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Chief Kim: Episode 19

With a former opponent now firmly on his side, Sung-ryong’s ability to bring down Chairman Park has exponentially increased as the final fight between Team Sung-ryong and Team Chairman begins. Though the chairman may have seemed invincible before, many heads are better than one, and as the days go by, Sung-ryong continues to build his team while Chairman Park’s greed continues to isolate him.

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

Sung-ryong and Yul stroll side by side into TQ to confront Chairman Park. They whip out envelopes and announce the indictments against him, which range from accounting fraud and tax evasion to instigating injury and murder to Sung-ryong, Yul, and Chief Lee.

Yul warns the chairman against arriving at the prosecutors’ office in an ambulance and wheelchair, and Sung-ryong cheekily advises him to get his hair and makeup done for all the press photos. Laughing, Chairman Park marches past them, and Sung-ryong vows to get the chairman as everyone joins him for his “D to the O” rock.

As they walk, Executive Director Jo promises to resolve everything, but Chairman Park calls “the gentleman” for help instead. In her office, Executive Director Jo yells at Director Go and Accountant Lee for being whistle-blowers, and they leave her office downtrodden. They reaffirm their loyalty to the company with each other, but their resolves crumble when Yul pops up behind them. He calls them his best supporters, and the two men feebly agree to help him.

Meanwhile, Sung-ryong informs Ha-kyung and Director Chu of the latest developments in their quest to bring down Chairman Park, and Director Chu informs the group that he’s getting the signatures of the recently fired employees. Ha-kyung tells Director Chu to hang in there, but he doesn’t care if he’s able to stay or not. All he wants is to get the chairman.

When the group returns to the Business Operations Department, they find Yul lounging at Sung-ryong’s desk, and Yul explains that he was afraid his office would be under surveillance. Sung-ryong tries to kick him out since he’s making everyone uncomfortable, but when Yul defiantly asks if he’s making them uncomfortable, no one is able to admit it to his face.

Satisfied, Yul declares his intentions to stay and wonders if they’re not eating ramyun, today. He ends up eating ramyun by himself, and Sung-ryong calls him rude while also feeding him kimchi and wiping his face, ha.

Chairman Park meets with the gentleman (who pats a female server’s butt as she leaves) and this time, the chairman apologizes for the problems he’s created. He brings out a “small” belated birthday gift for the gentleman: an ornate, golden statue.

Meeting covertly in a car, Manager Choi receives all of Chairman Park’s indictments, but before leaving, he asks the chairman if he’s keeping any secrets. Chairman Park assures him that he’s told him everything, but as soon as Manager Choi leaves, he calls Executive Director Jo to let her know that he kept the charge for murder a secret.

Ha-kyung visits Chief Lee in the hospital and learns that his condition is improving. Chief Lee’s wife thanks Ha-kyung for helping her husband, but Ha-kyung can’t accept her gratitude, since she believes Sung-ryong deserves it. Out in the hall, a man spies on them and reports to Executive Director Jo.

Manager Choi talks to the prosecutor in charge of the case, ordering him to disregard the evidence they’ve collected, and the prosecutor resists at first. However, a call from the chief prosecutor quickly changes his attitude, and Manager Choi smugly tells him to follow orders.

Madam Jang confronts Chairman Park as soon as he comes home, and she offers to drop the case about the board if he admits his crimes and resigns. Indignant, Chairman Park yells that he won’t because he hasn’t done anything wrong. Disgusted by his shamelessness, Madam Jang tells him that even if she could forgive him for living only for his own benefit by breaking the law and abusing his employees, she could never forgive him for taking someone’s life lightly.

Prosecutor Han argues with the prosecutor in charge for not passing a single indictment against the chairman, and bluntly asks if the higher-ups are pressuring him. The prosecutor admits that they’re being stopped, so he challenges Prosecutor Han to bring him evidence the higher-ups can’t cover up.

Once Yul hears the news about the indictments, he yells in frustration in the middle of the Business Operations Department and motions Sung-ryong to follow him outside. In the hallway, Sung-ryong mentions that they need a base camp to discuss their plan, and the perfect place is Director Chu’s apartment.

Ha-kyung calls Sung-ryong since she’s shopping for supplies before heading over to their new base camp, and he begins to rattle off a list of foods he wants. He then passes his phone to Yul who adds his own specific requests, and finally, Director Chu puts in his order.

In the end, Ha-kyung blows up and reminds them that they’re having a meeting, not a feast. Witnessing Ha-kyung’s temper for the first time, Yul notes that she has a strong personality, and Director Chu informs them that Ha-kyung might be the original TQ Psycho. She reminds them that they haven’t hung up, and the group hastily rectifies their mistake.

Back at TQ Group, Director Go and Accountant Lee bond over their shared fate and decide to go out for drinks. Unfortunately, two men step in front of them in the parking garage, and a van screeches to a stop right behind them.

