The Good Bad Mother season 1 episode 8 recap & review

In the eighth episode of The Good Bad Mother, Young-soon does everything in her power to make Kang-ho walk again and later gets a letter Kang-ho left for her before losing his memories. The episode is now streaming on Netflix.


After saving Young-soon, an upset Kang-ho leaves the house. He runs into Mi-joo, who takes care of his injury. When Kang-ho tells her that his mother abandoned him, she tells him that Young-soon must have had her reasons.

Mi-joo also wants to know why she was abandoned without an explanation. She does not tell Kang-ho that he is the one who abandoned her. 

When Kang-ho asks his mother the same question, she tells him that she is unwell, and she left him because she did not want to burden him. When Kang-ho makes her understand that she will not burden him, she tells him that he can be her guardian. 

She then asks Kang-ho to try standing up again, but when he fails to do so, she takes him to a pond and throws him in it to make him use his legs. She continues doing that and getting him physical therapy until he starts walking again. 

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The villagers feel bad about siding with Baek Hoon-ah earlier and about Young-soon losing her pigs, so they decide to gift Kang-ho a mobility scooter in order to apologize to Young-soon.

Mi-joo had made Sun-young’s boyfriend act like he was the twins’ father. She had lied to her mother and the children. Suddenly, Sun-young’s boyfriend comes to the village to demand money that Sun-young borrowed from him. 

He threatens her before leaving and does not meet the twins, which upsets them. Mi-joo’s mother figures out that he is not the father of her children, and Mi-joo confesses the truth to her.

The villagers go to gift Kang-ho the scooter and are surprised to see him walking. They congratulate him and celebrate with Young-soon. There, Kang-ho tells Mi-joo that his mother did not abandon him and that Mi-joo was not abandoned either.

Young-soon takes some food to Baek Hoon-ah’s house. She tells him about her disease and that she had earlier planned to leave the pig farm to Baek Hoon-ah. However, this is the only thing that she can give Kang-ho, so she requests him not to take it away from them.

Kang-ho recognizes Chairman Song’s men as the people who hid in his closet, but the men deny it. They find the place where Young-soon had kept all of Kang-ho’s belongings that she got from Seoul.

Mi-joo visits Young-soon with her children, and Young-soon assures her that she will not try to kill herself again. As Kang-ho can now walk, the twins start seeing him as an adult and respecting him. They are impressed by him. Sam-sik also tries to impress them, but it does not work. 

A drunk Sam-sik once again asks Mi-joo if she has feelings for Kang-ho and proposes marriage to her. This time, Mi-joo denies having feelings for Kang-ho but also rejects his proposal because they are both in debt.

The security guard Young-soon had met long ago when she had gone to meet Kang-ho in Seoul calls her. He gives her a letter that Kang-ho had asked him to give to her if she ever came to collect his belongings without him. 

Kang-ho had given him the letter before his accident and specified that it should be given to her and no one else. The letter seems strange to Young-soon, as Kang-ho never spoke to her the way the letter is written. 

She does not get any answers from Kang-ho, as he does not remember writing it. Young-soon contacts Kang-ho’s colleague, and he informs her that Ha-young is Assemblyman Oh’s daughter and that she is now engaged to someone else.

Meanwhile, Ha-young is preparing for her wedding. She remembers the time she came to try dresses with Kang-ho and heard him talk to someone on the phone about a baby. She cries thinking about that time.

Chairman Song tries to blackmail Assemblyman Oh, but it does not work. Chairman Song’s men inform him that Kang-ho is walking again, which makes him happy.

Young-soon starts teaching Kang-ho everything once again. This time, she even trains him how to act at her funeral. 

She also gets a picture clicked with him, and when Kang-ho tells her to stick his father’s picture to it, she remembers that Kang-ho had written in the letter that he still lives in the memories he shared with her and his father. 

This makes her think that Kang-ho must have hidden something in the old picture frame that has pictures of Kang-ho and his parents. Her assumption is right, as she finds an SD card hidden there.


  • After the events of the previous episode, the show needed a lighter and more cheerful episode like this one. The makers made the right choice by not including anything gloomy in this one.
  • The villagers coming together to support Young-soon and the twins’ antics are some of the most amusing moments in the episode. Scenes like these always manage to defuse tension in the show.
  • The end of the episode was quite exciting. It will make the audience question everything about Kang-ho’s accident and also make them wait eagerly for the next episode. 
The Good Bad Mother season 1 episode 8
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Director: Shim Na-yeon

Date Created: 2023-05-18 22:46

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