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Jugglers: Episode 9

I just love how horrifically awkward Chi-won and Yoon-yi are after their little encounter, because it just feels so familiar. Haven’t we all done something extremely ill-advised, then wondered how we’ll ever look that person in the face again? Considering that Chi-won and Yoon-yi still have to live and work together, it’s no wonder they’re doing everything they can to pretend that “it” never happened.

 
EPISODE 9: “They pretended they didn’t”

After their unplanned kiss, the drive home is silent and awkward for Chi-won and Yoon-yi. They both end up in their own rooms wondering what on earth just happened and what they’re supposed to do now.

They wake in the morning still thinking about it, and when they start to leave at the same time, they both make excuses to go back inside. Chi-won sneaks out first, but only because Yoon-yi is peeking to make sure he’s gone. He has trouble with his bike, and rather than run into Yoon-yi again, he just picks the whole thing up and runs with it, hee.

 

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We kissed… now what?

 
Yoon-yi rushes through her morning routine of preparing Chi-won’s office, and when she spots him in the hall, she actually hides under her desk (lol). Chi-won notices that there are three cacti now, and that his pencil cup is full again. He smiles to himself — then he sneezes. Oh no, he caught Yoon-yi’s cold!

Chang-soo brings thirty cans of peaches for Yoon-yi, her favorite sick food. She purposely coughs and sneezes all over him, even wiping her nose and flinging it at him, but he just calls her cute and asks for more. Gross.

Chi-won and Yoon-yi are both obviously sick at the team meeting, so the employees offer to hold the meeting without them and email them the notes later. Unable to think of a reasonable argument, they comply, leaving the team to speculate on why they’re sick at the same time. With their usual sharp insight, they conclude that Yoon-yi must have spit in Chi-won’s coffee.

Yoon-yi brings Chi-won a bowl of peaches, saying that they always make her feel better when she’s got a cold. Spying Chang-soo through the window and remembering that he called Yoon-yi and offered to bring her peaches, he asks where she got them. She fibs that she bought them herself.

Chi-won gives the peaches to Yul, who obliviously enjoys them right in front of his hungry-looking team, joking that his song yesterday made Chi-won love him. They get down to work, discussing whether Yul’s e-sports idea is wise. Nobody is in favor of it, except for Jung-ae, who says that many kids play video games these days, and she thinks it’s a good idea to nurture that interest.

She’s interrupted by a call, and her phone gets stuck in speaker mode, allowing the entire team to hear the caller address her as Wang Jung-ae. She quickly hangs up and says it was a wrong number, but Yul stares at her narrowly, and later he asks if Wang Jung-ae is her sister.

She jumps on the explanation, but he keeps giving her that suspicious glare. He asks, “It’s not your husband, is it?” Horrified, Jung-ae denies it, and Yul instantly smiles his crinkly smile and thanks her for taking his side regarding e-sports. He tells her to come to his house over the weekend so they can start preparing.

Vice President Do introduces Executive Director Jo to an executive from YB’s electronic department. They’re about to release their new smart TV and want to hire Executive Director Jo to handle the PR. Executive Director Jo does another happy dance in his office, knowing this project will make him the top performer in YG Group history.

He gets an idea, and offers to let Bo-na come up with the marketing plan for the smart TV. If it works out, he promises that she can do the presentation for the domestic portion.

Too shy to go into his office herself, Yoon-yi asks Team Leader Gong to take Chi-won a file. He does, then Chi-won has him relay a message to Yoon-yi, pretending his cough is too bad to talk to her himself. They send him back and forth until Team Leader Gong gets fed up and snaps that he should be a carrier pigeon in his next life.

Later, Chi-won is stopped in the lobby by Channel Y’s new correspondent. They go to the coffee shop, and the correspondent asks if it’s true that the new smart TV has a defect. He’s curious why the release date hasn’t been changed and the TVs are still being manufactured.

He tells Chi-won that an informant told him that a rival company is also releasing a smart TV, and that YB Electronics is trying to put their product out first. Chi-won asks to be introduced to the informant.

Yoon-yi finds Ms. Moon in the ladies room, upset after an argument with her husband. She says that Yoon-yi is lucky to be single, and warns her to watch out for men who act impulsive, initiate skinship, then ignore her. That reminds Yoon-yi of Chi-won grabbing her wrist and kissing her, and how he’s avoiding her today.

Back at her desk, she finds a note from Chi-won saying that he’s going straight home from an offsite meeting today. She gets on her advice site, Jugglers, and asks what she should do after kissing her boss. Predictably, the advice is to remember her motto: Boss, teacher, and father are one.

She goes to the coffee shop, but Chi-won is still there, so she tries to slip away without being seen. But Kyung-rye calls out her name, making Chi-won turn and look.

As she’s leaving the building, someone steps into the revolving door with her and makes it stop turning. Yoon-yi turns to see Chi-won right up close, and when he says her name, all she can see is those lips. She snaps out of it, and he says he doesn’t want to feel awkward anymore.

