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I really liked the first episode, but this second episode has just cemented my love for this show and all its characters. It’s just so impressive with its strong yet fallible women, devoted yet respectful love interest, and sharp, clever dialogue. Our heroine suffers a serious professional setback, but she manages to turn it into a chance for some very satisfying revenge.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

After unexpectedly seeing Mo-gun for the first time since their one-night stand, Ta-mi is so flustered that she accidentally walks into the men’s room, then Mo-gun himself on her way out. She leaves a lipstick mark on his shirt, and he jokes that she keeps kissing him every time they meet.

Ta-mi realizes that he’s speaking in banmal and calls him on it, but Mo-gun says that she must have forgotten that they previously agreed on it. A colleague is approaching, so Ta-mi quickly leaves. The colleague asks Mo-gun if Ta-mi didn’t like his music, but Mo-gun doesn’t take his eyes off Ta-mi’s retreating figure as he says, “No, she’s going to pay me.”

Ta-mi goes to the cafe and sucks down half of her drink before saying to nobody, “Why did I ask his age? The younger the better!” HA. AH-RA (Oh Ah-yoon), the barista, is confused, but glad that Ta-mi’s upset isn’t because of the hearing. Ga-kyung suddenly appears and tells Ta-mi to go wait for her in her office.

While she’s there, Ta-mi sees a diamond cigarette holder in a box on Ga-kyung’s desk. It reminds her of a time years ago, when she and Ga-kyung had agreed that a web portal should never violate its users’ freedom of access to information. Ta-mi had given Ga-kyung the cigarette holder as a birthday gift, joking that she should smoke a lot and die so Ta-mi could get promoted.

Now, a much colder Ga-kyung tells Ta-mi that they need to prepare for the fallout of the hearing. Ta-mi asks if Ga-kyung understands why she did what she did, but Ga-kyung says that what’s important is that Ta-mi seemed confident when she accused Assemblyman Joo of soliciting a minor for sex.

Ta-mi assures Ga-kyung that she verified the ID without violating his personal information. Ga-kyung counters that it only proves he tried to solicit a minor, not that he went through with it, but Ta-mi is incredulous that Assemblyman Joo might sue Unicon because he only attempted to buy an underage prostitute.

Ga-kyung snaps that Ta-mi put the company in danger and offended a congressional hearing. Ta-mi replies that if she’d wanted to be a hero, she would have told the truth — that Ga-kyung fabricated the keyword rankings on behalf of KU Group, her mother-in-law’s company, and that the hearing was a conspiracy.

She says she didn’t do that because she had to take action to protect herself, and between a congressional hearing and a messed-up company, she didn’t want to take either side. Ga-kyung informs Ta-mi that there will be a disciplinary hearing soon.

As she leaves work, Mo-gun follows and asks why Ta-mi isn’t answering her phone. She remembers that when they met, he dialed his number into her phone but left it to her to hit “send” and give him her number. She’d called him, asking cheekily what name he’d save her under (since they never exchanged names), so he’d saved her under “Heihachi,” the character she’d played in their game earlier.

Now he says he’s not surprised that she forgot they agreed to speak banmal if she also forgot they exchanged numbers. Nervous, she offers to pay for his shirt, and he blurts out, “We didn’t have sex.” Ta-mi asks why he’s lying, and he grins that she does remember. HA, busted.

Gathering up the tatters of her pride, Ta-mi offers him some money for his dry-cleaning, and Mo-gun asks if she’s paying him for the sex, hee. He says she can pay him later, but Ta-mi snarls that there won’t be a later.

At his blank stare, she whines that that night was just a drunken mistake. He asks if Ta-mi often sleeps with random men, but she says she doesn’t, which is why she feels so bad. Mo-gun seems happy to hear that she slept with him when she doesn’t normally have one-night-stands, and asks what’s so horrible about it.

Ta-mi stares at Mo-gun incredulously and asks, “What kind of man are you?” With a cheeky smile, he flashes the lipstick mark on his shirt and says, “I’m the man you kissed.”

He heads back to his office, where his friend asks what Unicon thought of the romantic game music. Mo-gun’s answer, “They want to forget everything,” is about Ta-mi. As for the music, he says that Unicon likes it. His friend notices the lipstick on Mo-gun’s shirt, and jokes that he wants to attend the next meeting, ha.

Over at Barro, Unicon’s competitor, Hyun is joined by CEO MIN HONG-JOO (Kwon Hae-hyo) on her way to a debate. He admits that he has no clue what the debate is about, so Hyun tells him it’s about illegal regulations regarding online communities. Ta-mi will be there, and Hyun is looking forward to rattling Ta-mi’s cage a little in an attempt to expose Unicon’s issues.

At the debate, they’re told to form teams and warned that there will be increased regulations due to public interest. Hyun agrees, causing Ta-mi to sneer that she just agreed to government censorship, but Hyun chirps that there should be legal boundaries on such things.

Ta-mi snaps that the internet’s value is in its freedom, and Hyun fires back that Unicon must be scared of those regulations. Ta-mi says that web portals aren’t responsible for users’ actions, and that the government still shouldn’t try to manage their site.

Hyun points out that Barro doesn’t have as many illegal sites as Unicon, but Ta-mi says they don’t have an many users, either. Meow (and LOL, CEO Min just nods). Ta-mi says that thousands of people visit those illegal sites every day, and they’re choosing not to manage those sites — what they need isn’t regulation, but fair play.

Their barbs get personal, with Hyun stating that she’s embarrassed to be in the same field as Ta-mi, and Ta-mi retorting that she’d rather cheat than be in second place. CEO Min finally breaks up the catfight, but a rivalry has been born.

After the debate, Hyun visits a “damned angry room” wearing a helmet and uses a baseball bat to smash everything in the room to bits. Meanwhile, CEO Min takes Ta-mi for coffee and offers her a job at Barro. He says that Barro is looking to reform their services and needs an outside person who’s not afraid to say what they’re doing wrong.

He says kindly that Ta-mi also seems to need a new work environment, and she admits that she’s anticipating a disciplinary hearing. But she says she’s been at Unicon for thirteen years and experienced all of Unicon’s milestones, so she wants to stay.

Ta-mi thinks about the day she interviewed at Unicon, when she’d admitted that she wanted to work there because the front page design was pretty. She’d said that the internet is all about first impressions, and based on that, she’d believed that Unicon would beat Barro.

Now she sits in front of a committee again — a disciplinary committee. She’s accused of neglecting to monitor online groups, and ruining the company’s reputation. She says she thought she’d be disciplined for the hearing, but In-kyung simply tells her that she’s fired.

In-kyung has the nerve to say that they’re being considerate, which makes Ta-mi scoff that firing is considerate. Ta-mi turns to a silent Ga-kyung to say that she once idolized her, but Ga-kyung says that if she’d become like her she wouldn’t be fired.

Ta-mi retorts she has no more reasons to adore Ga-kyung. She slaps a resignation letter in front of Ga-kyung and says she’s voluntarily leaving the company that sides with power, manipulates the press, and blames employees for profit. In-kyung tells her to sit back down, but Ta-mi snaps that she’s no longer her employee to order around.

Chairwoman Jang, Ga-kyung’s mother-in-law, goes hiking with two male politicians who are affiliated with Assemblyman Joo and acts like this is the best time she’s ever had. Out come the bribes, camouflaged as herbal supplements. Chairwoman Jang’s demeanor is much less friendly as she confirms with Ga-kyung that Ta-mi was fired. Ga-kyung says that firing Ta-mi was a risk, but Chairwoman Jang cuts her off, implying that she’s not allowed personal opinions.

Ga-kyung goes for drinks with a club owner who talks about Park Min-kyu, a promising young actor, as a valuable asset. A new host joins them and starts buttering up Ga-kyung, who makes him pour her a drink over and over again. She finally accepts one and makes him pour what he threw out over his head, as a lesson not to judge his clients.

The next morning, Ta-mi jumps at the sound of her alarm before remembering that she’s unemployed now. She goes out for coffee but she’s bored by mid-morning.

A while later, Hyun arrives at Barro and gets the day’s market ranking, which still lists them number two behind Unicon. She goes to see CEO Min (who’s playing a VR game, hee), to complain that Unicon is still at the top even when their public image is trash. CEO Min says he’s thinking of forming a task force to turn things around, and asks how Hyun feels about scouting an outsider.

Ta-mi spends weeks at home watching TV and getting way too emotionally invested in idol groups, hee, but eventually she fears being found dead like this. While she’s cleaning up, she finds CEO Min’s business card, and she doesn’t throw it away.

Later she goes to see her new pianist friend, JUNG DA-IN (Han Ji-wan), who says she was worried when she saw Ta-mi on television. Ta-mi admits that the hearing cost her her job, and says that after weeks of unemployment, she’s decided she’d like to learn to play piano. She asks if being able to play piano would also enable her to play on a tablet keyboard.

DI says that requires a different set of skills, but you have to know the basics first. Ta-mi says there’s a song she wants to learn to play, and gives DI the sheet music to play for her. Just hearing Mo-gun’s song makes Ta-mi tear up, and she says she’s realizing how much she’s missed because she’s been so focused on work.

She wonders vaguely if Mo-gun lost his chance for Unicon’s investment because she wasn’t there to vote for him, sniffing wistfully that she can’t help him now. Mo-gun is actually doing fine at Unicon, as he makes a presentation on his game to the high-ups at the company. After the meeting he asks Ga-kyung her name, and whether Ta-mi will be attending future meetings, which is how he learns that she no longer works at Unicon.

On the night they met, Ta-mi had told Mo-gun about a friend who loves backpacking trips, saying that she does it to spill her secrets to people they’ll only see once. It’s safe to tell them their secrets, mistakes, and weaknesses, because you can be honest with someone you don’t know.

Ta-mi said that there, with Mo-gun, she finally knew what her friend meant. She’d told Mo-gun one of her biggest secrets — she wishes Ga-kyung would stop because she wants to be good friends again.

Mo-gun calls Ta-mi’s phone, but a restaurant owner answers. He finds her at the restaurant, drunk and feeding her fish dinner mouthfuls of rice, ha. When Ta-mi finally notices Mo-gun, she accuses him of following her, asking, “Was I that good in bed??” LOL, Mo-gun’s eyes go round as saucers.

He offers to walk her home, and asks if Ta-mi usually drinks this much, but she reminds him that she wanted to be strangers who never saw each other again. Mo-gun says they know too much about each other for that, but Ta-mi counters that drinking and sleeping together at night, then wondering what their relationship is in daylight, is too exhausting at her age.

