Kim Hye Ja, Chae Shi Ra, Do Ji Won, Lee Ha Na, Lee Soon Jae, Song Jae Rim, Kim Ji Suk Drama Rating: 9/10 Neck Score:A
What I liked about this show was that it was about the women, and they were real women who were not afraid to get out there and be mean, and hurt each other, and then make themselves better because they realized that blaming other people just makes things worse and you don't progress, etc. There were some infuriating parts, and some unrealistic parts, but on the whole I really liked how there was character progression, for pretty much everyone. I was surprised that one of my least favorite parts was Song Jae Rim's character. I liked him at first, because he's sexy, but then I realized that his character was a bit annoying and immature and I really hated how they drew out that tension with his romance. But it's probably more because as sexy as Song Jae Rim is, I am absolutely in love with Kim Ji Suk. Someday he will get the girl. Goodness knows his character deserves it 9 times out of 10. But I really loved how it was about a bunch of women who sunk pretty low on the crappy life scale, for lots of different reasons, and then they all pulled themselves up through their own efforts, and not because some man saved them. The men were all very secondary in this, and that was perfect. They were also all pretty sweet (even when they were immature and annoying). It was a show about women, and it was the women who did everything. I loved that. I do have to say though, that the older sister's romance was adorable, and ahjussi was the sweetest man ever and I want a man just like him. But he didn't solve her problems for her. He let her be strong, and they worked as a team. It was great. And the friendship between the grandma and her "rival" was the cutest thing ever. It's a great drama, especially if you have a mean sense of humor (which I do) and you think that snarky smack talk is funny (which I do) and you like a lot of character development, which is the best. Nothing is worse than a static character... especially when it's a lead (and it's typically the female lead- boo sexist writing!) so yay for good character arcs!