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Revenge of Others: Episodes 5-6

Twists, turns, red herrings, red shoelaces, and some fake-outs too — that’s our week in Revenge of Others. While some new players appear in the game and have important clues to share, the mystery just deepens. And then deepens a little more. I still don’t know what’s going on!

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

I was not expecting the appearance of Jae-bum to be a fake-out, but I’m not complaining since I love him — he was there to check up on Chan-mi so an auditorium incident didn’t occur again, but the two of them lose the real note-sender.

Still, Jae-bum takes on a bigger role this week, though the questions around him (and his missing memories) continue to grow. But so do the questions around basically everyone — except our heroine, who’s really the only voice we can trust right now. The drama used flashbacks a little more frequently this week as a mechanism to confirm people’s stories, and while it’s useful so we know when someone is actually telling the truth, I dislike relying on them too much, since it messes with the flow of the plot.

Jae-bum spends little time with Chan-mi this week, but we follow him a lot with his blossoming friendship with Su-heon, and his still-undefined relationship with Oh-seong. I can’t figure out either Oh-seong or Jae-bum, and both are holding onto a truckload of answers to our questions.

As Jae-bum forms an (adorable) friendship with Su-heon, Oh-seong is always looking on ominously. Is it a jealous look? A knowing look? Not sure. But as for Jae-bum, he seems to genuinely like Su-heon (and Chan-mi), while his relationship with Oh-seong has more mystery to it. Oh-seong definitely knows a lot about both Jae-bum and Won-seok, but we don’t get much insight from him yet. Instead, the camera turns to Jae-bum as weirdness continues to happen. His car keys are moved from where he usually puts them. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy randomly appears on his dresser holding a photo of him and Won-seok riding horses together. Then, he finds himself alone in a dark stable, with no idea how he got there.

What is going on! Jae-bum’s own unsureness makes me trust him, though — I think because we see he’s a nice guy. Regardless of what happened to him or who he was before the amnesia, he seems okay now. But when he was in the stable, he tells Oh-seong he triggered a buried memory.

That “car accident” everyone’s telling him he was in? Yeah, he now realizes that was a lie — and everyone is keeping up appearances by continuing the story. He actually tried to commit suicide in that barn. Terrified of what he’s learning about himself, Jae-bum asks Oh-seong to tell him the truth: did he kill Won-seok? The scene cuts, so who knows the answer. (Also, please be NO!)

While all this is going on with Jae-bum and Oh-seong, Chan-mi has her own crazy stuff to deal with. First, with the release of the murder video she gets an apology from Detective Jin. Then, she gets a call from Won-seok’s adoptive parents who give her the locked suitcase of Won-seok’s belongings that they didn’t already dump. Gosh, these people. Chan-mi had asked Su-heon to go with her, and he laces into them like I wish I could have, so that was satisfying.

Then the two take said locked suitcase and Chan-mi goes through the items — all the sweet things from their childhood. And a bottle of whiskey, which they wind up drinking together, both never having alcohol before. I loved this scene! These two bonding is so sweet, and it only got more lovely when Su-heon goes on the roof to cry out his stress and she follows him up there and comforts him. So precious.

But precious doesn’t last long in the world of this drama, and soon Chan-mi is convinced that Su-heon is the killer of her dear brother. How does she get to that point? The detectives play into it a little, but really it’s the introduction of a new character and ex-classmate of her brother: KWON SE-JIN (Kang Yi-seok).

Chan-mi is tracing all the threads she has on her brother and it leads her to a cafe where she inquires and meets Se-jin. He’s surprisingly quick to open up with her, and totally likable. Like every new bit of information we get, Se-jin turns what we think we know about Won-seok on its head: he said that Won-seok saved his life and that he was a really good person. To confirm that this is true, we see Se-jin some time back getting bullied by Jung-kyung (for having a gay adoptive father) — and saved by Won-seok. Chan-mi’s head is racing, and so is mine.

Another weird thread pulled is the return of Hong Ah-jung to this violent high school. I don’t trust a word she says or a thing she does right now, but we know for sure that she is a friend of So-yeon and Su-heon, that she’s pregnant, that she was an idol trainee, and that she’s hiding a lot of secrets — not only the identity of the baby’s father, but secrets around Won-seok. At first she tells Chan-mi that she and Won-seok never dated and it was all a fake-out, but later we see someone at the school call Ah-jung out as Won-seok’s ex. Also important is that once Ah-jung (and everyone) learns Chan-mi was his sister, she suddenly becomes friendly and forthcoming.

