Whether Pinocchio is considered a modest or moderate success as a K-drama, one element of undeniable breakthrough was leading lady Park Shin Hye finally showing off an all-around acting performance that includes credible romantic stirring and attraction on her part. Whether she got over the hump on her own or leading man Lee Jong Seok had a helping hand in it, the result is a win-win for the audience to watch a drama showcase a central OTP who loved each other both as family and as mutually attracted young lovers. It was becoming a broken record about how she always looks like a deer in headlights when asked to do a kiss scene, at least we know she doesn’t have an aversion to making out with Lee Jong Seok LOL.
In the upcoming video preview for episode 18, there’s a glimpse of a shaving scene that hits me harder than previous kiss previews. Ha Myung hurt his hand and In Ha is shaving him while staring at his lips like she wants to lick the shaving cream right off him. Talk about rawr, kitten! I don’t blame her, the shaving cream totally emphasizes Lee Jong Seok’s luscious lips, of which Park Shin Hye is now plenty familiar since Pinocchio hasn’t been skimpy on the skinship between the two leads. If there’s any room for further improvement, Park Shin Hye can keep working on her lip movements and try using more tongue, a little slip here and there would raise the sexual tension exponentially, yes?