Sun-woo is either the most confident man ever, or someone who feels his life is so messed up he has nothing left to lose. It impresses me that he thinks going back to convince Young Hyung to turn himself in was at all possible. To me, this feat equals cleaning a gymnasium floor with a toothbrush in 30 minutes in the dark with one hand tied behind his back. But, hey, I am not the hero, Hero is…
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We see a replay of Sun-woo preparing to go back to the past and Young-hoon yelling at him to not go. Young-hoon calls and texts again, but Sun-woo has already lit the incense and left the present.
Young-hoon paces, worried, looking at the sleeping Min-young. His phone rings…Sun-woo already? No, it’s Hyung who suddenly remembered Choi knew what Sun-woo looked like. Hyung wants to know if there is anyway to warn him? As if Young-hoon needed anything else to worry about. Young-hoon tells him there is no way.
Sun-woo walks into the bookstore looking for Young Hyung who is out talking with Evil Choi. Again we see the conversation where Choi shows him the photo and tells him to call if this man shows up.
Hyung arrives and shows great surprise when he realizes the man in the photo came to see him. Sun-woo can’t wait for the store to close to talk, but suggests they go somewhere quiet to talk. Nervous Young Hyung pretends to go get his keys in the back, but ends up heeding Choi’s warning to call immediately if he sees the Mystery Man.
Present Hyung, remembering along with the events we see unfold, yells “Don’t call! Don’t call!”
Unfortunately, Young Hyung is too afraid not to call and dials.
Sun-woo’s time is limited and gets antsy waiting. He looks over at the front desk of the shop and notices the car key is there, not in the back. Looking around to see if anyone notices, he picks up the handset and overhears Choi and Hyung discuss his demise.
Not waiting for Hyung, he scoots out when Yoo-jin and Young Shi-ah come back from her little friend’s house. Mom scolds her daughter for not being careful, and warns she cannot do things like that in America!
Shi-ah catches Sun-woo’s departing figure out of the corner of her eye…Does she recognize him from the hospital when her mother attempted suicide? Hmmm…she peeks out the door into the stairwell, but he is gone.
Yoo-jin finds Hyung in the back and asks about the man who just left. He left?
Outside, we see Sun-woo has the key to Hyung’s car. He scopes the area out and finds a parked car in an alley across the street.
At that moment, Choi’s Henchman drives up and gets out of the car.
Sun-woo considers his options for a little bit – what does he do now? He gets out of the car. Stepping towards each other, there is a quick second of recognition: Sun-woo remembers the CCTV footage of the capped man setting fire to his father’s office. Hench looks at the photo from the eye wear shop. They both stare fixed in place just as a family with balloons walks by.
(Of course a family with balloons shows up on a heretofore deserted street…) Before the family passes, Sun-woo has escaped back into his car, slamming the lock down just as Hench gets to him, knife drawn.
Sun-woo races off with Hench in hot pursuit. We see the guy using his car phone to call Young Hyung and holler at him: How does the dude in the suit know my face?
But Hyung has no idea either.
Car chase ensues. Where is Sun-woo going?!
Present Hyung breaks out into a sweat waiting for his memories to let him know what happened to his brother in the alternate timeline.
Young Hyung’s uselessness in that situation plays really well with Present Hyung’s helplessness. Neither of the men can do anything. Young Hyung is completely conflicted on whether to listen to Choi or not, Present Hyung has to stand back and literally wait for himself to come to the right decision. This is awesome.
Hench gets on the phone to shout at Choi. “We’re in this together!” Before, I am guessing, Hench did what he did for the money – nothing personal. But now that Sun-woo knows what he looks like, the stakes have increased. It is no longer simply stopping Sun-woo for Choi’s sake, but for him to stay out of jail.
More car chase. (Nothing here to report except: The tunnel is the same one from Nice Guy. Aren’t Sun-woo’s little sneakers cute working the clutch, gas and breaks? He’s a quick relearner that one.)
After a couple close calls with Hench bumping Sun-woo Ben Hur-style with his chariot spurs car, only to end up smashed into water-filled road blocks, Sun-woo gets away. Hench’s car stalls and gets out to slam his fist on the roof of the car in frustration. Sun-woo drives away and spots a phone booth.
Young Hyung, who had run out to try to catch Mystery Man, returns to Yoo-jin. She asks who the man is and he lies saying it is a med student sunbae. He’s very nervous when Choi calls the store phone. How did the guy find out who they are? Hyung informs Choi that Mystery Man even took the car keys.
We see Sun-woo go into the phone booth and drop coins, dialing Hyung’s store. Choi’s call is blocking Sun-woo’s as he gives Hyung bad advice about what to do next, while Sun-woo gets a busy signal.
Finally Sun-woo’s call gets through to talk to his brother.
Present Hyung looks up at that moment in hope. He remembers the call!