They go home to talk, but Yoon-yi stops Chi-won when he mentions the kiss, and she babbles that she was just being impulsive. Chi-won seems upset that she only sees the kiss as an impulse, and he asks if she wants to pretend it never happened. Yoon-yi hesitates, then ekes out a weak, “Yes…”

With a sigh, Chi-won stands and says that they shouldn’t let this make them awkward or affect their work. Yoon-yi stops him from leaving, telling him that her motto forbids falling for her boss because it’s immoral. Chi-won just says, “Okay,” and Yoon-yi grabs him again, sounding frantic now as she explains that she was once accused of having an affair with her boss.

Again, Chi-won just says, “Okay,” and goes up to his apartment. Yoon-yi whines that it seems so easy for him, but once he’s alone, he starts ranting about the fact that she closed her eyes and didn’t push him away. He kicks off his fluffy panther slippers in a tantrum, grumbling about her motto.

As for Yoon-yi, she berates herself for not asking Chi-won why he kissed her, and why he said he was nervous without her. She flops into bed, screaming in frustration.

They spend the next morning at work trying not to get caught staring at each other. Chi-won brings what he learned about YG Electronics’ plan to release a flawed product to the team meeting, and they ask what he wants to do about it. He says that they have to find a way to stop the promotion of the smart TV.

Team Leader Gong respectfully argues that they’re not a newsroom, but Chi-won reminds him that their job is to deliver news from their affiliates to the company, and Team Leader Gong changes his tune. Chi-won hands out fact-gathering assignments, warning everyone to keep this quiet.

The executive from YG Electronics tells Executive Director Jo about the defective part in the televisions. Executive Director Jo argues that they can’t afford to delay release or he’ll lose his bid for vice president. The executive catches his slip-up, but Executive Director Jo says they can continue with the promotions, and fix the defect before release.

Chi-won and Vice President Do meet up, and Vice President Do says that his daughter Do-hee (Chi-won’s ex-wife) may be coming to Korea soon. Yoon-yi brings them tea, and Vice President Do tries to read Chi-won’s mug, the one Yoon-yi made.

HA, Chi-won slaps his hand over the inscription and eyeballs Vice President Do suspiciously. Yoon-yi says it was a birthday present, and Vice President Do cracks a knowing grin.

His phone rings, and when he sees that it’s Do-hee, Vice President Do hands the phone to Chi-won. He notices Yoon-yi’s curiosity and says it’s his daughter, and she goes back to her desk wondering if Chi-won is close to her.

When Chi-won ends the call, Vice President Do sighs that his feelings are all over the place lately. He says he feels bad for his daughter, but he’s also glad that Chi-won is developing feelings for someone.

With a tiny smile, Chi-won tells him not to feel bad, because he’s not planning to be happy with “his other half,” as Vice President Do put it. Vice President Do tells him to stop being stubborn and just do whatever he wants.

Yoon-yi decides to clean up Chi-won’s email inbox, deleting spam and sorting the important messages. She spots an unread email from Do-hee, recognizing the name from Vice President Do’s phone. She starts to sort it into “personal,” but Chang-soo suddenly leans on her and she accidentally clicks, opening the email.

Freaking out, Yoon-yi tries to sort the email without actually looking at it, but she ends up peeking and reads it. Do-hee mentions their wedding anniversary and says she misses Chi-won, and Yoon-yi realizes that Chi-won was married to the vice president’s daughter.

She slumps to the break room, wondering how she could ever compete with a woman like that. Jung-ae joins her, so Yoon-yi asks if she’s ever impulsively kissed someone. Jung-ae says that she hasn’t, but she did sleep with someone out of impulse, which is how her son was conceived.

Yoon-yi already knows, and she asks if Jung-ae ever regrets it. Jung-ae thinks, then she shakes her head no, because you only act impulsively when you have feelings for the person.

Thinking of Chi-won’s divorce, Yoon-yi asks if married couples can’t get over each other even after they part ways. Jung-ae answers that family isn’t something you just forget, even when you try.

On the bus home, Yoon-yi writes “Boss, teacher, and father are one” in the condensation on the window, telling herself not to forget it. Suddenly she hears a voice say, “That’s enough,” and she looks up to see Chi-won standing over her. He sits next to her and asks why she read his email.

Yoon-yi says truthfully that it was an accidental click, and Chi-won just says, “Okay.” Yoon-yi asks if they’re still close, since they email and talk on the phone, and Chi-won says it’s not like they broke up because they hated each other. Yoon-yi asks why, then remembers his rule about no personal questions, and takes it back.

But Chi-won tells her that his ex-wife was too good to him, but he had nothing to give back, so he felt bad. He adds there’s always one person in any relationship who loves more, and that person starts to feel resentful, while the one who loves less feels sorry. Eventually the one who cares less feels guilty, and they break up.

When they arrive home, Chi-won asks Yoon-yi to have ramyun with him. She thinks he means “have ramyun” and protests that she’s not that kind of girl, but he meant it literally, and she finds herself sitting in a ramyun restaurant feeling sheepish.

She orders the spicy ramyun, saying that the capsaicin is good for fighting colds and stress. But she regrets her choice with her first bite, and Chi-won asks if she often acts impulsively then regrets it later. He switches bowls with her, giving her his mild ramyun, muttering that he’s not impulsive like someone.

