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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: Episode 16 (Final)

Young-joon and Mi-so still have quite a few things to iron out in their relationship, whether it’s learning that being a couple doesn’t mean never disagreeing, or that they’re both still capable of making mistakes and needing to apologize. But no matter what happens, there’s never any doubt that they love and support each other, and that they can overcome any hardships that life might throw their way.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

After getting engaged, Young-joon’s mother invites Mi-so to dinner, and Young-joon assumes he’s invited, too. Mi-so informs him that Mom only wants to see her, without him along, probably to discuss their pre-wedding family meeting tomorrow night. Young-joon says to tell him if Mom starts being an annoying mother-in-law, but Mi-so says that won’t happen. Uh oh, that sounds like famous last words.

At dinner, Mom confesses that she’s always been jealous of her friends with daughters, so she’s excited to have a daughter-in-law to spend time with. She asks Mi-so to call her “Mother,” which makes Mi-so uncomfortable, but she complies.

Mom takes Mi-so to buy an outfit for tomorrow’s family meeting. She ends up buying her a whole rack of dresses, overriding Mi-so’s objections. This continues with shoes, so when Mom asks if Mi-so needs a bag, Mi-so is all, “I have lots and lots of bags!” Unfortunately that backfires and she ends up with a whole new line of bags as well.

Young-joon calls Mi-so after she gets home, curious about her date with his mom. She downplays the shopping trip, and Young-joon tells her to get some rest, but after she hangs up she sighs at the sea of shopping bags filling up her living room.

The next day, Young-joon is stunned speechless to see Mi-so arrive for dinner in one of her new dresses. He tells her she looks pretty, then notices that she seems nervous. She confesses that she’s worried that her dad will do something foolish, but Young-joon says not to worry since he’ll be by her side.

Mi-so’s dad arrives at the house with her oldest sister Pil-nam,and at the blatant opulence, Dad worries that Young-joon’s family will look down on Mi-so for being from a poor family. When they run into Young-joon and Mi-so, Dad swears that he’s not nervous, and he and Young-joon exchange “rock spirit” salutes, hee.

Dinner is served, and the numerous but tiny courses seem to put Mi-so’s dad off-balance. When Young-joon’s mom asks if he’s okay with his medium steak, he thinks she’s talking about the size and has to be corrected by Pil-nam. Still, things seem to be going well, until Young-joon’s mom directs the talk to wedding plans.

Mom says that she wants to give wedding gifts to Mi-so as well as her family, which unfortunately makes it sound as though she’s insulting Mi-so’s home and belongings. She’s very generous, even offering Mi-so a new car and a house near Young-joon’s place for her family, but Mi-so finally speaks up: “I can’t get married this way.”

She tells Young-joon’s parents that she knows they love her, but that she’s not comfortable receiving such lavish gifts and treatment. Young-joon explains to his parents that excessive kindness can be a burden, and says that he’ll take care of Mi-so’s needs himself. Mom apologizes for going overboard, and Young-joon’s father praises Mi-so’s dad for raising her so well.

As Young-joon drives mi-so home later, he says she did well today, though she’s worried she may have been too rude. He tells her that she was reasonable, and that he likes how she sticks to her principles. They agree that the marriage feels real now that they’ve set a date, and Young-joon teases that Mi-so must feel great to be getting a “special edition” man like himself.

Young-joon takes Mi-so to get the newlywed dinnerware set he wanted to buy before, when she replaced his chipped coffee mug. He has way too much fun bragging about their upcoming wedding, but he gets cranky when Mi-so takes a business call while he’s picking out cookware (which he forbids her to ever use, ha).

On a different day, Young-joon calls Mi-so to his office to ask her which wedding dress he should choose for her. He’s also trying to decide how she should do her hair, and he tells her how lucky she is to have a man who’s so involved in the wedding plans. Mi-so agrees, but she seems to be getting a little tense.

On yet another day, Young-joon arrives first at the boutique where he’s chosen to purchase Mi-so’s dress and his tuxedo. He gets a call from Mi-so’ who’s still at the office due to an emergency meeting, and although he tells her he’ll wait until she arrives, he looks slightly annoyed.

Yoo-shik’s secretary, Ma-eum, runs into his office all in a dither because instead of sending some fancy chocolate to a colleague for his birthday, she accidentally sent it to Seo-jin, Yoo-shik’s ex-wife. Yoo-shik is worried what Seo-jin will think, but Ma-eum points out that he still has feelings for her anyway.

Young-joon tries on his tuxedo while waiting for Mi-so, doing his “aura” pose at his own reflection. But Mi-so is so late that he finally tells the boutique owner to close the store, which he tells Mi-so when she arrives hours later. She explains that she had to send out invitations for a work event, but she can tell that Young-joon s disappointed in her.

She takes him to a nice coffee shop which Young-joon says feels familiar, and Mi-so suddenly realizes that this is where her ill-fated blind date took her. Young-joon gets upset that she would bring him to a place where she went on a date with another man, and he sarcastically thanks her for resurrecting a bad memory, recalling about how he caught her fixing her date’s tie.

She quickly says that it didn’t mean anything, it’s just a work habit, but now Young-joon is upset that something that makes his heart flutter is just a habit to her. He calls himself an idiot for thinking otherwise, so Mi-so hauls him out of there.

Trying to recall a more positive memory, Mi-so takes Young-joon to the bench where he fell asleep on her shoulder after drinking with her dad, and orders the pizza they ate when they almost had their first kiss. Young-joon relaxes a bit, but when two men walk by loosening their ties, he pouts that Mi-so should probably go fix them.

Mi-so tells him to knock it off or he’ll hear all of her complaints. Young-joon seems confused, so she points out his previous girlfriend Ji-ran on a soju poster nearby, and reminds him that she once had to buy Ji-ran flowers on her birthday on his behalf. Young-joon says that was just for his image, but Mi-so says that’s the point — it’s all in the past and meant nothing.

She gets a call from Se-ra wanting to go for drinks, and she’s just upset enough with Young-joon to accept. She leaves, which is how he ends up on Yoo-shik’s doorstep wondering what’s wrong with Secretary Kim. Yoo-shik tells him to stop being so sensitive about the coffee shop mistake, since it’s not like Mi-so had a relationship with that guy.

Young-joon reminds him about the tie, so Yoo-shik says that fine, she’s actually very thoughtless. That makes Young-joon bristle at him for daring to insult her, so Yoo-shik tells Young-joon to go home and complain to the wall if he’s just going to get mad no matter what he says.

Young-joon goes, but the doorbell rings again seconds later. This time it’s Seo-jin, who thanks him for sending the same chocolate he bought for her after proposing in Paris. HA, Yoo-shik has no idea what she’s talking about, but being a smart man, he goes with it.

When Seo-jin asks why he sent that chocolate today, Yoo-shik lies through his teeth. He says he wanted to go back to that day when they were happy, because he’s still in love with her, and it works. Seo-jin throws herself at him, and Young-joon walks back in to see them making out against the wall.

Seo-jin squeals and tosses Yoo-shik at Young-joon. Young-joon says hi to Seo-jin and tells Young-joon that they’ll just call things even now, since he once walked in on a similar situation. HAHA, all the while, Yoo-shik is making faces and snarling, “Go. Leave. Get lost!” while Young-joon smirks.

Luckily for Yoo-shik, Young-joon eventually leaves, and Seo-jin gets right back to ripping off Yoo-shik’s clothes. They end up on the couch in a hilariously awkward parody of Young-joon and Mi-so’s interrupted first night, but they somehow manage to be more successful than Young-joon and Mi-so were.

Se-ra has called the girls together to whine that she and her hero went to a restaurant where she used to go with an ex, and unfortunately, that ex happened to be there. Mi-so says it’s no big deal, but Ji-ah, says that even if it’s all in the past, if you’re boyfriend is hurt, then you did something wrong.

Later, Ji-ah takes the leftover guobaurou from their dinner up to Gwi-nam, but she’s quick to reassure him that she’s not trying to make him like her. She says she wants to say one last thing — that loving a woman can be put off until after he achieves his goals, but she hopes he doesn’t put off loving himself.

She tells him to buy himself some more clothes and to eat healthier meals. She says he shouldn’t sacrifice his present for his future, and should enjoy his life a little while he’s young. Ji-ah leaves, but Gwi-nam looks like he wants to call her back.

Young-joon mopes around the house, and he looks dismayed when he realizes that others might see how adorable Mi-so is when she’s drunk. He badly wants to go pick her up, but he reminds himself that this fight is all her fault, then slumps over in despair.

Mi-so is feeling bad for taking him to that coffee shop, and for consistently prioritizing work above their wedding plans. She gets an idea, and as he’s sulking in bed, Young-joon gets a text from Mi-so, asking him to come to the living room.

When he does, he sees Mi-so there… in a gorgeous wedding dress. He’s too stunned to speak, and just stands there blinking at her. Mi-so says she’s keeping her promise of today’s dress fitting, to make up for her mistakes. She asks Young-joon to accept her apology and forgive her, but he breathes that he already forgave her the moment he saw her.

He does ask her to keep in mind his amazing memory, and the fact that he’ll see that photo of her with another man any time he goes near that coffee shop, probably even after he dies. Mi-so tells him to remember something else until he dies, then she kisses him.

She backs up and says that he should also remember that she thinks he’s cute when he’s jealous, and that she loves him very, very much. Young-joon wraps his arms around her and murmurs that he won’t let go for the rest of his life, even if her feelings for him change.

The next day in the office stairwell, Se-ra apologizes to Cheol for upsetting him. He pouts that it’s fine, and Se-ra aegyos for him to forgive her until he smiles again. Just like last time, Team Leader Jung and Mr. Park catch them, so Se-ra slams Cheol against the wall, pretending he’s made some mistake.

Once they leave, Cheol says that he’s not confident that Se-ra truly likes him, because she took him to the same restaurant where she used to go with her ex, and hides their relationship at work. He heads back to his desk, but when Se-ra says, “Let’s make our relationship public,” he nearly hurts himself rushing back to her. Oh, that smile on his face, wow.

With his hero anthem swelling in the background, Cheol marches Se-ra back to the office, hand-in-hand, and they announce dramatically that they’re dating. The office team is all, Yeah, we know, so you can stop acting weird in the stairwell, lol.

When planning their honeymoon, Young-joon says he doesn’t care where they go since they won’t be leaving the hotel room anyway. RAWR. Mi-so misses his point, but his cheeky wink answers the question quite nicely, hee. She wails, “Vice President!” and he asks when she’s going to start calling him by name.

Dang, Mi-s whacks poor Young-joon so hard he can barely breathe. He asks her to let him live until the wedding, then makes her blow on his boo-boo, laughing at her the whole time.

As they count down the days to their wedding, Young-joon yells at the calender to move faster and teaches himself to make the perfect omelet. When Mi-so says she’s glad they decided on a quick wedding, he proudly reminds her that it was his idea.

The day before the wedding, Young-joon tries to send Mi-so home early from work. She says that she can’t rest if he’s not resting, and he jokes that she just doesn’t want to be apart from him. He grabs her phone and changes his name in her contacts from “Vice-President” to “Husband” with a little heart emoji, flashing some aegyo to make her laugh.

