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Kolorful Palette: Miss Mom-to-be [Greatest Marriage]

Greatest Marriage, the new cable series on TV Chosun, is another drama that almost slipped me by, and I can’t say I was much convinced to watch it by the melodrama-y posters and the fact that it airs on weekends (I am very mistrustful of weekend dramas!). Apparently the advertising team never actually watched the show because it’s pleasantly lighthearted, and feels like a romantic comedy despite some serious themes.

For those who don’t know, Greatest Marriage is primarily about Cha Gi-young (Park Shi-yeon), a 35-year old anchorwoman who is fiercely independent, but has a bad case of baby fever. When I say she is fiercely independent, I’m probably not describing her in strong enough terms. This is the type of woman who is furious when her boyfriend shows up at her door without formally arranging a date first, because that oversteps her personal boundaries by too large a margin. Her father was a cheat, so she has an inherent mistrust of men and has no interest in romance, at least not in the traditional sense. She renounces commitment and marriage, but is lonely enough to see the need for companionship, and that’s where Park Tae-yeon (Noh Min-woo) comes in.

Tae-yeon is a chaebol kid who was sent to the U.S. by his father to study, but dropped out to go to culinary school instead. He also broke off an engagement that his family arranged, so he and his abusive beast of a father don’t get along very well (to put it lightly). Now Tae-yeon works as a food reporter of sorts, but he multitasks as hunter-gatherer, chef, photographer, and blogger. Ultimately I think he’s a good guy, but he definitely inherited some issues from his daddy and there are times I can’t help but think he deserves to be slapped. He and Tae-yeon first start spending time with each other to create a book, but they essentially end up in a noncommittal romance (with some pretty cute chemistry) and whoops! They make a baby.

Jo Eun-cha (Bae Soo-bin) is a returning anchorman who used to be Gi-young’s superior, but he left to pursue a career in politics, which ended up failing miserably due to a sex scandal. Now he’s second fiddle to Gi-young, which is bad news for him since she hates his guts. So far he’s come across as a pathetic pig, and I’m not sure how on earth this show is planning on making him likable since so far he’s been pretty revolting.

There are a bunch of other interesting characters and side stories that will probably become increasingly relevant, but so far the basic plot is that Gi-young is pregnant, and plans to raise the child alone. I suppose that’s a pretty boring description, but the first two episodes had a lot of strong character moments, and I find myself genuinely caring how Gi-young’s life turns out (despite not knowing how I want it to turn out). Every character in this show has a lot of room for growth, and that’s something I always enjoy watching.

The picture that I drew is of Gi-young looking at her first ultrasound, and she’s completely delighted. I thought it was a particularly sweet moment since she’s unmarried and has a lot she could be worrying about. She’s an anchorwoman so she’s very much in the public eye, but instead of fretting over scandal, the opinion of others, and her career, she’s just excited and grateful that she’s having the baby she always wanted. What a refreshing set of priorities!

By the end of Episode 2, Tae-yeon has indicated that he doesn’t want her to have the kid, but I personally don’t think that he means it. I think his issue is that he wants her to have the baby but also be with him, and he’s lashing out since she doesn’t feel the same. Part of his issue is that Gi-young liked him in the first place because he was a no-strings-attached kind of guy, so now it’s difficult for him to confess deeper feelings when that might be exactly what she doesn’t want. I’m honestly pretty suspicious that he was genuinely nonchalant about their relationship in the first place since it seems pretty strange that he lives in her building and sought her out to write a book together. Hopefully he’s not some creepy stalker!

As for Gi-young, I would congratulate her more on her independence if she seemed to genuinely enjoy it, but it seems like she uses it too much as a defense mechanism that is ultimately making her lonely. Some people want to be alone, but others are alone because they’re afraid to be otherwise, and unfortunately I think she falls into the latter category. Overall I do really enjoy her character though. She’s feisty, convicted and competent, but she’s not all thorns either (as is often the cliche) and she has both bubbly and sympathetic moments that make the whole package pretty endearing.

