As our daydream continues, Ki Hyung, Lee Han and Min Young discuss the mystery shooter and his possible motives. Lee Han believes the shooter is an emotional killer driven by some event that causes him to act out. Meanwhile, Jang Gi Tae, the shooter, sits on the roadside having a mini-meltdown. He moves his shotgun from the front seat to the trunk. He nervously covers the gun sleeve with a green blanket. The sound of police sirens draw his attention and he cowers at the rear of his vehicle until the patrol cars pass. His phone rings and he hesitates to answer it, knowing that his boss has a fresh ass chewing for him. He answers the phone and quivers in his shoes as his manager insults and threatens his job over and over again. The call finally ends and Gi Tae takes his phone and smashes it to the pavement, shattering it to pieces.
Although the team is separated, each unit begins to profile the mystery shooter. Hyun Joon and Sun Woo discuss the ways they can and cannot look at the case. Sun Woo says that it cannot be viewed as a simple road rage incident since the shooter went out a second time with a clear motive. Han Lee feels that their killer will be a normally timid person since he used a larger weapon to suppress his victims. Min Young thinks that the suspect could work a job that requires lots of customer contact, such as sales. (If you’ve spent any time dealing with the general public in the course of your job, you will know that it is challenging. If you haven’t, you should be nicer to any sales person/food server/counter assistant that you encounter. It could save your life.) Ki Hyung believes that the shooter will be in his mid-40’s based on the time of day of the second shooting. The shooter must be accustomed to suppressing his real feelings during working hours.
Ki Hyung and his team arrive at the police station and inform the lead detective there that NCI will be conducting a joint investigation with the police departments cooperation. He briefs the joint team on the victims and gives them profiling information about their possible suspect. Sun Woo and Min Young agree that the first murder was not premeditated but rather a crime committed because the circumstances presented themselves. Ki Hyung says that if that is the case, the first car would be the killer’s own vehicle. Hyun Joon feels that the team should go public with the investigation but Ki Hyung disagrees, thinking that going public would only stimulate the killer. Hyun Joon correctly points out that the shooter will kill again. Ki Hyung squelches Hyun Joon again by labeling his suggestion as “rash”. Min Young receives a phone call from the hospital. The first victim has regained consciousness.
Sun Woo and Hyun Joon arrive at the first victim’s hospital room. She is wearing a large neck brace and her leg is propped up. The victim’s friend cops a bit of an attitude and tells Sun Woo and Hyun Joon that the girl has already told the police everything she knows. The victim speaks up and quickly agrees to speak with the detectives. Sun Woo guides the victim through a visualization exercise. She recalls being on the phone when the vehicle in front of her wouldn’t move once the light had changed. She remembers honking and pulling around him. He had pulled along side her and tried to explain why he didn’t move. She admits that she was probably a bit ruder than she needed to be. She really didn’t even allow the man to speak. As Sun Woo and Hyun Joon leave the hospital they discuss the probability that the incident caused the shooter to explode. They wonder if the shooter has attempted to recreate the situation in order to kill again.
At home, Gi Tae sits in his man cave with his head in his hands. He reaches for this sawed off shotgun and places the barrel underneath his chin. He seems about to pull the trigger when a notification causes his phone to chirp a happy song about a tomato, sung by a child. Gi Tae looks to a photograph of himself with a little girl in his arms. He turns the notification off and with trembling hands, puts his phone down. He pounds the table top with his fists and then balls his hands in his hair. He begins to remember every slight and insult to his ego. He remembers his cold wife and his nagging boss. He changes his clothes, takes his shotgun to the car and drives away.
