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Angry Mom: Episode 14

I… I… I’m still a little emotionally traumatized by this episode. I hope I can get it together to write some comments, because I feel gutted and wrecked. In a good way, I swear, though this one really is a doozy. Every victory that was won yesterday causes a series of blowbacks that take their toll on Team Princess, and one by one Kang-ja starts to get stripped of her support system. You think it’s hard enough on the gang when they’ve got each other to lean on; when our heroine is all alone, she starts to wonder if the fight is worth it at all.

 
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EPISODE 14 RECAP

Kang-ja steals the slush fund ledger right out from under Ae-yeon’s nose, and gets in a good slap while she’s at it. Ae-yeon begs for Kang-ja to save her, but after the last betrayal (in a lifetime of betrayals, let’s be real), she shrugs Ae-yeon’s grip on her leg and walks off.

The bad news is that this entire exchange is being watched in real time by Chairman Hong, who’s doubly disappointed because Ae-yeon is a weakling who couldn’t fight for the ledger, and because Kang-ja turned out to be a bigger thorn in his side than he ever imagined.

He orders Dong-chil to take care of this right away, because if he ever lays eyes on Kang-ja, he’ll do away with her himself.

When Kang-ja comes running to Noah with the ledger in hand, she finds him eerily slumped on the ground. Ack! Not Saem! She rushes over to him, and ohthankgoodness, he responds and lifts his head.

He’s bloodied up and bruised though, and Dong-chil steps out now that his message has been made clear. Kang-ja asks why he can’t think of someone else but himself for once in his life, like the kids who stand in harm’s way.

But Dong-chil asks why she can’t see that saving those kids puts her own child in harm’s way, and practically pleads with her to get on that plane. He pries the ledger out of Kang-ja’s hand without resistance, and pauses for a silent moment as he passes Bok-dong at the front door.

Dong-chil goes straight to Chairman Hong’s house with the ledger, where Ae-yeon is packed and ready to run. She has nowhere to go now, since that ledger was her only ticket into Jung-woo’s good graces, but to her utter shock, Dong-chil hands it over to her.

He tells her to go to Jung-woo, clearly hating the idea but willing to let her have what she wants, and she cries in gratitude. She calls out, “Oppa, our time together wasn’t all bad.” She thanks him for everything that he did for her, and she wonders if they hadn’t done what they did to Kang-ja all those years ago, they might’ve led very different lives.

Dong-chil looks pained, but keeps his back to her and walks out without a word. As soon as she has the ledger in her grasp, she takes it over to Jung-woo and tells him that she has nowhere else to go now, and that she’s going to trust him. Mistaaaaaaake!

Kang-ja sits by Noah’s bedside in the hospital and apologizes that this is all her fault. Judge Dad comes running in overcome with worry, and he mutters over and over how something like this could happen to his son.

Kang-ja hangs her head in guilt, and Gong-joo leads her out into the hall, where she tells Kang-ja to go abroad as Dong-chil asked. Oh no, not you too, Gong-joo! She argues that they’ve done everything they could, but this wasn’t an opponent they were well-suited to fight.

Gong-joo hears Kang-ja’s protests about the other children, but offers up the same argument as Dong-chil: What about her child? Kang-ja, bless her heart, refuses to see it their way, and asks who will defend and protect the other kids if she runs to save herself. Gong-joo figures that their parents will, but Kang-ja cries, “And what about Bok-dongie? What about kids like him with no parents?!” YES, WHAT ABOUT BOK-DONGIE?

A call sends Gong-joo racing back to her club, where her princess minions are all crying and cowering amidst overturned furniture. They’re literally quaking in their tiaras, and Gong-joo rushes into her office to find cops boxing up evidence. Uh-oh.

She’s been charged with running illegal activity through her club, and Gong-joo cries that they run a legit business and pay all their taxes. But the detective says that they have an informant and will be investigating thoroughly, and Kang-ja arrives to see them hauling Gong-joo off to the station.

Dong-chil calls to ask if Kang-ja received his second gift, and she screams at him to come after her instead of her friends. But he knows that this is the best way to get through to her, evil genius that he is, and tells her to hurry up and get on that plane before someone else gets hurt because of her: “Who will be next?”

Kang-ja’s eyes widen in fear, and she runs… to Bok-dongie. Aw. I love so much that she thought of him. She gasps to catch her breath and sighs in relief that he’s okay. But she takes another look and realizes that he’s got bags packed like he’s going somewhere.

Bok-dong says that he’s going back to his house, and lies that it’s because Noah can’t protect him, so he’s simply going to the guardian who’s stronger. She doesn’t believe him and asks if something’s going on with him—he promised her over tofu that he would never go back to Dong-chil.

But he’s determined to be a Baby Noble Idiot to protect her, and puts on his most menacing sneer: “That tofu? How long has it been since it already became poop?” He tacks on a “Be well, Cherry Tomato,” before walking out.

Noooooooo. The Scooby Gang is splintered! Goddammit, Ahn Dong-chil!

Bok-dong broods on the bus as he leaves Noah and Kang-ja behind, and then the real motive behind his move becomes clear as he mulls over the incriminating video (of Yi-kyung’s murder) that he saw Dong-chil give to Chairman Hong.

He decides that there must be an original somewhere, and calls Dong-chil to be let back into the fold. You’re too young to be a double agent! Also, that’s badass.

Now stripped of her allies, Kang-ja remembers with a heavy heart the warning that the ex-vice principal told her, about not starting this fight if they don’t want to end up alone and ruined like him.

The guilt finally breaks her, and Kang-ja asks with tears in her eyes if Ah-ran wants to go live in another country. Ah-ran hugs Mom tightly and agrees to go anywhere with her, and Kang-ja says that they’ll go live somewhere else, not a scary country like this one.

At school, Jung-woo insists on speeding up the annex construction, even though Jin-sang warns that they can’t manage it properly. Jung-woo doesn’t care, obviously, and makes sure to threaten Jin-sang passive-aggressively to make it work. Jung-woo confirms that his family is going abroad soon, and Jin-sang hems and haws about what to do with his mother.

The girls in class ask Ah-ran if she’s really moving abroad, and when she confirms it, both Sang-tae and Bok-dong take note with grim faces. Sang-tae wrist-grabs her out of the classroom and asks how she could do this to him, and then asks with hurt puppy eyes, “Weren’t we… dating?” Well, if you have to ask…

Ah-ran sighs and asks how he can think of that at a time like this, when Teach and the rest of Mom’s friends have been attacked. But Sang-tae continues to make this about him, and asks how she can leave him when he just took his first steps to stand up to his father.

She reminds him that she doesn’t want to go either, but this is all happening because of his father. Sang-tae accuses her of being just like mom, and yells at her to go and live a happy life without him. I guess I’ve really warmed to Sang-tae if I find this argument more cutely petulant than annoying.

And at home, Kang-ja meets more resistance from Mom-in-law, who puts her foot down and refuses to move to another country. She tells them to get a divorce rather than try to split their family over two continents, and finally Kang-ja just tells them that she’ll agree to whatever Jin-sang wants, but she and Ah-ran are leaving next week.

Noah calls and she goes to meet him for coffee, where he says sincerely that he understands how difficult it was for her to come to this decision, but he doesn’t think she should run. Kang-ja noticeably can’t meet his eyes while talking to him, and says in a flat tone that she can’t live in constant fear that something will happen to her daughter.

He tells her that she won’t have to fight anymore because he will—he’s going to fight using the law, no matter how long it takes. He wants her to stay in the country and offers to find a school for Ah-ran to transfer to.

Noah: “When you fight a monster, all you see are monsters. But there are more than monsters in the world. You can’t see them, and they can’t raise their voices, but somewhere there are people who are watching, listening, and thinking.”

Kang-ja sounds so defeated as she says that Noah must be stronger than her: “I’m just a mother. A mother who only knows to protect her child, and has no strength. I can’t lose my child like I lost her father. I can’t let the people I love get hurt because of me.” She offers a weak apology and leaves him deflated.

