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Radiant Office: Episode 12

With every conflict at Hauline seemingly coming to a head at once, it’s hard for the employees to know who to align with or where to promise their loyalty. Even the smallest of decisions could have lasting, permanent consequences. Woo-jin struggles to right the wrongs of the current administration and keep Ho-won safe at the same time, but he may be fighting a losing battle.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Ho-won repays Hyun for the hospital bills he covered, then informs him that she’s planning to sue him for defamation of character and violation of medical law. She says that writing a book about her and her friends without their consent is against the law, and though he doesn’t seem too concerned, Hyun asks about a possible settlement.

Ho-won thinks a settlement sounds just dandy, but she doesn’t want his money. She tells Hyun to have the company formally review her, Ki-taek, and Kang-do’s job performances fairly as originally planned, and she’ll forget the lawsuit. To his credit, Hyun actually looks impressed at her initiative.

Over a snack on her way back to work, Ho-won thinks about the line from the movie Thelma and Louise: “I don’t remember ever feeling this awake.” Now that she’s not haunted by death, she realizes that her drive is coming from inside, and everything feels different in a good way.

Woo-jin calls a meeting of the marketing team, where they discuss importing furniture directly from Italy and cutting out the middleman agency. He’s his usual serious self until the meeting concludes, when he can’t help but smile at Ho-won’s newfound enthusiasm. Even Ji-na and Ki-taek are in good moods as they exchange cute little grins.

Woo-jin takes his decision to cut out the import middleman to CEO Han, where of course he meets opposition with Manager Park. Woo-jin asks for three days to prove it’s a good idea before leaving, and of course CEO Han and Manager Park are furious because they have a shady deal with the agency. They’re afraid Woo-jin will discover it, and CEO Han makes it clear that if that happens, he’ll make sure Manager Park takes the fall alone.

Manager Park expresses his concerns to Suk-kyung, worried that Woo-jin senses that they’ve set out bait for him. Suk-kyung assures him that Woo-jin won’t make a move without proof and that she’s prepared everything perfectly.

Woo-jin is indeed onto them, though Gu-dong wonders if he’s being too obvious about it. But Woo-jin is confident in his plan to shake things up until Manager Park grows nervous and makes a mistake.

After his discussion with Ho-won, Hyun had called Manager Park to ask about the temporary employees’ evaluations. Now Manager Park tells them that they’ll be evaluated for the full-time position as planned. Woo-jin wanders out and learns of the news, and when Ho-won circles her arms over her head in celebration, he shoots her the cutest shy thumbs-up you’ve ever seen.

Ho-won, Ki-taek, and Kang-ho celebrate that night over chicken and beer at the boys’ place. Ki-taek wonders what changed Manager Park’s mind, but Ho-won just says that maybe Woo-jin helped. They briefly consider inviting him over, but they know he’ll decline, and Ho-won does a dead-on impression of him refusing, ha.

Instead, they send Woo-jin a chicken delivery, then Ho-won texts him so he’ll know it’s a gift. Awww, he pouts because he has to eat it alone. He starts several replies but deletes them all, eventually settling on a simple, “Thank you.”

The boys notice Ho-won checking her phone, though she denies waiting for a message. When it comes, there’s a typo which makes it looks like Woo-jin is calling Ho-won a chicken, and he quickly follows it up with an adorably awkward explanation and correction.

Ho-won is so charmed that she has a giggle fit and collapses. The guys guess that she must be dating, and her halfhearted denial doesn’t convince them one bit.

At work the following day, Woo-jin takes some concerns about the import agency to CEO Han, who impatiently brushes them off. He refuses to consider getting rid of the agency and tells Woo-jin to just concentrate on selling the product once it arrives.

Woo-jin slams out of CEO Han’s office, and once he’s gone, Ho-won pops up from her hiding place under secretary Kkot-bi’s desk. She learns that the bosses are fighting about the import agency, but Kkot-bi advises her to worry about herself right now.

Kkot-bi hands over a list of the criteria the company looks for when evaluating temps for permanent hire. Ho-won checks the list to see how she measures up, but every requirement reminds her of a time when she did the exact opposite in spectacular fashion. She scores negative fifteen points, yikes.

Manager Park visits Chairman Seo in the hospital with Hyun, where they’re both surprised to see CEO Han show up with a huge gift basket. Manager Park rolls his eyes at CEO Han fawning over the chairman, but Hyun doesn’t seem that impressed anyway. CEO Han sneers at Manager Park for coming empty-handed, which is perfect timing for Suk-kyung to arrive with an even bigger gift basket, hee.

When they get back to the office, CEO Han tells Manager Park that Woo-jin came to him with concerns about the import agency’s finances. Suk-kyung tells him that everything is in order, but he warns them not to underestimate Woo-jin.

After CEO Han leaves, Manager Park grins, excited that Woo-jin took the bait. He’s looking forward to getting rid of Woo-jin and CEO Han in one fell swoop. He anticipates Hyun taking over the chairman’s job, while he has his eye on CEO Han’s job, and Suk-kyung—… but he doesn’t finish the thought.

Woo-jin works late attempting to pin down the discrepancies in the import agency’s financial statement, refusing to send them the advance payment CEO Han ordered until he does. Ho-won pokes her head into his office to invite him to play late night snack roulette with them, and at first he grumps that he’s not interested.

Then Woo-jin sees Ho-won’s sad little face and barks that he’ll take number five. (Ha, he’s totally whipped and they aren’t even dating… yet.) He drifts out just as the game is down to him and Ho-won, and the loser has to pay for a snack run. Of course, Woo-jin loses, and Ho-won celebrates.

Ji-na insists on taking Ki-taek with her to buy snacks, and on the way, she comments about how warm it is now and how cold it was on the day they broke up. She admits that she almost cried when Ki-taek gave her his scarf.

Steeling himself, Ki-taek tells Ji-na that he doesn’t think they should get back together right now. He doesn’t have much of a future at the moment, but he says that he wants any woman he dates to at least have hope for a good future with him.

Ji-na insists that he does give her hope — hope that he loves her more than anyone in the world and will always be on her side. But Ki-taek says that he’s learned that kind of hope isn’t enough. Ji-na actually gets angry that he’s not lying to get her back like most men would do in this situation.

Ki-taek promises Ji-na that if he gets the permanent job at Hauline and Ji-na is still waiting for him, then they’ll discuss reconciling. Ji-na says that she’ll wait for him, and they both smile.

Woo-jin catches Ho-won moping over the list of requirements for permanent hire, and he reads the list and quips that she should just give up, hee. But he says they aren’t following that list, which has Ho-won wilting in relief.

Woo-jin asks if she really thinks the new criteria will be any better for her after all the trouble she’s caused. Luckily she knows he’s not serious, since he can’t hide his mischievous grin. Ho-won shows Ki-taek and Kang-ho the list just in case, and they all agree not to fight over the job.

The next morning, Ho-won finds herself alone in an elevator with Hyun. He eyes the coffees in her hands and criticizes the assistant managers for sending her on such menial tasks, but she cheekily retorts that at least the assistant managers are honest people.

Hyun says that she’ll be a permanent hire in no time, and even offers to make that happen if she wants. Ho-won refuses the offer and tells him not to worry about her. She adds that being the chairman’s son must not be as good as she thought, since nobody wanted to get into the elevator with him. Ouch.

Manager Park bursts into Woo-jin’s office hollering that the import company is accusing Hauline of violating their contract because they haven’t been paid. He warns Woo-jin that if they get sued, he’ll be on the hook for all of the legal fees.

Manager Park makes it back to his office before collapsing, exhausted but satisfied with his little performance. He’s pleased that Woo-jin seems to have fallen for their trap, gleefully looking forward to both Woo-jin and CEO Han being fired soon.

Woo-jin ups the ante by requesting a business trip to Italy to check out the import agency’s finances in person. CEO Han refuses, telling Woo-jin to stop arguing and to just go along with the way things are. Woo-jin reports back to Gu-dong that CEO Han responded just as he expected.

By now they’ve figured out that Manager Park is intentionally prodding Woo-jin to stir things up with CEO Han. But Gu-dong still urges Woo-jin to let the matter of the import agency drop, believing that they have enough evidence of corruption already.

When Woo-jin worries that it’s not enough, Gu-dong presents him with his copy of the email that Ho-won accidentally sent to the whole company. In it, Ho-won had talked about seeing Manager Park taking bribes, making her the sole witness to Park’s crooked dealings. Woo-jin looks nervous about asking Ho-won to testify.

He takes Ho-won to dinner that night, where she proudly tells him that she went head-to-head with Hyun. He’s suitably impressed when Ho-won adds that she’s not afraid of anything after that. He’s cute when he says that that makes him scared for her.

As they walk home, they make small talk about company outings, and Ho-won decides they should plan a hiking trip. But then she remembers from the volunteer weekend that most people don’t like to do things with colleagues in their free time, so Woo-jin casually says they can always go alone. (Is he asking her on a date? Because that sounds like a date.)

Ho-won tells Woo-jin that now would be a good time if he’s got anything he wants to say to her, but he just asks if she has any plans for her assessment for the permanent job. She admits that her self-administered negative score on the previous year’s assessment makes her nervous. Woo-jin laughs at that, then hustles them along anxiously when he hears a kitten meow nearby. PFFT.

Gu-dong calls Woo-jin later that night to see if he asked Ho-won to testify. Woo-jin says that he thinks they should go with the evidence they already have, feeling uneasy about drawing people’s attention to Ho-won’s involvement in the controversy just when she’s hoping to be hired.

When Gu-dong finally leaves the office, he runs into Manager Park on his way back in despite the late hour. Manager Park asks if he’s adjusting to working in the home office, and Gu-dong says coldly that it’s not any harder, just nastier.

He asks if Manager Park is confident in his success after having backstabbed his colleagues to get where he is. Manager Park tells Gu-dong to watch his mouth, and Gu-dong instantly becomes affable and friendly again, wishing Manager Park a good night and leaving with a cheeky little wink.

Up in the office, Manager Park finds Gu-dong’s desk light still on, and when he goes to turn it off, he sees a copy of Ho-won’s email on the desk. He calls the owner of the restaurant where Ho-won witnessed him taking the bribe, and the owner tells him that someone came by recently to ask about that night.

