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Angry Mom: Episode 15

This drama should really be titled Angry Moms—and if you thought one angry mom was a force to be reckoned with, that’s nothing compared to the united fury of all of the moms. This episode is full of twists and turns, in the best sort of way—I knew we had a lot of conflict left to work our way through, but the show manages to keep me guessing as to who’s got the upper hand, who only thinks they’ve got the upper hand, and who’s able to force a lesser hand into a winning one. Hint: It may involve an angry mom or two.

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EPISODE 15 RECAP

Public opinion is deservedly harsh following the school building collapse, and the main players are taken to court for their role in the disaster. Kang-ja and her gang arrive at the courthouse for the first hearing, where they exchange greetings with the prosecutor in charge. He assures the team that he’s prepared to go all-in and stake his job on this case, determined to take down all the perpetrators.

The defense’s entourage arrives, looking sharp with their army of legal sharks. Chairman Hong is absent, hiding once again behind the pretext of bad health, but the prosecutor vows to strip him of that excuse.

The prosecutor presents a strong case, presenting the detailed log that Jin-sang kept of all his exchanges with his higher-ups. Jin-sang had listed his concerns for the unsafe construction and wrote of the chairman’s orders to proceed on a rushed schedule. But the defense objects to the evidence and counters that all of the construction orders given from the chairman were reasonable—if not for Jin-sang’s corruption and bribery.

Dong-chil bolsters that false claim with perjury, saying that while his company bears responsibility for the disaster, it was Jin-sang who masterminded the bad construction (and siphoned away the funds). Bank records show a large deposit made in Jin-sang’s account, because the bad guys have made sure to flesh out their cover story. They’re “cutting off their tail” by letting one guy take the blame, which allows Dong-chil, Jung-woo, and Chairman Hong to claim that they knew nothing about the bad construction.

The prosecutor makes sure that Jung-woo and Dong-chil explicitly state that they didn’t know anything before he plays a video for the court. It’s the clip that Yi-kyung’s mother secretly recorded at the hospital, clearly showing that they knew of the construction and scrambling to cover their asses.

The clip is damning, and the parents sitting in the courtroom burst out into angry exclamations, calling them murderers. The defense lawyers get the judge to agree that this is not properly submitted evidence and the prosecutor retreats, but he got what he wanted.

Jung-woo backtracks a bit but the prosecutor rips into him and the absent Hong, and the day wraps up with Kang-ja feeling optimistic about the outcome. The prosecutor tells her that nothing’s over yet, and he anticipates the defense will do what they can to cover themselves. As for the Scooby Gang, they need to find evidence that’s legally admissible, because the defense team is notorious for their tactics.

The defense attorney assures Jung-woo that the video can’t be used as evidence, but he knows that public opinion could very well be swayed by it and warns his team to do a better job.

Jung-woo also presses Chairman Hong to switch up his tactics, because this is too big to pin only on Jin-sang. As he and the chairman discuss their strategy, Sang-tae suddenly bolts up from the neighboring bed, shooting his father a disgusted glare.

Ae-yeon also guesses that the higher-ups are going to look for another “tail” to cut off, and feels pretty sure that she and Dong-chil will be the next targets. She’s appalled at how nonchalant Dong-chil seems about his fate, while he advises her to get out, because Jung-woo won’t protect her.

Jung-woo takes Ae-yeon out to dinner at a restaurant run by an acquaintance, telling her that she’s welcome to come here and drink on his tab anytime, only needing to give his name to the owner.

Ae-yeon asks half-warily whether Jung-woo will abandon her, and he sighs that she still doesn’t trust him. She opens up about her background and why it’s hard for her to trust people, describing how her father’s business was ruined when she was a child. He was wanted as a con artist and wandered the country to avoid arrest, leaving her and her mother at the mercy of debt collectors. She confides that she must be looking for a father-like figure to love and protect her—but her whole life, every man has abandoned her instead. She asks him not to.

Jung-woo assures her that the “tail” being cut off will be Dong-chil, not her, and asks her to trust in him and wait.

The defense team digs up dirt on Kang-ja to use as a diversionary tactic, going for the ad hominem attack strategy. They feed the press the news of her criminal past and possible psychological disorder, and it’s enough to worry the other school mothers. They know that it’s a dirty tactic, but fear that the noise will drown out their children’s story.

But they needn’t worry, because the public is smarter than the lawyers gave them credit for, and they realize that the defense is trying to cloud the issue. They voice support for Kang-ja and turn their ire back where it belongs, to the corrupt education foundation officials. Noah leads a protest outside the office of education, decrying the tactics and demanding truth.