Bok-dong rifles through Dong-chil’s calendar and sees a date circled, remembering that he commemorates his brother’s memorial every year. He tries that date on the safe and unlocks it, but two seconds later Dong-chil arrives home and catches him red-handed.

Thankfully, Dong-chil accuses him of coming back because he needed money, and Bok-dong doesn’t disabuse him of that idea. He scurries out before Dong-chil blows his lid and sighs in relief that his real motive wasn’t discovered. At least he knows that the video isn’t in the home safe, and he wonders if it’s in the office, fretting over the lack of time he has.

In no time the annex construction is complete and the Troika of Evil pose in front of the press for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. They’re all eyeing each other warily, ready to throw the blame for the shoddy construction onto the other guy, and Jung-woo lines up a press conference to get a head start.

Ae-yeon is rattled when he mentions that Dong-chil will also take the fall, though we’ve seen her ignore her pricked conscience more than once before. Jung-woo begins the press conference with a promotional video about the school’s new facilities, and to his surprise, Chairman Hong escorts his father right back in to join them.

Chairman Hong takes a moment to confront Jung-woo about his attempt to throw him under the bus, and they have a pissing contest over which of them is more indispensible to Minister Kang. Erm, have you met the guy? I’m pretty sure he’d throw you both under the bus given the first chance.

Jung-woo waves the slush fund ledger in Chairman Hong’s face, only to be laughed at. Chairman Hong says that it’s a fake, and Ae-yeon looks positively horrified. I guess the only thing worse than a double-crosser is an ineffective double-crosser.

And then the real kicker: Chairman Hong busts out his phone and calls Jung-woo a murderer. He plays the video of Yi-kyung’s last moments, and Ae-yeon finally sees for herself what a monster he really is.

Dong-chil escorts Minister Kang into the room, and that’s when Ae-yeon puts it together that Dong-chil fed her the fake ledger on purpose. In flashback we see that Chairman Hong had made it a condition of the arrangement, to throw Ae-yeon out with Jung-woo.

Father and son are left alone in the room, and Minister Kang slaps Jung-woo across the face, sneering, “Murder? Murder, and you left evidence?!” Really, this is the thing that angers you?

Minister Kang screams at him to stop holding him back, and orders Jung-woo to either go die or take the fall for the shoddy construction. Jung-woo is stricken at the rejection and calls out, “Father,” but Minister Kang just spits back for him to stop calling him that: “You should never have been born! I should’ve had you erased! Murderer! My son is a murderer!”

Chairman Hong drags Ae-yeon away and starts beating the crap out of her for betraying him, and Dong-chil stands just on the other side of the wall, looking pained but doing nothing to stop them.

Meanwhile, the promotional video plays for the room full of reporters, who have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. Jung-woo transfers another sum to his father’s bank account as ordered, and contemplates his next move.

Kang-ja finishes packing up and Ah-ran heads to school on her last day, just to say goodbye to her friends. Jin-sang tells Kang-ja that he left the papers in the bedroom and heads out looking defeated. She sighs and goes in to sign the divorce papers, but is surprised to find them ripped up.

In their place is a note and a bank book, telling Kang-ja to go on ahead and wait for him, and he’ll spend three years earning enough money to take his mother and meet her. Aw, turns out the wimp is a good dad after all.

Ah-ran arrives at school, where classes are already being held in the new building. Her friends ask if she’s really leaving today, and when she confirms that she’ll be on a plane this afternoon, Sang-tae huffs his displeasure.

Bok-dong plays hooky and sneaks into Dong-chil’s office, where the same code doesn’t work on this safe. He digs around in the desk and locates a flash drive though, but Dong-chil arrives before he can check it.

Bok-dong scrambles under the desk to hide, and tries to hold his breath as Dong-chil sits on the desk just on the other side.

Trouble is already evident in the school’s new building, where windows won’t open, fallen pens roll because the floors aren’t level, and the cafeteria springs a giant leak through the ceiling. Jin-sang rushes to the scene and goes to report it to the bosses, while Noah worries that the students will be in danger.

Jin-sang runs to tell Jung-woo about it and recommends that they evacuate the students now, but Chairman Hong is there and tells them to remain hushed about it and fix it tonight.

Dong-chil is inches away from discovering Bok-dong under his desk, when he gets the call from the school to hurry back and deal with this crisis, phew. Bok-dong plugs the flash drive into his phone to check it, and lands the jackpot: Yi-kyung’s video.

Jin-sang scrambles to try and fix the leak on his own, even though his foreman tells him that it’s too dangerous to try and fix right now and the structure might even collapse. But Jin-sang exclaims that his daughter is a student here and she’s in this building right now, and he has to do something. The foreman runs away, content to save himself.

Upstairs, Sang-tae takes out a ring and practices things to say to Ah-ran in the mirror, like a big dork. They range from, “I’ll wait for you,” to a cool goodbye, to my favorite: “Hey, I was totally planning to study abroad too! What a coincidence!” Too cute.

He’s interrupted by a call from his father, the weasel, who totally warns HIS son to get out of the annex building while letting the rest of the students just sit there. Sang-tae immediately runs for Ah-ran, but Noah reaches the classroom first and tells everyone to hurry and evacuate.

Ah-ran sees that Sang-tae isn’t around and goes looking for him, aaaack, and they just miss each other and keep running in circles instead of leaving the building.

And then to make matters even worse, Bok-dong goes running into the building to look for Ah-ran. He finds her first and says excitedly that she doesn’t have to move anymore, but before he can explain, Sang-tae runs up and drags her out.

Ah-ran tells him to run too, and Bok-dong looks around in the chaos and notices something falling from the ceiling. He stoops down to find drywall and looks up to see the ceiling cracking right above him.

He gets knocked down by other students on their way out, and Bok-dong is frozen in place in shock. OH. MY. GOD. Somebody save Bok-dong!

Kang-ja is driving to the school to pick Ah-ran up, when the news of the school’s collapse hits the radio. She pulls over, too stunned to react at first.

As the news sinks in, we fade to the aftermath, which is admittedly a difficult sight: children’s bodies lie limp among the rubble of the school, as rescue workers struggle to dig out the students that they discover. Kang-ja runs through the crowd, screaming desperately for Ah-ran, stopping to check every girl she sees.

She isn’t the only one, either—a crowd of mothers is begging and pleading with police officers for their children to be found, crying that they’ve received texts from their kids still trapped inside. Oof, that hits home.

Kang-ja scrambles through the rubble herself, stopping to help another child, and then breaks down when she finds Ah-ran’s shoe. She clutches it and wails, and gets on her hands and knees to claw furiously at the cement blocks around her.

Dong-chil arrives on the scene as well, and he races through the crowd doing the same thing—blindly looking for Ah-ran. He grabs a list of survivors’ names to look for her, and thank goodness, Ah-ran finds him first.

Tears fall from her eyes as she asks, “Are you looking for me?” Relief washes over him, and she argues, “See, you are my biological father.” He doesn’t answer, and walks away once he knows that she’s okay.

Kang-ja finds her moments later, and mom and daughter cling to each other awash in tears. Kang-ja cries, “Thank you, thank you” over and over, and then someone calls out her name…

And then we cut to a bloody hand… that belongs to Bok-dong, who’s unconscious and still trapped inside. Oh holy hell. NO. I’m not having this.

We cut to three days later, where the news reports tell us that the rescue effort is wrapping up, and there are six dead and eighteen injured. Public outcry against Jung-woo and the foundation makes me feel a little vindicated, though it’s hard to count that as a victory now.

A mass funeral is set up in the school’s auditorium, where among the victims are the bullied boy with glasses and one of Jung-hee’s trio… and Jin-sang, which must be why Kang-ja’s name was called at the scene.

Ah-ran and Kang-ja mourn his loss, and Kang-ja cries that she didn’t even get to thank him: “I have to say thank you. I need to thank you. How can you go like this before I can even say it?”

Noah cries silently as he stands behind her, and Ah-ran holds her mother as she collapses in tears. And? Hello? What about Bok-dongie? An update would help some of us breathe, yunno.

