Wok of Love Episode 33
First round: Lobster. The lobster breaks down begins. Chil Seong’s men watch while Seo Poong breaks down he lobster just like Seol Ja taught him. Seo Poong tells Go Ra if she won’t help him, he’ll have to be faster.
CEO Yong’s thugs box Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won), Chae Seol Ja (Park Ji Young), and Maeng Dal in when they park the car in the hotel’s garage. They can’t get out of the car! Im Geok Jung (Tae Hang Ho) arrives in a cab. He literally pushes a car out of the way. Sae Woo and Seol Ja hurry to the hotel. Geok Jung and Maeng Dal face the thugs.
CEO Yong Seung Ryong (Kim Sa Kwon) and Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) and the VIP guest eat the lobster course. They vote for their favorite with their spoons. Sae Woo and Seol Ja rush into the dining room. The tally is in. Chef Wang’s lobster win.
Second round: Pork Belly. With Seol Ja and Sae Woo helping, things go well. Chef Wang’s team is under pressure and things don’t go smoothly.
Maeng Dal and Geok Jung fight the thugs. Maeng Dal spots CEO Yong’s thug. The fighting continues. The police arrive. The police arrest CEO Yong’s thug. Maeng Dal and Geok Jung thank the police.
Seo Poong presents his dish to CEO Yong and Chil Seong. Chef Wang presents his dish. Seo Poong notices Chef Wang is utilizing the fire technique he used to showcase. Seo Poong’s team serves the diners. Chef Wang’s team serves the diners. Chef Wang sees the faces of the dinners. He tastes the food. It isn’t optimal. Seo Poong recalls meeting Chil Seong and time in their growing relationship.
The tally is in. Seo Poong’s pork belly wins with a wide enough margin he wins the entire contest. CEO Yong stalks out in disgust.
Chil Seong congratulates Seo Poong. Sae Woo join a three-way hug. Seo Poong has tears in his eyes.
Chef Wang cries in his office.
Bo Ra announces to Chef Wang’s team that Seo Poong will determine their positions. She tells Sam Seong he’s fired.
Seo Poong gives Sae Woo a pretty necklace. She loves it. He demurs the necklace means nothing. Sae Woo grouses the Seo Poong is more open about his feelings for Chil Seong. Seo Poong assures her he likes her more but he’s sensitive to Chil Seong’s feeling.
Maeng Dal drives Chil Seong home. He tells Chil Seong that CEO Yong’s thug was arrested. All the songs on the radio make Chil Seong tell Maeng Dal to turn it off.
Sae Woo and Seo Poong share a meal. Seo Poong teases her about how forward she was initially. She admits she was lucky to meet him. They toast his victory. Seo Poong admits his life will be busier. Sae Woo assures him she’ll be by his side.
Chil Seong brings Maeng Dal to his mother’s apartment. Chil Seong tells him about the note she left before her trip and that her absence feels like abandonment. Chil Seong finds medicine in his mother’s dresser drawer. He’s concerned.
Seo Poong stares at the hotel’s kitchen. Sae Woo’s mother arrives. She offers her congratulates. She tells him to top dating Sae Woo. Seo Poong declares he loves Sae Woo. Sae Woo’s mother needs her daughter to be with a man with a good income. Seo Poong says that will come. Sae Woo’s mother refuses to listen and tells him to break it off with her daughter.
Wok of Love Episode 34
Sae Woo’s father is released from jail. He tells the press he’s happy to have been found innocent. Sae Woo and her mother hug him.
Chil Seong, Seo Poong and CEO Yong watch the new reports of Sae Woo’s father’s release. CEO Yong’s construction company is now in big trouble.
Seo Poong receives his chef’s jacket and room key. The Sam Seong resigns. Seo Poong offers him a job.
Seo Poong sits outside the eatery. Sae Woo joins him. She’s thrilled her father is out of jail. Seo Poong congratulates her. Sae Woo asks if everyone will transfer to the new hotel eatery. Seo Poong explains how difficult her position will be. Sae Woo is sure she can handle it. Seo Poong says her mother and father won’t like it. He claims her mother didn’t talk to him. Sae Woo vows she does well in the kitchen.
