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Ojakgyo Brothers, Ep 33-34

Happier episodes, FTW!!!

This is what I’m saying about the writer’s prowess with pace. The change of tide came not a moment too soon. Another week spent in hazy gloom would have me drag my feet yet if Jaeun followed through too soon, the impact of Mama Hwang stealing her land deed would be diminished and as Jaeun mentioned, would be a total disrespect for her dad who’s still MIA.

I really like that the road to getting the farm back and forgiving the Hwang family is NOT merely about the land deed being stolen and the betrayal and so on. Jaeun needs to overcome that, first and foremost. But it’s also chock full with intricate family dynamic and Taehee’s long lost half family. This is incorporated into the farm plot and tied back neatly with Jaeun coming through for the family. The fact is that she loves Taehee and the family, she just can’t sit back and let them get hurt and it’s what finally allowed Jaeun to start forgiving them. She can put her victim status, second still, to the people she loves.

The beginning of forgiveness is also aptly illustrated, as the farm is not a done deal yet.  Jaeun needs to come up with $50,000 of farm revenue in six months in order for Kim Jaeha to forfeit the purchase, no external help whatsoever. I dig this condition so much, because this gives a valid foundation for Jaeun to a)seek help from The Hwangs and thus forgiving them and b)cultivate herself as the true farm owner. This also gives a great time frame of the show’s future.

As the farm plot was settling down, Taebum and Sooyoung’s storyline is getting a spark of conflicts. Taebum’s ex girlfriend, Hyeryung is divorced, back to work, and the new writer for Taebum’s new show. In short, the bitch is IN! Writer is such a genius, really. To be honest, while I was gunning for Ryu Sooyoung and Choi Jungyoon at the beginning of the series, the teen episodes made me more invested in Jaeun/Taehee. But it’s to the writer’s credit and of course the actors’ chemistry, that Taebum/Sooyoung became just as compelling, and definitely better acted on top of it.

Also, I’m so rooting for Yeowool and Taepil. They may be 9-10 years apart, but they communicate well and they complete each other. I hate to say it, but Yeowool is a damsel in distress, in a sense. She may be in her 30s, but her mindset and naivete sets her way back. She needs to learn to stand up for herself and not be bossed around by her sister. Whereas dealing with Yeowool forces Taepil to mature up and gives him someone he can protect. Being the youngest brother, everyone did that to him. So now he has to learn to pay it forward.

I’m so in drama heaven right now. I don’t particularly follow a lot of dramas right now, but the two (this and Flower Boy Ramyun Shop) that I’m following at the moment are going so so SO well that I’m just over the fucking moon.

Ojakgyo Brothers, Ep 23-32

In these 10 episodes, all hell broke loose. And then some.

The inevitable happened when Jaeun found out that it was really Mom Hwang all along who hid the land deed and made her suffer through nights in sleeping bag living in a tent. All the awful treatments she received her way started coming back to her, and while she was furious, she was more heartbroken at the fact that she’s betrayed yet again by someone she loved. She ordered the Hwangs to sell the farm right away.

Entering the picture, was Kim Jaeha, who expressed interests in working with Taehee. He owns a movie company and hired Jaeun to adopt her animation . This is pure coincidence. But the guy had an ulterior motive in getting to know Taehee. As predicted by a lot of people, he turned out to be Taehee’s stepbrother, the son of the man Taehee’s mom married after she fled. To put us further on the edge of our seats, Kim Jaeha relayed a message that Taehee would no longer be able to reconcile with his mother as she had passed away recently.

Rounding up this merry go round of confusion and coincidences, Kim Jaeha purchased the Ojakgyo farm per his father’s instruction. And when the Hwang family found out who ended up buying their farm, the family Taehee’s mom left them for, Grandma went berserk.

In terms of plot progress, this is pretty much the main big conflict that we’re dealing right now. The other brothers have their minor storylines too. Taeshik and his newfound son are still at an impasse, especially since Yejin finally found out about Gooksoo. The good thing is that I think Taeshik and Gooksoo have started to get along better, with the help of the awesome, awesome Misook.

Whereas Taepil and Yeowool started getting closer. I’m not sure if theirs is intended for a romantic pathway, because it would be breaking SO MANY rules. They’re supposed to be at least 10 years apart and not only she’s an inlaw, but she’s the inlaw’s aunt, which means one generation above Taepil, which would just blow all social rules out of the water. It doesn’t help that they’ve got quite a crackling chemistry together.

Last, but not least, Taebum and Sooyoung. With the appearance of Sooyoung’s senior who became their new boss, Taebum was spurred on by the new alpha male competition, especially since the new boss was so not shy from professing his undying love for Sooyoung. Taebum was pushed to jealousy and forced to face his growing attraction for Sooyoung. Finally, after all this time, Taebum began to reciprocate Sooyoung’s feelings. And now, JUST when things had gotten good, his ex just had to make a friggin comeback, geez.

Ojakgyo Brothers is flowing really really nicely. It has a whole bunch of mini storylines between a set of characters. Each brother has their own issues to worry about, under which they generally stand. But then we get nice little moments of these characters interacting outside their specified frame. Like Taepil showing care and concern for Taehee, usually the brother he refuses to acknowledge. Taepil’s storyline is considerably less, but he’s given extra depth to round of his role in the drama. Plus, Yeon Woojin is a pretty capable actor and hopefully would graduate into leads soon.

I really like the fact that we’re more than halfway through and no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The writer picks great timing to introduce new people to the show to not only spice things up but also pick up the pace. With the long awaited arrival of Taebum’s ex girlfriend, Taebum and Sooyoung’s line will officially go into full swing. And now that Jaeun has made up her mind to NOT sell the farm to Kim Jaeha, we will reset the score and Taehee/Jaeun will have to rebuild their almost relationship.

Not only that, Jaeun and Mom Hwang can finally start fresh. Nothing will be forgotten, but their formed bond cannot be dimissed either. I miss this dynamic duo the most. Hopefully they will patch things up soon.

Ojakgyo Brothers, Ep 1-22

I had zero interest in Ojakgyo Brothers. One, because idol/actor UEE was in it. Two, it’s a long ass drama. Three, UEE’s role was reportedly prominent. Basically, it boiled down to WTF is UEE doing in this drama???

And then I saw the trailers. Immediately I took a liking. UEE and Joowon had great chemistry. Jung Woongin was wonderful. But most of all, Ryu Sooyoung and Choi Jungyoon just looked perfect with each other. I figured it looked harmless enough and trailers at least warranted a first episode look. I never expected it to be my current favourite drama.

Brief Overview

Ojakgyo Brothers is a family fare, revolving around the Hwang family. The Hwang family has 4 sons. Hwang Taeshik is the oldest son, carrying a heavy ‘bachelor’ tag on his shoulder. His constant pressure is to get married. His weakness is a pretty girl. Taebum is the second son, irresponsible and immature, and works as a reporter in a TV station where he frequently butts head with his boss, hot headed Cha Sooyoung. Taehee, is the adoptive third son, originally the son of Papa Hwang’s brother. He works as a cop, where he meets college student Baek Jaeun, while investigating her father. Taepil is the youngest son, a much cause of desperation and/or trouble in the family. He’s a part time model and full time skirt chaser.

Hwang family owns a pear/duck farm which they work and live from for about 10 years. Only one day, a weird dude comes to the house asking Papa Hwang to return the farm. So yes, apparently the farm had only been on a long term loan, one which only Papa Hwang and Grandma Hwang know about. Consequently the rest of the house explodes upon this newfound knowledge, particularly Mom Hwang, who works herself to the bone cultivating the farm. Weird dude turns out to be Baek Inho, a prominent witness on a case that Taehee is working on. When Baek Inho goes missing on a flight to China, the family temporarily heaves a sigh of relief. But only for long, because Baek Inho’s daughter Baek Jaeun drops by to demand her dad’s farm back.

This is basically the setup of the drama. The farm has always been owned by the Baek family, but was loaned to the Hwang family, who built it from ground zero into a fruit producing, profitably farm it is today. So right away, we are hit across the face with this conflict of interest. Whose farm is it supposed to be? Who are we supposed to root for? The Baek’s side of argument is clear and simple. The farm is legally theirs. But what about the Hwang? They were the one who turned a block of soil and land into a lush pear orchard and duck farm.

That’s the big picture. But let me break down the story of each brother so far, up to episode 22.

Taeshik finally went on a blind date with the woman of his dreams, Yejin. Yejin is sweet and nice. She’s also gorgeous, which immediately won her a gajillion points in Taeshik’s books. The Hwang family rented a suit to a lady and her daughter, Misook and Hana. Misook turned out to be Taeshik’s old old friend from school and she has feelings for Taeshik, one that goes completely ignored by Taeshik because he’s too preoccupied with purrty girl Yejin. One day, Taeshik’s old girlfriend in the Philippines started contacting him again. No, not to get back together or anything. But to tell him that they had a 9 year old son together, and he’s coming to Korea! Dum dum dum!

