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Jugglers: Episode 8

Is there any more entertaining part of a drama than when the hero starts to get petty and jealous over the lady, especially when he has no idea why he’s suddenly such a grump? Chi-won is beginning to behave in ways that mystify everyone, himself most of all. I knew it would be epic when Chi-won hit this necessary phase of his growing crush, but I had no idea how childish he could get, or how hilarious it would be.

 
EPISODE 8: “I can’t control my heart”

Young Chi-won sits at a triple funeral, alone and in tears. He overhears mourners saying that it would have been kinder if he’d died as well, and that nobody will want him after he killed his entire family.

A pair of paint-splattered hands covers his ears, and he looks up into the kind face of his uncle. Chi-won cries that it’s all his fault, asking if he’ll truly never see his family again, but his uncle says that from now on he’ll be his father and his mother.

But only a few years later, Chi-won and his uncle are trapped in a house fire. His uncle saves Chi-won’s life, but he dies in the blaze as Chi-won watches helplessly.

In the present, Yoon-yi watches over Chi-won as he lies in the hospital, still unconscious after the attack at the BBA competition. She leaves the room briefly, and he’s gone when she comes back. Frantic with worry, she searches the hospital, until she gets a call from Vice President Do asking to meet with him.

He kindly acknowledges that she must have been shocked, then tells her that he was once friends with Chi-won’s uncle. He says his friend was a street artist who drew murals and portraits, and once he was commissioned to draw a movie sign for a children’s film.

Being only eight years old, Chi-won had begged and whined to see the movie. So the whole family had driven to Seoul together, where they got into the accident that killed his parents and older sister. Vice President Do tells Yoon-yi that Chi-won lived with his uncle for a while, until his death in the fire.

Recalling that Chi-won told her mother that he’d lived in the upstairs apartment with his uncle, Yoon-yi realizes to her horror that his uncle was the man who died in the fire all those years ago. It explains Chi-won’s extreme terror of flames, and Vice President Do asks Yoon-yi to stay by his side as a source of strength in spite of his many scars.

Chi-won visits an old mural that his uncle drew, smiling wistfully as he remembers his uncle bragging over his own artistic spirit. Yoon-yi finds him there, having been tipped off by Vice President Do, and she approaches him with an expression of sorrow and pity.

Chi-won says that she probably knows everything she wanted to know about him now, but Yoon-yi says that this isn’t what she wanted to know, or how she wanted to learn it. Seeming not to hear her, Chi-won continues, “I don’t think I should have let you stay by my side from the start. Ever since I met you, everything’s been a mess.”

Yoon-yi asks tearfully what she can to do make him feel better, and he says coldly, “Disappear from my sight.” Panic rising in her voice, Yoon-yi insists that she isn’t responsible for the video about his family’s accident. She begs him to believe her, but he just says,”I can’t trust you anymore,” and walks away leaving her stricken.

He finds Vice President Do and yells at him for telling Yoon-yi about his past, and for making her pity him. Vice President Do snaps that there’s nothing wrong with pity, because pity just means that someone cares. Chi-won tells Vice President Do to stay out of his business and turns his back on him.

He sits in his car that night, recalling the moment he lost his trust in Yoon-yi. Assistant Director Jo had called him while he was still in the hospital, and had played the recording of his and Yoon-yi’s first meeting, when he’d told her to be his spy. Chi-won had paled as he heard Yoon-yi asking Assistant Director Jo what he wanted her to do.

Yoon-yi takes a taxi home, sobbing her heart out as she also thinks about that conversation with Assistant Director Jo. He hadn’t played the end of their conversation for Chi-won in which Yoon-yi had firmly refused to report anything to Assistant Director Jo, willing to lose her job rather than be disloyal, even to a boss she barely knew.

The next morning, Chi-won’s team discusses the debacle at the BBA competition, which was canceled after Chi-won passed out. Assistant Director Jo tries to wheedle Vice President Do into declaring him the winner, arguing that a boss who passes out isn’t a good leader, but Vice President Do sends him out with a one-finger salute worthy of Chi-won.

Yoon-yi braves Chi-won’s office, intending to give him his schedule, but he cuts her off. She asks if he’s okay, but he just takes a folder from her and heads off to a meeting without a word.

Yoon-yi follows him, but he holds the doors open for her to get out, the way he did when they first met. Then Yul and Jung-ae join them, and she has to stay or draw their attention to the fact that something is wrong.