Ha-kyung arrives with a box of groceries, and immediately, everyone starts complaining about things she forgot or incorrectly bought. She shouts at them, and instantly, they admit that they didn’t need those things after all.

Getting back to business, the group comes up with three objectives: (1) prove Chairman Park’s embezzlement, (2) find out who’s supporting the chairman from the shadows, and (3) redeem the chairman’s slush funds back to TQ. They all agree that the last goal is the most difficult, and Director Chu offers to look into it by searching for a paper company with Ha-kyung. While they do that, Sung-ryong and Yul will investigate Manager Choi in order to find out the identity of the person behind the chairman.

On the phone, Director Go nervously tells his wife that he’ll be away on a business trip, but in reality, he’s being detained by Manager Choi, along with Accountant Lee. Manager Choi assures them that he won’t harm them and only requests for them to stay here for a few weeks. Director Go and Accountant Lee immediately start spewing reasons they need to leave, but one threat from Manager Choi makes them meekly obey.

In Sung-ryong’s attic room, Yul has fallen asleep while working, so Sung-ryung tenderly puts a blanket around him. In the morning, Yul wakes up and finds Sung-ryong cuddled next to him, and screams in fright.

Groggily, Sung-ryong explains that he wanted some of Yul’s body heat because it gets cold in his room. Unconvinced, Yul accuses Sung-ryong of acting strange lately, and mentions how he’s kissed him three times already. Heh. Teasingly, Sung-ryong inches closer to Yul (while calling him “honey”), which causes him to scream and try to escape.

In his hurry, Yul yanks on the handle of the hatch and it pops off, to his horror. Sung-ryong nonchalantly tells him that the hatch doesn’t open from the inside, and, smiling deviously, he grabs Yul and rolls around the floor with him. Downstairs, Director Chu complains about their ruckus and mumbles that they’re in their “honeymoon” phase.

While imprisoned, Accountant Lee notices his phone in the other room and wakes up Director Go, since they’re tied together. They manage to drag their chairs to the other room by hopping in unison, and Accountant Lee uses his nose to unlock his phone. However, it doesn’t work, and Accountant Lee timidly informs the director that it’s not his phone. They then hop-drag their chairs back to their original room.

Walking to work together, Sung-ryong advises Yul to change his attitude in order to act as an undercover prosecutor. Yul complains, since he’s been like this since middle school, but Sung-ryong convinces him to pretend to be polite to people, which also includes himself. Watching from a nearby car, a man makes a call, but Yul’s white-haired minion slides into view and asks the man if he’s having fun.

Myung-suk continues to glue receipts and sighs as he watches Ha-kyung and Director Chu hold a secret meeting in the break room, where Director Chu shares his recent discoveries. He found the paper company by tracing it through TQ Cosmetic and knows that it’s located in Tanzania.

Just then, Myung-suk opens the curtains and tells the two of them to have their meeting outside without worrying about him. They lie that they’re comfortable in the break room, and after a mini-tantrum, Myung-suk announces that he’ll look into the paper company for them.

Ha-kyung approaches Myung-suk at his desk and gently tells him that he doesn’t have to help since the repercussions of his actions might be much greater than what he did last time. Myung-suk confesses that he already knows that this could corner his father, but he’s decided to help, not out of a sense of justice, but for his father.

He knows that if they don’t control him now, his father might never be controlled, which would mean that more people would get hurt. Moved by Myung-suk, Ha-kyung shares her newfound respect for him, and Myung-suk gets embarrassed by the compliments.

The spy caught by the minion calls an emergency meeting with Manager Choi, and when Manager Choi asks his spy what’s wrong, Sung-ryong and Yul come into view. They shove their way into his car, but Manager Choi is unfazed by their intrusion. Rather, he’s glad they’re here, since he was meaning to talk to them.

He wants to end their battle without having to draw blood and offers to give them what they want if they drop Chairman Park’s case. For Yul, he promises to reinstate him to the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, and as for Sung-ryong, he’ll give him three billion won so he can go to Denmark. Sung-ryong asks for ten minutes to deliberate, and the two of them exit the car.

Back at the Business Operations Department, Myung-suk calls the company in Tanzania as everyone in the office watches in awe. Once he hangs up, Sang-tae questions his linguistic abilities, and Myung-suk explains he learned Swahili from his Tanzanian roommate while living in the States. He then informs everyone that the company is fake, and that he has requested for their registration record.

Sung-ryong and Yul return to the car, and Manager Choi asks them if they made their decision. Smiling, Sung-ryong explains that they actually left to eat spicy rice cakes, and then he and Yul proceed to laugh when Manager Choi starts to get angry. While they continue to pester him, Sung-ryong discreetly places a tracking device underneath the seat.

It’s finally Ga-eun’s turn to act, and she follows Manager Choi everywhere he goes. Unfortunately, she’s only able to photograph him with his subordinate and his wife.

