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Angry Mom: Episode 1

Angry Mom is darker than I’d expected it to be, but in a totally welcome way—it’s stark at times and tinged with the harshness of reality, yet has a lot of promise for cuteness and warmth as well. I say promise because there wasn’t a whole lotta comedy in the first episode, which was spent establishing the severity of the circumstances, but I do think the funnies are headed our way. More than anything the characters are going to drive this story, and I’m super excited to have Kim Hee-sun delivering so much emotion and intensity—far, far more than she has delivered throughout her career—and Kim Yoo-jung stepping it up to match her. I have good feelings about this one so far.

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

In a small restaurant named Pig Mom, a woman narrates that a power dynamic emerges in every relationship, pitting strong versus weak. Sometimes age is the determining factor, and at other times fists are more effective. Demonstrating her point is a table of three, where a minor tiff escalates into a full-blown brawl.

That brings our narrator out from the kitchen to break up the fight: She’s JO KANG-JA (her name happens to mean Strong One; she’s played by Kim Hee-sun), an ajumma with frizzy hair and a (pixelated) mouthful of swears. She screams at the men, shutting them up into contrition.

As the conflict resolves, Kang-ja notes that there’s a third way to assert power: a loud voice, which she’s just proven she’s a pro at. But there’s a force even more powerful than that: money. And those with it always win.

Kang-ja arrives home to her family: There’s the snappish mother-in-law who complains about the dinner that’s not made, the wimpy husband (Im Hyung-joon) who slinks off to avoid having to defend her, and the teenage daughter AH-RAN (Kim Yoo-jung) who shrugs her off with monosyllabic answers.

Ah-ran is in that adolescent phase where she doesn’t want anything to do with Mom and pushes aside any attempt to help. Kang-ja takes it in stride and watches her daughter heading off to her night academy, explaining to us that there’s one exception to all those rules of power, because the person who loves more is always in the weaker position. “To me, my daughter is like that,” she thinks. “I am a mother.”

Outside the academy, Ah-ran gets pushed around by a trio of bullies after defending her friend Yi-kyung. Ah-ran is remarkably composed in the face of the violence, telling the girls to keep their jealousy in check since head bully WANG JUNG-HEE (Lizzy) is only picking on Yi-kyung for being prettier than her.

Ah-ran’s refusal to back down and strong words (calling Jung-hee pathetic) escalates the violence. It also attracts the notice of other students nearby, particularly a boy (Baro) who dials a number on his phone.

It’s to a friend, GO BOK-DONG (Ji-soo), who shows up just as Jung-hee’s about to flip her lid. His presence makes the mean girls instantly deferential, and they stop bullying to do his bidding. What is he, the alpha bully? Yet Bok-dong’s intervention acts to help Ah-ran, which makes this an interesting dynamic.

Jung-hee and her mean girls shuffle off apologetically, and Bok-dong kneels down to look Ah-ran eye to eye. She’s trembling, and he drawls that they’re seeing a lot of each other lately: “Let’s not see a lot of each other.”

Ah-ran hurries away with her friend, who apologizes for causing her trouble yet again. Smiling, Ah-ran just tells Yi-kyung to run since it’s raining, and the two girls laugh and twirl in the downpour.

At home, Kang-ja worries about Ah-ran being caught in the rain, but her immature husband and naggy mother-in-law are more interested in having her whip up a snack for them. She excuses herself to go out looking for Ah-ran, leaving them griping after her.

Kang-ja arrives at the academy just as class is being let out by its teacher, PARK NOAH (Ji Hyun-woo), for whom the word hapless seems tailor-made. He’s super earnest as he encourages his kids to try harder and not sleep through class, and they just yawn and grimace in his face.

Kang-ja lights up when Ah-ran exits the building, calling her over. Ah-ran pulls Mom aside in annoyance and rejects the ride home and the umbrella, leaving Mom frustrated. Kang-ja asks why Ah-ran never wants to be picked up from school, why she locks herself up in her room, why she recoils from touching her, why she won’t say a word.

Finally Ah-ran bursts out that she dislikes talking to Mom. Her twitchiness makes me think this is more about the bullies than about hating Mom, but Kang-ja doesn’t understand, wondering if she did something wrong. Then Ah-ran flinches from Mom’s hand on her shoulder and says harshly, “You being my mother is the mistake.” Ah-ran runs off, and Kang-ja swallows her hurt.

