Some folks not watching Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice) might be wondering in a rubbernecking sort of way how godawful this drama can possibly get even with a scant two episodes left. Judging from the just released stills for episode 15, there is plenty of room in drama hell left for it to go. Following in the wholly inexplicable pattern of releasing stills of Mi Rae and Se Joo, the latest pictures show them attending an industry party together all dolled up. Or at least they are supposed to be but frankly Se Joo looks like smarmy ahjusshi with the slicked back hair, too-gaudy earrings, and blue double breasted suit while Mi Rae looks like she would rather be cutting her toenails than being there. I’ve given up on this drama having any romance or comedy, but it’s actually hilariously brain dead for the writer to keep insisting on showing us interactions between Mi Rae and Se Joo when (1) Mi Rae always looks pained and awkward, and (2) of all the possible combos for the leads getting together, this one is by far the worst and most barftastic. Se Joo and Yoo Kyung makes sense as confidantes and she has the brains and street smarts to help him in life running YBS. Mi Rae and Shin make sense because she’s the sensibility where he’s all ego and principles, he toughens her up and she smooths his edges out. Heck, even Shin and Yoo Kyung make sense! He sees through her facade but understands her reasons while she isn’t in awe or cowed by him.
So if three out of four pairings are decent, why does the writer insist on shoving the sole lame one down our throats? Why? WAE? Is she a masochist? We have to be hurt before we’ll feel the pleasure? I don’t know, but the thought that Mi Rae accepted Se Joo’s proposal (I spot a ring on her finger in the still) leaves me with no choice but to draw the following conclusions. The drama tells us that a person can keep insisting on loving another, despite being told in no uncertain terms that the feeling is not reciprocated. That obsession can manifest in being “friends” just to stick around the vicinity, but it’s not really “friends” if one person carries a torch and then whips out a ring. The “friends” thing in the case of Se Joo is just a convenient excuse so that Mi Rae doesn’t run away from him. And Mi Rae? If she’s that weak she needs to lead a guy on that likes her by deluding herself that he’s just a friend, then she’s too pathetic for me to care about whether she can overcome all odds and find the career and man she loves. I suppose there is some karmic justice that pathetic Se Joo with his pathetic “I love you because you understand the lonely me” self wins the hand of the pathetic “I’m okay” Mi Rae because future Mi Rae came back and screwed everyone over. At this point, the only thing that could possibly entertain me in this drama would be if the ending was another future Mi Rae came back because this Mi Rae did marry Se Joo and it turned out to be a nightmare of a marriage and future, so she’s back to do it all over again. Ha!