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.

my golden life eps. 6-10

A lot of things happened during these episodes. I most particularly liked (and cried) during the big confrontation between Ji Tae and his girlfriend. First off, never ever pretend that you are okay with not getting married if you want to get married. I think it was totally wrong for the girl to get angry at Ji Tae when all along she made him believe that she also did not believe in marriage. For her to brood and go on a blind date behind his back was not a good idea. I could understand why Ji Tae got angry. I would to if I was blindsided by my boyfriend. On the other hand, both of them should have talked sincerely and agreed earlier on why they didn’t want to get married. That way, there were no expectations. So I am totally on team Ji Tae here.

I liked seeing Ji an getting knock down from her pedestal in the few episodes. She has been acting hurtful to the new family. But the mother is relentless is cruel for her to just assume Ji an can just cut off her family as if the last 25 years didn’t mean anything. At the start, I thought the father would be the strict and domineering one, but turns out, it’s the mother who rules the family because she is the daughter of the Chairman. I loved that the sibling relationship between Do Kyung and Ji an are slowly getting stronger – I would love to have a big brother like Do Kyung. I still can’t figure out the younger sister though, she’s too cold and fake.

I still don’t like Hyuk and I don’t understand why Ji soo likes him, although her crush is so superficial after just encountering him once without even getting to know him. Hyuk is acting like such a jerk to Ji Soo and too creepy to Ji an. I’m curious to see the old story between the Bakery Guy and Miss Café. Seems like they used to have a relationship before her dad forced them to break up. I’m looking forward to the day they finally meet.

Ji an’s dad gets a lot of scenes in the show, compared to the mom and the other siblings. At first I thought his endless weeping and moping is unnecessary, but it seems like there is a big storyline coming up. I would love to see him get back up on his feet and be successful again. Never really explained how and why his business failed though.

The next few episodes looks like will focus on Ji an going back to Haesung Company, I would love to see her best that stupid annoying frenemy and succeed in the company. I’m also looking forward to the big reveal about her being the missing daughter. But i’m scared to see the time when she realizes she is the wrong daughter! Poor Ji an!

[1st impressions] my golden life eps. 1-5


Drama: My Golden Life (황금빛 내 인생)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 52
Release Date: September 2, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Runtime: Saturdays & Sundays 19:55

Ji an’s sad life gets an unexpected fortune when she is revealed to be the long lost daughter of Haesung Group. She leaves her family to join her real family and meet her brother, Choi Do Kyung. But what happens when she learns later on that she is not the really the daughter?


Shin Hye Sun as Seo Ji An
Park Si Hoo as Choi Do Kyung
Lee Tae Hwan as Sun Woo Hyuk
Seo Eun Soo as Seo Ji Soo

First impressions
So I was looking for a weekend drama to watch and I read somewhere that My Golden Life had a great run in the earlier part of 2018 so I thought i’d try to catch a few episodes and see if it was worth watching. first up, I’ve only watched a handful of dramas where Shin Hye Sun starred as a supporting actress but never the lead. On the other hand, I missed Park Si Hoo, I’m glad he’s back and hopefully slowly gaining back favor in Korea’s eyes after his scandal a few years ago.
On to the drama. Hmm, first, I don’t really like Ji an. I know she works very hard and how difficult her life has been but she can also be arrogant and feisty that sometimes it’s not in the right place. thus, it was hard for me to sympathize with her or wish she has a better life. It’s quite ironic that she’s the greedy one while the actual rich daughter, Ji Soo, grew up to be sweet and kind. I dont know if it was the way they were brought up. Maybe the mother doted on Ji Soo more or maybe Ji Soo was really just a sweeter girl by nature. I think the ultimate flaw in this drama is that the Chairwoman just believed in the Mom when she asked which one is her daughter without asking Ji an to take another DNA test. After how easy it was for her to do a background check on everyone, she misses to do a DNA to confirm which kid is hers. Lol.
As for Ji an’s mom, i also dont like her that much. The actress kind of overacts when she cries and she always blames the husband for their misfortune. Wow, instead of supporting her husband, she just stays home all day doing nothing, scheming and crying. I feel bad for the father. He must feel so guilty for ruining his family’s life, his wife keeps telling him every single time what a loser he is, and now he’s even losing his real daughter. I’ve always seen the actor playing the bad guy or the bad father, so it’s nice to see him play a poor guy this time. As for Ji soo, i like her, she is a sweet but not too bright girl – i love her optimism. She is kind of cute with Hyuk, even though he ignores her. I actually like to see her grow up more than see Ji an’s character be successful. I wonder how she would feel once she finds out she is the real rich daughter, not Ji An. As for Hyuk, he is such an eye candy, but i just can’t seem to like his character too. He may be too nice and a gentleman to Ji an but he acts like a big jerk to Ji Soo, and that kind of shows what kind of person he is – and i dont think he is going to be a nice boyfriend if this was real life. I’m actually hoping Ji soo does not end up with him, or they end up together but Hyuk is totally begging and under Ji soo’s control. Ha! As for Do Kyung, he is a bit of an oddity. He is so funny and weird, i like him a lot. He is such a nice guy for a third generation chaebol. However whenever i see him and Ji an fighting, i just want to slap Ji an for being so arrogant. Why can’t she just accept his gesture and be thankful that there are still people out there who are good and willing to help?

Do i still want to continue watching this show? To be honest, i’m not sure. I’m just at that point where Ji an finally moved in to the big house, and i’m interested to see how well or bad she does adjusting to her new life. I am guessing that she will be bad – probably taking revenge on the people who belittled her and acting haughty – which is going to be something i probably dont want to see. however, i’m curious to keep on watching just to see how they will reveal the switch, and how the twins will handle this revelation.