My Secret Romance – Episodes 5 & 6

My Thoughts — My Secret Romance — Episodes 5-6

At the end of my recaps I have a “My Thoughts” section where I summarize my opinions. I just finished episode 6 of My Secret Romance. Here is my thinking on the latest episodes of this show.

My Thoughts


* Cha Jin Wook (Sung Hoon) has a charm that draws me to him.
He has an adorable desire for her to care for him as he cares for her. She’s the “one that got away”. I was hoping he’d figure out her “tell” of hiccups whenever he was near. He did. He loved it. I did too. His idea of 10 meals together guaranteed time together while not being full-on date mode. When he worried about her reaction when he wanna be girlfriend (Joo Hye Ri) upstaged her wholesome homemade lunch with beautiful boxed lunches, he hooked me. I loved his sensitivity to her feelings. I am enjoying Sung Hoon and his portrayal of a man with a plan. His preening in front of the mirror after recalling their kiss (his delusion?) was too cute.

* Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) seems more relatable. She was direct with him a couple of times, avoiding pushover status. Her flashbacks to the high school humiliation she bore as others learned her mother was an exotic actress, gave us insight why she sees her mother as selfish. She was sweetly apologetic about Jin Wook’s jewelry box, both them misunderstanding the other’s opinion on the contents. Her relationship with Hyun Tae is warm and hits the right notes of pure friendship on her part. Of course the best part of this episode duo, was her caring touch and soft kiss (real or imagined?) when Jin Wook was in the hospital. She allowed herself to dream and dare in that moment. Even better, Jin Wook enjoyed the touch (and kiss?), he didn’t sleep through it, as is typically done. With her subtle but clear green light, Jin Wook amped up his pursuit, much to my delight.
* The production continues to embraces fun and reduced the kitsch.  The beginnings with drawings of the characters is a clever recap of previous series moments without video. This show is an easy breezy watch.
* Writer Kim gave our couple plenty of screen time. The previous episode decreased their screen time for secondary characters. But these two episodes featured our couple the majority of the time. They are why I’m watching. Their screen time (together and apart) should be high.
* Support characters I like:

** Jang Woo Jin (Park Shin Woon) doesn’t like his dandy dressing questioned, even by his boss. The stylist continues to explore boundaries with this character. The plaid suit and tie seemed tame, I wanted a plaid shirt too!
** Jung Hyun Tae (Kim Jae Young) is Yoo Mi’s friend grappling with his feelings for her. He sees he’s stuck in the friend zone but he’s trying to sort out his feelings too. That subtle questioning of himself is a nice nuance. He may avoid the second lead trap of longing, interfering, and rejection. His initial interactions with Jin Wook’s wanna be girlfriend Joo Hye Ri showed she could be a potential alternative love interest. I like this character. I want him happy, not stuck in hopeless longing.
* Support characters that rose in my regard:
* Her mother and his wanna be girlfriend. Yoo Mi’s mother bold pursuit of her own dreams, in a way that society didn’t approve, and the price she paid, made me like this character more. She wants to be a traditional actress but her past choices and her age make her path forward difficult. Joo Hye Ri was less annoying and seemed to soften her interactions with Jin Wook and Yoo Mi. Her claws were sheathed. Her initial interaction with Hyun Tae and his subsequent rejection of her interview request was standard fare but they have potential.
* Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-6) found me ranking ep 5 and 6 equally enjoyable.  My episode ranking chart is below.

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8 comments on “My Secret Romance – Episodes 5 & 6
  1. Beez says:

    When he invaded her space my first thought was “workplace sexual harassm– ‘gulp’. Nevermind.”

    Viki subs say Jin Wook wants 10 dates because 10 times of anything and you’ll grow tired of it. 😦 But we know better 🙂

    The whole box content thing of her assuming there was a “proposal necklace” for Joo & Hye ri is so plucked out the air (not shaped like a jewelry store standard necklace sized box and who proposes marriage with a necklace and even if that made any kind of sense, which it doesn’t)- just how big of a necklace must she think it is? It’s so random. Then I chant to myself “Is a manga. It’s a manga. Then I can get back into enjoying it again.

    I loved that he continues to correct Joo Hye ri instead of the usual politeness (or lack of actin) that K characters usually do which fails to discourage leechy second leads.

    I really don’t like Joo Hye ri and do not want to see a nice guy like Author-Cafe Owner end up with her. Yech!

    I like Yoo mi more after seeing what she went through in high school. Awwww.

    Still Swooning.

    • This show is a mix of standard fare with some interesting elements. It’s really our couple (primarily Sung Hoon) that’s the draw, the rest is more clutter than compelling.

