Psychopath Diary: Episodes 15-16 Open Thread (Final)
It’s the final week of Psychopath Diary and I’m going to miss this weekly dose of mayhem! As expected, the ante is upped to the extreme, and in our finale episodes we have Psycho vs. Hogu locked in a final battle.
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP
Last week we ended with a shocking patricide, and it sets off the craziness with which our story comes to a close. In-woo is eager to blame this murder on Dong-shik, but in the process, our hero gains some crucial video footage that shows who the murdering psycho really is.
But of course, it’s not that easy. In-woo’s whimpering brother gets involved again, and though he tries to help Dong-shik and company, he’s kind of useless. The crew at Daehan also tries to help, but really, what this story is asking for is an epic showdown of In-woo versus Dong-shik, and that’s just what we get when Dong-shik uncovers In-woo’s secret murder hideout.
This hideout/kill room scene is one of the first of many powerful standoff scenes between the two. Dong-shik finds In-woo’s brother (and he’s surrounded by a mountain of evidence), but In-woo is no fool. He outsmarts Bo-kyung’s lie detector test, and though she tries to detain him, he’s soon on Dong-shik’s scent.
In-woo quickly gets the upper hand, locking Dong-shik in the kill room and watching him squirm from the comfort of his office at Daehan. Bo-kyung comes in with guns (err, tiny pistol) blazing, and even though she’s fearless, she’s not as cunning as In-woo, and he overpowers her. Like the sicko that he is, he sets up a trade: if Dong-shik kills his brother Ji-hoon, In-woo says he will let Bo-kyung go.
This scene is tense! It’s amazing the power of the exchanges between these characters when they’re not even in the same location — Dong-shik’s talking to a security camera, and In-woo is watching him through the feed, loving every minute of it.
Dong-shik fools In-woo (and us!) and though it looks like he stabs Ji-hoon, he really stabs himself instead. He’s in it to win it! In-woo lets him go and pretty soon they are having standoff number two in the Daehan office.
This showdown scene was 100% brilliant, weaving the comedy and horror together in the best way possible — I really found this the perfect culminating scene of the drama. It’s Psycho versus Hogu, shotgun versus stapler, and psychosis versus loving kindness.
But, I almost feel bad admitting how much I was laughing during this scene. It was simultaneously hilarious and compelling, because we know too well that In-woo with a shotgun and a pocket full of shells is a major problem. But take Dong-shik’s almost insane persistence to fight In-woo, add some cheesy grins, and him clocking In-woo in the head with some file folders (“Boss, I need you to sign this!” he shouts), and I was laughing my head off.
It was also a great twist that for Dong-shik to truly overpower In-woo here, he didn’t rely on his horror movie knowledge bank, but instead went straight to the diary and got to the root of In-woo and his vulnerability. It was as if everything he had been through and experienced made him the best (or perhaps only) person that could take In-woo down.
Finally, it was also perfect because it wasn’t Dong-shik the fake psychopath that gave him what he needed to win. Instead, it was Dong-shik is his truest state — the doofy, kind-hearted chump — that made him into the hero. Touché.
From here we head into our wrap-up, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a show jumping ahead a few months and showing us how our characters are doing more than I have here. Of Bo-kyung, we’re told “her beard is growing in nicely,” meaning she’s back in profiler mode, being her father’s daughter.
What about our Dong-shikkie? He quits his office gig and starts working… at the escape room. It’s hilarious! He uses all his theatricality to terrify customers, and then sits behind the desk in glasses and gets to his real work: he’s become a novelist.
His breakout hit “Psychopath Diary” tells the story of his ordeal (and what a great bit of meta that it’s that story we’ve been watching) — but he’s got more stories coming. I love that his previous rationale/explanation of I did XYZ “because I’m a psychopath” turned into “because I’m a writer who writes psychopath thriller stories.” This was such a great place for him to land.
The wrap-up is as sweet as it is funny (and Chil-sung is working at the Meat Republic and it’s awesome), but obviously a coma wasn’t a good enough punishment for In-woo. So, everyone goes in for one final round, and one final standoff, when In-woo wakes from his coma and escapes the hospital. Because that is what baddies do.
I didn’t think this final bit was entirely necessary, but it was a fun way to shake up the usual complacency of the forward jump and story wrap-up. In the end, In-woo winds up in prison for a lifetime of justice (some of it poetic), and our hero and heroine continue on their paths. They’ve both found their callings and Bo-kyung muses that, in a way, their subconscious selves pushed each of them to that point. They’re themselves, they’re grounded, and they’re awesome — what a satisfying ending for this show.
PS: Watch the bloopers at the end credits — they’re great!
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