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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: Episode 9

Love is weird enough when two average people are involved, but when someone like Young-joon falls in love, he does it big. He’s changing in ways that the whole company notices, and all for the better, though they don’t quite know what to do with a vice president who suddenly makes his own copies. But he doesn’t know when to stop, which could cause a problem that can’t be resolved with a simple apology.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

After Sung-yeon’s public confession, Mi-so says she wants to clear up any misunderstandings, and she confesses to Young-joon that she likes him. He hugs her, but when he tries to kiss her, he has another bad flashback. Mi-so reaches up and gently kisses him, and when she pulls away, he goes right back in for another kiss, his fears gone.

They go for a walk, and Young-joon says he wants to make things clear: “We stopped being a ‘some’ and became a couple, right?” Oh, you are so cute, yet still so arrogant. He teases Mi-so for her formal response, making her sail off, head held high.

Young-joon calls after her, “Let’s go together! My woman!” and poor Mi-so looks like she’d happily crawl into the nearest hole. Young-joon enjoys her reaction so much, he yells My woman! several more times just to see her blush.

He drops Mi-so off at her door, then just stands there, reluctant to leave. He reminds her that he’s smart, healthy, rich, and competent (in case she forgot in the last five minutes), and he asks her again to marry him. Mi-so points out that they’ve been together less than an hour, worried that he’s rushing things, and he mutters under his breath, “Who rushed it more?”

Young-joon smiles all the way home, remembering the little-girl Mi-so that he met so long ago. She’d insisted that he marry her after saving her from the house where they were locked up, and even made him pinky-swear. He makes a u-turn and goes right back to Mi-so’s apartment, saying that it’s in case she misses him all night long.

He jokess that he never gives second chances, but he wants to give her a second and even third chance to see him. He asks cheekily if she feels honored to be special to him, and he wishes her sweet dreams, which she knows means to dream of him. Young-joon asks for one more hug, and says softly that he’ll be having sweet dreams tonight, too.

Mi-so finally shoos him home, reminding him that he has a big meeting in the morning. She plays it cool, but when she gets inside, she immediately runs to the window to watch him driving away. Young-joon makes it home and catches his reflection in the mirror, and he futilely tells his mouth to stop curling up like that. Awww, he even smiles in his sleep — they’re so sweet, my teeth ache.

Mi-so dreams of Oppa, and making him promise to marry her. She wakes, thinking that Oppa was supposedly Sung-yeon, but feeling confused.

In the morning, Yoo-shik carefully backs out of Young-joon’s office, worried that his friend is acting strange lately. He tells Mi-so that Young-joon has been nodding off all day, and she says he even overslept this morning. Yoo-shik offers to show Mi-so something fun, and they creep into Young-joon’s office, where he’s fast asleep on the couch.

Young-joon answers groggily when Yoo-shik whispers to him, and Yoo-shik and Mi-so giggle that his mind never shuts off even when he’s sleeping. Yoo-shik asks if something happened to create a cognitive shift, but he gets a call from Ma-eum before Mi-so can answer.

Mi-so covers Young-joon with a blanket and sits to look at his sleeping face. She remembers that he had a nightmare the last time she did this, but she thinks that he looks more relaxed this time. She starts to leave, but he grabs her wrist and pulls her into his arms, unconcerned that someone might come in and see them.

Mi-so is flustered, but Young-joon tells her to expect this much when she awakens someone’s “slumbering desires.” Well, RAWR. That flusters her even more, and he tells her to get used to it because he won’t slow down. Double RAWR.

She asks if he’s feeling well, since he’s sleeping so much today. He says a huge weight was lifted from his shoulders yesterday, and he doesn’t think he’ll have nightmares anymore, either. He tells her that he’s not ill anymore, and she notices that “anymore” and asks if Sung-yeon is really her Oppa.

Young-joon says that she’s asking an obvious question, so Mi-so explains that she keeps feeling like he’s really Oppa because of his scars and traumatized behaviors. Young-joon tells Mi-so that it would be great if someone she likes is the Oppa she’s been looking for, but he says he’s not him, and that his scars and nightmares have nothing to do with that.

He asks if it changes her feelings about him, and Mi-so shakes her head no. She says she likes him no matter what, and leaves him to finish his nap.

Back at her desk, Mi-so overhears Ji-ah on the phone with her movers, who are moving her things into her new apartment today. Ji-ah says that she’ll focus more on work now that she lives closer, and Mi-so reminds her that she’s late for a meeting. Ha, oops.

Mi-so declines a call from Sung-yeon, who’s waiting to talk to his agent (cameo by Jung Soo-young). She’s thrilled at the response after his book concert, but Sung-yeon isn’t interested in the interviews he’s offered. His agent says sadly that she loved when he confessed to his first love, but Sung-yeon just looks downcast.

At lunchtime, Young-joon wants to take Mi-so to eat, noting that it will be the first meal they’ve had together since they started dating. Mi-so behaves like a good secretary, offering to make a list of nice restaurants that serve his favorite dessert, but they both feel like this isn’t how couples should interact.

They still feel awkward over lunch when they realize that it was Young-joon’s idea to celebrate their new relationship, but Mi-so did all the work. She even waits on him so attentively that the waiter remarks that she seems more like Young-joon’s secretary than his date. Whomp whomp.

After lunch, Young-joon suggests they go to a movie. Mi-so says very stiffly that it’s not right to skip work for personal reasons. Young-joon sighs that it’s confusing how she sometimes acts like his secretary and sometimes his girlfriend.

He says that her previous way of supporting him, like pouring his water at lunch, makes him look like a bad guy now. Mi-so says it’s her job to look after his comfort, so Young-joon asks her only to support him on work-related issues, and he’ll take care of his own personal needs. He says he may be a selfish boss, but he doesn’t want to be a selfish boyfriend (that squishy sound you hear is my heart melting).

Yoo-shik’s regular driver is out, so Ma-eum drives him to a meeting while he reviews the paperwork. He’s in a good mood until he sees a man and woman crossing the street in front of his car, and Ma-eum recognizes the woman as his ex-wife. Awww.

The next time Young-joon leaves his office, Mi-so asks if he needs anything, and he says he needs her to be indifferent and lazy. He goes down to the copy room, where the office team reels in shock to find him making his own copies. They all clamber to take over, but Young-joon says he’s already mastered the copy machine.

The team is even more surprised when they learn that Mi-so was at her desk the whole time Young-joon was making his own copies. She’s just as surprised to hear what Young-joon did, and she gives him a weak smile when he proudly points at the copies, then himself.

Team Leader Jung and Se-ra are startled later to find Young-joon making his own tea and cookies. Mi-so sees him on his way back to his office with the tray, and she finds the office team having an emergency meeting about Young-joon’s problematic behavior. Team Leader Jung worries that Young-joon is showing them he doesn’t need them, planning a layoff, and Mi-so wants to assure them that’s not the case, but she can’t without giving away the truth.

Young-joon sits to drink his tea, then he decides he wants to give it to Mi-so. He waves her in from where she’s glowering at her desk, and he tells her he wants her to have the first tea he’s ever made. It’s so hot it scalds her tongue, and poor Young-joon tries to get her to open her mouth so he can check for burns.

