Drama Recaps
History of the Salaryman: Episode 14
by | February 15, 2012 | 69 Comments

What a ride! Bang and Hang-woo go head to head in a surprisingly suspenseful competition, and we get to finally see just how far Gabi is willing to go for the sake of her greed. She goes above and beyond the call of duty in that regard, and it’s not necessarily what she does as much as the desperately violent way in which she does it that’s guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine and/or make your jaw drop. I know mine did.


Chairman Jin might have called Gabi, but he didn’t do it to call her out. She’s able to smooth-talk her way out of a potentially sticky situation by owning up to the fact that other executives have been embezzling money from him, and that the only reason she didn’t tell him before was due to his poor health and her belief that she could handle it on her own.

He may suspect her, but he doesn’t have enough evidence to make a solid claim. So instead he tells her to harden her heart and prepare – they have to root out the corruption within Chun Ha from the source. Taking this as a cue that she’s free from suspicion, Gabi smiles. To her, Jin is a sickly old fox while she’s king of the mountain.

Bang barges into Chun Ha to speak with Hang-woo personally, and Woo-hee gets some admonishment for letting Bang in without an appointment. Never one to beat around the bush, Bang cuts straight to the chase: what does Hang-woo plan to do with the blood sugar monitor that’s nearly identical to his? How did he even get a patent for it?

Hang-woo replies that laws are made to be evaded, which explains how he got the patent. He advises Bang to just give up now and hand the factory over, since this is a war he can’t win. Bang: “You go to battle to win, right?” Hang-woo: “Isn’t that a given?” Bang: “I only go to battles I can win.”

The earlier confidence he displayed with Hang-woo is gone, as Bang, Woo-hee, and Bun-kwae share their sorrows over soju. The simple fact is that they can’t win if they don’t have any money.

Yeo-chi arrives with a smile, only to have it fall when she sees Woo-hee. The good news is that the last episode cliffhanger was a fake out, and that Bang doesn’t hold Yeo-chi responsible for subverting his business since he knows it was all Hang-woo’s doing. Still, she gets to overhear Bang soundly reject her as an investment opportunity – according to him, that would be like letting the cat watch the fish.

Yeo-chi goes straight to Grandpa Jin to ask if he’ll give Bang the investment after all. Chairman Jin wants to know her real reason for caring about Bang – because with Bang in direct competition with Hang-woo, helping Bang would be akin to handing weapons to the enemy. I think that this is all a front to get Yeo-chi to admit her real feelings, because he frames the idea of him helping Bang around a simple question: “Do you like Yoo Bang?” We don’t get to hear her answer.

Bang turns to Jang Ryang as a possible investor, but things aren’t looking good. Jang Ryang is much more jaded in the world of business than Bang, and breaks it to him that he has little chance of succeeding. In this field, power reigns above common sense. Power is law, and whoever is stronger ends up being righteous, even if they aren’t.

This sort of talk actually offends Bang, as he brings up his deceased father who lived his life poor and powerless. But he was nothing if not righteous in Bang’s eyes… to him, power doesn’t make the person. Character makes the person. This is a turning point in the conversation, and maybe it’s what Jang Ryang wanted to hear as he all of a sudden changes his tune and says that he’ll make the investment.

They change venues in order to handle the paperwork, and Bang officially receives investment money from Jang Ryang in the hopes that his merger with Taeyang Group (the company that wants to use the device in cell phones) will be successful.

What Bang doesn’t know is that this money is coming straight from Chairman Jin, who sat within hearing distance during the meeting. Jang Ryang is curious as to why Chairman Jin is helping Bang, who’s technically working against Chun Ha’s interests. Chairman Jin simply explains that he wants to see who will emerge victorious if Bang and Hang-woo were to go head to head – but in order for there to be a good fight, Bang needs a weapon. All Chairman Jin did was to supply that weapon, and it looks like he’ll be watching the battle gladiator-style.

He acknowledges that if this were a battle of sheer competence, Hang-woo would be victorious. But Bang possesses something that Hang-woo doesn’t, and that’s his greatest weapon. They don’t say what it is out right, but I’ll take a guess and say: a heart?

Bang returns to the factory only to be confronted by his employees, who have become aware of the extremely tight financial situation. But in a heartwarming turn, the employees offer to give up their salaries just so the company can survive, because they trust in Bang.

This is a great moment for our freshly-minted president, and tears fill his eyes as he happily informs his employees that they won’t have to go to such extremes, because they have a new investor. Everyone erupts into cheers, offering Bang a group “Fighting!” This is a perfect example of what Bang and Hang-woo do differently, since Hang-woo possesses a coldness in business that Bang doesn’t have. But it’s not like that isn’t paying off. If we think about Hang-woo, would any of his employees go to such lengths for him? (Probably not.)

None of the men on the executive board of Chun Ha are happy about Gabi, but what can they do? She goes into a board meeting and lays down the law, even going so far as to demand that So Ha give back the money she helped him embezzle.

Aside from Yeo-chi, Jang Ryang has proven himself as Chairman Jin’s closest confidant. He asks Chairman Jin if he trusts Gabi, who’s too quick to fall into a simple scheme. Chairman Jin is quick too, and knows what Gabi is after: his will. If he tests her with that, then her true self will be revealed. Go Chairman Jin!

