Search Query: WWW: Episode 7
When ethics and morals are important both in life and business, it’s difficult to know what to do when a situation arises and you can’t have both. Ta-mi struggles between choosing what’s best for her career and what’s best for her soul, and luckily she’s got people willing to help her, whether with tough love or just plain old love.
EPISODE 7 RECAP
While sharing a beer in Mo-gun’s hotel room, Ta-mi tells Mo-gun that she’s never been afraid of him. After a long, charged moment, Mo-gun tells Ta-mi to stop staring at him that way, so she starts to go back to bed. Mo-gun grabs her hand, noticing that her cut has healed, then he lets her go.
Looking suddenly vulnerable, he says, “Even if you’re afraid, don’t run away this time. I felt really lonely when I woke up and found out that you were gone. Don’t disappear tomorrow.” Ta-mi promises, and they go to sleep in their separate beds.
Mo-gun wakes up first in the morning, and he smiles adorably to see that Ta-mi stayed like she promised. He scurried to the bathroom to fix his hair and wash his face, then sneaks back into bed. He pretends to be sleeping when Ta-mi wakes up a few minutes later, she says he looks pretty, which makes sense considering how long he was in the bathroom. PWAHAHA.
Mo-gun jumps out of bed, whining that she didn’t have to point it out. Ta-mi just laughs into her comforter, and Mo-gun snaps that she can buy him coffee to make up for embarrassing him.
They sit on the beach later, and Ta-mi asks Mo-gun about his name, which doesn’t sound very Korean. He says that his mother named him that way on purpose in case he ended up living abroad. She asks about his health, and he says again that she’s seen everything, grinning at her lecherously.
She changes the subject to ask if he’s got any debt or criminal record. He wants to know why Ta-mi is asking all these questions, so she says she’s asking as someone who plans to officially keep him in her fish tank from now on.
She’s partly joking around, but she says seriously that she hopes she’s not someone he just has fun with, and that she’ll consider whether to make him a part of her everyday life. Mo-gun asks Ta-mi to act like a proper aquarium manager and not to avoid him when she’s having a hard time, but to lean on him.
Hyun is at home meditating, but when her meditation recording mentions forgiveness, she frowns and runs to her computer to re-read the message that Joon-soo’s girlfriend posted on Barro’s website about his cheating on her with Hyun. She calls Joon-soo to demand Dong-joo’s number, but Dong-joo answers his phone, so Hyun suggests they meet up to talk.
Mo-gun arranges to have his car delivered to Seoul, then lies to Ta-mi that he took the train in order to ride back with her. She takes a phone call from Hyun before they leave, and Hyun asks her to go to the meeting with Dong-joo with her, mostly to make sure Hyun doesn’t hit Dong-joo.
When they show up, Dong-joo (who thinks her mukbang channel makes her a huge celebrity) is wearing sunglasses to avoid being recognized, ha. Dong-joo points out that she’s Joon-soo’s “first” and Hyun is his “second,” and Hyun enjoys telling her that technically, Ta-mi is his first, hee.
Clarifying that she barely dated Joon-soo almost two decades ago, Ta-mi says she’s just here to mediate. It’s a good thing, too, because Dong-joo seems determined to be as snotty as possible, and Ta-mi has to keep reminding Hyun that she’s a lot younger (and more immature) than them.
Hyun wants Dong-joo to apologize for revealing her personal information at work. Dong-joo says that she’s owed the apology since Joon-soo cheated on her with Hyun, but she admits that Hyun has a point and sincerely apologizes. It takes Hyun by surprise, and she’s a little confused when Ta-mi says that not every confrontation has to end with violence. Pfft.
With that out of the way, Dong-joo wants to know why a dead poet with her same name comes up first when the name is searched on Barro. Ta-mi explains that it’s because more people are actually searching for the poet, but Dong-joo can’t seem to grasp that she’s not more famous. Hyun mutters that violence may have actually been the correct answer, and Ta-mi nods.
