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Nobody Knows: Episode 11

Our intrepid detectives cover a lot of ground this hour with everyone making discoveries, with varying results. Young-jin’s suspicions towards Sang-ho only grow as he continues to insert himself in Eun-ho’s business, but her attention is dominated by more pressing matters and the discovery she makes just might lead her to the missing piece of a twenty-year puzzle.

  
EPISODE 11

In the past, Seo Sang-won finds a shivering boy and tells him not to fear, he’s come to save him. Carrying the child away, he assures him his love will get the boy back on his feet. The scene shifts and regains color as Eun-ho bolts to Young-jin’s apartment, apologizing to the plants as he waters them. While he naps on the couch, Young-jin kneels beside him and thanks him for being alive. Eun-ho stirs, thinking Young-jin is talking about the plants and sitting up confusedly when she cries with relief.

Waking from the dream, Eun-ho asks if he was hurt. Mom volunteers to fetch a doctor, fearing telling Eun-ho too much before he’s ready while Eun-ho’s eyes find the calendar. He tentatively asks Young-jin if it’s wrong and when Young-jin assures him the plants can survive a few days without water, Eun-ho quivers that he’s missing a month from his memory.

A doctor inspects Eun-ho and says he’ll be able to go home soon. Young-jin follows him out to ask if there’s any treatment for memory loss but he insists it’s not his area. He’s startled when she guesses he’ll report to Sang-ho and Young-jin pointedly requests he tell Sang-ho everything he’d told them about Eun-ho’s memory… and that he won’t recognize Sang-ho.

The doctor reports to someone as told, but the appearance of Sang-ho – who’d run out immediately after hearing the news – tells us he’s a double-agent. Sang-ho likewise questions him and is unconvinced by the doctor’s lie about a former classmate. Hee-seob sets down his own phone and realizing Eun-ho’s missing memory includes Ki-ho, calls Nosy Ajusshi to meet.

Sang-ho downs a cold cup of tea, tutting if it’s hot he must sip it or wait. Filling it up again, he sighs he’d wanted to ask Eun-ho some questions, staring at the steam as he ominously adds, “I can’t gulp it down.” Meanwhile, Jin-su scrolls through the news articles on Young-jin and balks at the comments. Byung-hee chides him for looking at that garbage while they’re on a stakeout, laughing at the top comment suggesting Young-jin killed Seo Sang-won when all the evidence proves otherwise.

Jae-hong isn’t taking the news half as well and when Superintendent Han dismisses him, he slams down a photo of the unit and storms out. Next, Han calls Young-jin and learns Eun-ho work up but can’t remember the past month. She hangs up when Sang-ho approaches and he laments being unable to visit since Eun-ho won’t recognize him. Young-jin firmly replies Eun-ho will remember soon.

When asked if she wants Eun-ho to remember, Young-jin guesses Sang-ho doesn’t. He points out Eun-ho’s brain is protecting him from something traumatic and she asks if he means to say Eun-ho will be in danger if he remembers. Laughing it off, Sang-ho clarifies he merely worries that regaining those memories will trap Eun-ho in a living nightmare.

Chasing Jae-hong, Ja-young confronts him, jumping into his car before he can stop her. Cutting off his protests, she correctly guesses he didn’t put everything in his report the day he found Young-jin and Seo Sang-won’s body and asks him to maintain that statement. He questions why she isn’t angry Young-jin kept her relationship with the case secret and Ja-young points out that doing so would’ve meant she couldn’t investigate it.

Jae-hong argues he should hear this from Young-jin and Ja-young calmly points out Young-jin would feel too guilty to ask. Growing suspicious, Jae-hong asks why Ja-young joined their unit. She admits she’d overheard Young-jin talking about her conversation with Seo Sang-won. She says if Jae-hong doesn’t stick to his report, she’ll reveal she knew all along. He asks if she’s threatening him, but Ja-young smiles she wouldn’t make a threat with something she liked.

