4 episodes in and “W” continues to spin us around, tossing out secrets and giving our hero the truth even when we’d thought he would remain unaware for just a bit longer. So Hee pulls a bitch move. Yeon Joo brings Chul’s world crashing down. And Chul… There is way more to Chul than everyone knows (seriously though Chul. Who are you?)
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Chul’s looking for the context to his fucked up life
We begin with Chul meeting with Hyeon Seok, the director of his crime investigation program, “W”. Hyeon Seok is upset and tells Chul about the guilt he and the other members of the program feel for not being able to find out more about Chul’s attacker. He does express his confusion as to why Chul is protecting Yeon Joo, and then brings up the incident at the store, wondering what is going on between Chul and Yeon Joo. He mentions that he’d thought Chul would end up with So Hee, who he thinks would be the perfect fit for him and then tells Chul about the nurse who’d tried killing him with a potassium shot and her insistence that she has no idea why she’d tried killing Chul or why she ran when she was caught in the act. Hyeon Seok’s confused by it all and Chul tells him that the confusion is because there’s no logical context within which to situate the happenings. It’s the same with him for example. His stabbing had occurred because he’d gotten a call from an unknown person he can’t remember and who he has no idea why he’d trusted. He has no idea why he’d ditched Do Yoon that day as well, which is why he’d been helplessly attacked, like someone who was determined to die. And the worse part is, just like the nurse who has no idea why she’d wanted to kill Chul, Chul himself has no idea why he’d headed up on that day. It’s the same with the truck with no license plates that had almost killed him, but hadn’t bothered to stop and had instead disappeared the minute it entered central parking. None of it makes sense and it reminds him of ten years prior with his parents shooting and the not being able to find their killer, even though the investigative panel in the “W” show he’d helped create has a ninety-nine percent success rate. Everything is so strange that he believes that the killer he’s looking for might even be from another dimension. Hyeon Seok’s surprised as he wonders if Chul thinks the killer’s an alien and Chul confirms that that’s what he thinks. And he’s sure that the aliens look like them, just like Yeon Joo does, what with her knowing everything about him, even though to the personal thoughts he’s not been able to share with anyone. Thankfully though, Yeon Joo seems nice and determined to save him but he’s sure there’s someone looking down at them who’s filled with hostility and completely focused on killing him (seriously though. Wow. Chul’s so smart it’s scary and amazing all at once).
2. Chul’s close to falling in love
Over at Chul’s hotel, Yeon Joo’s stunned to see a room filled with shoes, bags, clothing, makeup, accessories and even perfumes all bought by Chul who’d given the instruction that she not only be given everything she needs, but she be assigned her personal maid/caretaker. The woman even goes as far as acting as Yeon Joo’s makeup artist who suggests that Yeon Joo go with a feminine look because that’s what Chul likes. When Yeon Joo asks why she should care, the woman drops the bomb that everyone believes Yeon Joo is Chul’s fiancee (hahaha. Not even girlfriend but fiancee? Talk about a big leap). Left alone, Yeon Joo wonders why “W” is changing from an action-drama theme to a romance themed story. She’s then interrupted by a phone call from Chul and admits to herself that even hearing his voice is making her heart beat faster. But the emotions don’t stop her from asking why she’s now is fiancee and Chul explains that he didn’t want people to think he’s keeping her locked up. He fishes as he asks if her boyfriend would be disgruntled by the cover and Yeon Joo quickly pipes up that she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Chul wonders why an attractive woman like her wouldn’t have a boyfriend and when Yeon Joo reminds him that he’d said she wan’t beautiful, he replies that he finds her charming in an idiotic way (hahahaha). Yeon Joo goes silent for a bit and then replies that even hearing him insult her as her heart fluttering. He chuckles at her words and when she grumbles that he’s laughing even though he’s holding her prisoner, he reminds her of one sure way she can return home. Yeon Joo sighs and just as Chul’s about to hang up, blurts out that she loves him (hehehe. She really hasn’t learned has she?). She waits with bated breath for his reply and slumps when he tells her that that wouldn’t work on him. Yeon Joo sighs and hangs up, although she has no idea that Chul gives a rueful smile as he declares that if she says it one more time, he just might be swayed (woah. Now that’s interesting. Girl, say it one more time).
