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Oh My Venus: Episode 1

It’s a promising start for Oh My Venus, the weight-loss-challenge rom-com that premiered today on KBS. I admit that I still have some niggling reservations about the premise, but I like the tone, the leads (in particular the sympathetic heroine), and find promise in the side characters.

But really, we’re all watching this for the Shin MinaSo Ji-sub match-up, aren’t we? And just to see these two together, whether bickering or crackling with chemistry, I’m pretty sure I’d accept even the flimsiest plot, doing the bare minimum as romance-delivery device. If we’re lucky, we’ll get something better than that—I’m hoping for it, but not sure yet—but for now, I’m content with just having them together on my screen, hinting at the flirtation to come.

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

1999. Daegu.

A busload of high school students listen to a radio show as the DJ reads a letter submitted by a lovestruck teenage boy who, along with all the boys in town, is infatuated with a girl named Kang Joo-eun. That’s the girl who’s featured in a magazine article naming her the winner of a “prettiest face contest,” and in her profile she has listed “using Seoul speech” as her goal for the future.

Then the bus pulls up to the next stop, and all the boys go wild in anticipation as that very girl steps onto the bus. She’s KANG JOO-EUN (Shin Mina), nicknamed the Venus of Daegu, and she inspires adoration and envy in equal measure.

At school, during gym class weigh-in, the girls exclaim at Joo-eun’s unrealistically perfect proportions. What’s the point of studying when life is so unfair?

Joo-eun is called out of class to clean up the graffiti left by her admirers, proclaiming their love for her. Then on her way home after school, she sees a group of boys sneaking cigarettes in a side street and warns them to cut it out. They aren’t intimidated by her, but a third student joins them wearing a Korea Swimming tracksuit (Jung Kyeo-woon) and leads the others off, telling Joo-eun not to get too hot-headed and melt her ice cream.

As the boys walk away, Joo-eun’s approached by a beauty salon owner who gives her the pitch to let her turn Joo-eun into Miss Korea. She’s not at all interested, turning the offer down flat—she’s got other plans in mind for her future.

Her goal is to become a lawyer, and she heads to the library to study—and where a whole other set of adoring admirers is on hand to offer up all sorts of study help. They’re interrupted by someone reminding them of the silence rule—it’s the swimmer again, and he motions Joo-eun to meet him on the roof.

The swimmer is IM WOO-SHIK, and he exudes confidence as he tells her who he is and waits for her to recognize him. She doesn’t, and his bravado takes a hit as he tells her he’s totally famous, he’s in the newspapers, he’s a national athlete and he just competed in the junior world championships! Joo-eun apologizes sarcastically, asking if she should have brought him flowers.

His confidence shaken, Woo-shik blurts that he’s from Seoul, and her goal was to learn Seoul speech, and he can teach her. He says her dimples are pretty, which makes her touch her cheek shyly, and then he draws near and takes his newly won gold medal and hangs it around her neck. He says a little nervously that he can only say this once, because a man only has one first love.

“From today on, you’re my first love,” he tells her. Joo-eun smiles bashfully, and when he says Seoul speech is tough to learn, she counters that she can do whatever she puts her mind to. They smile adorably at each other, and then, the years zoom by, landing us in…

2014, Seoul.

We meet Joo-eun as an attorney in a big corporate law firm, taking a meeting with a new client who turns heads as she struts into the office. The client’s skintight dress and sexy appearance makes Joo-eun fidget self-consciously—because Joo-eun is now much heavier than she once was, and she tugs at her own clothes uncomfortably.

It’s a blow to her ego to have the sexy client see the couple photos of her old self with Woo-shik and ask who that (pretty) woman is. Joo-eun tells us that Woo-shik was her first love and has been her boyfriend for the past fifteen years.

As for the case in question, the client has been entangled in an adultery case—she’s the Other Woman, and the wife is suing her. So she plans to countersue, shamelessly proclaiming her innocence (she’s not innocent) and ordering Joo-eun to go after the wife for slander, defamation, invasion of privacy, whatever she can.

Joo-eun finds the case distasteful and unfair, but is ordered by her boss (who’s friends with the cheating husband) to do her job and serve the client. She apparently has a history of arguing for justice and fairness, to no avail. She can’t quit either, as her secretary reminds her she still has 14 months of school loan repayments to make.

