It’s a week of seeing sides to people you don’t expect (well, maybe we expected it), relationships beginning to blossom, exploring the dynamics between child and parent, and maybe a little squealing from me. Join me, OhSoEnthusiastic, and Cici as we talk about all of this in this week’s review!

OhSoEnthusiastic: Gosh, what a thoughtful drama to get to come back to every week. Even with such a heavy subject matter, I still walk away from it feeling good.

Cici: So do I. But I’d feel better if I could punch Soo Ah just once. The way she basically trapped Mi Rae into wearing an outfit that made her uncomfortable for the festival, and then managed to invite the one person from her middle school who would continue to be unspeakably cruel to her had me ready to scream.

OhSoEnthusiastic: I don’t think Soo Ah had any real hand in the outfit. All of three of them seemed uncomfortable with wearing it, but as is often true of people that age, if no one else makes a fuss about it, you typically feel like you shouldn’t either. It doesn’t help that Korean culture is set up in a way that you /have/ to go with whatever the person/persons in the position of authority over you say, even if it’s not appropriate/fair. I witnessed many a situation while I was there where if a foreigner hadn’t been present to say no to something, the Koreans who were there would have gone along with it, because they were afraid to say no and it was someone who was older than them telling them to do it. I think Soo Ah has also just built up this image of being pleasant and accommodating and so she probably felt like she had to just grin and bear it. That and I get the impression she doesn’t necessarily like being relegated to the innocent and cute category while Mi Rae gets to be the ‘sexy’ one. Honestly, while I get why you guys dislike her so much, I don’t think she’s the end-all be-all villain you guys feel like she is. I think there’s a lot more gray to her character.

Cici: Well, for now, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. She’s sneaky, and she’s a liar. She did enough research on Mi Rae’s middle school to know exactly where she went, and she hunted down a former classmate on social media and told him “I love your picture!” That was the perfect in for her to find out the scoop and set up the whole festival scenario. And then she had the nerve to lie about knowing where Mi Rae went to middle school. I’m just glad that Kyung Seok showed up and took her away from the dating game. I did have to laugh at the way he left Soo Ah and her friend high and dry.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Oh, that was 100% underhanded, I don’t disagree. She is a manipulative liar. I think there is a part of her that feels bad about what she’s doing though. The problem is she’s built up this image of herself for other people to see that she can’t maintain naturally, and she’s terrified of it crashing down around her, so she feels like she has to protect it all costs. Including at the cost of other people. I just really like her character and how complex she is. Thank God for Kyung Seok though, right? I really appreciated how he didn’t even think about peeking at her while she went to change her shirt. You know some of those other guys, if in the same situation, would not have behaved so gentlemanly.

Cici: He is very careful not to do anything that would seem cruel. I also loved how he explained the two misunderstandings she had about their relationship in middle school. The fact that her dancing feet at the bus stop gave him the only reason to smile was a little heartbreaking. And his response to her wearing perfume was also understandable. (I called it last week!) I’m glad that she can now see him for the kind, protective person he is.

OhSoEnthusiastic: You were totally right about the perfume. I’m kind of disappointed it wasn’t because he had a crush on her, because I just want to see a bajillion cute moments of him staring wistfully at her, lol, but it does make sense considering what we know about his mom. But GIRL! HE CALLED HER CUTE! HE CALLED HER YOUNG SELF CUTE AND I DIED! I DIIIIIEEEEEDDDDD!!!! I mean, it was obvious (at least to me) that he had had a crush on her before, so I wasn’t surprised by it, but I was STILL OVER THE MOON ABOUT IT BECAUSE AOIHCGAOIJFAKGDIAHS!(UG(EFY*(YFHD!!!

(Sometimes my excitement explodes from my body. My apologies, lol.)

