Main Cast: Seo Yea-ji, Park Byung-eun, Yoo Sun, Lee Sang-yeob
Writer: Yoon Young-mi (The Good Witch, Birth of A Beauty)
PD: Park Bong-sub (The Uncanny Counter)
Timeslot: Wednesday and Thursday / 22:30H (KST)
Network: tvN, Viu
A young woman orchestrates a chaebol family’s downfall through a ₩2 trillion divorce lawsuit, which shocks the entire nation.
Grumpy’s First Impression
It’s payback time! I’m most excited about this new revenge drama out of all the new releases for this month! Seo Yea-ji is back with a vengeance! Eve did not come to play; it is full of angst, greed, and lux. Park Byeong-eun and Yoo Sun are also very effective in their roles as the loveless chaebol couple. What intrigues me also is Lee Sang-yeob’s participation in the plot. Will he be Seo Yea-ji’s voice of conscience or a love interest? I know we are still far from the main plot, and this is just a first impression for the pilot week, but looking at how Lee Sang-yeob’s character is very much involved in Seo Yea-ji’s past, it’s safe to say that these two will go a long way in the drama.
Lee Ra-el (Seo Yea-ji) leads this revenge-driven story as the young girl who lost everything. Her father used to be called Bill Gates of Korea because of his technological innovations 13 years ago. But their happy family life pivoted when they fell into the palm of the powerful LY Group. They killed his father and occupied their company by force. Amidst all these unfortunate developments, their family received help from human rights lawyer Seo Eun-pyeong (Lee Sang-yeob) and his gracious assistant. Ra-el’s mom is confined in a hospital while she received a scholarship to the US courtesy of the lawyers’ association. Eun-pyeong had to close down his firm and pursued a career in politics, later on becoming the youngest member of the National Assembly.
On the other side of the spectrum lives the powerful family running the LY Group. Han Pan-ro (Jeon Kuk-hwan) is the former Prime Minister who is the big bad man of the story. He was behind the killing of Ra-el’s father and a lot more atrocities just to gain more power. His spoiled daughter Han So-ra (Yoo Sun) is a wicked brat who thinks everyone is below their family. She exalts herself and rarely engages with others. Her untouchable personality is the opposite of her husband, LY Group’s current chair Yang Yoon-kyum (Park Byung-eun). Yoon-kyum seems to be more approachable than So-ra, but we have yet to discover who he really is. All we know right now is that he is Ra-el’s target in penetrating the high and mighty LY Group.
Thirteen years later, Ra-el returns to Korea as the doting wife of Jang Jin-wook (Lee Ha-yool), the general manager for LY Group. She has a daughter Bo-ram, who studies at the prestigious Liyan Kindergarten. Everything is plotted by Ra-el from here on. Her proximity to the Han family, Bo-ram being classmates with Yoon-kyum and So-ra’s daughter Da-bi, and everything else that seems coincidental, but it’s not. One thing is for sure – Ra-el receives help from Moon-hee (Lee Il-hwa), who not only pretends as her mother but also knows about her plan all these years. Is her husband involved in the revenge plot, too?
As a sneak peek, the drama shows us the present timeline where Ra-el (who returned to Korea as Kim Sun-bin) and Yoon-kyum are now having an affair. But how it happened, we have yet to see. I am enjoying how things unfold slowly! I am rooting for Ra-el to get her much-needed revenge. The premise revolves around the KRW 2 trillion divorce lawsuit of Ra-el against the LY Group.
The chemistry of all the characters is already undeniable. Given the adult rating of this drama, I think we will get even more exciting episodes in the coming weeks. I’m just savoring the tension build-up between Ra-el and Yoon-kyun for now, and the anticipation of the downfall of the high and mighty LY Group!