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Romance is a Bonus Book: Episode 14

Having the chief editor on her side isn’t enough to keep our heroine at her job. But while Dan-yi’s days at Gyeoroo are over, Eun-ho is at her side, as always, to help her heal and move on. And Dan-yi may have left her job behind, but she took with her valuable allies who are also there to provide help along the way. But as everyone starts to move on in their lives, Dan-yi discovers the secret Eun-ho has been hiding from everyone, even her.

 
Episode 14

Eun-ho darts out of the classroom where he was giving a lecture as Hae-rin explains to him by phone what happened that morning that prompted Dan-yi to resign. The camera peels back to a shot of Dan-yi getting out of the elevator, as we return to earlier that morning. Dan-yi is determined to act like nothing happened the day before, but the rest of her coworkers can’t seem to do it.

Dan-yi tries to do her tasks like normal, but everyone seems reluctant to allow her to do anything for them. Finally, Ji-hong asks her to deliver a document to the foreign literature department, and once Dan-yi leaves, Ji-hong and Hae-rin admonish everyone for their behavior. But Yeong-ah can’t help but feel sorry, since she’s the one whose suggestion to transfer Dan-yi to her team started the whole mess, and Hoon and Ji-yul feel guilty for taking permanent jobs that Dan-yi was obviously more qualified for than them.

Even so, Hae-rin tells everyone to just act normal, but as she leaves the office, she finds Dan-yi still in the hallway, and she definitely heard the whole discussion. Hae-rin suggests that the two of them eat lunch together, but Jae-min arrives just then and reminds Hae-rin that she’s got a work lunch to attend. So, Dan-yi ends up eating ramen by herself for lunch.

In her office, Director Ko receives a call from one of their authors, who is upset to see that his books are still in stores even after he chose not to renew his contract with Gyeoroo. Director Ko storms out of the office and directs her rage at Song-yi, who was supposed to inform the sales team of the contract termination. After some hesitation, Song-yi passes the blame, and says that she told Dan-yi to send out the notice.

Dan-yi says that she never received the notice, and it’s clear to everyone in the room, even Director Ko, that Dan-yi is not at fault for this. But Director Ko chooses not to argue, and instead admonishes Song-yi for giving such an important task to a mere contract employee and not following up on it. As Director Ko departs, Dan-yi is left standing in silence with no one coming to back her up or comfort her.

And so we return to Hae-rin’s phone call to Eun-ho. Eun-ho asks where Dan-yi is now, and Hae-rin reports that she’s packing up her desk. In Jae-min’s office, Director Ko says that perhaps this is for the best, while Jae-min says that he hates being CEO at times like these.

Box in hand, Dan-yi says goodbye, first to Ji-hong, then a deep bow to Director Ko, and a wave to Hoon and Ji-yul. Hae-rin meets Dan-yi at the elevators and offers to carry her box of things to the bus stop. Dan-yi is grateful, but once they’re outside, Dan-yi tells Hae-rin to go get ready for her meeting instead.

Eun-ho arrives at Gyeoroo shortly after, and Hae-rin sends him running to the bus stop. When Dan-yi spots Eun-ho running to her, she tries to hide her tears. When he reaches her, Eun-ho just envelopes her in his arms and holds her.

After work, Ji-yul heads back to Hoon’s apartment to calculate her expenses. Hoon hopes that they can find a way to cohabitate in the tiny apartment, but Ji-yul isn’t interested in sharing and tells him to go to the jjimjilbang while she pays the rent on the apartment. Hoon leans in, hoping to seduce Ji-yul with his eyes, and even confesses that he is super attracted to her… but in the end, he’s back at the jjimjilbang (sorry, Hoon). And from a dark car nearby, Ji-yul’s mother watches. Her secretary asks if they should do anything, but Mom is confident that Ji-yul will come running home on her own soon.

At Eun-ho’s, he and Dan-yi read together in her bed. Dan-yi is contemplative, while Eun-ho brushes back Dan-yi’s hair. There’s a brief moment, like perhaps there’s a question hanging in the air, but then Eun-ho stumbles to his feet, blushing, and announces that he’s off to bed. Dan-yi throws the book over her head to hide her embarrassment, while Eun-ho gives a gentle punch to the wall in the hallway in frustration. I really hate it when my face turns red,” he says to himself. “I think I have a problem.” Haha.

The next morning, Dan-yi wakes up in a panic, afraid that she’s late, but then she recalls that she has no job to be late to anymore. She finds Eun-ho awake already, and he’s made a big breakfast for her. Smiling, Eun-ho asks her to pick one of three options. Number one: a boyfriend who shows his love with money. Eun-ho hands over his credit card and tells her she can buy whatever she wants.

Number two: a boyfriend who gets revenge on her behalf. Eun-ho declares that he will pull all of his books from Gyeoroo and send the company tailspinning for a month. And finally, number three: a boyfriend who stays with his girlfriend all day long until she feels better. When Dan-yi says that Eun-ho needs to go to work, Eun-ho grandstands that he’s just not going, but then pretty quickly admits that he’s already called in for the day anyway. With that, Dan-yi chooses option three, yay!

