Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Okay, how crazy it is that I actually welcomed the lowkey conflicts between our new couple this eps? I expected the penultimate hour to be a full blast fluff, and yet I found myself getting drawn to the small frictions that peppered it.

Tbh, I was a bit uncomfortable with the way Ga-hee’s siblings kept knowingly intruded on their date. But then, when Min-ik smiled fondly at them, I realized that this was probably a perfect outing for him. Not only did he got to go on his first date with Gal-hee, he was also able to experience what it felt like to spend time with a real family. Besides, it’s a nice surprise to see Gal-hee retained her bolder Veronica-like attitude around him. 😉

(And yes, I love love the fact that now it doesn’t matter anymore for Min-ik that he couldn’t see Gal-hee’s face. His heart always knows it’s her, and that’s the only important thing.)

I have to say that I like the conflict that was brought by the dispatch worker’s hunger strike. It highlighted the differences between our leads clearly: Min-ik who felt hurt and betrayed in the worst way possible, and Gal-hee who couldn’t help but sympathized with her fellow colleagues because she knew too well that she was just so darn lucky to have a good boss. The best thing though, is how it also highlighted the way they understand and respect each other’s choices. Just like this lovely, almost wordless show of support.

I probably should have been more worried about what might happened in the next eps, given this cliffhanger. But since this drama has proven that it handled conflict quite well, I trust that there will be a healthy dose of happy ending with sprinkle of cute (and sexy) time on top. Lots of it.

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    THIS THIS THIS! couldn’t agree more with everything you said!!

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    Yes! I really liked this conflict and honestly wished the show had explored it a bit more. I think that Min-ik was valid in being mad at the vigilante secretaries for what happened to him, but I love even more that he stepped up and did what was best for everyone in the end at his own sacrifice. If I have one complaint about this drama it’s that I wish the show had spent a little more time showing Min-ik growing into a better leader and more empathetic person because of his face blindness.

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      a big yes to that.. all that figuring out real GH could have been cut to couple of episodes and we could have seen a matured leader in Do Min Ik who knows abt his workers and can lead the company better

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        They really dragged that out – I suspect to make Veronica Park have a larger role, but there were so many other ways they could’ve done that. I enjoyed this drama but there were just so many little things that they could’ve done with the story to take it from merely cute to really excellent. But the chemistry between the leads makes up for what it lacks enough that I’m not mad at it for that.

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Kyaaahh… Cute, cute, cute. ><

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I finally got around to watch Little Forest. It’s a lovely, touching, and calming movie in a very understated way. And I love it so much.

Actually, all the farming, cooking from scratch, and the picturesque scenes of nature reminded me of my most favorite channel in Youtube about a very talented young lady who lives a dream life in rural China. It almost felt like someone made a long movie out of her video contents.

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Aww… this eps is super satisfying. I even care enough about the whole election thing instead of zoning out as usual. But it\’s probably because they use it as an excuse for the cutest wink ever. Well, I\’m not complaining.
He. Is. Cute.

I love the thoughtful and sweet moment where Gal-hee passed on her mom\’s teaching about how there is no perfectly normal person in this world to Min-ik. I think the writer did really well by inserting that scene into the whole company machination. It\’s lovely to see Min-ik truthfully admitted his condition and told them he learned to be a better person and boss because of it.

Then we also got the good ol\’ jealousy. It\’s about time it showed up here. *rubbing hand gleefully*

And finally this. No words needed. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

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4 steps to relieve your frustration
by: The Original Veronica Park

Yelling at the person who unwittingly became a \’nuisance\’ even if the said person couldn\’t hear it.

Cutely wallowing in despair when another person thwarted your \”doing adult things\” chance with your Mr. Chastity.

Scheming at-the-spur-of-moment to make sure the source of your frustration were too busy with each other to bother you.

And make sure to enjoy the mistake you inadvertently made. If doing things out of sheer frustration unwittingly turned you into a cupid, then so be it. 😉

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    Oh I totally spaced on that and wondered why he didn’t recognize her brother. DUH – how did I forget that little detail?
    Maybe because I was swooning over Min-ik going all petty jealous on us and how cute it was.
    Or maybe it was him stroking the moss ball…

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Aside from the nonsensical and overdramatic secretaries and drivers subplot, this eps is solid. The explosive anger, intense hurt, and shocking betrayal has simmered down into a quieter conflict. It allowed Gal-hee and Min-ik to re-examine their feeling and look back to the whole revelation from a different perspective, which I really, really like. And I love how the eps focused more on Min-ik and Gal-hee\’s relationships with their friends and families.

