After a 1 week hiatus, Hi, Bye, Mama! is back on its last week before the finale. One’s time on Earth can teach us a lot of experience about our capacities and emotions as humans but it’s death and the loss of connections that can truly change our perspective on a lot of things. Yu-ri has always thought of other people’s needs before herself, but perhaps taking care of herself first is what she needs to make her loved ones happy.
Our OG couple talk on a bench in the park as Yu-ri tells Gang-hwa that it did hurt seeing him move on with someone else. She clarified though that it hurt so much more seeing him be all alone and in pain after her loss. Moving forward with his life was what she wanted for him the most and she gives him her blessing to let her go. Yu-ri is aghast when she learns that Gang-hwa learned about the truth from Guk-bong. She comes clean about the freezer incident being her fault since she stayed with them all this time, Seo Woo is able to see ghosts.
Hiding the truth, no matter how farfetched it is, is always going to be wrong. Gang-hwa doesn’t disclose to Min Jeong any details about what he had just heard and it pains me to see her torn up about confronting him about it. He loves her, yes, but bottling up the truth and the accompanying emotions along with it is just a recipe for marital discord. I hope she also finally hears the truth from him even if it’ll hurt like crazy.
Another day passes and our trio friends hang out at Hyeon Jeong’s restaurant and Min Jeong fondly asks Yu-ri and Hyeon Jeong if they’re really friends. She radiated such a bright smile when both women confirm this. She happily purchases friendship bracelets for the 3 of them when she leaves the restaurant that it breaks my heart that she still doesn’t know the complete story about Yu-ri’s true identity💔 Hyeon Jeong declares that there must be a way to have her best friend live again and she apologizes for encouraging Gang-hwa to date back then. Yu-ri assures her that it was the right thing to do but sadly admits that the people she cares about are suffering now because of her. She cries because of this and Hyeon Jeong, although in despair, says nothing back.
Yu-ri’s dad gets to play with Seo Woo at the park that afternoon but is taken aback when he finds her gone. Yu-ri happened to be buying drinks at the time and her dad was helping out a grandma that nobody noticed Seo Woo following a group of kids out of curiosity. Gang-hwa and Min Jeong race to the park to help find Seo Woo too. When it seems like all is lost, Yu-ri sees a little ghost boy pointing to the direction of the playground. She follows him and finds Seo Woo hiding inside the slide, thank goodness!😅 Turns out that the Jang family saved Seo Woo from the clutches of Guk-bong as they witnessed him almost getting her at the park. They lead her to the playground and it was their idea for her to hide there. Unfortunately, the exorcist was still able to catch the family after the short distraction. Uh oh!
Back at the Cho household, Min Jeong is visibly upset about the incident. Gang-hwa comforts her that it wasn’t her fault and she asks whose fault it is that this happened. She is sick of Gang-hwa always apologizing and makes a point that if she’s not to blame, then she can’t truly be Seo Woo’s mom. Gang-hwa finally speaks up that their pick-up helper is actually Cha Yu-ri, his 1st wife and Seo Woo’s biological mom.
With heavy hearts, Yu-ri laments losing Min Jeong’s trust as Min Jeong mulls over the information she just heard from her husband. They continue their conversation the next morning and although the idea is ludicrous to Min Jeong, Gang-hwa affirms that Yu-ri is indeed alive. Yu-ri recalls Mi-Dong telling her that it was the Jang family who saved Seo Woo from the exorcist. Although feeling thankful for what they did, she feels sad that she can’t properly thank them anymore since they ascended to heaven already.
Realizing that talking about Yu-ri’s situation must be stressing her out, Hyeon Jeong takes her bestfriend out for some much needed destressing👭 They cruise the road in a flashy car, zip-lined across a fantastic view, and went biking. Hyeon Jeong opens up about how time made her almost forget Yu-ri at times and Yu-ri expresses that if she wasn’t forgotten by the people she loved, they would always have a hard time. It was a nice gesture from Hyeon Jeong to have them spend the day just having fun and not remind Yu-ri of her 49 day deadline.
