Be Strong, Geum-soon!

Be Strong, Geum-soon! is a South Korean drama produced and broadcast by MBC in 2005.


The drama starts off with Geum-soon in the midst of a hairdressing exam in a hairdressing school, but failed after suffering a high tide in her bladder. Geum-soon later married Song-hwan, who died in a car accident within days of their marriage. She later gave birth to a boy, Hwi-seong and lived with her in-laws.

Geum-soon took on various jobs to earn her keep, from a nutritional drink seller promoting her products in the Korea University Hospital but later went on to be an apprentice in a hair salon, after much pleas from her mother-in-law, who initially insisted that she should stay at home for another year to look after her son.

Once, Geum-soon encountered an accident after her scooter crashed onto the car of a young, fastidious doctor, who reported her to the police and picked up every tiny little fault from a broken finger to a sprained ankle…However, later, much to her surprise, when she signed up to be an apprentice in a hair salon, she realized that the man was the son of the salon’s owner. The assistant manager of the salon, Eun-ju, initially rejected her application on grounds that the salon had more than enough staff, but a decision was made after Jae-hee and Mi-ja find it better to employ her.

Geum-soon was placed under the guidance of a colleague, Hae-mee, but found herself to be bullied by her. Around this time, Geum-soon changed her hairstyle from a “cabbage-head” hairstyle (which became her nickname for Jae-hee) to her normal straight and curly hairstyle and eventually she managed to leak out Geum-soon’s secret that she was a mother shortly after she revealed her past to Miss Yoon after being late one day. When the secret was discovered by the assistant manager, she was rapidly fired.

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