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Chief Kim: Episode 14

It’s an episode filled with shining character moments, from minor characters to former villains. It may not be so easy in real life, but Chief Kim continues to urge us to forgive each other’s pasts and press together toward a better future; and as Myung-suk learns, it’s surprising how eye-opening a little perspective can be. If only TQ could see the same.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Enraged by Sung-ryong’s antics, Yul punches him in the face for daring to trick him. “You think you’ve won? You’ve only made the situation worse,” he growls. Sung-ryong just shrugs as Yul leaves, saying that only time will tell.

Chairman Park explodes at Yul in his office for scheduling additional work on such an important day. A second board member vote will be scheduled in a month, he says, so Yul had better prove his worth by then.

Business Operations isn’t happy with Sung-ryong’s “victory,” either. Director Chu snaps that what Sung-ryong did isn’t revenge – he’s only angered Yul. But Sung-ryong explains that he didn’t do it for revenge; someone like Yul shouldn’t be allowed to run a company anyway, especially when the employees will suffer for it. Sung-ryong knows that TQ will just schedule another vote, but he needed to buy time to come up with a real plan.

Director Chu storms out, sick of watching Sung-ryong endanger himself, but Manager Lee supports Sung-ryong. He says he’s worked at a convenience before, and those employees depend solely on their wages, especially when they get so few benefits.

All this talk of convenience stores makes Sung-ryong recall his and Ha-kyung’s first meeting fighting over triangle kimbap, and he decides to go out for some sausages. At the convenience store, however, Sung-ryong overhears the employee, Min-ji, arguing with her manager. Min-ji demands to know why the workers’ opinions are being ignored – even if they aren’t directly involved in approving business decisions, she says, the workers deserve their unpaid wages and an apology.

The manager tries to tell her that it’s unlikely TQ will pay those unpaid wages when it’s cheaper to just pay the fine, but Min-ji isn’t satisfied with that. When the manager calls her too young to understand, however, Min-ji storms out.

Sung-ryong follows Min-ji out to a nearby park bench. Before he can even say anything, she grumbles about all the annoying old men around her and tells him to buzz off. An exasperated Sung-ryong finally explains that he works at TQ and that he wants to see if he can help her.

In his office, Yul looks over the convenience store managers’ signatures approving the unpaid wages. Now that the wage problem is resolved, the next problem is fund management, after which he’ll have full control over TQ Retail.

Yul notes that TQ Cosmetics is the biggest funding issue, and it’s even begun affecting other departments at TQ. Accountant Kim reluctantly explains to Yul that fifty percent of TQ Cosmetics’ funds goes to its Taiwan branch, and the bank that manages those funds is Taipan Bank. Dun-dun-dun.

At a café, Min-ji tells Sung-ryong that she wants her full unpaid wages and a public apology. But, she says, no one will listen – even if the workers issue a formal complaint, the managers say that young people should be grateful to work at all. That’s what angers Min-ji most of all, that “those geezers” think they can treat young part-timers however they want.

Sung-ryong asks if Min-ji can gather as many convenience store employees as possible, telling her that in a fight, numbers are key. Min-ji asks if one thousand employees is enough, and he stares at her wide-eyed – how could she possibly gather one thousand people? She laughs, saying that everyone is connected through social media nowadays.

At TQ, Yul asks a terrified Executive Director Jo whether it’s true that she’s stealing from departments other than Retail and Delivery and if she’s sending all the funds to Taipan Bank. She admits that it’s true, but is shocked by his next question: Does Chairman Park know?

Flustered, Executive Director Jo denies it, but Yul isn’t convinced. When he threatens her with another “drive,” she fearfully admits that Chairman Park knows everything. Yul tells her that he’ll pretend not to know for a while, so she’d better keep her mouth shut, too. When he leaves, Executive Director Jo shudders at how scary he is.

In his car, Yul orders his prosecutor minion to investigate Taipan Bank. The minion agrees and then offers to get rid of Sung-ryong – he’s only getting in Yul’s way. Yul, however, tells him that he’ll get rid of Sung-ryong his own way.

When Sung-ryong comes home, Director Chu chucks a roll of toilet paper at him (which Sung-ryong bounces off his head like a soccer ball, hee), telling him that his health is getting worse because of Sung-ryong’s stupidly daring decisions. He orders him to move out immediately.