Noah’s attention is caught when Jung-woo enters the funeral, though he can’t really go more than two steps inside before he’s attacked by grieving mothers for letting this happen. Ae-yeon worries that they’re going to take the blame for this, and Jung-woo says he’s working on a way to gain some leverage against Chairman Hong.

Reporters swarm to get an interview with Chairman Hong but just get turned away with the excuse that the chairman is in bad health. Among them is Yi-kyung’s mother (we haven’t seen her since the start of the show, but were told that she was a reporter), and now she looks determined not to let Jung-woo get away with this.

Chairman Hong is holed up in a hospital with Sang-tae under aliases, and Sang-tae is horrified to overhear his father say flippantly that the incident will blow over because “not that many students died.” WTF. Sang-tae storms out of the room as Jung-woo arrives, and we see that Yi-kyung’s mom has sneaked into the ward disguised as a hospital worker.

Jung-woo fights against having to take sole responsibility for the building when they have the perfect scapegoat—Jin-sang—and counters that Chairman Hong made the decision to ignore Jin-sang’s recommendation and then pulled his own son out of school. Well, he got ya there.

Ohthankyou, Bok-dong is at the hospital, though he’s in bad shape—unconscious, and sporting some kind of head injury. Kang-ja runs over to him and tries to get him to wake up, to no avail. Ah-ran says that he ran to tell her that they didn’t have to move anymore, and that’s the last thing he said. Noah assures them that it won’t be the last thing he ever says. You’d better be right, or you’ll have a mutiny on your hands.

Kang-ja sits and holds his hand, and then an orderly arrives with a tray of food. She takes off her cap and mask, and Noah is shocked to recognize Yi-kyung’s mother. She turns to Kang-ja and apologizes for taking so long to get to this point: “But I’m going to be a real reporter now. And a real mom.”

And then she shows them the video recording she got of Jung-woo and Chairman Hong’s conversation minutes earlier. Yessss, it’s so damn incriminating, I love it. She asks if it’s enough to fight them, and Noah thanks her profusely. He asks Kang-ja to fight this with him in court, and Ah-ran encourages Mom to win this time, on Dad’s behalf too. Kang-ja answers resolutely, “Let’s go to court. Let’s fight one more time.” Woohoo!

 
COMMENTS

I’m so glad to see the fight back in Kang-ja. It was tough to spend an entire episode with her so defeated, when we’ve gone through the whole series with her leading the charge without a shadow of a doubt that the fight was necessary, just, and worth risking everything for. I know that it was an important test of strength to take all her allies away, to test the hero’s mettle at rock bottom, if you will—but it was so difficult to see Kang-ja caving to threats and manipulation. Of course it says everything about her character that she feels responsible for all of the blowback that Noah, Gong-joo, and Bok-dong take on because of her, but when she went from being their fearless leader to the insecure mother who felt powerless to do anything but run, it felt like everything would be lost.

The one gratifying result of the retaliation is that Chairman Hong and Jung-woo turned against each other so definitively. In splitting up the good guys, the bad guys splintered their own group from within, and this time no one had to lift a finger and they tore each other apart of their own accord. Okay, so maybe Dong-chil lifted a finger or two, and has somewhat grown a heart in the meantime, at least where Ah-ran is concerned. When he ran through the school’s wreckage to find her, it was actually touching. His character growth, incremental as it is, has been surprisingly satisfying.

As was hubby Jin-sang’s moment of growth, which came at the one time it really counted for something. I didn’t expect for him and Kang-ja to salvage their marriage and work through their problems, but found that I was happy with his turnaround when it came, mostly for her sake. She needed to feel like someone was on her side, and at a time when she thought she was all alone in the world, Jin-sang didn’t give up on their family. And then of course he topped it with actual heroism to try and save the children and his daughter’s life. He had one brave moment in a lifetime of being a coward, but he just might’ve bought Ah-ran a chance to escape with her life. It’s at least important that he stayed because he wanted to protect her, because up until today it wasn’t clear that he ever thought of her as his daughter in a real way.

Once the school building collapsed, it was hard not to see it as an echo of the Sewol Ferry tragedy, even if it was just a tiny fraction of the real-life devastation and loss. It just felt like a purposeful thread to see how children could become the direct victims of mercenary men in power. And in this drama where the greed and corruption extends to the root of the school itself, it’s a perfect illustration of how parents entrust their children to the school to protect them, at least within their walls, to tragic consequences. It’s not a subtle metaphor—those walls actually come tumbling down because the foundation is so rotted to begin with—but pointed and poignant all the same.

And though Ah-ran survived (she had to, otherwise this drama would end with a catatonic mom and no hope to speak of), it was crucial to lose some students and feel the weight of the horrors committed by people who were simply negligent, or greedy, or self-serving in a long string of tiny decisions that accumulated and led to devastating loss. Just… you can’t take Bok-dong, okay? I draw the line at Bok-dongie! He is my line in the sand and if he doesn’t survive, I will never forgive you, Show!

 
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They can't kill Bok-dong! I'll throw something and then quit watching!!
I barely hung on to City Hunter after Daddy Long Legs Prosecutor died... I can't do that again!

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Ditto...I don't want another City Hunter or King2Hearts. I already cried a lifetime of tears when the good guys were sacrificed in those shows. Bok-dong will survive and live a long, heroic life...right?

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I was like ...writer...don't...don't you dare...don't you dare go there...don't you dare touch my baby...I'll freaking break my computer if you touch Bok-Donggie...

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Bok Dong is like Tyrion Lannister. Touch either of them and all hell's gonna break lose!

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Or Glenn from the walking dead!

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Oh my gosh, so true!! I would freak out if Tyrion, Glenn or Bok Dong died...i love them all so much!!. i couldn't handle it!!! :(

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And what if Bok Dongie still unconscious till at almost the last of the show, or worse, given the oldest verdict in drama by having amnesia..
Oh how will we meet puppy Bok Dongie then?...
I hope the show won't do that..
We need puppy Bok Dongie alive and sound..

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NO TO AMNESIA. it is my fear too. he cannot forget Bang Wool and everyone and his mission and you know, he can´t forget anything! Please no amnesia!!!!

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This…was such a heavy episode - that image of strewn bodies lying beneath all the rubble *shudders*; so many unexpected deaths. The tone of this drama had always been pretty dark, especially the earlier eps, but some of the lighter moments over the past few eps had me forget that. This episode brought it all back though, and was as sombre as when it first started out with Yi-Kyung’s death. The image of all the dead bodies was really hard hitting, and it’s tragic that it takes the death of multiple Yi-kyungs before something is done about it.

Thanks for the recap, ladies! x

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I too had forgotten how heavy this drama started. It followed with so much lightness and bits of shadow that it totally floored me. I was actually expecting anymore deaths. I feel this story has been done really well.

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I didn't think the contrast would work at first, but I've grown to appreciate it. We definitely need that ray of light amidst all the doom and gloom. Terrified about what's to come though. The school classroom isn't going to be the same for these kids, that's for sure.

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This episode wrecked me...but it says something that I don't feel manipulated. I don't feel like the writers went out of their way to come up with outlandish melodrama to make the story more interesting. The bad guys were creating a situation the whole time where this would happen.

Just...can we have a happy ending?

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Wow, this episode broke me. I really could not stop crying at the latter half of the episode. Its crazy how much damage someones greed can cause. I wont expect a bubbly, happy ending, but I know itll be a satisfying one to watch....

I also draw the line at Bok Dong. My heart can't handle anymore

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This episode made me shed tears for real, but seeing as the school collapsed the cries of desperation and of the mothers for their children, and then the funerals... all that, really affected me.

