Am through ep 6 of Partner
and I really really adore the drama. The thing I adore the most? The absolutely fucked up thing going on between Jung Won and Young Woo (i.e. the secondary OTP).
By now, I really like our hero, Tae Jo (I sense the beginning of a crush, actually), and I have liked the heroine, Eun Ho, from the moment I met her. And I like their chemistry and their friendly relationship and their overall adorableness.
But the thing is, they are much too normal
and well-adjusted so how can they compete with total dysfunction that is the secondary OTP? I keep dying for the whole drama to be about them. Their combo of toughness/weariness/wrongness and genuine inability to break off however much both of them realize this isn't doing good for either one of them (she is much better off not being in a dead-end relationship with a married man who has no intention of leaving his wife and has never lied to her about it, and he is much better off not engaging in an affair which can jeopardize his society, strategic marriage and screw up his future for good) is my kryptonite. I think I love it especially because both of them are very much my fictional character types - Jung Won is scary-smart and competent and gorgeous and is wryly amused at herself for being an idiot on the relationship front. And Young Woo is so controlled and even frozen over he has almost
smothered any humanity in himself, but he hadn't managed to do it quite and so you can see him dying inside over all the things he is doing (he is about one step from a nervous breakdown) but he has no intention to stop. And Jung Won is the one chink in his armor - the one human emotion he cannot bear to give up. They are so beyond fucked up. I SHIP THEM LIKE MAD.
And this scene, OMG! When she got drunk and called him and he came to pick her up. And she was a lot freer because of the alcohol and hugged him and then went "oh, sorry, I forgot, you hate the smell of alcohol" and he just clutched
her and told her "I don't mind it, if it's your smell." MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Oh, my hopeless, never-gonna-end-well OTP!( More caps from that scene )
Actually, I keep wondering why he broke up with her and married his society wife. I mean, it's not as if she is a chicken-seller from the gutter. She is a highly educated, eminently presentable, very successful attorney. Though I suppose even that wasn't society enough. (Man, his and hero's father is CREEPY EVIL - anyone who has his older son so completely controlled and cowed as if he was a puppet when the man is 40 and the younger son so pissed off at the whole family he basically bailed and never talks to them, is doing something wrong on the parenting front).