Drama Recaps
History of the Salaryman: Episode 13
by | February 14, 2012 | 47 Comments

To quote Yeo-chi, Jesus Christmas! This episode was a blast to watch – a completely fulfilling hour where love lines get crossed, recrossed, strung together, and pulled apart with extra doses of laughter and heart to spare. It seems like the biggest sin one can commit in the business world is to underestimate your enemy, though this know-how (or lack thereof) is working out pretty well for our good guys. Their stroke of good luck looks like it’s already coming to an end, so now it’s a matter of how our heroes surmount all the forces working against them. And with enemies like Gabi and Hang-woo, Bang has got one heck of an uphill battle.


Both Bang and Yeo-chi are understandably surprised to see each other, since neither of them caught onto Chairman Jin’s plan beforehand. In amazement, Yeo-chi asks her grandfather if Bang is the person he wanted to invest in (since he talked about investing in people, rather than companies). She scoffs to find that Bang has been using all this time he’s been building a company to not talk to her, and admonishes him for treating her like a pariah.

While Chairman Jin gets a tour of his factory, a disgruntled Bang gives Jang Ryang a call, but Jang Ryang plays innocent about the whole setup. Because Bang insists that he can’t trust Chairman Jin, he produces a crudely-written piece of paper for Chairman Jin to write an oath proclaiming that he will not try to steal Bang’s company.

Chairman Jin informs Bang that he counted his eggs before he even gave him a chicken, and that he won’t invest so easily. What will help to convince him, he claims, is if Bang gives Yeo-chi management training. Never mind the fact that she’s already under Hang-woo’s tutelage.

Needless to say, hope for Chairman Jin’s investment now rises or falls on Yeo-chi’s training. Both of them object at first, though Yeo-chi must certainly be excited to spend more time with her crush. It’s not something that’s lost on Bang, since he quickly takes notice that she’s deliberately delaying her work just to be near him. She flatly denies such a claim, yet she can’t help but ask why he didn’t contact her all this time.

She admits that she worried about whether he was freezing, starving, or dying – and he admits (in a much more businesslike voice) that he was concerned about her too. Still, Bang maintains distance between them, and forces her out when he sets up a cot in his new Office Home and goes to sleep.

Hang-woo is working on getting a patent for the same blood sugar monitor as Bang – and in case we have questions about how he can make a copycat product, he explains it with a ballpoint pen. If Bang were to have invented that pen, then Chun Ha would just make a flat pen and get a patent for that. If that wouldn’t work, then they’d just change the ink color. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

We start madly intercutting through training scenes with Hang-woo and Bang that demonstrate how differently the two of them approach managing a business – and Yeo-chi is left to try and make sense of it all. Bang is all about heart, while Hang-woo is all about skills. Where Bang is all about virtue, Hang-woo thinks that virtue is only for leaders lacking charisma. Charisma, to Hang-woo, equals power. To Bang, charisma means poop.

It gets complicated when Yeo-chi starts telling each mentor what the other said, which gets both Bang and Hang-woo riled up. Bang tells her to forget everything Hang-woo taught, and Hang-woo tells her to forget everything Bang taught. It’s no wonder that Yeo-chi starts cursing up a storm once she’s alone and ends up with a nosebleed. Yeo-chi: “Jesus Christmas!”

Gabi’s phone call at the end of the last episode wasn’t about Bang, but Jang Ryang. Because of Chairman Jin’s chauffeur she knows that the two of them have been meeting, but the supposed purpose is just for company. We know that’s not the case as Chairman Jin and Jang Ryang meet over coffee and marriage talk, although Chairman Jin’s personal preference between Hang-woo and Bang remains up in the air.

Jang Ryang catches onto the fact that Chairman Jin can see, which he admits. But there’s a caveat: he is losing his sight. So he just preempted it a bit in order to see what would happen if he was blind. Chairman Jin knows that betrayal is his worst enemy, and that Gabi’s betrayal would be fatal.

It’s precisely because he wants to trust Gabi that he assigns Jang Ryang the job of acting as his proxy and so he can double-check the documents he has to sign.

