Drama: Divorce Lawyer In Love ( 이혼변호사는 연애중)
Airs: Sat & Sun
Quick Recap of Divorce Layer In Love Episode 1-4
|Cheok Hee ordering Jeong Woo to go buy her new stockings|
Chairman Bong's people bribes one of Cheok Hee's assistant and rats Cheok Hee out for using illegal evidence. It was too hard to do since none of Cheok Hee's employees liked her. Coupled with the husband's suicide, Cheok Hee's lawyer's licence is soon revoked.
After a time jump we find Cheok Hee in a seafood market selling fish for her father. However, thanks to her sunbae, Bong Min Gyu (he is actually Chairman Bong's son) Cheok Hee gains another chance to work in a firm... but this time as a lowly assistant.
I find Min Gyu a really intriguing character. A chaebol who seems to have more money than he knows what to do with, Min Gyu's goal in life is to work as little as possible while filling his life with the highest quality of material goods. Engaged to a woman whose name he can't even remember correctly to further his father's business, there seems to be very little in life Min Gyu cares about. However, Min Gyu does seems to have a fondness for Cheok Hee... although we can't tell yet if he likes Cheok Hee more than just friends.
Pausing in mid action after realizing they are not boss and assistant anymore, Cheok Hee and Jeong Woo both snap out of their routine and ask "why are you here?"
Standing in Min Gyu's office, Jeong Woo and Cheok Hee both insist that they can't possibly work together. Citing the emotional scars he suffered while working for Cheok Hee, Jeong Woo asks Min Gyu to not hire her. Equally unwilling to work with the man who she believed betrayed her, Cheok Hee also agrees that she can't be an assistant to Jeong Woo. Coolly, Min Gyu reminds Jeong Woo of the contract he signed with the firm and tells Cheok Hee that she is welcome to leave anytime. Begrudgingly, Jeong Woo and Min Gyu becomes co-worker.
As expected, Cheok Hee doesn't adapt well to her new role as an assistant and feels the need to put in her two cents whenever Jeong Woo works with his clients. It doesn't help that Jeong Woo will often actually tries to convince his client to work things out with their spouse instead of seeking a divorce. As a woman who only ever cared how to help her client to divorce as quickly as possible, Cheok Hee is simply speechless by Jeong Woo's approach.
After another instance when Cheok Hee steps over the line by convincing one of Jeong Woo's client to catch her "cheating husband" at the hotel only to find out that the husband was planning a surprise party for his wife, Jeong Woo finally loses it and shows his rare manly side by pushing Cheok Hee against the wall.
Overjoyed that he might finally get rid of Cheok Hee for good, Jeong Woo and his buddy (also worked for Cheok Hee before and now works in the same company) is sure that Cheok Hee will never get the vote she needed to stay since Min Gyu and the firm manager (who follows Min Gyu's every decision) are the only two people who would vote for her.
In a flash back we see a deathly ill Mama Go begs a young Cheok Hee to use all the money that was intended for her own hospital bill to pay for her own school fees. In a moment of weakness Cheok Hee obeys her mother's request. As she watches the money being deposited, Cheok Hee all the sudden realizes what that money means to her mother's life and tries desperately to get the money back. However, before Cheok Hee can get the money back, Mama Go dies. Blaming Cheok Hee for Mama Go's death, Cheok Hee's little sister has never forgiven her.
Min Gyu gives Jeong Woo a tongue-lashing for standing by while Cheok Hee is being ridiculed by his father. Cheok Hee tries to speak up for Jeong Woo but Jeong Woo stops her by putting a hand on her wrist. This is probably the first real hint we have that maybe there is something other than fear and dislike Jeong Woo feels for Cheok Hee.
The show has already given some clues that Cheok Hee might be that mystery girl who saved Jeong Woo and some other passengers' life.
DON'T judge this show by the first episode. While first episode wasn't terrible, it was slow enough that I was tempted 2/3 of way through to just stop watching. Thankfully I pulled through and the last 10 seconds of the first episode had me intrigued and I went on to watch the next three episodes.
|Two second leads. The female second lead is actually Min Gyu's secretary |
and is Jeong Woo's childhood friend.
There is certainly some over the top comedy in Divorce Lawyer in Love but thankfully the show employees them quite rarely and is able to successfully make me laugh just by using subtle comedic situations. All in all, a show with some mystery, heart warming/wrenching divorce cases, an alpha heroine and a hero who while not exactly the alpha type does show case his manly side from time to time... so I am putting this one on my watch list.