Ho-won shows up at work early the next morning to tell Woo-jin that Gu-dong asked her about testifying before they had dinner last night, and that she’s already decided to do it. Knowing that Woo-jin is feeling conflicted about this, she says that she believes he always makes the right decisions.

But Woo-jin tells her not to get involved and to just concentrate on getting hired on permanently. He goes to his office to stew over Ho-won’s stubbornness, and Gu-dong comes to tell him that he overheard their conversation.

Woo-jin snaps at Gu-dong for talking to Ho-won without asking him first, but Gu-dong argues that he knew Woo-jin wouldn’t broach the subject with her. Woo-jin says that he still doesn’t want to have her testify, so Gu-dong asks why he’s so upset.

Woo-jin fumbles for an explanation, simultaneously insisting that he’s not upset while wondering why he’s so upset. Gu-dong suddenly realizes what the problem is and gives Woo-jin a knowing smile. After he leaves, Woo-jin watches Ho-won at her desk, longing written all over his face.

Manager Park tells Suk-kyung that they’re in trouble because Woo-jin tricked them and is planning a counterattack. Before she can process this, Yong-jae runs in to breathlessly tell them to read the announcement on the company website.

Manager Park reads it, sees that CEO Han has been put on probation, and sits back with a relieved sigh. He thinks back to his visit with Hyun at the hospital, when he’d gotten on his knees to beg for mercy. Hyun had accepted his explanation that he never took bribes but only did what he was told, but he’d warned Manager Park that someone had to be held responsible.

When he hears the news of CEO Han’s probation, Woo-jin remarks sarcastically to Manager Park that the timing of this is awfully perfect. Feeling cocky, Manager Park tells Gu-dong (referring to his comment that the home office is a nasty place) to learn to enjoy the stink or he won’t last long.

In Woo-jin’s office, Gu-dong admits that he may have made a mistake because he wanted to teach Manager Park a lesson. He sighs that having the chairman’s son as a backer must have saved Manager Park from being punished alongside CEO Han. Woo-jin considers it a victory that they at least got rid of half of the corruption in the office, since he assumes that Manager Park can’t cause much trouble by himself.

CEO Han calls Manager Park and Suk-kyung into his office, sure that Manager Park had something to do with his probation. He doesn’t believe Manager Park’s protestations of innocence, having been informed by the audit department that Manager Park turned him in. On his way out, he tells Suk-kyung to watch her back, because she’ll be betrayed once she loses her usefulness too.

Woo-jin takes Ho-won to one of the company stores, instructing her to act like a customer when a salesperson approaches them. While they wait, he says that they’ll be announcing the date of the assessments tomorrow, but he’s confused when she says that Ki-taek and Kang-ho will be excited.

She flops down on a bed and says that she doesn’t have much hope for herself. A salesperson arrives and assumes they’re an engaged couple shopping for wedding gifts, so Ho-won goes along with it as she was told. She growls at a befuddled Woo-jin to lie down when the salesperson suggests it, but they both pop up nervously when she asks for their wedding date.

Ho-won turns to Woo-jin, cooing at him and calling him “Oppa,” which shorts his brain out for a second. Then she does it again just to watch him squirm, hee.

They all stay late again, unwilling to go home while Manager Park is still at work. They’re all there to witness CEO Han come roaring in disheveled, furious, and screaming about being fired. Manager Park implores him to leave with dignity, which CEO Han finds ironic considering that it was Manager Park who got him fired through underhanded tactics.

He bellows at them all to witness their own future, then he bursts into tears, wailing that he gave his life to this company. Woo-jin holds him up and comforts him, and CEO Han says that he used to be just like him. He screams that he didn’t do anything wrong, and Woo-jin has to practically drag him out.

In the break room, Kang-ho wonders what it feels like to be fired after working at the same company for thirty years. Ki-taek thinks it must feel like being dumped by a person you dearly love.

They head home to find Kang-ho’s mother waiting to talk to him, so Ki-taek leaves them alone. Mom looks around disapprovingly, clucking that Kang-ho has never suffered before and must appreciate her more after living in this dump. She snaps that she can’t hold her head up in front of her friends because of him, seeming not to have changed at all.

But then she softens and asks if he’s eating, and she hands Kang-ho an envelope with some emergency money. She says she’s still working on his father, then she asks about the upcoming assessment, which she heard about from Jae-min. She tells Kang-ho to do whatever he can to get that job and come home.

When the day of the assessment rolls around, Ji-na passes out the list of evaluation criteria to the three candidates, and Yong-jae can’t resist the opportunity for some mean-spirited teasing. They notice that the CEO’s vote counts for half of the decision, but with CEO Han gone, they don’t know if that position will be taken by Manager Park or Woo-jin.

Woo-jin comes out to call a marketing team meeting, but they’re interrupted by Hyun’s unexpected arrival. He says that he’s here to personally announce the person who will take over CEO Han’s job — himself.

