Protect the Boss: customary 2/3rds tears–not where you’d expect

This show is infested with cuties, I tell you.

I love her. I love her talent, that she was so hateable in Personal Taste, and this is a completely different character in a very similar set-up. I love, also, her complete babyishness when she's alone and hurt.

Chanelling the cafe boyfriends, practicing a nickname. Ugh, I wanna pinch your cheeks and give you candy to share with her!

DAD OF THE ULTIMATE CUTENESS - I can tell where No Eun Seul got her eyes. And how she was already an expert at dealing with Ji-Heon.

I screencap her from sheer girl-crush. She is so adorable.

And then the whole set up abounds with cuteness in general. OMG. When dad is crying over his mom not telling him about Ji-Heon’s phobia, and then about how it came about…

awww, mom, I love you

what more adorable dad is there? He’s short-tempered, but really compassionate. If he didn’t genuinely like No Eun-Seul and treat her well we wouldn’t know it so well, but those tears sell it. Also, at the core, his mourning of his older son comes into it, from my perspective, that’s why his tears have a kind of more desperate tone rather than disappointed one, after talking with Eun-Seul.

aww, she's kind of sloppy but still cute...

I love also that No Eun-Seul cries over her own inner turmoil. Not that she’s been told she can’t be with Ji-Heon–she’s not the type to take that lying down. But she doesn’t know if it’s worth it–she’s not being let nurse a crush and figure out whether she should go out with him, she’s being proposed marriage and a loss of her job if she makes a single encouraging move. It’s just too much pressure, and she’s *tired*.

Drink off! But actually it's just tea. And just one cup.

And then there’s the fact that all the awkward scenes for the characters aren’t awkward for the viewers. It’s just amusing.

Awkward scenes tend to resonate too deeply with me for pleasure, but the nervous dad and wannabe boyfriend here–the bicker-twins of all stripes together in the elevator–the moms being found out in their plotting–they’re carried off with a lightness that makes it fun to be there.

rivalry--cutest when they know and don't care

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