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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 11

Hey, are you having a bad day? Did you have a rough week? Well, that’s all about to change because this episode contains non-stop grinning and heart somersaults. If you’ve been sticking around mainly for the romance, then prepare yourself because I hear this episode has been the source of copious heart-skipping and high-pitched squealing, causing concern for dogs and doctors everywhere.

 
Episode 11: “Timing”

Bong-soon hurriedly retreats back into her house after receiving Min-hyuk’s confession, passing by Mom eavesdropping at the door. Mom follows Bong-soon around, pestering her for details but Bong-soon doesn’t want to talk about it and begs Mom to stop referring to Min-hyuk as “son-in-law,” because it’s humiliating.

As usual, Mom isn’t deterred by Bong-soon’s feelings of embarrassment and presses for some of Min-hyuk’s personal info (like his age and birth date) so she can chart his and Bong-soon’s compatibility. She floats the idea of asking for the information herself, but even she gets the sense that it might be too invasive. Bong-soon barks warningly for Mom not to before pushing her off to bed, only for Mom to pop back into the room immediately to ask Bong-soon if her heart is pounding after her meeting.

Bong-soon is tricked into nodding in agreement then catches herself, and groans at Mom to leave her alone.

Back at his house, Min-hyuk walks around in a daze, reflecting on his exchange with Bong-soon. He recalls telling Bong-soon that he thinks he likes her and the camera zooms in on Bong-soon’s face as if we are getting the view right from Min-hyuk’s eyes.

She’s taken aback and says that he’s the first person to confess his feelings to her, then asks for some time to think things over. He pulls her in closer and asks “How and what are you going to think about?” She replies (even more flustered) that she needs to organize her thoughts and figure out what she feels. Squeee!

She skitters away before Min-hyuk can ask any more questions, and in the present Min-hyuk grins widely to himself, wondering aloud what he is to do with her. He stares out the window and asks Bong-soon and the moon if she’s sleeping, then draws a heart on the glass after fogging it with his breath.

That night, Bong-soon can’t fall asleep, as the memory of Min-hyuk’s confession plays in her mind, we zoom in again to get Bong-soon’s POV of the situation. She tells Min-hyuk that she needs some time to sort out her thoughts and Min-hyuk accepts it, but adds that he can’t give her too much time. He says, “Hurry up and do what you need to do. And then keep your eyes only on me.” Gah, my heart.

As she tosses and turns, she gets two texts at the same time from Min-hyuk and Gook-doo, asking her to go watch a movie the next day. Bong-soon can’t believe their incredible timing.

She casts her phone aside in frustration, then falls back to asleep and returns to Verona…

Min-Romeo is there as always, but on this night they have a visitor to join them on the balcony: it’s another Romeo! A Gook-Romeo. Haha, they’re even dressed the same.

Gook-Romeo declares himself the true Romeo and announces that he’s the only one that Bong-Juliet loves. The Romeos argue back and forth, grabbing each other by the collars, when suddenly a modern-dressed Dong-pyung pops up onto the balcony and shrieks that he’ll “report” Bong-Juliet.

Dong-pyung notices the Romeos and starts attacking Gook-Romeo (after waving sweetly at Min-Romeo), growling at Gook-Romeo to back off.

The next morning, Dong-pyung repeats his threat from the dream to Bong-soon and demands an explanation for yesterday’s “incident.” Bong-soon plays innocent, and though Dong-pyung can’t figure out how, he’s certain that Bong-soon is to blame for the table incident the day before.

Bong-soon tries to aegyo Dong-pyung into being nice to her, but he vows the opposite then dismisses her to make him some coffee. She glares at him and he jumps up in a fit, ordering her to lower her gaze, then instructs her to make his coffee very sweet, like him.

Bong-soon loads Dong-pyung’s coffee up with copious amounts of sugar. She places it down in front of him, but he tells her to drink it first, suspecting that she spat into it.

She takes a tiiiny sip, and nearly gags from the sweetness. Dong-pyung tastes it himself, and is pleased with the sugar to coffee ratio, but warns Bong-soon not to think she’s gotten onto his good side.

He orders her to finish a report by tomorrow and bring ten boxes of paper to his office. Bong-soon argues that the boxes thing is busy work and tries to push it off, but Dong-pyung won’t reconsider.

Thus, Bong-soon piles up all ten boxes and brings them to Dong-pyung in one trip. Dong-pyung’s eyes nearly pop out, as he witnesses Bong-soon casually drop a tower of boxes to the ground then excuse herself. He examines the boxes for some kind of trick, as Bong-soon winks at him through the glass. When she’s out of sight, he screams bloody murder to himself, spooked.

Bong-soon stresses over what to say to Min-hyuk or how to act. Right then, and still in sync, both boys message her again with the exact same message, wanting to know why she hasn’t responded. Bong-soon: “Are they soulmates or something?”

At the hospital, Boss Tak wakes up from a fitful dream, and when he stands he’s astonished to find that the poop alcohol has cured him of all his pain.

In the car, Min-hyuk bellyaches about having to do work and go to meetings, and Secretary Gong encourages him to hang in there. He receives a reply from Bong-soon, informing him that she can’t go to the movie. If he’s disappointed, he doesn’t show it, instead he’s confused as to why she’s suddenly using banmal.

Meanwhile, Gook-doo receives a similar text from Bong-soon, but in jondaemal, haha. Min-hyuk’s imagination immediately starts running wild as he reads into Bong-soon’s mistake, wondering to Secretary Gong if this means Bong-soon is trying to become closer with him. His heart flutters, and he calls it a “provocative move.” Secretary Gong comments on how Min-hyuk must like being spoken to in banmal, as Min-hyuk reads the message again in excitement.

Oblivious, Bong-soon gets to work on her assignment and reviews the rejected game proposals to try and understand what was wrong with them. She flips through a couple before deciding that her “Super Bong-soon” game is waaay better.

She looks at her character design when suddenly her screen fills with an image of Min-hyuk who throws hearts and kisses at her, and she slams her laptop shut. She paces around the office trying to shake off the weird feelings creeping on.

Her mind bounces around and she complains about being holed up in the office when she’s supposed to be learning how to control her powers and devising a plan to take down Jang-hyun. She becomes thoughtful when she contemplates the possibility that Min-hyuk might have gotten scared by the stabbing, and realizes that Min-hyuk will continue to be hurt if he remains by her side.

She mulls over what to do, whether she should (1) go after the Bride Collector, or (2) live quietly and work on her game. Then she remembers an even more urgent matter, which is answering Min-hyuk’s confession, but is still conflicted over what to do with her feelings for Gook-doo.

Min-hyuk texts Bong-soon to see what she’s up to, and Bong-soon gasps as she notices her banmal mistake. Gook-doo calls as a follow-up to her reply and requests a short meeting at her building if she’s too busy for a movie.

Then Gook-doo advises Bong-soon not to meet with Min-hyuk outside company grounds, especially since she’s no longer his bodyguard. He adds meaningfully that he’s telling her this as a friend, but that today will be the last day that his advice will be as a friend. Who is this Gook-doo and why is he showing up only now?

He promises to call her later when he arrives at her company, then hangs up, leaving Bong-soon stunned.

Dong-pyung sees the large congratulatory flower wreath from Boss Tak, wishing her luck in her new position, complete with a large picture of the gangster. He asks Bong-soon if that’s her boyfriend. HA.

Dong-pyung is still disturbed by her box moving stunt and he’s convinced that she’s pulled something, so he screeches at her to tell him what she is. She replies, “I am Do Bong-soon who lives in the Do Bong neighborhood of the Do Bong district.” Her answer infuriates him further and so Bong-soon offers him another answer, “To tell you the truth… I’m an alien,” then leaves him alone to lose his mind.

Bong-soon makes her way to the bathroom just in time to overhear two employees discussing Min-hyuk’s love life, and the fact that he declared himself straight, and that he is in love with one of his female employees.

They wonder who it might be and remark on how the company suddenly seems very interested in women’s welfare, as they refer to the pack of complimentary pads by the sink. That’s so darn sweet. Bong-soon is so distracted by their conversation that she accidentally breaks the faucet.

Bong-soon walks out into the lobby right as Min-hyuk returns, and immediately upon seeing her, he calls out to her. He makes his way over to her, and the Min-hyuk in her eyes is different from the one she’s seen before, as a bright light illuminates him now.

