The Village: Achiara's Secret: Episode 12
Korean Drama Recaps | November 19, 2015 | 371 viewed
Director: Lee Yong-Seok
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: 19th, November, 2015
The Village: Achiara’ secret Episode 12 [ Recap]
Running deep in the town , the delusion, it is really doffiult to unwrap the serect whih is hidden for such a long time. So Yoon trying so hard by herself to put all the fragments of this mystery. However, so many secrets was discover today, and they fore the truth upon some people who’ve been doing their best to ignore it.
Name:Casker – “얼룩” (Stain)
EPISODE 12: “A very old crime”
Creepily, So Yoon find a lot of her pictures of Agasshi’s wall, tensing when she hear he clacking noise of walnuts behind her. However, when she turns to fae Agasshi, he just hand her a beer and invite her to sit, no mention bout the photos. So Yoon ask him why he do that, and he answers that just because they are beauty, she and her sister. She assists him that even if Hye Jin is alive she doesn’t like that either.
So-yoon notes how much Agasshi thought of Hye-jin, and asks if he was very curious when she disappeared two years ago.Hei says no, because he assumed she’d gone to Canada to find her sister. She’s surprised that her sister told him that, and he describes the day he’d come upon her in the field, waiting as usual. He’d joined her there, and she’d told him she planned to find her sister in Canada before she died. Hearing that brings tears to So-yoon’s eyes.
Ga-young walks along with her friends when suddenly, she clutches her head in pain, assaulted by a piercing sound. Nobody else hears it, and her friends hover worriedly as she wails in agony.
Woo-jae drops by the real estate broker’s office,and find some walnut on the table, the broker explains that old Grandpa Kim left them behind, saying they were inedible.Those words trigger a thought, and Woo-jae recalls Sergeant Han’s information about the serial killer leaving walnuts in his victim’s bodies. The shells were extra-thick, which kept them from rotting even as the bodies decomposed around them.
Woo-jae takes the walnuts to Detective Choi, confirming that they’re the same kind used by the killer. Detective Choi is annoyed that the information leaked, but Woo-jae swears he’s kept his mouth shut and is excited to have provided a clue.
Detective Choi grumbles that it’s not much of a clue, then leans in and mutters quietly for Woo-jae to find the source of the walnuts. They must have come from a tree unknown to most of the villagers (I’m presuming because the police don’t know where they’ve come from either), so it’s Woo-jae’s job to find it.
Woo-jae accompanies Grandpa Kim on a hike into the woods to track down where he found the tree, but the old man says all the trees look the same to him. He picked them up thinking they were acorns, since there are no walnut trees in Achiara, but now can’t recall where that was.
Despite his suspension, Sergeant Han is still working the case on his off-hours, and surreptitiously keeps watch on the mysterious Chairman Noh, the man suspected of being the illegal arms dealer who’s pulling Assemblyman Seo’s strings. Chairman Noh spots him and grumbles to Assemblyman Seo about it, wanting to “cut off the shoots” of the problem before it can grow. The assemblyman warns that messing with the police could backfire in his face.
There’s clear tension between these two, who are aligned more out of necessity than anything, it seems. As he leaves the meeting, Assemblyman Seo complains about the chairmain being overly bloodthirsty, and mutters to himself that the better method is to pull up the roots of a problem, not cut off the shoots.
Ga-young and her mother go to the hospital to undergo hearing tests, which turn up nothing out of the ordinary. The doctor decrees her episode as a result of stress, nothing more.
It’s a different story when So-yoon meets with Hye-jin’s medical researcher, who thinks there’s a good chance Ga-young may be ill. So-yoon takes the results to Ga-young’s mother to press her to get medical attentionl. The suggestion comes as a shock to Mom, who is first in denial, then outraged at So-yoon’s insistence.
Woo-jae informs Sergeant Han about Hye-jin and Ga-young testing positively as sisters. Sergeant Han is disbelieving, having known Ga-young’s mother for years and saying it’s impossible for Ga-young’s father, who was only in town for a few months before leaving forever, to have also fathered Hye-jin a decade before. But Woo-jae points out that the girls’ father could be a different man entirely.