As part of her training, Hang-woo assigns Yeo-chi the task of making a report on the selling points of Chun Ha’s upcoming merchandise. To make it even harder on her, he puts the rest of the employees in a team while she has to fly solo. Bum-jeung is the first to note that Hang-woo is putting his all into training Yeo-chi – but he needs to think of the bigger picture… like marriage.

This is an idea that Hang-woo is averse to, but when he sees Yeo-chi leaving he attempts to ask her out after work (maybe). She cuts him off before he can finish, assuring him that she’s up for his challenge and that she won’t be giving up so easily.

Yeo-chi’s big plan is to conduct a survey outside of Chun Ha, which is going miserably. She doesn’t have the right attitude to attract people, which is where Woo-hee comes in. Out of the goodness of her heart, Woo-hee turns on her feminine charm in order to woo men over to the survey stand, promising them free samples if they just fill out one tiny form.

This is what I love about Yeo-chi – she’s never petty when she’s jealous, and she’s mostly just impressed. It’s clear she wants to be like Woo-hee but perhaps aegyo is an acquired skill. When Woo-hee is called away to work she gives Yeo-chi a friendly “Fighting!” before she’s on her way, but Yeo-chi still scares away all the survey takers.

Bang is ecstatic to meet an unnamed son of a big corporation who’s developing a total medical system for cell phones, and wants to include Bang’s blood sugar monitor in the package. He receives a call during the meeting – from Hang-woo – which takes him over to that side of the fence for another meeting.

Hang-woo and that rich heir know each other from their Stanford days, as they both talk about attending the alumni party later that evening. Hang-woo wants his colleague’s business, but he’s not as close to a completed product as Bang is, so it’s up in the air. When Woo-hee comes in to deliver coffee his colleague’s eyes follow her all the way in and out of the room, and he asks Hang-woo if that’s the girl he’s bringing to the party tonight. Hang-woo protects his pride by saying she’s nothing much, which Woo-hee overhears from outside the door. Miffed at the fact that Hang-woo doesn’t think her neither pretty or sexy, she decides to exact some revenge.

This takes her to an expensive dress shop, with prices way out of her means. Through a conversation with the saleswoman we can catch onto Woo-hee’s plan – to buy the dress now, and return it before closing time.

Of course, that means that she’s dressed to kill when she enters the party – and Hang-woo, who has been waiting for her arrival, goes slack-jawed at the sight. So does every other man in the bar, for that matter.

Woo-hee knows how to use her beauty as a weapon, and is fully aware of exactly how good she looks (in case her slo-mo walk was any indication). All his colleagues swarm around her, and the moment Hang-woo attempts to introduce her she does it herself – explaining that she’s his chief secretary, and stressing the fact that they have no relation whatsoever.

The dress is strapless, so when she attempts to take off her coat her bare shoulders are exposed to every male eye in the place. Hang-woo attempts to keep her under wraps, literally, to no avail.

Hang-woo finally can’t take it anymore – but when he attempts to get her to leave with him, Woo-hee coolly informs him that she has an urgent appointment to attend to.

As it turns out, her appointment was to return her dress before closing time. The wary saleswoman seems to know what’s going on, and notes that there’s a stain on the dress so it can’t be returned. Hang-woo has followed Woo-hee to the store, and is quick on the uptake. He makes a call to the saleswoman to tell her that he’ll buy the dress, and ten more outfits. The woman need only make an excuse to Woo-hee, so she doesn’t know what’s going on. Aww.

He only has to flash his credit card in order for the saleswoman to agree to the ruse, and she calmly informs Woo-hee that she’s their ten-thousandth customer, and that she can go pick out ten more outfits. I love that Woo-hee doesn’t even hesitate because she’s too excited, and doesn’t bother looking a gift horse in the mouth.

In the true Salaryman style of physical comedy, we get a great moment where Hang-woo goes to pay for her items while she’s in the dressing room, but because Woo-hee suddenly turns around he’s forced to dive behind the desk. Woo-hee goes on the happiest shopping spree of her life, and Hang-woo looks as though he can hardly contain his own delight.

