As a new fan of Jo In Sung, I’m very excited about his new drama called It’s Okay, It’s Love. He plays the role as a mystery writer with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) along with Gong Hyo Jin, a sassy psychiatrist. Both actors are veteran and well known for their acting skills in different genre, Jo In Sung for melodrama and Gong Hyo Jin for rom-com. Lee Kwang Soo (Running Man) is in this drama too, he plays the role of man with Tourette Syndrome. On paper, this drama should be excellent. The trailer alone is very interesting, watching Jo In Sung dances awkwardly with crazy clothes is priceless.
In episode 1 & 2, we learn that both lead characters; Jang Jae Yeol (Jo In Sung) and Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) have some problems. They both dislike each other (more so on Hae Soo’s side) however you can’t deny the strong chemistry and attraction between them, just witness their hot tension in the talk show’s debate. Jae Yeol is clearly interested in Hae Soo, his motivation may based on his curiosity or player’s instinct, we can never be sure because he is mysterious yet intriguingly playful. On the other hand Hae Soo is hostile towards him, she hates his player demeanor and determines to ignore him at all cost, only to see him once again and having him as a housemate.
Initially judging by his social behavior and status, Jae Yeol seems all normal despite his OCD. However, as the story progresses we know that it’s not the case. He is a crazy man and obviously schizophrenic. He has an imaginary friend called Kang Woo (played by D.O. EXO), the version of his younger self and a manifestation of his schizophrenic break because of his past trauma, his father was very abusive. To be honest, it’s very creepy to watch how he runs and laughs so freely with no one on his side in the end of epi. 4. Did anyone ever caught him when he interacted with Kang Woo? I mean he often interacts with Kang Woo in public places for goodness sake! I wonder how much longer he can keep his condition a secret, especially from Hae Soo (she kinda predict that he is not normal, but not to that extent).
Despite of her profession, Hae Soo is not someone you can call normal as well. She has commitment issues and afraid of physical intimacy (read:sex) mainly caused by years of witnessing her mother cheating on her mentally handicapped father. Things got worse when she learned that her boyfriend cheated on her with her close friend. She is lashing her anger on Jae Yeol (who told her about her cheating boyfriend) and telling him to leave the house, unaware with the fact that Jae Yeol owns the house.
Hae Soo is one sassy girl but she can be too hostile towards Jae Yeol. I wonder if this behavior is her self-defense method to avoid further attraction to him. Girl is clearly attracted to this crazy guy, especially after they spend a night together. Innocently of course, despite light peck on Hae Soo lips and a slap on his face. Moreover, in spite of his major mental problems I think Jae Yeol is very good at analyzing things even more than Hae Soo, perhaps because he is a mystery writer and used to complexity (most geniuses are known to be tad crazy). By episode 4, he is already into her and judging by his personality it won’t take so long before we can see some bold actions from him.
The romance in this drama is fun and interesting. However, I’m much more intrigued by Jae Yeol’s mental condition. If he is really that crazy sick, he will not be capable to heal Hae Soo’s trauma or even build a normal relationship with her. Obviously, having her close is good because she’s a psychiatrist but schizophrenia is not a light disorder. He can’t tell which one is real and which one is not (he even picks an imaginary call in front of Hae Soo!) the drama also gives subtle hint about him as the real killer of his father.
In my opinion, Jae Yeol is very twisted and I don’t think love should be his main priority now. The romance may take the backseat after Hae Soo realizes what kind of crazy man she is in love with, he most probably sleeps in his bathtub for crying out loud. Now that poster with both of them in the bathtub hugging is making sense to me. He certainly will lure her into his twisted world and I admit I can’t wait to watch that. Their sexual tension is so apparent that I can’t believe she is still a virgin whatsoever. Yes, a mature drama with virgin female lead is laughable, really.
This drama is definitely for adults because they talk about sex so freely and frequently, along with other sensitive issues and dark side of human beings. It’s not a bad thing of course, as it feels real and refreshing. Can’t wait to see how things unraveled in the next episodes. This drama got some great OSTs too, check it out below:
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