Sung-ryong manages to calm him down over a bottle of soju, promising that everything will be fine. But a drunken Director Chu tells him that Sung-ryong reminds him of Chief Lee, who always went around investigating matters like Sung-ryong is now.

Director Chu tells him he could barely endure the burden of failing to help Chief Lee; if something happens to Sung-ryong too, he won’t be able to take it. But Sung-ryong tells him to trust him: He won’t go anywhere. Grinning at Director Chu’s glare, they share another round of soju. So sweet.

The next morning, Yul stops by the convenience store for some snacks. Seeing Min-ji at the counter, he tells her that he saw this store on the news: “I heard they don’t even pay wages right. If it’s that bad, you should leave.” Min-ji just says dismissively that that’s for her to decide. He leaves, and they both mutter about each other’s lack of manners, haha.

At Business Operations, Sung-ryong explains to the team that he wants to make a huge debacle of the unpaid wage issue so that it won’t become a pattern. Hee-jin wonders why the employees don’t file a formal complaint, but Manager Lee explains that those legal fights only succeed against small businesses, not big corporations.

Myung-suk mutters that if they really want to make this a big spectacle, they should just file a lawsuit. Sung-ryong supports the idea — though the managers failed to create a strong movement, these young part-timers might be more successful precisely because they’re so young and unafraid of anything.

Yul, meanwhile, tells Director Go that having too many employee complaints against TQ will be a problem. He gives Director Go the information for a contact in the Ministry of Employment and Labor, telling him to be prepared.

Sung-ryong meets with Min-ji, who is elated that Business Operations will help magnify their voices. Min-ji says that three thousand employees have already signed on for the fight, and those who are too far away can send in videos signatures to sign on. Sung-ryong warns that it won’t be an easy fight, but Min-ji is confident they won’t give up so easily.

Sung-ryong then calls Madam Jang to ask for support, promising her that he’s prepared to see this fight through. He notes that the person who suggested they sue TQ was Myung-suk himself, and Madam Jang smiles proudly to herself. With her support, the three lawyers from Go and Gu show up at Min-ji’s convenience store to introduce themselves to her, promising to take care of everything.

Meanwhile, Prosecutor Kim looks at old articles of Sung-ryong’s public accomplishments and recalls that Ga-eun was investigating Yul before turning to a coworker: He wants him to investigate something.

Director Go reports to Yul that Go and Gu is supporting a female employee in a lawsuit. Yul immediately guesses that the employee must be Min-ji.

Min-ji receives dozens of video signatures on her phone when Director Go walks into her store. He passes her an envelope filled with a semester’s worth of tuition, and she glares at him in disgust, telling him to be ashamed. Director Go then reports her rejection to Yul, who scoffs at her audacity.

Sung-ryong receives a similar report from Min-ji, who describes the man who gave her the money. Recognizing him as Director Go, Sung-ryong sends her a photo of him to upload on social media in order to warn other workers to beware of his antics.

Yul meets with Sung-ryong, demanding to know why he’s inciting kids to action. Sung-ryong just tells him that young people think for themselves – he’s just an adult who’s helping them out. Yul warns him that their defeat will be on Sung-ryong’s hands; Sung-ryong retorts that when TQ falls, Chairman Park will appear on TV.

Yul meets Min-ji to tell her to take the bribe. He explains his executive position at TQ and tells her that it’s best to take care of herself. But Min-ji tells him she won’t live that way. She points at the bruise on her face, explaining how she got it: Because TQ didn’t pay her wages, she had to get another job handing out fliers to pay her rent. While working, a drunken old man tried to hit on her and punched her in the face when she refused.

“Adults are all like that,” she says. “You hit us, take from us, insult us, and give us useless advice.” She tells him that she never wants to grow up to be such a horrible adult and orders Yul to leave. Yul just stares after her as he mutters that he’s not that old yet.

Prosecutor Kim receives a report from his coworker: ten million won was transferred from Sung-ryong’s account to Ga-eun’s, called “revival plan bonus.” The coworker notes that it could be possible that Sung-ryong bought Ga-eun’s loyalty, so Prosecutor Kim orders Ga-eun to come to the office after work. Oh no.

