Bride of the Water God 2017: Episode 3
The trouble about being a fantasy rom-com heroine is, sometimes you don’t know you’re in a fantasy (or a rom-com, for that matter), and thus everything that happens seems to be designed to drive you batty. So-ah gets some moments to shine today as she battles her personal conflict of wanting to help and not wanting to be that helpful person, with a bevy of nagging voices to guide the way. Sort of.
EPISODE 3 RECAP
After Ha-baek dives into the river to rescue the suicidal patient, an ambulance arrives to take the patient away. So-ah remains behind with Ha-baek, and asks hesitantly if this plastic house by the water is where he’s staying, and where Namsuri went. Ha-aek merely says, “I lost him” and tells her she doesn’t need to know more.
She says that he can’t continue to stay here, but when he asks if she’s recognizing her duties to him, she says no and mentions welfare services. Ha-baek turns his back, telling her to go if she’s not going to serve him.
So she thanks him and says goodbye, and Ha-baek waves her off.
As So-ah turns to go, a voice says disapprovingly, “You don’t recognize a kindness!” She looks around wonderingly, and when she continues walking, again that voice barks, “You ungrateful thing!” And a third time: “You with no conscience!”
The voices only get more persistent after that, and some days later So-ah calls her friend for advice, sporting serious dark circles as she recounts the voices coming from things like flowers, ants, and water. When So-ah steps on a leaf, she hears a yelp of pain, and the cactus on her desk accuses her of cruelty for withholding water. Initially assuming she’s just tired, the more voices she hears, the more she finds she can’t write it off as plain fatigue.
She consults a med school friend, JO YEOM-MI (Choi Woo-ri), for advice about “Miss A.” Yeom-mi runs through the symptoms and rules out certain conditions, suggesting that perhaps the answer lies with the first voices she heard that called her ungrateful. In other words, maybe it’s her guilty conscience for ignoring someone in need of help.
So-ah protests that it doesn’t make sense for a guilty conscience to result in auditory hallucinations, but Yeom-mi describes Miss A as being quite tender-hearted, but overcompensating by acting the opposite because she dislikes that about herself. As she describes the patient, So-ah’s mind flashes to recent incidents, like helping a grandpa cross the street, and how both Ha-baek and CEO Hu-ye noted that she couldn’t be honest about her reasons.
Yeom-mi supposes that Miss A’s behavior is rooted in some past trauma, and points out that she ignored Mr. B even after hearing that his friend had abandoned him and really needed help.
Ha-baek is back with Namsuri at the park, and they ponder a cell phone and how Ha-baek could have seen Mura inside of it. In concern, Namsuri wonders how they’ll free her from the tiny rectangle prison, and whispers to the phone, “Mura-nim! Can you hear me?”
For once, Ha-baek seems to know more about humans than Namsuri, and he starts to explain how phones work. Unfortunately, that’s when a skateboarding kid nearby demands his phone back, haha. Ha-baek hands it over, but the kid has to yank it out of his clenched fingers.
The kid asks why they don’t have phones, and after huffing a little, Ha-baek asks where to get one. That lands them in a store, but they quickly realize they don’t understand any of the terms—and moreover, have no money.
Namsuri heads off to work a part-time job, leaving hungry Ha-baek with puffed rice snacks and water to fill his stomach. Feeling belittled and angry, Ha-baek winds up to throw the snacks into the river… but pulls back at the last second, unable to do it.
So-ah spends the next several days battling her hallucinations, growing increasingly exhausted, while Ha-baek snacks on foods that he guards protectively from other hobos.
After days of this, So-ah finally appears at the park, her dark circles deepened and her face haggard. She starts to say that she hasn’t been as diligent as she should have as a doctor, just as her ankle rolls and she stumbles. Ha-baek grabs her hand, and she seems to feel a moment between them.
And that’s even before Ha-baek tells her, “I’ve thought of nothing but you all the time. There where the sun rises in the east, until the sun sets in the west, I have only thought of you. No matter how I tried, I could not break free of thoughts of you.”
A little flustered, she asks why. He replies, “I could not understand how you could be so foolish and dim-witted, and because I could not comprehend for the life of me, I could not help but keep thinking of you.” Psh. Of course.
So-ah recommends that he see her professor for psychiatric help, who is much more skilled and helpful than she is. Ha-baek turns her down flat, saying that if there’s one thing he’s learned here, it’s that speaking the truth turns makes people think of him as abnormal—just as she would seem if she admitted to being a god’s servant.
She denies that that’s the case, but he points out, “I am the only one who believes you. Is it an easy thing to earn someone’s faith? How remarkable is it to have someone who fully believes in me?”
His words unsettle So-ah, who walks away telling herself she’s done as much as she can. Then Ha-baek reminds her of his earlier words: that if she doesn’t accept him, she will encounter all sorts of incidents.
So-ah returns to her office a nervous wreck, muttering to herself over and over that she feels positively light and refreshed. Her cactus clamors for attention, complaining about her poor treatment, and So-ah increases the volume of her self-affirmations.
Nurse Sang-yoo urges her to rest, since she’s been irritable for days, but she just tells him in her manic way that everything will be fine. Just fine!
So-ah turns back to her now-silent cactus and goads it to talk more, insisting that her conscience is clear. She catches herself mid-taunt, horrified with herself, and recalls Ha-baek’s last warning about what will happen if she ignores him.
So-ah calls her friend Yeom-mi for more advice, this time about a man and not Miss A. Yeom-mi asks if he’s good-looking, and So-ah blurts, “Yes” before catching herself. She explains that there’s a man who spouts off these ominous saying like those monks in horror dramas who warn of bad omens that you know shouldn’t be ignored. She asks if that can happen in real life, then cuts herself off to say of course not, and hangs up before Yeom-mi can even reply.
So-ah’s current state makes Sang-yoo nervous, so he calls rather than see her face to face, and gives her a series of bad news: There’s no progress on the diamond ring thief, the bank denied her loan at the higher interest rate, and her landlord has decided not to raise her deposit but is raising rent.
Sang-yoo has one last resort tactic in mind, and gives So-ah an invitation to a fundraising event for her medical school alumni. He suggests that she go and rub elbows there, which she rejects flat-out.
Namsuri takes a passenger in his paddleboat, doing his best to paddle along while she sobs about a no-good boyfriend. He grits his teeth to keep going, since he needs more money to be able to buy chicken—and then he looks up at a high-rise building, mistaking its shining windows for gold bars.
Standing in front of the building that looks like gold, Ha-baek explains to Namsuri that it only looks like it. But he assures Namsuri that he’ll regain his powers soon and return Namsuri’s lost gold to him.
Turning back to see his servant staring dumbly at the building, Ha-baek says, “I know why you’re turning into a fool. The fact that I am enduring without difficulty even in this situation is all because of your devotion, I know this.”
And then he adds, “…is what you thought I’d say, isn’t it?” Heh. He’ll never change, will he?
Then Ha-baek catches a glimpse of the screen mounted on the building, featuring Mura’s commercial. He calls Namsuri’s attention to it, but by the time he points up at the building, the ad has changed and Mura is gone.
That night, So-ah ends up heading to that fundraiser after all, and struggles in her painful heels to climb the steep hill to the fancy hotel. She sits on the curb to rest her aching feet, just as a car pulls over—it’s Hu-ye, on his way to that very same hotel. Her pride asserts itself before her sense can, declining a ride. She immediately regrets it, but Hu-ye accepts her word and leaves before she can take it back.
At the hotel, Hu-ye’s secretary suggests that sometimes people say the opposite of what they mean, and that they’re really asking for help when they decline it. Hu-ye is startled to consider that So-ah may have wanted his help after all, but shakes off the thought, certain that she’s very clear about what she wants.
Ha-baek, on the other hand, is convinced that his speech earlier about believing in her got through to So-ah. He tries to go to her clinic, but he’s told that So-ah is off tonight for an alumni event. Nurse Sang-yoo mentions the name of the hotel, and Ha-baek decides to head over.
It’s clear that So-ah doesn’t fit in with her snooty classmates, who greet her practically snickering at the idea that her clinic is struggling. A flower bouquet distracts So-ah by talking at her, and her classmate explains that it’s meant for one of their big donors—none other than Hu-ye. Of course.
Her classmate waxes poetic about all of Hu-ye’s merits, but So-ah retorts that he’s very different on the inside, recalling his line at the bank about just working harder rather than arguing over interest rates, and says he’s probably petty about money. One frenemy makes a snipe about So-ah’s financial difficulties—and then, Hu-ye joins them to note that they’re talking behind his back.
