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Mother: Episodes 13-14 (Open Thread)

There are two ways to watch this show. One is as a fugitive thriller, and the other is as a human melodrama, and I think Mother’s very effective as both, though sometimes one dominates the other. As we close in the fugitives, it’s surprisingly not the thrill of the chase that takes the forefront. The mother-monologues continue to be the highlight of the show, and this week’s episodes provide much more fodder for the heart… or perhaps it’s actually the other way around and your heart becomes the fodder for the show?

EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP

Soo-jin and Yoon-bok narrowly escape detection from the police on the boat by splitting up, and the pair fall in with a father-son couple who are commemorating the mother’s death. They mistakenly believe that Soo-jin is terminally ill and end up bonding. Soo-jin decides accepts their offer to travel back to the mainland together.

Once there, Soo-jin and Yoon-bok find their images plastered across every screen, causing the father-son pair to find out their true identity. They’re almost trapped by police, and at the last minute, the father (who had earlier vowed to turn the pair in if he found them, not knowing his passengers were the pair in question) distracts the officers so that they can get away.

Soo-jin heads straight for the harbor, intending to catch the boat that would take them out of the country. The broker needs more money since smuggling them got harder after Soo-jin’s case blew up, and so unknown to Soo-jin, Hong-hee heads there too with the payment, unaware that Detective Lee is on her tail.

Soo-jin is just feet away from catching the boat when a whole troop of police cars closes in. She’s finally captured, though even the detectives aren’t happy about it. Soo-jin and Yoon-bok are torn apart, each screaming for the other as the chase is finally over.

Madam Cha records an interview with Hyun-jin to refute the smears against Soo-jin. Thanks to Hyun-jin’s impartial reporting, the tide of public opinion is largely on Soo-jin’s side. Ja-young demands an open trial with a jury, confident that Yoon-bok won’t testify against her.

There are plenty of witnesses testifying at Ja-young’s trial—Seol-ak’s ex with the recording, Madam Cha, Teacher Ye-eun from Mooryung. But it falls apart when Ja-young finds out in the courtroom that Hyun-jin is also Madam Cha’s daughter, causing an outcry. Hyun-jin’s work is discredited and she ends up losing her job.

With Soo-jin in custody, Yoon-bok has been placed in an institution. We find out that Soo-jin left her a letter in which she told her how loved she was, and then a lovely instruction on how to make friends with other children—to help the ones who were struggling, to play with the ones who were alone, and so on.

She outwardly appears to be doing fine, but when Detective Lee comes by, the director tells him that it’s an almost flawless front, and that she’s much more damaged than she shows.

He meets her himself and he tells her that Soo-jin’s fate depends on why she did what she did, and only Yoon-bok can say if she was in sufficient danger to justify Soo-jin’s act.

Yoon-bok doesn’t want to talk about what happened to her at Ja-young’s hands, but the director explains that if she doesn’t, then she could be sent back to live with her.

At Ja-young’s next hearing, Yoon-bok finally speaks. She describes the night she was put out in the trash to die, and how Soo-jin rescued her. It’s a damning testimony and the courtroom is stunned. Ja-young is given the maximum sentence of seven years for child abuse and attempted murder.

Soo-jin also awaits trial, but unlike Ja-young, has no intention of defending herself. After the first hearing, Detective Lee gives her a handwritten message from Yoon-bok, while Hong-hee rebukes her for not thinking of Yoon-bok and fighting back.

At the next hearing, she still makes no defense, but Detective Lee testifies strongly in her favor. (And hello there, crafty Prosecutor Kim! Ha!)

She finally breaks her silence when she’s asked for her closing words, and haltingly tells the courtroom about her childhood abuse. She says she never had any intention of becoming a mother, but after discovering Yoon-bok, she couldn’t bear to let go of her, and could only think of how to protect her in the immediate moment.

She brings the whole room to tears, and to everyone’s relief, the judge doesn’t give her a jail sentence, just 18 months’ probation. Released from custody, she goes home after first visiting Madam Cha.

