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Angry Mom: Episode 16 (Final)

I expect no less from Angry Mom than a satisfying conclusion that includes righteous fury, heroism, bittersweet reality, and heartwarming sendoffs for everyone I love. That’s a tall order, but the finale does a pretty great job of giving us the things we want—some moments that we’ve been waiting for since day one, and others that we never knew we wanted at all.

 
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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Sang-tae’s mom, aka Team Princess’s smoking gun, arrives in country and apologizes to Sang-tae for being so late to come back for him. He cries on her shoulder and then counters with an apology of his own for not being able to protect her back then, which just breaks my heart even more. But he assures her, “I’ll protect you now. I’m all grown up.” Aw.

Gong-joo is waiting to pick them up (I love that she still defaults to introducing herself as Bang-wool’s mom), but so are Chairman Hong’s goons, who have spotted Mom’s arrival.

Thankfully Sang-tae sees them first, and he sends everyone ahead while he throws himself on the hood of the baddies’ car to play interference. Noah assures Mom that Sang-tae will be okay because Chairman Hong wouldn’t do anything to his son.

Sang-tae is indeed brought back to his room safely, where Chairman Hong lays into him for disobeying and plotting to take down his own father. He uses the age-old excuse that this is all for Sang-tae’s benefit, but that just makes Sang-tae snap: “For me? Don’t say that it’s for me! Then I feel like I have to go and die, because that’s the only way you’ll stop!”

Chairman Hong is done trying to negotiate with him and steals Sang-tae’s phone before locking him up in his room. He then calls his ex-wife to threaten her with the only thing that might keep her from spilling their family secrets: her son. Of course it works like a charm, and immediately Mom retracts her testimony with apologies—she can’t risk Sang-tae for this.

Minister Kang gives the contrite father speech at a press conference, even asking that the justice system be harsh towards his son no matter who his father is. Wow, only you would turn your son’s criminal indictment into a publicity opportunity.

The prosecutor makes Jung-woo watch the press conference, perhaps in a last-ditch effort to get him to turn on his father since his hands have been tied in the slush fund investigation. It seems to work, because Jung-woo asks to make a phone call. He calls Ae-yeon and asks if she’ll pay him one last visit in prison, which she refuses. She’s about to hang up when he tells her that there was something he wanted to give her on their last date, and asks her to go back there at times and drink on his tab. He adds sincerely that he hopes she’ll meet a better man someday, and she’s brought to tears as she hangs up.

Chairman Hong brings Minister Kang a tape recorder from the vault, which puts him at ease. But news of Sang-tae’s mother being in town doesn’t, and he warns that she could very well put both of them in jeopardy.

Yi-kyung’s mom shares her story with Sang-tae’s mom, and admits to turning her back on Kang-ja at first, thinking she was protecting her child, only to realize that the only true way to protect their children was to fight back. Then Kang-ja and Noah return with police officers in tow and encourage Sang-tae’s mother to fight for him—she’s his mother after all, and if he’s being held against his will she has a right to rescue him. Oh right. And here I was thinking up wild Mission Impossible rescue schemes involving ski masks.

So the whole gang walks right through the front door with the cops behind them, and Chairman Hong sputters that they can’t do this. Minister Kang quickly sees that the situation has gotten out of control, and gets everyone to try and talk this out.

Noah goes straight for Sang-tae’s room, and when he sees the padlock on the outside, he yells at Sang-tae to stand back and then proceeds to break the door down. But! You’re a nerdy teacher! It takes a while but the door busts open with great force, and Sang-tae watches agape as Noah strides in like a big ol’ hero.

I love this moment. It’s like Sang-tae has stars in his eyes, and when Noah looks him over in worry to make sure he isn’t hurt, Sang-tae smiles: “I have never in all my years seen anyone like you.” Noah quips back that he hasn’t lived all that long.

Minister Kang sits the three mothers down and tries to smooth-talk them, but Kang-ja cuts him off to say that she knows his two faces all too well, so he can skip to the point. So he opens up a briefcase full of money, which is met with a resounding scoff.

Kang-ja yells that he turned his son into a monster who killed their children, but he doesn’t seem to have an ounce of contrition in him about it. That comment just rolls right off his back and Minister Kang changes his tack, offering to pave the way for Ah-ran’s future and Sang-tae’s as well. He tells them to keep their mouths shut and keep living the way they have, because that’s what’s best for their children.

Right on cue, Sang-tae storms into the room to announce that he’ll decide that for himself, thank you very much. Woot! Chairman Hong blusters that they can’t leave, but Noah informs him that his lawn is filled with reporters who can’t be paid off, so he can go ahead and try to stop them.

In one last ditch effort, Chairman Hong cries that there’s no such thing as a son who abandons his father, and despite the hypocrisy dripping in his statement, it gets to Sang-tae. He turns to Mom and asks her to go and do what needs to be done, and he’ll stay here. Sang-tae actually says he feels sorry for his father and doesn’t want to abandon him. He reassures Mom again and again that Dad never hits him and the worst thing he does is lock him in his room, and asks her to stay the course.

It works, and Mom gets to walk out with assurances from Sang-tae that he wants her to testify. Minister Kang immediately gets on the phone with the prosecutor’s office and demands to be given a week before interrogation, and orders Chairman Hong to bring him the real slush fund accounting book first thing in the morning.

Chairman Hong lies that he had it moved to a bank for safe keeping, but then later that night he takes it out at home and smiles as he talks to someone on the phone, whom he refers to as a presidential candidate. It’s what he calls Minister Kang, but somehow I don’t think he’s the one calling. Ah, and from the hallway, Sang-tae eavesdrops—maybe this is part of the reason he braved his father, to get his hands on that book.

The prosecutor is surprised at how readily his boss signs off on Minister Kang’s arraignment, but is met with opposition when it comes to the search warrant for Chairman Hong’s vault. Hm, it looks like the power has shifted, and it must have to do with that phone call.

Meanwhile Ae-yeon mulls over Jung-woo’s words to her and decides to go to the restaurant to pick up the gift he left for her. I’m surprised that it isn’t the tape recorder—it’s a necklace, and a letter about how much he regrets not giving this to her right away. He hopes to see her wearing it in court, and says it’ll be the greatest gift she can give to him, and the greatest revenge.

It’s court day, and Minister Kang sees for himself on television that all of his colleagues are distancing themselves from him as fast as they possibly can. Sang-tae’s mom testifies about the slush fund and Chairman Hong’s lifetime of threats to keep her from talking, and when the prosecutor asks what made her change her mind, she says, “Because I’m a mother too.”

She says that she had to step in before he turned their son into a monster too, and we see Sang-tae watching from a viewing room with Ah-ran and Bok-dong by his side. Ah-ran silently takes his hand, and Bok-dong mutters that there are bad sides to having a rich dad after all. Yeah you forgot psycho. Psycho rich dad.

