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Voice: Episode 12

Once again, the Golden Time Team races to save lives when they realize that the true culprit is one they originally overlooked. As they do, they stumble on information that leads to more discoveries about what happened the night Jin-hyuk’s wife was murdered. Sang-tae tries to outsmart Tae-gu, but he’d probably be better off making a deal with the devil — although, who’s to say Tae-gu isn’t the devil?

 
Chapter 12: “A Call From the Fiery Pit Part 1”

 

Sang-tae calls Tae-gu, revealing that his bag of evidence is now in the hands of the police — and something in there ties him to Tae-gu. Annoyed, Tae-gu asks if Sang-tae wants him to cut his other Achilles’ tendon (ohhh, so that explains his odd gait).

But Sang-tae knew he’d eventually be cast aside by Tae-gu and CEO Mo, so he made sure to have some insurance against them. If Tae-gu doesn’t want that information released, he’d better protect Sang-tae. Tae-gu does not look amused.

 

Kwon-joo is concerned about Jin-goo, the schizophrenia patient that’s just been taken to the hospital, since she could hear the men in the ambulance and how they mocked Jin-goo. Worried for his life, she orders Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik to go after the ambulance and try to stop it before it reaches the hospital. She also order Hyun-ho and Eun-soo to look further into the welfare center and see how they treat their patients.

As they zoom down the road leading to the hospital, the ever-skeptical Dae-shik thinks that the doctors and orderlies were just trying to get Jin-goo to calm down, but Jin-hyuk thinks there’s something odd going on, since he saw some scars on Jin-goo’s body that look liked he’d been tied up and cut by someone.

 

Because the phone in Jin-goo’s pocket blocks GPS tracking, Kwon-joo uses her super hearing to figure out that the ambulance is going into an underground parking area. There’s a nearby psychiatric clinic that the welfare clinic often uses, so Kwon-joo tells Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik to go there. They arrive at the parking garage at the same moment Kwon-joo can hear Jin-goo being transported down a long hallway on a gurney.

Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik barge into the psychiatric center, where the nurse confirms that Jin-goo arrived for treatment due to his injuries. Jin-hyuk stops the doctor, who tells him that Jin-goo is a frequent guest due to his self-inflicted injuries stemming from his hallucinations, and that Jin-hyuk can speak to him after they’ve treated him.

 

The detectives catch a glimpse of a man in the treatment room. His face is covered up, but Dae-shik recognizes the bracelet that Jin-goo was wearing before. Jin-hyuk reports back to Kwon-joo that everything seems to be fine, and they’re waiting for Jin-goo to be treated. Dae-shik does find it odd that the clinic seems to be nearly empty, though.

Hyun-ho reveals that he wasn’t able to find anything unusual about either the director of the welfare center or the psychiatric clinic. So it would seem like there’s nothing to worry about.

But Kwon-joo can still hear what’s going on via the phone in Jin-goo’s pocket, and she can hear the doctors set down their instruments in the surgery room. She’s confused why Jin-goo could be allowed a phone in the surgery room, but the answer is probably because that these doctors in their makeshift surgery room don’t exactly look like they’re following the Hippocratic Oath.

 

This is confirmed by Eun-soo, who realizes that the doctor running the psychiatric clinic is only a licensed therapist and not a medical doctor. Plus the main source of income for the clinic comes from the welfare center, so there’s definitely some sort of suspicious connection. Jin-hyuk barges into the surgery room, but there’s only the “doctor” — no patient. Dae-shik runs to capture the man who was pretending to be Jin-goo as Jin-hyuk demands to know why the woman lied to them.

Kwon-joo is confused, since she can clearly hear the sounds of the surgery room, but there’s no surgery happening in the clinic. Listening carefully, she catches a snippet of music, the same music she remembers hearing when she was on the phone with the welfare center’s director. She’s now convinced that the ambulance doubled back and returned to the welfare center. Calling for backup, Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik hurry back to the welfare center.

Listening over the phone, Kwon-joo hears the center’s director arrive and tell the men to begin. Someone calls him, and he tells the person at the other end of the phone that Jin-goo’s barely alive, and that they’ve decided it’s best to just get him out of the way. From the sounds of it, the director has been harvesting the patients for organs to sell on the black market.