Na Hwang is driving through a construction area when she accidentally cuts someone off. They flash their lights at her and then begin to follow her, driving aggressively. She is almost run off the road by the driver but she manages to stop her vehicle. She quickly grabs her cell phone and sends a text. “I need help” is all it says. She pulls onto a side street and tries to collect herself since the encounter has her flustered. Images of the shooter and his crimes begin to flash through her mind. She begins to shake, thinking she may have just encountered the killer. Suddenly, she is blinded by a pair of headlights. When her vision finally adjusts, she sees a man running towards her car with a golf club. He jumps on the hood of her car and begins to bash the windshield in, all the while screaming that he’s going to kill her. A crowd quickly gathers and begins to take photos and video. (As opposed to pulling the jackass off her car and giving him the beat down that he deserves. What did I say about the general public earlier??) Seemingly out of nowhere, Hyun Joon arrives with his sirens blaring, the rest of the team is right behind him. He quickly gets out of his car and kicks the guy off of Na Hwang’s car. (Have I mentioned what a bad ass he is?) Sun Woo and Min Young take Na Hwang out of her car and Lee Han places a protective arm around all three women as Hyun Joon drags the screaming golf enthusiast away in handcuffs. (I officially adore Lee Han!!)
Elsewhere, Gi Tae is doing exactly what Sun Woo and Hyun Joon thought he would. He recreates the traffic scenario and shoots his next victim. Only this time, he circles back around. He gets out of his car and approaches the woman he just shot. He pretends to offer assistance but when she looks at him, he levels the sawed-off shotgun and fires into her car at point blank range. Her blood covers his face in a shocking splatter. He peers into the vehicle and then shoots her once more. He then turns his gun towards the dash cam and blows it to pieces. He returns to his vehicle with a smile on his face and drives away.
Everyone is crammed into Ki Hyung’s car, except for Hyun Joon. Ki Hyung asks Na Hwang if she is alright. She says that she is although she still seems quite shaken. She hands Ki Hyung the file that she was bringing him when she was attacked. It is a list of patients between forty and fifty years of age that received clinical tests in Yangchon-dong. Sun Woo receives a phone call. There has been another shooting. The NCI team surveys the crime scene filled with blood and shattered glass. Ki Hyung remembers Hyun Joon’s suggestion about a public investigation. He also remembers his statement about the certainty that the shooter would kill again, public investigation or no. Ki Hyung walks away from the crime scene and into a group of reporters that hurl question after question at him. He briefly turns and looks at them with the regard you would give a mosquito.
Gi Tae arrives at a company dinner. He is pressed and polished as he presents a bouquet of flowers to his wife. Everyone toasts to the company’s success and Gi Tae is the picture of a man in control. In the men’s room, one of his co-worker’s remarks on his transformation. Gi Tae is confident, and happily, his work production is way up. Another co-worker emerges from one of the bathroom stalls and begins to speak to him in a mocking manner, even going so far as to pinch Gi Tae’s cheek and call him a pawn. Gi Tae follows him out of the bathroom and grabs the man by his face, shoving him to the floor. When the man acts as if he will stand and retaliate, Gi Tae shoves his sawed off shotgun in the man’s face. Now, Gi Tae is the one to gloat. Later that night, at home, Gi Tae holds his sleeping wife in his arms. He moves her arm from his waist. When she rolls to her back, Gi Tae puts his hand around her throat. Then he draws a line across her throat with his thumb. He smiles and points his index finger at her head, pulling the trigger on his imaginary gun. With each method of killing his wife, he smiles.
Gi Tae leaves the bedroom and goes to another room in the house. This one is decorated for a child. He sits on the small white rocking horse and looks at a photo of a beautiful little girl. The sight forces his hands to cover his face in shame. He then goes to his man cave and picks up his shotgun. He pretends to fire a shot and then grabs the forestock and pumps another imaginary shell into the chamber. He looks at the gun almost as if he is in love.
