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Flower of Evil: Episode 11

Our favorite cop may have known the truth about her husband for quite some time now, but his secret is too serious to stay under wraps forever. It’s time to realize that they’ve been living on borrowed time, confess everything to each other, and face the consequences of their decisions.

EPISODE 11 RECAP

When little Eun-ha was born, her parents had gone to see her in the hospital nursery. Ji-won had cried at the sight of their daughter, and when Hyun-soo asked her why, she’d said it was because she felt grateful Eun-ha made it, but sorry, too.

She’d asked Hyun-soo how he felt, and he’d said he was worried Eun-ha wouldn’t like him. Eun-ha had started to cry and Hyun-soo asked why. Ji-won said she probably also felt excited, worried, and scared, but that she didn’t have the words to express herself yet.

In the present, Hae-soo looks up the green silicone bracelet she saw on Do Min-seok’s accomplice’s wrist at her father’s funeral. It’s a commemorative bracelet from Ilshin University Hospital — the one where Dr. Baek works. As she scrolls through photos of the volunteer event, she sees Dr. Baek in many of them.

Meanwhile, Jae-sub pulls Ji-won out of the office and accuses her of knowing Hyun-soo’s real identity all along. Woo-chul and Ho-joon have to physically pull Jae-sub off of Ji-won, so he orders Ji-won to follow him to the roof to talk further. He tells her he’s not interested in excuses or explanations, just answers.

He asks if Hyun-soo knows that she knows, and she says truthfully that he doesn’t. Jae-sub says that he has enough evidence to prove Hyun-soo’s real identity and orders Ji-won to pretend she had no idea, saying that he considers her Hyun-soo’s greatest victim. Ji-won disagrees that she’s suffering from a sort of Stockholm Syndrome.

Jae-sub brings up the real Baek Hee-sung, who surely isn’t alive and well, but Ji-won tells him that Hee-sung’s parents are involved, too. She insists that Hyun-soo wouldn’t hurt anyone, but she has no proof other than her faith in him. She begs Jae-sub on her knees, asking for time to prove Hyun-soo’s innocence before he’s arrested and condemned by society.

Jae-sub just says she’ll thank him for this later, and that Hyun-soo will be arrested in the morning after they catch Sang-chul. He tells Ji-won to remove herself from the proceedings and lay low until it’s all over.

While this is happening, Hyun-soo is with Moo-jin, going over the plan to purchase the identity of Do Min-seok’s accomplice from Sang-chul. He will give Sang-chul the money and be given the location of the kidnap victims, at which point the police will move in. The money handover goes well, as Moo-jin listens through a transmitter Hyun-soo planted in the money bag. HAHA, he nearly has a heart attack when Hae-soo calls him to ask for a favor.

Back at the police station, Woo-chul goes over the plan with the team. Jae-sub returns and announces that Ji-won will be sitting out because Eun-ha is sick, but Ji-won follows him in and chirps that Eun-ha is fine and she’s still helping with the case (lol, Jae-sub’s face).

Sang-chul gives Hyun-soo the address where the kidnapped captives are being held, and he’s careful to say it out loud so that Moo-jin can hear. Moo-jin calls Ji-won, claiming to be Do Hyun-soo, and the cops hurry to the location. Jae-sub tells Ji-won one last time to excuse herself, but she argues that she has more reason than anyone to solve the case, and that Hyun-soo will only talk to her anyway.

Sang-chul is literally handing Hyun-soo the information on Min-seok’s accomplice when he gets a call from Dr. Baek. Dr. Baek tells Sang-chul to get rid of Hyun-soo for two reasons — because he’s working with the cops, and because he’ll pay double the money Hyun-soo promised him.

When Sang-chul hangs up, he puts away the information on the accomplice and tells his henchman to pack up all the money from the vault. He takes out his switchblade and asks where Hyun-soo wants to be buried. Dr. Baek hangs up, satisfied, but Moo-jin is still listening and he freaks out.

Outside Dr. Baek’s office, Hee-sung is waiting even though it’s late at night. He says he can’t sleep because he’s scared that Hyun-soo won’t give his identity back, but his father promises he won’t let that happen. The family is surprised when their doorbell rings — it’s Hae-soo, who introduces herself and says she wants to talk to them.

The police are successful in freeing the kidnapped victims and capturing most of Sang-chul’s men (even Woo-chul kicks some serious ass in his glasses, RAWR). Jae-sub goes after one of them and Ji-won follows close behind, taking another route to cut them off. Jae-sub catches up and fights the guy, who pulls a knife, and Ji-won steps between them just as Jae-sub is about to be stabbed.

She takes the knife in the stomach but doesn’t flinch, disarms the kidnapper, and Jae-sub arrests him. Ji-won yells at Jae-sub for not wearing protective gear, saying that he got lucky with Park Kyung-choon and could have been killed today. The sting is over, but Ji-won tells Jae-sub that she still has something she needs to do.

At the moment, Sang-chul’s henchman is busily throwing Hyun-soo around his office while Sang-chul has a snack. Sang-chul asks Hyun-soo why he’s working with the cops, but Hyun-soo just demands to know who told Sang-chul. Sang-chul taunts him to think about who he told of this, then apologizes insincerely that Hyun-soo will never know since he won’t get out of here alive.

