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Introverted Boss: Episode 2

A young man struggling with a disorder and stuck in unhealthy secrecy because of his family, his position, and the ambition of his friend isn’t necessarily the character I was expecting from Introverted Boss. Yet we were not just given a fully fleshed out hero, we were plunked down in the middle of his story, where he’d already realized that he had to battle his demons instead of living in safe solitude. This episode recounts the first steps in those battles, as Hwan-ki finally makes one of the many apologies stuck in his heart.

 
EPISODE 2: “I’m Sorry, I Cannot Apologize”

Hwan-ki stands at the edge of a roof, contemplating a worn business card for a flower delivery service. He looks up and says: “I’m sorry.” He apologizes to the empty sky and city below again and again, until a voice behind him asks what he’s sorry for. Hwan-ki snaps around to see Ro-woon walking up to him, looking curious. His eyes widen as they meet hers, then he loses his balance and begins to tip off the edge.

Rewinding back to the moment Hwan-ki walked away at the theater with the flowers, we see him wondering where Ro-woon had gone and why she quit her job. Ro-woon runs right past him to find her friend and ask if her flowers had been delivered. He tells her that the guy just left, and Ro-woon rushes out to find him. She spots Hwan-ki trying to throw the bouquet away and grabs his arm. Startled, Hwan-ki uses the bouquet to hide his face, as Ro-woon asks if he’s “Mr. Smith.”

Hwan-ki tries to blurt out his well-rehearsed “I’m your fan” introduction, but all he manages are sputters, while Ro-woon tries to get a look at his face. Assuming he’s just the flower delivery guy, she insists he tell her about the identity of her admirer. Unable to answer, he thrusts the bouquet into her face with an apology and runs into the men’s washroom.

The drunkenly determined Ro-woon barges in after him and chases him until Hwan-ki locks himself in a stall. Ro-woon bangs on the door and tells him that she has to meet Mr. Smith today, since it’s the last time.

Realizing that he won’t come out, Ro-woon tells him to pass on a message to Mr. Smith. She asks him to tell the man how grateful she is for his support in the last few years. Then, she bids him a mournful goodbye and moves away a few feet from the door. She waits for him to come out, but Hwan-ki asks a question instead: Why is she leaving the stage? Unrepentant at getting caught, she tells him that it’s a secret, even from Mr. Smith.

Hwan-ki asks why she uses that name for him, and Ro-woon enters the stall next to his to tell him that it was the penname used by Daddy-Long-Legs in the famous epistolary romance of the same name. Quietly, she explains that her sister committed suicide three years ago. She used to send flowers on the days Ro-woon would perform, and now the flowers come from this mysterious man who she figures must be her sister’s friend or past lover.

Hwan-ki asks if she really wants to know who he is, and Ro-woon ruefully asks him not to tell her. This way, she can imagine him as she likes. Ro-woon wonders why she’s telling all this to a quiet stranger who doesn’t know how to console her. She likens him to her quiet sister, who hid her pain so well that she still doesn’t know why she took her own life. Hwan-ki thinks back to the moment he ran into his office and found Ji-hye’s shoes on his windowsill.

As Ro-woon breaks down crying in the next stall, Hwan-ki helplessly touches the wall separating them, his face pained. He thinks to himself: “I must tell her, so tragedy doesn’t repeat itself.”

Hwan-ki walks with a bouquet of flowers again, but this time, he’s in the hospital where his secretary, Kyo-ri, was admitted earlier. Ah, so Kyo-ri was the “her.” He’s directed to her bed and stands on the other side of a privacy curtain. Kyo-ri wonders with fear if she’s imagining his voice when he tells her to just hear him out. He stands frozen, almost trembling with nervousness, but finally tells her that he has a difficult time interacting with people. He explains that he has a disorder and asks her not to tell anybody.

His anxiety is clear in his voice, but so is his sincerity, as he apologizes for making Kyo-ri’s life hard in the past. He tells her to take a paid leave and offers to introduce her to his psychiatrist, though he wryly admits that she may not be very good, since she couldn’t fix him. As realization and sympathy dawns on Kyo-ri’s face, Hwan-ki bows his head and leaves the flowers for her on a medicine cart.

Walking out, he calls his doctor and reports that he got rid of his “constipation,” using her metaphor. She tells him to breathe as he excitedly repeats that he told her–he finally told her!

Hwan-ki’s sister notices that his name is trending on the net and checks out the article written about him. It’s a sensational piece about a congressman’s son who abuses his power by starving his secretary to the point of hospitalization. Even as his dad finds out, the staff at Brain try to fend off calls from reporters about the piece.

Hwan-ki walks into the lobby and is surprised to see the media fighting to get to him. One of the paparazzi spot him and they start lobbing question at him about his supposed mistreatment of Kyo-ri. Hwan-ki ducks and runs, and then comes up against a wall of employees on the other side. Ro-woon emerges from the crowd and looks at him. He swivels back to avoid her eyes and watches in horror as the reporters break through and run toward him.

Then, like water parting over stone, they run around him and towards the descending Woo-il. They had never even noticed Hwan-ki. He watches as Woo-il appeases the reporters and promises an official statement soon. Woo-il begins to walk away when he notices Hwan-ki standing in the lobby alone. Hwan-ki looks quickly away, clearly feeling cornered.

Woo-il turns back to the reporters and engages them in talk, easily commanding everyone’s attention as Hwan-ki makes a break for the elevators. The only one to see him leave is Ro-woon.

As he enters an elevator car, Ro-woon stops the doors from closing and walks in. Hwan-ki cowers against the wall as Ro-woon reminds him of their meeting the other day. She admits that they didn’t officially meet, since she didn’t even see his face, but she saw a lot of the rest of him, ha. Hwan-ki wonders if the current situation started from that point, and if Ro-woon is involved with the article. But then Woo-il arrives and pulls Ro-woon out, pleasantly telling her to take another elevator.

Once the doors close, Woo-il tells Hwan-ki to stay low, but Hwan-ki is more interested in how he knows Ro-woon. He’s startled to learn that Ro-woon works for his company now and wonders why she left her job to join Brain.

Up in the penthouse, Woo-il tells Hwan-ki that Kyo-ri has gone into hiding after being discharged. He heard about a man visiting her at the hospital and speculates that Kyo-ri took money to talk to a reporter. Hwan-ki defends his secretary, but Woo-il laughs that he knows her better. He had visited the hospital himself and given Kyo-ri money to smooth over things before the article came out. He predicts that Kyo-ri will call them if she wants more, and just then the phone rings, proving him right.

Woo-il goes down to fetch Kyo-ri, who is waiting outside the building. Hwan-ki sits there worrying about Ro-woon’s involvement in the article. If Kyo-ri talks, then Ro-woon could be in danger. The subject of his concern walks up to the building’s roof and gazes out at the city. She imagines her sister standing beside her and promises to make Hwan-ki fall all the way down.

In the lobby, Woo-il meets Hwan-ki’s enraged dad and escorts him back up to Hwan-ki’s office. Meanwhile, Hwan-ki intercepts Kyo-ri, who is rushing away from the building after overhearing the dire punishments Hwan-ki’s dad is planning for her. Hwan-ki puts his cloak over her head and pulls her aside to talk in private.

