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Jugglers: Episode 10

It’s a new year and a new start for the cutest couple ever. Things can be difficult when you’re just starting out, and we’re nowhere near the end of the endearing awkwardness of these two oddballs as they navigate through uncharted territory. But as much as they adore each other, their problems may just be starting as they try to keep their new relationship a secret at work.

 
EPISODE 10: “You know it’s a secret”

Chi-won takes Yoon-yi home and dries her wet hair, then mentions getting out of wet clothes. She simpers and says it’s a bit soon for that, but he’s all, “I meant me…” As he goes, he asks if she was having naughty thoughts, and he obviously doesn’t believe her too-emphatic denials.

While he’s changing, Yoon-yi rushes around, changing into a fancy outfit and doing her makeup and hair. Chi-won stares, then tells her to put everything back where it was, because he likes the original Yoon-yi (and he brought his panther slippers, I can’t).

They spend the evening in comfy sweats, watching TV and drinking beer. Chi-won channel-surfs, looking for a movie, and accidentally lands on a sex scene. They both freeze and Chi-won goes bright red, his glasses steaming up, while Yoon-yi anxiously chews on her hair.

Yoon-yi suggests they make up pet names for each other, but Chi-won thinks that referring to each other as food is silly when they have perfectly good names. Yoon-yi peevishly threatens to call him Mr. Nitpicky, which he grumbles is better than food, ha.

At midnight, they count down the end of the year together, then Chi-won congratulates Yoon-yi on turning thirty, heh. Yoon-yi is upset that she’s not getting a kiss, so Chi-won leans over to give her a little peck on the cheek. But Yoon-yi turns into him and makes it a real kiss. She pulls him close for another, longer one, and soon they’re too busy for TV.

 

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Ringing in the new year with a kiss

 

Yoon-yi wears the necklace that Chi-won gave her the next morning, and she finds him waiting gallantly to drive her to work. He calls her “Raccoon,” joking that she looks like one and making her beam to have a cute pet name.

He notices that she’s wearing the necklace, and Yoon-yi pouts that it’s only a souvenir. But Chi-won confesses that after he blew up at her on his birthday, he worried that she might transfer departments. So he went online to ask how to fix things, and a necklace was the most popular suggestion. That is adorable. Yoon-yi says that he can’t buy a necklace for every woman he upsets, only his girlfriend, and Chi-won grins at her.

He hits a speed bump, making his passenger-side mirror nearly fall off. Yoon-yi ends up hanging out the window, waving and screaming at other drivers, and her face is freezing by the time they get to work. Alone in the elevator, Chi-won reaches out a hand to warm her cheek, but they jump away from each other guiltily when Team Leader Gong steps into the elevator with them.

In his office, Yoon-yi gives Chi-won his schedule for the day as he tends to his now seven-strong cactus garden. She tacks a dinner-and-a-movie date onto his schedule while he stares at her adoringly. Teasing her about her nasal aegyo voice, he pinches her nose, which is when Team Leader Gong walks in.

To cover, Chi-won barks something at Yoon-yi about taking care of her sinus infection. He asks Team Leader Gong why he didn’t knock, and Team Leader Gong is all, “I knocked several times…” LOL, whoops.

 

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Keeping it on the down-low at work

 

After Chi-won leaves, Team Leader Gong pulls Yoon-yi aside to talk. Thinking she and Chi-won have been discovered, she begs him to pretend he doesn’t know, but he’s too upset to agree. He asks her, “On the elevator earlier… he slapped you, right?”

Oh no, he thinks Chi-won is hitting her. Yoon-yi assures him that everything is fine and she’ll handle it, and he backs down, but he makes her promise to tell him if it happens again.

A well-dressed man enters the building, jaws dropping as he passes. It’s Yul, suited up proper and acting like a professional, which shocks his entire team. He asks Jung-ae for the morning paper and an espresso, and she brings him the research she did on the games that kids are playing most. But Yul is still Yul, and he stamps her report with a kids’ “good work” stamp, hee.

In the break room, Jung-ae tells Yoon-yi that Yul decides to wear a suit because they make him want to work harder. They talk about how nice a man looks in a good suit, and Chi-won eavesdrops as Yoon-yi says that her favorite thing is when a man rolls up his sleeves to show off his arm muscles.

He goes in, soon followed by some male employees carrying a box of fancy apples. Team Leader Baek tells Jung-ae and Yoon-yi to cut them for everyone, but Chi-won takes exception.

He asks why they have to do it, saying that anyone who wants some fruit can cut it up for themselves. He clarifies that an assistant is the boss’s partner, not a maid, and he leaves with a cheeky wink in Yoon-yi’s direction.

Over dinner that evening, Yoon-yi chirps happily that it felt good when Chi-won took her side, and that keeping things a secret at work is a bit thrilling. But a familiar cackle rings out, and they discover to their horror that Executive Director Jo is sitting at a nearby table with Bo-na, discussing their upcoming presentation.

Chi-won gives Yoon-yi his coat and motions for her to leave first, so she slinks out with his coat over her head because that’s not obvious in the least. She bumps into something in the lobby, and she looks up to see Executive Director Jo scowling down at her.

She fibs that she’s here on a blind date, as inside the dining room, Bo-na spots Chi-won sneaking out. Chi-won sees Yoon-yi and Executive Director Jo talking, so he slips out a side door, narrowly escaping Executive Director Jo’s sharp eyes.

Executive Director Jo asks Yoon-yi how many men she’s dating, adding a smarmy comment that she’s looking especially pretty lately. He leaves her confused, and she and Chi-won end up going back to her house.

