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Voice: Episode 8

The gory and gruesome Golden Time cases take a turn for the truly horrific as the team races to once again save one of their own. It feels like with every step closer to figuring out who the killer might be, it’s three steps back, but perhaps the team is finally on the right track — or perhaps they’re purposefully being led astray by someone more powerful (and dangerous) than they can imagine.

 
Chapter 8: “The Secret of the Trash House — Eyes Inside the Wall Part 3”

 

It’s eighteen minutes after Jin-hyuk was first attacked, and the Golden Time Team manages to pinpoint the area where he’s likely being held. The Violent Crimes Unit race off to help Dae-shik track down Jin-hyuk, where he dangles in the meatpacking warehouse owned by the Good Friend gangsters. Jin-hyuk taunts the men, telling them that their attempt to beat him up was laughable, which only serves to irritate them.

Jin-hyuk’s arms may be tied up, but his legs aren’t, so when one of the men approaches him to threaten him, Jin-hyuk takes the opportunity to knock him out with a few swift kicks. He then uses the unconscious man’s body as a step stool to free himself from the butcher’s hook.

 

Also tied up in the warehouse is the traitorous informant Tabloid, who pleads with Jin-hyuk to save him — he promises to never betray him again! Jin-hyuk advances while wielding a knife, but it’s just to give it to Tabloid so he can cut free from his bonds.

As Jin-hyuk staggers to another area of the warehouse, the thugs arrive, knives at the ready. But Jin-hyuk only wants to know where their boss is — the man in block. This time he ruthlessly fights off the thugs, disarming them as he throws them across the room. He’s a man on a mission and they’re just blocking his way.

Dae-shik reports back to Kwon-joo that he’s now at the nearby livestock market. It’s been twenty minutes since the attack, which means, per the “golden time” rule, Jin-hyuk is likely in real danger. Kwon-joo tries to think of any clue that would lead them to Jin-hyuk. She recalls Chun-ok describing a distinct spicy smell from the men who killed Bok-soon, and then focuses on trying to figure out what Kyung-il was attempting to tell her right before he died.

 

She asks her team to look up the word “zi ran,” but Eun-soo already knows that it’s the Chinese name for “cumin,” which is often used in in lamb dishes. Kwon-joo orders Dae-shik to look for a place that would sell lamb skewers, or any place that would have a strong scent of cumin. Dae-shik and the other detectives race through the nearby Chinatown as they try to figure out where Jin-hyuk might be.

Meanwhile, Jin-hyuk continues his mission to get to the man in black. With some nifty action moves, he repeatedly takes down one bad guy after another as they attempt to stop him, like they’re minor hurdles along his way to reach the boss battle in a video game.

 

Finally, he takes out the last of the guards and limps down the hallway to where the man in black should be — but stops in his tracks when a gun is pressed against his temple. It’s the man in black with his most loyal bodyguard thug.

Dae-shik and the other men find a source for the spicy lamb smell and they prepare to enter the building, their guns at the ready. Back at the call center, Kwon-joo listens intently as the men enter.

The man in black taunts Jin-hyuk, letting him know that he’ll end things here and let Jin-hyuk join his wife. But Jin-hyuk just laughs, telling the man in black that he’s going to kill him as payment for all the lives the man has ruined. Just as the man orders the bodyguard to shoot, Jin-hyuk spins around to disarm him and knock him to the ground.

 

He then grabs the man in black and pins him up against the wall, using his knife to repeatedly stab him in the hand. The man is able to push Jin-hyuk aside, yelling for his bodyguard to shoot, but just then Dae-shik and the Violent Crimes Unit arrive. The man in black and his bodyguard flee as Chief Jang (who fires a warning shot) and the others pursue him, but Dae-shik’s primary concern is his injured partner.

He calls for paramedics, which Kwon-joo has already dispatched, and then she worriedly asks how Jin-hyuk is — and if the man in black is really the killer they’ve been after. As he catches his breath, Jin-hyuk radios back that the man in black is indeed the killer they’ve been looking for — he confessed it from his own mouth. He tells her not to worry about his injuries and instead focus on tracking the man down.

The man in black and his bodyguard manage to escape, though. The Violent Crimes detectives reassure Jin-hyuk that they’ve got an APB out for the car’s license plate, so they’ll find them soon.

Back at the call center, Commissioner Bae is relieved to hear Jin-hyuk is safe, but he’s also annoyed that Jin-hyuk managed to cause all this ruckus in the first place. Kwon-joo defends him, reminding the Commissioner that if the rest of the police force supported Jin-hyuk when he investigated Kyung-il, then Jin-hyuk wouldn’t have been out there on his own and he wouldn’t have been abducted in the first place.

Commissioner Bae bristles at her accusations, reminding her that he ordered
her to never mention Kyung-il again. But she stubbornly informs him that the man in black is related to that case, and that even when policemen are afraid of what will happen to them (because they’re still human), they still continually sacrifice themselves to protect the community. Commissioner Bae wordlessly leaves the call center control room and I give a little fist-pump in celebration of Kwon-joo standing up for her team.

