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Chief Kim: Episode 15

After experiencing a horrific event, Sung-ryong does what he does best: seek revenge! He finds himself facing a new opponent, and the battle before him may be his most difficult challenge yet. However, with the help of his trusty plaid armor and a reliable army of office workers, Sung-ryong is ready to march forward, armed with his manic laughter and dogged persistence.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Sung-ryong lies unconscious inside the trunk of a car, and a masked man ominously approaches him with a rope in hand. Hitting the floor, Sung-ryong regains consciousness, but is unable to breathe as two masked men strangle him with rope. He desperately fights back, futilely kicking the ground.

Suddenly, a man in blue dashes over and smashes a rock against the skull of one of the captors. He dodges a punch from the other and deftly grabs him around the neck before kneeing him in the face. The blurry figure slowly comes into focus, and the savior turns out to be Yul.

Dragging Sung-ryong to his car, Yul drives him away safely. In flashback, we see that Yul returned to Chairman Park’s office and overheard the chairman order someone to get rid of Sung-ryong. Conflicted, Yul called his minion and told him to watch Sung-ryong after work.

Slowly returning to his senses, Sung-ryong explodes, wanting to know what is going on. Yul pulls the car over, and standing on the side of the street, he asks why Sung-ryong wants to know who the culprit is behind his kidnapping. Sung-ryong replies that it’s because he’s going to murder the wrongdoer.

It’s Yul’s turn to explode as he tells Sung-ryong to be thankful he’s even alive. When Sung-ryong complains that he did nothing wrong, Yul informs him that the killer is the one to make that decision, because that’s how the world works. Sung-ryong refuses to change his ways, so Yul yells at him to go ahead and protect himself then.

Angered, Sung-ryong asks why Yul saved him in the first place, and after a moment of hesitation, Yul says that he pitied Sung-ryong. With that, Yul leaves in his car, and Sung-ryong yells at him for abandoning him in the middle of nowhere: “There’s no taxi or bus here! How could you leave, you jerk? Take me with you!”

Alone in his car, Yul flashes back to when Director Go and Executive Director Jo lied to him about Chief Lee’s suicide, and seems frustrated for believing their obvious lies. Meanwhile, Sung-ryong hikes back home, mumbling to himself that Chairman Park woke the sleeping lion.

When Sung-ryong finally makes it back home, Director Chu groggily tells him to go to bed before returning to his covers. Sung-ryong sighs that he almost died today, and Director Chu assumes that he fought with Ha-kyung. Sung-ryong says that he’s serious since some people tried to strangle him tonight, and Director Chu bolts up from the couch.

After seeing the rope burns on Sung-ryong’s neck, Director Chu asks who did this to him, but they both know who the culprits have to be. He tells Sung-ryong that he warned him beforehand about the TQ higher-ups, but Sung-ryong yells that he didn’t know this would actually happen. Director Chu cries that everyone knows the higher-ups only care about money before warning Sung-ryong that being fearless is not courage, but an illness.

In tears, Sung-ryong asks, “Who said I wasn’t afraid?” He’s scared, and was terrified tonight, too. As they strangled him, he felt powerless and realized this is what death must be like. As he thought he was dying, Sung-ryong confesses that he thought of Director Chu, Ha-kyung, and all the members of the Business Operations Department. Director Chu hugs Sung-ryong as he cries into his shoulder.

In the morning, Sung-ryong wakes up to find Director Chu’s arm around him, and jumps up in fright. He complains that Director Chu cuddled with him at night, and Director Chu just smiles. Getting ready for work, Sung-ryong dresses in his plaid suit jacket much to Director Chu’s chagrin, but Sung-ryong needs his armor for war.

Walking into the lobby, Sung-ryong snaps his fingers, and two burly men dressed in black suits appear behind him. Addressing no one in particular, he announces that he almost died, and displays the rope burns on his neck. He says that most people have probably never seen wounds from strangulation before, and he adds, laughing maniacally, “I’ve never been strangled before, either!”

Chairman Park enters the lobby with his entourage and notices Sung-ryong laughing and hopping around like a lunatic. Before he can walk away, Sung-ryong spots him and marches up to the chairman. He needs to deliver a message to the chairman from the part-timers: They send their gratitude and want him to know that the crown of his head is beautiful (referring to when he had to bow in front of the cameras).

Annoyed, the chairman tries to leave, but Sung-ryong continues to follow him, explaining how he almost died yesterday because someone tried to kill him, which he says while giving a pointed look to the chairman. As a result, he hired two bodyguards and introduces them as Morpheus and Neo. Ha!

In his office, the chairman yells at Executive Director Jo for doing a sloppy job and warns her to be more careful unless she wants Sung-ryong to find out she was the one who ordered the hit on him. She notes that Sung-ryong seems to have guessed their involvement, and the chairman berates her again.

