Cheat On Me, If You Can
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: December 2, 2020 to January 28, 2021
Starring: Cho Yeong Jeong as Kang Yeo Joo, Go Jun as Han Woo Sung, Kim Young Dae as Cha Soo Ho, Yeonwoo as Go Mi Rae
When I first saw this drama, I truly had no intention to even start it. The reason I ended up starting this drama was simply because I needed to watch more viki pass plus dramas since I now unfortunately have a subscription. I was very adverse to another cheating drama, but I love watching Cho Yeong Jeong in her roles and settled on this. I DO NOT REGRET IT AT ALL. I had so much fun watching this drama yall. Like SO MUCH FUN.
This drama was very well done imo. I am still reeling off of the last two episodes because I am sitting here like wait but that kinda makes sense though! I think the charm of this drama is that it asks you to believe in the improbability of certain things happening and is filled with red herrings. I can understand for a lot of viewers how this can be frustrating especially when it moves at a slow pace in a circular movement. However, as someone who enjoys these type of shows, I didn’t find it frustrating at all. Once we got to episode three, I was like basically anything that happened where it seemed like she found out her husband cheated is not true. I also did not expect them to reveal who the killer was until the end. There is a complaint that the ending was rushed but I really don’t see it as such. Another complaint is that they didn’t understand the various side characters and the points they served to the story, but like I am sorry that you are not big brained enough to connect the dots. It is quite clear that everyone served to tell Kang Yeo Joo’s story. It made sense to me that the entire premise of this show wasn’t her finding out her husband cheated on her and trying to exact revenge.
(SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD) One of the things about the story that I had a hard time understanding was why with all of Kang Yeo Joo’s intelligence did she never pick up on him cheating on her. However, I think that the final episode really honed in on her temperament. Her major aversion to cheating was explained well and I can’t say I blame her. She really loves her husband and was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all she spent more than half their marriage telling him what would happen if he did cheat on her. She said she would rather be a widow than a divorcee and I respect that. Even in the scenes where he attempts to tell her that he cheated, she misunderstands it to be something else. He also did a really good job of providing his mistresses with the same products that she uses and using his friend to cover up his actions and passing the blame onto their family. The heartbreak in her face when she asks why does everyone suspect her to be the killer when she has no reason was hard to see and in the final moments when she is told by the detective that her husband has indeed been very unfaithful to her, I was like yes bitch KILL THAT MOTHERFUCKER. It was poetic that the last episode ended with the scene similar to the one that the first episode ended with. It could also have been interpreted that Yeo Joo was aware of the misdiscretions and felt shame that everyone but her knew about this once. EITHER WAY HE GOT STABBED AND THAT IS ON PERIODT. (END SPOILER)
Naturally the standout acting was done by Cho Yeong Jeong. She was able to deliver the unique charm of Yeo Joo and tapped into the nuances of her character. Sometimes it was just the little ways that she tilted her head or squinted her eyes which delivered that strong emotion behind it. I would say that the weakest was Yeonwoo and I am not saying this because she is an idol or was one, but rather the kind of unnatural way her delivery was. I understand that Go Mi Rae was supposed to be a timid character, but even her transformation into the “bolder” version still wasn’t really much of anything. I felt a disconnect to her story because of that.
As for the music well needless to say I stand by my belief that all of Suran’s OSTs are better than any of her original stuff since Walkin’ Ep. I really enjoyed the three songs and their composition/lyrics. I thought it fit aptly with our story at hand. I also enjoyed the way the director shot various scenes even with the terribly obvious product placement.
Overall, I enjoyed this drama. It is not one without flaws, but it kept me entertained and guessing all the way through and honestly what more could I ask for? Well besides, more shirtless scenes of Kim Young Dae! I would definitely recommend!
Rewatch Value: 8/10
Fave Song: Suran – O.V.E.R