This is part 1 of a double-episode and I guess it was necessary to spend a slightly unexciting hour to set the stage for a fantabulastic episode 5. At the center of this episode is uri Viper Do-shik and we finally find out where he has been hiding (and partly why he has). We are still cleaning up the damage done by Ji-hoon and his egoistic decisions over the Tape Murder Cases and forgiving/forgetting remain the central themes of TEN2. The most exciting bits for me were when Ji-hoon and Do-shik butt heads, forcefully. But it hurts to see them that opposed to each other ... solving this case is not going well because of it and I really hope they get over their egos and resolve their differences. You love each other, guys! Everybody knows that!!
Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 4
Addict, Part 1
And on he drives in the night, for a long time.
He comes to an intersection, looks at the signs while driving past ... and breaks hard. His car sits in the middle of the deserted road, engines running ... while he is visibly struggling with himself. I am pretty sure it is a bad decision that he backs the car up and takes the road to the right instead of driving on straight ahead.
중독자 (Addict)We are at a casino with our truck driver (cameo by Kim Hyun-Sung) for what seems a long night. Things get increasingly blurry and his face gets increasingly long.
When we next see him, it is in front of a small store, where he is drinking soju out of a cup and eating cheap ramen. He looks plain awful, cracked lips and all. He notices a little girl who stares into an ice-cream box. He takes some money out of his pocket and gives it to her, breaking into tears and calling her "Minji" (that's his daughter's name), while she tells him with a kid's earnestness that that's not her name. Her mother bursts out of the shop as any good mother would, ripping the money out of the girls hands, throwing it to the ground and dragging the kid away.
He stumbles home. He uses green duct tape (is this the only kind in Korea?) to seal the door and the windows and then lights something. I say something cause I really don't know what it is ... tar, maybe? Whatever it is, it sure doesn't look healthy when it burns! He gulps down a bottle of soju and gets ready to die, breathing the fumes and probably suffocating from it.
The same house, in bright sunshine. Two women are approaching, calling out for Mrs. Kwon, wondering whether she forgot about the morning prayers? They notice that the door is open and go in ...
발바리(Does this really say "Spaniel"? No translation given in the subtitles...)
The sound of Ye-ri on the phone with Baek Do-shik, asking him to please come back. But he says: "I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the smell of blood. I'm tired of feeling sorry for myself in Seoul. This matches me, anyway". Ah, Do-shik. I've missed you... What happened?
We see him next as a guard at a girl school (in Gangwon-do, to the East of Seoul), grinning happily, munching those soft stick-things they keep eating in TEN2.
(okay, I official don't get this scene, unless it's to show how much Do-shik doesn't fit in this world he currently is in). While still laughing about his silly mistake, he gets a phone call. An entire family has been murdered. He demands that they call somebody else (called "The Flounder", lol). But the person on the other end drops a name that gets Do-shik's attention: Kang Jong-yoon.
Do-shik drives to the crime scene. All the evidence points to one person: Kang Jong-yoon (the suicidal truck-driver) murdered the family and robbed the house, after being called there by the murder victim. Kang is known for stealing 2 billion won at a casino 4 years ago ... and Do-shik clearly knows him from back then. (And the guy that called him is the same guy he solved murders with in Episode 1 of TEN Season 1! Still as incompetent and annoying. Oh wait ... is Do-shik back in that area now? Seems so).
Do-shik looks at the three bodies next (they appear to be husband, wife, and daughter) and notices that the wife has a chipped tooth. The victim must have bit something (take note of that, friends - there are no clues mentioned in vain in the TEN universe). We learn that the victim is a loan shark by the name of Im Do-sool.
(one of those over the top and imho unfunny half-life-characters we get to see quite often in KDrama) calls Kang Jong-yoon the "the one that screwed you over" - not something that Do-shik likes to hear.
The local police doofus calls, telling him they located Kang's phone at a bus terminal. Which is in the opposite direction of where Do-shik is. So he gets in the car and starts driving there fast. Somewhere on the road, he gets the next call: The suspect is now inside a bus that will be arriving somewhere else entirely in a short time. Do-shik turns around and drives there, too. He enters the bus in question just in time when it arrives, but ... surprise, the suspect is not there. Do-shik runs into the terminal ... and is told the suspect just turned on his phone, which causes him to tackle a person with baseball cap and phone to the ground. But of course it's not the suspect. And another phone call ... they sighted Kang Jong-yoon not too long ago. In Joengseon. Which surprises Do-shik a great deal (Joengseon is a small town in the province of Gangwon-do and also the hometown of Won Bin, thank you, Google Fu. I am not entirely sure where Do-shik is stationed normally, but I am sure that this wild goose chase we just saw wasn't one of the best moments of TEN or TEN2 - unless it's there to show that Do-shik isn't only out of place as a security guard at a girl-school, but also can't get anything done right with the bunch of police doofus he is working with now)
YAY! It's Yeo Ji-hoon.
