While everyone is singing happy tunes for Big, I find myself being wooed by I Do I Do. Light and funny were the wrong adjectives to describe this gem. Our leading lady, Kim Sun Ah is at her best here, playing a strong, independent career woman with a dash of vulnerability in love. She just doesn’t have the time to sit around idly and nurture those growing tinkling feelings, much less understand flowers, dates, and babies. I think part of that desire to do well stems from seeing her mother’s submissive nature towards her chauvinistic dad. The other part is a child’s innate determination to gain recognition from her parents. And what do you know? Unplanned pregnancy and a whole lotta decisions to make.
I like this screenshot of Ji An. As a workaholic, she’s so focused on her life that everything and everyone becomes sharp blobs of blur around her. Hence, her one-way vision also impedes her social relations. It’s pitch perfect picture. No?
Onwards with a poll in the end!
Some of my favorite moments….
I love the moments in this drama, they are realistic and nuanced. Just when Ji An mumbles in her drunken stupor that “You’re on your own in life… I’m going alone…Alone,” Tae Kang decides to come back, holding a big table umbrella he fetched from somewhere to shield this strange and lonely Noona from the cold raindrops. She’s clearly touched but refuses to let him see, and yet his answer peals away a thin layer of her faked indifference, “Kids who are abandoned need to stick together.” Aw.The One Night Stand was handled even better. No screaming, just quiet acceptance and a load of shame for her, and a bag of embarrassment for him.
Who says our Eun Sung is serious and boring? He’s mischievous and straightforward! I love his exaggerated expression to the phone when Ji An claims that “I have absolutely no interest in you!” I hear a challenge, and so does he. He retorts, picking at her newly discovered weakness, “You get pissy so easy. That’s a sign of menopause!”
The Doc attends to Ji An’s cut, and takes this opportunity to examine her room too, very “old-fashioned,” he quips. Not hearing his mockery, Ji An looks at him like he’s a new species, and wonders, “How can you make people laugh so easily? I used to be able to do that too…but it became harder and harder. And I gave up.” I like how he placates her worry by mirroring it with his own, “I also can’t make my father laugh. It’s naturally easier to make a stranger laugh. Family is hard.” SO TRUE.
Poor Tae Kang. The one issue I have with Ji An is her inclination to use violence against him and the mean, cruel words that she allows to slip through every time they argue. But then again, she has some awesome quotable lines that are spoken to bring inspiration, albeit unpleasantly. The slap is understandable and she did say sorry later, so I won’t pursue that further. Yet, her tendency to strip someone’s self-worth is pretty demeaning and telling of her insecurities. She doesn’t want to be controlled like her timid mother, she doesn’t want to be put in that vulnerable position by anyone. Ironically, when she lashes out like that, she’s revealing all her inner weaknesses, one by one.
Ji An: “Because of a trash like you, why do I have to go through this?!!”
Tae Kang: “To you that night might have been a dirty and shameful mistake. But it wasn’t for me.”
Big boss lady decides to fire Tae Kang and the Sunbae, Ji An stands aside, unable to make a firm decision. During her date with Eun Sung later, she confesses the whole story to him, unknowingly seeking advice. Then, he offers to give her the ultimate prescription! BABIES! They make us happy effortlessly.
The little one, Se7en, was born prematurely, so Ji An asks, “Wouldn’t he be happier being born as healthy as others..?” Sometimes, living life to the fullest means lacking something and striving harder to get it. In the end, the enjoyment of the process hones the resilient leader of tomorrow. When little Se7en curls his fingers around Ji An’s finger, she feels it, the strength in such a weak being, giving her the courage to stop herself from cowardice.
Such a beautiful moment, I was crying! Stay strong, little Se7en!
Eun Sung gets emotional. Unlike many folks, I wasn’t angry with what Eun Sung said in this scene. Yes, he was emotional. He was harsh. But for him to go to that extend means that he cares about her more than he initially imagined. As a gynecologist, he’s suddenly placed in the position of the family instead of the professional doctor he was trained to be. And before he can stop it, he’s fallen too deep into this relationship. Of course, he wasn’t thinking about what her life is like, but seriously, how could he when he’s emotionally unstable as well? When you’re angry, you see things more about yourself than others.
I like how both men challenge and change Ji An’s perception and principles in life. The sole
difference between them is how much each is willing to give. Eun Sung has a limit, in that he still thinks about himself and his man pride. That’s not a bad trait since giving yourself a limit prevents further hurt and damage along the way. On the other hand, Tae Kang gives selflessly, he offers without asking for return. This is not necessarily a good thing either because he might be the slave ( 😀 ) in the relationship, not knowing when to stop giving. But I think the deal breaker for most girls is the fact that his heart is attached at his sleeves, rendering him foolish and sincere at the same time.
If I were to give a shoe analogy about these two…Then Eun Sung would be a pair of high heels. The type that gives women the boost of confidence. Yet, like all other heels, this one needs time to mold itself into the shape of your feet. The longer you wear it, the more you appreciate its strength and sturdiness. While Tae Kang would be a pair of slippers; easy to access; comfortable to wear; inexpensive to all. You might want to wear heels all day long at work but at the end of the day, you find yourself coming home to a pair of homely slippers. And that’s the warmth Tae Kang brings to Ji An’s life.
I can’t pick one man for Ji An because each of them complements her in different ways, both with pros and cons. Here’s a poll!
The best man for Ji An is….
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