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Jugglers: Episode 4

The only thing more fun than watching Yoon-yi torture her new tenant is getting to see Chi-won serve it right back when they’re at work. I love both petty workplace hijinks and petty cohabitation hijinks, and Christmas has definitely come early when a drama offers both at once. But that pettiness can’t last in the face of real conflict, and Yoon-yi and Chi-won may soon realize that working together is a lot more fun.

 
EPISODE 4: “Life reversal… Life unchanged”

Still in her tracksuit, Yoon-yi accompanies Chi-won to a coffee shop to discuss their new tenant/landlord situation. Chi-won says that he’d like to keep their work and home roles separate, and be Yoon-yi’s boss at work, but her tenant at home.

Yoon-yi asks how he ended up signing a lease with her mother, so Chi-won shows her the handwritten “Room for Rent” sign that was on her gate. Yoon-yi says that she didn’t write it, and she asks how he saw it on her gate in the first place.

Chi-won sighs, then reminds her about the night she got drunk and he drove her home. Yoon-yi stops him, embarrassed, and says she’d rather not know the details.

Curious, Chi-won asks about the sign, which describes the landlord as “pretty and sweet.” He says that “pretty” is subjective and asks how she intends to compensate him for his disappointment because she’s not exactly Jeon Ji-hyun or Song Hye-gyo. He’s totally serious, and Yoon-yi sheepishly apologizes for not living up to his standard.

He’s most concerned about the statement that young men would get a discount, asking Yoon-yi to clarify the term “young.” HA, he’s grouchy that her mother decided that being a divorcé disqualifies him.

Yoon-yi promises to try and persuade her mom to change her mind, and gets up to leave. Chi-won doesn’t follow her, saying that he’ll wait until the renovation is finished: “The drilling is too loud.” PFFT.

 

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At home, I’m the boss!

 
As soon as she leaves the coffee shop, Yoon-yi breaks into a boisterous happy dance, thrilled to hold the power at home as Chi-won’s landlord.

Later she goes upstairs to talk to Chi-won, who barely sticks his head out and prevents her from seeing inside. Yoon-yi plays the landlord card to lure him out, then presents him with the list of house rules she’s drawn up.

Chi-won asks dryly if this is revenge for his office rules (like wearing low heels and not entering his office), and Yoon-yi denies it just a bit too emphatically. She says it’s normal for people who share a house to live by a set of rules, and Chi-won sarcastically agrees before going back inside.

He looks over her rules, which start with keeping noise to a minimum. Yoon-yi specifies that he’s to wear slippers with a thick sole so she can’t hear him moving around, so Chi-won is reduced to going around on his tippy-toes to avoid making any noise.

The next rule details how much water Chi-won can use and when, so that Yoon-yi has water in the mornings and evenings when she needs it. He’s forced to take a shower under a slow trickle of water, which looks extremely annoying.

As they head out to work at the same time, Yoon-yi grins to herself about the third rule, which instructs Chi-won to make sure the rusty front gate is locked before he leaves. He gets stuck when the lock won’t turn, and Yoon-yi trots off to work without helping him.

At the office, Chi-won calls Yoon-yi into his office to request that she buy him some thick-soled slippers. He goes into detail regarding the type of fibers they should be made of, and specifies that he wants them to be “smooth and silky black, like a panther.” Oh, I just love this childish side of him.

Dismayed at having her own revenge used against her so perfectly, Yoon-yi goes out shopping, but she can’t find any silky black slippers with thick enough soles. She gives up and heads back to the office, running into Team Leader Baek at the elevators.

He’s down in the dumps because he’s just had to inform the YB handball team that their funding has been terminated, and they didn’t take it well. But he says it’s easy compared to the search for Yul’s new assistant, even though they’re desperate enough to hire whoever wants the job at this point, regardless of qualifications.

Yoon-yi says that she’s asked around, but it’s difficult to find anyone with the rumors about how hard Yul is to work for. Team Leader Baek sighs that they need someone patient enough to ignore Yul’s brutal attacks, or just too dumb to notice them.

Suddenly Yoon-yi is reminded of the perfect person: Jung-ae. Later that night, Kyung-rye and Bo-na object to the idea, since Jung-ae has never had a real job in her life. Bo-na points out that Jung-ae doesn’t even know how to use a smartphone, calling it cruel to offer her the job.

HAHA, Jung-ae is actually sitting right there, and she’s all, Um, guys, do I need to be here for this? Yoon-yi tells her to face that fact that with her husband gone, she’s now the head of the family, burdened with a mountain of debt and no income.

Kyung-rye asks Jung-ae how, when she can’t even communicate with her own son, she plans to communicate with someone with no sense? Jung-ae asks if he’s really that bad, and Yoon-yi tries to downplay Yul’s reputation for being difficult.

While they’re discussing the problem, Chi-won arrives home to find a gift bag on his front door. Inside is a pair of black slippers… in the shape of fuzzy panthers. Awesome. The best part is that Chi-won actually likes them, and he jumps around his apartment testing how much noise they make.

The ladies can hear him bouncing around up there, but Yoon-yi sighs that it’s not important compared to Jung-ae’s situation. Bo-na is worried that even without needing qualifications, Yul will still have some hiring conditions, but luckily Yoon-yi already thought to ask him.

He’d said that he couldn’t afford to be picky since all assistants hate him, but that there are two things he insists on—that the new hire be unmarried, and under age 30. Jung-ae pouts that she doesn’t even meet those simple requirements.