Cici: LOL. I had the same reaction. And he said it so matter-of-fact, like he didn’t have to think twice. I was kind of in love with him before that, but that cinched the deal. Now if he could only get over his Mommy issues (which may not be unjustified) he would be perfect. I’m hoping that his dad will slip up and let on that he was lying about her having an affair with a younger man, or that Kyung Seok will actually meet with her and give her a chance to explain from her point of view.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Honestly, I’m okay with it being true that she had an affair and then left of her own volition as long as when they finally meet (because he will eventually give in and meet her), she apologizes for abandoning them like that. People make mistakes out of desperation with their situation in life, and I believe there is very little that cannot be redeemed somehow. I just want her to understand that leaving her children wasn’t fair to them. They deserved better. And I do want Kyung Seok to meet with her, but maybe more on his terms rather than hers, since she was the one who left and he and his sister had to pick up the pieces once she was gone. I think it’s important for their first meeting to happen in a way that feels safe and okay for him.

Cici: I fully expect his mom to have a backstory that would explain the necessity of leaving her family and escaping to the US. She did try to commit suicide, and I’m not sure how that would be viewed in Korean society, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was grounds for having your children taken away, or being committed, or both. I do know that Dad gives off completely cold and selfish vibes, so it will be interesting to see what is revealed in the next couple of weeks. But the fact that Mom is the one who prevented Mi Rae from killing herself when she was at such a low point in her life has got to count for something. I think once Kyung Seok finds out about that, he may soften towards her enough to hear her side of the story.

OhSoEnthusiastic: It could definitely be used in court as a reason for why one parent should have sole custody of the kids, and that might play a role in this situation, for sure. I don’t think, at this point in Korea’s history, that it would have gotten her committed though. Not without her consent. I’m positive it was something her husband wanted to keep really hushed up and under wraps because of his career, and that’s definitely going to play into the breakdown of their marriage. That and it appears they didn’t marry each other out of any real feelings of love. I imagine Mi Rae, without meaning to or trying, will end up being the thing/the person that ultimately brings Mom and Kyung Seok back together. He’s so incredibly smitten with Mi Rae that anyone who treats her well is probably going to be a person he respects.

Cici: I am also really pleased with the development of some of the side characters. Kyung Seok’s friend, Woo Jin, starts out as such a jerk who only hires girls for their looks. When he finds out that Jung Boon was right, and his cute employee was actually stealing from him, he really has to apologize. And I loved that he found her at a table at the festival completely surrounded by her guy friends from high school. I think that may end up being a cool secondary romance.

OhSoEnthusiastic: I love that she has so many male friends, and I can’t wait for that to be a source of some jealousy from him, lol. Wanna know what I’m really pleased about though? All of these cute little couples that are forming right before our eyes. In my top three favorite romance tropes of all time is the ‘ugly-duckling’ who gets the good-looking guy, either because he sees her beauty from the get go or he comes to appreciate it as he gets to know her. I bloody love that trope like I love drenching vanilla ice cream in half a bottle of chocolate syrup.

Cici: ROFL. And now I want ice cream. With chocolate syrup. But before I go get some, I have to mention how cute Mi Rae's dad was. I was so relieved that her scary stalker was just her dad following her to make sure that she got home safely. I am completely done with scary stalkers (I’m looking at you, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), so good job, writers! High five!

OhSoEnthusiastic: That was such a sweet and unexpected twist. I was fully prepared for Mi Rae to have obtained an honest to goodness stalker, because that would honestly be a possibility. I’m glad that it turned out to be her dad checking in on her, because he doesn’t know how to approach her right now. I hope the writers aren’t done exploring that whole dynamic of the story, because I think there’s still a lot to talk about there.

Cici: Well, I had to laugh when he told his wife that he had made up with Mi Rae, but not with her. They are such a cute couple, and they’ve done an amazing job of letting Mi Rae know that they love her no matter what. That’s what will ultimately let her find her strength and face up to anything anyone says.

What do you think of this week's episodes? Which scenes touched you, made you laugh, or made you fume? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Starring Cha Eun Woo and Im Soo Hyang

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