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Love is for Suckers: Episodes 1-2

Yeeeesss! Lee Da-hee and Choi Siwon star in the new ENA rom-com Love is for Suckers and it’s everything I was hoping for! We’ve got two grown-up characters dealing with adult problems of love and life (using more than a little adult humor). While we watch our leads go from friends to lovers, these episodes already guaranteed a whole lotta humor and heartache in between. With this premise and pairing, was there any way they weren’t going to pull it off?

 
EPISODES 1-2 WEECAP

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What a great premiere! When I heard this drama had a working English title of Icy Cold Romance I expected it to take a lot longer for things to heat up between the leads. Luckily: not the case! We’ve already gone from a fake date to a cliffhanger kiss — do these two even need the reality show setup to bring them together? Nope. But hopefully it’s going to be a lot of push-and-pull fun.

We open in the present, where PD GOO YEO-REUM (Lee Da-hee) is working on a reality show called Kingdom of Love 2. When she arrives on set, a series of “brides and grooms” are being photographed for the show’s finale. We know from online comments that it’s rumored one of the couple’s is a real-life couple who will be married by the show’s end. Among the tuxedoed men is PARK JAE-HOON (Choi Siwon), who locks eyes with Yeo-reum as the clock winds back.

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We start our story in a recent past where Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon are long-time best friends living as neighbors. These premiere episodes do a good job establishing their relationship, which makes them seem like a married couple who’s skipped right by dating each other. He’ll pick up food for her on the way home, but she’s nagging and persistent for him to do it. At the same time, he’s also her support system when things go wrong.

Yeo-reum has a few things going wrong at the moment. First, she’s sort of seeing the host of one of her variety shows. He’s “The Ramen Chef” JOHN JANG (Park Yeon-woo) and he’s six years younger than her. When we first see them together, he’s already breaking up with her. She was sure he wanted to meet up because things were progressing, but Jae-hoon had already bet her she was about to be dumped.

When Jae-hoon is right, she complains to him over chicken feet and soju and he tells her she needs to play it “cooler” in these kinds of fling relationships. He teases her and the tone is very much between people that have known each other forever.

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Yeo-reum’s second problem is that her show, The Ramen Chef, has the worst ratings on the network and is about to be canceled. They’ve already lost ramen sponsorship and had their production costs cut. Her competitor, KANG CHAE-RI (Jo Soo-hyang), has the highest rated show, Kingdom of Love. However, Chae-ri plays dirty to get the high ratings — or, maybe I should say, shows the dirtiest footage. One of the charms here, though, is watching the drama spoof reality shows with hilarious success (“octopus mukbang” — that’s as far as I’ll go.)

While on a shoot at the seaside, Yeo-reum overhears Chef John telling a co-worker that he could have slept with her but wasn’t curious enough to want to. Also, he likes dating older women because they’re more cost effective (they don’t ask for much). Yeo-reum asks Jae-hoon to come to the shoot dressed nicely and to bring her flowers. She wants to look like she’s moved on.

But, being the prankster that he is, Jae-hoon shows up in sweats and sandals trying to embarrass her. Unfortunately, she’s embarrassed enough, having just crawled onto a mudflat to rescue a drone that had that day’s footage.

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Afterward, Jae-hoon apologizes but Yeo-reum is really upset. It’s obvious he cares about her but doesn’t understand her. Why is she trying so hard to look good for someone so unimportant? She answers that after hitting a certain age she feels like no one is attracted to her. It makes her feel bad for even having to try, and she wanted Jae-hoon to help her feel attractive. He says that if she’s going to take a fling so seriously, she shouldn’t date at all — why does she invest so much in these nobodies? She responds, because no one invests in her. (Yeah, she about had me in tears.)

Things turn around when Jae-hoon finds out what Chef John actually said out there at the beach. To top it off, he sees photos on social of Yeo-reum covered in mud that day she saved the drone — with Chef John making fun of her. Jae-hoon’s real character suddenly comes through.

He takes a shower (thank you), puts on his best suit, and dusts off his sports car — because… he has one. He then drives to her set with a giant bouquet and erases The Ramen Chef’s pics from his phone. “Are you dating?” the jerk wants to know. Jae-hoon is cool: “I’m just a guy trying to look good for her. Because I am curious about her.” So much squee!! And this is only the end of Episode 1!

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What else is happening, you might ask. Can’t these two lovebirds just get together after this? Oh, no, no. Not without multiple other people vying for their hearts.

