The Good Wife (K-ver) Ep 1

Arriving in Dramaland with aplomb, The Good Wife is so much more than your ordinary, conservative, meek housewife. Bursting with innuendos and allusions, you’ve gotta keep on your toes and read between the lines delivered at rapid-fire speed if you want to keep up and stay the game.

 

The Good Wife (Korean version) Episode 1:

Hands clasped in a gesture of unity, husband and wife pair LEE TAE-JOON (Yoo JiTae) and KIM HYEGYEONG  (Jung DoYeon) stride past open heavy wooden doors and into a crowd of impatient reporters hurling incessant questions at the pair and shoving their flashing cameras ever closer towards them, wanting to get one more good shot, no matter the price.

As TaeJoon starts his press conference, declaring that he’s never accepted any bribes or sexual favours, HyeKyeong stares that the loose thread on his cuff, face drained of all energy. Weary and depressed, she’s barely holding it together as she remembers the leaked clip of her husband in the throes of passion with another woman. She reaches out for that loose piece of thread but TaeJoon finishes his speech then and takes her outstretched hand to leave.

Alone in the hallways, she pulls away from him and tells him never to put her in such disgusting situations ever again. He apologises, almost mechanically, explaining that he had to do it to show the public a united front, then turns away, preoccupied by office matters again.

 

A flashback to three days ago shows TaeJoon anxiously warning HyeKyeong not to open the doors, no matter what. Reporters swarm outside her house, a message comes, telling her to watch the television and the prosecution bangs on her door, search warrant in hand. It’s too confusing and she turns the television on, only to be greeted with a very damning clip of her husband in bed with another woman, and the words below accusing him of accepting sexual favours.

TaeJoon had arrived then, and like now, he entreats her to believe in him. He claims that the affair was a one time thing and was the one big mistake of his life and nothing more. Though she was stunned three days ago, now, she weakly asks why she has to trust him, then walks off.

Even then, she can’t leave as she wants, since the rabid reporters have blocked the exit and she turns to look at her husband, eyes full of hurt.

 

8 months later, she sits in a small little corner of a rather empty office, waiting for something to happen.  It’s just her being at the wrong place for the firm meeting and once she learns that, she runs all the way up in her high heels, and comes in, breathless, the moment the presenter of the meeting that’s well underway, says, “people who come late or leave early at this company don’t exist.” Hee.

Welcome to M&J, the law firm that prides itself for landing a potential client in a Chinese mega-company because “they do anything to win”. The presenter, SEO-JOONGWON (Yoon KyeSang), mutters under his breath for HyeKyeong to come in without acknowledging anyone. Soon after, the meeting comes to an end and JoongWon filters through the other lawyers to get to HyeKyeong, both apologising at once for mixing up the venue and for not being more considerate of the other. They shake hands, HyeKyeong happily thanking him for hiring her when no one else would because of the 15 year long break in her career and he in turn thanks her instead for coming to his company, since it’s difficult to find good lawyers.

He takes her on a tour around the office, telling her that the pro bono case that she’s been assigned to was once his Noona’s and involves murder. A phone call interrupts their conversation (pfft, the ringtone sounds like it’s something that would come out of Jaws, the movie) and HyeGyeong takes a moment to shut her mother-in-law off.

They run into divorce lawyer David Lee (Cha So0nBae), who’s prancing around the office, dressed as if in preparation to accept his Best-Halloween-Costume award. He prattles uninvited about getting the best settlement for her if she ever decides to divorce her husband, and then flounces off to go prepare for his theatre play next door.

Nothing ever rests at a law firm that big, as HyeKyeong is soon pulled away by JoongWon’s Noona, SEO MYEONG-HEE (Kim SeoHyeong). She doesn’t mince her words as she tells HyeKyeong that she’s not normally of the age to be hired as a newcomer, but she’s there due to JoongWon’s high appraisal of her. She notes that JoongWon and HyeKyeong are not even of the same age, so HyeKyeong bravely replies that she had befriended JoongWon while studying in the same year.