Which is, of course, when they notice the office team watching them through the window, hee. Young-joon brings everyone in to make an announcement, saying that today is a special day. Mi-so looks worried, but he ad-libs that it’s Team Communication Day.

He does his two-second eye contact bit in reverse to show them his grateful heart, and it’s just as weird the other way around. It’s so awkward that Mi-so stops him, and he tells the rest of the team that he’ll show them his sincerity next year, ha.

Back in their office, the team is rattled at Young-joon’s odd behavior. Se-ra thinks Mi-so is hiding something from them, but thankfully, she just gives Mi-so the credit for suggesting Team Communication Day. They’re all relieved that there doesn’t seem to be a layoff coming after all, but Team Leader Jung is still unsettled by the way Young-joon’s acting.

Young-joon is extremely pleased with his own quick thinking when Mi-so gets back to his office, but she tells him that the way he’s looking after his own needs makes her uncomfortable. She says it hurts her pride to get special treatment because of their relationship, and she asks him to let her keep taking care of things for him like she’s done for nine years.

He says he understands her point, but that he doesn’t want her doing petty tasks… but she interrupts, upset at his use of the word “petty.” She says it’s her job, and she takes pride in doing those tasks well, and that his word choice sounds like he doesn’t respect what she does and hurts her feelings.

Young-joon looks taken aback, and he says that Mi-so is hurting his feelings, too. He tells her that he did those tasks, which weren’t easy for him, because he wanted to be good to her. Mi-so deflates a little, but she asks him firmly not to do it again.

She says that this is work, and she needs to draw a line between the personal and the professional. She goes back to work, and Young-joon admits to himself that everything she said was correct, but he still feels bad about it.

Later, Ji-ah notices the icy atmosphere in the office. She assumes Mi-so upset Young-joon and asks if she can’t apologize, but Mi-so says she didn’t do anything to apologize for. Ji-ah points out that Mi-so usually bends over backwards for Young-joon even when she hasn’t done anything, which makes Mi-so think.

Young-joon grumbles to Yoo-shik that Mi-so is entirely too rational, calling her an over-meticulous workaholic, and Yoo-shik gently points out that Young-joon used to like those things about her. Ignoring him, Young-joon just mutters that Mi-so doesn’t understand men because she’s never dated (Yoo-shik: “Neither have you…”).

He says he feels like she turned a small problem into a huge disaster, but Yoo-shik says that happens in all relationships. He says that small misunderstandings turn into big problems, then the relationship ends badly, like his marriage did.

Young-joon asks if he’s cursing them when they just started dating, and Yoo-shik drops to banmal, saying dramatically, “Young-joonie-ah, don’t let the fight drag on for too long. If you do, you’ll break up, like me.” Awww, he’s so pitiful.

Still concerned by what Ji-ah said, Mi-so wonders why she used to apologize when she did nothing wrong, but it’s not so easy now. Young-joon asks awkwardly if his schedule is done for the day, internally begging Mi-so to say they need to make up, but she just says he’s finished, hoping that he’ll suggest a talk over dinner. They end up leaving, both of them frantically hoping the other will speak up.

Ji-ah arrives at her new apartment, and the movers are almost finished, so she grabs a few things to help them. The only thing left is a fan, and when Gwi-nam arrives a few minutes later, he thinks it’s been abandoned so he takes it.

A passerby tells Ji-ah that the guy in the rooftop apartment took the fan, so she storms upstairs to find him already using it while he works. Gwi-nam tries to blame her for leaving it in the street, but Ji-ah snaps that she was just moving her things in, and takes her fan back.

She’s settling in for a nice dinner of Chinese delivery when a knock on the door reveals Gwi-nam, holding out a baggie with five cherry tomatoes. He says he carefully raised them like his own children, adorably sheepish as he says they’re an apology and a welcome gift.

Ji-ah wonders if she was too hard on him, and when she goes back to her dinner, she remembers Gwi-nam saying she should share her delivery food with him to avoid waste. She takes half of her dinner upstairs for him, where he lets her know he prefers shrimp next time. Annoyed, Ji-ah tries to take the food back, and their temporary truce is broken.

Mi-so mopes at home, depressed because she hasn’t heard from Young-joon, so she’s shocked to find him at her door. Young-joon struggles to think of what to say, until a voice yells, “I have a package for you!” and he blurts, “I have a package for you!” HAHA, it’s a deliveryman with an actual package for Mi-so.

Young-joon sees that it’s kimchi, and he grabs the opening and says it would go well with the grilled pork skin he brought from her favorite place. Mi-so says she guesses he can come in, you know, if he really wants to. Awww, he even grilled the pork skins himself without setting anything on fire, so sweet.

He says he even got “bugs” (silkworm pupae) for her, practically throwing them at her squeamishly. She thanks him, not just for the food, but for coming here, because she was missing him.

Touched, he ducks his head shyly, but he gathers his courage to ask why she’s so rational at work. Mi-so says that as the secretary, she has to be extra careful, but she apologizes for making him feel bad. Young-joon decides he wants her to call him Oppa, calling her Mi-so-yah and making her nearly spit out her drink. He waits eagerly, but Mi-so can’t make herself call him Oppa yet.

Mi-so’s sisters knock on the door, and though Young-joon is ready to meet her family and announce their new dating status, Mi-so shoves him into her closet. He tries to pull rank, but Mi-so says that right now he’s her boyfriend, and shuts the door in his face.

She hides Young-joon’s shoes just as her unnis let themselves in, brandishing the exact same meal that Young-joon brought. Pil-nam notices the two servings, immediately guessing that Young-joon was here again, and poor Young-joon has to listen to them badmouthing him.

Mi-so sticks up for him, but her sisters aren’t impressed that he brought pork skin and not something nicer. They forbid Mi-so to date him since they’re from such different classes, and because he’s so narcissistic and selfish.

While they berate Mi-so, Young-joon starts to sweat and shake from being stuck in such a small space. He snaps out of it for a second when her sister mentions his “sexual dysfunction,” even glancing down at his own lap in surprise, hee.

After eating, Mi-so kicks her sisters out then runs to the closet to find Young-joon absolutely furious. He wants to know why she told him all the negative things about him, but not the positive things, snapping that bringing her pork skins and bugs wasn’t selfish.

Mi-so apologizes, but Young-joon says they should stop before they get in another fight He pulls her down into his lap and tells her that she’s so pretty, he can’t stay mad, and he kisses her right there in the closet.

The next morning at work, Mi-so gets a text from Sung-yeon apologizing for putting her in an awkward position at the book concert, and that he wants to talk to her. As soon as Young-joon arrives, Mi-so shows him the text, and she says she wants to talk to Sung-yeon and end things with him.

She sees Sung-yeon for coffee, and he says he’s been feeling bad because she’s been avoiding his calls. Mi-so tells him that she wasn’t meeting with him with the intention to strike up a relationship. She says she was thankful that he helped her in a scary situation, but that’s all she feels for him.

