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[1]
Hangul밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나
Revised RomanizationBap Jal Sajuneun Yeppeun Nuna
LiterallyPretty Sister Who Buys Me Food
Created byJTBC
Written byKim Eun
Directed byAhn Pan-seok
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
  • Choi Kwan-yong
  • Ma Jung-hoon
  • Park Joon-seo
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time70 minutes[2]
Production companies
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 30 (2018-03-30) –
May 19, 2018 (2018-05-19)

Something in the Rain (Korean밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나) is a 2018 South Korean television series directed by Ahn Pan-seok and starring Son Ye-jin, Jung Hae-in and Jang So-yeon. The series marks Son Ye-jin's small screen comeback after five years. It aired from March 30 to May 19, 2018 on JTBC's Fridays and Saturdays at 23:00 (KST) time slot.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

It is available for streaming on Netflix, and on Disney+ in Japan starting February 2022.[9]


The series explores the relationship of two people as they go from being "just acquaintances" to "a genuine couple". Jin-ah (Son Ye-jin) is a district supervisor in her 30s at the coffeehouse franchise Coffee Bay (an actual Korean chain) and Joon-hee (Jung Hae-in) is an animator in his early 30s at video game developer Smilegate Entertainment. When he returns from working abroad, he reconnects with Jin-ah — who also happens to be best friends 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 is about the struggles female employees face in the company Jin-ah where she is employed as they try to climb the corporate ladder amidst severe sexual harassment, mistreatment, discrimination, and career sabotage from their male managers. A culture considered to be normal but unspoken among South Korean companies about sexism.

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 they value "team unity".
  • Drinking Taboos: It is customary to pour your colleague's 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.



  • Son Ye-jin as Yoon Jin-ah, a single woman age 35[a] who works as a store supervisor in a coffee franchise. Despite being an easygoing person, she lives a rather hollow life. After being dumped by her boyfriend, she suddenly develops romantic feelings towards her best friend's younger brother Joon-hee.[10]
  • Jung Hae-in as Seo Joon-hee, Kyung-seon's younger brother age 31[a] who is a character animation designer at a computer video game company. He has returned to the country from his work in the USA after three years. While getting reacquainted with his older sister's best friend Jin-ah, he protects her a couple times and falls in love with her.[11][12]
  • Jang So-yeon as Seo Kyung-seon, Joon-hee's older sister age 35[a] and Jin-ah's best friend who runs a coffee shop.[13]


Employees at Coffee Bay[edit]

  • Jung Yoo-jin as Kang Se-young, the most popular and ambitious colleague of Jin-ah; she requests to supervise Kyung-seon's store as a result of having a crush on Joon-hee.
  • Joo Min-kyung as Geum Bo-ra, a veteran colleague that Jin-ah can confide in.
  • Lee Joo-young as Lee Ye-eun, youngest colleague of Jin-ah.
  • Jang Won-hyung [ko] as Kim Dong-woo
  • Lee Hwa-ryong [ko] as Gong Cheol-goo, deputy chief who manages Jin-ah and other store supervisors, unpopular among female subordinates due to his behavior.
  • Seo Jeong-yeon as Jung Young-in, vice president & marketing director of the coffee franchise.
  • Lee Chang-hoon [ko] as Choi Joong-mo, deputy chief.
  • Park Hyuk-kwon as Nam Ho-gyun, vice president & director of the coffee franchise, whom Gong Cheol-goo reports to.
  • Kim Jong-tae [ko] as Jo Kyung-sik, CEO of the coffee franchise.

Yoon Jin-ah's family[edit]

  • Wi Ha-joon as Yoon Seung-ho, Jin-ah's younger brother and Joon-hee's best friend.[14]
  • Gil Hae-yeon as Kim Mi-yeon, Jin-ah's mother, who is obsessed with finding Jin-ah a husband from a well-regarded family.[14]
  • Oh Man-suk [ko] as Yoon Sang-ki, Jin-ah's father.[14]


  • Oh Ryong [ko] as Lee Gyu-min, Jin-ah's ex-boyfriend, a lawyer from a well-respected family. He had an affair with another woman.
  • Yoon Jong-suk [ko] as Kim Seung-chul, Joon-hee's colleague and university friend.[15]

Special appearances[edit]


The first script reading of the cast was held on January 25, 2018, at JTBC building in Sangam-dong.[16]

As a result of the drama's commercial success, a three-day reward vacation to Japan was awarded to the cast and the crew which was scheduled from May 29–31, 2018.[17][18]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Something in the Rain OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LanguageKorean, English
LabelSony Music
Drama House

"Stand by Your Man" sung by Carla Bruni, and "Save the Last Dance for Me" by Bruce Willis are played frequently in the series.

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


Something in the Rain : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[19]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[20] TNmS[21]
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%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama aired 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 [22]
13th Seoul International Drama Awards Excellence Award for Korean Drama Something in the Rain Won [23][24]
Outstanding Korean Actress Son Ye-jin Won
6th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated [25][26]
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 [27]
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 [28][29]
Best Director Ahn Pan-seok Nominated
Best Actress Son Ye-jin Nominated


In February 2022, it was confirmed that Something in the Rain is set for an Indian remake.[30]

On March 3, 2022, it was announced that iQIYI would release a Chinese remake of the series titled The Way Love Should Be, starring Angelababy. The platform also gained the rights to exclusively air the show in China, marking it the first South Korean TV show to be approved for streaming in the country since the Korean content ban.[31][32]


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  1. ^ a b c The age stated is their Korean age which is typically one year more than their international age. In South Korea, people are born at age one and one year is added to their age on New Year's Day.

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