What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim Episode 4: Awwwwwww

This show is fresh, chocolate chip cookies and soft, fuzzy teddy bears and an extra-large box of Valentine’s Day candy all rolled into one. I ❤ it. So much!

From Dream to Nightmare

So the promising skinship that ended the previous episode turns out to be a bluff. Not surprising, since it’s still early days in the drama. But what IS surprising is the nightmare that follows when Young Joon falls asleep on the couch. (The fact that he fell asleep makes no narrative sense to me. Unless Secretary Kim spent 30 minutes refreshing that icebag or he took some kind of sleep inducing medicine for his sprained ankle, I doubt he could nod off so easily after what just happened. But I’ll roll with it, for the sake of the story.) Mi So returns to find him deep in the throes of another creepy, mental trip to the cobweb house. This time we see that the boy in the dream has his hands stuck together in front of him as if they are bound. And the lady in red heels is calmly asking the weeping child for help. So disturbing! No wonder Young Joon wakes in a panic.

Perhaps because of his earlier run in with the cable ties, or perhaps because his safe, orderly world is collapsing with Secretary Kim’s resignation, he can’t seem to shake this dream off. He even goes so far as to ask Mi So to spend the night. She doesn’t know how to take this request and flips out a little, until Young Joon plays everything off saying he meant the guest room, THE GUEST ROOM. What in the world was she thinking?!?! Was she expecting something else? Uh, huh. I still feel bad, however, that he had to trade her charming company for his estranged brother.

I’m on Cute, but Deadly’s side

Young Joon’s long absent, older brother arrives and magnanimously declares he will forgive him. There’s just something about the offhanded, smiling way he makes the comment that rings false. Without knowing any details, I’m on Young Joon’s side. Maybe it’s partly because of the late night text Sung Yeon sent in episode 2 that assumed his brother was sleeping, while he was still in so much pain. I don’t like guilt mongers or emotional manipulation. But I also think it’s a testament to how Park Seo Joon is playing his character. He acts cold, arrogant, and unforgiving, yet I automatically assume there is something I don’t know and keep rooting for him. Sung Yeon seems sincere in wanting a relationship, but also dismissive of his brother’s feelings. Later, the brothers meet again at the family home for dinner and they keep referring to an “incident” which is yet to be explained. A fistfight follows and poor mom is left in tears. This family needs counseling.

Nice, rich ladies for the win

Even if her sons need help, I really like the Lee mom. She’s kind and loving to both of her sons. She treats Secretary Kim with respect and affection and even buys her presents. She’s also savvy enough to know that she can’t just spring a dinner invitation on her aloof, younger child and expect him to come. Mom approaches Mi So first to check his schedule and emotional temperature. It’s so nice to see a sweet, chaebol mother for a change!

Who writes these cliffhangers?

Whoever is deciding how to end the episodes is doing an excellent job. I notice they all have three significant things in common.

1. A Romantic Setup. In the first episode, he asked her to marry him. Second, he surprised her at the amusement park. Third, he pulled her unprofessionally close on the couch. And fourth, Young Joon and Mi So are once again horizontally inclined.

2. One-on-one time. The two leads are always together. I’m not a fan of dragging things out with second leads that we already know aren’t going to get the guy or girl. I luv the fact that the show always ends with the two characters I care most about.

3. One foot in front of the other. Our emotionally, stunted boss is always taking another baby step (or in episode four’s case a giant leap) towards the woman he can’t live without. A proposal, an event date, getting up close and personal, and making a verbal decision to pursue love are all great ways to thaw out a heart that’s been locked in the freezer.

After the dinner wrecking, family time, Young Joon finds himself standing on the street outside Mi So’s apartment. She happens to walk up and see his bloody lip and promptly invites him in, after a 30 second emergency cleanup. While waiting for her to cook ramen, Young Joon finds a romantic book he calls childish. Mi So teases him about not knowing anything about love, and he throws a look-who’s-talking right back at her. He continues to explore her apartment and reaches for the stuffed cow that he gave her, not realizing that this is where Mi So hid her underwear stash. She desperately tackles him to the bed and they find themselves in the same compromising position as the beginning of the episode. With one difference. This time when Mi So tries to get up Young Joon holds her close. He declares that he is ready to love a lot now. With her. *Sigh*

That last part really surprised me. It was only a few scenes earlier that this man rubbed his chest in confusion when Secretary Kim made his heart pound faster. This is the man who scoffed at the idea that wondering about someone else could lead to love. Guess he should have paid more attention to that book. There’s no backpedaling from his last statement. He can’t play this one off or pretend like he was talking about something else. Young Joon laid it all on the line.

How will we ever wait a week to find out her response! Until then. Keep the k-love alive.




6 thoughts on “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim Episode 4: Awwwwwww

    • A show like this is easy to recap because you automatically want to rehash all the squeeable parts when the episode ends.🙂

  1. Great recap! I pretty much agree on all points. I was also surprised by Young Joon’s last lines; it didn’t play out that way in the webtoon, so I am curious to see what the drama will do with it.

    • I’d be interested to know if they have a different screenwriter, and if the original author gets no say in the scripts. But I’m glad I don’t know what happened in the webtoon. I’d rather just experience things as they happen in the show.

  2. I really like your conclusion on the three things in common for the episodes of this drama. Very well recap and comments.

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