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Crash: Episode 2

Our upright investigator and persistent officer join hands to expose the reprehensible criminals, setting the stage for their future collaboration. One case wraps up, while another begins, bringing with it some spooky intrigue to keep us hooked till next week.

Editor’s note: Weekly drama coverage will continue.
 
EPISODE 2

Apparently a car doesn’t quite have the same efficacy as our trusty Truck of Doom, because Yeon-ho gets off mostly unscathed. So-hee arrives in the nick of time to judo flip Ho-kyu to the ground, and the TCI team swiftly apprehends him in an emergency arrest.

To their dismay, Ho-kyu sticks to his tall tales and refuses to confess. So-hee and Hyun-kyung investigate the man Ho-kyu sold the wiretapped car to, and he tells them Ho-kyu borrowed his phone on the pretext that his battery had died. Afterwards, Ho-kyu erased the call log.

Retracing Ho-kyu’s tracks from the previous day, the team discovers that he’d pulled the same phone call tactic on a gas station employee. There’s someone behind Ho-kyu who’s coaching him how to act, and this accomplice is much more meticulous.

Yeon-ho has come to a similar conclusion, and his investigation leads him to a victim’s son. SONG JI-MAN is the only one who received a hefty payout from his mother’s life insurance policy — and before the accident that killed his mother, he’d met Ho-kyu in yet another traffic accident. They’d schemed together to profit off the death of Ji-man’s mother. (So utterly despicable!)

Ji-man has covered his bases with other insurance policies, and he sets fire to his shop in an attempt to murder Yeon-ho. Needless to say, it doesn’t go quite as he planned. He goes up in flames instead, the TCI team arrives to extinguish the blaze, and Ji-man winds up surviving with severe burns all over.

To add fuel to the fire (heh), Yeon-ho recorded their conversation, which means Ji-man has effectively incriminated both himself and Ho-kyu. At long last, everything is brought to light. Yeon-ho’s boss is arrested as well, having closed her eyes to the crime in exchange for a cut of the payout.

This case ends up having a profound impact on Yeon-ho; not only does he end up resigning after being branded a whistleblower, but the close shave of being knocked down by Ho-kyu also spurred a traumatic flashback. Ten years ago, LEE HYUN-SOO had lost her life in a traffic accident, and Yeon-ho still carries that grief on his guilt-ridden shoulders. Her father holds no resentment, but Yeon-ho can’t forgive himself. Instead, he resolves to make a career change and follow in the footsteps of Hyun-soo’s father.

Fast forward to one year later, and our squad runs into Yeon-ho again at their usual joint. It’s not mere coincidence, because it turns out he’s there for their first team meal together — starting today, Yeon-ho will be joining the TCI team as their newest recruit.

Yeon-ho’s by-the-book approach may be a boon for investigations, but not so much for social situations. In a hilariously campy mockumentary sequence, Yeon-ho gets on the station chief’s blacklist — CHIEF GU (Baek Hyun-jin) collided with Yeon-ho’s bicycle while backing out of a parking lot, and he’s 70% to blame. Or rather, as Yeon-ho corrects, it’s more like 85%. LOL.

Chief Gu fumes, but he can’t do much else since they’re, y’know, the traffic police. The bootlicker Chief changes tack fairly quickly, though, when he hears rumors that Yeon-ho is the son of the prime candidate for the next police commissioner. In an attempt to smooth things over, Chief Gu treats the TCI team to dinner at a fancy restaurant, where he butters up the cluelessly oblivious Yeon-ho.

Our next case is one that imbues some creepy suspense into the show. There’s been an accident in a tunnel; a car has crashed into the curb. The driver claims to have seen a ghost, whom he swerved to avoid, but his delirious confusion leads to the assumption that he’s simply drunk.

Except it turns out there’s a kernel of truth to his tale. When Dong-ki drives So-hee and Yeon-ho home from Chief Gu’s team dinner, they pass through the same tunnel — only to witness a woman in white run into the road. It’s just as the man had said, and likewise, our trio veers off course and into the curb.

