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Be Melodramatic: Episodes 2-8 (Series review)

I always love a good show that is self-aware and that can make fun of itself. Be Melodramatic is certainly that, making the various characters experts in K-dramas (and not so much in real life). Take Chun Woo-hee’s character Jin-joo for example. She submits a screenplay, knowing all too well that a slow, thoughtful drama about women in their thirties isn’t going to get high ratings. And yeah, Be Melodramatic has been struggling ratings-wise, never straying from 1 percent.

Despite what the grumpy old executives tell Jin-joo, she refuses to change her story or what I would call her delightfully strange personality. So while the drama isn’t as sweet and cute and pretty as the average rom-com, it is refreshingly honest. Sure, that honesty can lead to some frustration (which I’ll get to later), but it also leads to a lot of laughs and tears and satisfaction. With all of that said, it’s time to grab a beer, park it on the couch, and catch up with our melo-loving friends.

The last time we saw our characters, in episode 1, their thirties weren’t going as well as they’d planned. Jin-joo was tired and miserable as a freelance writer, Han-joo was tired and miserable juggling her career and her child, and Eun-jung… Ah, poor Eun-jung was suffering after having lost the love of her life Hong Dae. Since then, a few more characters were thrown into the mix. First, we had CHOO JAE-HOON (Gong Myung), Han-joo’s new hoobae and partner in crime marketing. The scenes with these two are some of my favorites; they do anything and everything to convince their actors to show off the necessary PPL.

Next, we had the (supposedly) snobby actress LEE SO-MIN (Lee Joo-bin) and her loyal manager/high school friend LEE MIN-JOON (Kim Myung-joon). So-min had been friends with Eun-jung back in college, but they drifted apart once So-min started getting popular. They meet again to work on a gossip show together, their petty arguing annoying everyone on set. So-min also reunites with Eun-jung’s younger brother Hyo-bong and blatantly flirts with him, only to have Min-joon inform her that Hyo-bong is actually gay and dating a music producer.

After working together, Eun-jung realizes that she is curious about So-min and her lifestyle. And with all of Eun-jung’s savings given to charity and all the free time in the world, she might as well film a documentary on her ex-friend. Everyone believes that this will be good for Eun-jung, especially since she’s still seen talking to herself. To Eun-jung, of course, she isn’t talking to herself — she’s talking to Hong Dae, who follows her everywhere and continues to give her his support.

It’s so, so sad seeing Eun-jung “talk” to Hong Dae because that just goes to show how much he means to her and how much his absence still hurts her. At the same time, we didn’t get a lot of Hong Dae and their relationship in the first episode, so I am glad that we get more of that now.

Luckily, with every sad scene, there’s a funny one to compensate. Some of those funny scenes belong to our marketing duo, but most of them belong to Jin-joo and the arrogant director Beom-soo. After Jin-joo loses her job with Writer Jung (a result of being her blunt self and talking back), she gets a call from Beom-soo regarding the screenplay she submitted called “It Gets Better When You Turn Thirty.” Thus starts a beautiful friendship. And let me tell you right now — I love this couple. Love them.

As Jin-joo and Beom-soo talk about bringing her drama to life, they get a liiiiiiiittle drunk and end up sleeping together. Just sleeping, that is. They’re able to face each other the next morning without being awkward, even sharing breakfast, but once Jin-joo leaves, she goes off screaming and Beom-soo nearly jumps off his balcony. Later, after getting insults like “Crazy bastard” and “Crazy bitch” out of the way, they agree to continue their friendship, as well as their work on the drama. Jin-joo has to have some fun, though, with the new info she picked up from drunk Beom-soo, like playing the song that his ex-girlfriend wrote whenever he gets on her nerves.

The only downside to working with Beom-soo is that his assistant director is Jin-joo’s ex-boyfriend Hwan-dong. They’re relatively over each other (or, at least, Jin-joo is), but it’s hard not to think of the seven years they spent together. I think that this is one of Be Melodramatic’s strongest points. We don’t get a lot of flashbacks, but when we do, it’s at just the right time, using just the right amount of emotion. At first, we were led to believe Hwan-dong cheated on Jin-joo, and it turns out that that wasn’t true. But they’d gotten so used to fighting and making up over and over again that they didn’t know how to end things, until Jin-joo finally did.

