Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho
Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho (tvN)

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” has proven in episode 3 and episode 4 that it goes beyond its romantic comedy genre. While we see a welcome development in the relationship between the main couple played by Kim Seon-ho and Shin Min-a, the relevant themes for each episode are engaging as well.

‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ Episode 3: On Parenting

Shin Min-a and Kim Young-ok. (tvN)

In the third episode of “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,” Yoon Hye-jin is forced to give a ride to Hong Du-sik and the three grandmothers of Gongjin who are all on their way to Seoul. The scenes and banters during their road trip will surely make you laugh.

Back in Gongjin, one of the grandmothers Kim Gam-ri suffers from toothache and is forced by Du-sik to visit Hye-jin’s clinic. However, upon learning how much dental implants cost, she refuses to be treated and gets into an argument with Hye-jin. 

Du-sik tells Hye-jin about his plan to pay for the dental implants as long as she can persuade Kim Gam-ri. We now get to see Hye-jin in a different light as she talks about how parents should take care of themselves. We know that her acerbic words against Kim Gam-ri all had to do with Hye-jin losing her mother at a young age.

“Do you know what it means to be a good parent? It’s staying healthy for a long time. They shouldn’t endure pain to save their money for their children. They should take care of themselves.”

Yoon Hye-jin

Feeling guilty about her actions, Yoon Hye-jin visits Kim Gam-ri and finally convinces her to get the implants.

‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ Episode 4: On Sexual Harassment

Kang Hyung-suk as policeman Choi Eun-cheol. (tvn)

“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” episode 4 shows a transition in the relationship between Hong Du-sik and Yoon Hye-jin. They may still constantly annoy each other but the attraction between them is apparent.

Meanwhile, a new patient visits Hye-jin’s clinic. Despite his initial polite manners, the patient turns out to be a sexual predator who victimizes Hye-jin’s best friend Pyo Mi-seon. Hye-jin gets furious after catching him in the act of molesting Mi-seon. Hong Du-sik gets to the scene in time to save the day. Pyo Mi-seon, who maintained her silence after the initial harassment, gets a sound advice from her police crush Choi Eun-cheol:

“If anything like that happens again, don’t try to endure it on your own.”

Choi Eun-cheol

It’s nice to see “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,” despite being a rom-com, doesn’t shy away from injecting relevant issues into the drama. Having said that, the two episodes are not bereft of the usual “kilig” scenes, with the main leads showing off their great chemistry on screen.

New episodes of “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” are now up on Netflix.

Myla Torres-Eder

Myla writes news stories for a living and watches K-dramas for leisure. She enjoys doing both for Hallyudorama.

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