Sung-yeon asks if this has anything to do with Young-joon, and when Mi-so confirms it, Sung-yeon grows angry. He says that he’s suffered all his life because of Young-joon, but Young-joon shows up and asks if he’s tired of telling that story yet. Sung-yeon says he still clearly remembers “that incident,” which is why he lives in pain, but Young-joon feels fine because he erased the memories he didn’t like.

Young-joon just tells Sung-yeon to stop calling Mi-so and talking nonsense, and he takes Mi-so and leaves. As they walk to his car, she asks if he doesn’t feel bad for Sung-yeon, but Young-joon says that the past Sung-yeon obsesses about doesn’t exist in his memory, and it’s hypocritical to feel sorry about something you don’t remember. He asks not to discuss that time ever again, and Mi-so agrees.

Instead of driving back to work, Young-joon takes Mi-so for a drive. They end up going for a walk by the river, and Young-joon gives Mi-so a burgundy sweater from his car to keep her warm. She says he looks good in burgundy, which reminds him that a designer once said the same thing.

He says the designer was a friend of his mother’s and used to make clothes just for him. Mi-so remembers that Young-joon’s mother said something similar about a designer who made clothes just for her son, and even made the burgundy cardigan he was wearing when he was kidnapped.

Young-joon yawns, and he’s quick to assure Mi-so that he’s not bored, he just feels comfortable with her. She says he should rest in the car, and though he knows it’s bad form on a date, the idea appeals to him. While he cat-naps, Mi-so remembers more of what his mother said about her son who was kidnapped, and remembers that at one point Mom called him “our Hyun.”

She wonders if, when she was a child, she misunderstood Oppa when he said his name. Softly, she says to Young-joon, “Sung-hyun oppa?” and in his sleep, Young-joon answers. Suddenly he wakes, and his eyes go cold.

COMMENTS

Not that we didn’t already know that Young-joon is Oppa, but this definitely confirms it for Mi-so. She thought Oppa said his name was Sung-yeon, but if he said Sung-hyun, and Young-joon is living under a new name for some reason, that would explain the confusion. I still don’t understand exactly what happened — and I appreciate that the mystery isn’t an easy one to figure out — but I’m tired of Young-joon pretending like it wasn’t him. It’s not healthy for him to deny something so traumatic, especially not to the intelligent woman who shared the experience and will figure everything out anyway. If anything comes between Young-joon and Mi-so, it won’t be something so small as an office misunderstanding… Young-joon needs to talk to her about this, even if just to say, “Yes, it was me, but I’m not ready to examine it just yet.”

I was really looking forward to this part of Young-joon and Mi-so’s relationship progression, where they acknowledge their feelings but still have to work together, because the possibilities for hilariously awkward situations are endless. Doubly so, because neither of them has been in a relationship before and they don’t really know how to make that transition. And they ran smack into that wall of weirdness when Young-joon wanted to take Mi-so on a nice first date, but she ended up doing all the planning work because that’s how they always operate. Thank goodness Young-joon does actually know how to plan nice dates (even the pork skin delivery was surprisingly romantic), so I’m sure he’ll figure it out.

I love the way Young-joon is changing for the better, yet still retaining his impossibly high self-esteem and arrogance. It’s good for him to learn to do things for himself even at work, and sweet that he’s doing them for the right reasons and not just because he’s scared Mi-so’s quitting. But it’s also fun to watch him congratulate himself every time he does something like make a copy or get his own tea, because he really hasn’t ever done those things. They seem simple to most of us, but they really are an accomplishment for him. I just love how proud he is of himself for learning to do the thing, particularly when it’s a thing that lets Mi-so relax and not feel she has to look after every single detail of his day anymore.

But it also makes sense that Mi-so is unsettled by it all. She’s not ready to make their new relationship public knowledge, which is understandable considering their long-running professional relationship. But Young-joon wasn’t really thinking about how she might feel in that area, so even though it was sweet that he wanted her to try the very first tea he’s ever made, I get why Mi-so prefers that he keep things as they are, at least until after her last day. However, I do think it’s a good sign that Young-joon feels uncomfortable with Mi-so waiting on him hand and foot, because her initial objection to marrying him was that she was worried she’d be stuck in secretary-mode for life. His distaste at having her wait on him now that they’re together proves that he wouldn’t expect that from her after they were married.

This drama does one of my favorite things — its characters address issues head-on and right away, and don’t let misunderstandings or awkward situations go on for too long. When Sung-yeon confesses, Mi-so goes straight to Young-joon and tells him her feelings. When she feels uncomfortable by him doing tasks at work that she normally does, she tells him as soon as possible, then lets him know in no uncertain terms that she’s offended by his attitude. But I love that Young-joon throws it right back and expresses his own feelings… not to mention, how many times has he confessed now?

All of this makes me think that Young-joon and Mi-so are in for a rocky beginning, especially when you consider that it’s a first for both of them. But you have to give them credit that their first real fight is over how much they want to take care of each other. It also tells me that once they work out their insecurities, and figure out how to transition from boss and secretary to lovers (and spouses, I hope), that they’ll be just fine. They’re both honest and forthright to a fault, which will stand them in good stead if they can make it past the initial adjustment phase.

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Thanks for the recap! I really like how they are addressing the potential issues that can come up in a workplace relationship, especially such a close working relationship that Mi-so and Young-joon have. I really liked the conflict today because it’s realistic to their situation, and they both have good intentions - and they worked it out quickly, which is always a bonus in my book. I also wouldn’t complain if we spent a couple of episodes with them telling more and more ridiculous lies to cover their relationship in front of their coworkers, because that stuff is hilarious to me.

The kidnapping subplot continues to confuse me but I think we’re all on the same page that Young-joon changed his name for some reason (Sung-hyun > Young-joon) which would explain Mi-so’s confusion regarding the names and why the brothers don’t have a shared character in their name (which I know isn’t in every family but it’s still common enough). I still don’t know why Sung-yeon insists it was him but I’m content to wait for the drama to explain it.

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What I really like about the writing of the drama is how realistic they have tried to make everything. Their transition from boss employee to boyfriend girlfriend relationship was portrayed so perfectly. The nine years they have spent, they spent in a routine and it is expected that they will struggle to change, even though both want to. I have huge huge respect for the way PSJ was able to portray such a flawed character as YJ, who you want to punch and hug at the same time! And Mi So? Our girl is one smart cookie and I am proud of the way she is adding 2 and 2 together to figure out the whole kidnaping story.

Together they are a force and at the same time are coated in sugar and unicorn and sprinkles and I can look at them interact for ever and ever!

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Yes Miso and Youngjoon are so so sweet that they give me cavities ☺️ Not that I'm complaining!

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"coated in sugar and unicorn and sprinkles and" rainbows and puppies and all things fluffy, warm, and fuzzy... And topped with lotsa lotsa cheese. Tehehe!

