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Title: 샐러리맨 초한지 / Salaryman
Chinese Title: 工薪族楚汉志
Also Known as : History of the Salaryman / Salaryman Chohanji
Genre: melodrama, Comedy
Episodes: 22
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2012-Jan-02 to 2012-March-13
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55


This drama is based of ‘The Romance of the Three Kingdoms‘ in set dark world of Salaryman workers.

This drama depicts the trial and tribulations of the average salaryman, from humble beginnings to success. This drama portray the salaryman’s loneliness and isolation, struggles, sorrows, hopes and successes in a realistic light.

One night Yoo Bang (Lee Bum Soo) enters a dark, mysterious villa with nothing but a flashlight, only to find an executive of the Chunha Medical Group, Ho Hae slouched in a chair, dead and Jin Ho Hae’s niece, Yeo Chi (Jung Ryu Won) hiding behind a curtain. At Ho Hae’s funeral, Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi are suddenly taken into custody for his murder. We’re taken three months into the past to reveal what led to this murder and exactly who was responsible. During this flashback we meet Choi Hang Woo (Jung Gyu Woon), a director from Ho Hae’s rival pharmaceutical company, who is undercover to steal the formula for their new drug and the Chief Researcher from Chunha Group, Cha Woo Hee (Hong Soo Hyun). The lives of these individuals will all be intertwined within these three months to reveal exactly just who murdered Ho Hae, and why. (Source)


Main cast

Lee Bum Soo as Oh Yoo Bang
Jung Ryu Won as Baek Yeo Chi
Jung Gyu Woon as Choi Hang Woo
Hong Soo Hyun as Cha Woo Hee

Supporting cast

Kim Suh Hyung as Mo Ga Bi
Lee Duk Hwa as Jin Shi Hwang
Kim Il Woo as Jang Ryang
Yoon Yong Hyun as Bun Kwae
Lee Ki Young as Park Beom Jeung
Yoo Hyung Kwan as So Ha
Yang Hyung Wook as Han Shin
Kim Eung Soo as Oh Ji Rak
Park Sang Myun as Jin Ho Hae
Jang Hyun Sung as Choi Hang Ryang
Lee Seung Won as Kim Ban Jang
Kim Ji Young as Ji Won (Han Shin’s daughter)
Song Kyung Chul as Paeng Wol
Oh Jung Tae


Lee Joon as Yeo Chi’s boyfriend
Lee Joo Shil as Yoo Bang’s mother
Im Hyun Shik as Yoo Bang’s father
Jung Bo Suk as Jo Pil Yun
Kang Kyung Joon
Jun Jae Hyung

Production Credits

Director: Yoo In Sik
Screenwriter: Jang Young Chul, Jung Kyung Soon (정경순)

Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2012-01-02 1 8.1 9.9 (19th)
2012-01-03 2 10.2 (19th) 11.9 (12th)
2012-01-09 3 11.3 (13th) 12.8 (9th)
2012-01-10 4 10.2 (17th) 12.1 (12th)
2012-01-16 5 13.5 (7th) 14.9 (3rd)
2012-01-17 6 11.5 (14th) 12.2 (10th)
2012-01-23 7 9.2 (8th) 9.4 (9th)
2012-01-24 8 12.6 (3rd) 14.5 (3rd)
2012-01-30 9 14.5 (4th) 16.1 (3rd)
2012-01-31 10 15.9 (3rd) 17.3 (3rd)
2012-02-06 11 17.1 (3rd) 19.1 (2nd)
2012-02-07 12 19.4 (3rd) 21.5 (2nd)
2012-02-13 13 20.1 (3rd) 23.8 (1st)
2012-02-14 14 20.4 (3rd) 22.9 (1st)
2012-02-20 15 21.6 (2nd) 25.2 (1st)
2012-02-21 16 22.2 (2nd) 24.3 (1st)
2012-02-27 17 21.0 (3rd) 22.8 (1st)
2012-02-28 18 23.0 (2nd) 25.2 (1st)
2012-03-05 19 22.7 (3rd) 24.7 (1st)
2012-03-06 20 23.3 (1st) 24.5 (1st)
2012-03-12 21 22.1 (2nd) 23.5 (1st)
2012-03-13 22 24.2 (1st) 24.7 (1st)

Source: TNmS Media Korea


– Because of conflict of fee payment between South Korea’s integrated cable operators and KBS (cable operators want KBS, SBS and MBC to lower the retransmission fee of their programs), the cable TV system operators stopped carrying the signal of KBS2 TV station on 16/January/2012, causing the ratings of KBS drama series Brain dropped significantly, falling from top ranking position to last ranking position. Because most of the audience cannot watch Brain, the ratings of MBC drama Lights and Shadows and SBS drama Salaryman surged on that day. (Source)

– On 21/Feb/2012, this drama decided to add 2 episodes extension to the total of 22 episode which will end on 13/March/2012.


2012 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Actress Awards (Mini Series), Jung Ryu Won (Salaryman, King of Dramas)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Special Acting Awards (Mini Series), Lee Duk Hwa (Salaryman)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars Awards, Jung Ryu Won (Salaryman, King of Dramas)

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Trailer I & Trailer II

Highlight (17 Minutes)

Music Video


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  1. 1 : Sane Says:

    Waduhhh….aku kudu ndelok iki
    Sebab idolaku main ndek kene
    Ndelok sinopsise ae apik opo maneh ceritane
    Kudu lan wajib ndelok

  2. 2 : Irons Draga Says:

    l’affiche est sublime ! je suis sur qu’il cassera le record de IRIS ou de Brillant Legacy ! c’est moi qui vous le dit ! ça m’a l’air incroyable. De plus le synopsis a l’air fascinant j’ai trop hate !

    (Translation from french to english by google translate)
    the poster is sublime! I’m sure he will break the record for IRIS or Brilliant Legacy! it is I who will tell you! it made me look amazing. In addition, the synopsis looks amazing I can not wait!

  3. 3 : BANGBEN Says:


  4. 4 : KDaddict Says:

    Oh dear! The story sounds down right depressing! Isn’t real life depressing enough with stories of ppl suffering in economic downturns all around us?
    This is the kind of thing I wouldn’t touch w a 10 foot pole!

  5. 5 : jow Says:

    The genre of this drama is Melodrama….can’t wait…..

    is sounds interesting..

    i’m waiting for this drama…

  6. 6 : zibOo Says:

    waiting for this drama…

  7. 7 : butterscot Says:

    sound s great

  8. 8 : jow Says:

    i believe that this drama will be great and the rating will be high..can’t wait..

  9. 9 : Raimay Says:

    >.< Jung Ryeo Won!! I'll waiting this drama!!

  10. 10 : bumsoofan Says:

    oppa Bum Soo !!! waiting for this drama…

  11. 11 : dreamboy82 Says:

    Finally, it’s out.

  12. 12 : Mic Says:

    @KDaddict 4, Ditto!!!

  13. 13 : Nina Says:

    I’m with you, KDaddict

  14. 14 : Mystisith Says:

    For those who think it’s sad and depressing : I’ve seen first 2 eps and it’ s hilarious. The war zone concept is to take at the 100 th degree. If you don’t believe me, check out the 2 trailers and the recaps at Dramabeans. Much better than Brain for this time slot in my opinion : Big budget obviously, fresh characters, crazy situations. I hope it’s gonna be a hit, even if i understand it’s not for everybody’s taste.

  15. 15 : Mic Says:

    @Mystisith-14, hi, yes, I just watched 10 min of the 1st episode. totally different from what I thought. Very funny!

    @KDaddict-4, hi, this is not a depressing drama, it’s actually very loosely based on the battle between Xiang Yu and Liu Bang, two historical Chinese heroes, in a modern comedy. I won’t be chasing after it every week, but will definitely put it on my to-watch list once it’s completed.

  16. 16 : KDaddict Says:

    @Mic, Mystisith-14, 15,
    That’s good to know. Brain is ending soon. I’m only following PP, FF, n METS. It’ll be lovely to find sth funny to watch. Gidarigae!

  17. 17 : DoubleU Says:

    Believe this drama will be a great hit. Enjoy most of Lee Bum Soo’s drama including that of Giant. May not have the looks but he is a natural actor. Need not resort to “blood shot eyes” as Shin in Brain or funny hairstyle in Harvest Villa to execute his role. Definitely looking forward to this one.

  18. 18 : KDaddict Says:

    Does Shin have “blood shot eyes” in Brain all that often?
    Haven’t seen LeeBS’s work b4. Curious to chk it out.

  19. 19 : Jade Lim Says:

    I just found this site and pls. help me how to view the TV Drama on my computer as dramasub.com or mysoju.com. Thanks for your support!

  20. 20 : Jade Says:

    I clicked on “Watch Now” on Watch Internet TV to download, then I didn’t find a Korean TV Drama. Am I on the right track or missing a very simple step to access? Help me! Many thanks.

  21. 21 : jhapzter Says:

    wow.. lee bum soo’s acting is very good.. this is one of the funniest melodrama i’ve seen, and the cast are really good and outstanding story that’ll glue u to ur chair.. don’t miss it!!!

  22. 22 : wonhoo Says:

    wow…hong soo hyun is really great in the princess man and she get the excellence actress award from her acting in tpm.but why she take a second lead again.i wish she can get main role in her next project but i like jung ryuwon too in princess jamyunggo.but so sadly i cant watch this drama because until now i still have virus the princess man in my brain.but i wish this drama make a good rating.sm fighting…

  23. 23 : rik Says:

    this is a freaking good kdrama <3 it

  24. 24 : Jennie Says:

    @ Are the ratings accurate for Ep 4 & 5? The difference in % is about 2% only but the position jumps 10 places?

  25. 25 : admin Says:

    @Jennie (24),

    Please see the note just below the ‘episode ratings’ for explanation.

    In additional, normally the ratings between position 5 and position 20 have different less than 5%.

    That’s mean a drama can jump from position 20 to position 10 with the increasing of only 3% ratings.

  26. 26 : Jennie Says:

    @admin (25) TQ for the explanation and Wishing You A Blessed and Prosperous Lunar New Year.

  27. 27 : Devin Says:

    Criminally under-rated. I’ve seen my fair share of dramas, and haven’t felt this type of gravitating force since the fantastic “The Greatest Love.” Heed my word, drama lovers, History of a Salary man is wacky, off-beat, beautifully shot, and acting that doesn’t read over-the-top. The story is edited with scenes seamlessly flowing, one after another, with an appropriate and cleverly timed OST. Pick this drama up and give it a try.

    P.s. The chemistry is top notch, from all four leads. Tired of love triangles? This one is for you. Tired of one demensiomal side-lined characters with no motive or true sense of self? Tired of illogical reasoning and drama worlds where suffering is only about love? Tired of motionless story-lines, where one conflict and one realizations ends with the drama? I hope I’m selling this. Watch it!!!!!

  28. 28 : harimsam Says:

    please everyone watch it salaryman is very refreshing and unique this drama gonna tickle your funny bone to the core might as well make the your belly button roll down the floor.Acting is brilliant direction is superb and everything else is damn AWESOME!! WANNA SOMETHING CLICHE WITH FULL TWIST SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT …

  29. 29 : KDaddict Says:

    If this show is criminally under-rated, it is entirely the PD team’s fault. First, it is called Salaryman! Not the most interesting group of chars in KD-land. They put out a synopsis that suggest the show is more boring than Death of a Salesman, a poster that is monotonic in brown, w angry ppl just standing around on a street, and a cast without very high name recognition. I think that must be the best way to scare ppl away.

    Contrast that with an old show like Prince’s First Love fr 2004. The title tells you what the show will be about; that it is going to be a funny romance comedy; the poster has 4 young pretty ppl on a yacht against a aquamarine blue sky, like in a tropical location, and it stars Chae Tae Hyun, which guarantees that you will laugh. I don’t even need to know who the leading lady is to love it already.
    Packaging is impt after all!