Ah-ran joins her friend Yi-kyung, and they head off with Teacher Noah’s umbrella. Upset, Kang-ja drops the umbrella she’d brought for her daughter, and Noah hurries after her to return it, calling her “student” since she’s wearing Ah-ran’s old gym clothes.

Kang-ja ignores his help and heads into a nearby pojangmacha to order a bottle of soju. Noah bursts inside the tent to cancel that order, determined to keep this student from a path of delinquency (which is adorable). He puts on his deepest teacherly growl (which really isn’t very deep) and orders her to go home.

Kang-ja snaps that she’s not a student, but he points at the school name on her jacket and demands her class number and name. Temper flaring, she jumps up and lets loose a torrent of bleeped swears, mixing in her hometown saturi accent. Noah just stares in shock. Blink, blink.

Kang-ja storms off, replaying Ah-ran’s words in her head. It makes her think back to her own schoolgirl days, and the strained relationship she had with her own mother, a tough ajumma from Busan who’d once grumbled to Kang-ja, “If you weren’t here, I wouldn’t have lived like this.” Teenage Kang-ja had snapped back, “Did I ask to be born?”

Ah-ran takes the bus home, and flinches in pain when bumped into. Now we know her real reason for pushing Mom’s touch away, since it looks like she’s pretty bruised under that uniform.

When Kang-ja returns home and finds Ah-ran’s door locked yet again, she lets herself in with the key, determined to have a talk. But Ah-ran is asleep, and Kang-ja sighs and starts to tuck her in… revealing Ah-ran’s badly bruised wrist. In alarm, Kang-ja pulls back the covers and finds more injuries all over her arms and legs.

Ah-ran snaps awake, but it’s too late to hide. Kang-ja demands to know what happened, not buying the “I hurt myself in gym class” excuse. Ah-ran says Mom couldn’t do anything anyway and tells her to butt out.

Kang-ja sits down to discuss it with her husband Jin-sang, ready to barge into school tomorrow to demand a solution. Jin-sang argues that they should be more careful; they don’t want this to backfire on them, and that there’s not much they can do legally. He suggests inquiring quietly and transferring Ah-ran to a new school.

Jin-sang’s words make sense, but Kang-ja eyes him with bitter disappointment. “If she were your biological daughter, would you say that?” she asks.

Jin-sang declares that Ah-ran was his daughter from the moment he married her, and then returns, “She’s not your biological daughter either!” Huh. That’s interesting, but we don’t get an explanation because Jin-sang realizes he went too far and backs down.

Kang-ja leaves the room and finds Ah-ran standing outside, having heard everything. She agrees with Dad, not wanting Mom to do stir the pot, saying that whatever Mom does to help her might not in fact help. “Don’t do anything,” Ah-ran requests.

Kang-ja drinks by herself for a while, then takes a deep breath and tells herself to act like an adult, like a mother. Don’t act rashly. So the next day, she meets a teacher at a cafe to discuss this calmly.

Meanwhile, let’s meet the players behind the bureaucracy: Myeongseong Foundation runs Myeongseong High School, and there are a handful of players we’ll have to get to know. I can’t promise it’s exciting, but it is important so here are the nuts and bolts: The foundation is headed by Chairman Hong, who’s been accused of misusing public funds. He’s wheelchair-bound and sickly, so his secretary, JOO AE-YEON (Oh Yoon-ah), handles the media and ushers him off. The sharp look in Ae-yeon’s eye tells us to watch out for her.

Also worth watching out for is Myeongseong High teacher DO JUNG-WOO (Kim Tae-hoon), who has a distinct shark-like quality. He’s also well-connected, putting in a courtesy call to the minister of education.

Kang-ja’s meeting with the teacher prompts Do Jung-woo to inquire into the bullying allegations, and he interviews the students. They predictably downplay the accusations: Head bully Jung-hee swears that she never laid a hand on Ah-ran (only scared her a little), and the indifferent HONG SANG-TAE (Baro), who happens to be Chairman Hong’s son, feigns ignorance. Clearly a lie, since he was the one who called alpha dog Bok-dong to intervene the other night.