Jin-joo’s past relationship is echoed nicely with the sweet and sensitive Jae-hoon and his longtime girlfriend Ha-yoon. These two were also college sweethearts, as shown in their adorable flashbacks, who fell into more arguments the longer they were together. Ha-yoon’s failing career had caused her to turn to alcohol and partying, while Jae-hoon would sit alone in their apartment believing it was his fault for letting her turn out that way. Han-joo actually catches Ha-yoon dancing with another guy at a club and eventually going into a hotel with said guy, which drives her crazy with worry.

When Han-joo tries to tell Jae-hoon this, he merely smiles and reassures her that the guy was Ha-yoon’s cousin. However, this is all a lie to keep Han-joo from worrying. Ha-yoon did, in fact, cheat and even begged Jae-hoon to forgive her. Though his anger and exhaustion was obvious, he chose to stay with her.

Meanwhile, Eun-jung and her director of photography follow So-min and Min-joon around, documenting the actress’s every move. And to Eun-jung’s confusion, So-min is constantly keeping herself busy, going sledding and holding mini Mask Singer sessions in the car. Then there will be moments where So-min frowns and feels guilty for having fun instead of working. This, along with Min-joon’s true admiration for So-min, makes Eun-jung start to think that maybe her ex-friend is just as normal as everyone else.

This is another one of the drama’s strongest points — every character has a story. Not just a sob story, but a real story that makes sense with their personality and current situation. We even learn a lot about Min-joon, a character I didn’t think was that important when introduced. The guy had been a tough bully back in high school, but after meeting So-min and hearing her wishes for him to always protect her, things changed. His dreams changed.

Though the two won’t admit it, there’s obviously a romantic spark between So-min and Min-joon. But if nothing were to happen, I wouldn’t care, because I adore their current dynamic so much. The same goes for Han-joo and Jae-hoon. They work so well as colleagues and as friends, and they could easily work as lovers. Girlfriend Ha-yoon sees it that way too, even sneaking peeks at Jae-hoon’s phone to look at his messages and pictures with Han-joo. (Which, really? You’re going to confront him about cheating after what you did?) At this point, I want Jae-hoon to end this relationship for his sake and Ha-yoon’s; dragging this on isn’t doing either of them good. And if that eventually leads to Jae-hoon and Han-joo as an item, I definitely wouldn’t complain.

Things aren’t so smooth-sailing for Jin-joo and Beom-soo, for they have a lot of people against them. Writer Jung, jealous that Beom-soo wants to work with a rookie writer rather than her, refuses to work for the network if Jin-joo’s drama is greenlit. On top of that, the executives have zero interest in a drama without the beloved cliches and cliffhangers.

Since Beom-soo is (surprisingly, but adorably) flustered during their presentation, Jin-joo steps up by saying that viewers are drawn to the characters and not the situations. As long as people have emotional attachment to those characters, a cliffhanger isn’t needed to make them tune in the following week. Jin-joo also notes that she has enough material for multiple seasons, which, um, yes, please. If Age of Youth could make a second season after low ratings, then so can you!

Brought down by the execs’ disapproval, Jin-joo decides to dedicate an entire day to doing… absolutely nothing. Beom-soo reluctantly joins her, asking why she’s acting this way. So she makes him grab her most cherished possession — her designer handbag — and says that while she loves bags and works so hard to afford them, her efforts only got her that one bag. “The world is too strange,” she concludes. “So this time, I’ll just do nothing.”

The day of nothing naturally drives Beom-soo insane, so much so that he drops Jin-joo’s purse on her head just to get her to talk to him. He rejoices when the roommates finally come home and get Jin-joo off of the couch. And with everyone together, they realize that all of their problems are pretty much solved — Jin-joo needs a production company, Han-joo’s company needs a writer, and Eun-jung needs a new project for So-min. Now that’s what I call things comin’ together!