After the meeting, the assistants gossip about Chi-won as they straighten the conference room. Yoon-yi gets fed up with their negative chatter and orders them to stop talking bad about her boss, but they just accuse her of staying with Chi-won because she pities him.

Yoon-yi’s temper flares, and she threatens to rip the lips off the most outspoken of the assistants. The woman grabs her by the hair, Yoon-yi grabs her back, and it’s not long before all the assistants are brawling.

Meanwhile, Chi-won pulls Assistant Director Jo aside and tells him not to use Yoon-yi to get to him again. Assistant Director Jo lies that he only asked her to keep an eye on him, blaming her for taking it too far. He claims that he was as shocked to see that news clip as anyone, and Chi-won says with deceptive calmness, “Then should I put you on the news, too?”

He tells Assistant Director Jo that the real reason he transferred to this job from Channel Y is to reveal the people like him, who use their title to oppress the weak. He says that he’ll do things his way from now on, and all Assistant Director Jo has to do is look forward to it.

Bo-na had entered the room at some point during their argument, and she’d crept back out again, unseen. Her father texts her asking for help with his rent, and she replies for him not to worry.

On his way back to his office, Chi-won hears shrieking, and he goes to the conference room to find Yoon-yi pinned to the floor by four other assistants. He bellows, and Yoon-yi shakes off her attackers then stands in front of him, shivering. But instead of yelling at her, he whispers, “Let’s go,” and leads her out with an arm around her shoulders and a parting glare for the other assistants.

In the elevator, Yoon-yi thanks Chi-won for coming to her rescue. She tries again to tell him that what happened at the BBA competition wasn’t her doing, and she swears that even though Assistant Director Jo recommended her as Chi-won’s assistant, she’s never betrayed him. Chi-won only tells her to treat her hand, having noticed that she got badly scratched during the fight.

Assistant Director Jo confirms with Bo-na that she’s good friends with Yoon-yi, saying that friends are just enemies you haven’t attacked yet. He tells Bo-na that Vice President Do is retiring next year, and that if he gets promoted, so will she. He makes it clear that if she wants to improve her situation, she’ll find out why Chi-won fainted on stage.

On payday, Jung-ae beams at her bankbook, excited to have received her first paycheck ever — until her teammates expect her to buy them treats, ha. She asks Yul for advice on choosing pair of sneakers as a gift, but he offers to go shopping with her instead, assuming the sneakers are for him.

He’d sent Chi-won the video from the night he got drunk, and Chi-won winces to see himself sloppily yelling “I love you!” at the ajumma server that night. Yul joins him for lunch, grinning that he’s holding onto the original as blackmail material.

While they eat, Yul’s usual cheerful mood fades. He says that he has no siblings, his father was always busy, and his mother died when he was barely two. He tells Chi-won that he doesn’t even know what his mother looked like because his father had all of her pictures destroyed.

He continues that at least Chi-won was loved by his parents and has memories of them, which makes him far better off then Yul. This seems to resonate with Chi-won, who tells Yul that his mother must have been beautiful because Yul has such a pretty face.

Yul brightens, saying that Chi-won has good insight. He asks if Chi-won is using that insight to see what kind of person Yoon-yi is, because it’s hard to find an assistant like her, as he well knows.

Back at the office, Team Leader Gong gives Chi-won the news that they’ve found a buyer for some video content. The only hitch is that they want to be shown a good time tonight, so Chi-won tells him to book a hostess bar and he’ll join them after an offsite meeting.

Yoon-yi is having a terrible day — Chi-won continues to ignore her, and her mother sends a text that she’s lined up a blind date. After work, Team Leader Gong calls her at the last minute to ask her to go to the hostess bar in his place, as his mother is ill.

When Chi-won arrives, he finds a wild party in progress, with Yoon-yi pouring drinks for a guy who’s slobbering all over her. All business, he sits down with the contract for the client to sign, which he does quickly before turning the music back on.

 

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I hate people treating you like that

 

The man that Yoon-yi was serving pours his drink all over her skirt, and instead of apologizing, he just whines that the liquor was wasted. Yoon-yi is dragged onstage under protest, and Chi-won hits the boiling point. He turns off the music and announces that he’s leaving, and he takes Yoon-yi with him.

He rounds on her once they’re outside, asking why she does things he didn’t tell her to do, angry that she didn’t call him first. Yoon-yi apologizes, but then she flares up at Chi-won, asking why he’s so mad when she was only trying to help the team close the deal.