Business Operations plans a department outing to welcome Myung-suk. The cheerful mood is interrupted when Ha-kyung receives a call from Chief Lee’s wife, saying that Chief Lee’s condition has gotten worse.

Director Chu, Ha-kyung, and Sung-ryong hurry to the hospital. They sit with Chief Lee’s wife in the lobby, where she thanks him for his continued fight against the corrupt TQ. She tells them that she’s now certain that her husband’s case was fabricated, and the only thing she can do now is beg for a miracle that will reveal the truth. Grimly, they convince her it will happen.

The other team members sit at a barbecue restaurant for Myung-suk’s “welcome” party, but instead, they lament Chief Lee’s condition. Myung-suk complains about the gloomy mood and tells them that if they don’t make it fun, he’s leaving. As per his request, the members force-feed him soju (which he doesn’t like) and chicken feet (which he really doesn’t like), and they bully him every time he complains. Lol.

When Myung-suk complains about Sung-ryong’s consistent absence from the office, the other members say he’s doing important work fighting for the part-timers’ rights. Myung-suk wonders what kind of wages they’re talking about, and is scandalized at the idea that someone can work an hour and earn about $6.50, even less than an egg roll.

Meanwhile, Prosecutor Kim shows Ga-eun the record of bank transfer, telling her he could arrest her right now. When he demands to know what she’s been doing at TQ, she frantically promises to explain everything from the beginning.

The employees’ lawsuit goes viral, reporting that TQ owes 13.9 million won worth of unpaid wages. When Chairman Park explodes at Yul for failing to resolve the issue cleanly, Yul explains that Sung-ryong provoked the workers with Madam Jang’s support. Chairman Park tells Yul to solve the issue and crush them so they never fight again.

That afternoon, Min-ji’s manager fires her, and she guesses that TQ is pressuring him to do so. She coolly quits, biting that he never supported her in the first place. Meanwhile, Yul compares Director Go’s face to the warning picture Min-ji posted of him and tells him to resolve it ASAP.

Ha-kyung asks Sung-ryong what his plan is this time, and Sung-ryong says: “Finding faults in people who find faults in others.”

At Accounting, a depressed Ga-eun flashes back to being yelled at by Prosecutor Kim. He’d told her that she’d disobeyed orders, leaked information, and even used illegal tapping to spy on Business Operations. She’d apologized, but said that she was doing what she thought was right – helping the weak fight TQ. Prosecutor Kim had agreed to let her return to TQ… but no more illegal tapping.

Ga-eun sighs at her desk, even more depressed at having to get rid of her beloved tapping device. She leans in for another listen, and is delighted to overhear… Sang-tae is going on a date with Kwang-sook!

The team squeals over the big event, and Ha-kyung notes how much Kwang-sook has been looking forward to it. But when the team points out his unsatisfactory outfit and nerdy fashion style, Sung-ryong calls Myung-suk over, ordering him to lend some of his clothes to Sang-tae.

That night, a dashing, fashionable Sang-tae shows up to meet Kwang-sook in a smart, trendy suit. Kwang-sook, who is similarly dressed in Ha-kyung’s clothes, looks at him with wide eyes… before noting to herself that she likes Sang-tae’s usual nerdy style more than Myung-suk’s. Hee. Sang-tae, too, thinks Kwang-sook looks cuter with her curls (she straightened her hair for the date). Still, they smile at each other and head out.

Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung meet Min-ji at a café. Min-ji explains that she was fired, but she’s gotten all of the employee signatures for the fight. Warning her that TQ’s rumormongers will try to infiltrate her social media and slander her in the comments, Sung-ryong tells her to keep track of those people. Now, he tells her, it’s their turn: They’ll find faults in the attackers.

By the next morning, Min-ji has compiled a list of the usernames and IP addresses of TQ’s rumormongers and posted it online. Ha-kyung and Sung-ryong marvel at their power – looks like TQ is on the wrong side of this fight.

Next, Sung-ryong meets Ms. Uhm in the hall (trapping her against a wall almost romantically, which she’s all about), and she asks what her next mission is. He hands her a list of keywords, asking her to compile all documents with those words from Director Go and the legal team’s offices.

