It's Okay To Not Be Okay Ep 3: Seo Ye Ji & shirtless Kim Soo Hyun heat up Twitter; THIS scene has fans crying

Seo Ye Ji and Kim Soo Hyun's It's Okay To Not Be Okay aired its third episode on Saturday. The new episode was a perfect blend of laughter, drama and thought-provoking scenes.
It's Okay To Not Be Okay Ep 3: Seo Ye Ji & shirtless Kim Soo Hyun heat up Twitter; THIS scene has fans cryingIt's Okay To Not Be Okay Ep 3: Seo Ye Ji & shirtless Kim Soo Hyun heat up Twitter; THIS scene has fans crying
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The night is filled with all kinds of demons and not necessarily the ones creeping underneath the bed. The third episode of It's Okay To Not Be Okay rightly brought one such inner demon to perspective on Saturday. The tvN drama starring Seo Ye Ji and Kim Soo Hyun has been ignited the discussion of mental health. Directed by Park Shin Woo and written by Jo Yong, It's Okay To Not Be Okay has already explored three concepts: autism, antisocial personality disorder, and manic syndrome. 

Before we proceed, mandatory warning: SPOILERS AHEAD: 

The second episode ended with Seo Ye Ji walking into the psychiatric center, where Kim Soo Hyun has begun working, to meet him. The center also houses Ye Ji's on-screen father. The episode began with the sizzling chemistry between the two leading characters, with the director giving yet another feast for the eyes in the form of a shirtless Kim Soo Hyun. The duo's chemistry is undeniable. Every time they share the same frame, the sparks are evident. 

Having set the breezy mood with their banter, the writer and director shift gears to change the perspective of the plot to a serious tone. Seo Ye Ji's Ko Moon Young decides to spend the night at her "cursed castle" set in the woods. The episode takes a dramatic turn as she watches the "witch" visit her. Pinned to the bed, Ko Moon Young sees the witch warn her that she will "kill the prince". The haunting scene has been interpreted in different ways by fans. While we felt that the scene depicted a nightmare-inducing an anxiety/panic attack, induced by the memories associated with the house, a few fans also interpreted the scene as sleep paralysis (everyone has a way of interpretation, we request readers to respect it).

In the scene, the "witch" warned the writer that her mental health condition could destroy the possibilities of her relationship with Kim Soo Hyun's Moon Kang Tae. The haunting scene not only left viewers talking about the depiction but they also spoke about the cinematography of the scene. In the scary scene, a witch was seen hanging up the ceiling as Ko Moon Young watched her with fear and tears streaming down her eyes. The fear-ridden helpless author crippled viewers watching to make it an outstanding scene. 

But undoubtedly the most moving scene of the episode was when Kwak Dong Yeon's character Kwon Ki Do opens up about his mental health struggle. Playing the son of a member of the National Assembly, Kwon Ki Do helps the director shed light on the concept of maniac syndrome and propels viewers to change their approach to mental health illness. The character's confession over trying to go above and beyond to grasp his father's attention and seek validation broke our heart. 

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Although the concept of mental health is serious, we are loving the way Park Shin Woo is dealing with the treatment. The director is packing in the awareness on the shoulders of much-needed laughs. For example, the scene where Kwon Ki Do flashes Ko Moon Young when they first meet. Ko Moon Young laughs it off by shaming him for flashing and the editor chose to use aptly placed signs to tone down the seriousness of the scene while not stealing away the message in the process. 

Speaking of his cameo in the series, Kwak Dong Yeon said he tried hard to not hurt the tone of the series with his portrayal. "I worked hard to not hurt the tone of the drama and to bring out the story of Kwon Ki Do that I wanted to share, and I enjoyed the process. I want to sincerely thank the staff and Kim Soo Hyun for working closely with me," he said, via Soompi. 

"The character of Kwon Ki Do requires a very impactful and difficult performance, and we are grateful to Kwak Dong Yeon for being so passionate about his role. We hope viewers will be intrigued by Kwon Ki Do, who hides sadness behind his bright expressions," a production staff added. Tonight's episode sees Moon Sang Tae finally meet his favourite Ko Moon Young while Moon Kang Tae lands in trouble at the care center. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Anonymous 4 days ago

This drama has depicted all the emotions of mental illness that many people have and I find that it is well presented so that more people will understand these problems. All the actors have conveyed their roles excellently and has made this drama well worth watching....if not once but watched several times more.

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