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The Secret Life of My Secretary: Episodes 3-16 (Series review)

When I heard about The Secret Life of My Secretary, my first reaction was pure excitement to see Jin Ki-joo getting a leading rom-com role after her breakout performance in Come Here and Hug Me. My second reaction was worry. The Secret Life of My Secretary was not only being aired on the heels of a fresh and fantabulous rom-com (ahem, Her Private Life), but its plot description was one that we’ve seen and heard a hundred times.

Mean, demanding boss? Hard-working heroine filled with gumption? Sudden face blindness diagnosis? It almost felt like The Secret Life of My Secretary was setting itself up for inevitable comparisons to several different dramas that have rode on the same elements (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim comes to mind first). Were we destined for disappointment, or would the drama be able to bring some sparkle to this trope factory? With the first half of the drama aired, I can safely (and happily) report there is a nice dose of sparkle.

Episodes 1 and 2 had a whole lot of introduction, as we met Director Do Min-ik, his minion secretary Jung Gal-hee in the red cardigan, and the diagnosis that changes his life — and is about to change their relationship, too. It’s a lot of set-up to start, but what unfolds afterwards is quite sweet and fun, and is the bulk of the story.

Because Secretary Jung is the only face that Do Min-ik can actually see, he seeks her out and clings to her in a way that’s so completely authentic and human. At first it’s desperate, then it’s hidden behind bravado, and finally it becomes sincere. Slowly, the gap between our two leads narrows, and though there’s a lot of hijinks and make-believe behind it, the evolution of the relationship is so organic and natural that it feels real.

Do Min-ik’s face blindness puts him at a huge disadvantage in both life and love. It’s a heavy duty reversal for his character to go from expert in facial expressions and body language to someone who can no longer recognize friend from foe (or chauffeur from assailant). There’s a fair bit of pathos in Kim Young-gwang’s performance, but I almost wish the drama dug a little more into the psychology of what he must be dealing with. The script touches on it in certain scenes, but there’s a lot more that could be explored. Then again, this is a romantic comedy, and in that respect, the face blindness device is used to perfection.

How can a drama take completely overused plot elements and create a story that’s still fun to watch? The Secret Life of My Secretary, at least in its first half, is doing a lovely job using common elements to feel warm and familiar instead of the alternative, dry and boring. My absolute favorite thing that The Secret Life of My Secretary is doing is echoing fairy tales, specifically the story of Cinderella.

While it’s not exactly a retelling, The Secret Life of My Secretary plays with a lot of fairy tale elements, and what better heroine to echo Cinderella than Jung Gal-hee, the faithful minion in the red cardigan? Like Cinderella, she’s an orphan in shabby circumstances. And while she’s not a servant of step-sisters, Gal-hee is not only a slave to her boss, but also to her little sister, who she’s determined to educate so she can become part of the 1%. The glass slipper angle is there, too, in the contrast between the giant clunky shoes she runs around in on a daily basis, and the bright and beautiful heels she switches into when she pretends to be a princess. Well, not an actual princess, but a chaebol princess.

Early in the drama we’re introduced to the chaebol princess herself, Veronica Park (Kim Jae-kyung). The film industry is at her feet, and she can make or break a film by her reaction to it, but mostly she just sashays around without a care in the world except her next fling. She’s loud, brash, spoiled, and she’s know to be a man-eater. But she’s also colorful and hilarious, with forced English, crazy inflections in her speech, and hilarious lines like, “Men are alwayyyys welcome!”

But, like many chaebol princesses, her mother is pressuring her to marry. And who is the chosen man? None other than Do Min-ik, who at first has no interest in meeting “that loud woman.” Gal-hee dreads them meeting as well — as it turns out, she was Veronica’s secretary before she worked for Min-ik, so she witnessed, impersonated, and/or covered up for Veronica and her flings time and time again. In the words of Veronica herself, “You did an amazing job as my avatar.” That experience comes in all too handy for Gal-hee.

Through a tangle of events (during which Gal-hee is conveniently dolled up by her secretary pals for a night of clubbing), she winds up rushing to the location of their blind date. Instead of saving her boss from embarrassment, she winds up making a startling discovery: Min-ik can’t see Gal-hee when she’s not wearing her red cardigan uniform.

Rather than seeing the real Gal-hee, which it seemed like he was, it turns out he is only seeing her image as it is imprinted on his mind. Because they are together 24/7, and because she’s always in the same cardigan, glasses, and frizzy-haired ponytail, it’s her face his brain has stored away. Wait, what? This pseudo-reversal disappointed me at first, and seemed like a bit of a stretch, but it turns out to be the main conceit of the show. And, if you swallow the logic, the best part of the Cinderella story is waiting to unfold because of it.

When Gal-hee runs into Min-ik while out of her “uniform” and realizes he can’t recognize her, she winds up impersonating Veronica Park in an on-the-spot decision. To her credit, she hates herself for deceiving him, but the temptation of his world, and the curiosity around seeing how he treats women, pushes her forward. Of course, they’re absolutely magical together. He falls hard for her, while Gal-hee flounders between being herself, and then chucking in some loud Veronica-isms to cover her tracks.

Jin Ki-joo is absolutely fabulous in this role, flipping effortlessly between the frumpy and loveable Gal-hee, and the flashy diva when she impersonates Veronica Park. It almost begs the question of which is more real, the character, or the impersonation of the character. (In fact, I challenge anyone to watch this drama and not be compelled to mimic Veronica’s trademarked “Awwwesooome!” — I know I’ve been doing it all week.)