Meanwhile, tensions are escalating at Chun Ha. Everything Hang-woo and Bang have worked toward is now resting on the shoulders of the Taeyang Group heir, who’s shown more than just a passing interest in Woo-hee. Though he’s a colleague of Hang-woo’s, that doesn’t automatically net Hang-woo his business. Instead, the Taeyang Son (I wish they’d just give him a name) suggests a competition between Chun Ha Group and Bang’s company, Paeng Seong Enterprise. Hang-woo makes it his mission to find out who gave Bang funding.

Hang-woo’s in a foul mood, and seeks Yeo-chi out for a confrontation. He wants to know if she’s the one behind the Paeng Seong investment, and accuses her of being a traitor. Calmly, she replies, “Are you that unconfident?” BOOM.

She treats the matter lightly, wondering why Hang-woo is making such a fuss over little ol’ Bang. If Chun Ha is an elephant, Paeng Seong is a biscuit. Who would come out victorious from that fight?

Hang-woo gets right up in Yeo-chi’s face and warns her against provoking him. The more she acts this way to him, the more desire he has to trample Bang. Unfazed by his intimidating presence, Yeo-chi simply responds that she’s curious as to who will become the victor. When he asks her why, she tells him it’s because she’s going to be the head of Chun Ha, so of course she has to find out who’s the most competent between them.

She leaves, and Hang-woo’s temper flares high enough for him to physically assault her desk. She probably hit the nail right on the head – he’s unconfident about going into battle with Bang.

Woo-hee happens upon him looking as though he’s asleep in his dark office, but he pulls what he did on Yeo-chi before and talks with his eyes closed. “You are rooting for Bang too, right?” he asks, and suddenly I feel sort of bad for him. He doesn’t have anyone on his side. He tells her that of all people she should root for him, being his chief secretary. She says she will.

When she attempts to leave, Hang-woo pulls a wrist-grab to get her to stay… and goes in for a kiss. This moment is really drawn out as far as tension goes, and I was on the edge of my seat until the very last moment, when Woo-hee turns her face away. Aww, fail. But just as gently as he grabbed her wrist, Hang-woo lets her go.

The next day, Hang-woo gets his lackey to give him a rundown of all the judges for the upcoming competition for Taeyang Group’s partnership. In order to get a leg up he needs to send Bang’s product to their factory in Vietnam, but it’s a bit of a challenge since the product isn’t on the market yet. Hang-woo has an easy fix for that, and calls up none other than Han Shin to do some dirty work.

Luckily, Shin’s track record for trickery keeps Bang on his toes, and Shin is unable to hide the fact that Hang-woo called him from under Bang’s watchful eye. For his part, Shin seems loyal to Bang – though that’s hard to prove when he’s lived so dishonestly before.

But the fact that Hang-woo doesn’t know Shin is working for Paeng Seong gives Bang an idea. He tells Shin to meet with Hang-woo and do what he wants, but above all else, he can’t let Hang-woo know where he’s working. Bun-kwae doesn’t seem keen on trusting Shin but Bang cites a stratagem for using one’s opponent’s tactic against them. If Hang-woo is planning to use tricks, then Bang is going to use that trick to his advantage. Go Bang!

Through Shin acting as a double agent, Bang is able to find out that Hang-woo wants Bang’s blood sugar monitor. He decides that the best plan is to give Hang-woo what he wants, citing the stratagem of ‘tossing out a brick to get a jade gem’, which is exactly as it sounds. They sacrifice their product, but they’ll nab Hang-woo in the process. Man, is it fun to see Bang outwitting Hang-woo.

Acting on orders, Shin delivers the blood sugar monitor to Hang-woo. The product performs soundly, so much so that Bum-jeung believes that they can’t go head to head with Bang without losing… so they’ll go around that issue by bribing the judges. Shin reports to Bang that Hang-woo has gone on a full-scale bribery mission, and we see both him and Bum-jeung win each judge over with expensive gifts. In return, Shin is able to procure an information packet on Hang-woo’s blood monitor, which is exactly like Bang’s, only round. Bang asks Woo-hee’s sunbae, DR. HONG, if it’s possible to get their product to look identical to Chun Ha’s before the competition at the end of the month.

Yeo-chi is being a good granddaughter by taking over the duty of cutting Chairman Jin’s fingernails. Chairman Jin hasn’t let her on to the fact that he’s suspicious of Gabi (who apparently used to perform this task), and what seems like a throwaway line by Yeo-chi about Gabi lets us know that Yeo-chi admires her and trusts her. That’s going to be a problem.

Using Grandpa Jin’s blindness to play a harmless prank, Yeo-chi decides to paint one of his nails hot pink while he talks. It’s adorable. He asks her why she likes Bang, to which she gives a half-hearted denial. Chairman Jin: “If he beats Hang-woo, then I will make the decision to have Yoo Bang as a grandson-in-law.”

Yeo-chi can put up as much of a front as she wants, but we know that she has to be happy about this decision. Chairman Jin deflates her a bit by saying that Bang winning is an impossibility… but if he makes the impossible possible, then Chairman Jin has no right to refuse him.