He yells back, “I hate it! I hate people treating my assistant that way.” He loses momentum, and he puts his coat over Yoon-yi’s shoulders and tells her to go home. She smiles as she walks, and when she finds medicine and bandages in the coat’s pocket, she realizes that he got them for her injured hand.

Chi-won goes back to the office, where Vice President Do finds him brooding. He says that he knows Chi-won is living at Yoon-yi’s house, and teases that he must like being stuck to her day and night because he wouldn’t spend an hour with someone he didn’t like.

Staying in his office late into the night, Chi-won imagines Yoon-yi there with him. She brings him a third cactus and tends to the growing garden, straightens his desk, and replenishes his pencils. She brings him coffee and he stands to talk to her, but she disappears.

He eventually goes home, stopping in the yard to touch the ginkgo tree, and thinking about Vice President Do saying that he must like being around Yoon-yi all the time. Yoon-yi steps outside to return his coat and thank him for the medicine, making him smile.

But he shocks her by telling her to find a new tenant as soon as possible. She asks why, and he says that being around her at work and at home has grown uncomfortable.

In the morning, Jung-ae finds Gun-woo in his room and says she’s throwing away his worn-out sneakers. She asks why he said she’s his aunt at the police station, and he asks if it hurt her that he didn’t say she’s his mother. She assures him that it didn’t, and that she’ll explain everything later.

She meets Yul at the shoe store, where he picks out a sharp pair of sneakers, and Jung-ae gapes at the price tag. Yul gives the saleswoman his own shoe size, which is when Jung-ae realizes that he thinks the shoes are for him, but she can’t bring herself to let him down and blows her paycheck buying two pairs.

Over coffee afterward, she goes a bit starry-eyed over a happy couple sitting together nearby. Yul notices the mark on her finger where she used to wear a ring, but he assumes it was a couple ring, and he says that people date and break up all the time as if it’s nothing. But Jung-ae says sadly that there’s nobody that isn’t affected by a breakup.

Which brings us to Yoon-yi, sobbing at the top of her lungs to Bo-na and Kyung-rye over Chi-won’s decision to move out. A true friend, Kyung-rye totally takes her side, while Bo-na sees an opportunity to learn more about Chi-won and asks why Yoon-yi thinks he fainted the other day.

Yoon-yi just sobs not to bring it up, because it breaks her heart. Kyung-rye asks why she’s crying so hard, but she says she just doesn’t want him to leave. It occurs to Kyung-rye that Yoon-yi likes Chi-won, making her recite her rules about not falling for her boss, but Bo-na mutters that she seems to have broken that rule.

Yoon-yi is thoroughly drunk by the time she gets home, and she drags herself up the stairs to confront Chi-won. He’s not home, so she flops onto the landing slurring that she’s not returning his deposit, hee.

Chi-won arrives later to find her still there, and she asks what it is about her that’s so uncomfortable. He says the whole thing is uncomfortable, but she asks him not to move out, knowing the house is special to him. She slumps over and falls back to sleep as he says that it’s not because of her, but because of him, and she mutters a tiny, sad, “Don’t go. Please don’t go.”

He carries her downstairs and tucks her into bed. Before he goes, he turns back to switch on a lamp, knowing Yoon-yi is scared of the dark. Her mother calls the next morning to remind her of her blind date tonight. Yoon-yi mumbles confirmation and drops the phone, barely conscious.

On his way to work, Chi-won snags the last yogurt drink right out from under Chang-soo, then shuts the elevator doors in his face. Heh, he’s so immature. He notices that Yoon-yi isn’t at her desk and all of his pencils are dull, and he frowns when Team Leader Gong informs him that she called in sick.

Yoon-yi lies in bed all day, unaware of her friends’ attempts to reach her. Chang-soo even starts to leave her a message offering to bring her favorite sick food after work, but Chi-won shoulder-checks him and makes him drop the call, ha.

During a meeting, Chi-won rips Chang-soo’s video to shreds and tells him to completely redo it. He starts several texts to Yoon-yi but ends up erasing them, and a quick flashback shows that he found her phone on his landing after he tucked her in bed. Chang-soo had called, and Chi-won had listened incredulously as he reminded Yoon-yi that they dated for over five years.

Giving up on texting her, Chi-won makes clumsy attempts at the tasks she usually does, like watering the cacti and sharpening his pencils. At the same time, Yoon-yi drags herself out of bed to listlessly prepare for her blind date.

Kyung-rye is surprised to find Tae-yi, Yoon-yi’s little brother, sitting in her cafe. He says he’s thinking of asking Chi-won for a job, and she snaps that Yoon-yi is sick because of that jerk. Surprised, Tae-yi asks about Yoon-yi’s blind date, then runs off before Kyung-rye can get anything else out of him.

