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Once Again (2019-2020)

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Drama: Once Again (한 번 다녀왔습니다)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 100
Release Date: March 28 – September 13, 2020
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 19:55
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
Four adult children of a married couple got divorced and went back to live with their parents.

Main Cast
Lee Min Jung – Song Nahee
Lee Sang Yeob – Yoon Gyu Jin
Lee Cho Hee – Song Dahee
Lee Sang Yi – Yoon Jae Seok
Oh Yoon Ah – Song Gahee
Ki Do Hoon – Park Hyosin
Oh Dae Hwan – Song Junseon
Lim Jung Eun – Sung Hyun Kyung
Cheon Hojin – Song Yeong Dal
Cha Hwa Yeon – Jang Ok Bun
Kim Bo Yeon – Choi Yoon Jong
Lee Jung Eun – Cho Yeon / Yeong Suk
Baek Ji Won – Jang Ok Ja
Ahn Kil Kang – Yang Chisu

Review:
What a wonderful story! I’ve watched a few weekend dramas before and this is one of those that didn’t have a lot of makjang storylines! It was just about a family where each member has their own struggles in life, they fight, they misunderstand, they hurt each other. But in the end, they are family and they continue to understand and love each other.

I love the siblings – Junseon, Gahee, Nahee and Dahee! Gyujin and Jaesook too! If i had to choose:

Dahee and Jaesook is my favorite couple. Not only do the actors look alike, they just have this sweet vibe and they match perfectly. I love Nahee and Gyujin but they keep fighting like kids, sometimes I wonder how they manage to stay together. Or maybe it’s really just opposite attract.

Jaesook is the best boyfriend. He supports Dahee 100%, he is very sweet, understanding and romantic. He sings for her!! Brings her food. Meets her after work. Hangs out with her friends. His only flaw is that he is a little bit clingy (well, I think some girls like clingy guys).

Gahee is my favorite sibling. She looks so good in everything she wears. She is a cool mom, she stands up for herself and she is smart. She is caring and sensitive too. No wonder Hyosin fell in love with her despite the age gap, her divorce status and having a child.

Choyeon/Yeongsuk is my favorite ahjumma/market owner. She is smart and tough because of her upbringing. She defends the people who are down, she helps older people. Her flaw is being too nice that she takes care of other people even when they have betrayed her. She is simple and average looking but because of her personality, two guys fell in love with here in the drama, and she eventually dates a much younger and handsome guy! Not bad Choyeon!

Dahee is the best daughter in law, the best daughter, the best sister. She is the sweetest of them all. She may look like a pushover but once she sets her mind to it, she is stubborn. Maybe because she’s the youngest so she gets babied a lot but she knows when it’s time to remind the people that she can make her own decisions. She is nice to everyone, that’s why she can even tame the strictest and scariest mother in law (yes, that’s Yoonjung!)

Jihoon is the sweetest grandchild. He was hurt when his dad kept ignoring him. I felt so bad whenever he gets stood up by his dad. I’m glad he was able to meet and be friends with Hyosin. He needed a stand up adult to mentor him or else I’m sure he would have grown up to be a bad child. Kudos to Gahee for raising a young and mature son. Even at a young age, he is sensitive to his mom’s feelings and when dad wanted to get back together with Gahee, he said no and chose to be happy with his mom. Plus, he also encouraged Hyosin and Gahee.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Homemade Love Story ep. 61-72

Three main events happened in these episodes.

First, everyone seems to be ganging up on Jungwon to accept Chae Woon as her daughter and pressuring her to register her in their family tree. Pressured by Sun Jeong, the grandma and fake consoled by Seo Ah. And Chae Woon is in the middle, hurt by her mother not acknowledging her publicly but understanding her. Honestly, Chae Woon should just leave LX fashion for now until things settle down and Jungwon can publicly tell everyone.

