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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: Episode 11

It’s long past time for the truth to be revealed, and it’s both more horrifying than we imagined, and more heartwarming than should be possible. There’s a reason for everything, including Young-joon’s behavior for the past nine years. He’s been tragically misunderstood, but there’s a good reason for that too, as we learn that everything he’s done his whole life has been for one goal — to protect the heart of one innocent little girl.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Sung-yeon learns from his mother that he wasn’t actually kidnapped. He ends up at Young-joon’s company event in a daze, and he sits next to Mi-so and asks if his memory is wrong. She doesn’t answer, because the magic act on stage sends her into a flashback, and she suddenly remembers everything.

She recalls being locked up with Young-joon, seeing their kidnapper hang herself, and Young-joon telling her that it’s just a spider hanging from the ceiling. She passes out cold, and Young-joon rushes over to cradle her in his arms.

Mi-so remembers more of the day of her kidnapping while she’s unconscious. She wakes up in the middle of the night and, confused, she goes looking for her mother, who’s in the hospital. She sees a woman and follows her, thinking she might be Mom, and the woman (calling herself Auntie) promises to take her to her mother.

Instead, Auntie leads Mi-so to the house where she’s already got Young-joon tied up, telling her they’ll go see Mommy in the morning. Young-joon introduces himself as Lee Sung-hyun, which Mi-so misunderstands as “Sung-yeon,” and he calls her an idiot.

She asks him what “dying” means, having heard her father say her mother might be dying. He lies that he doesn’t know, so she says that Pil-nam told her it means she won’t see Mommy anymore. He snaps that that’s obvious, and little Mi-so starts to cry at the thought of never seeing Mommy again.

Young-joon tries to stifle her wails but they attract Auntie’s attention, and she tells them in a flat voice to be quiet because Daddy will be home soon. Young-joon cringes when Mi-so whines that her dad is at the hospital. Auntie yells that he’s at the office and tells them to wait here with Mommy, obviously deep in a psychotic episode.

Young-joon gives Mi-so a caramel to calm her down and make her stop crying, and it works. She smiles, and he crinkles his nose at her adorably, but they both grow frightened again when they look up to see Auntie standing in the doorway holding a pair of wickedly sharp scissors.

Eventually they fall asleep, and later Auntie wakes Young-joon and tells him not to wake his “little sister.” Playing along, he promises to be quiet until Dad comes home, but she croons that Dad isn’t coming, “Because I’m not your mom. I gave everything to that man, but he didn’t feel the same way. I even killed the baby in my womb for him. I’m sure he’s sleeping soundly with a daughter and son like you two. Why am I the only one suffering? Why?!

She shrieks that her only crime was loving him, and she wonders if he’d feel guilty if she dies. She looks at Young-joon sadly and says, “Let’s go together. I don’t want to go alone. You two are coming with me…” and she starts to wrap a rope around Mi-so’s neck.

Young-joon yells at her to forget that coward and start over, begging her to let them go. Auntie whispers that it’s too late, but she stops trying to tie up Mi-so, and she actually looks sane for one brief moment as she thanks Young-joon for comforting her. She walks to the next room and climbs onto a chair, and as Young-joon screams for her to let them go first, she apologizes for not returning the favor and ends her life.

When it’s all over, Young-joon tries to crawl to safety, but he’s barely able to move for the cable ties around his wrists and ankles. Mi-so wakes, and he tells her not to come any closer, but she sees Auntie’s feet hanging from the ceiling and grows scared.

Young-joon thinks to himself that with her mother about to die, he can’t let this be Mi-so’s first experience with death, so he tells her that’s not Auntie, just a big spider, and closes the door. Mi-so whines that her feet hurt (she’s also been cable-tied) so Young-joon bravely drags himself under Auntie’s body to get the scissors.

At once point his fear overwhelms him, and he cries out to Mi-so. When he hears her voice, he tells himself that he’s okay because Mi-so is with him. He gets the scissors and frees them both, then tells Mi-so that there’s a kind of spider that’s so dangerous, you can’t even look at it. He has her close her eyes and hold his hand, and he carefully walks her past the nightmare and out of the house.

He takes her home and makes her promise not to go outside alone at night. She informs him that he’s going to marry him, but first she asks if he’s rich, since her daddy told her to marry a rich man. He says he is, and that his father’s company even manufactures her favorite doll, which cements her determination to marry him, hee.

Young-joon limps away, and when he sees a vision of Auntie standing behind him, he runs as fast as he can. He ends up at the police station and collapses with exhaustion. He wakes later in the hospital, his parents by his bedside, but he’s already suffering flashbacks of his ordeal and sits bolt upright, screaming.

Now Young-joon sits by Mi-so’s hospital bed, thinking about how he would think about her every now and then. His family moved, and when he asked if he could go back to the old neighborhood so he could keep his promise to visit her, he’d learned that it was already being renovated. Ever since then, he was uncomfortable around women, who reminded him of his kidnapper, and cable ties would send him into a panic.

Then one day he went to a company dinner, and he recognized Mi-so immediately. She didn’t know him, which upset him at first, but then he realized that it was better for him to take the burden of that day alone. He’d hired her as his secretary, but now he thinks, “What was I thinking, wanting to keep you by my side?”

One day, Mi-so answers the phone when she happens to be in the general affairs office alone, but the caller speaks Japanese, which she doesn’t know. Luckily someone arrives to handle the call, and she chastises Mi-so for being the vice chairman’s secretary and not even knowing Japanese.

Young-joon overhears her on the phone with Pil-nam later, crying and feeling bad about her lack of education. He gives her a Japanese workbook and says he’ll test her every day, and he’s so tough that she vows to learn quickly just to escape his hounding. When he finally deems her fluent, he gives her a gift — a Chinese workbook. HAHA.

One night, Young-joon is working late, and he finds Mi-so asleep at her desk. He wakes her and tells her to go home, and when she insists she has to stay and finish some research, he fibs that the project has been delayed. After she leaves, he calls the director in charge of the project and requests that it be delayed. Awww.

When Young-joon gets a promotion, Mi-so gives him a keychain that she’s cross-stitched to say “President Lee Young-joon.” He says it’s not his style but accepts her sincerity, and he waits until she leaves to look at it again and grin.

He gets her an expensive cake on her birthday, which Mi-so promptly drops, ha. He looks a bit horrified, but at her wobbly-lipped expression, he tells her that at least she dropped it in a pretty way.

In voiceover, Young-joon thinks, “I thought we’d always be together like that.” Then she’d said she was quitting, and he’d realized that he’d never be able to let her go.

