Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 14 is a little dull and lacks ambition, as Dan-i readjusts to her new life.
This recap of Romance Is a Bonus Book Season 1 Episode 14 contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 14 reveals the reason why Dan-i (Nayoung Lee) decided to resign, and if I’m honest, I’d have done the same. There was a strange atmosphere in the publishing company, as all colleagues acted oddly edgy with her presence. It was intense as a viewer, as all the less-qualified staff starting discussing how inadequate they felt around her. But then the atmosphere turns into workplace bullying, with one of the colleagues blaming her for an error she did not cause, taking advantage of the fragile situation. Dan-i immediately resigns.
Eun-ho (Jong-Suk Lee) spends most of the episode comforting her and making sure she is okay. Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 14 slums into a slower episode; too slow if anything. We are accustomed to seeing Dan-i and Eun-ho acting romantic around each other now, but the episode made a useless point of it. And then the episode kind of moves to other less critical subplots amongst it, with Ji-yul and Park Hoon trying to figure out how to live together and President Kim weirdly sewing a button back on Ms Go’s shirt, in a moment of sexual friction.
Hae-rin ends up creepily bugging Ji Seo-jun by “accidentally” ending up his neighbour. At first, Ji Seo-jun is not in the mood for friendship, but then she tells him about Eun-ho and Dan-i and his ears perk up. They spend the night getting drunk and talking about it.
There is a ray of sunshine for Dan-i in Episode 14. Ms Go rings her and asks her to meet. Amusingly, Dan-i turns up in an extravagant outfit and sunglasses, to make out she has moved forward in life. Ms Go kindly puts her forward to a smaller publishing company that will happily hire her. She explains that she may put her forward to more companies in the future.
At the new company, Dan-i is greeted by the managers but soon finds out the whole “family-orientated” statement is just a front to cover up the variety of HR issues. They maximise their staff’s time, leaving them exhausted. But Dan-i has to last a year at least. While she’s sweating at her new job, her ex-colleagues miss her. Eun-ho accidentally reveals to Hae-rin that he lives with Dan-i. She jokes with him, taking it rather well.
As Romance Is a Bonus Book Episode 14 ends, Hae-rin and Dan-i figure out about Mr Kang’s health. And in an emotional ending, Dan-i speaks to Eun-ho about his troubles of looking after him.
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