A few rows behind them, Yi-kyung’s mom gets a call and tells the other person to hurry. In the courtroom, Minister Kang and Chairman Hong take turns telling clashing sob stories on the witness stand, each claiming that the other was responsible for the slush fund.

The prosecution says that they have a last-minute witness and asks for some time, and we see Ae-yeon arrive at the courthouse and hand over a recorder to be admitted as evidence.

Jung-woo is there in handcuffs and sees her wearing the necklace, and we flash back to the moment when she opened the box to find the recorder tucked inside. She tells him that this isn’t for him, but he smiles sincerely and tells her that she looks pretty today.

Jung-woo takes the stand and testifies to the true inner workings of the foundation and how it funded his father’s campaign. When the lawyers attack his credibility, the prosecutor plays the recording that damns Minister Kang so completely as a cold-hearted father who called his son a stain on his perfect record.

The lawyers try to object, but the judge notably looks to Chairman Hong for approval before allowing it to be played. I’m guessing that someone else is going to become the new president because of that little nod right there.

Jung-woo turns to his father in court and says that he’s the one who turned him into a monster, and that if he had just once accepted his son or his wife and loved them, it wouldn’t have gone this far.

Minister Kang screams that Jung-woo ruined his life, and snaps: “I should’ve killed you long ago!” By the time he remembers that he’s in court, it’s too late. As they walk out, Jung-woo tells his father that he’ll be waiting for him in prison.

Chairman Hong yells at Sang-tae for showing up at the courthouse, but Sang-tae is fixated on what happened inside the courtroom today. He asks shakily, “When I grow up, do I become Do Jung-woo?” Agh.

He continues, “Why didn’t you live better, Father? When I see the two of them, I feel like that’s our future, and it scares me.” The horrifying fear falls on deaf ears, naturally, but Ah-ran is there to stand by Sang-tae’s side as he cries.

The prosecutor’s office gets permission to raid every office and vault for evidence, but they still come up empty on the one thing they really need: that damned log book that Chairman Hong has moved someplace.

At last, we get to see all our baddies sitting in a row in prison jumpsuits as their trial begins, and it’s a satisfying sight. The prosecutor delivers an impassioned set of charges against each of them, calling them collectively an example of the worst kind of corruption in this nation down to its roots, and the very destruction of hope and trust in this country.

He moves for the highest prison sentence that each of their charged crimes allows: seven years for Minister Kang, six for Chairman Hong (too few if you ask me), a lifetime sentence for Jung-woo, two years for Dong-chil, and one for Ae-yeon.

Yi-kyung’s mother bursts into tears at Jung-woo’s announcement, and Kang-ja notices Ah-ran’s worried reaction to Dong-chil’s sentence. The prisoners are led out after the trial, they’re met by an angry mob of mothers screaming that their sentences weren’t enough for the deaths of their children.

Chairman Hong in particular managed to squirm away with only TWO measly years in jail, and of course he’s the one shouting that he doesn’t deserve to be punished.

He’s pelted with eggs by angry mothers, and Kang-ja and the gang look on with steely gazes, knowing that he deserves far worse. But he’s obviously in someone else’s pocket now. A man is there watching, but all we see is a pair of shoes.

Three months later.

Kang-ja and the girls drag Mom-in-law out for some fresh air to keep her from wallowing in depression, and shopping puts a small smile back on her face. She ignores their choices for matronly outfits and points over to a very brightly colored shirtdress, and Kang-ja gently points out that it’s for younger people to wear.

But Mom-in-law means for Kang-ja to try it on, and sighs that she looks so pretty that Jin-sang would fall in love with her all over again if he were here. Aw. She caresses Kang-ja’s face sweetly through her tears.

The mystery man is watching the girls from afar, and then he’s there again in the crowd when Chairman Hong gets out of prison. Wait, it’s only been three months! Bok-dong and Noah see his release on TV—apparently the new president gave him a special pardon. URG. That must’ve been the deal all this time.

Chairman Hong goes to see the president’s aide to make sure that they’ve kept the notebook safe, and reminds them that he’s put his life in their hands by giving it to them. The book ominously joins a pile of many other books that look just like it.

The skeezy vice principal tells Chairman Hong that he’s got a man watching “them,” and Chairman Hong says there’s no need to go after them all. He just needs one to make his point. It’s not hard to guess where his revenge will be directed.

Dong-chil is being moved to a new prison facility when he hears the radio report about Chairman Hong’s release, and panic sets in instantly. He knows what Chairman Hong is after without having to guess, and uses a bathroom break at a rest stop to make his escape.

Jung-hee and her friend ask Ah-ran to join their threesome to make it a threesome again, but Ah-ran is stunned when she gets a call…

Noah calls Kang-ja over for dinner tonight, and she tells him cheerily that she’s already bought ingredients to cook for them. But he says soberly that it’s a strategy meeting, because Chairman Hong has been released.

Kang-ja doesn’t even have a chance to recover from the shock of that news before the hitman on her tail yanks her into the shadows. Eep.

Ah-ran runs to meet Dong-chil. That must’ve been the call she got, and she pleads with him to hurry up and go turn himself in. She asks why he’s always doing the wrong thing, and he doesn’t seem to disagree with her on that.

She asks if he escaped because he wanted to see her, and he chokes back tears and calls her crazy. She believes more than ever that he’s her biological father, and finally, FINALLY, he gives her a straight answer: “You’re not my daughter. You’re my niece. You’re the daughter of the brother I accidentally killed.”

THANK YOU. Was that so hard? Ah-ran’s eyes fill with tears as he hands over a picture of him and Bum. He’s a blubbering mess as he describes how Bum was so smart and good and different from him. For all of Dong-chil’s many faults, you could never say he didn’t love his brother more than life itself.

Bok-dong runs up, confused to see them both in tears, and Dong-chil tells Ah-ran to study hard and listen to her mother. He gives her a pat on the head, then collects himself and tells Bok-dong to make sure she gets home safely. Why does it feel like such a final goodbye?

Dong-chil goes straight for the vice principal and threatens him until he spills Chairman Hong’s location. He’s at a construction site (goodness I hope it’s not one of his own), with Kang-ja held captive.

She asks if Sang-tae shouldn’t be the first person he visits, relaying how hard it’s been on him the last few months. He argues that that’s the very reason he’s coming after her, because she drove a wedge in between him and his son. Oh, Kang-ja did, and not your sociopathic greed?

He grabs a pipe to show her just exactly how unforgiving he is about people who cross him, when Dong-chil arrives and shouts his name. I could hug you right now! Okay, maybe not hug so much as cheer on from a safe distance, but whatever.

He makes short work of the minions, until it’s him and Chairman Hong with just Kang-ja between them. Chairman Hong grabs her to use as a hostage, and there’s this hilarious beat where Kang-ja just rolls her eyes before kicking the crap out of Chairman Hong herself. Yes please, I’ll watch that again!

Dong-chil soon takes over and starts beating the living daylights out of Chairman Hong, screaming, “Die! Die! Die!” until Kang-ja pries him off. She tells him to stop, but Dong-chil argues that she saw it for herself—the law doesn’t work for cockroaches like Hong, and he’ll always find a way back. He has to be killed.

Kang-ja argues that he’ll have to rot in prison for the rest of his life, and he asks why she isn’t repulsed by him. She in turn says that she knows he secretly helped Ah-ran: “Was it because she’s your brother’s daughter?”

He hangs his head: “Because she’s your daughter. I was wrong, Jo Kang-ja, for pushing what was mine onto you. I’m sorry, Jo Kang-ja.” Wow, is he finally admitting to her that he killed Bum?

And then, like the cockroach that he is, Chairman Hong rises to his feet with a pipe in the air, ready to swing down on Kang-ja’s head. Dong-chil sees him first and shoves her out of the way, and rushes Chairman Hong until they both go flying into a wall of loose bricks.

The whole thing comes crashing down on them, and Kang-ja runs over to the rubble to lift Dong-chil up. Chairman Hong is bleeding but conscious and asks for their help, but Dong-chil tells him that this is exactly how those children felt: “You should feel it too.”

They walk away and leave him there, and even his minions desert him. Then a familiar pair of shoes (belonging to the president’s aide) approach menacingly, and Chairman Hong actually looks frightened…

The news reports Chairman Hong’s death, trapped under rubble at Myeongseong’s new construction site. A little on the nose, but damn satisfying all the same.

Six months later.

It’s spring again, and Kang-ja is back to working in the kitchen of her restaurant. She narrates just like she did in the opening, that there are strong and weak people in the world. Most people speak of strength as money or power, but she has people in her life who are strong without those things.

She tells us that Gong-joo’s nightclub went bankrupt, but she still talks to her princess minions like a boss. Kang-ja: “They called that loyalty.” We watch them hang up a new sign that reads: “Gong-joo and Bang-wool’s Lunchbox House.”

Bok-dong meets his brother outside of prison with tofu at the ready, and they hug each other happily. Hyung jokes about what a pain Dong-chil was on the inside, and Bok-dong says he wants to stop and bring Dong-chil some food, inciting a little hyung-to-hyungnim jealousy.

Kang-ja narrates that her young friend who used to use his fists became an innocent lamb from that day forward. “He called that love.”

Noah greets his students as they arrive at school, and now he’s the school’s most popular and beloved teacher. Kang-ja: “They called that respect.”

Ah-ran does become part of Jung-hee’s trio, and they pass by the vice principal (how does he still have a job in education?) and stick a mocking note on his back. Kang-ja narrates that when teachers don’t act like teachers and adults don’t act like adults, children see it right away.

Kang-ja wants to stop to buy Ah-ran a new pair of sneakers, and asks why Gong-joo is looking at boys’ shoes. Gong-joo chides her for not thinking of Bok-dongie enough, when the kid is practically shouting her name from the rooftops.

Kang-ja chuckles and calls it a lack of motherly affection in his life, and that gives Gong-joo pause, wondering if she should become a mother for real. Yes! Duh! Kang-ja nags her not to mess with the kids like that, and they go. But you’ll keep thinking about adopting Bok-dongie, right?

Noah takes the class on a trip into the mountains, where he asks them to take a picture of something that inspires them and write an original poem. Kang-ja and Gong-joo join them with lunchboxes for everyone, and the class greets them with cheers.

Kang-ja hands her box over to Noah and jumps up to throw her arm around Bok-dong, and he shinks back, acting like she has cooties. Crush still going strong, I see. Oh, puppy.

Both Noah and Kang-ja notice the way Sang-tae sticks to Ah-ran’s side and stoops down to offer her a piggyback ride (cute), and Ah-ran hurries him up before other people see.

Kang-ja narrates, “Still, there are the kinds of relationships in this world where people don’t have money or power, but they still treat each other with loyalty, love, and respect. And the one who loves more is the weaker one. But I’m sure that a world in which the one who loves more is the stronger one exists, somewhere out there.”

Gong-joo and her princess minions fight good-naturedly over kimbap, and Ah-ran makes an effort to befriend the girls who were mean to her all year long. Sang-tae and Bok-dong sit together and moon over Kang-ja and Ah-ran, which is hilarious given that they’re mother and daughter. Sang-tae says that Ah-ran is becoming more like her mother every day, and she’s becoming really strong.

Bok-dong assures Sang-tae that he’s plenty strong, perhaps even stronger than he is, and Sang-tae’s like, Yeah no duh. Sang-tae’s always got his nose in a book these days, and says offhandedly that they say a person needs love and dreams in order to succeed. He asks Bok-dong if he has that.

When the question gets thrown back at him, Sang-tae says that he’s going to become a prosecutor because his father left some homework for him: that slush fund notebook, which likely got passed up the chain to the highest command. You’d be right about that. Sang-tae plans to bring that corruption to light someday.

Bok-dong gazes up at Kang-ja and says, “I don’t know about love, but I have a dream too.” He just smiles a big boyish grin.

Noah joins Kang-ja at the top of the bluff overlooking the city, and she notes that it really is spring again, making them forget already when it was so cold and painful. She asks if spring will come to their school again, and Noah says that if there’s spring, there will be winter too: “In every spring they say there’s a winter.”

Kang-ja replies, “That also means that in every winter, there’s a spring.” Noah smiles and says that she’s right, and she tells him that it was because of him that she was able to withstand the fight. He counters that it was because of the mothers that it was even possible. Kang-ja adds with a note of sadness, “And the fathers…”

Noah narrates, “It was truly a long and harsh winter. In the world where spring has come, I often think of the seeds that are asleep within the ice, unable to sprout. I’d like it if warm spring showers would fall and melt the ice away, so that the seeds could sprout and stand, and the world could be covered in spring flowers.”

Everyone gathers for a class picture, as Kang-ja ends the narration: “I’d like it if there were many more strong ones [kang-jas], and I’d like if it would hurry up and come sooner—the world where the ones who love more win.”

 
COMMENTS

If I had to sum up this finale in two words, it’d be poetic justice, for sure. I wasn’t expecting to get this much plot in the finale, though I’ll never regret a thorough showdown with solid payoffs. It was important to see how Minister Kang and Chairman Hong had driven their sons to the point of betrayal, and it was particularly satisfying to watch them get burned by their own children, since this war essentially boiled down to bad parents vs. good parents. I would’ve preferred a little more time spent on happy sendoffs and more adorable moments for our makeshift family (with real adoption papers would’ve been nice, just sayin’), but I did love the tone of the ending. It’s the kind of open-ended that I love, with just enough closure to show us what path everyone is on, but enough openness to make us wonder what their futures could hold.