Chairman Hong agrees to stall to buy their side for time, and makes an appearance before reporters to play up the worried ailing father routine to the hilt. He denies any knowledge of the construction—after all, his son goes to that school—and exaggerates Sang-tae’s injuries as dire. And just as he’s saying that Sang-tae is lying unconscious on the brink of death, Sang-tae walks right into the midst of reporters, making Chairman Hong fidget uncomfortably at his lies.

Sang-tae arrives at school for a silent vigil for their deceased classmates, the mood is heavy and solemn. And great, the show has to score the scene with “Arirang” and now I’m crying even harder. Sang-tae joins Ah-ran, who asks whether it’s okay for him to be here, given who his father is. He merely picks up a sign reading “Chairman Hong Sang-bok, tell the truth!” Ah-ran takes his hand, and they sit together in silent observance.

Kang-ja and Noah watch news of the vigil from the hospital, at Bok-dong’s bedside. Gong-joo hurries there the second she’s released from jail after being interrogated, and urges Bok-dong to wake up. Kang-ja assures her that he will. He will! He must!

When Dong-chil arrives to speak with the chairman, Ae-yeon warns that he could be backstabbed. Dong-chil tells her, however, that she’s the tail, and horror dawns on her face as she checks her bank balance to see that a huge deposit has been made in her name, from Jin-sang’s account.

Stunned, she stammers that Jung-woo had said it wouldn’t be her. Dong-chil points out that he’d obviously say that to her face and buy time to falsify evidence against her. He advises her to quietly take her two years in prison—and the fat payout the chairman will send her way—and then go her own way once she’s out.

But Ae-yeon grows panicked at the thought of going to prison over this and desperately fishes for a way to strike back first, begging Dong-chil to help her steal evidence against their bosses. She insists that she can’t just lie down and die nicely for him, but Dong-chil counters that she could die a dirty death instead. She’s best off doing nothing and taking the fall.

Kang-ja’s gang hears of the money transfer between Jin-sang and Ae-yeon, and tries to think of other ways to get to the guys at the top. They’re still looking for some kind of evidence on Minister Kang’s slush fund, and wonder whether tracking down Sang-tae’s mother would be helpful. She formerly held a position at the foundation before leaving for the States—she might know something.

Just then, Ah-ran receives a phone call—and the caller is Yi-kyung’s phone. To her mother’s crushing disappointment, it’s just a police officer on the line, but still, it provides a clue.

Kang-ja goes to the station to recover the phone, which is actually Bok-dong’s—it was retrieved at the school site and nobody had claimed it. In a flashback, we see what happened when Bok-dong stole into Dong-chil’s office looking for evidence to help the team. He’d found a memory card and popped it into his phone—and that’s how he got access to Yi-kyung’s old files.

The team doesn’t know how the files ended up on Bok-dong’s phone, but Ah-ran can confirm that they came from Yi-kyung’s. And as her mother looks through her daughter’s old photos, she comes to a video file and presses play. Oh god, what a horrible thing for a mother to watch. Everybody freezes in horror as they watch Yi-kyung’s death play out in live action, her mother devastated by new grief. They don’t see—though we do—that Bok-dong’s finger twitches.

Ae-yeon confronts Jung-woo about this betrayal, pointing out that his abandonment of her is just like what his father did to his mother. Jung-woo argues that it’s different because his father never loved his mother—but he did love her. His argument is that love isn’t enough, and Ae-yeon rightly calls him trash.

He suggests that she ride out her two years in prison and then return to him, like that’s all it takes to resume their relationship, and she flings her drink in his face. Not only is he like his father, she sneers, he is his father.

Jung-woo washes away some of that self-loathing with liquor, and then receives a text message from Yi-kyung’s phone, asking, “Why did you push me off the roof, Teacher? You didn’t have to kill me.” And then, “Save me, Teacher. I’m on the school roof. Please save me, Teacher.”

He assumes its a prank but looks spooked nonetheless as he heads for the rooftop, yelling for the jokester to come out. He actually hallucinates Yi-kyung standing there for a second, and sinks to his knees screaming, “But Jin Yi-kyung, you’re dead!”

Around the corner, Gong-joo captures the scene on camera as Kang-ja and Noah watch. They must also be the ones who release that clip to the world, which makes Jung-woo look mentally unstable, to his father’s displeasure. Jung-woo accuses Chairman Hong of being behind it, and then asks if it was Ae-yeon. But Dong-chil has an inkling, and says he thinks somebody under him got wind of that video.

