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The Secret Life of My Secretary (Kdrama Review & Summary)
- Genre: Romance, Comedy, Boss/Secretary, PA, Business, Mystery, Crime
- Date Release: 6 May 2019
- Origin: South Korea
- Kdrama: 16( 32) episodes @ 35 minutes running time
- Kim Young Kwang as Dom In-ik
- Jin Ki Joo as Jung Gal Hee
- Kim Jae-Kyung as Veronica Park
- Koo Ja Sung as Ki Dae Joo
- Choi Tae Hwan as Eun Jung Soo
- Jung Ae-ri as Sim Hae-ra (Min-ik’s mother)
- Kim Min-sang as Sim Hae-young
(Min-ik’s, CEO of T&T Mobile Media)
- Jang So-yeon as Lee El-wang
- Baek Hyun-joo as Park Seon-ja
- Kim Byung-chun as Goo Seok-chan
- Han Ji-sun as Mo Ha-ni
- Son san as Goo Myung-jung
- Kwon So-hyun as Ha Ri-ra
I am so looking forward to this comedy romance. Lately Kdramas takes themselves too seriously. Once in a while, a good traditional romance is in order.
This is coming soon. Yey
I can honestly say that I was rewarded from waiting for this drama. It has everything and more, including some unexpected twists and turns.
One Moment of patience may ward off great disaster.
- Jung Family Motto
The episode started with the Jung Family who believes in hard work, giving everything you’ve got to your job.
Her mother was such that she gave her all to her job that she had forgotten health and safety for herself which cause her to have a fatal accident.
Despite her death, Gal Hee continued on living this ethos when it comes to work. She doesn’t really have a choice as she was the main breadwinner.
Her older brother is legally blind and her young sister was just finishing high school and they have a great dream for her to study abroad.
Gal Hee work really hard for Dom In-ik, who treated her like a slave but she was only too willing to be treated like one because she was only a contract worker and wanted to become a permanent secretary in the company.
Whatever is needed doing, she did. She was an exemplary secretary.
And then during the year-end evaluation of her work, she was unceremoniously let go. She was no longer needed.
Apparently, Dom In-ik never had a secretary stay for more than a year. There was a story that a previous secretary fell in love with him and it was trouble getting rid of her.
No matter how much she bed Dom In-ik he would just laugh off her plea.
On that last day, she was treated to a living do with her co-workers which involved a lot of drink. While all the secretaries where merry they armed themselves and went to look for Dom In-ik to kill him.
When they got to the jetty, the other secretaries went home one by one except for Gal Hee.
She then heard Dom In-ik asking for help. He was in his boat and being attacked by a masked man in black.
Dom In Ik saw the face of his attacker but still Dom In-ik ended up plunging into the sea as he was caught off-guard.
Gal Hee was there and called emergency services to help Dom-in-ik.
When he woke up in the hospital, Dom-in-ik was hysterical as the faces around him kept changing.
And then he saw a furious Gal Hee. She looked normal to him. But she was annoyed because she became a suspect to his attack.
Dom in-ik asked the doctors what was wrong with him but there were not sure yet. So against their better judgement, he left the hospital with the help of Gal Hee, who told him that he needed to go to the police station to clear the matter as she had become a suspect.
Dom In-ik went to his office instead but promised that they would meet at the police station later that day.
In the Office Dom In Ik does not recognise anyone which was a bummer as he was known for his talent remembering names of everyone.
He did not even remember his cousin and best friend, Dae Joo.
It turned out that Dom In Ik was to meet Dae Joo at the Boat when he was attacked.
At the police station, they saw the CCTv and noted that Dae Joo.
Anyway, Dom In Ik was not the real son of the CEO. She had always treated him indifferently and letting him stay in the family because he still has his uses.
Unfortunately for Dom In-Ik’s condition is getting worse fast. He can see faces anymore. It still is Gal Hee that he can see in normality, others were faceless.
Dom In Ik needed her so he went to her house to plead with her to come back.
Gal Hee did not have much choice because her sister had been accepted to study abroad and she had to pay the tuition fee.
At this point, the police found CCTv footage of Dae Joo talking to the assailant.
And now Dae Joo had arranged for the assailant to become Dom In Ik personal driver.