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Omg. I don't think I have ever cried so hard while watching a drama before. For me, this episode takes the cake as being one of the most intense and heartwrenching episodes in K-drama land. I was just starting to warm up to Jin Sang (especially after seeing the note he left Kang Ja about being a long distance dad) and then this happens. T_____T I literally sobbed so loud that my sister who was doing her homework stopped and looked at me like I was a madwoman. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and even after all the heavy scenes, the ending was quite satisfying. I hope Kang Ja and Noah duo bring down all the baddies! Can't wait to see them all go down. I hope Bok Dong does't have a depressing ending. I will be so sad! Can't wait for the next two episodes. This has been such a wild and fun rollercoaster ride, I don't want to get off it any time soon. :(

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What a crushing episode. It was practically screaming Sewol tragedy. It's heartbreaking that Jin sang's character both developed the most within and met his end in this episode - just when we finally begin to truly see the man Kang ja married. I wanted to see them work things out! And I wasnt sure if Ah ran survived at first - I almost thought the girl Dong chil saw was a manifestation of his guilt/her ghost. I really liked that scene. It was powerful the way Ah ran's paternity was confirmed.

I was a bit surprised so many main characters made it out alive. Sang tae and the teacher were barely injured at all and even Bok dong has a chance of recovery. I really thought Noah would be the one to die along with Jin sang since Ah ran survived. I guess like the Sewol tragedy, the chairman, presidential candidate and crazy Do will all be hauled off to prison for a life sentence/death penalty. I can only hope that Ae yeon gets packed away with them. That woman has no remorse, just self pity.

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Isn't Dong Chil her uncle, not her dad, though? I'm not sure, but I thought I heard Kang Ja say something about losing Ah Ran's real dad.

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And Dong chil said, "

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It's not me " in episode 13.

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I think he lied... Ah-Ran does too.

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i feel like Show is going back and forth on purpose. kang-ja has been saying from the start that dong-chil didn't rape her, but gong-ju was convinced he did &(presumably?) told ah-ran that dong-chil was her bio-dad. then dong-chil says to ah-ran that he isn't her dad, and kang-ja confirms this by alluding to having lost ah-ran's dad, but then later ah-ran takes dong-chil's frantic searching for her as confirmation that he IS bio-dad, and he neither confirms nor denies it.. really, you could argue it either way. i mean, i think dong-chil at least loved his brother enough that he'd feel some responsibility to take care of his niece...

tl;dr: Show isn't actually being any clearer about this than it was in the very beginning

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Well, I think its possible that Dongchil is Ahran uncle. If we remember, he's crazy about his brother. So if he see Ahran as his brother daughter and think she's killed because of his action, its understanding that he's so worried about her safety.

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I agree that it is a more powerful reason for Dong Chil to be concerned for Ah Ran if she is his brother's daughter rather than his. He loved his brother so, but wasn't able to protect him till the end, so of course he would persevere to protect his brother's child.

The show does leave open the possibility that she is still his daughter, but it also gives Ahn Dong Chil the suspicion that she is his niece, which is all he needs to fight to protect her.

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I think dong Chil is her uncle. The reason that Kan Ja does not say( well, the screen writer wants us to confused with identity of AhRan's dad) about Ah Ran's dad is that Kan Ja murdered Ah Ran's dad judged by law. How can she explained her situation to her daughter without making Ah Ran terribly shocked. Maybe when the accident took place and during the trial, she was too confused to see what really happened. or she felt guilty for what happened and blamed herself on her BF's death just like Dong chil always blamed that she was no good to his brother. Either way, Kan Ja decided not to mention the identity of Ah Ran's dad. Someone has to clear her innocence so that she can tell Ah Ran who is her true father so that two can feel finally at peace without hiding the truth/ guessing and confused who AhRan's father is.

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I think the writer is keeping Ah Fan's paternity for the end as a big reveal.

Maybe kang ja isn't her real mother, who knows. kang ja doesn't seem the kind to lie about her own child being her sisters child.

But I like how the writer keeps the intrigue going.

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I've thought for awhile that if they were going to make this a big surprise that Ah Ran would be AY and B's daughter. That AY told DC it was KJ that was with B because she was afraid of DC. Trip overseas could have been to hide birth. Having B's daughter to raise would have offered KJ a chance at redemption, which would explain her thanking AY for a chance to start a new life.

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yeah.. i always thought its kang ja then dongchil or bom... but sometimes i thought there's also a possibility that ahran's mom really isn't her. i mean when she had ahran she would've been in jail then.. being in jail while pregnant wouldn't be a good idea. the judge(noah's father) would have known since he was the one who helped her those days.. and at the end of ep 13 if you watched with subs, by the end she told aeyeon that she's saving their "children"... and i thought there's a possibilty that aeyeon is ahran mom.. bu well i might be just over thinking.. but there is a possibilty that she isn't ahran's mom

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I have the same thoughts as you for Dong Chil being the uncle and why. I guess we just need to wait for confirmation or a different truth.

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Mutiny? Oh no. There will be a full blown World War III if something happens to Bok-Dongie. Do you hear me? WORLD WAR III!!

*starts arming up with nukes & missiles*

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the writer better not touch him.

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I'm reminded of Reply 1997 where Mom keeps calling the writer of the drama and yelling at her because of the cancer storyline.

Mutiny!

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+1000 !! Uri Bok Dongie better be awake and smiling next episode!! i don't think MBC could handle the anger of Bok Dong's noonas!!

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Ohhh - I wonder what the netizens posted on their boards!

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If my puppy Bok Dong doesn't make it, I'm getting a jet (don't know who's jet, so there will be some lawlessness involved) and I am coming for you PD and Writer. You have 5 days to make this right.

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Seriously, it wouldn't make sense to kill Bok Dong too, one doesn't fell two important characters in one blow, even george r.r martin refrains from that =.= and it's too convenient and lazy a way to get rid of obstacles to the OTP if that's what they're going for.. I love this show but it had better not pull such stunts on us, I'd be seriously pissed, and if they try to go down the amnesia route I'll be through with this T_T

why oh why didn't bok dong run

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george rr martin is a bad example... he who created the red wedding. >_<

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Well, you know Show, it's my birthday today and I'm spending it with swollen eyes. Holy crap! I never saw this coming. Not just one, but six deaths! Plus, those people are characters that I've grown to love. I was actually surprised that I was happy when Jin Sang wrote that letter to Kang Ja. He has his shortcomings but he's still a good husband to Kang Ja and good father to Ah Ran. I still can't accept his death! Bok Dong will definitely survive so I'm not so worried. My heart still bleeds for the 6 people who died.

The bad guys need to die a painful death. I need to see it. Damn. Sang Tae's father saying it's not a big deal since not many students die? F*ck you. Sorry, I have to say it.

Ah, I don't know what to expect for the last 2 episodes but damn, it has to be good. Thanks for the recaps girlfriday!

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For real! Sang Tae's dad is a straight up douche along with all the other corrupted higher ups! Six people died. SIX! And so many more injured. Do they not have children of their own?! How can they be so heartless? GAHHHHHHH! I just wanted to reach in and kill all of those involved in the collapse of the school! Made my blood boil! Btw, happy birthday. Wish you could have watched something lighter. lol :)

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Thank you! I was planning on watching The Lover but it's late here and I'd rather rest my eyes. It's totally worth it to cry over this kind of drama because I know my tears are not being forced to come out. Rather, I feel for the characters and that just speaks about how good the production teams is. 1 more week left. :(

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I think he's unhinged. I mean remember how he was when princess minions were watching him on spy cam? It's beyond entitlement, although it seems rooted in that.

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They killed off fish boy *sob*his poor mom.

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Happy birthday ^~^
I watched the episode raw so I don't really know- who are the other three characters who died? There's Jung hee's friend, the bullied boy and Jin Sang, who else?

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Thank you!! The other 3 are not really characters with names but I still feel for them. Garbage like Do Jeong Woo must rot in hell. Oh, and viki has the subs ready. :)

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Happy Birthday!

Personally I'm hoping Jung Woo has a confrontation with his dad on a rooftop and they both go over like poor Yi Kyung. Also that Sang Tae rides his motorcycle down the ICK hall breaking all the creatures cages and that his 'dad' gets bitten. ALOT. Till his breath stops. Ae yeon needs some jail time. As for Dong Chil .... I have to admit to wavering a bit.

