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Chief Kim: Episode 6

As Sung-ryong embraces his new identity as Mr. Righteous, he starts to see that it can be fun to be nice, and that there are rewards that feel almost as nice as money: gratefulness, fame, and maybe even a certain girl’s heart. When he acts this honest, it sure seems like nothing in the world can stop him… but as he’s quickly reminded, there are no rewards for overconfidence.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

Sung-ryong is dragged away into an abandoned church, accused of being the leader of the labor union. Realizing the identity mix-up, he tries to explain himself, but is ignored and cut off when the thug leader brings out… three boxes of vitamin drinks. Sung-ryong’s (literal) knack for sniffing out money tells him, however, that these boxes aren’t just filled with drinks, but three hundred million won in cash. Ooh-la-la.

Executive Director Jo orders all media outlets and search engines to block news coverage of the labor union protests. Yul barges into her office, furious that she’s using thugs to handle business again. She argues that she doesn’t care – there’s a seventy million dollar investment on the line. She stands condescendingly, insisting that she’ll handle it. The two glare at each other, both unwilling to give in.

Worried sick, Ha-kyung keeps calling Sung-ryong’s phone alone in the office, but gets no response.

Back at the church, the thug explains what the boxes of cash are for: two are personally for Sung-ryong (the “leader” of the unionists), and one is to share with the other leaders. “All you have to do,” says the thug, “is call off tomorrow’s strike.” Sung-ryong guesses that he’s being bribed for the Chinese investment, and the thug smugly confirms: “You can accomplish anything in Korea, as long as you have money.”

The thug pulls out a contract and receipt, telling him to sign it. “And if I don’t take the money?” asks Sung-ryong. The thug smirks: “Then we’ll give your face a nice makeover.” Sung-ryong excuses himself for a moment, conflicted; but when he looks at the cross at the front of the church, it transforms into the Danish flag before his very eyes.

The next thing we see, Sung-ryong leaves the church, the cash-filled boxes in his hands. Over the phone, the thug confirms that Sung-ryong signed the contract.

Back home, Sung-ryong finally answers Ha-kyung’s worried call, making up an explanation for where he’s been: The thugs chased him, but he managed to get away. Then, in his depression, he had a couple of drinks alone. Ha-kyung: “Then you should have called to say so! Do you know how worried I was?!”

Sung-ryong is touched by her concern, but Ha-kyung just stutters that coworkers should take care of each other. They hang up, a sweet atmosphere lingering in the air… and then he looks at the stacks of cash again. Agonized by internal conflict, Sung-ryong groans at the heavens that this is the hardest test he’s been put to yet.

Myung-suk awkwardly sits next to Madam Jang at home and asks if he could maybe, possibly use her credit card for a bit. Madam Jang immediately guesses that this is about getting chewed out by the Business Operations Department. (We’ve been fallaciously calling it the Accounting Department, so we’ll be calling it the Business Operations Department from now on!) Myung-suk starts to defend himself until Chairman Park walks in and tells him to give it a rest already.

This time, however, Madam Jang turns on her husband: “The problem isn’t just with Myung-suk, but the entire board of executives. Governing their expenses is the first step to disciplining a company.” She adds that when she was CEO, TQ Group never had this issue. In return, Chairman Park grits out that nothing has changed since then.

Sung-ryong’s internal conflict manifests itself as an Angel Kwang-sook on his left shoulder and a Devil Kwang-sook on his right. Angel Kwang-sook reminds him that he’s Mr. Righteous, while Devil Kwang-sook returns that pocketing the money and taking off to Denmark would be more like him, anyway. It’s not long before both versions of Kwang-sook are screaming at other, and Sung-ryong is forced to wave them off to shut them up. He pulls out the contract receipt, crumples it up, and throws it into the corner of the room.

The next morning, he walks out with a big duffle bag in hand. Has he chosen Devil Kwang-sook’s side?

Meanwhile, the TQ Delivery labor union carries on their strike, chanting for human rights and demanding an apology for their violent treatment last night. In the office, Ki-ok calls his father, begging him to rest and avoid danger. Dad promises he will, and Ki-ok smiles, telling him how proud he is.

