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Dreaming of a Freaking Fairy Tale: Episodes 3-4

Our drama gets freakin’ flirty this week as our heroine’s quest for a fairy-tale encounter continues. Not only is our new-to-love male lead having spicy dreams about his starry-eyed employee, but said employee is pursuing her Cinderella story with a rich suitor who’s just too good to be true. I was already living on the quirky and catty comedic tone, and adding some piquancy to this tale has only made it funnier.

 
EPISODES 3-4

Antagonists are in full force this week as we jump right back into the scene we left last time. Cha-min’s fiancé, BAN DAN-AH (Song Ji-woo), had just crashed the potty party between our leads, making Jae-rim question Cha-min’s integrity. If he doesn’t want to marry, why the heck does he have a fiancé?

Well as we know, in the world of the chaebol, everything is about strategic moves. We learn that Cha-min and Dan-ah have an agreement to stay engaged forever so that neither has to marry anyone else, and each can enjoy their freedom. The problem is, it’s pretty clear that Dan-ah actually has the hots for Cha-min — or, at least, she’s an uber jealous creature that can’t stand to see him with anyone else. She threatens him physical harm if he doesn’t pick up his phone next time, and that’s before she even sees him assisting Jae-rim with tasks at work. Uh boy.

Meanwhile, our leads are developing desirous feelings for each other and can’t keep their thoughts from skewing toward the sexy. Jae-rim is thinking back on Cha-min carrying her to the toilet (and how fit his body felt as he did) and Cha-min is thinking about the same thing — only her comment to “hurry up” is repeating in his head as “go faster” (and her tone and face just get more bawdy as his thoughts go on).

Still, the next time they see each other, they’re back to their jokey and adversarial manner, and both deny they’d ever fall for the other. He thinks her Cinderella dreams mean she’s after his money, and she says she’d never date a psycho who lies about their position on love. Even though it’s clear they’re already getting close, they keep up this faux distance as Cha-min doles out menial tasks for Jae-rim at Chungdam Heaven.

And speaking of Chungdam Heaven, this week we learn a little more about what it actually is. Essentially, it’s a VIP social club for the wealthy with one side that’s all upscale drinks and socializing, and another side that’s like a kids’ café for adults (we’re talking trampolines, sandboxes, and ball pits — which Cha-min takes full advantage of during his workdays to “promote the business”). Jae-rim is the newest server in this establishment, which is how it fits into her plan to meet a rich dude and climb the social ladder.

As Jae-rim goes about handwashing and hanging lace curtains as her first assignment on the job, she takes it in stride, throwing on her headphones and getting to work. Cha-min stumbles on her and finds her happy manner endearing — so much so that he walks over and takes one headphone and puts it to his ear. Only, it’s not long before the music switches tracks and they’re listening to audio porn. (Hahahaha.) As Jae-rim later tries to explain to Cha-min, her bestie is doing voice acting to earn some extra cash and she sent a sample of her most realistic moaning to show off her talents.

But there’s no time for explanations now. Instead, their sunlit faces contort in embarrassment and horror as the thing goes on, and Jae-rim reaches for her headphone back before toppling onto Cha-min on the ground. As a lace curtain covers her head like a veil, Cha-min looks up at her with awe — but then cuts it short and hops up so they can get right back to bickering. He’s trying to act cool, but every time she smiles, he smiles back.

But all the while that our hero is fighting his newly forming feelings, our heroine is really focused on achieving her goal of marrying up. Sure, Cha-min might have a fit frame, but her sights are not set on him (yet). And what she needs is some universal intervention to get her moving in the right direction. With the help of Dan-ah — who wants Jae-rim to hurry up and find a man so she’ll get away from Cha-min — Jae-rim decides to see a shaman who’s known for making wishes come true.