He hovers over her at the hospital, but before she wakes, Sung-yeon shows up. Young-joon slams him against a wall, demanding to know what he said to make Mi-so collapse. He asks if Sung-yeon is telling that story again, but Sung-yeon says despondently that it wasn’t him who was kidnapped and accuses Young-joon of remembering everything.

When Young-joon lets go, Sung-yeon says he must be right and admits that it always felt strange because he couldn’t understand why Young-joon could see him in so much pain and not feel guilty. Young-joon stands there like a statue long after Sung-yeon leaves, and when he finally makes his way back to Mi-so’s room, he finds her awake.

He blames her collapse on overwork, but Mi-so asks in a flat voice, “You didn’t lose your memory, did you?” Young-joon acts like he doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but she calls him Sung-hyun Oppa and says she remembers everything about the kidnapping.

Fighting back tears, she says that now she knows why she wanted to find him so badly — to thank him. She sobs that he must have been terrified, so she wanted to thank him for protecting her despite his fear. Young-joon finally speaks, saying, “Who else would have been able to protect you? It was possible because I’m Lee Young-joon.”

Mi-so gets angry, asking how he could keep it a secret from her. Young-joon struggles to answer, gasping that he couldn’t forget what he saw and heard, even for a single day: “Every time I close my eyes the memories flood back as vividly as if it was yesterday. Those horrible memories. So I was relieved that you didn’t remember.”

He admits that he just wanted to delay her finding out the truth as long as possible, because he didn’t want her to share his pain. Mi-so strongly disagrees, believing that if she’d shared his pain, she wouldn’t feel so bad now. She snaps that this sudden consideration of her doesn’t suit him, and that he should have been selfish like usual.

Young-joon chuckles wryly and tells her to make up her mind if she’s complimenting or insulting him. Mi-so asks him to promise he’ll never hide anything else from her, and he takes her hand and promises.

Sung-yeon is in trouble, wandering the streets in a daze. Suddenly he remembers being taken to the house where Young-joon was held captive, and crying as he realized that Young-joon was trapped in this terrible place because he’d left him alone. He rejects the memory and runs, nearly getting hit by a car.

He goes home and trashes his room, and Mom finds him sitting in the wreckage, head in his hands. He wants to know why she never told him his memories were wrong, making him look like a fool in front of Young-joon. Mom insists that Young-joon lost his memories of the kidnapping, but Sung-yeon yells that Young-joon remembers everything. He storms out, leaving Mom to sink to the floor in shock.

The doctor pronounces Mi-so healthy to a grateful Young-joon. He sees a little girl with a doll and remembers something, and when he visits Mi-so next, he brings her the doll she wanted all those years ago. Awww, he bought it right after the incident and kept it all these years.

Mi-so is delighted, and Young-joon brags that this makes him excellent husband material. Mi-so is confused, so he haughtily reminds her that she once said she’d marry him if he was rich enough to buy the doll. She doesn’t remember that, and he pretends to be offended, saying that his parents panicked when their nine-year-old son asked for a doll, but it’s totally fine, whatever.

Mi-so says that she’s learned that most dog chews are made with leather, which will decay when buried. She decides that Young-joon’s old dog Big Bang’s chews must have degraded by now, referring to his memory analogy, and suggests they bury all of their bad memories.

She turns around, and when Young-joon hugs her, she says, “I’m happy that you’re the oppa I’ve been looking for.” He says he’s happy they found each other again, and that he’s struggled to hold back from expressing it.

Mi-so is ready to go back to work the next morning, but Young-joon refuses to let her check out of the hospital yet. He tells her to take a day off and rest, “…because you’re my woman now.” Mi-so teases that he’s making her fingers curl up with that cheesy line, but he just says she can’t work with her hands like that.

He trots off to a meeting, but instead of nitpicking every detail like usual, he zips to the end at the speed of light. Yoo-shik follows him, worried that Young-joon is mad at him for pretending to be fine about seeing his ex-wife, but Young-joon just walks away while Yoo-shik is saying how happy he is that Young-joon cares about him, hee.

Young-joon rushes to his office to tell Ji-ah that he’s taking the rest of the day off, so he’s startled to see Mi-so at her desk. She says with a giant smile that she feels fine, and he grumps that she’s getting on his nerves today.

Ji-ah tells Mi-so that he’s probably still single because he’s such an arrogant show-off. Ooooo, if looks could kill… Mi-so gives Ji-ah a mountain of work to do, chirping sweetly that she doesn’t like men who are show-offs, or women who slack off.

Young-joon is too worried that Mi-so might faint again to get any work done. He confers with his own brilliant brain for a scheme to get her to rest, and gets an idea.

Yoo-shik decides to start fresh with a new positive attitude, and has a serving of his very expensive herbal medicine. Ma-eum runs in distraught, having accidentally drunk his herbal medicine and given him one of her weight loss tonics, ha. Gritting his teeth, Yoo-shik asks if there’s a medicine for suppressing anger.

Ma-eum gets a text reminder of someone named Seo-jin’s birthday, and she asks Yoo-shik if she should send flowers as usual. He says not to bother because that’s his ex-wife, who has a boyfriend to celebrate her birthday with now.

Young-joon’s big “make Mi-so rest” plan is to have the entire office team go to a spa and bring him feedback on their services. The ladies enjoy the skin treatments, though Se-ra says that she doesn’t need it because her man is already dazzled by her looks. Ji-ah asks who she’s dating, and Se-ra describes him as a superhero who rescues her.

Ji-ah says she doesn’t like being rescued because it makes her feel like a child. She asks Mi-so her ideal type, and when Mi-so says she likes a warm, considerate man, Ji-ah is all, “Oh, the opposite of Vice Chairman Lee!” She’s really determined to get mind-murdered today, isn’t she?

Mi-so gets a text from Young-joon asking if she’s having a nice time. She promises to give thorough feedback on the spa, but he replies to forget that and just rest. Mi-so sends back a thank you with a heart emoji, which nearly knocks Young-joon out of his chair. Being such a big personality, he sends her back two hearts, but she frowns when Ji-ah and Se-ra assume he’s texting her about work.

Yoo-shik treats himself to a steak lunch, but he can’t help remembering that he and Seo-jin celebrated all their birthdays and anniversaries here. His eyes grow wide when Seo-jin walks in (cameo by Seo Hyo-rim), and he gets bashful and says he was hoping to see her here, but her male friend arrives and dashes his hopes.