Here’s what elevates this moment above a simple Cinderella makeover: Hang-woo is acting like a selfless second lead. He’s not taking credit, he just wants to see her happy. That’s something that a good person does. (Which is not to assume that Hang-woo is, at his core, a good person. Jury is still out on that one.)

Outside, Woo-hee happens upon Hang-woo in his car. It’s adorable that she’s skipping down the street like a school girl with all her nice things. He asks her why she bought so much, and with the brightest expression on her face, she simply replies that she got it all for free.

Woo-hee happily explains that receiving such luck is a first in her life, since she’s normally a bit hapless. He offers to drive her home since she can’t walk with her arms full, which is a scene that Gabi and Bum-jeung happen upon.

They’ve been walking arm in arm, but Gabi pulls hers away violently the moment she spies Hang-woo and Woo-hee. She wonders if Hang-woo is evading a marriage with Yeo-chi because of Woo-hee, but Bum-jeung denies that it has any involvement. Gabi is unconvinced – her woman’s instincts tell her that Hang-woo and Woo-hee are dating. This does not fit in with her plan.

Bang is having a shopping spree of his own, though it’s at a street vendor. He’s picking up women’s hats and gloves, and when Bun-kwae asks if he’s buying them for Yeo-chi, Bang replies that they’re a gift to thank Woo-hee for helping them start their company.

He ends up waiting outside Woo-hee’s apartment when she arrives with Hang-woo, and he quickly ducks behind the stairs so he won’t be seen. Anyone can tell that she’s happy, which she admits freely – clothes like the ones she received would cost her a few months’ salary.

Hang-woo calls her materialistic, though he doesn’t mean it in a bad way. He thinks it’s refreshingly honest for her to express that she likes her gifts. She can only offer him cold water, which takes the two of them up to her apartment, leaving Bang alone outside. Luckily, Bun-kwae calls that he’s had a Yeo-chi sighting.

Outside, Bang and Yeo-chi share a drink together. He asks her how many surveys she’s had completed, and the answer is none. He wonders aloud why everyone flees when they see her, to which she gripes that he shouldn’t be speaking so meanly to a person who’s been out in the cold all day.

He uses the gifts of warm clothing he’d originally bought for Woo-hee on Yeo-chi, and wraps her up in a scarf, hat, and gloves. This is enough to please our heroine, who looks happy as a clam even though the clothes are cheap as dirt. He takes the surveys from her and offers to take her home. So cute.

They go straight to the factory, where Bang hands over the box of samples to Bun-kwae with the instructions to distribute them among the workers. All they have to do in return is fill out a survey – and poof! Yeo-chi’s problems are solved. She exchanges a cute smile with Bang. Can everyone stop being so adorable? No? Good.

With a bright smile on her face and snacks in her hand, Yeo-chi barges into Hang-woo’s apartment for another late night reviewing session. He’s clearly cranky, but just as obstinate as she is. As he reads the report he keeps glancing at her, to which she finally asks: “Are you a flatfish? Why do you keep looking sideways?” Haha.

Though he refused the snacks she brought him earlier, he ends up taking a bite. Moments after, though, we suddenly see his hands shaking – and soon its his whole body goes with them. Oh no! He’s able to eke out the word ‘allergy’, right before he starts seizing. Yeo-chi doesn’t know what to do, so she calls 119 (the 911 equivalent).

The operator on the other end of the line tells her that he should have syringes around in case of an allergic reaction, and she manages to find them in a first aid kit. Without hesitating she gives him the injection, but he remains unresponsive. Slapping him on the face does him no good, so Yeo-chi attempts CPR. When he doesn’t respond, she keeps trying, and the moment gets strangely intimate.

Hang-woo becomes aware during the CPR-kiss, his expression somber. Yeo-chi is more relieved than anything, having worried that he was dead. The look in his eyes is determined and focused as he reaches out to touch her face…

The moment is charged and electric, as it seems like Hang-woo is going in for a kiss. He realizes what he’s doing at the last minute and pulls away, telling her not to touch him ever again.

