My Monday picked up majorly and a new 8-week addiction has formed. MBC premiered new Mon-Tues drama Dinner Mate (Shall We Have Dinner Together) and it’s basically tailored made to hit every one of my rom-com happy nodes. There’s handsome but still has a nice personality Song Seung Heon and ordinarily pretty and warmly confident Seo Ji Hye hitting the ground running right from the get go as the story blasts off with no hesitation. Kim Jung Hyun makes a welcome cameo as Seo Ji Hye’s cheating boyfriend turned ex and it doesn’t bother me that he’s being used as a jump off point for the main romance, smart production companies can and should cast Seo Ji Hye and Kim Jung Hyun in their own happy ending romance drama down the line but here it’s all about the broken-hearted girl and the boy who witnessed it all go down and can’t walk away. Dinner is a stand in for getting to know you and it’s the perfect soothing balm for a time when dining out feels like a distant return to normal. Episode 1 of Dinner Mate was a full return to normal for me in watching a rom-com the way it should be.