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Mother: Episode 1

The premiere episode of tvN’s Mother tackles some pretty serious issues — namely, the many forms of abuse that one child is forced to endure. It also asks some ethical questions such as whether it’s okay to break the law when the law can’t (or won’t) protect an innocent child. Our heroine, Soo-jin, faces a difficult dilemma as she’s presented with a choice that has no easy solutions. This premiere can be upsetting to watch, but I believe that it raises some important questions, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they’re answered.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Our story opens on series of disturbing scenes: numerous emergency vehicles gathered by the riverbank, a cop asking a woman if a dripping-wet backpack belongs to her daughter, a little girl standing in the ocean holding a white feather.

One month before Hye-na’s disappearance.

A different woman sits in a blind near a wetlands, watching the birds fly over the water. This is our heroine, SOO-JIN (Lee Bo-young), an ornithologist. Back at her research center, there’s a notice that the lab will be closing soon, and her coworker EUN-CHUL asks why Soo-jin is still working when everyone else is packing to leave.

Eun-chul tells Soo-jin that he’ll be working on a migration project next, proudly showing off the high-tech band he’ll be using to track the birds. Soo-jin says that she’s going to work on her project a bit longer, but that after that she’ll have to do whatever she can.

That turns out to be teaching science to elementary students, though Soo-jin seems distinctly uncomfortable in front of the kids. She begins a lesson about how birds fly, but the children are confused when her vocabulary is way above their heads.

They play a prank on her by putting a rubber chicken in her chair, which squawks when she sits on it. The children burst into laughter, but one little girl doesn’t look as if she enjoys the joke.

Soo-jin is told that she’ll be the class’s homeroom teacher for several weeks while the school hires a replacement for a teacher who’s on maternity leave. Another teacher, YE-EUN, offers to help her with lesson plans, the first of which is to write a letter to the class’s recently deceased pet duck.

As the kids work, Soo-jin notices that one girl, HYE-NA (Heo Yool) isn’t writing, and she asks her why. Hye-na says that dead things can’t read letters, and that there’s no Heaven anyway. The other students agree and make jokes, so Soo-jin tells them that when you’re dead you can’t breathe, or eat, or read a letter.

But she adds that they still cared for their pet, so they might feel better if they write about how much they miss him. She also says that they don’t have to write if they don’t want to, and Hye-na looks at her teacher with adoration.

After class, Hye-na hands Soo-jin a note before taking off for home. The note says that two of her classmates fed the duck things that they heard could kill it, just to see what would happen.

At the lab that night, Soo-jin tells Eun-chul that she’s considering joining a project in Iceland, and that she may not come back this time. He asks cheekily if she’s uninterested in settling down, finding a mate, and making babies like her beloved birds, but she just reminds him that ten percent of living creatures are loners.

A glamorous woman storms out of the hospital, ordering the man trailing after her to find Soo-jin. He asks if it’s cancer and reminds her that she hasn’t seen Soo-jin in over a decade, but she just says that she wants her daughter to the the first person to hear the news.

The next day during class, Soo-jin watches as all the kids hand their garbage to Hye-na, which piles up on her desk. Soo-jin wanders past and sees a sticker on Hye-na’s back declaring her garbage, and she removes the sticker and demands to know who did it.

The girl who sits next to Hye-na whines that she doesn’t want to eat beside her, because her fingernails are dirty. Hye-na curls up her hands and hangs her head in shame.

Soo-jin pulls two boys out into the hall and tells them that she studies birds. She says that the class duck’s death is very suspicious, and that she’s thinking about performing an autopsy to see if he was fed anything strange. The boys beg her not to do that, and she makes them promise not to hurt animals, girls, or anyone weaker than them ever again.

At night, Hye-na sits outside with her dwarf hamster, practicing her reading with delivery menus. Soo-jin takes herself out to dinner, and she’s surprised when Hye-na’s mischievous little face appears in the restaurant window. Hye-na joins her, casually informing her teacher that she walks around alone at night all the time.

She takes out some bread for her dinner, saying that it’s delicious even as she hungrily eyeballs Soo-jin’s pizza. Soo-jin gives Hye-na a piece and chuckles when Hye-na tells her hamster how good it tastes. Hye-na is tickled pink to see Soo-jin smile for the first time, and she writes the moment down in a notebook, explaining that she records her favorite things there so she won’t forget them.

She reads a few of her favorite things to Soo-jin — things like curved roads, balloons, and lattes. Soo-jin tells Hye-na that coffee is bad for kids’ brains and growth. Hye-na asks what kinds of things Soo-jin likes, and Soo-jin says thoughtfully that she likes eating meals by herself.

Hye-na claps her hands over her mouth in mock horror and giggles, and Soo-jin belatedly realizes what she said and also laughs. She tells Hye-na that even if she has to take care of herself, she should cut her nails and wash her hair regularly, change her socks and underwear daily, and to alternate outfits, because a dirty child is a target to other children.

After dinner, Soo-jin takes Hye-na outside to trim her nails, and they’re approached by an old woman. The woman snatches up Hye-na and accuses Soo-jin of stealing another woman’s child, spitting that she doesn’t deserve children of her own because she was wicked to her own mother. That was weird.

Hye-na defends Soo-jin then skips home happily, but she starts to tiptoe when she sees a pair of men’s boots in the doorway. There’s a man playing a game on the computer, and when Hye-na accidentally knocks something off a shelf, she glances towards him fearfully.

Hye-na isn’t in class the next morning, and Soo-jin learns from Ye-eun that she passed out in the bathroom. She’s covered in scars, and the school nurse believes she’s malnourished. Ye-eun says that she’s worried because Hye-na never cries, no matter what happens to her.

Soo-jin goes into the infirmary to talk to Hye-na, who says that she told Ye-eun that she fell down the stairs, and that Ye-eun took pictures of her. She jumps away when Soo-jin reaches out to her and asks if she also likes looking at other people’s scars.

Soo-jin shows Hye-na a scar on her own knee and tells her that she also fell down the stairs once. She admits that she cried a little, but Hye-na seems proud of the fact that she didn’t cry.

She tells Soo-jin to think of things she likes, and then she won’t cry. She adds that Ye-eun asked her if she likes her mom, and when Soo-jin asks what her answer was, she says in a detached, almost rehearsed voice, “I told her I like my mom quite a lot, of course.”