Hyun-ho finds a connection with some of the men who all started working at the welfare center at the same time a few years ago. One is a medical doctor, another a butcher, and the third has expertise in pesticides. Hyun-ho thinks it odd that these skilled men would suddenly decide to work at a low-paying welfare center, especially when they all have a sizable amount of debt.

Kwon-joo also discovers that the director of the welfare center used to be the director at another center fifteen years ago, before being charged for embezzlement and trafficking of human organs. He fled to China, but it looks like he returned to Korea to run the same scam again.

 

When they return to the center, Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik confirm that there’s an ambulance parked outside, but there’s no one around. They run through the hallways, but the center is completely empty. That seems rather odd, considering it was filled with people just moments ago.

They find a locked door and Jin-hyk is convinced he can hear someone behind it. Using a fire extinguisher to break the lock, the detectives enter the darkened classroom, and then recoil at the stench of the group of patients who sit huddled in a corner. They’re too terrified to answer his questions about where the director or other orderlies are.

But Jin-hyuk deduces that the center can’t just be trafficking in human organs, especially when there are so many people still here. When they find a huge supply of the exact same medication, Jin-hyuk realizes that the homeless people were being used as human guinea pigs for medications that had not yet been approved because of their side effects.

The detectives work together to help escort the people out of the center, but Kwon-joo can hear the surgery starting on Jin-goo. She thinks it’s in a secret room in the basement, so Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik run downstairs to find out where Jin-goo is being kept. But one of the doctors finds the phone in Jin-goo’s pocket and turns it off, realizing that the call center has been on the line the whole time.

 

At the sound of the detectives’ footsteps, the director orders them to hurry up and get the job over with before the cops arrive. Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik slowly approach the room where they can hear Jin-goo’s agonized cries as the director starts to cut into his chest, but once they enter the room, the other doctors are ready for them, makeshift weapons at the ready.

Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik quickly deal with them and the director flees. The local cops also arrive, along with a real ambulance, and they carry the wounded Jin-goo away. Dae-shik does some investigating of the room and finds a huge refrigerator filled with various organs and body parts, ready to be sold on the black market. The detectives are shocked by this discovery, and as one of the injured orderlies laughs at them, Jin-hyuk demands to know if he’s even human.

 

The orderly scoffs that it’s pointless to try and arrest them, since their expensive lawyers will keep them out of jail. But “Mad Dog” Jin-hyuk doesn’t care about the law as he starts to pummel the smug-faced orderly until Dae-shik finally intervenes.

Another of the orderlies, who is more terrified than smug, reveals that they got the job through a broker who wanted to test the side effects of weight loss drugs. They couldn’t get enough volunteers for the clinical testing, so they used the homeless people instead. Then, once a patient succumbed to the side effects, they killed them and harvested their organs to sell to other countries.

 

Furious at their greed for money over the lives of innocent people, Jin-hyuk picks up a hammer and threateningly raises it towards the smug orderly. He promises to hit the man only once, but even the Mad Dog side of him sees reason, and he drops the hammer as he asks where the director went.

As Jin-hyuk and Dae-shik run through the building to chase down the director, they report back to Kwon-joo about the truth of the center and how the homeless patients were abused and used — even the children.

They barge into the director’s office, but the only person there is the young girl from earlier, hiding in a corner. Jin-hyuk kneels down to gently tell the girl that he’ll make sure the bad guys pay for everything they’ve done to her. He adds that his son is her age, and he’s sure they’d become friends, but in order for that to happen, he needs to find the evil director.

 

The little girl silently points a finger to another area of the room, and Dae-shik carefully picks her up and carries her out, quietly ordering Jin-hyuk to catch that bastard. Glancing around the room at the director’s many awards and certificates, he discovers that one of the bookshelves is actually covering up a door.

He follows it to a secret room in the back, where the director hides, ready to strike as soon as Jin-hyuk opens the curtain. But he’s an old, out-of-shape man who can’t match Jin-hyuk’s strength or anger, and Jin-hyuk easily takes the knife from him — but only after he purposefully cuts his wrist with it. There’s dark glee in his voice as he tells the director that, since the man has attacked a police officer, everything he does from here on out will be considered self-defense.

Jin-hyuk shoves the man across the room, where he stumbles to the ground. The director scoffs that he had no idea the police cared so much about the homeless. It’s not like anyone would really notice if the homeless die on the streets or in his clinic. At least he was giving their bodies purpose.

