K-Drama Reaction: Why Secretary Kim | Episode 11

“Nothing can stay a secret forever.” ~ Kim Mi-so


Secretary Kim’s (Park Min-young) recovery of her lost memories of that traumatic kidnapping incident from 24 years ago gave us the answers to most of the questions that have been confusing us since the beginning. It’s like opening the floodgates, letting the floodwaters come raging. And because Secretary Kim can now clearly remember everything, Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) had no other choice but to admit to her that he’s that boy she’s been looking for.

We’re able to see what really happened back then through Young-joon’s flashbacks. My theory that Lee Sung-yeon (Lee Tae-hwan) is the reason why Young-joon got kidnapped, and it’s because of the guilt that is why he developed a wrong memory is proven correct.

It’s also true that their parents tolerated the situation in order to protect the two boys without them knowing that it would only cause more harm than good to their family. I wish they did something to correct things out much earlier. I wish they believed in Sung-yeon that though he’s fainthearted, he would be able to overcome the consequences of his wrong action. There are lots of things I wish the parents did, but I could not put the blame on them for this mess because I know that they did what they did because they thought it’s for the best. Plus, they are not aware that Young-joon is only faking his selective amnesia.

We also learned the backstory of that young woman who kidnapped Young-joon and Mi-so. She got impregnated by the man she loves, but that man forced her to have the baby aborted. The pain caused her to have a disturbed mental state, pushing her to kidnap the kids. I’m thankful that she didn’t kill Young-joon and Mi-so, but her suicide in front of them still painted a horrific image on their young minds. This explains Young-joon’s nightmares, uneasiness around young women, and phobia of cable ties, while this caused Secretary Kim to have phobia of spiders because Young-joon told her that the woman’s dead body was only a big spider in order to calm her.

My heart already aches so much thinking about how Young-joon suffered all these years, but thinking that he had to deal with it alone because he had to fake his amnesia to save his brother and his parents from the aftereffects of the incident pains my heart even more. Poor Young-joon. From now on, I will never complain about his selfishness or inconsiderate behavior because he proved to me that he’s actually the opposite of that. Even as a kid, Young-joon showed how selfless he is, willing to sacrifice himself up and endure his hyung’s anger just to protect them. And when he finally met the young girl who shared the same experience with him, he still opted to be selfless by suppressing the urge to introduce himself to avoid triggering her memories from coming back. He did that for nine years!!! Awww, I wanna hug Young-joon so bad right now and pat his back. I’m not saying that I’m totally supporting his decision but just like his parents, I can never blame him for the outcome because I know that he was only thinking of the welfare of the people he loves when he did that.

It’s all in the past, and the only thing that they can do is to correct the things affecting their present. So it’s only right for Sung-yeon to finally learn that it was Young-joon and not him who got locked up at that scary house, and that it’s because of him that’s why it happened. I’m sure it would be hard for him to process, but it’s the only way he and the people around him could be freed from that traumatic past. It’s now also the right time for the parents to learn that Young-joon didn’t really lose his memories so that they could reach out to him and make him feel that they’re sorry and that they never wanted to let him deal with everything alone.

The only consolation that we got is the fact the Young-joon and Secretary Kim are now with each other, and that they have their whole lives to heal their wounds together. They sure don’t want to waste any more time, and here are some giggle-worthy scenes from this episode that will prove that.

The back hug

The heart emoji

A (literal) trip down the memory lane

P.S. I know it’s a bit out of place, but can we just console BFF Park Yoo-sik (Kang Ki-young)? He’s been suffering emotionally because he thought his ex-wife already has a new boyfriend only to discover that the guy was her cousin. I want him to move on already, and maybe Secretary Sul Ma-eum (Kim Ye-won) can help us with this. I think they can make another good OTP!

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