Ah, I’m so torn about this drama. There is one aspect that I really love (the three leads) and A LOT that I wish is cut down. It seems like the writer enjoys writing about unhappy people. Most of her male characters are cheating, decadent scoundrels who live believing that their wives should grovel beneath their feet. And the women, why? WHY submit yourself to such a suffocating life? Cut the drama, give me the cute!
Episode 1 Summary:
Meet our leading lady, Song Ji Hye (Nam Sang Mi), a radio writer, who’s traveling to the beautiful island of Jejudo to rope in her friend’s husband as the upcoming guest. However, despite the little smiles she gives to many people, alone her face reads not a hint of happiness. She isn’t a people-friendly person you see, placing her luggage in the compartment and taking up ALL the space. Our gentleman guy, Kim Hyun Woo (Lee Sang Woo) doesn’t bother her and tasks it upon himself to shift and organize the compartment to fit in his own stuff.
He sits down beside her, and before he knows it, her book and pencil has fallen out of her hands. He picks them up, noting that she’s sleeping soundlessly. There’s this awkward moment where he looks at her posture and decides it’s best that he holds onto the book rather than being seen as a pervert by placing them in her lap.
Hyun Woo casually opens the book and her commentaries on the side amuse him. He continues to flip through the pages with a smile on his face. Hello there megawatt smile. 😀 Long time no see.
After they land, Ji Hye drops her book in a hurry, and Hyun Woo picks it up for her, but he misses her by a second to a taxi.
Cut to another unhappy woman named Hong Hye Jung (Lee Tae Ran). She treads with heavy steps into a spacious condo, where her pig husband, Kang Tae Jin (Kim Jung Tae) is asleep next to a young woman. This sight must not be new because she isn’t shaken by his infidelity. After she gently wakes up the girl, she stirs him awake, and places his suit, pants, and underwear onto the bed, reminding him to go to work on time.
Hye Jung then returns to her in-laws family and reports to her rich mother-in-law that she made sure her cheating husband is on his way to work. The grumpy old woman lifts a casual brow, “Did you make sure he eat breakfast?”
Er, and you thought Joo Won’s mother from Secret Garden is worst! Check out this monster!
Jejudo Island must be small because these two wanderers meet again while touring the pretty scenery. Before this, Ji Hye was told by her friend to be careful, a murder took place recently. (AND WHY THE HECK DID YOU LET HER GO ALONE? I know. The killer would wait for her to make the call for help before he cuts her up. Got it.)
So when Hyun Woo shows up in her face all smiley, she’s confused, and a little worried. Until he unzips his bag and we watch her eyes go wide. She turns and screams, “Umma, help me!” while running down the alley. Hyun Woo’s like What’s wrong with this chick?
A little while later, they meet again. This time, he doesn’t approach her directly but heavens forbid that to happen because a group of students run past her, tipping her balance. Hyun Woo has no choice but lends a hand to catch her… right into his arms. Recognizing his face as the creep from earlier, she yelps, “AHHHHHHHHHHH!”
This is funny. He looks mortified. He lets go of her and demands that she stops her insanity. He returns her book in broad daylight and they clear up their morning misunderstanding.
And thus begins the 3-day vacation where two lonely souls seek out each other’s company, and finding that it’s a pleasant surprise.
I love these slow-mo shots. Sometimes, it feels like a CF for couples. ha. Having spent the whole day together, they now stand before the sea and let the crashing waves flow back and forth beneath their feet. Feeling an attraction with his new friend, Hyun Woo takes the first step and bravely asks her out for dinner, “Do you want to have dinner with this psycho?” She teases him in return, “Won’t it be dangerous?”
They smile and he oddly takes her wrist. She hesitates under his touch and gradually allows herself to be guided down the beach.
This part is so cute! Hyun Woo’s attempt at flirting and he fails miserably. Love his shy nod to the side! It feels like Lee Sang Woo is blushing for real in this scene. He’s a quiet man in real life, so saying these cheesy lines must have been awkwardly embarrassing for him. Cute for us, so gobble up ladies!
