Will Kang Ha Neul get the screen time here?
We left off last episode with Geu Rae and Sucky being frustrated at each other. This group project is clearly not working out.
For the presentation, they need to sell their partner something to display their sales/communication skills. Sucky says, “I won’t buy anything you sell me.”
The interns are staying at work overtime to prepare for the presentation. Here’s Kang Ha-Neul:
Young Yi’s partner is following here around and filming her for his portion of the presentation. This will be explained later.
Geu Rae’s being kinda adorable and is practicing sales to an imaginary audience. Mr. Oh walks by and tries to give him tips.
The big day is finally here. Their presentation will determine who pass the internship to receive a job offer from the company. Everyone’s gathered outside, holding a box that containing an item they will sell to their partner.
The people judging them are the director, Mr. Oh, and some other random executives.
Sucky is, all of sudden, very fidgety. He had forgotten his phone at his desk. Geu Rae tries to ask him what’s wrong but he doesn’t respond.
People are presenting team-by-team. Some are doing not so well. The director would ask them questions to clarify their presentation and it’s really nerve-wracking.
It’s now Young Yi and her partner. Young Yi is giving a presentation on whatever and she’s doing quite well.
Kang Ha Neul is judging her from his seat.
When the director ask them questions, Young Yi answers well. Her partner, however, ends up stumbling and looks really bad compared to her.
It is Kang Ha Neul’s turn to present and he is also doing well. Calm, confident, and cool.
Next, it’s Geu Rae and Sucky.
They go up on stage and Sucky is visibly uncomfortable. Even though he insisted on doing the talking yesterday, he’s not delivering.
We’re learning now that his phone has been ringing because a family member wants to remind him to take his medication. I’m assuming the medication is for some sort of anxiety.
I don’t like how this medication thing is being brought up and I’m not seeing how it contributes to the storyline since he’s still an asshole. Maybe we’ll sympathize with him a little more?
Geu Rae steps up and tries to present instead. This looks like some protagonist hero moment, but he sucks at presenting and is just stammering the whole time.
Sucky sits there with flashbacks of his dad and his childhood. His father is a blue-collar worker and gets laid off super easily. He’s been made fun of at school for that. We’re seeing this is why Sucky works at the factory instead of the office.
Suddenly, he gets a burst of energy from thinking of his dad. He asks Geu Rae, “Do you have experience with the factory?” Geu Rae, of course, says no. He gets up to take over the presentation and defend his father’s honor and represent the blue-collared worker.
Sucky ends up redeeming himself and does extremely well, putting Geu Rae to shame.
Next up, the selling portion. They’re reminded that points will be deducted if they try to decline without a good reason.
Kang Ha-Neul tries to sell his partner a mirror. First, he compliments him, saying that he’s talented and hardworking. However, he lacks confidence and Ha-Neul wants to sell him a mirror to help him build his brand.
I’m assuming Kang Ha-Neul succeeds because it’s a solid pitch.
Young Yi’s partner tries to sell her a…a…what?
He says some nonsense and proceeds to play a video of Young Yi throughout her day. They’re not bad things but people are laughing and she’s clearly embarrassed. I guess she has to buy the remote control to turn it off.
Sucky tries to sell Geu Rae some string of fabric and a book on work environment and analyses of miscommunications. Geu Rae declines the fabric and kinda agrees to buy the book but maybe not.
Geu Rae, our hero, is now using his time to shine. He surprises everyone by selling to Sucky Mr. Oh’s office slippers that he managed to swipe. So office workers usually take off their dress shoes and run around the office in comfortable slippers. Geu Rae says that this will help him adjust to white-collar life since he’s such a blue-collar loser.
Sucky is now getting offended. He defends the blue collar workers and says that office workers don’t do anything but sign forms. Geu Rae points out how hard people work in offices, such as checking legal documents meticulously and staying up all night for foreign calls. I think this is the part where we see Geu Rae starts slowing adjusting to office life.
After this, the episode changes. Geu Rae is suddenly back to doing menial part-time work of waiting tables and delivering food. It looks as if he’d failed, but he later discusses waiting for the results with his mom.
At work, Geu Rae’s desk is empty. Mr. Oh talks about how much he wants Young Yi to join their team. He’s been very impressed with her work.
Alright, so the results are out. We’re seeing what the interns are doing when they receive the news.
Young Yi is eating ramen:
Kang Ha Neul is working out with his glasses on.
And Geu Rae is at his delivery job. I think this is to show the discrepancy between them, who are kinda comfortable with life, and Geu Rae, who’s always struggling.
Geu Rae walks to work and talks about how confident he feels wearing a suit.
Young Yi, Kang Ha Neul, and Sucky are all gathered in the lobby. Ha-Neul comments about how last year they only picked two but this year it’s cool ’cause there’s three.
Geu Rae surprises everyone when he walks in.
They’re all now sitting in the room with the executive director to welcome them as employees. No one’s looking at him, of course, because that would be rude.
So the ongoing trope here is that Geu Rae’s name sounds like “yes” in Korean. He would say “yes” and Geu Rae would think he’s calling his name.
The director goes around and talks to each person about how he’s looking forward to their work and what he finds impressive about them.
But for Geu Rae, he just says, “Okay, work hard.”
They now find their assigned department, and they’re all being switched around. Young Yi is now in Kang Ha Neul’s old department (Resources), and Ha Neul is now in Steel. Sucky is in Young Yi’s old place, Fabrics.
Here’s another shot of him:
But Geu Rae gets to go back to his old place.
Mr. Kim is pretty happy but Mr. Oh is so disappointed.
Mr. Oh later tells Geu Rae that he’s honestly not happy to see him. He gives him a wisdom: “Try to survive. Surviving means going toward a complete life. There’s a complete life and an incomplete life. We’re all incomplete lives.”
This show is Misaeng, but it’s also sometimes called Incomplete Life.