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Angry Mom: Episode 13

What a supremely satisfying episode. It’s still early enough that things aren’t yet wrapped up and there’s still lots of fight left in store for us, but this episode is chock-full of important developments and major character progressions. I love the way this drama finds human touches in (almost) everybody, so that even when a character isn’t unequivocally good, we’re still able to derive a ton of gratification in their arcs. Well done.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Kang-ja’s plan is thwarted by that two-faced backstabber Ae-yeon, crushing the Scooby Gang’s attempt to take down the trio of baddies. Coolly, she informs Kang-ja that she’ll be sued for defamation.

Kang-ja insists that they switched the recording, but she’s the only one getting worked up and it only makes her sound hysterical. Jung-woo smirks like she’s a raving loony, but Kang-ja is too upset to hold in her reaction. She asks the reporters to find out the truth, which is their job.

Sinking to the ground in tears, Kang-ja wails, “Why won’t anybody believe my words? Why won’t anyone listen?”

Everyone looks discomfited at her distress, including Sang-tae and Ae-yeon—not that her conflicted expression mitigates the damage she inflicted, since that was clearly her choice.

The trifecta of evil puts up a show for the reporters, keeping their inner strife under wraps until they’re in private. Minister Kang is angry at Jung-woo for letting things get so out of hand with Kang-ja, but now he’s got to see the charade through and keep up the devoted father routine in public. He once again orders Jung-woo to take care of Kang-ja.

Kang-ja is taken to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation, and Ae-yeon visits her with an uncomfortable expression and red-rimmed eyes. Still don’t feel sorry for you, but I suppose it’s the least bit gratifying to see you upset too. A very tiny bit.

Ae-yeon does that thing she always does, of assuming the bad guy pose and saying this is just who she is, despite having obvious pangs of conscience. Kang-ja’s (overgenerous) faith finally meets its end and she says, “Let’s never see each other again.”

Ae-yeon is shaken by that, but tells Jung-woo it’s fine, and that friends aren’t forever. She’s eager to leave Chairman Hong’s house, and looks distressed when Jung-woo says she can’t leave just yet—they need one more thing in order to put away the minister and the chairman for good.

Kang-ja’s high school exploits make the news, and she’s depicted as mentally unsound. Students interview about how wild she was at school, and Sang-tae calls her delusional. On the other hand, Bok-dong, bless his heart, can’t think of a single thing to say on camera, fidgeting uncomfortably.

Kang-ja’s doctor doesn’t believe her claims either, just writing it off as stress and delusion. Meanwhile, Minister Kang and Jung-woo play up their fabricated reunion for the public, winning sympathy with his supposed willingness to embrace his son despite possibly losing the election.

As threatened, Kang-ja faces charges of defamation and impersonation, and the police are unmoved by her exclamations that she only posed as a student because the police wouldn’t do their job. Things aren’t looking good for Team Princess, and Gong-joo’s affiliation doesn’t help, since she’s dismissed as a gangster and criminal. (The princess minions argue that they only run a club and have a higher marriage rate than professional matchmakers, haha.)

That’s when Noah steps in citing law code in their defense—and his father is with him. Kang-ja hangs her head abashedly and apologizes when the judge scolds her for her rash actions, but argues that she had to do it. Noah takes responsibility as well, saying that he bears fault for not protecting his students.

With the judge vouching personally for the group, they’re allowed to leave the station. He doesn’t exactly approve of their behavior, but when Kang-ja, Noah, and Gong-joo plead with him to help block the construction project, he relents and offers some advice. He pinpoints the minister’s slush fund as the way to take down the trifecta, and identifies a crucial source: the ex-vice principal of the high school, who used to work for Chairman Hong before he was ousted and replaced by the current vice principal. We saw him being violently beaten in the first episode, and there are rumors that the man has since become homeless, and they’ll have to track him down.

Bok-dong very cutely offers to walk Kang-ja home, making up an excuse about dropping off a book for Ah-ran, and then thrusts a block of tofu at her—the traditional offering to released prisoners (as a symbol of staying on the straight path to ward off future prison encounters). She takes a bite, and offers him some tofu as well, to symbolize him not returning to Dong-chil’s fold. They smile adorably at each other.

The family has to hole up at home because of the reporters stationed outside their building, and grandma’s full of loud complaints. They only grow louder when Kang-ja states her intention to keep going to school—if not as a student, than as a mother. She’ll do anything necessary to protect Ah-ran.

To that end, Kang-ja sets up a one-woman protest outside the school gates, with signs demanding a stop to the construction, which is based on the illegal funneling of school funds. And despite the initial wave of public opinion that declared Kang-ja a crazy person, the teachers and other students look at her in admiration for being so gutsy.

On the other hand, Bok-dong takes in the protest with exasperation, warning that Kang-ja’s going to get herself carted off to jail again. She just quips that he can buy her tofu a second time.

Jin-sang is mortified to see his wife causing a scene and barks at her to leave. Bok-dong grabs his arm, but before that potentially awesome scenario can unfold, Dong-chil calls them both aside.

First, he orders Jin-sang to get a divorce, or at least wield the threat of one in order to stop her. Jin-sang meekly agrees. Next, Bok-dong stands up to Dong-chil to say he’s not afraid of him anymore, and he’s not going to do his bidding either. But rather than raging at him threateningly, Dong-chil just warns that Bok-dong’s actions could endanger Kang-ja, and leaves him with that food for thought.