Mo-gun says he’s not interested in that, either, but when Ta-mi asks what he wants, he says that he doubts it’s an option right now. He offers himself up to be lead on by her, joking that as long as she tosses some attention his way occasionally, he’ll hold out.

It makes Ta-mi laugh and admit that he’s cute, and he says seriously, “Then you should have me.” Ta-mi admits that having a shoulder to lean on would be nice while she’s jobless, then passes out in Mo-gun’s arms. Oh my, Mo-gun looks shaken to the core as he holds her.

She wakes up a short while later in Mo-gun’s car, close to home, with him watching her from outside. She asks why he’s out there and he says it’s in case she snored, and when she says he should have listened, he says he might have liked it, awww.

Ta-mi asks if she called Mo-gun, and he admits that he wants to lie and say yes, then tells her that he called her because he was worried. She walks the rest of the way home on foot, and finds Ga-kyung waiting at her building’s door. She returns Ta-mi’s resignation letter, saying that she can’t accept it because Ta-mi was fired.

She tells Ta-mi to come pick up her things and return the company credit card, then turns to go. Distraught, Ta-mi says she’d hoped that Ga-kyung was only being mean on the surface but that she would defend her behind the scenes.

Almost crying, Ta-mi says that she still thinks of Ga-kyung foremost as a friend, so when she saw Ga-kyung she thought they were going to reconcile. She asks why Ga-kyung came all this way just to throw her firing in her face and make things worse. All Ga-kyung will say is, “I won’t reproach you, so don’t criticize me,” before she walks away.

Back in her car, Ga-kyung gets a text from In-kyung asking if she took care of Ta-mi, and she sighs.

Ta-mi goes inside to find Mo-gun waiting to return her piano lesson bag, which she left in his car, and he admits that he saw her confrontation with Ga-kyung. She complains that he keeps seeing her at her worst — drunk, sleeping with a stranger, and whining at the boss who fired her.

Mo-gun points out that he’s a man who got drunk and slept with a stranger, whined at investors, and started a company and went broke, so if they’re comparing hardships, she’s got nothing on him. He returns her piano lesson bag and tells her to practice, then leaves.

Once inside, Ta-mi notices that Mo-gun bought her some hangover medicine and slipped it into her bag. Oh, this sweet boy is killing me. She thinks about how she told him her secret then asked him for one, and he’d said he didn’t like their both being anonymous, so he’d told her his name.

Ta-mi is summoned to the prosecutor’s office to answer questions about Assemblyman Joo’s solicitation of an underage prostitute. She runs into Assemblyman Joo, who asks her smugly how it feels to be a star. She says it feels great to put trash behind bars, and he lunges at her, snarling that she’s just a greedy dog. Ta-mi retorts that greed isn’t a bad thing, but that his lust is illegal.

On her way out of the prosecutor’s office, Ta-mi calls CEO Min of Barro and accepts his job offer. Yes! She walks into Unicon with her head held high, and interrupts a meeting with her old team. She announces that she starts a new job at Barro tomorrow, and that her primary purpose will be to see Unicon’s ranking drop to second.

Bong-ki follows her out and says that he didn’t work with her long enough to learn much from her, so from now on he wants to learn from her at Barro. Ta-mi squints at him, then agrees on one condition — that he wipe that annoying smile off his face. Oh, this is gonna be fun.

Before heading to Barro, they make one more stop at the coffee shop to pick up Ah-ra. She’s brilliant, and has been trying to get a job at Unicon, but she never gets hired because her college wasn’t prestigious enough. Ta-mi offers her a job, and Ah-ra screams.

In addition, Ta-mi leaves a post on the company bulletin board — the code of ethics for web portals that Ga-kyung herself wrote, so many years ago. At the end, she writes that she and Ga-kyung wrote these codes together, and that she still agrees with its tenets to this day.

Ta-mi dresses in her best red power suit for her first day at Barro. She leads Bong-ki and Ah-ra into Barro’s building, and all three of them gape — unlike Unicon’s staid and stuffy offices, Barro is filled with people from all over the world, exchanging ideas and looking like they’re having a blast. Even the cafe at Barro is more fun, with comfortable chairs and video games and discounts for the employees.

They run into Hyun, who stops Ta-mi to ask why she’s here. Ta-mi just gives her a beatific smile and says they’ll talk later, and when Bong-ki shivers that Hyun is scary, Ta-mi tells him not to worry — she’s much scarier. Ah-ra notices that the people at Barro use English names (Hyun’s is “Scarlett”), and Ta-mi says they’ll have to play along.

Over lunch, Hyun’s assistant, “Alex,” reveals that Ta-mi was fired from Unicon. Hyun suddenly realizes why Ta-mi is at Barro and rushes back to CEO Min’s office. He gathers Ta-mi and her team, Hyun and Alex, and another girl who goes by Jenny, and tells them that they’re now the Service Reform Team, an elite task force formed to make Barro the country’s best web portal.

Hyun refuses to work under Ta-mi, but CEO Min says they need someone different with new ideas and viewpoints, who will take risks they’ve never even considered because of the way they do things. He says they need Hyun too, so she tells him to choose, because she won’t be part of this team.

She leaves, and Alex quips, “Well, that went better than I expected.” CEO Min agrees, since nobody got hurt, HAHA. Ta-mi decides this is her first task as project manager and goes after Hyun.

