Are we there yet? Are we there yet? I cannot wait for the final! Episode 10 is the last one before the double-whopper and maybe that is why I got a bit impatient with it all. The "filler" episodes are good and nice and all (at least some of them), but what I am really interested in is the main story. There has been no advancement in the main storyline for a while now, we know that Ji-hoon will have to face the truth eventually (as in next episode), and the case didn't exactly rock my boat either. All I can say is that it is about mistrust and guilt and the TEN Team solves it very, very smoothly. Onwards we go!
Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 10
15년 - 15 Years
There is a white car at an otherwise empty lakeside. We hear that somebody is calling 911 and a female hoarsely and slowly whispers: "save me ... save me ..." - but too late ... she is already dead, her eyes wide open.
We have two bodies in the autopsy room. In both of them, tetrodotoxin was found. (Ha! Even I know what that is! It's globefish poison!) Both ladies got a lethal dose of this colorless, tasteless, odorless wonder-drug. That also explains why the caller was so short of breath: That's a clear sign of paralysis, which is an effect of this drug. Ye-ri notices the wide open eyes on one of the victims and switches to lecture-mode to tell them that this is a sign she was conscious until her very last breath. Autopsy lady coolly says: did she study toxicology, now? Buahaha. That gets her a slightly puzzled look from Ji-hoon, who probably doesn't know these two ladies don't exactly like each other. Because of him, mainly.
The TEN Team (minus Min-ho) investigates the crime scene. Do-shik mumbles to himself that it is quite remarkable that the two ladies, who seem to have been good friends, came from such different professional backgrounds: one was a bar hostess, the other a doctor. Ye-ri and Ji-hoon, who are inspecting the car, discuss that the mud around the car was found on Kim Min-sun's shoes (she is the dead doctor). Ji-hoon thinks it's strange she went back into the car and locked the door, even though she should know that one must breath fresh air when poisoned.
Gimpo International Airport. On the back of the photo, someone has written "I AM".
Ji-hoon visits the deceased doctor's husband Lee Jong-hoon. Who doesn't seem to be grieving deeply, if you ask me. Ji-hoon asks whether anyone had a grudge against his wife, i.e. due to a medical accident? No! the husband says, she had exceptional skills. She even had job offers from America. And she declined all of them, Ji-hoon wonders? Well, it was because of her fear of flying (Aerophobia) - which kept her back in her career. So, when did his wife start taking tranquilizers? 6 months ago. He prescribed them because she had insomnia. And she was always close with Oh Hyun-joo? The husband seems a little agitated as he says yes, they were best friends; since childhood. But when Ji-hoon shows him the photo with the two girls, she husband claims to have never seen it before.
"Enough", says the doctor. "I took this picture. And I sent it to her."
And flashback: About 5 years ago, Oh Hyun-joo started to be in their life all the time. He didn't like his wife hanging out with her, because Hyun-joo worked as a bar hostess. He didn't interfere though, because his wife was going through a difficult time. But then ... we see how beautiful Oh Hyun-joo comes by the house when his wife is gone and seduces him. Not that he resists strongly. After that, she came every single time his wife was out of town. But he finds out that his wife doesn't actually go to any meetings, but just stays in hotels during that time. Wut? Is she cheating on him too? Or is she going there to be out of the way? This is weird ...
Ye-ri is putting on gloves and goes into Oh Hyun-joo's place. All her belongings are packed away in boxes ... so she unpacks everything. She murmurs "I am ... I am ..." to herself in the process and starts playing around with a dictionary she has found on a pile of books. "I am .... cute? Yes, I guess I am kind of cute", she says to herself in the mirror. Go be cute with Ji-hoon! There aren't many episodes left!
The woman picks up the photo with he two school-girls that Ye-ri has dropped during the screaming fit and says: "Ah, it was here". Oh what, she has seen the pic before? Of course, the housekeeper says. About 6 months ago, Oh Hyun-joo had a nervous breakdown, just from looking at the picture that somebody sent to her. "I put the rest of it somewhere", she says and looks around. Huh! What! There is a rest? Yes, but unfortunately, she has put it into the garbage. And Ye-ri runs out as fast as she can - and just catches the garbage truck. Nice, Ye-ri. Nice.
I Am ... Back
What the heck does that mean? Ji-hoon thinks the third girl has the answer. And Min-ho, the smarty-pants, has already found her identity: Im Se-jin, age 33. Unfortunately ... she is dead. She died 6 months ago in a fire, after living in America for years. It seems she was killed: footprints were found at the scene. Plus: a sheet of calendar paper, on which the 29 June is circled in red, was found in her hand. It seems it is a clue left by the dead woman. The investigators back then came up with nothing. Sure, cause they're not the TEN Team.
