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Psychopath Diary: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread

Our fake psychopath is in for it this week. Since the real psychopath not only has all the information, but a higher IQ than all the other characters put together, our hero is yanked around as if he’s a mouse being tormented by a cat. And if he’s not careful, he’s about to become the very killer he thinks he is.

  
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP

We knew In-woo was the king of evil and manipulation, but he goes all in this week. He’s got a stranglehold on Bo-kyung’s father (whom I flat-out adore now), and he’s even putting the moves on Bo-kyung herself. He confesses that he likes her, and even reaches for her hand across the cafe table (eww!). Bo-kyung is visibly flustered, since he’s chucking on the charm, but I don’t think she takes his hitting on her any more seriously than I do. At least I hope not.

Messing with Bo-kyung and her family is just the start, though — In-woo’s real end goal is to have little Dong-shikkie shoulder the blame of all the serial killings. Of course it’s funny, because he already thinks he’s responsible for them, but this week’s episodes made me love his dopey innocent soul even more. I want his record and his conscience clean!

In-woo sets up a bunch of plays to manipulate Dong-shik’s memories (or lack thereof), but is briefly impeded by his ex-private eye PARK MOO-SUK. Moo-suk was no dummy, and while doing In-woo’s bidding, sussed out that he was the serial killer. But rather than pursue justice, he blackmails In-woo for a hefty sum.

In-woo is no joke though — he quickly turns this whole situation on its head. He makes Dong-shik think he’s the target of the blackmailing, that he must protect his secret, and heck, In-woo even sets it up so that Dong-shik goes to him for the funds.

At some point during this whole development I really started to feel even worse for Dong-shik. Maybe it’s the sadistic pleasure with which In-woo torments Dong-shik; it turns my stomach. (They’ve also got some serious metal playing in his murder lair, which was an interesting change from his previous classical tastes. Perhaps they’re trying to tell us things are escalating?)

This week’s episodes culminate when the Moo-suk the blackmailer is captured by In-woo and becomes a further part of the set-up for Dong-shik. The duality that’s kept this drama going continues — as Dong-shik approaches the blackmailer with murderous intent, In-woo thinks evilly, “I’m going to make him kill for the first time.” Conversely, Dong-shik is thinking desperately, “I’m going to kill for the last time.” As ever, the contrast is great.

In-woo is all set up with a beer and a comfy chair to watch the killing like it’s time for Sunday football, but watching Dong-shik is like watching a comedy show, and this whole scene of his buffoonery is hilarious. Moo-suk tries to tell Dong-shik that he’s blackmailing In-woo, not him, and that In-woo is the killer, but Dong-shik doesn’t hear a word. Moo-suk’s muffled screams are even transcribed on the screen, which makes it even more funny.

Alas, Dong-shik knows nothing but his own head game, and spends all day leaving and returning to the scene trying to get himself to kill this guy. At one point In-woo gets so annoyed that he even calls Dong-shik and makes some sarcastic comments (lol). But it ends rather badly — there’s a scuffle between the two, and while Dong-shik gets beaten to a pulp, Moo-suk winds up dead (falling on a knife, as beings in dramaland often do).

Dong-shik is a basketcase after this manslaughtery turn of events, stays home from work, and basically looks like death. He wonders why Moo-suk’s demise is hitting him so hard, but can’t seem to get a grip on himself. Bo-kyung goes to check up on him, but that damn In-woo is still holding all the cards, and he plays Bo-kyung yet again. Within the space of a few minutes, she’s again convinced that Dong-shik is the serial killer.

Man, I wish Bo-kyung was less myopic. And Dong-shik, too, I suppose. If the two were only able to step back at look at things with a little more perspective, they might see past all the gameplay and listen to their guts for once (which have been warning them both all along that something was wrong).

Finally, I worry for her father. He’s hanging on by a thread, trying to protect himself against all odds so he can share the truth of In-woo’s identity with his daughter. I love that he’s just as intelligent as he ever was — I’m just a little nervous that Bo-kyung’s uncle also knows.

 
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I feel so bad for Dong Shik. At one point, he was like "maybe I'm not a killer..." and I thought, "Yes! Finally!" but then he really became one, at least on accident. In-Woo is playing him like a fiddle.

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His reality is what he believes in but Dong shik's instinct and conscience is telling otherwise. Feel so sorry for him. Now, I really want a good ending for him.

I feel like Bokyung's uncle knows Inwoo killed the girl 8 years ago and Inwoo's father asked him to help his son. But he didn't know Inwoo is the predator just until recently when Bokyung found her father's notebook case and told him about it that the MO of the case 8 years ago is the same as the predator now.

