Piggy back rides, butt pats and maybe a little understanding. Join Cici and myself, Janet, as we attempt to decipher new clues to old relationships.  

Janet: Once again we get some teasers to explain some of our characters foibles. There is growth, a change in focus, a desire to move ahead. Hwan Ki is starting to enjoy the companionship of his co-workers and is trying to find a way to join them socially. Ro Woon is growing more protective of her “shy boss” and even Woo Il opens up about his past in the orphanage.

Cici: Okay, I may be willing to change my opinion about Woo Il’s status as a villain. He really is a victim of his past, coupled with his awful present with Hwan Ki’s family. But I also just realized that his comprehensive understanding of Hwan Ki’s problem is what has led to him perpetuating it. When he told Ro Woon about how Hwan Ki needs distance when he’s upset or trying to think, he actually made the problem worse. He honestly seems to think he’s helping, though.

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Janet: For all his self assurance, Woo Il is basically insecure. Following his adoption from the orphanage, I feel he thinks he has to be the “perfect” son, employee, fiancee, friend or he will lose it all. A lot of the tension between Woo Il and Hwan Ki I think stems from the “incident” three years ago; their friendship changed and they can’t figure out what to do.

Cici: It was when Woo Il revealed his imperfections to Hwan Ki that things changed. Now Hwan Ki feels like he has to keep a strict eye on Woo Il to keep him from repeating his past. Neither one of them seems to recognize that they can both change and grow. Their assumptions are blocking the path forward necessary for their friendship to recover. Meanwhile, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Woo Il’s protectiveness of Hwan Ki denies him the opportunity to change and grow, and Hwan Ki’s suspicions about Woo Il being little more than a player keep him from having a sincere relationship with anyone.

Janet: As mentioned earlier, when Hwan Ki twists his ankle and Woo Il comes to the rescue, giving him a piggy back ride out of the woods, there is a moment when he pats Hwan Ki’s butt. I feel that was a natural response (maybe the first in a long time) and an attempt to get their friendship back on familiar footing.

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Cici: I laughed so hard when that happened. It was pretty unexpected, and I was surprised at how it just seemed like a natural thing to do. It gave me a sort of flashback to what their friendship must have been like in the past, and it really made me hope that they could regain that playfulness again. At this point, it seems like Woo Il is going to have to come clean with the rest of the family, instead of making excuses and being afraid to lose their favor. He clearly doesn’t have feelings for Yi Soo beyond brotherly affection, and he’s being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. That alone could explain why he’s still looking for love elsewhere.

Janet: I think we need to get more info on Woo Il’s adoptive life - who was he adopted by? How did he meet Hwan Ki and become a member of his family? How did he rise to CEO of Hwan Ki’s father’s company? Still so many unanswered questions!

But on a positive note, Hwan Ki was able to turn the initial disastrous meeting with the airline CEO into a positive with the help of a little girl and a lost bear named Gom Gom. The pictures and postings showed Hwan Ki’s talent and aptitude in promotions.

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Cici: Hmmm...I just assumed that Woo Il was adopted by Hwan Ki's family, but now that you mention it, we don't know that for sure. And I've been wondering, why would that family adopt him when they already had a son about the same age? 

But regarding the rescue of Gom Gom and the saving of Silent Monster, I am always impressed with Hwan Ki’s ability to cut to the heart of a problem. After meeting with that ridiculous CEO ( who really gives an awful, incorrect claim to the word introverted) he knew that it was pointless to try to change the image of a person who would just continue to trash it. So he went for the logical solution and focused on changing the image of the company. Brilliant. And making that little girl happy was actually his first priority. And then, for once, he accepted the credit for the work that he usually did unnoticed, in the background. It’s nice that his team is gradually coming to appreciate him. Even if it takes letting one of them know that he was a SNIPER in the military. Hilarious the lengths he has to go to to get respect.

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Janet: It is good that he is finally stepping into the shoes of the CEO and working with his team. However, he needs to stop Ro Woon from running to Woo Il every time she thinks the team needs help. He needs to make both her and Woo Il understand that this is his company and he is in charge.

Cici: Yes. But to do that, he needs to prove (and it will take more than one success) that he is capable of taking the reins without their help. In public. In other words, he really needs to show that he has changed. The incident by the pool, where he imagines being forced to join in with the group despite his obvious reticence, is such a contrast to what actually happened. Ro Woon is still deferring to his shyness, assuming that he doesn’t want contact with them, and that is making it almost impossible for him to break out of that mold. He’s going to have to step up his game and learn to interact with more than just one person at a time.

Janet: Not only step up his game, he needs to let his team know what he wants and expects from them...especially Ro Woon. Wishing won’t make it so!

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