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Chief Kim: Episode 17

Like the calm before the storm, the Business Operations Department is finally experiencing a moment of peace after their hard-earned win, but this only makes Sung-ryong more uneasy for what is still to come. Now that it’s Chairman Park’s turn to retaliate, it seems that no one is safe from his ambition to make TQ Group completely his, once and for all.

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

Ha-kyung barges into the final audit meeting, declaring her objection to the audits from this year and from previous years. Moments later, Sung-ryong runs in, and Ha-kyung reveals the evidence: a micro SD card left by Chief Lee.

Right then, Prosecutor Han enters, and Ha-kyung hands over the chip, explaining that it contains the original audit files from last year as well as a video recording of the forgery. In the back, Sung-ryong tattles to Prosecutor Han about the connection between the accounting firm and TQ Group while deliberately pointing out Yul as the most dastardly.

Yul storms out of the room, and the auditing chief chases after him. Distressed, he grabs Yul’s sleeve and pleads for a solution. Yul tosses the man aside and leaves to report to the chairman.

Yul quickly explains to Chairman Park that the Prosecutor’s Office, the Financial Supervisory Service, and the National Tax Service will soon come after them, and he indirectly blames the chairman for creating this predicament by failing to deal with Chief Lee properly. Unperturbed by the accusation, the chairman tells Yul to calm down and prepare for damage control.

Prosecutor Han arrives at TQ Group with a search and seizure warrant, and the accounting director is apprehended. While the accounting department glumly watches all their hard drives and files being taken, the Business Operations Department is abuzz with excitement, though Myung-suk anxiously glues receipts in the background.

Prosecutor Han meets with the Business Operations Department (minus Sung-ryong) to thank them for their cooperation, and he reassures them that their hard drives were taken because of protocol. Giddy, Manager Lee cracks a joke, noting that the prosecutor looks much better without the helmet. Without skipping a beat, Prosecutor Han deadpans, “It’s true.”

He asks everyone to hand over any copies of the file they might have kept, and a pile of flash drives end up on the table, much to his surprise. Ha-kyung quickly explains that they each kept a copy, just in case. These people have been watching their dramas!

Meanwhile, Sung-ryong meets with Ga-eun, who informs him that she’s returning to her original office. She gives her thanks and tells Sung-ryong that it was an honor working for him. He returns the sentiment and asks if Ga-eun will say goodbye to everyone in the department. Though she’s embarrassed to see them since she lied about her identity, Ga-eun agrees to say farewell.

Everyone in the Business Operations Department gathers around Ga-eun as she explains her departure from TQ Group, and Sang-tae jokingly wonders if Ga-eun was secretly part of the “royal family.” Myung-suk quickly informs Sang-tae that there’s no one this pretty in their family besides his mother, and then asks for Ga-eun’s number to make sure. Heh.

When Director Chu asks if she’s found another job, Ga-eun hesitantly confesses that she’s actually an undercover detective. She nervously waits for their reaction, but the whole room bursts into laughter. Confused, Ga-eun says that she’s serious, but that only makes everyone laugh harder, since they all think she’s joking.

Meanwhile, Sung-ryong sits across from Executive Director Jo and Director Go—who are mimicking each other in posture and attitude—while an apprehensive Director of Ethical Management fidgets next to Sung-ryong. He reminds the two directors that he has the power to request their punishment, and cues the Director of Ethical Management to inform them of their punishment.

Timidly, she tells them that they need to submit twenty apology letters, and they almost flip the table in anger. Executive Director Jo gets up to leave, but when Sung-ryong threatens them with a disciplinary hearing instead, Director Go manages to convince her to stay. As a final message, Sung-ryong requests for the Director of Ethical Management to repeat her mantra: “Don’t get mad!”

The news of TQ Group’s latest audit scandal plays in the lobby, and in his office, the chairman yells at his three directors. Executive Director Jo apologizes for the commotion, but Chairman Park is tired of hearing her apologies. He divides up the tasks (Jo on media, Yul on prosecutors, and Go on internal management) and icily tells them that he’s decided to trust them less.

Prosecutor Han interrogates the accounting director who remains silent, so he brings in a familiar face in hopes of getting him to talk. Ga-eun walks in, and reveals her true identity as a detective of the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit. She then proceeds to yell at the director and slams the table. Taken aback, Prosecutor Han whispers in her ear that she should tone it down. Ha!

Yul meets with the chief prosecutor to ask for help, but the prosecutor says that he has no reason to stop the investigation.

Everyone in the Business Operations Department is giddy with their recent win, all except Myung-suk. He excuses himself from their celebratory party after work, citing a prior engagement, and Sung-ryong follows after him. Realizing their mistake, Director Chu and Ha-kyung chide themselves for being inconsiderate.

Out in the hallway, Sung-ryong invites Myung-suk out for drinks, and when Myung-suk mentions that he has plans, Sung-ryong tells him that the truth is written on his forehead (i.e. he made it up). Sung-ryong throws his arm around Myung-suk’s shoulder, and though Myung-suk complains that they look too friendly, Sung-ryong says that they’ve progressed to this stage in their relationship.

Chairman Park waits for a guest at a fancy restaurant, and when his guest finally appears, the chairman gets up from his seat to politely greet the other gentleman.

Sharing a bottle of soju, Sung-ryong asks how Myung-suk is feeling, and the latter gives a half-hearted response. Sung-ryong points to Myung-suk’s forehead and tells him that it’s obvious he’s upset. Addressing the elephant in the room, Sung-ryong asks if it’s because he’s bullying his father.

With a sigh, Myung-suk tells Sung-ryong to take it easy, and Sung-ryong shouts that the elbow bends inward (a Korean idiom meaning that people favor those closest to them). Myung-suk explains that he knows his father is heartless, which is why he wants Sung-ryong to be careful, especially since he almost died before.

After a pause, he admits that he doesn’t want to go to Sung-ryong’s funeral, and Sung-ryong playfully asks if he’s worried about him. Myung-suk claims that he just doesn’t like the food served at funerals, but admits that lately he’s been thinking that his father should know how to be ashamed. Smiling, Sung-ryong teases Myung-suk and feeds him a slice of meat.

At the fancy restaurant, Chairman Park’s guest muses about the difficult request the chairman just made, but in the end, he agrees to help. The gentleman informs Chairman Park that he’ll also send a subordinate in the next couple of days, and the chairman thanks him profusely.

This time, Sung-ryong waits for Director Chu on the couch, and once Director Chu comes home, they talk about Myung-suk and how he actually seems to be a good person. Director Chu adds that you have to be a good person to be a good superior like him, and Sung-ryong teasingly asks what makes Director Chu a good superior.

He explains that a good boss has to be diligent but lazy, as well as smart but dumb. That only confuses Sung-ryong, so Director Chu makes it simpler for him: everyone needs a breather. Director Chu then blinks at Sung-ryong and asks him if he would be his teddy bear tonight. Sung-ryong threatens to beat him, but that doesn’t stop Director Chu from chasing him around the living room for some snuggle time.

In a less happy home, Madam Jang waits for Chairman Park, and once he arrives, she immediately asks how he let the company fall into this state. Sneering, Chairman Park accuses his wife of being secretly happy to see his demise, but she tells him that she’s also resigning if he steps down.

She plans to cut off all the rotten parts of the company, once and for all. Chairman Park angrily shouts that TQ Group is his, and he dares her to take it from him. Upstairs, Myung-suk eavesdrops on his parents and watches them argue with a dejected expression.

Prosecutor Han confronts the chief prosecutor about his recent orders to conduct the investigation on TQ Group behind closed doors. His boss cites his last failed attempt as the reason for his decision, so Prosecutor Han asks why they’re blocking the media, then. The chief prosecutor merely shrugs and says that TQ Group is powerful.

As Myung-suk leaves for work, he overhears Chairman Park thanking someone over the phone in the living room. Chairman Park says that they took care of the media and mentions the word “scapegoat.”

Sung-ryong receives a call from Prosecutor Han, who informs him of the recent development. Quick on his feet, Sung-ryong surmises that the higher-ups are interfering.

Looking haggard, the accounting director reports to Yul after being released, and Yul notes how quickly things are being handled. Confirming that the accounting director didn’t tell the prosecutor anything, Yul dismisses him before wondering who could be behind all of this.

The subordinate sent by Chairman Park’s helper—who calls himself Manager Choi—arrives, and he assures the chairman that he’ll quickly return the company to normal. As Manager Choi leaves the office, he crosses paths with Yul, and though Yul spares a second glance at the older gentleman, he continues on his way.

Chairman Park approves of Yul’s proposal to change accounting firms, and when he asks if Yul has anything else to say, Yul admits to having a question. He asks the chairman how he managed to quiet everything, and Chairman Park tells him that he received helped from a certain gentleman.

The chief prosecutor receives a call from the higher-ups and asks if Prosecutor Han would accept these changes. Though we don’t hear the exact details, from the look on the chief’s face, this probably means more bad news for our heroes.

The Business Operations Department is busy yet calm, which only makes Sung-ryong feel uneasy. Next to him, Myung-suk fidgets in his seat, and Sung-ryong wonders why he’s acting like a puppy that wants to poop. At Sung-ryong’s prodding, Myung-suk silently mouths at him to come outside.

Stepping into the hallway, Myung-suk explains to Sung-ryong that he heard his father talking about a scapegoat and that he was working with someone. Sung-ryong complains about the vague information, but Myung-suk is convinced that the scapegoat is Sung-ryong.

Convinced, Sung-ryong then orders Myung-suk to continue eavesdropping on his father, but Myung-suk refuses out of fear of getting caught. Thus, Sung-ryong advises him to act like he wasn’t spying and offers to help him practice by pretending to be the chairman. Playing along, Myung-suk pretends to be caught, and then says “I love you” while shooting finger guns. Smooth.

Yul calls the chief prosecutor to ask about the investigation, and the chief tells him that the higher-ups have taken care of everything. However, just as one problem gets resolved, another appears.

Chairman Park and the high-ranking officers gather in an emergency meeting to discuss Seoahn Jangryong’s recent decision to pull its investments. Yul offers to contact them, but Chairman Park is sick of begging. He warns his directors to be prepared for massive restructuring in the near future and leaves the meeting.

Word spreads fast, and Sang-tae hurries to the Business Operations Department to report about the incident with Seoahn Jangryong. Ha-kyung notes that this could mean bankruptcy for the company, and Myung-suk looks stricken by the news.

