Psychopath Diary: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread
The tables are turning for our hero this week, and it’s just about everything wrapped in one: hilarious, satisfying, and shocking. With his memory back, and armed with the truth, our jailbreaking hero doesn’t have much time to bring the real serial killer to justice — and it’s going to take everything he’s got.
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP
Dong-shik whittles some (hilarious) time away in prison before he comes to the conclusion that using the secret toilet passageway is his only recourse. As his confidant tells him in a bit of philosophical wisdom, “If you want freedom, the smell of poop is inevitable.”
With knock on the head number two, a conveniently intercepted phone call to Bo-kyung by In-woo, and Bo-kyung in danger, Dong-shik is through the tunnel and out of the prison before you can say Jack Robinson.
Once he’s back in the city, that’s when the real mayhem begins. In order to save Bo-kyung from In-woo, he calls the cops and pretends he’s the one that’s after her. He’s fake-playing the psycho this time, and ends his maniacal laugher in a giant choking fit (this is one of my favorite bits of comedy that Yoon Shi-yoon uses throughout the show — it never gets old!).
However, the consequences of his fake death threat to Bo-kyung run through the whole week’s episodes: befuddled cops are forever trying to find Dong-shik and protect Bo-kyung, but all the while they’re meeting secretly and hatching a plan to trap the real killer.
Hooray, it’s the wonderful Chil-sung’s time to shine this week. Out of the trunk and into the driver’s seat, he drives perfectly timed getaway cars, and is so ridiculously funny that I can’t deal with him and Dong-shik together onscreen sometimes.
But the funniest part of Psychopath Diary for me this week was Dong-shik trading his prison uniform for the best ajumma garb EVER. I literally could not stop cracking up with him in that outfit. Thank goodness that in addition to a) saving him from the manhunt and b) providing him a nice block of tofu, Chil-sung also c) brings Dong-shik a change of clothes.
Now that Dong-shik has full awareness of everything that’s happened, and how he’s been played, I love him all the more. And in his little track pants and big fleecy top, determined to prove his innocence, I just want to give him a hug! However, the hugs were exchanged with his family, who he sorely missed.
With the help of a frying pan — and the well-rooted theory that all Dong-shik needed was a third blunt force trauma — his father whacks him upside the head with the pan. And when Dong-shik wakes up, he remembers everything.
Now that Dong-shik (and the rest of our good guys) know that In-woo is the real killer, they have to get tricky in order to outwit him. While Dong-shik has to come to terms with the fact that In-woo has played him like a fiddle over and over, to his credit, he uses this to his advantage. He runs to In-woo, sobbing and fussing, and begging him to help… and slipping some serious knock-out drugs into his scotch.
It’s an excellent bit of poetic justice — In-woo, for a change, realizes that he was played. And Dong-shikkie, perhaps for the first time ever, stands there with the upper hand, watching him lose consciousness. It’s eerie for a second — and then Dong-shik gives him an utterly cheesy wink. Hah.
However, that upper hand doesn’t last long, and things get crazy fast. It’s then that we learn how far Dong-shik is willing to go to reveal In-woo as the serial killer: he’s willing to be his final victim. But before that can happen, In-woo’s brother is back on the scene, and runs off with Dong-shik and delivers him to their father.
The father is a man I can’t understand; he doesn’t seem to mind that his son is a lunatic — his only concern is him not getting caught. So, he tries to ship Dong-shik out of the country with the blame for the killings, and a brand new life as payment. But before this has a chance to escalate, In-woo bangs in, and he’s got evil in his eyes and a shotgun in his hands. Things get violent fast, and In-woo shoots his father point-blank. My oh my, that entire family needs some serious therapy. And so will Dong-shikkie after this whole ordeal is over.
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