Annoyed, Bo-na asks them not to call her over for useless meetings like this anymore. (Why is she even their friend? She acts like she hates being around them.) But then Yoon-yi gets the idea for Jung-ae to pretend to be her little sister Mi-ae to get the job.

The next morning, Vice President Do informs Chi-won that his ad campaign proposal wasn’t chosen, even though it was better than Executive Director Jo’s. Vice President Do tries to explain that when something changes in a large organization, then they have to change everything related to it, and Chi-won isn’t powerful enough to warrant those changes.

Chi-won scoffs that it sounds like he lost because he didn’t have Executive Director Jo’s connections, and Vice President Do doesn’t say otherwise. He refuses to explain it in detail and just tells Chi-won to accept it. Chi-won says that he needs an explanation so that his team can accept it, but Vice President Do tells him that what his team needs isn’t an explanation, but for Chi-won to buy them drinks and encourage them to do better next time.

Meanwhile, Executive Director Jo does a joyful shimmy in his office to celebrate his department’s win. He tells Bo-na to plan a team dinner, then changes his mind and says he wants to buy Chi-won drinks to comfort him.

Upset and frustrated, Chi-won sinks to his heels in the hallway, only to have Yul join him to deliver the good news that he’s getting a new assistant. Chi-won quips that he’s too burdened by his own problems to console the poor thing.

He gives Yoon-yi his credit card to buy the team dinner, and she tentatively asks him to join them. He asks if she was happy when they ate together, and she can’t bring herself to answer honestly. Chi-won tells her to just let the team eat comfortably.

Downstairs in the coffee shop, Bo-na tells Yoon-yi about the drinks invitation from Executive Director Jo. Yoon-yi whines that Chi-won won’t agree to it, knowing it’s just an excuse to taunt him. Kyung-rye runs over to tell Bo-na that Chi-won is Yoon-yi’s new tenant, and Yoon-yi blames her for that fact.

Suddenly, the phone that Executive Director Jo gave to Yoon-yi lights up, and she finds a private place to talk to him. He tells her to pretend they’ve never met tonight over drinks, but she says that Chi-won probably won’t come. Executive Director Jo just says that her first mission is to make him come out.

So she tells Chi-won that she’ll give him the ten percent discount on his security deposit, but only if he goes out with Executive Director Jo tonight. At first he refuses, but at the thought of all the money he’ll save, he reluctantly agrees to go for an hour.

Jung-ae gets all primped up, even cutting her hair, then heads over to YB Ad. She interviews with Team Leader Baek and Yul, who’s immediately suspicious of her high-pitched voice and furious blinking, which were Yoon-yi’s suggestions to make her seem younger.

Yul tells Jung-ae that he doesn’t want the assistant’s desk to be empty for more than three minutes at a time, and that she has to remain in close radius at all times. His phone alerts him that it’s almost noon, and he jumps up to go to lunch, taking Jung-ae and his team along with him.

He yells at the restaurant owner for leaving the bones in his fish, then frowns down at his meal like a pouty child. Team Leader Baek explains that Yul can’t use chopsticks well, having grown up abroad, and patiently starts to debone the fish for him.

Jung-ae passes her fish to Yul, already deboned and ready to eat. Yul watches her with awe as she explains how to do it properly, and as he tucks into his meal, he tells Jung-ae that she can start on Monday.

After lunch, Jung-ae calls Yoon-yi in tears. She’s terrified that her lies will be discovered, but Yoon-yi reassures her that getting hired is a good thing, and that she’ll be there to help her.

Team Leader Gong confirms with Yoon-yi that Chi-won is having drinks with Executive Director Jo tonight. He’s upset that Chi-won never goes out with his own team, but he’ll socialize with the man who’s always trying to tear their team down. Yoon-yi can’t explain the real reason Chi-won is going out with Executive Director Jo.

She tells him that Chi-won gave her his card to treat them, but he argues that a credit card won’t heal a broken heart. Aaaand then he realizes that Chi-won is standing right behind him. Chi-won says to bring his complaints directly to him, because Yoon-yi isn’t his messenger or venting station.

On their way to meet Executive Director Jo and Bo-na, Yoon-yi tells Chi-won that she won’t hold him to the entire hour if it’s too uncomfortable. She accidentally steps into the vestibule of the revolving door with him, and in her attempt to keep as far back from him as possible, the door hits her heels and stops, trapping them.

 

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If you’re going to come close, come closer

 
Chi-won steps a bit closer to her than necessary and says, “If you’re going to come close, come closer. If you’re going to go away, go farther away. I can’t stand being neither this nor that.” Wanna bet those words come back to haunt him later?

With a tiny smile, Yoon-yi steps closer to Chi-won’s back, and they exit the revolving door together.

Once they’re settled with drinks and snacks, Executive Director Jo kicks Yoon-yi under the table, but she doesn’t know what he wants. He says that Chi-won must be used to entertainment rooms like this from his days as a reporter, then asks Yoon-yi if it’s true they’re meeting for the very first time tonight. Oh nice, very smooth.

He picks up on her discomfort and attributes it to their surroundings, pointing out that Bo-na has been to places like this a lot thanks to him. Bo-na starts to pour drinks, but Executive Director Jo takes the bottle from her, saying that Chi-won doesn’t like it when women serve him.

With Chi-won flashing some pretty hard side-eye, Executive Director Jo pours him a drink, then one for Bo-na and Yoon-yi. Chi-won reaches for the bottle, but Executive Director Jo yanks it away and says that unlike someone, he loves it when women serve him. Gross.

Yoon-yi dutifully starts to pour a shot for Executive Director Jo, but Chi-won suddenly grabs the bottle and slams it down on the table. Executive Director Jo is startled, but he recovers quickly and tells Chi-won that he was too arrogant in his trust in Vice President Do, asking if the wake-up call was painful.

Chi-won retorts that he knows Executive Director Jo sucks up to clients and executives, then uses their influence to pressure the station for projects, but that seeing it with his own eyes is indeed a wake-up call. Executive Director Jo nods in satisfaction, but Chi-won isn’t finished.

Standing, he says that people say history is made at night, where there’s alcohol and beautiful women. He tells Executive Director Jo that if he knew how those people are remembered by history, he’d be the one waking up.

He turns to Yoon-yi and tells her that he’ll forfeit that discount, then takes her by the wrist to lead her out of the room. Executive Director Jo yells at him to come back, but Chi-won doesn’t even pause, and Executive Director Jo is left spluttering indignantly.

 

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Chi-won doesn’t want Yoon-yi pouring a drink for Executive Director Jo

 

Chi-won takes Yoon-yi to a pojangmacha, though he leaves her to pour her own drink. Downing a shot of soju, he asks if Yoon-yi is offended when she’s expected to pour drinks in places like that. She tells him honestly that she’s more upset when she has to pour her own drink while sitting with someone.

He doesn’t catch her hint, and she pours herself another shot with a heavy sigh. She asks Chi-won why someone else’s boss should treat her with respect when her own boss disrespects her. She reaches for the soju bottle again, but Chi-won beats her to it this time and pours her a drink. Okay, I totally just swooned.

He asks Yoon-yi what she wants from him, and she tells him, “I want to know everything about you.”

A little while later, Yoon-yi is asleep with a satisfied smile on her face. She nuzzles her cheek into the warm body heat beneath her head, then suddenly wakes to realize that she’s in a car with her head in Chi-won’s lap.

She has a mini internal freakout and pretends to still be asleep, while Chi-won gives himself cramps in his arm trying not to touch her. He thinks about how she told him she wants to know where he is, what music he likes, his hobbies, and what makes him happy.

 

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I want to know everything about you

 
Almost as an afterthought, she’d added that she wants to know why he always wants to be alone. Chi-won had gone all twitchy and slammed another shot, stammering that he finds people’s meddling to be very uncomfortable. Yoon-yi had told him not to think of it as meddling, but interest that allows her to do her job properly.

Chi-won carries Yoon-yi up the stairs to her house while she flails and chants for round two. He plops her down on a bench and says she can stop pretending to be drunk now, and Yoon-yi slinks inside, completely sober and thoroughly embarrassed.

Back at her own house, Jung-ae cleans out her husband’s closet and burns all of his clothes. Yul sits alone at dinner, practicing Jung-ae’s method for de-boning a fish with only a puppet for company. Bo-na drives a drunk and mumbling Executive Director Jo home, while Chi-won’s team has dinner together, complaining that Chi-won never joins them.

Upstairs, Chi-won organizes his extensive library of comic books, and downstairs, Yoon-yi lies in bed looking up at the ceiling. She knows that Chi-won is up there somewhere, and wishes him a good night.

Yul and Chi-won arrive at work at the same time the following morning, and Yul pretends to be disappointed when Chi-won isn’t curious why he’s there so early. He mock-whines, “You have so little interest in me,” and it reminds Chi-won of Yoon-yi saying there’s a difference between interest and meddling.

He asks Yul what he thinks, and Yul actually takes the question seriously. He tells Chi-won that interest is exchanged with someone you like, while meddling is more like parent to child.

In the elevator, Yul tells Chi-won that his morning drama ended, so he didn’t have anything else to do this morning but come to work. Chi-won doesn’t care, but Yul keeps chattering at him, asking if he found a place to live and pushing for details.

Annoyed, Chi-won blows up at him, and Yul says that that’s what meddling feels like. But he explains that his questions came from a place of concern for Chi-won, which is interest. Chi-won stares like he just got a brick upside the head and sighs to himself that Yul isn’t stupid.

He’s as taciturn as ever on his way to his office, breezing by Yoon-yi with hardly a word of greeting. As he’s suiting up for the day, he frowns at a little cactus Yoon-yi left on his desk with a cute note saying it will thrive without his care.

Yoon-yi messages Bo-na asking her to lunch, but her messages go unanswered. Bo-na deliberately ignores her, bothered by the events of the previous night and the way Chi-won stood up for Yoon-yi.

An alert goes out from the president’s secretary, ordering all of the executive assistants to the roof. They rush to make themselves as presentable as possible, eager to impress the secretary with the highest rank.

When the president’s secretary arrives (cameo by Choi Yeo-jin), she leads them in their motto: For the boss, of the boss, by the boss. She explains that she calls these unexpected meetings to ensure that they’re presenting the best possible image at all times.

She stops at one point to fix an assistant’s smudged mascara, but it turns out to be a bruise from botox injections, and chastises the girl for risking her looks. She continues on, but stops again when she sees that Yoon-yi is wearing flats instead of heels.

Yoon-yi tells her that her boss hates high heels, because the clacking noise annoys him. But the president’s secretary yells that even when wearing the highest heels, a good assistant should float like a butterfly.

She asks who Yoon-yi’s boss is, faltering when she hears that it’s Nam Chi-won, the “wall” who refused to ever have an assistant. Yoon-yi is held back after the meeting, and the president’s secretary tells her that they live in an age where information equals money, power, and competence, and that a boss’s competence varies depending on his or her assistant’s ability to gather information.

She calls information the assistant’s bullet, and continues to explain that the president’s secretary is like a control tower that needs to know what every YB executive is doing. But she says there’s one “bullet” that she lacks, and that’s detailed information on Nam Chi-won. She tells Yoon-yi to find out everything about him, and to have it to her by Monday morning.

That evening, Chi-won finds Yoon-yi going through his trash looking for something that will tell her a bit about him. Yoon-yi fibs that she’s just making sure he’s recycling correctly and runs inside before he can ask any questions.

Later, Yoon-yi lurks outside Chi-won’s office after work, hoping he’ll leave so she can search his office. He catches her and asks why she’s digging in his garbage and peeking in his office, so she sheepishly admits that she’s trying to gather information about him.

Chi-won gives Yoon-yi an envelope, calling it interest to her, but meddling to him. He tells her to open it after he’s gone, “Because it’s embarrassing.” Cute.

Yoon-yi pulls some papers out of the envelope to find that it’s a list: “100 Facts About Nam Chi-won.” Excuse me while I melt into a puddle. The list includes things like his favorite movie (Home Alone), his favorite drama (Baby-Faced Beauty, hur), and his habits (pushing his glasses up by his middle finger), and Yoon-yi smiles happily.

Epilogue.

Chi-won had dropped by Yul’s office to ask him more about meddling versus interest, and Yul had gone slack-jawed with surprise. Chi-won had explained that he’s finding someone’s interest in him very bothersome, because it feels like meddling.

So Yul gave him the list of 100 questions (which he found on an idol’s fan website), and Chi-won had worked hard at filling out details about himself for Yoon-yi. He’d even answered the most awkward questions, listing his ideal girl as someone quiet, and his first time as “short and intense,” though he erases that last one.

 
COMMENTS

This is getting so cute so fast, and I love it! I knew that Chi-won was a marshmallow, but I wasn’t expecting to see that side of him so soon. It’s nice watching him begin to defend Yoon-yi, which he did several times in this episode, though I still think it’s more about his sense of fairness in general than any real attraction to her in particular. Oh, the attraction is there, it’s just very quiet and I doubt Chi-won even realizes it yet. I do believe that Yoon-yi is beginning to see Chi-won as an attractive man, but her code of office ethics will stop her from admitting it, even to herself, for a long time yet. In the meantime, she’s pulling Chi-won out of his comfort zone and into a relationship built on mutual respect (not to mention a pen holder with red pens and pencils), which will be a fantastic place to start from when their personal feelings begin to get involved.

It’s definitely clear now why Jung-ae is going to be good for Yul—the kid is a spoiled rotten brat. As the mother of a belligerent teenager, Jung-ae is going to kick his butt all over that office once she gains some confidence, and I for one can’t wait to see it. I’m betting that Jung-ae will also appeal to him through her cooking knowledge, because Yul is a boy who loves his food, and Jung-ae has surely developed some impressive cooking skills in her years as a homemaker. But mostly, Yul just lacks someone to teach him how to behave like a grownup and treat people well all the time, not just when he wants something from them. So a mother figure like Jung-ae is exactly what he needs.

This week’s episodes felt much more purposeful, as if the writer has hit their stride and feels confident in where they’re taking the story. Not that the premiere week was bad, far from it, but it just felt a little more disjointed, a little less assured, so I’m happy to see that that hurdle seems to have been cleared. I like that the show feels simple, like a callback to early office dramas. Yet it’s not so simple that I’m worried nothing much will happen, because there’s been plenty of setup for interesting situations, and all four of the main characters have a lot of room for character growth. You never know what you’ll get with a rookie writer, but in the case of Jugglers, although we’re on familiar ground storywise, the characterizations and casting are so good that I’m still eager to see more.

A lot of that is due to the directing, which is doing a great job of allowing the actors room to stretch and play with their characters. Baek Jin-hee plays Yoon-yi as delightfully quirky, fiercely earnest, and committed to her decisions to the point that she often gets in her own way. Chi-won seems prickly and stand-offish on the outside, but Daniel Choi keeps giving us these little flashes of playfulness and mischief that make me think that once Chi-won comes out of his shell, he’s going to be a scream and a half.

Even Yul and Jung-ae feel layered, as if there’s a lot more going on under the surface than they show to the world. And Bo-na looks like she’s going to become a problem—she’s not a great friend to begin with, and I have a feeling she could quickly become an enemy if she doesn’t get control of her jealousy of Yoon-yi. Even the smallest characters are endearing, if slightly cartoonish, though that holds true for the entire drama in my opinion (and reminds me of Chi-won’s comic book fascination). In a way, Jugglers feels a bit like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju did at the beginning, with its simple premise and endearing characters that became beloved by the time the show completed its run. I won’t be the least bit surprised if Jugglers takes us on a similar journey.

 
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I have to admit it.
I watch the drama for the other characters 😆😆😆
The main couple has a premise done to death, but the others are soo good, that I want more of them 😊😊
I feel very good about this though, finally getting back to the romcom feel of dramas thanks to this and INAR ☺☺☺☺

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I can't believe Nam Chi Won invented turtlenecks.
And good God that height difference between him and Yoon Yi... So CAHyute!

