Sang Mi is certainly waiting to be saved this week while her situation goes from terrible to, ummm.... terrible-er. No really, it’s super, super terrible and it seems that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Will Sang Hwan be able to help? Can Sang Mi be saved while she’s so deeply in trouble? Join Young Ajummah, Marakeshparrow, and me, Kate, as we break down this week’s episodes of Save Me.

Marakeshsparrow: Ok peeps. Time to get down to it. I have to say, I enjoyed this week’s episodes a wee bit more than last week’s. Some things are starting to take shape that could mean good luck for our sane characters. I’m LOVING the angsty bromance between Dong Chul and Sang Hwan and am so so so happy that they are on somewhat good terms again and that Dong Chul has agreed to help them save Sang Mi (or at least he said he would). But the whole cult plot line/atmosphere is still KILLING me (and yeah, I know that’s the main bulk of the plot--ugh). All of Sang Mi’s interactions with her father are really painful and frustrating. He is so far gone it’s not even funny. I think Sang Mi has really come to hate her father and I don’t blame her. He won’t listen to her, he doesn’t understand that she’s frightened and in danger. *screams loudly into pillow* 

I can’t. I just can’t.

Ajummah: I agree! I enjoyed this week and ended the episode with a smile on my face. Dong Chul is coming to save everyone and I teared up when then they had their reunion. Okay, I cried like a baby because I really felt like it was a reunion that I was part of. Sang Mi...she must be so tired of everything has been going on. Every time she tries to get away, they block her. When Sang Hwan came to her window and told her that he would save her and to wait, I started yelling just take her now. I can’t figure out how they are going to get her away from the cult at this moment but I am looking forward to seeing them try.

Kate: The scene at the window was my favorite one too. I was still frustrated by this week’s episodes, screamed at the tv a bit when Sang Mi kept getting caught and stopped, but the window scene touched me. She was finally able to communicate with someone, and they actually listened to her. Sang Hwan was offering her a lifeline. How difficult it must be to be in such a terrible situation, and to have no one take what you are saying to heart. Her father only says evil spirits are influencing her, Ms. Kang seems she might believe that too (maybe she’s a little more skeptical?), and Father just tells her she’s wrong and doesn’t see things the right way because she’s not a believer yet. So far he’s let her play that ought with fewer consequences than someone else might face, but sooner rather than later she’s not going to be able to do that anymore. He made that clear this week.

Marakeshsparrow: I third that ladies--I loved the window scene. Like you said Kate, it was so refreshing to have someone actually listen to her and really hear her. THANK GOODNESS. I wouldn’t have been able to last much longer with that intense feeling of being trapped that they’ve created. And now Father wants to make her the “Mother of Spirits”? I’m worried about that one, my mind just goes back to that creepy leg squeeze her gave her when she was just a teenager. I feel like this is just some excuse to get closer to her and I think Sang Mi knows that too which is why she’s so panicked. I really hope they’re able to steal her away before she’s “married” off.

Ajummah: What does it entail, to become the “Mother of Spirits”? I feel like it involves marriage, maybe some type of bloodletting, and a locked room. *sigh* I hope they can get her away before it comes to that.

And another thing, I think Ms. Kang is starting to waiver. The last 2 episodes she’s been reliving her daughter’s life and a few times she looked at Sang Mi and saw her daughter. So I’m wondering if she’s starting to doubt Father’s words. Also what the heck happened to her back? Doesn't it look like a burn or something?

At any rate, there are a lot of things that will hopefully get answered next week. Hopefully, someone beats the crap out of Jo Wan Tae because he REALLY gets on my nerves.

