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Voice: Episode 6

The cracks are starting to show as Kwon-joo gets closer and closer to finding out who the killer is — or at least who might be connected to him. After all, if this show has taught us anything so far, it’s that no turn is left untwisted and that no one can be trusted. Except, of course, Kwon-joo, Jin-hyuk, and the rest of the Golden Time Team. Probably. Maybe. I think.

 
Chapter 6: “The Secret of the Trash House — Eyes Inside the Wall Part 1”

  

Pinning him against the van, Kwon-joo demands to know how Kyung-il knows her father’s last words, something only she, her father, and the killer know. He tells her that he was in the neighborhood that night to take some pictures. He saw the killer and even tells Kwon-joo know that the killer used an odd round metal weapon (which we all know is a kettle bell). She persists in asking if he saw the killer’s face, and he smirks as he tells her that he did.

But before she can get more information out of him, Chief Jang barks at her to stop assaulting Kyung-il and orders his men to take him away. Even Jin-hyuk is baffled by her desperate need to talk to Kyung-il, assuming he’s just using the public information about her father’s death to buy her sympathy and lessen any criminal charges against him. But Jin-hyuk believes her when she tells him that Kyung-il knows what happened that night her father — and his wife — died.

  

Down at the harbor, a mysterious man in black tells someone on the phone that there’s been an unexpected delay, but he’s “taking care of it.” He’s at the harbor to inspect the goods in one of the large cargo containers, although the “goods” are revealed to be people. Human trafficking is all in a day’s work to the man in black, who sizes them up as though they were products to choose from, finally making his selection of a man from Myanmar who is skilled in martial arts — and who he can use as an assassin.

Eun-byul is treated at the hospital, and both Grandma and Eun-soo are happy to know that she’s safe and well. Eun-byul tells her sister that, when she was tied up in the back of the truck, she was losing the will to live, but listening to Kwon-joo talk to her over the phone gave her the strength to fight back. Perhaps working at the call center wouldn’t be such a waste of time after all.

  

As they closely follow after the van that’s transporting Kyung-il, Kwon-joo tells Jin-hyuk that she’s listened to thousands of call center recordings in the desperate hope to find one that might also have the killer’s voice, but there was nothing. Now that Dong-chul is dead, Kyung-il is their only chance to get more information about who the killer really is.

One of the Violent Crimes detectives notices that they’re almost out of gas. He swears he filled up the van yesterday, but they decide to pull over at the nearest gas station. Kyung-il begs for a chance to use the bathroom due to a stomach ache, which Chief Jang allows, provided he’s got an escort.

Chief Jang reports to Commissioner Bae that they’re on their way once they fill up the gas tank, and that he’s not concerned about Kyung-il trying to do anything stupid to get away. Commissioner Bae just wants them to get there as soon as possible since there’a already reporters waiting.

  

The detective escorting Kyung-il does a cursory check to make sure the bathroom is empty, but before he can open any stalls and make sure, his phone buzzes and he steps just outside to answer it. This detective, Detective Gu, is looking mighty suspicious, especially considering he’s the one who was supposed to have filled the tank earlier that morning.

Once he’s alone in the bathroom, Kyung-il spits out the handcuff keys he’s had in his mouth. They’d been on the floor of the police van and he’d surreptitiously hid them away until he could free himself from his cuffs. Just bad police work, or is there something more going on?

  

Kyung-il hops onto the urinals to figure out how to escape through the window, but an odd-yet-familiar noise catches his attention. One of the stall doors open, and a man, with a crackling jaw, grabs Kyung-il and throws him down on the ground.

Kwon-joo decides to make use of the unexpected pit stop to clean the wound on her temple, but with her super hearing, she can tell something odd is going on in the bathroom, despite the fact that it’s a silent struggle. She hears the tell-tale cracking noise and goes to investigate, but the door is locked.

  

The jaw-popping man is the human trafficking man in black, and he uses a wire to strangle Kyung-il. He then douses the young man in gasoline and lights his body on fire. Kyung-il is still alive, but barely, and he writhes around on the ground as Kwon-joo calls for Jin-hyuk. He and Detective Gu manage to break down the bathroom door and put out the flames.