He makes a friendly greeting for So-ah and makes it seem they’re quite cozy, adding that So-ah is also a VIP customer at the bank. So-ah laughs uncomfortably, going with it until she can slip away in mortification.
Hu-ye follows her, and when he comments that he didn’t know they were alums of the same school, she retorts without thinking, “Why, would you lend me money if you did?” He asks if she came to raise money tonight, and she replies yes.
A commotion arises when Jaya arrives, the aspiring celebrity and Hu-ye’s snotty niece. So-ah excuses herself, saying that there’s “someone it’ll be tiring to run into” here, and hurries away.
But Jaya heads off after So-ah and calls out to her, forcing her to stop and acknowledge her. As So-ah turns, she hears voices tittering from Jaya’s flower bouquet, which repeat every snipe Jaya throws at her.
Jaya crows that So-ah is the “three-minute goddess,” a nickname she invented that means that she looks like a goddess at first sight, “but after three seconds she turns into a beggar.” Hu-ye watches from across the room as Jaya makes digs at So-ah about being jealous of her.
So-ah calmly replies that Jaya should take care with her bad pronunciation, pointing out her errors and getting a chuckle out of the crowd. Holding her head up high, So-ah heads off, and I think it’s safe to say she’s won this round.
But Jaya calls after her pointedly, “Has your father not come back yet?” Oh, low blow. Jaya tells the crowd that So-ah’s father went to Africa on volunteer work and didn’t return, calling him a great man who took in beggars and clothed and fed them. Somehow Jaya makes those sound like bad things.
The chorus coming from Jaya’s flowers grows louder, and Jaya adds that Dad was so outstanding that he traded his own family harmony for his greater love of humanity. So-ah finally whirls with blazing eyes, and raises a hand to Jaya—and then snatches the roses out of her hands, screaming, “You be quiet!”
The room quiets, and So-ah becomes the focus of attention. She turns to leave quietly, but when Jaya grabs for her, she rips So-ah’s sleeve.
So-ah manages to keep her composure and leaves Jaya with a few last pieces of advice, like how if she can’t be a good person she should at least fake it, and how she should lay off the social media, because she’s what people call an attention whore.
Hu-ye steps in front of Jaya to keep her from following So-ah out, and warns her to tone it down. Jaya pushes past him anyway, screaming after So-ah.
Jaya follows her outside the hotel, but this time it’s Ha-baek who blocks her path. He asks if she’s from a certain family, stating that she’s quite like someone else he knows: very rude and bad-mood-inducing. Heh.
Jaya tries to shove him aside, but he’s a brick wall and doesn’t budge. He adds, “Why are you following after my woman to harass her?”
So-ah turns back, surprised at his interference, while Ha-baek explains that she’s affiliated with him, and that Jaya needs his permission to harass her. Then Jaya gets recognized by other visitors, and stomps off in a hurry.
So-ah looks defeated when Ha-baek joins her, and cries as she says the flowers were driving her crazy with their chatter. Ha-baek takes in So-ah’s ripped sleeve and the tears running down her face, and shrugs off his suit jacket. He places it over her shoulders and reminds her of his warning.
Ha-baek hails a taxi, and I do love the tiny moments of panic that come over Namsuri every time Ha-baek insists on spending their meager cash supply on expensive cab rides. Hee. Nearby, Hu-ye, leaving in his own car, notices So-ah getting in the cab.
On the drive home, So-ah thinks back to years ago, when her father had ridden away in a taxi and she had raced out of the house after the car. She thinks now that she hadn’t run after the car to hold back her father—it was to gather all her pain and find the strength to keep on living.
That was the night she’d ended up at the bridge, knowing that her father would continue to do his work, and that she would have to make her own way. “That night, I felt all of the pain in my body carved deep,” she thinks. “And that it was all because of my father. I decided to use that hate and resentment to live on. I ran to let my father go. It wasn’t a last resort.”
So-ah’s cab drives past that spot on the bridge in the present, and she looks out the window to see her teenage self there, crying by the railing.
They end up by the river again, and when So-ah asks why, Ha-baek replies that he doesn’t know where her house is, so he took her to his. She returns his jacket and thanks him, but he balks at her repeated instances of accepting his help and then leaving, accusing her of running off he minute she’s scored something.
Ha, which is how they end up back at the cell phone store, looking at all the latest models. Namsuri assures her that they’ll pay all the charges, and Ha-baek adds that Mura will repay her.