Yi-kyung’s dying video clues the Scooby gang into the existence of the secret vault at school, and now Kang-ja’s itching to get to the school to investigate for herself. This must be where the minister’s slush funds are kept, and also why Yi-kyung died, but they can’t get a search warrant without more concrete evidence.

Ae-yeon arrives as the team confers, and Kang-ja immediately orders her out. She refuses to trust her after the last betrayal—but on the other hand, Ae-yeon has provided them with a potential lead. It’s a letter from San Francisco lawyers to Chairman Hong (back when he was dealing with divorce matters), which gives them a place to start looking for Sang-tae’s mother.

Dong-chil has surmised that Bok-dong got his hands on the video, and visits him in the hospital. Ack! It’s true that Dong-chil seems more resigned and weary than murderous these days, but there’s no feeling safe around him ever.

Bok-dong remains unconscious as Dong-chil asks why he did it, sighing that everyone’s making such trouble instead of just doing as they’re told.

Dong-chil explains to the chairman that Kang-ja’s in possession of the incriminating video, but promises to retrieve it. Chairman Hong has clued in to his curious reaction to Ah-ran and asks about his relationship to her and Kang-ja, which he half-answers by saying that Kang-ja is the enemy who killed his brother. The chairman is satisfied with that.

So Dong-chil charges his way into Kang-ja’s home, ignoring her terrified mother-in-law while he searches the place. He finds nothing, and next storms Gong-joo’s club and threatens her gangster family with a world of hurt if she doesn’t give up Kang-ja’s whereabouts.

Trembling in fear, Gong-joo says Kang-ja went to the school library. One of her other minions slips away to alert Chairman Hong about the proceedings—oh no, he’s been bribed into ratting out the team! This confirms to the chairman that Dong-chil is proceeding as promised.

Gong-joo does call Kang-ja immediately to warn her of Dong-chil’s movements, and Kang-ja doesn’t seem very worried. She’s been given the PIN from Sang-tae, and just means to get some footage of the vault and pop back out. Noah unlocks the school doors for her and warns her to be careful, and in she goes.

Kang-ja makes her way to the back bookcase and feels her way to the latch, which springs open the outer door. She doesn’t see Dong-chil watching quietly from behind, and makes her way to the keypad.

That’s when Dong-chil steps forward and shows himself. Gulp. She’s trapped.

He calls Chairman Hong, who heads to the school right away. Dong-chil informs him that he locked Kang-ja inside, and the chairman opens the chamber to confront her… only to find it empty. How could she escape?

Just then, a phalanx of reporters rush in, snapping photos wildly as a confused chairman tries to make sense of things. Aha! It’s a trap, and Dong-chil was in on it! Yi-kyung’s mother leads the reporters, while Kang-ja steps inside with her entire team behind her, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. Dong-chil is with them, and so is Gong-joo’s mole, who wasn’t a mole after all. (Gong-joo says proudly that there are no traitors in her family.)

A flashback takes us back to the moment of Dong-chil’s turn, at the hospital. Bok-dong had reached out to grab his hand—awake after all, phew!—and Kang-ja had approached him with the proposal.

Dong-chil had scoffed at her for trusting him, but she’d replied that it was Ah-ran who was certain that he would help them. And while Dong-chil could turn away from Kang-ja, and even away from Bok-dong, it’s Ah-ran’s plea that had stopped him short.

Cornered and exposed, Chairman Hong vows to make sure that Dong-chil dies at his hands. Dong-chil replies, “The reverse could be true.”

Then he turns to Kang-ja to tell her she’s made a mistake, because nobody who’s ever messed with him remained safe. Noah warns that he won’t remain safe either, not after what he did to those children.

Yi-kyung’s mother gives the news report on the chairman’s secret vault, and Jung-woo’s brain whirls, trying to find himself an escape route. “I can’t die alone,” he decides, and his eyes land on the old tape recorder left to him by his mother.

Minister Kang mulls over his options. Chairman Hong had asked for help in stalling a week, so that he could prepare everything to point at Jung-woo. He’d warned that if the chairman didn’t help, he’d take him down with him. It’s so satisfying watching them shackled to each other by their own perfidy. The ultimate karmic payback.

At the second hearing, Chairman Hong is seated among the defendants, with Ae-yeon as well. He tries to save himself by saying that he’s also a school parent who was shocked and worried at the news of the building collapse, and declares that it was all Jung-woo’s doing.

Jung-woo looks stunned, though really, shouldn’t everyone be expecting to be backstabbed at this point? The only question is who can bleed the slowest. Even Ae-yeon toes the party line and turns on Jung-woo. Interestingly, though, as she’s throwing him under the bus, we see that the restaurant owner (whose restaurant they’d visited earlier) was given a box to hold for Jung-woo’s “fiancee.” The man waits for her to pick it up, but she doesn’t come.

