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[Drama 2019] The Secret Life of my Secretary / I love you from the beginning, 초면에 사랑합니다

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I get why some people are dropping the drama but personally I can get by with the deception. GH has gotten herself in this tangled mess but she really does care deeply about Dom. Up until the kiss, I think she thought she could end the fake V gig without Dom ever knowing or being hurt by it. Why did she kiss him then? I haven't watched with subs yet either episode but I think she thought it would be her only chance to kiss the person she likes, too. Was she being selfish? Yeah probably. But all humans can be selfish. GH is going to come through this learning to be a better person, I'm sure of it. She already feels guilty and regretful so we know she has a good heart.

As for Dom, yeah he's a really good guy who's been through a lot of painful experiences and so of course we don't want him to get hurt. But let's not forget in the beginning, he didn't treat GH the best and was pretty selfish himself in terms of their work relationship. 

Anyhow, this is the storyline from the get go. I'm okay with laughing cuz some parts are ridiculous. I'm okay with crying cuz some parts are ridiculously sad. And I'm okay with the deception cuz sometimes humans lie and sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most. I trust the writers to figure it all out in a beautiful way. 

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2 hours ago, triplem said:

But if he finds out so soon , the drama will be over by eps 12 .:D Cause the main storyline is about her secret life , that was the synopsis of the drama since the beginning.....it’d be a real fun twist that he finds out & then plays along to tease /“ torture “ her :lol:

 

 

K netz comments :wub:

 

OHHHHH~ Torture...a sweet revenge hehehe I like that. I'm okay with the pace right now, to be honest I think I'm the only person enjoying the current and the upcoming angst (because the acting is so good) my heart wrench everytime GH thinks of herself as someone not as valuable as she thinks DMN thought of her VP ver. I can relate, GH has low confidence on herself which I hope she can overcome and learn that she does not need the invisible coat of confidence; that status and family background should not be the indicator of what a good and lovely person she is. She needs to know that before she could finally tell the truth to DMN of who she really is. Yes its frustrating to see how her lies will drive their relationship into the edge of a cliff but it would be very satisfying to see that GH accepts first the real her and present herself in front of the man she love not as someone who is lying to be the other person that she's not nor a secretary with low confidence on herself but just her own Jang Gal Hee.

 

Let say, GH did told DMN the truth "I'm not really VP. I'm sorry but the truth us I'm GH who pretends to be VP" will this be enough? I guess to us viewers we will be satisfied that yes I'm happy with this because finally the truth is out and all comes next is just DMN and GH lovey dovey scene. Then let say, DMN forgave her for what she has done (upon realizing that HE LOVES HER!) Oh yay! But where was her growth, the satisfying character development? She may have told the truth but deep inside her she was still low in confidence. She still thinks that she does not deserve that kind of love and attention. Its bad, yes, it is really bad to lie to a person whose been hurt by lies before and has some trust issues, I'm not a supporter of that either but I really believe this is what GH must experience in order for her to love herself. I don't like the idea of her continuous deception but if the writer has something in her bag that will lead to a satisfying character development on GH's then I can ignore all of that. I'm actually more frustrated at DMN for being so in denial (like how many people you need to tell you that you freaking IN LOVE with your secretary!!!) It's frustrating that he can't see so we can't tell him that he must look at the side of a person because that is how you'll know a person is in love or look at his self infront of a mirror to see how his eyes radiant the word love in it when he looks at her secretary. Quoting VP's word " That is not how you look at you boss( in this case, secretary), that is how you look at the woman you love".

 

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Praises to JKJ. This is my first drama of hers as a lead and I'm really digging her crying. I'm a sucker for a good actress who cries and reflect sadness with only their eyes. Shin Hye Sun is another example of an actress who is good in crying scene and adding to the list of mine is Jin Ki Joo, everytime she feels low about herself and her crying scene in front of DJ begging to give her sometime before telling the truth. My heart hurts and it felt really good, maybe I'm really a masochist seeing how I enjoy their pains MWHAHAHAHA!