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Yh, the heigh difference is so perfect. Like i am in all for the tall-guy-short-girl types. That also builds up the great chemistry.

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The highlight of this episode is the Lion King bg music when he took out the black panther 7inch soft cushion shoes. I was laughing so hard at that and icing on the cake was him dancing in that. Chi won gets cuter each passing day.

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It was so much fun to see him start dancing like that. It is a crack in his stern exterior and makes me anticipate when more of his silly character will be revealed!

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That scene killed me. Just the fact that YY managed to find panther slippers was perfect. His reaction to them was even better.

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Agreed! I lost it on that scene when that theme song starts playing. And he definitely loved it as well! I love to see more of his other sides as the episode goes <3

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That was the moment that I knew this is going to be my new crack drama hehehe! Also, I want those slippers too...

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The assistant motto is to be loyal to the boss but Yoon Yi is doing the opposite she's betraying him, she's leaking his personal info, it's kinda of weird for a loyal and devoted assistant like YY to do so, she even protected her cheating ex boss from his wife and she broke up with her ex because of him, and he was not caring and respectful as Chi Won, I think she will wake up soon though, but i am complaining because she showed a lot of devotion to her previous boss and her career why can't she do the same and have more thinking about the situation.

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I agree with you. One of the weaker points of this drama is the YY character. She is still coming of as a bit naive and not being very self aware (despite the fact that she is supposed to be a very experienced assistant) This was always going to be a stumbling block for the premise. YY appears to think that the assistant role is a culmination of her career (nothing wrong with that per se) and if it does end up with her in a romance with CW, it does play into some troubling symbolism.

It is hard for me to root for a drama that depicts that the trajectory for female's are to be non-career oriented and then to find their ultimate calling as a wife. Maybe its only me...

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And another couple of points on YY.

She daringly and wrong headedly accuses CW of not respecting her but then doesn't appear to think how much disrespect she is showing him by manipulating him at Director Jo's request.

And for all the talk of respect, she doesn't even appear to respect herself very much - agreeing to be a mole, collecting information about her boss. Without any seeming introspection or self recrimination - it doesn't speak much for her as a person.

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I'm holding on to my judgment for now. Hasn't YY requested more information for herself as much as for the president's secretary and the slimeball Executive Director Jo? We haven't yet seen what she'll actually do with that information.

I hope she'll edit these before sharing. And she didn't ask for this specific set of questions. I mean, who the hell would ask their boss about their "first time?" Yikes.

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Agree! Am also reserving judgement since I can't picture Yoon-yi blabbing all those information about Chi-won to just anybody, especially the personal ones!
She was already regretting forcing him to having drinks with slimeball Jo too, hope she can cut the Cutter off soon!

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I think so too. Yoon Yi has to walk a very fine line in appearing to comply so as not to offend higher ups, while still being loyal to her position’s responsibility. It isn’t like she tricked him into going to the drinks date. She added an incentive she knew he would be interested in to the invitation and even reduced the requirement beforehand to spare his pride and comfort. He always had the decision and the power to do what he wanted.

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Well, going for drinks isn't a wholly bad thing so it's not anything of a major deal yet.

But manipulation still occurs when you influence someone to do something predominantly for your benefit or for your own motives especially without informing them beforehand. It is underhanded, at best, and dishonest, at worst.

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Exactly, that's what i said in my reply below she still used a sneaky way to lure him to share drinks when she knows that he doesn't want to and the other person is taking advantage of the whole situation.

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I am not judging her, but i am questioning her behavior since i know how much she's devoted to her career, i am wondering why the the idea of betraying her boss by this behavior didn't cross her mind, aftet getting that call from cheif Jo she convinced CW in a twisted way to attend the dinner, even if she has a change of heart it was too late.

I know she might not use that list but why isn't she thinking that sharing info about him in the first place is not a moral thing to do, it's not right that she might change her mind after she sees that he's soften a bit and he's not as bad as people think of him.

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Yeah, it is OK that she is flawed and not the "moral compass" of the drama. Fair enough that this is room for her to develop as a person.

As you say, right now even if she changes her mind about her behavior, the REASON for her to change her mind is important. It compounds her poor thinking if she decides that "this is OK since I don't like him" and later changes to "this is not OK since I like him". Very awkward moral relativism.

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we saw how much #respect the head secretary commands, she probably doesn't have a room to oppose her - especially considering how close to being jobless she is. corporate hierarchy leaves you no room for morality.

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I agree. She may not feel that she has any choice but to comply. What I wanted to see, at least, is that she struggles over the situation. She seems to accept them in a very matter of fact fashion, without any qualms.

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she does seem pretty comfortable about all sides of her job, even the immoral ones, and I wonder where her cut-throat ambition is coming from. not that women need childhood traumas to climb the corporate ladder, but it is a drama after all.

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I wish they hadn't used the premise of Director Jo getting her that job. It casts a shadow over her relationship with Chi Won since you just know at some point it will come out and Chi Won will feel utterly betrayed. I wish she would betray Director Jo and just let Chi Won know how she got the job. But now you have the head of the secretaries wanting personal info too. I hope the drama will address how secetaries handle this sort of situation.

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I am glad that he is taking step by step to listen to others like with the pencil thing, and is trying to become a bit understanding of what others want. Him going out of his comfort zone of being a private person to list out 100 personal things about him, is a huge victory for Yoon Yi. That is something big for Chi won, but for others it may not.
Finally, bit by bit she is able to breakthrough the icy wall of him.

