Big Mouth – K-Drama Episode 3 Recap and Review
The metamorphosis begins
Big Mouth Episode 3 picks up the cliffhanger from the previous episode, with Park Chang-ho staging an “escape” and yelling at the guards to shoot him. It doesn’t work as the director realizes it is Chang-ho and makes sure he is captured alive. He informs Gong Ji-hoon, who in turn warns him to keep Chang-ho alive.
At Gucheon University Hospital, Mi-ho is introduced to her new colleagues. As part of a hazing ritual, they leave her alone to administer medication to patients. She takes him in her stride but soon comes across a patient who appears to be dying. She saves him with CPR but gets in trouble for it – all 7 patientse floor have a do-not-resuscitate order. Later, she overhears a patient’s relative being forced to sign a DNR or the patient wouldn’t be operated on.
Back home, Mi-ho, her father, and Soon-tae discuss how Professor Seo’s research paper must have something to do with it. Soon-tae hands Mi-ho the divorce papers Chan-ho made her write, but she tears them up.
At the prison, the warden counts the wads of money and leafs through a notebook with names and numbers. He then calls an assembly for Ward 2, reiterating that he is God in this penitentiary. He then begins to divide the inmates into groups.
Jerry explains to Chang-ho that the groups are of different ranks. Grade A are those who are in the director’s good books or who pay him monthly, such as the room manager who reads the director’s fortune telling. They get various benefits while others don’t. Chang-ho tries to oppose this practice but the director has him taken away.
He ends up in Grade C where he and the other inmates are forced to work in the sewers. Meanwhile, the three murder suspects at Gucheon Hospital enlist another inmate to kill Chang-ho. He tries to stab him in the yard but Chang-ho evades his attacks, once again saved by the watchman. Chang-ho realizes that the three suspects are not the ones who accused him of Big Mouse.
In his office, the director tells Chang-ho to compensate him for the number of times he saved his life. He demands 5% of the 100 billion won that Big Mouse stole from Lala Capital. He then tells Chang-ho that he is only alive because Ji-hoon thinks he is Big Mouse. If his cover is destroyed, Ji-hoon will easily eliminate his family. The threat to Mi-ho causes Chang-ho to lose his temper. He admits to being Big Mouse, threatens the Guardian’s family, and promises to show them what makes him Big Mouse.
Meanwhile, Mi-ho is questioned by the prosecutor, who tries to pressure her into admitting that Chang-ho is Big Mouse. She is holding up. Sitting near a bus stop later, she recalls when Chang-ho first invited her. It was right after she broke up with her ex-boyfriend and Chang-ho brought home a drunk Mi-ho. Mi-ho cries thinking about this, while Mayor Choi watches her from afar.
At Mayor Choi’s house, Hyun Joo-hee (his wife and the director of Gucheon University Hospital) brings wine and glasses. They tried to have a baby but Mayor Choi tells her they should stop, he doesn’t want to see her suffer anymore. He asks her about Professor Seo’s article but she says it’s just a rumor.
In the sewers, Chang-ho continues to work with the other C-grade inmates. When given porridge for lunch, he annoys the inmates and rebels against the guards, demanding better food. Maintaining his Big Mouse facade, he whispers threats to the Guardian and it works. As the C-grade is allowed to enter the cafeteria with the others, they applaud Chang-ho.
Mi-ho and Soon-tae visit Chang-ho in prison. It’s the first time Mi-ho and Chang-ho have seen each other since his incarceration, and the reunion is emotional. Chang-ho insists on a divorce as he is resigned to being in jail forever, but Mi-ho says she will keep fighting. She says he would do the same if the roles were reversed. Back in solitary, Chang-ho decides to survive for Mi-ho’s sake. To do this, he fully assumes his role as Big Mouse.
He tells Jerry to ask for the wishes of 50 inmates. Only three do. One of them is the head of the room who asks Chang-ho to find his missing daughter. Another is the psychopath who killed nine women. He wants Chang-ho to save his mother, a leukemia patient who needs a transplant.
While Mi-ho is working at the hospital, she tries to find out Professor Seo’s article, but the entire staff feigns ignorance. She is then called to meet the director, who discovered her connection to Chang-ho. Hyun Joo-hee asks Mi-ho to quit but Mi-ho refuses. Mi-ho tries to ask about Professor Seo’s article, but to no avail. Outside the office, the relative of the patient in room 701 approaches Mi-ho. She claims her husband is in danger but flees when the head nurse arrives.
In the prison’s VIP room, the three suspects come up with another plan to assassinate Chang-ho. This time, they also chain themselves to the keeper.
The man who once tried to stab Chang-ho is transferred to Chang-ho’s cell and appears to have had a change of heart. But later in the laundry room, he pulls out a bag full of weapons and hands them to the gang leader and his lackeys. Together they gang up on Chang-ho and his few followers. The manager keeps his men on standby, telling them to let Chang-ho be stabbed once before intervening. He doubles the three VIPs!
The fight begins and the three VIPs reveal that they hired the psychopath to do the real damage. But as the psychopath moves to attack Chang-ho, the ward boss steps in and takes the hit. Chang-ho shrugs off the psycho and stares straight into the camera, eyes blazing with anger.
The episode review
This show seems to be made for Lee Jong Suk to show off his array of talents. From pretending to be a crime lord to completely breaking down in front of his wife, he’s absolutely compelling. As a viewer, you feel for Chang-ho more than anyone.
The story moves at a good pace in this episode. We don’t get a lot of twists, but we see Mi-ho and Chang-ho going their own way. Flashback memories of their past help ground the fact that they were just regular people before that.
It’s interesting to watch Mi-ho fight for Chang-ho’s innocence as he himself is forced to take on the mantle of Big Mouse. As they do this to survive, I wonder if there will come a time when their two paths will collide.
The transformation is underway, Park Chang-ho has decided to survive and we can’t wait to see where his new determination will take him.
The next episode
|Expect a full season write-up at the end of this season!|