Ms. Uhm goes through Director Go’s desk and cabinets as she cleans his office, mobilizing her team of cleaning ladies to stall him. The ladies follow Director Go into the bathroom, drenching him with water in the stall and scurrying out before he can catch them. Meanwhile, Ms. Uhm finds the documents and quietly slips them out of the office. Just as she exits his office, Director Go arrives, toweling off his wet hair and barking at her to start training the cleaners more effectively.

Meanwhile, Myung-suk drops a thick document on Sung-ryong’s desk: it’s the confidential financial report for TQ Cosmetics that he wanted. Sung-ryong leaps up, wide-eyed, and announces his accomplishment to the whole office. He gives a horrified Myung-suk a big hug, everyone begins chanting Myung-suk’s name, and Director Chu even gives him a sloppy kiss on the cheek. Hee.

Sung-ryong, Ha-kyung, and Director Chu look over TQ Cosmetics’ financial report, noting that all of its losses are filled by other departments – most of all by TQ Convenience, which explains why TQ Convenience has so many unpaid wages. Director Chu laments that this blatant corruption will never be caught in the audits, since TQ can easily create a false report and get rid of this one; they have to use this report now before it becomes obsolete. Myung-suk listens in on their conversation.

Ms. Uhm gives Sung-ryong her own findings, and Sung-ryong is so grateful that he tells her he could kiss her. A startled Ms. Uhm yells after him that a kiss isn’t a problem, lol.

Sung-ryong calls Yul in his office to ask for a negotiation meeting. Yul snorts that he doesn’t want to waste his time, but Sung-ryong just tells him to come out – the plaintiff and the attorneys will be there, too.

Min-ji and some of her friends arrive at Business Operations for the meeting. As they greet the team, Sung-ryong notes Myung-suk leaving the room and follows him out. He tells him he planned to use the report Myung-suk gave him, and even though he won’t tell anyone where he got it, he’ll still be using it to attack Myung-suk’s father. At Myung-suk’s grim expression, Sung-ryong decides not to use the report after all, but Myung-suk stops him: “Those employees only get six dollars an hour. Make Dad pay up. He’s such an embarrassment.” Aw.

Sung-ryong begins the meeting with Yul by stating his demand: the full unpaid wages and a formal apology. Yul scoffs and tells Sung-ryong to just show them what he’s got. So Sung-ryong complies: first, proof that Yul ran illegal background checks on the convenience store managers in order to blackmail them. Second, a list of the IP addresses that TQ used to leave slanderous comments on Min-ji’s social media accounts. And third is TQ Cosmetics’ financial report, revealing how TQ Convenience is sending money that should be used for wages to the struggling TQ Cosmetics.

Yul demands to know where he got that report, but Sung-ryong just brushes over the matter. He notes that if TQ doesn’t comply with their demands, every major media outlet will be reporting on TQ on their front pages.

Chairman Park explodes at Yul again, asking how he could lead TQ Retail like this before dismissing him from the office. Executive Director Jo notes, however, that the chairman has no choice but to suffer the embarrassment this time; through gritted teeth, Chairman Park tells her to prepare his public apology. Yul stands outside the office, infuriated.

Chairman Park holds a televised public apology, where he admits his wrongdoing to an army of reporters. Watching the apology on TV, Ga-eun pumps her fist, and Business Operations explodes in celebration. Noting Myung-suk’s silence, Sung-ryong goes to him and wonders teasingly why he and his father like to appear on TV so much. Myung-suk just calls it the celeb life, and Sung-ryong tells him he understands – Mr. Righteous is a global celebrity too.

As Min-ji leaves TQ, she receives a text from her manager apologizing for his cowardice and thanking her for fighting for their wages. That night, Min-ji shares a meal with Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung to celebrate their victory. Min-ji warmly tells them that Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung are “real” adults, and Ha-kyung tells her it’s the best compliment she’s ever received. Sung-ryong: “It’s the 32nd best for me.” Hah.

That night, Chairman Park orders his minions to get rid of Sung-ryong.

As they leave, Ha-kyung wonders if anything will change at TQ, but Sung-ryong doubts it – a fight needs to keep going to make a change. They laugh together, and then Ha-kyung tells him that she feels reassured lately because of him. He cringes at the sappiness, and they split up, grinning to themselves. So sweet.

As Executive Director Jo boils in fury at her desk, Yul gets in his car, and Sung-ryong walks down the street. Suddenly, someone shocks him unconscious with a Taser, and he falls to the ground.

The next thing he knows, he’s in the trunk of a car. Two masked men pull him out and strangle him with a rope. Sung-ryong suddenly wakes up, unable to breathe.

 
COMMENTS

You know, the thing I like best about this show is how self-aware it is. Every time something feels weird, be it with the writing, a seemingly unnecessary character, or an unexplained plot device, the show resolves it sooner or later. An example of this is how easy and hollow last episode’s events were, especially when it didn’t really solve the problem at hand or investigate any societal implications. But Episode 14 immediately addressed those issues, letting Sung-ryong admit that his “defeat” of Yul last time wasn’t really intended to be a defeat, and was only a way to buy time. In addition, the episode added extra emotional dimension to this arc by exploring Min-ji’s character as a feisty, strong minor character with admirable ideals about youth in society. It’s details like this that make me assured that the showrunners know both its genre and its audience: The show seems self-aware of its strengths and weaknesses, and knows its genre inside out.

This also feeds into the weakness of the show, however, which is that it doesn’t develop its plot lines as coherently as it could. It’s definitely doing a decent and wholly enjoyable job with the comedy, but sometimes new arcs appear when the plot asks it to. As a recapper, it sometimes makes watching the show a little uneasy, especially when something feels off and I don’t know if it will be sufficiently explained later on, but I actually think it’s doing a great job in sticking to its genre and letting its characters (and its stellar actors) dictate the enjoyment factor. I don’t think Chief Kim’s goal is to make a ground-breakingly clever story about social injustice; it’s about a crew of lovable characters who choose to constantly fight against injustice, inspire each other (and us) to do the same, and look constantly toward a change in the future.

In that vein, I think the show has done a spectacular job habituating those characters to demonstrate that message. Even Myung-suk, who seemed wholly hopeless in the beginning, is changing in his own way. Myung-suk, though he’s practically done a 180 degree (okay, maybe more like 150 degree) change of heart, has never felt out of character. Thanks to a little push from the Business Operations team’s familial attitude and a few nudges (or punches) from Chief Kim, he’s discovered himself, decided to change himself based on his own discoveries, and has made decisions based on his own self. That’s a sign of well-plotted writing, and it’s those character details that make Chief Kim stand out more than anything.

While I’m worried and concerned for Sung-ryong to get out of this latest conflict safe and sound, I find myself – just as the rest of the Business Operations team is doing – holding faith in his ability to bounce back from hardship. It’s almost as if I’ve become a member of the team, both affected and inspired by Chief Kim. It may be a show where you know exactly what you’re getting when you go in, but I’ve really come to appreciate it and our well-rounded motley crew of TQ friends. If only everyone could change as cleanly and lovably as Myung-suk has. I’m looking at you, Seo Yul.

 
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I love Myungsuk now. Is that wrong?

All the actors here can do comedy well, but they can also turn on a dime and do serious just as well. Nice.

Thanks for the recap!

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Wanted to say thank you for the recap too! Not many beanies are watching this show, but I'm grateful where we can express our love of Yul eating chocolate (or anything for that matter). Myung-Suk is also getting a lot of love, well-deserved I think. :)

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I love Myung Suk more than Yul now. Hee Myung Suk is just a puppy!

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Have loved myung suk from the moment he walked into the business operations department and received HaKyung's indirect diss..... He has been a lovely actor and i ve always adored him... Such a cutie.....

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I have seen this photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/pw_/29945731361/in/[email protected]/ and I thought about the only Mantis I have ever seen. Dong Ha was so memorable back then, as a minor character that was never even given a back story.
Now Myung Suk gets more love than the second lead (sometimes even more than Chief Kim, dare I say).
That leads to only one possible conclusion. It is high time this underrated actor shone in more important roles.

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No its not! Myung sukkie deserves all the love!

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I love this show, they got me with MLFS OST, Bourne Supremacy OST, but specially how every character has its own unique glow that complete each episode...

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That dartboard with Yul's face on it. ROFL. :D :D

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Hahahaha i know right!

