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Chief Kim: Episode 12

With another victory against TQ under his belt, Sung-ryong turns now to a new mission, this one all for revenge, all for himself. It may have taken quite a bit of setup and comedy to get us here, but this long-awaited face-off feels all the sweeter for it, and I’m nothing if not a sucker for a showdown.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Yul and Executive Director Jo can’t believe that Chairman Park is really behind this disruption. Impassive to their shock, Seoahn Jangryong demands they make their decision, and make it quick.

As Sung-ryong strolls out with a shit-eating grin on his face, we flash back to his meeting with Chairman Park to see how it all went down. Presenting the Taipans Bank transaction records, Sung-ryong had threatened to reveal that TQ Delivery’s manager secretly transferred money to a TQ executive. Further, Sung-ryong had explained that the fault of TQ Delivery’s deficit was in TQ’s corruption itself.

Sung-ryong had jumped on the opportunity to make a small request to Chairman Park: restore the Business Operations department. Only then, said Sung-ryong, will the company run properly.

And so our Business Operations family gleefully packs up their boxes from their “new” departments to return to their homely little office. They move in supplies and tease each other while Director Chu brings iced coffees, everyone laughing in joy.

The mood in Chairman Park’s office is much more solemn, however, as Yul and Executive Director Jo cautiously ask what happened. Chairman Park turns the question back on them, slapping the Taipans Bank record on the table. He demands that they find out the culprit behind the leak. Before Yul can say anything, Executive Director Jo promises to catch him.

As they leave the office, Yul corners Executive Director Jo into the wall and wonders how she can catch herself. Executive Director Jo plays innocent, saying that there’s no proof that she was the culprit, which Yul takes to mean she destroyed the evidence. Sneering, Yul tells her to do whatever she wants.

Meanwhile, Sung-ryong meets with Madam Jang over coffee, where she thanks him for his help and promises to send the remaining 200 million won to him tomorrow. Unexpectedly, however, Sung-ryong requests that she instead use that money to help the TQ Delivery employees. Smiling, Madam Jang notes that he’s really unknowable, and Sung-ryong agrees: “I don’t know what kind of person I am, either.”

Sung-ryong then asks why Madam Jang decided to give him such a large sum of money, and she explains that the 200 million won she gave him was not money, but a show of how valuable he is. Sung-ryong mulls over those words, and decides to repurpose the 100 million won he’s already received, too.

Yul explodes at Accountant Kim for letting the confidential Taipans Bank document leak out, but Accountant Kim is equally bewildered — despite the countless confidential documents they’ve destroyed, this has never happened. Yul asks about any suspicious entities, and Accountant Kim points to Ha-kyung and Manager Lee as the only suspicious people. Yul orders him to say the same to Executive Director Jo.

Sung-ryong returns to Business Operations to loud cheers as they celebrate their latest victory. Manager Lee notes that they won’t get to move to the 17th floor or get an apology from Yul since they did fail the interim report, but the other employees are satisfied with being together in this crumbling office. Director Chu disagrees, wanting to get rid of the moldy walls — but when Sung-ryong promises to move them up soon, he quickly changes his mind, begging Sung-ryong not to start anything.

Just then, Sung-ryong receives a message from Yul to meet privately. Words dripping with sarcasm, Yul commends him for his latest victory, noting that getting rid of General Manager Lim was his best work yet. He sneers that it must have been nice for Sung-ryong “to work like a thug again.” Sung-ryong: “More precisely, I was working like you.”

Yul just laughs at that, and Sung-ryong is surprised that Yul can still smile after being beaten. Yul says he’s hardly been affected by this; he’s just a little angry and embarrassed. If Sung-ryong really wants to win, he says, then he needs to put Yul at the edge of death, and starting now, it’s the final death match. Sung-ryong: “I know what a death match is. It’s spelled D-E-S-S…” Yul: “It’s D-E-A-T… Get out.”

As Sung-ryong leaves, he shakes his head at his uneasy feeling: Yul shouldn’t be this optimistic.

At Business Operations, Hee-jin gasps as she receives a notification on her phone — she’s just received a 10-million-won revival plan bonus! The rest of the department checks to see that they’ve received the same, and Ga-eun leaps up from her own desk in Accounting in amazement.

Cut to: Sung-ryong sending the bonuses to each Business Operations employee (and Ga-eun). He then notes to himself that as the leader of the revival plan, he should obviously receive the biggest bonus, and laughs gleefully as he gives himself 30 million won. That is, until he suddenly regrets it: “Am I crazy? Why did I do that? What a waste of money.” LOL.

Executive Director Jo sits in Chairman Park’s office, where Chairman Park apologizes for having to act angry in front of Yul. Chairman Park says that their first order of business is to figure out who in Business Operations figured them out. Chairman Park tells her to find a scapegoat to take the fall for her transaction. Ugh, these guys are pure evil.