On another night, Hye-na scrounges to feed herself, and she rustles a bag of snacks while trying to open it. The man, her mother’s boyfriend SEOL-AK (Sohn Seok-gu), whom Hye-na calls “Uncle,” looms over her and asks darkly if she remembers what he does to noisy kids. Hye-na says in a confused voice that they’re on the ground floor, which makes Seol-ak laugh at her.

Soo-jin accompanies Ye-eun to Hye-na’s house the next day, both of them worried that Hye-na after come to school. Hye-na’s mother JA-YOUNG (Go Sung-hee) eyes them warily and says that Hye-na has a cold. Ye-eun notices that Hye-na’s face is bruised and her ear is bandaged, and at her mother’s prompting, Hye-na says that she got hit by a baseball.

Ye-eun tentatively mentions Hye-na’s other injuries, but Hye-na insists that she just falls a lot. When Ye-eun asks if there’s a man living here, Ja-young snaps that she works long hours and needs someone to watch Hye-na, plus it’s none of their business who she dates.

Hye-na starts to run to the house, and she trips and falls, skinning her knee. Ye-eun goes to her immediately, and Hye-na shoots Soo-jin a nervous glance while Ja-young just holds out an emotionless hand and leads Hye-na inside. Ye-eun says that Hye-na was obviously acting just then, pretending to fall in an attempt to protect her mother.

Soo-jin and Ye-eun take the photos of Hye-na’s bruises to the authorities, arguing that it’s impossible to get bruises like that from tripping and falling. They’re informed that someone will stop by the house and ask some questions, and check on Hye-na periodically for a few months, but that if both mother and child are telling the same story, there’s nothing they can do according to the law.

The police do visit Hye-na’s home, and when they ask to come in, Ja-young goes inside to fetch Hye-na out instead. The little girl actually climbs out of a suitcase, where she’s been sleeping. She sleeps in a suitcase?? I have no words.

Hye-na sleepily repeats the baseball story, and the policeman says that they can check the CCTV cameras and see if she’s telling a lie. Ja-young accuses him of threatening her daughter, but he says that he’s just investigating a report.

Later, Hye-na overhears Ja-young placating her boyfriend. She actually apologizes to Seol-ak for having a daughter, but he completely ignores her when she asks him to leave Hye-na alone so that people will stop asking questions. Ja-young even offers to send Hye-na to an orphanage and give Seol-ak a child of his own, but he just slams out of the house angrily.

Ja-young sits crying, and Hye-na ventures out of the bedroom. Ja-young yells at her daughter to get out of her sight, so Hye-na zips herself back into her suitcase and sings herself to sleep.

After the police visit, some of the teachers from Hye-na’s school gather to discuss what to do about Hye-na’s situation. The principal says that he’s contacted Child Protective Services, but that they have to be very careful to protect the child, her family, and the school’s reputation.

Ye-eun is frustrated by everyone’s lack of willingness to take action, but Soo-jin thinks that they should listen more to what Hye-na has to say. She believes that Hye-na’s lying to protect her mother means that she’s afraid to betray her only blood relative, and that she’s scared and embarrassed to tell the truth and risk being sent to a facility full of strangers.

Ye-eun objects, arguing that they can’t just sit and watch as Hye-na is abused. She accuses Soo-jin of acting as if this isn’t her problem, and says that being a teacher means taking on difficult responsibilities.

Once she’s home, Soo-jin thinks about the things that Hye-na has said to her that seem like red flags. She checks her email and finds a message from the ornithology center in Iceland, offering her the job she hoped for.

Soo-jin’s mother YOUNG-SHIN (Lee Hye-young), who turns out to be a famous actress, has her manager JAE-BUM tell her what he’s learned about Soo-jin. Jae-bum reports that he lost Soo-jin’s trail after she finished her Ph.D three years ago, so Young-shin tells him to go find Soo-jin himself.

He balks, but Young-shin reminds him that she’s not looking for her daughter on a whim. She says that she’s let Soo-jin roam for ten years but that she can’t allow it anymore, and she begs Jae-bum to find her. Her younger daughter YI-JIN overhears and asks why Young-shin is looking for Soo-jin after so long, frustrated that her mother won’t tell her what’s going on with her.

Seol-ak goes looking for Hye-na while Ja-young is out of the house, and he finds her sleeping under the desk in the bedroom. He wakes her and gives her a roll of kimbap, which she wolfs down while he calls her disgusting and urges her to eat even faster.

Soo-jin has dinner with her colleague Eun-chul and tells him about her acceptance to the center in Iceland. Eun-chul notices that one of her mother’s dramas is playing on the restaurant television (it’s a scene from Can You Hear My Heart, which actress Lee Hye-young actually starred in), and he quips that she’s from a rich family, but Soo-jin fires back that her mother being rich doesn’t mean she is.

Eun-chul tells her not to get lonely while in Iceland, and she says that she never gets lonely. He asks if she’s really never wanted to be with someone she liked, and Soo-jin’s expression proves that the concept truly mystifies her.

Ja-young comes home that evening to find a garbage bag in the middle of the living room. She jumps a foot when she realizes that Hye-na is inside, while Seol-ak laughs cruelly. Hye-na says that they were playing hide and seek, but that she couldn’t get out of the bag on her own.

Annoyed, Ja-young gives Hye-na money and tells her to go outside and play. Hye-na goes to the waterfront with her menus, practicing her reading skills by sounding out the words to her hamster.

Soo-jin spots her while driving past, and she stops to fuss at Hye-na for being out at such a late hour. She takes Hye-na and her hamster to her place and tries to call Ja-young, who isn’t answering her phone.

While Soo-jin makes curry, Hye-na tells her that she can’t read very fast. She shows Soo-jin her takeout menus and proudly says that she practices every day. Soo-jin feeds Hye-na dinner, and Hye-na says that her mother is a great cook. But when Soo-jin asks what she cooks, Hye-na repeats the dishes listed on her takeout menu.

Soo-jin just says that it must be nice to have a mom who cooks so well, which prompts Hye-na to keep bragging on her mother. She says that Ja-young is pretty, and good at putting on makeup, and that she smells nice because she works in a cosmetics store.

