Song Sun, hurriedly exits her apartment, cheerfully telling Dr. Cheong Sang Won that she’ll see him in a bit. Muttering to herself that she’s running late, she strides down the corridor. The camera then cuts to one of the apartment doors that closes slowly and ominously.
We then see SS being interviewed for a magazine. She quotes a psychologist named Paul Ekman, who stated that a smile was the easiest way to charm a person. SS comments on the flip side saying that then even a smile can be useful in committing a crime. We cut to someone typing “Remember me, teacher?” on a computer in some darkened room. As Song Sun goes on offering advice to the show’s host on how to discern a person’s intentions when approaching, and when they might be malicious, we alternate back to this man who threatens to kill Song Sun, stating that she ruined his life. Well that’s nice and frightening.
A few days later, Doctor Frost reads the published interview when a cheery Seung ah (wearing the bright orange coat Frost bought for her) whirls in. She’s clearly very happy with it and smoothes it over repeatedly while talking to him.
On the other hand, Frost returns to his magazine. SA throws him increasingly dirty looks especially when NTB calls her once more. Lying outright that Frost isn’t around here, she ends the call and is even more irritated when he shows no reaction. Frost simply shrugs that she’d have passed the phone to him, were the call of some importance. Plus, he notes, he did tell her to freely ignore all the calls for him, she’s as (he quotes) she’s “not a human pager”. YSA mutters that he holds more of a grudge than she’d have thought.
Frost then leaves the room citing a case of some sort, leaving an irritated YSA behind. Perusing his desk, she scowls to note that he’s not use the phone she bought him. That’s when she notices the magazine on his desk and SS’s interview.
She’s super awed at the level of SS’s fame, and brings it over to her office. SS has just received the threatening message we saw being typed earlier and is in shock. YSA enters and happily waves the article in her face, quoting that “you too might be the victim of a crime”. The rather apt line only serves to heighten SS’s fear, and she remains frozen. YSA wonders what’s wrong, yet SS shrugs off the matter.
Cut to Frost sitting on the bench while Team Manager Bae Doo Ahn, the fellow who appeared to have a thing for SS, sits beside him. Frost refuses his offer of coffee, saying that he doesn’t drink it, and they get down to business. Turns out that the fellow has a girlfriend who appears to need some counselling, she’s refusing as the counsellors all make her seem insane. BDA can’t sleep due to worry either. Frost asks whether he can shadow the girl in question but the other guy advises him not to saying that it would be the end of their relationship, should she figure it out. Upon hearing that the girl appears to be cheating on him as well, Frost wondering why on earth the fellow still wants to maintain their relationship. Manager Bae merely smiles, shaking his head, and says that there’s just no one who loves her as much as him (aww! This girl doesn’t deserve him). Frost simply stares.
Detective Nam and Assistant Cha puzzle over a set of crimes that appear to have been planned well in advance, from the CCTVs being smashed ahead of time to the perpetrator (s) knowing the victims nocturnal schedule well. However, there’s no connection between the five men who’ve been attacked, the most recent of whom is recovering in the hospital (and is in a rather precarious psychological state). They’re from different neighbours, and have different jobs and so on. NTB thinks over a cheeseburger and diet cola, while his assistant looks on shaking his head.
YSA laments that fact that she’s nothing more than a human pager, muttering snidely at Frost until he finally stops and asks whether she’s the one holding the grudge. Haha.
They make their way to SS’s office and find her frozen in shock at the arrival of a second threatening letter (though of course, Frost and YSA don’t know it just yet). Frost quickly picks up on her posture and the way her eyes remain glued to that letter. He hurriedly snatches it from her (was that a bit of emotion there, Frost?) and reads it.
SS wearily relates what’s been going on. Frost deduces that the person was someone SS knew the past, who’s furious with her once more for some reason. YSA pinpoints the reason for the second letter but referring to a quote in the magazine,that makes light of paranoia. She advises SS to consult the police. SS refuses, saying that they’d demand her clients’ information and that would be unfair to them. There’s no one without her group of clients that she suspects just yet, but Frost clearly believes it to be someone battling paranoia. YSA asks whether just Frost and her can see the files. SS agrees but finds that some are missing.
