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Class of Lies: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread

Aaah isn’t it fun when everything goes wrong for the bad guys? I really enjoy how this show is a good balance of catastrophe and comeuppance; it always keeps things entertaining. Despite all the death and violence, this isn’t a show you need to take too seriously.

It lagged a bit last week, with some weird pacing issues, but it’s full steam ahead now, with perps to pin down and dark glowers to wipe away. Bring on finale week, I’m ready for some payoff!

 
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

Just as the bent detective is about to bump off Han-soo, Beom-jin intercepts and quietly threatens the man. Oh, he killed Lee Tae-seok? Of course he did—it’s not like Assemblyman Kang would do it himself.

Beom-jin manipulates Han-soo’s emotions and gets him to lie that he witnessed Lee Tae-seok flee the scene of Soo-ah’s murder. I rather believe that what he says to Han-soo (that he liked Soo-ah) is totally true, and at least one earlier flashback suggests that.

We later get a brief insight into how he got his first inkling of something between Soo-ah and his dad, when she repeated something his father said about a painting, that Congressman Yoo had also said to his son. If Beom-jin really did like her, doesn’t that make everything he found out even worse? Passion and rage might be standard ingredients of murder, but damn if it isn’t still compelling.

Han-soo’s still reeling from the news of Soo-ah’s death, and it’s easy for Beom-jin to exploit that. Thus, when Moo-hyuk arrives, Han-soo tells him to shove off, and refuses to have any further truck with him.

It’s an unexpected development that throws off Moo-hyuk’s plans. Forced to take another tack, he goes to find ex-boss Lee Do-jin to get his license to practice law restored. But instead of bending to Lee’s demands, he turns the tables on him, threatening to expose damning recordings of his corruption. Lee accedes to Moo-hyuk’s terms, but unfortunately for Moo-hyuk, having his license back doesn’t help getting Han-soo back.

Back at school, Beom-jin sticks close to Tae-ra. Since her scandal blew open, she’s been receiving cruel messages and even death threats. Unsurprisingly, Ye-ri is at the center of the harassment campaign, and ruthlessly doxxes the other girl.

In growing despair, Tae-ra even texts Beom-jin that she wants to die. Uh-oh, I SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING, especially since Tae-ra reports to him what Moo-hyuk had shown her. She tells Beom-jin that she confirmed his alibi, adding, “Don’t worry, I won’t tell him you left [the movie] in the middle.” Nooooo!

Moo-hyuk, meanwhile, takes Won-seok out for a date, hee. Okay, really, he’s trying to re-enact the night of Soo-ah’s murder, to see whether it was possible for Beom-jin to leave the cinema, do the deed, and return, all within the span of the movie (while letting Won-seok take a much-deserved nap). It easily fits in the time, and it matches everything they know. They guess the time he was caught on CCTV the week before her murder was him doing a test run. Creepy.

While Moo-hyuk re-enacts one murder, Beom-jin gets busy with another. He lures Tae-ra to a deserted rooftop and just like that, he pushes her off. Well wow. I did not think the show would go there, but I guess there’s no doubt about Beom-jin now. I thought it would be disappointing and too easy, but it’s actually really not. The problem of how to nail him is really a difficult one, and knowing his identity doesn’t take away from the suspense.

What’s interesting in the aftermath of Tae-ra’s murder is how shaken Beom-jin is. I guess he didn’t actually want to kill her, but circumstances forced his hand, which is exactly the unravelling of him you want to see. This is Beom-jin hurtling down to rock-bottom, desperate to get everything back in control, but losing it by the moment.

When Moo-hyuk confronts him, Beom-jin loses it completely and tells Moo-hyuk that he killed Tae-ra with his meddling. It’s strange to see the usually driven Moo-hyuk grow so solemn and troubled after that, and I think Beom-jin isn’t entirely wrong about Moo-hyuk playing a part.

