This episode is heartwarming ... until it isn't. The team is finally together as one, and thanks to their collective genius, they solve this case fast an efficient, like the champions that they are. Speaking of cases, this week's whodunnit didn't excite me much. Not twisted enough for my taste! But I guess it serves its purpose ... it shows us how ugly human beings can be (and if I am not mistaken, (almost?) all of TEN's cases are based on true stories) and serves as background for wonderful team-interactions. Do-shik is in love, Min-ho wants to be in love, Ye-ri constantly watches Ji-hoon (and it is his heart that is on her mind), while Ji-hoon is now finally ready to reach out to other human beings again. And the human beings that are close to his heart are and always were his team members... So he cooks them coffee that is too sweet and learns again how to smile. But then, an ugly secret wants out ... and it really needs to come out, does it? But when is the right time? I am bracing myself ... I don't expect this to go down well. Not at all.
Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 7
우음도 살인사건 - Woo Eum Murder Case
A woman, with her back to us, sits on the floor of a darkened room. There is a ghostlike quality to her, as she is all softly shimmering white. She is on the phone, telling the man on the other end to hang up unless he wants to miss his flight. He asks here whether she’ll be fine without him. Of course! she replies, and tells him not to worry. They hang up and she slowly disappears from our view, fading away ... All that remains is her phone on the floor and a coffee mug next to it. We see that someone is calling - and has been calling for a while, it seems: The screen of her phone shows 8 missed calls.
A murder scene in a swamp is our next scene: It is a vast open space, with shortish grass, sandy bits and puddles. They found a chopped up skeleton in a suitcase. Well, I guess that's much better than a rotting body.
Ji-hoon and Min-ho are with the Autopsy Lady. She explains that based on the surface structure of the bones, this was a female, age range early 20s to late 40s (well, Autopsy Lady, the American Dr. Bones was usually fare more precise than this! Just putting it out there for your consideration). The victim was killed instantly by a powerful blow to the head. All her teeth were removed, most likely to hide the identity of the victim. However, there is one very important clue: The victim had plastic surgery; a specific kind of cheekbone reduction (ouchie! Who would do that to themselves ...)
Two girls enter the surgeon's office hand in hand, but suddenly stop, taken aback: 3 rather ... uhm, let's call them large, bulky men sit in the waiting area, almost squashing a poor woman between them. The surgeon is furious about the disruption of his business, but Do-shik, playing dumb, says that they are all customers. "Hey kids", he calls out to the three, "why are you here?", and the men go in unison: "To get prettier". looool! And isn't the poster on the wall promising them free consultation, Do-shik wants to know? Point and strike for Min-ho and team! Take that, evil surgeon! Give them the list!
Ji-hoon is in the meeting room, sifting through some documents when he gets a call. Alright, he looks SO GOOD in a black shirt! Did he get that from SSH after WAML? It's Autopsy Lady (I like how they are never awkward despite the fact that they've slept with each other, i.e. he used her rather meanly). She has big news: they were lucky to have found the skeleton when they did, because any later, nothing would have been left (thank you, vomiting swamp). It was chemically processed! With Hydrofluoric Acid, stuff that dissolves things pretty quickly, including bodies in suitcases in swamps. The murderer, it seems, was quite knowledgeable about chemistry.
Do-shik and Min-ho come back to the office, where Ye-ri is just coming down the stairs from her cubicle. They all stop dead in their tracks, hearing and then looking at something odd. To say the least. It is their Boss, grinding coffee beans! By hand! As if it were the most normal thing in the world ...
Ji-hoon looks up (innocently), checks his work on the beans, and says: "I believe we'll have the victims identity within 16 hours ... Good work, everyone!"
And all three of them smile ... and my heart ... is a puddle on the floor. Melted. Like ice cream in the oven.
We see a flashback in which they chitchat, but when he wants to hug her, she backs off. When he says that they will be apart for three days and wants to get close again, she is evasive and just tells him to have fun. Yes, he thought there was something strange about her - but he came to the conclusion that she was just in a bad mood. So this was the last time he saw her? Do-shik wants to know. No contact after? Yes, they had contact, Shin Young-geun says, they talked on the phone - but after that, she didn't pick up anymore. He reported her missing the next day, on a Saturday. Do-shik thinks that's a bit fast. But the husband just knew something was wrong: So he asked his mother-in-law to check out the house. All her things were still there, but she wasn't. Is there anyone that he suspects? Do-shik asks. No, professor says all worked-up, as hard as he thinks and thought about it: there is simply nobody that could have wanted to kill his wife.
Damn! So I guess not the fastest solved case ever, right?
용의자4 (4 Suspects)
Do-shik is talking to the policeman in charge of finding the wife. The husband came to the police station almost every night, he hears. The only potential lead they had was a former classmate, a friend that Lee Sung-jo often called. But they couldn't reach him, that's why they stopped trying, the police officer says.
Min-ho and Ye-ri are at the professor's house, searching for clues. But everything is super clean ... too clean? There is no blood, no nothing. Which is weird, seeing the expensive suitcase was taken from this house and a body was placed inside of it. Ye-ri suspects that chemicals were used here as well. Also, there was no forced entry ... so whoever came into the house, killed them wife and placed her in the suitcase had a key or was let in. They check all the husband's records (phone etc.). After her disappearance, he went all over the country, to look for her. He looks clean, this one, right?
He has no flaws then, Ji-hoon observes (ah .... I miss the moustache!) But what about the relationship to his wife? Well, there's a sad story, the woman says. 7 years ago, there was an accident at the school, a fire inside one of the laboratories. The firefighters sprayed water, but there was sodium monoxide inside (and we see a flashback and how the room explodes, when the sodium monoxide reacts with the water: Boom!) Another person in a white lab coat runs up to the firefighters and tells them to stop immediately: no more water! Or everything will explode!! Inside, however, Lee So-jung's fiancé at the time burned to death ... the doors were locked. And it was Professor Shin that comforted her during the difficult time afterwards. Yeah, okay. This professor? He stinks.
Do-shik asks the police helper woman to find some info on that classmate of Lee So-jung (named Na Won Hak), the one that is AWOL. And because he is on a roll, he also discovers the next big clue. While looking at a list of names of people caught on camera in the area the skeleton was found in, he stumbles across a female chemistry student - and a student of Shin Young-geun's at that. Bingo. Her name is Kim Min-jung. I am sure that is the exact same woman the shop ahjumma was talking about. And now I'm counting ... who are the 4 suspects? 1) Shin Young-geun; 2) Kim Min-jung; 3) Na Won-hak (?); 4) ... his dog? Huh. Why was this chapter this called 4 suspects?!
Ye-ri and Ji-hoon are at Kim Min-jung's place. I always get very excited when the two of them are alone - in vain, most of the times. (And how can she be in a room with him without, you know, taking some action in the skinship department??! She is too shy, this woman!) Kim Min-jung is also missing (and her phone is off), and Ji-hoon sees in her computer that she has researched Lee So-jung's murder before going into hiding. He shouldn't be allowed to wear T-shirts cut that way. *gulp*
Bae Seon-yeon has gigantic eyes and creeps me out. She seems socially inept and really weird. She acts and talks like an emotionless robot. Seon-yeon says she would be looking for Min-jung too, if she were a detective. They notice a large and ugly disfigurement on her right hand. Yes, Bae Seon-yeon says, this, too, is Min-jung's fault. She was in charge of the equipment, but was totally careless, as always, and Seon-yeon's glove got torn. And, the creepy robo-chick says, she was totally obsessed with the professor.
