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Jugglers: Episode 12

I’m constantly amazed at how Jugglers somehow manages to throw in all of the expected tropes, and yet still seem bright and interesting. I think it’s because of the way that Chi-won and Yoon-yi handle things like jealous exes, scheming coworkers, and overbearing mothers with an attitude of “You can think what you like, but I know what’s best for myself, thanks.” It’s so refreshing to watch them deal with all obstacles with dignity and confidence, and I only hope they can keep it up once things really get difficult.

 
EPISODE 12: “Be careful, there are no secrets”

While walking home after lunch, Chi-won suddenly tosses something out of his pockets and pretends to be surprised. Hee, it’s a pair of raccoon keychains, and he asks Yoon-yi if she wants one.

She teases him, asking which drama he got this idea from and calling it tacky when he pouts that it was an online forum. Chi-won says shyly that since they can’t wear couple rings, he thought it would be nice to have matching keychains.

Yoon-yi decides that these are better than rings, and they pose for some selfies with their raccoons. Yoon-yi has to remind Chi-won to smile, and the pictures turn out adorable.

When they arrive home they find Chi-won’s ex-wife, Do-hee, waiting to see Chi-won. Yoon-yi refuses to let go of his hand and reminds him of his promise to do whatever she wants today, surprising both Chi-won and Do-hee with her assertiveness.

Undaunted, Do-hee says she’ll stay too, and she asks Chi-won for a cup of tea in his apartment. Not about to leave them alone together, Yoon-yi says they can have tea at her place. Poor Chi-won looks like he wants to crawl inside his teacup as the ladies face off, ha.

Do-hee notes that it’s very clean, and Yoon-yi brags that Chi-won is very good at cleaning. It backfires when Do-hee purrs that Chi-won always did the cleaning when they were married, ha. Yoon-yi tries to take back control by asking Chi-won to fix their bench, but Do-hee fires back by noting that the staircase outside is different than the one she remembers.

Annoyed, Yoon-yi takes a huge gulp of tea and burns her mouth. Chi-won immediately jumps up for some cool water, and his attentiveness makes Do-hee glare at them, looking like she just sucked a lemon.

Vice President Do calls Chi-won looking for Do-hee, needing a guardian for an upcoming test. Yoon-yi tells Chi-won to go, saying that she’ll be fine, and again Do-hee frowns as she sees how much they care about each other.

Still, she looks triumphant as she leaves with Chi-won, leaving Yoon-yi behind alone. Yoon-yi sighs sadly, but she cheers up when Chi-won pokes his head back in to give her his house key (already attached to his raccoon keychain) and permission to read his comics until he comes back.

On the drive to the hospital, Do-hee notes that Yoon-yi did well pretending she wasn’t bothered by their leaving together. Chi-won says, “She’s honest. That’s why I like her.”

Yoon-yi’s mom is upset and preoccupied after having met Do-hee at Yoon-yi’s house earlier. She’d let Do-hee into the courtyard to wait for Chi-won, mentioning that Chi-won told her that he used to live here with his uncle.

Do-he had said it was strange that Chi-won would return to the place where his uncle died. That bit of information was news to Yoon-yi’s mom, who had only then realized that it was Chi-won’s uncle who died in the fire years ago.

Yoon-yi goes up to Chi-won’s apartment and has fun trying on his panther slippers, rolling around on his bed, and flipping through his comics. When she pulls out one book, a photo falls to the ground of a young Chi-won with his uncle, Vice President Do, and Do-hee as a little girl. Seeing how much history Chi-won and Do-hee have together dampens Yoon-yi’s mood, and she slumps back downstairs.

At the hospital, Vice President Do explains that he told Do-hee where Chi-won lives now, never guessing she’d actually go there. Do-hee asks if Chi-won moved there because of Yoon-yi, but he’s saved from answering by a phone call from Yoon-yi’s mother, who asks to meet with him.

She’s not angry this time, only sad and worried. She says that she knows that it was Chi-won’s uncle who died in the apartment. She tells Chi-won that as a mother, she doesn’t want to see her daughter live a difficult life, worried that being with him and sharing his pain would ultimately hurt her. Chi-won says he understands, and he stays there thinking long after Yoon-yi’s mother leaves.

When he finally comes home, Yoon-yi has to tiptoe past her mother and Tae-yi sleeping in the living room to get outside. Chi-won silently holds out a hand, and Yoon-yi takes it, only for Chi-won to quip, “No, my key.” LOL.

But he pulls her closer and tells her that she was cool when she held his hand and said she wouldn’t let him go. He says he felt like a heroine in a drama, and Yoon-yi slings an arm around his neck and tells her to trust him, like a drama hero. Chi-won says seriously, “Of course I trust you. That’s why I’m with you right now.”

The following morning, he finds Yoon-yi at her desk looking at apartment ads. She says that they have to move out since her mother is selling her shop and moving back home.

Chi-won deadpans that he has no plans to live together with her, making Yoon-yi protest that she didn’t mean they would live together, just move out together. He plays a corny prank on her and goes into his office, and at his desk nearby, team member Chi-woo pops up from where he’s been sleeping at his desk again. Uh-oh, he heard them talking about living together.