She asks Soo-jin why she never wears makeup. Soo-jin says that her mother is also pretty and good at putting on makeup, and that when she was little she thought she’d never be as good at it as her mom, so she decided not to try. Hye-na asks Soo-jin if she likes her mom, and Soo-jin indicates that she doesn’t. Hye-na asks who Soo-jin does like, and Soo-jin says with a tiny smile, “Birds.”

After dinner, Hye-na practices reading with one of Soo-jin’s books about birds. Soo-jin explains that birds can migrate thousands of miles and never lose their way. Hye-na asks how it feels to fly so far, and Soo-jin offers to take her to see the migrating birds.

Ja-young finally returns Soo-jin’s call. Hye-na gets ready for Soo-jin to take her home, and her notebook of favorite things falls unnoticed from her jacket pocket.

When they near Hye-na’s house, they pass Seol-ak walking down the street. Soo-jin doesn’t know who he is, but she notices that Hye-na hides her face from him. After Hye-na goes inside, Soo-jin suffers a series of of flashbacks featuring a very angry man.

She rushes back to Eun-chul and asks him to check on Hye-na later, to make sure she’s safe. She’s agitated and has trouble identifying exactly what she’s scared about, and she tells Eun-chul that she saw the man who lives with Hye-na. Even though she’d never seen him before, she says that he had a very familiar look in his eyes, “The look of a beast who breaks women and children.”

Soo-jin gives her notice at the school, and Ye-eun snipes that bird research suits her cold nature. She runs into Hye-na after school, but Hye-na just says sadly, “I thought that I would be going to see the migratory birds with you,” before turning for home.

When she nears her house, Hye-na spots her hamster’s empty cage out with the garbage. Ja-young tells her curtly that her hamster went to Heaven, but Hye-na says that Heaven doesn’t exist. Ja-young blurts out, “I’m not the one who did it!” Oh, no…

While packing up her house, Soo-jin finds the notebook that Hye-na dropped and she takes a break to read more of Hye-na’s favorite things. Hye-na’s list includes things like the sound of her hamster eating seeds, waves crashing on the beach, and the smell of the wind before it rains.

At the same time, Seol-ak finds Hye-na sleeping in her suitcase, and he tells her that if she cries, she’ll die. But at the thought of her hamster, a single tear tracks down Hye-na’s face.

Seol-ak suddenly strikes, quick as a snake, grabbing Hye-na by the hair and dragging her out of the bedroom. He gets right in her face and asks what he does to kids who make noise, but Hye-na says that they live on the first floor, so falling won’t kill her.

Chuckling, Seol-ak tells her what he did to her hamster: “I pressed down on her hard, like this. Really, really hard. And then do you know what happened?” He describes the poor creature’s death in horrific detail, relishing Hye-na’s reactions until Hye-na begins to gag and cough.

Seol-ak roughly grips Hye-na’s face in one hand and smears her mother’s lipstick on her mouth, then douses her with perfume, grumbling that she’s disgusting. He gets very close to Hye-na, too close, and starts sniffing her like an animal.

Luckily, Ja-young arrives home, and Hye-na runs to her mother for shelter. But Ja-young slams Hye-na to the ground and frantically wipes the lipstick from her face, gasping, “Disgusting… disgusting!” A short time later, Ja-young and Seol-ak head to the movies, but Hye-na is nowhere in sight.

Soo-jin gets to the end of Hye-na’s notebook and reads her latest favorite thing: “The first day that Teacher Soo-jin smiled.” She drives to Hye-na’s house to return her notebook, but something about one of the garbage bags in front of the house seems wrong to her.

She notices that the bag appears to be moving, so she takes a closer look. When Hye-na’s bruised face peers up at her from inside the bag, Soo-jin experiences more flashbacks of a hand flying at her, and a man’s predatory eyes.

She takes Hye-na to her house, and while Hye-na sleeps, Soo-jin takes pictures of her numerous injuries. She fights her own traumatic memories while she examines Hye-na, crying and apologizing.

When she’s finished, she asks if she wants a drink of water or some food. Hye-na shakes her head, so Soo-jin asks if she wants a latte. Smiling weakly, Hye-na whispers, “I want to see the migratory birds.”

The sunrise finds the two of them at the seaside watching the birds, Hye-na still too weak to do more than lean on Soo-jin. She tells Soo-jin that there was a boy named Lee Hwan who lived with her mom and Seol-ak. She says that one day Hwan was being too noisy, “So Uncle threw him off the balcony.” Oh my god.

Soo-jin somehow manages to stay calm, and she says that Hye-na doesn’t have to tell her if it’s too scary. But Hye-na continues, saying that Hwan was only five years old. She says that she will never forget his name because she’s the only person who knows how he really died, and she adds, almost like an afterthought, that Seol-ak threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone.

Hye-na seems to gain some strength when she sees a flock of geese flying overhead. She gets up to pick up a white feather and walks into the ocean, waving the feather at the birds. She calls out, “Hey, where are you going? Can you take me with you? Take me away with you! Far away… far away to Heaven.”

Alarmed, Soo-jin runs to Hye-na and leads her out of the water. She grabs Hye-na in a desperate hug, then looks the little girl in the eye. “Hye-na, listen well,” she says. “I will take you away to a place where nobody will find you.” Hye-na asks if she could go to jail and she says she might, which makes Hye-na start crying.

Soo-jin tells Hye-na that she doesn’t have to go with her, but that if she does, she will never come back or see her mother again. “But if you do go back home (now), you may end up like Lee Hwan one day.” In a shaky voice, Hye-na asks why a child can’t survive without a mother, but Soo-jin says she’ll help Hye-na so that she can.

Hye-na wails that her mother threw her away in the trash, sobbing in earnest. Soo-jin says that she will be the one throwing away her mother now, and when she asks Hye-na if she can do it, Hye-na cries even harder.

COMMENTS

Wow. Okay, that was extremely hard to watch, and even harder to write. I don’t even have words for the emotions I’m feeling right now, which I’m guessing means that the show has me exactly where it wants me. I’m shocked at the serious topics tvN has tackled with this show, impressed with the finesse and delicacy with which those issues are being portrayed, and blown away by the performances of both Lee Bo-young and newcomer Heo Yool as Hye-na.