Chairman Park is informed that someone from the Business Operations Department contacted the company in Tanzania, and he orders his employee to make sure the Tanzanian branch doesn’t release any registration records. As a result, Myung-suk receives an email notifying him that the records he’s looking for don’t exist.

Sung-ryong and Yul learn about the recent setbacks, and seeing Yul sigh over their lack of development, Sung-ryong comments on how he seems like a prosecutor again. Yul just tells him to pour him a drink, but Sung-ryong guesses that Yul is feeling embarrassed, since that’s how he felt when he first became Mr. Righteous.

Telling Yul to be honest, Sung-ryong asks if he feels thankful towards him for giving him a second chance, but Yul turns the question back to him, asking him why he gave him a second chance. Sung-ryong explains that he fought with a strong opponent who would beat him up but never kill him, so he thought to himself that making this strong opponent his ally would make him fearless.

Yul then asks if Sung-ryong is thankful towards him for saving his life, and Sung-ryong childishly denies it, citing his awesome acting skills for tricking Yul into believing that he needed help. Yul argues that Sung-ryong’s acting skills aren’t that great, to which Sung-ryong retorts back (in a meta moment) that he’s expecting to win an acting award. Yul teases that it’s the early season for dramas, which would make winning difficult, ha.

Manager Choi finally meets with the gentleman, and Ga-eun eagerly snaps his photo. She sends them to Yul, who’s in another argument with Sung-ryong about the first time they met, but he stops their squabbling once he sees the photos.

With these, Prosecutor Han identifies the man as Cha Ki-ho, and Ga-eun explains that he’s a man of very, very powerful origins. He’s a master political manipulator, and Prosecutor Han notes that it won’t be easy to approach him. Undeterred, Sung-ryong matter-of-factly states that they’ll just come up with a plan, which he calls, “Operation Bonobono.”

The first part of the plan is finding out Mr. Cha’s schedule, which Ga-eun gets by going undercover at the spa where he gets massages. She relays the acquired information to Prosecutor Han, who then tells Yul.

Meanwhile, Myung-suk gets ready to leave for work, but stops on the stairs when he overhears Chairman Park talk about Tanzania and blocking the records. Then, while his father momentarily leaves to go to the bathroom, Myung-suk quickly redials the last number and tells the employee to release the records, doing a rather impressive impersonation of his father.

As soon as he hangs up, Chairman Park walks out and asks what Myung-suk is doing. Using what he practiced with Sung-ryong, Myung-suk winks and says he loves his dad, and Chairman Park watches him without blinking an eye.

Huddled in a circle, Sung-ryong tells the Business Operations Team that tonight’s D-day, and they all shout out a cheer together. Right then, Myung-suk barges in screaming and proudly brandishes the registration records from Tanzania. The whole team gives him a congratulatory smack on the back, but when Myung-suk falls to the floor from the force, they all return to their desks and leave him there. Ha.

Sung-ryong hands over the records to Prosecutor Han, and right as he asks about Ga-eun, she texts Prosecutor Han that Mr. Cha is on the move. Yul and Sung-ryong high five (ala Slam Dunk), and as they leave, Prosecutor Han shoots an imaginary basketball.

Ha-kyung rushes over to the hospital, and Chief Lee’s wife excitedly tells her that her husband is nearly awake. In the hallway, Jo’s spy reports to her, and she then informs the chairman. She asks what they should do, and Chairman Park orders her to get rid of Chief Lee.

Sung-ryong and Yul arrive at a club, and they meet with the madam to ask for her cooperation. She scoffs at their proposal, so Sung-ryong intervenes, asking about the club’s tax evasion. He saw an unlicensed company delivering alcohol on his way in and threatens to call the manager.

Yul plays along, addressing Sung-ryong as “Detective Kim” before telling him to investigate. Cornered, the madam relents, and the two exchange winks. Sung-ryong then sends Yul a kiss too, but Yul scowls in return.

At the club, Mr. Cha enjoys himself with girls on both sides, and Sung-ryong and Yul enter the room, dressed as servers. He notices that the servers have changed, and then picks Yul to sing for them because he looks like a singer (ha, another meta moment). Unable to back out, Yul sings “TT” by TWICE and makes Sung-ryong join him. All the while, Sung-ryong continues to film everything with his glasses.

At the hospital, Chief Lee’s wife steps out to take a call, and Jo’s spy uses this moment to strangle Chief Lee. The spy releases his hold once he sees the heart rate flatline, but all of a sudden, the body rises up from the bed. It’s Sang-tae!

Realizing his mistake, the spy tries to escape, but Manager Lee and Hee-jin appear in the doorway. He pushes past them, but is blocked by Ha-kyung, Director Chu, and Prosecutor Han. The last escape route is blocked by Ki-ok, and he tackles the spy to the ground. Impressed, everyone gives him a thumbs up.

The spy is brought in for interrogation, and when he won’t say anything, Ga-eun lets Yul enter as a witness. He asks the spy if he was the one trying to strangle Sung-ryong, and Sung-ryong interrupts, using the intercom to yell at the spy. Yul shouts at Sung-ryong to be quiet and asks the spy if he doesn’t recognize him as the man who beat him up that night.

Kicking the spy’s chair, Yul yells at him to confess, adding that he took a photo of him. While Yul swipes through his phone, Prosecutor Han tells the spy that Executive Director Jo abandoned him already and warns him that he’ll take the fall if he doesn’t confess. The spy finally cracks and admits that Jo ordered everything. When Yul asks how they could believe his word, the spy informs them that he kept insurance.

In the hallway, Sung-ryong asks Yul if he really had a photo, and Yul states that he was bluffing. Shaking his head, Sung-ryong calls Yul a fraud.

Back at the hospital, the Business Operations Team gathers around Chief Lee and expresses their wish to protect him this time, since they couldn’t before. Ha-kyung receives a call from Sung-ryong and shares with everyone that the spy confessed. As they celebrate their win, Chief Lee’s fingers twitch.

The next day, Yul confronts Executive Director Jo, accusing her of ordering the murder of Chief Lee. And when she denies everything, he plays the voice recording of her giving the command. Elsewhere, Sung-ryong stops Mr. Cha’s car and shows him the video of him at the club.

Mr. Cha calls Chairman Park and accuses him of keeping his murder charges a secret. He tells the chairman that he can’t help him, and breaks off their relationship. Beside Mr. Cha in the car, Sung-ryong does a little happy dance.

Growing concerned, the chairman orders his secretary to find the next flight to the United States, and in Prosecutor Han’s office, Ga-eun neatly organizes all the evidence into files. She hands them to Prosecutor Han, and he leaves to hand them in.

Sung-ryong and Yul nervously wait for Prosecutor Han, and when he finally arrives at his office, he slowly lifts up a sheet of paper: an arrest warrant for Chairman Park! Ready to capture the chairman, Sung-ryong struts together with Yul across TQ Group’s lobby, but they quickly dissolve into a race with each other to reach the chairman first.

 
COMMENTS

Things definitely winded down this episode as Sung-ryong and his team finally cornered Chairman Park. It’s exciting to watch everyone work together, though for the most part, this episode felt like a rehashing of previous scenes and plots from earlier episodes. However, I think, for the most part, that was intentionally done by the writer and director. One of the more obvious rehashing moments was the morning freak-out with Yul and Sung-ryong, since the director seemed to deliberately frame them (up close and face to face) as he did when Sung-ryong first woke up with Director Chu.

In this case, though, Sung-ryong has become Director Chu, and Yul is Past Sung-ryong. This makes Director Chu’s throwaway comment about Sung-ryong and Yul being in their “honeymoon” phase even more hilarious since that was him and Sung-ryong not too long ago. Another small scene that was connected to a previous one was Myung-suk actually using the excuse he practiced with Sung-ryong for when he gets caught, as well as the meta-reference (within a meta-reference?) of the Slam Dunk high five, which was used as a comic at the end of Episode 18 and then actually mimicked here in this episode by the characters.

While reusing similar setups and frames can make an episode feel redundant and boring, I think the creators know how to insert enough differences to make the scenes interesting, or at to least convey a different message through the slight changes. For example, Prosecutor Han’s confrontation with the lead prosecutor this episode was very similar to their previous meetings (as in the one from Episode 17), but this time, the only thing that has changed is the lead prosecutor’s attitude. He gives a glimmer of hope to Prosecutor Han, and this minor change from the previous office-argument is the start of the team’s plan to bring the chairman down, once and for all.

In some ways, it almost feels like the show is a one-trick pony, but it has mastered this trick down perfectly and utilizes everything else in its arsenal to deliver the best trick it has. Thus, every time the audience sees it, it still feels like a different performance. Granted, I actually think Chief Kim has a bag of tricks, but the show is definitely capable of reusing the same plot or scenes without losing its sense of humor or entertainment, to a degree.

I really enjoyed the teamwork between Sung-ryong and Yul this episode, because they’re both quick on their feet and witty. Since the beginning, the similarities between the two were noted, and the show touched upon this idea again when Sung-ryong recognized Yul’s embarrassment about turning to the “good” side. In addition, the club scene where Yul picked up on Sung-ryong’s plan to force the madam to help them and acted accordingly really made me love their teamwork because it reminded me of the time when Sung-ryong was with Prosecutor Han (still such a fledgling) in the coffee shop, and Prosecutor Han couldn’t even pick up on Sung-ryong’s obvious hints and facial expressions. Besides that, they have a great banter, and even when they were enemies, their arguments and one-liners were awesome. But now that their building off each other and teasing a common target, their chemistry is explosive, and I love the way Sung-ryong casually throws out compliments and love towards Yul without shame or pause.

