Lazy Unnie’s Couch: The Law Cafe

Jung Ho, Yu Ri, Se Yeon, and Jin Ki have been friends for 17 years since Seoyeon High. Jung Ho is a landlord who used to be called the Monster Genius of the prosecution. Despite his clumsiness, he is a cool guy with a mysterious charm. Yu Ri is an eccentric lawyer with a hot-temper that cannot stand injustice, which leads her to quit her firm and start a law cafe of her own. When she goes to see her landlord for the contract, she finds out that he is her old friend Jung Ho. From that point, a crazy relationship that develops from friendship to love begins.

  • Starring: Lee Seung Gi | Lee Se Young
  • Episodes: 16 (1 hr. 20 mins. )
  • Aired: September 5 – October 25, 2022
  • Network: KBS2
  • Where to Watch: Viki

I can’t say that I love law dramas besides the typical Law and Order. But this was really promising when I started. Typically, I wouldn’t have thought of these two more than a sibling sort of chemistry, but I was proven wrong once or twice during this. Law Cafe was a mix of serious serialized cases and romcom with sprinkles of family drama. On paper, it shouldn’t have worked but it did, with smudges of course.

When it came to the plot and pacing of the show, I really was drawn to the concept of Kim Yoo Ri leaving a firm and starting a law cafe. I liked how it brought in a bunch of different cases and we got to see how passionate she was about them. I also liked how some of them dealt with issues that were relevant. Sexual harassment, child endangerment. It really felt like I was watching a light Korean version of SVU. Even with the sexual tension between Yoo Ri and Lee Seung Gi’s Kim Jeong Ho. Speaking of that sexual tension, they really brought the sexy at times. I love when a male lead is in love first. I mean, he was in love for years and didn’t say shit so if he had lost his chance at her, I wouldn’t have been sorry for his ass. But boy was he dedicated.

Outside of the case-by-case moments, there was the big bad that loomed over our leads with Jo Han Chul playing the big bad Lee Pyun Woong. Boy was he a great villain. Have I mentioned I love his voice? Cause I fucking do. It has that right amount of annoying that makes a good villain. Honestly, he and his crazy became one of the best parts of the show. When the back and forth between Jeong Ho and Yoo Ri was getting redundant, you had Pyun Woong throwing crazy nuggets in and shaking things up.

As for the cast of characters, I really liked them. Jeong Ho and his angry landlord routine, in the beginning, was fun. All the workers at the cafe and neighborhood provided a nice comedic reprieve from the dramatic love story between the leads. I loved, loved, LOVED Kim Seulgi as the best friend cop. I really need sis in a lead role because she is being wasted!

All in all, it wasn’t a bad drama. I got bored toward the end because it started to drag on a bit. I could have seen it being wrapped up in 12-14 episodes instead of 16 but that’s a personal preference. The kisses were amazing! However, there were times I was taken out because the chemistry didn’t read romantic between Lee Seung Gi and Lee Se Young. The banter was amazing and I could have seen them stay enemies a bit longer, but when they were good, they were great. Nice easy drama to binge if you don’t really have anything else to watch.

Acting: 7/10
Story: 7/10
Music: 7/10
Comfort Score: 8/10
Overall: 7.5/10

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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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