About to Hit the Fan

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Credit: DC/Soompi

So what happens when you throw a woman and two fabulous men into a cohabitation situation to assess compatibility, or rather, as a way to end a messy love triangle? Hi-jinks ensue? Sure, but what becomes more apparent is which way the heart lies, no matter how much you try to convince it otherwise. Some spoilers for episodes 17-18.

Jung-won is sweet, considerate, and consistent, definitely husband material, and without the distraction of another suitor, most women would snag him in a heartbeat. So what if there’s not much heat? A peaceful life with a loving companion is pretty much striking the lottery in this age of Tinder hookups.

Hwa-shin, on the other hand, like what the two-timing first love said, is petty, OCD, and inconsiderate, but yet, both she and Na-ri are attracted to this immature dolt. Perhaps they see his vulnerability and sincerity beneath his bluster. Perhaps it’s just the pheromones. Perhaps it’s how they can be their unbridled self with such an assy person, with no need to present a facade of perfection around this obviously imperfect man.

It’s obvious by now that Hwa-shin has definitely more than 51% in Na-ri’s heart. From the get-go, it was his hand she was clutching in her sleep at the hospital, and she can let her guard down completely when she is with him. She scolds him, nags him, argues with him – all of which she’s too polite to do with Jung-won. Instead of getting excited by Jung-won’s dropped towel, she’s embarrassed. When his mother shows approval of their relationship, she’s not excited. With Hwa-shin, she initiates all kinds of contact – getting into his personal space just to see him in his glasses. Their chemistry is off the charts, and yet, she tries to do the right thing. Which goes to show, maybe being natural animals might be better than being the cultured beasts we are.

I can totally empathise why Na-ri is having reservations despite her writing down Jung-won’s name on her calendar. Jung-won is consistently sweet, while Hwa-shin is his usual grouchy self. The (economic) cost of losing a good catch like Jung-won should things not work out with Hwa-shin is not considerable. Trying to justify the riskier choice of a man whose intentions had done a 180 only recently, and possibly due to kiasu-ism (the fear of losing out), definitely requires a leap of faith. Unfortunately, in her indecision, an unknown variable has come into the picture to shake things up. Hye-won’s seeming entering of the fray is bound to incite further bouts of jealousy, which might not be a bad thing if it pushes her to confront her situation more urgently.

I’m loving all the last four episodes. Seriously, this is an absurdist drama that deserves waaaay higher ratings that it is garnering. It twists tropes on their heads, contorting them into grotesque mirrors that makes us question why we think the way we do, why we can’t just think out of the box and stop following all those damned conventions that were meant to protect the stability of society, but has just made life even more difficult for those whose lives were not meant for the road overly travelled.

Why can’t Pal-gang just live with both moms? They seem to have come to a happy coexistence in recent episodes, and having to choose one mom over another just brings the warzone back. Two moms, more love, isn’t that a win-win for everyone? Weird fixation with solo mothers, me thinks.

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credit: sharingsilence tumblr

Good god, he looks darned smexy in the glasses, and the nose wiggle that all us four-eyes do… I’d stare the same way as Pyo Na-ri.

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