Revolutionary Love Episode 11
Byun Hyuk (Choi Si Won) presents Mr. Kim to the strategic planning team. Mr. Kim promises to do his best during his one-year contract.
Baek Joon (Kang So Ra) and Kwon Je Hoon (Gong Myung) take Hyuk to the roof and demand details.
We all wondered, why was Mr. Kim the only one of the trio selected?
Flashback…For his promised wish, Hyuk asks his father to hire all three after presenting the trio’s employment papers. Hyuk’s father declares he won’t hire unqualified employees in his company and Mr. Kim is the only one qualified. Hyuk protests that Mr. Kim, Ms. An, and Mr. Lee all three were contributors in making the subcontractor’s beef and rice dish a success. Hyuk’s father is blunt he will only hire Mr. Kim or no one will be hired. Having no choice, Hyuk accepts his father’s decision. Hyuk frets about how to tell the Mr. Lee and Ms. An. He waits for Mr. Kim outside his home to tell him the good news. Mr. Kim’s wife demands the promised money for the girl’s tutoring. Mr. Kim promises to get the money soon. He’s surprised to find Hyuk outside his apartment. Over a drink Hyuk explains that Mr. Kim has a 1-year contract with the company. Thrilled Mr. Kim accepts the terms. He’s bummed that Mr. Lee and Ms. An did not receive the same offer. Mr. Lee and Ms. An arrive and assure their friend they understand why he was selected. They are genuinely happy for their friend. They toast the event.
Je Hoon doesn’t believe Hyuk did Mr. Kim any favors. After being out of the work force for 5 years, Mr. Kim may not like working in an office environment again. Baek Joon is positive about Hyuk’s bold move.
Mr. Kim is solicitous to everyone on the strategic planning team. He and Hyuk agree to call each other junior and senior.
Hyuk’s mother dresses with care deciding to introduce herself to Baek Joon. She waits in the car. Je Hoon’s father, the driver, spots Baek Joon. Hyuk’s mother gets out of the car and gets Baek Joon’s attention. Baek Joon spots an oncoming food delivery motorcycle and sees the puddle of muddy water in front of Hyuk’s mother. Baek Joon spins Hyuk’s mother out of the way and takes the brunt of the splashed water. Graciously Baek Joon offer her home for Hyuk’s mother to dry off in. When they reach the rooftop, Baek Joon’s mother is there. She asks who the woman is. Hyuk’s mother introduces herself as the mother of the man that lives downstairs. Baek Joon realizes the woman is Hyuk’s mother. But Baek Joon’s mother assumes the woman is Je Hoon’s mother. She warns the woman to watch out for the leech like friend that moved in with her son. Hyuk’s mother realizes the leech is her son. Baek Joon tries to get her mother to keep quiet, but her mother is oblivious to the hand signals and silently mouth words of keep quiet.
Hyuk’s mother doesn’t mind Baek Joon’s mother mistaken identity. When Baek Joon offers to call Hyuk, his mother stops her stating she came to see her. Hyuk’s mother asks what kind of relationship Baek Joon has with Hyuk. She claims they are just friends. Hyuk’s mother assures Baek Joon she doesn’t have to be polite, she can share if she’s in love with Hyuk. Baek Joon maintains they are just friends. Hyuk’s mother can’t believe the Baek Joon hasn’t fallen for Hyuk.
At work, Mr. Kim makes suggestions that are ignored. When the section chief asks for proposal on a food service, two on the team volunteer. Hyuk suggested Mr. Kim. He’s ignored. But Je Hoon suggests Mr. Kim generate a proposal and it is approved. The section chief direct Hyuk to follow him.
The section chief takes Hyuk to a bar where they meet a subcontractor. The section chief manages to squeeze a 1% reduction in costs from the subcontractor POC and scores a bribe too. Hyuk watches it happen. As they walk away, the section chief brags to Hyuk that he’ll show him the ropes. Hyuk verbalizes the advantage the section chief had over the subcontractor. He ignores Hyuk, stating that he’ll show Hyuk how it is done.
Hyuk’s mother compliments Je Hoon’s father at raising a fine son. Je Hoon’s father demurs had had little to do with his son growing up as Je Hoon had to make his own way.
Hyuk is tipsy and pleased to see Baek Joon as he nears the apartment. He’s surprised when Baek Joon tells him his mother stopped by earlier.
Hyuk’s mother is impressed with the kimchee Baek Joon sent home with her. Hyuk calls and complains that she met Baek Joon without his knowledge. Then he scampers a couple of feet away and demands to know if his mother thought Baek Joon was terrific. Hyuk’s mother declares Baek Joon is great. She tells her son to get his act together. She relates the Baek Joon’s mother thinks Je Hoon is a better match for Baek Joon. Hyuk blurts he can’t believe Baek Joon’s mother would say that. Baek Joon comes over and asks what they are saying about his mother. Hyuk improvises and says his mother loved the kimchee Baek Joon’s mother made. Baek Joon smiles. Hyuk’s mother cheers Hyuk on and tells him to win Baek Joon’s heart.