Ah-ran is back to being the target of bullying and ridicule, and a couple of the class’s uppity girls graffiti her locker with taunts about her mother. A raw egg splatters right next to her just as Sang-tae enters the room, and he steps up angrily to challenge the thrower.

The girls huff that Ah-ran’s mother is making a mockery of the school, which will look bad if it lets any yahoo in (literally, “dogs and cows”). Sang-tae snaps that it’s true. “Dog,” he directs to one girl, then indicates the other. “Cow.” Okay, I’ll give him that as a pretty satisfying smackdown, and Ah-ran looks at him in a slightly new light.

The leader mutters about dealing with Kang-ja, and this time Bok-dong blocks her way to tell her to give it a rest. And Sang-tae gives Ah-ran a small smile.

Jung-woo and the vice principal confront Kang-ja at the gates, simultaneously sneering at her fool’s errand while looking uneasy at her tenacity. She snaps that they labeled her a crazy woman, and yet are pretty scared of her being here. When Jung-woo tries to argue that her protest is illegal, Noah arrives to contradict him, armed with legal code that states that it’s not, actually. Ah, I love smart Noah one-upping Jung-woo. Go on, cite more law at me.

A reporter approaches Kang-ja and asks for an interview, which she readily agrees to. It makes Jung-woo and the vice principal look nervous, but sadly for us, it needn’t, because it turns out that the only story the reporters are interested in Kang-ja’s beauty secrets for looking young enough to pass for a high schooler.

Kang-ja pushes past her disappointment to try to talk about the corruption, but the writers say airily that their readers aren’t interested in such seriousness. Sad but true, that. Kang-ja may be the hot story of the day, but even so it’s tough getting anyone to listen.

Jin-sang does as bidden and drops the threat of divorce on Kang-ja again, and while this was Dong-chil’s order, I do believe this is how he feels, too. Kang-ja refuses that out of hand, but he bursts out that he can’t protect her because he doesn’t have any power, and wants her to do as everyone else does—let it slide and focus on living your life.

Kang-ja argues that quitting is tantamount to abandoning Ah-ran and her friends to danger, and Jin-sang yells, “That damned, ‘Ah-ran, Ah-ran!’ Do you only see Ah-ran, and not me?” He says that he knew that Ah-ran wasn’t her dead sister’s child, but he pretended to believe it because he loves Kang-ja. Can’t can’t she do the same out of love for her family?

Public opinion starts to swing back on Kang-ja’s side, though, with parents voicing their support of her actions, saying that they’d have done the same thing to protect their children. Minister Kang is disgruntled to read the comments and needs now more than ever to locate that ex-vice president. Ack, but who will get to him first?

Our Scooby Gang focus their attention on that secret slush fund, and brainstorm ways to prove its existence. They decide that the likely place to keep that information is in a private safe, and Kang-ja recalls the one hidden by the lion statue at the chairman’s house. To her surprise, Noah says he might find a way to get into it—all he needs is the passcode.

So Noah heads over under the guise of a parent-teacher meeting, explaining that he wanted to see Sang-tae’s home conditions. He notes the lion in the room and supposes that it represents the chairman’s absolute power as father, and the chairman chuckles at the correct assessment.

Noah casually asks for the chairman’s birthdate, saying he’d like to examine his and Sang-tae’s fate readings, and the chairman offers the numbers. Then when he steps aside to take a call, Noah hurries over to the safe and starts trying the numbers. Ack! Out in the open like that? And then to make things hairier, Ae-yeon happens by and sees Noah crouched in front of the safe.

Chairman Hong’s call is with the minister, who orders him to take care of Kang-ja personally. Hong supposes that the minister wants to keep his son’s hands clean, but agrees to do it—he considers this yet another of the minister’s Achilles’ heels that he can make use of later.

Noah is so absorbed in trying passcodes that he’s taken by surprise when Sang-tae catches him and hisses at him for being so blatant. But he guesses that Noah’s working with Kang-ja (“Are you on Team Jo Bang-wool?”), and when Chairman Hong returns to the room, Sang-tae fakes an excuse to deflect Dad’s attention away from the safe, pretending they were catching a cockroack.

The chairman accepts the excuse, but casts a suspicious eye at his safe. Uh-oh.

Sang-tae and Noah talk in private in his room, and Noah echoes Sang-tae’s question: “Are you Team Jo Bang-wool too?”

Sang-tae says that he isn’t, since he hates people who take the “throw eggs against a boulder” approach, though Noah seems to see through Sang-tae’s unconvincing denial. He takes note of the motorcycle parked in the middle of the bedroom and asks about it going unused. Sang-tae blusters that he totally could drive it if he wanted, though the place he most wants to go isn’t reachable by bike: San Francisco.

Noah asks him why, though he connects the dots himself, recalling that Sang-tae’s mother lives there. Sang-tae snaps that they’re not friends, and Noah takes his face in his hands and squishes it, agreeing—he’s his disobedient pupil.

Public opinion takes another turn the next day (sigh, she’s so fickle, that public opinion) as a crowd of mothers descend upon Kang-ja’s solo protest, throwing eggs at her and accusing her of being a killer. Looks like the trifecta has been busy disseminating information about Kang-ja’s criminal past, and the mothers have dug up the old story.