The ending leaves me feeling bittersweet in that great way where I don’t want the story to end, because I’ve come to love these characters so much. Kim Hee-sun has never been better, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every character she’s ever played, cute, terrible, or otherwise. But this was her most honest performance—simple, down-to-earth, believably vulnerable and strong at the same time. This was an ensemble drama, but she really carried it on her shoulders and made me care from start to finish.

The supporting cast was lovely as well, from Kim Yoo-jung to Ji Hyun-woo, and even evil Kim Tae-hoon (Do Jung-woo) and Kim Hee-won (Ahn Dong-chil). I had a special fondness for Gong-joo (Go Soo-hee), who was one of the best moms in the entire show, and of course the show’s breakout star Ji-soo, who took Bok-dongie and turned him into a teenage rebel heartthrob. His epic puppy love will warm my heart for nothing short of a century.

It was really nice to get lost in the characters and trust that the story had been planned out from the start, and though the music choices were jarring at times, I found the directing to be consistently engaging. The suspense, the humor, the horror, the emotional pain, the poignant moments of reflection—each was given its own measured space to play out, and no matter how disparate the emotions from scene to scene, I never felt like it wasn’t a natural part of the Angry Mom world. A very dark world where I’d be scared to go to high school, but honestly not so different from the real one.

The fact that I was so moved by Dong-chil’s turnaround is the thing that surprised me the most. I found him to be a complex and interesting character, sure, but I had always thought of him as a lost cause who could come around enough to regret his actions, but never really redeem himself. But his pain was so raw when it counted, and when he broke down in front of Ah-ran and finally told her the truth—not only about her parentage but about his part in killing his own brother by accident—I felt such unabated sympathy for him when I thought I never would.

He’s such a tragic figure in this story who doesn’t necessarily deserve a second chance or a happily ever after, but I feel like he earned it anyway, despite the odds. Maybe not happiness, but acceptance and peace, and people to be connected to. It counts for a great deal when you risk everything to save our heroine in the final hour, and like most things in this drama, it brought their story full circle to have him protect the girl who took the fall for his biggest regret in life.

I loved that Angry Mom could be a story about such fierce love without romance. There was romantic love within the story (mostly one-sided and completely adorable, gah), but this was a show about family and the universal love of a parent for a child, and most importantly, that this love extends beyond biological connection or familial obligation. We ran the gamut from terrible parents who were responsible for creating monsters, to average parents who struggled to do what was best for their children, to those who stepped up to become surrogate parents, to the most heroic kind who would continue to fight no matter what it cost. And the message was loud and clear: You reap what you sow. I especially appreciated what Noah contributed as a teacher, because he showed that there is such a thing as course-correcting when you intervene at the right time. He loved his students as much as (or sometimes more than) any parent, and changed Sang-tae and Bok-dong’s lives completely.

I like the balance we got between realism (powerful men like Chairman Hong get away with murder, quite literally) and dramaland satisfaction (Fate says you get squished by a ton of bricks in the very spot where you let children die on your watch, asshole). His trajectory reminds us that most of the time, corruption like his goes unchecked and the powerful stay in power because there is no loyalty among thieves. It’s why Kang-ja’s speech at the end about strength coming from loyalty, love, or respect is such a satisfying way to tie up the difference between the strong and the weak in our story. Because the strong had everything at their disposal except those things, and our underdogs had nothing but each other. And in the end the so-called strong ones just tore each other part because they had no loyalty to speak of.

I always prefer the kind of ending that rings true to life, where the fight simply continues and corruption goes on, but so does the hope of people who believe in justice and righting wrongs. Maybe this one battle is just a blip in a long war between the little guys and the people who abuse their power, but the fact that heroes continue to hope is what makes them strong, and inspires a new generation of kids to dream in their footsteps. Maybe protecting her child is a mother’s greatest mission in life, but I think the most impressive thing she could ever do is to make the world a slightly better place, and to inspire a child to become a fighter just like her. And it turns out that you don’t even need to be strong to do it—just full of love.

 
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I was hoping, Noah and kang ja would get together, but I like the way they ended with a strong bond too

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considering the easy way she talked about going to his house to make food, i got the idea it is a recurrent thing, to my eyes they have right now this super strong friends/partners bond and it feels like it still could lead to something romantic in the future. I loved it, it rang true.

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Me too. And i was hoping they'll adopt Bok-dong.

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Me too! Bang-Wol should totally adopt Bok-Dong (and maybe his brother too)

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Nooo Bok Dong will be with Kang Ja and Noah will be their friend/teacher figure. That's how it'll be in my head.

Why is everyone so keep to have Bok Dong aopted, it wouldn't make sense at this stage, he's already in high school and a year away from being a legal adult, safe & happy with supportive ppl around and his brother's back. Why the necessity of stamped paper screaming out family. I think he'll make a fine guy on his own even without adoption & make Ah Ran a great father lol

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*keen not keep

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Yass I agree!!! And bok dong and Kang-ja totally end up together in my head. Noah and Kang ja seem to have more of an ongoing friendship!!!

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I want the sitcom version where Kan Ja and No Ah are married and have adopted Bok Dong and they all live with the Judge and grandma. Princess and Princess Minions live above the restaurant for more shenanigan potential. I'd watch the heck out of that family comedy.

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but i wanted noona looove!!

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All I'm left capable of saying now is: THANK GOD FOR FANFICTION.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/3858358

I came across that fanfic accidentally, and it is truly now my head-canon for Bok-dongie and Kang-ja because it's so incredibly well-written. HOW WILL I SURVIVE WITHOUT THESE TWO ON MY SCREEN EVERY WEEK. :(

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OMG thank youuuu~
Can't imagine I'd bookmark a fanfic link but it's Bok-dongieeee! LOL And it's written based on the show til ep 14, so I can't read it yet.

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Thank you for the link!!! :D

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OMG, BLESS. I NEVER IMAGINED THERE'D BE FIC FOR THIS DRAMA. Let alone excellent fic. THANK YOU <3

(http://archiveofourown.org/users/youcallitwinter/works?fandom_id=314192

I have lurked around author-nim's profile, and there is more drama fic, ahh, my day is made. You are the best for bringing this to my notice!!)

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Dear God! that was well written... thank you thank you, for the recap and for the fanfic. I want some more pretty please with bangwool tomato on top ;)

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Well this has made my day! Thank you for the link!

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Thank you for the link!! Now the story continues...

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Thanks for the link. I love fanfiction and this is no exception. So well written!

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A million thanks to you. This is the first time I love a fanfic this much. Love you

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Wow, been refreshing this site since I arrived at office *oops* and it's finally here.
Anyway, yay for now I finally can marathon the last 4 episodes :D

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i may be tired at work tomorrow but this show is worth every minute! Sooooooo good! Thanks for the recaps.
This is seriously one of the best dramas I've ever seen. Like GF said, it was thought out and the characters were well developed.
The finale hit all the right spots for me. I am content. I don't know how the drama awards work but I hope this show gets a whole bunch!