 
COMMENTS

Well, that’s going to throw a wrench into things, though I have no doubt that that’s exactly Hyun’s intent. By appointing himself to CEO Han’s vacant position, he’s shaking up everything that Manager Park so carefully planned, and Manager Park isn’t going to like that one bit. Not to mention that it gives Hyun the power to choose which of the three temporary employees is hired on permanently. I fully expect Hyun to use that advantage to manipulate Ho-won and her friends into something unscrupulous by holding the job out as tantalizing bait, and I only hope that they’re able to stick to their principles and defy him.

I am so freaking proud of Ki-taek right now, I could burst. Ji-na breaking up with him may have been painful and almost literally fatal, but he’s grown up so much because of it. Before, he just wanted to be with her, and didn’t think about how she was shouldering all the financial weight and worry in the relationship. As much as it would be wonderful if it didn’t matter, many marriages break up because of money, so it’s not shallow for either of them to be concerned by Ki-taek’s lack of a career at his age (he’s over thirty). Ki-taek has learned from this experience that he has a lot of work to do on himself before he’s ready to jump back into a relationship with Ji-na or anyone else. It’s a huge deal to go from wanting to die over losing Ji-na to turning her down because Ki-taek knows he’s in no position right now to be taking on a relationship that could very well lead to marriage. I do hope they get back together eventually, but I have so much respect for Ki-taek for understanding that if he lets things go back to how they were, they will just break up again eventually.

I’m really pleased that the show has never taken the easy path of having Ho-won, Ki-taek, and Kang-ho fight over the permanent job that only one of them will get. Even though they’ve known from the start that two of them will lose out and one will win, they’ve never let that come between them — in fact, it’s never even occurred to them to act like rivals. They always support each other and work as a team. I don’t expect the show to pull the last-minute save and have them all get hired either, in large part because they teased that already then discarded the idea, so it feels like that solution has left the building.

What the show is doing, and it’s killing me, is giving each of the three friends a very compelling reason to want the job beyond just the regular paycheck. Ki-taek’s future with Ji-na depends on being hired and earning the confidence that he can be a good provider. Kang-ho’s relationship with his parents hinges on landing the job and proving to them that he’s not a failure. And Ho-won has just learned how to stand up for herself for no other reason than because she deserves good things, so losing the job could set her right back to square one. They all three have very good reasons for wanting to be hired on permanently, and I really don’t know which one will get it.

If I have to be honest, I’m mostly wishing for Ki-taek to get the job, because he needs it to feel confident enough to get back together with Ji-na. I genuinely believe that Kang-ho would be better off not getting the job and cutting ties with his parents. They still seem toxic despite his mother’s visit, which just felt like another reason to give Kang-ho a “succeed according to our criteria or else” ultimatum. Ho-won is already strong enough to go out and take on the world, and I have no doubt she could land another job without a problem now that she’s gotten some experience and self-confidence. But Ki-taek’s newfound conviction is that he needs to prove to himself that he’s a safe bet before asking a woman to put her trust in him. So if he doesn’t get the job, he could very well cut Ji-na loose for good. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, and they would both be okay, but after all they’ve been through, it would be a shame not to see them find a way back to each other.

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I knew where it was going the moment they sat on that bed at the furniture store. Ha Won calling Woo jin "Oppa" totally had him, me feels ??

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????. . Me too. . !!! Woo jin's expression made me laugh double hard. . ?

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That and the "thanks, chicken" text got me straight in my feels. Who knew that Ho Won could be the alpha in this potential love line? They are so adorable.

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Ho Won the alpha? I love it! The signs were all there. This is the same girl who offered to kill all the cockroaches for Kang Ho ? Woo Jin despite looking every bit the alpha male is actually a scaredy cat - literally! More than all these, Ho Won has gotten him under her thumb, hasn't she?

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yeah but it was Woo Jin who invited Ha Won hiking together alone (read: on a date) first.

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Yes please! Go on that date already! Apthough they had dinner together in this ep, does that count? ?

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And the best partof that "thanks, chicken" is that Woo-jin had to send that text to explain what the previous text was all about ?

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"Ho-won is so charmed that she has a giggle fit and collapses."

So did I ???

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One of my favourite parts about their relationship is that she just finds his awkwardness adorable, all her little smiles at his quirks are just so awww

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I giggled so much on that scene. These two are adorable together.

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So shipping Suk-kyung and Kang-ho. They both need someone in their lives who sees them for who they are and loves them for it, and I think they already are becoming friends who can maybe see a bit themselves in the other. Please, Show?

Loved Woo-jin's face when Ho-won called him oppa!!

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I loved this episode. It was very nice and heartwarming at points. But then sad and thought provoking at others. I really think this show is planned out really well. And then gut punches me so hard.

But and all in all can I say, all the relationships (loveline or no) are so good. I really liked he discussion Ki-Taek had with Ji-Na. It feels like something is actually said in life and not only in a drama. I like the team that kinda has been created with Woo-Jin and Gu-Dong. They are truly doing the best to do look, find the truth, and expose it. I also love a Gu-Dong KNOWS that Woo-Jin likes Ho-Won but likes to keep it under his breath. And now getting my new OTP, Ho-Won and Woo-Jin were so cute together in almost every scene. The scene at the furniture store got me laughing hard. Every time she said, "Oppa" got him so flustered. And I loved it. And my Three Amigos need to be friends forever. Because they bring light into my world every week. I hope he show keeps going strong in its last two weeks. Dammit. 2 weeks and 4 episodes...DON'T GO!