He catches up to Chi-won in the lobby, and Chi-won immediately nails him for tattling on him to his mother. Tae-yi swears that he doesn’t think divorce is a big deal like his mom does, and he tells Chi-won that their mom gave Yoon-yi an ultimatum — to kick out Chi-won, or go on a blind date.

He says the date is tonight, and when Chi-won asks why he’s telling him this, Tae-yi hands over his resume hopefully. Chi-won glances at it, hands it back, and walks away. HA.

 

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A song and a dance

 

Chi-won goes to Yul, who figures out that he feels uncomfortable without Yoon-yi. Yul does a hilarious song and dance about a guy who acts like he doesn’t like a girl — excuse me, I have to go watch that five more times.

Chi-won sits in his office, obsessing about Yoon-yi. After a while he gets a text from her, apologizing for making him uncomfortable and telling him to do what he wants. He looks at the coffee mug she made that says he can get anything he wants…. then he jumps up, throws on his coat, and storms out of the office. YES, go get her!

He finds Yoon-yi on her blind date, still looking pale and sick. Without a word he grabs her arm, pulls her up, and leads her out of the restaurant. He doesn’t let go until they’re alone, and he asks angrily why she’s on this blind date when he said he’d move out.

Instead of answering, Yoon-yi asks Chi-won why he came here. Looking a little confused, he says, “I couldn’t see you, so I was nervous. You said you were sick so I was worried. You told me to do what I want to do.”

And then, to both of their surprise, he leans down and kisses her.

 

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A surprise kiss

 

COMMENTS

Okay let’s be honest — that kiss was awkward as hell. I don’t know if it was awkward as a purposeful directing decision, or a weird editing choice, but both Chi-won and Yoon-yi looked uncomfortable, and I find any kiss where the participants freeze in place, bodies as far apart as possible, to be cringe-worthy. However, I’m thrilled that it finally happened, because I was starting to get scared that if these two didn’t figure out soon why there’s so much tension between them, Yul was going to end up spelling it out publicly in traditional interpretive dance.

Chi-won has frequently shown himself to be a defender of those too weak or trapped to defend themselves, such as women and corporate employees. He’s stood up for Yoon-yi several times, though it’s always been a general sort of “it’s not right to treat people that way” defense, rather than a defense of her in particular. But something changed when he witnessed Director Bong verbally abusing her, and he realized that he’d been doing the exact same thing to her by making negative assumptions and not treating her as a person worthy of respect.

Since then, Chi-won’s championing feels more like he’s sticking up for Yoon-yi because of who she is personally, such as when he crashed the noraebang party and made a point to get Yoon-yi out of there. There were other women there, as well as other members of his team, but Chi-won was only angry at the way Yoon-yi was being treated. He’s starting to grow by leaps and bounds, and to see people as individuals and not just obstacles to his carefully curated life of isolation.

Yul, by the way, is turning out to possess a lot more insight and depth than it appears on the surface. He has such a bright personality and cheerful outlook, which turns out to hide a very bleak upbringing. Knowing that he grew up without his mother, and essentially without his father either, makes his immaturity seem less of an annoying character flaw and more like a defense mechanism against what must be crushing loneliness. Yul isn’t immature because he’s spoiled, as I originally thought, but because he’s been literally left to his own devices his whole life. And yet, he has this insightful way of getting right to the heart of an issue, such as when he pointed out to Chi-won that he was unfairly judging Yoon-yi. He’s a great judge of character, and I’d love to see what kind of man he becomes once he settles into himself.

It occurs to me that Chi-won and Yul are actually very alike in a lot of ways, both of them having grown up alone with no families. But it’s fascinating how they ended up such polar opposites, with Yul hungry for any kind of affection or friendship to the point that he chases people off, while Chi-won actively shuns closeness with anyone for any reason. Of course, Chi-won has very good reason for his self-isolation, as I’ve said before, and I wonder how he would have turned out if he hadn’t lost his family in such dreadfully traumatic ways. But I was glad that Yul reminded him that he has memories of them, and that he was loved, which is more than Yul himself can say. If Chi-won can stop thinking of his family only in terms of how they died, and learn to remember them for the way they lived and loved him and each other, that could go a long way towards healing his emotional scars.