It\’s good to see Min-ik and Dae-joo mend their friendship after their last confrontation. Besides, I miss their light banter and teasing.

Gal-hee\’s brother is so sweet. The way he comfortingly patted her back while she cried her heart out just warmed my heart.

I certainly didn\’t expect Veronica and Gal-hee\’s friendship to deepen, but this eps proved me wrong. Turned out, they have much more in common than what seemed to be. And if not for Veronica, Gal-hee wouldn\’t find out about her sister\’s lies that put her in (what I think) a nice parallel to Min-ik\’s situation.

I think the road to acceptance for both of our leads felt organic, genuine, and earned. The way Min-ik wavered after Gal-hee\’s confession (Kim Young-kwang is so good!) and how he kept thinking about her despite himself just got me in the heart. Which is probably why I love the last scene so much. It felt monumental. Finally a new beginning for the two of them.

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    I also liked that this episode wasn’t just them wallowing in their despair, but that they focused on the other meaningful relationships in their lives.

    And I love Veronica and Gal-hee’s friendship. They’re both so supportive of each other–it’s nice to see two female leads working as a team. Veronica handing Gal-hee her card and teaching her the rich people way of having an epiphany was great. 😄

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    KYK does pouty-face so good.

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This is probably the sweetest calm-before-storm eps I\’ve watched. Which is clearly not healthy for my sanity, given the mayhem that unfolded afterwards.

I never knew that handwashing could be a great excuse for super cute skinships.

And while I like the honest convo between fake-Veronica and Min-ik, it\’s nothing compared to my love for this giddy and somewhat awkward phone call.

I didn\’t expect this, but it\’s cute how genuinely happy they are for each other.

I thought the angst wouldn\’t impact me emotionally even with my mounting stress whenever Min-ik realized that there\’s something very wrong about the \’Veronica\’ that he knew. But then Min-ik came home and cried like a lost and betrayed child, and I found myself getting teary-eyed watching that. I want to wrap him in a bubble and give him lots of hug. 🤗🤗

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A standard question for any actor that became hilariously complicated when you’re Lee Kyu-hyung. 😂

Q: If you could experience the life of any character you’ve played, which one will you choose?
A: I don’t want to experience any of their lives. The characters I’ve played usually ended up killing people, died, or going to prison. I love being myself. *laughing*

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I\’m still amazed that even with the lie that has overstayed its welcome, this drama still managed to be fun, sweet, and emotionally on-point in many of its scenes.

I snorted when Min-ik brazenly pretending to talk to his secretary in front of Gal-hee herself.

Him trying to persuade his moss balls to give him an excuse to go see Gal-hee is the cutest thing.

The way Min-ik kept remembering Gal-hee throughout her days off should have been a clear sign of his choice later on. And yet, I still squealed out loud at this lovely scene. Finally! I know sh*t is going to hit the fan the next eps, but I\’m determined to forget it for the time being and simply enjoy this heart-fluttering feeling. (That hug! Aww…)

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Because the current eps made me so frustrated, let me share the BTS clip instead. They are so cute and comfortable together. Those natural skinships… 😗😗

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I agree, Bae Ta-mi.
He. Is. Cute.
The way he teasingly scrunched up his nose is just 😘😘

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The Secret Life of My Secretary GIF post a.k.a. a detailed account of how Gadis lost her mind in the course of 59 minutes and 50 seconds.

This eps started as the ultimate exercise of patience. I spent the first half of the eps alternately yelling at Min-ik to put things together after his chance meeting with the real Veronica, and pleading to Gal-hee to tell Min-ik the whole truth. And then the show proceeded to get everyone entangled in the \’Victoria\’ ruse, and now what started as a mere joke has snowballing into huge lies with so many things at stake. Grrghh… At this point, I\’m not sure the show can satisfyingly resolve this complicated mess.

But just when I thought I would have no GIF material this eps, there\’s Min-ik the long-legged ajusshi who excitedly bought a diamond earring for Gal-hee. The way he tried finding an excuse to go to her house to switch her earring without her knowing just screamed of LOVE loud and clear.

