Just Bananas About: Week of 8/22/14

It’s no secret that I’ve been loving It’s Okay, It’s Love but there are a few currently airing romances that I’ve loving as well. It’s such a refreshing relief as I felt that K-Dramas have been having a slump with its subpar to mediocre batch of dramas. Or is it only the dramas that I’ve been watching? This week was the premiere of Discovery of Love, brought to us by the writer of I Need Romance and so far, things are looking rosy.

Just like some of the romances that are depicted in these dramas, I approach each of them like a new relationship. At first, I’m skeptical and then it tries to win me over with its zippy plots, wacky characters and of course, kisses. However, each of these dramas can go one of three ways. It can either tank completely and I want to divorce it. Or I can play things cool and go for the let’s just be friends route. Or the thing I hope for is to fall completely head over hills in love with the drama.

The drama starts with the main characters, Han Yeo Reum (Jung Yoo Mi) and Kang Tae Ha (Eric), talking about their failed relationship. The drama is filmed like a reality TV show à la Modern Family. You see the characters in the actual scenes and then they’re able to talk about their perspective on the matter. Obviously they have different views about how their relationship ended.

But Yeo Reum isn’t single as she is currently dating plastic surgeon, Nam Ha Jin (Sung Joon). They seem like a lovable couple except for the fact that his mother, unwilling to accept Yeo Reum due to her middle class status, is making him with prospective marriage partners. He hides it from Yeo Reum but Ha Jin’s close friend and co-worker just happens to be Yeo Reum’s roommate. As promised he doesn’t directly tell Yeo Reum but tells her best friend/other roommate.

So there you find Yeo Reum tracking him down at the meeting location.

She tries to sneak closer in order to hear that conversation but inadvertently sits down at the exact table where Tae Ha is sitting. They haven’t seen each other in years and once Tae Ha catches wind of what’s going, he appears a bit smug. Upset and embarrassed, Yeo Reum proceeds to tell how she feels about the whole situation with Ha Jin but she faces Tae Ha ending her speech with the classic throw of a glass of water to his face.

Sweet Sorrow – 별 일 아니에요 (It’s No Big Deal)

스윗 소로우(Sweet Sorrow) – 별 일 아니에요

So Yeo Reum’s Mr. Perfect isn’t entirely perfect but they love each other and willing to look past this as Ha Jin had no intention of anything going further with the other women. In fact, the woman appears to have known about Yeo Reum and been in on the rouse all along as well.

On the other hand, it appears that Tae Ha isn’t quite over Yeo Reum and because their phones accidentally get switched, the two meet each other again. This time Yeo Reum is drunk and as she gazes at Tae Ha, you’d think she might have feelings for him again only to have her push his face away with her hand. Ha.

Tae Ha brings her back to his place because she had to use the bathroom. Of course, their night just doesn’t end up there. One thing leads to another and before she knows it, she wakes up the next morning to find that they’ve slept with each other. Except it’s her birthday. And Ha Jin is at her house (with a ring). Although she lies through her teeth, any attempt to mislead Ha Jin fails. She promises to explain all when they see each other. And that’s just the first episode.

Meanwhile, we learn that Ha Jin has been looking for a girl from his childhood for some time now. Although he doesn’t know what she looks like today, he remembers a scar on her arm. Not sure how this will play on the fact that he’s a plastic surgeon but that girl is Ahn Ah Rim (Yoon Jin Yi). We have yet to learn why he’s so interested in finding Ah Rim and what this person means to him. It’s looking like she may end up being an obstacle for the Ha Jin/Yeo Reum couple.

The friends also play an important part to this drama as they’ll meddle in the various relationships, comfort and be an essential drinking buddy to our leads. Most, especially for Yeo Reum. She lives with business partner Yoon Sol played by the prickly but ever, lovable Kim Seul Gi and a plastic surgeon working with Ha Jin, Do Joon Ho, played by Yoon Hyun Min. Yoon Hyun Min was seriously the best part of Inspiring Generation and my favorite new supporting actor. I’m so excited that we’ll get to see his playful and comedic side in this drama. Here’s hoping they embrace the role of the meddlers and bring a lot of hilarity. And perhaps they’ll even discover love themselves? Please?

The drama goes back and forth between the present and the past so that we see where Yeo Reum and Tae Ha’s relationship went wrong. I love that we got to see their meet-cute because it wasn’t your typical meeting. Yeo Reum, catching a glance of Tae Ha shortly after bumping into each other, discovers that she’s attracted to him and immediately tells him. Even Tae Ha admits, that was what attracted him to Yeo Reum in the first place.

Tae Ha decides to start something new again with Yeo Reum except he doesn’t know how. Through work, he discovers that Yeo Reum has her own furniture company and thinks it would be the perfect opportunity to offer his new project to her. However, she doesn’t want to work with him and refuses the offer.

Talking alone, he lays out the real reason why he offered the project. He asks her to break up with her current boyfriend and come back to him.

Oooh, so bold. I love it! I feel like the drama is directing us to think that Ha Jin is meant for Ah Rim but if you take her out of the equation, the story could go either way. And one of the most important things when watching a new show is do I like the characters. I feel like we could be friends. A little bit crazy, a lot of fun and hopeful.

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