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[Current Drama 2019] Aide/Chief of Staff season 1& 2, 보좌관 - Mon & Tue @ 21:30 KST

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17 hours ago, larus said:

All I want is to see Song Hee-Seob, Jo Gap-Young, Lee Chang-Jin and other corrupt people down. I hope the show won`t make me cry in the end, but even if Tae Joon will die in the end, he has to succeed.

Oh no what will happen to SY..if TJ dies. I like their relatationship and the dynamic.  I wish producer will be like...oaky Why not S3. Chief of staff can mean President too, right. Or maybe S3 be more of DG  story

 

Ep 3 cuts.  Waiting for sub.

 

TJ  and his determination to bing down the immoral corrupt power politicians

 

 

 

TJ vs CJ

 

 

 

OSW vs Miss Lee.

 

 

 

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This is serious political drama I love. This is not a love story.  But.....

 

TJ and SY ♡♡♡

 

 

 

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@jongski the greatest revelation in this episode for me is that Prosecutor Choe is not as easy to handle as Song thinks. Song appointed him in order not to look like he was putting his own men in these critical positions and he thought Choe would be like any other government servant who could easily be bought over. But that isn't the case - Choe has a mind of his own and seems actually upright. I know he is hell bent on getting TJ , but I have a feeling that perhaps it may work to TJ's favour later on. We'll see. 

 

And wow , who the heck is this new Chief of Staff? Yikes , I am not sure what we should think of him. He was rather competent and seems to have tonnes of initiative in looking for LSM's accountant, but does it feel a little reckless to hire him on the spot without background checks even if the rationale is to keep him close? I agree with Ms Lee when she told Hye Won to be careful of him since he seems rather ambitious. 

 

Also , I always knew that TJ's dad would cause problems - not because I think he took the bribe money but because Song knew he could exploit the naivety of these small town folks. TJ barely warmed up his seat and is already at risk of losing it . 

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" I don't want to leave with regret" - TJ, Ep 4

 

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 I'm done with episode 3.    Already wishing Season 3 this early.

 

Song found TaeJun's skin! It's a metaphor for weakness or weak spot. OSW was tasked to find out. That OSW may be dummy but he knows his work. Went to a party being thrown by  TJ's father for local folks at TJ hometown to celeberate the town's pride and son  becoming assemblyman.  The scene wher one of the towns folk asking favor if his son can find him a work. Believe it or not it's happening in real life politics.  I don't know he the father took the money but OSW exploited the situation and pushed the agenda that  TJ takes bribes through such acts. Like taking money in exchange for  job. Not him directly but through his father.   Song celebrating (for now) as  he was able to  find something to investigate something whic eventually remove his from his position.

 

Meantime the  the bill for environmental protection was  copied some part buy Assemb. Ahn. That bill was  proposed by late assemb. lee.  It's blow to SY who was aboit to do presscon  for the bill. But I think. I I think bill will have limittions for companies like Joojin chemicals. Of course assemb. Ahn is probably  under Song or Jo.  Because the original bill was not the one, they are going through fact findng, investigation about chemical related incidents but  CJ beat them to if, paying victims family to stop them from  testifying or disclosing what happened.

 

The new recruit for  TJ chief of staff  has some bold smug moves. Doing it all and everything before setting foot  at the office  even came prepared with resume.  I'm  not sure what exactly is his character  could be good or bad.  And the Chief Prosecutor... of appointed by Song.. but  he does his own way. He is being fed a lot of papers pertaining to TJ so they can  investigate him out  a stop to TJ exposing Song.  I wonder if there is a connection between  the new characters.

 

My favorite scene TJ and SY inside the elevator. Discreetly held her hand.  We've seen them  doing that also in Season 1. TJ after finding out what CJ did to SYand how assmb Ahn beat her to it with similar enviromental bill. It's been tough day at office SY.  It's like TJ saying to SY that he's there for her. That he understands. That he'll make sure it's alright.  It's good to see that human side of the leads again.  Once they're alone, they know they have each other.  When they both step out, I see that lingering look of SY.. as if to say  I still don't trust you...  but.

 

 This is a politica drama and serious one but writer conveys each character and scenes well. I like subtle scenes like that.

 

@triplem  Yes. He knows better than to take a bribes. His son was the top one at the Seoul Metropolitan Police But with the incident it's an opening  to unseat and remove TJ then investigate him and evently even put him in behind bars. Song knows what TJ is capable. He know's he's smart so he needs to find that 'skin' to  cut deep and so he can get to the blue house.  As for the new  cheif prosecutor. Song thought he could be the master to the puppet but CGC wants to do thing his own way. He could be bane or boon to Song's side. Eeither way Song is surroudning and appointing people around him  which the purpose of stopping TJ.

