Search Query: WWW: Episode 15
With only one episode to go, I don’t see how our trio of heroines will be able to fix their personal and professional lives. Things just seem to be getting worse on the business front, while all three couples seem to have passed the point of no return. When tragedy strikes a loved one, one of our ladies has a choice to make that will effect their lives forever.
EPISODE 15 RECAP
Ta-mi’s team are working late when they realize that Barro’s market shares have risen above Unicon’s — not by much, but they’re number one! Bong-ki calls Ta-mi, unaware that she just broke up with Mo-gun moments before, so when she bursts into tears he assumes she’s just overwhelmed by the good news.
She gets control of herself enough to go back to the Barro building, and as she looks at her team, she remembers when she first gathered them together and how much faith she had in their ability to make this happen. The news is posted on the TV screens all over the building, and Ta-mi’s team is applauded by the Barro employees, including a very proud Brian.
They go out to celebrate with champagne and karaoke, and only Hyun notices Ta-mi downing shot after shot of straight whiskey. She pulls Ta-mi out to the hall to ask her what’s up, and at the look on Ta-mi’s face, Hyun offers to kill whoever upset her.
Sympathizing, Hyun says that her boyfriend is going to the army at the same time as Ta-mi says she and Mo-gun broke up. Hyun opens her arms and Ta-mi dives in, sobbing now, and awww, they have no idea that the mic Ta-mi is still holding is on and the whole team is listening to their heartaches and getting bummed out (and LOL, Bong-ki starts singing their conversation to the tune of X1-MA from Produce X 101).
Some time later, Ta-mi confesses to Hyun that she didn’t feel motivated when she first started working at Barro, and she was scared she’d fail. Hyun says she was also scared Ta-mi would fail, ha. She asks Ta-mi if she’s happy, and Ta-mi says that moments of triumph like this go by so fast. They wonder what life is for if not achievements.
Ta-mi asks Hyun what time she’d go back to if she could, and Hyun says she’d be a teenager again and work harder on her judo, because in judo it’s easier to tell when you’ve won or lost. Ta-mi says she would rather see her future — whether she’s still living this intensely, or if she ends up running away.
Hyun says that if they’re still working together in that future… it’ll be really annoying, hee. Ta-mi counters that she wants to still be working with Hyun, calling it her love confession (Hyun: “I reject you!” Ta-mi: “I got dumped twice today…”).
Ga-kyung sees the articles about the profit margin switch in the morning, and when Jin-woo says it’s only by a small amount (about half a percent), she points out that Unicon has always been on top with that same small margin. She says she knew Ta-mi and Hyun would be able to do it, and that it’s time for her to learn from them for once.
In a meeting, she says that Unicon needs an idea more innovative than Barro’s user ads, but she doesn’t want to copy their ideas. She says that if Barro is the friend who cracks jokes, Unicon needs to be the elegant, sophisticated friend that users are proud to be with.
Brian is alarmed when he gets to work and finds the break room trashed and Hyun and Ta-mi cuddled up together on the table. He wakes them up and realizes that they’re still drunk, and he tells them to go home since he gave them the day off.
He gives Hyun the giant basket of roses he’s been carrying, which he says are from Ji-hwan. Hyun goes into a full-body squee at her sweet thoughtful boy, then remembers too late that Ta-mi just got dumped. Whoops.
Hyun meets with Ji-hwan to thank him for the roses, and he’s amused by her obvious efforts to hide her face. She fusses again because he’s still speaking formally, and he promises he’ll speak banmal with her soon, then takes her for ddukbokki at a food cart.
She says this feels like a real date, and Ji-hwan says it is a real date. He promises that they’ll go on dates every day during the two weeks until he has to report for army duty, and Hyun whines again at his jondaemal.
The food cart lady recognizes Ji-hwan and soon he and Hyun are surrounded by female fans. Ji-hwan grabs Hyun and they make a run for it, ending up at a restaurant. Ji-hwan’s seaweed soup reminds Hyun of the seaweed slap scene in his drama, and she starts to cry.
She sobs that that scene was when she fell for Ji-hwan, then wails for him not to leave, then snaps at him a third time to speak banmal. Poor Ji-hwan is so flustered that he accidentally slips into sageuk speech and forgets how to speak banmal altogether, hee.
