Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Oh My Baby

Aged 39, Jang Ha Ri is the ultimate workaholic. She hasn’t even had a boyfriend in the past decade, long ago decided to forget about looking for love, and instead has thrown her energy into her career. However, as she works as a senior reporter for a parenting magazine named “The Baby,” she is constantly reminded of the one thing she wants most in life – to have a baby of her own. She decides to cut to the chase and try for a baby but wants to skip one key stage – and resolves not to marry. But as she turns her mind to single parenthood, she suddenly realizes that she is surrounded by admirers: freelance photographer Han Yi Sang, super-smart pediatrician Yoon Jae Young, and the office newbie, the doting Choi Kang Eu Ddeum. Could any of these three love candidates help Jang Ha Ri in her quest to become a mother? And could her quest inadvertently send her on the path to true love?

  • Starring: Jang Na Ra | Go Joon| Park Byung Eun | Jung Gun Joo
  • Episodes: 16 (1 Hr. 5 Min.)
  • Aired: May 13 – July 2, 2020
  • Network: tvN

I love Jang Nara. And after watching her in the crazy The Last Empress, I was excited to see her in this more adult drama. To me, the idea of a woman wanting a baby without a partner or husband seems normal. Just pop down to the sperm clinic and pick you out a baby daddy. But that’s a very western world mentality I realized. Here, Jang Ha Ri doesn’t have it as simple. Her struggle to find a partner, have a baby and keep her career don’t actually run at the same pace on the path that we call adult life. Throw in the fact she’s trying to basically save the baby magazine she works at, things aren’t what you call easy.

When I started watching this, I was enamored. I needed to keep watching to see how this whole reverse harem would turn out. Ha Ri’s harem included her childhood best friend and newly single father, Yoon Jae Young, a young employee at her job, Choi Kang Eu Tteum, and finally a photographer who she has a mysterious past with, Han Yi Sang. Each man was different, all on different paths in their lives but in some way they kind of all complimented different aspects of Ha Ri’s personality.

During the first half of the show it was really firm in it’s plot of trying to find a way for Ha Ri to have a baby against all the odds she had. Even to the point where she tried to illegally purchase sperm, and getting caught for it. Through some other mishaps and some really funny cute scenes, Ha Ri decides she’s going to go with her dongsaeng, Eutteum, who somehow has an abundance of sperm. Now here is something I didn’t like. She decided she would go through with Eutteum and they had a nice chemistry but when the writer decided that the love triangle would be better suited for Han Yi Sang and Yoon Jae Young, Eutteum-shhi kind of fell to the sidelines. Yes, there was some one sided love going on and then a misunderstanding between him and one of Ha Ri’s co-workers, but in the end, I wanted more.

Speaking of the love triangle, it felt forced but not in the typical sense. It just felt expected to be between her childhood best friend who was more of a brother but now that he was newly divorced and Ha Ri’s mother kind of kept putting them together, and the distinguished photographer who was against having children. In the end, I just had wished she picked Eutteum lol. At least it would have been a little more against the grain. Han Yi Sang wasn’t terrible, I just found them to have very little chemistry together and their relationship didn’t really feel all that romantic. I guess it was because at their age there was no need for the cute stuff. Or the fact that they had no chemistry.

Ultimately, I ended up liking elements of the show and didn’t think it was all too bad. I really liked Ha Ri as a character. She was relatable as a writer and I loved how Ha Ri would narrate some of the articles she wrote. It made me as a viewer, care about what she was trying to get across. It allowed me to connect with her better. And I think that’s what I liked about the show from the beginning, Ha Ri’s struggles to really be what she wanted to be from even a young age. A mom.

Acting : 7/10
Story : 8/10
Music : 8/10
Overall : 7.5/10
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Fave Song : ‘Love Is All Around’ by I’ll

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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