At the office, Ji-hong and Yeong-ah stare at the schedule board and Eun-ho’s day off status. They can’t help but rub it in for Jae-min that his chief editor seems pretty angry with the company, and then saunter away.

Jae-min retreats to his office, where he finds yet another button dropped by Director Ko. He finds her in her office, and he offers to sew the button back on for her. But as they inspect her shirt, it turns out that it’s the button at her collar that’s fallen off. Without missing a beat, Director Ko tells Jae-min to go ahead, since she understands this is an act of collegial kindness.

So Jae-min leans in and starts sewing, and he leans in, tilts his head, and generally looks very intimate as he tries to reattach this button. As he sews, Jae-min tells Director Ko that he’s grateful that she works there, because while everyone else is busy turning everything into a social gathering, she helps bring balance to the team. He tells her that he’s grateful for everything she’s done, even though he feels like the company stole her youth, making her sell books instead of enjoying her youthful beauty. Director Ko asks if he means that she’s no longer beautiful, and Jae-min stammers in protest. Finally, the button is attached, and Jae-min actually leans in to cut the string with his teeth before Director Ko tells him to go get a pair of scissors. Ha!

While the rest of the world is at work, Eun-ho and Dan-yi stay at home in their own cuddle bubble. They read side by side, tickle one another, watch movies and playfully kiss, and stick to each other in a back hug while they make ddeokbokki. By the end, they’re back to reading together, until Dan-yi falls asleep in Eun-ho’s arms. He cuddles in, and two nap together peacefully on the floor.

Meanwhile, Seo-joon is at the post office, where he stamps a package. The from address he attaches says it’s from Park Jeong-hun, and the to address is Gyeoroo’s novel manuscript submissions.

At Gyeoroo, Hae-rin notes that both Dan-yi and Eun-ho’s office chairs are empty. Seeing this, she’s pretty certain it confirms her suspicions about the two of them. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t upset her though, and she finds herself on the bus to Eun-ho’s neighborhood.

Seo-joon has returned home, where he is shredding everything from his murderboard in his locked room. Whatever he was hoping to accomplish there, it seems as though he’s given up. He takes the bag of shredded paper outside, where he finds Hae-rin lurking near the recycling bins. Hae-rin still feels guilty, so she offers to throw Seo-joon’s recycling away in her own neighborhood, even though the bins are right there. They struggle with the bag, until it rips open and bits of paper spill out on the ground.

Seo-joon has had enough, until Hae-rin brings up the pollack and the cuttlefish, and declares that the cuttlefish is Dan-yi. She gives Seo-joon a moment to take a guess at the pollack’s identity, and then Seo-joon curses Eun-ho. Next thing you know, the two of them are in Seo-joon’s apartment drinking wine (so much for Hae-rin’s declaration of sobriety). Hae-rin wails that she wanted to punish Eun-ho and Dan-yi, but she couldn’t because she liked both of them too much. They clink their glasses and cheers to their shared heartbreak.

The next morning, Seo-joon’s hangover headache is further irritated by Geum-bi taking large gulps from his food bowl. Seo-joon wonders if Hae-rin left, but she’s still there, awake and trying to assemble his shredded papers like jigsaw puzzles. Seo-joon is frustrated at first, but Hae-rin suggests hangover soup and he’s able to sweep up the paper without too much struggle. Hae-rin can’t recall which room is the bathroom, and as he directs her, she asks about the locked room at the end of the hall. Seo-joon gives his best serial killer smile, and asks if she thinks he’s hiding a dead body in there. Hae-rin hesitates, until Seo-joon’s expression breaks and turns goofy.

Dan-yi starts her day looking for a new job, when she gets an unexpected call from Director Ko. At first she answers the phone formally, but then leans into a more gruff, casual tone when he remembers that the director is no longer her supervisor.

Director Ko asks Dan-yi to meet her for lunch, and Dan-yi wears her flashiest outfit, complete with heels and dark sunglasses. The director can’t help but smirk at Dan-yi’s efforts, and teases that she was considering giving Dan-yi a lead on a job, but now she’s not so sure. Dan-yi drops the act and lowers her glasses. Director Ko tells her she knows someone at a small publishing company, and that she’ll give Dan-yi a referral. The director warns that the job will be tough, but Dan-yi says that she always works hard.

At home, Dan-yi and Eun-ho sit in her bed and she shares the news with him. The company got back to her right away, and she starts the next day. Eun-ho is hopeful that the experience will lead to a job at an even bigger company, but Dan-yi points out that Gyeoroo doesn’t like to hire people from other publishing houses. Eun-ho explains that they do so because they find that those hires have a hard time adjusting, but then he says that maybe he can get the company to reconsider the policy.

Dan-yi yawns, and at that, Eun-ho draws up his courage, and asks Dan-yi if he can sleep in her room tonight. As soon as he says it, Eun-ho immediately backs out and starts running for his room, but Dan-yi responds that he should go put on his pajamas then. Eun-ho considers, and then decides that he doesn’t really need pajamas, haha. He returns to the bed, and Dan-yi tells him to go turn off the lights. With a smile, he turns out the lights and shuts the door.