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I also think that GH needs to go through some character development. Even though she is lying, but we can see from the beginning she has been feeling so guilty and uneasy about it. 

Dom too needs to explore his feelings so he knows for sure whether or not he really liked VP. 

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9 hours ago, nubianlegalmind said:

As a drama watcher, I hate misunderstandings, especially the ones that linger. As a writer, I get that it can be a great tool to keep and move a plot along, however, I really wish that GH had told DMI the truth. Even if he didn't believe her, if she told him, it would be less angst and she could stop this ridiculous charade. The fact is, as interesting as VP is, she and DMI are not compatible. DMI is looking for real love, preferrably with someone who is loyal and as into him and he is with them. That is not VP. 

 

She fell head over heels for DJ because he isn't interested in her. That lack of interest. That laissez-faire attitude of his is somehow driving her crazy in a romantic way. DMI is the complete opposite. He shows his interest and isn't afraid to be vulnerable and say when he needs someone. So, NO. He is not in love with the real VP. Even when he spoke in front of the shareholders and could see for a minute. He took one look at VP and was look who is that and moved his attention back to GH. There was no love at first sight or anything like that. His reasons for liking the fake VP aren't based on anything physical or even the fact that she is a CEO. He likes the personality and the kindness fake VP/GH has shown. Where things have gotten muddled is how familiar GH is now that he has recognized interest in the fake VP. He can't help but notice the similarities, then when he saw her face, he leaned on his illness instead of realizing that it was actually GH pretending to be VP  because he couldn't imagine that GH would like him after everything he has put her through.

 

Twice, Dr. Gu has asked him about liking GH and both times, he has panicked and his blood pressure has risen. DMI knows that there is something there, but in typical k-drama fashion, he hasn't connected the dots and realized that he is in love with her. I think the separation isn't going to come from him finding out she is a fake VP, but rather his uncle finding out that he has a new health issue. When he had the whole compression stocking incident with the cleaning lady, he specifically asked GH to fetch his suit, which she did. However, it was already too late and the uncle had already seen what he left in his pocket. I can see DMI jumping the gun and assuming that GH gave that form to the uncle like his former secretary did. So, let's brace ourselves. 

 

THIS LAST PART! OMG! If it rolls out like that, it'd be stabbing DMI twice!! I can't! ~cry~ 

But this was so introspective of you ~round of applause~ 

 

Also, DMI in a suit! (that short video of the compilation of DMI in suits) IT'S SO HOT THAT IT'S GONNA SET A BUILDING ON FIRE! ~dead~ 

 

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I find the two female lead character interesting. They have a really contrasting image but falling into similar character.

 

GH has a low self confidence. VP (real) has too much confidence in herself. One person stood too low the other was too high but their character meets halfway as soon as they realize that they were the same. They were lost and finding their own selves (with the mixture of romance along the way)

 

First VP, she's rich and competent individual. Just like GH said she has an invisible coat of confidence knitted by her parents high position. She seems to have it all- the beauty, the money, everything- except one to two things. Why would you think she's jumping from one ship to another, as if men are just her playthings? Some would say she's just a b**** (sorry for the curse word), a richard simmons or something. That is how we normally perceives it. But what if VP is not really that woman who embodies confidence, when she's actually as fragile and as lost as GH in terms of loving their selves first before others. She had never told DJ that she actually likes him like Love Him. Even when DJ seemed to asked her if she is falling for him, she was just stunned at the words and seemed to be masking her true feelings. Her pride masked the truth because she felt like she'll lose the game if she admits it just like when she halfway realize she's actually kneeling or doing GH's sister's nails and thought " Why the hell I'm doing this?! It is so not me. A rich girl like me would or should never do this!"

 

Then GH, it's obvious this woman lost confidence on herself from the beginning after losing her mom whom she love so much, whom she admire for being positive and was only looking forward because they knew someday all their hard work will paid off. She did not finish school for her siblings (she felt very insecure of her current status), and now when pretending to be someone she's not, she thought of things she would want for herself but never for a fact she thought that she actually deserves it. She's back to being tamed again (refer to what Eul Wang Hee secretary said about this). She deserves to be love, she deserves to be cared for. She always do that to others - to her siblings, to her own boss, that she forgot that one person needed that most - that is herself. 