Sung-ryong returns to Business Operations, where the gleeful employees are still gushing over their recent bonuses. We flash back to his meeting with Madam Jang, when he’d received permission to split the 100 million won with the rest of Business Operations under her name.

Sung-ryong watches his team celebrate with a proud smile on his face, and Director Chu wonders why he’s smiling like he’s the one who gave out the money. Acting innocent, Sung-ryong motions to Ha-kyung to meet him outside. He tells her he thought she at least should know the truth: “Actually, that 100 million won…”

Meanwhile, Director Go brings Yul piles and piles of TQ Retail’s financial reports and business manuals. Director Go cautiously questions why Yul is so interested in TQ Retail, but a glare from Yul sends him scurrying away.

Sung-ryong finishes explaining to Ha-kyung that he split the money unevenly among them, and guesses that she’s angry by her expression. But Ha-kyung isn’t angry — she’s embarrassed. “I thought you came back for me, but it was the money,” she notes dryly. She insists that she doesn’t hold grudges before turning back to the office. Suddenly, Cleaning Lady Uhm appears at his side, wondering if they’re dating. He denies it, but she insists that they look great together, and pushes him to take the lead.

With the money, Sang-tae pays off his student loans, Hee-jin takes care of her mother’s hospital expenses, Manager Lee looks for a new car, and Director Chu buys his daughter a new computer.

Meanwhile, Yul has a drink alone at a bar, mulling over Sung-ryong’s words that Yul is a bigger thug than a thug. As he straggles home, he passes by the batting cage, noting that Ha-kyung isn’t there. Suddenly, Yul gets a strange feeling that someone is watching him. When he turns around, however, the person disappears.

Yul buys some snacks at a convenience store the next morning. The cashier is a young girl with scratches on her face and a bad attitude; she snaps at Yul for no reason and snatches his card to make his transaction. When he arrives at work, Sung-ryong appears behind him, nagging him about eating sugary snacks, and Yul groans that the morning is off to an awful start.

Myung-suk isn’t having the best morning either, as he rides the elevator reeking of alcohol. TQ is buzzing over pictures of a drunken Myung-suk circulating online and on the news. Chairman Park summons him to yell about the bad publicity he’s causing. This is the last straw, says Chairman Park — he’s fired.

In the office, Sung-ryong complains to himself that he feels suffocated for some reason. Director Chu guesses that it’s indigestion and suggests acupuncture, but it only makes him feel worse.

Later, Ha-kyung sits with an ailing Sung-ryong, who tells her this isn’t a problem with his body but with his mind. She starts to wonder if he’s been possessed when Hee-jin barges in to tell them about a rumor: Yul might become TQ Retail’s CEO. Sung-ryong is infuriated at the news, and screams at the injustice when he suddenly realizes the cause of his internal sickness: Seo Yul. Flashing back to all the times Yul humiliated him, Sung-ryong decides crushing Yul is the only way he’ll ever feel at peace.

He calls Ga-eun for a new task: He needs her to look into Yul. She doesn’t seem too keen on looking into such a scary person, but he explains his mission for revenge against that jerk. At that, Ga-eun grabs his hand, all fired up, promising to find out everything from his first love to his boxer size. She asks for just one day and scurries off. So cute.

Next, Sung-ryong asks Ha-kyung if she knows anything about TQ Retail. Giving him a look, she drags him to a corner of the office to ask what he’s up to now. He explains his mission for revenge against Yul, and although she’s initially disapproving, she gives in and agrees to help.

Accountant Kim finally tells Yul about TQ Retail. He explains its three main problems: First, the convenience stores are under direct management, which means employees are paid directly by the main office. But for the last three years, the employees have sued for unpaid wages. Second, the accounting isn’t precise. And third, despite all of that, it’s highly coveted. Looking through TQ Retail’s data again, Yul growls that the place is a mess.

Madam Jang finds Myung-suk at home, miserable. He really doesn’t want to go to America, he says; he really did try to work hard at TQ, but he didn’t know anything and no one would teach him, and no one stopped him even when he threw a fit. When he insists that he’s willing to change, she asks: “Then instead of going to America, will you do as I say?”

Ga-eun has pizza with her prosecutor boss, where he asks about work lately. He tells her he keeps having this recurring dream where he finds a smoking gun of TQ’s corruption, but he always wakes up with empty hands. Ga-eun apologizes and promises to work harder, then asks about Yul back in his prosecutor days. The prosecutor starts to explain how they met, and she takes diligent notes.