The Chinese investors arrive at the scene of protest, looking grim, while Chairman Park is furious as he demands to know what happened. Director Go stutters that the thugs they hired definitely said they paid off the labor union leader, but he appears to have lied. Chairman Park orders Yul to break up the protest immediately.

Sung-ryong, meanwhile, is busy looking up flights to Denmark in the office. Ha-kyung walks by and asks if he’s going somewhere, noting the duffle bag at Sung-ryong’s desk. He explains that he plans to take off for the weekend to maybe see a beauty pageant somewhere.

Executive Director Jo storms into the office, furious that the thug she hired dared to betray them. Yul, meanwhile, demands to know who has the contract agreement. Director Go tells him that the private firm they hired has it, and Yul screams that this is why he told them to stop hiring thugs. Determined to straighten this out, he orders Director Go to gather the union and the hired men for a meeting.

In the Business Operations Department, the employees rejoice over a notification from the Financial Management Department ordering a more transparent handling of employee expenditures, as well as a new limit on corporate credit card spending. Guessing it must be because of the conflict between Sung-ryong and Myung-suk, the office begins to revise their opinion on their new chief. Manager Lee, however, tells them not to be so naïve: the corporate world won’t change so easily.

Director Go suddenly barges in at that moment, ordering Director Chu to go to Yul’s meeting with TQ Delivery in his place – he needs to accompany Chairman Park somewhere else right now. Meanwhile, Sung-ryong is apparently ready to take off to Denmark, duffle bag in hand. He waves over Ha-kyung for a final farewell, and she looks at him suspiciously.

Yul presides over the meeting between the labor union and the hired company, watching them scream at each other. The thug that bribed Sung-ryong finally arrives with the proof of the bribe, holding the contract agreement in his hands. When they look it over, however, they realize it was signed not by the union, but by “Kim Sung-ryong.”

At the familiar name, Yul jumps up and grabs the contract to check for himself. As everyone else wonders who Kim Sung-ryong is, the thug pulls out a confirmation picture, erasing all doubt of it not being the Chief Kim they know. Clenching his teeth, Yul calls Sung-ryong, but receives no answer. As the labor union insists that they have no affiliation with Sung-ryong, the thug guesses from experience that Sung-ryong must have run off with the money.

Ha-kyung suddenly enters the meeting room and whispers to a panicked and confused Director Chu that she has to take care of something here. Sung-ryong finally picks up Yul’s call, and Yul screams at him to come here immediately. Sung-ryong flippantly replies that he’s on his way somewhere, but just as Yul nearly pops a vein in fury, Sung-ryong strolls right into the meeting room.

Recognizing Sung-ryong, the thug grabs him by the collar, and they scream and wrestle each other in the middle of the room. Ha-kyung and Director Chu launch themselves into the fray to break it up.

Eventually, everyone settles down, and Sung-ryong explains what happened: He tried on the labor unionist’s vest, but the thug mistook him for the labor union leader instead and bribed him with money: “He said if I didn’t take it, he’d beat me up.” Ha-kyung raises her hand like a schoolgirl, asking innocently why the thug bribed him. Sung-ryong explains that he was ordered to share the money with the other leaders, break up the strike, and disassemble the labor union.

The union leader stands up, horrified, but Yul just asks what he did with the money. At that, Ha-kyung stands to answer: “The three hundred million won was re-deposited to the company,” she says smugly. In other words, the unauthorized expenditures were safely returned back to the Business Operations Department.

Unamused, Yul asks whose idea that was. Director Chu stiffens up in worry, but to his relief, Sung-ryong declares that he was responsible for the whole thing. A flashback shows us exactly how it all went down: Sung-ryong crumpled up the contract, deciding that, as the labor union leader said, “Humans should be treated as humans.” He bought the plane ticket to Denmark only in case things went awry before asking Director Chu how he return the money to TQ without any problems. Director Chu told him to simply ask a Business Operations employee to deposit it into the reserves account, as if it was money allocated but unused for an operation. That friend was Ha-kyung, who deposited it safe and sound.