He eventually remembers how to talk and apologizes (in banmal!) for not serving his army duty sooner. Hyun says she doesn’t think she can wait for him, but Ji-hwan smiles and says she can date, and he’ll do the waiting. That just makes Hyun cry even harder, and Ji-hwan can’t hide the fact that he finds her utterly adorable.
When Hyun returns to work, Ta-mi gives her the squinty-eye and guesses out that she’s been crying. She admits that she badly wants to tease Hyun for dating a younger soldier, but Hyun sweetly suggests they not discuss their personal lives at work, “… or I’ll hit you.” LOL.
Ta-mi asks if Barro users’ personal information has ever been leaked. They’ve never had a leak, but they also have no overseas certifications, so Jenny pinpoints a certain management system acknowledged in the U.S. Ta-mi tells her to do whatever is necessary to get accredited by them.
On her way to Brian’s office, Ta-mi runs into Mo-gun for the first time since their breakup. She greets him politely and continues on her way, but Mo-gun just looks stunned. Ta-mi argues her accrediting idea a little too vehemently to Brian, who says he’s thankful for her dedication but that she’s obviously using work to escape something.
While she’s in his office, Brian receives an invitation to the Blue House to an IT entrepreneur event. He’s already declined once, but they’re called again to request he attend (ie, let him know it’s not optional), so after a quick glance to Ta-mi, he tells his assistant to accept the invitation.
Ta-mi says that they’re planning to pressure Brian into letting the government delete real-time keywords, so Brian invites her to go with him. When they arrive at the Blue House, Ta-mi’s theory seems correct as Ga-kyung is also there. Brian asks Ga-kyung if she was also told that attending this event was mandatory.
She says she was, and soon President Seo approaches them. He takes them into his office to speak privately, and just as Ta-mi predicted, he starts talking about “fake news” and how people want to take advantage of portal sites.
Brian interrupts him to say that neither Unicon nor Barro manipulates the news. President Seo claims he was just opening up a discussion between the two sites, then leaves them with his Chief Secretary of Political Affairs. It’s definitely a pressure tactic, but Brian states that they’ve already given their answer regarding the real-time keyword policy change.
The chief secretary says that he knows that’s why the CEO changes were made. He makes a not-subtle accusation that Barro and Unicon are using the real-time keywords to fabricate public opinion, but Brian asks if what he really means is that public opinion doesn’t meet the president’s needs.
The chief secretary says that they’re trying to determine what’s real and what isn’t, so they want access to their users’ personal information. Ta-mi objects — between the two sites, their user base is nearly the entire population of the country.
The chief secretary says they let investigation agencies view personal information, but Ta-mi says that’s only with a search warrant for a specific criminal’s information. What he’s suggesting is that anyone the government considers uncooperative could be subjected to a complete loss of privacy, without even a warrant.
Ga-kyung asks what the government’s conditions are, and the chief secretary confirms that Unicon and Barro will be charged the (much lower) industrial rate for their electricity usage. Ga-kyung says they need to sweeten the deal, when when the chief secretary says this isn’t a deal, she says that if it’s an order, then they should offer more to make it look like a deal.
Ta-mi follows Ga-kyung to her car and asks if she plans to accept the government’s offer. Ga-kyung says she has no reason not to, musing that Ta-mi still holds too-high expectations of her. Ta-mi argues that what the president is proposing is illegal, but Ga-kyung counters that they can come up with countless legal reasons why they’d need access to user information.
Ta-mi asks if Ga-kyung plans to support that, and Ga-kyung replies that she’s a businesswoman. She says justice can’t protect a business, and that Brian is no different, which is why he resigned in the first place.
Mo-gun runs into Ji-hwan at a convenience store buying cigarettes and at first he thinks he’s a minor because he’s wearing a school uniform, ha. They recognize each other (from that night at the bar), and Ji-hwan explains that he’s filming a cameo, and as the maknae on the set, he was sent on an errand.