Late at night, Yoon-bok secretly calls her from the institution, and both of them cry for missing each other.

“Mom… please kidnap me one more time,” Yoon-bok begs.

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Help me out here, guys—is Soo-jin not allowed to meet Yoon-bok due to her probation, or is she avoiding her for some reason? I was under the impression it should be plain sailing now and she should be able to legally adopt her, so I’m not quite sure what the problem right now.

I can’t help being disturbed every time Yoon-bok shows just how good she is at fabricating and dissembling. It’s definitely a survival skill for her—and a very necessary one—but it feels wrong on such a primal level to see a child capable of that level of complex planning. In every recent situation, Yoon-bok’s the cool head with the right reflexes. Without her quick thinking and street-smarts, Soo-jin would have been found out in a second.

I know it’s convenient that Soo-jin is always helped by the people she meets, and it does sometime seem a little easy, however, I appreciate that we rarely know until the final moment whether those people will throw their lot in with her. It reminds me of Two Weeks where even if she’s been painted as a kidnapper (or a murderer, as in Two Weeks), she’s able to gain the belief of the people who come into contact with her, and they never doubt her sincerity or love for Yoon-bok. So far, her helpers have been either people who’ve had a long-term relationship with her, or have come to form one, such as in the case of Dr. Jung.

With this week’s allies, the grieving father and son, there was something different about that brief night, and the strength of the connection forged over (what he perceived to be) a shared grief. It’s the first time the show has shone the spotlight on fatherhood, and I found it a painful and touching vignette. It was even more moving because while we spent time with the father and son, their story and the father’s words to Soo-jin felt to me like a reminder of the everyday heroism of mothers and motherhood, in the women who go unremarked and unstoried, but deeply loved and treasured by those they touch. That’s the emotion that brings me to tears.

With finale week ahead, I can honestly say that I have no idea where we’re headed or how, but I’m not even bothering with tissues anymore. Make me cry one last time, Mother, I’m ready.

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Thank you so much for the recap. Soo Jin is guilty of kidnapping and still under probation without jail time. Technically, she cannot come and see Yoon Book because probably that's the condition of her sentencing. I am hoping the two grandmothers can adopt Yoon Bok temporarily. Heck at this point, I don't care about plot relevance. I just want a happy ending for both Soo Jin and Yoon Bok.

I agree about the odd defense mechanism of Yoon Bok. She must have suffered more abuse than she is willing to talk about in the courts. It is really disturbing in a lot of ways.

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What's bothering me is that they never explicitly said she couldn't visit Yoon Bok. I feel like that would've been an important thing to mention for the viewers, but maybe it's supposed to be implied. At the same time, I couldn't imagine a possible reason for why Soo Jin would want to avoid or wait to see Yoon Bok anyways.

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I totally agree!

What was missing was a moment where someone (maybe the defense lawyer) told Soo Jin that she would not be able to see Yoon Bok anymore.

Then we would also have understood why she was giving up during the trial - that she was really grieving for her lost child. Now that just came across as odd - I wanted to keep screaming: if you don't talk, Yoon Bok has to life with mother-from-hell again!

Maybe anybody who knew more about the Korean legal system would have understood this without it being said but it seemed such an important point to me.

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But they did, if I remember correctly! She was sentenced 36 months in probation and then a line after stated that in that time, for security measures, Soo-Jin was to not have any contact with HyeNa whatsoever in this period of time. You can tell by the way HyeNa sneaks calls and the way that SooJin calls in to the office in the newest episode. I think she definitely would have visited HyeNa if she was able to, but it would have been a stretch if SooJin was to disobey the courts law again and steal HyeNa away I'm glad they put them apart for that time because it really makes you realise how much they care for each other.