On Jae-hoon’s side, we learn that his father passed away and his art-curating mother is always trying to set him up on blind dates. He is getting too old to live so carefree. Come to find out, he’s a surgeon — not exactly what you’d call a carefree job. However, after his father died, he left the hospital he worked for and now practices plastic surgery in the offices of other doctors (he doesn’t have his own practice). The vibe around the whole thing is that it’s shameful.

When Jae-hoon goes on a blind date to appease his mother, he meets HAN JI-YEON (Lee Ju-yeon). He’s quite rude to her at the initial meeting but she tells him off and he apologizes. She asks him to dinner and they go out properly a few times. She seems sweet enough but he can’t stop thinking about Yeo-reum when he’s with her, so I don’t think this one has any legs — even if she does appear to be the bride he’s with at the beginning.

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On Yeo-reum’s side, we learn that she was engaged roughly three years ago to KIM IN-WOO (Song Jong-ho). She broke it off when he took a job in New York without talking to her about it first, and then asked her to come with him. It was a crucial moment in her career and she said no. The whole ordeal devastated her. But now, she’s still single and feels like work isn’t going great, so she’s second guessing her decision to prioritize work over marriage.

The reality is that she’s great at her job and always the problem-solver. But on her birthday, due to poor ratings, her show gets canceled and most of her staff becomes jobless. When she’s feeling her lowest, In-woo shows up with cake and flowers saying he missed her. She sends him away, but he still has a hold on her thoughts and emotions.

Luckily, our male lead arrives at the same time with his own cake. The two celebrate together and he makes her laugh on the crappiest day ever. He also tells her that In-woo is not a good guy for what he did to her, and “unless a really good guy shows up, just hang out with me.” They then proceed to put together a mosquito tent over her bed, not overlooking any jokes about insertion, and he falls on top of her, just short of a lip lock. We are one week away from knowing if they cross that scintillating centimeter, but I’m guessing not this early.

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I am really excited to see how this drama plays out. We’ve got a couple of friends in their mid-to-late 30s juggling careers and relationships. This could be generic, but here, there’s a strong focus on their pasts and the events and choices that led each of them to where they are. Both of the main characters have a sense about them of almost giving up. Yeo-reum wonders what would have happened if she put marriage before her career, and is starting to feel hopeless about relationships. Jae-hoon can’t get past the death of his father — which he appears to feel some blame for — and is letting it ruin his career as a doctor by refusing to practice in his field.

The leads clearly need and depend on each other and that’s the bond at the center of this drama. Yeo-reum looks to Jae-hoon for support in all things but especially when her relationships fail, since that’s her weak spot. Jae-hoon feels a little like he’s hiding behind his friendship with Yeo-reum as a way to avoid dealing with his emotions or focusing on his career. While he’s helping her, he doesn’t have to focus on himself. Already, I’m seeing the places where both have room to grow, and I’m looking forward to seeing these two genius comedians carry it off.

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Loved this drama so much the friends who own the spicy food place, the rivalry at work, the cute assistant PD hanging in there despite the low ratings because he enjoys working with and learning from his Sunbae. If it continues to have this much fun and games weaved in with the other characters I am going to be in for the duration.
I did love the proposal, I don't get the the lack of thought by the people who plan to move abroad and mention it only after things are finalised. Surely something so exciting is the very thing you would want to share with the most important person in your life.

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@dramaddictally thank you for the weecap sorry I meant to say this before.
Anyone ever seen a bouquet of flowers that big in real life or on a drama. I would have willingly taken them into my office.

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And here I thought that bouquet was way too big and tall!! No way I am taking it with me to work!

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Haha I’m with you, that bouquet would have been taller than me 😄

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I am tall and fairly strong so would have carried them in to do a community service as I bet NO ONE has seen anything like it so then we would all experience it and all the people in my team who like flowers could take some home with them.

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Happy to do it! even if I don't get any giant bouquets out of it ;)

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I’ll bet Siwon shows up on a date in RL with a bouquet just like that! ❤️

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How could I forget to mention the joy of seeing normal loving parents who read the small print and signed up to deliver 100%. Such a shame she wasn’t able to share her upset as they would definitely have been there for her knowing how disappointing it was to experience that on her special day.

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We like this show and look forward to the next episodes. A lot was actually packed into these first two episodes, to the extent that some of the potential comedy was lost. On the other hand, this also means that there is a lot of room for a whole lot of plot.

I am a big fan of both our leads: Choi Siwon since he was the second lead in SHE WAS PRETTY and Lee Da-hee since her stunning performance in SEARCH: WWW. Despite the shows best attempt to disguise her beauty Lee Da-hee is as gorgeous as she is talented:
Somewhere in the middle of the second episode my wife suddenly exclaimed "she's really beautiful".

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It's doesn't help that I was seeing gorgeous Lee Dahee despite all things not going her way.