He calls Seo-jin cruel for bringing her new guy to their special place. Seo-jin says that he’s her cousin, and Yoo-shik is suddenly all respectful greetings, ha. The cousin wisely leaves them alone, and Seo-jin calls Yoo-shik thoughtless for forgetting it’s her birthday and coming here. She leaves, and Yoo-shik says weakly, “I know it’s your birthday, that’s why I’m here…”

Yoo-shik mopes all over Young-joon’s office, using the word “thoughtless” as often as possible until Young-joon finally asks him why. He says his ex-wife just called him that when he ran into her, and tells Young-joon never to break up with Mi-so. He wants to go for a drink, but Young-joon says he has plans, and suddenly Yoo-shik is demanding he choose between him or Mi-so.

Sighing, Young-joon tells Yoo-shik to go have a meeting and find a project to work on after the airline acquisition. Yoo-shik pouts that he doesn’t want to be alone, but he doesn’t want to work either, heh.

The office team comes back from the spa all relaxed, and Se-ra jokes that she’d love to just go home. Young-joon pops up and says they can all go home, but because he wants them to rest, not because they’re in trouble. Team Leader Jung thinks it’s a trick question and keeps saying they’ll stay and work hard, but Young-joon is all, “No really, go home, really.”

He asks Mi-so to stay behind just to reiterate that he’s not doing this just for her, since he let everyone go home. She accepts this one time, and when she says she feels great, he asks her to go somewhere with him. He sends Cheol home instead of driving them, and takes her to the amusement park again.

He leads her to the carousel, her favorite ride, and tells her that it sits where the house where they were kidnapped used to be. He says he pored over the maps to figure out the exact location, and when he realized this, his first thought was to be thankful that those horrible memories are being covered up by the happy memories of the people who ride the carousel.

Next he takes her to the fountain, and when she asks if he wants her to make a wish, he quips that her wish to find her Oppa already came true. He says that her old house used to sit here, and she lights up happily.

Young-joon says that she doesn’t know how much it means to him that they can talk about that time openly. Mi-so takes his hand and says that they’ll always be happy, and they’ll always be together.

When he drops her off at home, Young-joon grows very serious and offers to grant Mi-so’s unspoken wish to take a walk with him. They walk hand-in-hand, and stop for ice cream, which he complains tastes like rubber, ha.

He asks her to spend the night at his house tonight, saying that he doesn’t want her to be alone. He explains that after their ordeal, he had nightmare flashbacks every night, and he’s worried she might, too.

Mi-so thanks him but says that she doesn’t remember everything clearly — she mostly knows that she thought of a dead person as a huge spider. She promises to tell him if it gets to be too much, so that he can protect her again.

That night, he reads Mi-so’s favorite romantic book again. He stops on a passage that reads: My every moment was you. When I loved, and also when I was in pain. Even at our moment of farewell, you were my world, and every moment was you. Without you, I don’t think I can explain the story of my life so far.

Mi-so is fine until she tries to go to sleep, and suddenly she’s overwhelmed by the silence and the dark. Her doorbell rings, and it’s Young-joon, who says that he came to stay with her since she wouldn’t stay at his house. He shocks her by asking, “Tonight, let’s sleep together.”

 
COMMENTS

I know that doesn’t mean what I want it to mean, but I so want it to mean more than chaste cuddles! Not that chaste cuddles are bad (far from it!), and I know we’ll get cute awkward moments instead, but come on, Young-joon and Mi-so are soul mates if I ever saw a pair of soul mates, and I want them to be together for real and not just for hand-holding. I know it’s a pipe dream in a drama like this, but I’m still going to hope. Don’t take away my hope!

My heart just cracked when little Young-joon told little Mi-so that he didn’t know what “dying” meant, then hid the truth of Auntie’s suicide so as not to traumatize her about her own mother’s impending death. Even then, he was trying to protect her from the ugliness of the world. What those two went though was a nightmare of the absolute worst kind, and now I feel bad about being frustrated with Young-joon for not telling Mi-so the truth earlier. He took all that trauma into himself to spare her from it, both during their ordeal and for years afterward, and as far as I’m concerned that makes him a superhero twice over. But Mi-so is right that it’s time to stop keeping secrets — they both experienced the same horror, and they need to be there to support each other.

I’ve really enjoyed how the show has played with Young-joon’s character, taking him from a self-centered ass to a selfless hero without really changing his personality all that much. He still thinks too highly of himself, it’s just endearing now that we know it’s a defense mechanism to protect his extremely soft underbelly. What’s changed is our perception of him — where we once thought him harsh, demanding, and bossy, we now know that he acted that way in order to take care of Mi-so without triggering her memories of their kidnapping together. And I love that she fell for Young-joon before she knew he was Oppa, which is why I’m not bothered anymore by the delayed reveal, because if she’d learned he was Oppa sooner, she wouldn’t know if her feelings are genuine or if she’s just confused because of their shared history. This way she already trusts her feelings for Young-joon as an independent person, and the knowledge that he’s her Oppa is just icing on the cake.

Maybe because it’s a webtoon with a complete story, but I just love how everything in this show is coming around full circle. Nothing has been left up to chance or coincidence, like why Mi-so was hired to be Young-joon’s secretary, or how his knee-jerk reaction to her quitting was to ask her to marry him, or that the house where they experienced the worst night of their lives is now a place that brings joy to others. There’s a beautiful symmetry in the story that leaves everything balanced out perfectly. The only thing I’m worried about now is Sung-yeon, who seems to be having a crisis — I think his former victim complex is taking an even uglier turn into sort of survivor’s guilt. Now he knows that not only was he the reason Young-joon was kidnapped (because he left him alone as a cruel joke), but he’s spent most of their lives being hateful to Young-joon while Young-joon was the one who was truly suffering. I’m worried about what he might do to himself, and I hope that someone is paying attention before another tragedy happens.

 
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Loved VC's response to Miso's heart text!

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the kid actor for Young-joon is soooo good and cute!!! Absolutely adorable! I really believed his distress during their horrific kidnapping, as well as how easily he switched to looking indignant (like his older self, ha ha ha) when kid Mi-So called him stupid. A real work of art, that kid! Kudos!

overall, what a great episode!

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I felt bad for the child actors having to go through that nightmarish scene. Even if they were shielded from the worst of it, they still had to be tied up and react to scary things. And the boy had to voice the lines about crawling beneath a dead body.

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I felt for them too! Even acting like they went through that trauma would be so horrible, I hope they had the director/other adults to explain the situation in the right way to them.

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I just watched (and really loved) this series. I noticed that in every sequence that showed the young Young Joon and Mi So when they were kidnapped, the area where their ankles were bound appeared to be blurred over. I assumed that they weren’t really bound, but makeup and film editing was used to create that impression. Is that a possibility?

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I noticed it too and I assumed their bound wounded ankles were blurred because it would look too violent for daytime tv, especially since they're kids.
Your suggestion is also an equally likely possibility. :-)

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That little Young-Joon is such a scene stealer! Little Mi-So is so cute and played her role well - but I felt like the little YJ was almost an adult - trying to hush Mi So and take care of her, keeping his fear to himself, even knowing the right thing to say to the lady!(even if it didn't work :/) Kudos to him, I hope we get to see him in many other shows.

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I think he was in ep6 of "Life on Mars"!!
Dear Beanies, can someone confirm?

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The kids stole the show this episode! Thanks for the recap!

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True that! They were the heart of this ep!
Here are some bts pictures of them:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BlICAqgA_7Q/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=gwyiyrtp4v0g

They are too adorable 😍

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Ugh, when child Young-joon/Sung-hyun decided to keep Mi-so's understanding of death terror-free so that she would be okay about her mother's impending fate... It made my heart feel like it was ripped out of my chest and stepped on! Young-joon has such an incredibly caring heart that he hides behind his smarts, and I just want his happiness now. All his selfish behavior is forgiven, because it cannot even measure up to how self-less he acts otherwise!

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He was very mature at 9 years old. I am always surprised by these korean children and the things they are supposed to have said in certain occasions (for instance: I am still astonished by Mother and how Yoon bok was. A deep small and caring person who knew how to talk and communicate).
9 years old children I know in real life, they barely know how to talk!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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This reminds me of a line from My Ahjussi, about why he(My Ahjussi) did not want to be close with Ji Ah, (I don't remember the exact words but it was like kids with hard lives grow up very fast or something like this.. ) You remember it?

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Kid who endure harsh situations do grow up faster than others. Especially Young Joon since we knew that he was more mature and intelligent for his age (hence why he skipped grades).

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I like that Young Joon has been consistent with his personality. In the beginning, I was wary of how aggravating his arrogance would be, but he’s been quite funny with it and gets a chuckle out of me.

The kid actors blew me away especially little Young Joon. Seeing the awful experience revealed through his eyes made my heart hurt. He was such a brave, smart kid.

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Agreed!

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Little YJ and MS are so cute! What great young actors. I think episode 12 takes the cake, it even made me want to tear. It was so emotional getting to know what happened and all the pain YJ endured all alone for the benefit of others. He always thought about others before him, when he was the one that needed the most.

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He bought her doll when he was nine years old. How cute it that!

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His explanation of how he acquired the doll house as a kid was adorable. Miso gets it and was still honest about the outdated doll fashion. They are both really cute.

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Right after she mentioned the doll, I was like "YJ, you got her the doll, right?? RIGHT?!!" I'm so glad he did!

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The amount of disregard mom has for her elder son rubs me the wring way... You just shattered his world for your own selfishness reasons

( because I don't believe they would have told him if not for miso investigating and keeping it from him for 20 plus years WASN'T for his own good, I mean the guilt he will have now is a million times more than just "I left my brother behind and he got kidnapped" it's is now "I left my brother behind and he got kidnapped and I have been blaming and antagonising him for 20 plus years thinking it was me who got kidnapped and my brother knew the truth but still put up with me" and no keeping it from him was not for his good but for their good as parents who couldn't or didn't want to handle the aftermath of the kidnapping and why or how it came to be)

But instead for being worried about your shocked child a maid has to come and tell you "oh no 😱 check on your eldest child" and funny enough in checking on him you are still more worried about the youngest than the present one in front of you who is in pian (in that scene I also got the feeling that she was saying as lobg as YJ doesnt remember how you feel doesn't matter) ...
Rant over... Let me just say the moment she sent the heart I was anticipating his reaction... And I wasn't disappointed 😍😍😍

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I agree that the parents should have handled the situation better. They should have told him right away his memory was wrong and get him treatment. Have you watched episode 12? Because when you do, your heart will really go out to YJ. Even at a young age, he did what he thought was best at the time for his family to move on. In doing so, he carried the nightmares and sorrows with him alone (including the kidnapping, his parents not giving him the love and treatments they should have, his brother blaming him and beating on him, and everyone pretending that it was his older brother who got kidnapped). I wanted to cry when he was crying in front of his parents. It was also so big of him in the scenes with his brother and made me wanted to tear again.

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Ep 12 just makes me even angrier at the parents. They do not deserve to be called parents.

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His parents dropped the ball big time!!!

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My heart is always with YJ, and I watched it after writing this... We all agreed YJ was in pain but but I also say the parents have this out of sight out of mind relationship when it comes to SY's pain ...

So my heart is not ONLY for YJ or who deserved more care as the parents see it but also with elder brother and i was so surprised and agreed with him, with both of them in their Last minute confrontation ... I thought the writers were one of those who like to make our hero unconditionally right and guiltless...

But even then the parents instead of taking initiative after so many years still leave the problem for your kids to solve... How hard is it to call a family meeting now that it's all clear and get it out in the open...

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I wouldn't be too harsh on the parents. It seemed that they both were affected by the kidnapping and didn't really know how to handle the aftermath. I mean who writes a book on, "How to Respond Appropriately After Your Child Get Kidnapped"? And you can tell from the beginning that the family was broken, pretending to be a family for the sake of image.

I'm hoping that after this, the family will finally be honest with each other and help each other recover from the trauma that everyone recieved.

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I get the feeling Mom is the kind of person who wants to sweep unpleasant things under the rug.

I mean, she is the one who forced a family dinner in the early episodes despite knowing the brothers don't get along.

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Despite knowing that she'd switched, or let them switch, their experiences. How can you expect a nice family dinner after that?

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I love little YJ's voice... Can't explain why but it just has this feel to it....

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Little YJ's demeanor in his cardigan reminds me of Nam Da Reum. So thoughtful at that age.

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I had that same thought! I hope we get to see him take on more roles.

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The kid actors did a good job.

I like that YJ is more than he seemed yet his narcissism remains strong. It cracked me up when he was talking to his brain.

I liked the flashbacks to their time working together and how both MS and YJ's actions in the first episode made sense.

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip!

Maybe because it’s a webtoon with a complete story, but I just love how everything in this show is coming around full circle. Nothing has been left up to chance or coincidence...

Watching this drama makes me feel like every drama going forward should be an adaptation of a webtoon, preferable by this author. The pacing and characterizations were so well done. In the case of the latter, one of my favourite things in drama is feeling like these are real people in real situations. That's why I tend to fall for dramas like Temperature of Love and Pretty Noona so hard. This drama is different, but at it's core, it's quite relatable/believable.

and now I feel bad about being frustrated with Young-joon for not telling Mi-so the truth earlier.

I gave Young-joon a lot of latitude for not telling Mi-so the truth earlier on. I understood what his intentions were. Sure, he was quite frustrating, but I was ok with it.

Speaking of the truth, those first 15-20 minutes, I did not expect. Having seen how the events unfolded, I now have a much better understanding of Young-joon's PTSD. Not only did he witness a suicide, but he had to go back into the room of the now dead ajumma and then have enough mental and physical wherewithal to get Mi-so out of the house. It really is one of those scenes that you have to see to appreciate.

Young-joon at any age is awesome. Sure, his older self can be a lot to deal with, but he is often well intended. While he can be self-centred, he can also be quite selfless, even if it means he has to shoulder a lot.

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Ah, but not all webtoon adaptations are created equal. Yes you — cheesy f-ing trap.

I must say the 2 screenwriters (who joined in ep.3 and replaced the original screenwriter) did an amazing job. Not only was the story faithful to webtoon, a lot more depth and creativity was written into the dialogue. Where the details of kidnapping were merely provided as FYI, the drama left me heartbroken and crying river. The added office stories provided great laughs - Sec Seol is so opposite and hilarious demonstration of how not to be a secretary 😂. And when I thought ep11 is climactic, Ep 12 unexpectedly topped it.

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re: webtoons. True. Was not mean't to be a blanket statement. I should also clarify, not all adaptations--regardless of source--in the past have been good either. Novels, webtoons, etc. tend to have gone though a first judgement kinda thing compared to original dramas. I think the biggest problem that adaptations run into is that fans of the original get pissed when artistic license is taken with the source material or it doesn't turn out the way they imagined it in their head.

Agreed with eps 11 and 12 statement.

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I think the main problem with CHitT was that at that time the webtoon started it's 4th season (the last one) so it wasn't finished yet. There was more depth in to Inho's character in it and he loved her so much but he backed up when he understood there's no space for him. Jung was this kind of narcissistic guy with traumatic childhood and despotic dad that he became a great manipulator, but in drama the direction was little bit chaotic and they didn't have an exact image of how Jung's character will turn out at the end. I didn't see the movie, I don't think I will, so I don't know how they worked with it.

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Then they shouldn’t have ditched the cartoonist in the second half of screenwriting. The movie was blah... not worth watching in theater, but it did give a better understanding of why Seol loved and feared Sinbae. And it didn’t attempt to shove second lead syndrome down my throat.

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I wouldn't call it second lead syndrome, because Seol has this dilemma with Inho, when he confesses, because she realises Inho is an unfortunate beautiful misunderstood human being, but she loves Jung with different kind of love, which we can't question, just feel it.

With dramas it's almost always messy, it's a hot baked potato in hands but for me Soonki shouldn't accept to sell the rights before it was finished. But it made her good publicity but lot of pressure :-(

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@kerouregan last response because we are moving off topic... second lead syndrome is when audience falls for the second lead, not the characters themselves. I say they shoved it down my throat because the amount of screen time given to the second lead to make that character likable was sidelining everything else.

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Actually in webtoon Inho has a huge amount of screen time as well, maybe more than Jung.

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That top image is everything. ❤️

I think this is the first drama I've seen where the hero hid the truth from the heroine and I'm actually not mad. Nor is his sacrifice noble idiocy—it's just noble.

Young-joon is clearly magic.

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Yessss this! And the fact that when it came down to the wire and it was time for him to admit the truth, he did so gracefully and honestly. He didn't come up with a lie or try to dodge it- he gave Mi So the honesty and respect she deserved and allowed her to decide how she would react. The K-drama world needs to note that!

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I liked that the kid napping storyline still had me guessing until they revealed it themselves. I can’t imagine how traumatic is must have been and little Young Joon’s totally has my heart for protecting Mi So from something so horrific. I now understand his reasoning for withholding the truth.

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With this episode, the drama took itself from a rom-com with a kidnapping side plot to a much more beautiful story about broken families, how to mend relationships and live through trauma, and how to sacrifice for another person you care for so deeply. Young-Joon was so incredibly mature, and still such a loving person despite having to live with his trauma alone all his life. This episode made my heart so warm.

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The kidnap story provides just enough thrill to the story while allowing our main characters' qualities to shine through. I did jump out of my seat a couple times when kidnapper lady made her appearance but it was not full of gore. The production of WWWSK is so pretty, I'm happy the crew did not taint it with unnecessary gore. Without all that, we're able to feel the trauma even more deeply. Someone said the characters feel real and I agree but want to add that there's an added layer of making every scene visually appealing. Everything is so polished. Even the least appealing character looked fine. The kidnapper lady looked like a lady pining for her man...in a freaky way. I understand VC's nightmares. She. Was. Freaky.

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The heightened visuals never let me forget that it's a webtoon, everything is so perfect. I don't mean that in a bad way, just that you wouldn't mistake it for the real world. Except for MiSo's apartment and unnis, I suppose. 😄

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Yes, thank goodness for that or we would have VC nightmares too. Tranquilizers would be in high demand. LOL! (I'm surprised his doctor did not send him for mental evaluations after years of providing tranquilizers for him to get some shut eye.)

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I've been getting this feeling for a while but episode 11 really justifies Young Joon's high opinion of himself for me. Surely he was told all his life he was special, smarter, quicker than the others and all that but here we saw his ability to think and act with a maturity, at 9 and in a crisis, that many adults couldn't muster. He's really always been a unique and gifted person.

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"Young-joon limps away, and when he sees a vision of Auntie standing behind him, he runs as fast as he can."

Who jumped out of their seats here (like I did)? LOL!

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I jumped! It was so unexpected and watching those scenes, I could definitely understand why they traumatized YJ. Ugh, even as an adult, going through something like that would traumatize me, can’t imagine at 5 or 9 years old. Cried multiple times between episodes 11 & 12.

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When Mi-so was thanking him for protecting her and he said, "Who else but me, Lee Young-joon, could have protected you," it didn't sound like arrogance to me, but again like Young-joon is a superhero persona. So many of the things that he says about himself have a different nuance if you think of him as Lee Seung-hyun playing at being Lee Young-joon.

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I can't wait to find out why he picked the name Young Joon, you know there has to be a meaning behind it and who he was deciding to be.