He takes her hand, to the shock of Secretary Gong and the two female employees from the bathroom who watch on nearby. Bong-soon is uncomfortable and tries to wrestle her hand back, but he refuses and pulls her along.

Up in their office, Min-hyuk glances over her character design and gives her the green light to develop it under his supervision. He impresses upon her the importance of doing a good job so she can someday become part of the real planning and development team.

He suggests that they go for lunch, but she points out that he usually only eats one meal a day. He explains that he’ll eat three meals now, and when asked why, he replies that it’s because she eats three. He’s romantic in the most unusual and important ways. Swoon.

During lunch, Bong-soon stares at Min-hyuk a bit starry-eyed until Secretary Gong and Dong-pyung join their table. Secretary Gong asks Min-hyuk(ie) how his meal is in banmal, and although he’s startled, Min-hyuk plays along. It’s Dong-pyung who harasses Secretary Gong for being disrespectful.

Secretary Gong explains that Min-hyuk likes being spoken to in banmal, and though Min-hyuk now understands the confusion, he clarifies that he doesn’t like hearing it from Secretary Gong and he should stop, stabbing at his rice for emphasis. Dong-pyung then decides to take the opportunity to put Bong-soon on blast and tells the table and the entire dining hall about Bong-soon’s recent super feats.

Min-hyuk and Secretary Gong continue on with their meal as if no one is talking, and Dong-pyung admits that what he’s saying sounds unbelievable, but then drops his biggest bomb about Bong-soon calling herself an alien.

Min-hyuk couldn’t be less interested, and places a piece of tonkatsu on Bong-soon’s spoon, identifying it as her favorite food. Secretary Gong adorably covers his mouth in surprise and delight, while Dong-pyung continues cawing. Dong-pyung finally explodes and says that Bong-soon gets stronger every Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m. (i.e., the show’s airtime in Korea, ha) while Min-hyuk and Bong-soon make eyes at each other.

As the group leaves the cafeteria, Bong-soon pulls Dong-pyung aside to give him an “accessory.” He’s skeptical that Bong-soon understands anything about fashion, but puts out his hand when asked. Bong-soon holds a metal chopstick over his wrist and makes him a “bracelet,” leading to some distinctive Dong-pyung faces of disbelief and horror before he faints.

In his office, Bong-soon is momentarily distracted by Min-hyuk who is once again bathed in holy light. She shakes it off and goes back to her desk, but then peeks back at him, completely taken.

Meanwhile, Dong-pyung sobs to Secretary Gong after learning that Min-hyuk has announced himself as straight. He says that he really loved Min-hyuk, then accuses Secretary Gong of knowing all along that Min-hyuk wasn’t really into men. Secretary Gong replies that he assumed the rumor was true since Min-hyuk didn’t refute it. He then drops another bomb on Dong-pyung and posits that Min-hyuk is likely interested in Bong-soon. And Dong-pyung lets out a banshee wail of despair, cursing Bong-soon.

Hee-ji and Bong-ki make plans for their first official date, as Jang-hyun listens in, and Gook-doo’s team leader stays close on Jang-hyun’s trail all day long. A little later, Jang-hyun knocks on the team leader’s car window as he stakes out the junkyard. At first Jang-hyun is pleasant, but then he abruptly becomes hostile as he warns the detective not to follow him or he’ll report him to the police.

After lunch, Bong-soon sits in on a meeting with real planning and development team as Min-hyuk discusses the Chronicle of Albertan, whose main characters are brother and sister twins. The main storyline of the game is for the female twin to search for her missing younger brother and eventually rescue him. Min-hyuk explains that the theme of the game is about “love for your family.”

As he speaks, he looks back at Bong-soon often, checking to see if she’s paying attention and understands the double meaning. Meanwhile, Dong-pyung launches large paper balls at Bong-soon’s head, as he wipes his still wet eyes.

Gook-doo calls Bong-soon to let her know that he’s downstairs, but then is forced to leave after he receives disturbing news: The Bride Collector might be targeting Hee-ji. He curses to himself before rushing out as his calls to Hee-ji go unanswered.

Gook-doo speeds over to Hee-ji’s music studio, but when he arrives, instead of seeing a kidnapping in action, he’s shocked to see Bong-ki taking her out on their date. Gook-doo is a little thrown, but manages to tell Hee-ji that the Bride Collector may be after her.

Down at the coffee shop in Ainsoft, Bong-soon waits and waits for Gook-doo, who is a no-show. Min-hyuk comes by just as she gets up to leave. He reads the expression on her face and says, “You look like you got stood up by a so-so guy, but you’re impressed that a cooler guy showed up instead.” Then he adds, “I can see it all.”

He criticizes her company for making her so busy that she can’t even watch a movie with some cool guy. He tries again to make the movie date happen, but she refuses, and so he suggests they work together all night at his house. However, she’s determined to work alone on her project, and turns him down again.

Min-hyuk threatens to cancel her presentation and she grumbles that he’s being unfair. He then whines a little as he says her name, but then after a pause his voice gets soft and his gaze stills as he says, “Can you please like me?” I love the way he looks at her.

He’s dead serious, but then after she looks up at him with wide eyes, he tries to lighten the mood by stating that he doesn’t think she’ll be able to return to work now. And her expression seems to corroborate his claim. He pleads with her one more time, and says, “Stay with me today.”

Bong-soon breaks her gaze away and tells him that she isn’t a normal person, as he knows, and then asks if that’s okay with him. He asks her what that matters, as his hand remains held out and waiting for hers.

She looks up at him in conflict for a second, and then down at his hand, unsure, until he suddenly pulls her into his arms and holds her tightly in his embrace. She hesitates to reciprocate at first, but then soon she puts her hands around him.

Immediately following their public display of affection, Bong-soon scurries away as fast as her legs can take her, completely mortified. Min-hyuk trails her and returns to his regular, playful self, as he asks her if she’s scared that she might be fired.

She’s overwhelmed by the rapid advancement of their relationship and flees upstairs for her purse after convincing Min-hyuk not to follow. Then, when she’s in their office standing in the dark, suddenly the room lights up as if a tiny universe has suddenly expanded around her. She rejoins Min-hyuk downstairs in the lobby, and they walk together hand-in-hand like a real couple.

Gook-doo sprints into the cafe after dropping the ball (and not calling, or texting, or sending a raven, something man!) and surprise, surprise Bong-soon’s gone. He calls her as she rides in the car with Min-hyuk, but instead of answering she lets it go to voicemail.

Min-hyuk drops her off at home and they sweetly argue over who is going to be the first to leave. Eventually, Bong-soon withdraws, and as she walks away he calls out to her and warns, “Bong-soon, you can’t back out on your word tomorrow.” She answers back confused, so he continues, “I hope that the you and me of tomorrow will be different from you and me today,” and then they both smile. I can’t handle all this cuteness and honesty. It’s so wonderful.

Kyung-shim ambushes Bong-soon once Min-hyuk is gone, having seen them together, but Bong-soon is more upset that Kyung-shim is roaming the streets alone at night again. Kyung-shim protests that she felt suffocated indoors, and has on the beeper in case something happens. Her reaction to Kyung-shim’s carelessness makes Bong-soon realize why “that person” must’ve hated it so much when she walked around by herself all those times.

Inside, Kyung-shim nags Bong-soon to spill the beans about her relationship with Min-hyuk, because she felt a “weird air” around them, which she believes only happens when two people fall in love. She’s on the money, but Bong-soon wriggles out of confirming. Gook-doo calls Kyung-shim when he can’t get a hold of Bong-soon, and before Bong-soon can motion at her to cover for her, Kyung-shim tells Gook-doo that Bong-soon is at home.

He heads over immediately, and in his hands, he holds a box containing a necklace that he intends to give her. Gook-doo apologizes for making her wait today, then reveals what he heard about Hee-ji being the next target, which he suspects is Jang-hyun’s version of revenge against him.

Bong-soon is alarmed and urges Gook-do to go and be with Hee-ji to keep her safe. Gook-doo then has to awkwardly tell Bong-soon that Bong-ki has it covered.

When she doesn’t look surprised, Gook-doo figures out that she knew about the budding relationship. He confirms that he’s okay with it, before looking toward her, determined. Then he takes those missing steps forward toward Bong-soon.

He says, “Now I’ve finally learned how I truly feel. I don’t want us to be friends anymore. I–” But she cuts him off before he can say more and says heartbreakingly, “I liked that you were my friend. I don’t want to lose a precious friend.” Oh, puppy.

