What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018)


Drama: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: June 6 – July 26, 2018
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:30

Plot: Lee Young Jun is a handsome, smart, rich but arrogant guy. One day, his secretary, Kim Mi So, suddenly decided to quit
after working for him for 9 years. he tries his best to make her stay and they slowly fall in love.

Park Seo Jun – Lee Young Jun
Park Min Young – Kim Mi So
Lee Tae Hwan – Lee Sung Yeon
Kang Ki Young – Park Yoo Shik

this is a very simple story of a guy and a girl falling in love after knowing each other for several years. The differences are that Mi-so works for Young Jun and they have a history together.

The things I loved about the show:
Young jun and Mi-so individually and as a couple were great. The two leads have such sizzling chemistry. I love all of their interactions together. In the office, they make a great team – Miso is like the most efficient secretary I have ever seen. She knows Young Jun so well and can probably finish his sentences. I am a bit surprised that her role is not just limited to scheduling this meetings. I’m not sure if this is the Korean version of a “secretary” as Miso seemed to be more of her “right hand woman”. Compare her to Yooshik’s secretary whose role is just to be his secretary – run some errands, schedule his meetings. As for Young Jun, most of the description about his role is that he is smart, rich, handsome and arrogant – but i beg to disagree on the 4th one. I dont think he is arrogant, i think he is confident and he knows who he is and what he can do. When he tells people how great he is, he is not boasting but merely stating facts. I like that he is a very considerate boss – he may drive his team to work really hard, but he treats them fairly and never puts them down. he is honest and provides positive feedback when Miso /the team makes a mistake. He is sometimes a bit clueless and I dont think he’s insensitive – but rather he is just not used to normal things that average people do. Like eating ramen or street food. I like how he is willing to try them. I love that the flashbacks showed how they both started working together – Young Jun was a young professional and Miso was the poor, not a college graduate secretary. We saw how they both grew up and mature over time, how Young Jun taught her to speak different languages, tried to developed her until she became the badass secretary that she is now. As a couple, it was interesting for me to see them try to move from being professional to romantic lovers. there were a lot of awkward scenes – such as secretary Kim still trying to do her secretary duties while on a date, Young Jun trying to be the “guy” in the relationship. Likewise, since they are each other’s firsts, it was funny to see them act shy and unsure in terms of skinship. Sometimes feel that Kim Mi-so makes a lot of this “too smiley face” that it looks fake but looking back, i think she fake smiles when she is uncomfortable, dont know what to do or when she is embarrassed. I also love how they are honest with each other, how Miso did not misunderstand when Young Jun had a kiss phobia – after 2 failed attempts at kissing, I was hoping for Miso to just take the lead and kiss him and I’m glad she did! The original plot was Secretary Kim wanted to quit to “find” herself, and i thought that it was simply a plot device and that they forgot about it until episode 14/15 where they went back to the original plot. I think that Miso was perfect in her role as secretary, but i also thought that it seems weird for her to continue working for him once they get married. Maybe it would have been better if she moved to a different role in the company or.. go back to college and get her degree as she originally wanted. By this time, it doesn’t matter if she leaves work or not since they are already together. and I love that Young Jun decided to let her do what she wants.

The main mystery was about the kidnapping that happened when they were young. at first i though, oh what a coincidence, Miso ended up working for Young Jun, who was that boy she was with when she was kidnapped. how convenient but turns out Miso working for Young Jun’s company may be coincidental, but everything else was not. Young Jun specifically chose her to be his secretary because he wanted her beside him and helped her become a better version of herself. When the entire story was revealed, all the more i felt how powerful Young Jun’s love for Miso and everything he did just suddenly made much more sense. Why he fought for her, why he groomed her, why he did not want her to quit. I was crying buckets of tears around episode 12-13. And his relationship between his parents and brother was just so sad. I wanted to hate the brother but finding out he was also psychologically scarred from the experience and the young boy version felt so guilty about what he did to his own brother that he changed his memory. ohmygad. More buckets of tears. And when Young Jun finally broke down and cried in his office when his parents finally confronted him and apologized for what happened. Oceans of tears. I’m glad the family was able to slowly recover – especially the brother.

The office team was the reliever of the show. Bora was so funny and her relationsip with the Driver Jang was so cute. The story between the intern secretary and employee was at first annoying (well, the guy was super annoying), but i ended up liking the pair too.

Of course, we can’t forget Yoo shik the best friend. To be honest, i didn’t like the actor when I watched him in Bring it on ghost (the one with Taecyeon) and when he was in Oh My Ghostess (as the sous chef). But he was hilarious here and in Terius Behind Me. Yooshik always gave the best advices to Young Jun and sometimes i wished Young Jun also listened to him. I know it was for comic relief but imagine having a best friend who ridicules you when he talk about wanting to get back together with your ex-wife or cancels your plans to go with the girlfriend.

Overall, i think this drama was hilarious but with a lot of heart and romance…until episode 13. The last 3 episodes felt more like fillers. I was still okay seeing them have their first fight, their first night, Young Jun’s proposing to her and the wedding but i wished they added more side plots to keep it interesting.

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