Taebum goes on about as usual, creating havoc and fighting with his superior, Cha Sooyoung. Their relationship is complicated. She’s his senior, but she’s younger than him. The switch of power does not bode well with them. Sooyoung is a shy, clumsy girl at heart, but is known as a dragon lady at work. She’s been crushing on Taebum but never had the guts to tell him because hell, she’s his boss. Until one day where they both get drunk and done the dirty work in bed. But all was still fine until Sooyoung found out she got pregnant, wanted to keep the baby, and asked Taebum to marry her. After much prodding, Taebum agreed to do a one year trial marriage. And there begins Sooyoung and Taebum’s uber awkward married life, complete with meddlesome mother in law, unconventional sleeping arrangement, and a sign of old feelings for old flame.

Taehee started investigating a case that seemed simple enough, until it snowballed into giant bribery and collusion mayhem, involving his own boss. Keeping in mind that he’s a cop, that situation’s a murky water altogether. When Baek Jaeun was at odds with his family, his integrity sided with her, yet he couldn’t betray his family. He started helping her little by little, time and time again touched by her sincerity. Taehee’s story is slowly getting off the ground as we see a little more about the case, and his interaction with Jaeun. They’re getting there.

Much like Taehee’s, Taepil’s story hasn’t been in the center stage. Taepil bumped into Sooyoung’s young aunt Yeowool by chance. Yeowool just got back from US to open her business but got conned by her friend instead. And it seems like he will be helping her “getting her groove back”. Not sure if a supposed romance is in the horizon for them, but in the meantime, Taepil is sparking some jealousy on Taehee’s part as Taepil started treating Jaeun nicer.

Baek Jaeun was the queen of the campus, a small celebrity of her own. When dad went missing, her world crumbled along with dad’s company and wealth. It didn’t help matters that her stepmom is a sneaky, lying bitch, and took flight the first chance she got.  Jaeun knew her dad had an asset nobody knew and when she came to claim her dad’s farm to the Hwang, they turned her off coldly. The cherry on top was when the land deed went missing and she was embroiled in a bribery scandal with the school, courtesy of Taebum. So she had no money and nowhere to go. After the scandal was cleared, she resolved to camp out on the Hwang’s front yard to get to know the family and the farm. She began learning about farming and helping Mom Hwang and struck an unlikely friendship with her. What she doesn’t know, however, is that Mom Hwang is the one who hid the land deed and basically landed her broke and kicked her out on the street. But she doesn’t know that yet. Dum dum dum….

Comments

I have a weakness for family drama. I tend to love them. But I remember hating at least the first 8 episodes of this drama. I hated Papa Hwang for hiding about the farm and consequently not being able to stand up for who’s right. I hated Mom Hwang for being such a stubborn and insensible lady. I hated how Jaeun walks around like she owns the damn farm right from the get go. I hated how the family treated Jaeun because despite everything, the farm IS hers. I think it was when things started to calm down that I began to enjoy the drama.

Jaeun got her act together and dealt with Mom Hwang the right way. Vice versa, Mom Hwang grudgingly started to accept her and took Jaeun under her wing. More than the romance, the bond between Mom Hwang and Jaeun is what I like the most. She’s taken to defend Mom and stick to her like a daughter and Mom started confiding in Jaeun when she has a problem with her sons. They started with such animosity to each other and have come a long way now. I’m so dreading the moment Jaeun finds out the land deed was hidden by Mom Hwang all this time. Wonder if their newfound rapport can be healed when this goes to the shitter.

I already expressed how much I love UEE in this drama. She’s still stumbling a little here and there, but I love how natural Jaeun’s vivacity is. Sometimes, you can tell an actress is trying to be all sunny and bright, but UEE really gets into her character and her acting feels so sincere. Plus, she’s got amazing chemistry with Joowon. Their scenes continue to be little cookie highlights of each episode. I appreciate that they’re taking their time with Jaeun and Taehee, after all, it’s a 50 episode drama, but I’m glad the ball is rolling slowly.

Out of all brothers, Taebum is the hardest to like. I’m looking forward to Taebum/Sooyoung scenes every episode, but I find myself trying hard to root for them. It feels like he’s throwing silent tantrums all the time now because he feels wronged that the marriage is forced on him. I hate seeing Sooyoung tiptoeing around him, trying to gain little favours out of him here and there. True, the marriage was shoved on him, but he did get his one year trial condition. So why isn’t he trying?

Taeshik’s son finally appeared. And they really scored with the child actor. He’s such a cute little kid, with amazing expressive eyes, and this perchance to make you on his side from the start. I think I’m going to love Taeshik’s storyline a lot.

Ojakgyo Brothers airs every Saturday and Sunday and is available on Viki. Go watch it!