He knows what she’s trying to say and hides the gift box behind his back as they look up at each other, aware that they’ve missed their timing for good this time.

Gook-doo slowly walks home and the words he had told Hee-ji about being in love with Bong-soon all along play in his head as a montage of their many interactions, both recent and older. He sits at the top of some steps and hangs his head as the night grows cold.

Bong-soon also reflects on the exchange with a pained expression. She sits in bed with Kyung-shim and says with tears in her eyes, “I think one-sided love has an expiration date.”

Hee-ji visits Gook-doo the next day at the police station to get more information on the Jang-hyun situation. She asks why they can’t just arrest the guy, and Gook-doo explains about how another team is assigned to the case and that they don’t have the authority. Gook-doo shows her photos of what Jang-hyun looks like (why does one look like a headshot?) and tells her to beware, as Jang-hyun watches and listens from his lair.

Min-hyuk informs Bong-soon that he’s set the presentation date for Bong-soon’s game in two days, so they’ll need to buckle. They work diligently on their pitch, with Min-hyuk steering Bong-soon along, and both of them occasionally sneaking glances at each other.

Min-hyuk asks about the game’s storyline, and wonders who the Bong-soon character is supposed to rescue. She explains that the Bong-soon character saves a lonely prince who lives alone in a castle. Aw, they unknowingly made games about each other.

He makes the connection right away, and with renewed enthusiasm he throws himself into their brainstorming, suggesting that the prince must be rescued and they should switch the character’s weapon of choice from a sword to a walnut hammer so she can “smash everything up.”

They eat lunch in the cafeteria and the atmosphere is warm and lovely as they stare at each other, smitten. They’re lost in their own bubble and seem oblivious to the other employees making note of them, and also Dong-pyung who fires eye-daggers at Bong-soon.

At the hospital, a fully healed Boss Tak leaves his boys and a nearly empty jug of the poop alcohol. He hands Jaws a letter and a bank notebook (whose password is “1818,” a pun for a swear word in Korean) then leaves them all behind.

Jaws reads the farewell letter aloud, which includes some gems like, “Are we possibly better than poop, which everyone thinks is dirtiest?” and “We’re eventually nothing more than a piece of shit. We’re shit.” Meanwhile, after hearing of how Boss Tak and his gang attacked Bong-soon alone, her fan club hurries down to the hospital to enact revenge for their Noonim. The high school hoodlums confront the still-injured gangsters in their hospital room and chaos breaks out.

Armed with a new, brown-colored worldview, Boss Tak strolls the streets and muses, “The truth of life is poop.”

The high school hoodlums leave the hospital room with a few bloody noses and bruises, but it looks like they’ve come out on top. They also leave with a souvenir: the remainder of the poop alcohol. The lead hoodlums asserts that he read about a new drug that some gangsters drank in a science magazine, which he thinks looks exactly the same color as the poop alcohol. They then agree to hunt down Boss Tak and finish their revenge.

In the library, the new couple does some research on their new project, but it mainly seems like an opportunity for Min-hyuk to make more googly-eyes at Bong-soon. He glances around, and when he sees that the coast is clear, he holds her hand and hides it beneath the table all while wearing the most serious expression as he does it. That face. Hahaha.

She’s embarrassed and tries to wrestle her hand back but doesn’t use her super strength. Eventually, she escapes and hurries out of the library as he follows and begs for a dinner date before he takes her home. She plays coy like she’s not sure if she’s hungry, and Min-hyuk calls her out on it. He tries to take her hand again, but she resists, so he backs off and concedes before wrapping his arm around her shoulder and ushering her away.

Hee-ji walks home at night with the cops stationed in strategic positions around her. Two detectives stake out in front of the junkyard, but then after an evening of not seeing Jang-hyun leave, they figure out that there might be a secret exit out of the junkyard.

The detectives devise a plan to lure Jang-hyun to an alleyway using Hee-ji, where the cops will ambush him.

Their plan kicks off, and things seem to be going as predicted. Gook-doo gets word that Jang-hyun has appeared on the scene, and stalks after a knowing Hee-ji. Gook-doo sprints down the street after the two, and Hee-ji runs as a hooded man tails her. Hee-ji tries to make a run for it, but then Jang-hyun readies his attack and suddenly jumps out in front of her, as Hee-ji stumbles backward in shock.

Not far off, Min-hyuk walks Bong-soon home and police sirens wail nearby.

A man dressed in black carries a limp female body over his shoulder, stepping over her pink suitcase, and tossing aside her black wrist pager.

 

COMMENTS

He got Kyung-shim! Just when the police were starting to look almost competent; this guy is really slippery. You know, it seems like Hee-ji is perfect fodder to be a “bride” and while she could still be number five, targeting Kyung-shim brings the danger closer to our superhero and for the sake of those other captives, I hope Bong-soon brings him to justice soon. Overall though, the kidnapping storyline got a lot less attention today and allowed us to focus on our lovelines, which could not have been a better decision. Especially since we’ve been getting lots of gratuitous violence and creepiness instead of actual developments, which is frustrating as a viewer. I mean, we don’t even know that much more about Jang-hyun except that he’s scum, so I don’t know that the information we have on him justifies the amount of screen time he gets.

This episode was called “Timing,” but it could also have been called “No Cellular Service,” because that’s the only reason I can think of for why Gook-doo couldn’t give Bong-soon a heads up that something came up and say, “I like you, save some of your heart for me, okay?” It’s probably for the best though, because Bong-soon has shown signs of not being as receptive to his confessions as she once might have been. For all we know, she could’ve been waiting to turn him down anyway. I still feel bad for him even though he shot himself in the foot.

For our other Romeo, rather than good timing, I think Min-hyuk just understands himself and his feelings much better. I’m intrigued by the idea that Min-hyuk is so cagey and distant about his sadness, but in love, he’s earnest and vulnerable, and so ready to put everything he feels out there because it doesn’t want to stay inside. I really didn’t expect that, and I was so moved by it.

I worried that Min-hyuk hesitated to kiss Bong-soon last week because maybe he built her image up in his head, but that doesn’t look to be the case. Sometimes I feel very left out of what Min-hyuk is feeling or thinking so I’m thrilled to see him so honest today.

I spent so much of this episode feeling giddy and swooning at all the ways Min-hyuk looked at Bong-soon. I love the way he expresses his love and concern for her like making the lives of the women at his company better and eating three meals with her. It’s so thoughtful, mundane, and sweet. I love that he tells her that he sees what she’s feeling on her face, because she really can’t hide what she’s thinking, but also struggles to express herself fully with words. Like, she loved Gook-doo for so long, but never said anything. And even today, she didn’t tell Min-hyuk she liked him back, but he read her face and figured it out. So maybe that’s the missing step Gook-doo and Bong-soon lacked. Gook-doo could never understand what Bong-soon needed, because Bong-soon has trouble verbalizing those needs, but Min-hyuk is always paying attention.

 
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Ji-soo wears jeans well.

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Hyung-sik wears suits VERY well.

Haha sorry couldn't help myself.

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YES. omo

Min Hyuk in a crisp white dress shirt and skinny tie is the stuff of dreams.

And that scene when he sees Bong Soon and he puts on his suit jacket- that didn't need holy light- that scene was swoony enough on it's own without any added effects!

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I really like that she's even seen him in a suit (actually a better fitting suit) and with the good hair before and it had no effect on her but now ~~~ ? oh baby! Because things have CHANGED, girl.

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I thought all the halos and holy lights are pretty exaggerated, but the show needs to show us that MH has replaced GD in BS's heart, so whatever goes.

The Romeo scene is precious, though I don't understand why GD still appears in the dream when he is no longer in contention for her heart. And the doppelganger... haha. At least, BS is not dense enough to realize that he has a thing for MH.

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i just want his wardrobe lol

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Yes, his wardrobe is to die for, as with his fashion sense!