She makes a bowl of bibimbap, which Chi-won attempts to decline, remembering how bad her cooking is. He takes one test bite, but by the grimace on his face, it’s as bad as he remembers, ha. Yoon-yi worries that Executive Director Jo is onto them based on the weird way he acted, but Chi-won tells her not to worry, that he’ll take care of everything and all she has to do is trust him. Reassured, Yoon-yi urges another bite on him as he whimpers.

Executive Director Jo is unhappy with his holiday gifts, which are only half of what he got last year. On the other hand, Chi-won tells Yoon-yi to return all of his, but she advises him that a more diplomatic approach would be to return the expensive ones and donate the rest. Chi-won says it’s a great idea, making exaggerated hand motions to show off his rolled-up sleeves and muscular arms, and he pouts when Yoon-yi doesn’t seem to notice.

Things get serious in the team meeting, where they discuss their investigation into YG Electronics’ plan to release a smart TV with known defects. It’s not going well, with the factory’s CCTV film reportedly deleted and the informant not showing up to work. Chi-won says he’ll talk to the informant himself, and Yoon-yi volunteers to go with him.

On the way, she tells Chi-won that according to the assistants’ network, the informant suddenly took long-term leave. She heard that he’s been taking care of his sick mother, and suggests they hook him up with a medical foundation they’ve been donating to in order to encourage him to talk.

At the board meeting, Executive Director Jo makes his big presentation regarding the smart TV launch. Team Leader Gong is the only one from Chi-won’s team that’s there, since they’re all frantically doing last-second preparations. When Executive Director Jo finishes, Team Leader Gong stalls by inventing an internal performance contest on the fly, making everyone gape at him like he’s lost his marbles.

The team finally finishes, and they stride into the meeting just in time. Chi-won breathlessly says that he has something to tell them about the TV launch, and Yoon-yi hands out packets of information while a video plays.

The video is an interview with the informant, whose identity is kept secret. He says that there’s no way the defective part can be fixed before the launch date, because they still don’t know the source of the defect.

He adds that the company is planning to launch the TV on time, then blame the factory for the faulty product. Executive Director Jo looks stunned, Vice President Do looks thunderous, and Bo-na gives Yoon-yi a look that could kill.

Back in her office, Bo-na is kept busy with call after call, but all she can say is that the launch has been postponed indefinitely. Executive Director Jo returns to find a worker exiting his office, and he stops the man before he can leave.

He yells at Bo-na for letting a stranger into his office, angry that she jeopardized the security of his (probably fraudulent) confidential documents. He calls her incompetent since she didn’t know that Yoon-yi and Chi-won were planning to stab him in the back. He storms into his office, and she wipes her tears, embarrassed in front of the worker.

That evening Yoon-yi tells Chi-won that she thinks she she should go see Bo-na, and all four friends end up together at Bo-na and Kyung-rye’s place. Their intent is to be supportive as they tell Bo-na that Executive Director Jo is treating her unfairly.

But Bo-na lashes out at Yoon-yi, who apologizes for letting Bo-na get blindsided. But Bo-na doesn’t believe that Yoon-yi would tell her that she was planning to stab her in the back. Yoon-yi clarifies that they weren’t planning to ruin Executive Director Jo’s plans, but to right a wrong.

Bo-na scoffs that everything comes easily to Yoon-yi — she has a boss who respects her even though she doesn’t work hard, and everyone likes her. Hurt, Yoon-yi asks if Bo-na really means that, and Bo-na yells that she just got lucky to get a good boss instead of a rat like Executive Director Jo.

Bo-na leaves, and she heads to a dingy part of town. Soon she sees her father heading her way, and she calls out to him several times, but he doesn’t respond. He looks up when he gets close, and ohhh, he’s the worker from Executive Director Jo’s office. No wonder she’s so upset.

She takes him for a modest dinner, where he doesn’t say anything for a long time. When he does, he communicates in sign language, which explains why he didn’t hear her calling to him. He says he’s sorry that she got in trouble at work because of him, but she tells him that it’s okay because her boss apologized after he left.

She gives him some money for his landlord and tells him that if he wants to raise the rent deposit again, to say he’ll move into an apartment his daughter will buy for him. Her father apologizes again, but Bo-na tells him that it’s good that his daughter works for a large company.

She walks him partway home and sends him off alone. As he goes, she calls out, “Dad. Dad!” But she knows he can’t hear her, and she screams at the top of her lungs, “It’s so hard! It’s too hard for me, Dad!!”

Yoon-yi arrives home to find Chi-won waiting for her (and yay, he’s reading a comic and laughing, for once). Yoon-yi throws herself at him and sobs on his chest, and all he can do is comfort her.

He takes her inside and tucks her under a blanket on the couch. She tells him that she always liked watching people and wondering what was happening in their lives. She says that you can see people’s flaws, and that she found it rewarding to help them, which is why she became an assistant.

But says adds sadly that feels stupid because she couldn’t read how her friend was feeling. Chi-won quotes a line from one of his favorite comics: “Promise me you’ll always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Yoon-yi likes the sound of that, and she asks what it’s from. She giggles when Chi-won tells her it’s from “Winnie-the-Pooh,” hee.

At the office the next day, a stranger shows up at Yul’s office door. Yul knows him and comes out yelling, and the messenger pulls out an actual silk scroll and reads a message from his father: “The e-sports business that you are pushing does not fit with our family’s image. Thus, it is absolutely forbidden.” He tells Yul to just do as he’s told.

Yul’s team silently celebrates, but Jung-ae recognizes the defeat on Yul’s face. In a quiet voice, she asks why people can’t do what they like. Her voice gains strength as she tells the messenger that Yul is working very hard on the e-sports business, and that he should believe in him just this once.

