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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 10

I don’t really have any way to introduce this episode except to give a solemn warning: Be prepared to grin like an idiot, squeal higher than dogs can hear, and hug random inanimate objects just to try and contain all the feels. Whether by laughing, bickering, or just looking at one another, Bong-soon and Min-hyuk continue to steal the show and our hearts. You’ve been warned.

 
Episode 9: “Finding the Hidden Heart”

Min-hyuk and Bong-soon’s family watch the news as the anchor reports that the culprit has finally been apprehended.

At the police station, Bong-soon insists that they’ve got the wrong man, but Gook-doo’s team leader reveals that the arrested man has admitted to stalking the most recent kidnapped girl. Gook-doo argues that this was a separate case and insists that the real criminal (with his three captive brides) is still at large.

The real kidnapper, Kim Jang-hyun, is watching the news as well. Apparently, the arrested stalker is claiming to have committed the other kidnappings as well, and Jang-hyun rages at the imposter for taking credit for his “work.” Yeah, poor you.

Bong-soon and Gook-doo dejectedly leave the police station, and she asks him if he knows where to find Jang-hyun, but Gook-doo refuses to tell her since he doesn’t want her going after the man. He offers to take her home, but she says she’s not going back home.

Gook-doo correctly guesses that she’s going to visit Min-hyuk instead. Aww, he looks pained as he asks, “Do you really have to stay by his side?” Bong-soon slowly answers that she’s going to do it, that she thinks she should, and leaves the detective alone in the hallway.

Min-hyuk grumpily waits for Bong-soon to return, and as soon as she arrives, his first question is to confirm that she no longer has a reason to meet with Gook-doo since the culprit has been caught. But Bong-soon corrects him as she says that the police arrested the wrong man.

Min-hyuk notes her expression and asks if Bong-soon is still nursing a one-sided crush on the detective. When she doesn’t answer, he starts ranting about how it makes no sense that she could possibly prefer Gook-doo instead of pursuing someone as awesome as himself. Oiy. Modesty, thy name is Min-hyuk. He decides that she must doubt that she’s good enough to date his wonderful self, then proceeds to mock her inner thoughts in a falsetto voice, complete with an adorable “Hmph!”

Bong-soon rolls her eyes at her boss’ impressive ego, then (finally!) asks, “But, don’t you like men?” Min-hyuk waves it away, saying that he had no time for dating while setting up AinSoft and considered the rumor a form of marketing. He finally comes out (hur), “I’m crazy for women.”

Min-hyuk seems to watch her for a reaction, but Bong-soon just points to his pajamas (that he brought from home) and calls them ugly. Heh.

Gook-doo’s team leader seems content enough to take his hands off the kidnapping case, but Gook-doo is convinced that they have the wrong man. He knows that his team leader has his hands tied by the higher ups, but he refuses to give up. The rest of the team watches wide-eyed at his righteous fury as Gook-doo swears to solve this case, even if they take his badge away from him.

Bong-soon worries over how to find the real kidnapper, Jang-hyun, and asks Min-hyuk if he could find his personal information. Min-hyuk warns her against leaving the hospital to go hunt for the criminal on her own, so Bong-soon switches tactics and asks if she can briefly go home to research her target on her own. He agrees, as long as she promises not to go wandering around the neighborhood by herself.

Before she can leave, Min-hyuk throws another pity party and whimpers that he needs help washing his face, since his stitches hurt soooo much. Still none the wiser to her boss’ antics, Bong-soon immediately helps him to the bathroom, and he gives her the cutest grin when she’s not looking.

Bong-ki makes his rounds at the hospital, and Boss Tak’s thoroughly bandaged men hobble around their room as they swear revenge on the tiny girl that put them all there.

Gook-doo goes to see Jang-hyun at the junkyard office, and it’s not a friendly visit. Gook-doo asks if he’s happy now that the police have the wrong criminal, but Jang-hyun smirks as he asks if the detective suspects him. Gook-doo loses it and grabs the guy, demanding to know where the other women are. Jang-hyun keeps up an innocent act, smiling as he says he’s just cooperating with the police.

This is too much for Gook-doo, and he punches Jang-hyun to the ground. As they roll around, Gook-doo sees the stolen, one-of-a-kind shoes that the kidnapper was said to wear. Jang-hyun starts to panic for the first time and yells out that a detective is attacking him. His employee rushes in and pulls Gook-doo off, but Gook-doo just pushes both of them away to grab the boots.

Gook-doo stands frozen, staring at the shoes, his suspicions now confirmed. Jang-hyun grabs the shoes back, then slowly grins as he looks into the corner where a security camera has caught the entire confrontation. Crap.

Jang-hyun retreats to his lair and, after looking at the pipe that Bong-soon bent, he pins a picture of our heroine up to the side of his bride wall. At the same time, Bong-soon walks home, remembering all of her encounters with Jang-hyun and clenching her fist in determination.

After some pacing, Min-hyuk instructs Secretary Gong to put Bong-soon on the Planning and Development Team (PD team) starting tomorrow, half-muttering, “If I leave her alone like this, I don’t know what she’ll do. I need to keep her at the company to feel reassured.” Aww, he’s worried about her going after the criminal on her own. But when Secretary Gong asks which PD team to transfer the ex-bodyguard to, Min-hyuk doesn’t have an answer.

Bong-soon does research on the kidnapping case as Kyung-shim packs to return to Busan. Kyung-shim insists that she’s on Mom’s side regarding “Son-in-law Ahn,” but Bong-soon asks her not to mention him, since she’s really confused right now.

Before Kyung-shim can ask more, Bong-soon gets the call from Secretary Gong about her move to the PD Team and jumps for joy, which makes the whole house shake.

Heh, Min-hyuk casually lounges in his hospital bed as he does a countdown for Bong-soon’s call. Sure enough, she calls right on time and he grins, “You’re in the palm of my hand.” Min-hyuk smirks like a benevolent king as Bong-soon gushes her thanks, until she subtly drops in the hint that she has so much to prepare for her first day tomorrow, and it would so difficult to go back and forth between the hospital and home…

Min-hyuk scoffs at her nerve and does his typical fallback guilt trip, telling her not to bother coming to the hospital while sighing, “The worst thing that can happen is my wound will burst open.” Sadly, this time it doesn’t work, and Bong-soon just thanks him before hanging up. Min-hyuk’s face after getting outmaneuvered is awesome. Who’s in whose palm, hmmm?

Jang-hyun sends the video of Gook-doo’s assault to the cops, and the police chief reams out his team leader for letting his team members run crazy. Gook-doo’s fellow detectives try to stand up for him, saying he must have a reason, but the chief isn’t having any of it. He kicks and whacks all of them as he yells that Gook-doo will be punished.

Just then, Gook-doo strides in. Without saying a word, he drops his police badge and handcuffs on the desk before walking out. His teammates call after him, but even the police chief seems reluctantly impressed with Gook-doo’s cool factor.

Gook-doo heads straight to the junkyard, and Jang-hyun watches from afar as his employee ineffectively tries to stop the determined detective. Gook-doo yells at the man that his boss has kidnapped innocent women and threatens that aiding a criminal is a punishable offense.

As Gook-doo gets close to the storage container/entrance to the Dungeon of Doom, Jang-hyun finally intervenes. He taunts Gook-doo into attacking him, but thankfully, Gook-doo’s teammates turn up at the last moment and pull Gook-doo off the bastard. The Bride Collector watches the other detectives drag Gook-doo away, grinning.

Gook-doo’s teammates drag their hotheaded coworker outside and manage to talk him down. They agree that Jang-hyun is guilty, revealing that they’ve been quietly investigating him: The man is obsessed with the Blue Mustache and Seven Brides play, and all the cast and crew have seen him hanging around the theater. Gook-doo yells that that’s even more of a reason to go back in there right now, but the other men smartly point out that they need to do this correctly, with an arrest warrant.

The detectives yells that if Gook-doo keeps charging in, they’ll never catch Jang-hyun. Telling him to stop trying to do everything on his own, they succeed in getting Gook-doo to return to the station with them.

Bong-soon literally raps out her happiness as she irons her work outfit for tomorrow. Mom comes in to ask who will watch after her son-in-law if Bong-soon is at home, so she decides to take care of Min-hyuk herself. She goes to the hospital and hand feeds her future son-in-law some chicken feet. However, it’s far spicier than the mild Min-hyuk can handle, and he can barely choke it down while forcing a smile whenever Mom asks if he likes it.

Bong-ki comes in to discuss Min-hyuk’s discharge from the hospital tomorrow, and when Mom leaves to get water, Min-hyuk desperately begs Bong-ki to get his mother to go. Heh, Bong-ki looks sympathetically at the poor CEO as he replies, “I can’t tell her that. She doesn’t listen to anybody.”

Mom runs into Boss Tak in the hallway and rubs some serious salt in the wound. She tuts at his injuries and says he looks more pig-like than ever.

Returning to fair Verona, the Bong-soon Juliet calls out for her Min-hyuk Romeo. Said Romeo clambers up the balcony and Juliet gasps, “You like girls?” Romeo assures her that he’s a total “girl fanatic,” then reaches out to pull her in close. He stares passionately at his lady love, and Juliet happily closes her eyes as he leans in ever-closer… then Bong-soon wakes up to find herself making kissy faces at a thoroughly unimpressed Kyung-shim. Kekeke.

Bong-soon skips to work in the morning and arrives in the office lobby to find Secretary Gong giving her a congratulatory party. Bong-soon dances around in the floating confetti and bubbles as everyone dances around her. (Is this another dream?)

Bong-soon finds Min-hyuk waiting for her in his office, and he sincerely congratulates her on joining the PD team. He gives her a pretty purse with her new ID badge attached and sweetly hangs the badge around her neck. She looks happy enough to hug him.

Bong-soon eagerly asks what PD team she’ll be working on, but Min-hyuk evades the question, instead reminding her that she promised to work really hard. He then directs Bong-soon to her new job: her old playpen desk with a new sign that reads, “The Planning and Development Team.” Pah! Oh, you prankster.

Bong-soon immediately deflates and sadly mutters that she should have known this would happen. Talking seriously, Min-hyuk tells her that their PD team is filled with highly skilled workers, and if she goes directly in, everyone will know she’s a parachute employee (i.e. that she got the job through connections rather than merit). Instead, he’s offering for her to start with an internship.

Bong-soon half-sobs that she’ll be all alone in the corner with no teammates or sunbaes, so Min-hyuk cheerfully says that she does have a team leader. She brightens for moment, until he spins around introduces himself as Ahn Min-hyuk, the team leader for their PD Team. You can practically hear Bong-soon’s expectations hit the floor, one by one.

Bong-soon tries to point out that two people hardly make a team, so Min-hyuk calls in Secretary Gong to join their PD team. He jovially announces the start of their first team meeting, and Bong-soon has a mini-tantrum as she glares at her “team leader,” who grins unabashedly back.

A new(?) person enters Min-hyuk’s office: The effeminate doppelgänger of Kwang-bok. Oh, jeez. Heels clacking and gum snapping, he coquettishly hands Min-hyuk a report while casting catty glares at Bong-soon. Bong-soon, in turn, stares in shock at the Kwang-bok lookalike.

After he leaves, Bong-soon stutters to ask his name, and Secretary Gong introduces him as the (real) PD team leader, Oh Dong-pyung. She asks if he has a twin, but apparently the guy grew up as an only child.

Min-hyuk and Bong-soon discuss the game that Bong-soon wants to develop, except when Bong-soon presents her idea for a healthy, nonviolent game that everyone from preschoolers to the elderly can enjoy, Min-hyuk shoots it down with the bland observation that preschoolers and the elderly don’t buy video games. Point.

Min-hyuk calls an end to the meeting, saying that he’ll take the idea to the president (as in, himself). He sends her to the bathroom, but Bong-soon gets waylaid outside by the Kwang-bok doppelgänger, Dong-pyung.

Dong-pyung pulls her aside to have a hierarchy conversation, throwing a true hissy fit as he rants about her supposed “internship.” Tossing the furniture around the room and scoffing like a maknae heiress, he proclaims himself to be the crazy bitch of the office and warns that he can make sure she’ll never make it onto the PD team. Heh, at least his irrational antics succeed in scaring Bong-soon more than his Kwong-bok doppelgänger ever did.

The office Crazy Bitch gives a final warning to not hang around Min-hyuk anymore, then makes a dramatic exit.

Bong-soon tries to hide/mope in Secretary Gong’s office, but Min-hyuk literally calls out for her in a booming voice: “INTERN!” She glares bloody murder through the window but reluctantly heads over to his office, where Min-hyuk is enthusiastically singing an opera refrain consisting of “Do Intern! Do Inteeeeern!” Hee!

Min-hyuk excitedly says that they should plan an office welcoming party for just their team, but Bong-soon has had enough. Secretary Gong comes in, and right in front of Min-hyuk, Bong-soon tells him to relay a message to their CEO. She then yells at poor Secretary Gong, “This is completely different than what was promised. What is this!? Please give me some real work to do! Thank you!”

Message sent, Bong-soon stalks off to her new PD Team corner and puts up a sheet to block Min-hyuk’s view. Min-hyuk shakes his head, smirking, while the frazzled Secretary Gong whimpers.

So Min-hyuk has the Crazy Bitch, Dong-pyung, assign a bunch of old reports to Bong-soon. Dong-pyung politely asks if he could talk with Bong-soon for a bit, and Min-hyuk agrees. After they leave, Secretary Gong frantically asks why Min-hyuk is assigning Bong-soon to Dong-pyung since he’s infamous for being hard on newcomers, but Min-hyuk smiles as he wonders who will beat who.

Dong-pyung relishes in hazing Bong-soon: He sends her for coffee, spits out said coffee for not having enough sugar, and accuses her of being uppity. Bong-soon accidentaly calls him by his office nickname (Oh Dol-pyeo, meaning cartilage) and he screeches at her. He finally goes too far when he physically smacks her, then tosses a pen under the table and forces her to fetch it.

Bong-soon glares at him from the ground, then she grabs the table leg and pushes the giant conference table towards the screaming Dong-pyung until he’s pinned (lightly) against the window. Bong-soon gets up and delicately says she’ll go remake his coffee, then leaves him there, shrieking.

Bong-soon comes back to Min-hyuk’s room sans the Crazy Bitch, and Min-hyuk sees right through her casual remark that Dong-pyung is still drinking his coffee. Min-hyuk takes Bong-soon for coffee and demands to know what she did to the guy. She innocently says, “He’s just… stuck somewhere.” Well, it’s not a lie.

Min-hyuk comes back, and Secretary Gong runs to tell him that they can’t find Dong-pyung anywhere. Hee, Min-hyuk gives this long suffering sigh and says, “Let’s go.”

They find the shrieking and immobilized Dong-pyung in the conference room, and Min-hyuk, nodding like he totally expected something like this, sends Secretary Gong to go fetch more people to move the table.

Back in his office, Min-hyuk and Secretary Gong chuckle over who won the Bong-soon vs. Dong-pyung showdown. Secretary Gong tentatively voices his curiosity about Min-hyuk’s stabbing. Since Min-hyuk is so careful about his own body and health, then he must have gotten stabbed by accident, right? Bong-soon arrives outside the door just as Min-hyuk casually replies that it wasn’t an accident.

Secretary Gong can’t understand why he would voluntarily be stabbed, and Bong-soon leans in close to the door to hear his answer, but she almost falls into the room when Min-hyuk suddenly opens the door. He stares intently at her, almost daring her to ask something, but she awkwardly looks away and he makes an escape to the library.

In the library, Min-hyuk mindlessly flips through a book while he thinks back to Secretary Gong’s words about him not being one to risk himself for others. He puts the book back and sees Bong-soon standing on the other side of the bookcase.

Oh, be still my heart. Min-hyuk giving her this look through that case, and Bong-soon hesitantly says they should push back their office welcoming party so he doesn’t hurt his stitches. She can’t quite meet his eyes, and Min-hyuk just keeps looking at her. He quietly agrees to postpone the party, then smiles slightly at her after she leaves.

Secretary Gong and Dong-pyung have a… moment(?) bonding over the injuries they received from Bong-soon.

Grandma has come back for another visit, and she’s brought with her some of the infamous poop wine. Mom brings it to Boss Tak, and he downs it happily until she tells him what it is. Man, what more can Bong-soon’s family do to this guy?

Bong-soon escorts Min-hyuk back to his place. When she turns to leave, he pulls her down beside him in one smooth movement and rests his head in her lap (*swoon*). He asks to stay like this for just a moment, and Bong-soon looks down at his resting profile.

Later that night, Bong-soon goes to the gaming room secret entrance gets a good look at the painting of Min-hyuk’s pink hoodie girl: her.

Bong-soon heads home and gets a text from Gook-doo to meet tomorrow since he has something to tell her, but for the first time, she looks conflicted.

Gook-doo is currently out with his team leader, who drunkenly berates him for rushing in to do everything alone and for being so brazen to his superiors. He tries to explain how the station works and how to trust in your seniors, but Gook-doo remains firm that he won’t look the other way or let a lead go just because he’s told to. His team leader fusses, but then sighs, “Yeah, that’s what a police officer should do.”

Downing his glass, he tells him, “Let’s go without the warrant. Let’s go as far as we can.” He puts Gook-doo’s badge and handcuffs on the table and tells the younger man to come back to work tomorrow. Awwww! Gook-doo grins and pours his leader another drink.

Ugh, kidnapper Jang-hyung puts Hee-ji’s picture in the next open bride space, then he follows her home, watching from outside her house while she calls Bong-ki for their first date.