That weekend, Jung-ae spends time at Yul’s house working on his e-sports plans. He works harder than she’s ever seen now that it’s something he’s interested in, and Jung-ae says that he seems like a different person.

She tells him that if the board would help him if they could see his enthusiasm, but he says that he only needs someone who believes in him and not his money. “Someone who won’t betray me, that’s all I need. Like you.”

Later, Yul wakes from a nap on the couch to find himself alone. There’s a note from Jung-ae that she finished the documents and made him a meal. As he settles to eat, he notices that the puppet that sits on his table has had his ripped sweater repaired.

Jung-ae had seen it earlier and asked about it. Yul had told her that his mother made the puppet and used it to coax him to eat when he was little. Aww. After he eats, Yul sends Jung-ae a cute video of the puppet, thanking her for the food and asking her to cook for him again. So cute.

Yoon-yi is surprised when her mother decides to move her brother Tae-yi into her house. Her mom says that since Yoon-yi won’t answer her calls, she needs Tae-yi here to report on Yoon-yi’s dating activities, and Yoon-yi threatens to murder her little brother.

Mom orders Tae-yi to get Chi-won, so he goes up to warn Chi-won to evacuate immediately. He tells a confused Chi-won that he’s on his side and gives him another copy of his resume. HA.

A few seconds later, Mom comes storming upstairs, Yoon-yi in tow. Mom tells Chi-won that he has to move out because she and Tae-yi are both moving in. Chi-won refuses, threatening to demand she pay him damages if she breaks his lease. Mo clutches her neck, and at a tiny nod from Chi-won, Tae-yi leads her back downstairs.

Yoon-yi hangs back to ask Chi-won why he said he won’t move, when he recently told her she makes him uncomfortable. Chi-won is practically smirking as he says that he doesn’t care anymore if he’s uncomfortable.

Later, Jung-ae is having dinner to Kyung-rye, Bo-na, and Gun-woo when she gets a call. The caller introduces himself as an investigator from a life insurance company. Jung-ae meets with him (ha, it’s Yoo Ji-tae in a cameo as his character from Mad Dog), and he tells her that her husband Jun-pyo opened multiple life insurance policies on himself in the months before he went missing.

He says that Jung-ae is the beneficiary, and that they’ll be opening an investigation soon to check for possible fraud. Jung-ae remembers that before Jun-pyo disappeared, he’d told her he was leaving the country. He’d confessed that he has another family, and that he was choosing them.

He’d told Jung-ae of his plan — she would report him missing, then collect on the insurance policy to pay for Gun-woo’s college. In return, he would take all the money they had at the time. Jung-ae had begged him not to go, sobbing and promising to be a better wife. He’d left her there with only the life insurance policy, which she’d torn to shreds.

Back in the present, her friends console Jung-ae as she cries again at having been abandoned. Gun-woo goes to his room, throws away a picture of himself with his mother and father, and crawls into bed.

At the office, Executive Director Jo gets an email that someone is looking into the new smart TV’s defective component. He calls Chi-won to his office and accuses him of deliberately looking for ways to sabotage him. Chi-won just says that liars often talk too much and asks him to keep it short, ha.

Executive Director Jo snarls that business is about making money, asking if Chi-won understands how big that contract is. Chi-won says that he does, but that the company’s reputation is worth more. Executive Director Jo yells that they’ll fix the defect before the TVs are released, and Chi-won affably says he’ll check to see if that’s even possible.

Executive Director Jo lunges, fist raised, but he stops himself at the last second. He smiles at Chi-won, saying that they’re family. Chi-won calls him “hyung,” then says not to do that because he’s grossing him out. HAHA. After he leaves, Executive Director Jo vows to destroy both Chi-won and Yoon-yi if things go wrong.

Chi-won arrives back at his office to find his team beaming at him, then they all grab him in a group hug. He shoots a desperate look to Yoon-yi, who shrugs knowingly. Later she tells him that she gave everyone year’s-end gifts, saying they were from Chi-won. She explains that she was just doing her job as his assistant and starts to apologize, but he stops her and thanks her.

Yoon-yi heads out on New Year’s Eve for an overnight trip with her friends. She runs into Chi-won in the courtyard, who says shyly that he’s just staying home and eating ramyun. He gives her a bag, having noticed that Yoon-yi didn’t get herself a years-end gift, and tells her to open it later.

She waits just long enough for him to get upstairs before peeking. Oh, he didn’t… it’s a pair of white fluffy bunny slippers to match his panther slippers. I’m dying.

Yoon-yi doesn’t open the card that came with the slippers until she’s in the car with her friends. When she does, she reads that Chi-won has written, “For being by my side, thank you.” She yells for them to drop her off and grabs a taxi to the ramyun restaurant.

Chi-won isn’t there, and Yoon-yi wilts in disappointment. She steps outside, where it starts to rain, and she futilely shields her eyes with a gloved hand. Suddenly she notices an umbrella over her head, and she turns to see Chi-won. He stares curiously for a long moment, then shifts the umbrella to cover her better.

Chi-won smiles a tiny smile, and Yoon-yi steps into his arms. She nestles her face into his chest as his arms encircle her, and he breaks into a genuine, uninhibited grin.

 

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A rainy reunion

 

Epilogue.

On the night they rode the bus home together, Yoon-yi had nodded off after Chi-won told her about his divorce. Seeing that she’d written “Boss, teacher,a nd father are one” on the window, Chi-won had reached across her and wiped the words away.

He’d gone back to the work he was reviewing, and Yoon-yi’s head had flopped onto his shoulder. He’d stared for a minute, then smiled to himself.

 
COMMENTS

Awww, so sweet, these two. I love Chi-won’s uninhibited smile there at the end, because it feels like it shows his feelings for Yoon-yi much more than an impulsive kiss ever could. Their relationship is based in friendship, and trust, and being there for each other, so when she chooses to see the new year in with him, it’s just another example of Yoon-yi making the conscious decision to be by his side.

I’ve talked before about how it says a lot about how much Chi-won trusts Yoon-yi to let her in like he’s doing, even slowly and reluctantly, but I think it’s also taking a lot of trust on Yoon-yi’s side. She’s only ever had one serious boyfriend that we know of, which seems to have ended pretty badly after Yoon-yi being taken advantage of for years. And she gave a lot of trust to her former boss, Director Bong, in that she compromised her own personal morals to help him cheat on his wife, even lying to his wife’s face, only to have him use her to further his own career. It must be difficult for Yoon-yi to trust Chi-won, both as a boss and as a man, enough to let him know she has feelings for him.

I thought that Chi-won’s answer as to why he and his ex-wife broke up was extremely interesting. He said that she gave too much, and that he felt bad when he couldn’t match it. I can understand that he felt inferior to his chaebol-daughter wife, and how that could sour a marriage, and why Do-hee would still want him back if she was the one who loved more. And it also makes sense now why Chi-won didn’t want an assistant to fawn over him and do everything for him, because it would make him feel the same way — like someone was doing more for him than he could reciprocate. Being a man who avoids personal entanglement as much as possible, it’s totally in character for him to run away from a relationship where he feels unequal. I hope that Yoon-yi was paying attention, because Chi-won revealed more about himself in that one conversation than he did answering a hundred personal questions.

As far as the romance goes, I’m very much enjoying the fact that Chi-won is taking the reins in letting Yoon-yi know that he’s interested, since he’s the one who was always pushing her away before. I think that, between her moral stance of not getting involved with her boss and her previous accusation of having an affair, Yoon-yi would have never made any first moves in that direction even though she was feeling the same way. So when it comes to the growing romantic side of their relationship, Chi-won was going to have to step up or nothing was ever going to happen.

However, they still have a lot to think about — Chi-won is Yoon-yi’s boss, and that makes any personal relationship between them tricky at best, and grossly inappropriate at worst. Any time two people in a situation like this become involved, the power differential has the potential to become a serious problem. Yoon-yi’s rule about keeping bosses at arm’s length is an excellent one, because there are all sorts of problems with dating someone you work with, much less someone in a position of power over you.

But at least the show hasn’t conveniently forgotten that, and in fact seems to be giving that issue a lot of careful thought. So instead of seeing it as a plot hole or a moral failing that Chi-won and Yoon-yi are developing feelings for each other, I expect it to become a major plot point going forward. Since it seems that the whole point is how they will find a way to reconcile their personal feelings with their work relationship, I’m not letting it bother me, and I’m willing to sit back and see how the show handles things now that they’ve acknowledged their feelings for each other.

 
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I am just loving all the rainbows and unicorns radiating from the show and have decided like LollyPip to not let the complicated politics of an office romance and the power dynamics between an authority figure and a subordinate bother me too much.

Daniel Choi is probably the manliest dork in the current airing shows. Not bad, Yoon-yi, after coming out of a fling with Sung Hoon, not bad. Dramaverse is indeed rewarding you after suffering through the injustice of being the unfair subject of gossips.

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With all the sweetness from Chi/Yi and Yool/Bi, I want the show to drown me in more syrupy cuteness in the flavor of Yoon-yi's dongsaeng Strawberry Milk Boy with a little sharp bite in bestie Kyung-rye!

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I know right? Both Daniel Choi and Sung Hoon are (for me) some of the most handsome in a GQ-Mad-Men kind leading men in dramaland....she is one very very lucky girl!!!

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Both DC and SH are totally GQ/Mad-Men-esque!!
You know who else comes into mind? Yoo Ji-tae. Great cameo indeed! (now the Mad Men theme will be my ear worm all day😆)

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I second the Daniel Choi and Sung Swoon!

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LOL that should be a label!! Like Instagram boyfriends *cough* Jung Hae-in.

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Already said a lot on my fan wall, still can’t help but say something more! I love the awkward after that kiss. Because really, I love how they acted after the kiss, just how I imagined them to be!

I am also really looking forward to Yool and Wang Bi’s scenes. That pair is equally adobs!

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I know! At this point in the show, I am growing more hungry for their scenes :D

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Agreed!! I wish they'd spend more time focusing on them

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More of them and less of that crazy PR manager 😂😂😂

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That umbrella scene will officially go down as my favourite clip of Choi Daniel of all time.

That LOOK. That adorable smile. boy, you giving me a heart attack ♥

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Wow Lollypip! thanks for the fast and timely recap. Thank you for pointing the little things like there was a third cacti on the table.I didn't notice it at all!
I loved how they made a joke about dramas in the first scene- that after a kiss the scene immediately shifts but not so in real life. CW banging on the table with the accompanying sound effects were so funny!
loved that we came to know more about yul and jung ae...
loved how CW sassed the hell out of YY's mom...
overall this episode was nicely balanced....that last scene was so beautiful...I think tropes involving umbrella will be my next favourite thing

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The umbrella scene is really so beautifully done....I usually cringe at all the slow motions since they are so overly used, but intermingled shot of the raindrops hitting Chi-won's coat while he tilts the umbrella toward Yoon-yi is just gorgeous and adds to the emotional appeal to the scene.

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I daresay that the cinematography in this show is quite good...even in the last episode..while the kiss itself was awkward...the scene was so beautifully shot

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Yeah, it rarely happens, but I love when a slow motion scene is executed just right. I love how it highlighted the unspoken communication between them as those adorable smiles took over their faces before they embraced. Everything about it was perfect!

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If you would check the english translation on ost part 3 Minseo You must love me on youtube which 1thek posted.
"Under the umbrella we shared in a rainy day, only your shoulders were wet. Even if you say nothing, I now know it. I think you love me"

the umbrella scene!

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Kdrama magic, now wet shoulder will be forever romantic in my eyes...

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The ending hug and both of them smiling at each other is such a squee-worthy moment, ah my heart. Also, Chi-won switching the ramyun and coughed when the spiciness hit him is adorable beyond words!
Am so glad Chi-won matter-of-factly told Yoon-yi about the ex-wife. Vice President Do did say the ex is strong, so she probably was the one who initiate the marriage? Maybe for her it's a case of falling in love with your best friend, and finding out they didn't work out as lovers. Am wondering whether with Yoon-yi, Chi-won is now positioning himself as the one who loves more? *starry eyed*
Wangbi's ex should really be torched, ugh! No wonder she was so touched with Yul's "have you eaten", her family is so taking her for granted. Dunno whether there will be any romance between these two, but I really wish Yul will have a chance to pamper her more coz she deserves it!

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Familiar commenters on Jugglers' recaps. :D :D :D
I just want to add something that I haven't got a chance to say in beanies walls:
- Many said that Jugglers is easy to watch. In my opinion, it is light and little less angsty, but it's not shallow at all. I'm glad that I found another drama crack, and Baek Jin He and Choi Daniel.
- All would fall for Choi Daniel, but I want to give a shout out to Baek Jin He. I really like her in Empress Ki, a tiny queen but vicious and cold hearted. So I was impressed seeing her here, portraying a Yoon Yi that is so energetic and devoted to her job. All the cute acts are not annoying. All the emotional scenes are sincere...

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I love that the show delivers so much joy each week! The writer gives us a story with emotional depth, great characters, and a winky sense of humor, with a great cast and directorial touch. The setup of the story is familiar, but the show itself is definitely not shallow!

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who cares about rules. they are meant to be broken!!
the smile they had as they hugged now that's true happiness!

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That umbrella scene really delivered everything I wanted from the previous episode... but the more I think about their relationship's progression, the more it doesn't make sense to me. I guess I just don't see YY's feelings towards CW as romantic for the most part? They went from semi-rivals to coworkers to ???friends??? too quickly for me.
Or maybe I just agree with YY's manta, lol. Without them talking it out and being really open about their feelings, the romance feels kinda squicky.
YY's mother finally got what she deserved and it was the highlight of the episode for me.

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I think that is what the show is exploring: their current situation is icky and YY knows this. However, she really might have met her "other half" this way. I hope the show goes the route where she switches jobs and keeps her romantic relationship with CW

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I really feel the same way about YY. It makes a bit of sense for CW to develop feelings towards YY. But the reverse is not as "true" to me yet. Sure, the physical attraction is not a surprise but the emotional/romantic connection from YY is a bit odd. She might feel happy that he's allowing her to be a real assistant (professionally) and that he's communicating better and is respectful to her as a woman and as a colleague (kiss aside..ahem!) but that would make him a good person and boss. YY seems too easily reciprocating on the romantic side.

I guess I shouldn't have too many expectations but this was again the man delivering the come-uppance to the mom. Kinda wish they'd show a heroine who can be perfectly composed, but firmly and clearly telling her mom to MYOB and delivering a clear message to BUTT OUT. I guess this is too much to expect from a woman in a Korean social context.

Not too sure why we're getting this "makjang" plot for Jung Ae. Is this supposed to be going somewhere? I am all on board with her growing as on a personal and professional level. Also having her comedic hi-jinks with Yul/office although excessive naivete can a bit grating once it borders on stupidity.

Having said all that, this is a light rom-com and was never touted to be a deep exploration on any subject.

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Oh yeah I really do wish it was YY standing up to her mother. BTIOFL really spoiled me with that 'both of our families are toxic, let's not make hanging out with them more emotionally destructive than necessary" ending. But I'm a sucker for pragmatism and relying on actual law to stop a bigoted person from ruining your life is badass in my book.
Re: Jung Ae, I know!!! Who put makjang into my slice-of-life salad?! I like her story cause I've also never worked a full-time position as well and her screwing up and getting better makes me feel more optimistic and at ease about that future experience. But by adding this over-the-top plot it all just seems ridiculous.

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Totally agree about YY's feelings for CW not quite making sense yet. I'm able to put that aside since I'm wa tching this particular drama purely as fluff, but I can't imagine a real-life version of YY giving up on her mantra or seeing CW as a man after how he treated her. He's been swoony in some situations, but not enough to erase his jerk-moves AND overcome the power-differential issues yet, IMO. It almost feels like a "he likes me, so I like him" situation, but that doesn't fit YY's personality, especially given her reaction to ex-dude (can't remember his name, too lazy to look it up, ha!).

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I just adore Chi Won and Yoon Yi and can't wait where to see how things go from here. I didn't know Baek Jin Hee or Daniel Choi before this drama but I'm loving them. She is such a good actress with great comic timing and so adorable. Her chemistry with Daniel Choi is so good and I can't imagine anyone else as NCW. I can't see this working if Yoon Kyun-Sang had taken the role. Daniel Choi is perfect casting and looks like he stepped straight out of a manga/manhwa. A great post-military role for him!

I don't agree with your assessment with what CW said about his ex-wife. He wasn't talking about status or material things but that he was not in love or emotionally available to his ex-wife. DoHee obviously loved him very much but he couldn't love her back the same way and this created an emotional imbalance and turmoil in their relationship that led to the divorce.

I lost some sympathy with Jung Ae this episode. Her husband said she knew he had another family so she was aware and I'm not even sure if she is the first legal wife or was the sidechick/mistress/second 'wife' but seems she looked the other way and buried her head in the sand until crap hit the fan and now she is going along with insurance fraud. If not for her friends help and the good luck of scoring an unconventional boss like Yul she and Gun Woo would be destitute.
This is the danger of only focusing on the hubby and kids as a life goal. Jung Ae is a cautionary tale of how important it is for every woman even if as a housewife not in the workforce to get an education, maintain skills and look after their finances (N.B. if these opportunities are available and accessible to them. I am aware not all women have this luxury but I doubt this was the case with JA)

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I partly agree with you about JA (about looking the other way--that's too much). But she did rip up those forms, so I don't think she was going along with the insurance frauds. This is also why she was trying crazy hard (though unsuccessfully) to earn money. I do think that housewives need to maintain skills that would be valuable outside of the home. But often housewives are so busy that they don't really have time to seek a formal education ( I remember that it was mentioned earlier that JA was looking after extended family , not just her husband and son)

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I totally agree in regards to CW's explanation about his divorce. Firstly, the wording already suggest it was the issue about emotional inequality; one loved a lot more than the other did and this caused pain to them both. Secondly, CW is not that type of a person who would think chaebols are better than him. He has very little respect towards tradition and status as evidenced in his behaviour toward the elders of his family. So, I do not believe he would care whether his wife is a super rich chaebol.

It's likely that DH was the initiator of the marriage and CW simply went along because this was the only family he knew and he obviously wanted to keep it. And maybe he thought he would learn to love DH like a husband is supposed to love his wife but it never happened. He must've pretty much grown with DH and there is clearly a lot of affection there still between these two, understandably so. YY will have to face her insecurities and deal with them because I do not see CW giving up on DH and it would be cruel to even ask for such a thing. DH and her father are his only family. No one has a right to ask anyone to give up on their family. But I have faith in YY and I don't think she would do such a thing. I hope that she and DH will become friends. Maybe not close ones, but cordial ones at least.

I think, when it comes to JA, that she was very dependant on her husband. I mean, look at her, she cannot even type. So, she might've felt she had no other choice but to look the other direction because she could not make it on her own. And, besides, this seems to be rather common among rich Asian men, to have a mistress on the side so maybe JA thought this is normal and she just has to suck it up.

I do wonder why is she so helpless. I mean, she did go to school, didn't she? How on earth she cannot even type... I'm older than her and WE had to learn IT stuff at high school! I feel like show has made her somewhat too simple, because it feels like she's almost mentally challenged. What kind of upbringing did she receive? Was she groomed to be a housewife only from her early childhood? What what what??

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From personal experience being around some one with a situation like JA ( housewife getting a job). You have to realize it's been a while since she left school and used any of those ( no outdated skills). Also, there is the issue of having low self esteem as a career woman--especially if no one expects anything of you...

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Meant to say ***"now" outdated skills

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I agree with your interpretation on why CW ended his marriage. I admit to feeling disappointment because of his reasoning. I feel like his reason for the breakup was a good reason to end a dating relationship, but not a good reason to end a marriage. Even if two people start out in marriage expressing their love in equal measure, eventually the butterflies go away and maintaining love becomes less automatic and becomes something you have to work at. If the idea of commitment isn’t there, and willingness to work at it isn’t there, than any relationship is doomed to fail in marriage. (Even if they’re “perfect” for each other)
Marriage isn’t for everyone though, and that’s okay. For instance, other generations give millennials crap for not wanting to get married. Maybe they think that millennials don’t take marriage seriously but I think maybe millennials take marriage more seriously and thus decide not to get married altogether because lasting love is difficult to maintain.

But anyways, it’s just my opinion, and these characters aren’t real people so I can stop over-analyzing and thinking that if Yy and CW get married later their marriage is doomed... just carry on with all the cute interactions between these two (because they’re so very very cute).

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Completely agree with your analysis!

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It sounds like JA has always been naiive and has never been given a reason to develop past her teenage self.

Given this episode I think she got knocked-up really young (like late-teens, very early twenties young) and married because of it, and then stayed home with her kid. This probably made the most sense at the time (childcare costs can make it not worth working, especially the types of jobs she'd have been qualified for, plus it seems she and her husband both come from backgrounds where SAHMs are the norm, etc) and then her in-laws. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if her family would've kept her from working or going to school even if she'd wanted to, and she's not someone who would've pushed for something that, at the time, would seem to be purely to indulge herself.

Given all that I can't really blame her for looking the other way at her husbands affair or not gaining work experience/education in that situation.

I don't think it's clear whether she went with the insurance fraud, but I don't think she did. If she had I don't see why she would have sold the house or started working; there obviously wasn't any money for her to work with.

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Choi Kangwoo!
I squealed out loud when he appeared on the screen. What a surprise! Aren't there usually articles in advance about cameos? "As a favor to director so and so, actor so and so will make a special appearance," down even to which episode the cameo will happen. But I'm so so glad that there was no such article (or I missed it), because that was freaking awesome.

Thank you, show, for giving me a few more seconds of Yoo Jitae in a turtleneck.

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I really liked this episode. The aftermath of the kiss felt realistic and I enjoy Yul and Jung-ae's relationship as well.

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I keep putting the video clip on loop. It's so cute. I wish they can be awkward for 4 more eps.

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That smile when she hugged him. <3_<3

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could barely finish the episode cause I couldn´t stop laughing. Plus then I remembered it is nighttime. what happened to my promise not to watch anything funny during night? maybe panther ate it.

I love how this drama diverts your expectations and plays you so good, when you think all the exitement will go poof!, it manages to surprise you. It is a really sneaky and smart drama. Props to the writer. Taking a setup that seems so cliché and milking it for more than your moneys´ worth. The actors are so perfectly cast as well. I wonder if Mr Nam was written with Daniel Choi already in mind?

we were discussing with @snarkyjellyfish whether Mr Nam is a feminist or not. on one hand he doesn´t seem to make a specific effort for it, on the other hand though, one of my friends defined it as " when you can´t help but step up every time a womans´ rights are even slightly violated, then you´re a feminist, even if it is subconsciously." Or maybe he is just an anime hero (plot twist: he is actually a character from a comic book *gasp* )

the mom is really annoying, but since Mr Nam is so collected while Mom is hot-tempered, I hope her hostility will soon get neutralized.

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also, Team Leader Gong the carrier pigeon is my favorite thing ever (because I am petty and I would totally have someone do that even for no reason). Do it again, show! Muahaha

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What a HUG!
What a SMILE!!

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I watch this episode without subs as soon as it came out and I thought the slippers were llamas. It wasn't until I re-watched and found out that the slippers were rabbits.

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What I love about this drama is its small yet touching moments. Like when Yoon-yi buying gifts for the employees in the name of her boss. I love how Chi-won sincerely thanked her because he is such a busy person that those smaller details oftentimes eluded him. And while it's true that he cared for them, sometimes he forgot that little gesture like that would go a long way to cementing a dependable and trustworthy relationship.

Then there is also Jung-ae and Yul's adorable dynamic. More than them becoming a romantic pairing (which is a vibe I didn't get at all), I love how she treat him like he is her all-grown-up son. Sometimes she cajoled him a bit, sometimes she simply supported him doing what he truly want. Of course, not to forget showering him with motherly love he craved for. Though I still want her to tell Yul herself about her full story and how she ended up impersonating her younger sister. I think that would make it easier for him to understand her situation and ultimately forgive her for that deception.

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I'm enjoying the drama and light-hearted feel of it but I am not feeling the chemistry between Daniel Choi and Baek Jinhee.

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I adore CW and YY! Shout-out yo both the actors for doing such a great job! 😍
This drama is everything I could want in an office romance and in a relationship in general where lovers cross hurdles not only to meet each other but also face their problems together after they get in a relation which is what I think this drama will touch upon next. And so I agree with lollypip about YY And CW figuring a way out of this together and appreciate the writing for not shying away from such a realistic issue in every office romance.

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Chi-won and Yoon-yi are so freaking cute together, I love how she keeps getting him cacti. I wonder where they're going with Yul's and Jung-ae's storyline, are they veering towards romance or if Jung-ae's mom senses are just going into overdrive.

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the cacti are an obvious metaphor for their blossoming relationship ;)

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Sighh this couple keeps making me smile and melt ❤❤

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Hilarious little bits I loved:
- the adorable directing where Chiwon and Yoonyi would be in each other's mirrors
- Chump woo pulling out the cold ghost from Yoonyi
- Chiwon using his cough as an excuse for not remembering the correspondent's name (Choi.....*coughcough*)
-Yoonyi using the radish to wipe away the chilli
- everything Gong Yoo HE'S A RIOT (It's so cold in the office)
- when the employee got the thermal wear and hugged it
- Chiwon sincerely thanking Yoonyi after she bought the gifts (reference back to the episode where she told him he was stingy with gifts)
- Reversed roles in the rotating door!!!!

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I'm also loving the funny bits with the ex-boyfriend. I mean if he's going to be annoying, do it right. The cold ghost was hilarious. I died last week with his beat-boxing his heartbeat. Loving the obliviousness of the staff as well and the evil boss. Tbh, besides the romance part, the JA and Yul side-story as well as the comedy stand on their own

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There are so many cute little details in this drama. A lot of thought has been put into it.
The humour in this show is so good. Koren humour doesn't always work for me but this show is hilarious. I love the YB staff and all the supporting characters too like YY's brother constantly trying to give CW a copy of his CV (resume) lmao!

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delayed response:
how could a top executive in high-tech Korea not have the most innovative sleek pencil sharpener so that he could sharpen his own pencils when his assistant is home sick and can't hand sharpen them with her little blade?

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pencils sharpeners.... the things that disappear from all offices and nobody knows who took them. someone always borrows and doesn´t return. when I was a project manager, I bought 20 alltogether. they all disappeared mysteriously. Knife is better. people are too afraid to do anything with it, so they don´t borrow it. seriously, pencil sharpener is something everyone thinks they are entitled to borrow indefinetly, like what the heck?

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It's true, superfox, a blade is easier and won't get swiped for sure! haha I always sharpen my colored pencils with a blade! But, oddly, I only write with a pen :)

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colored pencils are another reason - I still have some very old russian colored pencils left and they just break with sharpeners, only a thin carpet knife works if used gently.

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I thought I was the only one wondering about the pencil-sharpening situation.

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Thanks LollyPip!

... it seems that the whole point is how they will find a way to reconcile their personal feelings with their work relationship...

- Heh, like how they will juggle the multiple facets of their relationship under everyone's noses in the office, and probably drop the balls ever so often so that the rumour mill will be rife! I'm loving the thought of it already!!! 😆

I found this episode hilarious. I think I was snorting with laughter all the way through as their colds manifested themselves upon their poor colleagues. The team's physical comedy/reactions were gold!

I felt for Jung Ae when her boss said he trusted her. Getting the job while using her sister's name is starting to bite her. Yul is coming along somewhat with Jung Ae faithfully still with him, but finding out that she is not who she says she is is a betrayal, and by one who might be a mother figure. How Yul will react and rally will be interesting. Not that much is shown about him to give us a clear idea about him, however it was shown that he does want connection and and extended family of sorts in how he keeps approaching Chi Won.

Anyway I'm glad that this show brings in the romance quite naturally. Eventhough it is a little cliched, it still has so much charm. I'm eager to know how they'll juggle their multiple roles and see them drop those balls along the way! 😈 😆

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Now can we please have a development in Yul and Jungae's relationship too?!

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My perceptions on this episode:
1) Okay, Chi-won's team is entertaining on their own. They are quick at noticing a change but at the same time, they don't know how to decipher it :D I mean it's was quite a breather since you cannot hide everything from your co-workers.
2) Jung-ae's husband is an absolute jerk!! How could he just abandon Jung-ae and their son for his other family, especially when he has accumulated such huge debts and Jung-ae has depended on him since college! Plus, Jung-ae could go to prison for insurance fraud. Ugh, I wish she gives him a satisfying retribution if he comes crawling back at her.
3) Hmm, it appears that Yul did a background check on Jung-ae?
4) Aw this episode's ending reminded me of the ending of the movie "He Was Cool".
Overall, please bring forth the fluffiness!!

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Re #3, now that you mention it, I think so too. No wonder about some of Yul's remarks on her sister's name, that she's not married ...

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Wow... I was waiting for this recap.. it's Yoo Ji Take cameo... As his Mad Dog leader.. hehe.. so cute.. lovey dovey..

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His smile at the end!!! I love these two. They are really cute and I love how they've progressed as people and in their relationship. His reaction to her buying the gifts says a lot since I think he wouldn't have appreciated that as much earlier in the show.

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Love this show more and more, which is making me giggle so heartily and often. And, the cameo of Yoo Ji-tae is so unexpected! How clever!

At first I thought that's impossible but I'm getting the feel that Yul and Wang Bi might really be written into a couple. He needs someone who can mother-hen him, and her son the great game player can complement his project in promoting e-games/sports. And, Yul does seem to be interested in her personally. Though, his family background is bound to cause some dissention.

Similarly, I am dreading something awful might befall our now super-happy main lead couple before the evil perpetrator be eventually put away, possibly through the joint co-operation of Yoon-yi and Bo-na, who will be won over finally.

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Does anyone else think Chi-won looks like Clark Kent when he's at home and in his casual clothes?

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