 

Could Jo be the key this. That old man holds power too but  hee just switches sides.. as long as it benefits him.

 

 

 

 

 

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I hate when people on certain position are like the servants without a conscience to the higher man who put them there.

On 11/18/2019 at 6:34 PM, jongski said:

Oh no what will happen to SY..if TJ dies. I like their relatationship and the dynamic.  I wish producer will be like...oaky Why not S3. Chief of staff can mean President too, right.

 I was thinking about a third season about the presidential election  too. :lol: But it will be alright. I already booked Lee Jung Jae next drama if he will sign. I am waiting for his confirmation.

 

7 hours ago, triplem said:

the greatest revelation in this episode for me is that Prosecutor Choe is not as easy to handle as Song thinks. Song appointed him in order not to look like he was putting his own men in these critical positions and he thought Choe would be like any other government servant who could easily be bought over. But that isn't the case - Choe has a mind of his own and seems actually upright. I know he is hell bent on getting TJ , but I have a feeling that perhaps it may work to TJ's favour later on. We'll see. 

The new chief prosecutor is interesting. I did not watch the episode yet but he did not give me the vibe that he is Song`s yes man at all when he first appeared. He seems to think on his own. If he will be a vertical man, Tae Joon will not have another enemy like Song Hee-Seob wants him to be. Tae Joon has to be carefully to not break the law. I hate when people who get a certain position are like the servants without a conscience or principles  to the higher man who put them there. I will be happy if  Choi Kyung-Cheol will not be that kind of man. We`ll see. 

 

7 hours ago, triplem said:

Also , I always knew that TJ's dad would cause problems

 When he appeared on his son`s office, I knew he won`t bring anything good to Tae Joon. When I saw Oh Won-Sik looking at him, I knew that he will use him to hit Tae Joon. But I wish the show will show a little more about the relationship between father and son.

 

I hope I will be able to watch this week epsidoes as soon as possible.

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10 hours ago, larus said:

I was thinking about a third season about the presidential election  too. :lol: But it will be alright. I already booked Lee Jung Jae next drama if he will sign. I am waiting for his confirmation.

@larus Lee Jung Jae is new found love! You talking about the Netflix drama? cuddlefish or something?

 

Gonna watch sub later for episode 4.  I ike the acting of the actors here.  Excited for SMA next drama too. The one who playes Hye Won I like and want to see her more and not sure who plays DG but I think he'll good lead.

 

Waiting for the sub of ep 4

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5 minutes ago, jongski said:

Lee Jung Jae is new found love! You talking about the Netflix drama? cuddlefish or something?

 

 Yes, that`s the drama. It sounds interesting, not typical kdrama. It is Netflix original and I don`t know if those dramas will be translated for the people who won`t watch the network.

 

Yeah, Shin Min-a will appear in another drama as well.

 

Ep 3 & 4. I still could not watched with subtitles. Maybe tonight.

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@larus @jongski eps 4 was great. TJ as always is able to turn things around. 

 

Song wanted to use TJ's father as a means to get TJ removed from the seat. The accusations that TJ's father took bribe money was baseless of course , but Song was planning to put pressure on Prosecutor Choe to make it happen. But Song did not foresee that Choe's not one to bow down to political pressure . And Choe takes pride in the fact that he is apolitical to which TJ uses to his advantage. So TJ in his own words decides to walk into the lion's den. He voluntarily submits all his documents/ financial records and lets Choe interrogate him.  But of course TJ had already set things up with the help of Hye Won and his new Chief of Staff,  Yang . Choe gets word that TJ left out records of his safe deposit box.  So the Prosecution goes get the box. This was intentional as TJ wanted the prosecution office to find documents linking Song with Lee Chang Jin etc. So not only did TJ clear his own name, he is getting Song in trouble as well. Choe will now be in a dilemma as he will have to investigate those documents. If Choe does not , he will be known as a political lapdog - which he hates . It was well played. 

 

And prior to that HW and even SY had advised TJ to perhaps distance himself from the Jaejoon Chemical case. They know that Song is doing this because of pressure from Director Lee for TJ and gang to stop their investigations. But TJ knows that he has do things right this round and refuses to be intimidated. He tells the team to keep investigating and he tells SY that they need to get a National Audit on it. But to do so will require support from the Assemblymen. They lacked the numbers and so the key was to get Jo on their side. Fortunately , TJ has dirt ( a leash as he calls it) on Jo ...and after some negotiations Jo agrees to support the Audit if TJ is able to walk out the interrogation without being charged. So I am hoping in the next eps that Jo will sign it as he was holding a document at the end of the episode.