Finishing his explanation, Sung-ryong strolls over to Ha-kyung for a high five. The labor union leader stands up, fervently declaring that he’ll be filing a formal complaint for this.

Everyone leaves, leaving only Yul and Sung-ryong in the room. Yul is furious but resigned to this round’s defeat, and he declines to even threaten Sung-ryong before he leaves. When Sung-ryong strolls out of the building, he’s met by Ha-kyung, Director Chu, and the labor union. They thank him profusely for helping them and throw him up into the air in celebration.

The resolution of the conflict is published in the newspapers, and when he arrives at work the next day, he’s met with another round of applause: Mr. Righteous has now become a defender of labor rights. Even better, a secretary even offers to escort him specially using the executive elevators he’s been wanting to use so badly.

Chairman Park, however, is furious at Yul and Executive Director Jo for handling the labor union issue this way. Executive Director Jo casually suggests that Chief Kim is the real problem here, so Chairman Park orders Yul to take care of him immediately, despite Yul’s protests.

As Yul and Executive Director Jo leave, she suggests that Yul simply fire him. She offers to help him since they’re walking the same path, but Yul just smirks at that: “Just because we’re walking the same path doesn’t mean we’re heading to the same destination.”

Sung-ryong stands on the rooftop of TQ, speaking to his father: “Dad, I think I’ve gone crazy. Even though I keep facing these difficulties, it doesn’t hurt.” When he returns to the Business Operations Department, the employees chant his name in celebration, and they all take turns pouring praise on their amazing new chief. Even Ha-kyung and Director Chu join in, ignoring Manager Lee’s protests regarding their childishness.

Meanwhile, Yul meets with his prosecutor friend over pizza. The prosecutor asks why he’s holding onto the problematic Sung-ryong despite his difficulties, and Yul grits out that it’s because Sung-ryong is a natural criminal; looking at his ledgers, even Yul can’t figure out how he pulls it off.

Walking home, Ha-kyung sees Yul back in the batting cage, swinging ineffectually as he misses every pitch. She starts to walk past but changes her mind, offering him some batting advice through the fence. Embarrassed that she saw him fail, he starts to shuffle off, but Ha-kyung unexpectedly stops him: “Can you buy me a drink?”

Thus, Yul and Ha-kyung find themselves sharing soju and meat at a restaurant. Yul asks (so sullenly, hee) why she pretended not to recognize him at the batting cage before, and she says it would have been weird since they didn’t know each other well. Yul insists it wouldn’t be weird, and then asks nervously if she’s close with Sung-ryong. Why is this so cute?

Sung-ryong works late into the night at the office when Ga-eun comes for a visit, a bear-shaped cake in hand to cheer him on. As he eats, she asks why Sung-ryong chose a career in accounting. Sung-ryong: “To make a living.” LOL.

Ga-eun presses for a real reason, and he thinks for a moment before answering: “I guess it’s because numbers don’t lie. It’s the people who lie, not the numbers. As long as I’m honest, there’s nothing as clean-cut as accounting. But it’s not so easy to live like that.” Ga-eun is touched, and smiles at his words.

By now, Yul is so drunk that he’s acting like a different person. Ha-kyung takes advantage of the situation by asking him all sorts of questions about the amount of his paycheck and his stocks, but he tells her it’s not important; instead, he asks her to stop ignoring him at work. He lifts up a leaf of lettuce, flapping it open and closed like a baseball mitt: “Next time, we can play ball!” He says this before dropping headfirst into the table in his drunkenness. Seriously, so cute.

The next morning, Madam Jang thanks Ha-kyung over the phone for her trouble, but agrees that Yul will be a good source of information since he’s practically Chairman Park’s strategist now. Yul, meanwhile, cheerfully goes through his mail — and in it is a baseball mitt that he’s ordered to play ball with Ha-kyung.

His next mail item, however, immediately kills his cheery mood. The photos he’s ordered of Madam Jang have arrived, and Ha-kyung herself is in several of them. Yul’s expression becomes grim as he realizes that she must be helping Madam Jang.

The Chinese delegates arrive at TQ for another investment meeting. They thank TQ for their objective report on the labor union affair, but note that they still can’t agree to invest. After seeing the protest, they can’t help but wonder why TQ is losing money despite their low wages. Their demand: that TQ Delivery undergo a thorough restructuring.