Adorably, once Yeo-chi leaves, Chairman Jin starts jumping around like a little kid at Christmas at the sight of his painted nail. It’s not as if Yeo-chi gave him anything with material worth, but that one painted nail is a symbol of their close bond. We’ve always known Chairman Jin loved Yeo-chi, even when he was harsh early on – so it’s wonderful now to see a payoff to their relationship. He’s just so cute when he’s so happy.

We all know how women are susceptible to Bang’s superior meat-grilling skills, and this outing with Woo-hee is no exception. Once again, Bang wastes no time and gets straight to the point by asking her if she’d consider quitting Chun Ha (and thus her work as Hang-woo’s secretary) if Paeng Seong were to make it big.

She replies that she’d go to him if Paeng Seong were to become as big as Chun Ha, which has Bang in as good a mood as Chairman Jin. Now that he has a goal in getting Woo-hee away from Hang-woo, he has more energy. It’s only once she’s alone that Woo-hee flashes back to the almost-kiss with Hang-woo. “Choi Hang-woo, what exactly did you do to me? Why are you in my head all day long? Get out. Hurry up and jump out of my head, I said!” Aww.

Bang happens upon a strange sight when he gets to the office – Yeo-chi is outside, slapping huge chunks of taffy onto his business sign. Ha! Bang wonders if she’s telling him to shove it before the competition (the term “eat taffy” can be equated to “screw you”). That clearly wasn’t her intention, as taffy also acts as a good luck charm, commonly given to students about to go in for an exam.

I love that she’s gone above and beyond, since she’s clearly praying for his success. When he has only harsh words for her, she stuffs his mouth with a piece of taffy and gives him two bags full of snacks… and more taffy. Heh.

It’s the day of the competition. Hang-woo and Bang are both equally grim and focused, and exchange some fun barbs in the elevator. Bang notes that Chun Ha has the most to lose in this competition, because if they were to lose to a no-name startup company it’d be the talk of the international corporate world. He also effectively puts Hang-woo in his place when the latter uses banmal, to which Bang retorts, “Am I younger than you or am I lower in rank than you? My ranking is president and you are a vice president.” Done and done.

The competition is a public forum, so in the view of cameras and many eyes Hang-woo and Bang place their products on separate tables for review. Hang-woo is more than a little surprised to see Bang put down an identical circular monitor to the one he made, and says that that isn’t what Bang’s product looked like. Bang: “How do you know that? We never made it public. Did you steal it once or something?” Ha.

My my, is that Hang-woo I’m seeing, officially on the ropes? To the judges who are now confused as to how to proceed, Bang suggests that the company names be put on the products to tell them apart. Labels are assigned to the blood monitors before judging commences, and it’s clear from the judges’ facial expressions that Hang-woo is going to emerge victorious. Though the products look the same on the outside, the bribed judges act like Paeng Seong’s product is inferior just by a cursory glance.

The son and heir of Taeyang Group finally reveals the results. Based on a forty-point system, Chun Ha wins by a small margin. Hang-woo and Bum-jeung enter celebratory mode, but Bang cuts them short by addressing the judges and the public.

He accepts that the judges rated Chun Ha’s product better, only to peel a sticker off the back and reveal the initials “PS” for “Paeng Seong”. So the product they rated the highest wasn’t Chun Ha’s product at all, meaning that Paeng Seong wins. How did it all happen? In the elevator, Shin and Bun-kwae exchanged their briefcases behind Hang-woo’s back. Nooo way. Bang preempted all of this? Wow.

Hang-woo and Bum-jeung have been officially had, and in a totally embarrassing way, to boot. The bribed judges can’t do anything at this point, since Bang has tricked them all out of their trick, just as he said he would. I’m so proud of you, Bang!

Yeo-chi has been sitting in on the proceedings with bated breath, probably because her marriage depends on the victor. Naturally she’s ecstatic when Paeng Seong wins, with the son of Taeyang Group promising a partnership with Bang’s company. Bang doesn’t miss her cheering, and the two exchange a smile. Aww.

Earlier, Chairman Jin made good on his promise to test Gabi by telling her to send all the office staff away so that he can revise his will. She’s set to record it via audio, and write down his dictation.

Alone with Chairman Jin, whom she fully believes to still be blind, Gabi puts her plan into motion. It ends up being pretty simple on her part – all she does is turn off the recorder, along with inserting her own name every time Chairman Jin says “Baek Yeo-chi”. Chairman Jin’s original intention was for Yeo-chi to inherit everything he has and to become the next chairperson, but Gabi switches all those things to go to herself. At least she lets Yeo-chi have some remaining liquid assets, perhaps as some last vestige of concern.

Chairman Jin isn’t looking too good and is sweating profusely. She gets him to place his official seal on the will but he asks her to get him a glass of water, and uses the time she’s gone to grab a pair of glasses to read the will. Oh dear. He can see clearly how everything has been changed for Gabi’s benefit.

It is a freaking showdown as Chairman Jin confronts Gabi, who’s caught so unaware she’s literally shaking in her boots. He’s lost it, accusing her of betraying him just like everyone else. She tries to pass it off as a misunderstanding, which really sets him off. In anger, he rips up the will with his hands and teeth.