 

It was nice seeing both TJ and SY's staff work together .  I have always liked scenes of HW and DK together - like how HW helps DK to see past his idealism and to understand what TJ is trying to do . And in this episode I was pleasantly surprised to see some subtle hints of romance :lol:.  DK , I know has a slight crush on HW...I would definitely entertain the idea of things to develop between the two.

 

The preview shows that Song or rather Lee is going to play dirty - they are going to use scare tactics - SY's Chief of Staff , Lee gets knocked down by a bike and I am sure that is no accident. Can't wait for next week.

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@triplem It's david and goliath when it comes to power shoving but.. entering the lion's den.  TJ is the victor. Stopping that venom and killing with two stones. Not only Song but Choe as well.. then also having alliance ( for now) with Joe. We know TJ will do anything. He is smart politicial man.

 

Please I want season 3! This neads to have that! which means it's  this political drama is that good!

 

So I just finished episode 4. When you're smart. You can outwit outplay and show your fangs and venom. TJ went to the lions den, ready and with no fear.  He knew exactly what he needed to do. How to do it. He planned deliberately not giving the document to of what's inside his safety deposit box. He gave all to the prosecution leaving  document that incriminate Song and other corrupt officials. If only you could see the smug satisfied look on my face seeing how it all turned out be.

 

Song's going to choke on his own venom. He's going to have to spit to survive. Maybe he will have a last gasp..short live one. The it's bye bye Blue House. But then.. that opening scene of Episode 1 someboyd tried to mess and hurt  and run over TJ . Like he said..he will not leave with regret!

 

Once again I like subtleness of scenes. I love that this is serious political drama void of unnecessary scenes that drags. Credit again to the  writer. 

 

When  prosecutors showed up at the house of TJ, he was already there  wanting to know what really happened. His father was hurt with accusatory questioning of TJ - explaining he wouldn't do anything jeopardize his son's position. They re both coldheadrted to each other. It's straighforward. No lingering dramatics.  Same when they were both in the interrogation room. Clearly his father was hurt by the mistrust of TJ. When TJ said his father can go leave  and go home,  he also added.. that he trusts his father to which  the fatherr can only snicker with a weary face.

 

When TJ and SY was talking, she was worried about TJ and told him to focous first with election bribery  he's accused. She told him she'll take care of the audit hearing. TJ was and still focused about joojin chemical and also the audit and told her what they need to do.

 

When HW DG scenes from the office, to  the bus, it's very subtle but it's a good kind of subtleness. This is what I mean. If this was not serious politicial drama, you'd be seeing romantics. so thumbs up to the writer.

 

I also appreciate the older actors. Especially the actor playing Song. His acting, from the expression and how his character is supposed to be. The scene  when he was eating with CJ, or when he's inside the car and getting all pisssed at his driver.

 

I like that  DG the seobok merhants was always to have place to continue selling because he found out TJ made it possible. He wanted to speak to TJ but decided not to.  He still idolize him.

 

I like all the actors in this drama.

 

 

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Love all the main cast. This really neesds a season 3.

So many story arc, possibilities, and continuation of politcal moves and power

Tae Jun for President!  Sun Young Chief ofd staff of President (+ partner)

Hye Won as press secretary. Dok Ggyung as chief legal aide?

 

 

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Hello guys, missed all of you. Been busy but of course not be too busy to watch LJJ in this Season 2's COS. I watched from the time it opened in Netflix and it is even better than season one in terms of suspense. I am so sorry that the first episode confirmed SY's COF died and she suspects murder. That her investigation of the death as murder and not accident did not result in determining her suspicions because of Song's perceived power over the prosecution department. However, that could be short lived. Song after all is not as powerful as he perceives himself to be. His power only goes as far as his corruption influences other corrupt people. He never thought that there are people who live following their moral conscience and people like LJJ who is as creative and gutsy to fight fire with fire. LJJ's fiery blaze though contains hidden icy intelligence like a raging river that could freeze Song's burning ambitions.  Prosecutor Choe now has a choice to live by the reputation of an upright and just prosecutor or a dog of Song. I think he will chose himself and fulfill his duty as the honest and just prosecutor he wants to be. I like the HY and DK pairing. Romance is surely developing but as slowly as a thick syrup pouring . DK is for sure attracted but HY still looks at DK as the naive newbie.  But will she see him as attractive as LJJ when DK starts to become d a force of his own and sheds his newbie-ness? Can't wait for the next episode. I hope the former Assemblyman Lee's name be cleared and his wish to serve the people justly be fulfilled in LJJ and the death of SY's former COS be fully investigated. 