The henchman goes to the hall when the fire alarm goes off — heh, it’s Moo-jin pretending to be “testing” it. He blasts the henchman with the fire extinguisher then lures him to the parking garage. In the office, Hyun-soo tells Sang-chul to take his money and run while he can, but Sang-chul says he’ll kill Hyun-soo first.

For some reason, Hae-soo thinks it’s a good idea to reveal everything Hyun-soo told her about Hee-sung being in a coma and taking on his identity. She shows Dr. Baek the information she printed about the silicone bracelet from his hospital, and how the accomplice was wearing one at her father’s funeral.

Meanwhile, Moo-jin hides from the henchman under a car and decides this is a good time to livestream what he’s doing. In the middle of asking his viewers to call the police, the henchman drags him out from under the car and starts beating the crap out of him, but Moo-jin continues streaming.

Sang-chul finishes packing up his money and fake IDs, then starts pouring accelerant all over the room while Hyun-soo sits tied up. He barks that he doesn’t just want Hyun-soo to die, but to die a horrible, painful death for ruining his business. Hyun-soo says it would be even worse if he died knowing who betrayed him, but unfortunately, Sang-chul doesn’t fall for it.

He flicks the lighter, but just as he’s about to drop it, he feels the barrel of a gun at his head. YESYESYES, it’s Ji-won! She asks if Hyun-soo is okay, but he’s too stunned to even speak.

The police rescue the kidnapping victims, including young In-seo. Ho-joon recognizes him, and In-seo says he’s okay as long as he can go home now. Woo-chul asks Jae-sub about Ji-won, and Jae-sub lies that Eun-ha’s fever spiked so she left. Woo-chul says calmly, “I know you wouldn’t lie to me… without a good reason.” The truth is that Ji-won asked Jae-sub if she could go check on Hyun-soo, and he’d told her to prepare for Hyun-soo’s arrest in the morning.

Hyun-soo stammers, “Ji-won-ah… you knew?” Ji-won starts to handcuff Sang-chul, but he fights back. Hyun-soo screams helplessly as Sang-chul gets the upper hand and starts strangling Ji-won, then he has a sudden burst of superhuman strength and rips his bonds apart.

He knocks Sang-chul down and wraps his hands around his throat, intent on killing him, but Ji-won yells at him to stop. She tells Hyun-soo that the police are on their way here with a search warrant, and that he can’t go home because Jae-sub has proof that he’s Do Hyun-soo and will arrest him tomorrow.

She orders Hyun-soo to run away and never come back, hitting and screaming at him, but he just stands there staring at her in shock. Eventually he goes, but it looks like it takes a huge physical toll on Hyun-soo to leave Ji-won behind.

The police arrive and arrest the henchman, and Moo-jin makes his way back to the office. Hyun-soo is gone and Sang-chul is standing over a handcuffed Sang-chul. Moo-jin stammers that he’s here for the story, but his beat-up face makes a liar out of him.

As Hyun-soo drives away, he thinks about how Ji-won said she didn’t love him anymore, then admitted later that she lied. He recalls her saying she wants to solve this case and move their family somewhere quieter. He tries to call Ji-won, but she doesn’t answer, and Hyun-soo starts to panic at the idea that it’s really over.

He pulls over and is still trying to call her when she pulls up in a taxi. Hyun-soo staggers over to her, gasping for breath, and she sobs, “Why are you doing this to me? You can’t live as Baek Hee-sung anymore… You need to run away… What more do you want from me? What more do I need to do for you?”

Distraught, Hyun-soo asks why Ji-won stayed when she knew the truth about him. Ji-won asks if he really doesn’t know, and Hyun-soo doubles over, clutching his chest and wailing that he’s sorry for causing her so much pain. He asks her again why she stayed, and she throws her arms around him saying that it’s all she could do.

Once he stops crying, Hyun-soo says he wants to go home. Ji-won agrees, saying that they can go home and start over, no matter what happens.

While Hee-sung’s mother tries to hide her expressions, Dr. Baek tells Hae-soo that he’ll look into the people who volunteered for the event and got a green bracelet, though he makes no promises. Before Hae-soo leaves, Hee-sung’s mother asks if there was anything about the accomplice that stood out. Hae-soo recalls that the nails on his left hand were much shorter than those on his right.

She’s completely unaware that Hee-sung is in the next room, listening in and nervously biting the nails on his left hand. We also see that it was Hee-sung who made the threatening call to the witness who saw him kidnapping Park Kyung-choon’s wife.

Sang-chul is treated in the hospital for his minor wounds, but he pretends to be much more injured than he really is. The cop watching him moves closer to help him, and Sang-chul strangles him with his cuffs then steals the key and frees himself. He hides and takes the envelope from his pocket that contains the information on Do Min-seok’s accomplice, and sure enough, it’s Baek Hee-sung.

Hyun-soo is still looking stunned when Ji-won takes him home. Once inside, it’s like he can finally breathe again, and Ji-won stays right by his side. They hug and cry again together, but this time it feels like a healing cry. Then they kiss, knowing it might be the last time.

After Hae-soo is gone, Hee-sung’s mother asks what her husband plans to do about Hae-soo, but he says there’s no evidence to prove that the man she met at the funeral was Do Min-seok’s accomplice. His wife is afraid that Hyun-soo will find out Hee-sung is the accomplice, and Dr. Baek says he’ll take care of Hyun-soo.