Her temperament has gotten her in trouble before, and a flashback shows us that only a couple years ago, she’d had her desk moved into an open corridor in retaliation, her boss adding smugly that she’s welcome to leave and set up her own practice.

Still in 2014, we move to Los Angeles, where the newest Hollywood gossip involves a troublemaker star, Anna Sue, who’s embroiled in a scandal with famous star trainer John Kim. Despite nobody knowing what John Kim looks like, he was the star of a The Stella Show, one of those dramatic transformation shows akin to The Swan or Extreme Makeover.

The woman featured was described as in a dark place before John Kim turned her life around, and somehow her dramatic beautification is touted as “sen[ding] a hopeful message to women all over the world.” (Uh, that people love you when you’re pretty again?)

In any case, the latest scandal pairs John Kim with Anna Sue. And as this news plays on TV, we see him (So Ji-sub) working out solo in a state-of-the-art gym.

He doesn’t show much reaction to the report, but ignores repeated calls from Anna Sue. On the upside, he does bathe, which we all get to enjoy for a nice minute.

Back to Joo-eun, who addresses the obvious question head-on: Why hasn’t she tried dieting?

As she explains, she’s tried every diet under the sun, from cabbage to tofu to trendy celebrity secret tips. She yo-yo’d constantly, and the frequent overworking didn’t help.

Tonight, Joo-eun finally wraps up her work after a long night and heads out to meet Woo-shik for their fifteenth-year anniversary. She thinks back to their high school days, when he’d presented her with roses and couple rings on the same library rooftop where he’d first confessed, and they’d counted that as their first day as a couple.

Joo-eun still wears that ring (albeit on her pinky finger now) and heads over with an excited heart, happily anticipating his proposal. Her best friend HYUN-WOO (Jo Eun-ji) expects it too, grumbling that he’d better have prepared a monster diamond after making her wait so long.

Joo-eun primps in the restaurant bathroom, but drops her lipstick down a crevice in the sink. A tall, sophisticated woman (Yoo In-young) offers her lipstick to Joo-eun, and Joo-eun accepts while casting an envious look at the woman’s figure. “Black is a color that makes you look slimmer,” Joo-eun thinks. “But it’s not a color that makes you slimmer. Dammit.”

She finds Woo-shik at a table, and he gives her an offhand hello when she arrives. But he knows the importance of the event and has prepared a whole lavish spread, with wine and cake and candles. He toasts, saying, “Fifteen years… I was thankful.” Somehow that doesn’t sound promising.

Woo-shik drives her home afterward, and she looks in anticipation at the small box he hands her… which contains his half of the couple rings he’d bought all those years ago. “That is my heart,” he says. “Please take it.”

She doesn’t understand, and all he can do is apologize. She asks what the flowers are for, and he says he felt like too much of a jerk otherwise, which doesn’t alleviate her hurt. He says he just wanted to give her the anniversary and starts to break up, but she cuts him off and says she understands what he means by returning the ring. But she’s too tired to do this tonight, to which he tries to argue, wanting to get it out and over with.

But Joo-eun says they’ve been through too much over the past fifteen years as first loves to end it with a one-sided announcement from him. She leaves the flowers and the ring in the car, and tosses another gift box on top of it—hers to him—and leaves with an angry “Congratulations” (for their anniversary).

She goes home hurting, wondering if there’s something in those massive law books that’ll help her understand this situation. “Everybody may be equal before the law,” she thinks, “but not in front of the mirror.”

Joo-eun sleeps in front of her TV that night as it plays a broadcast of The Stella Show, featuring the amazing transformation of its star, all thanks to the trainer John Kim. The show wonders who this mysterious John could be…

Just to ensure we get the hint, we cut over to the boxing ring where John directs the fighter, then engages directly in a sparring round.

In the morning, Joo-eun is jolted awake by a call from her friend, which reminds her that she’s got a flight to catch. She hurries to the airport for her business trip to the U.S.

