JoAnne: I love the smell of bromance in the morning! (Yes, I watch this in the daylight. It's full of really scary people.)
JoAnne: She was smart, though, to lock the door.
JoAnne: So I guess we know the answer to that age-old question...
You mean this?
JoAnne: Tae Soo makes me laugh: I can lift a spoon, he says. No, Tae Soo, I will feed you, it's okay. *checks nervously for Kashi* (yeah, you should)
Promise?! echoes Woong-chul, whom Goo-tak visits next. Is he a bank book that you deposit and withdraw whenever you want to? Goo-tak tells him to shut up and follow orders. Woah! Woong-chul almost bashes in the glass with his mighty fist. And here comes Papa Goo-tak's lesson: save as many people with those fists as he has killed with them and be a free man.
JoAnne: I wonder if he has killed people? Maybe he just beats them up.
Would he get 28 years for that? I doubt it.
And to round it off, a visit to Jung-moon's prison. Goo-tak confesses to having difficulties reading Psycho. What is he thinking? Anyway, is he in or out? Well, he doesn't really have a choice, says Jung-moon. The choice has never been theirs. And know what's funny? He feels the exact same way about Goo-tak: he never knows what he is thinking.JoAnne: Still think he looks more sad and reflective and observant than creepy, Cookie. Wait, no, it's Mary who's thinking he's too creepy.
It's everybody but you :)
JoAnne: Awww, Bad Dad as Good Dad :(
As we assumed, Goo-tak went off the rails right after his daughter's murder. What exactly he did is not revealed though ... but we learn that he resigned right in front of the disciplining committee, rather than being suspended. Criminals being beasts and men turning into them ... it's been an obsession for a while, it seems.JoAnne: Seriously, do they practice these faces in the mirror?
At home after visiting his Dogs in prison, Goo-tak stares at his badge, remembering his beautiful daughter. The apartment is oh so bleak ... there is no light anymore. Oh man. I feel sorry for him. ...JoAnne: Not a place I want to go.*shivers* *wards off evil with a gesture* *knocks on wood* *makes a futile promise* *empties brain of bad thoughts*
JoAnne: Well *I* am happy to see them!
(seriously. just to touch one.)) They take over when the police fail (no, I don't mind at all that this is just like TEN!). All is top secret. I like top secret things. Oh, those abs... (well that particular secret is out, now) They'll go back to prison after solving a case and will be brought out again if a new case presents itself. What a life ... but the deal still stands: reduce your sentence through every successful capture. As soon as their prison time is reduced to zero, they'll gain freedom.
JoAnne: I figure it's better than being in there ALL the time...
You think so? Huh. It never struck me that way - I find his lectures a bit ... over the top. But I guess he means well. Sort of.) Anyway, he tells them to go look at the crime scene first. Mi-young leads the way. Tae-soo stays behind though and demands to know where that woman is. At the hospital, says Goo-tak, without looking at him. He'll tell him which one after he solves this case (is anybody keeping track of how many years they all still have?). Tae-soo also wants to know how she is. How does he think she would be after suffering something like this? asks Goo-tak back (which is just mean - he is not answering, just posing another question) (Not to mention, she experienced it as a direct result of HIS decision.) If she dies, Goo-tak will die, is Tae-soo's conclusion.
JoAnne: One I support, quite frankly.
Look at how Goo-tak looks at him! He is testing him, I think. Remember, nobody knows anything about Tae-soo's past ... unless Goo-tak is the only one that does.
JoAnne: Or just got lucky. I love the show, but seriously, they make some big deductive leaps sometimes.
I think they've had many similar cases in this neighborhood.
JoAnne: And they have those abs to take advantage of, too. What a waste.
JoAnne: Yes, because a person planning to butcher humans in his apartment would naturally give his own name to the rental agent. *laughing, but quietly... don't want to disturb the general love*
It's kinda explained in episode 4 though. *tiny spoiler*: the police is highly corrupt. I think they just feel safe.
Since the name is already known, will they get 5 years off? is Woong-chul's question. Yes, that's the deal. But something's wrong, says Jung-moon. He must have known she called the police. Yes, agrees Tae-soo: and given that, would he have leisurely cut her up and then run away? Things don't match up. A third person agrees: Goo-tak. He got a call from Forensics and they told him that the body that was found was not from the suspected victim (Sin Su-jeong). So why did Yang Si-cheol go into the bathroom? To dismember a second, still unidentified victim. So it's quite possible that Su-jeong is still alive! And now, the mission just got a little bit more complicated.
JoAnne: I just realized that they devoted not one second at all to ever explaining who that second body was, even to say gee, too bad we couldn't figure out who all those pieces used to be.