He orders Hee-sung to stop chewing his nails, and when he doesn’t, Dr. Baek slaps him, hard. Hee-sung’s mother fights her husband and screams at him not to hit Hee-sung, and Hee-sung asks in a daze, “Mom, why did it have to be Do Hyun-soo that I ran over that day?”

In flashback we see that Hee-sung was on the phone with Sang-chul on that rainy night, saying that he would “handle it” himself. Sang-chul had said that “that person” didn’t remember Hee-sung (oh no, was he going to “handle” Hae-soo?), and that’s when Hee-sung hit Hyun-soo with his car.

Hee-sung continues in a haunted voice, “Even after passing, Do Min-seok won’t let me be. Now he’s using his son to get rid of me. All I did was as Do Min-seok said. He threatened to kill you and dad if I didn’t. I was terrified. I didn’t want to do any of it!” He wipes away his tears and asks his parents to protect him.

Another flashback shows a ten-year-old Hyun-soo running through the forest, but his father had easily caught up to him. Min-seok had warned that Hyun-soo could die if he got lost, and had pointed out a nearby cliff. Hyun-soo tells Ji-won that that’s his earliest memory, and that he doesn’t recall why he was in the forest except that he felt like he was in a dark maze and was relieved to be rescued by his father.

Ji-won sees that Hyun-soo is still wearing the bugged watch she gave him, and he says he likes the fact that she always knows where he is. Ji-won confesses that she was there when he told Hae-soo that he’d never loved her. Hyun-soo starts crying again, though he says he doesn’t know why, but Ji-won does: “It’s because you love me.”

Hyun-soo says he’s not capable of love and that he pretended to want her happiness in order to deceive her, but Ji-won has many examples of how loved she’s felt by him. Hyun-soo looks her in the eye and says haltingly, “I… love you.” Awww.

Ji-won tells Hyun-soo that tomorrow, people will judge him by their own standards, but Hyun-soo says it’s okay because he doesn’t care anymore. Ji-won tells him to remember there’s warmth in him, and he replies,”You’re even weirder than I am,” ha.

He continues telling her about his real background, including his two near-death experiences before meeting her, and Ji-won acknowledges that he’s had a hard life. He says she’s the hardest thing in his life to explain because (her loving him) makes no sense.

In the morning, Hae-soo shows up at Moo-jin’s door, demanding to know what happened last night. Moo-jin admits that he doesn’t know what happened to Hyun-soo, and that Jae-sub knows everything.

Jae-sub pulls up outside Hyun-soo and Ji-won’s home and calls Ji-won. She asks him not to handcuff Hyun-soo and take him quietly, and a short while later, she and Hyun-soo step outside hand-in-hand.

COMMENTS

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised to learn that Hee-sung is the accomplice, because I’d started suspecting it as soon as he woke up, mostly due to his father’s bizarre and overly-protective behavior. What I don’t understand yet is why Dr. Baek protects Hee-sung when he knows he’s a serial killer, or why he was willing to let the son of Hee-sung’s “teacher” take on his son’s identity for so many years. My guess is that he did it to keep Hyun-soo under his thumb (“Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer”), but now he’s in a bind because the real Hee-sung is awake and wants his life back.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Hee-sung and his relationship with Do Min-seok. He’s the same age as Hyun-soo, so how did he end up helping Min-seok, and is he telling the truth that he only procured Min-seok’s victims because he was threatened? Is that why his parents are protecting him so fiercely? It makes me wonder if Hee-sung had anything to do with Min-seok’s supposed suicide, and if it was suicide at all or if Hee-sung killed him to make it all stop. And while we’re on it, how did he end up in that coma for so many years?

I feel terrible for Hyun-soo, who at first seemed in full control of the situation but is now discovering that he’s been manipulated all this time. He was given a respectable name, a good life, and good opportunities from Dr. Baek and his wife, but as soon as it mattered, they literally tossed him to the wolves to die. And how tragically ironic that Hyun-soo lived this other life for so many years in an attempt to escape the accusation of being his father’s accomplice, and now he’s about to learn that all the while, he was living the life of the actual accomplice.

But ugh, can we talk about Hae-soo? I admit that I was wrong about her being the accomplice, and I understand that she feels bad that Hyun-soo ruined his life for her, but she’s got the worst idea of what constitutes helping. She keeps going off on her own when she knows damn well Hyun-soo and Moo-jin have a plan, she nearly spilled the beans to Ji-won at the absolute worst time, and without checking to see what else is happening or what Hyun-soo actually wants, she’s gone straight to the people who just ordered Hyun-soo to be killed to tell them her suspicions. I think she’s the one Hee-sung was going to see that night, and that she wasn’t likely to come out of it alive, and now she’s put her life in danger again. Can she just… sit down and let the smart people handle things, please?

Speaking of smart people… Ji-won, amirite?? Once again she’s ahead of the game, she insists on doing what she knows is the right thing, and she saved Hyun-soo’s life for a second time (though he got to save her back this time). I can’t get over how utterly badass she is, while at the same time she’s the most loving, loyal, trusting wife and mother you could ever meet. It’s no wonder that, when faced with the thought of losing Ji-won, Hyun-soo absolutely couldn’t function and chose to be arrested rather than lose his family (and if that’s not a man who loves his wife more than anything, I don’t know what it). Ji-won is becoming one of my favorite Korean drama heroines of all time, in large part due to Moon Chae-won. I’ve been critical of her acting in the past, but she’s really given this role her everything and it shows.

