One of those rare events in K-dramas has just happened in the Korean soap opera You Are Too Much, where our leading lady finally gets married to a surprise groom. As the drama tumbles toward the final segment where every open thread is supposed to wrap up nicely, more trouble looms ahead. I wrote about the most dysfunctional family on TV a little while ago, now it's time to catch up.

<Spoilers Alert>I have patiently watched through episode 40 of the 50-episode K-drama family feud. If you don't want to hear spoilers, don't read on!!!

1. Hae Dang finally gets married!

ICYMI, the drama originally started with actress Gu Hye Sun but had to replace her due to a medical emergency. When Jang Hee Jin came in as the new Hae Dang, I liked her and also felt that she seemed to have more chemistry with Hyun Joon (Jung Gyu Woon), the second male lead, than with the first male lead, Kyung Soo (Kang Tae Oh).

Did the scriptwriter decide to change because of the change in cast and chemistry, or, was it always planned to shift toward the surprise pairing? Either way, lucky viewers witnessed one of those rare K-drama events — The second male lead marries the leading lady! 

I highly recommend watching episode 37, where the poised bride and her handsome groom are married in a simple but serene church setting. Even if if you haven't watched the drama series, just go straight to that episode and enjoy. There are, of course, plenty of undercurrents, because neither Hyun Joon's chaebol father nor Yoo Ji Na approves of their marriage. How long will the marriage last?


2. She's baaaack! 

Yoo Ji Na (Uhm Jung Hwa) is not content with her marriage to wealthy tycoon Park Sung Hwan (Jun Kwang Ryul) and starts seeing a younger man, who is actually delivered to her (like a gift basket) in a trap set up by her daughter-in-law, Go Na Kyung (Yoon Ah Jung), who is married to Hyun Joon's brother, Hyun Sung, played by Jo Sung Hyun (aka Eru for his stage name).

Throughout the last many episodes, people who resent Yoo Ji Na have kept wanting to drive her out of the chaebol mansion, but she's managed to stay. When her affair is exposed, her husband finally ditches her but stuns the rest of the family by keeping her son Kyung Soo (Kang Tae Oh) around. He says he'll pass his stock shares to Kyung Soo, which would effectively give the company's controlling interest to Yoo Ji Na's son instead of to his own sons.

Yoo Ji Na is like the sticky gum that you can't get rid off!


3. Halmeoni lives!

Grandmother (aka Evil Mother-in-Law to her son's first wife) has transformed into a stoic heroine who stands up to her treacherous chaebol son and his second wife, Joo Ji Na, as those two compete for the Most Villainous Character award.

For a while, however, grandmother lays in the hospital bed, and we wonder if she'll become the third person to die because of Yoo Ji Na.

Again, fate (Scriptwriter Goddess) is in charge. 

BTW, I looked up actress Jung Hye Sun who plays the grandmother. Did you know she is 75? (Actually, it's 76 in Korean age.) She looks great, and I love seeing her in the traditional Korean dress. The Hanbok reminds us that the modern wealthy family feud is similar to palace intrigue.


4. Now, the current cliffhanger is about a tree!

Our leading cast of characters have been busy figuring out where Hyun Joon's mother hid crucial documents, or perhaps incriminating evidence against his father. It's unfortunate that Kyung Soo (Kang Tae Oh) has lost his credibility when he says he doesn't have any knowledge of the secret. They finally conclude that the secret stash must be hidden under a special tree in the mansion's yard. 

Guess what happens next? 

COMING SOON

You Are Too Much

Starring Uhm Jung Hwa and Gu Hye Sun

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One thing never changes: Dinnertime at the chaebol home continues to be a battlefield. The table is always lavishly set with delicious-looking food, but often people burst into arguments and leave abruptly. I can't help but wonder why no one in that household has come down with indigestion or a stomachache.

Sometimes I think this soap opera is so bad, but I just can't stop watching it. The dramatic ups and downs are keeping me and many other fans interested. In a way, it's a form of comic relief. The drama continues to get high ratings in South Korea. 

Stay tuned! Only 10 more episodes!

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