Class of Lies: Episode 7-8 Open Thread
We’ve reached the halfway point in Class of Lies, and the game of cat and mouse is in full gear. The only problem is, I’m not even sure who’s the cat and who’s the mouse anymore. Our hero is also faced with yet another challenge: he only has ten days to get to the bottom of well, everything, before the case gets shelved.
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP
The fire suppression system quickly takes care of the fiery death trap laid for Moo-hyuk in the secret photo room — but it seems that the trap was more of a warning than anything. Moo-hyuk quickly learns that one of the Hallowed Quartet knows his real identity. Not about to back down now that he’s been challenged, Moo-hyuk runs another in-class scenario that gets the kids reliving the Jung Soo-ah scenario, from the stalking, to the photos, to the lack of evidence if the photos are destroyed.
It’s enough to put some serious psychic pressure on the Quartet. Ye-ri and Ki-hoon are at each other’s throats worse than ever over Jung Soo-ah, and Tae-ra flips out on Beom-jin, saying she knows about him and Soo-ah. (Am I missing something? We saw her remember seeing them together, but I’m not sure why she’s reacting to it now when she had the entire show to confront him on this.) Beom-jin seems genuinely caught off-guard which is surprising for someone who is always in charge of every interaction. Clearly something is cooking.
In fact, the only person that refuses to believe that there’s something cooking at Cheonmyung is the homeroom teacher So-hyun, whom I’ve been finding painfully naive. Eventually, thanks to Seo Yoo-na (the only good seed at Cheonmyung), So-hyun learns more about Han-soo’s case, and slowly begins to recognize the corruption at the school.
Though technically she and Moo-hyuk both want to prove Han-soo’s innocence, they are coming at it from opposite angles, and continue to butt heads. Moo-hyuk tells So-hyun her problem is that she wants to fix things without hurting anyone, and that that’s no way to fight the people they’re dealing with. I have to say, I’m with Moo-hyuk on this one. In the world of Class of Lies, you can’t fight corruption and evil with rose petals and unicorns. And once So-hyun gets a closer look at Cheonmyung, she begins to agree with him. Finally!
In terms of Jung Soo-ah’s murder, this week’s episodes pretty much cleared Ki-hoon. He might have stalked her, and he might be 99% awful, but he didn’t kill her. We also learn that he’s the one who knows Moo-hyuk’s true identity, thanks to his connections at the law firm.
Ki-hoon might seem like the weakest link in the Hallowed Quartet, but he actually knows more than he lets on, and plays dumb to his advantage. He’s got his own informant, and it looks like he’s suspicious of his father’s connection to Jung Soo-ah — and he’s not the only one. Moo-hyuk thinks he might be the speed dial number “0” (the person whom Soo-ah serviced), and sets out to prove it.
Tae-ra’s piano recital is the perfect place. Moo-hyuk has an awesome pseudo-sting operation set up wherein he’s listening to Manager Lee crash the recital and threaten to expose all the favors done for the VIP students. Moo-hyuk is soooo close to getting info when Prosecutor Cha storms in ready to raise hell.
After some convincing from both Moo-hyuk and So-hyun, Prosecutor Cha lets Manager Lee go this time, convinced that “he’s just the tail” as Moo-hyuk said, and that they need him to be able to find the head. Moo-hyuk might be searching for speed dial “0,” but speed dial “3” is Prosecutor Cha’s boss — so now she’s even more on board.
Feeling the heat from Moo-hyuk’s investigation, Beom-jin warns him not to dig any closer into the case. I guess he’s given up on playing innocent now, because this master manipulator looks like anything but. For Moo-hyuk, of course, his warning is as effective as throwing dry wood on a burning fire.
Beyond solving the case, Moo-hyuk wants everyone in the school to pay for their crimes — and he’s more than willing to commit a few of them himself to get there. With the help of his pal, Moo-hyuk hacks his main suspects’ phones while they sit in his class taking a math test. It’s a nail-biter of a scene for something so simple, and we’re left with a wicked cliffhanger — and a few more breadcrumbs. Not only is Jung Soo-ah’s escort photo all over Beom-jin’s phone, but Beom-jin himself is inches away from catching Moo-hyuk in the act of copying the phone data. He reaches out for his phone, and the episodes cuts.
And now we wait. And speculate.
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