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Why wouldn't Hae Soo go off on her own? Hyun Soo tried to run her out of the investigation so she's not going to push her way back in but do what she can on her own. She's always protected her brother and probably still feels guilty he took the fall for her. He told her the Baeks were good people, she has no reason not to trust them. Hae Soo wants her brother to live a good life under his own name and she's the only one who's seen the accomplice before as far as they know. Of course she's going to try to help him.

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Agree with this 100%!

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But she is known to do more damage than good under duress. I think she should have held off on approaching the Baeks, even if her brother said they were good people. She just revealed she is one of Hyun-Su's hidden cards. Also, she has given the Baeks a forewarning and time to counteract. Hyun-Su will have to deal with the police and the Baeks on different ends.

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She doesn't know she can't trust them though. Hyun Soo keeping her out if the loop is what's unwittingly putting both of them in danger.

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I agree with you. The Baeks are not the most trustworthy people! The fact that they asked her brother to fake his identity is already telling of crooked and manipulative they were. She should have at least doubted their motives and suspected something fishy after finding that green band. Or, she could have waited to tell someone like Min Joo before seeking the Baeks on her own. Arrggh. She frustrates me so much!

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I had a lot of emotions built into a giant twisted yarn after watching this episode but now, reading the recap, I feel numb. The one thing I find frustrating in dramas is coincidence. I feel it creates a dull in the storytelling. Though I get their intention. Do Hyun-Su was running away from a label that he unknowingly fell into it. Talk about a real bad luck.
Now I just want Hyun-Su, Ji-Won and Eun-Ha to live through this ordeal and prove to the world *with their middle fingers in the air* they are more normal and happy than an average family. I guess I just hate it when society classifies people into something they are not just because they are different. It's what started this whole saga. The villagers could not understand Hyun-Su hence the branding and a spiral of events that would change his life forever. I petition someone to burn down the village.
Asides the coincidences in this drama, it's becoming my favourite thriller/romance/melo.
P.S Baek Hee-Sung is much older than Do Hyun-Su. If the tips from Episode 1 are correct. Baek Hee-Sung is 38; Cha Ji-Won and Do Hae-Su are 36; Mo-Jin and Do Hyun-Su are 35.

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Somebody posted about the age difference a while back! In a way, it sort of fits (at least in a stereotypical way). Throughout this show, Ji-won has been Hyun-soo's protector and his biggest advocate (even when she doubted him, she still remained on his side).

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They use Korean age. In Episode 1, the candles on Hee-sung's birthday cake was 39. http://program.tving.com/tvn/evilflower/4/Contents/Html

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To the age thing, he is not her oppa. I hope they add this as comic relief at some point, lol.

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The real Hee Sung is not the same age as Hyun Soo. In fact, he could be much older because in one of the episodes, when the police found Hae Soo's identity, they mentioned that Hae Soo has the same age as Ji Won. So Hyun Soo is actually younger than Ji Won. He just pretended to be older because of Hee Sung's identity.

Thanks for the recap btw ❤️

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Yes... I agree..real Hee Sung is older than Hyun Su. Their age difference is the first thing I had when I'm speculating that Hee Sung is the accomplice way back in Episode 9. 😊

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Ugh. That's it. These two are ruining kdrama love stories for me. I seriously can't recall another couple that felt more real or more compelling. The way this couple is written...some people are married, but these two are MARRIED married. There's just so much genuine love and tenderness and emotional intimacy between them, that despite everything (and there has been a whole lot of everything), anything else but being together just doesn't make sense to them.

I loved the twist that they both held out on the whole fugitive Hyunsoo idea for all of five minutes, lol. It shattered the Romeo and Juliet cliche in such a satisfying way. And the fact that after everything they'd concealed from each other, in the moment when the truth finally came out, there was nothing left to do but hold each other and ugly cry? So, so real.

Also, it's totally starting to look like Hyun-soo could have also been a trafficking victim, in which case, he might not even be a real member of the Do family. One little detail really stood out to me from that flashback scene of his first memory was the fact that his lips were chapped and bleeding, like he hadn't had access to water in a while. There was that moment, in the last episode, when the trafficking dude was at the bar, asking after the status of In-seo, and was told, in response that he was "fine, but dehydrated." Considering the parallels between Hyun-soo and In-seo, even that seemingly throw away detail could be hinting that Hyun-soo had been in the same boat in that moment as a child. Perhaps and he'd made a brief escape and was running for his life?

But I love that this new info, the fact that Hyun-soo has no memories before age ten, makes so much sense with what we know about his character. For all of his cunning and intelligence, Hyun-soo can be disconcertingly open to suggestion. I think I commented, after ep 8 or 9 that Hyun-soo had been so emotionally invalidated that he accepts what others say about him at face value, and feels like he doesn't have the right to contradict them. And that was proven true in ep 10, when he said he would need a psychologist's diagnosis to determine why he'd treasured his mother's voice. It was striking that his sense of self must have been so underdeveloped that he never challenged what other people told him about himself.