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Love this drama. So much heart and warmth. Its good to see the bad guys battle it out. Dong chil was probably one of my favorite baddies. The way he turned around and apologize was worth it.

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I loved this drama so much and I am sad to see it go. I think it ended at the perfect time with Mother's day just a few days away! I think I will miss Bok Dong the most, he was so adorable and his crush on Kang Ja was just perfect.

Thank you for recapping the show!

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Blahhhhh. Loved what you wrote. Yes yes yes.

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THIS IS THE BEST ending to a korean drama that i've ever watched. I loved that it wrapped up the story nicely and that justice was served, and characters were given some screen time. it was just perfect <3 I'm going to miss this drama so much!

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Exactly! Especially after watching so many dramas that are so good but the end leaves me feeling unsatisfied.

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One of the best endings for sure, with lots of PPL in the last 10 mins.. Hahaha

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Ah-ran's mom has got it going on~

But good for Sang-tae. I mean, I'm big on family and all, but sometimes you just can't turn a blind eye.

I'm proud of Noah's growth too.

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Never thought Dongchil would make me cry T____T
And nooo it's time to say bye to Bokdongie....

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Lately I don't watch a lot of dramas, but this was soooo well crafted. It was a pleasure to watch something so well written and crafted together. After watching it, you knew the whole ride was planned out, and well orchestrated. Such a rare treat in a world full of live-shoot, one-writer shows. The directing could have been more interesting, but the multi-faceted characters (and the generally good acting) and fantastic plot threads that all came together in unexpected ways more than made up for it. Hopefully an Angry Mom 2?...maybe?

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i think there will be a seaon 2 because of the guy in the white shoes...i think he's the new bad guy and don't you remember them talking about an atomic bomb? which i think something big is going to happen so maybeeee there might be a season 2

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Great finale. Heavy but satisfying. My chest hurts. I cried when Ahn Dong Chil met Ah Ran. I think his character somehow left a big impression on me and his acting is one of the most seamless and smooth. Philosophy and sociology lessons in one drama.I am clapping like a seal. We will miss you! (Bok dong's shoulders and eyes, funny minions, funny Hee Sun and Kang Ja Omma). Did anyone notice the good-looking Hong bodyguard? Lol.

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What a fantastic drama! I don't want it to end yet though...

I agree with girlfriday about having a great ensemble for this drama. Every actor's performance was bang on! It made me care about what is happening without the show forcing me to.

Special shoutout to Bok Dongie (Ji Soo)! I'm so excited for what's next for him. I hope that his career continues to rise from here on out.

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This is the drama to beat this year..at least for me. :) Going to really miss this one!

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yes. and Healer too, at least for me. Healer and Angry Mom are the so far best kdramas that happened this year. :)

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AM is a great drama which is many characters in it were all well developed exceeding DH 1. But, in my opinion AM was to rush of to settle down the problems in the last 2 episodes.

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I finally see who Bokdong reminds me of: Kevjumba!!!

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Omg yes they do look similar!

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What a beautiful drama! Wish there was more Ah ran and Sang Tae scenes though

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What blows me away is that this show was a contest winner, and yet the quality is so different and unique from the styles of current drama writers. I love how this finale gives us the feeling of satisfaction and content. I do have to question the law system- in several other law dramas I've also seen seemingly short sentences for particularly hideous crimes. Is it normal to receive a 2-6 year sentence for being responsible of the deaths of many people? (I'm looking at you, Hong Sang Bok). Great acting from the cast really solidified the emotions behind this ending, from Sang Tae's starry eyes at Noah breaking down the doors, to Ahn Dong Chil's confession to Ah Ran that he is her uncle, to Bok Dong's (adorable! Oh that puppy love) focus on Jo Kang Ja in the end. Did anyone else notice how when the class was getting ready to take the picture, he moved to stand right next to her? Solid.

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Hard to make any direct comparisons, but the negligent crewmembers of the Sewol Ferry were given sentences of 1.5 years to life.

Unfortunately, sentencing in corruption cases by chaebols appears to be much as depicted in the show - see http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1f5e0cbe-92f9-11e3-b07c-00144feab7de.html#axzz3ZfKozxSK

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I'm thankful Ah Ran (and we) learned who her biological father was at last if for no other reason than closure. How heartbreaking was it that Dong Chil couldn't even talk about Bum without breaking down? With this confirmation, I'm inclined to believe Dong Chil never raped Kang Ja because how can any victim be civil with her rapist much less help him when he's injured? I expected Dong Chil would die to atone for his sins ever since he escaped (yet another example of police incompetence courtesy of k-dramas), but I like how he made amends to the point where Bok Dong is not afraid to visit him in prison.

Take the baddies to court and watch them self-destruct. Minister Kang's Freudian slip is proof that one's true nature will always come out in the end. As the recording played, the audience members in the gallery and viewing room seemed to pity Jung Woo for having such a cold-hearted father, while I felt nothing. His blaming his father for making him a monster because he was never shown love is so deflecting of responsibility. He deserves no sympathy.

I had faith in Sang Tae that he only sacrificed himself to be the team's inside man and am so proud of him for studying to be a prosecutor to bring down the president some day. I'm mainly just happy to see everyone happy. After the hell they've been through, they certainly deserve a lifetime of spring days. Angry Mom is one of those dramas where reel life is so bad (murder, corruption, school building collapse, inappropriate teacher-student relationship, bullying, betrayal, you name it) that you wish nothing like it happens in real life, but because it does happen in real life, you hope this drama can inspire people to prevent it from happening again. I loved every second, and both the characters and actors will hold a special place in my heart. Ji Soo was the best find in the breakout role of the year, but Kim Hee Sun made this drama. I can never imagine another actress in this role. She was Angry Mom. The badass fighter, will stop at nothing to protect her daughter, can even pass for a high schooler, has students falling for her, Angry Mom.

A big thanks for all the speedy recaps, girlfriday and javabeans!

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thank you! even though Angry Mom was not a ratings winner apparently, it won on the story and integrity front. though the scale of corruption and brutality seemed over the top, it holds true that people sometimes can do anything for money and power and care little for anyone else. sociopaths. just that.... guys who are SO old would go that far for something they want. what are you going to do with it if you die soon anyway?

Thank you, Kim Hee Sun, for putting out a strong female hero we will remember and can be reassured by.
Gong Joo always referring to herself as Bang Wools´Mom even long after the truth had come out, it was so great. the role of a mother is not something you can take and leave behind. You are stuck with it. same for Sang Taes´Mom. You can take everything else away, but the fact she is his mom will not change from that.

I was afraid Dong-Chil would perhaps die, I am glad I was wrong. He did a great job in showing us this guilt ridden person in denial, doing bad things but through pain? It always felt like the knife was stuck in his side. I think it was a good role by this actor.

