The first laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) was on May 20 in South Korea. MERS is a viral respiratory illness which includes symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. The damage has already been done in South Korea with tourism taking the biggest loss with empty restaurants, department stores and theatres, basically anywhere people would normally gather were near-empty like a ghost town as people feared the spread of MERS.
As of July 5, 33 have died from MERS in South Korea while 2,467 have been placed in isolation. The first case started in Seoul and has reached surrounding provinces. While it seems the government has it under control, on July 2 there were two new cases of MERS after four days of no new cases.
This week’s episodes:
‘Here Comes Jang Bori’
Episodes 25 & 26
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Completely unaware that the people looking for Bo-ri are In-hwa and Soo-bong, Min-jung’s mom goes to Beeseulchae and finds Min-jung there. Min-jung’s mom is shocked to find out that In-hwa and Soo-bong sponsored Min-jung, and she raised their daughter Bo-ri. Today, 7:45 p.m.: Bo-ri has a deja-vu moment with Jae-hwa at the Beeseulchae. When In-hwa and Soo-bong tell Sumi that they decided to adopt Min-jung, she tearfully tells them not to give up on finding Eun-bee. Oak-soo begins to think that Bo-ri could actually be Eun-bee.
Episodes 3 & 4
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Yoon-ha gets her job back at the Food Market with Kyung-joon’s help, and starts to develop special feelings for Joon-gi. Yoon-ha also runs into Joon-gi’s mom at work and finds Joon-gi even more endearing. Chang-soo starts to take interest in Ji-yi who’s been indifferent to him.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Ji-yi is taken aback by Chang-soo’s kindness, but she finds herself being attracted to him. Yoon-ha asks Joon-gi out. Kyung-joon plans a two-week trip with Yoon-ha, but when she tells him she’s in love, he drops her off and leaves alone on the trip.
Episodes 7 & 8
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Seok-hoon is confused by his own feelings when he sees Ji-sook. He gives her a boxful of cash and tells her he will no longer help her. Min-woo suggests that Ji-sook and he sleep in the same bed, saying people might start to talk if they find out they’re sleeping separately. Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Seok-hoon stops Ji-sook just in time before she tells Min-woo the truth. Min-woo starts to suspect the relationship between Ji-sook and Seok-hoon. Min-woo finds out Eun-ha (Ji-sook) has been sponsoring an orphanage and tracks her to Ji-sook’s family’s restaurant.
‘Divorce Lawyer in Love’
Episode 17 & 18
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung-woo’s fantasy of his dream wedding with Cheok-hee is shattered by none other that Cheok-hee herself. Cheok-hee comes up with a prenup and Jung-woo is dumbfounded. The truth behind Ma Dong-gu’s death starts to come to light. Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Jo Yoo-sang disappears on the day of Woo-ram’s surgery. But he calls Cheok-hee and tries to make a deal. When Han Mi-ri finds out the truth behind Ma Dong-gu’s death, she confesses everything. Cheok-hee and Jung-woo decide on their own happy ending.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or email@example.com.