Also, the secretary is showing some signs. Is she on Inwoo's father side or will be on MC's side?

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It's kind getting a bit boring. The excitement of earlier episodes isn't there. Don't understand why Dong Shik will come across so stupid when he gets message from Moo-Suk ( sent by In woo). Also why his smart 'psychopath' personality doesn't kick in when he thinks he'd kill for last time?? Writers messed up

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I don't think they messed up,just that your expectations weren't the same as theirs,i can see where they want to go with DS character wise,they want to show that despite what he thinks he is his true nature is good and that he will not be molded into a killer and that not everyone is one...If they truly were dark they would indeed made the Nature VS Nurture tag and go all out but it would have been too dark and not the message they wanted to convey...I confess i wanted sometimes a full on dark show were DS would surpass and make Inwoo even fear his creation as i am frustrated with DS even more seeing how Inwoo plays with him but somehow it would be too grim

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Interesting point.
Let's see how it turns out, As of now I expect next episode to have the first scene where DS accepts to the police that he is the psychopath and has killed all those people. Well, might get interesting to see how he gets absolved of the crimes or does In Woo manage to blame it all on him and get him jailed. I wonder!!!!!! :)

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I also want to see how it will all be played out after we pass the first ep scene and how he remembers all...(if u think it all started with BK when she mad ethe accident)...I bet Inwoo would be high with rejoice as he will fool a whole nation and get away making DS his scapegoat but i truly hope the writers will make Inwoo fall and get to jail because of DS,that is karma and something that would be the worse fro a man like Inwoo...

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I can't seem to muster finishing this episode. My expectation is that dong shik will go to jail because in woo successfully pins his murders on him. But in woo is not simply the type to stop killing because his mind is set on it. No, his instinct will kick in one way or another. Just like how he impulsively killed his brother. So murders will happen again after dong shik goes to jail, thus proving to the police and to DS himself that he isn't the killer.

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hhhmm it is illogical that In Woo will be stupid to murder again after DS goes to jail for them. That would be bad writing. IMHO, likely BK will restart official investigation to gather proof for DS's trial and she will find proof that DS is innocent. Usually murder trials especially serial killer trials need ample proof & motive, mere admission of crime by defendant is not sufficient.

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Not everything in woo does is governed by logic. The scenario where he kills his brother tells us that he can be impulsive too. This murder wasn't staged as suicide and didn't follow the stock pattern. So my guess is once DS is in jail, In woo might kill someone impulsively. He will slip, inevitably, and that's BK will catch him.

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Setting DS as the criminal also gives him i guess a free pass because he will be able to do his stuff without others bothering him as he did till now(no one cared or suspected all this years those people were killed)...If everyone will be convinced DS is the psycho killer they won't look into the future suicides (if he continues this M.O.), even more with a DS who claims he is that very killer...

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The hero and heroine reenacting events at the crime scene would have been the cutest thing I've seen all year were it not for the crime in question having been her own father's tragedy.

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Yeah... I wanted to laugh but it wasn’t funny.

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I swear,it will be so freaking rewarding if Inwoo ends up in jail because of Dong Shik of all people,that would be karma at it’s finest!Please show,make it real!!!
My heart really hurts for DongShik even when i just can't take anything serious on the next take while listening to his overdramatic monologue... It's actually so intresting seeing his natural nature still surface and have his own will despite what he thinks he is now and i hope this same nature will help him save himself somehow and teach Inwoo a lesson...When Inwoo secretary refused to know more about his business showed how one second wrong word can end your life and she truly saved herself even without knowing and after started to hint something is really wrong with Inwoo and what she thinks he does is complety off(aka another women etc)...For me The Uncle Cop is truly a horrible man and a criminal,because of him hiding and saving Inwoo for power and money more than sure he let loose this sick man and nothing can do to redeem him in my eyes...On another note gotta laugh with Inwoo’s moments and even now having hopes DS would turn into a killer...What he thinks,that even if he killed the Manager he’ll tell him right in his face or what…Even sending the cops at his place in hopes he would frame him only to have them laugh and share coffee was soo hilarious in a twisted way...I musts ay i actually enjoyed a big part of the Inwoo Show,with him having a tv and beer while being highly frustrated at Dong Shik like a bad drama character...
Find it hard to somehow comment having this strange mixed genre where a moment i laugh at the absurdity and twisted humor and after interwined with some serious stuff...

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Yes I totally want that too. I want Dong Shik to help get In Woo caught. I totally hate that guy.

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Imagine being caught because of the one you consider the total dimwit and fool,a person who usually treats like bugs,for a man like Inwoo is the ultimate karma he can get...

