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Introverted Boss: Episode 9

Ro-woon figures out an interesting and colorful way for Hwan-ki to communicate, and it somewhat works despite how rudimentary it seems. Although Hwan-ki continues to be a source of frustration due to his unreadable nature, he does begin to open up and smile more, and he even bridges the distance to one person in particular in a surprising act of bravery. The hood comes off in this episode, and Hwan-ki’s the one who removes it.

 
EPISODE 9: “If You Listen”

Ro-woon’s stuck in the middle while Hwan-ki and Woo-il try to outdrink each other even though they’ve clearly had too much. Neither is willing to lose so Ro-woon urges them to quickly talk out their beef. Hwan-ki slurs that he doesn’t speak because he’s considerate of the other person and wishes Ro-woon would understand.

Woo-il states that he doesn’t get to say what he wants either, and Hwan-ki scoffs, but Woo-il explains that he, too, thinks carefully and holds back. He gets up to grab another drink, but falls to the floor, and Hwan-ki rejoices, claiming victory. Ro-woon lugs Woo-il to his room first, then goes back to the bar for Hwan-ki.

Hwan-ki has his head down on the table, and Ro-woon wonders if he’s crying, but he throws back his head and laughs maniacally at the unflattering photo of chinless Ro-woon, even as she schleps him to his room. While hauling him onto the bed, she falls in between him and Woo-il and finds herself trapped. Ro-woon freezes as Hwan-ki opens his eyes and touches her face.

“You’re really ugly,” he says, and Ro-woon smiles, amused by his capacity to laugh. “Beautiful,” she says as she gazes at his relaxed face. Meanwhile, Se-jong searches for Ro-woon at the resort, but she’s fast asleep in between Woo-il and Hwan-ki.

The next morning, the guys groggily complain about who’s hogging the bed and jolt awake when they see Ro-woon sleeping beside them. They tiptoe out and converse over coffee. Woo-il laughs about the incident and tells Hwan-ki that it’s thanks to Ro-woon that they might be able to return to how things were in the past; they fought and laughed like they used to because of her. Woo-il opens up to Hwan-ki and says that in order for them to maintain their friendship in the future, he’d better not marry Yi-soo.

He asks for Hwan-ki’s understanding, but Hwan-ki’s unnerved by his words. Woo-il brings up the incident from three years ago and says he feels guilty for staying with Yi-soo, and that the biggest mistake he made was not choosing Ji-hye. He doesn’t want to make the same mistake again, and Hwan-ki interjects that he doesn’t either.

Hwan-ki divulges to Woo-il that the person he’s about to choose (Ro-woon) is Ji-hye’s younger sister. Woo-il’s gobsmacked to hear this, and Hwan-ki warns him to leave her alone because he can’t let her go just yet. Meanwhile, Ro-woon finally wakes up.

She checks to see that the coast is clear before exiting Hwan-ki’s room, but Se-jong’s right there and demands answers. He calls her out on her fib and heads to where Kyo-ri is to see if Ro-woon was in last night.

Back to the boys. Woo-il’s mind is spinning, and Hwan-ki informs him that Ro-woon joined the company to exact revenge; she was also the one who broke the power abuse scandal. Woo-il can’t believe Hwan-ki kept this to himself, and Hwan-ki explains that he did this to protect Ro-woon. He urges Woo-il to keep it a secret from his dad and not tell Ro-woon about what he knows. Just then, they spot Ro-woon chasing after Se-jong below. Hwan-ki says that he wants to protect Ro-woon this time and that if Woo-il feels at all guilty about Ji-hye, he should follow suit.

After Kyo-ri’s yoga class, Se-jong asks her if Ro-woon was with her last night, but Kyo-ri answers that she’s unsure because she tucked in early. She walks out, discomfited by his focus on Ro-woon. Se-jong asks Ro-woon if she slept with Hwan-ki and Woo-il last night, and Ro-woon defiantly answers that she did, fed up with his nosiness.

Hurt by her answer, Se-jong replies that he knew she liked Hwan-ki. She clarifies that she merely fell asleep after dragging the men to their room, but Se-jong doesn’t believe her. Ro-woon tells him to stop messing with her in public and making others feel uncomfortable, but Se-jong takes offense at that since he spent all of last night looking for her.

Next we see Ro-woon apologize to Hwan-ki for falling asleep in his room. She updates him on the Se-jong and Kyo-ri drama, but Hwan-ki doesn’t say anything, and Ro-woon sheepishly notes that he’s no longer his giggling self from last night.

She says she thought about how best to communicate with him, and he’s surprised when she tucks a red hibiscus behind his ear. She says it’s a “red light” for when he doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone; yellow is for when he’s available for urgent matters only, and green is for when he’s ready for all kinds of discussions. Hwan-ki objects and removes it, but she tucks it back in knowing that he’s in red light mode.

She stays quiet for him, which makes Hwan-ki smile for a brief second. Meanwhile, Se-jong’s hollering at the ocean, upset that Ro-woon doesn’t like him. He even bought limited edition sneakers to impress her, but he realizes that his good looks were what obscured his sincerity.

He flings his shoe into the ocean, only to frantically try and retrieve it by wading into the water. Kyo-ri sees him and assumes the worst. She tries to pull him back to safety, but figures out that he’s flipping out over a shoe.