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I saw that too! Heh!

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That dart poster of Yul was great. It was so subtle but totally obvious to us viewers and it really enhances the watching experience. Small things like that make it feel like I'm not just watching actors play out a scene, act, cut, next plot, etc. It's like I'm actually watching their lives play out. Because you can assume that there are things happening outside of what is shown and that they're living, breathing people who don't live just for the plot to go on. It's great.

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Very nice observations bluecereal. Though it wasn't really subtle for me... I could hardly concentrate on the emotional conversation going on (lol) underneath the dartboard. Notice that the picture is like those in funerals too. SR has basically killed Yul many times in his petty way, poking his eyes out. It's great. :D

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I was actually expecting a change in heart for Seo Yul after he heard Minji's story about how she got the bruise on her lip. But I guess not. Still in high hopes that he's undercover.

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Chief Kim is not popular among beanies / recappers, but I am grateful with small community here. ? When I watched Ms Temper & Nam Jung Ki, I was quite sad because there was no place to express love and discuss about the drama with other beanies, aside from OT. So again I am thankful for the recap too ?

Will Yul finally join forces with Sung Ryeong next week? Crossing my fingers it will happen.

The actor playing Sang Tae quite a candy and his dimple? But we already got used with the nerdy Sang Tae that seeing him in different image looks like different character. haha.

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I noticed that as well. It is pretty obvious the recapper did not enjoy this show much but I really genuinely feel the comedy in Chief Kim works. And I think others share the same sentiment as well :) I watched a lot kdramas already and Chief Kim still manage to make me burst into laughter despite the plotholes (which most drama suffers anyway) reminds me a bit of History of the Salaryman.

Love all characters. Except that female director. She lacks charisma. Anyway fingers crossed Yul redeem yourself!

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Agree, Chief Kim has flaws but I love that it is not so serious show. This drama is characters driven, not plot driven drama. So I am fine with that.

Agree, the female director is lack of charisma, even the lady from China investment company has more charisma than her. I like the Ethical Director (the woman with short hair), at least she was quite entertaining. I hope she was not fired or maybe she was hospitalized due to high blood pressures because of Chief Kim lmao. I hope we can get to see her around again.

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Very true about not being that popular, which is disappointing because I've truly enjoyed each episode from start to finish! Namgung Min is such a great actor! He needs a lot more recognition in my opinion. He totally makes the show!

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Thanks for the recaps! I personally love this show! I love all the characters and makeshift family. Also why does Yul have to be bad??? Every time Yul and Chief Kim are in a scene together I just want to see some bromance!! They have great chemistry together and their shared scenes always make me laugh.

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Am following the show and lurking in the recaps; am liking how unabashedly wacky this show is! Love Myung-suk's arc, so glad he got his family in TQ now. Am finding it extra funny remembering the actor's role as a super scary gangsta in Last, haha.

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wow, totally did not recognise him as praying mantis. He is great in both roles, and totally different.

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Seo Yul ahjushhi, saying that you are not that old is simply incorrect. We teenagers think that everyone over 20 is old and past their primetime. So there.

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When Sung-ryong called and asked Seo Yul for a negotiation meeting, Seo Yul replied, "Don't want, don't want, I don't want!" ROFL!

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LOl they are simply match made in heaven?

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One of the many scenes I replayed! So childish but hilarious.

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omg! I like that too! I hope if they ever join forces someday (which I do strongly believe) they won't lose this cat&mouse-like fight/frenemy bickering. There interactions always pull me in so much to the show.

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Iam enjoying this show so much, it may have less supporters but i like it.

Somehow the trio makes my day, i like it whenever they make an appearance. Iam looking forward to their next appearance.

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Myung-suk and his suits, like he's a member of Shinee ..... gotta love him!

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Why you said he like a member of Shinee? lol. But like he said, his clothes only for him (especially those suits). Fortunately he didnt make Sang Tae wear any of those flashy suits for his ffirst date hah.

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When they asked him to borrow his suit i though they will take of his current suit and swap outfits with ST.

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Hahaha I thought so too. I think Gwang Sook will run away if Sang Tae wear it.