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Exactly :)

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In the making for Ep 9 & 10, DS literally spoiled the ending but they censored the sounds. Korean netizens did some lipreading and he said "Actually Dongsik knows that Inwoo is the killer from the beginning and he's just acting"

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When In Woo expected, Dong Shik to just kill the team leader but he just made the guy food, hah. Dong Shik remembering his mother saying that, 'it's not a bad thing to be nice', him deciding not to kill, comforting the guy from his team, was all so sweet, that I just went aww during those scenes. Of course he would do all those things. It was so sweet of him that even the team leader now likes Dong Shik and he even treated the other guy better. No surprise there and I like how the whole team cares and worries about Dong Shik now. I was laughing while Dong Shik tried but failed to kill the blackmailer but then the accident happened and I felt sad, and felt so bad for Dong Shik. But I am frustrated with how things are going for him, cause how do you take the fact that you have an extremely lovable character who threatens to kill, tries to kill, and ends up killing someone even if by accident. Uh I hate In Woo for doing this and I also hate how he made Dong Shik believe that he never visited his mother. I was never really invested in any bromance between them. And I wasn't naive enough to think that something like that might not happen and so it shouldn't have been surprising when the accidental killing happened. Now even Bo Kyung thinks he is the psychopath, again. I hope they figure the truth out soon.

'Of course it’s funny, because he already thinks he’s responsible for them, but this week’s episodes made me love his dopey innocent soul even more. I want his record and his conscience clean!':

Yes I totally agree I love him even more too and also want his conscience clean.

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I totally hint at that words left by Dong Shik's Mom about being good will be a motive and will bite Inwoo in the end...I actually laughed at the scene with Inwoo expecting Dong Shik to tell him h killed the Team Leader,his expectation in his voice and eyes was just hilarious,just like his shock when he saw them all together happy...He knows now Dong Shik is a fool yet he still has hopes for some moments and of course him comenting seeing Dong Shik at that wherehouse....It just has that "Unbeliveble" (in korean sounds better ,that "oy op so ") that even i sometimes say it while watching it even more when Inwoo considered Dong Shik in the beginning this genius dude and now realizing he is a fool with sometimes good luck,like what he sees now still can't believe it sometimes vs what he hears...

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I got the feeling that the blackmailer just wouldn't survive the episode because he knew too much about Dong Shik and the we still have quite a few episodes to go...but I didn't expect him to kick the bucket in that manner. Was just expecting In-woo to finish up the job. I'm so sad for Dong-shik. Even if he didn't shove the knife into the blackmailer's gut, he still approached the blackmailer with the intention to kill him. Once everything comes to light, I worry that Dong-shik will still have to go to jail for manslaughter. In-woo, you suck! Can't wait until Dong-shik takes you down!

Aside from being upset, it was darkly funny to see Dong-shik bumbling around with attempting to kill the blackmailer and seeing how frustrated In-woo gets whenever Dong-shik shows himself to really suck at this murdering business.

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I still find that ex Cop high level on the piramid of stupidity...I guess greed totally clouded his judgement otherwise can't explain his actions...He knows he deals with a psychopatic killer and dares to come into his territory and blackmail him without thinking he will get killed...I knew the moment he did it he is dead...

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I can't with the latest episode. DS makes me feel depressed so I'll skip(and just follow the wee cap) until I see an episode where we see some justice.

I liked the drama during the time In Woo though of DS as his equal, but now IW know DS is just an idiot he's manipulating him to whatever ends. It's depressing, so I will hold it and follow the weecaps instead.

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I saw episodes 11-12 and without revealing the plot of those episodes, all I can say is that I am utterly disgusted with the writers. The undermined the intelligence of the viewer to mess up completely from a fantastic plausible strong tight plot to completely ludicrous stupidity. I wish idiotic writers could have at the least checked the plot with even a novice lawyer before filming it. Very very angry.

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I wanted to pick up this drama where I left off but I think I'll just stick to reading the recaps, I really adore Yoon Shi-yoon and he is killing it as Dong-shik, but I got tired of how bad I felt for him. Watching him being played and mistreated all the time for simply being "too nice" was taking to much away from the humor for me.

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What episode did you stop? The picking on didn't last long once he started thinking like a psycho...

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4- Someone spoiled me on the beating he got trying to help his brother I just didnt think I could handle watching it.

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In-woo opening a beer and ranting at his TV for Dong-Shik to just hurry up and kill the guy seemed familiar as a kdrama viewer 😂 It would have been funny if a man’s life wasn’t in danger. However, said man finally rids himself of the ropes and what does he do? Beats Dong-Shik to a pulp! What happened to telling him he’s not the real serial killer?

Overall Dong-shik is being as played as a mouse and it’s hard to watch. 😰

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