Ji-sook takes Yoo-na to a doctor in Seoul to discuss her visions, and Yoo-na insists they were neither hallucinations nor ghostly apparitions. It was simply Teacher Hye-jin, appearing before her like her little sister once did years ago, killed by her mother for not being a boy. Both had said the same thing: “Mom, save me.”
Assemblyman Seo and Grandma are appalled to hear of it, demanding that Ji-sook bring Yoo-na back immediately. But Ji-sook puts her foot down, telling them the things she’s hidden thus far: that Yoo-na was behind the funeral graffiti prank, and that she draws Hye-jin every night, trying to summon her. They have to cure Yoo-na, for her own sake.
Ki-hyun hears of this and is upset, but Ji-sook’s words have stopped the assemblyman and Grandma’s protests. He tells So-yoon of it when meeting her that night, and also informs her that he had checked into the hospital records proving Madam Baengi’s hysterectomy thirty years ago.
So-yoon tells Ki-hyun that she’s made another discovery, this time about the blackmail Joo-hee was holding over his father. It’s a recording of Assemblyman Seo ordering Hye-jin killed.
Ki-hyun puts his investigator on the trail immediately, instructing him to look into the assemblyman and Joo-hee’s interactions.
Woo-jae returns to the woods in search of the walnut tree, which doesn’t yield much until he hears the vague sound of clacking in the distance. He follows it until he comes upon Agasshi, sitting at the base of a tree. Both men are surprised to see the other here, and Woo-jae can’t go around explaining his reasons, so he just says he’d been looking for a walnut tree.
Agasshi points out that this is a special tree, having been planted and grafted carefully here by somebody. He extols the health properties of rolling them in the hands to relieve stress and offers them to Woo-jae to try.
Joo-hee shows up at Ji-sook’s studio, upset to hear for the first time that Hye-jin had suffered a life-threatening illness, and even more upset that Ji-sook knew about it and did nothing. Ji-sook sneers that there was nothing for her to do, but Joo-hee accuses her of only being afraid of being kicked out of her family.
When Ji-sook says it’s frightening to see Joo-hee pretend to feel pangs of conscience, Joo-hee retorts that at least she knows when it’s appropriate to show it—unlike Ji-sook. “You’re a monster!” she declares.
Ji-sook slaps her for that, saying, “You were a bug from the instant you were born!” Even so, she took care of Joo-hee for their mother’s sake. Ji-sook calmly resumes her work, saying that she’s going to start fresh: The culprit has been caught, she’s going to fix Yoo-na, and she’ll have a son to rely on. She sounds, frankly, delusional.
Woo-jae brings Detective Choi to the walnut tree, pointing out how carefully its caretaker planted it, and suspects that the killer lives in the area.
That night, Ga-young gets caught in the rain on her way home, assuring her mother over the phone that she’ll be fine. But with every clap of thunder, the piercing headache returns, sending her collapsing to the ground and wailing in pain. As she’s huddled on the muddy ground, someone walks up to her—a man, dressed in a dark rain slicker.
So-yoon receives an unmarked text message, which turns out to be a video clip of Hye-jin in the field near Agasshi’s shack. Notably, the timestamp is the latest of all the videos seen thus far, making this now the most recent image showing Hye-jin alive.
Ga-young’s mother reports her disappearance to the police, spurring a search through the woods. Making things extra tense is that tonight is a rainy Wednesday, and the cops have to hope that this disappearance isn’t related to the serial killer.
Ga-young’s mother is beside herself with worry and has to be persuaded into returning home to wait. So-yoon tries to soothe her nerves while she didn’t listen, “that thing” is going to happen again.Mom says that Hye-jin had asked her to catch a monster together. So-yoon asks urgently who the monster is, recalling how Hye-jin had said the monster would kill her, and presses Ga-young’s mother for an answer. But Mom just says dully that there’s no point, and her daughter might die.
Ga-young awakens in the carpenter’s workshop at the lumber mill, looking around fearfully as the man works nearby, whistling pleasantly. He notices that she’s up and addresses her in a friendly tone, but she freaks out and bolts out of the building. But the rain and thunder take their toll again, and the headache returns. Ga-young collapses again.
Thankfully she’s found by the search party before too long, and they rush her to the hospital. The application of an ice pack causes pain, and the doctors notice the blotches that have appeared on her legs. The doctor asks her mother whether she suffers from any other diseases, because they don’t want to treat her with medication that may conflict with her preexisting condition. So So-yoon raises the possibility of Fabry disease and passes along the contact information of the researchers for follow-up information.
Ga-young’s mother can’t stay in denial anymore, and explains to So-yoon that her assault occurred in her first month of marriage. She hadn’t reported it because while “something bad” would have gotten sympathetic reactions from the villagers, “something shameful” would only have subject her to scorn. So-yoon is appalled and starts to argue that there’s nothing shameful about being a victim of rape, but Ga-young’s mother says that’s why her husband left her.
Still, she was fine just having Ga-young… until Hye-jin came along. Hye-jin had pressed her to team up to uncover the truth, arguing that the same thing that happened 30 years ago, and 17 years ago, could still be happening now. “We can stop him,” she’d argued. But Ga-young’s mother had stuck stubbornly to her denial, insisting nothing had happened to her.
So-yoon asks how Hye-jin had found the monster, and Mom just mentions something about an unpleasant fishy smell and the sound of whistling. She supposes Hye-jin’s birth mother told her who he was, but she doesn’t know who that is. All she knows is that Hye-jin was dead-set on tracking down Ji-sook’s mother, Madam Baengi.
Meanwhile, Yoo-na is stuck at the hospital under constant watch. During a group activity session, she causes a distraction and steals a doctor’s cell phone, then slips away to pull the fire alarm.
Woo-jae returns to Agasshi’s shack to confront him about the latest video he sent So-yoon. Agasshi says he didn’t turn them over before because he didn’t know he’d had it, and the file had been saved elsewhere. It’s difficult to tell whether he’s lying or not, because he sounds completely matter-of-fact about how he just wanted to pass the video to So-yoon since her sister means so much to her.
While in the shack, Woo-jae notices the shelves of books, recalling something Detective Choi had said about the criminal using an internet used-books store as a front, as well as mention of an SB diary. Woo-jae takes note of a business card for a site called Romantic World and logs on later, which yields bondage and fetish imagery.
But then… a new window pops up. Over the image of a smiling face are the words (which we ought to recognize): “Attraction and revulsion. Joy and horror. Heaven and hell. In search of the secret to make her happy.”
Ga-young is confirmed to have Fabry disease, to her mother’s dismay. Gun-woo visits her in the hospital and she says once again that it’s nice to be ill, since it prompts his concern.
So-yoon explains her new hunch to Ki-hyun, having researched stories of women who refuse to acknowledge their pregnancies and can go nine months without being detected by other people. It often manifests in the case of unwanted pregnancy—say, rape cases.
JShe tells Ki-hyun that the time capsule contained more than just his father’s incriminating voice file—it also had a bloody piece of cloth and hair. She speculates that the reason it would have been blackmail to Assemblyman Seo is that it would have confirmed Hye-jin’s blood relationship to his wife.
Just then, Yoo-na calls So-yoon, presumably having escaped the hospital. Ji-sook gets the call from the facility, but So-yoon shows up to assure her that Yoo-na is fine and currently in her oppa’s care.
Ji-sook tries to throw So-yoon out, but So-yoon has a lot to say, confronting Ji-sook about the bloody brawl she engaged in with Hye-jin. She’s deduced that Hye-jin provoked the fight deliberately, because she needed evidence to run that DNA test. Ji-sook’s bravado slips as So-yoon hands over the results of the test, saying that it’s proof they’re sisters.
In the nursing home, Ji-sook’s mother sits in her stupor… and then a hand reaches out for hers. It’s Hye-jin, dressed in macabre black, and Mom flinches at the sight. She trembles as Hye-jin clasps her hand firmly, staring in horror, the sight of her daughter triggering traumatic thoughts.
Flashback. A young girl looks for her mother, and finds her sitting near a newborn baby—it’s wailing and bloody, lying there ignored. Mom stares in detachment while the girl’s eyes widen in horror. And that’s the memory that wakes Joo-hee up in the middle of the night, gasping in shock.
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