As Hyun is driving Ta-mi home, Ta-mi gets a notification, and she asks Hyun to take her to Hannam-dong instead. All of Unicon’s webtoon artists are having dinner together, and Ta-mi wheedles Hyun into taking her there so she can gather information to help lure some of them to Barro.
Ga-kyung is there, and she tells the webtoon artists that they plan to hold these dinners every quarter, on Unicon’s dime. She finds one artist, Godori (cameo by Lee Tae-ri/formerly Lee Min-ho), outside alone, and he complains that Unicon is only doing this because Count Kim is being difficult lately.
Godori has an obvious beef with Count Kim, who was his mentor but began treating him badly when he became equally popular. He says he’s only here to annoy Count Kim, who they all know doesn’t even do his own work anymore. Ga-kyung says that Unicon is aware but they can’t do anything since Count Kim is their top webtoontist.
Ga-kyung says that she came to talk to Godori about making his series into a movie. As they discuss it, Hyun and Ta-mi watch from across the street. Ga-kyung eventually leaves, and Hyun hilariously has Ta-mi try on all her sports helmets in an effort to find something to hide her face.
Ga-kyung heads home and asks Jin-woo if he would buy the copyright to one of Unicon’s webtoons. She says it doesn’t have to be made into a movie, she just needs an article about the copyright being sold, and Jin-woo agrees.
Ta-mi ends up wearing a hoodie into the bar, and they listen as Count Kim bosses Godori around. Godori loses his temper, saying loudly that Count Kim has others who do his drawings for him, and he even stole Godori’s best idea and turned it into a hit for himself.
The third webtoonist who’s still at the bar, Artist Jung, follows Ta-mi into the restroom. She says she got Ta-mi’s message, and Ta-mi is forced to admit that she came to spy on them. Artist Jung asks what makes Barro is better than Unicon, and Ta-mi asks if she’ll listen to her pitch if she can show her something that makes Barro better.
Meanwhile, Hyun tails Count Kim as he stomps outside to yell at Godori to stay away from him or he’ll end his career. Godori reminds him that he can do the same and calls Count Kim a bully. Count Kim punches him, but when he raises his fist for a second blow, Hyun runs over and stops him.
Count Kim yanks his arm away, accidentally punching Hyun in the stomach. She’s about to pound him into the pavement, but Ta-mi rushes over to break them up and drag the screaming Hyun away. Once they’re in the car, Ta-mi calls the police to report a fight in the alley — she tells Hyun that if they make this into a big deal, it will create a wedge between Count Kim and Godori, and they can snag one of them.
Mo-gun is disappointed that Ta-mi hasn’t texted him since they got back to Seoul, and when Sun-woo starts talking about work, Mo-gun snaps that it’s not so hard to ask if he got home safely. Sun-woo notes that Mo-gun is pretty whipped by his aquarium manager, but Mo-gun isn’t amused.
When Ga-kyung sees an article online about the fight between Count Kim and Godori, she starts making worried calls to find out what happened. Their names are topping the real-time rankings at Barro, and Ta-mi tells Brian of her plan to try and hire one of them away from Unicon.
The team gathers to discuss which webtoonist to court out of the three that were at the bar. Count Kim is notoriously difficult, but Godori isn’t much easier to deal with, so Ta-mi asks what might convince Artist Jung. Alex says she values a good work environment, gender equality, and a just society, and has even protested Unicon’s working conditions in the past.
Count Kim lies to reporters that Godori hit him first, but that just excited Ta-mi, who has the only witness to the fight on her side. As they’re leaving, the elevator doors open, and the man who steps out causes Ta-mi to freeze in shock. Hyun senses the atmosphere and goes on ahead, leaving Ta-mi with her ex-boyfriend (cameo by Lee Dong-wook).
