Nobody Knows: Episode 7
More connecting threads are discovered but they only add to the already tangled web and our protagonists are faced with the uncomfortable realization that things are even more interwoven than they realized. As Young-jin has her hands full juggling Eun-ho’s case as well as the stigmata serial killings, Sun-woo’s demons return and he finds himself put to the test once more.
EPISODE 7: “Eun-ho’s Caregiver”
While Young-jin confirms Eun-ho had his backpack in the ambulance blackbox footage, Sun-woo is surprised to recognize the man Eun-ho saved. At the mention of Ki-ho’s connection to Seo Sang-won, Young-jin remembers the weird call she’d received from Eun-ho the day he fell. The scene morphs back to when she’d answered the call from Soo-jung’s killer. The killer taunts teenage Young-jin it’s her fault for not answering the phone: “My original target was you, but I went after your friend because you didn’t fit the criteria.” Adult Young-jin replies Eun-ho is alive, but the killer says he’ll die like Soo-jung and once more, it’ll be Young-jin’s fault.
Sun-woo snaps Young-jin out of her nightmarish vision, worried that both the drawing in Eun-ho’s notebook and Ki-ho correlate with Seo Sang-won. Young-jin doesn’t think it’s a coincidence but is prevented from elaborating when her phone rings. It’s Eun-ho’s caretaker and her stony expression nearly gives Sun-woo a heart attack. Hanging up, Young-jin informs him Eun-ho woke up and Sun-woo implores her to smile when news is good, giving a more cheerful example of relaying Eun-ho is awake. Heh.
Doctors file out of Eun-ho’s room and caregiver, Tae-hyung, calls Sang-ho to say Eun-ho’s in a minimally conscious state – he wakes up when his body reacts to stimulus but falls asleep soon after. Tae-hyung promises to remain vigilant and Sang-ho wonders what Eun-ho could’ve heard. Meanwhile, Eun-ho’s mom, So-yeon, fills his closet with new clothes, unaware Tae-hyung is calling. She’s bought new sneakers as well, but her face falls when she opens the shoe cabinet and realizes they’re several sizes too small.
She sinks to the floor in dismay and flashes back to Chang-soo’s apartment after he’d given her a tough truth pill about her own inferiority. She’d gotten up to leave and Chang-soo had confessed he’d considered becoming Eun-ho’s father, thinking Eun-ho was naïve and kind. He’d realized Eun-ho was too much for him, though he’d meant in a good way. “Eun-ho,” Chang-soo told her, “is the best thing that ever happened to you.” Finally hearing the phone ring, So-yeon runs to answer and rushes to the hospital after hearing Eun-ho regained consciousness.
At the hospital, Young-jin calls Eun-ho’s name and ignores Sun-woo’s advice to speak louder (to wake Eun-ho up) as she promises she and Sun-woo are working to uncover what happened. She vows to figure out what he couldn’t tell her as well as the things he didn’t now. Giving them space, Sun-woo steps out to call his sister about Ki-ho. He can’t recall his name but Sun-kyung does, wondering why he’s asking. Sun-woo vaguely replies he happened to see him and hangs up under the guise of someone else calling.
Sitting next to his wife, Hee-seob overheard and questions why Sun-woo was asking about Ki-ho. Sun-kyung relays Sun-woo’s answer and Hee-seob looks thoughtful. On his way back, Sun-woo freezes when he sees Eun-ho’s caregiver. A flashback shows us Tae-hyung was the alleged bully from Sun-woo’s last school. To resolve the issue, Tae-hyung had been told to write an apology letter and move to another class. Tae-hyung looked at Sun-woo accusingly and Sun-woo confirmed he agreed to the punishment.
Afterwards, Tae-hyung had chased the “victim” Jae-min out into the courtyard. Sun-woo arrived to find Tae-hyung brandishing a chair and demanded he put it down and Jae-min head to the infirmary. Tae-hyung thought Jae-min deserved to be beaten up more, sneering that he didn’t do anything so he might as well earn his punishment. Tae-hyung had whipped the chair around but Sun-woo dove to block it, taking the full force of the hit. Tae-hyung had been horrified as Sun-woo bled and in the present, Sun-woo ducks out of sight as Tae-hyung leads So-yeon to Eun-ho’s room.
Seeing Young-jin at Eun-ho’s bedside, So-yeon scoffs that Tae-hyung called her first. He corrects he’d called So-yeon multiple times with no answer but So-yeon tells him not to call Young-jin in the future. She pointedly adds Young-jin is too busy to keep dropping by and when Young-jin says she’s fine, So-yeon shrieks that she’s not. Young-jin coolly replies that she and Eun-ho are friends and she cares about how he’s doing but So-yeon insists Young-jin is merely using Eun-ho to feel superior to her.
When So-yeon accuses Young-jin of thinking she could be a better mother to Eun-ho, Young-jin forces her out into the hallway kicking and screaming. Pinning So-yeon to the wall until she stops struggling, Young-jin informs her that she doesn’t care what So-yeon says to her: “Because you are nobody to me. You can never hurt me.” However, Young-jin warns So-yeon to watch her tongue around Eun-ho, because she’s his mother and her words hurt him. “Not even the kindest, sweetest person in the world…” Young-jin says, “can replace you for him.” Bursting into tears, So-yeon leans into Young-jin.
Sun-woo is still shaken after seeing Tae-hyung and tries to call Sang-ho, but the latter turns off his phone as he drives up to a restricted building where Hee-dong and Du-seok are waiting. They lead him inside where drug dealers Kevin Jung and Lee Young-sik are tied to chairs in the center of a room. From his vantage point above, Sang-ho has them ungagged and Kevin Jung immediately pleads for his life. Hee-dong tsks when Du-seok wants to kill both, citing Young-sik is merely obedient, but agrees it’s cleaner if they’re both eliminated.
“The deity sometimes wakes us up with a punishment and placates us with a blessing,” Sang-ho says, “But… he also remains silent.” Sang-ho says they’ve been given free will to choose how to live their lives or destroy others. He tells them Millennium Hotel is his home and that while he doesn’t care if hey deal drugs, doing so in his home is disrespectful. Sang-ho declares that only one will be spared and grants them the choice. Kevin Jung shrieks to be spared while Young-sik remains silent.
When neither man selects a weapon from the wall of tools, Sang-ho tells his men to kill them both and Kevin Jung screams for the ax and then the hammer. Du-seok lays the hammer at their feet and Sang-ho orders the men untied. He then tells them that whoever grabs the hammer first is to murder the other. At go, Young-sik doesn’t move so Kevin dives for the hammer. Young-sik sobs that it’s a lie and they’ll both die, imploring Kevin to fight back together.
Sang-ho calls out that he was originally going to kill Young-sik but changed his mind after Young-sik ratted Kevin out. Kevin’s crazy-eyes grow wider and Young-sik’s denial falls on deaf ears. To Sang-ho’s delight, Kevin descends upon Young-sik, hitting him with the hammer until he falls. Kevin pleads for his life and Sang-ho agrees he should keep his word. A wicked grin spreads across his face, though, as he warns Kevin it’s not over yet. Kevin turns to see Young-sik rise and stumble towards him as Sang-ho snickers.
Immediately after receiving a text asking where he is, Sun-woo looks up to see Young-jin walking towards him. He explains that So-yeon and Tae-hyung are in the room and Young-jin tells him the doctors say Eun-ho won’t have a physical disability. Young-jin agrees with Sang-ho that it’s a miracle, but Sun-woo can’t fathom how Eun-ho managed to survive, let alone suffer no permanent damage. Young-jin repeats that it’s a miracle and Sun-woo notices she looks exhausted.
Dismissing his concerns about her eating and sleeping habits, Young-jin promises she’ll eat dinner when asked. Sun-woo clarifies he meant to eat together, using information about Ki-ho as bait. Sitting down at a restaurant, Young-jin demands the name but Sun-woo refuses to tell her until she finishes her food. Young-jin points out she can find out on her own and Sun-woo agrees but smiles this is the easiest way.
With their bowls empty, Sun-woo names Ki-ho. He pegs his age to be late 40s or early 50s, admitting his sister would’ve been suspicious if he pressed. Young-jin guesses his family are all patrons of New Life Church and Sun-woo agrees, adding that he never missed when he was a child but was a rebellious teen and never returned following his father’s death. Sun-woo assumes Young-jin can’t tell him why she doesn’t think Eun-ho’s fall was a coincidence and she thanks him for today.
“I also haven’t told you everything. There are things I can’t speak about yet,” Sun-woo confesses, “but I wish I could someday.” Young-jin says she’s going to check out the hospital Ki-ho was admitted to and Sun-woo plans to check the CCTV at the school for Eun-ho’s bag. Reviewing the hospital footage, Young-jin notices Eun-ho mess with his bag but is unsure whether he put something in or took something out. She calls Sun-wo and learns Eun-ho left school with his backpack the following day and the day after was when he had the duffel.