The chairman is furious that they would try to boss him around like this, and Executive Director Jo agrees that they shouldn’t agree to all their demands this way. Still, grits the chairman, they have no choice but to undergo the restructuring of TQ Delivery, despite the blow to his pride. He orders Yul to prepare a team to organize it, and then hisses at him to take care of that meddlesome Chief Kim before he messes up company affairs again.

Sung-ryong complains to Ha-kyung that Director Go has been yelling and blaming him for the upcoming restructuring of TQ Delivery, but insists that he’s not worried about being held responsible. Instead, he tells her not to worry about Chief Lee’s wife, since the lawsuit was dropped, and they can’t sue her for the same thing again. She’s amazed that he’s worried about Chief Lee’s wife more than himself, but he tells her it was because he thought she was worrying, too.

Touched, Ha-kyung tells him to stay strong and stubborn no matter what TQ tries to do, and Sung-ryong sweetly agrees that since she told him to, he’ll do his best. So sweet. Sung-ryong receives a text message from Yul at that moment, and prepares himself for his fate.

In his office, Yul breaks into his baseball mitt as he tells Sung-ryong that a glove becomes more and more pliable as it’s used: “But why do you become less compliant?” Sung-ryong simply says that it’s because he’s not a glove; rather than a glove or a circus elephant, he says, he wants to be the ninth batter who works under Yul as an employee.

Yul smirks, asking if he’s really become Mr. Righteous. Sung-ryong wonders if there will be any warning or punishment for him, but Yul just confirms and dismisses him. As soon as he leaves, however, Yul picks up his phone and calls someone. Uh oh.

Ha-kyung asks how it went, and Sung-ryong’s verdict is: “He’s a sociopath.” Ha-kyung admits that it’s good that there’s no punishment, but something still feels off. They’re cut off when Sung-ryong’s phone rings: it’s Kwang-sook, who’s here for an unexpected visit!

When Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung arrive at the lobby, Sung-ryong howls her name as Kwang-sook leaps into his arms. Noting Ha-kyung’s surprised gaze, he quickly nudges Kwang-sook to introduce her as his former assistant. Kwang-sook showers Ha-kyung in compliments before they head off for some coffee.

Meanwhile, the Gangnam Police Department appears at the Business Operations Department looking for Sung-ryong.

As Ha-kyung buys coffee at the company café, Kwang-sook wails about the hard time she’s had under the new chief, Boss Bae. She explains that she quit her job, but has nowhere to stay. Sung-ryong comforts her, trying to make sure Ha-kyung doesn’t misunderstand, when suddenly, the police appear before him.

Sung-ryong guesses that they’re here to accuse him of tax evasion and fraud again, and they confirm – but this time, it’s for real. They have definitive proof of his illegal operations at Deukpo Enterprises.

As Sung-ryong is dragged away, Kwang-sook collapses on the ground, sobbing. Ha-kyung comforts her, asking if she has anywhere to stay. Kwang-sook pointedly notes that she doesn’t, wailing in distress.

The Business Operations Department hears news of Sung-ryong’s arrest, and Manager Lee smugly notes that he knew Chief Kim was fishy. The other employees sigh that it doesn’t seem like him to do something illegal. They’re interrupted when the Director of Finance barges in, demanding all of Sung-ryong’s accounting records.

It’s not long before the Internet forums are ripe with comments and rumors about Sung-ryong’s crimes. Ga-eun listens sadly as the Accounting Department gossips and curses Sung-ryong’s betrayal, and even the Director of Ethical Management sobs as she looks at Sung-ryong’s picture under the “Employee of the Month” poster.

In jail, the detective escorts Sung-ryong out to meet his prosecutor. Suddenly, they’re interrupted by a trio of black-suited men who introduce themselves as Sung-ryong’s attorneys from Go and Gu Law Firm. Sung-ryong can only blink at them, confused at the turn of events.