|let me just say at this point that I admire the work the lighting director is doing in this series. There is hardly any inside scene which does not have exceptionally beautiful lighting.|
Ye-ri (I loooooove her. But I love Ji-hoon even more) analyzes the style of writing in the suicide note. Because she is one smart woman, she has compared it with Kim Min-jung's blog. And it's pretty clear that it's not from the same author: there is a vastly different use of adjectives. Min-jung used a lot of emotion and description. But the suicide note is rather dry, stiff and businesslike: as if emotions were suppressed. There's a funny looking specialist there and he agrees: the suicide note uses a very unusual type of grammar, which does not match Kim Min-jung's grammar at all. And genius Ji-hoon also noticed something: the style of describing the murder fits a responsible, organized person - which does not describe Min-jung at all. Is the person who wrote the suicide note the murderer then? And ... what does this make Kim Min-jung? One of two things, Ji-hoon says: either dying after being framed - or dying as an accomplice.
Do-shik, lost in thought, sprays water on a bouquet of flowers in his office. They are field flowers and he might have received them from his lady-friend, when they were out on a walk or a picnic. When the police helper woman (whose name I still don't know for sure and/or constantly forget) calls out to him, he jumps, startled. She brings him information on the classmate, as required. He seems to be (hiding?) in a motel. Interesting ...
Do-shik looks up at the police helper woman who is not leaving and asks: "What?"
She says: "Are you dating?" and walks away laughing.
Do-shik is totally surprised that she has noticed and smells his hands. And then he smiles. D'awwwwwwwwwwwwz.
And in they lead the robot woman! Min-ho is enervated that he was fooled by her innocent looks before. That woman has an interesting history related to the university: She went up against the "circle of silence" (which stands for the university seniors) and revealed in a student paper that a professor stole her research (that is also the piece of writing that gives her away re suicide note). Professor Shin was the only one that accepted her after that. Meaning: she was equally obsessed with the Professor.
Do-shik is going after the class mate (Nam Won-hak) who is in hiding. He knocks on the guy's motel room. When asked who he is through the closed door, Do-shik says he is here to talk about Lee So-jung ... which makes Nam Won-hak bolt and run for his life! After a lengthy chase through Seoul (why is it always poor Do-shik that needs to chase after people even though he seems the least fit?), Do-shik finally tackles him down in front of a police station (where he ran to, screaming, "Save me, save me!"). But the poor guy is totally relieved to find out that Do-shik is a policeman, too.
Ye-ri is in the investigation room with the creepy robo-chick. She is totally matter-of-fact and emotionless. She answers all the questions in a monotonous voice. Yes, she has issues ... and doesn't sleep well. But her sleeping pills were stolen a while ago, she states. Ye-ri asks her what she was doing yesterday. She was at home, doing an assignment for the Professor. And where was she three months ago? Robo-chick doesn't remember, but Ye-ri shows her the CCTV footage and chick's eyes grow even bigger. Aaaahhh, yes, now she does remember: she was at Woo Eum Do. Why? Just for a drive. With a dead body inside the trunk, maybe? Ye-ri continues. Huh? goes the scary chick. Well, it's pretty clear, Ye-ri says: you went there to get rid of the body. The woman just stares at her.
At this moment, Do-shik calls them to the conference room. He has important news from the old classmate! The poor guy was dead afraid ... he believes that whoever killed Lee So-jung is now after him. And who would that be? Shin Yeong-geun! Do-shik continues to relate the interesting story the classmate told him ... when there was the (fiance-burning) fire in the laboratory, he saw Shin standing behind a tree, smiling like a mad man. This, he tells Do-shik, is a moment he cannot forget. And he told the deceased Lee So-jung about it one day when he was drunk. And she got really interested in the story (naturally) and called him the next day to confirm. And confirm he did. Lee So-jung was very shocked afterwards.
Yikes! The man in question, Shin Yeong-geun, is dressing up nicely. He puts his wedding ring on. He seems to be practising some expressions in the mirror, shocked, sad, ... in the end, he smirks. Creepy.