 
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man the title of episode 8 "I Can't Control My Heart" is A PERFECT FIT for Chi-Won this time around!!!!!!!
- man the start made me cry & sad when Chi-Won said to Yoon-Yi dissapear from my sight :(

- THE ENDING KISS PART i literally screamed in my room! Finally Chi-Won really expressed his feelings honestly to Yoon-Yi (in my opinion). But i wonder will he still move-out after he told Yoon-Yi his feelings??? WELL I HOPE NOT!!!!!

- i wonder why Chi-Won blames himself when he said it was uncomfortable... could it be he was the first one to DEVELOP ROMANTIC FEELINGS for Yoon-yi? And somehow he can't control/don't know how to express it? Well aside from the fact he wasn't like his usual self on this episode, esp. Yool noticing it when he sang the song in Chi-Won's face. Even though Chi-Won might have been grumpy to Yoon-Yi almost half of episode 8... he was still caring & protecting her from: those jealous/backstabbing other-girl-assistants, the segment in the hostess bar, the hidden band-aid & ointment inside his coat to heal her hand, & bringing her back to her room to lay her down in her bed.

- I REALLLLLLY LOVE THE jealous-petty-punishments he gives Chang-Soo this time on episode 8!!!! from the yogurt-drink/yakult, bumping into him so that the voice recording will be cancelled!, & redo-ing the video.

- now i know where Chi-Won learned the MIDDLE FINGER FLIP when he did it on episode 3.....he learned it from Vice-President Do himself ahahahahah!!!!!!!! Too bad for Senior Managing Director Cho he was about to do it too from VP Do's back but VP Do caught him ahahahaha!!!!

- my hunch was correct about why VP Do transferred Chi-Won to YB.... VP Do really did give a mission for Chi-Won to stop i guess the bribery/corruption when making deals (my hunch at the moment).

- Bo-Na, Bo-Na, Bo-Na i wonder where your loyalty will land you in the upcoming episodes?? i have a bad feeling about her now especially after what Cho said to her.

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I kind of understand Bo Na's position...she's stuck between loyalty to her boss and loyalty to her friend... one is required for keeping her job intact and another one for her friendship ....let's see what she chooses

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I kinda guess Bo Na had such a feeling toward director Cho because sometimes she's like in her own world or something.

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I was expecting Chi won to give her the cold shoulder as usual kdrama male leads do when a misunderstanding happens but I love how this show only uses that to further progress their relationship. Their development so far has been so natural that it was nice that Chi Won took that 'step' towards Yoon Yi.

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I also loved how he didn't drag her out of her blind date for selfish reasons but rather because he thought she was putting herself in a uncomfortable position for his sake

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ALL HAIL VP DO AND YUL- THE UNRELENTING CHEERLEADERS OF CW AND YY SHIP
It's good to see how Yul used his own scars to somehow heal CW if only in a small way...and he encouraged him to see YY in a different way
well that kiss was awkward.....hopefully we'll see better ones as the story progresses...but please no more WRIST GRABBING

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Those two hip-bumping Chi-won just made my day 😆

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Okay, I hope this petty jealousy last more because I'm LOVING it. It's so much fun ;D.
I am really annoyed by how utterly disgusting and awful those mourners were at the funeral! They're adults for heaven's sake! How on earth can they say something so horrifying as that about a child who just lost his whole family?? That he killed his own family?! Was anyone else put off by this?
Also I thin Chi-Won got his middle finger habit from Vice President Do btw LOL.

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and I love that Chi-Won didn't drag Yoon-Yi out from her blind date for selfish reasons, but rather that he was genuinely worried about her being sick and frustrated as to why she was going to such lengths instead of just finding a new tenant. I hope in the next epi they sit and talk everything out, clear the air between them.

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🎶 come to me baby, I'm waiting for you 🎶

THIS CRACKED ME UP SO. HARD. 😂😂

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Lol he's the best! My fave since Drinking Solo!

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Right! Such a good actor!

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I'm starting to love Yul's character. He's so observant and very aware of what's going on around him. And I feel he's quite introspective too. At a work place his childish ways can become annoying, so I understand why people don't like him in general. But he's an adorable personality. I think LWG's portrayal of him is mainly the reason why he comes off as a more likable character than as a jerk. And it's so funny how the most irresponsible person in the office is the one who gives the best advice to CW! 😅

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"LWG's portrayal of him is mainly the reason why he comes off as a more likable character than as a jerk." --I couldn't agree more. Your comment is on point. The feels won't be the same if it's a different actor.

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Erm, with the recent spate of news about predatory bosses, I thought the kiss was yucky.
I had known that the two would end up together, but it was a little bit rushed.
While people thought the first kiss between the leads in Doctors was awkward, I thought it was ok since they had simmering feelings. For this show, I couldn’t really sense the growing feelings for the two even if people around them told them they were falling in love.

Besides, they had always have a boss and subordinate relationship, and even as landlord and tenant, there was nothing to suggest there was mutual attraction. They might have crushes, but when you are the boss, you can’t just grab your employee from a blind date (what if she’s into the blind date), confess and then kiss her. What if she’s not into you?
In addition, she was very sick, so all I could feel was germs overload.

On top of that, this kiss looked super awkward, with their expressions, body language and just everything else.

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Yup, exactly. The wrist grab was awful, even more so because the show told us in earlier episodes that CW knows better. Just because the he's the "hero", apparently means well, and they are the OTP doesn't make this wrist grab any more okay.

The kiss was awkward as hell! If they didn't want to show them kiss, a shot from the distance implying they are kissing, would have been better. Seriously... (And seriously, how didn't the actors crack up laughing after such a ridiculous kiss?)

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Yes to your entire comment. I was really looking forward to the confession and the kiss, but this felt awful.

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I totally agree with you...the wrist grab and the kiss may have ruined this drama for me....

It also made me uncomfortable that he kissed her even while being aware that she has had so much trouble in the past due to a misunderstanding about an relationship with her previous boss. And you're right about power dynamics...as her boss, he shouldn't initiate something like this, especially without asking her feelings first. It's too close to sexual harassment to sit well with me. The timing and the set up of this all felt very wrong.

I'm trying to decide if I want to keep watching or not...

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Early in the season there was a line something like 'The one who loves first is at a disadvantage', or words to that effect. Chin-won is two pages ahead of Yoon-yo in the story. Either she's going to have to catch up or he's going to have to take a step back. We're only halfway through the series at this point so this wasn't the 'episode 15 happy ending' yet.

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I also thought the kiss was awkward as hell. Not just the vibes overall (frozen lips and frozen bodies and all, don’t tell me it was that cold LOL) but the odd... angle of it all? 😂 I thought that dramas tended to make kisses look quite ethereal and nice. And the height difference though - YY looks so tiny compared to CW!

I think it’s nice that her cheerful personality is rubbing off onto him and he’s learning to step out of his bubble. Even going to Yul’s office to ask him questions!

Yul is adorable, just sayin’. You’re right, It’s just that he’s been left to his own devices with nobody caring about him. Nobody taught him how to grow up properly!

And I’m so psyched for the awkward aftermath of the kiss omg.

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Yes I even felt the angel of kissing scene wasn't that great..

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I just LOL on how VP Do and Yool teases Chi-swoon about his feelings.

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Ah I liked this EP a lot except Bo Na and her boss conversation.. I like President Do too.. it was so good to see chi won realising his love for Yoon Yi..

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I am enjoying this show, but I'm not hooked, it is just a nice and easy watch. I have to say that while I like how the relationship between YY and CW is developing, I didn't like the kiss. I found the kiss disappointing and awkward, and decided to call this types of kisses "statue" kisses. I guess now we have the "dead fish" kisses and the "statue" kisses in the bad kiss category. Why couldn't the kiss have been natural? I just don't understand. They have good chemistry, but the scene was ruined due to bad directing.

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My word. No wonder he is traumatized. To lose your family is horrible. Then his uncle became his only family, his lifeline and then to lose that lifeline. . . It explains why Chi-won didn't want to let anyone in. Fear of losing someone and fear of our being his fault, though none of those events were his fault. But whether he wanted it or not, Yoon-yi has entered his heart. Yes that kiss was awkward but I'm excited for where things will go from here. Btw, when Yoon-yi's mom finds out they're dating, her reaction is going to be priceless. . .or scary. Hee.

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I also found the kiss disappointing and awkward - not really the angle but how it was played out. In the past I really liked how consentous CW was and how much he cared about not overstepping boundries and he... grabs her by the wrist as always and doesn't even make sure the attraction is mutual? If this is supposed to be character development, I don't want it. I need him to stop dragging her around.
But the rest of the episode was swoony! I was expecting angst and in the end we got so many great moments of our leads protecting each other I was weeping with joy! Even if the romantic part isn't making me punch myself in the face like with INAR, their friendship and self-improvement makes it all worthwhile.

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The kiss was indeed very awkward. I thought it was because of the great height difference. Daniel Choi seemed a bit confused as to how he should do it. :D

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I'm sure I have some things to say about this eps, but that sudden kiss at the end is an effective amnesia-inducing scene. I squealed, giddy but also worried for them. I think I will be happier if Yoon-yi ended up working as someone else's secretary (preferably someone as good as or maybe even better than Chi-won). Their position now is tricky at best, and I'd rather they remain housemates than them working in the same office. Also, I love jealous, petty Chi-won.

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THIS. No matter how giddy I get, I'm still uncomfortable with the idea of them engaging in romance while still being a boss and secretary. Yoon-yi should end up working for VP Do, heh.

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I cringed while watching tha awkward kiss.. 😣
hope we get a better kiss next time..😂😊

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At home with hair-yanks-inducing internet connection, but just want to drop my two cents about the kiss, which got me fluttering so bad! I thought it was awkward because Chi-won only put the lightest hold on Yoon-yi, which means she can break free whenever (which she didn't do, hooraayyy!). I also thought it was super sweet kiss, since there is passion, but also a lot of gentleness...
Loved how ex-father in law + Yul is finally breaching Chi-won's wall, they are so cute in telling him about his own feeling 😄

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It's true that he wasn't going in for a passionate embrace and gave her the power to accept the kiss or disengage. That, and she was sick.

I do think it's a testament to their adorable chemistry that it came off as sweet still, even with all the awkwardness and the power differential. Them falling in love is awkward and uncomfortable for them, so I'm fine with them fumbling through it a bit (provided that wrist-grab was a one-time thing brought on by him losing control to his emotions for the first time).

l agree with most that all the gestures leading up to Chi-won realizing his feelings were the best part of the episode. It was such great buildup that the emotions in the scene came through for me, even with the odd angles. They're still confused about their feelings, so hopefully we'll get a more natural kiss next time.

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I felt the kiss was a bit abrupt and sudden and too early. I would have liked it if it was a hug in that scene. The kiss seriously was VERY AWKWARD. I mean with their height difference, they could have got a such a good kiss if it was well directed.

Chi Won imagining Yoon Yi all over his office, is one the best moments in this episode. His brain thinks about her all the time now. Finally, he is learning the feeling called 'love'. I dont think he ever did love someone before. After that tragic incident, he has closed himself from the people, and prefer being alone, until Yoon Yi came along and knocking on the wall he closed himself in. She finally has broken through that wall, and he is showing so much emotions, jealousy, rage, restlessness etc.This is what loves does to a man.

I am really glad that the issue about Yoon Yi being used by Cutter to gather intel about Chi won is out in the open, and all of the misunderstanding has come to an end and the issue wasnt dragged till the finale episode.

Now Chi won and Yoon Yi is going to face so much gossip on their relationship, since they are boss-employee. Yoon Yi is going to receive another backlash by the other assistants and this is going to get very dirty. I just hope she would resign herself from the position of the assistant and work for another boss as good as Chi Won. Chi won will definitely will be there out to protect her and it is already given.

The mother is another issue. I thought that i would like her , like i did in the beginning, but , she is just really annoying.

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The kiss was certainly awkward, but there's always a 50% chance a kiss will be like that in kdramas. So even though I didn't like it, I'm not disappointed. At least the plot is moving forward and now we'll have to see how these 2 deal with their feelings. It's clear he likes her a lot, but she hasn't showed much yet, other than her desire to be the perfect assistant.

I'd like to know more about Chi-won's first marriage. I want to know why he got married and why he divorced. That's the part of him that still puzzles me.

Yul is a sweetheart! I want to see a happy end for him too

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Me too, I am wondering what happened to his marriage. The wife seemed cool enough. I dont recall if it was mentioned as to how long they were married.

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I made a longer comment about it below but the kiss was not only awkward (yes, it was) it was also WRONG.

Could you imagine a sexual assault trial in court where the defense was "I knew her a few weeks and she was really kind to me. I think I love her - so it is OK that I forced my attentions on her without asking if she felt the same about me."

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I'm so enjoying this show except for Chi-won grabbing her wrist and dragging her out of the restaurant - ugh. Then this kiss was awkward (I agree with everyone's comments about all of it - 'nuf said)!

Yul is just like a child in many ways - and it is usually the children who sometimes speak their wisdom so simply. Yul is that way for me - he is childish and sweet and VERY observant.

How in the world did they shoot that scene with him dancing around Chi-won without Daniel Choi cracking up? They must have had to do it over many times, it was so cute and cringe-worthy. The actor playing Yul is just great.