Thank God there\’s Dae-joo who practically became viewers\’ avatar this eps. I love how he needled Min-ik about his contradicting behaviour, because anyone can see that Min-ik is hopelessly in love with Gal-hee despite his insistence on liking another woman.

Then the last 10 minutes happened. And it was probably my most favorite moment in this show\’s first 10 eps. The palpable attraction between our leads, how they unconsciously blurting out the truth that they like each other, the cheesy symbolism of the moss balls, the hesitant skinship, and the almost kiss. I squealed so loud and practically forgetting the frustrating bits before.

In retrospect, maybe I can understand why Min-ik is almost stubbornly not wanting to conclude that Gal-hee and \’Veronica\’ is the same person. Because that would mean admitting that Gal-hee is lying and betraying his trust. And I guess he isn\’t ready to acknowledge that the woman he fell in love with has somehow misused his trust.

And yet, I\’m just as frustrated as Dae-joo in that last scene. So who is the one you love, Do Min-ik?

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    DJ’s anger is yelling his love for Veronica and being such a great friend he is not telling MI first that he loves Veronica.

    MI caressing GHs face, her brows, her lips it was such a ROMANTIC without doing anything romantic.. I had hard time controlling my expressions at that scene and the almost kiss was sooooo “electric” and i get goosebumps every single time i watch it (again n again)….

    As always my brain is out of order cause MI and GH have my heart under their control….

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    I also frustrated with the last cliffhanger!! Even Mr. Chastity starts admitting his own feelings, how could MI…

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Arrghh… The writer is testing my patience.

Our lead is still one of the cutest OTP I\’ve encountered in romcom, but this eps is a disaster in the making. Everyone is trying to conceal something for the others\’ sake. But ultimately, the misleading informations only created a merry-go-round of misplaced concern that complicated everything. Gosh, I don\’t know how they\’ll untangle this web of multi-layered lies.

I love how our OTP behaving like they are old married couple without them realizing. They are so used to each other\’s presence that it never occured to them how some of what they did together might look like to anyone else.

I mean, just look at them happily eating her homemade food.

The cute sleepover.

The mad dash to the office the next morning. (You two were sleeping while hand-holding all night? Yep, not a coupley thing to do. Not at all.)

I just hope Min-ik realize it sooner that he is such a goner for his secretary. Dae-joo clearly knows something is up with these two people. (Please continue teasing your friend, because apparently this display of jealousy is still not enough to wake Min-ik up to his true feelings.)

The guy is still in denial even after he saw Gal-hee\’s face again for the 3rd time.

But who could blame him with that cliffhanger?? I\’ve never felt more torn up about Veronica\’s appearance than in that little scene.

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Thank God there’s still the real Veronica Park who keeps being both hilarious and awesome. Who knows that Gal-hee’s baby sister would make a perfect pairing with her?

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I was a bit disappointed with this eps because the writer decided to prolong the \’Victoria\’ ruse. There are so many glaring clues that it\’s getting more unbelievable that Min-ik still hasn\’t put things together. Of course the eps is still fun and very cute: Gal-hee\’s repeated slip-of-tongue when she was supposed to act as \’Veronica\’, Min-ik and his amused smile to whatever antics \’Veronica\’ did, the skinships, and the heart fluttering coupley things they did.

But ultimately, what saved this eps from my long rant is the unexpected wistfulness and bizarre honesty that their \”affair date\” created. Like when Gal-hee talked about Min-ik to Min-ik himself without him knowing.

Or when Min-ik couldn\’t help thinking about Gal-hee in the middle of his date with \’Veronica\’.

Or when Gal-hee indirectly confessing her feelings to Min-ik through \’Veronica\’ at the sauna.

Yes, she was selfish for keeping her ruse until they got into the kissing stage. But can I blame her for desperately wanting that? Will I make a different choice than hers if I were in her shoes? Also, I think if I can forgive many jerk leading men for their assy behavior, I can certainly afford to forgive Gal-hee for her selfish choice.

Besides, I think the drama is doing a good job in showing that lying is a very slippery slope. It\’s too easy to let the numerous little lies snowballing out of control because of the \”just one more time\” or \”just for this one little thing\” excuse.

