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A Promise with the Gods

Title: 신과의 약속 / A Promise with the Gods
also known as: A Pledge To God
Chinese Title: 與神的約定
Genre: Melodrama, Family
Episodes: 48
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2018-Nov-24 to 2019-Feb-16
Air time: Saturday 21:00 (4 episodes back-to-back)

Synopsis

This drama is about how two married couples will do whatever it takes to save their children. That’s without taking into account that they’ll leave ethics and morals to one side in order to do it.

Seo Ji Young (Han Chae Young) is an anchorwoman and talk show host who is also fiercely devoted to her children. Meanwhile, Kim Jae Wook (Bae Soo Bin) is the heir to a large architecture firm who is willing to lay everything on the line and stand up against his family in order to protect his children.

Cast

Main Cast

Han Chae Young as Seo Ji Young
Bae Soo Bin as Kim Jae Wook
Oh Yoon Ah as Woo Na Kyung
Lee Chun Hee as Song Min Ho

Ji Young’s Family

Wang Suk Hyun as Song Hyun Woo
Ha Yi Ahn as Song Hyun Woo (young)
Lee Hwi Hyang as Heo Eun Sook

Jae Wook’s family

Park Geun Hyung as Kim Sang Chun
Kang Boo Ja as Lee Pil Nam
Oh Hyun Kyung as Kim Jae Hee
Byung Hun as Jo Seung Hoon
Nam Ki Won as Kim Joon Seo

Others

Choo Ye Jin as Na Hye Ji
Jung Min Sung as Jo Di Yup
Kim Hee Jung as Ahn Joo Ryun
Bae Hae Sun as Oh Sun Joo
Choi Phillip as Jung Kyung Soo
Oh Eun Ho as Hwang Ma Ri

Production Credits

Chief Producer: Kim Seung Mo
Director: Yoon Jae Moon
Screenwriter: Hong Young Hee

Awards

2018 MBC Drama Awards – Golden Acting Actress: Kang Boo Ja (A Pledge to God)
2018 MBC Drama Awards – Best Child Acting Awards: Wang Suk Hyun (A Pledge to God)

Episode Ratings

Date Ep TNmS TNmS AGB AGB
    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2018-11-24 1 10.1 - 9.5 8.3
2018-11-24 2 11.5 - 11.4 10.5
2018-11-24 3 10.3 - 11.4 10.6
2018-11-24 4 11.1 - 12.0 11.0
2018-12-01 5 8.9 - 8.1 (11th) 7.0 (18th)
2018-12-01 6 10.4 - 9.5 (8th) 8.4 (9th)
2018-12-01 7 9.5 - 9.9 (6th) 8.9 (8th)
2018-12-01 8 10.7 - 11.9 (3rd) 10.9 (4th)
2018-12-08 9 10.0 - 8.8 (14th) 8.0 (16th)
2018-12-08 10 11.1 - 9.7 (6th) 9.0 (9th)
2018-12-08 11 10.0 - 9.5 (7th) 8.5 (10th)
2018-12-08 12 10.8 - 10.1 (5th) 9.5 (7th)
2018-12-15 13 8.6 - 10.2 (8th) 9.6 (9th)
2018-12-15 14 9.6 - 10.7 (6th) 10.0 (8th)
2018-12-15 15 11.0 - 12.7 (5th) 12.7 (5th)
2018-12-15 16 11.1 - 12.9 (4th) 12.9 (4th)
2018-12-22 17 8.2 - 10.5 (7th) 10.0 (8th)
2018-12-22 18 9.0 - 11.5 (6th) 10.9 (6th)
2018-12-22 19 10.4 - 11.8 (5th) 11.3 (5th)
2018-12-22 20 11.0 - 12.1 (4th) 11.7 (4th)
2019-01-05 21 10.8 - 11.8 (6th) 10.7 (7th)
2019-01-05 22 13.1 - 13.4 (5th) 12.0 (6th)
2019-01-05 23 12.1 - 13.5 (4th) 12.6 (4th)
2019-01-05 24 13.2 - 14.8 (3rd) 13.7 (3rd)
2019-01-12 25 11.4 - 11.5 (6th) 11.0 (7th)
2019-01-12 26 13.7 - 14.5 (5th) 14.3 (5th)
2019-01-12 27 12.5 - 15.2 (4th) 15.1 (3rd)
2019-01-12 28 13.1 - 15.5 (3rd) 15.1 (3rd)
2019-01-19 29 12.4 - 11.9 (6th) 10.7 (6th)
2019-01-19 30 14.8 - 14.2 (5th) 13.1 (5th)
2019-01-19 31 14.2 - 14.8 (4th) 14.5 (4th)
2019-01-19 32 15.2 - 15.4 (3rd) 14.9 (3rd)
2019-01-26 33 12.8 - 13.2 (6th) 12.3 (6th)
2019-01-26 34 15.1 - 15.1 (4th) 14.0 (5th)
2019-01-26 35 14.1 - 15.0 (5th) 14.2 (4th)
2019-01-26 36 14.0 - 15.7 (3rd) 14.9 (3rd)
2019-02-02 37 11.8 - 12.0 (7th) 11.5 (8th)
2019-02-02 38 14.7 - 15.5 (3rd) 15.2 (3rd)
2019-02-02 39 14.2 - 14.9 (5th) 14.8 (5th)
2019-02-02 40 14.5 - 15.2 (4th) 15.1 (4th)
2019-02-09 41 13.6 - 13.4 (6th) 12.6 (7th)
2019-02-09 42 15.2 - 15.2 (4th) 14.5 (5th)
2019-02-09 43 14.6 - 15.2 (4th) 14.9 (4th)
2019-02-09 44 15.1 - 16.2 (3rd) 16.0 (3rd)
2019-02-16 45 13.6 - 14.7 (6th) 14.1 (7th)
2019-02-16 46 16.8 - 17.8 (4th) 17.0 (4th)
2019-02-16 47 15.9 - 17.5 (5th) 17.0 (4th)
2019-02-16 48 16.9 - 18.4 (3rd) 17.8 (3rd)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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  29 Comments