So far, things have slooowly been progressing with Jin-joo and Beom-soo’s relationship. They start sharing smiles, meals, insight, and at a certain point, what seems to be loving glances. Whatever the case may be, they’re not simply director and writer anymore. When you drive a girl in a remote-controlled car because she said she wanted to “move without actually moving,” then that girl ain’t just a girl to you.

Still, nothing is really said between them. Jin-joo goes through the same problem in her screenplay, in trying to create the perfect confession scene. As she types scenarios out, she imagines Beom-soo saying cheesy one-liners and buying her expensive gifts to confess that he likes her. But nothing feels right, so she sits back and thinks, “Reality or fantasy, a confession is a difficult thing.” Beom-soo helps Jin-joo defeat her writer’s block by taking her out on a fake date.

All throughout their date, Jin-joo and Beom-soo break out into confessions, even holding hands, only to laugh and say that it’s great writing material. Beom-soo goes as far as stepping forward to kiss her, but again cops out, which arghhhhh. I would’ve been really upset with this particular episode if it hadn’t been so funny. And if Beom-soo hadn’t asked Jin-joo if a spoken confession was really necessary. Jin-joo’s smile after he said that was all I needed.

Episode 8 was a good halfway point, in that all of our storylines started shifting. Jin-joo gets an offer from a bigger company, testing her friendship with Han-joo a bit. Hwan-dong gets an offer to direct Writer Jung’s newest drama, with plenty of encouragement from Beom-soo. Rounding out our secondary characters, Min-joon gets an offer to work for a different company — without So-min.

What really stood out was Eun-jung’s storyline. While filming, So-min had turned the camera on Eun-jung and asked about her love of documentaries. Eun-jung watches this clip back, surprised to see herself turning around to ask Hong Dae a question. But in video, Hong Dae isn’t there. Eun-jung backs away from her computer, overwhelmed, and breaks down in tears, thus ending the first half of our drama.

I’m genuinely scared for Eun-jung because she’d been doing so well all this time. Her friends and we viewers knew that her coping mechanism wouldn’t last forever, but to see that it’s already crumbling? It’s heartbreaking to watch. She has the chance to heal from her pain, but by doing so, she might have to say goodbye to Hong Dae a second time. I’m not ready to say goodbye to him a second time, so I don’t know how any of this is going to play out. All I can do is hope for the best.

Even though a lot happened in the drama’s first half, it doesn’t exactly feel that way. The pacing is slower than I’m used to, and it creates this disorienting feeling of Where are we and what’s happening right now? Admittedly, like Jin-joo’s execs said, it’s kind of hard to come back each week when I’m not worrying over a cliffhanger. But like Jin-joo herself said, there are dramas that have you worrying about the characters and their wellbeing. Dramas that make you feel like these characters are real and that they could be your friends. Or you. Those dramas, you always come back to.

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I like this drama but so far I’m not liking JinJoo. I’m really rooting for HanJoo and sympathize Eun Jung. I hope Eun Jung can get proper therapy to move on.

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I will join you on that hill. I just don't get how someone is like that. She has those qualities that in the real world would turn you off and she would not have the friends and support system she has now. She literally stole from her sister to buy a bag she could not afford. Are. You. Serious?

I do not like Beom-soo (never did from episode 1) and found nothing cute about the way he botched that presentation to the execs. For the arrogance and success he has had, that was no excuse and it was at the expenses of someone else, a writer trying to get their foot in the door.

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I assume you hate Jin-joo because she violently karate chopped Beom-soo in the middle of the meeting, too. Why wasn't she arrested for assaulting him?! She wasn't arrested *because its a farce*, a comedy. Things are done for comic effect (talking to walls, screaming while running down the street, playing guitar badly in cafeterias) That are not meant to be taken as mini morality plays to live our lives by.

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Yeah, I don't read gray.

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I love her. Despite knowing how toxic she can be to herself and those around her. I love her because she is all my worse vices into one person and she's not shy of it.

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I so agree with you. I loved episodes 1 and 2 because it introduced us to all characters and I loved all stories. But from ep 3., it really started feeling like Jin Joo was the main character, and her character just tires me. I don't get her, and her story with Beom So bores me. I am much much more interested by the other stories. I want more of Han Joo and Eun Jung. I almost dropped it after ep. 5 just because of her story line. But am glad I picked it back up, but still, I have a hard time connecting with her character.