Yeo-chi is understandably upset, since she can’t understand what she did to make him so angry. She saved his life, after all. Regardless, Hang-woo literally tosses her out and throws her things at her before slamming the door in her face. “I should have just spread that peanut butter all over you!” she yells.

Revelation time. Gabi expresses her concern that Hang-woo won’t marry Yeo-chi to Bum-jeung, on the basis that Yeo-chi is the granddaughter of the man who killed his father. If Chairman Jin doesn’t change the will, then all her plans go to waste. In flashback we see Gabi receiving what a doctor calls a “stronger dose” of the insulin syringes Chairman Jin uses, and that she secretly replaced Chairman Jin’s usual syringes with her own. Goodness gracious, she’s playing hardball.

She only has to wait for Chairman Jin to inject himself with insulin (or her specific brand of it, anyhow) before he falls into convulsions – and of course she’s there to administer the medicine. Fearing that he may die soon, Chairman Jin says that he can no longer wait for Yeo-chi to get married to change his will. This is now all going according to Gabi’s plan.

In an effort to ruin Bang’s business, Hang-woo attempts to get his colleague to jump ship and go to Chun Ha. His colleague is only interested in results, which Bang currently has over Hang-woo at the moment. Together with Bum-jeung, they decide on an alternate strategy to bring Bang down by destroying his business from the source – and right now, that source is Paeng-wol.

The tactic works, as Paeng-wol and Bang’s celebratory toast is cut short by men swarming in from the national tax service. Paeng-wol is under suspicion for tax evasion, which gives the official men the license to take everything in the office. This is all according to Hang-woo’s plan, because the villains have really upped the ante of planning this go-round. Paeng-wol later apologizes to Bang, because he has to pull out as an investor. He can’t let his own business collapse for the sake of Bang’s.

This propels Bang and Bun-kwae straight to Chairman Jin. He’s now their only source for funding, so they pay extra attention to him, even going so far as to hand feed him. Chairman Jin knows immediately that Bang is under financial strain, and coolly offers four billion won.

He has the contract already prepared, except that the paper he hands over has a mistake in the numbers – instead of four billion, it’s forty billion. Bun-kwae physically keeps Bang from blurting out the mistake in an attempt to make easy money, and it soon becomes clear that this is a method Chairman Jin is using to test whether Bang is just like everyone else at Chun Ha, ready to cheat him because he’s blind.

Bun-kwae takes Bang outside to try and convince him to go along with the lie because of all the money they’ll gain in the process. In the meantime, Chairman Jin looks disappointed and has to inject himself with an insulin shot again. Oh dear.

Bang has a moral center and a lack of greed that Bun-kwae doesn’t possess, so when he goes back inside he rips up the contract on the grounds that it’s incorrect. He admonishes Chairman Jin, wondering if he has anyone to check his documents for him. Jin replies that he doesn’t, because he has no one to trust. “These days, I think I’ve lived a worthless life,” Chairman Jin says.

But the Switched Syringe starts to take effect, and Chairman Jin suddenly seizes, gripping his heart. Bang and Bun-kwae get him to a hospital.

Bum-jeung warns Gabi against going to the hospital unless Chairman Jin is dead – their chauffeur informant has told them that Chairman Jin knows about the corruption going on among the executives. That doesn’t stop her from going, since she wants to stop Jang Ryang from meeting with the Chairman first – but by the time she arrives, Jang Ryang is already inside.

He tells Chairman Jin that he’s been getting tricked. It’s with grim resignation that Chairman Jin realizes Gabi was no different from the rest, and gives her a call – he wants to see her. Bum-jeung doesn’t want her to go, but she approaches Chairman Jin’s hospital room on shaky feet all the same, hesitating only once before knocking.

Bang and Bun-kwae, meanwhile, are waiting for Yeo-chi to arrive in order to sign the investment contract with Chun Ha. However, an out-of-breath Shin arrives first, telling Bang that he can’t sign the agreement for the investment… because the one who blocked Paeng-wol, and the one who applied for a patent on a similar project, was none other than Chun Ha Group.

