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Chief Kim: Episode 2

Our hero starts to see that he’s in a bigger pond than he thought, and that his competitors might be more bloodthirsty sharks than the little fish he’s used to dealing with. Sung-ryong may try all he wants to hold onto his unethical, lazy lifestyle, but how long does he think he’ll be able to ignore his nagging conscience?

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Newly accepted to TQ Group, our hero launches himself into Boss Bae… for a celebratory hug! The gangsters immediately cease their fighting in favor of a round of beers, sharing inspirational speeches and vows to continue their brotherly corruption together. Now that they’re friends again, Sung-ryong tells Kwang-sook to send a copy of the ledgers to Boss Bae.

Back at TQ, Ha-kyung works on her apology letter when coworker Sang-tae barges in to show her a news article. The news reports that former Chief Lee was a whistleblower and that his attempted suicide was faked by TQ. Manager Lee warns them against falling for tabloid articles, but no one can deny that a false suicide better matches Chief Lee’s integrity.

They decide to look for whatever evidence that Chief Lee may have left behind, like some secret file or hint about what really happened. Ha-kyung recalls that all of Chief Lee’s work files were erased, and although Director Chu suggests that they trust the police to do their jobs, Ha-kyung agrees with the others: “We can’t trust anyone right now.”

Meanwhile, Executive Director Jo is struggling with trust issues of her own. A flashback shows us that it was Seo Yul who pushed for the obviously unqualified Sung-ryong to replace Chief Lee, vaguely insisting that he has an eye for these things. Director Chu, too, complains to Director Go about the selection, but is told to deal with it. When they’re interrupted by a touchy phone call about Director Go’s son’s poor college exam scores, Director Chu quickly excuses himself.

At the same time, the Prosecutor’s Office is strife with scandalized rumors that Seo Yul has resigned – not for a law firm like everyone expected, but as TQ Group’s new Director of Finance. Yul’s furious junior prosecutor confronts him as he packs up his belongings to leave, accusing Yul of stealing his investment strategies to get ahead – but Yul coolly assures him that his strategies aren’t worth stealing. Further, Yul scoffs at the junior prosecutor’s implication that the Prosecutor’s Office is anymore righteous or just than the private corporations; he’s sick of obeying the orders of higher-ups to lose when he knows how to win. “I’d rather just live as trash than pretend I’m not,” he says. “I don’t want to justify being just a rich coward. It’s lame.”

Back at the office, Director Chu grumbles about how a low-life underachiever like Sung-ryong could become a chief at TQ, throwing his resume into the trash – but Ha-kyung tries to stay positive, insisting that a person’s character and compassion is much more important than his specs. Director Chu sarcastically calls her saintly and kind, but the moment he brings up her apology letter, she erupts in a fit of rage and starts kicking office supplies around the office, lol.

As soon as Director Chu leaves the room, the other coworkers rush to the trash to check out their new chief’s resume, complaining that it’s just as unbelievably lame as he said. They decide not to give their underachieving new chief an inkling of respect, at least to preserve their pride.

Meanwhile, Sung-ryong sits at home in sweats, reading up on TQ’s latest rumors about Chief Lee’s possible murder. He notes that it sure is fishy for a clean company like TQ.

Ha-kyung meets with Chief Lee’s wife to discuss the new rumors surrounding her husband’s suicide. She tells Ha-kyung that the police have been acting like they’re just rumors, but she’s certain that they’re hiding something from her: they won’t show her any evidence of the alleged gambling or embezzlement, and the black box and GPS are missing from his car. Ha-kyung suggests they find a lawyer for the case, but Chief Lee’s wife tells her no one is willing to step up.

Ha-kyung is summoned by the Director of Ethical Management, who says her apology letter doesn’t sound sincere enough. Ha-kyung agrees to rewrite it through clenched teeth.

Chairman Park sits with his wife, Madam Jang, at an annual memorial service for her father, the former chairman of TQ. He helps her down the stairs outside the church, gently noting that they should start holding the service at home since her body is getting weaker. She brushes off the subject, however, and informs him that she wants to start attending the shareholders’ meetings again. Chairman Park takes it in stride, saying she should do as she pleases, though Executive Director Jo glances nervously at him.

They’re interrupted by their son, who arrives late to the service in an expensive-looking car and reeks of alcohol. The chairman reminds him he’s never been on time for the service for the last three years, and the situation only worsens when a scantily-clad girl emerges from the car to complain about having to pee. Yikes.