    Is this a screwball comedy?

  30. 30 : harimsam Says:


  31. 31 : KDaddict Says:

    #30: Don’t come here to throw a temper tantrum.
    It only shows that you don’t understand the pt of my post, n that you are very cranky.

  32. 32 : Mia Says:

    9.4 (9th)
    14.5 (3rd)

    looool it’s sooooo weird ^^

  33. 33 : harimsam Says:

    me cranky thanks! anything to spice up this forum and make it known.

  34. 34 : rikso Says:

    I LOVE THIS DRAMA, great actors and pretty interesting story <3

  35. 35 : KDaddict Says:

    #33, Don’t flatter yourself.
    Throwing a temper tantrum does not spice up a thread, or make it known. All it does is show the kind of person you are. This is a Chat Board; use it appropriately.

  36. 36 : harimsam Says:

    yeah yeah yeah!

  37. 37 : Duchess Says:

    #29 The four main cast of this drama are very familiar faces and respected stars in Korean dramas. It is obvious that just because you don’t recognize the names you automatically assume it’s ‘not very high name recognition’. Why must a drama have big star ames anyway. It’s also obvious that you have not actually watched the drama to give such comments. After all don’t judge a book by its cover.

  38. 38 : tami lee Says:

    Dear Lee Bum Soo,

    You impressed me enough in Salaryman to look you up to watch your other movies.

    I absolutely adore you in On Air. I keep on turning on last Episode, part 6/6 to watch you over and over again as I can tune right in your asking the girl you love to go to America with you.

    You are most adorable in this movie with my most favorite style of hair and you most charming farewell smile at the airport.

    I look forward to watching your NEXT MOVIE OF A LOVE STORY

  39. 39 : KDaddict Says:

    I’m glad u wrote. You n harimsam seem be offended becos u think my post #29 was a put down for this show n its actors. Nothing is further fr the truth. Actually it was a response to #27, which said it was Criminally under-rated. I gave an explanation as to why it was so.
    A good show requires good packaging. Without it, even if the show is side-splitting funny as this one is, ppl simply don’t know, if they aren’t flocking to it.
    My pt is that the PD team has botched the job of packaging:
    1, when they name a show Salaryman, it sounds like the show will be boring, so many viewers will stay away.
    2, then they write a synopsis that says it “depicts the trials n tribulations of the average salaryman”, well, it really scares ppl away now.
    3. the official poster shot in brown, shows 4 angry ppl; it doesn’t exactly make ppl think, Wow, that’s gonna be an interesting show, I can’t wait.
    4. I said the cast does not have VERY high name recognition. That means the show lacks a built-in following. Am I being unfair to the cast or ignorant of them?
    If you have a Hyun Bin, Park Shi Hoo, Kim Hyun Joong, Micky Yoochun, Jang Hyuk, Song Seung Hyun, Jung Woo Sung, Jung Il Woo, Cha Seung Won, Choi Siwon, etc. plus a Kim Tae Hee or any of the A-listers, then maybe ppl will come n watch DESPITE a title such as Salaryman, a synopsis such as this one, plus a horrible poster. But you don’t.
    Lee BS is a character actor. He can be v good at what he does, is v well-respected, but he has a lower profile, n therefore lesser name recognition, a smaller fan base.
    Jung Gyn Woon is basically a 2nd lead. He only played a leading man once recently in Romance Town. That also means when ppl see his name, many will not recognize it.
    Hong Soo Hyun is recent even as a 2nd lead (only in LTM n TPM).
    Now you r absolutely right that a show does not have to have big stars to be good. But I was trying to explain why this show was so under-rated. Lousy title, terrible synopsis, unattractive poster, poor packaging job, PLUS NO BIG name stars, therefore a good quality show goes under-rated. Becos most ppl DO judge a book by its covers. I’m saying That’s the problem.
    Was that too fine a distinction for you?

  40. 40 : SoNyuhShiDae Says:


  41. 41 : Seyra Says:

    @ tami lee Lee Bum Soo was also the lead in Giant and he was great there too. Have you watched it yet?

  42. 42 : Duchess Says:

    #39 For your information, Jung Gyn Woon has won some acting awards and he was also the lead in two very successful dramas ie Loving You A Thousand Times and Dr Champ. Lee Bum Soo is a veteran artist and he has appeared in many popular dramas and movies and has also many awards to his name. There is nothing wrong with the poster in my eyes as it reflects the era of the drama. It is done tastefully and not gaudy and chlidish. As for the synopsis, in my many years of watching KD I have seldom come across one that truly reflects the story and more often, it gets lost in translation. As I said before, it is wrong to judge a book by its cover. Posters do help reflect the targeted audience, and I believe that the tagetted audience for this drama is not some 15-17 year olds but the more mature ones, so you don’t really need colorful pictures and pretty faces. Was that too fine a distinction for you too?

  43. 43 : KDaddict Says:

    Why r you guys so upset, when I wasn’t criticizing the show or the actors?
    K-ent is an extremely competitive business. So many new KDs r aired at any given period, it is impt to get viewer interest b4 broadcasting even starts. There in lies the importance of packaging n marketing.
    IMO, the PD team’s poor packaging n marketing job has had an influence on the show’s low ratings. What’s wrong w saying that?
    Not only 13-15 year olds look a an official poster n have a reaction. Most ppl do, rt? Just becos YOU like it, doesn’t mean Most ppl do too, rt?
    As for the actors, Again, I wasn’t criticizing the quality of their acting. Shin Ha Kyun wasn’t that widely known when he took on Brain. Yet he won the Daesang award. Song Seung Hyun is really famous, yet most ppl know he is not known for excellence in acting. Yet it is a fact that tons more ppl flock to watch SSH than Shin. I was stating a fact of K-ent life. Don’t u think Big stars w big names will attract a bigger audience?
    Sb said this show is criminally under-rated. I blame it on its packaging n marketing. I haven’t had a bad word to say abt the show or the actors. Why does that upset ppl?
    Was WHAT too fine a distinction for me? I didn’t see one in your post.

  44. 44 : KDaddict Says:

    You guys r real funny. I say the show doesn’t deserve its low ratings. I say they r low only becos the actors r not real BIG name popular actors, n the packaging is poor. You disagree vehemently. You say the actors r well known, n nothing is wrong w the synopsis as written or the poster. So what r you saying? So u mean, the ratings r low becos the show deserves them???
    harisam, don’t jump all over me b4 u know what I’m saying.
    Duchness your highness, if u want to debate, at least find out what the motion of the debate is.

  45. 45 : Mystisith Says:

    @ KDaddict. I think you’re right all the line :
    Poor promotion of the show in a VERY competitive field.
    No big star.
    Now, about the ratings and all, it could be a willing strategy from SBS. Some channels would want to attract hordes of fan girls ( and there is nothing wrong about that ), while others target a niche of viewers ( older people, maybe more male oriented, higher
    incomes … ) to obtain decent ” quality ” ratings instead of
    ” quantity “. I’m not trying to rank spectators here, so no need to attack me. But people have to understand than when you decide the price for TV commercials on your channel, you also consider the socio-economic groups. Playing the underdog has some advantages.
    END of the lesson…
    Now, i don’t work for SBS, and i could be totally wrong. 🙂

  46. 46 : KDaddict Says:

    Oh, sigh of relief, Thank you! Finally someone understands what I was saying! I felt so wrongly attacked for saying: If this was packaged more slickly, maybe more ppl would find out how funny it really is. Just becos ppl can write in English doesn’t mean they can think!
    Now we can get to the next level of discussion.
    Networks have various strategies for scheduling.
    There r times when the competing shows in the same time slot r so strong that the network deliberately schedule a cheaper show in order to cut their loss, n save a stronger show for a later day. Shows that r cheaper to buy also have smaller advertising budgets. In any case, that’s no excuse for anyone to come up w such a title, synopsis, n poster!

    And this, @harimsam is how adults discuss KDs on open forums! An antidote to your “yeah yeah yeah”.

  47. 47 : KDaddict Says:

    Now DON’T start attacking me becos you THINK I’m saying this is a “Cheaper” show. I didn’t. #46 is a response to #45 which talks abt network scheduling strategies. I’m talking abt another strategy that networks also use in GENERAL. It doesn’t imply anything abt this particular show.
    Gosh, I hope I don’t have to follow each comment w a disclaimer!

  48. 48 : harimsam Says:

    ROFL! Salaryman hwaiting see ya 2nite.Yoo BAng kick Ass

  49. 49 : sandara Says:

    lllllllllove it

  50. 50 : takgu99 Says:

    very funny….

  51. 51 : Duchess Says:

    Haha, really loving this drama. And I love the background music too! I kinda feel that the cast have a hard time stopping themselves from giggling away with the scenes. Keep it up, Salaryman!

  52. 52 : Duchess Says:

    Has anyone ever seen the Music Video of this drama? It’s epic and I was practically ROTFL. Kim Bum Soo’s take of the zombie dance got me all teared up with laughter! If you have missed it, you can watch it directly from here. Link is given by admin.

  53. 53 : harimsam Says:

    @ Duchess i’ve seen it.ANd yes LEE bum soo dance’s is just killing me and he do it with that cool expression, priceless.

  54. 54 : Duchess Says:

    @harimsam Oops, I meant Lee BS. Thanks.

  55. 55 : takgu99 Says:

    i love the epilog scene…very funny…

  56. 56 : takgu99 Says:

    i love this kind of drama..i think it was awesome!
    but why the ratings was lower..so sad
    yoo bang fighting!!

  57. 57 : harimsam Says:

    this kind of drama is not easy to be made and it has the urban felings all over.It doesn’t follow any kinds of normal formula storytelling which usually quite straightforward with breathtaking visuals and couple with awesome to decent acting skills and echanting romance plot that is what usually had the chance to get high ratings.Salaryman on the other hand is different the approached had some sort out of cliche its fast pace,jam pack,its got issues,simple and need to be understand especially the kind of comedy and parody presented clearly the ratings is not particularly high but drama likes this comes only once every 2 years because its has no back up plan it lean solely on the powerhouse acting skills, superbs writing and solid implementation.I mean not much candy offered here if you know what i mean.But this is the kind of drama that i like i am more towards content than glossy wanna something different,fresh and close to reality.I admit not the pink rom-com kind of fan because i just not into it no reason what so ever but sometimes quality thing did make me sit up and noticed and i appreciate the people behind kdrama because of the quality and the ability to create the korean-wave mania still i hope it will not lost the kind of tradition and moral values and faith that KOrean had if you know what i mean. XD YOO BANG HWAITING !!!!

  58. 58 : =) Says:

    this series is good… hahaha =)

  59. 59 : takgu99 Says:

    yoo bang=breast…
    i think other drama director never think about this name..
    but yoo in sik do…
    yoo bang fighting!!

  60. 60 : salaryman Says:

    this series is daebak!!! :))

  61. 61 : harimsam Says:

    yoo bang and Yeo Chi forever

  62. 62 : OK OK OK Says:

    I didn’t watch this drama bc I don’t like Lee Bum Soo (not handsome enough to attract me) – though i know he is a great actor – many with good ratings under his belt. I watch ON AIR bc there are Sung Yun Ah, Park Yong Ha & Kim Ha Nuel.
    I like the singer KIM BUM SOO – who sings BO GO SHIP DA OST Stairways to Heaven 🙂 A very talented Singer 🙂
    I prefer Jung Gyu Woon to be lead actor bc he is more pleasing to my eyes.

    Salary man – My sis watched till ep 8 and gave up bc she also prefer JGW to be lead.
    As for Giant, she watch till all the child actors grows up and stop there…. 🙂

  63. 63 : harimsam Says:

    Lee Bum Soo shii hwaiting !

