Life becomes reflective during the cold, white days of winter. You just want to cozy up to a hot cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) and let the world go on by you. That’s where Mok Hye-won (Park Min-Young) finds herself when she returns home after her job in Seoul goes terribly wrong. There she sees everything she once knew change and a former classmate a comforting presence. Join Pamela and me as we review the first two episodes of “I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice”!
Pamela: With everything going on in the world, it sure is nice to cozy up with a drama like this. I found the first two episodes soothing. They were pretty accurate in conveying that feeling of coming home. Trying to get reacquainted with everything and everyone that changed while you were gone.
Wendilynn: I didn’t start this one right away. Everyone said it was slow at first, but I think I enjoy this pace. It’s comfortable, and they tell their story subtly. I love Eun-seob‘s story (Seo Kang-joon). He’s so delightfully awkward in his crush now that Hye-won has moved home for the winter. Every time he whines that he’s doomed because something embarrassing happened, I laugh. He’s quiet but such a joy. I can understand why she likes being around him.
Pamela: I’m all caught up with the drama right now. (Twelve episodes have aired.) I think Seo Kang-joon performs this role so well. The “I’m doomed” line still gets a laugh out of me. He was quiet enough in high school that they only shared a few glances. They seem comfortable with each other already. It was funny, though, when he took her aunt’s house for his dad so hastily after she noticed him watching her. She didn’t pay attention to his awkwardness. When he offered her his car, she asked for his keys without hesitation. I think that demonstrates her willingness to rely on him already. They’re good neighbors.
Wendilynn: She’s so reserved right now, she is glad to have someone who isn’t pushing into her space. He’s just been there so far. I like how she wanted to get into makeup for him at the end of episode 2. I think she had a crush on him in high school too.
Pamela: Eun-seob is the opposite of pushy. He’s very distant but willing to accept any of her needs as his own. Hye-won in high school is an enigma. It’s hard to tell if she liked anyone. He crossed her radar a few times, so their present-day interactions feel very organic. They both seem cautious of many people who were involved in their pasts — especially Hye-won and her old friend Bo-young (Lim Se-mi).
Wendilynn: Yeah, that story opened up a whole can of worms, didn’t it? So we have Bo-young tell other girls at school that Hye-won is the daughter of a murderer. What a terrible thing to say to others. Especially as South Korea tends to paint children with the same brush as their parents when things happen. At this point she is living with her aunt. So whatever happened to make her an outcast that way, true or not, is just low.
Pamela: Both Bo-young and Hye-won have held onto this issue for a long time! Bo-young thinks her reason for blabbing was right and Hye-won is just being stubborn. Hye-won is stubborn, but she trusted Bo-young, as Bo-young reached out to befriend her first. The way Hye-won looks at it, Bo-young became her best friend, then told a secret that brought her family’s past back to slap her in the face. It will take a lot for Bo-young to have any shot at forgiveness! (Side note. I’m amused at how well these actors/actresses can pull off looking like high school students at nearly 30 years old.) I’m interested, Wendilynn-unni, in what your thoughts are about Hye-won’s aunt.
Wendilynn: I want to shake both Hye-won and her aunt. “Let’s not talk about our problems while we make passive-aggressive remarks because we think we know what the other person should be doing about whatever problem we’re not aware of.” I hate this trope. Stupid, stupid. I understand if they want to respect a person’s privacy. But both women are hurting, and neither one is adequately supportive of the other. They could both learn a thing or two from Eun-seob. He knows there is a problem, or else why would Hye-won be back. But he’s just quietly supportive, not judgemental. I like his family, btw. They are too adorable.
Pamela: A running theme in this drama is the act of bottling up your troubles to protect your illusion of stability. At this point, we don’t know much about the characters’ backstories, especially regarding Eun-seob and his family. But you can tell he and Hye-won are the way they are because of their families. Eun-seob projects an image of warmth and a desire to help others because his mother cares so deeply for him. Hye-won struggles to open up and express herself honestly because the women in her life hid behind sarcasm and passive-aggressiveness. I like Im-hwi (Kim Hwan-hee), Eun-seob’s sister, the best out of his family. She’s unapologetically and proudly the weird one.
Wendilynn: She’s confident. She’s a fun kid, and her friend is just as sassy. Both girls could teach Hye-won a few things. Hye-won seems to be suffering from a lot of betrayal from many sources. I understand why she is reserved. Eun-seob could be just what she needs. And who knows? Maybe she can get him out from behind his computer?
Pamela: Maybe, if she joins his Irene Fan Club. But apparently, the original “Goodnight, Irene” song alluded to the man jumping in a river and dying. So perhaps it’s safer for him to sit there and type about her. We’re also stuck behind our computers, after all.
Wendilynn: Yeah, I’m glad he didn’t jump into a river. It will be fun to see where they take it from here. I expect this will be a slow-burn romance type of show. Considering we’re all trying to find things to do at home, this could fit the bill.
Pamela: There is a wealth of possibilities for the supporting cast as well. So even if they’re slow in the romance department, we can always rely on Im-hwi to quirk things up. Or Hye-won’s aunt to take her dang sunglasses off.