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Psychopath Diary: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread

Our pretend psychopath gets entangled with a copycat killer this week, and circumstances continue to perpetuate his fantasies about himself — and continue to do the opposite for everyone else. With some important facts revealed, our characters are knit even more closely together, and things are fixing to get dangerous.

  
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP

The good news is we get some more super silly humor this week, to mix with all the psychos and killings. The bad news (at least for me) is that the show seems to have settled into weekly plot arcs, where we get a new murder, case, or scenario that’s the main storyline of the week. If there’s one thing I dislike it’s episodic TV, so I’m hoping to ignore this and concentrate more on the overarching story. That story, of course, is about our fake psycho thinking he’s a real psycho, and everyone around him still thinking he’s a doofus.

With Bo-kyung now on the special homicide task force with her profiler “uncle” (who I’m strangely suspicious of), she gets to profile and investigate to her heart’s content. And though the next kill (a lovely nurse) seems like it has the earmarks of In-woo, Bo-kyung thinks otherwise. And of course she’s right, being the heroine and all.

It’s the nurse’s husband who turns out to be the copycat killer. In fact, he’s quite a fan of our killer’s ways, including the poisoned vitamin drink. Like In-woo, the copycat takes joy in crushing “weak” people, and who better to set his sights on than the kind-hearted Dong-shik? Dong-shik attended his wife’s funeral, defended him, saved him from suicide, and in short, was a kind and upstanding human. What does he get for it? He’s targeted as a weak victim in need of killing.

Like much of the Dong-shik action in this drama, it’s rife with misconceptions. Dong-shik acts the psychopath with the copycat killer, but he doesn’t buy it for a second. And even though Dong-shik gets in some impression punches and terrorizes the copycat killer to the best of his abilities, it’s Dong-shik that’s the doofus yet again. It’s Dong-shik that falls down an open manhole. It’s Dong-shik that gets saved from falling off a rooftop by Bo-kyung grabbing him by the hair (lol). In short, nothing is changing for this poor boy, except in his own perceptions.

This whole copycat killer subplot is really one giant swoop of action for two purposes. The first is so that In-woo can learn that Dong-shik genuinely believes he is the killer, and is not the threat that In-woo feared.

The second is that Dong-shik falsely declares that the copycat killer (taken care of by the Truck of Doom) was indeed the serial killer. He’s trying to protect himself, but what he’s really doing is leaving an open playing field for In-woo. Uh-oh.

In-woo, who is growing awfully fond of pointing his shotgun at people in broad daylight, is on cloud nine now that he knows Dong-shik is an amnesiac who thinks he’s a psychopath. In-woo even chucks in some awesome analogies from Aesop’s Fables — The Ass in the Lion’s Skin — and I love the drama for adding this nice layer of allegory to a story about just that.

Speaking of, Yoon Shi-yoon continues to do a marvelous job in this role. There’s no lack of space for him to act in, and it’s his performance that’s keeping me watching. I also really like the doofus-level interactions between him and his adoring gangster lackey Chil-sung. It’s all completely ridiculous, but the contrast between the dumb comedy and gruesome killer content is how Psychopath Diary makes such an interesting drama sandwich.

Although there’s no lack of action in Psychopath Diary, the plot hasn’t moved forward all that much, so I was happy for the developments we saw this week. The most bone-chilling part for me so far is Bo-kyung’s father and his horrifying reaction to seeing (and recognizing) In-woo.

It was awful a few episodes ago where he wet himself and had a seizure, but this week it happens again, and it’s even worse. The bone-chilling part comes in when In-woo takes on the role of a benefactor, all the while terrorizing this poor man because of the secrets that he holds. (Doesn’t he see this guy isn’t a threat?)

We inferred last week that In-woo was connected to the father’s accident, but this week we see in scary flashbacks that Bo-kyung’s father was on In-woo’s tail during what was his first kill. The drama could have stopped there, but in a very implausible turn of events, Bo-kyung and Dong-shik return to the accident site (completely intact from eight years ago!) and find her father’s notebook.

Was this really necessary? Regardless, it pushes the drama forward, and narrows the gap (read: safety) for Bo-kyung as she starts to dig a little too deep. In-woo is one of the most merciless villains I have met in a while, and while I’m excited to see what happens when he and Bo-kyung finally face off, it might be from behind a pillow.

 
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This drama is such a lovely breath of fresh air for me! I'm enjoying it immensely, even if the shifts in tone aren't always as smooth as might be hoped for. ;-)

The shifting relationship between the not!psychopath and the real!psychopath especially is fascinating, and I can't wait to see where it goes.