Yul walks out of the elevator and is greeted by Morpheus and Neo. He’s surprised by their presence and then scowls after seeing Sung-ryong appear behind them. He’s unhappy to see him still at the company, but Sung-ryong isn’t here to argue; he’s here to give his thanks.

Sung-ryong acknowledges Yul as his savior, and thus, he presents Yul with an invisible ticket for one “life extension.” Unamused, Yul swats Sung-ryong’s hand, and Sung-ryong drops the imaginary ticket—which Morpheus then picks up. Heh, miming for the win.

Yul warns Sung-ryong to keep his involvement a secret, but Sung-ryong confesses to have already told everyone through a group chat. When Yul gives him a death glare, Sung-ryong admits that he’s just joking, but he does have something else to tell Yul: “The taxi fare cost forty-seven thousand won.” Exasperated, Yul walks away while mumbling that he shouldn’t have saved Sung-ryong.

Executive Director Jo reports the recent incident concerning Sung-ryong to Yul, and when Jo mentions that they still don’t know who intervened, Yul sighs in relief. He then shouts at the executive director for using despicable methods and orders her to report immediately to him for everything.

All the members of the Business Operations Department stare at Sung-ryong as he casually explains his near-death experience. They’re all surprised by his normal attitude, and when Sang-tae asks how he escaped, Sung-ryong lies that he used his martial art skills and displays an unimpressive demonstration on Ki-ok.

In a private conversation, Ha-kyung expresses her worries, but Sung-ryong just finds her concern for him out of character. He smiles when he sees that she’s genuinely worried for him, so he tells her a secret. He explains that someone actually saved him last night: the gluttonous psychopath.

Some of the members of the Business Operations Department gather in the break room and gossip about recent events. They link Sung-ryong’s attack with Chief Lee’s “suicide” and wonder if the chairman is behind everything. Just then, Myung-suk walks in, and they quickly pretend to be talking about Sang-tae’s date. Myung-suk tells them to continue their conversation as he joins them at the table, but realizing that he’s unwanted, he leaves.

After signing letters at his desk, Sung-ryong hands out envelopes to everyone in the office and tells them to open them ten minutes after he leaves.

The chairman calls Yul to his office and apologizes for swearing at him last time. He says that Yul is his best ally, and as he explains Yul’s future tasks, a ruckus from outside interrupts their conversation. Sung-ryong marches in, and after taking a seat, he asks the chairman who might have ordered his attack last night.

The chairman feigns ignorance, so Sung-ryong holds up a sign with a clue: “DO.” He goes on to explain that the heavens saved him yesterday by sending a passerby, and Yul calls Sung-ryong a “crazy jerk” under his breath.

Sung-ryong then takes out a letter detailing how much he loves life and will not commit suicide. If, by chance, he dies in an accident, he wants a full investigation and even writes down a hint about the possible suspect (D to the O). Yul snatches the letter from Sung-ryong, but he simply takes out another copy from his back pocket and continues reading. Ha!

After finishing his letter, Sung-ryong leaves and thinks to himself about how to make the chairman feel hell’s fire. Right then, he spots the announcement about the company’s audit and vows to bring down the chairman with numbers. All the while, Morpheus and Neo copy all of Sung-ryong’s mannerisms like a well-tuned boy band.

The Accounting and Business Operations Department are swamped with work, and even Myung-suk fends off angry calls, though he merely yells back at the caller that he only knows how to glue receipts. Sung-ryong can’t believe the chaos, but Director Chu informs him that this is only the beginning, since the Accounting Department then organizes all their files again.

Prosecutor Han gathers information about Sung-ryong, but his assistant is unsuccessful in finding TQ Group’s accounting team since they’ve gone into hiding. The elusive accounting team in charge of the audit is holed up in a hotel as they busily prepare for the audit.

The director of accounting informs Yul about his recent orders to destroy all the accounts from Taipan’s Bank and explains that the accounts are moving. Elsewhere, Sung-ryong secretly meets with Ga-eun, though she doesn’t have the files Sung-ryong needs yet, since the team working on the audit has gone outside. Thus, she’s waiting for their return in order to get the documents.

Yul’s minion has investigated the thugs used by Executive Director Jo, but he hasn’t been able to get them to confess about Chief Lee. However, Yul tells him to lay low for a while before leaning back in his chair to think. His secretary comes in to tell him that Ha-kyung is here to talk with him, and flustered, Yul lets her in. He fidgets with the papers on his desk as Ha-kyung walks in, and she asks if his head is all right. He says he’s fine, and Ha-kyung offers to buy him dinner as compensation for hitting him with the stone. Smiling, Yul accepts her offer.

