Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 13 reveals the repercussions of Dan-i lying on her resume in an emotionally charged chapter.
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After the damning end of last week’s episodes, Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 13 begins with Cha Eun-ho (Jong-Suk Lee) attempting to find Dan-i (Nayoung Lee) trying to secure her a new career behind her back. He visits multiple employers that he has built a rapport with, sharing her CV and persuading them for compassion. Unfortunately, the consistent downfall to her resume is the employment gap, and it proves impossible for Eun-ho to pull it off.
Due to Hae-rin embarrassing herself last week, drinking herself under the table and consuming cucumber that she is allergic to, she is embarrassed and spends a creepy period of the episode trying to apologize to Ji Seo-jun for the inconvenience she caused. He is more upset that she didn’t tell him about the cucumber and kept on drinking the drink that contained the vegetable. After a while of harassing and stalking, Ji Seo-jun acknowledges her apology.
There’s a murmur in the office about the retired writer Mr. Kang and whether or not he will return to writing to finish the book “The Heroes”. But little do they know that Eun-ho is visiting the retired author who is currently on his death bed. The office provides further distractions as the management team all come in with the same cool coats; when they are visiting a vital location or making a significant decision, they wear this attire. The decision this time is whether or not to publish the poetry collection.
And that’s when Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 13 becomes highly emotional. Mrs. Seo discusses the request of Dan-i moving to the marketing team, which brings up Ms. Go’s request to terminate her contract. President Kim makes the ultimate decision and tells Eun-ho to move forward with the termination.
Now, I’ve been in these situations before, when a company is tapping people on their shoulder and asking them to leave, and it is the strangest atmosphere ever. In fact, on one occasion I was on the receiving end of it during a massive push to make many redundancies. The weight you feel on your shoulders as you pack your things and hesitantly say bye to your colleagues is soul-destroying. I could feel the negative atmosphere in Episode 13. Mr.s Seo gives Dan-i the heads up, and everyone in the office is quiet.
Dan-i takes things in her own hands and tells President Kim that Eun-ho has terminated her contract. She gives a soft, passionate speech about her struggles with the job market, and how she has come to love the company. She doesn’t just want the company to be her present, but her future as well. She asks President Kim to reconsider her termination in an emotional plea.
When Dan-i and Eun-ho return home, they get together on the couch and discuss her next steps. They decide she will return to work until her contract ends, which is what she can legally do. Eun-ho drops her off at work, but while delivering a presentation, he gets a text from Hae-rin: “Dan-i has resigned”.
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