Doing this review by memory.
Cheongdamdong Scandal (2014) 清潭洞丑闻
As the couple Hyun Soo and Soo Ho started out as a loving couple, I expected that they will break up at the end of this long series drama which happens sadly. At first, I didnt quite want them to separate as Soo Ho manages to stay firm against his domineering mother to marry Hyun Soo and their marriage life is romantic but as he slowly loses the trust of Hyun Soo by lying to her later on, I guess the couple cannot last any longer. Too bad because the actor who acted as Soo Ho is quite good-looking haha… While Soo Ho’s mother seems to accept Hyun Soo and treat her like her own daughter, she is actually waiting for their divorce and giving her contraceptive pills disguised as nutrient pills to prevent them from having children. Because Hyun Soo’s mother is a single mother and was a maid (if I am not wrong), her mother-in-law just cannot accept her. She worked very hard to raise her two sons and become rich and wants her sons to marry people who match their family status, especially her elder son, Soo Ho. But of course, she will get her own retribution later for the bad deeds she did.
Liked the couple Seo Joon and Hyun Soo and the development of their relationship as the drama goes. Found how they first meet each other quite funny. If I didnt remember wrongly, Hyun Soo was singing to some child through the phone in the lift (both of them were in) to calm the child down and Seo Joon keeps thinking about it after that and laughing about it. They actually met in the past when they were children. The difference between Seo Joon and Soo Ho that I noticed is that Soo Ho has to have Hyun Soo by his side but Seo Joon does not need to “own” her. Seo Joon has a phobia of water after his mother drowns to save him and Hyun Soo is better able to comfort him than Joo Na who only wants to force him to like her. Eventually, she is even able to help him forget about his phobia seen in an incident that he jumps in the swimming pool when she is bullied by Joo Na and she is pushed in or accidentally slipped into the pool. Also enjoyed the interaction between Hyun Soo and her best friend who may be slow at catching on but provides refuge when she needs it.
Another couple that is memorable is the Jae Ni+Kyung Ho couple. They were arranged to marry by Kyung Ho+Soo Ho’s mother. Kyung Ho’s girlfriend and him were forced to be separated. Because of that, Kyung Ho holds resentment against his mother and is guilt-ridden towards his girlfriend. He makes friend with Hyun Soo and becomes close to her when they become in-laws. Hyun Soo makes him feel better when he feels suffocated in that house. He also admires Soo Ho for being able to go against their mother. Happy that he takes the advice of Hyun Soo and starts to make his arranged marriage filled with love. However, when that happens, sadly something bad happens to Kyung Ho (trying not to give spoiler) and I remembered being sad as it was quite a waste. I think after that, something happened to Jae Ni’s rich family and Kyung Ho+Soo Ho’s mother abandons her and she seeks to take revenge.
Wow, seeing how I can remember so much about this drama even though I watched it quite some time ago, it shows that this drama is quite content rich and have many memorable scenes that captivated me haha or is it because I just happened to have more time at that time to sit in front of the tv and watch haha?
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