Yet another funny episode filled with holy scenes of people eating appetizingly and a little bit of mystery carried over from the first episode. We’re now starting to understand our characters better, and, as it turns out, Dae-Young is not a jobless hobo who lives off his sugar-mamas. Wow, you almost got me fooled there for a second.
I loved the short sequence of Soo-Kyung making her way home from work, walking alone down those streets and fending off more than just the biting chill of the weather.
We were already aware of how she hollow she feels when she goes back home to an empty apartment but scenes like this just highlight it even more. This makes the budding friendship between the three neighbors all the more meaningful and comforting.
When it comes to the mystery this drama is concocting, I’m not really sure what to make of it. It feels like a simple drama that deals with food and the bonds between people would be much better than a slice-of-life drama with a mystery twist. It makes me think the drama might be taking too much on and that could be a major letdown to the viewers if not done right.
This makes me recall another drama, Once Upon a Time in Saengchori, which was broadcasted coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) by TvN as well and shared a similar lethal combination: comedy and thriller-like mystery. Once Upon a Time in Saengchori was almost completely consumed with the mystery plot-line and its mishandling sort of dampened my love for the drama which was doing great on all other areas (comedy, characterization, romance), so I’m worried about Let’s Eat sharing the same fate.
Worries aside, I’m completely stoked for future scenes that include Dae-Young because he’s the one that makes me laugh the most. I enjoyed the complete air of ambiguity around him and how you can’t really put your finger on why he makes you feel like putting your guard up. He’s incredibly charming and he proved to be much smarter than he let on, with crazy observational skills. That, or he finds background information about people for recreational purposes (a.k.a stalker).
I’m going to end this post with this stylish and “natural” picture of Hak-Moon, our adorable lawyer, because I didn’t really talk about him here. From the preview for the next episode, it seems Hak-Moon would finally be given more screentime so we can understand this comical character.