I remember when I first heard about this drama I thought it had all the potential in the world to be BIG. It had everything going for it like having an interesting premise, being a Rom-Com, and most important of all it was gonna star Rain!!! Instead things didn’t go so smoothly and it sorta ended up floundering in the ratings despite being a pretty dang good show overall. Was it the best, no, but what it did have was plenty of scenes that brought me to tears… from laughing so freaking hard that is. 😛
Sadly that wasn’t enough and I’m not really sure what woulda been been since it’s ultimate downfall was going up against Descendants of the Sun. Yup that was the biggest mistake ever. But to be fair to the executives I don’t think anybody could have expected just the kind of juggernaut that K-drama would ultimately become. Either way all I want to do here today is hopefully convince a few of you peeps to check out Please Come Back, Mister. I want nothing more than for it to get a second chance and if possible go out positively much like the main characters in it did. 🙂
The premise of the drama is simple enough. You have two characters named Kim Young-soo and Han Gi-tak. Their biggest problems respectively is that they both die early on. Yup that’s all, the end….Ok not really, that would make for such a crap drama wouldn’t it? 😭😅😛 What does go on to happen instead is that they BOTH get a new but temporary chance at life. With the idea being that they’ll both get a chance to say their goodbyes and hopefully at the same time finnesse somethings so that they could leave their friends/family on better terms than the last time around. Of course that’s much more easier said than done.
Sounds like a barrel of laughs doesn’t it? Alright I’m being sarcastic because so far from that description it sounds more a keen to something on the melo-drama side. Which yeah you will get some of that too, but trust me it’s not the main focus. There is plenty to laugh about here! You see when these two main characters come back they don’t do so in their original bodies. Instead Young-soo comes back as Lee-Jae-joon(Rain) and Han Gi-tak comes back as Hang Hon-nan(Oh Yeon-seo).
And it’s the latter transformation in particular that I adore to no end because Han Gi-tak is a former 47yr old gangster and yet he comes back in the body of a young petite woman. This leads to soo many funny scenes I can’t even begin to list them all and I know what you might begin to think, you might think playing that up for laughs is bound to get boring after awhile… but nope…no it doesn’t. 😛 As for Young-soo’s character, while not quite as funny I thought he was great too. His whole dynamic with his family was real cute . 😀 The only surprising thing there is how he’s not able re-win his wife earlier on..with them new abs and his personality you would think it’d be a piece of cake. 🤣😆
But now before I continue on. A bit of a warning? I wanna let you all know that you outta be careful with this one because the humor is more on the mature side of things than you might expect. To make that point, here is one of the scenes with both of the guys together but in their new bodies..Enjoy 😉
I say if raunchier comedies like this are your jam then there is no reason on earth why you should miss out on this. In fact, in that respect this may be a bit ground breaking for a K-drama because I was honestly surprised by some of the dirty jokes they were able to get away with. Seems like these dramas are starting to push the envelope more nowadays. But while the jokes were good, I did think like a lot of dramas the overall plot got a bit draggy towards the middle. Just a tad!
It did try to throw some twists in there and while some worked I thought most of them were unnecessary. Honestly I could have survived on the friendship of the leads alone. Them working together but ultimately becoming like an old bickering couple never failed to get laughs out of me and really it helped in keeping the drama chugging a long ’till the end. I don’t think I could ever overstate how funny seeing Rain and Oh Yeon-seo acting these type of scenes where. It was a surreal sight to say the least.
Next i wanna talk about the couples themselves. Let me start by saying that hopefully you are open minded because this turned out to be a more liberal type of drama as well. Since technically you have some Girl X Girl subtext and even some Guy X Guy subtext too. I guess you can thank Han Gi-tak’s character for that since the secondary story line is centered on his long unrequited love for an actress. A woman for whom he becomes a pseudo manager for. But let’s remember he is in a woman’s body while all this is happening.
Also there is a bodyguard that falls for him in the process, again while he is in this other woman’s body. I don’t think you can blame him though since Han Gi-tak as Hong hon-nan makes for the kind of badass girl any man would undoubtedly fall for. Alright so maybe she isn’t quite as badass as when she was a guy but she sure tries to be and it’s endearing as all heck. lol But I suppose the real question we should be asking in all this is do these love lines make him gay? a lesbian? Who knows… 😅..who knows..lolz
As for the main couple, it was more of your typical K-drama romance. It was fluffy and cute but nothing too special. Think a long the lines of your standard Chaebol Romance. It wasn’t bad just good enough. Honestly I kinda shipped him with the other guy in the woman’s body more since they had more chemistry. lol They probs had the most skinship in the whole drama and maybe even the most kisses too. Yeah that’s a long story to explain. 😅 But anywho I knew they weren’t gonna go down that route. 😛 So I was ok with the main couple and made due with the two main guys being more of a comedic duo than anything.
However what was heartwarming in this drama was seeing Young-soo reconnecting with the daughter he had left behind too. The actor Rain made me believe she was really his daughter because you could just see it in his eyes. Seeing her start to think of him as her real dad when he actually is, only that he’s in another body, was the thing that got me the most teary eyed besides the humor. There were many genuine moments between them in this drama the dealt with the loss and I gotta give them props because they were all handled beautifully.
Then after all that we are left with the villain and I’m just gonna go ahead and say it. He was a very underwhelming one. Like I wouldn’t be surprised if you ended up skipping his scenes. He was flat and the actor I thought wasn’t able to add anything. I thought he lacked any charisma and just felt like he was there. Luckily I don’t think he was in this enough to grind your gears or anything like that. That’s probs the thing that would knock this down a few points for me. However his involvement in the plot lead to other characters forming deeper bonds and connecting in the first place. So at least as a character he was useful in some ways.
Other than that I give this drama a lot of credit for trying to keep things moving a long. By introducing more and more plot points even if it still got draggy at points towards the middle. The jokes saved it from being boring and I think because of that i can confidently recommend this. Hopefully you are able to fall for the Cuteness of Young-soo/Lee jae-joon and the badassery of Han Gi-tak/Hong hon-nan. To me the two of them are strong contenders for best bromance in a drama. But really their relationships with the other characters were pretty dope too, by the end they felt like family. If there is anything else I can add it’s that you probs wont be getting another drama like this for a long while. 🙂 I give it a 7.5/10
If you have watched this already share your thoughts down below. And if you haven’t, do you plan to? I’ll see you peeps next time.
If curious you can watch episode 1 here for free with adds on Dramafever.