An act requiring someone in a new environment to pretend that everything is fine while actually being ignored, bullied, or treated horribly.
Section 1. Whereas a kdrama must epitomize a person’s loneliness by contrasting a person’s actual situation with what he/she describes via phone calls:
(a) A newbie on the job talking about how the boss likes him/her and how all the officemates are impressed while doing menial tasks like getting everyone coffee or stapling press releases together.
(b) A (usually) Busan kid transferring to Seoul and regaling Mom/Grandma/whole village with stories of his popularity with city girls while trying hard not to get lost in the tall buildings and busy intersections.
(c) A character who is having a Merupisu Law Day gets a call… which turns out to be a birthday greeting. Said character then lies about eating seaweed soup, getting a huge birthday cake, having a party, and enjoying a third round while actually singing alone at a noraebang.
(d) An unemployed breadwinner pretending to be rich, bragging about eating meat while actually hanging out at a pc shop, looking for a job and eating instant ramyun.
Section 2. Effectivity – scenes described in Section 1 of this act are effective in wringing tears/sympathy from the audience, especially if the actor/actress can manage that perfect mix of trying-to-sound-ecstatic-but-can-barely-hold-the-tears-back look.
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