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Familiar Wife: Episode 1

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect From Familiar Wife (aka The Wife I Know), tvN’s new time-travel drama, but so far, so cute. We have a husband who is unfairly henpecked (in his opinion) by his shrill, red-faced wife, and an unplanned encounter with his past makes him wonder what could have been. Just as he decides that he wishes he’d done things differently, he gets an unusual opportunity to change everything. The setup is solid, so let’s dive in and see if the execution can live up to the hype!

 
EPISODE 1: “There’s a monster in my bed who beats me.”

A car drives down a lonely, desolate road, while the radio reports on a nearby star that’s rapidly turning into a black hole. Scientists worry about the effects this black hole will have on Earth and its gravitational pull on the moon, anticipating earthquakes, tsunamis, or worse. The driver pays at a toll booth, then suddenly, the car disappears.

At a different time, that same car weaves through heavy traffic towards Incheon Airport as the driver scrambles to grab his ringing cell phone from where it’s slid out of reach. A voice laments the strange nature of the world, such as why forced winter strawberries taste better than summer ones, or the fact that it costs three cents to make a penny.

The driver causes an accident while reaching for his phone, and as he tries to rouse himself, the voice muses, “Among all the strange things in the world, the strangest is love. You marry because you love each other to death, but you end up becoming enemies you want to kill. You run into many enemies in your life, but the strongest and most atrocious one is…”

The driver picks up his phone, which is still ringing shrilly, to reveal the caller: “My Wife.” His eyes roll back in his head, and he passes out as the plane he was rushing to catch takes off.

Sixteen hours before the accident.

A baby cries until its mother rouses to comfort it, while the father helpfully hides under his pillow. Later, Mom kicks Dad out of bed, literally, so he can feed the baby while she takes care of the toddler. Dad seems pretty bad at this, and the baby obviously knows it.

They both wake in a panic later when the alarm doesn’t go off. They fight to get ready for the day, each blaming the other for their lateness. Mom tells Dad to take the kids since they missed the bus, but he shrieks that he’s already late, and she fires back that she’s late, too.

Dad, whose name is CHA JOO-HYUK (Ji Sung) runs at top speed all the way to his job as a loan officer after missing his train. He sneaks in like a ninja, even grabbing a used coffee cup from the trash to make it look like he’s been there a while.

Joo-hyuk nearly makes it to his desk before his supervisor, MANAGER BYUN, yells at him to stop, aware of what he’s doing, and even notes that his friend was helping him sneak in. He tells Joo-hyuk that this is his third strike, resulting in points off his upcoming evaluation, plus extra points just because.

The branch manager arrives and asks what mistake Joo-hyuk made today, but he calls Manager Byun a perfectionist and gets Joo-hyuk off the hook. He jovially invites Joo-hyuk to go bowling after work, and Joo-hyuk collapses in his chair, already exhausted.

Later, Joo-hyuk goes to the roof with his coworker JONG-HOO (Jang Seung-ho), where they complain that Manager Byun is just frustrated because he’s not getting the promotions he wants. Joo-hyuk sighs that he’s exhausted, and Jong-hoo blames it on the kids keeping him up, though he says that one day he’ll miss these times. He has twins who are talking now, and he hilariously mimics their tiny voices asking endless questions.

Jong-hoo lifts Joo-hyuk’s spirits with some movie impressions, and Joo-hyuk gets into his own portrayal of Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. Jong-hoo praises his flexibility, which leads to an awkward splits competition (owie owie owie), ending when Joo-hyuk rips his pants, HA.

Joo-hyuk goes back to work and begins to see customers, but one customer creates a fuss when his number is skipped over because he was in the restroom. The customer gets so loud that he’s escorted out by security, but throughout the encounter, Joo-hyuk keeps his cool.

Later, he tells the employee next to him, Kim Hwan (Cha Hak-yeon, aka N from VIXX), to stop primping and take some of the cash customers. Hwan complains haughtily, but he negotiates to go home early in exchange.

Joo-hyuk’s wife, SEO WOO-JIN (Han Ji-min), is having an equally frustrating day at her job in a skincare clinic. She texts Joo-hyuk to pick up the kids after work, but Manager Byun is picking a fight with the cash department over some missing money. One cash team employee remembers belatedly that she asked the loan team for help, which leads to the discovery that Hwan made a huge error while exchanging currency.

Manager Byun wants to know why Hwan isn’t there, which lands Joo-hyuk in hot water for letting him go early. He’s ordered to fix the mistake, but he learns that the customer just left for the airport. That’s how Joo-hyuk ends up racing for the airport while Woo-jin tries to reach him about the kids.

When she can’t get ahold of him, she asks to leave work early, but her boss yells at her that this will screw up a huge group reservation. Woo-jin grows furious when Joo-hyuk still doesn’t answer her calls, unaware that he’s in the hospital recovering from his accident.

He wakes to find Hwan kicking his hospital bed. He says he had the car sent to a shop and even paid Joo-hyuk’s hospital fee — with Joo-hyuk’s credit card, naturally. Hwan reports that the client has left the country, blaming Joo-hyuk for his mistake by making him do the exchange in the first place. LOL, Joo-hyuk’s face.

Hwan says that Manager Byun is furious and threatening to string them both up in front of the bank. Joo-hyuk searches for his phone to call Manager Byun, but what he finds on it is a serious of increasingly angry texts from Woo-jin, wanting to know why he’s not picking up the kids or answering her calls.

He stumbles out of bed and runs home, forgetting all about work. As he runs, he thinks, “Socrates once said ‘If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.’” Joo-hyuk tells himself that he’s a philosopher as he bravely enters his apartment, where he’s immediately whacked in the face with a flying stuffed animal.

Woo-jin orders him right back out again, throwing anything she can get her hands on. When Joo-hyuk tries to explain, she threatens to staple his lips closed, screaming at him to shut up at the top of his lungs. She tells him how she had to run to pick up the children while the teacher called and he wouldn’t answer the phone, wanting to know why he couldn’t send a single text.

She shrieks that she didn’t give birth to their children alone, asking why she has to do all the work caring for them. Joo-hyuk tries to calm her down, but when he says he just now saw her calls, it only makes her angrier after having tried to reach him for hours.

She starts to laugh crazily and unleashes a string of obscenities, then goes to the kitchen for more things to throw — this time it’s a crab leg that was slated for dinner. It grazes Joo-hyuk’s cheek before making a perfect bulls-eye in a dart board.

