The Good Bad Mother Season 1 Episode 4 Recap – what does Young-soon discover about Kang-ho’s prosecution career?

By Nathan Sartain
Published: May 4, 2023 (Last updated: March 26, 2024)
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Netflix K-Drama series The Good Bad Mother Season 1 Episode 4


A fairly good installment steadily moves things along.

We recap the Netflix K-Drama series The Good Bad Mother Season 1 Episode 4, which contains spoilers.

Although not quite as good as some of the preceding chapters, The Good Bad Mother still had plenty of heart in episode four. Woo-byeok (Choi Moo-sung) and Tae-soo’s (Jung Woong-in) slow-burning feud is something that will surely escalate soon enough, and now that Mi-joo (Ahn Eun-jin) is back, it should freshen things up at Jou-ri village.

The Good Bad Mother Season 1 Episode 4 Recap

As Kang-ho continues to improve health-wise, his mother explains the situation of his condition to him. Yet she ensures a positive slant is put on things, noting he should be happy he’s been granted a second chance at growing up from age seven.

Meanwhile, Mi-joo hears from Sun-young’s mother that the swindler is a repeat offender before dealing with the fact that she may soon be evicted for overdue rent payments.

What was Kang-ho and Mi-joo’s relationship like?

In a detailed flashback, we see just how close Kang-ho and Mi-joo were. The couple lived together, with the former able to focus purely on his bar exam studies because of the sacrifices of the latter. That, and the pair vowed to have a “long” future together. In the present, though, Kang-ho has different priorities, such as his continuing rehabilitation treatments.

When left alone, Kang-ho begins to panic, anxiously wheeling himself around the hospital in an attempt to find his mother. When he does, Young-soon calms him down, reminding the prosecutor she will never go somewhere without him.

Concurrently, Woo-byeok begins subtly threatening the high-flying Tae-soo with the true details of Kang-ho’s truck collision and handwaves the presidential candidate’s tenuous threats by making it known he was already aware the prosecutor was Hae-sik’s son.

Following another flashback, this time highlighting how Kang-ho “saved” Woo-byeok’s grandson in a trial, which allowed him to come into the criminal’s inner circle, the businessman confirms his scheme always involved abandoning the dirty-handed prosecutor once his “talents” had been used enough.

Meanwhile, Young-soon leaves her son in the villagers’ care during her trip to Seoul to collect his old belongings.

What does Young-soon find out about Kang-ho’s past?

During her time in Seoul, Young-soon discovers how deeply unpopular Kang-ho was in his career. This information is gathered through things like a confrontation with an elderly lady insisting her disabled son was innocent and that the prosecutor had taken a bribe to “make him a killer.”

Of course, Young-soon doesn’t quite believe this, but it’s clear what she’s seen and heard has had an impact. Meanwhile, Kang-ho plays with Mi-joo’s children, where some old memories of laws temporarily return, and he loses their bouncy ball.

When involved in a minor car crash with the sleazy Trot Baek, who demands settlement money, Young-soon spots some of the luxurious items Kang-ho had managed to acquire.

So the pig farmer gets irate at home, challenging her son on the bribes he may have taken, ruing the idea that the prosecutor ruined other people’s lives for his comfort.

Distraught over the strict way she raised her son to be a “cold-hearted monster,” Young-soon breaks down. Yet she still manages to find a way to comfort the equally upset Kang-ho, reminding him his current life is still a “chance,” not a “punishment from above.”

Later, Young-soon uses pigs as a way to explain that she and her son have just “fallen,” but this has subsequently allowed them to see a “precious world.”

Thanks to creditors tracking her down for owed money, Mi-joo ends up fired from her new job.

Still, Sam-sik’s encouragement does provide some comfort, mainly when he tells his friend to continue being the person who “never loses to anybody.”

The Good Bad Mother Season 1 Episode 4 Ending Explained

Next, Kang-ho goes out looking for Ye-jin’s bouncy ball. Along the way, he bumps into Trot Baek (a man facing a plagiarism accusation for one of his songs), sees more memories of law return to him, and manages to concern his mother.

Eventually, deep into the night, Kang-ho finds the bouncy ball. Only he appears to be lost entirely, as the episode ends with the prosecutor knocking on the door of none other than Mi-joo, leaving both altogether shocked.

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