 

Jin-hyuk pulls out his gun and fires off two warning shots before pointing it at the director. He tells the director that all those lives he ruined with his experimental drugs and organ harvesting may have been homeless people with no where else to go, but they were still people who deserved to be treated with dignity. It seems only fair that the director give up his life to pay for at least a portion of all the lives he destroyed.

The director screams as Jin-hyuk pulls the trigger — but he aims at the wall instead of the director’s head. He’s still a police officer, after all, and he vows that he’ll make sure the director spends his life rotting in jail. He officially arrests the director, thus closing the latest Golden Time case.

The news stations report on the story as the welfare center workers are taken away in handcuffs, and one woman arrives in a taxi, screaming for her husband. She’s Jin-goo’s wife, and until she saw the news, she had no idea where he was. Before the recession, he used to own a large clothing factory but it went bankrupt, and in order to keep from burdening his wife and daughter with his debts, he left them to live on the streets.

 

Kwon-joo calls Dae-shik, asking if he knows if there’s anyone named Gong Chul-han at the welfare center. Dae-shik looks through the files, but he doesn’t see anyone listed by that name — not even on the list of those who’ve died. He then asks the homeless people still assembled outside the clinic if they’ve ever heard of Chul-han, but no one knows anything about him. In the ambulance, Jin-goo overhears Dae-shik and tries to speak, but he can barely gasp out Chul-han’s name.

Back at the station, Kwon-joo studies Jin-hyuk’s wife’s file, as well as the meagre information she has on Chul-han, which states that he went missing while he was staying at a care facility.

 

Eun-soo and Hyun-ho have a cute moment as they talk about the responsibilities of working at the call center, but it’s really just an excuse to have a two-minute commercial for Subway. They’re still super adorable, nonetheless.

Tae-gu, of course, doesn’t eat at Subway. Instead, he’s having his dinner at a fancy restaurant, where he waits for Sang-tae to arrive. He’s amused when he hears the cracking of Sang-tae’s jaw, which sounds louder than normal. Is he afraid that Tae-gu might have contacted the police?

Sang-tae defends himself, reminding Tae-gu that he’s a wanted man who has nowhere to hide. That just only serves to further amuse Tae-gu, who points out that he doesn’t sound like the Sang-tae he used to know. Sang-tae gets straight to the point, asking for Tae-gu’s help to keep him out of prison and live a comfortable, free life.

Tae-gu reaffirms that none of his belongings are in the bag the police found, and then casually asks if Sang-tae wants him to kill Jin-hyuk for him. He then slides over the steak he’d been cutting up for Sang-tae, pleasantly telling him he should eat to keep up his strength.

 

But when Sang-tae, his defenses now lowered as he relaxes, reaches for the plate, Tae-gu grabs a fork and stabs Sang-tae’s hand — the same hand that’s still injured from where Jin-hyuk had stabbed it previously. As Tae-gu gleefully wriggles the fork and Sang-tae struggles to keep from yelling out in pain, Tae-gu tells him that he wants to get a good look at the detective that’s made Sang-tae so fearful and so weak.

He tells Sang-tae that once he gets rid of the fear, he could be become stronger than humanly possible. After he removes the fork from Sang-tae’s hand, Tae-gu tells him that he has a choice to make between two options, and depending on which one he takes, it could change his life forever.

Jin-hyuk returns to the station where the Violent Crimes detectives are still interrogating Sang-tae’s henchman, trying to get a clue to Sang-tae’s whereabouts. But Jin-hyuk enters the room and tells the man that he knows Sang-tae wasn’t the one who killed his wife, so instead the man should tell him who framed Sang-tae.

The henchman smugly tells Jin-hyuk that Sang-tae has more connections than one would think — and some of them are in this very building. The other detectives think the henchman is bluffing, but Dae-shik keeps a careful eye on the haggard Chief Jang when he steps outside.

Chief Jang calls his daughter who lives in Australia, asking how she’s doing. But she’s too busy to talk, and when he sadly heads back into the building, he finds Jin-hyuk standing there, waiting for him.

Sang-tae thinks over Tae-gu’s options. If he kills Jin-hyuk, then Tae-gu will do anything Sang-tae wants, freeing him from his lifelong contract with Tae-gu’s family. Sang-tae points out that killing a cop is not exactly an easy thing, and Tae-gu tells him that he should use Tae-gu’s name as bait to lure Jin-hyuk out. Sang-tae can figure out what happens after that. The other option, according to Tae-gu, is to be punished like his father was.

 

Jin-hyuk and Chief Jang sit alone in one of the police vehicles as Jin-hyuk reveals that he knows all about the video and the blackmail — but not who’s blackmailing Chief Jang, which is the information he really wants. Chief Jang is frustrated that he’s been found out, but he tells Jin-hyuk that it’s better he stay out of it. Aw, he genuinely sounds so sad and defeated.

At the hospital, Jin-goo’s wife tends to her husband. The medication seems to have worn off, because he sounds like he’s once again in his right mind. But he can’t stop thinking about the detective asking about Chul-han. He doesn’t know much about Chul-han, but he’s heard some things during his time on the streets.

 

He calls Kwon-joo, thanking her (on behalf of the entire call center) for saving his life. He then admits that, while he didn’t know Chul-han very well, they did stay at the same homeless shelter once. He mentions someone who might know more about Chul-han, and who he thinks is now a bus driver for Sungun Express, aka Tae-gu’s company. Funny how that name keeps cropping up.

Jin-hyuk gets Chief Jang to admit that he thinks he’s being blackmailed by someone from the station, especially since the blackmailer seems to know his every move. When he mentions that he was planning to resign, Jin-hyuk tells him that he’ll make sure the blackmailer pays for what he’s done, and that Chief Jang just needs to focus on his work. In the spirit of mutual honesty and camaraderie, he tells Jin-hyuk that Kwon-joo has been looking into Jin-hyuk’s wife’s files.

 

When Kwon-joo meets up with him per his request, he asks why she did a background check on his wife. Conveniently, Kwon-joo wanted to meet with him, too, to tell him why she thinks his wife was murdered. Before she died, she was looking for a homeless man, and Jin-hyuk remembers her telling him about it when he was trying to catch up on his sleep, but he ignored her when she asked for his help.

Kwon-joo finds it strange that Jin-hyuk’s wife was so obsessed with finding a specific homeless man. Jin-hyuk says it’s just because she was an exceptionally caring person, but Kwon-joo believes there’s something more to it. Jin-hyuk demands to know what she’s not telling him — did his wife die because she was looking for Chul-han?

Hesitating, Kwon-joo reveals that his wife had been endlessly searching for Chul-han when he disappeared two days before her death. She then shows him the message she received last night, stating that Jin-hyuk’s wife was actually a secret broker for GP Development.

 

Scoffing at the idea that anyone would accuse his wife of such a thing, he drunkenly leaves the restaurant. Just then, he gets a phone call from Sang-tae, asking to meet. He wants to make a deal. If Jin-hyuk keeps him from getting arrested, he’ll give him the proof of who really killed his wife.

Kwon-joo receives a message from Tae-gu, politely asking if she’ll meet with the CEO of Sungun Express. Ahhhh, is Tae-gu bathing in blood? Creeeeeeepy. Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk stare at each other through the restaurant window as they realize how close they are to finding out the identity of the killer.

COMMENTS

I don’t know why I keep being surprised by Tae-gu when I should just assume that he’s predictably horrific, but… that was blood, right? In the bath water? And not just some fancy colored bath salts? Is he really so unhinged that he would literally bathe in the blood of his enemies? (Um… yeah, he totally is. Why am I even questioning this?)

I’m not too worried about Jin-hyuk falling for Sang-tae’s trap because I also don’t understand why Sang-tae has hope he’ll survive. He knows what Tae-gu is capable of, he knows that he’s no longer useful to him — so why does he seem to think that Tae-gu won’t kill him since that would be easier than paying him off and giving him his freedom? I’ve been a little surprised that Sang-tae has lasted as long as he has, actually, but then again I suppose he’s had his uses. Until now, that is. I’m ready to take bets on whether or not Sang-tae will live until the end of the show (but I’m pretty sure he won’t).

I’m also pleased that I totally knew there was going to be something more important about the welfare center that somehow related back to the main case. I want to believe that this newfound knowledge about Jin-hyuk’s wife is somehow false, at least for Jin-hyuk’s sake. I want him to have good memories of his wife and not think of her as someone that might have been doing possibly illegal business on the side, and that might have been the reason she was killed that night.

But it would help to understand why Tae-gu killed her in the first place. Jin-hyuk’s wife has been the most perplexing murder, because I haven’t been able to figure out why she was killed when all we’ve seen from Tae-gu is that, crazy as he is, he does have a method to his madness. All the other deaths have been to either cover up other business deals or remove witnesses. Unless Jin-hyuk’s wife was a witness to another as-yet-unreported murder, it would make sense that she had connections to Sungun Express and knew something she shouldn’t. Possibly she was doing the right thing — perhaps Tae-gu is the reason Chul-han disappeared and Jin-hyuk’s wife, in her desperation to find out where he went, discovered more than was good for her. Hopefully as we enter the last few episodes, all these random threads will start to make sense and we — and Jin-hyuk — will finally be able to discover the truth of what really happened and why.

On a technical note, I’m pleased that the terrible shaky-cam seems to have abated. While there’s still some movement, these past couple of episodes haven’t made me as woozy as before, so it seems like the director is listening to the complaints about the show and is willing to fix it. Or maybe the camera director is just no longer drunk. Or maybe I’ve acclimated to the shaky-cam. Whatever the reason, I’m no longer distracted by it.

I’m also thankful for all the closeups on Kim Jae-wook’s face. His character may be unrepentantly eeeeeeeeeeevil, but his cheekbones are definitely a blessing. If we can’t get decent character development in this show, at least we can enjoy the pretty.

 
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1. I am thankful that this eps was not wasted with Jin-hyuk fighting for 30 mins

2. The case of the day was complex - I really thought the guy on the ledge was crazy

3. I am glad that Tae-gu's father question his linked to the recent murder - if your son collects hair from dead bodies and bath in blood...he was doing something 'crazy' when he was a child

4. We do know that Jin-hyuk's wife was not having an affair, however I do l like the layering of her death

5. Kim Jae-wook is nailing this role...I wish they would enlarge his lines

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So what's worse: being a serial killer with a shrink-wrapped corpse at home or having your bathtub right in front of those huge clear windows?

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Not to forget....blood filled bathtub...

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What's weirder is having a bathtub without a water outlet or a drain. How the heck doe he fill the tub and empty it? I had strange visions of our killer carrying a bucket and going from the tub to the bathroom and back a number of times, then grabbing a mop and cleaning the floor. Seeeeriously ...

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*does, not doe

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@Gopi,

It makes as much sense as those dopey Cialis commercials with the his-and-hers claw-foot bathtubs outdoors in a garden or orchard. Geez.

Maybe it was meant to appear sybaritic, but it comes across as silly.

I'm pretty sure Hae-Su is not available to make a house call from the Damiwon to carry water, er, O negative, for him.

@Lord Cobol,

I was wondering about that, too. It lends new meaning to "flashing" a killer smile.

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Thanks for the recap, odilettante!

Now we're getting somewhere. Finally some progress on deciphering why Detective Moo's wife was killed. I seem to recall that in the recording of her killer's voice, he told her she shouldn't have acted up. Maybe "acting up" to him means standing up for the weak and downtrodden.

I have an uneasy feeling that poor Gong Chul-han is going to be found in Tae-gu's vestibule being used as a hat rack.

Sang-tae seems to really have a death wish. Telling Tae-gu that he lost something of his in the bag the cops now have seems awfully reckless to me. I understand that he's desperate to avoid going to jail for what amounts to the rest of his life, but poking a pointy stick at the ruthless boss' ruthless son is suicidal.

For some reason I have it in the back of my mind that Ruthless Dad once referred to a younger brother when speaking to Tae-gu. I may have misunderstood, but I've been under the impression that Killer Cheekbones has a kid brother. Did anyone else catch that? I don't recall which episode it was.

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Darn! This ended up in the wrong place.

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Could it be Dae-shik?

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I hate to say it, but I've been suspecting him from time to time. Although Dae-shik doesn't have killer cheekbones per se, there are times when I feel like I'm seeing a family resemblance with Tae-gu. The are both tall and on the thin side, too. But I don't think either of them looks like CEO Mo.

We really know zilch about Dae-shik, other than the fact that he's been Detective Moo's partner for some length of time. I don't recall how long, or whether it's actually been stated.

On the other hand, we know that hacker extraordinaire Oh Hyun-ho is from a wealthy family and studied in the States -- which sounds a lot like Tae-gu. It's ironic that Hyun-ho was recruited by Profiler Kang -- but that's exactly the kind of thing I'd expect Tae-gu and/or Sang-tae to engineer. It would put him in a fabulous position to spy on the cops for his father. How depressing.

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Yes I definitely feel like there's a slight physical resemblance but I'm not sure if it's a red herring or a hint to him being his brother. I suspected Dae-shik from the very first ep, he comes off as fake to me and imo they wouldn't cast his actor just to have him be the nagging younger partner, it just doesn't make sense. Either he's the informant or the brother or both. Or maybe it is Oh Hyun-ho. I didn't suspect him at all before until the end scene when he told Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk about what the killer wanted to say with the mirrors, his look to them seemed kind of suspicious to me. And the later ep focusing on him just seemed like the writer's way of trying to stop any suspicions against him, idk. But one thing is for sure, it's definitely someone who works daily with them, Chief Jang excluded. Tae-Gu is smart. But if it really is Dae-shik it will be a really hard betrayal for Jin-hyuk.

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As beautiful as ever, kim jae wook.

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Is it terrible that this is my response too. The man has aged deliciously beautiful.

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As the show is becoming more brutal each episode, I'm mainly enjoying his cheeckbone... He's so pleasant to watch.

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he used to own a large clothing factory but it went bankrupt, and in order to keep from burdening his wife and daughter with his debts, he left them to live on the streets.

Uh, did he borrow from polite loan-sharks or something? In every other kdrama, collectors would go after the wife and kids and 2nd cousin once removed as soon as the borrower took off.

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LOL! I was thinking the same thing! But then again, that would only happen if his daughter was a candy on the verge of meeting her chaebol heir man!

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Now Tae-gu is making use of Nam Sang Tae to lure Jin-hyuk away so that he can meet alone with Kwon-joo? Don't fall into his trap!

Only 4 eps left to go, my guess is they will end the show with Tae-gu laughing sinisterly, and the viewers asking for part 2 as per typical OCN style haha...

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Voice 2 - with more Tae-gu cheekbones!

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That's what I'm thinking too, he's using Jin-Hyuk wanting to kill Nam Sang Tae to get Kwon-joo alone so he can kill her while the other two deal with each other. Killing *ahem* two birds with one stone. Smart. Hopefully Kwon-joo and Jin-hyuk don't fall for it it and set up a plan. Though I'm worried about the informant, whoever it is might be working for Tae-gu and if he finds out they're planning against him they might inadvertently make things worse.

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Please no! He needs to die.

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"but it’s really just an excuse to have a two-minute commercial for Subway." HA! Exactly what I was thinking. It was so unsubtle, SO obvious.
Makes me yearn for Maxim Gold--now that's effective product placement.

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at this point only period dramas are safe from subway PPLs. goddamnit

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I think you may have issued a dare to k drama writers.

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Hey with all these time-travel dramas you never know ?

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Haven't seen much of Kim Jae Wook before so I'm glad to see him in this strong role.

Besides the hero in a story, I want the villain to be complex, evil, and frightening. Not boring or weak. So far, the show has built up Tae Gu's character well and still maintained an air of mystery around him.

This episode's case was great too. I like that it wasn't a simple matter and that it lead to more clues and connections to other crimes. It was a touching moment when Jin Hyuk and Dae Shik finally found the group of patients in the dark, isolated room and saved them.

I had totally forgotten about the shaky camera action until you mentioned it, odilettante! Thank goodness they stopped that.

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I see lush cosmetics has a new bath bomb, I wonder where I can get my hands on it... but seriously though when I asked for a bath scene again I didn't mean of the bloody kind OCN, but then again I would still join him lol, i' ll just pretend its a bloody bath bomb *hidesinacorner*

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"Ill just pretend its a bloody bath bomb *hidesinacorner*
Ohh but they do! It's the blood orange bath bomb. Made famous in the series Dexter.

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I love how Tae-gu is set up as Kwon Joo's nemesis. Normally it's two men battling it out in fits of masculine pride but we get to see a woman face down the devil. Hopefully he blinks first.

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YESSS I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU! It's so cool that Tae-gu's main target is Kwon-joo and not Jin-hyuk. Tae-gu vs Kwon Joo fight!!

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Why make the devil so beautiful?! WHY?!

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Oops! submitted the comment before finishing!

He is on the top of my list of being the creepiest creep I've ever seen in a K-drama. As if collecting hair locks of his victims wasn't enough, he now takes baths in their blood?!

I liked how this episode's case connected to the other cases, I'm curious to know more about Chul-han and Jin-hyuk's wife's obsession about him, I don't think the affair thing is true, there must've been something else.

Thank you odilettante for the recap.

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"Why make the devil so beautiful?"
The better to tempt you with my dear... ;)
#fairytalesalad

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First the complaints:
Holy shit what's wrong with you writers. That hospital sequence was the stupidest most poorly written sequence I've ever seen.
1. What exactly was the point of that illegal trial? You can't test weight-loss meds homeless people. They're nutrition deprived to begin with. And in a bad condition overall. If there are side effects you won't be able to tell if they're from the drugs or from other factors. Once you notice the side effects, why continue giving the meds? You know the meds won't clear a legal trial anyway, and you need that in order to launch the drug.
2. You can't harvest organs of people you're running a drug trial on! Especially not until the drugs clear the system! Even without that, not until you check if the organs have sustained any damage from the drugs. You definitely cannot harvest organs of homeless people. They don't lead the healthy lives and that reflects in the state of the organs. And no, don't say this is an illegal organisation, what do they care! You can't expect to remain in business if your product is flawed. Plus if the people they sell to have the money and clout to buy illegal organs, they definitely have the money and clout to bring the sellers down for giving them bad organs. More, sadism aside shitheads, who operates on a person with minimal anesthesia? If he struggles during the process, you'll damage the item you're trying to extract.
More what in hell was that organ freezer for? Are you running a trafficking ring or butcher shop? Organs have a limited viability time outside a living body. You can't put them in cold storage for a latter day, they're vital organs not yogurt!

3. When are we going to see Eun-Soo do more than play exposition fairy or subway model? Hyun-Ho at least has more to do than just that with his hacky skills. All Eun-Soo has done with all her language skills is translate cumin!

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@Niyati,

All Eun-Soo has done with all her language skills is translate cumin!

ROFLMAO! I agree. Eun-soo has been woefully underutilized since her sister's kidnapping.

Re: the WTF-ery of the illegal drug trial, you raised a lot of good points. Years ago I worked as an administrative assistant to a couple of product managers during the launch of a prescription drug here in the US, and the hoops that had to be jumped through for FDA approval were enough to make your head spin. What we saw in this episode bore so little resemblance to reality I dislocated my suspension of disbelief.

It would have made more sense for the plot to have stuck to straight organ-legging. Even so, it seems that if you're going to harvest organs, why take only cornea(s), kidneys, and Eustachian tubes? Hello... What about heart, lungs, and liver, not to mention bone and skin? Dang, I'm parting out the poor guy. Yikes.

Oh, and a hearty Boo! Hiss! for the abysmally non-sterile environment.

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+1 to everything you said.
Also, "I dislocated my suspension of disbelief." ssshhhhhh you'll give Tae Gu ideas....

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[email protected] translate cumin. How true!
I was expecting her multi-lingual skill to be of much use to the Golden Time Team, like they could've perhaps made the homeless guy a foreigner so Eun-soo could step in and translate. Or Ta-gu could've scrawled English words instead of just the books and verse numbers on the walls.

Regarding the Subway interlude, I agree with everyone here that it was anything but subtle! lol.

I think what keeps me hooked week after week, despite writer-nim's lapses, is the dedication of the actors and the adept skills of the director. Also, at least the villain is ruthless and complex, not to mention pleasing to the eyes! lol.

I also love Chief Jang's hint of redemption, and the strong possibility that the Violent Crimes Unit may be working as one solid team again.

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@Klurker,

I also love Chief Jang’s hint of redemption, and the strong possibility that the Violent Crimes Unit may be working as one solid team again.

I, too, am glad to see that there may be a return to grace by Chief Jang, although I'm concerned that he now may be wearing a red shirt. He was compromised by Nam Sang-tae, and the guy is ruthless -- but Jaws has really got Detective Moo in his sights, thanks to Tae-gu's incentive plan. I'm hoping that Jang's redemption is achieved through something other than a heroic death in the line of duty. There hasn't been one of those since Profiler Kang's Dad bit the dust early in the show.

There's also the issue that Sang-tae's henchman raised in the interrogation room: the coppers would not believe how many moles there are in the police department. In addition to Jang and Commissioner Bae, I'm thinking Cheekbones O'Doom may actually have two kid brothers: one who's chained to a desk, and the other who's free-range, but not an adept hacker (yet capable of planting bugs and trackers). See 2.2.3.2.1. Darn, I bummed myself out again. This is turning into the noir version of MY THREE SONS.

We have no way of knowing how high up the food chain the infiltration goes. Given CEO Mo's high-falutin' politician friends, he could have someone in the national police. That would account for the ease with which his minions abscond overseas, as well as the organ-trafficking connection with China (which felt to me like carrying coals to Newcastle).

I liked seeing the flashback to Detective Moo and his wife because she's had so very little screen time. Seeing her badgering him to find Gong Chul-han explained a lot. He was half-dead from sleep deprivation. She told him that Korean police officers don't need to sleep. His reply that he's an American police officer who does cracked me up. It also explained why he skipped breakfast on his birthday -- and why she was taking it to him on stakeout that fateful night she was killed.

Back to speculating about Tae-gu's kid brother. Maybe he ran away from home and changed his name to Gong Chul-han. If I were a member of that family, I'd run away, too. I admit this theory is way out in left field -- but no further than certain aspects of this week's plot.

The cast has been putting in solid performances. I especially liked the touching scenes of the two detectives with the little girl at the welfare center as they searched for Director Evil and evacuated her from the office. It's scenes like those that make me hope that Dae-shik is not a baddie -- but concern me that his cover is a convincing act.

I'm really glad that Profiler Kang is back to hearing sounds that no one else notices. I didn't hear the Muzak at the welfare center until it was pointed out. The audio clues as to patient Jin-goo's location were well done.

There's one scrambled voice yet to be identified.

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Thissss. I thought i was the only one who felt like eun soo has hardly been used or dare i say not at all. I thought we were at least gonna get master of multiple languages scenes like Jennifer Garner's Alias character. Indeed a waste.

Aside from translating cumin, she did catch hyun ho's High Colour Laser. Guess that counts for something if anything...

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EVERYTHING you said at #1 and #2, I was close to clubbing in my own head watching it, god. I want to drop this farce of a show so bad but I keep on watching just to get the damn payoff of everyone getting their rightful comeuppances. The sheer nonsensical methodology of the whole drug-testing/organ harvesting gig -_-

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On to the praise.
Let's just take a moment to admire what an endlessly fascinating character Tae Gu is shall we? I genuinely find some of the things he says interesting, until of course he takes it to murder happy extremes. But before that, I'd genuinely like to *ahem* pick his brain, about some of the things he's spoken about.

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i wonder why no one curious about the spy in the office?? suddenly i think dae shik would be the spy because Chief Jang said the spy knew every move about him. Plus baek sung hyun is too good to just be a buddy police for the hero! He actually started acting long way before same with Park Shin Hye but still without any breakout role. Poor him.... that's why i think there would be a plot twist. At first i thought he just being genuinely cared for jin hyuk. However somehow i suspected that he may has another motive to stay close with jin hyuk n chief jang. So, when chief jang said there is someone among the police for being spy, my mind totally thought that 90% would be JAE SHIK! And i'm not totally surprised if jin hyuk would already guess it because that man has 6th sense guyss! I may be wrong. But let's look forward to watch it later.

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Before I was suspecting Dae-shik to be the bad guy but after that scene where he picks up the little girl I don't want him to secretly be a traitor! I was so emotional during that scene it'd be a waste of my tears if he ended up being a traitor ugh I hate traitors the most, hence my hatred for the traitor Kang Jun-hyuk is greater than the murderer Cha Min-ho in Defendant.

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oh and did ya'll notice how cool the ost in the cliffhanger?! i hope they release it quick

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why tae gu didn't eat burger in subway too! maybe he will get some enlightenment and repentance. lol

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Cant wait to see Gwon Joo and Tae Gu meet up. If it were another drama, perhaps rom com, maybe they could be a nice OTP.

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SAME! Kwon-joo and Tae-Gu is my guilty pleasure ship in Voice I know I'm NUTS! I'm a sucker for interesting antagonistic relationships >.<

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