Executive Director Jo is in his office, upset that he couldn’t get any pictures of Chi-won and Yoon-yi before that lady chased him off. He calls in Bo-na and confirms that it was Yoon-yi’s mother, and Bo-na offers to get some evidence for him. To start, she invites the other three friends to lunch.

Yoon-yi is too happy that Bo-na seems to be over her upset to be suspicious. Bo-na turns off her phone when nobody’s looking, and she says it’s not working and asks to borrow Yoon-yi’s. She heads to the restroom with it and finds the selfies of Chi-won and Yoon-yi, texts them to herself, then deletes the text thread.

After lunch, the Hwangbo minion calls Jung-ae to ask her to meet with him, and not to mention it to Yul. She asks why, then refuses to meet with him without knowing the reason and says that she won’t lie to her boss. She hangs up after firmly telling him to come to the office if he wants to talk to her. Good girl.

Yul has an upcoming business trip to Hong Kong for an e-sports match. He marvels at how well Jung-ae has everything planned down to the tiniest detail, and he admits that he worried at first that she wouldn’t make it. He declines a call (maybe from the Hwangbo minion?), and they head to a joint meeting with Chi-won’s team.

All during the meeting, Chi-soo stares at Chi-won and idly doodles “living together” in his notebook over and over. Both Chang-soo and Team Leader Gong notice, and Team Leader Gong whispers that he’s lost it.

Executive Director Jo is overjoyed by the obvious couple photos of Chi-won and Yoon-yi. He calls an emergency board meeting, where he goes on and on about sex scandals and ethical violations by corporate executives. When he gets to the part about bosses seducing their employees, he scratches his forehead with his middle finger in Chi-won’s direction.

Nobody can figure out why that required an emergency meeting, but Yoon-yi remembers how Executive Director Jo seemed to be onto her and Chi-won, and she worries that he knows something. She gets a call later, and she asks Chi-won if she can leave a bit early to take care of something.

He heads to the hospital, where he Vice President Do jokes that he’s getting spoiled when Chi-won helps him shave. He tells Chi-won to forget what he said about wishing he was his father-in-law again, and to ignore Do-hee. He tells Chi-won that it’s his life to live as he pleases.

Yoon-yi’s call was from Do-hee, who says that she was surprised to learn that Yoon-yi is Chi-won’s assistant, and that he doesn’t usually date. Yoon-yi replies that he even moved into her house, and that it’s not really surprising anymore, but destiny. Do-hee asks how long they’ve dated, saying that her secret weapon is that she’s known Chi-won for twenty years, and lived with him for two.

Chi-won calls Yoon-yi, who just says that she’s busy and will call him later. Next he calls Do-hee, wondering why she’s not back at the hospital yet, and she tells him that she’s with Yoon-yi. When they hang up, Do-hee says that she and Chi-won have no secrets because Chi-won hates when people lie and talk behind his back.

She tells Yoon-yi that Chi-won appears cold and aloof at first, then he’ll seem to open up once she pushes herself in. But over time she’ll realize that he didn’t really open up, but was only trying to, because he’s not capable of opening his heart to anyone.

Meanwhile, Chi-won rushes to the cafe, but Yoon-yi is gone by the time he gets there. He sits down with Do-hee and says that he doesn’t regret marrying her, and that he’s sorry for making her lonely for all those years. He thanks her for caring for him, but he adds that that’s all he feels for her.

She asks him how he feels about Yoon-yi, and he says honestly, “I’m nervous that she’ll leave me. That I’ll have to let her go. It scares me.” He reminds Do-hee that she once said that they should be happy together, and he says that he wants to be happy separately now.

Do-hee is upset, but she acknowledges that Yoon-yi is pretty incredible. We see that after she told Yoon-yi that Chi-won can’t open up to anyone, Yoon-yi had serenely disagreed. She’d said that Do-hee’s many years with Chi-won have nothing to do with her, and that even though Do-hee gave up on Chi-won, she never will.

She’d added confidently, “You tried to change him, but I don’t want to do that. I love that man, Nam Chi-won, as he is, with all of his scars. That’s why I will never give up.”

 

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Mood-maker vs. mood-killer

 
Chi-won arrives home to find Yoon-yi waiting outside his door. He hugs her tightly, and a bit desperately, and soon they’re in his apartment, sitting on his bed and kissing passionately. Chi-won gently lays Yoon-yi back onto the pillows, and she unbuttons his shirt and removes his glasses.

Just when things are getting hot and heavy, Chi-won starts to struggle with Yoon-yi’s stuck zipper, and the mood is broken. A knock on the door sends Chi-won lurching out to glare at Tae-yi, who proudly shows him the alcohol he brought. Chi-won just slams the door in his face, hee.

But Tae-yi gets in by calling out that they need him if they want Mom on their side. He sits on the floor, drinking and reading Chi-won’s comics, while Chi-won and Yoon-yi try to murder him with their brains.

Chi-won eventually asks Tae-yi why he’s here, and Tae-yi hands over yet another copy of his resume. Chi-won just rips it up without looking at it, saying that he won’t get a job through connections.