  1. 1 : OK OK OK Says:

    Han Chae Young ssi, welcome back. Long time no see 😛
    hope this is not a sad drama…. but a happy ending one

  2. 2 : Windsun33 Says:

    Watched the first four episodes, and when the description says “leave ethics behind” they are not kidding.

  3. 3 : Ron Says:

    Ethics shouldn’t come into it if a child s life is at stake

  4. 4 : Leeann Says:

    Same as the story of one more try / in love we trust, Filipino drama film.

  5. 5 : maria c DeCastro Says:

    Heartwrenching drama! A must watch!

  6. 6 : Katy Tran Says:

    I like this drama
    Not common as poor girl meet rich guy good
    Good acting , especially main actor

  7. 7 : Chae Won Says:

    Yes, this is a good drama.
    Nice to see Han Chae Young again. And Lee Chun Hee who was with her in the 2005 “Only You”. Oh my . . . that was over 13 years ago, Chae Young was a bubbly 25 year-old.

  8. 8 : Chae Won Says:

    Did they have to cast Bae Soo Bin? No matter how well they dress him up, the guy still looks like a homeless bum to me. Lol!

  9. 9 : lclarakl Says:

    Chae Won @ 8, I like Bae Soo Bin. I feel in love with him in Dong Yi. I hate that he plays more bad characters than good. I personally don’t think he looks like a bum; however, I think he’s hot with a goatee.

  10. 10 : Rose Says:

    Did Ji Young even ask her husband, Min-Ho, if he would see if he was compatible with her son for the bone marrow transplant before calling her husband????? Whether she did or not, I certainly would ask him. But maybe she did as I have only seen the first 2 episodes.

    Na-Kyung is going to start to get very nasty soon. She is so very jealous of Ji Young.

  11. 11 : Irene Hwang Says:

    this a a must watched kdrama ! so heartwarming and cant wait enough for the next ep. bravo to all the cast !

  12. 12 : Rose Says:

    I wonder if Ji Young will implant a fertilized egg via the invitro method from her ex-husband??? It could be artificially inseminated into her for the baby. This would not be adultery then.

    Ji Young never even fought for Jae Wook. She just gave up too easily without even fighting for him against her so-called friend.

    I kind of feel sorry for Ji Young’s current husband through this trying situation. Ji Young should never have married him if she still was in love with Jae Wook.

    I hope some where along the line Jae Wook divorces the witch of a wife he has. But then in episode 3 or 4 when his friend invited her to the bar where they were drinking, it was certainly obvious that Jae Wook was had that look in his eyes that he was desiring her. He certainly was not an innocent by stander. He got drunk and Na Kyung took over from there. Wonder if she was really pregnant?????

    Jae Wook’s father is a piece of work. Just like Chairman Oh from Secrets and Lies. It is always about the blood line. Poor Hyun Woo – he is so cute. A good little actor. Now the witch is fighting to get him for the grandfather. With the grandfather’s money, he might be able to get a donor or maybe he could be the donor. Jerk.

  13. 13 : George Says:

    I wonder when Jae-Wook was cheating on his wife w/Na Kyung and she told him she was pregnant, was she really or did she lie to him just to get her hands on him??????

    Interesting that JW won’t divorce Na Kyung. She is nothing but a jealous witch. Lying to her in-laws that she was pregnant. Luckily JW’s mother found out. Some day down the line, Pil-Nam knowing the truth may come in handy.

    Min-Ho is a caring, nice and sweet husband. I wish Ji-Young could appreciate him.

  14. 14 : Shari Says:

    Sun-Joo continues to cause trouble and implant stupid ideas in Na-Kyung’s head. SJ is an agitator to say the least. Does she have any idea what NK has been doing and how she got JW??? JW told her to not cause trouble or he would fire her and she still continues.

    I believe JW’s friend is the one that helped Na-Kyung know where JW was going and what he was doing. Like how did she know they were going hiking??? And then the friend invited NK to the bar where they were drinking. Why didn’t his friend bring him home when he got drunk at the bar instead of making JK take him home???? Not that JW minded by that time, he was getting into her by then. He even helped her up the hill while walking, when they were hiking, the idiot.

    If NK didn’t tell JH that they were having an affair, I wonder how long JW would have continued cheating on JH? Most likely he would have kept doing it until he got caught, which he did sooner than later.

    I wonder why he won’t divorce NK????? Does he feel sorry or pity for her??? I don’t believe he loves her, and he doesn’t seem happy with her, but he continues to stay with her.

  15. 15 : TW Says:

    Na Kyung guilting Ji Young for having Joon Seo for the sole purpose of saving Hyun Woo’s life is a unjustified malicious attack befitting her character. However, it is hypocritical since she was the architect behind the separation of Joon Seo from his birth mother. And one might further argue, she claimed Joon Seo as her own to fool the family’s patriarch and thus secure her place in an affluent family.

    The actress played a character with similar personality traits in the drama Saimdang Light’s Diary.

  16. 16 : Rose Says:

    Why doesn’t Ji Young have a child with her husband Min Ho??? That would be good for him. He is a nice husband and loves both her and Hyun Woo so much.

    Going to work on TV again, didn’t she know that Na Kyung worked at the same station??? At least her friend should have known.

  17. 17 : Ryan Says:

    If Jae-Wook loves Ji Young so much, why was he cheating on her???? He knew what he was doing with Na Kyung the idiot. Jae-Wook really screwed up his life.

    And Ji Young still is in love with him. Her husband Min Ho is a great husband and really good to her son Hyun Woo. I hope he doesn’t get sick again. He had that nose bleed after he finished swimming. Hyun Woo feels smothered by his mother, but she is so trying to keep him healthy.

    I felt bad for him when he told that girl on the computer “he hopes to live to 20.”

  18. 18 : Sundance Says:

    I believe JY only married Min Ho on the rebound. Seems he may be doing better as they have a house, nice yard, 2 cars. MW is doing so much for JY and HW, and JY doesn’t even seem to care.
    Didn’t JW have his buddy, Do-Yeob is it??, help Min Ho out with his construction company and some job earlier in the show???

    It is strange that MH did not know about the scars or scratches on JY’s chest??? Hmmmm

    That Do-Yeob is a trouble maker. I believe he is the one who brought Na Young and JW together by helping her in telling her where JW would be. She didn’t show up by accident. Now he introduces Hyun Woo to JW. Granted, that is JW’s father, but everything is a mess in this show now.

    I hope nothing happens to JW. He is a sweet kid.

    So far, Kang Bu-Ja hasn’t had a large part in this drama. But she did get an award for her role.

  19. 19 : Paula Says:

    天哪,这部电视剧太好看了
    裴秀彬的演技真的很好!
    Bae soo bin is a good actor,no matter he acts a good guy or bad guy.
    He’s acting skills are really good,I hope he can be more famous.As
    an actoe,he is really dedicated,And I also hope he can post something on his Weibo,hahahaha.
    希望裴秀彬的演艺之路越来越好!

  20. 20 : TW Says:

    I think Na Kyung is a borderline sociopath. It’s never her fault. The family can’t warm up to her because she is calculating and heartless.

    She used a child (Joon Seo) to stay in the family, then traded his sick brother’s life for a membership on the board of directors.

  21. 21 : arizonafan Says:

    In Ep 14, after the Architect class, Do-Yoeb was bringing HW to the restaurant again to meet JW but Min Ho was there to pick up HW. When Do-Yoeb got to the restaurant, JW asked where HW was?” After DY told JW that MH picked him up, he said “I did everything wrong.” JW got a concerned look on his face and said “what do you mean?” Do-Yeob said “I couldn’t resolve this for you.” He may have meant, that he helped NK get her hands on JW. In the beginning of the show, I believe DY is the one who told Na-Kyung where he and JW were going all the time so she could show up. There is no way she could be hiking the same time they were w/o some one telling her and she was just standing there waiting for them. And at the bar, when DY invited NK to come, instead of DY calling for a driver to take him and JW home, he sent JW home w/NK. NK must have asked DY for his help in getting her hands on JW.

    Not the JW wasn’t interested in NK. When he kept running into NK, he knew it wasn’t by accident. When his friend invited her to the bar that night, when JW looked at her, he his eyes said “I want you.” NK knew it and grabbed on tight. JW is not an innocent by stander.

    Now YD is telling JW that he should tell HW that he is his father. DY does everything behind Ji-Young’s back.

    Poor HW, he has to live in the crazy hateful house w/NK, his grandfather and Jae Hee. He wanted to be an architect and work w/ Min Ho.

    I wonder if JH is the one who informed the news that JY and NK went to school together. She is planning something with her son being friends w/HW and starting some trouble.

    JY walks around like she is in a trance. Her expression barely changes. Lee Chun-Hee (MH) is a nice looking man. I believe he lived in fear everyday of losing JY and HW. The young man that works w/MH in the carpentry shop is Kim Moo-Young.

    People always talk about personal things in public places so every one can hear them. So stupid.

  22. 22 : Angeline Says:

    I feel bad for HW going into the miserable house. There does not appear to be any love in JW’s house. The old grandfather and his “your my blood,” blah blah blah. HW has his mother’s blood, and her family’s blood in him also. How stupid this is, just because a person has “the family’s blood, doesn’t mean they own you. Same story line in “Secrets and Lies.” The grandfather and his blood line, etc etc.

    Why doesn’t HW tell his mother and Min-Ho about the bruises on his body? It would be better for him to get treated sooner than later. I hope he didn’t move in w/his father because he feels he is a burden to his parents. JY and MH love HW so much. They certainly don’t feel he is a burden to them. MH doesn’t speak up either what is on his mind. He should have told HW how much he still wants to do with him. HW is caught in the middle. The children are always the ones who suffer from their parents decisions.

    Also, HW is worrying he is going to die by 20. And that could be another reason why he risked moving in with his father.

    The grandmother, Lee Pil-Nam, is worthless.

    JY doesn’t think any thing through. She just shoots from the hip, then regrets her decisions later. Both JY and MH should have sat down with HW and told them how they felt about him and that they didn’t want him to go live with JW, but in the end tell him he could do what he thinks is best for him. No communication between them it appears. Too bad. HW I believe made light of him moving in with his father, but I don’t really feel he wanted to go. Plus he has no idea what that grandfather has in store for him. And NK also. JW is a weakling. He doesn’t speak up to his father at all. NK is more stronger than JW.

  23. 23 : George Says:

    Do-Yeob is backing and supporting NK again. NK spoke to him about putting HW on the Kim registry and that JW was not supporting that. But goody two shoes, DY, who is supposed to be JW’s friend agreed with NK that it would be a good idea. Why doesn’t he mind his own business? If he is JW’s friend, he should be agreeing to what JW wants and not NK. Stupid idiot – he helped NK to get involved with JW.

    I hope HW doesn’t start another problem with his mother and NK saying he won’t move back in to the Kim house hold and take their name until they let Joon-Seo go back to JY. Since JY found out that NK raised Joon-Seo well, while she wants to be with him, she seemed at least knows he is well taken care and there may have been a bit of peace between JY and NK, but maybe not for long. HW means well but he has no idea what he is dealing with meaning NK and the grandfather. HW should just let the adults deal with the problem, they are the one’s who created this mess, mostly NK and JW helped her by sleeping with her.

  24. 24 : Ryan Says:

    What is wrong with Jae-Hae??? She is so stupid. Why did she tell NK that she knew Joon-Seo was not her child???? She should have kept that to herself and could use that later for leverage in dealing with NK when she needed it. How stupid can she be, NK is the only one who is smart in that family and does research and works behind every ones back to get what she wants and knows how to negotiate with people to get what she wants. NK is just like wicked Hwa-Kyung from Secrets and Lies. NK is like HK, manages to find everything out and proceeds to destroy everyone in her sight and gets what ever she wants from whomever. How stupid are these rich people that she can top them????

    Glad the grandfather found out NK didn’t have Joon-Seo, but JY did.

    Poor cute Hyun Woo having a relapse with his illness. He is a good actor. Both boys are cute.

  25. 25 : Sundance Says:

    Does Jung Kyung-Soo have a feelings for NK??? He is always worried about her and supportive of her. Kyung-Soo has no idea what she has done, what she is capable of doing, but maybe he doesn’t care.

    Do-Yeob, JW’s friend, is an instigator. He told JW not to regard what JY wants regarding HW and to tell him he is his father. But HW found out on his own.

    NK really screwed Eun-Sook blaming her for the loss of her baby. NK really knows how to lie and JW is too weak. He should have told his father he would work for the company, but not marry NK.

  26. 26 : Shari Says:

    JW is an idiot, pathetic and stupid. I can’t believe he has no idea living with his witch greedy wife all these years that she is out for herself and for how far she can go in the company no matter who she steps on???? Is he for real???? He asks her “this is how you have been all this time.?” Doesn’t he know how she schemed to get her hands on him? JW needs to divorce NK and kick her out of the dam company and his life.

    The grandfather, Sang-Chun now knows that NK is after his company. SC finally figured out that she was fooling him along. His wife is useless, she sticks up for whatever NK does or says. Pil-Nam has no idea of how she schemed to get JW and into the company, etc. etc. etc.

    Why does JY have to be kneeling in front of NK asking her to help HW now that he has relapsed??? It is JY’s son, not NK’s and furthermore, what is JW doing???? He should be stepping up to the plate and taking action dum idiot that he is. I can’t believe JY still cares for JW, MH is such a better guy. Idiot JW thinks he is being punished for what he did to JY. He is the a-hole that let and allowed NK to pretend that she was pregnant with JS and it is his fault he allowed both of his children to be separated. Then he asks NK if “she thinks he is easy”???? Duh —- how stupid, he certainly is. NK is just plain repulsive.

  27. 27 : Brandy Says:

    Interesting, even though JW was not in love with the witch NK, he continued to have relations with her when they got married. Idiot that he is.

    Sang-Chun was a dumb fool to give NK any thing she wanted as long as she would save HW. All she has done is take and take and all she does is cry that she is not loved, lost her parents, worked hard for the family, etc. etc. etc The grandfather went over board in giving every thing away. He doesn’t know half of what she has done. She has been manipulating everyone since see decided she wanted JW and has continued to do so throughout their useless marriage. What scum of the earth would let her little son give his bone marrow so she could covet the entire company. That is why she worked so hard — to get her hands on the company. What a loser creep. She bargained HW and her son to continue to gain her way up the ladder to get her hands on her husband’s company. JW is nothing but stupid for putting up with her crap.

    I wonder why JW did not ask Jae-Hee and her son to get tested to see if they could be donors????

    JY, like a fool, continued to believe and trust her every time and NK put the blame on Sang-Chun. If I was JY I would have went and asked SC if what she was saying was true,the lying conniving witch. JY thought NK would take care of HW – how stupid is she???? NK only cares about herself.

  28. 28 : Bearygood Says:

    I am confused whether to watch this drama or not. Some of the comments I read is very frustrating. So dear viewers, is it worth watching after all that you guys have gone through? Or shall I skip skip and away….

  29. 29 : Moro Says:

    @Bearygood —

    I did enjoy the movie and would suggest that you watch it. It is a good drama. Most of the posters hated Ny Kung as she more or less started all the trouble by chasing after Ji Young’s husband. And Ji Young kind of helped the problem at the beginning of the show as she reacted instead of thinking things out. Her life with JW probably would have turned out differently, but that is how the screenwriters did the story.

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