I was less impressed with Noah, but partly cause the show didn´t exactly concentrate on his story. Never really understood Ae Yeon, was she that weak a person she couldn´t stand up to anyone? Letting herself be manipulated, not able to make any decision? Complete opposite of Kang Ja. if Ae Yeon had been a mother too, would it have been different?

Angry Mom got justice, but it was difficult even for people of law, and the baddies seemed really slick. Like you know they are guilty but you cannot lay a finger on them. Same thing happening in Smelly Girl. Dramas seem to give us a message that evil minds live out in the open and laugh at you, and if only we had spoken when we had a chance we could stop them sooner. if you keep your mouth shut, you are their accomplice. as easy as that. publicity is the best weapon.

such a great cast, and the young guys were so good I would recommend to try them out in theater in front of live audience. seriously, like a play of two guys contemplating life, crushes and who is more the man. It would be fun.

thank you Angry Mom!

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I didn't mind Kang Ja's single status.. I thought the ending was great event though I am curious about Bok Dong's dream. I wanted to see him planning future.. for purely selfish reasons haha.

The ending where there's always a bad guy is rather unsettling but it's true, so I like it. It was one of the better dramas this year.

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Great drama and the ending had a good message too

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The show had so much heart. I m still reeling from knowing how empty my heart will be for many Wednesdays to come. This show never dissapointed me and every week came out with such good episodes that it came as a shock amidst all the bad dramas that have been going around in dramaland.

The performancea given by everybody was so nuanced and three dimentional that it felt so real. Dong Chil stood out as a charactera whose tradegy touched my heart and almost made me cry. His confrontation scene with Ah Ran was done so well that there is no doubt in my head that he wouldnt kill the whole world if anything happened to her.

Kim Hee Sun is a wonderful actress but here she outdid herself. So badass that even the Gods would cringe and stay away. I loved all the cussing and swearing since its so rare in Dramaland where heroines are obligated ti act like little sacrificial lambs. But once in a while a woman shines and Jo Kang Ja sure did.
special mention goes to Ji Soo who did a wonderful job with Bok Dongie..he outdid himself And played his character with such dept that i would be looking out for him for months. I still hope Bok Dong and my Kang Ja end up together. In my alternate universe they have.
Gong Joo is one of the best mothers in dramaland and along with her minions never forgot to shine in the show. I simply loved her.
Yoo Jung and Baro also did a great job.
my feelings and heart goes out to the show for showing such unconditional love that people can show towards each other.
That saying needa to be changed "blood js thicker than water". Its not. ??

Show you owe me. Best of the best in the long years in dramaLand

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fun fact, the quote was originally "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” its actually about literal blood, not blood relatives. its about soldiers in battle, and how blood shed in battle bonds soldiers more strongly than genetics

funny how the common (mis)usage gets the original meaning completely wrong :p

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Thanks a lot for that. I shall remember it. Fun fact indeed :)

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Saying goodbye to this drama is kind of painful. I have loved every minute of it. The last two hours were a little bit light on the family interactions I loved, but it was really a great send off. *sob* Angry Mom don't gooooooo!!

As much as I definitely prefer the Korean mini-series format to the western multi-season one, this is one show I really wish would come back for second season.

I'll just go cry in my corner now. I don't think any other show this year will be able to live up to this one in my heart.

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Yes, everything you said, exactly ^^^

Ugh, this show was so perfect. Sure, there were a couple of points that could be improved. But emotionally? Absolutely spot on. Haven't cried or laughed or been so attached to very many dramas, but this one is making my favorites list for sure. I will miss these characters SO MUCH. (Especially Bok-dongie. I mean, obviously. >_<)

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Ahhh... I'm getting goosebumps. In the 6 years that I've seriously watched dramas, this is the first drama (since Kim Tak Gu) that I enjoyed from beginning to a SATISFYING end. At times, there are dramas that would come and I would love but there will always be something missing. I have nothing to complain about this drama. At first, I found the music choices awkward but they eventually start making sense in the long run.

The show never felt rushed or had so much time to waste. Pacing was perfect; the right mix of comedy, pain, and thrill. Each episode made me look forward to the next. I can see why the story won an award. It deserves it! The cast is awesome; everyone played heir roles as genuinely as they could. There was never a drama that made me feel these feels for every damn character! If I can put a wall of fame in my bedroom fro each character, I would. Kim Hee-sun was awesome in this, so as everyone but I had to give it to Kim Hee-won as Ahn Dong Chil. That guy is gold! Now I have to look him up and watch all his works.

The ending narrations are beautiful. Yes to poetic justice! It is very hopeful and inspiring.

As much as I want to know who that white shoes guy is, I'd rather not have a Season 2. This drama will remain in my memories as this awesome show. Let me, please.

Anyway, thank you for recapping this javabeans and girlfriday! Watching a drama is fun but reading recaps and thoughts of other people who enjoy the drama as much as I do is a greater experience. Until the next drama!

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This show owned me. Completely.

Each character be it good or bad. And the satisfaction of poetic justice tinged with realism of the power play! I dont know the judge, but that one nod between him and Chairman Hong that decides the presidency !
How true. How incredibly the power is at play.

To think this drama started with bullying. Now I get a sense this is the story the writer wanted to say all along and to make the pieces come together that by the point the building collapse comes, it would be a slap in the face and a twist in the heart.

The real slap in the face was sewal tragedy and I could see how much this entire drama rang true. Now am wondering all the Korean reaction to the drama.

This could have easily been a high-school-identity hjinks with a romantic plotline or a dry corruption game where we just lose interest, but the fact that the writer made this into the most engaging journey of the characters and the world speaks to his s strength.

Thank you Show ! You have been awesome. Am pretty sure that this is one show that would feel better to remember months and months later !!!

As Kang Ja said, let's hope for a world where people who love more with loyalty and respect wins is somewhere out there. And it comes sooner!

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And the last few lines between Kang Ja and Noah, Beom means spring right? Was the conversation intentionally or unintentionally referring to Dong Chil's brother?

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nah, spring is "bom" (봄), not "beom" (범)

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sighh..g'bye Bok Dong.. anyone else thinks he looks a bit like Taeyang from Big Bang? or is it just me?

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Great drama, great cast.. the only gripe I had about the drama was the OST. Some of their music selection did not fit the mood of the scene.

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I'm happy for the ending but sad at same time because no more spazz on Wed-Thur night (but mostly sad no more puppy Bokdongie)
Reading DB writers recap is always a pleasure. GB comment is so thoughtful and warms my heart, I'm so touch. Clap 100x.
Im completely looking forward for Kim Hee Sun next project from now on because she as Jo Kang Ja totally won my heart. Such a wonderful and good-hearted character that moves you in many ways.
As for Jisoo who stole everyone hearts, he as Go Bok Dong become one of my favourite k-drama character ever. Like GF said his epic puppy love is going warms our hearts in a long time period. His one side-love is so adorable that we frown on this ridiculous and impossible ships ever.
Side note: Lol ..read some k-nitizen comment that his dreams is to become AhRan stepfathers.
Lastly big clap and standing ovation for production team and the all cast for making this wonderful and heartwarming drama.