  64. 64 : Duchess Says:

    @harimsam Hmm..have you noticed the raings lately? Smart viewers recognize a good drama and great acting when they see one, don’t you think?

  65. 65 : Duchess Says:

    @harimsam Typing error : ratings (raings)

  66. 66 : harimsam Says:

    yes Duchess i agree with you smart viewers had made the best choice because the drama is brilliantly good the progress is well enacted not to mention top notch performance by all the actors as each eps aired the story is getting better and better the writers and PD i must say SALARYMAN IS INTELLIGENTLY WELL MADE thank you !!!

  67. 67 : Mystisith Says:

    I love the fact than writers play with our feelings. It’s almost flirting : You wait for a kiss eyes closed then bam ! something unexpected happens. Salaryman is definitely part of the New Wave in dramaverse, and it’s a good thing for the viewers. I love cotton candy rom-com too, but it’s also fun to use your brain. I love when i make predictions that get negated. It proves than the writer has done a good job and is not lazy. And the actors are just excellent.

  68. 68 : susan Says:

    Love this drama..soo funny…

  69. 69 : Duchess Says:

    @harimsam Wow, I just discovered the other website with all your postings and am super duper glad that there is so much to discover and share there re this drama. I am going to be glued there for sure. Just thought I’d let you know that I am a fan!! Going by a diff user name over there 😉

  70. 70 : harimsam Says:

    @Duchess aha you have been to soompi then please if you there say hi to me ok and i am glad that you are going to add up your post there as well see ya. XD

  71. 71 : takgu99 Says:

    @ok ok ok
    i just give opinion..
    i dont think JGW can bring yoo bang character..
    bcoz, yoo bang character such like a dumb character..& he do made me laugh.. i dont think JGW can do it…
    i think he can bring the vicious character like he do in this drama..
    i think JGW was perfect in this drama..
    BTW, yoo bang fighting..

  72. 72 : via Says:

    This drama is hillarious, actually not a fan of Leading actress, but she can pull the Yeo Chi character very convincing, so I will give this drama a chance..

  73. 73 : Gary&Jihyo Says:

    I don’t normally post comments but I just I had to brag about the ratings. Yes! Finally it’s first. Congrats Salaryman! You deserve it.

  74. 74 : harimsam Says:

    Give this drama a chance you may not into any of the lead actor but you’ll gonna love the character and the plot the acting is certainly top notch once you spend the time try to watch it for the sake of watching a truly great drama!

  75. 75 : Duchess Says:

    @via Great that you decide to give this drama a chance. No regrets, for sure. Like you, was not a fan of leading actress, especially after seeing her in Which Star (she looked so sickly then!) and then in Princess JM but I love her as Yeo Chi. She’s great here and she has made me have a change of heart about her as an actress. I so love this drama! And don’t forget to watch the MV!!
    @Gary&Jihyo Hip hip hurray for being No 1!!

  76. 76 : tc Says:

    Just watched the first 2 episodes of this drama and liked them enough to continue watching. It was so funny and fast paced. All the four main leads acted well especially Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi. Although Yoo Bang is not handsome but he managed to draw me in with his acting chops and funny antics. Yeo Chi was super in her role as a spoilt rich girl! Jung Gyu Woon played the antagonist role in this drama but there was something innocence about him that I don’t hate his character.

  77. 77 : wang li jia Says:

    super love this!! got addicted here!! xD
    their story plot and acting skills were just so GOOOODDD~~

  78. 78 : Duchess Says:

    @Gary & Jihyo Hahhaaa, I was scratching my head when I first saw your username and haaahhhaaa, now I have made the connection. Stupid me!! I love the show and did you see their hug in the latest episode?

  79. 79 : OK OK OK Says:

    Because of conflict of fee payment between South Korea’s integrated cable operators and KBS (cable operators want KBS, SBS and MBC to lower the retransmission fee of their programs), the cable TV system operators stopped carrying the signal of KBS2 TV station on 16/January/2012, causing the ratings of KBS drama series Brain dropped significantly, falling from top ranking position to last ranking position. Because most of the audience cannot watch Brain, the ratings of MBC drama Lights and Shadows and SBS drama Salaryman surged on that day. (Source)

    After reading the above, I find its unfair to such a nice drama like BRAIN to loose out in the ratings. 🙁

  80. 80 : KIM Says:

    The lead actor is not the typical dashingly handsome type but he sure is charmingly funny:) i love the spoiled rich girl, i love how she falls in love with yoo bang.no too fond of the other female lead woo hee, her eyes and nose looks too fake and it distracts me a lot,she obviously had plastic surgery.

  81. 81 : chu Says:

    gyu won, Fighting!
    I am waiting for next episode.
    You are very handsome!…

  82. 82 : tc Says:

    Did not have any expectation on this drama and was caught off guard on how good it was. Really enjoy the acting of all 4 leads and the fast paced plot. Despite having to deal with a murder and management tussle, the drama had many hilarious and entertaining moments. This is my crack drama at the moment .

  83. 83 : Namja that make me confuse | diary zahidah wahid Says:

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  84. 84 : tc Says:

    On the romance thread, all four leads have good chemistry with each other and I am still unsure of the final pairing although I watched until episode 8 already. The writer is keeping the audience guessing and I don’t really mind of the actual pairings as all four leads are so good with each other.

  85. 85 : Mystisith Says:

    Seen ep 14, and the show is still good. Completely wacko and unpredictable. I love the mini stories put at the end of each episode. The writing is brilliant. And i agree, the four leads can end in whatever couple they want ( even boys together and girls on the other side, THAT would be shocking for korean viewers… ).
    This drama is top notch quality, and deserves his good ratings.

  86. 86 : sue Says:

    yup agreed, lead actor not the usual Kpop dude, but enough to sore the ratings, prove that a good show does not need a super pretty face to pull it off.. Love the plot and especially brilliant where the writer uses the chinese epic story :Romance of 3 kingdom analogy to bring out each character..for those who read or know the story of Romance of 3 kingdom will know what i meant. Every epi ending is very intrguing…cant wait for epi 15, hmmm…wonder Qing Shi Wang will die..??

  87. 87 : KDaddict Says:

    @tc, Myst,
    I’m getting ready to watch this, partly due to the posts fr you two, n partly due to the bitter taste that METS is leaving me. I want sth as diff fr METS as possible.
    Pls give me a synopsis. The one above is totally useless!
    It took this show a while to find an audience. Was that entirely a function of the lack of Eye Candies? Or Was it slow going in the 1st 7 eps? Many shows can take a while to get going. Would I enjoy it more if I skip the first 6 or 7 eps? TQ.

  88. 88 : tc Says:


    My verdict after watching up to 12 episodes is this drama is good, hilarious, entertaining and beyond my expectation. The main synopsis is centered around Yoo Bang played by LBS who started as underdog and will rise up in corporate ladder as leader. The female lead is Yeo Chi played by Jung Ryeo Won as a spoilt, rich girl but changed into a mature person after going through upheaval and challenges . I really liked her spunkiness and hilarious moments with Yoo Bang . The other male lead is Hang Woo ( Jung Gyo Woon) who is playing the antagonist but I don’t hate him totally as the writer has managed to portray depth and moments of softness in his character. Hong Soo Hyun ( she was the original Princess in TPM) played
    Wol Hee which was actually favored by the two male leads instead of the typical KDrama where the male leads were fighting over the female lead.

    The funny moments are wacky, hilarious without been cheesy or slick. The plot has so many twists and turns and I even enjoyed the little side story after the end of each episode. Surprised why the drama is categorized under melodrama when the undertone is positive. Although the drama has some dark moments but it is not angst. Really like all the four main characters and side roles as they are not shallow.
    The only flaw to some audience especially those that watch drama purely for eye candy is LBS is not handsome at all. However, he has managed to draw me in with his awesome acting and I am more emotionally invested in this drama than METs. Do give it a try as the drama is gaining popularity as shown by the recent rise in ratings. Really underrated!

  89. 89 : KDaddict Says:

    Thank u, that’s a wonderful intro n recommendation. I know I can count on you.
    I’ve been cruising here for an idea of what this show is abt, but haven’t seen anything that offers a sense of what this is abt.
    I actually saw the 17 min. trailer, n it looked like a slick production. Eye Candies r gt, but there r times when character actors can be more interesting.
    What do u mean by the girl (Hong) is favored by the guys but they don’t fight over her? They both like her but don’t fight over her?
    Yes, I’ll be sure to start this. At which ep? Skip the 1st few to jump rt in?

  90. 90 : tc Says:


    Start watching from episode 1 coz the beginning scene was a subsequent scene that audience need to tie back later. The first two episodes were really hilarious and please watch till the end especially the thread incident between Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi, it was so funny!

  91. 91 : Mystisith Says:

    @ KDaddict : Definitely don’t skip the first 2 eps ! The show starts right away, no slow introduction.
    And i agree with tc : This is not a melodrama in my book : Actually i don’t find the word to name the genre of that drama. It’s a UFO.
    I love the fact than the drama displays sexual tension, but in funny and unusual ways. Normally i would feel frustrated, but here the teasing game works. Maybe i just want the 4 leading characters to end as good friends, like an unstoppable gang.
    ” us against the world ” style.

  92. 92 : tc Says:

    @Mystisith -91

    Nice to know you share similar views about this drama with me. You are right on loving all four lead characters even Hang Woo. The chemistry between all of them are so good and balanced that I also want them to be good friends and united to fight against the Secretary and other baddies .


    Forgot to answer your question on the two male leads like Hong but don’t fight over her? Up until episode 12, I can see that both guys do like Hong whilst Yeo Chi liked LBS. However, there were no open displays of affection for her from both guys and there were moments that shown both guys also care for Yeo Chi. Both girls in turn also displayed their care for the guys which make the audience guessing what would be the final pairing although clearer hints in later episodes are lean towards Yoo Bang/Yeo Chi and Hang Woo/Woo Hee pairing.

  93. 93 : tc Says:

    Sorry typed too fast, last sentence should read “are leaning towards….”

  94. 94 : KDaddict Says:

    @tc, Myst,
    That’s just great! Thank you both for your explanation! This sounds diff, not the usual melodrama, nor the usual love quadrangle. So refreshing! A UFO! Ha ha ha! I look fwd to this! TTYL.

  95. 95 : Mystisith Says:

    Hey guys, Salaryman is going to have an extension of 2 episodes because of the good ratings and viewers critics !
    So it will wrap with ep 22. Hope it ends with fireworks !

  96. 96 : armin Says:

    wallpaper Where?

  97. 97 : monday couple Says:

    haha very funny…love this drama..

  98. 98 : KDaddict Says:

    Salaryman Ep 1:
    I just finished ep 1. So. This is a story of competition betwn 2 major corporations n industrial espionage. Within one of the corps, it is also abt how 2 heirs fight for leadership/ownership of the firm. The story is making reference to the Story of 3 Kingdoms. Even the char names r taken fr personages fr that period in Chinese history. LeeBS’s char is named Yoo Bang, the Emperor who established the Han dynasty, many years b4 the 3 kingdoms. But that name sounds just like Breasts 유방 in Korean! Ha Ha Ha! How much use it makes use of the Story of the 3 Kingdoms is yet to be seen.
    I love Lee Bum Soo. Ppl have been saying he isn’t handsome. But I only notice that his face, so full of expressions, is just interesting to watch.
    Each of the 4 main chars have their own story. In ep 1, only those of Lee Bum Soo n the spoilt brat Yeo Chi have come out. Have to see how ep 2 plays out.