Kate: Forced marriage was the very first thing that came to my mind. He’s been lusting after her since day one. Father has really made it clear to her too that if she doesn’t submit, he’ll have it taken it out on her mother. If it weren’t for her mother I’m sure she would have tried to escape more than she already has. Her father’s been brainwashed into being terrible to her, which is partially his fault, but her mother’s been mentally ill since Sang Jin’s death. I understand wanting to protect her. I am worried a little about next week’s escape because of her mother, though. Sang Hwan’s plan probably won’t take Mrs. Im into account because he’s not aware of the situation. Will Sang Mi be able to get away, knowing she has to leave her mother in a situation that could become more abusive? And what about her mother’s hallucinations? It’s interesting that “Sang Jin” is telling Mrs. Im that they should leave the compound. I wonder if that will play any role in the escape.

Marakeshsparrow: Yeah, the fact that the ghost of Sang Jin was telling Mrs. Im that they should leave made me almost wonder if he could actually be real? We’ve been wondering about the supernatural element in this show--is it real, is it “the kool-aid”? So I’m interested to see if they will go further down the ghostly road in the next episodes. That honestly might help this story to not be quite as heavy. IMO anyway.

Ajummah: We’ve seen some strange things while reviewing dramas so if Sang Jin’s ghost is popping up to save his family, I’d be okay with it.

I know that each episode starts off with a disclaimer about the story not being based on anything but I can’t help but wonder about it. The life water they use reminds me of the kool-aid from Jonestown. Sometimes it makes me a bit uncomfortable and surely I can’t be the only one that cringes on certain parts.

Also, I feel like Sang Hwan’s father has something to do with the cult. Or if not, he’s doing something illegal. I feel it in my bones. I hope that Sang Hwan is ready to deal with that as well.

Kate: Sang Hwan’s father isn’t out kicking puppies (he’s killing deer, right?) and punching nuns, but he is definitely up to no good. The town is rotten. It’s almost a noir story, but without the dense urban setting. The society is no good, and innocents can only be saved from getting sucked in by escaping. I am still holding out hope that Chief Lee and the Officer Choi can work together to root out some of that corruption. He may seem like he’s working for the governor, but he’s not quite acting as if he is entirely beholden to the powers that be in Muji County yet, and that may be what allows him to go after the cult, the criminals, and the corrupt political system.

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Marakeshsparrow: I definitely think that Chief Lee will come around and start investigating what's going on at Guseonwon. The problem is I don't think he’ll come around in time to save Sang Mi from a terrifying fate. That’s why we need Dong Chul and company to step in. And I'm going to admit, as much as I disliked Sang Hwan at the beginning of this drama he's really stepping up and proving that he's learned from his mistakes. Do I forgive him? No. But I appreciate he's been the driving force behind rescuing Sang Mi.

Ajummah: I hope that next week we will continue to see advancement in the story lines. I keep forgetting that there is a whole other side story with the barber that was in jail with Dong Chul. I’m not sure how or where he fits in.

Kate: He definitely has a vendetta against one of the local criminal leaders. Who better to start going after the gangsters? He may not be doing it for the “right” reason of making sure law and order are served, but it wouldn’t hurt. Hopefully, though, that’s only a start, and some progress can be made on the town’s corruption in the police, politics, and with the cult too. The Barber might just be a good person to start the ball rolling with that whole plot line, while our younger townees work to free Sang Mi.

Marakeshsparrow: I think the Barber will also turn out to be a strong ally for Dong Chul and Sang Hwan and will play a part in getting Sang Mi and her mom out of that terrible place. I'm actually kind of looking forward to next week.

Do you think Sang Mi will finally be saved or will her life get even worse? Can it get worse than it is? Can Muji County be saved? Let us know what you think in the comments.

For more from your Drama Club check out:

Marakeshsparrow: Love in Trouble | Voice | Daebak | Come Back, Mister | Madame Antoine | Cheese in the Trap | More from Marakesh

Kate: Duel | Saimdang: Light’s Diary | Let’s Fight Ghost | Answer Me 1988 |Entertainer| Orange Marmalade| Fall in Love Like a Star

Young Ajummah: @young_ajummah | Young Ajummah | Past Dramaclubs

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