So real life has overshadowed my drama life. But this week I was able to marathon/super fast-forward through Oohlala Spouses 3-12. I love certain aspects of this show and others not so much. However, it just makes me laugh out loud. I also think the acting from the main characters is superb. Oohlala Spouses is apparently getting an extension for 18 episodes, which I do think it might need due to plot reasons. *Beware of spoilers below.*
The story at this point has really set up Go Soon-nam (Shin Hyun-joon) the husband as the bad guy, and Na Yeo-ok (Kim Jung-eun) the wife as the patient saintly wife/daughter-in-law/super mother both in current time and in their past lives. Go Soon-nam is really the antagonist in this story. As the main character, I really want to root for him but it is so tough when all he does is cheat on Yeo-ok with the hot-young-coworker. The body switch really was hilarious because it puts them in various situations that just make me crack up. For example, Na Yeo-ok in Soo-nam’s body goes and hugs her ex-boyfriend (who ends up being Soo-nam’s new boss).
But I do think the plot hole and really big weakness in the whole story is the couple’s son, Go Ki-Chan. I really don’t think they give this kid enough screen time. Realistically in a loveless marriage, I would expect the housewife to really pay attention to her child a lot more. Honestly, through the whole show up until episode 11, I almost forgot they had a kid. Currently in episode 12, the writers are playing up Ki-chan’s reaction to the divorce a bit more but I really think for the first 11 episodes they failed to stress the child’s role in the marriage and family.
But really at this point, Soo-nam has committed so many evils (causing the miscarriage by running to Victoria, going to Victoria at every point, losing his temper all the time, etc.), I don’t know how this marriage can be saved. I’m not sure what the writers will do in 6 episodes to turn the story around and really allow Yeo-ok and the viewers (like me!) to realy forgive Soo-nam. At this point, I am thinking the 2nd male lead (starry-eyed ex-boyfriend Jang Hyun-woo played by Han Jae-suk) is really the best choice for Yeo-ok.
But my last point is Shin Hyun-joon and Kim Jung-eun are really superb actors. When they do the body switch, Shin Hyun-joon was just off the wall, wearing tight sweaters, fanning himself, crying his eyes out, and batting his eyelashes. I don’t think they even needed the switch-over scenes to show us Goo-nam was actually Yeo-ok. I could see Yeo-ok in Shin Hyun-joon. Same with Kim Jung-eun. So not afraid to make herself look ugly and hilarious as a man. Sitting with her legs spread wayyy open just put me off the edge.
Are any of you following Oohlala Spouses? What are your thoughts?