 

When Chief Jang tells Jin-hyuk that the man in black got away, Jin-hyuk just eyes him carefully as he tells the chief that losing a suspect once is bad luck, but more than once it starts to set a precedent — a very suspicious one at that. The detectives are confident they’ll find him, since they’ve relayed the information to the rest of the police stations as well as the media, which means the man in black — or Nam Sang-tae — is a wanted man whose face is making headline news for the death of Bok-soon and other crimes. He won’t be able to get very far without being recognized.

In a fancy private club, a CEO of a development company tries to persuade one of Sungun’s government officials that they should be able to build a road and large bus center, instead of the other company that won the bid. The government official is nervous and hesitant as CEO MO casually offers bribes that would make it worth his while.

 

The CEO’s son smoothly points out that it’s time for the government official to start thinking about his own future, not just the neighborhood of Sungun. Oh hey, I recognize that face! It’s Kim Jae-wook, or should I say MO TAE-GU, and he politely excuses himself to take a phone call.

Back at the police station, Young-woon and Chun-ok are reunited in an interrogation room, and the bewildered and childlike Young-woon pleads for her to take off his handcuffs. She sadly says that he must be patient until the police find out what really happened.

A flashback reveals that Young-woon was in the room as Bok-soon fought against Sang-tae’s men as they tried to force her to sign away her townhome. When she refused, they tried to get Young-woon, with his large body and strength, to force her to sign, but due to his injured hand, he wasn’t able to hold her. In the end, one of the thugs grabbed the metal lamp and struck her against the head, killing her. Young-woon’s shock as he kneeled next to her, holding her, is how he got Bok-soon’s blood all over her hands. The evidence of the blood on his hands will mean he’ll be charged as an accessory nonetheless.

 

As soon as the detectives return to the station, Kwon-joo hurries down to make sure Jin-hyuk is okay. He reassures her there’s no reason to worry, but he thanks her for tracking him down so quickly. There’s no time to waste, though, as he heads up a briefing on everything they’ve managed to find about Sang-tae. Kwon-joo realizes that Sang-tae can’t be the person who killed her father because Sang-tae is in his forties, and voice she heard that night was from a younger man.

When she sees Chun-ok in the hallway, she slips out of the briefing room to see if there’s anything she needs. Chun-ok gratefully thanks her for everything she’s done to help them, but Kwon-joo tells her that they owe her thanks for helping them capture most of the Good Friend gang. Kwon-joo’s worried that Chun-ok and Young-woon won’t have a place to live, since the townhouse is now a crime scene, but Chun-ok reassures her she has a friend who will take her in.

Chun-ok starts to tear up at Kwon-joo’s thoughtfulness as the younger promises to do everything she can to support Chun-ok and her brother. The old woman promises to bring Kwon-joo a homemade rice drink — it’s the only thing she can offer as repayment. Kwon-joo sweetly tells her that she will enjoy it, but worriedly watches Chun-ok slowly leave the station as she repeatedly bows her thanks.

Later, Kwon-joo tells Jin-hyuk that the voice she heard can’t be the same as Sang-tae. Jin-hyuk points out that Sang-tae confessed, plus his jaw makes the odd crackling sound. That’s pretty damning evidence. Jin-hyuk then asks to listen to the copy of the recording from that night, hesitating slightly before pressing play since it also means listening to the last words his wife ever spoke.

He pauses to steady himself after listening to his wife beg for her life, and then, with a clenched fist, forces himself to focus on the sounds. Finally he has to admit that he can’t hear what Kwon-joo hears. At this point, since they don’t know what really happened, it’ll be best if they wait for the cops to find Sang-tae and bring him in. That might be sooner rather than later, since a report comes in just then that someone who looks like Sang-tae’s bodyguard was seen near the harbor.

As Tae-gu and his father leave the club, CEO Mo tells his son that they can’t be found to have any associations with Sang-tae or else this business deal will fall through. Tae-gu promises he’ll take care of it, and his father hesitantly asks if he’s somehow involved with the mess surrounding Sang-tae, but Tae-gu swiftly denies it.

The detectives pull up to the harbor and start searching the area. Sang-tae’s bodyguard tells him that they must have been spotted on a CCTV when he went to get some food for them. Right now they’re trapped in their dingy motel room, but when Tae-gu calls him, Sang-tae desperately tells him that he’ll figure a way out of this.

 

He starts to stutter as Tae-gu calmly asks if Sang-tae wants him to tighten the screw in his jaw (like, a literal screw? Because that could that explain the crackling), and looks downright terrified when Tae-gu says that if Sang-tae doesn’t take care of it, he’ll prepare the “special treatment.”

As Dae-shik and Jin-hyuk ask the motel owner if he’s seen Sang-tae, Tae-gu continues his drive, calmly enjoying the classical music pouring from the speakers. He slams on the breaks as a car pulls out in front of him — it’s one of the Violent Crimes detectives. The detective apologizes for not seeing him before merging, but Tae-gu just blocks the man’s way and stares at him.