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    not just in office it was Gal Hee a lot if times in Min Ik’s thoughts even when he was with Veronica (in sauna he made sure to check GH’s date). And thats what made me believe his Eyes loved GH as she was always around him and his heart still love her just through her heart, good deeds and emotions…. its just a matter of time (2-4 epi) he gets to know both are same …

    PS i love ur posts on this drama… thanks for sharing

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    I’m loving this drama! I also liked what you said about forgiving Gal-hee since you’ve forgiven other behavior from leading men. I think I should do the same and go a little easy on the leading ladies as well! Especially Gal-hee since she is so spazzy and cute.

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Why The Secret Life of My Secretary is a perfect romcom for me: com edition

I couldn\’t help but cackling watching this. These two\’s impeccable timing and spot-on expressions are just 👍👍

And to have a scene that\’s both funny and sweet? Show knows exactly how to grab my attention.

Who knows that drunk Min-ik could be this hilarious? 😂😂

Hehe… I wonder if Gal-hee realized what she did with her fingers.

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    i love your analysis cause i can dive in this Secretary world all over again n again…. i am having this wide grin while reading ur posts (both rom n com edition)….

    and i want to watch bts of that stolen handle bar scene and really badly want to know how many retakes KYK had to take to speak such utter nonsense (obviously being drunk) with such straight face while JKJ being still wondering……

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    I think that was intentional, but the brief look on his face – like he’s barely keeping a straight face – was so much fun.

    If only they would stop with his not recognizing voices when his issue is not recognizing faces. That is really annoying. He isn’t stupid for god’s sake.
    But a drunk Min-ik is just so adorable!

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    I love this episode. Had me cracking up so much.

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    Died laughing over the stolen handlebar!

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Why The Secret Life of My Secretary is a perfect romcom for me: rom edition
(Or maybe I should just rename this post as 100 ways Min-ik made my heart flutter in anticipation this eps.)

This is a tried-and-true trope where the male lead started to fall in love, but still stubbornly in denial about it even when that love is staring him in the face. And yet, what\’s not to love about Min-ik being the one panicking over the possibility of Gal-hee not becoming a part of his life anymore?

He could be really dense sometimes. The guy has practically described all the symptoms of people falling in love while back hugging Gal-hee and still has to wonder what\’s wrong with himself.

This. The sweetest, most unexpected moment. He might be acting all grumpy that he got to see his secretary\’s face instead of Veronica\’s, but I love his big unrestrained smile afterwards. How he just stood there, savoring the moment and memorizing Gal-hee\’s face anew. Which, awww… 😍😍😍

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    he is in love his smile, his jealousy, his expressions scream everytime he is around JGH just that that Veronica version has his heart blinded for the fact he can feel what JGH’s heart is instead if seeing her as his secretary. Him falling for VP is proving the fact that he loves JGH’s heart he only need to figure out her face and case solved….

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Why The Secret Life of My Secretary is a perfect romcom for me: Veronica edition
(Because, yes, this extraordinary woman needs a post of her own to fully appreciate her awesomeness)

Heh. I just love her determination. Dae-joo might be the least interesting lead here, but I\’m so going to enjoy Veronica trying to seduce him with all her might.

Her dramatic antics is always a highlight. Just like this when-you\’re-too-awesome-to-make-the-insulting-gesture-by-yourself scene. (Gotta love the production team\’s clever props)

Her astuteness! It\’s a treat to have a drama that let a character like her to not only become a one dimensional comic relief.

Also, bonus scene. That\’s an interesting piece of advice by her mom. I can see from where Veronica inherited her perfect mix of insight and wackiness.

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SBS sure knows how to feed our shipper heart. They are so darn cute together.

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My emotions are all over the place. I didn\’t expect this newest romantic development at all, but I\’m totally loving it. I love that it\’s clear for anyone who pays attention that Min-ik has let himself falling for Gal-hee after the long hours they spent together in those 2 weeks.

Because, how else would you explain him seeing her everywhere he went?

Or him smiling happily to hear her started nagging and finally falling asleep to her voice?

His eagerness to meet Veronica by the end of the eps threw me for a loop because he didn\’t even think about her during those weeks except when Dae-joo asked him directly about it. I really hope he actually suspected something about the \’Veronica\’ that he knew. Or this is going to be very painful so fast for both of our leads.

I\’m not sure if it\’s a good thing or not that the potential angst has came this early (this is only the sixth hour, right??). Well, I\’ll just bask myself in these sweet and cute hugs for now. There\’s time enough to worry about the upcoming trouble later.

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