Jung-woo sees that the tide has turned against him, and when asked for comment, he just says that his higher-ups must have decided to make him the fall guy. But he won’t die alone, he says.

The prosecutor presents one last witness, and it catches the defendant’s by surprise: Bok-dong. He’s awake and full of incriminating information, and the baddies’ table watches on tenterhooks as he is sworn in.

Bok-dong testifies to being there on the night Yi-kyung died, and watching Jung-woo push her off the roof. He’d gotten her pregnant and killed her, then pinned the blame on Bok-dong. Breaking down in angry tears, Bok-dong bursts out, “What was so important about that?! You didn’t have to kill her over it!”

The prosecutor submits the phone as evidence to back up Bok-dong’s claims, requesting Jung-woo’s arrest and a search and seizure warrant for the vault to be issued immediately.

As Jung-woo is escorted away by officers, Chairman Hong orders his people to move quickly. His henchmen search Jung-woo’s place for “it,” but come up empty. Must be that incriminating tape, and I’d bet my bottom dollar that the restaurant owner has it.

Minister Kang moves into action, trying to pull strings to delay the search and seizure by a week. His partymates initially refuse to help because of the heightened scrutiny, and tell him to resign his post before he does them more damage. But the minister but he has one last card up his sleeve and dangles a name: Jeon Hyung-shik, aka the ex-vice principal who’s now a homeless man.

That name is enough to get his colleagues to pull strings of their own, and suddenly the lead prosecutor is being told he must wait a week to conduct his search and seizure of the vault. He’s outraged at the obvious politicking, but his boss makes it clear he is to follow orders.

But all’s not lost, because Noah makes a breakthrough in getting through to the San Francisco number, which finally puts him into contact with Sang-tae’s mother.

Next thing we know, she’s arriving at the airport, and a nervous Sang-tae meets her with teary eyes. Mom holds out her arms and hugs him, saying tearfully, “I’m sorry. Mom is sorry. I’m sorry for being late.”

Noah notes that the rest now lies in Mom’s hands. Kang-ja wonders whether she’d betray the father of her child, and Noah replies, “The only thing we can trust in now is mothers.”

 
COMMENTS

While the most recent couple episodes have taken the focus off Kang-ja a bit as the case is taken out of her hands, it ties in the new developments nicely with the theme of mothers and children, without reducing it to an overbearing motif. The mothers aren’t reduced to a singular entity, but they’ve got a laser focus on what’s important here, and that’s the fate of their children and the culpability of those who abuse their obligation to protect them.

So it’s gratifying to watch them press forward relentlessly, now that they’ve identified the common enemy, and refuse to be sidetracked with petty diversions. And in keeping the focus of their journey on their emotional realities, the drama wards off getting drowned in the minutiae of the politicking and corrupt dealings. I’m always worried that it’ll get too bogged down, but relieved when it keeps its attention where we want it most: its characters.

That’s why I feel like despite all the betrayals and flip-flopping going on—and there was so much flip-flopping—I’ve always been able to understand where the characters are coming from. Like Ae-yeon, whose allegiance may seem constantly shifting and therefore be difficult to pin down. But it doesn’t matter to me so much to know whether a character is ultimately good or ultimately bad—the drama will bear out that question anyway—as long as I follow them on an emotional level. And Ae-yeon’s grasping for a place and some security feels genuine to me, so that we can see her actions through a lens of self-preservation rather than good-evil.

Dong-chil, too, has occasionally seemed like a cipher, saying one thing but acting a different way. He’s shown such growth that it was gratifying to see him choose Kang-ja’s side in this, though I appreciate that it wasn’t a clean redemption for him. He still walks away from Kang-ja with head hung, no longer a part of the old fold, but not exactly a jolly new member of the Scooby gang, either.

I feel like we’re poised to wrap things up with the final episode, though I’m always bracing myself for a final twist or two. (Or three or four, knowing this drama.) I just hope that we’re allotted enough time to lock away our baddies and give us enough time to bask a little with our motley family, because after all that darkness and pain, surely a little basking is in order, isn’t it? Or even a lot of basking. Much basking would be good!

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In mothers we trust

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This episode was so intense omg! I was watching it without subs as I was doing my make-up coz I was going to work. Of course, I ruined my eye make-up from crying! Damn this show. Anyway, I'll watch the subbed one first just to be sure I got things right. Now, let me get my Kleenex box...

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The situation reminds me about the Sewol Tragedy so much. Innocents suffering because of corporate greed. The aftermath especially with the mothers and parents out to get the truth and answers. It's not a bad thing there are similarities either and I don't think it's just a coincidence. The tragedy touched all of Korea and I wouldn't be surprised if it came out that the writers wrote this as a commemoration to the parents now fighting for their children.

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Korean media, that being movies and maybe now tv shows have influenced Korean law in a positive way. The movie Silenced helped put criminals in prison and it also helped developed a law. I saw a report on soompi were now they will implement a name tag for students that will have a button that will alert their teacher when they are being bullied. So showing stories like that incites people to help make a change.

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That motif of mothers defending their children with a subversive power really came together here. Not only Kang-ja and the pack of grieving mothers, but Yi-kyung's, Sang-tae's, and Jung-woo's mothers as well. Though Jung-woo himself has turned out to be a bad guy in life, his mother still stands in the story as someone who left him an ace to play against his father, and that will work for the Scooby Gang to bring him down. The bad guys have underestimated the power of the mothers of the children they take advantage of, and that's where their fatal mistake lies.

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That is an interesting point. I never thought of the recording in that light, but I think you are right with it being another way for a mom to protect her child.

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I had knots in my stomach watching Yi Kyung's mother watch the video. No mother should be subjected to watching your child's death. Thank goodness No Ah had the mind to stop the video and take the phone out of her hands. What a traumatic experience for everyone in that room. The encouraging comments for Kang Ja online brought tears to my eyes. "We're not falling for your diversion tactics." Even Dong Chil switched sides. At first, I thought he lied about locking Kang Ja inside just so he could memorize the passcode Chairman Hong entered, but it was so satisfying to see the chairman caught on tape. When Bok Dong was exonerated of Yi Kyung's death, I could feel the burden being lifted off his shoulders. Bok Dong is alive, the bad guys are in jail, Sang Tae with his hair down (all bullies seem to grow bangs after they turn good) reunites with his mother -- couldn't ask for anything more in tomorrow's final episode. Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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"all bullies seem to grow bangs after they turn good"
Ha! Yes. It appears that their newfound self awareness weighs down their hair follicles. They don't have time for hair products anymore, they're thinking deep thoughts!

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It makes me so sad when the bangs come down, because that Korean-man-upswept-bangs hairstyle is one of my faaaaavorite things. I was so sad when Bok Dong let his bangs down; Sang Tae's newly floppy hair was just another blow to my heart. :(

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I know this is a small detail, but the whole reason why Bokdong was allowed to stand as a witness was that his story ties into the construction case because he pointed out that Yikyung found the secret safe in the library and reveals that as an additional reason why Jungwoo killed Yikyung.

I love this drama so much; it makes such bold statements about politics, corruption, school bullying, the Sewol Tragedy, and so many other little tidbits about the problems in Korean society. I only wish the ratings would be higher...

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I absolutely love this show. Felt like the pace of the show has been really consistent, and love how they're putting bits and pieces together and getting the bad guys in this episode (unlike some shows that just rush everything in the last episode...). Hopefully the last episode will just be as good, and give a nice, heartwarming conclusion to everyone, because all of them deserve it.

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I agree. The pace is good.

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the thing I liked most was Dong Chils´turnaround and the unexpected scheme with the secret vault. I did guess they were setting a trap when the minion called the chairman, cause that felt like: wait a minute, that´s impossible, something is off. and I was correct.

poor mothers. whatever they do, nothing brings their children back.

Sang Tae´s mothers sudden arrival was really strange cause why now? mothers are usually the kind of people firmly at your heels and you can´t get piece from them anywhere, so I never understood how drama mothers can stay apart for so long without coming back to sneak around the school or house or trying to make contact somehow. doesn´t feel like a real mother like this.

I am so glad that Bok Dongie woke up - and thank you, writer, for not giving him amnesia! woohoo. and his scene as a witness, this was the moment for our rookie actor. well done, Ji Soo, you showed it is more than just a cute face and novelty that catches peoples´attention.

Angry Mom has been that real life female superhero we were dreaming of some time ago here. The ultimate version, who is willing to literally go to the lions´ nest ( that safe, I mean) and fight with beasts of mythological measures. and to show so many men as corrupt, brutal, violent and cold...seems brave.

I hope Ah Ran won´t be kidnapped again or something in the last episode, and I hope nothing more happens to our puppies. Dong Chil might .... um lets not speculate. But he is the most likely candidate for something to happen.

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" I never understood how drama mothers can stay apart for so long without coming back to sneak around the school or house or trying to make contact somehow. doesn´t feel like a real mother like this."

even irl not everyone is that lucky.. plenty of moms choose not to be around unless its "really important"—and sometimes not even then

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Chairman Hong probably had her EXILED to the US. Until his power was weakened, she probably didn't dare to get back in Korea. That she flew in immediately tells you something.

And on the subject of Sang-tae’s mother, I was VERY curious to see who would pop up for this important guest starring role. The show has had pretty good ratings and only these 2 episodes left -- who they cast would say a lot about the character and the show's impact. I was expecting a pretty veteran actress to swoop in here and yet... When she took off her glasses I still yelped, "Oh shit, it's Miss Go!" This actress, Kim Seo Ra, really proved she can play a badass in What Happens to My Family. (She was also the evil mom of Lee Hong Ki in Bride of the Century). THEY ARE NOT PLAYING AROUND.

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I loved that it was her!

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I guess Episode 16 cleared that up at least a little. Sang Tae's mum left them when he was young and she was probably afraid he would reject her when coming back and putting him in danger because of his father. She probably left when she was pretty young herself and was worried about what would happen to her.

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Wait I'm still confused so who is Ah Ran's dad because they keep going in circles and she is convince Dong Chil is her dad but he's not right the boy who died was right?

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I don't know, I feel like the drama is trying to make the point that Ah-ran is Kang-ja's daughter, not anyone else's. The identity of her father is somewhat irrelevant to the story and Ah-ran as a character because she has such an awesome mother. However, I could be wrong and maybe there'll be a big reveal next episode. My guess is Dong-chil's brother, and I would like to know but wouldn't be disappointed at all if we didn't find out.

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i sure it's beom, dong-chil's brother and that the judge (noah's father) helped her with the cover up story after she had ah-ran in prison so that she could adopted ah-ran after her imagined sister died.

i think that we can infer that dong-chil knows that kang-ja didn't kill his brother as they both struggling with the knife when he came in and tried to stop them but was stabbed by dong-chil, himself but dong-chil indirectly blames kang-ja because if beom wasn't involed with her than he would have never died at his hands. i think that's why dong-chil is hunted at night in his dreams and drinks so much.

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Okay! Done with the subbed episode. Phew, my eyes. ㅠㅠ This drama has always been good and one obvious reason is how awesome the actors play their characters. Like you said, the good-evil is not really what matters but what we feel about the characters. These people are all perfect for their roles.

The last time I saw the actor who plays Ahn Dong Chil was in You From the Stars and that's like 180 degrees change from his character here. He is just so good. Jeong Woo's crazy outburst was also on point. Yi Kyung's mom crying after she watched the video though. Oh the pain. I can feel it in my bones.

Tomorrow's the last episode. I'm just hoping that it ends well because I love this drama soooooo much. Coincidentally, Mothers' Day is just around the corner. Nice touch. Thanks for the recaps, javabeans!

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He's also in Let's Eat 2 and he's a riot. He's playing a company man whose wife and daughter are overseas so he keeps following around the male lead like a puppy because he's his only friend. He breaks into his apartment to drink soju or climb into bed and snuggle with him, multiple times.

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@earthna, Dong Chil's actor is amazing!! He was in Misaeng too. And I thought he was so disgusting there. But in Angry Mom he has this sad expression that I just can't hate him!

@Alessar, now Let's Eat 2 seems interesting!

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wahh! the scene when Bok Dongie is testifying against Do Jeongwoo really showcased Ji Soo's potential! the kid sure has talent!!
I'm just so happy that Bok Dongie woke up (WHIT HIS MEMORY INTACT) and even could help the case. i really want the writers to give him a happy ending, I just love the kid so much!

I did cry a bit when Yi Kyung's mom was watching the video. made me remember how tragic and heartbreaking Yi Kyung's life was. I hope there's not a single kid in this world that has such a story

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Yes to that happy ending for Bok Dongl. The growth and character development of his character is a winner. We saw different emotions through each episodes.

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Hi, enjoying the last episodes. This one was poignant and it shows the growth of Dong Chil and Sang Tae. It appears that apart from changing Sang Tae's personality to that of a bit of maturity they did through changing his hairstyle and giving him contact lenses because he no longer wears glasses. Sang Tae is completely fed up and disgusted with his father, along with Ah Ran/Kang Ja the observations of the school happenings were these were a push to his growth. Plus when he saw how his father responded to the catastrophe it made him completely turn around. People died and got injured and the man treat it like a nasty itch he has to get rid of and he was never the source of that itch in the first place.

