365: Repeat the Year: Episodes 7-8
Our travelers are dying off at an alarming rate, yet they still haven’t figured out why, or whether it’s accidental or intentional. Things are beginning to happen that indicate that the deaths aren’t accidents at all, and in fact may have been the entire reason for bringing them along on the reset.
EPISODE 7 RECAP
Hyung-jo runs after Jung-tae but loses him in an alley… then someone grabs him and puts a gun to the back of his head. Back at Jung-tae’s home, Ga-hyun finds pictures of herself and all the other travelers, proving that Jung-tae has been following them. Someone comes in, and her face goes white as a sheet.
WHEW, it’s just Sun-ho who grabbed Hyung-jo… he and the others are in the area to catch a criminal, and Sun-ho thought Hyung-jo was him. Hyung-jo tries to go back to Ga-hyun but Sun-ho twists his arm, demanding to know what he’s up to, so Hyung-jo stammers that he’s helping Ga-hyun do research for her webtoon.
He breaks away and runs, yelling over his shoulder that Soon-woo will catch the bad guy. Seconds later, Sun-ho gets a message from Soon-woo that he caught the bad guy, ha.
Ga-hyun is in real danger as she faces the thugs who have been looking for Jung-tae. They’re huge and scary, but when Hyung-jo gets back to Jung-tae’s place, he finds Ga-hyun wailing that Jung-tae promised to marry her and stole all her money and the biggest thug promising to help get her money back.
LOL, Hyung-jo’s expression is hilarious. He asks Big Boy why he’s looking for Jung-tae, and Big Boy says that someone hired them but refuses to say who. Hyung-jo takes his phone and gets his number, and makes Big Boy promise to call him if he finds Jung-tae.
Left alone at Jung-tae’s place, Ga-hyun shows Hyung-jo Jung-tae’s photos of the travelers and tells him that she thinks Shin called on Jung-tae’s burner phone. It seems as though Shin asked Jung-tae to keep tabs on them, and it proves that she was lying about not being able to reach him.
Ga-hyun looks for her at Jian Clinic the next day, but she’s told that Shin is out of the country for a seminar. Ga-hyun barges in and searches the whole place, but Shin does seem to be gone. Meanwhile, Hyung-jo learns from an informant that Jung-tae frequents illegal gambling dens under an alias.
Ga-hyun has a meeting with her agent and gives him the outline for the second season of Hidden Killer. He tries to show her some resumes so she can choose a new assistant, but Joo-young’s death is still too fresh so she asks for some more time.
For his first arrest, Soon-woo gets his own set of handcuffs, and Hyung-jo seems grateful to be there in person this time — in the first timeline, he found out in a text message. Sun-ho asks Hyung-jo how his “date” with Ga-hyun went, and though Hyung-jo protests that he’s just helping Ga-hyun with her webtoon, the others tease him mercilessly.
Ga-hyun scans Jung-tae’s photos into her computer and looks through them until something catches her eye. She sends one of the pictures to Hyung-jo, and he confronts Jung-seok with it… the date on the sign behind Jung-seok is from November 2018, before the reset, which means that Jung-tae was following Jung-seok for months before they went back in time.
Jung-seok reluctantly admits that he had some stocks go bad, so he embezzled money from his company. He tried to increase it by gambling, which is where Jung-tae first noticed him. Jung-tae had approached Jung-seok right after the reset and had begun blackmailing him. Hyung-jo asks if Jung-tae has ever mentioned Shin, but Jung-seok says he hasn’t.
Believing that Jung-seok hired the thugs to rough him up, Jung-tae goes to Jung-seok’s office building and makes a scene in the lobby. Jung-seok gives him all the money in his wallet to make him go away, but Jung-tae throws it in the air and whispers in Jung-seok’s ear that he knows where Jung-seok’s wife and daughter live in Canada.
Jung-seok agrees to meet Jung-tae outside and slips him a thick wad of cash. Jung-tae heads home, but soon a pounding on his door reveals Hyung-jo, who lets himself in. Hyung-jo gets Jung-tae to admit that he junked Dae-sung’s car in both timelines, but he swears that he never knew Yeon-soo the first time around.
Hyung-jo asks if Jung-tae recorded his conversations with Dae-sung on his phone, but as Jung-tae is scoffing at him, a rock flies through the window, smashing it. Jung-tae runs outside, but whoever threw the rock is gone. Hyung-jo follows him out and gives Jung-tae his card so he can call if he remembers anything.
When Hyung-jo gets back to his car, Ga-hyun pops up, disappointed that this isn’t more of a stakeout. Hyung-jo tries to put his earbuds in her ears, but she takes it the entirely wrong way and rears back, and they freeze in that embarrassing pose for a moment. Then Ga-hyun shoves Hyung-jo and takes the earbuds herself, hee.
