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Introverted Boss: Episode 7

Try as he might to emerge from his shell all on his own, Hwan-ki learns that working toward self-improvement isn’t a solo effort, but rather one that involves collective interaction, even if it means butting heads and slapping on a smile for a group photo. His feelings finally start to bubble to the surface, and the others begin to see that Hwan-ki is quite the lovable and brilliant man.

 
EPISODE 7: “The Dignity of a Supporting Role”

Hwan-ki the Christmas Panda dances animatedly for the kids at the orphanage, buoyed by his costume and the receptive audience. “I’ve changed!” he eagerly thinks to himself.

Afterward, in the cafeteria, Hwan-ki’s cutting his homemade kimchi when Ro-woon brings up the rumor about his secretary who committed suicide three years ago: “What was that person like?”

Hwan-ki pauses, painfully reminded of Ji-hye, and answers that she was a good person, but regrets never telling her this. Ro-woon’s moved by his response and surprises him when she tries some of his kimchi. “I thought you didn’t like kimchi,” he says.

Ro-woon answers that she doesn’t dislike it, but that she’s unable to like it anymore. She goes on to explain that her big sister passed away — unaware that he already knows — and that her devastated mom stopped making kimchi because there was no one left to eat it in their family, even though she liked kimchi and was her mom’s daughter, too. Fighting back tears, Ro-woon adds that her mom lost her will to live and died from heart disease.

She’s never touched kimchi since because it reminded her of her mom, but Ro-woon brightly exclaims that she can probably eat it now and munches on another piece. Hwan-ki quietly nods when asked if he made the kimchi himself, and Ro-woon continues to eat more, raving about how tasty it is through her sniffles.

Yi-soo celebrates Christmas with Woo-il and her parents over a fancy dinner. Her dad criticizes Silent Monster’s employees in front of Woo-il and orders him to butter up Mr. Park of Rose Airlines and have Silent Monster handle the man’s PR project — he needs the support of Mr. Park’s wife’s family for the primary election. Woo-il has no choice but to obey, and his unease is apparent.

At his office, Woo-il holds up Ji-hye’s building drawing and Ro-woon’s rough scrawl of his face, which she left on the company Christmas tree. A tear rolls down his face, and he smiles sadly. Back at the orphanage, Ro-woon watches Hwan-ki happily feeding the children, and wonders if Ji-hye saw his true self: “It might not have been his fault. What if something else happened to her?” Yes, nice to see your narrow mind slowly opening, Ro-woon.

She answers a call from Woo-il. He’s at a bar — ugh, the same one from three years ago! — and asks if they can meet because there’s something he must tell her. Ro-woon thinks back to all the times he’s looked after her and asks herself, “Could Woo-il be… Mr. Smith?” Woo-il dozes off at the bar, and when a call comes in from Yi-soo, he’s reminded of when he forcibly kissed Ji-hye.

The bartender answers Yi-soo’s call and informs her that Woo-il is drunk and by himself. Moments later, Woo-il feels a hand on his shoulder and looks up to find Ji-hye’s concerned face. He asks her how she is, and we see that it’s really Ro-woon who just arrived. Slipping in and out of drunken stupor, he finally recognizes Ro-woon, who reminds him that he called her here to say something.

She’s about to ask if he is who she thinks he is, but Woo-il interrupts, slurring that he isn’t and that she’ll be disappointed once she gets to know him. He looks away, ashamed, and emphasizes that he doesn’t deserve her gazes. Ro-woon’s puzzled by his words and catches him from falling over. When he looks up at her, he sees Ji-hye again and clutches her hand while apologizing for being a coward.

Ro-woon leaves him at the bar to grab him some medicine. Back at the orphanage, the director thanks Hwan-ki for his help and informs him that Ro-woon left earlier. He sees missed calls from Yi-soo and calls her back. She says Woo-il suddenly disappeared, but that she found him.

She says this while helping an inebriated Woo-il into the car. Hwan-ki asks if Woo-il truly was alone at the bar, and Yi-soo’s about to respond when she spots Ro-woon returning to the hotel bar. Despite this sight, she tells Hwan-ki that Woo-il was indeed alone.

Hwan-ki assures her not to worry, since Woo-il was probably troubled by work matters. Ro-woon returns to the bar with medicine for Woo-il, but finds that he’s no longer there. Inside the car, Yi-soo tilts Woo-il’s head so he can sleep against her shoulder, but he shifts away from her.