Sung-ryong tells Kwang-sook that the chairman is making him a scapegoat, and Kwang-sook gasps in shock. He muses that big hardships follow big people as he asks Kwang-sook to look for any suspicious characters. She assures him that it’s her specialty, and he reminds her that his life is on the line.

Prosecutor Han confronts the chief prosecutor over his replacement on the TQ Group case, but the chief prosecutor simply states that the higher-ups thought that Prosecutor Han was too personally attached. In his office, Prosecutor Han lets out his anger, and Ga-eun watches from the doorway before reporting the reassignment to Sung-ryong.

In the hallway, Sung-ryong tells Ha-kyung that he’s the new scapegoat, but she asks quizzically if he’s sure, since she doesn’t see how using him as a scapegoat would be beneficial. Affronted, Sung-ryong reasserts his status as the scapegoat, and Ha-kyung doesn’t argue.

Meanwhile, Manager Choi meets with Director Go and the accounting director and asks them to share all their knowledge about Yul. Oh no!

Sung-ryong and Ha-kyung meet with Prosecutor Han and Ga-eun to talk about the reassignment, but unfortunately, there’s nothing they can do about it. At Ha-kyung’s suggestion, Sung-ryong shares with the group that he’s going to be a scapegoat, but Prosecutor Han is also skeptical about his claims.

Back at TQ Group, Kwang-sook strolls around the Accounting Department and spots Manager Choi in his meeting. She barges in, saying that she’s here to deliver free coffee, but Manager Choi glares at her and orders her to leave. Kwang-sook’s bubbly attitude is no match for his steely scowl, so Kwang-sook retreats and settles for photos instead.

With Kwang-sook gone, Manager Choi informs the two men that a new prosecutor will take them in for an interrogation. However, all they need to do is follow the prosecutor’s lead.

Meanwhile, Chairman Park assigns Yul some new responsibilities and even gives him access to some of his private funds. Though surprised, Yul gladly accepts the new tasks.

While out for dinner, Ha-kyung tells Sung-ryong to calm down as he barks at a waitress for almost bumping into him. She sighs about the irony of worrying about the evidence they handed to the prosecutors, though she claims to finally understand why Sung-ryong wanted to go to Denmark.

Just then, Sung-ryong receives a text message, and he happily forwards it to Ga-eun. It’s a photo of Manager Choi, and Sung-ryong asks her to run a background check on the “mean-looking” man.

At home, Sung-ryong checks all his files and accounts. Lying on the couch behind him, Director Chu dryly comments, “It’s not you.” He explains that a scapegoat is on a different level, which only angers Sung-ryong. He pouts, thinking that he’s being undervalued, and Director Chu drops the topic, deciding to go to bed. However, he chuckles to himself, and Sung-ryong accuses him of laughing. Director Chu lies that it’s because he needs to pee, but when he continues to laugh, Sung-ryong pounces on him.

The new prosecutor on the TQ Group case interrogates the accounting director as well as Director Go and Executive Director Jo. He asks leading questions about Yul’s activities, and everyone readily blames Yul for the recent disaster, citing his manipulation, threats, and embezzlement as the cause.

Prosecutor Han hears about the interrogation and the new prosecutor’s interest in Yul. Making the connection, he tries to contact Yul, but he’s too busy trying to calm a room filled with angry board members to answer.

Prosecutor Han delivers the information on Manager Choi to Sung-ryong and explains that the gentleman is a famous “architect” in the political world. He adds that Manager Choi only attacks those of high caliber, meaning that Sung-ryong isn’t the scapegoat, but that only ruffles Sung-ryong’s feathers.

Sung-ryong proclaims that he must be the scapegoat since he’s a celebrity, but Prosecutor Han’s incessant denial forces Sung-ryong to relent. He asks who else could be the scapegoat then, and Prosecutor Han tells him of his hunch concerning Yul. Sung-ryong agrees that this makes more sense, and Prosecutor Han asks Sung-ryong to help Yul if it’s true.

Thus, Sung-ryong finds Yul to warn him about the chairman, but Yul merely screams in Sung-ryong’s face. Debating if he should just let Yul die, Sung-ryong ultimately decides to help and follows him to his office. He tells Yul that he’s the scapegoat, but Yul assumes that he’s just playing a trick, considering that they’re enemies.

Sung-ryong explains that he’s warning him because he called dibs on ruining Yul, and he indirectly kisses Yul on the cheek with his thumb. Enraged, Yul grabs his letter opener and yells at him to leave. Right then, his secretary walks in, and Yul briefly regains his composure before returning to being angry. With a pout, Sung-ryong says that Yul will regret this and calls him an idiot.

Prosecutor Han chases after the chief prosecutor and tries to stop him from arresting Yul. He argues that Yul isn’t the main target and that they should arrest Chairman Park instead. However, his pleas fall on deaf ears.

As Yul organizes the files on his desk, his curiosity wins, and he opens the envelope Sung-ryong left behind. After reading about Manager Choi, he orders his minion to come meet him.

Ga-eun calls Sung-ryong to tell him about Yul’s upcoming arrest, and Sung-ryong happens to run into Ha-kyung in the hallway. He shares the message with her, and she is shocked by the news.