Loving this drama so much.
The leads were just the cutest.
Dae Joo was meeting Dom In Ik at the Boat when the police came with Gal Hee.
At the police station, the saw the CCTV footage. Though Dae Joo’s alibi was on the suspicious side, Dom In ik said that he wanted the case dropped which surprised and annoyed the police as it was not up to him to decide if there was a case or none.
But Dae Joo said that it was better to drop the investigation because the election of a new president for the company was imminent. If the press gets hold of the news of Dominik’s attack, all hell will break loose.
In episode 2, the chairman (Dominic’s mother) was holding an art exhibition.
Because of his face blindness hugged the wrong woman, who was not happy about it and saying it was sexual harassment.
Now a woman who can make the issue go away had a condition to make this happen. Dominic must meet her daughter and make her want to get married.
The daughter was the famous Veronica Park who apparently loves fit young men.
DominiK’s mother told hm that if he married Veronica Park, he would get CinePark and then his mother can then add this to her property and she be the president for both.
Dominik had no problem with this. He wanted to belong to a family.
A date was arranged.
Dominik was waiting at the Kingdom Hotel while Veronica ended up at Princess Hotel where Dae Joo was waiting for her.
Veronica was confused and spoke with Gal Hee.
Gal Hee told her to hurry to Kingdom Hotel but Veronica saw how fit Dae Joo was and was prepared to stay and be entertained by him.
Gal Hee had to hurry to Kingdom Hotel to update Dominik of what had happened.
The thing was that she was not wearing her glasses and red cardigan and Dominik did not recognise her.
So the sight of the food made Gal Hee pretend to be Veronica.
(BTW the doctor said to him that not that he recognise Gal Hee. It was because she wore her red cardigan and glasses every single working moment that her ‘uniform’ was imprinted to his brain. He was not seeing her but it was like a video of her is playing in his mind because it got used to seeing her in her red cardigan.
This was proven when Dominic told her to remove her cardigan, glasses and do something different with her hair. Suddenly she was faceless to him as well.
DoMiNik’s date with Gal Hee as Veronica Park left him with an interesting impression which unfortunately was rather tricky for Gal Hee.
Gal Hee thought that being Veronica Park would only be a one off but DoMiNik seemed interested in meeting her again.
Meanwhile DoMinik ended in hospital again because he was attack in his office by his driver who stole a USB which DoMinik thought he lost but found again at Dae Joo’s house.
Dae Joo is now being pursued by the real Veronica Parks.
At Gal Hee’s home front, she and brother had sent off their younger sister to Pensylvania. But there is a mystery as the sister was still somewhere in South Korea.
Anyway, DoMiNik wanted to see Veronica Park so he used an excuse of returning a yellow umbrella she lent him.
Again, Gal Hee went as Veronica but said this will be the end but DoMiNik was just bae, so delicious LOL . Will she be able to resist?
Do Mi Nik is falling for the faceless Veronica Park because she was sassy one minute and then has a tender heart the next.
Poor Do Mi Nik was being wrung every where he turned. He can’t trust anyone except his secretary.
It was a board meeting where they had an impromptu election whether Do MI Nik should resign or night.
Do Mi Nik reckoned that he will wing it, just! But he was wrong, even his best friend Dae Joo voted for him to resign, which surprised not all his ‘mother’ but DoMiNik.
His mother advised him to resign in the end but Gal Hee told DominiK not to resign, Because he was cool when he persevere and not give up. If he is cool then as his secretary, she is cool as well.
During the next board meeting, Dominik announced that he was not resigning. He was taking inspiration from his uncle who kept going even if his every turn is blocked. (DominiK was being sarcastic as he knew that his uncle was the author of Dominik current predicament)
Anyway, Dominik asked Gal Hee what they had to do next. She said that they had to find a new office where they cannot be interrupted or spied up.
They stayed in a six-star hotel. Dominik, who was half asleep, told the surprised Gal Hee that she was pretty. He then dreaming and he said it was only in a dream.
Meanwhile, the driver found out that DoMINIk copy of the SD reader was at Gal Hee’s house.
The real Veronica Park was auditioning young actors, one of them was Gal Hee’s sister.