Joo-hyuk gets out as ordered, and ends up scarfing ramyun at the Common Sense Bar, where Jong-hoo joins him. Jong-hoo tells SANG-SHIK, the bar’s owner, about Joo-hyuk’s terrible day, and Sang-shik sighs that in some ways, being a business owner is a lot less stress than office work.

As they chat, Joo-hyuk finds a crab claw in his soup, which gives him flashbacks. He slams down the crab claw and declares, “I want a divorce.” He explains that he’s scared of Woo-jin’s emotional switches, and that she’s no longer the cute, sweet woman he married.

He describes some of Woo-jin’s classless behaviors, like using the toilet while he’s taking a bath and refusing to cook for him anymore (and hissing like a snake when he asks). Jong-hoo says that’s just how married men live, defending how much mothers have to do for their children.

Joo-hyuk says that he’s tried to be understanding of all that, even admitting that his lack of competence makes Woo-jin suffer. But he also says he can’t take her “intermittent explosive disorder,” which is what he calls it when Woo-jin loses her temper and screams at him. She does it in the store, turning bright red with fury and letting loose with loud profanities when he loses their place in line because he forgot something.

Trying to find a silver lining, Jong-hoo says that at least she doesn’t beat him up, but Joo-hyuk sobs that she’s totally violent. He asks desperately if he should have to live with a woman like that for the rest of his life, but all his friends can do is sigh in sympathy.

In the morning, Branch Manager Cha reminds the team that if a robber ever comes to the bank, to just give him money and not risk their lives. There’s also a team dinner after work, paid for by the bank president, so he asks the loan department to make sure their paperwork is all in order by the end of the day.

Manager Byun calls the loan team together, and Hwan has a cute little fit that his manicure is interrupted. Joo-hyuk meekly promises to make sure team performance is up today, prompting Manager Byun to show them that their ranking has dropped among the Seoul branches. Manager Byun orders Joo-hyuk, Hwan, and Jong-hoo to hand out flyers and bring in business during their lunch hour (hee, Joo-hyuk gives Hwan the majority of the flyers).

Hwan pouts and refuses to help, offering to write an apology letter instead of passing out the flyers. Joo-hyuk asks how he’s so brave, and Hwan is all, “My family is rich, though we only own two buildings in Gangnam.” LOL.

Joo-hyuk tries to get rid of flyers by stuffing them in a nearby apartment building’s mailboxes, but that only gets him in trouble with security. He’s recognized by a tenant as he’s being shoved out of the building, and he freezes when he sees her.

She thinks he’s forgotten her and reminds him that she’s LEE HYE-WON (Kang Hanna) from college, but I’d say from his slack-jawed expression that he remembers the beauty quite well. They go to lunch, where Hye-won explains that she’s been in the U.S. for a while and just recently came home.

Joo-hyuk seems touched and a little awed by how much she remembers about him, and the way she loads up his plate like a doting girlfriend. He goes quiet, and admits that it’s been a while since someone looked out for him, and she laughs at his pitiful puppydog expression.

Hye-won tells Joo-hyuk that her music career was going well in the States, but she missed her family and Korea, and even him occasionally. Joo-hyuk chokes a little at that, but he recovers enough to say that it sounds like she was lonely.

She mentions that she heard he’s married, and that his wife is very pretty, and admits that she’s a little jealous, since she used to like him. That revelation puts Joo-hyuk in a daze, and nearly gets him in trouble at work again.

He spends the afternoon remembering Hye-won’s voice saying “I liked you” over and over again, and wondering how he never knew that the girl he liked, liked him back. He remembers those days when he was young and in college, and he had a job filling the snack and drink machines on campus.

One day he’s mesmerized by the lovely sound of someone playing the cello in a classroom. It’s Hye-won, and Joo-hyuk falls for her music as much as her beauty. Someone bumps into him as he watches Hye-won play, causing him to accidentally dive headfirst into the classroom. He apologizes nervously to Hye-won and quickly leaves, missing her amused smile.

He sees Hye-won on campus again on another day, surrounded by admirers, and Sang-shik, who’s his college roommate, informs Joo-hyuk that she’s a sophomore, and the beauty of the music department. Sang-shik immediately notices Joo-hyuk’s infatuation and advises him to give up on her, but instead, Joo-hyuk joins the music club just to be near her.

On her birthday, Joo-hyuk plans to confess with a single rose, but he gives up when he sees another guy delivering a huge bouquet. He overhears Hye-won say that she’s missing a signing event by her favorite cellist, so he scurries to the event to get the musician’s autograph. He takes it to her later, pretending that he just happened to run across the event and wishing her a belated happy birthday.

Later, Joo-hyuk’s little sister, JOO-EUN (Park Hee-bon) delivers him some food from home, reeling at the mess and stench in his room. He tells her lovingly that she’s put on weight, and she snaps at Sang-shik, who’s pretending to be asleep on the floor, to get up.

He pops up and introduces himself, and Joo-eun orders him to put some clothes on before she goes blind. Both guys lunge at Joo-eun when she notices something in the closet, but they’re too late — their extensive porn collection ends up all over the floor, and they both blurt out, “They’re his!” Surprisingly, instead of being scandalized, Joo-eun just asks if she can borrow a few magazines. Oh. Ooooh.

Running late seems to be the default for Joo-hyuk — he’s late for class again, but he screeches to a halt when Hye-won calls out to him. She invites him to a recital with her tonight, and Joo-hyuk is so happy that he barely notices when he’s nearly run over by a deliveryman on a scooter.

He’s on Cloud Nine all day, and spends a long time getting prettied up for his big date (awww, he even polishes his sneakers!). He ends up on the bus with a mousy little high school girl, unaware that she’s his future wife. Woo-jin gets groped by a creeper, and she grabs the jerk’s hand and calls him out loudly while Joo-hyuk watches, but the jerk insists he didn’t do anything and nobody on the bus can back up Woo-jin’s story.

Joo-hyuk speaks up that he saw the guy grope Woo-jin, and soon the passengers are demanding that the driver go straight to the police station. The groper is arrested and Joo-hyuk quickly leaves, worried about being late for his date with Hye-won. Woo-jin tries to thank him, but he’s already gone.

The concert is in progress by the time Joo-hyuk gets to the concert hall. The next day he apologizes to Hye-won, but she turns down his offer to buy her dinner to make it up to her. As he’s heading back to class, Woo-jin finds him and offers to buy him lunch to thank him for saving her, but he declines.

