227

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: Episode 10

When this drama first began, I worried that Young-joon’s arrogant assurance of his own perfection would eventually grate on my nerves, but happily, he only gets cuter every time he touts his own perfection. I assumed he really did believe the things he says, but now it feels more like he’s letting us in on a joke, and it never gets old. And even with all his flaws, how can Mi-so not love a guy who’s been putting her needs first for a lot longer than she’s even realized?

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Young-joon answers in his sleep when Mi-so calls him “Sung-hyun oppa,” then he wakes up all the way. He doesn’t say anything, so Mi-so asks if his name used to be Lee Sung-hyun. She tells him about his mother saying “our Hyun” when they spoke of the kidnapping, but Young-joon claims he just reflexively answered her voice in his sleep.

He takes her home, and when he’s by himself later, he thinks about how hard Mi-so cried while they were locked up. He sighs, “You don’t need to know. I don’t want to make you cry ever again.”

In the morning, Mi-so visits Young-joon’s mother again to ask if Young-joon has ever changed his name. Mom says tensely that Mi-so must have misheard her say “Hyun,” but Mi-so insists that she heard correctly. Mom says firmly that the boy she was kidnapped with was Sung-yeon, and that she doesn’t know anyone named Hyun.

Determined to get some answers, Mi-so goes to Sung-yeon and asks if he remembered anything after reading her diary, like what their kidnapper looked like. He says he doesn’t remember anything, and that he wonders if it’s not so much that he can’t remember, but that he subconsciously won’t remember because it was too traumatic.

He goes to get her diary, and Mi-so thinks that his memories sound like things he’s heard from someone else. While she waits, she sees photographs of two young boys on a table, and she recognizes one of them as her Oppa. When Sung-yeon returns, she asks him which of the photos is him, and he points to the other boy, the one Mi-so doesn’t recognize.

Ji-ah is thrilled that her work commute is only five minutes now that she’s in her new place, but she balks when the office team expects her to throw a housewarming party. They pressure her into having a party this weekend, but Mi-so politely declines when invited, saying that she has a family obligation.

Now that she knows who her Oppa really is, Mi-so has another concern — why is everyone telling her Sung-yeon was the one who was kidnapped? She wonders if Young-joon really lost his memories, and if she should pretend not to know the truth.

She gives Young-joon his schedule for the day as usual, and he asks her to come to his place after work. LOL, he looks so innocent when she’s nervous to go to his house after dark. He asks what she could possibly be thinking of, and whether her imagination is running away with her.

He says he just wants to organize his personal library, acting all cool and sophisticated until Mi-so purrs, “Of course, ~Oppa~,” and he nearly falls out of his chair. He asks her to say it again, and the soft, sweet way she calls him Oppa makes him fall for her all over again. He says he’ll allow her to keep calling him that, but she chirps that she’s over it now, and his dismayed expression is priceless. Poor guy.

Mi-so arrives at Young-joon’s place a little early that night, surprising him in his bathrobe and not much else. He covers his embarrassment by saying that he doesn’t want to shock her with his muscular physique, and as he goes to dress, Mi-so gets a glimpse of the scars on his ankles again.

Pil-nam calls, and when she learns where Mi-so is, she calls Young-joon a selfish jerk again. Young-joon overhears Mi-so telling her sister that he’s not selfish and that he’s better than she thinks he is, and she finally says to stop worrying about their relationship. She starts to cry again after they hang up, and Young-joon realizes how much it upsets her that her family opposes them.

He’s confused, having thought that they’d be happy to have him in the family. Naturally he assumes that they feel burdened by his perfection, and he chastises his reflection for not being more imperfect.

While Mi-so organizes his documents, Young-joon tells her that he heard her on the phone with her sisters, and he promises to calm their concerns soon with his “fatal aura.” He makes Mi-so laugh, but he’s serious about wanting to convince her unnis so that Mi-so won’t cry anymore.

He drives her home later just to spend a little more time with her, and he asks her on a date the following day. She says she has a family gathering this weekend, and Young-joon asks if it’s the same trip she and her sisters go on every year.

Before she goes inside, Mi-so reaches into her purse and pulls out… a finger heart. OMG so cute. Young-joon reaches up to pluck the moon out of the sky for her, and Mi-so runs inside, embarrassed at their cheesiness, so he blows it up to her window like a kiss.

Yoo-shik comes to Young-joon’s house later that night, huffing and sighing until Young-joon asks what’s wrong. Yoo-shik says he saw his wife with another man, and Young-joon says he should have done better when they were together. Yoo-shik protests that he bought her anything she wanted, made her breakfast, and was even good to her family.

Young-joon perks up at the mention of family, and he asks what Yoo-shik did to make his wife’s family love him. Yoo-shik quickly figures out that Young-joon wants to win over Mi-so’s family, and he tells him to act like one of the subcontractors who try to win his company’s favor by proving his worth. Basically, he advises Young-joon to leave his pride at home.

When they get to their island rental house, Mi-so’s sisters ask why she’s so downcast. Pil-nam guesses it’s because of what she said about Young-joon, but she repeats that she’s just worried her little sister might date the wrong man. Mi-so says she just doesn’t know him, but Pil-nam changes the subject before Mi-so even finishes finishes talking.

Back in town, the office team head to Ji-ah’s for the housewarming party. The landlord suggests they take the party to the roof since Ji-ah’s place is so tiny, and no matter how hard Ji-ah tries to discourage them from going up there, they insist. So she goes up first saying she needs to clean up, and she warns Gwi-nam that a whole group from work is on their way to the roof.

Gwi-nam tries to run for his apartment, but the team comes upstairs too soon and he ends up diving under the bench to hide. They all make themselves comfortable and settle in for a long night of eating and drinking, with Gwi-nam right underneath them.

Mi-so and her sisters make this delicious-looking watermelon/soda concoction, but before she even gets a bite, Mi-so freezes to see Young-joon standing nearby, dressed to the nines. Mi-so pulls him aside to ask what’s going on, and he says he wants to rid her sisters of their worries about him.

Her sisters join them, and Mal-hee asks if, by chance, they’re already dating. Young-joon says that they are, and that he knows Pil-nam and Mal-hee are worried, but he assures them that he and Mi-so like each other very much. He invites them to a hotel suite he booked, and to have dinner at a fancy restaurant where he made reservations, but Pil-nam says that this is exactly why she worries — because he lives in a very different world from theirs.

Young-joon offers to join them for dinner at the restaurant where they made their own reservations, and even Mi-so looks concerned. They head to an all-you-can-eat crab place, and the sisters tell Young-joon that the restaurant makes a profit because they use very cheap ingredients. Young-joon swears he can handle eating cheap crabs, even when Mi-so gives him one last chance to back out.

Over dinner, Pil-nam asks the couple why they still refer to each other formally. On the spot, Young-joon tells “Mi-so-yah” to call him Oppa, ha. He’s a bit confused when Mal-hee keeps eating well after she’s full, and Pil-nam says he must not understand why someone would want to get the most for their money.

He takes it as a challenge and digs in, smiling determinedly as he stuffs his face. He looks so sick by the end of the meal that even the restaurant owner jokes that he’ll probably never eat a crab again, hee.

