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[Beanie Recs] Pretend boyfriend to the rescue!


Ahoy, Beanies! It’s time to gather your collective genius for a recommendation series that features you and your drama knowledge. Each week we’ll drop a drama conundrum and leave it up to you to provide a drama rec, and the appropriate rationale behind it, be it long or short. Respond below!
 

I’ve started watching Love is for Suckers, and I about died from a swoon overdose when Choi Siwon’s character showed up and acted like Lee Da-hee’s suitor. I need more scenes like this in my life, so can you recommend some dramas where the leading man “rescues” the leading lady from embarrassment (or whatever) by pretending to be her boyfriend?


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Crash landing on you Captain Ri pretended she was his fiancée to literally save her life worst case scenario/prison best case scenario.

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Despite this being my fav drama, I didn't even think of this! Not so much embarrassment, but a very literal saving in their case!

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The second leads get into the game in CLOY too... in the scene where he picks her up in the rain to rescue her from the catty associates who are making fun of her for not being married yet like they all are... he never explicitly claims to be her boyfriend, but he does wink at the ladies watching "that handsome man" through the window as he loads the girl into the car.

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Oh yes I remember that scene now😊

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I totally adore this scene. And his blue velvet jacket he's wearing during it.

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I think Business Proposal is one of the more obvious choices for this. The leads are already in a fake relationship for the benefit of grandpa, but Tae-moo turns it on for the benefit of her crappy "friends" too (when she's alter-ego-less) and I loved pretty much everything about this part of the drama.

I think Her Private Life also fits pretty well. In this case, the ML is saving her from truly fanatic fans and they plan the whole fake relationship out, but it stems from him just yelling that she was his girlfriend at a random car that they thought (incorrectly) was attacking her.

Search WWW is one of my favorite instances of this trope. Hyeon needs to pretend she's in a relationship in front of Ta-mi, so she calls the only person she can think of, which just so happens to be a man who is actually in love with her. Ji-hwan shows up, they get their story straight before heading into the bar, and then he proceeds to tell their actual story to Ta-mi. If you didn't love Lee Jae-uk before, this should do it!

Honorable Mentions: These are the ones that might fit, if you squint just a little.

The King's Affection: I just love Rowoon's bisexual self in this drama. It's just a scene, but I loved it: the crown prince, who is actually a woman, is disguised as a woman to get onto a ship. Ji-un, who thinks she's a man, pretends to be her husband to shield her from the prying eyes of those searching for the crown prince. It's got to be one of the most gender-bending episodes of any drama and I didn't know whether to hold my breath or laugh.

Also Because This Is Our First Life is literally all about a fake relationship, but the scene where Sehee comes to Ji-ho's rescue is one of my favorites. It's not to save her from embarrassment, it's to actually save her from a creep, but it was quite a swoony scene nonetheless.

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Yes the business proposal one is great with the whole wealth flaunting to rub the main scheming ‘friend’s’ nose in it was a nice touch too.

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The King's Affection scene was so Ji-Woon! Only him could think to act like this. The others would have have used violence :p

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For me This Is Our First Life is the winner in your list.

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Oh, that WWW 😍 swooooooooon!

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Right? It was just the best scene ever.

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Oh, and being an actor, he was just so good at it! 🥰 *giggle*

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Her Private Life was memorable with this one too.
And Because This Life is Our First.
You Are My Spring. Literally saved her life.
Business Proposal.

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She Would Never Know The FL broke up with her boyfriend who didn't really take it well. The ML helped her but the best part is she's the one who took the decicion (you need to watch it to understand :p)

Another Miss Oh She was in a lot of embarrassing or kinda dangerous situations and he helped her a lot.

Suspicious Partner Her boyfriend cheated on her and the ML helped her much to her surprise :D

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Aww suspicious partner. I liked the scene when FL called the ML n he jokingly asked what sort of trouble are you in and true enough, she was in jail!

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In jail for murder! He was such a tsundere by acting mean and taking care of her in the same time :p

In this case, it was the scene when she asked him if he wanted to sleep with her and he said yes because he understood what happened.

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My Husband Mr Oh is one good drama. Kim Kang-woo and UEE are *chef's kiss*.

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Does love in contract count🤔

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I think you could definitely count it with her current living arrangements as she told Miho that he was her husband to avoid being judged as inadequate.

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I am loving how close she is with Gwang Naam (her friend and ex-husband)

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Is Love in Contract worth the watch? I've been stuck at episode 3 for the last 4 weeks.

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Nope.

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I will never stop recommending That Fool.

Train, though it is only for a few seconds. But I love that show.

Deserving of the Name, although it was the reverse of rescuing... 😂

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Hwang Jung-Min was so cute as mailman and fake boyfriend.

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So cutely quietly manly. Love his Goo Dong Baeksshi.

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Dal-ja’s Spring is an oldie but (IMO) a goodie with this exact trope at the end of the first ep I believe? A classic contract relationship drama with the male lead as a for-hire fake boyfriend. Some parts haven’t aged well but for the most part it holds up pretty well (esp the important parts: the eventual “real” romance and the leads’ characterizations were quite ahead of their time imo).

Business Proposal of course is super winning for this trope as well!!

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Romance is a Bonus Book, when Ji Seo-jun (Wi Ha-joon) rescues a barefoot Kang Dan-yi (Lee Na-young) from an obnoxious drunk, and then crouches down Prince Charming style at her feet to put (her own) shoes on them. He'd seen her losing one under a bus that morning and rescued it, afterwards finding its discarded twin where she'd dumped it in a bin.

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Strictly speaking he is the second male lead, but hugely charming.

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I need WHJ in another romcom, as a lead. I don’t think it’ll happen soon though since he already has a few works lined up.

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