She then gets a call (that YSA picks up) from the hospital. One of her clients has been hospitalized, and is badly hurt. He keeps saying that someone’s trying to kill him. The three rush over, and SS tries to calm him down. Meanwhile Detective Nam interviews that survivors of the other attacks who appear to suffer from mild paranoia as well, as they keep fretting about who on earth is after them. This doesn’t go too well with the Somewhat alright looking assistant who wonders how they can have so much fear, being men (to which I respond by showing him the wrong end of a king cobra. Now tell me you aren’t scared).
They find that all the victims visited Yongang University within the month. NTB decides to visit the most recent victim (the one mentioned earlier who was injured badly enough to be hospitalized) and then head on over to Yongang University, where Frost, YSA and SS work.
Well, what do you know, the injured victim, Kim Moon Suh, turns out the same client that SS, Frost and YSA are currently visiting. Detective Nam goes into overdrive trying to make himself look good for SS and sending Assistant Cha to go buy drinks for him. He’s is surprised to learn of the coincidence, and mentions that KMS was involved in a motorcycle accident just the previous night. Frost guesses on the mark that there must have been other victims. YSA wonders how he knows which leads to this snarky little exchange.
SS confirms that all 5 men who’ve been attacked are her clients. But there isn’t enough evidence to link this to the threatening letters just yet. Just as tension begins to rise, YSA’s stomach growls rather loudly. Frost looks at his watch and mildly observes that she’s right on time.
The group heads on over to Frost’s bar to eat. SS doesn’t have much of an appetite and YSA’s attempts to make her eat a cookie turn awkward when Frost reveals that Song Sun has an allergy to almonds. Okay, did you two date or not in the past?
They return to the issue of the missing files, with Detective Nam noting that the attacks might not be finished just yet. He asks her to turn over the consultation records, SS refuses for the sake of her clients’ privacy until he reminds her that their priority is to prevent any more victims. SS walks home, with Frost striding behind her, who (omo!) takes her hand and warns her that it’s dangerous to leave alone. She refuses his help in the matter.
Watching from the sidelines is an our attacker whose fist is only shown, and Seung Ah. She pensively watches the exchanges SS gets in a taxi and leaves.
She bumps into a jacket-clad figure before doing so, who excuses himself and walks away. Hello, attacker? Frost cuts a lonesome figure in his apartment (this is the first we’ve seen of it), brooding while gazing out the window, and thinking back to a picture of the dead girl we saw in the first episode, SS’s sister. Interesting.
The next day, at the office, Seung Ah wonders just what went on between SS and Frost in the past (I think we all want to know the answer to that) when Manager Bae comes in a rather good mood which some stuff for SS who’s office door is locked. He mentions that he’s getting married soon (wait what? I thought you said you were having problems with your girlfriend) and Seung Ah hilariously tries to give him advice on how to propose.
Frost comes in as SA scans the material and is startled (more emotion!) to find that SS hasn’t come in yet. YSA hurriedly calls Detective Nam. Frost breaks into SS’s office after several tries (the passcode is the day her sister died) and finds a final letter on the floor. He notes that the pictures of SS on her desk (who keeps a picture of herself on her own desk) has been taken.
(Just how do you make that jump to Erotomania though?)
Detective Nam reports that SS never made it home and there’s nothing on the CCTV (so was the taxi driver in on everything?). There’s no doubt about it, SS has been kidnapped. SS wakes up in a strange room, with her hands and feet bound, and panics.
Frost muses over what Cheon Sang Won said, with the limit of his own capabilities made clear. YSA sees him from afar and goes over, only to freeze at the sight of someone on the roof aiming a potted plant at Frost’s head. She races over, and tackles Frost, just in time to prevent him from being brained. Thankfully, instead of the doing the “are you okay?” bit or slow-mo fall on top of each other shindig that characterizes most dramas, they hurriedly split up and race up countless flights of stairs (couldn’t you have used the elevator?) to the roof only to find it empty.
