Do Bong Soon decides on taking a bodyguard job for the country’s most pompous CEO, Ahn Min Hyuk. She encounters a psychopath who has murdered a woman and abducted another victim in their neighborhood. Following what transpired from Episode 1, we shifted from the buoyant pilot episode to some riveting undertones. As long as this trio remain cool, wacky and charming… we would never go wrong.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode Recaps
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Episode 2 – “A Criminal’s Mind”
Dook Goo’s team are engrossed on an episode of a classic crime drama they are watching as it is their de-stressing pill prior to working on a big case. Dook Goo lectures them that they should watch US crime and cop TV series like CSI and Criminal Minds instead of watching old police procedural shows. Team leader argues how psychopaths most likely watch those modern popular shows and that most cases do not have evidence so they have to rely on their gut feel and revert to analog crime solving procedure. *dear Gook Doo please rest your case But Team Leader won’t rest his opinion and cites how the Bible is the most famous book because it is a “classic” hence the key to their current case lies in old school deductions.
Min Hyuk and Bong Soon enters a restaurant for breakfast. He discloses how he has been getting death threats and replies to her question that if he knew who were involved in those blackmailing nonsense they would have been detained already. Min Hyuk chews on the food and proposes for them to work together in pinning down the culprit like they are playing a game. She asks him why he did not report the incidents to the police and he retorts how he does not trust them. She smiles coyly and expresses how she thinks police officers are cool having her unrequited crush for Gook Doo as the basis for it of course. Min Hyuk urges her to eat, but when she seems adamant to munch some food, he tells her that he only eats one meal in a day so she grabs her spoon and gripes why he did not say it sooner.
Back in the office, Min Hyuk receives another phone call from the culprit who sounded like W’s No-face villain. seriously he does sound like him He cautions Min Hyuk of a looming danger he is setting up which alarmed Bong Soon who is listening nearby. He utters how he has been getting the psycho harassment in the past two months and prods her to ensure she will fend him well.
Since he is in a bad mood he rides on his hover board and announces that he will go out to play. Bong Soon lets a few seconds pass by before moving to where her master is headed. She asks if she ought to follow him around, which surprised Min Hyuk who sarcastically reiterates that it is her job to be always by his side to protect him.
Min Hyuk hands her the car key to test first if the car will explode. hahaha When she clears if he just insinuated for her to die sheltering him, he affirms her conclusion highlighting that she is his human shield. He walks away from her and she enters the car and starts the engine without any problem.
He goes inside the car once the coast is cleared. She moves to the back of the car but her boss orders her to sit beside him as his car is not a taxicab. He emphasizes how in case they will be attacked she has to be on alert to save him first that’s why he did not allow her to drive. *dear Bong Soon you just don’t know how many girls would die to be at your place right now
Bong Soon’s mother meets with the neighborhood ajummas to discuss the high rise building project again. They call the attention of Gook Doo’s mother to support the petition they are planning, but she refuses to make a stand as she is neither in favor nor disliking the said project.
Min Hyuk grabs Bong Soon’s hand when they arrive in a park and prompts her to act natural in case someone is eyeing them. His words agitate her more as she wonders why they have to hold hands. yes Min Hyuk why?
They barge in a boutique to shop some clothes and other stuff, as she surmises on how the money she spent on playing games is now pampering her egoistic boss. He calls her attention, struts his prince-like face for a hot shades, and she of course has to ride on his narcissistic streak and concurs how it looks great on him.
Min Hyuk notices how he bought stuff only for him and mutters that he should get something for her too. She declines politely but goes with the flow when he insists on his offer only to be given a vanilla ice cream cone when she is already preparing for a Pretty Woman shopping reenactment scene. *giggles I just can’t wait when Min Hyuk wakes up one day smitten by Bong Soon
They head to the field and Min Hyuk plays with a remote controlled drone which mesmerized Bong Soon like a child. Min Hyuk feels a pair of eyes was on them and alerts Bong Soon who fusses when she locates the stalker. He calms her down so they won’t get caught, but the stalker catches on and flees but Min Hyuk’s drone secured the plate number of the motorcycle.
While driving her home, he asks if she is hungry to which she responds yes hoping they will grab food somewhere. He cuts her fantasy by advising her to eat at home very well without going on a diet in order to become healthy while shielding him.
Min Hyuk recognizes that she lives near the murder scene and unknowingly worries about her safety. He inquires for a nearby bakery so she suggests a walnut pie store. At Dobong Walnuts, mom and her cronies sigh on their unsuccessful petition camp. The ajummas cheer her on her frustration toward Bong Soon by diverting to how she raised her soon to be doctor son. Mom voices out how she hopes a rich guy would fall for her. As everything is on impeccable timing in this drama, Bong Soon and her boss enter the cafe and she sends signals to her parents to pretend they are not related. They order and walk back to the car with the people inside the store ogling at the curious case of Bong Soon bringing a man spectacle.
Bong Soon excitedly goes home knowing her friend Kyung Shim arrived from Busan. They prettify themselves with a face mask session. Kyung Shim skims Min Hyuk’s online profile and connects it with Bong Soon’s stories. She arrives at a conclusion that her friend’s boss is homosexual. Bong Ki appears at the door to ask if Kyung Shim brought his favorite fishcakes and was happy on the confirmation that she did. Kyung Shim talks about setting up Bong Soon with a baseball player but she declines the offer. Kyung Shim tries to lift her spirit by assuring her that she is pretty but Bong Soon mumbles how her pretty face is not liked by Gook Doo anyway so it’s useless. Kyung Shim is flustered on how she is still not over Gook Do. Mom cuts their chit chat and commands Bong Soon to cook rice for dinner.
It is a fish cake party for Do family and they are stirred to chomp on the food. Mom takes the opportunity to spy and calculate the possibility of her dream marriage for her daughter and starts digging information on Bong Soon’s boss. Bong Soon whines at her mom watching dramas a lot to even think of marrying her off to her boss and reveals that Min Hyuk is gay. Mom is momentarily surprised but pushes to her proposition citing how anyone has imperfections and Min Hyuk’s sexual preference is just a weakness.
Gook Doo stops by the crime scene on his way home and missed the suspicious man lurking at a nearby rooftop. That night, a woman was rescued from a psychopath who was beating her and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Gook Doo and his team receives an attempted murder report at Dobong neighborhood again and they sprint to the crime scene and the hospital to see the victim.
Bong Soon and Kyung Shim lose on the game they were playing and wonders why the game room is silent and they learn that another victim was almost killed in the vicinity. The girls walk back home to the busy street as Bong Soon spots Gook Doo across the street. Min Kyung stops his work out to focus on the news of another might be casualty at Bong Soon’s locale. Gook Doo balks on missing the offender and was castigated by his senior by going alone in the murder scene. He explains that he did a quick stop since he lives in the same neighborhood. He discloses how the culprit knows the area so well that’s why he can escape easily. The witness who saves the woman is interrogated of what happened and remembers a detail of the villain having a big feet.
Bong Soon tells Kyung Shim that she hates seeing the weak people being hurt and the latter advises her to give those bad people a lesson if she encounters them. Just then, they pass by some high school boys ganging up on one high schooler. Bong Soon assumes her super girl identity and straighten up the bullies who seem to not taking her seriously. She kneels down to tie one of the bullies shoelace tightly and wrecks his shoes with her bare hand frightening the arrogant boys. She tells the bullied boy to contact her if they will bother him again in the future and warns the lazy boys that if she catches them again she will break their feet, legs and who knows anywhere… making the boys cringe as they protect their private parts from her mischievous gaze. aigoo hell hath no fury when this supergirl noona got scorned
Morning news breaks into another day, broadcasting alterations on the surveillance security launched at Dobong neighborhood because of the recent cases. Min Hyuk is in his office early to work on his stalker and calls someone after getting the plate number of the motorbike yesterday. Gook Doo’s unit assemble to look on the autopsy result of the recent victim. They deduce how the unsub does not work well with knife with how the wounds appear careless so they arrive to a conclusion that they could be looking at different assaulters. Gook Doo refutes the scenario by stating how it might be because the unsub was interrupted on the second victim hence the pattern projects to be different.
Gook Doo takes his turn to stay with the victim. He contemplates on the autopsy report and figures how the unsub probably tried to knock her down first before inflicting the same wound present on the murder victim. Bong Soon who went to the same hospital check on Secretary Gong who was unhappy with her presence. She asks for Min Hyuk’s schedule and was directed on where to get it. She offers a proven tested cure for his broken tailbone which her grandmother claimed to work best in his situation but Secretary Gong’s directs her away to stop blabbing about feces wine that could help him.
She heads out and sees Gook Doo on a look-out outside the victim’s door and goes on another protective imaginary love bubble moment with him. She calls him and informs that she is also in the hospital and they go for a quick chat. He asks Bong Soon to guard the door momentarily as he needs to pee and miss the unsub pretending to be the doctor induce some medicine to shock the patient.
Bong Soon who was left in the scene let the unsub go with the patient thinking it was the doctor but the real doctor shows himself after a surgery. Gook Doo chases the psycho but miss him eventually. He proceeds to find clues through CCTV footage as the unsub imprisoned the victim in his lunatic world.
Bong Soon blames herself for the work problem she caused Gook Doo, but he assures her that the victim will be okay because he will find her. Bong Soon ruminates on ways she could be of help and remember her encounter with the psycho and tells Gook Doo that she will recognize his voice. Still sullen about the incident he appeases Bong Soon’s worries to not blame herself.
They go on separate ways as Gook Doo is scolded for losing the victim. He requests for a witness protection for Bong Soon as time ticks to rescue the victim who is under the psychopath’s lair. Gook Doo’s team is enraged on how the culprit mocks them by going back to his victim and they vow to catch him soon.
Gook Doo insists on getting a guard for Bong Soon on the premise that she is a weak woman even when his teammate mentions how she beat seven guys by herself. Bong Ki finds her noona in deep thought over what happened. She whispers how her super strength does not come in handy when it has to save someone.
Bong Soon scans Min Hyuk’s schedule the next day and meets her boss in the office. He checks on the assault cases in her neighborhood and she tells her that she was a witness when the woman was abducted in the hospital. He turns on the TV and raves on how smart the culprit is that he won’t be caught by the police. He wonders why the psycho killed the first victim and not the second one but Bong Soon counters that the profilers deduction is how they are looking for two unsubs.
Min Hyuk disagrees and goes Sherlock on his analysis that the unsub did not mean to kill his first victim as reflected on the wounds he inflicted so chances are that he is not up to kill the second victim as well. Bong Soon winces on how well her boss knows how a criminal mind works and he replies how he is fascinated to become a culprit when he was young.
Min Hyuk teases her again on the tailbone damage she caused Secretary Gong but she blames him for letting them fight. Her mood swings as soon as she sees Gook Doo’s call and moves away from Min Hyuk to answer it. Gook Doo informs her that she will be under witness protection to which she repels thinking about her job at Ainsoft, but Gook doo insists and sends one to her location.
Min Hyuk confirms that it was Gook Doo she was speaking with and she is baffled how he knew about him. He reminds her where they all met and quips on how her mood changes whenever it involves Gook Doo. She negates how she treats differently her friend and her boss, so Min Hyuk made her realize how she is treating her boss as her friend and her friend as her boss. On point. Min Hyuk queries if she likes him which shocks her again, but she still responds how she knew about it. Min Hyuk speaks about how she is obvious with her one-sided love and how boys hate it when girls do that. Bong Soon takes the opportunity to notify him of a bodyguard coming per Gook Doo’s advice.
The bodyguard came and Min Hyuk who knows that no danger can ever come on Bong Soon’s way tries to find his thoughts and recaps their scenario of him being guarded by Bong Soon who will be watched over by the detective. Min Hyuk grabs the police officer for a private talk and tells him how she is much stronger than him hence she does not need his service, but the officer remain stoic and moves back to his post behind Bong Soon.
Allergic to the police, Min Hyuk does not hide his annoyance on their law enforced situation. They go to a symposium where Min Hyuk is a guest speaker. Bong Soon observes the surrounding for something suspicious. The event ends and Min Hyuk goes to the wash room and brings Bong Soon’s bodyguard with him.
Meanwhile Bong Soon is bothered by a man in black clothes and mask who looks dubious so she hunts him but returns back to her waiting post when MIn Hyuk calls her name. She explains what she was doing so Min Hyuk chuckles how stalkers will not be obvious and will appear wearing casual clothing. He suddenly remembers the suspicious man inside the washroom. He goes back inside to find the detective with a stabbed wound.
Min Hyuk worries about the incident and urges Bong Soon to just quit her job citing the variables that he was not able to grasp. He feels uneasy on how his stalkers can bring deadly weapons that might fatally wound her. Bong Soon refuses and vows to prioritize his safety more than anything else. She asks if he has an idea on who would want him to be killed and he replies that it is a long list from his half-brothers and business competitors. He narrates how he has three half-brothers and how since his father announces that he will leave the company to him, he has been the target enemy of the family.
Min Hyuk cuts Bong Soon’s reverie and tells her to stay at his house for the night so they can protect each other. Min Hyuk cushions his weird proposal and expounds right away to not have any weird thoughts as they will not thread on any romantic stage, but Bong Soon is quick to attack that she will decline the offer since she is well-informed of his preference.
Min Hyuk’s draws a trump card of her job description complying to her client’s request. Bong Soon shakes some sense to her boss’ reasoning so he just tells her he is scared and to just relent but Bong Soon refuses since she came from a conservative family. Min Hyuk changes strategy and educates her how her one-sided love will be one-sided love forever so she needs to spice things up by using him in making Gook Doo jealous. She finally agrees but made him double her extended hours pay rate.
Gook Doo meets his girlfriend for a quick bite after her cello practice. He explains that they are under an investigation right now so he can’t stay long. He is notified that Bong Soon’s bodyguard is in the hospital so he calls her right away to know her whereabouts. Min Hyuk chuckles at his bipolar bodyguard who changes from her feisty self to a sweet damsel when she answered Gook Doo’s call. She tells him that she is at her boss’ house and gave him the address.
Min Hyuk and Bong Soon slurp hot ramyun for dinner. Bong Soon sees the walnut pie box and admits to Min Hyuk that they own the store and that he met her parents yesterday. He is a bit upset on how Bong Soon scored one in tricking him to go to their store.
Min Hyuk murmurs how it felt strange eating ramyun with a girl late at night. Bong Soon can’t connect his thoughts and he teases her of not having any dating experience. She halts her eating, poses like Cleopatra and mixes femme fatale to femme homtale amusing her boss with how she plays with her words.
The doorbell rings and Gook Doo walks inside to interrogate on the situation. Min Hyuk acknowledges his presence and explains that Bong Soon will be staying in his house. Gook Doo scolds Bong Soon of the preposterous idea of a grown man and woman sharing a night together and orders her to come with him. Min Hyuk grabs Bong Soon and peers at Gook Doo’s eyes on how he needs her for the night. Bong Soon tug-of-war ensues and I just stepped on her long hair coming all the way from kdramaland.
Episode 2 Quick Thoughts
Wow! This premiere week will hook up anyone who is in a kdrama slump to go back to life. The fast paced quirky rom-com promises to hook us in an addictive run if the production team will not mess up the thriller plot incorporated. dear park bo young, you’re the best.
I think Gook Doo likes Bong Soon as well, but it was a case where he was not able to find the right timing to convert the friendship to romance while they were growing up together. But his protective instinct towards her is very evident so I’m really excited to see the love triangle development soon.
Hyung Sik shares the same bread and butter romcom element of bickering with the lead girl that I can’t wait to see him caught in a love bug because I sure will enjoy Bong Soon’s payback for all the stress he gave her. What’s amusing about his character is how he diverts from the lead man prototype and yet he looks the same. It’s hard to put it in words but his interaction with Bong Soon cracks me up a lot because for now we get to see him hilarious without the love connection, so when we hit the romantic rope, I wonder how more hilarious he can get because he loves rationalizing everything.
We have a bright drama ahead of us and I’m very much happy to count the days to get to Friday and Saturday each week. It is safe to say that I recommend this drama a lot for your rainy and sunny days. -jediprincess