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Premiere Watch: Oh My Baby

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Rom-com
Episode count: 16 (70-minute episodes)

Anyone else ready for a new Jang Nara rom-com? She’s back in her home territory with Oh My Baby, starring as a woman with no interest in marriage… but a burning desire to be a mom. So, our eyebrow-raising heroine decides to skip the whole pesky love and marriage thing, and go straight to the baby part. After all, she’s the senior editor of a magazine called “The Baby” (lol), so there’s got to be some pressure on her, right?

It’s not uncommon to meet a heroine like Jang Nara’s character here in dramaland. She’s successful and fulfilled with her family, friends, career, and finances. Everything is peachy except for… romance. Facing 40 and looking back, she wonders if marriage really is her goal after all. What if she really just wants that baby?

However, it’s not that simple. Our heroine finds herself surrounded by some menfolk that complicate her solo mission. We’ve got Go Joon playing a photographer and macho man with a hidden broken heart. Park Byung-eun is a friend, doctor, and single dad who’s in a bit of a codependent relationship with Jang Nara. And the fourth side of our love quadrangle is Jung Geon-joo, the newest employee at our heroine’s company. He’s an earnest, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed youth — can’t blame our heroine for taking him under her wing.

Oh My Baby sounds like a fun story of a heroine who’s willing to do what it takes to live the life she wants without paying much mind to social norms and expectations. Mix that in with an embarrassment of riches (A.K.A. too many romantic prospects closing in all at once), and I think we’ll have a fun tale of love, marriage, and baby carriage.

 
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I would have watched this....if not for the pesky little tsundere dude who seems to be the main lead and hence, endgame. Hell no. Not when Park Byung Eun is in the picture in all his friends-to-lovers not-a-glorified-ass potential. Heck, I will even take the guy who's barely out of his crib. But NOT the tsundere. So I will wait to see how this turns out before I get on the ride.

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Personally, I would take the young guy any minute...hehehe.. I’m curious how that really works in real life... 10-15 years difference is too much! I’m really like taking care of a baby! As Jang Nara said in the preview “When are you gonna grew up?”

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ashton kutcher

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So you won't watch the series because you've already written out a fantasy screenplay in your head? I remember people saying stuff like think about My Ajusshi too.

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Is this comment for me? Of course I will watch it! Definitely! I watch anything with Jang Nara. I’m just pointing out what it would be in real life. But I don’t see k-dramas to be very realistic. Though I learned some life-lessons from them, Go Back Couple for instance. I would have love it if Jang Nara is in a Noona romance theme drama. I’m not one of those people who said similar stuff about my Ajusshi. I’m too old for that! It’s infact in my watch list after reading some good reviews.

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i've been in sort of a slump since the last couple of drama's finished airing so this is just the drama i need to pull me out of it! with the ongoing number of melodramas (though to be fair they were really good) it feels like forever since I watched a fun rom-com, can't wait to have a good laugh for a change

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Yes, I hope it is fun and funny with a heroine we all love.

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I was looking forward to this but I'm not too impressed by the trailers they've released so far. The heroine seems - how should I put it - to rely too much on Jang Nara being Jang Nara, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I do expect more from her after watching her last three dramas. Hopefully the writing and her performance will prove me wrong.

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I like Jang Nara, but not too sure about this one. I hope the episodes are better than the trailers.

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Not me. A woman in her forties who doesn't want to marry but be a mum and... guess what? She'll end up married!!
I hope I'm wrong.

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Well it's a drama but I can relate. Already past 30 and soon to reach that final step... The number that makes you closer to 40 than 30... And no man is sight when everybody got the family and the baby.

You want the family and kids but on the other side, you don't fall in love with anyone. And it's not like you hate your life either. You're happy professionally and on personal level so it's not like you truly need a man to complicate the equation especially if you don't love him.
I've seen many a couple made from two people who didn't really love each but were getting afraid of growing old on their own. Needless to say, most of them ended up getting a divorce.
Complicated equation.

