Right, so I’m typing (or rather poking) this post in my iPhone, cos I’m in Korea on holidays at the moment. (if u dunno)
Anyway, EVERYONE (and i really do mean everyone) knows that there is an invisible member to their team in this ep.
A group of uni students huddle around a campfire, and the conversation revolves around – yes – ghost stories. One guy is telling the rest that the area is haunted. He claims police found a gazillion of bodies in a mass grave years ago. And the case is never resolved.
One of the guys (Lee Jin-hyun) poohpoohs the tall tale, prompting the story teller to challenge him to a dare: take a selfie at the supposed mass grave site and show the others.
So that’s how Jin-hyun ends up regretting his decision as he gingerly walks to the mass grave site. Before he takes out his phone, he senses something behind him. Whirling round he catches a shadowy figure darting past. He yelps and tells the others to stop this monkey business. But as he turns round again, he comes face to face with a long haired ghost. (?) Jin-hyun faints.
Elsewhere, Cheo-yong and team are having dinner together and other than himself (and Na-young), the rest are dead drunk. Na-young accidentally brushes against Team Leader Byeon and is delighted that she can possess him. So that’s what she did – to Cheo-yong’s horror.
After stuffing her face with more chicken and beer, she decides a trip to the loo is required. (let’s not forget whose body she is inhabiting now) Hilarity ensues when Na-young wanna pee but got shell shocked at her (ahem) new appendage. She gets kicked out of her new body when she slips in the cubicle. Jong-hyun is later tasked by an eye rolling Cheo-yong to cart Team Leader home.
Next morning, Team Leader can’t remember what happened last night. They don’t have time to puzzle over it though, as Inspector Kang arrives with a new case: a girl, dressed in white and holding a bunch of baby’s breath is found strangled in her apartment. Ha-yoon comments that the case seems similar to another one years ago.
Cheo-yong and Ha-yoon visit the pathologist to find out the cause of death. She explains that the murderer not only strangled the girl but snapped her neck. Ha-yoon recalls that a serial murders case in 1998 also had the victims die with a broken neck.
They approach the retired detective (Officer Choi) who is in charge of the serial murders case years ago. Cheo-yong wonders why Officer Choi will choose to retire before his pension payout when he was at his career peak.
Officer Choi takes a look at the case file of the current murder and confidently says it isn’t the same. He refuses to answer anymore questions and claims that the serial murderer should be dead by now, cos after his last murder in Oct 1998, there have been no more such cases.
Meanwhile, Team Leader Byeon and Jong-hyun are at the victim’s apartment. They puzzle over how the murderer could have got in and out without anyone noticing – the door is latched from inside as well.
Team Leader Byeon is confident that the murderer should have climbed in through the open window. However, there are no traces of rope marks on the rooftop or the balcony above the apartment. Tae-gyeong’s search through the CCTVs also produces no results. A suspicious man was seen in the vicinity, but only for half an hour. Not enough time to climb in and out and commit murder.
After Cheo-yong and Ha-yoon leave, Officer Choi takes out a box from under his bed. It’s a compilation of the 1998 serial murder case. He looks at the last case and saddens : the girl who died is a Lee Ji-hyeon.
Ji-hyeon was a volunteer at the hospice where Officer Choi’s aged mother used to stay. Ji-hyeon treated Officer Choi’s mum like her own grandma, helping to feed and clean her. In gratitude, Officer Choi gave her a white blouse as a present for for her upcoming job interview.
And the next thing he knew, Officer Choi was called to the next serial murder crime scene – and the victim is Ji-hyeon, dressed in the white blouse he gave her. Officer Choi picks up a corkscrew in the box and pensively looks at it.
We cut to a new victim of the recent case : a lady dressed in a white dress comes back from work and finds a man holding a bunch of baby’s breath in her apartment. She screams and runs but is quickly subdued. The man throws her onto the bed and strangles her, giving a satisfied smile when he hears her neck snaps.
Faced with another similar murder, Inspector Kang puts pressure on the team to quickly solve them. Cheo-yong notices Ha-yoon pouring over the 1998 cases. She points out one guy – Chong Nam-ho – who was the prime suspect then. However he disappeared without a trace from Oct 1998. Cheo-yong suddenly notices something strange. Based on the date of the discovery of the bodies, two of the cases appear to be ‘switched’.
Ha-yoon says she arranged them according to the case record, but what Cheo-yong highlighted triggers her to ask Inspector Kang for access to the classified info on the cases.
While the team investigates the new murder case, they recieve an urgent call from Ha-yoon : to check on the inside of the victim’s mouth. Cheo-yong pries open the mouth to find a number 17 inscribed on the roof of the mouth palate. A black shadow which only Cheo-yong and Na-young can see envelopes the new victim.
Ha-yoon rejoins the team and tells them what she found in the classified files – the serial murderer in 1998 would inscribe a number in his victim’s mouth after successfully completing each kill. This info was NEVER released to the public. Hence the recent cases cannot be copycat murders. Plus, Ha-yoon confirmed with the pathologist – the last recent case had a “16” inscribed, possibly using a sharp metallic object like a corkscrew.
In other words, Officer Choi has been keeping something from them, given that he appeared so confident that the recent cases were not committed by the same murderer. Cheo-yong and Ha-yoon return to him and manage to get a confession from him…
It was Oct 1998, after the death of Ji-hyeon : Officer Choi had to release Nam-ho due to insufficient evidence. On the way out of the station, Nam-ho cockily grinned at Officer Choi. This sealed Nam-ho’s guilt in Officer Choi’s mind. He decided to seek justice on his own.
He kidnapped (?) Nam-ho and forced a confession out from him at gun point in a secluded forest. Nam-ho slipped a metal corkscrew from his pocket and attacked Officer Choi with it. In the struggle, Officer Choi shot him. He buried Nam-ho in the same forest. Cheo-yong and Ha-yoon verify his claims by checking out the burial place. Yep, the skeletal remains are indeed Nam-ho’s.
But…then who else knows about the intimate, classified detail of Nam-ho’s inscription on his victims’ mouths?! The only explanation is : Nam-ho’s vengeful spirit muz have possessed a human. When Cheo-yong presents this theory to his team, they are a little scared, but willing to accept it. After all, besides Tae-gyeong, the others are aware of Cheo-yong’s special ability. They find out that a group of uni students have been camping near the site last week, and one of them, Jin-hyun, had fainted there and hospitalised for a short while.
Jong-hyun, who earlier (in Cheo-yong I) has first hand encounter with possessed humans, prepares himself with an amulet to capture Jin-hyun. But turns out that Jin-hyun is not only normal, but has a strong alibi during the 2 murders. However, the group of friends say that another guy, Woo Chang-won, has MIAed ever since the camping trip.
We flashback to the night of the camping trip : the story teller had plotted with the rest to scare Jin-hyun. Chang-won was to set up a booby trap somewhere near. However he fell into a pit midway. And said pit was Nam-ho’s burial ground. Chang-won was possessed that night.
So now the team closes in on Chang-won, who is spotting his next prey in the bookstore. Cheo-yong and Na-young surround him and Chang-won gives himself away when he can see Na-young. A chase ensues and the team successfully captures Chang-won.
The question now is how to separate Nam-ho from Chang-won without killing the human. Inspector Kang says the team only has another 48h before they have to release Chang-won due to lack of evidence.
The next day, Cheo-yong makes a decision : he chooses to go the way of Officer Choi. He grabs Chang-won and hauls him away even though his team tells him not to act rashly.
Cheo-yong brings Chang-won to a deserted quarry and despite Ha-yoon’s advice, stabs Chang-won with the shaman knife. Nam-ho screams and escapes from the physical body, only to be grabbed by Ha-yoon. She stabs him with the shaman knife and dissipates him.
If you’re wondering since when can Ha-yoon see spirits, it’s actually a possessed Ha-yoon. The one who killed Nam-ho is Na-young. So here’s what happened : Cheo-yong made a replica of his shaman knife, giving the real one to Na-young. Their plan is to injure Chang-won so that Nam-ho gets kicked out from the body. And Na-young can finish him off.
To do that, the team needs to be aware of Na-young’s existence. Cheo-yong calls Ha-yoon in advanced to inform her of the plan and that Na-young needs to borrow her body. In Ha-yoon’s body, Na-young manages to convince the rest that she isn’t Ha-yoon, by spilling secrets about the team which only she knows (like how Jong-hyun keeps porn in his PC disguised as case files).
Erm, but after the plan is executed, the others can’t wait to get as far and fast away from “Ha-yoon” as possible. (lol)
Chang-won is sent to hospital and the murder case is closed as having the perpetrator Nam-ho died during capture.
Epilogue : Inspector Kang calls someone to meet, saying that they have been duped about their target’s true identity. A case file is opened on his desk.
As he drives to the meeting venue, a truck rams into him. Ha-yoon hears this over the phone as she is on the line with Inspector Kang. Shocked, she tells Cheo-yong and both rush to the accident site.
Inspector Kang meanwhile, crawls out all bloody from his car. He manages to even shoot at the assailants approaching him. Thankfully, Cheo-yong arrives in time and finishes the rest of the assassins off.
At the hospital, Prosecutor Nam arrives – he is the person Inspector Kang asked to meet. Inspector Kang apologises and says to push back the meeting.
Cheo-yong though, isn’t going to let it off at that. His earlier confrontation with Inspector Kang led to nowhere as the latter refused to tell him about the missing persons cases. Today though, Inspector Kang brings Cheo-yong to his lair and shows him a big map linking all the missing victims (who are suspects in crimes but released) to the rogue lawyer.
I’ll keep this short, since it’s harder to recap on iPhone. 😓
How cool issit that the team finally gets to know their long time invisible member? Although they are still a little scared of Na-young, they accepted her presence. In fact, they credit her to Sun-woo, Cheo-yong’s earlier partner.
Even Inspector Kang, but well, he is also aware of Cheo-yong’s rumoured ability.