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Hehehe! I like your addition of cheese in the end! Sweet and Salty 😄

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As a French person, I could only agree about the cheese on top: cheese always makes everything better ^^

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We finally get to see the groundwork laid for Yoo-shik’s romance. Secretary Yang, who normally drives him is away for Reserve Forces training. (He has to be a Special Forces man, right? He just looks like a great big Marine) So Ma-eum will drive him instead. President Park is obviously struggling hard against his attraction to her- hence his comments putting her down for her mistakes (You won’t be driving me into the afterlife, will you?). But how can he not be attracted to her? She is warm, kind, generous and pretty- in fact she is far better looking than his ex. She makes mistakes but he does not fire her- he is already protecting her. This time Ma-eum does not make a mistake- and ends up apologizing for not doing so because President Park catches sight of his ex-wife who is obviously enjoying the presence of another guy. Ma-eum sees how hurt Yoo-shik is. But seeing him in pain means that she is seeing him as Yoo-shik, rather than President Park. There is no other dramatic reason for this scene unless it is to set the table for what will follow. Of the potential secondary romances this pair makes the most sense. Yoo-shik does not need another version of his ex- he needs someone like Ma-eum, who needs someone like Woo-shik. I see these two as having exactly what the other needs.
Woo-shik keeps blaming himself for the failure of his marriage but I really don’t buy it anymore. I am not saying that his ex was evil- it is more likely that Woo-shik and his wife may not have been a good match, with personalities that just did not fit. But one has to wonder what the real story was.
On the other hand, Gwi-nam is simply too much. I just don’t see it anymore.

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I didn't see any attraction between Yoo-shik and his secretary. But he was so pitiful, he desperately needs some silver lining.

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I agree that they are setting the stage for the romance to come, but I don't think they've done enough to make me buy into it as something real, rather than just a plot device.

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I agree that we have been given very little to go on for either character. We know that Yoo-shik is very smart (but not a genius) and a really nice guy. We know that Ma-eum is earnest and seems to have a really god heart. And we know these things mostly from their interactions with the other characters. So my thinking is a hypothesis based upon limited information.

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I don't see it. I see them as having a solid relationship that borders on friendship. For all of Ma-uem mistakes, that car scene showed that they talk and are earnest with each other. There is the reason she has not been fired yet and I don't think it is romantic.

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That's my take too. I had been wondering why he puts up with her incompetence since it seems to stress him out. It can't just be because he's a big marshmallow. But I think it's because he is comfortable with her and finds her to be genuine. I can see a future romance if there ends up being some sort of timejump. He's still hung up on his wife.

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I was initially disappointed that Mi So still hasn't done what she set out to do in the first episode--quit being a secretary and find herself. But then we would have missed out on how they navigated their relationship while still working together. That was fun to see so I am happy she is still his secretary at present. My hope is that in the final episodes we get to explore that other part of their relationship, though--her not being his secretary and having enough space and freedom to be able to live life on her own terms and for herself for once. And him being able to be selfless enough to give her that.

What I don't want to see in the remaining episodes is a ton of kidnap drama. Sure, I want to know the answers to the few mysteries still left, but let's move past them as quickly as possible. This kidnap plot was 100% unnecessary in the end. Take it out and the show is essentially the same. It didn't matter at all that he was her Oppa, she fell in love with him regardless, even despite it.

I really enjoy this show. For the wham-bam chemistry and fun office mate shenanigans but also because of what LP pointed out--they face their issues head on, work through them and grow as people. I love how they never take their lives too seriously--they get in arguments and get mad and sulk and pout a little but they don't drag themselves or each other through the coals.

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Could I point out that Mi-so does not need to find herself- and does not think that she is lost. Her reason for quitting is not to find herself but rather to live the life she wants to have- and she has a fairly good idea of what that is. In a sense part of the story is about Young-joon changing his life to give her the life that she wants. You may be right about the kidnapping plot being unnecessary but apparently it is part of the webtoon.

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She said at one point she doesn't even know what she likes to do because she's so used to focusing on others. That's what I meant with "find herself." I think finding herself and living the life she wants essentially means the same thing.

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It looks like the show will be resolving the bulk of the kidnapping drama in the third quarter, so I'm also hoping they go more into Mi-so's growth in the last four episodes.

Of course, her identity as Secretary Kim is what has given her the capabilities and confidence we see in her now, compared to the Mi-so nine years ago. So in some way, it's a big part of her overall identity. But her sisters, and Young-joon, are right that she has been sacrificing herself for them (to pay off her sisters' and dad's study loans, and then to meet Young-joon's needs at work). So I'd love to see her explore what the part of Mi-so that's not Secretary Kim wants, and be able to prioritise that.

Maybe in the end, it'll turn out that she does want to keep being Secretary Kim, but I want to see her go through a process to come to that conclusion. If the show doesn't deliver this, then Mi-so's advice to Ji-ah to always put herself first would fall flat. It'd be a missed opportunity for satisfying character growth.

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That's a good point about what being Sec Kim has done for her, and that the importance is not where she ends up but how she gets there.

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My thoughts too and we have seen how much she worked to perfect being one hell of a kickass secretary. It is a job she takes pride in as what she have said to Youngjoon in this episode.

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I am fairly sure we will see her quit being a secretary in the last episodes *fingers crossed* In the first episode when she went to the bank to sign a check for herself, she signed ‘Secretary Kim’ instead of her name. Now that she is in a relationship with YJ, her life will be more consumed with his needs. Given how kdramas are, I will not be surprised if they introduce th live-apart-for-years-even-if-you-are-together trope, although I will hate it if they do it that way!

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Actually kidnapping is the key to almost everything in this webtoon and drama, why the characters behave the way they do, why YJ is hidding behind a mask of narcissism. It's not about secretary Kim only, it's about how past can influence your future even when you don't realise it.

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I honestly can't see how it's all related! I'd love to hear you expand on that.

From what I can tell YJ is a narcissist because that's just how he is. I don't think the kidnapping had anything to do with that (I don't think of it as a coping mechanism). Maybe it's more clear in the webtoon? Because in the drama I see no connection.

From what I can tell Miso's mother's death affected her way more than the kidnapping.

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I wonder if it's related to my theory that he put on the new name Young-joon like a superhero cape. Young-joon can flex his arms and create a magical aura. Young-joon is deathly handsome. He doesn't make mistakes. Young-joon would never be tied up and afraid for his life.

Actually, if you think of it that way, it's a little strange that he would fall for the one person who could remember his most vulnerable moment as Seung-hyun. Is that why he keeps denying it? Because Young-joon didn't go through that, Seung-hyun did -- and he deliberately buried Seung-hyun and all his memories the day he fainted.

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I should have said, "fainted," because I think it was his way of bringing about the change.

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Ah, thanks for that explanation. The way you put it makes a lot of sense.

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You put it very nicely, just for Mi-so he started his image when she didn't recognize him, because in flash backs we could see he wasn't as bad mannered as later.

My son is completely in Zorro now so when somebody told him that Don Diego is Zorro he couldn't understand, he was like "No, Zorro is a man with a mask and he has a black horse, Don Diego has a white horse!." He's 3 years old, so we can understand, but she was 4 or 5 at that time (international age), so it's understandable she didn't remember everything. At that time she was already partially protected from the worse. I can't wait for episode 11.

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I haven't read the manhua, but as we find out how considerate and perceptive YJ can be, I can see him encouraging MS to take the opportunity to explore a little and travel by herself, and not just stay where she is just because she's dating him.

I think that can serve to make a cleaner break between secretary and gf. Being his gf has affected the way she serves him as secretary since she noticed that she could no longer agree with him when she didn't.

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Thanks @lollypip
My heart goes out to Yoo Shik... and I still cannot approve his ditsy secretary as his love interest... but anyway, to his credit, he has not shown any interest in her, but he's been a nice boss in overlooking the worst of her mistakes.

Oh the narcissism is strong in this one ... I banged the table (since I could not nick him in the forehead) when he said it was not only in burgundy that he looked good, but that he looks good in any colour!

I like what you say:

... it’s a good sign that Young-joon feels uncomfortable with Mi-so waiting on him hand and foot, because her initial objection to marrying him was that she was worried she’d be stuck in secretary-mode for life. His distaste at having her wait on him now that they’re together proves that he wouldn’t expect that from her after they were married.

Yes, this is a relief. And I really like that he's truly nice in that he does not just think but acts. He goes out there, prepared to make a fool of himself (but wait, he never does think he will fail, does he?), but trying his best to do things for himself.

However, the most important thing in couple-dom: transparency in their relationship, and being fully open to each other... our Young Joon still has not learnt. It's time that although Mi So may already guess or know some of the truth, YJ comes out to tell her in words, the full truth of his history.

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Ma-eum is indeed ditzy. But she also warm, empathetic and earnest. We do not know much about Yoo Shik's ex but the single impression we have is that she was very different from Ma-eum. My working hypothesis here is that she really did not feel that she needed the qualities that Yoo-shik brings to a relationship. She lacked to wisdom to appreciate a smart, nice guy. To a wiser woman a nice guy like Yoo-shik finishes first, not last. So, the logic here is that the heavens have taken Yoo-shik away from his ex- who did not need him- in order to give him to Ma-eum, who does need him- and will absolutely adore him. It makes sense- and we shall see if my hypothesis is right or not. If I am right than the fact that he is not showing interest yet is due to his not being over his ex. But is he really not interested? His critical comments to Ma eum are a little over the top- they sound like he is fighting his attraction to Ma-eum out of a mis-placed loyalty to his ex-wife.

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@OldLawyer
An interesting hypothesis. I read what you wrote above ... about the fact that this scene plays at all is to prepare us for this other couple. If so, then I hope we see that Ma-eum has a good heart, since she seems to need lots of help from Yoo Shik. 😒 😉

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I’d be happy to see Yoo Shik find love again, but it’d be strange to have yet another Boss-Secretary relationship. Plus, of course, we have the other two side (office romance) stories. It’d be like falling in love with each other is all that this little team does! That said, I’d be happy if your hypothesis works out.

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If this office were a cruise ship, it would be the Love Boat. ;-)

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It’s interesting that you see that. I honestly don’t feel like the writers are trying to pair these two together. Yes she is ditzy and lazy but I think YS ignores her incompetence only because he is a nice guy.

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-- Mi-so has pretty earrings. I love them.
-- I love how Show is depicting the challenges when a boss and his/her employee are now in a romantic relationship too.
-- I know what Gwi-nam means when he talks about his veggies (in this and in next episode)... I feel the same!
-- that closet kiss!!!

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Am I the only one who seems to find Gwi-Nam's character annoying?
Forget everything except THAT CLOSET KISS THO OMG!!

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Nope, you are not. I always skip his scenes. Okay, I get it, he is a cheapskate but if his image is so important to him and he is got a full paid job anyway, why does he not buy another suit? Honestly it doesn’t make sense and his antics are not funny at all.

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Even if he's giving all his money to his poor relatives or to pay their debt or whatever, he has a BAD attitude. When someone generously gives you some of their takeout order, you don't tell them how to do it better next time. Ugh, I despise him!

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Exactly!! Like dude be happy she's not outing your obnoxious personality

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In the show, I can still handle the character. In real life, I wouldn't like dealing with such personality...

But I dislike how Se-ra is portrayed. I don't find her reactions/expressions funny at all.

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Argh! I am glad you said that because I just think Se Ra is super over the top!!! How she is a section chief with that personality really amazes me!

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I agree - Gwi Nam is a bit annoying, but as a character I can deal with him. His portrayal is actually funny. But Se Ra's portrayal is just NOT funny to me most of the time. She's overplaying it.

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That closet kiss indeed! Swoooon! I could not help but think that Youngjoon recovered from his trauma real fast. He's already serving dem steamy kisses. Tehehe!

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That was a major recovery and all it took were some magical kisses instigated by our main lady. I mean I'm happy about the results cuz wow they can kiss

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I don't know what the concept was but Gwi-nam looks like such a miser obsessed with his image. I just can't stand him. Rewind.

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Me too. For someone so obsessed with his image he sure doesn't mind treating other people with obnoxious rudeness.

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Right. His behaviour to Ji-ah makes no sense.

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He is grating. But "Surprise!" was one of the funniest moments of the series so I can't ever skip his scenes!

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While Gwi Nam is annoying, his shameless and offensive frugality is fascinating. My jaw dropped when he dared to ask for the shrimp rice next time. Like "oh NO, you didn't!" I'm glad Ji Ah tried to take the food back instead of just stomping off in a huff.

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Thank you for the recap, LollyPip! While I'm not a fan of the kidnapping mystery being dragged out, I believe Young-joon is hiding it from Mi-so primarily because he doesn't want the truth to trigger traumatic memories for her, which is what he had to live with, rather than the fact that he's not ready to face it yet.

As much as I love how this episode went into some conflicts and how the leads resolved them by talking it out honestly, I can't say I appreciate with the way that Mi-so's conversation with Sung-yeon panned out.

We've seen that early on in the show, Mi-so had difficulty asserting herself when she's uncomfortable, even when it's with Young-joon whom she is familiar with. So it makes sense that it's taken her this long to finally draw the line with Sung-yeon.

But then this moment that could've showcased her growth became an opportunity to prove... Young-joon's supposed chivalry? Yes, she was frightened by Sung-yeon's outburst. But it would've been infinitely more satisfying to see her manage her fear at the confrontation and point out to him, as she did with Young-joon, that he's framing his feelings for her in terms of their sibling rivalry. I was really disappointed that the writers turned it into yet another scene of Young-joon "rescuing" her.

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I do get annoyed that every interaction between SY and MiSo is interrupted by Young Joon. I keep hoping that's a key part of the brother dynamic that will be made clear rather than her always being rescued, but it sure feels like him charging in with his sword drawn.

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I know right! I understand his intentions but in those scenes, he's like a parent who bars a child from doing something challenging because it's "dangerous".

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Yes! I didn’t like that scene at all! I wish YJ had left her alone to deal with SY herself because our girl CAN!

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Yes, even if it scares her, she has the courage to deal with a situation like that. I wish that the writers at least gave her some space to try, before having Young-joon enter the scene.

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And it also makes it look like YJ is trying too hard to hide something (which he is in a round about way!). He is basically like one of those ‘I better go and cut it short before he spills the beans’. I am like dude, STAPH!

