I am officially crowning Bel my Queen of daily kdramas. And I’m her deongsaeng and faithful follower. When she said “we are watching Only Love, Nelly”, I obey. Why? Because I trust her judgement more so than I trust mine *laughs*. Guess what yeoreobun? Her recommendation is always spot on! We finally found the next Ugly Alert and it seems that Only Love has exceeds our expectations!!! Ooooow SBS, thank you for this awesome drama. However, Bel and I are quite upset… No one is subbing this fabulous show! *cue horror music*. So yes, we have been watching Only Love raw since the beginning of the season. So how do we survive? Mudaepo (on Soompi) is the man! He’s been summarizing the episode daily for us and even take request if we want specific seen to be translated! Whoa! *bows to Mudaepo*
Now, back to Only Love… Where do I begin? I’ve been going back and forth and back and forth with this post. How do I tell people that Only Love is really awesome? It’s difficult to express this feeling through words. And what makes it even harder for me to lure viewers is the fact that no one is subbing it. This means, Only Love is getting only few hundreds of non-Korean viewers. I don’t know what to say… *shrugs* who knows, right? Maybe it will get subbed once the show has completed airing the whole 119 episodes. Ooooh *snickers* yes, it is 119 episodes long! But but but… it still around 35 minutes so it is totally acceptable! For those of you who thinks you can’t watch it? Think again… You won’t even notice how fast this show will fly on your screen!
Before I begin with my own version of Only Love synopsis, let me start by saying that as of today, I’ve seen 72 episodes. I watch it daily as soon as Bel gives me the green light. I sometime find it hard to watch it once a day. Like a good novel, it is hard to wait for the new episode to come. Right now, we have 47 episodes to go… What would Only Love become moving forward? Why do I say this? Look at the drama poster… What does it implies to you? Romance? Family? Neh, majayo. Exactly what I have in mind when I first started it. The show started very solid and concrete. The girls were really strong. I was really cheering for them. They took initiative. I like it when a girl took every little bit of her strength to go out to a guy and woo him. That kind of fire really did it with me. I appreciate it! They are also stubborn. They stand strong with their decisions. Being a single mother in this harsh world with no education background is difficult. And they will do whatever they can to get what they want! Even to gamble their own love for the sake of future. Yeah, that kind of confident is hard to come by. I salute these women. But the story doesn’t stop at romance. Or so I thought! Now this is tricky. What it was a family drama romance, Only Love has now becoming very revengy and makjang! Out of nowhere,this train not only made a u-turn, but it started to take on a different route! I did not sign up for this, yo! But listen, even though this train has gone crazy, I still LOVE it! I can’t get enough of it even more! There were few episodes that almost send me to coma! Hmmmmm, actually the most recent ones (this week episode) did! I remember I was stunned big time when JiSuk got really angry in Angel’s Revenge I completely couldn’t watch anything else after that. And the same expression, the same feeling flowed into me again this week! *jaws on the floor* Deja vu!
As you can see on the poster, Only Love is about three couples’ love lives and how they are connected and intermingle with one another. So where should I begin? Let’s start with the easiest and cheesiest couple (the bottom) and progress to the more complicated one.
Woo Joo (WJ) & Mi Rae (MR) – they pretty much started as a couple when the show began. Woo Joo does odd works and Mi Rae helps with her mom’s restaurant business. MR is older than WJ so rest assured, we got a noona romance right away. MR loves WJ so much but he was not ready to commit. I am not sure why he was behaving this way. Was it because she’s older than him? Or because he does not have a steady job? Amuden, MR put on her bad tactics on him to make him marry her. She lied and told to the world that she’s pregnant. But eventually, her karma caught up with her. The doctor actually diagnosed her infertile and not able to conceive. *shakes head* See? Told you so, MR! Because of that, she decided to call off their fake engagement. He went on his usual business (but still sad of their break ups) and she went on blind date hoping to forget him. But their chemistry is larger than themselves and they eventually got back together. He was not disappointed as she thought he would be. Of course, they ended up in marriage. But MR starting to have that mother instinct and beg his single-parent sister-in-law to give her only daughter up for MR and WJ to raise. Her request has created a havoc in the family. So how are they going to start a family? Would they adopt? Did the family know that MR is infertile? *dun dun dun*
Jae Min (JM) & Saet Byeol (SB) – Saet Byeol is a single mother and has a sweet 6 year old daughter called Soo-A (SA). SB was a runaway child and has been hiding her life including SA far from her family. So when the family found out about her and SA, she was forced to move back to the house. SB mom was not receptive to SA’s presence but eventually warmed up to that sweet child. SB works in a fashion garment store in the fashion district market. I’m all fuzzy now on how SB met JM. I’m pretty sure he met her in the the fashion district. If I’m not mistaken, they met at a coffee shop in the area. It was pretty hilarious though and he made a fool out of himself. Moving on, he later found out that she also work at his home as her mom’s maid helper. By this time, he already developed a love interest towards SB. JM keeps approaching her but she continues to push him away. When his mom founds out about it, she was completely stunned by her son’s love confession. At the time, his parents does not realized they have fallen for SB’s daughter, SA. It turns out that JM omma and SB omma are frenemies since young. I guess SB grandma was JM’s house maid before. JM omma and dad are fond of SA but SA was forced to quit making pitstop at JM’s home, which in turn sadden his parents *pouts*. The girl really made JM parent happy and I’m sure they are dreaming of grandchildren in the house. Back with SB, she continues to push JM away even though she has feelings for him. My best guess for her being this way is to protect her daughter. She must have been afraid after what happened to her in the past with SA’s dad (story unknown). And as of today, my guess is right. Her fear for JM for not accepting SA is now concrete through conversation JM had with his parents. He had asked her to marry him but leave SA behind with her parents. Now, as a mom, this is unacceptable. SA is SB’s life. You can’t ask a mother to ditch her baby! If he wants to marry SB, he must marry SA as well. It’s a package he is not willing to accept. So what’s next for them? Will he eventually accept her? Will SB say yes to him? At this point, I know how JM feels. He’s freaking out and not ready to plunge in to parenthood.