Another thing I’m really enjoying about the drama is play on the intersecting love lines. There’s no tug of second lead love and pining from afar, which is so refreshing (we all need a break from this from time to time!). Instead, we have the romance between Min-ik and his pretend-Veronica, and at the same time the growing affection and closeness between Min-ik and Gal-hee.

I love how the drama plays with the idea of a person’s position or circumstance creating a barrier against seeing who they really are. Because Gal-hee was his minion, Min-ik never saw her true worth — or saw her as a woman. (Well, he’s beginning to see it but it’s taking a darn long time). In contrast, when Gal-hee is presented to him as an heiress from his world, he’s absolutely taken by her right away. And it’s the same Gal-hee he’s meeting each time, but the scenarios around them have the power to change everything.

As expected in a story of impersonations and duplicity (even if it’s mostly comic), things get out of hand fast. A one-off impersonation turns into several appearances, and pretty soon Gal-hee is role-playing all over the place. In one hilarious scene, she’s trying to be both women in the space of one jjimjilbang. But it can’t last for long, and as each episode passes, we’re waiting to find out how the reveal will happen, and how much damage it will cause these two and their budding relationship.

According to the logic that the story has slowly built around Do Min-ik’s face blindness, there’s a chance he will be able to recognize faces under certain circumstances: a rush of adrenaline while public speaking, overworking himself, or being with the woman he loves. The drama has a lot of fun dropping us these hints and clues as we work our way to Episode 8.

Episode 8 is not only the halfway point of the story, but often a point where the plot reaches an important turning point, and The Secret Life of My Secretary is no exception. Do Min-ik persuades pretend-Veronica to spend 12 hours with him before they part ways for good, and they enjoy a wonderful night doing random and adorable things together. But it’s not long before Gal-hee (like Cinderella) is watching the clock and dreading the moment when the magic must die and she has to return to being only his secretary.

The best fairy tale parallel of the drama is saved for last. Min-ik and pretend-Veronica are saying their farewells at the end of the 12-hour magical date, and he’s bared his soul and told her about his condition. He asks to kiss her before they say goodbye, and after a bit of a moral struggle, she agrees. What better way to end a magic spell, a masquerade, and the first half of a story than with a fairy tale kiss?

If the not-so-subtle hints and foreshadowing we’ve been getting mean anything, this delicious kiss should be enough to get him to see her face — even if it’s only a glimpse. The drama really feels like it has worked its way to this moment, but I’ve been fooled before, so I’ll keep a tiny corner of my brain prepared just in case.

We’ve had a really nice build-up of Min-ik and Gal-hee’s relationship through the first half of the drama, and though these two are clearly set up for a bit of a disaster, I’m anxious to see how the rest of the story unfolds. While I’m not sure if can be quite as fun as all this build-up was, I have enough faith in the drama to be hopeful that the second half will play out well. So, let the girl be seen and the mayhem unfold!

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I personally love this drama way more than What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, which I dropped for the useless draggy angst and sugary sweeter than syrup moment ( too corny for me) and Her Private Life which I forced myself to finish: it was sweet (and verrrrrrrrrrrry cooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrnyyyyyyyyyyyyy) and entertaining up to episode 12 after which it became draggy as hell from lack of plot. Episode 16 was boredom hell. I watched it by tiny bits of 15 minutes scenes up to the end.. and NOTHING even remotely interesting happened. Seriously. Is it a crime to stop a series at 12 or 14 episodes? You've already done it tvN!

I know lots of beanies are frustrated by the fact that Gal Hee is still keeping things secret at that point in the story... and I can't say they're wrong but at least it's a "pleasant torture" because Do Min Ik who is just the most lovable boss ever keeps his innocent puppy eyes and I can blame Gal Hee all the while understanding why she just doesn't want to break his bubble. I feel for you Gal Hee... but I FEEL for your boss wat more. It Reminds me of Kim Young Kwang in Plus 9 Boys, he does puppy in love eyes like no other. I couldn't help but root for him even though he deserved what he got.

I really really really don't care about Min Ik's best friend nor his love story with Veronica PARK ( I hope nobody I meet has that name because the accent and gesture have been burned in my mind for eternity).

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Omg! I'm with you. I also stop WWWSK at ep 14 since I dont know what is the plot that will sustain the story. And thats the reason I do not dare to start on HPL (no offense to the series' lovers) based on my IG snippets . This is also the reason I am praying hard now that TSLOMS will not do this to me hoping they will sustain the story with that business plot, deception, and please please handle the angst and mess a la 'I am not a Robot' at least.

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Well, you've made the right choice if that's how you feel about WWWSK.
And yeah, I am not a Robot was my favorite romance drama last year, the angst was wonderfully handled ^^

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Thanks @missvictrix for the lovely interpretation of GH as Cinderella as much as I'd love to see recaps of this series by episodes. On that note, I am looking at this series from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night Dream viewpoint where the mix-up of couples with all the characters' idiosyncracies and foolish acts lead them to their true love.

As for now, I am bracing myself for the angst and fallout climatic scene as normally appear in ep 12 in kdrama.

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ya but ep 12 is also the time when main couple kisses :P
so small short angst timeline in this drama :P

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Weeee!!

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well !!! the other couple kissed.. so i guess one more episode of angst

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@azllinn Love the Shakespeare idea so much - on point!

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I was really worried about this drama when I first read of the plot but I was really glad that I was wrong. This drama has that old school drama vibe from the mid-2000s and I love how it kept that vibe while giving us fresh characters and a not-so-fresh plot but with fresh execution. The chemistry of the leads and the second leads were really great and for the first time I did not have to pull my hair for annoying second leads as they're actually my favorite characters.

With this drama, I think I am getting a mix of I'm Not A Robot, What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (with a reaaaally nice boss), and 1% if Anything and I am loving it.

I had this feeling with me the whole time that I wanted to end the switcheroo but at the same time I am really enjoying the scenes with Min-ik and Veronica Gal-hee. I can honestly just watch them go on their dates and be fluffy at the office together and i won't complain. Also, the scenes with Veronica and Dae-jun are a delight!

All in all, The Secret Life of My Secretary might be the cutest drama to air in 2019 so I am hoping that it will keep its fresh approach!

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*1% of Anything* I always get typos on my posts/comments whenever I get excited about a drama.

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That happens to me to. ๐Ÿ˜

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1% of Anything was good!!

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I love, love, Love how this drama has taken all of these old, standard drama conceits and made subtle, but substantial, tweaks to them. If this were strictly old-school with no changes, I would have pulled out all of my hair by now and probably quit the drama halfway through. Instead, I'm loving every minute.

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I started this drama after reading our fellow beanies comments and I really like the leads here even though I dislike prolonged lies. Jin Ki-Joo and Kim Young Kwang have good chemistry and they ground the characters well. Especially for JKJ. It's very understandable why she was tempted to impersonate Veronica at the hotel and enjoy the date. But now that the lie is dragging out, I'm curious to see how the writing will resolve this.

As a sidenote, as someone that's face blind, I do want to say that faces are not blurred out like that. I don't recognize ppl that I've met only a couple of times when we pass by on the street. And when the same person changes hairstyle or clothing/makeup style, I think it's someone new.

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sorry but just curious.. so what happens in real life with this face blindness..

say people you know your family.. do you see face clearly.. or is it like.. you can see faces very clearly.. but kind of forget/not remember seeing it before?

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I'm happy to see face blindness in dramas, even if it get a bit of creativity makeover. At least more ppl know about it.

I see faces clearly, it's just that when I see the same person again, I don't piece it together I've seen them before ... which sucks cuz my job is client-facing and I cannot call them by name. Usually after seeing them 5+ times, I will know they're my client.

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Thank you for sharing.

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I have Prosopagnosia too. And I have never seen it accurately portrayed in a drama or movie. When I am with someone I can see that person's face. I don't see a blur either. It's just as soon as I'm not looking at it--I forget most of the details. It's like there's a hole in the part of my brain that stores memory. I don't know how this could be shown in a drama. For example, I also draw. So if I am looking at a person (or photo) I can draw a portrait of that person. But when I no longer have it in front of me, I forget most of the physical traits immediately. (Not the hair or eye color--not the gender--but the shape of the nose, eyes, and mouth, and how the small changes that make a person semi-unique.)

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Thank you for explaining. I guess in dramas they take a huge amount of poetic licence to depict it.

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Thank you for this, I learned a lot. I have only ever seen prosopagnisia in kdramas, so this is very interesting.

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I would recommend this article by Oliver Sachs, who suffered from face-blindness himself. Some statistics suggest that as many as 1 in 50 people have difficulty recognising people, especially in unfamiliar circumstances.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/30/face-blind

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That was an excellent excellent read. Thank you, I have a much better grasp of it.

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Thank you. I identified with much (not all) of what he wrote. I don't get lost. But (and I have told this before here on DramaBeans) Years ago, while going to college far from home, I once made a foolish decision and accepted a ride to campus from a young man I didn't know. (Actually, I thought maybe I did know him.) The situation turned scary quickly as he leered and began describing what he would do to me up in the hills and why he wasn't going to drop me off at class. I told him I wasn't going to class, but had a drs appointment and they'd call my roommates if I were late. (That was a lie. But it worked.) I never went to the police because as soon as he drove off I forgot what he looked like. (I still remember his voice.) But I was too embarrassed to go to the cops and say, "I can't tell you any of his facial characteristics." I thought they'd never believe me. I felt guilt for years, not knowing if he ever abducted another coed.

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Thank you for explaining and wow, scary that ride with a "student" you didn't know... very scary. I hope he was just kidding, and glad you made it out of it alive!!!

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Thank you for sharing. I am curious, do you recognize the actors playing different drama? Specially since they may have different demeanor or speak with different dialect?

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Usually if I know which actor I'm looking for, I can spot them when they appear. But going from modern day look to sageuk is hard for me cuz the appearances are so different. Also plastic surgery / botox / fillers make it harder for me. That's probably why I'm worse with recognizing actresses but it also depends on how much exposure I've had. Say I've seen 16 episodes of them being the lead, I will recognize their voice and most likely their face ... unless you take Song Joong Ki and turn him into a raccoon ๐Ÿ˜‚
Honestly when the Arthdal poster first came out, I had trouble convincing myself it was him. When the teaser came out and I heard his voice, then I knew.

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For months I thought the brother in Rebel was the same actor as Trash in Reply 1994. I use Asian Wiki to figure out who is who in the different dramas. And many times I'll be watching a drama with my husband and I'll say, "he was in Signal" or "she was in Queen Senduckie" and he'll say, "no he/she wasn't."

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@wag-a-muffin I totally understand, my mom and I have the same conversation all the time! She's so good with faces that even minor characters in sageuks, when they show up in a modern day drama, she'll recognize them. I always go on wiki to double check and she's right everytime! Though I still think it's a different person ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Yes. This. This is real life prosopagnosia..I don't know why they chose to go with the literal face blindness (as in not seeing the facial expressions like Min Ik) but I think the writer wanted to use it as the device to drive this whole story. Or maybe they needed a more visual representation of face blindness?
Remember when he first had the symptoms? When he woke up in the hospital and asked for his doctor but ended up seeing a different man each time he looked at him.. Maybe that's more fitting than having blurred faces.
Anyways, I've already chosen to leave my brain outside the door when I'm watching this drama. Sometimes dramas with the silliest premises done by AWESOME actors can still make it to our Faves list. Lol.

