The Promising First Half of ‘Oh! My Assistant’

Oh! My Assistant

‘Oh! My Assistant’ is a 2022 Korean comedy BL series adapted from a webtoon comic of the same name.

It stars Seon Ho (Song Seunghyun), an adult comic artist, and his newly hired assistant, Goo Muyeong (Ko Changbin). Romance ensues between them as they start to work together.

The show may have already ended, but its cute and comically sensual vibe makes ‘Oh! My Assistant’ an easy pick for a rewatch. So here’s a recap of what went down with Seon Ho and Muyeong in this eight-episode-long romantic comedy gem!

Episode 1 – Not Impotent At All!

The first episode is mainly dedicated to the introduction of the characters and considering the length of the episode, it’s not surprising that they are presented in succession. Fret not, though, because the show has woven it well into the setting so it is not an overwhelming name dump.

The episode begins with the protagonist, Seon Ho, an adult webtoon artist who has not felt sexual arousal in two years. Thinking that he’s possibly gone impotent, he blames his predicament on the nature of his work. Recently, he’s been having difficulty finishing his project, so he begins looking for an assistant. He, together with his manager, the beautiful but loud and unabashed Lee Min-young, narrows down their picks to three. The first two choices don’t seem to fit well with Seon Ho’s preferences until they check the third one, Goo Muyeong. Both Seon Ho and Min-young take a quick liking to him because 1) he’s good-looking, and 2) his art is really beautiful.

Expectedly, Muyeong gets the job albeit without some unfortunate events during the interview process. This includes Seon Ho accidentally spilling a whole mug of hot coffee all over Muyeong, and an unintentional exposure of Muyeong’s chest which — to Seon Ho’s surprise — triggers arousal. Unbeknown to Seon Ho, Muyeong actually applied for the job because he’s been a fan of (and crushing on) Seon Ho since he was young.

Given the premise of the story, the pilot episode already presents plenty of sexual overtones, and they do not shy away from it. The innuendos are funny, ranging from conservative to suggestive, although some may find it a bit too comically awkward, but it’s not bad. It’s actually a good start — interesting and funny enough to keep you going for the next.

Episode 2 – Teeny-Weeny Green-Eyed Monster

The next episode carries on with Seon Ho and Muyeong now actually working together in Seon Ho’s studio. It’s not as detail-heavy as the pilot episode, but it showcases exciting development.

It’s apparent that while Muyeong keeps a chill, almost cold, appearance, he really enjoys being around Seon Ho. It’s not surprising considering the crush he’s been harboring on his favorite artist for years. But when Seon Ho’s manager, Minyoung, comes barging into the apartment, a confused Muyeong overthinks and wonders if Seon Ho and Minyoung are dating. A tiny bit of envy and jealousy boils in him.

On that same day, Muyeong sees Seon Ho napping and sleep talk, mumbling a name Muyeong thinks is his. Of course, the infatuated assistant finds it adorable, even thinking that his favorite artist dreams about him. But then, in an attempt to control his delusion, he convinces himself that it must be impossible, especially when they just practically met. It doesn’t help that the names “Muyeong” and “Minyoung” sound alike. While the whole sleep-talking Seon Ho moment made him feel a little fuzzy in the chest, Muyeong goes on an overthinking overdrive as he remains unsure if it really is his or the manager’s name. He brings the image and bothering thoughts home and he bothers his friend, Do Ha, about it.

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Episode 3 – Discovering the Self

Things are developing a little fast for Seon Ho and Muyeong — albeit without a sprinkle of confusion — as the two share their first kiss in this episode!

Three episodes in and Seon Ho still struggles to meet his deadline, so much so that Minyoung actually stays in his apartment to wait. Seon Ho, however, manages to convince his manager that he’ll finish everything by midnight. Just as Minyoung leaves, Muyeong comes to the rescue and helps him fulfill his promise. To celebrate their success, Seon Ho invites Muyeong for a drink. 

They get to know each other over a bottle of vodka, a gift Seon Ho got from Minyoung. As the night goes on, Seon Ho drinks a little too much that he asks Muyeong if he can draw him a half-naked, bare chest! Muyeong, hesitant at first, eventually says yes. It goes well at first until the alcohol gets the better of them. It doesn’t take long before Seon Ho stops holding a pen and paper and starts to lean in for a kiss!

Morning comes with Seon Ho almost forgetting everything, until he sees the scattered sketches all over the flower: drawings of a man in sexually compromising positions. In a snap, everything that happened the night before comes back to him. At that moment, Seon Ho, who’s always thought he is straight, realizes that he also likes men. Panicking, he quickly grabs his phone and calls Muyeong who, in his house, is wide awake, lying on the sofa, still thinking about the kiss and ignoring the call.

 

Episode 4 – Road to Acceptance

After all the alcohol-driven “mistakes” of the previous episode comes an assessment period of those “bad” decisions. On one side of the story is Muyeong, wondering if he’s fallen a little too deep into a mess with Seon Ho, while on the other, Seon Ho still thinks he’s messed up what should have been a professional relationship with Muyeong. 

Seon Ho, who eventually accepts that it’s fine to like men (realizing that he’s actually bisexual), tries to act normally, passing the kiss off as something he can casually ignore, only to find himself thinking about it again and again. Muyeong, on the other hand, continues to overthink — a lot. After seeing Minyoung’s items in Seon Ho’s apartment followed by Seon Ho taking a shower, he connects the wrong dots and convinces himself that the two have something going on. Thinking he’s setting himself up for another potential heartbreak (flashback to his first but also tragic I-fell-in-love-with-a-straight-guy situation), he grows indifferent, almost snobbish, towards Seon Ho. 

Although he can be a little dumb and ignorant, Seon Ho isn’t completely naive. The episode ends with him thinking of ways to resolve the apparent tension so he can actually win Muyeong back.

We’ll be back with the second half so keep your eyes peeled for it!

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