What they don’t know is that everything involving the subversion of their business was all Hang-woo’s doing, acting from within Chun Ha but independently from Chairman Jin. Naturally their first thought is that they’ve all been deceived by Chairman Jin and Yeo-chi, because all the evidence is making it seem as though Chairman Jin wanted to swipe the rug out from under Bang by stealing his business.

Yeo-chi arrives knowing none of this, but catches on quickly that Bang is unhappy the moment she sits at the table. She innocently asks if she did anything wrong, and he responds only by looking her straight in the eye.


I know Hang-woo is (one of) the villains of the show, but I just can’t hate him. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, since the show isn’t setting him up to be a hateful character. So far, the only character they’ve clearly been setting up as “bad” is Gabi – and that only happened in the last episode, when she suddenly broke out into spontaneous maniacal laughter. It’s one of the only low points in the show for me, since it was a bit on the nose to have what was once a layered and ambitious woman take a turn for the outrageous.

I’ve been cautious with Hang-woo so far because sometimes shows can be manipulative when it comes to giving “evil” characters crushes. American screenwriter Jane Espenson once said that the best way to instantly make a character endearing is to give them unrequited love or another foiled desire, and that’s something I saw put into perfect practice in recent sageuk hit Tree With Deep Roots, where the lukewarm-but-beautiful assassin suddenly became much more interesting when it was revealed he had a crush on the female lead. That crush didn’t go anywhere or really impact the proceedings, and the move by the writers was a bit transparent. But here’s the caveat: It worked. We’re sort of hardwired to root for the underdog that way.

…Which then throws me for a loop, because Hang-woo is clearly not the underdog of this story. But that pesky thing that the writers do in making him a real human being is working out well, in that I always have mixed feelings where he’s concerned. Of course I want Bang to succeed, but now it’s coming to the point where I wish Hang-woo’s success and Bang’s success didn’t have to cancel each other out. You know, peace on earth and all that. It’s sort of impossible when Hang-woo is such a menace when it comes to business, and I’m glad it’s impossible. (Or maybe it isn’t. Prove me wrong, Salaryman.) If everyone got along well, we’d have a pretty terrible drama. But unlike many a drama before it, this show isn’t building its conflicts strictly on antagonism as much as it is on real world strife. The only really unreal aspect of the show was the Eternal Youth drug, and I’m kind of wondering where that ran off to. Chairman Jin seems like he could use some.


47 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. mskololia

    Thank you, thank you, thank you HeadsNo2.

    I enjoyed this episode. Gabi threw me for a loop. I did not expect her character to go that far.

    HW is a keeper along with YB. πŸ™‚

    Now, can the show give poor YC a break?

  2. danielkim90

    Thanks for the recap! Been checking all day long to see your recap, can’t wait for your recap of the next episode, man today’s episode good as well!

  3. chrjphm

    thanks for the recap, Headsno2!
    love “rewatching” by reading your recaps.
    I agree that some parts that gave the show momentum in the beginning got lost, but i’m hopeful the writers will tie the show together well.
    i LOVE yea chi.

  4. sandrouu21

    loooved it.

  5. Taber

    I totally love this drama.

  6. cv

    Thanks much for the recap! ^^

  7. KitKat

    Hang Woo is so confusing! GAH!! On one hand, I LOVE that his character isn’t some one-dimensional stock villain, but on the other it makes it so hard when you sympathize with – and sometimes even LIKE – the guy you KNOW isn’t one of the good guys! Sometimes it’s nice to just love to hate the villain and delight in his downfall, you know?

  8. Arwen

    Awesome ep! And the videoclip in the end, the one from the promos… DUDE! So random, and yet amazing.

    • 8.1 gingeranna

      hahahaha I LOVED it!!! Too bad it wasn’t included in the video I saw, but it was in another site (viki).

  9. Taber

    That smile behind the store counter did it for me, I only love him more…..I also love the fact that Yeo-chi – is never petty when she’s jealous but neither is Woo-hee at least not to Yeo-chi but I love how she always gets in Hang Woo head.