Ji Hye is letting her guard down around this stranger. How could she not? Looks what he’s doing above. He’s treating her like a queen! A truck crawls up behind them and he urges her to start running. Then he lifts her bag to decrease the weight on her shoulders. So sweet.
HAHA. Another funny scene. Ji Hye steps in cow poopoo and looks at him flustered. “Can you do something?” What else would he do? Hyun Woo marches over and throws her over his broad, muscular shoulders, and carries her off. She’s taken aback but doesn’t argue.
He pauses and she questions his sudden stillness. His jaw clenches and the camera pans down…to his shoe being stuck in another mass of poo. 😛
Cut to another messed up family. Obedient housewife, Kwon Eun Hee (Jang Yung Nam), who’s ordered to stay home at all times like she’s a guard dog. Her husband, No Seung Soo (Jang Hyun Sung), is a news anchor who’s also cheating on her with another pretty, English-speaking female.
Because of her, he forces his young kids to learn English too. And there’s a terrible scene where he’s speaking on the phone with the pretty female in English in front of Eun Hee, saying stuff like, “It’s okay, she doesn’t understand what I’m staying. BTW, you’re so HOT.”
Oh My Gawwwd. I need to find that killer because there are men in need of reconstruction!
Ji Hye’s and Hyun Woo’s first clash. She reveals her dreams to him, being happily married without the burden of status and wealth. She states that she’s willing to live in a hut with him. Hyun Woo finds this thinking of love outdated/unachievable with modern women. Thinking that he’s mocking her, she walks away from him.
Aw. His puppy tendency is to follow by her side, not speaking lest he irritates her further. But then rain pours down on them. Immediately he pulls out his jacket and covers her. She’s touched by his action, curious at the same time. Why is he so nice?
And here’s our fourth crazy family. The daughter is a plastic barbie who’s obsessed with fixing her face in hopes of catching a rich man. O_O Above is her raging mother after finding out what her daughter has done, again. New nose.
The sudden rain requires Ji Hye and Hyun Woo to stay at a resident’s house for the night, together in the same room. She’s taking the bed and he’s lying on the floor. But her constant visits to the bathroom makes him uneasy. He gets up to sleep outside, fearing that his presence in the room is the source of her distress.
Seeing her unsettled expression, he does the best thing possible, he pulls her into his broad chest, caressing her gently until she closes her eyes, sinking into his sincerity and warmth. And she kisses him back.
Next morning, they brood over their sexy one-night stand. She stares listlessly into space, guilt joining her already stormy emotions. While he’s overseeing the vast sea, contemplating about last night.
Ji Hye’s leaving this Island and returning to Seoul today. She sees Hyun Woo and begins to run away, as if the sound of his voice could change her mind. Anguished to do the right thing, Hyun Woo wishes that they can settle down and think this over, he doesn’t want to let her leave this Island feeling ashamed. He proposes that they take another few hours to think this over and if they both desire the same thing, meet him at the same place they met.
She doesn’t reply. But we do see her running in a lighter mood to that place, but gloom quickly engulfs her, and guilt magnifies itself.
Because she’s engaged to another fine, fine man, in Kang Tae Wook (Kim Ji Hoon), who’s enraged that she ran away without telling him. BTW, he’s the cheating husband’s brother. Not that one, the other one. Who’s keeping tabs here?
Anyway, Tae Wook enlists people to spy on Ji Hye’s flight schedule and silently waits for her in front of her house. He isn’t shy to let her know that he’s fuming with her sudden disappearance and slams the door of his car with a bang.
We don’t know what their problem is yet but from the way he wrist-grabs her, the lady isn’t fond of that move. He’s different from sunshine Hyun Woo, that’s for sure. He’s strict and almost inflexible.
Kap: I didn’t expect Lee Sang Woo and Nam Sang Mi to have such natural, easy-going chemistry with each other. They’re cute together but she’s so bogged down in her relationship that I feel will torment Hyun Woo down the road. Do I have to see his broken heart look twice? He should stop playing nice guys.
We only have one minute (or ~40 seconds) screen time for Kim Ji Hoon, so I can’t judge him or his character yet. But I will say this, good-looking male in a suit. 😉