I am also strangely suspicious of the cop!uncle, BTW. He has a shifty look about him, and he always seems to be trying to throw his niece off the scent. Of course this might be just that he's always *wrong*, but...

Also, a very silly sidenote: I want Dong-Shik's ringtone! I have been trying to find a nice one for my new phone, and that one is perfect. But what is it....

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all I hear when somebody calls him is just vibrations. when did you hear his ringtone?

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In the last few minutes of ep 7, Dong Sik's father calls him while he is drugged in the copycat killer's car - his phone rings audibly in this scene.

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Hey, I want Dong Shik's ringtone too. Have you found it?

I'm so curious about what In Woo really gonna do to Dong Shik. I mean ...oh, at first, I really wish that the two can get along as "psycho friends". But I guess not. Hahaha ....oh, well, oh, I'm curious who's gonna eat who. Who's gonna be the last predator between the two of them?

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Hi! :-) No, unfortunately I haven't found the ringtone - I don't really know where to look, either. Any help would be much appreciated!

I don't think Dong Shik has what it takes to be a predator (and good for him), but yes, I am also very curious how things develop! I am very surprised In Woo already found out everything - I assume some more interestiung developments and shifts in the relationship must lie ahead.

YES, I also really loved the way he briefly thought he'd found a murder buddy, and how excited he was about it. And his face when Ding Shik told him that mkilling the weak was beneath him now. ;-) So I am sorry that is over, but hopeful that more good things lie ahead!

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I hope someone can send us the ringtone. I want it so badly. T_T My current ringtone is Kim Namgil-Bad Guy's ost (it's been for years, I guess?)

Dong Shik can be so scary at sometime. He's like a ticking bomb. Tbh, I sense madness in him every time I see his creepy smile in his 'soon gonna be a real psychopath' mode. I feel sorry for him. Dong Shik is (was?) like an Angel. His pure soul is being corupted a little by a little. I'm curious how and when he will become a fallen Angel with black wings? If he will really become a fallen Angel in the end, then it reminds me about the ogre Baek Yi Hyun. I just hope that he won't have the same fate as him. Uh oh, isn't Dong Shik is Baek Yi Hyun's incarnation in this modern day?

Hahaha ...I'm a bit disappointed that I have to say good bye to In Woo - Dong Shik's couple too soon. I love this cute couple : a real psychopath and a soon gonna be a real psychopath. Just kidding. Hahaha ...oh ah, yeah ...It's funny to see how happy In Woo was when he found a similar person (psychopath) like him in Dong Shik. He was so into Dong Shik. It felt like he really obsessed with him and tried to get Dong Shik to be his side forever. Tbh, In Woo looks like a man who tries hard to impress the woman he likes that time. I wonder why he didn't act the same way towards Mr. Nam. Sadly ....it's over now.

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"Who's gonna be the last predator between the two of them?"
Actually there is only on REAL predator (or is that fortunately?) as Dong-shik clearly doesn't have a mean bone in his body.

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I've lost count of the number of dramas I've seen, is both historical and modern, where someone received *that very same cut*, always that size and always in that position. Sometimes it from an arrow, sometimes a sword, sometimes its a paper cut when the angry boss throws a report at the hero/heroine.

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The relationship between Dong Shik and In Woo continue to be the most facinating aspect and also how both of them think...In Woo has such a sharp mind that it's actually sad he is such a monster...I confess i wished i would have gotten an alternate story of this two forming an endering friendship because in some ways both were outcasts....I see the point the writer is going with Bo-kyung line resembeling her Dad's even more with the one against all when her senses tells her they have the wrong culprit...It was quite creepy seeing In Woo sheeply move into her comfort zone at such a fast pace and even saying he is intrested in her to his friend,hope he won't harm her more than what he already did...Not gonna lie,it would have been a complex look and a burn for him if he truly developed feelings for her but i know we won't go there...Now that In Woo has the whole puzzle figured out and wanting to make Dong Shik his scapegoat(again!!!) and we seeing that he actually did it it's disturbing,that if we don't actually get a twist in the confession from ep 1 and Dong Shik actually remembers and planed it with the cops(i guess i ask too much maybe)...This past 2 episodes were quite hard and sad seeing the tumoil and nightmare Bo-kyung and her parents are going through all the while the culprit is enjoying it a few steps on the sideline and her poor father being locked inside himself seeing In Woo so close to his dear ones and not being able to do anything...I'm curious if her Mom actually hinted something in respect to In Woo and her husband sudden crises....
Damn,hope Park Sung Hoon gets his next role soon and be it a good one,don't typecast him as a psycho!!!!