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I love that observation! I never noticed how often he talks about himself in third person - his idea of YJ is a lot like what a kid would dream up as an ideal person

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It’s almost like his defense mechanism created this split personality... and he approved him to work as his mask to face the world

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“His family moved, and when he asked if he could go back to the old neighborhood so he could keep his promise to visit her, he’d learned that it was already being renovated. “

His family didn’t move. He never lived in that neighborhood. His malicious brother took him to that to-be-demolished neighborhood knowing it is deserted and soulless. YJ was creeped that after walking around for so long, not a person was on the street. Then the first person he ran into ... 😖

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Yes, it was the neighborhood designated for the YumYang amusement park construction. Being the smart kid he was, he would have understood that his family destroyed her home and kept him from finding her.

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Sorry, I mean MiSo's home.

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Huh? His family did nothing to keep him from finding her. The reconstruction project just went on as planned. You make it sound so ill-intended. He never even told the parents he was looking for Mi-So. The mom was surprised that someone was with him during the kidnap.

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In all honesty, I hate how yoo shik's pain is turned to comedy. I also don't like how yj is ignoring him. If not for ys, yj would have lost ms by now. The least that can be done, even if he's ignored by his supposed best friend, is not to trivialize his pain. it's not funny at all
On a lighter note, the back story of the relationship between yj and ms was very cute. The efforts he made for her betterment and their innocence as they improved with each other is so sweet.

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I notice it and I feel bad for it but I think two things.
1) it's not Yoo Shik's story and it needs to be about how obtuse YJ is that he turns everything into being about him, so that he can't even catch on when his "best friend" is in pain.
Because 2) I think that once YJ gets things settled with MiSo, he gets to become the really-best friend and turn all his attention to helping fix things for Yoo Shik. At least that's my hope. And I hope MiSo is his partner in that.

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I understand the first point and I hope the second point manifests.
It doesn't help that the actor for ys is really good in portraying his heartbreak, and sadness at being ignored

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It doesn't. I love him. So much. I want a drama about him in this character.

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It makes me sad, too. One gripe I have with the show is that only the leads (and maybe to some extent Young-joon's family) are fleshed out and feel like rounded people, with flaws and strengths, and real dilemmas. Everyone else seems to be around for comedic purposes.

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well we still have like 4 episodes to go. Maybe we'll see some of the characters get fleshed out before it ends?

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please dont take this the wrong way, I enjoy this drama and you're more than welcome to love it, but I hate that the lead pairing's character growth happened fully in flashbacks. I think it's cheap. I was hoping that at least PSJ could become a better man by trying to understand Mi-so, but nah, he was already perfect and considerate and caring since birth. it's like watching comets collide. pretty but meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

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I wouldn't say that exactly. Since he had hired her as his secretary, he thought they could go on happily being near each other. He didn't realize what she thought of him. She didn't realize how much he took care of her without showing it. They both had some growing up to do in order to really have a relationship. Mi-so had to realize that her boss was not just a narcissistic jerk, and Young-joon had to learn how to communicate and care what the other person was thinking and feeling.

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I get what you're saying, but this is very true to how it feels to get over a childhood trauma when the family is ignoring it and not talking about it. From personal experience (although mine was of a different type), I know the moment is about you and your family realizing that what you were doing was not your fault and you were better than you or they thought. I know PSJ always said he was perfect (I loved the comment of LSJ playing at being PSJ), but he couldn't date or kiss women and his family was a mess. He also couldn't love KMS honestly. He needs to change more, but healing from trauma can take the route of this type of realization.

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Everyone loves this drama, but personally I actually have a few issues with it (esp. this episode) and I could have done without the whole kidnapping plot (it makes no sense to me, particularly the parents).

If someone knew me and didn't tell me that for nine years despite working *super closely* together... the moment that truth comes out, no matter how well you meant and how nice a person you might be, you'll shatter my trust completely – it's nine years built on a lie (it's actually kind of creepy). A couple of hours of sleep on a hospital bed aren't enough for me to get over that.

I'm not a fan of all that the lead does – too much rescuing, not enough listening to Mi-so *and* allowing her her own agency. Which is so odd, because they communicate really well sometimes and then it gets completely undermined. (There's actually quite a bit of playing into stereotypical gender roles in this drama, even if doesn't seem like that on the surface.)

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Without the kidnap you’ll get the blandest office romance kdrama ever.

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Depends on how good the writer is and what you like.

Radiant Office did pretty alright. Plus, Mi-so could have long stopped being the secretary now – the drama could actually explore her life *after* being the secretary, but I'm not even sure she's still quitting. The handover period seems to be extending to forever...

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Frankly Radiant Office was bland. The humor got old pretty quickly and after the lead girl found out she wasn’t dying, I just stopped watching. That was the only thing keeping me interested. Jugglers was a much better office rom-com, but do we need to see another legendary secretary win her asshole boss’ heart?

Here, without their childhood encounter and common struggle, YJ’s affection towards Miso would be awkward and unconvincing. It would be hard to understand why she hasn’t been fired years ago. And can’t explain how someone so lacking in education and competence be hired as top management secretary. 9 year professional relationship doesn’t turn romantic easily. He would need to be kidnapped in present time or something dramatic happen to give him a chance to flip her image of him.

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But that's a different drama you would like to watch, because this is based on novel (which was written before the webtoon) and the webtoon itself.
As for Yoon's parents , they were reacting to korean standards, where going to psychiatric hospital is something huge NO and to seek for some help is kind of disgraceful for families. It's starting to change, but it's still something which leaves unwashable stains on your family, yourself.m

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Oh em gee! I have no words!!! What a great episode! How brave and courageous was YJ as a kid? Bless him! I loved the flashbacks to his initial working relationship with Mi So. How he picked her, guided her and pushed her to reach her best! And damn did she show him every step of the way. Unknown to her, he was secretly proud of her and admired her. (Of only the writers had included his knowledge of her pollen allergy it would have been an A +).

I cannot wait to see them grow stronger as a couple moving forward. The cuteness is overwhelmingly cute and I hope the last couple of episodes will be filled with them!

PS: how great is the kid YJ actor??? My eyes teared up watching his reaction at the hospital! Hope to see more of this kid in other dramas :)

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In webtoon she doesn't have pollen allergy, they made it up to have it more dramatic 😉

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how funny!! that's interesting! I didn't know that. haha

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This show is giving me a riot of feelings man!
I'm in love...

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Like, deliriously 😻⚡️😜🎉🙃👠!!!

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I love young YJ's voice too! The kid actors were great especially kid YJ. This episode n d next were wonderful. It's not very often I love 2 leads in a drama equally, but here I love dem both zoo much! I love how Mi-so is kind , soft but firm and n not afraid to speak her mind when needed. That's d kind of person I want to be IRL 😄

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Whoever the casting director was for this show deserves a raise. The casting of young YJ and SY was pitch perfect.

