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Introverted Boss: Episode 11

The dots finally connect for Ro-woon in this episode as she learns that Mr. Smith was more than just the bearer of beautiful bouquets, but also her silent guardian. However, silence isn’t always golden since it can inadvertently breed misunderstandings and dismantle relationships that could have been. As the secrets start to reveal themselves, so too does our main couple, and they grow closer than ever before.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP: “Mr. Smith’s Long Shadow”

Ro-woon extends her hand to a vulnerable Hwan-ki, encouraging him to only look at her during the presentation and pretend that there’s no one else in the hall to ease his nerves. He hesitates, so Ro-woon pulls him toward her, but in doing so, he knocks against the faucet, which turns on the shower and soaks them both. He’s reminded of when she told him never to change and proceeds to clasp her face and kiss her. She pulls back, but he goes in for a deeper kiss, and this time, she doesn’t refrain.

After the kiss ends, Ro-woon gets up and walks away, stunned and perhaps a tad ashamed. She’s still wet so she decides to throw on Hwan-ki’s hoodie and quietly slip out instead of returning to her team.

But then she realizes the presentation is imminent. She remembers Reporter Woo stating that Hwan-ki drove Ji-hye to her death, and Ro-woon determines that she can’t go on like this anymore.

Later, Hwan-ki, Sun-bong, Se-jong, and Kyo-ri are outside the venue for the marketing strategy competition for chromatic paints. Ro-woon’s not answering her phone, and Hwan-ki informs the rest that she probably won’t be coming. Woo-il’s group confidently steps out after presenting, which means Hwan-ki’s up next.

It’ll be a tough act to follow, and the Silent Monster team wordlessly heads inside. Hwan-ki steps onto the stage. The spotlight’s on him, and he gets off to a shaky start, his voice and breath uneven.

He barely manages to introduce himself, and the audience murmurs in confusion. Hwan-ki’s just about given up when he spots Ro-woon standing at the end of the runway holding up her phone with the flash on while smiling brightly at him. “Boss, I’m here. You can do it,” she thinks to herself.

Hwan-ki finds the courage to raise his mic once more. He focuses on Ro-woon, and his voice becomes steady as he talks about the occasionally foolish nature of adults — despite the futility, they still knock on closed doors, desperately hoping that someone will listen. We cycle through various scenes: Yoo-hee misunderstanding her sons’ scrawls on the wall, Hwan-ki’s shower kiss with Ro-woon, Yi-soo running into traffic, and Kyo-ri justifying fake-dating Se-jong.

“He heard my knocks,” Ro-woon narrates. “As long as there’s one person willing to listen, that’s all you need,” Hwan-ki states. Cut to a kindergarten where Yoo-hee sits in the audience while her son stands frozen on stage as his other classmates dance and sing with ease.

Yoo-hee calls his name and cheers him on, letting him know that he’s got this. Buoyed by his mom’s faith in him, he smiles and joins in on the performance (what funny costumes!). Back to Hwan-ki’s presentation: He proposes that mother and child doodle on the walls together to create art — instead of perceiving it as filling the walls with paint, he wants them to think of it as breaking down walls, which will turn into doors and windows that will open wide. Ro-woon narrates that Hwan-ki had looked at her after opening all the doors.

After the presentation, Hwan-ki hugs Ro-woon and thanks her, but she rejects his gratitude, saying that he got fooled by her. Despite her fear that all the opened doors will close after she reveals the truth to him, she starts to speak, but Hwan-ki suddenly faints. Next we see Hwan-ki at home in bed, looking weak and ill.

Kyo-ri brings him medicine, and Sun-bong plugs in a humidifier and shyly compliments him on his awe-inspiring speech. Hwan-ki appreciates their consideration, but he really just wants to sleep in peace.

Then Yoo-hee arrives with porridge like the doting mother she is. And then Se-jong comes to tuck him in and reluctantly commend him for conquering his fears for Ro-woon while instructing him not to make her cry. Thinking that’s the end of the visits, Hwan-ki readies to sleep and wonders why everyone’s calling him “Boss.” But then Ro-woon arrives last, heh, and answers that they collectively decided to call him that.

Hwan-ki’s fed up with visitors and is about to protest when Ro-woon catches him from falling backward. He’s still feverish, so Ro-woon feeds him ginseng extract, knowing he overexerted himself for the presentation. She urges him to recover soon so she can finish telling him everything.

While Ro-woon folds up the hoodie she borrowed, she thinks back to what Se-jong said about Hwan-ki doing the presentation just so Ro-woon could return to Silent Monster. Just then, Hwan-ki emerges, and she follows him to the kitchen. Ro-woon’s about to spill, but Hwan-ki interrupts and says he’ll talk first.

He says he’s fully aware that the two of them can’t be together, and that he knows who she is and how much she suffered because of the incident from three years ago. Ro-woon’s shocked to hear this, and then it suddenly dawns on her: “Mr. Smith? The one who sent me flowers for three years was you?” She grows emotional and asks him why he spent all this time quietly looking after her.