Yul’s minion shares the little he knows about Manager Choi with Yul and advises Yul to avoid him at all cost. Acting tough, Yul challenges them to come, and his minion hands him a chocolate bar. Heh.

Yul finally picks up the call from Prosecutor Han and quickly heads for his car in the garage. He orders his minion to buy him two hours in order to come up with countermeasures, and Sung-ryong calls him just then, telling him not to get caught.

It’s too late for that, though, as officers from the prosecutor’s office arrive with a warrant. Just as Yul is about to be arrested, another van appears, and a group of men beat up the minion as they drag Yul away.

Moments later, Sung-ryong arrives and asks the minion where Yul went. He ignores Sung-ryong and gets into his car, but Sung-ryong tries to join him, explaining that he has to repay Yul for saving his life. At that, the minion lets Sung-ryong come with him.

In an abandoned warehouse, the men take away Yul’s possessions, including the chocolate bar, which actually turns out to be a tracking device. Sung-ryong is amazed by the technology and chatters away as the minion grips the steering wheel, just barely controlling his anger. In the end, he yells at Sung-ryong to just shut up already, but unfazed, Sung-ryong continues to talk.

At the warehouse, Manager Choi marches up to Yul and shows him a news report. The prosecutors are accusing Yul of running away and have given him until midnight to turn himself in. Manager Choi tells him that they’ll release him after midnight, and Yul scoffs at their meticulous plan.

Manager Choi decides to share some wisdom with Yul and says that he’s seen a lot of prosecutors like Yul before. They all want to be king, but no matter how hard they try, they will always be a pawn. This is reality, and Manager Choi advises Yul to be humble and accept his place in life.

Sung-ryong and the minion arrive at the warehouse, and the minion takes out a pole from his trunk of weapons. Sung-ryong asks for one, too, so the minion hands him a bat. Then, in a glorious Goblin parody, Sung-ryong and the minion strut towards the warehouse through a fog, backlit by the headlights from the car.

They make their dramatic entrance, and Sung-ryong throws out his witty comments while the minion mumbles that he talks too much. As soon as the fight begins, Sung-ryong scurries off to the side to free Yul while the minion takes down each opponent one by one with a flurry of hits and kicks.

Shocked, Yul wonders why Sung-ryong is here, and with a smile, Sung-ryong reaches into his inside pocket. He takes out an invisible ticket and proudly presents his life extension ticket.

 
COMMENTS

That parody was perfect. Sung-ryong and the minion make a hilarious combo, especially since Sung-ryong’s craziness seems to be magnified next to the minion’s stoicism. I absolutely love them together, and definitely would like to see more of their interactions. Then again, I basically love Sung-ryong with nearly everyone because he’s a wacky guy who would probably have chemistry with a wooden pole. Besides the wonderful duo of Sung-ryong and the minion, everything about the ending was fantastic because, despite the dramatic moment, the show (as always) ends with its signature, off-beat charm. Only Sung-ryong would crack a joke as he saves someone in an abandoned warehouse while an epic fight occurs in the background, and this is why I love him as a character.

Though not much happened this episode objectively, I didn’t mind the buildup to the actual reveal and the subsequent kidnapping. I enjoyed how the episode showed Manager Choi’s (and indirectly, Chairman Park’s) plan bit by bit because it was mostly played for laughs at the expense of Sung-ryong. It was funny how he was convinced that he was the scapegoat and then got annoyed when everyone else (besides his cheering squad of Kwang-sook and new-member Myung-suk) realized that he couldn’t be the scapegoat. Which is why I laughed when Sung-ryong so easily accepted the truth that Yul was more likely the scapegoat, because it’s so in line with his character to flop from one extreme to the next.

Furthermore, I’m probably a bit more forgiving about the pace because of the implications this episode hinted at. It’s actually brilliant how the show played this because they’ve created a way for Yul to actually team-up with Sung-ryong’s team without compromising his character. They’ve organically made the chairman enemies to both, which means that Yul can join Sung-ryong without experiencing a random revelation and character change. He’s still the “psychopathic” glutton who’s probably motivated by greed, but now he can be the psycho glutton alongside TQ’s resident psycho, Sung-ryong! It’s going to be great.

Myung-suk continues to be a surprising gem, and I’m actually amazed by how well the show has handled his character so far. Rather than fully incorporating Myung-suk into the team and making him a one-dimensional character, the show has given him some depth by portraying his struggle with his family ties and his moral compass. Though Myung-suk has shed much of his bratty persona, he’s still the chairman’s son, and I believe the show made Myung-suk an even more endearing character by acknowledging the two sides Myung-suk must straddle. On one hand, Myung-suk recognizes human dignity and doesn’t see people as machines to make money for him like his father, but because he has compassion and a human heart, he also can’t completely abandon his father and hate him.

It’s easy for the others, like the members in the Business Operations Department, to despise the chairman and get excited to bring him down, but for Myung-suk, it’s an internal battle between fighting for justice while accepting that this means his father will get hurt. Dramas about workplace corruption, especially comedies, don’t really deal with this issue, so it’s interesting to see Chief Kim show this struggle of doing what’s right even if it’s against your own kin. The show could have easily made Myung-suk into a side character who experiences a change of heart and becomes a typical “good guy,” but they chose to give him a legitimate conflict and add shades of grey into his character. Also, his growing attachment to Sung-ryong is adorable, especially since he’s still trying to deny it even as his little subconscious actions reveal that he’s a bonafide member of the Sung-ryong Fan Club.