Min Jeong spends the day playing with Seo Woo inside the house while being distracted by Yu-ri’s identity reveal. At night, she heads towards Hyeon Jeong’s restaurant quickly probably to confirm the truth for herself. She stops in her tracks when she sees both girls getting out of the car and follows them all the way to Yu-ri’s house. As she watches them enter the house excitedly, she takes a closer look at the house and sees the name Cha Yu-ri on the family nameplate outside of the gate. She cries a little bit but composes herself before leaving. Yu-ri’s family along with Hyeon Jeong have a hearty meal and drink together. They also take a picture together to commemorate the moment.
After what must have been an emotionally heavy night for Min Jeong, she cries again the next day as she accepts the fact that Yu-ri is alive. She is frustrated at Gang-hwa for saying that he didn’t tell her the truth because it’s been awhile that she seemed happy being with other people. Like Yu-ri, she points out that Gang-hwa ought to deal with his own scars first before minding someone else’s wounds. Ouch, but true😕 Contemplating about both women’s words, he decides to try and join Dr. Jang’s surery as a way to get over his trauma.
Yu-ri accompanies her mom to the hospital for the latter’s heart check-up. She overhears 2 nurses talking about Gang-hwa finally attending a surgery but that he rushed out of the room only after 10 minutes. He is having a panic attack somewhere in the hospital and only Yu-ri knows where to find him. This has already happened before and Yu-ri as a ghost watched him experience this previously. She does find Gang-hwa in one of the emergency exits and tries to calm him down. His sharp and ragged breathing slowly stabilizes as he looks at Yu-ri intently.
We only get the full story now thru a flashback that Gang-hwa refused to operate on a VIP patient because he was already scheduled to operate on another patient currently who needs his help immediately. He tells the nurses and assistants to lock the door and cut off outside communication until he finishes the surgery. Little did he know that this was the time Yu-ri was admitted into the emergency room from her accident. All this time I thought that he was the surgeon who operated on Yu-ri and that’s why he feels so guilty… it turns out that he didn’t even know she was in a life or death state already and it was too late for him to have done anything.
Keun Sang relays what happened at the hospital to Hyeon Jeong. To cheer Yu-ri up, she decides to send the pictures she took the other night to Yu-ri and gets a text reply that she wants to live! Keun Sang doesn’t understand what this means and Hyeon Jeong finally reveals the other big secret that Yu-ri is going to die soon. A stunned Gang-hwa enters the restaurant hearing what she just said and is enraged on why she has to die again. At the same time, Yu-ri declares to Mi-Dong that she didn’t do anything wrong and that she wants to live.
Gang-hwa gets a thank you letter from the wife of the patient that he insisted on operating on the day of Yu-ri’s accident. She thanks him for saving her husband. This riles up Gang-hwa as he looks at a picture of Yu-ri and pushes the gift basket that came with the letter off his desk. Keun Sang enters his room and tries to comfort him as he sees Gang-hwa bursting into a fit of tears.
This has got to be the saddest episode ever for everyone as Gang-hwa and Min Jeong finally discover the truth about Yu-ri being a ghost and coming back from the dead. I honestly don’t know who I feel most sorry for at this point because like Yu-ri pointed out, everyone is in some sort of pain because of her. The most confused and hurt I can say right now is Min Jeong because I’m sure she feels betrayed by Gang-hwa, Yu-ri, and Hyeon Jeong. How do you process the fact that the person you grew to love as a friend is your husband’s supposedly dead 1st wife? I hope that she can eventually forgive them and know that no matter what happens, she is still Seo Woo’s mom and Gang-hwa’s wife.
On the flipside, I’m so happy that Yu-ri has finally decided to want to live. I didn’t think she would change her mind but now that she has, I sincerely hope she does become human again. What if she offers to take Seo Woo’s place in becoming a shaman instead? Gang-hwa revealing his repressed feelings to Yu-ri and finding out her impending death could have stirred up his unresolved feelings for her, but I still think our dear doctor will stay with Min Jeong. Yu-ri will be okay without Gang-hwa as a romantic partner, but I can’t imagine how her loved ones can accept losing her all over again.