Oh, one thing I should probably mention about the setup of the show is the studio commentary. Did somebody sneak something into our morning coffee? girlfriday: Yeah they set it up as if it’s their newlywed home, and just shoot the show there.

It’s a show that girlfriday watches regularly but which I’ve only caught in snippets, never watching a full episode from start to finish. At some point they ditched that concept and went all footage, zero commentary, but that was actually super boring. I guess this is why superstars like Kang Ho-dong and Yoo Jae-seok are so good. But at least this way (now with a studio of just MCs watching and commenting) there’s some running commentary along with the footage, which if you’ve ever tried to watch this show without, makes a world of difference. javabeans: I guess you need somebody stringing along a narrative.

It takes some getting used to the premise when you’re entering it cold, but hey, that’s the name of the Variety Roulette game, right? So Jang-woo nags Eunjung about the messy house, and she reminds them of some tea they made three months ago for their 100 day anniversary.

SONG OF THE DAY Super Junior – “Walkin'” [ Download ] . girlfriday: It’s this weird setup where you and everyone participating are aware that it’s fake. javabeans: See, I can understand the fun of watching a reality dating show, right? There are real feelings involved within the falsified setup and the hope of a real connection, even if it never works out. Even if the couple ended up with no chemistry, it would be fun watching how they dealt with the show turns. She wants him to bring it to her, and I guess it’s kind of funny how he’s the harried house-husband, and she’s the glam star in her makeup bossing him around.

girlfriday: Oh see, I hate real reality dating shows. girlfriday: If Perfect Man Pil-joo weren’t Yoon Kye-sang, I wouldn’t give a flying fart. I just mean that conceptually, I see why you make shows like that. girlfriday: It’s adorable how he keeps asking her not to hang up ‘cause he’s so lonely at home. javabeans: I kinda wish they didn’t call each other yeobo so much because it feels super fake. Although I do like how he asks her how to wash the blankets and she stutters for an answer before telling him to go online.

But a show where you invent a fake couple, and then follow them doing fake couple things, yet maintaining the transparent facade that they’re a real couple, all while consciously aware the whole time that it’s fake? girlfriday: I love that she doesn’t know either, but when he complains about how bored he is, she yells at him that housewives do this every day, and to just turn on the tv while he cleans.

girlfriday: It’s because making them pretend to be married forces them to be close and friendly even when they’re not. javabeans: Do the producers just give them a list of what to do every episode?So the conceit is that they’re play-married, but the reality is that they’re awkwardly thrown together in this really strange setup. Because obviously they wouldn’t really need to wash the comforter.javabeans: But they’re not in a drama, so it’s not a fictional story. girlfriday: Yes, the scripted nature of the dates and stuff are silly, (and totally obvious). girlfriday: They do something couply in each episode, whether it’s meeting in-laws (their real moms) or going on a trip, or doing everyday household chores.Yet it’s not real so there’s no emotional sincerity. javabeans: I think it’s this construct — the obvious staged nature of everything — that messes with my enjoyment of the coupledom.It’s scripted to look real, which is what I hate in bad variety shows. girlfriday: It’s sort of it’s so obvious that I think people just see the construct and go with it.Trying to have both sides of the coin and then eating that cake too. It’s weirder I think in shows that try to mask the conceit in some way. javabeans: Is Jang-woo trying to give his blanket a bubble bath? You can see that this guy has never washed a single thing in his life.