Further, she presents the messenger with her business card, standing between him and Yul. She tells him firmly not to show up unannounced again, but to call her first if he needs to speak with Yul.

The messenger makes a call, probably to Yul’s father. He says that Yul’s new assistant seems different from the others and suggests that he look into her.

After nearly running into Bo-na while looking for Kyung-rye at the coffee shop, Yoon-yi goes up to Chi-won’s office, needing reassurance. She sees him going through papers on his desk and sneaks up behind him, wrapping her arms around his waist…

… which is when Chi-won walks in and sees Yoon-yi backhugging Chang-soo. Oops. It’s hard to say who looks more busted; Yoon-yi for hugging another guy, Chi-won and Yoon-yi for having their relationship outed, or Chang-soo for getting caught going through his boss’s documents.

Chi-won takes Chang-soo aside, and Chang-soo asks how long they’ve been dating. Chi-won refuses to give him any details, only saying that Chang-soo is the past, and he’s the present. Chang-soo asks why Chi-won is always picking on him, but Chi-won just asks why he broke his car’s mirror.

A flashback shows that it was Chang-soo who broke the mirror. He’d gone to Yoon-yi’s house with roses and witnessed her going inside with Chi-won, and he’d taken his anger out on Chi-won’s car.

Chi-won tells Chang-soo that it was caught on his car’s black box, but instead of being petty about it, he suggests they start acting professional. Chang-soo pouts that he doesn’t know if he can, but Chi-won reminds him that he’s still his boss.

Yoon-yi tries to explain what happened, but Chi-won tells her the same thing he told Chang-soo — that the present is what matters.

Executive Director Jo has gotten hold of pictures of Chi-won and Yoon-yi going in and out of Yoon-yi’s house together. He throws darts at the photos, vowing to get rid of both of them.

He gets a call from an informant and asks what “he” likes, and he frowns at the answer. But he tells himself that Vice President Do only has a month left and that this is the easiest route.

Yul takes his e-sports business proposal to Chi-won, who looks it over while Yul chatters nervously, saying that he wants to collaborate with Chi-won’s team because he’d like to make an e-sports specialty channel. Chi-won says that the content is very different from their usual work, but he agrees to look at it.

Iron Man walks up to Jung-ae’s desk — well, it’s actually Executive Director Jo with a life-sized bust of Iron Man for Yul. Yul loves the gift, but he’s oblivious to Executive Director Jo’s attempts to get information about Vice President Do out of him. He tells Executive Director Jo to friend him on social media, but Executive Director Jo just holds up his outdated flip phone.

Executive Director Jo asks Yul about his e-sports business and offers his department to produce the video content. In exchange, he asks for a future favor from Yul. Yul completely ignores him and just pokes at Iron Man, asking if Executive Director Jo brought the rest of the set. HA.

Chi-won takes Yul’s proposal back to his office and tells him that his idea has potential. Overjoyed, Yul swings Chi-won in circles, and their teams go out together after work to celebrate their collaboration.

At one point in the evening, the theme song from the anime Slam Dunk begins to play, and Jung-ae gets all excited. She says that she used to sing the song with her friends at the noraebang, which makes Yul asks how she knows it so well, since the show aired in the early ’90s. Jung-ae freezes, panicking at nearly revealing her true age.

Chi-won asks suspiciously if she likes the anime show, and she nervously says that she loves it. He leans in close, but only to agree that the show was great, and they start geeking out right in front of everyone. They stand to sing along with the song, making Yoon-yi growl to Chi-won that he seems drunk, ha.

The younger employees decide to go clubbing, leaving the older team members at the restaurant. Before long most of them are staggering drunk, and they decide to play a game where the employees get to speak disrespectfully to the boss without repercussions.

Chang-soo takes advantage of the opportunity to confront Chi-won, calling him a thief with no conscience. He says that he’ll never give up, because Chi-won isn’t sincere, accusing him of messing around with an innocent girl.

Chi-won clenches a fist and angrily invites Chang-soo to keep talking. He does, telling Chi-won that Yoon-yi doesn’t love him, she just feels sorry for him.

The other employee diplomatically pretend not to listen, except for Yul, who watches the conversation closely. Team Leader Baek trips into Chang-soo, giving him an excuse to take a swing at Chi-won, and the fight is on. It quickly degenerates into a no-holds-barred brawl, with the guys attacking each other while the ladies throw food, and Yul doing his best to shield the sleeping Jung-ae.

Yoon-yi helps Chi-won stumble home later, assuring him that he most definitely won the fight. She dumps him on his bed and settles his head in her lap to doctor his injuries, grumbling about how many years she spent supporting that jerk Chang-soo.

Chi-won rouses, and he asks weakly if Yoon-yi will call him thirty times too, and give him money to make sure he eats (things she did for Chang-soo). He asks in a pitiful voice, “You won’t tame me and then disappear, will you?”

Amused, Yoon-yi says she’ll see how he does. As he drifts off to sleep, Chi-won slurs, “Just stick to me like glue, just like you do now.”

The following morning, Yoon-yi passes Vice President Do on her way in to work. She sees his daughter, Do-hee, arrive and give him a big hug, then she gives Chi-won another one when he joins them. Yoon-yi watches, unseen, as the three link arms and leave the building together.

Epilogue.

Previously, Yoon-yi had brought Chi-won some documents, and she’d included a love note with a lipstick kiss, addressed to “Mr. Nitpicky.” Chi-won took it with him when he headed out for a meeting, but the note had fallen from the folder, and Team Leader Gong had found it.

The note made the rounds of the office, everyone dying to know who “Mr. Nitpicky” is and which employee wrote the love note. Ms. Moon took the note to Yoon-yi, who played innocent, and Ms. Moon growled that when she finds the lovers, they’re dead.