The bag had to be lost the day after meeting Ki-ho between school and when Eun-ho visited her. She laments just telling Eun-ho to go home, admitting she’d sensed something was wrong but chose to ignore it. At home, Young-jin notices the lights are on in So-yeon’s apartment and she calls her to ask. So-yeon says she must’ve forgotten on her way out and asks Young-jin to turn them off.
Inside the apartment, Young-jin tears up in Eun-ho’s room, imagining him leaping out of bed when there’s a crash upstairs and hitting the ceiling with a baseball. Smiling, Young-jin called his phone and he cheerfully asked when she got home and if she ate dinner. Eun-ho pouted that he wanted ramyeon but they’re out… Young-jin asked if she had any and at Eun-ho’s confirmation, invited him upstairs.
Staring at the photos of the last two stigmata murder victims, Hee-jung and Soo-jung, Young-jin recalls being told Hee-jung and Seo Sang-won were both close to Pastor Kwon. She takes the picture of Hee-jung and places it on the opposite wall next to Seo Sang-won. Adding Ki-ho’s picture below, Sun-woo’s words that he and Seo Sang-won were like brothers echoes.
PART 2: “Min-sung Found Bleeding”
Young-jin plays it cool when she questions the church director about Ki-ho and finds that Byung-hee has already been there. What’s more… Ki-ho is missing. Back at the office, Superintendent Han tells the others they need to wrap the stigmata case, shushing Byung-hee when he asks if the church pulled strings. Young-jin storms in and demands why Byung-hee didn’t inform her about Ki-ho. He rolls his eyes that Ki-ho went missing days before Hee-jung died and there were no call records between him and Seo Sang-won to tie him to the case.
Superintendent Han chides Byung-hee, but the real blow comes when Byung-hee asks if Jae-hong tattled and Young-jin realizes he knew too. As if sensing he’s in trouble, Jae-hong startles awake in his car. Ja-young is still perky and he sighs that she hasn’t slept nor drank water (for fear of bathroom breaks) during their stakeout of Young-sik’s apartment. Jae-hong hands her the water, sighing that they’re teammates but Ja-young pushes it away, snipping that she wants to take his place. Before he can argue, Jin-su calls to order them back, warning that Young-jin knows about Ki-ho.
While reviewing the case, Jae-hong suggests Ki-ho could’ve been an accomplice as anyone watching Young-jin would’ve known about Eun-ho. Jin-su points out Eun-ho fell after Seo Sang-won died but Young-jin requests the stigmata case files anyway. Superintendent Han tells her they’re to wrap up the case and when Young-jin refuses he argues she’d promised to take her hands off it (in exchange for taking over Eun-ho’s). Young-jin declares she’s in charge of both cases and will take responsibility for the consequences.
Frustrated, Superintendent Han barks at everyone to find Ki-ho. He whispers to Young-jin that she better take responsibility and to tell him if she needs a bigger budget. Hee. Meanwhile, Sun-ah seeks out Sang-ho, wondering why he hasn’t checked whether they took care of “it” properly. Sang-ho laughs that if there’s any mistakes, Hee-dong and Du-seok will take responsibility. Sun-ah tsks that he trusts them too much, but Sang-ho is confident that none of them will ever abandon him.
“How many times have we gone through something like this because of a kid?” Sun-ah grumbles. She adds that Hee-seob found out Eun-ho saved Ki-ho, wondering if he’ll find him first. Sang-ho is unbothered since they’re after different things. Sun-ah worries Ki-ho could tell Hee-seob “the secret” but Sang-ho grins that Eun-ho would have to give back what he got from Ki-ho. Ki-ho reads the papers and grows frantic at the article about a student falling from the top of the building.
Bringing the files to Young-jin, Jin-su says he didn’t find anything suspicious except how rich Hee-jung was. Unsure of the origins of her funds, he promises to keep digging. While looking through the files, Young-jin notices that Seo Sang-won, Hee-jung, and Ki-ho all have deceased mothers and considers Jae-hong’s theory that Ki-ho worked with Seo Sang-won.