 

The more intently Tae-gu stares, the more the man’s face changes until suddenly his mouth is covered with a horrifying layer of skin. Tae-gu smiles in satisfaction as he drives away, but it was all in Tae-gu’s mind, since the man just wonders in bewilderment at the arrogant way the guy in the black car acted, grumbling that it’s a shame he’s a cop and has to mind his manners.

A couple of the emergency call center agents are taking a coffee break and gossiping about the other workers, especially Hyun-ho and the speculation that his family is rich. When Eun-soo gets her cup of coffee, they ask her what she thinks about Hyun-ho, and she pointedly tells them that if they want to know more about him, they should ask him directly. It’s nice that she refuses to get caught up in their gossip while also sticking up for her teammate.

The townhouse, now devoid of bodies and police, is cordoned off as a crime scene. Chun-ok slips past the “do not enter” police tape and hesitantly makes her way into the darkened apartment. She carefully sets up a simple memorial for Bok-soon, apologizing that it’s taken her so long. She tells Bok-soon that she hopes she’ll be able to rest in peace while Chun-ok promises to spend the rest of her life repenting for what happened. She starts to cry just as someone enters the apartment — it’s the Kettlebell Killer, hidden from view in his long coat and hood. Uh-oh.

Kwon-joo studies Sang-tae’s file, wondering if he’s really the one she’s been searching for after all. He fits the profile, so it seems like an obvious conclusion.

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But the Kettlebell Killer has a new victim as Chun-ok, her head bloody from the first blow of the kettlebell, scrambles to try and escape him. He takes her phone and dials the emergency number. Hyun-ho answers, but the line is silent. However he recognizes the number from Chun-ok’s profile, and asks if she’s okay.

The killer tells Chun-ok to say she needs help, and as Hyun-ho hurries to track her GPS, the killer hangs up. Hyun-ho reports the phone call to Kwon-joo, adding that her something seems weird. Kwon-joo tries calling Chun-ok’s phone directly but there’s no answer — the killer is too busy dealing another blow to his victim.

 

Kwon-joo orders Dae-shik and Jin-hyuk to head to the townhouse, and she also decides to go there, undoubtedly moved by the personal connection she’s made with the old woman. Meanwhile, Chun-ok is barely alive as she gasps for breath and blood runs down her face. The killer, with his trademark crackling jaw, asks her if she’s ever seen someone get beheaded. With a sense of wonder in his voice, he describes the incredible amount of blood that comes out of the person until it suddenly stops when the blood is finally drained.

Chun-ok asks him if he thinks she’ll actually beg him, a crazy maniac, for her life. But he tells her he already gave her a second chance by turning her into Bok-soon. Not even God can give her that kind of new life — she should have accepted that gift! He just laughs when she gasps that he’ll pay for his sins, telling her that there’s no heaven and that he’s the only judge who matters. Then he bludgeons her to death.

Dae-shik and Jin-hyuk arrive at the townhouse the same time as Kwon-joo. With their guns drawn, the three of them carefully enter. It’s completely quiet and dark — too dark, actually, because the lights won’t turn on. Using their flashlights, they search the rooms but don’t see anything particularly unusual. But something catches Dae-shik’s eye — it’s the same closet where they found the real Bok-soon wrapped in plastic.

Ripping down the “caution” tape, they enter the bedroom. The awful smell and a large pool of blood coming from the closet are a good tip-off that something isn’t right. Dae-shik carefully opens the closet doors, only to leap back in horror when he sees Chun-ok’s body, pale and drained of blood, pinned to the wall as though she were nailed to a crucifix, with a wide Joker-esque smile cut into her face.

The grisly sight shocks all three of them, but as Jin-hyuk radios for a forensics team, Kwon-joo recognizes the shape of the wound on Chun-ok’s head — it’s the same as the ones found on Dong-chul, her father, and Jin-hyuk’s wife. Written on the wall (in blood, ew), is the Bible verse Luke 17:29, “But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.”

She’s convinced Chun-ok was killed due to her cooperation with the police. She radios Hyun-ho, asking him to look into the Bible verse and other cases where fragments of mirror were left in front of the victim. Dae-shik and Jin-hyuk explore the surrounding area, searching for a sign of someone fleeing the scene.

Just then the lights turn on in the apartment, much to Kwon-joo’s surprise. She investigates the fuse box where it’s revealed the lights were on a timer. She quickly deduces that, since the call was made at 9:10pm, they arrived at 9:13pm, and the lights turned on exactly at 9:15pm, that the Chun-ok was killed hours ago and the murderer is merely toying with them right now.

 

Forty-five minutes later, the police and forensics team have once again filled the townhouse. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that points towards the killer — the only footprints are those of the detectives who arrived later, and there aren’t any finger prints. The forensics chief marvels at the grotesque creativity of a psychotic criminal who would be so meticulous as he set the scene.

Just then the detectives discover Sang-tae’s fingerprints on Chun-ok’s phone. It looks like they’ve found proof he’s the culprit after all. Chief Jang reports back to Commissioner Bae, who then immediately calls someone else, letting them know the fingerprint was found.