Reunited with his shoe, Se-jong sits with Kyo-ri on the beach. He thought she disliked him; after she learned about his wealthy background, he noticed her growing distant, but he says it’s normal for people to act differently after finding out. He’s unaware of Kyo-ri’s crush on him and mentions that Ro-woon was the only one who treated him the same despite his wealth.

Back to Hwan-ki and Ro-woon. She asks why Woo-il left early, but Hwan-ki doesn’t answer. He walks away reminding her that the red light is on, but she begs him to answer just one question: “Did I snore?” She worries that her snoring drove Woo-il to head back early, and Hwan-ki smiles as she follows him.

The Silent Monster crew is back in Korea at Incheon Airport. Hwan-ki spots a sign with the words “Welcome Yeon-jung” printed on it, and he’s reminded of a moment that took place ten years ago while he was in college. He had plastered the same signs all over the walls for Yeon-jung (the artist friend he stood up three years ago). Back in the present, Yeon-jung notices him and calls his name, but he doesn’t hear her.

Ro-woon asks Hwan-ki when he started wearing the hoodie, and he replies that it began in college. She wonders if it was due to heartbreak involving his first love, but he says nothing.

Ro-woon’s dad stubs a cigarette into a pile of other butts and looks around impatiently as if he’s waiting for someone. His two pals watch from the side and figure Ro-woon’s not back yet. One of them remarks that Ro-woon’s been gone for a few days, and she didn’t even leave him a note.

Ro-woon’s father sweeps away his cigarettes only to smoke some more. To his relief, Ro-woon finally arrives, carrying her big suitcase up the steps. His pals are ready to watch him scold her, but he merely takes the suitcase from her and asks if she’s eaten, heh.

Woo-il appears and watches Ro-woon ascend the steps and is reminded of when he told her that she reminded him of someone he once knew. Then, he answers a work call.

Cut to a company wide message sent from Hwan-ki’s father to all the Brain employees, announcing the upcoming marriage of Woo-il and Yi-soo. Woo-il arrives to congratulations from his employees, but he had no say in the matter.

He finds Hwan-ki’s father sitting inside his office again. Woo-il mentions that the announcement was made while he was away and without his input, but Hwan-ki’s dad misses the point and instructs him to help his son emerge from his shell so he can lead properly. Woo-il tenses and asks, “You want Hwan-ki to stand out more than I do, right?”

Hwan-ki’s dad reminds him that he gave him Yi-soo and orders him to not let the wedding get to his head since he needs to focus on the company and the upcoming election. He adds that they still don’t know who blew the whistle on Hwan-ki’s power abuse.

When Woo-il gets home, Yi-soo explains that things got out of hand after her mom thought he had no interest in marriage, which led to the announcement. Woo-il tries to speak, but she interrupts and apologizes for not being able to postpone their wedding anymore. She holds him and asks him to stay with her.

The next day, Woo-il informs Hwan-ki that his dad got him good with the wedding announcement, and that he’s already stressed because of Ro-woon. Woo-il wants to fire her, but Hwan-ki assures him that she no longer has devious intentions. Woo-il angrily wonders if Hwan-ki’s keeping her here knowing full well that the incident from three years ago is his greatest weakness, but Hwan-ki denies it and asks for more time to think.

Ro-woon overhears them arguing. Woo-il shouts, “I always get caught by you. You see through me. Why can’t I see who you are? Can’t I know what’s on your mind?” Hwan-ki notices Ro-woon’s presence and is reminded of the night Ji-hye overheard everything.

Later, the Silent Monster crew discusses the wedding announcement. Yoo-hee believes war has begun and that Woo-il and Hwan-ki will fight over management rights. The Brain crew arrives and offers their two cents — Woo-il has the leg up over Hwan-ki. Sun-bong sides with them and adds that Hwan-ki can’t do anything without Woo-il.

In the office, Yoo-hee determines that they must all help Hwan-ki. Their latest project involves renovating an old, tiny theater, and because Woo-il’s team is also working on a theater project, she sees this as their chance to prove themselves. She instructs Ro-woon to check out the theater with Hwan-ki, dismissing Se-jong’s request to join and giving Hwan-ki a knowing wink.

The tiff from earlier weighs heavily on Hwan-ki’s mind until Se-jong confronts him on his alleged crush on an employee. Ro-woon pushes past him and sticks a red stickie on Hwan-ki and informs Se-jong that red means “stop.” She says she’ll meet Hwan-ki at the theater and tells him to come once he’s “green.”

Ro-woon snaps photos of the venue, then settles into her seat inside the theater. Meanwhile, Hwan-ki waits at a crosswalk clutching two coffees. He bumps into a woman as he crosses and recognizes her as Yeon-jung, who’s very happy to see him.

The movie starts, but Hwan-ki hasn’t arrived yet because he’s catching up with Yeon-jung in the middle of the street. She says she saw him at the airport, but isn’t surprised he didn’t notice her since he stood her up on Christmas Eve three years ago. Hwan-ki apologizes, but she’s over it now after leaving mean comments on all his power abuse articles.

She asks him to treat her to coffee if he really wants to make it up to her, but he replies that he has somewhere to be. Just then, the light changes and Hwan-ki quickly moves her out of harm’s way. She’s smitten and takes the coffee that he bought for Ro-woon.