As Detective Gu radios to the rest of the Violent Crimes team that Kyung-il set himself on fire, Kwon-joo checks his vital signs. With a laborious breath, he attempts to tell her something, but his burnt body makes it difficult. She can’t understand him and pleads with him to repeat it, but those were his apparently last words.

Jin-hyuk races around to the back of the gas station, looking for whomever killed Kyung-il. But the alley is empty. That’s because the man in black has hidden away in one of the nearby offices, watching the scene unfold from his safe vantage point.

  

The forensics team arrives to take control of the scene, and Chief Jang thinks Kwon-joo is ridiculous for insisting that it was a homicide instead of a suicide. He’s already annoyed that he’s going to get in trouble for letting a suspect die. Detective Gu reports that they’ve found a video clip on Kyung-il’s website that says he’d rather die than go to jail, and everyone knows that Kyung-il had access to and knowledge about flammable material.

Chief Jang even spins it around, pointing out the most suspicious person here is actually her. She warns him that she’ll be requesting a formal investigation and autopsy — then they’ll know who’s really in the right. In order to diffuse the rising tempers between the two department heads, Jin-hyuk practically drags Kwon-joo away.

  

She explains that someone else was in the bathroom and that Kyung-il was killed. Jin-hyuk reassures her that he believes her — and her super hearing — but the issue is that there’s no physical evidence to prove what she’s saying is true. Any DNA evidence of the struggle will have been destroyed in the fire. She insists that she heard the same jaw-cracking noise the killer made.

Kwon-joo actually precedent, since her independent investigation into Dong-chul’s death (which was ruled as a suicide according to the cops, even though we know he was murdered) led her to discovering the testimony of a waiter at a club who’d served Dong-chul the night before he died.

  

He said that Dong-chul didn’t seem like the type who would commit suicide, especially since he bragged about how he was about to come into a lot of money. As Dong-chul stepped out of the club to meet a mysterious man, the waiter heard the man’s jaw crack.

Kwon-joo is convinced that the same person who killed Dong-chul also killed Kyung-il — both times attempting to make it look like suicide. She’s also convinced that the murderer is getting help from inside the police force, and she points out the suspicious coincidences of the Violent Crimes team running out of gas and needing to stop at this specific station, as well as leaving a set of handcuff keys accessible.

Jin-hyuk is shocked that she’d suggest the Violent Crimes team, one that he’d been a part of for so many years, could be a part of this. But then he remembers seeing odd marks on Chief Jang’s thumb earlier that morning, and when Jin-hyuk investigates the fuel line, he realizes that it’s been tampered with a chisel — a tool could easily leave similar wounds as the chief has if, say, the person using it missed his mark in tampering with the fuel line to make sure the van ran out of gas.

  

They have to hurry to find evidence without any of the other detectives finding out what they’re doing, and Jin-hyuk calls Dae-shik — who’s apparently been released from the hospital (and has a new haircut!) — to find out if any nearby shops have CCTV.

He reports back that there isn’t anything useful, and he’s bewildered why Jin-hyuk is still investigating this case when the Violent Crimes Unit has it pretty much wrapped up. Jin-hyuk just snaps at him to stop asking questions. Oh, and also to keep an eye on Chief Jang and make note of everything he does and anyone he speaks to.

As they look along the alleyway behind the gas station, Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk are frustrated that there’s no evidence of anyone escaping that way. She tries to figure what Kyung-il was telling her as he died, but she could only make out the first syllable, which is no help. Jin-hyuk realizes that even though there’s no CCTV in the alley, the building across the way has reflective glass where something might have been seen and recorded from a parked car’s blackbox camera that happened to be facing the glass.

  

Chief Jang quietly accepts Commissioner Bae’s wrath about what happened, although the commissioner seems more concerned about the media finding out about the police’s blunder and making the police department out to be fools. After the meeting, Chief Jang takes a call from someone, and tells the person on the other end that things are taken care of, so the other person should keep their promise and not bother him any more.

Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk study the footage from the blackbox, and there’s definitely a reflection of someone leaving from the bathroom window after the fire and exiting down the alley. She thinks they should take the information to Commissioner Bae, but Jin-hyuk reminds her that they can’t trust anyone.

