Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 3
Moo-young is a complicated man who seems to effortlessly create turmoil wherever he goes. For once, the tables are turned because Moo-young has met someone who has an undeniable pull on him. There’s something about Jin-kang that makes it impossible for Moo-young to keep his distance and as he lets his guard down, their connection deepens.
EPISODE 3: “The trophy”
The episode opens with a flashback that reminds us that Moo-young has a scar on his shoulder similar to Jin-kang’s. A montage of Jin-kook’s encounters with Moo-young accompanies his admission that something about the young man makes his heart pound. At the police station, Moo-young stares at the group photo on the evidence board, but grins at his reflection when he talks about the killer.
Jin-kang is pleasantly surprised by Cho-rong’s appearance on a news report about the boyfriend’s arrest, that is until she remembers Moo-young’s doubts that she’s seriously interested in him. When Jin-kook gets home she announces that Cho-rong caught a killer so he has to explain that the entire squad was behind the arrest, only to be sassed that he’s never been on the news.
Annoyed, Jin-kook dumps Jin-kang’s clothes on her head. The sight of Moo-young’s hoodie sets her off, “Do you go to movies with a girl even though you have a girlfriend?” Jin-kook is about to go after Cho-rong until Jin-kang explains that she’s talking about a jerk that he doesn’t know.
Moo-young approaches his front door and pauses in front of an old cooler. He kicks it at the same time that the victim’s boyfriend is interrogated about the missing murder weapon. From behind a mirror, Jin-kook watches the boyfriend beg the detective to find the real killer.
When Cho-rong joins him, they take a break and Jin-kook learns that the boyfriend cried for hours after he was told about his girlfriend’s murder. He explained the DNA evidence found on her hands as the result of a fight they had that night when his girlfriend hit him. As Cho-rong describes the fight, a flashback makes it appear that someone witnessed their argument.
The couple was scheduled to take trip together but after the fight, the boyfriend went alone. Cho-rong confirms that their tickets were reserved two months ago. As they part ways, Jin-kook mentions that Jin-kang saw him on television and in his excitement Cho-rong just barely remembers to tell Jin-kook that So-jung is looking for him.
The CEO of the brewery formally introduces the new design team to his staff. The design team includes President Hwang, Jin-kang, and assistant Im So-yeon. Moo-young joins the brewery team just in time for introductions and Jin-kang is careful to avoid his gaze.
Jin-kook finds So-jung, who wants to go out for brunch but when he balks, she calls him cheap. In his defense, Jin-kook points out that So-jung doesn’t have a family that needs her money and she obviously doesn’t buy extravagant things for herself. Ouch.
So-jung thanks Jin-kook for the reminder that her husband divorced her because she can’t have children. Jin-kook tries to smooth things over with the claim that his comment was meant as a compliment — he admires someone who doesn’t bother with luxury goods or botox.
Jin-kook gasps when So-jung details how much her outfit costs. She claws at him with her expensive manicure and announces that he’s behind the times, “People don’t get botox anymore. They get fillers now, you old man.” Jin-kook looks genuinely frightened when So-jung gives him a (well-deserved) beat down before she stomps off angrily.
Jin-kang takes a call from Cho-rong and he has to stifle a happy giggle when she tells him that she saw him on the news. After the call, she runs into Moo-young and follows him with a warning, “If I catch you doing something suspicious one more time, I’m going to tell Seung-ah.” He nonchalantly answers, “I don’t care,” and she can’t decide if he’s shameless or confident.
Moo-young admits, “I’m just sure of myself,” and then laughs when he sees the look on her face. He says that Jin-kang looks as if she’s determined not to lose while he prefers to think that they’ve never fought. Jin-kang isn’t moved, “You think you can talk your way out of anything…right?”
Jin-kang explains that there’s someone like Moo-young in her family, so she knows that it’s best to ignore him. She announces that this is their last private conversation and Moo-young smiles amusedly as she walks away.
Moo-young gets back to work but when he screams, Jin-kang races back. She tries to pull his hand out of a piece of equipment but becomes furious when she realizes that his emergency was a joke. Moo-young smiles and points his non-mangled hand at Jin-kang to remind her, “You talked to me first.” He’s not smiling after she hisses, “Don’t ever talk to me again.”
Team Leader Lee orders his detectives to either get a confession out of the boyfriend or find new evidence by the next day. Jin-kook overhears Cho-rong ask Detective Hwang to interview “Tattoo” (Yoo-ri) and is curious about the suspect’s identity. Cho-rong explains that she’s the rude girl in the last row of the victim’s party photo.
An irritated Yoo-ri walks outside to meet Cho-rong, who admits that he doesn’t want to be there either. He tosses out a photo of the dance trophy and asks if she knows the whereabouts of the murder weapon but she cooly tells him, “I don’t know.”
Once she’s safely inside, Yoo-ri paces around and in a flashback we see that she almost stepped on the top of the trophy at her place. Immediately, she puts in a call to Moo-young.
Seung-ah thinks about Woo-sang’s marriage proposal as she sits alone by the river, surprised when Moo-young joins her.
Hee-jun doesn’t look pleased when Yoo-ri shows up at his bar and he makes sure she knows that Moo-young is with a pretty, rich girl. He warns her not to confess her feelings to Moo-young but Yoo-ri insists that she doesn’t like him. Angry, she knocks over her beer and stomps out, leaving Hee-jun to deal with her mess.
Seung-ah ignores her mother’s call while Moo-young walks her home. She asks him about his parents at the same time that Woo-sang receives a background report on Moo-young and learns that he entered a Catholic orphanage at the age of six.
Woo-sang stares at a group photo from the orphanage while Moo-young explains to Seung-ah that he had a strict mother. He also had many aunts and they all wore the same clothes (the nuns in habits). Moo-young describes his father as a passionate detective while Woo-sang is told that no record exists of Kim Moo-young before he entered the orphanage.
Woo-sang’s investigator completes his report — Moo-young has a reputation as a hard worker, Hee-jun lived with him at the orphanage until he was adopted, he’s always surrounded by women but doesn’t date anyone for long and none of them ever visit his place.
Moo-young asks Seung-ah about her parents but she shrugs that they’re ordinary. She mentions that Jin-kang’s brother is a detective and that he raised his sister alone after their parents died. Seung-ah calls Jin-kang the most pitiful person that she knows, unaware that she’s with someone whose past is even more pitiable.
Unable to reach her daughter, Seung-ah’s mother checks the security cameras and sees her with Moo-young. When they hug, she’s about to run outside but she stops and laughs when she realizes why Woo-sang finally decided to marry Seung-ah.
Jin-kook and So-jung are at a coffee shop where he urges her to order whatever she wants. So-jung is still mad and assumes that Jin-kook came by on his day off because of other business at the station. She finally perks up when Jin-kook swears that he came by just for her but she makes it clear that a cup of coffee doesn’t make them even.
At the brewery, Hee-jun overhears So-yeon mention that she hasn’t seen the handsome man. Jin-kang smiles when he answers, “I’m here,” because So-yeon wasn’t talking about Hee-jun.
So-jung admires a tall, young man who enters the coffee shop but she’s flustered when Jin-kook calls him over. Moo-young pulls up a chair to join them and Jin-kook and So-jung laugh when he asks if they’re a couple. They insist that they’re just colleagues and Moo-young scores points with So-jung when he announces that she’s way out of Jin-kook’s league.
When he gets up to pick up his order, So-jung is surprised to learn that she just met the Kim Moo-young that makes Jin-kook’s heart pound. Now that she’s met him, So-jung shares that he has the same effect on her. Jin-kook reminds So-jung that she needs to get back to the station but on the way out, So-jung and Yoo-ri bump into each other.
The girl doesn’t apologize which makes So-jung wonder, “Why are kids these days so rude?” Jin-kook embarrasses So-jung when he tries to talk to Yoo-ri and she chastises him over his immature behavior in front of the cafe.
So-jung sees that Yoo-ri sat down with Moo-young and is disappointed with his bad taste in women. When So-jung points out the tattoo on Yoo-ri’s neck, Jin-kook races to the station ahead of her. He stares at the party photo on the evidence board and realizes that the girl in the cafe is “Tattoo.”
Yoo-ri tells Moo-young that on the morning that Jung Mi-yeon died, she found the top of the trophy at her place and threw it away, unaware of its significance. Moo-young stays silent, so Yoo-ri adds that the boyfriend must have left it at her place but then she wonders why she didn’t hear anything. Moo-young finally speaks and asks if Yoo-ri can sleep without medication but she confesses that she hasn’t needed anything since they met.
At the station, Cho-rong explains to Jin-kook that Yoo-ri and the murder victim went to school together in the U.S and describes them as best friends. Yoo-ri currently lives in a band practice room and supports herself with part-time jobs.
Moo-young sits in the parked brewery truck as he recalls an apartment number, 1502. He stood on a balcony in the rain and looked down to the street as someone with a black umbrella, marked with a Beer Festival logo, walked away.
Jin-kang and So-yeon are back at the brewery and see Moo-young at work in a sleeveless top. Jin-kang is shaken by the sight of Moo-young’s scar and recalls that she bared her own scar in front of him and bragged that she didn’t care what he thought of it.
Moo-young catches Jin-kang’s reflection in a mirror and asks, “What are you looking at?” Hee-jun rescues her when he invites the women to test some of the beers.
Jin-kook exits the station and figures out that Moo-young was on the phone with Yoo-ri the night that he stared at the evidence board. Jin-kook is lost in thought until he’s hit by huge raindrops.
Jin-kang rushes past Moo-young on her way out but he reminds her that she was interested in the stout beer. She can’t help but look at his scar while he pours a sample and after she praises the master brewer’s recipe, Moo-young thanks her since it’s his recipe.
Moo-young points out that they’re the only ones left at the brewery so Jin-kang makes her exit until she’s stopped by the rainstorm. When Moo-young can’t locate any umbrellas, he offers to give Jin-kang a ride but she braves the rain with some cardboard as cover. Moo-young stops her and looks angry as he tosses the cardboard aside.
Moo-young pulls up in the truck and urges Jin-kang to get in with the promise that he won’t talk to her. They ride in silence but when Moo-young reaches over to wipe her wet window, Jin-kang can’t avoid his scar.
Seung-ah comes downstairs to explain to her mother that she has no intention of marrying Woo-sang and is surprised when her mother asks about the man that she’s seeing. Seung-ah’s mother compliments her daughter since it was her dalliance that prompted Woo-sang to finally propose marriage. Now that he’s ready, she orders Seung-ah to cut ties with Moo-young. Seung-ah repeats that she doesn’t want to marry Woo-sang but her mother explains that he’s not the kind of man that she can break up with.
When Moo-young stops for gas, Jin-kang buys an umbrella for herself. Moo-young adds one for himself and chides her, “You’re so inconsiderate. How could you only buy one umbrella when it’s pouring like this?”
Outside, Jin-kang calls Moo-young fickle — one minute he teases her like an elementary student, the next he’s angry for no reason. She wonders why he bothered to give her a ride if he was going to make her so uncomfortable. Moo-young accuses Jin-kang of being the fickle one and tells her to drop the honorifics and speak to him informally like she did before.
Jin-kang agrees and when she sits down, Moo-young confesses that he uses his scar to get women to feel sorry for him, but that doesn’t work on her. Jin-kang accepts that injuries like that happen in life and gives Moo-young the impression that she’s never been hurt. Jin-kang agrees, “Yes, I haven’t been hurt,” but Moo-young can’t help but remember how much Seung-ah pities her.
Seung-ah calls but Moo-young ignores it with the explanation, “I’m with another woman now.” Jin-kang calls his reason ridiculous and when she asks for the real reason, Moo-young confesses, “I always go one more step…When I’m with you, I miss the timing to stop. Things accelerate.” Moo-young admits that there’s something about Jin-kang’s eyes that bothers him and when he tries to look at her, he gathers ups his things and confesses, “I’m about to get irritated again.”
Jin-kook is outside when Moo-young drops Jin-kang at home. Jin-kook asks his sister why they were together and she explains that she’s on the design team for Arts Brewery, which is where Moo-young works.
Jin-kook warns Jin-kang not to get involved with Moo-young so she assures him that there’s nothing to worry about since he’s dating Seung-ah. When Jin-kook reacts with alarm, Jin-kang regrets that she told him and retreats to her room.
The next day, Moo-young’s CEO calls him into a meeting with Woo-sang, who wants a new beer to serve at his wedding. The CEO explains that Woo-sang’s fiancee loves their beer and suggests including her in the process. Moo-young agrees and leaves after Woo-sang promises to schedule a visit.
Jin-kook finds Cho-rong staring at a slide show of evidence photos and laughs to hear that he’s working on a psychological profile of the boyfriend. A photo of the boyfriend’s suitcase catches Jin-kook’s attention when he sees that it contains a gift box. Jin-kook locates the suitcase in the evidence room and takes that box with him.
Jin-kook visits the boyfriend’s cell and opens the gift to reveal a snow globe with a carousel horse. He wants to know where his girlfriend would have placed the snow globe, next to the sailboat or the angel. Jin-kook looks uneasy when his question makes no sense to the boyfriend.
Moo-young calls Seung-ah from in front of her house but her mother answers the phone. He stares into the security camera as she explains that Seung-ah is about to meet with her future in-laws. She tells him to delete Seung-ah’s number and then deletes his in front of her daughter. Moo-young stares at Seung-ah’s house while she looks at him through the security monitor.
Jin-kook approaches Team Leader Lee with his concerns about the murder case and suggests, “I think it’s better for our team to hand him over after a little more investigation.” Team Leader Lee reminds Jin-kook him that he’s not on the team; ignoring his reminder that circumstantial evidence isn’t sufficient proof.
Seung-ah’s mother supervises her daughter’s preparations to meet Woo-sang’s family. She reminds Seung-ah to smile as she’s driven away in a sedan but the girl doesn’t look the least bit happy.
Jin-kook is at the traffic center to review CCTV footage in the stolen scooter case but all he finds is evidence of a man with a black umbrella that bears a logo.
Moo-young sits outside of the brewery and stares at the lowering sun while Seung-ah is driven to her meeting. Her bracelet from Moo-young has been replaced with one of diamonds and it sparkles as she remembers Woo-sang’s words, “When do you think you’re the cutest in my eyes? When you think, ‘I don’t need any of this…I’m not a snob like you people.'”
When the driver stops at a light, Seung-ah imagines Moo-young asking her, “You really don’t want to get married? If you hate it that much, just don’t do it. It’s nothing hard.” The driver is shocked when Seung-ah jumps out of the car and runs through traffic to get away.
Jin-kook gets home and finds Jin-kang hard at work on a new logo for Arts Brewery that’s due the next day. He sees all of the brewery’s graphics near her desk and recognizes the logo that he saw on the CCTV footage.
Jin-kang explains that Arts Brewery used that logo on gifts such as umbrellas and cups for the summer beer festival. He turns at the mention of umbrellas and knocks a stack of color chips from Jin-kang’s hand.
Frustrated, Jin-kang consults a chart to return the cards to their proper order. Jin-kook tries to help and uses the opportunity to confirm that Moo-young works for the brewery. The mention of his name reminds Jin-kang that Moo-young could organize the color cards in no time because according to Seung-ah, he has perfect recall.
The news causes Jin-kook to run to his car and when he reaches the station, he takes the party photo from the evidence board. Yoo-ri has a glass in her hand that has the same logo as the umbrella in the CCTV video. Jin-kook remembers that when Moo-young spoke about the killer, he assumed that he meant the boyfriend.
Woo-sang is at the family dinner when the driver discreetly informs him that Seung-ah ran away and his sister picks up that something’s amiss.
Moo-young finds Seung-ah outside of the brewery and when she tells him that she never agreed to get married, he pulls her into a hug. Inside, Moo-young and Seung-ah kiss and he smiles as he unbuttons her dress. She removes his shirt and leans back as the scene fades.
In the morning, Moo-young returns home to find Jin-kook waiting for him. The detective faces Moo-young and explains his visit, “You asked me the other day how it felt to have someone die because of you. Let me ask you this time. How did it feel when you killed someone?”
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky has covered lots of ground in just the first few episodes. It’s exhilarating and even though I don’t know what to anticipate going forward, I’m just enjoying the ride. The performances of this cast have been really impressive, I feel like I’m intruding on real people. The camera work captures the subtlest of expressions in scene after scene and heightens the performances. The veteran actors bring so much to the drama and I’m particularly impressed with Park Sung-woong as Jin-kook, whom I’ve never seen before, and Jang Young-nam as So-jung, a regular scene-stealer. That scene between Jin-kook, So-jung and Moo-young was electric; Moo-young wasn’t afraid to turn on the charm with So-jung in front of Jin-kook and she loved the attention after her colleague’s missteps.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Jin-kook and So-jung end up as a real couple because I think they protested just a little too much that they’re just colleagues, and of course Moo-young picked up on that right away. Moo-young has a sixth sense and I’m hopeful that ability will come in handy if it turns out that he’s not the killer and has to fight to prove it.
Seo In-gook is positively hypnotic as Moo-young and even though his character is a scoundrel, I’m desperately hoping that he’s not a murderer. Moo-young may be many things, and he certainly enjoys toying with people, but there’s something tragically broken about him that triggers my sympathies. I want him to conquer whatever trauma he experienced as a child and overcome his broken life. His revolving door of women proves that he purposely keeps his distance and and his solitude breaks my heart.
It looks as if there’s a strong possibility that Moo-young didn’t kill Jung Mi-yeon, but he knows who did. His flashback suggests that he was in the apartment and saw the man with the black umbrella walk away. If Moo-young knows the identity of the killer, it must be someone significant in his life for him to risk cleaning the crime scene and getting rid of the trophy. Someone he knows from the orphanage, like Hee-jun? What isn’t clear is who pushed Jung Mi-yeon off of the balcony because the fall is what finished her off.
Moo-young is in a terrible spot now that Jin-kook believes he’s the killer and with Woo-sang determined to take Seung-ah away from him. He’s become Seung-ah’s declaration of independence, not only from Woo-sang, but from her mother. I think that part of the reason that she’s drawn to Moo-young is that he doesn’t expect anything from her, unlike her mother and Woo-sang. She’s using Moo-young to cut ties with them and to transition from an imprisoned girl to an independent woman. Eventually, what makes Moo-young so appealing will spell doom for his relationship with Seung-ah—he really doesn’t want anything from her, or any other woman for that matter. At least not until he met Jin-kang, and that makes Jin-kook even more of a threat going forward.
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