I went into this drama expecting to see Hye-na being emotionally and even physically abused, but I wasn’t anticipating the show to go so far as to not-so-gently imply sexual abuse (or at least make it clear that Seol-ak was contemplating it) as well. It makes sense, as many abusers start “small” and escalate their abuse tactics over time, but that didn’t make it any easier to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I feel that the show is off to a great start and I plan to continue watching, but it’s definitely not for the faint-of-heart. On the other hand, when adult has such a difficult time dealing with fictional portrayals of the things that were done to Hye-na, knowing that such disgusting and reprehensible things actually happen in the world can really drive home the desperation that Soo-jin must have felt when she decided to rescue the little girl. Once she realized what was truly going on, I have no doubt that Soo-jin felt she had no choice.

I can certainly see why Soo-jin couldn’t resist helping Hye-na despite her desire not to get involved — she’s an adorable little sprite with a core of steel, an aura of vulnerability, and the soul of a poet. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to want to take her out of her abusive situation and give her a happy life before she’s destroyed physically or even mentally by the unthinkable things that are happening to her. I actually found it very interesting that Soo-jin wasn’t the one making the most noise about Hye-na’s abuse at first, which made it that much more meaningful when she decided to take her. Soo-jin seems distant and even a bit cold at first, no doubt in an attempt to keep from becoming too emotionally involved (and probably due to her own childhood), and it was interesting to watch her soften up towards Hye-na as time went on.

I wasn’t so sure how I would react emotionally to a show about abuse and kidnapping, so I was comforted to see that Soo-jin tried everything she possibly could within the legal system to help Hye-na. But when the child’s mother is complicit in her abuse, and the system lets her down, I can also understand Soo-jin’s impulse to just take the kid and run. Of course, most of us wouldn’t give in to that impulse, and that’s the dilemma I think the show will be debating — is it better to follow the law and allow a child’s life to be threatened, or does the fact that Soo-jin is trying to save the child render her actions morally acceptable?

But this isn’t just a show about Soo-jin becoming a mother to Hye-na — there are several other mother/daughter relationships to explore, and I’m looking forward to seeing how these relationships affect the characters’ actions. I’m particularly interested in Soo-jin’s relationship with her famous mother, what exactly happened to her when she was a child, and how it contributes to her impulse to take Hye-na away. There was definitely some abuse in Soo-jin’s past, probably at the hands of a boyfriend of her mother’s. But Young-shin doesn’t seem to be a horrible person herself, and she also appears to want to see her daughter badly. On the other hand, she’s accepted Soo-jin’s desire to stay away for a decade, which leads me to believe that Young-shin knows exactly what happened to her daughter and that she failed to protect her. I’m curious about Hye-na’s mother Ja-young as well, who seems disturbed by her daughter’s abuse (if only because the questions are inconvenient), but who seems willing to throw her away rather than protect her.

 
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I haven't watched the drama so I am relying on the recap.

“So Uncle threw him off the balcony.” ---------> run kids, I said "run" when I read this.

I keep thinking about the word run when I read the recap but I can't contain it anymore.
I think I'll be saying "run" a lot more when I watch it.

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Based on the ending scene, the child must have thought of running away. But she’s agonizing she will not survive without her mom. Soojin will give her that chance, yay!

When she kept saying they live on the first floor, I initially thought she was trying to reason that she’s not disturbing any people below so there’s no reason for him to get mad. I was so horrified when she revealed the true meaning of it—the monster threw a child off the 4th floor balcony! Throwing her from the first floor will not kill her.

Damn show, why are you so good that you are keeping me from watching you? I watched the premiere but will only stick to recaps from now on. I might die of agony if I watch this child-teacher duo. LBY is doing so good in this, like she always does.

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I am watching "Mother" with some reservations:) Lee Bo Young is always my girl crush so I will try this drama out.

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We really appreciate the recap, especially considering how difficult it must've been to write. Thank you so much!

I know a lot of people will want to compare the two girls from each version. I say they're both incredibly talented and just leave it at that. They both deserve a lot of praise. All the actors do.

The scene towards the end where it got more graphic was so painful to watch. How do they even film those kinds of scenes? Sometimes I worry for the child actor because it got really frightening and creepy.

Lastly, it must suck to have to play the role of that monster.

I already love this remake!

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Lee Bo-young mentioned that she also worried for Heo Yool while filming those scenes and she and the others on set always made sure to check on her and make sure she was okay. I can’t imagine being a child actor and having to do scenes such as those.

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My thoughts exactly! Even veteran actors sometimes find it hard to film a certain scene, how much more a child like her? And its not even a scene where she acts all cute and bubbly but a scene wherein no one would ever dream to be a part of, reel or real. I'm just amazed at how talented this kid is. Her talent is evident even in the recaps. I think I have to prepare trucks of tissue for this.

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True. I was terrified to even watch it on the screen and was screaming silently. But to act in such a scene, that child must have had a brave heart! That scene was very delicately woven to implicate the sexual abuse. Sent a cold chills up my spine!!

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I am really thankful for the recap too. I watched the premiere and decided my heart could not take it. I will probably skim through the scenes between child and LBY, but I will not watch the whole show no matter how good the quality is. I will follow the story via recaps. It was a horrifying watch I wanna break into my screen and kill that monster and mother. I could think of a million ways on how to kill those two! It was so depressing watching a helpless child get abused and failed by the system.

This child reminds me of Ajusshi-era Saeron. She’s doing well in this, I bet she will be big. I am, however, worried for her wellbeing whild doing those horrific scenes. But I trust this team and LBY to prioritize her safety, mentally and physically.

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There's a turkish drama by the same name, I wonder which one came first the Japanese one or the turkish. I remember watching the first couple of episodes of the turkish one, but it too dark for me to get into.

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the turkish and korean are both remakes of the Japanese one!

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Good to know, thanks!

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Thank you so much for the recap, LollyPip! I was dearly hoping someone would pick it up.

A hard one to watch indeed. I prepared myself for the worst before hitting play as I’ve heard much about the original, but that didn’t make it any easier. The cinematography is haunting but gorgeous all the same, and it really elevates everything. I kept forgetting that I was watching a kdrama, it felt so cinematic. Lee Bo-young is fantastic—that goes without saying—and Heo Yool really impressed me. I read that she was chosen from 400 children who auditioned and I can see why. Again, I’ve never seen the original (although I always meant to), but Ashida Mana is fantastic in everything I’ve seen her in and it would be difficult to fill those shoes. Heo Yool is doing a great job so far, though. I can’t wait to see how she improves throughout the show.