Sung-ryong meets with Kwang-sook to ask for a favor and explains that the company is going through an audit, but that they’re committing accounting fraud. Kwang-sook doesn’t know what any of that means, so Sung-ryong uses a metaphor, saying that the fraud is like makeup. Kwang-sook quickly understands the situation, but when Sung-ryong is about to finally explain her role, a phone call interrupts him.

Yul and Ha-kyung arrive at a restaurant, and happily, Yul orders everything on the menu. Once the food comes out, he devours it quickly, never letting his mouth or hand rest. Ha-kyung asks why he eats so fast, and Yul admits that he’s worried someone will steal his food. Ha-kyung then offers her bowl of noodles to Yul, and he cheerfully eats that too.

As Ha-kyung and Yul walk outside after their dinner, she confesses that Sung-ryong told her everything. She asks why Yul saved Sung-ryong, and after a pause, Yul replies, “I’m not sure.” Smiling, Ha-kyung tells him that she likes that reason, and after they part ways, Yul mutters that he couldn’t just stand by and let a person die in front of his eyes.

Sung-ryong meets with Prosecutor Han, who asks him about his involvement with the TQ subsidiaries. Before Sung-ryong replies, he notices a suspicious man in the background, and realizes there’s a listening device taped under their table.

Madam Jang announces her plans to install an internal monitoring system to Chairman Park, and the latter doesn’t hide his disapproval. He reminds her that the company is going through an audit, but Madam Jang believes that’s only more reason to push for transparency.

Back at the café, Prosecutor Han tells Sung-ryong that he was the one who contacted Chief Lee and asked him to be a whistle-blower. The news shocks Sung-ryong, but when Prosecutor Han asks for his help, Sung-ryong loudly proclaims that he won’t help. However, once outside, Sung-ryong complains about the clueless prosecutor and wonders how he’ll contact him.

Executive Director Jo gets information about Sung-ryong’s meeting with Prosecutor Han, and when her spy tells her that Sung-ryong was adamantly against helping the prosecutor, she tells him to stop spying on Sung-ryong.

At the office, Ga-eun walks in on the accounting team hastily shredding papers and transferring documents in the middle of the night. Before she can snoop, Ga-eun is caught by the female accountant, who swiftly dismisses her.

When the accounting team finally leaves for the night, Ga-eun comes out of her hiding place and returns to the office. She gathers the shredded papers, and then looks into the computers. However, unbeknownst to Ga-eun, the female accountant remained behind and is watching Ga-eun’s suspicious actions.

Over drinks and ramyun, Director Chu asks Sung-ryong if his target is the chairman, and wonders what any of this means to Sung-ryong. Sung-ryong states that the world occasionally needs jerks like him who’ll act first, and Director Chu admits that cowards like him are the worst.

That’s why he doesn’t understand why Sung-ryong is doing this for people like him, but Sung-ryong disagrees. He doesn’t believe that Director Chu is a coward because he’s just acting within the confines of the system. Knowing that he can’t change Sung-ryong’s mind, Director Chu simply advises him to quit if things get bad.

It’s the first day of the audit, and Ga-eun hands Sung-ryong a copy of the files the auditors were given today. Of course, the documents paint TQ Group as an upstanding company, and Sung-ryong calls the files a work of fiction.

The chairman meets with Yul and Executive Director Jo and warns them to monitor the audit to make sure it goes well. As the chairman finishes, Yul asks for a private word and motions for Jo to leave.

Elsewhere, Ms. Uhm meets with Sung-ryong and hands him Chief Lee’s key. She tells him that it’s from the previous chief and that they’re for Sung-ryong. Perplexed, Sung-ryong mentions that he’s never seen Chief Lee before, so Ms. Uhm begins to explain.

Back to Yul’s meeting, he tells the chairman that he knows about Taipan’s Bank and the connection to the chairman’s personal account. He advises the chairman to share all his secrets with him in order for him to effectively protect the chairman in the future.

After Ms. Uhm recounts the story about the key, Sung-ryong asks her why she chose him. She explains that he’s the most trustworthy and capable, and Sung-ryong starts to laugh before complaining about the added burden, especially since they don’t even know what the key opens. He attempts to run away, but Ms. Uhm twists his arm behind his back and throws him to ground. Triumphantly, she states, “Mission clear.”

Sung-ryong finds himself holding the key and decides to share it with the entire department. They’re all at a loss as to what the key might open, so Hee-jin suggests checking all the locks in the office first. Unfortunately, none of them fit, thus, Ha-kyung offers to look into the key since Sung-ryong should concentrate on the audit.

Much like Director Chu, Ha-kyung advises Sung-ryong to quit if things become dangerous, but he tells her that he’s come too far to stop now. Cocking her head, Ha-kyung notes that she’s heard this before. As Sung-ryong leaves, he sings the OST from the drama as a little meta-reference.

Sung-ryong pops up unannounced to the auditors’ room bearing medicinal snacks. He introduces himself as Mr. Righteous and tries to steal a file, but is stopped by Yul, who also came to visit. Sung-ryong uses aegyo, which only makes Yul call him a psychopath. Taking offense, Sung-ryong whispers in Yul’s ear that he should use his nickname, “TQP” (TQ’s Psychopath), instead.

Yul complies, calling him TQP, and Sung-ryong leaves for now. However, he quickly comes back to retrieve his snacks (which Yul was eyeing) and then plants a quick peck on Yul’s cheek before running out of the room.

Ha-kyung visits Chief Lee’s wife, who already checked the house to see if the key unlocks anything. She tells Ha-kyung that the key didn’t work, so Ha-kyung asks if she might know of any places Chief Lee might have been, but his wife can’t recall anywhere in particular.

At the office, the female accountant hands Ga-eun a stack of files to destroy, and unaware that her cover might be blown, Ga-eun excitedly hands the files over to Sung-ryong. He thanks her for her help, and says aloud that he needs the auditors’ file. Ever the optimist, Ga-eun promises to retrieve an even bigger catch next time. Unfortunately for Ga-eun, Yul also discovers the listening device in the present she gave him.

Ha-kyung receives a call from Chief Lee’s wife, since she remembered a place her husband visited before leaving for his trip. She ends up at a bowling alley, and the key works on one of the lockers. Once Ha-kyung opens the locker, she reaches in to grab something, though we don’t know what exactly she found.

The auditor has dinner with the accounting team, and the accounting team tells him about all the problems he should look for. The auditor is surprised by how bad this year is compared to previous years, and a familiar voice asks if this year really is that bad.

The accounting team answers the questions without thinking, before they finally realize that something seems wrong. They recognize Sung-ryong’s voice and yell at him to show his face. Popping his head through the door, Sung-ryong taunts the accounting team and explains that he happened to come by because of the delicious smell of food.

The accounting team accuses him of eavesdropping and barging into their private meeting without permission, but Sung-ryong corrects them because he has every right to be here too. Unfurling a notice granting him an Internal Monitoring title, Sung-ryong declares, “I am TQP, your undercover investigator!”

 
COMMENTS

Little by little, Sung-ryong prepares his battle against the corruption at TQ Group, and after the strangling incident at the beginning of the episode, his target seems to have officially changed from Yul to Chairman Park. It’s odd but consistent with Sung-ryong’s character that he’s now facing the real “big bad” after experiencing a firsthand account of the chairman’s evilness. It seems to me that Sung-ryong’s motivation to take down the corrupt leader isn’t out of a sense of justice, but as a result of personal vengeance. Much like his initial goal to bring down Yul, Sung-ryong is spurred to action because of a personal attack, but as we’ve seen with the new Sung-ryong, the personal motivators are really just the catalyst. In the end, his own sense of “justice” and his duty to fight for the weak and bullied are the reasons he continues his arduous battle against formidable opponents rather than escaping to Denmark as originally planned. It’s amazing to see how much our protagonist has changed after working for TQ Group, though his maniacal laugh and sense of humor still seems to be intact, thankfully.

The fact that Sung-ryong’s enemy has shifted to Chairman Park also makes me think the show is setting up a possibility for Yul to go down a different path. It’s still hard to tell, because Yul hasn’t changed much as a character. Even his heroic action of saving Sung-ryong wasn’t completely out of character. Yul has consistently shown that he doesn’t like using thugs (though I would argue that he and his minion tend to act like thugs themselves) and he never seemed to cross the line of actually killing someone. It was also nice to hear Yul admit that he couldn’t just watch Sung-ryong get murdered because—even though it’s a pathetically low bar—the other “villains” obviously have no qualms about killing some of their employees.

For the most part, I like Yul and wouldn’t mind if the show made him evil or tried to redeem him at this point, because it’s the contradictions present within his character that I really enjoy. At one moment, Yul will be a cold-hearted businessman who knows nothing about tact, but then in another, he’ll be a bumbling pup who gets excited over food. Both sides are part of Yul, and it’s these two seemingly opposing personalities that make him a fun character. It is also what makes him difficult to pin down as a character because he doesn’t fit into a box, much like Sung-ryong. However, since he’s a “villain,” his role is even more complicated than Sung-ryong’s in a sense because, as the audience, we know that Sung-ryong will eventually be the good guy, but on the other hand, Yul could easily flip-flop or even be both. However, I find this ambiguity about Yul intriguing rather than frustrating.