I know how kdramaland can put shade on a birthday. Mine seems to fall on when they enlist.

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Why are my eyes wet? Jin sang. ???

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Such a good recap!

Show knows what is in our brains as we watch and hold our breaths at the horror...where's bok-dongie? MORE HORROR...where's bok-dongie? Oh, thank GOD, Ah-ran survived...where's bok-dongie? !6 people died?...where's bok-dongie? NOT DAD!...where's bok-dongie? ...where's bok-dongie? Scumbag Do...where's bok-dongie? ...where's bok-dongie?

OH MY GOD, WHERE'S BOK-DONGIE?

He will live, yes. Or else.

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IKR?! I was screaming WHY THE F IS NO ONE LOOKING FOR GO BOK DONG?!! *i may have cursed too LOL*

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Exactly! It felt like the writer was deliberately messing with our minds by not showing him to us.

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where’s bok-dongie?

that was my line of thinking through it all

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where's bokdong?? why nobody ask about him right after building collapsed?? either kangja or ahran or dongchil...

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There is! And it's us! Kkk~

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And it's actually us the viewers shouting, where the hell is Bok Dong!

Bok Dongie!

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Exactly as the writer intended? :D we were all shouting for Bok Dongie !

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I think so. Very smart.

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my thoughts exactly... no one in the show was looking for Bok Dongie when his fate was all I could think of.. when they panned through the photographs of the departed at the funeral I could barely notice the faces so busy was I scanning them to make sure it wasn't bok dong. Felt so relieved to know he lived
The writer clearly knows our hearts will get attached to bok dong and is using him deliberately to get us riled up, but I don't mind as long as it doesn't lead to anything serious...

he'd just better wake up fine and his old self again or somebody gonna get a hurt real bad

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I am very impressed if that was the strategy for his story.
Make the audience fall for the character so we take on the role of his (absent) parents.

He is the uncared for child that everyone has forgotten about, that nobody is looking for, who could have disappeared without anyone feeling his loss. Yes, we cry for children we don't about who are victims of abuse or negligences, but with BD, it's personal.

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@jomo that's exacly how I was after watching ep 14 and that scene....and like where is bok dong? where is bok dong.. where the hell is bok dong?!?!?!

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OMG MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY! 10 minutes in post funeral scene I was left wondering whatever happened to that boy! They better don't kill him off or I'll be really really pissed. :(

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You just described all my thoughts while watching this show,where's bok-dong ah and why is no one looking for him.

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What a dark and emotional episode! My eyes were just seeping with tears watching this episode. My heart really went out to all the mothers who were desperately trying to get to their children who were still stuck in the debris. My heart dropped when I saw Bok Dong laying there all alone. Hoping for a fast recovery for puppy Bok Donggie. :( When I saw Jin Sang's photo along the six who died, my heart broke into pieces. I never thought he was strong enough to protect Kang Ja and Ah Ran, but in this episode, he really did prove his worth and just how great he really was. Despite some of his flaws, he was still a great husband and father, doing whatever he could to protect his daughter and her school up until the last minute. Show, you are so good at tugging at my heartstrings.

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Just reading this recap is bringing tears to my eyes...

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though there are several flaws, but i really love the plot that this writer writes. I cry like in King 2 Hearts episode 19.
Actually from the first episode i never hate MIL and JS.

they are annoying and doesn't have the best qualities of human. but that makes him a human.
MIL such an annoying character but i can't hate her.
a mother with single child on top of that a man, often proud with her child. and she doesn't treat KJ that bad. even when she nags every time KJ ask her to do housechores she still did it.

JS is like a lot of husband and father out there.
love his family and try his best while feeling powerless.
even sometimes he often side with her mother but sometimes he sides with KJ too..

i actually like how the writer handle the character of JS.
he's one of memorable role of father. because, how many father that act like a superhero? he's a human with short comings and also good qualities. and more important he love KJ sincerely.

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i think im the only one who felt jin-sang's turn-around was too quick;;;

for twelve episodes he was portrayed in a negative light and i kept thinking how the hell did kang-ja end up with this guy and it only became clear in ep 13 &14 that he loved kang-ja and ah-ran... idk i wish they had thrown in a few more good scenes of him earlier, so that i could be mad whenever he was a coward but still be invested in the success of his marriage

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I'd agree there too. I wish they'd given his character more meaningful development earlier on, especially his relationship with Kang-ja - then, I might have been able to feel the pain of his loss more along with his family. But, for sure, along with all the other deaths, it's still tragic.

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It was a little clunky but not an actual character change. Even in this episode, he didn't really stand against the powerful people. He was merely willing to stand against a physical situation.

The fact that he loved Kang Ja enough to not want a divorce has been clearly established. He didn't like what she was doing, but he never stopped caring about her.

The only part that did seem a little left field was his feelings about Ah Ran. He has always publicly referred to her as his daughter. But at home he has said multiple times then she wasn't his, often with in earshot of Ah Ran. Ah Ran also publicly called him her dad. I don't remember what she called him at home.

He has always advised what he considered the safest route. So him choosing her saftey wasn't a break in pattern. The only part that was somewhat new was him thinking of Ah Ran as his daughter, which the show didn't really establish. But the way he always avoided her eyes when she overheard their conversations, at least established he hadn't been indifferent.

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To be honest, he was a very weak person, he was bullied by the bad guys, and he really was culpable for a lot of what happened. His very small change of heart at the last minute was not really much of a redemption in my mind. I appreciate he finally found a tiny bit of backbone, but if he had worked with his wife the whole time, whistleblown the construction -- much of this might have been prevented. As it is, to me, those last scenes were proving that he did realize the impact of the shoddy construction and finally him realizing that all his excuses were worthless and he was really culpable for this horrible misdeed that might get kids killed. And it did.

The threat of Bok-Dong getting killed was real and genuinely dramatic. Big relief that he wasn't killed... overall this rookie writer who is doing this show is probably setting the Korean drama industry on its ear. (If you didn't know, this show was the winner of a writing contest...!)

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I saw that it was a winner and so far I can see why. I think they picked well.

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Wow! Thank you for putting what I was thinking about those two characters so eloquently.

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Oof, that scene of the building collapse aftermath was like a punch to the gut... so heart-wrenching and emotional. I was actually so scared for Bok Dong that I didn't even entertain the idea of Dad Jin Sang dying, so when the scene panned over to his picture at the funeral, I had to do a double-take because that was a huge second shock. I love this show in all the best ways, so I'm glad it went into the final week as strong as it is, despite making me cry buckets of tears.

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Oh sheez I cried again just reading the recap. I was like, oh no Show you didnt. Dont you dare take our Bokdongie from us or else..Im like what about Bokdongie cause for a moment there I thought they forgot about him and just left him still trapped.

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Yesterday I just read the wiki article about Sampoong Department Store collapse and Sewol Ferry tragedy and then this episode happens... All of them shows the greed of the higher-ups and the refusal to evacuate people when they're evacuating themselves first. My heart can't take it anymore, I think I need a long nap.

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I was definitely thinking of the Sewol Ferry from this. I think the writer has deliberately chosen to illustrate the real dangers of greed and corruption in this way.

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I also agree. I don't know when the contest was held, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the writer pulled from the Sewol Ferry tragedy in a way to make people keep paying attention to their governments and to keep the pressure on the higher ups so that such avoidable tragedies don't happen again.

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WARNING: DONT YOU DARE KILL BOK DONG... ARE WE CLEAR??? . IF HE DIES I SWEAR TO GOD I M GOING TO DEMAND YHE WRITERS HEAD.

I hope noah can adopt sang tae n bok dong. The chairman n that jung woo Just jerks man. I mean kids died n all they can think abt it themselves. Heartless villians. I hope they throw eggs n tomatoes on these guys. They deserve it

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I support the motion: LET NOAH ADOPT BOK DONG AND SANG TAE!