Ah-ran hotly defends her mother, and even Dong-chil looks dismayed as he watches the confrontation. A mom winds up to throw another egg, and this time Bok-dong leaps in front to take the hit, and has to be held back from engaging with the mom mob.

The moms recognize him as Yi-kyung’s so-called killer and sneers that they’re all the same, and when Kang-ja steps in on his behalf, a mom gets shoved back and loudly exaggerates the fall. She calls for police, accusing Kang-ja of assaulting her.

Ah-ran sees Dong-chil nearby and confronts him for letting her mother take the fall for his actions. He can’t hold her gaze, while Ah-ran has to choke back her tears as she says, “The fact that you… are my biological father… it shames me to death.”

But Dong-chil turns back at that, pats her shoulder, and says mere, “It’s not me.” Well, thank goodness that question is finally settled.

Kang-ja spends another day in jail, despite Noah arguing in her defense that the police are basing everything on one accusation. He demands a medical report from the victim at the very least.

Meanwhile, Bok-dong spends all day sitting outside the station, waiting for Kang-ja.

That night at school, Ah-ran is approached for an interview by a reporter, and she eagerly goes with him to talk about her mother’s case. Sang-tae overhears this but doesn’t think much of it until he goes home and hears his father talking about Ah-ran and the reporter. He puts two and two together, and this time he stands up to his father and pleads with him not to do anything to Ah-ran. Dad sneers at his use of the word friend, but Sang-tae doesn’t back down an inch: “Even if I get backstabbed, I can’t live without any friends. If you do something to Oh Ah-ran, I won’t just do nothing.”

So Chairman Hong shoves Sang-tae into his room and locks him inside. Okay, how creepy is it that there’s already a padlock installed on that door?

Ae-yeon sees the chairman out, and then it’s time for her to start her own secret task. If she can find what they need, they can take down the minister and the chairman, and then the foundation will be all hers and Jung-woo’s.

Sang-tae tries calling for help from his room, but Kang-ja’s stuck in jail and Bok-dong doesn’t answer his calls. Without many options, Sang-tae scans the room for a solution… and sees his bike. Omo. Are you gonna be a hero?

So Sang-tae gets on his bike, revs the engine, and literally bursts through his doors. Okay, that’s cool. You earned your hero points today.

Bok-dong is still waiting outside the police station when he gets Sang-tae’s text. It just gives him an address and tells him that Ah-ran is there, but it’s enough to get Bok-dong hurrying there immediately. Run faster!

Dong-chil is also alerted to Ah-ran’s whereabouts by the henchman he had watching her. The question is: For good, or for evil?

Ah-ran tells the reporter her side of the story, and it dawns on her that the reporter isn’t paying attention. The reason becomes clear when he says that it’s only important that she be here, and then steps aside to let Chairman Hong in.

Chairman Hong asks Ah-ran whom she loves most in the world, angling for the answer “Mom.” Ah-ran turns the question on him and asks if Sang-tae’s the one he loves most, and why he stole his mother away from him when Sang-tae misses her so much. But the chairman presses doggedly until she gives him the answer he wants, and suggests that if she wants to save her mother, she shut up and leave quietly.

That’s when Sang-tae barges into the room and challenges his father, asking him to stop. He refuses to step aside, saying that he may have been too young to do anything for his mother, but he’s not anymore.

Chairman Hong punches him in the face, and steps closer with raised hand. But now it’s Dong-chil who intervenes, grabbing his arm. He captures the chairman’s interest by promising “an even bigger gift,” and that’s enough to allow the kids their exit.

Sang-tae and Ah-ran leave the scene just as Bok-dong arrives, and he heads inside to catch the conversation between the chairman and Bok-dong. Omo omo, the “gift” turns out to be a video—it’s Yi-kyung’s cell phone, with which she filmed her dying moments. Ooooh. This is gonna be good.

The chairman cackles in glee to see Jung-woo in that video, since this is exactly what he needs to safeguard himself in this unholy alliance. Dong-chil offers the video to the chairman, in exchange for letting Ah-ran and Kang-ja be sent quietly abroad. Look at that, everybody’s finding their soul tonight.

Ah-ran apologizes for tonight, but Sang-tae replies that she shouldn’t be sorry since he wanted to do that. She asks if he means ride his bike, and he says,
“No, standing up to my father.”

He explains how he couldn’t stand up for his mother, and while he wanted to hate her for leaving him, he couldn’t because it felt like it was his fault. Ah-ran apologizes for misunderstanding him, and reaches over to take his hand. He adjusts his grip to hold on tighter.

Noah manages to get Kang-ja out of jail again by vouching for her, and then Gong-joo has good news: They’ve tracked down the ex-vice principal. And whoa, does he have a ton of information for them.

The ex-VP explains the ledger that’ll incriminate the minister and the chairman, into which he recorded all names and monetary amounts for the past decade. The book is labeled as a diary, and it’s probably in Hong’s lion safe.

Grateful for his help, Noah vows to get that ledger and to repay the ex-VP’s wrong too. But to their surprise, the man warns the team not to, citing himself as an example of what fate might befall them: ruined, cast out, homeless. He says that the law and people aren’t to be trusted, because humans are only out for themselves.

Well, that’s dire. But when Noah asks if Kang-ja wants to give up now, she declines, and says that she’s trusting in somebody.

She means Sang-tae, and gives him a call. And lookit that, he totally comes through and provides the passcode to his father’s safe.