This drama is so good.
As expected the SD reader was stolen by DoMiNiK’s driver. The good thing though was that the content was already copied and stored into Gal Hee’s laptop.
It was the stockholders’ conference where they also voted for DoMiNik resignation.
The real Veronica Park attended. DoMinik’s uncle had told her that if he vote for him he will vote for her as well in her next stockholders’meeting.
Gal Hee had a hard time keeping DoMiNik away from Veronica Park.
DoMinik was about to give his speech when he realised that he could see all of his audience faces as clear as day including of the lady sitting next to Gal Hee.
Veronica teased Gal Hee that she had the look of someone in love rather than a loyal secretary to her boss.
Gal Hee denied it of course.
Anyway, Dominik was curious who the lady next to Gal Hee.
DomiNik and Gal Hee ended up in the seaside after the election to eat grilled clams and for Gal Hee to drink soju as well.
Dae Joo called Dominik to tell him the result and Dominik got to stay.
Gal Hee spontaneously hugged DominiK, then she went shy, then Domink hugged her back.
He then told her that he has got a present for her in the boot of his car.
It was a revise contract (I thought it was money, the money that DoMInIk’s mother used to pay off Dae Joo to leave the company. Dae Joo returned the money c/o Dominik). The new contract says that it can only end when Gal Hee asked to leave.
Dominik then told her that his former secretary who he trust so much ending up betraying him to his uncle.
Gal Hee said that what if I was also keeping a secret from you.
“Then I will never trust anybody again.” (or something like that, LOL)
DoMinIk got a call from his mother saying to meet them, Veronica Park attended the meeting for him.
DoMiNik became excited and wanted to go back to Seoul immediately. Gal Hee panicked and begged DoMiNik not to go.
But he was excited so he went to his car expecting her to follow.
She told him that if meeting Veronica confused him, just call her and she will explain everything.
She then walked away from the perplexed DOminiK.
Gal Hee refused the new contract because she was feeling so guilty deceiving him.
DoMiNik found out from the doctor that increased blood pressure would push the clip of his brain and would result in momentarily seeing the face of the one he had strong feelings with.
Knowing this he realised that he saw his Gal Hee’s face while he was cupping her face with his hands.
Dominik was shocked because it meant he has strong feelings for her.
The real Veronica Park was being forced by her mother to prepare for a wedding with Dominik.
She went to Gal Hee to say that she wanted to ‘break up’ with him and Gal Hee had to arrange it.
The uncle found Dominik wearing tights and got curious and found Dominik abandoned trousers in the bathroom door with a hospital note in the pocket. He knew that something is amiss.
The driver broke into Dominik’s office again and stole the new SD reader.
Gal Hee arranged to meet Dominik to break up with him.
Dominik was so excited with meeting Veronica Park that he had heightened blood pressure.
Then Gal Hee in her red shoes with matching red grab bag appeared.
Dominik was hoping to see her face, and then she raised her umbrella…
Episode 8 -10
Nothing much happened but all of the same.
The highlights of these episodes:
- DoMiNik’s fish died.
- His uncle is not the biggest villain in this drama. There is someone controlling everyone.
Granted that the real Veronica Park is adorable but the storyline is so stunted. It was so sluggish, it turning rather tedious.
It’s episode 10 and nothing is really happening that is worth seeing.
- The driver who had become an obvious suspect is still free to roam around, in and outside of the building. He even managed to get hold of Gal Hee’s laptop and erase the excel evidence.
- DoMinik is in love with both Gal Hee and the fake Veronica Park. He does not know who to choose.
- If there is a non-role in a drama, then it would be Gal Hee’s sister. She is so forgettable that even her brother and sister had forgotten about her. She really does not contribute anything worthwhile to drama. Why did her role been written in? It’s unnecessary.
- 10 episodes, DoMiNik and Gal Hee are still playing stupid games. I thought DoMinik would be more perceptive. He should have realised that Gal Hee was Veronica Park from episode 6. Surely because he suffers from face blindness, his other senses would have compensated for this type of disability. He would have noticed the voice/timber of the voice, the expression, the smell, the feel of the body, etc.
I hope the in the last six episodes, the script will be tighter and common sense are given to main characters.