The next day, Ro-woon informs Reporter Woo that her revenge plan is over. She believes something else pushed Ji-hye to commit suicide, and that Hwan-ki wasn’t involved. Reporter Woo asks her what changed her mind, and she smiles, thinking back to Panda Hwan-ki.

However, she’ll remain employed to locate Mr. Smith, convinced he’s a Brain employee who carries the truth about Ji-hye’s death that no one else knows. Meanwhile, Hwan-ki’s at the library for another session with his therapist.

This time separated by a bookshelf, Hwan-ki informs her that his team’s future depends on their next project, and that he must change. But she chides him for working so hard by himself while no one is looking, which is the way he’s always lived his life.

She urges him to work as a team. Cut to him surrounded by his employees. Yoo-hee begins by describing their client, Mr. Park of Rose Airlines, a man whose negative public opinion remains dominant after his power abuse controversy.

Hwan-ki follows his therapist’s advice about using a tool to calm himself and picks up his boxcutter. This scares the employees, but he instructs them to share their thoughts while he listens and sharpens his pencil. Se-jong suggests a volunteer outing for Mr. Park, but Hwan-ki finds it too obvious.

Ro-woon suggests an overseas trip for orphans. Sun-bong snidely remarks that they shouldn’t have to clean up after an abusive owner’s mess, alluding to Hwan-ki’s own power abuse scandal.

Because it’ll be difficult to restore Mr. Park’s image, Hwan-ki concludes that they’ll need to focus on improving his company’s image instead, but he spirals into his black hole of overthinking. He thinks about how not to hurt anyone’s feelings, word choice, delivery, and finally figures out what to say, but he just ends up spooking his employees who mistakenly believe he’s angry and needs more time to think. Poor Hwan-ki laments his missed opportunity.

He’s back at the library, looking defeated. “I can never be the main character,” he says to his therapist. But she reminds him that he’s the leader and can’t be in a supporting role forever. She urges him to challenge himself to a team dinner and get friendly with his employees.

Cut to the Silent Monster crew at a bar. They’re suspicious of this team dinner, but Yoo-hee and Ro-woon believe Hwan-ki’s trying to change himself for the better. Hwan-ki’s running late, and Kyo-ri ends up chosen as the one to check up on him.

Hwan-ki’s still at home trying on all his clothes, unsure of what to wear. Kyo-ri arrives to let him know that everyone’s waiting for him and is startled when Hwan-ki asks her for help. He explains that she seems fashion-savvy and that he’s been considering her for an Account Executive role specializing in that area.

Surprised and flattered, Kyo-ri eagerly helps him out, and Hwan-ki steps out in a dark velvet suit. He wonders if he looks too formal, but is quick to reassure Kyo-ri that he genuinely likes her pick, which brings a smile to her face. He beams shyly, appreciative of her help.

Hwan-ki finally arrives at the bar looking sharp and maybe a tad overdressed, heh. The Silent Monster crew can hardly believe their eyes, and Ro-woon looks impressed.

Kyo-ri quickly removes the clip left in his hair and proudly announces that she styled him. Sun-bong scoffs, wondering if Hwan-ki’s heading to an award ceremony, which hurts Kyo-ri’s feelings. Yoo-hee asks Hwan-ki to make a toast before drinking, but he ends up wordlessly downing his beer, so they follow suit.

Then selfie-taking and exchanging commences while Hwan-ki merely watches. To her coworkers’ chagrin, Ro-woon adds Hwan-ki to their chatroom, and Yoo-hee suggests they all take a group photo. Hwan-ki offers to take it, but Ro-woon asks a server to take one of all of them.

She gently reminds Hwan-ki to smile, and he manages to produce a wide-eyed, close-mouthed, slightly contrived grin. It’s an adorably awkward photo, and Hwan-ki receives compliments on how nice he turned out, which makes him smile. Aw!

Coincidentally, Woo-il and his employees arrive for their team dinner. Woo-il knocks Hwan-ki’s formal attire, but looking at his first group photo and zooming into his successful smile cheers Hwan-ki up instantly.