 

There’re more reasons that MyeongHee was against her appointment though, – HyeKyeong hadn’t even gotten any professional experience before, and she’s only applied for her lawyer’s license recently. Plus, MyeongHee thinks that HyeKyeong is too old to be taught new things and dislikes that she is even embroiled in something very messy with her husband. Faced with that blatant ageism and sexism, HyeKyeong takes in a deep breath, but then MyeongHee interrupts her by telling her to work harder and prove her skills then.

MyeongHee presents HyeKyeong with a box of cases, handing her a recent one involving the manslaughter of a… man. MyeongHee was supposed to defend the man’s wife, who had been accused by the prosecution of killing her husband and her defence strategy was to have the woman admit her guilt and plead for a lesser sentence by claiming that the situation was the result of domestic violence and the crime was done under extenuating circumstances, since the evidence collected was so clear.

 

HyKyeong gets to the root of the case and asks if the accused, Kim InYeong, had admitted to killing the guy and MyeongHee says no. She doesn’t let HyeKyeong get a word in and orders her to get to the court house by two that day, since that’s when the hearing for Kim InYeong’s bail approval will start.

HyeKyeong rushes out and mouths a thanks at JoongWon. Knowing that the meeting with his sister is over, he hops up to MyeongHee’s office and checks that she wasn’t too mean. MyeongHee snarks that all she did was push HyeKyeong to prove herself, since she was hired against all the odds and JoongWon takes offense at that wording, telling her that he isn’t guilty of nepotism and that he’d played fair according to their agreement of choosing one new hire each for the one vacant permanent position in the firm.

MyeongHee scoffs that she’d hired someone good from an objective standpoint while he’d just hired someone old. JoongWon defends HyeKyeong, saying that HyeKyeong is the only lawyer he approves of. When she was in training, she was regarded as a genius and MyeongHee rolls her eyes at that, asking if the real world is the same as in training.

JoongWon then throws her in for a loop, asking her why she’d assigned HyeKyeong a murder case then, asking if she’s going to play dirty. MyeongHee insists that she just wanted HyeKyeong to show that she’d entered the firm because of her skills and not simply because she was JoongWon’s ex-girlfriend.

JoongWon sighs at his elder sister’s inability to believe that he’d separate work from personal issues and retorts that HyeKyeong is just a friend, just like she was 10 years ago. In any case, each of their picks have 6 months to prove themselves and JoongWon tells his sister to keep her eye on his candidate.

HyeKyeong arrives at her office and meets her examiner, KIM DAN (NaNa). Kim Dan once worked at the prosecution’s office, though she was fired, “because of your husband”, she says as she levels HyeKyeong a hard stare. HyeGyeong utters that she’s not on good terms with her husband either and Kim Dan breaks into a smile, saying that she said that only because she knew that. She updates HyeKyeong about the case she’s recently taken over, as they head on over to court.

 

Kim InYeong was caught on the scene around her husband’s bloody body when the ambulance had arrived. Because her fingerprints and everything were on the knife and all, she was taken in as a suspect, though she had claimed that they’re there only because she had tried to help her husband. She’d also testified that it was a thief of sorts who had been hiding and waiting somewhere who had stabbed her husband. However, the prosecution concluded that she does have a motive for murder, as her husband had cheated on her. The moment the law on decriminalizing adultery had passed, the guy had just upped and left to move in with his mistress. The day he was stabbed was the day he’d approached her to take him back, wanting to return to his family.

HyeKyeong stops before entering the court room, admitting that she’s nervous since it’s been 15 years since she’d finished her training. Kim Dan simply notes that that was when she’d just graduated from elementary school, heh.

She meets PARK DO-SEOB (Jeon SeokHo), the prosecutor in charge of the case in the room and who was also once a colleague of her husband’s. She shakes his hand when he addresses her affectionately as “sister-in-law” and then later goes on to rub salt into her wounds as he rambles about TaeJoon.

 

He snickers when he learns that HyeKyeong has become a lawyer and laughs that it’s too bad that the evidence is too stacked against her, assuming that she therefore doesn’t have a winning chance.

The judge enters then and he’s played by actor Choi ByungMo. You again? I see you in Master – God of Noodles and even in Oh Hae Young Again and I see you here again now?

