God’s Gift: 14 Days (신의선물: 14일) Episode 1 [RECAP - part 1]

Finally found time to start watching this drama. It’s already way ahead but at least I won’t have to wait for new episodes, haha.

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The drama starts off with the female lead telling the story of Grim Reaper and it sets a dark and mysterious concept for this drama.

”While the Mother was sleeping, the Grim Reaper took her child away. While the Mother looked for her child in the dark, the Goddess of the Night asked her, ‘Do you want to find your child? Then give me your beautiful hair. Then I’ll tell you where Death went’. Now a thorn bush prevented the Mother’s path. ‘Do you want to find your child? Then embrace me tightly with your warm body. Then I’ll tell you where Death went’. Finally, she saw Death with her child walking away. However, a lake prevented her from reaching them: ‘Do you want to find your child? Give me your pure and deep eyes. Then I’ll let your cross this lake’. So the Mother, without any hesitation, pulled out her two eyes and threw them in the lake.”

And then we hear the female lead’s daughter  asking: ”So? Did she find her child? Did she live?”

The girl’s mother doesn’t answer.

 

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Instead we jump to a scene where a man is on his fishing trip (even this location seems mysterious).

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He notices a weird thing having come up to the surface, wondering what it is. As it turns out, it’s the body of a dead girl, and the news says it to have been confirmed to be related to the kidnapping case that had occurred a few days before.

 

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Next we’re introduced to the family of the female lead, Kim Su Hyeon (actress: Lee Bo Yeong). She’s in her 30’s and works for a public affairs program as a TV writer. Her husband, Han Ji Hun (Kim Tae Woo), who is a human rights lawyer, and their 9-year-old daughter, Han Saet Byeol (Kim Yu Bin).

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Suhyeon is very strict on her daughter and wants her to be 1st place in school. The next day, she sends her daughter off to school and the brief scene is followed by a jump to 6.30PM, when both Suhyeon’s program and his husband’s debate start.

 

On the public affairs program that Suhyeon is working for, the kidnapping case and its suspects are a hot topic. Not much to our surprise, the debate that her husband is a part of is also on the topic of this specific case. Jihun is debating against a presidential candidate about how the criminal should be punished for his cruel deeds. Jihun is strongly supporting the human rights and so he thinks that killing the criminal who killed the other people would be a very unethical decision and should not be carried out.

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Here we are shown a close-up of a woman sitting in the room where the debate takes place in. Her expression is quite hard to read but taking into count the fact that the criminal has yet to be found and captured, the woman is most probably one of the victims’ mother. Going by these things, she probably isn’t the most supportive about Jihun’s opinion of letting the criminal ”off the hook”, if so to say.

 

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After their programs have ended, Suhyeon and Jihun are leaving the building, with Jihun joking about how big of a defeat the debate had been for him. His wife tries to comfort (?) him: ”You said it’s not about winning or losing. You said it’s a place where you reveal your thoughts and opinions”.

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As they’re talking about Saetbyeol and her last-place ranking on the level test, Jihun suddenly gets food thrown on his face (thank god he had glasses, it would’ve probably been not that nice to get that in your eyes). Who could have thrown food on Jihun’s face? You might already have a hunch about this…

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Yep, it’s the woman from before, now confirmed to be the mother of one of the victims. She rages at Jihun for his ”dignifying every single life” debate speech earlier that evening.

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She insists that ”those bastards, they need to be killed and ripped into pieces” (wow okay let’s calm down here, now shall we?). She cries while asking why ”that bastard” aka the criminal is still alive when her child is dead.

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She falls down in despair, crying, before her husband comes to pick her up and they leave.

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Suhyeon and Jihun look after the woman and her husband with speechlessness covering their faces. For the entire scene, Jihun seemed very apologetic towards the victim’s mother and it felt like he gets this kind of treatment quite often.

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Suhyeon wipes away the food on her husband’s face and they glance to the direction of the other couple one last time.

 

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Then we jump to a scene where we see a young man. His name is not disclosed throughout the whole episode so I’ll just call him Mr. H (actor: Kim Ho Chang). Mr. H is Suhyeon’s hubae aka her junior at work. A very expressive person to say the least, with his hands moving around and about. He tells Suhyeon that he has booked and interview with an offender on death row, and Suhyeon is immediately onboard. They leave to meet this offender and on their way there, Mr. H tells Suhyeon that the offender had killed women several years ago and that the only witness was the offender’s own little brother (good planning, I must say).

 

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Then we jump to a scene where Gi Dong Chan (Jo Seung Woo) is eyeing up a fancy house. He calls out to his two sidekicks and at this moment I think we can safely start excepting some kind of a burglary.

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His other sidekick is the young and pretty Jenny (Han Seon Hwa) who most probably will act as a bait with the males.

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The second sidekick is the equally young Wang Byeong Tae (Yeon Je Wook).

The trio set out for the house, with Jenny distracting the gatekeeper while the two men go inside the building.

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Saetbyeol, who arrives home after school, is dumbfounded by the strangers in her house, drinking and partying. She tries to leave the house, only to be stopped by Dongchan, who is now standing at the doorstep. ”Who are you?”, he asks, receiving no answer because Saetbyeol keeps her lips shut tight.

 

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We jump to Mr. H and Suhyeon interviewing the offender Gi Dong Ho (Jeong Eun Pyo).