Woo-il tries to calm Hwan-ki’s furious dad by promising to turn the crisis into an opportunity. The ex-CEO clearly knows the project he’s talking about, and Woo-il assures him that he just needs to convince Hwan-ki to cooperate.

Trembling under the hood of the cloak, Kyo-ri can barely look at her boss’s uncovered face. She starts blabbing in a panic and tells him that she just spoke to one person about him. Hwan-ki wonders if it was Ro-woon, but stops her from telling him who it was. He directs her to say that she never spoke to anyone about him. He emphasizes that it’s the only way she can get out of this unharmed. The cloak slips off her head as Kyo-ri realizes that Hwan-ki is worried for her. As she turns to face him though, she finds him gone.

Instead, Woo-il comes around the corner and addresses her with concern. He sighs and says that he wishes she had reached out to him instead of breaching confidentiality. He places a hand on her shoulder and sighs that if she’s known as a whistle-blower, no one will hire her again.

Kyo-ri stammers that she never talked about Hwan-ki to anyone. She goes on to tell him about Hwan-ki’s visit at the hospital and the flowers he brought her. Clearly taken aback, Woo-il listens in disbelief before noticing the familiar black cloak at Kyo-ri’s feet.

Hwan-ki climbs up to the roof and steps on to the ledge. He looks at the red flower delivery card and thinks about a day three years ago.

At the end of a work day, his secretary Ji-hye had nervously approached his office door and asked if there was anything else for her to do. Expecting to get off work, she was surprised when he asked her to come in. Hwan-ki sat at his desk, sharpening his pencil, while she waited. Finally, he produced one cufflink and said that he lost the other. He told her to find a matching second one immediately.

Ji-hye clearly had plans for the evening but couldn’t argue with her taciturn boss. She came out of the office and called up her sister to apologize for missing her performance. Ro-woon was clearly angry at her for missing yet another show and accused her of showing off her fancy job. Bouquets of flowers were a poor substitute for her sister’s presence. A man bumped into her just then, and her phone went flying. She didn’t see his face as he picked up the pieces from the floor with an apology. Ro-woon had only sighed as she put the battery back into the casing.

At the other end, Ji-hye took out a red flower delivery card and called the number. Hwan-ki watched this from a crack between his office doors. He closed the door and sat on the steps, then looked down at the cufflink in his hand–clearly not lost, after all.

In the present day, he looks out to the city and apologizes. He bows repeatedly and says what he couldn’t say to his secretary, Ji-hye. Ro-woon hears him from where she’s standing below and comes up. She asks why he’s sorry and surprises him into losing his balance. She grabs him at the nick of time, and they begin to fall safely towards the roof. Except, Hwan-ki sees that she’s about to hit her head on the floor and swerves her around, taking the impact on his shoulder instead.

Then he’s pinned under her while she asks if he was thinking of jumping, clearly not associating his black-clad figure with the shrouded one in the CEO’s office. Hwan-ki manages to get away, but not before Ro-woon gets a look at the flower delivery card. He stops in the stairwell and looks back. He thinks to himself that if he does what Ro-woon wants, then things will go back to how they were.

Back in the penthouse, he dresses in a suit. He looks himself in the mirror and practices what he needs to say: “Regardless of my intent, I ended up hurting someone. I admit that it’s something I can’t deny. I’m reflecting upon it.” He ends his apology with a bow.

Brain sets up a press conference to release an official statement, and the office staff gather to watch the spectacle. They speculate on whether Hwan-ki will turn up to apologize, and no one seems to think he would. Ro-woon insists that he’ll have to, if he’s human.

Hwan-ki walks slowly towards the crowded conference room, practicing his lines under his breath. Palms sweating, he tells himself that he can do it and walks towards them. Just as he’s about to come out, Woo-il grabs him and drags him to his office.

Hwan-ki explains that he has to apologize for the wrong that he did, but Woo-il is clearly concerned that someone might bring up the incident that happened three years ago. Hwan-ki asks if that’s what he’s worried about. Woo-il sighs and points out how small his office is compared to Hwan-ki’s. He tells his friend that he doesn’t mind that, or the fact that people say he shouldn’t work so hard for this company since none of the money will ever be his. He’s always worked to cover up Hwan-ki’s weaknesses, just as Hwan-ki covered up his secret three years ago.

Hwan-ki promises that no one will ever find out about that incident, but he still asks Woo-il to let him apologize in person today. Clearly frustrated, Woo-il wonders if he’s even Hwan-ki. He asks in anger if Hwan-ki is confident that he can go in front of all those people and not make a fool of himself.

This gets to Hwan-ki, and Woo-il apologizes for being harsh. He asks Hwan-ki to step down as CEO and take over a new project. Hwan-ki agrees to resign but is surprised that Woo-il and his dad have already planned on what he’ll do next.

The press conference begins, and to everyone’s surprise, a nervous Kyo-ri is almost carried to a chair before them. She takes out a paper and haltingly reads out her statement from it. She denies any mistreatment and insists that she was hospitalized because of a chronic disease. She tells the reporters about Hwan-ki’s hospital visit and tears up as she apologizes for the trouble she caused. As the reporters start asking questions, she stumbles up from the chair to escape and has to be supported by two of the staff.

Woo-il comes in and takes over. He tells the reporters that Hwan-ki is currently abroad, so he’ll answer any questions they have. Ro-woon scoffs in disbelief.

Hwan-ki is getting beaten up with tennis balls by his dad. Used to playing racquetball and clearly not his best self in front of his father, Hwan-ki labors to hit the balls being hurled at him with a racquet but takes most of them on his body. His father wonders why he makes a fool of himself whenever people look at him.

Woo-il gets the question he was expecting about the incident from three years ago and easily dismisses it. Instead, under Ro-woon’s angry gaze, he redirects attention toward Hwan-ki’s resignation from the position of CEO. Instead, he tells them, Hwan-ki will be taking over an in-house venture where he’ll be the leader of communications.

Moving on from the tennis of terror, father and son visit the sauna where Hwan-ki is wrapped in towels from head to toe while his father sits sans clothing. He tells Hwan-ki about the project he’ll be heading and steamrolls over his protests that he would do better alone. He’s determined to break his son out of his shell. Poor Hwan-ki is made even more uncomfortable when his dad invites more naked men in to sit with them.

Ro-woon realizes that her plan to see Hwan-ki humbled had failed, and she stomps up to the penthouse to confront Kyo-ri. She finds her packing her things and asks if Hwan-ki made her lie. Kyo-ri says that the part about Hwan-ki visiting her in the hospital was true, but Ro-woon sneers that the man didn’t even step out of his office when Kyo-ri was dying outside. Unable to defend Hwan-ki, Kyo-ri only says that Ro-woon should keep her mouth shut about ever having spoken to her, unless she wants to doom them both.

