CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW
- Starring: Yoon Gyun Sang | Kim Yoo Jung | Song Jae Rim
- Episodes: 16 (1 hr. 10 min.)
- Aired: November 26, 2018 – February 4, 2019
- Network: jTBC
(Mild spoilers below)
It felt like such a heavy task to pick the first drama to watch of the new year. But I wanted something light and cute. I was coming off the melodramatic Search WWW, so I wanted to settle into a place that always keeps me coming back; a rom-com. CWPFN had been on my to watch list for sometime but it was always a skip over because lets be honest, Yoon Gyun Sang isn’t some drop dead gorgeous leading man. I had only seen him in what I watched of Pinocchio and the rest of the cast were almost all new to me. After hearing and reading how amazing Kim Yoo Jung was as a child actress and the couple of gifs I saw, this one got clicked on.
Let me tell ya, me and Gil Oh Sol could never live together. Our house would be so messy that the cleaning company wouldn’t want to even come in. I say that because she was probably my favorite. The level in which I related to this character was insane. From the messy chaotic energy that she emitted everywhere to the depressing lost of her mother. I was here for her in all of her tries and failures. What I think both the show runners and Kim Yoo Jung did amazingly well was show how you don’t need to have everything together by a certain age. Or how things don’t go as they plan but the fact that you’re even trying is a big feat.
Now Yoon Gyun Sang’s Jang Sun Gyeol. I wanted to dislike him. He wasn’t cute cute but damn it if I didn’t get butterflies every time he did something adorably stupid. The whole time I felt like he was trying to stop a typhoon with an umbrella. That typhoon being Gil Oh Sol. There were times went I think it was a little too much with the way his OCD and Mysophobia but at the same time, I don’t know shit about being a germaphobe so this could have been all on par. But it just seemed weird to me that all of a sudden that this messy girl is the one. The one that is gonna be the cure all. Welcome to dramaland I guess.
And speaking of, can’t come to dramaland without a stop at love triangle central. Now, I didn’t get major second lead syndrome with this one. Maybe it’s because Song Jae Rim’s Dr. Daniel was just so good at stuffing his true feelings away as to no inconvenience anyone else. He was really a shining spot in the whole plot. It wasn’t really a childhood meet cute, but their past kept me intrigued and each episode I was hoping for more things to be revealed about how they knew each other. Let’s just say, Dr. Daniel deserved better and I hope he gets it.
The supporting cast and the side plot holes were cute and I wish they took the time to explore them more. Shout out to my girl Dohee who is doing big things always playing the best wingwoman in dramaland. And let me not forget Lee Do Hyun, the one who stole my heart. He played Gil Oh Dol, Oh Sol’s little brother. He was captivating for sure.
Another captivating aspect was the whole workplace. The cleaning crew was made up of a cast of characters that had you hooked in with the comedy and the sincerity of their plotlines. It was really cute to see how Sun Gyeol and Oh Sol navigated falling in love and being employer and employee. Even though there was the separation, the dynamic didn’t feel awkward. In the end, I actually wished for more workplace scenes between the two of them. Also, I didn’t realize that Cha In Ha was in this but when I realized, it made my heart even more because his potential was there.
Recommended For: People who like workplace romances and don’t mind medical terms
Fave Song: Cosmos – Huh Gak