Sung-ryong packs his things and takes one last look at his apartment, reminiscing about his days here with his own father. We flashback to a tiny Sung-ryong, walking hand-in-hand with his dad down the street, complaining about having to move around all the time. His father gently explains that he wants to live honestly and work at a company that will understand his good intentions. At that, precocious Sung-ryong suggests he just live dishonestly like his coworkers, but his father says he’d never be able to live with himself that way.

As Sung-ryong leaves his apartment, he picks up an ancient, dusty VCR tape from the floor and tucks it into his bag. Later, Kwang-sook sniffles her way through a dramatic farewell as she sends Sung-ryong off at the bus station, and Sung-ryong looks just as sad as he boards the bus. Aw.

Executive Director Jo tells Chairman Park that Madam Jang may be onto their plans to sell TQ Delivery, despite their efforts to keep the plan confidential. They know that if she brings it up at the shareholders’ meeting, the board will certainly be persuaded. Executive Director Jo then asks if it’s necessary to include Prosecutor Seo Yul in their plans. The chairman admits that Yul is rude and dogmatic, but insists that someone like Yul is necessary for his thievery.

Meanwhile at the Prosecutor’s Office, Yul’s replacement investigator arrives for her first day, though her face and identity isn’t shown to us yet. Yul’s junior prosecutor seems less than thrilled to see a bright, overeager girl stroll in.

Sung-ryong moves into his new one-room apartment in Seoul and heads out for his first day at TQ the next morning. He drops by the convenience store for a breakfast kimbap and reaches for the last one – at the exact same time as Ha-kyung. Recognizing each other from their ramen incident, they fight over the triangle kimbap like children, but finally Ha-kyung snaps that he owes her for ruining her last meal. Sung-ryong gives in, but nags her the whole time.

After their antisocial breakfast, they unknowingly head in the same direction to TQ, prompting her to demand why he’s following her. He assures her that he’s just heading to work, but obviously she doesn’t believe him. When they arrive at TQ, he’s stopped at the door by security: Ha-kyung has tipped them off about a suspicious person who’s been following her all morning. Security drags him out of the building, kicking and screaming at “Triangle” (as in triangle kimbap), while she strolls into work. LOL.

Security eventually sorts out the issue with HR, confirming that Sung-ryong really does work at TQ as a department chief. They apologize for the misunderstanding, explaining that they thought he was a pervert, especially he kept calling Ha-kyung “Triangle” (as in underwear), lol.

Having sorted out his first issue, Sung-ryong heads toward the elevators, but is informed of another obstacle: these elevators are for high-ranking TQ employees only. He tries to use the elevator anyway, but is denied access without a special key card. At that moment, Yul arrives for his own first day and is personally escorted into the elevators by an assistant. At Sung-ryong’s dumbfounded expression, Yul smirks and waves him away like he’s a piece of dust.

Sung-ryong finally arrives at the Business Operations Department, but before he can introduce himself, Ha-kyung recognizes him and yells at him for his persistence. At her outburst, her coworkers stand and face him, armed with staplers, and Director Chu scolds him for not being able to take no for an answer from women.

Scandalized, Sung-ryong finally declares himself the new chief, but he still doesn’t get the reaction he expects. No one bothers to stand to introduce themselves, and Director Chu answers all of his questions with, “If you don’t like it, maybe you should quit.”

The department then presents him with a detailed flowchart of the TQ power hierarchy. First, Director Chu advises, the office absolutely must do everything ordered by the higher-ups, no matter how ridiculous the command: particularly Park Myung-suk, the short-tempered son of Chairman Park. They tell Sung-ryong to memorize the chart in the next five minutes, but to their surprise, he assures them that he’s done. Ha-kyung muses that he must be good at memorizing things, but when Director Chu suggests that she show him the ropes around here, both Ha-kyung and Sung-ryong insist he can figure things out himself.

At the shareholders’ meeting, Chairman Park announces that newly arrived Seo Yul will be taking care of all of TQ’s accounting and investment matters. To Executive Director Jo’s annoyance, Chairman Park even hands over her Chinese accounting project to Yul, which he coolly accepts. Yul then meets with his private accounting team, whom he immediately instructs never to question any of his orders since he is “never wrong.” Now there’s a charmer.

Meanwhile, Sung-ryong watches his own department being pushed around by the rest of TQ, his employees forced to reconcile with their superiors’ ridiculous personal purchases. Fed up, Director Chu stands and orders the department to reject their requests, but even he’s just playing mobile games on his phone.

Sung-ryong is summoned by Yul to his office, who sits flippantly eating shrimp crackers in front of him. Sung-ryong recognizes him from the elevator, but to his surprise, Yul greets him with: “You work for Boss Bae, don’t you?” Yul sighs that he should have met Sung-ryong in an interrogation room, explaining that he was a prosecutor only a week ago, and that Sung-ryong is famous around the Prosecutor’s Office for being infuriatingly good at cleaning up behind him.

