"Sly and Single Again" has come full circle. Jung-woo and Ae-ra are back where they began: single, broke, unemployed and hoping for a brighter future. The big difference between now and the first time they were in this situation is that they've done a lot of growing up.
The divorced couple is finally able to see their past and true intentions clearly. Misunderstandings have been cleared away, leaving only opportunity to either reconcile or move on. This wouldn't be a romcom if they didn't try to reconcile. Neither would it be a Korean drama if one of the leads didn't try to be a noble idiot. However, "Sly and Single Again" circumvents the usual fair of self-sacrifice for the sake of a loved one. Jung Woo hears Ae-ra confess her plan to leave him and doesn't let her follow through with it. It's a sound comment on all of the shows that make a main character foolishly try to protect another by omission of truth and avoiding involvement.
Ae-ra has discovered that she likes working and the fulfillment it gives her so she does not take the job she could've won on Seung-hyeon's recommendation - she wants to earn it herself. She has a goal in life now. Jung-woo is no longer fueled by rage and revenge. He also feels the emotional support from Ae-ra that he longed for while they were married. Their growth as people and as a couple is satisfying.
Yeo-jin, on the other hand, is simply infuriating. She pitches fits, has learned nothing over the past fifteen episodes, and runs her business based on how she feels. Her character is a waste of space. She had a lot of potential because her issues were touching and real, but they were handled badly and in a way that made her completely unrelatable.
Unlike Yeo-jin, her father has done a little growing. He finally learns to let go of the wife he has been clinging to. Perhaps this will positively affect Yeo-jin and Seung-hyeon who have followed closely in his footsteps. Seung-hyeon seems to be letting Ae-ra go, but he isn't quite there. He didn't have much to do this episode except be a plot pawn. I want to see him truly understand his role as a working man, a son, and a man in love - he's still very much the wayward boy who hasn't yet found what he's looking for. I also want to see him reconcile with Jung-woo, especially after Jung-woo steps up and takes responsibility for the troubles of his company. It's a very mature, adult move that I would like to see Seung-hyeon emulate.
One more episode to go and "Sly and Single Again" will hopefully be " Sly and Married Again " after a few humorous twists and turns. The show is best when it does funny and I hope it sticks to it.
Written by Raine from Raine's Dichotomy
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Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via email@example.com.
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