Yeon-jung says she’ll visit him at work to discuss PR for her new exhibition and figures he can’t stand her up if she’s a client. She understands that he couldn’t disclose why he left her hanging, and Hwan-ki agrees to help her out with PR needs.

Hwan-ki finally arrives at the theater, but takes a seat in the back and smiles while watching Ro-woon nod off. After she’s fallen asleep, Hwan-ki sits next to her. Her head sways to his shoulder, and Hwan-ki gazes at her beauty. “I wanted to be by her side like this just a little longer,” he thinks to himself.

The movie ends and Ro-woon snaps out of slumber and stumbles out of the theater without realizing that Hwan-ki was present. He smiles, wondering if it’d be okay to stay by her side if he kept a distance.

The next day, Hwan-ki sits with his employees, still beaming from yesterday. Yoo-hee is surprised to hear from Ro-woon that Hwan-ki wasn’t at the theater, and Se-jong says he was probably with another woman since he’s been in a good mood today. Ro-woon passes her VR theater proposal to him, and he’s about to share his thoughts when Sun-bong the smart aleck points out that there’s not enough VR film content to justify a VR cinema.

Hwan-ki agrees with him internally, but Yoo-hee chides him for being so cynical. Sun-bong then mentions how VR headsets cause motion sickness to drive home the point that Ro-woon’s proposal isn’t feasible. Still, the others criticize him for putting down others while not having an idea of his own.

Ro-woon asks Hwan-ki for his thoughts so they can act fast and build the first VR cinema, but he says he needs more time to think, and Sun-bong chuckles because Koreans love superlatives like “first” and “best.” Hwan-ki again, internally agrees with Sun-bong’s input despite his blunt delivery. He also overhears Sun-bong saying that the traffic light method of communication is silly.

That night, Sun-bong tries to ask Kyo-ri to grab dinner with him, but Se-jong asks her out on a date, making sure to speak loudly so Ro-woon notices. Yoo-hee and Ro-woon decline which leaves Sun-bong with Hwan-ki, the only other person left in the office. Hwan-ki senses that Sun-bong needs a dinner buddy and wonders if he should offer, but once again, he goes into overthink mode before deciding to take a leap of faith and wear a green stickie to show Sun-bong that he’s available.

He eagerly calls out Sun-bong’s name, heh, but Sun-bong’s already left the office and is unhappily eating instant noodles, grumbling about how his boss never treats him to a meal.

The next day, Woo-il presents his team’s VR cinema proposal, and the Silent Monster crew watch with regret since his team moved quicker than they did and the concept was received favorably. Se-jong states that Woo-il won this round of the battle between son and son-in-law, but Ro-woon’s optimistic that Hwan-ki has an alternative idea.

Cut to the Silent Monster crew at the old theater. Ro-woon is stunned to hear that Hwan-ki doesn’t actually have any ideas after requesting more time; he proposes that they all put their heads together to come up with one. They check out the theater and observe how unwelcoming and anachronistic it is.

But Se-jong begs to differ saying that it’s perfect for a date with Kyo-ri. Sun-bong sees right through his act, and Ro-woon frowns at Se-jong’s flagrant display of affection. She pulls Kyo-ri aside to ask if she’s really intent on dating Se-jong, and Kyo-ri admits he wanted them to pretend they were together so Ro-woon would feel jealous.

Ro-woon wonders why Kyo-ri doesn’t profess her feelings for him, and she answers that not everyone can be so honest like Ro-woon — self-confidence is easier said than done, and it’s only possible when there’s someone paying attention. Kyo-ri laments that she has no one and asks Ro-woon to pretend she doesn’t know so that Se-jong can continue to make her happy.

The Silent Monster crew determines that without a concept as unique as VR, it’ll be hard to attract customers. Sun-bong jokes that because they lost “best,” “first,” and “biggest,” they’re left with “worst” as a superlative and suggests turning this into a horror movie theater; they wouldn’t even need to renovate.

Hwan-ki’s been listening the whole time, and to everyone’s surprise, he declares that he likes Sun-bong’s idea. Sun-bong says he was just kidding around, but Hwan-ki’s serious about proceeding with his horror concept. Ro-woon notes that the green light is finally on.

They return to the office, and Sun-bong hits it off with Hwan-ki, eagerly guiding him through his ideas. The others watch in awe, and Ro-woon’s reminded of Kyo-ri’s statement about needing someone to listen in order for the other person to become confident. Sun-bong the cynic suddenly turns motivated, and Ro-woon narrates that Hwan-ki is a good listener.

Next we see Sun-bong presenting Silent Monster’s proposal for “the worst movie theater in the world,” and he makes a compelling case for it, declaring that the worst day ever can also be enjoyable at the worst horror movie theater in the world. The audience loves it except for the jealous Brain team. Hwan-ki beams, and Ro-woon narrates that Hwan-ki’s silence wasn’t because he didn’t want to talk, but that he wanted to listen. She proceeds to secretly stick a green stickie on his back.

Cut to the theater where viewers are engrossed in the horror film playing on screen. Suddenly, zombies spring up from behind the seats and chase the terrified viewers out. Ha! Sun-bong, Kyo-ri, Yoo-hee, and Se-jong all dressed as bloody zombies and pose for pictures.