Obviously I'm not surrounded by gorgeous men fighting for my attention. In fact, in my current life, meeting somebody new is a challenge in itself. I tried dating websites but frankly it's not for me. Basically the amount of time you have to dedicate to find a serious person -without any guarantee it's gonna work- is enormous and that just doesn't work on a long basis when you're an active woman.

So I think the promise comes from a real problem women are facing these days. My best friend is in the same position... and it's even more complicated in her case to assume since she originally broke up from her boyfriend a couple of years ago because he wanted to have kids but she wanted to wait. Tired of the pressure he was putting her under, they broke up.

So using a real problem to laugh it of and make a rom-com however unrealistic it is, is right up what I need. Jang Nara is always a delight as for the other actors... Well we'll see.

Especially, it's great to dream you can still meet somebody attractive as you grow older even it's just in a TV series. Not all of us will still look like Choi Ji Woo or Lee Bo Young past 40.

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This is the reality of many women. Just as you said, when women are happy in their lives they don't find the need of adding a man when they're not even in love but the same women do desire to have a family and baby. But I think what Eazal meant was that there's a high chance this show doesn't skip marraige and they do eventually show JN's character marrying one of them to have a baby.

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Exactly.
I see a wedding at the end of the drama. I hope I'm wrong.
A woman (or a man) doesn't need to be married to be happy. But is this continuous pressure to be married, to have children, to do what you're supposed to do. But the fact is that you're not supposed to do it. The only thing you're supposed to do is to be happy. With someone or on your own.
I hate all those movies and dramas and series in which women apparently are independent until the minute they discover they can have a husband and then everything else fades away.

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According to comments on Twitter, the reporters at the show's press conference were asking Jang Nara when she is going to get married. Like jeez, I thought the press conference is to promote the show, not ask the lead actress about her personal life...

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Of course, because what else can a woman do but have a husband and make him happy and give him children and fulfill her duty as woman???
I'm sorry, I'm totally in for love. I believe you can find it anytime in your life, whether you're 17 or 71. And when it comes, you must embrace it, because it's fantastic.
This is why I loved Bae Ta Mi so much in Search: WWW, she liked her boyfriend, she was in love, but she didn't want to get married. Why would she?

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Jeez, Louis...😤

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From what I read, the question seems to be 'what is your opinion about marriage?'. I think this question is okay and has a different meaning than 'when are you going to get married?'. And in some sense, the question is related to her drama character too.

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Reminds me of a Korean movie from a while back. Murderous serial killer doing TV interview and female reporter asks him how he keeps his skin so nice. Blatant sexism by the writer or director.

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@waspz : Yeah well, that's a culture problem in Korea, you can't have a kid without being married. It's just not accepted socially. I'm sure the drama is going to go for a happy end with her happily married... But let's say it's not the case I think it would be more socially acceptable to get married, have the kid and then divorce, than her having a kid without getting married. The stigma would be too much, and unfortunately would also have repercussions on her kid's life... No matter how stupid or unfair that may sound. Anyway long story short: It's Korea. Drama or not drama, you just can't skip the marriage part.

@fogcity: Unfortunately, being a star means part of your personal life is exposed in South Korea. The Japanese are way better on that front. Also, she is 39 this year so obviously the story... is maybe too close to home. It would have been less insensitive to ask her if she could relate as a woman reaching her 40th birthday to her character... or if she was one of these woman who just don't want to have kids. That would be challenging... though I recently had a discussion with my little brother on the subject and he told me it was just impossible for women not to want children. It's in our genes you see. And this coming from a guy born at the end of the 80s in Europe.

We still have a loooooooooooooooooooooooooong way to go even here.

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I know how hard it must be in Korea to rise a child alone. But maybe a way of normalizing it can began with a first step. A single mum who lives a normal life.

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@Eazal

Read all your comments and I agree with you with all of them... BUT nope... Yeah. Don't expect a single mum in this drama... I'm not sure it's ever going to happen... I'm trying to find an example even in western series but nothing comes to mind.

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Yes everywhere we have a long way to go. I hope you told your brother that not every woman wants to have kids. It is a popular notion thag the maternal instinct exists in every woman but I wonder who popularized it...men maybe? Because I know several women who have no plans of having children because well they don't want it and women know about their instincts and wants good enough so definitely this notion doesn't come from women.
I'm also intrigued how they'll make it work in the show. I honestly thought they'll go for sperm donation but since it's a romcom she'll definitely fall in love with one of them.

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Excited to check this out, thank you for the reminder!

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The really looking forward to this. Today is a happy day for me. I need a Jang Nara pill so bad. I miss her in Romedy!

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Waah I was waiting for this! So many interesting dramas I need to catch up on T___T

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I am so excited about this. I need a drama to sink my teeth into after The World of the Married ends, and how coincidental is it that the last time I watched Jang Nara was in VIP where she broke my heart and made me cry so many, many times. This show promises to be light and funny, but knowing Jang Nara, she will infuse her character with charm and will no doubt make me cry again. She made me cry in Go Back Spouses and TLE, too. She is one of my most favourire actresses. So she has to pick the cold guy, the friend or the younger guy. My bet is on the cold guy. I have a softness for tsundere male leads who mask their pain underneath that aloof exterior.

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Go Joon! Shine Go Joon shine! I want Go Joon to be endgame~~~ ahahah

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I really have difficulty rooting for any woman who wants to satisfy HER maternal instinct by reproducing and raising a child without a father. I spent many years working around kids who had no father in the picture, and it's nothing to be recommended. She could be a foster parent...or foster a dog. Just don't drag an actual child into your fantasy.

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Can't agree with you on that front. Many a study has shown that kids growing up with single mothers who CHOSE to have kids on their own, i.e "indulging in their fantasy" to reuse your expression, and had them therefore when they were financially stable made happy kids. That may not be your traditional view of family but it does work. Money is the key. If you have to have 3 jobs in order to pay the rent you can't raise your kids properly. If you make good money, and have the support of your family, which is always almost the case when a career woman chooses to have kids without a father in the picture, you don't have the problems you're hinting at. First, you don't raise your kid on your own, they're grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends whatever, 2nd, you make time for your kid. You do because unlike some parents, this kid was not accident. You wanted him so much you decided to go against social convention.

It's another story however when you have single parents (most often mothers), raising their kids on their own after a divorce. Since most women either put their careers aside or stop to work to raise them, in case of a divorce they just don't have nor the careers nor the experience that would enable them to get a well-paid job and from that follows a number of issues. Not counting the trauma of kids being separated from a father they use to live with. Better struggle financially though than stay in an unhappy marriage or a dysfunctional family but that's another issue.

Anyway. Each case is different. Don't put everyone in the same basket.

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I agree with you.
Also this: it's not important for the child to have a father, but to have people around who loves the child.
Is it better to have an absent father or an abusive father than no father at all? I don't think so.
So many children have been risen by one parent: widows, the parent that's been abandoned, the one who's always traveling and never stays home. And it can be either woman or men.
I wouldn't put every case on the same basket.

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I think what @kcarlsen meant was a bit different. Single parents can do wonderful jobs but they didn't choose to be a single parent. This character is choosing that, I don't think no matter how much money or family and friends she has, they can replace a father. Nobody is saying a bad father is better than no father, it's just a question if it's fair for the mother to make that choice for the child instead of adopting a kid. I don't have an opinion but it's an interesting discussion.

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Adopting a child is not easy in every country. At least in mine. So if you are a woman, you can have your own. I'm ok with that. I'm ok with a child having one dad or one mum only. I'm totally ok with it as long as the child receives love.
Why is it ok if the child is adopted and not ok if it is your own?
I don't see the difference.
But as you said, it's a very delicate question.

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There are lots of things parents choose in place of their kids.
I'll give you one very important decision that really revolted me as I grew up: Parents choose your religion. While I agree we should be taught universal values, I personally consider it a violation of my freedom of thoughts to impose beliefs upon your children.

Kids from religious family will follow their parents' religion, kids from non-religious family (and I say non-religious family not non-practicing family) scarcely convert to any religion.

Anyway, bottom line. You don't choose your kids political party, why should you impose things based on blind faith and not on facts to your kids?

Is it complicated to be an atheist in a mostly practicing family? It is. It puts a wedge between you and your parents and why? For something they didn't have the right to choose for you in the first place. Worse even in my case, it took me years to tell them I wasn't into their beliefs and OVER 10 YEARS, to get them off my back on the subject. Why? Because they couldn't admit that I didn't need their beliefs to be happy. In fact I am way happier without. I'm not going to develop but here's a choice that all parents make for their kids, and no parents should allow him/herself to make.

But let's say you disagree. On the same matter of religion, practicing muslims and jews practice male Circumcision... Usually on infants.
Do Parents have the right to do such a thing to their babies without the consent of said baby?
Wouldn't it be more logical to wait until the child is well educated enough in his parents' religion to make the conscious choice to cut his own body for somebody not based on scientific facts but on blind faith?

I am with Eazal on this. Too often I read these comments about choice and whatnot by the same people who want to deprive us of choice. Also, adopting takes YEARS in my country, it's extremely long. By the time you end the procedure, the kid is often past the age of 3 to 4 sometimes older. You've missed many important things in the child's life. Making the connection is more difficult. They check a lot of things which are extremely private and also look for financial stability.
Again we go back to money.

Anyway, it's not a philosophical debate as far as I'm concerned. Let's not argue it's the happiness of the kid which is in question. It's not.

It's about a proportion of people who have an old fashion view of what is a family and who would like to impose their family view as the only "good" available option to everybody.
No matter if all the kids tell them they are happy, they will tell the kids that they're deluding themselves since they were not raised "normally".
It's the same type of comments that kids raised by homosexual parents get. They're not truly happy, the kids at school are talking blabla.
Kids this age don't care. Their thoughts are not yet polluted by their parents prejudices.

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True, I remember someone saying the reason they chose to have a child instead of adopting was because it was complicated in their country. It's something to think about, would be nice if this heroine considered the possibility and drama had the opportunity to discuss the adoption rules there.
About the difference between having her own and adoption, I'd say when people ask that, they probably mean there are plenty of kids needing a family so why put another in the world knowing that maybe they will have only one parent, no matter the gender because a man can also easily do it these days.

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You are unregistered so I don't know if you will find this reply. First of all, congratulations convincing your family to accept your beliefs, it takes courage.

I don't know why you would think I might disagree with anything you said. Maybe because too many people who questioned this have said similar things because they had some kind of prejudice and you might jump to the idea that all who question this kind of thing have the same ideas. For the record, I am against family making any kind of decisions for children that they should only make later, that means religion, sexual orientation, gender, politics and soccer teams! I don't consider any kind of family to be less than any other, it doesn't matter how many people are in it or their gender. The only reason that makes me kind of understand the original post argument is the question about a person, male or female, creating a brand new life, knowing there is a chance that this kid won't have 2 parents. Two as in, any kind of two ok? Two women or two men are the same one woman and a man. Not because two is necessarily better than one but only because raising kids is a tough job and it's probably easier when done by two loving people.

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I do check if I get some answers here and there ^^
Well, I'm sorry if you thought that I implied you were among the people I disagreed in the comment. I never intended to. I was saying "you" as in a global "you" not you personally. I would never go into personal attacks on the internet. That's counterproductive, not to mention stupid.
English is not my mothertongue that may explain this. Bottom line, don't worry, I didn't think you thought whatever. Your comment was fairly clear and I answered the argument.
Btw, I haven't watched the first episode but I caught a glimpse of her wanted to freeze her eggs...

In my country, freezing your eggs was only allowed to women suffering from illness ( cancer, risk of early infertility and so on) up to January 2020.
If you're on your own, you can now do it BUT the state will only reimburse the cost if it's for medical reasons ( which is understandable).

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I think every child has two parents just because of the conception. If a mother/father wants to have a child alone, the child still could have questions about the other half who participated in its conception.

It's pretty natural even if you are happy.

