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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 7

So now Min-hong is working at Ra-hee's company. So, technically, all the main characters in "Single Wife" are now working at the same company. It's a good thing we get to see Min-hong's portfolio right away because in spite of this fact, no one at this company ever seems to do any actual work. Far from working, all we really see anyone doing is having concluding work dinners once work is finished.

This is, I admit, a fairly minor issue to harp on. I can think of plenty of dramas where it made zero difference what the main characters did for work. I can also think of some where discussion of work definitely lowered the overall quality of the drama, as it was clear the writer didn't have the slightest idea how the probably arbitrarily chosen profession of the lead characters actually works in practice.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 8

Once again Ra-hee tries my patience with more unnecessary antagonism. Min-hong straight up explicitly offers to finalize the divorce right away in exchange for a temporary, meaningless concession on Ra-hee's part and what does she do? Act all huffy and offended. Even bearing in mind that Min-hong has to finalize the divorce eventually, behavior like this is why he is in no hurry to do so. Who knows if Ra-hee will just be fickle and change her mind again.

Elsewhere, Ra-hee, Min-hong, and Hyo-rim all go on out on a work trip in the middle of nowhere to see an important person related to the furniture business. While this all sort of relates to their job, aside from the scene where Min-hong builds a chair I'm not counting this as interesting work discussion. It's just one of those usual, guy is mean and doesn't want to see them, softens up slightly, but is ultimately largely inscrutable. The lack of defined consequences for the trip's success or failure is no help to the weak dramatic tension.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 9

Min-hong, having finally figured out what Ra-hee is up to, lapses into alcoholic depression. I mean it doesn't go on forever, just a single night as long we can tell. Then it's on to revenge. But even that is pretty light. Right at the moment I thought Min-hong was going to do something explicitly petty and mean instead he turns right around and confronts Ra-hee on how she's accepted Jae-min's marriage proposal without fully cluing him in to what's going on.

This is something I've been waiting on for quite some time- that "Single Wife" would finally acknowledge that even by wacky situation comedy standards, Ra-hee is really not a very good person. Her main character traits are, and always have been, that she was too scatterbrained to finalize the divorce herself, too petty to work with Min-hong to get it done now, and too insecure to simply tell Jae-min the full context of what's going on. None of these traits bodes well for a long-term domestic partner.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 10

So Ra-hee and Min-hong are finally at court, and it looks like they can get the divorce finalized. It doesn't happen, obviously, and this scene is supposed to represent how Min-hong still has feelings for Ra-hee and won't give up on her so easily. This is likely to eventually contrast with how Jae-min will eventually give up on Ra-hee entirely because of her inability to come clean with him on the full situation.

Once again, though, I was just reminded about what a dork Ra-hee was for ever thinking she had been divorced in the first place. It's weird how even though Ra-hee is the main character, has the most scenes, and defines the entire motivation for both the male leads...I still can't really grasp much of her personality. "Single Wife" can't even explain why Jae-min is willing to go to bat for her save for that flashback to when they first met. What has she done for him lately?

[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 11
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[Drama Review] 'Man to Man' -- Episode 11

Do Ha and Seol Woo decide to head out for ramen, confounding the agent tailing them. Mr. Jang accepts the deal with Seung Jae, in return for Congressman Baek and the Baek Infantry, then tells Seol Woo that he intends to recover the third carving. After sussing out when Robert Yoon went, Seol Woo pumps Do Ha's dad (with liquor) for info on where he went. Mr. Jang releases info on Congressman Baek. Seol Woo and Do Ha head to a cathedral, using the Bible verse as a code word to get the priest to open up about Yoon. He figures out that Mr. Jang and Dong Hyun are the traitors. Our agent also uses the QR code on the package he picked up, a secret message telling him that Chairman Victor obtained the Myanmar statue and that Songsan Group is behind all of this. Mr. Jang meets with Seol Woo, and decides to retire the agent with bullets to his chest. He plunges into the river, his fate unknown...