Sae Woo’s father is happy to be home. Seol Ja shares that she’s working at the hotel eatery now. Geok Jung shares he’s working at the hotel eatery now. Sae Woo’s mother is taken aback. She asks them to reconsider. Sae Woo’s father tells them to work for the family and forgo the hotel eatery.
Chil Seong learns that his mother had surgery for liver cancer and is suffering a relapse. He arrives at her hospital room’s door. With tears in his eyes, he decides not to enter.
Seo Poong puts on the chef jacket. Chil Seong’s men and Sae Woo are thrilled with their new uniforms. Bo Ra asks if Sae Woo has a personal relationship with Seo Poong. Sae Woo is vague.
Everyone enters the kitchen.
Geok Jung and Seol Ja aren’t happy they can’t work in the kitchen. They worry that Sae Woo can’t handle the heat. Seo Poong is demanding. Sae Woo struggles. Sam Seong yells at her and forces her to repeat tasks. She takes the licking and keeps on ticking. But when the crab she brings doesn’t smell good, Seo Poong intervenes and tells her to get her act together. He tells the rest of the kitchen to get back to work. Sam Seong yells at her again and puts hot food on her hand. When her eyes water, he gives her more flack. Bo Ra tells Sam Seong be nice.
Seo Poong steps out of the frustrated with what is happening in the kitchen. He’s surprised when her father calls and asks him to send Seo Poong home.
Seo Poong returns to the kitchen and tends Sae Woo’s burn. He orders his staff to tend to burns.
At the end of the long day, Sae Woo is hurting. Seo Poong finds her laying on the kitchen table. He reminds her he said it would be hard work. He offers a piggyback to the car. She says she’s too tired to go home. She asks if there’s a room she can sleep in. Seo Poong asks if she can take the heat of the kitchen. He admits watching her by scolded by Sam Seong was difficult. Seo Poong gives her a piggyback. Sae Woo is exhausted. He tells her not to fall asleep yet.
Seo Poong takes her to his room. He lays her on the bed. He warns of tired muscles tomorrow. He tells her to sleep well. He exits. He reenters. He helps her brush her teeth. He takes her jacket off. They stare into each other’s eyes. She asks if this is a dream. He assures her this is real. She says it is a good dream. He tells her not to sleep. He asks her to sleep with him.
Seo Poong defeats Chef Wang. Round one went to Chef Wang because Seo Poong was undermanned and couldn’t reduce the salt due to lack of time. But when Seol Ja and Sae Woo arrives, round two went like a dream. It was fitting to watch Chef Wang suffer. CEO Yong wasn’t happy. That made me happy.
Chef Seo Poong (Lee Joon Ho) won but it wasn’t easy street in the hotel kitchen. I was surprised and disappointed when Seo Poong offered Sam Seong the job. Sam Seong was a traitor that never acknowledged that he stole Seo Poong’s recipe book, nor did he show one ounce of remorse. Why reward this loser with a job? Because of the kitchen culture that allows bullying as the norm, Sam Seong targeted Sae Woo while Seo Poong only watched. That irked me. Seo Poong, this is YOUR kitchen, you can (and should) change the culture. Sae Woo’s parents pressured Seo Poong to stop dating Sae Woo. Seo Poong struggled with the situation. He tenderly put an exhausted Sae Woo to bed. Then he suggested they sleep together. Seo Poong, your woman is too tired. Try again when she has the energy to actively participate.
Dan Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo Won) refused to walk away from the kitchen. She didn’t do every right in the kitchen. Bully Sam Seong was ready to point that out and put hot food on her hand intentionally. Sae Woo soldiered through. But it wiped her out. She was grateful with Sae Woo took her to a room not realizing it was his room. Will the exhausted Sae Woo muster the energy to sleep with Seo Poong?
Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) won the protest rights and the eatery. Writer Seo penned Chil Seong as the winner of the bet. But did he lose something more important when he found out his mother was in the hospital? He stood outside her door, almost knocked, almost entered, but turned away. Chil Seong’s heart wanted his mother. He told Maeng Dal that his mother’s trip felt like abandonment again. But the medicine tipped him off something was wrong. I can’t blame Chil Seong for hesitating with his mother. She’s doing what he asked and not bothering him. But with her illness and stay in the hospital, Chil Seong is in the position of needing to bridge the gap.
I rank these episodes (on a scale from 1-10) as very good. My episode ranking chart is below.