Kwon-joo believes the murderer is just toying with them. Replaying the call in her mind, she realizes the voices sounded like they came from a recording instead of live through the phone. That means the killer called the center only after everything had been prepared, since it’s impossible to stage the body and escape without notice in only three minutes.

 

She’s convinced that Sang-tae must be a complete psychopath for killing Chun-ok in addition to her father and Jin-hyuk’s wife, but Jin-hyuk isn’t so sure that it’s actually Sang-tae, even after Dae-shik informs him about the fingerprints. Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo return to the station where he shows her Sang-tae’s thugs’ confessions about Bok-soon’s death, where they all independently reported he wanted to hide the body. That’s not exactly in line with a psychopathic murderer who would stage an elaborate scene for attention.

Meanwhile, Tae-gu’s father, CEO Mo, wearily tells his driver to figure out where Sang-tae is hiding and to get Commissioner Bae on the phone.

Hyun-ho delivers the information Kwon-joo asked for, and also turns out to be a huge fanboy of Jin-hyuk’s. So cute. But there’s a murderer to investigate, and Hyun-ho reveals that the mirror placed at the scene is likely a statement from the killer that the next victims will be the ones who are reflected in it — who are, of course, Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk.

COMMENTS

After all the whining about the last episode, it’s like the show suddenly decided to redeem itself. There was nothing “filler” about this episode, and while I still want to yell at the cameraman to stop dancing as he’s filming because the jerky camera movement gives me a headache (and makes it difficult to screencap), I have very few complaints about this episode. I love Jin-hyuk’s action scenes. I love that Kwon-joo continues to smartly deduce situations yet still remain intuitively aware of what the victims must be feeling. I love that the show finally surrendered their red herring that Sang-tae is the Kettlebell Killer. I love that it was Jin-hyuk who decided, despite the Sang-tae’s confession and crackling jaw, that Kwon-joo’s theory it’s someone else might have merit based on other quantifiable factors than just her super-hearing.

You know what else I love? Kim Jae-wook. His gorgeous cheekbones made up for the fact that I couldn’t watch the creepy and gory parts of the shows through my fingers. (My squeamish self couldn’t even put up a full screencap of Chun-ok’s body because it meant having to look at it again.) In fact, I’m really, really relieved that Kim Jae-wook finally made an appearance because I, as his self-declared #1 fan, recognized his jawline in the trailer and it’s been agonizing trying to pretend I don’t know who the Kettlebell Killer really is. Okay, yes, so the show still hasn’t officially told us that Tae-gu is the killer, but all the signs are there: the crazy sense of righteous punishment to those who have wronged him, however small (the hallucinatory flesh-mouth will serve a purpose, right? And not just to give me nightmares?); the utter terror he strikes in the hearts of despicable criminals as he threatens to punish them; the matching slim build of the killer. Oh, and have I mentioned the jawline? Because I’m not sure if it can be mentioned enough. Or studied enough. (Hey, it’s research!)

My enthusiasm for the show did dim a little the last couple of episodes. Even though I still found the show watchable and enjoyable, I no longer quite felt the pins-and-needles excitement that comes from being fully focused on the story and then desperately wondering what the next episode would bring. But now I’m all abuzz as I impatiently wait for the next episode, hoping that there will be both resolution and yet more cliffhangers. Yes, both, somehow, at the sam time. (Plus whatever it takes for me to keep Kim Jae-wook’s cheekbones on my screen for a little longer.)

I’m not even bothered that it looks like Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo will be put in grave danger again because this time it actually makes sense. They are getting closer and closer to discovering the true identity of the person who killed their family members, which means they’re also getting closer to unearthing the corruption in the police force (which, presumably, we’ll learn more about, since at the moment all I know is that it must involve Chief Jang and Commissioner Bae).

Heck, I’m not even bothered that the villain is apparently a psychopathic chaebol son, because I’m pretty sure I haven’t encountered one quite this psychopathic. He considers himself to be not just like a god, but one who is more than a god, with the power and authority to give second chances at life as well as punish those who’ve sinned against him. While I’ve come to expect blood and gore on this show, the creative team definitely stepped it up a notch with this latest case. I’m hoping that the show will further explore the religious iconography of it all — was he punishing Chun-ok specifically because she regretted her decision for a new life as Bok-soon (and thus, like Lot’s life, looked back)? I also want to know if the obsession with mouths is coincidence. Not just because of the flesh-mouth hallucination, but also the fact that he cut Chun-ok’s mouth wider across her cheeks — and then, of course, the constant mystery behind all these crackling jaws. What I do know is that I’ll be watching next week’s episodes during the middle of the day and not right before bed.

 
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Agreed. Loved Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo so much.

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Yes they toally nailed their roles! Both of them make a great team.

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Im finally finding it very easy to root for both of them. I know the drama is not perfect but I'm here for them. I hope we see them bonding more in future episodes.

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Agreed, I will also be watching the episodes in the daytime... fatal mistake I won't make again. I was watching the show at 1am and then couldn't sleep.... thank you for the recap! I'm so pleased you didn't post a picture of chan-ok's death.