Unable to let it go, Eun-ho asks Mom how he got hurt and if he’d said anything strange before his accident. Before Mom can answer, Young-jin returns. He asks if she has questions and Young-jin says she has many but only asks where he would hide something. Eun-ho says it depends whether it was an object or a secret, peppering Young-jin with questions why he’d want to hide something.

She says someone wanted him to keep something safe but doesn’t answer when he asks if it’s related to his accident. Young-jin clarifies that it’s not important to him, but to the person that asked. Eun-ho confirms Young-jin’s guess of her apartment and tells her check the kitchen. Suggesting he rest, Young-jin turns to leave but Eun-ho shouts that no one will tell him what happened.

Young-jin replies that she can only give a rough outline of events because he’s the only one that knows what happened. Mom doesn’t want him to remember a painful memory but Young-jin tells him he fell off the roof after using the lifeline and then unbuckling himself halfway down. She vows to find the truth but admits she may fail and asks if Eun-ho is okay missing that piece of his life.

Furious, Mom drags Young-jin into the hall, barking at her not make Eun-ho live the way she did. Young-jin is confused and Mom asks if she’s satisfied after catching the stigmata serial killer. Inside, Eun-ho sighs that Young-jin found the killer before a sharp pain erupts in his head as flashes of Young-jin’s murder wall flash through his mind.

In another hospital room, Hee-dong gripes at the way Du-seok is feeding him while Sang-ho gleefully watches a nature documentary. Sun-ah joins them, and Sang-ho says, “In the animal world, the food chain of preying on and falling prey to repeats endlessly.” She asks about humans and Sang-ho blankly replies humans are animals too. She wonders if Eun-ho’s amnesia is a ruse, but Sang-ho doubts Young-jin and Sun-woo would gamble with a child.

He thinks the best scenario is for Eun-ho to regain his memory and they catch Ki-ho when he comes to retrieve his item from Eun-ho. His lackeys want to kill Eun-ho but Sang-ho pouts that’s the most boring scenario. Irritated his secret exists somewhere he doesn’t know, Sang-ho growls he wants to blow up the world and Sun-ah retorts Eun-ho needs to regain his memory for world peace.

The women return to Eun-ho and Young-jin apologizes for putting herself over Eun-ho’s condition. He argues he wants to know but Young-jin says he needs to recover first. When asked instead about his nice room, Young-jin says he’ll move now that he’s awake. Meanwhile, Jin-su and Byung-hee perk up at the arrival of Hee-seob, quickly ducking down as he heads inside the restaurant to meet Nosy Ajusshi.

Ja-young explains how Young-jin figured there was an accomplice from Seo Sang-won’s final speech when he said despite the markings, Soo-jung didn’t qualify for the blessing of rebirth. Jae-hong realizes the problem isn’t the victim’s qualifications, but the criminal’s – meaning someone else killed Soo-jung.

While searching the stigmata serial murders after hearing the report on Young-jin, Sun-woo starts to call but hesitates. A knock on the door alerts him to his niece’s presence and she asks to read a story since Hee-seob promised but went to work. She notes his expression is sad and Sun-woo says he was reading something sad. Ji-won assures him her book isn’t sad and as they sit down to read, Sun-woo asks if she’d like to have a younger sibling.

His question triggers a memory and Ji-won says Eun-ho asked how she’d feel about having an older brother. She’d told him she wanted a younger sibling and his eyes became sad like Sun-woo’s. He wonders when this happened, but Ji-won denies any of the days he recalls, saying it happened at her school.

Nosy Ajusshi tuts Hee-seob should’ve just called since he hasn’t heard from Ki-ho. Nosy Ajusshi doesn’t know why Ki-ho is hiding and Hee-seob tells him to pass the message Eun-ho woke up, returning to add something we don’t hear. Listening to the recorder he found under Eun-ho’s bed, Ki-ho learns of Young-jin’s close relationship with Eun-ho.

Scrolling through her phone, Young-jin thinks to call Superintendent Hwang, but luckily he calls first. She asks if the chief contacted him but he’s calling to say she’s still in charge of her unit. Superintendent Han is with him and hisses for him tell her not to do anything, pouting she won’t listen to him. Rolling his eyes, Hwang tells Han to stop begging her and order her so Han barks at Young-jin to do nothing but breathe.

