I blame the recent launch of Pokemon GO for my procrastination to write this piece of first impression, because all I’ve been doing is sit on my sofa and wait for pokemons to appear, I kid you not. Anyway, Show has a good start I think, and it’s one which I believe single people from their mid-thirties onwards can identify with very much.
Kim Hee Ae takes on the role of Kang Min Joo, a drama PD in her mid-forties. She’s articulate and opinionated, not afraid to offend if it means to otherwise compromise her ideas and beliefs. Ji Jin Hee plays Go Sang Shik, a super uptight, no-nonsense and ultra responsible team leader at the environmental department of the governor’s office of the city Show takes place in. Min Joo and Sang Shik are off to a disastrous start right from the beginning, in the form of an email war regarding permission to carry out filming on a cultural site, to endless squabbles when they finally meet in person.
Despite Sang Shik saving her life from the bungee jump mishap at the end of Episode 1, Min Joo is convinced that Sang Shik is a corrupt civil servant because of some misunderstandings. A tragedy earlier in Sang Shik’s life is hinted at, and we’re only told that it changed him to be a somewhat insufferable ultra-responsible and stubborn person. Both of them are similar in the sense that they are pretty judgemental and obstinate especially under stress, which resulted in them both refusing to admit their faults. I do think it’s going to be hilarious when they realise they’re in love with each other, but for now Min Joo’s knight in shining armor is Park Jun Woo (Kwak Shi Yang).
We’re still not told why Jun Woo is living with Sang Shik and his siblings, but his moving in frees up his original abode, giving Min Joo the chance to be their neighbor. I’m pretty sure she’ll continue to live there despite her quarrel with Sang Shik at the end of Episode 2. Jun Woo is giving Min Joo the attention that she subconsciously craves, as we hear her narration of whether she’s happy, and can she still fall in love (something along that line, forgive me if my memory is wrong). I like that Kwak Shi Yang has the sunshine-y vibes and I can already feel a second lead syndrome coming our way.
For now, Min Joo has her friends who’re also single like her, and the ladies often meet up as a support group. Show is targeted for the middle-aged and single ladies, as these ladies talk about issues such as menopause (“I’ll no longer be a woman, but just a human!”), surrogate parenthood for pets, etc. It’s realistic and addresses the stigmas single women face, which are of no fault of theirs. The society should acknowledge that they contribute just as much albeit not in the conventional ways. I’ll definitely be catching this, because Kim Hee Ae is just so lovely as the brash and straightforward Min Joo.