I’ve finally started A Wife’s Credentials after hearing so, so many good things about it. I’m only up to episode 5, but so far I can see why people loved it. Its already set up an impossible conflict. I have no idea what a satisfying solution could possibly be — I love too many of the people involved. So if the story manages to end well (and the good reviews suggest is does) it promises to be epic. In a quiet, slice-of-life kind of way. [spoilers through episode 5 below…]
Yoon Seo-rae is adorable. She’s the kind of woman I would love to be best friends with. Warm and loving — you could tell her anything and she’d listen and care. She’s married to a ginormous ass and his family is terrible — snobby and selfish. But — and this is important — they’re not unbelievably horrible. They don’t care much for Seo-rae (they obviously feel their beloved son married beneath them) and they’re curt and dismissive and rude. But they’re not over the top cruel or anything. Just, your average asses.
Which was interesting to me because I knew, from the premise, that Seo-rae was going to fall in love with the bike-riding guy at the bus-stop. So I was expecting to be shown that her life was completely untenable and that any reasonable person would leave at first opportunity. Instead, I can see that her marriage is not a good one and her in-laws are a burden, but… She has a wonderful son who loves his dad and his aunt and his grandparents and is plenty old enough to be hurt by a divorce. Leaving is not an easy or obvious choice, here.
And then it gets even more complicated, because cute bus-stop guy (Kim Tae-oh, played by Lee Sung-jae who played Mr. Rapey McRapesalot in Gu Family Book but oh boy is this a completely different role) is also married and has a child. And!! Seo-rae and his wife have become friends! Really good friends! A friendship I’m totally rooting for!
And yet… The show has managed to convince me so completely that Seo-rae and Tae-oh are good together. (Also — how much do I love that she kissed him, first!) I wish there was a way they could split dimensions and have one plane of existence where Seo-rae and Tae-oh have a scorching (and also sweet and warm) love, and another plane of existence where Seo-rae and Teacher Hong are the best besties ever.
This isn’t that kind of show, unfortunately. So I’m preparing for my heart to get broken one way or the other. (Seo-rae’s husband, Sang-jin, and his family can go suck it, though. They honestly need a bit of deflating.)