Hwan-ki tears up and finally utters the words he wanted to express for the longest time: “I’m sorry.” Ro-woon shakes her head, explaining that she’s the one who misunderstood him and that she should be the one apologizing, but Hwan-ki says she was only did what she had to. Ro-woon states that Ji-hye’s death wasn’t his fault, and that the real cause of death is one that people don’t know.

She asks him to back her up on this, but Hwan-ki maintains that he’s partially responsible for her death; it pains him that he can’t say more than that. She begs him to reveal exactly what happened that night three years ago, but he says he needs more time — although he can’t undo the past, he vows to do everything he can in the present and asks for her patience. After she leaves, Hwan-ki breaks down and sobs.

Ro-woon sniffles at the thought of Hwan-ki knowing all along and shouldering his burden alone. Behind her, Hwan-ki watches her walk home, where her father hears the catch in her voice and wonders if she cried. Hwan-ki lingers outside the barbershop before taking their garbage and sweeping the falling snow off the steps.

The next morning, Ro-woon’s father finds his trash missing, and his neighbor friends note that the trash thief and possible neat freak has struck again. Next, we see that Hwan-ki is still sick in bed, but the Silent Monster crew is ready to get to work; their presentation won, and Ro-woon’s transfer to Silent Monster has been approved. Downstairs, the Brain team reels from Woo-il’s surprising loss to Hwan-ki, and Woo-il’s looking every bit the sore loser.

Despite the approved transfer, Ro-woon’s absent and not returning calls. Yoo-hee allocates tasks to her team to prepare for the upcoming paint event and motivates them to work extra hard, since their win was the result of Hwan-ki’s efforts. Meanwhile, Ro-woon’s at home and still in bed.

Her dad quietly gifts her a pair of white heels after learning that she gave up musical theater for PR in order to follow in Ji-hye’s footsteps. He’s so proud of her, but Ro-woon informs him that she already quit. Meanwhile, Woo-il finds his future father-in-law all smiles after Hwan-ki won the competition.

Assuming he let Hwan-ki win, he thanks Woo-il and instructs him to devise a plan in order to protect themselves from Reporter Woo’s broadcasts — they feature Hwan-ki’s scandal along with mortifying clips from the aspiring politician’s speeches. He also orders Woo-il to step up his game now that Hwan-ki’s coming into his own.

Hwan-ki stops by Woo-il’s office hoping they could shoot hoops like old times, but Woo-il says he’s too busy due to the upcoming election of Hwan-ki’s father. Hwan-ki tells Woo-il that they need to come clean about what happened three years ago and beg for forgiveness, but Woo-il just turns combative.

He accuses Hwan-ki of feeling high and mighty after the win and reminds him that he’s still needed for his father-in-law’s election, even though Hwan-ki may have no use for him anymore. Hwan-ki insists it’ll be best if Woo-il confesses the truth himself and promises to wait until he’s ready, but Woo-il doesn’t want to hear it.

Yi-soo’s been discharged, and Hwan-ki congratulates her with a bouquet. He takes her home, notices her necklace, and asks her why she’s wearing it. She answers that when she loathes and wants to harm herself, the necklace calms her as if it’s protecting her — though, she’s quick to note that she still got hit by a car.

Hwan-ki’s voice rises when he asks if she ran in front of the car on purpose, and her lack of response confirms what he already knew. He proposes they get the right treatment for her and implores her to stop hiding her feelings, but Yi-soo cries that she’ll die if she can’t have Woo-il after holding onto him for so long. Hwan-ki tells her that forcing herself on him won’t amount to happiness, but Yi-soo states that all she needs is Woo-il in order to stay out of trouble (and the hospital), so she asks for her brother’s trust.

Over drinks with Reporter Woo, Ro-woon repeatedly expresses how much she misses Hwan-ki. He scoffs and reminds her that Hwan-ki admitted his responsibility in Ji-hye’s death, but Ro-woon counters that Hwan-ki watched over her for three years. Reporter Woo chides her for seeking revenge only to end up falling in love before telling her to lay low and leave everything to him, since Hwan-ki’s father catching on to him.

Cut to Hwan-ki at Ro-woon’s father’s barbershop as he constantly steals glances toward the entryway to her room. He prolongs his stay by asking for a trim, a shave, and styling, and the neighbor friends are shocked to learn that the man can speak, heh.

Hwan-ki gets up to pay Ro-woon’s father, but he refuses to accept since Hwan-ki brought him homemade food last time. Ro-woon enters and is surprised to see Hwan-ki there, and her dad and the neighbors are surprised that she knows who the regular is.

She’s shocked he’s frequented the barbershop before, and Hwan-ki swiftly exits. He runs away from her, making sure to collect her garbage on his way down, and the neighbors finally deduce that he’s the trash thief/snow sweeper/food giver. Ro-woon’s touched by his secret gestures and realizes that he not only sent bouquets, but he was always close by.

Hwan-ki receives a frantic call from Se-jong, and the next day, the Silent Monster team panics. Se-jong had accidentally booked the venue for next month instead of the next day, which means they don’t have a space for the paint event tomorrow. Se-jong says Hwan-ki will figure something out, but the team’s unsure if he’s capable of fixing crises, despite his smarts.