Back at the house, Mi-so tries to send Young-joon to his hotel to digest his huge meal, but he insists he’s fine. Pil-nam and Mal-hee come outside dressed in ajumma pants for clamming, and at Young-joon’s confusion over why someone would work on their vacation, Pil-nam sneers that he probably has a personal chef to cook for him with the freshest ingredients. He decides to go clamming with them, saying he can do anything as long as he’s with Mi-so.

Ji-ah can’t even enjoy her own housewarming party, knowing that Gwi-nam is stuck under the bench, his stomach growling at the scent of all the food they’re eating. The team decides to move to the shade, and Gwi-nam just grins at them from the floor when they move the bench away from him.

He trills, “Surprise!” and pretends that he was invited to the party all along, and that being a creative person, he decided to make an interesting entrance. He and Ji-ah make cranky faces at each other as they eat and drink, still on the outs.

Se-ra volunteers to go on a beer run, and while at the store, she eats up several sausage samples and gets a tongue-lashing from the sample ajumma. Suddenly, Cheol appears out of nowhere and grabs several bags of sausages, and he orders the ajumma not to embarrass Se-ra any further. Oh my swoon.

Mi-so and her sisters start clam-digging as they wait for Young-joon to show up, and eventually Pil-nam and Mal-hee decide he must not be coming. Mi-so yells at them for being rude and repeats that Young-joon isn’t the kind of person they think he is. She snaps, “He protects me when I’m scared, and he’s always considerate of me. You don’t know anything.”

All three sisters’ jaws drop when they spot Young-joon striding across the mudflat, wearing overalls, rubber boots, and even an ajumma visor. Pil-nam snaps that his fancy equipment is no match for their years of experience, and Mi-so suggests they test that theory. They split into two teams, Pil-nam and Mal-hee versus Young-joon and Mi-so, and make a bet that the team that digs the least clams owes the winning team a wish.

Young-joon wants to know what Mi-so will wish for if they win. She says she’ll wish for her sisters not to hate him, which makes him even more determined to win. He digs furiously, and he and Mi-so win the clam-digging contest by a landslide.

Mi-so makes her wish, and Young-joon amends it to asking them for a chance to show them how sincere his feelings are for Mi-so. Mal-hee visibly softens, and although Pil-nam tries to keep up her stern demeanor, she has a hard time hating Young-joon when he catches her from slipping in the mud.

She notices that his hands are freezing, and Mi-so accuses him of upsetting his stomach by eating so much crab and drags him off to find some medicine. Mal-hee notes that he made himself sick just to impress them, deciding that he’s not as much of a snob as she thought.

She says he seems like a nice guy despite his sexual dysfunction, lol, and that she likes him. She tells Pil-nam to lighten up on him, and later, Pil-nam insists on pricking Young-joon’s finger (a home remedy for upset tummy). He whines like a baby before remembering to look tough.

They’re preparing for dinner, and when Mal-hee asks Young-joon’s help kneading some dough, he punches it like it owes him money, ha. He tells Pil-nam he feels better, and she grumpily says she’ll prick his finger again the next time his stomach is upset. Success!

Se-ra and Cheol get back to the party just as everyone decides to relocate to a pub. The landlord shows up, and Gwi-nam hides behind a squid so she won’t see him and say something about him living in the rooftop apartment. After she’s gone, Team Leader Jung asks what he’s doing, and he says he’s going to sing a song like on “King of Masked Singer,” pfft.

Oh man, he’s horrible, and Team Leader Jung stops him after only a few lines. He tells Gwi-nam that he doesn’t need to go so far to try for a promotion, assuming he’s kissing up because he happens to be wearing a t-shirt from Team Leader Jung’s alma mater.

Suddenly Cheol hides his face behind the squid and says he wants to sing. How did I know he was going to bust out “This is the Moment” from Jekyll & Hyde?? His voice is strong and beautiful, and Se-ra nearly faints, she’s so impressed.

Later, when she’s a lot more drunk, she runs into Cheol in the hallway. She warns him not to try seducing her by picking up her falsies about buying sausages out of nowhere, and he’s smirking by the time she growls a bad impression of his singing.

He trails after her to make she she doesn’t fall, grinning widely as she tells herself out loud that she thinks she likes him. She rolls an ankle, and Cheol swoops over to catch her from falling as from somewhere, “This is the Moment” swells romantically.

After dinner, Young-joon says he’d like to attend this family event every year, and Pil-nam grumbles that it’s too soon to say that, but there’s no heat in her words. Mi-so says their dad usually joins them but was busy this year, and Young-joon notes that it’s an unusual tradition. Pil-nam explains that when Mi-so was only four, they’d made a promise to their mother.

In flashback, we see the family traveling to a music festival in a borrowed car. Dad (cameo by Lee Min-ki) sings along with the radio, making little Mi-so wail that he has a terrible voice, and Mom (cameo by Jung So-min) defends Dad. He promises to win the singing contest and give Mom the trophy as her birthday present.

The sisters had spotted a beach, and they’d decided to stop for a bit. Dad had lost the car keys in the rocks, which had caused them to miss the festival. He’d pouted that he was a bad husband for not winning Mom that trophy.

Mi-so had shrieked that she found something, but instead of the keys, she’d found her first clam. The girls ran off to find more clams, but Mom held Dad back to keep looking for the keys. He’d quoted Michael J. Fox: “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.”

He’d said he can always win the contest next year, but that day, he wanted to focus on his everything. Mom had thanked him for making this a great birthday after all, and they’d decided to make it a family tradition to go to the beach every year on her birthday. But Mom had only gotten to experience the tradition once before passing away.

Young-joon realizes that today must be their mother’s birthday. Pil-nam is sad that Mi-so doesn’t remember their mother well, having been so young when she died. She apologizes to Young-joon for the way she spoke to him, and she says that she can tell he’s a good man who likes Mi-so a lot.

She says that she wants Mi-so to have a family and be loved a lot, so she worries about her little sister being with a man who isn’t ordinary. Young-joon promises to make sure she has nothing to worry about, because he wants Mi-so to be as happy as they do.

Meanwhile, Sung-yeon is troubled by what Mi-so said about his complete lack of memories of their kidnapping. Young-joon’s mother is also worried, remembering how Mi-so asking if the Hyun that Mom mentioned is actually Young-joon. Dad finds Mom and asks what’s wrong, and she says she thinks they should tell their sons the truth.

Mi-so and Young-joon go for a walk together, and Young-joon says that he thinks he won her sisters over. He admits that he feels bad for intruding on such a special day, but Mi-so says she’s glad he came. She thinks her unnis must also be glad, especially since their mother’s birthday is one of the happiest days for them.

Young-joon says her mother must have been a wonderful person to have raised such a lovely family. Mi-so tells him that she suddenly collapsed one day after they came to this beach, and Dad was always at the hospital with her.

She says that one day she was playing alone, and her mother came to see her. They’d played together, which made Mi-so happy, and she only learned later that her mother had just learned that she was dying. She says her mother must have been very sick, but that without that memory, Mi-so might have forgotten her because she was so young.