She screams, and he spits venom as he asks her why she’s so shocked over a torn will. Is it because everything she’s worked for is now crumbling before her eyes? The angry confrontation sends his blood sugar spiraling downward, and he fumbles with the jar of chocolates from his desk drawer. He ends up knocking it out of his own reach, and falls in an effort to get to them.

Lying on the floor, he entreats Gabi to give him the jar. She grabs it, but doesn’t hand it over. “So in the end, you didn’t trust me,” she says. Crap.

She withholds the jar from him while she simultaneously yells, laughs, and cries all at once. “You’re going to pass everything to Baek Yeo-chi?” she screams. “Then I? What am I, then?!” When he calls her Director Mo, her official title, she nearly rends her garments in hysteria. “Director Mo! Director Mo! Director Mo! Director Mo! To you, I was only Director Mo, is that it?! Was there even one moment that I existed in your head, instead of Baek Yeo-chi?” This woman done lost her mind.

Withholding the chocolate needed to save his blood sugar level isn’t enough, and Gabi retrieves one of the syringes she switched earlier, the same medicine that’s been poisoning him. She claims that she can rewrite the will and use his seal (meaning she no longer needs him alive), and begins a brutal struggle with him and the needle. He knows she intends to kill him, and fights her every step of the way. She can’t succeed even if she kills him, he tells her, because his new will is locked away in the secret vault and out of her reach.

Screaming the word “Chairman”, Gabi plunges the needle into Chairman Jin and injects the poisonous contents. He immediately starts to seize and convulse, unable to reach the phone when Yeo-chi calls him. Good. God.

Thinking him dead, Gabi drops the phone on the ground. She finds Woo-hee outside the office, though how long she’s been there and what she’s heard, we don’t know.

But through a twitch we see that he’s still clinging onto life (phew!), and he starts to desperately reach for his ringing phone. It’s only inches away from his grasp. “Yeo-chi,” he whispers. “Yeo-chi… Yeo-chi… Yeo-chi… Yeo-chi…”


Jesus Christmas. That was intense.

The Withholding Vital Medicine trope isn’t uncommon in the drama world, but the twist of Chairman Jin still being alive after all that is what’s uncommon and awesome. The show might just be pulling this for a good cliffhanger’s sake and may kill him off in the first ten minutes of the next episode, but for the moment I have to applaud Salaryman on all fronts. I remember being fairly indifferent to Chairman Jin early on in the series, and my views gradually changed when Yeo-chi’s did. He’s not all good but he’s certainly not bad either (I feel like I say that a lot with most of the characters from this show), and his sheer tenacity to live is chilling. Here, we can see the man who founded Chun Ha. He’s got the qualities of an emperor – which is the point, since he’s loosely based on Ziying, the last emperor of Qin.

This entire episode was made of win, but there was something so shocking about the final scene with Gabi and Chairman Jin. The subject matter was shocking, of course, but what got me most was how raw and real everything felt. Rage was oozing through these characters’ pores, and this show didn’t back away from showing us every gruesome detail of Gabi’s inner psyche. I can believe that she’d go to such lengths, but what’s a harder pill to swallow is her brutality – she had multiple chances to renegade on her plans and save Chairman Jin’s life, but she kept making conscious and cruel decisions to end his life. That takes a special sort of terrible person.

She’s been a little larger than life in the past couple of episodes, and that scene certainly allowed her the freedom to go mad as a hatter. Unlike her maniacal laughing scene, I really believed her during every moment of her fight with Chairman Jin. I can’t recall a drama of recent memory where a man and a woman have had such a vicious, knock-down fight quite like this one. It was honestly hard to watch because everything was happening so slowly, and Chairman Jin was suffering so much. Props to Lee Deok-hwa and Kim Seo-hyung for really bringing that scene home. And for what it’s worth, I hope he lives a little longer.


69 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Myra

    YAY!!! thanks for another awesome and fast recap ^_^

  2. Celina

    Ditto πŸ™‚

    • 2.1 anotheraddict

      I ditto your ditto. The recaps have been awesome.

  3. laos7

    Now, I know only one thing – I can’t wait till next week so see the 15th episode!! It’s way too long!
    Thank you for all the recaps on this drama πŸ™‚

  4. mskololia

    HeadsNo2….He has to live to tell the tale. They cannot leave YC poor and destitute. Can they?

    Gabi needs to pick on someone her own age and gender. I wonder if one of the gals is up to it?


  5. Sisa

    Wow, just wow, this episode is really superb, keeps you on your toes! Thanks for the recaps.

    Really, the only thing that i find i’m a bit disappointed in is how much Bang is into Woo-hee, i just wish he starts showing more interest in Yeo-chi, so that they can get married and stuff.

    • 5.1 ahjummabunny

      I think he’s giving up on woo hee. I think the reason he was first interested in her was because of their reasons for stealing the drug. The turning point for him I think was when hang woo asked her to be his secretary, then a bit more when he saw her with the shopping bags and then more when he had that conversation about her coming to him and her response. Of course I’m shipping yeo chi and hang woo in real life.

  6. danielkim90

    thanks for the recap as always! Yeah, I felt real uneasy and uncomfortable watching that last scene between Lee Deok-hwa and Kim Seo-hyung. That’s how real and raw it felt. Major props to their acting and the way they acted out the scene.