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I know Kdramas blur knives, but now they also blur ties? Why?

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Good question 😂

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Same thing happened in Investigation Couple. At first they showed every gruesome scene of the autopsy's and I was hooked and kinda shocked as it was a first. Then they started blurring it out! And now they're blurring ties too!

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At first the blurring seems unnecessary, but if you looked at the chapter about the kidnapping from the webtoon, those cable ties could really set you off. I'm thankful the producers decided to tone down the gore-ness, since the webtoon even showed young YJ bleeding (a lot) from his ankles because of the cable ties.

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maybe it's a brand thing? I noticed that they will blur brand names on certain clothes if that brand didn't sponsor them. So maybe the ties are quite specific to a certain brand and they didn't want to get in trouble with them, so they blurred it?

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Blood resulting from violence. They blur bloody knives for the same reason.

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I am sort of surprised YJ DIDN'T have a traumatic reaction to his mom after the incident....at the time, she had similar hair, not to mention that the crazy lady made him call her Mom. I totally get why the drama didn't explore that though!

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Yes! I was actually shocked as to how similar looking the two ladies were! Why did they choose to cast similar looking ladies?

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For guys your mom is your mom and there's no one like her, especially for little ones. That child's actor captured it well, when he woke up in hospital he's confused at first and when he sees his mom he has this kind of cry sons are only using when mom is around to console them, to tell them everything will be fine, I'm here for you to protect you. ( He reminded me a lot of my son when having vivid nightmares like I used to have when kid.)

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We have real clarity with main mystery- and it looks like our main couple are moving forward. I cannot help but worry that something awful is just around the corner- as we have 5 episodes to go. I really hope more of those episode are devoted to the lesser romances rather than a fresh disaster for our main couple.
A lesser, but important mystery was cleared up when Yoo-shik ran into his wife at the restaurant. It does not appear that Seo-jin, his ex was a bad person- but it was abundantly clear that nothing about these two people ever really matched up. Yoo-shik obviously tried desperately but nothing worked- because they were the wrong things for Seo-jin, and they were so bad at talking to each other that Seo-jin had no way to tell him. Yoo-shik clearly invested more in this relationship than she did- which is why he is still hung upon it- it has more to do with how much effort he put in than Seo-jin herself. The greater mystery is why these two ever thought it was a good idea to marry each other- they are so obviously mismatched. Please do not tell me that they get back together- that would be awful.

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This is so true. Obviously they don't communicate in the same way, and it seems like Seo Jin just never truly understood Yoo Sik. She also seems to have a quick temper, and he becomes passive in the face of it when what she obviously needs is a man who will be firm with her and aggressively seek to solve the problem and communicate his stance instead of backing down like Yoo Sik does. But his personality in itself is one that avoids conflict and is more passive, and that values peaceful relationships and harmony in his environment.

While Seo Jin seems to be more volatile, quick to anger and quick to leave when there is a problem, but also who regrets losing her temper and not listening later on. She seems to react with her emotions in the moment, then become logical and more open to discussion later on. But with Yoo Sik being as he is, waiting longer only makes him become more passive and just seek to make his partner happy and smooth things over instead of facing the issue openly. But with Seo Jin, things need to be discussed openly and decisively in that moment, and she obviously needs a man who is more of a leader and a dominant, assertive type personality, who will make her stay and hash it out.

There's nothing wrong with Yoo Sik at all! There's so much beauty in someone who values peace and harmony, but he has to learn to balance that because lots of times conflict and intense emotions being expressed is needed to truly heal and move forward and forgive, especially in a relationship like marriage where problems, if not dealt with correctly and swiftly, will cumulate and cause a breakdown in the relationship. This is what obviously happened here, and I too think unless they exert a concerted, vigorous effort to change their communication styles and aspects of their personalities to understand one another, they should never get back together.

I'm rambling. I just love his character and was hoping someone would mention this!

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I just finished the webtoon, and in that, they made them get back together again, but after another big fight... It didn't make much sense... :/ Like you said, I don't think they are a good match. If you look at the 2 leads, you start to see how they are similar in many ways, esp. in how they handle situations at work-- and they don't like to have bad feelings linger around for long, so they apologize and admit fault quickly without brooding over it and letting anthills become mountains.

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Thank you. I would hate to see it happen but if the writers have to follow the webtoon then we will have at least one unhappy ending for a good character- unless Woo-shik can master a new set of tools (see l3xiLou's comment above) their reunion will be a colossal mistake. I hope the writers for this show have a better plan than the webtoon did.

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I'm high on feelings. So this is how someone feels watching a drama without spoilers. This is the first time I'm watching a drama before reading the recaps. It's always read the recaps then decide if I wanna watch it but it feels pretty good to watch then read.

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I can't even begin to explain why I love this drama.
1. All the conflicts come from inner character development and make total sense. I can see how they're all struggling and growing, and not just reacting to a stupid plot twist. And yeah no one's perfect, but who is? They're doing their best despite emotional baggage and when they make a breakthrough I want to stand up and clap -- not just for them but for anyone who had a crappy life experience and moved on.
2. It's confronting drama tropes (amnesia, first love and fate, chaebol vs poor girl) and turning them upside down. In the end it is about 2 broken people who are willing to take a risk and talk about their feelings. Which is scary. We've all been there.
3. The acting and microgestures. Everyone owned their characters. Even the smirks, the pauses, the inflections. And can I just hug those two kid actors -- how can such little kids rise to such difficult roles?
4. The hope. Seriously. I cant stand dramas that break my heart, because thats what real life is for. I love how these two give each other this quiet, tender support. They say a lot more with their eyes than their lips. (Although THAT kiss in episode 12...)
5. Can i actually buy that poetry book because the lines kill me.

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I could not breathe through that flashback. OMG, he had to live with that for 24 years!! Young Joon is amazingly strong. Fuck that lady for "Please witness my final moments." I am beyond pissed for these kids -- both Little Young Joon and Miso and these child actors! They don't need to see something like that!! I kept screaming, "Don't look up!!" When Young Joon said, "and even the sounds," I got chills. He most likely means her voice and outbursts, but my mind immediately flashed to struggling, choking, dying sounds. Ahhhh!! This is a psychological horror film. This episode is going to give me nightmares. Young Joon needs therapy.

