DRAMA CLUB: Unemployed Romance 7 (1/2)
Welcome back to the Unemployed Romance Drama Club! In this week's installment, we talk about the present day complications of the the pairings in the show, if it's all been worth it and, most importantly, what the hell is up with these people?!
Can I say this is a favorite episode of mine so far? Even though we are still revisiting some scenes from the past, but boy am I glad we have finally move on to the scene at the unemployment office. The past few episodes have changed my perception of Jong Dae but conversely they have also made me wary of Seung Hee and Jong Dae's true nature. I do believe that neither is as bad as they think they are and the break up is the sequelae of a combination of bitterness, misunderstandings and outside interference. However, their obstinance and pride will make the path of reconciliation that much harder.
That leads to my next dilemma - do I even want these two to reconcile? Seung Hee and Jong Dae have both decided to accept another person into their lives at the point of their bickering reunion. Besides Wan Ha, I am quite impressed with Yeon Woo who genuinely seems like a nice girl, well not very tactful at times but nice is nice. Which is more than I can say for Seon Joo. If there's one thing I look forward to about her, it's the fall out from her 'little' lie. She's been spared so far and showed nil remorse. If anything, I think she enjoy Seong Hee's misfortune.
I'm a teensy bit disappointed both pairings (Jong Dae-Yeon Woo & Seung Hee-Wan Ha) have barely made any progress in their relationships before the unexpected meeting stirs up old feelings. However, despite their bickerings, it's obvious that Seung Hee and Jong Dae still remember stuffs about each other, even the embarrassing ones. I thought the cream detail was oddly sweet and this is one of few moments I could imagine the relationship to work. And of course we have the 'helpful' peripheral figures who all insist that our leads should lie to their current other halves. I suppose they all watch dramas and realize that there's no such thing as a secret in dramaland!
Now that Unemployed Romance has doubled back to where it left off in episode 3, the question we have before us is: was the setup worthy?
The eventual meeting between Seung Hee and Jong Dae has 10 years of knowledge, disappointments and bitterness building up to it. They’re both at terrible stages in their lives, and neither wants to admit that they’re doing badly in front of the other person. Their verbal back and forth is visually highlighted with a split screen that provides an attack equivalent to the things they are saying. It’s pretty funny stuff and visually inventive in the ways that most k-dramas don’t try to be.
This episode finds our characters taking stock of where their lives are right now. Each of them is trying to rebuild and put everything behind us, but just like some of the side characters say, Seung Hee and Jong Dae seem to have an annoying connection. This meeting causes both of them to have to think about what happened in the past, and start to think about what it means going forward. How does this affect their new relationships? Are they going to be able to finally move on?
We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us. The show has demonstrated in its flashback structure how and why these characters have affected each other, and why each of them may not be able to move on. Jong Dae has a tendency to screw himself over in a major way every time it seems like he’s succeeding; Seung Hee seems like she just has terrible luck. Now that their paths are converging again, how will everyone else react? I don’t think Wan Ha will sit back idly and watch something happen. We will have to wait and see.
Finally, we arrive at the present time. As predicted, misunderstandings between Kim Jong Dae (Nam Goong Min) and Im Seung Hee (Lee Young Ah) continues to escalate where they hilariously exchange harsh words along with imaginary spikes, fire breath, blow pipe darts, and eye laser beams. It's interesting to see all the unemployed applicants take their phones out right away to film the situation like paparazzi. The remaining argument gets uploaded onto the internet as the second-most watched video.
What intrigues me is how both Jong Dae and Seung Hee handle the embarrassing video situation with their current significant others. Seung Hee tries to hide the fact completely, thinking it might upset Song Wan Ha (Seo Jun Young). Jong Dae does the same except he fails horribly when his girlfriend, Oh Yeon Woo (Jung Seung Ah) sees the video playing on his own phone. It was only a matter of time before everyone finds out.
Jong Dae clearly stills has feelings for Seung Hee when he was unable to smooch Yeon Woo, which is the defining moment of their relationship. I thought he might kiss Yeon Woo out of politeness since she was waiting for his kiss, but Jong Dae hugged her instead. Seung Hee is still waiting for Jong Dae's apology after all these years and I'm waiting for Jong Dae to find out the truth behind Seung Hee's disappearance. For this relationship to work, I think Jong Dae will need to take the first step. It hasn't been that long since their first meeting at the unemployment center and Seung Hee is already on Jong Dae's mind. I want to see how Wan Ha will handle this situation.
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Episode 7: [Part 1] [Part 2]