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Hi @junnie55

Did you mean ' "JB" or "GF" comment is so thoughtful and warms my heart,...' instead of "GB"?

Of course if you meant GB, I'm delighted too!!! :D

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Lol sorry dear, its typo. I enjoy reading DB since 2010 and of course readers comment double the joy too. :)

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does anyone has an idea about what the dream that Bok Dong was talking about is?

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Hmm, I think it is a open-ended question for it. But my interpretation is since Bok Dong and Sang Tae were talking about Love and Dream, ST is looking at Ah Ran and BD is looking at Kang Ja. His line was "I don't know about love, but I have a dream". It could mean that he could dream about his crush towards Kj turn into reality one day or or a further relationship with Kj e.g family etc. or his dream could be KJ. ಠ_ಠ

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I think I finally got it!
Bok Dong means that even though he may not be in love with KangJa (''I don't know about love... but i have a dream!'')
he dreams of becoming a person just like her: strong and full of love! A person who inspires people!!!

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Oh! I have a question. In that scene where the death of Hong Sang Bok was televised, the TV appears to be in a store and a sign was on the window. I think it said Sale/Discount We'll cut the price for you. Is there more to it? They gave it a full shot including the TV so I can't help but wonder if I missed something there.

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You probably didn't miss anything.

Maybe its just a symbol of irony where the chairman who had always boasted "do you know who I am?! No one who touches me gets away umharmed" has his death announced on a mere TV in a discount shop.

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Such a great drama,solid acting solid plot solid everything! It totatly worth my time i spent and u say to all of my friends to watch it,and bok dongi ah! I love his adorable love ! And the teacher got so powrfull and kim hee sun did a great job to go trough my heart ,thank you all for your great recaps

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Love this drama so much!!! What an amazing, satisfying ending! This show is such a gem, full of so memorable characters, with such an intense, well-written plot XD
It'll be missed

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Might we see Angry Mom 2 ?

I love this drama from star to finish. The ending is lovely. Poetic as db said.

Every character matters. The show put fantastic character developments espcially for Go Bok Dong. from beginning of ep 1 all the way to final EP. And Dong Chil. The scene with Ah Ran si so touching. And Bok Dong.. what can you say about an Ji soo who complete stole our hearts with impressive acting. Nothing over the top but just really magnificent show of talent for the rookie actor. Breakout star.

If at all I hope Angry Mom win an award. At least be recognized. Ratings doesn't show how good the drama was.

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This Chairman Hong doesn't know who he is messing with. Jo Kang Ja is such a badass that a pipe will definitely not hold her down! I'm gonna miss Angry Mom and mostly Bok-Dongie! :(

Thanks Javabeans and Girlfriday for the recaps! :)

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I was seriously so scared Dong Chil was gonna die. Every time the bad guy makes such a heartfelt confession and finally redeems themselves, they usually get killed off. Thank goodness.

This was such a satisfying ending. Justice was delivered, but not without keeping true to reality. Corruption still exists, and will continue to exist. But Kang Ja has proven to the world that the weak CAN win, and that's what matters the most.

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"I was seriously so scared Dong Chil was gonna die." Oh my god, I felt exactly the same way.
The second he found out that the Chairman was out, I thought for sure he ran to escape assassins.
I never thought my "DC, DIE!" would be so flipped!
When he, instead, went to see AR, I held my breath. His words, so touching and heart wringing. OY! It felt like he was filling his heart up with her memory before he faced down whatever the Chairman would do to him.

Protecting KJ, still, I kept yelling DC don't DIE!

TY, Show! Not killing DC was the best thing ever. I can't wait till he gets out and he tentatively forms a bond with his new found family.

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I cried so much of Ah-ran And Dong-chil scene ??
Gonna miss angry mom And all the characters specially kim yoo jung and kim hee sun

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Same here.. I never thought I would even cry for him but the scene is really heartbreaking!!

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Thank you so much GF and JB for recapping this show, and doing it so well.

I've no time to watch the last 2 episodes, but just reading the recaps have got me emotional and teary and happy.

Kudos to this writer; his winning the competition is well-deserved. He never lost sight of the important trajectories for each main character and the plot, kept everything consistent and believable, had us loving and feeling for (and with) the good guys and able to understand or at least accept the little paradoxes and contradictions because his characters are so layered and human.

I do not know if I missed something along the way... the only part that I wonder about is how Ah Ran came so suddenly to accept Sang Tae. Did she show signs of reciprocating his feelings in episode 14 or before?

Sang Tae had a lot of growing to do, and he seems to have done it well enough to have earned Ah Ran's approval. If there ever is a sequel, I'd like to see how Sang Tae grows without his dad, but instead maybe with his mum and hopefully out of the chain of corruption that is symbolised by that ledger book.

I'd want Bok Dong to grow with influences from both No Ah and Gong Joo, and find a girl his age.

After all the history they have together, I even want Dong Chil to be able to drop by at Kang Ja's restaurant at any time to visit his niece and be welcomed.

Perhaps Ae Yeon should just get together with Dong Chil since they seem to get on and were partners in 'crime'.

It's been a good ride, ... many thanks to all who've made this show and this recap thread so much fun! :)

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About Ah Ran and Sang Tae— I think after she saw his home situation, and how his dad was abusive and he was all alone, and compared it to her own loving mom she could better understand why he was so immature and childish all the time, and she saw that he just needed a friend. All that + her innate kindness that led her to befriend Yi Keong when she was being bullied made it a lot easier for them to be friends, especially since she's the only one Sang Tae trusts.

As for evidence from earlier episodes— there was the strawberry milk thing, and part of why she was nice at first was to keep Sang Tae from spilling the beans about her mom.

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I'm soo sad this show is over, but I'm a little relieved, too . . . I was starting to get dehydrated from all the crying. You know a drama's got you in its clutches when you start tearing up while helping your roommate build ikea furniture . . . I was obligated to tell her the relevant plot points that had me crying . . . then we built the sturdiest nightstand ikea has ever seen. Shout out to Mackerel, your death hit me the second hardest, after Kang-Ja's husband's. Life was unfair and it never got better for you T_T. They have delicious fish and no glasses in heaven you go on and have yourself a great afterlife, little buddy T_T T_T. If you're reincarnated I hope you're born with 20-20 vision T_T.
This show was so deep that it will forever be connected in my mind with the Sewol horrors . . . I felt like Kang-Ja was speaking directly to the perpetrators and victims of the tragedy at the end there and just cried harder . . .
... I'm going to stop now, I can't. Good-bye, show, you will be missed dearly T_T.

BUT before I go--- who was the actual writer of this drama? I have to add them to my 'always watch' list

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I agree on the writer, but I have to give credit to the network, too. It didn't appear they tampered in any way with the story. As painful as it was, they let the whole thing out there. I don't know if these darker shows will become a trend, but I am glad to see more real life on the TV.

