Something in the Rain

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Something in the Rain
A man puts his arm around a woman as they walk in the rain sharing one red umbrella.
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food
  • Pretty Sister Who Treats Me to Meals
Hangul밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나
Created byJTBC
Written byKim Eun
Directed byAhn Pan-seok
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)
  • Choi Kwan-yong
  • Ma Jung-hoon
  • Park Joon-seo
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 30 (2018-03-30) –
May 19, 2018 (2018-05-19)
External links

Something in the Rain (Korean밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나; RRBap Jal Sajuneun Yeppeun Nuna; lit. Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food) is a 2018 South Korean television series directed by Ahn Pan-seok and starring Son Ye-jin and Jung Hae-in. The series marks Son Ye-jin's small screen comeback after five years. It was broadcast on JTBC every Friday and Saturday at 23:00 (KST) from March 30 to May 19, 2018. It was also aired on the subscription service Netflix with subtitles.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


The series explores the relationship of two people as they go from being "just acquaintances" to "a genuine couple". Jin-ah is a 30-something district supervisor at a major coffee/cafe franchise and Joon-hee is an early-30's animator for video games. When he returns from working abroad he reconnects with Jin-ah--who also happens to be the best friend with Joon-Hee's sister since childhood. The episodes give an intimate look into how they fall in love, struggle with their age differences (considered to be Taboo in some circles), and find the courage to go public with their relationship to everyone around them.

A secondary storyline follows the struggles that female employees face in the company Jin-ah works for as they try to climb the corporate ladder amidst severe sexual harassment from male superiors. A culture considered to be normal but unspoken in South Korean companies.

Themes of Taboos[edit]

The driving narrative around the story centers around South Korean taboos concerning relationships:

  • Dating Taboos - An older female dating a younger male is considered scandalous.
  • Familial Taboos - People who grow up without parents or present parental figures are considered "unfit" for marriage.
  • Job Taboos - People should only associate with people who are of a certain educational background, occupational position, or wealthy class status.
  • Career Taboos - Women are expected to go out and be flirtatious during team dinners to show that they value "team unity".
  • Drinking Taboos - It is customary to pour your colleagues glass first before and vice versa. If you pour for yourself, it indicates a fractured relationship.
  • Food Taboos - Usually if an older woman buys a younger male food frequently, it's because of a brother-sister relationship.



A single woman in her mid-30 who works as a store supervisor in a coffee franchise. Despite being an easygoing person, she lives a rather hollow life. She suddenly feels romantic feelings towards her best friend's younger brother.[7]
Kyung-seon's younger brother who is a character designer at a computer video game company. He has returned to the country from his work abroad after three years.[8][9]


Joon-hee's older sister and Jin-ah's best friend who runs a coffee shop.[10]
Jin-ah's younger brother and Joon-hee's best friend.[11]
Jin-ah's mother.[11]
  • Oh Man-seok as Yoon Sang-ki
Jin-ah's father.[11]
  • Yoon Jong-suk as Kim Seung-chul
Joon-hee's university friend.[12]
  • Jung Yoo-jin as Kang Se-young
  • Joo Min-kyung as Geum Bo-ra
  • Lee Joo-young as Lee Ye-eun
  • Lee Hwa-ryong as Gong Cheol-goo
  • Seo Jeong-yeon as Jung Young-in
  • Lee Chang-hoon as Choi Joong-mo
  • Park Hyuk-kwon as Nam Ho-gyun
  • Kim Jong-tae as Jo Kyung-sik
  • Oh Ryong as Lee Gyu-min
  • Jang Won-hyung as Kim Dong-woo


  • The first script reading of the cast was held on January 25, 2018 at JTBC building in Sangam-dong.[13]
  • As a result of the drama receiving high viewership ratings, a three-day reward vacation to Japan was awarded for the cast and the crew which was scheduled from May 29 to 31, 2018.[14][15]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Something In The Rain OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LanguageKorean, English
LabelSony Music
Drama House

Part 1[edit]

Released on April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
1."Something in the Rain"Rachael YamagataLee Nam-yeon (이남연)Rachael Yamagata4:56

Part 2[edit]

Released on April 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
1."La La La"Lee Nam-yeon (이남연)Lee Nam-yeon (이남연)Rachael Yamagata3:40


In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[16] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 March 30, 2018 4.008% 4.239% 3.8%
2 March 31, 2018 3.752% 4.177% 4.8%
3 April 6, 2018 4.222% 4.621% 4.4%
4 April 7, 2018 4.756% 5.434% 5.9%
5 April 13, 2018 5.134% 6.001% 5.4%
6 April 14, 2018 6.187% 7.069% 6.5%
7 April 20, 2018 5.322% 6.202% 6.4%
8 April 21, 2018 5.499% 5.936% 5.7%
9 April 27, 2018 6.177% 6.769% 5.9%
10 April 28, 2018 5.757% 6.713% 6.6%
11 May 4, 2018 5.637% 7.018% 5.9%
12 May 5, 2018 5.520% 6.320% 6.1%
13 May 11, 2018 5.564% 6.598% 5.4%
14 May 12, 2018 7.281% 8.313% 6.3%
15 May 18, 2018 5.883% 6.486% 5.7%
16 May 19, 2018 6.787% 7.661% 7.1%
Average 5.468% 6.222% 5.7%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Wi Ha-joon Nominated [17]
13th Seoul International Drama Awards Excellence Award for Korean Drama Something in the Rain Won [18][19]
Outstanding Korean Actor Jung Hae-in Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Son Ye-jin Won
6th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated [20][21]
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Jung Hae-in Won
Best Supporting Actress Jang So-yeon Won
K-Star Award, Actor Jung Hae-in Won
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Actress Son Ye-jin Nominated [22]
Best New Actor Jung Hae-in Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Won
Hallyu Artist Award Won
Korea Contents Awards Presidential Commendation Something in the Rain Won
2019 23rd Asian Television Awards Best Drama Series Won [23][24]
Best Direction (Fiction) Ahn Pan-seok Nominated
Best Actress in a Leading Role Son Ye-jin Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

The drama aired in the Philippines on the Asianovela Channel starting from July 15, 2019.


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  6. ^ "Could Son Ye-jin, Jung Hae-in be the next Song-Song couple?". The Korea Herald. May 28, 2018.
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  12. ^ "Rookie Yoon Jong-suk to Star in "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"". HanCinema. TV Report. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
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  17. ^ 2018코리아드라마어워즈 후보 공개. (in Korean). September 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Lee Bo-young wins best actress at drama awards". The Korea Times. 4 September 2018.
  19. ^ '서울드라마어워즈' 박서준, 한류드라마 연기자상 수상 영광. Herald Pop (in Korean). September 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). September 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "이병헌, '미스터 션샤인' 대상 수상..정해인 2관왕(종합)[2018 APAN]". Osen (in Korean). 13 October 2018.
  22. ^ ‘제2회 더 서울어워즈’ 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개. iMBC (in Korean). September 28, 2018.
  23. ^ "JTBC, 대상·'미스티' 김남주 최우수 포함 ATA 첫 4관왕 영예". Naver. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  24. ^ "2018 Nominees". Asian TV Awards. Archived from the original on 2018-11-15. Retrieved 2018-12-01.

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