HyeKyeong stares at him, remembering the way he’d handed down her husband’s three year jail sentence.

The accused, Kim InYeong, enters the court room then, hopefully asking if HyeKyeong is Lawyer Seo MyeongHee. She crumbles when HyeKyeong tells her that there’s been a change in lawyers, assuming that they’re giving up on her. It’s the first that the judge has heard of it and he grows impatient, asking if the Defence is purposely delaying Kim InYeong’s case.

He snaps at her for being so muddle headed and asks if this is her first court appearance. Uselessly talkative Park DoSeob replies, that yes, it is for her, gleefully bringing up her husband. HyeKyeong pulls out the petition written by Kim InYeong’s relatives, pleading for Kim InKyeong to be let out on bail, since she’s technically innocent and has a child to take care of. When Park DoSeob objects, providing a counter argument that spares no thought for Kim InYeong’s child at all, the judge rolls his eyes at the show and calls them to the judge’s bench.

He tells HyeKyeong that the sentence that he’d handed down to her husband was fair and not biased by his grudge against the guy and then warns Park DoSeob not to try any tricks, taking his gleeful pot shots at TaeJoon as trying to sway him and insults to his professionalism.

He makes HyeKyeong promise not to delay Kim InYeong’s case anymore, or even to change her lawyers anymore and makes them both return to their seats. Then, he announces that he approves Kim InYeong’s bail and sets the date for the final hearing.

 

HyeKyeong lets out a squeal of success and JoongWon, who had been watching everything in the audience, lets out a small smile, having expected this outcome.

HyeKyeong returns home to her son watching the news coverage of his father’s scandal while her daughter cries in her room. Her daughter requests for yet another school transfer because the boys in school teased her for having a father who had an affair with a high-schooler. That’s not true and HyeKyeong says as much, telling her daughter to ignore all the haters, since her father’s embarrassment is not hers.

Some days later, HyeKyeong pays a visit to the city jail, where TaeJoonhad been admitted. She’s there to get his signature for several papers regarding their properties, since, even after 13 years of marriage, nothing’s under her name, save for her hand phone subscription. He notices the divorce papers under all those documents and before he does anything, she takes all the papers back.

 

He congratulates her for the successful appeal of bail for her client and shares that there’s something fishy about the case. His friends outside the fences have told him that the police had destroyed some of their reports, probably reports regarding evidence that can’t be shown in court.

HyeKyeong remains chilly towards him, asking if those friends were the ones he’d done sexual favours for, so TaeJoon swears that he can turn his whole situation around during his appeal and pleads her to continue holding on. He was framed. He fell into the trap while trying to protect her and there’s a way to return everything the way it was.

Tired, she just says that there’s no way that can happen anymore and walks away.

Kim InYeong meets with HyeKyeong at her company, her young daughter in tow. She relates that day’s events, saying that her husband had approached her, begging for forgiveness and wanting to get back together. Because he had wanted to meet their daughter, they’d gone to her home together, where someone had popped out of nowhere and started stabbing him in the gut. She was so scared that she froze, but she had enough sense to call the police. Once she’d regained energy in her legs, she’d gone to her husband, hunched over him and screaming for help, which was how the police had found her.

The recall makes her emotional and it breaks my heart to see her do an about-face and plaster on a happy smile for her worried daughter who had tottered to her side to comfort her.

HyeKyeong has Dan take InYoung’s daughter out and continues the day’s events, pointing out that there was no way the lone CCTV in the area didn’t catch either head or tails of the perpetrator as the reports had stated.

She confirms with InYeong that she hadn’t gotten the location wrong, and InYeong asserts that even though she had hated her husband, it wasn’t to the extent of wanting to kill him.

HyeKyeong goes through the case files again, frustrated when she finds nothing amiss. She thinks back to the time when TaeJoon had hinted that there was something wired about the case and comes upon the single page  copy of the list of evidences. She sees the image of a stapler bullet in the corner but there’s no other attachment to the document. Oh Ho.

