There’s a drama airing on SBS that not many are talking about – The Woman Who Married 3 Times. I’ll admit that when I read the synopsis – I groaned. It sounded like a family melodrama and those usually leave me pulling out my hair. However, I gave it a shot during one of those lulls (waiting for subs – LOL). To my surprise, I ended up watching every single episode that’s available and am now eager to find out where the story goes next. I’m hooked. *sigh* It happens.
It does revolve around families but it’s centered on the story of Eun Soo (Lee Ji-Ah) and the choices she makes. I’ll also admit I didn’t like her at all in the beginning. What kind of woman would give up her child to marry a man? (It probably happens a lot, right?) Even when I learned she was lied to, I still didn’t understand or like her decision – although I’m softening towards her a bit now.
I tell you guys the truth so I’ll also admit that I haven’t the slightest bit of interest in the story-line involving Hyun-soo/Gwang-Mo and Joo-ha. (Eun Soo’s older sister) I have, in fact, fast-forwarded through all of their scenes. (LOL) But I’m now emotionally invested in the story surrounding our lead female, Eun Soo and her daughter, Seul-gi (Jung Ji-Young). Yep, I’m hung up on the little angel who is stuck in the middle of all this grown-up nonsense and trying to survive.
It begins like this: Eun Soo meets, falls in love and marries Tae-Won (Song Chang Eui) moving into his family home. Her new Mother-In-Law is a monster (of course) who abuses her daily, eventually attacking her physically. Why this woman hates Eun Soo so much is something I’m not 100% sure of but I’m gonna guess it has to do with money and the fact that Eun Soo isn’t from a wealthy family.
Eun Soo gets pregnant, which infuriates Mother-In-Law so much that she treats Eun Soo even worse. (is that possible?) Seul-gi is born but nothing changes. Eun Soo finally can’t take it anymore, sits Tae-Won down and begs him to divorce her so she can leave with Seul-gi. Tae-Won does nothing to stop the abuse nor to stop Eun Soo from leaving. It’s clear he loves her but he’s one of those “obedient”, wimpy types who can’t stand up to Mom in order to protect his wife. So he lets her go.
Flash-forward to Eun Soo meeting Joon-Goo (Ha Seok Jin). He pursues her relentlessly, finally telling her that he promises after they’re married, they’ll only live with his parents for one year. Then they will get their own place and bring Seul-gi over. So he bribes her to marry him. LOL Wait…what? So she’s not allowed to bring her daughter with her? Oh, hell no! See that right there would have been the deal breaker for me. But Eun Soo marries him, leaving her daughter at her parents house.
Eun Soo discovers that her new In-Laws, although very rich, nice people are kind of elitist snobs. Plus they don’t like her seeing her daughter because it might involve seeing her ex-husband? (WTF?) She also learns Joon-Goo lie to her since her new In-Laws have no intention of letting them move out after one year. In fact, new Mother-In-Law tells her (in a soft, understanding voice) to turn over custody to her ex-husband and cut all ties. *gasp*
Which she does. *gasps louder* But a series of circumstances happen all at once that sort of force her hand. First, her ex-Monster-In-Law finds out her son has “run into” Eun Soo while dropping off/picking up Seul-gi. She learns this from the new daughter-in-law prospect she’s hand-picked for her son, Chae-Rin (Son Yeo-Eun). This is our resident psycho – she’s jealous of Eun Soo and Seul-gi both and vows to marry Tae-Won, even after he tells her he’s not the slightest bit attracted to her. Yea, she’s one of those “I will force you to love me!” types. *rolling eyes*
Second, Seul-gi learns she won’t be living with Mom as planned and feels like an orphan since she’s not living with Mom or Dad. She begs to be allowed to live with her Dad. Third, after Chae-Rin tattles to Mom that Tae-Won is seeing his ex – all hell breaks loose and she phones Eun Soo’s new Mother-In-Law to complain that Eun Soo is interfering in her son’s life. New In-Laws do not take kindly to this…person calling them with complaints about their new Daughter-In-Law. (As in, how dare she call us? Doesn’t she know who we are?) Pfffffftttttt. These people are truly unbelievable.
So in order to placate her new In-laws, and ease Seul-gi’s badly bruised heart – she gives in and sends Seul-gi to live with her Dad. Chae-Rin wins too, since Tae-Won decides to marry her in order to stop his Mom from trying to destroy Eun Soo’s new life. He still loves his ex that much? UGH to all these people. At this point, the only character I truly liked was Seul-gi. (LOL)
It gets worse for Eun Soo as she finds out (painfully so) that Joon-Goo cheated on her 4 months after they were married. Isn’t that considered the “honeymoon” phase? He’s been seeing an actress, Da-Mi (Jang Hee Jin) for many years and hasn’t yet been able to break it off. unbelievably, his excuse is he’s a man? Eun Soo doesn’t take it and calls him on that crap, packing a bag and leaving immediately. (Much to the shock of her new Mother-In-Law, who thinks she’s being selfish). He spends his time looking at pictures of Da-Mi online and brooding. And is increasingly nasty to Eun Soo.
Eun Soo leaves to stay at her parents, threatening to divorce but eventually goes back after everyone tells her to just “forgive him” and let it be. During this cold period of their marriage, Joon-Goo forces himself on Eun Soo, all the while promising to make a clean break with Da-Mi. He doesn’t of course, he still takes her phone calls and runs when she calls him over.
At Tae-Won’s home, Chae-Rin’s true nature comes out when she tries to take control of everything. She’s opposed at every turn by Tae Won’s sister, Tae Hee, who still lives at home and doesn’t much care for her brothers new wife. Tae Won and his Mom also step in, trying to placate this Princess-Wanna-Be but her frustration builds. She ends up taking it out on Seul-gi by demanding she not talk to or see her Mom (or her Grandparents from that side) and also starts to interfere with the time Seul-gi spends with her Dad. She’s jealous of the attention this child gets?
All the classic abuse signs are there and I knew it was going to happen. Chae-Rin waits until she’s alone with Seul-gi, she demands respect, she implies Seul-gi should feel guilty for favoring her real Mom and then slaps her when she tries defending her Mom. Afterwards, she tells Seul-gi “this must stay between us” so the kid won’t blab, and having made her point about who is the “Princess” in the house, skips her way out of the room. Seul-gi runs away.
She turns up at her Grandparents house, having walked the whole way there. Tae-Won picks her up, angry that she left the house without telling anyone. Chae-Rin lies about the whole incident, accusing Seul-gi of being disrespectful to her. What infuriates me about this is that Tae-Won doesn’t ask Seul-gi for her side of the story. Come on! He knows his daughter better than that! Worse still, Eun Soo discovers she is pregnant – from the night Joon-Goo basically raped her. *pulls out hair* We’re smack dab in the middle of crisis on all fronts.
What will she do now? Is she stuck in this miserable marriage with a cheating husband? When will Seul-gi spill the beans on psycho Chae-Rin? My weekends have been taken over by this drama.