Bok-dong tells Do Jung-woo to ask the victim herself. If she’s too scared of retaliation to say anything, well, then she can just keep getting beat up. I can’t read this guy, but it’s intriguing.

Hearing that students are being questioned, timid Yi-kyung worries that this will escalate and involve her mother. Ah-ran assures her that Yi-kyung won’t get dragged into this, but urges her friend to tell her mother before things get any bigger. But Yi-kyung can’t have her mother knowing, ever.

Chairman Hong is wheeled into a meeting with the school’s vice principal, then leaps at the man in a fury, completely able-bodied after all. You big stinkin’ faker! He attacks the blubbering vice principal for passing along internal information to the prosecutor’s office, getting quite violent. The music in this scene is disturbingly lighthearted.

Chairman Hong’s definitely a baddie but we aren’t told much about the particulars; all we know at this point is that everybody in his camp seems incredibly sketchy. His two underlings, secretary Ae-yeon and her chief secretary boss, snipe at each other and about him; Ae-yeon seems to hold herself above her crude boss, but Chief Secretary Ahn insinuates that she only got this far via sponsor relationships.

She’s disappointed that the education minister stepped in and prevented something, having thought it would happen this time. Everything about the scene direction hints that she’s Up To Something.

At school, Teacher Jung-woo calls Ah-ran in next for questioning. She tries to deny the whole situation, but he doesn’t believe that. He suggests that Ah-ran not ruin her own prospects with her friendship with Yi-kyung, which is the source of her trouble. She replies, “Yi-kyung is my friend. I will protect her, so nobody can mess with her.”

Kang-ja has a follow-up meeting with the high school teacher, whose only solution is to transfer Ah-ran to another school. He says that Ah-ran’s troubles stem from her friendship with another girl (which has spurred lesbian rumors) and tells Mom that the safest thing to do is keep quiet and move. Don’t rock the boat.

Kang-ja blows up at the teacher, demanding to know if the teacher would just shut up and let it slide if his daughter were beaten from head to toe. She threatens to take this to the police, the government, the court—as far as she can take it.

But Kang-ja finds herself thwarted at every turn. There’s no proof, no witnesses, not even a victim’s statement. The police won’t help, and can’t file a report.

Even so, Kang-ja’s aggressive stance has the teachers nervous. Jung-woo puts in a call to someone to “proceed as discussed,” in order to take care of the problem.

Kang-ja heads to the courthouse next, calling in a favor with a judge she knows. He’s in trial, and Kang-ja sits in as a bullying student reads a tearful statement apologizing for taking out his pain and anger on his victim. Both boys cry and the judge guides the victim into accepting the bully’s apology. The judge commends the bully for recognizing his wrongs and sentences him to community service.

Afterward, the judge greets Kang-ja warmly and asks her to wait in the cafe nearby. Her spirits lift, but while she waits she overhears a disturbance nearby—the sobbing bully is right back to threatening his victim, having put on a convincing show.

Kang-ja heads back to the courthouse, where she sees a distraught mother clinging to the judge, demanding that he save her child: “You told me to fight till the end, and I’d win! But my child died! My child committed suicide while the bully lives well!”

Stone-faced, the judge stands there looking away while the mother wails that the law can’t be trusted. That rocks Kang-ja deeply.

Ah-ran walks to her night academy, and senses that she’s being followed. She starts running, and with her stalker in hot pursuit, Ah-ran comes to a dead end in an alley. In a panic she tires climbing over a wall, but as she falls, her pursuer catches up to her and corners her.

She trembles as a knife is held to her throat—it’s Bok-dong, reminding her that he’d warned her to stay out of Yi-kyung’s business. “If you want to live, shut your mouth, shut your ears, and erase everything in your head. I know nothing.”

She protests, “But Yi-kyung…” He says that everyone “who knows about that” could end up dead, and that the world is a lot meaner than she thinks. Ah-ran is nothing to “them” and they’ll think nothing of swatting her dead like a fly.

“If you don’t wanna die, live like you’re dead,” he growls. Terrified, Ah-ran agrees.

Bok-dong leaves her with a final warning that telling her mother could get Mom killed too, by somebody even stronger than him. Ah-ran collapses into a sobbing, scared heap.