In the past, a passionate Sun-woo has mere minutes to convince Young Hyung to NOT listen to Choi, to not ruin his life, to turn himself in and NOT let Choi win. He lets him know he left the video of the night in Hyung’s car. While giving Hyung the real and future of his existence if he doesn’t listen, Hench opens the phone booth door and stabs Sun-woo.
Present Hyung, too, remembers.
Hench and Sun-woo’s blood covered hands grab and wrestle for control in the tiny space of the phone booth. Hench drives the knife in deeper. Twice. Three times. Four. We hear Young Hyung calling out over the phone. Sun-woo grabs the heavy phone book and clobbers Hench hard enough to keep Hench out of the booth. He picks up the handset and
Directly after that statement, Hench reappears with a heavy rock, and throws it at the glass booth – shattering it completely. Sun-woo just escapes getting hit, while poor clueless Hyung listens confused in two time lines: both on the other end of the line, and twenty years ahead.
Sun-woo, knife in his side, somehow manages to go up to his car and get in before Hench can stop him. He drives away.
Young-hoon paces and rubs his hair in frustration. Waiting for the call.
Meanwhile, as Sun-woo drives, grimacing in pain-his hand holds the bloody knife. He spots a place to hide from Hench. (You know, those moving billboards that they erect outside of tunnels? Yeah, behind one of those.) (Can’t you hear that clock ticking? Oh, that’s me screaming? “Time’s a wasting Sun-woo!! What are you doing?!”) Hench drives past him, but then realizes he has been tricked and reverses. Sun-woo witnesses this and decides he has to get the heck out of there. Red hand on steering wheel and shift, he keeps going.
The cars end up on an bridge. Hench cuts him off and gets out of the car with a hammer. He doesn’t know Sun-woo went out the other side, and didn’t see him climbing over the barrier towards the railing.
Sun-woo looks out over the water. Hench smiles the evil smile of a self-satisfied bad guy and asks “Do you really think you could get away?”
Sun-woo checks his watch – sees how little time he has left. Hench sizes up Sun-woo’s options and suggest helpfully if he doesn’t want to kill himself, he should just come with him. (Although one would argue they are the same thing.)
Sun-woo says, “Lets end it now. I have nothing to lose.” Then gives a smile grimace of victory? irony? Hench looks bewildered. That was unexpected. Sun-woo climbs over and leaps into the water while Hench rushes to the railing and sees him fall.
Tall CBM worker comes back after the 30 minutes to wake up Sun-woo.
He starts to walk away, but something tells him to go back. There is no answer. We see the room is empty. Urgently, he calls to Sun-woo. Suddenly a sopping wet and bloody Sun-woo shows up on the floor. Incense burned all the way down.
Outside, Bum-suk joins Tall one who says he thinks Sun-woo fell because he heard a thump and both men force their way into the room. (Yes!)
Once inside, they act impatient with their sunbae. What’s he doing?
“Duh.” Sun-woo replies, “I’m lying down.” They don’t see the pool of blood right away, but do notice he’s wet.
On the set, Chul-min, PD and The Hussy are joking and laughing about Sun-woo. Bum-suk runs in hands all bloody to alert them Sun-woo’s been stabbed.
We see Sun-woo being wheeled through the station on a gurney. Chul-min is trying to find out who the heck would stab the anchor? Sun-woo, bleeding and suffering, makes up a story on the spot that he thinks a crazy man who hates the world came in to stab him.
The crime scene is being taped off. Everyone is stumped.
Young Hyung runs to the bridge that Sun-woo jumped from. Hench is filling Choi in over the car phone and estimates that the body should surface in three days or so.
Hench sees Hyung, and gets out of the car to talk to him. We find that Hench called Hyung to come retrieve his car. He gleefully updates Hyung on the facts. That Mystery Man committed suicide by jumping. That he was stabbed. Unless he’s Superman, he’s dead. Hench worries that things’ll get complicated when the body shows up.
Young Hyung and Present Hyung attempt to process the horror before them and what that means to them. Young Hyung must be asking himself – Why would this man come to warn him then kill himself?
Present Hyung gets a call from his brother’s phone in the ambulance. Hyung talks to the paramedic. Finds out what hospital they are going to. He hangs up, then calls back right away. He tells him to check Sun-woo’s lungs for water as well as treating the stab wound. Although it is a mystery to everyone how Sun-woo could have gotten water in his lungs from inside the locked office.
Hyung tells his wife about Sun-woo getting hurt and berates himself for being and idiot and living his life like that. Wife is very confused.
Sun-woo wakes up when the ambulance arrives at the ER. Young-hoon calls and the phone gets handed to him.
Sun-woo admits defeat to his friend. “I told you didn’t I? I was afraid of people having different intentions. I forgot about Choi Jin-chul. His intentions. He knows way too much now. He even knows my face. I don’t know what’s going to happen now. I don’t know what Jung-woo will do. I can’t see anything coming. Jung-woo doesn’t know himself. How would I know? “
The hospital team interrupts the call. Sun-woo gets taken into the hospital.