Gong-joo worries about another backstabbing, still rattled from Ae-yeon’s betrayal, but both Noah and Kang-ja feel secure in trusting Sang-tae. She insists on going in alone, and heads over to break in. (Again. How many times is this now?)

She’s not the only one after that ledger, and arrives to catch Ae-yeon in the middle of attempting to break in herself. Ae-yeon looks extra-frantic tonight (she’s been looking progressively more panicked recently), and is seriously spooked at Kang-ja’s arrival.

Kang-ja takes over, and in one shot opens the safe. She locates the diary-ledger and checks inside to confirm its contents. Yup. This is the stuff.

But then a knife appears at her throat—Ae-yeon holds it up with shaking hands, ordering Kang-ja to hand it over: “My life depends on that.”

Kang-ja, super-steely badass that she is, doesn’t even flinch. Instead she turns to face Ae-yeon and takes a step toward her.

In one quick motion, she grabs Ae-yeon’s wrist and sends the knife clanging down. Then she smacks Ae-yeon across the face with the ledger—not gonna lie, that’s satisfying, and seems poetically fitting to boot.

“This?” she indicates. “Your life doesn’t depend on it. Our children’s lives depend on it.”

 
COMMENTS

So many rewarding developments! I’m thoroughly pleased with this episode, which fulfilled a few narrative points in ways that were expected, and threw in a few twists on top of that.

I honestly wasn’t sure I could be brought around to caring about Sang-tae for, oh, the first ten episodes, so I was surprised to warm up to him so much here. It’s not the turnaround that’s surprising, but the fact the show managed it in such a short span of time; I do wish they’d given him a bit more time to grow into himself, the way they did for Bok-dong, but at least the growth was effective. I know there have been hints for a while that he’d be heading this way, but I didn’t feel moved by them for a good long while because outwardly he was still stuck in his default asshole mode.

But that does have the effect of giving his transformation a little extra oomph, because it requires a lot of effort and strength on his part to break from his mold. And while I was so not buying it when he was in that wishy-washy middle state, of wanting to be nicer but still being a jerkwad, once his actions caught up to his heart, I could get onboard and root for him to push forward and cling to that newfound spine.

The show even does a great job with its morally corrupt characters, with both Dong-chil and Ae-yeon letting more of their true colors show through. Dong-chil’s softening has been a gradual progression, and while he’s been too reprehensible to redeem completely, I’m intrigued with the glimmers of a better person underneath his darker layers. (Admittedly, there are A LOT of layers.)

It’s a similar case for Ae-yeon, and while I’m not really too invested in justifying or softening Ae-yeon’s betrayal, I’ll acknowledge that it makes sense in a character context, and heck, also a human context—she’s a longtime battered woman nearing the end of her rope, and we could see her desperation breaking through in the aftermath of her latest beating. I find her all the more interesting for the way that I actually feel like she wants to be a good person, and has the moral compass of someone who could be a better person, yet almost seems to convince herself to do the bad thing. Like she has to trick herself into accepting that there’s no hope for her black heart, and that’s the only way she can live with herself. It’s tricky and complicated, but feels real.

Most of all I love the growing bonds of our core group, and the way that it’s not just a single person who draws them all together (say, Kang-ja), but a web of relationships where each one matters. Noah, Ah-ran, Gong-joo—they’re as important as Kang-ja in reaching out, growing bonds, and showing care for each other, and that’s something to warm the heart.

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YES! Thank you. Been refreshing the page for this recap lol.

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I love this show so much! I just wish I had the time to actually watch it, and not just read the recaps. :/

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well I had time to watch but the streaming froze every 2 minutes. just my luck. retrying now.

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Watch it on dramacool.tv
really good site ?

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I'm always pumped to see this recap, tho I haven't watched the drama either. I want to make sure it ends happily before I actually start watching :P

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That "secret" safe is like an arcade game. Everybody is just having a go at it.

Is anybody gonna remember the REAL secret safe in the library?

On another note, I'm hoping that Ji Soo, Baro and Kim Yoo Jung reunite for another project. Can't we have at least Ji Soo in Reply 1988? please...

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How did Ae Yeon forget the passcode to the safe? She was the one who cracked it in episode 5 and marveled, "would have never pegged him to be Father of the Year." She's not doing a very good job if she can't even remember something as important as that.

But now I know why No Ah couldn't open the safe because he entered Sang Tae's Gregorian birthdate and not his lunar birthdate.

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I think he'd the password changed. It's now SangTae's mom's birthday. I guess she never pegged him to be Husband of the Year either.

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but the person who told Kang Ja the password was the ex vice president who got fired even before Ae yeon discovered the password. so, how did HE managed to know the password if he's already not around when Chairman Hong changed it?

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Because the one who gave kang ja the password was sang tae. She even says it later on. That she trusts him and that he won't betray them and therefore gave her the password.

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Omg! Totally forgot about that' ah ran knows about that secret room or maybe because director scared the hell out of her

Watch on myasiantv.com or viki

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Omg! Totally forgot about that’ ah ran knows about that secret room or maybe because director scared the hell out of her

Watch on myasiantv.com or viki

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"Sang-tae and Ah-ran leave the scene just as Bok-dong arrives, and he heads inside to catch the conversation between the chairman and Bok-dong."

I think you meant "to catch the conversation between the chairman and Dong-chil."