Hyun Joon stands next to Na Hwang as they look at maps of the different crime scenes. Hyun Joon notices something and asks Na Hwang to transfer the maps to the situation room. In the situation room, Hyun Joon explains to the team that the shootings happened near construction zones with temporary merging lanes. He thinks that the shooter is using these areas to create the scenario he needs to commit his crimes. It would also mean that there may be some witnesses to the beginning of each forced scenario. Sun Woo and Hyun Joon go to one of the construction areas. They interview a workman there who says he remembers seeing a brief incident. One car had merged and accidentally cut off another. The driver that had been cut off instinctively reached for the passenger’s seat as though he were protecting someone in that seat. The construction worker found it strange because the driver was dressed in “punk” clothing and not at all like a family man. Hyun Joon calls Ki Hyung and gives him the new information about their suspect. He is a family man who has started some delusional role play. Hyun Joon believes that the shooter’s family is in imminent danger.
Ki Hyung updates the team with the new information. He explains that he targets women and is clearly experiencing a crisis in his masculinity. As Ki Hyung talks, the local cops appear to be a bit confused. One asks if the shooter is experiencing schizophrenia. Lee Han confirms that what the cop has said is generally correct. The shooters world and his role in it has changed and this affects his ability to deal with reality.
The team sets up a dummy construction site in an effort to draw the shooter out. They also go public with their investigation. Gi Tae sits at his desk and remembers his crimes. The memory brings a smile to his face. His manager approaches him and congratulates him with a smile. He tells Gi Tae that his numbers are up and he is proud. He then asks him to forget any times that he may have made Gi Tae uncomfortable. Gi Tae smiles but he remembers every blow to his ego that was delivered by his manager. In a meeting room at Gi Tae’s office building, a group of employees gathers around a television. They are all watching the press conference on the shooter. Gi Tae begins to nervously rub his face. Eventually, the tension is too much and he runs from the room.
At NCI, Na Hwang updates the team on some information she has located. She has found a woman who has purchased ammunition online. At the same time, Lee Han has received a call. A manager at S Pharmacy group called to report the strange behavior of one of their employees. The man ran from the room after watching a news conference about the shooter. His name is Jang Gi Tae and he is ammunition buyers husband. Na Hwang has more information. The family’s youngers daughter was struck by a car and killed. As a panicked Gi Tae drives away from work, he remembers the day his daughter was killed. His car broke down and while he was pulled over to the side of the road, his daughter got out of the car to retrieve a small stuffed toy she had thrown out of the car window. She ran into cross traffic and was struck and killed before his eyes. At the hospital, while he sat in the hallway, his wife argued with hospital administrators about insurance coverage for the accident. In his mind, that is not where his wife’s mind should have been.
Ki Hyung hangs up a photo of Gi Tae’s deceased daughter, Ji Soo. It completes the family on the information board. Ki Hyung hesitates and it is clear that the thought of a dead child hits a little too close to home for him. His son Han Byul is all he has left.
Gi Tae drives home and when he arrives he forces his wife and daughter into his car at gunpoint. Now that the police know who their suspect is, they are quickly on his trail. As Gi Tae drives his wife and daughter try to talk him into stopping the car. He breaks and tells his family that their behavior surrounding Ji Soo’s death and the way they have gone on with their lives is the problem. His wife blames him for her misery. He tries to express how miserable he has been. Meanwhile, Hyun Joon is getting closer and closer to Gi Tae’s car. He tries to pull along side Gi Tae and is met with a shotgun blast that sends him swerving out of the pack of chasing police vehicles.
Ki Hyung, Min Young, and Lee Han arrive at Gi Tae’s home. When they open the door they are hit with an awful stench. The team moves carefully through the house. Min Young opens a bedroom door and is sickened by what she finds. Lee Han opens another bedroom door and he too is distressed by what he sees. Ki Hyung enters the room and stands next to Lee Han. His eyes take in an all too familiar sight.
Hyun Joon has rejoined the chase. He pulls up next to Gi Tae and shouts at him to stop his car. Gi Tae takes his hands off the wheel and allows his vehicle to cross the center line. Gi Tae’s car hits a traffic barrier and flips on its side, sliding to a stop in the intersection. Police vehicles surround the disabled car. Officers surround the vehicle with their guns drawn and they wait.