A woman arrives at Sun-woo’s house to take care of Min-young. Young-hoon leaves Min-young in the nurse’s care.
At the news broadcast, the crew discusses who could possibly have stabbed Sun-woo. They think of Choi immediately. Even though he wouldn’t have done it himself. The financial loss as well as his projects coming to a full stop due to Sun0-woo’s investigation are enough of a motive for Choi to want revenge.
We see Choi go though an archival box. He opens the one from 1992, finding Sun-woo’s photo.
Secretary Kim recognizes Sun-woo right away. Choi, in shock, agrees. Secretary Kim informs Choi of Sun-woo’s attack. He’s afraid the blame will fall on them. The beautiful irony is that karma wins! Whether Present Choi gets accused of the attack even though it was from the past, or whether Young Hyung turns himself in, Choi will be rightfully accused.
Past Hyung has driven himself over to the police station.
We hear Sun-woo’s words echo in Hyung’s ears: “Hand it (the tape) over to the police as you turn yourself in. You must get Choi Jin-chul with you to end everything smoothly. Don’t let the thought of the possibility of him being your biological father get to you. Choi Jin-chul will get more people killed for his own gains.” (Hyung has so much to lose by going in. How can he know how much worse it’ll get if he doesn’t?) He remembers Hench’s words about the Mystery Man’s suicide, then Mystery Man’s begging to do what he, himself, wants.
Present Hyung is being driven over to the hospital in the back seat of a cab. Suffering with his younger self. You can see he is willing wishing hoping wanting himself to do the right thing, but again, all he can do is wait.
Young Hyung decides not to go in. He puts the tape back into the clove box and turns off the car.
Present Hyung calls him helpless. The news reporters are out in front when Hyung gets to the hospital. Bum-suk meets him at the elevator and we learn the injuries are not life threatening (YUSH!)
Past Hyung goes through the doors of the cop room. Present Hyung gets into the elevator up to where Sun-woo is being wheeled into surgery. He stops him and asks if he is OK. In another cool statement, Sun-woo admits it wasn’t all that easy to convince Young Hyung. Hyung lets him know he just went into the police station (twenty years ago), then, holding his little brother’s hand, Hyung says he is sorry.
(tears)(Jomo’s) We see Hyung watch them take Sun-woo away to surgery.
Past Hyung greets the investigator who is pleased to see him again.
Present Hyung simul-remembers what happened. “The murderer,” Young Hyung says, “is me.” And our third Hero is born.
Present Hyung? Goes dark.
Sun-woo wakes up in a single hospital room. Very much alone. His vision focuses on the IV drip and the rest of the room when a call comes in from Min-young. He looks at the phone.
He remembers why he decided to make the last trip back despite the obvious possibility of failure.
“Does everything fall back to where it was? I don’t know what will happen. It never worked as I intended. My life could change completely. But I still think that I have to change it. It was wrong from the beginning.”
He answers the phone, not knowing which Min-young is on the other end – wife or niece? “Yobosayo?”
This episode really highlighted the creative team’s love of film noir. All the elements are there again. The injured Hero, wearing the dark three piece suit a 1940’s character would be perfect in, who keeps going and going, chased by a pursuer who can be slowed but not stopped. His task is the impossible; the obstacles insurmountable. When he gets pushed to the edge, he makes a literal leap of life and faith. Of course, the politically correct Millennium sponsors won’t let him take a shot of liquor to dull the pain, but I can pretend that happens off camera.
I shouldn’t have worried about Hyung, Young or Present, since he came through in the end. It is heart breaking that Young Hyung is giving up an unknown and uncertain future, and Present Hyung is fully aware of what his losses will be. I am so proud of them!
Please don’t post spoilers of ep 14 here. I closed my eyes to the preview again!
So this episode was a fine example of why one should never ever watch the preview. I spent the first half refusing to be “faked out” by Sun Woo disappearing behind the balloons or dropping from view at the bridge or ducking the rock at the phone booth. I think each time we were supposed to think “Phew! He vanished, called back to the modern day by the extinguishing incense stick.” But because dum-dum here watched that preview like a junkie seeking a fix, I knew it wasn’t over until he was submerged in the water because I had already viewed that scene.
So the dirty cop/Choi’s Henchman set the fire . . . I did not expect that. I think in the back of my mind I had assumed that they met because of the fire; he had been an investigator and eventually fell in with Choi’s evil deeds. Now I am wondering what other naughty tasks they have done together.
I was also surprised that Young Hoon wasn’t waiting outside the door of the dressing room for Sun Woo to return, especially after Hyung Jung Woo called him to say Sun Woo was in danger. I wonder if Sun Woo can bring anyone into the time travel with him (or is it simply he who lights it, fights it?).
Either way, I am guessing episode 13’s events were a game changer. Thankfully we don’t have to wait 5 days to find out.
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