Hanging up, she calls Jae-hong, who’s still processing all he’s learned. She tells him Eun-ho is awake and he’s stifles his excitement. Young-jin tells him to come keep guard and Jae-hong tentatively asks if it’s a favor, smiling when she corrects it’s an order. Superintendent Han warns Hwang that he’ll be in minor trouble and to let Young-jin be the only scapegoat for the scandal.

Hwang chides him for thinking of scapegoats when they should first think of how to protect Young-jin. Han points out they know Young-jin, but she’ll be suspected by everyone else. “Those who try to do something with a spirit of self-sacrifice are the first ones to be sacrificed,” Hwang replies firmly, “Those bystanders who aren’t willing to do anything, never suffer any damage.”

When they arrive, Young-jin asks Ja-young and Jae-hong to watch Eun-ho until the backup officers arrive, warning them to watch what they say since Eun-ho doesn’t remember the past month. Standing to leave, she pauses and apologizes to Jae-hong for not telling him about Soo-jung. She confesses she wanted to catch Seo Sang-won herself and Jae-hong says he understands.

Unfortunately, Nosy Ajusshi notices Jin-su and Byung-hee following him so he pulls over. They’re forced to pass while he seemingly gets out to pee, but as soon as they’re out of sight, he gets back in his truck and doubles back. Waiting up ahead, Byung-hee and Jin-su grow anxious when the truck doesn’t reappear and turn back to find it missing.

Nosy Ajusshi passes Hee-seob’s message for him to claim inheritance from Im Hee-jung’s estate “before it’s too late.” He also shares Eun-ho regained consciousness and Ki-ho thanks God, wanting to see Eun-ho immediately. Nosy Ajusshi shakes his head, saying Young-jin came to see him, looking for Ki-ho. Passing her card, he relays her message Eun-ho almost died because of him and then adds that Young-jin was friends with the eighth stigmata serial murders victim.

PART 2

Young-jin tears her apartment apart, looking for whatever Eun-ho could’ve hidden there. She still hasn’t found it by daybreak and calls Sun-woo. He jokingly agrees that she called too early before assuring her she’s welcome to call anytime. Sun-woo admits to seeing the news and asks if she’s still enduring. Denying it, Young-jin reveals Eun-ho woke up.

Sun-woo runs into Hee-seob’s study with the news but deflates when Hee-seob already knows. Furthermore, Hee-seob breezily asks Sun-woo to set up a meeting with Mom so he can tell her about the Min-sung incident. Suspicious of the timing, Sun-woo asks if it’s because Eun-ho can’t remember being beaten by Dae-hee. Hee-seob laughs that’s a good point but says he’s revealing the exam scandal this week and wants to tell Mom first.

Cake in hand, Sun-woo visits Eun-ho, who apologizes for the trouble. Seeing the cake, Eun-ho has flashes of the cake from Sang-ho and feels ill. Sun-woo rushes to remove it but Mom offers to eat it with the officers and give him time to visit. Eun-ho worries he’ll never retain his memory and Sun-woo assures him that even if that happened, the people around him would reconstruct it.

Eun-ho argues that’s not his story and wants to remember, himself. Sun-wo suggests he try, asking what his last memory was. Eun-ho recalls meeting Sun-woo and Ji-won outside their house. Recalling Ji-won’s words Eun-ho had asked her about having an older brother, Sun-woo asks if he remembers what they’d talked about at the park. While playing, Ji-won had looked up at the sun and sneezed.

When Eun-ho admitted having the same reaction, Sun-woo explained he might have a photic sneeze reflex like Ji-won. He said there was no cure, but it doesn’t affect a person’s health – it’s just uncomfortable. Eun-ho relays the conversation to Sun-woo and says afterwards Ji-won asked him to go to their house, so he did… and then he woke up in the hospital. Eun-ho starts to say something else, but a nurse arrives and Sun-wo leaves to talk with Mom.

