The title of this episode is Elegy (from the Greek word for "lament"), which is a mournful, melancholic or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. I guess that this also explains the melancholy and quietness of this episode, which is almost entirely taking place in a closed space. I liked that it was slow and relatively unexciting - because it fit the mood. The team feels comfortable with each other and everybody seems at ease with themselves ... at least for the time being: Let's see how long that lasts. It is not a very hard case for the team to solve, but it is still a case that allows for reflection on human nature, especially on love ... particularly blind love. And also fear ... fear of the dark, literally, but also figuratively.
Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 8
열레지 - Elegy
Yeo Ji-hoon arrives in his car (which I like, btw. It's manly and assertive without being braggy or too flashy). There are people in bright neon clothing there waving glowing sticks rather randomly. lol. It is still raining and Min-ho comes to escort him to the club entrance with a large umbrella. Min-ho says it's 5 bodies in the one location, which means this is manslaughter (Sorry, what? Why is this manslaughter? Because nobody can murder 5 at the same time?? Nooo, I hope the subs will not let me down again, they've been really spotty). But Ji-hoon says: "Lots of killings is good - it means much more clues for us." Yeah. I guess you have a point there, Mr. Detective.
He does want to know though why this case given to them in the first place. It's not really a serial killing or difficult kinda thing, right? Min-ho says that there's a new administrator. And it's the first murder case since he's come in. (Politics, aha. And is this information important? It may be ... you never know with TEN.) So there's a survivor? Ji-hoon wants to know. SurvivorS, yes, says Min-ho - and one is also a witness. Also, they've found the murder weapon. Ji-hoon seems annoyed. I guess he thinks it's too easy for him to waste his talent on.
Do-shik is checking out the one alternative entrance, a back door. It is blocked (with loads of empty beer boxes). The culprit must have come in the main entrance then. Do-shik comments on the lack of security cameras in this club, which means they are running "blind". Kinda.
"I thought the woman was on stage the whole time?" Ji-hoon asks.
"That's true", says Ye-ri, "but they left the evidence there anyway."
Ji-hoon just laughs and says "that's interesting" (ooooooohhhhhhh .... when he laughs ... see below). I think he is trying not to be too insensitive, especially because Ye-ri seems to be having so much sympathy for the woman, but he SO suspects her. One last question from Ji-hoon: Who reported the murder first? It was a singer (Park Eun-soo) who is on his way from the police station now.
Do-shik is checking CCTV footage from the front door. He sees the blind woman going in, and others, too. He is also checking when people clocked-in and whether it matches with the CCTV footage. The singer who reported the murders went in at 4:21pm ... and ran out again on 4:28pm. Again 8 minutes later, he comes back with several police officers. So there are two survivors, Do-shik murmurs ... The one is blind - and the other one is in and out in 7 minutes and reports the crime. There are beer boxes by the back door, only one security camera at the entrance. And no other exits. "That means that there are three possibilities: The criminal is the blind woman - or the criminal is the one who reported the crime - or ... "
He is interrupted by somebody who walks past him that he doesn't recognize. He calls out to the guy and then runs after him when he doesn't react, grabbing him by the arm: "Who are you? Police?"
The man produces a badge from inside his jacket and Do-shik tells him to wear it visible in the future for crying out loud! He stares after him, then turns, and orders the officer standing guard to lock the door and to not let anybody leave.
밀실 (Closed Doors)
Do-shik coordinates the police officers to do the search. And they start ... while Ye-ri looks at the blind woman with pitiful eyes. She seems very nervous, biting her fingernails.
- Choi Dong Hyun, age 27, waiter. Killed in the toilet / on the toilet (but with the lid down).
- Kim Yook Suk, age 28, another waiter. Killed in front of the lockers.
- Kim Min Shik, age 48, club owner. Killed in front of his desk.
- Bang Jung Hoon, age 41, head chef. Killed in the good storage room.
- Choi Chul Gyu, age 34, manager. Killed in the kitchen.