Second best thing is Jae Hee and Chae Woon getting engaged!!! Yippee!! But isn’t this too early? I have a feeling they will still break up before they really get married. I loved that they told each of their parents about their engagement. Unsurprisingly, the soft hearted Sun Jeong and James are so happy to hear the news while Minjae and Jungwon are such party poopers! (lol – just kidding). I understand Jungwon, wanted to give Chae Woon all the opportunities to be better while she is young, no need to rush into marriage. But Minjae’s refusing for opposing is lame. Minjae was one of my early fave characters but her story just kept going down the drain. Most of the times I wish she never gets back with James/Jung Hoo. The newly changed Jung Hoo is so precious. He was the only one who actually comforted Seo Ah and talked to her. Although Seo Ah is still not budging.

Third event is everyone finally knowing who Park Pil Hong is. I feel bad for Chae Woon, after hoping to meet her father for years, she ends up learning how terrible a person he really is!! Chae Woon is usually nice girl, but she is so stubborn and unwavering at times. She just sees what is on hand without actually talking to him or really finding out what happened. She is just quick to assume the worst in Pilhong when she doesn’t even know him.

Hae Deun and Jun A continue to be cute! Jun A starting to like Hae Deun while she is still clueless.

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Homemade Love Story ep 49-60

Now that we’re right in the middle of the drama, I feel that the story is starting to drag a little bit. The only highlight of these 12 episodes are Hae Deun and Jun A!

Meanwhile, the main story about Park Pil Hong and the grandma the past is starting to get annoying!! All the more I feel like Park Pil Hong is also a victim of Grandma’s schemes. I hate that Grandma loves Seo Ah (who is not even her flesh and blood) more than Chae Woon. And I hate that she can boldly lie in front of Jungwon and everyone as if she is the wrong one! Grr!

Likewise, everytime I see Seo Ah and Naro together I just want to gag. I really don’t like them. Naro professing he loves Seo Ah is too fake and Seo Ah is too dumb and unloved to actually fall for it.

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Homemade Love Story ep 37-48

Thoughts on episodes 25 to 36 in my previous post:

i didn’t have much comments on episodes 37 to 48, mainly because I was getting tired of Sun Jeong acting like such a coward, Bit Chae Woon trying to be tough, and Grandma being such a pain in the ass liar!! I actually feel bad for Jungwon, and I’m surprised how nice she still is after everything that has been revealed.

I super hate two faced Seo Ah and major a$$ Hwang Naro! They are the worst and weakest link of the show for me, one of the reasons i want to throw my pillows on my phone. Naro is so mysterious about his past, I dont know what motivates him to do these things or at least try to make the viewers understand his way of thinking. He is hell bent on getting into the Kim family for what? just money? that’s too shallow! Did he really like Chae woon that’s why he’s retaliating by making her life hard? As for Seo ah, she has the nerve to try to ruin her family’s life with her whiny manipulations. If something happens to the company or to her mother, what will happen to her? Is it becuase it’s her father’s money so she doesn’t care?

The main highlight of the episodes for me are Man Jeong and Hwakse’s love for each other.

James/Jung hoo is starting to regain his memories and i love his transition to being from a jerk tightwad to a nice guy. I used to like Minjae but now her character is being stupid. Boy, she must really love Junghoo even now or is it just feelings for a man she has lived with for 30 years?

Still looking forward to Hae Deun and Junha’s funny interactions. They are bringing the fun in the otherwise depressing storyline.

Rahoon is barely in the story which is sad because would love to see more of his struggle and his success to own his food truck.

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Homemade Love Story (2020) Eps. 1-12

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Drama: Homemade Love Story / Oh! Samgwangvilla (오! 삼광빌라)
Network: KBS2
Release Date: September 19, 2020 – 2021
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 19:55

Plot
This is a weekend drama about the residents of Samgwang Villa – the mother and her 3 adopted children, her sister and various people coming in and out of the villa.

Main Cast
Jin Ki Joo – Lee Bit Chae Won
Lee Jang Woo – Woo Jae Hee
Jeon In Hwa – Lee Sun Jeong
Bona – Lee Hae Deun
Ryeo Un – Lee Ra Hoon
Jung Bo Sook – Woo Jung Hoo
Jin Kyung – Jung Min Jae
Hwang Shin Hye – Kim Jung Won
Han Bo Reum – Jang Seo Ah
Kim Sun Young – Lee Man Jeong
In Gyo Jin – Kim Hwak Se
Jeon Sung Woo – Hwang Na Ro
Kim Si Eun – Cha Ba Reun
Eom Hyo Seop – Park Pil Hong
Dong Ha – Jang Jun Ha

Review (Episodes 1-12)
This is a long weekend so thought I’d share my thoughts and favorite scenes and characters by parts.

Definitely my character is Lee Bit Chae Woon. I love Jin Ki Joo’s super cute smile and tough character. Although sometimes she is frustratingly stubborn, I can understand why. She has a big heart and feels responsible for everyone in the family as the first born. And Sun Jeong raised her well to become a good person.

Of course, Koala and Headbutt/Moong are my favorite couple! From the very start, they had this instant connection/chemistry and just understood each other. And Chae Woon is awesome and warm, no wonder Jae Hee fell for her. I mean, if you compare Chae Woon to the very manipulative and bratty Seo Ah, it’s no contest, Chae Woon is so much better (and low maintenance) compared to Seo Ah.

The main conflict/storyline is that Sun Jeong “kidnapped” Bit Chae Woon from her real birth mother, who seems to be her old friend, Jung Won, who thought her daughter is dead. And since this is a kdrama, Bit Chae Woon ends up working at Jung Won’s fashion company and they hit it off well, which makes Sun Jeong very anxious. What will happen once they all find out the truth? I’m thinking stubborn Chae Woon will have a major meltdown soon!

Right now, I’m torn between the 2 mothers – Sun Jeong is super nice, but she’s too nice and hides a secret from Chae Woon. She took someone else’s daughter and is still being selfish not telling the daughter the truth. Jung Won is the real victim here, but sometimes I hate when she is in work mode – she is a boss b*tch, no wonder Seo ah is so bratty. But when Jung Won is with Chae Woon, she seems nice, and she deserves to find her daughter.

My second favorite couple is Man Jeong and Hwak Se!! They’re so cute together!! Man Jeong has her bad luck in meeting men. Hwak Se may not be handsome or rich like her exes, but he is a good man and very sweet, which is the perfect foil for the prickly doctor.

The character I’m most looking forward to see some growth by the end of this drama is Jae Hee’s father, Woo Jung Ho. The actor made him so awful to everyone around him and it will be fun seeing him change for the better. I also love Min Jae but I hope she will find a better man who will love her for who she is because she deserves to be first and not second best. and I’m also looking forward to Jae Hee’s having a close relationship with his dad.

The story mostly focuses on Bit Chae Woon and not much on her two siblings – Hae Deun and Rahoon. Right now, I don’t really like Hae Deun – she is a spoiled brat who dreams of being a Kpop idol but is not good at it. She is whiny and insecure, and is very different from Bit Chae Woon. I also hope she reaches her dream by the end of this drama – probably not as a Kpop idol but something else that she will be passionate about.

As for Rahoon – everyone thinks he is a student at a university but he is really working as a delivery guy. I was scared that Rahoon and Hae Deun will have a love line because of their chemistry together, but i remembered this is a family drama so it won’t happen. Instead, we get Rahoon being chased/stalked by a pretty girl – and I currently dont like her!! I hope she will have a better back story but Rahoon is a nice guy to fall for a bad girl.

The character that i thoroughly dislike (aside from Seo ah) is Naro!!! Yuck!!! I dont know what kind of havoc he will cause, but I dont like him and I wish he disappears. and I hope he is not the loveline for Bona!!!

So far, not a bad show, sometimes it reminds me of My Golden Life especially the part of the switched daughters, with one daughter from a poor family finding out she is actually from a rich family. But that’s the only similarity, since the main ML and FL are so different. I also like the story of the older couples – Sun Jeong, Jung Won, Jung Ho and Min Jae.