Je Hoon finds Mr. Kim having dinner at his desk. He offers his proposal to Je Hoon to review. Je Hoon tells him to lower the costs because winning the contract is what matters. Je Hoon warns Mr. Kim that if he doesn’t do well on his own merit, it will be bad for himself and Hyuk.
The police officer hesitates at Yeon Hee’s door and walks away without ringing the doorbell. Inside Yeon Hee’s apartment, she remembers Je Hoon’s gallant help with her stuck shoe. The doorbells rings and the police officer is there. He offers Ha Yeon Hee (Kim Ye Won) rice cakes. He does the same to Baek Joon then questions her about Baek Joon and Je Hoon.
Hyuk answers the door the police officer who offers rice cakes. He bursts into the apartment and begins questioning Je Hoon and Hyuk. Je Hoon asks why he just happened to take an apartment in their building. The police officer claims it was a coincidence. Je Hoon is doubtful and asks him to leave. He tells them that he’s been transferred to the financial crimes team. He leaves. Hyuk asks why the police officer would be interested in them. Je Hoon tells Hyuk not to think about it.
Mr. Kim’s nose bleeds. Mr. Lee sees it.
The next day at work, Mr. Kim struggles. Hyuk recalls Mr. Lee telling him about Mr. Kim’s nose bleed and over taxing himself. Mr. Kim takes the revised proposal to Je Hoon who isn’t impressed. Hyuk talks to Je Hoon in the hallway and asks him to go easy on Mr. Kim. Je Hoon responds that everyone on the team works hard and Mr. Kim won’t get special treatment. Je Hoon counters the idealists like Mr. Kim can’t make it in the corporate dream. Hyuk doesn’t believe him. Je Hoon is blunt, as long as Gangsu is run by Hyuk’s father, this is the way it is.
Mr. Kim struggles to get the suppliers to lower their prices. Baek Joon, Mr. Lee and Ms. Ah join him for lunch. He claims that he’s getting used to work. Mr. Lee looks at the proposal and says the costs are too high. Ms. Ah recommends speaking to the suppliers directly to renegotiate the prices. They all offer to help him.
The section chief takes Hyuk to another bar for a business meeting. Hyuk is taken aback to find CEO Min there. He feels uneasy. The cheery smile from CEO Min doesn’t allay his concerns.
Je Hoon wraps up his work day and looks at Mr. Kim’s desk.
Baek Joon finds a tipsy Hyuk waiting for her. She chides him for drinking again. Hyuk counters that he’s learning how Gangsu works. But when he tries to get close for a kiss, Baek Joon moves away and up the stair. Hyuk softly says that he missed her all day, though she may not feel the same. Baek Joon fights her desire to respond but can’t bring herself to do so.
Je Hoon asks Mr. Kim about his proposal. The 5% cut in costs with organic produce don’t impress Je Hoon. He orders Mr. Kim to replace the organic produce with non-organic. He goes outside for fresh air and finds Baek Joon falling asleep on a bench. He tells her to find a bed and rest.
Hyuk is surprised there’s another meeting with CEO Min. He’s told that today’s meeting is about food containers. Section Chief Min declares that CEO Min can solve any issue. Hyuk realizes that something is wrong with this picture.
Je Hoon learns that Mr. Kim has gone to speak with the organic producers about his proposal. The trio and Mr. Kim have spread out to visit the producers. It isn’t easy going. Je Hoon learns that Baek Joon left for the day. The trio wonders why Baek Joon isn’t picking up her phone. Her battery low, she waits at the bus stop. Frozen she heads into a store and asks about the bus schedule. She learns she missed the last bus. She borrows a phone and calls Hyuk but he doesn’t hear the ring. He’s stuck in a karaoke room with Section Chief and CEO Min. Baek Joon calls Je Hoon next. She explains the situation and waits for him getting colder and colder. Je Hoon drives as fast as he dares. He spots her squatted avoiding the wind as much as possible. She thanks him for coming. She hugs the car and is grateful for the warmth. Je Hoon asks why she has to get involved. Baek Joon says that Mr. Kim only wanted the best for the children that would eat the food from his proposal. She dares him to adjust his perspective. When Je Hoon goes to turn on the car, it doesn’t start.
Hyuk goes to Baek Joon’s apartment but there’s no answer. He wonders where she is. Hyuk goes to Je Hoon’s apartment but it’s empty. He wonders why Je Hoon is so late. Mr. Kim calls and tells him they can’t find Baek Joon. Hyuk calls Je Hoon and learns that Baek Joon is with him. He hangs up before he can give Hyuk the details. Hyuk wonders why Je Hoon and Baek Joon are together. He imagines Je Hoon and Baek Joon having a passionate moment. He tells himself that wouldn’t happen. Now he imagines them fighting and finds it more comforting. He recalls his mother warning him to get his act together and begins to fret about Je Hoon anew.
The auto services fixes Je Hoon’s car. Je Hoon gets in and finds Baek Joon asleep. He recalls finding her nodding off earlier in the day. Turns out he let her sleep with her head on his shoulder for a bit. Je Hoon puts his jacket over her and stares at the sleeping Baek Joon. He considers making a move, but stops himself. He drives Baek Joon home.