 
COMMENTS

I’m so worried that Chi-won and Yoon-yi will be discovered before they even have time to settle into their new relationship! On the other hand, maybe it’s better if everything is brought into the open sooner rather than later, since as far as we know, there’s no taboo at YB Group against dating a fellow employee (after all, Vice President Do knows, and he was the one urging Chi-won to follow his heart). But even if there’s no explicit rule against it, their relationship can still cause a lot of problems for them at work, particularly with Executive Director Jo looking for convenient ways to gun them down.

I had hoped that the relationship between Yul and Jung-ae would develop like a supportive parent and her misunderstood child, and I’m so happy that it is! Yul has never had a mother, barely had a father, and honestly I think he’s doing pretty damn well for himself all things considered. He’s too old to need someone to mother him, but when he said in yesterday’s episode that he doesn’t need people to agree with him, he only needs someone to believe in him, it broke my heart.

And Jung-ae needs Yul just as much as he needs her — she’s never had anything that was uniquely hers other than her son. He’s going through a rough patch himself, not to mention that he’s at that age where kids are trying to become more independent. It’s right that Gun-woo is pulling away, so as much as Yul needs someone to believe in him, Jung-ae needs someone to help and support, who makes her feel important for her contribution and not like a doormat. They really do make the perfect team, and I felt all warm and fuzzy at the look on Yul’s face when Jung-ae stood up for him.

I appreciate that we got to learn more about Bo-na outside of the office in this episode, because I feel like I understand her a lot better now. Before, she just seemed angry and resentful for no reason, but it makes sense now that we see that she struggles to care for a disabled father. When she called out to him, wanting so badly to tell him about her fear instead of pretending to be okay, my heart just cracked in two for her. I cried real tears thinking about how hard it must be for her to be alone and responsible for herself and her father, and to feel as if nobody cares or even tries to understand her.

But I still don’t think it was fair of Bo-na to say that everything comes easily for Yoon-yi while she has such a difficult time, because that’s really not true. Yoon-yi had a horrible boss, was betrayed, publicly humiliated, and fired unjustly, and was then assigned to a boss who actively wanted her gone. She worked very hard to earn the right to keep her job as Chi-won’s assistant, so I think that Bo-na is just seeing things through her own very narrow focus and not being fair to Yoon-yi. Life isn’t about who has it better or worse, but that we all should figure out how best to get along, and to lean on those who want to help us. The answer isn’t to take your fear and anger out on others, especially those who consider you a friend.

I think that the thing I love best about Jugglers is that, while the plot and subject matter aren’t unique in dramaland, the execution is just so darn good. All of the actors are perfectly cast and bringing their A games, and the direction and pacing are extremely well balanced. Even the cinematography is downright gorgeous, which isn’t something that’s generally a focus of rom-coms. It’s clear that this is a drama that’s loved by everyone involved in its making, and that care shines out of the screen in every scene. I’m not even dreading the upcoming office politics like I usually do, because I know it will be entertaining, and not overly serious and boring. Occasionally I get the feeling that some rom-coms are phoned in, as if just providing popular actors, a familiar story, and a kiss at the end are all that’s needed to satisfy the audience. But Jugglers proves that that’s not the case, and that there’s no excuse for anything less than excellence, no matter the genre.

 
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I feel quite proud of Yul for finally finding something he wants to invest effort in. I hope things go well for him, and he doesn't feel betrayed when he discovers the truth about Jung-ae, because I fear that would put him back at square one, or worse.

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I don't feel what JA did is betrayal it's more like deceiving, they swapped her identity with her sister she isn't hurting him or stabbing him in the back, basically she's only hurting herself if she's found out she might be put behind pars if his family find out because it's a crime, he might feel sad and disappointed, but I think he will forgive her and help her, because despite that she's the only one who believes in him and encourages him.

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I agree that it is not actually a betrayal, but I do think it would maybe feel that way to Yul. It seems that he has encountered many people who have tried to deceive him for their own gain because of how kind he appears to be. And for him to find out that Jung-ae, the person he has started to rely on as his biggest supporter, has kept such a large secret from him and not trusted him with the truth... Well, that would at least hurt after how much of his personal life he has shared with her.

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Yul, is a sensitive and intuitive person, I believe that Yul already know JA's secret, he was accepting it as it is because she is the only person he can see as genuinely sincere towards him

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not sure if this ends up to be true, but I think that would be both awesome and hilarious if he actually just knew the whole time. Like it builds up to this big dramatic reveal and he's just like "Oh no! JA, you're secret's out!" LOL

I might be the only one, but I watch this purely for Yul. I think he's ADORABLE. I open these recaps and just ctrl+F Yul's name. It's too bad YT vidders don't think the same, can hardly find any mvs about him :(

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Yoon-Yi and Chi-Won are too cute! 😍 I love how Chi-Won like normal Yoo-Yi. He even asks her to change and makes fun of her arguing. Also, rolled up shirt sleeves. 💪🏼

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*aegyo

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Daniel Choi has beautiful hands but the arms 😍

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5 mins in, I melt.
- Chi Won drying Yoon Yi' hair
- Yoon Yi blushing ("take off your clothes")
- Chi Won blushing with steamy glassses
- Cozy fluffy slippers!!! (Seriously, where can I get these??)
P/s: Yool's new hair looks great

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the slippers are already cute as they are but the fact that they have matching pairs is just too adorable 😊

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Am finding it funny that the rabbits blushed and the panther got a glint in his eyes, when it's the opposite for the owners ^^

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aww.. thank you for the review.. chi won and yoon yi are really adorkable together.. i hope do hee wouldnt be a third-wheeler..she seems so spunky, i really wish her character to be someone that bring CW and YY more closer..