Soo-jin is already a fascinating character and I’m eagerly looking forward to how the show explores both other characters’ reactions to her decisions (once they find out, which I’m sure some of them will) and how she battles with the conflict that is surely inside her own heart. I don’t think she’ll ever regret her decision, but I definitely don’t think she realizes the true, full extent of what she’s about to do. But I’ll save further comments for the episode 2 recap.

Overall, I’m eagerly looking forward to see Soo-jin and Hye-na’s relationship develop, along with the other mother-daughter relationships you mentioned. It made me very happy to see that all five characters in the opening sequence were women and I can’t wait to dive into all of their stories—even Ja-young’s.

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I have yet to see the Japanese version but I will.
So far, I'm loving every bit of this "Mother" drama. The acting is top-notch, the cinematography is breathlessly beautiful, and the plot is at the right speed. Looking forward to the next episodes.

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The first episode was hard to watch. But I will continue, the performances are pretty good.

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see? i'm tearing-up while reads this, now i dont want to watch it live. #sigh

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but reading those 6 comments above makes me feel to watch it too, but im too scared... ottokke???

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a child sleeping in suitcase.. why it sounds familiar? i read a book from one of my fave writer, 4-5 years ago, the main character is a little girl who sleep in suitcase, and the book ends with her death, out to the sea. and i just realize, the story is somekind similar, but the abuse is done by the father, and she run away with an ahjussi and a friend of hers from street. But she ended up dead anyway. So sad... im heavy sighing right now, this kind of story always pull me hard in the chest.

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If you like to feel tortured, agony, and helpless for not being able to do something for the child on tv, this show meets all those. 😄

Execution is so good. LBY is amazing, as always. The child is so good for a newcomer.

I watched the premiere but I will not continue. Will only follow the recaps from now on. I currently do not have a strong will to deal with so much emotion. I might lose it and attack my screen. LOL.

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This episode was so haunting...

The most memorable scene is when SooJin is reading off the notebook and Hye-na's voice narrates all the things she likes while the monster boyfriend pulled her out of her room and threatened her. The contrast to what she likes and the reality of her life was so heart wrenching.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Lee Boyoung and Heo Yool. Everything was so hauntingly yet beautifully done, I can't wait for more episodes, and a happy ending(?) It's probably the first time I'm actually looking forward to the end of a drama as soon as I start it...

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Wow! This was not an easy read! I applaud you for having the courage to recap it the way you did. I haven't checked this out just yet but I was planning to and after reading your recap, I decided I definitely would.

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i have a good feeling this drama is going to be more than spectacular, though I don’t think it’ll be that big of a hit in terms of ratings. still, the acting was top notch, and seeing Soo Jin’s coldness slowly peel off, letting a few geninue smiles was really satisfying. the parts which really hit my emos the most were
1. When Hye Na was asked if she loved her mom, and she said she did, with an added “당연하지” (of course). i cant really explain why, but the short pause before she said “당연하지” really showed how it was more of her WANTING to love her mom.
2. When Hye Na repeated items off the flyer she memorised as examples of foods that her mom cooks well. It was again another example things she WISHED her mom would do for her, but has not/ is not doing.
3. When she said “my mom threw me away in the trash” oH BOY THE FEELIES. As an asian (is this a chinese / singaporean thing?) child, I often had grandparents joking that I was picked from the garbage bin downstairs and we were always able to laugh it off (though at one point i think i actually believed that) but for Hye Na, it was nothing close to a joke. It was painful to see that something that was only a childhood joke to me, was a nasty reality for another her, and i’m sure (but i wish not) some other kid in the world as well.

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+The production seems really good, reminiscent of a Western crime/mystery show.
+I find it fascinating that even if you know the premise of this drama, how it gets there/the execution is rather interesting. For example, Hye-na's excuses for her abuse go beyond the to be expected I fell down the stairs or I had an accident. She actually goes as far as to try to show that she is clumsy enough to have had an accident. Although everyone knew she was covering for the mom, that scene got to me. It also made the beach scene that much more impactful.
+Hye-na's character is really well thought out, cast, and executed.
+This first episode gives you a ton of detail to flesh out the characters and scenarios. In so doing, the drama is able to tackle abuse on many levels--psychological/emotional, physical, and quite possibly sexual.
+With Ja-young, I keep thinking about when people say, when kids have kids. I assume that Ja-young had Hye-na when she was a teenager. I was still shocked to see Ja-young's reaction to her elementary school daughter wearing makeup etc and being being messed with by her boyfriend. How could you possibly think your daughter is at fault here? How could you possibly throw your daughter out in the trash?
+Soo-jin and Ye-eun's conversations about about Hye-na were really quite interesting. Ye-eun looked at it possible as someone who has seen or has a general understanding about child abuse, but Soo-jun has experience. When they were trying to figure out why Hye-na would cover for her mother, it was really interesting to see Soo-jun consider that Hye-na wouldn't want to go to an orphanage, foster home etc.

This show seems like it has a lot of promise. The only thing I'm worried about is that 16 episodes seems like at least 4 eps to long. However, it has lauded source material as it's framework, so I trust that it will go well.

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"The only thing I'm worried about is that 16 episodes seems like at least 4 eps to long." I'm thinking the same thing. The original was only 11 episodes long. So far the pace is really good but I'm worried it might drag later on.

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Guess Soo-jin & Hye-na might both like birds, because of their ability to just fly away from it all.
(But I'm a cat person so what would I know)

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Did not watch it yet but read the recap. Maybe the mother cannot break free from the guy (as it happens in abusive relationships) and throwing away the kid is the only way she thinks she can save her from him?

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No it's the other way round. Mother loves that ass**** boyfriend of hers and she is least bothered of her kid. In one scene, and even tells her boyfriend that whether he would want her to send that child to orphanage and bear a child of him!? He doesn't abuse the mother, but the child.

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The sad truth is that there are many women in this world who would rather not have their self-esteem, money, home, family, child/children, etc. etc. than to lose their man. Cases of women who have been horrifically abused themselves going back to their man (since he apologized and did say he would never hit her again) since they can't live without them! Or, that they believe that is what love is.
That's why the first two eps really struck a cord with me and got me all wound up because that's exactly what monsters and their victims are like.
Kudos to the writer and director for spinning their addictive web oh so slowly. I'm hooked! Line and sinker. More please.

