He pretends that the old pendant just made him think of buying one from her I guess she makes them and returns to the car in a huff. Min-young complains about him ordering her around without explanation, and he holds out a necklace to her: You just did something dumb and came right out. Yi-seol watches him go and calls him a dummy: Which makes her scoff, of course, calling him Empty Can again. He makes a jab at her history of being dumped, and she retorts that at least she experienced it rather than doing nothing.
Moo-jin takes Arang home on his motorcycle, and during the ride Arang thinks of how he sent off the girl to the other guy. She had left him with a sweet comment—that liking Arang proves she had good taste. We move on to a new scenario, joining a TV studio for the final reveal of a Top Chef-like reality show.
One finalist is a gangly, nervous man Lee Kwang-soo , the other a mean-looking woman Gu Eun-ae. Cyrano Agency, where the male finalist is now a client.
Incensed, Mi-jin barks at the judges for having literally no taste. Dal-in wins the competition and Mi-jin shoots him a hateful glare, just before she takes her losing dish and dumps it in the trash. He says that he intended to never think of or see her after the competition, but fate kept thwarting him: Her restaurant was in the same neighborhood as his bakery, and he kept thinking of her.
Finally, he had to admit: Still, he was recommended to the agency by his uncle… who turns out to be one of their loan sharks. Byung-hoon makes a dramatic promise to fulfill this love, and the adorable geek hugs him in gratitude.
Then they can just quit. Next door, the two loan sharks cackle as they inform Seung-pyo about the case. Heh, then waitress Hye-ri arrives and the three jump up to disperse the cozy scene. Seung-pyo immediately goes from nonchalant boss to penitent debtor, and the loan sharks growl at him to pay up or die. I love these little details. They deduce that Mi-jin is efficient and in charge, never betraying weakness or faltering.
Min-young recalls that Mi-jin was cool all throughout the surprises on the TV show, while Dal-in had sweat up a storm. Too bad Min-young explains this just as Dal-in arrives and says defensively that he was sweating because of the studio lights.
Byung-hoon sends him down to engage with Mi-jin so they can observe the interaction. As he watches her scold, Dal-in starts fidgeting and sweating nervously. Like with the green eyes and everything? I do enjoy their banter. Min-young takes this as proof of his twisted mind.
Byung-hoon assigns tasks to the team members, and Min-young is sent out to make contact with the target. Min-young drives by and offers her a lift, and somewhat against her better judgment, Mi-jin ends up accepting.
Right on cue, Mi-jin gets a call that her assistant quit. They were tipped off by Dal-in, who knew the assistant was planning to skip out for a new job. Plus, Min-young had assured them her cooking skills were at least average. Moo-jin points out that she had said her drinking tolerance was also average, and that induces a brief flash of panic.
Thus Mi-jin allows the help and gives her small tasks. Too bad Min-young is terrible. Byung-hoon calls her to order her to leave asap. Min-young does, however, prove to be inadvertently helpful. As a result, Mi-jin offers her the job, starting tomorrow. At the agency, Arang has unearthed some rumors about Mi-jin, though they sound like tabloid gossip.
Byung-hoon says any info is worthwhile and keeps him on the task. Still, Byung-hoon sets her before a table of ingredients and orders her to practice her abysmal knife skills. He jumps up and down to test it out, but the number remains stuck at a modest 80 beats. And gets an idea. She heads next door to ask Seung-pyo to be her teacher, saying that she needs to learn how to cook quickly. Oh, is that all? Moo-jin heads to a restaurant supply store, and Hye-ri happens by and offers a hand.
I love the way he reacts to her presence, wary and nervous but in his robot-alien-boy way. Seung-pyo begins the lesson with knife skills, showing Min-young how to cut vegetables. She tells him of their unusual client, who likes when the target is being mean, which she finds curious. Min-young says it would be better if everyone could treat each other equally and lovingly.
If only it were so easy. What about Moo-jin, then? Instead he peers into his shopping bag just as she trips, and thus gives absolutely zero reaction when she tumbles out of view.
I love that shot. She has to call out to get his attention, but he does turn back to help her in his plodding robot way. As he reaches to help her up, he stops, confused: While finishing their dish, Min-young asks if there was ever a person Seung-pyo wanted to cook for. Byung-hoon heads next door to peek at the cooking lesson, scoffing like this totally means nothing to him.