Myung-suk stands nervously as his parents decide his fate. Chairman Park still refuses to let him back into the company, but Madam Jang insists that this time he’s returning not as an executive, but as an employee. She asks for one last chance, and promises to take responsibility. Chairman Park gives in, but warns him that if he causes another scene, both Myung-suk and Madam Jang will head to America. Sighing in relief, Myung-suk wonders what department he’ll be put in.

The next morning, Ha-kyung whispers to Sung-ryong that she’s meeting a friend for lunch who knows a lot about TQ Retail. Director Chu’s sharp ears hear it all, however, and he loudly demands to know what Sung-ryong wants with TQ Retail. It’s not long before the department figures out he’s probably targeting Yul’s management, and guesses he’s planning to make Business Operations fight against them. They all yell at him not to start anything, and Sung-ryong just tells them not to overreact.

At that moment, a quiet, awkward-looking Myung-suk comes in holding a box of belongings. The department gives their new member an unenthusiastic round of applause, and Director Chu points him to his place in the office: “You can stand there until your desk arrives.” Lol. Ha-kyung asks the department to take care of settling Myung-suk in while she and Sung-ryong head out for a lunch meeting.

Executive Director Jo meets with Chairman Park, who asks if it’s true that Yul is taking over TQ Retail. He confirms, and gently suggests that they look for a better department for her to head instead.

Business Operations gives Myung-suk an orientation session using the familiar flowchart of the TQ power hierarchy, which hasn’t been updated in ages. Director Chu replaces the old finance director’s name with Yul’s name, and then crosses out Myung-suk’s name several times with a thick marker, much to Myung-suk’s dismay.

Director Chu explains that this flowchart used to be necessary to explain the order of Business Operations’ expenses, but it’s no longer needed. Why? “Because everything changed the day Chief Kim twisted your arm,” Manager Lee says gleefully. They decide to break for lunch, and they all treat Myung-suk like the maknae that he is.

Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung meet with Ha-kyung’s friend from Business Management, who explains that the president of TQ Retail is just the executives’ puppet, which causes loads of management problems. The purpose of sending Yul there, says the friend, is to strengthen management so that TQ Retail won’t have to be sold off.

As Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung leave the meeting, they sigh at the daunting task ahead of them. Yul will surely do his best to straighten out TQ Retail, but how many people will he hurt and laid off in the process? Ha-kyung shakes her head, saying there’s likely not much they can do.

The team takes Myung-suk to the TQ cafeteria for lunch, where they happen to sit right next to the Accounting Department. Accounting loudly provokes them, but Business Operations just insults them right back. Hee-jin gets particularly fed up with the female accountant’s provocations, and it’s not long before the two ladies are dissing each other to their faces while their respective departments support them with loud cheers.

The departments finally manage to calm their ladies down, but the female accountant becomes so furious at Hee-jin’s last insult (which she has to look up) that she throws her yogurt at her hair. Hee-jin retaliates with a handful of japchae, and from there, it’s a full-scale food fight as the ladies launch themselves at each other. Meanwhile, Myung-suk sits calmly, eating his lunch amidst the chaos. LOL.

Business Operations finally returns to the office, where Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung stare at them in shock. They ask Sung-ryong when he’ll be facing off against TQ Retail, because they want in. Ha-kyung notes dryly that the department is becoming more and more like him, and Sung-ryong just nods in satisfaction.

Yul informs Director Go that he wants to have a private meeting with the representatives of TQ Retail’s stores, and that he’s already talked to the president of TQ Retail about it. He orders the meeting to be set up for tomorrow.

That evening, Yul has another drink at a bar alone. On his way home, a masked figure follows him with a weapon, launching himself at Yul. Yul tries to fight back, but it doesn’t look good. At that moment, Ha-kyung and Kwang-sook are walking home from dinner when they see the two men grappling in an alleyway.

Ha-kyung recognizes Yul, and thinking fast, she picks up a nearby rock and pitches it like a softball at the attacker. Unfortunately, Yul moves just in time… to get hit right in the temple with the rock, knocking him out. Ouch. As the attacker runs away, Kwang-sook and Ha-kyung hurry to check for vital signs and call an ambulance.

Ga-eun presents Sung-ryong with her findings on Yul’s background. She explains that he was rude and crazy even at the prosecutor’s office, but because he was smart and good at his job, his superiors just left him alone.

Sung-ryong wonders why he quit, and she explains that he’d started becoming doubtful of his work. Furthermore, says Ga-eun, he’d kept repeating a certain phrase: “A businessman who knows and controls the law can turn that business’s finances into great power.” Realizing that Yul always wanted to turn TQ into a lawful money-stealing machine, Sung-ryong wonders if he’ll even end up betraying the chairman.