  99. 99 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 2:
    Yeo Chi is too too much. Her gandpa should have used some tough love w her much much earlier! I’m sure she’ll suffer a lot but we probably won’t be feeling too sorry for her for a while, becos she deserves it.
    There is a long list of chars to wrap our mind around, besides the 4 leads n old grandpa Jin Shi Hwang. it’s impt to know them in order to see their various alliances.
    Grandpa’s rt hand man is Jang Ryang. He seems to be loyal enough in pting out that there is a spy within their inner circle;
    Grandpa’s rt hand woman is Mo Ga Bi, his long time secretary n assistant. She is not to be mistaken as a regular sec.
    There r 2 Park’s.
    Park 서장–Chief Park, who has s sad sour face n is in cahoots w the opposition;
    Park 관리-Manager Park, who is chasing after Gen Sec Mo.
    Yoon 팀 장-Team Leader Yoon, who seems to be the Head of Security; he is the one sent to bring back Yeo Chi at the airport.
    Hang Woo’s back story began to surface:
    His father had hung himself owing to sth he suffered at the hands of Jin Shi Hwang, hence his efforts at bring down Jin n his corp.
    The staring down betwn our 2 alpha males at the end is real funny.
    This ep has plenty of hilarious moments, but none as much as the pissing contest in the epilogue!

  100. 100 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 3:
    Oh, this is getting serious, what with industrial spying, n Yoo Bang being one w/o knowing it! Theft n sabotage!
    Jung Gyu Woon never had a role that I liked him in b4. But this role is good for him, or he is good in it! He is dead pan, tongue in cheeks, flashy, conceited, vain, etc. in turns. No way to dislike him even as he plays antagonist to our hero Yoo Bang.
    This KD has many gifts for its viewers, so many in fact that they have to have an epilogue for each ep, just to make sure it leaves us with a good belly laugh! TQ, Show! The expressions of the 2 guys watching Woo Hee shower managing to be totally funny n not at all sleezy. Good job!
    The guy inside Cheon Ha Group who is in cahoots w Hang Woo is Choi 이사, Director Choi. He is the one who brought the deed of the factory to the gambling table for Grandpa. (But in the previous ep, I heard him being called Park 서장, Cheif Park; I’m probably mistaken). By ep 3, we don’t yet know why he wants to betray the company in which he is such a hi level officer. Hang Woo calls him Hyung, so maybe those 2 r brothers, given they both r surnamed Choi.

  101. 101 : Mystisith Says:

    @KDaddict : Seems you enjoy the show. 🙂
    So tell me, have you ever seen something like this before, because i know i didn’t. Makes me want to rewatch firsts eps just for the fun, and because i sure missed metas and plot points.

  102. 102 : KDaddict Says:

    @Myst-101, Hi,
    Hee hee, probably not. I’m only 3 eps in. Let me reserve judgement, n get back to you later. 3-4 eps a day; I should catch up in 3-4 Ds.
    FF gets its finale tmr. I’ll watch its last 2 eps together. Then mu plate is pretty empty. So happy to have found this.

  103. 103 : tc Says:


    Dir Choi is not Hang Woo’s blood brother but they are very close as Hang Woo’s dad helped Dir Choi a lot in the past .

    @Myst -95

    So glad about the extension. The drama was so enjoyable that I managed to catch up and just finished watching episode 16. I am glad that the writer had created another villain for our four leads to have an opportunity to come together and hopefully to stand on the same side and fight together!
    Since it is only 2 episodes, the extension will allow the writer to tie up loose ends and create a satisfying ending.

  104. 104 : KDaddict Says:

    @Oh Mysti, Mysti,
    I just laughed my head off over that conversation abt HT which took place while I was sleeping. You r really good!

  105. 105 : KDaddict Says:

    Salaryman Ep 4:
    Yoo Bang is sent to keep tabs on Woo Hee. What a surprise that she lives in a Orktapbang! Given her expertise n position, we expect her to live better! Well everyone has their own burden, n she sure has hers! So she has been working w Grandpa’s ugly son. She stole the pills for him, but they give each other the short end of the stick: he underpays her, while she gives him vitamins in place of the miracle drug. She keeps it for future “use” = sale. Except Brat Woman storms by to search her place. In panic mode, she drops the bottle in Yoo Bang’s backpack for safe-keeping. Now she has to go chase after YB when he leaves, throwing herself at him, in order to gain access to his back —- pack!
    Melodrama? No, this is more like espionage of the ind kind gone screwball, by way of spoof. The wires r starting to cross, n it is g-r-e-a-t!
    Even when sb is killed, we r trying not to laugh, cos we expect the body to get up n walk away. I knew things’d go awry when CFO Choi tries to get the “miracle drug” fr Ugly Son. I’m not sorry that Ugly Son is done away w. He is the only hateful char in this drama so far.
    So now Yoo Bang is told to go look for the drug in US’s house, so that they can make him the Fall Guy for CFO Choi. Only he runs into Brat-woman who is sneaking around in the house. She has a biggish handbag on her for said mission! That just strikes me as bone-tickling funny!

  106. 106 : KDaddict Says:

    Hi, you r fast on this one. Making up for lost time over the past few months? 🙂 I’m trying to take it slow n savor the moment! Thx for telling me-103.

  107. 107 : tc Says:


    I have a tendency to marathon a show if I like it. That’s why I try not to start watching any drama until the airing is coming to an end. Apart from enjoying the hilarious moments, I like the fact that the drama has ups and downs and both the protagonist and antagonist teams had their fair share of wins and setbacks.

    Whilst waiting for the remaining episodes of this show and METs, looking for another drama to watch. Is Fermentation Family good? I like SIG in Jumong and Kingdom of Winds but his modern dramas were not impressive.

  108. 108 : Mystisith Says:

    @ KDaddict : That THT thread was nice. I just finished the massacre today. No survivors. Seriously, what’s wrong with me : I’m unleashed when it comes to that topic. Is he my personal muse ??

  109. 109 : KDaddict Says:

    You r certifiable. But so talented. As they say, it’s a thin line.
    I think I’ll dream of his……vein tonight. u?
    As I was telling sb today, there is an excitement to watching ongoing shows; the highs r higher, lows lower, owing to the anticipation n a week in betwn, plus the discussion. KD on crack. I love it.
    FF is nice, sweet, quaint n slow. Good change of pace. V enjoyable. Love the 2 leads, the little girl, n the setting. Be sure to eat b4 watching. They’ll make u so hungry. Good show. KD on kimchi! You’ll see what i mean once u start watching.

  110. 110 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 5:
    makes me laugh so hard. YB telling the cops that he is w the Korean CIA, looks like a complete idiot. I’m pleasantly surprised that YB n YChi r on the run, n like the Salvation Army fashion on them, esp his wig n taped glasses. Woo Hee making a fool of herself in front of Hang Woo is gd too. Not that any of it is new. Just good.
    The threads keep multiplying n then get woven.
    Wow, Park, who likes Sec Mo, figures out that CFO Choi has sth to do w Ugly Son’s death even b4 the ep is over. Love the fast pace of the show. Not a dull moment.
    I just can’t believe that Sec Mo hasn’t bedded Grandpa all these years?! Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  111. 111 : KDaddict Says:

    I super LOVE it tht this show is NOT abt romance. Shows abt romance r a dime a dozen. This makes it one of a kind! Yipee!
    Lee Bum Soo may not be Song Seung Hyun. SSH makes u salivate, n think dirty, rt, Mysti? But LBS acts his little heart out, n all we see is his char. That too is refreshing.
    I’ve to confess I never liked Jung Gyu Woon as a leading man. He is tall, has a big build, nice body n all that, but somehow to me, there’s sth abt his face that isn’t quite honest, so it doesn’t convince me is a first lead’s face. This role is perfect for him. He is successful, dedicated to his desire for revenge, so full of himself, sb not 100% likable, yet not sb to hate either. I think he glows in this role.
    I love that YB n YChi have become homeless n comrades. YChi eating that plate of leftover Ja Jang Myeong at end of ep 5 is so funny.

    Ep 6:
    Yeo Chi is becoming more human as she depends on YB, n grows to like him as a person.
    I like the growing alliance of YB n YC, bringing WooHee into their camp, n then Manager Yoon as well.
    WooH just can’t win w Hang Woo, whichever way she plays it. Ha ha.
    Mo tho is creepy as she comforts n hugs Grandpa. Feels like a snake is coiling itself around the old man.
    YB is clever in the way he lures CFO Choi to meet him over the new drug.
    YC gets a taste of her own medicine when a well-dressed woman bites her head off for dripping on her boots, but the woman has picked on the wrong homeless girl!
    I love this show for all the laughs it gives us.
    So, it is not abt 2 heirs fighting for the corporation, but abt ind espionage, a hostile take-over fueled by a desire for revenge. Good show!

    To answer your Qn: No, I haven’t seen anything like this b4 in the 110-120 KDs that I’ve seen. TQ n @tc for recommending it.

  112. 112 : tc Says:


    More laughter to come in episode 7. I laughed so much until my husband thought I have gone berserk! YBang’s behavior is so funny due to the drug side effects.

    I also have never seen this genre of drama. Myst has aptly named it as UFO. This drama has the best epilogues and I really look forward to watch them after the end of each episode as everyone is fresh and so funny!

  113. 113 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 7:
    Yes tc, the side effects of the drug r funny. So r YeoC’s jealous reactions when YB pays attn to WH. It hurts her ego! But she is getting fond of YB for taking care of her. That’s nice to see.
    I feel sorry for the CFO who jumped off the bridge. Even tho he killed Ugly Son, it wasn’t pre-meditated, n he isnt a bad person.
    YB is so happy to get a promotion, but the euphoria only lasts for a min, till he discovers that Hang Woo has entered Cheon Ha Group as its COO (Cf Op Officer), v much his superior! Such a hard-luck guy!
    N this epilogue, abt Grandpa’s hair, is gt too!

  114. 114 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 8:
    Yb dreams that he has won the competition for the position of the corp’s COO, n has been given plague for his win. He kisses the plague repeatedly in his dream, only it turns out to be WH’s foot that he is holding in reality! Hahahahaha. Idk, it’s such a cheap trick, but just ROF funny!
    So now YB is going head to head w HW, while HW has YC in his team. She is probably going to be a blessing to the other team, isn’t she?
    HW knows that the gangster boss hates having women on his turf, so he sends YC over to negotiate, so that the negotiation will fall thru for Cheon Ha Group. But he’ll lose the competition as well, won’t he? I thought he’s playing to win. Not sure I get that bit.
    At the v end, when YB shows up to rescue YC, her face just lights up completely. I think she is proud to have a comrade after all these years of feeling alone. Good for her, n good for YB.
    Love it that HW can save WH fr sexual harassment!

  115. 115 : KDaddict Says:

    I love the show but still hate the title n the poster, which don’t do the job of telling ppl what this show is abt. As a matter of fact, the more I like the show, the more I think its title n poster don’t do it justice, n r no help in advertising properly what a wonderful show this is!
    The ppl in the backgd of the poster r wearing helmets. I thought they were the riot police, putting down a strike by the salarymen! Seemed confrontational n filled w angst.

  116. 116 : Mystisith Says:

    @ KDaddict : Oh yes, SSH has very strange secondary effects on me ( but i don’t burst in laughing, and i don’t cough ). That said, JGW here is not bad either : The Clark Kent look, with the tux, the glasses, and waxed hair… mmm. But you know, a guy who can make me laugh has already won half of my heart, and if he’s as gentle as LBS, he got all his chances with me. 🙂

  117. 117 : Mystisith Says:

    Scoop Alert : LBS will be a movie entitled ” Over my dead body “.
    Story looks fun, and check LBS pic : Bwahahaha, we have been fooled about his looks !

  118. 118 : KDaddict Says:

    Most K-actors have nice bodies, incl JGW here. But SSH is in class all his own. It’s like only he talks to our lizard brain n renders all other grey matter useless. Why do u think that is?
    I notice that LBS looks better in SLM than he did in Giant, more taunt, more bright-eyed n bushy-tailed.