He used to work at Barro, and he says he’s here to hand out wedding invitations to some former colleagues. He asks Ta-mi if she’s still not interested in getting married, and she says she’s not. Relieved, her ex says that he always wondered if it was marriage she objected to, or just marriage to him.
Jin-woo shows up unannounced at Han Min-kyu’s place, and Min-kyu gets on his knees to apologize for dating Ga-kyung. He assures Jin-woo that he’s not seeing her anymore — well, that explains that. Jin-woo wonders if Ga-kyung liked Min-kyu because he’s so nice, though Min-kyu swears that he’s the one who liked her.
Jin-woo tells Min-kyu to take some acting lessons, because he’s going to be in a movie. Min-kyu asks why he’s helping him, and Jin-woo says it’s out of pity — for Ga-kyung.
Over drinks at a host bar, In-kyung suggests to Ga-kyung that they suspend Count Kim until the assault case is over, but Ga-kyung thinks that will make things worse. In-kyung says that Unicon will be in trouble if it turns out Count Kim is lying, but Ga-kyung says that people will still read his webtoon.
Mo-gun and Ta-mi just happen to run into each other on the street, and she makes him come to her “…because I knew you would.” He seems upset, and when they go for a drink, he asks her if her aquarium is still open, because if it is, he wants to be able to go in and out.
Ah, he’s pouting because she’s been ignoring his texts for two days, and he doesn’t believe that she’s been too busy to think about him for even a second. Ta-mi giggles at his rambling complaints, but he says he’s not trying to be cute, and she apologizes.
She asks if he’s normally like this, and he explains that he thought she was kicking him out of her aquarium, offering to stop complaining if she doesn’t like it. Ta-mi tells him to keep complaining, and she promises to try harder to answer him from now on, because he’s her fish and she cares about him.
Hyun’s favorite drama is back on, and more hilariously dramatic than ever. She looks up Seol Ji-hwan, the actor who plays the villain, but there’s still nothing online about him.
She’s distracted by a call from Jenny — Count Kim and Godori have taken their battle to the internet. Godori is incensed that Count Kim claims he hit him first, but Count Kim continues to assert that he was only defending himself, and that he’s terribly hurt that his beloved pupil turned on him for no apparent reason.
He even holds a press conference, where he accuses Godori of having an inferiority complex, then bursts into tears. He’s more popular than Godori, so the public believes his story and demand that Godori’s webtoon be removed from Unicon.
Hyun thinks this is their opportunity to hire Godori, but Ta-mi wants Count Kim, since he’s the one with the huge following. Hyun says that she was planning to step forward as a witness and support Godori. Ta-mi reminds Hyun that she’s not just a witness but an employee of Barro, and they can use her silence on the matter to force count Kim to sign with them.
Hyun refuses to be used that way, insisting that some things are more important than business. She says they can convince Godori to sign with them by revealing the truth, but Ta-mi snaps that they need someone more influential so that Barro can beat Unicon.
She says she doesn’t have the luxury of doing the right thing because her job isn’t secure. Hyun says that she dislikes Ta-mi because she can’t understand her beliefs, and storms off. Ta-mi mutters that she can’t give up her beliefs because they’re what’s gotten her this far.
Ga-kyung calls Godori to ask him to stop fighting and just think about the movie they discussed, but he hangs up on her and refuses to answer his door. Ga-kyung is surprised to see Hyun in Godori’s building, and she assumes that Hyun is here to snap him up for Barro.
Hyun says that’s not the case, but she can’t look at Ga-kyung in the eye because she’s still ashamed after smashing Jin-woo’s car, ha. Ga-kyung asks Hyun if Ta-mi is suspicious of their friendship, and at the mention of her name, Hyun wails that Ta-mi is horrible. Ga-kyung says she’s even worse, and that they both have their reasons.
Mo-gun finds Ta-mi sitting in her car outside his house and affectionately calls her a stalker. She asks him dejectedly if he really thinks she’s a bad person, then takes him for a drive. She tells him that someone criticized her beliefs, and that she suddenly finds herself caring what others think of her.
