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Everyone else seems content to close the case, but not our hero. He continues his spying, seeking the opinion of a somewhat controversial adviser. There is still a long way to go before his unconventional methods are given the green light, but his tenacity seems to convince the people around him, slowly but surely.

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As if I didn’t really like this show, this episode only reinforced my horror of storytelling. She’s very cerebral, but very human in the way she delves into the psyche of criminals. There is excellent acting all around, not only from our main leads, but also from the supporting cast who portrayed the criminals so badly that it shook my spine.

In the wake of Kang-moo’s recent murder, Ha-young becomes even more convinced that this is the work of the same criminal who killed Hwa-yeon. Determined to track down the real culprit, convict Ha Young visits Red Cap, YANG YONG-CHUL (go jeon han) in prison. Ha Young thinks the criminal will understand his fellow criminal’s motives, and he’s right. Yong-chul’s analysis of the killer’s MO is the basis for Ha-Young’s insight, allowing him to develop his criminal profile.

With some luck, Kang Mo is caught trying to break into the couple’s home and is brought to the station. The eagle-eyed Ha-young noticed that many of his characteristics were in line with those of a killer, and decided to act on his intuition.

The interrogation scene is definitely the highlight of this episode. Cooled down to complacency with Ha Young’s calm demeanor, Kang-Moo quickly became fed up with Ha Young’s categorical questioning eroding his composure . He ends up revealing more than he intended to do, the always observant Ha-young zeros in on Kang-moo’s tales and how his handwriting matches that of the culprit. The tension builds very slowly too slowly, and both actors’ subtle facial expressions are sure to be the icing on the cake. (And Ha Young’s little smile when he realizes he’s caught Kang Mo! So satisfying.)

It turns out that like Yong-chul, Kang-moo’s crimes were also motivated by an abusive father; He stripped his victims because that’s what his father was doing to humiliate his mother. I find it extremely shocking that Kang Mo focused his anger at how his mother did not resist, and that his twisted way of processing his emotions was to impose the same humiliation on other women, when the real evil was his father. I don’t know if it was an intentional comment on inner misogyny, but if so, then the writer props for it.

It’s Ha-young’s old school classmate, Ki-hoon, who gives us another gem of insight into Ha-young’s personality. After he’s released from prison, Ki-hoon thanks Ha-young for clearing his name and commenting that Ha-young is still the same as ever – he pretends he doesn’t care about others, but cares about them behind their backs. Ha-young calls a friend, and Ha-young returns the gesture (albeit in the form of a note left on the table, aw).

Ha Young’s method of consulting a criminal causes an uproar, but it also provides an opportunity for Young Soo to successfully lobby for the formation of the Behavioral Analysis Team. Yay! Not only does Young Soo’s unchanging idealism serve as a good foil to Ha Young’s stoic weakness, but I think it will also help draw out Ha Young’s compassionate side.

Ha Young feels upset by the world, not by nature, so I hope that more optimism in his life will go a long way in showing that the world isn’t totally cold and cruel. So far, Young Soo is the only person we’ve seen Ha Young smile around, which talks about how comfortable he feels around him. I look forward to seeing this partnership flourish.

I especially appreciate that the drama takes so long to run through the simple moments that highlight Ha-young’s humanity. He’s not the cold, perfect genius we tend to see so often in dramas; Instead, it’s factually flawed, and it’s still learning as it progresses. After the Kang-moo case was concluded, Ha-young admitted to Young-soo that he had overlooked important details at the crime scene. The toilet paper rolls in both houses were empty, because Cang Mo used them all to wipe his traces. Just as there is no perfect crime, there are no perfect detectives either, and I love that Ha-young has his flaws. (On a side note, I also adore Ha-young’s daring gag who has a sweet tooth, she’s so endearing!)

We finished this week’s episodes in May 2000, with an alarming introduction to the next offender, Ah, it really gave me goosebumps. It’s an old tale about a stranger serving a little kid ice cream, and I’m not looking forward to finding out what he did to the poor kid. Ha Young, we are counting on you!

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