As they leave work for the last time before the wedding and honeymoon, Young-joon says he probably won’t be able to sleep tonight. He invites Mi-so to spend the night at his place, but she says she’s spending the night with her sisters.

They meet up at a pojangmacha, but her sisters refuse to let her drink the night before her wedding. Pil-nam says it would be nice if their mother were here, sad that she’s missed every important event in Mi-so’s life. She says she’s okay not having a mother, but she feels bad for Mi-so, being the youngest.

Mi-so says through tears that her sisters are like a mother to her, because they took such good care of her as she was growing up. She thanks them, her voice breaking, and they tell her to get married and receive all the love she missed for not having a perfect family.

Dad joins them just as they’re all trying not to cry, and Mi-so gasps — he cut his hair! He says he doesn’t want to embarrass her at her wedding, and that even though long hair is a rock musician’s pride, Mi-so is his pride. Awww, Dad.

A friend of Young-joon’s parents send Mi-so a wedding gift of jewelry, but they worry that it’s too lavish and will make Mi-so uncomfortable. Mom says that they should be more understanding of Mi-so’s feelings — then decides to wear the jewelry herself. HA, talk about missing the point.

Young-joon shows up to spend the night before his wedding with his family, too, surprising them. He thanks his parents for raising him well, and Dad jokes that this polite Young-joon is only here because they’re getting a good daughter-in-law.

He and Sung-yeon speak privately later, and Young-joon asks if Sung-yeon is going back to France soon. Sung-yeon says he’s decided to travel and find himself, and maybe write a new book. Young-joon says he’ll wait, and Sung-yeon gives him a strange look, saying that’s the first time Young-joon has ever said that to him. He promises to try his best not to let Young-joon down.

Sung-yeon says that he’s told their parents not to receive flowers tomorrow, but Young-joon doesn’t understand what he means. Sung-yeon tells him that Mi-so is allergic to flowers, and Young-joon is shocked to hear something he never knew about her.

Lying in bed, Mi-so gets a text that Young-joon’s having all the flowers and her bouquet replaced with artificial flowers. He apologizes for not knowing about her allergy, and promises to try to learn more about her. She thanks him and makes the same promise, calling him “husband” and sending a heart emoji.

Young-joon gets love-attacked by the heart as usual, so cute. He texts that tonight ends their time as boyfriend and girlfriend and begins their marriage, and Mi-so goes to sleep with a smile on her face.

It’s finally Young-joon and Mi-so’s wedding day, and the families meet up as guests begin to arrive. Yoo-shik is there with Seo-jin on his arm, and when Ma-eum starts to apologize for sending the chocolate by accident, Yoo-shik growls at her to delay today’s mistake until tomorrow.

Ji-ah runs into Gwi-nam outside the wedding venue… and he’s wearing a new suit! He says he bought it because he’s going on a first date today, making Ji-ah’s face fall. She asks in dismay if he has a girlfriend, and he says he does… if her heart is still available. Awww. Ji-ah realizes that he means her, and she eagerly accepts his offer.

In the waiting room, Young-joon asks if Mi-so is nervous. Looking serene, she notes that he’s the one who looks ready to jump out of his skin. He insists that he can make speeches and sign contracts worth millions, so there’s no way he’s nervous, while simultaneously punching his leg in a futile attempt to make it stop shaking.

He offers to hold her hand, since she’s so nervous and all, and when she feels his hand shaking, she offers him some of the tranquilizers she got from her sister. Young-joon says he doesn’t need them, but that he’ll take them if she absolutely insists, then practically dives headfirst into her purse.

Out in the wedding hall, Young-joon’s former girlfriend, Ji-ran, stomps in. The office intern recognizes her, and Team Leader Jung falls all over himself offering her a seat at their table. Mr. Park asks who she’s here to congratulate, but she spits that she’s not here to congratulate them, calling Mi-so a liar for saying she wasn’t dating Young-joon.

Ji-ran snarls that she’s here to get revenge by looking prettier than Mi-so, pointing out that she even wore white to the wedding. LOL, their collective Oh girl, I don’t even think so faces are perfect. The team try to shush Ma-eum when she joins the table and recognizes Ji-ran, but she gets so excited that she knocks a drink into Ji-ran’s lap, ruining her white dress and sending her storming out.

Young-joon is feeling much calmer by the time they’re called to start the wedding. Suddenly Mi-so looks a little green, but she gamely heads to the wedding hall. Yoo-shik announces their entrance, and Young-joon offers Mi-so his arm.

Seeing how nervous she looks, he says softly, “I will protect you like this for the rest of my life. I promise.” Mi-so laughs, and Young-joon asks if she doesn’t think he can keep his promise, but she says that it’s not that.

“I know you’re someone who keeps your promises, more than anyone,” she tells him. “You’ve kept each and every promise you made to me since we were young.” In flashback, we see little Young-joon pinky-swearing to fall in love with Mi-so and marry her when they grow up.

Young-joon confidently leads Mi-so down the aisle, as their friends and family clap and cheer. When they arrive at the stage, Young-joon leans down and kisses Mi-so as if they’re the only two people in the world. We hear his voice recite from Mi-so’s favorite book, “You are my world, and every moment of my life. And every moment of my life was you.”

COMMENTS

So much cute in this finale, I don’t really even have much to say, because the show really said it all. I appreciated the little conflicts that Young-joon and Mi-so encountered as they planned their wedding, like her confused priorities and his tendency to blow small things out of proportion. It felt really true-to-life and didn’t make me feel like they were just setting off into an unrealistic, perfect fairy-tale future. They’ll continue to butt heads, both at work and at home, and fight and make up and work things out in their own way. It’s great that they at least have their meltdowns at different times, so that the other can help support them, like how they took turns being nervous before the wedding.

I really liked that Mi-so’s objection to getting married had to do with Young-joon and his family’s wealth, because it’s something that was occasionally mentioned but hasn’t really been an obstacle until now. Again the show flipped the trope of the chaebol’s family disapproving of his choice of wife, and instead made the issue one of their being a little too generous. It’s very sweet of Young-joon’s mom to be willing to buy things for Mi-so and her family, but they’ve always lived simply, and by offering them everything from new clothes to a new house, it seemed as though she was saying that they’re not good enough to join her family as they are. Then again the trope was flipped, when Young-joon gently but firmly informed his parents that he would take care of Mi-so, in the manner she prefers.

I also liked that, even though nearly everyone got a romance, none of them were perfect, either. Yoo-shik got his wife back, but through another lie that, hopefully, he’ll straighten out right away this time instead of letting it fester for years. Ji-ah toughened up enough to fight for what she wants, and Gwi-nam learned that, while it’s good to plan for the future, you shouldn’t neglect your present in the process. The only thing I wish we’d gotten some closure on is Young-joon’s parents, and why his mother seems to despise his father when he’s actually pretty adorable and obviously dotes on her.

While this show was cute and sweet from start to finish, and I don’t really have any complaints about it, I do find myself wishing that it had had a better idea of what it wanted to be — either a fluffy rom-com, or a drama about two people who shared a childhood trauma and helped each other heal as adults. It worries me that neither Young-joon nor Mi-so ever sought therapy for their lingering issues, and they both really, really needed it. Without that, it felt like neither of them really grew as people, or learned any important lessons from their experiences. Love is great, and I’m happy that Mi-so found her Oppa and will live happily ever after, but the last four episodes felt a little empty after all that tension in the preceeding weeks. Otherwise though, I loved all the adorable romance, and the characters were fun, and I always looked forward to each weeks’ episodes and felt satisfied with the story we were told. I would wholeheartedly recommend this drama to anyone looking for a sweet, easy watch for a rainy weekend.

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The last few episodes were literally just fan service. Well, this whole show was pretty much fan service. Personally, I enjoyed this show because the two leads just had that magic. Otherwise it really didn’t go anywhere much after the resolution of the minor plot points. It is a testament to the charisma of Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young. Honestly I could watch Mi-so and Young-joon go on about their normal lives and it wouldn’t bore me. But it wouldn’t be something I’d reach for all the time. I found myself postponing watching the episodes in the latter part of the show, but when I watched them, I was really engaged. It was an interesting feeling of not really looking forward to the later episodes but at the same time thoroughly enjoying it once I started it.

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Even I enjoyed watching the last few episodes but just like you even I postponed watching it coz even the story was at normal pace towards the end with no angst or any other drama.

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I think they had an identity issue -- office comedy, romantic comedy, psychological comedy.

They had some interesting second characters for the office comedy that kind of went unused because of the simplicity of their story.

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Just like lollypip (and I guess some other Beanies), I really don't have much to say about this finale. The wedding was beautiful and the families get along well, we've got the birth of a new couple with Ji-ah and Gwi-nam (his blue suit has a friend now), and my favorite OTP Secretary Yang and Se-ra is still hilariously cute. I couldn't ask for more (I did but this is the end).

I used to have high expectations from this show (the first 4 episodes were wonderful) and because of that, I couldn't enjoy watching it every week. So when I decided to just drop every expectaion I have and just enjoy the show as it is, I was amazed at how much I came to appreciate the show in the end. The episodes are all fun so it's easy to watch, and we've got a great pairing with PMY and PSJ, so I guess I'm good?

I'm going to miss Young-joon's aura.

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"I'm going to miss Young-joon's aura."

You said it! Young-joon's aura is a character in its own right. Just like Show's sound effects. ;-)

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His aura will be forever there on everyone's mind. :D

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Yes, his aura is so hilarious. PSJ is the perfect cast of LYJ. I read in an article before the show started that fans of LYJ the webtoon complained that PSJ wouldnt fit as LYJ. Well now i think PSJ’s acting just shut them down. Thank you to the directors who cast PSJ n PMY together.. my fave couple ever

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Frankly, the pairing reminded me of the marriage of Donald Trump and Marla Maples. You don't marry a narcissist control freak just because your mating hormones have got you all lovey-dovey for three weeks.

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I enjoyed this show despite it running out of story half way. I’m just satisfied that a drama I was anticipating actually didn’t turn out horribly but got the cute I anticipated so I’m happy

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This drama made 'Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food' seem like solid writing in comparison. If only Secretary Kim had moved off to Jeju island to work in a cafe for a couple years.

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I have no complaints for Park Seo Joon - He can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes. But, I agree that the last couple of episodes were just fluff and nothing - total fan service with basically no substance. And I thought that Park Min Young seemed a little disconnected in those last episodes as well, which was disappointing as I had been loving it until then. I've always thought that I could happily watch my OTP just be in love and happy together, but it turns out, I do in fact need a little bit of plot to go with it. I wish they hadn't used so much filler in the last few episodes, but overall, I did enjoy this very much - great romantic comedy to relax to. It'll be a go-to re-watch when I want a light pick me up. :)

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I think Park Min-Young seemed a little disconnected because they gave her character so little growth. Almost as soon as she decided she had enough, she decided she was fine where she was. In my head, I re-wrote the latter half of the show, featuring her discovery in a cute way:
- she goes to her hairdresser and talks about how she thinks another job, like the hairdresser's, would be cool - the hairdresser's shocked reply would be about how she dreams of the glamorous professional lifestyle that Mi So has
- At the urging of the older brother (why wasn't more made of his artistic success?) she tries out poetry - which comes out like a lovely meeting agenda - and oil painting - where when the artist's back is turned she organizes all the paintings in the studio by color and subject
- she asks an important professor if she can visit his classroom, and takes perfect notes of his lecture, but the professor is shocked to find out she is thinking of becoming a student, as he was to invite her to be a guest lecturer!
To make room for this, I would cut out the romance storyline of the new Ms. Kim and Workaholic Go - they are stock characters acted in a rudimentary fashion and were really one romance too many.

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Ohhhh, these are good suggestions, I can totally see her doing all that haha. It would make for a more interesting drama in the latter half, the story did lose its steam after the kidnapping was explained. I wished the writer did include Mi-so exploring new hobbies or taking time off for herself. I guess they wanted to stick as close to the webtoon and novel as possible but that's regretful.

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I don't think it's PMY so much as her character. Not that the drama has many voiceovers, but I could hear MS's voice in those 4 episodes, but like so many rom-coms, the drama starts off with a strong heroine's voice only to slowly switch over to the hero's voice as the OTP couple up. At the end, it seemed like we got to see more of YJ's feelings and point-of-view. In the beginning, MS was a mystery to YJ, but not to the viewers, but by the end, it was flipped.

And then the drama had her disconnected from the wedding planning. I know it's probably to flip the script on how the bride is always the primary wedding planner. It was weird how MS was so busy and YJ was not busy at all... But MS should be less busy now that she has JA taking on some of the work.

I did like how this episode tried to bring a little bit of MS's voice when we saw her discomfort with YJ's parents gifting her all those things. It was an interesting POV to explore.

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I dont mind actually watching a show with not much problems n mysteries to be solved. I can continue watching Them together for another 10 episodes acting as a lovey dovey couple💖💖..but like u said, i also want to see more storyline like maube Miso indeed quit her job n found another job in UK group maybe with equally gorgeous boss that would make YJ so jealous ( seriously LYJ is so cute when he got jealous) but in the end Miso decided to stay beside YJ is her place. Or another storyline maybe after Miso quit, YJ decide to hire another secretary to help Ji ah out but turns out the new secretary is hot n will make miso jeaous hahaha i dont know coz i wanna see her jealous once i a while so she realised how much she loves him n doesnt take his love for granted.

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A perfect ending 💕. Just wanna mention how satisfying this drama was. Thanks for the awesome recaps Lollypips; kept me company these several months.

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But didn't Young-joon's dad have a mistress back then? And not only that but the said mistress kidnapped one of their sons. That's a double reason for mom to despise dad: not only he cheated but also endangered the very life of their son (yes, it wasn't he who did it, but had he not got involved with the mistress, there would not have been a kidnapping).

So maybe mom simply hasn't forgotten and forgiven.

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I think for this remake they didn’t make the dads mistress kidnap the son but changed the kidnappet

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We were not told that It was young joon dad.

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They didnt make that a reality in this interpretation of the manga. Here she was some rando lady who had a serious case of depression and delusions.

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That was what my friend and I were discussing! It would've been a much better and more intriguing kidnapping story! I didn't read the webtoon so I didn't know that that was what actually supposed to happen. Makes so much more sense now!

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It was cute until the end. I liked it. I wished there had been a pinky promise worked in somewhere during the wedding or proposal. And of course that LMKs cameo involved eyeliner. Missed opportunities.

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I loved the ending!! It was so cute and pretty and the last couple of minutes had me tearing up a bit. That last kiss was like a promise of their future together. It was perfect.
I might be in a minority here, but I honestly didn’t mind the “lack of plot” in the drama. After episode 4 aired, I spoiled myself about everything in the webtoon. I regret it a bit, to be honest, but on the other side, that allowed me to watch the show from another perspective and made me understand Young Joon a lot more. Actually, I think I fell in love with his character a lot faster because of it. He was easily my favorite character in the drama, and I really think a big part of that was because of Park Seo Joon’s performance.
I do have to say that I only decided to give this drama a chance because I’m a huge 2PM fan, and only heard the news because of Chansung. But I loved it!! It’s too soon to say, but this drama might be my favorite of the year… at least it’s my favorite one for the first half of 2018.
If the drama didn’t have Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young as its leads, I think I would’ve given it a pass, because the description didn’t grab me that much, and even though I’m a fan of PSJ, his last couple of dramas weren’t really of my liking. I kept searching for a character of his that made me swoon like he did in Witch’s Romance. And thanks to the God's of dramaland, Lee Young Joon appeared.
I believe that every actor in the drama (with the exception of LTH, sorry) was great and made their character believable and interesting. That being said, for me, since the beginning till the end, PSJ and PMY were everything that made the drama special, funny and full of romance. I even enjoyed their starring wide eyed contests. Their chemistry was AMAZING and I was convinced that Young Joon and Miso’s love was real.
I love rom-coms, and this drama gave me exactly what I was looking for: It was light, it was funny (at moments I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe) and it was very romantic. It made me giggle like a high school girl, thanks to Young Joon.
In the world we live in, I think these stories are really needed, if only to escape reality for a moment and to smile and relax. I will definitely rewatch this drama (it’s going to my list of favorite dramas of all time), because I’m not ready so say goodbye!!
Thanks for your recaps, @LollyPip. It was even more fun to watch thanks to your comments 😊

(I know this is completely out of topic and I know they denied the rumors, but I totally think that PSJ and PMY would make the cutest couple, so I will root in silence and in secrecy for their love LOL)

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I think you just wrote my comment! 😃

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Haha, same here. I started reading the webtoon after the first week and found myself enjoying the show a lot more. After dropping all expectations and I could just sit back and enjoy episodes after episodes of cuteness, humor, romance, and YoungJoon’s aura😂

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The prettiest wedding I have ever seen! Really! My only criticism will be I never got to see Mi So get out of her ‘Secretary kim’ shell. She was still treating YJ as her boss even as a boyfriend. Yes there were some little glimpses of her ‘normal’ self but I wished they had explored it a bit more. YJ was still the boss till the end when he picked her wedding dress and other things. I wish she had a voice but then again I felt she was quite uninterested in her own wedding.

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The prettiest drama wedding I've seen as well. It had class, yet felt real. I felt like I was invited in this intimate moment.

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I agree completely. At first I didn't mind but at the end it bothered me. 9 years or 15 years her way of seeing their relationship has to change. It might not be easy but it seemed to dramatic for me. And it also bothered me that she was so uninterested. I am not a girly-girl and I all the fuss about weddings but if I'm going to wear something I must like it.

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I think what you wrote about Mi So was spot on and exactly how I felt watching her.

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serious withdrawal from this drama huhu. though i would appreciate if they didn't drag the wedding plot and just gave us a glimpse of YJ and MS's husband-wife relationship in their daily life. Must be different to have the secretary as your wife, too

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I think you’ve stumbled onto a perfect premise for a sequel: What’s Wrong With Writing Everything Down on the Family Calandar?!?

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Thank you for doing such a dandy job recapping WHAT'S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM, LollyPip. It has been a fun romantic comedy wrapped around a dark thriller. The cast and crew outdid themselves in a most gratifying way. And it came as a sweet respite in the midst of such shows as COME HERE AND HUG ME, SKETCH, ABOUT TIME, MISS HAMMURABI, etc.

Like you, I was left wondering about the OTP's amazing resilience in the wake of their harrowing kidnapping. Troubled hyung was making great progress in therapy, which I was glad to see. I also had to wonder what ever happened to Secretary Kim's pronouncement that she was quitting after 9 years to find herself. She never actually managed to quit working and just stayed in the traces, then put in a workaholic performance the day before the wedding. Even though Young-joon turned out to be a benevolent dictator, the power imbalance between them ain't going away, although she has learned how to scare the bejeezus out of Young-joon as well as her father. Don't look too closely at the man behind the curtain. Just go with the effervescent rom-com flow.

I really enjoyed the music.

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Actually the show did resolve the problem of Mi-so needing to find herself. By deciding to quit she was place in a different psychological position: One where she was no longer 'trapped' in the job by the need to take care of her family and now had a choice about her future. And so now she could look at her job and herself objectively, where before she could not. And what she realized is that those nine years were not wasted, but instead had been a time of growing into a truly outstanding professional. You do not have to find yourself if you are not lost. And she also realized that she wanted to use those skills to help the man she loves rather than simply waste them on some random company. The real power imbalance was one of knowledge: Young-soon knew who she was- and that he wanted to help her and take care of her- from the first day she came to work. She did not have the same knowledge of him.

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Totally. Young Joon changed in his treatment of her the moment their relationship changed. He found a balance between work and personal and whenever he went over the like he had his BF or her to tell him. She on the other hand didn't make any significant change. Even something as little as changing the way she calls him outside of work.

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@oldawyer,

Thank you. You're right. No longer having to stay in the job did give Mi-so the breathing room that she did not have while supporting her family and putting her sisters through college. You cannot truly say "yes" if you do not have the freedom to say "no" -- whether it be to another person or to choices dictated by economic survival.

Come to think of it, working as Young-joon's secretary gave Mi-so a practical education far superior to what she would have gotten in college, and enabled her to cultivate abilities that might have gone unrecognized in a less-demanding environment.

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I think Mi So thing worked out very well, and actually the most resolved storyline.

There is a theory of writing that says -- The story starts in a state of equilibrium, something disrupts the equilibrium, and the story is about reaching a new state of equilibrium.

MiSo's decision to quit makes sense -- she is in an unsatisfactory state of equilibrium and since her reasons for being at the job at the beginning are no longer true, she decides to leave.

Her decision disrupts her equilibrium, but everyone else's also.

For her, reaching a new state means getting everything she wanted.

She wanted to find herself -- Check, look at how they portrayed her 'job' at the beginning and at the end. She is more of a secretary at the beginning and at the end, she's basically a company-wise troubleshooter with even the board members treating her respectfully and trying to get things done through her.

She has a life outside of the job -- Young Joon, her altered relationships with the females at work, her relationship with her family seems altered too with them acknowledging her sacrifices.

She has an assistant in Ji Ah.

Basically, her disruption got her everything she wanted.

There is a professional power imbalance but I don't see one in the personal. She has tore him down, she has stood up to him, to his parents, to her co-workers, etc.

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Even though this drama is a favorite of mine, I have to say that it is not perfect, and the main flaw for me was Mi So’s character and character development. Unfortunately, it seemed like the director and writer completely forgot about her character in the last 3 eps. I mean who would be uninterested in their own wedding as her? Or perhaps since she knows that Young Joon is a narcissist she just let hm choose whatever he wanted. It also struck me, that up to the wedding YJ didn’t know that Miso was allergic to flowers! If his brother had not told him by accident, the wedding might’ve been a catastrophe. No matter how I try to understand what Miso was doing in those last three eps (with the exception of when she got drunk and was relaxed), I’m still left scratching my head. There is not logic to her character in the last 3 eps.

I guess I will just think that she was overwhelmed and was in a haze? Her clinging to being a secretary was her last line of defense against YJ’s bulldozer assault on her life and what it means to become his wife? I don’t know… I guess I will leave these minor details aside and not use my brain too much, because overall I really enjoyed this drama and it was mostly thanks to YJ’s awesome character (despite his flaws), and the colorful supporting characters, and Miso’s character before the last 3 eps.

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I mean who would be uninterested in their own wedding as her?

My cousin-in-law...? My other cousin and her fiance...? Haha. Some people really just don't care. To them, it's just a procedure. For MiSo, I guess it's just a show for YoungJoon's business acquaintances since her family-and-friends circle isn't even that big.

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But remember with Miso she wanted to quit in the beginning of the show because she wanted to find herself and also because she wanted to settle down and get married. So to her character, marriage is not just a show, it is something important and meaningful... I guess this is why I said the writer/director kind of forgot about her character in the last 3 eps.

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She wanted to get married. She didn't say she wanted a wedding ceremony. Marriage is the union of 2 people for life (or until they get divorced), a wedding is just the wedding bells, dress and all.

If a marriage were ever just for show, that marriage is as good as no marriage.

So, to me, she's still in character.

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I quote: “ For MiSo, I guess it's just a show for YoungJoon's business acquaintances”
This is why I used the term “for show” because you used it first. I guess by wedding you meant only the ceremony, but by wedding I meant the whole marriage which includes the vows and ceremony.

I will repeat Miso didn’t even tell him that she was allergic to flowers. I mean come on she acted like her wedding day/marriage was not happening. If she wanted a small wedding, all she had to do was tell him. She was doing secretarial work (and it wasn’t even that important, otherwise YJ would not be able to take time off work), instead of helping out with planning her wedding with YJ and creating these beautiful memories that will not come back again.

In the beginning she said she wanted a man who cares for her, and yet several times when YJ tries to care for her, she disappoints him and discourages him. I am glad that she realized her mistake in the end and apologized to YJ. Her character really felt illogically detached and annoying at some parts, but I don’t want to think about these things because then it ruins my enjoyment of the drama.

Anyways I don’t mean to argue with you about this, to each his/her own impression of her character 😊 For me this was YJ’s/PSJ’s drama, Miso/PMY was just an inconsistent character who became flat in the last 3 eps.

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If she wanted a small wedding, all she had to do was tell him. She was doing secretarial work (and it wasn’t even that important, otherwise YJ would not be able to take time off work), instead of helping out with planning her wedding with YJ and creating these beautiful memories that will not come back again.

The only reason YoungJoon is able to take time off even when huge important event is coming up is because there are capable and responsible people like MiSo covering everything. MiSo said herself that it was for an event that YoungJoon oversees himself and that made her job of sending out invitations to the high and distinguished guests so extremely important - because if she had anyone else less experienced and thorough as her do it, mistakes may happen, people may get offended and YoungJoon's reputation would be on the line. What is a secretary supposed to be doing if it isn't secretarial work? Good secretarial work as MiSo does is not some shit-in-the-toilet-anyone-can-do work.

In Korea, the wedding and the vows made then aren't really worth anything as much as the marriage cert is. And the marriage cert isn't signed at the wedding. So actually anybody can get married any time, even without a wedding - which actually means weddings are just for show. And they are. It's just some romantic ceremony with some white dress and many poofy flowers and whatnot, for parents to show off that their children have married well and for YoungJoon the Chaebol to show face to his business partners. Weddings aren't what make up beautiful memories (some actually think of them as nightmares) - the little things that happen in a marriage and union do.

Choosing a dress or what trellis or whatever shade of colour the cake should be on a specific day may not be what a couple remembers forever. Eating ramyeon after a long day of work, or listening to a soft lullably sung by your significant other may be.

Not everyone falls for the romance of a wedding with all it's pomp and whatever. Some are more level-headed and would rather indulge in the little things. And focus on what is therefore more important to them - doing good work.

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In the beginning she said she wanted a man who cares for her, and yet several times when YJ tries to care for her, she disappoints him and discourages him.

It's called "taking for granted". And people take each other for granted lots of time. It's not like she had a lobotomy or was inconsistant. In fact, it's a good thing that she can forget sometimes and take him for granted sometimes because it just means that MiSo is so secure in his love for her that she's not afraid that he'll leave just because she upsets him.

Some people like MiSo are more cool than head-over-heels romantic like YoungJoon.

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I'm not disagreeing but like @sweetsour said: her ALLERGY! It would have been a disaster if she went to the hall everyone is running around to take away the flowers. If she had even the tiniest clue of a wedding shouldn't she know flowers would be there? Just sayin'

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Flowers at a wedding can be fake flowers. Since wedding venues always seem to need flowers anyway, so why not put everlasting fake ones. I've been to a few where that happens. Plus, it seems like her allergies don't act up until she's really close to them like when she was with SungYeon at the cafe. SungYeon only realised her allergy cos he's sensitive to body language and knew something was wrong when she kept being wary of the flowers.

Seriously, of all things, the flower allergy makes the least sense. How could she have kept her allergy from YoungJoon for 9 straight years when the reaction is so physical and immediate? So I guess I just let it evaporate off my mind. I guess that happened to her too when she got busy with work and can't really be bothered with the wedding. But other things work out for me.

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Well, she never mentioned any dream wedding. Her dream was just to go home after work and share a ramen with her very very very considerate hubby. So finding her perfect husband is top priority (since 5😂) and work is very important as well. Wedding is sort of a 1+1 with the husband.

Actually I found it really funny how they flipped the gender stereotypes in the wedding story. YJ is the one freaking out and throwing tantrums and Miso is calm and collected. Just funnier.

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Well I guess it is funny when you put it that way heh

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I think the writer and producer wanted to give us some small conflicts and imperfections in order to show us "hey, they are not as perfect as they seemed to be". If it was planned that way, then it is an interesting (under)development of Mi so's character. She used to be the perfect wonder woman in the first episodes. In her case it was not about improvement, but about becoming less perfect.

I didn't feel her out of character, but in general, the conflicts were kind of silly. Still, they managed to be sweet and even joke about some things or pick on one another like normal people do. I liked that.

Like lollypip said, this is an easy watch for a rainy weekend.

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Me. Interest in wedding planning: zero.

I am currently helping a friend with hers and I am just useless. I need someone like Young Joon who knows exactly what is needed. 😄

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I question the 'wanting to get married'.

It felt to me like she was giving the socially expected answer... like it was on a checklist. Notice, they never talked about whether her sisters were married.

I think it was more about "I want more" and it was nebulous; it felt like she wanted more of everything, even work, more responsibility.

I think the last episodes showed it -- she really didn't care about her wedding because it's a part of her but not all-consuming.

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Her sisters are married.

That's one of the reasons why she decided to "quit" now of all times - because her sisters have graduated and settled down (aka, gotten married) and her dad has no reason to cause trouble any more.

What's wrong with wanting more? She can have more responsibilities, more respect, more time for herself, more love, more happiness. She just finds out that she's already getting the most where she already is, therefore she doesn't go.

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I mean who would be uninterested in their own wedding as her?

Me.

Did that mean I wasn't invested in my relationship or marriage? Of course not. I wanted no part in planning a wedding because I find the pageantry of it all overwhelming and excess (for me, I realize everyone is different). Honestly I found it refreshing that the show turned the tables on the stereotype.

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But would you be that uncommunicative with your partner, and give off the vibes that you just don't care about starting your life with him? Would you not even tell him that you have a flower allergy? Or if you prefer a small or a big wedding?

The problem wasn't that the drama portrayed her with little interest in wedding planning (we don't know if she is interested or not, because that is how underdeveloped her character is), the problem was that the drama portrayed her as someone who just doesn't care and is just going about her job robotically. As Kaeri commented below, she comes off as a woman who is not in love... just weird.

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More accurately, I meant Maryse (comment 35), I agree with her comment a lot.

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Mi-so and her character (and skills) have been developing for nine years- and at a maximum rate, You are right that Mi-so's character does not develop in this story- She has outgrown her situation and even her dream of finding an ordinary guy to settle down with. You miss the point unless you realize that it is Young-soon who needed to change. And he does. Those people who dwell on the Boss-Subordinate power thing are far too invested in mere titles. The truth is that Mi-so was the one with the power to change things. And she did. Young-soon changes to meet her needs. Which proves just how deeply he really loves her. So now Mi-so has a way above average husband - and an assistant who will eventually take her seat when the babies come- while she will be given a new title in the company- like Executive Vice President- where she can use her more advanced skills to help her husband. Young-soon may seem like a bulldozer- but it was really Mi-so in the driver's seat.

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I remember when I saw this on premiere watch, utterly shocked I'd let a Park Seo Joon drama get this close to airing without stalking it first. What a fun commitment this turned out to be! I only wish the drama was more of what I wanted when I first started watching--the story of a young woman finding herself primary to finding love. So, like, in my own personal rewrite her last day would be around episode four and eps 5 - 12 are her trying out various jobs with VP popping up every now and then demanding her to return, then being nice, then supporting her all while she came into her own doing something manager related (as I'd keep the "she realized she was doing what she was good at all along" part) and then the final four episodes are dedicated to romantic stuff like confessions, families, managing her work life, her new social life, and romantic life.

But then again, I'm emotionally withdrawn and I really did love this lol idk why I'm rewriting it

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If anyone is interested - filming locations in this episode :)

- Asosan: first lunch with mother-in-law (http://bit.ly/kdl-asosan)
- The Raum: late for the wedding fitting (http://bit.ly/kdl-theraum) - also in ep 1
- Studio 63: back for a coffee (http://bit.ly/kdl-studio63) - also in ep 3
- AK Plaza Pyeongtaek store: back for the newlywed set (http://bit.ly/kdl-akplaza) - also in ep 12
- Grand Hyatt Seoul (Grand Ballroom): finally married ♥ (http://bit.ly/kdl-grandhyatt) - other locations featured in ep 1/2

More Why Secretary Kim locations on koreandramaland.com :) - http://bit.ly/kdl-wskoverview

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felt like there was tension for the sake of it (Mi-so being busy) but otherwise how cute was groom-to-be Young-joon ♥ glad I decided to follow this drama, though initially it was quite by accident haha. Park Seo-jun certainly had his way (and not to forget the 'aura') with his role as YJ - interestingly enough, this is the first time I'm watching him in an entire drama (my first show with him in it being Youn's Kitchen 2 haha). Park Min-young too had a maturity in her role as Mi-so. the supporting characters did well too! just a pity that Seung-yeon's presence got a little lost towards the end.

overall, '수고했소' to the team!

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It was a beautiful wedding with a beautiful bride. And I also loved that Young-soon was able to tell Mi-so that all of this was not about a childhood trauma but rather about loving the Mi-so that he has come to know over the last nine years. The trauma was hurting them and his family- and it needed to be dealt with, but it was never the real foundation of their love.
And I loved the way that Secretary Yang stood firm and convinced Se-ra to take the relationship public- officially. And, one last time we get to hear his heroic anthem. These two will have a great marriage, when that time comes. And how cool is it that a secondary character has his own theme song?
Ma Eum’s clumsiness and mistakes pay off big time in this episode. First, she mistakenly sends chocolates to Woo Shik’s Ex-wife- the same ones that he once bought for her in Paris. Result- Woo-shik’s ex-wife shows up at his door. It turns out that she is no more over him than he is over her. I hope that he learns a lesson from Mi-so and his boss: Keep learning things about your spouse, and act on that new knowledge, not just what you already knew. That, and learning to talk to each other, and listen, and maybe they have a chance. If not then Young-soo is right: This is a mistake. But even if it is, it is what Woo-shik wanted, and so did his ex.
When Ma Eum spilled the orange juice on the super model’s dress (saving the wedding from a nasty scene) all I could think was “My Hero”. May all her future mistakes be as serendipitous.
I disagree with those who said the show was too long. It gave us a much fuller resolution than we normally get. I wish that other writers could learn from this. And I do not think that the writers were confused about whether this was a rom-com or a melo. It was neither: It was a love story.

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I still think this show had one of the best pilot episodes ever. I wish it had lived up to that first episode. It would have been a better drama. However once I adjusted my expectations, it just became a cute drama, mostly because of the leads chemistry and not the writing.

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[1] PSJ looked amazing on his wedding day.
[2] I agree with you @lollypip. No one had a perfect relationship really, and I don't think that's a bad thing per say. If anything, it's realistic.
[3] I love the reversal of Mi-so working instead of wedding planning and Young-joon fussing over the wedding. I thought he was kinda crazy for picking out her dress, but Mi-so seemed not to care.
[4] Mother pissed me off in the previous episode with her reason for not wanting Mi-so and Young-joon to date. I liked that she came around and was her doting self here.
[5] Seriously though, PSJ is pure eye candy
[6] Such an easy recommendation this drama.

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Thanks for all the recaps, LollyPip!

This was a fun show for summer watching. It had comedy in the right places, interesting side characters with stories of their own and a childhood kidnapping story thrown in just to give it a touch of seriousness. Enjoyable overall. Definitely going to miss Young-joon's aura and the competence and sparkle of his lovely bride!

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I adored this drama for so many reasons starting with how much I love Park Seo Joon and this was him at his elastic-faced best. I loved that it was so over-the-top funny so often, that the banter reminded me of the best old screwball comedies (and Nora Ephron) and the sound and visual effects added so much.
Once I stopped having to remind myself it was a webtoon come to life, I got used to the rhythm and most of the side characters (ugh, Sera what did you do to deserve Mr Yang, anyway?). I am so happy that Yoo Shik managed to end up with what he wanted despite himself (thanks LollyPip for pointing out that he'll have to 'fess up quick!) and grateful that his ditz Secretary finally justified herself with two truly spectacular mistakes.
I love that the show had such high standards in execution in sets, location, costumes and casting that everything was believable, even to the Maseratis 😂 and the suits. It was a heightened world that did belong in a cartoon, especially Young Joon's clam-picking costume.

I dearly loved that we went all the way to the giant blow-out wedding with virtually no hindrances, because when do we ever get to really do that in a kdrama? We get cheated of the wedding and it happens offscreen, or there's family drama undermining the wedding or something goes wrong (in the old days, the bride is hit by a TOD, for example). SO we finally got the whole shebang and EVERYONE was happy, so happy! The bride and groom looked so much in love that it's hard to believe they aren't a couple in real life. Seriously, I've only seen one real-life bride ever smile that much.

And I loved that Secretary Kim helped me escape from my real world when I badly needed to. Not that anything horrible is happening just to me, but I feel awash in the ugliness and corruption that surrounds us, plus I'm watching Mr Sunshine and Life On Mars which are quite bleak as well. So to have this show come along that could make me feel like my own blood was carbonated or I was in love, was most appreciated.

For Beanies who despair that there are no Young Joons out there, I offer you the story of my mother and stepfather. They worked together for nine years before she agreed to date him and then were married within a year. He worshipped the ground she walked on and treated us both like queens. He wasn't a chaebol and he may have looked more like Head Mgr Jung, but we were very happy. Much love to you all! ❤️❤️❤️

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I loved the story of your mother and stepfather. It is true, there are lots of jerks (and their female counterparts) out there, but there are also Young-joons (and Secretary Yangs as well). As for what Se-ra did to deserve Secretary Yang, it was simply to be herself- occasionally silly but also outgoing, warm and enthusiastic. In turn Secretary Yang deserved Se-ra by being himself: Reserved, but also kind, thoughtful, strong and brave. Each one complements the other and brings strength where the other is lacking. Of all the couples in this story they actually made the most sense at the most fundamental level. Or put it this way- Se-ra is now free to be silly sometimes, which is part of her character, because she has Secretary Yang, who is so grounded that he can keep things from getting out of hand.

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IKR? Almost all movies and dramas treat the wedding like a farewell dinner to the audience. For such an important romance milestone, it is so insignificant in tv/movies. At most it is beautiful but never given decent time. Only times they show details is when something goes horribly wrong. This is the first I’ve seen any drama devote 2 episodes to the proposal and wedding — both perfectly executed. It’s almost like watching my best friends’ professional wedding videos.

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It was happy ending for each character.
Over the last few episodes the sorry became flat and somewhat a drag but still I'll fondly remember this series coz how I'm gonna forget Yoon Joon's fatal aura and narcissism or perfect secretary Mi So and her sassiness or Love guru Yoo Shik and his not so perfect secretary or adorable Mr yand and Ms Bong or penny pincher Gwi nam and Ji ah and all the lovely side characters.
I can rewatch this drama too.

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Yay!!! What a wonderful ending to a wonderful show. Thank you everyone for making these recaps as enjoyable as the show was!

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Thank you, Lollypip, for the wonderful recaps! I enjoyed reading them very much.

After watching the finale, I have given up on critiquing the show, and just settled in to enjoy the frothy, lightweight, feel-good bubbles.

(Although admittedly, I winced a little when Young Joon read the final words in the voiceover: "You are my world, and every moment of my life. And every moment of my life was you." That was a little over-the-top fantasy romance for me - like too much fan service. I felt a bit embarrassed for the actor, myself as a viewer, anyone in the general vicinity. Anybody else? No? Just me? OK then... *Tiptoes silently away under cover of frothy bubbles*)

Enjoy, everyone! I look forward to reading your comments in the next show!

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In complete honesty, I probably would have swooned over this drama when I first started watching dramas. Now, 9 years later, I'm feeling meh.

One thing I love about this PD is that he working on projects where the female leads are so complex. Ji-Ho in Because This Life is Our First could have easily been the main villain. She became petty and childish by the end but it was true to the character nonetheless and I wanted them to be together regardless.

WWKS had the same dynamic. Kim Mi-Soo placing work first made sense because, in her mind, she was working for him. She wanted to make things easier for him. The thing is, after watching this earnestly trying man, I found myself not liking Mi-soo very much. Just like with Ji-Ho.

I think the credit goes to the writer but I think the PD deserves to be recognized. He is carving out space for unapologetically flawed women in the mainstream. These women made me roll my eyes a few times but I never wanted to abandon them. To bring that to life is masterful.

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Thank you @lollypip for the recaps!

I really enjoyed this drama. Such a fun, light-hearted watch for the summer. The last episode had me choking at times because of humor — especially YooShik and ex-wife’s parody of Young Joon and Miso’s bed scene 😂😂😂.

I didn’t mind this fluff-filled rom-com lacking a distinctive plot in the second half. Since I read the webtoon I sorta expected no plot — the webtoon itself is not very complicated. I enjoyed the drama more after dropping the guess-what-happens-next game. Everything and everyone was just pure joy. It’s refreshing to watch a drama with no love-polygon, no unreasonable parents, no stretched out misunderstandings, no vengeance, no noble idiocy (in romance), no bad friends wreak havoc, etc. I turned off my brain and smiled for an hour a day, 2 nights a week, for 8 weeks — like meditation, it’s a great stress buster.

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Even on the day of her wedding, Secretary Kim still calls her husband "buhwejangnim." I refuse to accept that. I thought she would change after Young Joon called her out on it, but I guess habits can't be broken. Finally Hyung was good for something telling Young Joon about Miso's flowers allergy, but that makes me think she was completely uninvolved in the planning of her wedding, which is unforgivable. Young Joon is a groomzilla. I was appalled when he picked out her wedding dress for her and decided how she should do her hair. He is without a doubt more in love with her than she is with him.

I was one of the people who initially complained about the childhood trauma, but the mystery turned out to be unexpectedly gripping. Once the truth about the kidnapping was revealed, the show became a clichéd romcom. The OTP was selling it and I loved the fluff in the earlier episodes, but once the couple got together, their relationship became boring. As usual, tvN's M.O. is entirely too long episodes with almost nothing happening.

I can't believe What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim made me dislike Lee Tae Hwan. I expected Show to redeem Hyung, but Sung Yeon was such a miscast. My favorite character was Yoo Shik for never failing to give his narcissistic owner-friend a dose of reality. Finally secretary Ma Eum was good for something -- actually two things -- accidentally sending chocolate to ex-wife Seo Jin and accidentally knocking orange juice on ex-girlfriend Ji Ran.

Many thanks for recapping the entire drama, @LollyPip!

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I feel the same about the wedding. Mi So just let Young Joon bulldoze through the planning. Why she doesn't assert herself is beyond me! She even allowed his mom to bulldoze her with clothes shopping. Mi So really needs to stop being a doormat and letting people walk all over her!

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I didn't see it as bulldozing, I saw it as Mi-So trusting Young Joon not messing up in preparations for their wedding. She trusted him enough to know what would work and what would not. She was with someone would not be lackadaisical and took it very seriously. Mi-so had no problem speaking up at the family dinner, so I would think she would have no problem speaking up if there was something that she did not like. Although, when he was showing her the hairstyles, the model did have flowers in her hair. THAT would have been a good time to tell Young Joon about her allergy to them.

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I guess it boils down to I just don't trust her as a character. Why didn't she mention the flower allergy? Young Joon should not have had to apologize for not knowing about it. She stood up to the family at the dinner yes but she didn't assert herself with the mom shopping and it was obvious she was vastly uncomfortable.

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She saw what the future was going to hold. Young Joon is his mother's son.

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"Young Joon is a groomzilla." LOL! That is hilarious and accurate. Thank you for this, @panshel!

"I was appalled when he picked out her wedding dress for her and decided how she should do her hair." Me, too. I gave this objection up without a fight as the episode went on, though. I just forgot. (I think the MIL shopping scene directly afterwards distracted me.)

In the end, at the wedding itself, I believe Mi So was wearing the dress and hairstyle/veil she wore to surprise him at his home, when she was apologizing for blowing off the dress fitting. Was it one of the dresses and hairstyle he originally picked out? Or was is one she picked on her own? The latter would be better and go a long way toward ameliorating the obnoxiousness of his controlling nature.

"He is without a doubt more in love with her than she is with him." Maybe? Sometimes it does seem that way. Or maybe she often retreats when he bulldozes. (Not always, though: I have a feeling she picks her battles - like finally refusing excessive gifts from her mother-in-law.) Either way, that dynamic could be a problem for them in the future.

"Finally secretary Ma Eum was good for something -- actually two things -- accidentally sending chocolate to ex-wife Seo Jin and accidentally knocking orange juice on ex-girlfriend Ji Ran." Yay! This was the punchline to the long-running joke of Ma Eum's clumsiness, which turned out to be not the joke itself but rather the setup. I'm so glad it happened, because she was just so frustrating and it would have been a pretty pointless joke otherwise.

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“n the end, at the wedding itself, I believe Mi So was wearing the dress and hairstyle/veil she wore to surprise him at his home, when she was apologizing for blowing off the dress fitting. Was it one of the dresses and hairstyle he originally picked out? Or was is one she picked on her own? ”

It was still the dress his designer made. She just picked it up somehow after store hours.

I get that most woman would be happier to pick out her own dress. But most brides don’t have a groom with a self-proclaimed perfect sense of style. I think if I were Miso, I’d let him pick too. It’s trusting his judgment over mine.