He tells her that her skirt is too short and tries to leave, but she follows him to his part-time job at an ice scream shop like a bouncy little puppy. Praising Joo-hyuk’s strong arm muscles, Woo-jin invites Joo-hyuk on date after date, only to get turned down every time. But she’s relentless, and when she offers to pay him to tutor her in math, he can’t resist the money.

Of course she’s not the slightest bit interested in studying, preferring to discuss things like kissing with her handsome tutor. Frustrated, Joo-hyuk asks what she wants to be when she grows up, and she says matter-of-factly, “Your wife” (while brazenly exposing her collarbone, hee).

She tells Joo-hyuk plainly that she likes him and puts his hand on her head, then announces that the top of her head is an erogenous zone, LOL. Joo-hyuk goes bright pink, and although he tries to scold her, Woo-jin just giggles at how cute he looks.

The phone rings, then Woo-jin’s mother starts to wail — her father has died unexpectedly, and Joo-hyuk goes to the funeral to pay his respects. He’s upset by the sight of Woo-jin sobbing, and when he goes to leave, she clutches his sleeve and begs him to stay.

Back in the present, Joo-hyuk is at the team dinner where Jong-hoo asks what’s bothering him today, but Joo-hyuk waves him off. A drunk Branch Manager Cha announces that he and Joo-hyuk are like brothers, and Jong-hoo asks when Joo-hyuk is going to tell him that they’re not actually of the same Cha lineage.

Apparently Joo-hyuk has been lying about it to gain favor, and he argues that Cha isn’t a common name so they’re all connected somehow. He says that with his current situation, he needs all the advantage he can get, even if it means lying about his family.

Jong-hoo tries to calm him, but Joo-hyuk lashes out, drawing attention to himself. Jong-hoo smooths it over as a lover’s quarrel, but Joo-hyuk whispers that he hates Jong-hoo, his wife, and this job. As the night goes on and Joo-hyuk gets drunker, he ends up at a karaoke bar, singing terribly, and his coworkers guess that something is going on with him.

Joo-hyuk drags his drunk butt home and makes it to the bathroom just in time. Woo-jin just whisper-yells at him not to wake the kids, then bans him from their bed in case his drunken state makes him snore. He shuffles to another room, calling himself crazy for marrying that evil woman.

He bursts into frustrated tears when his contraband video game system refuses to work. His muffled whine turns into real sorrow as he wonders how he never realized Hye-won’s real feelings for him.

Joo-hyuk is barely awake on the train the next morning, so he doesn’t register the doomsayer yelling about the nearby black hole creating a wormhole in space and time. He rouses in time to see the guy collapse, and he’s the only one who offers to help the man to his feet. The doomsayer puts two 500-won coins in Joo-hyuk’s hand, looking completely sane just for a moment, then goes on his way. Joo-hyuk notices that one was minted in 2006.

At the end of the workday, the loan team get word that a team member’s mother died, but everyone makes excuses to get out of the funeral tomorrow. Exhausted, Joo-hyuk stretches widely, and Manager Byun assumes he’s volunteering to attend the funeral. He does his duty, then calls his mom after the funeral and promises to visit his parents soon.

The funeral was a long ways away, and Joo-hyuk feels tired and woozy as he drives back to the city. His radio seems to be malfunctioning and he sees a double moon, and as he approaches an intersection, he sees a billboard that says, “Your life can change, too. Get a fresh start.”

He approaches a tollbooth, which he doesn’t remember passing on his way out of town, and he pays the toll, but the machine doesn’t register his coins. He notices that it only takes 500-won pieces, so he tosses in the 2006 coin from the doomsayer on the train, and this time it works.

Joo-hyuk continues on his way, but nothing looks familiar and his GPS goes haywire. Suddenly the car accelerates without his input, and Joo-hyuk panics when he realizes he can’t brake or steer. He screams, and the car disappears.

Joo-hyuk wakes up at a pounding on the door and a voice calling out, “Oppa!” He looks around and realizes that he’s in his old dorm room, Sang-shik asleep on the floor and Joo-eun knocking at the door. Dazed, he lets Joo-eun in, and she hands him the food she brought as he wonders why this seems so familiar.

He realizes what day it is just as Joo-eun dumps his porn out of the closet. She asks to borrow some of the magazines, and he sees the date on the calendar: June, 2006.

COMMENTS

Familiar Wife is a little darker than I anticipated, but I like the setup so far, which feels realistic and painful with its depiction of Joo-hyuk’s dissatisfaction at how his life has turned out. There are still funny moments, which feel more gritty and High School King of Savvy-like than bright and Weightlifting Fairy-ish (more on that later), but I appreciate that the show isn’t making light of the misery and regret Joo-hyuk is feeling. He’s kind of a terrible husband, though it’s not deliberate and I think he believes he’s doing his best, but that’s the beauty of it all — he has no idea how much he’s contributed to his current situation. I can’t wait to see the horror on his face when he realizes how much of his life is his own dumb fault.

I fully expected this show to present Joo-hyuk as a well-meaning man who works hard to be a good husband, but whose picky, shrieking wife never gives him the benefit of the doubt. I’m happy to see that things are a lot more complicated than that. Joo-hyuk is a good guy, and he does his best as he understands it, but he’s not as thoughtful or helpful as he could be (example — his only taking care of himself and leaving Woo-jin to get the kids and herself ready for the day). On top of that, he’s got pretty unrealistic expectations of what it means to be a family… he truly believes that his wife should take care of the kids, work a job of her own, AND have dinner waiting on the table for him at the end of the day. I don’t blame Woo-jin one bit for turning shrewish and screamy under those circumstances, because she’s doing most of the work and still being judged lacking. Neither of them are bad people, or even necessarily bad spouses, but they just get angry and fight instead of sitting down and talking about expectations versus reality.

I wondered what it was that Joo-hyuk originally saw in Woo-jin, and then we got to see her as a teenage girl, and holy moley, it’s no wonder he couldn’t resist. She was a firecracker, a girl who knew what she wanted and set out to get it without playing coy games or pretending to be what she wasn’t. Now I wonder what on earth Joo-hyuk did to her to make her so angry and resentful, though I imagine that years and years of unrealistic expectations and thoughtless behavior can turn even the brightest spirit dark. It actually hurt to see what Woo-jin was, because she was so happy and bouncy and optimistic, and the thought of that spirit being stamped out is painful. We know that Joo-hyuk is a good man at his core — we’ve seen him repeatedly be the only person to offer help to someone in need — but neglect can change a person as thoroughly as outright abuse, under the right circumstances.

