In four episodes CA has taken me for a loop-di-loop that I never imagined was possible based on the promotional materials. This is indeed a plausible albeit subversive take on the Cinderella fantasy, but done in a way that is entertaining and intriguing. I care about all the main leads, even the sleazy-on-the-surface Tommy Hong, because we have already seen that there are two sides to every tale and sometimes bad choices dont always mean a person is a complete and utter villain. Seo In Chan showed Se Kyung that when faced with a chance to leave behind his horrible life, he would take it, even if it meant taking advantage of her good intentions. But Se Kyung tells Seung Jo that In Chan isnt a bad person, hes simply a person who has nothing. She doesnt fault him, she faults this unfair life that decides who can make it and who can struggle their entire life and still fail. We also hear Yoon Joos side of the story with respect to her decision to leave Seung Jo for a man that could better provide for her. Was she right? Who knows? Perhaps she and her husband really do love each other and hes the better fit for her. But she did break Seung Jos heart and left him an emotional wreck, that much is true. However the right and wrong is parceled out, at least I now understand her motivations and determination to never be poor again. Even Se Kyung has gained a grudging respect for Yoon Joo, and Im actually loving the frenemy interactions and how Yoon Joo seems to genuinely want Se Kyung to succeed. Its going to be great seeing them team out to win over the Cheongdamdong types, but Im also looking forward to the tension and fallout once Yoon Joo finds out Seung Jo likes Se Kyung.
Seung Jo and Se Kyung are so so amazing together even at this stage I can hardly wait to see what new sparks will fly between them. Will the writer hold off on Se Kyung finding out his true identity? Will he become her White Rabbit and lead her into Cheongdamdong? Will he do it willingly to her plan, or unwittingly as her daddy long legs behind the scenes? I actually dont hate Tommy for pimping Se Kyung out, since he drew a very logical conclusion though he didnt have to be such an ass about it or so totally demeaning. I wanted to high five someone when I saw Seung Jo pour an entire jar of soy sauce on Tommy, and then punch him out. Thats what I call avenging the honor of a lady. In many ways Seung Jo is really the idealistic romantic heroine of K-dramas, except hes a guy who is maybe a few marbles shy of having a whole bag. But while Se Kyung clung onto her love with In Chan for as long as she could, she never struck me as the type who fantasizes about love in its pure glory. She was idealistic without falling into the love-for-the-sake-of-love clap trap. She believed that she could have a future with In Chan, but she finally gave up once she realized she couldnt. Whereas Seung Jo is a bleeding heart romantic, which is why Yoon Joos betrayal was so traumatic for him. How will meeting Se Kyung change his dreams about love now that hes tried once and been burned? I dont know but I cant wait to find out!