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I can't say it enough, how much I love the way this drama dealt with things in a real world kind of way. The growth of each character happened naturally and so subtlety, just the way it usually does in real life.

I really appreciate Ji ah and Gwi nams relationship now more than I did before. I think they will be able to balance each other out without sacrificing enjoying the present and planning for the future. Se ra and Cheol were just too adorable. And Yoo Shik, while I'm glad he got back with his wife and will hopefully be happy, I'm just glad that he was a voice of reason and rock to keep Young Joon grounded.

Young joon and his family are adorable. And I dont really think his mom hates his father, to me it seems like a normal relationship? They've been together for so long and just nag one another for the hell of it. And I love that his family is down to earth and quirky in their own way.

I dont really think that Young joon or Mi so needed therapy, but rather they just needed to be able to let go of it. And neither of them were really able to do let go and move on because one had to pretend like it never happened and the other one couldn't rememeber the details. Once they were able to do that, things just kind of fix themselves sometimes.

I love how Young joon and Mi so are still figuring things out and that they are both ok with that. And the fact that they got family and friends that will have their back, they are going to be just fine.

I still can't get over how adorable everyone was. But i will miss Young Joon's aura the most... cant wait to get more PSJ

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Thank you @lollypip for all the amazing recaps! I enjoyed reading every single one of them.

This was a nice finale to a very sweet and fluffy show. I started the show wanting sweet, cotton candy and I got it. Would I have appreciated a bit more plot? Probably, but I still enjoyed the ride.

I mostly loved the show because I enjoyed watching Mi-So so much. First, the girl is a workaholic. Girl, the struggle is real and second, she is such a badass, efficient boss at her work. While looking amazing.

Thank you dramagod, for giving her a young female professional who honestly kicks ass at her job and showing those moments to us.

P.S: I also understood Mi-so's lack of interest in her wedding. Lots of people put so much emphasis on the PERFECT wedding day, but I have seen tons of perfect wedding days where the couple ended up divorcing and not so great wedding days and 25 years later, the couple is still together. It's just one day, what's important is the next 60-70-80 years together.

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PIXIE DUST Award: Goes to Park Min Young and Seo Joon. If wishes were horses, we'd have a Park--Park couple and a real life wedding.

AURA Award: Goes to Park chingu, although you weren't as expressive as our founding father, you stamped your seal all over.

BIGBANG ANDROMEDA SUPERNOVA SONIC Award:
Goes to Mi So Biseo, for having the courage to keep digging till she found the gums she buried in her childhood.

ROLLING EYES IN DISBELIEF Award #1: Bong Se-ra acting cute up to braiding her hair.
#2: Go Ki Nam hiding under the table at house warming party (surprise! SURPRISE?!)
#3: Every scene Park's secretary spearheaded.
#4: Mi So father and LYJ one shot drinking scene.
#5: The teams farewell humming song award giving scene (hm)

SILLY HAT Award: Bong Se-ra and Secretary Yang.

BROTHER/WIFE FROM HELL Award: Lee Sung Yeon (is there any other?). Park's wife (her shouting powers are borderline hair raising, tears inducing terrorism)

CHARACTER MOST IN NEED OF A SPANK Award:
Lee Sung Yeon, Go Ki Nam, Park's Secretary annnd...(have a go, it's your turn).

JAW DROPPING SCENE Award #1: Shirtless PSJ
#2: PMY wearing PSJ's shirt! (Dangerous indeed!)
#3: Secretary Yang diet coke proposal.
#4: Secretary Yang singing!!!

9 LEVELS OF HOT CHILLI Award: Every make out scene.

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AS BAD AS I WANT TO BE Award: Goes to UK Group, Lee Sung Yeon and naughty potato devil.

MOST ANTICIPATED SCENE Award:
#1: The bed scene.
#2: The wedding!!!

OH BOY THIS SCENE Award #1: Beach clam catching scene.
#2: Bathroom mop fight.
#3: Little Mi So making LYJ promise to marry her.

MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER: Kim Ji Ah

TEAR DUCKS Award: Last scene of ep 16. I think I cried a little.

HAHA CHOKE Award: Last scene of episode 13 & 14 and every Park/LYJ bromance scene.

BEST OST: 🎤 😚🎶GFRIEND —Wannabe 🎶
🎶KIHYUN × SEOLA — Love Virus🎶

BEST QUOTE: “Don't sacrifice your present for the future.” Kim Ji-Ah.

CONTINUITY AWARD: Goes to @lollypip and my fellow beanies. How long has it been? We're no longer friends, we're a family rambling down an endless road. May our merry go luck bus never run out of fuel. #family

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As much as I’m happy for Young Joon and Mi Soo, I’m so happy that Ms Bong decided to make her relationship with Mr Yang public, Mr. Park reconciled with his ex wife and Gwi Nam finally opened up to Ji Ah and they both started dating! This drama is like giving all the positive vibes about relationships and love which I find it a bit unrealistic but I’m just gonna hold onto that fluffy stuffs and believe that I’ll fall in love again just like how all the happy couples in this drama. 😆

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It’s been 3 days passed, and I’m starting my withdrawal syndrome of this drama. It wasn’t like Goblin which it struck me an instant. With this drama, I feel the longing are slowly develop...

To your notice, I always love “daddy/uncle/oppa-long-leg” romance, a Cinderella story with a twist of bitchy/slaying female lead. It reminds me back to “Sailormoon and the gang”. This kind of drama, packed in “light-heart-warming-booster” always be my gateway of this blatant world.

And I love Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young. I do. Separately or together, they have nailed their projects. WWWSK is indeed their work of art too.... Up until the wedding.

Contrary for many viewers though, I felt that the wedding is a little bit off. Please let me explain;
1) Sadly, IMO, I did not feel “Young Joon’s aura”. LollyPip writes that YJ walk MS on the aisle confidently, but look at the way he walks. YJ usually walks with firm-and-“got a little bit weight” in every steps. But on the wedding, He swings almost lightly. He reminded me back to PSJ’s character on Witch’s Romance. Not to mention his “hollow gaze” to audience when he walks her. I do not think Vice President YJ would gaze around on his wedding day, on the way to the altar.
2) Funnyly, I think PMY had flaws as well, on the wedding. Her attention to him and her gaze, were made her like his “unnie”, rather than a-trusted-plus-sexy-girl-friend-he-will-not-able-to-resist. I am OK with “care-taking-gaze” whenever MS comforts YJ on the work. Yet after the hot night they spent together and MS awareness of her position toward YJ (when she decide to be secretary one more time), IMO, it has to got deeper. Honestly, looking back to PMY works, her gaze to her man was something I could categorize to “adoration”.
3) On the writing and directing, well after the kidnapp story unfolded weeks before it reach the due, I do think the production team also regretted here and there. The wedding should be a great satisfying climax. If only they would spread fillers more accordingly..

Well, what is done is done. It flaws, a bit. It is better to have flaws allowing viewers to “get-involve” more, rather than a dry-perfect-drama which hush-off viewers’ thought. I enjoyed WWWSK for this 2 months. Thank you for all involved. The casts were brilliant on their own. The sound and visual editors were rocks! A great drama coming from the best director and writer..!
WWWSK is a “needed-drama” for me.

PS: And hopefully, sooo hopefull I will see better PSJ and PMY in the future.

PS: PS: Actually, I am one of their shippers... but yeah.... their personal are just theirs).

Thanks LollyPip for the recaps. Did you know, I (many of us) went straight to dramabeans after watching the drama? Your recaps were coming right in the middle of a-week-longing for the drama. It made my life easier..!

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This drama was nothing else but the chemistry between PSJ & PMY. Whatever kept me interested and hooked was gone after 10 episodes into the drama. I kept thinking what they will do to fill the rest of the 6 episodes since every conflict was taken care of and nothing to look forward to. And the rest of 6 episodes just looked like fillers and more fillers and fan service. As if they knew how incredible the chemistry was and ran with it.
I don't have anything bad to say about this drama but also nothing good either. If not for the chemistry between the leads, this drama basically didn't offer anything else.

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Maybe this is a cultural thing, but I just wanted them to stop calling each other "Vice Chairman" and "Secretary Kim."

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Same here!

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I am really loving this actor Park Seo Joon. I first watched him in Hwarang and loved him there then someone suggested Fight my way not knowing he was in it and loved Dongman and now finding out that this show is big in Korea right and he did a phenomal job in this I am in awe of this actor. He is now my favourite Korean actor. I am a FAN.

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Honestly, after my trauma with dramas (leads dying in a pen/ultimate episodes... *ahem* Hwayugi, Gu Family Book *ahem ahem*)... I'm just glad for the light-hearted, pretty, fluffy cotton candy in unicorn shades that WWWSK dished out. =) It is based on a webtoon so I didn't have much expectations on character development or plot twists. The kidnapping/who-is-oppa subplot was intriguing, and that made me continue. But PSJ and his chemistry with PMY, the funny interactions between characters and cute sound effects were what sold it for me, and the Show delivered them by the truckloads. So I'm thankful that WWWSK did exactly what it meant to do (and more, with a sizzling bed scene and gorgeous wedding to boot), and gave us a summer rom-com we could all enjoy without needing to engage our brains. Gomawo!

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I had low expectations for the finale and I was still disappointed.
My main complaint is that Mi So does not love Young Joon. Her body language remains a secretary's to the end. The only time we see her relaxed and at ease in her body is when she's drunk (what a message).
One thing I was expecting them to tackle was how their professional relationship would evolve after the wedding. Surely she would not remain at her desk, rising to greet him every time he walks in? She acts pretty much like a chief of staff. But the MIL cleary expects her to be a stay at home wife, so that would have been interesting to explore too.
As in all Kdramas, the intimacy does not evolve and we don't see them grow as a couple. They have one night together then apparently wait for marriage. She chose his ties before, but not after?

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I agree with you. I don't think Mi So loves him. She really didn't seem like a woman in love, her body language, her disinterest in wedding planning, her calling him Vice President still. You're so right. She's doesn't love him.

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I agree with this so much

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Ok, serious question, not a challenge, Kaeri: if Mi So does not love Young Joon, why does she marry him?

I do think all those individual things you mentioned can be explained by other things going on. (Not that I consider them great, necessarily, but more like understandable reasons.)

She is not the type (clearly) to be tempted much by wealth. She said over and over she wanted an ordinary life with an ordinary husband, and to know what she herself wanted out of life professionally. Then she had the revelation that she already had what she was good at professionally and liked doing. And then in her apartment she had the revelation that the ordinary married life with an ordinary husband she wanted was sharing dinner with her husband at home after work just as she was doing with Young Joon; and Young Joon promised he would would come home with her every night to eat ramen (lol) just as she wanted. And she seemed thrilled with that.

So what would be her reason for marrying him, if not love? Stockholm Syndrome maybe? Chickening out of finding her authentic life? Settling, in the absence of any other candidate in her life? Or...?

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What else could she do but marry him? And who else could she marry but him?

Her self-declared interests were to find what she wants to do and to get married and have a family.

Without really spending any time on it or trying out different things she decided being his secretary was what she really, really wanted to do (in other words: do what she always did). As for marrying, she didn't really try dating other people, but only briefly dated the one guy in her life and soon married him. No other candidates really (the one single, interrupted date she had doesn't really amount to another marriage candidate).

