Check out the Seoulbeats review for Protect the Boss below! ^_^ It is unexpected, fun, well-written, and well-made. <3<3
I thought this drama sounded really odd from the get-go because of the premise of the story, but I’m happy to say that I’ve totally been proven wrong. All the four leads have great chemistry with each other and the most important thing is: Yes, Jae-joong can act. He’s also quite funny.
A brief recap after the jump because a recap of our characters and this story seems necessary. This drama is like an onion, there are many, many layers to peel.
(Yes, Wang Ji-hye is slamming an ice cream cone onto Choi Kang-hee’s butt. Don’t worry, Choi Kang-hee slams back.)
The premise of the drama is that Choi Kang-hee’s Noh Eun-seol needs a job. Badly. Her qualifications are not impressive and everybody knows it, including all her prospective employers, which is why nobody ever hires her. In high school, Eun-seol was the kid that beat up the bullies for picking on the weaker kids, mostly in lieu of studying. That gave her her shoddy grades and landed her in much of her job predicament (or lack thereof) in her adult life.
After spending a good majority of her adult being searching for a job, Eun-seol is fed up with being passed over for positions because of her less than stellar education and loses her cool about it…during an interview…in front of her potential employers. Not a hoot was given because she figures that she wasn’t going to get hired anyway, might as well make her thoughts heard loud and clear.
Except, lucky for her, Kim Jae-joong’s Cha Mu-won is one of the hiring employers and finds her little speech interesting and refreshingly frank. So he hires her, despite going against protocol. He figures she’s a good fit as secretary for someone as demanding as Cha Ji-heon.
Ji Sung’s Cha Ji-heon is the prickly cousin of Mu-won (their fathers are brothers). He is also the complete opposite of the successful and well-to-do Mu-won in every way that matters. Ji-heon is slightly OCD, slightly ADD, and also part whacko. (So clearly, I love him.) Ji-heon has a problem with crowded spaces and cannot give speeches in front of big groups of people, to the extent that both those activities are physically debilitating.
Ji-heon is the son of the head of DN Group, a large conglomerate that does..what large conglomerates do. Mergers, acquisitions, development, yada yada yada. Because he is the direct heir to such a large company, there are certain expectations of him, especially from his father, but none of which Ji-heon meets in the slightest.
Ji-heon likes to avoid all his work duties as much as possible mostly because of his fear of meeting other people, being with other people, touching other people, and giving lots of talks, but doesn’t make that apparent to his father, who just thinks that he’s a regular ol’ slacker. Ji-heon doesn’t share many of his weaknesses with anybody, so it’s really only his secretaries who know about his lifestyle particularities. His father is consistently disappointed and angry with Ji-heon’s apathy and procrastination, which he misconstrues to be a product of lack of ambition, but the truth is that Ji-heon’s father doesn’t know too much about his son. We don’t yet, at the moment, but we’re told that something extremely significant happened during one of his relationships that really scarred Ji-heon and possibly is the reason why he doesn’t like being around other people, doesn’t like commitment, and finds the work environment extremely stressful.
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