Happy Sisters – KDrama Review
I have to say I have been totally sidetracked by A Love So Beautiful, a Chinese drama, that I have lost much of my appetite for Korean dramas lately. I did try to watch a few and can’t really get into them but for some reason this new Korean drama, Happy Sisters, managed to piqued my interest.
Actually I first watched it while waiting for the twit (from Twitter) from Noumi that ALSB has been subbed. Oh the time I had waited for the English subs!!! Well worth it.
Anyway, I began to watch Happy Sisters., thinking what is this?!!! There was that monstrous looking mother-in-law, the lead girls where ajumma (older lady) looking.
I was pleasantly surprised. But I have to admit that I have fast-forwarded a lot of the scenes from the first 7 episodes and concentrating mainly in the stories of the two sisters. By episode 8 I am totally hooked and even loving the monstrous mother-in-law.
- Shim Yi-young as Yoon Ye-eun – wife
- Han Young as Yoon Sang-eun – contract marriage wife
- Oh Dae-gyu as Choi Jae-woong – contract marriage husband
- Kang Seo-joon as Lee Jin-seop – erring husband
- Lee Shi-kang as Min Hyung-joo – Handsome jobless
- Ban So-young as Jo Hwa-young – the mistress
- Bo Ra-na as Go Da Hong – Grunge lady with two kids
- Heo Eun Jung as Lee Se Ran – Lee Jin-seop’s sister
- Lee Ye-Bin as Lee Byeong Sook – fat young sister.
- Jung Geun as Gong Il-Sam – Miss Jo’s ex-bf and an ex-con
Ye-eun is the younger sister married for seven years to Jin-Seop, who is having an affair with his personal assistant, Hwa-young (Miss Jo).
Sang-eun is the older sister who got into so much debt. In desperation entered into a contract marriage with a prosperous plastic surgeon, Jae-woong, who is not interested with a traditional marriage but just to give a mother figure to his beloved daughter.
In the background at the moment is a young good-looking man by the name of Hyung-joo (Handsome Jobless), who met Ye-eun by accident and taken her to the hospital. He found Ye-eun rather interesting.
The real fun began (episode 10) during the wedding of Sang-eun and Jae-woong. Hwa-young gave Jin Seop a final warning of not attending his sister-in-law’s wedding or else all hell will break loose. But Jin Seop attended anyway as he is expected to walk the bride down the aisle.
Hwa-young was a feisty woman, who refused to be thwarted. So she sent a couple of selfies of her and Jin Seop in bed together to Ye-eun.
At this same moment, Hyung-joo, who happened to be a good friend of the groom spied Ye-eun in the bridal welcoming party. As he approached her, Ye-eun just walked passed him in a rather agitated mood that Hyung-joo fallowed her. There he witnessed Ye-eun’s husband confessing his love to his mistress, while Ye-eun was catatonic with shock in a nearby wall.
OMG, this drama is actually quite addictive once you get into it.
I have been reading comments on the site where I watch this drama and they are really hilarious. Most of them are saying that they are going to stop watching because Ye-eun (YE) is so stupid hanging on to her stupid good for nothing husband. But these viewers are still there with me watching five days a week, every weekdays. 🙂 🙂 😉 And probably avidly wait for every episodes of the rest of the 120. LOL
The comments are something to look forward to as much as the addictive drama itself.
I can understand their feelings because I think it too but then again, it was also fun watching everyone in the drama squirming in an old cliche situation. And the chemistry between erring husband Jin-seop and YE is actually on the boil.
There is another man, the handsome jobless (he is not actually jobless, in fact he is the CEO of TShampoo), in the background who is subconsciously attracted to YE. But the chemistry between YE and husband is really strong.
The ongoing one-upmanship between YE and Miss Jo, the mistress is bizarrely enjoyable to watch. Miss Jo is a caricature of evilness.
Anyway at this episode, YE decided to have a break from the house because her sister-in-law is adding to her stress. After she scolded her sister-in-law which was heard by mother-in-law, she was told to leave. So YE did. But come dinnertime, they wanted her back.
Miss Jo learned that YE left and took the opportunity to go over the family house and do the cooking. Everyone noticed that she can’t really cook but they all said that she did well. They don’t want to upset her. Miss Jo bandied about the idea that she comes from a rich family, who are based abroad and they would be likely to invest in Jin-seop business.
(I think there is no rich family in the background. Miss Jo would run the business into the ground, the way she was spending and bribing everyone from the company account.)
