A Newbie Reviews: Dramas of 2010

As the year 2010 comes to a close, I feel a little shell-shocked at how quickly time has passed by. Pretty soon, I’ll reach one year since I first become a fansubber/translator and since I started this very blog. By extension, this is the first year-end review I’m writing so please bear with me as I try to be as objective and impartial as possible. Not only will I be reviewing dramas that aired this year that I watched, but a few that I watched for the first time this year although they aired in previous years. Brace yourselves, this is going to be a long one.

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The Fin of Pasta and Wish Upon a Star

Pasta and Wish Upon a Star were the two dramas that I’ve been following faithfully since January, as can be inferred from my previous entries, and looking back in hindsight, I have a few things to say about the two dramas and their last episodes now that they’re over.

Pasta was never a serious drama. The conflicts between the main and second leads weren’t the usual kinds we see in k-dramas, and even the love triangles were pretty mellow. That aspect is indicative of the drama itself in thatย Pasta was always really mellow and light-hearted. I think that was part of its charm for me. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of my life, it was really great being able to watch the wonderful chemistry between Gong Hyo Jin and Lee Seon Kyun and feel the fangirliness within distract me from the stresses of school and such. I agree that the extension hurt Pasta a bit, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. I had no qualms about the ending because I thought it stayed true to the drama and didn’t leave us with any questions. The one loose end I wondered about was the wooing of Phillip by San’s somewhat creepy noona, but because she kinda gave me the heebie-jeebies, I was okay with not finding out what happened between her and my Phillip. I’m not sure how Pasta would have fared if different actors were cast as the lead characters because I believe the sizzling chemistry between GHJ and LSK carried the drama and made it as enjoyable as it was.

Wish Upon a Star was truly a delight to watch in the first half, or maybe three quarters of the way through. I loved watching the bickering between Kim Ji Hoon’s character Won Kang Ha and Choi Jung Won’s Jin Pal Gang, despite the fairweather chemistry between the two. I think Kim Ji Hoon was great in showing his character’s developing feelings for Pal Gang, but Choi Jung Won could’ve done a lot more to convey the love her character supposedly felt for Kang Ha for more than five years. There were tiny moments here and there where a glimpse of it shone through, but Choi Jung Won was disappointing overall in her portrayal of Pal Gang’s feelings for Lawyer Won. That was a huge problem I had with the last episode of the drama which aired today. The moment the credits rolled after the episode was over, the first thing that popped into my head was that I felt cheated. Episode 20 was a mish-mash of a whole bunch of random plot resolutions that were not tied together very well, and so the entire episode felt really disjointed and unorganized.

I understand that the writers wanted to emphasize Kang Ha’s change in personality over the course of the drama. Yes, we get it, Pal Gang had a huge impact on Kang Ha’s opening up and letting loose. Why make poor Kang Ha the one who’s doing all the work in the last episode? Pal Gang did not convey for one second throughout most of the episode that Kang Ha was the man she’s been in love with for half a decade. There was a shadow of it when Kang Ha was getting beat up at a crucial point in the episode while trying to get to her because she seemed frantic, but that’s about it. No tears at watching the man she loved get pummeled. Even the way she looked at him throughout the whole hour was bothersome. The expression on her face seemed exasperated most of the time, and she failed to add any affection at all.

I didn’t want this to turn into a rant so I’ll stop here, but the ending of Wish Upon a Star was a fail. Why add that blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene in the beginning of the drama of Kang Ha chasing after a mystery woman if they weren’t even going to touch upon that? What the heck happened to Lee Min Kyung? Why did Jun Ha suddenly forget he was in love with Pal Gang and suddenly run back to Jae Young’s side? And why, oh why did they have to throw in that awkward scene of another baby being abandoned on their doorstep and Pal Gang automatically adopting it into their family? I liked the idea of each of the kids being named after a color of the rainbow, but that last scene was a bit too much. It was as if the writers were so intent on the idea of having a complete rainbow that they just wrote in the first thing they thought of, not giving any thought to the possibility that it might be a little too obvious.

Okay, I’m really stopping here. While I was watching Pasta and Wish Upon a Star, I loved them both for different reasons. Pasta was great because of the relationship between GHJ and LSK, and Wish Upon a Star would not have been what it was if it weren’t for the kids. The scenes with the kids were great at pulling at our heartstrings and making us root for them, hoping for a happy ending for the family that had to endure so much in such a short amount of time. But the failure of an ending for WUAS nearly ruined the drama for me so I’d have to say Pasta was more of a treat to watch overall. I am now ready to welcome the new dramas that are going to air in the next couple of weeks. Oh, My Lady, Personal Taste, Cinderella’s Sister and Prosecutor Princess, don’t fail me now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dissecting the Villains of Wish Upon a Star

Along with a few other commitments, I’ve taken on translating episodes of Wish Upon a Star probably because it’s one of my favorites that I’m watching right now, and I thought translating would help me improve my limited repertoire of technical vocabulary that is used in institutions such as businesses and hospitals, since a lot of scenes are shot at the insurance company where the majority of our wonderful characters work.