Kang-ja trudges home feeling helpless, then hears something from around the corner. It’s Ah-ran, bloody and shaking from shock. Kang-ja rushes to her side in alarm, holding her as she starts to fade. “M-mom,” Ah-ran murmurs before her eyes roll back into her head.

Kang-ja takes her home, the warnings ringing in her ears about retaliation and blowback. A text from Yi-kyung arrives asking why Ah-ran isn’t in class, and suddenly Kang-ja is bursting out of the house and driving to the academy in a hurry.

Poor Teacher Noah, whose earnest literature lecture is slept through and thoroughly ignored. As he leaves his classroom, he spies Kang-ja in the halls, asking everyone if they know Yi-kyung, and recognizes her from the pojangmacha. Given what he thinks of her (she’s tough, she drinks, she swears), he assumes she’s going to terrorize Yi-kyung and threatens to report her to police—although when Kang-ja snatches his phone away, she finds that he just called the operator. Haha, he’s adorable.

When Noah tries to stop her, she grabs him by the throat (thereby reinforcing his misunderstanding), just as she hears Yi-kyung’s name down the hall. Thinking to protect the girl, Noah lies that it’s not her, but then Yi-kyung is snatched and yanked away by somebody.

Kang-ja runs after them, but loses them in a crowd of students outside. While trying to make her way through them, in the commotion a low voice (Bok-dong’s?) growls into her hear, “If you keep going, ajumma, your daughter might die.” And then he’s gone.

In a darkened room, a man kicks down a student and issues a warning to shut up and butt out. It’s Chairman Hong’s Chief Secretary Ahn, who proceeds to violently kick the bejeezus out of her… and then we see that his victim is Teenage Kang-ja, and we’re in her memory. He tells her to stay away from his younger sibling or have her face torn off.

Kang-ja considers everyone’s warnings and suggestions, understanding just how much the system won’t help her. She goes into Ah-ran’s room that night and finds her daughter huddled under her desk, mumbling, “Save me, Mom. Save me…” Oof. What could a mother say to that? Kang-ja holds her close and cries.

Kang-ja tends to Ah-ran’s injuries, then heads out to a nightclub, ready to do some kind of battle.

It looks like a club for the middle-aged gangster set, rowdy and roughneck. A bouncer grabs Kang-ja and tells her this is no place for kids, just as a ruckus breaks out. A disgruntled ajusshi is shoved over, and grabs the nearest person ready for a fight.

Kang-ja easily strikes him in the throat and steals his belt off his trousers to use as a whip (though she doesn’t have to when his pants just fall down). She handily dispatches all the men who come swinging at her, then tells one of the gangsters to pass the message to his boss: “Beolgupo Sashimi is here.”

 
COMMENTS

I like it, even if it’s not exactly for the reasons I thought I would. We’ve been hit with a lot of dramas lately that have advertised themselves as one thing (say, bright and cheeky comedy) only to deliver something else (moody, heavy drama), and while the end product isn’t bad, I still feel bummed to not get what I’d been promised. Angry Mom was smart in starting off light and cute before it settled into the darker aspects, because I knew we’d eventually get back around to the upbeat parts.

I actually would have enjoyed a drama that was only about the bleaker, darker aspects of Angry Mom, which explored the realities of adolescent bullying, because those parts were handled deftly as well. It’s just that with the promotions we’ve seen, we were teased with funny, so we’d better get funny. It’s all about managing and delivering on expectations!

There are several things I really responded to, but by far the most compelling was the mother-daughter relationship, and specifically Kim Hee-sun as the mother. It’s amazing that nearly two decades into her career she seems to be putting in her first substantial performance, but better late than never, right? She’s always been a likable actress in my book, particularly in lighter fare, but I’ve never thought anything special of her acting. Yet here, she’s passionate and fierce, and I completely buy her protective mama lion stance, trying to contain her rage and frustration at a system that just doesn’t care about something that is her everything.

That wouldn’t be nearly as convincing if the mother-daughter relationship weren’t well-drawn and compellingly acted, so Kim Yoo-jung is pivotal as well. I like her here already more than I have in everything I’ve seen her in before, partly because I think she’s improving but also partly because a lot of her characters have been flatly good. Ah-ran has more depth, and I like her mix of bravery and fear, her strength and vulnerability. I want her to heal her rift with her mother and stand on her own feet, just as much as I want her to let her mother help her. I expect that’ll be the trajectory of this drama, and I’m looking forward to it unfolding—I’ve got my tissues ready, since already the first episode made me tear up in several spots, all of them between Kang-ja and Ah-ran.