But now we know why. If he remembered nothing before ten, then he knew nothing about who he really was, and always had to rely entirely on others to tell him about his past and about himself. He had to trust that his father (who might not be his father after all) was telling him the truth on that day in the woods, because he had nothing else to go by. Same goes for the psychologist. When she told him he couldn't experience empathy and other emotions, he believed her without question. In his mind, he was a blank canvas, that other people had the right to paint on. And that mentality left him particularly vulnerable to gaslighting,...

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(cont'd) gaslighting, which is why what the psychologist did is now doubly horrific, because her misdiagnosis gave a boy with no real identity of his own a false sense of self.

But I also think there's something deeper to his amnesia than just trauma. This might be a wild theory, but I think the indtroduction of hypnosis to the plot might carry a lot of weight. It would make a lot of sense if some of the trafficking victims had their memories suppressed (like Hyun-soo and possibly even Jeon Mi sook, if she isn't dead) through some kind of post-hypnotic suggestion. It would certainly be a decent way to make sure that no one who was trafficked ever found their way back to their old lives.

Hypnosis could also explain why, after she supposedly killed the foreman, Hae-soo kind of looked like she was coming out of a trance. And also why Hyun-soo looked like he went into a trance like state triggered by Jiwon's confession in his old workshop. Of course, this could all be proven to be wild speculation, but what I love about this show is the fact that all of the plot twists have been set up well in advance, and make a lot of sense in retrospect. So the fact that all these details are leading to something way bigger.

Basically, I think this gang is very meticulous and calculating, and that they plan way ahead. The fact that Hee-sung mentioned the village head's murder 3 months before it happened, and then said at the funeral that Hyun-soo was going to have a hard life (which was at least 2 months before the mayor's murder) indicates how far in advance these events were set up. And the fact that Sam chul (the "head" trafficker) was working at the mental hospital during Hyun-soo's stay...this is all pointing at a massive conspiracy, which could involve more people of high status, including Dr. Baek, and possibly even the psychologist. So hypnotherapists wouldn't really be a stretch either, as far as who could be involved.

Whew! So yeah, there are still a lot of interesting questions to be answered. And it's awesome that we have the entire third act left to answer them! Thanks so much for the recap!! 🙂

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I'm starting to think the same, that Hyun-soo might not really belong to the Do family.

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This is some deep shit situation for the JiWon and HyeonSoo family. Little Eunha likely have it hardest in nearest time frame,if seeing kdrama tendency to put down the child of the accused. Poo Eunha I hope she is protected.

HyeonSoo, put himself in horrible situation in taking up HeeSung's identity and registering his fingerprints as HeeSung's. But DNA cannot lie and as some of us viewers guessing either actual HeeSung is really accomplice only or the actual murderer himself.And he is older than Hyeonsoo, hence making JiWOn and him age difference more different?

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Eun Ha is really adorable, but I have to say her role in the family seems to be negligible. I would expect Eun Ha's safety to be priority, poor girl is literally surrounded by murderer or murder suspects, and Ji Won and Hyeon Su does nothing about it. Quite an illogical plot hole here.

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Hyun Soo's shock and pain was so palpable. I'm glad Ji Won and Hyun Soo are still together. They came home and he was looking at their family photos. He knew he could not live without his family or run away.

Before he could utter the loving words to her, he poured all his emotions into that kiss. He's always shown his love through his actions. Their bed talk was awesome! Ji Won clearly let him know that he has loved her. No doubt about it. Their progress wasn't too fast and I'm glad it wasn't dragged out. She saved him; he saved her. They could have been seriously hurt or killed. When he said "I Love You", he said it in the most sincere, heartfelt way. It wasn't casual and light like before.

The single scene of Do Min Seok caught my attention. It looked like he cared for his son. It made me wonder if he was actually innocent of the serial killings. I replayed the rabbit scene in EP 8. He looked somewhat creepy, but his hands and tools comments were vague... Maybe I was biased from the many remarks about him being a serial killer so I already thought of him as creepy and bad. Maybe he was thinking Hyun Soo could have kept it as a pet and constructed a home or a crate for it. Or it could have been food... The present Hyun Soo may have misinterpreted his father's words. However, there are still unclear and awful things like his basement/cage setup and what Moo Jin recorded in that basement.

The key exchange between him and Hee Sung looked so secretive. They could have been working together. Or maybe Hee Sung wasn't allowed to drive and asked him a favor while hiding his true intentions. With the age difference, he could have been an apprentice. Idk. There's some murkiness left surrounding DMS.

We also haven't seen any flashbacks or scenes that directly showed DMS committing the crimes?? The accomplice being Hee Sung is meh. I'm not familiar with the actor so I couldn't tell that he would have a big role. He has been convincingly eerie though.

I'm hoping the suspense will still be good. Usually when the couple (in a rom-com lol) get together, the tension dies down some. There is some mystery left. Hyun Soo revealed that he could not remember any memories before the age of 10. Makes me think he got switched with another kid or something.