Well, it's doesn't really matter for them right now - they need to save the missing woman! (It's a task for Forensics anyway) Also, I find this explained in this and the next episode as well: this particular gang abducts all kinds of people, including homeless ones and illegal immigrants. That makes things quite difficult, when it comes to the idientification of victims.
JoAnne: So something they never said: there's apparently a body in the bathroom in 356 pieces, but there's ANOTHER body in pieces in the fridge? So that's at least 3 people, one of whom is possibly alive. Right? Safe to assume he makes a habit of doing the butchering there? Once was a whim, twice was pushing his luck.. but three? Three is a routine. All the more reason it wouldn't have been his name on the lease. And who would do that where they lived, anyway? That's disgusting. (he doesn't live there though - scene coming up, where he is lying on a bed. Plus the phone call to his family) Ok, don't let me think about this too deeply. I love our dogs. I love our dogs.
JoAnne: My question is different. Who buys bones? Why? You transplant organs, sure. Maybe you have a market for the meat, too. *gagging* But bones? What would you do with bones?
I don't want to know!!!!!!!
JoAnne: How can a human look at another human and think that human is not exactly the same as them? This is my question for cold-blooded murderers, rapists, people like this guy here. Would he think it was wrong and unfair for him, or his family or friends to be used in this way? So what is it that makes it ok to do it to others? I am missing the depraved gene, I guess. Because I do not understand.
JoAnne: I think they even said he could see what happened and just stayed there, regardless... so he must have been.
This is getting worse and worse.
JoAnne: There's no way you forget something like that. Right?
No, you friggin don't!!!
JoAnne: The thought of people selling pieces of themselves makes my skin crawl.
JoAnne: He looks good fighting. I think I'm a little bloodthirsty that way.
Now burner phone guy is ready to talk: there's big business over in that area of the crime for fake identity phones - it's linked to human trafficking. There's no address, but the terrified crook writes down a phone number for Tae-soo.
Asshole prosecutor is drunk by now, singing out of tune at the noraebang. Goo-tak isn't drunk at all, maybe because he has such a high alcohol tolerance or maybe because he is burning with rage. Party is over, dickhead! You were right, bcook ... Goo-tak bitchslaps people and never has it been more satisfying. He also beats him with the microphone, until there's blood. Ah, so this Slimebag takes bribes from human traffickers! Slime is very much afraid of these people ... but will he talk?
JoAnne: He should be afraid of the guy in the room WITH him.
I think he very much is.
JoAnne: They handle the humor really really well in this, don't you think?
Psycho is going to the exact spot where that shady figure waited for 20 minutes. He does his tick-thing, where his fingers twitch and then, the crime plays in his head. He then puts on a baseball hat, just like the shady figure, and tells Mi-young to start. Start the video, that is. She is instructing him to do exactly what the shady figure did and he starts walking. Thank goodness for CCTV? They are able to identify where the accomplice lives (or at least whereabouts he went to that night).
JoAnne: He did a lot of twisting and turning during that, and I wasn't clear on how he knew - was it CCTV footage all along the way? Because initially I thought he was counting how long it took, but it can't really be that.
No, I think she got all the CCTV coverage from that area and that way, they were able to track his movements.
JoAnne: You and me both. What a pig.
At the Kidney consultation meet-up, things are not going too well, I'd say, because Woong-chul and one of the Fatso-Gangsters are just too obvious when following poor Lockpick and his guide. At one stage, it seems they might have lost them, but suddenly, they spot them again and see how Lockpick is dragged into a Kebab shop. Apparently, it's a place even the police are afraid to go into, which doesn't bother Woong-chul in the least, since he is "not the police" as he says. He lectures the big meaty tower of a sidekick he has about gangster values and wants to go in, when Goo-tak appears. Now that's a surprise!
JoAnne: And just how did he know about this particular little kebab shop, hmmm? They never say. But if it was common knowledge, why not all just GO there? Why make them go through all the other bullshit?
... for us to enjoy Woong-chul?
JoAnne: Oh yes, I squeed. There are many moments of squee in this show, and every week just ramps up the squee factor exponentially. EVEN WITHOUT ABS.
JoAnne: Why would you transplant a stomach? Ulcers? But no I don't think it's been done.
JoAnne: Okay, our guy doing the dead man's float in the pool was pretty funny! I wouldn't have thought of that. Would you? I'd have tried to hid behind something or just generally stay out of the way. Also, I LOVED how incredulous the guy was to realize that Goo Tak would risk his own life, too.
He was totally believable, too. I think he meant it. Or was he just bluffing? We'll never know.
JoAnne: I'll just be alone in my willingness to give the poor guy the benefit of the doubt I guess. Doesn't the law of plot averages demand that at least one of our three be innocent of all charges?