Hyuk stands outside and frets about Je Hoon and Baek Joon. Yeon Hee comes home from work and asks what he’s doing. He shares that he’s worried about Baek Joon and Je Hoon being together. Yeon Hee is instantly interested. The police officer watches them speak. They wait all night. The police officer brings a hot drink to Yeon Hee. Hyuk asks where his is. Baek Joon trudges up the stairs. She’s surprised to see the pair.
Yeon Hee drags Baek Joon into her apartment and demands an explanation. Baek Joon explains that Je Hoon’s car broke down after answering her call for a ride back to town. She tells Yeon Hee she and Je Hoon are just friends.
Hyuk questions Je Hoon but he doesn’t say much. He does have a smile on his face.
At work, Je Hoon looks at Mr. Kim’s proposal again. He tells Mr. Kim the proposal is ready to submit. Je Hoon takes it to the Section Chief. The Section Chief doesn’t want to submit it as Gangsu’s profit is 1% less than normal. Je Hoon says he’ll submit anyway. The makes the Section Chief angry. He snorts that Je Hoon can submit the proposal. Je Hoon says those higher up will make the decision and need choices. Hyuk, Mr. Kim, and Baek Joon watch their exchange with rapt attention.
The Strategic Manager reviews both proposal and calls the Section Chief and Je Hoon to his office. The section chief apologizes for submitting two proposals. He assumes his proposal was selected. But the Strategic Manager say he picked the other proposal. He states it was a fresh idea that will eventually make the desired profit. He praises Je Hoon for the proposal. Je Hoon declares someone else prepared the proposal.
The section chief and Je Hoon return to the office area. The section chief tells Mr. Kim his proposal was selected. Everyone is stunned. Mr. Kim thanks Je Hoon. Hyuk is thrilled. Baek Joon, Ms. An and Mr. Lee are thrilled. Mr. Kim breaks into a smile that lights up his face. Je Hoon looks into the hall and sees Baek Joon. She gives him a thumb up. He is pleased. Hyuk gives him a smile too.
On the rooftop, Je Hoon asks Hyuk why he brought Mr. Kim to the team. Hyuk wanted to know if his vision could come true. Je Hoon asks what Hyuk’s vision is. Hyuk wants a world where good people like Mr. Kim and Baek Joon can win.
Mr. Kim calls the mother of his children and says he’s got a job and can pay for the schooling. His daughters are thrilled to hear his happy news.
CEO Min gives Hyuk’s brother pictures that have been doctored to look like Hyuk is accepting bribes. Hyuk’s brother is pleased.
Little does Hyuk know, he’s been set up and his brother is ready to spring the trap.
Je Hoon took a step towards backing the good guys. This episode Je Hoon listened to Baek Joon and backed Mr. Kim’s proposal. I found it interesting that Baek Joon is a catalyst for both Hyuk and Je Hoon to embrace their own power and to do good things with it. I’ve waited for Je Hoon to start to pull himself from the muck. Today was the first step.
Production and Writing. Writer Joo Hyun finally turned to Je Hoon’s evolution. Baek Joon chided Je Hoon that Mr. Kim’s proposal was worth backing and noted that the children were the consumers and deserved the best. He listened and I loved it.
Byun Hyuk (Choi Si Won) backed Mr. Kim but found himself on the shady side of negotiating through drinking and bribes. Hyuk wanted to know how Gangsu did business. He found out that deals over drinks and bribes are the norm. He had the nagging warning that CEO Min was trouble, but he didn’t heed that warning. Now Hyuk’s brother is posed to expose Hyuk’s penchant for bribes. Interesting this is the same millstone hung around Baek Joon’s father’s neck.
Kwon Je Hoon (Gong Myung) took a much-needed step towards reclaiming personal choice. He has been a lackey for Hyuk’s father and brother. He did as he was told. He knows that Gangsu operates on profit first, second, and last. With that measuring stick he rejected Mr. Kim’s organic food proposal for the school children. But Baek Joon pointed out that fighting for what is right and the food put in children’s bodies was worth it. Je Hoon listened! Even better, he gave Mr. Kim the credit when the Strategic Manager congratulated him. On the romantic front, he quietly considered Baek Joon but didn’t make any moves. It appears he believes he has chance. He’ll be disappointed when Baek Joon makes a clear choice for Hyuk.
Baek Joon (Kang So Ra) gave advice to Je Hoon to back the proposal that was ethically sound. He listened to her and she was pleased. The best thing about Baek Joon is her unwavering moral compass. She’s solid as a rock. She’s smart. She needs to examine her own professional life and decide if the part-time route is still the right one for her. Her first meeting with Hyuk’s mother went well. Baek Joon’s mother is dreadful at reading her daughter’s obvious talk stopping signs.
Ranking the episodes (on a scale from 1-10) had me rank this episode as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.
The third song of the OST is the perky theme song “Go Ready Go” by Dawon (Cosmic Girls). Check it out: