Watching this intimate car scene for the second time makes me want to take back what I said from the pilot episode’s reaction. They are not playing it safe. They are playing it hot.
Our female lead Lee Yoo-mi (Song Ji-eun) woke up naked inside a car with equally bare Cha Jin-wook (Sung Hoon). Shock and embarassment registered on her face when she remembered what they did that night. The reality of their one night stand was still sinking in when Yoo-mi heard a group of ahjummas approaching the beach. Since Jin-wook was still asleep, she grabbed her clothes and immediately walked away.
After Yoo-mi’s walk of shame, the story jumped three years later. Here, the main leads were reintroduced. Jin-wook was now a department director at their family company, Daebok Group. This made me think his dad’s nagging probably worked since he is now devoted to the their business. Too devoted I must say that everyone in the company was afraid of him. Meanwhile, Yoo-mi finally got a job as a company nutritionist. Where? You guessed it right. At Daebok Group.
This episode also introduced the supporting characters: Secretary Jang (Park Shin-woon), Jin-wook’s right hand who always wear matching outfits, and the cafeteria staff who were either annoyed at Yoo-mi’s arrival or aren’t just welcomey with their newbie. Jin-wook’s father (Kim Jong-goo) was also reintroduced. He was still nagging his son but this time it was about marriage, hul. He casually dropped the M-word to his son and mentioned he actually like Joo Hye-ri (Jeong Da-sol). But Jin-wook brushed him off, saying Hye-ri is too childish and besides he is too busy to get married. We also met Jung Hyun-tae (Kim Jae-young), a book cafe owner and an author who seem to have a close relationship with Yoo-mi. Also, Yoo-mi lives above the cafe; reminding me of the shared house in It’s Okay, It’s Love.
Since he’s a workaholic, Jin-wook collapsed in the middle of a meeting and was brought to a hospital. I actually like how they kind of hinted this scene earlier on the episode. Yoo-mi’s co-worker talked about Jin-wook’s poor diet, making Yoo-mi remarked it’s not healthy. While Jin-wook is in the hospital, Secretary Jang threatened he would resign if he didn’t eat properly. Secretary Jang then assigned Yoo-mi as Jin-wook’s personal nutritionist. There you go, we have Secretary Jang to thank for his matchmaking skills even though he’ not aware of it.
This led to Jin-wook eventually finding out that Yoo-mi was the girl who left her three years ago. He recalls the humiliating scene of waking up surrounded by elderly ladies who were mocking him because he was left behind. He was so furious that he made Yoo-mi’s tasks more difficult. I admit that Jin-wook’s reason was a bit shallow but I let it pass because I really think the comedic parts in this episode are so on point.
One task led to another until Yoo-mi couldn’t take it anymore and confide to her writer friend. But her text message, containing her supposed rant, was sent to Jin-wook instead. She immediately rushed to Jin-wook’s office and apologized to him. She even said that if he would forgive her, she would be forever grateful. Hul. Little did she know that she has another thing to apologize for. Jin-wook used this opportunity to reveal his identity. And our female lead was left in shock.
A friend once said to me, the first two episodes of a K-drama are the dealbreakers. I think the first two episodes of this series did its job of grabbing my attention and making me commit on watching it every week. I want to see more of the pair’s banter. I also look forward on getting to know Jin-wook and Yoo-mi better. My Secret Romance is already on the right track and I pray to dramagods that the series won’t swerve on too much cheesiness and complicated conflicts they won’t be able to close in the end.