This is a difficult episode. Not because of its content, but because of (imho) some choppy writing paired with sloppy subs, with an emphasis on the latter: There are a few confusing inconsistencies in the subtitles. Also, CJ Entertainment (the official subs-deliverer) has suddenly started to use an "Americanized" style for names, putting the family name last and not first. That confused the heck out of me until I figured it out. So: I hope you are not going DF on us, CJ, thinking we don't understand "hyung" and similar words? [end rant] Apart from that, this is an episode mainly centered on Baek Do-shik. He is somewhat back with the team, but it takes a while until he fully gets there. Overall, this is an episode about love and obsession. It shows that you find love in unexpected forms and also in unusual places. And it also shows how closely related love and hate are and that acts of love may very well be considered acts of hate by others.
Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 6
모딜리아니의 여인 Modigliani's LadyA poorly lit back alley - a man in a suit walks through it. He hears something and stops, looking behind him, but walks on when there is nothing to see. The camera zooms into one of the completely dark side streets and comes to rest on a woman and a man standing there: his knife is on her throat, his hand is covering her mouth, and she is wide-eyed and shaking. He moves his hand up her leg and under her skirt ... and we hear her terrified whimpering (but this a PG 15 rated episode, so no need to fear anything all too gruesome or brutal).
장미의 전쟁 The Rose WarYeo Ji-hoon and Boss-Boss are at a crime scene. There are blood stains and scratch marks on a wooden wall and Ji-hoon remarks dryly that the victim seems to have experienced hell even before he was dead. It is a sauna - and the victim (Sung Jae-min) suffocated to death in it. The marks on the wall are from his efforts to crawl out, while the temperature was rising and rising. Pretty gruesome. Sung Jae-min was an attorney, we learn, doing technology patent litigation against large corporations - so he had plenty of enemies among the powerful. Boss-boss thinks the murderer is likely to be found in that environment and he presses for a fast solution of the case, because both sides are pretty anxious.
Min-ho is not in Seoul, but somewhere outside, inspecting a car (and being on the phone with his hot boss): It is Sung Jae-min's car, which was abandoned at this place. There is a scratch at the side, but it is not from a collision with another car. Apparently, the car arrived at the victim's house on Friday evening and left again on Saturday morning (we know from CCTV footage). So why did the culprit use Sung Jae Min's car? Ji-hoon assumes that the murderer captured Sung Jae-min at a specific place and then went to his house to kill him. And I guess the assumption is he then drove away in the car after the murder, a smart way not to be seen by CCTV cameras. Ji-hoon orders Min-ho to find out about the murderer's profile. And he adds "Where the fuck is Detective Baek?" (well, he didn't say "the fuck", but I'm pretty sure he would have liked to say it). Still AWOL, Min-ho says, but he will continue to call him.
We see a woman next, who is totally hysterical, crying on the floor. Do-shik walks in and wonders whether that is the wife of the deceased? Another cop greats him once he enters the locale and asks him what he is doing here. Uhm ... don't we have the TEN team here? Do-shik asks and the other cop laughs at him, the TEN team for a robbery case? Certainly not! Our poor Do-shik is at a crime scene, but definitely not the right one! This is a jewelry store (located in a shopping mall). Haha, awesome: So Do-shik is back with the TEN team in mind, but not in body.
However, the robber did kill someone: the owner of the jewelry store. Do-shik asks his colleague to make a call for him ... to his team (which the colleague scoffs at, because he is kind of an ass). At that moment, a police man comes in an reports to the guy in charge that all the goods that were stolen in here have already turned up for sale.
Ye-ri is at Sung's house, doing her usual snoopy-look-around-thing. A portrait of a woman catches her eye, painted in the style of Modigliani, a painter (and sculptor) that lived from 1884 to 1920 (and who had a pretty hard life).
(which I officially love and want. My white board is so old-fashioned and boring!). We learn that the suspect took the car's black box with him when he abandoned Sung Jae-min's car.