As for Ah Ran, she cares for him as a friend I do not think its anything more than that at this point as she is the closest person to Sang Tae and just like she was there for Yi Kyeong its the same for him as a good friend and support which is what he needs now. He likes her more but the romance can be waylaid for the future, friendship, growth and support is priority right now for these 2.

Dong Chil has also changed a bit because of Ah Ran, I think her personality reminds him of his brother who he loved a lot that is why he has been a bit conflicted yet indirectly caring at the same time. He had to side with Kang Ja in order to live, the other side has been cutting 'tails' since the collapse of the annex. Team Kang Ja is more a sure that he can survive with minimal damage.

Looking forward to the final episode and I guess they were making the significance of mother's roles more prominent in light of the fact that its Mother's Day this weekend.

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Agree with a lot of what you said, but wanted to mention Sang Tae's glasses were always fake. They had no lenses. He was always putting his fingers through them.

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It's really common on K-Dramas that they use glasses without lenses. It's incredibly obvious with today's HD broadcasts, too. I don't think he was wearing them just as a fashion accessory though, they were probably for reading.

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No...it was a joke in the show. He sits there rubbing his eyes through them. He pokes his finger through them for no reason. The glasses were a fashion accessory.

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Realize I sounds kinda harsh. Didn't mean to.

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This is why movies are made!!! To bring the truth out to the open. Both Kdramas Heal me, kill me and Angry mom are awesome!!!
HMKM is about child abuse and how damaging child abuse can be to children; both the victim and the witness.
AM is about bullies and corruptions, and the power of Moms.
When I saw Yi-Kyung’s mom reporting on the news about the vault, it reminded me of the kdrama Pinocchio. It seems that this year has started out great with a bunch of kdramas shedding light on the ugliness of abuse, especially the abuse of power and trust.

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Kdrama Land!! Please keep these kinds of kdramas coming!!!!! :)

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I agree so much with you two! From Kill Me Heal Me to Angry Mom, these raw hard-hitting dramas are precisely what we need more of. I can't believe this scriptwriter is a rookie, this story is absolutely stunning.

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When Yi Kyung's mom saw that video... wow. The tears streaming down my face. Wow. You're right that no mother should ever have to witness her child's own death. That scene was so sad yet powerful.

And the children's vigil for their friends was another one of those scenes. I was also really touched to see Jin Sang's picture there too, being honoured and remembered along with the 5 students. It just goes to show no matter what the baddies say or do, the public knows what's right and what's wrong. They see through all that bs they're spouting in court.

I found Bok Dong's coma a little useless, though, if they just had him wake up all fine like that. What was the coma for then? To stab our hearts and wring out all our tears? To prolong Jung Woo's inevitable arrest? Because it worked, but I just felt it was all so forcefully done. He just suddenly woke up, no repercussions at all, and was the catalyst to putting Jung Woo behind bars. Why couldn't he have done it without sleeping for half an episode first? Gosh dramaland, making us all worried like that.

Another thing is Sang Tae's mom's appearance, which was way too abrupt lol. I'm thinking maybe at the beginning of the next episode, they'll backtrack a bit and show how it led up to the airport scene? Because we have no sense of time at all. Did she fly in right after Noah's call? What and how much did he tell her over the phone? Has a week passed yet (i.e. what's happening with the baddies and did they do the search and seizure on the vault yet)? I hope all this is answered in the beginning of next episode, lol. We're definitely going into it strong.

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+1 one with the bok dong state

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its not totally useless, because if he awake Dong Chil might do something to him as only Bok Dong can get access to the yi kyung's phone.

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Dong Chil didn't even know Bok Dong stole the information until the Scooby Gang texted Jung Woo. Plus Bok Dong woke up when Dong Chil went to visit him, and he didn't do anything...

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Bokdongie woke up thank god.whew!i could not imagine if he just lay there unconscious because it would be such a waste of Jisoo's talent. And this one's gonna end tonight will surely miss all the hijinks one angry mom has to undergo to stop bullying and ultimately corruption..

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Finally moving forward! 1 out of the 3 big enemies are out :D Go mothers go! And I am sooo glad that Bok-dong finally spoke up that it wasn't his fault Yi-kyung died. I loved his character development throughout the drama.. So sad it's ending tomorrow!

PS: Did anyone notice that the sender of the letter from San Francisco was Harvey Specter? LOL

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Ha! I missed that! (PS) I love when shows hint at others. Good job seeing that and thanks for sharing.

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Dong-chil's change of heart, errr side, err heart, whatever, was so unexpected! Can't wait for the finale. Please let all the bad guys rot in jail!!!