So does the kettleball killer put screws in his minions. I couldn't hear the cracking noises when tae-gu was speaking.
Also did the kettleball killer find Sangtae- chop off his finger to frame him as the killer..

Surely they would have organised a safe house or undercover support for chan-ok considering how the suspects are still at large?

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I agree about the shaky camera :( it really makes it sooo hard to watch sometimes especially that scene with Dae-Shik and an injured Jin Hyuk. I felt really dizzy afterwards lol.

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I read that the drama has been submitted to censorship review due to the violent scenes, I don't mind the gore though. But BS body hanging on the wall was like watching a horror movie. I really feel bad for her, her life was hard and she died a horrible death.

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Yeah i read that too, but apparently Korean netizens are against the review coz this is a cable drama which they paid for, and some violence from crime dramas are totally expected.

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That's good, I hope that they won't change anything i like it the way it is.

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Er...am I the only one getting Shin Sung-rok-esque vibes off from Kim Jae-wook? Seriously, yikes when KJW stares down at the driver... they even have similar faces structures and hairstyles...

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You're not alone. I thought that too.

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The scene which the cop in the car's face changes hideously - I thought this was going to change into a science-fic drama which the psycho could disfigure people just from his imagination! Thank goodness that is not the case lol...

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that's what I thought too, i was like there is also this! But it's good that it's only imagination.

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I think this cop may be the next target for our psycho.

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I was thinking of that too

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Same! My husband was watching with me and he was like- ?! Is this now like the X-men? Lol.

Glad it was all just in his mind. Because I'm not ready for the writer to go all sci-fi crazy on us!

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And when Kwon-joo was fiddling with the fuse box, I was literally screaming like, watch your back! Luckily there was no one behind her. But what is the purpose of the killer setting the lights to return at 9:15 pm?

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I hope there's some significance to 9:15... because otherwise it will just bother me that they didn't choose a significant time (like, for instance, since the bible verse was Luke 17:29 you could say 17:29 on a 24-hr clock= 5:29, or 9:25 backwards). idk i like little details like that to ~mean something~

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I was worried for her too when the lights went back on. I thought the killer is back in that apartment to kill her or smth while DS and JH were outside chasing after 'someone'...

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While the truly shoddy police procedure shown over and over in this show continues to drive me crazy, I'm enjoying the other aspects enough to ignore it. I really like our two leads. Plus they keep upping the stakes and the tension.

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Ditto.

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I miss you Kim Jae-wook!! Muah :D

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I will keep in mind Odiletantte's advice, to watch this drama in the daytime, and with some companies. These whole 8 eps watched by myself, a big no no.

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KBK cut Chun Ok mouth? God, I only thought he just hang her in the closet. It's hard to see with all the censoring. So far, KBK victims is far weaker than him and at one point make me think he maybe cruel but also a coward. lol. It's hard to watch how he toy with Chun-Ok before killed her. For God sake she is one pitiful old lady. But, with the last scene when he aimed to his next victim (KJ and JH) I can't wait to watch their battle and how much KBK craziness can go. Waiting for Mad Dog vs Crazy KBK after this. :D

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Think this drama created a very memorable villain- so sadistic and cruel

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Aah finally the moment of truth.
First things that first though, someone made a joke in one of the previous recaps that kettle bell killer is K2. I can't remember who. I hope ots okay for me to use your idea though, the full name is rather tedious to type. So henceforth he shall be K2.

Okay, back to my original comments. What an episode. I didn't really hate the previous episode, but this one just drove home how discontented I was with it. Also I gotta admit I was totally wrong about K2s identity. I don't really get cheekbones or jawlines, so I couldn't comment on that, but that rubber band grin and evily even teeth had me thinking of someone else entirely. But I'm all aboard the Kim Jae Wook train now. I know he hasn't been shown cracking his jaw and that his voice sounds a bit different. But we've already seen that the cracking can be prevented by using a retainer and we've all felt that the voice has been given an additional filter in his K2 scenes. But the rhythm of his speech is the same. It's something I notice in particular, because I don't understand Korean at all except for a few select words, so I guess I'm better at catching the nuance. But it's exactly the same.
Also how much do I love the fact that what we once considered an annoying pothole has now taken on a hefty significance, and so subtly too. That one throwaway line about tightening the screw in his jaw explains everything. It's not something they all HAVE in common, it's something common that K2 has GIVEN them. I bet a dozen chocolate chip cookies that he does something to the jaws of all the people whom he takes on as underlings. It's like a super creepy gang initiation.

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This episode made me feel a bit conflicted. Because some parts had me annoyed like the ridiculous way Jin Hyuk took down the 100000 bad guys after just having been beaten half to death.... using a PEN to stab them as well! Pen of steel? Not to mention him not going to the hospital after....

But I suppose the show made up for it when they introduced The Killer (hello Mr Handsome Oppa!) who is chillingly freaky and psychotically twisted. And that crucifixtion scene at the end... *shudder*. Any complaints about the show were blown away after that. I need to know just how insane he is... and watch him being taken down.

Strangely I don't find the show shaky at all... maybe I'm the odd one?

