Forecasting Love and Weather (기상청 사람들: 사내연애 잔혹사 편) is a Korean TV series directed by Cha Young-hoon and starring Park Min-young, Song Kang, and Yoon Bak, alongside other cast members. The series has 16 episodes and Forecasting Love and Weather episode 13 has a runtime of 70 minutes and is titled Scenario 1, 2, 3.
Netflix describes the series as:
Inside a national weather service, love proves just as difficult to predict as rain or shine for a diligent forecaster and her free-spirited co-worker.
– Forecasting Love and Weather Episode 13 recap contains major spoilers –
Major Si-woo and Ha-kyung drama aside, Forecasting Love and Weather episode 13 starts a bit more interestingly – Typhoon Ricky isn’t having it and is wreaking havoc. However, the KMA has done a great job at warning people beforehand and although its chaos in the office throughout the night, as the morning arrives, people are happy that they were able to make a great prediction.
Things, however, aren’t looking up for Ha-kyung, who, for some reason, has chosen to bring Si-woo’s swindler father back home with the hopes that it will mend her partner’s relationship with her and his own father. On the other hand, Yu-jin and Ki-jun’s relationship is also beyond repair, it seems after Yu-jin convinces herself that her husband has not come to meet woo her away from the hospital itself.
Back in the office, it’s a bit nicer, with the three remaining colleagues discussing when they got to know about the newest office romance. But, we hardly stay there and are swiftly taken back to Ha-kyung trying to understand Si-woo’s father. When she (probably) finally realises that, she gives him money and asks him to return to Seoul alone. On the other hand, an infantile Yu-jin refuses to speak to Ki-jun to at least get his side of the story, turns down all of his efforts to talk to him.
Ha-kyung fills in for Si-woo and for some reason, the director makes it seem like hurting yourself isn’t a big deal. I mean, sure, it might be something that comes with the nature of the job. But you can be… sympathetic towards your colleagues. I think I’d at least show some concern if one of my employees couldn’t hear in one ear because of a job that I sent them for. But, that’s just me. Either way, before that discussion even finishes, Si-woo rushes in, much to Ha-kyung’s surprise.
But, one thing I must give this episode credit for is an adorable penguin gif being uploaded instead of the typhoon report and everyone at office rushing to take responsibility. It’s funny but only lasts a minute. Next, we are back to Ki-jun kneeling for Yu-jin. I like the sentiment, if only I didn’t feel that the cheaters deserve this. Either way, after another heated argument, Yu-jin’s stepfather barges in and starts thrashing Ki-jun for making his daughter cry and when Yu-jin calls him father and asks him to stop, things take a happier turn, which is, honestly, as a welcome change of pace.
As is Dong-han getting a respite from going through a divorce. However, with Typhoon Elisha whooshing towards Korea, Ha-kyung opts to go to sea to get better predictions regarding which direction the typhoon will head. Of course, Si-woo joins her in this daring and courageous quest out to sea because his luck last time was fantastic. Either way, this time all the weather balloons are out in the air and the team are able to get the data required to make a more accurate prediction.
In spite of going through all of this headache, Ha-kyung opts to go with the first scenario that they discussed and asks Mi-jin to let her take responsibility for any flak that they receive. According to her, it is important to save people’s lives instead of being right or wrong. As the people on the mainland scamper to get the news on-air, Ha-kyung must now choose what to do with her relationship – and she chooses to take some more time. Meanwhile, Seok-ho breaks up with Tae-kyung because he is unable to focus on work, or, at least he tries to.
Back on the boat, after a calmer discussion, Ha-kyung chooses to break up with Si-woo. Unfortunately, though, everyone in the office knows about their romance now. Meanwhile, we learn that Yu-jin is pregnant.
Final Thoughts: Forecasting Love and Weather Episode 13
Forecasting Love and Weather episode 13 continues to dredge on, but I liked this episode more than the last if only because we had minimum parental interference. Both Si-woo’s father and Ha-kyung’s mother are insufferable to sit through and while I know that the Asian mother trope is a thing in shows, and I know that there are mothers like that out there, Ha-kyung is very old. It’s not like she’s 18 and needs parental guidance. What is the deal with so much annoying character interference from her mother? I feel like they wanted to add humour through her character but it turns out to be nothing more than an itch that you just can’t scratch.
Same for Si-woo’s father. First and foremost, adding him as a background sure. But having him ramble on and on (loudly) for extended periods of time seems excessive and unnecessary. I hated it when they first introduced it, I despised it when they continued to have his character and the fact that he still makes an appearance, 3 episodes out of the finale, I am livid.
I am most invested in Dong-han and Seok-ho’s characters and how they develop. Although minor characters, they seem genuine and not annoying. Not a lot happens, but whatever amount of time they spend on-screen, it’s a refreshing look away from the toxicity that are Ha-kyung and Ki-jun’s respective lives. I can’t stand to look at these two couples going round and round the same path, as if that will somehow change something about the show magically.
Also, can Ha-kyung and Ki-jun, if not for anything then only for my sanity, stop being buddies? Is everyone forgetting that the man cheated on her with his now-wife on their bed in their future home that Ha-kyung majorly financed? Are you kidding me right now? Same for Yu-jin and Si-woo but then again, she’s too immature to be in a relationship, let alone get married.
However, I liked how they added the episode title to the different situations. It’s something that the series was doing nicely since the first episode, but the last few have been such a downer in epic proportions that this one seems far better in comparison. But in reality, it’s just somewhat of a difference.
Forecasting Love and Weather is streaming on Netflix.
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