Grandma and Mom give Bong-soon the journals from all the women in their family, passing down the knowledge to their family’s current Strong Woman. Grandma tells her to read them, muttering that Mom only read two lines and ignored the rest. She tells her granddaughter that from now on, she should not hide or avoid her strength, but use it for good. She also forewarns that Bong-soon must read everything in these journals.

Bong-soon puts the journals in the secret cabinet, and after she walks away, one of the journals (titled “Book of Strength”) starts glowing.

Bong-soon and Kyung-shim have some girl time, and Kyung-shim asks about Bong-soon’s confusion when it comes to Min-hyuk. Bong-soon admits that lately, her heart starts to pound whenever she sees him. At that moment, Mom bursts in with the news that her son-in-law is outside.

Min-hyuk nervously waits for Bong-soon, then tells her that he has something he needs to say right now. He slowly says “I…” then shouts accusingly, “…am sick!” Bong-soon eye-rolls at his “declaration,” but he suddenly grabs her hand and puts it right over his heart, saying, “I hurt right here.” Omo!

Looking directly into her eyes, he murmurs, “You should hurry and end that one-sided love.”

Then, Min-hyuk pulls a stunned Bong-soon one step toward him until he’s nearly embracing her and quietly adds, “I think I like you.”

 
COMMENTS

He… They… I just… Ack! Am I supposed to be coherent after that?! Ermahgawd, those eyes and how he just looks at her. If anyone ever figures out how to bottle up Park Hyung-shik’s gaze, they’ll make a fortune. Just think: PHS Happy Pills! Guaranteed feels for anyone with a pulse.

I really can’t get over how much I like this couple (and I’m honest enough to admit that a large chunk of that love is due to Min-hyuk’s smolder/heart-stopping gaze). I especially appreciate that even though they’re both fully aware of the potential feelings between them, neither has ever repressed who they are in an effort to be more appealing to the other. That was the deal-breaker for Bong-soon’s crush on Gook-doo: She constantly tried to be someone she wasn’t. After seeing Gook-doo’s reaction to her true strength, I do believe that, had she been honest with him from the beginning, they could have had a real chance together. It turns out, he never liked her because she was weak, but rather, he liked fragile women because he believed that that was what Bong-soon was. Gook-doo really is a great guy, and the two of them could have had a future, but neither of them could trust the other enough to open up. It’s sad, but Min-hyuk fits so much better with Bong-soon that I can’t feel too bad about it.

The great thing is, Gook-doo might not get this girl, but he’s finding a place for himself with his teammates. I haven’t cared too much for his storyline when he was the uptight, righteous cop, and it broke my heart that Ji-soo’s character was so two-dimensional, but this week showed a definite improvement. He’s been so intent on solving the case that he never realized that he needed to work with his team instead of constantly running off on his own. The moment with his team leader was great, but I loved when his fellow detectives talked him down and showed him they were all on the same side. I hope that Gook-doo can finally trust in others enough to rely on someone other than himself, especially when it looks like he’s got a great team that’s just waiting to stand with him.

I admit that don’t care much the introduction of this doppelgänger, Dong-pyung. One major flaw of the show has been that it keeps coming up with contrived methods to showcase Bong-soon’s strength instead of letting it flow naturally. So far, the majority of Bong-soon’s strength scenes have been her dealing with Boss Tak and his bumbling brute squad. The only moments when her fights seemed natural were when she saved that kid from bullies (ripping the guy’s shoe off), and when she confronted the kidnapper to save Kyung-shim. Boss Tak’s gang hasn’t really contributed to the plot aside from providing fodder for Bong-soon’s mighty fists. Granted, Boss Tak was behind Min-hyuk’s stalker, but that whole plot line was resolved so quickly that it was barely relevant. Maybe this Dong-pyung Doppelganger will have more for our story than just supplying background office drama, but I’m not holding my breath.

Not that I have much breath left, since Min-hyuk seems intent on stealing it away. I just can’t get enough of his honest and heartfelt actions, and I’m so happy with his straightforward declaration. I loved that moment when he pulled her that one step towards him. It was a mirror of his step by the river, but it was like he was showing her how to take that step if she chose to accept him. Thankfully, Bong-soon is finally starting to see his sincerity, though after that confession, I honestly don’t know how her knees are still supporting her. Maybe it’s the super strength – give her some PHS Happy Pills and she’ll be on the ground with the rest of us.

 
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Those eyes ... The way he looks at her ??

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Yes those eyes and this episode. made me squeal like a squealy monster, made me grin till my mouth hurt and my pillow is surely half it's size by now.....and I shut my screen whenever the doppelganger was there. It's a terrible terrible subplot.

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Oh Good! I thought I was the only one who cringed through those awkward scenes with the doppelganger. I did not find them funny and found the character to be nasty and annoying and had NO idea why the writers introduced that character. However, any of the scenes without him were great and loved them and look forward to next week.

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well idk what oh dong pyung is bringing into the plot, but i actually like that he's so flamboyant(ly gay?). not really for comedy sake but- he's obviously portrayed as someone korean society at large would deem abnormal and perhaps unacceptable, yet he's also smart and capable enough in his work that he's being assigned as leader in the most respected team in that company. like minhyuk said, only the best and smartest people got into the R&D team. it also ties in with what bongsoon said earlier about Ainsoft not discriminating their employees. so i think of it as a social commentary on a culture that relies too much on outward appearances.

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I agree, the comedy came FROM the character not AT the expense of the character just cuz he's obviously gay. (I'm a gay man myself). Korea is decades behind the US on gay rights and even basic tolerance so this is a good step forward.

It's just so jarring to see this actor doing this role. He's also currently on Manager Kim as the accounting office supervisor/roommate. He does the physical comedy really well though.

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I was thinking the same thing, actually. Throughout his scenes I was SO ready to cringe at the jokes about his flamboyant-ness that I thought would surely come... but they actually didn't? At least not directly. He was used for comedy but, as Alessar said, the jokes weren't necessarily anti-gay. Idk.

I'm not going to deny that the show has made jokes at the expense of gay people but this character and his scenes in particular seemed to be handled fairly tastefully.

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@ siesta

I like your comments. In fact I find the scenes with Do Pyung extremely hilarious. I mean where was this man hiding all these while in kdramaland? Now for the past 2 months he has taken on such great supporting characters. Kudos to his scene stealing acting...

Now back to DBS and MH... of how I love you both. Muaks and Hugs

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Yes. I agree with you. I also found his character to be more of a comment about not judging others, including gay people. He is totally accepted at AinSoft as a smart and capable worker since he is department head of the company's most prestigeous division (P&D). He also makes a point to tell Bong Soon that he achieved the rank of sargeant during his military service. I thought that the writers put that line in there to show how gay people are just like the average Korean man-you can't judge. Sexuality is only one part of a person-it's not the total person. Otherwise, his role seems to be "the boss from hell" trope. The show is often showing Bong Soon as taking revenge for all women indealing with bullies of all types, like the guy who had road rage at the lady driver, so here she takes revenge for anyone who's been bullied at the workplace.

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I also like this doppelganger subplot; tbh Bongsoon's training as a real employee is unconventional at best, and sometimes I can't help but cringe when I see her treat people at the office (Minhyuk and Secretary Gong) and think about how NOT to behave at the office. I guess this more has to do with the comedic element, but it still is a bit awkward for me. The team leader, while on a bit of a bully side, actually makes her do work as a staff and demands respect. Although based on the teasers, there will be a showdown on sass, right?

I continue to swoon for the kids, tho. Ughhh where do we each get a PHS pill?

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I'm highly impressed by the actor who does the doppelgänger! His English pronunciation is so much better than a lot of lead actors/actresses I've seen. Also, he got the flamboyant thing down!

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@siesta @table122000 Yes!! I really agree with you guys. I like how someone that's not stereotypically shown as the smart, intelligent superior was portrayed that way. It really shows diversity and reminds us that outward appearance shouldn't be used to judge a person.

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I like the doppelganger, I think it's a unique insert. I think the actor has done a great job w/adopting the swish necessary to carry the type of gay, out and proud, this character is. I think it's clever that this character doesn't like her either and gets just as, red faced, mad at her as his thug counterpart.

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PLEASE?STOP? MAKING? EXCUSES? FOR? THIS? SHOWS? OFFENSES?

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Please. Go. Back. To. Tumblr. With. Your. Forced. SJW. Tirades.

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I agree with you. Initially, I thought the doppelganger subplot was unnecessarily drawn out, but on second thoughts, it just goes to prove what a non-discriminative and perceptive boss MH is, thereby showing how he is able to set up a gaming company on his own. I like these little details which inform us about MH's person than those in your face facts.

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You know, I honestly almost missed that his character is so esteemed because I was just floored out how talented the actor is! I mean he had that flamboyant attitude DOWN and his the little bit of English he threw in there felt very natural. It was such a treat! Granted, the antics did still feel forced and this show does tend do to a little more than necessary when playing up comedy but I found myself actually wishing his character could have been written better (maybe more toned down and slightly less abusive lol) and introduced as a more relevant part to the story.

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i didn't like that scene too..and I'm really afraid the way bong soon is behaving because maybe by the time she really need her power againts that bride collector that's when its taken away from her.

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Wow! That will be a nail biting scenario. And maybe MH and GD finally work together to solve the case and save BS all at once.

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I also have an awful feeling that that may happen too. That Bong Soon's powers will be gone when she so needs it...but it'll be mum to the rescue. There was a question asked if she could regain her powers, and I feel that that might happen when she sees BS in trouble and for once really appreciates and realises how precious BS is to her.

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I think they put the doppelgänger for the sole purpose of letting bong soon weak, coz there's no other reason for bong soon to lost her power than to put an annoying guy and make bong soon use her strength against him (w/c she will use out of hatred-annoyed) and not becoz of helping other people. Then come the villain they will met but unfortunately bong soon is weak.. i think it'll happen ? Hehe

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Nah, I don't think they put the doppelganger there to cause BS to lose her powers. There are so many ways for BS to lose her powers. It's more of a social commentary about not judging a book by its cover. A person who is flamboyantly gay can also do his job very well. And that MH doesn't judge a person's capabilities based on appearances, which goes to show what an awesome and perceptive boss he is. No wonder he can set up a successful company as it is.

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I love the Go Dong Pyung scenes lol, he's so sassy and cute (Different humor taste I guess), on the other side I cringe at each Guk Doo scenes with the kidnapper, I keep pausing everytime they talk and browse something else like cat memes instead to prepare myself to watch it again lol, he was soooo stupid I swear (but I don't want to skip either, I hate skipping dramas)

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Yes, the actor did a great job differentiating his characters in the show. It's terrific how he even takes his gestures into consideration while working on his doppelganger role.

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That is exactly how I feel! The doppelganger is actually my style of humor (*hides from judgement*), though a bit superfluous. However, Gok Doo's stupidity really irritates. me. I though he finally had it together last episode, but...guess not.

Also to beanies out there:
What is the name of the song that is playing during the preview? Thanks!

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Park Hyung Sik happy pills - ahh if only we could find those nearby ?! Thanks Candidclown for an awesome review! I must have read and reread all the 350 plus comments multiple times over last two days and watched the episodes on both DramaFever and Viki ( for the comments ?)! Had seen Hwarang initially where I fell in love with his Majesty PHS and followed him to SWDBS! Now finished High society and will check out his other works ! Missed noticing him in Heirs years ago! He has definitely come a long way and turned up his hotness level ?! I have a severe case of Hyungsickness - glad I'm not alone - it's spreading everywhere ?! Love Park Bo Young too and their behind scenes videos too ! Ji Soo too seems so much better now - heard he was ill during the shoots !
I can disregard the slapstick comedy and editing anyway if it means I can watch my darling pair ! I mainly watch it for my PHS oppa- can't wait till Friday and Saturday come - literally see it first on Viki - even without the subtitles- praying for comments from my fellow Korean watchers ! Then watch it that evening on DF?! Don't know what to look forward to after this show ends ! Hoping Oppa will take on a new one soon so we all suffering from Hyungsickness can survive - alternatively maybe they can sell the PHS happy pills ! Ohh those looks - they kill me for sure - lying in a puddle on the floor already ?! Maybe they can extend the show or add on another season - please ?

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Also. is it possible that PHS really likes PBY??? Dramagods, please work your magic on these two!

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Yes both the character and the actor! The way he just looks at her !

And all those BTS - they make me so much more happy than the episodes to be honest!
All those skinships , gahhhhhh - my heart!!

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I am 100% sure they have something. May not be love and they may never date but their relationship is definitely flirtatious! Each BTS feels different and they are just so very mischievous around each other.

Or maybe the BTS is so cleverly edited to send us into delusions !

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i will happily take those delusions as well!!!

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I reply hope they date . Omg I want them to be together so freaking much. They just fit each other so well!!!!!?

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I love watching BTS where the actors/actresses have strong real life chemistry as well and are naturally touchy eg Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo.

The new BTS where they filmed that training-staring-deeply-at-each-other scene was soooooo cute how she flicked his hair out of his eyes. SO GENTLE AND SWEET.

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Ahhh my W couple
Another great favourite....

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I DON'T THINK DBS BEHAVIOR IN WORK IS ANNOYING . THEY NEVER HAD A PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP ANYWAY. Do you all remember how DBS and minhyuk met it was in the police station and they had a heated discussion. She didn't want to work for him in the beginning but he convinced her . He needed her . They were always equal not boss and employee. You can't compare it to a normal work relationship. Even tho the show has it's flaw, park bo young is carrying the show and she is the main reason I keep watching . She is just one of my all time favorite actress . Cutie and talented ? my queen. Can't imagine how could anyone not like her or her character. Phs is good too and the way he looks at her on and off screen is just to die for(but he has his flaws too, he is not perfect) . I wish they would date for real . Do you guys think that could happen? *ship ship ship* girl power ?PBY FIGHTING

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he wanted/needed her as a bodyguard. that's it.
she then asked if she could be moved to the game development department if she did a good job. and now that she's somewhat given a chance, she persists with acting petulant? naaaah.

oh and that doesn't take away from the fact that Park Bo Young is an amazing actress. she flawlessly embodies our Flawed Do Bong Soo :-)

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^ Yes to what Kethy-chan said!

She was his bodyguard. That's fine - it's not a conventional work relationship and she could get away with being snarky with him. He allowed it as well, so that's fine. Also you can see he's not really a boss who's very strict on hierarchy and superiority (from the way he talks to his secretary), so that's fine too.

However, it's a different story if she wants to be shifted to another department. He's no longer her direct boss there, and it's going to be problematic if she still behaves the same way. Imagine if she had been shifted and her superior was Mr Oh. The chaos that would have ensued... O_O

That said, I do agree with you that PBY is an incredible actress. At least she portrays BS's flaws in a way that is still endearing in some ways. They make a fantastic pair!

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Yes to this! BS does not seem to care very much about the hierarchy in the workplace, which is valued as critical in the Korean society. How is she going to survive if MH is not her direct boss? Let her run riot with her powers whenever her colleagues bully her just as the doppelganger does and gets stuck between the table and wall in return? Only MH is able to tolerate her brand of insolence and sassy-ness.

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YES. Those eyes. How could a living human girl survive after getting lassered by those eyes?? Anyone please give me tips so I can continue living. Pleaseee.

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Seriously, can anyone resist those eyes?!

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Will Ji soo get the girl? With a little help, he might!

Sung to the tune of Kiss the Girl/The Little Mermaid

There you see us
Sprouting edgily down the sides
We don't got a lot to say
Because we’re just sideburns
And we don't know why
But we're dying to try
We wanna kiss the girl

Yes, we’re sideburns
Look at us, bushy and rough
We ain’t pretty like lashes
But we’re strong and U-NI-TED
Don’t you dare shave us off coz we’re bristles of love
We’re gonna kiss the girl

Sing with us now

Sha la la la la la
My oh my
Looks like the boy's too shy
Ain't gonna kiss the girl

Sha la la la la la
We’ll do it instead
Leave it to us, poor lad
We're gonna get the girl

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Oh gosh I love this!! You should do one for MH too, haha! (While I feel bad that he probably won't get the girl... GD did too little and too late... sigh).

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I think he's going to get his heart broken next week...he was too busy chasing the psycho to ever really get down to wooing the girl. Poor, poor GD - he's such a brusque, no-nonsense, unromantic hero, with a lot of pent-up rage, but his moments with BS are romantic, too...I had chills when he said "Don't you look too pretty now" and when he refers to her as MY Bong soon, I was screaming.

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Squeee! YY is here!!! But sorry, even singing sideburns don't stand a chance against the competition, those EYES.

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Those eyes can change expression so swiftly it's unbelievable. My favorite eyes are the confession eyes in the river scene where he stares with such serious intensity into her eyes; he was so serious and determined in that scene.

The confession eyes at the end of this episode are touched with uncertainty - he doesn't know how she's going to react, and I think he doesn't like that uncertainty, because he likes to win, but he's blurted out the fact that he likes her anyway, because he can't bear it anymore, and he wants to let her know - that's why he's different from GD; GD keeps his feelings for her to himself, and it's a slowburn, MH would rather get it off his chest, and hope for the best. That's why MH's gonna get the girl.

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I think the writer puts a lot of thought and heart into MH's dialogue whenever he is almost confessing or confessing his feelings for BS. It is always so intimate, personal and individual. I like that he asks BS to end her crush on GD instead of merely admitting his feelings to BS. It's like he wants BS to see him and him only. He doesn't want to share the personal space in her heart with another man.

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While that is a great stare at the end (and throughout the series), I was cussing at the show to troll us with ending the episode RIGHT THERE. Not fair, you troll of a show!

But who am I kidding? I'll be back for more as soon as they put the next episode up for viewing, subbed or not! Such is the power of the PHS-PBY pair. While I adore Ji-soo puppy these two are on a whole 'nother level of wow, you know?

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Hahahaha, that's so funny. I nearly choked when I first noticed the sideburns returning, tentatively at first with some fuzziness. Strong Side Burns Ji Soo Shi!!!!

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I never really noticed him in the heirs. But now he's all I see! How does PHS do what he do?

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I always thought he is just cute back in his Sirius and Heirs day. But now he has this commanding aura, all hot, sexy, and cool. And I feel like, "Where have I been all this time to miss such a man??"

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his looks has definitely changed a LOT since heirs- most notably in high society. sometimes i had my doubts on whether he got something done- def got his teeth fixed, but the rest i attributed to maturity and diet lol, since his features seems to be mostly the same

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I was wondering the same thing so I googled his pictures from previous projects. Then I found out that it is not he looking different since Heirs but he looking different in Heirs from other projects lol. Maybe it was due to his busy schedule around that time and he was a little puffy then.

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It's the eyebrows that did the magic. He had that thick bushy eyebrows in The Heirs. And ofc, the weight lose. His look started to improve in High Society with better hair cut and some highlights but I noticed a glimpse of commanding presence in Sirius despite his minimum appearance and in Hwarang, he totally oozed the leading man charisma, even IMO totally eclipsing Park Seo Joon. To me, SWDBS only cemented my trust that he is totally worthy of a leading man status.

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Yes. !!! In Hwarang PHS was the leading man .... To me leading man is not someone who gets the girl but most attractive character displaying great acting skills, in Hwarang PHS has chemistry with everyone female lead, male lead, main villain, his subordinates, you can't get bored when PHS was on your screen in that drama

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Oh my gosh, gals, I thought he looked cuter before because dark, natural hair is so much more flattering for him! I must be the odd one out. And I don't think he was ever chubby!!! He was younger and had even more of a baby face, which could also be part of the changes in addition to the other potential factors that have been mentioned.

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He's a little chubby back in the days, and yeah I think he fixed his teeth, it looks different now, but everything else is the same, I have been following him since his early ZE:A days, my bias was Siwan tho hahaha

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Yes he said it during interview that in the boarding house with ZE:A they always order chicken and beer in the middle of the night and his face gets bloated in the morning so when he got that role in High Society he started eating only chicken breast and nothing else.

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He drastically improved as an actor while doing What's With This Family with an absolutely stellar cast of senior actors. When he stole High Society right away from that other dude it was so apparent how much he had "leveled up."

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I am now watching What's With This Family, and he looks so comfortable in his interactions with the other cast. There is absolutely no stiffness or awkwardness in his portrayal of the maknae of the family.

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he was quite good in 'nine..', and then wasted in 'heirs'

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I am totally kicking myself for not taking pictures with him when he was filming Heirs. I wasted all my energy on Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin.

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I am liking DBS working for MH less and less. He clearly thinks her intellectually inferior and barely listens to her cute, but childish ideas. Andhim making sexual advancements and keeping her in his room like his very own live action figure and cute doll while she is very much dependent on him economically and career-wise is starting to creep me out.

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Thank you for sharing this! Someone has finally spoken up about Min Hyuk's flaws towards Bong Soon! I've always felt that he sees her as this dumb, silly girl who is intellectually below him, and the only reason this aspect is overlooked is because he genuinely cares for her. I'd like to think he would take her "childish ideas" into serious consideration and eventually develop into her dream game.

But I can see why he would keep her by his side. Like he says, who knows what she would do if she's left alone? She could very well be off catching the kidnapper on her own and putting herself in danger. Just because she has super-strength, it doesn't mean she can't meet with danger; the kidnapper could drug her... Although she could probably break out of his captive with much ease afterwards.

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She is childish though. I like that he isn't just handing he a job she is clearly not qualified for just because he likes her. He still has professional integrity.

I don't remember if it was mentioned in the first episode whether she earned a degree in gaming development yet (she must have if she was applying for jobs) but she still seems very naive about what the industry entails with her "project proposal". She hasn't shown the same competency as say Bo Nui did in Lucky Romance.

I think he intends on giving her the opportunity to learn if she shows that she can apply herself. But so far she hasn't really shown that passion, she's only said that she wants to be part of the strategy department with no work to show for it.

I do think he should give her a reality check and not toy around with her, but I can see why he hasn't taken her seriously as a prospective employee

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Agree so much with this. Yes Min Hyuk toys with her a bit much considering that he is her real boss and someone that Bong Soon depends on, but my only real issue with it is that he toys with her without giving her much advice on what she could do to have him take her more seriously, or explaining why he wants to move at such a slow pace.

The truth is they're both childish, but I don't think Min Hyuk's childish antics towards Bong Soon come from him looking down on her. I think he just likes teasing her like a little kid with a crush. Like he said, he didn't have much time to date therefore doesn't have much experience, so I think the advances he makes aren't inherently "sexual", but coming from a more innocent, genuine place for him. He probably doesn't even think to consider it as something that can be inappropriate.

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I can't help but disagree with you in this. DBS has been the one asking for a job when she has no qualifications whatsoever. Ainsoft is a reputable, successful company and he really is giving her valuable experience in being able to even work with him directly and by giving her work. I was actually more annoyed with her reaction at the job she was given. As a normal intern, hazing is obviously not desired but it's unfortunately common, and most people have to take it or quit. I was slightly appalled when she just said she "didn't want to" release the doppelgänger. That was even more unprofessional of her as she is literally at the bottom of the corporate ladder. He listened to her ideas which clearly showed her naïveté and inexperience, and I think is correct in protecting the rest of his team from her super strength. Imagine if she let her temper/annoyance get the best of her with an entire team!! He'd have no one left to work with; they'd all be in the hospital.

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Yes, THIS! I was annoyed with her too when she refused to release doppelganger. The thing is, I get that he promised to move her to the team, but she's clearly not ready for it. His blunt words regarding her game idea were very true. In addition, the strategy team must be one of the most important teams in the company, and to be perfectly realistic, BS isn't even a college graduate. She needs training and more knowledge and he's giving her the chance to learn more with him. Honestly, if there was a company that I really admired and loved, and the CEO gave me a chance to intern with him and taught me personally, I would be stoked.

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I was wondering if she did have any degree or diploma but since they've pointed out how lacking she is in academics I'm not surprised she doesn't. Which makes it really questionable why she thinks she has the right to apply for a job at Ainsoft in the first place, no less in the strategic apartment.

I've had fantasies like that too about working for games I love but wow is Bong Soon really delusional and irresponsible to ask for a job there. Even though MH has been teasing her, he's actually been really accommodating considering.

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I agree with all of this, though tbh the main reason I overlook it is
a) this is dramaland, and professionalism can be a hit or miss
b) I reckon since MH has been letting her get away with smack talk so far, BS has gotten used to getting her way a bit

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Totally share your view here. I was a bit annoyed too seeing how easily bong soon think it works in the professional world. I mean given that she has basically no experience in this sector, it's unrealistic to expect that you would get entry in the planning and design department so early. I myself am struggling to get into my desired uni at this point, so I share her frustration but then again, there are much more competition the higher the demand of any job/study is.
Also, I was partly a bit miffed at the way she tortured the ceo [ the doppelganger] too. If anyone has seen 'devil wears prada' , there are people like that in real world too, [ I think everyone has their share of horrible bosses], but then again you can't just do that to them! Bong Soon is lucky she has got min hyuk by her side, but real world doesn't work that way, so even if your boss throws tantrum at you, you're supposed to be patient, or avoid them [ if you don't want to be fired that is, more than so, using physical strength for every single job is a bit too much, isn't it? I hope she realizes that she shouldn't misuse her power]. The way she beat him up, and seeing how indulgent min hyuk was towards her even after that, I can totally see where he's coming from. I think he understands how inexperienced bong soon is for real office works, so he wants to train her first as an intern and then let her climb the ladder, like how it should be. If she gets the responsibility of a game so early and so soon, I don't think she has the skills or training required to do the job yet. So if anything, I find this arc quite appropriate and once again, min hyuk knows what he's doing. Even if he is may be younger than her, but right now bong soon is the immature one imo.

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Completely agree. I feel like the bullies in the beginning of Misaeng, but they had a point as well...Most of us, those not privileged enough to have the right connections, have to work very hard to build good CVs and land jobs at good companies. There's college, tuition, loans, the endless, mindless hours spent studying, putting up with part-time jobs. Even when you actually start working, you have to put up with the whims of difficult bosses, learn how to manage your skills, your time, the people around you.

In comparison, Bong Soon has it easy. She has a chance to learn from the man who founded the damn company! And all she does is whine.

I thought of Bong Soon today at work, when my own boss was going over (read taking apart) a draft of a reply I'd prepared - to be tendered in Court within the next few hours. Real life is nothing like Bong Soon's life, and on the point of her career (not on the personal front), it's hard to see her as anything but a spoiled child.

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as someone who's been in the workforce for over 10 years, i totally agree with you. sure maybe minhyuk has a hidden motive for keeping her close, BUT his reasoning about her having no qualifications and being parachuted in does make sense. she should be thankful that he even gave her a chance to intern first, doing all the grunt work while learning her way into the game before she's in any way capable and worthy of doing such a skill-intense job. as a company game, the R&D team is the engine that keeps it going, so to put an incapable employee in such an important team is a bad move business wise.

i also agree with you about BS' unprofessional attitude, which i've been harping about since the first ep lol. you meet nasty people at work all the time, you gotta learn how to handle them without stepping on any toes

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To be honest, Bong Soon's unprofessional attitude makes her one of the nasty people at work.

I actually really like Bong Soon on a more personal front, but on a professional front, I would not want to work with her.

Those commenting on the unequal relationship between Bong Soon and Min Hyuk and how it's not right for her boss to hit on her, are right. But the fact is that there is nothing even remotely professional about their relationship. They are very much friends and soon-to-be lovers. And on that more personal front, I do think of Bong Soon and Min Hyuk as equals.

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But the fact is that there is nothing even remotely professional about their relationship.

yep this lol. you just put into words on why i'm also not bothered by the boss-employee relationship in this drama. they went beyond a traditional work relationship and into a personal one since day one, and her being his bodyguard is more of a cover than anything else. she is not financially dependent on him (if nothing else she could just continue the walnut shop), and we all know he could never force her into doing things she doesn't want to

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@siesta you sure? Return to the walnut shop and say to her mom that she quit her job in aisoft and her relationship with mom's 'son-in-law?'

She is super vulnerable now. She even calls hersel 'spineless' when discussing her feelings for MH with her friend.
She was being bullied by her mother for being unemployed, even GD dropped a line about her still not finding her career path in one if the prev. episodes and she has no alternative.

She is still figuring out who she is and how she should use her superpowers (cuteness and strength) and how to become a professional. Not the best time for a romance with the boss.

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she's been jobless since highschool but she still has a roof over her head,still fed,clothed,etc so no, she's not that desperate for money. and mom is not so evil that she would cast bongsoon out on the street over being fired (again)

but more than that, just look at her attitude towards minhyuk since the beginning. that is not how someone afraid of getting fired acts. no employee would dare to act like that to a new boss they know nothing about. in fact, her whole attitude towards her job clearly says that she thinks minhyuk is the one who needs HER and not the other way around, which is why so many of us left comments in the earlier eps on how entitled she acted. so no, i dont think their relationship was ever of a boss&employee, but more like friends with a dash of attraction.

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when bongsoon described her idea of a healthy,non violent game and minhyuk simply said "so you don't have any interest in making money" i was reminded of our sad reality that the things that do sell are sex and violence. that's why female game charas always have ultra-glamorized body and skimpy clothes. while the violence just keeps getting more explicit with each new release- these days in movies and games, the gorier the better. it's sobering, and disturbing, to realize that people pay good amounts of money to be violent, even though in a virtual reality, or to see violence play out on their screen for hours in their lives

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She is still figuring out who she is and how she should use her superpowers (cuteness and strength) and how to become a professional. Not the best time for a romance with the boss.

@Wildfly - she is figuring this out with the help of said boss. She wasn't even close to being sorted before Min Hyuk came into the picture.

In addition to everything siesta said, I'd just like to add that - Bong Soon isn't a strong, independent woman. She's strong physically, but mentally and emotionally, not so. As a woman myself, I can't see her as the strong women I admire. She's lived at home her whole life, barely had a job, allowed her crush on Gook Doo to define her love-life for her whole life so far, she's entitled and unprofessional.

Bong Soon has not earned my respect as someone trying hard to get a job at Ainsoft. One prior application means nothing - there must be so many people more qualified, who also applied once. Has she ever spoken to Min Hyuk about his job and about the company?

One doesn't get a job/internship because they are the woman the CEO has a crush on, but because they have the skills and resilience to compete in the real world. (Ideally anyway) It's Bong Soon who needs to change her attitude if she wants that job.

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Agree with this ^

Anyway,
I'm really starting to get annoyed with BS's character whenever work is involved. And the thing about "abusing powers=loosing powers" is starting to make me question. Like, is BS's lowkey fighting back (@doppelganger guy boss) and lowkey scaring/threatening at the first episodes (@minhyuk's secretary) not considered an abuse already????
I really love this drama at the start (especially cause I'm amazed at Hyungsik's acting--this is my first time watching him in a drama) but as each episode goes on, I'm starting to get annoyed at Bong Soon's character :/

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I agree that Bong Soon has sooooo much to learn regarding professionalism in an office. She is an absolutely terrible employee. Even when she was a bodyguard she never truly took it seriously and was always shrugging off responsibility and back talking. While their bickering was cute, it was not cute while she was supposedly working. Who talks to their boss that way and gets away with it?? No one ever.

CandidClown asked what was the point of Dong-pyung? Maybe he will become the Chief Kim to her Myung-suk and mentor her/show her how to actually work in the real world. I can dream right?

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I've wondered about this. For someone with the desire to construct games, Bongsoo could create games herself.ou don't have to work at a company to develop games With the rise of indie games and digital distribution platforms, there are many ways to sell games. Even without extensive programming knowledge, there are engines like Unreal, unity or Gamemaker.

I would rather see Bongsoo develop and create an indie game herself, like the guy that created Stardew valley or notch from Minecraft. At least she'd have a portfolio.

That Bongsoo doesn't create games herself tells me the writer doesn't understand making games. If you want to be a writer you'd write in your spare time. If you long to construct games, it's easier than ever to do.
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I agree, Bong Soon is a gamer and she can develop one herself. People who develop the best and popular games out there are hardcore gamers themselves.

Some of Blizzard's World of Warcraft developers were former gamers from Everquest with no experience working in the industry before they were hired. Now I see their names in almost every games Blizzard put out.

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Some great developers are gamers, but most gamers are not. All great writers read, but not all readers write well. The art of enjoying something and the art of creating something are, in the end, very, very different.

Another issue, of course, is that one-person-development is really hard, because most of the time you spend on stuff unrelated to actual game design and development. I honestly don't see her as a person with the ability to do that, she's way too lazy and not nearly omnicompetent enough.

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Of course generally there are millions of gamers out there and only a few of them works in the industry.
In the drama she seems to enjoy playing and is very much interesting in making games.

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I think it's because she is so pressured into settling in a permanent job by her mom and also GD to some extent that she thinks the only way for her to be acknowledged is by getting hired by a company.

Imo, the writer understand game development. In ep8, MH even questioned why she wanted to be in the team so badly and offered to develop the game with him. A sign that MH too thinks that she can develop her dream game without being hired at a company. She rejected it because she wanted to write reports and wear her employee ID.

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I wasn't thinking she'd develop her dream game instantly(but she could, with a lot of practice). Portfolios are important in many artistic fields. If you desire to become hired as a TV writer, for instance, you have to have examples of prior material. Who would hire someone without a portfolio in a competitive field where youtube videos provide basic instructionals? The writing makes me believe bong soo doesn't desire her goal enough. Why should I root for her to succeed in game development?

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I so agree! I have been annoyed at this as well. We even saw her designing a game character? (although, why only one...) and tbh the game that she is describing, together with the figure we have seen of her PC design, really makes me wonder why she doesn't just open like RPG maker or something and just MAKES IT. Sigh.

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I was quite annoyed when MH agreed to transfer BS to the R&D team because in my opinion BS was not qualified for the job at all. I don't really like the idea that someone gets a job simply because her boss is attracted to her. When it later turned out that MH still kept her to his side as an intern, I was a little released. At least, she can learn something during the internship before she parachutes into the R&D team.

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I agree, and I was also annoyed by this. But: Even though it sure is a great opportunity to get to be the intern right next to the boss, it would also have been much better if she had been given normal internship stuff to do already from the start so she actually got to have a look into the work. Like, what intern gets asked what THEY want to do just like that?

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I share with your opinion with this one, she's clearly incapable, maybe Minhyuk is training her first rather than just put her into the department with no experience or whatsoever.

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The guy did really cross the line when he hit her, though. That's so far from being okay. I thought she went easy on him!

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well... we all have to admit that, intellectually, DBS is NOT the brightest light out there. really. she truly isn't. her CV is empty. she didn't do well in school. and she's childish. How else would you have liked him to take her business plan into consideration? was it EVEN a plan? She's LUCKY that he'd even LISTEN to her, at this point. and it has nothing to do with the fact that she's a woman.

I agree that keeping her in his office is very weird but I genuinely believe that he DOES want to mentor her.

the real issue is that people in this kdrama NEVER ACTUALLY work. they're always out for lunch, dinner, a date, a stroll, a random day-time visit to someone...

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@ kethy-Chan

+ 1,000,000 on your comments:

"....the real issue is that people in this kdrama NEVER ACTUALLY work. they’re always out for lunch, dinner, a date, a stroll, a random day-time visit to someone.."

LOL...and they are always out driving or at home than in the workplace...

Thanks for highlighting that. I think Bong Soon is definitely not a genius like MH. And it's obvious she was tired of not working coz she didn't hand good grades... so all she wanted was a chance to work and have colleagues etc. But why would a girl want that when she could have MH?

Yes, she is not exactly the brightest girl around so let's hope she uses her heart instead of brain in dealing with her Romeo.

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the real issue is that people in this kdrama NEVER ACTUALLY work
you mean minhyuk right? since everyone else seems to be working like usual, even bongki in his hospital. minhyuk's a special case lol being the owner and all

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And they went out of their way at the beginning to mention that MH rarely works, something like two days a week, to prepare us for all the strolling, lunching and random whatever-ing ?

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Yeah ahah at least they addressed it early on. I'm so jealous of MH's life.

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the real issue is that people in this kdrama NEVER ACTUALLY work. they’re always out for lunch, dinner, a date, a stroll, a random day-time visit to someone…

LMFAO so true.

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I think it's safe to that in the first place they never treated each other as colleagues...boss-employee...

From the begunning he has been drawn to her. He sought her out for her super human strength. While he kept emphasising that she is the bodyguard, he never really considered her as one. Many times he was the protector, putting himself in harm's way and following her etc. It's obvious he is just paying her to keep her around him as much as possible.

So is he obligated to put her into the strategy team... err well no. He only promised that coz that was she wanted in exchange for catching the culprit.

In the other hard it's also hard to blame her. Unlike him having a successful biz, she has yet to fulfil her potential or desire to do something fruitful.

I think MH was conflicted. He wanted to occupy her but he knows she is not ready yet. At the same time he allowed her to meet DP so she knows it's gonna take lots of hard work to be part of the strategy team.

Lastly, I think he too besotted with her to let her work and work. He just her to spend time with her. He just wanna play with her, eat with her, and walk with her.... anything other than work!!!!!! Arrgghhh I wish I am Bong Soon!!!!

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"If now she agrees then i would feel uncomfortable that she did because she is grateful to him saving her and for giving her a fulltime job."

It's funny though you said this because i don't see in bong soon's character to just be in a relationship just because she is grateful.

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The problem with sending her to the team is that she will be bullied there. He clearly told her that if she was to be sent there then people will think that she gets in to the elite team through nepotism (due to her not having any college qualification) and will soon be isolated from the team. MH even "forced" her to the washroom even if she didn't want to because he knew Team Leader Oh will be waiting around the corner to have a "talk" with her. What I understand from this scene is that he wants her to get to know Team Leader Oh then see if she still wants to work with the real Planning and Development Team despite the hazing.

I agree that she can learn a lot working with the team but while she did attend classes on game development she definitely needs more than that to be in the elite team. She has little to contribute; she couldn't even clearly pin-point her target market/scope for the game she wanted to develop. The team is also preparing for the game release which is a busy time to be accepting and training interns which sometimes add more stress to the team. I would be mad at MH for keeping her around him if BS is actually a qualified person.

When she told MH what kind of game that she wants to develop the answer is very vague. Imagine if she presented her idea to Team Leader Oh, he would be cursing her breathless for being incompetent.

I am not putting BS down as she has many other redeeming attributes. However, if we were to judge the character in a drama as we were to judge a real person then the truth is bitter indeed.

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+1000 on all your points

for all her big talk about her dreams, she is absolutely ignorant of the way a game business is. basically she is all talk and no action. if i have a job i dreamed about i would research the heck out of it first- Google is my best friend.

also, good point on the team being busy with a new release- i could totally relate with that. i know i won't have any patience dealing with a new intern while being stressed out over a deadline lol

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Well said....
Let's be frank, he hired her for her brawns and liked her for her beauty ( inside out) ... so he never led her on that he wanted her for her brains. Nevertheless he is making her work transition easy by guiding her and to make her acceptable to the team. But I guess she was impatient ....

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This is so true. MH does so much beneath the surface than what seems apparent. He is moulding her for a highly competitive job. His forcing her to go to the washroom and helping her to learn from scratch will help DBS in a manner that she cannot forsee right now.
Also, maybe MH is underestimating her because maybe she dose'nt know to put her point across in a sensible manner. We have been shown previously that DBS had spent hours researching and coming up with game ideas and even trying to develop some of it on her own. She is passionate enough about it that she wanted to join Ainsoft to begin with. But MH has never had a chance to see her potential. He has never really asked her to show a sample of her work even, as he assumes that she is not qualified enough and hence he plans to help her out by sticking her close to him. DBS sure needs her lessons in professionalism but so does TL Oh. I'm sure when the time comes she is going to subvert everyones Judgements of her and become a star employee. Or maybe it is just my wistful thing? More power to you DBS?!

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+1000!! Yes! When he forced her to go the bathroom, my first thought was "wait what?" - then I realized that it was because he knew Mr Oh WOULD BE WAITING OUTSIDE to haze her about it. He's trying to show her what working as a legitimate employee in the department would be like. And I can't imagine if she had pitched her idea to Mr Oh... oh gosh LOL.

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I'm not a huge fan of the dollhouse, the MH-ified laptop or the other weird workplace bits, but Bong Soon isn't remotely qualified for the internship. Not at all.

Where they landed, with her doing mock-reviews of existing proposals, is a much better way of integrating her without making her look like a total parachute. Better that she make ridiculous pitches like "a game for non-monetizeable segments of the population" to someone who won't immediately out her as completely unqualified.

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I actually think that he was very willing to listen to her idea, and he let her down as gently as he could regarding her game plan. Honestly, if he really thought she was intellectually inferior, he wouldn't even have entertained her at all. He bought her books to improve her English, gave her a laptop to allow her to work something out with her game plans... I would say he's been trying to empower her to do something. Besides, aren't we all economically dependent on our superiors/bosses?

On top of that, he must be used to hiring the brightest bulbs in the industry, especially with such a successful company. And let's be real... BS clearly isn't intellectually at his standard, and I don't think he sees that as a bad thing, because people can be good at different things.

Then again... I really doubt MH could do anything wrong in my eyes, so I might be biased, LOL!

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I have my doubs about their relationship.
do they have a lot in common? MH is a nerd, sharp and practical enough to build a successful MMORPG company and she- cant even spell 'interstellar'. Can they even go together to a sci-fi film and discuss it afterwards? Would she understand what's he saying? Does she know the difference between CRPG and MMORPG? Quenya vs Sindarin? hard sci-fi and cyberpunk? Blizzard vs Bioware? SW vs ST?
If the sexual attraction fades a bit wont he be bored with her?

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I guess things like the future and the fading of sexual attraction are beyond the view of us audience, haha! In my opinion, you don't necessarily need to have a ton of things in common to be in a good, stable relationship. I think what's most important is that he understands her needs and tries to get her to be a better version of herself. Obviously they may never be on the same page intellectually, but I think it's good that he doesn't look down on her and he even encourages her. And at the same time, I wouldn't discredit BS. She brings a certain... optimism and openness to their relationship. MH has always been a loner and a weird geek, I assume. As BS mentioned before, he tends to withdraw into himself whenever he's upset. I think it's good that she knows, and she tries to draw him out of it. She's teaching how to be more open about his negative emotions and to try to depend on others (aka her) sometimes.

In that sense, I think they do make a good pair. I wouldn't be able to say much about how they don't fit intellectually, but the fact that they care for each other and sort of complement each other's flaws seems to be a pretty good match for me.

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Looking forward for some Penny & Leonard cuteness then :)
I only wish DBS would be more independent or at least find her way out of the barbie dollhouse.

Also, MH ain't Lomeo, but mischievous Puck from midsummer night's dream.

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@Lezah I have to agree with you. In a romantic relationship, beyond sexual attraction it is important to care for one another. Also, this is Korea... They will soon have children, and then, raising the children will keep them together...
I have imagine the end them having two girls, twin by the way... and that will make enough excitement for years and years to come and to be together...
It is a beautiful couple...

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a couple doesn't have to be on the same level intellectually to be in a healthy and enduring relationship though. obviously he sees things in her that he loves, and they both clearly enjoy each other's companionship even when nothing sexual is happening. they also have no problem communicating with each other and communication is key in any relationship

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@Wildfly
I can't say I'm a video game geek (maybe in denial lol) but I do get your comment.
I think the real CEO An (Hyungsik) is a good gamer in real life. Perfect role for Hyungsik.

OT sorry: I read a Hwarang interview of the boys and they mentioned that they play Overwatch when they meet outside of filming and Hyun Sik plays like a pro.
I did beta for Blizzard's Overwatch and currently playing it when I have time. It's funny to find something in common with these actors lol. I wish I know which server they are on so I can stalk them (jk).

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I wonder if Bong Soon is the inspiration for his games? That painting in his closet is definitely Bong Soon.
(forgive me if it has been mentioned before. I honestly don't follow the show. I just happen to read the comments on this episode).

I've been playing MMORPG for a long time and I can't believe how many people met and marry or have affairs that led to divorce in real life because of a video game.

Hey maybe he was already into her while he was creating her character lol.

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He does play like a pro, he even has an instagram account just for his Overwatch short videos.

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Forget dramaland, even in real life this doesn't matter. The most happily ever after real couples i know in real life don't have much in common. Being 'kind', 'trust', 'respect' 'communication' gets them going. I think most of them fit like jigsaw puzzles. Where one lacks the other fulfils.

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@ Lezah + 1
@ Wildfly : I really DO understand your feelings of disgust over the seeming impression that he's keeping her as a pet, especially in light of their current personal attraction. As @ Greenfields and several others pointed out, DBS is a terrible employee. just plain terrible.

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i have to disagree with you on this. don't get me wrong as i can see your point of view clearly, but in this drama, Min Hyuk and Bong Soon had never been professional as such. even during her interview for joining the company, they were arm wrestling and chicken fighting! as for the keeping her in his room part, i think it's because of what he said earlier: if he doesn't keep her engaged, he would never know what she'll do. he hardly made any sexual advancements towards her and the most charged moments between them were never at work. the part that confuses me( read blows my mind) is that Bong Soon wants to work! earlier too she said she wants to wear an ID around her neck and have lunch with her colleagues at the cafeteria. from this episode, i got the idea that she really wants to do the work that other normal people do in offices, like going through records or reports and the like. (In that sense, Min Hyuk grant her wish by sending her to the other team leader. i secretly think Min Hyuk would look more realistic/ magical with a halo around his head for all the times he's been just good to Bong Soon.) however, she doesn't like it when her seniors overstep their authority or give her a hard time for no fault of hers. although this is not the case in real life, i quite liked that she doesn't really misuse her strength rather than using a bit too much of it to put them down. i think it can come off as her being arrogant about her powers, but i really doubt she wouldn't find a way to take revenge even without her strength (she's shown to be petty before). and honestly, i laughed like crazy when she left the Kwang Bok twin(?) stuck in his chair. Min Hyuk has been no exception as he has had his fair share of teeny tiny toe fractures and hurt stomachs and cracked skulls for all the times he had spun Bong Soon around with his pranks. since all of those were cute and he looked so damn adorable, in my mind, he is forgiven whenever he does that! and as i'm typing this, i also think you like Park Bo Young or Do Bong Soon's character too much that you don't like watching her like this. not that i blame you or anything, so please don't be offended, even if i'm wrong. :) you could say the same for me with Park Hyung Sik Oppa! ;)

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Yess!! Thank you!

DBS clearly have been bashed multiple times for being unprofessional (while deserving of her character), hardly anyone ever scold AMH for being unprofessional & immature himself.
Obviously in the 1st ep he hired her because he's interested in her personally. And since she kept asking for promotion, he made a new "strategic dept" just for the two of them.
Don't even get me started on that dog/dollhouse for her in his office *shudder--and that excuse to train her when he grappled her to the ground *eyeroll (would Ainsoft have a policy for harassment btw?).

IMO he's using his company to--if I may be crude--keep her on a tight leash.
If DBS is as unqualified as she's claimed to be, she should've been fired when her boss was scratched by a BB bullet.

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I don't think MH views her as an intellectually inferior person or whatnot, but I do get the feeling he thinks her as a naive and simple-minded girl who doesn't really know how the world, or the workplace works for that matter. He has commented in a previous episode on how sparse her resume is, and why do you think she failed Ainsoft's interview the first time? She has nothing his company wants in an employee! And he also knows BS is not the one to suffer workplace bullying, and sure enough, BS gets even with the doppelganger although she just suffers a few minutes of bullying. How can she survive in the workplace? Does she think the workplace is all roses and no thorns?

Besides, she is given a chance to work alongside the CEO, the person who is directly involved in the production of the games! The one person who sets up the company... does she think MH gets to be CEO by playing and eating all day? She can learn so much from him, if she pays enough attention and asks the right questions.

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Park Bo Young is love, the definition of actress. She's my ultimate girl crush in which I cant hate even when she purposely acting cute (I usually hate girl acting cutesy and so)

I never notice PHS before. Never knew he can be this charming with honey eyes. Ahn seobang is really a husband material LOL. Don't you ever let him go bong soon! A lot of beanies girl here would line up for him ?

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Me too! I can't believe I have never noticed PHS in the past. I watched Heirs, but I must be blind because I don't remember him in the drama at all.

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Oh lucky me because I started liking him when i saw him singing an OST of "Confession of the Wolves" drama on a radio show and i was even laughing a lil cause he made a lil mistake but still continue singing he was just so cute back then :)

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I know it feels like the gangsters are like side characters that seem just meant to be laughing fodder and all, but is it just me who thinks that maybe, just maybe they might team up with Bong Soon and defeat the kidnapper together? I doubt that their involvement in the show just amounts to this, I'm pretty sure they would continue appearing..

Anyways thanks for the recap hehe

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OMG. I was thinking the same thing. Like they all meet at the junkyard and search for the girls together. Like Boss Tak turns his business into a bodyguard business with PBY leading the martial arts class.

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Actually I can imagine that. It would be awesome if both those gangster and the High school minions band together and help Bong-soon and Gook-doo defeat Mr. Creepy Kidnapper. A happy ending and inspiring event for all of them.

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Why not? It sounds like a good idea, but the show seems to be edging toward the kidnapper-BS showdown, so I don't know.

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It is not only you...
I thought the same!!!!!
Wrote about it already... somewhere....

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so i binge-watched this show and now i'm dying waiting for episode 11...i'll just watch gifs of Park Hyun Shik for now lol

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i swear, i could watch this show with just 1 hour of stares between PHS and PBY.
i don't need a man. I just need these two to stare at each other. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT TO HAPPEN (iykwim)

or maybe an hour of PHS staring at me, but i wouldn't last for 10 seconds.

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If PHS were staring at me I can guarantee I would be a puddle of goo immediately. T_T Those eyes!

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Eyes don't lies. I think my heart stop a bit whenever PHS is looking at Bong soon.

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I already know this rant is going to be long so I'll try to keep it short. I still love this show to bits! MH and BS together are just <3

- GD and his penchant for rashness and using his fists to beat people to a bloody pulp. Obviously he wants to snag the criminal; everyone does. But he does it with a self-entitled sense of justice that... Doesn't achieve much? I'm glad he has such a strong sense of justice, but recklessness doesn't solve anything. I'm glad his colleagues dragged him out and reminded him that he doesn't always get to have his own way; not when this involves the law and some sort of order.

- Probably the first time I've felt vaguely annoyed with BS. Does she get punished for using her strength against Mr Oh, btw? I get that she was disappointed because she wasn't admitted to the team like she wanted, BUT I do think there is some logic in MH's explanation. Entering a dept with the rumours that you got in because of the boss is not an ideal situation. Plus, it's not like BS has flying accreditations or anything that could show she would be a great addition. (Though LOL I think his intention might be more toward just keeping her by his side).

- Secondly I feel like there is a Mr Oh in everyone's life and you generally have to suck it up as the junior. Obviously it's not right but fact remains that it happens, and sometimes you can't do anything. She's just been lucky to have MH as a boss - he doesn't get angry at anything she does. When she straight out refused to set Mr Oh free, I thought it was childish. To me, that's a bit of a telling sign that she's not exactly ready for the corporate world. Not a huge deal but I wanted to bring it up!

Ok, moving onto the things that I DID like.
- GS asking BS if she was sexually frustrated because of the kissing dream, HAH. Dreaming about somebody twice as Romeo? If that's not interest in him, I don't know what is, BS. *smirk face*

- MH imitating a high pitched voice in the hospital was pure gold. And then him saying in a low whisper that girls drive him crazy? Why was that so sexy? Also, that white shirt + turtleneck combo... He wears it so well. <3

- Secretary Gong telling MH that he doesn't like it when things don't go his way. MH thinks she still likes GD (when he asked, she didn't even reply), and he's afraid that his dream girl would turn him down. I think it makes it hard for MH to really bare his heart because he doesn't know what the response will be, and he's afraid of that uncertainty.

- Which makes me all the more happier that HE CONFESSED. Straight out. I LIKE YOU. He set himself in a vulnerable position. I aso thought it was adorable how he told her his heart hurt. I'm glad we're moving somewhere, because the last 2 episodes have felt very filler-like and all over the place. Now I just can't wait for all the cutesy scenes!

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