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bok-dong with the tofu... sigh, i need a bok-dong in my life! <3

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OMG yank you so much for your recaps I honestly always look forward to reading them and your opinions before rewatching the entire episode fully subbed again! As always I totally agree with u and can't wait for some more characters to hurry up and realize their potential for good! This really showed how the publics view is easily changed and how the media only cares about a good story!

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Can't Kang-Ja just throw all the baddies in jail, divorce her weak-ass husband, marry Noah and adopt Bok-Dong already?

Because my heart can"t take it anymore! If the baddies keep on winning, I might inter à fight club just to kick some random asses out of stress.

Yes it's getting better but I so need more wins from team Bang-Wol!!!

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Ikr that husband is less man than she is

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This is honestly my dream ending

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Do not say that to kang ja's husband
better watch ep 14 guys

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Loved Sang Tae this episode and not even with Ah Ran but No Ah. With No Ah, we finally got to see Sang Tae drop his condescending front and act like a normal teenage boy with insecurities and wishful thinking. He and his chipmunk cheeks were even playful pretending to have caught a cockroach. Since my other Ah Ran ship is not meant to be, I can jump ship to this one. Still can't pinpoint when Ah Ran started liking him, though. I'm relieved the characters of Sang Tae and Ah Ran are being better developed now when they were left on the back burner for eleven episodes in favor of Bok Dong fanservice (not that I'm complaining). Ah Ran's tearful confrontation with Dong Chil was a great scene. She is one lucky girl -- one angry mom, two protective reformed bullies, one best aunt ever with two minion uncles, one injustice-fighting teacher, and now one blood uncle who voluntarily exchanged his only means of blackmail for her life. All I need is for Bok Dong to tell the Scoobies about the video evidence and not do something rash like try to steal the phone on his own. After a week of Bok Dong's new hairstyle, I can't even remember what his old hair used to look like.

I think people are being too harsh on Jin Sang. We know hardly anything about their history, but clearly he loves his wife, and clearly she values this marriage by her adamant refusal to sign the papers. Just because he's a coward and has a spiteful mother are not grounds for divorce as everyone seems to want. I see no chance of Kang Ja getting with No Ah (Bok Dong goes without saying) at the end, so I hope they preserve. Even Dong Chil is getting redeemed, so who knows, maybe Jin Sang and Mother-in-Law may too. Jung Hee must feel horrible seeing as how her mother filed the complaint to put Kang Ja in jail.

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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I mostly agree about the husband. Just because he isn't strong enough to stand up to crushing mountains, doesn't mean he wasn't strong enough to stand up to his mother and culture to marry her in the first place. He is trying to protect her and live a safe life in a scary world. He is like many people in the show who don't chose to stand in the genuinely lethal line of fire.

My only real dislike of him is how he treats Ah-ran. Being barely tolerated by the guy who been Ah-ran's father for half of her life is clearly upsetting to her. The guy can hardly look at her. Maybe it is just this turbulent time of life, but it seems half of his conversations are how he isn't her father.

It is also true that Kang Ja isn't the greatest wife right now. She goes off and does whatever she feels like without even telling her husband what is going on. Admittedly he probably wouldn't have supported what he sees as utter futility. But Kang Ja hasn't shown any considerations for his feelings at all. Yes she's a good mother, but a terrible partner.

Ok, writing this made me realize they definitely have problems. But they clearly have genuine affection for each other. Can't we just with for them to work things out rather than fall apart. I don't think they are hopeless.

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Yes yes yes. I totally agree with both of you. The "get a divorce already" comments are really annoying me. Kang-ja hasn't even been shown to be unhappy with her marriage, on the contrary, she has been shown to value her relationship with her husband even though both of then are unable to contribute to it fully at the moment because of all the crazy going on. And besides, it's just so completely not the focus of this story. Angry MOM, not Angry WIFE.

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I agree with all of the agreement.
When her husband confesses he knew AH was her really daughter and married KJ because he loves her, KJ was touched.

This isn't a marriage falling apart, but a troubled one with the possibility of repair.

She and Noah have been set up to be loyal and long time friends...if they both survive. dun dun dun

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I was mostly kidding, I'm not really sure that Kang-Ja and Noah could be an item but I hate her husband. Not just because he's weak...how can I say it...he may not have the strength to fight but even as he's 'daughter' was in the hospital going nuts he wasn't supportive! He doesn't have to fight but he should...at least...understand her heart and her reasons!! They are a family!! It's his wife!! It's his kid!! Stop asking her to stop because of your job!!!

well, he did say that...anyway, that's why I want him gone!

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Why can't they extend the drama, I'm not ready to accept the fact that there's only 2 episodes left

Love this drama ,it depicts the life of students and parents also the school
System not only in korea but around the world like what misaeng did to us( about office life)

tear jerker drama indeed

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I was very excited about that smack at the end. Kang Ja and Bok Dong both showed little badass moments this episode. Very fulfilling.

I think if Jin Sang and Kang Ja end up getting a divorce it will be because of the way he thinks of Ah Ran. I know he raised her, but some of the things he said are just messed up. I have wondered in Ah Ran is even Kang Ja's biological child because the whole paternity mystery seemed more heavy than just "was it Dong Chil or was it his brother"...but even if she wasn't Kang Ja would take care of her. Look at how concerned she is about Bok Dong and the other kids. Jin Sang just isn't like that.

Let's see, what else? Oh, one thing I love about Bok Dong is that Kang Ja is his best friend. In this episode I realized that he is also an important friend to her...she trusts him and enjoys being is his company. Wondering if they can preserve that...I caught a little tension between Noah and Bok Dong when Noah said he should speak formally to Kang Ja. I hope there's not too much butting heads on that front.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this episode. It seems like the Scooby Gang is finally getting somewhere.

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Argh the smack in the face was so satisfying that I fist pumped literally. This is such a good episode I like watched without subs. Luckily jb is recapping fast. Thanx!

And boy I was glad about Sangtae's turnaround and Dongchil's too. Now it's time for Team Jo Bang Wool to kick some ass. I love this show so much.

And oh of course dont forget our Bokdongie and his puppy crush. Always a treat to watch him smile and protect his Bawool.

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I totally love Ah ran, Bokdong and Sang Tae tonight! The children grows & they're just so cute! I also love the way both Bokdong and Ahran protect Kangja!

Tonight Kangja is not a protector anymore but a woman who needs to be protected and how sweet her daughter Ahran now becomes stronger to protect her. I do love that sweet moment when Ahran comfort Kangja!

Now we see all the characters in this drama changes!
I hope no one die but only get hurts! They deserve to live! Of course, not chairman Hong, AY and JW.

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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My best parts today are:

- DC and Ahran when Ahran asks him if he were her father! It's the highlight part to me as touching acting of both adult and young actors! Very touching!

- BD and Ahran protect Kangja! How sweet, Kangja has 2 children now to tacke care of her!

- Kangja and AY!

- Chairman Hong and Ahran! Even the evil like him has Achilles, that his old wife!

As much as I love mom-daughter day by day, I think I love people who belongs their side!

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I was nice to see Noah getting some momentum, citing law to get them to back off. I also hope his father plays a bigger role later in the story.

And then we have Bok Dong, who just makes me scared. I feel something will happen to him. I really hope not. He's already heartbroken puppy...

Sang Tae's character arc was pretty good. Now, let's see what happens after the fallout. I think I finally got around to accepting ARxST. But the biggest shipping problem is Kang Ja.

I don't know if she will divorce her husband, they seem to love each other. She might if she ends up having to choose between him and AR. Still then, I don't see any potential pairings. I am pretty sure she'll end up a single mom if there's a divorce to begin with.

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About potential pairings and divorce:

I want them to get a divorce because even if they love each other after this I think she will always see him as a weak person, she was clearly dissapointed on him a couple of times at least, and that makes you lose respect on people, and people should feel respect for the person they marry, shouldn't they?

And then, I don't see it happening with Noah, but even if I was trying to avoid feeling this way, I fell for Bog Dong and Kang Ja. They are just too cute together, and she accepted right away when he offered to take her home. It might be just friendship (or motherly love) for her, but after googling last night the ages of some couples in the last noona romance (Witch's romance, wow!), I ended up accepting that I want them together and it wouldn't be so weird. If after finishing school he does his military service and she gets a divorce (and they keep in touch) he has time to grow up and she has time to get over the divorce aftermath pain.

Aaah, I really needed to write this. Thanks Anvesha for giving me the cue to start. I am in love with the series and I was left with so many doubts and comments yesterday night because of the lack of subs... it's good we have dramabeans ^^

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I want that statue Chairman Hong has so much. To me it kind of looks like Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII.

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You're not alone in that thought.

Also, I have a couple thoughts about Dong-chil. I actually think him saying he's not Ah-Ran's father is a lie he made to comfort her after she said she was ashamed to death of him. I don't think the timing of her birth lines up for her to be his brother's child. Frankly that whole segment is so distasteful I don't want to think about it too hard.

Secondly the actor really does a great job playing slime. He's simultaneously also in Let's Eat 2 where he's playing a lonely, shmoozy friend of the main character. It's as much of a night & day as when Scary Oppa Shin Sung-Rok went from a sociopath in My Love from the Stars to a total fluffball in Trot Lovers.

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I think all the actors playing the villains are a big part of what makes the show so satisfying ... if they weren't so good at being bad (and not cartoon bad -- real human bad) the comeuppance wouldn't feel so good. I think the actor playing Dong Chil has done a lot more with a part like this than I've ever seen.

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There are many good scenes in this episode but one that really touches me was the confrontation between Kang Ja and her husband. I've always wanted them to divorce because he looked too good for her and doesn't really care for his family. But when he asked Kang Ja for a divorce and said he knew that Ah Ran wasn't Kang ja's dead sister's daughter, I kinda felt for him. He does love Kang Ja and probably even Ah Ran but he feels so small and that he cannot do anything for them. It's quite cowardly but as a human, it makes sense. Now I'm hoping that things work for them so that they didn't have to go for divorce. Noah is cool and all that but I think the story us about him being a good teacher more than being Kang ja's love interest. And if there's ever a love interest for Kang Ja, I'd rather it be Bok Dong. HAHA.

Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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Maybe hubbie will get a shot at being KJ's hero so she can respect him.

I keep trying to guess who will be the hero next, and, I hate to say it, someone will probably have to die before this is over. I just can't figure out who.

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I'm guessing Ae Yeon or Dong Chil.

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Who is Ah-Ran's dad?

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Dong-chil's brother

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...omo love this ep, i love Bok dong and Bang Wool... Chingus lets ship them till the end...hehehe

...also, lets vote for them as BEST COUPLE

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Yay thank you!!

But I have a feeling that the thing in the safe has been swapped for a fake one... that violent evil dude is too sharp.

