How shall I put this? I read Javabeans’ recap for episode 12 of Mary Stayed Out All Night (Marry Me, Mary!) yesterday, and I was planning to contend with her assertion that the drama had lost its mind. I wasn’t planning to use empirical evidence, but merely note that comparatively, it wasn’t all that nonsensical. Yeah, today I’m forever putting that argument aside. Guys, M3 has officially lost its mind! But you know what? I LOVE it! Because it’s suddenly decided to try out makjang AND take that double marriage into levels of cracktasticness hitherto never seen before. THIS, people, I gotta see to believe.
The written preview for episode 13 made my jaw drop, and then I started giggling like I was in a tickle fight. There is nothing anyone can say to convince me that this drama, which I love to pieces, has a semblance of rational plot or consistent character development anymore. But what it always had, and still has, is a love story between two people that I will defend to the death as being utterly romantic, sweet, and life-affirming to watch. I’m happy and feel satisfied to have decided to watch M3. If I have to put up with some crazy plot to get us to the finish, I am more than happy to do so.
Written Preview for Episode 13:
Mae Ri’s dad, after finding out the ring is a fake, angrily runs to Mu Gyul’s apartment. Mae Ri and Mu Gyul’s cohabitation is in danger of being discovered. The three of them commence a late night cat-and-mouse pursuit.
Even though Mae Ri’s dad suspects that Mae Ri is still seeing Mu Gyul, but under the circumstances, he decides to take a step back and just watch and see. Jung In, who is worried that their new living together marriage contract will be discovered, suggests that Mu Gyul also move into his house. Even though they all feel awkward and nervous, the three of them decide to move in together.
Jung In’s dad is announcing to the world about Jung In and Mae Ri’s upcoming wedding. Mae Ri is wearing her wedding gown and is with Jung In. Seeing this, Mu Gyul turns and leaves in frustration. Mae Ri goes to see Mu Gyul to try and deflate his anger. She runs into Mu Gyul’s mom, who asks that Mae Ri break up with Mu Gyul.
Jung In has discovered the real relationship between his father and Mae Ri’s mom, and he is very upset. Mae Ri, who doesn’t know the truth, finds herself feeling distant and awkward around Jung In, who is treating Mae Ri with coldness.
At the filming of the music video for the OST title song, Seo Jun cannot understand Mae Ri, who she thinks is continuing to carry on a romantic relationship with both Jung In and Mu Gyul.
During the filming, a prop tumbles down, and Mae Ri is in danger of being injured. At this time, Mu Gyul rushes towards Mae Ri and tightly pulls her into his arms……
Is there anything else to say? This plot development is beyond my wildest imagination. Seriously? We have a threesome now? I know it’s all innocent, but the new writer is really taking the ball and running with it. Rather than being bored, I’m giddy as a school girl waiting to see the insanity unfold. This new plot is crackier than Boys Before Flowers, and I love it so much more than when it happened in BBF.
Rather than watching Mae Ri, Jung In, and Mu Gyul mope for 6 more episodes, the new writer is creating forward momentum, however out-of-this-world it may seem. If I had to choose, I’m much happier with the latter.
[Credit: written preview released by KBS, translated into Chinese by Jang Geun Seok Baidu bar, translated into English by me]