18minutes without him wasn't nice at all (as much as I like Do-shik) and this is now my least favorite episode for depriving me of him for that long. Boss-boss suspects Ji-hoon wants the case because Do-shik is involved (and so do I). He calls it a case that is "hard as hell but without reward". But Ji-hoon just states coolly that the way the family members were murdered doesn't make much sense, implying he is interested because something is fishy and not because he desperately wants to see The Viper again.
And then boss-boss says that it will be very difficult for the daughter when she is grown up, because "what could be more painful than watching the person you love kill someone?"
Uhm ... you did not just say that boss-boss?!
Oups, you did. But at least he realizes his faux pas and says: "I shouldn't have said that".
But Ji-hoon assures him with a smile that it's okay: "It is more painful to have forgotten the pain".
Hello, cryptic. Whose pain are we talking about?
We are at the morgue next. With three bodies and our sexy detective. Autopsy lady tells him that the murderer stabbed the victim 8 times, and completely avoided the body's pressure points. There is an additional stab wound: at the neck. That one is a pressure point: which made him bleed out in the end, I guess. So ... our killer knew something about anatomy? He was a real por. From some fiber they found at the neck she knows that the killer killed the daughter first. And the wife? Ji-hoon asks. About 1-2 hours before the other two, she guesses. So: wife - daughter - husband ... that is the order that he killed them, Ji-hoon concludes.
(Huh? Are you in therapy, Ji-hoon? Did they tell you to be nice to the people around you?!) She assures him that he did and smiles a little. A nice scene. These two? At ease with each other. Forgiven and forgotten.
Nam Ye-ri stays in Seoul to talk to the suspect's family members and to find Kim Eun-joo, Kang's wife. Everybody is really rude when they hear whom she is looking for and they slam the door in her face. She really doesn't have it easy, does she ...She needs a nice man to hug her!
"Where is Director Yeo?" Is what Do-shik asks after a deadly smile.
해후 (Encounter)Ji-hoon is at the crime scene, looking at things. Sexily, obviously. And there are some very pretty shots and special effects, too (*screencap frenzy*)
Suddenly, he notices Do-shik. They stare at each other. Not good ... oh no, this is not good! My heart is bleeding for these two ...
"What are you implying? The culprit has been framed?" Do-shik asks back, his eyes narrowing.
Ji-hoon nods his head. "The culprit left Im Do-sool in a not so critical state and stabbed the wife and daughter first. Why?"
They stare at each other.
Ji-hoon then half whispers: "Pain ... the culprit wanted the victim to watch his family get murdered. This murder... was for revenge".
Do-shik is not convinced. What does Yeo know about Kang Jong-yoon anyway? Well, Ji-hoon knows Do-shik was in charge of his attempted murder case three years ago (he calls him sunbaenim, by the way). Then he should also know it's the same technique, right? Kang Jong-yoon claimed innocence and begged Do-shik on his knees, telling him how awful it would be for his little girl to have father that is convicted of murder.
And he walked free.
The first thing he did when he got probation? He went gambling. And Do-shik caught him. And looked him in the eyes.
"You're the one that helped him get out of jail on probation, right?" Ji-hoon asks, "don't tell me they're blaming you for this family's death."
Oh, you d*** ... you didn't. How mean of you! Do-shik's face falls.
"Mixing personal feelings into an investigation is the deadliest thing", Ji-hoon continues. Oh no ... and now you have just handed yourself to Viper on a platter.
And Do-shik smiles a predatory smile and relies: "Personal feelings? Look who's talking, Director Yeo. You said this was for revenge, didn't you? Ah ... because revenge is your specialty."
Ji-hoon's smile freezes on his face. Suddenly, they are talking about that case. And that stuff that happened over a year ago. Without going deeper into it, Do-shik tells Yeo Ji-hoon to butt the f*** out cause it is their local case and he will never get it. He leaves.
Oh no ... when did their relationship get so venomous? So sad :(
(why?! geez, the woman might come back! It's not yours!) and sprays some perfume on herself. Oh, she goes ... Kim Eun-joo had a man?
Cheval Blanc. Average price per bottle: 700 US$.
(yes, I was wondering about that, too?) And what did the other guy look like? Kang almost cries when he shouts that it was too dark for him to see.
괴물 vs 독사 (Monster vs. Viper)We are in a bar. Kang is there, sweating and suffering. The owner leads away the last costumers ... when he grabs her and threatens her at knife-point.
