There are many good parts about this drama: Wardrobe was tasteful and appealing. Lighting and sets were impeccable. Camerawork didn't suffer excessive shaking outside of correctly-designated scenes. Music was enjoyable, if somewhat too repetitive. Watching sound editing in progress was highly interesting and made me analyze other dramas I've watched since. However, when technical features like sound editing are the high point of any drama, there is something terribly wrong with the writing. That was definitely the case here.
It started off positively enough. The tension surrounding the leads, especially wondering whether she would find out that he was behind her break up and what would happen when she did, was very engaging, and I was excited to watch each new episode. However, once she found out and they made up, the tension was gone. I no longer felt any interest in their relationship. At that point, I was grateful for the supporting characters' bickering about family and parenthood. Su Gyeong and Jin Sang suddenly took over the spotlight, as did Hae Yeong's mom.
I think the biggest problem was that I just couldn't relate to the main quartet of characters. Park Do Gyeong's desire to suffer in silence was insufferable. Han Tae Jin's innocent victim sparkle wore off after he beat up his rival one time too many. Plus, do I need to point out that he wouldn't have been arrested if he was really squeaky clean? His halo was definitely tarnished from the get-go. And finally, both O Hae Yeongs are clingy and annoying and just don't know when to let go and move on with their lives. By episode 14, I was hoping everyone would get hit by a car so that I could stop watching.
I stuck it out (OK, I did fast forward a little), and it did take an upswing halfway through episode 16. But after all that turmoil, I felt a little disappointed to see everything get wrapped up in a big, fat HEA. I'll sum it up in one word: Tedious.
Oh Hae Young again is a surprise hit considering the premise sounds to be your typical romance show. There's your quintessential love triangle comprised of the first and new love along with a rich male lead. The main characters are all interconnected via six degrees of separation. That being said, the show takes a typical plot and makes it unique, mostly in part to a realistic heroine and a charming lead actor.
O Hae Young (Seo Hyeon Jin) is a fresh character in the drama landscape. She's rude, blunt and crass - which makes her realistic in a verse populated by overly cheerful and optimistic female leads. Everyone knows at least one person like her - they may not necessarily like that person but she's someone you can relate too. Park Do Gyeong, in a revenge drama, would be your evil second lead whose actions would be deplorable but in the skillful hands of Eric becomes someone you [mostly] root for. And while the other O Hae Young (Jeon Hye Bin) is a little flatter of a character she too manages to show some depth.
The story is pretty well written but does suffer as a result of the 2 episode extension, having a few points that drag in the middle. But the quirky characters allow for an entertaining watch so the slow downs are less noticeable.
A fun watch for any romantic comedy fan or fan of the leads.