His investigation wasn’t wrong, nor were his objectives, but he wasn’t really concerned about the human cost of what he was doing. Maybe he shouldn’t be, but when you have a dead girl who didn’t need to die, if you were part of what led her to that rooftop, even if you didn’t push her… you do have to ask yourself some serious questions.

Back at school, the students who formerly harassed Tae-ra turn contrite, leaving flowers and notes of support on her desk. Beom-jin turns on Ye-ri and calls out her hypocrisy, reducing the girl to angry tears. Oh you two really do deserve each other.

Meanwhile, there’s an emergency staff meeting with all the teachers, where Teacher Jeon brings out her usual nauseating patter about keeping things quiet. But So-hyun has enough and stands up, refusing to be complicit any longer. One by one, teachers rise, until even the principal rises and agrees. He pledges an open enquiry into the school and Teacher Jeon is livid. Good. You deserve to die choking on your own bile.

Moo-hyuk drags himself out of his funk, thanks to So-hyun’s fierce encouragement. Without Tae-ra’s testimony now, they decide to try convincing Han-soo one more time. So-hyun brings him all their findings, which he rejects at first. But then he starts going through the case notes, and finally calls in Moo-hyuk.

The thing he’d wanted to tell Moo-hyuk before was that he found out who had been seeing Soo-ah: No surprises, it was Congressman Yoo. The boy struggles with his memories of Soo-ah. He tells them that she’d wanted out, and that she promised to come back for him. She’d asked him to mail an envelope to the orphanage, which contained something she claimed would protect her. He also admits that seeing Lee Tae-seok flee the scene was a lie at Beom-jin’s instruction.

Moo-hyuk latches onto a detail: that Beom-jin had told him to say he saw Lee Tae-seok escape through the back door, a detail only the murderer could know, since the back door doesn’t obviously lead anywhere. And they’ve got what they need.

Moo-hyuk lays a trap. He calls out Congressman Yoo with the promise that he can reveal Soo-ah’s killer. Once they meet, he tells the congressman that Beom-jin knew all about his secret trysts with Soo-ah since he’s been spying on dear old dad. He predicts that the boy himself will show up any minute… and yup, there’s Beom-jin now. But it takes Moo-hyuk spelling it out to the congressman before it sinks in: “Soo-ah’s murderer has arrived. Now. Here.”

God, I love devious Moo-hyuk. His smug face is his best face, and his smirk is a perfect barometer for how I feel about the show’s endgame. With just one week to go, we gear up for all the many things to hit the fan, it is the purest satisfaction to watch Team Moo-hyuk line up all their ducks, ready for the final showdown.

P.S. Can we also have more Ki-hoon, please.

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I just wanna say, I love hating Beom-jin.

Thank goodness Han Soo’s misunderstanding did drag out more than an episode.

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P.S. Can we also have more Ki-hoon, please.

This is my reaction to this week's episodes! As much as I enjoyed everyone being evil, I really wanted to see more of him! Thank you for this OT, @saya!

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Ditto! We only saw Ki-hoon very little.... I hate him at the beginning, but I love him when he started to "join" hands with Mu-hyuk and started to question about Beom-jin.

I got goosebumps with Beom-jin to be honest... He's super scary!!! Why does Beom-jim remind me with Yoon Si-wan from "Lookout"....

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Beom-jin also reminds me of Si-wan from Lookout because of that rooftop scene!

Also, I was hoping that the show will give Tae-ra something to do but RIP...

Please give us more Ki-hoon, show. Give the boi something great to do for justice and for atoning his sins.

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I actually kinda wanted Moo Hyuk to team up with Ki Hoon or later take him uder his wing and become his Mentor(if he goes becomng a lawyer)...Moo Hyuk was not the most clean cut lawyer but he was for sure a better option to guide him than the circle he lives in...I think the boy can still be saved even if his past deeds are rotten but he sure needs a adult like him to point when he is wrong and be called out not be pampered and let him go like till now...

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I would love to see Ki-hoon be mentored by Moo-Hyuk and be a lawyer/prosecutor in the future!

