In episode 2 we discover that there is not one woman in the show that has any psycho radar. Nor even any common sense when it comes to picking up strange men that they just met. I know our resident killer Tae Oh is pretty and everything, but come on ladies, you are making our sex look bad. So come join me as I discuss where these women are going wrong and why our resident psycho makes such a great character to watch.
We start the episode with Ryoo Tae Oh, also known as our sexy psycho
killer, being released from the mental institution. Does anyone else
wonder why he was in there in the first place? With a swagger and a
smile he walks away. Next we see him charming his way into a job at a
coffee shop where is (HE) neatly dodges all questions about his past
with a smile and vague answer. But he's hot, so of course he gets the
job. Now comes the uber creepy part. He begins to check out women
passing by on the street as possible murder
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAK! This freaked me out so much
that I literally had a nightmare last night and woke up screaming.
Totally felt sheepish the next morning and I am never going to admit it
to my husband that I got scared over a kdrama.
Anyway back to our
psycho, he starts to look for the perfect victim. It needs to be just
right since he is obsessed with recreating the murders exactly like the
original ones. And in this case that means a woman
carrying a cake box on Christmas eve. I don't know about the rest of
you, but it is scenes like this that make me never want to leave my
It is at this point that we meet (she was in the first episode also but
really did not leave much of an impression) Ma Ji Wool. You know that
character in horror movies that is cute, bubbly, usually some type of
student, and they end up getting stabbed horribly within the first 10
minutes? Well I think we have our obvious victim in perky
artist/high schooler Ma Ji Wool (Kim Ji Won - Heirs). Not that she will
be murdered per say, but she sure is oblivious to any sense of "psycho
radar". Where others get weird vibes from Ryoo Tae Oh, she bounces
towards him and asks him to be her model. I swear she might as well
have a big neon sign blinking over her head reading Victim Here! And
our killer agrees since he chooses her as his first kill, until she is
dragged away by a monk berating her for flirting with strange men. It
was kind of funny how his face fell as his perfect victim was snatched
from his hands. But never fear since there are an abundance of cake carrying single women walking the streets.
Our second lady that makes me say WTH? is our favorite hands on therapist
and possible Nancy Drew junky Maria Oh. Walking in the mall (does
anyone else wonder if they are getting money to film in this mall since a
lot of scenes seem to happen here) to meet with Moo Yeom. But instead
of our hero Tae Oh suddenly is standing in front of her. So I might
have screamed a bit when Tae Oh suddenly popped up in front of doctor
lady. And the fact that she takes it all in stride and just starts
talking to him as a therapist is just nuts. Is anyone else yelling
"Boundaries you crazy lady!" at the screen? I'm just saying that if I
was a therapist at a mental institution, and I just by chance had one of
the inmates find me right after they were released, then I as a sane
and normal person, would be having my psycho alert alarm going off like
crazy in my head. Yet she not only ditches our hero to talk with Tae
Oh, but then returns to get coffee from his cafe the next day.
How is this lady not dead yet? Then to top it off later she is in the
institution playing blind man's bluff with the inmates.
around touching mental patients hands (even if it is an effort to find
Gap Dong) is totally a good idea. Seriously please tell me that there
is some hidden reason for her unprofessional stupidity. I really want
to like this character but she sometimes does some really really stupid
Let's take a moment to acknowledge something truly unique that happened
in this episode. That super allusive scene found in very few kdramas. A
scene in which it is a female showering and not a male. And
seriously I want a show of hands on how many people have mirrors hanging
up in their showers so they can stare at themselves and brood. I don't
know about you but I really don't want to stare at myself mid shower.
But it is weaver lady who wins the competition of stupidest female of
the episode. Not only does she ignore any warning twinges she might
have had when picking up a stranger off the side of the street, she
actually brings him to her isolated ginormous warehouse where she weaves
reeds into crafty things like bags and fish sculptures. She makes him a
warm cup of tea and flirts with no fear or reservations. Even when his
"broken" arm turns out not to be broken, she just exclaims how happy
she is that he is OK. He literally unwraps the bandages off of his
wrist and she just smiles dumbly. How many signs do you have to get
before you start being worried? At this point I am just shaking my head
and wondering how many other women are going to fall victim to his good
looks, leaving behind their senses and eventual corpses.
But the episode was not all hot crazy baristas and stupid senseless
women. We also have our dueling policeman rounding out the episode.
The Yang Chul Gon dislike continues as he uses his rank to constantly
belittle and stomp upon Ha Moo Yeom's desire to catch the murderer.
Again both actors shine as they constantly face off in a battle of
supremacy as each man feels the need to close this case. I especially
like the scene where they were in the autopsy room and Moo Yeom begs to
be a part of the team assigned to the Gap Dong case. His earnest and
anxious need to see it through and then Chul Gon's fierce desire to make
him pay for the supposed sins of his father are electrifying. When the
Scary Tiger starts to accuse Moo Yeom of being a possible suspect (like
father, like son) you truly just want to smack his smug smirk off with
the back end of a frying pan. These two men's conflict with each other
is truly the best dynamic within the show.
I personally can't wait to see our psycho hottie and Mad Monk start to
fight against each other. With the end of episode 2 it is obvious that
Moo Yeom is now going to take the role as Tae Oh's nemesis. And judging
by his actions so far, Tae Oh is the type who is going to want to play
with his enemy which should provide with some really compelling
television. I personally can't wait til Friday.
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