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Yeah, just the way he looked at it before he put it back into the safe. It's a faux diary with the real one tucked away somewhere.

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I have a question for all you Bok Dong-Bang Wool shippers.

Would you still feel the same way if Bok Dong was a girl and Bang Wool was a married man?

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I think Show has been both coy and realistic about the possibility of the BD/BW ship.

Teacher Do is evil. Everything about him is evil. HE crossed the line with YK. He had sex with a student, impregnated her, brushed her aside and killed her. All the bad things that can possibly happen as a result of a taboo relationship happened. Clearly the writers have identified this as wrong.

While they are toying with us as far as BD's feelings, KJ's are clear. She has consistently treated him like a child, from feeding him, to saying he looks like a baby when he slept at his desk, to giving him the mom pat on the cheeks. It is the fans and GJ who ship them, and they are letting us live vicariously through the possibility. Why? Because it is a delicious fantasy that makes us sigh. All Ahjummas, me included, want to believe that a young handsome man could ALSO fall for us. It will NEVER happen IRL, so we want it for a few minutes a week on our screens.

The writers know the audience well - the immediate and strongly positive reaction to Ji Soo in the role was probably a little bit of a surprise. Once they saw it happening, they played it up in the BTS shots, too.

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"Why? Because it is a delicious fantasy that makes us sigh. All Ahjummas, me included, want to believe that a young handsome man could ALSO fall for us"

You could also substitute "ajummas" with "ajussis" and "young handsome man" with "beautiful young woman" and it would still be true.

Yet, one seems to be OK and the other severely frowned on.

I also don't see why it's OK, when the high schooler is obviously stunted emotionally and yet ajummas think it's dreamy to take advantage of that.

Again, if the genders were reversed, most people would be severely critical of the parent instead of daydreaming of being the parent.

Notice, a lot of the comments before angry mom came out when people were assuming the teacher would be the love interest of angry mom.... And yet it's suddenly OK because the genders are reversed?

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I think it is going too far to say that the ahjummas want to have sexual relations with the young man - truly, it is just the idea that the young man would find her attractive, still.
Even after she had a child.

And whether it is OK for everyone or not, it is an extremely popular idea. The interest in them proves that.

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Ji Soo for Reply 1988 please.... He's too talented to go to waste.....

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Maybe something more meaty. How about ala jdorama"Long Vacation" starring Ji Soo. but like that will ever happen.. right! Maybe MARS. kdrama version.

Ji Soo has this aura. Plus he's impressive!

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I suppose it depends on how well the story is told.

I never imagined that I could possibly ship a teenage boy with a married mom before this drama came along.

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Love love loved Dong-chil in this episode. Especially his scene with Ah-ran when he told her he wasn't her father. You could see the utter relief in him that she has a better father than him, one that isn't trash. I find him a nice counter to Bok-dong: how Bok-dong would have turned out if there wasn't a Kang-ja/Noah in his life, and it makes me sad to think that Dong-chil was probably once just a lonely, sad, confused boy. He has such a low opinion of himself that I don't even think he is attempting redemption, and I'm not so sure this show will give it to him either, but I hope at least he finds some sort of peace.

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Awww, me, too, I love what you wrote and never considered that before about DC.

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agree! I also love the scene where he stops Chairman Hong from hitting Ahran. it's so satisfying to see him act fatherly, despite not being the actual father. you can tell it's the only chance to redeem himself from the crime he did in the past.

whoever the actor is, he's doing a really awesome job. :)

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I don't have a problem with AeYeon. She's a battered woman and her thinking isn't straight. And from her point of view, surrounded by rich thugs, KangJa has nothing to help AeYeon with.

Plus, the one person who actually stopped Hong from beating her was Jung-woo. So, she's going to think of him as her protector.

Eventually, though, I think AeYeon will connect the dots and be redeemed.

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Much as I love any scene with Bok Dong, I feel super afraid that the writers will kill him off. He's knowing too much information! Sighhhhhhhhhh :(

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SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Don't.
Even.
THINK.
That.

LOL
Actually, this PR team knows they would have fans storming their offices if they killed off the best and biggest surprise of the TV season. He may almost die, but he will survive.

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He probably won't die (please, please, please) because the drama seems to be building him up to be like Beom. He might be put in a near death situation and this time, Dong Chil will save his "brother".

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So often times I watch K-dramas and realize that the fate of the characters lies in the name they've given...
Kang Ja-Strong woman, NoAh as in prophet Noah perhaps, I think he has the key to unravel this journey..
Did someone realize that prophet Noah have two son and one daughter right?..

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OMG. This is why I watch K-dramas. THIS episode and all the good pay offs.

Thanks for the recap. I ran here as soon as I finished it.

One thing that occurred as I watched today is how good Show is at showing POV. Perhaps the OST is there to direct us as far as our interpretation, but for the most part, we get too see what the characters see as they see it and draw our own conclusions.

They aren't wasting time anywhere, either, story telling happens in every shot - sometimes in the background. My fav example is when the girl students were trying to steal the Minions' crowns the day Gong-joo as Mom visited the school.

Ahn Dong-chil, fast becoming my hero. Who knew? He isn't going to be able to get KJ and her daughter safely out of the country, so what happens next with him? Is HE going to be the sacrificial lamb?