Tae-yi is still there in the morning when Yoon-yi wakes up alone in Chi-won’s bed. She sneaks down to where Chi-won is asleep on the floor and little-spoons him, then flips over to grin at his adorable sleeping face.

But then she gets a text consisting of the three photos of her and Chi-won leaving the house, and it reminds her of the post on the company website accusing her of seducing her old boss. She spends the day obsessively checking the company site, wondering who in the office might already know. She can’t even focus during a team meeting, which Chi-won notices.

The team discusses their new program, the purpose of which is to report corruption and impropriety in the company and discuss ways to prevent them. Chang-soo points out that they already have a lot on their plate, but Chi-won feels strongly that this is an important project.

Jung-ae gets a call and runs out of the office when she sees who it’s from, so she misses an announcement that they’ll be working late tonight. Yul’s team whines that they miss the times when Yul never worked and they had it easy, and they blame Jung-ae for the change.

The call is from Gun-woo’s school, and Jung-ae panics to hear that her son was hanging out with delinquents and was injured when he fell off a motorcycle. She runs to grab her things, and when Yul hears she has an emergency, he offers to give her a ride.

On the drive, Yul reassures Jung-ae that everything will be fine, and that he’ll have a talk with Gun-woo. He sees that she’s barely holding it together, and when she blames herself, he says she’s a great aunt. He asks jokingly if she’s really Gun-woo’s mother, but she doesn’t answer.

He drops her off at the school, and he’s still there when she comes out a short while later chasing after Gun-woo, who storms off angrily.

 

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A son comforting a mother

 
When Jung-ae sinks to her heels and sobs, Yul goes to her and tries to comfort her. He says that she’s crying much harder than he was, and he gives her his handkerchief. He tells her to stop crying, and Jung-ae nods but continues to cry while Yul pats her back.

Still preoccupied, Yoon-yi accidentally finds herself in the elevator alone with Executive Director Jo. She asks him nervously if one of his “lines” is in her department. He denies knowing what she’s talking about, but she tells him that whatever he’s up to, she won’t tolerate it. As she steps out of the elevator, Executive Director Jo calls out that she must have a powerful backer.

She spends the afternoon glaring at her coworkers, wondering who could be the mole. She can’t think of anyone who might know about her and Chi-won, until Chang-soo bounces over to tell her that he ate her love note to Chi-won. Chi-won catches Chang-soo singing to Yoon-yi and firmly escorts him away from her desk.

While driving back to the office alone, Yul tries to figure out why Jung-ae would be so upset about her nephew. He realizes that she left her phone in his car when it rings, and he picks it up to see that the call is from “my sister Mi-ae.” Well, if he didn’t know already, he will now.

Vice President Do is back at work, and has a meeting with with Chi-won and Executive Director Jo. Chi-won tells Executive Director Jo about his whistle-blowing program, and when Executive Director Jo objects, he says that this is the reason he came to YB Group.

Executive Director Jo complains that this is a waste of time, shooting Chi-won another thinly-disguised double bird. Chi-won just says that Executive Director Jo must have a lot of dirty laundry he doesn’t want aired, and Executive Director Jo fires back that Chi-won must have nothing to hide.

Having kept quiet until now, Vice President Do tells Executive Director Jo that he should be thankful to Chi-won for uncovering the defective component in the TVs before they were sold. Executive Director Jo is forced to agree to support Chi-won on his project.

But on the way out, Executive Director Jo tells Chi-won that he has a death wish. Chi-won retorts that rot needs to be removed from the inside, and Executive Director Jo wonders if he’s qualified to hold the knife. He asks if there’s nothing Chi-won is ashamed of, and Chi-won says honestly that there isn’t.

Angry at Chi-won’s arrogance, Executive Director Jo makes a phone call and tells the person on the other line to get ready.

Chi-won and Yoon-yi leave work at the same time, but Yoon-yi hangs back. In the lobby, she urges Chi-won to go on ahead, and he leans down to ask her cheekily if she’s done something wrong. She notices that everyone seems to be staring at her disapprovingly, and she pulls out her phone to check the company website.

There it is, the thing she’s been dreading — an article about her and Chi-won living together, complete with their couple pics. Yoon-yi realizes that everyone is gossiping about her and the fact that this happened with her last boss, calling her names and making vulgar assumptions.

She staggers, and Chi-won catches her from falling. He sees what she’s reading, then they both look up to find Executive Director Jo and Bo-na, standing nearby looking triumphantly smug.

Epilogue.

After Chi-won ends the meeting earlier in the day, the rest of the team stay in the conference room to gossip that they noticed Chi-won and Yoon-yi’s matching keychains. Chi-soo loudly insists that they’re not dating and runs out, and they all agree that he must be right.

Then Team Leader Gong looks directly into the camera and asks, “You didn’t really think we don’t know, do you?” Ms. Moon also breaks the fourth wall, saying that she’s been covering for them. The rest of the team tell the audience that everyone knows, and the camera focuses on the dry erase board, which says, “Office romance… Confess, Chi-won and Yoon-yi!”

