Psychopath Diary: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread
Our hero continues to rely on movie quotes and channeling his inner psycho to get through the day — but that’s becoming increasingly complicated for him, since his self-talk says one thing, and his actions the opposite. While our hero is getting no closer to the truth, the real psycho is closing in fast.
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP
Last week we left Dong-shik and In-woo grappling for the murder diary. Dong-shik swiftly deals with this disaster by yanking it away and stuffing it safely back in his bag. Dong-shik thinks he is protecting his own secret, while In-woo now knows that Dong-shik is not a killer after all. But what In-woo doesn’t know is that Dong-shik doesn’t know, and since no one in this drama seems to know the same thing at the same time, things get crazy.
As if a switch was flipped, In-woo goes from having a strange affinity for the likeminded Dong-shik, to full-on murder mode where all he wants to do is finish him — first, with what looks like a cheese knife (OMG), and later, with a fully-planned axe murder.
The episodes this week were rather violent — violent to the point where I stopped enjoying the drama during those scenes. The first rough one was the gang beating scene where Dong-shik tries to help out his little step-brother who’s continually tormented by a group of truly nasty high school thugs. Even though he uses his best psycho eyes and movie line recitations, he can’t trick these iljin punks, and pretty soon he’s getting beaten to a pulp. It goes on forever and it’s painful to watch.
There are two things to glean from this scene, though. One is that Bo-kyung is testing to see if Dong-shik really is a psycho, and the second is that we get to see Dong-shik once again relying on his misconceptions of himself for strength. (Secret bonus/highlight of this scene: Dong-shik’s thug neighbor flying to his rescue hanging half out of the cop car. It’s brilliant.)
Bo-kyung might temporarily believe that Dong-shik is the serial killer she’s chasing, but that doesn’t last long after the gang fight — and especially after her main bit of evidence falls apart. The jerky guy from the club (who first hit on her and was later terrorized by Dong-shik) tells her he realized Dong-shik was only quoting movie lines at him, and is not a real psycho after all. This leaves Bo-kyung to rethink her entire case, and the jerky guy is left humiliated and furious.
This poor guy, though. Just when I was wondering where they might go with his character, he pushes too many of In-woo’s psycho buttons. In-woo brutally beats him to death without hesitation. It’s violent and disgusting, and so is the token brooding shower scene, herein transformed into an insane killer in bloody post-homicide euphoria. Stop the drama, I wanna go home!
Dong-shik still thinks he’s just tired of killing, so he decides to help Bo-kyung solve her case. It turns out he’s rather good at it, nailing a connection between kills and stock price peaks — until he realizes it’s his case, and each murder she’s investigating is detailed in the diary.
Then it’s time for some turncoat investigation of his own, trying to protect himself from her sleuthing skills. As is becoming standard, Dong-shik is pulled between the pretense of being a psycho killer, and the drive of his completely innocent heart. So, he uncovers but then burns crucial evidence. He hopes for a person’s murder but then risks everything to save him and winds up winning a police award. He’s all over the place, and if there’s one thing for sure it’s that Yoon Shi-yoon is having a blast doing it, and it’s fun to see him in a role that lets him go all out.
What’s most troubling this week is In-woo. I was hoping he would be a character that we could sympathize with at least a hair, or at least continue to enjoy the bromance aspect of In-woo/Dong-shik, but that seems over. In-woo is flat-out evil aggressor. Despite the fact that his creepy black raincoat “disguise” is about as obvious as it gets, he’s the smartest and most well-connected dude in the drama so far.
As In-woo starts to sniff out what Bo-kyung is up to (not realizing that Dong-shik is also trying to thwart her), we find out a horrifying connection: Bo-kyung’s father and his accident are closely related to In-woo. Okay, I kind of expected this, but I’m still a little wary of what it means as our story starts to connect its characters even more tightly. And I’m thinking that will come sooner rather than later, what with a new task force established to solve the serial murders.
I enjoyed Psychopath Diary a little less this week, because (at least for me) the humor wasn’t enough to outweigh the violence. In-woo is rather horrifying… and what the heck with his father? If you see your young child attempting to murder his baby brother, that might be a good thing to address early on, right? I guess not though, if you’re as evil as this guy appears to be.
I am ever thankful for Bo-kyung’s hilarious partner, and for Dong-shik’s gangster neighbor — his newfound dying devotion to his “hyungnim” is super amusing, and I sure need amusing after all the blunt force trauma this week.
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