Mi-so tells Young-joon that if he has a painful memory like that, she hopes that one day he’ll open up to her about it. She says she’ll wait patiently, and be there for him always. Young-joon pulls her into a hug, looking sad.

Young-joon’s mom sits Sung-yeon down and tells him, “Twenty-four years ago, the person who was kidnapped… wasn’t you.” We don’t hear the rest, but later Sung-yeon wanders the streets in a daze, muttering that it must have been him.

Young-joon and Mi-so head back to work together for a showcase event. Young-joon complains that he’s tired and wants to go home, and Mi-so tells him that he can go after the final event. He goes to talk with some colleagues, and Mi-so finds her seat for the last event, a magic show.

Sung-yeon arrives, still dazed, and he sits next to Mi-so. When she asks why he’s here, he intones in an emotionless voice, “She said my memory is wrong. Do you think so?” Mi-so can’t look him in the eye.

Onstage, the magician introduces his assistant, a famous model. She descends from the flyspace, sitting on a swing, and the first thing Mi-so sees when she looks up is the model’s high heels swinging in midair. She’s thrust into a flashback of the kidnapping, and everything comes back to her in one huge rush of memory.

Mi-so sees her kidnapper, wearing those red heels and tying a rope with red-tipped fingernails. The kidnapper yells, “Your father’s gone to work. What nonsense are you talking?!” Mi-so’s own young voice whines that Auntie is acting strange. The woman climbs a chair, the chair falls over, then Mi-so sees her legs dangling limply just past the doorway.

Little Young-joon tells her, “No Mi-so-yah, it’s not your auntie. It’s a spider. It’s a big spider.” He’d told her not to come any closer to the doorway, but she’d screamed, “No, Oppa, don’t leave me alone, I’m scared!”

Mi-so stands, shaking violently, and she gasps, “I remembered,” before passing out. Sung-yeon rushes to her, but Young-joon is there a second later, shoving Sung-yeon away from her as he gathers her into his arms and begs her to wake up.

 
COMMENTS

Wow… whatever I was imagining truly happened during the kidnapping, I didn’t expect something that horrible. Now it all makes sense — why Mi-so is so scared of spiders, and why Young-joon has been trying so hard to hide the truth from her. He hasn’t been protecting himself, he’s been protecting Mi-so all along. He’s been holding in his own horror from seeing a woman commit suicide to spare Mi-so of having to remember. And now her spider phobia makes sense, and also why Young-joon was so determined to convince her to forget it. It wasn’t a spider she saw, but the kidnapper’s lifeless legs hanging in midair, and Young-joon was the one who planted the idea that it was just a spider.

I’ve been assuming all this time that Sung-yeon was in on the kidnapping victim switch, that he’d somehow “stolen” Young-joon’s traumatic experience for his own gain. I wasn’t expecting him to be just as surprised as anyone else that he was never kidnapped. I can’t imagine why Young-joon and Sung-yeon’s parents would tell their children such a huge lie — even if they were somehow protecting Young-joon, to do something that horrific to Sung-yeon is unforgivable. I guess they may have told themselves that Sung-yeon wouldn’t be as traumatized because he didn’t actually experience it, and that’s certainly true, because even Mi-so noticed that his memories seemed more like something he was told about than something he experienced. But why? I’m even more convinced now that the kidnapper was Dad’s mistress, and I think that it’s possible that Young-joon saw or heard something his parents wanted hidden, so they told him that he wasn’t kidnapped until he believed it… or at least pretended to.

On a happier note, I loved how hard Young-joon worked to win over Mi-so’s sisters and make them see that he’s not too proud to live at their level. I’m so used to dramas where the poor heroine has to prove to the chaebol family that she’s worthy of them, so it’s a fun reversal to watch Young-joon sucking on crabs and digging clams to prove his love for Mi-so to her family. Besides, I was getting angry with Pil-nam’s very negative assessment of Young-joon, and her constantly repeating that he must be so high-and-mighty because he’s rich, when she didn’t know him at all. He may be unfamiliar with things like all-you-can-eat restaurants and the need to dig your own clams to save money, but he also, on his own, made his own tea and copies and bought Mi-so pork skins and “bugs” because he wanted to make her comfortable. He’s not too proud to meet Mi-so on her level, and he’s never, not once, asked her to change herself to meet him on his.

Now we’re finding out that he’s probably been stifling his own trauma for most of his life in order to spare Mi-so any pain from their kidnapping. So I’m glad Pil-nam finally came around, because I was really over her attitude. But seeing a bit of their family story, and how much their parents loved each other, made me understand Pil-nam a bit better, and I can respect that she just wants her baby sister to have the loving, ordinary family that she barely got to experience as a child (and how awesome were Jung So-min and Lee Min-ki — they made me cry). It’s clear that the sisters love each other very much, and it makes sense now why they’re so willing to defend their dad even when he makes bad choices, and why Mi-so worked for so many years to pay off his debt. They’re not perfect, but there’s a lot of love in that family, and if I were Pil-nam I’d also want my sister to find a man who showers her with love like their father did with their mother. But it looks like Young-joon has convinced Pil-nam that he’s that man even if he does come from not-so-humble beginnings, and they’re well on their way to making their own sweet little family.

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , ,

227

Required fields are marked *

That BTLMF cameo made me cry happy tears 😭❤️ Can we have more of them?
And Young Joon is just too sweet to be true 😭

23
23
reply

Required fields are marked *

A-a-and they even put in the BTLIOF OST!
I just couldn't anymore, pure happiness 😭❤

13
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

They also had the OST being played on the cello a couple of episodes ago in a scene where YJ and President Park were at a bar/club!

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I hadn't realized that!😱😱😱

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Another reason to re watch 🤩

2

I am not even watching this show but I almost considered trying to be one of the firsts posts on this recap just for old time’s sake like I did for the BTLIOF recaps but then I told myself, “No, Mindy, don’t do that, that would be obnoxious”

But the first comment talks about the BTLIOF cameo anyway, hehehehe.

Oh my gosh I love them. Lee Min-ki and Jung So-min should be in everything ever together.

13
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well... i started was watching this in order to see the cameos... and wouldn’t care if I only get to see them less than 3 minutes on screen... but still enjoyed their cameo nonetheless!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's it! Uri couple always looks most radiant next to the sea....conversing, kissing, chasing their beautiful daughters.....

I am so glad that the PD spared us of scenes of Ji-ho Mi-so's eomma dying with Se-hee her grieving husband by her side because I don't think my heart would be able to take it....😭😭😭

14
reply

Required fields are marked *

Did you notice the snail/house plushie in the claw machine that YJ was playing? It was smaller than the one on BTLIOF, but it was there. :)

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

YES! I squealed like a seal when I saw the snail in the machine.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is BTLMF really good? I love Jung so-min!!

3
10
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's really, REALLY good, except for the last episode. But the last episode isn't actually bad, it just doesn't hold up to the rest of the drama.

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

But that said, you should totally watch it. Just be prepared to rewrite a couple of scenes in your head. :)

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

100% agreed. SO worth the watch despite the disappointing last couple eps.

Nam Se-hee is the best hero in dramaland, just sayin’.

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

It is very good, except the last TWO episodes, where the writer ruined our character's behavior in order to provide a climax that we didn´t need. (Sigh)
It was supposed to be one of my top 3, but it didn´t.
Instead, my Ajusshi made it, and I believe it will remain there for long long time. In my top 3 best dramas of all times!!! :)

8
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I didn't mind the second to last episode...I thought it was in character that person x would do what person x did, I just didn't like the reasons for it (which came out in the last episode). I can't make my argument without spoiling, but while I understand other people's aversion to the second to last episode, I totally thought I got it (until the reasons were revealed, and they turned out to be stupider than I thought).

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree. I really liked it up until the last two episodes. After those two episodes, I hated the Ji Ho character so much, it ruined the entire drama for me.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree with you on My Ajusshi!! Still the best drama for me ♥️ (With WWWSK coming far second)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've been the reading the recaps here in dramabeans. And I don't understand why she wanted to end it?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

If you’re wondering about BTLMF, Jiho feels the need to end the contract in order to start over. If you’re wondering about kim miso in 1st episode, it’s because she never recognized YJ as the oppa who protected her when they were kidnapped.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It is the greatest television series of all time in any language, although the finale two episodes are not as good a the rest- mostly because the writers felt compelled to repeat the 'couple must be separated before they can really be together' trope- which is almost never needed in any drama.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

YESSS YESSS AND YESSS! MY HEART WAS ABOUT TO EXPLODE WHEN THE CAMEO HAPPENED AND THE OST STARTED PLAYING! Took me back to all those feels that BTIOFL provided! LOVED LOVED LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR CAMEO!!!

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm here to gush it as well! I had to repeat that specific scene for a couple of times, especially the part where they had the OST played on the bg uggghhhhh

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Omg, I'm literrally waiting for eps 10 recap to talk about JSM and LMK cameo. I missed Ji-ho and Se-hee so much. And seing them together as Mi-so parents makes double happiness.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I miss Lee Min Ki on screen so so much. His and Jung So-Min's joint cameo was totally adorbs!

On to non-cameo developments, I am definitely curious about the switcheroo. Slightly less impressed about Mi-So getting her final confirmation after seeing Young-Joon's childhood pic: she appears to be in and out of that house on a regular basis, and I would think that those pics have been around for some time!

5
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hmm, while a guest would definitely stop and look around a house and all the trinkets showcased, Mi So probably only ran errands while at their house. She would be present at their house in her capacity as a secretary and not as a guest, so she may have felt uncomfortable looking around and prying into things too much. I remember her looking super uncomfortable when she was having lunch with their family ( though that could be due to mom's extreme shipping XD)

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

We’ve seen so much evidence of her close observations and attention to detail. But hey, you’ve got an excellent fig leaf for the writers here. So be it - I love the show 😊

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I could be wrong about this, but I thought that she didn't remember his face until recently.

12
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

ye, you're right.. 'til I don't know which episode, they just showed his lips saying "My name is Lee..."

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ah, ok!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What a revelation!!! YJ has been a stand up guy all along! All his narcissism and his arrogance is just an outer shell. No wonder you want to punch him and hug him at the same time!!! Now waiting to see why his parents lied about it all along. I hope they come up with a good explanation. Love loved loved the BTIOFL cameo!

All in all YJ and MS fighting!!!

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lee Tae-hwan was really cute as a child.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

my faave<3

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I glad that the characters are consistent and true to their nature up until now. I’ll be sad if writers change their personalities to 180’ in later episodes. Here what I think about these characters:
For Young Joon, I agree with Lollypip’s analysis about his narcissism and sensitive nature are both valid. Narcissistic side is not his alter ego. From the little Young Joon interaction with mini Mi So, it is apparent in that way he’s looking at Mi So’s playing and calling her idiot that he has a sense of superiority and deep caring. It is already developed in his early age. He is over confident because he knows that he is superior in intellect, money and look which are all true by the way. He only cares deeply about the people who are in his inner circle which are his family and Mi So but nobody else. I think it makes more sense and humane in this way. A person can have different personalities to some extent within healthy boundary like an average person can be kind and selfish at the same time as long as it is not pathological. So that’s why I find it funny and consistent with his character that he cannot just listen to President Park’s worry because he does not have it in him and it’ll always be more about himself. And People can’t change their whole personality just because you love someone that would be more weird. The other thing make him successful is his own doing like how he tackled the claw machine until he got the toy or how he pursued Mi So until she said yes or how he got Mi So’s sisters’ approval because he is that ‘task centred’ person who takes ‘no’ for an answer in a good way and does not take things for granted. He is such a love.
For Mi So, she quit her job because she wants to find a husband and build a family in episode 1 or 2. That’s her ultimate goal full stop but not about trying to find herself or so. She is a workaholic to the point that she does not know what to do with her day off and got bored so she needs the job which she’s proud of. She was also a bit sad when Young Joon told her to rest during the workshop and did not ask her to come with him to business meeting. That IS HER. Young Joon can provide both of her needs so why quitting now. The way she’s humouring Young Joon’s narcissistic comment about himself and the way she’s asserting herself to him during and outside of work meant that she is equal to him in every way.
As them as a couple, I’ve never seen 2 people who fit each other like them. They vibe on the same wavelength when they work together. They have the same goal and drive in every project like ‘opening of the art centre’ and also Mi So is just as ruthless as Young Joon when handling a bad employee like sacking the man in episode one (they both did the same job in different ways with no sympathy for him). Them as lovers is everyone’s talking about anyway.
As for the secret, I think Young Joon is not telling Mi So because it is bigger than himself. It is not just protecting Mi So but also it is about...

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Congratulations to everyone who figured out that SY was never kidnapped.

However, I don't think he was an innocent bystander who was somehow convinced by Mom and Dad that he had been kidnapped. The way Mom started her story was, "Now don't blame yourself...." I suspect this is more like the case from Suspicious Partner, where the perp remembered himself as the victim's first love, when he was actually one of the crowd who assaulted her. I doubt Mom and Dad had to deliberately twist his memories; he probably twisted them himself because he couldn't deal with the guilt.

As for Young-joon, it's obvious he remembered everything all along. But I think he "fainted" back then so that he could stop being Seung-hyun who was kidnapped (and whose brother couldn't stand that his story was not the truth), and he could become the invincible Young-joon.

10
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

And also congratulations to those who picked out the name change ‘hyun’ name from mum!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I totally agree with you a/ SY not being so innocent. If we go back to the episode where mom was explaining to MS about how SY would attack YJ evetytime they’re in the same room. It’s most probably that SY was making sure YJ would get their story straight and the same to their parents.
I don’t think the parents purposely lied to both sons but rather went along with SY once YJ ‘fainted’ and claimed amnesia.
SY having repeated the story to himself finally believed his own delusion and it became his reality despite never experienced the actual trauma.
Can’t wait for next episodes.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, exactly!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

"I should have recorded it." 😂
[Miso calling him Oppa]

17
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Young Joon 2k18 😂

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The "spider" was quite scary... now it all makes sense... Hope the other half of the story (lying parents, Hyung's loss of memory and the kidnapper self) will make sense as well.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Especially the fact the parents have been lying for 20 years is bothering me very much. I can’t think of anything that would make sense to me in any way. Even more so when you consider they didn’t have a peaceful family atmosphere even though they lied to maintain that not existing peace. Hope the story convinces me in the end though.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Forgot to mention I like Young Joon more and more... 😍

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

The way his brain almost broke whe Mi-so called him oppa was the best. What a kitten. PSJ's reaction was so natural.

15
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I repeated that scene 😂

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

10x minimum, loled every time.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

While watching, I thought that Mi-So was really in tears over the thought that Young-Joon was Oppa after seeing his scars again and Pil-Nam’s ensuing call just made it look like it was about her sisters’ disapproval of their relationship to Young-Joon.

So when he was busy planning to win them over to himself, I actually laughed out loud at his “mistake.”

Now, I feel rather foolish.

6
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I interpreted it the same way: she was crying because she was thinking about how hard it must have been for him being kidnapped, and then Pil Nam's call just coincided with her already crying. And I stand by my interpretation. :)

8
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That was my interpretation. Especially since she was in tears later when she was arguing with her sisters about how much they don't know him and how much he protects her.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, she was crying over his scars. I laughed that he of course went off on the wrong tangent, although she was ultimately crying about him anyway.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Actually, that's how I read the scene too! She was crying thinking about how much he had gone through, but he misunderstood in a very cute way :)

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The both brothers were kidnapped and one escaped, it wasn't that Sung Yeon was reproching to Young Joon ? That he left letting him alone ? Now if the mother said to Sung Yeon that he mustn't feel guilty, I guess it's because it was the opposite, he left without his brother.

I undestand the big sis who wants to protect her sister, but she's a psy, can she be more smart ? I mean it's her job to see people as they are and not to judge them...

Their mum looks beautiful for having 3 kids and being sick. Her story is very sad.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

But Mom told him in ep. 10 that he wasn't the one who was kidnapped.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha that's often caused me to wonder just how effective a therapist she is *gives unni the gimlet eye* 😒

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the sister's reaction is why as a psychiatrist and as any sort of medical professional, you shouldn't treat people immediate family members (I think this is an actual medical ethical recommendation). Emotions cloud judgment. I do love how YJ and the big sis made up.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

The cameo made me want to watch BTLIOF!

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

You should!

I did!

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Soooooon

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have no idea where I was looking or what I was doing but I TOTALLY missed that the kidnapper hung herself. Totally one of those situations where you never actually examine your thoughts but you just assume they make sense? Because I tell you what, y'all, I LEGIT thought that the magicians assistant had done it and she liked to sit on the door and dangle her legs. Which---makes not a single lick of sense.

16
21
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh my sweet summer child 🤣

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I totally missed that too. Thank goodness for recaps!

8
reply

Required fields are marked *

I missed it too, and feel a bit like a dunce.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

You are not alone in your misinterpretation... 🙄

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too, totally! I give thanks for LollyPip!

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

She not only hung herself, but before she did it, she was reaching out those long fingers with the red fingernails, saying, "Kids, I don't want to go by myself, let's go together," and Seung-hyun was screaming, "Noooooo!"

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh Lord that's so so terrible for the kids to go through. The woman was probably having some sort of delusion. Maybe she lost her children in an accident so she thought MS and YJ were her kids and she kidnapped them so they could all die as a family. MS and YJ must have been so scared my heart hurts.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Omg, I hadn't realised how that fragment fit in until I read your comment. It's already frightening enough to be kidnapped and witness your kidnapper hang herself, but this would explain why the trauma was so deep for Young-joon that he has nightmares about it almost every time he sleeps.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wait, what... totally didn't catch that while watching.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think thats from one of the disjointed flashbacks/nightmares that Young-Joon has had over the course of the drama.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ok wait, I know why I missed it.
When SY arrived at the banquet, I got so freaked out that Mom had told him without at least having YJ in the house at the same time, my mind went wild. (Seriously, Mom? Good job at making this a bigger mess.) I thought SY would hurt MiSo, or kidnap MiSo right there. THEN when the stage act appeared, I thought SY would have managed to cook something up with the magician that would kidnap/make MiSo disappear (we've seen nuttier things in kdrama, come on you guys!) by calling her to the stage as part of his act. I was so unprepared by trying to be prepared that I missed what actually happened 😂🤣😂

9
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Right? Like couldn't she have waited an hour or two to call both sons for an emergency meeting? YJ may not like to come home, but he would for something like this

1
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

No kidding! I'm surprised she would do this without having some psychologist on stand-by or consult a psychologist for the best way to break it. She just breaks it to him and he just leaves to wander the streets by himself until he got to the event.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I KNOW! Like how did he get out of the house? Obviously he's like a grown man and all, but he was CLEARLY not in his right mind

1

I'm watching this show with three of my best girlfriends, and after we watched ep 10, we discussed "Why on earth would mom break it to SY that way?" We finally rationalized that the parents must have decided for mom to break it to him personally to avoid another fist fight between the brothers? LOL, if we chat about a plot hole long enough, The four of us can usually contrive some kind of explanation. :D

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Firstly, I'm so envious that there are are four of you who can squee together over this show! What a luxury!
Secondly, isn't it great how hard we will work to "massage" plots to benefit holes in our dramas? I doubt I showed this kind of creativity in school 😉

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's totally a luxury to have four of us to enjoy dramas together (previously five until one friend got married and moved away). I discovered Korean dramas six years ago and dragged them all to the dark side with me. I'm so happy they were willing!!!
I agree that plot hole explanations really inspire creative genius. Sometimes it takes a lot of brainstorming to come up with rational reasons for characters' actions, and sometimes there's nothing to be done but admit "bad writing" defeat. We're really invested in this show, though, so we're giving it extra effort. If any of the Beanies want to hear our explanation for something, just let me know!

1

Same. Not the sitting on the door part, but I too create scenarios that make sense to me and just go with them, so...

I was also distracted by how seriously irked I was that SY showed up and tried to blame Mi-so for his delusions. And then both shook at how creepy the memory was and delighted that SY couldn't play victim cause Mi-so had passed out. I actually yelled a "Ha!" at the screen.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I missed that too, so i was kinda confused, thinking that the lady from the magic show was the same lady kidnapped them.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was so confused. I was like, "What? Their kidnapper was a model who does magic shows now?" But on rewatch, I saw that she hung herself and realized the kidnapper couldn't be the model since she's already dead.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It took me going, "OH! If she were the same magician's assistant she'd be hella old by now!" To fully understand. And then the recap.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think they messed with SY's memory because he set YJ up to be kidnapped, probably as a nasty prank (he was a bully!), only it went terribly wrong. Maybe they hypnotized him into switching the story around (perhaps with YJ's blessing?) in an attempt to "reform" him and his terrible personality? Just a thought. It's all I've got.

Lee Min-ki and Jung So-Min's cameo needs to happen in every drama from now until the end of time. Somehow I missed that it was going to happen, so it was a complete surprise to me, and I had a total, visceral reaction to seeing them together again! Ugh, so good.

8
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

oooh, good theory.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the parents let the brother think he was kidnapped because (if I were to write this) the manifestation of of SY's guilt (because he left YJ alone) probably made him catatonically depressed or suicidal or self-harming, so when YJ pretended to forget what happened they saw letting SY believe he was as better than the alternative (two broken sons rather than one)

Kind of a version of that trope when someone is so shocked at their behavior that they go full denial, like a murderer saying "I didn't kill him, You killed him I didn't do it I swear"

9
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

*pops in to say hello*
I only watched this episode for the BTLIOF cameo, but I'm totally going to try hiding behind a dried squid next time I don't want to be seen. And I will sing if I get caught. You have been warned.

If somebody tells me all episodes are as good as this one I might have to go back and find scenes with the secondary characters. They are hilarious. Byeee!

8
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

This show is definitely my crack summer drama right now. I laughing out loud every episode. From President Park and his advice spoken bluntly with witty humor, to the second hand embarrassment of the office worker, Se-ra, to Gwi-Nam and his suit, to everyone’s misinterpretation of what is really going on between Secretatt Kim and the CEO, and now seeing Young-joon in his crab-catching get-up, I’m thoroughly enjoying the writing and the ride.

9
reply

Required fields are marked *

I will say that I laughed harder and louder and cringed even more painfully this episode than in the prior ones. But that's saying a lot, because there's been no shortage of laughing and cringing and SQUEEING TO THE MAX. Omg, I really love this show.
WishfulToki, you didn't even see any kissing😚,

8
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, this was the best episode yet, but there have been SO many funny moments.

@wishfultoki Do you not like couple hijinks? The side characters are damn funny but this OTP is also hilarious

2
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like couple hijinks but only to an extent, and sadly I don't care for the OTP even though I like both of the actors. I think it's because of the boss-secretary setup...
I did go back and watch ep. 9 to catch more funny scenes, and yes, I also saw those kisses @bbstl...umm, they were Rated DB (Dangerous for Beanies).

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

😍 indeed, these kisses are are DB for
DaeBak! 💏
Deadly for Bbstl! 😵
And
Dangerous for Beanies ⚠️🌱 because we'll never be satisfied with anything less from future kdramas! 💋

5

Ah! But you see they are not just a random run of the mill ‘boss and secretary’! He picked her all those years ago even though she didn’t have enough qualifications because she was Mi So! Stop wasting time and watch it now!!!

5

I second RenOlshi! They have truly cared for each other a lot over their 9 years together without any "boss and secretary" intentions, and I'm almost certain you'll enjoy it.

4

Ep6 was ridiculously funny! You can watch that one!

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you! :D

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I thought I had my life's fill of people falling on top of one another, but seeing Mi-so unnie falling onto Young-joon in their glorious ajumma attire, and then a drunk Se-ra falling into the arms of our swoony puppy-in-resident Driver Yang, the PD has restored my faith in the trope.

I love how Ji-ho's dad who is a musician in the drama sings so terribly. Gwi-nam who is a musician in real life sings so terribly (with his own song never the less), but Driver Yang who so far utters very few words swoons us belting out a power ballad to impress his crush. 😂

Also, when LMK sings the last phrase of Extreme's More Than Words, did anyone else catch Viki translated (at least on the day it aired) as "cause I’ll be ready. Noooooo”? 😂

14
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah I caught that line too 😂😂

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

And why has no one mentioned that blue suit that fits PSJ LIKE A GLOVE? Best fit so far.

9
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

If the sight of him was the first impression he would have nothing to prove to Mi-so's sisters.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

oh.my.god. I passed out for a second 😵

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was more distracted by the shirt he wore in that ahjumma getups. When he was squatting you can totally see his biceps popping out. If I were MS I would’ve touched his arms

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same!!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

He looks good in everything. I no longer can differentiate. He is perfect after all.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Gah, even those icky knit dad shirts 🤷🏻‍♀️ Or are those cool again?
I guess they are now 😍

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

And how cute do they look together? I noticed especially with him in that blue suit and Mi So in that jeans and white blouse. Perfection!

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I loved that part he put his arm around Mi-so! And I love her blouse too, I took a few screenshots of it 😍

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

The outfit MS wore to their vacation with her perfectly styled hair was a total killer.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was crying hard at part when Mi So’s mother playing with her at the playground. And that’s when she knows that there is no more time left. And finally I understand why Pil Nam was so against YJ. But YJ have prove himself that he was dead serious with Mi So. And after all the time, he was protecting MS with his own way. And not wanting MS to cry, sealing his promises with much effort.

MS is Queen. She stood for YJ, put her strong belief so that Pil Nam will not accused YJ anymore and my heart was over the moon when they get the approval for PL and MH. I love them.

And this is not the ordinary chaebol-damsel in distress drama.

This is masterpiece. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

6
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love how MiSo calmly but firmly stands up to Pil Nam about her feelings for YJ. None of this "I'm the youngest so all I can say is yes, unni" stuff and also no screaming in disagreement, no aegyo and no passive aggressive nonsense. Just two adult sisters communicating directly.
Well, once the younger one stops stuffing her boyfriend into the closet and the whole subject is out in the open, that is 😬

7
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, I'm glad at that and that YJ's family already likes MS. I so hate the nasty mother-in-law trope.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

What’s good about this drama is that they communicate and solve the misunderstanding before it blown out way much bigger. To perfectly understand how important was to get to the bottom was really hard in K-dramas nowadays. They will follow with secret revelation and probably going through cliche troupe.

It may be to much to say but YJ do lack of siblings love and PN and ML just a sisters that he can goofy around with.

Perfect and together with Mi So, one hella good combo!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

So...the sisters were right when they told Mi-So that she didn't have anything happen to her when she was little that involved spiders. As there was never a spider to begin with. But--do they know that she was kidnapped? Where do they think she was for those 4 days?!

This is my theory on the brothers.
Dad was having an affair. The mistress came and picked the two brothers up for some reason. Maybe she was his secretary and she had picked up the brothers in lieu of one of their parents before.

The mistress takes them somewhere that they've been before for an after school snack or something. Sung Yeon is the older but not smarter of the two and picks up on something not quite being right and wants to leave. Young-Joon being the smarter but younger (and probably much more immature) doesn't pick up on the weird vibes from the woman he's known so long and wants to stay. And maybe says something about being smarter. (true story side bar: I'm 4 years younger than my older brother but I have ALWAYS known that I was much smarter than him. (he's an idiot. So. *shrug* it took me a long time, when we were young, to understand that there were some things that he understood and grasped more than I did simply because he had lived longer than me. Especially at such a young age as 9. So, I'm picturing a 9 year old Young-Joon who KNOWS he's smarter than his brother (everyone tells him so) but he hasn't picked up on the fact that at this age--what is their age difference? 2-4 years? That much like me, Young-Joon doesn't realize that there are aspects of the world that someone older is going to understand more than a 9 year old. By virtue of being older.) Sung Yeon gets annoyed at the dig about Young-Joon being smarter and thinks to himself that if Young-Joon is so smart he can get out on his own--and he leaves, leaving Young-Joon behind.