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I'm going to have such a hard time saying goodbye to our 3 underdogs. I've been revising my opinion of Ji-Na. The way she dumped him was cruel, but it was understandable why she felt like they had no future together. I'm glad to see that she has matured a little.

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Wowww.... This is an awesome episode..... But it gives a feeling all 3 of them are gonna get hired.... I still believe Seo Hyun is a good guy and he is doing what he did because he wants to know who is good and who is bad.... One bad guy is out, and so others would follow..... It would be one nice happy ending.... I am desperately hoping for that.....

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Your faith in Seo Hyun is so strong :D
Am a believer in happy ending, so your ending works for me. The show does seem to hint that he still have something more than just "I want to own Hauline" motive. I applaud Ho-won for her well placed sass, but also pity him a bit for being all alone in the lift like that.

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Yea.... It did hurt to see him alone on the elevator..... Well his true colours will be revealed next week hopefully....

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I like it! I too feel there's some good in Seo Hyun. He's a character I can't seem to hate. So I too am secretly hoping that he's doing all this for a good reason

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I'm with you on this. It makes sense. If I'm the only candidate who's going to take over my father's company (thus it will be my own company someday), I'll sort out who's going to be my people. Not the ones who say yes all the time to please me but people who's going to bring advantage to my company in the long run. Hyun is a smart guy and he got a lot of infos from his interactions with HW and WJ so far.

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I feel like he is sort of a guy with a lot of bad traits (naturally predisposed to be manipulative and selfish) who wants to be good, but fails at it and his father's lack of faith in him sort of reinforces bad behavior. Instead of living up to his father's expectations, he lives down to them. If I remember correctly, I think Gu-dong doesn't think Hyun's suitable for the position. And I think Gu-dong has a good read on people, so I trust his judgment the most. But what does this mean for Hyun's future with Hauline? How will he prove he's worthy? Can he?

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I don't want him to have to prove his worth to anyone. It is this very thing that is crippling his life. He's good looking, smart and charismatic. He should be able to do well on his own without Dad or Hauline. Unfortunately, his inferiority complex, baggage, selfishness and tendency to manipulate people overshadow all his good traits.

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All *waves hands up down and around* this. @outofthisworld's above and bellow comments, and yours @ar
I don't really like him, as a person, but I don't hate him as a character, because I think he's written subtly but quite well, and I think you both hit the nail on the head.

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That's the thing about this show. My faith is with the writer, not character. I believe Seo Hyun would not be an outright villain nor a misunderstood good guy. He's just a flawed person. I have no doubt his reasons are selfish but that doesn't mean he is oblivious to talent he should keep for the company. The only condition is that these people must be under his control. It is kind of an oxymoron - he wants good, incorruptible people but only those who can be bought by him. I can see how he is going to explain all these though. He will see it as a symbiotic relationship, for the greater good of Hauline.

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Ohh! The not-so-mysterious Dr. Seo's got it bad! How can a man look so happy, proud and relieved while being threatened and blackmailed.? I was grinning along with him. He looked strangely adorable in that scene. Although he's not so far gone that his ego will allow her to get away with it. ..

I dunno why I have a soft spot for this character. While I enjoyed the cute of the current pairings, I agree with beanies comments in the last ep that the drama is getting boring. Dr Seo is like that colourful/interesting guest that livens up an otherwise dull party.

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Did anyone else besides me want her to actually sue him? I was disappointed when she "settled."

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ME- I wanted her to sue his a*s because what he did was so wrong and unethical in every way imaginable. But she, of course, took the high road. Which shows how much she has grown in 12 episodes.

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I'm glad that she didn't actually sue him. It would be awesome if she did but it's also not realistic. She just doesn't have the resources. You are spot on about her growth. She didn't ask for a favor, she asked for fair play.

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Omg yes! he looks soo adorable whenever he meets with Ha Won! And that smile. Soo cute. It's like he would even rather be blackmailed if that's the way he gets to spend time with her.

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I like Hyun, but I actually feel like he's the one dulling the party recently by adding to the corporate drama, which takes time away from our three underdogs' growth. I liked it when he was just a mysterious doctor who helped out our 3 underdogs. I was really hoping it was a selfless act even though I knew he had some plans for them, but it seems more calculated than I had expected.

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Maybe WooJin will finagle a subsidiary company out of Hyun after annoying him to no end and all three can join his company and they end up becoming the greatest money-maker in Hauline.

LOL. A drama-holic can dream. In her sleep. Time to zzz.

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That's a great idea. I can imagine WJ annoying Hyun lol

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I don't know if Dr Seo has even a mildest interest in Ho Won but it would be interesting to see his reaction when he knows Ho Won and Woo Jin are together(Pali! Pali!)

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Its kdrama. Don't we need to have a threesome at some point?

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Not this one. It's very 'un-kdrama' like. Tropes which viewers expected to happen didn't.

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HAHA. Mind in a gutter over here.