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This show continues to be a fun watch. Thriller comedy (psychomedy?) is something new to me and I'm enjoying it.

The scene with Bokyung where she told Inwoo about Dongshik's amnesia just shows how some people easily trust those who have shown so much care about them and sometimes it's really dangerous! Well, these things happen even in real life - when you thought you can trust someone because they're being extremely nice to you. Ugh.

Dongshik's character development is just awesome comparing him from ep1 to now and I wish Dongshik continues to grow his self confidence and use it when it's time to confront Inwoo in future time. That will be exciting!

And of course, praises for YSY incredible acting.

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But In woo is not trusting that or even really that nice, he is a user, and that just shows Bo kyung is not as good at her job as she thinks she is. The fact that she did not even put together the last two incidents with her father, the change in his environment was In woo. I mean, come on now.

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Inwoo befriended her, paid her father's hospitalization, and even paid for his further "rehab". He took advantage of her family's financial struggle. He gained Bokyung's trust through those gestures. And for Bokyung, Inwoo is someone who has "helped" her and her family when in fact they're all traps. Psychopaths are manipulative and that's what he is doing to Bokyung now.

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You may be right @krabrab but I'm disappointed that Bo-kyung splurged so much confidential information simply because he asked (she even revealed that that she was careless and infringed the law by hitting Dong-shik!).

I'm also disappointed she doesn't seem to realise that In-woo was present at both incidents, and how she even puts up with him abusing his power in the hospital is beyond me.

I think her mother however doesn't like In-woo, so I hope she talks to her daughter soon.

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When Dong Shik fell into that manhole...LOL. I'm glad he had his cellphone on him.
In Woo is so creepy when he laughs like the maniac that he is. His face was so elastic, it reminded me of Jim Carrey in The Mask.

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That scene is really epic. I can recall how crazy my laugh was. I couldn't stop laughing for a while. Oh, no, I've just laughed because of the scene kept crossing in my mind. Hahahaha!

I agree with you that In Woo's laugh is creepy. But in my opinio, Dongshik's smile is creepier (when he's in "soon-to-be-a-real-psycho" mode). With such an innocent face, he looks like a Death Angel who's ready to swing the death scythe to collect one's soul. It makes me feeling uneasy to see his smile.

Oh ...but then again ...isn't Dongshik the incarnation of Baek Yi Hyun the Ogre (Oni)? It makes sense. LOL.

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I agree creepy as I find In woo's laugh. Dong Shik's seems creepier. I quite enjoy watching it when he suddenly smiles like that.

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Every time I see his "soon to be a real psycho" smile, I feel scared. I sense madness in him. Hahaha ....it feels like the Ogre - Baek Yi Hyun has already taken over his mind and turned him into a cold hearted man.

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Baek Yi-hyun had a horrible father though. In this case I'm relieved that Dong-shik has a pretty loving family.

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yeah that was crazy hilarious !!! Love the comedic twist in suspense thriller story line! Amazing to see Yoon shi yoon switch from his silly to smart persona and back with such panache! BTW are they going to bring up any romance between Dong shik and Bo Kyung??? It would be amusing if and how they bring it on!!

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I laughed so hard when he fell into the manhole LOL.

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Well this drama.. i am dissapointed, how will they keep this interesting for 8 more episodes?

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The first scene of the first episode had the hero in police custody publicly confessing to being a psycho killer. I assume the story's going to catch up to that point pretty soon.

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Things are quite dark this week. Enjoyed the funny parts but I seem to be losing interest.

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Don't ....hey, won't you get curious about what In Woo is really goona do to Dong Shik? Won't you get curious about who's gonna be the last predator standing of the two? In Woo is a strong predator. I can't see him as a prey, indeed. But I think Dong Shik is like a ticking bomb. If he's about to face the death, who knows that the Evil in him will take over his mind and body ...what kind of predator is he gonna be? But of course Dong Shik still looks so cute. Blame it to his angelic beautiful face. He looks like an Angel. Oh ....yes, maybe he can turn into an Angel who has black wings on his back. Fallen Angel is still an Angel, right?

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It was indeed quite dark. I had to watch episode 8 over two sittings to calm myself and breathe.

I was also disgusted at the way the TV station gave the copycat "predator" a platform to explain his disgusting views. As Dong-shik's father said: "what a waste of screen time!"

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Love this drama. IMHO Yoon Shi Yoon is indeed amazing actor switching between his silly and smart personas ! Writers have kept things in control, tight and not let it go berserk or silly. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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