She finds Hyun and asks if she hates her because she was hired as team leader after being fired by their rival, because she acts like she has an inferiority complex. Hyun says that’s because Ta-mi is wired to think in terms of inferior and superior.

She says that Ta-mi managed to convince everyone at the hearing that she was right, but all she sees is a weasel who escaped prosecution. Ta-mi just replies, “Work with me. I need that point of view, and someone to say it to my face.”

She tells Hyun that Unicon gave her orders to say that nothing was fabricated, and it was an algorithm error. But she says she didn’t want to lie, and that what Hyun saw at the hearing was was her keeping a clear conscience without admitting or denying anything.

Hyun marvels that all Ta-mi cares about is winning, and Ta-mi says she’s fine with Hyun hating her methods. She admits that what she’ll do to get them to the top won’t be cool, but that unless Hyun knows a way to do that with dignity, then she should follow Ta-mi even if she hates it. She says she’ll take full responsibility, so Hyun issues a challenge — if Ta-mi doesn’t beat Unicon within six months, she’ll resign. Ta-mi agrees, adding, “But I can win.”

They hear angry heels clicking behind them, and Ta-mi turns to see Ga-kyung approaching at top speed. Ga-kyung pulls back a hand to slap her, but it’s Hyun who steps forward to grab her arm. Ta-mi tells her to go ahead and slap her since she already feels the sting.

Ga-kyung says she hasn’t felt anything yet, yanks her arm free, and hits Ta-mi as hard as she can. Ta-mi says that she’s glad her post insulted Ga-kyung, because she felt guilty, but the slap washed away her guilt. Setting her expression, she tells Ga-kyung, “Now it’s your turn to feel a little uncomfortable.”

 
COMMENTS

I’m so excited for Ta-mi’s new job! It’s going to be a huge culture shock as she finds herself in a much looser company culture, and I’m hoping that the lesson she learns is that being number one is a hollow victory when the alternative is to have fun, feel fulfilled, and most importantly, be appreciated for upholding her ethical values in her career. Plus, I feel like the combination of Ta-mi and Hyun will not only be explosive, but will cause a lot of character growth in them both — they have similar ethics but very different methods of execution, and they could both stand to learn not to be so inflexible.

I really felt for Ta-mi when she got fired, because it’s so relatable to want to be acknowledged and valued for being a good person who does the right things. Instead, she’s been held back, and now fired, for upholding the standards that Ga-kyung once also held. But I also felt so proud when Ta-mi quit, refusing to be blamed and vilified for doing her job. I can’t wait to see how things go at Barro, even with the built-in rivalry that comes with the new job.

Ga-kyung let herself be twisted and benefited from it, while Ta-mi still believes in things like fairness and ethics, and has seen her work devalued and tossed out. The only consolation is that Ga-kyung seems miserable — her change in beliefs doesn’t appear to be how she truly feels, but she’s under pressure at work and at home, so she feels she has no choice. At this early stage, I find myself less interested in Ga-kyung because of how she’s treated Ta-mi (and her highly questionable moral decisions) but I’m curious to see if that changes as the plot moves forward.

I find Mo-gun such an interesting character. He obviously likes Ta-mi a lot, and felt a strong connection to her on the one night they spent together, but even though he had her number he never called her in the six months between their one-night-stand and their running into each other at Unicon. He doesn’t even try to hide his attraction to Ta-mi, or his desire to have more between them than that one night, but he’s smart enough to let her make all the first moves. I love how he looks at her, like he just adores everything about her, but he’s trying not to let it show — too bad his eyes give him away. I think it’s significant that, as Ta-mi said, Mo-gun keeps seeing her at her worst and yet he’s already half (if not all the way) in love with her. When a man sees you at your worst and loves you for it, that man is a keeper.

Even without being pushy, he’s gotten into Ta-mi’s head pretty deeply, to the point that she even wants to learn to play music on a tablet like he can. Somehow I find that adorable, and I love this soft, insecure side of Ta-mi. I like how we keep going back to the night they met and hearing more of what they talked about, because it makes sense now why Ta-mi is so flustered to see Mo-gun again — she told him some pretty private things about herself, thinking she’d never see him again. But now he’s popping up being all adorable and liking her even after seeing her worst qualities, and that’s going to be impossible to resist.

I think my favorite thing about this drama will come as no surprise — the strong women. They are the power behind the businesses (even when a man is CEO), the heart behind the relationships, and the soul of the story. It’s nice for once to see the men sit back and let the women be in control, whether it’s in business, marriage, or romance. CEO Min knows the value of his female employees, Bong-ki is more than thrilled to follow Ta-mi just to learn from her, and Mo-gun has flat-out told Ta-mi that she’s running the show when it comes to their relationship, and that he’ll accept whatever boundaries she puts on things. I can’t wait to watch these women evolve, change, soften, harden, and mold their lives and careers into what they want them to be.

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💜 this show! Continue to be good show, that’s all I ask.

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The Produce 101 references made me laugh out loud this episode especially when they played the piano version of X1-Ma. I can 100% relate on Ta-Mi's grief while watching that show and seeing all the eliminated trainees go.

As much as I love the cinematography of this show, am I the only one who gets distracted by the back light especially on Mo-gun's scenes? I get it, we are supposed to swoon at those scenes but the lighting makes me swoon half of the time and the cackle on the other half.