Jin-seop begged YE to come back because he is scared of the consequences of his adultery from his mother and employees of the company; the company that YE helped build.
This is such a slapstick comedy. This episode is YE’s without a doubt. She is the hands-down victor. After Miss Jo insinuated that she did the dirty with Jin seop in YE’s bedroom, YE retaliated by going to Miss Jo’s apartment to cause mayhem. Hilarious.
They are a bunch of good actor. I just don’t know what is the point of the woman with the bad hair-do with insane rap/hip-hop pretensions. I supposed she’s there and her children to bump up time for a 120 episodes.
Ep 28 – 29
Ep 28 is lacklustre.
As to episode 29, the mother-in-law finally found out about son’s affair. Though she was at first shocked that her son is just like her two timing husband, she finally ordered YE to give Jin Seop a divorce.
Miss Jo enticed the mother-in-law with a prospect of a grandson, which YE can’t give Jin Seop after 7 years of marriage. To top it all, Miss Jo’s father threatened Jin Seop that he wlll ruin his company.
I think Miss Jo hired professional actors to play her parents.
Poor YE. But all the initiating forces of a happier time for YE is slowly coming together. Handsome Jobless is the CEO of TShampoo and again and again YE is shown creating her homemade shampoo. Yey
A for a bit schadenfreude for YE one day, Miss Jo will go through the company money in no time and Jin Seop will go bankrupt.
Actually this drama is becoming tedious especially with the introduction of a new horrid character of the ex-boyfriend of Miss Jo who was just released from prison but causing boring mayhem.
I think the scriptwriters should start thinking of divorce for poor YE and be done with it. Let her start living for herself. And also the director should tell Han Young playing Yoon Sang-eun to act better. Her trying to be cute is off putting. Sang-eun must be almost 40.
The last 5 minutes of this episode is the most hilarious and most satisfying yet. Da Hong found out that YE is being cheated on by Jin Seop with his secretary. She went to the office and let hell loose. Sang-Eun also joined in in beating up Jin Seop and Miss Jo.
Once again after another fraught confrontation, YE went to her favourite park bench where Hyung Joo (handsome jobless) found her. He advised that she has to end her current situation and go for divorce. He was very motivational. He said:
The best revenge to those who betrayed you (in love) is to forget them as soon as you break up, don’t cling.
Divorce is a choice not a failure.
Breaking up with someone doesn’t mean you get abandoned. It is just a new start.
With these food for thoughts, At last YE had decided to divorce Jin Seop but there is a condition.
The condition was that the monter-mother-in-law had to get divorced first.
Miss Jo is pregnant.
Yey, perfect end for this week, YE is finally divorced from Jin Seop, but I must say they really do have chemistry. YE punching his face and kicking him on the shin was really very satisfying. 🙂 Good way to say good-bye to the past.
BTW: The interaction between Byeong-Suk (Jin-Seop youngest sister) and Il Sam (Miss Jo’s ex and an ex-con) was rather sweet. I bet they’ll end up together. Byeong Suk is the best of the lot.
Episode 41 – 44
YE is finally divorced and quite contented with her new beginning.
Miss Jo is now married to Jin Seop and creating havoc in the household. She is using her pregnancy to boss everybody around. She is doing a good job.
Monster-mother-in-law is getting her comeuppance for treating YE so horrendously. Miss Jo is working her like a maid.
The cunning Miss Jo is also busy milking the finances of the company.( Jin Seop might end up in jail for fraud, I reckon.)
YE and Hyung Joo’s (HJ) friendship is heating up.
HJ accidentally found out the extent of Miss Jo’s trickery and has become even more protective of YE. (lucky woman)
#44 was hilarious and satisfying. Miss Jo’s slapping of Se Ran was so good. Jin Seop also got a taste of Miss Jo’s wickedness by having a handful of bean paste slapped on his face by Miss Jo after she heard Jin Seop saying that he misses YE red bean stew. 🙂
HJ was about to confess who he really was to YE but got interrupted by their respective parents until the moment for heart to heart was gone.
Da Hong entered the shampoo competition and won. However, she was not the one who created the winning shampoo but YE.
HJ hired a lawyer for YE to deal with her alimony. JIn Seop called YE to harass her about the lawyer. There is a bit of continuity of errors here. YE bought a new phone as a celebration of her new single life. She got rid of her old phone and old number. How did Jin Seop know her new number? Does it mean she wasted her money for a new phone? I must admit this scene was niggling me.