As usual, the plot was serviceable, and the jokes made me laugh. The bodyguards made me chuckle so much that I’m almost sad that they’re gone. It’s was hilarious how they started to copy Sung-ryong at the end, but I guess they milked that cow for what it’s worth. On a minor note, I felt bad for Myung-suk when the Business Operations team distanced themselves from him while gossiping. I completely understand why they did that since they’re talking about his father, and while I don’t think Myung-suk felt too isolated by their behavior, he’s grown on me, so I feel overly protective. I’ve also come to realize why Madam Jang still adores her son, because though he seemed like a complete cad and a hopeless entitled brat in the beginning, I’ve come to learn that he’s just another misunderstood soul who can change with the right guidance. Anyway, I like my workplace comedies with a good dose of idealism, so if Myung-suk can change, I guess almost anyone could with the help of some of Sung-ryong’s magic.

 
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this drama is so fun to watch...I agree...myung suk is definitely growing on me too. I REALLY didn't like him at first but now I want him to be a real part of the team...and even possible a great leader in his own right...eventually. but for now I would like to see him meshed with the rest of the office.

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Myung Suk screaming 'I ONLY KNOW HOW TO GLUE RECEIPTS!!' had me in stitches. Whenever he shows up on screen I prepare myself to laugh. His mumbling is great.

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Aaaaaand the Yul-Hakyung ship sails on.

Why is Yul so cute in this ep, I can hardly stand it.

Thanks for the recap! :-)

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I love Yul! I liked his explanation of how he started outpacing everyone early and then was too far ahead, because it sounds like that happened with relationships too. He's got all of the basic wiring to be someone's friend, but then it gets overridden by his ambition and now he's all wonky.

A lot of people would just drop that sort of person, not bother to invite them out for meals or include them - but Sung Ryong keeps coming back at Yul on such a playground level, it's preventing Yul from successfully 'rising above' and acting all aloof. It's hard to maintain that elite attitude while being taunted by snacks and kiss-attacked, and he's retaliating gloriously and clearly views his interactions with SR as a fun (though high-stakes) game. And it's lovely that Ha Kyung is on the same wavelength about Yul being reprehensible, but also accessible and worth pursuing under that layer of officious and evil bullshit. Hell, Yul probably hasn't had a non-business meal with someone in years, he was glowing.

Yul's been written pretty consistently throughout, I think. He's left Sung Ryong alone when a true psychopath would've taken him out of the company somehow. His absolutely childlike engagement with things like the batting cages, free food, more free food, teasing, any form of surprising human connection - his base layer is actually pretty sound. It feels like Sung Ryong is the first person in decades to put in the effort to pester Yul out of his comfort zone, and then Ha Kyung is on the other side as a crush who actually sees past his facade.

And Junho's doing a great job with the role - it could have gone badly in someone else's hands, but he's really made Yul into a a case of arrested social development who's suddenly all awkward adolescence around the fremeny he kind of admires and the cool girl. Even the flailing is perfect.

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Yes! to all. Thanks for a great comment on Yul's character.
Junho is doing a fantastic job and I find I am still hoping for him to find some redemption, even if Sung Ryong has to bribe him with snacks.

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I've been following Junho's acting career since I saw him in Twenty. I know he's a good actor, but I am honestly really impressed by his performance as Yul. He really took the character and ran with it. Yul's almost dual personality would have been jarring if he was played by a lesser actor, but Junho somehow really made all these facets gel together into one coherent character. And I have to say, his face has a treasure trove of expressions. I live for the subtle changes on Yul's face, he's really putting all those facial muscles to good use lol. Maybe because this is his first really meaty role, but for a kid with a relatively short list of projects, he's really, really good.

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I so agree with what you all said about junho's portrayal of Yul. I watched him in Twenty and Memory, and it was only after seeing him in chief Kim, I learnt that Junho is an idol from 2PM. (I only recognised some from 2pm so i was surprised) for such relatively short portfolio, he really impressed us alot in this show. There have been only highly positive comments about his skills.

Onto the show, it's really had been fun ride throughout without a fail! I would be really sad to see it go after 2 weeks :(

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Right? This feels like Junho is pitching Yul EXACTLY right, shaping a nuanced character who could have gone badly wrong with another actor.

It amuses me that Yul is 98% shark-like perfection: he's smart, he dresses well, he's ruthless, he works the hierarchy like a pro, he's attractive, he's successful, he's ambitious... It's understandable that most people would encounter him, test him a few times and quickly decide he's way too dangerous to mess with. That's what Director Jo, her underlings and the rest of the company experience whenever they go up against him, and after they've lost to him a couple of times they decide he's out of their league.

But Sung Ryong and Ha Kyung have managed to find that 2% of Yul that isn't armor-plated, and they are working that angle like crazy. And Yul LIKES being messed with in a new and novel way, because it's a challenge that fits well with his competitive spirit. He's found a playmate and doesn't want to give that up. In some ways, it's like arranging playdates with a kid who is intimidating - it's not completely the kid's fault he's born with natural advantages that translate into bullying, but you have to keep trying until you find that one alternate-energy kid who gels with the bully and de-escalates everything. Sung Ryong is apparently that kid.

