The Virtual Bride – E02

Inyoung has to convince an irritated Myungsuk to continue the filming, which leads to hijinks in the kitchen… while Semi flies out of the house to the academy. Meanwhile, Choonja realizes the irony of her treatment of Semi when she gets hints of the struggles that her own daughter is suffering.

THE RECAP

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Things fire up as Inyoung angrily stalks out after throwing an eraser at Myungsuk for calling her stupid. A reminder about her filming has her pasting on a smile for the camera and talking about the current mission to help with farming!

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Choonja complains about Inyoung’s fashion and she tries several times to get her mother-in-law’s approval… First with a flowery white dress… A Leopard print sexy dress and baggy pants with a checkered shirt. Choonja approves of the last outfit until we see that Inyoung is still wearing her heels!

The debate is interrupted by a mouse that has Inyoung running… Into a ditch of mud…

Meanwhile, Junsu accompanies his mother to a dentist for her toothache as Young-Ah visits the hospital by herself to check on her fertility treatments. She gets depressed and visits her mother who consoles her.

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At the same time, Inyoung returns to the management company to complain and demand that she’s quitting. Myungsuk also calls to tell Junsu that he does not feel comfortable continuing with the filming… Junsu accepts her demand on the condition that Inyoung pays him back for her past credit card bills and understand that he won’t be resigning her contract.

Having no choice, Inyoung agrees to continue with the filming and convincing Myungsuk to do the same. She rushes home and surprises Choonja who thought that Inyoung quit with a new attitude!

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Young-Ah’s first day at the Academy goes well. The CEO of the Academy gives her an individual office and introduces her to all of the students. Young-Ah goes into the bathroom and reminds herself that she deserves respect like this.

Yet, when Young-Ah gets home, she finds the kitchen full of ingredients for kimchi. Choonja tells her that her responsibility is to prepare all of the ingredients for cooking before the morning.

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Inyoung also works hard to get Myungsuk’s approval back. Looking at the scene from the camera, she starts to reprint the formula on his chalkboard. Seeing this, Myungsuk looks moved until she mutters that he’s a numbers pervert who has an obsession with something useless like math.

Myungsuk refuses to change his decision about not filming because Inyoung doesn’t seem sincere about respecting math. He gives her one last chance – he will continue filming if she can beat him at rock paper scissors within three days.

Inyoung tries hard starting from early in the morning but continues to lose.

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The filming starts again with a calm and enthusiastic Inyoung explaining how cleaning 300 jars each morning is calming. She wipes and wipes… After 30 minutes, she starts to get exhausted and annoyed.

She gets a great idea and starts to spray all of the urns with a hose… Until her mother-in-law and Myungsuk come along yelling at her to stop! She accidentally sprays Myungsuk and makes it worse.

Choonja then finds all of the materials prepared in the kitchen and her son fast asleep. She pulls him by the ear and demands that Young-Ah prepare everything that night. Dongsuk tells her to rethink it as its too much for one person but Choonja is determined.

She even snaps at her friend to stop meeting her beau as people will talk. The friend goes to her restaurant and we find out that the beau is actually the grandfather! Oh dear!

As for Young-Ah, she finds that her mother-in-law has changed her tune… She sucks up to Young-Ah and asks Young-Ah not to submit her proposal…

The center head interrupts this to invite the two women to Young-Ah’s house to see the filming. Since the filming is about a traditional family, it also helps their goal of promoting culture.

Back at home, Choonja asks a friend to set up her son with this doctor. Myungsuk’s father comments flippantly that he prefers Inyoung. Choonja angrily shoos him out.

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Crisis of the day draws near as Junsu agrees to visit Choonja but does not hear Choonja’s warning because he’s driving through a tunnel. So, he gets to the house early and then hides when his mother gets there.

Unfortunately, Junsu hides behind the urns and gets caught red-handed. His mother stomps on home angrily because Junsu lied to her and she doesn’t like her son going to Young-Ah’s family’s place.

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The next episode of the variety show is Inyoung cooking a stew for Myungsuk. He stands on the side unimpressed until Inyoung loses one of the fish which falls into his shirt. Trying to catch the fish again, Inyoung ends up touching Myungsuk all over! RAWR!

At the same time, the academy CEO takes Semi to a nice dinner and starts asking about her husband and whether she’s happy. Semi lies that she’s happy but we get the unfortunate feeling that there’s temptation in the future.