 
COMMENTS

Yay! Chief Kim has definitely been getting stronger as a show as it draws on its strengths as a feel-good, comedic sort of rally against injustice, and by partially transforming Sung-ryong into an underdog do-gooder fighting the system from his wishy-wishy, unidentifiable prior character. Up until now, I felt that the strongest moments of the show’s conflict came when Sung-ryong was prevented from being a good person by his background and circumstances, rather than trying to find himself in a weak identity crisis between “good vs. evil.” After all, Sung-ryong was never a criminal at heart, though sometimes he tries to pretend he is; it’s simply that he does his best work when he’s acting like one, because he lives in a system that doesn’t reward good, honest work. That’s where the conflict of Chief Kim gets the juiciest and most earnest, and as Sung-ryong officially begins to settle into his sarcastic-but-fitting title as Mr. Righteous, the show really seems to be getting a grasp on what it can be.

Part of my enjoyment, of course, comes from the well executed evolution of the character relationships. I’m really loving this teamwork between Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung and the little moments where it really shines through: when Ha-kyung supported “Chief Kim” among their coworkers, when they shared a secret high five against corruption, and when she worried over his punishment while he worried about her worrying about Chief Lee’s wife. Watching these two work together is so much more fun than watching them hating each other, as is seeing the Business Operations Department support and root him on (and hopefully, Manager Lee will get on board soon, too!). At this point, Sung-ryong seems to have committed to becoming a decent person, even if his history and his criminal record show the opposite; the question is whether or not Ha-kyung (and the rest of the Business Operations Department, whom I’m starting to see as his newfound family) can see his authentic self and not give into politics and gossip, because I think that will really determine how he grows from his experience as TQ’s Chief Kim.

But that’s not to ignore the other character relationships, which are budding in ways that I wholeheartedly support. The Yul and Ha-kyung moments make me embarrassingly happy, and I’m excited to watch how he’ll change for her (or if he will, though a girl can hope). Even more than that, the Ga-eun and Sung-ryong subplot is really starting to shine through. Hearing Sung-ryong talk about honesty in numbers to Ga-eun was very interesting; it’s as if Ga-eun was hearing an affirmation of her own hopes and ideals. Sung-ryong gave an almost bittersweet tilt to that conversation, as if even he wished that he could be more honest than he has been, but he’s given in to the conflict between what works and what doesn’t. Dishonesty works, though Ga-eun isn’t quite ready to give into that, even if the Accounting Department is doing its best to push her down the rabbit hole.

I’m guessing that Ga-eun is the one who’s undercover here at TQ, since we saw in Episode 2 that an unnamed, faceless entity is working in law. Maybe that’s totally wrong, but if it’s true, it’ll mean a whole new slew of character and power dynamic changes between our four main characters. And I’m happy to say that I’m a heck of a lot more excited for what’s coming than I was two episodes ago. Here’s to putting faith in the future.

 
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thank you for the recap. i reaaly enjoyed watching chief kim

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Yes! I'm excited to see how the love lines will develop, though I know they're not quite the main focus of the show (nor need they be - I'm having a lot of fun just watching Chief Kim be his zany self).

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I also love the Yul and Ha Kyung moments. Really, I just love Yul because he's so interesting. He got fed up with seeing corruption win all the time, so he decided to join the "winning" side. We've seen evidence that even though he can be a first class jerk, he's not bad the way the chairman and some of the others are(e.g. His refusal to use thugs and violence seems to be rooted in more than practicality). There is still a chance for him to leave the dark side, and i am really curious to see which way his relationship with Ha Kyung and Chief Kim tip him.

One of the things I've been finding interesting in the last few episodes is how Yul and Chief Kim are inversions of each other. Yul started on the side of righteousness and got disilusioned, so he turned to the crminal side. Kim started on the criminal side, but has discovered the benefits of righteousness and is changing to the other side. I can't wait to seehow much the two of them continue to change, though I'm still hopping Yul can be brought back into the light.

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I vote to bring Yul back into the light.

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I loved your comment, i also like Yul's character despite he's supposed to be a villain but I can't hate him and i also find him interesting and cute sometimes.

That's reminds me of how much i hate WI in Introverted Boss I've never hated a character as much as i hate him.