Later, Kyo-ri admits to Se-jong that she was job searching on her phone, worried that she’s unfit to dress Hwan-ki, let alone become an account executive. She asks if Se-jong is worried about his future, but he answers that he wants to get fired so he can become a celebrity. He scarfs down sausages because he can’t eat any at home, eliciting Kyo-ri’s sympathy — haha, she thinks he’s poor! — but he states that his life isn’t actually so bad, heh.

Se-jong asks Hwan-ki to snap pictures of him, but instead he focuses on Ro-woon, capturing her candid moments. But his smile vanishes when she approaches Woo-il and asks for a word, and Hwan-ki makes sure to follow them.

Ro-woon’s about to speak when Woo-il interrupts and apologizes for what happened on Christmas Eve. He asks that they no longer mention that incident, and Ro-woon agrees to keep it under wraps, even though that wasn’t what she wanted to discuss with him. Hwan-ki tenses from behind a wall, having overheard that they were together on Christmas Eve.

When Woo-il returns to the bar, he offers to help the Silent Monster employees on their project by handling Mr. Park, but Hwan-ki angrily rejects him and shouts that his assistance isn’t needed. After startling everyone with his sudden outburst, Hwan-ki leaves abruptly, and Ro-woon follows him out.

Hwan-ki is furious: “I’m angry that I’m angry!” Ro-woon overhears him updating his therapist on how he ruined the team dinner. But the therapist informs him that he’s changing for the better because his emotions have finally resurfaced. Hwan-ki notices Ro-woon’s presence and runs away, even though she’s touched by his efforts to change.

Woo-il returns home, but Yi-soo’s mom shoots him a disapproving look before heading to her room. Yi-soo assures him that it’s nothing personal, but Woo-il knows better and corrects her, saying that she’s probably mad because he suddenly disappeared on Christmas Eve. Yi-soo avoids the subject entirely, which only seems to egg Woo-il on more. “Aren’t you curious about why I did that and what happened? Aren’t you angry?”

Yi-soo faces him and replies that he wasn’t going to tell her anyway. “But I prefer that… even if you don’t say anything, I can understand and wait for you because I trust you.” Oh, girl.

At home, Hwan-ki looks through the photos he took of Ro-woon on his laptop and paces anxiously, because he can’t get Ro-woon out of his head. She actually returns to the office because she left her wallet behind and lets Hwan-ki know that the director of White Cloud Orphanage approved the Rose Airlines-sponsored Malaysia trip.

Hwan-ki asks her point blank if she met up with Woo-il on Christmas Eve, and Ro-woon explains that he had something to say to her, but by the time she arrived, he was too drunk and incoherent. She assures Hwan-ki that nothing happened between the two. Hwan-ki eyes her suspiciously for a beat too long, so she excuses herself to grab some water in the kitchen.

As soon as Ro-woon spots his laptop open, Hwan-ki swoops in and wraps his jacket around her so she doesn’t realize that he was looking at the photos he took of her. He closes his laptop and finally lets her go, but the intimate encounter leaves the two feeling hot and flustered.

Mr. Park of Rose Airlines arrives at the airport the next day wanting to speak to the head of the project, but Hwan-ki’s busy snapping photos of the kids from White Cloud Orphanage, and Woo-il’s running late. A rep relays whatever Mr. Park whispers into his ear and informs the Silent Monster employees that Mr. Park is an introvert. Se-jong quips that he’ll get along swimmingly with Hwan-ki then, and Mr. Park suddenly recognizes Se-jong as the grandson of the KJ Foods magnate.

His coworkers are stunned to learn about Se-jong’s wealthy background, and Mr. Park takes offense when Se-jong admits to not knowing who he was. When Woo-il arrives at the airport, he runs into the director of White Cloud Orphanage and introduces himself, adding that it’s been twenty years since their last meeting.

Flashback to the director tearfully saying goodbye to Woo-il before he left with Hwan-ki’s dad twenty years ago. Back in the present, Ro-woon’s surprised the two know each other, and the director grows emotional at the sight of Woo-il all grown up. This moment is disrupted, however, when Mr. Park shows up and denigrates Woo-il in front of everyone.

Mr. Park yells at him for making him wait, and the orphanage director can only look on sadly as Woo-il bows in apology and accepts fault. They relocate to a cafe, and Mr. Park expresses that he cares little for the orphans and merely wants Silent Monster to restore his image ASAP. Woo-il tries to be attentive to him, but his phone keeps vibrating with urgent texts from Yi-soo’s mom.