 

She goes off to scout the crime scene with Kim Dan and when Kim Dan incredulously asks if she’s going to try arguing “not guilty” for her client, she levels that it’s a lawyer’s responsibility to do the absolute best for her client, and clarify all doubts, even though in this case, she admits that the evidence overwhelmingly point to Kim InYeong as the murderer.

Kim Dan wordlessly heads to her car and changes into a more innocent outfit.

HAHA, she ends up at the security room, whining at the arrogant guard to let her re-watch the CCTV recording taken during the time of the crime and the day before and the day after’s.

The guard brags that nothing passes his eagle eyes, claiming that he does his work fantastically well, patrolling the area every hour, so he doesn’t take to their request very well. But when HyeKyeong pushes a box of drinks in his direction, he becomes much more pliant. A cleaner-ahjumma comes in then, and he gripes at her for choosing such a lousy time to mop his floors.

HyeKyeong asks if she could get a copy of the surveillance records and he shuts her down. But when Kim Dan busts out the satoori (dialect) and addresses him as “Oppa-ya”, he suddenly warms to the idea. HyeKyeong takes that as her cue to leave and let Dan do her magic and hands the ahjumma-cleaner right outside a drink.

 

The ahjumma cleaner grouses about the lazy guard, saying that he just watches porn during the day and sleeps through the night, only getting up to do his work when she wakes him.

HyeKyeong returns to the car and thanks her examiner for her work in getting the recordings, sighing that it was lucky that Dan was from the same hometown as the guard. Dan informs her that she’s a Seoulite, hah!

HyeKyeong watches the recordings that night but doesn’t find anything out of the ordinary. Giving up, she heads off. She runs into fellow new-hire Lee JunHo (Lee WonGeun) and he informs her that she’s not that unfamiliar to him, since he’d seen her on the news.

He speaks a mile a minute, lamenting that it’s not rewarding working on division of assets like he’s doing now and smiles that he’d like to have worked on pro-bono cases like her, since he’s got the experience. But when she offers to switch, he declines, as he has no power to change what the holy superiors have dictated. He blurts out a “may the best (wo)man win” and HyeKyeong frowns at that, since she never knew that there was even any kind of competition going on.

He’s saved by the lift and he sends her off inside before returning to work.

She runs into JoongWon at the carpark and he persuades her to just go with the defence plan that his sister had come up with. He admits that Lee JunHo was supposed to be their new permanent staff but he’d swayed his sister into allowing HyeKyeong to work for 6 months and then choose which of the two of them gets to stay after that. Therefore, he warns her to play safe and not do anything that would land her in hot water.

HyeKyeong thanks him for his advice, but confesses that she’s tired of playing it safe, when she’d done that all her life.

HyeKyeong pays a visit to her client at her home and smiles when she accidentally discovers that InYeong was searching about her online.

InYeong asks if HyeKyeong will get a divorce and HyeKyeong says that she was going to, but the moment she saw her husband in his inmate uniform, she couldn’t bear to pull the papers out. She laughs that she must be a fool and as one who shares the same fate, InYeong says that she isn’t, at all.

 

InYeong admits that all she thinks about the whole day is whether she could stand the jeers and the pointing fingers of others and of what would happen to her daughter if she ever ended up in jail. HyeKyeong advises her to only think about what’s right in front of her. Wear the best clothes she can, eat the best she can, because others don’t really care about you. They’re only interested in the gossip. Therefore, she should put on a mask if she has to, because she still has her pride and she still has her child.

InYeong asks, voice full of hope, if that would make things better and HyeKyeong doesn’t lie to her that it does. It’s just a method to help her get used to her situation, which would then help her better endure her situation.

InYeong’s pride and joy, her daughter, comes out to join her and InYeong looks at HyeKyeong in the eye, giving her every permission to carry on with her case  as she deems right, saying that she trusts HyeKyeong.

 

The day of the hearing comes and HyeKyeong declares that her client is not guilty, showing the judge a copy of the list of evidence and turning his attention to the stapler bullet in the corner. She request for all the evidence to be shared with her and the prosecutor, DoSeob starts bringing up her husband, saying that her husband’s the one who’s the expert at hiding and erasing evidence, not him.

The judge doesn’t take his bullshit and orders him to bring the other evidences, since according to the law, it’s not up to DoSeob to decide what’s considered evidence or not.

DoSeob snarls once they’re out of court that HyeKyeong sure picked up some bad habits from her husband and HyeKyeong asks to know when he’d graduated and attained his license. It turns out that he’s no spring chicken himself and she smiles that he should work harder if he wants to become someone in this life. Ha! Fatal one shot!

Back in office, she has to face MyeongHee’s interrogation and displeasure and she just calmly smooths over it with logic.

MyeongHee complains that this is all JoongWon’s fault, since with HyeKyeong’s new strategy, they’re going to be on bad terms with the prosecution. JoongWon just deadpans that she should be rewarding HyeKyeong for giving them a fighting chance at winning, claiming that they should fight and win as lawyers and MyeongHee agrees to that last sentiment. Though, she wants the lawyer in charge of the case to be changed to someone who listens better to her. Lady, we’re not playing Simon Says here.

At home, HyeKyeong reviews the CCTV recordings again and gets a call from Dan, telling her that the missing evidence was dog fur. Dan puts on her jacket and head out and the camera pans to the naked back of a lady sleeping in bed. Did… did tvN just…?

 

Dan arrives at HyeKyeong’s home and informs her that the victim had owned a Shih Tzu. That was why the detectives hadn’t though much of the dog fur found on the him but further forensic analysis showed that the fur actually belonged to a Greyhound, a breed that’s not commonly found in South Korea. In fact, additional lotion on the fur indicates that the dog suffers from arthritis. HyeKyeong points out a string of numbers noted at the edge of the document and assumes that it’s the medication number. That’s just the “man’s” number though, the informant, the one Dan had promised another date. Haha.

HyeKyeong wonders what this means for her case but Dan informs her that the lawyer-in-charge has been changed, to fellow newbie and her competition, Lee JunHo. She only has one court appearance before she gets replaced officially.

HyeKyeong steps out for a moment to send Dan off and that’s all is needed for her kids to go rummaging through her case files. Her son mutters that InKyeong should have just divorced her husband, assuming that she’d killed him because she’d hated him, and her daughter sits up, worried that her mom’s planning to divorce her dad.

 

HyeKyeong chirps a “not yet” at her and turns to her computer gets a eureka moment when she sees a plastic bag fly across the CCTV recording.

Back in court, the security guard is called in as a witness and HyeKyeong presents to the floor the CCTV recordings on the day of the crime, the day before the crime and the day after the crime on monitors set side by side.

She confirms with the security guard that the image of him on screen is really him and then fast forwards the recording to the moment when a plastic bag had flown into view. There’s nothing interesting about it, except that the same plastic bag flies into view in the CCTV recording of the day before AND after the crime happened. In other words, the CCTV recordings weren’t real-time captures and were all copies of one single occasion.

Since the CCTV wasn’t even recording when the crime had happened and since the witness’ account had been blown into smithereens because he couldn’t have seen anything, having not even been at the scene of the crime when it had happened, HyeKyeong’s argument blasts a hole in the prosecution’s case.

At night,  JoongWon congratulates her on a job well done and informs her that she’s to continue with the case until the end. However, Kim InYeong remains the prime suspect, so their job in acquitting her is not over yet. Lee JunHo comes upon them reminiscing about the times that they’d shared while training and looks quite bitter.

He walks up to HyeKyeong’s office and dryly says that he’d worked all night reviewing Kim InYeong case, assuming that he’d be taking over it. He finds it a pity that he’s not doing so any more and tells her to win the case for him, before leaving to work again.

JoongWon watches him walk off, amused, and tells HyeKyeong that he’s no easy-thing, as he’s a person with a determination strong as hard steel and he works 14 hours a day. HyeKyeong understand what he’s trying to say – don’t take the competition lightly – and assures that she’ll work hard.

People who work hard don’t hold JoongWon’s interest though. Only people who work well.

 

HyeKyeong suddenly wonders what the victim’s mistress thought, knowing that the victim had wanted to return to his wife. JoongWon catches her drift and tells her to go press the mistress in court.

