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Hi Bye, Mama! : Episode 1

If you’re looking for a good laugh and a good cry, boy, do I have the drama for you. Kim Tae-hee is back in dramaland and she’s here as the mama in tvN’s fantasy rom-com Hi Bye, Mama! After a terrible accident, and being torn away from her husband and her chance at family, our heroine decides that, hey, if she can’t be a doting mother, she can still be a doting ghost.

 
EPISODE 1: “Life is Full of Unpredictable Surprises”

We open to 2006, when our lead characters are twenty-four. Our hero, medical student JO KANG-HWA (Lee Kyu-hyung), is grumbling as his friend drags him over to a blind date. They arrive at a sports bar, a big soccer game on TV, where our heroine CHA YURI (Kim Tae-hee) is chiding her friend for tricking her into this date.

Then Kang-hwa and Yuri lock eyes. There’s a score in the game and the crowd around them, their friends included, go wild — a similar reaction supposedly happening in the couple’s hearts. As they smile shyly at each other, Yuri narrates, “It only took us three seconds to see each other and fall in love.”

That brings us to an adorable dating montage, which shows Kang-hwa and Yuri kissing on campus, celebrating 100-day anniversaries, and occasionally, fighting and making up. Four years later, when they’re twenty-eight, they’re back in the sports bar for another game. And just as the room erupts from a winning goal, Yuri suggests they get married.

Our couple couldn’t look any happier during their wedding day, even singing their love for each other during the ceremony. (It’s so cringey but so sweet.) Yuri’s narration continues that they believed in their time together, thinking it would be unbreakable.

Fast-forward to the drama’s present time in 2019, when they’re thirty-seven. We see the couple’s five-year-old daughter JO SEO-WOO (Seo Woo-jin) eyeing a wet power cord. Yuri notices this and tries to lunge for it before Seo-woo plugs it in, but her hand goes right through the cord.

Another hand whips out to stop Seo-woo. Yuri looks up at OH MIN-JUNG (Go Bo-kyul), who doesn’t acknowledge Yuri as she picks Seo-woo up and carries her out. Yuri sighs in relief, and behind her, we see a family picture of Kang-hwa, Seo-woo… and where Yuri should be, Min-jung.

As Min-jung walks Seo-woo to the school bus, ghost Yuri gets up in Min-jung’s face and scolds her for leaving water on the floor. Min-jung waves her hand, as if she feels a bug flying about, and then walks through Yuri. For a second, Yuri wonders if Min-jung saw her, only to scoff at her sour attitude. As another ghost passes by, Yuri narrates, “There are actually so many beings living together in this world, even if [humans] can’t see them.”

Yuri catches up to Seo-woo, acting all loving and, of course, getting no reaction. Still, she enthusiastically waves goodbye when Seo-woo leaves on her bus. Min-jung turns to leave as well, but the other neighborhood moms stop her and ask her out to coffee. Min-jung coolly states that she doesn’t like hanging out in groups and goes on her way. The moms whisper that she tries too hard since she isn’t Seo-woo’s real mother, making Yuri smirk. Her smile drops, however, when they mention that Seo-woo is a particularly strange child.

“Hey, moms!” a voice calls out. It’s Yuri’s college friend GO HYUN-JUNG (Shin Dong-mi), who doesn’t appreciate them trash-talking other families. Hyun-jung returns to her restaurant, and Yuri follows to have a one-sided girl talk and express her concerns over what the women said.

At the hospital, we rejoin Kang-hwa, now a cardiothoracic surgeon. It looks like Kang-hwa is still pretty squirrelly, running away as soon as he hears that his superior is angry and currently looking for him. He runs straight to his college friend GYE GEUN-SANG (Oh Eui-shik), now a neuropsychiatrist.

Kang-hwa reaches Geun-sang as he’s sending off a patient (and famous baseball player) named KANG SANG-BONG (Lee Jae-woo). Kang-hwa asks his buddy for his doctor’s note, saying their superior Doctor Jang is on the move, and Geun-sang wonders why he doesn’t just get treatment.

The door bursts open, and the two jump at the sight of DOCTOR JANG (Ahn Nae-sang). Jang cuts right to the chase, ordering Kang-hwa to stop seeing outpatients and avoiding performing surgeries.