There’s a sizable dose of intrigue and mystery intertwined into the plot, and it’s too early to tell how it’ll go. I like that there’s a bigger story at play, but I also do hope we won’t spend too much time with corrupt bigwigs and scheming underlings. There’s something strange going on with Yi-kyung, her fear of her mother knowing something, and Bok-dong’s actions, not to mention the aloof Sang-tae—are the boys helping, or are they part of the problem? I find that dynamic interesting, but I’m not as interested in Chairman Hong or his revolving door of principals and puppets. Especially when we could be spending our time with Noah (so cute!) and Mom and high school hijinks—I can’t wait to see badass Kang-ja reawakened and ruling the school. Thankfully the show moved quickly enough to set us up for that to happen soon, so I’ll see you next episode!

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Thanks for the recap! I was waiting for this drama for quite a long time! and i agree with you that the premiere has been quite strong! :)

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this first episode was so good...I love Kim Hee Sun, but I agree with you, I've never been particularly impressed with her acting. But she blew me away with this episode and it's making my expectations exponentially higher for the next episode (ruh roh?).

And Kim Yoo Jung is just so good for this role. It reminds me a lot of her role in the movie Elegant Lies, except this character is written with so much more depth (obviously since she's a main character this time).

I love this dynamic duo!!!!! I can't wait to dive into this :3 Haven't had an addiction to a drama in a while (as in like 1 month or whenever What's with this family ended? haha). Please writer, don't disappoint me...

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From a bully in "Elegant Lies" to a bullied student in "Angry Mom"! It's interesting to see Yoo Jung in many ways! Thank you! :)

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Indeed, Kim Hee Sun and Kim Yoo Jung (or may I say Kang Ja and Ah Ran) made me move to tears last night! Feel hurt when Daughter mumbling to her Mom: "Save me, Mom... save me"! So hurt!

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I think it could be Kim Hee Sun being a mother helped her in this role. No mother would allow her child to be bullied. Or at least she wouldn't. Definitely must give kudos to Kim Yoo Jung for her stellar performance too.

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I think the drama would have been more interesting if she had the same co-star as the one from love cells. they had so much chemistry..

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As far as Kim Heesun's acting is concerned, i liked her in Wonderful Days. She was quite good in that.
and yes, the mother-daughter duo are quite convincing in this drama. Kim Yoo-jun is important and i agree with you.
the only part which always has me squirming uncomfortably is Kim Heesun's hair. she looks like a wild beast.
Okay, no offence!

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Lol i think its just to play up the ahjumma image. itll probably change when she becomes a student

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hopefully! or else, my eyes will turn sore from watching that bad hair job! :P
but then, there's no need to emphasize that hair just to show that she's an ahjumma. it's kinda already understood that she's one. well, i guess they went a bit overboard, but then her hair is not much important in the whole big plot of the drama. it's just a small inconvienience to the poor viewer's eyes!

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so so so not what i was expecting, but i dont hate it~

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I don't get the surprise. ..what else coluld get a relative masquerade as a student if not protect the kid? Spending together some quality time?
I was expecting bullying and abuse and inefficient teachers, else why on earth would the mom...nevermind.

Sooo... let me summarize the recapper's opinion: we want a lighter drama as promised in the teasers and we're also surprised about the deep feelings the lead actress displays which we hadn't seen when she was playing comic, entretaining roles as in 'faith'?

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The premiere is really good, with enough realism and strong acting gravita from the casts. I was really impressed with Kim Hee Sun here, between the cursing and crying scenes, she was good. And Kim Yoo Jung has always shown exceptional performance, from her 'Candy'- to bully- roles. And thank you, javabeans, for the reluctant compliment on her acting. I never thought I'd see the day that you'd do that, what with all your previous subtle "comments" on her as compared to your favorite teen star.

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My god, some people are never satisfied, are they?

JB pays a girl a compliment on her acting but you have to slip in an attempt to shade her for some perceived past slight to Kim Yoo Jung. Are we really that oversensitive here?