Also, another aspect of their dynamic that I enjoy is that neither of them likes to lose, so they constantly butt heads and try to one-up each other in arguments, which usually just end up turning into bouts of childish bickering. I would guess that these two work so well together because they’ve been enemies for a while, and due to that rivalry, they’ve come to know how the other operates. Before, they used that knowledge to sabotage each other, which detracted from both of their plans. But now that they’re on the same side, their knowledge of each other seems to increase their ability to see their plans through.

Now they have little moments of clashing egos rather than a constant ramming like before, as made apparent in the final scene where Sung-ryong and Yul entered together but ended up racing to reach the chairman first. (Side note: I thought it was adorable how they started the episode wearing similar suits and then ended the episode with their red and blue suits!) Despite their squabbles, you can see how their relationship has grown from hate to begrudging acknowledgement to reluctant partners, and now, to a budding bromance. While the show might have disappointed some in the romance department, it really excelled in the friendship and comradeship department, even beyond Sung-ryong and Yul’s relationship (though theirs has had the biggest change and development). Even Director Go and Accountant Lee had some relationship growth in the last hour, and I found their scenes this episode to be absolutely pathetic and hilarious.

 
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I love this show, especially the further along it went I loved it more and more. But watching this episode I can't help but feel a little sad that we couldn't get more of this bromance. The way they played off of each other before was awesome, but now that they are working together it's changed the dynamic a bit. And like lovepark said, it really exploded in this episode. I love their dynamic as they're working together better than I loved it when they weren't.

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I love this show so much too! I also love this show more and more the further along it went- which is a strange feeling since most dramas tend to flail after the midway point.

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Does anyone here know Swahili? I want to know if Myungsuk was really speaking (impressive) or just making it up (hilarious).

TT - laughed my head off. I was expecting 2PM, not Twice.

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I actually saw a BTS clip where Myung Suk was trying to diligently memorize the lines in that scene, so I am guessing that he really was speaking Swahili

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... or like that time on Let's Eat when Yoon Doo-Joon sang a BEAST song, but sang another member's part.

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I don't know Swahili but according to this interview from Entertainment Weekly, the actor actually looked up Youtube videos of people speaking Swahili and practiced it for an hour to make the scene more realistic! Applauding his hard work and effort! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGOdhfrM9cw

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Wow. That's really nice to know. It's these little things that actors do that go a long way to endearing them to you. I appreciate this fellow's efforts. And his hard word paid off! He sounded so convincing.

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According to two commenters from Tanzania (under that video), it was Maasai. The Maasai people live in the northern part of Tanzania

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Oh my goodness, he's so frakking cute! Thanks for posting the video.

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No, that wasn't Swahili. If he looked up a language from Tanzania it might be one of the many tribe languages. My mother is from Tanzania and she speaks Swahili and Kichaga, her tribes language which is completly different from Swahili.

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Me too! Junho should have done a 2PM song! That could help boost the group's popularity too xD I feel like Twice's TT is overused in dramas... directing teams should look for other songs to use in their dramas, to be honest...

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Thanks for the recap Lovepark!

I wasn't watching Chief Kim because even though I love Namgoong Min, I didn't love his Beautiful Gong Shim cuz it was so unlike the image I had of him. But I randomly started watching Chief Kim like 3 days back, and then I couldn't stop!

This show is hilarious and every single character is brilliantly acted. I specially love Myung Suk, Yul and Director Chu, apart from the wonderful Chief Kim! A special shout out to the perfectly drawn out women characters! Women rarely have such big roles in shows dealing with office politics, and I was pleasantly surprised that all the women were shown as capable human beings and not just cardboard characters.

Particularly about this episode- The collective "D to the O", the TT dance, everything that Myung Suk did, and then that "obligatory dramatic ending"- were some of the most hilarious scenes :P

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It's amazing how every character was used well no one overshadowed anyone, each character has its own charm from leads to supporting character.

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There were so many spit-take "I can't believe this awesome thing is happening!" moments in this episode - especially all the moments you described. There is this joyful genre-awareness that this drama and its characters has that makes it extra fun. Like it knows it's drama, knows its comic book-ness, knows that it's a story involving a big company, corruption, shady people, and prosecutors. I love all those moments when our heroes and heroines are criticizing the bad guys to their faces, calling their tactics cliche or old-fashioned or predictable. I'm sure they've all watched a lot of movies and dramas before with similar storylines and know what shenanigans the baddies will be up to.