Instead, they go to the club where Dong-chul was last scene before his death. They’re not there to interview the waiter, though. Instead, they want to speak to the club’s madam. Based on intel from one of Jin-hyuk’s buddies, they know that she’s built the club into an elite place for rich people to kick their kicks — and also run a prostitution ring. There’s also a rumor the madam had an affair with the chairman of a huge corporation and had a kid with him, although there’s also a rumor that the kid’s father is really an old boyfriend.

  

Armed with that knowledge, Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk enter the club. Or at least they try to, but the security guys won’t let them through. Jin-hyuk channels his inner “Mad Dog” but before he can do anything serious, the madam herself appears and invites them in, knowing they’re detectives.

Getting straight to the point, Jin-hyuk asks about a man with a cracking jaw, and based on what they could see from the blackbox video, also a slight limp. The madam demurs, telling them that they get so many clients it’s impossible to know who he’s talking about. Kwon-joo reassures her that they’re not there to disrupt her business, and shows her a picture of Dong-chul,

The madam just brushes her off, but Kwon-joo lets her know that they have evidence that her child isn’t really the chairman’s, and if she doesn’t cooperate, then maybe everyone else will find out when they leak it to the media. But the madam threatens them back, warning them that if they don’t leave, she can also destroy their careers.

  

Jin-hyuk intervenes, showing her the awful and stomach-churning photos of the the killer’s victims, letting her know that she’s hiding information about someone who would do this. He warns her that if she doesn’t tell them what they want, he’ll have her arrested as an accomplice and then continue to dig up information about her so she’ll stay in jail for a very long time. Does she want her son to spend his life visiting her in jail?

That threat works, and she looks up Dong-chul’s reservation the night before he died, since Dong-chul wasn’t the one who had the connections to get him into the club. It was made in a false name, which isn’t unusual for her kind of clientele. After thinking a bit, she can recall a different night when a group of men came in, and one of them made cracking sounds with his jaw. He’s not one of regulars, and the only thing she overheard was about a company called GP Development.

That night, Kwon-joo updates her wall o’ evidence. She crosses out Dong-chul’s photo and adds two new ones: Chief Jang and Commissioner Bae. Next to Chief Jang, she notes GP Development. Next to Commissioner Bae is a question mark. She promises her father that she’s getting closer to catching his killer.

Also that night, the mysterious man in black is busy reassuring one of his business ties that their deal will be completed as soon as he gets the final townhouse. But his contact informs him that the Golden Time Team has been at the club. He’s sent the official profiles of Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk, and based on their pictures, realizes they’re the ones who were investigating the alleyway behind the gas station.

In the morning, Dae-shik delivers all the information he could find on GP Development. There’s over 300 companies listed that have similar names, but he’s managed to narrow it down to a handful that have a CEO in their 40’s that match Jin-hyuk’s description. He’s still baffled why Jin-hyuk is making him do all this, but he’s no dummy — he knows that Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo are investigating something relating to the night their family members were killed.

In the privacy of an interrogation room (and thus out of earshot of any Violent Crimes detectives), Jin-hyuk tells Dae-shik that he and Kwon-joo suspect that the person who killed Kyung-il and Dong-chul was also the person who killed his wife and Kwon-joo’s father. Dae-shik is stunned that they think Dong-chul was murdered — after all, there was a suicide note!

Then why did he tell him to keep an eye on Chief Jang? Jin-hyuk admits he thinks there’s a connection, but he’s not sure what it is yet. All Dae-shik knows is that last night the chief went to a bar by himself and got really drunk.

At the call center, Eun-soo introduces herself as a new recruit. Kwon-joo is thankful that she changed her mind about accepting the position, and Eun-soo admits that her interest was primarily due to how the center helped to save her sister — but also because she now believes it will look good on her resume.

She settles into her desk which is right next to Hyun-ho, who’s happy to remind her that he’d predicted she’d end up here after all. She just tells him she doesn’t like to chit-chat while she’s at work. Not that it stops Hyun-ho, who notes that their boss’s meeting with Commissioner Bae must not have gone well.

Indeed it didn’t, although Kwon-joo silently and stoically withstands his threats of disbanding the Golden Time Team if she tries to use it as an excuse to investigate her father’s death. He accuses her of putting officers lives in danger just to satisfy her private obsession. But Kwon-joo just ponders the connection between Commissioner Bae and Chief Jang, wondering how far up the chain the corruption goes.

The call center hums with the usual activity of the day — the majority of them prank calls, much to Eun-soo’s surprise. When a call comes in about a man threatening an old lady with a knife, Kwon-joo takes over and talks to the younger woman who called and is hiding in a another room, watching everything happening in the living room.

  

Apparently the old woman is the landlord of a townhouse, and the younger woman who called in is a neighbor who went to talk to the old woman about a potential gas leak, since neighbors were complaining about the smell. Except the old woman is a hoarder, so when the woman entered the townhouse to talk to the old woman, the terrible smell seemed to come more from the garbage. When the concerned neighbor picked up some of the trash, the old woman started to hit her so the woman ran to safety in the bedroom.

At that moment, the old woman’s tenant arrived, brandishing a knife, demanding she give him money, because if she sells the place out from under him, he has nowhere to go. The frightened neighbor whispers all these details to Kwon-joo, who dispatches Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik to the townhouse as she begins the Golden Time clock.

  

She asks the woman to point her phone towards the where the man and old woman are, and Kwon-joo listens intently to the man’s desperate plea for money, ordering that the old woman hand over the deed to the place to him. If she doesn’t, he’ll kill her — or maybe he’ll kill himself, too, and demonstrates his sharp knife by slicing shallow cuts into his arm, leaving behind bloody marks.

By the time Dae-shik and Jin-hyuk arrive at the home, the local patrol are there, too. The local cops don’t think it’s a big deal — this argument will just end on it’s own. There’s no reason to get involved. Besides, they can’t get in because the front door is locked and there are bars on the windows.

  

Dae-shik and Jin-hyuk quietly remove the bars from the window and help the concerned neighbor out of the room so Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik can investigate. As Jin-hyuk recoils from the awful stench in the old woman’s home, Kwon-joo, after listening to the man, tells Jin-hyuk that based on the timbre and inflection in his voice, he’s not actually as aggressive as he’s pretending.

But he still wrestles with the old lady as he searches through her belongings (no easy task considering the hoarding chaos that surrounds them), and Jin-hyuk leaps forward to tackle the tenant. He easily brings him to the ground and takes the knife away, attesting the man. A mere ten minutes since the call came in, they’ve apprehended the suspect.

Dae-shik enters and sees the blood on the ground from the knife, but Jin-hyuk knows that it’s fake blood, having found the bottle in the man’s trash. He never actually cut his arm — it was just a ruse to convince the old woman he really meant business. The tenant begs with the cops as they try to take him away, telling them he was just desperate to keep his place after she’d ordered him to leave, but he can’t find anything he can afford. He blames the old lady, who’s got plenty of money, for ruining the lives of poor people like himself.

  

The local cops tell the old woman that she’ll have to come down to the station as well, but she refuses. Jin-hyuk tries to persuade her, and while everyone’s attention is on her, the tenant makes a break to the bedroom where he desperately digs through the belongings to find something. He stops and freaks out when he sees someone staring at him through the slats in the closet door.

Dae-shik tells him to get a grip, but the man keeps screaming that there’s an eye staring at him. Jin-hyuk goes to investigate, opening the closet door — where a body, wrapped in plastic like a mummy, falls out. Everyone recoils in horror as they stare at the dead body the old woman has been hoarding.

  

COMMENTS

Well, that’s one image that’s going to haunt my dreams for the next week. Thanks a lot, show. And by “thanks a lot,” I mean “I wish I could bleach my brain.” The makeup team wins today’s MVP award for causing me to gasp and cringe as I covered my eyes at least twice in the same episode (and no, OCN, the vague censoring of a burned body doesn’t actually help my delicate sensibilities.)

I have to admit that I was starting to lose faith in the show for at least the first half of the episode. Those little common-sense weaknesses were beginning to become more and more obvious — or so I thought, at least, because I was frustrated that the cops would stop and let a suspect go to the bathroom. Haven’t they ever seen a movie before? Of course he’s going to make a break for it! Then I was in disbelief that there would be someone in the bathroom ready to kill Kyung-il — how could they possibly know where the vehicle was going to stop? And his jaw cracks! Of course it cracks! All the bad guys’ jaws crack! Even though I’m willing to accept minor flaws when I’m enjoying the story as a whole, I was struggling to wave away these awfully convenient coincidences.

Except, they weren’t exactly coincidences, were they? Well, I’m still suspicious about the jaw-cracking. But the rest were purposefully showcasing a deeper conspiracy, and for that I commend the show for subverting my expectations. That’s not to say the show is perfect with all its details. I mean, I’m still a little confused about how much time is passing unless the “golden time” clock is ticking — or maybe I’m just jealous that Korea has super-awesome-amazing health care where people who’ve been in car accidents and nearly killed by being buried and thrown across rooms no longer even need even a token bandage on their foreheads (but only on the right side!) the day after their injury, and don’t even have a mark from a wound that’s less than 24 hours old. Yeah. Super jealous.

I’m also glad that it seems like Chief Jang is one of the dirty cops, but that’s probably because I never liked him anyway, so he’s an easy villain to hate. As is Commissioner Bae, although I don’t think he’s evil so much as he’s an egotistical and just wants the glory and praise of being in charge. Detective Gu also raised my suspicious-meter, but I think he’s just actually that inept.

As for the mysterious man in black… hmmm… he’s definitely a bad guy, but I’m still not convinced that he’s the bad guy, even though the show desperately wants to persuade us that he is. Honestly, though — if they wanted me to be fooled by all their red herrings, then they shouldn’t have given me any sort of glimpse of the real Kettlebell Killer! Even though the two men may both wear black and crack their jaws, I know that our human trafficking baddie does not have the same cheekbones as the Kettlebell Killer (then again, not many people do, anyway). Even though I’m stubbornly insisting that it’s not the same man, I will admit there’s definitely a connection.

There’s also a connected between the man in black and the current case/cliffhanger. I’m betting the townhouse that the man in black was talking about when he found out about Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo is actually this old woman’s house, and GP Development probably has a lot invested in buying up the land in this slum area of town. I’m even convinced they paid the tenant to find a way to forcefully take the deed from the old lady, since he never really intended to cut her (or at least I assume he didn’t, since he only pretending to cut himself). Or maybe the tenant is really in dire straits and genuinely stressed that he’s about to lose the only place he can afford since she’s agreed to sell it to the man in black. Either way, it’s all related, and it’s shady as heck.

 
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The ending scene was hella creepy I wonder what's the story behind this case this time hmm
That actress who played the grandma tends to play evil roles quite often and wow she pulls it off quite well she hardly had an ounce of fear while facing off with the guy that had a knife
Did anyone think that the corpse looked slightly similar to the grandma? Though it isn't likely

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I thought so too! It's kind of a coincidence because I think the actress played a pair of twins in the drama High Kick where she is in prison for killing her sister.

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Yes! My conspiracy theory is that the corpse is the original old landlord lady and then current one was planted by the bad guy to replace her and (Old cracking jaw baddie) to hoard and chase the tenants away due to the horrible smell. And the smell from the rubbish will mask the rotting corpse smell.

Because that old lady looks evil. She had my evil character radar bleeping away... and that's before the dead body fell out of the cupboard!

But who knows where this show is gonna go... Friday come soon!!!!

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I meant Saturday come sooner!

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So the bad guys are buying up land for some sort of crooked land deal (because what other kind would bad guys do).

Then the one holdout landlord has an evil twin (because what other kind is there) who is either paid by the bad guys or just hears about the buyout offer and decides to get the money.

She kills her twin, collects garbage to hide the smell, and fakes dementia to hide the fact that she doesn't know the tenants.

Not sure whether the original landlord was a hoarder with dementia or not. If she was, add that to your lists of convenient coincidences. It's a slightly better story if she wasn't and the evil twin started it.

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I second that! When i first saw grandma, I was sure she wasn't an innocent helpless old lady. Her gaze just shoots evil beams.

If I'm not wrong, grandma was in Arang and the magistrate right? As evil mum.

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Kang Moon Young played Eun-Oh's mother and Evil Mom in ARANG, and was also in CAN I HEAR YOUR HEART?, which I watched a couple of weeks ago, so I knew the demented landlady had to be played by a different actress.

Lee Yong Nyeo (Lee Yong Nyuh) played a cameo as mudang Bang Wool's mother in ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE, according to her extensive filmography on DramaWiki (which has a lot more information than her listing in AsianWiki). I've also seen her in the movies WONDERFUL NIGHTMARE, MAN ON HIGH HEELS, and STEAL MY HEART. She was in 4 movies in 2016 alone. She really gets around! And she sure is creepy as hell in this role. *shudder*

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@odilettante.