Bo-Na was very jealous of Yoon Yi having a great boss by her side. Anyone would feel jealous actually. One boss treats the his assistant as an object, and the other one prevents his assistant being disrespected by another person. I too have a bad feeling that Bo-Na is really going to back stab Yoon Yi and she is going to hurt her. She is a step closer to become enemies with Yoon Yi with a friendship facade on to fool her.

Btw, i loved her that rotating door scene. It was beautifully done.
“If you’re going to come close, come closer. If you’re going to go away, go farther away. I can’t stand being neither this nor that.”

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I think that he wants to respect his team, but he doesn't know how. When he offered his card for a team dinner but didn't plan to attend it was because he thought the team wouldn't want him there. He really respects Yoon-yi, because he can tell that she understands how others feel much easier than him. I am sure that he will end up taking nearly all of her advice on how to deal with others, and the end result will be his becoming a much better boss!

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Chi-won's hurt expression when Yoon-yi asked him why someone else’s boss should treat her with respect when her own boss disrespects her really tugged at my heartstring. Daniel Choi is absolutely fabulous in heartfelt moments as well as comedic ones.

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I just had to look it up, but the only other drama I had seen Daniel Choi in was School 2013, and that was years ago. I am really loving him in this show. Like you said, he is capable of driving home both the heartfelt and the comedic moments.

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Yoon Kyun-sang who declined this role is fantastic but now I cannot imagine anyone else but Daniel Choi inhabiting this character. For me this is a for sure sign that the actor is doing a terrific job. Daniel Choi defines Chi-won.

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Daniel Choi is also in Baby Faced Beauty with Jang Nara. There are some similarities in that Baby Faced Beauty is also an office drama and Daniel plays an equally supportive role to the female lead. I think he does this type of role well and it suits him.

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I agree. His feelings about YY seem to have started changing when he noticed how she made things easier not just for him, but for his team (fetching drinks while they work over time, suggesting pencil over red pen, etc). Maybe he doesn't need an assistant, but his team was so excited to have a "buffer," and maybe that is going to be YY's chance to prove her worth.

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This week's episodes were certainly a welcome change of tone from last week's. The main lead pair is certainly making fairly quick progress - with the one big hurdle being YY's slightly underhanded behaviour by following Director Jo. They've certainly thawed out Chi Won's character a whole lot this week.

My guess is different from @lollypip regarding the Bo-Na arc. Seems like she's a bit like the Su-Ji character from BTIOFL. Certainly she doesn't yet show the warmth with her friends but her reserve doesn't feel unfriendly. It just seems she is caught in a situation supporting a boss who is ignorantly sexist and asking her to do a bit more than what an assistant usually does. (Most smart bosses don't take their assistants on entertainment - there is such a thing as discretion)

I will guess that the Jung-Ae arc of the story gets developed next week. And the teaser's did indicate that she will "own" her boss pretty quickly.

It is really nice that this drama isn't making out the workplace to be a miserable temple of nastiness and misogyny. The drama is light but not too superficial. The main characters are slowly being developed - although Yul's childish behavior is oddly unexplained (hoping that it will make more sense soon)

This week has gone a long way to redeem the rather messy first episode and a half. Really glad that both this and INAR are both progressing well - the production teams appear to be rounding out the characters well for both dramas.

Sadly, this has made it even more difficult to pick up Two Cops. But I don't think I'll regret dropping Mysterious Il Seung. Keeping fingers crossed for Black Knight...and the hype for Hwayugi is ramping up!

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Bo-Na is economically written but we see enough to grasp the depth of her disdain for Executive Director Jo. My hope for her character is that she reaches out to her friends for help.

We also need more interaction with the Juggler forum Yoon-Yi manages.

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this show is such a nice change from all the over-the-top hijinks we usually get. The humor is so witty, dry, reserved and on point, nothing extra (except for the secretary meeting on the roof and that idiotic slogan in english), but hits the mark precisely. Some of the puns are so hidden you don´t even realize what you are laughing at. Like the fact I was momentarily in awe of Chi Won´s library until I remembered they were comic books.
I really like the contrast of work vs home, but there is already this "something inbetween" when they are neither at work nor home, like they are taking steps to meet half way.

where can I buy Yoon-Yi´s bedsheets and Chi Won´s curtain rack though?

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PWAHAHA.....Your first time ? Short and intense.

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I was laughing so hard at that. The way he even erased after writing that. LOL.

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Lol im actually wondering if the question is asking first time kiss or first time sex.. short and intense kiss vs short and intense sex- totally different lol

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Well, the question was ambiguous but the answer was not. LOL

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Things I liked- 1.yoon yi torturing her boss at home and chi won giving it right back at the office
2.how yoon yi managed to find those perfect pair of slippers
3.the background score when chi won tried on the slippers and his little dance
4.chi won acting all obedient for the sake of discount...LOL
5.yul totally awestruck when jung ae removed the fish bones for him..aww
6.the scene at the revolving door...I don't know whether he meant it literally or not...but my heart sure skipped a beat
7.the part where he told his manager not to treat yoon yi as a messenger...
8.him giving his card so that his employees could enjoy comfortably...I know its considered rude there but I actually feel he was being more considerate
9.I also liked the part where he demanded an explanation to give to his team members as to why they didn't get the contract rather than pacifying his team members with food and drinks
10.him being so uncomfortable when yoon yi said she wanted to know everything about him
11.him carrying her in his arms up the steps...like wow...even though he knew she was pretending...
12.their height difference obviously
13.him using her pencils
14.finally him filling up the questionnaire...when he changed his answer to the question about his dream girl...I'm pretty sure it changed from' someone quiet' to 'someone with short hair who is incredibly skilled at sharpening pencils and being adorably drunk'....hehe
15. and finally his outfits and his hair...no matter whether he's wearing turtleneck or a three piece suit...whether his hair is parted or not...he's incredibly handsome...yeah I'm very shallow...and in my opinion he looks much better in glasses
only thing I disliked...him grabbing her hand at the bar...I guess se hee's trend hasn't caught on..
anyway thoroughly enjoyed this episode