Sung-ryong plays innocent, insisting that he got into TQ Group after a fair screening process. Yul, however, just laughs at that: “You think I hired trash like you out of fairness?” he snorts. He clarifies that he selected Sung-ryong because he needs someone to clean up his illegal matters. He already knows that Sung-ryong only applied because he thought he could embezzle from TQ, which is fine – he’ll let Sung-ryong pocket whatever he can without getting caught. In exchange, Sung-ryong must do something for him in secret, a task the General Manager will brief him about soon.

After he’s unceremoniously dismissed, Sung-ryong muses to himself that something sure feels fishy, but decides to hold off his decision until after he’s briefed. Meanwhile, a young, excitable girl named Hong Ga-eun is hired as an accounting intern for TQ Group.

When Sung-ryong returns to the office, a member of Yul’s new accounting team barges into the Business Operations department to scold them for the imbalanced accounts. Though Ha-kyung insists that the inaccuracies in their spending accounts isn’t their fault, the officer tells them to correct everything by tomorrow morning.

Sung-ryong strolls into this suboptimal atmosphere, apparently oblivious to everyone’s misery. He offers to fix the accounts himself if the department throws him a welcome party, and the employees share secret glances before agreeing to celebrate.

No one shows up, of course – except for out-of-the-loop maknae Sang-tae. Sung-ryong shows up at the restaurant just as Sang-tae realizes he’s been duped, but it’s too late to escape. Instead, they have a personal meal together, and it’s not long before they’re gossiping about love problems and Sung-ryong sets him up on a date with Kwang-sook, hee.

Meanwhile, Ha-kyung and Director Chu have dinner on their own, drunkenly complaining about work. Ha-kyung sighs that they tell their younger employees to be exact and thorough, but hypocritically, they themselves are forced to obey their superiors and ignore the gaping holes in their accounts. Director Chu points out that this is the only way to make a living, but Ha-kyung just sighs that she’s at her limits. At home, meanwhile, Sung-ryong decides to follow Yul’s orders for now.

Sang-tae enthusiastically greets Sung-ryong at work the next morning, prompting everyone else to suspect something amiss. As soon as Sung-ryong leaves to hand in his accounting report, the employees corner Sang-tae, demanding to know what happened between him and the chief. Sang-tae denies their allegations, but they immediately figure out that Sung-ryong must have introduced him to a girl, lol.

Meanwhile, Chief Lee’s wife tracks down Chairman Park as he arrives at work, screaming at him to admit the truth of what happened to her husband. Ha-kyung arrives just in time to rescue her from security, and they sit on the roof on the verge of tears as Chief Lee’s wife sobs that no one is on her side. Afterward, Ha-kyung receives a phone call from an unidentified woman, requesting that they meet that evening.

Sung-ryong enters the Accounting Department with his spending report, incredulous at the difference in quality of their floors. Yul’s accounting team presents him with a USB drive with last year’s accounting files, instructing him to use it to figure out how things are run around here. The whole thing is very hush-hush and secretive, to Sung-ryong’s frustration, but they note that he only needs to do as he’s ordered. Sung-ryong muses to himself that TQ’s thieves are very gutsy, which works just as well for him: “No one will even notice a small-scale thief like me.”

As frazzle-brained intern Ga-eun is overloaded with small tasks, she accidentally spills her coffee on the carpet and begins mopping it up – a mop that Sung-ryong walks straight into as he leaves, crotch-first. Ouch.

He limps his way back to the Business Operations Department, where Ha-kyung is spacing out at her desk, thinking about the phone call she just received. Sung-ryong offers to help anyone who has too much work on their plates, but everyone just ignores him.

Sullen, he shuffles off to his private office to check out the accounting files he’s just received. Sung-ryong is shocked by the scale of liquid assets being handled by TQ Group, and notes something wrong in the numbers. With these files, he is certain that there was more to former Chief Lee’s attempted suicide.

Outside TQ Group, Chief Lee’s wife stands in protest of TQ’s dishonesty. Sung-ryong watches as she insists to a TV interviewer that her husband was no gambler or embezzler. Still, Sung-ryong chooses to stay out of it; he’ll just lay low, steal his money, and then disappear to Denmark.

Chairman Park meets with Yul and Executive Director Jo, demanding to know why Chief Lee’s wife is making such a big fuss in his front yard. Executive Director Jo apologizes, but Yul notes passive-aggressively that the rumors have already spread overseas. Chairman Park simply orders them to sort it out ASAP.

