9 End 2 Outs (also known as 2 Outs in the 9th Inning) is one of my all time favorite Korean Dramas. It’s not one of your usual Korean dramas. It’s not a revenge story, not a typical rich man/poor girl story, and no one gets terminal cancer. It’s just a pleasant study on love blossoming out of a friendship and a look at singles in their 30s. Recently I rewatched this drama for the 3rd time. Trust me, I’m not one to rewatch a drama for no reason. This is really a classic in my book. For some, it may be a little slow cause it’s not the usual head over heels kind of love story, but something more along the times of a slow burning timeless love story.
Hong Nan Hee (Park Su-Ae) is a low wage-earning employee at a publishing company. She is about to turn 30 years old, and faces a mid-life crisis. She is a miserable aspiring writer who still lives with her younger sister, her husband, and her mother. And to top everything off, she is also dating a dimwitted but adorable 22 year old pitcher Kim Jung-Joo (Lee Tae-Sung) who is on his college’s baseball team. Of course, she turns to life-long friend/ classmate/ best friend, Byun Hyung Tae (Lee Jung-Jin) for support.
Due to a series of mishaps and situations, Nan Hee moves into Hyung Tae’s apartment and they become roommates. The cohabitation situation leads Nan Hee and Hyung Tae to see different sides of each other that they never saw before. Soon they come to depend and get use to each others presence. Add in the return of Hyung Tae’s ex-girlfriend and things get interesting.
I don’t want to give too much away. But I seriously LOVE this drama. I think 9 Ends 2 Outs is really an acquired taste. But it’s truly refreshing to have a drama where it is not about underhanded cattiness and exaggerated characterization. This is just about a normal 30 year old woman trying to find new direction in her life. Along the way, she just happens to discover how her life-long friendship can turn into much more. WATCH IT!!!