The Uncanny Counter Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – why does Ju-seok accept an evil spirit?

By Nathan Sartain
Published: August 12, 2023 (Last updated: September 6, 2023)
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Netflix K-Drama series The Uncanny Counter Season 2 Episode 5 Recap


A good instalment sets the wheels in motion for Ju-seok’s potential villainy.

We recap the Netflix K-Drama series The Uncanny Counter Season 2 Episode 5, which contains significant spoilers.

Ahead of the halfway mark of this season, the trigger has been pulled on Ju-seok’s antagonistic spin. Whether he’ll fully commit to pledging his allegiance to Pil-gwang (Kang Ki-young) is another thing, though, as the Counters could still convince the former firefighter that those claiming to help, are really just a hindrance.

The Uncanny Counter Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

How is Ju-seok’s life changing?

As So Mun fails to get through to Ju-seok, who firmly decides he’ll “never forgive” those who killed his wife, Pil-gwang takes a curious interest in the former firefighter. So, the villain inspects Ju-seok’s mother’s home, where he decides he’ll “help” the evil spirit abilities come out in a man once known for being a model citizen.

While Mo-tak tells the Counters he had a “hunch” about Ju-seok now being dangerous, and So Mun reflects on the former firefighter’s strong character through a warm conversation with his grandmother, we see life is different now for the current convict.

For Ju-seok is continuing to grapple with the evil spirit taking up space in his thoughts, and is left with more questions than answers when Pil-gwang pays a visit to his prison to discuss “the truth.”

What information do Gelly and the Counters uncover?

At the park, Ha-na and Do-hwi awkwardly catch up with each other, before the Counter gets a chance to read her friend’s mind. There, she finds out the pianist would regularly spend time at the hospital while she was in a coma, only to miss her waking up.

In an abandoned cold storage, the Counters trace the whereabouts of Gelly, who is in pursuit of money her group are owed for the Baekdu Planning & Construction scam.

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However, the heroes are unable to properly subdue the one-eyed villain, and she escapes by exposing gas pipes her foes cannot run through. Nevertheless, Gelly still leaves cashless.

Now, the Counters now know their task is to find evidence Pil-gwang and co. were behind this scheme, so the antagonists can be “put behind bars” once caught. On the other hand, though, Gelly is able to feed back to her leader that Jeok-bong is capable of smelling out the location of evil spirits.

What does Pil-gwang do to try and bring out Ju-seok’s evil spirit?

As Mo-tak begins poking around the Baekdu case in more detail, Ha-na enjoys time at an arcade with Do-hwi. Watching on in the background, a relieved Mae-ok tells Jeok-bong this is the usually reserved Counter’s “true self.”

Inside a laundromat, Mo-tak and So Mun fail to find concrete evidence (or successfully pursue a fleeing potential criminal) that money has been laundered for the Baekdu case there.

Elsewhere, Pil-gwang breaks Ju-seok out of his cell, exploiting the former firefighter’s quest for the truth about his wife’s death by pushing him towards accepting his taunting evil spirit.

The Uncanny Counter Season 2 Episode 5 Ending Explained

Now accepting of the evil spirit inside him for the sake of this aforementioned alleged truth, Ju-seok beats up his prison tormentors with newfound force, then breezes through to freedom. There, he finds himself facing off with a stunned So Mun, and the episode ends with the two locking eyes.

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