Mrs Cop Episodes 1-3 : Choices — your job or your child?
Corruption, greed, forgotten children and conflicted priorities define these first episodes of Mrs Cop. Choi Young Jin is torn between her neglected daughter and a serial killer who really needs to be stopped. When both of your choices are important, which do you choose? Come join Wendilynn, Amy, and Young Ajummah as we discuss the ups and downs of the choices that Young Jin had to deal with.
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Wendilynn: All I can say is that this show had better not be how being a single mom is bad. As a single mom, myself, there were several times where this show walked that line. I fully understand how conflicted a single mom is going to be, but sometimes this show is really harsh about the rock and the hard place she finds herself in.
Ajummah: So far I think they are being truthful with single mom life. It’s freaking hard. I know from experience it’s not an easy life. Add to the fact that Korea still has all that stigma with single moms, it’s probably as realistic as it’s going to get. Now if they had a show like this in the States, then yeah, I’d raise an eyebrow or two. Shoot I’m doing it now but I realize I need to look at this with different eyes.
Amy: I agree that some parts in each of the three episodes makes the life of a single mother seem difficult. On the other hand, I think Choi Young Jin is still a strong and independent woman. Her friendship with Park Jong Ho, who appears to be interested in her, shows that she isn’t looking for a man in her life either. There will always be bumps in the road when it comes to balancing work life with family life, but the character Young Jin handled the situation well sticking to her morals.
Wendilynn: Being a single mom is difficult. And while she is married to her job, she didn’t choose being a single mom. I really felt for her that she was stuck between hunting down a heartless serial killer and being there for her daughter. Both were important. But in the end, there can be only one. (hehehehe)
Amy: I honestly teared up several times while watching the episodes, especially whenever she conversed with her daughter Ha Eun. Although she was young, Ha Eun seemed to understand her mother’s situation. The scene where Young Jin was getting ready to go speak in regards to her shooting the serial killer was extremely emotional for me. Ha Eun said that her mother looked coolest when in her uniform, which I think emphasized again how a working woman can be strong.
Ajummah: There was a lot of tears and cursing in my house. I am a mom of two boys so when the little boy was stabbed and then later killed, I lost it. Huge, uncontrollable tears. I seriously reconsidered watching this show because I cannot deal with any bad thing happening to children. Obviously I am sticking with the drama and I am glad Young Jin ended up getting demoted for shooting the serial killer ( I forgot his name). Everything about that story line rang true to me. Young Jun shot the killer and as a result got demoted. Maybe in real life, she would have gotten fired but who’s to say. Plus that guy was pure evil. Killing a child, all those women… I loathed him.
Wendilynn: My heart totally broke when Ha Eun ended up at the police station for stealing. Explaining to her mother that the only reason she stole that teddy bear was because the store owner told her she’d end up at the police station. She wanted to have a reason to see her mom so badly that it seemed like a good idea at the time. I admit, I was bawling at that point. As a single mom, it kills me when my kids tell me they feel neglected over some point or another. I just lost it in that moment, but then the scene allows us to smile by letting them giggle together in bed.
Amy: I especially like this drama because of all the scenes that focus on family life. This drama is more realistic when it comes to relating to viewers. It emphasizes the problems a working parent faces rather than having its central plot surrounding a romantic relationship. I honestly love the dramas with love triangles and all that, but I can honestly admit that this drama is amazing even without the relationships. Like you said, it hurts you as a parent to have kids say they feel neglected. This is much more relatable; thus, it really tugs on the heart strings.
Wendilynn: And on the other side of the barrel, we have her job. Now, I’m going to leave alone the “stupid police” angle that was running rampant. I hate when everyone is acting like an idiot except our hero or heroine. You have 30 guys chasing after a serial killer and only our two leads find him? really? And leave behind the mistakes she makes that get her into hot water that only a rookie would make. Can we call out her Boss? That guy is so corrupt and he had no problem throwing his best people to the sharks to satisfy some business guy he’s in bed with.
Ajummah: since this is only episode 3, I hope that the boss (what’s higher than a chief) gets in trouble behind his corruption. Detective Jong Ho is in her corner, at this moment, even though the boss is telling him to just cover up the crime, so hopefully they can get to the bottom of this. Though history of k-dramas tell me there is going to be a lot of betrayal and ridiculousness before this show is over.
Amy: The thing that I shook my head at the most were the police chases. The first time they found the killer, the officers were all running in large groups, while one person checked the sewer alone and got stabbed. The second time they found the killer in the PC room, he somehow managed to win against at least maybe 10 officers. I felt as though those scenes were a little overly dramatized. But what I can't stand most is the chief. The corrupt relationship between the government and corporations really bothered me. The chief had made several orders that in agreement with Young Jin, disregarded morals an officer should have. When Jong Ho faced a similar situation to Young Jin in episode 3, I couldn't help but cringe in disappointment.
Wendilynn: Jung Ho was in a tough spot. But he tried to walk that line between what his superior told him to do and what was right. I think ultimately that’s going to be a good relationship to watch. The other character that cracked me up was the “by the book” cop, played by Son Ho Jun. He’s as narrowed minded as she can be when they both have “right” stuck in their heads. I think they are going to be knocking heads a few more times, but I think he’s just like her, in that he can only see his goal. When she realized nobody was going to fight for the young actress who was murdered, she was just as narrowed minded as he was.
Ajummah: I thought that was a very light hearted entrance to the show after all of that sadness and angst in the first 2 episodes. And I applaud the writers/producers that have Young Jin actually fight and look the part of a cop. No high heels while chasing down the criminal for her! I hope to see a lot more of the “by-the-book” cop and get on the team of kick-ass cops I’ve already assembled in my head .
Amy: I agree that Jung Ho didn't have many options. His decision to trust his superior was well-made in his situation. He did do the right thing in the end, which shows that he has similar morals to Young Jin. The "by the book" cop played by Son Ho Jun definitely reminded me of Young Jin. It was ironic how Young Jin would call him crazy since they are both very determined. I also think they will be having more disagreements in upcoming episodes.
Young Jin was demoted for shooting the serial killer and now finds herself facing the unjust situation of a murder being called a suicide by her corrupt boss again. Will she fight against the inevitable or will she find justice for this young woman whose only crime was to be in with the wrong crowd?
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