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As JinJoo says in her presentation, your desire to see the next episode can be driven by curiosity about what's going to happen to the characters. In this drama, the story often goes in an unexpected direction. My favorite episode was 7. So meta! And you're never quite sure where they stand, even at the end. Both Jin-joo and Beom-soo are terrible people, but somehow I am able to root for them anyway.

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I freaking love this show. It's so refreshing to see adults with their messy lives and relationships. Nothing is prettified. Plus, it's hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing when Jin-joo kept whipping out that guitar, to Beom-soo's bewilderment. The I-refuse-to-acknowledge-the-awkward morning after scene at Beom-soo's was amazing. And I loved when Han-joo used her "aegyo" against the sexist men at the film site 😂. Her and Jae-hoon's antics are great. The balance of devastating and hilarious is on point in this show with both feeling so true to life.

Although I don't always like every character or the decisions they make, I find them all realistic. Jin-joo often annoys me, although I do like her quirkiness, because of her selfish ways. I get so frustrated watching Jae-hoon and Ha-yoon's never-ending cycle of hurt, wondering why they don't just end things. But I've known people like that who cling to a relationship for dear life even when it's stopped being beneficial to either of them. Everyone's flaws are on display, and it makes them so much more human.

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right? I know JinJoo is selfish, but i can totally understand her decisions. I know not every decision I make is good for me, it just seems like it's the easiest way for me to get by - at the moment- and that's the totally the vibe im getting from our characters. None of them are noble. They're just trying to survive, and get by, all while being ridiculously aware of it.

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That Shampoo song is my LSS! It's part of my playlist now even if I don't understand the lyrics. Hahaha!

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Love this show. For me, none of the characters might exactly be me i. e. their personality (character traits) is quite different but their situations are extremely relatable.

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This is the first drama in quite awhile that I will got back and watch an episode a second and third time, and with each new viewing will appreciate it a little bit more. The 'confession' episode was just amazing they way it toyed with the viewer, and with K-drama expectations, and was self-aware enough to discuss what it was doing while it was doing it.

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SailorJumun, thanks very much for the opportunity to discuss this show!

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I love this show so much. Everyone is such a hot mess. They are funny, selfish, sad, stupid, delusional, crazy, smart, loving, and very very human. This show is my happy place.

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I want to say something intelligent about this show because it is that good. But all I can say is IT IS THAT GOOD.

I've had a weird (yet great) summer full of introspection, acknowledging my toxic tendencies, and realizing that while I do not define my career as the most important thing in my life I still need it to progress and fulfill me at least slightly. Needless to say, I feel seen by this drama.

Jin Joo's escapist, selfish tendencies (denying her feelings for Beom-soo, sitting idle on the couch, showing up at her parents' house when life gets tough) can be frustrating to watch, but I also strongly relate to them.

Han Joo is my favorite character. I've really been enjoying her storyline. Also, while all my focus goes to the 3 awesome female leads, credit needs to be given to Gong Myung, who is absolutely nailing the role of Jae Hoon. This may be my favorite role he has played so far.

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You know, I usually don't care for Gong Myung, but he is doing well here. It seems like this role is a good fit for him. The show seems really well-cast, overall.

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I know what you mean! I wish I could articulate how well made this show is. like you said "IT IS THAT GOOD."

Jin Joo is difficult and frustrating but I can relate to her escapism and denial about things.

Gong Myung is ADORABLE in this drama! I really feel for him and his relationship with his girlfriend. This drama has me caring about all the characters. I like that it even shows the backstory and feelings of Jae Hoon's girlfriend. I actually want the BOTH of them to be happy and break off their toxic relationship.

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I really wanted to love this, but I literally fell asleep watching it and I am so mad at myself. I can't tell any of the characters apart even though it's been 8 episodes, when usually I'm fully invested in each character's stories by episode 4 in other dramas. I'm gonna have to say good bye to this one...I think I'm just really missing the badassery, craziness, and fun of WWW: Search Query. :(

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This series is soooo much better than Search:WWW which was about a neurotic woman continually pushing away her impossibly too-perfect boyfriend.

