Jealousy Incarnate: Twosome, Threesome

I seriously think Go Kyung-po is trying his best not to giggle at Gong Hyo-jin and Jo Jung-suk’s antics on set. So much so that he twists his face into this perpetually frowny “I-am-being-very-serious” look. But you can see the corners of his lips are trying hard not to twitch.ūüėõ

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So far, Jealousy has been for me, pure comedic gold. The rapport between Gong Hyo-jin and Jo Jung-suk are pulpable and I think plenty of their (hilarious) lines are unscripted and off the cuff. For an experienced actor/actress like them, I’d suppose improvisation comes pretty easily. However, Go Kyung-po is relatively newer in the line, and his inexperience shows. There are times which I think he kinda “freezes” on screen and looks a little bewildered at the on-going between Gong Hyo-jin and Jo Jung-suk. Is ok, he will eventually learn.

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However, while we are quite sure Na-ri and Hwa-shin will eventually end up as an item, it doesn’t stop us from enjoying their current multiple relationships with other characters. Jealousy is refreshing in the sense that it deviates from the usual Kdramas’ tropes. We have the love triangle, with one party playing the unrequited lover (that’d eventually be Jung-won’s role). However, nobody really expect a full fledged threesome to occur.

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Before Na-ri even suggests cohabiting together with both men, Hwa-shin and later, Jung-won, have agreed to allow her to two-time them. Although I don’t think we can term it “two-timing” when all parties are in the know. More like they give permission to Na-ri to create her male-harem. (lol) So far, this is the first time such a wacky boy(s)-girl relationship appears in Kdramaland. Usually we have the prim-and-proper love triangle format, with¬†a distinctly unbreakable¬†OTP and one third wheel who either mopes in a corner or¬†attempts the unthinkable, and tries¬†to break up¬†the OTP.

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Besides Na-ri/ Hwa-shin/ Jung-won, there’s of course Chef and his lady loves — Sung-sook and Ja-young. Their relationship is no less interesting. The initial catfight over men (first Hwa-shin’s dead hyung and later, Chef) resolves funnily into a mutual agreement between the women — to not to date Chef. And all thanks to hot Chef who lays it bare to them that he loves them both, wants to live with them both…but wants zero physicality in their relationship. Both women, who are brutally honest about their sexuality, decide to drop him like a hot potato after that conversation. Really, in which kdrama does this happen?? A guy who tells the gal he loves that he cannot tolerate any form of skinship… Refresh my memories, but in my list of Kdramas, I have never come across such a character, or such a scenario.

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And interestingly, while the heterosexual relationships in Jealousy are in¬†messy threesome, the same-sex ones are well-bonded twosomes. We have the bromance between Hwa-shin and Jung-won who fight, make up, fight again. And the newly minted sisterhood involving Ja-young and Sung-sook, who like the guys, also fight (literally. there’s a catfight in one of the eps), and smoothly make up (though not without the usual¬†bitchy snipings).

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