If I had more time I’d definitely recap the Friday night SETTV drama Pleasantly Surprised (Love Myself or You). There is just too many wonderful elements in it and not a single thing I dislike in the story line or the characters. Episode 6 just aired this week and the story continues to get more interesting as the leads head into a cooking competition while Ah Jie’s family situation starts to intrude on his undercover life as a kitchen intern. This drama is lightweight without being silly, like a warm Summer breeze beckoning that carries a sincere message. I appreciate that Kai Qi is warming up to Ah Jie slowly but surely, not that her desire to be left alone is inherently wrong, but the impetus was due to familial strife and disappointment which makes it clear she wouldn’t be this way if her dad wasn’t a grade-A bastard. This drama manages to showcase people with positive virtues along with different points of view and addresses how that can lead to better things to come. With that said, this post isn’t intended to solely extol the virtues of the drama without touching upon the one glaring visual blunder present since the beginning and appears to be getting worse and worse. I’m talking about male lead Ah Jie (Louis) and his wardrobe. The pants are 95% the problem with the occasional shirt hot mess, but goodness what pants disaster occurs every episode plastered tightly to his lower half. I adore Liu Yi Hao but this fashion disaster is one for the ages and adds another layer of viewing purpose. I wonder each week what flower or print abomination shall appear on his derriere? Check it out for yourself below and enjoy the snerk.
The leads Liu Yi Hao and Puff Guo are fantastic and natural as their interactions basically carry the entire show. But there are a handful of side characters that are hilarious and cute to watch, adding more fun to the proceedings beyond just watching the OTP slowly fall for each other. Yorke as the handsome chef’s assistant with the crush on Puff who glares daggers at sunshiney Ah Jie. Shao Xiang as the douchy head chef who can’t understand why ladies aren’t fallen over him. Lene Lai as the nuanced second female lead sous chef that openly competes with Kai Qi for professional achievement and is refreshingly upfront whether she’s being bitchy or bold. And let’s not forget little cupid Xiao Yi who just soaks in the attention from his aunt and the nice uncle next door, and clearly can see that those two are way closer than just friends.
Pleasantly Surprised MV: