The Village: Achiara's Secret: Episode 9
Korean Drama Recaps | November 4, 2015 | 608 viewed
Director: Lee Yong-Seok
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: 05th, November, 2015
The Village: Achiara’ secret Episode 9 [ Recap]
Village get more and more shock for viewer when toward to end, and so this episode. The show is not bring the same feeling every episode, undeniable, from curiously, gruesome, chilling, surprisingly. And it’s nice to see that Hye Jin soul is still causing ripples, if only for the satisfaction in knowing that as much as people tried to ignore her existence when she was alive and again after she’d disappeared, in the end she isn’t going quietly.
Name: Sung Shi-kyung – “잃어버린 것들” (Lost Things)
EPISODE 9: “Time Capsule”
At the meat processing factory, So-yoon finds Woo-jae just moments before he accidentally runs the meat rack. As pig carcasses roll by, creepily following by a man—a factory worker, hanging from a rope around his neck.The man’s nametag identifies him as Oh Gab-soo—who they were both looking for, knew the illegal adoption broker Madam Baengi thirty years ago.
In the meanwhile, Madam Baengi personal information is finally revealed, an older woman who’s a patient in a hospital of some sort. She is also the mother of two of Achiara’s most mysterious and suspicious ladies, Joo-hee and Ji-sook.
Joo-hee dresses an elegant suit for her mother up and tells her that “that child” will come looking for her, and Mom must tell the truth this time: “Our Hye-jin is so pitiable.” However, Mom just stares blankly, unresponsive.
So-yoon gives her statement to the police, while Woo-jae blunder around to examine the crime slips away to inspect the crime scene along with the detectives and forensic experts.The result of Oh Gab-soo’s body autopsy is no external injuries, and the cause of death is strangling. But unlikely to be a suicide, and So-yoon recalls that before he died, he had another visitor—she’d heard him saying via phone, “Why are you guys here?” to someone before their call cut out.
There are two types of people in the village, they decide: those who are trying to tell them of Hye-jin’s birth secret, and those who will do whatever it takes to stop that.
When So-yoon arrives home that night, her fortunetelling neighbor is waiting to tell her of one more woman who disappeared without word from this village—Madam Baengi, twenty years ago. That gets So-yoon’s attention, and the fortuneteller begins her reading: After her husband died, Madam Baengi had another man’s child. Her daughter married into the town’s richest family, and she left the village at the demand of that family.
Over at that house, Assemblyman Seo rages at Ki-hyun for not firing So-yoon as bidden. But today, Ki-hyun stands up to his father, barely flinching when the assemblyman throws a wooden box at his face, saying that he has no grounds to fire a teacher just because she’s related to Hye-jin. When Assemblyman Seo huffs that So-yoon’s the cause of trouble at school, Ki-hyun fires back that the true cause is his father’s affair with Hye-jin.
Ji-sook tends to his face cut afterward and tells him that while his words have a point, it’s best to go along with his father’s plan for the sake of peace. Ki-hyun challenges, “Whose peace is that?” Ah, so on the day he was seen last with Hye-jin, he had gone at Ji-sook’s request, to deliver something. As soon as Hye-jin had seen it, she had decided to go to the lake, and was never seen again.
At the pharmacy, Joo-hee starts her day reading the newspaper, and sees the article about the man found dead in the meat factory. For whatever reason, this spooks her badly, and when Gun-woo drops by to see her, she’s visibly jittery. Out of the blue, she blurts that they have to leave town right away.
At the police station, Woo-jae mulls over the meat factory case and agrees with So-yoon’s suspicions—perhaps Oh Gab-soo was killed to shut him up, and maybe his killer is also Hye-jin’s killer. In fact, maybe they’ve been barking up the wrong tree, he thinks.
So-yoon meets with Ji-sook to request a meeting with her mother, having heard that she’s Madam Baengi. Ji-sook says the sisters are the same, recounting how Hye-jin came to her two years ago and asked the same thing.
Ji-sook calls her sister to warn her that So-yoon will come asking about their mother, and orders her to keep her mouth shut. But it turns out that So-yoon is already at the pharmacy, and Joo-hee answers So-yoon’s questions readily, explaining how Ji-sook is afraid she’ll be kicked out of her family by her mother-in-law.
That’s because Grandma hated their mother for several reasons: One, because she was a loose women who had children by different fathers, but even more than that, because Yoo-na’s supernatural gifts came from her. Madam Baengi used to read people’s fortunes, before she was run out of town.
So Yoon asks Ji Sook for a favor when it puts him into an uncomfortable spot, she doesn’t have anyone else to ask. He assures her that he also wants to find out what happened to Hye-jin and agrees to look into it for her.
Their hacker friend makes headway and sends over Hye-jin’s cell phone records from around the time she disappeared. They need a search warrant to investigate who the numbers belong to, but as it happens, Sergeant Han recognizes a number and pulls it up on his own phone: The last call Hye-jin made was to Ga-young’s mother.
Ga-young arrives home in a stormy mood and stomps upstairs, dumping ice in the sink and thrusting her hands in it until she’s screaming with pain. She asks her mother about her father but instead of answers she gets slap from her.
So-yoon finds Yoo-na and Ba-woo waiting for her outside her home, and they tell her of the time capsule they’d put together, with their wishes inside. They didn’t know what was in Hye-jin’s envelope, but Yoo-na does recall Hye-jin speaking of her wish once.
“Do you know a monster lives in this village?” Hye-jin had asked. “My wish is to reveal its identity to people.” She’d said that if she revealed it too suddenly, the monster might kill her. The children are sure that the time capsule would explain, but the capsule was handed over to Joo-hee.
She returns to the pharmacy to demand the time capsule, not believing Joo-hee when she says that they’d both needed money, and the rich assemblyman liked women. Joo-hee won’t return the box while she’s in the middle of trying to make a deal with the assemblyman, and asks So-yoon to keep this quiet until the deal is finished. As enticement, she offers to tell her where to find Madam Baengi.
Ga-young waits for Gun-woo outside his place again, lighting up when he arrives, and just as quickly feeling crushed when she sees he’s with a woman. It’s Joo-hee, and they head inside together as she fills him in on her encounters with So-yoon, saying they ought to hurry their plan to get the assemblyman to cave and give them control of the school. It appears that’s her endgame.
Gun-woo’s phone rings with a text from Ga-young, she tells him that he makes her sick. Joo-hee reads the message, then scrolls up to read the barrage of previous messages where Ga-young had declared her love. He waves it aside as nothing, but Joo-hee warns him to watch his behavior—even if he’s innocent of anything, it won’t look like that to outsiders.
Woo-jae finds the lead investigator, Detective Choi, sitting outside afterward and offers a few snacks to butter him up for his request to trace the callers on Hye-jin’s phone log. But with his own case spinning its wheels, Detective Choi has no patience for Woo-jae running around trying to solve an old case that isn’t even properly his.
So when Woo Jae returns to his own station, he hears that Detective Choi has approved the warrant, and has even given him and Sergeant Han the right to handle Hye-jin’s case (as long as they keep it a secret from their boss).
That night, Ki-hyun calls So-yoon to his office to pore over his family’s household expenditure records. His idea is to track the money to find Madam Baengi, since Ji-sook would have been sure to send money to her mother. But So-yoon informs him that she’s already found out where Madam Baengi is, and confronts him about his last real meeting with Hye-jin. His lie makes him untrustworthy, and she eyes him with suspicion.
To Woo-jae’s shock, the meat factory death is ruled a suicide. There’s no room to argue, either, because camera footage caught Oh Gab-soo hanging himself directly. Case closed. Or is it?
Woo-jae continues to look around the factory, not buying the supervisor’s explanation that the CCTV had a chronically bad connection and was mostly useless, but just happened to catch the suicide scene.
So-yoon finds it fishy, and Woo-jae sighs, “For some reason, it makes me think that tracking down Kim Hye-jin’s family may be more dangerous than chasing a murderer.”
The initial findings of the call log turns up a number of suspicious points. In the week before she died, she spoke to Driver Yang 17 times, and with Assemblyman Seo (after they’d broken up) five times. A handful of calls to Gun-woo doesn’t seem so strange since they worked together briefly, but Sergeant Han tells Woo-jae to look into it.
So-yoon calls Ki-hyun and presents him with his choice: Will he cover up the truth, or find it no matter what it may reveal?
Driver Yang recounts a conversation with the assemblyman when he had pressured him to kill Hye-jin for him. The assemblyman hadn’t said so explicitly, of course, but he’d outlined how alone and friendless Hye-jin was, and how he could dig himself out of his debt-ridden life if he just took care of this one problem.
Driver Yang did exactly that and got his money, but can’t describe the man or say who he is or what he does.
So-yoon and Ki-hyun arrive at the hospital and attempt to introduce themselves to Ji-sook’s mother, but she just stares blankly. A nurse explains that she suffered a severe stroke and lives “in a different world,” and is essentially unconscious.
So-yoon tries to talk to her anyway, holding up a photo of Hye-jin and asking if she’d come by. Ji-sook’s mother seems to recognize her, moving a hand to touch the picture, then eyeing So-yoon’s necklace with alarm.
It sparks a memory of Hye-jin kneeling before her wearing that necklace, pleading for help. Hye-jin cries, “I want to live. Please save me.” Then she asks, “Are you… my mother? Mom?”
Her mother starts to cry, saying, “I’m sorry, my baby. Why does it have to be that if only you’re gone, it would be good for everyone? That if only you’re gone, everyone else would be comfortable? So you shouldn’t have come. You shouldn’t have returned.” As she speaks, the look on Hye-jin’s face turns stricken.
Then suddenly, Hye-jin lunges forward and strangles her mother.
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