The mom - ugh - I really hate how she barges in and pushes her way around Yoon-yi's life - I'm hoping her character is going to experience some shame and embarrassment about all the assumptions she's been making. Ick - she makes my blood boil.

I love how Chi-won was seeing Yoon-Yi all over the place and realizing how indispensable she has come to be in his life.

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That ending kiss was another unimaginative cliche. Yeah, it's a rom-com and possibly the audience tolerates it because of the obvious end game. We're mostly projecting and thinking "so what if he kissed her, they're going to end up together anyway?"

I hope that this doesn't become the kiss that (a) means all is forgiven and forgotten or (b) just develops more angst. But the writers haven't really tried too hard to avoid tropes so my hopes are likely in vain.

I get that this entire episode is about CW coming to understand better how much YY means to him but I think he forgot the part about knowing what he means to her? I think if we saw a boss develop a crush on his female assistant, pulls her out of a personal social situation and planting a kiss on her - we'd be calling the authorities rather than swooning in delight.

Frankly, they (he especially) needs to communicate verbally like human beings rather than letting him act like alpha male animal. Going alpha male with his passive aggressive style against his competition is funny and comedic but this last scene is not really tasteful.

My point is, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to come up with a less problematic ending. First, it would have been so much more romantic, to me, if they ended it with him asking her at the restaurant - "forget this blind date, would you go out with me on a date now instead?" - perhaps while holding out his hand?

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Happy New Year to all beanies!!

Not to end my comment on a too negative a note, Jugglers is well acted, has a pleasing cast of characters and is easy to follow. And it isn't by any stretch of the imagination, going off the rails.

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"Young Chi-won sits at a triple funeral, alone and in tears. He overhears mourners saying that it would have been kinder if he’d died as well, and that nobody will want him after he killed his entire family."

I can't get past this. Seriously? Is this a thing in Korea? People can get super petty where I'm from, but I don't think they would go so far as to blame a child for an accident that took his entire family away from him. Please tell me this is just lazy writing.

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I'm not from Korea, but people in my country are superstitious and very insensitive. In a similar situation, people would generally say stuff like " the boy has bad luck, if in another home, he will bring harm". His aura, his prophecy (think of Samans, fortune tellers) is strong because of some unaligned planets and caused his family's death.
People really make up crazy theories at the funeral and mourning and blame everything and everyone close for a certain unexpected death.

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the reason why you might feel the kiss is awkward (me too, but for me it's okay, and little bit sweet, and confusing, but it's okay) :
1. the height difference, their height is more than a head-long, either he had to take the space to face her face, or cupping her face to face-up him. since he's an awkward person, the 1st one is rather considerable.
2. the space between the bodies, because of the height difference.
3. the lips, he's an awkward person, she's in shock for a while, we can take it anywhere closer than that liplock. and it's only the nature yoonyi shuted her eyes, we all know she likes him already. just like that wine kiss of uri goddess&sangnamja.
4. he's her boss after all, i imagine both of them have an awkward thought after this. it's not like they already in some state-of-romance. kyaaaa... i'm waiting tonight!

and why i also feel this kiss awkward, when i see this is also sweet and tender? hahahaha. because i didn't expect that! but i try to getting inside his head.
"Man, i like this girl, but i hurt her with those words, but i dont want to not to see her everyday, what should i do? words maybe couldn't reach her, i hurt her last time, aaah... just do what i want to do"
Kiss!
that's all.... because he's a really an awkward person.
lol

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The kiss sure was akward, intended or not. I didn't mind cause realistically, it shud've been... Dynamics of relationship changed in one fell swoop & Yoon Yi didn't have time to process.

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That kiss was bad but I still like them as a couple. I'm curious how they'll make their relationship work and if the fact that they work together will make things difficult.

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I'm starting to have a love/hate relationship with Chi-won. The times when he stands up for Yoon-yi in front of other people have made for some really great scenes, but the times when he scolds her for the way other people treat her make me really uncomfortable. The entire final scene was handled so terribly - it almost felt like he was kissing her to hurt her, rather than because he liked her. I've really enjoyed watching these two falling for each other but after this the show is going to have to do a lot of work for me to feel comfortable with their relationship going forward, and right now I don't think I have the faith that it will.

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VP Do is the coolest gramma/elder in any Korean drama ever.

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So chi won pointed in previous episode that wrist grabbing in such a way is an act of violence but here hw is doing it himself. The kiss was horrible with both of them standing so far apart. I really like jealous chi won but the ending of this episode ruined it for me. We were really waiting for that kiss but it didn't come out pleasant.

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