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YAAAASSSS SWOOOON. <3

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Yes! Also sweaters and sports jackets! And suits!! He doesn't really need to here with his character, but I love his BASSO homme endorsements shots!! ^^

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I don’t think I’ve stopped squealing from the cute since yesterday. This episode literally killed me.
-I keep noticing how much the episodes have the potential to drag – not much happens, and from a more objective POV, a lot of the moments are drawn out a little more than may be necessary…but for some reason it still works for me. For example, in this episode, all of the shots of MH through BS’s eyes with glamour backlighting and soft music were really drawn out but I was still somehow so caught up in the moment that I didn’t get bored. And BS’s facial expressions in those moments were hilarious and had me going “Same, girl.” I’m pretty sure if all of us were there we would be gaping at MH like that too.
-The hospital has the worst security ever, the end. But seriously, how did the high school boys all get to the gangsters’ room holding visible weapons without getting stopped? I had to laugh at the sheer absurdity of it.
-I personally looooved that BS didn’t draw out the whole “which boy will she choose? how can she ever make up her mind?” thing. She didn’t waffle between the two boys for long; she picked one and let the other down as gracefully and respectfully as she could. I was cheering her on so hard for that.
-Which brings me to my last point – I’m kinda worried where they will go from here. We still have two weeks left, and I feel like if the writers got a kick in the pants they could easily wrap things up in another episode or so. Although let’s be real, I would still watch this show if it were just MH and BS staring at each other and/or holding hands for hours on end, so…

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Hahahaha - yes that hospital is straight up ridiculous. I did appreciate that the young delinquents wrapped the handles of their two by fours with tape so they didn't give themselves splinters. Good thinking kids.

This was so cute, I loved BS/MH time and all the visible crushing BS was experiencing so cute.

Of course next episode is hard to think about - Not my girl Kyung Shim my other girl's bestie! She's awesome. But I was just like Bong Soon when I heard she was blithely roaming the streets at night. Girl you were a victim of this crazy man and he tried to get you twice in the hospital. That's 3 times, why you still walking around alone at night?

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OMG Lola I know! Its like in horror movies when the girl goes looking for the demon instead of leaving the house or locking her doors and finding help.

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It's like KS didn't get any trauma from being attacked by a masked man. She just walks around at night without any worry at all. She knows the culprit has not been caught yet right?

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I'm still sqee-ing. Help.

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That's true. Don't hospitals have security as well? How can they just bypass security without any issues? It's not like their weapons are small and easily hidden?

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+ 1,000,000 especially on Bong Soon dealing with her feelings
+ 2,000,000 on these two stealing looks and staring at each other....
+ 3,000,000 Park Hyung Shik and Lee Jong Suk (W), I can't decide which one is more swoony

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Haven´t watched W, but... I watched I hear your voice and Pinnochio and Lee Jong Suk is for me like: "perfection". Now... with also Park Hyung Shik in the Picture...
Can I have them both??????

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I'm with you all the way on your third point! PHS or LJS? Hard to decide...

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Lol, like I have a chance anyway. But it's fun to play pretend!

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LOL THAT HIGH KICK THO

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LOL that mr oh just said that bongsoon gets stronger at 11pm on fridays and saturdays!!! (broadcast date ans time of swdbs)

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Haha that part got a good chuckle out of me when I was watching. xD

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LOL I LOVED the meta. Haha some promotion for their own show during their own show... Hahaha

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Oh, hahaha, I didn't even know that's what they were referring to! That's hilarious.

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Breaking the fourth wall.

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the writer is really good with witty one-liners lol
and romantic lines

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You know... i am surprised so many people in Korea would be awake at that hours for a show...
Dont get me wrong, i love this show. But i cant be awake in that late hour, at least here in this part of the World i live, he he...
But anyway... i am glad the show has viewers...
It is not a fully perfect show, but only for MH and BS i can tell: it is absolutely beautiful.
Thanks for the internet, we can watch and rewatch the best parts of it.

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It's the weekend, so I suppose it's possible to stay up late to catch your favorite program.

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In Korea kids as young as 3rd graders are still out at 11-12 pm because of academy classes. So 11 pm shows are the preferred time for most Koreans.

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Oh.. god... Out till 11-12pm... Is it even safe... I don't think so with wat they are showing in this drama even...

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gotta say i love the OST and sound directing in this show. all the songs are so nice, and the sound bits really enhanced the comedy/thrill moments

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That is some blatant self promotion, and very nicely done, I must say. And it's true in a way, BS's strength does get stronger at 11 on Fridays and Saturdays. The power of the OTP!

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The power of OTP
Lol
Who is the writer? The lines are crazy good

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It might be only between them!
I am honestly dissappointed with the writer and most of the other characterizations, their conversations and their interactions, mostly with the Police! Oh my God....
so useless!

But I have to say, between our OTP, actually, I like the writing and their characters and the Evolution in their characters as well as in their relationship... Somehow it seem real for me. And I love they are honest with each other.

It seems like there are two writers in the Story, one developing MH and BS and the other one writing the rest of the Drama!!!!!

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I feel like my heart is in puddles of melted goo on the floor, and as though it hasn't been apparent from all my previous comments, MH has officially taken over my heart as "Best BF of 2017", regardless of what dramas come after. Can he just stay in a suit with that hair forever?

Also, if I had a boss that looked like MH I would be staring at him from behind my cubicle just like BS, especially if he walks toward me in a suit. Dayumn, gurl.

And as usual our main couple were so adorable I found myself wishing they had more airtime together.

Some scenes that I really, really liked:
- I felt like my heart had burst into fireworks and melted goo on the floor because of his plaintive "Can you please like me?". You could see the sudden slight sheen of tears in his eyes and just... feel whatever he was feeling. I'm not a native Korean speaker though I'm learning it, and when I watched it raw... my feelings were indescribable. That's my favourite scene in this episode.

- "I'm different from others." "So? Does that matter?". I just love this. While BS sees her strength as something that could put him in danger, to him it really doesn't matter. He just likes her for who she is, super strength and all. And then awkward MH when waiting for her to get her bag? <3

- They make eating in the crowded canteen look like a romantic date. I don't know how, but the way they smile at each other does funny things to my emotions. I don't even care if there's a kiss scene anymore. Their chemistry is already so crackling that it actually even works without a kiss scene.

- You know what, I'm glad that BS is doing work in this ep, after all the debates last week of what a lousy employee she's been. I feel so much better watching her doing actual work to improve. Especially with MH next to her and guiding her? Yaaas. Me likey.

- When BS told him her character would rescue the lonely prince, I could almost see him imagining himself as the lonely prince and her coming to save him in his tower. I also think it's sweet that it's not the prince coming to rescue the princess in distress.

- Poor GD. He's got so much on his plate - snagging a criminal, trying to get used to his feelings, seeing his ex with his bff... It's really as he said - with him and BS, there's always been bad timing.

Some things that I was pretty meh about:
- The police going "do you think he has caught on?". WELL. DO YOU, INDEED? When y'all are taking turns to stake him out in full view... really.

- The high schoolers beating up the gang. I get that it's comedy, so whatever, but I didn't want to spend precious showtime watching a bunch of kids lug poles/shovels into a hospital and whack other injured people around. I feel like it doesn't add to the plot, and would much rather have scenes of MH and BS, or scenes of the police actually figuring out a way to get the criminal. Just my preference.

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at this point i'm pretty sure minhyuk is even more thirsty for a kiss than we are XD

see him putting his highschool casanova moves on BS in the library.. smooth minhyuk. very smooth. lol

i totally skipped all other scenes than the OTP ones this week, that's how draggy it's become ugh

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Yeah I'll be perfectly honest and say that if Hyungsik hadn't been acting in this role with PBY, I might have been less infatuated with this show. The plot doesn't move the way I would have preferred, and every week I find myself caring less and less about the other plots and wanting just more, more, more from the main couple.

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the writer should be on their knees thanking these two main leads and their fantastic chemistry for keeping the show afloat. the first few eps showed promise but the writing fell through. just like Hwarang

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I totally agree with you! If not for PBY and PHS and their amazing chemistry I would have dropped this drama a long time ago! But who van resist our puppy couple??lol... As for now I don't care about the story anymore. All I want is more cute moments for my precious couple!

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only thing i'm getting from this week's episodes is that every girl needs a Minhyuk in their live. is human cloning legal nowadays?

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I second that one. ^^

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I must admit, I'm also still here only because of PHS and PBY chemistry. The plot just drags too much. That whole killer part should've ended a long long time ago.
If I had to re-watch this, I'd probably only view our OTP moments. <3
The OTP though, how can they be so CUTE AND ADORABLE!
My heart melts every time.
And after watching this episode and ep. 12, my cheeks HURT so much from smiling.

I must say, this is a good show for spring. Thank you so much, without abandon to PHS ( is he even human?) for making me fall in love

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I second everything you just wrote. He's just too cute for coherence.

