So now everything is out in the open in Protect the Boss, and still the plot development churns forward with so many uncertainties and issues. I’ve been so excited that Ji Heon found Eun Seol to help him get over his deeply rooted issues that I never considered that she might become a crutch for him. A safety blanket of sorts. I think the drama is aware of this already and will address it when the time comes. For now, the Cha family dynamics continue to provide so much mirth and warmth while the romantic developments are moving forward without a lot of fanfare or grand moments. The writing in this drama is so good, it makes the snappy and intelligent dialogue feel so effortless, when I know it’s not.
Episode 7 baby recap:
Eun Seol confirms that Moo Won’s declaration was indeed of a romantic nature, as he confesses that he likes her. He genuinely has feelings for her, much to his surprise. He wants to see where it can go, and asks her to give him a chance. Eun Seol flashes back to Ji Heon’s declaration to her in the car (that she’s a rock lodged in his brain), and has to shake her head to clear the confusion. Moo Won doesn’t want her to give him an answer now, asking her to consider it and let him know later.
Eun Seol leaves and runs into Ji Heon outside, who immediately enters the restaurant to confront Moo Won. Moo Won plainly tells Ji Heon that he likes Eun Seol and told her as much. Ji Heon offers to give him the company, his inheritance, everything so long as Moo Won stays away from Eun Seol. Ji Heon explains sincerely that he likes Eun Seol and desperately needs her in his life. Moo Won refuses, because he needs Eun Seol, too. The two cousins stare down devolves into a pushing and kicking match, and finally into a hair-pulling wrestling match on the ground. Eun Seol runs back into the restaurant to stop the boys but they are going at it.
The Chairman’s secretary is informed of the situation, and he (along with Moo Won’s secretary and the other secretaries) all run to the restaurant to do damage control. Love how this drama shows that the bosses need the secretaries as much as the secretaries need this job. Eun Seol has covered the fighting Cha cousins in a table cloth to prevent further pictures and videos to be shot by the other folks in the restaurant. When the boys are dragged back to the office, the Chairman confronts them as fighting over work. He kicks both boys in the butt in the elevator, but whispers to Moo Won not to tell his mom that he got kicked.
Moo Won and Na Yoon’s mom meet to bicker and discuss what to do about their kids, and about Eun Seol. They agree on sending her to Japan for the foreseeable future. But Grandma suddenly summons them both, and warns them to leave Eun Seol alone otherwise she will spread rumors about them. Ha, Grandma is such an ass kicker. She tells the moms to keep this from the Chairman as well. Moo Won is rather pleased about the fight, liking that fact that perhaps he’s finally step outside the confines of his comfort zone. Na Yoon gets called to meet the Chairman, who thinks the boys are fighting over her. Na Yoon is pissed and yells at Moo Won and Ji Heon in the elevator for using her as an excuse for their fight.
Eun Seol confesses to Myung Ran that she was a little thrilled to have her Moo Won God confess he likes her. But Eun Seol won’t reveal how she feels about either guy. Moo Won keeps avoiding Eun Seol at work, thinking she’s going to give him an answer to his declaration and turn him down. The press gets wind of the fight, leading Moo Won’s mom to join the Chairman in community service and the Cha cousins to act all lovey dovey for the cameras, all to show the pretense of getting along. Grandma schedules a family dinner to force her brood to get along, and decides to make it weekly going forward.
Moo Won goes to Ji Heon’s room after dinner and the boys bicker again. Moo Won thinks it’s amusing that they actually like the same girl. Moo Won’s mom is annoyed that the Chairman doesn’t know the truth about why the boys are fighting. The Chairman tells Ji Heon to manage a chain of cafes. Eun Seol, goes coffee tasting to take notes and Moo Won accompanies her. He arranges dinner with her this weekend to hear her response.
The Chairman schedules a lunch with Ji Heon, Na Yoon, and her mom. Ji Heon confesses that he can’t be with Na Yoon, and it’s not because he’s angry with her or blames her for the death of his brother. He can’t be with Na Yoon because seeing her will always remind him that on the day his brother died, Ji Heon left his brother to run to the airport to try and see Na Yoon. So on that day, the two people he loved the most abandoned him (Na Yoon left and his brother died). Na Yoon thinks Ji Heon is just using this as an excuse but he calmly tells her he isn’t.
Ji Heon goes back to the office and stares at Eun Seol, saying that he’s very upset but looking at her makes him feel better. He asks for a hug, and hugs her tightly. He asks her never to leave him, and she agrees so long as he doesn’t fire her. The Chairman gets a hint from Na Yoon’s mom that perhaps the boys aren’t fighting over Na Yoon. He finally connects the dots to Eun Seo. He calls Eun Seol in to see him and she confesses that she is the reason for the boys fight at the restaurant.
While Ji Heon liking Eun Seol isn’t a surprise, the Chairman is shocked that Moo Won likes Eun Seol, since he’s usually so proper. He asks how she seduced them? She says she didn’t seduce them, and has been firm in telling them no. The Chairman tells Eun Seol that he also likes her since she’s a great girl – he took a liking her from the first time they met, she’s like the daughter he wants. But she must know that she can’t be with Ji Heon. Eun Seol knows that, and won’t accept Ji Heon’s feelings. But Eun Seol has a hard time promising the Chairman that she doesn’t have any feelings for Ji Heon. The Chairman grumbles, wishing Eun Seol didn’t play so much growing up, and perhaps made more of herself so that she can be someone who matched up to Ji Heon today.
Eun Seol takes Ji Heon hiking for the physical exercise and asks him to make a public speech at the top to the other hikers. Ji Heon is nervous and out of breath, but he closes his eyes and says that one day a rock named Noh Eun Seol hit him, but the rock was so pretty that he wants to rock to stay with him for the rest of his life. With Noh Eun Seol by his side, he thinks he can do anything. Eun Seol listens with her eyes slightly moist with tears. Moo Won calls Eun Seol and reminds her that they agreed to meet this weekend, so they set up dinner. Eun Seol vows to end things with Moo Won quickly.
Moo Won gets dressed for dinner, and takes a watch from his drawer as he heads out. Ji Heon is with the Chairman in a car when he thinks back to Eun Seol acting weird earlier, reminding Ji Heon to keep exercising and public speaking when she’s not around. The Chairman wants him to stop relying on Eun Seol so much, but Ji Heon thinks everything will be fine because Eun Seol will always be with him. He gets out of the car, but doesn’t have his wallet and keys. The Chairman calls Eun Seol and tells her that Ji Heon jumped out of the car without any of his personal items with him.
Moo Won is at the restaurant waiting for Eun Seol. Ji Heon walks and gets nervous, but remembers to clap his hands like Eun Seol taught him to allay his fears. He flashes back to the time when he got kicked out of the house and he left without any of his belongings, and how Eun Seol jumped out to scare him after he called her name. Ji Heon now calls out for Eun Seol, and suddenly he hears her respond. He turns around and Eun Seol is standing behind him. She asks why he keeps calling for her? Ji Heon smiles brightly when he sees her.
[Credit: Softy at soulsrebel.wordpress.com for providing details that I missed]