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I am skeptical about Hee Sung being the accomplice because I am eyeing a different accomplice/culprit at this point. If however, Hee Sung was really guilty of something, I think it's the killings. DMS could have just been training him, therefore making him the real culprit and not DMS. Hee Sung needed a father figure in his life and he found it in DMS. I suspect that he was jealous of Hyun Su since DMS seemed to be training him too (whether to kill or do metalcraft) and that is why he was determined to pin all the killings on Hyun Su. I read a theory about Hyun Su being an adoptive son (DMS could have picked him up in the forest that's why Hyun Su did not have any memories before he was 11yrs old) so Hee Sung, in his effort to gain DMS' favor over Hyun Su, did all the killings to prove his "worth." Of course, these are all speculations. Can't wait for Ep 12!

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Just wanted to point out Hyunsoo and Heesung aren't the same age, Heesung is older by a couple of years. That flashback scene where Jiwon asked for Hyunsoo(fake Heesung) Id and commented he looked young for his age. That would mean the real Heesung is 38. They aren't clear about Hyunsoo's age maybe 35? KIm Ji hoon was able to play the real Heesung during the timeline the dad was alive but a younger actor had to portray Hyunsoo, which again shows their age difference

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In my rewatched I believe that the real Hee-sung is older then Hyung soo. Moo Jin is a year older then jiwon as revealed in first episode but he was hyung soo senior in school and dating his older sister. In first episode they celebrated Hyung soo 39 bday as fake hee sung. The murders happened 18 years ago when Hyung soo was 18. And if he was same age as real hee sung 18 years ago from 39 is 21. So really Hyung soo is currently 36.

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That's true about real Hee-sung, however, as others have explained, Moo-jin is actually a year younger than Jiwon, and the same age as Hyun-soo (both were born in 1985, while Jiwon and Hae-soo were born in 1984). In the first episode, Jiwon got angry with Moo-jin for speaking to her informally when he was actually a year younger than she was. She assumed he was older, because of his manner of speech, but Ho-joon told her that he was younger, hence her anger. Also, when they were kids, Hyun-soo also told Moo-jin to "stop taking informally to my Noona", implying that Moo-jin's been speaking informally to older women for a long time. So yeah, Moo-jin is Hyun-soo's age.

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Ji-won starts to handcuff Sang-chul, but he fights back.

Just once I want to see some baddie try that and immediately get shot.

The cop watching him moves closer to help him, and Sang-chul strangles him with his cuffs then steals the key and frees himself.

Sigh. Never leave just one guy to watch a baddie. As soon as they started that scene with just the two of them it was obvious what was going to happen.
And WHY would they have just one guy watching such a serious criminal?

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I was wondering why the cops handcuffed Sang-chul with his hands in front in the hospital. Didn't they learn from the incident with Sang-chul's henchwoman who fell from the balcony?

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And they didn't even bother checking his pockets. Ugh!

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That is just lame. The whole sting operation disappoints, tbh. :/

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As I already told, I'm so disappointed the Baek's are the accomplices, because it may be HeeSung the one helping DMS, but the one with the burner phone was Dr. Baek. He's also behind all of this. I'll still enjoy the ride, while I enjoy the makjang and LJG and MCW acting and roll my eyes for the next five hours.

Also, I hate what they are doing to HaeSoo. I mean, she's like a stupid little girl who doesn't know better. I didn't get her visiting the Baeks before telling her brother and MoonJin what she had discovered, mainly when I'm sure HyunSoo didn't told her how nice and warm his fake parents were, and because it's stupid to expose the situation, late in the night, when your brother and your ex boyfriend are in danger (they both almost die that night). I also thought she was the one HeeSung was meeting that night (let the makjang in!!!!).

I could have been so happy if this all was about HyunSoo being a real psycho...

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I've been disappointed thrice:
1, Hyun-soo is not a real serial killer (I thought Flower of Evil would be the Korean Dexter)
2, Ji-won found out about Hyun-soo's identity via sleep talking (I wanted her to find out on her own)
3, Baek Hee-sung is the accomplice (What a coincidence that Hee-sung hit Hyun-soo with his car)

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yeah the Baek's being involved made me roll my eyes. As for Hae Soo going to visit the Baek's she has no reason to be suspicious especially because Hyun Soo himself isn't suspicious, so that was fine for me.

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I could get her visiting them, but not in the middle of the night when HyunSoo and MoonJin were in real danger (and she knew it). Of course I blame it on her will of making the difference and surprise his brother and ex boyfriend with some progress, but even so... for me the timing was not right.

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Fait enough, the midnight visit was weird. I gotcha!!!

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Haesoo is too annoying. Instead of believing that the Barks are good people, I prefer to imagine that she knows stuff she hasn't shared yet and went there to push their buttons

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That’s something I also thought, because if she was the one HeeSung was about to meet, she may know more about the culprit than we think, and she’s been feeling guilty all these years about his brother taking the blame for her crime.

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This is another good episode where the real accomplice of Do Min-seok is revealed to be Hee-sung (I've guessed correctly :P).
Though a bit put off at first, I understand that Hae-soo was just trying to help when she reached out to the Beak's based on how little information provided by Hyun-soo about the family. It's obvious the level of trust is not really there when it comes to Hyun-soo, Hae-soo & Moo-jin as all three seems to operate as individuals instead of a team thus all the mishaps.
I'm looking forward to see what's coming as I'm pretty sure that there might still be some twists in the story :)

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This show doesn't pull any of its punches does it? GAAAHHH typing out my thoughts is the only way I can stay sane.