What she says to Chan-mi now is that Won-seok changed suddenly and went from protecting the bullied at school to becoming the bully. We learn that his 180 was all related to Oh-seong as well. They wonder what Oh-seong had on Won-seok that put him in his power. And now I’m even more confused and suspicious of Oh-seong.

Turning back to Se-jin, though — he seeks Chan-mi out and admits that he already knew who she was (okay, that makes his honesty make sense). Then he admits to being the person behind the locker notes. He also admits to playing the video of the murder which he had on his phone all this time and didn’t know. He was at the school at that time, and saw Won-seok in the window, and then saw him on the ground. Se-jin says he was scared and heartbroken so he ran outta there and never looked back. But before he left, he noticed Su-heon (he thinks) on the scene and never forgot the sneakers with the red laces.

Se-jin wants to go study in the U.S. and make a fresh start, but when he found the video and realized for the first time Won-seok didn’t commit suicide, he knew he had to release it. I’m not sure where the show is going with their relationship, but this all was tracking quite well till the video for me — it’s a little too convenient and circumstantial. Still, I like him, and he seems trustworthy (or as trustworthy as one can get in this show).

While Chan-mi deals with the confusing emotions of now “knowing” that Su-heon killed her brother, we have some extremely disturbing developments on Su-heon’s front. So-yeon happens to hear about another evil high schooler that got off easy after a brutal crime and she calls on Su-heon to “teach him a lesson” like they have done before. Okay, I’m really not loving So-yeon anymore; this rush into taking over and violently forcing justice is disturbing and has only created more mayhem. And not only with Jung-kyung, but with our new criminal as well: Su-heon goes into punisher mode, but the kid winds up dying (and Su-heon has no idea at the time!).

So, the detectives continue to dig in, soon putting all the clues together, with Su-heon at the top of the list for all the crimes. He plays innocent surprisingly well, and when So-yeon wants them both to confess (okay, points for that), he says he can’t go to jail right now. We know what’s on the line for him, but no one else really does (except Chanmi). It’s all very stressful.

Chan-mi saves Su-heon’s butt from the detectives, but seems to have her own plan of revenge. She lures Su-heon all the way to Busan, where she is ready with the target pistol she once gave her brother. This is the final scene of the week, and it ends with shots fired.

Now, Su-heon can’t be dead (yet?), so I’m not sure if she’s just using blanks to scare him, but really I just have more questions — even after so much plot development. Every character is nursing well-hidden secrets and motives. I keep churning theories in my head over whether the murderer was Jae-bum, Su-heon, or Oh-seong, but now I don’t even know… what if it’s one of the female students? They don’t seem any more trustworthy than the male students Won-seok was also involved in. We’re only halfway through the drama and probably have a good 43 twists to go, so really, anything’s possible.

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Right now I still don't think it's Sooheon but if they eventually pull a "actually everything you saw was twisted because ma-braintumor-distorted-memory-slash-narrative-pov" I also won't be surprised lol.
Annoyed yes, but not surprised.
They were pulling us every which way this week on purpose any how.

Also, not enough Chanmi X Sooheon this week; I had to run on that hug for the whole rest of both episodes.

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I was genuinely upset by Sooheon being excited about going to the basketball game with Jaebum (and getting to be an actual teenager for once) and him not being able to because of the "hit" on the stabbing perp. Side note: it seems like a throwaway, but his text not going through to Jaebum has to be significant somehow, right?

Also, has it been said or not if the white haired friend is getting a cut of the money for organizing Sooheon's beat downs? I wish her motivations were a bit more fleshed out, wanting justice as a fellow victim was convincing the first time, but it feels a bit more like she's using Sooheon's need to take care of his mother in an icky way now.

I don't think this show hits all the beats it goes for the most gracefully, but it manages to keep me engaged and feel a very visceral amount of dread for the characters that I can't consider it unsuccessful. My nerves were through the roof the whole time Sooheon was in that auto shop! I say "oh no" out loud so much watching this drama!

I'm waiting (and hoping) to see if the cliffhanger resolves in a satisfying way next week. On a surface level, I love the drama and betrayal of it all! But at the moment it does kind of feel like Chanmi jumped the gun (heh) in turning on Sooheon, and the backpack heist was a bit out of left field.