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Suhyeon shows the offender a photo of the family of the deceased, which is of course against the rules. She tells him that he killed the child of the woman in the photo. A while later, the offender loses it and has to be held down by the police. Suhyeon and Mr. H leave the location, only not before coincidentally seeing the offender’s mother who has apparently visited his son every day for the past ten years. Suhyeon comments on how difficult the mother’s life must be, having her other son committing murder and the other one witnessing it.

After leaving the location, Suhyeon gets a phone call from Dongchan who’s telling her to return home quickly (with cash), because ”your kid is waiting for her mom”. The phone call gets cut off and Suhyeon hurries back home in panic…

 

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…but ends up arriving to a home that looks more like a playground than something, I don’t know, more serious maybe?

Apparently, what happened was…

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HAHA.

Suhyeon isn’t buying that though, and wants this to be dealt with by law. The police officer, however, seems to know Dongchan, maybe even in the friend-way, and tries to explain the situation to Suhyeon so that she’d forget the whole thing.

”The kid was alone at home. How shocked must she have been?”, Suhyeon asks and there is a point.

Her daughter doesn’t seem to think the way same, though.

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AHAHA, so cute. Suhyeon doesn’t seem to have any more words in her mouth because of her daughter’s objections so she takes Saetbyeol by the hand and leaves. Almost out of the room, Saetbyeol turns to Dongchan, who remains in the cell, and smiles.

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”Just wait a little while! I’ll save you!” (d’aaww)

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Here’s Gi Yeong Gyu (Cha Seon Wu). He’s disabled and so has the mental age of a 6-year-old despite being in his late teens. He stood with the gatekeeper next to the gate of Sohyun’s family’s house. Apparently he had been sitting in front of the house gate and the gatekeeper was going to send him away. Sohyun asks why he would have the right to send him away when it was just sitting in front of their house, not even being in the house.

In the next scene, Dongchan is complaining about his current situation to his friend, Na Ho Guk (An Se Ha), who, if you could already guess, is the guy from before who was trying to convince Suhyeon. As Dongchan asks Hoguk if there’s someone who could help him get released, Hoguk says that there is one person.

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This person walks into the room that very second, and Dongchan asks  ”Why’s that bastard here?”. As it turns out, he’s that ”one person” who could help him out. Name Hyeon Wu Jin (Jeong Gyeo Wun), he’s the team leader at the police station. I don’t think Dongchan is feeling the releasement that much anymore…

In the next scene, we see Saetbyeol taking a pair of socks with her before leaving the house to go to school. Before getting on the school bus, she gives the pair of socks to Yeonggyu, who’s once again sitting outside their house.

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Aaww~~ I really hope to see more of these two in the upcoming episodes.

After Saetbyeol gets on the bus and leaves for school, an older woman comes up to Yeonggyu and they seem very close.

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But wait…doesn’t she look familiar? If she did, then you’re right. She’s the mother of Dongho, the offender from before. She’s also Yeonggyu’s grandmother.

Next, we finally get to see the comedic trio get out of the cell. Hoguk tells them that Team Leader Wujin really went out of his way to get them out and Dongchan is absolutely horrified to hear this news. The person who got them out was Wujin?

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Ahahaha. I love these three, so glad that there’s a comedic relief in this drama.

Jenny and Byeongtae decide to run away before their boss shoves them back in the cell and in the end, Dongchan himself also leaves. Opening the door of the police station, he runs into Yeonggyu’s mother. Now, don’t be surprised when I say this, but Dongchan also is Yeonggyu’s relative. He’s the boy’s uncle, but after an incident of some sort, he cut of all ties with his family and since then has lived alone. Yeonggyu’s grandmother tries to tell him about the fundraiser that Yeonggyu’s school is holding and asks Dongchan to go there with him. Dongchan doesn’t even consider the favor and coldly leaves.

 

It’s the time for Saetbyeol to go to the English Academy again but she doesn’t go, instead she waits at the front of the gate till the school bus leaves.

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Yeonggyu, who’s sitting at the front of the gate too as always, also sees the school bus leave and he looks sadly after it, thinking Saetbyeol had gone without talking to him first, as she usually does. Saetbyeol walks from the front of Yeonggyu, who of course follows her and taps her on the shoulder. She turns around and he points frantically towards the direction of the bus, thinking she might have been late for it. Saetbyeol looks down at Yeonggyu’s feet that are tapping as usual and even though he has the slippers he always has on, Saetbyeol notices that he’s wearing the entire pair of socks that she had given him instead of the usual old ones with holes in them.

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They smile at each other (aawwwwwww) and Saetbyeol explains that she didn’t go because all the other kids only spoke English which she didn’t understand a word of. She says that no one talks to her and that no one plays with her (ouch).

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They go to a park and eat lollipops (aaaww~~) when Saetbyeol takes the paper that’s hanging out of Yeonggyu’s pocket.

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It’s the advertisement for the fundraiser.

Saetbyeol:”Oh it’s today! Then why didn’t you go?”

Yeonggyu: ”They told me to bring friends and family. Yeonggyu’s grandma is busy. I don’t have friends. That’s why I’m not going.”

Saetbyeol: ”I don’t have any friends, either! Then, do you want us to be friends?”

Yeonggyu: ”Are you not scared of me? Why aren’t you avoiding me?”

Saetbyeol: ”Why?”

Yeonggyu: ”I’m…stupid.”

Saetbyeol: ”The kids in my class say I’m stupid, too. Okay. Then were friends. Here. Loyalty!”

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Saetbyeol stands up and looks at Yeonggyu: ”Let’s go.”

Yeonggyu looks at her, not understanding what she means and god thanks Saetbyeol is at the age where kids usually want to explain everything without having to tell them to explain.

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