A breathless YSA then gives Frost the results of her morning research, the font used by the kidnapper is rarely present in most word processing programs.
Detective Nam has set up in shop in SS’s office and sends the others to look for files of clients SS had years ago, in order to find a suspect of some sort.
They discuss the possibility of the culprit having both paranoia or erotomania, or there being two culprits, one doing the attacking, and one stalking SS. Riffling through said files, Frost pauses at a single name.
He bumps into Manager Bae who thanks him for the counselling session (so did HE need counselling or his gf? That’s rather confusing, though I suppose either party in the relationship works? And the previous session did end in him affirming his love for her so…I’ll buy it). As Frost leaves, BDA murmurs that Frost should find another good person too. Frost catches the softly spoken words and pauses for and instant before leaving.
Meanwhile YSA, who was put to task on looking through SS’s schedule, is interrupted by Detective Nam who calls her over to look at the CCTV records. They all jump when an unrepentant Frost sneaks up on them, especially SA.
She wonders why BDA asked her to give SS the files when he knew the passcode to SS’s office. That’s enough to send off warning bells in Frost’s mind and he hurriedly asks her to come with him. Meanwhile, a man enters the apartment SS is locked in. She ekes out a weak “you?”upon seeing his face. Detective Nam and his assistant race over to SS’s apartment building, upon finding that Park Bum Soo moved in three months ago. A surprised Bum Soo is easily overpowered but there’s no one in the apartment. Meanwhile, the camera pans up to SS’s kidnapper who is, Manager Bae.
Eurgh, so this is the “girlfriend” he was talking about? The one that he was planning on proposing to? It’s amazing how creepy those conversations sound now. He greets her with “Honey”, while she just looks freaked out. He strokes her hair saying that he’ll untie if, but she’s got to stay put (in this creepily gentle tone, might I add), she shakily agrees (remembering her own words on how a smile was the best weapon).Park Bum Soo confesses to having sent the first letter while being led out to the police car. Frost and YSA searching BDA’s desk, finding that his schedule is that same as SS, and pictures of Frost and SS that day by the taxi. Frost realizes that BDA was jealous of him, and hurriedly tells Detective Nam to go after BDA.
SS does the smartest thing ever in pretending to acquiesce to her captor’s demands. Seriously, if more drama leads used their brains like this, Kdramaland would be a better place. That being said, that photoshopped picture of the two of them is the creepiest thing ever. She can barely hide how freaked out she is.
(See now, that is NOT the look of love she’s giving you)
She looks at the wedding invitation he’s created with horror, but has to quickly cover it as BDA returns with wine. Frost, YSA and NTB are shocked to find that BDA has moved out. We’re treated to a quick explanation of BDA’s psyche that I don’t really think is necessary seeing that we’ve already seen him in action. I’ve noticed that a flaw of this show is making even the obvious, obvious. I get it, I really do, so hurry up and chase after BDA instead of talking about whether or not he believes himself justified in kidnapping her. Do that after you’ve caught him. BDA ups the creep-factor by giving his reason for messing with SS’s files. SS is honestly wavering between full blown panic and horror. The seconds drag on as she wonders how to get away.
YSA’s beat up car does overtime, weaving in between the others in a mad dash to get to SS. Yet, Frost and YSA get stuck in traffic. Frost warns her to drive carefully, yet all SA can think about is SS’s safety. She turns on the radio only to her BDA’s proposal to SA. Okay, now it’s even creepier, knowing that you unintentionally inspired a kidnapper’s proposal. They hurriedly call NTB.
SS is forced to smile through BDA’s proposal and accept his ring. She suggests a toast, fake smile plastered on firmly, after which she reaches towards the salad plate and pops an almond in her mouth. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE! Okay, show, that was clever.