 
COMMENTS

It was only a matter of time before this happened, and honestly, I wish that Chi-won and Vice President Do had discussed it and come up with some way to mitigate the damage when word got out about his and Yoon-yi’s relationship. I don’t think that interoffice relationships are forbidden at YG Group (since Vice President Do has been encouraging them the entire time), but that doesn’t mean that this won’t be very bad for them, particularly Yoon-yi. She’s only just now getting past her unearned reputation as a seductress, and now everyone will see her as someone who is careless at best, and trying to sleep her way to the top at worst. It does look pretty bad that they’re living together, and the fact that they’ve been keeping it a secret just makes the whole situation seem more sordid. I’m not looking forward to the fallout.

I was so proud of Yoon-yi in this episode, for keeping it classy whenever Do-hee was around. Do-hee seems like a genuinely nice person, but she was definitely being pushy and passive-aggressive — she should have backed down the moment Chi-won said he was dating someone, but instead she kept pushing herself on him and trying to intimidate Yoon-yi. Yoon-yi took the bait a few times in terms of snarky comments, but it was so great when she let Do-hee know that she’d had her chance with Chi-won, and that now it’s Yoon-yi’s turn. She wasn’t rude or possessive, she was just confident in her feelings as she told Do-hee that the difference between them is that she doesn’t want Chi-won to change.

I was just as proud of Chi-won for the same reason, because he had already told Do-hee several times that he’s with someone else now, but he realized that she needed to hear him say, with crystal clarity, that they would never be getting back together. Again, he was kind and gentle about it, when he wouldn’t have been wrong to be angry and more forceful with her. He just said that he can’t love her like she wants, and that Yoon-yi makes him feel things that Do-hee never made him feel.

Until now I’ve thought that Yoon-yi’s mother was being unforgivably intrusive about Chi-won and Yoon-yi’s relationship, and that she’s judged Chi-won too harshly for being a divorcee. But in this episode I finally understood why she was so worried about her daughter dating Chi-won, and I didn’t blame her for saying something to him. She sees Chi-won as a man who’s been deeply hurt, who no doubt carries a lot of scars related to his parents’ and uncle’s deaths, and she’s genuinely sorry for what he’s been through. But she probably correctly guessed that his divorce had something to do with those scars, and she doesn’t want to see Yoon-yi end up heartbroken and alone for the same reasons.

That doesn’t mean that I think Chi-won should break things off with Yoon-yi, and happily, he doesn’t seem to be considering that. But he does need to think long and hard about whether he can make Yoon-yi happy in the long-term, or if he’s likely to let his past block him from forming a true connection with her like he did with Do-hee. He seems to feel a lot of guilt for hurting Do-hee, and rightly so, if what she said is true that he wasn’t capable of opening his heart to her. But hopefully he’ll realize that Yoon-yi is worth the effort of making a true change, and he’ll let himself be vulnerable with her.

 
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Sorry YY and CW but I'm way more interested in Yul's story. That puppy needs a proper hug guys. He seems really lonely.

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And what happened at the ending was so predictable. They couldn't expect that DJ would stay still after them stabbing him in the back. It would have been way better if they just announced their relationship to their colleagues and avoided this mess.

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I wouldn't say I'm more interested in Yul, but I do squeal in anticipation whenever he shows up.

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Completely agree. I wish Yul and Jung Ae could get their own show so that we could see more of them. It's nice to see Yul caring about Jung Ae in a way that he's never cared about anyone else before. She's continuously acting as his rock and unconditionally supporting him. Seeing Yul return the favor made my heart swell with feels. I just want them to be happy... preferably together.

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Ew no! She's like his replacement Mum.

I'd like to see her become a strong independent woman, develop a backbone, divorce her trashbag husband and work on her relationship with her son rather than go from one dysfunctional relationship into another with her boss who she treats like her teenage child.

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I am somehow glad I dont know what it is like to have a little brother...

I agree with you, @lollypip, about this show boldly and proudly using all the tropes yet treating them with this gust of attitude that says "it´s a new day, I am me, things are different now, forget what you think you know!"
I don´t know if my theme of month will get posted this time, but I was thinking about clichés and how inevitable they are, because life itself is a cliché by nature, but the execution / reaction to the same old, same old is so important.
I had an acting teacher once who said the impact of the story depends where you pave the way, where you start, where you end, even within a cliché there are variables that affect the outcome. it is when people treat cliché as something without potential is when it becomes lame.
Jugglers - the writer, the PD - sees the potential, and borrowing from Hunter Thompson - buys the ticket, takes the ride. I have no idea where this train will go next. I better trust them to reach a destination I didnt know was on the route.

I now understand why it´s "juggling". because now truly all the balls are in the air and dropping one will hurt somebody.

especially interested how Yul is going to deal with his secretary being older than him (not to mention the lie). I trust that he too will act maturely about it.

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P.S.... You know the deal, right?

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Ps.P.s. My acting teachers´ example of a story that everyone knows and sees no potential to be surprised by was Little Red Riding Hood. the potential is in the moment when the wolf is about to eat LRRH. We´re at this moment in Jugglers now. Yoon Yi is her, Chi Won is the hunter, public scorn is the wolf. What will they do? Who will save who? will the wolf die? will they talk to it?