Personally, I was adopted and I have a great adoptive family and never wanted to find my biological family. But it doesn't mean I never had questions about it.

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How is a fostered child not "an actual child"?

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I have seen far too many instances of really bad and/or abusive fathers to think it is a must have thing.

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I've been counting the days till I can watch this show, it's been a while since I was exited for a series like this.

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Hello Admin, nice work. Pls can I get recommendations of good drama. Tnx

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What genre? Thriller, romcom, teenage?

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Romcom, drama, historical n teenage

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Romcom - Coffee Prince, Flower Boy Next Door
Historical - Moonlight Drawn by Clouds
Teenage - School 2013, Reply 1997

I'm not sure what you mean by drama. Like intense?

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And one more drama is premiering this weekend, i.e. Wind, Cloud and Rain!

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Jang Na-ra is always worth watching and this sounds like fun. I just hope that the writers emphasize the comedy here.

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im glad dramas approach my age group a lot lately.
I will be 40 next year, very traumatising love story behind me ( but whata story!) and honest I dont want to be a mom tho. in that sense. I want to give birth to other things. creative stuff. oil painting, comedy, poetry book, stickers, postcards...and perhaps a movie script. artists are moms too. I wish a drama approached that: pressure on single creative individuals whose work involves as much energy as giving birth but is often seen as inferior.like artist is not a real profession but a hobby and you are still nothing if you are not a mom.

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I get you redfox. I got the same comment about "artist" not being a real job and wasted 10 years of my life in needless studies. Now, it's been over 4 years I've retaken to learn drawing on the side to change career but with a full time job I struggle to make time for myself. It takes away my whole life.

I do want to meet someone and be a mum but increasingly I'm thinking, if I meet someone and it's great... I won't be able to have kids if he doesn't accept to be the one to put part of his career aside. I'm hoping that by the time I turn 40, I'll finally be able to be a full time artist and I just fought too much for it that I just can't put that aside especially since I can't imagine my life without drawing... So...

Well, I hope I won't have to make that choice. But again, if I'm lucky enough to meet a great guy, he'll know how important my art is to me.

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Never seen anything of Jang Nara. I think I'll give this a try. Need something light.

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Oooo... you're in for a treat. Jang Nara is such a versatile actress. Doesn't hurt that she never seems to age as well. If you need something light from her, i highly recommend Go Back Couple.

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Okay, I dont know these actors and how they look like but just based on the character descriptions, I'm all for Park Byeong-eun. Hopefully, this is the fun drama we're all wishing it would be!

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I like Jang NaRa, and the concept is different, also it looks like comedy, but will wait for beanies comments!!!

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This is just the drama that I need!
I'm going to be patient so I can at least binge watch half of it

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Watched the first ep and I want to see who she ends up first before investing 😅 or she doesn’t have to end with anybody.

Jang Nara does not fail though, her acting makes you feel more for her!

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The pacifier is symbolic of a ring.

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I am still waiting for Viki to complete the subs but watched a little bit of episode 1 and I am sold. As the season gets brighter and warmer, It's time for me to get off my melodrama binge and get into romcom/comedy! Sooo looking forward to watch this and Mystic Pop-up Bar :)

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Can never say no to a Jang Nara rom-com. :D

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I watched the first episode. I do not know which genre the writer is heading toward (romcom, melodrama, satire or a bad mash-up).
This show's premise is the opposite side of Hi Bye Mama coin. In HBM, KTH cannot be a mother to her daughter but she selfishly tries to cheat death. In OMB, JN is not a mother but she selfishly tries to cheat her biological clock by taking on the cultural taboo of single motherhood.
I found the introduction of the secondary characters weak and confusing. Is the hapless father interloper a cousin, childhood friend, former boyfriend? JN's free spirit mother seems to want to throw them together to see what happens. The cold, mean, self-absorbed "star" photographer seems too unrealistic (I know photographers who could never take three years off to holiday around the globe without a steady paycheck.)
The last line of episode 1 seemed like a desperate "hail Mary" pass which felt terribly wrong of a strong, independent career woman.

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