Ye-ri is at a help center for families of gambling addicts. She hears about how the help center encourages these family members to value themselves, wear nice clothes, and make-up.
Rule #2: Let's not blame them (the wife is looking at lovely pictures of her and Kang Jong-yoon, while she was pregnant, and later the three of them with Minji)
Rule #3: Let's accept the fact that the past is the past
Rule #4: Let's not give up
... and she repeats "let's not give up, let's not give up" over and over, while we see flashbacks of debt collectors mistreating Kim Eun-joo.
And Ye-ri realizes that Kim Eun-joo did not have an affair. No, she dolled up just for herself, in order to not give up ... in order to get through this suffering.
Kang Jong-yoon runs into an old tunnel/ a mine and hides his duffel bag underneath some wood.
Do-shik watches videos of the forensic team at the crime scene, mumbling to himself how cruel and precise Kang was. Suddenly, he notices the brother of victim in the background, who is behaving rather strangely: he is not at all mourning over the dead body, but seems to be looking for something.
A SUPER Sexy Ji-hoon in a blue frock-coat (which could be right out of a British period drama) and white classy gloves (not plastic! cloth!) is on my screen next and I literally squeeeed! Okay, this was worth waiting for (yeah, but I'm still not okay with this episode's dearth of Ji-hoon). They are at the dead man's office, but they do not find an extra copy of the account book.
But Ji-hoon notices a strange book in the book shelf (he looks at books in book shelves often for clues methinks) and takes it out. It is Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. This book, which Dostoevsky wrote while deeply in gambling debt himself, contains the murder of a money-lender (Alyona Ivanovna) and her half-sister with an axe. A strange book for a loan shark to have, Ji-hoon thinks ... and indeed. The book is hollowed out and inside are pornographic pictures of a lot of women.
(oh gross ... this is most likely the bed these pictures were taken on), Min-ho tells him that he went to check Im Do-sool's medical records. And he found something: They guy got treated for syphilis last month. But this is not all ... a week later, Im Min-sub and Nam Min-jung got the same treatment. Ji-hoon and I ask simultaneously: "Who is Nam Min-jung?" And Min-ho explains that she is Im Min-sub's wife. Oh wait ... Ha! Ji-hoon smiles a little (swoooooon) cause finally, there is a lead and another motive: What if the victim messed with the brother's wife? Dun-dun-dun.
Do-shik is back at the house of the deceased, looking for the thing Min-sub was looking for ... and he finds a hidden save. It is open ... and it contains an account book. It seems that there were 500 million won inside the safe! Well, if Kang knew about this money, money may very well have been a motive after all ... and scarface? Do-shik is sure that he also knew and is also after the money. At this moment, doofus minion calls him: The Seoul team is after Im Min-sub, who is now an official suspect! They think he wanted to kill his brother for sleeping with his wife. And by the way ... the expensive wine? It was found on his credit card.
Im Min-sub comes home and takes a piss (in a ercedes enz jacket, see below). He hears something suspicious and turns around ...
"Who did this?" Ji-hoon asks the probably dying man.
"Kang Jong-yoon", he gurgles dramatically.
The two cops look at each other over the blood-oozing man ... Do-shik was right after all?
Final Thoughts and Comments
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As mentioned above, this episode didn't rock my boat all that hard, but we are now set up for next week's part two. I am not saying this episode was bad (and it was not), but TEN works because of the TEN team - and when there is no TEN-team, the series doesn't work well. Funny, because this is exactly what this episode was about: Ji-hoon and Do-shik pulling in opposite directions just results in a big mess. In this episode, we got offered a few hints about what went wrong between the two, without it being clearly voiced or fully explained. I am guessing/hoping we will find out more in episode 5. My reading of it is that Do-shik feels betrayed by Ji-hoon because he lied to him and everybody else. And was in fact able to pull this lie off to the very end: Do-shik really believed that Ji-hoon was the killer. It must hurt his pride as a detective-super-brain to have been fooled that way. And more than that: he probably feels very, very sorry to have believed it. Could you ever go back to what you were before after believing this of a person? But instead of talking it out, he decides to just go away, making himself believe that he is very happy somewhere in the province. Which he is clearly not. And Ji-hoon? He also seems sorry ... and troubled by Do-shik's defection. But he cannot show it either and even denies that he is particularly interested in this case because it is Do-shik's. Rather than speaking his mind, he chooses to attack Do-shik (verbally) and gets Do-shik to attack him back. *Sigh*... boys. Just get your act together!
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 1
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 2
- Summary and Analysis of the Tape Murder Arch
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 3
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 4
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 5
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 6
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 7
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 8
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 9
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 10
- Recap of Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 11
- Recap of Sepcial Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 12