    • 9.1 Fasiris Fay

      That was SO cute…I’m currently loving how HW seems legit confused about the two girls. One he’s buying clothes for and grinning like a crazy person while doing so, and the other he looks like he wants to kiss.

      Who will it be?!

  10. 10 mserenity

    WAIT…i don’t get it. hangwoo is SOOO sweet to woohee but why is he attracted to yeochi as well. and bang is supposed to like yeochi but it seems like he likes woohee. OMG the lovelines are all over the place in this drama!

  11. 11 Gab

    Thoughts on the almost-kiss anyone?

    • 11.1 Fasiris Fay

      Even though I really want CHW and and WH to get together, I was kinda hoping for a kiss at that moment too…

    • 11.2 ~Feather~

      I wanted it to happen (cuz it’s a kiss, of course fan service is necessary! XD I’m sorry, I’ve been a bit deprived of drama kisses recently, they are one of the reasons I watch dramas– shallow, I know. (-_-)), but at the same time I didn’t b/c I want Hang Woo with Woo Hee and Yeochi with Bang (though the man better start showing more interest in her instead of going gaga over Woohee (since she isn’t even interested) or else i’ll be carted off to the police station for assault).
      On a side note: parenthesis inside parenthesis– parenception!!! I couldn’t let that one pass…
      *clears throat* OK, back on track!
      I feel like it was a spur of the moment kind of thing. Ya know- male hormones and all. *rolls eyes* Seriously, its primitive male instincts coming out. I don’t think he likes her in the same sense as Woohee; he was just responding to his instincts that told him to kiss her since he was turned on.
      *shrugs shoulders* At least that’s my take on it — but I still wanted to see it happen! XD

    • 11.3 mayz

      I sooooo want Yeochi and HangWoo to be together .. and the scene was very intense I don’t think it’s male hormones as Feather said, caused we could see that he was shaken by the whole thing .. so I am hoping these too will end up together or I will so disappointed.. I think Bang and woo Hee are very suitable for each other.

      • 11.3.1 aya

        Yeochi and Band ALL THE WAY……

        what i like about this drama is the 2 rich individuals are in love with 2 poor individuals. it’s not like the regular drama when rich goes for the rich which i love. this drama really gives of a realistic feeling whether it be the hero or the villain everyone one actually has a say in what they want to do and who they chose to love. I can’t help but love Hangwoo with Woo Hee together. this girl really knows how to work HangWoo.

        • aya


        • CM

          The word ‘woo’ in Woo Hee’s name is there for a reason. She’s a natural! And I can’t help but admire her skills lol. *writes down notes*

  12. 12 Fasiris Fay

    OMG, best episode EVER! Really glad the romance is heating up!

  13. 13 via

    I beginning to like this show! thanks Heads2… Please dont take long to recap next episode.. πŸ™‚

  14. 14 ripgal

    Loved this episode! Can Salaryman get any better?! πŸ˜€

    I absolutely adored HW and WH’s party and shopping spree scenes. In fact, their scenes together always make me LOL. Both of them are just so naive when it comes to their perceptions of each other as individuals and the opposite sex.. it’s like,”Hey, I’m so attractive why don’t you see it?!” ROFL

    That aside, can’t say I wasn’t troubled by the almost kiss by HW and YC. Altho I’m still pretty much sure that HW’s more attracted to and affected by WH, I can’t say that he doesn’t think of YC at all. Which is why I’m amazed by the writer, for being able to bring such an aspect out in a drama which isn’t just about romance. I think it does happen it RL, when you’re just attracted to more than one person and you’re confused over who you want to be with in the end. But I don’t think it’s the case here (I may be wrong). I think HW’s just puzzled as to why he doesn’t see YC as his big nemesis or rival anymore, and that she’s actually a good person at heart. Know one thing to, HW and YC will never be (cos Bang and YC belong together <333).

    And does anyone realize this episode was more about HW and the girls than anybody else? Just love Salaryman for giving each of the characters time to shine.