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I love the dialogue and how refreshingly honest it is!

Jin-joo is such a character! She advises Han-joo that money is more of a solution than a hug, which is just a consolation. Hahaha! And I love her mom~ sarcasm apparently runs in the family. Also the flashback of her first date with Hwan-dong: she drinks soju at lunch while encouraging him to confess. Ha!

Hyo-bong coming to the defense of Hwan-dong because he's hot. Hehe. I would love to join their couch sessions watching dramas.

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I'm enjoying this one a lot, and I love the wit. JinJoo makes me laugh, but she also really irks me. I think the one thing she has done that I find least sympathetic was tell her ex-boyfriend that of the seven years they were together, the only two that were okay were when he was gone in the military.
We've now seen that he did not cheat on her, and she knew it even when she was accusing him. He seems like a sweet guy. I get that they are not right for each other (he's too bland), but to trash his seven year commitment to her like that was just verbally abusive and a jerk. I can see why the writer included that line, it was funny on one level. But I think it was a mis-step because it was unnecessarily cutting and cruel. Her thoughtless selfishness we see in every other area of her life is one thing. That was just unwarranted spite.

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That’s why I can’t like her. Imagine a guy pulled something like that in a drama? No, not cool. So for her, not cute.

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Well, if I "thought" my ex-boyfriend of 7 years cheated on me (not saying that it actually happened but she doesn't know what our viewers know), and I happened to meet him again, the last thing on my mind would consideration of his feelings but the mental scar of being cheated on. So I can see how her comment could be said purely out of spite. You said she was being abusive and cruel but I feel it was crueler of him to let her think he cheated on him. Victims of cheating will very likely have problem with self worth wondering why they cheated on them in the first place (once again she didn't know that he didn't actually cheat)

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Except that she does know and she always knew- she knew *more* than the viewers. She says that she knew he hadn't cheated even when she made the accusation, she just needed a better excuse to break up. That's horrible.

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Incidentally, the real reason(s) she broke up with him (and all the reasons why they weren't a good match), are all in that hilarious scene where she meets her sister's boyfriend and starts lecturing him like a bad mother-in-law about all the things he shouldn't do- all those things are the things she didn't like about her relationship and her boyfriend. It's just too bad she never told *him* those things.

I like the drama too much to let this one thing turn me off of it. I can accept that maybe she was too young and immature to be able to explain herself well when they were dating- maybe she didn't even know herself what the real issues were until later.

But she realizes those things are the real reason now, so it's just spiteful to tell him he's the problem and the only time she was happy was when he was gone. REally, during their relationship she seems to have picked fights all the time and left him apologizing repeatedly without knowing what he did. He still doesn't know what he did. She treated him much like Ha-Yoon treats Jae-Hoon, except she didn't cheat. And I can't stand Ha-Yoon at all. I hated her before she cheated. Now she's irredeemable and I just want her to go away.

I can shrug off the selfishness Jin-Joo displays in other areas, I don't expect perfection and I love her spicy wit. I just hate that she accused an innocent guy of cheating and she knew it was a false accusation- I hate everything about how she treated and is still treating this guy.

Oh- but this was great- in a later episode she complains about something the ex-boyfriend did and says he had no right to do that (I won't say what in case somebody hasn't seen that episode yet), and director Beom-soo points out that she did *exactly* the same thing- and she has nothing to say because it's totally true. That made me laugh.

I would like her a lot if for once, she would do the apologizing to the old boyfriend and admit to him that she handled everything wrong. He needs to be able to move on without feeling like he was the one responsible for all the things that went wrong. Maybe that's where the story is going. I hope so.

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A Series Review for Melo Suits Me!? DB Overlords heard my prayers! Hallelujah!

In all seriousness, I really love this show and all of its meta. Character-wise, the characters felt so real that we can see all their flaws as a human and we can sympathize with them. I love how lazy Jin-joo is and how crazy her mind is, I love Han-joo and how hard she tries to be the best version of herself, and I love Eun-jung for being a sassy human being despite her issues. Plot-wise, this slice-of-life show had so many things going for it such as self-growth, workplace dramas, friendships, and romance.