She didn't try anything else and her life has barely changed. She still has more or less the same relationship with her sisters (occasional meetups), she kind of made a couple of girlfriends at work (but I am going to question that: a couple months don't yet make a lasting friendship – these girls could move to another company, get married and become too busy with their own family lives, or the friendship might just cool for other reasons). I still think if Kim Mi-so has another day off, she won't know what to do with herself, because she hasn't figured out anything else that she likes to do and wants to be BEYOND being YJ's secretary 24/7.

If he ever falls out of love with her or dies before they reach old age, poor girl, she'll have nothing. It's one thing to be a dedicated partner, but this scenario where everything of your own identity is defined by one other person in your life is downright terrifying (no offense, but seriously).

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You know, this is a really interesting thread to me. And I think a pretty convincing argument can be made for both sides.

"What else could she do but marry him? And who else could she marry but him?" If she doesn't quit her job as Young Joon's secretary, then yes, her chances of making a different life are nil, because that job is so all-consuming of her time and energy. And then of course there would be no other person to marry, because she has no time to develop another relationship.

But she could quit! But she won't...not since she found out Young Joon was her childhood oppa.

After Mi So's declaration of quitting her job (due pretty much to being fed up with Young Joon and his excessive demands on her time), she softened toward him when she discovered reason to suspect he might be her childhood oppa - to the point of developing romantic feelings toward him.

The show insists that's not the real reason she stays with Young Joon: for example, when Young Joon's brother told her he (the brother) was her childhood oppa, she says basically "thanks, but no thanks" - that she is not interested in him romantically.

BUT Mi So was clearly disappointed that Young Joon was not her childhood oppa (because she had already developed romantic feelings toward him).

So show is denying this trope is true while simultaneously confirming it, lol.

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Also, this:

"If he ever falls out of love with her or dies before they reach old age, poor girl, she'll have nothing. It's one thing to be a dedicated partner, but this scenario where everything of your own identity is defined by one other person in your life is downright terrifying (no offense, but seriously)."

Eh, hard, but not terrifying. If it came to pass, then she would have to do the hard work of discovering her likes/dislike that you feel she is avoiding now. She'll have had lots of work experience at what she's good at, so another job would likely not be a problem. She's still got family.

Would Young Joon be any better off in this scenario if she left him or died first? I mean, he could bury himself in work, but so could she. She's smart, capable, and hard-working.

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Serious answer; she didn't really have much of a choice. That Young Joon was her childhood oppa, that he was her boss for 9 years and that he has been in love with her for that long...she didn't have the heart or maybe courage to turn him down. Then, there's the fact that he never gave her a chance to date; showing up on her one date and basically ruining it. He wouldn't leave her alone although the only reason he revealed the truth about their childhood was because he thought he was going to lose her. If she hadn't resigned, how much longer would he have lied to her?

I feel like Mi So married him because it was convenient and would put an end to his bulldozing. After all, what would her dating life look like if he kept showing up to assert his prior claim on her? It was easier and less stressful to just give in and marry him. She's certainly fond of him; maybe she thought that was enough?

She just really didn't act like a woman in love. Maybe she is reserved but that doesn't explain why she wouldn't talk to him about herself; or share simple things like her flower allergy. He should not have had to apologize for not knowing about it!! Ug, that bugged me so much!

The last three episodes I felt were Mi So just going around with a 'meh' attitude, hiding her true thoughts and feelings and not opening up fully to Young Joon. To me, that's not love.

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Just curious would it have been considered love if she had secretly doodled his name in her steno pad during meetings? Is there a checklist of behaviors that must be exhibited for a woman to be in love? How do I get a copy of this list for future reference?

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Are you suggesting she married him because it was the path of least resistance? She was an executive assistance who commanded an office staff of almost a dozen highly skilled employees. She worked 10 to 12 hours a day and most weekends. She learned several foreign languages and was able to cope with living in the US with little to no real preparation. She was respected by both her seniors and juniors for her attention to details, dedication and work ethic. She has the credentials to get an executive assistants position almost anywhere in the world. Speaking several languages will do that for you. But goes against her core being and gets married because it would be too troublesome not to.

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Or just possibly the writer ran out of real storyline and the wonkie filler made it seem like she was hesitating. For her to be more openly loving would have made the last few episodes unnecessary. Sorry, that is completely preposterous.

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<If she hadn't resigned, how much longer would he have lied to her?

I don't understand why many viewers don't seem bothered by this. I mean, it's not like was a "I stole your chocolate chip cookie at lunch break in kindergarten" lie, but a massive "I knew who you were, pretended that I didn't and watched you closely for nine years" lie (really disturbing). :-/

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@alua,
You bring up an excellent point:

I mean, it's not like was a "I stole your chocolate chip cookie at lunch break in kindergarten" lie...

Instead, is was a life altering lie that was forced on him as a child. Something so massive it had the potential to destroy his entire family. Something he believed he would have to take to his grave. It damaged him, but for the sake of his loved ones he bore the pain alone. How dare he selfishly keep that secret. How could she even love such a self sacrificing bastard. After all it is not like she values her own family above herself.

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"She just really didn't act like a woman in love. Maybe she is reserved but that doesn't explain why she wouldn't talk to him about herself; or share simple things like her flower allergy."

I do think she is reserved; but also, that she has a nine-years-long habit of deference and effacing herself in her work relationship with Young Joon, and that is just not going to be erased overnight.

I think Young Joon is trying to change this dynamic, but it is hard. (Witness his habit of bulldozing.) She hasn't been able to do this consistently, either. (Witness her habit of acquiescing.) It will take time.

I am not thrilled with the "Vice Chairman" and "Secretary" title-calling either, but culturally speaking, in a romantic or marital relationship she would likely still be addressing him in jondaemal while he addresses her in banmal, as he is older, so there's that. :(

I do wish she wouldn't work for him, though. I wish she would go work for a different company.

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P.S. Had to comment on this: "her disinterest in wedding planning"

I had zero interest in planning my wedding, and it was not because I didn't want to get married! I just really don't like things like this; I find it stressful. I would gladly have had someone take the burden off my hands.

But I can see why you came to the conclusion you did, added to the other things.

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Aww, I felt that way before too, but then I realized that there were little scenes that do show how much she loves him and how much she cares, in her own way. It's just that they're very subtle and not at all overt and public. After she got the ok from manager bong that adult women can desire their partners, she seemed more open and willing to show affection and intimacy with YJ. When he was on his trip and jealous of the stuffed animal that got to sleep next to her, she shoved the animal off. If she didn't care, she would have just laughed at his overtures. Some women are not as overt in their affections, as we are trained to believe, and secretary Kim always struck me as very proper and "well behaved". She stuck with this trait to the end and I think it's just one we're not as used to seeing.

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I respectfully disagree with the idea that Mi-so does not love Young-joon. I think that her character is simply very reserved. And I think that the first person to see it was Young-joon's mom- which is why we see her pushing for marriage in the first episode. His father would like to see him marry and have kids, but his mother specifically wants him to marry Mi-so. The MIL may expect her to be a stay at home wife- but one of the most significant dramatic moments in the episode occurs when Young-soon stands up to her and tells her, in effect, that MIL will not be in charge of their marriage. Further, when he and she shops for pans he informs her that Mi-so will never use them- he clearly accepts the idea that Mi-so will be a working wife and mother- and tat is ok because he can hire help for the household tasks. Mi-so's job title will eventually have to change, but she is not being relegated to the status of housewife. And as far as how she will address him, he s gradually working on that- like when he changed his label on her cell phone to "husband". But habits developed over nine years do not change overnight. And yes, essentially she is a Chief of Staff, which is probably what will dictate her new title when the time comes- most probably Executive Vice President. And it is my understanding that in the webtoon they did not have just one night together before the wedding. I can pretty much guarantee that the night she showed up in her wedding dress they did not just go to sleep afterwards.

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As for Young Joon and Mi So, you all know how I feel about them. I found them really immature and unable to grow up! Also, is it a cultural thing that she keeps calling him Vice President, even up to the day before their wedding? She really doesn't strike me as a woman ready for marriage. Anyway, I really have nothing more to say about them.

I love what Ji Ah said to Gwi Nam about not sacrificing the present for the future. It struck a chord with me because my own present has been overshadowed by the past which still haunts me. What she said makes so much sense. She was really courageous and mature in her response to Gwi Nam, I loved that.

And Gwi Nam looked fantastic at the wedding! What a great style! I'm so glad he had the courage to approach Ji Ah and I feel these two will be such a strong, unshakeable couple. I really wish I could see more of them and their life together.

All in all, this show was a fluffy, light, mindless watch and I can see how the main couple appealed to people. Sometimes we need that romantic soppiness and this show gave it in spades. For myself, I loved the two supporting couples, Se Ra/Cheol and Ji Ah/Gwi Nam. They really made the show entertaining and fun.

@lollypip thank you so much for the recaps! They really help to flesh out the show and understand more of what's going on than can be done through subtitles. Your work is very much appreciated. Thank you!

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I agree with the commentators who found the show wander down an expected cliche happy ending with little character growth.
From the beginning episodes, only YJ really achieved his singular goal: to keep MS as his secretary. He went about his romantic courtship like he was trying to close a business deal (in his mind, it was.)
MS wanted to quit her 24/7 job serving YJ to find herself, meet new people, date and live her dream of being an ordinary wife like her mother. In the end, MS did not find herself (she still reacts to YJ in "secretary mode," she could not date without YJ's interference so she had no opportunity to find herself, and her marriage would not be "ordinary" but uncomfortable about her in-laws wealth and attitudes.
MS had been conditioned over 9 years of work to be at YJ's beck and call. Even when they disagreed, she would be apologetic. I don't think her character has ever gotten past the boss-secretary dynamic to be an equal partner in marriage.
The emphasis that a traumatic event when she was 5 years old was "fate" to find her one true love fell flat. It locked in a level of immaturity in social relationships of the main characters. I found the ending a marriage of convenience.

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I 100% agree with you.

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This drama was a fantastic piece of fluff to me. It was always an enjoyable and hilarious watch.

That being said, it didn't come without flaws. The biggest one (imo) being how it addressed what Miso really wanted. I think it's perfectly fine that she really did want her old job after all, but her realization was just too sudden. She always said she never got enough time to herself or to explore other things, YET we didn't even see her trying any new alternatives!
The other thing I did not really like is the fact that there is a power imbalance in Young-joon and Miso's relationship TILL THE END. It doesn't sit well with me that the drama ended with Miso still being YJ's secretary. I would have loved for her to manage her own department or something... since we've seen how competent she is. Is she going to be his secretary forever? After all this time, doesn't she deserve a promotion? Can't they be a power-couple that runs a company together and let that be reflected in their official titles as well?

I know that's a sour tone, but I did enjoy this show. Especially the lovely side characters who all had personalities and their own stories. But the thing that really made this drama for me was the humour. I probably laughed in every episode, and always looked forward to it.

Also as a sidenote: I always have the same complaint with this specific type of rom-com ending. Can we just have one without a wedding? I have absolutely nothing against marriage, but I do wonder what kind of ideas it perpetuates when those are the CONSTANT final shots we see.

