Yoo In-na’s perfectly-nuanced portrayal of the scandal-ridden, out-of-work actress Oh Yoon-seo continues to dominate over every other character in this show, at least for the time being. Yoon-seo’s moments of dramatic outbursts, like when she went up to the roof to curse Jung-rok out and quoted Vivien Leigh from Gone With The Wind in true diva style are thoroughly entertaining. But they are also interspersed with quiet and vulnerable moments, like her powering through during work despite gossipping co-workers, and staying cheerful while her old posters get taken down. She takes these blows like a champ despite being hurt, and that just makes you want to root for her.
As if Yoon-seo wasn’t already endearing enough, she gets cuter in this episode after getting sloshed during her welcome party. Her drunken fall outside the bar was absolutely hilarious, as was her plan to exact revenge from Jung-rok for dodging her while she tripped. Only Yoon-seo could have come up with an act of revenge as ‘ruthless’ as working extra hard for her boss. I can already see this becoming a running joke in the drama, the more she gets better at her job and the more Jung-rok comes to depend on her. As for Jung-rok, I am firmly in the camp of his co-workers giving him the stink-eye for not catching Yoon-seo. How could he!
Speaking of the law firm, I’m getting really excited about how Dan-hee and Yoon-hyuk’s relationship will develop. They seem to be constantly at loggerheads, with her blurting out uncomfortable truths at the most inopportune of times and him teasing her for being a hopeless romantic. Their interactions are always bursting with comedic potential.
We get to know a bit more about Jung-rok in this episode, especially with him opening up his mind (and dare I say, heart?) to Yoon-seo a little. When he realizes that she knows a little bit about the law through her stint in law school, he gives her work she can handle and even manages to sneak in a compliment when she does her job well. His observant nature leads him to notice Yoon-seo’s discomfort due to their co-workers gossiping about her scandal, and he realizes she’s much tougher than he initially took her to be.
Jung-rok’s lawyer friends, Yeo-rum and Se-won are so far the only characters in this drama minus an overt comedic element. It seems that Jung-rok was in a love triangle with both of them at one point, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted his friendship with them. I do suspect, however, that this (ex) couple might be a source of tension between the main couple in the future.
Yoon-seo was discovered and cast off the street as a high school student by her agency’s current CEO, and that really explains why she sees most real-life situations through melodrama-tinted lenses. And while this tendency of hers contrasts beautifully with Jung-rok’s reticence, giving us some golden moments, I’m a bit worried that she might get carried away and end up hurt. Especially by the knight-in-shining-armor moment she has with Jung-rok when he saves her from an errant driver on the street.
Both Yoon-seo and Jung-rok have realized that they are much more than the initial first impressions they left on each other. I have to say, Jung-rok really impressed me by realizing that Yoon-seo is just trying her best in her haphazard way, and telling her that he’s ready to give her a real chance at this job, even going to the extent of sparing her a smile. While I do feel like the romance might be rolling in a bit too soon, I was happy to have the ice between our boss and secretary couple thaw a little in this episode.