Meanwhile, John Kim—or, as we’ll get to know him, KIM YOUNG-HO—wakes up in some sort of pod/capsule/tank in his state-of-the-art bachelor pad, full of every sort of fancy fitness machinery in the world. He watches a fight with one friend, JANG JOON-SUNG (Sung Hoon), while a third friend, KIM JI-WOONG (Henry), cooks for them—er, struggles to cook.

Turns out Joon-sung is the fighter Young-ho was training earlier. Young-ho had sponsored him and made him a champion fighter (who goes by the fight name “Korean Snake”), while Ji-woong acts as his manager.

It’s Ji-woong who reads about the scandal, and how Anna Sue has neither confirmed nor denied the rumors, which fans the gossip flames further. Young-ho and Joon-sung seem perturbed by the news—particularly if it reaches certain ears in Korea—and Young-hoon says he’ll have to figure out how to handle the scandal.

But he gets a call from a certain Manager Min that makes him uneasy—could it be they’ve already heard?

Joo-eun wraps up business and readies to make her trip back, tamping down persistent stomach pains. Best friend Hyun-woo calls it a good way to lose weight, but Joo-eun seems to be in increasing pain.

Hyun-woo, meanwhile, sees the John Kim reports on Korean television, though she scoffs at the shoddy reporting. Probably doesn’t help that the correspondent giving the report is her ex-husband, who drops by to hand off a child support payment.

Joo-eun boards her plane to Korea and ends up sitting next to Ji-woong, who’s given up his first-class seat to a pregnant lady. He introduces himself in his irrepressibly cheerful way, showing her the fight he’s watching and bragging that he’s Korean Snake’s manager and trainer, and that he’s kinda famous. He is incredibly dorky but it’s so cute.

Mid-flight, an announcement comes on requesting the help of any doctor onboard with an emergency patient. Suddenly Young-ho gets up and flashes his EMT badge, ready to take charge of the situation. Ha, are you kidding me? Is he a secret chaebol and a doctor, and also maybe a diplomat?

The patient is Joo-eun, who has collapsed in the aisle, moaning in pain and clutching her stomach. Young-ho assesses the situation and decides she needs to be moved, and with some difficulty transfers her into the first class cabin and prepares the emergency kit. He unbuttons her blouse and cuts through her support garment, then begins treating her with an IV and massaging her cold limbs.

She awakens a while later, sleeping in Young-ho’s first class seat, and has a minor panic to see herself in a strange place with a needle in her arm. She’s appalled that he went through her things and ripped her clothing, while he notes her lack of gratitude for helping her in an emergency. (Mortified, she wonders if she could just open the plane door and fling herself out of it.)

Young-ho asks why she “did that” to herself, which makes her furrow her brow—do what?

So he explains all the terrible things she’s just done to herself, drinking coffee and wine on an empty stomach, paired with diet pills and a restrictive girdle. If she wants to lose weight, he suggests she sweat it off instead.

Joo-eun isn’t ungrateful that he helped, but says stiffly that she’d like to keep her privacy. Young-ho leans waaaaay in and says drily, “You’re the first woman I’ve undressed within five minutes of meeting. I must have been too familiar.”

She snaps that she’ll refrain from suing him since she’s sooooo grateful, and says she’d love to repay the favor if only she could do it without having to see his face again. She buries her face under her blanket to make the point.

But her words give Young-ho a bright idea, and he tells her there is one way she can repay the favor…

In Seoul, a stern-faced man, attended by a couple men in sharp suits, reports to a chairman that “he” ought to be on this flight. Ha, Young-ho is totally a chaebol, isn’t he? In the background, Young-ho’s two buddies slip by while the team of corporate minions looks around for him, though he’s nowhere in sight.

That’s because Young-ho’s riding in an ambulance alongside Joo-eun, using her as his escape route. She mutters to herself, “I should have opened that plane door and escaped earlier.”

As she sits in the emergency room, Joo-eun reads the two latest text messages from Woo-shik, which she has yet to reply to. He asks her to call as soon as she’s back, wanting to talk, and she hears his voice say the words brusquely at first, then more gently. She thinks of his first-love confession from their teenage years, and makes a decision, putting on her shoes and running out of the hospital.

Young-ho meets up with his buddies outside, who drop off his car, and is about to leave when he sees Joo-eun running outside into the rain. He drives on, passing her as she tries to hail a cab unsucessfully… but can’t quite shake the feeling. He pulls over and tells her to get in, which she does with great reluctance, eyeing him suspiciously.

As he drives, she sighs, “I’d thought that a few nights ago was the worst day of my life, but I was wrong. It’s today.” He advises her to return to the hospital later because she was very cold, and drops her off at her place. She thanks him for his help, saying it’ll be the last they see of each other, and runs into the rain toward the building.

And then she stops in her tracks to see Woo-shik embracing a woman, smiling happily. Numbly, she turns around and walks the other way, pausing in front of a storefront, thinking, “I was Kang Joo-eun, who could do anything she set out to do.”

And then, an ominous figure appears behind her, wearing a mask and dark clothes. He follows her down the street, calling out to her, and Joo-eun hurries away in fear. He persists, and when an arm grabs her, she cowers and begs, “Please save me!”

It’s Young-ho’s sardonic voice that cuts in, however: “You ask me to save you every time you see me.” She looks up at him in astonishment as he crouches with her, holding an umbrella over her head, adding, “And you’re not even going to be grateful about it.”

 
COMMENTS

It occurred to me after it was over that the meet-cute (or meet-bicker, as is so often the case in dramaland) was pretty standard stuff, and I wasn’t necessarily excited/moved/intrigued by the plot… but as I was watching the episode, did I care? Not even a little.

I’m not one to love a show purely for a romantic pairing, because there’s only so much a great couple can carry, and it’s not an entire show’s worth of plot, or interest. And I doubt I’d be swayed by the romance if, for instance, the plot were nonexistent or a total mess. I’m not convinced there’s going to be a lot of plot here (especially plot that doesn’t feel like a retread of a bunch of other dramas and movies—Birth of a Beauty and 200 Pound Beauty are the first two that come to mind), but I did like the characterization of the heroine and found Joo-eun cute and endearing.

For being formerly the hottest girl in town, Joo-eun didn’t act the part of a vain beauty queen; I like that she was outspoken and determined, placing her hopes on a career first and foremost. So the transformation seems purely physical, while the core character has retained her personality. I like that she’s snippy (in her own head when she can’t be snippy aloud), that she tries to stand up for things that are right, and that her struggle to do the right thing feels realistic—I don’t blame her for dropping the fight at a certain point because she can’t be a one-woman crusader, not if she wants to keep her job and take care of herself.

I do intensely dislike the tendency to oversimplify beauty’s relationship to worth, and every time a character made a comment about weight or looks, I grit my teeth in annoyance. But we do have to recognize that the world, and Korean society specifically, can be ruthless when it comes to judging people’s appearances, so while it’s hardly pleasant to see reflected in a drama, it’s not exactly inaccurate. Sigh. I just hope that whatever message comes out of the show—and it doesn’t have to have a particular agenda, it’s just that a message will emerge via narrative, whether intentional or not—is more progressive and body-positive than not.

We’ve seen a lot less of the mysterious John Kim/Young-ho so I have fewer opinions of him—so far he feels a lot like the last So Ji-sub character we saw, in Master’s Sun, which is at least a character I loved so the repetition isn’t wholly unwelcome. (But a little change would be nice, just sayin’.) In the very brief exchanges he’s had with Joo-eun, at least his perspective has been more about health and self-respect than looks, which helps in overlooking the introduction to his character—I found the background story for his fame ridiculous, and problematic that the world calls him the hero for making that woman beautiful. First, for the obvious reason of beauty being aligned with worth, but also because it disempowers the woman, who should be the one driving her own change. Let’s cut that shit out right now, okay?

But if that is going to be a throwaway point, I can close my eyes this once and let it go as a moment of thoughtlessness. (Any more of that and I’m out, but it’s possible it was just a one-time moment of stupidity.) And as with any dramas that incorporate any parts of American pop culture or society, I just do my best to close my eyes and push through the embarrassment until we’ve moved past it. ‘Cause there’s a lot more interesting, compelling places we can take this story, and I’m in a hurry to get there.

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"Fat" Shin Min Ah is still so gorgeous. Kinda take the urgency/gratification of transformation away.

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she is adorable and pretty. her eyes remind me of a pug for some reason (i mean this in the best way).

i hope they focus more on health than on image. i see hints of health problems (her body temperature being lower than usual and then something small in episode two), and i think they might also go with that bc so ji sub's character keeps telling her to go to the doctor. she probably isn't treating her body well (like how she combined sleeping pills, diet pills, alcohol, and coffee on an empty stomach while wearing a corset).

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A couple of symptoms for Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid) are low basal temperature and lower than normal heart rate. They may be going in that direction.

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i was waiting for ep 2 recaps to post this!!! Twice, he mentioned to her that she had a slow heart rate and she had cold sensitivity and i immediately thought hypothyroidism. She should follow his advice and see a doctor b/c that may help with her health/weight issues.

but i find it cute that henry called her cute and worries about her health, too.

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Still way better looking than the homewrecker client and her "rival."

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Forgot to mention that SJS was very endearing in master's sun and, like some of you here, I'd definitely rather have that than some typical rich overgrown brat with mental complexes. Oh and those shower/bathing/workout scenes help too LOL!!!!

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Jung Kyeo-woon if this guy even think of dumping a girl again because she fat in any other plot I'll hunt him down... He is the main reason why I think it's similar to birth of beauty... (that was a ridiculous character he is doing it again please learn your lesson )? He doesn't even look like a high school student...

Shin min ah's character is cute and adorable...

So ji sub honestly I rewind at least 5 time (i swear not more) that bath scene... ? He does remind me of master's sun but that's good i can have joo one two three and more

Sung hoon ?this guy I took like 30 screen shot of him in first episode.. he's my current wallpaper in all devices (noble my love was my last drama so imagine my fangirling intensity )

I have already seen more than fifty dramas where chebol run from airport.. LoL that must be common in korean airports.... ?

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I like it.

Thanks JB for the recap.

I think what made this a good watch for me apart from the actors and story was the music.

Looking forward to the next episode already.

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Two actors I really don't like - and yet beautifully cast here. This show has a lot of promise.

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Makes me wanna watch Master's Sun again.

I always got Henry and Choi Woo Shik (Hogu's Love) mixed up.

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Can anyone tell if she really put on weight for the role. It looks so real or it is something kinda godly makeup ability ??

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Those eyes, that glance, that jawline, oh ~ So Ji Sub, those solid, muscular, steel-like bands of strength, ... what plot?

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hahahaa +1

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Haha encapsulated my thoughts perfectly.

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Shin Mi-nah is such a treat to watch. And together with So Ji Sub, I almost nearly sold. The hour went by so fast, didn't even realise when the episode ended. But it was somehow a lil meh, was hoping for more lead pairs interaction and chemistry.

On a side note, I kept wondering throughout the show, how do you get over a relationship of 15 years, especially if it is the things not said that make it shitty, instead of the things said? How do you stop your mind from wandering over to the sweet things first said and retracing the steps in the pouring rain that you and everyone else watching you in the show know you must not?

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It probably helps that her ex is a super jerkface and was cheating on her at the end (if not before), haha. Also, it seems like they had reasons to break up various times before over those 15 years. I think those sweet things will be tackled first, but Joo-Eun's real challenge will be getting over the wasted 15 years with this guy and less about getting over the person himself.

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I had really low expectations so this episode really surprised me. It hooked me. I am rather very curious about the weight issue. I do not think that it was explained how she put on weight. I'm not saying it's really bad, her kilos. I just want to know her story. I think changing one's look after a break up is normal. Not necessarily for other people. But we'll see how the drama goes. Really want to see the romance grow as I feel that the leads have chemistry. Shin Mina's eyes are gorgeous and sexy. I prefer So Ji Sub with a little more bulk. Like in Master's Sun.

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i find the feelings and reactions of the protagonist and others to be really realistic, actually. maybe the whole "chaebol who is also a world-famous but secretive personal trainer and obnoxiously hot" thing is unrealistic and very kdrama-y, but the way everyone dogs on her for her weight (even they think it's just lighthearted teasing), the way she feels indignant that her boyfriend ended their relationship so suddenly after taking her out for a romantic date on their 15th anniversary (how did he think that was a good idea??), the way people always try to give weight loss advice to someone who did not ask, and the way she feels about her body and herself in comparison to who she was before are all pretty true to life. to me, she's really easy to relate to, and i think that's one other thing besides the pairing of the leads that'll keep me watching this.

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Plot is simple thus far but at least it's quite zippy still. And ep 1 sub came out very fast, next day morn. Shin min ah looks quite cute actually, lol :)
Thank you so ji sub for fan service! Nice bath and after brooding topless!

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i like how they added that fanservice in the first like 16 minutes. they know their audience well.

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Sooo, she's a chubby woman with no fat on her arms and hands. Like seriously she still has the smallest shoulders and wrists. She sure has unrealistic propotions...

But hey, hello shirtless So Ji-Sub!

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The first nine mins felt like Reply 1994 ft. School 2015 but I'm not at all complaining as it was all kinds of adorable :) <3 Oh, My Venus, hwaiting!! :D <3

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the pod by the way is a hypobaric oxygen chamber. I had to use something similar in hospital after radiation poissoning. It's also used for diving accidents,or certain brain and heart dissease, so i hope it's not an indication something is wrong with uri Ji sub

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The leading lady feels so real and I can totally relate to her. I love how she stands for herself even if she knows others are not completely wrong. I also liked that the leading man as you mentioned was not so much talking about her physical look, but was more concerned for her health. I hope that continues throughout the drama. Thanks for the recap :)

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I enjoyed it a lot. I like the characters already. I do find her ex- a bit distracting because that actor played an extremely similar role in Birth of a Beauty!

They probably should have gotten Dermablend to be a sponsor. They must have used a bucket of that stuff to hide So Ji Sub's large tattoos in the bath scene.

I do like his character, he's interesting. It's unclear how much emphasis he is putting on "looks" as opposed to "health." You can make the case that someone can be overweight and healthy, but once you start doing the kinds of things her character does because she's disliking her weight, then it's clearly not healthy even if you don't have direct complications like high blood pressure or diabetes. Anyway I hope his focus is on increasing health and her self- happiness not just on some shallow low bodyfat %.

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Lol! I will look for that PPL from now on!

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The fat suit and makeup - PERFECT. So many times the attempt at making an actor look fat is so fake. This is the best I have seen. It looks just like Min Ah, just heavier.

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Am I the only one that found it weird to see actors in their 30's pretending to be in high school? It was so awkward that I just had to pause and go back to watching Reply 1988 lool.

Otherwise the rest of the episode seemed quite interesting but I'll have to give it a few more episodes to see.

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I think you hit the struggle this show will have when you said, "But we do have to recognize that the world, and Korean society specifically, can be ruthless when it comes to judging people’s appearances, so while it’s hardly pleasant to see reflected in a drama, it’s not exactly inaccurate"

Because if the show just portrays some ideal about how inner beauty is all that counts then it's not really showing what the world really says and the value they place on appearances. I hope the show does depict the ridiculousness of how hung up we are on appearances and weight (and maybe the over-the-top moments are purposeful just so we can feel how ridiculous those ideas are even though we often accept them in our everyday lives), but I hope the show goes on to ultimately subvert those ideas. I want the characters to become healthy, physically and emotionally, and not just "beautiful."

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A shirtless so ji sub.. me : i'm in heaven drowwwliiing...

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Honestly if these tow weren't the leads I'd probably drop this drama now. Korean beauty standards and the rude behavior around them are profoundly upsetting to me.

Also joo eun is hardly fat. They gave her weird face make up that gives her a double chin but it's disproportionate with her body which is really only slightly overweight. I probably weigh less than her character and I don't have a double chin. It was also really disgusting the way they had to be all dramatic about trying to lift her. If they're such strong macho men it shouldn't be an issue to lifthe someone who is around 170 pounds.

All in all, nothing special about this so far and it's mildly offensive. If only I didn't love the leads so much I could abandon this mess.

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Just to correct this, I meant to say that I probably weigh more than her character not less.

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I couldn't believe that her weight of 48 kg at a height of 170 cm is considered the ideal, she's was way too underweight!

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After so much not to watch, I'm really excited about this drama. Yes, the lead female character is overweight after 15 years. She's been studying and working and eating junk and not exercising. (I gained a proportional amount of weight when I did the same thing.) She lives in a country where the Average American woman (size 12) would have to go the men's big and tall store to get a 'I love Korea' T shirt to bring home. As a person who is struggling to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits, I'm glad it's adopting the go slow long term approach and not the usual Korean cut and wrap plastic surgery method.

I really appreciate that dramas now regularly provide an early in the series fan service for us middle-aged ladies. Thank you, Soo Ji Sub!

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I wouldn't watch this drama if shin min ah and soo ji sub weren't the leads. this plot is really thin and I feel like I'll get annoyed a lot while watching lol

little OT but, is that jooyeon (ex-after school member) doing a really short and fast appearance as the girl on the tv ad that joo eun is watching when she falls asleep? if it is, L O L

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So much body shaming is ridiculous, but learning how skewed their standard of beauty is, my curiosity is piqued.
And luckily Joo-eun is likeable, and she's at this point the only one who's remotely at peace with her weight. HER WEIGHT IS HER PROBLEM ONLY. That friend especially should tone it down a little.
SJS and Sung Hoon's presence don't hurt, but for how long...

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I have a feeling they may partially redeem themselves by revealing that she has a medical problem. A couple of symptoms for hypothyroidism are low basal temperature and lower than normal heart rate, which he notices she has. So they may reveal that while people were behaving in a judgmental manner, she actually had a medical problem. Let's see where they go with that.

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Yup, it's all about the pairing right now, which I have high hopes for.

The rest, well, I'm hoping it can develop into something more special than it seems based on premise alone. I think there were promising moments, but also some that concern me.

A lot of people are saying that So Ji-sub is like his Master's Sun character, but I actually didn't find them that similar at all. Well, okay, maybe if you are comparing him to the Joo Joong-won of later episodes, but I think it's important to start the comparison with how he was in the first episode of Master's Sun. He is far less grumpy here and more willing to help those he doesn't know. I think he does have a similar vibe because both the characters are confident and brutally honest, but he seems far more easy-going and agreeable at the outset here. Not saying I prefer this, by the way, but I do appreciate the change for the sake of variety. Hopefully, as they continue to flesh him out, these differences will become more apparent.

Thanks for the recap!

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True. His character is a lot nicer from the start... SJS's character in Master's Son was rather mercenary and cold, only gradually thawing while he got to know the sun (lol.)

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The plot was a bit slow. This was missing... something. Will check it out for Sung Hoon

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I think its make sense. At least, her ex still have some manner, and not just dump her without saying anything, and make out with another girl. Before you got married anything can happen. Maybe if my boyfriend dont want to take care himself (ex. smells, long messy hair), i will do the same, dump him right away.

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Wow, thank you very much for all this summary, I speak Spanish and I always have difficulties trying to remember Korean names and most of the time I get really confused with the names and I don't know who is who. That's why I couldn't understand very well the first episode when I watched it. But thanks to this summary now I understand the whole scandal with Anna Sue and her relationship with the male protagonist. I couldn't understand why she called him so many times and why he ignored her phone calls. Now everything makes sense! Thank you very much for your dedication in the whole review of this episode!

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Yay for the whole cast.

Booo...why Henry? He's one annoying person. I'm such of his act of cute stupidity! Whyyyyyy????!!!! Ugh! I'm going to fast forward all Henry's parts!

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Such=sick

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Kind of boring.
I watched about 15 minutes and almost dozed off.
Maybe I'll give it a shot next time

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Fat Shin Mina is adorable!

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I love Shin Mina in this role. I've always really liked her, but I feel like this character is showing me a dimension I haven't seen from her before, and I love it. She's adorable, and super pretty, and I wish she would stay chunky for the whole show. Her snippiness is the best.

The worst moment in the show for me was when they were struggling so much to lift her in the plane. Come on. Enormous eyeroll. That was ridiculous. I am about the same size as her, and I guarantee that a professional athlete and personal trainer are routine lifting my weight or more, so. Yeah, no.

But regardless, love Shin Mina. Love So Ji Sub. This has potential.

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Since the drama has made a reference about Cinderella and Joo Eun liking it, I guess John Kim/Young Ho is both fairy 'godmother' and the prince. :)

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Daebaj....So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah...they are so good...eagerly waiting for next recap..!

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His car looks like tesla! I want one!!!
Shin Mina is very cute

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No recap for ep 2 ???

The DramaFever app is not working on my mobile, so i've watched the first 2 ep without subs on another app, but i don't understand Korean ??

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I know! Where's the recap? Was this just a one-off? Or did javabeans watch Ep. 2 and decide that it hurt her brain to recap?

The dramafever subs are crap, and I need someone to explain the Henry part to me- how did he end up at her law office? How did he know she was a lawyer? What kind of lawyer is she- don't they specialize? Contract law has got to be different than divorce proceedings. Does Ji Woong have a thing for Joo Eun? What was up with him talking about destiny on the plane? When did he get her cell phone number?

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A cute little rom-com I expected, a cute little rom-com I got. I've seen the first two episodes and I'm looking forward to more! I agree with most of the previous posters and JB - I hope that the writers will be able to handle the issues of body image+self-worth properly. I'm seeing positive signs because Joo Eun is such a strong, confident character (because of her past) in most aspects of her life!

Point re Birth of a Beauty:
The premise of the show made me really uncomfortable because the guy she ended up with was essentially the guy who "designed" her. Although they tried really hard to show that he fell in love with her inner beauty, outwardly she was still his Barbie doll and that didn't sit well with me. Hopefully this show doesn't go that direction and portrays Young Ho as the "maker" of Joo Eun.

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did they make SMN wear a fatsuit? the prosthetic face is pretty amazing - JE still bears resemblance to her thinner self and still looks pretty, if you ask me! reminds me of Sun Ah Na in MNIKSS who also looked pretty even while on the heavy side. Agree that the plot is just all over the place. Like a hodgepodge of Master's Sun "it seems that you are always asking me to save you when we meet..." ; 'birth of a beauty' (hmmm... fat girl begs famous personal trainer to transform her to exact revenge on ex bf) ; and jaded chaebol heir (countless dramas) story. I like the pacing of the drama. rom coms have to ease into it by establishing the background, best friends etc before moving on to more serious stuff. altho I did wish that they were lighter on the "save me please " pleas from JE. But I did like SMN's even handed portrayal of JE - her calm and civil manner ( very lawyerly) and wide eyed innocence with high ideals. SJS's range has always been limited and he's best at playing slightly inscrutable roles with more physical action (hence, personal trainer....) Will still enjoy this rocky ride for the pretty! the airplane corset open surgery scene was lol x1000 :)

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this looks to be promising?? i am glad that they have not put her into a 'fat suit' that makes her look more like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. then she morphs back into the raving beauty who has her world and value returned to her as she is back to her 'old self'??? a little 'pudg' as we mature in life can happen to any and all. she is still her self, and will hopefully continue to regain her footing when she drops a few?

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What song playing when Joo-eun leave the car at the night she break up with Woo shik?

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Like most of the people here, I watched the first episode purely because of So Ji Sub. The premise has potential when I was reading it but something in the episode really seems off.

Anyway, I kept on thinking about pre-debut Park Bom when looking at chubby Shin Min Ah. The resemblance is uncanny. It reminded me so much of TOP-Shin Min Ah romance rumors back then as well as the rumor about TOP and Bom's romance that "supposedly" put a strain in the relationship of Big Bang members for a short while.

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Did anyone pick up on the way she grabbed his hair when she got sick on the plane and he was trying to listen to her heartbeat? Based on what I saw in episode two, I hope these pseudo-sexual moments continue to be a thing.

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This drama is really fabulously FANTASTIC !!!
I LOVE every episode of it and it is truly very entertaining!
I love all the casts too!
but why is the rating not good?!?
anyways, for me it's one of the BEST . . . !!!

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Rewatching after ep 6-when characters have fallen more into place. Is there a logical reason why they all converge at the scene she catches her ex and the new interest? Do they really live that close to each other?

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oh???? thank you

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Guys wanna know the song going on in background when there is news of hero showing of tv. It starts lik I've got this coming up.. coming up.... can u help me find the name of the song

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