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Yeah I agree, seeing different faces for the same person is much more fitting. I was happy to see that take at first and then got disappointed when all the faces became blurred out. Though I understand it probably makes post-production easier for the team.

Though I must say, I'm not sure how the name Secret Life of my Secretary came about ... the korean title literally translates to "loving you in the beginning"

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The first time I heard TSLOMS I was like.. Does this have any connection to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Lol. Maybe they chose that title because it was like his secretary is leading double lives as she's doing now. And seeing the title at first makes the viewer curious. Idk.. The literal trans would've sounded like a melodrama.

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but is this limited to face only?
or people?

like painting.. or other things.. that you can remember?

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I don't know about other Prosopagnosiacs (?) but I'm pretty good at trivia. I'm terrible at spelling and math. But I'm good at logic and thinking outside the box. I can recognize paintings and drawings. I have no idea why I can't remember facial features. But I can remember a person's voice for years.

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I'm face blind even with pictures and paintings of ppl as well. I remember in history class there were paintings of this king in the textbook and I could not tell whether it was the same person in different pictures. Good thing we were never tested on that!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

But I'm good with recognizing voices as well. This helps me during work events where my co-workers wear different attire. The second they talk, I usually know who they are.

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I personally think it would have been a better decision to make him be suffering from some sort of trauma that affects his ability to recognize faces, not actual facial blindness. That way the main premise of the drama still works without having to make up a bunch of stuff about a real diagnosis. That and I fully expect them to give him his ability to recognize faces back by the end of the drama, so they wouldn't have to explain how someone with facial blindness could just suddenly get the ability back.

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kIM yOUNG kWANG. That is all.

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literally had me falling for him the moment he showed up!!!! IM A GONER

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Who is your favorite drama character played by Kim Young Kwan?

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You didn't ask me but can I answer? Lol. Your question is hard to answer though. Kim Young Kwang is always good! Jang Do Han might be my fave..but Kang Tae Ho is a close contender. Then Do Min Ik. Then there's Go Nan Gil. I don't remember his name in Can We Get Married but I think he had great chemistry with Han Groo in that one. ^^

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Lol as if that's hard. Jang Do Han in Lookout is my favourite character in kdrama ever, and guess what, he's played by KYK :P
I can't tell you why right now because I have literally written essays on the dude.

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Ikr? Jang Do Han. I still have the scars he left me with. Ugghh

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My favourite one was in Gooh Starry Night!! I don't remember the name of his character but I absolutely enjoyed that drama and equally loved all its characters including his soo much!! I really loved how pure his love was and how amazingly he waited for her till the end....such a rare gem of character and he nailed it perfectly!!

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Thank you for the lovely review, @missvictrix. I love the way you draw a parallel between the premise of this drama and a well-known fairy tale. The first half is magical. I was glued to my screen, enjoying every tropes that I've been scoffing at for the last several years. Just for the fact that this drama has reawakened my love for romcom, I have to give it applause ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

I was (and am) enamored by the leads' chemistry and how easily they played off each other. Veronica and her budding relationships with both Dae-joo and Gal-hee's sister fascinated me. And those were enough for me to conveniently ignore the gaping plot hole or nonsensical explanation the drama gave me. But now that the magic has ended and Gal-hee has to somehow own up to her lies, I'm dreading the second half of the drama. I just hope that there will be enough heart-fluttering or touching scenes to soothe the sting of that revelation.

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The sister + Veronica is cute, but am still pondering what is the purpose of her sister aside from giving incentive for Gal-hee to work her bone off. Also bothered with her totally lying to her bro & sis, omg, why are there so many lies in this drama!

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There's a reason why I turned off my brain whenever I watched this drama. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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I don't get the purpose of the sister's story either. I'd have preferred if the show only focused and spent more time on Gal-hee and her blind brother. It would have been nice to see Min-ik and the brother bond.

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The cutest brother! I luff him

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@halfmoon I agree about Min-ik and the brother! Actually I've been a little bit annoyed over how they make him the comic relief/buffoon in the story.

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Gal Hee, her brother, and their mom would have been enough for me. The three of them add value to the story and serve a purpose. The sister just...has no purpose in the story whatsoever.

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Come to think of it, the writers are doing a parallel of karma for JGH so that she would understand the colossal betrayal she has done to DMI.

Imagine the trust and hope she has for her brainy sister and in fact, that's the main reason she accepted the offer from DMI (due to higher increments perhaps ) when she was about to regain her pride and confidence and looked for a better superior who knows how to appreciate and acknowledge her works.

Trust +hope + sacrifice should not be reciprocated with betrayal.But thats the way the equation works in the famiIy. It may seems harsh, but if I were DMI I would have lesser respect to the family regardless of their altruistic nature and reasoning throw into the equation.

Another thing to add is DMI has also done lots of sacrifice for JGH but i wont list it here since I do not wish to spoil the uninitiated.

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There is no purpose to the sister. She could be completely written out of the show, and no one would miss her, lol.

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As a sister and part of that family she is totally unnecessary but I'm loving Veronica Park with her.