The Autopsy Lady speaks to them from the autopsy room over the phone. One body has a wound near the ear (Kim Yoon-suk). It's already well healed, so he had it for about a week. That's not really a clue then! The weird thing is, she continues, that he was strangled from the front ... like all the others. As if the criminal wanted to look into his face while he was dying. She complains that it's really confusing to keep track of who is who as she looks at the five bodies in front of her.
"Really?" the woman says and turns her eyes towards Ye-ri, "but it does not sound like you think they're beautiful."
Ye-ri laughs in her shy way and says "no, they are really pretty! I wish you could see them."
And the blind woman says that there was someone she wanted to see, somebody who used to say that, too - who wanted her to see her own face.
Ye-ri aks her whether she is living with anybody by any chance, which the blind woman denies. She asked because it looks like somebody is taking good care of her, Ye-ri says. The nails look nice, for example.
"They are red, right?" The woman says. "But I cannot see them. I lost this ability when I was two."
Ye-ri compliments her on the color, which suits her. And the blind woman suddenly remembers something: She heard sounds that night. The sound of footsteps.
The TEN team stands around, looking doubtful. Ah, they are listening to one of the recordings. We do hear some footsteps and then we hear the blind woman calling out "Boss? ... Eun Soo?"
Ji-hoon demands to hear it louder. What time was that recorded? Before 4pm, Min-ho says. But Park Eun-soo (the singer) came in around 4:21pm, at least officially, Do-shik knows. So why did you think it was Park Eun-soo? Ji-hoon wants to know. She just thought it sounded like him. Everybody's footsteps sound different to her - and Eun-soo's footsteps sound like boots.
The blind woman tells Ye-ri that the Boss had ordered Park Eun-soo to quit. Because of her, in fact. He wanted something from her (and she starts crying) ... Like what? Ye-ri wants to know. I guess she's a bit too innocent sometimes, because what would he want from her? Sex, of course. Anytime, anywhere. The blind woman is crying now, saying: "That awful lotion smell!" She had no choice but to keep it for herself, she says, though she wanted to die, every time he touched her. Ye-ri says she should have told the police, but the blind woman continues: "He made it possible for me to sing". Not long ago, the boss found out about the abuse and they had a big fight.
Do-shik is once again checking out the backdoor, this time more carefully. There is a carpet where the beer boxes are. Strike! He calls the forensics team in and they find out that somebody has moved the beer boxes, and then wiped them clean, to remove the evidence. It looks as if somebody broke in, killed, and went out again through the backdoor. So there is a third person? Or was it Park Eun-soo that came in at another time?
Ji-hoon is on the phone with the Autopsy Lady again. She has discovered slight burn marks near the back of the neck of one victim. The light above Ji-hoon (who is in the kitchen) begins to flicker. "He was tasered", Autopsy Lady says. And that goes for everybody else! But there was another murder weapon, Ji-hoon suspects. And that weapon is fear. The guy that died while holding a knife in your hand? He must have been very, very afraid.
"There is a flower blooming among the dead bodies, making this confusing", is Do-shik's conclusion. Sounds wise, but I'm not sure I understand what he means.
시체 꽃 (Corpse Flower)
The blind woman keeps sitting at the bar - Ye-ri looks at her intently and then walks away. The TEN team meets in the kitchen, their temporary meeting room. Ji-hoon informs them that a taser was used to control the victims. And that taser was licensed under Song Hwa-young's name ... for self-defense. Both Min-ho and Ye-ri think that's too careless... why would she use it if it were so clear it's hers? Or was there a specific motive? To make it look careless? Ji-hoon, who has never believed in her innocence from the beginning, says she is hiding behind her handicap. And that they've been underestimating her because of it. But they can't prosecute her without proper evidence. All they can do is expose her true self - or find evidence.
Ye-ri calls what I believe is a management company or record company and finds out about a demo and a potential slave contract. That the Boss proposed? I don't get this part to be honest. And she notices a white dress hanging there. She opens the locker and finds many other pretty dresses (all white). It is Song Hwa-young's dressing room, but ... Ye-ri notices something weird. There is a window there. The blinds have been removed on this side ... but there are blinds on the other side. And that other side is the Boss' office. He had a full view into her dressing room.
Min-ho is in the men's locker room when Ye-ri comes in and asks him what he is looking for. Cologne. He has found three bottles ... all the same brand. And they were scattered in different locations: one in the office, one in the kitchen, one at the front door. What? All the staff members used the same lotion? They did ... and the really strange thing is, all of them were somewhat hidden.
And he goes in for the kill: "Where is your taser?"
"Yes. The one you reported to the police a week ago."
"It's at home", she says, after a short pause.
And Ji-hoon orders a policeman to send a patrol car to check this out.
She doesn't believe it.
But Ji-hoon says: "What you had at your house were things for your sex life between you and the Boss."
"What does that have to do with this case?" she wants to know, close to tears.
Yeah, Ji-hoon says, you tell me! Why did you send us over there?
"It wasn't me!" she shouts, "how could I? A blind idiot like me?"
Park, however, has a different version of the story. The boss had promised to introduce her to a management company. And she agreed to work here at the club because of it. And there is a flashback. All the men are ogling her through the blinds, commenting on her sexy body. Park claims he found out about the voyeurism only a short while ago. And then he saw them taking turns in sexually assaulting her later. All of them were wearing that lotion.
"So it isn't yours?"
"Of course not!"
"Well ..." (he wants to say something, but at that moment, Min-ho comes hurrying in to whipser something in Ji-hoon's ear ... they have found another suspect!)
눈 먼 카나리아 (Blind Canary)
The blind woman is walking them through the bar, while Ji-hoon asks her questions. Whom did you kill next? She stumbles and says "The Head Chef". "But this is not in the kitchen", Ji-hoon answers, drily. She is either lying really badly (cause she gets it all wrong) or very cleverly, trying to throw them off again. Ye-ri implores Ji-hoon to give it a rest. The blind woman says she's sorry over and over while she is crying and shaking. I do feel sorry for her at that moment, but I also do not trust her. See this look on Ji-hoon's face? That's me.
The blind woman asks Ye-ri what they are looking for and she tells her its Kang Jin-wook. And the blind woman tells her about her dreams, dreams that she has almost every night. She doesn't know what the colors are in her dreams, but it is not all dark, like in her real life. And she tells Ye-ri about the day she met him. She got off the stage and was really thirsty. She didn't tell anybody, but he brought her something to drink anyway. And said: "Whenever you get thirsty, just hold out this glass. Whenever. So that I can tell". And it was then she fell in love, the first time she felt that somebody was noticing her and was watching over her.
Ye-ri tells her to stop protecting Kang Jin-wook. They already know everything that has happened to her. But she is curious ... how did she not notice the difference, despite them wearing the same lotion?
The blind woman says: "Because I'm the idiot who cannot see the person I love."
And Ye-ri says: "Everyone can go blind when they fall for somebody. Anyone."
Double meaning. As so often in TEN.
The rest of the TEN team is wondering about the boxes in the meantime. They couldn't have been moved without Song Hwa-soung's help. So, are these two accomplices? Seems so. Kang Jin-wook is hiding behind her handicap - did he use her? To kill these men? And then went missing.
(There are Chinese characters in this chapter heading, which I cannot type and/or translate)
Kim Yoon-suk was hospitalized after Kang Jin-wook beat him up. And because Kang Jin-wook was afraid the men would harass her again, he went to work the next day, to be there, to protect her. Oh god, this is terrible. Ye-ri almost cries ...
And Ji-hoon says: "A blind person may be weak in the daylight - but we're the weak ones in the dark. Even the man with the knife couldn't win. Because there was something even more terrifying than the taser. Darkness becomes our handicap. Because it's our fear"
And she turns her head ... and looks their way.
Ye-ri is at the bar and tells the blind woman that it has been revealed that Kang Jin-wook had no affiliation with this crime. The woman blinks.
"But Kang Jin-wook" (and Ye-ri struggles to continue) "... won't be able to see you".
"How fortunate", the blind woman says, "because of me, he has been hurt a lot. He said that because of him, I had to go through this. He thinks it's his fault. That this happened because we had to hide our love. I hurt him."