The boys try to talk their way through this, reading off Kang-hwa’s symptoms of hand tremors, insomnia, and possible bipolar disorder. But Doctor Jang shouts that he’s not accepting Kang-hwa’s doctor’s note when it’s pathetically written by his best friend. Haha.

On his way out, Kang-hwa sees the sign for the OR and gets this dark look on his face. But once he’s in his car, he’s singing along to an upbeat song about being totally happy. Hyun-jung sees him while she’s crossing the street and shakes her head, thinking he’s crazy.

Kang-hwa arrives home, and weirdly enough, Min-jung doesn’t bring up the power cord incident. This annoys Yuri, but she just joins her daughter on the couch and sings along with the kids’ show. From afar, we see a shadowy figure — no doubt another ghost — watching her.

At dinner, Yuri sits in with the family as they eat, smiling at memories of eating with Kang-hwa back when she was pregnant. Kang-hwa breaks her train of thought, however, when he scolds Seo-woo for spilling food. Huffy that he’s being too strict, Yuri decides to leave for the night.

Meanwhile, news breaks out that baseball player Sang-bong committed suicide. His ashes are left in a columbarium, where his spirit now cries. He’s startled when he looks up and sees several other ghosts crowding around him. They wonder who this newbie is and squeal with delight when they realize he’s famous.

Before we know it, the group is calling all the ghosties out of their urns and chasing Sang-bong around the room. (Pffft, this is great.) This meet-and-greet is interrupted when the door flies open and someone saunters in…

Only to slip on the mopped floor and fall right on her butt. The ghosts laugh as the cranky shaman MIDONGDAEK (Yoon Sa-bong) gets back on her feet. They ask her if a ghostie named Mr. Choe was able to make it to the beyond after saying goodbye to his family.

A sad Mr. Choe comes ‘round the corner, revealing that he’d appeared to his family as a butterfly and that they unknowingly swatted him. He walks off, with Midongdaek yelling that she’d gone through all the trouble of reporting his departure for nothing. “I know that you guys are ghosts,” she says, “but keep your promises!”

As Midongdaek continues her rant, Yuri sneaks in and tries to make a run for her urn. But Midongdaek is clearly used to this and immediately gets her in a headlock. Midongdaek reminds her and everyone else that because they don’t accept reincarnation, there are fewer of the living while the streets are filled with ghosts.

Yuri throws back that they can’t leave when so many of them are worried about their remaining families. Midongdaeks points out that Yuri’s family is doing just fine and that she’s only staying to be with her daughter. “What, I can’t do that?” Yuri says. She sticks out her tongue and then disappears into her urn.

Midongdaek starts yelling that she shouldn’t keep doing this, but her face softens looking at the urn. She gives up for now, understanding how wronged all the ghosts must feel.

The next day, Yuri is especially excited because it’s her death anniversary — meaning lots of offerings for her to eat, lol. As she heads out to join her still grieving family, we cut to Kang-hwa looking at the calendar and needing to take a deep breath. According to the calendar, it’s also Seo-woo’s birthday.

At the temple, we’re introduced to Yuri’s mother (Kim Mi-kyung), father (Park Soo-young), and younger sister CHA YEON-JI (Kim Mi-soo). Looking at Yuri’s picture, Dad starts to cry and Mom coldly states that their daughter doesn’t deserve his tears when she died before them.

Yuri follows Mom into the bathroom, telling her not to be so hard on Dad. She stops when she realizes Mom is leaving the sink on to sob in private. Seeing her mom like that, she can’t help but cry too.

As the family leaves, Yeon-ji tells Mom to cut Kang-hwa some slack, at least on Yuri’s death anniversary. But Mom snaps, “He’s not our family anymore. He’s living a good life now.” And cutting back to Kang-hwa, he does seem perfectly happy at work. Almost too happy.

Yuri rushes back to the neighborhood to see Seo-woo off the school bus, but before she can reach her, Midongdaek uses her bell rattle to send Yuri up in a tree. The ladies break into an argument, but to everyone around them, it looks like Midongdaek is screaming at nothing.

Noticing Min-jung and Seo-woo staring, Midongdaek approaches them and warns them that an evil spirit has latched onto their family. Yuri, now free from the tree, catches up to make Midongdaek shut up.

Little Seo-woo grins and silently pulls on Midongdaek’s coat, and when Midongdaek looks down at her, she sees something that worries her. Min-jung takes Seo-woo away, Yuri in tow, while Midongdaek is frozen where she is.

That night, Kang-hwa makes up excuses to stay at the hospital instead of going home. At home, as it’s getting late, Min-jung suggests to Seo-woo they eat cake without her dad, but Seo-woo would rather wait. Aww.

Unfortunately, Kang-hwa doesn’t arrive until well after 2 a.m., when Seo-woo is already in bed. He comes into her room and sits on the bed to caress her cheek. Yuri, who’s been at her bedside all night, watches sadly.

In the morning, Yuri wakes up to the feeling of another presence. She hurries out of the room (waking up Seo-woo?) and confronts the ghost that’s been lingering in the apartment. Apparently, she’s dealt with this guy before, as his spirit is tied to this land. She orders him out of the apartment since he’s probably sucking up her daughter’s energy. To that, he retorts that she’s doing the same thing: “You think you’re human? You’re a bigger problem than me!”

The ghost leans in with a sly smile and tells her that it’s too late anyway — Seo-woo can see them. The ghost scurries off, and Yuri is left terrified, muttering that it can’t be true. But then Seo-woo comes out of her room… and steps around her mom to get to the couch. If that weren’t enough, Seo-woo looks directly at her, making her fall to the floor in shock.

Yuri heads straight to Midongdaek to tell her this news, but she already knows. Yuri blames herself, since she’s been by Seo-woo’s side since she was a baby, and though Midongdaek hates to say it, she did warn her to stay away. She explains that since Seo-woo is still young, she won’t be able to tell the difference between the living and the dead. As they speak, Seo-woo is at school and unknowingly follows a ghost child out of her classroom.

The day goes on and Seo-woo’s teachers eventually realize that she’s missing, just as Yuri arrives. The teachers go crazy searching the school grounds, as does Yuri (running through walls and popping her head inside classrooms), but Seo-woo is nowhere in sight. Luckily, Yuri senses the ghost child as it runs out of the kitchen; she goes inside and finds Seo-woo lying unconscious in the freezer. Oh no.

Yuri tries to grab Seo-woo, her hands going straight through, and then desperately calls for help, no one hearing her. Now sobbing, she screams Seo-woo’s name, and wakes her just enough to make her foot twitch and push the freezer door open.

A teacher notices this and runs in to save her, carrying her into the ambulance they called earlier. Once she’s at the hospital, Kang-hwa and Min-jung get there as soon as they hear, Kang-hwa taking her small hand in his.

Off to the side, Yuri crumples in tears, saying, “I’m sorry. This is my fault.”

We flash back to Yuri’s conversation with Midongdaek. She’d cried that she’d leave like she was supposed to, go to hell even, if it meant Seo-woo went back to normal, but Midongdaek sadly stated that that wouldn’t guarantee anything.

Yuri softly said that she just wanted to see Seo-woo walk. But then, after seeing Seo-woo walk, Yuri wanted to see her talk and run and eat. So she stayed and was there every step of the way. Hearing this, Midongdaek got teary-eyed but remained silent.

Yuri wanders out of the hospital and into the busy streets, saddened to see so many people out with their loved ones. It starts to snow, but when she puts her hand out, even the snowflakes go through her.

Overwhelmed, she drops to the ground and screams to the heavens, “Can’t I just stay and watch her? Am I not allowed to have that? Why can’t I? Why?! Who do you think you are?!” As she cries, we see her memorial space back at the columbarium having its own little storm.

This storm comes to life in the real world, and the snow inexplicably turns into hail. Everyone is surprised by this storm — Kang-hwa and Min-jung as they drive Seo-woo home, Yuri’s mom as she looks out the window. Even Midongdaek.

The next day, while leaving the grocery store, Mom and Dad see Min-jung with Seo-woo and stop in their tracks. (Min-jung clearly doesn’t know who they are and walks on by.) Mom pulls herself together, though, and makes Dad keep walking. Yuri, as well as Kang-hwa in his car, see this.

When they get home, Dad erupts that he can’t always be as strong as Mom and that he misses his granddaughter. He stalks off, and again, we see that Mom only allows herself to be vulnerable alone.

Later, Kang-hwa and Min-jung take Seo-woo out on the town, where Christmas is in full swing. Up ahead, Yuri watches them being a family, near tears. They start to pass her and… oh my god. OH MY GOD, Kang-hwa locks eyes with her. He continues walking, but his eyes stay on her the whole time, not quite believing what he’s seeing.

We get a brief flashback, seeing Yuri pregnant and on the street when she’s hit by a car. Then Yuri dying at the hospital and Kang-hwa, in scrubs, holding her lifeless body and crying his heart out. Back in the present, Yuri can’t believe what just happened — until a snowflake falls on her shoulder and someone bumps into her. She’s alive.

 
COMMENTS

So it’s that kind of drama, huh? The kind that has me fall in love with its characters instantaneously and then immediately takes advantage of that. I should’ve known, this coming from the Go Back Spouses writer. I don’t want to compare the shows too much, since this feels like it’s its own thing, but I will say that the writer has a way of taking sad situations (i.e. a bitter divorce) and making us feel all the pain and sadness from it, while still making us laugh. Here, the ghosts are especially funny to me, the way they hang around the columbarium like it’s a jimjilbang. I’m liking their humor, their sense of community, and, of course, their dynamic with the shaman Midongdaek. It almost feels like I’m in Midongdaek’s shoes, watching these ghosts and feeling like they’re very much alive. Only to remember that… you know, they’re not.

Going back to our main characters Yuri and Kang-hwa, I adored watching their mini love story. We only saw glimpses of their relationship, but I liked what I saw — Yuri as the sassy but loving girlfriend and Kang-hwa as the spazzy but sweet boyfriend. Like in Go Back Spouses, I was so into the romance we were given that I was disappointed to have it taken away so soon. But the drama is doing a good job with its setups. We have Kang-hwa, who, despite his enthusiastic singing, is obviously still grieving; we have Min-jung, who is trying her best to be a second wife and step-mother; we have Yuri’s parents, who are struggling to let their granddaughter back into their lives. And that’s only the human stuff. The ghost stuff is certainly cool, but I appreciate the foundation laid out before us. The world feels full, if that makes sense.

I haven’t seen Lee Kyu-hyung since Forest of Secrets, so I was pleasantly surprised to see his more comedic side. He’s kind of hilarious. Kang-hwa and his best friend make quite the bumbling pair, but they’ve also got a genuine rapport going. Like, when his buddy suggested he receive proper treatment or when he encouraged him to go home to his daughter. Putting the pieces together, I’m wondering if Kang-hwa was the one who operated on Yuri and if that’s why he’s avoiding all his surgeries. I mean, if that’s really what happened, that just adds another heavy layer to his grief. I’m also wondering if his heart isn’t 100% with Seo-woo because she lived when Yuri didn’t. Seo-woo seems to love her dad a lot, so I hope they find some way to create a real, solid bond.

For Yuri, the bond has always been there, even if it’s only been one-sided so far. It breaks my heart that her spirit was tied to earth all because she wanted to be with her baby. It really does seem unfair, to be ripped away from your child’s life before you can be a part of it. Still, while Seo-woo is the main reason why Yuri stayed, I don’t think she’s the only reason. I think she doesn’t feel comfortable leaving her parents behind when they’re still suffering. I think that there’s a little (maybe more than a little) jealousy towards Min-jung for “stealing” her husband and daughter. To make it worse, she doesn’t completely know just how much Kang-hwa is suffering. So now that Yuri has been given another chance at life, she’s going to see firsthand how much everyone, including herself, isn’t ready to move on.

Personally, when it comes to losing a loved one, I believe there is no moving on. Yes, it’s been five years and yes, Kang-hwa has remarried, but the pain hasn’t gone away. The same for Yuri’s parents. With Yuri coming back to life, hopefully she and her loved ones can outweigh their anger and their grief, not exactly with closure, but with more love. (And hopefully, Min-jung isn’t made out as the bad guy in the middle of all this.) For now, I can’t wait to see Yuri hold her baby girl for the first time. Finally.

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From the surface, the Jo family seems like your ordinary happy small family. But the moment you look closer, all the cracks are clearly visible.

How they cut ties completely with Yu-ri's circle: her family and friends. (I'm not even sure Seo-woo knows about her.) Kang-hwa who avoids his daughter's birthday celebration because it happened at the same day as Yu-ri's death anniversary. His unwillingness to do surgery. His very quiet and a bit distant relationship with Min-jung. While that could be just how their dynamic is as a couple, the difference between his personality at work and at home seemed to hint at something deeper. It felt like he is compartmentalizing so hard atm, retaining his old silly self at work, while becoming more subdued at home. Even when he loudly sang along during his drive home, I couldn't help thinking that he was trying too hard to appear happy and without concern.

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@gadis.
Same!

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It felt like he is compartmentalizing so hard atm

It did yeah. I do think sometimes that's all you can do so you're able to even get out of bed because the pain's too much.

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He kept singing and listening to this song called I am Happy. Dude, we know you are not. Stop lying.

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It cut like a jagged knife when he sang that song at the top of his lungs. you're not fooling ANY of us, man.

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Does anyone know who sang this song?

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Yoon Hang-gi

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What a beautiful opening episode. I laughed and I cried and I came to already love all the characters. Kim Tae-hee has been on hiatus for so long that I'd forgotten how charming and likable she is onscreen, and I absolutely adore this side of Lee Kyu-hyung. I'm already looking forward to seeing more and learning more about the characters in the coming episodes.

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Instantly in love with this one. Seriously, just a minute or two in and you know it’s gonna be good. Hopefully to the end. I’m really looking forward to work out the little family’s relationship.

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This was so good as expected. Finally sth lived upto the expectations. If someone is wondering the song that played in Yu ri and KH's memories is Happy by Oh wonder. I looked it up immediately and found it.

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Thanks for this🤩
Loved the song the moment I heard it but I was too lazy to search🤦‍♀️

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Ooh, I want to dive into this show. But I'm scared, am I going to be heartbroken at the end? :/

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I expect to but if i'm gonna suffer, i'll be happy about it

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I like it. But I will have to wait for EP 2 and see if I can pick it up.

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This drama reminds me a lot of the previous drama of Kim Tae-hee's husband (Rain), which is a gem that broke my heart into pieces. This was such a fun first episode, because we see a montage of how Yu-ri and Kang-hwa met and how their relationship developed (which is the cutest thing I've seen on a first episode). Same with the writer's previous drama, Go Back Couple, I lost count on how many times I laughed then cried then laughed again. Having Kim Mi-kyung as Yu-ri's mother, who was trying to hide her pain from losing her daughter, was an excellent choice, because she stole my heart not only in GBC, but also in Boksoo's Back and the numerous times she was a mother or just a hacking ahjumma.

Another good thing about having GBC's writer pen this drama is that I am sure that whatever happens to Min-jung in the middle of this drama will be what's best for her (because they did such a great job with the second leads on GBC). I do believe that she's someone neutral (if not good) when it comes to things other than Seo-woo (we all want what's best for this baby), and that she can still have the chance to be Seo-woo's mom if ever Yu-ri stays for good. Can Min-jung and Yu-ri be friends or am I asking for too much?

P.S. Lee Kyu-hyung looks so fine here.

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Can Min-jung and Yu-ri be friends or am I asking for too much?

Given that the director and the cast have been talking about how viewers can anticipate the chemistry between Kim Tae-hee and Go Bo-gyeol, I'm going to believe that these two women will develop an interesting relationship. Besides, I like how we've already seen instances in this eps where they commiserated together for Seo-woo's sake without even realizing it, like that night on her birthday.

*nodding in agreement about your comment in Lee Kyu-hyung*

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This is also asking for a lot but I hope Yuri will somehow save Kang-hwa and Min-jung's marriage.
So far Min-jung seems to be doing her best as the stepmom even though she knows that her husband haven't let go of Yu-ri. She must feel that she exist in this family only as Seo-woo's babysitter.

This kinds of reminds me of Julia Roberts and Sharon Susan Sarandon in STEPMOM. It didn't start off well between the two ladies but in the end they all became one family and the children were much happier.

