I wanted to start this post with an expletive, but it’s both an overreaction on my part and inappropriate since I am pretending to have semblance of professionalism in my writing. But hot dang diggity dog it, I have no words….. for the content of the written preview for episode 10 of Mary Stayed Out All Night (Marry Me, Mary!). Also, it’s been confirmed that the writer of M3 has changed to the writer for 18 v. 29 – the new writer’s work will start in episode 11. I have no comment that’s not going to involve screeching.
This sounds just like the same ole crap recycled over and over again, until even I must say “why can’t you be more creative?” But then again, it’s just a written preview, and what happens can be utterly mesmerizing and leave me happy again. I’ve seen a couple of translations of the preview by the Baidu folks (who are going batshit insane right now and slicing the writer to pieces – so my reaction is the tame one in comparison), and all are rather clunky, so my money is on KBS’s original being poorly written.
Written Preview for Episode 10:
Mae Ri sees Seo Jun kissing Mu Gyul, and is shocked and dismayed. She doesn’t express it, and together with Mu Gyul, act out the script for “how to deal with a painful experience.” Mae Ri and Mu Gyul create a new memory together.
The next day, Seo Jun’s family scandal continues, and now includes scandal concerning Mu Gyul. This causes JI Entertainment to face an investment crisis in the drama. Seo Jun wants to quit the drama production, but Jung In tells her to not run away from reality, and announce the truth to the world.
Jung In organizes a press conference for Seo Jun. At the press conference, when the reporters ask about Mu Gyul, Seo Jun replies that he is the man she loves.
When Mae Ri discovers how Seo Jun still feels about Mu Gyul, she can no longer remain calm. Mae Ri finds Seo Jun, and pleads with her. If Seo Jun still loves Mu Gyul, she should not continue to make it so difficult for him.
Jung In’s dad is not happy with both Jung In’s business and his progress with Mae Ri. He wants to rescind the investment immediately. Mae Ri thinks this is all because of her. She finally understands the terms of the marriage contract (i.e. Jung In’s side of the deal with his father). She goes to plead with Jung In’s dad, promising to fulfill the terms of the marriage contract, asking him to give Jung In one last chance….
WTF, drama writer! I think you’re trying to make me hate you. I love M3 so very very much, with a level of patience and a pretty limitless ability to accept its shortcomings fondly the way I would a wayward child I birthed. When even I, your biggest cheerleader, feel like you are stretching and wasting the amazing talents and chemistry of your leads, I have to lay into you.
Don’t get me wrong, imma in this to the very end, come hell or high water. But that upcoming plot makes NO SENSE. Why the hell does Seo Jun still like Mu Gyul, a guy she dated for one month over a year ago! She’s not that type of girl. At all. The forcing of Seo Jun to pine over Mu Gyul is like telling me Madonna still hasn’t gotten over Sean Penn. Not gonna buy it.
And what pisses me off more is what I suspect Mae Ri is going to do – get back into the marriage contract with Jung In, or worse yet pick the guy, for his business future as required by devil daddy’s terms. Whether for real or pretending for devil daddy’s sake.
Nononononono. I hate sacrificial heroines, ladies who temporarily have a brain freeze and think that they can solve the problem by acquiescing. Please don’t make my beloved Mae Ri become weepy and martyr herself. And let’s not even discuss the grumpy or mopey incarnation of Mu Gyul or Jung In, which is what I potentially glimpse through the horizon.
Okay, rant over. Perhaps the written preview doesn’t capture the nuance, and what happens in episode 10 has deeper reasons that make sense. I just hope the writer doesn’t jack our OTP and their lovely character and even lovelier interactions just to create unsustainable angst flimsier than a petal in the wind. Rumors abound at DC Gall that Jang Geun Seok was seen doing more scenes with Kim Hyo Jin recently, which makes me think Seo Jun really is going to come pushing herself back into Mu Gyul’s life. *muffles four-letter word that rhymes with muck*
[Credit: written preview from KBS, translated from Korean to Chinese by the Jang Geun Seok Baidu bar, translated into English by me]