Yul wakes up in the hospital to see Kwang-sook’s face. He sits up in alarm, but Ha-kyung finally appears to see if he’s all right. They sit together in the hospital lobby as Ha-kyung awkwardly explains what happened. Ha-kyung tells him not to drink alone next time so that he doesn’t get attacked again, but Yul dryly notes that she’d love it if he got injured, wouldn’t she?

Ha-kyung: “Why do you make your life so hard? Why do you think it’s normal to make enemies and fight?”
Yul: “Because that’s the world I live in.”
Ha-kyung: “What’s so different between the world you live in and the world I live in?”
Yul: “Just because we live in the same space doesn’t mean we live the same way.”
Ha-kyung: “You already have so much. Giving up a little won’t affect you.”
Yul: “You’ve never had that feeling, have you? To want to be one step ahead of everyone. But that one step becomes two, and then ten… and eventually, you’re just too far ahead. When I came to my senses, it was too late to stop.”

Yul tells Ha-kyung that he’ll have to do things she won’t like in the future, but asks her to understand. Ha-kyung smiles and says she hopes he’ll be able to stop one day. They part ways, and Ha-kyung watches him hobble away.

Yul’s prosecutor minion meets him in his car. He asks if Yul has any suspects for his attacker, and Yul confirms, looking furious.

Sung-ryong writes up a chart titled “Seo Yul: Kill ‘Em All!” He starts to brainstorm ideas… and then decides to go to sleep. LOL.

At home, Kwang-sook nervously asks Ha-kyung whether her style is old-fashioned. Ha-kyung hesitates just a little too long, but then suggests brightly that they go out tomorrow to change her hair and go shopping.

The next morning, Kwang-sook comes in to deliver coffees to Business Operations, hair straightened and makeup revitalized. Sang-tae stares at her with puppy-dog eyes while the rest of the office praises her new look (except Myung-suk, who wonders if her voice is broken).

At that moment, Sung-ryong receives a call from a panicked Ga-eun, saying that Yul is about to have a meeting with the TQ convenience store managers.

Yul is waiting at the meeting place when he hears a commotion outside. He goes out just in time to see Sung-ryong turning all the managers back, claiming that the meeting is canceled due to Yul’s health issues. Yul screams at him, but Sung-ryong simply explains: “I have a new goal. I’m going to crush you.”

COMMENTS

Chief Kim has never and probably doesn’t plan to surprise us, but it’s the kind of character-based developments like these that I was really waiting to see. Now that both Sung-ryong’s and Yul’s deeply personal motivations are on the line, the show can address the real face-off between our two strongest characters. I kind of feel that if Chief Kim had somehow made this conflict between Yul and Sung-ryong the center of the plot from the get-go — that is, this conflict between two amoral characters who are deeply similar but managed to develop in polar opposite ways — the show would have benefited from a more direct, high-stakes sort of conflict. What we have instead is not so much a bad thing, of course, especially since Chief Kim did its comfort food, comedy genre quite well, so I definitely won’t fault it for that — but there’s no denying it would have been a much more interesting show had it focused on its character dynamics a little bit more.

The best evidence for that claim comes from Yul and Ha-kyung’s conversation in the hospital lobby. I was very pleasantly surprised by the emotional authenticity of that scene, and am glad that the showrunners haven’t forsaken those Yul/Ha-kyung moments we loved so much before, even if they’re more muted to a hopeless tone. I also love that Ha-kyung doesn’t put the responsibility on herself to “fix” Yul, or to “save” him from himself; they both respect that they are two different people, and while they deeply disapprove of each other’s sides, they won’t force each other to act the way they want.

It is interesting that Yul seems to be losing control of himself, however, as he said in his conversation with Ha-kyung. Yul has never felt beyond redemption, all through these twelve episodes; and while I’m excited for Yul to reach into the depths of his black heart and break into the evil pieces that he is, I’m also counting on the show to let him figure out where he went wrong, and try to put himself back together.

The real best part about this development, for me, is Yul’s inconsistently sweet character; while he can be altogether terrifying on the battlefield, he’s just one hilariously awkward and confused guy in his one-on-one interactions, be it with Ha-kyung or with a slightly rude cashier in a convenience store. In a sense, Yul is humanly misunderstood, maybe because he hasn’t found his humanity yet; he has a harder time connecting with and caring for people, there’s no one close by around him, and he’s never thought of himself as having a “team” — just himself and a group of less intelligent minions who do his bidding. It’s clear that Yul has the same motivation that Sung-ryong initially had, to steal money from TQ. But where Sung-ryong developed a sense of responsibility for his newfound family (how sweet was it that he split his 100 million won?), Yul is still all alone. And if that’s not a tragic puppy-dog villain, what is?

 
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SR:D-E-S-S...
Yul: its D-E-A-T.... Get out!!

No matter sung ryong loves money, when he decides to share among his co workers really touched.

Kwang sook looks pretty with hair down straight.