Dan-yi reports to her new job in the morning. The president and chief financial officer are a husband-wife duo, and they welcome Dan-yi warmly. They tell her she can work on anything that she’s interested in and direct her to her desk. A sound emits from the pile of blankets at the desk next to Dan-yi, as a frazzled employee emerges. She passes a note to Dan-yi, that tels Dan-yi she should run away as fast as she can from this hellhole. Uh oh.

At Gyeoroo, Ji-hong answers the phone call of an irate customer. The customer complains on and on about typos, but when they share the title of the book, it’s not even published by Gyeoroo. That doesn’t matter to the customer, who continues to insult Ji-hong (and as Ji-hong yells back) until they finally hang up.Ji-hong sighs that Dan-yi put up with these kind of calls all the time without complaint.

And in the kitchen, Ji-yul and Yeong-ah find themselves restocking everything themselves. Yeong-ah tells them all to adjust, but then admits that she misses Dan-yi the most.

Eun-ho is back at work, and Hae-rin slyly asks how Dan-yi is doing. Eun-ho says that she’s got a new job, though she’s exhausted when she comes home… Eun-ho trails off as he realizes his blunder, and Hae-rin wonders aloud, “Why did she go to the house after getting off work?” Eun-ho continues to play dumb, but the two smile at one another in understanding.

At her own job, Dan-yi grumbles to her coworker that she’s been asked to make posters for the company president’s son’s school election. The phone rings, and it’s an unpaid designer demanding payment after four months. The next angry call is from the print shop, who has also not been paid. Dan-yi’s coworker says that the company does eventually pay everyone, just not until things escalate to legal threats.

By the end of the day, Dan-yi drags herself home and throws herself on the floor in exhaustion. Eun-ho stops cooking for a moment to give her a comforting hug. Dan-yi tells him that the thought of coming home to him is what kept her going through the day, and after an effort or two, Eun-ho picks her up from the floor.

It’s finally the weekend, and Hoon heads back to his apartment, wondering if he’s disturbing Ji-yul. But Ji-yul is gone, and her note says that she’s working through the weekend. Hoon is impressed, even moreso as he notes how clean the apartment is and how thorough her efforts are to track her expenses. Hoon sees all of Ji-yul’s notes of encouragement to herself in her notebook, and he can’t help but add his own.

At Gyeoroo, Ji-yul opens up a new manuscript submission, and begins to read the Heroes manuscript Seo-joon mailed in earlier.

Dan-yi spends her weekend cleaning, and she heads up to the attic to straighten things up. While she organizes, she discovers the box of Author Kang’s handwritten manuscripts. She sits with the box and digs through its contents, unearthing diaries. She reads one, about Eun-ho visiting and learning how to drink with the author. Dan-yi smiles at how cute Eun-ho was. As she reads further, Author Kang mentions medication, and she wonders if he was ill. And a year later, she spots an entry, indicating that the author’s son had visited him.

At Gyeoroo, Ji-yul realizes what she’s found, and Hae-rin arrives just in time for her to deliver the news: Author Kang has resurfaced. Hae-rin is puzzled, but her expression changes as she reads through the manuscript herself.

Eun-ho returns home and when he doesn’t find Dan-yi anywhere downstairs, he climbs the stairs to the attic. There he sees Dan-yi, crying on the floor and surrounded by Author Kang’s writings. “You’re taking care of him, right? In Kapyong…” Dan-yi asks him.

In voiceover, Eun-ho laments that he always feared someone discovering what he had done. And yet, he think, “I think I might have wanted Dan-yi to find out everything. Even if the whole world turns their back on me, Dan-yi will stay by my side. She will hold my hand with love in her eyes.”

Dan-yi looks up at him from the floor, and Eun-ho nods gently in response to her question.

 
COMMENTS

This is love. Eun-ho doesn’t demand to know what happened when Dan-yi resigns, he just hugs Dan-yi. He doesn’t try to take over her job search or take back her resignation, he just offers Dan-yi his company for the day. He doesn’t get angry or frustrated when Dan-yi drags herself in from a long day at her new job, he just makes her dinner and scoops her up in his arms. And when Dan-yi discovers the secret he’s been keeping about Author Kang, he knows that Dan-yi will stay by his side. They’re doing life right, and it was so wonderful to watch.

There’s honestly not enough room to highlight each sweet moment that happened in this episode, but even though the episode was book-ended (see what I did there?) by two very heartbreaking moments, I still walked away smiling. The show has done an excellent job of selling this couple, and the transition from one-sided love to gentle romance has been perfectly paced and delivered in a way to optimize the number of times that I saw “awww” in a single sitting.

But to now reflect on some of those heartbreaking moments, I don’t know if Song-yi’s actions in the office were inevitable, but they were certainly what many of the managers feared. It wasn’t just about whether someone like Dan-yi could adapt after so long away from work, but also about everyone else in the office and how they might react to working with someone so clearly overqualified for the job. And I mean, the good and true answer to that problem is, those people should get over it. But Song-yi passing the blame on the weakest target was certainly something that those aware of potential issues in the office were concerned with, and it didn’t even take a day before it was realized.

