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Introverted Boss: Episode 3

There’s more to the penthouse recluse than meets the eye, and Ro-woon starts to become aware of this rather quickly. Her convictions regarding the “psychopath” don’t seem as conclusive as before, and the question of who he truly is is a deep-seated one. Although he continues to weird out and intimidate his employees, he’s a tough puzzle that our heroine is determined to crack. With revenge on her mind, nothing is off limits.

 
EPISODE 3: “I’m Not an Easygoing Person”

We pick up right where we left off with Hwan-ki and Ro-woon running towards each other. Hwan-ki spots a courier scooter speeding towards Ro-woon and yells at her to move, but she doesn’t hear him. As soon as he’s near, Hwan-ki pushes Ro-woon out of harm’s way and braces for impact, but the scooter halts right in front of him; the scooterist eyes Hwan-ki strangely before hopping off and delivering food to the family sitting on the bench nearby, heh.

Hwan-ki tries to play it cool as if he was stretching the whole time and totally not steeling himself for a crash while Ro-woon’s sprawled on the ground on top of the shopping bags, relieved that her “courier” finally came through. Woo-il arrives, befuddled to see Ro-woon refer to Hwan-ki as the delivery guy, but Hwan-ki promptly runs off. While dusting off a designer purse, Ro-woon accidentally damages it, much to the horror of Director Park, but Woo-il smiles in amusement. Ro-woon and Yoo-hee quickly bring the props to set and apologize for the delay, and Hwan-ki catches his breath during a solitary stroll along the river.

That evening, Ro-woon walks home with the purse she broke and enters through the barbershop where her father sharpens a blade against a strop. He asks if she’s eaten, and that’s the extent of their terse exchange before Ro-woon heads to her bedroom.

She sits on the floor and thinks to herself that being without her late sister Ji-hye makes their home seem like an empty, uninhabited house. She opens a box containing a necklace and is reminded of her sister’s wake, where she first discovered the necklace amidst her belongings. Ro-woon gazes at the necklace and says, “Don’t worry, Unni. This is the start of the revenge.”

The next morning, Brain employees gossip inside the elevator about the penthouse that’s now open and undergoing renovations. Once they exit, we see Hwan-ki standing in the back. It seems he didn’t get the memo, because he’s surprised to see construction workers moving in and out of his office while Woo-il supervises. The “CEO Room” sign has been replaced with “Silent Monster,” the name of the new internal venture Hwan-ki’s heading.

Hwan-ki protests opening up his office to his employees, but Woo-il reminds him that this was his father’s decision. Woo-il thanks Hwan-ki for having the courage to take on this new challenge, but Hwan-ki replies that this is his punishment. Woo-il tries to reassure him that he’s picked the best candidates for his new team, but Hwan-ki surprises him when he says he already has a few people in mind already.

Cut to Yoo-hee flying into the office with bags of bread for everyone. Woo-il narrates: “Her hobby? Tardiness. Her specialty? Bread delivery.” Yoo-hee tries to appease an unhappy colleague by offering her bread and massaging her shoulders. Woo-il continues by saying that Yoo-hee takes on the role of a mother and relies on affection more than her duties.

Cut to EOM SUN-BONG (Heo Jung-min) giving unsolicited critiques of his peers’ work. Woo-il says his specialty is being last-minute and standing back with his arms crossed. But Hwan-ki wants Yoo-hee and Sun-bong regardless, since they’re the “cards [Woo-il] is about to dispose of,” aka terminate. Hwan-ki explains that Yoo-hee’s attuned to her colleagues and listens to all their personal matters; furthermore, she does great work.

Hwan-ki describes Sun-bong as someone who sees things others don’t by stepping back, adding that he only procrastinates because he’s knowledgeable. Turns out Hwan-ki had surreptitiously observed and taken notes on them. Woo-il’s amazed to hear this and is shocked that Hwan-ki also wants to hire Kyo-ri, because he remembered that she had initially interviewed for an account executive role.

With Woo-il’s two picks plus Hwan-ki’s three, Silent Monster will have a total of five employees, which Hwan-ki finds excessive. But Woo-il insists on the additions and tells him to expect a surprise. Gee, I wonder who…

Ro-woon is surprised to see her theater friend JANG SE-JONG (Han Jae-suk) arrive outside the Brain office on his skateboard. He tells her he’s also been hired and that he begged his mom to be placed in the same department as her. Ro-woon rolls her eyes at his easy hire through connections.

Silent Monster employees Yoo-hee, Sun-bong, and Kyo-ri wait outside Hwan-ki’s office, dreading their new placement. Woo-il’s picks Ro-woon and Se-jong join them, and Ro-woon wonders why none of them have gone inside yet. Inside, Woo-il explains that the employee he has in mind is crucial to this new venture and the President Identity project (which aims to fix Hwan-ki’s image) because this person — besides Hwan-ki’s father — is the only one that managed to get Hwan-ki to move around.

“No, not her!” Hwan-ki panics, realizing that Ro-woon is the person in question. But just then, Ro-woon confidently bursts through the doors, leading the pack. She squints, trying to get a better look at her boss’s face that’s shrouded from the light shining behind him. Hwan-ki avoids her gaze, but Woo-il turns him so that he faces his new employees and pulls back his hood before introducing him as Eun Hwan-ki, the boss of Brain’s new venture, Silent Monster.

Ro-woon struggles to compute that the man she believed to be a deliveryman is actually her boss/CEO. She’s completely thrown, and Hwan-ki promptly exits so he can speak to Woo-il alone. Yoo-hee notes that Hwan-ki’s more handsome than she expected, and Sun-bong says he has all the markings of a rich heir who capitalizes on his employees’ pain.

Outside the office, Hwan-ki orders Woo-il to terminate Ro-woon immediately; she’s made enough mistakes to warrant it, and she’s too noisy, but Woo-il replies that he likes her and that her energy reminds him of his younger self. Internally, Hwan-ki worries that Ro-woon would get hurt if his identity is revealed. Woo-il adds that Hwan-ki might be turned off by her boldness, but likens her to a friendly dog who doesn’t get hurt easily by others. “You’re the type to easily hurt others,” Woo-il says matter-of-factly to Hwan-ki. Um, ouch?

Hwan-ki disagrees to himself, knowing full well that Ro-woon’s hiding something and has been more deeply hurt than anyone else. But Woo-il’s not budging, and he instructs Hwan-ki to fire her himself if he can’t deal. Woo-il chuckles at his fearful friend before leaving him. Psh.

In the restroom, Ro-woon tries to come to terms with the fact that the clumsy deliveryman is actually the notorious psychopath, Eun Hwan-ki. She thinks back to when he apologized profusely on the rooftop and sighs; that sincere image of him conflicts with her negative perception of him.

Hwan-ki’s seated at his desk mulling over how to go about firing Ro-woon while the five new employees fidget, stifled by the awkward atmosphere and their silent boss. Hwan-ki stands up abruptly and asks them to empty one of the desks, but he’s so far away from his employees that they mishear his request and move their desks closer to him, thinking that was what he wanted, heh.

Ro-woon eyes him suspiciously, puzzled that the people-averse psychopath wanted his team members closer to him. Hwan-ki decides to try and fire Ro-woon over e-mail, but he struggles to find the right words and only ends up with the same words he started out with: “Dear employee Chae Ro-woon.”

Kyo-ri timidly sets a cup of coffee on his desk, and Ro-woon informs him that they decided to celebrate Silent Monster’s inauguration over treats, gesturing to a table set up with various cakes. Earlier that day, Ro-woon and Kyo-ri had picked out desserts and placed everyone’s coffee orders, but drew a blank when it came to their boss’s drink of choice. Kyo-ri realized that he had never sent her out on coffee runs, which was his way of being considerate. “He’s unexpectedly aware and has manners?” Ro-woon had wondered to herself. Kyo-ri assumed he wasn’t into sweet drinks, so Ro-woon ordered a triple espresso shot for him.

Back in the present, Yoo-hee asks Hwan-ki to join them, but he says he has work to finish, so they start without him. Ro-woon suggests they address each other by their first names. They all seem to like the “American style” of addressing each other and encourage Kyo-ri to try it out on their boss, since she’s always had to call him by his title.

But as soon as she manages to say, “Hwan-ki,” the man in question chokes on his coffee. He looks livid as he escapes to another room, and Kyo-ri immediately regrets what she did. Hwan-ki gulps down some water in the kitchen. “Just ‘cause I wear black all the time, they get me a dark drink,” he laments to himself, heh. Turns out he likes his coffee very, very sweet and specific.

He wonders if he should divulge his coffee preferences, but decides against it since he figures they put a lot of thought into his drink, and it’d be discourteous to do so. Then he wonders if he should dump it in the sink (“I can’t do that to their sincerity”), or add boatloads of sugar (“But what if I get diabetes?”), or drink it plain (“But if I drink this poison, my intestines will suffer”), only to end up diluting the drink with water by first pouring some of the espresso out in the sink.

Unfortunately, Kyo-ri and Ro-woon witness him doing this and take offense. Ro-woon thinks he’s overreacting just because Kyo-ri called him by his first name, and Kyo-ri immediately apologizes to Hwan-ki, who merely sighs at this terrible misunderstanding. Ro-woon suggests Hwan-ki cut the cake already since the others are waiting, only to gasp when she opens up his terrifying knife cabinet, which looks straight out of a horror movie.

Ro-woon picks out a slender sashimi knife that Hwan-ki had freshly sharpened, but he smacks it out of her grip so she doesn’t cut herself. He stammers to his terrified employees that his knife collection is his personal stuff and asks them not to touch his possessions. Ro-woon concludes that Hwan-ki is no silent monster, but a psychotic one.

Hwan-ki enters his car and beats the steering wheel in frustration, lamenting that even his car vents better than he can. Meanwhile, Ro-woon visits Woo-il’s office with an inquiry, and the two decide to chat on their way out together. Hwan-ki spots Ro-woon entering Woo-il’s car and is reminded of what Woo-il said to him earlier about liking Ro-woon’s energetic spirit.

We flash back three years ago to a similar moment with Hwan-ki watching as Ji-hye conversed with Woo-il in his car. Woo-il had placed a hand on her shoulder and pulled her in for an embrace as Hwan-ki looked on, worried. Ji-hye appeared terrified as tears trickled down her face.

Back in the present, Hwan-ki experiences deja vu now that Ro-woon’s inside Woo-il’s car. He doesn’t take his eyes off them and calls Woo-il, but he doesn’t get a word in because Woo-il hangs up immediately. Hwan-ki watches Ro-woon’s smiling face as Woo-il’s car leaves the garage.

Flash back to the night Hwan-ki asked Ji-hye to locate his other cufflink. She called Ro-woon to inform her that she’d be missing her show, and Ro-woon responded in anger. A couple brushed past Ro-woon in the middle of the conversation, which caused her to drop her phone. The man picked it up and gave it back to Ro-woon, and we see that he was Woo-il, and the girlfriend at his side was Hwan-ki’s sister, Yi-soo. Ooh.

Back at the penthouse, Hwan-ki cracked his door open and watched Ji-hye call the flower delivery service to send a bouquet to Ro-woon. He opened his palm, revealing the other cufflink he asked Ji-hye to find. Hmm. Did he make her stay behind on purpose?

During the car ride, Ro-woon asks Woo-il to divulge what kind of person Hwan-ki is, since he’s the only close friend Hwan-ki has. Woo-il answers that the courier with the apologetic eyes is the closest representation of who Hwan-ki really is despite all the scary rumors, but adds that no matter how much he insists Hwan-ki is a good guy, the others don’t believe him. He places a hand on her shoulder (ugh) and commends her for volunteering to join Silent Monster before reminding her that the product they’re promoting is Hwan-ki, since it’s his image they’ll need to fix.

Ro-woon doubts Hwan-ki will comply, but Woo-il asks her to believe him as he drives her to her next lesson. They find themselves in a room with HWANG, a famous actor who’s caught up in a scandal with a younger girl. There are pictures of him with a girl all over the internet, but he insists he’s not having an affair, though he refuses to reveal the nature of their relationship.

Woo-il emphasizes that they can only help him if he speaks up, but the actor says he’s damned either way. Suddenly, Ro-woon’s phone rings; it’s Yoo-hee and Se-jong, and they order her to return to the office immediately because of “He Who Must Not Be Named.” But because she’s in the middle of something, Ro-woon asks them to relay to Hwan-ki that she’s with Woo-il before hanging up.

Yoo-hee informs Hwan-ki that Ro-woon’s with Woo-il, but Hwan-ki’s not appeased — she’s an employee of Silent Monster, yet she’s not in the office. The entire Silent Monster crew proceeds to call Ro-woon to tell her to return to the office stat, because Hwan-ki’s about to explode.

Ro-woon returns and faces Hwan-ki, who looks none too pleased. He asks about her whereabouts, and she answers that she was in a client meeting with Woo-il. She’s about to summarize the meeting when Hwan-ki cuts her off and promptly excuses her. She’s incredulous that she dashed all this way just to be briefly interrogated, and Hwan-ki responds by pointing to the leftover sweets and ordering her to clean up.

Ro-woon walks home furious with the way Hwan-ki ordered her around. Her dad seems like he has something to say to her, but Ro-woon cuts him off and heads straight for her room. She finds a bouquet on her bed and runs out of the house to see if Mr. Smith came by.

She opens the card, and in it, Mr. Smith wrote: “Looking forward to your return to the stage.” She touches the flowers and replies to him out loud: “But what can I say, Mr. Smith? I still have work to do.”

That evening, Ro-woon sneaks into Hwan-ki’s office and tries to pull out the locked drawer of his desk, but it doesn’t give. She screams when Hwan-ki catches her in the act, and is even more frightened to see him in rubber boots and carrying a large, wet styrofoam box. She sputters that she’s here for a client meeting which Hwan-ki finds odd at this hour, but he doesn’t question further and puts the contents of the box inside the kimchi fridge.

She says Woo-il advised her to take on a PR project and to fully understand the product before advertising it, and asks Hwan-ki who he really is: Is he a bumbling courier, or a privileged spendthrift? Hwan-ki quietly feeds his fish while Ro-woon wonders if he pushed her out of harm’s way or shoved her because he wanted her to get lost. She asks him to communicate since she has to shape his image into that of a communicative, easygoing leader, but he tells her to come up with a new concept, because he’s neither. He thinks she lied about the meeting, but just then, Woo-il enters with the Hwang, Silent Monster’s first client.

The next morning, the Silent Monster employees wait on the actor hand and foot. Woo-il and Hwan-ki look on, but only the former’s amused. The actor spills noodles on Hwan-ki’s expensive Italian leather couch, and Hwan-ki’s not enjoying the fact that the actor’s in his office to avoid the press, which was Ro-woon’s idea. Ro-woon tries to coax him to speak with alcohol, but it doesn’t work, and Woo-il informs Hwan-ki that the actor refuses to say anything except that he’s not having an affair, which Woo-il takes to mean that he actually is.

Se-jong crashes into a wall while on his skateboard, and Hwan-ki fumes because his office has become chaotic. Ro-woon has folders of articles regarding Hwang and instructs her colleagues to look through them, but no one’s interested since he refuses to talk, which makes him seem guilty. But Ro-woon states that he’s a family man who loves his son, though Se-jong reminds her that what she sees on variety TV differs from reality.

Sun-bong also adds that when someone is guilty, silence is the best solution, and Yoo-hee points to Hwan-ki’s silence during his scandal as an example, since Woo-il stepped up to handle it instead. They all nearly get a heart attack when they notice Hwan-ki silently standing nearby and watching them again, but are disappointed to hear him slowly state the obvious: “There must be a reason why he’s staying silent.”

Hwan-ki steps out to answer a call from Yi-soo, who updates him on their mother: She’s feigning illness again, so he has nothing to worry about. He returns to his office when he hears the actor holler, and finds the employees playing hot potato with his phone. The phone lands in Hwan-ki’s hands, and Ro-woon urges him to flee with it, which he does.

Hwan-ki’s outside the office with the actor’s phone in his hands when it rings, and the caller ID says “My daughter.” Uh, doesn’t Hwang only have one son? Woo-il arrives wondering why he’s outside while Hwan-ki silently thinks.

Hwang bellows at Ro-woon to retrieve his phone, but Ro-woon suggests he quickly tell the truth instead so that he can return to his family. He’s furious that she has the audacity to bring up his family, but Ro-woon goes on, remembering that he told his son on TV how important honesty is.

Woo-il and Hwan-ki enter, and Hwan-ki says a call came in from his daughter. Ro-woon chides him for returning so soon with Hwang’s phone, but is puzzled to hear that a call came in from his daughter, since she knows he only has one son. Hwang snatches the phone from Hwan-ki and slaps Ro-woon, stunning everyone. That was NOT necessary. Woo-il holds her as she reels from the pain, and Hwan-ki looks at her, silently wondering why she’s putting herself through such humiliation.

Hwang curses at her for provoking him, and Hwan-ki agrees internally: “Why are you trying this hard unnecessarily?” Ro-woon recovers fast and admits that it’s refreshing to hear him tell it like it is even if it hurts, and that she’s being this persistent because she believes he’s not having affair, but that something is holding him back for telling the truth. Her determination puzzles Hwan-ki as he wonders, “Wasn’t your goal to destroy me?”

Ro-woon demands the truth from Hwang, and he gives it to her by crushing her acting aspirations. Her eyes glisten with tears from the harsh insults, and Hwan-ki surprises everyone when he orders everyone to leave, his gaze and tone dead serious.

This leaves Hwan-ki and the actor alone. Hwang quips that Hwan-ki gives off a different vibe as CEO, but Hwan-ki walks away mid-sentence. Hwang follows him, befuddled by his disregard, and Hwan-ki replies that he merely gave the actor what he wanted: silence.

But Hwang grows restless in the silent office with only the sound of Hwan-ki whittling his pencil. He warns Hwan-ki that this won’t get him to talk, but Hwan-ki answers that he’s not interested in what he has to say. Hwang then answers a call from his “daughter,” and his responses sound like he’s talking to his mistress, but Hwan-ki remains apathetic.

The actor heads to the kitchen, but Hwan-ki closes the knife cabinet and blocks him from opening the fridge drawer, suddenly reminded of the item he placed inside earlier. Hwang asks Hwan-ki why he can’t be easygoing, and Hwan-ki answers that it’s because he prefers protecting what’s precious to him — he won’t get in Hwang’s way if he, too, has something precious to protect.

Something finally clicks in him, and Hwang finally asks Hwan-ki if he wants to hear whether or not he’s protecting what’s dear to him correctly, and the two proceed to converse in the office. We don’t hear their conversation, but we do see Hwan-ki listening intently to Hwang’s words.

Hwan-ki finally pokes his head out to update everyone waiting outside. They can’t wait to hear what the two discussed, but Hwan-ki gives yet another slow and anticlimactic response: “I… no, we… are not going to say anything.” Everyone’s taken aback that Hwan-ki’s keeping the truth to himself.

Ro-woon’s on the rooftop, and she reminds herself not to get worked up since she didn’t come here to work, but rather to destroy Silent Monster. Woo-il joins her and thanks her for joining the new venture. He commends her for trusting someone based on the look in his/her eyes even when others are suspicious.

He believes she’ll become the best PR professional in the country, and Ro-woon jokes that he shouldn’t be so quick to trust her. He leaves with a smile, and Ro-woon muses to herself that she shouldn’t trust the very person she’s planning to exact revenge on.

Hwan-ki’s in the kitchen pacing back and forth while his employees watch through the partition. Finally, Sun-bong asks him to join tonight’s company dinner (courtesy of Woo-il), but Hwan-ki mutters that he needs more time, puzzling the employees. He looks at the timer, then at the kimchi fridge, and Kyo-ri walks toward it, wondering if there’s something wrong with it. But Hwan-ki stops her from opening the drawer and asks them all to wait for him.

They wait impatiently in the lobby, their stacked heads poking out from behind a wall, all of them dying for Hwan-ki to emerge. But they end up falling on top of each other, so Woo-il helps them up and suggests they leave without him. Noo, wait for Hwan-ki!

Back in the kitchen, the timer finally reaches zero, and Hwan-ki immediately opens the fridge. He takes out the plastic bag he put in earlier and opens it, revealing fresh raw fish. The actor sees it and understands; Hwan-ki didn’t let him open the drawer in order to thaw the fish at a constant temperature.

Hwan-ki asks Hwang if he’d like to eat with him since it’s too much for one person and proceeds to carefully slice the sashimi and arrange it into a platter. Meanwhile, Ro-woon’s following everyone to dinner when she spots a girl (cameo by Heo Young-ji) inside a car, speaking to her father over the phone.

Ro-woon recognizes her as the girl in Hwang’s paparazzi photos and remembers Hwan-ki saying that a call definitely came in from Hwang’s daughter. She tells her coworkers to go ahead without her and runs back into the building.

Ro-woon quietly enters the office and watches Hwan-ki and the actor chat over sashimi and drinks. Hwang says he doesn’t care what others say about him, but the problem is that she does. Hwan-ki turns his head and notices Ro-woon watching closely.

“Just ‘cause someone lives a different lifestyle, doesn’t mean they want to come out to the public,” the actor says. Ro-woon realizes that Hwang was keeping mum because he wanted to protect his family. A flashback reveals that Hwan-ki listened to Ro-woon as she was trying to convince her coworkers that Hwang was a family man, a fact that numerous articles confirmed.

We also see Hwang reassuring his fearful daughter that he’ll protect her. Ro-woon narrates, “The woman in the photo was his son. He chose to start anew as a woman.” The actor thanks Hwan-ki for his simple response, which was devoid of unnecessary consolation or curiosity. The two walk out together since Hwang has a flight to catch with his daughter, and Ro-woon wonders to herself, “What’s the true nature of this psychopath?”

Ro-woon’s at Hwan-ki’s desk once more and gives the locked drawer another yank, only to find it empty. She finds Hwan-ki silently watching her and asks him, “Who were you saying sorry to on the rooftop?” Hwan-ki thinks back to Ji-hye and answers in his mind, “To her.” Ro-woon looks at him expectantly for an answer, but only we hear his thoughts: “I wanted to protect her from harm. I am sorry.”

We see a shot of Yi-soo and Woo-il linking arms, and Hwan-ki says to himself that he has someone else he needs to protect. Hwan-ki takes out Ji-hye’s heels that he’s moved to another spot, and his eyes glisten as he takes them in.

 
COMMENTS

This episode was an unexpectedly moving one for me, but unsurprisingly, the scenes that struck me the most all revolved around Hwan-ki, the severely misunderstood and incredibly empathetic CEO who overthinks not because he’s crazy, but because he cares, and because he’s never at ease in order to protect what’s dear to him.

The Hwang storyline did a good job in shining a positive light on Hwan-ki’s mannerisms, which others only see as personality faults. Hwang saw Hwan-ki as a real, complex person with feelings instead of the terrifying and enigmatic weirdo the employees of Silent Monster make him out to be. To his employees, Hwan-ki is a frustrating lurker who says very little and is seemingly devoid of emotion. But in reality, his silence is never empty; the wheels in his mind are always turning, and while people forget that he’s there, his eyes and ears are wide open as they absorb every minute detail. His actions often make little sense in the moment, but are telling in hindsight. He’s meticulous in everything he does, from the way he prepares food to how closely he observes people. This episode has shown us that he feels things strongly and contemplates deeply, especially for the people close to him, which is why he’s still affected by Ji-hye’s tragic suicide even three years after the fact.

While I appreciated the Hwang storyline, there were a few things I found to be problematic. The unnecessary slap Ro-woon received infuriated me and subsequently, I found it difficult to sympathize with Hwang despite his love for his family. Moreover, the reveal of Hwang’s transgender daughter was… puzzling, to say the least. My main issue here is the fact that this drama literally has every single supporting actor from the director’s previous drama Oh Hae-young Again appearing in a cameo, and while I found it mildly amusing when the cameos weren’t integral to the story, it was especially distracting with Heo Young-ji playing Hwang’s transgender daughter. A transgender daughter is more narratively interesting than an illegitimate one, but I wasn’t pleasantly surprised so much as perplexed that the twist was revealed so explicitly with Ro-woon’s straightforward line that basically told us the daughter was transgender. The hasty reveal really threw me since it came out of nowhere, and I wish we were shown (rather than told) details that once pieced together, would’ve made the twist seem more plausible and less forced. Without delving into the matter of cisgender actors taking on transgender roles, I will say that I’m glad Young-ji’s role was minor, and that Hwang accepted his child for who she is.

The layers of mystery surrounding Ji-hye’s death have unfolded some more, and I think it’s safe to say that our inklings were confirmed — Woo-il is bad news. Every time he places his hand on her shoulder, I cringe! There’s still a lot we don’t know about this guy, but a big red flag has been raised. It seemed like he made unwanted advances on a vulnerable Ji-hye while he was dating Yi-soo. And I think Hwan-ki purposely kept her from attending Ro-woon’s show by assigning her that cufflink task, perhaps so she wouldn’t cross paths with Woo-il. I’m just guessing at this point, but consider me intrigued and ready for more clues. Maybe Ji-hye’s heels are the key to unlocking more secrets?

I still can’t believe Ro-woon is oblivious to the fact that Hwan-ki is Mr. Smith, but I’m glad she knows that her boss is the guy she mistook for the deliveryman. She’s more bearable when her misguided notions of Hwan-ki waver, and I like that we’re already seeing her uncertainty. She still jumps to conclusions, but at least they’re of the shaky variety. She continues to sneak into Hwan-ki’s office and meddle with his belongings because she has revenge on her mind, but her bold moves oftentimes reveal a genuine side of Hwan-ki that wasn’t readily apparent.

I like the sundry Silent Monster bunch a lot! They’re a fun group of people each with their own unique set of quirks and talents, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they mesh (or clash) with Hwan-ki. And the cute little animations during Hwan-ki’s coffee conundrum were so adorable, and I do think they add to the humor. I’ve noticed that this director loves his off-kilter shots where we see the character’s head in one corner while the remaining space remains blank. I’m not sure why these kinds of shots appear so frequently, but I notice them every time (along with some other oddly composed shots), though they don’t do much for me or add to the narrative.

I have to reiterate how impressed I am with Yeon Woo-jin’s acting. His eyes speak volumes, and he’s able to switch so seamlessly from a sensitive gaze to a more fear-inducing glare. They say the eyes are windows to the soul, and it’s a pity so many are afraid to peer through Hwan-ki’s and realize that he’s anything but a psychopath.

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I'd like to continue watching this but it's painful to watch Hwan-ki being misunderstood. The protagonist girl is annoying. I hope I would like her but she's so annoying.

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I'm going to have to take a break from this drama before I break my computer screen. I actively had to stop myself from punching it whenever Woo-Il or Ro-Woon hurt Hwan Ki. I could bear Woo-il's greedy subplots better if I felt that Hwan Ki had anybody in his corner, but the obvious choice - Ro Woon - has been consistently unbearable. This episode did show her wavering a little, so there's hope for her, but I'll wait until I can skip all the infuriating moments before I start this again.

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The thing with Ro Woon is that after watching the next episode I can see where she would balance Hwan Ki out well and push him towards healthier interactions with other people, but right now she's just coming off as so loud and obnoxious that I'd rather Hwan Ki found someone nicer who'd understand him and not make assumptions. Ro Woon's kinda out of control and she keeps comparing Hwan Ki to Woo Il and not looking below the surface. Granted, she is seeing different sides to her boss, but it's not like she's thinking about what she's seeing. It's like she sees him do something unexpected and notes it, but it stays a note and not something to consider deeper. It just makes me so mad that unless she wisens up within the next couple of episodes, I'm going to stop rooting for her and Hwan Ki to get together.
Also, Woo Il is just a gigantic two-faced rat snake.

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I didn't mind her that much in the first episode but she's getting more and more intolerable. Sure, she pushes Hwan Ki out of his comfort zone, but she has the annoying sense of entitlement. Being loud, nosy, and outgoing is one thing, but sometimes she crosses the boundary. She jumps to conclusions without any basis and acts on her them without thinking about how her actions will affect others like with the Secretary, Hwan Ki, and the actor.

She also stole the actor's phone and played hot potato with it. Talk about professional. I don't know about anyone else, but if someone snatched my phone out my hands I would be so pissed. I can totally understand why the actor slapped her although I do not condone it. If someone threw my phone around,... well I'm sure cracked iPhone screen users can understand.

Anyways, the world they live in seems odd. Transitions are awkward and when new information is available for characters, they don't use it. Like what happened to Kyo Ri? Doesn't she know about what he's like after he tried to help her? and yet she acts the same as before. Also, it seemed really sudden that Hwan Ki can all of a sudden face people. He was only just able to look at Ra-Woon but now he can face strangers like the actor too? Habits built up for years don't just disappear like that. I can understand him interacting with his staff, but a stranger is stretching it. The change seemed too sudden (happens in 1 episode) rather than gradual.

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urghh ... what kind of office would allow this kind of a behaviour from a new junior employee ?

.. Ra-woon muses 'this is the start of revenge' .. how are you planning to take revenge btw? .... by irritating all of them into stabbing themselves ?

Hwan-ki moves my heartstrings but i'm really not sure if i can keep watching this nails-on-blackboard heroine for too long

Its a live shoot system in this show, right ? .. The ratings are tanking so hopefully somebody will correct ra-woon's characterisation .. i liked the actress in AOY so somebody pls take charge before this show blows her career back by a decade.

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I agree with you. Since the 1st episode, I dnt understand how a junior employee can just do whatevr she wants! I did not find that she was beind "extroverted". I found her to be very rude and just plain annoying. I love HK's character, but I am having a hard time watching this show because of RW's character. Either the actress is not doing a good job, or the character is just badly written. I might drop it just because of her...

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I thought the slap was an important indication of the actor's feelings. He was used to living a life in the public eye, nosy fans and the media always pushing too close. Now he had something he wanted to keep very private, to protect his loved one and was willing to pay the price in the hit to his reputation. Ro Woon's pushy demands for the truth were a stand in for the public's. It showed his arrogance as well as a bit of desperation.
Hwan-ki witnessed Ro Woon get hurt, just as he feared she might.
I think females are subjected to a lot of unnessary slaps in dramaland, but it does work in the scene here. It does seem like in Korea it isn't unusual for elders to physically chastise young people.

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I really wonder about that too. Is it normal in Korea that an elder can slap you? I do not find this acceptable. I would sue that guy or something.

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Asian cultures place a lot of premium on age
In india for example an elder can slap you but it has to be someone like your mom or dad or grandparents .. but the boss slapping an employee especially a male boss slapping a female employee is unthinkable.

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I'm an Indian too and I don't think slapping is a good act, I was disciplined a lot by my mom but she says that we must however avoid a slap on face as there's a sensitive part near the earlobe and if we accidentally hit a bit hard then the person who got slapped might even die.

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it all makes sense why this show is the way it is because of the director........i see lol this show is exhausting and the writing..

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Because you said this, I looked up his other dramas.
It took me a while before I got the connection between:
Brain the company and Brain the drama!!
What a sneaky cameo.

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I still don't like Roo Won which is problematic as she is the female protagonist that doesn't mesh very well with our often misunderstood yet completely lovable introvert. I'll give this show couple more episodes then I am dropping this.

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I'ts getting harder and harder to watch Hwan ki being misunderstood, his co-workers aren't making it easy either. Especially Ro-woon I dislike her so much aghhh.I think rather the girl needs a huge character development than him. Hwan Ki just needs to overcome his fears and talk more to people.

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I just want to reach into the screen and smack all his employees over the head and yell, "GET YOURSELVES AND GROW UP!!!" So frustrating. Like, Kyo-Ri for instance, who knows about Hwan Ki's disorder because he told her as much and still insists on misunderstanding him.
Although, it will probably be really, really satisfying when they find out what he and Woo Il and feel really, really guilty and have to grovel.
*sigh* I'm worried about what a scorch-the-earth-and-salt-it person I'm becoming.

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"GET OVER YOURSELVES" I meant. :)

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Ro-woon clearly needs to stop calling Hwan-ki as psychopath. Seriously, that girl is getting on my nerves. This is the most frustrating drama I've ever watched.

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I still like the show, mostly for Hwan-ki. I've already seen episode 4, and I'm still invested. I want to see how they manage everything. Hwaiting!

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I hope the sweet secretary Kyo-ri gets a bigger role because we see her sympathise with her boss way more than the heroine or anyone else on the team. I always hope she'll speak up for him or just get to talk with him a bit more - I don't know... I see so much potential there for a positive support of the shy boss. They really clicked at the hospital, so I'm always hoping she'd put the pieces together and realise he's a great person with serious communication problems.

As for the heroine Ro-woon, she is really too dramatic half the time - she's so energy draining that I always fear poor Hwan-ki will drop from sheer stress. I'm hanging there because there are moments when we get to see what made her act this way, but I hope the other people will get her to tone down. How could she boss everyone around as a junior employee? Please make her realise Hwan-ki has problems, so she can move from this destructive person into someone great in his life - he's got too few friends and people rooting for him.

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I also want the secretary to have more important role for Hwan-Ki. It doesn't have to be romantic, but she at least could be the one who would stand up for him or understand his action, since she already saw a glimpse of his real self and heard about his problem with social interaction. He also tried to protect her by telling her to not tell anybody that she blabbed about him.

But, so far, she didn't seem to be written that way. It's as if she got amnesia or something, and continue to misunderstood and scared of him, just like everyone else.

Maybe not yet.

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I agree with your comment about Kyori, I hope there'll be a scene in which she stands up for Hwan Ki.

"He wonders if he should divulge his coffee preferences, but decides against it since he figures they put a lot of thought into his drink, and it’d be discourteous to do so." Totally relate to this.

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I was wondering the same thing. the secretary Kyo-ri if I am not mistaken he did explain to her at the hospital his problem. I think that she should at least be a source of support for him. In addition to which she should at least be guiding Ro-woon to not be so harsh on him.

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I ship them.

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I actually like Ro-Woon, but the more she has interactions with Hwan-ki and doesn't realize what's really going on re: his social anxiety the less lee-way I can give her.

I think the show has done enough misunderstandings between the two and now it's time for her to get in his corner. I really hope that we get to see that next week.

I love the character of Hwan-ki and the acting is good so I want to keep watching, but I need Ro-woon to grow along with her new knowledge or it's hard for me to get invested.

And nothing against the actress, who I like a lot!

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I can relate and have a soft spot for Hwan Ki because Im an Introvert who doesnt speak much but observes a lot and have a lot of internal dialouge, I am very timid and have trouble putting myself out there in terms of starting relationships with other people...but not quite to the extent of the Hwan Ki...because of this Im invested in the show...although it makes me cringe so bad...I literally want to hide under my covers while watching this show...I also hate how the female lead is pushing Hwan Ki to act out of his comfort zone...that can be an extremely terrifying feeling especially when you're not ready...
apart from a lot of the cast being from AOY some of the background music eg the one playing to signify sad emotions is exactly the same...which is distracting for me...
Otherwise Im gonna hang in there and see this one to the end....

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For everything you wrote, same here! Same here! I just want to give him a hug and a mug of cocoa.

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Just wanted to correct myself I meant to say OHY not AOY

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This episode has me hooked. Perhaps it's because it's very HwanKi centered, which I love because you get to discover his steadfastness and depth in his thinking and actions, and how purposeful many of them are. I like that he's someone who holds his own despite whatever nonsense Wooil and Rowoon throws at him, even if it can be annoying and uncomfortable to watch. The world through his eyes is interesting as it's a less told story than of the bubbly hero/heroine with a tragic backstory, and I'm looking forward to how he reconciles his thoughts and actions with his staff and how they form a tight knit team that allows them to grow and become stronger and better individuals. Romance and company makjang be damned.

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This! Romance and company makjang be damned!

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"Hwang snatches the phone from Hwan-ki and slaps Ro-woon, stunning everyone. That was NOT necessary."

Totally agree!! As soon as the writer/director had the bigger, stronger man slap the smaller, weaker woman, this show lost me. I may tune in now and then to see how it goes, but my enjoyment and support for this show is now non-existent.

I've always, ALWAYS hate the slapping, but this was much too over the top for me.

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I think the biggest problem with this drama is how the writer ruins all their own attempts to make the female lead likable.

First, the fact that her sister committed suicide. I rationally know I'm supposed to feel sympathetic for her grief over the devastating loss of a family member, but every single time RW unfairly blames/lashes out at HG for her sister's death, I find myself becoming less sympathetic and more indignant. Yes, her sister's suicide hurt her. But she's obviously projecting her own feelings of guilt for 'not noticing even though they shared the same room' onto the most convenient target, aka HG, so that she can place all the blame on him and not herself. She's making HG a sacrificial lamb for her own guilt, and that defense mechanism --while understandable-- is so unfair to HG that it just makes me mad at RW, not sad for her.

Second, her 'trusting someone by the look in their eyes'. Is it an admirable thing to trust someone no matter what because you believe they're a good person? Of course it is. But the fact that RW kept "her faith" in actor ahjusshi means nothing when taken in context. She didn't think actor ahjusshi was innocent because she believed in him, she thought it because she believes in her judgement of him. That's why she trusted he was a good guy no matter what he did to make her opinion waver, in the exact same manner she believes HG is a bad guy no matter what he does to make her opinion waver. Because the fact is that RW doesn't believe in anyone or anything but her own judgements.

And I think that's the biggest flaw of RW's character. It's not even a 'character flaw' at this point, because it just makes her so unlikable that it ruins the rest of her character since there are no other good traits to back it up. She thinks she's right about everything. No matter what she might see to indicate otherwise, no matter what other people might tell her, she always goes back to her own initial judgements.

It's ironic because although RW throws the word 'psycho' at HG a lot (and I'm not even gonna go into how offensive that is), the one person who actually behaves in a borderline psychotic way is RW herself. Refusing to accept evidence right in front of your eyes, denying that your beliefs may be wrong, adamantly insisting that you know the true faces of everyone involved in a certain incident- these are all signs of a mild disconnection with and rejection of reality, which is what actual psychosis is all about. Honestly, it'd make sense if she was suffering from a mild one too, considering the trauma of her sister's death and the self-blame she's clearly projecting onto HG.

I honestly wish they would go in that direction, because then I'd be able to understand and sympathise with her. Right now, she's just aggravating to watch.

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*Adding a quick note because I realised I worded one sentence incorrectly: When I said 'there are no other good traits to back it up', I didn't mean RW has no other good traits at all. She does have other good traits. She's quite kind when she wants to be (e.g when HG ran into her car, when she's interacting with 'courier guy') and has a good sense of justice. What I mean is that she has no good traits to make up for the staggeringly large bad trait of her fixation on the correctness of her own judgements.

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Really nicely said. Sigh!

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Good point that she is projecting her guilt to the boss. And loss of her sister, I am not feeling it either. It is very weird because I am missing my sister who lives in a different country, so I sob every time there is a sister-love theme in a kdrama. But this drama did not do such a thing to me. Actually, I feel for her unni. If I was sharing my room with her, I would be suicidal too.

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Ditto, about how she refuse to admit her faults. I still remembered the last episode, when the secretary told her, what she did caused her to lose her job while she had endure it to support her family. Instead of reflecting on what she did wrong, she tried to justified her action and assumed the boss made the secretary's life and her sisters miserable.

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I have rarely disliked a female lead more which is a testament to her good acting as I absolutely adored her in Age Of Youth. But Ugh, I do feel like shaking her!

I'm not an advocate of violence but I thoroughly understand why she got slapped by the male client. Why was she poking so hard at a secret the client wanted to keep hidden? People keep secrets for a reason. By totally disrespecting the client's wish to his private matter she proved how unprofessional she was, and that she thoroughly deserved the tongue lashing she received. I hope the writer matures the female lead soon or else I'll dump the drama.

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I believe she has a problem respecting other people's boundaries...she pokes and probes into other people's business until she gets the results she wants...

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I don't think I and probably many others here have wished harder for character development of a female lead in a drama. There HAS to be a reason for starting out this way...? Or is she really going to continue acting like a 5 year old and get away with it? Giving this drama maybe 2 more eps max before I drop

Pity cos hwan gi seems well written and does tug at my emotions

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one word for ro-woon from an introvert person. tactless. it's okay to be an outgoing extrovert person but you have to have some tact. i totally understand why she got that slap tbh. she kinda deserved it in my opinion. in case you guys missed it, she did SNATCHED away Hwang's phone. that is not how you treat your client. so she got what she deserved allright.

as an introvert person, having someone as ro-woon swarming to you bombarding questions and invading your personal space is a big no no. is like an invasion of privacy and my comfort zone. have some tact sheesh. tsk tsk tsk. hwan-gi clearly showed his discomfort when ro-woon kept peeking under his hood like 10 cm away from his face? she should have the tact to back off, honestly this girl. smh.

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oh and i forgot to mention about woo-il, you two-faced-lying-opportunist-sly-creditstealer-snake. oh how i despise you

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Tactless! Yes! As introvert, I found her overbearing. I remember a friend (not really) who visited my boarding house and barged into my room as soon as I unlocked it, even though I told her to wait a second so I could tidy up a bit. Call me oversensitive, but at the time I felt my personal space and privacy violated. We are not even that close.

Although, I really wanna slap her every time she did those unbelievably rude things, I cringed so hard when she did get slapped. I felt conflicted. On one side of my mind, I don't agree with the slap actually happening. On the other side, I thought, this girl just won't stop prying even if the man wanted her to stop, and he's probably livid and didn't see a way to stop her from exposing his secret. Even if the slap didn't happen today, in the future this girl would definitely get slapped or probably worse, anyway.

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Rant start...
I completely agree with you. I watched the first two episodes and as an introverted person it was so difficult to watch RW physically assault HG trying to see his face or hold him down. From reading the recap, it looks like it has not changed.
She is a junior employee who is tasked with doing PR for a famous client. She has no business violating his clearly stated request for privacy. Taking someone's phone against their will is a huge invasion of privacy, not to mention extremely unprofessional. The whole thing with her misunderstanding that HG was a courier was also stupid. Doesn't she have to get form signed or ask for identification before sending of expensive items with a random guy. It was so ridiculous. I can't believe we are expected to root for her because she apparently has courage to barge in where others don't. It's more like she has no boundaries! I've seen many drama heroines I've not liked but this is the first character that I absolutely despise. Maybe because I'm an introvert I'm extra sensitive of her behavior towards HG.
Rant end!

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Thank you for this! I stopped watching Introverted Boss. As much as I want to see Hwan-ki overcome his anxiety, Ro-woon (and other characters) just comes off as too much. It's not funny to see her invade Hwan-ki's space or anyone for that matter. She has no boundaries.

I know. I know. It's her character's flaw and she has room for progress. But the way her character is written, I just want to shake her. I remember disliking Shim Bo-nui from Lucky Romance but this, Ro-woon just a little too much.

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I do wish our little heroine didn't have such a squeaky annoying voice. Someone needs to explain to me how these people cannot know at this point that the boss has agoraphobia. First of all I've seen zero evidence in his behavior that he "looks down" on anyone. I was disappointed that after the slap he didn't get the old fart alone and read him the riot act. Instead he fed him and gave him a chance to open up which I found to be pretty unnatural given he was holding out on the very people who were trying to help him all along. Also, let's not get all wrapped around the axle about the transgender issue. I'm sure the writer thought it was a surprising plot device. Something different than what's expected. Even if the execution of it's use was a bit ham handed and frankly gratuitous it's still better than pretending these things don't exist.

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I enjoyed this episode more than the last week's, mainly because we got to see how HG think. How anxious he was about almost everything he's about to do and say, also how considerate he actually was to people around him. It's also both funny and sad how the employees' perception about his actions and words was so skewed. He's more of a fidgety hamster than a blood-thirsty angry psychopath.

I'm becoming more and more annoyed with this snakey friend storyline. I wonder if the observant HG has actually realised that this slimeball is not what we'd call a friend at all.

Ro Woon's character is still unrelatable and hard to watch.

I'm wondering how long do I have to endure watching this timid harmless HG being misunderstood, left out and badmouthed by the others. Honestly, it's hard to watch, since he doesn't even have one genuine person on his side, now.

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I comepletly missed the transgender bit...I honk at this point I'm pretty much just watching and paying attention to the scenes with Hwan Ki and zoning out the rest of the time. The lead guy is brilliant in this drama! I'm impressed with his portray of Hwan Ki, he makes us curious , interested and we sympathize with him...I hope he continues this brilliance through out the drama. I would honestly be good with just watching Hwan Ki in super awkward situations and his inner monologues. The coffee and knives parts were so good! ...sighhhh the female lead...I have hope for her...I think I have hope for her. Either the character or the actor need s some editing. So far there is nothing I find redeeming about her. Question: does anybody think it's been set up so the viewers empathize with Hwan Ki and not at all with Ro Woon? I haven't seen a single comment here on on DF in her favor. Maybe her "intensity" is what Kwan Ki needs with his extreme social anxiety? Idk Im trying to understand the girl but honestly, I'm an introvert and I think if I came across a person like that I'd go from introvert to murderer real quick.

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Yes, I expected a slice of life drama with some office life hijinks. I'd like to watch his awkwardness and inner monologues all day. I'd like to watch him receiving help from his longtime best friend and this cute considerate extrovert girl that slowly sneakily creep into his heart, trying to drag him out from his social anxiety, without changing him completely into someone who isn't him. But, then again that would be J-Dorama, not K-drama.

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Maybe her “intensity” is what Kwan Ki needs with his extreme social anxiety?

No. Her kind of intensity is not what Hwan-ki needs. It would have been okay if she was outgoing, fun, and loud but not this kind of intense. Speaking from experience, she will be too much and overwhelming.

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Dropped this after episode 2 but wanted to read the recap to see if anything improves. Apparently not. I feel frustration with Ro Woon even by reading the recap. She clearly doesn't know the meaning of boundaries.

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Surprisingly she didn't do any such things with her sister... If she had, she would have known she was suffering....

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Initially this plotline sounded so good that I thought it would be so good to watch... But it was not even half of my expectations.... I don't blame the actors... All are doing so good... Especially our darling "woo Jin".. recently I am seeing many actors surprisingly doing an extraordinary job in acting.. *cough cough* weightlifting fairy....
I dunno if it is the plot or directing... Not very engaging...
It can do better

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Personally I like the girl. Her character's been exaggerated into a cariacature extrovert, perhaps, but at least she has a character and is not another candy girl. I've got friends much like her though toned down. These friends are fearless, loyal, motivated, always stand up for others, and just plain fun. They drag introvert me out to clubs and parties and I end up having a great time myself plus enjoying their antics. They do make more enemies because theyre over-confident, they make mistakes, but they're just as sorry as any of us would be and have as good a heart. All introverts should be blessed with friends like this, who learn over time to leave you alone when you need it and drag you out when you need that too. I'm looking forward to seeing her soften round the edges and become more thoughtful and less aggressive as she learns from the situation she's in, but I wouldn't change her core personality for anything.

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My thought also, am hoping that the show will depict how the OTP to change and balance each other. Have no problem that they start at the opposite extremes since it will make the journey even better.

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YES! I finally found someone who also likes that character!! I have actually just written a comment about how I really loved Ro-woon. I wish fangirls/boys would stop being so agressive towards her... You don't how happy I was to read your comment!! Thank you so much for writing it!!! :D :D

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Am still following this drama but am scratching my head about Woo-il. Ro-Woon keeps calling Hwan-ki psychopath, but seriously Woo-il is totally the psychopathic one with all his duplicity. Am expecting that yes, there will be villain, but somehow his type of villainy is on a different genre and it's not meshed well...

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I like Park Hye-soo in "Age of Youth" but I really dislike her character this time. I cringed and skipped a lot of scenes in this episode and ended up reading the recaps instead. I'm starting to think that people who thinks that she's "okay" or "just extroverted" is a person whose personality is as annoying as hers but doesn't realize it (yet?).

There's a difference between being extroverted and domineering. Extroverted characters is supposed to be like Hyun-Ji on "Let's Fight Ghost" or Hong-Nan on "Come Back Mister" or Kim Bok-Joo. But this one is just.. It's fine if she's got a prejudice against him (at least keep it to herself) but it's annoying to see her keeps cornering him at every turn. It's like "Beautiful Mind" all over again.

And the show makes me annoyed because the plot is basically like this.
"extroverted character(s) thinks that this one introvert person is probably bad and is secretly a psycho, until they discovered that there's a painful secret behind their introvertness, and they decided to ~cure~ the person because everyone can get over everything and being an introvert is obviously a disease to be cured and the only way to cure it is to push them into doing something they're not comfortable with"

Idk I wish dramaland would appreciate introvert characters more instead of trying to push them out of their shell by force. Maybe like "Age of Youth" (they ended up respecting each other's boundaries despite their personalities instead of trying to change them).

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+10000 Totally agree! As an introvert in an extrovert world, I have learned over the years to accept the fact that being an introvert does not mean there is anything wrong with me. It just means that I have a different way to process information and that I am more comfortable alone than with others. I was hoping they would portray it as such. But I hate the fact that they picture it as a disorder. True, Hwan Ki is an introvert, but he also has a disorder. And I hate that those two are mixed up. Ro-Woon's character doesn't help as well, I find her to be unnecessarily too much and the way her character is written disconnected.

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I really love HwanKi, but he is pretty frustrating. Of course, I do understand that he is shy and tends to overthink but his inability to speak more than a sentence in front of people is really frustrating for viewers and for himself too.

RoWoon, on the other hand is pretty annoying since she says whatever she thinks without too much filter and tends to jump into everything head-first without putting much thought behind it. And her inability to see HwanKi for who he is is probably because of her hatred for him and her focus on revenge and revenge only. Her witnesses of him being the squishy person is his and her prejudice and hatred for him based on her sister's death are already conflicting. With a little more, she will probably be able to see him for who is really is and will hopefully learn about his involvement in her sister's death, and will help him and root for him.

HyoRi, too, has already seen and probably understands HwanKi's character, but is probably just too shocked and ends up continuing to think of him in the same way that she always has for the entire time shes been working there.

WooIl just scared me tbh. I am anticipating but also kind of scared to see his involvement in RoWoon's sister's suicide.

Also, I wonder how they're going to treat his social anxiety? Will the writers turn it into a disease that needs to be cured or a personality trait that should be embraced? Im very curious about this.

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Thanks for the recap!

This director also did Brain.

It isn't the same writer, I realize, but the director had to take an extremely unlikeable character and eventually made him loveable. Not necessarily made him likeable, but you could understand him and appreciate him. There was soooooo much tension in the first few episodes surrounding Dr. Brain, it was almost unwatchable. Everyone was deeply flawed in some way. Reminds me of this, too, in that way. But, man, did staying with the drama it pay off. I loved all the characters by the end. I hope it is the same for this.

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Is it just me or is the best friend as shady? Something about him I definitely don't like.

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I LIKE THE FEMALE PROTAGONIST'S FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

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Thanks for your review!! They are always very complete and agreable to read!! :) It's really great reading it after seeing the episode!! :D Also I've already read a lot of comments, and AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO'S LOVED RO-WOON SINCE THE FIRST EPISODE?!? Like I just love her character and her personality and it makes me sad that the fact that she's always compared to Hwan ki, who's her complete opposite really, makes fangirls dislike her. I find her really loveable and I understand her.

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