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I am so torn when it comes to this drama. I absolutely enjoy the interactions between the two couples but I am put off by the lies. Now, I mostly don't have problems with impersonation plots but this one is just doing it a way I can't get behind. She keeps on saying she will tell him the truth and stop doing her Veronica act but then she does it again (when she lied to Dae Ju, I was baffled). The writer tries to sell her as an innocent person but then they show she can come up with intricate lies in a split second. The cherry on top was last night's episode with the whole Veronica office shenanigans. Min Ik is a lonely, clueless pup with face blindness and Gal Hee is using these (his) weaknesses against him.

If I were the writer, I would have stopped making Gal Hee go out of her way to lie earlier, concentrate on Min Ik and her budding romance while the "threat" of Veronica is still lingering in the back.

As I've said, I am so torn because I can see the potential. KYK is absolutely killing this role. Was he always this charming? His chemistry with JKJ is out of this world and when she is herself, Gal Hee is adorable and her interactions with Min Ik make me swoon. Veronica is hilarious, fun and raw, I am always excited to see her scenes with Dae Ju. If it weren't for the badly written impersonation plot, it could be so good.

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KYK was always this charming yes.

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You should watch Plus Nine Boys. He is in a one sided love with a girl in this and he really killed it.
One of my favorite rom com' and to this day by favorite drama with KYK in it ( though I loved him in Lookout as well).

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I really liked KYK in D-Day as well. He (his character) ran through a huge range of emotion and vulnerability ending up somehow having the courage to face up to it all. He played an unconventional doctor with mental illness during a major disaster.

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I totally second Plus Nine Boys. I loved him and his story in it.

I discovered Kim Young Kwan in his tiny teeny role in the Good Doctor. Cute side romance...

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I agree. She has all the power in this relationship and is manipulating him. It's honestly really disturbing. I genuinely feel bad for Min Ik, the betrayal will be coffee prince levels.

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๐Ÿ˜ฎCoffee Prince levels? Yikes!๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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Yeah, I cannot root for her at ALL. I can forgive the first time it happened but after that... nope. Basically, Gal-hee has been exploiting Min-ik's greatest weakness purely for selfish reasons. Sure, those reasons are not malicious and she is not out to hurt him, but he WILL BE hurt. He will be so magnificently hurt because she is the one person he trusts and she has deceived him and led him on by using his weakness he's most sensitive about. It's like using blind person's blindness against him or deafness of someone who is deaf. It is cruel and it is low.

It's too bad because these two DO have great chemistry together but by now I am so appalled by Gal-hee's lies I cannot wish for them to end up together (even though they of course will). She has proved her ability to lie and deceive people closest to her to further her own desires and needs, which is a red flag in the size of a communist May parade.

Just no. No.

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What I love the most about it is that they treat each other as buddies more than an employer/employee. It is their natural sense of friendship with each other which makes this predictive drama not so predictive. I mean letโ€™s admit it, the story isnโ€™t something we havenโ€™t seen before but it is the dynamic between our leads that makes it so special.

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i loved the adjective being used here.. delicious kiss, tiny brain to be used (mine is still resting at waiting room) but i certainly agree this one drama had every single cliche kdrama trope but they way every trope is being played is fantastic.
like i hv dropped such super cheesy dramas (a lot) in past but this one does not letting me... it has my heart n soul cluched tightly in its cuteness.... and i am not regretting at all rather loving each n every single second.

thanks for the review....

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and yes its KYK makes it a drama worth watching, loving and falling for

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i'm only on episode 6 but just dropped by to say that i am thoroughly enjoying this drama and it's crazy antics! veronica park is a hoot!

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can't believe i made such a noob mistake...

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Veronica Park is awwwesooome !!

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Thanks @missvictrix. I think you've just got me interested in watching only from Episode 8 onwards! LOL.

Your review was a great summary: thorough enough but not overly detailed, so that I've gotten a good idea of where the characters are at, and can continue with them on their journey. If I like show enough in the 2nd half, I may go backwards to watch the 1st. :-D

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@missvictrix Update! ... I've started watching from the start and am finding this show a hoot. This is so entertaining. And the funny gets me roaring with laughter over and over. Love the leads together and the fact that show gives us so much great 'together' time.

Second leads are great too, especially of course, Veronica, who's coming across as a sympathetic character with much wounds to hide. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! :-D

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Yay! I am really enjoying the leads, too - they play off of each other so well.

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Mayhem indeed. I for one am looking forward to the fall out because I want them to know who exactly they are in love with.

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Kim Young Kwang needs more appreciation. His acting never disappoints. Would love to see him in an action sageuk someday, not sure if he's done that before. So far I've seen him in The Guardians/Lookout, Sweet Stranger and Me, Pinocchio, the movie On Your Wedding Day and now this drama.

Hoping TSLoMS (the title's quite a mouthful) will continue to do well. I too, couldn't finish WWWSK and had to wade through waist-high sludge to finish watching Her Private Life's last two episodes.

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Make sure to watch him in D-Day as it is different from the others but his character still turns into someone the viewer wants to protect and save from disasters that are about to befall him.

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I want him as delicious sageuk anti hero or villain.

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ive seen him in Hot Young Bloods, Pinocchio and On Your Wedding Day!! SO i've never seen him get the girl lolol how would you rate Lookout!? I need more of KYK!

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WATCH LOOKOUT.
KYK is amazing in it, acts his socks off and it has some of the best character writing in recent years. Seriously, KYK's character is just phenomenal.
However, be prepared, it will rip your heart out.
The plot is a little choppy in places, and it's a thriller not a rom com, but the characters are amazing.

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*read: Jang Do Han is my favourite kdrama character of ALL time, this drama ruined me and I wrote five thousand words on it*

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I second everything sic says about Lookout and Jang Do Han.

