Familiar Wife (2018) — An Overview

Familiar Wife (ep 5, 2018)



Familiar Wife / Wife That I Know
[아는 와이프]
(tvN, 2018)

Written by Yang Hee-seung, Directed by Lee Sang-yeob
Production company Chorokbaem Media [초록뱀미디어]

August 1 ~ September 20 2018 [Wed & Thurs]
16 episodes

Life is full of ‘what ifs’ — what if you could undo a decision made in the past? What if you could find out if you were meant to be with someone else? What if you went back in time… only to realise that you needed to make things right again? This is the story of Cha Joo-hyuk: an ordinary married man given an extraordinary opportunity to change his past, for the sake of his future. Would he make the right choice in the end? — by Mich KDL




Familiar Wife (2018)


Note that this is not the full cast credits for this show — only those mentioned on KDL!


Cha Joo-hyuk (Ji Sung)
Assistant loans manager at KCU Gahyeon branch; husband to Woo-jin, father of two
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Yoon Jong-hoo (Jang Seung-jo)
Joo-hyuk’s best friend and colleague

Oh Sang-sik (Oh Eui-sik)
Joo-hyuk’s friend and brother-in-law; owner of Sangsik’s Pocha

Woo-jin’s mother (Lee Jung-eun)
Seo Woo-jin (Han Ji-min)
Wife to Joo-hyuk, mother of two; in the alternate universe, she also works at KCU as a teller
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Lee Hye-won (Kang Han-na)
cellist, Joo-hyuk’s college crush; in the alternate universe, she is married to Joo-hyuk

Cha Joo-eun (Park Hee-von)
Joo-hyuk’s younger sister, Sang-sik’s wife



Familiar Wife (2018, episode 14)
Because of its juxtaposition with both the present and the past, the locations in Familiar Wife are a mix of the modern and the nostalgic. The latter is seen especially in places like old-school eatery Ddoddo Bunsik — Woo-jin’s favourite — featured both in the 2006 timeline, and in the present day. It’s also interesting to note that bus stops play quite an important role in the show — from first meetings to bittersweet reunions. There were at least three featured in the show, and two have been identified on KDL.
This overview will be updated when new locations are added.
Search Familiar Wife on KDL for a visual look of all locations.

Last update: 04/03/2019

SEOUL [서울특별시]

Jeonnong-dong [전농동]
University of Seoul [서울시립대학교]

Gaehwa-dong [개화동]
Seo Woo-jin’s House
Gonghang-dong [공항동]
Gimpo Airport [김포국제공항] [E13]

Gunja-dong [군자동]
— Banana Talk [바나나토크] [E12]
Jayang-dong [자양동]
— Seoul Eastern District Court (former) [서울동부지방법원(구)]

Pirun-dong [필운동]
Siwoo’s Restaurant [시우식당]

MAPO-GU [마포구]
Sangam-dong [상암동]
Sangam IT Tower [상암IT타워] [E2]
DDMC [동아디지털미디어센터] [E14]

Banpo-dong [반포동]
Banpo Bridge [반포대교] [E2]

Jamsil 3(sam)-dong [잠실3동]
Lotte World [롯데월드] [E15]

GOYANG [고양시]

Haengsin-dong [행신동]
Coffee Natural Specialty [E13}
Janghang-dong [장항동]
Daewoo Maison Libre Officetel
Ilsan Cultural Park [일산문화공원] [E4]

GOYANG [고양시]

ILSANDONG-GU [일산동구] (con’t)
Seolmun-dong [설문동]
Chungah Park [청아공원 or 자유로 청아공원]
Bus stop Wicity 1 Danji Back Gate.Yangil
Elementary School


Yeongheung-myeon [영흥면]
Yeonheung Pension Town [영흥팬션타운] [E7]
DONG-GU [동구]
Songhyun-dong [송현동]
Ddoddo Bunsik [또또분식]
Songhyun-dong [송도동]
— Incheon National University Station [인천대입구역]

Namyangju [남양주시]

Principle Coffee Company [E13]

PAJU [파주시]

Munbal-dong [문발동]
Bookfriends Cafe [북프렌즈카페] [E12]
Ramerit [라메리트] [E12]
Tanhyeon-myeon [탄현면]
Artinus Farmer’s Table [파머스테이블] [E15]

Sokcho [속초시]

Jeonjin-ri [전진리]
— Naksan Beach [낙산해변] [E12]



Note: Spoilers ahead.

Familiar Wife (2018, episode 6)


Bus stops aside, movies were another element that featured a fair bit, particularly in the later part of the drama. This was both as a form of escape, and a way to release pent-up emotions.  For example, Joo-hyuk recalls Woo-jin watching the 2004 movie A Moment To Remember (내 머리속의 지우개) one night after he returns home late, missing out on participating in her father’s memorial ceremony.

Woo-jin is seen watching the movie again in episode 14 — this time in an alternative timeline — to which her mother says it’s what she watches “when she wants to cry”. “I just like sad movies,” Woo-jin says, to which her mother retorts, “Don’t make me laugh. I know you like comedies and human documentaries more.”

Familiar Wife (2018, episode 14)

While the rest of the banking team were invited to dinner at Woo-jin’s senior’s restaurant in episode 15, Joo-hyuk chose to watch the movie On Your Wedding Day (너의 결혼식) alone at the cinema, amidst the other couples sharing box seats. The movie, which stars Park Bo-young and Kim Young-kwang, was released in South Korea on 22 August 2018.

In final episode 16, Joo-hyuk and Woo-jin watch a movie at the cinema — this time on a child-free date night as a couple. This movie (which brought Joo-hyuk to tears) is Keys To The Heart/That’s Only My World (literal title) (그것만이 내 세상), which was released in South Korea on 17 January 2018, and stars Lee Byung-hun, Park Jung-min, Youn Yuh-jung and — surprise, surprise — Han Ji-min herself.

Familiar Wife (2018, episode 16)


Locations: Mich KDL, Toni, a KDL Guest
Photos: Thom Musni, Florence, Xinnz


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Familiar Wife (ep 5, 2018)

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