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this episode was full of sweetness!!
I loved the opening scene so much. yuni and chiwon's relationship is so sweet. him standing up for her at the office was sweet too*one of the perks of dating the boss lol*

yul wore a suit to the office for the first time!!
his character is improving so much thanks to jungae. I really hope he's not too heartbroken when he finds out the truth about her.

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Yul giving himself a grown-up makeover was so cute, but puppy in a suit all I see is still puppy. PUPPY!

I am starting to feel bad that I think in my mind I have typecasted Lee Won-geun as forever puppy.....will I still think that he is adorable when he does some serial murdering in a future drama?

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Even as a murderer he will still be a handsome puppy. Drama watchers dilemma.

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The Jugglers is just getting better and better each episode. Every single minute of this episode is just so delightful! Chi-won and Yoon-yi trying to impress each other is so adorable and they are just as bad at hiding their blossoming relationship as their co-workers deciphering it. I absolutely love that Chi-won immediately knew that Yoon-yi backhugging her ex was a mistake and the plot did not go down the route of frustrating misunderstanding to create unnecessary conflict between them. How awesome that Chi-won simply stated that he is the present, and the ex, is well, the ex!

I simply love it when Chi-won defends the position of the assistants to their co-workers! And who can refuse a hero who consoles you at your lowest moment by quoting “Winnie the Pooh”? Oh the Bunny is indeed far into the process of “taming” the Jaguar into the sweetest and swooniest animal in Dramaland!

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Another favorite moment is Yul conning Director Jo for the rest of the Iron Man set. Our puppy is turning into one sly fox cub! It is so fun to see traces of mischievous Kim Yeol (Sassy Go Go) in Yul 😍

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lol like seriously how could she not notice the rolled up sleeves. poor guy was literally shoving his arm in her face just to get her to notice lol.

and also forgot to add this to my earlier comment - thanks for the recap @lollypip

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I believe she noticed it, just that she did not realize he intentionally did it for her to see. :D Like, she must be screaming inside. :)))

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Yes! Appreciate now and fangirl later haha

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Warning: Causes Diabetes.

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Reminder: Insulin Within Arm's Length When Viewing

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Yeah but those are some goood arms.

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Hehe, and easy to spot veins for injection

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Thank you for the great review, LollyPip! I totally agree with you about the strengths of this show. I think a lot of people wrote it off due to the romcom tag and, yes, there are some cliches and it can be formulaic in places but a lot of thought and efforts been put into the writing, acting and directing and it shows oncreen to elevate it above the usual fodder and it legit makes me laugh out loud every episode.

Chi Won is clearly head over heels in love for the first time and it's so cute! Koreans always use the phrase eyes dropping honey for a man in love and it is so obvious with CW when he looks at YY. Did anyone notice how when they were in the kitchen everyone was paying attention to the apples and he couldn't take his eyes of her? *o*

The scene where CW was drunk with his head on YY's lap he let some of his insecurities show and we can see that even though he seems so self-assured most of the time he's still afraid of the people he cares about leaving him again.

I so felt for YY in that last scene. Even if CW is divorced he can still openly acknowledge his wife whilst she can only be his assistant in public and they have to hide their relationship. And his ex-wife is this gorgeous, confident, wealthy and very comfortable with CW so YY must feel insecure. Hopefully CW isn't oblivious and reassures her.

Yul is such a misunderstood sweetheart. I just want him to be happy and things to work out for him. His partnership with Jung Ae works because whilst she is conventionally a terrible PA she provides the mother role and support system he has missed out on. And in turn it allows JA to use the one developed skill she has -her homemaker and mothering abilities-and also gradually gain confidence in herself. Yul is much sharper than he lets on and I'm pretty sure he's knows much more about JA than he's shown.

The scenes with Bo Na and her father was heartbreaking. I agree it's not right that she is taking it out on YY but her anger is coming from the pain and stress she is under and it makes sense why she is sometimes so snippy and dismissive. I wish she would talk to her girlfriends. They are a lovely bunch and I'm sure they would be understanding and supportive but I think she has a lot of pride and maybe she is a little ashamed and doesn't want them to pity her. I'm not an expert on sign language but I was impressed with the actress' signing and acting in those scenes.

The fight scene was hilarious and I love how it was shot and edited. I love the whole YB Video team so much except Chump Chang! They help make this drama so enjoyable. I hope none of them are the spy for Exec Director Jo.

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Great comment, I didn't even think about YY's position in a sefret romance.
Also do the girls even know enough about Bo-na's father?

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Love Team Leader Gong especially in this episode -- thinking that Chi-won has hit Yoon-yi and wanting to stand up for her, and the ad lib at the end of the meeting to buy time. I thought Chang-soo could be the mole and so was really worried that he might sabotage the video clips. Fortunately all turned out well.

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"You are embarasement to your name. Change it!" lol

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I was laughing hysterically at his on-the-cuff program development. And Yul's reaction to it was priceless. Yul might be my favorite character in the show. :)

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I agree that Bo Na has not been a terribly good friend of late. But haven't they been friends for a long time? If she was always this harsh they wouldn't have stayed friends. So she must have some redeeming qualities.
On the other hand, if they've known each other for so long wouldn't the other women know about her father being deaf and how she has to help him? I mean, are they really that clueless about their close friend?
I admit that I usually err on the side of giving a person the benefit of the doubt. So I want to chalk up her horrible words to YY from intense stress.
But the other women need to reach out to her and find out what is going on - honestly, it doesn't make sense that she has been so nasty always. The other women should see if they can get her to talk.
But then this is kdrama - and relationships aren't always shown with the best communication skills until at least episode 14. So I'm holding out that Bo Na won't turn to the dark side - or if she does it's only temporary from a case of stress and nerves.
right? right? please let me be right....

