Psychopath Diary: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread
Our fake psychopath is in for it this week. Since the real psychopath not only has all the information, but a higher IQ than all the other characters put together, our hero is yanked around as if he’s a mouse being tormented by a cat. And if he’s not careful, he’s about to become the very killer he thinks he is.
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP
We knew In-woo was the king of evil and manipulation, but he goes all in this week. He’s got a stranglehold on Bo-kyung’s father (whom I flat-out adore now), and he’s even putting the moves on Bo-kyung herself. He confesses that he likes her, and even reaches for her hand across the cafe table (eww!). Bo-kyung is visibly flustered, since he’s chucking on the charm, but I don’t think she takes his hitting on her any more seriously than I do. At least I hope not.
Messing with Bo-kyung and her family is just the start, though — In-woo’s real end goal is to have little Dong-shikkie shoulder the blame of all the serial killings. Of course it’s funny, because he already thinks he’s responsible for them, but this week’s episodes made me love his dopey innocent soul even more. I want his record and his conscience clean!
In-woo sets up a bunch of plays to manipulate Dong-shik’s memories (or lack thereof), but is briefly impeded by his ex-private eye PARK MOO-SUK. Moo-suk was no dummy, and while doing In-woo’s bidding, sussed out that he was the serial killer. But rather than pursue justice, he blackmails In-woo for a hefty sum.
In-woo is no joke though — he quickly turns this whole situation on its head. He makes Dong-shik think he’s the target of the blackmailing, that he must protect his secret, and heck, In-woo even sets it up so that Dong-shik goes to him for the funds.
At some point during this whole development I really started to feel even worse for Dong-shik. Maybe it’s the sadistic pleasure with which In-woo torments Dong-shik; it turns my stomach. (They’ve also got some serious metal playing in his murder lair, which was an interesting change from his previous classical tastes. Perhaps they’re trying to tell us things are escalating?)
This week’s episodes culminate when the Moo-suk the blackmailer is captured by In-woo and becomes a further part of the set-up for Dong-shik. The duality that’s kept this drama going continues — as Dong-shik approaches the blackmailer with murderous intent, In-woo thinks evilly, “I’m going to make him kill for the first time.” Conversely, Dong-shik is thinking desperately, “I’m going to kill for the last time.” As ever, the contrast is great.
In-woo is all set up with a beer and a comfy chair to watch the killing like it’s time for Sunday football, but watching Dong-shik is like watching a comedy show, and this whole scene of his buffoonery is hilarious. Moo-suk tries to tell Dong-shik that he’s blackmailing In-woo, not him, and that In-woo is the killer, but Dong-shik doesn’t hear a word. Moo-suk’s muffled screams are even transcribed on the screen, which makes it even more funny.
Alas, Dong-shik knows nothing but his own head game, and spends all day leaving and returning to the scene trying to get himself to kill this guy. At one point In-woo gets so annoyed that he even calls Dong-shik and makes some sarcastic comments (lol). But it ends rather badly — there’s a scuffle between the two, and while Dong-shik gets beaten to a pulp, Moo-suk winds up dead (falling on a knife, as beings in dramaland often do).
Dong-shik is a basketcase after this manslaughtery turn of events, stays home from work, and basically looks like death. He wonders why Moo-suk’s demise is hitting him so hard, but can’t seem to get a grip on himself. Bo-kyung goes to check up on him, but that damn In-woo is still holding all the cards, and he plays Bo-kyung yet again. Within the space of a few minutes, she’s again convinced that Dong-shik is the serial killer.
Man, I wish Bo-kyung was less myopic. And Dong-shik, too, I suppose. If the two were only able to step back at look at things with a little more perspective, they might see past all the gameplay and listen to their guts for once (which have been warning them both all along that something was wrong).
Finally, I worry for her father. He’s hanging on by a thread, trying to protect himself against all odds so he can share the truth of In-woo’s identity with his daughter. I love that he’s just as intelligent as he ever was — I’m just a little nervous that Bo-kyung’s uncle also knows.
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