Myung suk finally have team that will guide and teach him.

Favorite moment is curse fight in cafeteria. Remind me of Sunny. Btw, anyone know what meant by hee jin before the chaos start? Picaricu?
Myung suk like, i dont care..

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Haha I always love when Yul give up to continue argue with Chief Kim. His expression is priceless. He knows how Chief Kim already, but still bothered to spell it right for him lol.

Pirarucu - I also google it. It is a a type of fish. You should google it to see how it looks. hehe. But enough to make ppl angry. lol.

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Haha SR misspelling death and Yul starting to correct him. Yul thinks he's above engaging with SR, but he can't help it and then he has to stop himself.

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"Remind me of Sunny."

Funny you should say that because I think it was meant to be an homage to Sunny since the female accountant was in Sunny.

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"Btw, anyone know what meant by hee jin before the chaos start? Picaricu?"

It is definitely the type of fish that can initiate a food fight! ha ha!

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Haha Yul with that rude cashier. I think that girl will coming back. Especially if Yul is regular to that shop. Maybe that girl will appear to help him if Yul will be attacked later. My assumption is that girl got scratches on her face because involved in some fight.

Gwang Sook with new hair is pretty, although I think will miss her old hair.
Sung Ryeong now becomes Mr Revenge lol. I love that Ahjumma is like a supporter for SY-HK.

And I noticed there is some kind of sexual tension between Yul and Director Jo. I was l
afraid if Yul accidentally kiss her hahaha.. If Director is a bit younger, like the lady from investor company, maybe, I will ship them. lol. You know the tension between them like Ji Chang Wook - Song Yoon Ah in K2 ??

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Boy can kiss!

https://youtu.be/Sje4eS91f14

Now I know he always looks babybface, this drama did a good job changing his hairstyle and colour to make him looks mature.

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when Yul cornered Director Jo, *phew* I was totally down for a whole nother drama.

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I have to sneak in here and admit that I'd also watch that "whole nother drama." Heh!

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If I were her, I will just pull Yul and get to empty room. lmao. This is movie's standard. ?

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I'm lovin' your way of thinking here. ^^

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Hahaha the wall smacking scene you usually see in japanese shoujo manga! *fans self* I wonder if the sexual tension is written in there on purpose to add further oddity to the drama.

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lmaoo ever since I saw a comment about that sexual tension last week it's been all I notice with their scenes.

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I have a strong feeling the janitor ahjumma's a ghost.

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a ghost only chief Kim,yul and director chu can see?I'm not sure about that .

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You know I rewatched the scenes between Yul and Ahjumma but why do it feels like you are right? haha. Director Chu didnt seems to see the Ahjumma and the sound effect when the Ahjumma run away looks like something a bit creepy lol.

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Oh no I dont think she is a ghost lol. Director Chu saw her in earlier episode.

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I think janitor ahjumma is the CEO's spy cos the CEO mentioned before that she has people in the company who are her eyes and ears. Who else can go around without anyone noticing? The janitor.......

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I think with this episode, the show finally hit its stride.

Chief Kim and Yul are the best when they play off against each other. The way these two trade banter, it really makes me wish they were frenemies at least! I am looking forward to seeing how they face off, since they both seem evenly matched.

My favourite part about this episode had to the glimpse we got into Yul's life. It's very lonely at the top and Yul realizes that. In the last few episodes, I was a little sad that he seemed to be going completely down the evil side, but this episode gave me a little hope. However his story ends though, one thing for sure, he's very quickly become my favourite character!

I was so thrilled so see Ha-Kyung and Yul share a poignant and yet somewhat pensive moment. I feel like Ha-Kyung now understands Yul a little better.

It was also really interesting to know that Yul is *aware* about the morality of his actions and seems to be repulsed by it in some degree. I don't know if the repulsion will cause him to change his ways/methods but the self-awareness was definitely an interesting new perspective!

The other thing I really liked about this episode is the little glimpse we got into Ha-Kyung and Kwang-sook's friendship. I wish we could see more of that!

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The long nightmare is over. Kwang-sook finally has non-horrid hair! :)

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Chief

Looks like you don't know about the Twintails day. That hairstyle is still better than that high pitch voice aka noise pollution.

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I actually liker her hair,it was quite part of who she was...I think i loved her more with it

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Me too. I was sad about her getting straight hair. I thought it was a great part of her character.

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Yul the lonely soul.... ?

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I think my understanding may not be good because I didn't watch the first couple of episodes properly. But can some one explain to me:

What's up with Chairman D to the O?
So he's an ass who married and took over his wife's father's company and now is conspiring with Director Jo to steal from his own company- or rather steal from his wife? And he clearly hates her, though I don't really understand why...? Is my understanding correct?