But what sets this drama apart from other shows in the same genre was the storytelling. It was indeed fresh to see a drama having a character tell a story to her friends with another character playing the guitar for some background music. The guitar-out-of-nowhere part was also hilarious and fun and the preview where a character sings the song for that preview was fantastic. I also love how an episode sticks with a theme, but discusses how that theme applies to all the characters in a relevant and open minded way. Masking the sadness of each story of our characters with humor was a smart move because it makes this show a fun watch.

Apart from praises, I'm sure this show has flaws that I probably overlooked because of my love for it. But as said by Han-joo's boss on the episode 8, "I think it's right to stress the strength of a show than compensate for its weakness" and that's what this show is really good at doing.

Thank you for doing this review, @sailorjumun! You're a lifesaver! ❤️

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Also, these women drink so much that I pray for their livers. HAHAHA

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They also eat a lottt of yummy foods... Sometimes it feels like I've stumbled upon Let's Eat 4 or something lol.

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The food and drinks they're having makes me hungry every time I watch this show. They also have a Series/Movie night every day. And their apartment looks so great!

Can we live in their world?

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I shouldn't watch this show at night. I end up wanting fried chicken.

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What's worse is that I don't live in Korea but I crave Korean Fried Chicken because of this show! And there are no 24-hour fried chicken restaurants near my place. HAHAHA

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Good point about the storytelling. I love the creative ways this show plays with narrative and uses meta.

The part with the brother playing background music for the group story time cracked me up because it's something a friend of mine has done before!

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There are so many creative ways this show used but I can't enumerate every single time they do that. I hope people see this show as a fresh and creative show.

It is also funny that people normally tend to make some sounds and put some background music whenever someone tells a story!

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You've gotta have mood music to add some flair to the proceedings 😉.

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Anyone finally knows the song the brother was playing at the end of ep 2?

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I don't think it was a cover of a song or something (please correct me if I'm wrong). There are 4 OSTs released (all of them are really great) but the song at the end of episode 2 hasn't been released yet. I'll update you once I know the title/once it comes out!

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Okay, I’ll watch out for it
Thank you!!!

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This has been driving me crazy. That song was sooo pretty; I loved it! I haven't been able to find it anywhere; really hoping they release it down the road!

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I want these people to be my roommates, if only for the drama marathons and fried chicken dinners -- with a side order of deadpan humor). Their friendship is amazing. These are people who will not only stand by you if you kill someone, but will help you bury the body.

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I just wanted to say this was a really good review @sailorjumun! Everything flows together really well, and the important parts of the story are perfectly summed up. I really enjoyed reading it and reflecting on the first half of this wonderful drama :)

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It's a fun drama. I'm the most invested in Eun Jung's story. I love her character. The part with the actress and her manager are nice to watch too. They're interesting character too.

I was surprised to see the pictures of the wrap party. It means they already filmed all the episodes.

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14 episodes of the drama have already been shot before the original premiere date but they had to push the premiere on a later date and re-shoot all scenes with Hyo-bong's actor because they had to change the actor portraying him last minute so the wrap-up party is pretty late imo.

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Oh I didn't know. Too much DIU with celebrities, I can't follow anymore :p

I'm curious if it's why he doesn't really have a story, even the actress and her manager have more background than him.

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I'm thinking they pushed back his story so they can film the first few episodes at ease? I don't really mind as long as we get some focus on him later on! Hehe

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I love Jin-joo. I’m not gonna defend her actions cos now that I’m reading the comments, I see their point. But I just love her as a whole.

I’m amused that it feels like a rehash of the Song Jiwon situation in Age of Youth where I was so so sooo in love with Park Eun-bin’s char and then when discussions started, people had totally different POVs that made sense. It makes her feel like a real person with ups and downs and not just a template we don’t feel anything for. :)

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I love her too!