Woo-il’s there observing, and he tells Se-jong that Hwan-ki made the right decision for this theater. But Se-jong says work isn’t Hwan-ki’s priority at the moment since he has a crush on Ro-woon and has turned into a romantic, which comes as news to Woo-il.

Ro-woon applies zombie makeup on Hwan-ki and asks him to close his eyes. But he gazes at Ro-woon instead, focusing on her eyes, nose, and lips. He removes his hood, and continues to fixate on her face. She’s surprised he’s not avoiding eye contact and wonders if this is a staring contest.

Hwan-ki says to himself that he’s doing his best to avoid, but we see that he can’t take his eyes off her. He finally heeds her instruction and closes his eyes, but as Ro-woon’s about to apply makeup on his eyelids, he clutches her arm and opens his eyes again. He moves in closer, his eyes unwavering upon her face.

 
COMMENTS

Oh my. Those piercing eyes. I think I felt my heart beat a little faster during that last scene. Did it suddenly get warmer in here? Hwan-ki has fallen hard for Ro-woon, and when he slipped off his hood of his own volition, that small moment revealed just how much he likes her, so much that he’s putting himself out in the open for once. He’s a reticent man, but honestly, who needs words or colorful stickies when the eyes say everything?

Hwan-ki took some major leaps forward in this episode, beginning with the revelation to Woo-il that Ro-woon is Ji-hye’s sister. He cut straight to the chase and basically warned Woo-il not to mess with her, and I think Woo-il got the message loud and clear. I’m starting to feel a tiny bit sorry for Woo-il because he’s basically being puppeteered by his future father-in-law and can’t get a word in with him or Yi-soo, but I wish he’d take a firm stand and defy them instead of resorting to passive aggression. I get that he’s under a lot of pressure and risks losing a lot, but how long can he sustain living under his father-in-law’s thumb? It’s interesting how Woo-il and Hwan-ki hold back for different reasons. For Woo-il, his reputation and future are at stake. For Hwan-ki, he refrains from speaking up because he thinks of the other person first. Woo-il’s reasons are rather selfish, and Hwan-ki’s selfless almost to a fault.

I really enjoy all the storylines involving the Silent Monster employees. Se-jong and Sun-bong are a hoot, Yoo-hee is so sweet, and I can’t help but root for Kyo-ri who really doesn’t give herself enough credit. I hope she realizes her self-worth soon, although I’m not sure pretend dating Se-jong is the right way to go about it. It seems she and Se-jong are the only ones left who have yet to truly connect with Hwan-ki on a personal and professional level, so I’m looking forward to their narratives.

My favorite aspect of this series continues to be Hwan-ki, his internal turmoil, his growth, his burgeoning romantic feelings. He’s tried his best to avoid Ro-woon, but clearly his best isn’t enough, so why fight the feelings? After turning on the red light for so long, he’s ready to turn green. That means he’ll be more vulnerable, probably get hurt, too, but at least he’ll have Ro-woon and his Silent Monster team by his side. Vulnerability is the driving force of connection, and Hwan-ki’s already showing glimpses of courage and determination which will carry him a long way.

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Though I'm not one for horror movies (sorry, I won't pay people to scare me!), this idea was great! And the flowers behind Hwan-ki's ear was adorable in my opinion. Okay, off to read the recap! Thanks for putting it up so soon!

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Kyaah. Ro woon and Hwan ki are so cute! After reading the recaps up to this point I'll definitely watch this! And the preview! THE PREVIEW FOR EP10! I have to admit that that's what mostly made decide to watch this. HEOL.

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*made me

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Yup, episode 10 was great for Hwan-ki! I think I'll be watching that a few more times this week while I wait for next week's episodes.

While I feel badly for Woo-il, I can't be in his corner, and I can't help but wonder what keeps him from leaving this toxic family. As charismatic as he can be in front of a crowd, it makes me wonder why he doesn't try going on his own. But then I can't forgive his actions from three years prior, either. Hooray for complex characters...?

I will forever be Hwan-ki's fan. I also love the little hoodied animations everytime he's in over thinking mode. I could watch him all day everyday. Squeeing while I wait on pins and needles for the episode 10 recap! I almost spoiled it here as it was the last one on my mind. Phew!

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Yes I think it is worth it for you to start watch this drama. I, without realizing stated to grow my love for this drama, more and more.

The preview made all of us fainted.

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Gyahh. I still don´t like Ro Woon. Any romantic scenes with her una Hwanki is unbearable to watch. I think though it´s the actress fault because I developed a dislike for her sadly. It´s not that she acts badly. It`s mediocre but think I hate her face when she acts cute. I´m dropping this drama and will read the recaps.

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Se-jong is the worst.

It was super cute when Yoo Hee took the coffee back from Sun Bong because of his disloyalty to Hwan Ki. But oh my, the tables have turned! Sun Bong and Hwan Ki's teamup was adorable with SB giddy like a little schoolgirl. I love the team dynamic, I just wish SJ would grow the eff up.

I don't know how I feel about Woo-Il. He's obviously in a very difficult, emotionally abusive situation but he's also incredibly selfish and self-centered. He thinks back to his time with Ji Hye so fondly when she was uncomfortable and distraught in the very moments he romanticizes. I pity him but I don't think I can ever root for him unless he acknowledges his responsibility in JH's death.

