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Lee Bum So certainly didn’t gain my following because he has an eye-candy face but because of his immersion to the characters he played which he always skillfully make memorable.  And yet again he did it in his Prime Minister role.  Yoona is a refreshing heroine to watch as she tends to brighten the story effortlessly.  While I thought at first that the pairing would be a mismatch, I found myself liking the first 4 episodes of Prime Minister and I.

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On for the run as the best politician in town, Kwon Yul is hailed as an upright politician with the strongest contention for Prime Minister appointment.  A widow with 3 children, he has to balance his political aspirations and the least he wanted to happen in his life is a scandal with a sassy papparazi, Nam Da Jung, who specialized in preying stealthily on celebrities’ personal life.

Their first encounter happened when Kwon Yul caught Da-jung in her celebrity stalking and chastised her of prying on other personal lives.  Hating the arrogant ajussi, Da-jung declined her boss’ order to pursue the hottest celebrity politician Kwon-yul as they started on the wrong foot, but she was left no choice but to follow the order.

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When Kwon-yul’s youngest son, Man-se disappeared, Da-jung rescued him from a fellow reporter trying to gather information from Man-se, but the Prime Minister candidate assumed the worst and castigated Da-jung of her presumed devious reporter move.  He later learned the truth in the morning and to apologize gave Da-jung’s scandal news company a 10 minute exclusive interview.

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His forthcoming election raised opposition and leading the pack is his former brother in law who schemed plans in ruining his reputation.  Newspaper headlined Kwon-yul’s photo with a younger woman creating a public uproar, but Kwon-yul’s right hand devised an escape plan with Da-jung’s agreement after accidentally eavesdropping his statement with his excutive secretary of wanting to protect and respect Da-jung as a woman.  He was about to declare his withdrawal as a candidate but, Da-jung showed up in the press conference and confirmed they are dating.

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They agreed to carry on with the show and will eventually break it up after the appointment, but Da-jung received the news from her father’s doctor that her father has 6 months to live.  Her wanting to fulfil his father’s desire to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day made her drowned herself in liquor trying to exhaust herself in finding the solution to her problem, but she ended up getting drunk and was found laying log-like in a police station. 

The police called speed dial 1 on her phone and when Da-jung realized that Kwon-yul was there to pick her up tried to escape but got caught by his arms.  He watched her vomit all the liquor she took and tried to help her sober self.  Testing his patience, she then begged him to marry him for real, vomit on his face again and then lost her consciousness.  The next morning she woke up in Kwon-yul’s house and was ordered to come out after the children leave for school but Man-se dodged his class, found Da-jung and played origami with her.

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Man-se who liked Da-jung used his father’s cellphone to text her and asked her to come over.  When they realized, it was Man-se’s doing, they were left no choice but to have her attend Kwon-yul’s appointment party where she has to bear the icy comments of other ministers’ wives.  To raise herself from their pounding, she blurted their marriage plans and got a scolding frkm Kwon-yul.

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Kwon-yul who is pressured to push through with their publicized fairy tale by the Blue House again straightened Man-se after he tried calling Da-jung again.  Da-jung’s father saw the phone ringing and spoke with Kwon-yul about rushing the marriage within 6 months.  Piecing out Da-jung’s pleading for a 6 months contract marriage and reading through Man-se’s diary showing his fondness towards Da-jung, he rescued her at the perfect timing from the ministers’ wives bullying by confirming their planned marriage.

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He formally agreed to her proposed contract marriage.  They drew their funny marriage contract mainly making Da-jung a picture perfect Prime Minister Wife in public and Kwon-yul cooperating with the agreement.

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2014 feels brilliant and amazing because I get to watch 4 dramas all beautiful in their own right and Prime Minister and I is really an endearing romcom to watch as I see the dynamics of how the age and the complete character disparity of a zippy woman and a stern politician will soon find the possibility of them being in love.  I’m still catching up with the last 4 episodes but so far, I am enjoying the vibrant lead girl and her antics that would change the austere Prime Minister to soften and balance his government position as well as his father duties whilst cutely being cupid stricken with her.

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With its balanced romance and moving storyline, I can’t help but be a fan of this romance story between a strict politician and a young papparazi reporter.  The politics background and family issues safely sends each episode to a charming watch perfect for my 2014 first quarter kdrama watchlist.
It has made me laughed a lot because of its vivacious premise and quirky, always bickering but perfect for each other lead couple… and I couldn’t ask for more. I like that the lead girl knows how to be bossy and to deviate from the usual poster light, breezy kdrama lead girl as she equally play her part in solidifying her connection with her lead man. I just hope that no future writer debacle will ensue in the upcoming episodes because it is really a refreshing story to see.

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