3. So Hee pulls a dick move
Yeon Joo looks through the penthouse and wonders at how much time has passed in Chul’s world and hers. She also sighs that she’s getting used to the world and is joined by So Hee who’s all smiles and who suggests the head up the hotel. The guard is hesitant to let them go and something does smell fishy. But So Hee tells the guard that he can come with them and that seems to satisfy him. Except, when they get to the restaurant, So Hee ditches them, claiming that she has a video call. And then the guard ditches Yeon Joo as well, after he’s got her settled in her seat. So, Yeon Joo’s alone when the waiter who comes to attend to her, turns out to be the same waiter who’d been with her when she’d saved Chul up on the hotel’s rooftop. The waiter’s stunned to see her as he points out that everyone’s looking for her. The minute he goes to tell another waiter about Yeon Joo, Yeon Joo disappears. She tries running and as she does places a call to Chul, informing him about So Hee’s betrayal. Chul tells her to find some place to hide and then calls the guards to lambast them for not keeping Yeon Joo safe. He’s shocked to hear that So Hee had told them that the orders had come from him and he tells them to go rescue Yeon Joo. Except, by the time they get to her, the police are hot on her tail and get her first and the guard has to give Chul the bad news.
4. The police’s got nothing on Yeon Joo and it isn’t helping her case
Upon her arrests, Yeon Joo’s pictures are splattered all over the news as she’s led into the police station. She’s interrogated by Detective Park who asks for her name. When she replies that she’s Oh Yeon Joo, he tells her to quit with the lies and give him her real name, her social security number and her address. Yeon Joo though tells him that she doesn’t have either of the last two and her name is Oh Yeon Joo. The answers stump Detective Park, especially because her fingerprints also gave him nothing. He expresses his frustration to So Hee and when she suggests that Yeon Joo might be a Chinese immigrant, Detective Park replies that he thinks it’s something more than that. To that effect, So Hee goes to visit Yeon Joo in her cell and apologizes. She tells Yeon Joo that she couldn’t handle Chul living with his attempted murder suspect (yeah right. As if we all don’t know the real reason why you have her locked up oh jealous second female lead). She tells Yeon Joo to come clean with the truth about her identity and Yeon Joo tells her that she doesn’t exist. So Hee though finds that hard to believe. We then cut to the myriad of questionings Detective Park subjects Yeon Joo about how she always appears at the scene of the crime and knows about what’s about to happen. The detective gets frustrated at Yeon Joo keeping her silence and the next thing we know, she’s being led to a Detention Center as the news report claim that it’s being done so she wouldn’t flee the country (utter bullshit).
5. Chul does all of us a solid and fires So Hee (good for you Chul).
Chul finally arrives at the country and is met with a barrage of reporters who bring up Yeon Joo’s arrest and ask if Chul thinks she’s the culprit and if the rumors about their relationship is true. Chul replies that they shouldn’t believe everything they hear and enters his car. On their way, he’s informed about Yeon Joo having been moved to the detention center and states that they should head there. Do Yoon brings up the fact that So Hee’s been complaining that he hasn’t called her and so Chul does. She immediately goes into a long spiel about Yeon Joo not saying anything and so the lawyers aren’t able to help her. Chul replies that she has nothing to say which is why he’s been protecting her. Instead, So Hee’s put Yeon Joo in danger. So Hee explains that logically, it makes sense that Yeon Joo’s the suspect and Chul fires back that that was what had been said about it. Everyone had been so focused on logically rationalizing things that they hadn’t listened to him or believed him. His entire life’s mission has been to make sure that nobody else suffers that fate, which is why So Hee who doesn’t get that, can’t be his personal assistant anymore. He suggests that they just be friends and tells her that she’s fired (a standing round of applause for Chul. Thank you. Thank you. Bitch got what she deserved).