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Totally agree on PHS's wonderful eye acting, that scene really stands out and I found myself immersed in his eyes too.

I also really like how when PBY is looking at AMH all swoony from her cubicle, there's no graphics needed, het eyes practically shoots hearts already.

Both are very talented and the casting director should be applauded for choosing them, without these 2's chemistry, the drama by itself is quite a mess.

I also like that they show DBS working and not only just being salty to her senior at work (even though he is annoying but still, it's workplace and senior bully always exist). I do hope she actually finishes her report that was assigned to her though, not just her game presentation.

Re: the cops - Maybe they will explain it more on next episode, but am I the only one who's confused on how do they know that the killer is after GD's ex and her address?

Also, her mom is the worst character, she's abusive to her husband (and not in a funny way, he's actually sporting bruises for days) and she's a horrible mother to DBS.

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Oh and the school bully part - someone mentioned this before in last week's comments, but maybe it will make DBS lose her power? It coincides with the plot now that she has to face the baddy to save her cousin (and it's still episode 11 so I don't think he would be caught yet). I really really hope not though, I want to see Super Dobongsoo in action for something that finally matters!

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I am not sure. How would the school bullies make her lose her power? The school bullies aren't doing anything dramatic, only creating a bit of trouble here and there in adoration for their noon-nim.

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Yes I actually thought those graphics of light coming out from behind him were a little unnecessary because you could literally see it in her eyes and expression! But for comedic effect, I guess they worked.

I'm glad that BS is doing some work, though I'm still not super satisfied with the way her work life is being portrayed. Though this IS dramaland, and well, nothing about it is conventional anyway.

Argh, I don't know about the cops, they frustrate me so much. The only things I actually remember about them: sit in the police station eating takeout/jajjangmyeon, GD comes in, starts shouting about something, they all look shocked, then the head-police officer guy in the blue uniform will come in and scream and kick them around, and nothing gets solved. That's about it.

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One older cop was following the perp around (without the perp realizing it, I presume) and realized his next target was Hee Ji when he found the perp hanging around the same place quite often. Remember how the perp has to follow his target around for a few days to familiarize himself with her routines and routes?

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I really for for GD when I watched Episode 11. The director really nailed that scene, showing us his lonely back view when he was reminiscing the past. It's really a case of bad timing. I never felt this way this bad, even though I watched other dramas where the second leads missed the female leads through bad timing too. But GD's forlorness and loneliness really shone in that scene.

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(Lesson for the day- talk people)This love triangle somehow reminded me of reply 1988 love triangle where guy loves the girl but never confessed because of timming and another guy takes the girl.

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Augh, yes! Poor Gook-doo. But back to the cutest OTP! I thought Shopping King Louis had a cute OTP, but these two are even more so!

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I suppose the canteen scene looked more romantic because the leads only have eyes for each other. It's as if there is no one in sight, except for them. The same goes for the library scene, though BS is more aware of the eyes on them. MH doesn't care. I am getting diabetes soon from watching this drama.

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Yes poor poor GD. This episode to me was all about dumping miseries on him.
•His ex is targetted because of his zealousness as a cop.
•He doesn't get to confess and also makes his friend/crush wait without explanations.
•He runs over to let his ex know about imminent danger, only to findout that she is with his bff.
•He goes back to friend/crush and finds out that she already knew about his ex's love interests.
•His crush does not even let him confess and politely but firmly refuses him.(Atleast he gets to save his face/friendship, i guess)
•Him hinding the Gift *sobs*
•His walk down the alleyway/memorylane *more sobs*
•Long shot of the back of his head. (By this point, I was convinced that the psycho bride-napper would appear from behind and wack him senseless !)

This Show has made GD, the most useless Second Lead ever. He gets dumped, rejected, not even the sweet guy, is an honest but overly zealous Cop, can't even solve a case and absolutely impossible to root for.

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I like that little touch of how Bong-soon tear up while telling Kyung-shim about the expiration date of her crush.

Many people can't believe how fast was Bong-soon's change of heart, and thought that it was didn't really make sense. But actually, I can see it from her point of view. Her many years one-sided crush on Gook-doo has become such a permanent fixture in her life that at one point she stop thinking about what she actually feels. It was something that never change from her childhood to adulthood. It become a source of comfort and maybe even excuse when someone mentioned about dating.

Some people might find it ridiculous that someone could maintain a crush for that long. But sometimes, it's easier to like the same person rather than open up your heart for a new person and start the falling in love process from the beginning. But now, with Min-hyuk suddenly appeared in her life, it forced Bong-soon to re-evaluate her feelings. And find out that maybe she already stop liking Gook-doo for quite some time, and only like the idea of having someone she likes.

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I actually felt that they played it very well, BS has clearly been struggling with her wavering feelings. Even when MH confessed to her she didn't just jump into his arms, her first thought was I need to think about this and she cried over her lost love of GD. I still think she cares about him but her pull to MH is stronger at this point. Imagine how hard it must have been for her to wait all these years hoping he might see her all while he openly dates other girls and talks to her about those relationships. Of course it would wear on her. I don't think its unusual for her to be swayed by MH, he's been amazing to her and is giving her all the attention and validation she's been craving for years. It was never stated but I'm guessing she's never had a boyfriend before, she's simply been waiting for GD.

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I agree. BS has been shown to be struggling with her wavering feelings, especially with her dream sequences. First, it was GD, then it became a masked MH before becoming a completely unmasked MH. I would say the change is gradual, not as quick as it looks.

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I think it's clear that she has been a little bit infatuated with Min Hyuk when he first appeared in her dreams as Romeo.

It was also a very nice and touching scene, her being saddened over her crush ending as a new love begins...

It's inevitable that she would feel more for MH from their various interactions. Starting from the moment he took a step closer to her, he saving her...

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I completely agree with you. It's easier to like one person and insist that you're going to love that person forever rather than loving someone new. It's a very convenient excuse, especially when everyone ask you why you have no date or boyfriend

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I think this one-side crushes can happen for years. It happened to me, so... i am sure.
Growing up i was so shy and felt so ugly that i had a crush for someone i never told, for years until i was like 19, only to fall with another crush for some other years until i was like 25??? (Not sure now)...
And in all that time i never had also boys trying to date me. So... yes
If you have These crushes and no one also drags you out of them... you can remain like that forever.
I am glad BS has MH. ☺

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That is the power of confession... That's why you should never hide your love, because you may take time to fall in love but it takes a moment to realize that you are in love, confession triggers that. Who knows, if BS confessed to Gook Do earlier, then they might become a couple. Same with Gook Do if Hee Ji didn't confess that she wasn't in love with him anymore, GD might never realised that he loved BS

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i know this episode is full of hearts and i ship MH and BS since day 1. But i still cried when GD was heartbroken. Especially when he hid the box that he was supposed to give to BS.

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I felt the same! I haven't felt much regarding GD's character other than frustration at the way he's ordered BS around and randomly beat up people while on duty, but Jisoo really killed the heartbroken scenes in this episode. I was suddenly drawn into their relationship and the regret of all of their missed moments and I wish we'd gotten more of this sooner in the drama because it's such an interesting aspect to explore for the characters.

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I also wish we'd gotten more sooner in the drama and feel a bit cheated at the production choice not to focus on the Gook-do loveline substantially at all, except in shallow nods. Like whenever there was potential for relationship development there'd be a cop emergency and he'd go- the guy didn't even get a chance to woo her. I feel like he is a waste of a second lead- like why bother having all this backstory if you're not really gonna make him a credible contester for her heart- she is all day every day with Min Hyuk it's no wonder she falls for him, she sees GD maybe 2 mins an episode if that. While I agree it's his fault for snoozing and dating other girls these years, it's not like she ever said anything about her feelings, and considering he knew her first as a young friend in middle school (not a woman like MH) I can fully forgive the guy for not realising that he liked her as more than a friend as they grew into adulthood, until he was faced with the prospect of losing her. The main couple is cute obviously but personally I find it a bit boring, the emphasis on MH was so strong the show never bothered to make it an exciting conflict/ meaningful choice on the part of BS

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jisoo does kicked puppy very well. that's his main draw in angry mom and sassy go go

i do hope he'll continue to improve his acting though, because i dont want to give up on him as an actor

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Those dream sequences is just getting funnier the longer they draw it out. They could make an hour-long drama special just from those romeo-juliet reenactment.

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The dreams are super funny.
I love them!