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I want Noah to adopt Bok Dong, but I want Sang Tae to go to his mom in San Francisco because he obviously loves and misses her so much. I think he should go to San Francisco once his dad is caught and imprisoned (hopefully).

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i'm on your side with bokdongie

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God!! With the ripped divorce papers, I was ready to forgive him but now....I'm really really sad!

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So sad episode. I'm crying.
Ok I get the writer means..it not going to be happy ending for this show but.....please leave Bok Dong alone. Don't even try to kill him writer-nim.

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thanks so much for the recaps!

this episode is so awesome and after watching even without subs, i am a totally emotionally wrecked! even though i said i wouldn't cry, i would try but the tears just fell by themselves. i cried buckets over this episode.

i just keep wondering too how a drama could just go from one high to another and it had been so long since we had this kind of show. where you involve yourself actively, so emotionally invested in the show and most of all in its characters.

i root for kang ja as a mom and as a person. she really shows how it is to stand by with what you believe in and to also show that when things get to the core what she is fighting for like her daughter, human as she is, she gets the tendency to question what she is fighting for and stop and look at her daughter and that she matters most. yet at the right moment like last night kang ja becomes motivated again to fight the bad guys and i hope they win this time.

show just please give us a satisfying ending, not the goody goody ending but something realistic which you had been priming for since the start of this show.

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the feels in this episode!!!!

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JIN SANG!!! Life is so unfair. Why must good people always die while evil prevails? DO HEE!! MACKEREL!! They were just kids with their whole lives ahead of them. Like girlfriday pointed out, the side-by-side-by-side funeral picture frames were an eerie reminder of the Sewol Ferry tragedy, but the school building collapse reminded me of everything from the recent Nepal earthquake to the Sampoong Department Store collapse (Reply 1994) to 9/11. The hysterical mothers who received texts from their children trapped inside hit me the hardest. They were living out their worst nightmare: knowing their kids were still alive, yet helplessly watching them die in front of their eyes.

Jin Sang died a hero today. The captain goes down with the ship. He stayed behind till the bitter end trying his damnedest to fix the leak. He was brave and noble and World's Greatest Dad. "My daughter is in this school!" Ah Ran should be so proud of her dad. Jin Sang's farewell note made me cry. He obviously loves his family and will miss his wife and daughter when they move. He was just a victim of circumstance; he wants to help his family, but things were just out of his control. I'm worried for Grandma not because she will blame Kang Ja for her son's death but because I fear she may blame herself for not listening to Kang Ja's numerous warnings about the dangerous construction.

This show really went all in with hiding the fates of our kids. I had a heart attack starting from Sang Tae's father's phone call. I was literally screaming in full voice, "Ah Ran, turn around, Sang Tae's right behind you! Bok Dong, don't go in there! Stop talking, get out!! Ah Ran, grab Bok Dong with you!! Bok Dong, run!! BOK DONG, GET UP!!!" I irrationally blame Ah Ran (just a tad) for not grabbing Bok Dong to run with them. She warned him to run but could clearly see he was still standing there. She should have flung her arm away from her boyfriend, ran back to grab Bok Dong, and run out together. Irrational, I know. At least I am comforted by the fact that I believe Show will not go there (kill you-know-who). I didn't even know whether Ah Ran or Sang Tae got out alive until we saw their faces, and we didn't even get to see Sang Tae's face until after the funeral.

Welcome to the Scooby Gang, Yi Kyung's mother. Her "I'm sorry for being so late, Ah Ran's mother" was so touching. Kang Ja has tried using the media before only to be buried, so hopefully having a real reporter on their side yields good results this time. Although, nothing will bring back her husband and six kids. No Ah has already lost seven students in one school term. That's what happens when Satan runs the school.

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Uh... sorry, but what DoHee and Mackerel are ypu talking about? What has a fish got to do with this?

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The dorky kid with glasses was called Mackerel because his mom ran a fish restaurant.

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I see. Thanks.

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He's the guy with the glasses. That's how the students call him because his mother is a fish vendor plus I think his surname is Go (mackerel is godeungwoo in Korean). And Do He is Lizzy's friend.

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Got it, thanks. And it's go-deung-eo. What a mean reason for the nickname...

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Here's an adorable pic of the Hee Trio (Ahn Tae Hee, Wang Jung Hee, Na Do Hee):

http://img.tenasia.hankyung.com/webwp_kr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015031816202617892-540x541.jpg

Mackerel's name is Oh Geun Soo.

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Same here .... I was screaming "Bok Dong, snap out of it, runnnnn for your life! But they ( the writer) needed Bok Dong out of circulation for a while so that Kang Ja and her gang struggles a bit .... until the penultimate episode when he will wake up and present her with the evidence.

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If Bokdong dies...

I will cut someone. It won't be pretty. I am warning you, Show.

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omo, what will happen to Bok Dong-ah... I'm gonna break down if he dies... I want Bodk Dong and Bang Wool... See he sacrifices himself for her... Gosh... Daepyonim just this once please hear us :)..

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OUCH. Was not expecting all that at all...
That gut wrenching scene screamed Sewol ferry disaster and Sampoong Department Store collapse.
Noticed how Kang Ja was wearing a yellow blazer throughout that too, nice little bit of callback to Sewol as the disaster was remembered and symbolized through a yellow ribbon.

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I am crying again remembering the yellow jacket. I definitely noticed it, but didn't understand the connection. So horrible.

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Wow - that's right! Thanks for pointing that out. They probably filmed this close to the 1 year anniversary since it was only two weeks ago. I'm glad they gave a nod to all the families - as if saying -'We haven't forgotten you'. That makes this scene so much more touching and heart wrenching. I have to go find tissues now.

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I cried just reading this recap. I don't think i can watch the actual episode. This show is too dark for me. I really hope there's a happy ending at the end of this dark tunnel.

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Oh man, and the first anniversary of Sewol just passed. Could that have been one of the inspirations for this show in the first place, and to be airing right now?

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I totally thought that too, while crying my heart out watching the funeral. My heart broke to pieces :"""""(

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There were 3 things for me in this ep.

the scene where the moms are saying that their children sent them texts saying that they're alive really had a ring of the Sewol tragedy. it still gives me the chills. that has to b the most terrifying thing ever for a parent. my heart still hurts for those people that died that day.

on the other hand, the writers really aren't doing so well with Sang tae's character. his character's progression doesn't make much sense. if I have warmed up to him, 90% is because Baro is naturally cute. the writers were really lazy there. making the fact that Ahran was leaving about him?? REALLY?? ughh. Still, his scene in front of the mirror was adorable

Most importantly, I don't know who to blame: Kang Ja or the writers, for not looking for Bok Dong. I rather believe that the writers made a mistake, because my heart can't take that KJ seemingly forgot about BD while such a disaster had happened. She should've been crying out Ahran AND Bok Dong's name, cause like she said, BD didn't have parents to look for/after him. AND HE CARES SO MUCH about her, my heart breaks for him. Such a beautiful, warm soul that is too precious for this world.

The moment that he just kept staring at the ceiling, waiting for the roof to fall on him, I knew kdramaverse was striking again. he just HAD to freeze right then, such a quick brain, yet he couldn't move at all. when they were showing the portraits of the deceased I was anxiously hoping not to see BD's. I was so SO relieved when he wasn't among them.
Show, you better NOT MESS with Go Bok Dong's future, not after all the sh!t he's been through

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maybe it is because I work with youth and young people a lot... but I kinda liked his response because it was so in character and typical of how a teenager would think... it made me smile a bit in an otherwise hard to watch (but impossible not to watch) episode.

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Agreed. I think it would have been strange if he'd had such a sudden personality transplant. He's always been really narcissistic, and the show has been showing his warming up as being a natural outgrowth of seeing behind the curtain, as it were, with his family. He's warming, but he's not a different person, just a better version of the same person.

I bet he doesn't get a love line in the end. The show seems to be saying, he's not a bad kid, but he's got A LOT of growth that still needs to happen.

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The scene with the texts was definitely inspired by the Sewol tragedy. Such a scary thought to get a text like that in real life...

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We don't actually know what she was thinking and what she would have done after finding AH, her primary concern. As soon as the two reunited, they came looking for her to tell her about her husband dying. I would think at that moment, she was in shock and started to call for Bok-dong, too. Not wanting him to ALSO be among the dead. That is just my theory.

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I can assure you ... that as a parent, the ONLY person on your mind during something like this, is your child ... everyone else comes second ... a far and distant second.

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yeah the texts were definitely inspired by the sewol tragedy. i got the chills too when the mothers started screaming that they got texts from their children still trapped inside. absolutely heartwrenching.

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It's been a long time since a show has made cry my heart out like this.

Bok Dong better live and have a happy ending too because I won't accept anything less show.

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Use the amnesia plot with bokdong and I shall hunt you down. Are we clear. Luckily I'm Korean so I can easily go to Korea. Watch ur backs.

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I was thinking the same thing! NO AMNESIA!!!

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Oh god, I didn't think about that. If they do it, I'll haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Please. NO.

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I only started this show because I heard so many wonderful things about Bok-dong! If they kill him, I will lose faith in kdramas all together! (Maybe not all together, but I will be DEVASTATED!)

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I feel ya! Same. Kan Ja is AM. But Bok Dong is also the heart of the show!

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I have never usually felt this way but this is the case where one character's love from people has eclipsed the part of story arc.

My heart can't handle Bok Dong either but I just wish they had revealed him hospitalized earlier so that the weight of everything else was not missed.

Its not like they were missed. As GF said, bit traumatized and it hits home. Too close and too uncomfortable to acknowledge. Our mind automatically jumps this to being a story and the hope of happy ending while avoiding the implications of the reality. Like the only place where we can believe in hope is in a story. While hope seems to have forsaken reality.

And this writer ! Can someone tell me her/his name ? She has written the entire arc with purpose. Usually when we grumble about corruption and politics as it comes on screen, and even though it was shady annex construction, being human we see the brighter stuff and ignored the fact that something seriously bad could happen.
Am sure none of us actually thought of the building to collapse. That one moment when we look away.

I felt the writer is criticizing me for grumbling through when corruption and school annex stuff scenes and now this is the result of those stuff.

The hospital scene where they fight blame is so realistic. This entire trio of baddies evil thought they are, are humanly evil that you understand them is what makes it scarier.

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I'm speechless after watched this episode last night..

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DO HEE, JIN SANG ???

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Bok Dong will need to be awake to present the last piece of evidence against Do Jung Woo, if Ahn Dong Chil cannot do it himself. I was holding onto my breath when they said there was 6 reported deaths and at the funeral they counted through their faces...... praying that the final one wouldn't be BD. This show was absolutely heartbreaking, reminiscent of the ferry tragedy.

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My heart just... hmm... them feels... ?

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This is disappointing for me. I mean, if the reason why they killed Jinsang was to extend the stupid loveline... I wish they can just stop going down weird plots and stop over doing the fan service...

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I don't think it was. I mean the only other alternative for him would have been to take on all the blame for the poor construction as originally planned by the bad guys. And I wouldn't have seen that getting resolved in two eps, as that would mean a whole new fight for Kang-ja to resolve. I reckon they've been planning his heroic exit for the past few eps now as you can clearly see that though he went ahead with the construction, he was also rather conflicted about it, and clearly too gullible to say no. It also gave meaning to his character, the fact that he wasn't all too feeble, and how his death puts the bad guys in the frame without anyone left to blame.

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There's no loveline though. Kang Ja is most assuredly not thinking of anyone but her daughter right now and throughout the series did not waver or show any unfaithfulness towards her husband.

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I watched it raw and wondered whether dong chil was looking for bokdong too and not just ahran or both... but sadly no one looked for bokdongie...

THANK GOD BOK DONGGIIEEE is ALIVE

i hope he survives and maybe Kangja will adopt him or something and he will become Ahran's brother but i also wouldnt mind noah adopting him hahahaha

Bokdonggiiee fighting!!!!!!!

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omg yes pls can kang-ja adopt him. i feel like the only one who finds ah-ran and bok-dong much much cuter as siblings than as a couple LMFAO.

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"And? Hello? What about Bok-dongie? An update would help some of us breathe, yunno"
that's my exactly thought when i read live recap on soompi last night. WHERE THE HELL IS GO BOK DONG?!
i was like if bok dongie die, then i'll kill some b*tch*s!
please writer-nim don't play with our hearts!

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what about Bok Dong!

And my thoughts exactly. I figure DC will ask about Bok Dong but...so I was kinda sheez about that.

We'll revolt if something happens to Bok Dong!

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What a roller-coaster of an episode was this!!!
When they panned the camera to the victims I was like not Bok Dong, show, or dunno what I will do.

Ae yeon gets what she deserves; hope she pays the price for all her betrayals so far. That's sadist of me to say so, but I hate that @#$%^!

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Ughhh this episode. When Jin Sang stayed behind trying to fix the ceiling, I already had a feeling that he was going to die, but then they showed Bok-dong running into the school and I completely forgot about Jin Sang and started screaming at my computer screen, yelling at Bok-dong to run instead. T___T HE'D BETTER STAY ALIVE, SHOW!!!!

But Jin Sang. :( JIN SANG!!! He was so weak and so gullible for so long, but to see him finally rise to the occasion and choose to support Kang-ja was such an incredibly touching moment. And then when he chose to stay behind to fix the ceiling and finally showed how much he actually cared for Ah-ran.....he died a good man and a good father, and it's tragic that we only got to see a glimpse of that before he died.

And yeah, the aftermath of the collapse and the funeral scenes were so heartbreaking to watch. Do-hee and Mackerel. :( Gaaaah this episode was so traumatising. But still so so so so good.

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http://youthridedaily.tumblr.com/post/117460115585/blurry-at-the-edges

I know it doesn't fit the overall sad tune of the episode, but there is a new sang tae/ah ran fanfiction for all fans of the pair!!

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Are you people serious?

of course Bok Dong is going to live, if only to fulfill all your crazy ajumma fantasies.

Heck, they even cleared the way for all the ajummas to get their fantasy OTP by offing Kang-Ja's husband. This despite the fact that it'd be a relationship between a high schooler and a mom who was in a decent relationship. People are even talking about writing fan fic about it.

and to respond to something in the previous thread. Just because many people have fantasies about it, doesn't make something right.

Let's put it this way. Would you guys feel the same way if Kang-Ja were a Gay dad and Bok Dong was gay? How about if you found out that Bok Dong was your long lost son?

I'm really quite troubled that people feel this type of situation is to be praised and lusted after.

You people do know that there are female teachers who take advantage of their male students, right?

Anyways, most people will probably poo-poo my view, but I hope I can at least share another perspective on this Bok Dong-Kang Ja lovefest which people seem to think is perfectly great.

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I don't agree a 100%, but I want to rant about this common obsession over one character of a show thing that I'm always seeing, no matter the drama. Bok Dong is a good one, ok, I think so too, but he's NOT the main lead of the show. He's just one of the secondary leads.

It always irks me when I see this craze over a character (which is almost always over a MALE, good-looking character, most of the time the male lead) that completely clouds judgement about the plot, characters and the show in general. Like how everything is always cute and forgiving for that one and only, but for everybody else (especially the female character he/she likes) critics are fast and recurrent.

Of course Kangja doesn't like Bok Dong the way he likes her, he's a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, just a baby in her eyes. Of course in the midst of the tragedy Kangja would be freaking out about Ah Ran and not Bok Dong. Ah Ran is her DAUGHTER. Parents think first and foremost about their children in that type of situation.

No, the world doesn't revolve around only one character, no matter how much you like him. It's about time some people try being more objective.

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Thank you, ellenelle. I think you've highlighted what I find most disturbing about this whole experience. I agree that the writers are not putting romantic interests in Kang-Ja's head, because well that would be sick.

I wouldn't put it past them to do some fan-servicing and leave the relationship open in the end to grow into the romantic relationship that a lot of ajummas seem to have fantasies about. Heck, if I were the writer on the show, that's what I'd do.