But honestly I find Sang Tae's clothes was fine for his date. But maybe because first date is so important.. so... lol.
The actor playing Sang Tae is good looking, I am afraid I may not recognize him in another drama later lol. I think this is his first drama. I even went to check his actual name but nothing on his profile.

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Sera The Ms Temper & Grapes -

That's what I thought! That they were literally going to take Myung-suk's flashy suit off his back and give it to Sang-tae for his date!

Luckily that didn't happen.

On a different note, can you guys imagine Seo Yul in wearing one of Myung-suk's suit jackets?? ..... That would really be something!

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Hahaha Yul in Myung Seok's suits? ?

Heyyy but it won't be a bad idea. Imagine if Sung Ryeong + Yul + Myung Seok together in those suit? Haha. I want to imagine others in MS's suits but then it will look like a mix of generation idols haha.

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*laughing*

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Omg totally! He's like SHINee in Dream Girl xD

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LOL. I even checked their videos.

This... https://youtu.be/CFdpPHTrmdM

Shinee should cameo as Myung Seok's friends and wearing same jackets.

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LOL!

Myung-seok can then explain to his chairman dad that that's why he could never focus on the executive stuff at work ...... because when he could, he would slip out of the company to go to idol auditions!

Come to think of it, that could be a whole other drama!

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I loved when SR asked MS if he's okay with him attacking his father and he won't do it if he don't want to, this scene was precious, MS answer was mature too "my dad needs to pay" he's not a heartless chaebol he pitted those part timers I could see that in his face during the meal he was sharing with the accounting team, he learned something new about how many people work hard for a small amount of money, on top of that some greedy people don't pay them when their lives depends on this.

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I think Yul can save Ck from those people. And i still have faith that Yul is a good person.

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Me too, he was suspicious when his gray hair secretary asked him if he could remove SR from his way and he said leave him, I think Yul can remove him out of his way anytime he wants why would he leave him in his way to ruin his plans if he didn't have ulterior motive.

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I want to know badly who is this gray hair guy. He is too skillful and also very loyal. Every CEO or powerful man will want this guy.

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i still have faith that Yul is a good person.

Every time he has a conference with his minion, it increases my certainty that he's undercover.

Consider also the flashback of the hoobae prosecutor when he finds out about the 'bonus' is of Ga-eun asking about Yul.

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I just love all the actors in this drama! As regards Chief Kim and Director Chu - I mean, the actors - it is as if the director gave them free rein to do whatever they want. I imagine Namgoong Min and Kim Won Hae were those kids at school who would always do something in order to make the others laugh. I love it when Director Chu flails his arms in frustration and when he fusses over Chief Kim like a Mamma Hen.
And Myung Suk makes me crack up each time he flinches when Chief Kim comes closer! In the beginning he was such a spoiled bratty chaebol, whose face, as they say in my part of the world, "just begs to be slapped". And now he's turning into such a cute and sweet puppy! Hope to see more of his transformation later, his mother surely deserves a better son!
And Seo Yul is such a lovely villain, with his perfect skin!
Gotta love 'em all!

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I love seeing the change in Myung-suk.. growing up to be responsible. it made me shed a tear..

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This episode and even the last was an absolute jem! We got to see Yul taken down yet another notch by Chief Kim. Not forgetting with the help of ultra cool Go and Goo law firm. Petty arguments and Yul's love for chocobars. The cast and crew are doing an excellent job, be it sad or crazy weird funny scenes.

I don't think I've ever felt this way but I shall declare this drama my baby! Pay no attention to the haters or non-believers. Mama loves you unconditionally! Continue doing you and you'll be just fine.

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"I don’t think I’ve ever felt this way but I shall declare this drama my baby!"

Previously I felt the same way too for Ms Temper & NJK and Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, but I feel more for this drama because this drama has so many amazing characters. Even the villain also someone who you want to root for. All of them are my babies,no one can touch them. lol.

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You said it best! No one can touch our babies!

s/n : I've been meaning to start on ms temper! Oh my ever growing list of dramas to watch. Sometimes i feel like using up all my annual leave to finish that list, but even that's not enough time AHAHA

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now I want drama about myungseok, with same actor ofcourse..

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I'm surprised no one is concerned about Chief Kim about to be killed by Chairman's men. I'm really worried about that. I hope somebody saves him, or at least he saves himself. Maybe Yul, as a payback for Ha Kyung saving him....

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There are 6 more episodes ;)

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Not that we don't concern about him, but we all know he will stay safe. ? He is the hero. Hee. I guess maybe Yul and his minion will save him.

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He'll wake up believing he's a cactus and out-weird his kidnappers

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LOL

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I think that the show is paced the way it is deliberately. If you take a step back and look at how the mini-arcs string together it breaks down into a bigger meta arc

1 - character introductions
2 - accidental heroism
3 - doing good for cheap thrills
4 - getting cocky and getting set straight
5 - a real commitment to doing the right thing
6 - fighting the good fight
7 - moving to the real end game against the big baddies

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Nice. This is also why it's easier to analyse episodes in pairs - the recapper was frustrated about episode 13, but then found that things made sense after watching 14.

Also, I hope there is another arc before we get to the final fight called: 'from enemies to friends, or only I can taser you' (Yul&SR)

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Lmao "only I can taser you" sums up Sungryong and Yul's relationship in a nutshell.

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About him and HK: he needs a calming , intelligent woman and one that won’t automatically think he is the handsomest most charming man ever And he is man who loves a challenge and a puzzle to figure out. I suspect He never responded to all the girls who threw themselves at him because it was so obvious and easy and that is why He would never like Ga Eun that way IMO

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Is it just me or does anyone else don't look forward to Ha Kyung and Chief Kim romantic pairing?

I mean, i like them as supper buddies, work buddies, values buddies but I cannot see the romantic aura in there. Even with all those hints.

I see better chances on Ha Kyung and Seo Yul. But even if Ha Kyung and Yul would be impossible, I really can't see Ha Kyung and Chief Kim.

Not related: I like Director Chu's kiss on MyungSuk. The boy liked it! Cute! It's like a door to a fatherly affection he had probably always yearned for.

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I second this. The romantic vibes isn't that at all for the lead guy and lead gal. She is more suitable remaining as a supportive colleague to him.

And all / most children of chaebol families in Kdramaland seemed to be deprived of love and affection from their parents :(

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Yep, I agree. I was totally on the Yul-Ha Kyung ship, but since that sunk I prefer for there to be no romance at all *does an Ahn Yo Na 'peace!' sign in a rabbit suit* .

I have a slight issue with Ha Kyung, which I don't fully understand. She's a strong and capable woman, which I like. I enjoy seeing her as best buddies with Chief Kim. But for some reason I feel I'm not seeing the real Ha Kyung. At the beginning of the show she was a dour, frustrated baseball-whacker... now she's basically a cheerful reflection of Chief Kim, as shown by the synchronized coffee drinking. It seems to me she shows more depth in those tiny moments of interaction with Yul (clinging to floating planks from my sunken ship I see, oh well). :P

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Yes, that's my problem with HK too. I don't understand the writer's intent with her. I feel like the show is so focused on making things funny that character development gets sidelined, especially hers. That transition between being a frustrated worker wanting justice to just being one of SR's cheerleaders is a little jarring tbh. That's also why I especially like the scenes between her and Yul, because it feels like there's more honesty in their scenes together. I like that she seems to think he's still redeemable and that his attraction to her feels palpable.

This show is doing a good job at creating strong and independent women, but not a great job at actually making them do something. They're terribly underused. The idea that all these women would suddenly just put their trust in SR to fix things and just go on their merry way to merely assist him bothers me tbh. Logically I can understand her attraction to SR but on screen I just don't see it, and the random moments when they're suddenly pushed together by other characters also feels forced.

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Watching the 'battle' and bickering between SY and CK is like watching Tom frantically chasing and trying to catch Jerry (Tom and Jerry is one of my favorite childhood cartoon). It is hilariously fun. We just can't hate SY.

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+1

Tom & Jerry is my favorite too (along with RoadRunner & Wily Coyote, Tweety and Sylvester, etc- u seeing the trend?)

+1
Chief Kim's team - love this show and the cast! LOL funny and has an underlying theme that i think is very timely in light of the political environment in South Korea at this point - a young democracy fighting for social justice and repudiating the part of their past that is not so palatable to their citizens.

Anywho, love Business Operations Department and Yul + spy GE. Fighting!

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