After Young-Joon is left with the secretary/kidnapper/mistress lady she kidnaps him and takes him to the location and ties him up. I still have no idea why Kim Mi So was there. We know good and well that her mom was NOT cheating on her dad, so she's not the mistress/secretary.

After learning that his brother was, in fact, kidnapped by the secretary/mistress Sung-Yeon rushes out so that he can find him and bring him home. He thinks that he can do it without the polices help because he was there with them after school (and he wants his parents to acknowledge that he's just as smart as his brother). And he gets lost, but he doesn't want to come home until he finds his brother. And maybe he's sleeping on the street with scary homeless people and his family doesn't notice that he's gone because they are so caught up in looking for the kidnapped Young-Joon. 4 days later he finally makes it home and he has to be hospitalized because of malnutrition or whatever and eventually he passes out. When he comes home from the hospital (is it mentioned in the drama that he's hospitalized because the...

1
13
reply

Required fields are marked *

GAH! I TYPED TOO MUCH AND IT CUT OFF HALF OF MY THEORY. I barely remember the other half!

Anyway: the two theories that I've had so far both involve Sung-Yeon coming home from the hospital.

Anyway part 2: At first when Sung-Yeon sees his brother he's excited and happy that he's home. But that quickly turns into rage (even more attention heaped on to Young-Joon since the kidnapping). And that jealousy/rage mix is paired up with the knowledge that if stupid Young-Joon had just listened to his hyung for once he would have been fine and never been kidnapped in the first place. And if he had never been kidnapped then Sung-Yeon would never have been lost on the streets alone and scared for 4 days looking for him (instead of the hero's welcome he was anticipating for finding his brother maybe he got in trouble for giving his parents something else to worry about at this awful time). So all of this turns into flat out attacking Young-Joon every time he sees him because obviously this is all.his.FAULT.

Young-Joon who is smarter than his brother manages to put this together and pretends to loose his memories thinking that if he doesn't remember getting kidnapped then his brother won't hate him for getting kidnapped. And his parents won't faun over him for getting kidnapped. It'll be like it never happened. But, Sung Yeon's rage is still there. But with Young-Joon denying he was ever kidnapped in the first place Sung Yeon's rage over Young-Joon getting kidnapped morphs into Sung-Yeon being enraged that Young-Joon got him kidnapped and by this point its much too late for the parents to try and do anything---so they just go with it. One denies being kidnapped. The other swears he was kidnapped. Eh. Ok.

At this point I don't think Sung Yeon was a real bully. I think he probably picked on his little brother because it was his little brother and thats what you do with younger siblings. But, they probably would have been fine when they got older and their interests were the same. But the kidnapping came and derailed all of that.

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

YJ was held for four days but Mi-So for just one. From the flashbacks it seems like it might have been overnight. I wonder if it happened when her mom was sick since Mi-So said her dad was always at the hospital and she was alone a lot.

3
11
reply

Required fields are marked *

Most theories that people here have put forward here (about it possibly being Yong joon's dad's mistress, makes sense, the only thing is - how did Miso know this lady enough to call her "auntie?

1
10
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not sure about Korea, but in many cultures, calling someone "Auntie" is just a respectful way to address an older woman. It doesn't have to imply a family relationship.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well, yes, I would agree, and they do it all the time in Kdrama BUT usually it's with someone they know well like a parent's close friend. But Yong joon said "It's not your auntie, it's a spider " as if it WAS her aunt (or someone she knew) and he was trying to protect her young mind.

2

She’s just calling her auntie because of age. JY was saying “that (thing hanging) is not the auntie, it’s a spider” — no relationship implied.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Why not the usual "ahjumma" then?

2

@iamcooler “ahjumma” is kinda disrespectful, since she is not that age

0

I also think YJ's dad's mistress may be MS's aunt. That's why she brought her there.
SJ told the story about the kidnapper who's a rich man's mistress and had an abortion before having to break up with the married man.
So, the kidnapper/mistress may have kidnapped them as revenge. That's why YJ's mum is unable to forgive his dad until now (from the veiled insults thrown at him every now and then. Even YJ seem to ignore his dad).
We have 6 more episodes? Hope it won't turn out that YJ's mum will be against their relationship later because of this fact. I would really hate that.

1
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't recall YJ telling that story! (no surprise with my memory) but do you remember which episode that was? I'd like to go back and watch that. I can't imagine YJ talking about such a heavy subject. What was the context that made him tell that story?

0

@ramonathepest the story was told by SY (sorry I got the abbreviation wrong in my comment) and you can read it in Lollypip's recap for Episode 7
"As they walk around the development area nearest where Mi-so used to live, Sung-yeon tells Mi-so that the woman who kidnapped them was the mistress of a married man, and that she had an abortion then was broken up with, so she kidnapped them in anger."

2

That doesn't make it their dad's mistress, though. I've watched enough Kdramas and movies to know that could've been anybody's sidechick.

0

Episode 7. I'll check it out. Thanks, so much!

0

MS's mother being connected to YJ's father and/or the kidnapping was a false theory. MS grew up in an ordinary, happy home. But she lost her mother to an illness when she was young. Her only lasting mother memories are at the beach and in the playground. The kidnapping event had to have happened after her mother died.

Was the woman who kidnapped YJ related to MS? Did she not call her auntie? Why was MS brought to the kidnapping location by the woman who killed herself? Why would she want to traumatize two children?

Those questions/answers still do not explain why the Lee family created a complex cover-up of the kidnapping story. And why everyone who knows the truth is keeping it from MS.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was wondering that too...whether MS was calling Scary Lady auntie because she was really her auntie, or just as an older stranger. And I remember from some of the flashbacks the woman saying "I don't want to go alone" or something like that. Perhaps she did not want to die alone? But then again, dying with two screaming children in the background doesn't sound that great either?

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

YJ mentioned during a conversation with MS before one has to lose memory to preserve peace in the family or something? I somehow recalled that but can't remember which episode.
My wild guess is after the kidnapping, SJ may have a mental breakdown and put himself as victim instead of someone who abandoned his younger brother. The family would be in chaos as the mother would be putting all the hate and blame on the father for bringing this misfortune to his family due to his affair. So YJ had to pretend he lost his memory for everything to return to 'normal' ie everyone in the family pretend it never happened.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not so much interested in why Lee was abducted (the suicidal misstress is an interesting take on the old classic 'abducted rich child' trope is). I want to know why Mi-so was there. Did she know this auntie from her neighborhood? I can't wait to know more.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The kidnapper cannot be dad's mistress. Please.

1
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol is she too hot for him?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's becoming too twisted & such, that's why I'm hoping she's just a random crazy kidnapper.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Why not?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

No big reason really.
We already got so many "dark secrets" running in that family, so I'm hoping this isn't another twisted dark secret.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I hope not, it is just my my lazy deduction since mom kind of hates dad.

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel like she doesn't hate him enough - like husband cheated on her with mistress, who then kidnapped her kid and then committed suicide in front of the 8 year old.