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Han Soo never mentionned the envelope... He was facing time in prison and he didn't think it was relevant? He's cute but kinda stupid...

Poor Taera, dying just like that. She was pretty naive too.

I hope the villains will be punished with a lot of time in prison, no death or escape, please!

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Agreed, when Mu-hyuk told her to be careful with his "boyfriend", she should be careful. But yeah, Taera trusted Beom-jin more than anyone in the school, including Mu-hyuk by telling him what she had told Mu-hyuk...

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Han Soo was clueless and it's quite annoying, but then we wouldn't get a 16 episodes drama if Moo Hyuk found that envelope early 🤣

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I guess he's a typical teenager :D

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and at least has a healthy mindset (him trying to become a PE teacher for his future job) compared to his fellow high schooler 😉

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Whenever I watch this serial, I'm reminded with "Cruel Intentions." I know, it's totally different story, but... still...

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"Cruel Intentions" ? What is it? A drama? Movie? 😯

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It's a movie with Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar (based on Dangerous Liaisons).

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Ooh.. It's the original work of The Great Seducer.. I see, thank you 😄👍

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I get that feel too. It's kinda funny that "The Great Seducer" was the drama advertised to have the similar storyline as "Cruel Intentions" but "Class of Lies" is the drama that gave me the same vibe/feel. Although this one is darker. Stillllll! It's kinda hard to describe but yeah, I get that vibe.

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I find it interesting that it didn't occur to the Congressman that there might be issues with the fact that he was having "visits" with a young a girl provided him by a school administrator. The man really lives in a bubble. Beom Jin's mother is in for a shock, she about to lose everything.

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I wonder what kind of twist they have lined up for the finale? It would be something else if it turns out that Beom-jin is in fact a witness and trying to cover up for his father, and willing to kill Tae-ra for that. Because I can't really figure out why he'd suddenly want to kill Su-ha. So, his father was seeing her, and sure that's all kinds of ick but he had no way of being sure that it wouldn't come out if she was killed, and in such an obviously murdery way. I mean, it's far easier to cover up and bury something like a Congressman having a young girlfriend - she's not a minor, they established that earlier - than if suddenly she turned up dead!

Beom-jin is not an idiot so he must know that, even if he thought he had a perfect patsy (and how did he know that Han-soo would turn up right then?!), so it feels like there're a few loose ends to tie up there.

What a bright talent that young actor is though, he really makes Beom-jin thoroughly unlikeable, yet charismatic, and gives us these moments when we see how he's losing control and how unfamiliar it is for him to not be in control. I hope he's cast in more dramas.

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As far as I remember, Beom Jin didn't know Han Soo would come. Moo Hyuk said that Han Soo was an unexpected variable in Beom Jin's plan (I think it's around episode 11-12)

Imo, if Beom Jin is the real killer, maybe he was just intending to kill Soo Ah without leaving any trace or witness, just like when he killed Tae Ra..

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I just cannot reconcile the idea of Beom-jin not just suddenly killing Soo-ah but stabbing her in her apartment where there are things that could conceivably link her to his father, on a day he knew his father would be seeing her. The earlier scene about him pressuring her to transfer to another school, that tracks. That's in character for him. This murder seems to very impulsive and he's a planner, just cannot compute with the facts we have so far.

There's got to be a twist. Either he went to spy on his dad in person and found out something more than he expected that made him lose it, or there's somebody else who killed her. One way or the other, there's got to be a surprise. It's got something to do with Soo-ah deciding to get out of that predicament and that envelope, maybe? She threatened somebody to get them to leave her alone and it backfired?