  7. hipployta

    Oh wow….but why didn’t he have JR hide nearby? I know the supposed story of Consort Yu and Lui Bang but they need to get Bang over WonHee and with Yeon Chi

  8. Linda165

    Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2. This episode really had me on the edge of my seat.

    “I can’t recall a drama of recent memory where a man and a woman have had such a vicious, knock-down fight quite like this one.” Omo! You haven’t seen Wild Romance yet? Talk about vicious fight!

    I feel really sad because Bang has no interest whatsoever in Yeo Chi, and it breaks my heart. And this is my inner nail polish freak talking, but I loooooove Yeo Chi’s manicures!

    • 8.1 anduril

      The fight where she accuses him on the vacation? He was truly scary.

    • 8.2 Midori

      They looked like they were really going at it in that fight. It was honestly one of the most disturbing fights I’ve ever seen.

  9. breaker97

    Another great episode. The contest was really epic.

    My favorite part was the epilogue when Yeo-chi is trying to explain to her Grandfather what she likes about Bang. “He’s tall and good looking.” Very funny.

  10. 10 Carrie

    “It was honestly hard to watch because everything was happening so slowly, and Chairman Jin was suffering so much. Props to Lee Deok-hwa and Kim Seo-hyung for really bringing that scene home. And for what it’s worth, I hope he lives a little longer.”

    I too, hope that they will keep him alive! At least until Yeo-chi or SOMEBODY (on Chairman Jin’s side). I would HATE for Chairman Jin to just die without anybody knowing what happened. πŸ™ I don’t want to see Yeo-chi thrown out again. I’ve grown quite fond of Miss potty mouth, you see. πŸ˜‰

    • 10.1 Carrie

      One more thing-As clever as Chairman Jin was in testing Gabi, he really wasn’t smart confronting her alone. He was quick but she was quicker. What was he thinking? Honestly, not so smart without a backup or witness. >.< I get that he didn't want to be suspicious of Gabi so perhaps he seriously didn't take into account how corrupt she had become. ARUGH. I don't want him to die just yet! It would be too cliche (something the drama has successfully steered from so far) but more importantly, Yeo-chi would be all alone again without family.

      • 10.1.1 Niklaus

        I think with an ego as big as his, he just do not think that Gabi would go to this level. For anyone else, he would have bury them alive.

      • 10.1.2 mskololia

        She fooled and played him. I was hoping he had installed some surveillance cameras, but I guess not….sighs.

        The woman obviously has some major issues to think she “deserves” that company. Were they sleeping together or something?

        Ep 15 is going to be gut-wrenching I bet….

      • 10.1.3 ay

        I agree with you on the “he should have a backup while testing Mo Gabi” part but I desperately wonder
        what the hell WOO HEE was doing outside the office of Chairman Jin?
        I think most of you didn’t really take note of that short scene. I really hope that Woo Hee will be a help to Chairman Jin.

        • ahjummabunny

          I just remembered that gabi gabi saw her and hang woo and probably asked to meet with woo hee to tell her off.

        • mskololia

          No, we did not overlook that small yet significant detail @ay. It looked like a red herring to give us hope that WH may intervene and help the chairman, but I think Gabi will move stop her and make her do an about face to get her away from that area.

          I’m all in for someone rushing in to save him (YB<3) and then declaring him dead so the evil lady and her minions can all come out from hiding in the shadows. He even keeps this from YC (I know cruel), but she has to know how things operate in the real world….

  11. 11 Koreandramasrock

    I could tell that the switch was going to happen a MILE away but I still love this show!! ^_^
    Thanks for the recaps..

  12. 12 Cinderella

    No complaints here, but I hope that you would have recapped the last extra scene in tonight’s episode… which featured Yeo-chi and Chairman Jin (a few moments before or after Jang Ryang signs the papers agreeing to the investment).

    In the scene, Chairman Jin asks Yeo-chi why she likes Yoo Bang, yet when she refuses to answer his question directly. He broaches the topic by asking, “Did he graduate from a respectable university?”, ” Is his family rich then?”, “Has been a gentleman to you, is that it?”… To which she replies with, “No, he went to Pabal College”, “No, dirt poor”, “He’s crazy bad. I want to beat the crap out of him”.

    Frustrated, he asks her why he’s so into him, then. And dreamily, she responds that it’s because “He’s so handsome… And tall too…. And that his satoori accent is irresistible!”

    He begins to fake a heart attack at her words and she asks whether he needs an ambulance. And he replies by saying that it’s she who needs an ambulance.

    It was such a sweet scene after all the sweet Grandpa-Granddaughter scenes between Yeo-chi and Chairman Jin… especially after the last scene when he’s calling out, reaching for the phone. I hope that Chairman Jin doesn’t die, though I have a feeling they might kill off his character, because it’s so refreshing to watch his senes with Yeo-chi and Bang that I can’t bear for it to end.

    • 12.1 dancinfff

      Haha! I loved the end too. I thought they were joking around (like an ad lib) because they looked each other right in the eye and Jin almost started laughing. It was hilarious! Especially when she said he was tall, hahahahaha!!!!

      • 12.1.1 ahjummabunny

        I thought for sure jung ryu woon would burst out laughing saying those things.

    • 12.2 lenrasoon

      that little scene at the end was adorable and funny, i always love this small scenes at every end of Salaryman, i wish HeadsNo2 would recap that.

  13. 13 canxi

    Just popped into say that I love her colorful nails! πŸ˜€

    • 13.1 Brenda

      I know!! I love how her nails are always different in almost every episode. =P

  14. 14 John

    Heads, thanks for the recap.

    I finished watching this episode this morning before I went to work.

    Gabi is evil !

    Looking forward to the next episode.

  15. 15 Brenda

    I was so shocked at the end of this episode.

    They can’t kill him!! Not when he and Yeo Chi are finally on good terms, not when Yeo Chi is finally making something of herself; not when they both love and need each other so much!!!

    The very end scene where he’s calling her name over and over again killed me. I was shouting at my screen for her to come running to see what was wrong or for someone to burst in and help him even with Gabi standing right outside the door.

  16. 16 dancinfff

    Jesus…Christmas! This is the first time a drama has ever had me so emotionally involved. You should have seen me when I thought Jin Caught her. I was dancing for joy. I was like yes, the show is warping up nicely, and the….she went psycho. I hate Gabi soo much! Why Why Why?!

    *The Part in Which I Come up with my own theories*
    And Woo Hee! What was she doing there? What if she’s in on it too? As much as I love her…remember how she was greedy in the beginning too? I hope I’m not getting ahead of myself but this drama has so many twist and turns so I’m trying to get one step ahead. What if the main antagonist are these two women? They both are on the inside group of both teams, they can both destroy them (as we can see, Gabi has completely lost it) since they have so much in information.

    I’m so depressed. What if Woo Hee wasn’t as sweet as we thought? noooo!!! I was so pissed when they didn’t kiss, lmao!

    But Kudos to Salary Man. Amazing episode, everything was well done. So glad I didn’t drop this show! 10+ stars!

    • 16.1 bkm

      I remember that Gabi had switched Jins meds earlier and Woo Hee worked in a lab before becoming HW secretary…. I think people know where I am going with this.

  17. 17 ahjummabunny

    I was screaming haraboji irona! and then thinking shouldn’t that be ironasaeyo. I was begging them to let me have just a little moment longer to see why woo hee was in the office and what would happen. OMONAAAA! I’m really impressed with salaryman, but there are still scenes that make me cringe. I’m not sure I know kim so hyung is a good actress but all the parts I’ve seen her in have definitely been good on paper. In the beginning I was hoping she would succeed at ripping them off just because it would’ve been a good turn.

  18. 18 lovepark

    Just wanted to say thanks for the recaps so far. I’ve been reading them but haven’t been commenting about how much I’ve been enjoying them. This show is hilarious and smartly written and executed.

  19. 19 c3s

    I am shock to the extent MoGabi pull to satiate her greed, I just didn’t see her as a murderer (conniving sure), wow!, just wow!

    And finally YB one up on HW, finally! It’s real nice to see the good guys triumph and love YC’s reaction, so cute (polar opposite from her usual cursing-self).

    Lmao on the end bit, she’s all mushy-gooey while gramps almost gag on her gushing over YB’s “good-looks” πŸ˜€

    Thnx for the recaps!!!

  20. 20 Manyuu

    Awww~ What can I say?
    I just hope Hang Woo won’t become too damn evil, Woo Hee won’t become evily calculating aaaaaand they end up together _<
    But we have 6 episodes ahead and all the twists and turns of Salaryman are already frightening me and possible future twists are frightening me even more, keke:)))
    Or please please dear writers you can do all you want with the script except destroying two awesome pairings: Hang Woo with Woo Hee and Yoo Bang with Yeo Chi:)))
    And for Gods sake! Make Yoo Bang fall for Yeo Chi already πŸ˜€
    And stop shaking Hang Woo with Yeo Chi! WTF why is he even shaken by her?:)))))

    • 20.1 dancinfff

      PREACH! I so don’t like the pairing either. I mean, if he wasn’t already with Woo Hee (as in paired with her) then maybe, but he is!

  21. 21 falda

    that 1st photo makes me want to eat her fingernails ’cause they look like lil delicious candies….

  22. 22 supah

    I love you, heads. Love your recaps, as much as I [CENSORED] LOVE the awesome Yeo-chi. [CENSORED]

    Lee Deok-hwa is fabulous, and I’d really warmed to his Chairman Jin, so I’m hoping he’s not out of the race so soon. Nooo…
    Aww… and the way he reached towards the phone repeating ”Yeo-chi” — and the polished finger nail. Guh!

    • 22.1 anotheraddict

      IKR? That polished nail managed to pack two emotional punches. I love all these little details that become meaningful– HOTS is just so well done.

  23. 23 anna

    Congrats on hitting 20s ratings. So sad that there are only 2 eps left.

    • 23.1 mskololia

      Don’t be sad….there are six more epis left. πŸ™‚

      • 23.1.1 Mari

        Oh yea?
        YES!!!!!! That’s a good news for a late starter πŸ˜€

  24. 24 ripgal

    This episode was daebak, in EVERY sense of the word! Just when I thought the previous episode had it all for me, this episode had even more, and upped so much more notches. Writer oh writer, PD oh PD, how can you both be such geniuses?!

    If the last episode was about HW and WH, this episode certainly belonged to Bang, Chairman Jin and Mogabi. Bang, when he earned the love and respect of his factory workers (awwwww) and when he defeated HW at the end. Such great moments for Bang, since he’s come SO FAR from being the clumsy salaryman to the Sajang-nim he is right now. The part of him ticking HW off in the lift about him being a Sajang and HW being a vice-Sajang, it was PURE WIN! Totally WIN, I laughed so much LOL and just recalling all those idioms he’d spouted in this episode alone gets me into fits. haha..

    HW and WH had their moment in this episode, I was itching for that kiss to happen, but glad it didn’t. Last episode we had the almost kiss between HW and YC, sending people into confusion as to who HW likes. But IMO this ep cemented the fact that HW is very emotionally affected by WH and he likes her. WH likes HW but is also confused as to why he’s alternating between treating her as his secretary and sometimes as a woman. A very brief moment but a very good one, showed how lonely HW and how WH was someone he’d want to trust and be by his side.

    Best part however has to go to the final scene – showdown between Jin and Mogabi. Brilliantly executed and acted scene by Lee Duk Hwa and Kim Su Hyang. Really did send chills down my spine. Yaiks. I’m holding out hope that Jin doesn’t die on us, cos I was just starting to love him as a grandpa to YC. The part of YC painting his nails… it was soooo sweet, I want more of that! T_T

    And yes, the last epilogue was EPIC. Yeo Chi is always awesome, and I was already expecting her to say something random. But she still managed to surprise me. It was even better than Jesus Christmas ROFL!

    Why can’t today be MONDAY?!!

    • 24.1 blaine

      I really didn’t think of it that way (Hang Woo’s attachment to Woo Hee). Thanks for sharing!

  25. 25 mihinikki

    This show making me crazy. i was screaming OUT LOUD. Grandpa must live!!!!! I really love him and Yeo chi would be so sad it’d break my heart.

  26. 26 zerapink

    Thanks for the recaps! awesome episode!

    My prediction is…Gabi will get what she always wanted to be the successor of Chun Ha (temporarily), under her authority, she will cut and stop everybody that she thinks will be a threat for her including Hang Woo and the truth behind Hang Woo’s father suicide will be uncover..perhaps the suicide was caused by his father own mistakes or maybe the corrupt directors murdered the father to cover up their corruption? or maybe there was something with Yeo Chi’s parent?there was love affair between Hang Woo’s father & Yeo-Chi’s mother?

    So at the end Yoo Bang,Hang Woo
    and the Girls will joining force against Gabi and those rotten and corrupt directors! yeeaahhhh…hahahha..well it’s only my prediction though.. ahhh can’t wait for next week!

  27. 27 Vy

    Hey HeadsNo2,

    Sorry this is off topic but I didn’t know how else to contact you. So you wrote a half-time recap for Padam Padam, are you going to be doing a final recap for the show? I would love it if you could! Thanks!

  28. 28 Fasiris Fay

    I was a bit thrown off by how…hmm, CRAZY MoGabi becomes. It seemed slightly out of character and a bit extreme, especially considering how she once had tears in her eyes when listening to Gramps and YC. So what gives?!

    That was my biggest concern with episode, and its not a small one…

    Other than that, great episode! Romance is really moving along ^_^

    Thanks for the recap πŸ™‚

  29. 29 anotheraddict

    I feel like Show is really giving us mixed-messages about HW. Sometimes he seems downright likable, (such as when he was WH’s anonymous fairy-godmother), and sometimes he seems like a “Villain with a capital V”. In Ep.3, when Show had him abandon (the bound and gagged) WH in the lab that was consumed in flames, I decided that HW must be a Baddie of the Irredeemable variety. I rewatched that scene for any signs of remorse on HW’s part, but it just reinforced my impression that he had left WH there to die. (Maybe he’d forgotten all about her, but since we didn’t see him concerned about it later, that seems unlikely.) It was clear that YB didn’t know that WH was there until he heard her muffled cry, so it wasn’t like HW could have just assumed that YB would save her. If Show had had HW see that YB was saving WH before HW fled, I probably wouldn’t have written HW off.

    So I’ve been confused when Show has subsequently given us cute interactions between HW and WH. What am I supposed to feel, Show? Yes, they both have smokin’ bods and they are kind of adorable together. And yes, he’s actually been quite sweet to her a few times. But isn’t leaving someone to die and not even caring about it sort of a relationship deal-breaker?

    And it wasn’t just the fire scene that bothered me. My sense that we were meant to see HW as being ruthless to a point beyond redemption was reinforced when he framed YB for murder, and didn’t even bat an eyelash when Shin suggested that that was going too far. Then later, he reneged on his promise to employ Shin even though he knew Shin’s daughter needed a life-saving operation. All along, he’s been utterly callous in his quest for revenge. In this ep., when Gabi was withholding the chocolates that could save Jin, I found myself wondering what HW would do if he were in the same situation. As much as I’d like to think that he wouldn’t go that far, his past behavior suggests that he’d probably welcome the opportunity to exact that kind of revenge on Shin. Despite all this, I don’t hate HW– I just feel confused about my own feelings toward him as well as about in what light Show expects me to see him.

    • 29.1 missjb

      I believe, in the beginning, Writers want to show us, HW is completely evil, he really doesn’t affected by Woo Hee yet, until he is drawn into Woo HEe when she got a chance to know her more, he got some concience… That’s call character development…. MAybe Writers/PD want to see him as a villain, but still have a human side … His character reminds me of Joo Sang Wook’s character in Giant… But he is funnier, and softy…

      Hope my explanation does makes senses for you..

      • 29.1.1 zerapink

        Yes..this show remind me a lot of Giant since several “big’ actors play together again such Lee Boon So (Yo Bang), Lee Duk Hwa (Chairman),Kim Seo Hyung (Gabi) ,Yun Yong Hyeon (Bun Kwae) , the bold guy (the gangster who help Yo Bang provide the factory) and even Jung Bo Suk (Joo Sang Wook father in Giant) appear as a cameo, he acted as a senator or somebody important in government in this show on earlier episode.

        While watching the show.. I just imagine how fun and enjoyable these actors working together despite of their professionalism, I bet they’re joking around and laughing since there are a lot of silly and comical scenes… have they publish the NG scenes yet? uuu..I would love to see them.

        About HW, i do hope that he is going back to his conciseness maybe when the mystery of his father suicide uncover and it’s obvious that Woo Hee interested on him in the 1st place and Woo Hee will help him to become more human.

    • 29.2 danielkim90

      whoa! I totally forgot about this scenes with Hang-woo. You’re right, it is confusing to see what Hang-woo’s true nature is considering all the things he did in the previous episode.

  30. 30 missjb

    OHH It’s getting better!!! PD/Writers combo JANGGGG!!!!!!
    The tension is finally up!!!

    I don’t know how many times I emotionally attached by this show… And this is where the episode got me the most so far… Especially for chairman Jin and Yoo BAng…. I hope they won’t kill Chairman Jin πŸ™

    ARGHHHHH MONDAY, please come faster!!

  31. 31 Josepha

    What a awesome episode !!!
    The final scene is simply drawn and terrific !
    now we know the real feeling of HW, WH and YC but for YB ???

    I’m for HW/WH ‘s couple whatever!


  32. 32 Linda165

    I just came back to show you guys this:


    • 32.1 hamsandwich

      YES. I can’t stop watching this

  33. 33 LuuTruu

    As always, thanks for the recap! Smart, funny, and suspenseful make this a kick@$$ drama.

    In an earlier episode when Gabi & YS both wanted the same dress, Gabi gave up the dress to YS. Can we foresee a complete throw down between the two ladies? Up until now, we’ve only seen battle between the men but I’m really looking forward to seeing the ladies draw out their swords!

    Also, I really enjoy how the various war stratagems, like “tossing out a brick to get a jade gem” are implemented. Wish someone could compile a glossary of these stratagems!!

  34. 34 okdubu

    did anyone watch the epilogue of this episode??? i just about died in laughter!!!!!! “HE’S SO GOOD LOOKING! AND TALL!” AAAAAHAHAHHA

    • 34.1 aly

      yeah and her expressions when she said his accent was fatally attractive and at the end, that she has high standards hahahaha! xD

  35. 35 ahjummabunny

    you know what I just remembered with dramas! that the girls always go to the guy that she kisses and she never kisses 2 guys. However, in giant min woo kisses jung yon while she’s asleep and she did go to gang mo so maybe it’s a similar thing????

  36. 36 danielkim90

    I saw some spoiler pictures for the upcoming episode on a different forum, for those interested here’s the forum link: http://www.soompi.com/forums/topic/371588-drama-2012-salaryman-cho-han-ji-%EC%83%90%EB%9F%AC%EB%A6%AC%EB%A7%A8-%EC%B4%88%ED%95%9C%EC%A7%80/page__st__340?s=d51f94cb5822a98753eb694b59783a11

    Without revealing anything on hear, I’ll just leave to your discretion…

    • 36.1 Linda165

      Damn! Why do I have to be a spoiler junkie!!! But that one is GOLD!

  37. 37 lenrasoon

    this episode ending was shocking and i have a feeling Chairman Jin will die, but damn he should have to say something to YC or at least recorded.

  38. 38 Lilian

    oh man! Mo Gabi is really going to be all out evil from now on I guess….love the cute scenes between Yeochi and her grandpa! Pink nail??? haha….and I love the part about her loving him and the many weird reasons!

  39. 39 fun2watch

    I Think I can see this one coming. Gabi is also a granddaughter, by that philandering dead uncle. that’s why its making her crazy. Everyone has a secret. Wouldn’t surprise me if Yeo Chi and Hong Woo were siblings. Eating the magic chicken probably has some side effects, too.

  40. 40 twentyonebuds

    I just love this show’s attention to detail! Like the adorable nail painting scene could’ve served as a light/cute scene to show bonding between Yeo Chi and her Grandad.. but then in the final scene when he’s reaching out to the phone with the very same pink-nailpolish-painted hand! That gave it so much more emotional oomf :’)

    Thank you for the recap Heads!

  41. 41 Sarah

    What kind of cell phone is baek yeo chi and woo hee using?

  42. 42 MsB

    What a SCARY episode!! Intense!!

  43. 43 Liam_H


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