Trap: Episode 6
With the true identity of the mastermind behind the mountain tragedy still mostly under wraps, our hero has a lot of digging to do to get to the actual truth. But given how perfectly crafted the cover story is, even if the truth is uncovered, who would actually believe it?
EPISODE 6: “Hunting Ground”
Dong-kook arrives at the ICU to find Seo-young in rough shape following the crash. Further, the explosion masked all evidence of any tampering with the car, so any chance of confirming this was a targeted attack is lost.
Meanwhile, corrupt Detective Yang heads to CEO Hong’s building, and finds his way to the secret basement. There, he finds traces of blood all over the floor, and calls forensics in to check the scene.
At the same time, Woo-hyun gets a call from the lady hunter who reveals that she is the one behind Seo-young’s accident, and warns Woo-hyun to watch his facial expressions more carefully this time.
Not long after, Woo-hyun gets word that his wife’s remains were just found by Detective Yang, so he stages a small accident and keels over in his car, feigning devastation at the news.
Woo-hyun eventually makes his way to the site of the crime scene, and after dazedly passing through a collection of reporters, he makes his way down to identify what’s left of his wife, now chopped into pieces.
At the hospital, Dong-kook overhears some other detectives badmouthing Seo-young, so he takes a swing at one to shut them up. His outburst gets him indefinitely suspended, and he turns in his badge and handcuffs at the precinct.
Outside, Dong-kook runs into Woo-hyun, and they catch up over drinks. Woo-hyun reveals that he intends to enter politics, and boasts that he will fight the evil hunters from a more powerful position so he can finally root them out.
Dong-kook, unaware of Woo-hyun’s true nature, eats up this story, and agrees to let Woo-hyun take on the case himself since Dong-kook has more to lose at the hands of the hunters.
Back home, Dong-kook eats with his wife, and they dance around the topic of reconciling their marriage.
Just then, a delivery truck arrives, but when the driver grabs a knife to cut the produce with, Dong-kook flashes back to all the tragedies he failed to stop, and springs into action, grabbing the knife out of the driver’s hand and pushing him against the truck.
The driver, though, is completely innocent, and Dong-kook’s wife scolds him for his paranoid reaction. He sees this as his wife taking the driver’s side, and he dramatically accuses his wife of having an affair with the driver.
Min-joo hears the commotion outside and runs out to see what is going on, and her presence finally snaps Dong-kook out of his frenzy.
Later, Dong-kook speaks with a psychiatrist about his outburst, and she counsels that the stress of the recent events is getting to him. He decides to rent a small apartment for himself to recollect his sanity for a bit.
Meanwhile, young Detective Park and his girlfriend track down an old classmate of theirs who now is a professional streamer who famously chases down criminals, and they ask to join him in his project searching for Korean-Chinese killers.
Afterwards, Detective Park meets with Dong-kook and asks for his help with tracking down the Korean-Chinese man who killed Detective Bae, but Dong-kook instead advises him to get as far away from the case as possible.
But Detective Park refuses, and instead gives an impassioned speech about how admirable Dong-kook was while working so hard to find Detective Bae’s killer. Now, Detective Park wants to follow that example, else he might end up like Detective Jang, or even like Dong-kook in his now-pitiful state.
Before leaving, Detective Park advises Dong-kook to visit Seo-young again, who despite being unable to speak is still clearly trying to communicate something, and Dong-kook is likely the person she wants to get the message.
Outside, Detective Park reveals that they’re makeshift group will have to try to catch Ho-gae on their own, though he hopes that preferably they can just capture him on film from a safe distance.
Meanwhile, the hunter group discuss their plan to fill CEO Hong’s spot. As they do so, Ho-gae waltzes in and demands payment for his services, but is merely insulted by the group and pulled aside by an aide to another room. Inside, instead of receiving payment, Ho-gae is attacked by another aide.
Elsewhere, Woo-hyun meets with Reporter Ko for an interview. Reporter Ko laments that he has no idea what to even ask to someone who went through what Woo-hyun did, but Woo-hyun responds with a prepared comment about his resolve to continue fighting and be a better person.
At the hospital, Dong-kook looks over the unconscious body of Seo-young, and when a nurse pulls back the bedding to reveal that one of Seo-young’s legs is now missing, Dong-kook completely breaks down in tears.
Dong-kook heads to a church and confesses to the priest about the guilt he feels over what happened to Seo-young. He regrets never being kind to her and failing to protect her from harm.
But rather than asking for forgiveness, Dong-kook instead pleads for God to stop sending precious lives to him when he cannot take care of them, again breaking into tears at his failures.
Meanwhile, Detective Park and company track Ho-gae down to a LAN cafe, and he openly calls the assassin out. When Detective Park reveals that he’s a cop, Ho-gae makes a run for it, and he and his streamer partner give chase.
Detective Park’s girlfriend tracks Ho-gae from the rooftops as he tries to escape through the streets while wounded from his earlier encounter with the hunters’ aide, and eventually she cuts off his escape path herself as the chasers finally close in on him.
Cornered, Ho-gae turns to fight them, but Detective Park manages to incapacitate the wounded assassin while thousands of people watch the live stream.
At the hospital, Dong-kook watches a report on Woo-hyun becoming a politician, beaming as he comments to the still-unconscious Seo-young about how proud he is to have helped such a great man.
Seo-young wakes while Dong-kook considers why she had Woo-hyun’s family photo with her at the time of the crash, and he quickly gets confirmation from her that the suspicion she told him about just prior to the crash was related to that photo.
Later, Detective Park interrogates Ho-gae, who spills that Woo-hyun was actually the person who ordered him to kill Detective Bae.
Meanwhile, Dong-kook heads to Woo-hyun’s empty home, to take a look around, and quickly spots the same book that Seo-young found earlier. He also notices the scribbled drawing of the family was not drawn by Shi-woo, as the boy was left-handed and the markings are from a right-handed person.
He also finds that the family photo was cut to remove the tack hole from being on the wall, meaning it was a much older photo than originally thought. He deduces from the reconsidered evidence that Woo-hyun fabricated the whole story.
Elsewhere, Woo-hyun appears on a news program for an interview, and plays up his story to position himself as a beacon of justice. During the interview, Dong-kook barges in to interrupt, and Woo-hyun pauses the interview to meet with him.
Now alone, Dong-kook announces his suspicions about Woo-hyun, and reveals a detailed account of what actually happened that day.
Woo-hyun strangled his wife, and then brought Shi-woo to the mountains to kill him. He staged the entire scene at the mountain, even giving himself the wounds that apparently came from fighting the hunters.
When an unsuspecting patron came to the cafe, Woo-hyun was forced to shoot him with a shotgun, and then brought his body to the woods and staged a fake shootout to make it seem like he killed the man in self defense. He then returned and burned the cafe to the ground, hiding any evidence to contradict his story.
Dong-kook admits that it’s probably true that CEO Hong was a serial killer who hunted people, but Woo-hyun simply used that to create the cover for his own murders.
Dong-kook asks why Woo-hyun would do that, but instead of answering, Woo-hyun picks up Dong-kook’s pen, and speaks directly into the microphone he knows is concealed inside it, dismissing Dong-kook’s claims as lunacy.
Woo-hyun turns the recorder off and breaks into a wicked grin. Furious, Dong-kook launches himself at Woo-hyun and has to be dragged away by security.
Dong-kook takes the recording to Reporter Ko, but there’s nothing to disprove Woo-hyun’s apparent innocence, and the reporter warns Dong-kook that people are starting to talk about how odd he has been acting lately.
As Dong-kook leaves, he frantically calls as many of his contacts as he can to get them to look into his suspicions about Woo-hyun, but someone clocks him over the head and incapacitates him so he can be transported to a psychiatric ward.
Meanwhile, a group of thugs arrive where Ho-gae is being interrogated, and a masked man throws tear gas on the advancing thugs so he can pull the young cops out of danger. Safely in their car, the masked man reveals himself to be Detective Jang, who came to save his junior knowing they’d be in danger.
Dong-kook, elsewhere, is locked up in what appears to be a rundown hospital, and one of the older hunters is in charge of his care.
Later that night, Woo-hyun gets a call from the hunters, who assign him to kill someone as initiation into the group.
The targets are Dong-kook’s wife and daughter, and he enters their restaurant and warmly smiles at them. As the unsuspecting pair greet him, Woo-hyun revels in the idea of watching Dong-kook react to hearing that his family was killed.
I have to give this show major props for this whole twist. Woo-hyun is a complete psychopath, and presenting him as the hero only to pull the rug out from under us and reveal the true depths of his depravity is really magnificent. Here I was, wondering how Woo-hyun was going to get justice for the hunters targeting him with almost no time left in the series, and then it turns out the assumption there is completely wrong. Not only is Woo-hyun not going to get justice for his family, but he is the one who contrived the whole scenario.
What’s so cool about the twist is it just completely blows up our perceptions of earlier events. Take, for instance, Woo-hyun confiscating Secretary Kim’s recording of the conversation with CEO Hong. Originally, it was framed as protecting her because there was not enough on it to actually take CEO Hong down, which was certainly a reasonable explanation. In retrospect, it’s clearly the opposite. He’s actually protecting the hunter group from being exposed and then formulates a way to keep Secretary Kim in check under the guise of further investigation. The twist really flips the entire series on its head.
Meanwhile, the only people who know the truth are now effectively out of the equation. It’s an especially neat way to clean up Dong-kook, whose sudden apparent psychiatric break is actually pretty plausible given recent events. Not only has Dong-kook been a bit paranoid recently and also showing some violent tendencies that would warrant psychiatric evaluation, but you can also very easily see how outside observers could jump to the conclusion that it’s a psychiatric break given the stressful nature of all the tragic events that he’s gone through as part of this case.
And this is partially what makes Woo-hyun’s villainy so effective. Not only does he provide a good cover story for himself, but he manipulates the people around him in such a way that they don’t have recourse to go back at him. Even CEO Hong, who was the man warring with Woo-hyun for the first half of the drama, couldn’t really reveal what actually happened. Instead, he basically was forced to just fight Woo-hyun head on, which was such an obvious move that he got himself trapped in Woo-hyun’s net instead. It’s very true what the hunters said of Woo-hyun: he has effectively trapped the entire country into falling for his story, and I find it hard to believe they can find a way out at this point.