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Marriage Contract Episode 1-4 Overview By Ninja
Heroine: Kang Hye Sol (Uee)
A widow since her husband died seven years ago, Hye Sol had been raising her young daughter by herself. On the constant run from the thugs that has been chasing her for the enormous amount of debt her husband left, Hye Sol is desperate as the thug starts to eye her precious little daughter for money.
Once a popular singer, our hero Ji Hoon is now content to work as a restaurant operator, a subsidiary of his father's large corporation. Perhaps influence by the fact that his mother has lead an extremely pathetic life as his father's ex-mistress, Ji Hoon seems to have no intention of getting married and is determined to live his life as a playboy.
Despite having some serious resentment issues towards his mother (Mama Oh), Ji Hoon is unable to ignore the fact that his mother is dying from liver disease and works tirelessly to find a donor to save his mother's life.
At first willing to put up with her family's order to marry a man she doesn't love, Na Yoon's (the ex-girlfriend, female second lead) heart starts to beat again when she realizes the ex-boyfriend who had introduced himself as an orphan then disappeared on her is her fiancee's younger brother.
Desperate to ensure her daughter, Eun Sung's life would be okay when she dies, Hye Soo decides to accept Ji Hoon's offer to enter into a fake marriage in order to be legally allowed to donate her liver to Mama Oh.
On top of trying to convince the hospital that his marriage to Hye Soon is real and not some liver donor scam, Ji Hoon has to convince Hye Soon's very grumpy daughter to accept him and his own mother to not spoil the whole thing.
Ninja's First Impression
As far as the plot goes, the story feels pretty predicable at this point but I guess it would be kinda silly to not expect that when the show is called Marriage Contract. Wait, there is one thing I definitely didn't expect and that's the heroine's brain tumor. Frankly, Hye Soo's life seems desperate enough already it felt a bit over the top to add the brain tumor part but I suspect it could be a hospital mistake since the show already hinted several times that Hye Soo is not experiencing any of the symptom.
All in all, I am holding out some hope that Marriage Contract might get better now that the backstory is more or less set up. I don't think it will become an addicting show but I do hope the cute will increase as the heroine's life gets less pitiful.
By the way, Lee Seo Jin sure looks mighty fine. You got to give the man brownie points for being able to look so right as the love interest of a girl that is 17 years younger than him.