It’s another day at court and before they enter the room, DoSeob approaches HyeKyeong, telling her that Head Attorney Choi SangIl (Kim TaeWoo) would like to see her.

Choi SangIl greets her, remarking that it’s the first time he’s meeting her since the day TaeJoon’s scandal happened. He tries to strong-arm HyeKyeong into letting the Kim InYeong case go, promising to help her with whatever she needs and protect her from harm. She just smiles that he hurt her the most by releasing the clip of TaeJoon’s affair and letting her children watch that, essentially pasting a metaphorical slip with the words “NO” on his forehead before skipping off, cool as a cucumber.

 

In court, HyeKyeong confirms with the victim’s mistress that she was eligible for none of his assets because of their unmarried statues and the mistress glares at the lawful wife, snapping that she hadn’t gotten a single cent since his death. HyeKyeong asks if that’s true, even if insurance is considered and the mistress crumbles, admitting that she had gotten $300,000 from insurance pay outs due to his death.

She makes the mistress declare that her brother owns a greyhound, one who’s old and makes her case clear with the mistress’ hesitant non-reply when she asks her where her brother was during the time of the crime.

She struts off, proud, while DoSeob leans into his chair, knowing that he’s lost the case. Kim Dan, who’s watching in the stands, takes gleeful pleasure at this turn of the events, her expression similar to that of a jaguar locked on a prey.

Dan takes HyeKyeong out to a bar, insisting that for her to win a case, she has to down a shot. When HyeKyeong complies, Dan laughs at her innocence and then wonders why she’s still with her husband, admitting that she can’t understand why she’s still married.

HyeKyeong mulls that she’s just going to take it slow. She’s not planning on forgiving TaeJoon, but she wants the time to study him a little longer, to see what he’s really like and to evaluate her own life. Right now, all she wants is to focus on her new career as a lawyer and then let time take her wherever it’ll lead her to.

She gets a call, and it’s from the judge. She meets him in a conference room, where DoSeob sits and rubs his head like he’d drunk poison.

The judge declares that Do Seob has agreed that there needs to be a more corroborative investigation and has decided to drop Kim InYeong’s case. HA! One win for our new lawyer.

HyeKyeong walks out into the sunlight and hugs InYeong when she sees her, glad that everything went well. A short distance away, Head Attorney Choi SangIl drags an unhappy woman away.

 

In jail, TaeJoon meets with his co-worker, who informs him of HyeKyeong’s win. TaeJoon smiles, having expected that and sighs that Choi SangIl is greedy but stupid, when his co-worker tells him that Choi SangIl is still searching for the rat who leaked that the case was tampered with.

TaeJoon asks about the law firm HyeKyeong is working at. It was started by the famous civil rights lawyer Seo JaeMoon in the 80s and is now run by his son and daughter.  Seo JoongWon, the son, is notorious for doing anything and everything to win cases and TaeJoon learns that he was a classmate of HyeKyeong’s.

He asks his co-worker to find out more about Seo JoongWon, using the excuse that he should know more about the person his wife works for.

 

Said JoongWon is in HyeKyeong’s office, presenting her with a bottle of champagne and congratulating her for winning the case. She gets a call from her kids and though he says he understands, his face falls.

HyeKyeong gets another call from her husband in jail, and he tells her that the date for his appeal has been confirmed. He’s resolute to fight his case all the way and then softens to say that she’s the only person he owes an apology to. He adds a note of congratulations at the end and she’s taken aback by that that last sentence.

She cuts the call, then takes a good look that divorce application form. She puts it away and looks up to see pictures of her family, happy, flashing by on her screensaver.

 

 

 

Comments:

As expected of a drama set in a political climate and within a law firm, the words fly fast and furious here. It’s a solidly casted, brilliantly shot, fantastically edited and wonderfully scored episode, with nothing for me to complain about. The writing’s not bad, though when you have such a powerful series as reference (even though I’ve never really watched the English version, so I can’t compare), it’s going to take a special idiot to muck it all up. Still, I guess I should give credit where it’s due, and applaud writer Han SangWoon for not being that idiot.