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For now, my suspect is Gi O-Sung at least for the killing of her brother. I wonder if the rest of the murders are connected or it's two different stories.

Clearly, Park Won-Seok acted differently because of Gi O-Sung. I wonder if Park Won-Seok and Seok Jae-Bum had a relationship and Park Won-Seok had to follow O-Sung to hide it. After all, he used a fake girlfriend. I'm pretty sure that the rich parents of Jae-Bum would me more than happy to hide this side of their son too.

It's frustrating that Chan-Mi and Soo-Heon don't communicate... it would be simplier for both of them.

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These two live in the same building, she's staying in his house, in every other scene they've been bonding, and they have like two conversations in two episodes? lmao... yeah right.

It was definitely deliberate in order to push the ending of 6 and the "did Sooheon do it" tension with the audience and Chanmi more than anything though - episode 6 was so *careful* (and also kinda obvious if I'm being honest haha) about everything it withheld because of this; screentime, communication, and also entire scenes and information.

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But how he got from the cat feeding to the class room? And why he would call the police himself? The technic was pretty different from the other murders, not in the middle of the night, no beating and adhesive in her brother's case...

I mean the fact she thought he killed the other ones, it's comprehensive even the blond believed it. But her brother?

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Oh I don't think it's him at all. See my first comment, lol
1. There's a scene earlier on where he sees someone in the window actually, wearing a hoodie coincidentally ;)
2. he's the obvious suspect, even more obvious than Jae Bum, ergo it's not him
3. I don't trust Se Jin which leads us to the main one which is
4. these two episodes were too obviously made to make us doubt Sooheon, like Chanmi, which makes it more obviously probably a misdirect (unless ofc, they do what I mentioned above):
There's too much obviously missing from this episode. Too many pieces. Too many players on the field who all have too many uncovered and unanswered secrets and questions. There's entire SCENES missing because of the limited POV storytelling.
That's on purpose. It wants to keep you in the dark about the why and the what of everything. But in doing so it does sometimes sacrifice some other areas of logic in the time being (why does SHE trust Se Jin? Is that believable?).
As @callie said, this show doesn't hit all of its beats the most gracefully, or necessarily pull off all its misdirects in execution, but I still keeps me engaged enough, like her, despite knowing this haha.

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Oh, I wasn't talking about you but Chan-Mi. I mean with very little hints, she went pretty far (geogeographically and in punishing him...)

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It seems O-sung probably knew that Won-seok was gay and was holding that over his head. Se-jin seems like the obvious boyfriend since Won-seok told him about Chan-mi and went to the cafe a lot, but it could have been Jae-bum. O-sung said something about it happening again when he saw Jae-bum with Soo-heon, so at the very least, they were probably spending time together and O-sung didn't like it. O-sung is too obvious to be the killer though. Either it really was Soo-heon and he doesn't remember or Jae-bum and he doesn't remember. Or it was somebody else altogether. Who knows at this point.

I hope there is a point to Ah-jung being pregnant by some secret guy.

I really don't like white hair girl.

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Why do I feel like Chanmi and Sooheon will be back in Seoul with a revenge plan!

I feel someone is stalking Sooheon.

Why do I feel the show is blacking us out from some events.

I was feeling what the heck is happening with car keys of Jaebum.

Who else was allowed to ride Jaebum's car.

Why is Osung worried about Jaebum's and Sooheon's friendship.

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well osung is jaebum close friend so it won't be suprised if osung get into his house

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I’m gonna go completely left and say it was one of the teachers.

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I really thought Soo Heon killed that mechanic boy. I am shocked that it wasnt him. Phew! Like the show doesnt make me believe anyone is innocent.
Poor Chan Mi is thrown with so many information to process and she have no idea who is the real suspect. I would also be frustrated if I were her in her place , because you cannot trust anybody in this show. I was sad she is thinking Soo Heon killed her brother, but with the information she has it makes sense for her to suspect him, but made me kinda happy that unintentionally she saved Soo Heon from police.
Next episode, I hope all the confusions between Soo Heon and Chanmi are resolved, as they can go on full investigation mode as a team.

So less scenes between them these 2 episodes, but as for consolation , we got the terrace scene where Chanmi was consoling Soo Heon while he was crying.

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You forgot to highlight chanmi teaching the awful girl a lesson. She finally snapped. That was the most satisfying scene between these two episodes

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