A short flashback shows that Hyung-jo confirmed that the number that called Jung-tae’s was Shin’s. Ga-hyun had thrown the rock through Jung-tae’s window, right on cue, giving Hyung-jo a few seconds alone in the house to bug Jung-tae’s phone.
At her home, Ga-hyun arranges Jung-tae’s pictures like a storyboard, with notes on which travelers have died and when. Kyung-man’s picture sends her to talk to his widow, who says he was a pennypincher and never would have purchased a lottery ticket. In addition, he’d tried very hard to improve his health in the past year so he’d live to see his grandchildren, so it makes no sense that he keeled over after one drink.
On her way out, Ga-hyun calls Hyung-jo, who confirms that no lottery ticket was found on Kyung-man’s body, though one of Jung-tae’s photos shows him buying one. She shows Hyung-jo a picture of a flower arrangement that she saw at Kyung-man’s house, that arrived two days before Kyung-man’s death, and says that she saw an identical (though fresher) one in Yeon-soo’s apartment after she moved out.
She thinks that someone is after them, and is sending the flowers. Hyung-jo argues that Kyung-man died of a heart attack, and Yeon-soo’s death was ruled a falling accident.
Sun-ho, Soon-woo, and Sa-kyung show up at Hyung-jo’s place that night to celebrate Soon-woo’s first arrest with beer and ddukbokki (which they make Hyung-jo cook, ha). Sun-ho tells the story of Hyung-jo’s first arrest, when he rented Hyung-jo his old house and sold him his old car for cheap. Soon-woo gives Sa-kyung, his sunbae, the stink-eye for only giving him ddkubokki which she didn’t even make, hee.
The following day, Jung-seok is called into his boss’s office and is told to either get rid of Jung-tae or pay him off. Instead, Jung-tae turns in his resignation and leaves his boss with the warning that he only has two months left in his own job. He goes straight to No-seob to tell him that he quit his job, so No-seob calls the travelers together to celebrate.
Jung-seok tells the others that he’s moving to Canada to be with his family, and when No-seob says that family is what’s most important, Jae-young gets a strange look on his face. No-seob says that his wife lives in a sanatorium and still recognizes him, though she won’t for much longer. Se-rin tells them that she’s been studying for the college entrance exams for two years, so she’s drifted from her family.
Ga-hyun asks Jae-young why he agreed to the reset, and he says darkly that it’s for revenge — there’s a guy he wants to kill. He quickly clarifies that he’s talking about someone he lost to in a video game competition, and that he intends to beat the guy this time around.
Ga-hyun shows around her picture of the flower basket, but nobody recognizes them, so she says it’s something for Hidden Killer. Jung-seok brings out his treasured object, a tiny music box that his daughter painted with pictures of their family. He says that even if he forgets everything else, he always carries the music box with him like a talisman.
As they split up, Jung-seok says that he wants to buy everyone a meal before he moves to Canada. They make plans for the weekend, and Jung-seok leaves in a great mood. I don’t like this, it feels ominous.
At home, Ga-hyun notices that the bug on Jung-tae’s phone is picking up audio. She listens in and hears Jung-tae say, “It’s something I’ve always done. It’s not that hard. Are you back? Let’s meet up.”
Because of the type of phone he’s on, she can’t hear the person he’s talking to, but the tracker says he’s at home so she calls Hyung-jo and he heads straight there. But when he arrives, the place is ransacked, and Jung-tae is nowhere to be found.
EPISODE 8 RECAP”
At Ga-hyun’s place, Hyung-jo listens to a recording of Jung-tae blackmailing Jung-seok with racy photos of him with his mistress, not gambling as Jung-seok claimed. Jung-seok had changed from the meek, nervous guy we’ve seen as he called in his hired thugs to hold Jung-tae while he hit him and snarled that he has the money so he has the power.
Suddenly, Jung-tae had lunged at Jung-seok with a knife in his hand, then shoved him at the thugs while he escaped. It’s quite a turnaround to learn that, instead of being the helpless victim, Jung-seok was actually pursuing Jung-tae in turn.
The next day Ga-hyun returns to Jian Clinic but Shin is still away, and Hyung-jo also strikes out at finding Jung-seok. On the day they’re supposed to meet up for Jung-seok’s farewell dinner, everyone shows up but Jung-seok.
Instead, a black van pulls up and a man gets out to talk to the travelers. He says that Jung-seok settled his balance (with who, Shin?) and asked him to come here, but he also hasn’t heard from Jung-seok in a couple of days.
In the cafe, Ga-hyun shows everyone the photos that Jung-tae took of them. They’ve all had strange experiences — Se-rin felt like she was being followed, Jae-young got an ingame message from another player noting that he always sits in the same seat at the PC cafe, and the lock on No-seob’s cafe was broken once.
Jae-young points out that there are no pictures of Shin, concluding that Jung-tae must be working with her. Ga-hyun confirms that Jung-tae and Shin have been in touch, so No-seob wants to go confront Shin, but she’s still out of the country.
Se-rin worries that Jung-seok not being here today is because of Jung-tae, but Hyung-jo says that it might be the other way around. He tells them that Jung-seok and Jung-tae knew each other before the reset and plays the recording of their fight.
He gets a call from Soon-woo and hurries away, and later Ga-hyun goes back to Jung-tae’s place, then checks Jung-seok’s apartment, but neither are home. She calls Hyung-jo to tell him that she thinks Jung-seok is in danger, but he breaks the news that the emergency he was called away for was the discovery of Jung-seok’s body.
He was found dead in his car, with several empty bottles of soju and a pot of burned charcoal on the seat. His phone is found with a text to his wife and daughter that reads like a suicide note, and later Sa-kyung tells the team that Jung-seok’s wife had asked for a divorce.
Hyung-jo admits that he knew Jung-seok, and says that he quit his job so that he could move to Canada to be with his family. Soon-woo counters that the private equity fund that Jung-seok managed was a mess, and that the investors were in an uproar when he asked around at Jung-seok’s former workplace.
Hyung-jo still asserts that Jung-seok wouldn’t have committed suicide, but there’s a witness who sold the charcoal to Jung-seok last night. Captain Heo puts the case on hold until the autopsy results come in, and tells Hyung-jo that he’ll have to prove it was murder.
When they’re alone, Hyung-jo plays Sun-ho the recording of Jung-tae and Jung-seok’s fight, but Sun-ho says that it’s an illegal recording and doesn’t prove that Jung-seok didn’t commit suicide. He tells Hyung-jo not to show this to Captain Heo as “proof,” or he’ll get in trouble.
Ga-hyun meets Hyung-jo at the station, where he tells her that it seems Jung-seok committed suicide. He asks why she thought he might be in danger, so she says that there was another of those flower baskets outside his door. Now, all three travelers who have died (except the deliveryman, who died the moment they reset), have received flowers just before their deaths.
The travelers convene again to discuss the flowers and Jung-seok’s death. Ga-hyun points out another strange thing about the deaths — Kyung-man’s lottery ticket, Yeon-soo’s cell phone, and Jung-seok’s treasured music box have all disappeared, despite being on them when they died.
Elsewhere, a figure wearing all black places Jung-seok’s music box inside a glass display case. Yeon-soo’s phone is in another case, then Kyung-man’s lottery ticket in a third. On the wall above each case is an empty picture frame.
Ga-hyun had been complaining to Hyung-jo that the tracker on Jung-tae’s phone is still at his house, but it suddenly starts to move. She follows the signal to a remote area and watches as Jung-tae enters a gambling den, but he’s almost immediately kicked out and told to bring more money next time.
Desperate to keep Jung-tae from leaving the area, Ga-hyun jumps in front of his car, and when he gets out she asks if he killed Jung-seok. Jung-tae seems as shocked as anyone else to hear that Jung-seok is dead, but Ga-hyun accuses him of spying, blackmailing, and working with Shin.
He says that if she knows all that then she shouldn’t have come here alone, but Ga-hyun holds her ground and says that she didn’t come alone. The cops pull up right on cue and arrest him. (Have I mentioned lately how awesome Ga-hyun is? Because this lady is awesome.)
Awww, Hyung-jo is so worried for Ga-hyun when he finds out what she did, though he’s also pretty impressed. She tells him that Jung-tae appeared didn’t know of Jung-seok’s death, and they decide to ask him some more questions. Unfortunately he’s been released, since he hadn’t actually been caught gambling, and the cop says that someone of good standing vouched for him.
Sure enough, Jung-tae is given a ride home by Shin’s battleaxe assistant, and on the way, he tosses his bugged phone out the window. The following morning, Shin arrives back in Korea, and her phone positively blows up with messages that she completely ignores.
Later the travelers get a message asking them to meet at Jian Clinic. There are only five of them left from the original ten (Jung-tae doesn’t show, as usual), and the room feels empty and haunted by the specters of those who have died.
When Shin joins them, she tells Hyung-jo that she saw his text messages about Jung-seok’s death, but he snaps that she probably already knew since someone is reporting to her. Ga-hyun chimes in that they know Shin had Jung-tae spy on them, and to their surprise, Shin freely admits that she ordered him to do it.
