Any fears I had last episode about "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" not taking Ji-na to task for her bad behavior would appear to have been unfounded. Right away Ji-na is confronted rather uncomfortably about how inappropriate it is to hit another person with so little provocation. What's more, Ji-na is so ashamed of herself that she manages to completely forget why she came to the arboretum in the first place. The results are rather comical.
Hye-mi is another element of the drama that I like. Rather than being the standard catty second female lead, Hye-mi is frequently totally correct in every criticism she makes regarding Ji-na. What's more, Hye-mi is a very competent, capable woman in her own right. It comes as little surprise that Hye-mi ultimately prevails in the workplace challenge, because absent adrenaline, Ji-na really is lacking in anything that could be called a spectacularly innovative and good idea.
Ji-na still hasn't figured it out yet, but she really does need Tae-woon. He motivates her to act in a way that is public, flamboyant, attention-getting, and above all else clever. If Ji-na wasn't so mortified about the prospect of anyone thinking she was romantically attached to Tae-woon she would have seen the entire chase sequence as being a golden opportunity for promotion.
That's another nice positive point of the drama- the visuals. They're not just for our benefit. Other people notice, just as an example, that Ji-na looks absolutely fabulous wearing that red dress. They also see that gardening suit notwithstanding Tae-woon is a kind, handsome, charming young man. This is what I mean by the actors being well-cast in terms of looks. The viral video trope is normally rather annoying yet here I actually find it fairly believable that such a ridiculously romantic backdrop could find its way all the way back to the home office.
What really sells the humor, though, is that even though Tae-woon is the guy literally getting knocked down Ji-na is the one who's suffering from more meaningful setbacks. If Ji-na stays in the office, she fails. But every time she leaves the office, inevitably she runs into Tae-woon because they work for the same people. It's just in a different capacity. The lack of much in the way of direct plot is somewhat worrisome- but the individual jokes are so strong I don't actually mind that much. Food striptease? Aggressive bathroom stall antics? Frollicking? All sounds good to me!
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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