She starts choking which sends BDA off to get water, she manages to delay him enough to phone Frost (hiding the phone behind her). Yet as the allergic reaction seizes her body she falls out of her chair. BDA doesn’t notice the phone at first, worrying about her well being. SS manages to eke out that she’s allergic to nuts between coughs, and BDA apologizes, worried out of his mind (this is such a goose bump inducing scene honestly, he seems to care for her so much but the fellow seriously as problems) until he catches sight of the phone. Interestingly enough, Frost is saved as Yoon Jo Gyo on SS’s phone. Odd. Is that his real name?
Bae Doo Ahn goes into a towering rage upon finding that she’s called Frost and shakes over and over yelling that she’s just like his mother who never came even though he waited for 20 years (just when I thought his fellow couldn’t get any weirder).
Frost, YSA, NTB and Assistant Cha all reach the building at about the same time. Frost pulls the fire alarm, while YSA goes about things the hard way knocking on every door and calling for SS (do you really think that’ll work?)
BDA freaks out as SS begins to go into shock.
Residents flee the building as the fire alarm wails and BDA hurriedly does so as well, cradling SS. Who does he run into but Frost, who doesn’t try to wrest SS from his arms but hurriedly enters the apartment, riffles through SS’s handbag and pulls out her epi-pen. NTB and Assistant Cha overpower BDA, and Frost hurriedly stabs the epi-pen into SS’s thigh. It works its magic and SS’s breathing evens out. YSA sighs in relief.
BDA is lead out by NTB and the others, insisting all the while that SS and him were going to get married (the crazy never really stops does it?)
What follows is an interrogation of epically creepy proportions and BDA essentially takes SS’s fearful acquiescing to all the crap he was spouting, as things she said herself. It’s really disturbing to hear. Frost counters with the fact that she nearly died because of him and this is his response.
Now that’s insanity. Frost simply continues to stare.
An unspecified amount of time, SS is in her office. She thinks back to the lengths that BDA used to go to help her out and sighs. I like that she pities him despite what he did. Being a counsellor, part of her can’t help but empathize with him. And that makes her all the more wonderful.
Frost stands in front of Song Sul’s (Song Sun’s sister) ashes in a funeral home. Song Sun joins him, tearfully saying that her sister died because she loved him. Frost remains silent.
YSA types up the case, pensively noting that the ability to be incapable of love might leave a larger scar than heartbreak ever could.
Sometime later, Frost reads something, pausing as YSA arrives, lugging a Christmas tree into the office. Turns out he’s reading the report she was typing up earlier.
She begins decorating the Christmas tree as he snarks about how unnecessary they are. I say, snarks, but he really does say it in this deadpan tone that’s even better than snarkiness.
YSA cuts her finger while snarking back and then this happens.
Omo! *squeals* As if I needed to ship these two more. I was on the edge of my seat the moment she cut her finger, because while the typical male lead reaction to it is cute and all. Frost is not your average male lead, gestures like this on his part are a hundred times more squealworthy, as he…doesn’t have emotions xD (I love how directly Seung Ah says it too). I did deflate a little when he seemed to thanking her for saving SS. But her eyes remained quite bright. I love how each episode each with the spotlight on these two, though I’d love to see a little more of it during the episode as well. Plus we still know nothing of Frost’s mysterious past! TELL ME MORE!
The animosity between Frost and SS definitely has cooled down thanks to this incident. I’m hoping that she’s not a romantic rival for Seung Ah to be jealous of or anything, seeing how much I love both ladies. This show can be a bit underwhelming at points and does have the tendency to bit unnecessary information but sure can pull the rug out from under you at other points. I mean, BDA was such a cutie these past two episodes, I never imagined that he’d turn out to be this insane. But it’s in the quiet moment between our two leads, and the small ways our characters grow each episode that draws me to this show. I like you, Doctor Frost. Not that you can ever reciprocate. (Or can you? And if so, how about going for YSA? That would seriously make my day. Another HWJ/NDJ-style romance just might kill me. Skinship please. Loads)
That’s it until Episode 5, folks!