Three major relationships need forecasting in this week’s episodes. Ha-kyung (Park Min-young) and Si-woo’s (Song Kang) budding romance, Ki-jun (Yoon Park) and Yu-jin’s (Yura) married life, and Dong-han’s return to his family.
What a fun twist at the end of the fourth episode! So this will be a secret dating set-up yet again for Park Min-young. But it’s a breath of fresh air to see her as the boss and not as someone else’s runner this time! I like how both are so mature and upfront with each other. They didn’t play with their feelings and decided to try going out for real to see where this would get them. It’s nice to see people being honest about liking each other naturally and not forcing what they feel with the other person. It helps to build a solid foundation for their budding romance, too. Good start! Now on with the thrills of keeping it a secret at work!
On the other hand, the newlyweds seemed to be ending their honeymoon phase so soon. Now that they live together, they begin to see each other’s flaws. What’s worse is that they have started to compare their past relationships. You never know what you have until you lose it, right?
As much as I hated them for cheating on their respective partners, I do want them to work out because they chose this path. Their marriage is the consequence of their wrong actions, yes – but love isn’t just about the good times. Maybe Ki-jun and Yu-jin who both came from serious relationships before their rendezvous, should realize by now that for a relationship to last, it takes a great amount of communication and compromise. I hope to see this kind of character development in their storyline and not just the same old “cheaters suffer in the end” tropey vibes.
Ah, I find Dong-han (Lee Song-wook) very pitiful I don’t even know why. I get that he’s the sad dad who chose to work far away to provide for his family. His daughter had to grow up without a father figure and his wife had to perform both parent duties for 14 years. I’m not sure where I stand on this subplot because I know how it feels to be raised by a single parent when technically you’re not a broken family. It’s hard and it’s a mess but there’s definitely a lot of room for the improvement of Dong-han’s relationship with his wife and daughter.
Speaking of Dong-han, the part where he lectured Ha-kyung about the importance of giving orders is my favorite scene this week. It definitely highlighted Ha-kyung’s weak decision-making skills but it opened a door for the both of them to improve their teamwork and trust-building. Ha-kyung can learn from her sunbae and not be intimidated by him. She’s appointed to be the director for a reason. The management trusted her so she also needs to trust herself more.
I know this drama is not well received by many people, especially with the surge of good dramas airing this first quarter – but I’m liking the writing so far. Not because of the romance pairing but of how the women in the workplace (specifically in a government setting) are depicted. Assistant Director Oh Myung-joo (Yoon Sa-bong) is a good representation of all the mothers in the workforce. She’s in her 40s and a mother of three, but despite being ripe for a senior leadership position, she still remains in a specialist role because of her family issues and past maternity leaves. It’s sad because it’s happening not even in government offices but also in private firms. Oftentimes, women have to choose between raising their children or being promoted in their careers as if they can’t excel in both.
On the other hand, Ha-kyung is a competent but unmarried newbie leader. It raises alarm bells to the older generation that I feel so uncomfortable sometimes. Her mom is a piece of work, too, but I know Ha-kyung will have a moment with her later on (she has to).