He lets her ramble, and she says that she was going to handle this on her own, but he said to come to him when she’s having a hard time, so that’s what she did. She admits that she wondered what she’d do if he wasn’t there. She says she hates herself today, and when Mo-gun stays silent, she looks over to find that he’s nodded off. LOL.
Ta-mi calls Hyun and says she’ll think about what she said. Mo-gun rouses a bit and mumbles that he fell asleep because hasn’t slept in a day and a half. He asks Ta-mi what she said after wondering what if he wasn’t there, but she just says she’s glad to have him. Mo-gun takes her hand and links their fingers together.
While walking back to work, Hyun hears a commotion and sees a man wearing all black being chased by a cop. She tells herself to resist, and she really, honestly tries, but when the guy runs past her, she sticks out a leg and trips him.
She kneels on him and twists his arm, but he yelps that he didn’t do anything. When he turns to look at her, she realizes that she’s looking at rookie actor SEOL JI-HWAN (Lee Jae-wook), the villain from her drama. Oh noooo (but PWAHAHA).
She starts smacking him in the head, but he gasps, “We’re filming a drama!” Hyun looks up and yep, she’s walked right into the middle of the drama shoot. Oh, I’m so embarrassed for her.
She’s looking very sheepish later as she sits next to Ji-hwan’s hospital bed, and she asks if she can speak to his manager. Ji-hwan says he doesn’t have a manager or an agency, which explains why he has no online presence. He seems a bit alarmed when Hyun says she’s beaten up enough people to know that he needs to rest, but it’s only because he forgot to ask her name. Awww, he’s a total puppy.
Hyun is utterly charmed when she sees Ji-hwan’s adorable smile for the first time, since his drama character never smiles. She asks to put her number in his phone so he can call her if anything comes up, and she’s startled when he hands her an old flip-phone. Ji-hwan says he likes a phone to be a phone, and a computer to be a computer.
In-kyung goes to talk to Chairwoman Jang, concerned about someone who keeps getting search warrants for sensitive Unicon information. Chairwoman Jang tells her to go along with it or “they” will start attacking Unicon, then asks about Ga-kyung.
In-kyung says Ga-kyung makes arbitrary decisions ignores her advice, embarrassing her sometimes. Offended, Chairwoman Jang asks why her daughter-in-law shouldn’t be allowed to embarrass In-kyung, admonishing her to know her place.
Poor Ji-hwan has to watch today’s episode of his drama with his entire hospital room full of ajummas, who yell at him as if he’s really his character. Hyun sees this and has “her actor” moved to a private room. He smiles at her shyly and says that Hyun calling him “her” actor made him feel like he has a fan, and Hyun admits that she actually is his fan.
She makes a face when her phone lights up with a call from Ta-mi. Ta-mi asks Hyun to meet with her, and when she shows up, Ta-mi is sitting there with Godori. He’s pretty desperate after being vilified by Count Kim and the public, and Ta-mi says that it’s time to tell the truth and welcomes him to Barro.
Ta-mi accompanies Hyun and Godori to the police station, and while Godori is making his statement, Hyun asks Ta-mi why she changed her mind. Ta-mi simply says that she took Hyun’s opinions into consideration. Hyun asks if Godori is enough for Ta-mi, and she admits he’s not. She says that Unicon will try to bring Count Kim back in about six months, but that she’ll make sure he never publishes again — if she can’t have him, no one can.
We see that when Ta-mi spoke with Godori before Hyun arrived, the only condition she put on his contract with Barro was that he go public with the fact that count Kim stole his story idea. Willing but curious, Godori asks why, and Ta-mi had said she wanted to get Count Kim kicked out of the webtoon industry altogether.
