We start with an introduction of our characters and learn that there’s more than meets the eye, just as we also learn that people can say the most hurtful things when they can’t see the bigger picture. Our drama’s set up with the premise of a cold arrogant star who is not so cold and not as arrogant and who we’re most likely going to cry bucket of tears for because he has a set time till he dies. And we realize that yup, this is going to be uncontrollably, a melodrama.
Top 10 Moments:
- We meet Joon Young and he doesn’t want to die (in a drama anyway)
The drama begins with a couple: Joon Young and Yoo Na saying their vows in an empty church. The air is filled with tension as we see that Yoo Na is clearly terrified. We soon see the reason as just as they’re about to have their first kiss as man and wife, a group of mobsters enter the church and accuse Joon Young of stealing the boss’s girl. Even when Joon Young points out that technically, Yoo Na was his girl first, they’re not willing to listen and they take the fight outside (I guess even mobsters respect the sanctity of a church). All the members rush at Joon Young but he gives as good as he gets. The head honcho, unwilling to wait for Joon Young to die by fists shoots him in the heart instead. Joon Young stares down at the bullet wound and the blood on his hands and then walks towards the man even as he tells us that he doesn’t want to die. By the time he points out that this isn’t Hollywood and people don’t die by gunshots anymore, we pan out to see that Joon Young’s an actor and he’s just basically walked away from the set because he doesn’t like the fact that his character got shot and would die. Even the director reminding him that the death is in his script doesn’t change his mind. And Joon Young suggests that the script be changed. Except, by the time Kook Young comes to join the set, we learn that the writer is insistent on leaving her script unchanged and getting rid of Joon Young instead, meaning the whole drama within the drama is now all over the internet. What CEO Namgoong doesn’t understand though is what would have made Joon Young change his mind about dying in the script when in the previous week, he was all excited about the impending death of his character (I have a couple of thoughts as to the why. But I don’t think you’re going to like it).
2. We meet Joon Young. Turns out he’s dying. For real
Joon Young pays a visit to the hospital where he speaks to his doctor as to his insomnia, caused as a result of him still trying to wrap his head around the fact that healthy him is dying of an incurable illness (really though show. I know you marketed yourself as a melodrama but still. I just finished dealing with NINE weeks of Park Do Kyung and the visions of him dying. Why are you doing this to me?). He wonders if maybe it’s a misdiagnosis, pointing out that there are some bad doctors out there (true). His doctor merely offers to refer him to another doctor for a second opinion. Joon Young however isn’t interested in that. What he wants to know is how the doctor can tell him that he’s going to die. He tells his doctor that he refuses to die, only for him to get to the car and have CEO Namgoong tell him to just die (in the drama) quietly, seeing that everything is set for his cremation. As he begs Namgoong to die without making a scene, Joon Young silently cries (Ooof. Talk about painful).
3. We meet No Eul. She’s clearly not watched enough Melodramas
Next we meet No Eul, who’s making a documentary and talking into her camera in the pouring rain. When her friend wails that Joon Young is dead, she is stunned. But when her friend continues that he died at his wedding in the drama, she gets angsty about a grown woman crying at a character’s death (pfft. Someone obviously doesn’t watch melodramas. Either that or she doesn’t have a heart). She cuts the call however when she spots the people she’s been waiting for to show up. Except, her camera’s knocked away by a goon who’s crept up on her, and the next thing we see she’s locked up in a room demanding to be released and for them to hand over her confiscated equipment. She is handed the equipment but all her collected footage has been erased. No Eul doesn’t let it bother her however seeing that she’s amassed enough of what she needs to write her story, and she lists out all the time the company has dumped industrial waste during heavy rains. When she’s asked what she wants, she replies that she wants a world with justice, common sense and principles. And one in which men like the one standing in front of her are too embarrassed to move around. When the man pushes some money towards her, she’s all filled with righteous indignation that he thinks he can bribe her to not release her story. She screams that she can’t be bribed, except next thing we see, she’s depositing all the money save for one bill which she keeps for herself (hahaha) and calls her loanshark to tell him that she’s made her payment and is aware that she still has a long way to go in paying up her debt.
4. Joon Young’s looking for someone and I’m looking for his dog in my life
Joon Young’s in the middle of his workout when he gets a call from a PI he’s hired to help him search for a girl. When the PI clarifies exactly how much information Joon Young wants him to get, Joon Young replies that he wants to know everything from what the girl does to what her assets are to whether or not she’s married and if she is, what her husband does for a living. When the PI asks if he should tell the girl when he finds her ,that Joon Young’s looking for her, Joon Young shuts down the suggestion, stating that he wants everything handled anonymously. Meanwhile, No Eul smiles at a billboard image of Joon Young telling her that she’s done a good job that day. Morning brings with it, one of the cutest dogs ever (seriously though, between this one and the dog from doctors, I’m seriously reconsidering getting a dog. Although, I still don’t think they can take the place of cats in my life, but they’re coming a close second), looking for his human: Joon Young. Joon Young feeds the dog but warns him that when he dies, Kook Young will be the one taking care of him and so doggie best friend has to learn to eat human food because Joon Young is sure Kook Young will only serve him leftovers instead of the expensive dog food the dog is used to. The dog is clearly displeased as he barks and walks away (hahaha. Talk about a high maintenance, I shall not lower my standards dog).
5. Sometimes, things don’t just go right
Joon Young sits outside a restaurant staring wistfully at the customers inside. He finally enters, dressed in one of the most ridiculous disguises (not as bad as Soo Ho in Lucky Romance though) and demands for their speciality soup. Young Ok (his mother?) insists on not serving him and doesn’t budge even when Joong Young drops the disguise and demands that she serve him even if it’s plain rice and soup. Jeong Sik urges Joon Young to leave, insisting that Young Ok won’t serve him and Young Ok tells Jeong Sik to sprinkle salt in front of Joon Young when he leaves (so what, Joon Young is a bad omen to her or something? Woman, you will really regret this when you find out that your son is dying. I’m just saying). Joon Young makes to leave but then comes back to ask the customers if he could just try some of their soup (awwww). Turns out that Young Ok really is his mother as Jeong Sik comes to meet her in the kitchen after Joon Young has left. He points out that just because she’d wanted Joon Young to become a judge or a prosecutor, it doesn’t mean she should treat him like trash for being a celebrity (wait what? She tossed him out like that because he decided to follow his dreams? What kind of mother does that?). Meanwhile, No Eul is at home, trying to get her landlady to reduce her rent and informing the woman that she has no place to go. Her landlady doesn’t budge and soon No Eul heads to the rooftop to wail to the heavens that she needs money sent to her so she can take care of her brother. What she gets instead is a text from work informing her that she’s been fired because they don’t need trash like her around (ouch).
6. We meet Ji Tae and he’s an idealist who looks great in glasses
Joon Young gets back home to ask doggie best friend if he should just tell Young Ok the truth so she can feed him soup. Their moment is interrupted by Kook Young who is furious that Joon Young’s changed his mind about staring in a documentary his team’s been preparing for. Joon Young wouldn’t budge however, stating that he’s decided to refuse doing anything he doesn’t want to do. On the other hand, No Eul sneaks into her office meeting, with drinks in hand and a scoop that she tries to use to get her job back. But her coworkers have had enough of her selling out great stories for cash (oh boy, they know). The words hit hard and No Eul tries to leave, but then changes her mind and starts stating all the bribes her boss and superior had taken in the past and tries to get them to let her own indiscretion slide. It doesn’t work however and she drinks in a bar, wailing at how unfair it all is. Ji Tae doesn’t agree though stating that he’s grateful that Joon Young got fired as her covering up stories for money would have started her on a slippery slope that would have led to her committing even bigger crimes.
7. No Eul’s good at taking advantage of the situation
After Ji Tae leaves her in the bar, with a warning that she should reflect on her actions, No Eul grumbles about him asking her to do penance and overhears a group of producers grumbling to Kook Young about Joon Young changing his mind about doing the documentary. She follows them outside and offers to get Joon Young to change his mind about not doing the documentary. They’re at first excited, believing that she knows Joon Young personally. When No Eul replies that everyone knows a big star like Joon Young, they try to dismiss her. No Eul then asks Kook Young what he would do should she actually succeed in getting Joon Young to agree to film the documentary. They still don’t believe her and so she states that should she succeed, then the production company should give her a job with them. As she promises that should she get hired, she wouldn’t take any bribes, Ji Tae watches the interaction from afar.
8. Birth secrets are coming our way?
Next, we see Ha Ru, a girl who’s taken a break from studying to exclaim about the news report of Joon Young clubbing the night away. She believes it’s photoshopped and when her father: Hyun Joon agrees, she praises him on his intelligence (hahaha. So, a huge fangirl then). When Hyun Joon father points out that she must really like Joon Young a lot, she claims that she will marry him, but disappears from the table, claiming a headache, the minute her mother: Eun Soo makes an appearance. Eun Soo immediately worries about Ha Ru and her excessive studying then turns her worries to Hyun Joon and his health. He silences her by pulling her into a hug and thanks her for the privilege of having her as a wife. Meanwhile, Young Ok who’s prepping ingredients in the restaurant spots a newspaper clipping of Hyun Joon and looks sad (oh boy, please tell me there’s no birth secrets coming our way. We already have enough dealing with the fact that Joon Young is scheduled to die). Her solitude is broken by Jeong Sik who was trying to sneak food to Joon Young. When he’s caught, he comes out and confesses that Joon Young wouldn’t eat his housekeeper’s food and the only meal he would eat is the one cooked by his mother. Young Ok wouldn’t budge or feel pity for her son though and insists that Jeong Sik can become Joon Young’s mother if he’s so concerned.
9. The first meeting
Joon Young is surprised to see No Eul on his security cam, asking to be allowed entry into the house. Kook Young who’s beside him is also surprised and points out that he’d met No Eul before and she seemed like a crook to him, what with her getting fired because she had collected bribes. No Eul though can hear their conversation (or maybe she’s real good at reading lips) and tosses back all the complaints Kook Young had thrown at Joon Young in his frustration that night. Joon Young though isn’t interested in meeting No Eul and tells her to leave, then calls the dog: Pororo over for a bath (Pororo. Cute name for a cute dog). No Eul though holds up signs to tell Joon Young that she doesn’t mean to intrude and he can do whatever it is he wants to, but she’ll wait outside till he calls her. And sure enough, even though the weather is freezing, she waits, without leaving till it’s nighttime and then checks on her brother to make sure that he’s eating. When she hears that he isn’t, she makes an ice sculpture, attaches a message that she’ll be back soon and leaves. Shortly after, Joon Young checks the security cam and is disappointed that she’s already left. Except, she shows up the next morning, just as he’s about to leave the house and slips into his car, with a coffee drink in hand. He rejects it and asks her to leave but she insists that she’s desperate and begs him to do the documentary. When he counts to three and she doesn’t leave, he takes her on a high speed drive that leaves her terrified, but doesn’t get her to change her mind about leaving him alone.
10. Joon Young finds his mystery woman
When Joon Young finally pulls over, No Eul throws up in the snow. Seemingly unconcerned about her, he tosses some bills at her, tells her to leave him alone and drives off, leaving No Eul lying down in the snow with tears running down her face. As he drives, an ambulance drives past him and later, he hears a news report about a woman who’s just been involved in an accident. Joon Young turns around and heads to the spot but No Eul isn’t there anymore. As he drives away again, his lawyer calls (so not a PI then) and informs him that he’s found the mystery woman. Joon Young replies that he thinks he’s found her too as he stares down the road at No Eul walking in the snow. He pulls up to her and No Eul smiles as she asks him if he’s changed his mind. She explains that she thinks the documentary will work wonders in changing his image of being an arrogant jerk and Joon Young interrupts to ask if she doesn’t recognize him. She gives a little laugh as she states that he’s a famous star, of course she recognizes him. When he screams the question again however, the smile drops as she tells him that she recognizes him and then calls him a scumbag.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one. The show just started and I don’t find anyone unbearably annoying yet.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Skinny White Wine Spritzer. It’s a short start, clean and simple and although a lot of people weren’t as impressed with it and some even had complaints that it’s just a little bland, I think it’s a drama that can be built up on and might have a surprising depth, when more is added to it. In the meanwhile though, it doesn’t have that something special yet, I’m interested in seeing what else is in store for us because the show’s got me curious about all the characters and their relationships with each other and that’s a pretty decent place for a premier to have me at.