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In grabbing her hand, he thought of her in that moment as a woman who belonged to him. If he had been thinking of her only as an assistant, he would have just ordered her to follow him out.
I like your #14. Hee hee

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hehe. thank you..
you're probably right about the hand holding..it's just that se hee has spoiled it for me..LOL

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14. I hope we find out what he put down. It could have either been similar to her as he has seen her so far (resilient, meddling, concerned for others) or he could have tried to describe her exact opposite (which would be a funny sign he thought way too much).

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This eps is super cute and sweet. It's satisfying to see both Yoon-yi and Chi-won started to adjust themselves to each other's habit and expectation and made little compromises here and there. That "100 Facts about Nam Chi-won" was such a fun and adorable way to solve Yoon-yi's ongoing quest to understand her boss just a bit more.

This is also the first eps when I started to care for Yul. His concise and easy to understand explanation about interest vs. meddling caught me by surprise. That's an unexpectedly great answer. Now I can't wait for his future interaction with Jung-ae, which should make for an interesting dynamic.

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I actually disliked Yul in the first week and had trouble warming up to him until I saw him practice trying out Jung Ae's fish de-boning technique. That's when I realized he is capable of being trained to function like an adult. And his interaction with Chi Won in the elevator was pretty cute.

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Thank you Lollypip for the recap! I just absolutely love all of your comments of "pffff" and "Okay, I totally just swooned."

I know this is a totally tropey show, but when it is done well with a refreshing twist like what we have here, I am just delighted with all the "pfffff" and "total just swooned" moments. The daily reversal of power dynamics of boss/employee during the day vs. landlord/tenant at night is just sheer awesome. Both characters are complete professionals and complete pettiness. This is trope on crack!

Chi-won's black panther slipper dance is now my favorite thing. I also just really dig the fact that his wall is full of manga and LPs.

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Also delighted to see that there were male secretaries on the rooftop, and really wishing that Choi Yeo-jin is part of the regular cast (although I wonder if she is actually a competent president of secretaries, wouldn't she already know that Moon-yi's boss is Managing Director Nam?)

Love the metaphor of the cactus Yoon-yi left on Chi-won's desk....she is the perfect little prickly cactus who doesn't necessary need too much love and attention to thrive on her own!

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It turns out that Chi-won is such a misunderstood hero -using the middle finger pushing up the glasses is a habit......or perhaps giving someone the middle finger while pushing up glasses is a habit?

So "Home Alone" is his favorite movie? I wonder if my other favorite Nam hero Se-hee also loves that movie....

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I mean in France, poinitng things using the middle finger is considered okay (but I think it's more like pointing at things at a really close radius) :D

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Lots of GIF-able moments in this show. The panther slipper dance was a joy! Jugglers is just the bit of sweet I need to go with my hot chocolate.

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Extra extra whipped cream on top jebal!

So many funny visuals with high GIFibility.....I am also strangely drawn to Team Leader Baek's wacky bird nest hair from the first sighting, and then finding out this episode that the stress of his job is making him pulling his hair out....awwww...

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I still find Yoon-yi behaviour and loyalties questionable (e.g. blackmailing HER boss into the meeting with Cutter... or a possible misuse of the private info Chi-won gave her)... but I'm truly enjoying the rom-com elements and the subtle humour 😃

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This show makes me feel that assistants are involved in doing all kinds of jobs and expected to be at their toes all the time.. Is this pressure on assistants true in korea or is this show exaggerating things?

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On one hand, I think Korean work relationships between boss and employees are quite bad in the worst cases. I once heard that a prosecutor from an elite university attempted suicide because he couldn't bear working over-time and not going to the hospital to treat his ear. On the other hand, the writer is exaggerating on some details to express comic relief.

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Oh man! I feel sorry for that prosecutor! Korean work relationships seem pretty hard to me...

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Every time Daniel Choi smiles/smirks, I melt a little with a stupid smile on my face.

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"Yoon-yi messages Bo-na asking her to lunch, but her messages go unanswered. Bo-na deliberately ignores her, bothered by the events of the previous night and the way Chi-won stood up for Yoon-yi. "

---> how come i have a BADDDDD FEELING about Bo-na as a friend for Yoon-yi now?????!!!!!! Now i am worried she might go back stabbing Kyung-rye, Jung-Ae and Yoon-yi and their FRIENDSHIP together?!?!?!?!?

i literally laughed the moment he saw the black panther slippers then the LION KING'S THEME played! i was laughing BUT THE #1`LAUGHING MOMENT in this series is from the 3rd episode....when Chiwon did the dirty finger twice to Director Jo! ahahahaha

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totally agree with you @jmc - I fell in love with Chi Won when he gave Director Jo the finger - twice! But then when he did the little dance with those slippers I just loved him.
You should have had that scene as part of your videos in the recap.
I have all the confidence in the world that Yoon-yi will grow and develop into a strong and confident woman as she is challenged by Chi-wons demands that she respect HERSELF first. No one else is telling her to do that. Not even her mother (who is so annoying!)
I started this show late but already it is helping me to look forward to Monday's again. Two Cops has lost its luster for me sadly.
Thanks for the recap!!!