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I totally agree! I also loved that she had let him know she was meeting with SY, and he had said okay. That was a great example of consideration and trust on both ends. Would have been nice of that extended to YJ trusting MS to handle it herself!

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Right?? I was smiling from ear to ear up to that point. It's so rare to have such moments in dramaland, in which characters are open about romantic advances from other people, and have their partners trust them to handle the situation on their own.

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Precisely, which makes me sadder than if there hadn't been that great moment in the first place. We almost had it all :(

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This K-Drama is like watching a basket of puppies and kittens happily playing together. It is just so uber fluffy cute and cuddly. I could what them for sixteen hours straight and never get bored.

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Lots of things about this episode were very adorable, and I'm loving MS and YJ together more and more (CLOSET KISSSS). One thing that has been subtly bothering me is that MS might actually decide to go find herself when she finally quits and just completely leave (like the ending of BTIOFL oh no!) YJ for months. An alternate, but equally scary, ending could be that the truth of the kidnapping will force her to break up with YJ to "figure herself out and accept YJ", causing even more excessive angst, when there was already too much angst already. I really hope the webtoon does neither of these and keeps YJ and MS together for more lovey dovey fun times and relationship building adventures!

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I am sure MS is still planning on leaving. Otherwise Ji Ah wouldn’t have had a job. I think she is still in her notice period.

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This was my assumption as well, but I'm getting a little worried the writers forgot. Do you remember how long that notice period was supposed to be? I vaguely remember YJ asking her to stay until the art center opened...which was a while ago

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No I don’t remember. Maybe 1 month?

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Yes, I remember it being 1 month. MS and YJ agreed on it within the first three episodes, and the fact that MS hasn't quit yet is really stretching time convenience for plot.

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At first it was one month, and then it was until she made Ji-ah a perfect copy of herself. And Young-joon told Ji-ah separately that her job was to play along with the training.

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The arts center just opened an episode ago with SY's book thing, right?

Yeah, since it seems like Mi-so is still pretty busy typing even though the arts center has already opened and she has already typed up all the instructions for Ji Ah.

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LOL she's just pretending to work while browsing reddit like the rest of us mere mortals

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i like how realistic their relationship in that they are both new to one and transitioning from a work relationship to a personal one is bound to have conflict. But them both being adults talked (kissed) and made up by having thorough communication. Also on Yoo Sik, it was really sad seeing him so heartbroken over his ex-wife who he must still have feelings for. i really hope Young Joon can be there for him as a good friend and listen to his troubles just as Yoo Sik has for Young Joon.

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Oh yes, I was a little sad when Yoo-shik started talking about his problems and somehow it turned into giving Young-joon tips about what to do when meeting Mi-so's family. I know it's supposed to be part of the comedy, but it would've been nice to see Young-joon play the role of advisor for once.

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Yes 🙁 I hope Young Joon can get there one day!

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Or even just listen. I don't suppose he has much basis for giving advice, but he could put his friend first for once.

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Yes! When YJ started focusing on his problems, I was like Wait! I genuinely want to hear what YS was going to say! He's such i great character - i want them to give him more depth & story

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Re Gwi-nam and his mooch-half-a-meal routine --- does Ji-ah have a refrigerator? Is there such a thing as eating leftovers in kdrama-land?

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Hahaha I actually yelled that at the tv.

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As far as I know 'no leftovers' is not on the k-drama tropes list. Should we add it or is it just a consequence? All-year supplies of kimchi and side dishes and food deliveries leave little space for it

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I don’t know if it’s the same for South Korea, but in China, there isn’t the concept of keeping leftovers. When I was there I saw people tossing half eaten food out at restaurants and I was told that keeping leftovers wasn’t a thing there. :/

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I heard that from my mom as well (but her knowledge of China is really old since she hasn't been back in so long). I can see it not being a thing in restaurants (for fear of looking poor or some nonsense), but I find it weird to not keep leftovers of your take-out food. Like no one is going to know you ate the second half of your takeout the next day!

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"No leftovers" makes sense for societies where refrigerators aren't common, but I see refrigerators in kdrama kitchens all the time. Maybe it takes a while for customs to catch up to capabilities.

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I thought it was so cute when Young-joon said they should stop, Mi-so looked worried until he said they should stop before they had another fight. She thought he meant they should stop the relationship. Her worry shows that she is just as invested emotionally as he is.
I wonder how Young-joon is going to talk his way out of explaining that he is Oppa. He's been denying it for so long, there's no way he's going to just admit to it that easily. But how awesome was it for them to introduce his habit of sleep-answering and then for Mi-so to use it to get an honest answer from him.
I love that even though everyone is telling her that Sung-yeon is the Oppa, she isn't just blindly believing them. She is following the clues and coming up with her own conclusions. I love a smart woman.

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As much as I would like for Youngjoon to tell her the truth now, I am happy that Miso is figuring things out on her own.

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is anyone else surprised that the debilitating trauma preventing YJs kissing suddenly vanished?

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It's all about the power of loooove !

Seriously though, I was surprised too. But it's kdramaland ... and well, I'm all for more kisses.

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I recall some Beanies discussing this on the fanwall. I hope the show won't trivialise the severity of his PTSD—even if he has overcome his aversion to kissing, he could still have other symptoms of it. But I doubt we're going to get a portrayal of PTSD as nuanced as, say, in Just Between Lovers.

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Isn't it that reverse Sleeping-Beauty thang? She fixed him! 😉

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Weirdest treatment of them all. I blame fairy-tales.

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I think the medical term is exposure therapy but yeah - she fixed him.

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Not sure exposure therapy would work the same. His treatment would surely require much more then one kiss.
(I like the thought more and more)

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that was my point exactly - he has serious medical reasons why he needs kissing on a regular basis.

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Brilliant, @charlieblue17 🍭

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@charlieblue17, @allphryne
Yes and surely MiSo is smart enough to determine that that course of therapy is required, RIGHT??? Like, come ON, girl! 🙄 Apply yourself!

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@bbstl, @charlieblue17 At this point, YJ can even apply her himself (she is willing).

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I love their parity, that they're both so new to this dating thing and they're both so alike in their perfectionism and drive at work that they go at a lot of things in the same way, openly and straight ahead.

I love how this show hasn't let up on the funny. JY's ability to impress himself so joyfully never gets old ("I've now mastered the copy machine", give me a break) and the resulting cringe factor (for me, I mean) is as strong as ever.

And I loved the closet kiss! I thought he was doing a kdrama "let's stop here" that meant, let's just end this whole thing now. So when he grabbed her and she did that little extra sliiiide down into his lap and then the good kissing started? Well, I was extra-relieved! 😘😘😘

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I stopped breathing when he said, "Let's stop now." haha! And then I swooned when he said they might end up fighting again when they just reconciled. Then I swooned some more when he said Miso's too pretty for him to stay angry. This OTP owns my heart now.

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I was smiling like a creep watching them kiss 🤣

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Thank god!! and I thought I was the only one being smiling like a creep. 🤣🤣🤣

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🙋🏼😌🤗 creepy McCreeperson here, too.

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Oh, stoooooop☺️! *fans self ferociously *

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I was actually very impressed that he managed to master the copy machine. Copy machines are no joke.

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.... I do think it’s a good sign that Young-joon feels uncomfortable with Mi-so waiting on him hand and foot, because her initial objection to marrying him was that she was worried she’d be stuck in secretary-mode for life ....

This is exactly my thoughts. It's double sweet because these things were the reasons he didn't want her to quit in the first instance. I feel that it's YJ that'll finally let her go, so that clear boundaries will be drawn in their relationship.

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I like how they connected Young Joon's sleep-talking back to the scene in his office so that Yoo Shik messing around with his sleeping owner was not useless. I was glad to see Miso be open with Young Joon when she straight-up admitted she keeps feeling like he is really Oppa. How is he going to explain lying to her? Their relationship is built on lies. It's cute how Young Joon acts so cheeky now with his "slumbering desires." Wrong, Unnies, Mom actually loves Miso and wants her as a daughter-in-law. As his secretary, Ji Ah really should have been the first to offer to make Young Joon's copies. When Gwi Nam rang Ji Ah's doorbell, I seriously thought he saw her Chinese delivery and came to get half of his food. Omg, beggars can't be choosers! Shrimp fried rice is more expensive, you know! Your recaps are highly appreciated, @LollyPip!

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Yes seriously "beggars cannot be choosers"! I wonder with what audacity Go Gwinam thinks that he has the right to have preferences when he is the one on the receiving end.

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👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Points to panshel for figuring out last episode that Young Joon's real name had been Seong Hyun! I had to read that comment three times last recap before it sunk in. Now I can't wait to learn more behind what all that means for our characters.

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Miso and Youngjoon are so cute that they are making me squirm. Seriously, it feels like there is this rosy air between them whenever they interact.

Haha I find it hilarious when Youngjoon's team mistakes his sudden independence as a hint that he'll let go of them! I mean you don't see a grim reaper showing compassion. And Team Leader Jung's reaction to Youngjoon's direct eye contact is so relatable because that's how I'll react when Park Seojoon will look at me.

Go Gwinam sounded like Let's Eat's Goo Daeyoung when he rebuffed to Jiah that his cherry tomatoes are not JUST cherry tomatoes and he went on to explain about their specialness 😂 Even though Go Gwinam gets on my nerves, I find him kind of realistic regardless because he's the type of annoying person you get angry at, only to regret it later, and you receive vinegar when you show an act of kindness.

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The eye contact thing is damn hilarious! I just love how each of Youngjoon's team members has their own unique "eye communication" style. Team Leader Jung's eye contact style is the best! Hahaha!

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Gwinam has hundreds of plants up there. In my experience, with ONE plant, I had tons of tomatoes. I'm wondering if he skimped in giving her just 5, or if those were his first fruits. I think he was just being cheap again, ha.

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Definitely skimpy! Five cherry tomatoes? Are you kidding me?! That's why she was staring at the bag, wondering what it was about, because why give five?

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I would personally hate it, but I think it's funny how all the things that YJ tries to do to impress MS end up causing a ruckus and inconveniencing people. Those poor secretaries.

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Thanks Lollypip for another wonderful recap! I just love how this show is handling the balancing act between work relationship and romantic relationship. I love me some cute and sweet interactions in the workplace, but not at the expense of work in the office. Yey for OTP drawing the line and remaining professional. Youngjoon and Miso are just so squishy together. Their first fight is so cute, so is their first reconciliation which turned hawt in the end!

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Thanks to LollyPip for another great recap.

I share your sentiments regarding the potential conflict that awaits our lovely couple if Young-joon continues to hide the truth from Mi-so. It's no small thing.

I'd like to know more in detail is he simply just hesitating for himself? to prevent her discomfort? to protect his family? or does he flat-out not want to deal with it at all? It might be more than one of these reasons, and I'm afraid things might have to get a little worse before they get a whole lot better.

Looking forward to what happens next!

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Hy beanies. I hope Mr sunshine is going to be recapped. I wanna hear you guys thoughts on it. Can't wait for ep 2 @javabeans @lollipip

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You sneaky thing👍
It's on the currently recapping list, not sure who's gonna attend to it though.

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I don't really care who recaps it. As long as it's recapped I'm good.

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I really don't like this writer. It's a funny drama but the storyline is predictable and full of cliches. How in the world did Yoo Shik go from having a wife to an ex wife? He mentioned he had a wife at the beginning of the drama and all of sudden she's his ex wife just like that? The need to keep the writing straight.

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If I remember correctly, he was already divorced from the beginning of the drama. He has always referred (verbally, at least) to her as his ex-wife, I'm not sure if it was a subtitle issue.

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The first mention of Yoo Shik being married is in ep 1 when Young Joon notes that for their tenth (or 9th?) anniversary, YS and his wife exchanged divorce papers.

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I think the bump in the relationship road could be a large sinkhole. MS may come to realize that her relationship with YJ is based on a mountain of lies. He lied to her about not knowing her as a child, he lied to her about not being kidnapped (with her), he lied about his brother being her Oppa, he lied about the reason for hiring her as his secretary and he kept her locked into a demanding 24/7 job for 9 years so she would not have any sort of personal life (her world would solely revolve around him).

YJ would have known about her family debt situation to use it to his advantage to keep MS by his side since she needed the job to support all of her family members. Looking at these facts, it could be said that MS has been held “captive” by YS for the past 9 years.

They may be both bad at dating, but YS’ actions are still more “possession and control” than emotional love towards MS as many commentators have noticed when YS always comes to interfere with MS and SY’s encounters. He is still navigating MS like this is a business merger. When some commentators state that MS needs to break away from her job and YJ to find herself, I would agree; MS needs clear any Stockholm syndrome elements with YJ’s past treatment of her.

MS also needs to get away from her older, controlling sisters. MS supported them through their professional schools and training, but why did they not take the responsibility for dad’s debts? Or support MS when they got their full time jobs? Instead, they left her alone, in a high stress job for 9 years, to pay the bills (which robbed MS of her youth, her 20s).

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Thank you for your recap and comments, LollyPip!

Watching the office team's reaction to Young-joon making his first photocopies cracked me up. He looked so ridiculously proud of himself -- while the subordinates looked as if they'd been struck by lightning.

Having worked as a secretary myself, I'm having flashbacks to fiddling and fighting with all manner of office equipment. I can't wait to see Young-joon fish out a paper jam deep in the copier's guts. And I can only imagine the look on his face when he -- wait for it -- installs a new toner cartridge. Next up: loading reams of paper in 3... 2... 1. ;-)

The name change gambit is a real head-scratcher. We'll just have to cool our heels until Young-joon is good and ready to spill the beans.

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Hahaha picturing YJ "mastering" the toner cartridge changeout on the first try . . . not! Although it's probably all self-contained these days, not the potential cloud of black ink it used to be so that you could end up looking like a chimney sweep.