Then, Hwan-ki surprises all of them when he says he asked an acquaintance who has an atelier for help and acquired a space for the event. Everyone’s amazed to hear he has acquaintances, but they’re also so impressed by their boss that they jump right to work and carry out Hwan-ki’s orders, which makes Hwan-ki smile ever so slightly.

Meanwhile, Ro-woon scrambles out of the house after Se-jong’s desperate plea for help regarding the blunder he made. She bumps into Reporter Woo on the way, ignores his warning to stay away from Hwan-ki, and proceeds to run in her new white heels, eager to see Hwan-ki.

“When I thought I was alone, he was somewhere in the dark within the crowd… More than that, he was right here beside me,” she thinks to herself, and we see all the scenes where Hwan-ki looked after her, whether it was attending her musicals or listening to her cry in the bathroom stall.

Ro-woon finally arrives and greets Kyo-ri, who fills her in: Thanks to the power of love, Hwan-ki saved the day. Ro-woon’s not sure what she means by that, but Kyo-ri explains that his curator friend from college helped him find their new venue, and just then, Ro-woon spots Hwan-ki sans hoodie smiling with Yeon-jung and driving off somewhere. She wonders if the woman he’s with is the one from his past that may have caused him to start wearing hoodies.

Cut to Hwan-ki and Yeon-jung chatting over sushi. She’s surprised to hear that he started wearing his hood because of her and asks him what she did wrong. Flash back to their college days: turns out Hwan-ki was popular amongst the women, but he was totally oblivious. Yeon-jung had suddenly appeared and pulled his hood over his head and remarked that guys in hoods are sexy, with her ideal type being 90s hip-hop star Hyun Jin-young.

Hwan-ki excitedly decorated the walls with “Welcome Yeon-jung” signs and balloons. Yeon-jung sat inside an empty theater while Hwan-ki vigorously danced to Hyun Jin-young’s hit number “You in My Faded Memories” for her. He gave his all, and at the end, shouted that he’d be her Hyun Jin-young, heh!

“Really?” Yeon-jung chirped. Suddenly the lights went up to reveal a group of fangirls in the back. Turns out Yeon-jung wasn’t the only one who witnessed his performance. Horrified, Hwan-ki ran off stage.

Back in the present, Yeon-jung can’t believe that Hwan-ki couldn’t go around without his hood ever since because he felt so humiliated. He says she should’ve just rejected him instead of embarrassing him like that, and Yeon-jung’s amazed that that’s how he interpreted the situation. She explains that she wanted to brag to the other girls who crushed on him that Hwan-ki was hers.

Yeon-jung suddenly realizes that he had no idea about his own popularity, and his misunderstanding explains why he acted so cold around her; she thought he had lost interest in her so she stopped caring. She wonders why they never talked things out then and informs Hwan-ki that contrary to what he believes, holding back what he wants to say isn’t thoughtful — by remaining quiet, he’s being unfair to both himself and the other person. Hwan-ki agrees, and Yeon-jung says it’s nice that they’ve cleared the air now.

Understanding that something serious happened to him three years ago, she proposes that he forget about that injustice and instead do her a justice, since she couldn’t date him because of a big misunderstanding. “Isn’t the reason why you’ve been keeping your mouth shut is because no one listened to you? I can be a good listener,” she says.

The Silent Monster crew is hard at work setting up for tomorrow’s paint event. They break for a sushi lunch, and Ro-woon can’t help feeling inferior when envisioning picture-perfect Hwan-ki and Yeon-jung together. When asked why she was MIA the other day, Ro-woon apologizes and says she had a family matter, but Yoo-hee senses something else is up when Ro-woon leaves her food untouched.

Yoo-hee takes her aside and asks her what’s really going on, and Ro-woon admits that she came to Brain for revenge after her sister’s suicide three years ago. Yoo-hee realizes with a start that the slanderous power abuse article on Hwan-ki was all her doing. Ro-woon sheepishly adds that Hwan-ki knew her motives all along, but the biggest problem currently is that she thinks she loves him even though she shouldn’t, in addition to feeling jealous. And then out of nowhere, Yoo-hee starts gagging. Huh?

Hwan-ki returns from his lunch and helps Sun-bong and Se-jong transport a prop. He then asks that they call him by his first name, which he adorably enunciates. But Sun-bong and Se-jong’s hands fly to their mouths to stifle their laughter (or vomit? Uh oh. Bad sushi?!) and stagger away, leaving Hwan-ki bewildered. Ro-woon and Hwan-ki spot each other, but there’s little time for longing gazes because everyone else is suddenly violently ill.

Hwan-ki and Ro-woon quickly schlep Kyo-ri, Yoo-hee, Sun-bong, and Se-jong to the car where they all moan and dry-heave. Hwan-ki drives them to the hospital, urging them not to hurl inside the car. Meanwhile, Ro-woon resumes setting up for the event, except she starts feeling dizzy and collapses. Yikes, steer clear of bad sushi, folks.

She slips in and out of consciousness until Hwan-ki arrives and lifts her off the ground, and she scolds herself for feeling all fluttery at a time like this. She wakes up in the hospital and finds the Silent Monster crew recovering in the same room. Yeon-jung’s there, too, and she apologizes since everyone got food poisoning from the sushi restaurant she normally frequents.