Returning to the park, So-ah guesses that Ha-baek saw Mura on a news program on TV, or maybe a passing shot. She guesses he’s talking about a woman, and he corrects her that “our Mura” is a goddess.
She asks about what there is in his world, and he names water, wind, trees, sky, mountain, fish, air, birds. She says they have all that here, but he says that it’s all wrong here, and that it’s a good thing the human world wasn’t made part of the divine world, lest his world end up like this mess.
She’s been limping along in her heels all this while, and now Ha-baek extends an arm and tells her to use him for support—which he loftily calls his godly grace, of course.
They walk arm in arm for a while, and sit down to watch another giant TV screen on a building, waiting to catch another glimpse of Mura. So-ah comments that she’d like if Ha-baek really were a god, and asks if gods could provide her all the things shown onscreen, like a piano and a car. He says he could make those things with a flick of a finger, answering yes to everything she points to, whether bridge or tree or river. He adds that he could even make gold.
So-ah likes the sound of that, and tells him to make it happen. He explains that he can’t right now, and she deflates.
And then, Mura’s commercial comes on the TV. When So-ah realizes who he was talking about, she sighs a little, explaining that she’s “Korea’s goddess” named Hera, thinking that he’s just using the word in the colloquial sense. She, of course, doesn’t get that he means it literally, and suggests that a celebrity like Hera wouldn’t be willing to meet Ha-baek.
“Don’t worry, I am her master and king,” Ha-baek declares. He tells So-ah that if she gets him into Mura’s castle, her job is over and she can stop being his servant.
So, the next day finds them in front of a resort hotel. Feeling close to his goal, Ha-baek says that So-ah was an inadequate servant but will be repaid handsomely by Mura for bringing him, and also offers to give her everything she wanted (car, piano, gold) once his circumstances are straightened out.
So-ah grabs his arm to ask if he really has to go. He tells her that Mura dislikes human woman and that he’d better go alone, misinterpreting her reason for holding him back. So, So-ah doesn’t get the chance to tell him that Hera doesn’t actually live her, although she tells herself to let him figure it out.
Then Ha-baek turns back and gives her a smile and a nod, and So-ah finds that she can’t quite leave. She tries to force herself to leave, but every time she hits the gas, she brakes immediately, unable to abandon him.
Hu-ye’s driver notices the car stopped in front of the building with curiosity, and as they pass, he and Hu-ye recognize So-ah sitting inside.
Hu-ye stops to ask what So-ah’s doing parked in front of his hotel, and she’s startled to realize that he, of course, owns this place. She asks hesitantly if Hera might be staying here, and Hu-ye replies that Hera’s the brand model for his resort.
Ha-baek is pleased with the way the hotel employees all bow and thinks that Mura has taught her staff well, ha. Feeling that she’s near, he goes off in search of her.
So finally, we meet actress Hera, aka goddess Mura (Krystal), who is being prepped for a photo shoot by the pool. She hears Ha-baek calling out her name, and looks up to see him standing there smiling at her across the way.
When So-ah hears that Hera is here for a shoot, she foresees trouble for Ha-baek and races for the hotel.
Mura makes no indication that she knows Ha-baek, who is grabbed by security detail and dragged away. He shouts out to her, telling her of his extenuating circumstances, while her staff figures he’s just a crazy.
Ha-baek fights off the men holding him, then flings aside the others who come at him, and Mura’s stylist advises that they do “it.” Mura tells her to do it properly.
So-ah runs in to see Ha-baek fighting off five men, and tries to break up the struggle, saying that he’s her patient. At that, Mura’s eyes open and she looks over at them sharply, watching as So-ah gets shoved to the ground in the scuffle. Ha-baek grows extra angry to see it, and grabs the offending security guard and warns him to get away from his servant.
He kneels to assist So-ah and check that she’s okay, and an incensed Mura shouts, “Stop!”
She struts over to them, clocks that Ha-baek is holding So-ah’s wrist, and then delivers a slap to his face. Ha-baek and Mura glare at each other for a long moment, and then So-ah’s voice cuts in as she asks angrily what Mura is doing.
Mura asks who she is, and So-ah steps in front of Ha-baek and declares herself his guardian.
“I hit him because he did something deserving being hit,” Mura says.