(and here, I am officially confused: they said before that the sauna-incident happened at a sauna resort. From this exchange, it sounds as if it happened at the house. Well, it doesn't really matter I guess). Objectively, says Ji-hoon, it may be true that it was just a small incident. But pain is subjective. And that is an entirely different story!
|take a long and good look at this pretty moustache! Cause it will be gone soon ... :(|
파란눈의 여인 Blue-Eyed LadyYe-ri and Ji-hoon are in his office. Together. Alone. Hmmm ... (haha, sorry, don't mind me and my imagination). She is looking at a case file of a woman; Sung Jae-min's mother - who died. She was murdered on the street, hit by a brick in the head. On January 15, 2005. Jae-min and his wife registered their marriage 5 days later and added the 2-year old daughter to Jae-min's family registry. Ji-hoon comments that it is not very common to register a marriage right after a funeral.
Ji-hoon replies: "An eye for an eye - a tooth for a tooth. Is that what this means?"
It is pretty clear what they need to do next: meet the wife.
Haha, both are totally surprised to see each other there.
Min-ho wants to know why, and Do-shik says: Cause I will be recognized "as a national" here (i.e. solving a crazy case, I'm guessing?)
And Min-ho caves immediately. lol.
Wife: "I was frustrated, so I went out for some fresh air."
Ji-hoon: "Of course, you went alone?"
Wife: "Am I the murder suspect?"
Ji-hoon: "That answer ... you can hear from your husband."
And he gives her the will. She is genuinely shocked when she reads is - and she demands to know what this means.
Ji-hoon says: "The wife is seeking happiness, but why would he die from fear and suffocation? Are you happy? Everyone you hate dies."
And there is a flashback to her clearly not very happy life, where her husband confronts her with the fact that everybody she hates dies. And he asks her: "Did you also hate our daughter?"
Ugh, what an asshole. How cruel is that??!
She gets up, declaring that there is no more reason for her to stay.
"We decide that", Ji-hoon counters. Yeah, woman. Learn who the master is here!
(she says more here about bones and kids trampling over them but I didn't get it even after watching it five times so I'll just pretend it didn't happen)
He challenges her by asking whether she is running away? And she still didn't answer his question: "Are you happy right now?"
There is a long pause, and then she says, pained: "If the person you hate dies, do you think you'll be happy?"
One of the many moments in TEN2 when we are immediately reminded of Ji-hoon's own history.
(and I have no idea what he is talking about) In any case, it is a number they cannot trace.
The owner of the noodle place, who has been fidgeting for the entire time, gets up and takes the phone out of Do-shik hands. It's time for order calls! he complains, and slams it down. At that very moment, the delivery boy (or rather, delivery man) comes in, his phone in hand.
Do-shik goes: "Give me your phone" and takes it.
He calls the 011 number he got from Eun-jung with it. The person at the other end tells him he has the wrong number. 10 seconds later, the delivery boy's phone rings. The guy at the other end, who thinks it's the delivery boy, asks how his injured arm is. Do-shik checks the arm of the delivery boy - there is a scar. (Okay, I am confused about this. Is the delivery boy in cahoots with whoever the 011 belongs to? They seem to know him. But there is no follow-up to that scene and I am not sure).
(who is looking mighty fine again in this episode. I just needed to get that off my chest). They got the wife's alibi - and it's confirmed. She was far away, at a train station, where she was caught on surveillance tape. No doubt about it: she did not commit the murder herself.
Do-shik goes to find the widow of the Jewelry Victim. She is being injected with something (yikes!). When she hears that a police officer is there, she pretends to be asleep ... by snoring loudly. But Do-shik is persistent ... and wants to talk to Hyun Ji-hye about that extravagant spending of hers.
|this is when he calls her bluff by barking and frightening her|
Do-shik is looking through a pile of case files with the police-helper-woman. He knows that it is not very easy to change a style of murder. So he is looking at robbery cases that are unresolved. And he finds two that fit the pattern. He reads the dates of the murders/robberies: January 15, 2005. October 9, 2010. And Eun-jung goes ... "Oh? That is strange" ... and she runs into the conference room with the shiny white board, and points at the evidence there: the other deaths around Yang Sun-hwa also occurred on the exact same dates.
생엎과 작품활동 Occupation and Project Activity
Ji-hoon and his gang (minus Do-shik) check out the apartment across from Sung's house. The windows are shut with curtains, but when you remove them, you see right into Sung's home and garage. There are many pictures in the room, all in Modigliani-style. The guy who lived and painted there went on a business trip to China, the landlady informs them. Ye-ri, while looking at the pictures, realizes that she has seen one just like it in Yang Sun-hwa's house.
At this moment, Do-shik calls ... and tells them to come over right now.
Wow ... the TEN team is finally together again! *happydance* Do-shik explains to them that not one, but two men died on Friday ... One at the villa and one in the jewelry shop. In fact ... for every person that died around the weird wife, an additional person was killed for money (as in: based on a hitman assignment). The case is solved! Or at least almost. The murderer injected poison into Sung Jae-min's ankle, drove his car into the parking garage of the shopping mall, waited at the café for the right time, then committed the murder on Kim Kil-soo (the store owner), waited in the camera's blind spot until the movie ended, went up the stairs and out of the building with the crowd from the movie theater, went to the underground parking, lot rode Jae-min's car back to the villa, and killed Mr. Attorney in the sauna.
The only thing that remains unclear is why he did not only kill people he was hired to kill but also people somewhat connected to the weird wife.
But they have all the information on the suspect now. He is 31 years old and is called Do Sung-gyu. He is Korean-Chinese and currently in Korea on a student visa. For both murders in January 2005 and October 2010, there are records at the immigration office that he left for China. But Do-shik knows better: The Hit Lin are a professional and cunning organization; the ones that leave (with the passport) are decoys ... as soon as its confirmed that they are on record leaving the country, the hitman (as a ghost person) goes ahead with the murder.
Ji-hoon is at the house with the creepy woman. He wants to know from her who that man is that kills all the people she detests. But she seems to have no clue whatsoever. Ye-ri comes into the living room and hands Ji-hoon a painting ... it's the family, painted in Modigliani style. His style. So: who painted it and when? The widow recalls the day they got it painted, outside, in the Park below Namsan Tower. All we see of the painter are a pair of hateful eyes and the baseball cap ...
And Ye-ri looks at the portrait of the wife, which is hanging there ... and it has eyes. Oh wait ... So Yang Sun-hwa was Do Sung-gyu's Jeanne?!
Min-ho, who is at the suspect's studio with Do-shik, gets a phone call. It is someone who is asking for Detective Baek. And who might he be, Min-ho demands to know. It is Half-moon! How did he get this number? Do-shik wants to know, never dare to call again! But Half-moon has important news. The Broker related to that "Errand Center" is gone (i.e. the one that coordinated the Hit Lin). In order to erase all the hitmans' tracks, there are ten guys going around the area, tracking them down and killing them.
He smiles a little as he wonders: "Is it love?"
And he says: "We'll have to make him come to us"
Oh no. That again? That's like the most dangerous form for criminal catching!
At the office, Do-shik is imploring Ji-hoon that they need to find him before the others do, quickly! But Ji-hoon is confident that he will show up. For Do-shik, this doesn't make sense, this "love". Yes, I agree, it is insane. But Ji-hoon knows it is going to work. They all storm out, and a frustrated Do-shik runs after them.
At that moment, Ye-ri fiddles around with the lights in Do Sung-gyu's room. Then, she lies down on his bed. Ha, she still has her shoes on! There is something underneath the pillow ... yikes, it's a long blade, all bloody! And she adds ... "and nervousness". And she jerks up, having heard something!
The car stops in an area full of garbage littered backalleys. The wife disappears to the right, just as Ye-ri gets there. She chooses the left alley. Wroooooong, Ye-ri!
We are back in alley-land where this episode started. Yang Sun-hwa is walking passed our culprit, who is sitting there, in the dark. He turns his head, slowly ... then he gets up and walks out into the open. She slowly turns.
Yang Sun-hwa breathes heavily, half-crying, when the faux Modigliani turns away from her, towards his attacker, who has appeared in the alley they are standing in. He starts walking towards him. Ye-ri arrives. And she sees how the new-comer stabs Do Sung-gyu, deeply into the abdomen. Do Sung-gyu, who pulled something out of his jacket, doesn't resist one bit - in fact, he even seems to press the knife in deeper. He falls to his knees.
We are at the investigation room, with Yang Sun-hwa and Ye-ri. Why did Do Sung-gyu go there, Ye-ri wants to know (As opposed to the other place where everybody was waiting, I guess). And how did you know to go there? Yang Sun-hwa says that she remembered something when she was looking at her daughter's pictures. There was a day, when Hye-jin was really sick. On that night, she pounded at the doors of the closed pharmacy, barely able fo buy medicine. That was the night when she first met him.
And we are taken back to the exact same scene we saw at the beginning of this episode, where he holds her tight. He says: "Tonight, for the first time, I held a knife against somebody." (and I guess it means it is the first time he killed for the Hit Lin?)
"Now, I don't have anywhere to go", he continues and he puts his hand on her thigh, moving up.
She says: "Please get over with it quickly ... My child is really sick."
He falters and looks down at her hands, in which she clutches the medicine that she got for her daughter. And he lets her go, all strength sapped out of him. His knife falls to the ground.
She bows and says: "Thank you."
He sits there, shaken by her words, head against the Modigliani poster ... and then he peaks around the corner, watching her walk away.
"Because of the one phrase that you said in the midst of his cursed life, you became his Jeanne. When you were in pain, he was in pain with you. In order for him to live, he had to make sure that you were happy".
She appears in the alley. He comes out, shily, looking at her.
He says: "Im sorry. I might not be able to protect you anymore."
And he puts his hand into his jacket (to pull out the new portrait, I guess to give her).
But she starts screaming at him: "As you tried to protect me, when people left my life one by one, I became more miserable. And now, I don't even have hope to dream for happiness! How can you ... how can you think like that!"
His dream world shatters. He is devestated, completely taken aback. And he turns ... and sees the man they sent to kill him. He turns his head to the right, briefly, contemplaiting escape ... but then walks, almost runs towards his certain death.
Min-ho sighs: He did all that for her, but he was probably the person she hated most. Among all this death, there is no happiness.
And from his office above, Ji-hoon watches.
The attacker is also being interrogated. He is sobbing. He has two younger sisters at home, and is in a very desperate situation since their parents left them. He was ordered by the Hit Lin to kill.
Min-ho brings Do-shik a new phone, but he is not at his desk. Min-ho places it there, carefully. thi svery moment, Do-shik is leaving the office and Ji-hoon watches him go. And Ye-ri is watching him.
And Do-shik says: "Yes, she is" (looking at something completely different ... of course, it's his lady from the blind date, who is busy taking care of animals inside.)
"Don't you want to take her home?"
"I want to take her home right now", is Detective Baek's answer.
"Really?", says the school girl excited and runs into the shop, "Mom! There's a man who said he'd take the dog!"
"Human beings are really strange", Do-shik says, "they leave simple happiness and look for complicated sadness".
She doesn't get it (and I will have to think about it a bit longer, too), but then he askes: "You have a daughter?"
"Yes", she says simply.
He keeps on smiling smittenly and says "I see".
Final ThoughtsRecapping this episode helped me to make sense of many things that seemed to be unclear after I first watched it. And still, some confusion remains. I guess it has to do with our Korean Modigliani and the difficulty I have with relating to him. Sure, he had a very hard life, I get that, and he was made a killer (relucantly? we are not given any indicators why he became one; though I'm guessing from the "attacker's" confession that this is meant to give us insights into the desperation in these people's lives, leaving them with little choices). Sure, this woman somewhat touched him in his darkest hour ... but still. You have to be batshit crazy to kill people for somebody else just because you think it will make them happy. Or is this the point? He was batshit crazy and mistook love for hate. And I guess, it teaches us that no love can come out of death? Which is pretty common knowledge I'd say.
That said, I mentioned in the beginning that I feel this episode is mainly about Do-shik. I still do, but I remain puzzled by the message in relation to his character. He is the one looking for love (ergo the blind date). He may be somewhat stating his adoration for her when he talks about dogs, but also talks about his insecurity at the same time, because he does not have the confidence to take care of another living being. Her words "it is not taking care of one, it is living with one" could be read as encouragement: this is not a one-sided thing. If two creatures share a living space, it is not one taking care of the other, but it is always both that are implied. In other words: don't worry, this is not all on you. I also think that that sentence of his "Human beings are really strange: they leave simple happiness and look for complicated sadness", seems to be a key. But I do not fully understand it. Does he mean we should not look too far for happiness?
Finally, this is also the episode that brings him back to the TEN team, in circles, but still. It is a different kind of love the team member share, but it fits the overall topic. These people care about each other deeply but also cautiously. They all do not have family, really, but only each other. And I think both Do-shik and Ji-hoon get it now: they are in it together. And there is a kind of happiness to be found in doing what they have been doing, in solving cases together, by helping each other.
- 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