And another a flashback. Her assuring him that she is fine, him telling her he will kill everybody. And him saying that he feels it's his fault. He tells her to take care of herself ... he is leaving. She wants to grab his arm, but he just walks away. "That's when I knew ... this person doesn't love me anymore. He won't protect me anymore. I gave him that lotion as a gift ... because I was always curious about where he would be. But in the end, the lotion only gave him pain."
Ji-hoon is at the boss' office, looking at a watch on a dead man's wrist on his tablet. He gets up. Kim Yoon-suk is standing there and Ji-hoon tells him to come with him, without saying anything. He tells him to just refill her beer mug. Kim Yoon-suk enters the bar, and the blind woman perks up. Everybody watches as Kim Yoon-suk goes over to her, with a bottle of beer in his hand.
And he starts puring beer into her glass ... as his watch slides down his wrist. And she grabs it, fumbling for the watch ... and her glass drops. And she cries. Sobs. Even screams. Not the same watch. It is not the same watch ... And there is a final flashback, while the song from the beginning plays, of him ... it should really be dark, because it would have been, for him ... but the scene is very brightly lit, too bright. We see how she tasers him. And then strangles him.
***In his office. Ye-ri hands him a file. The taser was found inside Song Hwa-young's speakers, she informs him. And she confessed. The case is thus closed.
So what was the motive in the end? Ji-hoon asks - did she just do it for revenge?
No, Ye-ri says. She wanted to take away the guilt he felt for not protecting her. For him to be free.
He thinks about what he has just heard - and smiles a little.
She stays there, not saying anything, but watching him ... and he looks up, surprised. She opens her mouth to finally TELL HIM, when ...
But Do-shik says: "Can you help me? I need to get someone a gift."
And Ji-hoon's happy smile when he realizes that Do-shik must be asking advise for a lady friend almost breaks my heart... Because this is NOT what this is about. So not.
Final Thoughts and Comments
Damn. So Do-shik thinks Ji-hoon is not yet ready to hear the truth?! Ahhh! TEN! You tease, you ... Who else is getting really afraid of the finale?! Darkness, fear, not being able to see ... being blinded by things, not least love. All of these themes once again connect back to our character's past, mainly Ji-hoon's blind rage and revenge mode.
As for the case ... Let me try to summarize. The blind woman falls in love with a waiter (who is also in love with her). She gives him a specific cologne so that she always knows where he is; but they keep their love secret (because she is also sleeping with the boss? Not sure...). The other men, who are in the habit of watching her change through the blinds, buy the same perfume and go molest her. Okay, I am confused about this: Did she think the guy(s) molesting her was her waiter-love?! Or did she realize that it was not him? Or rather ... when did she realize it? Only when her love found out and threw the fit and the perfume? Anyway, the waiter-love goes into a rage and beats them up (so that one even has to go to the hospital). This also leads to his strong guilt (for not being able to protect her) and their ensueing break-up. He leaves her - and she decides to kill them all, for sexually assaulting her and for making him feel guilty about it and hurting him. She then tries everything in her power to make the singer look like the murderer. Unfortunately, she kills the false person - because she didn't know that he had returned, and because she was blinded; I guess by her hatred.
Now, things that I do not get (and I must admit (and you might have realized) that I left certain things out when recapping this episode) are: there are a (few) bits in this episode when they discuss that the blind singer wanted to implicate her lover in the murder, i.e. by pretending that he had moved the boxes. I simply do not get it and even after watching those scenes multiple times I don't. Why would she want to pretend her lover killed these people?! Also, I am not quite sure I understand why she made sure an officer went to look for her taser at her apartment. Ji-hoon mentions evidence of her having an affair with the boss? Huh? This is, in fact, mentioned twice (Ye-ri also talks about it after the phone call with the music industry guy). So she was really, really obsessed with being a professional and successful singer and kinda did everything for that. But ... how is that related to the case? Also, why did she seduce Park Eun-soo (and when)? Was this already part of the revenge - or was this part of her wanting to be a singer at all cost?
If this made more sense to you and/or you have some explanations, I would be glad to hear about it in the comments section below!
- 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