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I want more of the side characters, I ca't wait for the next episode! ^_^ Thanks for the recap :)

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It always boasts well for a writer when he/she can create a universe that feels real (Kdrama standard of course) with side characters with depth. Each new episode gives me more and more confidence of this rookie writer *fingers crossed*

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A rookie writer?! I didn't know that! I was mostly disappointed by this year dramas, so I hope this drama be a win win for both of us! ^_^

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Had a feeling that Chi-won has been considering giving in to Yoon-yi's request of information since the taxi ride, but that it comes in the form of 100-facts-questionnaire is utterly adorable. And of course is Yul's idea, haha. (Brought me back some fond memories from the romcom The Proposal...)
Am glad that, like Chi-won, we get to see some depth from Yul. LOL with his "Heol, daebak!" when Chi-won actually stepped into his office. The scene where he eats with only a doll as a company is a bit sad tho. Maybe he's just as lonely as Chi-won, but chose to mask it the opposite way from Chi-won, by being super chirpy. Is he even good at his job..? Can't wait to see Jung-ae in action!
Also, Chi-won brought the yellow pencil home! ^^

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It is hilarious that Yul found the questionnaire from an idol fan site and that Chi-won is filling out the questionnaire very diligently.

I wonder if there is a back story for that ragged doll. I am also really impressed that even though Yul seems completely spoiled he cooked a full meal for himself (it looks like he lives by himself and I am assuming that this chaebol doesn't have a cook.)

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I have the feeling that Yul is good at his job when he bothers to do actual work. As Chi won admitted today, he's not stupid, and . Having a mom-sisstant to get him to work and keep him on track is totally going to work out well for Yul.

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If for nothing else Yul recognized right away that Chi-won is honest and principled and is someone he should be befriend with when all the elders were throwing fits.

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You know what I just realized? This is Introverted Boss but done right!

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I had the same realization too! Yoon-yi is not a perfect character but you could see she is good at her job. I guess the writer of Introverted Boss wanted to describe Ro-woon as a vivacious heroine with her musical actress background but in the beginning, she is always criticizing Hwan-ki's stance at work when she herself does not show effort.

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This show is hilarious. So many laugh out loud moments. Plus Daniel Choi is fud to watch.

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And now, I'm back to painfully waiting for monday to come again, especially after having to wait before for BTIMFL. 😂 I am seriously liking everything. The rooftop scene with the personal assistant's motto was so funny and embarassing. I just want to hide them all! 😂😂😂😂

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I was convinced she bought the slippers to piss him off, and that he would hate them so when he did that dance instead... perfect.

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THIS IS OFFICIALLY MY NEW CRACK!! I live for this amount of pettiness between the leads. It's so much fun to watch and it doesn't feel like show is trying so hard to be funny. THE LION KING MUSIC KILLED ME AND DANIEL CHOI DOING SQUATS 😍😍

I'm not sure how I feel about the possible Yul and Jung Ae love line that is going to happen. Yul really needs a parent and Jung Ae can offer that for him but I don't think it should go further than that. It'd feel kind of icky.

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I like this drama more and more :) Is it just me (or my subtitles) or Chi Won sounds like he doesn't really buy this all just for job interest in him. I mean when he is talking to Yul he sounds like he is talking about some woman who is interested in him, not a coworker.
And why nobody's talking about Chi Won's broad smile after the 'I'm pretending I'm drunk' scene. That was really something.
I'm really curious about Chi Won's marriage. How did it actually happen? Did his ex-wife drag him to the altar or what? And why they got a divorce?
I'm curious about a relationship between Yul and Jung-ae though I don't want to see a romance there. I'd rather watch them as friends who can learn something from each other.
I need Monday right now !

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I LOVE Yoon yi so much! When you know that your boss live above you (and your new tenant, a typical candy type kdrama heroine's reaction is : Ohtokke, my boss is my tennat, I can't sleep, my heart fluttered, etc. But Yoonyi's reaction was : YASSS REVENGEEEE... MUAHAHAHA. 😈😈
The actress is doing such a great job with her facial expression.

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omg.. really love this , their interaction is so CUTEE . cant wait for next week . plus i wanna see yul's loveline (if there is any) and kinda wanna see is there anything in the cupboard for yoon yi's boyish friend..

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These two words don`t need to be followed by any other words to tell us what the real meaning of "hot" is.

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I love the recap's main image. The expression on Yoon-yi's face combined with Chi Won's hunched posture. You just know that the power dynamics were in her favor at that time.

Some notes:
1. that early scene of them in the coffee shop. Chi Won dismissing her while she wasn't done with her drink was annoying. Let her finish her drink. She only had 2 sips!

2. Chi Won's commuting outfit with the backpack and earphones - my goodness, he looks hot!

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I didnt like this initially but now i really like this drama very much.. The main lead pair is so good.. but i feel Jung Ae looks too old for Yul.. i feel Bo-Na and Yul will be gud match though.. Also by now itself they are showing the dark side of Bo-Na, wont friends be without jealous why bring in the jealousy part here spoiling the rapo between them??

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