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Am loving how Chi-won stared so intently at Yoon-yi too! He did it before when she was giving him back his jacket after band-aid-ing her fingers, but when he did it in the pantry I was like, ok, that keep it a secret thing? Fail, fail! ^^

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1.I'm glad that we finally see how YY can actually help CW in his work...before we just saw her providing support wherever required...but her role is so much more than that...like in the last episode where she bought everyone year end gifts on CW's behalf and helped them to bond with each other and in this episode where her role as an assistant helped her to find vital info about the factory worker and thus was able to find a way to reach through to him that helped them crack their case...
2.I understand BN's situation now but as Lollypip stated...that doesn't justify her lashing out at YY...she was anything but lucky before she met CW
3.I love that CW has found someone who shares his passion in anime....here's to more scenes of CW and JA GEEKING OUT TOGETHER..
4. it's so adorable that CW quoted winnie the pooh to comfort YY! He's such a lovable dork..
5.I won't say anything more about CW and YY's romance except that the first ten minutes of the show gave me cavities from all the sweetness..but I didn't understand the need for them to run out of the restaurant..they could've just pretended they were having a normal meal as boss and assistant
6. I love Gong Yoo ..he's a great character

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Loved the bonding over Slam Dunk! Seriously thought Chi-won was going to start shouting I love yous to Wangbi, him standing there all passionate and drunk ^^

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I'm here to express my appreciation for a character who quotes Winnie-the-Pooh.
TTFN.

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OMG now I so want to see Chi-won consoling their future child by quoting anime!

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Yes please! Anime and other cartoons deserve to be quoted too.

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I respect anyone not afraid to love his/her fairy-tales.
*note to myself: I don't have Pooh in my library. Correct immediately!*

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Yes! I agree! The plot and story is nothing new but the execution and chemistry of all the characters are great! Tho the scenes transition sometimes is a bit off. I love also the balance of comedy and romance and real life problems. Its been a long time since I've fallen this hard for a rom-com kdrama. I think the last time was Gong. Lol. Feeling old. Anyway. I really love the scene thru the end where Chi won got drunk and ask affection from Yoon Yi. I think its the first time he said his feelings aside from his actions (^^)

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Thanks LollyPip! Truly one of the sweetest, cutest and funniest episodes or shows even, of the last 12 months.

Chi Won's adoration 💓 of Yoon Yi in this episode makes me wonder how he held himself back all this time. Freaking sqee-worthy!!!

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I expected the wife to make an appearance so i am not surprised, judging from how the show been progressing till now I think (or hope) she will not be a threat to their relationship, she might make another reason to make their relationship grow stronger.

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Chi-won seems too far gone for the ex to threaten his relationship with Yoon-yi. I am really hoping that The Jugglers will treat his ex in the similar way as Because This Life Is Our First that the ex only hastens the deepening of their bond and the understanding of each other.

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That's what i am expecting from this show because until now it's been dealing with the misunderstandings in a mature way. Like when CW saw what happened with her jerk ex-boss at the hotel he didn't thought she was having an affair, and at the BBA presentation he believed in her, also he believes that she doesn't care one bit for her stalking ex-BF, those moments gives me hope that his wife appearance will be a good thing for their relationship, like BTOFL

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Does anyone have any theories on the ever growing garden of cacti on Chi won's desk?
What is their meaning?
Where are they coming from?
Who is buying them?

I don't think it's Yoon Yi who is purchasing them.

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YY started it. Do you think that he buys them himself now?

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never mind who buys them... are we sure they are really all cactuses? what is they are Minions in disguise?

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@ allphryne: YY bought the first one but she seemed surprised by the second. Maybe Chi Won is buying them now? I just wonder why! There is going to be no room left on his desk soon.

@redfox: LOL LOL! Or maybe it's all part of Executive Director Jo's evil plan and he has hidden spy cameras and bugs in them.

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What? Even the cacti can be Jo´s bugs? Damn!

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I think she gave him the first one with a sign that said it will grow on its own without much care.
I too don't know where they are coming from, but every time we see the office there are more cacti plants. It's sort of resembling their relationship.
I wonder how big that collection will be at the end of the show. hah

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I'm curious on the cacti too! They are just tooooo cute!!!
So any theories on SPY 1 and 2? And who switch the video content of Yoon Yi's presentation on Best Boss awards?
I keep thinking President Do has something with it, and he means well.
And what with President Do knowing smiles whenever he watches Evil Director Jo brags about himself... must mean something, right?
I hope that show will have these questions unfold logically later.

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Thanks for the recap. While I often read recaps of shows to figure out if I want to watch them, I enjoy reading ones of shows I'm already watching. I've been woefully unsuccessful at winning over anyone to watch Kdramas with me and reading the recaps and comments feel like I've found some drama watching club where we all watch then talk it over a few days later.
I've been loving the show, but I noticed that the writers missed some great narrative opportunities this episode. My best example is when Chang-soo was found rummaging through Chi-won's desk when neither Chi-won or Yoon-yi was around. I get that it was a shock to walk in find your new girlfriend backhugging her ex-boyfriend, but was it so surprising that you never stop to question what Chang-soo was doing in your office in the first place? It was a small blip, I know, but it stuck with me. Maybe because we know that Executive Director Jo has spies everywhere, but it felt like we glossed over that whole situation.

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I also find it odd why no one questions the presence of Chang-soo. But, seeing as how his tampering of the car side-mirror was subsequently pointed out by Chi-won, surely Chi-won will not let this pass.