Afterward, Executive Director Jo bites that Yul’s job is to figure out how to get rid of a legal protester like Chief Lee’s wife, but Yul drawls back that such menial tasks are up to her. He strolls away as she huffs in fury. Chief Lee’s wife, meanwhile, chases away any security or employee that tries to stop her from her legal protest.

That night, Ha-kyung takes her stress out at a batting cage. A flashback shows us that she just had a conversation with Madam Jang at her home, where she’d presented Ha-kyung with a surprising request: to correct the wrongs of TQ. She had explained that she knows Ha-kyung is both very capable and intolerant of injustice, since she’d been so adamant in protecting Chief Lee’s wife.

Ha-kyung had asked what she should do, and Madam Jang had told her to find evidence of accounting fraud at TQ. Ha-kyung had been taken aback, certain that for something so serious, Madam Jang needs someone more powerful than she is – but Madam Jang insisted that the Prosecutor’s Office is corrupt, and Ha-kyung herself is more than capable.

At the batting cage, however, Ha-kyung sends a text message to Madam Jang: she’s not prepared to do this job.

Sung-ryong meets Yul up on the roof at night, where Yul asks if he’s finished going through the files. Sung-ryong confirms, but Yul can immediately tell something is off: “You don’t want to do this, do you?” Yul can tell Sung-ryong is just planning to take what he can and run, but Yul threatens to put him in prison for his past if he doesn’t comply.

Yul tells him to just do what he’s told – he won’t stop Sung-ryong for stealing, as long as he doesn’t get caught. Sung-ryong agrees with a good-natured smile, but as he leaves TQ, notes gleefully to himself that he’s still going to just take what he wants and disappear to Denmark.

Just as he leaves the office, a car heads straight toward Chief Lee’s wife, who is still outside the building in protest. Thankfully (?), however, Sung-ryong slips on a large piece of ice, sliding all the way across the sidewalk and pushing Chief Lee’s wife out of the way – letting the car slam into him instead.

Ha-kyung screams, rushing to Chief Lee’s wife’s side as Sung-ryong hobbles to his feet. “I’m okay,” he says… just as a river of blood begins pouring from his head, and he falls unconscious.

 
COMMENTS

This is a pretty weird show, but the showrunners seem to have a strong handle on its identity as a not-(very)-serious, wacky comedy — and if its avenue to social commentary is a healthy dose of goofy Namgoong Min… well, count me invested, no matter how silly it gets along the way. Namgoong Min does have a unique kind of trademark humor, making each scene distinct in its hilarity and his utter willingness to pour himself into the ridiculousness, in the sense that I already can’t imagine anyone else playing Sung-ryong’s role.

Although that humor is a strong positive aspect for me at the moment, it does sometime feel like Sung-ryong’s stakes and attitude are in a different world from the other characters’, sometimes jarringly so. I think it’s that difference that adds to the unevenness of each episode, but I also feel that the showrunners have been solidly good at reconciling the humor with the plot. As long as this comedy remembers that it’s a comedy and doesn’t get Too Serious, I think that it will stay a lighthearted, reliably enjoyable show.

In that vein, I definitely enjoyed the second episode much more than the first, especially now that there’s a more tangible sense of each character and their world. Besides Namgoong Min’s constantly (and expectedly) delightful rendition of Sung-ryong’s character, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ha-kyung and Seo Yul were just as fun to watch. Any show about corruption requires a solid villain to be interesting at all, and I have high hopes that Seo Yul will provide that role. Though it seems strange that Yul, Chairman Park, and his cronies would entrust a new guy with such serious liabilities, I trust that Yul has the smarts to properly incentivize and manipulate his way through his obstacles, just as Sung-ryong undoubtedly will. Particularly comparing Chairman Park’s kind of lame, one-dimensional villainy to the way the show has been treating Yul’s intelligence and elitist attitude, Yul gives the sense of a more interesting backstory.

Admittedly, I may be putting more faith into this villain basket than can be justified, but I really do have strong expectations for Yul. I do think it has to do with Junho’s unexpectedly strong performance, which clearly tends to put a more deliciously serpentine bite to each of Yul’s actions. I can’t wait to see how his simultaneous coolness and corruption, particularly in light of his prosecutor background, will feed into his character development.

Will be become further and further unhinged and power-hungry, or will he see the error of his ways? In a sense, Sung-ryong and Yul are facing opposite tracks at the moment: Sung-ryong, against all odds as the accounting criminal, is starting to remember his goodness and the virtues taught to him by his honest father. Yul, meanwhile, has almost been forced to turn away from justice due to the sheer amount of evil and high-scale corruption in the world. There’s nothing I love more than a reconciled paradox… and whether or not Chief Kim pulls through, at least we’ll have a hilarious Namgoong Min to take us there.

