Pyo Na Ri is a weather girl, who, despite her efforts, is unable to fulfil her longtime dream of becoming a news announcer. Moreover, for three years she has been having an unrequited crush upon her coworker, Lee Hwa Sin, who currently works as a foreign correspondent in Thailand. Given an opportunity, Na Ri takes a chance to see him and, in the process, meets Hwa Sin's best friend, a wealthy businessman named Go Jeong Won. Soon, the three of them become involved in an amusing love triangle.
What is not to love about Jealousy Incarnate? It’s everything I want in my romcom: funny, but full of heart. It’s all thanks to Jo Jong-seok and Gong Hyo-jn, two actors whose acting keeps getting better and better through the years. I always look forward to Gong Hyo Jin’s projects since watching her in Best Love, and it’s this drama that convinced me I should be watching out for Jo Jong Seok as well.
It’s easy to hate Jo Jong Seok’s Lee Hwa-shin: he’s rude, arrogant, and selfish. But seeing him grow from that person to the Hwa-shin in episode 24 was a fulfilling ride for me, because by the end of this drama, he finally realized he can’t control life, and therefore, he shouldn’t control the people around him. It took one, unpredictable Pyo Na-ri (Gong Hyo-jin’s character) – and several episodes of bickering and being in denial – for him to realize that. I have a soft spot for second leads because I hate it when the leading men are jerks, and yet in Jealousy, I stayed with the Hwa-shin ship from start to finish because Jong-seok played that rude, arrogant, and selfish character with depth and substance. (Plus I wanted Go Kyung-pyo’s Go Jung-won for myself. What? I can’t do that?)
Gong Hyo-jin is great at playing quirky characters, so her Pyo Na-ri was effortless as usual. Her character made some very questionable choices, but that’s exactly what makes her quirky – she’s not your typical Candy. She knew her heart well, but she’s not reckless as to follow it mindlessly wherever it went. But what really made her a winner in my heart is that while she stuck to her principles and dreams, she didn’t shy away from correction and constructive criticism. I like her best with Hwa-shin not when they’re bickering, but when she runs to him for career advice. What she lacked in confidence, she made up for determination and drive to keep getting better at a job she loved doing.
But this drama is not without flaws. Given its length, I would’ve wanted more of the supporting character’s parallel love triangles, and the heartfelt family stories, and less of the workplace hijinks. But those are minor complaints; every Jealousy episode captured my heart, and I honestly don’t think I’ve seen such an earnest romantic comedy since 2014’s Marriage Not Dating. Take a bow, Jealousy, take a bow.
"Thank you for watching us". It's so sweet being thanked by main leads before the final closing credits of the last episode. And it is the first peculiarity of this dorama. The 1st k-dorama I've completed in 2 years. It says something for sure!
Jealousy incarnate is about friendship, family, health and of course love.
The health issue is the 2nd thing that made me finish the series. Main male lead suffering from breast cancer and then infertility. And another living impotent. So the show turned out to be quite educational and supportive as the main lead went both to women's and men's hospital departments and after that even made TV and radio programs about health issues.
"What have I done with you?" - you know it is a question of a loving and reflecting person, and our male protagonist is a very strong person who is always seeking for truth. However, this truth may kill his family, ruin career and destroy future. Moreover, Jo Jeong Seok is not only very sexy but he is an actor. And it matters.
Gong Hyo Jin's character is very sweet, supportive and somehow makes two men lose their heads struggling to win her love. I still don't understand how could she have agreed to live with two men under the same roof. Happy ménage à trois. Very strange!
The family is portrayed good but it really showed no support to our leads. And it's sad as everyone is only trying to reach its own goal. I liked only the Pyo Na Ri's brother. Both mothers and ex-wives mostly irritated if I thought about them as of real people but it was hilarious to watch their story developing in the movie.
All in all, I loved the series. Maybe I have just missed Korea, maybe it was the main leads chemistry or millions of soju bottles that made this story look quite homey and nice. Anyway I thought that "modern" k-dorama cannot interest me, but it did and it's awesome=)