Protect the Boss episode 7 recap
Poor Eun Seol doesn’t know what to say to Moo Won’s declaration. Like she doesn’t have enough man problems already. She blinks and nervously asks him if what he means is … Moo Won says yes, it means that he likes her.
He says that he’s happy when he’s with her. And Eun Seol suddenly thinks about the time she spent with Ji Heon and his many declarations of love to her. She shakes her head, wondering why she’s thinking of him at this time.
Moo Won tells her that he’s come to like her even more than he imagined, and Eun Seol sighs, and that’s when she spies Ji Heon at the window. He gestures at her to get out. She turns back to Moo Won and tells him that she can’t give her answer to him now as it’s hard for to say yes or no, and since she’s going to be dragged out soon…. Moo Won says that he will make arrangements for them to meet and for now, let them just get along like usual.
She excuses herself and runs outside to Ji Heon who tells her to go back to the office. She tries to he him to return with her to the office, but Ji Heon stubbornly insists that she leave.
In the cafe, Ji Heon tells Moo Won that he likes Eun Seol and that she’s special to him. Moo Won pipes up that he thinks the same way too. Ji Heon tells him that he will give up the company as long as he gives up on Eun Seol. He can’t live without Eun Seol. But Moo Won stubbornly insists that he needs her too because he needs comfort.
Eun Seol rushes back to the cafe when she spots two office workers mock fighting. It was then that she realised that the cousins could end up fighting.
Eun Seol gets to the cafe and wonders if the cousins are having a staring contest. Inside, Moo Won thinks they’re behaving ridiculously since Eun Seol isn’t even sure of her feelings. He’s leaving now. Ji Heon angrily kicks him from behind, and Moo Won ends up sprawled on the ground, knocking over a waiter in the process. Moo Won is furious at his childish behaviour, but Ji Heon retorts that yes, he’s childish, and this childish person cannot accept Moo Won’s reasons for liking Eun Seol.
Just then, Eun Seol rushes in and demands to know what Ji Heon is doing . Ji Heon smugly tells her that Moo Won can’t even hit him because people are watching. Angrily, Moo Won hits him saying, “Are you satisfied now?” As he turns to leave, Ji Heon kicks him again. And that’s the last straw for Moo Won who shoves Ji Heon who shoves back and … the two proceeds to deal with the problem like the adults that they are: with lots of hair pulling and biting. (Meanwhile, Eun Seol is flapping around in the background begging them to stop and wailing, “What should I do? What should I do?” This fight is the. Best. Thing. Ever.)
Moo Won’s secretary receives a call and her eyes widens at what Eun Seol tells her. But being Moo Won’s secretary, she’s all business immediately. She tells Eun Seol to keep the cafe guests from leaving and then gathers the other secretaries, saying that they’re now in emergency mode. Secretary Jang receives a call too, which makes him exclaim in alarm. But seeing that Chairman Cha is watching him, he makes a feeble excuse about having a stomach upset and rushes off. All the secretaries rush out of the building.
Meanwhile Eun Seol tries to break up the cousins and prevent the cafe patrons from leaving at the same time. The cousins are now rolling all over the floor, a death grip on each other’s hair.
Moo Won complains that he’s suffered so much because of Ji Heon. Ji Heon scoffs at that and says that he gets compared to him every day. Moo Won says that he’s the one taking things from him. Meanwhile, the cafe patrons are busy snapping photos of the spectacle with their camera phones and two of them realise that they are company directors, so Eun Seol covers the two cousins with a table cloth. The two continue bickering beneath the tablecloth.
Secretary Jang and the other secretaries arrive at the cafe to see Eun Seol holding the two cousins beneath the tablecloth.
As the bruised cousins walk in front of them, Secretary Jang asks Eun Seol how did the fight start. He tells her that their relationship has always been bad, but they’ve never fought with fists before. They are caught by Chairman Cha, who is at the entrance of the building. He sees Ji Heon and Moo Won and immediately guesses what happened. All of them end up in the lift (aka the space where disobedient chaebol sons gets a whoopin’) and kicks first Moo Won and then Ji Heon. (He then quietly tells Moo Won not to tell his mum that he kicked him. And a flustered Moo Won nervously agrees.)
Chairman Cha asks if Ji Heon and Moo Won fought over work, and they feebly say yes. And the Chairman roars, “Who would believe that?” He dismisses Moo Won first and then asks Ji Heon who threw the most punches. LOL. Ji Heon says that he did, while Eun Seol gives the chairman a funny look. The Chairman gruffly tells her, “Don’t you know a parent’s heart?” He tells Eun Seol to stay behind and demands to know the real reason they fought. He concludes that it’s a woman they fought over – Na Yoon. Eun Seol weakly tries to correct him, but the Chairman has made up his mind.