I want the beginning of Young Joon's backstory, not just Miso. Please flashback four more days. How was he kidnapped? How was Sung Yeon involved? Were the sisters home alone? How old are Miso's sisters? Did they not know she was gone at all? Did the police find the kidnapper's body? Do Young Joon's parents not know what happened to him in that house? How the heck did Miso sleep through "Auntie's" and Oppa's screaming and crying? Little Young Joon acted unexpectedly chipper throughout their nightmare. He never stopped smiling at Miso from the moment he offered her a caramel to promising to marry her. I know Young Joon would rather Miso have never been kidnapped since he was relieved she didn't remember, but selfishly, I am glad she was there with him.

Why did he have to be a dick to her though when they reunited? Is acting like an asshole a defense mechanism? It would've been perfect if Miso had written on his sticky note in Japanese. Thanks a ton for the recap, @LollyPip!

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Thanks for the great recap as usual. This show just continues to delight, entertain, make us think and swoon and laugh almost at the same time. I'm loving it!
After reading the comments by beanies about how awful those parents were/are I need to write something here and it is going to sound like I'm defending them.
At any point in this show have the mom and dad sounded like they did NOT love their boys to death and want them to be happy? NO

It is really easy to look at the past and correct ourselves and others for every wrong that was committed. However when one becomes a parent there is no manual or instructions on what to do with that child. When my son came home I remember thinking "what do I do know?" And I've felt that way through his life thus far. Everything that happens is a first time for the parents.
Young-Joon's parents reacted the way they did because they didn't know what else to do. It doesn't look like they were trying to cover anything up and from the flashbacks it looks like they were loving parents.
I guess what I'm trying to say is they weren't bad parents - but they were human parents and they were flawed - like all parents who want the best for their children. The mom and dad in this show are certainly not the typical kdrama chaebol parents in any way.
The mom felt awful because her boys suffered - like any parent would do.
So before anyone bashes them further please keep in mind that they were human and everyone reacted in a pretty realistic way for this show. Kudos to the writer!
Okay, off my soapbox now.

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I think episode 12 helped me better understand how things spiraled and how what transpired what probably the best and more secure out of the possible options.

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After you watch Episode 12 (and/or the webtoon), then it is certainly as you say. I also agree with you. This is why some people comment at the drama seems "real"-- it's just humans dealing with shit in human ways. Not in a fairy tale way, but how things are dealt to you, and you react and do thing, some things are right, and some things are wrong. And it's about how to deal with it then or later. And in that way, I felt the story was very "real" and "human" to me. And yes, I like that the story isn't falling for the same tired drama tropes either-- as you said, the chaebol parents, if you take away the fact that they are rich, are just normal parents dealing with life's good and bad. And I like how they adore Mi-So in a genuine way (you see it more in the webtoon-- they really love and adore her without any qualifiers), and maybe the drama will show that more in the remaining episodes).

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"At one point his fear overwhelms him, and he cries out to Mi-so. When he hears her voice, he tells himself that he’s okay because Mi-so is with him."

I like that they actually helped each other, even if Mi So's help was being there in the background...

And I think this also explains Young Joon's fixation on Mi So... if she is with him, he can overcome everything...

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That's why that line, "from the beginning it had to be you" (or something like that) makes sense. To him, any woman reminds him of the kidnapper and therefore he is traumatized and can't have intimate/emotional bond with any woman, except for her, since she was comfort to him during that time exactly because she was there and he was not alone.

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Forgot to mention that Young Joon's marriage proposals now make much more sense 😁
Oh, they were so cute as little kids 😍
(And as a lot of commenters already mentioned the child actors were great, especially our little genius 😍 )

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How can anybody not fall over heels for Young-joon? The kid actors were amazing, especially kid Young-joon. I cannot imagine what's it like to go through all that yet still trying to spare Mi-so pain. He may be egoistic and self-focused, but his selflessness and thoughtfulness has been there from the start. Did anyone squeal along with me during the flashback scenes from 9 years ago? He was still trying to take care of her after so many years. I think he knows she's in debt and gave her chances to stay even though she's not qualified. He was grooming her to be to able to stay by his side, doesn't hurt that she'll be able to pay off her debts. He didn't go the drama douche way of giving her money or paying her debts, but gave her opportunities to grow and be competent enough to prove her worth in the company. He needed her to steady him, since she was the only one by his side during his most traumatic experience. Those feelings of wanting to take care of her slowly turned into something more, I'm glad the show showed how it became this way. This was one romantic episode, even with the horrors. But like Mi-so said, memories that are shared can bring comfort to those who experienced it, and now that the secret is out in the open, time for more lovey-dovey scenes! I wouldn't mind kisses every episode!

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Thank you for your recap and comments, LollyPip. Finally the truth is out. But it ain't over til it's over... Which is fine by me if it means I get to observe more of Young-joon's blinding magnificence. ;-)

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Anyone know who played Park Seo Jun's younger counterpart? Every time he acted, I couldn't help but keep saying wow!! He's so friggin talented!

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His name is Moon Woo Jin. He is amazing.

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"She informs him that he’s going to marry him, but first she asks if he’s rich, since her daddy told her to marry a rich man. " excellent advice dad! I support XD

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For me the back story about the identity switching is just too illogical. It would have made sense if it happened while they were babies. But they were grown, and had lives outside of their immediate family. The older brother even had his gang who supposedly also bullied Young-joon. They were going to school and we could assume they had friends, acquaintances, other family members, teachers, neighbors, etc, who knew them. So did the parents coerce all of those people into perpetuating the lie? Did they switch names legally? Because if not, then everything Young-joon signed as an adult executive would have been invalid. And why did the parents not at least get help for the older brother? He need not be institutionalized.

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May I ask what's the name of the book that Young Joon read "My every moment is you" passage from.

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Ok one thing, in a flashback they showed younger Sung-yeon in the house Young-joon was held captive and an adult stood outside the door behind some police tapes; so my question is, why the heck did that adult allow a little child to enter such a place (it was also a crime scene) while they watch him cry and blame himself. Seriously why would they allow him to enter there.

Ok now that that is out of the way, YAY backstory! Everything finally makes sense and now I love YJ and Mi-so's relationship so much more! So flippin' adorable! Also, younger YJ was so brave.

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Been really loving this series and the characters, but I don't like how the Auntie was portrayed. They used suicide as a trope to move the plot forward and to give YS a motive for his heroism. The kids were brave, yes, for having to live through this trauma, but is this woman's pain ever explained? Why were the kids kidnapped? What is this woman's story? This episode makes it seem like she was just psychotic and this terrible thing happened and now that it's over, we should all just cover it up and ignore it. Mental illness and the things that drive people to end their lives is complex and should be illuminated and discussed more considerately, rather than just a way to drive a plot of a drama along.

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