Ro-woon looks at her with disappointment and asks how much they paid her to lie. Angry, Kyo-ri points out that she wouldn’t have to sell her conscience if a “missionary of justice” like Ro-woon hadn’t taken it upon herself to get her kicked out of her job.

Taken aback, Ro-woon tries to say that she was helping and that Kyo-ri can get another job, but Kyo-ri cuts through her justification and asks who will hire a whistle-blower. Finally silenced, Ro-woon looks at the woman who’s now worried about being able to pay her bills. She wonders if her sister had been in this much distress and pain.

Back at the sauna, Hwan-ki is getting his body scrubbed by a professional. He bears the pain of the scrubbing even though his skin is on fire, telling himself that the man is trying his best, and he shouldn’t complain. His thoughts start to snowball, and he ends up wondering what kind of tragedy made the guy so angry that he’s taking it out on his back. This goes on till he lets out an involuntary whimper, and the man realizes that Hwan-ki’s back is scrubbed raw.

Ro-woon drinks with her reporter buddy and rues that Woo-il handled the matter too well. Her friend tells her to leave the company since it won’t be easy to take a congressman’s son down, but Ro-woon is determined. She tells him that what infuriated her the most was that Hwan-ki didn’t even bother to show up and apologize in person.

Brain’s staff gets emails about the new in-house venture, asking for applications. They discuss how it’s all for show, and that Woo-il is just being subtle about demoting Hwan-ki in the company. Hwan-ki stands in the shadows and listens to their speculation. The previously theatric employee, Dang Yoo-hee, wonders who would apply to be on that team, and Ro-woon raises her hand. She says that it might be fun.

Yoo-hee pulls her up, saying that she has too much time on her hands, and gives her a job to do. She has to find a courier service that’ll safely deliver a pile of expensive designer bags and shoes to the site of a photoshoot. Yoo-hee tells her to boss around the delivery guys, since they’re the only people lower on the totem pole than the staff. Ro-woon immediately thinks of Hwan-ki’s apologetic figure on the rooftop.

Outside the offices, she bumps into Hwan-ki again, remembers him from the rooftop, and immediately assumes that he’s a newbie working for an express delivery service. He avoids her cheerful questions and ducks her gaze, and Ro-woon looks at his nervous face with sympathy. She pretends to have something in her eye, and he looks up in concern. Her hands fall away, and she grins. “I like that you’re looking me in the eye now,” she tells him.

Handing him her bags full of designer accessories, she gives him the address and tells him to get there in an hour. Hwan-ki later sits in his car with the packages beside him, torn about what to do. He grumbles that he never claimed to be a courier, and yet he doesn’t want her to get in trouble. After aborting several times, he finally drives to the park.

Unfortunately, the traffic is heavy, and where a scooter could have wound its way through, Hwan-ki’s big car is stuck in place. At the site of the shoot, the staff start freaking out since the packages haven’t arrived yet. Yoo-hee asks Ro-woon if she had sent them, and Ro-woon insists that she did… only she neither has the number of the delivery guy, nor the name of his company.

Sitting in his car, Hwan-ki thinks that he should give up now. If he’s late, the shoot would be canceled, there would be complaints against Brain, but none of that is his concern since he isn’t CEO any more. Cut to: Hwan-ki running through the stalled cars with bags in hand, his hood flopping on his head as he tries to get to the shoot on time.

Back at the shoot, their team leader MANAGER KANG decides to call the police. Ro-woon insists that the delivery guy would never steal their packages, which makes everyone suspicious, since Ro-woon had said she didn’t know the guy. Manager Kang immediately concludes that Ro-woon is in on the take, and asks if she’s splitting the profit with the thief. Yoo-hee tries to defend Ro-woon by admitting that she should have booked the courier herself, but all that does is get her roundly cut down to size by Kang, who resents Yoo-hee’s overly familiar way of addressing her.

Watching the older woman be humiliated by Manger Kang, Ro-woon thinks back to Hwan-ki’s apologies on the rooftop. She thinks how only the weak have to apologize and feels chastened. She humbly asks that Manager Kang give her a little time, and promises to find the packages and bring them back. She runs off just as Woo-il arrives on the scene.

She runs around the park, worrying that her delivery guy might have been in an accident, when she finally sees him running towards her. She almost squeals with happiness at having her trust in him vindicated. She watches him run with the packages and begins to run towards him. Looking at her in the distance, he thinks that he should never have come, that he should never have gone near her to begin with. “What if she finds out who I am?”

Ro-woon shouts her thanks that he came, and tells him that she had faith that he would. He keeps running and thinks that he should have told her the truth, then he thinks of Ji-hye and amends his thought: Before all this, if only he had told her… We see a flash of Ro-woon stumbling along a road in funeral clothing, and Hwan-ki following her at a distance.

In the present, Hwan-ki suddenly notices a courier scooter headed through the trees, coming straight at Ro-woon. He yells a warning, but she can’t hear him. He wonders if it’s too late now, but manages to reach her in time and push her out of the way. Ro-woon falls on the ground, but Hwan-ki ends up in the scooter’s path, bracing for impact.

 
COMMENTS

As wonderful as Yeon Woo-jin had been in Marriage Not Dating, I have to admit that I’ve never loved him more than as Hwan-ki. This is an over-thinking, hyperventilating, smart, insightful, yet painfully shy man, and Yeon Woo-jin brings such an amazing heartbreak into his eyes that I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part. I’m wholly in Hwan-ki’s corner.

Park Hye-soo is undoubtedly talented, and yet I’m getting flashes of Beautiful Mind, where the female lead spent much of the first half being a bit too overzealous. Now, despite my reservations about Ro-woon, we did get a very satisfying moment when Kyo-ri knocked Ro-woon off her high horse and showed her the true consequences of her action. This gives me hope that they have an interesting arc planned for her character. For now, we need to see more facets of her life, if only to give her motives some depth.

While Ro-woon doesn’t seem to think that Hwan-ki literally murdered her sister, her strong belief in his involvement leads me to think that she is basing her suspicions on something as yet unrevealed. Perhaps it’s the rumor that Reporter Woo had told her about. Between Woo-il’s reference to his secret from three years ago and Hwan-ki’s cufflink flashback, I have a decent, working theory about what might have happened. It’s a much better backstory than I had anticipated, made richer by the complicated dynamics between the two friends. Now, if the show will just spend some time breathing life and intelligence into characters other than Hwan-ki, I have a feeling this is going to be a very interesting story to watch.

Second male leads are the bane of my existence, because I end up falling for far too many of them. So, I appreciate that Woo-il has a very definite character throughline in this drama. I have no fear that he’s going to be sidelined as soon as the main love story takes root. I also like how he’s quite possibly a bit of an anti-hero. I don’t think Woo-il is out and out evil, but selfishness and greed does tend to be best friends with self-justification. I’m sure he believes that he’s an excellent friend to Hwan-ki, but his little speech about how he covers Hwan-ki’s weaknesses tells a lot. Yoon Park’s best moment in this episode was probably the moment he realized that his fearful, dependent friend was taking a step towards self-reliance. The blatant panic on his face was ridiculously well done. But his words still acted like a hammer on anvil for his friend, making his insecurities ring loudly in Hwan-ki’s ears.