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Thanks for the recap!
Can't wait to see SR busting out his number crunching skills and garner his colleagues awe and trust (subjective since he's gonna embezzle HAH)

Also, I need more Kwang Sook and Sung Ryong together. They're hilarious and adorable.

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Thanks for the recap. Been waiting for it to make a comment since I watched both ep 1+2 consecutively. I was going to wait until more episodes come out to start this series since I wasn't very keen on following another drama live, but I couldn't help myself. I kind of regret it because as of now, I'm not very fond of many characters and wish I can FF some of their parts to when they're more tolerable if ever. I'm the type of drama viewer that will enjoy it for the characters and world building than plot itself, so the fact that I don't like that many characters here worries me. Disclaimer: These are my first impressions that might change once I watch more episodes. Hope the html worked.

Characters I do like:
Chief Kim - He steals from people who are already stealing - that's the important flaw I see and one that makes his anti-hero character interesting and makes this story, so something I'm willing to hold my breath on. Tbh I would have liked him a lot less if he left saving Gwang Sook to a tangerine, but the fact that he came to the last slice and decided to eat the peel to "push" himself into saving her (it was truly his decision) sold him for me - Chief Kim may not be the most upright and kind person on Earth, but he's not a complete jerk at least and that's what matters. I like the snippets of backstory we have of him so far with his father and viewers can make a stab at why he is the way he is now - perhaps he became a jaded guy after seeing his honest father struggle to make a living and fit into a corrupted society. I like that we have a quirky but smart character, too - but the fact that so many kdrama leads (male and female) are written as intelligent and tough but then never use it against the villains worries me.
Kwang Sook - Chief Kim's cute sidekick in Gunsan - speaks for itself.
The junior prosecutor - His earnestness and upright nature makes me root for him and suddenly I think he's very goodlooking. I want him to win so badly, and yet my ultimate bias of this drama is Chief Kim so as soon as he becomes a direct adversary to Chief Kim, we'll see if I still want him in the way, heh.

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Characters that grabbed my attention and I want to like eventually (if the writer and actors permit it):
Seo Yul - I agree with our recapper. He intrigues me and it's also because, like NGM, Jun Ho is doing the character right. His start as a prosecutor and some glimpses makes me believe he's not outright evil and at one time perhaps when he was younger he believed in justice - like Chief Kim, reality must have jaded him. Imo he's the only one of the main leads that has chemistry with NGM right now, so if the writer fails to build up on that by the end of the series it will be a lost opportunity. I vaguely know 2PM and love their track My House, but JunHo was one of the few members of the group that I didn't know by name and I haven't seen him act before. So far I think he has been great. He's not trying to be Seo Yul, to me he is Seo Yul and I am a happy viewer.
The Intern Hong Ga-eun - I may have a bias that carried over from Remember - War of the Son, the only other show of the actress that I watched where she played NGM's sister and imo she was only decent there. I tell myself to give her a chance, but her overzealous character is in your face like Kwang Sook and yet something doesn't seem right about the acting and makes her uncomfortable to watch, like I can see her trying to be quirky. Anyway, it's obvious she's undercover and I'm waiting to see how she will be woven into the path of our leads.
Ha-kyung - I'm opposite with our recapper on this; I find her scenes boring. I don't care about her yet. I was rooting for her since she refused to back down to the condescending chief of accounting, but when she turned her prickly porcupine personality on Chief Kim (I mean, sure, he ruined her meal once, but after that?) - I just wished I could like her more. It doesn't help that she is supporting/passively taking part in the shunning of Chief Kim who she has no real reason to hate and who she judged from a few short interactions. Also I think her reaction to Chief Lee, his family and the corruption around her is understandable, so why can't I connect with her character? Also at this point I feel no chemistry between the actress and NGM and so I'm vainly hoping there's no love-line between the leads. PS. WHY WOULD YOU NOT RUN TO CHECK THE PERSON WHO GOT HIT BY THE CAR FIRST? Even if she dislikes him, wow her priorities are so screwed.

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Characters that aggravate me:
The team in the Business Operations department: I cannot stand them. I intensely dislike them and I wonder what it is that the writer/PD intend for us to feel? They are the representation of what's wrong with their corporate system imo. Overworked, pushed around + abused - check. Inferiority complex - check. Superiority complex and prejudiced when it comes to educational background + status (and already agreeing to dislike a coworker/boss based on his resume without having met him or seen his talent) - check. Aka hypocrites - check. Low-key bullies + sheep but think they deserve better - check. So they are treated poorly and then turn around and shun Chief Kim, even calling out a coworker for straying far from the flock - am I supposed to feel bad for them? At first I wanted Chief Kim to do so much to change the situation for them, but at this point I care so little for the sheeps + their feelings.