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If she was hesitating to reunite with Yoon Bok, I would understand. It can be fearful to jump back into being a mother. She had no plans to be a mother, but in a whirlwind of events, she became a mother and she realized how much it could hurt. If she just resisted now, she could run away from this. Return to her peaceful life alone. Stay assured that Yoon Bok is safe for the time being. Doubt. Think again. Clear her mind to think about what she's getting herself into because when she kidnapped Yoon Bok, she didn't have the leisure to actually think about it - the child was in imminent danger and her instincts were to take the child and flee. But now, there is no imminent danger. Becoming a mother is scary. If she was taking some time to blank out and not think, I'd understand. Even if she were to push Yoon Bok away, I'd understand. Because mothers are human.

All in all, if court's not what's keeping her from Yoon Bok and it's what I imagine above, even with all that internal conflict and dilemma, I'm pretty sure she'll come around soon after she clears her mind and prepares herself to reunite with Yoon Bok and be stronger mother than before.

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Thank you for the recap!
It was very sad to see that after everything that happened in the courtrooms, Soo Jin had to come home to an empty and dark house. I know everyone else is taking care of Madam Cha, but it really emphasized the emptiness and loneliness she must feel right now. I just really want her to reunite with Yoon Bok! (and is it selfish to say that I also want to see more moments with Dr Jin too?)

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I wondered too why nothing was said about Soo Jin visiting/not visiting Yoon-Bok, but also assumed it is forbidden by the courts and possibly by the psychologists. Typically (in adult cases anyway) the patients are not allowed any outside visitors for a length of time. And I also became much more uneasy about the state of Yoon-Bok's mental health than in any other episodes with her behavior in this week's episodes. Soo-Jin's letter to her seemed to be an instruction manual on how to fool everyone...which also made me uneasy, especially when I saw how meticulously Yoon-Bok embraced it. I found it refreshingly relieving that the woman in charge of the children's home does not seem to be fooled. Another instance of attention to detail in this drama that I appreciate. How Yoon-Bok could Not be damaged would be too unreal, but I still want my fairytale-ish ending with those 2 together. I have been thinking though that we won't exactly see that and a more open ending will be the end we will have.

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Soo-jin herself has some healing left to do. She suppressed the memories of her own extremely abusive childhood to the extent that she did not remember much of her early life at all. But in her case, she came to understand the actions of her mother and I think that helped a great deal. I guess we are also to assume that she recovered the memories of her past. I think she still has work to do, but she is on a more healthy path than Yoon-bok. That poor child has been forced to grow up too soon, hiding her emotions and taking care of others around her. I hope that she can get the help she deserves.

I was one of the viewers who assumed Soo-jin's probation included not being able to see Yoo-bok until the probationary period came to an end. I wonder how the show will handle this. Yoon-bok needs a stable, loving home to aid with her recovery, and it would be terrible for her to be parted from Soo-jin. Who knows what will happen during their period of separation? It might cause more problems unless Yoon-bok finds herself adopted by another supportive family. I wonder what the writer has in mind. Will she differ from the Japanese original (which I haven't seen)?

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I am crazily wondering the same, and i also have not watched the Japanese version. Don't give me any spoiler.

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I haven't seen the original, so no worries about spoilers! I've also been avoiding any spoilers.

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I don't think it was intended as a letter for deceit, more of a guide-to-coping. The letter said "Remember you are someone who is loved. Making friends is easy... here are instructions on how to be a friend. Being ok yourself is much more difficult... when it's too much, books help."

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Okay. I think it's time to watch this.

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Love this show!

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“Mom… please kidnap me one more time,”...
Wow such powerful words for a child to say.

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I havent ugy cried this much since Jang Nara had to say bye to her mom in Go Back Couple. oh god this series is tough

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Me too... I cried so much watching Go back couple but for Mother.. I wept. These episodes was so heartbreaking for me. I just dropped my tab and cried abit. I really love this drama. I can't wait to watch this week's final episodes.

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That scene also had me tearing up!
Jang Nara's emotional scenes are really gut-wrenching. I remember crying alot when she lost her child in Fated to Love You as well. I can't listen to Ailee's Goodbye My Love without those feelings of pain.

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and here's my cue to download that song! love ittttt thank you!!

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Legally, Soo Jin has been convicted of kidnapping (or something in that neighborhood) and Yoon Bok is considered her victim. Conditions of Probation would include no contact, direct or indirect, with the victim.

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She sacrificed a lot to save Yoon Bok's life by breaking the law. She escaped prison but it's going to be legally hard for her to adopt Yoon Bok.

This is a very rare case so I have no clue how this will work in Korea's court of law.

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Having worked in Social Services, but not Abuse Neglect, I find Yoon Bok's portrayal true to the nature of what she has/is experiencing. We did have to have a training in being able to detect Child Abuse, and the actions/abilities/fronts she is able to go through are true to this. They have learned through their experiences how to protect themselves, and disconnect from what their world is. It is in reality a very frighting thing, as you would not 'normally' expect any child of her age (or any age) to be able to adapt to and act as needed in the situations presented. This is the effect of the life that they/she has had to live to this point, and sadly her normal. She will need stability/love and consistent effective counseling to be able to over come what she has experienced to this point in her life. In all probabilities, Soo Jin's probation is no contact, as the reality is she is no blood relationship, and 'took' her to begin with.

I had hoped to a small degree (dreaming?) that the tooth situation could/would turn into a DNA aspect. We would find that 'real mom' was not even that, and that somehow she took her herself, which would allow Soo Jin to work the system to adopt her. Seeing that 'real mom' got time, in all probabilities she is now a ward of and in the system, which I think is another slap in the face (figuratively, not the real one we see in the drama's) the world has given her.

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i also worked with abused children and I can see the same... how do you see the fact that YB accepted that she was a new person with a new name and life at such a young age ?

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Compartmentalization. It appears she has done this her entire being from what we see. She opened up to Soo Jin when she was out on the street on her own. She becomes another entity when having to deal with her mother. She placates, she does not bring herself to the forefront. With ’uncle’ she is another person that tries to talk to, reason with, fade in front of. To be a ’new creation,’ she has created another compartment that she can go into that no one but those in the ’new’ world exist in.

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the revealed it's Hyena's mother who is the bad one instead of her boyfriend is a nice twist IMO. Her oppa is the one who warn her, Hyena would died if she kept Hyena outside on the trash bin. She is the one who doesn't care to her own child. That's why Hyena is still safe despite being kidnapped by him. I geniunely though it's just her in her denial state don't want to looking her oppa dark side. But it makes her become total bitch with little redeeming quality. She blame it all on society without look at herself. I really appreciate though Go Seung Hee makes her character at least is still feel human and not carricature, and the script is called for that carricature potrayal.But she is adding depth. She is showing spark.

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I agree. I'd consider Seol Ak as mentally disturbed, given to psychotic lapses. Ja Young is another thing altogether. She always paints herself as the victim and I loved it when Madam Cha put her in the right place. How can a mother use her child in such an inhumane manner to take revenge?

I've read that in the hands of a better actress, Ja Young would have more depth. I have no complains about Go Seung Hee though. I didn't want the actress to over dramatize or make Ja Young look outright evil. An understated portrayal can be more powerful and the actor who played Seol Ak was good too, in this aspect. I particularly dislike villains who smirk, look crazy and evil. The devil doesn't show his horns.

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tbh JY is the only weak cast member in the whole show... while not terrible she is not good either... I can see her struggling to show reactions

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This is my second time watching her so I can't say she has good range or excellent in heavy scenes as required of her at times in this drama.

The truth is that I don't really notice her. I am too busy in awe of the child actress, Madam Cha and even Jo Han Chul.

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I think in the hand of better actress, Ja Young as a villain will be a terrific to watch and we might feel for her more. There is something about her potrayal which repress her desire wanting to escape this bad mother position but unable to, in the end Trying to rationalize her action. She is just lack the technique, range, and sincerity to pull it off perfectly... villain role IMO doesn't suit her at all...

I'm abit sad the writers makes her a trully bad mother. There is no need to that IMO. Because without her crazy action in the last episode, she has already bad enough. Might be they want to force her on the edge so they have a reason to make her goes to jail.