Two bodies are removed from Gi Tae’s home and placed into a waiting ambulance. Ki Hyung, Lee Han and Min Young look on. Back at the accident scene, Gi Tae kicks out the front windshield and crawls out of his wrecked car. When he emerges, he has his shotgun with him. His head is bloodied and he appears confused. Hyun Joon orders the other officers not to shoot as he places his own gun on the pavement in front of him. (Probably not the best idea when a crazy man is wielding a scatter gun and you are first in line to get shot. But that’s just me. I blame the writers.) Gi Tae’s expression changes and he immediately begins to ask for help. Hyun Joon says he will help but Gi Tae must first drop his gun. Gi Tae looks at his hand and is shocked to find a shotgun in it. He drops the gun as if it were made of molten rock. Gi Tae then begins to beg for help for his daughter. He turns towards the car and Hyun Joon takes the opening. He pins Gi Tae to the vehicle and handcuffs him. All the while, Gi Tae is screaming about his family. Hyun Joon spins him around and tells him that “it’s already over”. Gi Tae does not understand what Hyun Joon is trying to tell him. He continues to insist that his family is in the car and they need help. Gi Tae twists his body and looks inside the car to find it empty. We hear Ki Hyung telling us that the bodies of Gi Tae’s wife and teenaged daughter had been in the house for about twenty days.
Sun Woo and the rest of the team arrive to find Gi Tae in full freak out mode. He bangs his head into the hood of the overturned car again and again.
“Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.”
– Publilius Syrus
At a local theme park, a happy family takes in the sights and sounds of a day of entertainment and fun. A mother and her child stop to watch a performer while daddy buys candy floss from a vendor. As bubbles float in front of the crowd, another woman frantically searches for her child. She calls the child’s name over and over again and her distress captures the other mother’s attention. While she is watching to see if the woman will find her child, her own baby is snatched from under her nose. Now it is she who begins to frantically search for her child. Unsuccessful, the parents must report their child to the park police. As they wait, a park employee makes an announcement over the parks public address system. She describes the child as her anxious parents watch. Another woman enters the “lost parents” building. She hears the description of how the child disappeared and begins to tell the waiting family that their story matches her own. Her child disappeared eight years ago inside the park. The woman’s story sends the other mother into a panic.
Chief Baek has invited Ki Hyun to dinner at an exclusive restaurant with private dining rooms. Ki Hyung cautiously climbs the stairs and bows before entering the Japanese style tatami room. He joins Chief Baek at the table and quickly cuts to the chase. Ki Hyung asks why Chief Baek has called him there. The Chief passes him an envelope. It is the test results for Gi Tae. The Chief explains that Gi Tae’s BCL index is over ninety. The testing confirms that Gi Tae was not able to make rational decisions. Ki Hyung takes in the information but isn’t sure why the Chief is telling him. Chief Baek hands Ki Hyung another envelope and explains that Ki Hyung’s own results are not so different from Gi Tae’s. He mentions Ki Hyung’s PTSD and then asks him why he ignored a team members suggestion to run a public investigation. Chief Baek speaks gently but firmly to Ki Hyung. It seems that their superiors are concerned if Ki Hyung is fit to lead an investigation. The next words are not easy for Chief Baek to say but he must say them. He even finds it difficult to look Ki Hyung in the eye. “I think you should leave the team.” He repeats his recommendation but he softens the blow. “I think you should take a rest. It would be better for the team.” Although softer, the request still hurts. Ki Hyung insists that he is alright but then Chief Baek asks why he visited Hee Chul in prison. Chief Baek asks Ki Hyung what he will do when the Reaper returns. He wants Ki Hyung to acknowledge the possibility that his personal feelings could potentially put the team in danger. “Think about your team.”