The clearest message from this drama so far is that being almost 40 sucks. Let me tell you (as someone who is almost at almost 40): it does not. But it is indeed true that the big 4-0 does something to human beings. As does the 3-0. But while turning 30 is almost always a GREAT thing because you really come into your prime then and people start taking you seriously as a professional, the 4-0 is a different animal. At 30, there still is so much potential. At 40, most things have become routine. You look at your life and go: huh, that's it? Quite naturally, then, the 4-0 are a time of crisis.
But, here it comes, crisis isn't only bad. A crisis is also always a new beginning, a time for catharsis. From the (disappointed or even shocked) "huh, that's it?" you can venture into new territory, into where you have not yet ventured but really want to go. Self-awareness is a wonderful thing: If this is your life, then decide what aspects of it you like - and which aspects of it you want to change. This is where the people in this drama are headed. They might be turning 40, but that is not the end. It is a new beginning.
Where are we at after episode 1 and 2? Ah, right: Big suckerage all around. Jung-wan has lost all her money and her house due to her mother, Sun-mi has been brutally dumped on several fronts, and Ji-hyun is afraid her perfect life might begin to crumble. As for the men: Oh-boy has a mommy-issue, Ah-boy has an ex-love issue, and Lovesick-Puppy has a noona-issue.
Can We Love continues to deliver good value television even though there are a few (too) familiar elements in it. Especially our main heroine is a bit too "hard-working-plain" for me to get overly excited about - even though there is hope that she will develop into something much more interesting - but hey, there are still the ahjussis! And the BROMANCE! And the crazy-noona-love! So, no points for originality from me, but a lot of points for very good acting (by most of the cast), for a few good laughs, and for enough chemistry between various people to keep me interested. And if you're interested in a much more lengthy analysis of things, go and read the BriefCap of Episode 4, which will be posted shortly!