The One and Only
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Drama, Melodrama
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: Dec 20, 2021 to Feb 9, 2022
Starring: Ahn Eun Jin as Pyo In Sook, Kim Kyung Nam as Min Woo Cheon, Kang Ye Won as Kang Se Yeon, Joy as Seon Mi Do
A sauna scrubber with brain cancer, an influencer with lung cancer and a middle aged housewife with another type of cancer that I cannot recall right now all walk into a bar…. er.. hospice… Let’s be honest, on a good day I wouldn’t have willingly watched a drama that I know would make me sad, umm but I haven’t been having good days. The best way to describe this drama would be to say that it was a slippery slope to sadness, but in the end the morals is what stood out the most.
This drama is a shit show when it comes to actual plot and development. I struggled to get through the last five episodes or so because well, I did not give two shits about this murder mystery. In actuality, I am quite pissed because it wasn’t what I was promised. How much cooler would the story of three serial killers be verses this whole whodunit nonsense that very clearly points to who did it. I have always had a hard time with dramas that show how much power and money influences the ability to have justice get its proper diligence especially when this is not what I went into it to see. All that aside, what this drama strived with is showing the dynamics of a friendship forged over a circumstance. The best part of this show was when it focused on the hospice and their life stories. I didn’t enjoy the writing in terms of plot, but I LOVE LOVE the truisms and dialogue in this drama surrounding life and death.
Our trio of women were a sight to behold. Ahn Eun Jin, the woman you are. The ACTRESS you are! Pyo In Sook was certainly my favorite character of the brunch with a character development that was lovely to watch. I immediately enjoyed her from the very first frame of her in the sauna down to the last one. She was the type of character that even when she was doing something foolish, you knew it was not because of her selfishness. On the opposite spectrum, we had Mi Do played by Red Velvet’s Joy, who was a lot harder to root for consistently. There were deep deep moments of annoyance and frustration, but at her core, you saw the broken girl who didn’t love herself and was afraid to be alone. To my gay queen, Se Yeon, I just wanna hold you. I felt for her almost all this show. I also enjoyed our male lead because he is a puppy and I really don’t care that he killed people. Sorry to you all.
Speaking of Woo Cheon, I LOVED THEIR LOVE STORY. I am sorry it really was so beautiful. This is what I want from a drama that has heavy romance and has the romance as the foundation for the shenanigans. I want to be rooting for these characters and their happiness. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t find the childhood love connection to be a bit much. I truly believed in this love story which is a testament to the actors chemistry because even though it wasn’t jumping off your screen and in your face chemistry, it was so sweet and held the reverence of a first love that I was in it. ALL THE WAY IN IT.
Overall, the good outweighs the bad with this story all things considered. There are a bunch of glaring plot holes, but if I view this drama as just a story about finding yourself, friendships and love while navigating terminal illness then it leaves me feeling better. Very low rewatch value on this one.
Rewatch Value: 5/10