 

It is like VP is someone who on the early age learned how to use make up that on her whole life, she was used to wearing it all the time. GH, on the other side, was beginning to learn the world of make up, she was attracted, was pulled and now seemed to be having a hard time to stop wearing make up because make up build what they called pretentious confidence when in fact they are beautiful without it. The time when both GH and VP walks out of their life bare face, that is when we will all know that these two young ladies has finally reach self-actualization and was able to love their selves as whole. Not pretentious nor afraid just confident and deserving.

 

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finally watched it with subs... NOPE. So at first I was happy that they got the Dom fakeVP kiss out of the way because it is one step closer to ending the fake relationship and him realising that he likes GH.

 

BUT! urgh. NOPE. not the way it was done. That is soooooooo manipulative of the writers. both of them got royally screwed over in that scene (even if the actors both pulled it off imo). There was no reason for the kiss to happen like that. Dom's emotions got manipulated and GH was 100% to blame--I get *why* she did it (if you think this is the only chance for you to kiss the guy you like yeah I would do it) but in the context? of a 'last 12hrs have been the best of my life'? nope. That is a bigger betrayal than any drama over the medical form. He told fakeVP EVERYTHING including things that GH didn't know. urgh. just awful. And it isn't just a lying thing (I agree with the others that lying is a no-no, but sometimes dramaland is different) it is what you *do* with that lie. and it has gone too far now. 

 

I'm going to continue because I have hopes that they are going to wrap this whole thing up pretty quickly--fakeVP isn't as engaging as GH. if they don't... I guess it will test my angst-o-meter

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I have just watched with subs... and now I have mixed feelings :tears:... Still love their kiss very much but I agree that it's such a bittersweet 12-hour date. At least we see some cute from the preview.

I want the charade to be over asap, but I doubt that will happen even next week. It's the basic premise of the story, so the reveal will be the climax, of them, esp.Dom, on how to deal with the reveal.

I think we'll soon see the corporate machinations by the Uncle as well as Senior Secretary. Don't look like they're on the same side, so where does that leave Dom? I'm not too interested in watching the office politics, but I think it will play a big role in uniting Dom and GH after their fall out when the secret is revealed. I speculate as much...

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Hello everyone! TSLOMS brings me back to the dramaland as I am really invested to the story. Betrayals and misunderstandings are also things that I hate in Kdramas, but but but....  JKJ and KYK are so good and funny. Looking at their antics as GH and DMI is very entertaining. Moreover, the side characters are so fun to watch! Should I hold it back then?

 

I survived IANAR that was full of betrayals and misunderstandings up to ep. 27 anyway, so I will survive this as well. I'll keep going :wub:

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Just saw the episode... sigh... the night scenery is soo good.. where do all these people scout the locations, and alll rooftop scenery. :D At least GH doesn't live in a rooftop apartment on a secretary salary :)

 

Based on next episode preview, is Dominic just gonna date GH after breakup with 'Veronica':huh: Although his heart is heavy to let her go.... but if that is the case, that is life...

 

I do wonder if Director Do actually knows GH's family - that she has a physically challenged brother and a sister who is studying 'overseas'.. hence would be nicer to her...

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5 hours ago, realistic2280a said:

Just saw the episode... sigh... the night scenery is soo good.. where do all these people scout the locations, and alll rooftop scenery. :D At least GH doesn't live in a rooftop apartment on a secretary salary :)

 

Based on next episode preview, is Dominic just gonna date GH after breakup with 'Veronica':huh: Although his heart is heavy to let her go.... but if that is the case, that is life...

 

I do wonder if Director Do actually knows GH's family - that she has a physically challenged brother and a sister who is studying 'overseas'.. hence would be nicer to her...

 

Let me rephrase what i said earlier ... i dont think it was cool for Dominic to say that

i. the last 12 hours was the best in his life (huh?, haiz....)

ii. that 'Veronica' is the last woman he likes before he is cured (you want sympathy like?)

iii. he wants to have his 'last' kiss with the woman he likes (pressuring her?)