The way both Chief and Ho Joon went into mama bear mode when Det. Choi grabbed Jiwon warms my heart. I'm 99% confident that Jiwon's crew will be able to look past the stigma/societal views attached to Hyun-so and strive for the truth.

I like that Jiwon's hair is always tied up during fighting/chase scenes. It irks me to no end when female characters in action scenes have hair getting in their faces. Like do you wanna shoot a shampoo commercial or do you wanna see what you're doing?

HS was going in for the kill there wasn't he? If Jiwon wasn't there to pry him off that scumbag... Also, can you imagine how much strength it would take to physically pull your raging husband away from the dude who could've killed you? She had to drag him up to his feet after too. And my girl was still recovering from her larynx being almost crushed. On my first watch I was worried that this was the moment he would fully snap. After a few more rewinds, it dawned on me that he acted just like any other protective, loving husband would. Honestly, if we were in his shoes, how many of us would've finished the job? I think I would've. And that thought unsettles me so let's move on.

"There's a lot she wants to say but can't put it to words yet." This line was about infant Eun Ha but it fits Hyun-so too, with the way his whole body was wracked by sobs. Except in his case there's a lot that he feels but can't name and is now only starting show it properly.

Jiwon and Hyun-so's outfits during that bridge/road scene stood out to me for some reason: JW- White blazer, black shirt, black pants, white shoes/ HS- Black jacket, white shirt, black pants, black shoes. Dunno if this was intentional or purely for aesthetics. Maybe it means nothing at all. I just thought when they were embracing, it looked like the yin yang symbol. Perhaps signifying that they've found their equilibrium in each other?

HS had to survive 2 near-death experiences before meeting JW...will JW have to go through that too before she can have a peaceful family life?

For better or worse...props to our pair for upholding their wedding vows even through the ugliest circumstances. This is what a marriage is people. NOT the "marriage is a prison/i hate my spouse" jokes type bullshit. They're so believable and convincing as a couple that when I go about my day in the real world, I wonder how they're holding up and what they're doing at the moment. You both devastate me in the best way possible.

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"Like do you wanna shoot a shampoo commercial or do you wanna see what you're doing?" 😂 So true!!! Thank goodness that's not a thing in this show, cause in action movies (especially superhero movies) it's sooo annoying!

Also your comment resubmerged me in feels, lol. I LOVE that we're getting a portrait of a real, loving marriage, in all of its rawness and realness and emotional vulnerability.

And I thought the same thing about the moment when Hyun-soo strangled the trafficker. He's been made to feel he's such a headcase, but his reaction wasn't unusual. There's a reason precedent exists for crimes of passion, because people really can, and often do, fly into adrenaline spiked rages when witnessesing a loved one being hurt. It would have been disconcerting if he'd shoved his wife away and kept on trying kill him, but he didn't. As soon as she pulled him away he immediately snapped out of it and focused on what was important, which continues with the theme that that he's not as a abnormal as he's always been made to feel.

But also, speaking of protective rage, I adored the fierceness in Jiwon's eyes in that final scene, as she was tightly holding her husband's hand and staring down Jae-sub. It made all of Hyun-soo's cold glares look extremely mild in comparison.

Because that's the thing we haven't seen, Jiwon in full rage mode. We got a glimpse of it in ep 2, when she threatened the murderous social worker in the bathroom (and it was pretty frightening then) but something tells me if she ever witnessed someone in the act of hurting her husband or daughter...I think we'd see whatever that was ramped up times 10. But yeah, she meant business in that last scene, and I think Jae-sub will have to respect the fact that when it comes to protecting her husband, she's deadly serious.

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I can see what you mean by the yin yang symbol. That's cool.

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Same questions here, how did Hee Sung ended up in coma if it was Hyun Su who was at the receiving end of the accident? And how can he actually panic at the sight of running his car unto a person? coming from a serial killer who plans his kills all the time.Is it because this is an accident? they don't like surprises.

It can't be that Hee Sung and Hyun Su are of the same age. Hee Sung already looks like the adult version of himself when he was committing those crimes while Hyun Su is still in his high school uniform, looking different. My guess is, he might be older than Hyun Su but then how did Hyun Su pass as someone looking like Hee Sung's age.

And Hae Su, why didn't she just pursued the whole hypno thing to see the man's face instead of going the long route of research and unknowingly ends at the doorstep of the real killer? This is too much coincidence. I really want to believe that Hae Su is not that stupid. I hope they don't write her that way.

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Hee Sung's claim that he obeyed DMS because he was afraid the latter would kill his parents doesn't ring true to me. The show hasn't yet really offered any hints how Hee Sung and DMS met, nor about what might have happened to give DMS such power over Hee Sung. HS would have been young, but not young enough to fall under DMS' influence without any resistance. I still think that they either met in the psychiatric care facility which Hyun-Soo was treated as a child, or through their involvement with Sang-chul's agency.

I suspect that either Hee Sung or Dr Baek killed DMS. My money's riding on Hee Sung at the moment, because Dr Baek has shown a preference to let other people commit murder to protect his interests even though he himself might be in a better position to do it (i.e. instigating Hyun-Soo to kill the taxi driver instead of doing it himself). I wonder how complicit Dr Baek has been in enabling his son. I also have a suspicion that the accomplice thingy might be a double-act featuring Hee Sung and Dr Baek.

