Unnie Recap: Hi, Bye, Mama! (Episodes 5 – 6)

If taking her life back would be as easy as breathing, Yu-ri would’ve surely done it by now. Even though her primary focus is protecting Seo Woo, her being alive impacts the lives of other people too whether she likes it or not. Perhaps this test is not to see if she can restrain herself from getting back her life but a precious push to direct her back to her loved ones who need to be with her one more time✨

Episode 5

A new episode, a new flashback story — This time it’s how Min Jeong met Gang-hwa for the first time. Finally! I feel like this is what I needed to see to be fair on their relationship and not judge it for what it is presently. Turns out Min Jeong noticed him falling asleep on the train and he forgot his backpack on a rush to get off. She takes his backpack and is surprised when she sees him at her school, which coincides with Yu-ri’s statement that they went to the same medical school. Min Jeong is instantly smittened by him and was even about to confess her feelings but didn’t do so when she overheard Gang-hwa and his friends talk about Yu-ri. Awww☺️ They meet again years later when Min Jeong was one of the hospital nurses on the day of Seo Woo’s birth and Yu-ri’s death.

Back to last episode’s cliffhanger, the shock of seeing Yu-ri on the CCTV was scary enough for Keun Sang. When Hyeon Jeong brings Yu-ri with her to the restaurant, the sight of her waving at him scared the sh*t out of him. Hahaha! After getting over her initial shock, Hyeon Jeong hugs her best friend as they weep their eyes out. When it’s just Keun Sang and Hyeon Jeong alone, he confesses to doubting Yu-ri’s 49 day condition and thinks something is up. Hyeong Jeong looks as if she wants to agree but I think out of her loyalty for Yu-ri, she chooses to respect her decision.

It’s a brand new day as Yu-ri takes it upon herself to oust all the ghosts lingering at the daycare and was successful in doing do. She even gets the item used by Mi Dong (the one with the clanking bells) to help her. She gets distracted with her mission and plays several games in a claw machine to get a pink stuffed toy for Seo Woo. She enlists the help of Pil Seung who also happened to be there and has gotten a good amount of stuffed toys himself. The Jang family of ghosts catches them together and Pil Seung freaks out when Yu-ri is talking to them because of course, he doesn’t see anyone else in the arcade. She tries to take one of the pink stuffed toys from his stash but ends up knocking herself on the glass door for running too fast and gets a nosebleed from the collision.

With no cute gift for Seo Woo, the Jang family try to comfort and manipulate Yu-ri in the hopes that they can curry favors for Pil Seung. Mi Dong catches the 4 of them at the park and she is furious! HAHA!🤣 They all return to the crematorium as Mi Dong finally reveals to all the ghosts there of Yu-ri’s miraculous condition, but warns them that they shouldn’t ask personal requests from her. When she and the other ghosts have a proper conversation about her newfound life, she still rejects the idea of going back to her place with her family.

Meanwhile, Min Jeong continues to take Seo Woo to a psychotherapy center to assess her cognitive, mental, and comprehension skills. It was confirmed that she’s delayed in a lot of those aspects and Min Jeong was encouraged to talk to her more often. I feel bad (Don’t I always?) for Min Jeong who does her best to a good mom to Seo Woo but isn’t a talkative or as expressive as others are to children.

The next morning, Gang-hwa pretends that Seo Woo has a stomachache to get out of parent participation day at the school but failed to do so. When another mom gets annoyed at Seo Woo, Yu-ri ends up throwing a basket of red beans at her during sensory playtime, hee. Another activity has the kids making fruit skewers and Yu-ri is excited to give strawberries to Seo Woo since her pregnancy craving was strawberries. Min Jeong tells Yu-ri not to serve strawberries to Seo Woo and although the latter insists, a teacher goes to them and informs Yu-ri that Seo Woo is apparently allergic to strawberries. Oh no😮 Yu-ri is deeply embarrassed but doesn’t have time to process the information as another kid suddenly bites Seo Woo’s hand. Yu-ri rushes to Seo Woo and tends to her. She takes a step back when she realizes that everyone was staring at her for quickly coming to Seo Woo’s aid even before Min Jeong or Gang-hwa.

On the same night, Yu-ri grieves at Hyeon Jeong’s restaurant about Min Jeong possibly finding out her identity. She was about to confess something to her when Min Jeong suddenly enters the restaurant and is again startled in seeing Yu-ri there.


Epilogue (Past)

Reporting on her 1st day at work, Min Jeong is sent to the emergency room and unknowingly holds Seo Woo in her arms. As a ghost, Yu-ri sees baby Seo Woo and cries from the sight of her.

Episode 6

An air of tension engulfs the restaurant as Yu-ri and Min Jeong sit 2 seats apart from each other while drinking their choice of alcohol silently. Hyeon Jeong looks at both women and feels sorry for them individually. Yu-ri is about to leave when Min Jeong, I think already a bit drunk, asks her if Seo Woo is that precious and mutters that Yu-ri can be her mom instead. Uh oh😅 She passes out on the bar table after that.