Here's to more exciting revelations next week!

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I hear you on the "unrealistic" but I am weak to Jang Hyuk in action so I enjoyed those scenes too much.

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Haha it is typical in dramaland that the heroes cannot get too seriously injured else who is going after the bad guys?

And yeah I also did not notice the shaky camera at all, so maybe both of us are the odd ones?

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Me toooo. did not realize the share camery thingy till read all the comment here

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I stopped caring about the reality in this show, i gave up.

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Using a pen? Jin Hyuk must be related to John Wick. He's using a pensil to kill people. Lol. Now I got messed up between this two character. hahaha.

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I suddenly pictured JH going "I got a pen, I got an apple" lol but anyway someone told me on TW that he used a small knife that he drew from his jacket.

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Desperate situation need desperate measures. Better than he get killed right? If I were him I would use anything to hit back at the villains too.

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I'm a sucker for close-combat action so despite Jin-hyuk's quick-healing and super strength, I watched his action scene at the meatshop with mouth agape. Lol.

That pen-stabbing sequence is actually taught in Kali, a kind of traditional Filipino martial art. A similar sequence was used in the Bourne franchise.

Love Jang-hyuk and Lee Hana's partnership because they totally respect each other. ^^

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Lol. He is like another Tae Ho who won't die easily in Missing 9. The difference is that one is a protagonist while the other is the villain.

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Wowww.... KIM JAE WOOK it is!!!!!!! Love the man....

I really guessed it would b him in the first episode.... That figure of the killer gave a strange vibe that it should be Kim JAE WOOK.... Missed him sooo much.....

Only certain actors can make us fall in love with villians... Kim JAE wook is one of them.... Definitely number 1 among them is shin sung rok....

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Thank you for the recap...this episode was like a horror movie! but a really good one. its going to be a long wait for the next episode.

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I'll just have to relive the show through your recaps because I don't think I'll be able to sit through the show and sleep after that. I only managed to get past 4 episodes and basically fast-forwarding all the gruesome parts which made each episode pretty short. ?

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3 days later and I am still scarred from that scene where he killed the lady. As much as I hated it I thought it was brilliant the way he placed her body and then relating it to the bible.

I will only be watching this show in the daytime now

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I still think Dae-sik is somehow related to this, and the young Golden time recruit suddenly became a bit suspicious in this ep too. If the show wanted to confim Jae Wook is the killer, why not show his face? That's bugging me. I think he has accomplices in the police department of sure, that goes beyond the chief and the comissioner. And I'd also like to know why he was interested in Jin Hyuk's wife? From the small interactions we saw of him, he probably has access to lots of women, why try to s*xually assault a housewife? And it's not like they showed him (*the killer) having a preference for killing women, or more specifically housewives. I mean I get most psychopaths in tv and movies murder women but in this they've yet to show this killer having a preference for that. He just seems to punish whoever angers him as a "god". I hope we get more background on what happened that night that lead to Jin Hyuk's wife meeting the killer.

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"From the small interactions we saw of him, he probably has access to lots of women, why try to s*xually assault a housewife? " well for one thing sexual assault isn't always about attraction or even the need to satisfy certain urges.
Having said that, from what I've seen of the clips leading to the wife's murder, there wasn't any indication of him trying or even wanting to rape her. He straight up attacked her. If they hadn't mentioned that he had tried, I never would have guessed. In retrospect, we know that there are high ranking members of the police force involved in covering up the crimes. So the way I read the situation is that when they were trying to pin the blame on the first guy, the one who went to trial, they concocted the rape story to give him a credible motive that could go on the record.

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I know why V said that, because When he was attaking her the killer said: "if you haven't acted up this would never happen" i don't know what he means by that, Was he trying to sexually assault her or something else he wanted from her!

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Yes, we still don't know why he killed her....out of his psychotic killing urge or what ?? I don't think he tried to sexually assault her too...

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Agreed, but we don't really know what he means by 'acting up'. He was having homicidal fantasies about the cop simply for making a minor mistake that didn't even cause him any harm. For all we know, 'acting up' might have involved her stepping on his toe or something.

And once he caught up with her, his actions weren't rapist like. He didn't try to rape her again, he didn't even touch her in a sexually aggressive or threatening manner that we saw.

That's why I think the fake charge theory holds more weight.

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This drama is beyond my expectations.
The violence and flow of the story somewhat relates me to an english drama The Mentalist especially after seeing the face of the last victim. When the killer toyed with our leads I got Jane, Lisbon and Red John vibes. No complanins though because the korean version has different ways to reveal the plot.
Apart from that the drama is good except for the cinematography.
Good luck ??

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If I could find the idiot that 'invented' shaky cam I'd lock them in a room, attached to the camera, with scenes on all 4 walls, and leave them there until their heads explode. And I'd love to do it to the director and cameraman for this show in particular. Using it for affect in occasional action scenes is one thing, but 100% shaky cam? COME ON!!! I too have a splitting headache every time I get done watching an episode of this show....and virtually every other crime show on this channel since it seems to be written in the contracts that all programs on OCN must be filmed with shaky cam. Lord. I might become the subject of an episode in a future crime drama on OCN at this rate!!!!

