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Ninja's Happy Home Episode 1-4 Overview
Hiding her sorrow from everyone around her, Hae Ryung seems to have the perfect life as the wife of a successful husband but in reality her once happy marriage has fallen apart since the death of her son.
The lady in the grey is Madam Jang's secretary...and Hae Ryung's husband's mistress.
Minding his own business on a shuttle, our hero Seo Jin Gun (Lee Sang Woo) can't help but notice when the woman sitting right next to him tells her husband "oh, yes. I just picked up mother-in-law from the airport and we are sitting in the car together." Putting the whole incident behind him, Jin Gun would've forgotten Hae Ryung completely if not for the fact that he runs into her again in a hotel elevator. Raising his eyebrow when Hae Ryung assures her mother-in-law that she is with her husband right then, Jin Gun wonders to himself if Hae Ryung has the habit of lying.
Looking at Hae Ryung's friendly face, Jin Gun can't help but feel like he must've met Hae Ryung before but is unable to place her no matter how much he tries.
While our two leads' paths keep crossing, unbeknownst to them Ji Gun has actually gotten to known Hae Ryung's husband Hyun Ki as well. Impatient with Hyun Ki's relentless demand that he personally operate on his boss (President Lee), Ji Gun finally gives in when Hyun Ki all but forced his hand.
Stunned when President Lee informs that him Ji Gun is actually his ex-son-in-law, Hyun Ki realizes Ji Gun had been playing him all along.
Ji Gun blames himself for Hae Ryun's child's death because if he had ordered some additional tests before he did the emergency operation the child might've lived. However, as Ji Gun's dad pointed out, the child would've died anyway if they had waited to do more tests before they operated on him.
Sobbing over her son's picture that night, Hae Ryun promises herself that she will try even harder to salvage her broken marriage.
Running into Hae Ryung once again at their neighborhood convenient store, Ji Gun jumps out as Hae Ryung's champion when she was picked on by a few teenage thugs... and promptly gets beat up by the kids.
Yelping as Hae Ryung tries to take care of his wounds, Ji Gun is hilariously afraid of pain despite being a doctor himself.
Proud of the Chinese restaurant empire he has built from a measly street stand, Daddy Bong (Hae Ryung's father) runs his family with an iron fist... but fails miserably when it comes to his only son Man Ho. Not the sort of parents that are blind to their own son's many flaws Man Ho's parents constantly feel apologetic towards their hard working daughter-in-law Mi Soon for having to put up with an extremely immature husband. On a day while Mi Soon is away from the restaurant, the Bong family is hit with a crisis when an ex-employee shows up and claims she had a baby with Man Ho. Flustered, the Bong family holds an emergency meeting and agree to hide the baby from Mi Soon.
Ninja's First Impression
I really liked the first two episodes but then episode three & four have me kinda concern with where Mi Soon's story line is going. Having Mi Soon agreeing to let her husband's mistress move in for a one month for a "show down" seems so...so... dumb! I get that Mi Soon's orphan background means there is a part of her that wants to know if the Bong family would really choose their own son over her when they keep claiming she is like a daughter to them, but it just seems so incredible weird for Mi Soon to still have hope over Man Ho when the man is obviously a lost cause.
Still, minor plot concern aside, overall I am very happy with the general story direction of Happy Home and is quite impressed with how quickly the writer has been able to make me care deeply about each of the characters. Kim So Yeon's heroine simply makes my heart break for her and it is difficult to not cringe as Hae Ryung's character try so hard to please her mother-in-law when it looks like Madam Jang might be resorting to something nasty now that she has confirmed with the doctor Hae Ryung can't get pregnant anymore.
I am a pretty big fan of Lee Sang Woo so I am pretty excited to see him paired up with Kim So Yeon and by the looks of it the chemistry between the two actors are great. I do find it intriguing that the writer has chosen to have Lee Sang Woo's character get to know the heroine AND her husband right from the start. Stranger still, I have this weird feeling that the two men might end up becoming frenemies?? Oh, well. Bromance, especially unlikely bromance is always appreciated.