By the way, I am so excited to see what will happen once Ta-Mi starts working with Hyun on Barro! There's definitely tension between them but I am really excited to see them work together to beat Unicon! I really want to see strong women like them working together!

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I am so excited to see what will happen once Ta-Mi starts working with Hyun on Barro!

I can't wait! They're totally going to be such best girlfriends. LOL. I like that she was totally determined to crush Ta Mi, but Ta Mi floored her. LOL. Girl, you don't win against Ta Mi.

Anyways, I like that by the end of the episode, Scarlet was willing to work under Ta Mi (conditions aside). I`m sure Brian isn't the only one who can see that Ta Mi is really great at what she's doing. That's the only way you could get Scarlet working under her. Oooh they're so going to be good for each other!

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I actually like Ga-Kyung because she is super duper deep gray, closer to black than white (not a fan of the metaphor, but you get my point). I like that she seems super resigned to her fate, but rebels by not showing emotion. Unfortunately her lack of control in her life led her to treating that bar boy in an incredibly disgusting manner. I hope she becomes better as a character because her holding in of her anger is showing especially in the slap she gave Tae Mi. I think Tae Mi quitting is very much a wake up call for her. I can't wait to see where it goes.

As for Tae Mi at Barro. I'm so excited for this new team. AHHHH. The different and interesting women characters. This will be fun.

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I feel like lady director is stuck. At the top.

She rose up to ranks because she was invincible. She had integrity, pride, and Tae Mi looked up to her. Until she started bending for people. She married the son of the owner of the company she works at and now she's at the chairwoman's beck and call. Her fame and power got the best of her and she didn't know to stop. She slowly became a stranger to Ta Mi and that was the saddest part. They went through so much in over a decade and it all ended this way.

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I'm the most intrigued by Ga Kyung, she seems like such a miserable person. We haven't seen her enjoy a single thing that she has to do at work and her home life looks like Hell. She seems like a bottomless pit of negative to me so far and I can't wait to see what happens to her.

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I am loving this show so far! I love the strong and flawed female characters. Looking forward how this plays out.

Also, the song she asked her pianist friend to play is X1MA, the song from Produce X101 and when Ta Mi asked the question about someone she was rooting for losing out because she didn't vote for him was about Produce X as well lol 😂

It goes to show no matter how much of a kickass career woman you are, there is always room for fangirling. Those cute idols can worm their way into your heart 😂.

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"the song she asked her pianist friend to play is X1MA, the song from Produce X101". THIS!.
I haven't seen this show's season X, but knew the concept and researched the piano version on YT.
This was hillarious, I loved this bit soooomuch.

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This episode was awesome!!! There are so many things I wanted to talk about, but let me start with the corporate culture of Barro! It's definitely the dream company to work at. I saw Barro's corporate culture, and I was taken back to that time at uni when our prof showed us a video clip of Google's corporate culture. It was exactly like Barro's! I am not going to be surprised if it was written with Google in mind.

I want to share this clip with you guys to those who haven't checked out what it's like to work at Google https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8wqS7VkAcw

The video is a little dated, (well heck I saw this one back in I think 2011-2012 LOL), but it's very informative. Google/Barro makes you feel at home at their corporate campus.....and at the same time it sends a message that you don't need to go "home", cuz THIS is home. LOL.

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I immediately thought of Google. There's no way they weren't influenced by it, especially since it's a tech company. Google is the poster child for chill work environments. Haha.

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Ta Mi - i love her. so much. there are no words.

And I love her new team too! Her male hoobae impressed me - quitting his job to join the general manager who didn't even pick him as her first choice to hire. I`m glad Ta Mi had a wrong judgement of him. She most likely didn't pick him because he looked like a wimp - well she did say that he was a chipper HEH. But now, they'll be such great team mates with Ah Ra!

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Bong-ki is so cute! His comment that her lipstick was indeed fierce was such a sweet show of support.

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Hopefully, Barro is nothing like Google. All fun on the outside but misogynistic, racist and cover-ups of sexual harassment on the inside.

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And you know that how?

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Google it. There have been walk-outs, memos leaked and management let go with sweetheart deals after sexually harassing subordinates. But my guess is you just want to be a smart ass and wouldn't believe it if it happened in front of you.

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This eps just sealed the deal. I freaking love this show. (There, I said it!) There is just no way I can dial down my expectation now because the first 2 eps are very bold and refreshing, and this is something I never knew I needed until now.

What fascinated me about this drama is its unusual combination of 'fantasy' and reality. I've read some articles written by foreigners who work in South Korea that mentioned about newer companies trying to make cultural and hierarchical changes. Some of them even tried things  that have been practiced in Barro like using nickname instead of calling each other by their titles, and generally building a less formal working atmosphere. Some of the articles also mentioned about women having a much better chance to achieve higher position in these newer companies (especially startups). So in a way, I can see where this drama might get their inspiration. Though it's also true that to have these many women holding important positions in big companies is still the stuff of fantasy.

Sidenote: The earlier news about this drama (at least what I read in DB) actually billed it as fantasy romance. Given that there isn't any significant change in the synopsis, it's probably safe to assume that they intended the drama's laser focus on these independent, capable ladies as a part of fantasy tale in partriarchal South Korea.