I find that I have good feelings about this show. The story is moving much faster than I had expected, and I’m already invested in the hero’s journey. Hwan-ki’s sanctuary is being stripped from him, and I can’t wait till next week to see how he copes. If this week was any indication, it’ll probably involve hilarious monologues and heartfelt introspection.

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That ending scene was ridiculous. ??‍♀️ I can't believe it took them THAT LONG to meet each other halfway! It seriously seemed like they ran a little, stopped and went back to the starting line and then started running from the beginning again. ??‍♀️??‍♀️ I can't. And omg, the fact that they were "running" at a snail's pace and in slowmo AND THE GUY ON THE SCOOTER COULDN'T STEER AWAY AND LITERALLY WAS AIMING TO RUN RIGHT INTO HER! ??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️ Scooter dude literally had all the time in the world, but now I'm confident that he was definitely after her. ? Okay, petty rant over.

Besides getting even more frustrated with this ep than the first (I think you guys tarnished Ro-woon for bc I couldnt stand her in this ep and was actually tempted to ff her parts), I'm liking Hwan-ki more and more because we get to hear his thoughts and how he really feels about his current situations and scenarios. That whole inner monologue he had when he was getting his body scrubbed down was so considerate, thoughtful and endearing. I loved that even though he was in a lot pain, he still tried to put himself in the man's shoes and even thought about how that man could be going through hard times and he's just doing his job. Wow. I loved that about him. It's much better than the time he talked himself out of asking his secretary to join him for lunch. Gah, what could've been!

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I agree. The last scene was the last thing I could endure beside the lead gal. I think this will be the last I see this drama as there are other better new dramas now.

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The last scene was the worst 'truck (scooter) of doom' scene I have ever seen in a k-drama. Usually truck of doom scenes are ridiculous because they happen so often in dramaland but they make sense otherwise (mostly). This one basically revealed the elephant in the room with this drama: bad writing.

I mean, seriously, when you have that many examples of truck of doom scenes to draw from, you can't come with a scenario that is remotely credible? Because that scene was everything but credible. They might as well have put a blind alien going at lightning speed on a special Roo-won-magnet-equipped vehicle (because the aliens are Roo-won fans and have invented a magnet pulls them towards her whenever they are within a mile radius of her).

I really don't think it's that hard... unless you are a terrible writer.

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*Hwan-ki inner monologue mode on*

What if writer-nim did write 'zippy truck o doom' on paper, but PD slashed it for lack of budget? They got the cheapest, slowest, vehicle of doom instead.

Oh, this show, I can't. T.T

Perhaps if Ro-woon were played by another actress, oh, what could have been?

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Okay. I have to step in here. I know it SEEMS like the most ridiculous Truck of Doom scene ever (and I do concede that the drawn-out nature of it, due to his sentimental internal monologue, required a serious suspension of disbelief), but, hilariously, two out of the four times I've experienced a brush with death was in Korea, on the sidewalk, by reckless scooter drivers, all within two weeks of vacation.

I even had a moment, given all my drama-watching, when I wondered how their could be so many Truck of Doom scenes, but never any Scooter of Doom scenes. Because seriously! They drive maybe a litttttttle bit more carefully than the guy at the end here, because, well, they honk before you're forced to jump out of the way, but still. Actually, a few weeks ago, a fellow beanie wrote a whole post about having the same exact experience with scooter-drivers in Korea and made the exact same joke as I did.

So while the execution definitely left something to be desired, that scene was a lot more realistic to me than most would find it, lol. I laughed when I saw it and thought, "Finally, a drama enlightening us to one of Korea's true dangers!"

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You're explanation here had me rolling. Not that I'm laughing at your near death experiences but clearly the writer was on the same page as you. ?

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The worst truck of doom (or rather bike of doom)......that 'slow motion' of the ending scene is really bad.

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I agree with you on that. That scene was totally ridiculous in my opinion and it made me assess my choices of continuing to watch this drama.

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The girl is the worst, she's what I hate about some extroverted people I know in real life lol, so self-centered, nosy, and all around annoying, just urrrgggggh.

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Agree she is really annoying.

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If the male lead really likes her I would wonder why. I would dislike that lead gal in real life is she's like tat as what portrayed in the drama.

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Amen to that! I don't want to generalize all extroverts but there are some that really just gets on my nerves, especially the nosy ones.
And I don't know how it'll work, the romance between an introvert and an extrovert, especially for a female lead extrovert who jumps into conclusions easily and who is kind of on the dumb side, whoever just gives out a package without asking for a name, phone number and company of the courier at this time and age??

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She's more than extrovert/extravert. She's a pushy heroine. Since globe media can only have submissive women and pushy women, they made the unfortunately mistake og matching extravert with pushy. She could be extroverted and submissive but that would have killed the plot.

As an incredibly self-centered, nost, and annoying introvert, I know those traits aren't automatic with I vs E being where one gets their energy.

I think depending on age and culture, her personality type would come in a range of people. Some we'd hate, some we'd love. The girl is supposed to be 21-24 right?
And according to kdramas girls are pushy I or E.

I can see them ending up together, quite happy based on their MBTI
HwanKi - INFJ, ISFP, ISTJ
Ra Woon - ENFJ, ENTJ, ESFP

In/En or Is/Es are the keys to a compatible relationship based on personality, romantic or not. 2 pairs ISTJ/ESFP & ISFP/ENFJ are higher recommended than INFJ/ENTJ, but it could work out.

If this wasn't based on 2 episodes sneak peek into their lives, it would be more accurate. But the seemingly best thing for an extravert is an introvert. It's the same the other way around.

I just can't wait for her to act like a reasonable person. Usually happens to our herones between ep 6-11. ???

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Thank goodness for Hwan-ki/Yeon Woo-jin because he's the only saving grace for this show to me atm.

I was so upset when Woo-il stopped Hwan-ki from talking to the reporters and apologizing for his mistakes because we all know how much it took him to even come to that conclusion, so it was such a letdown when he burst Hwan-ki's bubbles and just pushed him right back into his shell. UGH. But tbh, I don't think he would've survived the reporters' questions and camera flashes that the secretary and Woo-il got. That would've been worst, so Woo-il has a point, but I hate knowing that he's got ulterior motives and he's just waiting for Hwan-ki to officially step down so he can swoop right in and take his place.
I'm liking the little doses of Heo Jung-min so far and would prefer it if the show kept his parts small and give him limited, but amusingly snarky lines because I haven't seen enough of him (I've only seen him in Marriage not Dating) to get comfortable with his obnoxious and loud portrayal of his characters. And I feel like if he had more lines, that same archetype will come out.

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This is exactly how l felt, l turned off the show towards the end it was too damn stupid. I had no patience and that's what's bothering me about the show, everything is too dramatic. How they carried his secretary...come on. Roo won is pretty annoying too, l'm not feeling that acting...she's overacting. I might give episode 3 a try.

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I know it seems stupid, but let me assure you (as someone who lived in korea for 6months, I can actually believe it).
1. Those bikes are the most reckless things i have ever come across. no concern for their lives and any other persons. I am not kidding, they are absolute lunatics when they drive... probably because a lot of them are delivery bikes and they have to make their delivery on time or they do not get paid :(
2. They do not know how to use their brakes or swerve. For some reason in Korea, drivers have the right of way, not the pedestrians. And so they are not expected to brake, stop or swerve, you the pedestrian are expected to get the fuck out of the way. They will honk as if to remind you 'yo, get off'. but they won't actually step on the brake.
Sincerely,
someone who saw death in the eye a couple of times on korean roads

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I'm sure they are awful, I have no doubts about that.

But that driver isn't even on the same path as Roo-woon. He turns for no apparent reason (other than to his Roo-woon of course). If you rewatch the scene carefully, it seems there might be something in his way but it's not clear, nor is it clear if the path he's on doesn't go around that anyhow.

And the editing of the scene suggests Hwan-ki realises the scooter is going to hit Roo-woon when it's still going straight and hasn't given any indication of turning. Roo-woon meanwhile hears nothing and sees nothing.

The whole thing could have been better written and edited (with a lethal driver like you describe) and actually been compelling.

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I've totally be there.
"I'm in pain/uncomfortable posing."....
"Do I say something?"...
"Of course not. It will pass"

Slow to Warm: The Story - The end

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Omg!!! I was SOOOO shipping him and his secretary when he almost got the guts to ask his secretary in for lunch! What COULD have been, right?!

I was almost like forget the herion when he's got a secretary who doesn't overact every scene! Oh well.

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I absolutely love the lead guy.He really is a kind guy who is very much considerate about others. It is a rare quality in most k drama leads. Sad that he has that disorder in which he really cant show his sweet side and sad that he is misunderstood by everyone.
i am disliking the lead girl so much.

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Yes! Totally lovin' the lead guy! It's a shame the world doesn't know how sweet and considering he really is. I can't wait for him to finally come out of his shell. Baby steps! I don't like the misunderstandings and looking forward to see things be revealed and settled. I wish Ro-woon would be the one to try to understand him and get to know him better, but since she's not, I'm glad he has his therapist. Oh, and his sister! Lovely sister!

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I guess its better to marathon this drama after it ends rather than waiting each week. Thanks @festerfaster for the recaps meanwhile.

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I knew someone gonna mention Beautiful Mind to make a comparison between female leads. But no one can deny that this show is ridiculous. Nothing much makes sense. They think audience has the IQ of 5 year old kid.

That healer hat which either makes you invisible or tuns your face into like that webtoon artist father of W's heroine.

This show is quite disappointing and 1st 2 episodes should be forgotten as real story starts next week as per trailers.

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I still can't compare this show to it's teasers. I never expected it to be so thrilling. But now with a bit mystry behind the sister's suicide, iam couped.

Bring it on! Show.

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I liked both episodes. It is true that the leading lady's character is annoying at times but I can see her becoming a lovable and smart character. I don't think she trusts the co-Ceo so I am hopeful!
I find Hwan Gi's antics funny and I just wanna protect him. He is like a wet and lost puppy.

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Festerfaster great commentary! Thank you.
Hwan-ki, although he lives in his own self isolation, he is sharp, quick on the uptake and knows what is going on around him. (Which I think is contrary to how his father views him.) He has already started to ponder Ro-woon's motivations. I want to get to know Hwan-ki more!!?
Ro-woon, is currently a turn off and I wonder how does the viewer (me), root for the female lead when I'm shouting out loud "YES, THANK YOU", when secretary Kyo-ri knocks Ro-woon off that high horse. Geez, I hope they soften that persistent-in-your-face attitude or this show will be hard to stay with.?
Lastly, why oh why do so many kdramas make office staffs a bunch I kiss-asses and responsibility shirkers? It drives me nuts. ?

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This episode makes me want to watch the next ones. Yes, you have to wear your suspension of disbelief hat plus hoodie on, but for a rom-com, I think the show got a lot of meat. Lots of crossed wires are revealed in this episode, I like knowing that Hwan-ki has legit reason to fell for Ro-woon, first feeling he owe her something but naturally drawn to her brightness, like, opposite attract and the like. I like also that Ro-woon is coming to Brain for the sole purpose of sniffing about the mysterious CEO and what he may did to cause her sister's suicide, but end up sympathizing with his sweet alter ego. It's funny that he fell for her first and started feeling suspicious after, while she inadvertently trust him as the courier guy while totally mistrusting him as CEO from the first.
As Ro-woon, I found I believe Park Hye-soo believable as a young, spirited, more brash than brain kind of girl. Like what she did to Kyo-ri, doing she thought was right but failed to consider it from other point of views. She needs to grow up and Hwan-ki needs to speak up. All those flying words around his head is cute, but man, it must be debilitating to have so many doubts on doing anything.
The cufflink incident must be another Hwan-ki's scheme that backfired like the radish lunch, he must have thought he is keeping sister from something and somehow causing the opposite. He is so sweet and so misjudged, want to pocket him safely... Am glad at last he got his secretary on his side.
Also giving major side-eye to Woo-il, am assuming he has a hand in whatever happened to sister. And totally think he is behind Ro-woon hiring as an intern, knowing who her sister is. Here's hoping for a solid anti-hero!

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I love the scene were Hwan-ki visit his secretary at the hospital, it was really sweet. I hope she will remain his secretary and they will become good friends, and eat lunch together :P

The co-CEO is super fishy I really hope he won't that bad of a guy.. plz...

Ans.. Gosh! the scene or scenes were Ro-Woon assumed that Hwan-ki was a new employee annoyed me a bit. Plz let him speak for himself and stop assuming stuff whitout knowing if it's true or not.. I hope she would better herself whith that fast, it so frustrating to watch!!

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"I love the scene were Hwan-ki visit his secretary at the hospital, it was really sweet. I hope she will remain his secretary and they will become good friends, and eat lunch together ?"

DITTO. Unpopular opinion: I think they look better together than Rowoon.

I was so irked when she got angry at Kyori. Like, girl, she lost her job because of you! How dare you insinuate that she was paid off to lie for Hwan Ki. I hope she gets her job back; since she knows Hwan Ki's situation now, she'll make a good ally.
Also, when Rowoon confronted Hwan Ki in the elevator...girl, you're a new employee & he's the CEO. Even if you hate him, in real life, you'll get fired for disrespecting him.

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Au contraire, I think that's starting to become a very popular opinion! I think Hwan Ki and the secretary are ADORABLE.
I don't actually hate the main girl for being mean to Hwan Ki because to her he's public enemy number one. So it kinda makes sense that she wouldn't care if he's uncomfortable. I wish she wouldn't because it's hurting my bae and it's a total misunderstanding. But I don't blame her entirely.
But I also don't care for seeing them together. Maybe I'm just tired of opposites attract but I think it would just be so cute to see Hwan Ki and the secretary being bumbling nervous wrecks together I just love it it's my new ship.
Even if it breaks my heart later to see my ship truly sink, I really hope she gets to stick around and they can have more cute moments like in the hospital or the failed lunch!