Like someone said previously, despite the comedy bits and light-heartedness (hard-carried by Chief Kim), the pervasive undertone of this series is quite dark - tax evasion, attempted suicide, attempted murder, prejudice, corruption and abuse of power in the corporate world and society. There is comedy in this drama but the issues makes me stressed already.

I'm staying with this drama for as long as I can for NGM, Chief Kim and the hard work of the cast and crew. It may not have come across in my rant, but I do like the drama more than a bit.

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WOW Kx! Love your thoughts ....

I like Junho's portrayal of Yul. He is so cocky, cunning, cold and calculating that I wanna box him but at the same time, I can't help listening to him hoping he would do something unexpected.

In K-dramaland his character is nothing new but he brings about this edginess and rawness into the role that really stands out. Looking forward ...

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OK this show seems weird but I love it so far. Watching a drama without expectation actually helped a lot. When I watched the trailers, i felt nothing. But when I started to watch, slowly i feel that OK i like this show.

Namgoong Min has the skill to make the not so interesting show becomes interesting with his acting.

I like NGM and Jun ho too, i have said before, Junho is impressive so far. I am looking forward for these two scenes (will there be any bromance? lol)

Nam Sang Mi's role so far did not made me interested yet, but yes lets see how it goes first.

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Kx, sera

I find nam sangmi very pretty in the show but I do wish her character is a little bit more ... hmm ...interesting or maybe eccentric or something not so ordinary.

At the moment she seems a bit too sensible and perfect. Maybe it's not possible to have Tamra / Healer / YFAS / LOBS / W heroine in every show.

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At the moment she seems a bit too sensible and perfect.

You said it perfectly. Maybe that's why I find her boring. I have nothing against the actress. She is acting flawlessly. It's the character. She is a strong woman, and also very very normal which when we have Chief Kim and Yul she's quite too ordinary. At the same time though I appreciate how grounded her character is - it's her struggles and heavy scenes that help set the serious tone in the story. She's like the straight man in this comedy - I just wish she was more interesting to follow.

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Does anyone know the name of the child actor who played baby namgoong min? I've seen him in other dramas but can't quite place him.....

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Don't know his name, but I remember he's the one who played the son in This Week My Wife will Have Affair.

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I think the child actor played Lee Sun-kyun and Song Ji-hyo's son in the drama 'My Wife Is Having an Affair This Week'. His name is Kim Kang-hoon. They both had that distinctive bowl cut :-)

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Remember that time, when most of us first confused if this kid is a boy or girl lol. I didnt confused because I remember saw him in Pride & Prejudice.

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Oh that's right - Pride & Prejudice! Thanks Sera The Ms Temper!

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This boy's name is Kim Kang Hoon, i first saw him in Pride & Prejudice. Tgus boy sti has so little projects under his belt, i think this drama is his third drama. I think it is quite easy to remember him because of his hair lol.

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Sorry for the typo. Tgus boy sti : This boy sti

sigh. fat fingers ?

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still. lmfao I gave up.

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Haha, I feel your pain!

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That child actor looks like the son from the drama This Week my Wife is Having an Affair with Lee Seon Kyun and Song Jihyo.

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I love this show. That said. I couldn't help laughing about the miraculous, unintentional, accidental save of Mrs Lee. I wonder though, was accident a normal one or was it "intentional"?

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If it is intentional just to get rid of Mrs Lee then i will say whoever planned for it is really stupid. lol. Or maybe they want to make it like unintentional but actually it is the intentional, i don't know.

But Chief Kim's face at the end before he fainted was priceless. lmao.

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He's so funny and sometimes unpredictable. Well, almost...

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Yes agree.

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What I liked is that it was written so it made sense: Earlier we saw the Evil Witch take a (wonderful) slip along that icy path, that later Chief Kim slipped on. (Never mind that a big corporation should have its pavement ice-free).

What I never understand is how these cars of doom get away with it. This one just crashed into another car: Hello, insurance company people? witnesses? cameras?

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For some reason, they don't de-ice sidewalks in Korea, at least in my experience.

A few years ago I had a similar slip and fall on the ice as the Evil Witch did. I was so embarrassed that I started laughing hysterically as I got up and walked away, which made it worse. One of those memories I'd like to have a mermaid erase for me, please.

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Hahaha, missing the mermaid so soon? Thought i was the only one.
Unfortunately, your memories won't erase when you want them to. Just embrace them, although they remind you of "the witch".