 

I love, love SY's new COF. She is gutsy, feisty and super intelligent just like TJ and she does not take BS from anyone. There is also HY of course, she is as super smart but quietly. I like that the drama is highlighting intelligent women in this political drama as well. 

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What a fantastic drama! Sorry I only started watching 3 days ago.  But finished the whole first season and the recent four episodes already.  Could not stop watching.  One of the best kdramas that I have ever watched, in my 12 year drama watching life. Superb acting, great writing, great casting, great editing, everything....  

 

Just wanted to say that!

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My favorite part from this week episodes was to see that Chief prosecutor Choi Kyung-Cheol was not Song Hee Seob`s man (just how I hoped). I need to see that there are people like him, who won`t lose their principles easily.

The face of Song and later of Lee Chang Jin when Choi Kyung-Cheol did not do what they wanted him to do. :lol:

I also like how Tae Joon entered the lion`s hen to push the investigation further. I know that things will be complicated but at least it was a good move and a little victory for our good guys.

Song, Lee Chang Jin and their horde of corrupt people are getting more desperate. They continue to hurt people who gets in their way.

I hope Lee Ji-Eun will be alright.

 

I pray fro Tae Joon to be alright in the end of the drama as well. Please, Drama God! Make a miracle!

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***Sob*** 

Wish I could join you all... But I'm travelling soon and where I'm headed the internet is not exactly designed for video streaming. So I didn't want to start until I come back.

 

Sounds great... Annoyed that they split this up but c'est la vie. Season 1 was so good.

 

Have fun.

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Oh no! I need to watch the sub!

 

DK is athletic here running to catch perpertrator riding away on the mortoycle.

 

 

 

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Chief of Staff 2

 OST

part 1

Kim Yong Jin(김용진) - The End

 

 

 

part 2

BEN(벤) - Deep Sorrow (한숨만)

 

part 3

The One - Can't Let Go

 

 

 

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@40somethingahjumma have a good trip ! Hope to read your thoughts here when you do catch up . S2 has not disappointed so far . :)

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Eps 5 

Some highlights 

1. Assemblyman Jo kept his word & together with SY got the Audit / Investigative Committee voted in by the rest of the Assemblymen . TJ tells SY she’ll have to run the show for the committee as he’s still under investigation for the bribery case . He’ll back her up 
2. TJ kept his word & returns the “leash” to Jo . Basically it’s a video of Jo taking bribes from some folks who wanted his help to become assemblymen . 
3. Having a committee to investigate JJ Chemicals is not sufficient , the committee needs to be given legislative power to get things done.  TJ knows this & works on getting the support of other assemblymen to vote this in

4. Lee Chang Jin of course isn’t too happy but his big boss Chairman Sung is even more displeased.  Sung  is  the one who financed Song’s journey from those days & makes it clear to Song that he’d need Song to stop the investigation by all means . Song is actually quite scared of the Chairman 

6. Lee Chang Jin goes see SY to warn her ...almost hits her with his car & even grabbed her wrist . What a thug! Fortunately TJ was there & twisted his wrist . 
7. Song is in great dilemma .Presidential Secretary tells Song to support Prosecutor Choe in investigating JJ chemicals. But after the visit  from the Chairman, Song has no choice but to stop the the committee . He tried to lobby with some other politicians but TJ got to them 1st . 
8. Song goes see Jo . Jo refuse to intimidated by Song

9. Hye Won & DJ work closely to  get more witness statements. Hehe  They are hinting at the romance . Subtle but it’s there 

10. next day , Hw , DJ & Ms Lee were suppose to meet a witness, but some masked man on a bike hit Ms Lee on the head with a helmet . Fortunately Ms Lee has no brain haemorrhage but she’s quite seriously injured . SY suspects this is the work of Lee Chang Jin

11. Song is desperate. So he knows he need to take Jo down first . Oh Wan Sik is back from the Philippines & finds dirt on Jo . So they discover about the bribes that Jo got from some Assemblymen . He uses one of this men to tell tale on Jo . So now Jo is being investigated for bribery & since he heads the committee, they have to delay the JJ Chemical investigations . So they can’t interview Lee CJ


 

 Yang,  the new COS , is such a wild card . He’s not happy being sidelined by HW . He’s up to something . What do you guys think ? @larus @jongski @zenya22 @jayakris

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So many Ep 6 cuts from JTBC youtube account posting it up so fast! Thank you JTBC. Please season 3 nex year!