After Im Se-jin went to America, there was no more contact between the women. So the connection between them must have been established 15 years ago, before she left. And indeed, they all went to the same school but, strangely enough, all of them were transferred .. to very different and far away high schools in different districts! And there is another strange thing ... the 29th June does not have relevance for all three of them. The two other women marked down the 12th June and 26th June on their phones.
Ye-ri and Ji-hoon are at the girls' high school, talking to somebody who knew them back then (is she a teacher at this school now?). She recognizes the three in the picture immediately: They were the three princesses, the most popular girls in school, wealthy, pretty, and smart. So, why did they transfer 15 years ago?
Oh shoot ... that's the day Kim Min-sun and Oh Hyun-joo were murdered! And now they know that it is also the day the statute of limitations ended for the Park Soon-young case.
And they have w new suspect: The dead girl Park Soon-young has a younger brother named Park Joon-young. Both grew up with their grandmother, who passed away shortly after Soon-young's death - and the brother had to go to a foster home. He became a fisherman after.
Ha! Fisherman!! Globefish-toxin!!!
Min-ho and Ye-ri look a pile of case-files, but apparently, Ye-ri isn't working hard enough for Min-ho, who is complaining loudly. But Ye-ri is thinking about the dates. What happened on the 26th June? But Min-ho already has the answer: If it was about the statute of limitations, it extends when one leaves the country. That probably wasn't the case for Kim Min-sun, though, cause she had a severe fear of flying... but Ye-ri remembers the talk she had with the woman-hostess and the doctor-husband. And she suspects that something happened 5 years ago.
Inside of Kim Min-sun's car, forensics has found tetrodoxotin on the seat and on the floor. Ji-hoon thinks that's weird: a murderer wants to kill, so why do it that way? But there is another important clue: the car's air conditioning is broken (and Ji-hoon is ewaring that sexy shirt again).
Park Joon-young thought the statute of limitations ended on June 29th? And Im Se-jin left a message with the same date on it. How did she know he would think it would end on that day? Ye-ri looks at the photo, the white board ... and says "I am back", before she runs out of the room. We're getting there.
And here we go: The hiking-boots from Oh Hyun-joo's house match the dirt around Im Se-jin's house. The handwriting on the back of the postcard is Im Se-jin's. This is how it went: Im Se-jin threatened Oh Hyun-joo by letting her know she was back from the States. She knew that Oh Hyun-joo was threatening Kim Min-sun, whose statute of limitations would end after hers. But ... she also knew something else: Oh Hyun-joo also went abroad! She went to America for 17 days. Which means ... her statute of limitations would have ended on June 29! Three days after Kim Min-sun's. Oh Hyun-joo killed Im Se-jin for this secret.
But who killed Kim Min-sun?
Ji-hoon who has been looking at a crime scene photos with a red banner on it says: "Doubt and fears - that was the last puzzle. Let's go, I've found the real killer."
And they go to the lake. He tells them how it happened: On the day of the murder, it was really hot. And, as we know, the AC of her car was broken. Flashback: the two women in the car, in front of the restaurant. Min-sun congratulates Hyun-joo that it's finally over for her. Will she keep her promise? she asks the smiling Hyun-joo, who asks her whether she doesn't trust her or what? And goes to the toilet. When she is gone, Min-sun gets a syringe and a bottle of poison out. Because of her shaking hands, she spills some of the poison when trying to get it into the syringe. Next, they're parked at the lake-shore. Hyun-soo drinks the poisoned coffee... and starts suffocating almost immediately from the strong toxin. To maximize the effects of the poison, Min-sun rolled the windows up. But she underestimated the power of the poison. As the temperatures in the car rose, the tetrodoxin on the seat and floor vaporized and she breathed it in. When she got up to get rid of the syringe, she is already feeling terrible. So she went back to the car, trying to call for help. But too late.
Min-ho goes up to Ji-hoon's office - who is reading a baseball magazine. Min-ho says he didn't know he was into that, and Ji-hoon asks whether he thinks that is weird.
"You don't look like you would like it, but you do", Min-ho remarks.
"There will come a time when everybody has to throw a breaking ball," Ji-hoon says.
"You'll throw a good one"
And they smile at each other ... when Ji-hoon notices Ye-ri and Do-shik sneaking off together.
After exhanging glances, Do-shik says: "Director Yeo ... let's talk."
They go up to his office. Finally.
"Min-ho?" the police-helper woman says.
"It is going to rain tomorrow".
Final Thoughts / Comments
Finally. Let's get on with it! On to the final!
- 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