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Good point. I'm also surprised Chi Won isn't more worried about the pictorial evidence Executive Director Jo has of the two of them together although I suppose he can just tell the truth that he is her tenant.

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Dramabeans serves as my discussion club, too! Someday I hope to have in-person friends to discuss with, but so far no luck. I did manage to get my dad to watch several episodes of Shut Up Flower Boy Band over winter vacation, though, haha. He wouldn't watch Secret Forest with me (to be fair, that's harder to come in mid-drama) something about the guyliner seemed to pull him in.

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Chi Won being an anime and manga buff even plays into his actual reactions those foggy glasses and red face is just like a nerdy manga character would react.
I must say I am losing interest in Yuls´ e-sports frenzy, even if presented by a puppy like that I feel they should have given him an obsession that would have a bit more weight? bnut maybe that´s the point - just that I will never care about it, no matter what success anyone finds or how popular it is. I liked it more when Yul was being immature. he should have been working on "his thing" secretly in the shadows and surprised us out of the blue

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May I justify Yul showing his determination at e-sports as a way to bond with Chi Won?
Though it seems to be more interesting if he can pretend his ignorance to the end and surprise everybody without any help, maybe only with a bit help of Jung Ae.

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I love Chi Won's fogged up glasses. The first time it happened was when he took her out for ramyen at the convenience store after he slurped up a large amount of noodles. I thought that was so cute then. But this time with his pink cheeks on top of it I howled out loud with laughter. Priceless!
They must be having so much fun doing this show!

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I spammed Beanies Walls a lot this week for Jugglers ep 9, 10.
Only one random thing to add:
I love that Yoon Yi does not realize how bad she cooks. Maybe she is used to eating salty foods, or maybe she can not taste flavors. She eats the bibimbap enthusiastically, but it tastes bad for Chi Won.
It's very different from portraying her as a very bad cook but not even tasting her food to know that it's bad.
I'm thinking Chi Won might have to cook later on! :))))))))))

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cooking = roll sleeves up = 💪🏼😻

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I like your logic 🌟

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Cutesy in-love nasal Yoonyi sure is annoying. Whereas Chiwon went from uptight and distant to warm and smiley, Yoonyi has turned into a caricature. I was looking forward to the romance but her aegyo is over the top and unbearable.

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+1

I actually find her character completely unrelatable and... stupid. She's supposed to be this competent secretary but half of the show gives me the impression that she's completely naïve and even more so when she's in love. Hate hate hate the aegyo and hate that they make her seem like someone who's like a teen in her first ever relationship (which we know is not true – she has had at least 2 boyfriends). Some of it is supposed to be funny, but I'm missing the funny bone for this...

I'm watching for the second leads only at this point...

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I am loving this show so much! Thanks for the recaps!

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Yoon-yi and Chi-won are too cute for words that I let the drama off the hook for not addressing the fact that he is her boss at work yet. But what really stole my heart this hour is Jung-ae and Yul's growing closeness and their respect for each other. I whooped in delight when she step up and defended Yul's e-sport plan, and I love that her promise that he has worked hard for that wasn't a mere lip service. Yul really has put his all for this project, and even Chi-won approved it. I can't wait to see more of the 2 team working together (and more of Chi-won and Jung-ae adorable love for anime, please).

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Like @lollypip said, I would prefer them to just announce their relationship before Cutter put his nasty spin on it, also because with the way they are behaving, it's not going to be a secret for long ^^
Am loving how Wangbi got all mama bear for Yul, looking all tiny but fierce between those two tall guys. And yes for the teams working together!

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I would want to point that while WE know Bo-na isn't right when it comes to Yoon-yi getting everything easy, SHE doesn't know everything we do. Now yes, as a friend she should know not everything is at seems, but she's obviously under a tramendous stress, which affects her thinking. But, fir example, Bo-na doesn't know it was Yoon-yi's previous boss was the very person to start the rumour about their relationship. Yoon-yi never told this.

So, we cannot expect Bo-na to ubderstand Yoon-yi like we do.

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Mmm, true, but Bo-na's behaviour in this episode reminded me of something I saw somewhere a few days ago:

"Just because you understand the reason for someone's awful behaviour doesn't mean you have to accept it."

Yes, we know that Bo-na is under a lot of stress, her boss is a madman and she doesn't know about Yoon-yi's previous boss...but at the same time, something not great happened to Bo-na, her friends rolled up to support her, to try and show their support and understanding but instead of reciprocating that desire, she threw it in their faces. How awkward. What did she hope to achieve? Catharsis? Superiority? Bringinig Yoon-yi down a peg or two?

All that happened was she ended up alone and sad on a steep hill, crying her eyes out and I fully felt that was a consequence of her own behaviour. If she refuses to confide in anyone and is determined to continually seems strong all the time, then pushes people away during vulnerable times, it's not unexpected.

Although I gave her kudos for not spitting it out when she noticed both Chi-won and Yoon-yi at the restaurant, part of me wonders if it's because she hasn't connected the dots yet. I'm still not quite sure why she is friends with Yoon-yi since she's never seemed friendly to her since the beginning *le shrug*

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I almost have to wonder if Bo-na would find joy in someone else's tragedy or misfortune, or if she secretly wishes bad things would happen to others, particularly Yoon-yi. While I wouldn't say she's reached that point, it seems she's close to crossing that line.

I can appreciate the enormous weight she carries having to take care of a her father as well as herself. I can also understand how she may believe life didn't deal her a winning hand and that she feels frustrated and angry about this. However, it is not ok for Bo-na to lash out at Yoon-Yi for what she feels life has denied her.

I hope Bo-na opens up to Yoon-Yi about her frustrations. What I hope won't happen is that Bo-na sinks further into her despair and joins forces with her boss in sabotage attempts or whatever else towards Yoon-yi. Looking forward to see what happens.