JoAnne: Bad guy go SMASH! Possibly good guy go BOOM. I say possibly because he pretty much had the burgler's handkit in his bag.
Mi-young calls Tae-soo, who is in a car and tells him the location of the cell-phone she was tracking. It seems the others are also going there? Since everybody now has the information about where to find Yang Si-cheol. Indeed! Here they are! They don't even wonder about the synchronicity. All of them get stopped by a barrier in the road. Continue on foot it is!
JoAnne: At this point I will assume that the reason they all always independently end up at the same place is because they call each other. I know that flies in the face of 'don't share' but I don't care.
Here they are!! Tae-soo and Woong-chul get there at the same time and start beating up the assholes.
JoAnne: They seem REALLY pissed at these guys. I love it.
JoAnne: Poor guy. I can't imagine. I refuse to imagine.
(oh come on, how? He hit her hard enough, enough times, that her skull should be caved in.) She opens her eyes. Now THAT's what you call a successful mission. Not surprisingly, nobody is in the mood for celebrations though. Does it feel good to have saved a life? Goo-tak asks his guys after the scumbags have been taken away and the woman put into an ambulance. That feeling they're having right now (happiness), he continues: they should remember it. It's what makes them human.
JoAnne: I do love that it worked out for them. One of them gets time reduction (Yes, but who?!), but they all get be proud that they saved someone's daughter. Even criminals have people that they love... they would have to understand how it feels to have a loved one returned to safety?
Yes. But what about a psychopath? Jung-moon might be innocent, that I admit - but he IS a psychopath. And psychopaths don't function normally.
JoAnne: I don't follow you - how do arrive at psychopath if he is innocent? He received that label because he was identified as a serial killer; if he is not a serial killer there's not much to go on to label him as a pyschopath. Black-outs and being hyper-intelligent don't necessarily suffice. Oh right. He took that test. Ok. Maybe.
JoAnne: Uhhhh, but you SAID....
JoAnne: Not the teddy bear!!!!!
CommentsA new episode, a new case - and one that doesn't seem to be finished at all, if we are to believe Goo-tak (and we should). If this episode was about anyone, it was about him - him and his pain. We still don't know what he did to get suspended and we still don't know how he is connected to the three Bad Guys, but this episode gave him a heart ... and it's heartbreaking to see it. The scenes with his daughter, his beautiful smile, his happiness ... gone in a heartbeat after he cries over his daughter's dead body. Among all the terrible stuff we got to see in this episode, that bit was probably the most emotional. Yup.
JoAnne: Got me right in my parent core. I'm practically making offerings to the gods at this point.
Saving the woman in this episode gave him a temporary peace, I think - when he talks to the guys about savoring that feeling they're having after saving her, he is also talking about himself. I must admit that his frequent lectures about what's right and wrong makes me a bit angry: who is he to judge these people so harshly? What moral high ground can he legitimately claim? I guess it's this: he is someone who DOES know the difference between man and beast. And in a crooked way, he cares for his guys - and for Mi-young too. He seems to know that they are NOT beasts - if trained correctly.
JoAnne: Sometimes I think he's reminding himself more than teaching them... but I think he does know that these men have a moral core, in addition to their other skills. At least, he's gambling on them having one.
What's interesting is that Goo-tak now knows for certain that Tae-soo is savable (because of that woman he wants to protect, probably with his life). He must also have a pretty good idea about Woong-chul's great sense of loyalty. The only one that's puzzling him is Jung-moon, as he himself says. What does Jung-moon care about? Himself, mainly, or rather, the mystery that he himself is to himself. But is he capable of caring for others? It seems so. He did extend his hand to help Woong-chul in episode 2. So he is feeling something. There is hope.
I love that all four of them get to the scene at the same time, once again using their different methods. It's just a matter of time, I'm sure, until they realize that they could work together - and be 3-4 times more efficient. I loved that Woong-chul and Goo-tak kinda did work together, at least briefly. I love that Woong-chul constantly makes Mi-young fume in anger. I love that Tae-soo's "romance" was carried through into this episode and will also be in the next. I love that we still know absolutely nothing about Jung-moon and how he ticks. And I love Jo Dong-hyuk. Yes, I love the others too.
JoAnne: Oh me TOO. They all have redeeming qualities for me. Yes, even Jung Moon. Remember that he doesn't even know if he is a murderer - with the DISTINCT impression that he hopes to God he's NOT one. The only thing about this experience that I'm struggling with is we spend so much time with the episodes getting them ready that by the time we do the squeecap I really feel like we're doing it over by mistake, that we've already recapped it once. Do you feel that way? I kept going back to check, because I really thought we did this one, but of course we didn't.
Yes, it's weird to work on the subs and watch parts over and over and then watch it again and recap. But since this show is so good, I don't mind at all.