As if this new case wasn’t intriguing enough already, the post-credits epilogue gives us yet another nugget to chew on. It turns out Hyun-soo’s father is acquainted with Chae-man, though we aren’t privy to the details just yet. This gives us an exciting bit of additional dimension to Chae-man’s character, which I’m already thoroughly enjoying thus far. His gruff papa bear love for the team! His eloquent Hanja proverbs that leave Chief Gu confused!

Of course, our protagonists make for an absolutely delightful pair; Yeon-ho’s composure balances out So-hee’s headstrong determination, and her burning desire for justice matches his unwavering moral compass. I may be reading too much into this, but I think Yeon-ho might be autistic-coded — given his keen attention to detail, his straightforward communication, his occasional tendency to avoid eye contact, and the way he doesn’t quite register social niceties — and I really like how simply and gently the show is treating his character thus far. Already, you see So-hee accepting Yeon-ho’s little idiosyncrasies — like not eating pork rind because of the texture, or his avoidance of alcohol due to his “lack of alcohol-metabolizing enzymes” — with barely any reluctance or fanfare. They make a good duo, and I can’t wait for the rest of the TCI team to welcome Yeon-ho into the fold, too.

 

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Yay! Thank you @solstices for continuing to recap!! What a pleasant surprise!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. It was fun. The team is delightful and their bond so beautiful. I can’t wait for our chaotic team to embrace Yeon-ho as one of their own. He may prefer to be a loner but this team is going to grow on him. And they are a very protective bunch.
I loved the whole minor collision sequence. It was an absolute laugh riot. The narration was fantastic!! More of this show. Please.

And Chief Jung and his idioms can keep on coming, you won’t see me complain.

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Also, So-hee‘s parking skills A+++. What’s with the random lady asking a bicyclist to park her car?? Ask another driver lady!! And the way he returned the keys. lol.

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I laughed so hard at that and LMK's deadpan face. Hilarious.

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Yey! I am glad the weekly recap is confirmed.
I like the little nuggets of informatuon we get about the characters particularly Yeon Ho and Captain. So Hee is headstrong but her heart is in the right place. I like the dynamics that the women in the team are fighters/martial artist esecially SoHee, and DongGi watches over them. I like that Lee Ho Chul levelled up to a main character from his usual thug roles of the past. He seemed like such a good guy from his interactions in a variety show he was in.
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He had a great role in Salon de Nabi/Fly high butterfly as a gentle giant who was constantly misunderstood.

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I have yet to see that drama. Thanks for the info. 😄

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I was confused by the "novice" driver asking Yeon Ho to park her car (which already looked like it was close to hitting another car). Is that something people do? Get random strangers to park their car cause they're new to driving or not good at parking? My instant thought when she said that was "and how is that my problem?". Yeon Ho got the same point across wordlessly putting the keys back in her hand haha.

Ah, criminals be so brazen to the point of it being insulting. How to do you intentionally run into someone with 2 witnesses, step on the victim, and then claim it was an accident? How do you set your business on fire WHILE trying to murder someone and say it was an accident? And then I guess he forgot he also rolled around in the accelerant. But at least they got their comeuppence.

I guess the lesson here is ALWAYS have recorder pens at the ready.

I just like seeing a character who doesn't drink alcohol. It does kinda suck that there has to be a reason for it but still, it's a change (for me).

I wonder how Yeon Ho was involved in the accident that killed that guy's daughter.

Ah, whistleblowing. That is an interesting one and such an example of hypocrisy if ever were one. People benefit from whistleblowers exposing corruption or nefarious acts and yet they'll also shun and shame them for "rocking the boat" and being untrustworthy. The guy exposed a *serial* murderer and his accomplices yet he's the "bad" guy? Sigh, living amongst people is weird and hard.

I don't know whether to be confused or impressed by the fact that it just took a year for someone with seemingly NO police experience to become a lieutenant. I assume he just placed high on a test but still, just out of the gate with lieutenant rank?

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For sure people ask other people to park for them, or offer to help people who are struggling to park. I dont think the driving test here in Korea is particularly difficult and there are a whole bunch of people driving around who lack basic skills.

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Yes I sometimes used to ask onlookers to help me parallel park ( an invention of the devil) when I was a very new driver. Better that than scratch someone's car! And if they could stand around and snicker, then they could damn well step up and prove their own skills!

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I failed my test 6x because of having to parallel park, so 100% on invention of the devil.