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So many cutes on this episode *cheers madly*. And have to say, LollyPip, loved all the screencaps, so on point; especially loved Heo-gwajang knowing smile :D
Squeeing on the hiking date (yes, totally calling it a date!) but also getting dejavu again over his memorable couple hiking in Drinking Solo!
Have guessed that Seo Hyun will insert himself to replace Han Jung-tae, am interested to see how he will wield his new power. Already dreading how he will mess the blossoming romance between Ho-won & Woo-jin, nooo T_T
The permanent position has always been dangled as the holy grail, but lately it doesn't seem to have the same importance to me, coz our Suicide Squad surely have grown enough to survive even if they don't stay at Hauline. At the very least, they found good people so they will never be truly alone when facing hardship. And Ho-won would so get a bf, heheh.

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There's possibly Dr. Seo will meddle up. But with all the trust Ho-Won and Woo-jin have been building up to this episode, it won't be too easy for Dr. Seo to insert him between our OTP, LoL.

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It's true about the trust, it's awesome that one thing that bonds our OTP is the passion to always stand for what is right. Hoped when Seo Hyun do meddle, it'll be resolved in less than an ep, coz am still thirsty for moar cute ?

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I think a lot of it is due to the actor's way of depicting Dr. Seo. I love how passive aggressive this guy is, it makes a very interesting character.

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You are right! This actor makes the character more interesting.

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LolllyPip, thank you for you quick recap! Been refreshing this page for quite a while.

To me, it really does not matter in the end if Ho-Won will be hired permanently or not. What's the most important to me is that she's found herself, her new confident, and self-determination. Same thing with Ki-Taek. He's found a new realisation and what he really needs to do. I do hope he'll get the job at the end. Realistically speaking, he's the oldest from the trio.

And, the show needs to do the same with Kang-Ho. I'd really want him to really cut his dependency to his family. This guy has to learn to survive without the shadow and the wings from his family because he's more than capable to do that. One thing that probably contribute to his shyness and his lack of confident is the pressure from his family. I could imagine with the family who always hears what other people say, it's must really hard to Kang-Ho. Poor Kang-Ho, I just want to give him a hug.

I don't think CEO Han will not do anything after what Mr. Park had done to him.

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Agreed, out of the three, Kang Ho is the least explored. He still seems to shrink whenever his mom is around... Hope we'll see more of his growth soon.

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For some reason, I'm rooting for these three to start their own business instead of staying at Hauline, along with Mr. Seo. They need the capital for it, of course...which is the biggest hurdle. The more I watch this kind of office set up dramas, I have to say...I'm grateful I don't live in SK. It seems like it's one of the unhappiest part of the world.

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I agree!

That's why I suggested a subsidiary company to start off with, ha!

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I don't live in SK but after more than twenty years working in big company I can tell you that this drama really is a slice of office life. The higher your position the more office politics affect your career. People like WJ with capabilities and good intention will manage to middle management position based on pure performance. To reach upper position requires more networking, thus office politics play a great deal.

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This is what I like about the show. In dramas, politics can be quite unrealistic and they usually focus on the power struggle at the very top. In this drama, they show how politics are played at all levels and the issues are so real. Anyone who's led a corporate life will surely be able to identify with at least some of these.

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Can they bring Woo-Jin with them? It's adorable how they just all live in the same neighborhood and how he looks out for them.

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It's really out of topic, but I'd like to ask... How cold is Korea these days? I saw Ho-Won (Go Ah-sung) is wearing short skirt most of the time. I can't imagine how cold it felt during he shooting.

Being born and spend most of my life in tropical island makes me feel miserable if I were wearing such a short skirt in the cold... brrrrrrr....

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It's actually quite warm - high teens touching 20 degrees celcius. But I've seen girls wearing shorts and thin pantyhose in early winter, I kid you not.

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awwww thanks! wondering how they survive... :)

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Anything for fashion!

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OK i take back what i said about loving their friendship, im so ready for some romance now LOL

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Hahaha...I know what you mean. I love their friendship but I also want romance to start like now!

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IKR! If they don't at least confess to each other next week I think I will go crazy! :'D

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Ooo, a confession! *crossing fingers*

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Characters who are so adorably awkward like Woo Jin are my favourite. I love how he's thinking so hard on the reply to Ha Won's text. Found it hilarious when she saw his reply and started rolling on the floor.

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Was cracking up a lot over all the falling feathers and sweats from Woo-jin text ?

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I was too haha, I always love this stage of the romance when they're discovering that they like each other

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Thanks Lollypip!

Ho-won turns to Woo-jin, cooing at him and calling him “Oppa,” which shorts his brain out for a second. Then she does it again just to watch him squirm, hee.

Yup, 'short his brain' is the best description!

I just can't wait for this couple to date. It'll so fun to watch them because they are so funny and cute when they are together.

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I can't wait to see just how they manage to get started! This girl is going to have such a hard time with this one (although, luckily, he's already asking her on dates without realizing it!). We better actually get that hike for them!

Him trying to figure out how to send a text message is pretty much the best thing ever. All the more hilarious because a response like "Let's eat it together next time" for the chicken would have been pretty smooth. But then he just went with such an adorably awkward one. Haha, I love how smitten she is with him right now too. Pretty much every little thing he does makes her happy, especially when it involves him attempting to do something out of his social comfort-zone.