The show doesn’t go the easy route and just have the caring CEO change all of the policies and let Dan-yi stay, and I appreciate that. But I’m not sure that the message that the show wants to convey about this phenomenon is clearly articulated either. I mean, I think that it manages the overall message that society should not automatically look down on people who have taken a break from work and that everyone should get a fair shot. But while Dan-yi did lie and had to face consequences for that, ultimately her deception seems to have gotten her ahead. She had to resign, but she also gathered experience and supporters, and found a new (much more grueling) job by the end of it. It certainly forgives Dan-yi for her dishonesty, and hasn’t presented an alternative solution yet.

But let’s not forget that we still have the employee idea competition dangling out there is loose-thread territory. I’m looking forward to Dan-yi’s killer idea being revealed, and equally interested to see how everyone reacts to it.

I love that Ji-hong and Yeong-ah are on Dan-yi’s side from the start. The split feels very much along the lines of the founder’s vote over the volume of poetry. And if that’s the case, it’ll be Director Ko, not Jae-min, who switches sides and find a way to bend their rules in an effort to do good. If they can publish their first volume of poetry in company history, they can also hire back a truly great employee.

Director Ko’s help–is it actually help, or a little punishment? I could see how it could be perceived either way, but I think she meant to be helpful. Director Ko didn’t hide the fact that the job would be a challenge, and she didn’t have to reach out to help Dan-yi find a job at all. But this is Director Ko’s way. She adamantly plays by the rules, but understands how hard it is as a woman in the workforce as well.

That doesn’t diminish the fact that much of Director Ko’s bad behavior towards Dan-yi was all about her personal insecurities, but I think it’s important to remember that none of the characters are perfect here. Everyone is learning and growing, and doing so in a slow, realistic way. Ji-yul is still a total brat towards Hoon, but she’s learning to really apply herself to her job and live on her own. Small victories of growth for everyone, a little bit at a time.

And now that we’re in the final stretch, I’m finally interested in this long-standing Author Kang mystery! I thought I had it all figured out, but the new manuscript in the mix means there’s more here than a simple father-son falling out.

I can only assume that Seo-joon mugging at Hae-rin with his best serial killer face was for us, the audience, and any of us who thought maybe he really had a body stuffed in that room. I never suspected much from the secret room honestly, but I admit that I was surprised when that manuscript dropped from his printer. All of the clues seem to point to Seo-joon being Author Kang’s son, but what kind of relationship did they have if that’s the case? Was Author Kang stealing writing from Seo-joon and playing it off as his own? Or is this Author Kang’s work, and Seo-joon’s been holding on to it for the right moment, one that never came? I finally have so many questions, and I’m eager to see them sort out next week.

And more Eun-ho+Dan-yi cuddling next week. I am requesting now that Episode 16 consist of nothing but Eun-ho and Dan-yi reading together in bed.

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Thank you, abirdword, for a lovely recap of a love-ly episode, and I am looking forward to the wrap up next weekend.

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Lots of mixed feelings about this episode, but I'll keep it short... The button saga didn't go as I hoped---or really in a direction that made any semblance of sense to me...I still don't understand when and why and how Dir. Ko and Pres. Kim started being whatever that was---but anyway there was enough cute in this episode to make me feel quite forgiving.

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Aw, I thought the button episode made Dir. Ko more human than we've ever seen her before. And I just loved that Pres. Kim was so oblivious that he would have bitten the thread off. I also loved the way he described her role in the company and his feelings of responsibility toward her. In a way, he was acknowledging that she is not a part of the warm atmosphere at Gyeoroo, but appreciating her for being able to play rule-keeper.

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I can not BELIEVE that chick blamed DanI and everyone just went with it.

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Yes, but what happened was pretty realistic. It was too early for them, they just learned about DY's credentials, to even know how to react to Song-yi putting the blame on DY. And with a mistake so great (they'll lose money) and with Dir Go so angry... it just silenced everyone.

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Her credentials should have had no bearing on what happened. DanI had been a model employee until that point. Did they honestly think she made that mistake or did they just let her take the blame because they were uncomfortable? Going by Dir. Ko's comments in the office later it was the latter. If Dir. Ko was really a stickler for rules she would have punished the real perpetrator more severely than just a letter of apology. The upside is next time DanI won't be there to take the blame.

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I think everyone knew DY was just being blamed because the one-in-charge was scared to admit it.

I don't think they "let" her take the blame... they probably just didn't know how to react.

As for Dir Go, sometimes it is best to deal with the punishment later. It is more important to deal with the crisis first.

Playing the blame game (focusing on who made the mistake) is not a healthy culture in a company. Employees will be too afraid to make a mistake.

It is just unfortunate for DY that the incident made it more glaring that how she joined the company will forever mar her performance. Dir Go and DY and the president may have all realized that.

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I agree to a certain extent. Because letting someone else take the blame isn't good for office morale either.