He’d asked why again, and Ta-mi said with a smirk, “So I can get Artist Jung.” Sure enough, it’s not long after the story goes public that Artist Jung calls Ta-mi to thank her for proving that Barro is better than Unicon, as she promised.
Hyun and Ta-mi walk into Unicon to talk to Ga-kyung about Godori’s and Artist Jung’s contracts. Artist Jung’s is nearly up, but Godori’s contract is still in effect. Ta-mi offers to pay the cancellation fee for breaking his contract, though Barro is prepared to go to court if Ga-kyung refuses.
Stone-faced, Ga-kyung asks if Ta-mi thought that bringing Hyun would help convince her to cancel the contract. She tells Hyun that Ta-mi must really like her to choose Godori over Count Kim, since she knows them both well enough to know who they would have chosen. She tells them to take Godori, and Ta-mi asks if she has any conditions.
Ga-kyung glances over at her potted plant (which is healthy again in the sun). She says, “Let Park Mo-gun get some sleep. An exhausted composer can’t work as well.” But she continues that that’s not her condition — she wants Hyun.
Ugh, every time I think I may have found a reason to like Ga-kyung, she does something like this. I really do want to feel sympathy for her and explain away her behavior because of her crappy personal circumstances, but the way she yanks people around is just too horrible to excuse. This condition is especially cruel because she knows from Ta-mi’s decision that she values Hyun’s input and relies on her, but she also knows that Hyun will be tempted to move to Unicon due to their shared past. And that would be disastrous, because Hyun would go into the situation believing that she can somehow “save” Ga-kyung, but she’ll only be twisted like Ta-mi was, and end up much worse off.
Besides, I don’t want Ta-mi and Hyun split up because I can’t get enough of their love/hate relationship and their debates about ethics and morals. The conflict regarding which webtoonist to hire was fascinating because again, they were both right and both wrong, depending on which side you’re on. From Ta-mi’s point of view, the online argument proved which artist is more popular and would bring more business to their search engine, which is good business sense. But Hyun sees things through a lens of what’s right and fair, and Count Kim gained the public’s support by lying and throwing Godori’s reputation under the bus.
And this brings us to my one real issue with Ta-mi. For the most part I like her, and I admire how honest she is with Mo-gun regarding her feelings and fears, because it’s scary to be that vulnerable with someone you like. And usually her business ethics are firmly in the right place, such as when she refused to use her privilege as a Barro employee to take her own name off the real-time rankings. But then she turns around and sacrifices those same morals in the name of business, and I just don’t understand. But then Ta-mi takes Hyun’s words to heart and really reflects on herself, and that makes me like her all over again. I’m glad that she finally saw Hyun’s point of view and did the right thing, and because she’s a smart cookie, it even netted her two webtoonists instead of just one. Oddly, even though I don’t like that nastier side of Ta-mi, I’m also glad she’s determined to make sure Count Kim never works again. That vengeful streak is what makes Ta-mi feel so human, and rather than fight it, I’d rather see her use it to punish jerks like Count Kim.
On a personal note, I really like how Ta-mi and Mo-gun are taking things slowly with their relationship, especially after jumping right into bed on their first meeting. They’re taking the time now to get to know each other and sort out their feelings, and it makes the little vulnerable moments they share that much more meaningful. Somehow, knowing that they’ve already slept together lends more significance, for example, to their holding hands for the first time, maybe because it highlights that those moments are still important. It’s huge that Ta-mi went to Mo-gun when she felt down about herself, and I love that he (whether on purpose or by accident) made himself as non-threatening as possible by falling half asleep, which gave Ta-mi room to feel comfortable confessing her true feelings. Certainly Mo-gun has made it clear that he would be happy to move faster, both physically and emotionally. But he knows that would be a mistake and push Ta-mi away, and I like how he gives her full decision-making power whenever they have an opportunity to take things to another level. If he can be patient and give Ta-mi room to slowly learn to trust him, I think it won’t be long before he finds himself her only fish.
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