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hahah, I think Aki really wants to say thanks to javabean for this! She's just so happy when seeing javabeans give praises to Yoo Jung! I can understand why! ;) It's really precious to us! When you love one, you will see. Really thank you, Javabean and pigsnout, too! I'm happy too! :)

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This:

And thank you, javabeans, for the reluctant compliment on her acting. I never thought I’d see the day that you’d do that, what with all your previous subtle “comments” on her as compared to your favorite teen star.

is just snide, bitchy, ungracious and totally unnecessary. He/she is all but accusing JB of bias against KYJ in the past compared to the person referred to as "your favorite teen star".

I'm a fan of certain actors too, and I love and support their work. JB and GF have been vocal about not thinking much of their acting abilities, and then gone on to change their minds after seeing them in later roles. And as a fan and a reader of this site, it would never even occur to me to leave such a borderline nasty notes to JB in a comment that was supposedly about praise for a drama and performance I love. Sorry, but there is such a thing as taking criticism of your faves too personally.

I haven't watched Angry Mom, but I intend to, and the recap experience will be better without comments like the one quoted above.

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Why so angry? To me it's also seemed like a biased and not very logical criticism against the lead actress, but what do I know? Maybe it's the recapper's style

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ehh... I thought jb is talking about kim hee sun's acting rather than yoo jung's?

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Utterly delightful!!
Just wow!!!
This show is so much better than I expecred!
I thought it would only be fun and fluff but it's so nuch better that we get all these touching moments, deep conflict, mysteries and intrigue!!!

I hope this show gets loads of love!

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Does anyone know where I can watch this show online? I have been so excited about the premier, but Viki says it isn't available. :( thank you for the recap, if I need to I will just read the story! You guys always work so hard!

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"Dramacool"........... already sub, enjoy!!!

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Dramacool and myasiantv show that they will be carrying, but it is still raw at both. Does anyone know who will be doing the primary subbing?

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Yup,just checked it out,they have the RAWS but no subbed video.yet. Im hoping someone picks this up.

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yep, a bit darker than what i had expected~ good acting though~

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I really liked this, looking at Kim Hee Sun swearing and the cute Angry Mom logo I thought it'll be fun and cute but I actually cried a lot while watching. Poor Kang Ja and Ah Ran, you can really feel their helplessness, what do you even do when the whole system is so corrupt?

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Yes, that's what I think! As for the PR, I think it's comedy but how sweet, it made me cry first! But I can't ask more because the story is so good! My heart cries with Kang Ja and Ah Ran!

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Wow finaly its here :)thanks for the recap

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"You're not her biological mom either".
Weird. Very weird.
Love Ji hyun woo's character here. Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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I'm glad that this show is off with a good start. The only thing is that I don't know where to find this show with eng sub so I'll just have to do with your guys recap until it becomes available

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Thank you javabean! I agree with you that "I’ve got my tissues ready, since already the first episode made me tear up in several spots, all of them between Kang-ja and Ah-ran"!

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I think I just already bought this drama in my mind
I love the mom-daughter feel with lovely teacher and some bully in school
I grew up as good students in academic but not that pretty or wear fashion things or less desirable fashion too, in means that I am on save area, not threaten anyone nor being a threat too and also in anime so-called freak group.
But my sister have little bit sour story, she get punch by boys-at least that what get process- because she is prettier than average but also get good grades, she is little bit annoying too because she speak sharp
that time I can't believe how she went home with blood, and I am ready to just find that boy, well the teachers help so it resolve okay, but sometimes there's a reality ,
my sister is okay now and that boy have serious issue in anger management, while his family is more than rich, other victims come out and he change school

and I think this show clearly sold it to me, even if the bully is darker than how we think it gonna be
I'm ready to see how a mom and a daughter help each other, Kim Hee-Sun and Kim Yoo-Jung have that chemistry

but I knew there'll be comedy too... maybe next week
gonna stick around, MBC had great line for me this year

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I guess, my environment is not as good as yours. My school since Elementary to High School also has the kind of environment that Angry Mom has. My environment is full of gangsters, bullies, etc. like this drama. However, in my case, I don't really know if I grew up in good environments or not because since my childhood up to my age of 7 or 8 years olds, I have been moving a lot from 1 place to 2-3 places, and been attended to 2 Elementary schools. But my current place is not a good environment to be, although it's not so bad from where I live either, but it's also very dangerous. I also, almost went down to the wrong situation.

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Good start for this drama. It has depth, a bit of silliness and it takes issues with bullying seriously. I dunno how their gonna move forward with the funny but I am confident they will tread lightly and use it appropriately.

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Indeed, Kim Hee Sun and Kim Yoo Jung (or may I say Kang Ja and Ah Ran) made me move to tears last night! Feel hurt when Daughter mumbling to her Mom: “Save me, Mom… save me”! So hurt! I cried when I think about my parents!

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Definitely not what I expected but I like it. Yay, seems like I found another drama to watch!

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Interesting

Thanks JB..

I think Kang-ja is Ah Ran's mum but lied to her husband before they got married..

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I wish this part delivers wrongly, Kang Ja gives birth to Ah Ran in early teen ages and become single mom cares for her only daughter before married. That's why husband no concern about Ah Ran's well-beings?
I only want to know what is the pasts that Kang Ja went thru? Is she been raped or accidently born a child out of wedlock?

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KJ was beaten as a teen for getting involved with that a-hole's sister. I think there is a link between the sister and the baby. Maybe she raised her friend's baby to protect the friend and the child from a nasty nasty family.

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@jomo

She's involved with his little brother, not sister lol Kang Ja doesn't have a sister, nor a dead friend. So, it's evident that Kang Ja is Ah Ran's birth mother, and Ah Ran is Dong Chil's little brother's daughter. However, Kang Ja probably lied to her husband about Ah Ran being her dead sister's daughter lol

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Thank you so much, Javabeans. Although without the sub, I already into it. Wonderful story between the mom and the daughter who suffered the bullies.

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Haven't watch for sometimes about social and educations problems. Today, I found the good one bringing all the elements together into one. Parent-loves, violence, actions, comedy, syndicate and dark-side corruptions and etc..... Give me a best ending too.

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Oooohhhh~ my hot bully is mesmerizing.... anyway, I'm really looking forward to the next episode. KHS looks adorable here as always, like in Faith. And I love the mother-daughter conflict here, because it seems like Kang Ja isn't Ah Ran's real mother, and that she was afopted. The conflict sems really interesting.

Thanks jb darling...

Dibs on Young Hottie Bully, ladies.... :-)

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I was looking forward to this drama and I really like it. The actors and actresses are awesome… it's going to be a really good drama about school problems and relationship between mom and her daughter.
I liked it please continue your recaps. Thank you dramabeans :-D

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i am just read the recap... i dont know whether it will be good or not. i m wishing a rom com not all sad one.

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i just read the recap... i dont know whether it will be good or not. i m wishing a rom com not all sad one. fighting

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Just watched the first episode with the help of the recaps lol, show is pretty engaging so far, I love the mother-daughter dynamic! Though I'm pretty curious Ah Ran's real relationship with Kang-Ja. Hot bully is HOT dayum. :3

Anyways am I the only one not buying Teacher Noah's naivety that much? Kang-Ja definitely looks like an ajhumma with those clothes and the permed hair (minus that high school jacket) so it's pretty impossible for her to be mistaken as a high school student :/

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Yah! Dibs on Hot Bully!!!!!! :-)

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I was looking at all the promos with the cast and hot bully is not in any of them (with the exception of the drama trailer)!!! I guess he is supposed to have a small-ish part? :(

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Yay! I was scared the bullying part was going to be superficial in this show (wouldn't make sense, since it's the source of everything in the drama), glad it's being managed well. Although I'm also hoping for some comedy, I want a fairly realistic portrayal of the issue, not something hidden (or undermined) by humor.

I did not watch it yet (will have to wait for a few more episodes because I'm too impatient), but I'm glad to hear it seems like a character-driven plot. Hope the next episodes don't disappoint! :)

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Looks promising :D
My sudden thought: Wish Lee Dong Gun was the lead here instead of Super Daddy Yeol :(

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I loved the first episode, and I think I'm going to love the second one too :)

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where are you watching it?

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Chinese subs for Kdramas come out about 4 hrs after broadcast, so...

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Does anyone know why Angry Mom is not subbed by either Viki or Dramafever?

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I'm wondering the same thing! Viki even has what looks like a whole subbing team listed on the AM page, but no license yet. =/

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I've been watching the raw episodes and even though I don't know what they are saying, I am totally addicted! Can't wait till next week!