With most actors, the flipping between perfection and schoolyard would've looked like schizophrenia. It's a credit to Junho that it's coming across more like "work hard, play hard", because sparring with Sung Ryong does appear to be one of the only ways Yul knows how to play.

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@Miranda I really like your comment about how in a way, Yul likes being messed around with and he's appreciating the challenge. I think that's part of what makes this drama so fun, especially the Yul vs Sung-ryong scenes where SR is just tripping him and everyone else up with his odd ways of fighting.

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It seems to me that many more people appreciate the show now, than when it opened with a wacky and quirky style.
But I enjoyed it far more then - I've said this before but there was just such an unconventional beat to the humour then.

Now the show has become quite ordinary. It's still awesome, but ordinary. The unconventional beat is lost.

I haven't even been able to complete the next episode. :(

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Yul + Ha Kyung yes yes yes
...he is obviously having a deep crush on her.
Four episodes left. More please....

Yul + SR errr yes to bromance
....LOL.

SR + Director Chu
Sweet...

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best. kiss. ever.
THE BROMANCE IS STRONG WITH THESE TWO

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I loved the scene where Yul inhales all of his (and her) food. Yul eats like a child who doesn't know where his next meal is coming from, or when. It humanizes him in a way that needed a deft touch from the writer to keep it from feeling too manufactured. I'm sure we'll find that a desperately deprived childhood is part of Yul becoming what he is now. And yes, I'm shipping those two.

The scenes with Neo and Morpheus were comedy gold. I wonder if the boy band synchronicity was the writer's idea, or the director's, or the actors' improvisations. It had a very spontaneous feel. I would have loved to have seen them film this.

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I have to give Ha Kyung props for not even flinching when Yul basically orders the entire menu. Like someone mentioned in a previous recap, we really need a third season of Let's Eat featuring Junho. Or maybe have the 3rd season with a cameo from Yul's character.

That scene did make me wonder about Yul's childhood. I'm guessing he must have been an orphan if he had to fight other kids for foood.

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Jun-ho's skin is back to perfection after last week's zit.

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lol! Maybe he finally got some beauty sleep after 2pm's concerts got canceled. I have to say, I appreciate the show's blatant fixation on his skin. And hands lol. There are almost as many close-ups of them as there are of his face.

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What's awesome is that the characters voice our opinions:

Us for 15 episodes: 'Wow, look at Yul's perfect skin'
Kwang Sook: 'He's mean to Chief, but he's handsome and has good skin'.

Us since episode 1: 'Yul really loves food...'
Ha Kyung episode 15: 'You love food. Let's go for dinner.'
Yul: 'Oh yes, I love food. Don't we all work to eat?'

Life lesson from this show: enjoy your food like Yul. Just don't eat others under the table.

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I appreciate the show’s blatant fixation on his skin.

He does have really good skin. He probably has a skincare regimen that's an hour long every day.

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I think I am going to have to start watching this show based on that first picture XD. I heard a lot about it but I have been setting it aside. I like NM and he is really good at doing comedy.

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Yul is a really interesting character- one you have a hard time categorising. He desnt fit into any box and i'm really tipping my heads off to junho for making him that character you dont know to like or to dislike but one that keeps your interest

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The ship is sailing between Chief Kim and Yul ?

Yul is cute when he is with Ha Kyung but ehem.. sorry what I see Ha Kyung is more interested with Sung Ryeong ? But Yul is cute with most everyone even with Sung Ryeong, except the Chairman and his minions.

Shipping aside, Myung Seok ahhh... Keep loving him more and more.

Morpheus and Neo sounds too cute for bodyguard's name haha.

I cannot wait to see what will be Gwang Sook's role. I found Chief Kim is a good teacher, he used metaphor to explain what is audit and accounting fraud (although he did lose himself haha).

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I'm not sure what the show's endgame will be, but I really like that Sung Ryong and Ha Kyung are showing an opposite-sex friendship and partnership with very few romantic themes. Not every "couple" are destined for romance, and it's really nice to see that they are just working together like a fine-tuned machine because they admire each other and back each other up.

And I'll admit, I love Yul's crush on Ha Kyung. I have no idea if it'll go anywhere, but it's sweet and she seems fully aware of it. The way she responds to him is somewhat older-sisterish, so who knows what her thoughts are on romance, but she's giving him wonderful room to just loosen up a bit and be himself without risk of blowback. She's consistently the one reaching out to him, which is interesting.

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I'm guessing there may not be a romance in the endgame - besides that of Sang Tae and Kwangsook. If there is, it would just be a small hint like Ha Kyung or Sung-Ryong asking each other out for coffee.

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Ha Kyung has that noona vibe with both guys in my opinion.