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I feel the same way about Se-jong and Woo-il. And your points on Sun-bong are how I feel, too! And now to watch Hwan-ki bring out the best in his teammates, as they help him. Bring on the symbiotic relationships all around Silent Monster!

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Yesss, he really understands and helps the team members to utilize their strengths! It's wonderful.

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Agree I dislike Se Jong because he is so immature. I know he likes Ro Woon but everyone will gets annoyed with him with his attitude. I think because he comes from wealthy background, so..

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Agree with you all @rentenmann @sera @mk Se-Jong is definitely the worst. Wealthy background means he can have Mummy score him a job he wants, when the girl he likes moves to a new job. Ugh, I hate the way he acts. I want Gyo Ri to get over him and date someone nice!

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Gyo Ri and YI Soo are both frustrating but I can understand them. They are very pitiful characters. For Gyo Ri, she is fine to be used by the the man he likes as long as she can stays with him. Same goes to Yi Soo. Women needs to stand up more otherwise guy like Se Jong will keep using them.

I honestly enjoying how flawed all characters esp the Silent Monster team. I cannot wait to see more Hwan Ki and Gyo Ri moments - remember Gyo Ri was flustered when Hwan Ki probably was the first one pointed out that she is good in fashion.

Gyo Ri deserrves better guy. Cannot he be with Sung Bong instead?

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Poor Gyo Ri is so sure that she won't ever have happiness that she lets this jerk use her for the superficial attention she can get. I'm sure Hwan Ki will get an episode where he encourages her and helps her to appreciate herself.

Yi Soo...geez, I don't even know. There's so much tension within her as she tries to please Woo-Il while clearly knowing he doesn't love her. But she's so desperate to hold onto him and I wonder if part of that was conditioned into her by her parents (or maybe she sees marriage as an escape).

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@mk I also cannot figure Yi-soo that much yet. In my eyes, she doesn't seem to love Woo-il that much. Not also seems to obsess with him. She wants to keep him by her side. She is probably doesn't want to be abandoned and lonely. My opinion on her keeps changing and after see next episodes, probably will be different again.

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Totally digging giddy schoolgirl Sun-bong; so cute how Sun-bong is super happy when Hwan-ki smiled ^_^

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The only good thing I can say about this drama is that the lead girl is definitely less annoying now, I wanted to strangle her at the beginning of this drama. I feel like her character drove loads of viewers away I only picked it up again coz I heard about the rewrite. It really shows what good writting can do for a show, but judging from the ratings it seems like it was just a tad too late which is sad I like the lead guy nd the storyline is not so bad

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yeah, slowly fall in love with roo-won. She's cute and her voice is unique and warm, plus her character slowly become more understanding-perfect for hwan-ki.so Yeon-jung, please back off.

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She can sing too~~This girl got great voice despite

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Those piercing eyes. the lil' chick now become the true eagle.
all left is to fly,i believe you can fly Hwan ki, spread ur love to the worldd. Now friend,be ready, its gonna be hotter from now on O(≧∇≦)O

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LOL!

Side note: How cute was he with the green light? Omg I wanted to squeeze his cheeks. Everywhere else I find him extremely hot, and man do I love his eyes.

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I actually thought the light system was shown to NOT work, but really demonstrated that Ro Woon was trying but not able to work Hwang Gi out immediately. She kept interrupting him attempting to tell her what he needed by pushing on the 'red light' sticker. Just like she was wrong when she took Woo Il at his word and shooed all the co-workers away from him but he didn't really want it. He wasn't exactly 'RED LIGHT' and unapproachable but was thinking stuff through and just needed time to get his thoughts out. Ro Woon kept interupting him to tell him how he was feeling, he always seems to want to be drawn out of his shell and is willing to talk if you give him enough time. What I liked about the red, orange, green light approach was it showed that the drama wasn't going to take a shortcut in letting Ro Woon and the co-workers figure him out. There will be failed approaches until they can reach an understanding.

I really despise Se Joong (or whatever his name is) - sorry mate just because you like someone doesn't give you the right to know what they're doing.

I think the Woo Il redemption just can't quite overcome the initial portrayal of the character. I still feel like he took advantage of Ji Hye and that he purposefully undermined Hwang Gi at work. I do think he's got a rough deal but I also think he needs to sack up and make the hard choice to set himself free. Leave sister and tell Dad to shove it. If he has to leave Brain then do that (it's not like the company will find it easy to replace him).

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I agree your opinion on Woo-il. I got where he comes from, but he is clearly a very selfish character. He wants to stay "good friend" with Hwan-Ki, if only Hwan-Ki just stay like he used to be. He took advantage for all other persons' weaknessess; he took all the credits in earlier episodes, despite that was Hwan-Ki's idea, and despite their friendship, he was not even helping Hwan-ki to overcome his weaknessess. He is just like "let me take the spotlight, you should just stay behind me". I hate HK's father because he is sort of the root of the problems.

At least I will give some credits for Ro Woon for her efforts to help Hwan Ki. I dont think she interrupted him with the colour notes, it is childish but she just wanted to find ways to communicate with him. I dont think it didnt work at all, I think Hwan Ki also found it useful when he wanted to have a dinner with Sun Bong although unfortunately SB already left heh.