Ro-woon worries that the setup for tomorrow’s event still isn’t complete, but Yeon-jung assures her that Hwan-ki’s at the venue handling it even though he ate the sushi, too — she’ll take care of him though, because she likes him. She knows Ro-woon likes him too, so she suggests Ro-woon go and take care of Hwan-ki first and jokes that they can always catfight later.

Ro-woon returns to the venue and finds Hwan-ki on the ladder affixing a banner. He loses his balance, but Ro-woon’s there to hold the ladder steady. “You’re working alone while no one’s watching again. You weren’t just watching. Now that I look back on it, you were protecting me,” Ro-woon says to him.

Later, Hwan-ki settles into bed and tells Ro-woon she can leave since it’s late, and he’s not as sick as the others. But she asks if she can stay instead. Hwan-ki sits up and tells her that he doesn’t deserve her sympathy since he hasn’t properly apologized, and Ro-woon answers with this: “You’ve been suffering alone for three years. How could you be more sorry than this? How could you apologize more properly than this?”

She’s not sure what happened three years ago, but she believes there’s a reason. Hwan-ki counters that she’s unaware of how cowardly he is, but she’s unfazed: “The part of you I don’t know about must be much nicer than the part of you that I do know. That’s how it’s always been.”

Flash back to Hwan-ki following Ro-woon closely behind when she left Ji-hye’s wake barefoot, him carrying drunk Ro-woon home, and him serving as her shoulder to lean on at the movie theater. Back to the present: “The weight must’ve been so hard on you. What other things are you trying to be responsible for? Whatever they are, I’ll support you no matter what. I’ll stay by your side,” Ro-woon says.

Hwan-ki sheds tears and embraces her before moving in for a long, tender kiss.

 
COMMENTS

We opened and ended with a long kiss! Not the worst bookends to have, am I right? Who knew he was such a passionate kisser? But then again, there’s so much we didn’t know about him, and this episode was all about exemplifying that notion, which Ro-woon aptly articulated when she said the Hwan-ki she didn’t know was greater than the Hwan-ki she knew. Take the time to understand someone, lend them an ear, look past what’s visible, and you’ll start to see someone for who they truly are. And for Ro-woon, all of Hwan-ki’s previously cryptic actions suddenly made sense to her; for the past three years, when she thought she was alone and struggled with the loss of her sister, Hwan-ki was always there watching over her, checking to see that she was okay and making it through. She was his focal point, and when she realized that he was shouldering the immense burden and partial guilt of Ji-hye’s death by himself, I think that’s when she knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hwan-ki was not the reprehensible man she believed him to be from the outset, not the one who drove Ji-hye to her tragic death, and thus, one wholly unworthy of her cruel revenge antics.

To be honest, I’m not sure how we got to this point with our main couple, although I have zero qualms with where they’re at. The kiss at the end definitely sealed the deal, but all the events that led up to this moment are a complete blur to me, but I think that could be said for the entire series so far. There’s no semblance of a natural, methodical progression in their relationship, and that’s largely because of the rewrite. Suddenly, whatever Hwan-ki suffered from became less debilitating, and Ro-woon’s brazenness got thrown out the window. Tonally, this show is still all over the place, and I find that there’s really no way to trace the through line, because there doesn’t seem to be one anymore. The dark, mysterious element to the show has disappeared, and what we have instead is something lighter, more pleasant, and safe.

I’m still curious about the circumstances surrounding Ji-hye’s death because I still find her suicide a very drastic and sudden move given how down to earth and sensible she seemed. I haven’t seen enough to believe that Yi-soo may have been involved, but I do know that she’s psychologically unstable with an unhealthy obsession with Woo-il. It became clear to me that Yi-soo and Hwan-ki are alike in that they both struggle to open up, but Yi-soo’s case is far more dangerous because of the physical harm she inflicts on herself; she has no outlet and doesn’t realize the severity of her condition. I feel so sorry for her, and Hwan-ki must feel so powerless and frustrated, unable to give her the help she needs because she doesn’t want it.

I’m really liking Yeon-jung as a second female lead, even though she clearly has no chance with Hwan-ki. That no-nonsense quality she has is so refreshing, and I think that’s also why Hwan-ki was attracted to her in the first place. She says what she means and is incredibly direct. She always makes the first move! In a way, she’s Hwan-ki’s polar opposite, but that’s why they’re compatible.

I loved the scene where Ro-woon held up her phone with the flash on, serving as Hwan-ki’s guiding light during his presentation. The shot where she and Hwan-ki were on opposite ends and the tables were completely empty? Beautiful. I honestly wish we had lingered longer on that shot. The background was completely dark except for the silhouettes of unoccupied tables and chairs, while the two were illuminated.

Now that Ro-woon has solved the Mr. Smith mystery, all she has left to figure out is the mystery surrounding Ji-hye’s death. I hope this gets solved in a satisfying way, and I’d love to learn that there was more to her death than what we’ve seen. As much as I like the budding romance, I think it’s time to go back to the central mystery and uncover the truth.