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With this drama, I watch it for the zany moments. I hope they keep them coming. I know I have jumped on the wrong ship but I just love the moments with Yul and Ha-kyung.

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I'm you with you on this ship!!
I've been waiting for days to discuss this week's episodes with some one because it seems that Chief Kim is not really popular among foreign fans. Though I'm so happy for the cast to get high ratings in South Korea.

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YASSSS I too am shipping Yul with Ha Kyung and for some reason I'm shipping Chief Kim with Ga-Eun LOL I know none of my ships may materialize but a gal can still hope n dream

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About Yul.
I think there've been some hints pointing out that he may still be on good side but just working 'undercovered'. His anger when evil lady and others hire thugs to hurt innocent - I think he tried to solve our strike problem his way to avoid possible crimes. We keep seeing him talking to some person about new information and they are always outside the company. I'm pretty sure that it's his person from prosecutor office or may be his sunbae.

I think that he hired Chief Kim because he knew about his bad reputation better than anyone, and he needs him to catch corrupt guys. But at the same time he doesn't feel bad (FOR NOW) using him because he's seeing him just as criminal that deserves to be used and that should pay for his fraud schemes in the end. Still, I think that they have really big potential to become friends and fight corruption together.

And finally about Yul and Ha-Kyung! Aww, aren't he just the most adorable puppy around her? I like this another side of his - shy and wanting to show off in front of her at the same time. I sense some juicy jealousy moments when Yul will spend more time with Chief Kim and Ha-Kyung.

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I've never thought that Yul might be undercover, that would be interesting and unexpected if this theory is true.

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Lespoir48
Totally agreed with you about Yul

I think he is rude to ppl whom he thinks are white collar accomplices or criminals.
And most likely he isn't evil as he is probably trying to trap the current TQ management. But if he is truly evil then why? I hope the writers would be much clever than that.

I dunno what he thinks about HK being the insider person for the Madam Jang. Would he give up his crush on her? If he is evil then he would dislike her immediately but if he is only working undercover then he may be cautious with her but he will still be keen to pursue her.

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I think he's undercover too, though I think he's gone rogue to do his own investigation since he feels that the prosecutor's office is pretty incompetent. I think he comes off as "evil" because he is looks down on our beloved main character and is blackmailing him. I suspect he's probably trying to kill two birds with one stone - capture SR andn TQ. But SR keeps putting a crimp in his plans.

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I hadn't considered Yul working undrecover as a kind of double-agent. I think how he reacts to HK being on the chairwoman's side will be a good indicator of whether you're right or not.

On the one hand I want you to be right b/c then there's a better chance of HK and Yul working out, but on the other I think HK and SR pulling Yul back over to the side of righteousness would make a better story.

Heck, as long as Yul doesn't go full-blown evil I'll be happy. (A tacked-on final episode redemption doesn't count.)

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I have this feeling...the chairwoman is somehow related to Kim's dad's problems...she might not be as nice as she is being portrayed right now

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Yul little crush on Ha Kyung is soooo cute. I can't with him!
why it's the first time I'm seeing this actor? and he reminds me of Rain...

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He is Junho from idol group 2PM.. and yes he is resembles Rain so much.. you can find him in a movie tittled The Cold eyes (Starring Han Hyo Joo) and Twenty (starting Kim Woo Bin, kang haneul).

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I've seen him in Memory, It's such a good show and his character is really cool.

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I super love Junho in this drama!!! never knew he can act like this.. at first i'm only saw his character as an annoying jerk...but then he was also cute...hahaha applause for Junho!! hehehe

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I watched in one of his interviews... In order to play this role Junho only ate once a day to make him cranky, lived alone, and tried as much as he could to not have contact with people...

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Ha, no wonder he eats so much every episode.

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i know, right! I love how he just eats a variety of foods - from expensive meals to shrimp chips.

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There's no doubt that Ga-eun is working undercover. I just am not sure if she works in the Prosecutor's office (Yul's hobae) or is a prosecutor intern.

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Yeah, no doubt she's undercover. Remember that park bench scene where she shushed the prosecutor, then proceeded to fall splat? Poor hapless Ga-eun.