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Definitely giving her credit for trying and slowly understanding him too. Like when she realised he's someone who listens and understands people. I wasn't criticising her attempt as much as I was suggesting it didn't work (which is why I thought by the end of this week, it had been retired - maybe though that was because they thought he'd turned the green light on permanently). I could be wrong, is what I'm saying.

I was one of the people that couldn't believe the stuff Ro Woon was doing before but I actually really like her character now. I'm glad the show re-jigged her and I quite like her now. I find her and Hwang Gi a cute team.

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Yes I agree. I like that the writer making them to approach and understand him slowly and Ro Woon is like doing the experiments in order to identify how to approcah him.

I think her character in the beginning was also understandable, but because our Boss was so shy and pitiful because no one understand him, it made us hated her more. I am glad her character is now more likeable. I was also the one criticised her character as well as the way Park Hye Soo acted her character. But I am glad I started to like her more now. It is a good thing by having her in the team because otherwise other members probably would never approach Hwan Ki by themselves.

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completely agree about Woo Il. in fact he makes my skin crawl. As much as he stays passive in the family for material reward, he pushes Hwang Ki into the background using him for material reward and career success while enjoying putting him down. He speaks in a really scornful way and deliberately undermines Hwan Ki's confidence whenever he makes a step forward. A toxic combination of repressed anger, disdain, guilt that HK knows whatever happened that night three years ago and keeping his career success glistening by exploiting someone more talented than he is. Plus sexual harassment. I wonder if it will come out that both sisters always preferred Hwang Ki. I I still think the picture WI used his position of power to steal was meant for HK.

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Yes, and I also cannot help to think that he was purposely told Ro Woon about Hwan ki needs time to think on his own - so Ro Woon believing that he is Hwan Ki's best friend, just follow his words.

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That Se Jong guy, what's his deal? What an entitled jerk!

I like your point about the writer not giving the easy way out for the Ro Woon and the Silent Monster employees.

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He is probably a spoiled rich guy, who only cares about his ownself. He is frustrated that Ro Woon doesn't pay attention to him and not realizing his feeling, but he also doing the same thing with Gyo-ri.

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The gall of him demanding to know where Ro Woon spent the night like her boyfriend or father! If I were her, I won't even bother answering him, just let him think the worse!

Where's Kang Yi Na(AOY) when you need her?

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Kang Yi Na would have kick his butt already. lol. At first I didnt care that much on him, but started from this epi i feel annoyed with him. Ro Woon better straighten things out with him soon. I can understand if he is being cute with her like giving her presents, or anything, but he is not even being cute. heh.

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I'm having a hard time accepting this Woo il rewrite as well. At the start it was implied that something far more nefarious occurred between him and Jihye, but now they're trying to sale him loving the secretary, but being too weak to admit it and I'm not buying.

While I'm glad, so very very glad, that they're written out the obnoxiousness in Rowoon, I actually find myself doubting the reasonableness of her change of heart. Even if someone seemed like a better person than you originally thought, when your starting point was "cause of my sister's death," can't really see that turning into "good person that's misunderstood." Not without finding out exactly how your sister died. Hwaniki took responsibility for her sister's death. I don't see warming up too that person as quickly as she had.

With all of that said, minus this attempt to rewrite Woo-il (and the increasing likelihood that Jihye either was pushed off by Yisoo or jumped beacause of heartbreak,) I actually like this version better.

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I really hope they don't go the route of Yi Soo murdering her out of jealousy. It's weak character development. I find Yi Soo pitiful, doing that weakens the narrative in my opinion.

I still believe that Ji Hye was interested in Hwang Gi. And I saw the night with Woo Il as date rape. She looked so uncomfortable, like she didn't even want to go drinking and certainly not like she wanted to drink. I must admit I fast forwarded the bedroom bit so I'm going on descriptions of what happened, but every moment of them together screams her being uncomfortable to me. And not in the good 'because she likes him sooo much' way. I think the re-write is probably going to have Ji Hye liking Woo Il now because otherwise he would be reprehensible.

So the Woo Il rewrite is sitting weird for me to say the least.

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We're definitely on the same page. It just plays into that evil lie that a handsome man would never sexually assault a woman. I don't like it.

They need to address the change with one of those disclaimers at the beginning of the drama or release a statement if they're pretend like their backstory was a budding romance of some kind... And hopefully it'll get subbed or mentioned in the recaps since I can't read Korean?

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As the pressure increases, im waiting for woo-il to pop like a corn in its shell bursting out as it’s heated, cuz dat when the major drama begin.

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An apt way of putting it. He's gonna explode soon.

Can someone please, anyone, help me deliver a hard punch to Hwan Ki's father? Thanks!

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Our Hwan Ki looks cute with hibiscus in his ear. ? The last scene..... ?? Epi 10 is a lot more enjoyable to watch. I dont mind to repeat it while waiting for next episode.

Too bad we cannot do anything for the rating. The show has becomes a lot better and enjoyable to watch, but yes as applied in most drama, the four episodes really crucial to maintain the viewers. At this point I am no longer care that much with the rating, we have 10 epi left, hopefully the show stays good until the end.

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I've been faithfully following the reviews and finally decided to take the plunge and start watching. I went In at episode 6 and guys. If you're not watching the drama yet I HIGHLY recommend jumping in there. You start at the sweet point where the heroine is likeable (this actress is actually really good! I'm enjoying her acting a lot more than some of her contemporaries who have a similar cutesy innocent image) and the side guy doesn't feel so traumatizingly reprehensible.

Is this cheating the system? Perhaps. But it's making my drama experience VERY enjoyable so I wanted to share this with everyone. ?

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Thank you for this positive reviews ? I am also glad that I didnt drop this show earlier, otherwise I will miss a good drama. The actress Park Hye Soo is good, I know she has the potential from Age of Youth, it was just during the early part of drama, her character was written too unlikeable, and her portrayal also made us cringe, too add the fuel to the fire, she played young Lee Young Ae in Saimdang and also received negative reviews, putting all together made most of viewers including the Knetizens reviewed her unfavourably. But it is good nowadays she received positive reviews and she is taking the criticisms profesionally. She did the same when she was in Kpop Star Season 4, although she didnt made it to top 10.

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I am game to try your method. So I should read recaps first then jump in at ep 6?

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That's a very good suggestion, I like this idea but being the completist that I am, I'm gonna have to start from the beginning. I can be very patient with insufferable characters as long as there's a compelling justification... or as long as I've started watching.

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By the way, korean movie in this episode, Don't Forget Me was very good, at least for melo fans.. jung woo sung and kang haneul actings were superb, bringing tears to my screen

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Thanks for the info on the movie, as I was wondering about it. ?

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*Kim haneul, easy mistake ?

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LOL this is common mistake?

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Like Park Bo Young and Lee Bo Young. ??

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or Park Bo Gum and Park Bo Young

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Agree with you, this movie is great especially who loves melodrama. I honestly only love Kim Ha Neul when she did melo.
And Jung Woo Sung I really love him.

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I found Yeon Woo Jin attractive when he wore Gyo-ri's picked outfit. But something about this episode made him...

Irresistible!

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I want Chief Kim to be my boss, but I want Hwan Ki for myself. I have more to say about him esp after epi 10, so I am trying to hold myself until recap epi 10.

OTT, imagine Chief Kim and Hwan Ki as main characters in one drama? With of course the same actors. It crossed my mind recently how awesome it will be. Their characters are contradicted with each other, but they can complete each others' flaws. Chief Kim can help to boost Hwan Ki's level of confidence and Hwan Ki can help CK about how he views things. OK i am off to imaginary land~~

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Ooooh, cool thought process! Are you accepting applications to have folks join you in this imaginary land?

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Yes sure. The more the merrier. Heee

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Woo hoo! *Booking flight* ?

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He's really rocking the Elliott Alderson vibes.

And in this episode, I think its the long jacket, just look at the screencap when they were watching Su Bong's presentation, the way he just fashionably crossed his legs looks like a hipster model.

I didn't know a Hibiscus was that beautiful.

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Hibiscus is beautiful, Malaysian's national flower ;)

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Anytime I see a hibiscus, I think about the book, Purple Hibiscus.

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I am loving our main OTP!! They are so cuuuteeee.. Even i haven't watched this ep yet, but im very exited about their progress..
i love how Hwan Ki becomes more open about his feelings, and i love how Ro Woon more understand bout him and can accept for who he is ..
the latest few episodes make Ro Woon more likeable, and easier to watch, because i couldn't ship her with Hwan Ki for the first 5-7 eps.
But now, maybe after they changed or revised her character , i found myself slowly accept her.

Keep my fingers and toes crossed for the next episodes.
Hopefully the story goes well and we will find interesting twist

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I'm trying really hard to feel the chemistry between Hwan Ki and Ro Woon but I just can't even though I want to, for the sake of the show. I think it's a bit rushed/forced that he's falling for her, probably because I feel like the show actually starts on ep. 5 and I just feel lost. I wish they develop the Silent Monster team characters better, none are that likeable or quirky/funny. I want to drop it - But I'm already invested in watching him come out of his shell. It's unfortunate that Hwan Ki is the only one carrying the show. Here's hoping it will (some how) get better!

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What is it with charracters in kdrama always standing in the middle of the road for mindless chatters?? For Aesthetic purposes? The walking signal has a purpose!! Lol

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I often wonder that same thing. Big car, little person =\= good idea. But then again, common sense is uncommon for dramas in general.

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I may sound super shallow, but can we talk about THAK look on Yeon Woo-Jin's face when he is drunken in the beginning, and in the end, when he cant take his eyes of her.
It suddenly got really hot in my room, omo.

Despite the bad ranking, I really enjoy this drama - or lets say I enjoy Yeon Woo-Jin in it. Loved him in MND and he is nailing it here as well!

Dramaland is making me so happy. Every day I can have another crush on another oppa ♡♡♡

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This is my first Yeon Woo Jin outing but I'm finding him so adorable and his character, precious. Then all of a sudden, he got hot and I don't even know when.

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I loved him in MND but I definitely love him more in this drama. In fact I think I am enjoying this drama more that MND, maybe because I love workplace drama more. (Comparing because both drama are from same writer).

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Dropping in to say, so lovely to see the beautiful Jang Hee Jin. I hope she's here for good and doesn't have any haunted, suicidal tendencies. With her, you gotta make sure, you know.

Or we can just sic her on Horrible Dad...I'm still deciding on Woo Il.

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Lol.... beautiful.... gotta make sure.... Horrible Dad

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LOL agree. I love the fact that my love started growing more for Jang Hee Jin, I mean she can offer more than a simply clingy bitchy type. We dont need a bitchy gal in this drama, so hopefully Jang Hee Jin's existence actually will help in contributing anything beneficial for our not-so-shy boss.

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I am not sure I like the rewrite because suddenly, RW becomes more of a softie when it comes to HG. WI is also slightly changed to become a more sympathetic character than previously implied. I am still not feeling the chemistry between the leads.

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Omg thank god you're here. I have THINGS to SAY. By the comments it doesn't seem like many agree with me, but I'm super disappointed with the rewrite. I hate that in reigning in Ro Woons character they also toned down everyone else. I HATE that Hwan Kis social disorder is now just social awkwardness. I hate that Ro Woon in order to be nicer to HK has totally forgotten about her sister. And I really hate how much the reeled in Woo Ils slime factor. They took him from what could have been an incredibly complex villian and declawed him and shoved him into the role of second lead for the sake of lighter drama. I also hater RW in the first few episodes but man I was freaking GRIPPED by the plot and HK. I was obsessed! But watching these last 2 eps, all I could feel was bored. And that just makes me really really sad. :(

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I very much agree with your complaints. I LOVED the first 4 episodes. Like you said, they were Gripping! And then episode 5 happened and retconned the whole thing. It didn't just change plotlines, it changed characters. The episodes since then have been gradually getting better, but while I rather enjoyed this week's fare, they were cute rather than gripping.

And cute if fine. I like cute. If it had been this way from the beginning, I probably would have liked the show just fine. I wouldn't have been obsessed about it, but I wouldn't have complained. As it stands, I am still pissed about them retconning all of the characters and toning them down into niceness. And I mean Niceness in the Into the Woods sense: "You're not good, you're not bad, you're just . . . nice."

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I absolutely agree with everything you said. This new version even matches the promos better. If it'd just started like it is now, and I never knew how awesome and dark and twisty it could've been, I wouldn't feel so angry and sad. But now I know what I'm missing!!

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I'm really happy with how the drama has improved. I was ready to stop watching, but now I'm invested. I love Yeon Woo-Jin's physical acting, and he's really underlining how he has become comfortable with his team, accepting them into his very small tribe.

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I hate that Ro Woon in order to be nicer to HK has totally forgotten about her sister. And I really hate how much the reeled in Woo Ils slime factor.

I definitely agree on these points - I would prefer to have seen Ro-woon and Hwan-gi working together to expose Woo-il's serial womanizing. THAT would have made for riveting TV.

On the other hand, I really like that they've toned down Hwan-gi's issues, because I felt like they were getting in the way of the plot instead of serving it.

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Yeah, I dunno. I'm always a sucker for the misunderstood hero who tries to be nice but everyone thinks is evil lol. I wish they could've at least kept that.

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She is not totally forgotten about her sister's death, it is just because she thought that her sister committed suicide because of Hwan Ki, and since she has known him more now, maybe she decided not to dig deeper on him because she concluded that her sister didnt know much about him.

I believe this issue will comeback in few episodes, this drama has 10 more episodes, more stories to be revealed.. But I also agree, I dont mind her character was toned down, it is just that her motive to find out about her sister's death seems to be erased too easily.

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Ugh Hwan-ki's father is so horrible. To me, he started the rift between Hwan-ki and Woo-il because the former is always prioritizing Hwan-ki because he is his kin yet he considers Woo-il as a servant despite his brilliance. The father is really a macho since he dreams of the "perfect politican's household" though he is so not a worthy candidate (his extreme bouts of anger could literally kill someone) and he is twisting everyone (except for the mother) to keep up the appearance while not caring for their inner problems. The more I see Yi-soo and Hwan-ki, the more I think that their upbringing must have been lonely.
I wonder how the mother can stand such a husband still I'm glad at least she has her own gut.

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Can anybody please explain to me how is Hwan-ki, a desperate introvert only leaving his apartment at night in a hoodie, more tanned then Ro-won? I don't get it...

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All across Asia fair skin is highly prized,so they use skin-lightening cosmetics,sunscreens with high spf and very light foundations.
For men it's okay being a little darker.

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I know, I know, but still, in this case it's sooo obvious it made me laugh.

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This is the first episode I want to replay so many times. Most of things are cute, especially among Silent Monster team. I like it when cynical Subong is trying his best because Boss listens to his idea unexpectedly. And the rest members are now like.. they are happy when Boss is happy.

IDK if it's just me. I think during last scene, Hwanki opening his eyes wide and not blinking even once is because he tries hard not to kiss her. The camera focuses on Rowoon lips couple times. So I feel he is resisting himself. Who knows what he may do if he closes his eyes? Or something like that.

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i love it so much

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sun-bong to hwan ki= aww he smiled
me to sun-bong = aww you smile tooo we'r in candylanddd!

#bromanceinnermonologuebestie

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Wooooooooow, just amazing .yey for HK and RW for making progress ♥:-)

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