Woo-il’s distraction only exacerbates Mr. Park’s anger, but luckily, Hwan-ki steps in and informs him that his team will take over from here, while pulling Woo-il aside. Hwan-ki instructs Woo-il to return to the office, assuring him that he’ll handle the project and take care of his staff.

Woo-il and Yi-soo arrive at the same place and time and are surprised to learn that Yi-soo’s mom had called them both. Turns out the “emergency” was just an excuse for Yi-soo’s mom to flaunt a gown and pressure Woo-il to get Yi-soo in a wedding dress already since they’ve been engaged for three years. Then Yi-soo’s dad enters, livid (when is he not?), and smacks Woo-il in the face for doing wedding stuff instead of currying Mr. Park’s favor.

Yi-soo cries foul, blaming her crazy parents, but all Woo-il can do is quietly dip his head and walk out. She pleads with him to stay, but he receives a call from Ro-woon and drives away. Back at the airport, Mr. Park smiles with the orphans and the Silent Monster crew for a promotional photo when one of the kids starts bawling because she lost her panda teddy.

Mr. Park warns her to cut it out, but only succeeds in inducing all the other kids to tears, effectively ruining the photo op. Hwan-ki informs Mr. Park that he’s the CEO responsible for the project, and Mr. Park threatens to quit — he entrusted Silent Monster to help because of Hwan-ki’s dad, but is displeased with this mess. But Hwan-ki doesn’t try to appease him and nonchalantly agrees that they should cancel his schedule — less exposure is better for the children, plus, he can only guarantee improvement for the company’s image and not Mr. Park’s.

Mr. Park slaps on a smile for the reporters before storming off, and his rep hands Hwan-ki the wallet Woo-il left behind. Ro-woon’s sketch of Woo-il slips out, and Hwan-ki can’t help but feel annoyed. (Or jealous?) The Silent Monster crew heads to their gate with the kids, but the girl who lost her teddy is inconsolable.

Ro-woon watches as Hwan-ki steps in and comforts her — we can’t hear what he says — but he smiles and gesticulates and ends with a pinky promise. He guides her to Ro-woon and says he’ll join them later, and Ro-woon replies that she’ll wait for him, which makes him roll his eyes, lol. Woo-il speeds to his office, and Ro-woon lets him know that they’re about to board.

On the plane, Kyo-ri steals glances at Se-jong, and Sun-bong notices. He advises her to give up her one-sided crush because everyone will think she’s after his money, and Kyo-ri bursts into tears, fully aware. Ro-woon asks the little girl what Hwan-ki had told her, and she replies that he had forgotten his ticket. Hmmm?

Cut to Malaysia, where the Silent Monster crew plays with the kids, except for the little girl who lost her teddy. The director explains to Ro-woon that the panda was her friend/family and she’s never seen without it. Ro-woon takes her outside for some fresh air, and they both wonder aloud why “he” isn’t here yet — Hwan-ki for Ro-woon, and the panda for the girl.

Se-jong is surprised to see her missing panda on Rose Airlines’ Instagram with tens of thousands of likes along with the cute caption, “The bear who found his ticket!” We return to the scene where Hwan-ki comforted the little girl and hear what he said to her: “The bear was so excited for his first trip that he forgot his ticket!” Hwan-ki promised to find the panda and get on the next flight with it, and asked the girl to wait for him.

Hwan-ki had scoured the airport and finally found the panda at a cafe. He created a story about panda’s first air trip and took photos to document its journey from security to dining on the plane for Rose Airlines’ Instagram page. Ro-woon narrates, “That person was in a supporting role who shined brighter than the main lead.”

Back in the present, Se-jong shows the viral panda photos to the rest of the Silent Monster team, and they’re all so impressed by their boss. The little girl asks Ro-woon if she wants to see “the guy in black” soon, and Ro-woon denies it, but as soon as Hwan-ki appears before them, Ro-woon breaks into a huge smile. Hwan-ki strides toward the two and surprises Ro-woon when he says, “I missed you.”