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Yes! Yes! Yes! No matter what happens (and who ends up with whom) I hope it'll be for Seo-woo's sake. I also wish that Kang-hwa, Min-jung, and Yu-ri find genuine happiness, even outside of their marriages!

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I get the impression that he just married her as a caretaker for the kid, and she knows it and is heartbroken over it. Mixed feelings about this show so far, but so far the only ones I care about are the stepmother and Yu-Ri's mother.

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I wholeheartedly agree to everything you said but let's talk about how fine Lee Kyu-hyung is in here.

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He looks so young and fresh here (alongside Kim Tae-hee and Go Bo-gyeol, of course)! I loved him before, but I think I love him even better now!

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Right? Like omg! I've only ever seen him as a murderer and a drug addict and a cute guy in a romcom cameo so this hits hard. That three seconds made me fall in love too!!

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You got me at the murderer and drug addict lmao.

I fell in love with both Kim Tae-hee and Lee Kyu-hyung in that three seconds. I know he is charming, but this show leveled up his charm to 99999999999999999x.

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I wasn't really sure about this one as I haden't seen Go back couple, although it's in my watch list, but I wanted to be here because of Lee Kyu-hyung (I simple ADORE him).
And what a wonderful surprise!! As many beanies have said here and also in the fanwall, it only took me two minutes to be in love with the drama.
I loved the way we were introduced to all the characters, the interactions among them, the glimpses of personality we got to see.
I just want to see more.
Just one thing that shocked me, and it was why YuRi's parents are not part of baby SeoWoo life anymore. I suppose we'll learn later, but I feel it's a bit cruel from both of them (grandparents and baby) not to have a close relation.
Also, I'm so happy that two of my fave veteran actors are here (Kim Mi-kyung and Ahn Nae-sang).

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Kang hwa shut everyone out and the family is also going through their own mourning so it does not surprise me at all that it happened. The dude is straight up depressed along with other issues.

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I don't usually like Ghosty dramas cause the ghost would be gone anyway, no happy ending :(

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From the comments, I'm looking forward to adding this to my drama list. Loved GBC so I'm anticipating this one.

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"I haven’t seen Lee Kyu-hyung since Forest of Secrets, . . ." uhm, what?? You mean you haven't watched Prison Playbook, where his portrayal of the drug addict Yoo Han-yang broke my heart especially in the episode where he got out of jail. Go watch that show now!!!

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Looney broke my heart 😭😭

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Lee Kyu-hyung is wonderful on stage and on screen. He can carry a tune thanks to his musical theater experience.
It's good to see his career on the upward.

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I haven't seen that one, but I've read so many good things, it's in my watch list, along with GBS, so I think I'll be quite busy in the future.

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Prison playbook is amazing. I have watched it twice and I don't mind rewatching again....the whole thing, long episodes and all, because, so good it is! You have to watch it

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Prison Playbook was amazing and that's how my big crush on Lee Kyu-hyung started. That ending though. I can never get over it.

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Haha okay, okay, I'll move it to the top of my To Watch list. 😅

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I liked how this drama showed grief. It's an all-too-realistic portrayal of how people grieve and try to deal with loss.

Kang-hwa's way of dealing with grief is probably not healthy but it's relatable. Sometimes you confront your grief: you stare at it until you win, you punch it until it gives in or you talk it out. And at other times you look at anything but your grief because truly facing it might just break you. Mum's way of dealing with it is to hold it in for as long as she can, and then break. Also relatable. It's not always easy to break down in front of loved ones especially if you're the strong one so my heart hurt for her.

I don't know if they'll explore healthy ways of dealing with grief as the show progresses since Yuri is back but I hope they do. I do know this show is going to wring all my tears out of me.

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I want to believe the show will go that way: the way to explore grief and deal with it.
I concur with you in what you say: when you lose a dear one and even if you have all the tools to deal with grief, you may not succeed, probably because there's not a "right" way to deal with it.
Although, as YuRi said in first episode (I believe) at the end the pain smooths. It doesn't disappear, but you learn to live with it.

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It is not just Kang hwa that has to move on. Family, friends, Seo woo all have to as well and Yu ri doing that is the only way it will happen.

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On the other hand it has been 5+ years. The world moves on, with or without you. And from what I can figure out so far the real victim here is his new wife.