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Also if you want more cute KYK watch KARA: Secret Love lol.

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He was also good in Gogh's starry night/ Go Ho's starry night with Girls Generation's Yuri.
I think that KYK is unrated as an actor. In rom-coms, he's certainly as good as most of the other rom com leads and definitely better than some others. He also has a bit of range in his acting - like in Lookout and D-day.

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I realllllllllllly liked Go Ho's Starry Night

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He's good in Soul Mate too - his latest movie with Ma Dong Seok.

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I don't really care much of the story of this show because I believe there's nothing new. KYK pouting, acting like a baby is so cute and adorable.
I really love Kim Jae-Kyung's portrayal of Veronica Park. She can have a spin-off drama and I'll watch all her craziness.

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I died laughing when he went and asked for an MRI yet again as he fears he is broken because he is in love with two women.

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Although I absolutely love the drama, and our two leads, but yes, sadly it has not been so great lately. *Spoilers alert* it's just so frustrating to see that do min ik has been in dark about his secretary's identity for almost the entire length of the drama, so finally in tonight's episode he will get to know the secret. Which is sad, cause I felt like this drama had so much potential. Especially cause everytime gal hee is in the screen with her adorable boss, it's just golden. I love their everyday interaction so much. It's natural, organic, effortless and they just enjoy each other's company so much and it shows. I wished they never introduced this 'fake veronica park' angle, cause although she is a very funny and interesting character, her part is something completely opposite from the main leads' arcs, and it doesn't help much story wise, imo. The whole secret is just so redundant and I feel like they could maybe focus more on do min ik's face blindness disease and how he overcomes it with the help of his secretary. Him being in denial of admitting that he loves gal hee was a lot of fun , and it's just sad that he has been in dark about her identity for so long.
But anyway not the fault in the actors' part, like you said, jin ki joo is fantabulous as the secretary and her vulnerability and insecurity even when she doesn't want do min ik to fall for the fake veronica park is just so endearing to watch. Same goes for kim kwang young. Anyway I am still watching this, even with all the glitches and weaknesses of the plot, and the credit of course goes to the main leads and their effortless chemistry.

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So, Iโ€™ve not watched past ep 8, but I did do some research about face blindness and asked my husband about it. Turns out the โ€œimprinted memoryโ€ is kind of a real I think. People with severe forms of this rely on speech, mannerisms, and clothing to distinguish people they are familiar with. They โ€œseeโ€ them in their mindโ€™s eye, but strangers, they canโ€™t even do that. Then there are those that canโ€™t even do this. Theyโ€™ve lost all perception of close contacts as well. I think itโ€™s kind of amusing that kdrama writers perseverate on certain diseases or characters, because this is pretty uncommon. There are a lot of people who donโ€™t remember faces theyโ€™ve just met, but this takes it into another realm, where you canโ€™t recognize the faces of your closest loved ones. Dementia and Alzheimerโ€™s does something similar where the individual might remember their daughter as a 13 year old but not what they look like as a 40 year old, so effectively forgets who their daughter is standing next to her. However, looking at pictures of that 13 year old, they can correctly identify them as their daughter. The brain and itโ€™s diseases are fascinating, right? Sorry for the mini-medical lecture. Iโ€™m loving this show.

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This show is my happy pill. And while many are complaining of the prolonged mascarade, I view it as an okay angst. This show reminds me of I Am Not A Robot as the female lead deceives the male lead who has trust issues. I hope Min Ik deals with the upcoming truth the way Min Kyu did in INAR. The chemistry between all leads (first and second) is sizzling and i find myself only forwarding the politic parts (which are less and less long). Yes, sure the facial blindness thing us hard to swallow, but then again this show wasnโ€™t meant to be deep. Just chuck your brain to the side for an hour and enjoy the sweet. Itโ€™s sweet without being diabetic (im talking about you HPL and WWWSK i couldnt finish you) and itโ€™s funny parts are AWESOOME (pun intended)... remember the panty hose seen? Or drunk min ik? If i managed to laugh out loud instead of only smiling like a fool than its funny. I love the female lead and i can relate to her lie and tough spot. Sigh im scared -and excited- for the rest.

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This is really such an easy to deal with angst, isn't it? Especially in comparison to older dramas. Not saying I wasn't feeling more frustrated than necessary for my tastes at some points. For a couple weeks there, I was really ready for the lie to be over. But if I look at it objectively, I probably wouldn't have been so frustrated if I hadn't watched so many dramas over the years where the main conceit of the show, usually a lie, had been dragged on and on and on to the point that you wanted to gouge your eyes out. My past drama viewing experiences have made me a lot more sensitive about stories where the main conflict is drawn out for a long time. After watching this weeks eps and seeing how things have begun to really play out, I'm looking back at the overall drama through a different lens, and I really think this has probably been one of the easiest dramas to watch in terms of angst.

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i think i may be one of the few that like that the lie is still there because if she's outed too quickly where will the story go. one of the biggest problems rom-coms have, namely the newer dramas, is the lack of a plot that can drive a drama for 16 hours. Older rom-coms had more of a story and that is why this drama is managing to be interesting. It also manages to be fresh in certain aspects like the male character actually being a decent guy, no love triangles and the female lead is not completely obtuse. Most rom-coms these days run on the leads chemistry which quite frankly can make the drama feel slow once the main conflict/story is finished and so it's nice to watch a show where something progressive is happening. The last rom-com i can remember which had such good angst was 'i'm not a robot' which i loved to bits and i'm hoping we get a satisfying resolution to this mix up.