That logic doesn’t work on So-ah, who tells Mura that people may call her a goddess but that she let the praise go to her head. Flowers wither, she says: “You think it’ll last forever, don’t you? No, it won’t. Don’t be shocked later when you shrivel up, and take care of your mental state in advance.”
With that, So-ah puts her business card in Mura’s hand and offers a celebrity discount, lol. Grabbing Ha-baek’s arm, she pulls him away.
At the car, Ha-baek chides So-ah for stepping in, telling her that she erred, and that Mura is in fact a real goddess who will never age or wither.
“I said I was your guardian,” So-ah returns. “For the first time, I wanted to take you out of your world, using my methods. But I see you have no desire to leave it.”
Ha-baek says that their worlds are different. So she asks again if he really needs to meet a god, and calls her friend Yeom-mi.
Hu-ye’s secretary reports that the photo shoot incident was handled, ascribing the problem to Hera’s uber-fan. Hu-ye’s interested to hear that the fan was So-ah’s patient, who was also at the hotel the other night. Hu-ye smiles in amusement, saying that So-ah’s treatment methods are quite unusual.
Poolside, Mura’s in an even worse mood than her regular bitchface mode, and her manager nervously calls for a break and clears everyone out. Mura makes a call to someone perched on a rooftop railing, looking out at a cityscape—this is sky god BI-RYUM (Gong Myung), and he quips that he’s here to fly.
Mura tells him impatiently that this isn’t the time: “Ha-baek is here!”
Bi-ryum wonders if the red waters have come to the Water Kingdom, but Mura’s more worried about what this means for them. Bi-ryum figures Ha-baek will come looking for him, but Mura recalls that he said something about losing his map coordinates. She warns that where the divine stones are concerned, “You and I are accomplices.”
Then she sees So-ah’s business card and growls jealously that he brought a human woman with him, and that the first thing he did in this world was seduce a woman.
Bi-ryum, on the other hand, laughs to himself that things are about to get interesting. He stands up on the railing, then jumps off, flying into the air.
So-ah takes Ha-baek and Namsuri to an office building, where they can meet “a woman who meets god(s) frequently.” Namsuri pulls Ha-baek aside to ask if could really lead to Bi-ryum, since he did always love women and debauchery. In any case, So-ah leads Ha-baek inside to Yeom-mi’s office, which has quite the curious setup: The floor is entirely empty but for a tiny box of a shop, whose sign indicates fortune-telling. Interesting, considering Yeom-mi is So-ah’s med school friend.
Yeom-mi eyes Ha-baek up and down, then pulls So-ah aside to assess the situation. She puts together that this is the “Mr. B” So-ah was talking about, and that So-ah was Miss A who heard voices out of guilt.
So-ah explains that he’s insistent on meeting a god but refuses a medical approach, so she wants Yeom-mi, who is the closest thing to a person talking to gods, to figure out what kind of world he lives in so that So-ah can help. And yet, Yeom-mi says with some amazement that he’s the real deal, and that he’s someone who will be possessed by a real spirit.
Yeom-mi sits down with Ha-baek, who only wants to know where to find Bi-ryum. She replies that she doesn’t know who that is, and that she serves other gods. She scatters salt on a tray, and names him: “Sigmund Freud.” Ha, okay, well that’s an approach.
Yeom-mi rings a bell, listens intently, then lightly touches Ha-baek’s face. She declares that she’ll hear him out, but by now his patience is wearing thin and he mutters about his foolish servant. He tells Yeom-mi that he’s the next king of the Water Kingdom, giving her his royal spiel.
As she waits outside, So-ah recalls Ha-baek saying that they’re from different worlds, and tells herself that this is as far as she’ll go: “Don’t get any more involved.” Then her mind flashes to their kiss, and she slaps her head to rid the thought.
Yeom-mi calls So-ah on her way out of the meeting, telling her to call their old professor, acknowledging that Ha-baek is a complicated case beyond So-ah’s abilities.
When So-ah returns to Ha-baek, he asks if she was toying with him with this meeting, and says that he’ll let her go for good now. So-ah says, “All I did was not believe thing that couldn’t be believed. This was the best I could do for you.”
“How do you differentiate between truth and non-truth?” Ha-baek asks. “Your truth is to believe what you want to believe. Your way is easier, and less difficult. Some truths cover the eyes that way.”