      I loved that he continues to correct Joo Hye ri instead of the usual politeness (or lack of actin) that K characters usually do which fails to discourage leechy second leads.
      Yes, he is firm with her…no chance, no way, and I love that too.

      I really don’t like Joo Hye ri and do not want to see a nice guy like Author-Cafe Owner end up with her.
      Second leads in kdramas are romance beggars follow the “beggars can’t be choosers” road. He is better, much better, than the shallow woman she is.

      I like Yoo mi more after seeing what she went through in high school. Awwww.
      That was a bonding moment.

    • Jane Tilly says:

      Thankfully back flashes of Yoo Mi’s high school days helped develop some depth 🕳 in her character. Jin Wook charmed me too when he was sensitive to Yoo Mi’s feelings when obnoxious Hye Ri upstaged her nutritious lunch boxes🍱.

      I 💟 that Jin Wook does not beat around the bush when he 🖌ed off Hye Ri – girl, he just not into you! I’m in league with Beez, that cafe owner, Hyun Tae, is too nice to be stuck with Hye Ri. I say let Hye Ri be nice and lonely or marry her off to Jin Wook’s dad, he liked her. On second 💭, NO, I don’t want the ☠ Hye Ri in close proximity to Jin Wook or Yoo Mi.

      Jin Wook was very imposing when he got into Yoo Mi’s personal space. Beez, I would consider this behavior (sexual) harassment. However considering the perp was the dashing and buff 💪 Jin Wook, I’m not sure I would’ve minded. 😯

      • Beez says:

        HaHA! to marrying off Ms. Assuming to Jin Wook’s dad. LOLOLOL

        About the sexual harassment, my son and I often talk about how if a guy is very attractive and follows a woman, then he’s just romantic and following her until he wears her down. But if he’s unattractive, that exact same behavior is stalking. (My son looks like Lenny Kravitz so he’s not griping, we’re just calling it out as it , shamefully, really is.)

        As fine as Jin Wook is, I’m only giving his behavior thus far a pass because he does have a correct inkling that she likes him too. After all, she had sex with him and this is in the context of S. Korea’s societal mores for women. But if you think about it, in real life, stalkers are delusional in thinking the object of their obsession is into them (even with zero encouragement). So, while I usually totally buy into the aggressive S. Korean K-drama male trope, he is her boss and that takes it to a different level.

        Like in Noble My Love, he was TOTALLY obnoxious but she could’ve called the police on him at any time if she weren’t somewhat intrigued by him. Whereas here, in Secret Romance, he’s her boss and jobs are hard to come by so she could be put in a horrible position. That’s why I hope they find a different way for Jin Wook to woo her besides the night-time meals. (I’m totally okay with the day time meals as long as he doesn’t push the physical or verbal boundaries beyond her point of comfort.)

        Sorry to get all serious on your guys about it but… ya know.

        • As fine as Jin Wook is, I’m only giving his behavior thus far a pass because he does have a correct inkling that she likes him too. After all, she had sex with him and this is in the context of S. Korea’s societal mores for women. But if you think about it, in real life, stalkers are delusional in thinking the object of their obsession is into them (even with zero encouragement). So, while I usually totally buy into the aggressive S. Korean K-drama male trope, he is her boss and that takes it to a different level
          I agree that Jin Wook has the inkling that she likes him. You raise the good point about his actions in the workplace crossing the line. Yes, how Jin Wook acts in the office crosses the line. Outside the office is a different matter.

      • Jane Tilly says:

        Miss Assuming deserves Jin Wook’s dad. 😈 I’m not sure he deserves her.

        As usual Beez is 🔵-on in her observation that an attractive man that you might be interested in following you around seems like a “romantic” 🌹 while a less than attractive man you are not interested in seems like a “stalker” 🔭. Jin Wook is harassing Yoo Mi and that is not appropriate in the workplace, where he has power over her. That being said…🦋🔥…

        Mmm Lenny Kravitz…💭😘

        • Beez says:

          Ha! When my son was in college, some girl told him he looked like Lenny Kravitz so he began to wear the dreadlocky hair. I HATED it! As soon as I got used to it and began sort of liking it, he cut it all off. (Of course, at that time, Lenny was wearing his hair short too.) lol

          Why are parents always late to the table?

      • Jin Wook believes Yoo Mi likes him too. He’s pushing her, testing her.

        But if we delve into real life, doesn’t that send a mixed message to men and women? He can push until you waiver. That’s out there. Men act on it. Women may want it. It sets the stage for miscommunication.

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