This drama was not on my radar when it was airing, but one day out of the blue I decided to give it a try and I actually liked it.
Story Set Up:
Heroine: Na Ae Ra (Lee Ming Jung) is a divorced woman who finds out the ex-husband who she worked night and day to support his crazy dreams while they were married actually made it big.
Firework happens when: Na Ae Ra ends up working at her ex-husband's company and to avoid unnecessary trouble they agreed to pose as strangers. This plan obviously is not going to work and hijinks happens as the two's path keep crossing.
What I don't like:
The second female lead- The show tried really hard to give her some depth to her story, but it really kinda came off contrived. The tragic past, the physical hurt, and the lack of familial support are all there, but for some reason it just didn't make me feel bad for her.
The second male lead was not as badly done as the second female lead, but seeing I had to try really hard to remember who he was just now, his character obviously wasn't very memorable.
What I like:
The two leads were great. Both individually and as a couple.
Cha Jung Woo's character were especially great at portraying the cool successful business man to everyone around him, but the minute Ae Ra is around he turns into a nerd. The disparity between the cool guy and the nerd is so great that it was comical every time the nerdy side of him comes out.
The story was really simple but I thought this show did a great job portraying old lover who you dislike but who in the end knows you like no other.
I love love Cha Jung Woo's character. He is a nerd in disguise as the aloof IT genius. But the fact that no one strips his facade as quickly as Ae Ra, makes their relationship so great to watch.
I also liked how the story handled the marriage problem between the two leads. When it came down to it, it wasn't just one problem but many little problems that snowballed into a giant chasm. So often with shows that focus on exes the problem is one giant misunderstanding and usually on one side. With Cunning Single Lady, I felt they did a great job showing the naive expectation people entered a marriage with. Those expectation are often unsaid but built in the foundation of a marriage.
For example, Jung Woo expected unwavering support from Ae Ra no matter what happens, while Ae Ra expected Jung Woo to provide a safe heaven for her to be a wife and a mom. When both of those expectations were violated and disappointments make communication impossible, their marriage ended.
Cunning Single Lady took us on a journey to watch a couple who has been divorced for ten years slowly and with uncertainty slowly get to know each other again. The show certainly wasn't perfect but it was still a fun ride and worth the watch.