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Arigato JB! I'm glad you're recapping Angry Mom..

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Angry Mom Episode 2 RAW - 앵그리맘 Ep 2 회 - Korean Drama: https://youtu.be/uiTtqO9Y73g via YouTube

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Thank you for recapping this drama! It seems that none of the usual sites have gotten a license to sub this drama. So, your recaps are going to be all the more important.

I'm really enjoying this drama, especially after watching the raw of ep. 2. Certain scenes even gave me a "Kill Bill" feel, especially the contradiction between the staging of the scene and the context of the scene.

And, there's definitely more comedy in ep 2. But, of course, it is a witty and dry sense of humor.

As always, thanks, again!

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I love Angry Mom so far! Kim Hee Sun has always played either the "Cinderella type" poor, beautiful heroine but strong-willed overcoming adversity type. I don't think I've seen her play such a tough role before and it's awesome!! I'm not going to give anything away for ep. 2 except to say: Go Angry Mom! Can't wait another week for ep. 3!

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I'm also glad they are portraying the bullying issue realistically. I've seen Korean news reports on the issue for years and it is unbelievable, unfathomable and almost unrealistic the type of cruelty, viciousness and violence that are exerted by bullies against the kids. I can't even imagine it happening to the extent it happens in Korea in the U.S. I mean beatings and name calling are just a given, there is also rape and actual murder. I remember watching this news clip a few years ago about how this little 10 year old boy was beaten for hours at his own home by his classroom bullies and died from the wounds. The reason? The bullies wanted him to have a birthday party and his family was too poor to throw one for him so the bullies beat him to death. Even now thinking about the parent's heartbreaking tv interview brings tears to my eyes. I hope Angry Mom addresses these issues seriously and give some sense of relief to the audience.

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Does anyone know which site has subbed this
I'm dying here :'(

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I watch this drama without subs but I find to understand much.its dark but I can laugh when kang ja let out her swears. This drama makes me hold my breath whilr watching it.so intriguing.thanks for recap.

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Watched the first two episodes raw on myasiantv. I liked the lead in Faith. This show reminds me of the movie "Sunny". If you like this drama, you should check it out.

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I laughed out loud over the plump princess lady boss' scenes! I skipped 1st epi and watched only some scenes of the 2nd episode. Love Baro here. He looks very handsome! Love him in 14 Days and as a person on variety interviews. I too like the idea of the mum going back to school to kick the b****s' asses. I imagine myself doing that if i am a korean drama mum! Or confident me going back in time and give sass to the class bullies.

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know any sites where i can download subs?? i got a raw video already

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Thanks for recapping this.

THANK YOU VIKI FOR SUBBING!!!!

You know how in all the episodic dramas there is a murder in a school because of competition and bullying? We see these assumingly innocents gang up on a child until something horrible and for some reason unexpected happens. I love the idea that an entire drama is dedicated to this.
Already we have seen the violence inherent in the system(Thank you, Monty Python) and why the mom would have to take a completely off road tactic to help her daughter before she has to bury her.

I can't wait to see how she handles them, but I am afraid there will be a lot more violence before it stops. All the bad guys are chillingly single-minded. Whatever they are covering up must be pretty horrible.

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Well, this was a surprise! I enjoyed the first episode very much. Yes, KHS is very convincing in this as the protective mom. Am liking hyun woo here much more than in his previous drama with eun Ji - golly. Can't even remember the title now. Oh trot lovers. He has lost a lot of weight though.

Thanks for recapping coz there was a lot of intrigue in this episode and I wanted to make sure I got it right! Thanks

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I didn't expect Kim Hee Sun to have a husband.I thought she would be a single/Divorced mom raising her daughter alone.
But she's very much married so i'm guessing no romance line with Ji Hyun woo?

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I was actually so annoyed at the mum for the first half of the drama- she was so worried and causing so much drama and fuss trying to seek her own daughters' bullies but when she saw the guy from the court room being bullied outside like, right in front of her face, she just stared and went away. Like, hello?
Looking forward to the second episode though~ ^^

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Thank you!

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This first episode is so surprisingly dark, but it gets surprisingly funny from the next epsiode on. Still dark, but funny. And cuuute. 10/10 would recommend.

(commenting so I can rate)

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