    Miss Bang and HW show-down scenes a lot, hope to have more of that in Ep 14?

    And Yeo Chi, you're so Jesus Christmas AWESOME!

  15. 15 Sukispop

    Hi HeadsNo2,

    Thanks for another excellent recap! I am sooo loving Salaryman! It’s unlike anything that I have ever watched in dramaland! Every character is wonderfully drawn, directed, and acted! I love how, with the exception of Gabi, the lines are blurred with the characters that are supposed to be on the wrong side.

    I agree about how Gabi’s character has suddenly become like the only low point in the series thus far. The award for the Worst Maniacal Laugh Ever goes to Gabi. I mean, it was awful and cringeworthy. I’m guessing that the actress just had absolutely no idea what a maniacal laugh is supposed to sound like.

    But…that’s such a teeny tiny minor point in what’s otherwise one of the most entertaining, unique, quirky, and downright fun dramas to date.

  16. 16 hh

    Dear HeadsNo2,

    Thank you so much for writing this recaps. Really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

    Btw, totally on a diff subject, could someone let me know what is the smartphone’s model in the last screencap? It seems interesting to see a smartphone with a stylus when i only managed to find the one without any stylus. So… anyone? Thanks in advance! πŸ™‚

    • 16.1 lenrasoon

      i think it’s a samsung galaxy note.

  17. 17 zerapink

    Jesus Christmas..it kills hahahhahaha..

    Probably it’s the most hilarious show that i’ve ever..ever watched.

    Thanks for the recaps..can’t wait for the next episodes!

  18. 18 elle loves kdrama

    Thanks for another great recap πŸ™‚

    Jesus Christmas, what an awesome episode!

    It’s been a while since I have been confused on who the OTP is. I mean, at this point of the story, almost any combination of couples could work. Bang and WH could be super a-dork-able, while Yeo Chi and HW could be make the screen sizzle with explosive battles of wits!

    How I love you, show!

  19. 19 bjharm

    he was going to kiss her but it is more hormones than anything else I feel. His reaction of course was because this was the granddaughter of his evil enemy that stole his father from him as a child. i still waiting on that one, ie his father wasnt the hero he remembered as a child and was everything he thinks the Old President is, He is so hard wired for revenge I feel only a revelation like that is going to get him over the fence into good guy land.
    Gabi the only female in the company in a position of power of course she has to be evil, Korean sexism 101. Rate it up there with Baby faced beauty getting sacked after 12 years because the men wanted a pretty younger girl around!
    Of course now after such an over sweet episode we know that the next episode going to have some nasty waiting for us

  20. 20 diorama

    If Yeo Chi was my favorite last episode, Woo Hee’s my favorite for this one. Love a brainy girl who can also twist men around her finger. Her entrance into the bar -> total win.

  21. 21 c3s

    My new crack! I love love this drama, it’s totally offbeat but still make sense. And it doesn’t feel awkward or forced. And Yeo-Chi’s my new Sam-Soon, both have their distinct personality and charm; know what they want and goes for it πŸ˜€

    Thnx for the recap!

  22. 22 Josepha

    i’m so in love with this drama !!! Simply Great !!!

    It was Jung Gyu Woon’s episode !

  23. 23 Sisa

    Awww, a villian is not really a villian if he’s that adorable!

    • 23.1 bjharm

      that is why they made a Gabi to be the real villian, it allows him to be the lesser ‘evil” though for me he still should answer for the death of the son

  24. 24 Linda165

    Yet another take on the classical makeover scene. This is what makes this show awesome.

  25. 25 John

    I still think Hang-woo is a punk. Just put me down as a hater.

    Woo-hee is so cute. Lol at the survey scene.

    Her siren scene was funny too.

    One of the guys was drooling/slobbering. Scenes like that help make this show what it is.

    HOTS started at the same time as Moon/Sun and frankly, HOTS is hands down much more entertaining on so many levels.

    Gabi, Gabi, Gabi… Where did she go wrong…

    • 25.1 mskololia

      John, that ‘s what I want to know. Where and why did she go oh so wrong?

      Gabi is something else…or is it “something wicked this way comes….” πŸ˜‰

  26. 26 KDrama Fan

    Hi Heads.

    Thanks for yes another amazing recap.

    Jung Kyeo-woon is a lust-magnet.

  27. 27 missjb

    can’t get enough shopping scene >.<
    gahhh love love love this drama even more…

    This is an episode where we get more enough clue about Hang WOo's character. every character always given enough time to develop, I just love this writers/PD combo so much. Keep Up the good work!
    Hope the rating will rise for this week episode

  28. 28 fan

    Yeo-chi Yeo-chi Yeo-chi Yeo-chi!!! Love that girl. in Epilog, chairman says to love struck Yeochi ‘why are you like this!” – that was my fav line.

  29. 29 Christy

    Hands down, this is the best k-drama of 2012! Haven’t seen anything like it before.

    I really love Yeo-chi’s quirk character. She’s so quirky feisty down to her nail polish color!

  30. 30 ahjummabunny

    Dear Heads!
    You are a pie! A lovely, favored Pie. Thank you.

  31. 31 dancinfff

    Thank you for the recap!

    Ugh, this episode made my heart tug. When Yeo Chi gave him “CPR” and he activated his bedroom eyes, I was like “NOOO! YOU BELONG TO WOO HEE! DON’T DO IT HANG WOO!”

    My poor Yeo Chi. That’s what I hate about one sided love in KDrama, the main character always ignores the one that loves him/her the most. I’m so scared their love line won’t happen at all because if Salaryman is still planned to end at ep 20, Yoo Bang has not shown any interest in her at all. It’s worrying me.

    And I totally understand what you’re saying about Hang Woo. I think he’s won me over. When evil Hang Woo is on screen, I just pretend like it’s another character, not the sweet hilarious guy.

    I love Woo Hee. I appreciate the comedic timing they use her for because I sincerely look forward to it when her character and Hang Woo’s character are on screen.

    I’m so madly in love with this show and I’m glad it’s still doing good (they made a new record in ratings this week I think). Salary man, Fighting!

  32. 32 hamsandwich

    This episode slayed me! especially that music video thing at the end! soooooooo funny. Thanks for zee recap Heads!

    And for some reason, I’m wondering if Hang Woo thought Woo Hee was the one giving him CPR, like he was having some sort of close to death halucination and got angry at Yeo Chi when he realized who it really was. Either way, I can’t wait to see whats going on with their relationship.

  33. 33 lenrasoon

    omg could Woo Hee be anymore cuter? i love her character and this episode she was awesome.

    About the almost kiss between Yc and Hw i felt it was a little unnatural i don’t know why, i mean she was saving him and apparently she didn’t get that he was about to kiss her, meh let’s see how they build their relationship in future episodes.

    thanks HeadNo2.

  34. 34 Lilian

    The training scenes were awesome! If I was her, I would be totally confused =D haha…this show keeps on bringing on the laughter. Awesome!

  35. 35 Ellie

    I’m sorry but whenever they play that song during the romantic scenes I can’t take it seriously, because it’s the song from Quest for Camelot. I was obsessed with that movie and the soundtrack as a kid, so it’s weird hearing in Salaryman.

  36. 36 Brenda

    Thanks heaps for the recaps! Your comments at the end really hit the nail on the head for me. Hangwoo is sort of hot and cold for me because i know deep down his motives are more so revenge for his fathers death (which is forgiving in that sense) but not in the sense that he really is sort of an ass in how he goes about doing things and being Bangs wall/obstacle – since Bang is clearly the goody underdog that i love and want to support.

    The unrequited love crutch really works for me here though argh i’m such a sucker for it, especially the changing of lovelines, best love square i’ve seen in a loooong time!

    (but in contrast, i deeply hated baker kings villain because he really was a villain through and through to me – yet he somehow redeems himself and SPOILER gets the girl?! i can not be more outraged because he never deserved her, he was driven by jealousy and had not right to do what he did /vent) – sorry for veering off topic, it just reminded me about how people can like the villain even though it doesn’t make logical sense

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