A shout out to the WORST kept secret in SK - that STUPID accounting book of bribes in the WORST kept secret safe. I love how Judge Dad just throws it out there. Oh, btdubs, find the book and you can bring him down. Really? Law Enforcement should maybe have tried that. if the cops are too afraid, I know a Vampire Prosecutor who could help. Or some Bad Guys.

Plus, everyone and their mother keeps getting in and opening it. It really has to be a joke, like the walk-in safe in the "Eco-frendly" library. I have to give the writers credit for just going for it, and not really trying to make it less than cartoonish.

Last thought, my fav part of this show is how they finesse the frequent twists - most of them bad, but some good. Since they decided not to use heavy handed foreshadowing, we really are surprised when they appear. At the same time, like the motorcycle in the bedroom, the clues have been there all the time. My disappointment of ST being locked up in his room, evaporated the instant he turns to his bike. Freaking genius. Why didn't I THINK OF THAT?
Outstanding, Show, just awesome.

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THIS DRAMA IS SO IMPOSSIBLY GREAT. I thought the premise was good, but not my kind of thing, instead, it's exceeded all my expectations. One of the best things about it is that it doesn't rely on One Big Reveal, everyone seems to find out everything bit by bit, so it's more interesting to see all the crossed lines and wires. Not to mention, pretty much everyone is really fantastic in their roles, which takes an excellent script beyond what it would have been as just an excellent script.

I love little moments in this drama, like the fact that at the beginning of this episode, despite knowing all that I did of the backstory, I could STILL see how Kang-ja was coming across as a crazy/hysterical person, and how she would be perceived by the public opinion and why. I also feel that Baro has been extremely believable in this role, to the point where I can barely remember his puppy Binggeure from Reply 1994. I also LOVE his relationship with Ah-ran (I don't know why it seems established in the comments that he bullied her? I thought in the very first episode itself, he called Bok-dong to stop the bullying?)

Ji Soo, of course, is exceptional. I am so madly in love with the actor and character (with a lot of blurred lines), that I feel zero shame in shipping him with his Bang-wool. And I love how there are two threads running through that almost-romance-- the gently amused adult thread which comes through in the moments when everyone's around and observing him- like Gong-joo talking about how he almost became her son-in-law- where you know everyone's remembering a time when they felt like that and thinking about how it shall pass someday, and the passionate, invested teenage thread, where he's so deep into his first love that he can't imagine ever feeling that way again and his love is real and his pain is palpable- like when he breaks down in the bus. I love it when a show honors its characters emotions in that way, and doesn't belittle them. It's beautiful.

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Bok Dong Bok Dong Bok Dong! <3

I second the comment above "Madly in love with the "actor and the character". I feel the same.

this episode shows how BD will always protect KJ. Like there's deep attachment to to her.

Great scene was the DC AR. What this show brings is how the characters of Bok Dong and No Ah.. grew and develop a lot. And what is great about this show... there's no flashback fillers! yeah!

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nice episode

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Wait till you see ep 14..just wow!no spoilers for me..oh wow!

thanks for the recap db.

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Episode 4 made my heart stop. I seriously cried tears non-stop when you know what happened. :((((

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I still haven't recovered

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It wouldn't be possible without Kang-ja. she brought the change

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Spoiler alert ... in episode 14 Luke finds out he kissed his sister and it was open mouth too ... ewww ...

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I seriously do not think you should put this kind of information in comments for the prior episode. This makes me really upset. Please restrain yourselves.

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You know what Angry Mom reminds me of. The drama Hero starring Lee Jun Ki w/ the whole David vs Goliath in taking the big bad and corrupted down.
And I so think Dong-chil might be Ah Ran's uncle. Was it ever explained if Dong-chil's brother was his biological brother?

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They are being evasive with this question. It has never been said by KJ, but we can draw the conclusion that Beom is who fathered AR.

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I can't be able to ship bok dong and kang ja because of the age different but rather Noah and kang ja

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I really like the actor who plays Dong-chil. I know he's supposed to be pretty much a despicable person, but he plays the role with just enough conflicted feelings. He doesn't look so conflicted that we think he's a good person inside (the way we're supposed to for Sang Tae, perhaps), but he shows just enough to let us see that he might be a person who does really bad things, but he is still human inside.

I even liked the actor when he was playing the villain in the movie Ajusshi! He and Kim Sung-Oh rocked as the antagonists.

I don't know if anyone's mentioned this before, but I also like how Gong Ju calls him Ddong-chil (Ddong meaning poop in Korean). It makes me giggle every time she says that. It's her juvenile way of cutting him down to size, at least in her mind, so he doesn't seem so scary.

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Why can't they extend the drama, I'm not ready to accept the fact that there's only 2 episodes left

Love this drama ,it depicts the life of students and parents also the school
System not only in korea but around the world like what misaeng did to us( about office life)

tear jerker drama indeed

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Thanks for the recap, JB!

Man, so satisfying to see Sangtae driving the motorcycle out of his room and standing up to his dad. Also, Kangja slapping Aeyeon and telling her it's the kids' lives on the line.

Still loving all the Bokdong-Bangwool moments! ^^ Him hanging around to walk her home, having tofu, taking the egg throw on her behalf, etc.

Good to know that Anh Dong Chil isn't Ah Ran's dad. Guess it's definitely Beom who is the dad.

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A rewarding episode. I had my doubts as to where the storyline would lead to after the secret is out, believe me, I couldn't have imagined it better

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+1 to everything

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