6
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

You are right, that would be a different kind of 🔪hate🚘.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You're right, the Mum doesn't hate the Dad that way it's more a familiarity breeds contempt vibe so maybe the kidnapper wasn't his mistress but someone he worked with who had a crush on him?
There's no evidence for why yet but I feel like there is a reason she took YJ and MS in particular.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Why does everyone think that Dad had a mistress?

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I recall his wife telling him she wished they never got married.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, we're just lazy like that.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

ummmmm, because he's a Chaebol Dad™?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Fyi the "King of Masked Singer" segment featured another meta joke. This singing competition program invites guests, hidden behind to mask, to perform a famous song by another artist. Only once the competitor has lost his/her battle, is he/she enabled to remove the mask and reveal his/her identity. In Gwinam's instance, he was hiding behind the squid to keep his identity hidden while performing poorly and on purpose on "Listen to my heartbeat" (link to MV below), a song who is originally sung by the 2PM group, one of its members being... Hwang Chansung, aka Gwinam. 😃
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtvDv7eykg

6
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

in KoMS, the masks and the masked identity names are always so weird. There was a Stingray and Baby Octopus Prince. There was even recently a Carp Lady. So many sea-related names...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the info! The moment Chansung started to sing Heartbeat, I immediately went to go watch the music video and allowed myself to wallow in nostalgia. Junho and Chansung have both grown so much.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just wanna say I was super excited by the cameos by the leads from Because This Is Our First Life! Understandably, they don't have the same names (since the timing wouldn't fit anyway) but I love that they've retained similar personalities and mannerisms. I so want a sequel for that super cute couple!

I've been trying to figure out the need for the complicated web of lies and fake memories, though @Lollypíp's theory about the kidnapper being related to Dad sounds quite interesting. That at least provides some motivation to try to cover things up even within the family; I'm assuming the name change is for feng shui or the like, and the overall secrecy was to protect the kids from having nosy media hounding and inevitably making them relive the horrific incident into eternity. However, for all the awkwardness between the boys' parents, I don't feel like mom showed any particular resentment when she suggested telling Sung-yeon the truth - so maybe there's more to this?

I do wonder too if A) Young-joon's 'amnesia' about the incident was entirely at his parents' behest - I dunno, to relieve Sung-yeon's amnesia-inducing guilt at abandoning his little brother? Or B) if it were partially true: Like maybe YJ did forget at the beginning, and his parents seized the chance to let him forget in the assumption that SY wouldn't be so traumatised if the memories were falsely implanted.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Somebody finally said it in a Kdrama! The older sister asked the same question that I ask in almost every Kdrama that deals with office worker or professional couples -"why do they continue addressing each other by titles and/or formally (" 'shi") ?" Example: in Father Is Strange, the successful daughter addressed her husband as "Sunbae" even during "private time".

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I remember that too- and I remember that he kept asking her to call him by his name. Her character was exceptionally well done- a lawyer who's character actually thinks and acts like a lawyer. Maybe it was just the force of habit?

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's difficult for them to leave their dynamics in the professional context aside, because the titles they use aren't just formalities that they can pick up and drop. Built into their usage of these titles is the hierarchy of age and/or seniority, and their sense of their place in this hierarchy is not something that can be easily removed just because they also share a romantic relationship.

In other words, it takes time to erode the hierarchy even within a private context, and the fact that they are dating/ married doesn't automatically override their existing way of regarding each other as sunbae-hoobae, or boss-employee.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks, purpleteapot..

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well that confirms my suspicions that it wasn’t a spider, but oh my, I’m so impressed by how clever YJ was at handling the situation at such a young age. I’m glad he didn’t turn out to be a typical kdrama jerk after having suffered that traumatising experience.

I was angry that YJ kept withholding the truth from MS but now that we know about the suicide, I can’t help but wonder if it is a good decision. I mean, I’m still spooked by the ghost images from the horror movies I’ve watched and regretted til today 😅. This is of course on a whole ‘nother level. I wonder if MS’ big sis can help them overcome the trauma.

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh! And the mistress theory makes sense as it would explain why Dad is so solicitous of Mom but she in no wise returns the affection.

But, also, how did Miso know the red heels lady enough to call her "auntie"? I hate to say it but maybe it really was her aunt (who was Yong joon's Dad's mistress) because how else would Mi so be involved in, and have any connection to Yong joon's wealthy family to be caught during the kidnapping?

1
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

But why would her aunt kidnap her too? It is more likely that she was just swept up because of being in the wrong place3 at the wrong time.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's what I mean. At 4 years old, kid's don't just show up or happen to be somewhere all by themselves so this "auntie" must be someone she knew or her actual aunt. I agree Miso was not the intended target but IF the theory sticks, she was with the aunt when the aunt flipped out.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Not sure if it was already mentioned or filed under Dad's mistress theory - but maybe MS went coz she knows YJ was there? Hence YJ calling her idiot upon seeing her.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ooh I like this...not sure what evidence there is for this theory, but that would be really cute and make sense

0

Dad gets to spend a lifetime atoning for his selfishness- I like it.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think in Korea kids are referring to a nice looking woman "auntie", there doesn't need to be a relationship involved. Like oppa has different meanings - brother (in the beginning of the series Mi-so wants to find her oppa, everyone thought it was her brother), older male relative or very good friend or "honey".

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Or maybe she told Miso that she was her aunt to lure her. Miso said she was always alone at the playground, and was jealous of the kids with their moms. Maybe the kidnapper spotted her and then lied that her mom had sent her?

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am really excited to see how the secret of the kidnapping unfold in the next episodes.

Based from what I gather, Mi-so was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I think I saw from one of the flashbacks that she herself went inside an abandoned house, she might have been lured by the lady to get inside the house, or not. I believe that the boy had been there for days before Mi-so got there. I am inclined to believe that the scary woman is indeed YJ's father's mistress and the motive of the kidnapping was for her to get revenge or whatever by letting his lover's son watch her kill herself. And maybe that is why the family kept mum about the incident because it is indeed disgraceful to the family. YJ may have let his brother to assume that he was the victim and him pretending not to remember anything so that, of course, without them remembering anything, no one would interrogate more about what really happened about the incident and therefore would not hurt his family more. All this time, YJ kept to himself the ordeal he went through during those times. Only Mi-so witnessed that darkest times, but could not remember entirely all of it because she was too young and YJ prefers also for her not to remember it so that she will not to have the same trauma like he has over the years.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Been wanting to say this but I keep forgetting. Who else here hates YJ’s hairstyle? It does not flatter PSJ’s handsome face at all. I know he wants to look like the webtoon’s YJ but every single time I see it I cant help but put my hand on the screen just to push the hair up.

4
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I believe the hair down look is to denote that the character is in non-professional mode, at home or relaxing or out of a job. Also we see this when characters are in prison. Of course, they could just comb up their fringe rather than down, but somehow that's not the Korean hair-wave way?

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL I just realised the main picture Lollypip used for this recap which probably explains your reply. That after-shower hair I can handle but the one-sided fringe with the uneven parting is what gets to me. I sometimes had to search for PSJ's images in which he sported a better hairdo just to 'refresh' my eyes. Shallow, I know.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *