After a much longer break than I intended to take (and I’m totally blaming KCON for that), I’m finally back with another drama edition of “Friday Night Drama” and this week, I’ve got one doozy of a drama for you, so I hope you’re ready!
Airing on MBC QueeN from early May through late June of 2013, Nail Shop Paris is the story of an internet novelist, Hong Yeo Joo (Park Gyu Ri) caught in a plagiarism scandal, which forces her into the “real” world to observe people, find fresh inspiration and a new muse. Out in the world, Yeo Joo watches a man named Alex (Jun Ji Hoo) save a woman at the subway station. Intrigued by this hero, Yeo Joo follows Alex to his work, which just happens to be a nail shop called “Paris”. Determined to get closer to her new muse, Yeo Joo decides to join Alex in working at Paris but there’s a catch. Paris only employs beautiful flower boys and I’m sure you can figure out what happens next.
Pulling a rather predictable gender-bender, Yeo Joo transforms herself into Bunny and is immediately hired as the new shop assistant at Paris. As one would expect, once hired, Bunny gets into all kinds of trouble but it’s not the kind you would normally expect to find in such a seemingly predictable story. You see, Nail Shop Paris has a rather unusual twist to it which ends up throwing this particular drama way out in left field and when I say “way out in left field” I mean WAY OUT THERE!
For those of you who haven’t watched Nail Shop Paris, I don’t want to ruin if for you with a bunch of spoilers so if you decided to watch this one, all I can say is, prepare yourself. While the characters are likeable enough the story itself ends up going in such strange places that you’re really have to open your mind to accept this one. Personally, I’m a fan of the odd and unexpected so I didn’t have a problem with this drama but I know of others who just couldn’t accept where this story ended up going and ended up flipping tables, deeming it a lost cause.
Whether you watched Nail Shop Paris when it originally aired or picked it up sometime after, I (as always) would love to know your thoughts on it. Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? What did you think of the way the story went? Was that something you were expecting or not really? I want to know it all so be sure to leave me a comment below!