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*hi-fives you* The way Bo-na views her circumstances and has fixed her mindset is totally and solely her own responsibility. It's not fair to give that weight to others. I'm hoping for redemption arc too.

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Me three!!!!!

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I'm happy that Bo-na and Yoon-yi fought because this means they can start patching up their relationship and make it stronger this time, right? Right?
I loved that Jung-ae stod up for hee boss although I'm worried her secret will be outed because of it.
Chi-won and Yoon-yi's relationship was cute (the slippers :0 ) but I would love to see it deepen as they're challanged by smarmy director Jo and the appearence of Do-hee.

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LOL @Lollypip choosing that featured screencap with the foggy glasses

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My favorite scene was Chi-won and Jung-ae fangirling over the anime. I loveee the sparkle in his eye when she said the anime was awesome. Now I desperately want more scenes of them together.

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Its like it is improving EVERY epsiode. Thanks for the writer for the well written characters. I love their arcs and development here. Thanks for the PD for the beautiful execution. This drama never fails to make us laugh. Make us cry. And make us feel in love. 😊😍

Dir. Nam is cute in those blushing cheeks and smoky glasses. Bwahaha. 🤣😁

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Oh the term is foggy glasses. Hihihi

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Am confused about what Bo-na's dad doing in the office, and why she couldn't just told Cutter that, hey that's my dad, no security issue here! But she really broke my heart when she cried only after making sure her dad wouldn't turn back and see. Am sad that she chose to bottle-up when she got perfectly good friends to share her burden with. She seemed ashamed when she avoided Yoon-yi the next day, plus don't we usually lash out to those we are closest with? Tho annoyed she conveniently forgot about Idiot Bong, am still hoping she'll choose friendship over career when the time comes.
This episode is the one I'll rewatch for a long, long time, the romance is going on so splendidly!
In fact, so many things is going right with them, am afraid something wrong is going to hit them soon, y'now, kdrama and angst and the like... I remember Yoon-yi's mom mentioning something over a phone call about his dad died because of drinking; please oh please show, don't make him responsible for Chi-won's family accident!
Also, so happy with Wangbi connecting with Chi-won and stepping up her game as Yul's secretary, it feels like she belongs now ^^

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He is a cobbler. You can see he is carrying shoes his little wooden frame carrier so he was collecting/returning shoes. Someone on Soompi pointed out he is the same cobbler Yul and JA visited in episode 5 to repair Jung-Ae's shoes after her heel broke when they ran away from those gangsters. I remember thinking it was odd that he didn't respond when Yul spoke to him but we now know he didn't respond because he can't.

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Ooh, nice, thanks for clarifying! I suppose we can take it that the friends are aware about Bo-na's dad then, that's good to know.

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I love Yul - Jungae scenes. I wish we had more of them !
And, thank God, no more ridiculous rooftop meetings with the Chairman's assistant. :D

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I swear Choi Daniels smile sends me to the heavens 😍😍 kyaaaaa.
More so because of how rarely he's shown us since the beginning of the show. I'm so glad to see more of it and that Yoon yi is mainly the reason for that
And ooow how he looks at her 😍...my heart...aaahhhh!!!

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Watched this episode after reading the recap for episode 9, and I must say, you guys at DB are great at what you do! Watched ep 10 during office hours which is *clearly* not allowed (watched it mute bec the techs disabled the internal speakers just so we can't enjoy YT during office hours, good thing it was already subbed), but whatever, HAHAHAHA. I just knew that this ep would be filled with sooo many cute moments between the leads after that cliffhanger from the previous ep. This episode made me smile all day at work while humming along to Lionel Richie's 'Stuck on You'. CW is just the most adorable giant divorcee that I've seen in KDramaLand and I just swoon everytime he's onscreen wishing I was YY instead. HAHAHA.

I've been reading DB recaps since college but this is the first time that I've actually posted a comment. I hope I could gain real friends from here on out! Spread the love, yeorobeon! Jugglers, hwaiting! ^_^

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You've clearly come to the right place to fangirl! Be sure to check out the beanie wall since a few of us posts on the wall to swoon over Daniel Choi or pretty much the whole episode!

I've definitely been so tempted to watch during office hours but have never been able to press the play button. The things we do to watch our shows!

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Good for you that you've managed not to click that play button. Haha, too bad for me. I think I got caught last time and will be reprimanded by my boss tomorrow. :(

But what can I do? The work's just too boring and only KDrama and DB recaps can help me survive a day's work.. Eotteokke? :D

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Reading recaps and the beanie wall helps me get through the day at work.

@kdoramafan I sit in my coworker's office during lunch, so I feel bad if I'm focused on my show and not talking to her. Lol

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hahaha. i always watch the show in my lunch time, in my desktop, in my office days, with my boss always tell me "Nah, here u and ur drama again, u'll get ur stomache if u're not chew ur food properly"

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I started posting a couple months ago, and I'm so glad I did. It's nice to have a little community to fangirl and discuss with, especially as none of my "real-life," physically here friends watch kdramas.

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I'm really enjoying Yul and Jung-ae's developing relationship. They seem to be bringing out the best in each other and that's something really valuable in any relationship.

I'm also loving how cute Yoon-yi and Chi-won are together, but I'm still really really hoping we get a 'Sorry for grabbing you by the wrist and dragging you out of the restaurant even though you told me to stop, it was wrong' from Chi-won soon. That ugly scene at the restaurant keeps lingering in the back of my head, and it contradicts so many of the positive points this show has tried to make.

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does anyone know the real name of Nam chi-won's ex wife Do hee ?

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