It’s no wonder Joo-hyuk is so blown away by his reunion with Hye-won, the way she starts flirting and doting on him right away. What Joo-hyuk fails to understand is that Hye-won is like that, not because she’s a nicer person or likes him more than Woo-jin, but because she doesn’t have Woo-jin’s years of history with him. Nobody can remain as romantic as a new couple all the time for years on end, and if Hye-won was juggling a job, two small babies, and an irresponsible husband, I doubt she’d still be beautifully put-together and sweet as pie, either.

I gotta admit, while I generally only give passing notice to a show’s behind-the-scenes crew (writer, director, etc), when it comes to Familiar Wife, 95% of my excitement is because the people behind this one have been responsible for some of my all-time favorite dramas. You tell me that the writer of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, Oh My Ghostess, and High School King of Savvy (source of my very favorite drama quote, “You’re just needlessly tall!”) banding together with the PD of Shopping King Louis to make a supernatural drama starring Ji Sung, and I’m so in that I’ll probably never get out again. This also means that my expectations are sky-high, but I have faith that this band of merry creators can meet, and even exceed my expectations.

This first episode was all setup, so I’m looking forward to diving into the second episode where hopefully I’ll find some back-in-time school shenanigans and omg-what-have-I-done regrets back in the present. Is it too much to hope for to see Joo-hyuk and Hye-won married in the present, and Hye-won turned into the shrewish wife while Woo-jin is the glamorous one that got away? I’d love to see that, and watch Joo-hyuk realize that it’s not that he chose the wrong woman, but that it was his own selfish actions and borderline neglect that would cause any woman to turn angry and resentful. Overall the show looks like it will be sweet and funny, but also a little wistful as Joo-hyuk tries to regain the life, and wife, he didn’t appreciate when he had them.

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I know that I should be paying attention to the show, but as soon as that one scene happened, all I could think for the rest of the episode was 'omgshegayshegayshegayshegayshegayshegayshegayyesyesyesyesyesyesyes...'

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I hope she is. If it turns out to be a fake-out and she just wants them for, I don't know, anatomy drawing lessons or something, I'll be disappointed.
Though my very skeptical and cynical gut says it probably is something like that.

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honestly, my past experience with kdramas (and US stuff too, let's be honest) should have me very wary about it, but I'mma try be optimistic... (seriously, writer-nim, don't be a jerk. pretty please?)

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Thanks for the great recap! :) Off topic but:

"a nearby star that’s rapidly turning into a black hole. Scientists worry about the effects this black hole will have on Earth and its gravitational pull on the moon, anticipating earthquakes, tsunamis, or worse."

Um..I'm no science person but this seems ridiculous.

1. The gravity of the SUN so much closer than 68 light years like the nearby star, is not pulling the earth and moon apart, why would a black hole so far away do that?

2. Even if the star is a black hole, it still has the same mass/less mass than the original star. If the star didn't do it, the black hole won't either.

3. If miraculously it can indeed affect the gravitational pull between the earth and the moon, we're in bigger trouble then just earthquakes etc because it means the gravitational pull of the sun has been affected and our solar system is doomed to die an early death, as are we.

Perhaps another Beanie with a science background can clarify this. Anyway, the setup behind the time travel is ridiculous.

Now, off to watch the Show! :) I was waiting for the recap to decide.

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The moment the show decided to use black hole for the story, I shut off my logic brain. There is no way we would have survived if the black hole is near the planet to the point it can affect the gravity...

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I dunno. I saw the parallel to My Love From the Stars...lol

Maybe it's actually more metaphor instead of scientific...?

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I mean it did label itself as a fantasy so i didn't expect much logic as long as the fantasy part is well done i don't really care for the science and that is coming from a person who's studying science at a diploma level

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I disagree with this. I like it when the Time Travel has a fairly logical premise/no premise at all. Even Go Back Spouses - rings of the Gods - was adequate.

In any case, like I said, I'll be watching the Show anyway. The 'how' isn't important, though I'd like a tighter 'how'.

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Very true. :) Now how I wish I could magic too.

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I agree. If you can't come up with a sorta possible, logical and scientific explanation, don't even try. It sounds stupid af. Making it supernatural is so much more convenient. I long for the day someone can awe me with a plausible sci-fi-like explanation, but unfortunately most Kdrama scriptwriters have neither expertise nor motivation to provide such a "how".

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Basically my thinking too. Unexplained wormholes, alien technology, a mystical connection, all of it works. Like, AA says above, unexplained futuristic technology is like magic to us - so this magic I can buy.

But here, they've presented us with something we KNOW is untrue. If it's yet to be proved, understood, conceived, I can buy the premise. But if I know it's untrue because our science so far has already proved it, then it's just Lazy Writing.

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I kinda agree with you. It doesn’t have to be accurate or realistic but it should have some internal consistency.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!

Not really liking Ji Sung's character so far, but I guess I'm not supposed to. I'm looking forward to all that stuff that you're hoping will happen that I think will actually happen. And whatever happens, Ji Sung is VERY flexible. 😁

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I loved the first half. Disliked the second half. I liked the young family bit and the office life stuff. I really dislike young Woo-jin.

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Me too, I found her behaviour borderline stalkerish.
He's not a good husband either so I'm not rooting for them to be together at all. On top of that, I disliked them posing as high-schoolers, they should have hired teenage actors, it looked cheap.
I will check next week's episodes only because of the writer. Who knows, maybe they are hiding the good part of their relationship to surprise us later, but I still need to root for someone in order to enjoy a drama, so not sure if I'll be dropping this. This guy seemed to have good reasons to want a life change, and maybe his wife is better off without him too. And now that he doesn't have her, which sincerity can we expect from him? I mean, he didn't value her when he had her by his side. If he goes all romantic and perfect now in order to seduce her how do we know he will not return to his old ways if he manages to catch her again? Don't know, I see only the negative sides for now XD

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I get that JooHyuk ain't the best spouse or father... but how is WooJin so screamy and angry all the time? That's just scary.

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I'm glad someone else mentioned this. He may be an immature man child--but she doesn't seem that great either. Maybe we're dealing with an unreliable narrator but he seemed to genuinely like his wife. When they were in the grocery store and he forgot the shaving cream. Even before he forgot the shaving cream she just seemed angry.

