On the surface, Lee Eun Hui seems like the perfect woman and wife. When Sim Jae Bok's husband and two children move into her house, Jae Bok is the first one to start discovering the cracks in Eun Hui's personality. No one believes Jae Bok, but slowly she discovers about Eun Hui's psychotic behaviour, her lies and secrets and starts believing that many of the events that happened in her own life were already planned and manipulated by Eun Hui. And the most frustrating thing is that one by one, everyone around her including her own husband and children starts liking Eun Hui more than they ever liked Jae Bok, as she fails miserably at being so polite and perfect.
Perfect Wife is a hard show to classify. On one hand it's somewhat slice of life as we follow Jae Bok and Jeong Hui as they navigate a failing marriage. On the other hand, there's the mystery of Eun Hui and how she factors into everything. The addition of Bong Gu adds a comedic element and it's all tied up in a somewhat overarching mystery.
The big question is, does it work? And to a point it does, and fairly well at that. Jae Bok is a strong female character whose not willing to call people out or ask the tough questions. Bong Gu is a great supportive lead while Jeong Hui is the weaker character not only as a personality but also when compared to the rest of the cast. Eun Hui is hard to pin down but kudos to Jo Yeo Jeong for playing her character amazingly well, managing to get across all the nuances to hit that balance needed for her character, along with the changes as the show progresses.
The weaknesses tend to be more a result of how strong other aspects of the show are. Jae Bok is a strong mother character, so some of her actions and decisions (especially regarding Eun Hui) make little sense other than to progress the story. And other character motivations are less fleshed out. The overall length of the show is a bit long making the plot feel like it runs longer than it should.
Overall an interesting watch but one that requires a certain taste to enjoy.