Back to the drawing board! Do-shik is looking at the cell-phone and call list of murder victim Lee So-jung. There is one call that catches his eye: It is from "La Beauté". He and Min-ho obviously did not have French in high school, so they marvel what it might mean. "La Beauté" called her several times, but she obviously didn't pick up (even though she should have been home then). She could have been busy packing his lunch, Min-ho says. But Do-shik is tired of guessing: And simply calls them.
Do-shik is now at "La Beauté", a beauty parlor. Lee So-jung was a VIP costumer there. That day, she didn't show up, which is very unusual behavior for her - she always cancelled if she couldn't make it. She had an 11am appointment.
Ji-hoon is back at the university, speaking to the chemistry teacher-colleague. So, Lee So-jung came at around 5pm to bring her husband lunch? Yes, yes, says the man: He's been asked that tons of times before. Ji-hoon wants to know whether he has seen her leave. No, says the teacher, not sure: he wasn't able to see her in person. So is there anyone that saw her? Nopsie. Not a single person saw her. So how did they know that it was her that brought the lunch? Somebody told them ... and they all just assumed. Who told them? It was Min-jung. And the wheels in his head go round and round ...
(Let me say here that Ji-hoon looks mighty fine in the casual clothes he is wearing in this episode. Granted, I do like him even better in his blue suit, with the moustache and the white gloves, but seeing parts of his neck is also quite a turn-on!)
So, they got it all wrong: Shin just said she brought him lunch, but nobody saw her. The murder was not after 9pm then! But sometime between 9:16am (when she talked to her mother) and the skin clinics first phone call, which was at 11:17. And that means ... Shin Young-geun's alibi doesn't count anymore. He was home at that time. Bae Seo-yeon's and Kim Min-jung's alibi however are confirmed. The killer is ... Shin Young-geun.
Bastard! He killed her and placed her body in the bag. Then he went to work. And the woman he called at 9pm wasn't his own wife, Lee So-jung, but Bae Seo-yeon (and we see the very first scene of this episode again, but this time, the face of the woman is not Lee's, but Bae's). And ever since the body was discovered, Shin tried to put the blame on Kim Min-jung.
And they all go back to their little offices to think about where to look for evidence to get him. In vain, it seems. BTW, I really love their offices! I'd play soccer in there. Or basketball! And I'd play with Ji-hoon. If you get my drift ... ;-)
The creepy chick says: "I never did that!"
"But you are the one who faked the suicide note! And the sleeping pills inside her car were yours! And you continue to lie? Accusing the cartel of silence ... where did your righteousness go?"
A tear seems ready to fall, but Ye-ri is on fire and doesn't stop: "Just confess already. That night, why did you go to Woo Eun-do?"
"I told you I was just out driving!"
And the tear does fall.
They all look after her when she is led out; totally frustrated.
Cut to Shin Young-geun, who is looking very creepy and sinister, and is closing the blinds. He is in the office with Bae Se-yeon! He compliments her on her "good work" and wants to know what the police said. She says they asked random questions and she didn't say anything. He hands her a cup of tea and says: "You're the only one that believes in me." - "You believe in me too, right?" she asks, with huge eyes. "Of course. Everything will be fine." She drinks.
We're at Shin Young-geun's pretty house next: Do-shik and Min-ho are standing outside the gate. Do-shik informs Shin that the body of the murder suspect Bae Se-yeon was found last night. He needs to come in as a witness. The scumbag manages to look shocked. Oh yes, Ji-hoon is the one interrogating him. This will be fun!! Grill him! Grill him!! Shin Young-geun asks what is going on. Ji-hoon says that they were really shocked about the two murdering students and what a shame it is they both died, taking the truth to their graves. I love how Ji-hoon watches him, like a snake, ready to strike. Shin Young-geun lies and plays sad and I really, really hate him. Ji-hoon comments that they cannot be sure whether it was suicide ... but Shin pipes up immediately and says oh yes, it must have been. There were no hazardous materials at the laboratory before she went in and killed herself, there was a safety check the day before.
Why, is there a problem? the asshole-prof asks.
Oh yes, you scumbag, there is: nobody ever said anything about where the body was found. He tries to get out of it by lying that somebody called him and told him, but Ji-hoon has him on the hook: and he was able to just sleep after that? And who called, anyway?
Shin Young-geun is beginning to loose it. And Ji-hoon says: I'll tell you something even more important. You pretended too look for your wife all over the country for 3 months. But you didn't even come right away when her body was discovered. Only after seeing the skeleton on the news and seeing the Internet articles. That was 13 hours later! (which means: only when it became clear that he might be implicated he showed up)
Did I?, the asshole says, I had so many classes. I was so busy.
And Ji-hoon goes: Oh, I'm sure you were ... plotting to get rid of Kim and all. And Bae. And buddy: we also saw you on the CCTV. Three days after you reported your wife missing, you went to Woo Eum Do. In a rental car. To dump her body.
Asshole-Prof still tries to deny everything and asks the crucial question, still acting shocked and outraged: "Why would I kill my own wife?
Ji-hoon leans back: "Because it was uncomfortable. Because she found out about the nasty and filthy person that you are."
AND then he produces CCTV coverage of him setting the lab on fire.
And up goes the blind, and there stands scary robo-chick with the rest of the TEN team. Shin-monster looses it right there, he goes up to the glass and starts threatening her, calling her ugly names, after trying to make her believe they are lying. But Ji-hoon tells him to show some manners: this is the main witness to the Lee So-jung murder after all. And he knocks on the glass, having her look up at him ... and he nods his head in an encouraging way and smiles at her.
Oh shit. I do NOT like how that gets Ye-ri's attention ...
"So this is not about life counseling, right?" he says. And then ... oh well. TEN was never a show for the heart, was it. It was always about hurting and being hurt and having to hurt. Let the dark stuff come back in then. I am ready ... kinda.
"If you were hurt anyway, the truth is better than the lie, right?" Ye-ri asks, looking for confirmation.
"Of course", Do-shik says.
"I think it's time for Director Yeo to know the truth. The truth about Song Kyung-tae." Ye-ri says.
"Song Kyung-tae ... F?" says Do-shik, alarmed.
And Ye-ri just stands there, again with the pained half-smile, as it dawns on Do-shik: "Song Kyung tae ... it's not over, huh?"
Gahhhhh!!! Finally, there seems to be healing and the team is alright. They really solved this one together and fast at that. And now this!!! Ahhhh!!! We weren't really sure up to this point whether Ye-ri has told anybody about her discovery in Episode 2 that Song Kyung-tae is not F. F killed Song Kyung-tae's sister and Kyung-tae was chasing F, just like Ji-hoon. Unfortunately, Kyung-tae lost it completely and killed innocent Hee-joon (Ji-hoon's fiancée) in an act of desperation. Upon his capture, Ji-hoon is able to become better, to heal. Ye-ri, always watching him, has seen that he has gotten better, much better - but he is still hurting. And he may always hurt. Hearing him say "Sometimes, the truth hurts as well. But it'll heal faster than the hurt you get from believing in a lie" makes her decide that now is the time to come clean, to turn his current hurt over a lie into a more clean hurt over the truth ... with potentially terrible consequences. I guess she knows him better than I do but I seriously DON'T know what he will do once he hears the truth. Even though F might not directly have killed the love of his life, he still is completely at fault. And he is the most dangerous serial killer Ji-hoon has ever encountered. He is his nemesis, someone that almost changed him forever. Correction: that has changed him forever. And btw, who is most likely a police officer.
We are still far away from the finale, but the show is prepping up now for what I am sure will be another horrendous cliffhanger. I guess it's time I got ready for that.
- 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