Jae-rim says she wants to be loved, and the shaman tells her to write down her wish in detail in order to manifest her fate. So, she writes a list of all the qualities she’s looking for (tall, six-pack abs, face that looks like it’s sculpted by Michealangelo — all the stuff that makes a relationship last) and then concentrates hard on her list while she’s at work. Just then, a wind blows as a man walks through the door, and her list flies right onto his chest, where she pins it in place with her hand.

Let us meet BAEK DO-HONG (Kim Hyun-jin) — the man that fits all her criteria. Aside from the physical attributes on her list, he’s also a filmmaker who gained success by working hard (and a hard worker is what she wants). Plus, after she accidentally pops the button off his dress shirt, he rolls up his sleeves, pulls a sewing kit from his attaché, and threads the button back in place like a pro. Jae-rim can’t believe a man like this exists and starts going gaga.

As this takes place, Cha-min is watching and fuming — and now we have a real conflict. The dynamic that develops has Jae-rim following Do-hong around the club like a puppy, and Dan-ah trying to get the two together, while Cha-min acts like a jealous teenager trying to block Do-hong from Jae-rim. But, you know, then he accidentally pushes Jae-rim right into Do-hong’s arms during a bratty attempt at keeping his cool.

And Do-hong is a real charmer. He says she smells nice and removes a few strands of hair from her face, before handing her a lollipop and adding, “This isn’t candy. It’s love.” (Lol. The humor is so on point in this show.) In brief, Jae-rim is walking on air every time she’s around Do-hong (“Does he also sense we’re meant for each other?” haha) and Cha-min’s heart is truly fluttering for Jae-rim. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say we have a good old-fashioned love triangle with a choice between Prince Charming and Prince Cha-min.

But as with any good fairy tale, appearances can be deceiving. After having a spicy dream about his crush (where Jae-rim rips open his shirt and we can see that our chaebol has been hitting the gym), Cha-min isn’t sure how to approach her since he has no experience with women. The best he can do is give her some real work at Chungdam Heaven, which leads to Jae-rim organizing a party on the theme of weird food.

Do-hong is there, of course, and Jae-rim sees this as her chance to woo him. Unfortunately, the place is full of rich snobs who treat Jae-rim like she’s beneath them, making her question her “unrealistic expectations.” When a bitchy girl tells Jae-rim to get her a drink, Jae-rim returns with a milkshake that the girl says she doesn’t want — then swats Jae-rim’s hand and spills the drink all over her. Jae-rim begins to fall backward, grabbing the girl’s arm and accidentally pulling her down with her.

With the two women on the floor, Do-hong reaches down and offers his handkerchief and then his hand to the rich bitch. It hurts. But it’s even worse when he makes a remark about Jae-rim needing to clean up the mess. The wealthy woman then shames her further by saying, “You’re living like a loser because you make mistakes like this.” And Jae-rim realizes that her real mistake was thinking that Do-hong was meant for her.

Finally, Do-hong offers a hand to Jae-rim, but Cha-min smacks it out of the way and squats down face-to-face with her. He says he likes the milkshake that just got spilled all over the floor, and then gives her his hand to help her up. The narrator tells us it’s a confession — but one that came at the wrong time. Which is why the next thing we see is Dan-ah slapping him across the face.

Yikes! That’s it for this week and I’ll be waiting with bated breath to see how this shitshow develops. Honestly, I love it and can’t turn away. I find Cha-min really likable and funny as this character that’s made to epitomize (or satirize) the male leads of yore with their bratty attitudes and pull-your-pigtails behavior. It works here with a female lead that somehow seems like she’s got the upper hand, even though he’s the rich one. And I love when they make low-brow jokes to each other and give the appearance that they’re on the same level. Also, he can’t control his thoughts about her, so we know he’s not in the power position.

I’m starting to wonder how our female lead’s arc will shape up, though. We learned that she has a background in painting, and it’s something she’d really like to get back to, but she was forced to quit when she was young because she couldn’t afford to study. Her dreams have now shifted to marrying rich to find her happiness, and I’m anxious to see if we’ll be happily surprised at what her fairy tale ending turns out to be. But no matter where the story heads, if the drama keeps up its successfully sardonic sense of humor, I’ll pretty much follow it anywhere.

 
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This show is so silly in the best way. I lost it when Cha-min was lying in bed with the umbrella.

At the same time, I'm really invested in Jae-rim getting her happy ending. I liked that she painted a painting for the exhibit this week and I hope to see more of her realizing her old dream.

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I was so baffled when I realized he had his umbrella next to him, lol.

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Sleeping, making exercise and even a self portrait with the umbrella. 😂😂😂 That had me rolling.

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What's to say about this drama except that it is a delicious confectionery of self-aware, OTT desirous glances and blatant sexual innuendo?

That Prince Charming is the most down-to-earth character here as @dramaddictally suggests---now-now, I said MOST; it doesn't mean he's actually got his feet on the ground---is a hoot, and that our Cinderella wannabe doesn't even really have a clue what she actually wants from life makes her just a few really hilarious realizations away from a quite nice plot line.

May she become a painter of excellent repute, able to live a life of leisure because she marries into wealth!!! It's the fastest way for artists to become rich anyway 😅

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I second the motion: Marry well, live well, love well, have children but definitely keep painting and do it with all your heart. The ideal happy ending for our fairy tale.

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Where can I watch this

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Another set of episodes that were pure, silly fun. I love the way this show doesn't shy away from depicting sexual attraction as normal and healthy, and those scenes with the audio erotica were hilarious. I also really like how the actors are in on the joke, and not afraid to revel in the ridiculous. Thank you, Jun, for erasing any lingering memories I have of "Impossible Heir."

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What "Impossible Heir"? Doesnt ring any bells... 😉😉😉

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A timely swig of the amnesia potion is an essential element in the toolkit of any drama watcher.

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Its part of Kdrama 101 🤣

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🙌 Absolutely - starter kit.

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I can wax poetic about how much I love this drama. It is so funny and self aware. The actors look like they are having the best time and their adorable crushes on each other are so much fun to watch evolve. I appreciate everything happening, HAPPY SIGH.

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This drama is freaking weird. For now, in a good way. They are self aware and are not biting more than they can chew. I binge watched all 4 episodes and they flew by but right now it is more like a filler drama for me that I wouldn't have watched had there been better dramas out there. Nonetheless, I'll continue and hopefully it remains the same, it's doing a few things right. I also like that her step mother and sisters are not bad at all.

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Sometimes a filler drama is what we need and you're right about the ideal timing. 😊

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This is such nonsensical fun with little bits of sweetness and sincerity threaded in. I find I never have much to really think about it because it's deliberately silly in a really enjoyable way. I do wonder if they'll manage to keep the tone throughout, even when/if they go into anything deeper. I hope they do, I'd hate to see this over the top romp turn boring because they want to amp up the angst or pull in some kind of too serious mystery and mess up the tone.

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I would be more worried if it was 16 episodes but in a shorter drama I do think they will be able to maintain the light tone. 🤞🙏

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This continues to be weird, stupid, and hilarious, in all the best ways. I'm also pleasantly surprised at how much I actually like her stepfamily. They're not awful people, quite the opposite, and I'm interested to see if and how she actually grows closer to them as well.

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Amazing really - good step family, good co-workers!! Is this really a K-drama. As @lordcobol would say - who are you and what have you done with the Korean.

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This feels like a jdrama adaptation of a shoujo manga but on 1.5x speed. I rather like it.

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I loved these episodes even more than the previous two.

Our Cinderella and Popcorn (I do not remember their real names) are fun.

1. They fighting and pretending they don't have the hots for each other is hilarious.
Work is pretty much their playground.

2. I love the SFL wants to get Cinderella out of there but only after she gets her rich man. LMAO such a supportive queen. I respect her.

Oh, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of her home life. 😂

3. The UMBRELLA. Do I need that to become a rich Pororo like him? I also want to earn money just by playing all day.

Do I have to sleep, do exercise and get a self portrait with my umbrella? That's the trick?

Well, apparently not. The dad seems to think the trick is seeing woman like rocks. But can someone tell him that makes no sense and he's only making his son sexually frustrated?
That Pororo got scary in the last few minutes of the episodes.

4. I knew the "brother in law" was going to play nasty. But technically it's all Derella's fault for taking money from a random and not even asking her sis if she likes him.

Dude seems harmless, but there most be a reason why her sis rejected him.

Her two sisters have completely different goals and values than her. So she should take that into consideration before trying to "help" them with anything.

And I don't know how was her dad with her sisters, but feel like the dynamic in the house was a little different between him and the girls, and her mom with her.

He even only left a note for her and nothing for the other two.
We don't know anything about the girls' bio dad either.
And we don't know if Derella's dad kept causing financial problems all the time.
There's a reason why even she says that he was never helpful.

I'm curious about all of this.
Her mom and unnies are very cute. And even if her sis doesn't like the dad, she never said she didn't like our Cinderella. She never said or treated her like an outsider, just the dad.

5. The bestie is the best!! And the coworkers too. I love all the characters except for the SML. But I think it's because he's too normal? 😂🤣

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I like her stepsisters. They do treat her well with all things considered.

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This is a fun show that never takes itself seriously- and we need shows like that. When I watch this show I always have a smile on my face.

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I am having so much fun with this show. I love that Chae-Min's mind is in the gutter most of the times.. lol. 'Oppa, go faster' ROFL!! The boy's struggle is real. Poor thing had to listen to erotica on audio!!

I like that Cha-min is disappointed in her dreams but appreciates her hard work. He sees her value and wants her to stand on her own feet. I really hope Jae-Rim sees her own worth soon.

2ML carrying a sewing kit in his attache!! LOL.

I love the umbrella!! It's EPIC.
2FL's fashion it its own character.. I love all weirdness the show is throwing at me.. Bring it on.

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I love Cha Min despite his brattt tendencies. He has a good heart underneath it all. He just does not know how to express it well due to his inexperience. He is endearingly weird and its okay.
While Jae Rim has set her mind to be the Cinderella in her own story while misunderstanding her weird boss's actions. I sure hope she get to realize her childhood dreams of being an artist. She has the talent for it.
I am loving this show so much its what I look forward to most this week.

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The umbrella has a nomination and is moving into a leading position for the ' Inanimate object of the year' award. Love all of his umbrella portraits too.
In today's episode of 'overthinking the plot' maybe our Prince Charming is actually poor? And that's what those strange conversations with the Father's on both sides were referring to, as part of the wedding agreement? It's quite strange that both Father's agreed to a fake engagement.

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That would be a good twist. Do I remember correctly that the club is losing money? If so, it is just a vanity project or is s front for something. Is Chemin trying to exact revenge for his mum’s death? I am assuming that’s who Jaerim resembles.

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Which explains why a struggling but now almost made it but not quite artist was called in for replacing the paintings lol!

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Wooo I grinned so much through these two episodes that my jaw is hurting lol!! This is low investment high return kind of drama. It's beyond silly, and everyone is having fun, including me as the audience.

Prince Cha min is one of a kind, he is charming and doofus in the same breath. And how does he manage to look hot with that umbrella?

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That umbrella is like his magic sword.

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Notwithstanding all of the silliness, this drama actually has the courage - albeit in a lighthearted way -to raise real issues about the social conditioning of girls and young women, inequality and class privilege, and housing unaffordability. Many dramas wouldn’t go near these issues with a barge pole.

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And the snark to 'right connections will get you membership to elite clubs'.....

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I forgot to say that the film director character overall was a bore. I perked up when he sewed his own button (the tyranny of low expectations) but he is a garden variety jerk. Off with his head!

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I thought the sewing the button scene- with forearms!- was much more hot than any number of gym/shower scenes. A man who knows where his (sewing) kit is and is not afraid to use it! But yes, he did turn out to be a jerk.

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I was expecting him to be one actually. He is just too good to be true when we first met him. I suspect that Dan Ah planted him.

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It was his teeth. The slight overbite was a dead giveaway 😂😁

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Yes that too 🤣

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OMG 😂😂😂. You people 🥲

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Darn!!

I live for these comments, no joke. I am compromising my inner goodness to go over the dark side just so I am in with these comments that make me smile all day long and sometimes laugh out loud for no reason.

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Not the teeth! lol!

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I dropped the show after the premiere because it felt like I was forcing myself to watch. But I will continue to come here every week. Who knows? Perhaps I will pick it up again.

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I have dropped any number of dramas for the same reason. Too many dramas, too little time is my motto 😉 It can be harder when it seems like everyone else is enjoying something, but still, your time is your most precious asset!

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I agrer the FOMO sometimes make us watch something we aren't enjoying. But surely, we have to pick what to invest time in.

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I am shocked -- SHOCKED I tell you -- at how good this drama is. The sharpness of the Cinderella story turned sideways, the dialogue, the acting, the costumes and props, the sets, the sound effects, etc. It takes super tight direction and production to get a result like this. That kind of attention to the big picture as well as the minutiae is what was missing in Frankly Speaking. That and a consistent storyline. I really hope they can carry this through the next 6 episodes, and I'm feeling optimistic today 😊

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Has Paramount+ come through for the US?

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Nah! They are snoozing.

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Nope. And their contract with TVING ends in 5 days so it may never appear on P+. It seems this drama was a victim of bad timing. I do hope it ends up on a MAJOR streamer besides VIU some day.

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This could have been a big hit for Netflix. All their releases in the last six months have hit top 10 for some or all of their run and beyond, and this could have been another one. Though I must say I am glad it's not on Disney because then the subtitles would have been atrocious. Amazon subtitles are also pretty bad. Picked up Apothecary diaries and realised how awful the subtitles are compared to the site we previously watching in.

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It just occurred to me that perhaps the reason this drama is so good is precisely because there was no major streamer breathing down the necks of the production team.

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That hanging the laundry scene is 100% a parody of the same scene in Park's Marriage Contract, and DFFT pretty much is the better version.

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This drama is it took me one more episode to appreciate it. Sometimes the voiceover comments make me rofl. And omg the moaning thankfully I was watching on phone no one in the room paid attention to notice that lol

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*is funny

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I want to follow this story but not really in the mood for the tone of this show. so more than every thank you for the recaps so I can know what's happening

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For this one I didn't like the first two episodes...in the middle of the 3rd episode before dropping I came here to check whether I should continue or not..for now I'm pausing it. The comedy isn't working for me..

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Thank you for this fairytale recap.

Prince Charming goes Pororo aptly describes this drama.

Is the entrance to the office building the new elevator or rather library from Numbers!? How come uri OTP is *always* meeting up there.

While the jokes are getting a bit too off-color, the drama appears to be getting quite colorful - I mean with our painter Cinderella and not Prince Cha-min's erotic fantasies.

I'm not a fan of this humor which has plummeted to the nether regions but somehow the drama is making it work. Also the OTP is really cute.

I'm still looking warily at the step mom and sisters but they actually seem legit. What a relief. What about the new additions to the family - the baby and perhaps the blackmailing loan shark doctor brother-in-law!?

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I love Cha Min expressions when he is jealous. got to be honest, Jun is the reason I started watching this show. I have loved every single character he has done in the past. I am convinced that there isn't a character he can't brilliantly do, he is crazy talented! I particularly loved Ji-hoo (Love and leashes- he could go from sweet to sexy in a split second) and Butler Kim (May I help you), and the way he kissed the FL in both series, WOW. I'll watch anything he is involved in, and I believe he's a chameleon (He can portray, sweet, cute, manly, sexy, evil, anything he puts his mind into).

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