Before I began translating for WUAS, I used to fast-forward through the scenes that portrayed the Jung family because each one of its members (excluding the crotchety yet lovable grandfather) annoyed the hell out of me. But now since I’ve taken on the task of translating, I need to watch each scene even more carefully than I would if I were just watching out of sheer pleasure, and this has led to me analyzing each of the characters much more in-depth.. especially the antagonists, or the “villains” of WUAS.

Let’s start with the obvious Jung Jae Young. I’m sure the majority of this is thanks to the actress who plays her, Chae Young In, but Jae Young is one of the clingiest, most pathetic female second leads I’ve seen in a while. Every time her botoxed face graces the screen, I roll my eyes because I’m sure that the scene will either be chock full of wooden attempts at emotion or full-blown hysteria over being ignored by Kang Ha yet again, as if it were something new to her even though it’s the only way he’s treated her for all their lives. Her pathetic character verged on the painful oh-my-god-shut-up territory in episode 12. I won’t get into detail, but it was during the conversation outside of the bar after she’d barged in demanding answers from our poor Kang Ha who only wanted to drown his sorrows in booze. I literally wanted to reach into my laptop screen and throttle her because she was giving us women a bad name. It’s one thing to pine away knowing that the man you love will never love you back. It’s another to get mad at him for being honest, albeit somewhat brutally, about the fact that he’ll never love you so move on. She’s the antagonist that you can’t help but pity because she’s so adamant about what she wants but you know she’ll never get it, and the lengths she goes to to try and get Kang Ha will ultimately lead to her digging herself into a hole.

Episode 11 saw the entrance of a new character into the drama and into our world of WUAS, and that character is Kang Ha’s hateful, manipulative gold-digger of a mother. Sorry for the lack of PCness, but the second she came up my eyes bulged and I wondered to myself what a tranny was doing arguing with my lovely Kim Ji Hoon. The fact that they cast such an unsightly person as the mother of someone so gorgeous is beyond me, but that’s something that I’ll gripe about on my own time. Here, I’ll gripe about how evil her character is, because boy oh boy, she’s evil. She voluntarily abandoned her child in favor of temp husbands who she used for money, and the moment she split up with one, she ran off in search of another. Once she got sick of divorcing, she came back into Kang Ha’s life and tortured the poor boy by goading him for money even though she threw him away decades before. She’s back now, and relentlessly torturing Kang Ha again for more money. I literally cringe every time the camera focuses on her because I hate her character oh-so-much. She’s the epitome of someone who’s spiteful to the core, completely focused on herself and what she wants. She embodies hedonism to the max, and doesn’t care who she hurts or what she has to do to keep that kind of lifestyle going. I’m just hoping that she won’t be around for much longer because I already want to slap that smug look off her face and it’s only the second episode since she’s been introduced to WUAS.

Lee Min Kyung and Jung In Gu. Jung In Gu not so much because he’s just the naive little puppy dog who follows the orders of the real mastermind, Lee Min Kyung. Min Kyung has had to deal with a lot throughout her life, and the consequences of all that are written all over her. She seldom smiles, she has an icy exterior to rival that of Iceman himself, and every move she makes is calculating. She doesn’t mean for her actions to be evil, but all that she’s had to endure in her life has made her ruthless and cunning in the way she goes after what she wants. I think that’s what makes this woman the scariest out of all the antagonists on WUAS, and I’m kinda anticipating to see what else she does to throw our lovely protagonist Jin Pal Gang topsy-turvy.

Thoughts on Wish Upon a Star

Like I said in a previous post, I’ve been keeping up with both Pasta and Wish Upon a Star with the former being a bit more enjoyable to watch, but Wish Upon a Star is slowly earning points in my book. I’m a sucker for feel-good dramas, and although Choi Jung Won’s character Jin Pal Gang has had to endure an insane amount of hardships in a very short time, the scenes of her and her siblings bonding through their misery make my heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Also, the actors and actresses that play the kids are all incredibly cute.

However, one lacking point that’s been bugging me a little bit is that there has been no character development for Kim Ji Hoon’s Won Kang Ha in four episodes. You’d think they would’ve shown us something by now, but nope, nothing. Nada. There was one brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it part in Episode 4 that hinted at some unresolved suffering from the past, but nothing worth much merit. I hope they get a move on and give Kim Ji Hoon’s lawyer character some depth or my irritation will continue to mount.

I was surprised with this drama because after watching the first episode, I debated with myself about continuing it. Choi Jung Won’s character Jin Pal Gang annoyed me to no end with her flighty, selfish character and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to endure sitting through fifteen more hours of her vapidness, but luckily, they moved the story along quickly, dumping everything on Pal Gang to deal with at once. Some might think that was mighty harsh and almost impossible for Pal Gang to get through, but I think all that she went through in a span of a few days was just what she needed to wake her up and bring her back to reality. If she hadn’t lost her parents and been left with five children to raise, she might never have snapped out of it. I also love Park Ji Bin’s character, Ju Hwang. I’m not sure Pal Gang would’ve been able to survive without Ju Hwang’s help, and Park Ji Bin displays a sincerity in his acting of Ju Hwang that I really appreciate.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationships builds between Jin Pal Gang and Won Kang Ha, and how the storyline progresses. Bring it on, Wish Upon a Star! ๐Ÿ™‚

Episode 39

“Oh my it’s SeonYoung’s sister-in-law!
Hey you came.
Aww YooBin! You’re here?
Come in!”