 
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Im not tired of saying this every week, I looooooooove this drama, mainly because it doesn´t fall in the typical comedy genre, its deeper and it really takes care of every character, in this episode was about the minion and Myung Suk :) and of course the Goblin scene at the end was marvelous!! it just owed us the OST hahahah

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Namgoong Min's portrayal of Chief Kim with the exaggerated facial expressions, melodramatic inflections, smug attitude is overkill and off-putting at this point. The character comes off as more of an annoying pompous buffoon who talks too much rather than the underdog to root for.

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I agree with you about the cartoonish aspect that was chosen. For a consummate and versatile actor such as Namgoong Min... Of course this was not his decision.

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Really? I like it, it's funny. To each his own, I guess.

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This episode really ramped up the drama and I loved every minute of it, so much so that I’m going to spew a whole bunch of my feelings. :D

I spent the entire episode on tenterhooks, all thanks to Yul. So many kudos to Junho, for doing such a brilliant job as Yul. Even when Yul was coming unhinged and showing signs of tipping into the dark side, I was rooting for him, because Junho made him more than just a villainous caricature. Yay for complex and nuanced portrayals of morally grey characters!

I think it was hilarious how Sung Ryeong automatically assumed he was the scapegoat and everybody else was like, ‘Nah. I don’t buy it’. His offense at it was hilarious.

I love that just as Manager Choo acts like big brother to SR, he does the same for Myung Seok. That little scene in the restaurant is touching. Myung Seok seems to have needed a good father figure to look up to and I’m glad he found it in SR. His concern for SR was very sweet, and so was the way he tried to play it off as not wanting to go to funeral. You big softie!

As soon as the Chairman mentioned a scapegoat, I guessed it was Yul. I was reminded of Myung Seok’s line about his father having no mercy and being ruthless. After what he perceives as Yul doublecrossing, it seems fitting that the Chairman would throw him under the bus.

Yul’s meeting with his superior proved one thing. It seems he’s deep undercover. But when the superior threw him under the bus as well ( or at least I think he did), I’m not so sure of what is happening.

I love that once SR found out that Yul was going to be the scapegoat, he rushed off to tell him. Once again, playground bickering for the win. If I weren’t shipping Yul and Ha-Kyung, I’d definitely be shipping SR and Yul. They just love needling each other and get one over the other. I’m so relieved that despite his scepticism, Yul took note of SR’s warning. Granted, it did not give him much time to prepare but at least he knows now. Can I say, I just love his fighting spirit? Despite the gray-haired ahjussi warning him about the fixer, Yul still chooses to meet him head on. This is so very much like Sung-Ryeong. They both choose to bulldoze through their obstacles instead of playing long cons. Maybe that’s why they have such an antagonistic relationship. They are just too similar to each other ( the only difference being that SR’s eccentricity can be cute, Yul’s eccentricity is plain rude).

I just about squealed when the gray-haired ajhussi gave Yul a chocolate!! (Yes, it was a tracker, but still. SO SWEET) and Yul was actually worried when he got beat down. Lord knows Yul needs somebody on his side and it was nice to know he has a slightly murderous gray haired fellow!

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I cracked up at SR’s comment about how he and Yul have a love-hate relationship. It’s pretty accurate. His and the minion’s boss-ass entry into the abandoned building was great as well. In a pinch, gray haired ajhussi is a good person to have on your side. He decimated the goons! I hope Sung Ryeong and Yul’s interactions don’t end because the debt has been repaid. We need more love-hate bickering!!

One thing I’m mad about is a lack of Ha-Kyung’s role. Show please. There are 3 episodes left. Help a girl out and give her something substantial to do!!

One last thing, I’m really digging the fashion choices in this episode, because it seems like the stylist was telling a story.

Yul has up until now mostly favoured dark, muted colours. But the cream white suit today indicated that he’s no longer going to be on the dark side. He’s making a shift. And later on, when he’s in his office with Sung Ryeong, they were both sporting suits of similar colours, and at that point of time, both of them were essentially on the same side!

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Someone said Nam Sang Mi probably pregnant because she seems to be gain weight a little ? so that's why her screentime is reduced. ngee.

Agree everything about you said. I am curious the relationship between Yul and his minion. Seems like Yul probably saved this guy from anything big in the past. I hope this drama will explain a little how their relationship was built.

About 'undercover mission' - you will find out in epi 18 ?

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Funnily enough, I did consider her being pregnant during Ep 18 because one of her costumes was just way too lose. But if that's the case, it does make sense that she would have reduced screentime.

Maybe Yul and the gray-haired ajhussi do have a shared past. That's an interesting idea! :)

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Haha Pipette, I agree with all your points. I have been going crazy waiting for the recap to come out so I could come and squee over how much I enjoyed it. And YES, it is mainly because Yul is finally cutting ties with the chairman (by force). When I heard 'scapegoat' I immediately had Yul in mind. It was hilarious how firmly convinced Sung Ryeong was of his own importance and how offended he was that nobody believed he was the scapegoat. He's only a small fish in the pond of corruption after all. One thing is for sure, there are always larger fish out there. Who is the old man backing chairman?

That Goblin parody was glorious. So that makes Yul the Goblin's bride? LOL :D :D

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I think the old man is some reputable political man or ex reputable judge. Because Chairman said if that old man helps him, in return he will support that old man. -it makes sense if that old man is politician, and we always know how politicians need businessman to support them on the back.

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Yes, I'm pretty sure it's an important politician, maybe even at the top of the top, which would be a powerful political statement by this drama.

I've also been pondering the Chairman's words that his secret funds were the future of TQ... It almost seems to me like he wouldn't mind if TQ goes bankrupt (except for the blow to his pride) because then he has the funds to build his own company in the way that he wants, without the 'annoying board'. I don't know in practice how this would work out, but it's just something I've been pondering.

I feel sorry for Myung Suk and his mother. It becomes clearer and clearer to me that Chairman mainly fell in love with her money and her company.

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I too was waiting for the recap, simply because so much squee had built up when watching the episode!

I'll admit, I was going to love Yul all the way to the end (whether he was bad or good) but seeing him cut ties with the Chairman was a relief!

Yul would be the bride in this case!! :D

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Reading your comment about their love-hate relationship makes me realise how it parallels that of Reaper-Goblin's relationship. Their bickering is entertaining and endless but it gets boring at times. Yul-SR on the hand, doesn't seem to get old and I absolutely love their dynamics that I wish them to remain as frenemies forever. I guess this is a new kind of bromance and if it's done well.. I'd surely love to see more of it in other dramas.

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"Reaper-Goblin’s bickering gets boring at times".
I agree those scenes seemed to be lagging. And it didn't help that at one of the two (Lee Dong Wook) is not a good actor. Whereas here, of course Namgoong Min is a top actor, and Jun Ho is also exceptionally good here.

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I love how the love-hate relationship is sort of one-sided. SR thinks it's a love-hate relationship, but Yul is pretty much on the stance of it being a "hate-hate" relationship.

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Lol I'm sure Yul definitely thinks it's a hate-hate relationship from his end, but he's never as harsh to SR as he should be and he never lets anyone else mess with SR either. We might be getting a begrudging confession out of Yul yet.

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Myung Seok rocking the pink suit better than most women lol.

And yes the Goblin parody lmao. I like Sung Ryeong and minion ahjusshi. hehe.

It is so funny that Sung Ryeong was annoyed when most of them said he is not at the level to be a scapegoat ? lol and when he took extra care for everything esp during the scene he ate with Ha Kyung, I laughed so hard. It was very funny (and quite embarrassing lmao).

Not to say his scene with Yul lol. I hope Junho wont suffer any sorethroat though, he keeps yelling in this drama ? Love that even their suits are matchy matchy - Yul in maroon colour, Sung Ryeong in purple colour ngee.

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Myung Seok did look very pretty in his suit! They put him very nice clothes all the time and he does justice to them! :)

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I still can't get enough of this show. This guy is so fun i always laugh my heart out. I can't believe this is the same guy who was a psycho in "Sensory Couple".

I love all the scenes of Sung Ryong and Yul

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I love how obvious it is that Yul isn't REALLY mad at Sung Ryong, even as he's yelling at him and threatening him with a letter opener. Yul doesn't act this way with anyone else, and he doesn't actually do anything to invite anyone else into their squabbles (like his secretary, or security). And he's done the same thing in the past, saying he'll deal with SY rather than allowing any of the other directors to intervene - he doesn't want to let them in because they actually might be efficient, and he doesn't really want Sung Ryong to stop pestering him because it's the most fun thing in his day. Hilariously, Sung Ryong seems to have the exact same attitude.

Between the writing and the acting, they really have got the "two 9-year old boys" dynamic down pat - whining about each others' food and screaming about cooties, but if you try to separate them they get all sulky until they can play together again.

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Really enjoying this show still, and I like that they're letting the supporting cast do a bit more.

Originally the show was 16 episodes and it got an extension to 20. I can feel that in these current episodes, it's kind of padded. BUT! I don't mind. I'm still very entertained and it gives them breathing room for more small touches. Like when Chief Kim says he wants to save Yul because they "have a love hate relationship" at first before saying it's to repay him for saving his life. And the stuff with Dong Ha's character. He's a good actor they only have to give him a little bit and he'll expand it into something with real impact.

Random: I'm pretty sure the candy bar was actually a tracker, and not the phone.

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this drama keep surprising me. you can't gust what is going to happen next. when I hear scapegoat , I thought was going to be director chiu

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Ah,i KNEW the old snake will put all the blame on Yul,see it coming since early on when he pissed him off wanting to use his money..I guess in the later part of the episode SR took a backseat and Yul became the main focus of the story...I must say it was quite endering seeing SR trying to warn him of the iminent danger and being made the "scapegoat"...Their frenemy is indeed the heart of this show and i wish in the end we'll actually see them in some sort of friendship and actually eating together...It was also cute seeing MR.Park(Yul minion) being still faitful to him and caring for him,also giving him that chocolate bar(along with the tracker inside)...The corruption and power struggle is going strong...For some reason Ga Eun reminded me of Yul when she was doing her real job in the iterogation room...Another highlight for me was Myong Seok and how he was worried for SR well being and embarrassed about his father deeds...I felt bad seeing him hear the convo between his parents and more likely feeling useless in protecting his Mother...Laughed at that walk in the night ala Goblin with Mr Park and SR,the music was the only one missing...Also when SR was all mad after sometime when everyone kept telling him he doesn't have what it takes to be the scapegoat...Loved also the little detailes as the style for Yul and SR,having almost the same colors,Yul burgundy and SR purple

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I have been waiting for ep 17 recap just to spazz about it!
It was an awesome episode and gave a reason for Yul to be on the same team as SR. I like that he isn't suddenly good because you know, some past sob stories and then just /flip/, "i'm a good guy now". Each characters has been unique and lovable and I'm not ready saying goodbye to them yet :(
MyungSeok's character was a surprise for me because his character development was certainly a nice one. We can see him growing to be a good person with a kind heart <3

I also love that SR admitted their Love-hate relationship hahahaha Yul wouldn't say it aloud I bet he knew it too hahahaha it's like when people confirm they are dating somehow hahaha

Ugh, I love this show. Love it so much. To the point I left a comment here when I have never done so for other series (i think lol)

Will be lookinh forward for ep 18 recap so I can spazz even more! Xd

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Haha, I can't wait until ep 18 recap is out for the collective spazz. It was so good!

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I so love this show! I really wish that SR and YS will be awarded with the the best couple award because no one can beat their chemistry!

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I am glad how this episode highlights that SR is not that caliblre to be the scapegoats because of his level, which makes the SR's character more relatable and realistic.
I usually end up hating the main lead of several dramas because of the writing which irrationally overvalue the main lead characters by putting them in overly dramatic story without sufficient background.

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like hwarang drama

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I'm working my brain thinking where did I saw the Myung Suk actor before. then it click, he's in Beautiful Mind before as Dr. Yang one of my favo character. lol.
I like Myung Suk as a character. Also I love how Chief Kim grew on people that make they at the end root and support him.
As for female character, maybe two lead is too much. Ga Eun and Ha Kyung should blend into one character so at the end we'll got a strong female lead. Rite now Ga Eun seem more useful as a character but Ha Kyung seem like director just let her do something so people realize she still there. It's just my opinion. :D

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Ack, no blending female leads! The cast is male-heavy as it is, and Ga Eun and Ha Kyung are completely different people - each bring their own excellent tone to the show. Both are supremely competent, but it would be like looking at merlot and sparkling cider and claiming they're the same because they're both beverages. I do not want a merlot-cider drink.

Absolutely the last thing we need (in any country) is to encourage the entertainment industry to compress female roles further. This show has at least two men to each female role. Ha Kyung = Sung Ryong + Yul. Ga Eun = Prosecutor Han + Manager Choi. Exec Director Jo = both Finance guys. Kwang Sook = Myung Suk + the office nerd. The girl in the office then is ALSO balanced out by the two remaining office guys, and that pattern also holds for the 2:1 ratio in the finance department. Hell, even Madam Jang gets completely overwhelmed by Chairman Park, his elderly sponsor and Yul's ninja. This pattern will hold for the rest of the show, too, and in fact get MORE male-heavy: one convenience store clerk is balanced out by three managers, for instance.

I love the show, but we can't ignore that this is a persistent pattern across all media. If we were to time the amount of screentime, it wouldn't be anywhere near 2:1, the men talk loads more. And if we were to apply the Bechdel Test? I think you have to go to sageuks for that, the long-running kind where there are entire scenes just based on household chores.

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I'm not actually looking to jump down your throat, and sorry if it reads that way - I end up in a lot of boardrooms where the balance is skewed waaaaay more than 2:1, and it's become a habit to tot up the ratio in my mind.

It's a good thing to be aware of generally, because now when someone says "do we need X department in this meeting?" I make the extra leap to think about WHO would be representing that department and whether it skews the gender mix in the room. And then usually put the whammy on that idea because, sure enough, they're usually coincidentally excluding a woman. Fight the good fight!

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wow daebak! I like your analysis

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I agree with you whole heartedly but I do see what Yoeda means. I think they're trying to express the point that both Ga-eun and Ha-kyung are ridiculously one dimensional. I'm honestly not sure what Ha-kyung adds to the show anymore. She had so much promise in the beginning but now they've essentially relegated what was supposed to be the "female lead" to a spot in the back. Perhaps collapsing Ga-eun and Ha-Kyung into one character isn't the best way to solve that though.

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As much as I love the bromances in the show, yes, it means female characters have not been as developed. Ha Kyung is basically the sidekick/voice of reason for Chief Kim and the light in the darkness for Yul.

Ga Eun had more to do in these last few episodes as part of the prosecutor gang. She's like one of the guys, which I have no problem with, but it was cute that only Myung Suk ever said she's pretty.

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I love gwang sook character!

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there are only 2 episode left. I was curious about seo yul's past and his relationship with his minion. and who's behind seo yul when prosecutor moon asked him in ep 18. there is only 2 episode but so many question in my mind

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I totally think his minion is his uncle or something.

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I've been curious about Yul's past too. From his comments about eating food quickly, Yul seemed to have been poor. I'm guessing he was frustrated with the prosecutor's office because he was so good, but at some point couldn't get further ahead in his profession because he was not well-connected. However as a former prosecutor, to TQ, he is well-connected enough to hire to head their finances.

But with his minion giving him the chocolate bar, I wonder if Yul was someone who had been rich once (and maybe the minion, his butler), but became newly poor during some point in his childhood.

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I thought he might be diabetic, but that's not panning out - he just inhales food. Ha Kyung probably had no idea she was taking the direct route to his heart by buying him dinner.

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This may be a stupid question, but is Seo Yul his full name? If he had a Park or Kim surname I might be writing fanfic about his childhood, but at the moment I know nothing about his past.

I'm also impatiently waiting to know the reason why grey-haired minion follows him around... only 3 more episodes!

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I think they don't have enough time to tell us about his past, so maybe at least tell us his relationship with ahjusshi minion. I need explanation why he is so loyal with him, and what is more interesting, he is a lot older. I mean if younger guy is so loyal to someone older like Chairman, we can assume already why.

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Well, I looked up 'Seo' and according to Wikipedia it's not a common surname and used for royalty, apparently hailing from Alcheon of Silla (my favourite Hwarang!). I don't know if any of this is reliable, but it just made me think about that joke by Sang-Tae that Ga Eun was from the 'royal family'... meaning the Chairman's family. This is far-fetched but would explain why an older ahjusshi would be so loyal to him. It would also be a funny throwback to that saeguk parody beginning *imagination now gone wild* ;)

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I love this drama because each character grows individually and they have a reason why they became like that. They cry and laugh together.

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How is it that it's on episode 17 and I'm not feeling fatigued at all? I'm guessing this is what happens when you tell stories that doesn't fixate on romantic relationships (don't get me wrong, I love the romance genre too!).

I did find it a stretch though that Yul wouldn't find the Chairman quietly moving all the assets to Yul suspicious, since he was once a prosecutor.

I love how we're moving onto having Seo Yul join team Chief Kim and how SR was worried about Yul. And it's funny that Yul ended up being the damsel in distress in the abandoned warehouse. With the goblin parody, I wonder if someone will photoshop Ji Eun Tak's face on Yul or do some further mashup. Ji Eun Tak's got her red scarf and Yul's got his red suit.

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Me too, I could easily watch more episodes of this, especially if Yul teams up with Chief Kim. Somehow I think they'd make a great prosecutor team: one as the sniffing hound and the other as the brains.

Everyone has a blind spot. For both Yul and SR I think it's thinking slightly too much of themselves: SR was offended that nobody thought he was important enough to be the scapegoat (played for comedy) but similarly, Yul seemed to think he was indispensable to keep TQ afloat. So he couldn't imagine being backstabbed by the Chairman. Pride cometh before fall. Amen. Hallelujah. :P

Haha, the red suit of distress! As a side note, I'm happy to see clothes realistically being re-used in this drama. I remember seeing Yul in his red suit back when he almost got involved in the mob fight at TQ Delivery.

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I think only Myung Seok keep changing his suits lol. OK he is chaebol's son?

This drama probably not high budgeted in my opinion, but the return is big. KBS CEO must be happy.

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I hope that Ngm and Junho win best couple.i love their love hate relationship

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Another fun episode!

As others have mentioned here, I also wonder about the ajusshi that helps Seo Yul and what exactly their relationship is. How did they meet?

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Yes! Agree with you, lovepark -- show was brilliant in how they got Yul and SR to be on the same side. They know we want the bromance and figured out how to do it for us, ha.

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Lovepark, spot on observations:) thank you for the recaps!

I luv how SR is mentoring Myung-suk, he just needed somebody on his side. It's lovely how SR & Dir Chu's friendship keeps growing, they're very affectionate with each other.

But Yul & SR takes this episode, their continued banter is just comedy gold... Now i just need to get one of those SR imaginary coupon:)

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I love ur recaps.....they make me understand so much more about what's goin on.....thanku:)
PS:I'm waiting for the next recap!

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As always, Sung Ryong is the stable humor of the show, i love how all the other characters bounce off of his wacky energy.

I also commend the show's ability to create a relatable back story without having to drag out a past. Particular with Yul. Altho we don't know his history it's easy to assume his less than stellar upbringing, through his eating habits, the way he bulldozes through people to get to the top and his hunger for power. I really liked that scene in the warehouse when Manager Choi was giving him 'advice' about sticking to his lane, especially the way Junho played out his reaction, trying so hard to appear unperturbed but still giving way to rage in the end. It was such a good scene, and it's easy to see that more than anything else, being helpless is the one thing Yul really can't stand. And it makes it easier to understand his actions, although I have to say that the show has done a great job at humanizing his particular brand of 'villain'.

There's so much development that comes from Yul and I love how realistic and true to character it is, like lovepark said it doesn't feel at all forced. Tbh I don't remember the last time I watched a kdrama with such a well-rounded villain arc lol.

NGM is no doubt carrying the show, and his special brand of wacky humor is what makes Chief Kim such a fresh drama, but in terms of character development, SR has been static the moment he's labeled as the good guy which is understandable since his character is meant to induce reaction rather than to be the one reacting. But man, Junho is honestly such a revelation for me. His performance turns Yul into such a fleshed out character that even when he's doing something bad, I can still understand his actions, and it's clear that I wasn't the only one still hoping he could change in the end.

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