Ji-hwan asks about Ta-mi, so Mo-gun tells him they broke up, and says he’s not okay. Ji-hwan says that he’s breaking up soon, too, because of his army duty, and they commiserate over losing love due to forces out of their control.
Over drinks with the team members, AH worries that they’ll get split up now that they’ve accomplished their goal, but Jenny says they have to maintain their lead. They celebrate their generous bonus until another customer says they’re too loud, and Bong-ki notices that he’s wearing a Unicon badge, heh.
News of Ga-kyung and Jin-woo’s divorce finally goes public, and reporters surround both office buildings. Ga-kyung turns down Jin-woo’s offer to pick her up, but when she gets to the parking garage, the reporters are there, too. Luckily Hyun was driving by and anticipated a problem, so she grabs Ga-kyung by the wrist and leads her away.
She puts Ga-kyung in her car and leans the seat all the way back, then covers Ga-kyung’s face with her jacket, and Ga-kyung lies there laughing as Hyun curses out the reporters. Hyun takes Ga-kyung to her place, and Ga-kyung is impressed at her nice home (Hyun: “The bank owns everything but the bathroom.” LOL).
Hyun is very worried about her old friend, and she says Ga-kyung can stay as long as she wants. Ga-kyung laughs again, calling Hyun’s deep concern adorable. While bandaging a scrape on Hyun’s arm, Ga-kyung sees the photos Hyun still has herself winning judo competitions.
She says she can never think of a way to repay Hyun for saving her and losing her Olympic dream, but Hyun says she would do the same thing even knowing she’d have to give up judo. She says she loves the new path that opened up to her because of that day, and that Ga-kyung can protect and rescue her one day when she needs it.
With two weeks until the divorce is final, Ga-kyung’s parents beg Chairwoman Jang to stop it. But Chairwoman Jang says the public already knows, and that they can’t exactly say they changed their minds. Ga-kyung’s father whines that they’ll always be on Chairwoman Jang’s side, making her marvel that they’re crueler parents than she is. She tells them that it’s Ga-kyung she needs, not them, and to have a little shame.
Ta-mi can’t sleep so she gets up to do some cleaning, and she throws away the electric razor Mo-gun kept in her bathroom. She opens a package that someone sent her that’s full of food, and sees a text from Hyun reminding her to eat regularly.
Ta-mi remembers that Ah-ra said to call her if she ever needs anything, so she does. They meet in a playground, and AH says she’s usually up this late because she doesn’t want to waste her youth sleeping. Ta-mi says that she won’t sleep in her thirties either, but then she’ll be worried about things like credit card bills.
Ah-ra asks why Ta-mi and Mo-gun broke up, so Ta-mi says that she knew it would end, but she was happy with him so she couldn’t help herself. Ah-ra mentions Ta-mi crying in the noraebang, and Ta-mi says that breakups never stop being painful and confusing, and that it feels like it will last forever.
In the morning, Ga-kyung returns to Jin-woo’s apartment and asks if she can stay here until she finds her own place. Jin-woo tries to hide his disappointment, so Ga-kyung explains that she made promises to Unicon’s head office, and if she stays it will look like their divorce is a lie.
Jin-woo admits that he bought the apartment for Ga-kyung as a divorce gift, and Ga-kyung accepts. Jin-woo asks, “What should I do when I miss you and I can’t come here?” She thinks, then tells him to make up an excuse, and they both smile just a little.
Hyun is scandalized at the idea of the government having access to their users’ personal information. Brian says he refused, and Ta-mi adds that the very fact that the president is pushing so hard this means they need this for some reason. Hyun suggests they work together with Unicon, but Ta-mi says that Ga-kyung doesn’t share their opinion.
Ga-kyung is currently sitting with Chairwoman Jang, who’s angry that Ga-kyung demanded more concessions in the Blue House meeting. She offers to sweeten the deal by having KU Group partner with Unicon on their AI project, and Ga-kyung says it’s worth considering.
Abruptly, Ga-kyung asks Chairwoman Jang where her alimony is. Chairwoman Jang smirks that Ga-kyung is afraid of her, but Ga-kyung fires back that Chairwoman Jang is more afraid because Ga-kyung has so much dirt on her. Chairwoman Jang laughs, saying that if Ga-kyung reveals anything she’ll go down as an accomplice.