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I actually like it more when they show the wedding! So I'm the opposite of you heh. I also feel that kdramas don't show enough weddings, and am glad when I see one as a drama ending, because it gives better (more secure) closure for the couple.

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I love the wedding endings! There are PLENTY without one. (or only a wedding for secondary couples)

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I love wedding endings, though I tend to prefer kdrama weddings to be the weddings of a secondary couple. Something about being together at the wedding of mutual friends feel more romantic. Like it is a foreshadowing of their own wedding and I get to squeal "You're next! You're next!!". When it's the main couple and it's not one of those 40+ episode weekend dramas, I always end up feeling like they should be dating a little bit longer and then I also think about all the work it takes to put together a wedding...

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No, we cannot have a rom-com without the wedding. We have to satiate the romantics who watch this. Pitchforks will come out if the wedding doesn't come.

Marriage is Happily Ever After. Rainbows, unicorns and cotton candy.

No marriage = No happiness.

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200% agree with u. The kdramas that i loved didnt have weddings or proposals. I love that wwwsk has both and the proposal n wedding were romantic n grand.. finally an ending that tied up with a beautiful bow n glitters, rainbows, unicorns and everything sweet

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I loved the drama -- really liked Young Joon... Mi So, I liked at the beginning and when she was being 'strong'. I had one problem --> they had some beautiful psychological issues brought to light, but they never really dealt with it.

The thing that I loved about Young Joon as a character was the sheer amount of psychological damage and the defense mechanisms built to deal with his damage.

Young Joon never left the kidnapping house -- he was not allowed to because of his brother's mental break and his parents choosing survival over healing. The entire drama can be seen as Young Joon recreating the circumstances that allowed him to survive in the kidnapping --> saving Kim Mi So.

How did he survive the kidnapping house? By concentrating on Kim Mi So, by saving her.

How did he survive for the last nine years? By concentrating on Kim Mi So, by 'saving' her.

When he saves Kim Mi So in the house... he saves himself.

When he saves Kim Mi So in life... he saves himself... because he got her to a place where she's ready to leave the circumstances needed to take care of her family's debt. Young Joon did that for her, and when she is ready to leave, it creates the disruption necessary for Young Joon to also 'leave' the past behind.

I felt he needed more therapy than his brother, because his brother 'forgot', but Young Joon had been living in the last day of his kidnapping for the last nine years.

It was great, subtle writing ... but it needed the nod of he's going to therapy too. He's still not ok, he's just been able to break out.

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Wow, this is an awesome observation, ElSol. Thanks for this! I'm going to go ponder it now...

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It is a fascinating observation to ponder, I love it. I wondered all along why he didn't just Daddy Long Legs the whole family and find ways to pay Dad's debts and Unnis' tuitions thus freeing Mi So from all financial burdens. I still haven't figured that out.

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I wondered that, too! Maybe because Mi So's family's debts and obligations tied her to him? (Ugh, I hope not.)

Or maybe because Young Joon couldn't find a plausible (however flimsy) excuse to pay off her family's debts? When he bought her a car, it was because she came late to work. When he bought her clothes, it was because her professional image representing him and the company needed improvement. So he took care of her with plausible deniability.

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I've leaned more toward thinking that he didn't see himself as a rescuer but just wanted to provide the opportunity where she could excel and become her best self. And, subconsciously, keep her near him of course. It's probably all these things rolled up.

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I think it’s just not his style to be the out-open nice guy. It’s one of his defense mechanism. Nice guys get taken advantage of. Acting tough is the only way to stop ppl from bullying you. Don’t let ppl know you are a softy. That’s just how he rewired himself after the bullying by his own brother and all the trauma he endured — let’s remember he got kidnapped for helping a lady in need.

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Cont... this mindset also explains his unwillingness to admit he was the oppa after she asked him so many times. He really could have admitted and then make up another story about the kidnap itself if he only didn’t want her to remember.

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Gwi Nam finally got a second suit!!!

The drama didn't take me where I wanted it to go, but I derived a ton of enjoyment from it. I agree with lollypip's sentiments about how it was cute and sweet from start to finish, but I agree with wishing it had a better idea of what it wanted to be. I usually love mashups of genres and concepts, but here, the mashup of stories and tones made it a little incohesive. I think this drama would have been better as a binge-watch, instead of watching 2 episodes at a time every 6 days.

Letting go of what I had wanted and figuring that the drama will go all out for a fairytale HEA, I enjoyed the last episode a lot and had a smile for most the episode. There were 4(!!!) happy couples, most of which we can wholeheartedly cheer for. I love dramas with multiple couples. YJ's department has the most awesome employees. I'm happy to see MS and YJ make mistakes or have moments where they're a little clueless and frustrating, but they strive to be good to each other and learn from their mistakes.

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Thanks Lollypip for a great recap.
I've yet to watch the last 2 episodes and just read your recaps. Saving them because after completing Wok of Love, there's only Secretary Kim I'm looking forward to watching every week. And now that both has ended, I'm feeling lost and getting withdrawal syndrome.....

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I loved this drama! but for me there was something that the show still did not solve! Who and why did he take Sung Yeon to see the place where the brother was kidnapped? For me that was the main instigator of the trauma and it was not even mentioned in the present.

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I dropped the drama after episode 12, so it's fair to say I still liked the show as a whole despite being disappointed.
What I loved about it: The cast. Park Seo Joon owned the role and because of this, I'll be looking forward to his future projects. Park Min Young is so beautiful and ever reliable. I love the supporting cast, especially Young Joon's BFF. As for the romcom department, I'd give it a 10/10.
However, the direction the drama took was far from what I had in mind. I was surprised that I was not the only one who thought it was lacking of something (in terms of plot and depth). Mental health was neglected, even though I think it was what the couple needed. I was not satisfied with the character development either. It felt like Strong Woman Do Bong Soon again, where it was promising at first but the story and execution didn't give it justice.

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What a perfect ending to a sweet, sweet story about romance, love and rainbows. It felt like filter but oh, such sweet filter to end the drama this way. It was not a complicated drama, with surprises or shocking turns, but a cute romance that knew what it was and what it wanted to tell. I seriously don't mind getting diabetes if we get another 100 episodes of this. Ji-ah's advice to Gwi-nam was very thoughtful and spot-on, life should be enjoyed, you can plan for your future but not at the expense of living and your happiness. The family gatherings before the wedding almost brought me to tears, it felt so real. Mi-so was thankful towards her sisters for trying their best to care and provide for her; as their wishes for Mi-so to be happy, the feelings between them as a family was so sincere and touching. I went into this drama hoping for it not to suck, but it totally exceeded my expectations. It was a fairy tale drama, perhaps not realistic in its storyline, but the characters are grounded in reality. Park Min Young and Park Seo Jun are amazing in this drama and absolutely brought their characters to life. I'll be following them from now on. I wish them the very best in their careers and hopefully find happiness very soon. Thank you so much @lollypip for your recaps, it was fun reading the recaps and the comments.

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Hello beanies.. i have been a passive reader of dramabeans for a year only reading your reviews and comments. But this drama make me wanna sign up for dramabeans n write comments. Hahaha.. i have to say, all of ur reviews are so detail,and thorough that i think wee need to open a kdrama literature class.

that said, i wanna say.. i loveeee this drama. Once i prayed to drama gods that i want to watch a kdrama that has gorgeous leading man n ladies, with no plots such as wicked step/mother, third parties that could jeopardise our OTP relationship, amnesia, cancer or other fatal disease, i wanna watch a lot of time when the OTP have sweet dating time, hot passionate kiss ( no dead fish kissing please), a hot bed scene, proposal n end with a grand wedding. I think this director heard my prayer n thus make this drama hahahahah..

PSJ n PMY have amazing chemistry n they have become my fave couple ( used to be JJH n KSH from MLFTS but my ship has sunk to the bottom of tje ocean coz JJH is married with children now😱) also like LJS n HHJ from W 2world.. they have better chemisrty offscreen.

But i do want to complain a bit as to why Miso character in the show is different from the character in the webtoon? In the webtoon, she is equally as aggresive as LYJ, she would pull him towards her n kiss him passionately RAWR... not just a quick kiss. And she wouldnt mind kissing him at the office during office hours etc. N in the webtoon, there are many kissing, cuddling n more than once bedscene😛😛.. in the show, Miso is very composed, strict n less aggresive. Thats why some ppl think that her love isnt as big as his love towards her. When they talk, most of the time they would stand across each other, no holding hand or hugging. If the directors have written Miso’s character just like in the webtoon, we would have many other romantic scenes n many bed scenes.. hahaha i am so pervert.
Also i am glad that in the show Miso wasnt pregnant yet unlike in the webtoon. Having kids is time consuming n i would love them to spend more time with each other first. Also, open up the possibility of 2nd season? Please show, i wanna watch them together again.. 16 epi arent enough with parkpark couple.

Overall its a beautiful n fun drama to watch after u watched a stressfull drama like scarlet heart ryeo with sad ending (goodness me, the 4th prince married n have a son with anotjer lady just to secure his throne).

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I felt that this drama petered out of things to really tell the audience after the trauma story had been resolved. I got bored with WWWSK around that point, and started getting really invested in AYHT, which hasn't disappointed me at all.
The problem I had with WWWSK, was there were no truly gripping story twists after the full story of their past had been revealed; and that was the one story point that kept me invested. Even though Mi So and Young Joon's story was truly adorable, and I did aegyo at my screen every time they did something cute, that was all it was. It was just all cute for the next four episodes with hardly any emotional/relational development. I got honestly bored, waiting for something, some real obstacle to come in their path. But no, it was practically smooth sailing straight up to the wedding except for some quickly-resolved quarrels. I was hoping for more from this drama, but for the last few weeks, I actually had to remind myself that this drama was still airing, or else I would've simply dropped it because it was so unmemorable.
Both of Kim Seo Joon's prior dramas, "Fight My Way" and "She Was Pretty" left bigger impressions on me. "Hwarang" doesn't count; he had a poop face for most of that drama.

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Did anyone else have issues with the fact that everything in this drama happened in less than a month?

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I never would have thought I'd miss the K-drama trope of the forced separation. But this drama NEEDED it. Secretary Kim should have made the clean break promised in the premiere, gone to live in Busan or someplace, then returned two years later to see if the infatuation was real or not.

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I haven't been this disappointed in a series since 'Revolutionary Love'. The first two episode showed promise then we were given the most generic by-the-numbers fantasy rom-com imaginable.

One issue was with the casting. Park Min-young had perfected the 'insincere warm smile' of the professional secretary but the insincere smile persisted through the entire series, to the point where we couldn't trust her reactions

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I watched this drama late and I appreciated the blatant fanservice in the latter episodes but I felt after the kidnapping jig was up, not much happened. I felt great when they let us know that sung Yeon was receiving therapy and I thought theyll do that with the leads too but that never happened and it made feel confused... They made it look like their serious trauma -that made Mi So end up in the hospital just by trying to recall it- could go away by ignoring it or 'burying it' which is not realistic... They already went to a dark place with that suicidal kidnapper so why not take it to the end with proper therapy to overcome their fears?

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I love that this drama is so light-hearted... No conflicts that goes on for weeks, no crying, no back stabbing, etc... And that there is no real villain. Which is also why I liked the Reply series.... I watch a drama to be entertained, not to be stressed over.

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