Last night was a blur to Min Jeong as she wakes up, with disheveled hair, band aids on her forehead, and make-up smeared over her eyes, looking like a newly reincarnated zombie. Even Gang-hwa is aghast and clueless when she asks him what happened to her. Keun Sang is coincidentally upset at Hyeon Jeong too as she has a nosebleed and the former is afraid that his wife must have killed someone for it, haha! Even Yu-ri has a bandaid on her forehead when she heads out from the hotel. Did the 3 of them get into a fight or something?

Walking towards the daycare, the 3 women meet on the street and it’s obvious that Yu-ri and Hyeon Jeong knew what happened the previous night. After dropping the kids off, Min Jeong stares outside through the window seeing Yu-ri adorably play with Seo Woo. Hyeon Jeong rejects the offer of the other nosy moms to have coffee to discuss the problems of their kids (WTF?) and walks away with Min Jeong. Hyeon Jeong tells Min Jeong that nothing happened last night at the restaurant when a look of panic graces her face as she sees Yu-ri ‘s dad head over to the daycare.

Excited to see Seo Woo, Mr. Cha volunteered to do an abduction prevention program for the daycare. He role plays as a bad person pretending to take a kid away and when it’s Seo Woo’s turn, she ends up hugging him instead. I have conflicting emotions about this because he is her grandfather but she doesn’t know that so hugging a stranger shouldn’t be condoned. For this instance though, I’ll let it pass😅 Seo Woo sees Yu-ri passing by outside and instinctively runs towards her. Yu-ri almost gets caught as her father chases after Seo Woo but luckily, another teacher takes Seo Woo and Yu-ri escapes to the kitchen without her father seeing her face. It’s sad that he can’t spend time with his own granddaughter and him playing with Seo Woo now is such a precious moment for him.

As a punishment for cursing and shouting at the deity with the hopes of possibly turning into humans, the ghosts at the crematorium are punished by Mi Dong. She trapped all of them from getting out in their own space with a talisman posted on each respective confinement. A gust of wind blows away the talisman trapping the Jang family and enlists Yu-ri’s help to take off the rest of the talismans. Once freed, all of them ask favors from Yu-ri but their requests overwhelm her and she declines to do anything as to not waste her remaining days. They appeal to her again and when Yu-ri ponders what her ghost friends have been through, she takes back her statement and decides to do 1 favor for each of them. Everyone takes this time to seriously think about what they want to do for their loved ones (Since that’s the #1 reason they haven’t gone up) and no ghost was able to make a request at that moment. Mi Dong thanks Yu-ri for being gracious enough to accept their favors because she herself can’t meddle in such affairs.

Regarding Gang-hwa’s disciplinary actions, Doctor Jang tries his best to appeal to the committee to keep him employed. He reflects on the past seeing Gang-hwa beating himself up saying that he killed Yu-ri. He is a doctor, yes, but he is also a human being who lost a loved one.

Walking home after meeting her best friend, Yu-ri contemplates about Hyeon Jeong telling her that Min Jeong is planning to divorce Gang-hwa. Across the street, she sees Min Jeong walking home with Seo Woo. Fate is a cunning force is it not?😏 As the pedestrian light turns green, both parties move forward with Seo Woo happily running towards Yu-ri and breaking away from Min Jeong’s hold. Both women gaze at each other as Min Jeong gets Seo Woo from Yu-ri. Remembering Min Jeong’s words the other night telling her that she can be Seo Woo’s mom, Yu-ri turns around and declares an answer:

Thoughts

Would it be so bad if we got a wishful thinking happy ending for Yu-ri? I’m glad that we got to know more about Min Jeong’s love for Gang-hwa but they seem really disconnected as a couple from each other now. Come on, a husband doesn’t check up on his own wife because he slept in another room? If that’s not a telltale sign that something is wrong, then I don’t know what is. Yu-ri is a good person and doesn’t want to cause complications in their marriage, we all can understand. But what if it truly isn’t working out and the only reason why I see Min Jeong holding on is because of Seo Woo? I know that Gang-hwa still has real feelings for Yu-ri, maybe just not as explored since he hasn’t gotten to sort out his feelings yet. Can’t the 3 of them become the family they were always supposed to be before her accident?😢

For the purposes of life lessons (And you know I’ll be posting an entry for Hi, Bye, Mama!), I do think Yu-ri will leave Earth after the 49 days. It’s too good to be true to have your dead wife come back to life and have things be back to normal as a family. But I’d like to think that it’s a possible outcome and I hope that Yu-ri tries to fight to take back her human life. Is it selfish? It shouldn’t be because she didn’t ask for this chance. Is it unfair to Min Jeong? Maybe. I do believe though that Min Jeong deserves to know the truth and Gang-hwa should step up and try to explain about Yu-ri’s existence. I know it’s an unprecedented situation they’re in but if he truly is in love with Min Jeong, she should’ve been the 1st person he was honest with😕

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