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The one down side in this episode is that Haesoo thought it was a good idea to go talk to HeeSung's parents and basically tell them she knows everything. Why she did that is seriously a problem.
Then there's also the fact that the real HeeSung wants his life back but the thing that makes me wonder is that is Do Minseok isn't the real killer!!! From what I have seen HeeSung is very good in making his parents do what HE WANTS something tells me that this is the real killer and Minseok is the accomplice. I think HeeSung is a Sociopath !!

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Hee-sung being the accomplice just does not work for me.

Hee-sung was born in 1982.
Hae-soo and Ji-won were born in 1984.
Hyun-soo and Moo-jin were born in 1985.

Why would Do Min-seok choose a 21-year-old accomplice? Why would Hee-sung call an ambulance for Hyun-soo when he's a serial killer? Why is Kim Ji-hoon playing his younger self when the siblings are played by young actors? Why would Hae-soo not recognize the man at her father's funeral was barely older than her? Why was underage Hyun-soo admitted into the bar?

Last week, Beanies were hating Jae-sub and Moo-jin(!), while I like them both. I laughed so hard at Moo-jin's Insta Live. "No, this isn't ASMR."

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LJK played his early 20s self. When he was stabbed and hit by a car, he was still in his early 20s then. So Kim Ji-Hoon playing his 21-year-old version is just right.

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"Ji-won is becoming one of my favorite Korean drama heroines of all time, in large part due to Moon Chae-won. I’ve been critical of her acting in the past, but she’s really given this role her everything and it shows."

MCW played a very similar role in The Princess Man, where she sacrificed everything to save her man from her evil father. One of my favorite sagueks, and my favorite role of hers.

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The entire convo between Hyun Soo and JiWon this episode is heartwrenching. Hyun Soo so loved his family that he chose to stay than leave them behind and face the consequences. I really like how their story is written. I was ambivalent, at first, the drama being more of a melo than a thriller but it works. I am now happy that Hyun Su is not the serial killer because he can be redeemed. There is hope that he may have a version of the quiet life he wantee for himself and his beloved family.

JI Won is amazing this episode. Just shows how smart and capable she is. I sure hope that they will get through this.

Now, I get where Hae Soo is coming from by approaching the Baeks. I just wish she has been more discrete about it. She just basically shown her and Hyun Soo's cards to the enemy. I get that she wouldnt know any better and just going off what Hyun Soo said but their situation is delicate. They do not know who the enemy is and should not easily trust anyone. I sure hope that she will be okay amidst all this, for her and Moo Jin's second chance.

Now, i do not believe for a minute Hee Sung's story about being coerced to kill by DMS. He is smart and may be one of the real psychopath in this story. I get why his parents are protecting him but it just makes them accomplices in the murder. I do hope Dr Baek and Hee Sung gets exposed for being the horrible people they are.

I wondee about why Hee Sung only remembers only at a certain time in his life. Maybe the younger years were closely tied to his mother. Which he possibly repressed when she disappeared.

I have suspicions that DMS did not commit suicide. Possibly Dr Baek killed him when he found out his son's involvement. 🤷‍♀️

Hiw many episodes do we get this week?

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The real Hee Sung being the accomplice is the kind of k-drama coincidence that makes me roll my eyes, but it will bring drama, I guess.

People finding out that Hee Sung was a serial killer’s accomplice would have ruined Dr. Baek. That’s what Dr. Baek cares about and who knows how far his involvement in this mess goes either. I imagine Dr. Baek saw giving Hyun Soo his son’s identity as an opportunity to keep Hyun Soo under his thumb and blame the real Hee Sung’s actions on Hyun Soo if the police ever came looking for him.

The moment that really got to me in this episode was when a crying Hyun Soo said “I want to go home, Ji Won.” He was so child-like. Going home meant being arrested but it was still such a beautiful moment because of what home means and what it obviously means to Hyun Soo.

I assumed the woman Hee Sung was supposed to meet the night of the accident was Hae Soo but if we're playing Coincidence Bingo, watch it be Ji Won lol.

Last week I said that I feared for Hae Soo’s life and after her visit to the Baek’s even moreso.

Hyun Soo not having any memories before the age of 10 was an interesting new piece of information.

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I do not support the Beaks' being accomplices even though we've come to that point. I felt like Hee-sung, in this episode, was set up to be the pathetic victim with the condoning father and hysteric mother. But it doesn't explain why they took Hyun-su in instead of killing him.

I'm a bit disappointed at this point, because not the alleged psycho or the actual murderers are particularly evil. This is supposed to be Flower of EVIL. I'll be damned if the show starts going in the direction I'm also supposed to pity Do Min Seok. The trafficker is the only truly evil proven person so far. Show me the evil!

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I'm honest, I'm disappointed that the accomplice is real Baek Hee Sung, even though I like the irony of it. I also would have prefered that the identy of the accomplice would have been revealed a few episodes later. And of course I didn't believe him when he told his parents that Do Min-Seok has forced him to do this.

The relationship of Hyun Sun and Ji Won is amazing. This is maybe now the only thing what keeps my interest for the last episodes, and maybe Eun-Ha.

So, the woman real Baek Hee Sung was going to meet was the witness? Did I understood that right?

I also can't wait for Hae Soo's confession, and the reason why the village foreman attacked her.

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