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It would have been interesting to see what Han Ye-ri would've done with this role.

Anyway her crime had to be this serious I guess for Soo-jin to have a way out of jail.
Yoon Bok's testimony of being stuffed in the garbage bag and left to die was the most credible evidence that Soo-jin's motive for kidnapping her was to save her life.

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Han Ye Ri in this kind of role would be terrific.
Possibly, because put your in a trash bin on a cold night is already crazy enough, and become a credible evidence to make sense of SOo Jin's Kidnapping. I think that moment is a deal breaker to Hyena and Ja Young. That moment is the moment she lost her child soul.

the writers write Ja Young that way so she could Justify of Hyena goes to Soo Jin as her mother. That crave for mother figure which she can't find on her biological mom.

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I have to give a lot of credit to Go Sung Hee for being courageous enough taking on the character of Yoon Book's biological mother. She is heartless and have less redeeming qualities but Go Sung Hee displayed the vulnerability of this character quite well. She is also another amazing actress in this drama aside from LBY. Can someone please give this woman a lead role in her next project? She is so impressive.

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You are much more open minded than I am.
I get what you are saying but I'm totally unforgiving when it comes to these two.
I didn't think for a sec that he said it for Hey-na's sake but for their own.
What they both did were evil. They are both abusive. He killed innocent helpless children and she would've killed her own child if Soo-jin didn't risk everything to save her.

I just think it's so unfair if being mentally unstable and being abused as a child is the cause of all their evil doings. They must take some responsibility for their crimes.

Go Seung-hee's best work has been with PD Kim Chul-kyoo and he probably cast her for this role which is more challenging than the previous.
I was a little skeptical in the first few episodes. I thought she wasn't up to par with her performance in "My Beautiful Bride."

OT - (PD Kim directed Noh Hee-kyung's "More Beautiful Than A Flower" (2004). My fav out of all of Noh's dramas. I hope they'd work together again.)

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I'm abit let down by the writers making hyena's mom turn into evil. My point is her motivation turn out to be completely outside of her oppa's influence. Her oppa doesn't make her worse. The situation she is facing is the catalyst. He, the one who has criminal record, is the one who remind her bad deeds. Which is abit a twist. I'm abit sad tough. Expecting the writers adding abit more simpathy tobher character.

Yess... I really think Go Seung Hee was better in my beautiful bride. She at times trying too hard here, since this is her most challenging role.

Yess i hope Kim ChulnKyu will wrok with Noh hee Kyung again. They are now work in the same tv station.. Why always Kim Kyu tae, writernim? Aigoooo

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Thanks for explaining. I understand and I agree that she (the writer) is extreme with Hye-na's mom but still it's not unheard of for a single mother to dispose of her child in order to keep the boyfriend.
(I think you'd find the original tailored more to our expectation.)

I honestly didn't expect Go Seung-hee's character to be this heavy. I think she gave it a good shot without going overboard 👍.
I'm still kind of confused. Is she insane, broken, bipolar or just plain selfish to the core?

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I think Go Seung-hee is doing a really good job with an unpleasant character, never falling into caricature, never screeching, but continuing to manipulate any situation she finds herself in. Actually, there were moments when we (the viewers) almost wanted to be sympathetic towards her in earlier episodes so all credit to the actress.

But in my view, her character is totally narcissistic - and has been so from the start - constantly craving attention. That's why she wanted the public trial: she wanted to get all the sympathy. That's why she hits Hye-na when the boyfriend put the lipstick on her: Hye-na got attention that she wanted for herself.

The boyfriend clearly has a history of preying on those types of women - who allowed him to hurt their children. I imagine him having had a string of short relationships in between, where women who loved their children and protected them, kicked him to the curb.

That 'trash' episode doesn't put him in the clear - didn't he say that he got pleasure out of 'freeing' the women from their obligations when he killed the children? That's why he points out to her that Hye-na is going to die - so that he gets that moment that he craves.
In that relationship, two evil people found each other.