 

He just met her like twice, and because of it, he think she is the best? Hmmm... something is just not right with conversation/dialogue...

 

It wasn't cool for GH to continue lying, though I guess we could understand why she did it, ie not sure if if Dominic's likes her and did not want to reveal her feelings. Afterall she is just the poor secretary and he was her boss.

 

Regardless, i will continue watching the drama because Dominic and GH are just so cute and Veronica Park really grows on you :)

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1 hour ago, realistic2280a said:

He just met her like twice, and because of it, he think she is the best? Hmmm... something is just not right with conversation/dialogue...

I think it's the way she made him feel... Being with her makes him happy, comfortable, at peace, so he thinks she is the best...?? I mean I was surprised he told her so much personal things, that he is not the biological son (I doubt it's known to public), that he has face blindness (when he tried to keep it a secret in the office). I mean he trusts her so much....!!

It's probably what people call love at first sight? Although I'm not one to believe in that :P

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I am not too concern about this whole deception bit...I am on this ship all the way...

The only thing I was thinking about was what a perfect first kiss :D . It really made my heart flutter and I could feel their emotions - there was that deep longing that is sometimes missing in some kiss scenes I have seen.

 

That dungun dungun moment was at this point when he held her hands and pulled her towards him

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Then he was very unsure since he couldn't see her face...KYK's emotions were spot on

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And her guiding him...:wub:

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She finally went in for the kill :D

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:love: I think rewatched this scene too many times,....yes I should really get a life :lol:

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15 hours ago, ktcjdrama said:

I think it's the way she made him feel... Being with her makes him happy, comfortable, at peace, so he thinks she is the best...?? I mean I was surprised he told her so much personal things, that he is not the biological son (I doubt it's known to public), that he has face blindness (when he tried to keep it a secret in the office). I mean he trusts her so much....!!

It's probably what people call love at first sight? Although I'm not one to believe in that :P

 

Hmm.. i know.. but its just so unrealistic in a way since when they first met, she was asking him to do stuff.... and he thinks that is cute... hmmm...

 

I understand why the storyline is going that way, but i wish there more reasoning and not just because an hour spent together. Mind you, he didnt even see her face.... he wasnt that bad as a boss, in a way, that's why Sec Jeong could stay long with him...  ok, my train of thoughts is not working well, its just so hot outside now.. my brain is not functioning well, hahaha..  will revisit this dilemma later.. :)

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okay, saw finally the two episodes and like many here, am really disappointed with the current track. my current feel can be summed up like this "awww, min ik. poor thing!" yea, there are lots of dramas where deception happens but you often watch with a detached view. but here, we are keenly aware of how vulnerable min ik is especially given his illness and gal hee is taking advantage of him for her own purposes. never mind that she hates herself blah blah. she comes across as extremely self-centred where she is taking advantage of his vulnerability to continue fulfilling some dream of hers. so what if she isn't using him for evil but she is still using him. did not enjoy the kiss and instead wanted to whack her.

 

on the bright side, veronica park and dal joo interactions continue to sparkle. at least these two are honest. the real VP does not believe the rich fall in love or experience love. whereas dal joo believes that the differences between the two of them are so vast that they could never have a relationship, so why bother. it will make their relationship progress fun to watch. by the way, does anyone else think that his secretary is probably his mother? that she gave up the child when he was young or something?

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Rewatched the last episode again and I have to say, while I was okay with the kiss and deceit at the time now I feel like the revelation is going to be all the more painful. Now he’s completely fallen for her and when he finds out...how do you think it will feel knowing that ‘one of the happiest times in your life’ was a lie? 

 

Okay I get that in her head, due to her feelings and low self esteem, it was the last chance for her to spend time with the guy she likes but I don’t think she seems to grasp that all lies will surface sooner or later :crazy: and also the extent of how he rarely trusts people in his life! She seems to be quite naive to think he won’t ever find out? Or that if he does he’s just gonna forgive her if she explains herself? (Kinda reminds me of IANAR when the deceit got out of hand at one point) 

 

I expect him to feel extremely betrayed when he finds out the truth and being the drama it is, it’s probably gonna happen around the time the uncle leaks info that he has a condition :tears: and it will be oh-so-convenient to believe she did it! 