6. Yeon Joo drops the revelation bomb
Chul heads to the prison where Yeon Joo can barely hold in her tears when he asks how she’s doing. She breaks down as she admits that she’s not fine and then starts to wail that things like this only happen in movies and not to normal citizens like herself. Chul replies that it happens to normal citizens alright. It’s just that they never expect that they will be there either. As he tells her that the citizens just wake up one morning and find themselves in a prison cell, we flashback to Chul in that very same situation. We then return to the present as Chul tells Yeon Joo about all the trials and investigations she would be subjected, all to wear her down because the police who’ve gotten tired of their investigation leading them nowhere have decided that she has to be the suspect. His suggestion therefore is that Yeon Joo tell him the truth. That way, she will be able to disappear. He asks her where she’s from and Yeon Joo tears up as she points out how her disappearance would turn things upside down. Chul tells her not to worry as he would handle things, seeing that it’s his world. He asks her where she’s from and Yeon Joo tears up some more, stating that the truth would make Chul very sad. Chul replies that he’s already sad anyway. Plus, he’s sure that Yeon Joo doesn’t want to be put away for decades. The words have her crying and Chul continues to press and ask her for where she’s from. Yeon Joo replies that she’s from Seoul and Chul points out that he’s in Seoul as well, so what’s different? Yeon Joo tries once again by telling Chul that he would regret learning the truth and Chul replies that he wouldn’t regret it. When he asks yet again about the different in their worlds, Yeon Joo drops the bomb and tells him that his world is a webtoon that she reads and he’s the main character of that webtoon (shit. Damn. I was expecting her to hold out some more). As the words sink in for Chul, right before his very eyes, Yeon Joo disappears.
7. Dealing with the aftermath of Yeon Joo’s disappearance
Yeon Joo reappears at the bus-stop she’d been at before she’d been teleported into Chul’s world. And in the very same prison jumpsuit (well that would make her stand out in the crowd). Luckily for her, Soo Bong shows up muttering about how he can’t believe that she actually went to prison. He then heads to the clothing store, utterly confused as he rifles through the racks to get her something to wear. Yeon Joo’s waiting in a changing stall and as he hands her the clothes, he tells her of Sun Mi calling him to tell him about the latest chapter and how weird it is. Sun Mi had told him to check out the latest chapter and Soo Bong had been stunned to read all about everything that had happened to Yeon Joo; from her flashing Chul and Do Yoon, to her getting incarcerated. Even as he’s trying to come to grip with this development, Yeon Joo had flashed back into her world. As they drive back home, Yeon Joo wails about how exhausting her seven days in the comics have been, even though she’s only be gone thirty minutes in her world. Soo Bong then asks her if she’d told Chul the truth so she can get away from it all and Yeon Joo’s horrified as she starts to ask what she’s done and how she can fix it. Unfortunately, Soo Bong has no answer to that. Over at Chul’s world, Do Yoon’s stunned to see the uproar the prison’s descended to, especially when he overhears a guard telling his superior that Yeon Joo had disappeared right before his very eyes. Chul stays silent through it all, and Do Yoon calls So Hee who is at first unwilling to hear anything to do with Yeon Joo. But when she’s told the news, she’s totally stunned. The news of Yeon Joo’s escape is all over the news, which is quick to point out that Chul was visiting her when she disappeared. One of the people watching the news at the point is Cheol Ho who is delighted at this chance to finally nab the psychopathic murderer Kang Chul (dude. Seriously though. After all these years and you still haven’t gotten over it? Let it go already).
8. A confession brings Chul’s world to a screeching halt
They get home to find Seong Moo still missing. Soo Bong then offers his suggestion that they just type the end at the end of the episode and end the story at that point. He believes it’s the only option they have left that would prevent Yeon Joo from being dragged back into the world of “W”. And her getting dragged back is an all-round bad idea because she’s now wanted by the police, especially now that she’s disappeared from prison. Yeon Joo though is worried for Chul and Soo Bong wonders why she’s so concerned about a cartoon character when she’s just one step away from being carted away to a mental hospital (priorities people. Priorities). Soo Bong then settles in with the plan to write ‘the end’ and put an end to it all. Meanwhile, over at Chul’s world, Chul is walking around dazed whilst the search goes on around him in the prison. As he moves on autopilot, everything that Yeon Joo’s told him since she appeared click into place. Do Yoon hands over Chul’s phone when it rings, stating that the call is from Hyeon Seok. Hyeon Seok guesses that Yeon Joo didn’t really disappear but that just like Chul had told him, she’s returned to her own world. He brings up the fact that Cheol Ho would want to use the opportunity to finally nail Chul but Chul’s more concerned with the reason for his existence, especially because everything that has happened to him which didn’t make sense before now do, with the context that Yeon Joo’s provided. Hyeon Seok wonders what the context is and Chul blurts out that their world is fake. Immediately he states the words aloud, his entire world freezes (holy shit. What the hell?!!!!!).