    Good grief! What is this show doing to me? I never liked JGW, he’s just not my type, too tall, wide n bulky. But by ep 9, I’m beginning to like him. I like the way he looks cross-eyed at YC cos he can’t stand her, n at WH, cos he is jealous that she runs out of a fancy dinner w him to go enjoy a cheap meal w YB. I like his “I’m pretending to be angry n petty” look. 😉

  119. 119 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 9:
    HW wants to close down the factor, n solicits help fr the gangboss by offering him a commission on the contracts signed w Chinese businesses, esp a bribe.
    YB wants to try to keep factor open. By the end of ep 9, things don’t look good for YB’s side, but that guy has guts n perseverance. So, there should be hope for their side yet!
    YC goes back to the Pizza parlor where she watched Ding Dong eat. She is giving them much business instead of threatening to close them down. So she is definitely growing a heart.

    Why does Ychi’s makeup look so pale n sickly thru out? Wrong color foundation?
    It looks like both guys like WH, n both girls like YB. I sure hope no romance will ensue. Let the slapstick continue!

  120. 120 : Mystisith Says:

    @KDaddict : My only complaint for Salaryman goes to the make-up department : The boys wear an awful orange tan foundation and the girls look like ghosts.
    SSH should participate in psychological experiments : You know, blind tests with women sitting down in an impersonal waiting room. Then ta dam ! enters the guy and doctors would measure hormones level, pupillary dilatation and blood pressure. I’m sure figures would skyrocket through the roof.

  121. 121 : KDaddict Says:

    True true, bad makeup, esp on both women, WH looks sick, YChi is the worst-she looks like a witch or bag woman, despite her expensive clothes!

    I wonder if SSH has ever had a gf? How does a girl handle it, having a bf who looks like that? Apart fr the hotness, could he have a bit of an ego?? be a bit narcisstic?? Will he ever marry?

  122. 122 : Mystisith Says:

    @ 121 KDa : Wow, that’s a lot of questions tell me… Would you be interested ? Trying to dig infos to apply for gf’s position ? LOL.
    All i know is that he is funny and charming during his interviews and i honestly don’t care about his private life. I’m not sure i would like to live with a famous guy : A lot of complications, temptations… I love my quiet life. But who knows, i could be struck by lightning tomorrow and throw all those good resolutions in the air. Never say never 🙂

  123. 123 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 10:
    So, the riot police IS involved! Hence that poster w 4 v angry looking leads standing in front of a mob! Still think that is a scary poster.
    YB turns out to be a fighter. Just that he never had a chance to have sth to fight for all those years.
    It’s so funny that hi n mighty Agassi has fallen for the country bumpkin, n WH likes him too. But WH seems to also like HW, who has been an assH in CH Gp so far.
    YChi is growing a heart, now that she can see how the other side lives, thru the eyes of YB. By the end of the series, she should make a good CEO. I shudder to think, what will happen to agassi if YB should reject her? I know it won’t happen; just imagining.

    What motivates those Qns is actually a fear for her, that gf of his. I just think it’d be overwhelming for her, in every way. Can u imagine being w all that sex appeal all the time? Aurf! Aurf!

  124. 124 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 11:
    The women adoring YB for his meat-grilling skills! Ha ha ha!
    YChi knows that YB isn’t attracted to her. I love that she still has a soft spot for him in his heart. I think that it reassures her, makes her feel secure that he doesn’t want anything fr her. compared to all the men who loved her for her money.
    YB is doggedly looking for investments for the factory manager’s new product, w/o having the blue prints. Grandpa is losing his sight n his health. But Mo Gabi is giving me the creeps the way she peeps thru door cracks n manipulates the guys. Poor grandpa has a snake by his side, while he is sick, nearly blind n v vulnerable!
    JGW is really gt for this role. I always thought there is sth not so kosher abt the look in his eyes.

  125. 125 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 12:
    So glad YB got his factory! His has so much tenacity that you can’t help but want him to win!
    Grandpa is going blind but not as blind as he leads on, perhaps to see who he can trust, or how far he can trust Mo. I’d prefer that he trusts her not at all!
    These 2 eps r not as funny, becos there is less interaction betwn YB n YChi, and betwn HangW n YChi. YChi is not the prettiest girl around, but she sure is funny. I have seen that actress b4, but don’t remember in which show now.

  126. 126 : KDaddict Says:

    Oh n Mo’s laugh scene at the end of ep 12 seems pathological to me!

  127. 127 : tc Says:

    @KDaddict -125

    You are catching up fast, already at ep 12! Did u watch the epilogue on meat grilling session between HW/ WC? HW was so funny.

    I first saw the actress that played YC in My name is Kim Sam Soom. She played the female antagonist that your idol, Hyun Bin was in love with and went abroad when she had cancer. She also appeared as leading lady in Which Star Are You From with Kim Rae Won and last drama before Salaryman was Princess Ja Myung. After that, she only appeared in films and Salaryman is her first drama after 3 years, I think.

  128. 128 : KDaddict Says:

    Only 3-4 eps a day, brings me to ep 12 in a few Ds. No sweat! I’m deliberately going slow so as to savor it! Or else I’d do 6-7 a D!
    Ya, I saw the meat grilling session. The beauty of this writing is that they can take sth common n make it so funny. The true mark of comedy!
    But you r wrong, HB is Not my idol, but my BF. If he were my idol, I’d like him in every drama. I only like him as Kim Joo Won, so I take him as my bf for the time being. Hee hee.
    So it was in Kim SS that I saw that actress! She’s not v pretty, but is a good comedienne. I didn’t watch Which Star R U fr or Ja Myung. Hey, I notice that you’ve watched a lot of dramas that I haven’t. I’ve watched abt 110-120 KDs (I have the list). How come you’ve seen all things things that I haven’t, huh? 😛

  129. 129 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 13:
    Oh shit! Mo Gabi is murdering Grandpa President! What a poisonous snake! I hope the guy who is bedding her (Park) gets his head bitten off, together w his dxxx. N what ending does she deserve?
    Doesn’t Grandpa notice that he is taken ill each time after he injects himself w that insulin? He should stay in the hosp for a while rather than keep jabbing himself.
    I like YChi a lot, a 180 degree turn fr the beginning. She is genuine, she is clueless, she is guileless. HangW said that as soon as she writes more than 1 sentence in Eng, her grammar is all wrong! She can’t get 1 person to complete her questionnaire! It makes her seem rather helpless.
    But I don’t understand why HangWoo reacted like that after YC saved him fr his peanut attack. Why throw her out the door, just bc she gave him mouth to mouth to save his life?

  130. 130 : Danny Says:

    This is one of the best show I have seen so far. Great plot and story. All fantastic actors and actress……my fav gal has got to be Yeo Chi.

  131. 131 : KDaddict Says:

    What the heck is that at the end of ep 13, that epilogue on war n carnage? That business is war, that it too leaves casualties, n needs nurses n aid? That YeoChi is a bride whose man (men) has (have) gone to war? Hahaha. It sure is offbeat w dark humor.
    I appreciate that the show goes to so much trouble to give us these epilogues, esp. one that needs as much staging as this one, when they don’t have to at all! It should win awards come that time of year! It’s only Feb, but I think I’ll probably vote this as best drama of 2012!

  132. 132 : tc Says:

    @KDaddict- 129

    Actually, I lost count of the no of KDs that I have watched over the last 4 years, a latecomer but used to be a serial watcher and can finish 1 20-eps drama over a weekend! Just like you, I decided to be selective and try to cut down on watching dramas this year. However, I think I will be throwing out this resolution out of the window with so many good dramas coming out – Rooftop Prince ( have to fight over Jenny for Micky), Kings w 2 hearts, Can Love Become Money, Equator Man, Dr Jin and Gentlemen Dignity with long awaited Jang Dong Gun!

    Oops, I will be mindful of keeping away from your HB and let you ” hug” him first when he is out from military end of this year ( in our dreams I mean).

    I think HW is confused with his own feelings regarding YChi. All this while, he always regarded YChi as his enemy due to what Grandpa did to his dad but now YChi actually turns out to be his saviour and I think he finds it hard to reconcile this fact now.

  133. 133 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 14:
    OK, I’m having a serious problem with the script at this pt, near the end of ep 14! With all that wealth n that serious a health problem, plus he is already suspicious of Mo GaBi, Grandpa should really have hired one or two private nurses to stay by his side, 24/7, n maybe add a doctor to it for good measure. He insulin is just lying around in his desk w no security at all. Does that make sense? He should have taken more measures to protect himself, if he is so smart, or if he is the strategist that built up that big corporation. With his declining health n eyesight, he really should have put a few more ppl around himself, rather then just being cloistered up w Mo Gabi alone!

  134. 134 : KDaddict Says:

    Laneige was giving out calendars around Christmas. They have HB’s photos printed on them. So I went there for abt 7 Ds in a row, n bought sth every day, so that they’d give me the calendars. Now I have them up in my study, in front of me, behind me, in my BR, etc. Hee hee.
    Good pt, abt HW being confused. He didn’t want to feel indebted or grateful to YC for having saved his life!

  135. 135 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 15:
    Grandpa died n left the corp in chaos? N his beloved grand-d on a lurch? Why do I think that he is much smarter than that? He should have taken some precautions, no? Where the hell is the law firm that is in charge of his real will? Surely an inheritance that is worth That much has more than one lawyer looking after it. Or else anyone can bribe that single lawyer n present their own fake will. Nonsense.

    Ep 16:
    If it were not for that prof at the hosp telling WH Grandpa’s cause of death, I almost believe that it is a ruse that he is pulling, to see who he can trust n who can’t.
    Mo Gabi has got to be psycho. That actress is downrt scary.
    YChi is proving that she is fr Grandpa’s bloodline after all–when the going gets tough, the tough gets going!
    HangW also to get rid of Mo. He’s lost his side-kick, Park, who chooses to be loyal to Mo. Who does HW have on his side, WooH, who is aligned w YB. So the 2 alpha males will be on the same side, against Mo, for once. Interesting.
    Love that epilogue. But why is YB seeing a hypnotist?

    OK, I’m caught up. Waiting for eps 17, 18 this week!

  136. 136 : Mystisith Says:

    Someone knows where i could find that epic rocky instrumental tune we hear every time something big happens ? You can hear it loud and clear at the end of ep 15 when they vote for the new CEO. I just love that track !

  137. 137 : KDaddict Says:

    I need to re-watch this to pay attn to YChi’s clothes. They r supposed to be real expensive or designer wear. Why does she give the impression of a bag woman to me? I know that when she goes to the hosp to see her grandpa, she is wearing a pink Hermes Birkin bag, or one that looks like it. But why doesn’t she have that rich girl feel, like other heiresses in KDs? Is it becos of that hair? This make-up artist confuses me!

    Agree w Mysti: that tune is epic. Would love to have it on my iPod for running on my treadmill!

  138. 138 : Mystisith Says:

    One of my fav MVs on YT : How it feels to be with you. Hilarious.

  139. 139 : KDaddict Says:

    Jang Ryang seems entirely too relaxed just being an investment consultant. Would he really be so non-chalant abt not being back at Chun Ha? Grandpa did tell him to “come back to CH when u have enough rest”. I’d like to believe that Grams has tasked him to do more than just give money to YB to invest. I hold out hope that the old man is too clever for Snake Sec to lop off n cheat his beloved GrandD out of her inheritance!