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True, I hope YI is reprimanded somehow in the last eps.

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I think the scene illustrated the precarious position Dan-yi was once it came out that she had hid/omitted/lied to get the job. She became an easy target to blame for someone unscrupulous like Songyi. Even if everyone including Director Go knows that Songyi was at fault because it has been established that Dan-yi lied it becomes hard for anyone to come to her defense. I liked that Danyi didn’t just take the blame as so many k-drama heroines do. She continued to protest and state her case. It also made sense to me that Dan-yi resigned after the incident because that is the best outcome for her. This show really does a wonderful job of showing people as they are in real life.

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Absolutely agree. I thought it was very realistic. It is a small, tight-knit community, and in the back of people's minds they have to be thinking about who they have to work for and with in the coming days-months-years. Better to not say anything than make an enemy, that's how most people are at work. It was also realistic that the boss did not ream Songyi in front of everyone else; in fact, she may never get her just punishment, but you can bet there is a permanent black mark next to her name in Ms. Go's mental Rolodex.

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And imagine how would people react if they found out, that she is a Eunho gf and live with him, it's best for her to work in different company for real.

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Totally agree.

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I'm hoping that there will be some justice before the story is over. Someone is going to find out that it was Song-yi's fault, and she will have to apologize and take the consequences.

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I even doubted myself and had to re-watch prev eps to see if I missed the part when she assigned such task to Dani. But no. She never did. She is just the worst kind.

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Thank you for the recap @abirdword!

And you summed up how perfect EH was in this ep. It IS ❤️. And loved how the show was able to show them being a sweet and loving couple without too much kissing and still make the audiences go "aaaawww".

And yet again, the show surprised me again with how DY resigned. I agree that I think everyone in the office knew that SY was just passing on the blame to DY, knowing how competent DY was. It really echoes the potential problems of DYs situation, of having lied in her resume and her being an easy target. Really hope SY gets reprimanded somehow!

I am REALLY curious about Author Kang! What did DY learn in those notes to make her cry that much and regret not being there for EH??? I have some theories but pretty sure they'll be wrong hahaha

BUT... I hope my "theory" about the results of Gyeoroo's Idea Competition 😎 and "EH ❤️ DY" will be spot on. Hahahaha

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I don't get what they're trying to accomplish with Dir. Go at this point. She's literally the reason Dani is out of a job yet she looks on sadly like she's not the one who instigated it. She could have stayed mum and just let the contract run its course, or she could've done it like an adult and discussed it privately with both Dani and Pres. Kim or in the meeting. She basically only brought it up to prevent Dir. Seo from having her moved, which I actually understand from a management perspective. But she still should have brought it up herself earlier. I agree that Dani did need to reap the consequences of her lie, but there were ways that Dir. Go could have softened the blow. She was the reason that the whole thing went down like it did, and then to have her be the one to give Dani pointers for a new gig, like she was genuinely concerned after all the shit she's pulled...it just really rubbed me the wrong way. Like, I get that she may feel remorse but it's kind of too little too late for me. (Though I don't know whether I really think she purposely sent her to such a trainwreck of a company.) I wish that they'd had a clearer vision of the character instead of just using her to move the plot along as needed.

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There have been repeated references to "the rules," and it's Director Ko's job to enforce them. She has shown very high ethics in dealing with their clients, including in this episode where she immediately goes out to do damage control because the company has been caught erroneously continuing to represent (by selling the books of) a client who has terminated his contract with them. She is the watchdog, the policewoman, who ensures that the scandals and ethical violations and editing errors that hit other publishing companies don't mar Gyeoroo's reputation.

Re referring her to the trainwreck company, I didn't see anything nefarious in it. I doubt Director Ko knows the extent of the corruption, but knew that Dan-i would get hired because of her referral, and she also told Dan-i to stay for a year and then move on. It's a sure job that will give her something recent to put on her resume, and pay the bills in the meantime.

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I will never understand why I can’t enjoy romantic fluff the way some people do, but I honestly think an entire hour of Dan-yi and Eun-ho cuddling would be the worst thing ever! Please forgive my curmudgeonly ways, but I want plot, meaningful insights, climactic moments, dramatic tension, etc.!

Sorry, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’d like to discuss my newfound appreciation for Director Ko. It always bugged me that Dan-yi was not actually hired to work in marketing. I have mixed feelings about Director Ko’s actions (and whether she was always being professional), but I think I understand her perspective. Even if Dan-yi was able to juggle her actual work and the extra marketing tasks, her heart was in marketing. Both her real resume and her interest in transferring confirmed this. She did not just break the rules and disrupt the weird social hierarchy leading people to treat accomplished college graduates differently. Nor did she just misrepresent her qualifications through omission. From Director Ko’s perspective, she used her current contractor position to indirectly pursue a marketing career. In other words, she wasn’t just working hard for the sake of it; she was using a menial position as a shortcut to a highly competitive position the traditional hiring process denied her. That was unfair to her competition.

As someone who has worked in similar temp and full-time positions, I have found some jobs lead to better positions and some are dead ends. At one company I worked for, temps and in-house applicants seeking slightly different full-time positions were forced to submit formal applications and go through a new round of interviews and tests like everyone else. Being grilled by people who knew your worst mistakes on the job could be daunting, and external candidates were sometimes chosen instead. Dan-yi had a dead-end, temporary position, but she was trying to turn it into something more. In other words, she was being unrealistic while working under someone who saw through her fantasy. Ultimately, I think Director Ko helped her by getting her a job that was more compatible with her career goals, even if the job itself was terrible. Why? Because she showed her a more constructive career path, even if it was a far more painful one. Of course, her marketing experience so far will help her, and she left such an indelible impression working with Young-ah and her other former co-workers that I think she will ultimately find a legitimate way to work with them again.

However, as someone who volunteered in marketing without being an official member of the team at Gyeoroo, Dan-yi dabbled in the things she liked without having to take full responsibility. Now, she can experience some of the burdens associated with a bad marketing position. That may be a blessing in disguise, since she’ll be able to relate to future colleagues with similar experiences. Dan-yi believes she has had it rough (and the drama’s...

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... creators undoubtedly agree with her), but to some of her more resentful contemporaries, leaving the workforce was her choice, while everyone chose to deal with a very different set of hardships associated with working. Her new job allows her to experience some of those hardships firsthand. I suspect that her experience at Gyeoroo will ultimately lead the company to change its hiring practices to consider more experienced or unorthodox candidates, not just recent college grads. By breaking the rules, Dan-yi showed everyone the rules needed to be changed, and she will undoubtedly benefit from that. First, however, she has to suffer a little for challenging the status quo.

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"By breaking the rules, Dan-yi showed everyone the rules needed to be changed, and she will undoubtedly benefit from that. First, however, she has to suffer a little for challenging the status quo."

---- This.
This is what I like about this drama (and kdramas in general) , bringing these unromantic topics in a romcom. Makes me justify spending (wasting? Hahaha) time watching these kdramas because I learn and get something to ponder on about life.

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You have articulated everything I wanted to say about Director Go and her handling of the situation. Director Go’s response was inline with her character and realistic. IMO the scene with the button and JaeMin talking about the balance that Director Go brings to the company was exactly to show why rules are important and Dan-you was breaking the rules. Even Eun-ho and Dan-yi herself agree that what Dan-yi did was unacceptable. The bigger issue with discriminatory (intentional or unintentional) hiring practices is something that the folks at Goreyoo have to figure out.

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Song yi's pettiness bothered me so much. But the pettiness of the woman who outed Dani at the reading is also bothersome. I understand that there is male pettiness and female pettiness and dramas tend to explore female pettiness more because the larger percentage of dramawatchers are women but this pettiness had the ring of truth. Female office pettiness is no joke. Chincha!

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For some reason, ep 13 ans 14 felt a bit flat for me. I am kinda getting bored with the Author Kang mystery and I think all of us pretty much guessed what the whole drama around author Kang was. DI and EH are cute, tho sometimes I feel the chemistry is a bit off, idk why. Also, I love Hae Rin but I think she has some "stalking" issues, lol. Right now for the last 2 episodes, I just want more DI concluding nicely her quest for a new career (pls somethg abt her daughter) and less Author Kang.

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I think Kang arc exists purely from finding a balance in the relationship. To show that EunHo can lean on danYi and he needs her as much as she needs him. Otherwise I really don’t see the point of that plot.

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Thank you @abirdword for writing so beautifully!!

When I see why danYi quit it hurts more. It felt so unfair and wrong. Getting fired is one thing but this was totally unfair. Honestly, I don’t want her to go back to this company even though that’s probably where this drama is going.

And the moments between EunHo and DanYi felt so intimate and personal with such a sense of comfort and warmth. The actors really did well in bringing the essence of this relationship. They both know each other too well and yet they find these little things new and exciting. When danYi offered a piece of her rice cake For Eunho to bite off fro her lips, it felt so sweet rather than raw passion. Looking at them I was convinced that they knew each other for twenty years!

Director Ko- I am completely lost. From being petty initially, to acting bossy about getting DanYi fired to giving her the lead to another job. If the show is trying to make us understand her growth am not feeling it.
It would have been better if she spoke to danYi and asked her to leave at the end of her contract while helping her get another job. This way none of the employees would have been uncomfortable and all this nonsense wouldn’t have happened.

I eagerly await the finale!! Show, be good.

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"Looking at them I was convinced that they knew each other for twenty years!"
--- Yes! Might also be the reason why some view this couple as boring... they seem like a married couple... So mature in handling their problems and so supportive of each other!

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Thank you so much for the recap abirdword. Now I'm excited to wait for our OTP's sure happy ending. And I share your sentiment to make the last ep just about them loving and cuddling while reading a good book. Haha.
No matter how heart rending and infuriating the scene in the office was, EH and DY's lovey-doveys more than compensated it and mended my broken heart. I was like in a roller coaster ride watching this ep.

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"Roller-coaster" will be an apt adjective for this drama!

You really feel so many different emotions in almost every episode.

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If Dir Ko is so career-focused, can't she afford clothes what won't shed buttons like my cat sheds fur?

Somewhere in the company rule book there's probably a law to say guys (especially bosses) can't do that women's buttons.

The Universe needs a law against the whole overused struggle-until-the-bag-breaks trope. Enforce with low ratings, or thunderbolts.

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(my comment messed up! so here it is again)

hmm, quite disappointed with how things were handled at Gyeoroo =\ that Song-i chick, seriously... did not expect her to stoop so low and frame Dan-i for something she didn't do. so much for Gyeoroo rallying around her. but i can also understand why the team had to keep it all in.

the President Kim and Director Go loveline isn't very convincing... not sure what to make of it. also quite amazed that they were willing to do that whole sewing button thing in broad daylight - in her office, no less. guess we'll see how this goes.

sweet how Eun-ho and Dan-i are progressing (ahem, same room already), but I can't help but wonder about her daughter and if she even still fits into this whole equation... 'cos apparently not. =\ (i know this was all discussed in ep 13; my thoughts here: http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/03/romance-is-a-bonus-book-episode-13/#comment-3424416)

hopeful for the Seo-jun/Hae-rin, Park Hoon/Ji-yul couple! let's see how it goes for them :)

also.. to have the Kang Byeong-jun story peak in the last 2 episodes of the show... hope it works out =] one more weekend to go, everyone, before we bid Eun-ho, Dan-i and the rest of Gyeoroo farewell.

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Am I the only one who wouldn’t mind if the last 2 episodes just centered on Eun Ho and Dani and their beautiful relationship? Their love for each other is just so deep and genuine, so unbreakable, one that transcends mere passion.

I rmbr LJS once said in an interview that the difference between Eun Ho’s character and the others he’s played is that this is a complete character. He has already grown. He’s almost close to perfect! Reliable, respectful, loyal, hardworking, loving. The only growth he probably needs to work on is learning how to be vulnerable and rely on Dani from now onwards. He’s always been there for her, now he just needs to let Dani be there for him.

I was abit confused with where they are trying to take the Dir Ko and President Kim relationship to. It probably came slightly too late to be invested in it, but at this point I’m not complaining, as I’m already happy that this drama gave us all the warm and fuzzy feels for the past 7 weeks.

Going to miss this show a lot! I have no doubt that it will end on a high note!

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I like their realistic relationship, too. Esp. when they finally sleep together, he asks permission and expects to be shot down, she's say yes but she also wants some restraint (lights off, pajamas on) which makes sense for someone who is older, a mom, a bit wary still (rightfully so; she's right not to trust her judgment about men given her first marriage)

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I loved how they depicted them sleeping together for the first time. He was respectful and nervous and she didn’t simper and pretend she didn’t understand what he was asking. They were both bashful. And I loved that the drama didn’t make a big deal out of two consenting adults sleeping together. The scenes between Eun-ho and Dan-yi make me smile like an idiot because they are so sweet and warm. 😍

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That was a lovely scene. Really liked both their reactions.

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"Am I the only one who wouldn’t mind if the last 2 episodes just centered on Eun Ho and Dani and their beautiful relationship?"

✋ Though a "EH + DY - only" cut would be enough for me. 😁

Was rewatching ep 14 and out of nowhere, suddenly wondered how the "button scene" would turn out if it were EH and DY 🙄🤔

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- I didn't expect it's Song-yi who did that do Dan-yi... I'm sure, most of us have thought it's gonna be Director Go who kicks Dan-yi out... (but at the end, she's the one who recommends her to a new job).
- Awwww... Hae-rin is super sweet! I got tearing up when she took Dan-Yi downstairs then both of them bowed.. Such a sweet... Hae-rin is a great girl to override her feeling; but being professional to take Dan-yi to the bus stop to show her respect and also appreciation how hard she worked. I love this girl more and more.....
- Seo-joo & Hae-rin's bonding over alcohol = super cute.... I was cringing with the "serial killer" face SJ put, LoL.
- Does he still call her "noona" sometimes?
- I can't help with Eun-ho when he said "he doesn't need pajamas" while unbuttoning his shirt, LoL.

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Just wanted to get some opinions on this. But I'm slightly bothered by Hae-rin's behaviour with Seo-joon. I like Hae-rin a lot - I think she's a great friend and great at work, and reacted to Eun-ho and Dan-yi's relationship with maturity. But, the fact that she's kinda intruding so much on Seo-joon's life makes me uncomfortable. Like, visiting his house and waiting for him even though he has expressed his dislike. And what just irritated me was that she went through his rubbish and tried to piece his shredded pieces of paper together; that is a no in my book! There's a reason people shred their rubbish, and it just felt really intrusive to me. I just wanted to hear other people's opinions about this.

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I'm with you, and I chalk it to inconsistent writing - something seen in abundance in this show.

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I agree with you. It’s weird that she was piecing together his shredded material. I would have gone crazy on her. Seriously, it could have been bank statements, credit card bills, sensitive material that could have been illegal to go through. This show has lost me, but I’m still watching for some reason.

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Hae-rin is someone who is passionate but also has boundary issues. She seems to have replaced Eun-ho with Seo-joon! She had problems with boundaries with Eun-ho and she now has problems with boundaries with Seo-joon. Her character is consistent in that aspect. We just didn’t see her behavior with Eun-ho as too problematic because they had known each other for awhile but there were indications. Having said that I did find her Apology tour in the last episode and her putting together shredded pieces together in this episode very pushy and insensitive.

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yeah, annoyed me to. The first time I let is pass as part of the com in romcom. But once the apology was made and he made it clear she had no business going back to his place/backyard. Esp EunHo gave an advice saying he is a business partner and not your friend.
If I had behaved poorly after drinking I will stay away from those people for a long time out of embarrassment!

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I agree. I like Hae-Rin, but, from the previous episode, I found her behaviour towards Seo-Joon at least ridiculous and disrespectful. As I found disrespectful when EH opened Dy's drawers and DY opened EH's boxes. I know they have known each other from years, but I don't open my sister's or best friend's (that I met 20 years ago) drawers unless they ask me to.

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I would hate now to have Dani back to Gyeroo as regular worker, because after this kerfuffle and coming out as Eunho girlfriend I don't know if I would be able to treat as normal colleague if I were in this employees shoes, that would be awkward even if this are just unfortunate circumstances. I would love for to find a job were she will be competition for them, friendly of course, but have a success of her own, without anyone suspecting her on riding on her bf (trench)coat.

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She might get a job offer after winning the competition she submitted her idea for.

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Yes, I know that writers angling at that, but I would prefer they very much no to. Even if competition is anonymous, rumours about Eunho helping her to disadvantage of others would follow, we saw with SongYi, that not every employee is her friend.

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You are right, it would be unfair but at the same time people would realise that she is talented. She might refuse the job and decide she wants to stay for 1 y in her new hellish job and then apply again.

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I am completely against her returning to this company. But we all know thats where the show is going.

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I think SJ completed the new book as a last ditch attempt to find author kang. Yes, he destroyed all his "stalker research" notes but he had that book already and maybe he wanted the world to see it. It might be his way to let go of all this. At the same time he can keep an eye on EH and the boss to see if they will go to find author kang to demand an explanation. He does not know that author kang is ill and would be unable to write the book. I wonder if SJ was actually in contact with author kang before he decided to leave (if they had a relationship) but then author kang decided to disappear because he did not want to become a burden for his family. He probably saw SJ taking care of his mum while she had cancer and he did not want that to happen again. He might have left behind the unfinished manuscript without realising it (first stages of him starting to forget things).

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My only take away from this ep is that Jae-Min has some sort of button fetish. It allows him to spot tiny, tiny buttons underneath ginormous pieces of furniture at a single glance.

And I have enjoyed Ji-Yul and Hoon from the beginning but I have to admit Ji-Yul kicking Hoon out of his apartment and blaming him for getting her kicked out of her moms house ticked me off. He's pretending to be your boyfriend to help YOU. He's not getting anything out of it. Helping you is not hurting him and is now costing him as he's been kicked out of his apartment so the little princess can sleep in peace. I get that he's trying to be a good friend (or more) but thats just too much.

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I like this drama very much as it show that we get on over lives, building up ourselves that is the main focus like we are all our main lead in our lives. romance is a supplement not the main focus of our life n need not feel pain over anything. Sort of quote what EH said. Hope this drama is a healing n fun drama to all. Looking forward to episodes 15 n 16.

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Ok im so mad with songyi..she is the real bitch and the reason why danyi resign..i never like her at first tho when she look down on danyi at her first day at gyeoroo

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You are right... the way she accused her and looked for a way out it was obvious she lied.

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I love your recaps of this show. I discovered kdrama on netflix. This is the 3rd one I saw and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Sometimes I have difficulty understanding the decisions made in the series. The fact that Danyi is overly qualified for the job is not a reason to send her packing. Just not extend her contract time. No requirements were needed for the job. It was never mentioned that no requirements were an obligation. Mr kim stated somewhere that "you don't need a botanist to trim my grass". That is true but if a botanist wants to trim my grass why should I mind? And how come she is able to work in a supermarket with all her qualifications?
But they need the drama for the storyline and I loved the lovestory.

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Yes, I would like at least one whole episode of Dan-yi and Eun-ho snuggling together, teasing each other, and reading aloud the parts of the prose or poetry they like.
I do have some questions: does anyone think we will hear anymore about Dan-yi's daughter? I guess her existence was necessary to justify Dan-yi's time off work but sending her off to boarding school was a way too convenient way to resolve the fact that returning to work while taking care of a child AND trying to date is incredibly hard.

I did enjoy all the soft, cuddly, romance, but I wonder if Lee Jong-seok will ever be asked to do something sexy. There were some vibes in his performance in Secret Garden, but that was equal parts petulance and smolder. I want a Lee Jong-sok kiss that does more than make me sigh!

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Anyone knows what was the book they were reading about the stars? And where to buy it?

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