Thanks for another fine recap.

Chief Jang was not the one who first suggested stopping at that particular gas station. It was one of the other Violent Crimes cops.

Two things stood out for me:

1) The first is that firebug/rapist Kyung-il became a photographer because of his teacher... and he continues to do still photography. I think the clue he was trying to give Profiler Kang was a word like "camera" or "photo" or "digital image." But it's hard to enunciate when you've been garrotted and set ablaze. I wonder if she will realize that it wasn't smoke inhalation that made it so hard for him to speak. -- His killer knew exactly what to do to hide the evidence of strangulation by ligature: burns would obliterate the bruising and wire marks, and cremation would be the ultimate destruction of evidence of murder.

Anyway, now Profiler Kang will have to get a gander at Kyung-il's cameras and computer to find the images of her father's murder.

2) I don't know if it was the subtitles I read, or whether there was something off with the script. In normal human bipedal locomotion (walking), the heel strikes first! Then the sole of the foot rolls forward to the toes to push off the next step. What's abnormal is to have the toes land first -- which I've seen in real life. I didn't get a good look at the killer's gait, but I think it's more a matter of his being splay-footed or exhibiting severe pronation.

I knew that year of Physical Anthropology would come in handy some day. Ditto an old knee injury aggravated by jogging. ;-)

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@odilettante "All the bad guys' jaw cracks". I know right? I'm halfway into wondering if this show is being sponsored by retainers!
My thoughts on Kettlebell Killer, no way the man in black is him. For one thing, it's super anti-climatic to reveal his identity at this stage. For another, he comes across as more of a high-ranking thug. I genuinely doubt important members of the police force would be willing to participate in a conspiracy to cover up for someone like him. Then there's his assasinly behaviour, Kettlebell is obviously a thrill seeker, MIB is not. The profiles don't fit. Plus, though they've taken pains to hide it, from the few shots we've seen of the two so far, it's obvious Kettlebell is younger, taller and more, I dont know... refined? in his mannerisms and appearance.

Also Dae Shik reminds me of my favourite book series, the man is a medical miracle. That's some Harry Potter level healing going on there!

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ooh what's the book?

Agreed about why MIB is not Kettlebell Killer - all of your reasons. The real KK is someone much, much more powerful, definitely a member of the elite.

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I'm more intrigued about the assassin for hire that the Man In Black picked inside that container. Human trafficking is so disgusting, I felt for the people locked away in the dark container :'(

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Me too! I'm crossing my fingers that we get some sort of story of him. If not that lingering shot of him would be just pointless.

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Yeah I also think that the man from Myanmar will be featured more later.

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Thanks for the recap odilettante!

I too am confused by the jaw popping thing- why is it that all the bad guys connected to the Big Case can do it?

I'm hoping that the writer will have some mind blowing your clever explanation for it down the road... rather than just a conincidence. Maybe it's part of Killer Psychopath Module 101?

Regarding the toilet stop I think it was arranged by Old human trafficking bad guy together with ?Chief Jang (or whoever the inside bad cop is) who left the handcuff key on the floor and rigged the van to leak petrol. Maybe they even prearranged the petrol station to stop at? Can't remember who directed them to stop but I think it was Chief Jang. Maybe it was also the cop who (stupidly or intentionally) left him in the toilet to pee on his own to answer his phone. ?

Other than that I'm in for the ride and am particularly enjoying how each small case is interesting (and freaky!) on its own, but even more fascinating because they are linked to the Big Case.

Saturday come soon!

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I hope writer-nim won't go X-files on us about the jaw-popping, with mysterious night invasions of the host bodies, coming back with jaw-popping, blood-thirsting abilities. Lol.

Going back to the last scene, gah! I felt for the tenant when he screamed about "the eye!" ??

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Maybe they would feature the jaw cracking villains eating at a Subway joint? Instead of finger licking good, would jaw popping count?

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They must have one of those jawbreaker sandwiches. Four to five layers of big-sized patties. Lol.

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All that kettlebell swinging must've made him hungry. What better way to fuel up and bulk up than with a wholesome sub. Alas, all that sub eating impacted his jaw.

The final episode would involve Kwon Joo passing by a Subway outlet only to pick up snippets of the kettlebell killer's voice whilst he's ordering a sub.

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Subway should honestly just pay DB. These sub jokes are practically advertisments. Beanies are even coming up with taglines now.

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This is my first Korean crime drama watch. I am a fan of Jang Hyuk and am really enjoying his role here. Hopefully his current cop role will earn him more respect than his last stint in Beautiful Mind....

Kudos to the special effects/make-up team on this production! Who knew deranged villains could come in extra-crispy?

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I am now convinced this show should be named "Jaws" instead of "Voice".

I actually tried to see if I can produce the same cracking sounds when I moved my jaws in similar fashion. No sound so thank goodness, I have no makings of a psychopath.

Like you, @odilettante, I almost lost faith when they let the toilet break happened. I was already annoyed with the two sisters in the previous episode and I couldn't believe they had committed the number 1 mistake when the police left him alone in the toilet. Thankfully, things weren't what they appear though I still think Chief Jang is an idiot. Yeah, he is corrupt but still an idiot and definitely at the bottom of the food chain in the hierarchy of the villains.

The old lady is creepy, not just her looks but her voice. Evil. Can't wait for next ep.

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@ET,

I am now convinced this show should be named “Jaws” instead of “Voice”.

LOL! That's exactly what I was thinking!

And who should be playing this menacing role but Kim Roe-ha, one of my all-time favorite sageuk ahjussis from THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG and SHINE OR GO CRAZY. He also played the chief assassin in ILJIMAE. You'd never guess it from this role, but he's got great comic timing.

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Chief Jang is being blackmailed by some video tape which the bad guys have against him.

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But the thing is: The failure of common sense is so frequent that it cannot be written off as "deliberate choice to showcase underlying conspiracies". Nope. It's bad writing, period.

Even if the cop who did not check the bathroom was bribed/shady, there are so many things wrong with the logic of the show:
- super-healing
- no aftereffects (trauma? shock?) of almost being buried alive and killed (Kwon-Joo)
- Jin-Hyuk shooting at the body of the pick-up-truck instead of at the tires
- Jin-Hyuk leaving Kwon-Joo behind in the school hallway (for no reason other than "Oh, you had trouble hearing anything because of the wind" so I will no longer rely on your ability...)
- Kwon-Joo has super-hearing and can hear Kyung-Il coming before he even opens the door to the lab and enters the room. Why she didn't have her gun out and pointed at the door, ready to shoot eludes me...
- too much talking before evacuating
etc.

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Indeed, these are flaws that make me want to crack my jaws in frustration as well. Agree especially with Jin-hyuk shooting elsewhere except at the tires! My husband went berserk at that. Lol. Like Jin-hyuk was nicknamed "Mad dog" and his aim wasn't at the tires?

Yeah, Kwon-joo's super healing was kinda jarring too. She made it seem like getting kidnapped and buried while alive are no biggie: it's all in a day's work, y'know.

Nonetheless, the scenes are gripping enough to keep me hooked, so I'm willing to overlook these flaws for now.

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I interpreted Profiler Kang's insistence on returning to duty as her dedication to getting back on the trail of Eun-byul's abductors before the 10PM showtime. She wasn't buried that deeply before the bad guys took off, and the soil looked dry and kind of sandy to me, so there were still some air spaces. She had her coat on, so she would have been cold, but not yet hypothermic. I would have wanted to thaw out in a sauna. ;-)

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That could've been a great brooding scene @ the sauna. ? Lol.

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I also wondered why Kyung-il waited so long to jump when he heard the toilet door opening. It would have been more realistic to have him quickly jump out of the window. I mean, if you're going to escape from the police and you hear a door opening - do you WAIT to see who it is? I know I would make my escape as fast as I can. In addition, I felt he was too easily subdued - Kyung-il is pretty strong and why did he make no sound? There should have been sounds of a struggle - him gasping for breath and kicking against the floor - sounds that super-hearing Kwon Joo would have heard.

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Those you mentioned are 90's action movie cliches LOL which made me disappointed with the episode. That restroom-escape scene particularly. I also thought there was something exceptional about voyeur/rapist case, but I was disappointed. The cliff-hanger case though made me look forward to the next episode.

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Thanks for this, Maria. Bad writing, right? The adrenaline of the show keeps me going, I love Jang Hyuk and am happy Lee Ha Na has a drama that showcases her dramatic acting, but honestly, I think most of these culprits are going to be talked to death if nothing else.

I mean who has an entire conversation--not just a few words--in the middle of a crisis? On several occasions Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo have long diatribes/scoldings prepared for the culprit, much longer than needed to distract them. (Hmm, or maybe that's the point, MEGO, "mine eyes glaze over")

And the phone conversation between Kwong-Joo and the little boy who hid in the washer? Yes, he asked to speak to her and it was a bit heartening to see that her words had meant a lot to him, but omg, the kid has been bleeding to death for at least 15 minutes, show! Seriously, did this make sense?

I am enjoying the show but as a writer, the dialog and inconsistencies drive me crazy. I have a faint hope that a lot is substandard subbing, that it's much better in Korean, but I'm seriously doubting that.

Having said that, looking forward this weekend's episodes.

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I know a lot of people got annoyed last episode, I was one of them, but in terms of bad policing this drama is doing tremendously well. I swear the detectives dress like detectives no designer clothes anywhere or brightly coloured hair. Based on previous police dramas I was ready to move to korea to be a detective since it seemed their salary was so good they could afford $500 shirts and designer kicks

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Tbh I hope they do something where they have two emergencies that are called in at the same time bc with just two detectives they're not really able to do as much as the show is making it out to be. What I really can't get over is a call center member being allowed to be in the field that in no way no how makes sense and bothers me quite a bit but whatever.

Also from when we've seen the Kettleball Killer he looks to be in his 20s-30s there's no way he could be that old a few years later. I'm wishing they would stop with the red herrings just because that's taking away a lot of the suspense and I feel like it'll take away from when the killer is actually revealed but whatever.

Good job to the writers for making sure the rapist/murderer got a horrible death

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Dae-shik haircut sighting!!! Has he gone over to the Dark Side? His hair is up, not down. We all know what that means!

Or are we being played again? It's not like he's a chaebol whose biological parents are serial killers, right? (I'm looking at you, BLUE SEA.)

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Haha I guess the new haircut is a result of him not liking the way his surgeon cut it during his heard surgery after the car accident 3 episodes ago.

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This drama may has its bugs but the main draw here its heart-thumping pace. You may scream or curse at it but you just cannot tear your eyes off the screen haha...

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Exactly! Lol

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Hi odilettante, thanks for the recap!.

I was quite surprise that the jaw-popping man is discovered early on. I began curious what the hell behind all of this. There must be a bigger political plot behind; it could be redevelopment issue of the area (that the GP development might be involving), or even human trafficking issue. I'm curious how all of this will be connected.

Also, I'm still questioning, why the jaw-popping man killed Jin Hyuk's wife? Was she witnessing something so that she should be killed in the first place?

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Does anyone know the song that plays while Kwon-joo is staring at her string board?

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I want to know this too!!

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Some ppl said this is the second OST

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How did Chief Jang injured his hand (from using the chisel) before he even knew about that the guy was a witness to the murder?

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I think the high-ranking bad guy probably contacted Chief Jang with an order to get the police car to stop at a gas station or somewhere so that he can take out Kyung Il.

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Regarding the jaw cracking, I know there's a disease (TMD? TMJ?) that causes the cracking sound. Something about misalignment. I wonder if it's possible to do the reverse. Perform surgery on others so their jaws are misaligned?

If kettle bell is as rich and powerful as he sounds (hur hur), it's possible that he's kidnapping random people or even forcing thugs to get surgery so they all have that cracking sound. But... I don't know why he just wouldn't get his own surgery to fix his cracking.

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I know lots of ppl have commented on the bad policing throughout this episode, but there is one PHYSICAL IMPOSSIBILITY that I just cannot get over because it is so "common sense" that someone on the production team should have realized it! Notice how Kyung-il's hands were handcuffed in the BACK when he was put into the van. We even see his hands being uncuffed and cuffed again in the front in the bathroom. But then how did he pick up the conveniently fallen keys inside the van. Try having your hands tied behind your back, bend forward and pick something up from the floor INTO YOUR MOUTH while the person sitting next to you doesn't notice anything. Like i said, PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to do. Only way it would have worked is if every team member of the Major Crimes Unit was in on the escape plan!!! Don't underestimate the intellect of the audience, director!

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