“Hi, Bye Mama” has wrapped up its run with its 16th episode airing a couple of hours ago.
The ending was, as many had already expected, heartbreaking. While some loved the ending, others didn’t and the current sentiment of many k-netizens is anger towards the writer for the heartbreaking ending.
But what happened in episode 16 that caused netizens to react that way? here is a quick recap of the finale of “Hi, Bye Mama.”
“Hi, Bye Mama” episode 16 recap
Yuri tells Kang Hwa that she must leave after completing her 49 days, she tells him she chose to leave because if she stays, her daughter will see ghosts for the rest of her life. Kang Hwa is struck by the news; he finds out that she doesn’t want to go back to her original place.
Kang Hwa returns the next day to try and convince her to stay, but she refuses because she knows that Seo Woo will struggle for the rest of her life if she remains and she doesn’t want that for her daughter.
Ms. Mi Dong meets up with Yuri after finding out why she was able to go back to life, her mother’s wish to see her just one more time was the reason behind it. She tells her that the judgment is her decision, she can be greedy and choose to stay but her life will be switched with Seo Woo, she tells Mi Dong she won’t do that but instead will make the most of the remaining time she has.
Yuri goes to her unnie and tells her she chose to leave and asks for her help to go up with a smile. Her unnie tells her that Min Jung has decided to end things with Kang Hwa.
Yuri is upset about this and wants to fix the issue, she goes to the daycare and sees her daughter vomiting, she’s rushed to the hospital and they find out she had acute enteritis, but she’ll be okay. Min Jung rushes to the hospital to check on Seo Woo, after seeing Yuri, she leaves.
Yuri stops her and asks her to stay by her husband and daughter’s side since she must leave. They have a talk together in which Yuri explains that she had to leave. Kang Hwa later arrives at the hospital and talks to Min Jung, she asks him to send his wife off well so he won’t have any regrets, but she doesn’t seem to have changed her mind about the divorce.
Yuri makes a list of promises and things she wants to do before she leaves. She treats the remaining ghosts to dinner, meets up with her friend and says goodbye to her family among other things.
She also goes on a camping trip with her family and her BFF. There her unnie tells her that Min Jung asked her to send Yuri off well with Kang Hwa and explains that she doesn’t know if they’ll divorce or not, she assures Yuri it wasn’t her fault because their relationship still wouldn’t have worked. Min Jung wrote a letter to Yuri saying goodbye because she doesn’t have the courage to see her face to face, she promises she’ll always look after Seo Woo.
The next morning, Yuri says goodbye to Seo Woo and tells her to take good care of herself, Seo Woo replies with,
Yuri later meets Ms. Mi Dong at a beautiful road with cherry blossom trees, she says goodbye to her and then leaves.
Years have passed and Seo woo has grown up, she’s reading a book with a note from her mother on a photo they had taken together when she was alive. She sees her parents and says, ‘mom, dad,’ and runs towards them. It seems that Kang Hwa and Min Jung worked things out and didn’t get a divorce.
She asks her father if he had surgery today, he tells her didn’t- a change from his normal schedule.
Netizens reactions were bad, they didn’t like the ending and blamed the writer for ‘wasting Kim Tae Hee’s talent,’ here are some of their comments (credit):
- One line review: The drama’s plot got lost in the mountains but Kim Tae Hee made a successful return to the small screen
- Is the scriptwriter reading the comments? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ There’s always one downvote to all the negative comments
- The scriptwriter needs to seriously consider quitting her job. How can a plot be this plotless?
- In the beginning, Jo Kwang Hwa didn’t even celebrate Seo Woo’s birthday because it was Yuri’s death anniversary… and yet she sent her off this easily..? Poor Yuri’s family..
- This drama could’ve ended up as Kim Tae Hee’s best work… and yet the story got lost in the mountains
What did you think of “Hi, Bye Mama” ending? did you like it?