Airs: Wed. & Thur.
Leads: Kong Hyo Jin & Cho Jung Seok
Hwa Shin's lump turns out to be stage 1 breast cancer. Stunned and ashamed that he could have breast cancer as a man, Hwa Shin has no choice but to swallow his pride and accepts his doctor's suggestion to get an operation.
As fate would have it, on the day Hwa Shin enters the hospital Na Ri also ends up checking in to the same hospital room to have an operation to remove a benign growth in her chest.
Storming out of the hospital room, Na Ri gets more huffy the more she thinks about how much she has suffered for her hopeless crush. Determined to end her crush for good, Na Ri grabs Hwa Shin who has come out searching for her and plants a kiss on him.
Surprised by Na Ri's kiss, Hwa Shin is very doubtful of Na Ri's claim that she is over him for good...that is until his own best friend starts to show interest in Na Ri.
Ko Jung Won, our rich and handsome second lead. Na Ri had intrigued Jung Won at first because of her pitiful existence, but as time goes on, Jung Won stopped trying to find excuses for his own feelings and decides to pursue Na Ri in earnest. The only flaw with our seemingly perfect prince charming is that his mother seems to have a lot of control over him and that includes his marriage so Na Ri could just be his rebellious attempt.
Ninja's First Impression:
As a fan of Kong Hyo Jin's romantic comedies, I was really excited for Jealousy Incarnate and thankfully this one doesn't disappoint. After watching the first six episodes, I wouldn't necessarily call this one addicting (yet!) but I like its quiet depth and the fun comedy. The thing I love the most so far is the mysterious vibe between the two leads that makes me as the viewer dying to know what the hero and the heroine are hiding. It's like a well known secret that exists between the two leads they are both aware of but we are not told and could only guess from little hints.
For example, Na Ri has repeatedly asked Jung Won if his best friend (Hwa Shin) knows that he is acting "this way" towards her. That very question seems to suggests that Na Ri is certain Hwa Shin would be displeased if he is aware that his best friend is pursuing her...but both leads has come right out and made it clear that Na Ri's crush is completely one sided...so what gives Na Ri this confidence of Hwa Shin's reaction? Our hero's attitude towards Na Ri is also puzzling. Hwa Shin's words all suggest that he finds Na Ri's crush bothersome but then his actions belies his words especially considering the undertone of familiarity every time he interacts with her.
Sufficient to say that I am really satisfied with the two leads' character set up and their chemistry together. My only complaint so far ...one that's fairly minor is the secondary characters' story. I don't necessarily find the secondary characters' story boring, in fact, they are pretty intriguing on their own. However, the secondary plots feel a bit jarring every time they show up. Even though all the characters are tied to the two leads in someway but their stories still feel like it's almost another show entirely.
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