(I also don't buy this Beom-jin gave himself away by mentioning the back door thing though, obviously he's been over there at his friend's place before, there's any number of reasons why any of Soo-ah's friends might know of that short cut from the main road. Like, I know short cut to my friend's kitchen door, that doesn't mean I'm plotting murders LOL)

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I do still prepare a room for the possibility of another plot twist in their last 2 episodes, althought it seems won't likely to happen.. Moo Hyuk doesn't have solid prove that Beom Jin is the killer so he can deny it (unless the envelope provides useful infos)

And even if Beom Jin admits that he's the killer in front of his father, who knows.. maybe Congressman Yoo decided to protect his son's future and trying his best to bury Soo Ah's case and getting rid of Moo Hyuk as far as possible 😣

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If this was episode 15 or 16 I'd be pissed because this is not who Beom-jin is and I really felt like this show lost the plot in episode 14. It's like the whole thing was tight and sharp and just unravelled in front of me. The thing is, if Beom-jin's father didn't kill her then I don't know why he'd be covering it up. But I just don't think him killing Soo-ah is how he operates. He manipulates people into doing things, he doesn't do them himself. Pushing his girlfriend off the building was because he was cracking, it's not an act he would have done when he believed himself to be in control.

So, yeah, I don't believe that Beom-jin is the murderer. I just don't. And if the show tells me he is then I don't believe it.

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That's why he used Tae Ra as an alibi and even the choice of movie,as he intended to make her fall asleep and leave..He had it planed beforehand as he found out the backdoor,how much it will take from the cinema and no cameras...Han Soo was the variable that ruined his perfect plan indeed...I find him more frightening that he doens't have an once of remorse for his deeds and still considers others responsable for it,truly a siociopath....I really hope they won't choose to make him kill himself to get out of it(as we know kdramas love suicide as a option out or solve the issue for bad guys) and show him as he recieves punishment for it and pay...

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Yes, the preview for ep 15 showed the possibility of Beom Jin choosing suicide route, but I hope it won't be like that. He has to pay for his sins..

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Actually he was venting because he said that MH is the one responsable so i think he will try to hurt him...That's why i what to see him fully pay for his deeds as he considers always others the ones at fault for the girls deaths and not himself one bit...

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@miky88 aah.. so Beom Jin will fight Moo Hyuk back.. I'm worried for the lawyer 😥

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He's more like a psychopath not a sociopath.
Sociopaths actually have a little bit of a conscience when psychopaths.
He lacks a conscience and lacks emotions as well is my guess.
That makes him a psychopath

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I couldn't agree more !

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I get all of that, but I still don't understand Beom-jin's motive for killing Su-ah. No matter how uncomfortable the situation was, killing her would only put the spotlight on his father and her relationship with the Congressman. For somebody who prefers to get results by manipulating other people into doing his dirty work, stabbing Su-ah, that too on a day when she could be linked to his father, seems very out of character. I will be a bit disappointed if the show doesn't explain that in the end!

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It's only my opinion, maybe he let his feelings to control him for a moment.. Maybe his saying that he liked Soo Ah was really true and he felt betrayed by the fact that she was seeing someone else and above all of that it's his own father.. So killing Soo Ah was the only option to satisfy his ego..

But yes, I hope the drama will give us a satisfying explanation on why Beom Jin chose to kill Soo Ah

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It was quite easy,in his mind she was nothing more than trash that he felt entitled to get rid of it and solve his fathers mistakes...He always thinks as some rightful person who is entitled to justice and solve the problems of others...When she didn't do as he wished and even oposed him he disposed of her,nothing more...It also proved quite easy that people believed what they wanted if not for MH and his struggle to truly find out what happened...Out of the picture his father would still have the "clean" image as not being forced people would still think of their own intrests...

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It gives me goosebump when Beom Jin found out that his father was seeing Soo Ah only through Soo Ah's familiar words. He has strong instinct and it's frightening.. 😣

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On the other hand, I'm happy Moo Hyuk was able to win against his boss(es) with his smart move 😎

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Why do I have a feeling that SuAh is not an escort girl rather, I believe she is the daughter of the Congressman. Hahaha

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Oh the makjang.. 🤣

I have never imagined that could be one of the option, but I think I don't want it to happen 😕

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Han Soo annoyed me as much as Beom Jin, and more than Ki Hoon ever did

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