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I love it, but no surprise, Go Back Spouses was my s$%t. It is heartfelt, funny, and absurd.😍😇

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Loving this show!😍😍

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The 1st episode went down smoother than I thought....which means I will be out of tears by the end of it's run.

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Having lost my husband when my daughter was 2 years old, this drama hits me right in the feels. However, since he died from cancer, I was blessed with the opportunity to say goodbye.

I foresee lots of tears while watching this drama. I’m normally not a cryer. But after watching Ep 2, after it was over, I just burst into tears. I guess I should avoid it, but I can’t. It’s that good.

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I can't agree more. I am sorry about your loss... me, I have lost dear friends and family members I didn't love much, so I don't know what real grieve is, if you could call it that way, somebody who is really close, that you really love or that you can really miss, because she/he used to be by your side all the time. I don't know that... but I can imagine, and even without relating to it from personal experience, it makes me cry, I cannot imagine how it affects you. Please know... I simply think of you with empathy and compassion.

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Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

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I'm officially back to dramaland thanks to this. By accident, I learned of this show after seeing Premier Watch here on db. I have such a big crush on Lee Kyu-hyung so I was already sold just by that but then the writer. Oh my. We going into this head on, holding 6 boxes of Kleenex. Let's go.

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Considering how Kang hwa spoke to Seo woo about the food and his distance (seriously, he did not go home for her birthday), was Yu ri really (and viewers) really surprised that Min jung did not tell him about the plug incident. Considering Yu ri's tunnel vision and not going anywhere outside their home, this should be the awakening that she needs.

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I thought the plug incident was kind of stupid. How was the child in any danger?

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the plug was wet

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Kim Tae Hee picked the right drama and she was perfect for the role. Having 2 kids too is her advantage. Her crying scene felt sincere. The Go Back Couple vibe is there and I'm liking it as I love Go back couple so much cause I can relate in some of it. Waiting for more interaction of the whole family and wondering if Yuri can come back to her place or it will be just 49 days of happiness

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By coincidence I has just finished watching go Back Spouses a couple days ago. When I saw that Kim Mi-kyung was in the series I got a little excited. She's my favorite Korean mom (or underground hacker, if you include Healer).

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She is the mom of the FL in Another Oh Hae-young, too! I love her and her acting. I think it's very likely to like all her characters as she normally gives warmth feeling to her characters.

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And 20th century boy girl. She elevated every show she’s in.

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I'm so in love with this drama because I'm so relate to all of this. How desperate Yuri to see her daughter grows up. I'm laugh and cry for the whole episode. I know that this will be a very sad ending but I won't stop me for watching it til the end.
I think this is the first Kim Tae Hee's drama that I like.

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Well, after the first episode I have mixed feelings. It seemed like half the episode was Yu-Ri screaming, over the top hysterical emoting, and crying. She seems obsessed to the point of near insanity.

On the other hand, the current family does not seem all that together either. Will watch a bit more, but so far it is not on my top 5 list.

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"She seems obsessed to the point of near insanity"

Yeah, I would be too if I died and my only options were either to stick around and watch my family live on without me (but be able to see my daughter grow), or be reincarnated into a new life I know nothing about.

She loved her husband and looked forward to spending the rest of her life with him building a family, but that was taken from her just before the birth of her daughter. And she has spent 5 years as a ghost being able to do nothing but watch as the people in her life live on. I would go a little crazy, too.

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One thing to note here is that the child knows nothing about her, and the only mother she has ever known is the step mother.

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Okay? That doesn't make it hurt for Yu-ri any less.

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I never said it did.

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I'd probably agree with you if I hadn't thought about how I would feel if I was in her shoes. I know there were many screams and she seemed very obsessed, but it's relatable given her situation.

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Yuri's mom is awful...ok, she's in pain but she's not the only one. She has deprived her granddaughter (only grandchild?) of grandparents, and her daughter's widower with any emotional support. WTH? So unacceptable and selfish...

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Made the "mistake" Starting this yesterday and got to episode 4. It is a weekly show. Going to cry alot i think

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Oh no. Looks like I’ve found another heartwarming story to share with you guys, thanks for this recap! I am onboard! 💙

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