9. Chul’s punishment
Over at Yeon Joo’s world, Soo Bong reads out what he intends to type on the last chapter: an apology to the fans stating that “W” would have to end in that chapter because Seong Moo can’t carry on with it due to personal reasons. He’s aware that the fans would be angry at the lack of a suitable conclusion but feels that there’s nothing that can be done. Yeon Joo, not able to deal with it happening walks away, only to come right back at Soo Bong’s exclamation. She and Soo Bong look at the wiped out screen in horror. Meanwhile, over at Chul’s world, he walks up to a very frozen Do Yoon who wouldn’t react, no matter how much he calls him. As he walks further into the prison, he’s stunned to see everyone frozen in place. Even Hyeon Seok who’s called him is frozen, as his So Hee and everyone else in the webtoon. The only one who is not frozen is Chul. As he sinks down to the ground in horror, Yeon Joo tells us in voiceover that the minute Chul realized the truth of the webtoon’s existence, the webtoon stopped, leaving Chul as the only survivor: his punishment for realizing the truth (shit).
10. Chul travels to Yeon Joo’s world
At the wiped out screens, Yeon Joo wails that something bad must have happened to Chul because of her. Chul on the other hand sees a glowing frame suddenly appear out of thin air (omo). As he walks closer to it, we see on the other side of the frame that it’s a webtoon screen. The glowing frame reminds him of when he’s been stabbed and that very same frame had appeared. He’d reached into it and had dragged Yeon Joo from her world into his. Seeing the frame now, he walks up to one of the frozen policemen, grabs the man’s gun and steps into the screen that teleports him into Yeon Joo’s world. He glances at this new world from his vantage point on a rooftop and walks away, not seeing Seong Moo’s cracked computer screen that had been glowing but which then turns normal (holy shit). Chul then continues moving forward, like a man on a mission, in the pouring rain.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because she’s the very reason why it’s believed that you shouldn’t work with your friends. Seriously though, as Chul’s assistant, it wasn’t in her place to have made that call. When your boss tells you that he will handle a situation, then you should bloody let him do that. She went behind Chul’s back, using their friendship as a cloak to get at Yeon Joo. And I’m half of the mind that she’d done so more out of jealousy than concern.
Headache inducing moment:
Because the minute he took that call and left, all the warning signals in my head went flaring up. Seriously though, So Hee pulled a dick move. Argh!
This episode’s a Holy Smokes. Because HOLY SMOKES. I don’t think ANYONE saw that coming and if they had, I bow at their foresight. This is just episode four and this drama’s barreling onwards at an unprecedented pace that has us all at the edge of our seast. It’s so damn good, especially when you realize that should the webtoon pick up from where it left off, then everyone would be aware that there’s something up with their world. Plus, Chul’s blurted out the secret to someone else: Hyeon Seok. So does that mean that when Hyeon Seok gets unfrozen, he too would be like Chul? Would he remain unfrozen whilst everyone else is a mere webtoon character? Will he be able to wield Chul’s power? Or is it all Chul? Also, what’s up with Seong Moo’s computer? Where was he when he disappeared in the first episode? Had he been dragged into the webtoon himself? Is he the murderer or would Seong Moo make Chul the killer after all, seeing that he’s taken away Chul’s chance at making his own decisions by himself? There are so many questions left behind and I find it so interesting because at the moment, I’m totally on Chul’s side. But at the same time, I’m terrified. Who is Chul? What is he? Is he a human being cursed to stay in the webtoon? Is he a transferred soul, a la Dorian Grey in the Portrait of Dorian Grey? Or is he an extension of Seong Moo? An extension that was birthed through Seong Moo’s sorrow and which has the power Seong Moo had subconsciously infused into him through his despair. They are so many ways to spin this story and heavens know I love this drama for taking me on this ride. Love it!