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I now have to watch out for ice as well as trucks of doom...

Oh, I've had my own share of slipping ala Evil Witch. It was on shiny parquet floor though. (Btw she kind of reminds me of that secretary in Monsters Inc LOL)

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My current theory is that Seo Yul is on an elaborate undercover mission. He just seems a little too complex a character to have made the switch just like that. I know it might sound a little fantastical, but this theory works better for me, than if his "good guy" instincts kicked back in at the last minute and he returned to the good side.

He is after all the best prosecutor of his time (at least that's what I understood from ep1 with his hoobae) and too smart to not have a something more elaborate crafted up. (Next best thing I'd settle for is vengeance but that's *yawn*)

In an extension of this theory, I suspect Seo Yul's encouragements towards Sung-ryeol to thieve, is to bolster the incriminating evidence for the entire company. Sung-ryeol's probably just a pawn ─ he's got such a bad record that it only seems like poetic justice to use and discard him ─ but one whose greed and tactics might be the "push" needed to get everyone as corrupted as possible?

I find Madam Jang really really intriguing. Here's hoping she survives to the end of the show!

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I had the same thoughts regarding Seo Yul. Though it may just be a wishful thinking on my end. But Seo Yul's "the people above tell me to lose" and Madam Jang's "Prosecutors side with the powerful" looks correlated to me. Well, let's not hope too much and just enjoy the show, especially the funny interactions between the characters.

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Agree. I'll be disappointed if Yul turns out to be villain.

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This show really is wierd?? but that's what I love about it and Nam goong min is killing it here, I just keep laughing out loud at his facial expressions?

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Social commentary + wacky comedy = me interested.

We've seen business corruption tackled so many times with cardboard villains (boring). Obviously the top guy at TQ is one of them. But then we have a prosecutor turned baddie, and an embezzler out to embezzle his new business, because why not? The whole system is corrupted. I look forward to the point when our anti-hero realises he is fighting for justice (as in the tangerine eating).

The female lead does nothing for me now, which is actually refreshing... What I mean is, we shouldn't expect instant chemistry from officemates on the first day. I think it is being professionable to have that certain distance, at least until you become friends. And I would love to see the heroine misunderstanding our guy for a while...

wait a minute, am I mainly hoping for an Office Gaksital?

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I find Sung-ryong (Nam Goongmin), Seo Yul (2PM Junho) and the general manager of the Business Operations Director Chu as the funniest so far, like they are just funny without trying so hard. And funny while not veering away from their characters.

I love how the scenes were simply light (even with the obvious darker elements it tackles: corruption, etc)

Is it wrong for me to hope that there is more to Seo Yul's character? Like him being the secret angel afterall? He does a great job as the villainous character, yeah. But him being outright villain makes me feel like there's MORE Seo Yul can offer.

Cheers to Chief Kim for making me watchout for your next episode!

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Where has this guy Junho been? ..... I had never seen him in anything else before this. He's quite good in this role. Only two episodes and so far and his is the character I want to find out more about.

Thanks for the recap hanshimi!

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2pm's agency shall promote him more in acting rather than the never improved Taecyeon. I know Taec is good looking and has a package, but so far Chan Sung and Junho already proved they are better than him, which is a shame considering how many projects that Taec had been a lead already. I see Jun Ho and D.O of EXO have bright future in acting (among the idol -actors). Honestly when I saw him in Memories of Sword i never really amazed or anything. But in these first two episodes proved that he is good.

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He was in drama Memory, last year.
His works mostly were movies, he was in Cold Eyes, Twenty, and Memories of the sword.

It was his own choice that he was more into music rather than acting so I think the comment above is a bit...not fair.
And I personally think Taec is improving, not much, but there is progress.

And as for Chansung, he was auditioning as actor at the beginning of his career so I believe he will be more active as an actor during 2PM's hiatus due of the members' enlistment periods.

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If you referred to me, then this is my reply. I don't know if it was his choice or his agency's choice for him to focus on music more because i don't follow kpop that much. I only know them mostly because of variety shows like RM or drama. About Taec, I will be OK if he is just staying in secondary roles. But for leading role, why settle for an actor who just slightly improved after each project when there are lots of better actors or idols turn actors. That's my point. I dont hate him it is just that i feel like it is a waste when there are other members of the same group who can act better. But just like you said maybe it is his own choice to focus more on music.

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I first saw Junho in Twenty, his performance really caught my eye and I was surprised to see that he'd only played a minor role in one movie prior to that. Since I don't listen to kpop I didn't know that he's an idol. He only has 4 acting credits, but the roles he chose have been quite diverse. I'm glad to see him slowly getting more recognition.