Ki-ho realizes the article is about Eun-ho and flashes back to Hee-jung ordering him to find the book Pastor Kwon hid, saying that while both were favored, Pastor Kwon chose her at the last moment. She hands him a paper with a cryptic clue for the location of the book. “Pastor Kwon showed too much generosity to that evil thing,” Hee-jung tuts, “As you now, we can turn that evil thing into a calm sheep one we find that book.” In the present, Ki-ho resolves to retrieve the book.
While apologizing for not telling her about Ki-ho, Young-jin asks why and Jae-hong mutters that she was having a hard time because of Eun-ho’s accident. Insisting she can take care of herself, Young-jin tells him not to hide anything in the future. Jae-hong recalls Young-jin repeating “I’m sorry” right after Seo Sang-won jumped and confesses he’s always been wanted to ask what she meant. Young-jin realizes the hypocrisy of demanding Jae-hong not hide anything and yet being unable to answer his question.
Superintendent Hwang drops in and Jae-hong takes his leave. Hwang wonders if he interrupted a scolding, but Young-jin says she’s the one that deserved to be scolded. Ja-young filled Hwang in and he sighs, “If there’s a possibility, there’s no thing in the world that cannot happen.” Incredulous, Young-jin questions if he means Ki-ho meeting Eun-ho was a coincidence. Hwang asks whether she’s chasing the accomplice that killed Soo-jung or the suspected accomplice that tried to kill Eun-ho. Young-jin points out they could be the same person but Hwang’s point is that she has to decide between solving Soo-jung’s case or Eun-ho’s.
Young-jin chooses Eun-ho, adding she’d promised to find the answers he didn’t know. Hwang says their next move will be finding the connection between Dae-hoon and Eun-ho so Young-jin head over to the school. Hee-seob asks Sun-woo where he saw Ki-ho – having overheard the call with Sun-kyung – and learns Ki-ho was the man Eun-ho saved. Hee-seob questions why Sun-woo was looking into that but Sun-woo just thanks him for the tea. Before he leaves, Hee-seob says to let him handle Min-sung (and his cheating).
Outside, Sun-woo answers a call from Sang-ho (returning the call he’d ignored) and goes to meet Sang-ho in the gym. Sun-woo asks what he wants, and Sang-ho asks to discuss Dong-myeong. Thinking of Nosy Ajusshi’s words that the man Eun-ho saved wanted to talk, Dong-myeong starts to dial the number, but thinks better of it. Sang-ho explains that his foundation is launching a mentoring problem, ignoring Sun-woo’s point that he should be discussing it with Hee-seob. Sang-ho says Han-sol praised his brother, Dong-myeong, but wished Dong-myeong had an older brother.
He wants Dong-myeong to be the first mentee of the program and match him with Tae-hyung and we briefly transition to Tae-hyung reading Young-jin’s book, “The Life Before Us”, and suggesting they read something more fun. Sun-woo asks if Sang-ho knows Tae-hyung well and Sang-ho says he’s a good kid that was hurt a lot before joining the foundation. Sun-woo confesses he was Tae-hyung’s teacher and the reason he dropped out of school.
Young-jin and Sun-woo burst into the room to find Min-sung bleeding from the forehead. Sun-woo rounds on Dong-myeong, demanding why he did it. Hurt passes over Dong-myeong’s face but Young-jin announces he isn’t responsible and looks closely at Min-sung, saying they should all to go the hospital now. Hee-seob bursts inside and pulls Min-sung aside, asking who Young-jin is. She introduces herself and Hee-seob sends Sun-woo to take Min-sung to the hospital, while Sang-ho creeps outside.
When Hee-seob turns on Dong-myeong, Young-jin intervenes. He tries to kick her out, but she’s here legally and as an officer, she refuses to leave without investigating. Hee-seob threatens to call security and glancing at a dejected Dong-myeong, Young-jin insists that she needs to take him as a key witness to an open case. Hee-seob suggests they ask Dong-myeong and he asks Young-jin if she meant what she said. She nods and to Hee-seob’s chagrin, Dong-myeong says he’ll go with Young-jin.
After Hee-seob leaves, Sang-ho approaches and Young-jin steps between him and Dong-myeong, but the latter steps forward to thank Sang-ho for paying for Han-sol’s surgery. He promises to pay Sang-ho back and is given a business card. Young-jin tries to leave but Sang-ho blocks again, and she sends Dong-myeong ahead. Sang-ho inquires about the progress with the criminals in his hotel, wondering if she could only locate one… which would she choose. Young-jin thinks he knows something and says even as a hypothetical, she wouldn’t choose. Sang-ho smirks that he’d choose salvation over justice.