And he wants Yul to take over TQ retail-
Now, Yul found out that the company is a mess. So why does Director Jo want to take over it then? And so am I right to say that Yul is being backstabbed by Chairman?

Sorry I'm so confused. Because part of me wonders if Yul is the real bad guy... because right now I hate Chairman and he seems a million times less redeemable than Yul.

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The Chairman is one of those baddies who want the take over the Company from his wife, and he even took advantage of his wife illness. I actually dont quite see yet what motivated him to do so, and more than that, he doesnt care about Myung Seok. It crossed my mind, is
Myung Seok not his son? The way he treated him was way too much. I believe he is the only son, and he is supposed to be the heir.

I dont want the drama goes there but why do I feel somehow Yul is his illegitimate son, but only he knows, that's why he wants to groom him as his heir? We dont know much about Yul's background so far.

About that TQ Retail, my understanding is although the company is a mess, but whoever take the risk to correct the mess and succesfully do it, will gain more power. I doubt Director Jo doesn't know about the problem with TQ Retail. In business "the higher the risk, the higher the return".

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I though so too - Myung Suk isn't his son. But I don't think Yul is, either.

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Chairman and Director Jo seems fishy too - I mean they looked like they are having some affair. As I am rewatching some parts, during the church's scene in earlier episode on the late Chairman's memorial, Director Jo looked at both Chairman and his wife with jealous face.

But it still doesnt satisfed me with the way he treated MS, especially if MS is the only son. I got he is greedy but normally wont chaebol worry most on the heir? Unless he knows his company's state, and want to earn more and more before he ruined the company totally. Maybe some old grudge with late Chairman.

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I wonder if he's planning to steal the company, arrange an accident for his wife, and then marry someone young and have a new son. He doesn't even pretend to give two fiddlesticks about his wife and child.

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Yul is someone who is ambitious and greedy person, who wants to be on power. I dont find him real bad guy, but he is not a kind guy either. He is one guy who chose wrong path for his success, he can still do his u-turn now if he is willing. What I guess is hr cxhose wrong path probably because where he came from. Prosecutor office, I believe has all that sort of corruptions and probably influenced his way of thinking in a bad way. As long as you don't get caught, a bad deed you have done is legal/right. Bad deeds, once committed and didnt get caught is the most dangerous.

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@Sera Agree with your views. While Yul may not be a totally bad guy (for now), he craves power and is cunning in the way of handling matters which actually makes him more dangerous. I have a feeling Yul may be the one who leak the whistleblower's identity to the Chairman/Director Jo as he has access to the info when he was a Prosecutor despite not being the one handling the case. He was hired due to that contribution of his.
I think Director Jo has a bad case of unrequited love with the Chairman. The Chairman prolly keeps her hanging on with empty promises so that she does his bidding. Director Jo is covering up the corruption at TQ delivery for the Chairman as he is the real culprit pocketing the $ and Yul is not aware of this fact (yet).

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I thought I was the only one somehow happier seeing Park Myeong Suk on screen :D Though I totally see it coming, doesnt spoil how glad I am seeing him joining the Business Op team (read: Will be seeing him more of him on-screen). Hope he can learn a lot and stand up to his father.
Speaking of his dad, I am puzzled by his motivation to shove his wife out of the company (and highly suspect him to be the brain behind the series of corruption). I hope the writers-nim spend some time on this angle.

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He definitely knows about the corruption, including the Taipan Bank's matter.

Yes Myung Seok, I have a hope on him. He wants to learn but no one guided him before. Coming to Business Operation is good chance for him to learn about the nature of the business. I pity him, his mom is sick, that's why she was unable to guide him before. But his father is much worse.

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I love every single character in this show, but whenever Park Myeong Suk came on screen, I have to replay it.

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(picture from this recap) --- my face at work HAHA.

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The scenes of Myeong Suk when Chief Kim is around are hilarious. I was expecting him to join the Business Op team cos that is the only team in the whole organisation that is supporting his mother's fight to gain control of the company. Hope he gets the chance to prove his worth later under Chief Kim and the team's 'guidance'

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I keep thinking (hoping?) that there is more that we don't know behind Yul's motives. I think his motives go beyond greed and thirst for power. I believe he was genuinely hurt before because of lack of power and his inability to do his job as a prosecutor. I wouldn't be surprised if he had a grudge against the chairman or was trying to get to deeper corruption within the company. Who knows. Maybe he feels Sung-ryong keeps getting in his way. Either way, I know in the end he will do the right thing (hoping again?)

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We can always hope.. Honestly I am rewatching from first episode to do some analysis on SY and Yul character (i never really did this but my curiousity is killing me). sigh.

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I feel like Yul is like Darth Vader, where he started out trying to use his power for good, but compromised too much and now has eventually given in to the dark side. Hopefully he'll come around when push really comes to shove and end up good again like Vader (sorry, Return of the Jedi spoiler ?).

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I'm with you. I was hoping we'd find out it was all an act and he was actually undercover on a secret mission to ferret out the corruption.

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I want this to be true with all of my drama-loving heart.

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I wonder about that too! At times, it seems like he has gone rogue and seems to want to give the finger to both the prosecutor's office and the company and to have them both at his feet. I love how SR keeps on getting in his way. His successes have come too easy for him. Maybe with SR, everyone can catch up to him and they can all walk together.

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I think it's interesting that most folks seem to still be reading Yul as being amoral when this whole episode confirmed for me that he's under deep cover, working on getting that 'smoking gun' for the entirety of TQ Group.

The reason he's so focused on Accounting is that it's clear Chief Lee was involved - Yul hired Chief Kim so he could figure out how they were doing it - so he figures that the rest of the department is complicit.

Exhibit:

A. The minion referred to him as 'Prosecutor'.

B. He's drinking the lone drinking of self-loathing.

C. He informed Ha-Kyung that he'd be doing things she disapproved of. This right here was the clincher for me - he's realized that she definitely isn't involved in the corruption & wants to tell her. This is the closest he can get to an explanation.

I can't wait to see his upcoming breakdown as he realizes he can't control other people to the script in his head.

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Interesting. Honestly his identity had been in question from day one, and even until latest episode, his actual identity still vague for me. And I decided to just confirm him as someone who want to be above than other ppl. His conversation with HK also quite unclear imo, I dont know how you were able to confirm him doing undercover works. I am ready to change my mind later after seeing him more. I keep changing my opinion about him from day one anyway and for around 10 episodes I believe or wanted to believe he is doing undercover job.

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I went back-and-forth on whether or not I thought he was just an ass, but seeing how his personality changes when he's outside of work talking to Ha-Kyung, and the minion calling him 'prosecutor'...we'll see whether I'm right in the next couple of weeks! :)

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I still want to believe that too! Back in a few episode when the Chairman would give him TQ Retails, I could his face fell. This means that he has to leave TQ Head-Quarter. If he's a prosecutor in disguise, it would be difficult for him to uncover the corruption in TQ HQ if he has to take over TQ Retails.

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This comment is exactly how I felt after watching this episode! I am in complete agreement with this. I was just about to write the same exact comment.

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I am 100% on board with you! I hope it is so.

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I really don't want to be the one to say this but aren't you focusing too much on SY?
1st time commenter lol
just an observation no offense

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tbh, I feel like ep 12 really was Yul's episode. Even SR took a backseat spending his time mulling over his state of mind instead, while most of the development came from Yul's character and his state of mind. Personally I'm happy that we finally get a wider glimpse into Yul's mind, he's been a mystery for far too long.

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Not really. If you read all recap, not every recap focused on him. For most viewers probably Yul's character is the most intriguing. I do find him intriguing, but he is not my main interest. CK still the heart of drama, and I love Business Operation team together with new member Myung Seok and Ga Eun. Like when I watched Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim where I can watched Doldam Hospital members mostly, I think I can enjoy this drama even if Yul is not existed. But I do appreciate Yul's existence here, it adds more salt to the drama. Junho's good acting made Seo Yul more interesting to watch.

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You nailed it on the head with the puppy dog villain comment, that's exactly what he is!! I was frankly surprised at the vulnerability he showed in front of Ha-kyung. I really hope that leads somewhere. I really like the pair of them.

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Seo Yul was the center of this episode, and I really liked that deeper look into his character. Just on a visual note, I love the bar scene where he's drinking alone at the gold-lit bar, so pretty! I want a countertop like that now. I thought it was interesting that the BGM at the convenience store was BTS's "Lost My Way" as well. His conversation with Ha-kyung was a nice way to shine a light into the dark chasm that is his heart. Nice!

When we weren't focused on Yul, we had some great funny moments! The cafeteria fight is my favorite, and how unfazed the new maknae was, HA.

Also Yul's spelling correction was so fun to watch! Okay, now I have to wait a while week for new episodes of three shows I really like/love. Le sigh...

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I love that we're finally getting some insight into Yul. There's such a disconnect between Yul the person and Yul the director/prosecutor. I do find that Junho is threading this two different sides of him really well. He's such a rude jerk when he's on the job, but such an awkward person in moments unrelated to TQ. It would be easy for this character to not make sense tbh, but I think Junho really makes him make sense.

I really liked the scene between him and HK, it was nuanced and understated and really such a solid performance from both actors. And Yul divulging that he always needed to be one step ahead of every one else is such a lonely confession and it does make you wonder why he's like this. We can see that Yul himself doesn't like the person he's becoming, but it's true that sometimes you can go too far to the point that you can no longer stop/ don't know how to, and I really hope that that was a hint that he will come around in the future.

