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.”
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.
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 9
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 8
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 7
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 6
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 5
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 4
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 3
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 2
- Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 1