Episode 5 of Mouse can probably be a standalone episode because it left me speechless. The tactics were frustrating to deliver the crescendo but the emotional impact really washed away all the nonsensical, coincidental, and absurd events that needed to deliver the gut punch. I can’t believe the Korean police would allow a live show with call in to catch a serial killer on the loose and reveal so much non public info about the case, or that the broadcasting station would broadcast the final feed AND not cut out before the kill happened ON LIVE TELEVISION. But in the end I was crying and crying along with Lee Hee Joon’s Detective Go Moo Chi, currently the ripped out heart and soul of the drama. The first four episodes felt antiseptic to me, even Granny’s death because it was telegraphed and I didn’t connect with her granddaughter because she was so traumatized and sad already in her life. But episode 5 for the first time made me sad a character I liked died, and this drama clearly is going to keep killing off supporting characters as another joins Granny and Prof. Daniel in the sky. Lee Hee Joon probably needed cups of coffee for the energy and water for his dehydration to get through the episode, he was in nearly every scene and it was just a tour de force of him butting brains with the serial killer. I think the serial killer hates himself and perhaps wants to be caught and force South Korea to terminate babies with the serial killer gene and/or actually go through with the death penalty. With Mouse being a 20-episode (!!!) drama there is clearly a lot more twists and turns to come but woo I need a breather now. This episode brought in 5.796% ratings and my gut tells me this drama will stay in the 5-6% range through its run and maybe break into 7% for the final few episodes. It’s a little too dark to get broader appetite.