I, for one, love how gradual the romance has unfolded here, but definitely can't for them to get together now! I wouldn't complain if it happened next week, so we can get at least the last 2 eps of them trying to navigate their romance :D

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Yes, in a way, they have started 'dating'. It's just not official in any sense because neither has confessed. Woo Jin is especially slow to realize. Ho Won already does but seems too shy to say it.
Ho Won is pretty cheeky and Woo Jin can be such a dork so they make an amusing couple.

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And when he lied down in the bed.... he looks so unnatural and awkward LoL...

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When I look into Manager Cho's face... she looks so miserable but she has no choice other than on Mr. Park's side.

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Woojin totally asked Howon on a hiking date and nothing can convince me otherwise. This romance is such a slow burn, but I love it and I'm not at all frustrated with the pace. But I'm definitely ready for them to just come out with their feelings, lol.

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So many lovely scenes this episode!! Get together already! What I love is how much they play around with each other and they're such goofs too. The way he looked at her through his window after debating whether he was upset or not, made my heart flutter. He didn't want her to get hurt in any way, this guy is so deep now with admiration and love. I practically screamed when he said for just the two of them to go hiking together. YES give us that PLEASE! I want to see him afraid of every little thing and Ho won coming to his rescue! LOL

But on another note, the most heartbreaking part was when the chief got fired and he let it loose on the rest of the office in a drunk rant. I felt for the guy and all the dedication he put working for the company. He wasn't always Mr. Nice Guy but that didn't stop that scene from making me tear up. Hopefully, the last episodes will have a happier feel to them. Thank you for the great recap!!!

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I get you about the part when CEO Han was fired. It's really one of those "Expose office politics" moments that this series does so well and that feels cathartic. In an earlier episode, Jae Min was an asshole for changing the prices, but I almost rooted for him during his "I quit!" speech.

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Ha Won: Oppa~
Woo Jin: O_O *Heart-shot*

Neighbourhood cat: Meow
Woo Jin: ACK time to get outta here

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Everytime he runs away from the meow, I always say "OH MY LITTLE WOOS YOUR BACK"

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I really enjoy that scenes also
And of course the "Thank you Chicken" ?

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Lol, what cracks me up is it always seems more like the neighborhood kitten to me...

Like it doesn't even sound like an alley cat or anything rofl. Why is he so afraid? I want a backstory now!

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I want the cat to actually make an appearance ><

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I can't recall exactly where but someone post a link of a video showing Ha Suk Jin being scared in a variety show. His reaction was exactly like that of Woo Jin in the cupboard scene episodes ago. I think the PD might be inspired by Suk Jin's actual fear of little creatures ? He loves dogs though.

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Haha! No way! I have to check this out...

That's hilarious.

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Thanks for the FAST recap! I'm so loving this show!!! Everything about it is really well done.
One thing I can't help but wonder every time I see Manager Cho's face - she looks so conflicted and I think that maybe she's going to do the right thing and maybe do something that will eventually sabotage Chief Dog.
She looks like she's really having a hard time with her stoopid boss and his antics. Hell I'd have a hard time working for him.
One of the many scenes I liked was when the two boys sat in their apartment and talked about how "expensive sunlight" is.
Really insightful writing all around. But I look forward to the romance - and when they confess to each other. I'm just LOVING this show! It's up there at the top of my favorites list. I'm so glad you are recapping this show!!!

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Chief Dog ? So I heard it correcrly and it really is Gae-bujang-nim? Guess the subtitle is being polite and just called him jerk. Boiled my blood when he made his subordinates do his master degree assignment, wth, that's so low!
Cho-gwajang struck me as smart and sharp (she must be the only one who keeps the sales team afloat, like, nobody else seems to do actual work except her & Kang-ho), won't be surprised if she is building her case and biding for the right moment.

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Oh yes! The talk about sunlight was so illuminating, pun intended ?
It made me remember my trip to Korea years ago. I had to pay more for a room with a window. I just didn't like the claustrophobic feeling of a dark windowless room. Imagine having to actually stay in one!
This show is indeed precious. Insightful and many quotable gems of wisdom. No wonder the story won the top prize in a MBC competition.

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Thank you so much for the recaps! It makes my drama viewing so much more interesting. I know that some nuance gets lost in the translation, so these recaps really help.

This is my current fav drama, and even though I loved the OTP in SWDBS, these are the episodes I look forward to each week.

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I love this drama much much more than SWDBS. The writing and directing is definitely much better. We get a lot substantial story with enough comedy. Sorry but I think SWDBS is more into fan service.

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The story and character writing (particularly secondary characters) is much tighter in this for sure. It may only be an office drama, but it's got me watching it, and I care very little about furniture stores... haha
SWDBS, especially the last eps were definitely fan service, no matter how much I enjoyed the main couple.

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That's how I ended up being a regular here also. The recaps (and many times even the comments) help me so much for the same reasons. :)

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Gosh, I'm so in love with this drama. The characters are just endearing to watch; I love the their growth and development as individuals.

Woo Jin being adorable around Ho Won is the cutest. I can't wait to watch their lovey dovey moments together.

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Used to craving for kiss and bubbly lovey dovey couple in drama but im really enjoying the little romance in this drama?

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I saw many comments about lacking romance etc in the previous recap or in other thread. I for one, love how the love story goes cause it's written and acted beautifully. Love is written all over the place, not in grand gesture..but in small expression of the our OTP. Love HSJ for this. And I love Gudong's smile.. he knows it all..just like us shippers. Somehow RO reminds me of drama in the old days.

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In this episode, I particularly liked Howon's almost gasp of excitement at the suggestion to invite Woojin to the trio's chicken and beer session and in the same scene her gleeful denial that she has a boyfriend. The actress has an amazingly expressive face that can quickly transition to amusement, flirtation (the bed-shopping scene), anger (that last time she quit when she thought she was sick), joy or sadness (I'm still thinking of that previous episode when she talks about not having taken a trip to see the flowers and then her eyes grow sad for a moment when she turns her head to take a drink) even as she's talking.

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I love Go Ah Sung in this. She displays such child like happiness that I can't help but smile along with her. When she's sad, it's never the melodramatic sort. She's very good, never overacting or underacting.

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What happenned to the plot point where Wojin doesn't want to be seen with Howon bc he was worried that people thought they were dating?

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I think what he was worried about is people giving her flak if they thought she is dating & using him as a connection. After Seo Hyun bitchily outed his "charity", it's sort of a moot point already...

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Bingo!

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I really wish this drama had been more character driven (more Drinking Solo-esque perhaps) and focused on each member of the office in more detail over an episode or two. I feel like I desperate want to know more about each of them and most haven't really been fleshed out enough (especially Sukkyung!). Meanwhile we just spend more and more time on the Seo Hyun takeover which I don't really understand and definitely don't care about.

I really wish we could have a few more episodes to develop our budding main relationship a little more. I appreciate that they're taking it slow; it feels natural and sweet. But also I want to see them dating and being even more adorable and I don't see that happening in 4 episodes. I like how Howon totally knows Woojin wants to ask her out instead of being oblivious like most kdrama heroines (although I'm not sure Woojin himself knows).

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For some reason, I am less excited for this episode. Even though I like the drama so much, I am not excited for the last villain-y move. I am a bit delusional as I want the happy ending now and for everyone except Park Manager. I want a rainbow cake and I want to eat it too.

Lee Dong Hwi is golden, sometimes I am sad for Hoya because acting alongside him just makes the acting skill gap seems wider. But Go Ah Sung is truly the life of the party. All emotions coming from her seems so sincere.

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I completely agree. I was looking forward to see how Hoya's acting skills had improved since he's had quite the journey from the Answer Me series with a few cameos? roles? in other productions, but it's really hard to see him when we have actors like Lee Dong Hwi and Go Ah Sung tugging at your heartstrings.

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Let me tell you something about Radiant Office,
12 eps are out and we still don't get a kiss.
Do you know what makes it amazing?
It's the fact that no one's complaining.
Perhaps it's because of our favorite trio,
Or maybe because of grumpy Mr. Seo?
The thing is I really can't hate anybody,
Mr. Jerk, Yong-jae or even Dr. Mystery.
Whatever it is they want us to know,
I'm ready for it cause I love this show!!!

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Sweet love story sans kiss is much better than cringe story with formulaic inserted kiss. You know..like there's should be a kiss in episode 8 although the story went in other direction. Like the writer or the station is afraid the viewer will run without those formulaic kiss..heheh..

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I'm so glad you brought this up, because one of my pet peeves is when dramas tend to follow the formula of first kisses happening around episode 6-8, and then again episode 12, and then a honeymoon-like love phase with several pitfalls blocking their way until the finale. I agree with you totally that it's pretty amazing we haven't gotten a kiss yet, because it feels NATURAL that they're only just beginning to fall for each other after hating each other's guts for so long LOL. I love how this drama makes you love every character for who they are with a huge dose of reality. It makes them more relatable as people!

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Seo Hyun... what do I do with you hmmmm? I don't trust you one little bit, I'm not super sure of your motivations (although we can guess), but sometimes you do something that makes me think that with a little bit of learning from Ho Won you might turn round to be a decent guy one day. (Props to the writing team for the character subtleties in this show tbh)
But I still don't know enough about you to not squint at you suspiciously from the back corner.

Also I'm super late to this recap because Lyfe, but I totally just scrolled through all the comments and liked almost every second one. :D

(Pretty sure Ho Won wasn't solely talking about Hyun when she said she's not afraid of anything anymore either. I saw that look you were throwing WJ, hun, I saw. I don't think he's 100% clicked yet though hehe)

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* I meant to say also re. Hyun, I don't like him as a person, but I can't hate him as a character because I do actually think he's written quite well.

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One of the things I love about this show is that I can't seem to hate or even dislike anyone. It's so close to real life and the show always provides a background story to each character, explaining why he/she behaves in a certain way. It keeps reminding us that whomever we meet in our life is a human first and foremost, and being judgemental to whatever actions they take does not make us better than them. Ah, it was Chief Kim before, and now Radiant Office. 2017 sure graces us with lots of dramas with strong writings.

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