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Initially I was afraid Yeon Jung will be like a clingy ex gf, fortunately it doesn't seems so. She and Hwan Ki looks like more compatible as a best friend rather than couple. But I love her character here.

We have 4 episodes moree, after the drama has been cut off from 20 to 16 episodes but I think it will be fine. 20 epi will be too long for romcom. With this, thing will speed up.

I love our Hwan Ki is finally did his presentation and our heroine helped him in doing so. I also love that both them are adorably cute but awkward especially in next episode. hee.

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I personally dont feel the show is being all over the place after the re-write but I guess that is probably my problem alone. I seem to enjoy it, normally after second half of romcom drama I always feel bored but not in this drama.

Yi Soo seriously need urgent help. More than being selfish, her mental is unhealthy. I want to know the cause of her problem, we know for Hwan Ki mostly because of his father. I wish the cause if Yi Soo's unhealthy mind state was not only because of Woo il.

Woo il on the other hand, i hope someone will knock some sense into him. He has that victimised mind and thinking he in the only victim without knowing or actually chose to ignore that other ppl is a victim of his actions as well.

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Iam not sure about the show being all over the place, but after the re-write this show has been feeling a bit light. The hopes i had for it are somehow unfulfilled. And the curiosity of what would've been keeps bugging me, but now we'll never know. It doesn't mean the show isn't good though, i also like it the way it is. I just feel like i would've liked more.

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Yes I feel the same. It feels lighter. But honestly suicidal thing (the real suicide did happen) wont work well in romcom, I dont know why or maybe that's only my opinion. Especially when it is so related to all main leads. I get that they want it to be the cause of the change or characters / motive but there are other causes can be used.

Now I am so curious the explanation behing the suicide. Maybe some plot twist later, that Ji Hye actually suffering some disorder and had been secretly went to psychiatrist for some help.

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I agree it isn't all over the place. The through-line is moving from darkness into the the light. This show started very dark (suicide & mystery). We have gradually moved into the light with both the main leads trying to get everything out of the darkness (the truth behind the suicide that has covered them in darkness so long). The only way they have gotten this far is because of their relationship and the way they help each other not only to understand the other, but themselves.

I will concede that there was a loss of focus in episodes 3&4 because the writing team wanted to hold back info on the suicide and make it more of a mystery (probably to make us want to watch more). Unfortunately, it made everyone's motivations unclear. Thus, the re-write unfolded a lot of the events around the suicide and cleared a lot up and made everyone's actions much more understandable.

Again, this show feels much lighter because we have slowly been moving out from underneath the shadow of the suicide into a place where people can move on and into the light.

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I'm shocked it was originally a 20 episode order. They don't have the material for it. It's simply not there. They did jump into revealing some things about her sister's suicide and that was a bit tightly paced, but if that was the compression of 4 episodes worth of material, then what they cut was low-grade filler.

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As far as I know, the show was cut off due to low rating.Glad it will be only 16 epi, 20 episodes for romcom means there will be too many filler episodes.

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They still have filler. They could wrap this one up in 14 easily if they cut out the pointless angst from our hero not being able to say, "Actually your girlfriend was dating my adopted brother until they suddenly broke up, and then tragically..."

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Do you mean “Actually your sister was dating my adopted brother until they suddenly broke up, and then tragically…” ?

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ahahaha I guess I made the plotline more interesting in my head.

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So funnt when he wanted to sleep in peace but everyone disturbing him lol. End up he didnt get to sleep. He was cute when he was pissed off. lol.

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*funny

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Yes, he's cute when cranky from interrupted sleep! He was also cute while transporting everyone to the hospital and begging them to not yak in his car, ha.

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I totally love the presentation scene. The moment feels very private, almost sacred, like 'although this place is full of people, I can see none but you'.

Still, I am way more excited to watch Silent Monster team's dynamic and bonding than the romance between four main characters. As the teamwork has slowly been built, I hope they dont lessen the portion drastically.

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It was s very true that this show is all over and there is no line which led to the romance between the leads..... It's kind of messy and unclear as to what has happened... This show is coming back on track only now ... And in between I felt they had too many filler episodes.....

And also the realisation of Ro Woon that Hwan Ki is Mr. Smith is so flat.... Suddenly she remembers Mr Smith and links him to Hwan Ki.... There is no enlightening moment...

Somewhere something is missing in this show...
The only reason I am sticking around is for Yeon Woo Jin.... And HE is AMAZING.....

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I am actually glad Yeon Woo Jin is taking this role. This role is challenging and he nailed it. As much as how much ppl love MND, (which is overrated show) his role there was not as challenging as Hwan Ki.

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Yes... He is doing an awesome job here... His eyes are speaking volumes.... Cutie pie....

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I never really realized he is a sexy guy before this drama . I recently thought that a quiet and observer type guy like Hwan Ki is the most sexiest man. He may look weird at first sight but once you get to know him you will go crazy. I can understand why Ro Won can be clingy with him, I will do the same too. lol.

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Always watch out for the quiet ones! They'll sneak into your heart. Also, their tempers are no joke.

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I'm so loving Yeon Woo Jin here, he is so awkward, adorable, quietly intense sexiness about him like Rami Malek of Mr Robot.