Sun-woo says Hee-seob wants to meet – assuring Mom he can relay a message if she prefers – but Mom agrees. Eun-ho thinks back to the park and how Sun-woo said the photic sneeze reflex is genetic, so his parents were to blame. Ji-won smiled they were the same and Eun-ho looked thoughtful.

Jin-su and Byung-hee meet with Officer Hong, who grumbles she had to take a day off. They warn her to be careful and she assures them she used to be on the SWAT team before heading back into the New Life Church. Meanwhile, backup finally arrives to relieve Jae-hong and Ja-young and everyone returns to the office. Ja-young fills Byung-hee and Jin-su in on what she’d told Jae-hong the previous night regarding the accomplice.

Joining her, Jae-hong hands over Young-jin’s conversation with Seo Sang-won Jae-hong left out of the report. Young-jin arrives and the room is tense. Byung-hee breaks it to ask if the report is fake or if there’s more to add and Young-jin answers no. He starts to complain about her standing there stoically when Jin-su cuts him off, saying Young-jin was wrong to hide things, but Byung-hee shouldn’t talk back to a superior even if she’s his junior.

Addressing Young-jin, Jin-su says they’re colleagues – not tools – and slumps back into his seat. After a pause, Young-jin corrects she joined the force first and everyone laughs. Adding she’d thought it didn’t matter, Young-jin admits she regrets not telling them sooner. Learning Soo-jung’s mother is the only other person that knows Young-jin (and not Hwang) received the call from her killer, Byung-hee says if it gets published, they’ll know the informant is one of them.

Superintendent Han joins them, announcing the disciplinary hearing is in three days and Young-jin is on standby until then. She asks about Hwang and Han says he won’t be able to avoid it. Hwang ignores a call from reporters as a subordinate comes to retrieve a file. The young man nervously adds Hwang can go home. Once the man leaves, Hwang unlocks the bottom drawer of his desk and pulls out Soo-jung’s casefile.

Young-jin returns to her desk while Han gives the rest of the team orders. Jae-hong and Jae-hee look anxiously at Young-jin before leaving on their assignment. Jin-su asks if they should head out too and Byung-hee eyes Young-jin before loudly asking Jin-su where they lost track of Nosy Ajusshi, nudging his partner to play along. Jin-su answers just as loud and Young-jin smiles as she heads out.

At school, Sun-woo informs Min-sung and Dong-myeong of Eun-ho regaining consciousness and Min-sung breaks down in tears. He says he’s been waiting for the day to apologize to Eun-ho (but now must wait because Eun-ho can’t remember). Dong-myeong wants to see Eun-ho immediately and Sun-woo writes him a pass. Before leaving, Dong-myeong tells Min-sung they’ll go together next time.

Following Jin-su’s directions, Young-jin finds the spot they’d lost Nosy Ajusshi. She looks around, puzzling where he could’ve gone when her phone rings. She answers and Ki-ho identifies himself, asking after Eun-ho. She tells him to see for himself and Ki-ho asks if he shows up, will Young-jin let him meet Eun-ho. If she answers, we don’t hear it as Ki-ho hangs up the payphone and Young-jin curses.

When Dong-myeong arrives, Eun-ho asks if he’s stayed out of trouble. Dong-myeong sniffs that Han-sol had a successful surgery and he’s now in Sun-woo’s class, grumbling Eun-ho has to come back and be his desk mate. Eun-ho cheekily agrees no one else would and then marvels at seeing Dong-myeong cry for the first time. Dong-myeong sniffles that he isn’t and Eun-ho laughs.

Hee-seob arrives at a hotel to meet with Mom and freezes when he sees her in the lobby. He approaches her awkwardly and Mom stiffly says she’d thought they weren’t supposed to acknowledge each other. Sun-woo walks up and pauses when he sees them together, overhearing Hee-seob suggest they have tea sometime. He’s surprised Mom knows the headache he mentions is about school and she snips that she’d given up when she found out who “the woman” was.

Brushing her off, he says it was nice seeing her but he has to go deal with a headache. Mom lets him leave and Hee-seob runs off, both looking shaken. Sun-woo slaps on a smile and runs up to her, guiding her to see Hee-seob who balks when it finally clicks Mom is Eun-ho’s mother. She introduces herself as if this is their first meeting and Hee-seob awkwardly plays along, explaining the exam mishap. Mom is quick to understand Eun-ho would’ve urged Min-sung to turn himself in and Min-sung is from a rich family connected to the school.

She says it must be quite a headache for Hee-seob and then sashays out. Sun-woo follows her and offers a ride back to the hospital. In the car, he tentatively asks about Eun-ho’s sneezing and if she has it. Mom shakes her head so Sun-woo asks about his dad. Mom freezes, recalling Eun-ho had asked the same thing and asks if it’s hereditary. Sun-woo confirms it is and Mom shakily lets herself out of the car.

Sun-ah finds Sang-ho with his instant noodles and tells him Eun-ho’s call records show he’d called Dong-myeong’s aunt’s restaurant after leaving Ki-ho at the hospital. Thinking Han-sol might’ve heard something, Sang-ho visits Han-sol with gifts. Sang-ho asks if he knew Eun-ho saved someone. Han-sol proudly chirps Eun-ho called to say he couldn’t visit because of it.

Sang-ho says he would’ve rewarded Eun-ho with gifts if he’d saved him and Han-sol innocently says Eun-ho did receive a gift – a book, “New Life Gospel.” The title throws Sang-ho into a flashback, revealing him to be the boy Seo Sang-won “saved” and he nervously recites prayers only for Seo Sang-won to snap a cat o’ nine tails whip when he messes up. The second mistake earns a whipping.

In the present, tears sting Sang-ho’s eyes. Outisde, he scoffs, “That sly old geezer made a map with “New Life Gospel” on purpose… because that book was our everyday life.” He spits they were given food, clothes, and a place to rest but only when they perfectly memorized the verses – and getting them wrong earned brutal beatings. Sang-ho suggests killing Ki-ho… after making him memorize the gospel and whipping him for every world he gets wrong. He calls Hee-dong to bring a copy of the book and Ki-ho.

Ki-ho grabs the recorder and his stash of money and leaves the shack. He pauses before locking it and then tosses the key inside. Walking away, he stops in his tracks when headlights wash over him. Du-seok, Hee-dong, and Sang-ho get out of the car… but it’s a fakeout and they find the empty shack. Meanwhile, another car pulls under a bridge and Young-jin looks over at Ki-ho.

He refuses to talk until he sees it and Young-jin retrieves the book from the trunk. He reaches for it and she holds a lighter to it. Ki-ho warns her to stop and Young-jin asks what happens if the book is destroyed. Ki-ho sighs she’ll never know anything and then corrects that even if she discovers the truth, she won’t be able to do anything about it.

  
COMMENTS

They got me again with the Ki-ho fake-out! I’d like to think I’m better than this but honestly, it’s just Nobody Knows has been dancing around typical drama pitfalls like letting the villains win too much and forcing the heroes (and us poor fans) to slog through weeks of pointless goose-chasing. It’s refreshing to have the villains and heroes moving at the same pace – just on different trajectories – rather than one side always being three steps ahead. Sang-ho thinks he’s sitting pretty, but Young-jin has been calling BS on his game since the get-go and while she’s never had anything to slap him with other than giving off major bad vibes, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been paying attention.

From what we’ve seen of Sang-ho’s dark side, the glimpses of his past aren’t surprising, but they’re horrific and heartbreaking, nonetheless. It excuses nothing, but it does help to better explain his philosophy about the strong and the weak and how even though his morals are beyond questionable, he still manages to do good things for people… when it suits him. If he turns out not to be Soo-jung’s killer at this point, I will be stunned, but Nobody Knows has fooled me before, so I can’t rule out that it won’t suddenly reveal Sun-woo as the ultimate undercover psychopath (but I hope not because he’s precious and I would give my life for him or any other of Young-jin’s ducklings).

Despite hitting classic eye-rolling makjang tropes like amnesia and birth secrets, the show has handled them effectively so that they weave well into the story and don’t feel like they were thrown in as a cheap attempt at milking tension. I can’t imagine anyone predicted Hee-seob was going to turn out as Eun-ho’s father and I’m unsure what this actually means going forward other than to highlight just how much pressure Eun-ho had been under prior to his accident. I love that Sun-woo not only overheard the exchange between Mom and Hee-seob but was smart enough to put the pieces together immediately. I can’t gush enough about a show that allows its characters to not be idiots just for Plot.

And that’s the thing I love most about this show: the characters and the relationships they build with each other. Young-jin’s team standing behind her even after she lied, because they know she’s not the person the media was painting her to be. Even Jae-hong’s volatile reaction was from the hurt of Young-jin not trusting him – not because he truly doubted her – and Ja-young talking him down and explaining why Young-jin reacted the way she did was lovely. Still, the best was Young-jin apologizing and admitting she was wrong. I love seeing adults treating each other – as well as the kids – with sincerity and respect. It explains why the kids bonded so quickly with Young-jin, Sun-woo, and Superintendent Hwang and why the adults work so well with each other, even when they disagree. I can’t wait to see our heroes solve both cases and find the light at the end of this 20-year tunnel.

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Thank you for this recap. This show is so wonderfully written and the characters so engaging and multi layered.

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"Nobody Knows," reminds me of a cross between "Beautiful World," and "Save Me." I really like this drama so far.

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This was this week that Nobody Knows stopped being entertainment and became art instead.
It's become so creative in the little things - that opening, for instance! Instead of just repeating the scene where Eun-ho wakes up, they show it from his perspective. They use the visual medium expertly to show us his confusion. (Small tangent, but I've been happy with the portrayal of his amnesia too, by the way. Someone I love went through a traumatic experience and was put in an induced coma and her memory was fuzzy too, but being prompted could help her recall things.) And to then pan to the calendar, the 11 in November, and fade out that to episode 11? Gahhh.
I might be the only person who notices these things, but anyone with the passion to care about the little things has my heart. I adore you, Nobody Knows. I adore you.

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I loved everything about that first thing scene as well, including its nod to how the brain will lie to us in the absence of sufficient information. Our brains spend every moment filling in gaps and even showing us images that aren't real by extrapolating from past experience and other context clues. Which is what everyone in the drama is trying to do as well.

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You explained that far better than I could! 😂

And I think it was the perfect way to bring Eun-ho back into the narrative. The dream feels like a natural continuation of his arc: His peaceful life being intruded upon by chaos and upset.

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So well said! Our memories - real or not - are what make us into what we are now. This was a complex concept to depict, but the show did it so well, including dealing with selective amnesia, and whether we deliberately choose to remember or forget certain things. This takes the amnesia trope onto a whole new plane, and it's so much more satisfying!

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I didn't notice the 11, but I did notice the 10 at the beginning of episode 10 going up like rewinding Eun-ho's rappelling!

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I loved that too! 😆

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I noticed the "11" too! It was SO well done! I think I noticed similar usages in previous episodes too, but I haven't been paying careful enough attention.

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I live for those little things.. and it upsets me when dramas ignore these little details. To me a good drama has to close all the loop and has to have those little things.

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Not gonna lie, I found that birth secret a bit random. Not unwelcome by any means, just random.

But also how awesome was Eunho's mother in this episode? It makes me think that 20 years she would have been completely kickass before life ground her done. She done got her mojo back and it is a good look on her.

Re Sang-ho: I've spent most of these last 10 episodes thinking he's a red herring because, despite his God complex, he's too Machiavellian to be a religious serial killer. But I thought this episode pretty well confirmed he is. It does explain the 19 year gap though - he would have enjoyed the feeling of power that came with killing somebody but never shared Sangwon's compulsion. It makes sense that he wouldn't kill again until he needed to, making it look like the stigmata killings and throwing the police a culprit at the same time. It actually does make sense.

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It's probably a good thing that we're exploring Sang-ho's psyche as early as this, there's plenty to fill in about him before we can reasonably conclude that he killed Soo-jung. I mean, we've already formed that opinion because he's basically the only candidate in the right age range to have made Young-jin that phone call, but that doesn't mean it makes sense yet. He hasn't acknowledged in any way that he remembers Young-jin either, which is what I'm really waiting for. Sang-ho just doesn't belong in our backstory yet, I need to see the parts of his life he hasn't made transparent to place him there.