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XD the first few lines of your comment made me think 'bruh, this sounds like someone who could be a villain on voice' and then you acknowledged that yourself in the last few lines! I understand your pain though. Shaky cam is hella annoying.

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??? Good one bmore, sharing your feeling....
To hell with those cameras they are really annoying??

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I'm feeling giddy from the shaky cameras when they were doing the fight scene/running scene...

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Lol, i heard the shaky cam trend first started by Bourne's camera director. I personally liked it there (I love Bourne series) but then other Hollywood's movies started to adapt it and now Even Korea's?

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This episode was crazy good. It is like a competition of psychopaths. The villains in the beginning was crazy but this one ( Tae-gu)is out the world crazy. Killing seems to be a work of art for him. He is never in a rush.
Also, if I am not mistaken I thought the villian's father ask him about his younger brother? Who could that be?

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okayy, so can anyone briefly explain to me about the bible verse that was mentioned and what does it have to do with the case that is going on.

i don't read bible.

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to get a sense of this, there's a need for context of the Bible.

the verse Luke 19 is from the New Testament (NT). it is making a referrence to the Old Testament (OT).

OT: repentence and seeking forgiveness was difficult because the sinner would need to sacrifice a clean animal to die in place of him/her every time they wanted to repent.

NT: when Jesus came and died and gave us all salvation through faith in Him. no animals needed anymore!

Sodom is a city which existed in OT times (Genesis 19) where the people including people and leaders basically ignored the whole idea of repentence and continued to do every and any bad stuff you could think of, except this chap Lot, who's Abraham's nephew.

So God could not bear to see the corruption anymore and decided to destroy the city but save the only good person left. He sent angels (who looked like normal people in disguise) to find Lot but the men in Sodom was so corrupted that they saw the angels as male foreigners and wanted to sleep with them (that's where the word sodomy came about) Lot shoo-ed the people away.

The angels told Lot to flee and allowed him to bring his wife and family. and told them not to look back while running... which is EXACTLY what his wife did and she turned into salt.

The question here really is, WHY did the kettlebell killer use the verse from Luke instead of Genesis?

in Luke 17, the verse relating to Sodom and Lot is spoken BY Jesus to remind the people that the day where the end of world arrives, it will strike so sudden and hard that we would be caught absolutely unaware and unprepared for it, case in point Sodom. hence we should always be mentally and spiritually prepared for the day the end comes.

the more interesting verse comes after the Kettlebell Killer's wall writing:

32 remember Lot's wife 33 those who seek to keep their life would lose it, and whoever who loses their life will preserve it

Kettlebell Killer is not just playing God, he thinks he's some sort of saviour too. and those who doesn's listen to instructions (like Lot's wife) will perish. granny "lost" her life but preserved it through assuming the identity of another person. but she helped the police, wanted to keep her own identity and life, and hence will lose it by dying in the kettlebell killer's hands (or kettlebell)

how sick is that?

can't wait for the next episode!

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Good and concise explanation.

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Anyone think that middle-aged bespectacled guy in the 112 call center is suspicious? His name appears in the character chart but he doesn't do anything much except saying hi and bye so far. Hmmm...

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From The Korea Times website:

‘Voice’ director listens, hints at tempering down gore

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) — “Voice,” a popular crime show on cable TV channel OCN, may water down its violence, its director said Wednesday, amid concerns that the show, even for the genre, was too intense and could prompt copy cat crimes.

“With episodes based on real-life cases, there may have been some overly excessive scenes as we tried to make them similar to the situation victims may have had to endure as much as possible,” Director Kim Hong-seon said at a media event held at a hotel in western Seoul.

“We will try to come up with ways so viewers may be less disturbed while not affecting the flow of the show,” Kim said.

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Ugh! This is dumb ?

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OMG NOOOO!!!!

Is the show not pre produced?

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Nope, it is not pre-produced.

But I think our director can still pull off the thrills with lesser gore.

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Li Ha-na was quoted on Soompi as saying the corpses were disturbing. I thought the Corpse-in-the-Closet was pretty bad in 1080p - gotta be worse up close and in person.

https://www.soompi.com/2017/02/14/lee-hana-talks-difficulties-working-voice/

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The make-up artist must be damn good at doing the corpses...

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when the body was greyed out, was it censorship? or did the murderer somehow paint the whole thing grey?

I was really wanting a hannibal level sort of bodies.

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i believe it was censored

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Wow...this is my new favorite show and has been giving me all sorts of surprises but I have to admit I literally smiled when Kim Jae Wook showed up on the screen XDDDDD. I feel bad because they really make this killer easy to hate and creepy as hell but he's one of my favorite actors and I havent seen him in such a long time lmao. Nice to see him in such a meaty role tho :))). Rooting for this show!