“Oh no, it can’t be, who’s he?”

“Uhnee, what’s wrong?”

“No, it’s nothing.
I’d better be leaving now.
Oh my, oh my.”

“Why was uhnee acting like that?”

“Why is it so noisy out here? It sounded like there was something going on.”

“Hello.”

“Oh, who’s this? Welcome!
Oh YooBin! You’re here?”

“So.. that means.. Eun Nim’s married into the household that took Bang Ool?
That child back there was Bang Ool, the one Eun Nim was searching for?
Oh no, it can’t be!
How could something like this..
What have I done?
What have I done?
Oh no!”

“Anyone would have wanted to run away. (?)
While watching situation after situation (?), I saw you did all that you could, so why don’t you stop now?
How difficult were you that Sae Hun would suggest getting a divorce?
Once a man gets angry, he’s scary.
You should go back when Sae Hun apologizes, if you don’t, you’ll become the laughingstock.”

“Mother-in-law, I wasn’t putting on a show to teach Yoo Bin’s dad some manners.”

“Then do you really want to get a divorce?”

“Yes.”

“Oh my. Fine, do whatever you want.
Sae Hun won’t be losing anything if he and you divorce.
He’s still young, stable.. he could even marry a young virgin if he wanted to.
During your marriage, I’ve come to care about you and I really wasn’t going to tell you to get a divorce but how can you be such a fool?
You know, if Sae Hun says that he wants to remarry with the girl he’s dating right now, you’re going to lose everything to her.
How can you still not understand?
The child that you took such good care of, Yoo Bin, will become that girl’s son too.”

“Mother-in-law, I will take Yoo Bin.”

“You should know your limits.
Why would you take Yoo Bin when he’s not even your blood?
I’ll give you money. Enough that you’ll live comfortably.”

“By law, Yoo Bin is my son.”

“Are you saying that you want to take this to court?
Do you really think that the courts will listen to you even though he’s not really your kin?”

“So it seems you’re going to reveal to the world how Yoo Bin came to be.”

“What?”

“However, I have nothing much to lose.
All I have to do is run away to a place where no one knows me.
But it’ll be different for Mother-in-law, Father-in-law and Sae Hun.
Even for Grandmother who everyone esteems so much.
Why don’t you try and figure this out.”

“You insolent… you’re not even a mother.”

“What did you say?”

“If I were you, whatever were to happen, even if I were to be thrown out with nothing, I would do all that I could to protect my child.
You’re not even going to think of how you’ll hurt Yoo Bin?
The person who’ll be hurt most is Yoo Bin!
Why don’t you take your own advice and try to figure this one out.”

“Oh it’s you! Did you have a good talk with Yoo Bin’s mother?
What did she say?”

“I think it’s going to take some time.”

“What? So is she really going to get a divorce?
Tell her that divorce is definitely not an option.”

“Is Yoo Bin not back yet?”

“Oh yes, Daughter-in-law said that when Yoo Bin was done at school, she was going to take him to see his mother. You didn’t see them there?”

“What?
Are you saying that you allowed them to do that?”

“Yes.
No matter how far they are, they should be able to see each other once in a while.
Do you really think they should be denied that?”

“Woww, YooBin! You draw so well! Wow!
Hey, SeonYoung, Yoo Bin must have inherited your skills.”

“Do you think so?”

“Have some fruit.”

“Ah, yes, thank you. I already ate a lot.
Um, Sister-in-law, I think I should take Yoo Bin home now.”

“Couldn’t you let Yoo Bin stay here for tonight?”

“I think I’d need to ask Mother’s permission for that.
Yes, Mother-in-law.”

“Where are you?
Why aren’t you coming home?”

“I’m at Yoo Bin’s maternal grandmother’s house right now.
Sister-in-law wants to know if Yoo Bin can stay here for tonight.”

“If she doesn’t let Yoo Bin leave, tell her that I’m going to take him home.
Do you understand me?”

“Yes ma’am.”

“What did she say?”

“If I don’t bring him home, Mother-in-law herself will come to pick him up.”

“Oh my, Seon Young, what should we do?”

“Sister-in-law, I think I should take him home today.
If I don’t, Mother-in-law really will come.
Then it’ll become noisy and it won’t be good for Yoo Bin either.
If I don’t, it’ll be difficult for me to come back here with Yoo Bin.”

“That’s right, Seon Young, it would be better if we just let him leave today.”

“Wouldn’t it be better if you spoke with Mother-in-law and Father-in-law about this situation with Yoo Bin?”

“Okay, I understand, Sister-in-law.”

“Yoo Bin, let’s go home now.”

“Yes Aunt.”

“Let’s go Yoo Bin.”

“Mom, you should come too.”

“Mom can’t go home today.
So go home with your aunt first, okay?”

“Yes Mom. Let’s go Aunt.”

“Okay.
Sister-in-law, I’m leaving now.
Goodbye.”

“Yes, please come by often.”

“Yoo Bin, take care. Bye!”

“Bye! Bye Mom!”

“Let’s go Yoo Bin.”

“Take care and be careful!”

“Okay.”

“Wow… how does Yoo Bin leave his mom like that without crying?
Since he’s so okay with it, I feel a little disappointed.”

“It’s probably because our Sister-in-law is so good to him.
I’m actually really relieved.”

“I’d better be leaving now.
Oh my, oh my.”

“So.. Eun Nim and So Weol’s niece Seon Young are sisters-in-law, but Seon Young’s Mother-in-law is the woman who took Bang Ool..
Oh my, oh my, what should I do?
I knew something was off.
I knew Seon Young and that child looked nothing alike.
People always said that you can’t fool the blood of kin..
What should I do? What should I do?
Lord, I didn’t do it on purpose. Lord…
Oh! What a scare.
Oh no, why is she calling?
Yes, it’s me. Why did you call?”

“Ma’am, thank you for before.
You purposefully left.
That’s why I called.”

“Hey! I didn’t leave on purpose.
Don’t ever call me back, got it?
I’m never going back to So Weol’s house.
What should I do? What should I do?”

“Are Granddaughter-in-law and Yoo Bin still not back yet?”

“Yes.”

“Oh my! Is Yoo Bin sleeping?”

“Yes, he fell asleep in the car on the way here.”

“He’s probably going to catch a cold.
Hurry and lay him in his bed.”

“Yes ma’am.”

“So did Yoo Bin’s mother tell you to take him home in the end?”

“Yes ma’am, especially because he needs to go to kindergarten tomorrow.”

“Really?
Next time, when you take Yoo Bin to see his mother, always ask my permission first.
Do you understand me?”

“Yes ma’am.”

“How did the time go by so quickly?
It’s already time to start making dinner.
Why is it so quiet?”

“Mother-in-law, what are you doing?”

“Ah, it’s nothing.
What is this?”

“It’s Korean sausage.”

“Korean sausage?
We’re going to be eating soon, why did you buy this?”

“It’s because Nan Jung said she’s dying to eat it.”

“Okay, go ahead and bring it to her.”

“Ah, Mother-in-law! Why don’t you come and have some too? I bought a lot.”

“Oh alright. Before you go, put it on a nice plate and then eat it.”

“What?”

“Even if it’s just Korean sausage, if you put it on a nice plate and eat it in a pretty way when you’re pregnant, you’ll have a pretty child.”

“Really?
Okay, I understand.”

“Now that I look at him, I see he runs errands without complaint. He’ll probably listen to Nan Jung without complaint too.”

“It’s Korean sausage!”

“Nan Jung, have some Korean sausage.
It’s still warm.”

“It looks delicious.”

“What’s wrong?”

“Ah, it smells weird. I don’t think I can eat it.”

“What do you mean you can’t eat it?
You said before that you were dying to eat it.”

“What’s wrong?
The Korean sausage is making you nauseous?”

“Mom, hurry and take this outside. The smell is horrible.”

“Oh man, I ran so far to buy this..”

“Chul, now that I think about it, it wasn’t Korean sausage I wanted to eat, but red bean pastry.”

“What?
Red bean pastry?!”

“Since you went so far to buy the Korean sausage, you wouldn’t be able to buy some red bean pastry, would you?”

“No, it’s fine. I’ll quickly go and buy some since you say you want it.”

“Look at you, you fox.
It looks like you’re going to take Chul for all he has!”

“Mom! I’m not a fox.
Oh Mom! The smell!”

“Does it feel good?
Ah! What are you doing??
Yoo Bin! You shot your Aunt with the water gun!
Oh!
Okay okay! I give up. Auntie has lost. So please stop now! Okay?
Let’s wash you with water now! Isn’t it warm?”

“??? is trying to eat his dinner without washing his hands.
Our Bang Ool’s feet must have grown this much.”

“Honey, I’m home!
What are you doing?”

“Oh, it’s nothing.”

“What is it? What are you doing?
What is this? Isn’t it the baby socks from before?”

“I just wanted to see if they fit Yoo Bin.”

“How could these fit him?
Man… that must mean that when I was born, my feet were this small too.
But how could they be this big now?
It’s so odd.”

“That’s true.”

“Are you afraid that I’m actually going to put them on to snatch them away like that?”

“No, it’s not that.
If you keep touching them, they’ll get dirty. You haven’t even washed your hands yet.”

“Okay. Put those socks in a safe place, and when we have a child of our own, let’s put them on its feet.
Speaking of, when are we going to have a child?
It’s really weird.. lately I’ve been most envious of those people who have kids.
That kid keeps getting between us so we can’t do anything!
This will not do.
We need to bring him out.”

“Why are you doing that?
It seemed as though Father-in-law was sleeping.”

“Then we’ll put him in Grandmother’s room. Wait a second.”

“What are you going to do if Yoo Bin wakes up?”

“It’s okay. It’s fine. I want to be with you alone tonight.”

“Why are you bringing a sleeping child here?
What are you going to do if he wakes up?”

“Can you sleep with Yoo Bin tonight?”

“What am I supposed to do if he wakes up and starts crying?”

“Grandmother, why are you being like that?
You brought my brother and I up, and you’re a child-rearing expert.”

“Why don’t you take him to sleep?”

“Do you have any idea how much I miss being with my wife alone?
Sleep well.”

“Oh oh oh my puppy. Oh my puppy.”

Pity and longing increase with time
Within my eyes that person keeps growing larger
Please listen to the words of my heart that echo a thousand times
Please take my hand now and don’t let go
I only love that person
I love them so
I’ll love them a thousand, ten thousand times
Again today my heart ???
The whole world knows it
They all know it
So why don’t that person?
Please figure me out
That person is my last love

“Hello Min Soo, it’s been a long time.
What?
What happened to our boss (?)?
Since when has he been like this?”

“Since a while ago.”

“How much did he have to become like this?”

“He drank a lot.”

“Min Soo, can you help me take him out?
His car was outside, so if you could help me get him there..”

“No problem.”

“Thank you.”

“Should I call you a designated driver?”

“No, it’s alright. If he wakes up I’ll figure it out.
Thank you for today.”

“For what? I’ll see you soon.”

“Why isn’t he back yet at this late hour?
He’s probably not even with Yoo Bin’s mother.
Could it be… maybe…”

Mother

“Boss… boss…
Hello, this is Baek Sae Hun’s cell phone.”

“Who is this?
Tell Mr. Baek to answer the phone.”

“I’m sorry but Mr. Baek is really drunk right now and is sleeping.”

“What? Who are you?
I’m asking you who you are!
Could it be… are you that tramp?”

“I’ll be hanging up now.”

“You… let’s meet.
Did you hear me?”

“What? Why do you want to meet me?”

“If an adult tells you to meet them you meet them. Where did you learn your manners?
Tomorrow, 12:00, at the ?? Hotel Coffee Shop. Do you understand me?”

“Yes ma’am.”

“Oh, it’s our Yoo Bin!”

“What happened? Why are you here?”

“You were really drunk yesterday so I was just going stay until you woke up…
But why did you drink so much?”

“You’re not even feeling well, what are you doing?
Just wait a little bit. It’ll get warmer.
I’ll take you home.
Yes Mother.
I’m on my way home.
I told you I’m on my way home.
I’m sorry.
I’ll explain when I get there.”

“He said he was going to come a while ago, why isn’t he back yet?
What’s going to happen if Grandmother finds out?
Are you in your right mind?
You were beaten by your father and you caused such chaos at home and you’re still going to meet that tramp?”

“It’s not that Mother.”

“Oh my.
What are you going to do?
Is that tramp not letting you go?”

“It’s not like that.”

“Then why are you meeting that tramp again? You said you ended it!”

“I ended it! I really did! I’m not meeting her again.”

“Then why did she answer your phone so late at night?”

“Things just turned out that way.
If I say nothing’s going on, then nothing is. Why are you being like this, Mother?
I need to change my clothes and leave, so please step outside.”

“Yoo Bin’s mother is saying she wants a divorce, and look at you, not being able to get your act together.. my head is aching so much!”

“Mother!”

“Fine.”

“Oh! Mother.”

“Why are you so shocked? Like someone who’s committed a crime.”

“What do you mean? I was not shocked.
Just surprised because you suddenly appeared.”

“But what are you doing here at this hour? Is there a problem with Sae Hun?”

“No. Why have you come to the second floor, Mother?”

“I definitely slept with Yoo Bin on the same bed but when I opened my eyes, the little rascal was gone.
So I wanted to see if his father was sleeping with him.”

“No, he’s not in this room.”

“Really? Then where did the little rascal go off to when he was sleeping?”

“He must be in his uncle’s room.”

“Wait a second.You should knock first.”

“Ah.. is that right?”

“Daughter-in-law, are you sleeping? Can I go in?”

“Yes?
Oh, Grandmother, Mother-in-law, did you sleep well?”

“Hey, is Yoo Bin here?”

“Ah, yes.”

“What’s everyone doing here?
Ahh! What’s this?
I thought this was Eun Nim.
When did he come here?”

“I think he came before when we were sleeping.”

“Oh! I didn’t even know that. I was so surprised when I saw that Yoo Bin was gone.”

“Ah but this little punk, why did he come here instead of going to his dad’s room?
Man, this is not good! He loves my wife too much.”

“Oh my, oh my. Are you jealous that you’re going to lose your wife to Yoo Bin?”

“It’s just that it’s too much! Argh.”

“Why are you doing that? Yoo Bin’s going to wake up.”

“But what’s wrong with Yoo Bin’s face?
What are these red marks?”

“That’s true.. why is Yoo Bin’s face like this?”

“And your face too! Honey, why’s your face like that?”

“Granddaughter-in-law, did you and Yoo Bin eat something bad yesterday? Why are both your faces like that? Oh no.”

“It’s itchy.”

“Oh no! Don’t scratch it. You need to stop yourself even though it’s itchy.”

“That’s right. What are you going to do if you get scars from scratching so much?”

“How could the both of you be allergic to mussels? It’s not common.”

“That’s right. The housekeeper must have known that Yoo Bin was allergic to mussels. So how could they put mussels in the seafood stew?”

“I’m sorry. I must have forgotten.”

“Instead of sending Yoo Bin off to kindergarten, why don’t the two of you go to the hospital?”

“Yes ma’am.”

“Oh! I’m going to go crazy, absolutely insane!
Yes, Director.”

“What’s wrong with your voice?
Are you sick?”

“I don’t know. I feel like I’m going to die.”

“Hey, this is only the beginning. If you already feel like you’re going to die, what are you going to do?”

“That’s why if you don’t want to hear me say that, you shouldn’t ask!
Why did you call?”

“Ah yes. Tomorrow’s our first broadcast and I just wanted to know how you’re feeling.
Don’t look forward to the first broadcast too much.”

“I’m the type of woman who doesn’t expect much so don’t worry about things like that.
Don’t lose the sentiment behind the script and have a good shoot.”

“Yes ma’am. I got it. I’ll be hanging up now.”

“Hang up then.
Why do I feel so frustrated?”

“Uhnee, what’s wrong? What is it now?
Is Yu Ri giving you a hard time again?”

“Oh, I don’t know. How can someone be so frustrating?”

“Oh Uhnee, you’re spitting while lying down again.
If you’re the one who made Yu Ri but say that you’re feeling frustrated, how frustrated must the person who’s acting Yu Ri out be?”

“You have a point.
Why did such a young person have a child that she wasn’t supposed to have and is now enduring so many trials as a result?”

“Uhnee! The child needed to be born for this drama to work. Oh really now.
Uhnee! Drink this and build up your strength so you can write.”

“Mom! Aunt, where are you?”

“Oh! Chul must have come. Oh my! Chul!”

“Mom! Auntie!”

“Oh dear (???)
What’s new?”

“I came to get some clothes.”

“Okay. How’s Nan Jung?”

“She went to the hospital before and they told her she’d be okay if she stayed in bed for a few more days.”

“Wow that’s such a relief.”

“Mom, tomorrow’s finally the day of the first broadcast. I already told all of my friends to watch tomorrow.”

“Did you?”

“My mom is going to make it big time so don’t worry and keep running forward. Okay?
Mom, go back to work. I’ll pack up some clothes and go.”

“Lee Chul.”

“Yes, what, Mom?”

“Just because you got married, you’re just going to leave without giving your mom a kiss?

“Yes ma’am. Mom, here’s a kiss!”

“Ahhh now I’ll build up my strength and get back to work!”

“People really need to recognize how simple my Uhnee is.”

“Oh! Noona, why are you coming out of there?”

“Ohh, Seon Young hasn’t been feeling well so she came to rest for a few days.”

“What hurts? Are you in a lot of pain?”

“No, it’s just some fatigue and body aches. Were you disappointed because you couldn’t go on your honeymoon?”

“A little bit. But Noona, nothing’s going on, right?”

“What could be going on?”

“On the day of the wedding, something was going on between you and Brother-in-law.”

“Well, it’s just that Yoo Bin’s father got injured and needed to go off to the hospital. I’m sorry, Chul.”

“Ah, was that it? At any rate, if Brother-in-law ever bothers you, let me know anytime, okay? I’ll put a smackdown like OWWWWWWW and do a K.O.”

“Hey, okay just leave. Go!”

“Okay, okay. Auntie, Noona, I’m leaving now!”

“Alright bye!”

“Bye!”

“If Chul finds out what’s going on with Mr. Baek, he’ll be shocked.”

“Are you the young lady who I spoke to yesterday?”

“Hello, my name is Hong Yeon Hee.”

“I was informed that you two were finished. Is that not right?”

“It’s true that we’ve broken up.”

“Then why were you together yesterday?”

“We weren’t together because we wanted to be, and from now on we won’t be seeing each other again.”

“Alright. Then I’ll believe what you said and I’ll be leaving now, young lady.
I’m the type of person who really dislikes saying the same thing twice. Since you told me that you’re broken up, if something like what happened yesterday happens again, I will get very angry.”

“What should I do? What should I do?
If I go to hell when I die, what do I do?
If I commit a sin, I’ll receive a punishment (?), but people say the people affected are punished as well. (?)
Wouldn’t it be the right thing to do to tell Eun Nim the truth now before it’s too late?
No, no, no, if I keep my mouth shut, she can leave peacefully without any problems.
No, that’s not right. I need to tell her. I need to tell her.
If I don’t tell her, I think I’ll be punished severely. (?)
Oh, I’m so scared.
Why isn’t she picking up the phone? Figures.. she wouldn’t want to pick up my call anyway.
I must be insane. Why did I come here?
Even if I were to tell the truth, it wouldn’t change what I did.
I should go.
Oh my, that woman really lives here. The things you see as you get older..
Oh I don’t know, I don’t know!”

??? (for the song in the sleepwear store)

“How much is it?”

“Hey! It’s nine dollars.”