Handing Dong-myeong over to Superintendent Hwang, Sang-ho’s words echo in her ears and Young-jin races off to Kevin Jung’s apartment. The door is unlocked and she enters to find Kevin dead on the toilet. Her gaze falls on Eun-ho’s backpack cradled in her arms and Young-jin unzips it to find her book with the inscription “I can’t tell you anything. But can you still help me?” Sobs bubble into her throat as she holds the book to her chest.
Okay, lots of theories spinning around. With Sang-ho amping up his creep factor last week and his saw-esque murder game this episode, I’m back to thinking he could be Soo-jung’s murderer. While I would not put it past the show to throw in more twists, there’s little doubt Sang-ho and co are responsible for Kevin Jung. The fact that Eun-ho’s backpack was there means Sang-ho was the one who had it stolen… which means he’s known from the start Ki-ho passed Eun-ho the book. It’s funny because when we first saw the backpack stolen and his room ransacked, I, like Eun-ho, assumed it was over the money. Interestingly, Sang-ho still hasn’t found the book. So, if it wasn’t in Eun-ho’s backpack or room, where is it? Since we’ve already searched Eun-ho’s locker, my theory is that he kept it in the safest place he could think of – the same place he hid the money – Young-jin’s. It’s possible he hid it somewhere else, but you can be sure I’ll be scanning Young-jin’s bookshelves for a blue binding in future episodes.
The scene with Dong-myeong and Min-sung pained me. While I understand how it looked, I’m disappointed with Sun-woo’s reaction because it shows he still hasn’t learned anything. He says he wants to change and search for the truth, and yet failed to ask what happened, instead falling back on snap judgements and blaming Dong-myeong before he can even explain himself. The look on Dong-myeong’s face when the teacher he’d finally started to trust didn’t trust him… oof. That hurt. But then Young-jin steps forward and my faith in humanity is restored. I was so grateful for her and the relief that washed over Dong-myeong. Sun-woo could take a few pages out of her book because his heart is in the right place, but he’s still too impulsive. Young-jin has really taken Dong-myeong under her wing and I’m glad this relationship is continuing to develop. I was briefly worried when Hee-seob appeared and tried to interject, but shame on me for not having faith in Young-jin. She has such a great read for people and sensed Hee-seob wasn’t there to protect Dong-myeong. I love anytime he’s outmaneuvered and to have him foiled by both Young-jin and Dong-myeong was so fun.
Young-jin discovering her team knew about Ki-ho was another blow, particularly Jae-hong. It was bad enough that Ki-ho turned out to be an important piece of the mystery, but while she was pissed at Byung-hee, it was Jae-hong keeping secrets that hurt. She trusts so few people and so when those in her very tight circle betrays her, it cuts deeper. Misguided as Jae-hong’s actions were, his reasoning was sweet and Young-jin recognized that he meant no harm. I also liked how he turned it back on her by asking about the thing she’s keeping from him. It reminded Young-jin that trust goes both ways and how I wish she would confide in Jae-hong. He genuinely wants to help and it’s unfair that Ja-young knows while he’s fumbling around in the dark. Honestly, I struggle a bit with Ja-young. I admire her tenacity, but her antagonism with Jae-hong is irksome because he doesn’t reciprocate. Like he said this episode, they’re on the same team. The goal should be to help Young-jin solve the case and while Ja-young does care about those things, her priority is to further her career and nab Jae-hong’s spot in the special unit.
What had at first appeared like two separate plots are weaving together a little more each episode and while I am burning with questions, I have to say Nobody Knows has been fantastic with doling out the breadcrumbs. The writing and pacing are so tight, and I can gush about the characters for days. I had feared it was too good to be true for Eun-ho to wake up just yet, but I’m not mad. There’s a lot of the mystery to still unfold. The money has been wrapped up and it’s becoming apparent that it had nothing to do with Eun-ho’s incident, just as Min-sung and Dae-hee are a separate issue. Everything just happened to converge on the same day, and it makes for a lot of red herrings Young-jin must investigate before she finds the right thread. She’s getting close and Sang-ho’s cheekiness will be his downfall if he’s not careful. Young-jin gets an unpleasant feeling from him, but up until now, he hasn’t tripped major flags. Him toying with her about the drug dealers, however, is going to put him squarely on her radar and whatever reasons Sang-ho has for being so cocky, he hasn’t properly factored in Young-jin’s ability.