Suk Hui and Na Yoon’s mum complain about how badly Eun Seol treated them. Na Yoon’s mum suggest that they ship Eun Seol off to Japan. Just then, Grandma calls Suk Hui and summons to meet them both. She warns the two of them that if they disturb Eun Seol in any way she’d spread rumours about them.
Moo Won is fixing himself up with his secretary’s help. She is worried about his uncharacteristic behaviour, but Moo Won says that although he’s embarrassed he’s pleased that he stepped out of his comfort zone.
Ji Heon is doing the same with Eun Seol and insists that she puts some ointment on his bruises. He shares how he realised that he likes her – people told him about it. Eun Seol says that it’s unfortunate that she had no one to tell her that. Ji Heon says that it is possible that she may not know she has feelings for him. She teases him, saying is it feelings for him or “that director”?
Na Yoon is summoned to the Chairman’s office, who tells her that the two cousins fought over her and to decide on her feelings. She says that she chose Ji Heon, and he says that it’d have been better if she decided earlier. Na Yoon sighs and tells the chairman that he’s rather thick.
Moo Won, Ji Heon and their secretaries end up in the lift with Na Yoon, who is pissed that they used her as an excuse for their fight (they deny that) and for saying that they didn’t fight because of her.
At home, Grandma and Chairman Cha talk about the fight. A maid offers Ji Heon a glass of milk which he accepts only because Eun Seol was the one who recommended that he drink it.
Eun Seol tells Myung Ran that cousins both like her, and Myung Ran is jealous. She consoles herself by looking at photos of her favourite actors on the way back home in the car. She asks Eun Seol if she’d date Moo Won, but she tells him that she has no desire to date rich men. She says that the men will come to the senses when reality hits them and return to how their lives should be. She doesn’t want to be caught in that. Myung Ran wonders if she likes any of them. Eun Seol thinks that they’re both pitiful … especially … she trails off saying that her feelings doesn’t matter. She just has to ignore them and it’ll be fine.
Back at work, Moo Won keeps avoiding her before she could give him her answer. And Ji Heon is stalking her.
During English class at work, she overhears two workers talk about how Moo Won and Ji Heon got into a fistfight. The news about their fight has gone out into the Internet!
Suk Hui and Chairman Cha try to do damage control by doing community service together while Ji Heon and Moo Mown appear chummy in public. At a rare family dinner, Grandma snaps at her brood, saying that they’re fooling no one with their PR song and dance. She says that from now on they’re going to have family dinners together. They protest, and she ups it to twice a week. Chairman Cha protests and she ups it to three times. Ji Heon begs his father to stop. If they don’t start to get along she’s going to do what they fear most: Donate their inheritances to charity. She remarks that Ji Heon and Moo Won used to be close and blames their bad relationship on their parents.
The Chairman puts some food in Suk Hui’s bowl, and Moo Won does the same to Ji Heon’s, with a smarmy smile which translates to “I hope you choke on this”. Ji Heon, through clenched teeth, keeps refusing the food and then tells him to stop. But with a sweet smile in case Grandma catches him. (I love the subtle expressions that cross Ji Heon’s face in this scene. The “%$# I hate your &%$ guts and my face muscles are withering from the strain of pretending to smile” expression.)
Later, Moo Won barges into Ji Heon’s room, slamming the door in Ji Heon’s face, who for some odd reason is hiding behind the door. Ji Heon tells him to get out but Moo Won tells them that Grandma wants them to get along like before when they were kids. He talks about how when they were kids Ji Heon would beg him to stay and play and not let him go home. Ji Heon says that it’s all in the past and there’s no point bringing it all up. Moo Won throws himself on Ji Heon’s bed and gleefully tells Ji Heon that he’ll take away the company and Eun Seol from him. Furious, Ji Heon starts hitting Moo Won with a pillow and then throws him out of the room.
Moo Won’s mum is shocked at their behaviour, but Chairman Cha just says that kids play around. She says that the only kid here is Ji Heon and tells him that he’s really slow and so unaware about what’s really going on, which totally confuses him.
Chairman Cha, Secretary Jang and Manager Park talk about the shady happenings with the company shares (I don’t quite understand it myself – sorry, I flunked economics). He tells them to keep this from Ji Heon and he wants to know as little as possible about the affair so that he can deny what happens in the future. This is so coming back to bite him in the ass.
Ji Heon has taken to making Eun Seol work in his office now since it’s “dangerous” out there with Moo Won “watching her like a tiger” and all. The chairman summons them to his office – he wants Ji Heon to manage a coffee chain. He then insist that Ji Heon come with him somewhere but won’t tell him where they’re going. As he is dragged out, Ji Heon tells Eun Seul not to stay in the office but to do research on coffee.
