The Puzzle Pieces of “It’s Okay, That’s Love”


Seeing as today is Thursday and the perfect time for a quick throw-back article, we’ve invited phoenixbasilisk of Picadrama to write about a great drama from the not-so-distant past – “It’s Okay, That’s Love” and the many pieces that make this drama both unique and unforgettable!

Like a jigsaw puzzle, life is something you need to piece together. Each piece is unique and you need to find how everything fits. It’s about patience and learning that if one piece doesn’t fit right now, come back to it later. Eventually, the pieces will come together to bring satisfaction wrought by effort and time.

Puzzle Piece One: Bluntness

What I really appreciated about this drama is how blunt all the characters are with each other. There is barely any beating around the bush with feelings. It’s either I like you, or I don’t. Let’s work for our love or let’s break up. The couples talk about their feelings with each other so the other party is in the know and can act accordingly. They tell each other their dreams, goals, career limitations/boundaries, and what they want to get out of the relationship. Most importantly, they learn to compromise.


Puzzle Piece Two: Relationships

The drama portrays several different types of relationships. The one between Jang Jae Yeol and Ji Hae Soo is complex with both of them having suffered from traumatic pasts that make it hard to be close to each other. Hae Soo is traumatized by having seen her mother in an ongoing affair, while still being married to her father who is impaired. This leads her to fear intimate touch to the point where she almost has panic attacks.  Jang Jae Yeol is suffering from a hard-to-manage mental illness, schizophrenia, which blurs his idea of reality versus fantasy. He must endure involuntary commitment and isolation from the one he loves. However, they let each other in and do not keep what they perceive to be their flaws, hidden. They compromise and support each other by letting each other grow.


The second relationship sheds light on middle-aged divorced couple of Dong Min and Young Jin who are already married to other people for a second time around. The drama touches upon the very possible lingering feelings of affection and regret that can be part of a divorced pair. It shows that being close friends afterwards without overstepping boundaries can still be possible. It also shows the cat and dog fights that the pair constantly has due to misunderstandings and unspoken feelings in the past. However, it is important for each side to understand and forgive what had torn them apart.


The third relationship is between the young lovers, Soo Kwang and So Nyeo who both have parental issues. Soo Kwang has suffered his entire life from Tourette’s Syndrome, which causes him to burst out into uncontrollable tics and vocalizations.  Even his parents often look him down upon him. He craves a person who can understand him and not be ashamed of his tics. So Nyeo is a high school drop out who was abandoned by her mother and has a poverty-stricken family. She craves the attention of men who are able to buy her things and take care of her. Although both are still immature, they learn to grow together. Although rocky at first, these two gradually begin to understand each other. They are not ashamed of each other’s flaws.