Deep down, I am considering of rescuing my Yul- Ha Kyung ship from the rocks where it crashed... but yes, the main ship I want sailing now is Chief Kim and Yul.

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Thanks @lovepark for the recap, i've been waiting for it. I actually don't find it odd that chief Kim is looking at taking on the chairman now, since he already gave up on his revenge on Yul. But you are right, hos personal motivations are just catalysts.
Can i also say how much I love this drama. I binged watched the episodes for two days and i don't regret it. it has been an interesting rollercoaster, a known turn, but still fun all the way. I vote Namgoong Min for the Deaseng this year, he deserves it cos he put his all into the character. Don't think anyone could have done TQP better than him.
p.s Who loved the scene where Director Choo hyungnim was consoling and crying with chief kim, the looked so much like a father-son pair. really felt that scene. He is scared but he also knows nobody will do it if he doesn't. Really going to miss the weirdos from business operations dept.
Fighting Chief Kim!!

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Oh yes. It is stil early to say he will get Daesang, but I am rooting for him to get it. He owns his role and he is so perfect - he can transform from serious mode to funny mode and vice versa. If he really get Daesang, he really earn it, not because of popularity alone.

Aside from that, I am rooting for Jun Ho and Dong Ha (Myung Seok) to get Best New Actor award too. I want all of casts to get award, but it is impossible.

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I loved that scene too, i was glad that SR told him about the kidnap, I thought he would keep it to himself like most kdrama do, but he told him in a heartbreaking way he was really scared. Good scene.

The fun part that he later told the whole universe and wrote a various copies of a will that was soo hilarious.

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I soo laughed in that scene in the chairman's office. He was basically saying "I have no intention of killing myself or dying a very horrible death. Blame D to the O if such thing happens". Watched the scene like three times. He just testified to his own murder LOL.

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and when Yul tore the letter then he pulled another one from his pocket and resumed reading.. hahaha

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his this is not a suicide note is ingenious, along with giving everyone else a copy. Wish more people did that in kdramas once they suspect they might be in danger of being offed.

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mumbling to himself that Chairman Park woke the sleeping lion.

Holy ****! If everything he has done so far is the *sleeping* version of him......

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Sigh. Messed up the blockquote again. Supposed to end after "lion". Shouldn't try to do them anymore past midnight :(

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They're Cinderella blockquotes. They change back after midnight.

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This episode made me a very happy camper, and in no small parts thanks to the interactions between Yul and Ha-Kyung and Yul and Sung-Ryeong.

When the previous episode ended, I really hoped that it would Yul who'd come to Sung-Ryeong's rescue and when that did happen, I was ecstatic!

From the start I always though that despite the antagonistic relationship these two share, they wouldn't throw each other to the dogs when push comes to shove. Yul saving SR despite knowing that it was against what the Chairman wanted really cemented that for me!

I've got to say, I love the way these two fight. It reminds me of siblings who constantly annoy each other but so very secretly want the other's approval. All their interactions so far remind of that dynamic!

ALSO THAT KISS SCENE. SO CUTE. :D

And also, the Yul - Ha-Kyung scene. I think I died and went to heaven. Yul gets so cute and flustered around Ha-Kyung that in those moments, it's impossible to not like him! Ha-Kyung also does not seem that one-dimensional when she's with him. The scene where they have dinner and Ha-Kyung gave him her food too touched a chord in me. I think she realised quite a few things about Yul right there and her estimation of him is slowly changing. There are 4 more eps left. Please show, don't tank my ship!

And to round my comment off, I think the scene between Director Choo and Sung-Ryeong was so touching. He consoled him just like a dad would and it's clear that Director Choo is the father figure SR has been desperately missing in his life. Also, the fact that he addresses him as hyungnim made me smile! What a cute relationship. :')

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Although the love lines haven't been strong in this show (which I like), I'm not seeing that much romantic chemistry between Sung Ryong and Ha Kyung, but seems like I'm not the only one feeling it between Ha Kyung and Yul.

So I am wondering... Sung Ryong and Ga Eun?

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Yes!! You're not the only one looking forward to this pairing. I would love to see Sung Ryong and Ga Eun dating, haha!! They complement each other so well, I have hope that it might happen. But it is difficult to tell since Sung Ryong is so friendly with all the girls (something that I love from him) and so far he has not left any clues that he might like someone...
Also, I find the chemistry between Ha Kyung and Yul more compelling. So, let's see what we are given in the end.

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He called HK his partner for life, called her beautiful and tried to make sure She did not get the wrong idea about he and Gwang Sook plus he was elated she said being with made her feel reassured.

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Mmmm, yeah I know, but I thought he was flattering her to get on her good side, maybe it's because I'm not feeling any romantic chemistry between them.