On the SR front, love it that he spent half the episode unable to comprehend his discomfort only to realise that Yul is the cause of it lol. It was a good foil to Yul's more serious scenes and kept the episode light. These two really are the best characters of the show and now that we're past the halfway mark I really hope the show will start to narrow their plot and really focus on their game.

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I'm patiently and gleefully waiting for the day when Ha Kyung and Chief Kim go dating and Seo Yul screams out in frustration, "Of all the people in the world, why does it have to be HIM?!".

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Aw, no, my puppy villain Yul would be broken by that. But everyone seems to be pushing Ha Kyung and Chief Kim to date, including cleaning ahjumma.

However, the shows keeps hitting where it hurts by giving the all-too-brief Yul/Ha Kyung moments the most romantic songs. Example: 'Will you Love me' playing in the hospital scene.

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I think it was hinted in the pilot project that there will be some kind of romance between two main characters, or maybe I'm imagining things. Either way, if the loveline is there, it could become a catalyst for Yul. That he could have everything in the world by the palm of his hands, but at the same time not having people who do matters to share it with. Ah, so tragic.

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I think Yul already knows it, at least mentally that to have the power he seems to crave for, human relationships will be sidelined. Which I guess is what makes his attraction to HK all the more interesting and befuddling for him. It looks like he's already resigned himself to a lonely life tho, if that conversation at the hospital is anything to go by. It's a sad resolve and does make me wonder why he's so hell-bent on forsaking everything for power when most of the time that doesn't seem to make him happy at all. But tbh I doubt this show will delve into it, or maybe I'm just a jaded drama watcher.

But on that note, altho I feel like his 'minion' will be nothing more than just a character who helps him, I'm so intrigued by the guy and why he's so loyal to Yul.

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One thing that's been driving me nuts was I was sure that Myung Suk was played by the same actor as Praying Mantis on Last, but Drama Wiki said no. Well I finally googled enough and found out that actor's real name is Kim Hyung Ki, but his stage name is Dong Ha. (The cite: http://mydramalist.com/people/3045-kim-hyung-kyu)

The problem with D-Wiki is that they have a page for his real name and most of his credits are there, but everything after Last was credited to his stage name Dong Ha, which they don't have a page for. And even if I had an account I don't have the wiki skills to link/merge/whatever you'd do for that sort of problem. So I was wondering if maybe one of the other beanies has an account?

Anyway this show continues to be a hoot. I actually watched the most recent episode when the subs were barely started and then rewatched it when the subs were available. It was worth watching twice.

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Looks like Asianwiki handles him better.

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Yeah I just D-Wiki better... they have more extensive info. This is the first time they've been so severely off that I've run into.

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hanshimi & lovepark, thank you for the recaps!!!

luv the interactions of HK & Yul at the hospital, same for Director Chu & SR in their apt (prev episode). director chu & HK essentially plays the conscience for SR & Yul respectively. director chu instantly sees SR's vulnerability and goodness of heart and although HK is not close to Yul, she instantly knows that Yul can be a better person.

this drama is full of side characters that plays of each other and they're all winning in their own right:)

i think this epi is a set-up for the bigger fight bet Yul & SR, i hope it's going to be epic!!!

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Personally, I disagree with the recapper when it comes to wanting the high-stakes one-on-one fight between Chief Kim and Seo Yul to have started from the beginning.

It feels much more satisfying to have it happen now, like watching the pot that's been simmering all this time to finally bubble over.

Chief Kim also wouldn't have had the same character if the show started with this fight. It's because of all the events leading up to this point for Chief Kim to be able to stand up to Seo Yul.

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I agree, plus I think the conflict has always been there and helped Chief Kim develop into the character he is now. I was happy to finally have an episode that revealed more of Yul's inner thoughts, so we can understand their positions going into the DESS/DEAT fight.

Of course my secret hope is that this fight will end with both of them wrestling in the mud/water, which is usually the prelude to a lifetime bromance (yo, Hwarang, is that you?) Honestly, I'd give up a few pizzas for a bromance. ;)

By the, what happened to the director who was in a coma? Was he corrupt or not?

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I was thinking: do any of you have a work persona and a non-work persona?

There is definitely pressure in my work environment to always seem confident, in control, to say clever things and overall appear successful. Those of us who have 'Impostor Syndrome' perpetually feel like we are putting on an act, that we are not as good as the rest, and that we can only be our real awkward selves at home.

So I wonder... is Yul really a case of lack of confidence? He seems to have actually convinced himself that his fighter 'act' is his real personality. So, he's the image of cool at work, but a total dork outside. I mean, someone illuminate me on that video he was watching at the bar. Something about noodles?

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