She says that she’s experienced the reset alone several times, but that this was her first time taking others along. She’d thought she was doing something good for them, but then things began to go wrong, and that’s when Jung-tae approached her.
She calls out to someone, and Jung-tae walks into the room, startling the other travelers. Shin plays a recording on her phone of her meeting with Jung-tae, in which he’d asked her for tips on horse racing or stocks, something he could make money from. She’d agreed in exchange for information on the other travelers.
Jung-tae had asked why, and Shin had explained that the deliveryman’s death during the reset made her worry that something might happen to the others. Unconvinced, Ga-hyun asks why Shin had Jung-tae released from jail, and Shin says that he hadn’t done anything illegal that night and she wanted him at this meeting.
Ga-hyun grumbles that having an ex-con stalk them was still a bad idea, and Se-rin barks that Jung-tae killed Jung-seok and staged it as a suicide. Jung-tae leaps to his feet and advances on Se-rin threateningly, and Hyung-jo grapples with him while Se-rin tries to run out of the room. But when she opens the door, she sees something that makes her scream in terror.
Shin’s assistant walks into the room, carrying a very familiar, very pretty yet very sinister flower basket. She sets it down, but everyone just stares at it in shock. Finally Hyung-jo grabs the card and opens it, and he reads the words: It’s you this time.
So does this mean that Jae-young was wrong again with his theory on the order of deaths? If it’s in the order of the travelers’ seating, then Jung-tae should have died before Jung-seok, yet Jung-tae is still alive. And speaking of theories, I don’t trust Shin’s explanation that she simply asked Jung-tae for help keeping tabs on the other travelers. There’s something much bigger going on, something very deliberately planned (and very planned to appear random) and deadly, and only Shin knows the truth. But even though she was as inscrutable as ever in this episode, something is starting to make me think that maybe she’s not trying to hurt anyone… maybe she’s in danger and needs their help?
More and more connections between the travelers are coming to light, though I’m still not even close to seeing the whole picture yet. It wasn’t a surprise that Jung-tae and Jung-seok knew each other before the reset, nor that a guy like Jung-tae would blackmail Jung-seok for money. But yet again, I’m left with more questions than answers, the biggest one being who is collecting the prized possessions of the deceased travelers, and why? Obviously they have a huge significance to whoever is taking them, to be put under glass like a trophy display. Is this why Shin collected these people for the reset? And is this truly the first time she’s traveled with, or has she done this many many times before and is trying to fix something that keeps going wrong, like it’s starting to seem?
I’ve been wondering why Hyung-jo changing the past hasn’t had an adverse effect like Ga-hyun’s did, the way she saved herself from paralysis but her friend ended up dead instead. But I’m starting to think that perhaps there will be a price for Hyung-jo changing the past and saving Sun-ho’s life. I’m glad that Sun-ho isn’t dead, and I like him as a person, but I’ve noticed that every time Hyung-jo confides in him about anything having to do with the travelers, Sun-ho stands in direct opposition to him. When Hyung-jo was investigating the hit-and-run, Sun-ho kept ordering him to stay out of the traffic department, and disagreed with his asserting that Dae-sung was the culprit until Dae-sung himself confessed. Now Hyung-jo is telling Sun-ho that they need to investigate Jung-tae, but Sun-ho only tells him not to mention it to Captain Heo or he’ll get in trouble. I’m scared that Sun-ho will somehow block Hyung-jo in a critical moment and cause something horrible to happen to one of the travelers.
After this episode, I do think that Hyung-jo and Ga-hyun are heading for a loveline. It isn’t necessary for the story, but I’m not mad about it because they’re so cute together. The way Hyung-jo smiled at Ga-hyun when he found her manipulating Big Boy was just full of admiration and fondness, and at that point I became convinced that he’s drawn to her. It’s so refreshing the way Hyung-jo sees Ga-hyun as an equal, like how he worries when she’s in danger but he’s also confident that she can handle herself. And I don’t think Ga-hyun would have reacted so strongly to the earbud situation if she didn’t at least recognize that Hyung-jo is an attractive man, even if she’s not conscious of it yet. I still like that the show is taking it slow and letting it evolve naturally, because I like Hyung-jo and Ga-hyun as sleuthing partners almost as much as I think I’ll like them as a couple.
- Premiere Watch: 365: Repeat the Year, A Piece of Your Mind, Welcome, A Couple’s World, Unique Chef Moon, Rugal
- Lee Jun-hyuk, Nam Ji-hyun return to the past in new teaser for MBC’s 365: Repeat the Year
- Cast of 365: A Fate-defying Year gather for script reading
- Nam Ji-hyun considers 365: A Fate-defying Year with Lee Jun-hyuk