So-ah hears her mother’s words ringing in her ears: “Your father abandoned us. Think of it that way.”
She looks at Ha-baek with hurt, muttering, “What do you know?” She heads into the stairwell, rattled by Ha-baek’s words and wondering what’s so important about the truth.
Suddenly, a dark figure bursts out of the door, grabs So-ah, and drags her into the elevator.
Outside the building, Namsuri looks up wondering if he should text Ha-baek, and sees a struggle unfolding at the edge of the roof. It’s the man in black, and he’s trying to shove So-ah over the ledge as she struggles.
Ha-baek, meanwhile, is still outside Yeom-mi’s office when he gets a frantic call from Namsuri, who narrates what’s unfolding on the rooftop: “He’s pushing her! She’s falling!”
Ha-baek whirls around to face the windows just as So-ah falls down, upside-down, her eyes meeting his.
Ha-baek races for the windows, not stopping as he hits the glass—and suddenly the glass gives way like water as he flies through it easily. Ha-baek speeds down in amidst a stream of water, and So-ah outstretches a hand toward him.
Ha-baek speeds his descent until he reaches So-ah, encircling her in a cocoon of water, and when they reach the ground level, the ball of water splashes away into nothing, leaving Ha-baek standing with So-ah cradled in his arms.
So-ah stares up at him in utter shock, and the high priest’s voice says, “It’s fate. The one who saves her life once…”
So-ah stammers, “W-w-what…?” Ha-baek replies, “I told you I was a god.”
Ah, his powers are back! I wouldn’t have minded having Ha-baek powerless and huffy for a little while longer (he’s so entertaining when he’s indignantly impotent), but I like that this pushes our story along, now that circumstances are changing, presumably driven by our characters and their connections. I want a beefier reason than that they’re fated to be, so I hope the drama is prepared to take us at least a few steps further into this development, and explain what exactly why he was power-blocked before, and why this situation uncorked that bottle.
As far as character development and deepening relationships go, I do think the episode did a pretty decent job directing the trajectory, and I like that it was driven by more than pure romantic or fate-driven mechanisms. So-ah’s resentment of her well-meaning father makes her an interesting character, and I appreciate the way that it’s shaped her into this sideways direction—she wants to help people and is in a profession that is entirely about that, but she’s also angry at what that meant for her own life and I think it explains her conflicted counseling approach. It’s very realistic to paint her as a child who seems to have felt abandoned even though her father seems to have been a loving and devoted person—just not particularly so to his flesh and blood. It’s human and natural for a daughter and wife to feel they ought to have more of Dad’s love than a stranger needing help, and Dad may have been a great caretaker for others but he seems to have been a poor father and husband.
So given that she met this almighty god at his lowest point, it’s fitting that he brings out both of those conflicted sides—he acts haughty and confident, but is pretty much lost in this world, and she can’t ignore it even though she kind of hates herself for caring. Now that she’s had a minor breakthrough moment (at least in Ha-baek’s challenge to her about believing what she wants to), I’m ready to see how things change once Ha-baek has his powers and is no longer quite like a baby duck that imprinted on a reluctant helper. (I mean, he thinks he’s in control and she’s his servant, but for all intents and purposes he’s been at her mercy for a lot of things.)
I’ve been dying for a glimpse of our other two gods, and I’m interested to know what exactly they’ve done to be afraid of Ha-baek, and also for Mura to act like she’s the wronged party. Frankly I was more excited to meet them before I met them, because I don’t find myself particularly excited to explore more of their characters, but I’ll give them more time to turn me around. At least, maybe Bi-ryum will be an entertaining foil; Mura’s permanent bitchface has a really souring effect that I can’t entirely blame on the writing. But as I’ve warmed to our primary trio (So-ah, Ha-baek, and Namsuri), that’s enough to keep me content for now.
I do find myself a little wistful for a stronger fantasy component to this drama, because when the show premiered and dumped us into the thick of its alternate divine world, I was really into all the rules and challenges in store for the characters. I can see that that this kind of reworking does have a flattening aspect, in that despite the very fresh and interesting background world providing the framework for this drama, the actual plot of the drama is kind of conventional. I can’t complain too hard because this drama is sort of accomplishing what I expect and want of it—I never had sky-high hopes to start with, just medium-level ones—and I do enjoy it for what it does do, and where it’s heading. Just as long as I continue to feel for the main characters and feel invested in their growing bond!