Oh My Lady was not really a drama on my radar, but I watched it since I was curious – it’s supposed to be a drama version of the movie Speedy Scandal. What’s interesting is that it’s not just one little kid – but two! And they’re not all passed off as Cha Tae Hyun’s progeny. One is Choi Si Won’s, and the other is Chae Rim’s – thus throwing two single parents under the same roof.
The first episode was light and breezy. Choi Si Won plays Sung Min Woo – a charismatic singer-actor who’s a better singer than actor. A hot physique doesn’t hurt either. Min Woo stars in a melodramatic drama, and everyone on set knows that his acting leaves something to be desired. His manager and his fans all ask for the drama director’s patience and understanding, and he can’t do much about it. After all – one onscreen kiss and everyone realizes why he brings in the big bucks for any production.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chae Rim‘s Yoon Kae Hwa is having some difficulty just getting the money she is owed by a former boss. She’s trying to make ends meet with odd jobs in housekeeping, since she is solely supporting her young daughter (no thanks to her husband who’s already moved on to a younger wife and doesn’t want to lend her any money). Kae Hwa is admirable in that she refuses to let her economic situation deter her daughter’s dreams of getting a piano or performing at a recital with a better dress than her rival’s. Though her daughter – Min Ji – is quite aware of their situation, she does not hold it against her mother either when she is “dumped” in her father’s care.
Kae Hwa does not think much of Min Woo, as she clearly realizes that he’s a weak actor before realizing that he’s not too shabby on the looks department. Her best friend Bok Nim is head over heels with Min Woo – even though she’s married. Perhaps this indifference towards celebrities helps her land a gig as the housekeeper for Min Woo’s house – as her boss at the agency gives it to her and tells her to keep it a secret.
Kae Hwa first meets Min Woo when she mistakes him for a robber (his baggy clothing and baseball cap don’t help). After apologizing profusely, she stares at him in wonder – does he know Kim Myung Min? Clearly, she’s not impressed by him, and clearly, this is his first time meeting someone not impressed by him.
An emergency call from her daughter leads to burning a hole in his shirt with an iron. Oooh – of course Min Woo is not pleased, and he has her fired the next day. Oh, and she has to pay him back for the shirt. Back to job hunting, Kae Hwa finds an advertisement for an intern position at a theatre production company. Enter Yoon Shi Joon (played by a stiff Lee Hyun Woo) – he’s the stoic CEO of his small – so very small – company. To get the funding he needs, he’s going to have to offer something amazing for the investors, and what the investors want is Sung Min Woo.
Fat chance he’ll let a sucky actor take the lead.
But that’s exactly what he does – Shi Joon now needs to find a way to convince Min Woo to do his musical. His manager is not too keen on this particular idea, and neither is Min Woo. However, he’ll entertain Shi Joon’s offer – because Shi Joon used to be his teacher and had told him he couldn’t be successful. Lo and behold, Kae Hwa enters the office for an interview and though she stumbles (like, forgetting Shi Joon’s name and other facts about the company) and is called out for being too old for the position, she redeems herself when she admits to knowing Min Woo. Hence, Shi Joon gives her an offer: get Min Woo to sign on to the project, and she’ll get the job.
Operation Musical Min Woo commences.
Kae Hwa comes up with a proposal for him, and she pesters him at his apartment and in his car. He refuses to do it, and can’t believe the nerve of such a woman to continually bother him like this. He doesn’t want anything to do with the musical, but he overhears a conversation that his manager is having with a higher-up. The manager says that he’ll be able to get Min Woo to sign the same contract because Min Woo is obligated to him for “covering-up” a hit and run accident years ago. I say “cover-up” because Min Woo insists on his innocence and says he was framed, but it’s clear his manager never believed him. (This might spur Min Woo to disobey and take the musical…?)
Kae Hwa arrives late at night at Min Woo’s place, and finds that a little girl of about 5-6 years old is being thrust upon the security guard at the lobby by a taxi driver. The taxi driver insists that the girl is supposed to go up to Min Woo’s apartment, but the guard won’t let the girl in. He recognizes Kae Hwa as the housekeeper and gives her the girl instead.
The little girl won’t say a single word, and she begins to pee in her pants. Kae Hwa brings her inside the empty apartment and changes the girl’s clothes, finding a letter inside. When Min Woo comes home and finds the two “strangers” in his apartment, he forces them out. Kae Hwa tries to tell him that the little girl is his daughter. Min Woo misunderstands, and says that he never did “it” with Kae Hwa so how could they have a daughter?
Kae Hwa forces him to read the letter, and he sees that it’s from Yeon Hee. Though he feigns ignorance, it’s clear he knows who Yeon Hee is and that this girl could very well be his daughter. He tries to kick them out, but when they cause a ruckus in the hallway, he lets them back in the apartment (lest they cause another scandal). Kae Hwa uses this knowledge to blackmail him into signing a contract with the musical, but he calls her bluff and refuses.
Left alone with the girl, Min Woo tries to get rid of her, but everywhere he goes he is met with an obstacle. He can’t get to his car because a reporter is camped out there (trying to get the latest gossip), he can’t go into the police station and file a report because it would get him recognized, and he can’t leave her just anywhere because fans discovered him and started stalking him.
Just as he manages to get away from his fans though, the little girl – Ye Eun – heads over to a store front selling huge stuffed animals. Min Woo thinks, “Yay! She’s distracted! I should leave now!”
And he turns around – only to be assaulted by his stalker fans.
It’s so easy to watch – time really flew by when I was watching this drama. It only started to drag when Lee Hyun Woo came onscreen. I don’t know – but his stoic character saps the life out of the scene. Perhaps his character is supposed to be like that – completely dry like the wall. Perhaps that’s why his choreographer-wife is cheating on him.
As for the romantic pairings – I find it a little odd to put Chae Rim and Choi Si Won together. Maybe some time later I’ll get more used to the pairing. After all, it took me a while to warm up to Kim Ji Hoon’s character in Wish Upon a Star. Chae Rim completely envelops her role here though as the single mother. This is pretty much my first Chae Rim drama (I don’t count All About Eve because I couldn’t pay attention very long with that drama) and I can’t separate her from her character, which is good. As for Choi Si Won – he’s not as bad as I thought. He might need to control some of his facial expressions better, but he’s so good at being bad! His first scenes were hilarious because they were SO bad! However, the scene where he read the letter and saw his ex-first love’s name wasn’t as great as I had hoped. His reaction wasn’t bad but it wasn’t subtle at all. It was…very acted. Room for improvement, room for improvement…
I don’t know if the writing will be very strong. They do have a lot of material to work with – two single parents, musicals, cheating spouses – it’s just a matter of how well it’s executed. (The sleazy dad is so deliciously sleazy that I love to hate him, even though I’m sure we won’t see too much of him.) After all, we don’t want the ending to be rushed or the writing to become a hot mess. And also – just because the kids are INSANELY CUTE (especially Ye Eun) I hope that the writers do not rely on them too much, as this is not a family-driven drama like Wish Upon a Star.