Woori the Virgin: Episodes 1-2


Woori the Virgin: Episodes 1-2

A remake of an American present impressed by a Venezuelan telenovela, Woori the Virgin has the outlandish plot twists of a makjang Okay-drama, however they’re sugar coated in tongue-and-cheek humor that feels extra in keeping with its inspiration. Our main girl is as pure and harmless as they arrive, however after a medical mishap leads to probably the most unplanned of pregnancies, she finds herself struggling to make a life-altering determination.


As soon as once more I’m weecapping a drama with zero context of its supply materials. I prefer to assume this permits me to look at Woori the Virgin with fully contemporary and unbiased eyes, however truthfully, I don’t must have watched Jane the Virgin or Juana la virgen to choose up on the telenovela influences. I imply, all of us love Okay-dramas as a result of they could be a bit tropey and overdramatic — one thing they share with Latin telenovelas — however Woori has a model of comedy and supply that’s barely atypical of the typical Korean drama, and I can solely suspect that’s largely as a result of Western influences.

As an illustration, proper out the gate there’s an extreme quantity of intercourse discuss and virginity jokes. Now, I’m no prude, however I am used to my Okay-dramas being about as racey as a Disney Pixar film that sometimes slips in some you’re-too-young-to-understand-this-kiddo innuendos for the adults chaperoning their kids to the movie show. As soon as I moved previous my preliminary shock, although, I acquired into the tone and humor of the story.

The drama opens with a scene of teenage OH WOORI (Lim Soo-hyang), our main girl, pledging a vow of chastity at a Catholic church together with her mom and grandmother wanting on with polar reverse reactions to the ceremony. We then transition to a marriage, the place a bunch of girls start ribbing an grownup Woori about her virginity after she catches the bride’s bouquet. Woori simply sits there, smiling awkwardly whereas they speculate and supply their unsolicited opinions about her intercourse life — or lack thereof.

The dialog feels much more uncomfortable in hindsight once we uncover that these specific girls are not part of Woori’s interior circle. Absolutely they might have identified about LEE GANG-JAE (Shin Dong-wook), Woori’s boyfriend of two years in the event that they’d been shut — or adopted her on social media — proper?

Gang-jae picks Woori up on the wedding ceremony, and he spots the flowers in her hand. Fairly than admitting it’s the marriage bouquet that she caught, she lies that visitors had been advised to take the centerpieces. That is the primary trace we get that Woori is skirting across the subject of marriage, however is she doing it as a result of she doesn’t need to marry him or as a result of she doesn’t need to be the form of girl who pressures her man into proposing?

Gang-jae believes her fib, which is additional amusing as a result of it seems he’s a cop and may have extra deductive reasoning! However apparently, his coworkers are used to explaining the methods of relationship and women-folk to him, in order that they inform him, “Dude, you’ve been relationship her two years. She’s occupied with marriage however doesn’t need to be the one to deliver it up first.”

Apart from being somewhat clueless, Gang-jae proves himself to be a really light and type boyfriend, a person who supposedly has the endurance of a proverbial saint for his skill to restrain himself in terms of his sexual urges. We see simply how nice his self management is after an almost-kiss with Woori sends him operating for the confessional to be absolved of his sinful and impure ideas. This entire bit is form of eye roll inducing, however the joke pays off when the priest tells Gang-jae to sit back out. Each he and God are too busy to listen to him confess each time he imagines one thing naughty!

Gang-jae isn’t the one one having bother containing his sexual urges, although. Woori is an assistant drama author for Masks of Want (getting some Be Robust Geum-hee vibes right here), and through a gathering she will get somewhat too… heated… when proposing a romantic scene to the director.

Her boss, head author YOO YE-RI (Lee Do-yeon) advises her to only marry Gang-jae. He’s a uncommon — exceedingly affected person — unicorn that must be caught and “ridden” (oh my!). There’s additionally the added romanticism that he can be her first the whole lot.

Besides…he wouldn’t be. As a result of again in faculty, Woori gave her first kiss to a person she by no means noticed once more.

Cue: RAPHAEL (Sung Hoon) driving a (cheesy) purple convertible. He’s the rich son of Chairman KIM DUK-BAE (Joo Jin-mo) of the Diamond Medical Basis, a facility that focuses on plastic surgical procedures. Raphael, who’s now in remission after a battle with abdomen most cancers, intends to develop the corporate’s cosmetics division — a lot to his father’s annoyance.

Raphael could have the outward aura of a clubbing playboy, however at coronary heart he’s a candy, family-oriented man who has fond recollections of watching dramas together with his mom. Those self same dramas — and the urge to search out out what occurs subsequent — are what motivated him to struggle for his life. Dawww, I’m liking this interior marshmallow facet of him.

Raphael additionally celebrates his prolonged life by serving his dishonest, gold digging spouse LEE MA-RI (Hong Ji-yoon) with divorce papers, which fits over about in addition to one would anticipate from somebody who initially faked a being pregnant to trick him into marriage. She instantly runs to her mom BYUN MI-JA (Nam Mi-jung), who has an uncanny skill to sneak round and seem unexpectedly from the shadows. Collectively the 2 girls plot to have Ma-ri artificially inseminated with the sperm Raphael had frozen earlier than he grew to become sterile from his most cancers remedy.

Whereas Ma-ri plots to remain hitched to her cash prepare, Woori goes to her first OB-GYN go to, and that is the place the whole lot comes collectively. And by the whole lot, I imply Woori’s egg and Raphael’s sperm. See, there was somewhat mixup, and the physician YEO JIN-HEE (Hwang Woo-seul-hye) — who’s having her personal relationship drama — unintentionally misinterpret her affected person charts and artificially inseminated Woori as a substitute of Ma-ri. Whoopsie?

Jin-hee’s ex-boyfriend, who additionally works on the OB-GYN clinic, advises her to maintain quiet in regards to the mix-up and wait to see if Woori will get pregnant. If she doesn’t, then nobody will ever should know. However, in fact, that is Telenovelaland — I imply, Dramaland — and below these circumstances, Woori can’t not get pregnant.

However it takes a couple of weeks to substantiate conception, so whereas Jin-hee waits anxiously, the chaos in Woori’s life slowly builds. Her mom OH EUN-RAN (Hong Eun-hee) is crushed when her newest boyfriend runs off after taking out an costly mortgage in her title. The incident triggers Woori’s longtime guilt…for being born. All of it stems from a reminiscence of Woori overhearing her mom complain that no music producer desires a single mom as an idol singer. Since then Woori has all the time questioned why Eun-ran would comply with via with the being pregnant when an abortion would have allowed her comply with her desires.

On the similar time, Gang-jae plans to suggest to Woori, fully oblivious that she’s harboring doubts. He will get somewhat sidetracked, although, by his hunt for Chairman Kim, his arch nemesis who killed his companion. (Dun, dun, dun!) His pursuit leads him to a possible informant: Ma-ri’s secret lover and an worker at Diamond Medical Basis, which brings us to the day when the whole lot goes spectacularly incorrect.

The setting: Diamond Medical Basis. Our forged: Woori, who’s there for work; Raphael, who’s internet hosting a PR occasion that includes actor CHOI SUNG-IL (Kim Su-ro); Eun-ran, who’s on the PR occasion to see Sung-il as a result of he’s Woori’s father (Woori doesn’t know, btw); and Gang-jae, who’s there to arrest his unhealthy man.

So what occurs? Properly, first Sung-il spots Eun-ran within the viewers and is so dumbstruck he forgets easy methods to kind phrases throughout his interview. Raphael does his finest to cowl for the floundering actor, however then Gang-jae comes crashing via the viewers and tackles his perp to the bottom. All the thrill causes a very confused Woori to faint, and when she wakes up within the ER, the physician explains that she’s — shock! — pregnant.

The information instantly makes everybody chortle… everybody however Rapael, who awkwardly pauses mid-congratulatory clap, confused by the bizarre vibe within the room. When a second being pregnant check comes again constructive, Eun-ran begins praying, believing Woori to be the following virgin Mary. Besides it’s not divine intervention, and when Jin-hee confesses to her mistake, Eun-ran proceeds to beat her whereas Woori processes the shock of her being pregnant.

Woori, meaning to get an abortion, doesn’t initially plan on telling Gang-jae the reality, however then he proposes. He went all out, too, with a choir flash mob and a drone that delivers the ring to his hand. And in that second — after first dodging the drone prefer it was a hen aiming to poop on her head — Woori confesses that she’s pregnant.

Whereas the onlookers — composed largely of their church’s congregation — make a hasty exit, I can’t assist however surprise if her confession was mentioned out of a secret want to scare him off so she wouldn’t should reply and face her doubts. If that was her intention, although, it backfired. Gang-jae is totally supportive after listening to the reason for her surprising being pregnant.

In the meantime, Raphael is 100% accomplished with Ma-ri, particularly after he finds out that another girl was impregnated together with his sperm, however neither she — nor her mom — are the sort to surrender simply. Ma-ri blackmails Jin-hee into revealing Woori’s identification so she will be able to try to persuade her into carrying the newborn to full time period.

She meets with Woori privately, and Woori is each shocked by the supply and that Ma-ri is Raphael’s spouse. When Woori is just not persuaded, Ma-ri wonders if she ought to inform Duk-bae and have him bankroll her surrogacy plan, however Raphael stops her from talking together with his father. That’s when Ma-ri reveals that the lady carrying his youngster is Woori.

When Raphael and Woori cross paths at work, he apologizes for Ma-ri’s habits and advises Woori to do what’s finest for her, even when meaning an abortion. Woori — who nonetheless vividly remembers her first kiss and the way in which he inspired her to be a author — seems somewhat hesitant. After their dialog, she continues to weigh the spiritual, moral, and private implications of her selection.

Whereas Woori considers her choices, Sung-il seeks out Eun-ran to search out out why she got here to see him on the PR occasion. He’s shocked to find that she didn’t get an abortion thirty years in the past and that his daughter is none apart from the assistant author he’d been treating like a decrease lifeform. He instantly tries to make up for his habits by bringing Woori some sweets, however his try at paternal habits offers off a definite creepy-older-man-trying-to-hit-on-the-significantly-younger-assistant-writer vibe.

Woori tried to forestall her grandmother (Yun Woon-kyung) from discovering out in regards to the being pregnant, but it surely’s a bit exhausting to maintain one thing secret when half the church congregation witnessed Woori admitting she’s pregnant. With out realizing the circumstances of Woori’s being pregnant, Grandma instantly seeks out Gang-jae and drop-kicks his butt to the bottom for defiling her candy Woori.

The reality, nonetheless, is much more unsettling for Grandma, whose personal spiritual convictions go away her feeling conflicted. On the one hand, she believes abortion is a sin, however on the opposite, Woori’s being pregnant is just not the results of her personal actions.

Everybody accompanies Woori to her surgical appointment, however on the OB-GYN, they’re confronted by Ma-ri and Duk-bae, who’s assembly her for the second time. His first try to bribe her was rejected, however this time, he thinks he can persuade her household with the identical supply of two billion received.

A lot to Woori’s shock, although, Eun-ran is just not tempted by the cash that might assist kick begin her music profession. As a substitute, she passionately defends Woori’s freedom to make her personal selection, an opinion echoed by Raphael.

He reveals up, outraged by his father and spouse’s full lack of boundaries. He apologies to Woori and her household, and when Woori is taken to the surgical room for her process, Raphael waits alongside Eun-ran, Grandma, and Gang-jae.

Earlier than she’s put below anesthesia, although, Woori has a final minute change of coronary heart and choses to maintain the newborn. Her determination prompts her to lastly have an extended overdue dialog together with her mom, and Woori learns that Eun-ran by no means resented or blamed Woori for her failed singing profession. As a substitute, Eun-ran desperately wished to change into a profitable idol in order that Woori may proudly name her mother.

The heartfelt dialog together with her mother is adopted by a separate one with Gang-jae, and Woori apologizes for unilaterally making a call that impacted their relationship. Gang-jae, nonetheless, wins a Boyfriend of the 12 months award when he responds that it isn’t his place to make the choice for her. He does supply her some recommendation, although: take issues gradual and meet with Raphael and Ma-ri earlier than making any extra choices.

And it’s fairly stable recommendation as a result of Ma-ri and her mom are even shadier than presumed. Ma-ri’s prison side-piece (a.okay.a. Chairman Kim’s lacky) doesn’t need to go away Ma-ri alone, not even after she dumped him upon Raphael’s return from being nearly lifeless. Ma-ri has a really cryptic dialog together with her mom, and the following day when Woori and Gang-jae arrive at Diamond Medical Basis to fulfill with Raphael and Ma-ri, they discover Ma-ri’s ex-lover on the elevator.

With a scalpel protruding from his neck.

Welp, he’s lifeless, however Gang-jae goes into cop mode and rushes to verify the (most likely lifeless) man’s pulse anyway. As Woori stares on the physique, she faints dramatically and lands in Raphael’s arms. And now the query has modified from “Who’s the daddy?” to “Who’s the killer?”


  • Premiere Watch: Woori the Virgin, Rose Mansion
  • New promos for Woori the Virgin with Im Soo-hyang, Sung Hoon, and Shin Dong-wook
  • First have a look at SBS rom-com Woori the Virgin



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