  140. 140 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 16 is a v interesting ep:
    At the meeting, when the lawyer comes in w the old man who owns lots of stocks, to announce that the President has a will, YB says to JRyang, “The President has a will?”. Come on, it’d be a hugh surprise if he didn’t, rt?
    “Mo Gabi”, her name means “UN-comparable”. She’s that all rt!
    The media portrays these women as being extremely desirable. Whether it be Mo Gabi or WooH, I just find them all boney. Where is the sexiness in that?
    Ah, I’ve finally found a look on JungGW that I like: it is w his hair just washed n dried, w no mousse, no styling, as in ep 16. He looks kinda cute w it. Usually I find him suspicious looking.
    YChi calls sb in her skid-row hotel room, to say “I got your report”. Who does she call? I think it is JRyang.
    Later, JRyang tells YB that he received a call today. It is time for them to act. Who did he get a call fr? YC?
    YB buys her apt, furnishings n car back for YC. She gets to see once n for all who cares for her when she is down n out. Wouldn’t u want to marry YB n only YB if you were her?
    At ep’s end, 2 pictures r put up side by side, YB on L, MoGB on R. MoGB finally has got herself a worthwhile nemesis!
    I know why YB is being hypnotized: he is getting treated for alcoholism!

  141. 141 : KDaddict Says:

    It has taken this excellent show 12-13 eps to climb to the low 20’s in ratings. I’ve always thought the synopsis put out by the tv station does this KD a disservice. So I’ll put my money where my mouth is n try to come up w one that reflects more closely the contents of this show.

    “This show tells the story of a humble man w exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, n his competition w someone returning to Korea w a Stanford trained MBA n Wall Street experience. Their paths inter-twine at Chun Ha Group, where the President’s secretary attempts to cheat the heiress out of her inheritance. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”

    But I’m still scratching my head for a better title than “Salaryman”!

  142. 142 : tc Says:

    @KDaddict- 133

    On why Grandpa did not have nurses around him when he was so sick, I think it is due to the fact that he was trying to conceal his illness from his management and public and buy some time to set up YChi as his successor before he step down officially. That’s also the reason why he concealed his “blindness” and put on an artificial leg cast so that he can move around in a wheelchair.

    He was testing Mo’s loyalty when he went through the will recording to see whether Mo will write the will as instructed by him. What I still fail to comprehend is that since he knows that there is a risk of Mo’s betrayal , he will definitely have a fallback plan to disclose his real will and that will should have been revealed by whoever that he entrusted to at the shareholders’ meeting. Maybe the writer just want to prolong our agony and build up the climax by letting Mo take over the company first and keep us in suspense for a while longer before revealing Grandpa’s trump card.

  143. 143 : KDaddict Says:

    Hi, I agree w you on all 3 pts. I guess he never figured that she’d go as far as murder! But what is at stake is humongous, so the temptation is irresistible to the pathologically greedy!
    YChi enters the company to get sth, some proof, she needs in order to bring down MoGB. This is baptism by fire, a way to make her grow up fast. Good to see that she doesn’t crumble. More power to her.

    Have u seen Deep R Tree? I mean to start it again. I quit twice, after Song Joong Ki left. U interested in watching it together?

  144. 144 : tc Says:


    I like YChi’s character, strong yet vulnerable at times and best of all, funny! Nice to see the growth in her character as well as the other leads. That’s why I don’t hate JGW’s character although he is playing the bad guy as I am still holding out that he will turn over to YBang’s side at the end.

    I had managed to watch TwDR till the end. Good story plot, serious stuff and romance is definitely out of equation in this drama. Just that I have some reservations on the ending. Let’s exchange views after you have finished watching it, ok?

  145. 145 : KDaddict Says:

    Hang Woo is a decent fella. At her grandF’s funeral, HW told Manager Park that he no longer wished to exact revenge as it is not YChi’s fault what happened to his father. And when YChi is being expelled fr the office, HW voluntarily told her to look into the company that lost all her money, who owns it, what investments were made, etc. He genuinely can’t stand seeing her in such dire straits. I believe that he will cross over to the good side, esp. since he has WooH at his side. WH can act as a bridge between the 2 guys.
    I tried starting TwDR for the 3rd time just now, but gave up after half an hour. Don’t know what’s wrong but everything happening in the dark of night in that ep (ep 4) just gave me a headache! So we’ll see abt that!

  146. 146 : KDaddict Says:

    Salaryman Chohanji:
    This title in both Korean n Chinese is more meaningful than just Salaryman. Chohanji, “초한지”, “楚漢誌”, is a classical Chinese novel. Its time period is the end of the Jin Dynasty, after the death of Jin Shi Hwang, its establishing emperor, who unified China for the first time. Its key personages are Yoo Bang and Hang Woo, who were vying for power to establish their own kingdom.
    In the novel, Yoo Bang (fr Han Kingdom) came from humble roots, n his approach was to befriend those he needed, to get their loyalty. Hang Woo (fr Choo Kingdom) by contrast had an overbearing personality, n looked down on everything n everyone. He was defeated at the end becos he underestimated Yoo Bang.
    Yoo Bang went on to establish the Han Dynasty! His queen’s name? Yeo Chi! Of course in history, Yeo Chi was not Jin Shi Hwang’s grandD. The KD has taken considerable liberty at borrowing fr the historical novel.
    Hang Woo had many concubines. His favorite was? Woo Hee! Hee means a concubine of the king.
    Therefore the title: Salaryman Chohanji in the original language is much more revealing than Salaryman. Too bad the meaning of Chohanji is lost in translation by romanization.
    What would be a better title than Salaryman? Anything, anything at all. I thought of sth along the lines of “Clash of the Titans”, but then its reference is entirely western. Basically, it is the story of 2 alpha males fighting for domination thru diff approaches.

  147. 147 : Jennie Says:

    I hope that HW is just playing along with Mo GB. I’d hate it pretty much if it’s for real! Love the pairings very much!

  148. 148 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 17:
    Mo GB is ready to jettison her old alliance, bf, Park Bum Jeung, who is no longer useful to her. Her new target is HangW, much more resourceful n useful. She is v good in finding the rt button to push on HangW. Play the Choi Hang Ryang card, HangW automatically kowtows to her wishes. Only she doesn’t know that Park BJ has JinSH’s real will. The guy who gives (sells) it to Park was Jin SH’s chauffeur? I don’t believe a document as impt as that would be just given to one perso of low pay n position to handle, for they r cheap to bribe. MoGB thoroughly pisses off ParkBJ, n he’ll one day produce that will to spite her.
    When will HangW find out that MoGB was NEVER his Hyung’s lover?
    YB looks thoroughly wickedly funny as a newly minted middle aged playboy! Hahaha! Let’s see how YChi will deal w him tmr!

  149. 149 : tc Says:

    @KDaddict -146/148

    So the names of the characters are actually adapted from Chinese novel. No wonder YBang’s name is weird and sounds like ” breast” . Quite impressed with the writer’s ability to convert the storyline of dynasty saga into corporate shenanigans and ind espionage with a humor undertone.

    Wow, you are now ahead of me as I have to wait for the subbed version which will only come out tomorrow. So I will be watching Fermentation Family in the meantime.

    @Jenny – 147

    Hi Jenny, just realize you are also watching this drama. I also hope that HW’s partnership with Mo is not real as I am still holding out hope that he will cross over to YBang’s camp eventually.

  150. 150 : KDaddict Says:

    This is now my favorite KD among those airing! 2nd is SUFFB! METS has lost its allure for me. 8 eps (EP 7-14) of “Are you Yeon Woo?” really killed my appetite for it! 4eps of that would have been the max. The network ruined what would have been a gt production.
    I can watch 8 eps of KD in one seating. Don’t know why TwDR is giving me a headache in half an hour! Will try again when I’m in the rt mood!

  151. 151 : Jennie Says:

    @tc Hi tc. I was actually watching this from TV but because it was so good I decided to catch up over the weekend. Subs from Viki were available late last night already and I stayed up to watch and will be doing the same thing again tonight 😉
    @KDaddict Guess you need some abs and pecs to spur you on when watching a drama huh? Sad to say, you won’t get any in TwDR 😉 Funny, I really enjoyed watching it and for once, I gave my total attention to the dialogue and never missed a scene!

  152. 152 : KDaddict Says:

    I said ep 4 of TwDR gave me a headache not put me to sleep! So abs n pecs, or the lack thereof had nothing to do w it.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st 6 eps of METS w the child actors. No such thing there. And Hyun Bin ssi, in SEGA is so skinny that I doubt he had any muscles then. Will be diff when he comes out of the army tho.
    Now, these r some 1st class abs n pecs:


  153. 153 : Jennie Says:

    Dawn of a new era, Welcome to the world of Versailles Yoo!!! This drama really drives me nuts! With the eyeliner and ear ring, I thought he was joining the Eye Candy boys 😀

  154. 154 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 18:
    In this series, the least interesting chars r WooH and Park BJ.
    WooH as the head researcher was a doer at first; she was also quite friendly w YB, making their interaction fun to watch, but they grew apart after he got busy growing his business n she became HW’s sec. Her scenes then r mostly w HW; they consist of the two of them drinking or working together–she becomes a passive char. She finds out a lot abt MoGB, running into Mo outside Grandpa President’s office, in the elevator, outside HW’s home, overhearing her phone conversation, etc., but does she tell anybody or do anything abt it? All she does is stew in her jealousy over the imagined romance between HW n YChi like a little woman. That’s so unlike the go-getter who gets things done that we see in the beginning eps.
    As for Park BJ, all he ever does is suffer humiliations at the hands of MoGB, does her dirty work, play 2nd fiddle to HW, n brood. He is not much of a man.
    Unlike our outrageously think fast on his feet YB!
    I like the way the romance betwn YB n YC is drawn–indirectly. They naturally grow fond of each other n grow close w/o fanfare or drum rolls. None of the std tactics we’ve seen a hundred times in KDs. That’s rather refreshing!
    Love YB’s new image in ep 18!
    Only 2 more weeks n it’ll be over! Too soon.

  155. 155 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 18:
    The 2 titans are at war again: HW wants to use Chun Ha’s money to buy up YB’s company’s stocks n goggle it up. YB is fighting it, by creating phantom owners of phantom stocks so that it’ll cost Chun Ha much more $ than they anticipated. YB’s way is illegal of course, but it’s the only recourse he has.
    Mo GB has an insatiable greed, n an insatiable ego. She flirts w all the guys. She tries to seduce HW n fails; perhaps she’d have a chance if she was 20 years younger? And she clearly enjoys Jang Ryang flirting w her. Now all we need is to see her have a go at her younger (than her) male secretary!

  156. 156 : KDaddict Says:

    “gobble” it up.

  157. 157 : harimsam Says:

    Can’t resist anymore have to comment eps 18 really rocks YB the bling and YC the bleep is such an awesome couple.Congrats Salaryman you’ve made it tsk tsk so proud of you!!

  158. 158 : Jennie Says:

    @harimsam Yes, hail to the new king, Versailles Yoo the Bling. Love this episode. Are we going to get a real kiss in the next episode? 18 episodes and still no kiss sigh sigh!

    @KDaddict Have seen that a while back before but thanks for the links anyway. Rain should be in there too 😉 Btw Mo GB really turns me off. She’s so skinny and haggard and she thought she could seduce a hunk like HW? In her dreams, maybe.

  159. 159 : KDaddict Says:

    Ya, the show depicts MoGB n WH as desirable women. All I can think of is that they r too think to be healthy or normal. Imagine all the meals that they have to skip, n all the exercise they’ve to do to look that way, n it isn’t even attractive if u ask me. “Bag of bones” comes to mind.
    JungGW is hunky alright. He looks older than his 30 yrs to me. I’m liking him for the 1st time.
    YB looks gt w eyeliner, ear ring n fur coat. But I think the bt red lipstick marks on both his cheeks r really what completes the look! I think few can pull it off like he can!

  160. 160 : harimsam Says:

    this is just me but i am okay with YB and YC with no kiss untill now because the nature of their relationship is still growing and giving me so much fun hoping and laughing at the same time bcoz by the time the kiss happened it will change the dynamics between them in entering the new chapter of their relationship.