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I feel the same way, Mary! I know Jin-joo isn't flawless and is sometimes toxic, but I just couldn't help but love her and her laziness! It also feels like the Song Jiwon situation in Age of Youth, where people felt like she was lying on the first episode but I, on the other hand, immediately fell for the character on when I only saw her for 5 minutes! I guess, characters who feel and act as real people are lovable when a drama portrays them well. Hehe

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She's flawed, but aren't we all? That's the strength of this drama because everyone has some character trait that is less than perfect or just plain maddening, and each relationship has issues, whether it's big or small. But isn't that what we have in real life?

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This show gets a little wackier each week and I love it a little more for it.

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Thank you @sailorjumun for this series review!! I've been desperately hoping someone would recap in some form this gem of a show.

I'm in love with this show and crossing my fingers that it doesn't crash and burn. There's a tendency for kdramas to fizzle out for me around episode 12-14 resulting in me not finishing them. However, Be Melodramatic has me waiting and wanting more. Cliffhanger be damned! I actually can't wait to come back to these characters at the end of the week and watch their growth and setbacks. I love when a show makes me think and evaluate things about my own life.

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Wait, why am I only seeing this after 1 day? One whole day ??? I thought it was not yet there :( ahhh!
But I love this show, I love it too much, too much for my own good as it looks like after reading all the comments.

My fav relationship is Jin joo and Beom soo, they are perfect for each other, she is so mean and a bit selfish and he is so arrogant, but to me they are both so adorable and both so real, I love them.
(now I think I am the only person who wants Beom soo for a boyfriend, I can always bring out the guitar, it will be so much fun).

My second favorite couple is the actress and her manager.

Now I had a lot to say about this show, but I just can't seem to find words, I guess I have to write them up beforehand and save it for the next time T_T.

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Lolol on your comment "now I think I am the only person who wants Beom soo for a boyfriend, I can always bring out the guitar, it will be so much fun." It took me a bit to warm up to him, but now I find him adorable.

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I'm rooting for the actress and her manager too. I think I'd want him for a boyfriend because he loves all of her flaws.

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Yes!!! He loves her unconditionally and I believe she feels the same way for him. He is kind and patient, yet firm on his beliefs when she isn't being very pleasant. There's a deep love there.

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I started to really like that drama after ep. 5, mainly because I am not at all invested in Han Joo and Beom Soo, but mainly in all other characters. But, overall, that's what makes a good show. Like she said, you keep coming back because you are interested in the characters and in how they will deal with their situations. For me, I am really really curious about Eun Jung (for some reasons, she reminds me of Daria, idk why), and Han Joo, I admire her resilience, and want to know more abt her. And unexpectedly Soo min too, her arch is very interesting. Although Jin Joo is the main character, I am really hoping to know more about the other ones!

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Oh my gosh! Eun Jung does have some Daria qualities. Her stoicism and side-eye looks!

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Right!! Glad am not the only one that sees some similar features 😅😅

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I just started watching the first 3 episodes but wow, this is a kinda dysfunctional and it is, like Jin Joo's drama, all over the palce6, but I kinda like it. I'm turning 30 this year, and this drama doesn't resonate that much with me at some moments (I guess I just didn't get to make millions of dollars and donate them overnight, neither am I a single mom). But at some other moments it hit me strangely and I kinda just want to burst out into tears and laughter at the same time. It's getting more and more complicated and just intriguing in a good way. I know comparison with Search WWW is inevitable since both dramas have 3 main female characters, but any comparison just wouldn't do it justice bc if Search WWW was meant to portray the lives of badass women that we adore and envy at the same time, Be Melo is so raw and strangely relatable. Kudos to both writers, and hope Melo will continue to be good!

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What I like about this show is everybody in it thinks they're the lead. And isn't that the way it works in real life too? The only reason why Eun-jung isn't considered the lead is because Jin-joo does the voice-over narration and gets pursued by the (nominally) alpha male. I frankly don't know which has got more air time to date.

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I love this drama. I love the fact that it isn't a cliffhanger but i'm so curious to see the development of the story, the characters. I'm so invested in it and this drama has me laughing out loud and crying tears of loneliness for Eunjung. I am living vicariously through these characters and loving every moment.

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