And again, like all other political dramas, nothing’s ever as it seems. TaeJoon’s scandal bellies a darker secret and conspiracy in the prosecution and HyeKyung’s fierce spine of steel paired with her unwavering righteousness keeps her such an exciting character to watch.

I’ve always rooted for the underdog, like it’s second nature, but it’s so, so delicious and exhilarating to watch a strong woman show her prowess, even in drama land. I was thrilled to have met Ok DaJung in Ms Temper and Nam JungGi, and I am beyond ecstatic to watch a stronger woman in HyeKyung just do her thing in an environment with much, much higher stakes, as she manoeuvres around sharks like it’s what’s she’s done all her life, even though she’s been missing from the field for 15 whole years. And she even does it while retaining her humanity – she still falls into a dilemma when it comes to her husband and is still swayed into rejecting a glass of champagne because of her kids who are waiting at home. I mean, Candy-s and Underdogs are nice, but sometimes, you just want to feel powerful, even if you have to live vicariously through a fictional character.

Before I end off, I want to give a shout out to tvN for not completely shying away from the… uh, “less acceptable” aspects of Kim Dan. I didn’t actually expect to see the back of a naked lady(?) in bed, haha. If she’d really promised a date just so to gain some information and didn’t even think much about that, along with her tendency to carry herself around as a lone wolf, she’s so clearly a highly functional psychopath, one who doesn’t really care about morals or ethics to get what she wants. It’s a type that’s commonly found in politics and law, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a character like her in Korean dramas, what with Korea’s highly conservative nature. Plus, NaNa’s playing her pretty well. I guess what I wanted to say is that I didn’t NOT like it. I just didn’t expect it.

And I like shows that throw me off my feet. Looks like I’m in for the ride of a lifetime.

I actually don’t know if I can ever recap another episode of this again. This show crams too much information into so little time and this is the first time in my life I’ve ever written a 5,600+ word essay for a drama. They usually only come up to 3,700!

Yet, nothing ever feels like it’s omissible because everything is either important information on its own or are clues to our myriad characters’ personalities and windows into how and what they think of.

The speed, rhythm, tone and choice of words makes every line uttered worth more than the mere words used. This is especially obvious with the way HyeKyeong talks about her divorce (or rather, her thoughts about divorcing her husband) and explains everything about why she’s still in a dilemma when many others would have just dumped his sorry ass and broken up. It’s not that she’s not hurt or unwilling to divorce her cheater of a husband. But when you factor in 15 years of living together, 15 years of feelings; when you think of your children and what a divorce would mean to them, what it means to you from now on and how it would frame how you think about how you were, sometimes, you don’t have the courage to make such clean and quick decisions that may be irreversible and have so many repercussions that you may not even be able to handle. I loved that HyeKyeong had an empathize-er in the form of  Kim InYeong, even though they met under unfortunate circumstances.

So say whatever you want about Hillary Clinton, but accusing her of being an enabler just because she stood behind and supported her husband through his affair scandal is not being fair to her. Divorce is not an easy decision to make and affairs change almost everyone who’s involved or even just related to the people involved. I adore that in this drama, it pushes our protagonist to become a force not to be reckoned with.

Last sentence! Last sentence for this post, I swear: I fully understand why Jeon DoYeon is a Chungmuro powerhouse now.

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2 thoughts on “The Good Wife (K-ver) Ep 1

  1. And I so totally concur. The way she made Hye Kyung strong and soft and vulnerable with that spine of steel and wrapped her in a cocoon of ‘humaness’ is outstanding. And now, the Korean version is making me want to watch the American version. Especially because I already have it queued on my Netflix account. What I am wary about though is that the ending was a mixed response for a lot of people so I’m hoping I like it as well. But I shall be finishing The Korean Version first because I don’t want to start any comparisons. Jeon Do Yeon IS Hye Kyung and I don’t want to change that :).

    P.S. I also loved loved the bringing in Kim Dan’s sexuality into play. I actually screamed and did a dance when I saw the scene (hahaha). Loving that TVN had the balls to go that route.

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    1. Yes, definitely, Jeon DoYeon is love.

      Same as you, same, about watching the English version. I just wonder if this version covers all 7 seasons of the English version.

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