But I guess what I really have issues with is what you highlighted with one MALE character/actor who all the ajummas go gaga over to the point where you do have them fantasizing about him (and yes its always a him) even to the point where some (not all) think it's OK to express morally questionable behavior as OK to have.

Again, would you ajummas be having the same fantasies if Kang-Ja were a gay man in a relationship and Bok Dong were gay who crushed on the first person who treated him with kindness? For some reason I don't think so, and I think the root cause is what ellenelle highlighted.

i saw a similar experience when i was reading the comments on Yeo Jin-Goo, a real life actor who was 15-16 and was opposite a girl who was 22-23 at the time. "But it's all OK because the actor looks older than his age and the actress looks like a teenager, so I hope they have some hot kisses! "

Would we accept that same behavior if the genders were reversed and ajussis were talking about this?

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I don't want to "poo-poo" like you said but I think you're quite harsh.

It's just that it's fun and cute to see him having a one sided impossible love haha. But seriously, there is nothing other than motherhood to be felt on Kang Ja's side towards Bok Dong !

Bok Dong is an awesome character by himself, and you just love him because he is who he is I suppose. The fact he likes Kang Ja doesn't surprise me and participated to make him go from gangster to wonderfully cute teenager.

She wasn't careful with him because she never thought it was something that could happen. He's just having his Oedipe's complex.... later, since he never could when he was a child ?

Anyway, wanting her to adopt him is pretty logical (come on, dramaland ! As if there wasn't so MUCH worse !) or liking the fact they care for each other... what's wrong with it ? Let's not talk about getting lustful or whatever. It's not so much a Bok Dong/Kang Ja lovefest... than a Bok Dong lovefest.

Because, seriously... isn't he awesome ? ^^

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Well said ??

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Yes, nicely done.

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@nikilann heart you! agree! and yes Bok Dong is awesome!

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I actually have to say I hated how it turned out. Bok Dong can't be adopted by Kang Ja, because it would feel hella awkward for Bok Dong (and Ah Ran) anf he would never grpw out on his crush. The more suitable resolution would have been if they made Bok Dongs crush be a mistake of real love but rather that he feels motherly love for Kang Ja since she always behaved as that and since he doesn't know the difference he made the mistake to think its real love. But even that is not possible anymore. And if they make him have amnesia now to resolve everything I'm seriously getting angry. I hate how it turned out between those two. Instead of once and for all saying to hin that there is no chance between them she keeps stringing him a long and that only because the prdoucers want to drag on the ajumma/teenager love till the end so viewers still have a little hope..

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@Requiem - Let's agree, at least, that it's not about lust and sex. You gotta trust me on this one. Not all fantasies are explicit - some really are about rainbows and unicorns.

All the research about women proves this. I promise.

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jomo, I don't agree on this. I think probably most women don't think it's about lust and sex, but there have been disturbing comments and there are real life examples that not all women think the same way as you.

My question is does this type of environment encourage that type of behavior kind of like a hostile work environment encourages sexual harassment. I don't know the answer to this, but I feel the need to speak about these things out loud, because I see these disturbing justifications of morally questionable behavior even on the website here.

Do I Think most ajummas think like that? of course not. But enough do that I don't think everything's all innocent and fun as you make it to be.

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I think you need to calm down o_o why are you so serious? No one here really thinks Bokdong and Kangja will end up together. They've been so cute together though that we can't help but admire how much they have changed each other's lives and hope that Bokdong does end up with someone who will care for him as much as Kangja did. It's okay to like a non-main character, especially if they're not perfect. I don't see why that's such a problem?? Especially when it's such an in-depth character that is very real and relatable. Your statement about the gay dad and long lost son doesn't even make a sound argument at all.

And there are plenty of younger-boy-older-woman relationships all the time. I don't see a problem with that either. if maturity, commitment and good pacing are present--why not? Not sure if you're just young or have a traditional view, but this is very common and can definitely happen in everyday life and can be pulled off very well in dramas too (ex: I can hear your voice).

Anyway, team Bokdong! For having us hate him in the beginning, but winning our hearts with his sincere character and great acting! Who knew Bokdong was going to be such a beloved character? <3

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Bok Dong is not emotionally mature at all. He's a 15-17 year old kid who only experienced warmth from a hyung who's currently in jail and has been raised by essentially a monster who thinks it's OK to beat him up and use him for his own despicable plans. He's not emotionally ready to be in a relationship of any type yet, let alone with an ajumma who had a kid his age.

As for the gay dad, what would be the difference between shipping Bok Dong and the gay dad and shipping Bok Dong and Kang-Ja, assuming everything else was the same?

You guys should feel the same, but I bet most people who ship Kang-Ja with Bok Dong would have a problem shipping a gay Bok Dong with the gay dad.

Food for thought, perhaps.

Another thought. Would you guys ship Bok Dong with Kang-Ja, if he looked like Park Kyu Sun? I wonder.

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Bokdong is definitely more mature than boys his age in this drama. Again, if maturity is there AS THEIR RELATIONSHIP GROWS, why not. And your comparison with the gay dad still makes no sense whatsoever. You're looking for an excuse to refute older-younger relationships. It doesn't matter if they're gay or not. If maturity and the love is there, why the hell not with good timing. Being gay makes no difference. Being together doesn't mean just having sex and getting married within 3 months, it can just mean being committed and being there for each other for a long time. When people mature together, age doesn't matter. Not sure if you're coming from a reserved cultural background or if you're just young and haven't experienced much of the relationship world, but this is fairly common.

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Thank you for the recap, girlfriday! Wow, I didn´t think of Sewol tragedy at all and was just whining most of the ep why do they have to kill off so many characters to make a point. It seemed almost ridiculously grave and dark, but with the Sewol connection it makes sense to paint it with big block letters: YES, THAT`S HOW BAD IT IS.
Still it seemed a bit unnecessary to kill Dad. I mean, was it only to prove us that he actually cared for Ah-ran a lot?

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And it was unneccessary to have 300+ students AND others die on Sewol too. Death does not need to be necessary, it just happens. If even you have come to the conclusion that the message of the whole arc was YES, THAT'S HOW BAD IT IS, then why can't they show random secondary characters' deaths? After all, that IS how it is. Death doesn't choose - so why should the writer then (as long as the overall plot stays on track)? Ah Ran's adoptive dad is just a sad fool whom death chose.

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Totally agree with @Peeps. Writer is making a point, you can't choose who lives or dies. I would think the kids deserve to die much less than JS.

To me, JS reaps what he sows, accomplice to murder as he has full awareness of the consequences. There is really no excuse if you have a hand on it. The ferry disaster happened because there are people much like JS not taking personal responsibility. JS died finally taking some responsibility as a father, but not as construction lead.

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I feel you !

Seriously, my heart was like.... suspended during the end of this episode. I couldn't breath correctly until I saw bok dong in the hospital. When I saw him frozen, looking at the ceiling.... I just couldn't breath anymore. When I saw it was Ah Ran's dad who died, I was actually happy because it wasn't bok dong ! Seriously, what's wrong with me ?
They just love to play with us. I mean... it's so NOT a coincidence if they waited last to show us Bok Dong alive. I hate them, I love them, I love him XD

What did you do to me Ji Soo ? When did you become a character I'll just stop watching an awesome show for... if you die ?

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PLEASE.. NO AMNESIA BOK-DONG, NO DEATH BOK-DONG. IF one of these is happening, I might get my phone and curse the writer !

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I'm worried about amnesia. What if he wakes up and forgets about standing up to Dong-chil?! And Kang-ja's great influence on him?! He better not just move back in with Dong-chil like nothing happened and have to learn to stand up for himself all over again because you know Dong-chil is going to be even more careful so that Bok-dongie doesn't learn anything.

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IF Bok Dong has amnesia he will probably forget everything = even dong chil, kang ja etc. His personality will probably be different in that he will be like bok dong was after he met kang ja because he is an innocent teenager then.

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