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Yes! And thank you! I've been waiting to gush since Wednesday. This whole episode was such a hoot, I was afraid I'd crack a rib laughing so hard. There were so many things I loved, like Chief Kim feeding Yul, Yul and Chief Kim's morning after at Director Chu's home, the two of them teaming up against Manager Choi and then later at the club! <3 But apart from all the Yul-Chief Kim moments, I really enjoyed how each of our characters had a role in foiling the bad guys' plans. Loved the fake out at the hospital. How awesome was Myung-suk though, his whole character arc is a big part of why this drama is at the top of my re-watch list. Can't wait to watch the final show down. Off to read now, bye.

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I actually already sensed that the hospital scene is a big trap for the baddies, based on how smart Chief Kim and Seo Yul are. Lol.

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I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.

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Yul and Sung Ryong went from enemies to bros fairly quickly no? Their bromance is the CUTEST. Everybody needs to find themselves a friend who calls you names but also lovingly feeds you, wipes your chin and covers you with a cosy blanket. One thing I've liked about these two fellows from the start is, they are on the same page and know what the other is going to do next. And now that they are friends, that connection is heightened!!

I didn't think Chairman Park could get any grosser, but he keeps suprising me, so there's that. This show has an abundance of gross old dudes. *vomits*

I love that Myung Seok is playing an active role in helping the BO team. How cool was his imitation of the Chairman's voice? Truly a diamond in the rough. And I love that his reaction to compliments is embarrassment. AWWW. :)

The entire BO team banding together to protect their former Chief was the sweetest. They may seem like a rag-tag bunch of people, but when it comes to their own, they show no mercy!

I also loved Ha Kyung raging at the three men in the beginning of the episode. Lololol, Yul gets to see another side of her, which was the coolest. I love that Ha Kyung can effectively silence all the three of them, and that they have the good sense not to further antagonize her. She's a force to be reckoned with!

I know there's not much of plot left now, but I've been enjoying the last few episodes, since now the focus is on the team and just being amazing in general. Watching Sung Ryong and Yul being cute best buds is something we can all do with!

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I thought Myung-seok was only going to see if he recognize the voice on the other line, but when he went ahead to pretend to be his dad with the raspy voice, I lost it! I had to pause it several times to process what I'm seeing and hearing and to regain my breath.

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Same here! And his impression was pretty spot on. I'd like to think that Myung Seok has done it before as well! :D

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Having now seen all the episodes in this drama, this one was my favorite. Long live Chief Kim!

Yul and SR should be roommates (and friends) for life.

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Not watching this show, but just wanted to comment on how much I love that first screencap! Hahaha.

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This show has no weak areas. It doesn't need romance to make it interesting, and is right up there with one of the most critically acclaimed shows. Need I say more? Seriously, go and watch it!

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So much bromance in this episode,u can't even choose one best scene with SR and Yul.Him trying to fit in with the gang is adorable..Also Myung Seok-ah shining and helping the team catch his evil Dad...His Dad doesn't even know he knows tanzanian when he found out someone called to find out about the Paper Company documents located there.In place of being a old greedy man he should have focused on his son..Such an amazing and full of emotion moment when the whole team gathered to protect Chief Lee and clearing his name of the false charges...Still the best of best is SR and Yul,the two childish grown ups who actually resemble each other on this part...When they were making fun/mad the Elder's Minion in his car it was like,there are two SR there and the old man being Yul in the past,i bet Yul though this is how SR felt everytime he pulled a prank on him and how he looked(while having tteokbokki sauce on his face)

At last they got the Arrest Warrant for D to the O but this one prepared his gateway to USA after the Elder discarded him...

I don't want to say goodbye to this amazing drama!!!

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Thanks for the recap! Favourite episode! This was the moment I had been waiting for: to see both guys on the same side. I am so sad that we only get to see this for 2 episodes. WHY? *with SR face*

So, first I must gush about the BROMANCE that played with all the typical romantic cliches:

-Feeding scene, wiping mouth: Yul decides to hang out in Business Operations. I'm sure the ramyun supply would have suffered had he stayed longer.
- Double trouble: Manager Choi's face in the car was prineless: 'Oh look, he's mad! It's our specialty to make people angry!' And Glutton is converting Psycho to his eating/work habits. :D
- Cohabitation hijinks, Base Camp in pyjamas: The first thing I checked when they waked into the room was if the Yul Dartboard of Death was still hanging on the wall. It's wasn't, so Chief Kim must have taken it down the minute the bromance was official. Aw.
- Bed scene. Yul screaming and flapping his feet in SR's face. 'Honey?' ROFL.
- Bickering in the restaurant: 'say you're grateful!' 'you'll never win an award'
- Syncronised movements: walking, running, suits, Slam Dunk high five.
- Undercover detective mission, dancing together.

Unlike lovepark I never thought this was rehashing what we've already seen because unlike Chu and SR, Yul and SR didn't really get along and didn't know how to be friends. If anything, the bromance with Chu was the prelude to this.

Other characters:

The two stooges: the poor hapless corrupt duo caught between the Chairman and the Psycho/Gluttonous team: 'should we just die?' And their chair hopping efforts all in vain!