Tae Yang (TY) & Yoo Ri (YR) – Yoo Ri is a Producing Director (PD) at a TV station and was trusted to interview Tae Yang for a story. She fell in love with TY at first sight. Ever since the interview she had with him, YR started stalking him more often. TY is a charming and warm-hearted MD and surgeon. His presence is very welcoming and warming to people around him. But what TY doesn’t know is that YR is the daughter of the hospital’s chief. YR’s brother is also working in the hospital as an MD and a surgeon as well. Long story short, TY finally succumbed to YR’s charm *thumbs up* and decided to plunge in to this relationship. YR introduced TY to her mother but her mother did not like the idea of her seeing TY when she found out TY’s family background. Her grandma objected it as well when she found out about this relationship. And suddenly the whole world aka YR’s family objected this relationship but no reasons given. It started with the grandma and later trumped by YR’s mom. Their relationship is one of the hardest fights I’ve seen among the three couples. YR got sick and he was denied to see her. During the process of the first fight, YR was told by TY’s family that TY is her mom’s biological son. She was so shocked and quickly broke her love line with him thinking that they are blood related *eeeeeeewwwww*. But somehow, her nurse slipped out and said that YR looks like her dead mom! YR immediately got up and confronted her mom. She mended her relationship again with TY. But her mom, I nicknamed her “asshat” because she is and deserves to be called one, refuses to butt down and continues to be the hurdle between the two. Why her objection is so strong? Apparently, the asshat was once in a relationship with TY’s late uncle. I’m a little fuzzy on her background story but as what I remember, she left her son with the family when the dead uncle passed away but when she came back, she was told that her son had died as well. The family lied to her for one reason: to get rid of her. TY knew that the dead uncle is his real dad and his uncle, Sang Bae, adopted him as a replacement of his dead eldest son who coincidentally at the same age. Wow, so many death in this family, huh? What is in their water, I wonder *scratches head*. So therefore, asshat doesn’t want any sort of relationship with the family anymore. Asshat did with all her mighty and strength to get rid of TY not knowing that he is HER son. She even hired thugs to kidnap him! Unbelievable! TY was beaten so badly it was hard to believe he survived. TY knew it was the asshat’s work coz he saw her and yet… Yet he did not report her! Why TaeYang-ssi, why didn’t you??? Things that I will never understand! Later on, that asshat found more tricks to get rid of TY. She implanted awful schemes to him and YR to make it looks like TY has been stalking on YR. My jaw was on the floor when I saw her dirty tactics. YR figured it out one day when she saw the CCTV clip of asshat pushing TY’s grandma down the stairs and suddenly a flashback of all asshat’s tactics flying before her eyes. She confronted asshat their argument was moved from YR’s room to the stairs which you know what happened next… Yeap, YR fell of the stairs and hurt her head. Amnesia? We don’t know yet as she is still on coma as of this morning. Now, while all this going on, YR’s dad did his own investigation as well. Hmmmm, the man won’t sit still too! He later found out through Sang Bae that TY is not his but asshat’s. *dun dun dun*. With all the info he collected, he hired thugs (yes, again!) and kidnapped TY. He even beat TY with a golf club! Oh lord, please have mercy on this boy! What is to become of TY and YR? Are they destined to be together? At this point, it’s hard to imagine them together. TY is dumb and such a doormat. He accepted every single punishment in hopes that his action will open the eyes for those who object his love for YR. Aish… Just get out of that crazy family, Tae Yang!!!!
Ok, I must admit that I have gone a little cuckoo, somewhat crazy and over the top in describing the couples. But hey, it can’t be helped. Seriously, this is one fine show! Forgive the mess I have written above. I started neutral but ended up emotional once I started with TY/YR part. There are a lot more things that could go wrong with this show. As of today, asshat had temporary amnesia after falling off the cliff and when she woke up, she started calling TY Man Be-ssi, her dead lover or spouse. I still don’t know why TY family hated her so much. YR is still in coma and I hope she doesn’t wake up with amnesia. I can’t deal with another amnesia. I wish TY could stop being a doormat. He deserves a good ending. He should just leave the crazy family behind… They have caused him enough damage. Hehehe I’m still surprised how he managed to drive with a stab wound on his abdomen. Only in kdrama, right yeoreobun? Also, I really want to know how JM and SB relationship will go. It’s a straight forward relationship and easily solved. If he wants to be with SB, he must accept SA. Period. I’m not interested with WJ and MR’s relationship, sadly. I think their characters were created as a filler because the other two couple’ stories are far more stronger and superior to theirs.
So…. I hardly write a long post. But Only Love needs love from viewers like you. Sadly the ratings never exceeded 12%. Even though it is low, it still good coz this is a morning show. Guess who are watching it? Homemakers and ahjumma, and Bel and I! *laughs*. I just found out a fan channel was created on Viki. I hope it gets subbed and you can watch it. I’m telling you, this show is so awesome why aren’t anyone subbing it??? THIS IS A MUST WATCH DRAMA!