  161. 161 : harimsam Says:

    @ jennie
    the kiss will definitely come but the fun of seeing their well made growing relationship fills me with lots of hope and laugh makes me able to wait for the right time.

  162. 162 : tc Says:

    Agreed with KDAddict on Wol Hee’s character. As a scientist, Wol Hee should have been able to quickly piece together all the clues about Mo Gabi murdering Grandpa by now. Yet she did nothing and only bother about Hang Wol’s relationship with YChi.

    Equally frustrated with Hang Woo who was easily convinced by Mo to continue taking revenge against YBang. Can’t wait for him to be outmaneuvered by YBang.

    Episode 18 is so good and managed to bring back the fun and joy in watching this drama especially our couple. They are so at ease with each other and YBang’s new look was so hilarious!

  163. 163 : qass Says:

    Did someone know the real name of HW’s friend who gives flowers to WH? I mean his real name. =p

  164. 164 : Mystisith Says:

    I thought of an alternate title too :
    *Chaebols, spies and love* or
    *Empire : Until death do us apart*

  165. 165 : KDaddict Says:

    Either title would be way better than Salaryman.
    “Chaebols, spies n love” sums it up nicely, while
    “Empire: Till death do us Apart” is cheeky. I like it!

  166. 166 : Jennie Says:

    @harimsam You think WH is going to accept HW’s proposal or is she going to turn around and bash his head instead? I love YB/YC pairing but I love the HW and WH pairing more cos they blow hot and cold every other episode and WH is my favorite. She is so unpredictable in the sense that she wears all those button-up prim and proper clothes to work and then she gets into the “come and get-me” mode and becomes such a tease when needed. I love that woman!

  167. 167 : harimsam Says:

    i think WH surely feel overwhelmed but she is not going to accept the proposal as yet.4 eps to go she is still standing in the middle between the two man she has to choose which side she wants to be.Clearly she is in love with HW but there are still many things need to be clarified before everything become clear and both of them can finally be married.The main reason i like salaryman they do justice to all main actor and everyone had flaws in their character and shows that nobody is perfect not even the adonis HW he he.Trust me HW being bad means the acting will be diverse and that’s good for JGW resume.

  168. 168 : Duchess Says:

    @ Jennie (158), @harimsam(161) But I want a kiss now! 18 episodes have gone by adi and only 4 more to go! Aja aja hwaiting Yoo Bang Da Bling and Love live to Yeo Chi Da Queen of Bleeps!

  169. 169 : harimsam Says:

    I think we’ll get it by next week kuk!!

  170. 170 : harimsam Says:

    some wish has came true in ep 19

  171. 171 : Jennie Says:

    @harimsam Yesss, it was worth all 19 episodes of waiting 😀 Sweetest moment was when HW watched her from afar jumping with joy in her house! For a moment I thought we were going to get a second one too from YB/YC in the Epilogue but 😉 oh, go away Satan hahaha Yoo Bang’s the Best! Love all the parts that Mo GB got slapped in the face too!

  172. 172 : harimsam Says:

    YB and YC is simply superb yes eps 19 a couple kiss passionately that is WoWo (blush) but YB and YC really beat others with no mercy with the epilogue.Oh yeo chi oh versailles yooo ….

  173. 173 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 19:
    just carries forward what was set in motion in ep 18:

    MoGB continues to spend up a storm, w money that isn’t hers; HW takes the bait n buys up stocks of YB’s company that don’t exist.
    The new developments r:
    1. YChi finding evidence of Mo n Park cooking the books! That’ll come in real handy for putting them behind bars.
    2. HW finally manages to give WH the ring.
    3. Mo pisses WH off so much that WH vows to expose Mo for what she is.
    I find this ep anti-climatic, just as I find WH to be a petty self-centred woman rather than a fair-minded scientist who wants to uphold truth n justice. The show is less loopy now, n less outrageous fun.

  174. 174 : tc Says:

    Ep 19

    Still can’t figure out whether HW was putting on a show or he was really on Mo Gabi’s side. If it was the latter, I will be so disappointed with him.

    The kiss scene between HW and WH was definitely better than METs. At least WH kissed passionately as compared to HGI who just stood stiffly. As mentioned by Harimsam – 172, the epilogue was the best with Yeo Chi swearing at our Versalles Yoo when he tried to kiss her!

  175. 175 : harimsam Says:

    EPS 20…


    EPILOGUE ..another proposal he he he?

  176. 176 : Jennie Says:

    2 more episodes to go and I’m still biting my nails. Will YB be able to prevent the attempt on WH’s life? Will HW come to his senses now? Even now, I still wonder if HW is just putting up an act but it doen’t look that way. So, while YB & YC provide the comedy for the drama, does it mean WH and HW provide the opposite? Hope not. I want a happy ending for all four of them. And MGB makes me want to throw up at the interrogation room.

  177. 177 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 20:
    I find it disgusting that MoGB goes to an inquiry dressed like a high class hooker. She looks every inch like a whore, Not a CEO of a big corp in the least. I find it even more disgusting that the men in the interrogation room find it so alluring when she deliberately crosses n uncrosses her legs. I find her abt as sexy as the witch who is abt to devour little Red Riding hood!

  178. 178 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 20:
    Don’t care for MoGB’s fashion sense. Her expensive clothes somehow r not flattering. Bright red lipstick on her also is not flattering.
    Don’t care for YChi’s fashion sense either. Nor WH’s.
    WH started as a scientist, leader of a research team; Then she becomes HW’s secretary. Most scientists don’t make good sec’s bc those jobs require diff personality traits. She somehow is so suited to the job of a sec as if she was born to it. Also, for a small diamond ring, she stands behind HW, sb whom she knows to be breaking the law, n can only cry when YB asks her abt it. She turns out just to be a little woman. Why do I find it so disappointing?
    Well, she’s heading to the police station w new evidence that’ll put Mo GB away only bc she wants to “rescue HW fr MoGB’s fangs” as she puts it.

  179. 179 : toh quan ming Says:

    now it is showing on ONE channel under starhub channel 823, after watching this korean drama, i find that it is funny and nice to watch and same time, i will be learning korean language when i am watching this korean drama.

  180. 180 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 20:
    Ah, the police investigator is the same guy who played Kim Joo Wan’s secretary in SEGA.
    And that’s the problem w murder: once you’ve done it once, u usually need to do it again to cover your tracks!

  181. 181 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 20:
    Mo GB now knows that Park has the real will. What will she do next? Cozy up to him again to make him hand it over? He probably isn’t going to believe her this time. It’ll piss him off that she has a surveillance camera installed in his office.
    Mo says that her sec had a hand in murdering Grandpa president. How? We never saw anyone take part in the murder but her n the doc who gave her the strong insulin shots. And why would the young man participate in murder? What does he get out of it besides a secretarial job that is on call 24/7?
    YB will use his car to save WH’s life. HW will see that Mo’s sec i.e. Mo. is trying to kill WH. Will that wake him up to what he should do?
    WH: all she is interested in is to be jealous of MoGB’s attn towards HW, n all she wants is to save HW fr MoGB’s claws. That’s all the person she is. Shame.

  182. 182 : Danny Says:

    Oh man this is really the heat of the kitchen!!!!!! 2 more episodes……..!!!!! Best drama to date!

  183. 183 : tc Says:

    Ep 20:

    I am now convinced that Hang Wol is really a jerk and can’t wait to see his downfall. If YBang manage to save WH and HW knows that the car was driven by Mo’s sec, he may turn over to help YBang/YChi. However, due to so many bad deeds that he had done, I feel that the only way to redeem himself fully is to confess and serve some years in jail!


    Mo intends to kill Park JB since she realizes that he was the culprit that had the will all along and never gave it to her. I think when Mo mentioned that her sec was also an accomplice, she is referring to the whole scheme of cheating YChi out of her inheritance and kicking her out of the company after the Grandpa’s murder. Mo’s sec actually played a big role in creating the phantom company.

    I share your disappointment on WH. She was such an intelligent, smart and fearless character in the early episodes but after falling in love with HW, that woman has disappeared, to be replaced by a timid, placid and lovestruck woman. Just can’t accept such a drastic change in her personality.

    Anyway, this episode is still good and fun especially YBang’s jealous expression when he sees YChi and the prosecutor together!

  184. 184 : KDaddict Says:

    This drama started out so wacky, but why does it have to descend to being just another drama at the end? Why couldn’t they let WooHee be the desperate money-crazed woman that she was at the beginning, n let her continue to do weird and daring things, to counter MoGB AND HWoo’s schemes? She should be brainy and unpredictable!! That’d make the show sooo much better! They completely killed her char! Boo!

  185. 185 : KDaddict Says:

    Oh, and now I wonder if WooH will die! Bc in the original story for which this show is names, Woo H died (by killing herself when things looked dire for her man). But YB is on the scene n is racing his car to intercept the killer’s. So maybe she’ll be hurt but won’t die; Seeing her hurt by MoGB’s sec should be enough to make HW do drastic things, which is what we need to bring the story to a close.

    Mo’s sec did the dirty work of setting up a phantom co. to cheat YC out of her inheritance. But that is commercial crime, not murder, n not punishable by death. That shouldn’t be enough to set the guy to killing WH, to cover his tracks.
    Have u seen Operation Proposal? If not, can u take a look at Ep 1 n let me know what u think? Its whole premise bothers me. I left a comment on that thread.

  186. 186 : tc Says:


    Yes, Mo’s sec only committed commercial crime and did not have a direct role in murdering Grandpa. Hence, in reality, Mo’s sec would not have been so stupid to commit murder by trying to run down WH ( hopefully she won’t die but likely to be hurt) . However, in this drama, Mo needs an accomplice to carry out the act to kill WH and there is no one else to do it for her apart from her sec. I think that’s why the writer had to use such weak excuse for Mo to convince her sec for lack of a stronger rationale.

    Operation Proposal? Can’t remember the synopsis of the drama. Is it nice? Ok, will check it out since I am only watching Fermentation Family at the moment until new eps of Salaryman and METs come onscreen next week.

  187. 187 : KDaddict Says:

    There you go! That’s a weak n unconvincing excuse to get Mo’s sec to do her dirty work for her! That’s my pt, n that’s lousy writing! I’d love to see her “go for it” herself! Hee hee.
    On the one hand, I love serious stories, like TPM; On the other, I love wacky stories n fantasies. (Hence I love SEGA n am now loving “I need a fairy”. I recommend it BTW). But I can’t stand weak writing, n plot pts that make no sense. They happen all too often in KDs.
    I’m not saying Operation Proposal is nice. It rubs me the wrong way fr the get go. I’m curious how u take it. Lv a comment there after u check it out.
    On serious dramas that r seriously well done, Have u seen these 3 Jdorama?
    Oshin, Oohu, and Atsuhime.
    Oshin is a rags to riches story abt the woman who opened Yaohan, a big department store chain, until she retired, her son took over n bankrupted it.
    Oohu is abt the women of the shogun.
    Atsuhime is the name of the wife of the last effective Shogun of the Togukawa shogunate. Great shows, all of them.
    I’m not into Jdorama at all, but I love these 3. They were sooo hot that even I heard abt them n watched.

  188. 188 : KDaddict Says:

    Wow, Can’t believe that they’ve removed this fr the Now Showing list already! It still has 2 eps to go! Makes it that much more inconvenient to comment here.
    2 eps ago, I said I’d be voting for this drama as the Best Drama of 2012 WHEN The Time Comes. Afraid I’ve to take that back, bc of developments in the recent 2 eps. With the 2 ep extension, the show has more time to let Woo Hee play the little woman to Hang Woo’s King Kong, including take his socks off, bring him bribe money to a gisaeng house, keeping mum in front of YBang when he asks abt the contract HW signed w Golden Brothers. That takes the show down a notch in my eyes.
    When they also make MoGB’s sec try to murder WH for MoGB, it loses its credibility w me.
    For 18 eps, it has been a wonderful show. Like so many shows b4 it, n many after I’m sure, an extension just brings down its pace and script quality. There is a tacked on quality abt it. It’s still a great show.