I don't really ship Chief Kim with anyone, because I'd much rather have his office become like a family. And also because I'm probably mis-shipping Yul and Ha Kyung. C'mon, let the second lead get the girl show!

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Yul with the lettuce leaf!

*laughing*

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Yup, drunk Yup is my new favorite thing. ?

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Thanks for the recap! I'm so antsy waiting for next week's episode. Was it really Ha Kyung asking a favour from the Chairman's wife, to bail out SR? Or was it Yul toying with him again to tame him.

I love this show so much for it's crazy comedic moments and even the mundane office life is growing on me. I'm still hanging in there for a Yul and SR bromance. So much potential there. With the cute love BGM in the background playing during their bromance scenes, it would be pure icing on the cake.

And Kwang Sookie! That reunion was so keeeyuut. When KS held on to SR's arm, it made me feel all warm and happy inside. I loved how they would call each other too. Has a platonic pairing in a kdrama ever made me this happy???

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Undermine Kwang Suk's attire and mannerism, you get a loyal and quite intelligent hoobae.

Ga Eun with her boss and Suk with our chief kim make awesome odd pairs.

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Ah... This episode rocks! I watched this episode at 2 in the morning, and my stomach hurt from laughing. Thankfully, I was all by myself.

The hilarious about this show overall is that it looks like Chief Kim does not get anything like he's planned! The expectation vs reality is just like going to another direction, like the moment he "saved" Chief Lee's wife, the moment he "saved" HK and Chief Lee's wife from the security.

Looking forward for more Chief Kim & Yeol "bromance".

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Ga Eun is undercover. She has a secret conversation with the hoobae prosecutor every episode.

And, I qcr

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And I see a loveline brewing between Ha Kyung and Chief Kim. They are, after all, beginning to rely on one another.

Ga Eun is a red herring, and Yul's interest in Ha Kyung shows us a different side of him while allowing his character to act in unexpected ways. (I still think he is undercover).

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This might be the first drama where so many people will be disappointed if the villain turned out to actually be a real villain lol. Yul is such a grey character. He's undeniably mean, but he hasn't proven to be cruel just yet. I hope HK fooling him doesn't become a tipping point for him to go dark, not just because it would be such a lame reason, but also because I'm not done seeing his adorable and cute side just yet.

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The last time I rooted this hard for a charcter not to turn evil was A Man Called God, but sadly the guy decided to follow his father's path of evil. I love watching people fight temptation, but so few take a few steps into the dark and turn around. I want Yul to be one of the exceptions!

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THIS.

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That "Why" was definitely dramatically hilarious. He was good person from the start. It's just that Chief kim has started to accept that part of his nature. Why go to the least corrupt country? Neither Money not luxurious lifestyle was important for chief kim.

Any other show, and i would have criticised so often used so worn out cliches being used again but here i'm enjoying all those predictable misunderstandings and they are working like charm. They create enough conflict in the mind of Chief Kim to help him out to gauge his own standing regarding various ethical and moral issues.

Ga-Eun will help Chief Kim in future. I think its Yul's doing - Those lawyers. Chief Kim is the pawn in the game of Yul and he won't feel any guilt throwing him under the bus.

Keeping an eye on all of KBS official youtube channels for the preview.

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Damn,Sung Ryong is so smart,but even so,without the team work he could never pull that stint off and in such a short time...Also,i never knew i could laugh so much seeing a picture,it's content it's so wrong for so many reasons yet in a twisted way i laughed seeing it(the vitamins,the thumbs up,the merit diploma like letter,the terrorist like thugs behind with the huge cross on the background,i can even hear that piano tune the main thug was playing)...Curious who sent the lawyers,was it Yul or the Chairwomen..I bet on Yul to give him a lesson,like poison and then treatment to show him he has the power over him...Yet i doubt our Chief Kim will feel any fear even so...Felt a little bad for Yul when he realized Ha Kyung approched him only for information,even more seeing him be so suprisingly timid and awkward around women he likes...I guess even jerks have their good side,well hidden inside them...It's so funny seeing SR feel that need to explain himself about his relationship with Gwang Sook in front of HK...Yet again,Chief Kim is the MAN!!! I never belived Namgong Min would get out of his Nam Gyu Man persona so soon yet now he is Chief Kim(even if in the beginning i was like,oh,look,Nam Gyu Man is getting out,ala Jekyll&Hyde)...
Also on another note,everytime i see that other Director with her aroma therapy i just can't resist hearing Daesung(BigBang)famous "Smell" from Secret Garden Parody..How SR hears those voices i hear DS jajja