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bong soon is an unqualified employee that got parachuted in out of nowhere, and now known as The Boss' Girl. there goes her chance of having her game pitch being taken seriously. nobody would say anything bad (except ODP) since nobody wants to be on the boss' bad side. she'd better gave a heck of a pitch that blows their mind away if she ever want to get accepted in that work space.

then again, when will she actually work?

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Yeah I did wonder if it was a good move to broadcast to the whole company that the boss is infatuated with her because even Secretary Gong speaks differently to her now, LOL. I hope she sure as heck gives a fantastic work pitch to prove herself.
But for now I'll forgive anything because all their cutesy scenes are in the company hahaha.

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The game development side of things was not thought through at all for this plot. At ALL. This entire storyline is office poison. She never handed in a report to the team manager either, right?

Even if she gave an amazing pitch, she's been getting one-on-one coaching and development time with Min Hyuk. She can't present that work as her own, and no one else gets that access. Did I miss something where Bong Soon had been participating in hackathons or otherwise gaining the incredibly complex set of skills that would be needed for game development? She's drawn a character. That's what I've seen so far, visual design of a single character with a couple of toggling layers to show different weapons. That's not game development, that's fan art. Complete disaster.

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i dont mind the coaching though, you learn from wherever you can. i've also gotten some coaching and helpful tips from high ranked acquaintances at work simply because i know them personally. but ultimately the ideas and most of the work have to come from her, and i hope minhyuk would let her pitch it on her own without him. and that he makes it clear to the team that he won't be involved in the decision whether her pitch falls through or not

the biggest problem to me is that the show simply fails at making bongsoon a hardworking, earnest employee striving to achieve her dreams that we all want to root for

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looking at minhyuk makes me wish for a trench coat haha.. totally applauding his stylist- i want his entire wardrobe. i also want bong soon's lace shirts.. i love the little bit of lace peeking at the collar and wrists

PHS is very skinny though, you could see it when he was only in a dress shirt. that's probably why his stylist always puts him in bulky and layered tops

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Whoever his stylist in the drama is is has my thanks. Most of Park Hyung-shik's outfits have worked like a charm on me, and he looks very good (and I'm not even a fan). I also like that he knows how to work his outfits.

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I feel you guys have been unfair.
True, she hasnt worked that much the day before (the day she started the "internship", but actually today she was working the whole day. The show doesnt need to show us her game or the fully proposal of the game, in order to prove it.
It is a show! LOL
But she worked and learn with beautiful boss.... tooo much good to be true, i know.
But again, we are in dramaland.
What we dont get to see.. we have to imagine it happened.... he he

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Lucky Romance, for all its flaws, did a good job of setting up the female lead as an excellent natural game designer. Strong Woman is making it hard for me to enjoy the office parts, if I'm seeing absolutely no indication that Bong Soon deserves to be an employee.

If we saw her gaming on her downtime, or with a portfolio, or even speaking with any complexity about the industry, that would be helpful. Instead all of her focus is on a single sketch, constantly. She doesn't even take Cartilage's assignment seriously, instead flipping through the folders and scoffing about how they're not as good as her ideas. The writer apparently thought that was cute - it's incompetence.

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Actually we did see her gaming. It was in the beginning of the show but it was also when she said that she played games while she was unemployed. Since it has already been established, there's no need to show more.

In a one hour show, we shouldn't be spending time to make every thing realistic when the show isn't realistic itself.

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I didn´t watch Lucky romance yet...

And of course, if i get really peeky, (like @0613Ang said: "the Show isn´t realistic itself"), then i would have not watched anything of it at all!!! he he he...
She is super strong like superman! To start with...

But then again, I know... if they would have had time to make more graphics and representation of her sketches, now that she finally has the opportunity to work in the Company of her dreams, it would have been better.

there are many things they could have improved in this whole Drama, and the writing and the editing and all we have been discussing from the beginning even when we are not experts, but... there is no use. They don´t have time or Money to make it better...

At least.... MH is definitive perfect! :)

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This! I have been constantly comparing this Show with Lucky Romance in my mind and didn't even know it yet. Bo Nui flaws(one too many) and all, was an exvellent game developer! LR itself was never all about gaming but they clearly established to the viewers that she had a natural skill for game development. Her skills got the CEO's attention and he was very interested in her Idea and they worked together to make it a masterpiece from a rough draft that she presented.
But, here yes they have told us that she was an avid gamer, but they have done injustice to her by never truly making us believe her skills. MH dosen't even seem interested in the idea much, but helps her because he sees her interest/desire to create this particular game. They could have made some effort, atleast an impressed look at her game idea/character from MH's impressive eyes could have done the trick. But they have chosen to portray her as all brawns + cute - brains. Hopefully they atleast show her presentation as being mindblowing.

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@0613Ang, we disagree. I see a lot of sloppy writing and characterization here. The entire point of a TV show is to engage viewers in a suspension of disbelief - this show keeps creating unforced errors that end up ticking me off.

One shot of Bong Soon playing games in a PC bang followed by weeks of her doing nothing more than a single graphic doesn't work for me. Might for you, but not for me. The show's actors are doing much heavier lifting than the script.

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I think it's unfair to blame BS for what's she does at work when MH knew she did not have the resume to get hired.

I think there is a mismatch for the job and I don't think BS is the only one to blame

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-Miranda: We also have to take in consideration that most of the episodes was her spent coddling Min Hyuk injured toe man, Min Hyuk injured jealous drunk man, Min Hyuk injured lonely son who just found out that his brother was betraying him man and following him around. I mean with him or Gook Du continuing calling her and her mom forcing her to stay by his side, I got the assumption that she didn't have time anymore. And that lead to that subplot being all over the place. However, her employment kinda removed her from playing games for a while.

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I get that while watching dramas we are supposed to use our imagination sometimes but, I still wish they showed us that BS is capable enough to work there, cause I haven't been getting that impression at all.

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Yes. I sorely wish that Bong Soon and Min Hyuk started their official dating outside of work and did not do their majority of flirting in the office. Cuz he may be hot as heck but he is still the boss! I couldn't help but squee that minuscule less because you don't hug and flirt at work if Bong Soon wants to be taken seriously!

I do think though that it will be addressed by the writer and Bong Soon won't be working at Ainsoft long term though- since it seems like they are setting it up that way, and Bong Soon doesnt seem to be that interested in what she is doing now. Maybe her game will be the legacy she leaves behind before she quits or moves on to something else.

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I like their budding romance but dude, the office is not the place to make your declaration of intent known. Now no matter how hard Bong Soon tries, she's going to be known as 'that girl' who the CEO really likes. It's a very awkward place for a girl to be in.

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I couldn't agree more. I love the romance and am even somewhat intrigued by the serial kidnapper plot but from the beginning, the setup of working at a company to develop BS's ideal game has been just a flimsy excuse to get the main leads together... and now it's almost a parody of itself. As someone who works in the corporate world, this is so off-putting to me. While MH does act somewhat like a CEO who cares for his company, his immaturity is shown by allowing BS to bypass the proper career growth (and even education) necessary to work in the critical department of his company. The fact that BS is often not even appreciative of what he's offered her or is willing to do for her career-wise kind of upsets me. It shows that she too is immature, even more so than him. I just want the office scenes/plot thread to stop already. It's become unbelievable. If you want me to accept that BS can present a game idea of her own making, then her create it on her own to showcase what she has learn aned, and MAYBE I'll overlook the fact that she did not earn the opportunity. It's not unreasonable that as a team leader, ODP is offended. I would be offended too by an inexperienced, rude parachute like BS.

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If every man in the universe understand their woman like Min-hyuk do to Bong-soon, then we wouldn't need venting rooms; all will live happily ever after.

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so does this drama have a poop alcohol PPL contract or what??

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the poop was better advertised here than any Subway PPLs out there.. Subway should sue. and demand their money back.

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I read somewhere that Subway is going to get liquor licenses and start selling it.
"I'll have a meatball sub with a large poop alcohol, please."

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and their tag line would be "Better Out Than In, We Always Say"

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Wouldn't the tagline be "better in than out"? ; )

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"Organic and fresh."

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And their employees could be renamed "Subway's Recycle Artists".

Subway could offer a discount to customers who provided their own raw material and ingredients ('fresh produce') for their new alcohol.

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How about a catchy jingle to go with that tag line:

Let it go
Let it go
Can't hold it back anymore

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I shudder to think what further grossness the show will dump on us. They raised the bar on the gross this episode with the poop wine, what's next, I wonder - pee soup?

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Please, no more bodily fluids going where they shouldn't be... T_T I think they showed Baek Tak's miraculous recovery due to the poop wine for comedy and ok, it was sort of funny. But please no more... LOL.

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"Dump"--ha ha!

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I don't think the issue was the MH didn't know his feelings, he's waiting for BS to confirm her feelings to him and end her one sided love with GD. When he confessed to her he even said clear it up. He's waiting for her and I love that. I still have issues with the way BS treats her sunbaes at work. She would never have been hired in as a regular employee but she walks around like she's entitled to have an attitude and be handed everything because she thinks her game is better. I understand the guy is a bully and a bit much but he's still older than her and a higher position. She needs to show people respect. I like her besides that one point, she has no real world work ethic hated when she argued with her boss over the tasks he was giving her, oh sorry its too much work...at your job? Yeah they were silly tasks but hun you aren't qualified for anything else. I still love GD but god are these police useless. and seriously KS???? You dodged two separate kidnapping attempts thanks to BS but she still walks alone at night WITH HEADPHONES ON!!! Wth girl.

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Yeah I was confused because - why the heck would she still be walking around at night alone? Was it because she already got back to Busan? Did he go all the way to Busan to grab her? Couldn't she have just taken a morning bus back? LOL.

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I think she was on her way back to Busan when she was kidnapped? Still I don't understand why she had to leave late at night and no one walked her out.

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No i think she us coming back from busan?

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I accidentally spoiled it by adding in information from the next ep. but no, she never left BS neighborhood. She was literally taken from the crime area because she apparently totally forgot about the psycho taking woman that tried to take her twice.

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The writer isn't clear on this point. Even the audience doesn't know whether KS is going to or returning from Busan. Sometimes, I think the writer is a bit careless/doesn't put much thought when it comes to writing everything else except the OTP.

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whenever minhyuk sees a turnstile/security gate/doors/windows

"a guy's gotta swag when a guy's gotta swag"

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It wouldn't be the Ahn Min-hyuk we know and love if he didn't do his dramatic gestures in front of every gate and door available. He is SWAG personified.

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i wonder if the writer wrote the swag in or was it ad libbed- in which case all my respect for hyungshik. minhyuk would not be complete without the swag.

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But he does it so well XD

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And it looks really so unique to him!
Why this show doesn't have a better plot and two more chapters, so that we can enjoy having him every weekend?
To this point, there is only 4 more chapters to go, and I am already missing him. ?

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Just an aside from the recent developments, but I personally find one of the most attractive things about the characterization in Strong Woman is that Minhyuk is like a second-lead male character, except that he's been placed in a first lead role. It's refreshing and endearing to see him not only fully support Bong Soon in using her strength to help others, but also help her develop and harness her skills in order to safely and properly use them in times of need. This doesn't mean that he doesn't care about her - there's a balance in that he encourages her to seek justice by listening to what she wants to do, but when she does encounter danger, he's already made his move and is ready to protect her even knowing that he's physically weaker than she is.

Likewise, the fact that he's patient and sits behind until she's willing to initiate things on a romantic level [am I the only one who loves that they hadn't kissed for such a long time?] knowing that she has her own feelings to sort through not only shows his maturity but also his immense respect and his consideration for her. Minhyuk actively opens up communication so that he has an opportunity to not only hear her thoughts and feelings that [that may not always be explicitly said otherwise] but also to take the time to respond to her feelings in part. It's just as he indicated in the beginning of the episode - he can tell her about his feelings for her, but regardless of what he feels he still wants Bong Soon to be able to carefully reflect on who she truly likes before he starts anything. It's like finally seeing the second lead win in a drama, and it's making me giddy at thinking of all the past second leads that have hurt my soul - and seeing that finally, we have Minhyuk who shows that being the "good guy" does pay off.

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+1 to this comment! I love the way that MH supports BS and lets her use her strengths and solve problems in her own way, but is willing to step in to help or protect her. I also feel like GD is set up like the traditional male lead - female lead has had a crush on him but he's unattainable, he's bossy and domineering but it's really because he cares, etc. The reversal of the roles of the male leads makes for a relationship between the main couple that's so much more healthy and I am loving it.

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Yes! But I also think this drama is different because GD is so different from other second male leads too. He's just been a pretty passive second male lead that our heroine has had a crush on since forever, and he hasn't really done much to win her heart, really (as with all crushes I suppose).

But MH's character is such a soothing balm to the typical main lead. He's just so considerate and sweet.

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Another Jamie! #notthisagain

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...oh, and I like your comment, Jamie. We agree on more than names!

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You know that... i feel exactly the same.
At the beginning, when i started to watch the show, and i didnt know the teasers. I only knew there would be a love triangle, i saw she was in love with GD, and hello it is Jisoo! Hello!
It is like... i was on his side.
But of course i change my ship like the second chapter... and from the time on screen we got to understood MH is the main lead..perfect, we love him...
But yes, even until little ago, it feels ge was in the position of a second lead, and he is now her second crush, only... he is also the real deal and the one she will love the most.

It is beautiful. It shows also second loves can get the girl too!
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Yes totally!! I couldn't agree more... one of the reason I couldn't stand Marriage Not Dating was that the lead was a jerk who treated her badly and she ended up with him and the horrible family???? No way - my choice will always be the second lead who is kind, sweet, and loving. Thank you SWDBS for giving us a lead who is a real winner!!

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Uyshhhhh!
I actually liked "marriage, not dating". ?
But now that you mention it. I also felt yes, i liked the second lead sometimes even more than the main lead (dont remember his name)...
I remember i was like: "oh my god, he is sooooo cute"?, and even thought he had a dark side for he couldnt be soooi perfect.
Anyway...
Here again, is like having the second lead (no, but her second love) getting the girl. ?
At least that works....
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The second male lead isn't any better in MND. He is so ambiguous in his feelings toward the female lead. Even though he seems to have some interest in her, it doesn't come across as genuine feelings for the female lead.

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Ah. I think this episode is the one that made it clear that the charm of this show is the extraordinary chemistry of the actors and NOT the writing. The boys especially are doing great work with the roles - Min Hyuk is utterly charming and layered, and I completely felt bad for Duk Gu: sure he came to his realization late, but when it hit him it hit him HARD and he did try to act on it ASAP. Nothing worse than knowing you were just behind the curve and that there's nothing you can do. The way the director filmed the "being in love" scenes was sweet and spot-on, and I did enjoy a lot of the episode.

That said...

Ainsoft employee: "So you know how I've been working at Ainsoft for four years, doing pretty much any job they ask so I can eventually get promoted to a place where I can present my own game concept? Well, it turns out that the Strategy Department ISN'T fully staffed like they've been telling me, because the CEO just placed his girlfriend in there. Yeah. She appeared out of nowhere one day with no job title, apparently getting paid just to hang out with him and sit at this weird little desk in his office like a pet bird or something - I guess he realized how bad that looked because he made her an intern. But now he's inviting her to all of these meetings that I can't even dream of attending, and I got a call late last night to help with some of the concept sketches from his office, and guess what? It's HER GAME, and I know it's her game because she's named the main character AFTER HERSELF.

In three weeks, she's gotten further than I have for four years. And no, I don't want to sleep with the boss to get the same benefits, but EVERYONE is talking about that. The whole company atmosphere's really weird and our team lead's pretty much lost his mind, apparently she's been threatening him. It's not worth the drama anymore. Do you know if Zeze Factory is hiring?"

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All the scenes in workplace just had my eye rolling.

I complained when she was a bodyguard and not doing anything but whining, but now I'd rather she's back as bodyguard than an entitled staff in strategic dept.

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YASSS!!! ugh thats why I get so annoyed with how BS acts at the office. When she complains about not being on the Real team and dissing the other concepts because her game is sooo much better. Her arguing and threatening her superior. Seriously who would get away with this crap in real life? If I was working there I would be furious. She is getting her game made in less than a month and she's not even a real employee, she's the boss's girlfriend and no one can say thats not why he's making her game. The proof is she applied at that company before and was rejected! She's not a qualified employee and when he tried to explain that and teach her, she complained. I tend to skim through those scenes because its just too much. The romance is what keeps me coming back.

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i am that Ainsoft employee

truthfully, it's like any other self-owned company placing their own family members in the job (even though when it comes to lovers it really does have the unpleasant aura of being a 'kept woman'). it's a fact of life, even though nobody likes it. it would really soften the blow if the person is actually qualified and capable for the job though, which bong soon is definitely not

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Well, that's work?