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Yeeeesss!

Show of the week!

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I had a good time watching this two episodes. The story is quite heavy when I think about it a little bit more. Thinking a little bit more I also saw that the heaviness wasn't all over the story. I know how many times I curled my toes, hands, or blushed. I'll give 2hrs each week willingly for this drama.

Choi Siwon's dance in the tail end of ep 2. Oh Gawd! It made my day just as I made Yoo-reum's.

The last sequence of episode 1 and the last 10 mins of episode...Cupid, shoot me an arrow🤭. That kiss had better not be a tease. I've replayed it over and over in my head and on screen 🙈.

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The PD has a lot fun with all these analogies!

When the characters are in a rom-com, Kang Chae-ri is in the TV show UnREAL.

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I didn't expect so many adult jokes, but it's a nice change and suits this drama.
In general, I like the fact that we are dealing with characters in their 30s, who have both feet on the ground. I also liked how naturally the two deal with each other and feel comfortable in each other's company.

In the first episode I still had the impression that the drama hasn't quite found its rhythm yet, but it is very promising and I will definitely stay tuned.

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So Much Fun!!! Siwon's silly singing and dancing is great. I love him in comedies. I admit I hope to see Yeo-reum come out swinging a bit more as the series progresses. Lee Da Hee does bad ass so well and I feel like Yeo-reum has that potential, but has been feeling (understandably) battered. Can't wait to see where this goes!

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I didn't instantly love it, but I am still liking it. I like that the leads are a bit mature and have relatable struggles.
I actually found the 2FL (the blind date) arc to be well done. I was so happy she called him out and that fact he apologised made it so much better.
And for a moment I was wondering if I was watching a kdrama - what's with the penis fish and pole/male/female jokes. he he. So, I do feel like the show will be different, so will be continuing.

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I wasn’t expecting to start this, but I was lured in by beanie buzz and now I’m not looking back. It’s really nice to have characters old enough to have regrets (or at least questioning major life decisions) - that is refreshing and very relatable. The main platonic relationship is also wonderful to see, even though I know where this drama is heading.😅 I’ll enjoy it whilst it lasts.

I’m only a bit bored by the fact that it’s yet another male lead who is super smart, good looking, conventionally successful and financially well off. Can’t he just be a bit average in at least some respects?! It just makes me laugh because not only is he a doctor, he was a neurologist who finished top of his class in med school…?🤣 And he’s clean, tidy and hilarious? Riiiight.

But I’m enjoying it, and I’ll stick around for the laughs, zippy pace, and fun group of friends.

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Lol regarding ML. But. But. They gave him a TRAUMA!!
He is now far from perfect :)

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I’m still laughing to myself because of this comment, @mayhemf!🤣🤣🤣 I wish there was a laugh button (in addition to the like button).

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I see lots of favorable comments. I might start this drama then.

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😊 hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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I'm loving this drama so much!! It has both substance, chemistry and comedy.

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I am so enjoying this show and it's giving me hope again for good romcoms - I was feeling a bit down on them after the last few (ahem, Love in Contract?) let me down. I really enjoy that the characters feel really grounded and comfortable with each other, while still having a spark of chemistry and that they are older and bit more solid in their careers. I also love the married pub-owning friends and the other supporting characters we've met. Can't wait to see where they go with this.

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For a good romcom, try watching Once We Get Married (Cdrama)

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How dangerous 🤣👍🏻

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I have not seen ep 2 yet, but I really enjoyed ep 1. The friendship between the leads kind of reminds me of the relationship between the leads in Let's Eat 2, which is one of my favorites. I cannot wait to watch this every week. :)

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‘The friendship between the leads kind of reminds me of the relationship between the leads in Let's Eat 2, which is one of my favorites.’ 👈 Yes, I agree, I knew I had seen something similar somewhere.

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Liked these first two episodes and loved our leads together.

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I love that this drama is a little more grown-up without losing any of the comedy so far. Difficult to balance but very welcome in a drama world where couples in their thirties generally haven't had a past besides a childhood 'first love'.
Yes to the giant bouquet of flowers, no to bringing it into work, way too much attention for me 🤣.
I'm having to stretch my belief at the FL not feeling anybody would be interested in her, she's stunning...in RL she would be beating people off with a stick.
Thanks for the weecap @dramaddictally!

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Me too, with regards to the FL. Normally I can just go with it because, for some reason, the usual tricks that dramas use to convince me that a beautiful character is less attractive like glasses, a haircut that obscures the face, a dowdy wardrobe and posture showing low self-esteem, works to some extent.🤔 But I can’t seem to not see how amazing both the FL and ML are in this. Maybe because of the opening scene?