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Thank you, @redfox, for your thoughts on clichés and tropes. I'm not watching JUGGLERS, but just dropped by to take a gander at the recap. (Having worked as a secretary, I'm not keen to be reminded of the office rat race.)

I had an acting teacher once who said the impact of the story depends where you pave the way, where you start, where you end, even within a cliché there are variables that affect the outcome. it is when people treat cliché as something without potential is when it becomes lame.

Jugglers - the writer, the PD - sees the potential, and borrowing from Hunter Thompson - buys the ticket, takes the ride. I have no idea where this train will go next. I better trust them to reach a destination I didnt know was on the route.

I really appreciate what your acting teacher said. It's insightful food for thought as I dabble in writing fanfic. Maybe I've watched enough Korean and Japanese productions to have developed a taste for KiShoTenKetsu and the turn that suverts viewer expectations and fossilized cliches.

The example of "Little Red Riding Hood" is also spot on. Everyone knows how the story ends. Or do they?

Mayhap Granny's twin sister coshes the Big Bad Wolf over the head with a frying pan in the nick of time to save LRRH, only to have him reveal that he's become vegetarian because his cholesterol is too high. Missing Grandma returns home from her romantic interlude with the hunter. And LRRH aspires to be a red hot mama when she's that age. ;-)

Here's hoping your theme of the month gets posted, redfox! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, and looking forward to reading it. ;-)

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Very good post, redfox!

Another little moment I liked using tropes with a twist was when CW comes home, holds out his hand and YY thinks he wants to hold her hand but he asks for his keys with a deadpan expression, then he tugs her to him anyway and tells her she was cool :)

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It's good that they're finally facing this issue because I expect it to be resolved by the 14th episode, or the 15th episode at most. I just want cute dates and kisses for the last episodes, hee.

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Although we could this happening from a million miles away, I am really hoping this gets fixed in a refreshing way. I am giving CW the benefit of the doubt, him being a smart one must have known better, right? Tell me I’m right, jebbal!

On the other hand, as despicable as she is, I am really sad for Bona. She’s gone too far out in this mess. Her boss will throw her under the bus. She does not even trust or confide in her friends. She is just there maybe out of familiarity, but not share the bond.

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I mean, in a way the relationship has been disclosed to the company; VP Do knows. One of the big reasons her last scandal was such a big deal is that her boss was a married man. In this case they're both single and I don't see CW trying to deny it or admitting it was wrong, so somehow I fell there isn't going to be a huge fallout.

Not to say there isn't going to be a lot of gossip or that YY's reputation won't take (another) hit, because it's going to. She'll probably take a much bigger hit than CW will. I don't think it's going to have the impact Cutter anticipated though (it's a rule that everything he does backfires, right?) and it's going to drive him nuts, which I look forward to.

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Forgot to add, I'm almost rooting for her to be removed as his secretary because as much as I love this couple, I hate the power dynamics. Really they should have asked for a reassignment or something as soon as they decided to officially be together.

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I have thought of those too, but I think they are still on honeymoon stage of their new relationship they have not thought much of the other things.

The power dynamics looks wrong in whatever situation and the public will drag YY through the mad for it. The public will remember her for the former boss fiasco, and how her current relationship “proves” the gossip.

I am really hoping cutter will keep his streaks, but yes, YY will take a hit for this. That is sad considering how she was careful in the start, but totally given up when they started dating. They are not even taking from preemptive measures, unless we see this as flashbacks.

What I am hoping though is that YY will finally fight back and put Bona in her place. I know Bona will realize too late how wrong she is when she herself gets cut by cutter and thrown under the bus, but she deserves it. Hope she learns her lesson to trust her friends, not very many get to have that nice friends. They are there to support her, but she neglects the benefits of such friendship.

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My heart broke at the end of this episode, seeing Yoon-yi live out her worst nightmare twice in the span of a few months, and this time at the hands of someone she called her friend.

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I was really thinking Bona would have a change of heart and not show those Yoon Yi pics at the last minute but I guess she made her choice to be the enemy, the worst kind of enemy - the backstabbing bish! oh, whatever, Chi Won can figure out a solution to their problem, I don't care anymore. I read the recaps to save me time and effort watching this show coz it's not fun anymore but I just want to see it through. As for Yul and Jung Ae, it is nice that they are there for each other but let's not get to anything romantic just be the noona friend and the cool dongsaeng for noona coz well, let's not end everything with romance. just being friends is great, too, you know.

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First things first, thank you for the recap @lollypip !! (I was really waiting for it.)
The best part of the episode was the surprise kiss (a really good one), I will not complain anymore of the awkward kiss before and I was almost caught off guard by the comedic timing of her brother. I am really looking forward to see how the show deals with the issue of Yoon-yi reputation slandering and I am even more interested to know what will be Yul's reaction. I also liked the fact how show slowly built a lot of tension during the second half of the episode with Yoon-yi being on the edge (as she kept on checking the board for the article) *even I was getting stressed out* and finally when it was there, I felt a slight relief (though I am not sure that's how she would have felt), ok now they know, let's fight! I hope she sticks with she told to manager Cho, that she will not take it lying down! Unnie Fighting!!

*Waiting for the preview! Keeps on checking YouTube.*

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Oh, I forgot! The epilogue it was done well. It almost uplifted those heavy moments of the end.

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for me it was confusing. if they had their back and covered for them, I thought they should have prevented the info from leaking somehow. or does it hint that they have a plan for a situation like that? if neither, then although it was neat, then bad timing for this

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Yes, I agree with your opinion, that was my first afterthought, do they have a back up plan as well? Though I highly doubt that because the side characters have yet to play some important role in the series, I feel they are just for some office fun time.

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They also kept on hunting for the couple and kept asking them to confess. What for? To whom they should confess? It is their private lives. If the company is against it, hiding the relationship is understandable and the staff should not meddle if they really want to support the couple. If not, so what if they want to keep it private?

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I think the team's attitude is like "I know you have a secret and I won't let other know, but I wish you share your secret with me so we can keep it safe together". Which I found cute, and maybe more interest than meddling ^^

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I didn't think I could dislike Bo Na anymore than I did. That was such a low blow and if I was in Yoon Yi's situation, that would be the end of our friendship.

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I totally agree. Maybe they were trying to make me feel sympathy for Bo-na, but I don't. Having a parent with a disability and having a difficult job does NOT give you the right to treat people like dirt. I feel zero sympathy for her. I hope Yoon-yi kicks her to the curb and she deserves to get a smack-down right along with her boss.

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They are forcing Bona’s sob story to justify her rotten behavior. She needs to realize that just because she has it hard doesn’t mean other people have it easy. Too self-absorb and self-serving. Instead of counting her blessings (loving father, good job, good friends), she’s comparing her misery (caring for a disabled father, not really coz he’s able to work too). She’s also supporting just her father, no siblings in college, no mother or any parasite in her life. Her father is kind and has a job. What does she need so much money for? She needs stability.

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How ashamed would Bona's father be if he saw.

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That would be the sweetest revenge. For someone to tell Bo Na's father what Bo Na did? That way Bo Na can live with the shame of having the person she believes the cherishes the most despise her.

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For a second there, I got really worried about Yoon-yi and Chi-won's fate after Cho Cutter disgraced them publicly like that. But then they showed us that awesome epilogue and it reassured me that everything is going to be alright. They have such good people behind them who have did all they can to assuage suspicion regarding those two's relationship. Unlike the first time Yoon-yi got framed unfairly, this time Chi-won will be there beside her, and she wouldn't need to do everything alone. Pretty sure this loyal team would give it back tenfold to Cho Cutter and exposed all the bad deeds he has done all this time.

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Watched the last quarter of the episode in dread, waiting for Cutter to drop the bomb, but the epilogue really saved me!

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“You tried to change him, but I don’t want to do that. I love that man, Nam Chi-won, as he is, with all of his scars. That’s why I will never give up.”

This line is so beautiful, this scene with Yoon-yi and ex wife showed who really loves Chi Won, it's not a contest for YY, their relationship is all about embracing and comforting each other flaws and all.

All the empathy that i had for Bo Na from last episode pretty much vanished after he behavior, i really pity Yoon-yi for being so considerate after all the awful things this girl said and done to her and now this.

Also that epilogue was the funniest so far, so they really know! hahaha, all this time i thought they were too dense to figure out, so clearly not.

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That zipper scene was great. Did a good job of distracting us from the fact that, sadly, there's very little chemistry between them.

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omg it reminded me of the scene in episode 1 with Sung Hoon and I snorted

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Very little chemistry? Well, if it is my imagination, I underestimated myself greatly.

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One of the better episodes for me. Had the romance, the funny and the tragic. Hehehe still trying to clean my eyes from that butt scene. In all seriousness I really enjoy their relationship. I believe it is one of the few Kdrama relationships that is not so trope-y. It is based on trust between two consenting adults. We have seen them go through obstacles such as her mom and his ex-wife, but they have been open and honest of their feelings and that gives them lots of credibility. Obviously they are still in the early stages of their relationship and I don't think they love each other yet, but the trust that they have is such a strong foundation that I don't see the last development being much of a hurdle for them. It will be enjoyable to see Cutter Cho and BoNa get their due justice. I felt a bit bad for BoNa in the last episodes, but no more. She didn't even think twice about betraying her friend.
As for Yul and Jung-ae I hope they get to clear the air about her real identity and move on to be a wonderful team.
Kudos to ChiWon's staff for figuring out the office romance. :)

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All I'm saying is that Chi Won better have a plan.

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Sooooooo I am just going to come out and say it........I might have pressed the pause button when the camera is panning to particular someone's backside. 😳😵 And then later, abused the rewind button, and then paused again. 😊😍

I expected fluffy, not hot and steamy! 😱 This might be the hottest scene I have seen since Oh Hae-young Again. Kdramas has such a way to portray sexy without showing any skin.

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lmao i paused at that scene too 🤤

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Hehehe, that kiss. So intense and charged and wonderfully steamy.

I do wonder - is there really an issue with a secretary dating her boss? Sure there’s a lot that’s off about power dynamics, but there’s no “promotion” to be had (so no corruption there) and besides this boss isn’t even a married man. Perhaps it won’t be as big a scandal as they’d thought?

I think it was clear that Bo-na would betray her and I do wonder if she had ever seen them as friends. She’s had a bitter face from the start through most of the episodes. While she’s struggling, I don’t think it’s fair of her to assume that others are not. Basically, BN feels entitled to a lot of things and it’s just sad that she had to betray people who were her friends just because she felt it was her route to more money. It feels especially worse because YY seems like the sort to really trust her friends.

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What I've really been loving about this drama is how it plays with tropes, sometimes turning them on their heads, other times taking unexpected routes to solutions, and other times leaning into them.

I actually liked how this week the show addressed the jealousy and growing relationship of the leads. I think it was an excellent red herring to the real source of trouble in the relationship between Yoon-yi and Chi-won: the fact that she is very aware of perceptions and he doesn't care about them. So far it's not been an issue, but it's very clear that if there is going to be something that drives a wedge between them, it's not a past relationship, but the present perception of their relationship.

Both characters have made clear that the others' history doesn't matter to them. Seeing that in action this week was a welcome change. I think it certainly makes sense to have some jealousy, but neither Yoon-yi nor Chi-won lets it eat at them, as many other dramas have done. Instead it's directly addressed. And I love that here Chi-won even takes the extra step (whether consciously or not) to reassure Yoon-yi of his feelings in small gestures.

In regard to the real issue between them, I think that Chi-won has got something up his sleeve with the Vice President, who clearly could not care less about the relationship. Plus they have their team behind them. At the end of the day I think it will come down more to the outside perceptions of a boss-assistant relationship outside the office, and I'm really looking forward to how the show addresses that. They've already created a bit of a power balance by making Yoon-yi Chi-won's landlady; however that is not something that will look good in the office.

Bring on the final four episodes!

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OMG the epilogue! Felt slightly chastised but loved the team sooooo muchhhh! What a worthy occasion to break the fourth wall!
This episode really solidifies what our OTP feels for each other; it might be a whirlwind romance, but their feelings do run deep. I am awed by the way they hold on to what they have with both hands and fighting to keep it. Am loving Yoon-yi much for being insecure all the time yet confidently rising to Do-hee's challenge. Have a feeling that Chi-won gave similar answer to Yoon-yi's mom, although we haven't heard it yet.
Also, want to kick Bo-na badly, and maybe give a less strong kick to Tae-yi ><

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I've probably explicitly convinced everyone that my mind is in the gutter because I've talked about THAT scene everywhere possible. .hehe. I'll just say THAT WAS HOT. I literally had steam coming out of my ears (kidding but they were really hot)...until the zipper got stuck. ..YY you need to wear appropriate clothes for fun times AHEM. . or as @mary said...CW needs to keep a pair of scissors handy. ..I'll just say it more than made up of for that awkward fish kiss in episode 8...
For someone who is supposed to be so efficient at being an assistant and having kept secrets about his ex boss successfully from his wife..YY sure is naive when it comes to herself. ..she should have protected her photos with some locking app. ..There are plenty of those...and I guess she's too trusting when it comes to her friends which is not a bad thing but she should have been careful knowing that BN is jo's assistant and honestly the quick turnaround of her behaviour should have Ave raised some suspicion. ..anyway I'm glad that everything is out in the open. ...looking forward to see how they both handle this mess. ..they'll because CW has been a reporter before and should have some idea how to do damage control. ..well I'm hoping at least...and I hope they'll pass this hurdle with flying colours. .
And that epilogue. ...AWESOME

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I really wish Jung Ae confides in Yul because I don't think he'll be that upset at being lied to, and I really want her to have someone she can rely on.
Sighhh, Yoon Yi, and Chi-Won. I love you guys, but come on that move by Director Jo was so predictable. But I am really proud of the way you guys handled the trust situations thrown at you, and hope you handle the office "scandal" the same way, with trusting and talking to each other. and OMG, the team knows!! Lol, they were always coming up with such stupid theories, we should have known they knew.
I understood where Bo Na is coming from a lot better in the last few episodes, but I don't think I can forgive her for knowingly violating Yoon Yi's privacy, especially when Yoon Yi trusts her. I really wish she'd confide in her friends more, I think that'll help her more than she realizes.

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Oh! and I gotta say the part where Yoon-Yi's brother interrupts them is LOL

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This disabled parent trope is so tired and idiotic. An excuse for a child of the said disabled parent to act out and play the violin of "Poor me. I have to support my disabled parent."

For the record, I'm deaf and graduated from college with a degree in chemistry and worked in a crime lab with funky dead bodies before it became chic with its fancy CSI tv shows. Korean dramas are extremely backwards when it comes to portraying disabled people and it makes me want to rip my hair out in sheer frustration.

When my kids or other people whine about how unfair life is, my response is to roll my eyes and go "Blah Blah...poor me....blah blah."

Hell, if I had a kid that acted like Bona, I would have whacked the brat on the head and told her to get over herself.

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Ikr? They are using disability very loosely and carelessly. Did they even try to understand from the perspective of the “disabled”? The public will continue to think people with disability are useless and a hindrance, that they need constant help, but I know many of them who are more capable than most people without disability.

Thank you for sharing your story, I truly applaud people like you.

Her father is capable! I am wondering how extravagant his house must be for her to need to hand him stacks of money. I am quite sure he gets by shining shoes, he might need a little help paying rent but he is definitely not dependent. She is putting pressure on herself, not her father. And if he knows what she’s been doing for his “sake”, he will be devastated and blame himself. Oh, the poor father!

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I so agree with you.

If my own kid used me as an excuse to act so horribly toward her own friends, i would be so mortified and mad that I would be kicking her butt nonstop while making her get on her knees to beg her friends' forgiveness.

I wouldn't take money from my kid either and would work two or three jobs to make ends meet or cut back on my expenses. It's humiliating to watch the dad take money from his daughter just because he's deaf. Ugh!

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My mother will send me to my grave if I act senselessly. 😂

If something I think my mother would disapprove, I take a few steps back and rethink of my decisions. I never want to hurt or cause distress to my mother/parents. If everything fails, I want to be able to cry in her arms with dignity and honor. I would never do anything that would put my family in shame. If I make a mistake, I take full responsibility and ask for forgiveness. I also do not use them to justify any of my wrong behavior.

I am still young, 30, single, but I am lucky to be in a situation where I could give my mother monthly allowance and help my brother and sister send their kids to college. My mother is already very old, 70. She has her own money/income and fully paid her own home, but I force her to accept my money. She uses them instead to help the less fortunate (feed orphans and elderly without family).

Any parent, may they be deaf, mute, disabled or not, will disapprove of Bona’s behavior. Difficult to care for them but they should never be used as an excuse. That is frustrating. Work harder and make them proud, rather than cause trouble, then blame the person with disability. Tsk! 🤦‍♀️

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I am sorry to say all I could think about is Choi Daniel's ass the whole time 😀

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Well it was a good kiss scene after the awkward first kiss scene.Most shows make up for it good when the first one is awkward.

So funny the colleagues broke the 4th wall and all knew their romance.This type of drama it is really preferred they take a slow route and not rush things.

On Yul front,I still wonder in this more realistic drama how does Jung ae get her salary if she was faking being her sister. Taking on another person identity how would that salary go into what banking account?How does this work in Korean corporations?Salary can go go anyone's account?

There comes a mystery to me a bank employee.

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I knew it!!!! the team knows!!!! well I expected one of them to know everything there was something in the air that made me feel like that hahahaha I was right...

The kissing scene was hot !!! I love every minute even when the brother showed up.

The ex wife bothered me so much, the leads where so mature, they handle the situation so well, becuase if I were them, I would have punch her in the face...hehehe thank God it's a drama and nor real life right?

Bo Na is such bishhhhhh I can't stand her, actually I never liked her. There was a moment I felt bad that I didn't like her becuase they showed her situation with her father, but after this episode I don't care about that woman at all. I know the writers might give her a redemption at the end of the drama, but I got the feeling that my opinion of her won't change no matter how hard they try.

Anyway, I can't wait to see what it's going to happen next week... it's going to be good!!!

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sorry for my bad English!!! punctuation is my nightmare

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Thank you for the recap. Lollypip!
My favourite line of the recap: "Chi-won and Yoon-yi try to murder him with their brains." Poor Tae-yi! His timing could have been better but the whole zipper scene onwards was so funny. I love his tireless attempts to give his resume to Chi Won.

The kissing scene was so steamy! I didn't expect something like that on KBS! I thought KBS was supposed to be the most conservative of the three main stations? I love CW and YY and I feel bad for them being outed this way especially YY. This will destroy her reputation. But at the same time I'm exasperated with them. They have been so poor about keeping their relationship discreet. I know Chi Won is excited to do couple things but something more discreet than giant matching fluffy raccoon keyrings please?!

The YB Team knew all along. I love them playing dumb and trying to cover things up all along! The camerawork and music during that breaking the fourth wall moment were great too.

Where exactly is this Jung Ae storyline going exactly? I'm finding her and her storyline frustrating. 4 episodes left and she's a slightly better PA but besides that she's committing identity fraud, still a doormat to her son and her personal life is a complete mess.

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The deceit about Mi Yae's identity hasn't been handled well so far and I wish Yoon Yi would worry less about legal implications because she was associated with the lie and more about helping her friend to just come clean, which I think is all our cute young Director needs from her: trust works both ways. She must trust him with the truth just as he is trying so hard to trust her--refusing up until now to read the info in the envelope his Dad's henchman gave him. And in spite of us thinking that Chi Won has all the issues about trust, it seems Yoon Yi has trust issues as well. She was disappointed in Chi Won when he made the decision to move out by himself, without consulting her first, yet she when she received the warning email from Mr. Cho with all the photos of her & him as a couple, she kept it to herself and didn't give him a heads up, leading to their public humiliation in the lobby of the company after work. And now, eventhough she suspects it's her friend that took her phone especially whn she works for the man that has been gunning for him all along, she won't share her thoughts with him yet, when it's so critical to everything, not just their relationship but the whole existence of their department. That's not trust.

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