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Yes yes! I was actually thinking about this last night lol. If the latest episode goes where I think it is going I will say more, but for now, I agree. If they resolved it earlier we'd either have WWWSK boring fluff for half a show or some added stupid conflict that isn't even conflict like HPL. This way, despite the lie going on for a long time, I'm not bored and we've only got a few episodes left. But I'll day more later haha

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if this is giving some im not a robot vibes, i'm here to stay!!!

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Thanks so much for your insightful review. I do love the main characters a lot. I always admire a put-upon Candy and a wounded damaged guy. Even so while I really like this drama lately, i've been simply fast-forwarding to the end of each episode to see if anything has changed. Not a good thing to do because the interaction between the main characters are all sweet and the secondary characters are quirky, plus i don't really know what best friend is up to. I can't entirely distrust him for some reason. But it seems as if my need for plot movement is trumping even that. Am still interested though.

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I'm still enjoying this drama more than I should be. The leads are fantastic together, and Veronica Park is hilarious. The story is pretty ridiculous, but I like the characters enough I don't really care.

But like most everyone else, I've been ready for the lie to end for a while now. Impersonation plots are usually fine, but in this case there's an unpleasant amount of emotional manipulation involved, as well as using someone's disability against them. How messed up is it that she, the one person who knows about his condition and how it affects him, is using that to her own advantage? I hope there's an appropriate level of outrage for that.

Like @missvictrix mentioned, I find the idea that he couldn't see Gal-hee fully until she presented herself as an entirely different person interesting. From the beginning, I've found it to be an interesting look at class and the way it factors into our perceptions of people. Gal-hee isn't even on his radar when she's his poor secretary, and it takes him 1+ years of her being by his side day in day out before he starts to notice her. "Veronica" has one dinner date and he's smitten. I don't know if this will be dealt with at all in the fallout to come, but it would be nice.

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@quirkycase in your last paragraph here, I also didn't want the fairy tale bubble burst when thinking about Gal-hee slipping by his attention for an entire year and wealthy socialite Veronica Park slipping into his heart in one evening. But, as I thought about it, Gal-hee did matter to him. He went to that office sport event for the first time ever because he thought it mattered to Gal-hee and he even raced with her on his back. I don't think that Min Ik had let himself be open to the thought of a woman in his life during that year. I think his subconscious was fully aware that Gal-hee was a woman he could care about, but I don't think his conscious mind was. His conscious mind would look more to expectations from his "mother" and others.

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I agree that Min-ik did always care about her, even if he wasn't aware of it. What I meant was that consciously he didn't really consider her a viable option. Society has told him that they live in different worlds, and he should be with someone of his own status. So I think he had no reason to not follow his feelings when it came to "Veronica." He might have always had feelings for Gal-hee, but if so, then he buried them. I don't think it occurred to him that he could like someone like Gal-hee (ie someone lower-class). He took for granted that he could keep her by his side, while dating someone in his own circle. I don't think he ever meant to do this, it's just ingrained due to social pressure. That's what I think would be interesting to explore.

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Yes, I knew exactly what you meant and you are absolutely correct. I just wanted to believe it wasn't true, even though I knew better. Never being a princess myself, I always hope for the best for Cinderella. :-)

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It was more than their difference in class. His first secretary had betrayed him, so he cannot allow it to happen again. But when he met 'Veronica' Gal Hee, he saw her caring and sweet personality (which she always had) but this time, because she was 'not' his secretary and was the person his mother wants him to marry, he could give in to his feelings

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I agree with this for the most part, but I don't think it was totally related to status and social standing. I think it was probably equally to do with his fear of ever trusting another secretary. I personally think, especially after this weeks eps, that he had feelings for her before ever firing her, but he'd buried them so deep that he couldn't consciously access them, because his conscious brain wouldn't allow it. He'd shut that part of himself away as a form of self-protection.

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@crazyahjummafan @ohsoenthusiastic

Oh yeah, I agree with you both that his former secretary's betrayal definitely played a role in his distancing himself from Gal-hee. I didn't mean to imply that the class difference was the sole reason, only that it is the one I find most interesting. :)

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I think that reason why he never saw Gal hee as a potential lover was because he was wary of all his secretaries. Remember, the first one betrayed him? He had feelings for her too. So as a result, he now keeps the rest at an arm's length, even though he obviously cares about Gal hee.

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Wait, when was it said that he had feelings for the secretary that betrayed him? I don't remember that at all...

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I've managed to watch most of the episodes thus far and although he wanted to keep his first secretary as permanent staff, he fired her when he discovered her betrayal. However, I don't think he had any romantic feelings for her.

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Yeah, as the others have said, he didn't have feelings for the secretary that betrayed him. But he didn't really need to in order for his way of hiring and firing secretaries to make sense. He was betrayed and didn't know who to trust. The problem was he'd clearly started to have some sort of latent feelings for Gal Hee, and firing her was kind of the catalyst for those feelings making their way to the surface.

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@crazyahjummafan @quirkycase @lollypip @ohsoenthusiastic

Something just occurred to me ... in Ep 1, we see that Min Ki was good at reading people's micro-expressions and body language, and so had a reputation of being able to read minds. Therefore, his first secretary's betrayal must have been a big blow to him, because he had read her expressions etc and thought her trustworthy, only to find that he was sadly mistaken.

Maybe he's better at reading men then women?? (just a random guess). To be safe, he keeps each secretary for only 1 year. Perhaps he does not trust his own reading of female micro-expressions and body language or females are more able to hide their thoughts (LOL)? The guys are his seniors whom he can't fire, so he runs circles around them politely, with words.