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I think part of the reason is how JaYoung's mother rise her and the environment surrounding her, that she is also has a monster as a boyfriend make her point of view has become a mess and totally broken. It does make her think abusive is part of normality, and she is no longer feel something to her own children. I'm also guessing her children is apart of accident, she doesn't want the child.

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No, she is simply a trash mother.

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I wish that were the case, but no, she is horrible mother who lets her boytoy abuse her defenseless child. Even wants to get rid of her own child. She is a pathetic excuse for a human being. I wish I could strangle her to death and see her eyeballs pop out of her sockets.

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I think this writer is doing a good job of exploring how a mother that is so so broken to the point of physically abusing her own child and also hesitantly allowing this monster to do whatever he wants to her and her child.

Unless she breaks free from this monster and get help for herself, she'll never know what a blessing it is to be a mother.

It's most likely that she was abused herself and she became an easy target to prey on by this sorry excuse for a human being.

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She's one of those women who's incapable of taking care of herself, let alone anybody else, and so can't function without a man in their lives. To her, her child is an inconvenience that's getting in the way of her being "protected" and "cared for".

Tragically, it's not uncommon in women who were also abused by their fathers. They replace the domineering male figure with another domineering male figure because they've been taught they're useless. It's a cycle of abuse being perpetuated inter-generationally. So while the mother is awful, she's probably a victim too. Not that that excuses her treatment of her daughter - but it does heighten the tragedy of the whole thing.

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I watched the drama thinking that the abuser is the mother and she abuses her physically like hitting her but i didn't this that the boyfriend would be the abuser and the mother is just let it be, she just told him leave her alone so she she wonhave to deal with the police that was more annoying and painful to watch than the mother being the abuser,.
Throwing her out in the grapes bag like trash was too much to handle it breakd my heart when she found her in the trash bag the the first time and she just told that scum not to play those pranks!

SJ took photos of her wonds and she found her in a trash bag outside of her home doesn't the police count that, isn't it evidence for abuse, i was shouting at SJ while watching "go to the police take a photo of her in the trash bag" but she might think that they would return her to her mother if she did!

I'll keep watching hopping for a happy ending but I don't have my hopes up for that.

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Eeks I can’t watch this so I’ll just read your recaps. Just from episode 1 alone is already so heartrenching. Being a mother myself, I can’t understand why she didn’t protect her child or anyone for that matter. Even in real life, we see more and more cases of parents abusing their own flesh and blood. What is the world coming to? I don’t think I can take it watching this.

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i cant imagine lee bo- young having to act through this? i mean she’s a mom too & it must definitely pain her to imagine if it was her kid going through such things?

from the directors to actors to writers, i think it took a lot of courage to create this drama :’(

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I am not a mom but I was horrified and scared for Hyena. I could not even imagine how mothers like you would feel watching this show.

Not to discredit your being a mother, but I think it only requires common sense and a tiny tiny bit of care to know about child protection. I do not understand how this shithead mother doesn’t know that. Even if the show will probably reveal her reasons, I could not care less because there is no excuse to harming a child. The show even implied sexual abuse too.

I mean, that child did not ask to be born into this world. Yes, do not love or show affection to her, but do not hurt her or let others harm her. Mother and boyfriend are pieces of trash that shall be torched even if it causes global warming.

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Where can I watch this with English subs?

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It’s on both Viki and DramaFever :)

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I love this drama for multiple reasons.... Acting is so realistic and the story line is finely constructed. Even the actors act so good, it makes me hard to believe that is only the drama I'm watching, not real life event! Cinematography is awesome 👌 don't know why the rating of first ep was less, may be because ppl prefer more unrealistic drama on screen than realistic ones like this one! Anyways I'll continue to watch this one till the end 😃

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The worst part for me was the scene that implied sexual abuse, the one with lipstick and perfume. I legitimately threw up a little in my mouth. The directing is masterful, the acting feels raw, the dialogues are natural. I love the golds and blues that dominate Hye-na and Soo-jin's scenes and the suffocating sounds of birds. This drama is a pearl.

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Even as that scene was unfolding, I knew the mother would come home and I knew how she would react. The mothers in these situations are notorious for blaming the victim because they're too scared to blame the man involved in case he leaves them. It's just awful.

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This was a difficult read. I'm going to have to gather some courage before I can watch this. Thank you for the recap.

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its a masterpiece in terms of everything ... it is very similar to a cinematic experience so unlike kdramas
unfortunately and as predicted Koreans are not here for it, they are so disconnected from reality in terms of tv shows and the way they view motherhood and abuse even if child abuse is becoming a dangerous topic there ... and thats the difference from japan where it was a big hit

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I took a look at the ratings and they’re really not bad. Ep 1 got 2.9% and ep 2 jumped to 3.5%. For a cable show, those are solid enough numbers and hopefully they will continue to rise. I also doubt it will be the hit it was in Japan, but it’s not being ignored.

I don’t know enough about child abuse in Korea or society’s attitude towards it there to comment on how that could affect the ratings, though.

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well the previous drama started from 5 to 6 and the media is depicting it as a flop ... regarding child abuse in korea like else where it has been going up with higher percentage each year with dangerous cases coming up the majority by parents
and officials find it difficult to interfere because of tradition
so since its a hot topic you need to get the audience attention to get some effect

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Well of course a drama about child abuse isn't going to be a hit right out of the gate. Also many tvn dramas have started in that range and have doubled their ratings by the end of the run due to good word of mouth. On top of that the previous drama had a cast and PD that already had a solid following. It sounds like it's just "journalists" trying to generate clicks by being extreme.

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I think we shouldn't even worry about ratings with this kind of drama.
"Mother's" purpose is to raise awareness on child abuse which is a real problem and the number of child abuse cases has been increasing.

It feels personal for those involved in the drama especially for Lee Bo-young who gave birth to her daughter not long ago.
I'd say her casting is spot on here.

People are going to watch it no matter how uncomfortable and sensitive the subject may be. That's life.
Expect the rating to rise.

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@kiara I am pretty sure even in the past there have been tons of abused children in Korea just like any other country. It is just that nobody knows.
I am glad for this drama, as you said: raising awareness about a problem that seems to have increased. In reality: most likely they just happen to start noticing.... the bigger audience, I mean.
We will see what happens.

