I gave the “Affair Drama” a shot and so far, like it.
What I don’t like is how horrible they’ve made the spouses. I understand that they need us to root for the OTP but Do Woo’s wife is insane and I was going to call her unrealistic till I thought of Kenya Moore (of the Real Housewives of Atlanta), whose mom is just as nasty. Anyway, why did Hye Won push her daughter away so? She seems to have been in contact with her child’s father at some point but the only reason I can accept is that Annie is a product of rape and it’s been impossible for Hye Won to dissociate the poor girl from that horrible experience. And while that wouldn’t justify her awful treatment of the innocent child, I would at least be able to sympathize with her. Anything else will not cut it.
I feel so bad for Annie and I’m glad that she at least got to receive love from Do Woo and his family. The poor girl had to hear her own mother tell her to build a life in a foreign country and never return home. What da hell?
Soo Ah’s husband is another head case whose sole purpose in life is to ship his child off to boarding school. If they have a problem raising her with two working parents, why not use the money spent on sending her to Malaysia on a live-in nanny? And she certainly doesn’t need to study abroad or at an international boarding school to improve her grades.
I believe these ridiculous spouses are their attempt at manipulating us into rooting for the OTP so I’m not having it! Yes, I’m rebelling against them but not in any meaningful way because instead of rooting against the OTP, I’m simply ignoring the spouses.
Do Woo marries a single mother and ends up giving her daughter more love that she’d ever received. The poor girl dies after once again being rejected by her mother and Evil Mom rejects her even in death! I know that she feels guilty but not only did she not travel over to Malaysia upon receiving the bad news, she told her husband to keep her remains there. Who does that? Then she immediately gets rid of all her things and converts the girl’s bedroom into a study.
This is why Do Woo is falling out of love with her (that’s if he ever loved her). A child’s death often creates a rift between the parents but they at least have each other’s shoulders to lean on. Not here. Not with Hye Won. She barely reacts to her child’s death, leaving Do Woo to make all arrangements on his own. He can’t even mourn with her and she gets an attitude anytime anyone brings her daughter up.
But there is Soo Ah, someone who never met Annie but as her friend’s mom, shows her more love in death than Hye Woo did in her life. And she becomes someone he can talk to and grieve with. Someone who shows him what he’s missing with his wife.
And for Soo Ah, Do Woo is everything her husband isn’t. He’s an affectionate, loving father. He listens to her. He’s considerate. He’s someone that calms her when she’s having a hard time.
And that’s how I’ve found myself enjoying this drama. I’m not even sure why I like it but I suppose it’s different from the usual romantic comedies or action dramas I like. It’s simple, sweet and is about two people connecting after tragedy. And since I’m ignoring their spouses, am not too bothered about the potential infidelity.
Right now, I can’t say that I’m rooting for them to end up together. No, all I want is that they aren’t with horrible spouses by the end the drama. Barring a great explanation, Hye Woo is irredeemable but I’m cool with Soo Ah staying with her husband if he has a major personality change. Most of all, I want their daughter, Hyo Eun, to feel loved by both parents.
Do Woo went to meet Annie’s father only to discover that he doesn’t exist. This means Umma was fine with keeping up the ruse even if it meant that her poor daughter had to dress up and pretend to meet him every Saturday. How will she react when her husband confronts her about his discovery?
Do Woo is out there telling his daughter’s friend’s mom that he misses her and needs to see her. It’s like he’s so grief-stricken and pissed at his wife that he’s taken the YOLO approach and is just going for it. Reminds me of how after she witnessed him take his wife home, he called to request a meet up with her. WTF? LOL
We learned that Jin Suk didn’t cheat with that thirsty flight attendant but what story are they telling us with Mi Jun?