Okay, the ending of the last episode was pretty scary and also psycho. Hopefully this episode ends on an upbeat note? I know, that might be too much to ask with a crime drama.
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Shorthand (Character Chart)
Yu Seol-ok – SO | Ha Wan-seon – WS | Woo Sung-ha – SH | Jeong Hee-yeon – HY | Kim Kyung-mi – KM | Bo-kook – BK | Ha Ji-seong – JS | Cho In-ho – IH | Gae Sung-woo – SW | Wuk Seong-hwa (sergeant)- WSH | Shin Jang-gu – JG | Shin Na-ra – NR | Hwang Jae-min – JM | Gong Han-min HM | Kim Moon-ki – MK | MC J (Duty Police rapper) – MCJ | Lee Sun-ho – SH
QUEEN OF MYSTERY 2 LIVE RECAP: EPISODE 4
The young arsonists mom goes to his room and looks at him. She says he is playing games with her cell phone, but he is sleeping. However, we see his eyes open and then we cut to him planing his crime after looking at the dark web. He has to light a fire on the truck.
SO and WS scope out the pharmacy and see the mother coming out with the son. The boy has the yellow umbrella and SO and WS go up to him. They ask him some questions, like why do his shoes look worn out, did you spill acetone on it? The appa yells from the car and comes to them. They tell the police that their son doesn’t have time to light fires. He is still young. But the son is in the car looking creepy.
The father is in a lawyer and tells them, if they bother his son again then he will see them in court. Appa drops his son off and tells his son to go to their home right after school. He looks a bit concerned as he watches him walk to school.
Meanwhile SO and WS are driving. SO thinks the kid did it, his fingers were a little burnt by the aceton and his front hairs where singed. WS thinks he is strange, why would he use a cigarrette? SO says it is because he is just a little kid, he followed all the unnecessaryt things becasue he was just following instructions.
School lets out and we see that the little girl and the boy are best friends. The mother who got burnt in the last episode laughs happily as she watches them play. At the same time, WS and SO want to know why a normal kid would want to be an arsonist. They go to investigate more in the police station.
While inside the station, they ask about teh arson case to a policewoman, but she tells them to be careful becasue everyone is angry. Cut to the section chief and team leader arguing about WS and SO. The section chief, IH wants SW to figure out where SO is and seperate her and WS becasue they are trouble makers.
WS and SO decide to follow the boy around to make sure he can’t light anymore fires. But then we cut to the school, the fire alarm went off and everyone runs out. But the little boy just calmly walks in the opposite direction of everyone else and puts all his things together. WS and SO go to the school and are shocked to see that school is out. They run to the mom and tell her that their son is an arsonist and thei school finished 2 hours agao due to an alarm. If he isn’t home yet, then he will go light a fire somewhere.
They think he is a copycat so maybe he copies everything, even unneccessary things. Perhaps he will do the truck. It looks like he is doing everything in oppossite order because that is how he is watching the videos.
We cut to the boy going to the top of the building. WS and SO say he is following the popularity order of the videos. Then they see the mother yelling at someone on the phone. She hops in her car so they follow her. The mother asks which apartment her kid went to, 103, that is his friends apartment. (previously the mom complained about him going to this poor apartment).
We cut to the friend and the mom going to get some strawberries. The ajusshi in the truck sells them the strawberries, meanwhile the little devil kid prepares all the fire starting things on the roof. But then the ajusshi drives off and the kid gets an even eviler plan. The mom gets a call about Wang-jae (the little boy), she says she will let her know if she ses him. But then we see the bottle falling toward her and setting her on fire.
WS runs to her and SO runs to the girl. The girl starts crying and yelling Umma, Umma, while SO tries to cover her eyes. Then we cut to the kid going down the elevator. He thinks that he should say he came to see Yoon-ah, he should be okay. But WS grabs him and walks him out. He tells the mother that he will have to investigate this boy. This boy ruined this child and womans life.
The father shows up and honks at WS, but WS just tells him to get out. They will investigate his son.
But SW shows up and lets the father and son leave. All the while, SO is trying to comfort the girl who is still crying histerically on the ground.
Her mother is wheelied into the hospital with burns all over her. She has no other guardians, if the treatment takes a long time then the girl will need to go to foster care. The girl is crying in the hallway and So is still with her. But then we cut to SO sitting alone and cleaning the girls shoes. She thinks back to the fire and the girl stepping on all the strawberries. She also sees her own shoes and starts to clean them, but she starts to cry as the days events weigh on her.
The doctor tells SO and WS that the mother is alive and will recieve treatment and face reconstruction. But this will take a very long time. SO thinks the girl doesn’t have anyone to take care of her. But then WS gets a call, his father is getting released from jail today, did he know that? We cut to the father leaving jail coughing. But the father says he needs to show everyone that he is strong, if they know he is weak then they will pounce on him like hyenas.
Back to the hospital, WS is a little burnt, but he thinks it is nothing compared to Yoona’s mother. Then we cut to the little kid talking to his parents, they want to know if he threw the bottle. he can protect him. The boy says he did it. The boy asks him if he did it before and he says he did it 2 times before. The mother starts yelling at the mother and the mother starts yelling at the father.
Meanwhile WS and SO start yelling at each other in the hospital. They can’t prosecute this little boy, it is a losing case. But WS doesn’t want to give up, the police shouldn’t give up. SO starts remembering her father and mothers death, she thinks about it for a moment until WS extends his hand to her and tells her, let’s leave.
Back at the littleboys house, his father starts coaching him in what to say. He never lit a fire before, ever. And the fire from today was a science experiment. But he wants to know why he should lie, he can’t go to jail if he is younger than 10, his father is a lawyer and doesn’t know that? Cut to the father and mother talking aobut the case, the parents will have to pay for it all so they are trying to make the case into an accident.
At the same time, WS and SO are talking about how bad the boys parents are, why can’t they even apologize to the mother and daughter. They are really bad. But SO and WS are a little playful with each other as they eat together. WS wants to cut her food for her so the have a playful back and forth about that.
Then we see SO studying the law. Under 14 won’t be punished and under 10 years then the boy isn’t punishable at all. The parents are responsible, but that will take time. They wonder about the school, but they think it won’t work because the boys mom is a board member. IT looks like a hard case to win, but they tell each other that they won’t give up. If the law doesn’t work then they will use the schools law.
CAKE LADY AND SO
SO tells the cake lady, HY that she did se the arsonist that night. HY is stunned and worried about it. She was worried that she was saying someone else was the arsonist who wasn’t and is stunned that it was the arsonist.
Meanwhile we find out that the chief wants to give this case to WS possibly? (Missed this part). IH tells SW that they need to investigate this, but the kids father is a lawyer so they probably won’t remember it. This case is difficult, so they want to give it to Wang-seong.
Elsewhere in the station, one of the cops tells the section chiefs daughter that she is spending too much money on things. But he lets it slide. Then he gets a call, he needs to go to the recording room so he says he will go there with officer Shin (the daughter). They leave to go there, but then they see WS in a scuffle with Sergeant Wuk. The officer decides it is better to leave and pretend like they are busy.
WS has a feeling that this case is a dirty case, why are they giving this case to him? But then we cut to WS interrogating the child with his guardian. We also see SO and HY talking to the teacher. The teacher should help them. But the teacher thinks she is the teacher for both children. We cut back and forth between the teacher and the interrogation. Both arent going well. HY tells the teacher that this teacher is insane, how is the pain from the girl who saw her mother get burned is the same as the boy who caused it? But SO tells them that they should leave, the teacher just wants to keep her job.
Back in the interrogation, WS keeps asking questions. Why did this boy go to the friends house bit the girl never went to the pharmacy ever?
At the school, HY and SO go outside, HY thinks she can ask a higher education official. She made a special cake for him once.
Meanwhile WS is making headway with the interrogation the boy slips and says he went there to see the truck. He was supposed to throw it at the truck, but the truck left so he threw it at the person instead. Everyone is silent. The daughter of the superintendent is so impressed, their site won. But actually the police are on the side of the arsonist. WS tells the father to go home and prepare for trial, he confessed so the money will be big. But whatever happens, his son still destroyed a family.
The school thinks the father has to go to social service at the hospital for several hours. A lot of people are talking about this case and they have to think about the honor of the school. But the parents want to know why the principal changed his mind. Outside they tell SO that this already happened, why are they hurting this boy? These parents are crazy.
SO says, what if this happened to them. But the parents just walk away. WS says these parents think this kind of thing will never happen to them and SO says Yoona’s mom didn’t think this would happen to them as well. WS and SO go outside and talk about the case. If the boy didn’t aim the bottle then it would have just hit the flowers. Why did he aim it? They hope it was a mistake because they feel bad about punishing a little boy. They think people look like ants from that high up, so maybe he didn’t look at them as people. SO thinks the most horrible thing is that no one wants to be responsible.
The father drops the mom and child off to do their service to the hospital. The mother and father yell about it some more. The mother and son go inside and the mother tells him that she will do all the service for the woman and the son can just wait outside and do his homework. The mother goes inside and stands there as the woman is getting taken care of.
Then we see the boy outside, he runs into Yoona and starts talking to her. he wants to play with her. She is outside because she is scared to see her mothers face. He says his mother prepared something for them and opens up his lunch. He has strawberries inside, then Yoona sees a man lighting a cigarret. Yoona starts freaking out and crying histerically. The little boy looks at her and just stares at her. It looks like he might feel this pain of Yoona now. It looks like he didn’t know it was Yoona’s mother. Yoona said she wants to become an adult quickly and take her revenge on the arsonist. The boy starts crying and says he wants Yoona to still be his friend, he doesn’t want her to hate him, he is so scared.
Then we see Yoona walking the hall with SO. SO tells Yoona that her mom might not be able to hug her becasue she isn’t well. They look inside the room and see the bad mother and father helping the burnt patient. All three of them are taking care of the patient. Yoona runs in and the mother sits up and gives her a big hug even though she is in a lot of pain.
HY directs her employee in setting the table well. Perhaps they are preparing something for a bride? Then we see SO running in, she brought a flower for the opening of the store. WS also came to celebrate tomorrows opening of the store. They tell her that Yoona’s mom will get help from a law firm association. They wanted to let HY know. But SO thinks someone look suspicious. She thinks the waitress looks familiar.
The brother will be the CEO of the law firm now. The newly released father and the son walk thorugh the building and see someone deliver a lot of flowers. The father says it is their biggest rival. They go inside the room which is an event to introduce the brother as the new CEO. In the corner, a suspicious person watches and reports on this.
HY asks So if she is dating WS. SO tells her she will never date him. HY wonders where WS is staying now and SO says she doenst’ know becasue they aren’t close…I’ll leave now. But then SO says she quit the honor police because she has no power. She left the lunchbox shop alone toolong, so she will just clean.
Then we see the cake shop woman using gormet icing on a cake. The mood is eery as she says she expects an important guest. Then we see her meeting with someone. She says this superintendent wasn’t used to their cakes, he was surprised. Flashback of her meeting with the principal of the school and being presented the special cake. She tells the principal and this other man she is talking to that she hopes he likes the cake. The cake box opens and we see that there is a lot of money under the cake. The cake shop owner smiles.
Okay, I really didn’t like the ending of the last episode and this entire episode. This kid was crying basically because the girlfriend will hate him. The mom is sad because the kid is sad. The police don’t care, the lawyers don’t care, the teachers don’t care. The woman is completely destroyed, the family is destroyed, no remorse anywhere and yet we are supposed to feel happy that the family is helping the woman in the end? I mean WTF. Then SO quits her honorary police job and goes back to the lunch shop. It is like everything is going backwards and nothing matters. Everything was wrong about this episode.
I feel like this drama’s writer or director are trying to pull too many tears from the viewer by adding the most sad and depressing scenes they can think of. Let’s just not have her burnt and unable to work. Lets give her 3rd degree burns all over her body and she isn’t able to work and she has no family and she is poor and the daughter has PTSD and the school/police/law/parents don’t care. I’m not left feeling happy/uplifted by these supposedly heartfelt scenes (like I am with Should We Kiss First), I am just left feeling very depressed by them and like I need to watch Waikiki or something in order to life my mood. I am actually angry at this episode. This episode alone was enough for us to drop this show. It isn’t a scheduling drop like with Cross, Cross was moving alone nicely, this is a hate drop. I don’t even want to edit it (and probably won’t).
I might give this show one more week, but that is a big might. In my mind I have already checked out. I feel like QOM2 will just continue in this heartwrenching for the sake of heartwrenching storytelling with some fluffy scenes thrown in and nothing happening to move the main story forward, but then they will show us something at the very end of each episode to bait us for the next episode. I was willing to overlook the first episode tone shift. But the tone shift with this miserable story is just too much. I you don’t see Queen of Mystery 2 here next week it is because we stopped watching it. Spoiler Alert: You won’t see it.
UPDATE: Okay, I’m going to give Queen of Mystery 2 another go. I love the characters and actors, so I will at least let it ride for a few more episodes. Maybe the pressure of season 2 got to the production and it will take a few weeks for this season to find it’s footing? I’m willing to see.