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Agreed - there should be more of a big reveal for Mr Smith, especially since they made such a huge deal of it in the first couple episodes.

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It's good to see the Introvert opening up, and it's all thanks to Ro Woon. Which means Yeon Jung has no chance on Hwan Ki.

Our main couple's proceding is a bit mystery to me, it's reminding me of Je Ha and Anna's relationship in "The K2"

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LOL dont make me remind that ramyun couple ?

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You're right. Let's fill this year with happy memories, like the two kisses in this episode or how Hwan Ki looks out for everyone. Right?

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Hahaha. Yes you are right. Add one more, how good kisser is Hwan Ki. We will have more and more right *blinking eyes*

I still want the bed scene. Call me pervert I dont mind lmao.

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He's really good, kind of reminds me of Ha Suk Jin. And as for a bed scene, well that would make my day. But... Let's not wish for too much.

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Hahaha. But Ro Woon is so ready to eat him alive so I hope it will come true.

Ha Suk Jin is a good kisser too. I love him in. Something About 1%.

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Bed scene huh? That will be the day!

But I know both leads are up to the task. Yeon Woo Jin was just there all awkward and shy and then, when it came to the Biz, homeboy suddenly became some hot, hipster in a black hood with fiery kissing skillz. As for Park Hye Soo, although she's young and new, I suspect she's quite daring, just look at her responsiveness. Really is true, its the innocent looking ones you have to watch out for!! *wink*

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I watched BTS of kissing video, both OTP are so awkward lol. PHS looks so shy. But then when they were back to action they did it profesionally.

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And we're more than happy for their professionalism, can't have it any other way!! lol

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A moment of silence in appreciation of those wonderful kisses to start and end the episode. Hot damn!!

On not dissatisfied with our OTP, I've made my peace with them. I have no strong feelings about them but I'm ready to role with it. So....kiss on!

So happy about Jang Hee Jin, love her! A part of me would have been fine if they slowly progressed as the main OTP because why not? They already have the history and easy camaraderie .I would have been down with that, you know. But at least, THANK GOD she's not some bitchy, clingy second female lead used to make the first female lead look good.

No comment about Yi Soo(and Woo Il) yet.

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The change of OTP will make it weird lol. I dont know, they look visually great but more like as best friend now. I also took time to be on board with our OTP, they are weird, awkward, cute.. haha. But not so sure about the romance. But I will take them are cute together.

Jang Hee Jin is pretty and she always doing interesting roles nowadays. Her character in Village Secret of Achiara is still my favourite, and she is quite cool in IB.

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+1 on Jang Hee Jin & Achiara. I've seen her in about a zillion supporting roles, but I wouldn't mind seeing her as a lead sometime.

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She is one of those actressess that can act in the sideline and steal the scene. I prefer her in heavy role, a revenge melodrama or crime thriller will be great choice if she take the lead role next time.

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Oh who can forget Jang Hee Jin as the Teacher. That. Just. Won't. Die!! in Achiara? So hauntingly beautiful, so eerily calm and peaceful.

I first saw her in SWWTN as a gisaeng, fell in love and have been on the look out for her ever since. She really does play interesting characters. I had she wasn't quite strong an actress in her younger days, I'm so glad she's really bringing it now!

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SWWTN brought fame to her name. I saw her first time in Spy or whatever its name which had Eric and Han Ye Seul too, but she was just annoying second lead. lol.

Now she is among the actress that I will look forward too.

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1: What's with Hwan-ki's sudden fainting? It reminded me of Hwarang. I don't want to be reminded of Hwarang :)

2: Did the sushi industry just get a warning about what happens if you don't put up enough ppl money? Especially if you compete with Subway?

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1. I think it has to do with the physical and emotional toll that presentation must have taken on him. Its been said that his mental issues have been watered down, but this is a nice reminder that that presentation was not an easy feat and had repercussions on his health.

2.Lmao!! Poor Sushi, pay up next time okay or else its gonna be worse and sushi will be the food used in the initiation ritual of that upcoming Cult drama on OCN. Warning strike!!

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LOL!
The dark underbelly of PPL Blackmail.

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I've finally caught up and can join the party! And lol, I find a Hwarang reference... fainting there was left a mystery. Sun Woo might have fainted while riding into the sunset for all we know.

2. So it wasn't sushi ppl HA. I really like how the show plays comedy in the middle of real heartfelt moments:

Me while Ro Woon confessing she started work at Brain for revenge: 'Oh, the married lady is vomiting. That's a sure sign of pregnancy in dramas right?'

Me while Hwanki asks to be called by name: 'Oh, the guys are gagging because they can't stand the cheesiness?'

Oh, turns out the sushi was just bad.

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i love this show it is so good i like the kiss scene the best

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I liked the show before the re-write, although the motivations of the characters were somewhat at odds with the proceedings, but I watched it. Episode 5 was tough because it had so much back story and an attempt to try to flesh things out so it may have changed perceptions a lot. But even though the changes in Hwan Ki may not be warranted I'm fine and am enjoying the rom-com part of the show as it is now.

