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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 10


This episode was about the truth and about how knowing the truth changes things. A few of those truths should've been known, and their secrecy was merely a contrivance of the show, but it made the unearthing of the past much more powerful.

The male leads have come to understand their feelings for Ae-ra and both are courting her in their own ways. Jung-woo takes the pettier, denial-fueled route that gives us regular doses of comedy while Seung-hyun takes the romantic, honest, nice guy approach. It's all been done before, but the way the actors take on these roles it what makes the show unique. It is also do to the writing that takes stereotypical roles and transforms them. Jung-woo thinks he's matured as he's gotten richer, but he hasn't. It is Seung-hyun who has grown by selflessly caring for someone else.

There was a lot of family drama in this episode, but it was the good kind. Jung-woo's and Ae-ra's mothers have a spat, each intending to protect her respective child. It's something that would really happen, and the emotions are real and potent. It's much better than the previous family involvement that was basically plot pushing meddling.

What makes this drama wonderful is the fact that our characters are growing. Ae-ra is moving past her petty desire for revenge and finding a new motivation within herself to excel in work she finds fulfilling and challenging. She never had that working part-time jobs just to make ends meet. Jung-woo is learning that monetary success isn't all there is to life. Seung-hyun is moving past his teenage immaturity. Yeo-jin is the only main lead left behind, but her development has always been perfunctory.

The humor in this show is mostly based on childish pranks and hijinx, but it is all in good fun. It caters to the child in each of us and mocks the overinflated egos of the main characters. I particularly enjoyed Ae-ra spilling water on Jung-woo's chair and watching him sit in it. His face was priceless as was her victory dance. Seung-hyun humors Ae-ra's vanity and then laughs it off - he sees past it and doesn't see the need to cater to it as Jung-woo once did.

"Sly and Single Again" has a lot of heart. It may not be perfect, but those imperfections don't detract from my enjoyment of the show. That is what really counts.

Written by Raine from Raine's Dichotomy

Follow on Twitter @raine0211

"Sly and Single Again" is directed by Ko Dong-seon , written by Lee Ha-na-I and features Lee Min-jung and Joo Sang-wook


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