Unnie Recap: Hi, Bye, Mama! (Episodes 7 – 8)

When someone we love dies, our world doesn’t stop. The sun will continue to shine, work doesn’t go away, and the hard question on whether or not we’ll overcome this rests on our shoulders. With Yu-ri and the other ghosts being able to see how the ones they left behind are struggling, it’s no wonder no one wants to leave Earth until they’ve helped their respective loved ones move on. In Hi, Bye, Mama! korean drama at least, a little help from beyond can go a long way🤗

Episode 7

Yu-ri, Min Jeong, and Seo Woo clear the air out in a coffee shop. I thought Yu-ri was finally going to tell Min Jeong the truth but it turns out that she’s answering a job ad about being Seo Woo’s pick-up helper. Although tension arises between them, Yu-ri diffuses the situation and they are both able to laugh about their wounds. As Min Jeong walks home with Seo Woo, she asks her if she likes Yu-ri. Seo Woo kisses Min Jeong’s hand and tells her that she likes her more.

The next morning, Min Jeong finally admits to Gang-hwa about having Seo Woo tested. Gang-hwa dismissed the test and tells her not to worry about it. Umm, are you crazy?!😑 This is no time to be in denial about something serious! Min Jeong also mentions that she is thinking about hiring Yu-ri as their pick-up helper for Seo Woo. This was a test to see how her husband would react and Gang-hwa did his best to put on a poker face, looking like it doesn’t matter to him, telling Min Jeong that she can decide on this matter. Once he turned his back on her though, a look of concern is evident on his face.

Two new ghosts are highlighted in these episodes: Mr. Kim, a simple family man who worked as a driver for a rich and successful Chairman, Mr. Baek. The latter keeps on bullying the former with Mr. Kim taking all of his insults in stride. Meanwhile, our other ghosts haven’t forgotten about Yu-ri’s promise as the Jang family is the 1st in line to claim their favor from her. Much to her discomfort, Yu-ri cleans Pil Seung’s filthy apartment (He’s a pilot by the way, who would’ve thought?) and Mrs. Jang admits that she would rather be a ghost who can stay by her child’s side until he grows up.

Yu-ri confesses to the Jang family that volunteering to be Seo Woo’s pick-up helper was for her to kick out the ghost that resides in their apartment. As much as her cause is for the greater good, Mr. Jang points out how stressful it’ll be for Gang-hwa to have her there. Before Yu-ri can defend her actions further, the sound of the door opening alarms the 4 of them that Pil Seung is back! Turns out he read his work schedule wrong and wasn’t supposed to work today, uh oh, this prompts Yu-ri to hide in his closet.

Seeing Pil Seung satisfyingly eat the food Yu-ri prepared brings Mrs. Jang joy to see her son finally eat a proper meal. Pil Seung decides to take a shower when he notices a hair tie on the floor. He gets suspicious and ends up clonking Yu-ri on the head with a karate stick when he opened his closet. Poor Yu-ri, hehe. She comes up with an excuse that she is the house helper and Pil Seung asks her when she’ll be back. Yu-ri is pissed with what she had to go through today and replies that it wasn’t her who actually cooked the food (She was just following Mrs. Jang’s instructions). With a huff, she leaves the apartment with the family leaving her alone (for now) as well😛

With the knowledge that Yu-ri might become Seo Woo’s pick-up helper, Gang-hwa goes to the hotel to talk to her. Finally saying his piece, he lets out his frustrations and says that they should tell Yu-ri’s family and Min Jeong the truth about her. Yu-ri figures that he’s being like this because he found out about her volunteering to become the pick-up helper. She pleads with him to let her do it and Gang-hwa, remembering how Yu-ri was bawling her eyes out on the playground with Seo Woo, gives her his permission.

A rainy day at Seoul brings Yu-ri and Min Jeong together as the former shelters the latter with an umbrella. At the same time at a convenience store, Pil Seung sneaks his way beside Gang-hwa, who has an umbrella, to get to his apartment. Yu-ri tells Min Jeong that she’s a nice person, much to the latter’s surprise given how the other moms at the daycare think of her. As they continue to joke around with each other, the 2 of them happen to run into Gang-hwa and Pil Seung along the way.

Episode 8

Confusion spreads across their 4 faces as Yu-ri ushers Min Jeong under Gang-hwa’s umbrella and escapes them. Pil Seung runs to share with Yu-ri’s umbrella leaving the husband and wife together. Why do I feel like he’ll develop a crush on our lovable mama?😉 haha! Gang-hwa is surprised that Min Jeong was laughing with Yu-ri and reassures her that she is a nice person. His firm gaze on her is probably the most romantic gesture that he’s ever shown, at least for me. Min Jeong ultimately decides to hire Yu-ri as their pick-up helper.

On the same night, Gang-hwa confides in Keun Sang and Hyeon Jeong about Min Jeong’s decision. Hyeon Jeong opens up that she feels like Yu-ri is hiding something because it seems like she knows Min Jeong pretty well. Both she and Gang-hwa can’t speculate any further though because they really can’t figure out her secret. Before Gang-hwa goes home, he confesses to Hyeon Jeong about Seo Woo being underdeveloped. She scolds him for telling Min Jeong not to be bothered by it but explained that he only said that so she wouldn’t think it’s her fault that Seo Woo turned out that way. Ugh, men can be so dense sometimes🤦🏻‍♀️

It is a small world after all as one of Mr. Kim’s daughters turns out to be a teacher at the daycare: Hye Su. The other ghosts congratulate him as she sis about to get married soon. They do wonder though why she looks so down in a time where she should be celebrating. On the other hand, Jung Gwi Soon, an ahjumma ghost in the crematorium, goes to visit her sick daughter at the hospital and feels distraught seeing her daughter in pain.

That night, Yu-ri and the rest of the daycare employees go out for dinner and drinks. Hye Su is in no mood to celebrate and starts crying her eyes out over the thought that her dad, Mr. Kim, never got the chance to enjoy his life. He worked so hard all this time and couldn’t even attend his daughter’s wedding party. As Hye Su confesses this to Yu-ri, Mr. Kim is right beside her also feeling sorry and weary for what he just heard. Meanwhile, Gwi Soon overhears her daughter confide in her husband that she tries her best to tolerate the pain of chemotherapy because of her mom. She feels guilty because she was the one who told Gwi Soon to get treatment before and the thought that it brought pain to her mom is what’s making her fight the pain now. How many tissues have you used up so far?🤧

In an effort to comfort his daughter, Mr. Kim asks a favor from Yu-ri to help him write a message for Hye Su. She finds a letter at the crematorium of Mr. Kim telling her that he was happy having worked hard for his family and that she shouldn’t worry. Hye Su cries uncontrollably while reading the letter as Mr. Kim comforts her. Yu-ri along with the other teachers, and even some ghosts at the crematorium, attends the wedding as Mr. Kim walks down the aisle with Hye Su. And with this, their story comes to a happy resolution🎉

Secrets eventually make their way into the light and Yu-ri’s mom finds several pictures of Seo Woo with her husband on the day he volunteered at the daycare. She confronts him about it and they get into an argument because Yu-ri’s mom always warned him to stay away from Seo Woo. Yu-ri’s dad bursts out his feelings that he just misses his granddaughter and of course, he has every right to feel that way. I don’t think there’s a right opinion or decision in this case since I understand Yu-ri’s mom for avoiding Seo Woo. I do think that they can build a relationship with Seo Woo and not be intrusive to Min Jeong at the same time but, I understand that it’s easier to just have no presence to them at all.

Mi Dong is worried as Yu-ri’s mom overheard her unintentionally say that her daughter was just “roaming around” implying is Yu-ri a ghost just wandering about. She meets up with Yu-ri to tell her this at Hyeon Jeong’s restaurant. Hyeon Jeong overhears Mi Dong and Yu-ri talk about her 49 day predicament when she came back to the restaurant after briefly stepping out to buy an ingredient. She confronts Yu-ri as they walk down the street about the revelation and convinces her that she can take her place back and live. Yu-ri is adamant that she doesn’t need to be Seo Woo’s mom and that Gang-hwa truly loves Min Jeong.

Falling to her knees, Yu-ri breaks down breathing hard and weeping feverishly on the street as Hyeon Jeong hugs and comforts her. Someone riding a bike notices them and gets curious: Yu-ri’s mom! She was about to pass them by but takes a peek anyway, and this causes her to fall down from her bike. She manages to get up and walks towards them. She is cautious as she notices Hyeon Jeong first, and I can only imagine that her heart was pounding loudly, as she sees her supposedly dead daughter turn around and face her.

Thoughts

I know that Yu-ri doesn’t want to cause a disturbance in her loved one’s lives because she’s firm in going up after the 49 days but she has to realize that that ship has sailed. It’s about time her own family discovers that she’s alive, for better or worse, I’m sure that having this 2nd chance to spend with her won’t be so bad. After some reflection, fiiinneee, I may have been too hard on Gang-hwa😏 He must feel powerless in making any big decisions because he wants to respect Yu-ri when she told them to leave her be for the time being. I just feel like he’s just been floating mindlessly and delaying doing anything until it’s too late and things blow up — this being Min Jeong finally discovering Yu-ri’s true identity.

I still don’t believe that Gang-hwa is in love with Min Jeong (Because again, all the interactions they have shown prove otherwise) but yes, he does love her in his own way. My heart broke when Yu-ri shouted those words to Hyeon Jeong and it makes me think that seeing them together over the years as a ghost, she must be right💔 It’s a quieter and respectful kind of care that he gives to Min Jeong. It’s different with Yu-ri’s but nonetheless, love is love. I do hope we get to see Gang-hwa’s feelings more clearly in the succeeding episodes, especially when he finds out about Yu-ri going away again once her 49 days are over.

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