[Spoilers for episodes 7 and 8 below!]
First and foremost, Min-jung is pregnant!?! Totally unexpected twist. That the news was delivered by a warm and caring female doctor tells me that the previous cold, male doctor was a choice — not utter tone-deafness from the storytellers. That they were such a stark contrast to each other means he was meant to get the viewers rankled. Which, phew.
I’m still not thrilled with the early menopause storyline. But at least I’m seeing some logic outside of the “punish the single and independent female character” theory. I think they’re wanting Min-jung’s pregnancy to be a “now or never” thing so that it’s more realistic that a happily single and career focused woman in her mid-thirties would choose single parenthood. I wish they’d come up with a different means of making the decision such a stark one (have a child now or have a child never), but at this point I can live with it.
I’m also pleased to see that the love-triangle is Joo-yeon nursing a one-sided crush rather than the two men vying for her affections (which was my fear). It means I’m back to seeing Wan as the endgame. Which is my preferred choice because he’s adorable, but also because it means the story is focused on Joo-yeon getting strong and whole. Rather than her submitting to Tae-yoon (and thereby strengthening him), the story is more about Wan being awesome to Joo-yeon. Which I like!
It does mean Wan is heading pretty far into unrealistically awesome territory. (Helping the woman you love pick out an outfit then driving her to her date with the other guy? That’s pretty darn upstanding right there.) But… I’m okay with it. In a lighthearted rom-com — which this is — having the guy be practically perfect is all part of the fantasy, right?
And we’ve gotten to know more about Se-ryung! I’m relieved that she really does care for Tae-yoon, it’s not just a pride thing. And I loved that we saw her vulnerable. Not that I don’t love her strength! But knowing that her strength takes effort sometimes — it makes her more relatable and makes her strength feel more real.
(Side note: I’m glad the jacket wasn’t actually a sabotage. It would have made Se-ryung really, really petty. And it would have undermined Joo-yeon’s own fashion judgement. If anything, it just underlined that they’re pushing a fairly fashion-forward line and really do need a celebrity name like Se-ryung’s to make the items move.)
And then there’s Tae-yoon, who is not practically perfect as it turns out.
But I do like that he has issues to work through (at least, I hope the show recognizes that his blowup at Se-ryung was more his issue than hers — I thought she was being quite reasonable) because it means he and Se-ryung will be working on their relationship together. Which I prefer to him somehow “taming” her. Or him ending up with Joo-yeon.
Actually, I kind of suspect Wan will be quietly assisting Se-ryung in the background. And I suspect he’ll have a hand in reconciling Se-ryung and Joo-yeon, too. He at least headed off Se-ryung’s suspicions that Joo-yeon was in cahoots with Tae-yoon’s cold, “with-another-lady-on-our-date” move. (Wan really is the Mary Poppins character in a lot of ways. Just as long as he doesn’t fly away at the finish.)
There really is a strong fairytale aspect to the drama. (Despite their constantly saying this isn’t a fairytale and that they’re being really, real here, darn it!) Not only from Wan’s near perfectness, but also from Joo-yeon’s really specific flaw. I find her just as adorable as I do Wan, but I have a hard time reconciling the young girl who so wisely counseled little Sweet Potato about matters of the heart with the robot woman Joo-yeon has become.
But I’m totally okay with this being less realism and more allegorical! For one, I love robot Joo-yeon. Her deer-in-the-headlights panic when Min-jung made to weep on her shoulder was so, so hilarious…
…as was Wan’s reaction when she told him about it.
And I love how Wan is gently leading her into opening up her heart and getting her humanity back. It makes for a very sweet romance and a lovely twist on the usual cold, hard man being softened by a good woman.
So I’m pleased! And just in case the show is reading my posts and custom-tailoring the show to my exact needs: More kisses between Joo-yeon and Wan please!