This drama is definetely better watched than read...U miss all the fun

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I love this drama so much! My favorite bit was the photo of SungRyong and the lead thug. They had posed for the picture smiling. You see it for half a second. And then during their fight, the lead thug was angry at SungRyong for not sticking with the truth even though SR was like "you were going to beat me up!"

Another great bit was after everyone left the conference room and Yul was scolding SR for not drawing attention to himself. And SR's excuse of "I can't predict the future!"

I love how SR just drives Yul up the wall. You cannot fight crazy!

I hope Yul doesn't view Ha Kyung as an enemy. He's working for the bad guys (or pretending to be working...we don't know) and he knows their immoral ways, so surely he must know that the chairman's wife isn't a bad person and that she's probably trying to get her company back? I just hope he doesn't turn against HaKyung and the Business Operations company. Looks like he's already going after SR.

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I really like this drama, fun to watch and Nam Goong Min is so good in his role. Junho is pretty good too.

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Guessing time: who provided the lawyers? The only one with evidence is Yul. However, sending Sung Ryong to prison would not be beneficial for him, so I would guess it's Yul's plan to get Sung Ryong out in a way he'll owe him big time.

I like this tug of war between Yul and Chief Kim. So I hope Yul isn't a bad loser and goes all Darth Vader on us thinking that his crush is working against him and that his circus elephant isn't behaving.

I also like the baseball metaphor going on. Yul keeps missing the ball, but he's persistently trying to catch it. Sung Ryong wants to be a ninth batter... I don't know much about baseball, so no idea about the specific meaning here. ?

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SR said he wanted to be 9th batter to Yul's 4th. 4th is cleanup batter, usually the strongest on the team. (Obviously Yul is not that literally, as he can't hit a batting cage ball, lol.) 9th is either the worst batter (like the pitcher) or the designated hitter, who is also strong. In Korea they use designated hitters, but in the MLB half do and half don't. I don't know which league SR is referring to, ha.

In any case I think SR meant he wanted to be quietly secondary to Yul, but things kept popping up out of his control and he accidentally became the hero 3 times over.

My bet is on the CEO's wife getting the lawyers. Secondary guess is that the lawyers are fake and they're just going to scam him out of jail.

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There's something about Bad Director Yul and (the righteous) Chief Kim that puts me strongly in mind of The History of a Salaryman and that's a very good thing. I've got my fingers crossed that it continues to grow stronger and keep the blend of humor and cunning plotting that Salaryman had.

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Let me just tell you how much I like the actor who plays Director Chu, Kim Won-Hae! I saw him first in Signal, and he won me over in a scene in which he was wailing because the team didn't choose a case that he had suggested (I also loved the fact that, while being the comedic relief, he was still a competent policeman). I also liked him in Drinking Solo. And in this episode, he was a riot! I'd like to see him in a living arrangement with Chief Kim (and maybe Gwang Sook, too. Oh, the possibilities!).
I like how even the less characters are so captivating and funny in this drama. Gwang Sookie is such a sweetie and her friendship with Chief Kim is so refreshing!
For all the rest, +1000 to everything that was said above!

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This show gets funnier every episode!! Amazingly, it's become the drama I most look forward to every week.

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Does anyone know the song that is playing in the background when Seo Yul is eating pizza at Papa John's??? I really want to know what it is!

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Chief Kim's character reminds me so much of Great Teacher Onizuka. He's not really into doing good, but for him it's just the right thing to do, or maybe i should say it another way, he just can't help it and he's compelled to do it.

He thinks he's a bad guy but he's really not.

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Does anyone know the background music when Sung-ryong stand on the rooftop of TQ?? I have been searching for a long time but could not find it. I love that instrumental so much.If anyone know please let me know. Thank you.^^

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