The news is reporting on a press conference from the Blue House announcing that internet data centers will now be provided electricity at the industrial rate. Ta-mi and Hyun burst into Brian’s office, incensed that the Blue House is moving forward as if they’ve agreed to this plan. Brian instructs Hyun to call the self-governance organization and arrange a discussion ASAP.
The project for Barro’s gaming department is going well, though Joon-soo notices that Mo-gun’s lost a lot of weight. Mo-gun sees a news announcement on Barro’s main page, and he goes very pale. Oh no… no no no, what a horrible way to learn that his birth mother is dead.
He gasps out an incredulous, “Mom…” and runs out of the room, leaving Joon-soo to figure out what’s happening, and deliver the terrible news to Ta-mi that Mo-gun’s mother was in a car accident while on a trip to Paris.
Mo-gun makes it to his mother’s funeral, but when he sees her husband and his half-brother, he can’t bring himself to go inside and pay his respects. He sinks to the floor in the hallway, and when he looks up, Ta-mi is standing nearby. He asks bleakly how he’s supposed to introduce himself to his mother’s family, who don’t know he exists.
Gently, Ta-mi says that she knows who he is, and so does his mother. She helps him to his feet and holds his hand as she leads him inside, and when the husband asks Mo-gun how he knew his wife, Ta-mi fibs that they used to be her students.
Later, Mo-gun tells Ta-mi that his mother apologized for abandoning him the last time he saw her. He asks angrily how she could abandon him again, but Ta-mi has no answers, she can only pat him while he sobs that his mother promised to buy him a present and take him to Paris with her next time.
He cries that he never even got to have a drink with his mother, and that if she was going to keep hurting him this way, she should never have come back into his life. Ta-mi puts him in her car where he falls asleep from exhaustion, and she starts to cry herself. Mo-gun wakes and sees her, and he almost goes to her before remembering that they’re broken up.
Back at home, Mo-gun and Ta-mi both sit at their computers for a long moment, staring at the Barro search prompt. Eventually one of them types, “How to get back with an ex.”
I have a strong feeling that’s Ta-mi who wants to try and get back together, because judging by the hopeless expression on Mo-gun’s face in the car, he’s in no shape to risk yet another rejection. The poor guy has been through enough — given up for adoption, getting pushed away by Ta-mi for months before she finally relented, then breaking up over a difference of life goals that seems pretty insurmountable. Then on top of everything else, he loses his birth mother just when their relationship was mending. I honestly don’t see how Ta-mi and Mo-gun ca resolve their problem without someone giving up what they want out of life, and I don’t want either of them to be forced to cave in, because the person who caves will feel resentful and the one who gets what they want will feel guilty. But if they have any hope of being together, I think it’s Ta-mi’s turn to step up, because more than anything Mo-gun needs reassurance that at least one person in his life isn’t going to abandon him.
I’m horrified by the president’s plan to gain access to Unicon and Barro’s personal user information, because as someone said, they’ll be able to come up with any justification to spy on people. From there it’s a very short step to threatening and controlling citizens, and suddenly the country is in a dictatorship where the people are terrified to speak out. But I really don’t understand Ga-kyung’s willingness to consider the deal, when just a few days ago she was overthrowing Unicon’s CEO and taking over the job herself for the primary reason of turning down the president’s plan. I want to hope that Ga-kyung has something sneaky up her sleeve, but we only have one episode to go, and she hasn’t done enough yet to earn my trust that she’s doing this for the right reasons.
And it’s frustrating, because I can see how much she’s changed when it comes to her personal relationships. She pretty much just gave Jin-woo the green light to stay in her life, and she’s so soft around Hyun that I melt at how sweet they are. Their relationship actually reminds me a lot of Nam-soon and Hyung-soo from School 2013, who were best friends, but who Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin famously said they deliberately played as a romance, giving the relationship a depth that’s hard to match. Ga-kyung and Hyun haven’t always gotten along, but they’re always there for each other, and they share a bond that can’t be broken. I want that Ga-kyung to step up and help Hyun and Ta-mi fight for morality and justice, because let’s face it — she has a lot to atone for.
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