 

Still raw. I'm waiting for the sub again

 

TJ and is going to make Song and have each others throat! Ep 6 cut

 

 

To be honest, I want to see Lee Jung Jung Jae and  Kim Kap Soo win an award for their characters in this drama.

 

I appreciate good acting from senior actors.  KKS  should win  for his portrayal of Minister song. I like his actions his expression when he' mad, when's being sly, when he's being fooled, when he's irritated, when he's nervous, he nails it. You see from his expression. And Lee Jung Jae.. Can he come back as Tae Jun the President!?   LJJ, I wonder if he's planning (in the future) to run for office in real life. Good acting  we saw that in season 1 now here in season 2. His character is strong, smart. On the get go.

 

Ep 6

 

While I wait for ep 6,I just finished ep 5.  I think every post, I'm going to want Season 3. This is one drama that can have continuity.  Please JTBC Netflix!  Each of the characters are important they are not just there for nothing. That driver of Song needs  money. I bet he will do something to get that money urgently, probably  tell TJ someything.

 

@triplem The the weaker assmebly got scared of Song so he confessed about taking the bribe. Based from the preview for ep 6,  TJ will make Song and Jo attack ech other.  Two powerful men out to destroy each other. Pitted against each other and everthing about these two will come out in the open. This may turn out be a good  be strategy for TJ in the end but with the allegations to Jo, the investigation  with joojin chemicals  will halt. Yes TJ it's time to remove the 'rotten tree'. It's decaying and time remove them. That's Song and everyone around him and yes even Jo.

 

9 hours ago, triplem said:

Hye Won & DJ work closely to  get more witness statements. Hehe  They are hinting at the romance . Subtle but it’s there 

Yes,  and I found myself smiling. Subtle way.The glint in the eyes... even with that pp.

ep 5 cut.

 

 

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22 hours ago, jongski said:

he the weaker assmebly got scared of Song so he confessed about taking the bribe. Based from the preview for ep 6,  TJ will make Song and Jo attack ech other.  Two powerful men out to destroy each other. Pitted against each other and everthing about these two will come out in the open. This may turn out be a good  be strategy for TJ in the end but with the allegations to Jo, the investigation  with joojin chemicals  will halt. Yes TJ it's time to remove the 'rotten tree'. It's decaying and time remove them. That's Song and everyone around him and yes even Jo.

ep 6 was a good episode.  Unfortunately, the whole audit thing has been put on hold and Jo was interrogated by the Prosecution . Song was indeed very happy ...but TJ is not one to back down of course. So he and Jo found a way to bring Song down. Jo has connections with the National Tax agency , and they are certain over the years JJ chemical would have had commited tax evasion and channeled funds out of the country to evade taxes. They knew that Song etc would have some slush fund lying around. They didn't have hard proof as to where exactly the funds went . But Jo's connection gave them some documents related to JJ tax records etc and TJ and SY ( with DK and HW) starts looking for shell companies that JJ Chem has abroad.  JJ of course was being investigated and  Lee CJ etc were nervous. The idea was to ruffle LJCJ's  feathers to make him move their slush funds abroad...when he did that, they could immediately track the fund movements and  catch him . Which they did. When he was being arrested , he told TJ that he will tell him who killed SY's Chief of Staff if he would save him. Unfortunately, at the prosecution office , when he went to the washroom, he killed himself. However it is clear to me he did not. When Choe was interrogating him, Song came to see Choe. So Choe left the interrogation room. Song had already got someone on the inside to set up the suicide , given how big the evil smile he had when he left the building. So with LCJ dead , they can easily push all the blame on him.

 

I have more to say ...will come by later.

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Another critical development is the fact that there is a mole in the office .  There were these ex employees of JJ Chem who were suppose to give some statements to DK & HW . But at the last minute they all did not turn up & one of them was even falsely accuse of taking company data without permission, and was charged. So basically JJ Chem was using scare tactics to keep them quiet . The thing is no one else except TJ & SY’s staff knew about these witnesses 

So HW & DK ( after telling their bosses ) have to look out to see who in their offices could be the mole . One of the biggest suspects was of course Yang , but after HW’s confrontation, he’s unlikely to be the one ( urghh.   He needs to stop winking at her . ) The biggest suspect now is that sweet receptionist / secretary. I wish it wasn’t ....

 

Regarding the romances - In their on way SY & TJ have reconciled especially after he told her about LCJ knowing who killed her former C.O.S . I think that was the main thing that cause their separation this season. And I like that HW has moved on from her one way crush on her boss . I though this was such a sweet scene of DK trying to avert her attention when he saw SY & TJ together at the cafe . I like them together :)

 

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