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I don't like the leading lady's character either. I hate it when drama heroines just assume shit without knowing. I know her sister died and she wants answers but answers related to suicide hardly ever is pleasant. I have a theory but it remains to be seen if it'll come true.
The scene with the secretary was a stand out point for me, more than the last scene. It had this emotional anchor that lacked in the concluding scene.
I also love the shady second lead. Ambitious, greedy alpha male for second lead, how refreshing. But I think he misunderstands his friend, he wants to live like others, he has no necessity for the CEO position. Its pretty evident it was just thrown on him by his family and his father.

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i'm sorry, but the lead girl annoys me :/

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i have to say that even if hwan ki was a big jerk, i don't think i'd be cheering her on (for now). i feel like the writers are confusing "extrovert" with "person who has no boundaries."

going inside the CEO's office/room & looking through his things was super weird. it was also strange to me when he came out of the shower & she didn't leave. the one time a girl didn't get flustered in a drama meeting a shirtless man, & it actually felt appropriate for once to actually BE flustered LOL.
when even her reporter friend said she was jumping the gun in wanting the story published, she insisted hwan ki is dangerous. but who was even in danger at that point in her mind?

it's even more strange coming out of korea where (like it or not) there is a certain order & hierarchy in the workplace.

i was really interested in seeing park hye soo in this role after age of youth, since her characters are quite literally opposites. but i'm kind of hoping this story intended to introduce her this way so that hwan ki is not the only person who grows. hwan ki needs "more" & ro woon needs "less."

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I think you're right about her being introduced as overly aggressive and she will need to grow. She's already had one minor comeuppance by the secretary, an indication I think that she has some growing to do and we'll be watching it.

I don't quite get the hate towards her character. At least she's entertaining. And doesn't whine or do the aegyo (sp?) thing, which I can't stand unless from a five year old. She's not like me or you or many other kdrama heroines, and we might not want to be her friend, but she's fun to watch and her intentions are in the right place. I'm looking forward to her character development.

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As a "hater", I'd say it comes from the mix of not understanding boundaries and having a tendency to jump to conclusions. It is intrinsically unlikable. I can understand being able to look past that at her bubbly nature--I do like a bubbly or happy going character, especially a hard-working one--but having a good personality, for me, does not outweigh having flaws that could and did ruin lives.

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As a 'hater' let me point it out, my problem with lead character is her lack of boundaries, tendency to add 2 and 2 to make 10 and the whole forcing herself into someone's personal space. God forbid, if you meet somebody like that in your real life day to day dealings, I can safely say you'd find her annoying and a nuisance, not cute. And no I don't root for jerks for male leads. Ha Suk Jin's jerk of a character had growth in 1%, hoping for tge same here.

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isn't she extrovert because she is outgoing and gets along with other people? being the life of the party, buying coffee for security, getting tea for the secretary..

I don't think the extrovert related to her crossing boundaries and entering the CEO office. That was more her desire to get evidence to support her thought of the CEO being a very dangerous man...

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She is an extrovert alright but a nosy and slightly stupid one. Let us assume, that the so called CEO is indeed a murderer of sorts. What was she thinking going into his private room in the first place. It could be dangerous, it could get her killed or fired for trasspassing. How does that help her cause to get revenge or answers for her sister's murder/suicide.

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Agree. There are extroverts who have really good personalities, KDrama reference would be Sung Deok Seon of Reply1998. Now that's extrovert done right!

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I read in the synopsis that the the leading lady is supposedly an extrovert, but I find her kinda rude and selfish (don't know if its the writing or the actress). I hope she is going to have some character developments quickly bc I really like Hwan-ki and he truly deserve someone that doesnt try to rip off his clothes all the time…

I'm kinda hoping that Hwan-ki ends up with his secretary?

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I support this.. I prefer the secretary as well.. but she has a family to support(?).. so maybe she is already taken... at least having a family is a good excuse for a secondary character not to end up with the lead...

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I prefer the secretary too! The scene when Hwan Ki was preparing the meal for her sold me on their relationship lol, but I knew that will never be the main OTP :(

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I actually sympathize with the Secretary than the lead gal. I think the writer is trying to write how contrast the lead couple's personality that the lead is too over and we start to hate the lead gal. I wish the lead gal would tone down a little n not be overly too annoying. If I'm the lead guy I would hate her so much that she is invading in my privacy n such ....

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I'm also shipping him with the secretary although I know this is not likely to happen *sad*. They got more chemistry in the hospital scene, although they didn't see each other face, dunno why.

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Let's play a game and name all the main characters in the drama in the style of its title (Introverted Boss).
I suggest:
Anxious Secretary
Conniving Best Friend
Asshole Father
Pushy Heroine

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Hwan Ki is the only reason I'm hesitating to drop this lmao

I just want to see him win!

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Thanks for the recap!
I am glad you like Show, I think I do, too, despite some of the sloooooooow poke moments.

Woo-il is a bad bad man, I am guessing. He was the reason behind Sis's suicide, I am sure. Nice Hwan-ki covered for WI nefariousness, prolly with some emotional blackmail thrown in to keep HK quiet.

Dad is also a bad bad man; he's like What Happened in Bali dad with that golf club. Are there really rich people out there clubbing their children into submission as minions watch?

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The most impactful scene for me in the whole thing was the dad bashing his son with tennis balls. Horribly abusive. There are obviously extreme reasons for the boy's phobias. I really hope we don't leave this drama without the father getting punished in spades.

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Came here to comment on the same issue. Literally feel so bad for Hwan Ki...

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I'll be following this drama. Hope to see characters growth for the hero and heroine. Me think that Woo il is the villain though feel a bit sad that he is so handsome. But a handsome evil is really tempting? Hope the father will get his karma for torturing his own son.

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question: in the bathroom scene where she runs after Hwan-ki, were the other guys in there the grimreapers from Goblin? they looked familiar. I thought they were doing a cameo.

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hahahaha.. I think I figured out the reason why Hwan-ki kept her from going to see her sister perform.... and why she committed suicide..

lets see if I am right... mm.. but is it really that simple? seems too generic..

oh.. and my initial thought was the Woo-il leaked the info to the media because he seems to be an a*hole.. although he didn't do it.. but I still think he is an a*hole.. and now he is CEO he is going to be even more of an a*hole..

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While some of them were the grim reapers from Goblin, they were also from Another Oh Hae Young (Eric's underlings, heh) and since it's the same PD it's more likely because of that (Ye Ji Won and Heo Jong Min, who play managers in the show, were also in AOHY). I'm not sure if they're just doing a cameo though.

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ah... so that's the connection... much appreciated..=)

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Those three were Eric Moon's gang in Oh Hae yong again and yes two of them were also the grimreapers in goblin.

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Like everyone here, I am in love with Hwan Ki (or is it Yeon Woo Jin? Heh). For me, I don't quite hate the heroine yet (perhaps it's the fondness I feel for the actress). Honestly, it's only episode 2 and it's too early to judge her. I know the writer and PD and I'm excited to watch the heroine's interaction with her family in future episodes (which was the one of the writer's strengths in her previous shows). I'm also excited to see the side character's stories and interactions, particularly HK's sister and the quirky manager.