Veronica Park must have been like a refreshing blast. She is so loud and exuberant and lets it all hang out, as if she has nothing to hide. (But she is hiding her own pain). That together with Gal Hee's niceness took him by surprise. And since Gal Hee is not Veronica, the rumours about Veronica seemed false to him, and so made him more sympathetic towards Veronica-Gal Hee.

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Maybe he doesn't try to read with people he trusts and that's why the betrayal must have hurt....

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Have you guys seen this weeks eps yet?

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@ohsoenthusiastic Yes, I did. As expected, in or around Ep 12 there has to be the conflict before the resolution. :-D It was a good one. I like how all the different subthreads led up to it. ๐Ÿ˜

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@growingbeautifully Me too. I'm really pleased with how everything played out. When he said that the reason he pursued Veronica was because she reminded him of Gal Hee (not because he actually had any feelings for Veronica), my heart melted. I always suspected he had feelings for Gal Hee before firing her but couldn't admit it to himself, and this fully confirmed it.

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I forgot about his supposed people-reading super skills. It then makes sense that the betrayal may have hit him harder since it called his own abilities into question, maybe making him not only mistrust others but himself.

Good guess on the reading men better, but if that were the case, why not just only hire male secretaries?

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thanks for the article, very well written...I'm up to date on watching this show; while i personally don't like the main leads' storyline, i will say that this is a case of 'its me and not you, dear show TSLOMS'. i love Veronica Park's character, and even the scenes which has the younger sister, those are good...overall the show is definitely watchable. i'm waiting for all the secrets to be revealed.

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I also love Veronica,, she is soooo funny!!!

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Veronica is the best part of the show for me. What a great character.

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Every week, I don't really have much to comment about, except questioning over and over again:
- when will she tell him? (answer: tomorrow)
- does he know yet? (answer: com'on, he really should)
- puppy is going to be sooo hurt.

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This show is cute, but there are different things too much dragged out, and it is not only she pretending to be Veronica Park!
For instance, I am frustrated about how many times they have lost the mysterious document, usb sticks, the laptop!!! And this stupid driver comes into the company and the offices as if he is the owner and no one sees anything.
So unrealistic.
Even a small company has a certain degree of security. No one can come in the night, computers have passwords, drawers have locks and keys, offices are closed. A guy like Dominique is a director! His office should have surveillance...
I hate how they have invested so much time in a plotting situation that just cannot be congruent with the business setting they supposedly belong to.

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To be honest I would find it much more fun if our kdrama writers once in awhile wrote a show where the female lead is a entitled chaebol princess instead of this endless succession of downtrodden, hardworking Candys with a heart of gold!

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This is kinda late, but that's what's happening in Angel's Last Mission :)

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Thank you, missvictrixx. Great and sensitive writing. Please keep it coming as I'm missing some dialogue.

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I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but I want to talk about everything that's happened in this weeks episodes, so Arrrr, matey! There be spoilers ahead! (Pretty much everyone watching this drama has most likely commented on this post already and therefore won't see this comment, but I need to splat my feelings onto the internet somewhere, so here you go, lol.)
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For a few weeks there, I was swinging between struggling with how drawn out the lie was and not having any trouble overlooking it at all. I think a little blessing in disguise is kind of what kept me from becoming too overwhelmingly frustrated, because I was actually misunderstanding some story clues the writers were giving us and reading them as him knowing/suspecting it was her as Veronica when that wasn't what the writers were actually saying. Now that the truth is out though, and we all know that he didn't know it was her, but he liked the fake 'Veronica' because it Reminded him of her, I have a much kinder view of the way this drama chose to play out the lie. It was heartbreaking and embarrassing to watch the fallout. In a perfect world, she would have gotten the opportunity to tell him herself, and he wouldn't have had to find out in such an emotionally crushing way. But it was done in a way that didn't leave the situation irredeemable or keep Gal Hee living as a bad guy. No, she didn't get to tell him herself, but she was finally going to, and that's what counts. For me, this week just made all of the waiting and agonizing and the frustration worth it.

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warning: Continuing with the spoilers--- To me it felt like no one escaped in the episode Tuesday without having done or said something they will later regret. Even Min Ik is going to regret jumping to conclusions before knowing the whole story with both Gal Hee and with the male second lead. Maybe even with Veronica Park. The betrayal just washed over him like a tsunami and swept him out to sea before he even had a chance to catch his breath. Now those people who love him are just standing there in a puddle of guilt trying to figure out why they feel a sting of their own betrayal. (I'm so looking forward to what happens on Monday)

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Exactly. One of the keys to writing stories like this is knowing how to make the wrong-doers wrong bad enough to be worthy of hurt on the wronged's part but without making it so heinous that it's completely unredeemable, and I think they succeeded in that regard. I know not everyone watching agrees with me, but I watched this weeks eps and breathed a sigh of relief, because this is a situation that can be mended. Gal Hee's lie wasn't done out of malice or an attempt to taken advantage, and every time they met, she did try to end things saying she wasn't interested in him, she didn't want to see him again, etc. He was the one who pushed it. Should she have just admitted to the lie? Yes. Absolutely. But she did make multiple attempts to end the ruse, and that counts for something. And while Do Min Ik doesn't have anything to be sorry for as far as her lie is concerned (although I think he's going to be eating a little humble pie eventually over how he handled it when the lie was finally revealed), he has still been forced to admit that he was denying his real feelings, and that that probably aided at least somewhat in creating the situation they're in. Instead of pursuing the girl he actually liked, he pursued someone who reminded him of her. And that's not fair to anyone.

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I love this drama

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