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Good point, she has just seemed to be a mild annoyance to him, however someone leaked that she and the eight victim were friends. I just assumed it was him.

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That didn't even cross my mind! But damn, that makes complete sense - he could have thought that would slow her down?

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Yeah, the Sang-ho - Young-jin youth connection isn't clear enough, and hopefully that's what the show will explore in the remaining episodes.

Sang-ho is the counter to what the influence of a different kind of adult can have on your life. The glimpses we have of Sang-ho as a child suggest that he was a blank slate too at one point of time, like Eun-ho, Min-sung, Dong-myung, Tae-hyun, but he ended up like he did because of Sang-won and the head priest. What might have been, is the question we might be left asking.

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The birth secret was super random but also incredibly appropriate. This whole time Hee Seob has been dismissing Eun Ho as another troubled child, not worth the effort. However, here it is shown, that he may just be Eun Ho's father. The child who he has been dismissing this whole time. As for Sun Woo, I don't believe that he is the murder, that would take this show into an undeserving direction.

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yea it wasnt really an unwelcome surprise it was just like, "oh wow.." you know? it wasnt even truly ramped up just...wow

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The birth secret was totally random, I agree. I hope the rest of the episodes show us Hee-seob mentally navigating through how his life might have been different if he had known (?) about Eun-ho's parentage, and if he had acknowledged it. How would he have influenced Eun-ho? I am also very keen to see how the show treats Sun-woo's reaction to the revelation, and how his relationship with Eun-ho changes as a result of it. (I do hope, certainly now, that neither Sun-woo nor Hee-seob have anything to do with Sang-ho's maniacal ideas - for this would scar the kids for the rest of their lives)

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my son

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Our son

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fine.

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heh but yea im sure he'd love as manny moms as he can get ~>:)

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i have no idea what to think. i like (maybe love? probably love) the show a lot and i know as long as they dont implicate sun woo im okay with the direction. i just really desperately want to know the answer behind why for the kids from the religious sect.

i have a different perspective of eun ho's mom because of my own familial background and i really wish their conversation had gone differently. nothing is perfect or solved, but i felt like eun ho will always know that he's going to have to take care of her some way or another.

which isn't fine but all the kids have other outlets and places to go. young jin, and thus her mentor, is so central to this story because of the way she's been operating. she's certainly not perfect and is definitely scarred but she has owned up to her mistakes. i don't love all the things she hides from everyone except in bum but i can't say it doesn't make sense. and although actions do better than words she has made sure to acknowledge the ways she's messed up.

i think young jin and jae hong's relationship is really so special. it reminds me of her and eun ho too (because remember eun ho said he'd like to be a cop even though ew lmao.) someone who cherishes her and genuinely likes her. except she's his boss so lol.

i don't mind the mystery that's left us hanging. however, from a technical standpoint, i wish i did no more. but the show is really about the emotions that flow through it. from the beginning we've felt eun ho as this ghost while he's been asleep but a good one. he's so sensitive and sweet and young and too mature but immature and lonely and he's a teenager and i feel like through this the people who would have no idea how to understand his feelings because of their age, have gotten to know the things he couldn't say. and all his problems and his friends.

i love the kids so much. dunno. i cry a lot because i relate to them so heavily and i am grateful there are adults that have been willing to pull people who need help out of hell without demanding a self-sufficiency that young people cannot possibly understand.

as for sang ho et al...i am so goddamn curious. i mean i think they're stupid and the devotion of his friends is WILD but i just want to know more. it sucks he was abused but that's secondary and i'm over it. your past can influence who you are but it's up to you to change it. if you don't, you're not up to the task, or you never realize you're failures...then you have to face the consequences. that's the whole point. i hope taehyung will be okay; he needs to live, he needs someone to help him.