The team: Operation Bonobono and the hospital act was amazing. I really thought the poor manager would die. I didn't expect Business Operations to be that clever, but they were! They've learned a lot since Yul dissolved them in episode 13.

Myung Suk! I had to replay the part where he barged into the office, tripping all over in his excitement, and ended up sprawled on the floor. Father, I love you! *finger guns*

Ha Kyung: I was glad to see the return of her temper here. Kwang-Sook has had little screen time recently, and the sisterhood scenes have disappeared. Unfortunately this means we've hardly been privy to Ha Kyung's inner thoughts, which is a shame. I still don't feel I know her, apart from the fact that she's kind, honest, hardworking, and no-nonsense, as reflected in her professional, rather boring outfits. I wonder if this is the price to pay for downplaying romance? But surely there has to be a way of fleshing out a female character without having to make her fall in love? (Though of course I'm holding onto the Yul-Ha Kyung ship for dear life).

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This drama is so great with pairings and interesting pairings. For a moment, I thought the corrupt duo would start forming their own bromance. They worked together really well to reach that cell phone!

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I completely agree with what you said about Ha-Kyung. And like you, I'm holding on to the ship for dear life as well. ;)

We still don't know much about Ha-Kyung, Kwang-Sook or even Ga-Eun for that matter. I think the problem is that they were created as foils for the main leads. Ha-Kyung and Kwang Sook to bounce ideas off or ask them to do stuff, and Ga-Eun to act as conduit for what Sung Ryong cannot himself do.

These ladies were all very lovely and all the actresses did a good job, but the fact of the matter is that I dont think the PD even thought about fleshing these ladies out. He/she seems to have forgotten them. :( He/she laid out a good foundation in the characters of the ladies and it would have been nice for us to see more of them.

P.S - I'm glad that he did not have any of the ladies exist for the sole purpose of a romantic storyline. That would have been so annoying!

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Dear writer, I very much appreciate the shout out to my beloved motherland the last few episodes but please, we speak Swahili not Tanzanian. A little research pls ;)

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Asante Sana. Another voice speaking up for this ?

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Ah finally, someone from Tanzania! I'm dying to check on this. Did Myung Seok spoke Swahili for real or did he just make it up? :D

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Sometimes we don't need romance to make things work, bromance can do the job too, of making a drama awesome. I wished SY would have team up with Chief Kim earlier. Lol. They are like two kids bickering in almost all of their scenes. Lmao !!

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Ah, I forgot to say earlier, thanks so much for all the recaps and comments, lovepark! Looking forward to seeing what your next drama is. :-)

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I will so miss Chief Kim, there was nothing I did not like. Excellent cast, and some of the funniest written scenes ever, the ending was really satisfying.

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I'm itching to discuss that ending but will wait patiently for the final episode recap.

I agree with everyone here, 2 episodes of Yul+CK teaming up is not enough!

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Same I am going to wait final episode too.

I hope this drama will have Season 2 with the entire same casts.But is it possible? hmmm...

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Let's hope so n please with the original cast pls. I don't want it to be like Mrs Cop 2 who changes almost the entire lead cast. Ugh.

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I love the finale btw ! We need more bromance between CK and SY !! They are so cute together ! Hope that they can win the Best Bromace at their awards ceremony this year !!

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This show is a gem! All the characters sparkle! And the BROMANCE! I wish Chief Kim and Yul had teamed up earlier, two eps is just not enough!!!

Thanks for the recap!

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I love this episode! It is like a sort of victory lap before winding down for the end. I love all the callbacks and references to our favorite jokes, sight gags, and moments, like the ramyun pot over the Chairman's biography, Ha Kyung being the tough but understanding mommy of the group, Ga Eun's spying, Myung-suk's wink and finger pointing, Yul's food obsession, SR being noisy in his attic room, Business Operations folks finally doing something for Chief Lee (whose attack was what opened up a space for SR to wreck havoc on TQ. glad they haven't forgotten him), etc.

Love it gave us fresh variations on the greatest hits along with some awesome LOL moments to send the audience off to the 20th episode. Now THIS is fan service :)

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You said it. There were so many LOL moments in this episode it made me giddy. :D

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What you both said, SO MUCH!

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What's going on with this thread!! Why does every username "love Song jae Rim"?? This sounds like the kinda thing only mary would do :P Is it a virus? If it, then it is goddamn funny!

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Oh now no one would understand what I was saying! The issue has been resolved!!

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lmao. I seriously want to know what happened. Maybe mary hacked everyone lol ?

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April Fool's prank? I do love Song Jae Rim btw. Lol

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This does sound like the perfect April Fool's prank! mary is a genius if she did his :P

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Hahaha. i wish the prank was longer and many people saw it! ? Too bad I didnt saw it. I love Song Jae Rim in real life more than as actor, so hopefully he will do more variety shows. He can join Knowing Bros after this since Our Gabsoon will end next week. ? JaeRim and Hee Chul can do battle who is cheesier ?