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@bbstl,

Ah, the good old days of looking like Bert the chimney sweep from MARY POPPINS. ;-)

Cleaning the friction rollers with rubbing alcohol and a swab, and brushing the fine lint out of the paper path in the laser printer are part of Advanced Printer & Copier Mastery. As are manual extraction of crispy-fried paper from the fuser, and decurling flimsy paper when the humidity is high. And cleaning the corona wire. I can just imagine Young-joon crowing over his corona wire cleaning prowess. ;-)

But if he really wants to up the ante, he'll clean and descale the coffee maker. ;-)

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Ah, all gone away with the Keurig? ☕️
Haha imagine Young Joon dealing with hot vinegar!😖

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@bbstl,

It's not a pretty sight. Or smell! ;-)

But coffee tastes so much better when you've removed the layers of rancid oil from the filter basket and carafes that have been building up since God knows when.

* waxes nostalgic *

I still make drip coffee at home, so don't know much about the newfangled coffeemakers. It sure looks as if they generate a lot of plastic packaging waste. As with printers and copiers, I'm sure Keurig makes boatloads of money selling "consumables."

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I was the scores librarian for my school orchestra, and your paper jam mention cracked me up. Also, the paper cuts were no fun at all *shudders* Imagine Young-joon imperiously muttering "How dare this paper cut my perfect hands?!" XD

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I can still recall what the insides of those machines and the accordion-like paper jams smelled like!

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@bbstl,

ROFLMAO!!! As I was typing keyboarding, I was envisioning just such "accordioned" paper toasted to a crispy crunch!

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@purpleteapot,

Did you have to remind me of the paper cuts?!

Paper jams were a real pain in the butt because the paper paths were so long in the big copiers with collator units. If the paper tore, fragments could cause more jams -- or misprints.

In high humidity, lighter weights of paper are more likely to become floppy and prone to bending and crumpling. Paper has a natural tendency to curl because of the way it is made, which can cause it to misalign as it passes through feed rollers and guides. Sometimes flipping the ream over makes the curl "go with the flow" through the paper path instead of against it.

Sheesh. I have to get a life. ;-)

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😂😂😂

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Oh, and can I have him make some booklets and ace some bindings? Printers nowadays are no fun, you almost can't make mistakes or mess (unless you have superpowers like me).

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@pakalanapikake, @bbstl, @purpleteapot, @allphryne

*laughing*

You guys are cracking me up over here, imagining Young-joon attempting to display his full prowess of office equipment in all the scenarios you presented!

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@korfan, @bbstl, @purpleteapot, @allphryne

Now imagine him doing all of that, and more, while dancing backwards in high heels...

*with a tip of Fred's hat to Ginger Rogers*

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@korfan, @purpleteapot, @bbstl
You are so cruel @pakalanapikake, how am I supposed to sleep now when I can't breathe or stop laughing.
*ad libs Let's call the whole thing off*

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@allphryne,

You've been spared... Just be thankful that I couldn't find any clips of Eric running around making high heel sound effects in OH HAE YOUNG AGAIN. ;-)

*cues up "The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes" by Elvis Costello*

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💃🏻🕺🏻 wheeeee!

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I remember that one, @pakalanapikake 💃

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I just really loved when Young-joon made sure to point out his copied papers to Mi-so, looking SOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of himself for doing it all on his own like he needed a pat on his head and a someone to coo whosaGOODboy-gothisbigboypantson-whosagoodboy?

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Yeah, we sure can't accuse him of playing too cool for school with her 🤣

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Now I’m imagining him getting lots of head scratches from her when their dating ~ each time he does something for her he gets a head scratch and a compliment! Training with positive reinforcement

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Methinks there will be many tie adjustments, too. And chin scritches. ;-)

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@littlecat,

It reminded me of one of my furry feline nephews, who ecstatically celebrates after every trip to the litter box. Is Young-joon turning into an overgrown pussy cat? As long as he doesn't start bringing Mi-so dead mice... Sheesh, I just realized I'm replying to @littlecat... ROFLMAO. ;-)

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Since the confirmation that Youngjoon's name has changed, Miso's scattered memories are starting to make more sense!

There's the clip they've played several times where young Miso struggles to remember his name, saying "your name is... Lee...Lee....." and I always thought it was weird that Youngjoon cuts her off by saying "that's not my name," as she wasn't actually incorrect, she had just forgotten. The Korean that he says there is "내 이름은 그게 아니고, 이성(?)..." which literally means, "my name is Lee Sung (?) [hyun vs yeon], not (whatever she just said)." Viewing it from a Korean perspective makes it seem even weirder that he would say "(the name you just said) isn't my name," as she had only said his surname, which was in fact correct. So I think she might be remembering the order of the memories incorrectly. I think the correct order of what truly happened was:

1) her other memory where she confidently says "I'll never forget your name, it's Lee Sungyeon"
2) Youngjoon: "you fool, you messed it up again. that's not my name, it's Lee Sunghyun"

In any event, whether the correct order is what I just said or the way they keep playing it in the show, it makes more sense now why he says she messed up "again." One time she just said "Lee," and the other time she said "Lee Sungyeon" rather than his real name, "Lee Sunghyun."

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Ah, that makes a lot of sense ~ thanks for the perspective 😊

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@jiho0914,

Thank you for explaining that. It makes sense now. ;-)

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i'm not even sure if i'm right, it's just an observation, but thank you! 😊

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@jiho0914,

It's valuable input to me. I know that translating subtitles is an art that involves trade-offs. (I'm a German translator by training.) Sometimes conveying the flavor is more important than the actual wording. Knowing what the original phrasing in Korean said gives us a point of reference that aids in understanding the logic of Young-joon's statements to Mi-so. Thanks again! ;-)

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip! Look forward to your recaps as I do the drama. This episode was awesome, the kisses and the skinship, gosh, can it get any hotter in here *fans self* What I love the most about this episode is the transparency in their relationship, they are so open and honest about what they want from each other, if they are offended or upset, they talk about it, not bottle it up into a whole lot of unnecessary angst. Young-joon was bringing his A game this episode, so much swoon, I swear there were stars in Mi-so's eyes when he said he went to her favourite store and grilled her favourite food. Not to mention when he says she's so pretty, he just can't be angry with her, I can hear y'all awww-ing with me, no wonder Mi-so just melts.

I liked how Young-joon feels bad about how much Mi-so takes care of him and tried to make her life easier by doing his own things, but he didn't really think from her perspective, she is his secretary and she takes a lot of pride in her job, that includes catering to Young-joon's every whim and anticipating what he'll need. They both needed to think about their relationship and set barriers separating the professional and personal. They may still not be able to transition from boss and secretary to lovers yet, but they have their own pace, with that disagreement talked out (didn't mind the steaming kiss though), and their past together, I have no worries that after some sulking, pouting, and sessions with love guru Yoo-shik, they'll make it work.

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What love about this relationship is like a 'western' drama. Both of them are mature and honest. They did the 'some' thing and then confess their feelings. Working on their relationship like a professional.

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👏👏👏 To YJ for mastering the coping machine, it's not easy at all but am still struggling on how to connect my USB directly to the ones at uni... 🙈🙈... And it took me two years to finally learn how to scan...

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