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Yes, i ship him more with Ga Eun, she's been helping him a lot and she's very impressed with him, and they make a dynamic team together. I love thier sneaking on the stairs and that office room, its fun.

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I want more of Neo and Morpheus :(

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Met too, i want those bodyguards back, they're so fun to watch.

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I think they will be back later. heee.

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I am thinking if Yul is somehow send by CEO, with his ability, he can "work" at anywhere,

He seems like a mission of repaying debt to "CEO", might be a stretch,

Neo and Morpheus, can anyone in a company can simply bring body guard? lol

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I'm still lookin' at you Seo Yul ..... because Junho has been just so fantastic in this role.

Oh my gosh, the bodyguards, Morpheus and Neo! ..... I'm still *laughing*

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The writer is plausible for making all characters so interesting on their own. Part for me want Yul to become really evil, because I am convinced that Junho can play a real villain. I am kind of want him to play a killer or a real psyco lol in the future. Something like what NGM did before, or Kim Jae Wook's character in Voice. He and D.O are two precious gems, examples of idol-actor that I really want to be success in acting. I don't want their talents just to be wasted for some puppy roles. ?

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Before beginning to watch this show I really set my expectation so high. Have to say that I was pretty disappointed during the first 10 episodes wince the lead actor didn't do anything to show his ingenious ability with numbers. It seems to me that he is lucky most of the times, and many times he just acted pretty stupid. However, let's say that this shows somehow grows on me. I used to think that Director Seo is such a strange person: Sometimes he is just like a big boy who just enjoys eating so much he seems like an ordinary lovely kid, while he can be quite immoral in the other times. But I somehow figures it out that he may not be that bad. I don't know if the writer intends to make him this type of character or just a flaw in writing, but it isn't very important anymore. He grows on me, too.

The character I love the most in this show turns out to be Myung Seok (don't know if I spell his name correctly). He seems like a total jerk in the beginning, but he just grows on you. I agree with other comments that he is just another lost soul waiting to be helped. He's quite nice. For me he's a really fun thing to watch. I just hope that he'll grow up as a decent person and follow the right path as he should.

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D to the O

That cracked me right the hell up. He wrote it out in the letter! :snort:

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That made me snort too, both seeing it on the page and when he said it out loud *writhes in glee* OH this show!!!

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Does anyone else think Yul could be doing an undercover investigation and SR unwittingly keeps getting in his way (but the corruption is being revealed regardless)? His fellow henchman seems to have been his investigator when he was a prosecutor and he (Yul) is very intent on ferreting out all the Chairman's secrets so I'm wondering if that's how it gets resolved- either way I'm in love with a gluttonous psychopath :)

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LOL I guess my ship on this show is Yul + secretly being a good guy. I'm still grasping one tiny splinter but should probably just admit that whole boat went down several episodes ago.

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I dunno - every single episode, I see more that makes me convinced this is Yul doing his own investigation. What he wants is to catch the Chairman with the embezzled funds. But he can't do that until Park actually claims it.

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I was trying to recall the circumstances when Yul left prosecutor headquarters. The other (hapless) prosecutor was trying to get evidence of TQ's dirty tricks, but then Manager Lee 'committed suicide' instead of giving them the information... which is when Yul resigned. Am I remembering this correctly?

So, my theory is that Yul really did turn evil because he thought good people are always weak and cave under pressure. Learning however that Lee did not try to kill himself, and seeing Chief Kim doggedly fighting back, is shaking his belief that evil and might prevails.

I was also touched to hear him say he eats fast because he knows people will steal his food otherwise. Memories of school bullying flash by. Basically, all his life he's seen evil triumph. Maybe he became a prosecutor with some idealist dreams, but the beginning of this drama showed him officially turning evil.

So, that's my theory. Of course I'd be happy if he is undercover, but I prefer to think we've seen him as a genuine villain so far, but one who still has a chance to change.

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I kept on seeing Jo Jung Seok in Myung Seok. Am I the only one?

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Not really haha, but I keep seeing JJS sucking those ginseng sachets at the beginning of each episode... no idea why.

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I actually have soft spots for Myung-suk and Sangtae. Since the beginning of the episode, I found them endearing. LOL, much like Ga-eun, I don't like tht whiny guy with glasses. But he does have redeeming quality. So, he's forgiven hahaha

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thanks lovepark for the recap!

i luv this episode coz of two poignant moments that capture the heart of this show, SR's admission to Director Chu about his fear of dying at that moment... Props to both actors:)

Yul's admission to HK after dinner on why he saved SR. HK's acceptance of the 'i'm not sure' reason speaks volumes, she understands him somehow:)

in between these two moments are comedic beats that makes me wish chief kim is a daily drama instead of 20-episodes. the writer have somehow find the balance of zany-comedy, with right amount of pathos to anchor these characters:) it helps that all these actors/actresses are nailing their roles!!!

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