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I have a theory about the mystery surrounding Ro-woon's sister's death, why Woo-il refers to a secret from 3 years ago, and why Hwan-ki kept her shoes in his drawer!

Three years ago, I think Ro-woon's sister, Ji-hye, was dating or in love with Woo-il. I mean he's really easy to like on the outside -- charming, smart, successful, and probably a ladies' man (all the ladies in his office seem to swoon over him). I think Woo-il was cheating on her and Hwan-ki knew about it. But instead of looking out for his friend, I think he felt bad for his secretary and wanted to protect her from finding out. I think that night, three years ago, Woo-il was cheating on Ji-hye by taking another girl out to a musical performance -- the same one that Ro-woon was performing in. So Hwan-ki gave his secretary that assignment to go find the matching cuff-link that very same evening -- so that she doesn't go to her sister's performance and catch her boyfriend having an affair. My theory is bolstered by the fact that if you go back to the scene where Ro-woon is on the phone with her sister who is apologizing for having to miss her performance, there is a man and woman who knock into Ro-woon hard enough to cause her phone to fly out of her hand. The actor picking up her broken phone and apologizing is very clearly the same actor who is playing Woo-il (Yoon Park). Even though his face is hidden, I have a very good feeling it is Woo-il, who was walking with a woman who was clearly not Ji-hye. That's his secret! Then she must have found out about his affair, so she may have been so depressed that she committed suicide. A broken love can be that painful after all.

And Hwan-ki kept the shoes because he felt so badly about how the story turned out. He may be beating himself up for not figuring out a better way to protect his secretary.

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I do I do :)

That the unni and Woo-Il had a relationship seems quite apparent. But had been wondering about Hwan-Ki. It's not like to lie. Your detailed theory about Hwan-Ki's role totally makes sense.

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haha.. lets call it speculation.. but this was my theory as well.. hence Woo-il is an a*hole no matter what... no redemption there..

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A very well-put theory! *clap hands
Am also speculating that the other woman might be Hwan-k'si sister, might be she's actually the official girlfriend and Ji-hye is the affair. They did cast Gong Seung-yeon; the role should be quite prominent...

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wow... never thought Hwan-ki's sis would be involved in it as well.. interesting...

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Ah what a theory! Smart of you to think that!

I didn't realise that the man knocking into her might have been Woo Il, but now that you mentioned it, it all makes sense. Maybe that was the secret Woo Il was mentioning.

I actually thought that the sister was in love with Hwan Ki LOL.

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Thank you, @Jen, for your theory! Many commenters said they had a theory, but they didn't talk about it, and even if I tried hard, I could not imagine anything! I only have a problem with the shoes. When the sister jumps from the roof, she takes off her shoes. But later we see that Hwan Ki finds the same shoes on his window sill, so who put them there? And why was the window open, making it look like the person jumped from his office? (I re-watched the first scene, because I though there might be 2 different pairs of shoes, but I saw it was the same model).

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I agree on the shoes and I thought she jumped from the rooftop and not from his office's window ??

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I had the same issue with the shoes. Did she jump from the rooftop or the office window? Or is that some sort of imaginary way Hwan-ki sees the shoes? I hope this detail gets resolved. Other than the shoes and the over-the-top heroine, I'm really looking forward to the next episode. Hwan-ki has the perfect storm of baddies in his immediate circle holding him back, and I really look forward to him breaking free of them. OTP, balance each other out, and let Ro-woon be a sheild from the baddies while she supports his emergence. Hwaiting!

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Or did someone move them, making hwan Ki feel even more guilty. Jumping from his windows would be like pointing fingers.

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I completely missed that it was Woo-il who bumped into her! Great theory, I think you might be right!

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I can't watch this show, it gives me too much anxiety. For now I'll stick to the recaps and once I know what's going on I might give it another try.

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I agree with you Jen. He was definitely the guy who bumped onto Ro woon and made her phone fell. The voice and the way he appologized.

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Am totally impressed with YWJ's portrayal of someone with social anxiety disorder (it's not out rightly mentioned but his symptoms meet a lot of criteria it seems). He makes it so painful to watch, crippled by his repeated anxious thoughts and feelings, plus his overwhelming sense of consideration for others. Aigoo... so poor thing! Not to mention the toxic family environment that's contributing to his problems. Great portrayal. Gives so much insight into the life and mind of someone who struggles like he does. I'm more of an extrovert myself, and yup after watching him I am really going to be more sensitive and careful around my introverted friends!

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The female lead really annoys me in all aspects. Her behavior, her way of thinking... It's so difficult to watch her scenes without being critical of her behavior, so I just ff her scenes. However, that means I will miss Hwan ki's scenes as well since they will be in most of the scenes together. I am now thinking if I should drop the drama if her ridiculous antics continue.

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I expected so much from this show since I loved Marriage Not Dating and Another Oh Hae Young but sadly I'm disappointed. The story just seemed all over the place and like everybody else, I'm annoyed with Ro Woon. Yeo Woo Jin delivers as usual. I hope that for his sake and his character's sake, we'll see improvements plot wise and in Ro Woon's character.

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It took me one episode no half an episode to fall in love with Joo Jang Mi but Gong Gi Tae was a grade a asshole at first. Here's it the opposite. But still something about Gong Gi Tae always made me hold out hope for him. I think that little bit of extra that makes even an asshole or a totally unlikable character not totally unlikable is the actors contribution. Just my 2 cents. For example, Mirror of the Witch, I always could somehow understand where the bad witch, her reasoning, it was her acting that made up for the lack in writing. You could tell these things when inexperienced actors are portraying rather complex roles. I have lately been noticing that. For example: Ordinary Oh Hae Young, on retrospect was a very flawed character yet I loved her immensely.

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Thanks for the recap! It was extremely frustrated seeing the female lead constantly jumping into baseless conclusions. Not sure about Park Hye Soo because the last I saw her was in Yong Pal, but I felt that her shortcomings of her acting are really starting to show. She failed to make an unlikeable character likeable in my opinion. (Eg Oh Hae Young was annoying, but Seo Hyun Jin did a fantastic job that I have no complaints.) Maybe they should have casted a slightly more experienced actress instead.

The writing isn't fantastic either. It doesn't make sense that she didn't recognise him - hello, he's been wearing the exact same thing everyday and you mistake him for a deliveryman???

It was a struggle for me to watch because I could totally relate to Hwan Ki. I was also stressed seeing the reporters come because I knew exactly how he must have felt at that time.

It's been a really hard 2.5 hours for me, and I think I'm making the decision to drop this show (maybe if I have time, I might just read the recaps). Wished the show would get better though.

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I would be dropping this show too as too many good shows lately like Missing 9 and Voice and other upcoming next week. Feeling tired over my work lately so shows have to be really selectively for me. And I also prefer mystery thriller than so-called rom-com like this. I don't think Introverted Boss is very rom-com cos the lead gal turn me off. Rom-com like Weightlifting Fairy and Shopping King Louie are so much better and funny than Introverted Boss. The mystery behind the older sister's suicide don't intrigue me too.

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Hwan-ki is one of the sweetest male leads I've ever seen. And no other scene with just the male lead has made me laugh as much as the scene where he gets a massage. My roommate was out so I had a really loud, crazy laugh. He's got such a beautiful mind. I want to give him a hug.

I love that they've made a male lead strong, super-hero like without the extra bravado and arrogance. He's a chicken before some people but when it comes to things that matter and actually helping someone out our hero is taking strides in coming out of his shell. It might be argued that he's doing some stuff because of the guilt he feels but his reaction in the spur-of-the-moment scenes like breaking the fall, speak otherwise.

Coming to the female lead. Very annoying. Period.
Always jumping to conclusions, always imposing on people, always thinking she's right. She might feel some justified anger and confusion about her sister's death but I found her very childish most of the time. Nonetheless, I have hopes that the character will see some growth and they won't make Hwan-ki just find all this noise CUTE (!) of all things. Because a guy like him needs someone understanding and just as mature, not some airhead.

And the last scene was total, big DRAMA. They were RUNNING? A baby could run faster!I think the writer put it in with that intention. I think it was meant to be funny (?) and emotional all at once. Because I'm pretty sure Hwan-ki isn't going to get hit. It's just a tease that got a bit much.

Anyway I'm going to give next week a try too. If only for the male lead.

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I love the dynamic between Ro Woo and Hwan Gi, she's an extrovert and he's someone who can't be around people im looking forward to see them together more especially in the third episode when she finds out who he really is.

The only thing that worries me is Woo il, I think he cares about Hwan Gi a lot although he can be harsh he knows Hwan Gi's limits in my opinion. When he wouldn't let him speak in the press conference I honestly got kind of mad but he did it with reason Hwan GI would of frozen up and not been able to speak at all. Im still keeping my eye on him since he seems like someone who won't give up power easily.

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I just...dislike the heroine very much. She seems a bit too green to be playing this role. Her 'extrovert' attitude is borderline bitchy and just...each and every aspect of her personality turns me off. I think they should have cast someone else for this role because right now there is ZERO chemistry between Hwan Ki and this girl. She almost seems like his little sister. Major casting mistake.

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Though people say they don't like the heroine, I think her story is going to be super interesting. I think the "little sister" thing is purposeful--she totally has that younger sibling thing, where she just seems to sprint through life doing what she wants and not noticing the consequences. It's interesting that there are parallels between her sister and Hwan-ki, that Hwan-ki has a good relationship with HIS sister, and I do think that's where their relationship would stand if they came to be friendly right now.

So I'm very interested to see how she'll get knocked off her high horse, start thinking about her actions, and mature into someone who can be a love interest in this relationship. As the character who will go through that arc, at this point I think she is well-cast.

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I got bored with the first episode, not even halfway watching it. the female lead was a bit annoying from the beginning. i can't imagine the pairing of the 2 leads. blah, for me.

i just read the recap coz i can't finish the first ep. even by merely reading the recaps, i was annoyed with the female lead. browsing through the comments, i am not alone.

not hating. just stating an opinion.

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I kinda like this show, but it makes me so pissed that the female lead can't link up her 3 encounters with the SAME GUY. With the SAME BLACK HOODED JACKET.

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RANDOMLY, though. Did anyone spot the cameo by Chief Kim Byung-man (Law of the Jungle)? I was laughing when I saw him.

By the way, he was the "professional" scrubber at the sauna who scrubbed Hwan Gi's skin raw.

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I'm 15 minutes into episode 2 and Hwan Ki is already breaking my heart?
You poor darling, I feel for you so much, you have no idea.
Please have a happy ending, I need you to have a happy ending boy.

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Haven't finished yet. Had to switch from DF to kissasian. But...

A variation on the title is: Sensitive Boss.

That's much better!

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First drama to fly by in months. Even DotS, SKL, WFKBJ had me looking at the clock. I was shocked when both episodes ended.

First drama ever with these actors.
First time ever I'm changing my name based on a drama! Not even for suwaeeg, precious, or all the baes

I don't see my comment about the alternate titles. But that's fine. I'm just confused because I say it being moderation and that disappear soon after.

I appreciate this drama. Because I can understand where the characters are coming from. Their intents, motives, actions and all. I can see how one thought can encourage or discourage. This isn't...

introvert vs. extrovert - or the true extravert
Chaebol vs poverty
Shy vs outgoing
Private vs pushy

It's about the different personality traits everyone comes across in school, at work, or worse in family life.

I understand this action but can't agree with the motive. I agrees with the intent and actons but the motive wasn't right.

This drama will do well to show that while everyone "overthinks" the degrees are different. Everyone had their level of comforts with social norms, simply exists. Our two leads are extremes not just for I v E. Ra Woon had over thought and created a monster of her own imagination.

I think everyone is doing a good job portray their characters. Ra Woon following him after the accident is a must in dramaland. Her going through his house was not. Nor was it her extraversion. However, the Candy in the face tendencies that are displayed in dramas added with her complete lack of fear of people, created that awkward situation.

I can say a lot about identifying with our poor locked in a cage lead. But I understand some of Ra Woon's actions. Though she is more stupid than Lois Lane (hate to call anyone stupid but it's true)

So far, our leads are fleshed out. Our 3rd lead is on his way. I'm calling evil but I hope not. I hope we get more of team leader. And I hope one day our lead can have a psych session in person. I hope his secretary hasn't left him. She might leave his work side but I hope she still connects the flowers and curtain to who he really is. The person she never got to know.

Idk if I should watch ep 3 before the recap comes out. But I am going to read everyone else's thoughts on what is going on.

Hwaiting, Ra Woon! The hood is already partially off. I believe in you. Maybe the hat will be gone by episode 6 -8.
Hwaiting, my male Elsa whose name I forget. One day eye contact won't be scary. And even if it is, you'll have a few people help you and possibly be able to look them in the eye.

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She's more than extrovert/extravert. She's a pushy heroine. Since globe media can only have submissive women and pushy women, they made the unfortunately mistake og matching extravert with pushy. She could be extroverted and submissive but that would have killed the plot.

As an incredibly self-centered, nost, and annoying introvert, I know those traits aren't automatic with I vs E being where one gets their energy.

I think depending on age and culture, her personality type would come in a range of people. Some we'd hate, some we'd love. The girl is supposed to be 21-24 right?
And according to kdramas girls are pushy I or E.

I can see them ending up together, quite happy based on their MBTI
HwanKi - INFJ, ISFP, ISTJ
Ra Woon - ENFJ, ENTJ, ESFP

In/En or Is/Es are the keys to a compatible relationship based on personality, romantic or not. 2 pairs ISTJ/ESFP & ISFP/ENFJ are higher recommended than INFJ/ENTJ, but it could work out.

If this wasn't based on 2 episodes sneak peek into their lives, it would be more accurate. But the seemingly best thing for an extravert is an introvert. It's the same the other way around.

I just can't wait for her to act like a reasonable person. Usually happens to our herones between ep 6-11. ???

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