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I like how you picked out Young-jin and Jae-hong's relationship. Totally agree - except for the fact that he's a subordinate, he's pretty much a duckling too. As is Ja-young. Without having done much, Young-jin - just by being genuine and being herself - has collected this devoted fan following, which will prop her up for the rest of her life. They're just paying her back for what she's done for them - by just being there!

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Am shook about the birth secret, whut whut. Maybe we should consider Eun-ho a genius to make it a trinity trope..? The only result I can see from this reveal is they have a clearer trace of Eun-ho's whereabouts before the fall, will it or won't it have any relevance to the stigmata case?
The crime squad camaraderie saves this episode from being too bleak, gosh, they have such a wholesome dynamic! It's refreshing to see a crime kdrama where there is no backstabbing or corruption in the whole detective team. They understandably feel betrayed, yet they always have Young-jin's back. Cracked up so bad over Superintendent Han's excuses to avoid reporter. Drink? Sorry, I stop drinking. Dinner? Oh, I'm doing intermittent fasting. Tea? Nah, I quit drinking tea too, LOL. And will totally buy Byung-hee a caramel macchiato! Even Officer Hong has a hidden badassery, can we see her in action, please?
Min-sung crying because he can finally apologise to Eun-ho is touching. Dong-myeong teasing Min-sung for crying then he himself cried is ever so cute.
My shipper heart suffered because there's only one itty bitty conversation, but I guess I'll survive because it was an awfully chummy phone call!

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There's some interesting insights on the title of the show in this article: https://www.soompi.com/article/1393875wpp/nobody-knows-director-shares-3-secrets-behind-meaning-of-drama-title
I didn't know about the biblical reference, though I am not surprised. I was expecting a link to the Japanese film.

This is a larger comment on the show, rather than on the episode, on which I have very little to add to what has already been said :

It's very rare to see a drama that does such a good job with inter-generational relationships. I mean, we have all seen parent-child stories dramas, but here, the show subverts the values that a natural family is supposed to possess, and focuses on found families, both good and bad, instead. The good and bad part is important, because this reminds us that blood relations are inconsequential; instead the intentions of the individuals involved are what are central to your relationships.

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I’ve never actually gone out of my way to rave abt dramas but honestly this show is just that good. The sensitivity to even the littlest details really deserves applause and the photography is just absolute killer! Not to mention the outstanding cast! It seems most of the main cast (or at least the main three: Kim Seo-hyung, Ryu Deok-hwan, and Park Hoon) have already worked with Director Lee Jung Heum before (I only found out recently smh), and he’s just magnifying how great they are in this! It’s like he assembled a dream cast and hit the ground running with them. Apart from the cast and story, I think the direction should also be lauded. This drama is so good and I wish more people raved abt it, but I guess most prefer to stay silent like me. That first scene, esp the overhead shot of sleeping Eunho and Youngjin’s feet walking towards him, without shoes but with the sound of shoes as she approaches— that kind of detail, I just fall head over heels for. I quite liked the reveal about Heeseob being Eunho’s dad. I mean it makes sense to say it now, and it completely explains Soyeon’s qualities, which I think is another one of the themes that the drama drives towards: that there are no justifications to bad behavior, but there are explanations. The choice to be better largely depends on how you take the world around you (I can’t explain it very well, but that’s how I take it). I think this is Sangho’s problem. He became too warped that he came to see the world as a place that’s just as warped as he is. I wonder what Sun-ah’s damage is. How could she have possibly seen Sangho’s perspective to be worthy of supporting? I really hope that blasted book will be worth all this trouble! Also, I still haven’t exhausted my hope that Sangho would be revealed as innocent at least of Soojung’s murder. I mean I know that all roads lead there right now, and if it so happens that he is, I won’t be upset. It’s just something tells me that there’s more to Sunwoo’s family than it seems, and I feel like Sunwoo’s dead father shouldn’t be ruled out just yet.

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Thank you for these awesome recaps! :)

For anyone interested in seeing the face of the person who called Young-jin using Soo-jung's phone (if you can read Korean, it might contain a spoiler on their name):
tv.naver.com/v/13347064

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Thanks for the recap.

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