 
COMMENTS:

Aww. What a sweet and delightful episode! My love for Hwan-ki — and the desire to bear-hug him! — continues to grow because he’s such a good guy with a big, selfless heart. It makes a lot of sense for someone as sensitive as he is to feel comfortable and safe around kids because they’re so innocent and pure at heart; there’s no judgment in their eyes, no preconceived notions or cynicism either. They take Hwan-ki as they see him, which means he doesn’t have to overcompensate or overthink his actions. I’m not sure if Hwan-ki’s “I miss you” was directed at Ro-woon or was even a figment of her imagination, but I can tell she already has hearts in her eyes.

I’m glad Ro-woon’s revenge plot is over, and I don’t even mind that the way it ended was rather convenient and abrupt. At least the weakest plot point was done away with swiftly, which also eliminates Ro-woon’s alarming and off-putting presumptuousness. I’m going to guess that the rewrites involved softening the rough edges of her character, and I definitely noticed Ro-woon go from impulsive and in-your-face to composed and considerate from Episode 6. I also noticed that as Ro-woon’s recklessness receded, Hwan-ki became the focal point of the story; the story of revenge became a tale of personal growth, and because Hwan-ki’s such a great character, this change in direction does not bother me one bit. Restrained Ro-woon and more Hwan-ki? I’ll take it.

Why Yi-soo continues to stand by Woo-il, I’ll never understand. The pitiful man cheated on her with Ji-hye and very nearly messed up again with Ro-woon at the same bar. It’s clear he doesn’t love Yi-soo as much as she loves him. She turns a blind eye to all the glaringly obvious red flags, deluding herself into thinking that what she has with Woo-il is love, when really, the cracks are showing and Woo-il is on the verge of implosion, having to kowtow to Yi-soo’s crazy dad all the time. Woo-il’s got a ton of baggage, and his feelings for Ro-woon (ugh) are only going to complicate matters more, unfortunately.

They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step in fixing the problem, and if that’s the case, Hwan-ki’s on the right track, though I’d argue that he never had to “admit” anything because he was aware of his “problem” from the beginning. It reveals a lot that his motivation to change for the better is his Silent Monster team, and I think once they start to see Hwan-ki as the smart and caring boss that he is, the quicker Hwan-ki will be able to emerge from his shell. Gaining the trust and respect of his staff will allow him to become more confident in himself. Already, he’s had the courage to ask Kyo-ri to help him with his outfit, snap at Woo-il and reject his help, and sever ties with a haughty client. Hwan-ki doesn’t necessarily need to revamp who he is; he’s good in his core, and it’s just a matter of bringing that out for others to see. It’s so great that he’s already making strides.

I loved the scene where Kyo-ri picked his outfit; it reminded me of Ji-hye doing the same for him, and it was nice to see his shy smiles again. And how adorable was he when he succeeded in smiling for the Silent Monster group picture?! It was a tiny victory, but a huge deal for him, and I was beaming the whole time. He seriously had the cutest awkward smile I’ve ever seen. The panda and Hwan-ki storyline was delightful, and I have a feeling there will be lots of fun and humor to be had in Malaysia. I’m expecting sparks of the romantic variety, awkward close encounters, and fierce rivalry because, as we all know in dramaland, there’s nothing like a random getaway to speed up budding relationships.

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I liked this episode a lot as well. How sweet was that boarding pass thing? :) I still don't understand why Yi Soo is still with Woo-il as well.
If I were a big brother, I would've kicked him out of her life a long time ago. I understand he is giving her time to resolve her feelings. But, you know.... just remind her that she deserves so much better and it's probably for the best for both the guy and the girl.
I know you have to fight for your love, specially if they are from different social status, but in this case... I don't see the love. It's more like possession, loyalty and being faithful??? sometimes, letting them go might be the greatest respect you can do to your love of the life.

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i smell something fishy about yi-soo.

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According to Yi-soo's character profile in the website, it says that she is an introvert like Hwan-gi which is why she gets along with him. So I guess that she has trouble expressing her disappointment and insecurities and she thinks that glossing over them is a way to salvage her relationship with Woo-il.

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But then again after seeing the comments, she is perhaps an introvert who pretty much unleashes her anger all at once on the wrong person (Ji-hye) after bottling them up for such a long time.

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I agree. She is scary...

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I totally agree!! I wouldn't be surprised that she is the one who pushed Ro-woon's sister off the building.

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@oldguy

I was thinking the same thing.

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I am curious why Jin-hye, who appeared to be emotionally stable, would be driven to commit suicide. So, yeah, it did cross my mind, that someone might have pushed her. And there was no other person there besides Hwang-ki and Woo-il but Ji-soo.

Well, maybe she didn't literally push Jin-hye over the ledge, but might have berated/harassed the poor girl so much she had to jump.

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Okay I love how the show is going at the moment, but being part of the group of people who really liked the show from the beginning I am just a little upset we missed the chance to see our introvert growing. Personally I just feel like there is just a chunk of growth that was taken out and they sped it up just a little too fast.

From what I read around no one seemed to have trouble with our adorable "Boss" and only had troubles with Ro Woon and how out there she was (which they fixed splendidly I must say I do love her character a lot more than before~)

But other than that these new episodes are beyond adorable >////<

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I somehow think that maybe Yisoo accidently pushed Jihye of the window..hurmmmm

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Dude same though I am like 95% sure that she has something to do with big sis's death.... Her deadpan emotions are scary tbh...

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I've always been suspicious of that suicide.

Now in this ep: Yi-soo (again) sees Ro-won in circumstances that could be misinterpreted, then Yi-soo wasn't curious and talks about waiting and trust -- it wasn't in the recap, but the subs in the version I watched had her saying that words weren't necessary between them...

... Words like "You don't tell me who you were with and I won't tell you how I faked their suicide".

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“You don’t tell me who you were with and I won’t tell you how I faked their suicide”.

This sounds creepy.

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Oh no it crossed my mind too. Because we all dont know what happened between her and Ji Hye right before the incident.

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I wouldn't go that far but I though it was weird how the last person to see Jihye alive was Yisoo. I think a conversation with Yisoo threatening or harassing Jihye happened and that was what made her take the decision of killing herself.

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I mean I understand that Hwan-gi covered for Ji-hye's suicide because Woo-il is his friend and putting him in an incriminating position will hurt his relationship with Yi-soo. But thanks to your post, it makes me think that the person Hwan-gi wanted to protect was Yi-soo because she convinced Ji-hye to suicide or pushed her whether intentionally or by accident.

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Park Hye Soo should stick to singing (saw her on masked singer and her voice is nice), cause her acting is just terrible... either that or stick to supporting roles

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Naah.. She is not that terrible- how can I say, she is still rookie but she is same or better than some other actressess/ idol actress who have been in leading role for some years but shows a very tiny improvement. But yes she should stay at suppporting roles for the time being.

This girl loves stage and singing so much, but I read her agency pushed her into acting. Well same cases for most idols too. But in her case, I get that she cannot say much because she is still rookie and bound by the contract.

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I didn't much like the mother's new "emergency" gown. No fashion expert, but could it maybe qualify and a genuine fashion emergency?

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Lol, yes. For all that was going on in that scene all I could think was, "love issues aside, the reason I'm not getting married is I don't want that dress at my wedding."

The color was great on her but that cut needs to stop being produced imo.

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kim seul gi would've been stellar for the ro-woon role

why is my girl stuck with supporting roles or lead roles in short dramas while this (still green) female actress gets to headline a JTBC and tvn drama :[

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Siberian husky would have been another good choice!

I still love that Tvn gives up and coming new talent opportunities tho. Even if this casting was a miss.

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Yes, Kim Seul Gi will be wonderful. I thought about it too.

Nevertheless, since i want to keep enjoying this drama, I will forget the possibilities of other actress playing Ro Woon and trying to adapt with Park Hye Soo. Plus they toned down her character, so it won't be much problem for me. She is at least serviceable.

By the way, she was not the only one headlined Age of Youth. That drama had all 5 main characters, and all of them were great in their roles. Imo she was good in that drama.

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i find yi soo the suspicious one though.. it seems obvious to me like il woo wants the relationship but she's the one not letting him go..

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She is in denial.

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Hwan Ki is adorableeeeeeeeeee. I like how Yeon Woo Jin's playing him. His smile in the group picture - I cheered for him too!! We all like a good underdog story and I like how this is going.

Haha, I like the last sentence of your commentary Chickachunga: "...as we all know in dramaland, there’s nothing like a random getaway to speed up budding relationships.". I thought the team retreat in last week's eps was THE random getaway but this one seems to be it. In an exotic tropical country at that! Haha. Let's see what else will be revealed heh heh heh :)

Kyo-ri has all these cutesy things going on and she pouts a lot, but somehow I don't find her annoying. She's endearing and is dealing with her own insecurities too! I'd totally want to be friends with her. I like how the actress is playing her too.

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"Kyo-ri has all these cutesy things going on and she pouts a lot, but somehow I don’t find her annoying. She’s endearing and is dealing with her own insecurities too! I’d totally want to be friends with her. I like how the actress is playing her too."

SAME. And I adored her scene with Hwan Ki, too. That little makeover + Hwan Ki being shy/unsure haha

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Eun Hwan Ki is such an interesting character. I really love Yeon Woo Jin playing this role. At first, I don't really like him when I saw him in the drama "When A Man Falls in Loves" but this drama totally change my feelings about him.

Hwan Ki makes me root for him. I really want to help him so much to clear all the misunderstandings. He wants to say so much but ended saying nothing. Gosh, it would been better if he could tough up and go bold. But, I think he's slowly changing and everyone will be able to understand him better in future.

Plus, I need more Hwan Ki and Ro woon moments. Can't wait for their romance to blossom.

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Yay! Another fan of this romance!

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To be very honest, I feel bad for Woo-il (a tiny bit) after this episode. To Hwan-ki's family members, Woo-il is more like a servant they buy/own than a son (or a normal person). IMO, Yi-soo's feeling for Woo-il is not love (or not just love), it's more like the combination of attraction/obsession and ownership. She decides whatever she wants with the relationship and he will have to follow because she is the "owner".

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I feel bad for Woo-il too, this guy probably fear to be abandoned (he comes from orphanage). However he is now a grown up man, and he has some skills, he should decide for his own life now.

I also dont believe Yi Soo loves Woo-il. She just want to own him. She is in denial that Woo-il doesnt love her. At least that is what I see her for now.

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I'm not sure that I can properly articulate how much I ADORE Hwan-ki. I luff him!!! I don't think I've been in a character's camp rooting for them as much as I have for Hwan-ki. HWAITING!!!

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Also: in the beginning when HK's in the panda suit with the body on backwards, HAHAHA when the one kid said that her panda Dollis different than the one on stage and the other kid shouted that he's a man panda! Love it. I could see that happening to me.

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To be honest, the story is not investing at all but I'm totally in love with Hwan Gi. And honestly I think the black clothes and Dr Martens are totally sexy, I wish more men were dressed that way in dramas, but it's definitly not South Korea's trending style I think :B

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While I agree with your point in general, this time I think the complaints were justified. RW might be the female version of a male lead jerk, but HK is not a male version of a poor candy. He's a person who's not simply introverted, but has shown signs of social phobia too. What RW was doing and how she affected him wasn't simply jerk-ish, but harmful to a person who suffers from a psychological problem.

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i have to agree with @crayon. tho i understand the parallels you're making, i don't think the comparison is fair. people's issue with the character wasn't that ro-woon was a "jerk." she wasn't a jerk by any characterization.
it was that ro-woon being immature & pushy (while being uncomfortable to watch because she was acting that way to a person struggling with mental illness) also made no sense in the context of her environment. a brand new employee wouldn't be crossing the kind of lines she did in the office & with her boss. in dramaland you can break a lot of rules to suspend belief, but i think it's harder for people to immerse themselves in ones that pretend societal norms don't exist.

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Call me weird but I'm finding the Yi-Soo Wo-Il relationship pretty damn interesting. A lot of people have wondered why she's staying with an obvious cheater and not asking questions. I read it differently, WI may be pathetic and weak, but at the core, he too is a decent person. Remember the time he confronted that CEO guy for his letchy behavior. It wasn't to impress anyone, but a firm foot down against having his fellow employees being harassed.
As viewers our problem is that we compare him to Hwan-Ki. Which is unfair to both of them. Both men have different issues and different ways of dealing with them, and you can't really compare the two. Granted WI does not have to deal with HKs social phobia, but HK hasn't led the life WI has either. I mean the poor boy was adopted simply as an example for HK, the fact that the family never completely accepted him is obvious, because if they had, YS would be considered like his sister and at least one person would be weirded out by the prospect of them marrying. And yet marriage to her is presented as a fait accompli. She is at once a means to his being accepted in the family and to securing his position in the company. He isn't a gold digger per se, because I don't think he'd get involved with her if he didn't like her at least a little, but the same baggage that keeps pushing him to marry her seems to keep him from falling for her. That is why he seems to gravitate towards both sisters, because they see him for who he is, a person in his own right, and like him for it, and don't come with the same baggage. None of this excuses his actions of course, but I can see why he's behaving the way he is.

YS herself is no stranger to this. She's smart,perceptive, has known WI all her life and understands what he's struggling with. That could be a reason why she chooses to ignore his cheating. A more plausible reason IMO, is that she's using guilt to keep him by her side. She knows him, knows his weaknesses. She knows he doesn't have the balls to break up with her, but if she confronts him, he will have the perfect excuse. So instead she plays the sweet loving trusting girlfriend, and uses his potential guilt over hurting someone like that as a means to keeping him in line.

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After watching epi 8 I agreed with your points. These two are interesting characters that I dont love but dont hate at the same time. They are also pitiful.

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the problem is i genuinely can't tell if woo-il is a decent person. maybe it's the re-writes, but i feel like instead of presenting him as a multi-layered person who is a mystery... they keep presenting him as only bad in one episode, & then only good in another. it's making me confused because i'm not sure how they WANT us to feel about woo-il?

it's like - "here's an episode of woo-il doing really shady, bad things" then "here's an episode about how pitiful woo-il's life is so you should feel bad for him" LOL. i'm interested in seeing which way he continues to be painted...

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Personally for me the story had a good change as the qualities of an introvert and extrovert were exaggerated and the audience din't feel so connected with either of the characters. I respect tvN for actually considering the audience viewpoint and the change is visibly good only if we ignore the logicality of the drastic change in characters overnight.

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Hi Beanies. I've been avoiding spoilers like crazy but even I heard about the episode rewrite.

So do I dare dip my toes into this drama yet? And which episode do I start in? I heard a bit too much about the female lead's behaviour and personality. But like the male lead and had been looking forward to it.

Can I start now? It has improved right? Or just hold off till the end.

Thank you.

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It's honestly still kind of messy and I personally only like the shy lead character. There are several really horrible people on the show who make me want to reach into my TV and choke them. You might give it through next week and see if things are settling in well before diving in.

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Me too! I am only invested in HG, of all characters.

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I think I better start watching this if I happen to find the time. Reading the recaps makes me sympathise with Hwan-Ki´s struggles. we just had teamwork practice where we were given a task to give a museum experience from home in year 2035. and the one thing everyone agreed on was that people could have more social phobia and be more closed in than ever before. they need a safe environment and maybe a trusted friend to help them along in baby steps so that they get real experiences. so It´s really commendable a drama is trying to unravel such a person. people have different reasons to become shut-ins, and it doesnt help to label them anything.

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I keep thinking - the suicide incident should not happened from the beginning. This drama is romcom yet they wanted to explain the suicide incident is what behind Hwan Ki's behaviour who locked in his world more after the incident due to his self-guilty and Ro Woon's motive at the first place was to find the true story behind her sister's death. Maybe it will make sense more if instead of Ji Hye committed suicide, she was involved in some accidents because she was sad and lost in her thoughts, so she didnt see any car coming.

I had a chance to rewatch Marriage of Dating recently because want to compare the writer's style between these two drama. MOD was pretty straighforward, and I didnt find the characters are that complex. However, in this drama the writer probably planned to write something darker so she chose the suicide incident. I am also in doubt that Hye Ji really committed suicide and if Yi Soo is like as we suspected, so what will happen later between Hwan Ki and Ro Woon since Yi Soo is Hwan Ki's sister. Personally I think writer of Oh Hae Young probably will be able to write these complex characters and stories in better way.

This show maybe should just be about introverted boss as male lead and how he improves himself as a person and leader, of course there are some back stories too. I think how his father treated him from his childhood can be used as a backstory for his behaviour and trauma.

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I think YS will go insane & hurt RW.

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i really like it and think it is great

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This episode was just stupendously great :-)♥♡

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When he's in overthinking mode you just want to clock him upside the head to bring back to reality and just talk to people. lol Then he goes and does adorable things like showing the teddybear taking a trip and you just want to wrap him in your arms and never let the dork go. lol

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Hey guys,what is the song played at the end of the episode(7)???

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I'm binge watching this drama atm and I must say this episode got to me more than the others. there's a lot of sweet moments and aggravating ones. whatever happens at the end, I hope that Hwan-Ki's parents get what they deserve, especially his dad.

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