“Here you go!”

“Thank you so much.”

“Take care!”

“Thank you! Come again.”

“Grandmother!”

“Oh Mr. Baek! What are you doing here?”

“I was nearby, and I wanted to eat some spicy rice cakes. Also, I wanted to give you this.”

“Oh! What is this?”

“I brought you some pajamas(???).”

“You didn’t need to do this! You could’ve just came.”

“I run a sleepwear store(?). I should definitely provide you with some, Grandmother.”

“Alright, thanks. Sit, sit!”

“Yes ma’am.
Do you remember that woman who was searching for you before? Did she come looking for you here?”

“What do you mean the woman who was looking for me?”

“Before while you were following the woman out, you collapsed.”

“Ah. Why are you suddenly bringing her up?”

“I was just wondering if something happened between… it’s nothing. Don’t worry about it.”

“What exactly is going on? Did she come looking for you and Eun Nim?
Say something. What’s going on?”

“Eun Nim said that she had inconvenienced the woman in some way.
I was just wondering how they came to know each other.”

“Um, I’m not..”

“Yoo Bin, let’s you and I take medicine at home, okay?”

“Okay!”

“Ah it’s cold! Ready? One, two, three! Oh my! Here we are. Seatbelt! Your arm, there we go! This side too.
Yes, Grandmother?”

“Where are you right now?”

“I brought Yoo Bin to the hospital.”

“Come to my house this instant.”

“You didn’t open up your store today? Are you sick?”

“I closed the store and came home. Come now!”

“I wonder what’s wrong..”

“Oh dear.. oh dear.”

“How did you know that that woman came to find me?”

“Mr. Baek came by before.”

“What did Kang Ho say?”

“Why didn’t you tell me something like that?”

“Grandmother.. nothing happened.”

“Do you really think she came for no reason?
But how could she have known that you lived there?”

“Grandmother, don’t worry. She said she wouldn’t come again. She said she would act like we don’t know each other.”

“Do you believe what that woman says?
Oh no, what should we do now?
She got a taste of free money. Do you really think she’s not going to come look for you again?”

“It’s not like that, Grandmother.”

“If she comes to you again, don’t agree to meet her. Also, be sure to give me a call.
Do you understand me or not?”

“I understand, Grandmother.”

“What is that supposed to mean? Yoo Bin didn’t come out to kindergarten today? Why?”

“You didn’t know? I was told that Yoo Bin was a little sick.”

“What? Yoo Bin’s sick? How?”

Ma’am.

“Yes, Sister-in-law?”

“I’m at the kindergarten right now, and they told me that Yoo Bin was absent because he’s sick. Is Yoo Bin sick?”

“Ah yes. Without knowing that Yoo Bin was allergic to mussels, yesterday we accidentally fed him seafood stew that had mussels in it. He has red marks on his face and so..”

“Oh.. I’m sorry. I should’ve told you but I completely forgot. Our Yoo Bin is allergic to mussels.”

“Don’t worry too much. When he took some medicine, he got a lot better.”

“Really? Would you be able to bring Yoo Bin out? I’ll just see his face and leave.”

“Oh no, I’m sorry but Yoo Bin took some medicine and is sleeping in Mother-in-law’s room right now.”

“Really?”

“Sister-in-law, everything’s okay now. Don’t worry too much.
After Yoo Bin’s done with school tomorrow, I’ll bring him over to your house.”

“Will you really, Sister-in-law?”

“Yes.”

“I’m so grateful and sorry. It must be really difficult for you.”

“No, it really isn’t. So don’t say something like that.”

“Okay. I’ll see you tomorrow then.”

“Sister-in-law, can you wait a moment? Besides being allergic to mussels, is there something else I need to look out for?”

“Um, there isn’t anything important that comes to mind, but always put lotion on him after he bathes. He has a form of eczema.”

“Alright, I understand.”

“I feel like I’m dying, So Weol. I really feel like I’m dying.”

“Uhnee, instead of saying that you feel like you’re dying, why don’t you say you feel like you’re alive and living?
Since you keep saying that you feel like you’re dying, I’m getting stressed out as well.”

“How would you know what a writer has to go through?
Where do you think the saying “Along with a piece of work comes a funeral” comes from? Oh I’m dying.”

“If it’s that difficult, don’t do it. You don’t need to do it.”

“You have a point. I must’ve committed many sins in my past life. Seeing as though I’m still unable to quit and I’m continuing with this line of work…
Are you going somewhere?”

“Oh, Nan Jung is still not well and Chul is over there taking care of her, I can’t just leave them to fend for themselves.
I just acquired some (?) and I’m going to bring it over to them.”

“You’re even better than me as a mother.
How are you going to bring this over though? It’s so heavy!”

“It’s right next door!”

“Wait just a minute. I’ll give you a ride.”

“You’re busy, Uhnee! Just get back to work.”

“If I got some fresh air and saw Chul, I think I’d feel more at ease.”

“Okay then.”

“Son-in-law! Are you done wiping the floor?”

“I’m still doing it.”

“Oh alright. Once you’re done here, do the bedrooms and Nan Jung’s room too.”

“Yes Mother-in-law.”

“Nan Jung, I need to wipe here too. Can you move your foot?”

“Couldn’t you wipe over there first?”

“Oh come on.”

“Hey! Chul!
What in the world are you doing?”

“Oh Mom! You’re here?”

“Oh my, what are you doing here without any notice?”

“You! You’d better throw away this rag right now!
Hey! And what’s with this apron?!”

“Why are you getting so worked up?
It hasn’t been long since Nan Jung was released from the hospital, and you’re going to give her a scare!”

“Hey you brat! Do you think I let my son get married so that he could be forced to do chores?”

“Why are you saying something like that? I didn’t force him to do anything!”

“Mom.. I’m fine! Why are you like this?”

“What?! You punk!”

“Ahh! Mom! Mom! Ah it hurts! Mother-in-law!”

“What do you mean you’re fine? Instead of using a vacuum, they’re using you instead! (?)”

“Hey hey hey! Use words instead of violence!
Why are you acting so uncivilized?”

“What’s going on here?”

“I’m so disappointed. Look at the state of my son! Argh! Let’s go, So Weol.
Bring this back!”

“Uh, yes, alright, take care.”

“Oh I’m so upset!”

“What happened to get our in-laws so angry?”

“They came all of a sudden and after seeing our son-in-law in an apron wiping the floor, they’re acting like that for no reason.
I mean, really! She has such a strange personality.”

“Nan Jung’s just sitting there giving herself a pedicure, while our son-in-law is in this apron doing chores! Of course they’ll react like that!”

“I’m really okay though..”

“That’s right!”

“I’ll get back to wiping now.”

“Go ahead, finish up.”

“Our Yoo Bin is eating a lot of the kimchi pancakes! I was worried because you wouldn’t eat kimchi.”

“It’s very tasty. How did you make this?”

“I was afraid it’d be spicy for Yoo Bin, so I washed the kimchi and mixed it with flour and milk, and fried it with butter.”

“Oh! No wonder it’s so tasty. Look at how well he’s eating because his aunt looks after him so much. He sleeps well and eats kimchi well too! You’re such a good boy!”

“Daughter-in-law, you must be under a lot of stress.”

“No it’s nothing.”

“Is it because our Yoo Bin is not a picky eater? I think he’s gained more weight than when his mom was here.”

“If we do this, our Yoo Bin’s arms and legs will get prettier and grow a lot!”

“It tickles!”

“Are you going to do it too?
Ah Yoo Bin! It tickles! Save me!
Tickle tickle tickle!
It’s the Aunt monster (?)!”

“Tell your wife that I say thank you.”

“Hyung, I got married to a good woman, right?
Hyung, what are you going to do now?”

“I’m not sure. It’s not something that’s going to go the way I want it to. I just really don’t want to think about it right now.”

“Hyung, I think we’re going to have to sleep with him again today.”

“Alright.”

“Grandmother, Mother-in-law, would it be alright if I brought Yoo Bin to see his mom after kindergarten?”

“Why? Is something going on?”

“I think his maternal grandmother is sick so I just thought it’d be good for her to see him.”

“Sure, no problem. Drop by before coming home.”

“Yoo Bin! Say ‘I’ll be home soon.'”

“I’ll be home soon!”

“Oh my, what a sweetheart. Alright, alright.”

“The more I think about it, I know I need to tell her. If I let that elderly woman know, they’ll figure it out themselves and I won’t be guilty of anything. Isn’t that so?
What should I do? If I keep my mouth shut, everyone would be able to live peacefully. Wouldn’t that be better? No, no, I need to tell her. She needs to know the truth.
Oh, I don’t know! Should I just go? Oh my head hurts.”

“Oh you bitch! You bitch! It wasn’t enough to take money from Eun Nim but you’re here again? You bitch!”

“Why are you being like this, Grandmother? Let me go!”

“You bitch!”

“Grandmother! Ma’am. Grandmother, please don’t do this.”

“I came here to say that Yoo Bin is Bang Ool but…”

“Bang Ool? Ma’am!”

“Eun Nim! Grab that bitch!”

“Ma’am! What do you mean by that? What happened to Bang Ool? Bang Ool is what?”

“It’s nothing. It’s nothing.”

“Ma’am! Please tell me, I beg you.”

“Get out of that house. Immediately!”

“What? What do you mean by that? What do you mean get out of that house? Why are you saying that, ma’am?”

“Yoo Bin is Bang Ool!”

“What? What do you mean?”

“I have nothing to do with this anymore. I told you everything, so you figure the rest out!”

“Yoo Bin is Bang Ool?”

Help me make it so that Yoo Bin will be with me.

He’s my son, not yours.

He’s not 100% your son either. I can destroy everything.

Bang Ool, what is this mother supposed to do?

Speaking of which, why are you being like this?

Granddaughter-in-law, pick something from here.

Grandmother, it’s your precious jewelry collection!

Honey, I’m sorry but I don’t think I can stay here any longer.

Why are you doing this to me? I told you already that we broke up!

You came all the way to the office to rob money from us!

Who are you to lay a hand to my daughter’s face?!