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Bok Dong! And Ji Soo's potential is huuuuuuuuuge! really! We knew right away from ep 1.

Of course I love the Bok Dong scene. Heck, it's highlight of ep 15!

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any links to the all the ost songs in this drama?

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Wow! Thanks for the recap.

I think it is amazing how connected we have become to these characters. It feels like family. When the moms cried, I cried because I can imagine the hurt of the unfairness of it all.
Death of a loved one is hard enough w/out knowing it could have been prevented. That truth just burns brighter as time passes, not less. The moms WILL win out. Even if it takes decades.

Along with the above, when Lizzy pulled out that pink hand mirror, I completely lost it. For someone to lose such a close friend is just horrifying and so so so sad.

I appreciate the drama started dark, and despite the Lalalala parts that kept us engaged, did not abandon its purpose. Angry Moms getting revenge. Though I will like some BD cuteness before it ends, too.

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Who knew that Dong CHil's humanity rested with Ah Ran,such a great episode,hoping for a well deseved ending!

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DC and AR are for me the heart of this drama.
Just so awesome that he put the brakes on himself because of her and went away from the dark side. Just love his growth as a human being.

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Your recaps are always the best! I got a little teary eyed by the end of the recap.

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looks like they quite finished

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Thanks for the recap ladies! Ah, another emotional ep. Watching Yi-Kyung's death from a mother's perspective was just heartbreaking. It really brought it back full circle, with karma doing its thing, perfectly.

On a lighter note though - Phew, so glad Dong Chil chose to fight alongside Kang ja in the end, says a lot about his growth as a character. I'm literally left hanging on the edge of my seat when it comes to his scenes because I never know which way his mood will swing. But that small smirk he gave during the opening courtroom scene, when they played the video footage of Hong and Jung Woo spewing over how to cover their backsides was just brilliant.

Cos whilst I was still a ball of nerves about his character, that one scene left me feeling hopeful as to where his allegiance would lie, and thankfully, it's was with the angry moms - he totally revels in their victory along the way, but does a pretty damn good job of keeping it hidden, I imagine!

Can't believe how much I've grown to like his character, even when he's busy being a complete ass. His scene with Kang-ja's mother-in-law, pure gold!

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When did ah yeon kill people?

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this episode was the piece of tissue i need after just watching episode 14 (ㅠㅠ) in a binge marathon even if there where sad tears there they followed by smiles, laughter and even more tears (though this time for) of happiness.

this drama is very unique in itself. it shows the strength not only one person can conjure up through showing their own strength but the strength a community/nation can have if bring themselves to fight for the goal they believe in.

in moms we trust (and have strength)!

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also, the show has done a great job at giving us inside to characters that are usually left unexplained and without background stories. they've given us a realize why characters like ae-yeon & jung-woo have done what they've and why their doing it. and even with ae-yeon switched side after side they've allowed her to explain that it's out her own self-preservation. which gives her (and other characters like her) a deeper depth and actual level of humanity rather than allowing us to wholly hate before her choices.

also, the mothers. if ever become a parent would hope that i could have at least half the strength these mothers have shows in the face a adversity, bulling tactics and corruption.

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Thanks for the great recaps Javabeans! I agree - we definitely deserve a lot of basking and moms rock!

My YES! moments were the secret room trap, netizens not falling for the obvious 'news' misdirection, and Sang Tae walking out just after his father said he was unconscious. HA!

What ripped my heart out was the reporter mom and the video of her daughters death, the vigil, and Bok Dong's turn on the stand.

I've loved the growth of Bok Dong and Sang Tae, but Dong Chil has been really good at embodying an enigma. Watching his micro movements to the side of good has been extremely enjoyable and satisfying. Love it!

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I'm so glad y'all were raving about this drama! I almost didn't watch it! In my nine years of watching k-dramas, I'd have to say this is in the top ten in terms of writing, pacing and consistency.
Over the past few weeks I've come to love these characters, it's rare that you find such wonderfully complex people in dramas.
I cried so much in this episode. I had to skip over so many comments cause they made me well up. I'm looking forward to the next episode. I have faith that this team will finish with a bang!

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Where are all the dads in this drama? Don't they care about their kids. So the fish lady's was a single mom, but what about the rest?

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It's a good question. I'm seriously shocked that I didn't once think about it.

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what is the title of the film that was advertised in Angry mom? Pls if u know it, pls reply me. Thanks

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Commenting so I can rate on every episode because this drama is liiiife.
Plus I'm pretty sure Healer is getting enough love lol. I'll stop by there later.

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