I’m very curious to see where the next few episodes take us because I honestly have no idea how this drama is meant to play out. Are we going to see her pregnancy, and eventually a birth, or is there going to be a time jump and she’ll suddenly have a baby on her hip? She does have a baby in some of the promo posters, but that could be more symbolic than anything. I can see the show working well either way, and I’ll definitely be tuning it, at least for a while. The current drama line-up is pretty eclectic, which is refreshing in a way, but if you’re looking for more standard rom-commy fare that’s an easy watch, Greatest Marriage is worth checking out.

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Thanks for drawing/writing about this show. I was scared to watch it but based on what you said I'll give it a shot.

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Hi Fanderay, beautiful artwork. Love your beautifully written and perceptive article.

Love this drama because it's so refreshing to see my favourite actor Bae Soo Bin tackle a comic role. Phew, no melodrama - for now, anyway. BSB said he took this role because the character has humor, pathos ... and humanity. So yes, Jo Eun Cha will become a more likable character - at least I hope so :)

Park Si Yeon is simply rocking her role as the badass Gi-young and even if she ends up single, I think she'll be happy and satisfied if she has her adorable baby boy with her.

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I already love his character! Fail political candidate, lame arrogant forced to turn to humility... he's funny... so far, so good :)

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I actually want this woman to stay happy and single, am I wrong? None of the men "get" her. She's so incredibly awesome all on her own…and haven't seen horrible parents as I've seen in this drama for a while. Wow! Have been watching so far, though I don't know how long I'll stick around. I'm hoping the writers keep the "strong" woman that Gi Young is, and not flip her over to the "spineless" heroines we've seen over the years.

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So far, I love this show. Cha Ki-young is a strong woman, but not perfect.
I rolled my eyes as the chaebol son, but the drop-out thing makes the character better.
I also liked the other characters, and for once we get to see a pregnancy in a rom com!

I loved the moment you've painted. Great choice!

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What a coincidence! I just started watching this today (the first two eps are free on pay-per-view, but not the third one so I haven't watched it yet) and it's pretty cute. I've always loved Park Shi-yeon, so I'm glad she's managed to bounce back from her scandal somewhat.

Tae-yeon has...issues. Serious family issues. Like, I've never seen such a crazy conservative family. ("How dare you speak the name of a man! How did your parents raise you?!" and expecting their future daughter-in-law to wear a hanbok when she comes to greet them for the first time. WHUT.) I do suspect him of being slightly stalker-ish, though. He's a bit odd and kind of a spazz, but I admit that I do like him. Maybe partially because Noh Min-woo is a pretty, pretty beast.

And I have literally no idea what to think of Bae Soo-bin's character. He's just a waste of oxygen at this point, so I hope he improves soon.

I really do enjoy Park Shi-yeon's character though. She has some issues of her own, but she's feisty and (mostly) sure about what she wants. I'm interested to see how far she can go on her own without losing the thing that makes her special.

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I said the same thing about his parents ......... I can't even with his parents ...... But it does seem fun ?

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Yay for this one! I'm glad you didn't let it pass you by. I'm amazed at the new dramas like Marriage Without Dating, My Secret Hotel, Discovery of Romance and this one, The Greatest Marriage. I feel like they are all very fresh characters to grace the tv screen. The plots aren't redundant so I feel like it's all nice to watch and empathize with my favorite characters.

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Thanks so much, Fanderay~ you've convinced me to check this drama out. I'm not in the mood to watch BSB in a heavy melo, but in lighter, funnier fare? Yes, please. And I'm not surprised that PSY is great in this role.

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Beautiful PSY has such fun playing this role. This is a light, fun to watch drama.

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This was probably my favorite scene in the first two episodes. Ki-young just looks so happy to be having a baby and I think she really has what it takes to raise it on her own. You can do it Ki-young!

