tvN Sat-Sun drama It’s Okay to Not be Okay is both about psychiatry and fairy tales, or really how fairy tales is an encapsulation and discussion about mention and emotional issues. Each episode is named about a fairy tale, most are from Western tales with a few taken from Moon Young’s stories that she’s written. Episode 13 is the first time it’s touched about a Korean fairy tale, namely the tale of Janghwa Hongryeon. two sisters in Joseon abused by their stepmother and died wrongfully only to seek vengeance and justice. This episode discusses the father of the two sisters, the one who silently allowed the abuse, and shows it through Moon Young’s father and also explains the backstory of another patient, the one who acts like she’s a shaman.
Turns out she was abused as a child and developed dissociative identity only for her dad to sell her to a shaman thinking she was seeing ghosts. These silent enablers are the ones who leave so much more pain, because they could have stopped it, and we have watched the leads of this drama make so much progress through 13 episodes and at the end of this episode we come to what will be the biggest reveal and painful obstacle in their way. I have faith, but goodness I was gasping for breath at the very end. I’m glad Kang Tae already worked through the knowledge that Moon Young’s mom killed his mom, again the Moon Young is also the victim so he’s accepted that. But Moon Young has to work through that once she knows, much less what is looming of either her real psycho mom NOT being dead and back or more likely her aunt (i.e. sister of her mom) is here to wreak havoc. Either way this stuff looks dark to come.