Episode 46 -50
YE got her alimony money at last. Miss Jo (Hwa Young) has discovered that HJ is the heir to TMO Group. She has now making her mission to prevent YE to be cinderella, having a happily ever after with her prince charming.
HY also managed to convince her mother in law to give her bank account and stamp so HY can give her shares from the company.
I have to say, the story is becoming tedious with only a few characters who are likeable.
Why is YE continues be downtrodden? Why doesn’t she help herself?
Why is SE becoming more annoying with her childish behaviour when she is obviously an adjumma. It is really unattractive. Why doesn’t she find something constructive to do like teaching music again, instead of wasting her time with another man. She is so horny. She is such a silly idiotic woman.
By the way, the mother of YE and SE is so lovely to look at. Why aren’t her daughters look like her? 🙂
Also children are supposed to be cute in dramas. Soo Ji and Soo Chan were cute at first but there are overacting. Shame on the writers for not giving these two talented youngsters a better script.
To be fair, Choi Jin-hee is adorable.
The only cute thing is the story at the moment is the fat sister having a lovely friendship with her kickboxing instructor.
I am beginning to fast forward the drama once again and just watching bits here and there. 38 minutes for just 7 minutes. LOL
Please stop the wickedness or at least do not concentrate on the wickedness of Hwa Young. Start YE to be happy and let SE gets her rodgering from her contract husband so she stops her whining and pouting. LOL
Episodes 51- 53
The Winter Olympics 2018, which is being held in South Korea has impacted on the scheduling of this daily daytime drama.
For all it is worth, HY is becoming more wicked and YE and the rest are just taking it in. Even HJ is ineffectual. SE is still a useless, immature wife, who might embark on an affair. Poor Jin Seop is a battered husband.
Episode 53 ended with Jin Seop and his ‘rich’ father-in-law accidentally meeting in a men’s toilet. Will Jin Seop find out about the fake father-in-law?
As this drama unfolds, I am wondering why it is called Happy Sisters because they are more like the Annoying Demented Sisters.
For adjummas, they are both so immature and self-centered.
Anyway, it turned out that Hwa Young is having twins, therefore despite her evil streaks, she is feted by the family.
YE is now working at TMG corp. It was a rocky start, having found out that the CEO was none other than HJ (handsome jobless).
Episode 59 – 60
Halfway to the whole series, which is actually about how evil is Hwa Young. This drama is all about her. She is the leading character.
But is she it not, can the writers please retire her a least a few episodes.
It is so ridiculous. It was Se Ran’s first day at the TMO Group and she got into fight with YE. What do you know? Hwa Young went into the office and pulled YE’s hair.
Writers, come on? There is no real reason for this. Hwa Young might be a psycho but she knows, you can’t just go into an office and assault someone.
BTW, SE got her much awaited shag with her contract husband after a drunken night together. The next morning, they both behaved like scalded virgins! LOL
Episode 61 –
The story is really tedious because it is really going round and round in circle around Hwa Young’s little finger.
The only thing that is cute in this drama is the budding romance between Byeong Suk and Il Sam. Sam was so tender towards Byeong Suk and she to him and he notices it. Sweet.
Episodes 62 – 68
Hwa Young’s has been found out that she was not pregnant. Se Ran overheard Hwa Young’s connivance with her doctor about their scheme of fake pregnancy.
Se Ran, you would think would now get the upperhand, wouldn’t you? No instead Hwa Young kidnapped her and threatened her with bodily harm so Se Ran once again let another opportunity to tell her family how fake Hwa Young was.
Hwa Young, being throughly evil, used one stone to kill several birds: She purposely threw herself on the stairs in front of YE, to blame YE for her fall and the ‘miscarriage’ of her twins.
I bet after all these evil doings of Hwa Young, she will end up forgiven towards the end of this drama. 🙁
Episodes 69 – 70
I just watched the last 5 minutes of the drama as I can’t really stomach all the nastiness and the stupidity. The last five minutes also shows preview for the the next episode.
Hwa Young is still queening it and I am beginning to get annoyed with Min Hyung Joo. Why did he not reveal how fake Hwa Young immediately before she created more havoc? Why did he not tell security not to let Hwa Young into the building without appointment? Don’t they have CCTV inside the building to check what happened?
Nope there is no CCTV.
In episode 70, Il Sam found out that Hwa Young was never pregnant for the reason that the doctor made her to be sterile in the past. The conversation between Ill Sam and the doctor was overheard by Hyung Joo.
Poor deluded Jin Seop, he signed out all his assets to Hwa Young.