That said, you know when NGM's name is attached, the wackiness will be delivered. I'm really loving his chemistry with Junho so far and I hope the writing will manage to keep that engaging repertoire between the hero and the villain. Someone mentioned something about both characters being on opposite paths and I have to agree. I love how Sung Ryong and Seo Yul are like two sides of the same coin, that seems to be the core of the show from what we've seen so far.

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Andante Welcome Back !!!!!!

I was still not ready to part from Namgoong Min after Gongshim. Im happy to see him in another wacky role.

By the way is there a permanant way to login to Dramabeans without typing in your email id everytime ?

Gets a bit tiring.

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I am loving this show! I've been too hesitant on seeing NGM play a villain, but that's about to change as I wait for new episodes of Chief Kim. He'd been a supporting character for so long, and then a villain, so I'm glad he's held his own doing leading roles in BGS and this series. The physicality he's willing to show in these comedic roles is so much fun to watch. Besides his role in Girl Who Sees Smells (or whatever the title actually is, sorry but I forget), I've stayed away from his villainous roles, as I kind of dread seeing just how he plays them, what with how committed he is to everything he's done so far. Now I promise to see these, too!

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I have watched him for so many drama before but his villain role in Girl Who Sees Smell actually made me as his fan. He kinda scene stealer especially in second half of the drama. He was too villainous in Remember though. But I love him the best in romcom.

I think it will be great if he goes back and forth from romcom to serious role (not necessary villain).

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I was so scared/in awe of his villainous role in Girl Who Sees Smells. I came out of it more a fan of him that the leads.

Have to add that he didn't look too bad in Joseon attire either in that little intro!

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I like it, I love NGM and am always happy to see him stretching from one side of his range to the other. I'm liking the dark that this drama is showing so I don't mind if it doesn't stay light and funny all the way. That said, I can't believe that three of three new shows I'm watching (Missing 9, Chief Kim, Introvert Boss) all started with suicides ? Jeez, Korea.

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The show is definitely weird but I like it. I am happy the female character is not some candy type of heroine. Thanks for the recap!

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I love the off-beat humour of this show. It totally suits my style. I love how there are these long silences in places where usually you would hear music, that accentuate the awkwardness/weirdness of the joke/situation that is happening. I really appreciate that decision by the music editors of this show.

Also, I always am surprised at Namgoong-Min's transformation from a common "cold hero" actor (a la Secret Hotel) into this charismatic actor (Beautiful Gong-Shim) I would watch a drama for. I liked him in The Girl Who Can See Smells, loved him in Remember, but I really fell fell in love with him in Beautiful Gong-Shim.

It's like a complete rebirth for his acting career. Like, it just points out to me how a good role makes an actor, and how getting typecast really can hurt you in the long run, or even more importantly, the lack of more ~~unusual~~ characters in k-drama's. I mean this guy has been acting for such a long time, and only NOW is getting the recognition he deserves.

This is a bit of a ramble, but it just seems sad to me that there could be other talented actors out there that think they have to play these interesting catty second leads/ cold-hearted tsunderes/ Candies/evil step mom/ aggressive second lead etc. etc archetypes in order to succeed. Success is found in roles that suit you! Break through the mold, and you will become successful! Play the weird guy, and write more unusual roles please!!!

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Can a writer in kdramaland surprise us with not having romance between the leads? Like I truly can't feel the female lead .. Is it her character or the herself? I wish this drama opens up a new Window in kdramaland, so we can feel the difference. AHH WISH THIS SHOW DOESN'T LET ME DOWN...

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Why not try OCN dramas, they almost always don't have any romance and focus on other things. Take Voice for example, it's airing now.

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Yeah I've heard good things about it.
I mean the difference between the romantic dramas. Why not the second lead get the girl at the end? Like we all know he's got nothing at the end but still we'll be surprise at it if this happens.
Or the lead male, get the second girl. That's what I'm talking about.(The are almost a second girl who everyone hates her lol)
I need a deference .... I may stop watching dramas for a while until I get the feeling. :(

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Have you seen Misaeng or School 2013? They're excellent and you can feel the difference :)

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This show is awesome, not for the good story, or good script, but for Nam Goong Min and Lee Jung Ho, they are the main plot and the main characters, at least that's what I feel. Frankly, if it wasn't for them, this drama would be nothing. I really hope these two stay goofy and funnily charismatic until the end of the drama.

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Hong Ga-eun, the intern is 100% a prosecutor in disguise.
So far so good, hopefully it will getting better and better.
Nam Gong Min really make his character so fun to watch, either good or bad.

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