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I think it’s more about FL’s self esteem issues than people not being interested in her.
She herself doesn’t seem to be honest in her flirting and ssum. She tries to be someone else to seem attractive. Given that she is going through some bad phase in career is adding to her woes.

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I hope we will get to see examples of ways she’s acted with men in the past that didn’t work out and what led her to thinking that she’s unloveable.

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The obvious comparison, 'The Producers' (seven years ago) involved adult male/female friends-since-childhood that was actually *convincing*. This iteration of that trope feels a bit more contrived. I'll agree to some suspension of disbelief if I get a fun rom-com out of it. But the pair is just too pretty to have stayed unattached (and platonic friends) for that long.

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I have a very good reason to watch this show and it's the fact that I know how crazy this duo is going to be, plus I'm a big fan of goofy Choi Siwon, so I'm in. But, I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the whole reality show, old friends to lovers concept, I think, particularly in recent years, we have had one too many dramas with a similar concept.

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Sounds like I'm the only one who didn't like this, lol.

The leads feel like high school besties who never matured in their relationship. (Versus an old married couple feel with them completely understanding each other.) I dislike Yeo-Reum's friends at this point (equally immature). Who brings up your ex at your birthday party?! And doesn't let it go?! Rude.

I feel like the break up between Yeo-Reum and In-Woo was both their faults and also neither of their faults. They *both* were at a point in their lives that work was more important than love, and they probably would've divorced if they did get married anyway. But the time apart and being in their late 30s have them reflecting on their lives and wondering what's really important.

I also felt the adult jokes were lame. The jokes could've been funny, but it was like they were trying too hard.

The only people I like so far are Yeo-Reum and Ji-Yeon. I hope the latter doesn't become an annoying second lead later, but I love her straight forwardness and drive to go for what she wants.

I'll give it another week and see how I feel.

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I don’t disagree with any of your observations, so it’s funny to me that I’m enjoying the show as much as I am. I’m not sure what it says about me and how I like to spend my drama-watching hours!😅

I especially agree with your assessment of Yeo Reum and In Woo’s breakup. I mean, he should have spoken to her about it sooner, but the main problem was both having to decide between work and love at a key point in their lives - it’s a difficult fork in the road, and neither seemed to know how to make decisions jointly as a couple.

As for the humour, it’s so personal, isn’t it? What made me laugh was the goofiness of the innuendo. I mean, the fact that putting together the mosquito net frame made the ML hot and bothered was so ridiculous because it’s such a distinctly unsexy activity.😂

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Usually I love that stuff! I couldn't stop laughing watching You Raise Me Up. Maybe it's the actors (lack of) comedic timing or the editing. I saw the mosquito net assembly joke coming from a mile away, and it was ruined for me when they explained the steps:

The one with the point is the male! *wink*
The one with the hole is the female! *nudge*
Insert the male into the female! *get it?!*
[Makes fake moaning noises off screen]
Boooo! Lame! Get off the stage! 🙄😆🤣

The jokes they foocus on sound like they're written by middle school kids. But they could've taken the penisfish joke further, and it would've been hilarious! A missed opportunity for innuendo written by actual adults.

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How does Siwon Choi go from goofy, embarrassing dork to cute, supportive friend to sexy, smouldering hunk to melancholy, memory-haunted man in one episode! It was during Covid lockdown that I discovered Siwon's "Oh! My Lady" and now watch K-dramas almost exclusively, so have been really anticipating this series. Loved the first two episodes and am counting the days to the next ones, which is a really positive sign for me that the actors and production staff have got it right. Have not seen Da-Hee before and what a talented and beautiful actor she is - will be looking for more of her drams. Our two tall visuals have great chemistry too - can I hope for a happy ending?!

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My first post on this site and I did it the wrong way! Not sure how I ended up in the "Review" section rather than the "Comment" section, but now I've copied my words here into the correct place. Just ignore the "Review"!

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Welcome to the fun of commenting on the site. We have all done something similar but thankfully there is a way to address it. If you click on the three dotes next to the ratings numbers in your comment you can select delete and once confirmed refresh the page. Your words will disappear and it will have your name and deleted comment instead. I don’t know whether the rating will disappear as well but we will see. The site is trying to develop a new system so the ratings can be done after the show finishes to avoid these kinds of issues so ratings reflect the whole series.

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I asked myself the same question about Siwon! (maybe we should devote next week's weecap to just analyzing that 😂)

I highly recommend Search WWW for more Lee Da-hee -- she's amazing in that one.

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Ahhhhhh!!!! Loving the start to this drama!!!!!

...That is all. :-)

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