Perfect Wife, 3
In a cycle of sausage-centered workplace dramas, what a delight it is to finally find a show I can love. Three episodes in, Perfect Wife is all about the ladies, with its men playing only bit parts.
Even as her marriage crumbles, Jae Bok is surrounded by women who care about her. At their hands, she’s already undergone two makeovers, both conducted with the express purpose of strengthening her, rather than pleasing someone else. Cinderella-style makeovers are a dime a dozen on Korean television, but how often do you see one that’s not given by a guy motivated by his own desires?
Gifts of shoes are especially fraught in Korea, as supposedly the recipient will use them to walk away from the giver. But Perfect Wife turned that around. After handing off her expensive heels to Jae Bok, Eun Hee tells her with a happy smile, “They will take you to a good place. I mean my shoes. Unnie, now only good things will happen to you.“
The show is teasing with Eun Hee, trying to make viewers think she’s mysterious and threatening. but I’m hoping that she’s exactly what she seems–a lonely woman who’s finally found the friend she needs in Jae Bok.