What I think + Spoilers: Introverted Boss is from the same director and writer that gave us Marriage Not Dating. Actually hindi lang pala the director and writer, there’s two more from that show, the main lead Yeon Woo-jin who played Eun Hwan-Gi and Heo Jung-min (Eom Sun-bong), one of the employees of the PR company. Considering that and the teasers, I figured this is going to be another light rom-com with out of the box twists.
The first episode caught me off guard coz it was kind’a dark, I expected it to be light and fun. But it started with Ji Hye jumping off the building. She fell on top of the car parked in street with people bustling around on Christmas eve. I kind off hesitated about the show but I was willing to give it a few more episodes.
So this show follows the story of an extreme introvert CEO of a PR company Eun Hwan Gi (Yeon Woo Jin) and the energetic extrovert Chae Ro Woon (Park Hye Soo). Due to Hwan Gi’s extreme shyness, people misunderstood him and called him “silent monster”. Behind the two lies the mysterious suicide of Ji Hye, Ro Woon’s older sister and secretary of Hwan Gi.
Ro Woon thought that her sister was mistreated by her boss that one day she got fed up and eventually jumped off the office building. Sobrang determined siya to expose Hwan Gi for the monter that she thought he is, so she worked her ass off to become part of Hwan Gi’s PR company, which *clap clap* she eventually did. The first few episodes, I hated her. She’s rude and abrasive! That part where she went inside Hwan Gi’s office and looked around, I was like girl – what is wrong with you? It’s your first day at work and you had to the nerve to poke around the boss’ office! Are you for real?! But later on, her personality grew on me. *Haha!*
The backdrop of the story is complicated and entangled that sometimes I have to pause and think, ahhh siya pala yun or wait what happened again? *Haha!* Medyo loading lang ang peg. But in fairness, this story is so much more about family and friendship. How far are you willing to go for your loved ones? And will your relationship withstand all the trials? Not only that, is a web full of unrequited love.
The second lead is Woo Il played by Yoon Park. Since super shy si Hwan Gi, Woo Il is the face of the company. But in fairness, he is competent too. Woo Il fell in love with Ji Hye but Ji Hye likes Hwan Gi. His friendship with Hwan Gi runs deep, despite all the issues they had to face, they remained good friends. Hwan Gi’s father actually likes him more than his son – he’s disappointed that his son is extremely shy.
I did mention that this story is full of unrequited love right? *Haha!* Meet Eun Yi-Soo (Gong Seung-yeon), Hwan Gi’s sister. She’s in love with Woo Il. She’s got psychological issues actually. She’s one of the reasons why Ji Hye jumped off the building. She knew that Woo Il is in love with Ji Hye.
Okay, to be honest, I would have moved on if not for Hwan Gi. It was a pleasure to watch him emerge from his own world. The moments where he got to know his employees personally, yung effort niya that will make you realize that deep inside he’s one thoughtful guy din naman pala. It’s just that he’s misunderstood all the time. That’s what kept me hooked, I wanted to see him outgrew that shyness and become more sociable. The rest of the story, sorry, there was nothing in it that could make it stand out from the overpopulated world of rom-coms.