  189. 189 : tc Says:

    @KDaddict- 187

    I left my comments on Operation Proposal in that thread and don’t think I will continue watching the show.

    I have not watched all the 3 Jdramas that you have recommended. I only watched Hana Yori Danga ( supposed to be top drama at that time) but was not impressed with it.

    There are still 2 episodes of Salaryman and it is unfair to be removed from the Now Showing list. Noticed that earlier dramas are still listed and the removal will not augur well to improve viewership of this drama. The drama is not perfect with some flaws but it is also very entertaining with solid casts and acting. It may not be the best drama of 2012 but definitely the best one for first quarter of 2012 for me!

  190. 190 : KDaddict Says:

    Hi, I saw your comment on OP n responded to it. I wasn’t sure if I was being too critical of it, n wanted a 2nd opinion. TQ.
    U r perfectly rt that Salaryman may not be the best KD of 2012, but is the best for its 1st Qtr.
    Looking fwd to Rooftop Prince, King 2 Hearts, Eqtr man. Hope they live up to their potential! So hard to have a show that is good fr beginning to end. 😉

  191. 191 : KDaddict Says:

    Been catching up w Tamra the Island n loving it. Up to ep 5 now. The girl is really cute n so bubbly. One of a kind.

  192. 192 : tc Says:


    Glad to know that you are interested enough to continue watching Tamra after ep 1. Like Return of Iljimae, I actually enjoyed watching the drama and was impressed with the solid plot, fantastic cinematography and best of all, the OTPs with impressive acting and chemistry despite their low profile status.

    Will talk to you more on Tamra thread.

  193. 193 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 21:
    Why does such a good script have to deteriorate to this level of nonsense at the penultimate ep?
    For 16 eps, it was funny, wacky, smart, n then for the 1st 5 mins of this ep, it is utter nonsense. Sb drives a car at breakneck speed in the parking lot towards WH; YB is suspicious enough to race his car to intercept it in order to save her, then when the 3 of them r standing next to the guy’s car, all one of them (YB) can think of is that he must have stepped on the gas pedal thinking it is the brake? All that HW is good for is to ask if WH is ok? And all that WH does is to say a meek TQ to YB n walk away? At such close distance, no one saw that the driver is wearing a mask? No one thought of taking out their phone to snap a picture of the driver or his license plate? And these r smart CEOs? That segment makes no sense to me!
    Thru out the trial, WH just sits there like a dumb-dumb. At the burial site, at the office, at home, whenever she wants to raise her doubts abt MoGB, HW shuts her up and she SHUTS up! How much longer r u going to be a girl w no social science? Those never make good leads!
    And then at around 40 mins., when WH is warning HW abt MoGB, she tells him that she is abt to expose Mo for using a forged will to get where she is; it never occurred to her that there might be CCTV where they r, as she already stumbled upon all the other CCTVs installed around the bldg? Or that they might be overheard by Mo’s spies? The two of them can’t meet outside the office, at her home or his to discuss such a sensitive and dangerous proposition?
    This show would have been better without this ep. Again, it goes to show that perfectly good shows r ruined, not enhanced, by extensions. I hate this ep!

  194. 194 : KDaddict Says:

    Ep 21 cont:
    WH goes to MoGB n threaten to expose her for her murder of Grandpa president, if she doesn’t turn herself in within 7 Ds. WH tells her abt the finger print on the insulin, abt the false will, n even shows Mo the picture of the will in her phone. Yes, that’s such a smart thing to do. She your hand then give your opponent who is backed into a corner 7 days to kill u off. Yes, that’s exactly what sb w a brain, a scientist, a research team leader would do. Bravo!
    And then when the brake on her car doesn’t work, she miraculously walks out of the car, thinks that it is an old piece of crap, and walks into the road to flag down an oncoming car for help. Yep! Very good thinking! How did she even get her degree in chemistry or microbiology or biochemistry or what nought?
    Well, if anything, this drama tells us that loving the wrong guy can be bad for your health!
    YB goes to steal papers fr the Golden Brothers office. They work out w 2 cartons. Even I have no stuff in my study than that. Unless Korean laws r v different fr those in other civilized countries, evidence that is illegally seized shouldn’t be admissible in court. So that’s puzzling!

    After ep 21, I don’t even know if this is the best show in the 1st qtr of 2012 anymore. At his pt, it’s aggravating.
    Ca u tell me where to find the 21 ep version of Tamra Island? Pls See that thread.

  195. 195 : KDaddict Says:

    #194 typo: They “walk” out w 2 cartons. Even I have “more” stuff in my study than that.

  196. 196 : Mystisith Says:

    @KDaddict Yes, the engine here is having hiccups. This site says the drama is supposed to be 22 eps, but another site affirms it’s 24.
    I’m lost, and i agree: Extensions are always damaging for dramas. Too bad for this one.

  197. 197 : harimsam Says:

    No matter what others say the ending is an opulant with all the black comedies satire interwined how can an ending makes me feel soo mixed up rolling happily while crying at the same time.OMG missing them already i hate this kind of feeling hopefully new drama can fill up the space in my heart after this day is over.For all the good and bad things that i have said thank you to all crew and actors of Salaryman for the good work !

  198. 198 : Jennie Says:

    One of the most enjoyable dramas I’ve watched for quite some time. Daebak ending. I’m happiest all round for every one of the characters. Fantastic script and study of characters and I’ve enjoyed every episode and the final epilogue is the best!!Bravo, Salaryman!!

  199. 199 : KDaddict Says:

    Last ep, Finale:
    I loved this show, but find the finale anti-climatic, for these reasons:
    It took the guys (HW, Park n her sec Jang) way too long to realize that sth is off w MoGB, that she is not worthy of support. Park esp. hanged onto the real will for too long. It is trite that she goes insane at the end, which absolves her of guilt. She is assigned to a mental hosp instead of a prison after having taken one life n having tried to kill another. How’s that satisfying punishment?
    I’m surprised that the show didn’t kill off WH. I thought they spared her bc they needed her alive to prove MoGB guilty. It’s surprising that anyone can be wheeled into a court room all wrapped up, w no ID check n start to give testimony. Even a visit to the doctor’s requires an ID check in some societies.

    The last 2 mins of the finale is gt, with the gang walking into the Chun Ha Group lobby.

    It has been an exceptional show up till the last 4 eps., and has definitely been an enjoyable one overall. There hasn’t been a single kiss betwn YB n YChi. That’s quite extraordinary. Just thought I’d mention that.

  200. 200 : KDaddict Says:

    The actress who play MoGB is 36. Most K actress look younger than their age. Somehow this time she looks older than that, much.
    Ditto for HW. The actor is 30. Compare that w Hyun Bin’s 28 or Park Shi Woo’s 34. Seems to be he looks a lot more mature than 30.

    They were negotiating a 4 ep extension at first, which would bring it to 24 eps., but settled on 2, so the show ends at 22 eps. I think they couldn’t find ways to stretch the story any further than they have. As it is, ep 21 already suffered obvious signs of hurried deliberate stretched scripting.

  201. 201 : KDaddict Says:

    This week:
    One down, one to go (METS).
    Next week:
    Rooftop Prince, King2Hearts. Yippe!

  202. 202 : Mystisith Says:

    I just love the end of episode 22: Wishing a long life to the audience. Awww, that is just so sweet. I will miss those characters, and i’m pretty sure the actors themselves didn’t expect such a hit. Congrats to all the salarymen and salarywomen!

  203. 203 : tc Says:

    The show was nicely wrapped up and Hang Woo got off easily despite all his wrong doings. He was not so smart after all since he believed in Mo Gabi’s lie? I find it hard to accept his justification of supporting Mo Gabi due to the fact that his cousin loved her and blaming YBang for his cousin’s death when he was actually the one that caused his cousin’s downfall due to revenge.

    Biggest disappointment is in Wol Hee’s character which underwent such a drastic change due to her love for Hang Woo. Despite all the faults, the drama is still the funniest and had the best epilogues.

  204. 204 : Jackieb Says:

    Nominees for Best International drama for 2012 is Salaryman.
    Favorite Movie Couple Lee Bum Soo and Jung Ryu Won.

  205. 205 : zandyzain Says:

    thats cool. this drama is the best drama that i ever watch

  206. 206 : Matt Says:

    Think this will be another drama coming onto VTV New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch). Coming onto the 10:15PM timeslots, don’t know what time yet though.
    Will keep you all updated!~

  207. 207 : toh quan ming Says:

    now it is still showing on ONE channel under starhub channel 823 because i am learning how to speak korean language while i am watching this korean drama.

  208. 208 : via Says:

    Just finished this drama, I think this drama is great, love the story and Jung Ryu Won acting is excellent, especially when she swears like crazy, wkwkwkwk.. she is so funny.. Just love her!

  209. 209 : chen Says:

    do you work? are you single? it seems like you have so much time to watch all kinds of korean drama. that is probably your second job.

  210. 210 : chubong Says:

    where I can download the OST?

  211. 211 : takgu99 Says:


    u can dwlod ost here..

  212. 212 : liel Says:

    this is one of my fave korean comedy drama along with protect the boss.,u can never 4get every episode with a touch of drama and laughter mixed 2gether..jung ryeo won is really different here..cursing without even blinking..ha.ha.ha..still w8ting 4 king 2 hearts..

  213. 213 : Matt King Says:


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  215. 215 : loyalfan_1 Says:

    History if Salaryman is the number 1 most beautiful romantic comedy drama of year 2012. It has moved away from the streotyped drama and set a new era in this millenium. Awesome story with lots of creativity that has ever emerged in this drama. It should not end here cuz the audience are looking for more like a Part II of Salaryman. Ryeo Won has played Yeo Chi character with outstanding performance. She is the Princess of romantic comedy. Her combination with Beom Soo blends so well that has made this drama more successful than ever. She created history for herself through a wide range of new experiences and bring forth a new image that turns the world 360 degrees by her unceasing efforts. Morever, her down to earth personality shines from within. Both Beom Soo and Ryeo Won is the best couple of year 2012. They should comeback in another romantic comedy drama real soon.

  216. 216 : nadya Says:

    ı really fell in love with this drama. ı love all the caracters. specially yoo bang (lee bum soo). ı will miss him 🙂 congratulations and thanks to all actors and actresses take part in this drama. it is amazing.

  217. 217 : witlily Says:

    Laugh and very enjoyable kdrama :-D, this drama out my expectations – very funny and SMART.

  218. 218 : witlily Says:

    Laugh and very enjoyable kdrama :-D, this drama out my expectations – very funny and SMART. Best drama 2012.

  219. 219 : tia Says:

    i like it 😀

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  221. 221 : JYJ fanatic Says:

    Wow. The ratings are good, huh? Should I watch it? haha. 🙂

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  223. 223 : [email protected] Says:

    great drama, best actors & actress, make me laugh. the best comedy drama i ever watch. GOOD JOB!

  224. 224 : KASIH Says:

    Read all the comment,I want to buy Salaryman DVD.
    Thanks everybody for help.
    GBus always and forever.
    And for Korean Artist and Actor….Do your best.
    Fighting……I Love you ALL.

  225. 225 : leedaaaa Says:

    the rating iss good,i want buy the dvd….good recomended from the comentator

  226. 226 : eny Says:

    the story is good, not typical story, funny always make us curiouse what will happen next

  227. 227 : CH Says:

    best drama! like Lee Bum Soo and Jung Ryu Won

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