And maybe I want to nitpick a bit because I liked her just as much as I liked him (which is not a lot, at all, actually) but--why did she move to the back of the line? When she saw that he wasn't going to be back in time why didn't she wave the person directly behind her ahead, "My husband ran back for something you go first" And then check out after them? I've done it dozens of times when I've gone grocery shopping with my dad. Most people have forgotten something a time or two and had someone run back and grab it. He came running up, happy because he found a deal and just---happy. Her response seemed a bit unnecessary.

But, I'm stuck in the first 30 minutes. The recap (as lovely as it was, thanks Lollypip!) and the comments that make it seem like everything in the marriage is JooHyuk's fault don't really inspire me to continue on. I'll read the recaps and see if I can join the ride later.

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I actually think her anger is justified, based on the way he is shown, however I agree about the grocery store line, that was strange, why not just have your stuff start to be rung up. At the same time he could have waited, but that was the only time I sideeyed her anger.

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Again, I'm just at the 30 minute mark and have decided to go with a wait and see approach instead of finishing it. But it didn't seem that way to me. There didn't seem a single moment in that 30 minutes that I saw that she actually seemed to smile at or like him at all. From the moment she kicked him out of bed (literally) to the moment he came in the door after the accident she just seemed like a giant ball of rage.

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Its because she is so tired and stressed all the time. If i was her doing a job and raising two kids and have a husband who acts like a child half the time and with almost no sleep i would be pretty short tempered too. At the grocery shop but she was in a hurry to pick up their kids thats why when they got delayed she got too mch angry but yeah i dont see why she had to go to the end of the line either. Bith of them are to blame though not only him

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She's too exhausted to be anythings else but angry and she uses up all of her pretending to not be angry at work.

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Hogwash! They have two kids, not 4, 6 or more! Wife is constantly being a beeatch and won't give her spouse a chance to even speak. I didn't even like her as a teenager...she still didn't care about anyone else; she was hot for him and that was that. Don't like her at all at this point. She's the one cutting off communication. I really hated when she was cursing him out in front of the little one.

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I think it would have been awkward for her if she'd finished getting her stuff rung up and he still wasn't there to pay for it (assuming he was paying for the groceries). I've been grocery shopping with someone who was going to pay but went back to get something, and it took so long that I just went to the back of the line so I didn't inconvenience everyone else.
It would have held up the line if Woo Jin's groceries had been checked out but she still had to wait for Joo Hyuk to come and pay for them while the people behind her were waiting. I totally get why she was angry, although I wouldn't have been in such a rage.

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See, I thought her moving all the way to the back of the line was her being passive aggressive and petty. When she looked and saw that he wasn't within view and it was time to get rung up she could have stepped aside and let the person behind her go and taken their spot in line. Most people wouldn't have minded a quick explanation of, "My husband forgot something (eye roll and laugh even if you dont mean it) why dont you go ahead of me and I'll wait a bit longer" And then the person behind her would check out and by the time they are finished he would have been there. Not a big deal. But her deliberately going to the end of the line (which looked pretty decently long) especially if they had somewhere else to be? With her longsuffering sad sack attitude as everyone passed her? That was her choice. And its not like he was dawdling and he came back with half a dozen things that they didn't need. He was full fledged running to get back before it was their turn. And when he saw her he broke into a huge smile because he thought she would be proud of him for snagging a deal. He didn't even notice that she was at the end of the long line. All he saw was her.

I wanna say it again for emphasis. WITH ITALICS. MAKING A POINT OVER HERE, YALL!
all he saw was her.

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You're reading a lot into the characters as portrayed on screen for having seen only the first half of the show.
I think it's equally reasonable that, as you said, everyone passed her, so she'd have to keep moving behind anyway and she'd eventually end up at the back of the line.
Also, he just seemed happy to get a deal: He didn't notice that he took ages to get only a bottle of shaving cream.
We're both looking at the same incident with diametrically opposite points of view, and that's okay, but, like I said, you're pretty up in arms when you've seen only 30 minutes out of a combined 2 hours or so that they've already shown. Maybe you should see the rest before deciding for sure.

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I don't think I'm "up in arms" at all. I do think that as much as everyone seems to be placing the blame squarely on his shoulders it needs to be spread more equally about. She wasnt just standing there as everyone passed her by--the line wasn't moving quickly enough for that. She deliberately went to the end of the line. If she had just moved to the side then the person behind her would have stepped up and she could have slid into their spot. But it was much more dramatic to go all the way to the end of the line so that when he came running up with his good deal they were at the very end.

I've always said that I was only commenting on what I had seen so far and that I may not have all of the facts from watching 30 mins and reading the recaps and comments, but I feel like I have enough of a grasp of the scenario to make comments.

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I don't agree that everything is Joohyuks fault but don't you also agree that its strange that he doesn't blame himself not even the smallest bit for anything that is happening in his marriage? All he does is blame is wife and lament what a horrid monster she is. He should be asking himself what happened to the woman I married? She wasn't always this way so what changed ? It takes two people to make a marriage work and right now he isn't taking any responsibility for the damage in their marriage. Her anger is out of control but they have deeper issues that caused the anger and he isn't willing to admit it. They both are at fault for not communicating with each other before it turned into this.

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Like I said, I haven't finished watching the ep. But, I think if I just got in a car accident--that I was hospitalized for (and how come no one called his wife then, is that explained?)--and before I have a chance to say I didn't call because I was in a wreck trying to answer your call and I'm wearing a bandaid because you drew blood when you threw crap at me? I'd probably be thinking I want a divorce that person that I married is a psycho as well.

I haven't watched the whole episode because time travel isn't my thing and the first half is so miserable that I wasn't sure I wanted to continue in spite of my love of Ji Sung--but--its been an episode. Does the drama show that he never admits that part of the problem is him? Or, after this day that we saw him have--which wasn't a picnic for him either he was screamed at and degraded just as much as she was, but he was in a car accident on top of it--is he all HOLY COW THAT WOMAN IS INSANE? Because holy cow that woman just sliced his face open with a crab leg.

I'm not saying just because he seems like a nice person who actually seemed happy to see his wife (from the 30 mins that Ive seen, anyway) that all of the problems in their marriage are her fault. But, like you said, it takes two to make it work and she seems, IMO, just as at fault as he is.