The next morning, Young-Ah’s mother-in-law attacks back passive aggressively. She pretends that she’s not angry that Young-Ah submitted her proposal but then asks when Young-Ah will give her a grandchild… She even sighs that maybe Young-Ah should stop working and focus on the household chores.

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Young-Ah goes home and asks her mother about whether or not she should quit. Choonja snaps that Young-Ah shouldn’t even think about it in this decade… A woman can’t both take care of the household and succeed at work.

Inyoung unintentionally calls Choonja out by praising her for her open perspective and comparing it to how Choonja has been acting toward Semi. ^^ Yay for dramas that call out bad behavior!

Choonja kicks Inyoung out. So, Inyoung goes to to her next mission-surprising Myungsuk at his work with lunch! She ends up falling asleep during his class and then the kimbap tastes nasty…

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Trying to smooth things out, the producer suggests that the two play the telepathy game…. Basically, he holds up a sign with two words and they are supposed to pick one at the same time. They get none of it right.

As for Young-Ah’s mother-in-law, she gets called in by the head of the office. He praises her proposal that Young-Ah submitted. Young-Ah had explained to him that it was all her mother-in-law’s idea! The head tells her that he will be moving into the main office and thinks she should be are over his position.

The mother-in-law flounces out and then happily invites Young-Ah to see a musical with her and Junsu. Young-Ah accepts but then the other employee comes out with a sign… The higher ups have decided that the next head of office will be decided by a vote! Talk about a sitcom! The mother-in-law takes her tickets back.

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Actually human, Choonja decides that she shouldn’t treat her daughter-in-law differently than her daughter. She decides to stop giving Young-Ah those impossible tasks and goes to the kitchen. There, she finds Dongsuk and her father-in-law working at the food instead. Choonja listens as Dongsuk tells his grandfather that this is the only thing he can do for Semi, who had a great career but gave jt up for him.

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Choonja calls Semi into her room and tells Semi about Dongsuk. She explains that she can’t make her son suffer and hands over a paper with regular chores for Semi to do as she works.

Semi goes into her room and tells her husband to sleep under the blankets. She thanks him for taking care of the chores and explains how Choonja changed her mind. Dongsuk replies with a joke that if she’s moved, she can give him more as his allowance.

Meanwhile, Inyoung and Myungsuk come home. Inyoung tries her cute act, sexy act and sympathetic act to ask Myungsuk yo change his mind about the filming. Myungsuk refuses.

However, when they get home, they run into his father staggering home drunk. The father asks Inyoung to sing for her and Myungsuk tries to pull him in.

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Clearing her throat, Inyoung sings the same song that her father-in-law was singing and even starts dancing with be old fashioned way. Watching this, Myungsuk smiles.

In the morning, Choonja gets a call from her matchmaking friend. Choonja sent her a text saying that Myungsuk has a girlfriend?

Haji smiles from the side and we find out that Haji harbors a crush on Myungsuk.

Unaware of all of the scheming, Myungsuk goes out for the day and runs into Junsu. Smiling at his brother-in-law, Junsu apologizes for the inconvenience that Inyoung caused him and promises to switch her with another more proper team member.

Inyoung has the luck to come to the door at this moment and hears everything…

Yet, surprising everyone, Myungsuk tells Junsu that he won’t film with anyone but Inyoung.

MY TWO CENTS

A lot of Korean netizens are calling this drama a sitcom and I have to agree. It gives me the same vibe as the old school sitcoms like 3 Boys and 3 Girls or Soompung Clinic. My initial verdict is that I like it and, timing permitting, will be following it.

I still think that Myungsuk need some more character development from the writer as the other characters shine so much better than him. Really, Inyoung, Choonja, Semi and Young-Ah seem to steal the scene whenever they are on. Props to the writer for making Choonja human and adult enough to realize her hypocritical behavior and to act on it. After all, all mother-in-law are not bad and many are becoming more liberal these days…

I also thought that there was good character development of Dongsuk who had seemed to be a useless bum in the first episode. While he’s a clown, he clearly cares for Semi and has the tenacity yo finish all of the impossible tasks that his mother sets for his wife. He’s also not too high and mighty to use blackmail against his grandfather (about knowing about his grandfather’s relationship) for help. I look forward to seeing Dongsuk develop more and hopefully get into a position where he can become independent from his mother. Yet, in the midst of all that, I have to say a part of me finds it fascinating that the writer is exploring a new power dynamic in this series… One where the guy clearly is used to staying at home and the wife is clearly suited to succeeding outside the house.

With some development of the male characters, I think this drama is well situated to be a favorite. ^^ Watch on!

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