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It made me feel bad that when I saw the office culture in Barro, my first thought was, is this why they are number 2..? Guess I was prejudiced too... Am looking forward to drama showing us great office culture that works!

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I'm definitely looking forward to this too.

Those articles reminded me that I was prejudiced too about Mo-gun as a young CEO. I guess k-drama has influenced me too deeply that the moment I read the word 'CEO', my mind immediately associated it with 'chaebol', and I just snickered that they cast someone as young as Jang Ki-young to play the role. When in fact, nowadays there are many CEOs in their twenties who worked hard and smart to build their own company (even if the said company only has 2-3 employees). The world has changed so much, and I'm glad this drama is trying to capture those changes in its story.

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Interesting and sad. That part of the drama really shouldn't be fantasy. Sigh.

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WTAF. Who are the characters in this episode?

The savvy Ep01 Ta-Mi (what she was capable of) would never have been so politically inept about/in the discipline hearing. And OMG, the move to Barro, the show just took amazing intelligent women and dumbed them down to hit cheap KDrama tropes.

That set-up for the meeting confrontation was just naff and in reality removed all the drama from the story and intelligence from our women. The script even told us the true political drama underlying the Barro interaction - both CEO Min says and Ta-Mi already knows she is only there because she is expendable. That is: Barro have not offered her a replacement safe home - she knows now there is no such thing.

Then we would have 2 kick ass women who already know the lay of the land. Ta-Mi the hired gun, and Cha Hyun who both despises TM but has been given a use of TM as a brutal weapon - knowing that if she engineers it right - she can always discard her when time comes.

I want my truely intelligent savvy women back - not some half baked copies.

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I just adore Kwon Hae Hyo (CEO Brian) and the understated way he portrays his characters (even OTT ones like Chef in MNIKSS). I'm so glad to see him here. It will be interesting to see how Brian "manages" these strong women.

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yaaasss! u read my mind.

also, how does he never age? i need his secret...lol

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Excited for the new team Barro, the new culture. Seems to be fun yet challenging.

Oh and I wanna know more about Park Mogun. Cant wait more more eps.

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this show is just hitting me in all the right spots. ta-mi is tough but also a real softie. i love that the individuals who follow her are the noob (who she did not actually recommend for the position) and the barista (that deserves a better position). she wants hyun to be a thorn in her side like she tried to be with ga-kyung, which i totally love. i am excited to see barro and unicon go head to head.

i am curious about ga-kyung's relationship with her husband, who looked on when his mom yelled at her but seemed concerned and has repeatedly said that he and ga-kyung do not have that kind of relationship. was the relationship initially one with mutual interest/attraction but then just soured? i am looking forward to the next episodes but kind of wishing i had held off longer so i wouldn't have had to wait so long for them...hahaha

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Yes, I want all the episodes right now.

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I’m inlove with the Show. Yes, the back light is starting to get into me but the conversations. SO GOOD!

I like how sometimes I forgot that there’s romance in this drama until I see it on my screen. Goes to show if the women are written well, they can definitely show how awesome they are.

The new team at Google/Barro will be an interesting mix. Can’t wait how the dynamics will be like.

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This episode sealed the deal for me and this drama. I'm so glad tomorrow is Wednesday.

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I'm really curious about Ta Mi working in Barro. It will be fun.

It's funny to see CEO Min to be kind. I always used to see the actor as a snake. :p

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Lol it's the opposite for me. I'm used to him playing the good guy but who's rough around the edges, so I was surprised he could play villains.

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I like the women of this show, except for the last scene but I don't feel like Jang Ki Young character is real, he seems like non existent imaginary boyfriend, because so far he don't have any human qualities. As much as I like the actor I can live without this character if he will only be this "angelic" presence throughout series.

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I find Mo-gun's character too perfect so in spite of my wanting to like him, I couldn't fully root for his character either.

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I'm with you, if he left I wouldn't miss him.

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I FREAKING LOVE THIS SHOW.
Ta-Mi and Mo-gun I love you guys a hell lot, but i do have to say, Ga-kyung intrigues me the most. Like I get how cold and brutal she can be, but for some reason i feel like there is someone good inside of her and Ta-Mi knows that someone will come around one day. Which is why i feel for Ga-kyung like she's seems super boss, rebellious and badass running that company but she's tortured inside kind of, and is projecting that in the possible way.

Great show, great cast. What's not to love? Also, Mogun's cheeky grin?!!? (I die)

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Worst possible way^^ Oops typo!

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I cheered when Ta-mi got out of Unicon and recruited the two minions and walked with a determined purpose. Yay !

I normally don't like noona romances, especially with such an age gap. But I even root for this romance. It feels mature and calm.

Ep 3 preview worries me a little. That Ga-kyung's line of "work for Unicon from inside Barro." What ?? I hope nottt ! I don't want the story turns that way.

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I felt the same way about all of this. It has been something I wanted to happen in every drama I watch where someone is mistreated at work. Quit and go work for the competition.

I do not like noona romances at all. I don't like big age gaps regardless of gender. This one is working for me and I'm quite surprised. I, too, think it is mature and that is why. Neither of them seems to be immature which is why I hate big age gap romances. Morgan comes across as very mature and it might be because he has experienced things that most his age haven't yet he still has the cheekiness of a guy his age.

I am confident that Ta Mi will tell Ga Kyung to shove it. I will be sorely disappointed if she agrees.

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Cheeky, cheeky, super charming Park Mo-gun, how can Ta-mi resist him! Loved that he keep answering people's question with Ta-mi's words like he just can't get her off of his head at all. It's good to know they share some meaningful conversation on that night.
Ga-kyung reminds me of Song He-kyo's character in Boyfriend, but wow, that bar and the fired-not-resigned scenes show that she has her own nasty attitude. Dunno whether her journey will take her back to Ta-mi's side, but she sure feels like the villain now.
Loved how Hyun has anger management issue and everybody around her realises it ^^ Hyun also call Ga-kyung sunbae, I wonder how they are connected. Her and Ta-mi in a team will be so fun to watch, eagerly waiting for these two and the rest of the team to beat the nasty people at Unicon!

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I guessed that Hyun and Ga Kyung knew each other at school, where GaKyung was the senior.
Now, about how Ga-Kyung got up onto the exec floors of Barro is another question! I guess Barro's security is as loose as its work environment.

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I'm kinda glad Hyun know Ga-kyung; if she has any inkling on what kind of senior Ga-kyung was and how she is now, maybe she won't write Ta-mi's struggle off just like that.
Also wondered about Ga-kyung sudden appearance and came to the same opinion too, the security guard there is just for appearance, haha.

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I like the relationships between the leads and their conflicts. Lol I look forward to the sismance between Ta-mi and Hyun.
One thing I didn't get about Hyun's characterization is her tendency to get violent when her anger reaches its violent. I mean if Hyun was male, I don't think her violent streak would sit well with the audience.

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just watched both episodes today and i'm in loveee, please show be good 'till the end... our three female leads are the anchor to the show and i need more scenes between ta-mi and hyun!

i could do without the romance though because i feel like it hasn't been properly integrated into the storyline and just feels out of place (i even forget about it until mo-gun shows up)

i'm looking forward to seeing where the story is heading and can't wait for the satisfaction when Barro comes on top!

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Regarding the romance, I think it is supposed to be like that at this point in their relationship. Morgan is at the periphery of Ta Mi's life, he pops in and out usually by coincidence and we also see him mostly like that. Ta Mi is at the center of the show. As their relationship progresses he will move from the periphery to the center I expect.

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hmm interesting... i'm not totally against the romance but i feel like its a bit unnecessary, but if he does start to come into the centre and play an important role in the story i'll be happier.

i also have an issue with his characterisation, the all perfect person is eye-roll inducing so hopefully there are more layers to mo-gun we can peel back as the show progresses.

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I feel like the last screencap best illustrates the character relationships that will unfold. BTM & CH vs SGK. Even though Hyun and Ta Mi butt heads at every turn, they have the same set of morals as you said. And they both stand for what they believe is right. Seeing Hyun's reflex response of blocking the slap (despite their argument moments ago) is already an evidence that she's willing to defend a person if it's the right thing to do. I'm excited to see these women fight and challenge each other's POV then grow together. Yes GK is the least likeable so far but her character arc will be as much inspiring as the other two once she goes through the painful road to her own freedom.

Ahh. Ta Mi is really a refreshing heroine--one that isn't afraid to speak her mind without being plain bitchy. When she said to that assemblyman that "greed isn’t a bad thing, but that his lust is illegal" I wanted to give her a fist bump. She's not perfect but I love her. No wonder Mo Gun does too! Lol. Oh cheeky Mo Gun. Such a delight. I'm curious what he's gone through in life. He feels mature for his age. Or maybe I've watched other noona romances where a lovestruck young man pushes his way to the lady's heart/life aggressively.

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With the unexpected twists and turns in the second episode my interest in this show skyrocketed. From what I have seen I have no sympathy for Ta Mi’s ex-boss. It is clear that she did everything against her will and feels terrible about it but that’s no excuse and I don’t know if they can find any legitimate reason for her later. Principled and smart Ta Mi is more to my taste and I am looking forward to her frenemy relationship with Scarlett (who does make a great frenemy. One of my all time favorite frenemy relationships was in I Hear Your Voice.)

I loved Ta Mi’s red power suit and line of red lipsticks for her first day at Barro. Girl definitely knows how to make a statement with colors and clothes (though I am not a fan of her style). I was wondering about the whole point of her conversation with the coffee girl in the first episode, I had given it to her smarts to get the scoop from outsiders and users but apparently she had already seen some light in her. Her ragtag team is cute.

I love how different the atmosphere in Barro is from Unicon and I love that this is not shown to be better in every way. I am rooting for the underdog all the way.

On the relationship side I am loving how cheeky Morgan is. I also like that even though it is a noona romance they are both independent professionals. He isn’t immature, but a confident man. This is a very adult relationship and the one night stand allowed them to start on a level field, speak comfortably with each other and get to know each other without pretensions that accompany the beginnings of other types of relationships.

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Is it acceptable to slap people who make you mad? I love everything about the show but the slapping feel so backward for such a forward looking show. I wish it would have stopped at Scarlett stopping the slap....

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Well, its assault of course. K-drama characters can get awfully physical sometimes. Lots of shin kicking, punching, headlocks, beating with sticks, and those are from the sympathetic side characters!

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That’s my question though, does that happen in real life? It’s such a turn off for me watching women getting slaps. The most annoying ones were Suspicious Partners and Hundred Million Stars where the slap felt out of place and wrong. There gotta be better WAYS to portray anger. I still love everything about this show, just wish the part never happened and won’t happen again

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There is a slap in Suspicious Partner? I am in the middle of a rewatch but I haven't seen it yet. Maybe I skipped it...anyway I don't remember a slap. I hope I missed it.

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SPOILER

Didn’t her ex-bf’s dad slap her for allegedly murdering him? Maybe that was Devilish Joy, I hated those scenes so perhaps I reminder wrongly.

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@ramenqueen Ohhh right. He actually did worse. He choked her out in the open on the street.

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I started from the beginning instead of episode 12 (Lol) and Ji Wook gets slapped several times by the D.A.

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I love the show but who else got dizzy when the three women faced off? 🙋 The cinematographer really played all angles. whew!

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YES!!! This --> "I think my favorite thing about this drama will come as no surprise — the strong women."

I am so used to seeing business wars where it's all about the powerful men. So far, the guys are mostly easygoing sweeties (except for pedo-assemblyman) and the women are the powerful battlers. It's weirdly on point that the only uber-male in this drama so far is a pedophile. All that masculine aggression needs women and children who will obey him without challenging him.

Thanks for showing me so much about Mogun. I wasn't getting him at all. He seemed like a wish-fulfillment character for the main character and for us --and he sorta is -- but you've made me see that he is much more.

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@scifiwritir
Just curious, what have we seen so far from Scarlett (in a work sense) that shows she is a strong, capable, or savvy woman. She can physically fight but in a work setting we have seen no runs on the board.

- She is constantly second, and angry
- She attempts to goad MT and needs to be saved by her boss
- She is blind sided by CEO Min and publicly usurped.

Don’t get me wrong, I hope we get to see that she is actually as savvy and capable as the show hints in episode 01...but at present we have really only been shown that she is wealthy, wants to hurt people, and is in a position of minor power. KDrama is full of low-capability rich children of the connected in positions of power and wield it without thought for others.

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I hear you that kdrama is full of folks with unearned responsibility and power. I don't recall offhand Scarlet doing anything that shows her skills. The writer-nim should perhaps have shown a scene with Scarlet doing something wonderful but if a drama VP or director is male, we tend to assume he is capable without having proof. We'll have to go with that for now.

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@scifiwritir
Thank you. Reading your comment made me go back and question if I had fallen for that unconscious bias (even though we try not to). On reflection the evidence so far became even more damming of Scarlett's ability. It was that very assumption that a VP is capable and my desire to want her to be as strong and capable as MT stopped me from realising how many points the show has given to date that she is not.

I had missed that CEO Min approached MT because in reality Scarlett is incapable of meeting her performance KPIs and has not for a significant period. CEO Min even covers this very point.

The question the show has not cover is how much- if any- of Barro's slide from No1 is she responsible for.

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ooh, now you have me thinking! Is this company so okey-doke that the CEO simply won't fire anyone? She might be competent but rigid and stuck in her old ways as CEO says. But i doubt she is consciously causing Barro trouble. Thanks.

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There was a six-month gap from when they slept together and when they saw each other again? I thought it was several weeks but six months makes sense.

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thanks for the recap...this episode was fantastic, can't wait to watch more of them:-)

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Hyun’s damned angry room looked pretty cathartic, haha. She has had a lot of physical scenes. I hope she is not just defined by her angry emotions. Still, I’m excited to see her clash with Ta Mi and to see their eventual teamwork.

Mo Gun is cuteeeeee. I like how cheeky he is with Ta Mi. I forgot that 6 months had passed before they saw each other again. I like that he has not been pushy or pursuing her hard.

So many tough women in this show, including Ah Ra and Chairwoman Jang. I’ve only seen Ye Soo Jung in minor kind-hearted roles so it’s pretty interesting to see her take on this cunning and deceptive character.

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LOL I really liked that he tested her by saying they didn’t have sex and she came back with “wait no, we did!” and then that cheeky “so you do remember~”

CUTEEE

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I loved it too. It’s like she’s a bad ass woman but around him, she got so flustered and he knows it too!

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I have done some thinking after my comment in episode 1 post. So I really like that we have three awesome woman in the forefront, and gonna be interesting to watch their dynamic true the drama. :D

The romance kinda remind me of the romance in US serie Greys anatomy between Meredith and Derek that also started with a one night stand before meeting again at work. I guess the different here is that they did somewhat have deeper conversation that made them clic and have a more romantic undertone. Witch Korean writer is a master at! We also got to learn allot about Derek true first season, and I do see similar trait here in that we gonna dig into Mo gun true the runn of this drama.

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I was under the impression that his name is 'Morgan'...

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We double-checked - the Korean spelling of his name is "Mo-gun," so we're going with that. "Morgan" would have a different spelling.

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According to the tvN's web site's section dedicated to "Search: WWW" his actual name is Morgan Park Taylor - written in English. So "Mo-gun" is just a Korean transcription. The proof: http://program.tving.com/tvn/searchwww/12/Contents/Html?h_seq=5 So you can call him Morgan.

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I'll call him what my editor tells me to call him :)

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Forgot to mention this earlier, but when Ta Mi met Assemblyman Joo and he talked about her being blinded by greed, I really liked her response. She said like why can't she be greedy? And did she need to have reasons like avenging her parents or going after her ex-husband? Her greed and goals in life are her own choices.

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