I worked at the comoany for 3 years and I receive so little allowance from the companya and my pay is just so-so. I also never get a career chance and stuck doing the same thing for years. But then this new girl came along and she's connected with the manager and within a week she was promoted to be my supervisor when I was so much competent than her. Isn't that life? No matter where you work it will always happen. Even if you work hard for years you hardly get your recognisition and people who are connected with higher-ups always have an advanced in their career without doing much

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It's not just work, and it doesn't happen everywhere. That's when you look for another job - which is a good idea if you're not getting promoted regardless of the nepotism situation, by the way, because you're able to boost your pay through onboarding salary negotiations rather than annual promotion/raise.

Some jobs are like what you're describing but not all, and it's not normal and overall not a good sign for the management health of the company.

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Thanks to that experience I'm traumatized. I've changed jobs and in my last job when I was being promoted to be a chief, I was so looked down by other staffs and no one wanted to work under me. They said I'm not competent enough when I mostly deal with their wrong doings and mistake. Even if I put it in my report to my boss, he always believe my colleagues better because they are connected to my boss, when all they do is sleep or shopping or eating everyday

Anyway, it's comforting to know that there are workplace that give the same chance to all of their employees. I might not be able to find it but I'm glad to know that there's still justice :)

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"Do you know if Zeze Factory is hiring?"

I'm cracking up, here.

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Me too, I howled. At least THAT boss's girlfriend is highly qualified!

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k now i want a minhyuk and je suho get together
they'd party like no other nerds

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Kya~~ Minhyuk and Je Suho, two cute nerds. Not forgetting they are both played by my biases... Hyungsik + Junyeol :D

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I just ignored the office/promotion side line altogether. Honestly, a lot of things in this show don't make any sense. BS had been trained for maybe a week before she was able to control her strength and became some master of martial arts, which she had failed to do so in the last 25 years. Let's just assume miracle happens a lot in this SWDBS universe where even poop alcohol can cure severe injuries.

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Excellent points. I support the "ignore the business side of kdramas" attitude whether it be law, medicine, IT, fashion, advertising, competitive cheerleading ... anything at all, if Beanie comments can be the judge. MH led a couple of 'big strategy meetings' in this episode that sounded to me like the head of a construction company telling his design staff that doors need doorknobs. No duh? You just have to laugh sometimes.

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Ha ha ha...
But it is not only SWDBS.
I have watched already many dramas where i always have to ask myself: why are they sooo weird or so stupid? Or soooo nonsensical?.... etc....
And then, of course i say to myself: dramaland.
Even when the guy is sooooo damn perfect like Min Min, you have to ask yourself: "why isnt he real?" (While you are crying?)

In the real world you never find something so good like him. Never.

Then again: Dramaland!

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Fully agree with you. Your comment was funny but sadly true!

In a way, Min Hyuk isn't respecting Bong Soon because he is favouring her too much, not bothering to consider what others may think of her as his girlfriend + employee. Now if Bong Soon was super capable and amazing at her job I could still consider letting it slide, but this way just doesn't seem right.

My only hope is that she will eventually quit her job or find her true calling once her game is out. Because I'm too much of a feminist to be able to support a incompetent girl who rides on the coattails of her boyfriend boss.

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I also hope that's the direction the show takes about Bong-soon working in Ainsoft. It would be great if she finally finds out that her true calling is actually different. After all, she seemed really conflicted about not doing anything regarding the creepy kidnapper. That's pretty telling, considering that working in that company is her biggest dreamso far. I hope in the end she chooses a job that let her use that super strength to do more good deeds.

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LOL Miranda I love your enactment of the unassuming employee and the issues mentioned are on point. The whole work environment in Ainsoft is out of whack and compliments the surrealist DBS world. I could not have said it better and I wholly agree that the actors are carrying the full weight of this drama forward.

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I am not sure I take it so seriously in the drama. Min Hyuk is protecting her, and leaving her alone means she might encounter creepy bride stealer.......so I see why the writers are using this. I also think the whole show has been about questioning the norm- so they are showing that you don't put up with work place bullies that hold down little girls/women. However that said, I agree that in real life, this is not so simple.

That said, we all know that it is not fiction. This does happen. I have seen colleagues sleep their way into positions we all desperately want, but they get because they are in a relationship with someone important. We may not like it, but it is not as surreal as you think.

Infact, her powers and the fact that the CEO is such an awesome guy are more unlikely in real life.

The whole work place scenario: Its for comic relief, and obviously to move her dreams in the serial forward, while questioning the norm (about bullies at work) .....but yeah- it does suck to be an actual employee in this situation.

But hey; this is also an opportunity to now align yourself with the new power player in your world, which might actually move you somewhere more than the senior bully has. You just don't know. Or it may push you to get a new job- as you noted.

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Lololol. :D

I cracked up at your comment! So very spot on.

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"One-sided love has an expiration date"
THIS!
There wouldn't be an expiration date if, like murasakimi said, Gook Doo understand Bong Soon better and could take action like Min Hyuk did. Min Hyuk didn't hesitate with his feelings and decided to just go with it, which make him so swoon-worthy. Seriously, the success of Do Bong Soon in the rating I think it's all thanks to this guy who make Min Hyuk so squee-worthy and for us cheering for him to just get the girl already because he deserves it

And Gook Doo, if you can call Hee Ji, I'm sure you could dial Bong Soon after to tell her that maybe you're coming a little bit later. Or that you'll be late. Or just... something. I think that Gook Doo is too arrogant because he thinks Bong Soon is still in love with him therefore he didn't make an effort to call her to clarify his lateness. Like, he thinks that Bong Soon will always be waiting for him. That might be the case in the past, but there's someone better beside her who understand her without her having to say a word, and treat her better. Why would she wait for you? And when I think he had reedemed himself. Gook Doo being rejected is sad, but I couldn't be sad for too long for him because it's all in his own fault for not realizing his own feelings to Bong Soon since high school and never have that courage to take that one step closer to the girl he loves all this time

And Kyung Shim! OMG. I hope the girl's okay. She's my bratty princess and I love her so so so much. Hope that she wouldn't get hurt or worst, die

Lastly, Min Hyuk oh Min Hyuk. I love how he stares at Bong Soon with love and heart in his eyes I get giddy just watching him watching Bong Soon. It was the sweetest and the loveliest thing ever. And he still helped Bong Soon to get better everyday, whether it's her personal life, maintaining her streng, and now her love life. Now I want little Min Hyukie and little Bong Soonie soon. Please at least show that they're happily married by the end with many kids :D

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Yes - if only GD had actually realized his feelings earlier and bothered to take a step. Clearly he's been harbouring a crush since high school, but I don't think he ever bothered to think about what it meant. Also, I think he's gotten so used to having BS being around that he only realized it when she started hanging around MH more (flashback to when MH told her to use him to make GD jealous? LOL).

And yes MH... and his stares... Here I am sitting and staring at him the same way he's staring at BS hehehe.

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MH looks so wickedly attractive this episode...the scene where he wears the white shirt and appears after a long absence was just swoonworthy;I felt exactly like BS was feeling... how can a guy be so attractive??? I call it his wicked look, the eyebrows slanting wickedly over those dark eyes which had that same wicked gleam, like he's thinking wicked thoughts: he had that same look when he was staring across the hospital room at BS on the sofa the episode he was injured.

The cafe scene when he pauses and suddenly blurts out, "Can you please like me back?' I didn't expect that, and I was bowled over by the vulnerability in those eyes. That mix of boldness and vulnerability is what makes MH such an appealing character.

Poor Ji soo....he's never gonna get the girl. He gets dumped AND rejected twice in this drama. This must be the saddest second lead ever in korean drama. The show implied that his timing was again the issue, the part where he had to miss the appointment at the cafe, but to me, it was a non-issue: she would have turned him down, anyway...so that part was weird for me. Because if timing were the issue, and he had got there first, does it mean she would have accepted him? BS isn't that fickle, so I don't get that part at all. But, on the brighter side, his sideburns are coming along nicely, what a difference a week makes! I am so excited to see what they'll be like next week.

Fast forwarded all the gross poop wine parts and the fighting parts.

The psycho part is chilling, as always. It's just disconnected from the fluff and the romance. But on it's own, it's a stand alone scary story.

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