Ok, so I wasn't the only one thinking that Tae-yeon is sort of...creepy. It's like a combination of weird writing and NMW's acting, but I really don't get his character. He seems like this quirky, open-minded guy who isn't afraid to go after what he wants no matter the consequences, but he runs hot and cold when it comes to his relationship with Ki-young. I agree he does seem a lot more invested in this relationship that Ki-young, but then when he finds out she's pregnant, he tells her to get an abortion. Like, what? He turns around a minute later and says they should get married, but that makes even less sense to me. Does this guy have commitment phobia or not? Or is he just always used to being in control of a relationship and wants Ki-young to do things his way? I just know that right now, no matter how good intentions he has, I don't like him and I don't like him with Ki-young.

BSB's character was a huge question mark and I was really apathetic about his story and his role in Ki-young's life (though I totally got a kick out of him trying to apologize to Sun-nyeo, that was hilarious), but his trajectory is firmly established in the third episode and I look forward to watching him become less of a self-serving asshole.

This drama might become my new favorite after Discovery of Romance ends, hopefully it doesn't go to crazyville.

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Your painting looks amazing as always. Loved your thoughts on greatest marriage when everyone's have been negative. I, for one, agree with your looking guard to this series.

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Hmm now this sounds interesting. Thanks Fanderay for drawing and talking about it. I'll check it out.

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Park Shi-yeon seems to have really developed into a fine actress (ever since "Coffee House" where she really impressed).

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Thanks, Fanderay, I've been waiting for something about Greatest Marriage, anything, and here you brought us your awesome artwork, plus some insight on the drama. So far I've only found one site that recaps this show, and they made short ones, unlike the long and detailed versions here in db, and I'm so curious about how the story will develop, aand I miss NMW in dramas *fangirlygiggle*. Have to watch it, I guess...

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Yay, thanks for the writeup! :) I've been meaning to watch this drama since the casting news broke out. So far, it seems interesting enough to tune in to. Now I have to check where I can stream this...

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I'm not sure where this is heading but I'm liking and relating with PSY's character so much.
She has gone a long way and totally can lead her own drama now.

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Watched the first episode yesterday and I don't think I can continue. I thought BSB really overacted and not in a good way. Sucks because I started this drama for him.

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Hi Rach, greetings from one of BSB's craziest fans but have to admit that in Ep 1 he did tend to overact. However, he toned it down in the subsequent episodes. It's so fun to see BSB as a hilarious goofball (albeit an obnoxious one) that I hope you will watch up to Episode 4 at least before dropping the drama for good.

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I think part of the reason she decided to keep the baby was because the doctor said it was her last chance because cyst or something
I think the baby daddy wants her to be like his mom. he should have warned her about his parents

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Thank you so much for writing! I really wanted to know what you thought of the drama. I always love reading recaps here. As for the drama, I honestly don't think she did the right thing. I love that she is independant and her own person, but that doesn't mean she has to be read. I think her disrespecting his parents like that was too much. I'm going to keep watching to see what happens but right now she's not my favorite character.

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how is she supposed to act when his parents look down on her and her mom? Please!
Plus it's not like she wants to get married to him. She came because he kept forcing her

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thanks for writing about this
because I like it
if you had not mentioned it, I would have never checked it out. The posters are indeed very misleading

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I think I get it why CKY didn't want to get married to that dude. His initial reaction to the rpeganancy was totally disappointing and he is too childish. He's trying to control her from the get go. Bringing her to the Hanbok shop without asking her, setting the date to meet his parents without consulting her, etc. Who come to visit someone in the hospital and end up fighting? Not a gentleman dude, big no.

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A very good drama. Entertaining.

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I am just watching episode 12 of this drama and every character (with one possible exception (Pedro? I'm not counting the kid)) is *despicable*. EVERY character.

I can't put my finger on why I am enjoying it so much. LOL.

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