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LOL.... to this days, I'm still confuse about Ja Young. Also, Go Seung Hee at times confuse of her character emotional state as well... I hope the writers write an essay about this character so I can understand her more LOL

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Thanks @cloggie for your thoughts.

It's interesting, from the mind of a narcissistic (sociopath), people (his victims) are trash.
They both put Hye-na in a trash bag so maybe they share the same mental disorder.

I think she might have gotten away with a lighter sentence with an insanity plea but a narcissistic person doesn't think she did anything wrong. She wants attention and went public and it backfired on her.

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I've only seen Go Seung-hee in one other show (While You Were Sleeping?) so I'm actually impressed that she took this heavy role. I thoroughly enjoyed her portrayal of this selfish, narcissistic yet seemingly conflicted bio mom. There were only 2 moments when I felt bad for her: 1) when she thought Hye Na had actually drowned in the ocean 2) When Seol Ak hatched a plan to ransom Hye Na and she asked him what happens if they don't get the money. For a split second, she seemed appalled that he might kill her. I was appalled for her. BUT then she steeled her expression and gave up on Hye Na, letting him dispose of her as he wished. I can't imagine what Hye Na could have felt when she hears it straight from her mom that she will not stop him if he decides to kill her. Then in the latest episode where Hye Na describes the trash bag incident, we find out that that was not the first time Hye Na hears that from her own mom. What an awful, awful mom! THAT right there puts Hye Na's bio mom as lower scum than her bf. It explains how Hye Na calmly released her from mommy position when she came out of finger mom's closet. And I love that Cha mom, who did not give birth to her own daughters, is able to directly and publicly point out bio mom's audacity to use her own child in such a terrible way.
So I really liked Go Seung-hee's portrayal of this character. She played a villain character who took me on an emotional rollercoaster and in the end, I really despise her. That's great acting/writing right there.

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I actually impress with Go Sung Hee dedication. She has the will to improve.

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Finally I had time to catch up to this episodes. I had a good cry yesterday evening, it's a satisfying cry. It hurts but also feels really good..

Congrats Mother, you are the best 💕

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Sobbing mess throughout ep14. While it seems fast the trials of both mother I am glad Yoon bok had Su jin's letter and the bag. Glad she got some of her spirit back.But we can see she has more problems in her and I do hope somehow she and Su jin able to somehow be together.

Awaiting the finale.Mothers really are wonderful fascinating people.Not everyone is cut out for it but those who chose this path make many different decisions that leads to many different consequences.

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This is an amazing drama from the acting to the writing to the directing! I watched the finale of the original and I though the little girl in the Jdrama was not as natural, a bit self conscious but the child actress who plays Yoon Bok is incredible! Kudos to the PDnim for bringing out the best in all his actresses/actors. Even the supporting cast that I've seen in other dramas are so much better here. The actress who plays Su Jin's real mom, was in Another Miss Oh as Eric Mun's mum. Totally unrecognisable here and her acting which I thought was so so before is so good here. Just like the detective. Takes a special drama to bring out the best in its cast! The best drama I've watched in my last 3 years of drama watching!

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Why has the updates in this site become so slow? No. of recaps has also greatly reduced. Is there any specific reason for this?

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Every time I try to write about this show, everything I think to say seems totally inadequate. But I'll try anyway:

This show is so good at not only portraying what it means to choose motherhood, but to choose it, regret it and/or fail miserably--in part because the conditions that exist for mothers who make the choice to do it alone are often harsh and unforgiving. The only single mother in the show who didn't endure the same struggles as the others was a rich, famous actor whose money and access undoubtedly allowed her to avoid the slim pickings of terrible partners the other mothers relied on for romantic love and financial support.

You give up a lot to become a single mom because that's necessary to properly care for a child and because society demands it. Society also judges and neglects you for trying to create balance and relieve the stress that motherhood can bring. Too many of us disregard the resentment that can crop up from feeling like your life revolves around people taking and demanding and taking more. This show reminded me to be mindful of that.

I have cried literally every week since this show started, which is a testament to the writing and to the performances by Lee Bo Young, Nam Ki Ae, and Heo Yool. I would give this show all the awards if I could, and I'll genuinely be sad to see the ending, even if it means I stop ugly crying at my laptop week after week.

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Mdm Cha still had terrible husbands. She mentioned about one who had an affair and that's why in the end she was alone in the romantic sense. But yes this show did make me think also that it shone a light on how harsh and unforgiving Asian societies are to single mums, especially unmarried single mums and how all the more remarkable are those who give their all to raise their kids well. What an amazing show. No words!

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God the ending of episode 14 had me sobbing I couldn't hold it in after she asked her to kidnap her again T-T. I am getting prepared for the ending since I don't know what direction it will take, will it follow the original one or will it be different?
I just want to say that while I do want a happy ending I am also thinking if that would be possible and if it will be realistic. When LBY did an interview she said she picked this show because she wanted to bring to light the reality of abused children, and while the show did that I also feel that it also brought light to the laws and their flaws. From the cops not being able to do anything because parents have the power, to not being able to remove a child from a home even with evidence because a child denies it. I feel that realistically a person who has been accused of abduction would not be able to adopt or remain in contact with the "victim" which is why giving this show a bitter sweet ending at least for me would be the ideal way to go. This would shed light at the injustice and again at the flawed laws. I have seen the original ending I won't spoil but I have to say that sadly it was very realistic.

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Having watched the Japanese version years ago ... We avoided this one because if it's even one iota close in tone and feelings, I'll have to buy my wife a year's supply of tissues.

We'll probably watch it later ... but it's got HUGE shoes to fill ...

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You won't be disappointed. I've seen remakes after remakes and most of them failed.
This is the best remake I've ever seen done.
It makes me appreciate the original even more.

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I know I'm late to this weecap, but I just want to share some afterthoughts on ep.14

The execution of the kidnaping, the motives, and implications were done so brilliantly...that this whole getting caught business felt almost lacking in comparison.

Maybe because it was only one episode and felt hurried, but mostly because I couldn't really understand Soojin's passive attitude. It was so at odds with the sentiments of the letter she wrote to Yoon Bok (be strong, I'll find you, etc.)... and also to the fierce person that she is. How did she except to see her child again if she did nothing?

On the other hand, I'm a bit glad and relieved that it indeed was only one episode bc I didn't want that angst to drag. We really don't need that in this story.

I'm being really nitpicky here and only  mentioning this, bc I think a lot of excellent stories falter a little in this stage. They present a beautiful arc and make you hold your breath for that one THING to happen, but when it does happen they give it so little time it leaves you feeling like "oh wait...that's it?"

Nevertheless, this was a fantastic episode with one hell of an emotional punch. I always cry in every episode... but this time I was SOBBING, heaving breaths and all. Among other things, Kang Soojin's final statement in court broke me. That was such a perfect portrayal of the pure and unconditional love of a mother... I almost couldn't listen.

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Still looking for the weecap of the final two episodes.

Soo Jin not being allowed to have contact with Hye Na during her probation was implied in these episodes, but in I think the very beginning of 15 (when they do a little recap of what happened last), they do explicitly say that as well. It's part of her probation terms (and I think it's obvious from the way Hye Na is calling secretly in the middle of the night that it isn't supposed to happen).

Having watched the entire show now, w.o.w. From the scriptwriter to the directing and filming to the soundtrack to the absolutely brilliant performances from every person in this drama, just wow. I saw that this was one of only ten series worldwide nominated to the Cannes series festival, and that honor is SO well deserved. This is one of the best dramas I have EVER seen, on every level. Heo Yool is an actress to watch--HOW can a 9YO pull off that kind of performance?! And this has to be a lifetime performance for Lee Bo Young. This drama left me in tears most times I was watching. I really hope it goes to every part of the globe and wakens conversations about both child abuse and how to stop it, and also the importance and value that good mothers have (no matter how you come by that role). I am driving people crazy by trying to convince them to watch this drama. It was so, so, so good.

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