Moo Won surprises Eun Seol in the lobby like a little kid and Eun Seol then tells him that he’s like Ji Heon, which doesn’t please him at all. He correctly guesses that Ji Heon ordered her to do the coffee research so that she can avoid him, so he follows her on her task instead. Hee.
At the cafe, Moo Won receives a call from mum who demands to know what Ji Heon is up to. When she says she doesn’t know, she marches out of the hair salon – with curlers still in her hair. But actually, he knows. He asks Eun Seol if Ji Heon and Chairman is meeting Na Yoon and is she sad about it. Eun Seol says she isn’t.
Moo Won is happy that he’s skipping work – and Eun Seol worries that she’s leading him down the wrong path.
Ji Heon is upset that they’re meeting Na Yoon and her mother to discuss their marriage. He flatly tells his father that he and Na Yoon are over. Done. Kapoot. And that on the day she left, his brother – his son – died. Na Yoon’s mum says that it’s his brother Ji Seok’s fault not Na Yoon’s. Ji Heon replies that he doesn’t blame her but himself, for because he left to coax Na Yoon who mysteriously left to return his brother died for him.
Na Yoon chases after Ji Heon, who tells him that he was really mean to blame her. Ji Heon says that this is not to protect Eun Seol but this is what he wants. He will always remember the incident when he sees her because on that day two important people left him that day. He walks off.
Back in the room, Na Yoon’s mum chides the chairman for being blind to the situation that is right in front of his eyes. And he frowns, totally confused.
She bumps into Na Yoon who’s crying piteously outside. She hits her daughter for being ridiculous and drags her away.
Outside, Secretary Jang tells him that Ji Heon has left, driving off their transport. Suk Hui walks up to him and asks about Ji Heon and whether it wasn’t successful. He’s confused by all this vague talk. Suk Hui walks away muttering about how it “isn’t successful”.
In a taxi, Chairman Cha thinks about how his mum, Na Yoon’s mum and Suk Hui all told him how he was so slow and blind. And he finally realises that Eun Seol is the reason why Moo Won and Ji Heon fought the other day.
Ji Heon returns to the office, and he’s upset. He says that he is upset because he remembered something unpleasant and that he feels better when he looks at her. He asks if he could hold Eun Seol and hugs her as she protests. She says he can do so for a while … he tells her not to leave and she says she won’t as long as she doesn’t fire him. And he says, with his eyes slightly teary, that he won’t.
Just then Secretary Kim walks in seeing them hugging. They seperate in shock, and Kim tells a crabby Ji Heon about the Smart Centre project.
Eun Seol is summoned to the chairman’s office and she confesses to him that she’s the object of the cousins’ affections. The chairman is furious, saying that he told her to watch over him, not seduce him. She denies it vehemently. He wants to know how she seduced Moo Won, whom he considers normal and she says she didn’t. The chairman sighs and says she has seduced him too. And she misunderstands thinking that he’s fallen for her, and he denies it irritably. He says that no matter how much he likes her, he can’t accept her as Ji Heon’s partner because of her background and laments that she spent her youth playing around instead of building a better future for herself. Eun Seol wonders if she’s being fired, the Chairman says that he isn’t doing that but he will transfer her. She says she needs to finish her task with Ji Heon first, but the chairman says to wait for his instructions.
Eun Seol and Ji Heon goes hiking where she makes him make a speech in front of a group of hikers. He talks about Eun Seol the stone who got stuck in his brain, and he wishes that she be by his side forever. Eun Seol watches him with tears in her eyes, probably sad that she’s going to be gone from her life sooner than he thinks.
Later, she lies in bed thinking about his speech, how he says that with her around he doesn’t feel like a fool anymore and that he can do all kinds of things. Moo Won calls to arrange a meet with her, and she is eager to settle things with him.
In the car with his dad, Ji Heon remembers how Eun Seol kept saying that he has to handle things on his own if she isn’t around. He says out loud that she’s behaving strangely, and his father is annoyed asking why he’s always relying on her. He says that with Eun Seol by his side he’ll be all right. Then, suspicious, he asked his dad if he said anything to Eun Seol and whether he’s planning to do something. The chairman admits that he is planning to do something, and angrily, Ji Heon gets out of the car … but without his wallet and phone.
Chairman Cha calls Eun Seol and tells her to find Ji Heon and she scolds him for doing this again. She quickly apologises to the irate chairman, and rushes off to find him. Meanwhile, Moo Won arrives at the dinner destination – his phone rings in the car.
Ji Heon is nervously walking down a road, clapping his hands and singing to distract himself from his fears. He remembers, smiling, that time after he was chased out of the house by his father, how she had disappeared and reappeared from behind a cart on the street, surprising him. He calls out her name and suddenly Eun Seol is behind him, asking, “What’s wrong? Why do you keep calling me?”
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