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Yes, given that the Sewol tragedy happened just over a year ago, it's a poignant and timely reminder, and I'm glad the show tackled it as directly as it could. Not to mention giving us awesome characters and stories as well!

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I came to love this drama, fully, after seeing the finale. Although at first I couldn't handle the flaws, but now, I don't care about it anymore. Applause for the writer, the casts, and all people behind the curtain for producing such a great story.

No, I'm not shedding tears. No.
It is just a dust playing in my eyes.

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I'm surprised that the writer did not address Kang Ja's reaction to Bok Dong's affection. She just brushes it aside when others tell her he has a crush on her. Kim Hee Sun did a really good job with this role as did the whole cast.

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I think that treating him like a kid, despite HIS feelings, is how she handled it. She never really gave him any cause to hope she would reciprocate.

I can't even imagine what his dream is in regards to her, and if it would ever succeed.

Angry Mom - 10 Years After...

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It seems that she was oblivious to the fact the he liked her. During the scene at the mountains, she wrapped her arms around his neck and she didn't understand why he didn't want her to touch him. I would have preferred a one on one talk like 'I'm too old for you, etc.' instead of letting him dream away...LOL

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Yeah, all she ever said about it was "I know why you're like this, you li-" She knew he liked her, but I think maybe she was sure it was puppy love and would blow over.

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Really uncomfortable that the crush thing went on, but the ending was good.

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But it is so true to life, isn't it? He'll crush on her until a girl his age shows up and changes his mind.

At least there was nothing on her side to keep him thinking it would happen.

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why. Their age diff isn't that great. The same difference and more is quite common when the guy is older, so why not the other way around, once he's an adult

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You know, that is so true. We don't even think about a
40 year old man dating a 24 year old woman, do we?

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We do have a major problem with a 34 year old man dating a 16-17 year old girl, though.

Something which seems to be lacking with done posters here.

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I think you missed the part where hello? said, "once he’s an adult."

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What a beautiful way to end the show, leaving the viewers with warm feelings.
Thanks to the wonderful cast and the story, especially Kim hee sun for being an awesome ahjumma and a high schooler. Kim hee won, I was supposed to hate you but you made me cry so much. Kim Yoo Jung and Baro and of course Bok dong, it's hard saying goodbye to these characters after being so invested in their lives for so long. Angry mom, I'll miss this show and it's characters. I might go back and rewatch parts I loved such as badass Kim hee sun informing the school bully that he's a loser and there's Bok dong and his puppy crush haha. Can we have more shows such as these which are written before they air?
Thank you so much, Girlfriday and Javabeans for the recaps

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what a great drama to watch on mother's day weekend!
thanks so much for both javabean & girlfriday recaps!
you had me in tears!

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Great ending to a great drama! Can't believe we're at the point now. I didn't have much interest going into this drama, but goodness I'm so glad I did! Not only did we get a well-thought out script, we got BOKDONG/Jisoo!!!! <3 Every character was great, but the complexity and wonderfulness of Bokdong was just.. lovely. So glad that a great non-idol actor has his chance to shine here! His acting was so refreshing and raw and there is so much potential for him to grow even more! Absolutely excited for his future works!!!

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loved it loved it loved it. Thank you drama for existing and spicing up my days :D no doubt i'll rewatch it many times in the years to relive those glorious moments of Bok Dong's puppy love and Kang Ja's bad ass attitude.

Neatly tied ending, somewhat contrived but quite satisfying nevertheless.

Yet... a group photo is nice and all, but after all the battles fought and won, would it kill to give a girl a kiss?

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Loved it - from start to finish. A Machiavellian end to the bad guys who are trampled on by the next set of higher-ups, showing corruption to be a ruthless cycle. But as ruthless as this cycle is, there's always hope for a brighter, and stronger future generation that will continue to fight against corruption as Kang-ja did. I'd like to think that there's an angry mom in all of us.

Thanks for the recap ladies!

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Thanks for recapping Angry Mom Javabeans & Girlfriday. Angry Mom, a very intense dramatic and meaninful drama mixed with plenty of heart touching moments and well-placed humor. Credit to the writing for a great job of balancing the comical elements with serious real-life issues of bullying, domestic abuse, broken homes & families, lack of parental love, ethics and corruption in education, the failure of other institutions in society to serve and protect the public interest, etc. I look forward to seeing more from script writer Park Kyung-Soo.

Angry Mom gets props for addressing head-on and not sugar-coating the ways in which institutional corruption - regardless of the fact whether its known or secret - undermines good governance; tends to weaken the effectiveness of an institution; and leads to a loss of public trust.

Kim Hee-Seon was amazing again. Good acting and memorable roles from Ji Hyun-Woo, Kim You-Jung, Go Soo Hee, Oh Yoon-Ah, and the rest of the cast too.

Joo Ae-Yeon, at some point I hope you can get counseling to sort things out and to help you elevate your dignity and self-worth. You were an abused and battered women, a victim of domestic violence, from Chairman Hong Sang-Bok struggling to escape his degrading insults; oppression; and all of the times he provoked fear and anxiety in you. As a survival strategy, you even attempted to break free and escape from the domestic violence by going to Director Do Jung-Woo.

It's 2015, individualism and independence exists for women. Have you heard of the phrase/saying "I Can Do Bad All by Myself!" You don't need a significant other/negative person in your life to bring you down. A person can screw up all by themselves without the help of others.

The romance sub plot of Oh A-Ran & Hong Sang-Tae's first crush/love relationship...I never could really warm up to their teen romance. Even as I knew the story was finally heading in that direction, still it left a sour taste in my mouth.

Corruption becomes more widespread when scrutiny is lacking. Corruption damages the social and institutional fabric of a society and country.

To deter and combat this, people have to be willing to speak out and stand together to fight against corruption and malfeasance; be savvy and astute about the real opportunity costs and implications associated with things; perceptive to corruption-generating schemes; more active in civil society; and demand transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness. Having a framework of preventive measures in place and adequate monitoring mechanisms implemented is another way to discourage corrupt behavior and to eliminate the opportunity for corruption.

And last but not least, thank you subbers!

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Jo Kang-Ja, a strong mom taking care of business. A Mother's s Love that was instinctual and unconditional.

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."—Agatha Christie

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”―Washington Irving

"A mother’s love! O holy, boundless thing! Fountain whose waters never cease to spring!"—Marguerite Gardiner

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou

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Park Noah, a Teacher through and through with every fiber of his being. He was proud to teach, encourage, instruct, mentor, praise, influence, guide, and inspire.

"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart."—Author Unknown

"It takes a big heart to help shape little minds."—Author Unknown

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.”—Colleen Wilcox

"Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."—Rita Pierson

"One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen."—Philip Wylie

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."—Jacques Barzun

"The secret in education lies in respecting the student."—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”― Leo Buscaglia

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