 

I know there will still be another instance where she becomes VP-GH again...but I hope that’s the last time! She has got to stop this. She’s not doing anyone any more favours putting up with that lie, not even herself at this point. 

 

BUT I WILL STILL CONTINUE WATCHING BECAUSE I AM TOO DANG INVESTED :lol:

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I just started watching this. Got me hooked up on the first episode. So adorable! I'm getting concerns about these deceptions but I'll continue watching. Fighting for our minion! 

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55 minutes ago, blademan said:

I expect him to feel extremely betrayed when he finds out the truth and being the drama it is, it’s probably gonna happen around the time the uncle leaks info that he has a condition :tears: and it will be oh-so-convenient to believe she did it! 

@blademan ~ the problem with her deception is that it makes no sense. in other dramas, deception often happens out of revenge or some loyalty or duty and so the angst feels real. the lover is in some sense casualty but they can't be told the secret. here, she is just plain selfish and a coward. there is no real plausible reason for the continued deception.

 

she is only thinking about herself but not about how it will hurt him. yes, he will be devastated because he believes she is warm hearted and considerate. so it will feel like what he knows about her is entirely false. he already feels like his secretary resents him and doesn't want to renew the contract.

 

so he is going to see it as some sort of revenge because she didn't see him as a person with heart. so in that sense, her love for him feels rather shallow in comparison. and who would want a love that shallow? so while most dramas just come up with "love conquers all" kind of logic to tie up loose ends, hope the writer does a lot of work in redeeming the character where there is actual growth. for some folks, trust matters and for min ik who is already quite alone and isolated, it would matter more no?

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26 minutes ago, Lmangla said:

@blademan ~ the problem with her deception is that it makes no sense. in other dramas, deception often happens out of revenge or some loyalty or duty and so the angst feels real. the lover is in some sense casualty but they can't be told the secret. here, she is just plain selfish and a coward. there is no real plausible reason for the continued deception.

 

she is only thinking about herself but not about how it will hurt him. yes, he will be devastated because he believes she is warm hearted and considerate. so it will feel like what he knows about her is entirely false. he already feels like his secretary resents him and doesn't want to renew the contract.

 

so he is going to see it as some sort of revenge because she didn't see him as a person with heart. so in that sense, her love for him feels rather shallow in comparison. and who would want a love that shallow? so while most dramas just come up with "love conquers all" kind of logic to tie up loose ends, hope the writer does a lot of work in redeeming the character where there is actual growth. for some folks, trust matters and for min ik who is already quite alone and isolated, it would matter more no?

I agree with you. When he talked about old secretary deceiving him (ep. 6, on the beach)... I expected that the truth will come out because the pretence after that is too cruel to him. She's completely taking advantage of this situation and the consequence isn't worth it. At this point, GH's character needs some development in properly handling this issue when the lie is caught (she should've admitted but here we are). 

 

On the other note, I'm falling in love with Jin Ki Joo. Her acting and chemistry with KYK is amazing. She put a lot of work in making GH endearing despite my frustrations lol

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I am eager to see whether he is going to clearly see her face after the kiss. If he doesn't see it then it will create a confusing feeling in him since he can see GH's face clearly.

And the scene in the sauna was really weak writing,I mean like really writers??

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In this drama the main leads story is so illogical. I know male lead is a facial recognization problem but why he cannot recognize other voice like his secretary and friend. He spends most of the time with them but he can not recognize it. Ok I understand he has a brain problem so he has some brain issue. One the other hand female lead Gal he she deceives Do min ikk to act as a veronika.She is sweet girl, she helps her boss lot. But this kind of action is not be forgotten? I hope writer of this drama would work on this story because the main leads they are really good at acting they have so much potential to lead this drama. But this concept of this drama is very poor. I am sorry if I hurt someone. I just shared my opinion. I hope you guys understand.

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