As a victim of parental negligence and abuse myself, I watch this with a broken heart, but also with little hope😖. In real life, there is a 0,1% possibility to have someone to save you, not even an aunt or another relative.
Hye na said there is no heaven, but there is actually a promised paradise for mankind. For me, that is also the only hope.

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@javinne
I'm sorry to hear about your past. I do have kind of a similar experience as a child but not to this extreme.
Thankfully, my mother was removed from her abuser but the effect haunted her and drove her mad that she took it out on me.
Living with her during her darkest time was pretty scary.

We have our happy ending because she got help and the abuse ended there.
We have a wonderful mother daughter relationship. We are each other's best friend.
She apologized a thousand times over and I forgave her every single time.
I love my mom even with her past and I'm so very proud of her!
The past was a nightmare and that's where it'll stay, in the past.

I know that a lot of children out there that are not as lucky as me and that's heartbreaking because I know that it gets worse and worse by the day and some will not make it like little Lee Hwan.
I do watch this with hope even though I feel helpless but my eyes are open and I get involved the minute I feel that a family member or a friend etc is being abused.

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I haven't started yet but I'm glad that you are recapping this @LollyPip <3.
This feels like a film writer's work alright and I expect nothing less than perfect from Chung Seo-kyung.
She co-wrote some critical acclaim films with Park Chan-wook. "The Handmaiden""Thirst" "Lady Vengeance" etc.
That's why most of his movies focus more on female characters unlike the rest of Chungmuro.
I have been a fan of PD Kim since "Hwang Jin-yi" and My Beautiful Bride."

I can't wait to lock myself in my room this weekend and watch it without any interruptions.

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I am glad you have a happy end to tell, @Kiara (follow up to your comment above about your mom and you). In my personal case, my mother never got to realise how much she broke me and how much damaged was implied wether by hurting me herself or by being negligent or by having bad companies, like Hyena in this drama. She apologized a couple of time, but it was not from the heart. She (my mom) died more than a year ago and by then I was already very far away from her. It really came to a point that I felt as if she didn't existed anymore and I grieved the loss years before she passed away, because one gets to lose the role that person should have in our lives and not the person in reality... I don't know if it makes sense. But anyway, for me it is also the past. It is only that, like any great trauma, being a victim for so long doesn't really finish so easy as to be put away. Facing the consequences of abuse and mistreatment is (or can be) devastating in itself, and many of us need therapy for years in order to be minimally functional. If only the perpetrators could understand! But that is the way it is. As I said before, I put my hope in God. Humans are either helpless or bad.

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@javinne <3
I am so sorry that your situation was much worse. It's hard to translate what I really want to say but know that I do understand every bit of what you are saying.
I spent a long time trying to mask it instead of dealing with it because I was too busy trying to protect my mom.
I became the adult and she was my kid and I love her more than she love me.
Yes it's taking a very long time to heal and it's a wrong that can not be made right and you are so right. We put our trust in a higher power so we can be free of it.
I have this framed over my bed as a daily reminder.
"Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace."
It's a very hard thing to do and the peace doesn't come instantly but it helps me so much.

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Beautiful quote. Makes me remember what my cousin taught me not so while ago: "do good to others not because they deserve it or will be grateful, but because God sees your deeds, your acts of kindness, and God will take them into account".-
I feel I achieved some decent degree of peace through understanding. My intellect pay a role in me being functional in many things I put my mind into. But then again, these type of traumas are very tough. Sometimes, just learning to love a little, to smile, to forgive or forget, like you say, give us some peace enough and it's the best we can do. To expect more is probably too much.
Me, I am always able to laugh😂. I even make bad jokes all the time and laugh alone.. I also dance alone and sing alone. But I enjoy these things. So... I am not so unhappy. I do the best I can. Thanks for your words. We will be seeing each other here in This drama. I hope it will be decent.

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Thank you! I know we are not alone in this.
I'm glad we chose not to take the same path as our parents.
Despite having a horrible experience as a child there is so much good this world.
Keep laughing, keep smiling, keep giving etc and I'll do the same.

I'll be hanging out here if they decide to continue recapping it.
See you then <3.

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I'm finally getting around to watching this and the filmic quality of the first episode was what struck me. The cinematography is gorgeous, with the contrast of the cold beach, the dangerous waters and the birds flying free used beautifully to convey the emotion of this. While I should have watched it when everyone else was, I am glad I get to bingewatch it this weekend.

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Silenced/The Crucible was very hard to finish for me and it was a movie, so a drama of 16 episodes, I don't know if I have the courage. It makes me feel so angry and frustrated this kind of story , don't touch the kid >_<

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That.Was.Torture.
It was really hard to watch. All the while I was watching I just thought that were are "beasts" like that living in human skin "breaking women and children". Why?
I actually don't know if I can take that and watch through the whole 16 episodes. Hopefully, Soo Jin becomes the kind of mother for Hye Na, who she deserves and needs. I want to see that in that show, please!!!
There are so many conflicting feelings about it. The show, the characters, is just drawing me in. If if that is the cruel reality. You just need to read the newspaper to hear these stories and even more horrible things. Why make a TV-show out of it? On the other hand, it also shows that there are still too few people caring about child abuse and domestic violence. Are these abnormalities just got accepted as part of our reality, that society went numb? It raises questions. Is it alright to take "extreme" measures to rescue the life of a child? Why are they even considered "extreme"? Shouldn't life always be protected?
I am really curious about how the show will handle all these conflicts.
The actors are phenomenal. Lee Bo Young of course, but Heo Yool holds her own. Even if it's fiction. She is a child. To go through these scenarios. I really hope she is cared for along the way.
Now I will just go back into my corner and bawl my eyes out...

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Because taking a child that doesn’t belong to you is kidnapping, which is a crime. That is such a lot of bull when we see that the child needs saving.

Although Soojin is aware the extent of her decision, we understand that she was desperate. Bringing and reporting Hyena to the police does not guarantee her safety. She is most likely getting returned to that horrible mother and boyfriend. Soojin might know this from experience. She gets flashes of her own abuse. The only way is to completely leave and lose contact, hence, she refuses to reconnect with her mother.

I also feel like a discussion about domestic violence and child abuse is sort of a taboo or frowned upon within the Korean culture. People are not blind or numb about it. They lack proper information on how to properly address the issue. There is no social awareness about it. The police and the whole system are so flawed with no common sense or intuition. I hope this show will bring awareness to this issue.

I know Soojin will care and love Hyena way more than any mother can. I am just hoping they both get out of this unscathed. Hyena to be happy and safe, while Soojin avoids prison.

Although I watched the premiere and I am looking forward to more of their loving relationship, I will not continue watching it and will stick to recaps. I know a lot of people who will enjoy this heavy drama, but I am currently in a state where one more booboo on Hyena will probably break me. Lol.

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Haven't watched it nor read the plot of the show, but I'm a trash for anything Lee Bo-young and would soon be watching it.

Is this somewhat like God's Gift: 14 days? By the looks of it- missing child etc.

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its very emotional and dark and is about motherhood , but its a melodrama that has strong messages and a bond forming between a child and a woman both abandoned ... so its not a thriller even though there a bag and a chase and so on

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Can someone explain the scene with the old lady yelling at Sujin? I don’t get it

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SHE seems like someone who know the child maybe a neighbour , and as she saw her taking care of the child she cursed her for coveting other ppl children , which is a very weird view ... I wonder if its the traditional view of showing interest in other ppl children

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unfortunately abuse by parents comes from the ignorant shitty concept that children are belongings ...or property when parents play the role of GOD and the creator and give themselves the right to punish and destroy bodily and psychologically ... I suffered myself as a child and it had a long lasting damaging effect ... thats why I dont have a strong desire to become a mother cause I kno the responsibility to make or break another

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Omg... What a brutal and powerful story.. I wasn't even watching the drama but just reading this recap had me on my toes.

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I watched the first episode of this show, and half of the second episode and then had to stop because I was getting stressed. The little girl actress is great, and the drama is beautifully shot. However I don't think I will watch more, because the topic is heartbreaking. If this were a movie, I would've watched it and rooted for a happy ending for the little girl and her new mother. But this being a 16 episode drama is just too much for me.

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Well well.. So far is not dissapointing. I think we will only get first episode recap and won't continue afterwards. Man the first two episode are magnetic.. Remind me of why I fallin in love with Korean drama in the first place. I heard from the PD this drama is melodrama thriller genre. It means the fugitive stuff will be make this plot more gripping. Man my eyes and ears in a treat while watching it. So awsome...

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If they're not recapping the rest, guess I'll comment here.
At the beginning of ep 2 it seemed like a pretty good plan. Kid made sure she was seen where it could be dangerous, left her notebook where it would be seen, and left other stuff in the water to fake her death so nobody would suspect kidnapping. But first she flushed the notebook pages that mentioned her teacher so nothing would point to her. Too bad a good plan and smooth escape aren't dramatic enough for a drama.

Kid looks reminds me a bit of Kim Sae-ron. And it's the kind of role KSR could have played when she was that age.

This seems like a *really* good show. But watching it after I'm Not A Robot is pretty jarring.

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Yes.. Pretty much she planned it from beginning, imitating a bird flying. The metaphor about bird flying for along long journey is just brilliant touch from the production, wonder if the original use this metaphor regarding on their escapism?

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It's from the original story.

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I keep thinking what will happen to the child actor played Hye Na, her mental issues. I truly hope she is well protected while filming. I do hope and pray. And as much as i love Lee Bo Young, i dont think i can handle those abusive scenes. I even imagine things what Seol Ak would to Hye Na. Oh God. And this thing happens in reality too:( May God forgive us for not knowing or not doing anything to help.

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the production and lby showed that the child received therapy after tough scenes and showed her bts as very happy she looks like a strong child
and except the first ep the rest are pretty easy

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I think I'm one of those with a faint heart that resulted me to be in a sobbing fest throughout the episode. Tbh, I have no regret watching it though and I’m actually hooked. I like the directorial style (the ambience is somber yet beautiful) and the sharp writing.

I feel that this show subtly placed a number of metaphors/analogies but I don’t think I have the ability to fully grasp them. I also liked that the writer doesn’t shy away from exploring the darker themes despite how uncomfortable it could be to general tv viewers which I think would be a norm in film?

If this is just a one episode recap, I think I will be one of the beanies that set up a tent here. Roasted marshmallows anyone?

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Just got done watching ep 3 and have so many questions, main being... why doesn't Soo Jin just turn Hye Na in, have her confess to being abused by biological parents, and adopt her?!?!?! Though that would just end the drama haha.

But seriously, I don't understand what her motives are.

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We still don't know her real motive to run away with Hye Na. But I guess, It's because her bad experience with abusive think.

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so the mother would easily get her back ... especially in korea intervention is hard in real life... so she saw that the child life is in danger

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It seems Hyena/Yeon book start to think this fugitive tale she has experience it’s not as beautiful as she think. It’s not so much about exit from hell, welcome to heaven sort of way.I think she is ready to take the consequences of encounter countless obstacle which will come their way. But As she is refer their journey like a group birds flying. They will stay together regardless of the situation. But Countless times, she is already feel alone , as their fugitive plan force them to be caution with anyone and force them to occasionally to separate.
Deep down, Hye Na seems always to seek time and room to watch TV, to watch her mother situation. She start to miss her and getting sick when knowing her mom get investigated, makes us questioning if her mom, Jayoung, is as bad as our initial view, because Hye Na seems missing her mom, Ja Young might be has a good side we don’t know yet, which maybe Soo Jin don’t have. Or is it just because of this blood relate think?

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I guess that must be *the* bike lock from before, but I thought that one was left at the orphanage, so how did it get to --- shhhh, don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't watched it yet (ep 5)

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I'm wondering if the mother had really gone prison and came back for Soo Jin years later, only to find that she'd been adopted. And if that was where that money in the bank book came from. Seemed like regular large payments....

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The breaking point was when the little girl unzipped herself out from the suitcase- her "hidden home" so that she wouldn't interfere with her Mom. The entire ep just broke me but it was the small moments which pierced my heart eg. Hye Na reciting the "good things" in life like sweet potatoes to drown out all the emotional turmoil she's feeling. The mother is equally bad because whilst she's not physically abusing the child, she's ignoring her and putting all the blame whilst being an accomplice to her boyfriend. But at the end of the day the mother too may have mental attachment issues with the bf and being a mom at such a young age may mean she lacks maternal instincts so she probably doesn't feel any connection to the child.

UGHH this is such a hard watch in the best possible way.

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Sad start re Hye-Na under a single mum and bullied by Seok-Ak (crazy mind)!

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