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First, I thought the woman asking for her car was a scammer 😅

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I am glad this series is being covered, thanks @solstices This is a fun ride so far and I am hoping it can maintain momentum as Queen of divorce and Wedding Impossible both started well but shifted gears part way through and lost their early charm.

I loved that the team has a new team member as Yeonho’s attention to detail was their missing link in the fight for recognition and respect from other departments. I was confused when he noticed the issue with the leaves at the scene of the accident but didn’t say anything and they didn’t ask him but I guess it will take a while for him to understand that he is part of a team and them to know to ask as he doesn’t voluntarily share.

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So I read the explanation about the real case that inspired the serial vehicular murders here (thank you, Anonymous who commented on episode 1!).
But I don't understand why the police didn't have enough against him for an arrest warrant. He had try to run over the car dealer and then hit Yeon-ho. All this happened in a parking lot and surely the car that he finally bumped into or the other cars had dashcams where the police could see that he accelerated and was intentionally targeting the car dealer...
Also, don't Korean cars have airbags? There are accidents a dime a dozen in k-dramas, yet I've never seen an airbag deploy...
For the time being I like the series. My only pet peeve is people who get into an accident and then just get up and go on with their lives. Because, by pure chance, they remained safe and sound. And I don't really like the message that might be inferred ("an accident is no big deal").
Lastly, a question: do you think that this team will manage to apprehend the famous serial killer Truck of Doom?

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I've an airbag deployed a time or two. The only one coming to mind is Strongest Deliveryman.

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Haven't seen that one, that explains it!

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Yes, I would second the notion that Yeon-ho is very likely autistic-coded.

It's hopefully going to be a wild ride - pun intended - for CRASH. If the cast continues to be this wacky, it will at least be entertaining (which is something some K-Dramas, not naming names, have been failing to be).

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It looks like an usual Kdrama, first episodic stories and then we will know more about the past car accident.

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Thank you @solstices. I look forward to reading your recaps while I watch "Crash".

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I love LMK and HST as the straight men in this to the over the top antics of everyone else. I hope this drama continues to be fun.

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As a science student decades ago, I learnt about Alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme. The following is an explanation of the role of ADH and its genetic variation among Koreans in SK:

“ Even when consuming the same amount of alcohol, some people quickly experience facial flushing (flushers), while others do not (i.e., non-flushers). Such different alcohol flush reactions to the same amount of alcohol consumption depends on each person’s ability to metabolize alcohol. Approximately 20% of the consumed alcohol is metabolized in the gastric mucosa by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) before being absorbed into the bloodstream [20]. When ADH activity in the gastric mucosa is reduced, more alcohol is absorbed into the blood. In general, females have approximately half the level of ADH activity in the gastric mucosa as males [21]. Consequently, they are less able to process consumed alcohol. Additionally, females typically have more body fat and less body water than males of the same body weight [22]. Alcohol has low lipid solubility (lipid/water partition coefficient of 0.14), and is mainly distributed in the body water. Females and older individuals, who also have relatively lower body water percentages, show higher blood alcohol concentrations even when drinking the same amount of alcohol as males [23]. Alcohol absorbed into the blood is converted into acetaldehyde in the liver by cytosolic ADH, microsomal cytochrome P450, and peroxisomal catalase. The acetaldehyde is converted to acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). During this metabolic process, a coenzyme, NAD+ is reduced to NADH. Inactive ALDH enzyme, due to a genetic variant of the ALDH2 gene, is common in Asians, and has a significantly low affinity for NAD+ [24,25]. These genetic variants follow a dominant pattern of inheritance. Drinking even a small amount of alcohol causes an increase in acetaldehyde in the blood of individuals bearing this variant, causing the face to flush immediately after consuming alcohol [26-28]. Such metabolic characteristics explain why many Koreans experience facial flushing after drinking. Conversely, it can readily be assumed that a person who demonstrates facial flushing after consuming alcohol may have a reduced ability to metabolize alcohol [29,30]”.
Source: Current Status of Korean Alcohol Drinking in Accordance with the Korean Alcohol Guidelines for Moderate Drinking Based on Facial Flushing
Sami Lee, 1 Jihan Kim, 2 , 3 , * and Jong Sung Kim 3 , *

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10232331/

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