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Oh no. I nearly forgot that today is April fool's day. Obsession on kdrama on a weekend is like that. Haha.

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MARY!

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*cackling* it's that Chrome plugin I made before joining DB. Glad you found it funny. :D Don't worry, it's not a virus. It should go away after April 1. :))))

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It really does was you?? We were right?? This is hilarious and it still hasn't gone away for me while using my laptop.. it looks normal on phone though so maybe that is why many people haven't noticed! Happy April Fool's Day! ???

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Nah, only a handful of people have it installed. Mostly friends who don't visit DB much now. They're currently stuck in Cdramaland, started by NiF. Hehe~ buuuuuuuut I'm really glad you got to see it one last time! It won't work with the DB redesign so this is probably the last year SJR trolls you.

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You almost sound sad for the demise of the SJR troll ;).. I am happy too that I could see it! [I wish I could make one similar to this with Seo In Guk instead :D]

Btw I can never get stuck in Cdramaland.. haven't even finished watching one complete show. Though, I never even tried NiF. maybe I should. But, kdramaland is too good to want to go out of.

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Oh, no, i wish i saw the prank! I was reading this post halfway yesterday (it's 2nd Apr now) and didn't get to comment part OTL

Aw, mary, i know right, im seeing some are in cdramaland too xD Though im stepping to it too, am always in kdramaland :D

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I love that Ha Kyung becomes a real boss in this epi and when she shouted at them, LOL ? Love the little moments she had with Myung Seok too.

Actually I love everything. All. Cannot choose which one.

I hope 2pm members will do parody bromance Chief Kim-Yul lol.Let Junho plays as Chief Kim this time ? Or maybe Chansung can play as Chief Kim ? Imagining things are always fun to do!

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She is like a effective mother hen or teacher/parent trying to teach the trio some sense. "Are you all having a meeting or a party!!" *Roars*.....then they would keep quiet like small kids and just make do with whatever food/beverages she has brought. Lmao !!

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Oh My.... Cuteness overloads :) :). The ramyun scene is my most favourite one. I want to ship SR and Yul so bad.. LoL.

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I can't remember the last time a penultimate episode was so good. Usually I've already lost interest by this point but Chief Kim is one of those rare shows where the climax actually managed to be better than the build-up. At some point it became clear that a SR-Yul partnership would be the highlight of the series, and they seriously didn't disappoint. The chemistry between NGM and Junho was crackling. I LOVE how seamlessly their playful banter went from frenemies to bffs lmao.

SR trying to slow talk Yul into becoming a decent person made me cackle. "I've been this way since middle school" lmao oh Yul. I love how palpable it is how much fun they both have with each other. I feel like with SR (and HK to it shd be noted) Yul finally learned to enjoy himself and start to realise that maybe being a decent person ain't half. And with Yul SR finally has someone up to par with his wavelength. They're so in-tune with each other that their partnership was bound to be unbeatable lol.

And MS, what a precious bean. Trying his best to fix his father's mistakes, who knew he would have come this far at the end of the series =')

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This was the funniest episode in the entire series - everything was just perfect. I watched it twice - once without subtitles, and once with, and laughed like a loon both times. :)

But am I the only person who was momentarily horrified at the nightclub song-and-dance scene? Ok, see, here in the US, there's a rude word for women's breasts ('titties'; from the not-rude word 'teat'), and when Seo Yul stood up and started pointing to his chest and singing 'TT', it sure sounded like he was saying something else.

I could not believe they'd be that crass, so I went to look it up and discovered he's making a 'T' with his fingers. Ok. I see. (Note to choreographer: Maybe not at chest level? Just sayin')

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Lmaoooo that's the first time I've ever thought of Twice's song that way but you're right hahahha

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i just curious after read this comment. So what 'i just like TT' means? i have no idea after reading the lyric

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So perhaps it is crass? Hmmmm.

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LOL koreans use TT as a crying emoticon. He was singing "I'm like, TT (sad face)" I think it's about some guy making a girl cry or something like that lmao. That song really blew up a few months ago, and the girl group Twice is in the same label as Junho.

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LOL koreans use TT as a crying emoticon.

Ahhhh. I see. That makes more sense, boy-band-wise.

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omg, ??? myself now to know that. Methinks the double entendre was not an accident by these wacky writers, oh H to the N.

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Oh, how i love this episode! Who needs romance when you have bromance? Chief Kim is really an excellent show, topping my favourite list for 2017.

Originally, this show doesn't have romance genre to it, so it's expected and this is why i love it whenever there is no or little of it. I am really glad to have pick this show up when i didn't have the intention in the first place. Not only the bromance, like everyone else said, i live how they even made supporting characters shine. <3

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