As long as they have a happy ending I'm okay -- I think if they leave it off somewhere I'd be sad. Like everyone else I'm glad it's only 16 episodes, there really isn't that much plot to sustain it for 20, and dragging things out makes a show lose impact. Just watch a daily drama, they seem to do so much on the fly that the characters love and hate each other depending on the day of the show.

Anyway, one odd thing to me, is that all of the Brain employees have nametags and they work in a big building. I really can't understand how it's so easy for strangers to show up at the penthouse without any warning. They really need better security there.

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I know right! That's something has been constantly bugging me: how employees (and randoms!) can just wander in and out of the penthouse suite as they please, especially into the Boss's bedroom and private chambers! Like, personal space and privacy anyone?!

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It drives me craaaaazy as someone who values her personal space and privacy.

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I truly understand Hwan Ki when he gets annoyed with the sudden visits. haha. I am like that too. I dislike sudden visit, even the close friends and family need to inform earlier if they want to come to my house.

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The security in this company is the biggest joke of the year. This is a big company. Haha wait until next episode, there sill be more ridiculous thing happened. haha.

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I have so much to say about Hwan-ki’s presentation scene… omo, where to start! The first thing that struck me was the symbolism of his light-coloured suit – subconsciously or not, he finally decided not to blend into the background for the first time in a long time. I also loved the role reversal where it was Ro Woon’s turn to silently watch over her Boss in the shadows (albeit as a one-woman fan club with her little flashlight!). It’s incredibly touching that the presentation turned out to be part-confession of Hwan-ki’s feelings, part-reflection of a mother’s love, and part-lament for those who feel their voices aren’t heard.

I’m grateful for the show’s handling of how Hwan-ki gets to this point – it’s not just a ‘confidence thing’ that some shows end up dumbing it down to. For someone who essentially has social anxiety, it has taken a lot of support from colleagues, internal soul-searching and battling of past demons for him to even stand up on that stage.

The bit where Hwan-ki goes for a trim and tries to stall for time was ADORABLE! It’s actually really sweet that Hwan-ki, in his quiet way, is on such familiar terms with Dad (I think it’s the first time I’ve seen Dad smile!), and the banter from the ahjusshis was just gold.

And bwahaha! Hwan-ki’s confession dance! Sadly, I’m just a just *bit* too young to remember the heyday of first generation K-pop, but I can imagine a bunch of Korean viewers getting tonnes of feels! (On a completely unrelated note: I randomly know of the song (and its cheesy dance moves!) from variety show Boom Shakalaka where various idols and celebs battled it out over iconic K-pop choreography - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGpgDvVMGDk if anyone is interested)

Happy sigh. The writers and PDs are just downright spoiling us with all these (hawt!) kisses – I can certainly get used to a few of these per episode! x

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Love your comments re: the switched roles of the presentation. I had forgotten Ro Woon's presentation earlier with a cheering Hwan Ki and Su Bong's presentation as well( where he looked hot sitting at the back with his legs crossed, btw). Nice call back.

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On the Hwanki and Yeon Jung train

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Can anyone tell me the name of the actress that plays Yeon Jung? I really enjoy how she presents the character and the spunky personality. Thanks!

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Her name is Jang Hee Jin. If you are interested to see her other works, watch Scholar Who Walks The Night, Secret Village of Achiara and On The Way To Airport.

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I marathoned episodes 2-11 and realised the only episode I didn't like was the first one. I'm so glad I gave this drama a second chance because I'm enjoying it very much (Thank you mum, Sera, Barbrey and all those who encouraged me, and this is not an Oscars-winning speech).

The re-write seems to have improved Ro Woon's character the most, but it also smoothened out Hwanki's 'disorder'. I am still perplexed that the former secretary seems to have forgotten that he told her he had a disorder. That seems to have been written out.

Perhaps because I binge watched up to this point I could see a progression in the OTP, and tonally the show does not seem all over the place to me. It has really serious moments which are undercut or subverted by comedy, for example: the spinach non-confession scene. Woo Il and the crazy sister are the only ones not playing according to the rules of this world, although Woo Il had his comic moments in Malaysia. The sister though... she needs help.

I'm also buying the OTP romance, especially the way they support each other. I don't think it's sudden, we had inklings of it already in the panda era.

The best thing of this show is Hwan-Ki, as most people have said. He is such a nice, quiet and perceptive guy, whose only flaw is being too nice. It's a rare kind of male lead. I especially love his internal dialogues, particularly when he got mad and yelled to himself 'I'm angry at myself most of all for being angry!' That is totally me.

A final note on the actress who plays Ji Hye. She looked familiar so I looked her up and it's HAN CHAE-AH. I've seen her before in Gaksital, where she played the amazing character RaRa. I wish her role in Introverted Boss had been larger, she really shines. I guess we'll see more of her though, since her death still hasn't been explained (I distinctly remember her running downstairs, not upstairs to the roof... how and when did she jump?)

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I am glad you are staying with us! ??? Agree with what you said.

Han Chae Ah still my favourite second female lead until today. She was truly fantastic in Gaksital and stole the show from the main female lead. Sad that she didnt become bigger actress after Gaksital. I hope she will meet re-discovery role in the future and gain attention again.

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Glad you could join us here @WishfulToki!!!

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Hwan ki remind me to one of my friend. People told me dat shes bad and his father takin drugs and all the nasty stuff.But when I get to know her, wat a positive girl, she love to smile and optimist. And I saw (cus she never told me) how hard she struggle to help her poor family and take care of her sick sibling and at the same time maintain her academic performance.shes quiet, she always listen to me.how the hell everyone told me dats shes bad?

We always have a hwanki around us.please dont take them for granted

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1. On the (almost-) Ex (since they never got together)
I really like YeonJung's character as she's shown here. Sounds like she's someone really cool to know, goes after what she wants, and doesn't try to doublespeak or prevaricate. I like that she's shown to have the same straight-talking character in university and at present. Shows that she's a woman who knows herself and who's got a healthy sense of self-respect. I want her as my best friend!

2. On the reporter friend, and the Eun Dad
I wish these plot device one-dimensional characters would just go away.

3. On Woon-Il
The show tried to redeem you in Malaysia but your douchebaggery continued in Korea. Why. Just man up and do the right thing before you get saddled with an emotionally-dependent wife and a bigger douchebag of a father-in-law.

4. On the tonal change
I think the rewrite went quite smoothly actually. The criticisms of the show at the outset was the heroine was too brash, and the show was a bit dark for a romcom. Given the rewrites were to address and correct these issues, and given the limitations it is under as a live-shoot, with already-established-characters, I think it's done well. We can't all have our cake and eat it too.

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I might be one of the few who has sympathies with Woo Il. I think he is a well played character who also has issues in that screwed up family. He is insecure about who he is because he is clearly told all the time that he was adopted for a purpose, not for himself. He was adopted to help Hwan-ki get over his introvertedness. He is doing his best to be the support role for Hwan-ki and Yi-soo, and the father. Seems like Hwan-ki was the only one who liked Woo Il for himself, and that was lost after the suicide accident. So I see him as struggling along the best he can, same as Hwan-ki and Yi-soo. It is just that how that manifests is different.

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I like YJ more than RW. It would be nice if YJ could get together with HG

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@kd6606

I think there's sympathy to be had for Woo Il too( when I really give it the thought lol).

Can you imaging your whole life being told you exist for the sole purpose of propping your other (supposed) siblings? No thoughts for your personal well being. Are you sick? You can't get sick cause you have to go.....*insert location*... with Hwan Ki! What are you doing? Stop it now and attend to Yi Soo!

He's being raised as a fancy Servant to Hwan Ki and Yi Soo. It was the same thing Yoo Jung's father was using the Baek siblings for, in CITT and we all saw what that led to. In Happy's words, not.good!

What then happens when they no longer need him? Its a valid question. What about his own ambitions, his dreams and aspirations? No one knows cause no one cared to know. I suspect even Woo Il himself doesn't know because he was never brought up as a person of his own. I'm very willing to bet thag Woo Il's choice of schooling was dependent on Hwan Ki's schooling. University, the same thing. Where to work as after school, no need, work in the family company but only to build up Hwan Ki. We don't need you, your personal contributions are only good if it helps the Siblings and consequently, the family's image. You're of age to date, get married? Even if you liked someone out there, no matter! Yi Soo has shown interest, you'll both get married, keeping it in the family. Its settled then, I can't imaging you'll have any cause for complain.

How is such a person not gonna grow messed up? Is it any wonder Woo Il feels that Hwan Ki's independence is the end of his value in his life? That's what he's been told since forever. Add that with the insecurity of being from the orphanage, its seriously terrible . Its because we were introduced to this world through the eyes of Hwan Ki. If we were shown Woo Il's childhood, his whole emotionally brutal journey to where he is now, we'd be reeling a lot different lay, not this frustrated at least.

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I really want to feel sympathy for Woo Il but I can't. He can't see his way out is through Hwan Ki independence. Once he is capable (which it seems like he is more so and I feel that he is the reason Brain is as popular and Woo Il is just the face), he can be set free to live how he wants. He is scared to lose everything he worked for but in reality, he didn't. It was given to him as long as he stayed by Hwan Ki's side. The father is desperate for him to fail because he is not the ideal son he wanted. Smh. I despise the father and mother so much.

I don't think he sees him as a servant but more so someone that understood him even though he was told to do so. Yi Soo is off the chain. I think Woo Il is her escape as well from the family. While we see Hwan Ki growing into himself, Yi Soo is still struggling and grabbing on to anything that reminds her of how it use to be. The only way for her to move on is to get help and the only one to convince her is Woo Il.

I didn't like his character from the beginning even before finding out about Ji Hye. He always came off arrogant even behind Hwan Ki's doors. It was like..."do this for me because I am the better at doing it than you". I mean he took a freaking beating for him when Ji Hye died. Yet Woo Il still mocks his loyalty. I actually made a FB post about: Being selfless comes with a price.

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I personally feel the drama is a feel good kinda drama. It's much better than some popular dramas that I've seen lately. Eun Hwan Ki is such a good character. The actor depicts perfect portrayal of him. The best scene for me in this episode was when he got caught in the salon. And he's so hot. And the song One More Step. It just turns the scenes magical enough. The couple is sooooo cute.

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