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@isthatacorner give it a go, it will help you see neutrally I think. I am surprised to see no one says anything about the wife's abusive behavior. Yes, she has right to get mad but the way she has been expressing it without communicating is kind of scary too. It has only been one episode and I think it would be farfetched to say that joo hyuk doesn't help woo jin with anything at all, we see he fed the baby at the middle of the night, and he helps in the school duties, except for that one time he couldn't when his office had an emergency and he had an accident.
My issue with woo jin was first, she doesn't seem like a very sorted out person either. The way she kept throwing things at him, this tendency of violence [ with two little kids around], isn't a very nice household to grow up in. Also, I really lost it [ sorry for giving this spoiler, don't read if you don't want to be spoiled], when she put the PlayStation in the bathtub, that's plain cruel, and something we would do to punish someone. I get where she's coming from but the way she has been taking care of the problems would only make it worse. So I can't plainly only sympathize with her. Joo Hyuk has my sympathy as well.

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See--everything that I'm saying is based on those first 30 minutes. Maybe the next 30 minutes will help me be more sympathetic but right now, it seems to me that this hatred of Joo Hyuk is disproportionate!
The drama starts with the crying baby. Joo Hyuk hides under the pillow but when Woo JIn rolls over and gives the baby to him he cuddles it close. After he gets up because her response is to literally kick him until he falls off the bed. Was that supposed to be cute? Playful? Kind? Loving? Or is it the first example that maybe she's not great either?
While she's getting the toddler dressed and getting herself together for the day--he DOES feed their other child. Is he great at it? Apparently not. Does that make him a bad parent who leaves her to do everything all by herself? No. (I have a friend who's mom didn't like kids and his dad didn't like teens. His mom did the feeding and changing of diapers but she was never any good at it even though she did it every day). This is just an aspect of parenting that he's not good at even though he's trying.
He ran out the door to get to work leaving her to drop the kids off alone? Yeah, I feel like if she were half a step faster she would have done the same thing. And then as he left he said that if he's not on time he could get fired today--which he wasn't exaggerating about. Do we know who makes more? Would the family be more negatively impacted if he lost his job by being late or if she lost her job by being late?
He asked about dinner when he came home late? Odds are she arranged dinner for herself and the kids. Why wouldn't he assume that when she cooked dinner for the family that she made enough for him as well? As a single person I ALWAYS have left overs. And their babies are small enough that if she cooked dinner at all that she had to have something left over. So---did she not eat that night? Or was she being extra petty and she cooked and then threw the left overs away so that he wouldnt have anything to eat and would have to fend for himself? Or maybe she just had a bowl of ramen as she was feeding babies and then went to bed. He shouldn't have woken her up to ask--use your eyes man! But it doesn't seem like an unreasonable thing to assume that there's food for him somewhere if she fed everyone else in the house.

But, if she threw his game station in the bathtub just to be vindictive or whatever---I have no problem believing that she ate like a king that day, left all the dishes out to show that she made something really good (maybe even his favorite dish) and then threw all the food away so he wouldnt have any.

All I'm saying and all I've been saying since my first post in this thread is that he's not the only bad guy in this marriage. Although why I'm ranting at you, fay, I don't know. Sorry man!

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Don't be sorry haha! I live for these discussions :D. I think I agree with you a lot. I know it's easy to blame the husband for being childish, playing games and for acting cute in front of the wife after being MIA for trying to find his favorite shaver, but still, she's not totally faultless either, that's what I think. Like you said, maybe if she usually does make food for herself and joo hyuk, it was natural of him to ask if she has anything left. We did see most of the time he doesn't complain and went out to his friend's cafe to have dinner.
Also in flashbacks, we see that joo hyuk had enough chivalry to save woo jin from the pervert on the bus, he skipped his date just to save the girl so that speaks about his character as well. Married life and baby rearing are hard jobs anyway so I am not judging him for being exhausted/tired and for the lack of motivation to carry on with the stresses that married life gives him. But his wife is kind of taking it out on him and even blaming him for her own problems, like [*Spoiler: for example, asking him if he would be having the promotion soon since it would help her for her mother's hospital bills]. In Asian families fathers do get most of the responsibilities for taking care of the family, so by default, we keep forgetting the stress they have to go through in office and household as well.
But having said that by no way I'm undermining the responsibility of the wife, but just wishing that she was open toward discussion on how to solve these issues and that she was a bit forgiving towards him. Some men are immature than women their age, like for example joo hyuk here who still plays games at this age, so they need to be told where they went wrong. From the first two episodes, it did seem like she had actually mainly depression problem than anything else. Okay sorry for the rant too haha.

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@fay17 I do agree that the drama is showing them both to be at fault in the unhappiness in their marriage. I think I mainly feel more sympathetic towards him because everyone here was all HE'S THE WORST EVER! Sure, my comment was on the 5th comment overall (I think) but everyone here just overwhelmingly seemed to be team Joo Hyuk is the worst husband to ever husband in the history of husbands everywhere! Praise his long suffering wife! And my love of the underdog immediately perked up and said, "Hey now. She sucks just as much as he does!" So I'm enjoying this conversation because its bringing me back to neutrality instead of blindly siding with Joo Hyuk because he's being portrayed by Ji Sung and no one else seemed to be on his side.

I would even say (I may watch the rest of ep 1 and ep 2 later on today. I do enjoy a good conversation about a drama even if I am typically buried under a mountain of squee) that I can get why the wife is so angry--depression and anxiety and stress, of course, but living with someone who is unrelentlessly cheerful when you're having a hard time is hard as hell. So she could snap so easily because she resents that he's not showing her that he's having a hard time. And I would assume thats part of marriage as well--the good and the hard times. But while she's stressed out he's whistling and "honeying" and playing video games.

I'm not married but I live with my dad who is an eternal optimist. I tell my dad that I'm having a hard time and he's genuinely surprised that I could interpret my year that way. He's all: you've had adventures! you moved to places you've never been! you met new people! its exciting! its fun! Way to go [isa]! While I'm sobbing in the corner because I look on the past year as an unmitigated failure and when he doesn't validate how hard I worked and how badly it all turned out--it makes me SO. MAD. So I could see Woo Jin feeling like that. Like--here she is breaking her back for this family, getting screamed at work, getting judged by the school teacher with barely enough time to do her hair and makeup and whatever and here this chipper MoFo is--whistling even, making everything look easy as pie when she's struggling. Like--maybe if you have time to skip and smell the roses then you need to be doing a bit more at home. If she's feeling ANY of that then NO WONDER she's pissed all the time. And I don't blame her for feeling it. Or yelling it. Or yelling it with every curse word known to man or beast. But I do blame her for throwing sharp objects at him. That...is not ok. Thats going over into spousal abuse territory and just because a tiny woman is doing it with an edited red face doesn't make it ok or entertaining.

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@fay17 I apparently had a lot to say!

I would feel less sympathetic towards Joo Hyuk, I think if it were being acknowledged anywhere that that man leaped from his hospital bed after being in a horrible car accident and ran to get home. He wasn't lollygagging around. He wasn't kicking it with the homies. He was in a hospital bed (sleeping, but still. )

Someone somewhere else in the replies said that it made them wonder how many times he had a legit excuse but he never got to explain what happened because as soon as he walked in the room she flipped her lid and started screaming and kicking him out.

Its sad, I think, that he walked in the door knowing that he wouldn't have a chance to explain, that he would be grovelling from the moment he walked in until the moment he was chased out again.

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@isthatacorner I'm feverishly nodding with pretty much everything you said lol. I think I also have this tendency to root for the underdogs haha.
I would add to what you said about her minding husband's cheerful, game-loving and fun-loving exterior facade. Like even at those specific moments she doesn't realize that he is also having a hard time. Given his personality which is to be positive and jovial at all times, he doesn't know how to show the stress, so if this pisses her off and makes her snap at him, then that's bad as well. Like you said, her throwing things at him is not fine at all and it's totally uncalled for. We always talk about abuse but kind of overlook it when it's the other way around, a woman abusing a man. And yes, he never got to explain himself about the situations he were in, so a little neutrality would have helped yeah. I do wish that they don't base the whole drama on this single premise that it was all the husband's fault.
Okay I will stop spamming the space here now hehe.
P.S: About that other comment you mentioned, how about this, instead of just one person reflecting on their actions, I feel sad when the blame game is always on the other people. I do hope that people question their own selves too, and reflect on their own action instead of blaming it all on the other one. The wife should also take a moment to realize the things she had done wrong.

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This is probably late and even though you’ve explained your point over and over, I just wanted to say that I completely agree with you. Joo Hyuk is not a great spouse but neither is Woo Jin. It looks like they stopped communicating and trying to understand each other and became this selfish people in a relationship where neither of them is willing to see from the other’s perspective and thinks they’re the only one suffering. Aside from their communication problems, Woo Jin’s violent tendencies is just frightening. Her stress and anger is justified in her own right but her way of blowing up and being aggressive isn’t. If the tables were turned, and it were a man always shouting down a woman, throwing objects at her when he’s angry, his actions will in no acceptable world be sympathized with. I sympathize with her struggles but absolutely hate how she takes it out on him. I wonder what happened to have made her so bitter. I also love how the drama doesn’t try to take anyone side but present it from both perspectives (even though it kinda seemed like it was taking Joo Hyuk’s side in the beginning)

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Honestly she might not even be able to control it. Speaking from my own personal experience there was a point in my life when I was just plain unhappy and depressed. I would literally snap at the smallest thing no matter what it was I would lose my mind cussing and just being a jerk to be honest. When the day was over I would usually think it over and go "what the heck? why did I do that?" But in the moment I just couldn't stop myself, the constant anger and irritation was a daily thing and until I finally realized I'm just an unhappy lump and I need to fix myself I was constantly hurting the people around me with my outburst. I think Woojin is in the same boat. She is just living in a constant state of unhappy and stress so even just seeing her husbands face sets her off because she already knows from years of experience he's probably not going to be helpful. Is it fair ? No but imo I think thats what is happening.

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She needs a psychologist/ psychiatrist then. Or a friend to talk to. Because she's being scary.

And JooHyuk should be on The Return of Superman so that she can be free for 48 hrs. Where are their friends/relatives???

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Totally agree. I went through a period like that unfortunately. I was unhappy and stressed and being mean was a stress reliever. Thank god for my family telling me how an ass I was which prompted me to fix my unhappiness. So I can sympathize with Woo Jin even if what they really need is to go to marriage counselling.

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Agree! I honestly dislike Woo Jin's character😡 But I think they've both become distant and miserable due to their obvious lack of communication and affection toward each other. She probably feels trapped and alone in her situation but being violent and undermining your husband is not the way to go.

Hoping that we get moments in future episodes where we can see her character realize her wrongdoings too and not just blame Joo Hyuk for being in a pit of despair.

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I wasn't planning to pick this show up, but after skimming the recap I'm intrigued. I love the PD and screenwriter's previous works, I love acting powerhouse Ji Sung, AND there's bonus Cha Hak-yeon whom I totally somehow missed was in this show, despite being a huge fan of VIXX. Since Life on Mars is about to end and then I'll only be watching Mr. Sunshine, maybe I'll try Familiar Wife next! Thanks for recapping!

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I'll also be watching for Hak-yeon! Hopefully his character doesn't get underappreciated in this drama.

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Well stated all around. Love the recap. Especially about the people behind the drama, that's why I'm in. Also JooHyuk is a loser and hopefully the redemption will be painful, funny and heartfelt.

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I wonder how they're going to handle what happens with the kids.
I loved how Go Back Spouses dealt with it, especially that moment where they both remember their son and how his loss affects them so deeply throughout the show.
Of course, we're only two episodes in, so there's still time. I hope they don't bypass it altogether.

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I'm not sure whether I'm enjoying the show or not.
I love Ji Sung but I'm not liking his character or Han Ji Min's character too. both of them are at fault.
He should sort out things with her first rather than thinking directly of divorce. They both are working and kids are small so it's been hectic for both of them but understanding each other is more important here. I feel sorry for both of them.
I'm waiting to see how the show progresses.

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I stopped at the 30 minute mark and may wait to see how things shake out to see if I pick it up again. I really like Ji Sung but I dont like time travel dramas and this first ep is hard.

I do wonder if he really DOES want a divorce, though, or if he's thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Or if he's just saying that because his face hurts from the crab leg, his body presumably hurts from the accident, and his heart/spirit is hurt because of all of the fighting. And a divorce seems like an easy way out.

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I am watching just for Ji Sung otherwise the story doesn't interest me much.
I love time travel if perfectly executed. (Nine, Signal, Tunnel, Go back spouses and Live up to your name)
Yes definitely he's opting the easier way out. He's tired of every situation and I feel he's too scared to let out his emotions or have a heart to heart talk with his wife which they both needs most.

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I don't get why she is always angry , that is why I am gonna watch it and find out.

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Let's see... the husband works full time as a clerk in a bank, then goes home and goes to sleep or play video games.

She works full time as a masseuse (physical labour), has to prepare meals for everyone, take kids from and to kindergarten (two of them), has to take care of laundry, clean the house and take care of other chores, take care of her third child - her husband, wake up in the middle of the night to take care of her youngest kid (barely gets any sleep), has to deal with her sick mother without having the means to properly take care of her and is expected to look nice, take care of herself and be nice all the time. It seems like they had the second kid not that long ago, so she might as well go through postpartum depression on top of all of that. Heck, if I was in her shoes I,d go full ballistic on the husband and go crazy. In this situation, she's just cornered by everything and is super tired without anyone there to help her. Just typing it all made me shiver.

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Yes, her frustration is understandable and very relatable to all working mothers outside, however, realistically speaking, she mostly being reactive, not proactive. He goes idle, she yells, he makes mistake, she goes livid. He is not to be excused, but both can talk and try to communicate about what went wrong and how to prevent it. Both hv expectations of others, but nobody bothers to speak about it and how to find the middle ground for it all. I hope this show somehow deals with it later, rather than just finding the lost charm of the other half through another chance, or simply overwrite the current problem with the pursue of new romance.

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What was with that woman from his past? Who does that kind of reckless flirting with a married dude? That immediately made me dislike her, I hope he doesn’t end up with her at any point later on, bleah. I get why his wife is so angry all the time, she is stressed and probably exhausted. But the screaming and cursing him in public was a bit too much IMO. I also didn’t like how she didn’t even give him a chance to explain anything the day he had the car accident, but it did make me wonder how many times he has not followed through with something he was supposed to do and so she just assumed he was being a flake.

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Or how many times she wouldn't let him explain. They are taking care to show that they are both at fault, I guess.

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I got further along and I was also struck by how the college crush never allowed him to explain what happened either. I realize that was all to push him towards his current wife, but still...if she liked him as she claims to have she would have at least given him a chance to explain. It’s not as though they were already dating and he had proven time and again how irresponsible he was, etc. So that made me like her even less. So far, the high school version of the wife is adorable and spunky IMO and I can see whynhe eventually falls for her.

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I liked the set up, and I sympathized with Joo Hyuk a bit because it seemed like his intentions are good. But while it seems that "something" always happens to him, he doesn't realize that most of the time it's his own fault. Woo Jin is very screechy and just a ball of anger. I can absolutely see how she could become that way, but it didn't make her sympathetic as a character for me. We didn't really get to see her side very much in episode 1 (and, no spoiler, but something she does in episode 2 just seemed exceptionally mean spirited). I'm sure we will get there in due time. I mean, it doesn't seem like he's always miserable with her. He seemed fairly happy at the grocery store (I don't get why she didn't just let the person directly behind her go ahead either rather than moving to the back. Or just go ahead and check out and tell him that you didn't have time to wait).
And it may be just me, but as soon as I saw Woo Jin in the flahsback as a high schooler, I thought that Jung Eun Ji would have been perfect in this role. Woo Jin reminded me of Shi Won from Reply 1997. And then even in her angry scenes she reminded me of Shi Won. I think I really would have enjoyed hearing her cute Busan accent in this role!
I always seem to enjoy these types of stories, so I'm in for the ride right now. Thanks for the recap!

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Oh, SiWon may be crazy, and YoonJae may be a buddha, but she tones it down in front of the kid. She does that kind of "nice-mom-face" you know, haha. Which is why YoonJae also has the guts to sass back later in life, which I realise he didn't when they were in school cos she'd just fly-kick him, snerk.

Plus, she doesn't throw crab claws.

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LOL! "Nice mom face" - yeah, we've all been there. Grit your teeth and smile as you whisper-hiss under your breath.

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This is the power of @lollypip...she recaps something I wasn't considering watching, and now I want to watch it.

Sounds like a really interesting premise with characters who have a lot of room for a growth arc, so I'm excited! I never watched Go Back Spouses, but I assume it's very similar in time-travel-second-chances sort of way.

Since I haven't watched the first episode yet, I just have to go by Lollypip's recap and the 41 comments currently. It sounds like the first episode shows Ji Sung's miserable life (from his perspective), so it seems natural that his unhappiness would try to find the "cause" or "reason" for his problems, and he decides to blame his wife. Then, when he meets his old college crush, she easily fits into that nostalgic if-only-I-had-ended-up-with-her. As Lollypip said,

"he has no idea how much he’s contributed to his current situation. I can’t wait to see the horror on his face when he realizes how much of his life is his own dumb fault."

I think we can safely assume that Ji Sung is not a reliable narrator, although to what extend his memories or view of the situation is dramatized may remain in the realm of speculation.

Now I'm off to watch the first two episodes! Yippee!

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This is the power of @lollypip ... she recaps something I wasn't considering watching, and now I want to watch it.

My thoughts exactly. Wasn't planning on watching this and now I have to.

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Just reading that recap made my ovaries shrink inside my body. I read someone mentioned if that show would lower South Korea's already low birth rate and I can see why now.

Still an amazing recap as always, LollyPip.

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Oh man. This is going to be a hard show for me to watch! I have daydreamed so many times about going to sleep and waking up in my college dorm room, in my 20 year old body, knowing what I know now, so I could redo everything. EVERYTHING. I feel Joo Hyuk's pain, and I love how Ji Sung plays this character. I think I'm a little further along than him; I know I screwed up by making stupid choices, and it's my fault my life is as useless as it is. I think it will be hard to watch Joo Hyuk a) get to relive the part of his life he regrets the most and b) realise that it wasn't life out to get him, but him letting life happen to him. I'm not sure if that makes sense. Anyway, I love Ji Sung so I'm looking forward to the rest of this drama. Even though I have a feeling I'll be needing tissues while I watch.

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Finally caught up with the first ep because it has some of my fav writers and actors... but right now I'm not feeling it. I'll still continue but it seems like this drama won't be as emotional or exceptional as I was expecting it to be. I'm still interested in the growth journey now though because as of now both the wife and husband need some serious communication /therapy going on due to the bottled up resentment.

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