it warmed my heart and also broke it, especially with the prior hints about his family life.

And I agree that both the main leads are so great with both the emotional scenes like this and the slapstick ones! Jiseok with the subtle reactive expressions and Yoo Ryung with the earnest crying scenes. I'm not usually that into slapstick so the fact they make me laugh too is a testament to the show.

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I find the show quite enjoyable and I think the cases of the week are alright as they tackle some issues that seem quite prevalent in South Korea like spy cams, rape drugs, loan sharks and so on. But YR needs to think a bit more before going rogue, it was not ok to lie to her partner. And while I get it that she wants to help the domestic violence victim, as a cop, she can't do much if the woman doesn't want to press charges. I don't know how the laws are in Korea but can she just barge in their house without a warrant like she did?

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Exactly, this show like to show quick solution for every problem, and that YR rash decisions don't have real consequences, but what she did was pushing the victim to let her punish the guy not help her out of abusive relationship.
Plus if she refuse to press charges they are again in hot water because they broke into guy's house without good reason.

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Some people can't stand YR being so reckless but I understand her and the reasoning behind her action. I guess I can empathize with her on many levels. Just imagine, your sister that too autistic, is missing for years(I think?), and the police are not doing anything!! Even if they are they haven't found anything, you are sure they are looking at the wrong place and you know the right place and you ask-no beg them to atleast consider it in that regard (subway ghost regard) but they bluntly refuse.
You are alone and helpless and going crazy imagining the hell she must be going through or has gone through. Even for you and me this is such a big trauma to go through, how must it be for someone autistic who cant make sense of reality and emotions and the world in the way you and i can.
I do understand that she needs to be a little more considerate of her actions and the effect it has on others. She's not the only one going through hardships. Even JS is having money trouble and had to leave the dream job for a little safer and very boring job because he knows that he has family who is relying on him and because of her he had a pay cut that he really can't afford. But she 1)doesn't know and 2)doesn't care to a great extent became her family is missing. While JS is looking for his family's wellbeing she is looking for her's. I am pretty sure in future episodes when she gets to know about JS and his struggles she'll be really sorry and I am thinking that'll give her the perceptive and the cool head that she needs to solve her sister's case. She'll understand that everybody has demons that they are fighting, she's not the only one.
What I love about this drama is the little decisions between right and wrong and how blurry the line really is. For example how JS has to make the decision regarding the abuser. At first, he refuses YR because the girl (victim) hasn't made the complain and because the order came from his superiors. If they would have taken action it would only have ruined their reputation right? Isn't following orders the right thing to do. Also if he does not follow it will result in him losing his job at a time when he desperately needs money so much so that he even contemplated a loan shark. Can you blame someone in this situation if they decide to not take action against the abuser?
But on the other hand you are ignoring injustice happening with someone. Is it necessary that that person calls for help for you to help them? If something is wrong, isn't it your duty, your responsibility to atleast try to make it right!? There are people who will argue that the right thing to do is the former and they choose that option as well if they are ever presented with a choice like this! But in dramas the protagonists always choose to help the victim even at a cost to themselves. And this is why I like dramas. Reality may actually be really bleak with everyone looking out for their interest but in dramas yiu can count on people...

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Reality may actually be really bleak with everyone looking out for their interest but in dramas yiu can count on people actually trying (& ofc succeed bc duh it's a drama) to stand up to injustice. Like how JS does decide to help the domestic abuse victim eventhough he is in danger of losing his job. It really is an escape from reality where the hero heroin will never deviate from righteousness or if they do they'll always come back to it. Truth be told i myself am not sure that if ever presented with a situation like this I will help the victim even if it's at a cost to myslef. I hope i do the right thing but I won't really know unless I am presented with this situation and my decision will depend on how bleak my own story is as well as the story of the other victim!

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Imho, there's a difference between having a sense of urgency and being reckless and this show is not doing a good job in distinguishing between the two. I sympathize with YR over her helplessness in her sister's case, but that doesn't excuse her lack of discipline and complete disregard of her superior in kdramaland or in real life. Especially in YR 's case since she put her life in danger too. If she's dead, who's gonna look for her sister?

I also disagree with the show that justifies all of YR actions as right in the name of justice and it's in consideration of the victims. But if we think about it for a minute, if everyone acts according to their heart rather than their head or the law, if every police officer could just barge in someone's house without warrant whenever they feel it's right, what a chaotic world that would be. There's a reason why professionals such as doctors or police officers who would choose not to get involved in a case where they have personal attachments because your emotions could cloud your judgement.

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It's not even a choice it's a law in those cases, police officers are not allowed to investigate cases their friends or family as well as surgeons do not operate on family members. With police investigation we need to remeber that they not only need to catch a bad guy but they need to do it in a way that allow the prosecutor to put him in jail, evidence collected without following proper procedures are not allowed into court, and in the end criminal is free to go. And this show try to make argument that you can't be a good cop by following the law.

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I do agree with you that if the police could just barge in without warrant it would be a very chaotic world. However, if you remember JS doesn't help YR when he finds out where she actually lead him until he hears crashes and shouts from inside. Also he doesn't just go in based on suspicion only, he is 100% sure that the guy assaults the woman often, based on the video footage, so knowing that the guy is often violent with the woman and then hearing shattering sounds and screams from inside their house and then choosing not to investigate is wrong.
Regarding YR, again you are right when you say that her 'lack of discipline' & 'complete disregard for superior' is inexcusable but she simply put doesn't care because her only family member is missing. Yes she's being too careless and at this rate she might even die but I think that's what the show is trying to do: paint how desperate and helpless she feels that she's going without any plan or any weapon. I think (I hope) they'll show that eventually she will come to a point where she'll properly plan and strategize before taking action, however that might be ( I personally think this will happen when she gets support from ppl, especially from MaRi and her team).

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But the thing is she chose to became police officer, it wasn't her one and only option, she could apply for a job for example as a part of maintance crew at the subway and she would have similar access to the tunnels and all the nooks and crannies of subway system.

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Of course, things wrapped up nicely in this case. But they could easily go wrong and JS could lose his job and get involved in a very nasty lawsuit. She should care.

I do think she is not entirely at fault. Not only did JS not gave her an earful on her behaviours, he thinks she is cute and let her get away with it.

I do hope she'll learn her lesson soon and be more like JS and not the other way around because I do fear for her life!

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What I liked in this episode was that through the back-stories where he and Mari are wrecklessly fighting at the club while arresting bad guys, and his discovery of his Mom in the early stages of dementia along with his decision to give up promotion and work at the subway where he specifically says he won't get hurt, we see that JS *does* know how to fight, and very well, and that his caution is *not* natural or innate. He is cautious so he can stay healthy enough to care for his mother, not because he thinks this is always the best choice as an officer.

I think that's why he isn't as hard on YR as he should be- they aren't truly total opposites. He was once very much like her. He's been stifling that for years because of his mom. That hard turn to the ultra cautious officer at first was an immediate reaction of panic and fear over how to keep his mom safe, but then he let it sink in and become his character. YR probably has just shown up at the right time and place where he is vulnerable to being shaken out of his ultra-self protection mode. I don't think all of his caution is bad, he clearly needed to learn more self-control himself, but he went too far and now he could loosen up a bit. I think she does remind him a bit of himself as a young cop without the heavy responsibilities he now has.

Of course, she's a mess and she had better learn a lot more maturity and self protection soon, because yeah, she's doing deeply stupid and practically suicidal things. Wandering in the tunnel alone is totally inexcusable and makes me scream. She could at least leave behind a note explaining where she is and why so that if she gets murdered and hidden by the Ghost, the cops know where to look.

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I feel like I've recently been watching a lot of very dark and intense Korean dramas as of late (Strangers from Hell being a prime example) so this drama was a nice break from all the doom and gloom, even with a serial killer on the loose. MGY is one of my favorite Korean actresses and I'm so glad she picked this project! The main leads have excellent chemistry as a dynamic detective duo and I can't wait to see more of them.

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Thanks for the recap!! The solving of the case mid-episode and then going onto another case, the sort of not very riveting episode ending, and the interesting guest characters here remind me of the korean version of Criminal Minds.

I feel like this show is really being held up by the 4 actors who play the subway cops and maybe some of the guest stars. Their natural likability manages to cover up the one-dimensional and bland characterizations.

Why is JS being such a debbie downer on YR's ideas when it's been proven through so many cases that they live in this world where YR's right most, if not all, of the time? At first, I thought YR was the less intelligent one, but now I think JS is.

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