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Ive been watching detective conan, mentalist, and all sherlock-theme based to know that DAE SHIK is the real killer!
1) The revelation of the new guy was super obvious as if the pd intentionally wants to divert our suspicion on dae shik.
2) So many close up on dae shik and kim jae wook's faces in this ep. Side, front view.
3) They still hides the killer face which is something worth to point out.
4) The actual time of ahjumma being killed was duped, it was actually 30 minutes range which could give dae shik time to do his real job.

My guess would be, based on how the company gather problematic, skillful people(frm south east), they possibly might form some psychotic-killers team.

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I agree, I've thought of point no 4 when they realised that the call was recorded, I mean just to fool or play with the cops??? It must have been done to provide "alibi" for Dae Shih?

And yes, I don't think the writer would want to let us know so early in the show on who is the kettlebell killer, it will kill all the mysteriousness right? So I'm still a little doubtbful that the killer is that rich guy....since they still cover up the killer's face even though they throw us a "hint" that it was that rich guy....??

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i was sure as hell it was daeshik but i couldnt explain why kwonjoo couldnt identify his voice when they met immediately?
now that taegu appeared i listened carefully to his voice it does really sound like the wifey killer in episode 1 before they auto tuned it

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I guessed voice can be manipulated

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*voices

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Was anyone else screaming at the old ajhumma not to even enter the freaking house? I just knew something was gonna happen when she showed up to say thank you and that she was gonna make Kwon Joo something in return. You don't say things like that in a drama and be left unharmed lady! Gawddd frickin fate should never be tempted like that. I could barely watch the scene of the killer coming in. Ughhhhhh note to self never never watch this drama at night. When you're alone. With the lights out. Ughhhhhh and I thought last week's reveal of the mummy in the closet was bad.

The scene where KJW is starring at the policeman and his face morphs was also frickin creepy btw. For a weird moment I thought I was transported to a different drama. A psychopathic serial killer with superpowers? Shudder.

KJW though. I'm ashamed to say I've forgotten how hot he is. It's been too long guy. Thank gawd for all the close ups of his face. So. Hawt. Fans self.

Hawtttttttt. Between him and Jang Hyuk's sexy voice and face, I'm putty. Is it out of place to ask for a shirtless scene?

Hawttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

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Me too.... that dim killing scene was so eerie....I know that somehow she was going to get killed...pity her actually....and her poor brother, how is he going to do without his noona ?

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I always watched this show at night in my dimly lighted room, cos I've free-er in the night-time, but I'm okay with the scenes so far, except for those showing burnt corpse of that earlier criminal and now this grandma's corpse....argh....

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Amazing episode but why they gotta kill an old woman so brutally my heart is too weak to handle that ?

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What if dae shik is kim jae wook's brother....?! That could explain the closeups....or not...
Hopefully not!

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Maybe related to each other. Yes.

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I finally got something right in previous ep! (Re: the jaw cracking was not a natural occurrence in some characters but induced by the main killer)

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That was some satisfying fisticuffs by Detective Moo, who had a novel way of freeing himself from that meat hook. As always, Jang Hyuk delivers. I love watching his fight scenes.

Presumably Tabloid ran for his life, but I wonder how long it will be before his corpse turns up.

How did Kettlebell Killer Mo Tae-gu know that Chun-ok would return to the apartment? Maybe he figured she had nowhere else to live? Nothing good ever comes of returning to the scene of the crime, especially while perpetrators are still on the loose.

The first murder in that apartment was bad enough, but Tae-gu's sickening tableau of Chun-ok's corpse is over the top. It reminds me of the Gormigon arc in BONES. The Glasgow Smile is the last straw. I hope they tone it down a bit. Tae-gu is beginning to come across as a seriously whacked-out killer with an oral fixation. "Special treatment"??? Maybe he bombed out of dental school. This guy is enough to give one orthodontia nightmares. I say that as someone who had braces as a kid. *shudder*

Dastardly, creepy villain role aside, it's great to see Kim Jae-wook back on the small screen. It's been a dog's age.

I've been enjoying Kim Roe-ha's turn as Nam Sang-tae, but have a feeling that he's about to exit stage left any minute now. He's been one of my fave ahjussis since THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG. If I do say so, his eyes are beautiful in the close-ups in this episode. Ahjussi fatale in more ways than one. ;-)

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PS -- Thanks for recapping, odilettante!

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i think the entire show has something to do with dentistry.
wifey+daddy murders = crackling jaw possibly taegu
stabbed washing machine boy = dentist grand dad
rapist VJ = retainers
roasted rapist = nam sang tae with jaw screws
dead grannies = taegu

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Thanks for the recap. Agree that this episode was better and also the overuse of the shaky cam is distracting. This technique can add a sense of realism in some scenes, but if overused it makes scenes unwatchable.

I think you meant to type Lot's "wife" instead of "life" in the recap. Because, it was she who looked back, subsequently turning into a pillar of salt.

Also, I find it interesting Chun-ok's body was positioned as a crucifixion, perhaps implying she was a criminal in the murderer's eye.

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The stomach - turning and stomach - churning butcher shop scenes.. It's amazing how the baddies put Jang Hyuk through the wringer and he still has the energy to put on a 10 vs 1 fight :P

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