Alone in Love Episode 1: Can We Start Over Again?

Love Is… Composition by Shin Ji Ah – Alone in Love OST

Character Introduction

Gam Woo Sung as Lee Dong Jin
He works as a manager at a bookstore. He is divorced from Eun Ho for almost two years.

Son Ye Jin as Eun Ho
She is a physical fitness trainer at a gym. She is Dong Jin’s ex-wife.

Gong Joon Pyo as Dr. Gong
He is the head of the OBGYN department at a hospital. However, he has a fear of labor and the birth process. He is Dong Jin’s classmate bestfriend.

Lee Ha Na as Ji Ho
She is Eun Ho’s sister. She has a very carefree and quirky personality. At twenty-three years of age, she is still unemployed and lives with her sister.

Episode 1

Episode 1 opens with Eun Ho recalling her baptism to Dong Jin at their anniversary dinner. As it turns out, they were married at this hotel and thus, each year the hotel sends them coupons for a free couple dinner on the anniversary of their marriage. Although Dong Jin and Eun Ho have been divorced now for almost two years, they still take advantage of this benefit. The dinner scene was a hilarious introduction into the drama because of the witty and sarcastic banter between the two.

Episode 1 shows us that even though two people are legally separate on paper, they are not completely gone from each other’s lives as their paths may cross coincidentally or not on many occassions. First, there is the settling of the money issue. Second is returning what you’d once borrowed from each other. Then, there are also the coffee shop that you visit as a part of your everyday routine and the bar that you come to relax with your friends. Hence, your life is still very much connected with your previous significant other even though the two of you have split.

Meeting at their child’s grave.

Since their divorce, Dong Jin and Eun Ho have been leading their lives like this. They’re still a part of each other lives, meeting on several occassion, and throwing out sarcastic banter back and forth like they are old friends. Even when they are not with each other, they’re reminded of the times they spent with the other person; like Dong Jin remembering his first date with Eun Ho while he is on his first blind date after their divorce. It’s also difficult to not be a part of the other person’s life because they share the same friends, especially Dr. Gong wants them to reunite and would try to make that happen at any chance that he gets.

Towards the end of episode one, Eun Ho is confused about her feelings for Dong Jin. She is unsure as to whether or not the feelings are out of love or just pure concern for someone that you’ve known for a long time. She misses the old times that she spent with Dong Jin but there are flaws and bad habits of his that she can’t stand. Thus, she calls into a radio show to ask for advice. The advice that she receives is to treat the other person like she’s his mother, meaning to forgive and overlook the person’s flaws like a mother would for her child.

And so, Eun Ho sets a dinner date with Dong Jin to tell him that she wants to start over again with him. However, it was to no avail because 1) Dong Jin isn’t paying attention to what Eun Ho is saying and 2) it is here that Dong Jin, playing matchmaker, introduces a man to Eun Ho. Dong Jin chooses to introduce this man to Eun Ho because he thought the new man stands for everything that Eun Ho hates. However, he is surprised when things do not go as planned. End of episode 1.

Noteworthy Scenes

The picture taken at the anniversary dinner.

The same picture on Eun Ho’s refrigerator.

The “fantastic four” hanging out on Ji Ho’s birthday.

A hilarious scene! The atmosphere is silent and calm when Eun Ho, irritated by what Dong Jin has said earlier, yells out for “Taxi!” Dong Jin’s reaction is classic.

Uh oh! Psycho alert! This pervert was making the employee very uncomfortable. Dong Jin saw the situation and stood up for his employee. However, his kindness was repayed with a misunderstanding that resulted in a funny moment when the pervert took revenge against Dong Jin for embarassing him in the bookstore. Watch the scene and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Poor Dong Jin! The next day, he was still traumatized by the experience.

doozy: The first episode has a mix of funny moments and quiet, reflective moments. Already, I can feel the chemistry that the cast has together as they play off one another. There is this subtleness appeal to the first episode that draws in viewers who appreciates it, and I’m one of them. This episode earns a Hershey’s chocolate.


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