“Bench-Clearing Brawl” finally introduces a problem that might not be so easily resolved, but it might be too little to late to break free of a repetitive and drama-free structure.
This recap of Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 9, “Bench-Clearing Brawl”, contains spoilers.
Most petty disputes are pretty easy to resolve, but only if one side is willing to talk to the other. Someone has to make the first move, swallow their pride, and apologize, and if we’ve learned one thing throughout this first season of Welcome to Wedding Hell, it’s that Na-eun and Jun-hyeong are absolutely terrible at these things.
Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 9 recap
Thus, here we – crossed wires again. Nobody wants to apologize. The tension is palpable, the mood awkward. Eventually, Na-eun breaks the deadlock, but the flurry of subsequent apologies kind of renders all the previous ones meaningless. Na-eun is sorry for not speaking up about how she feels; Jun-hyeong is sorry for making her feel that way in the first place, and then making it worse by not realizing it. And on and on it goes.
These two are good at reconciling, mostly by refusing to actually confront their problems, as we’ve said before, but that arguably makes them more comfortable letting their problems fester. A new one emerges quickly when Jun-hyeong asks Na-eun to bring her real estate agent mother with them to look at places to rent, and Jun-hyeong’s mother forcibly tags along.
And wouldn’t you know it, but the mothers don’t get along.
Of course, this causes more arguments between Na-eun and Jun-hyeong since the latter’s autopiloted acquiescence is him doing the very thing he was apologizing for doing earlier – putting Na-eun in an uncomfortable position. This doesn’t seem like a situation that might be as easily resolved as previous disagreements, which is probably for the best given how repetitive the show’s structure has quickly become.
Whether or not Welcome to Wedding Hell will be able to capitalize on this is anyone’s guess, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.