The truth finally comes out, which should hopefully inject some urgency and change the direction of the show going forwards.
This recap of Business Proposal season 1, episode 4, contains spoilers.
When we last left our dopey main characters in Business Proposal, Ha-ri had turned up to work with a black eye in the hopes of continuing to stealthily obscure her identity from Tae-moo. Naturally, this ruse can’t persist forever, and the second week of the show ends with the clock running out on this particular deception. I’d say it’s about time.
Business Proposal season 1, episode 4 recap
It takes a while to get there, though. We have our usual array of close calls and contrivances in the meantime, with some predictable involvement from Min-woo. During a tasting session wherein he presents his dishes, Tae-moo learns that he and Ha-ri are close friends; when Ha-ri later visits Min-woo at his restaurant, he acts a little weird about her taking a date to the concert, despite it being his suggestion. It’s the usual stuff you’d expect. And it’s during these obligatory scenes that Tae-moo starts to put the pieces together – Ha-ri’s conspicuous absences, her ringtone being the song from the concert, Geum-hui having coincidentally loved a friend for seven years, which is how long she and Min-woo have known each other. I mean, he wouldn’t exactly need to be Sherlock Holmes to crack this case.
The tone continues to remain in the realm of slapstick. This is particularly apparent when Ha-ri tries to keep her identity secret from Chairman Kang and ends up causing him to fall and hurt himself. It’s light enough that you can’t be annoyed by it.
Elsewhere, we get more between Young-seo and Sung-hoon, which might be the more compelling relationship, really. It’s still in that weird phase at the moment, with both of them sneaking glimpses at one another and behaving in a deeply weird way whenever they’re in close proximity, yet still trying to insist on complete detachment from one another. It looks very much like we’re building towards Sung-hoon intervening in a neighbor from their apartment block taking an unhealthy fascination in Young-seo, which bodes well.
Oh, and needless to say we continue to see Tae-moo and Geum-hui/Ha-ri bond beyond the terms of their contract, thanks at least in part to being continuously thrust into romantic situations by Chairman Kang, mostly against their will. But they end up enjoying a nice night together, with Tae-moo stepping up to protect Ha-ri’s modesty after a calamity with her dress, and it’s all very sweet – just the right time to drop a big bombshell, right?
This comes about after Tae-moo drops “Geum-hui” home and she leaves her wallet behind – and of course, it contains Ha-ri’s identity cards, just as Tae-moo sees Min-woo outside her house. He has put the rather obvious pieces together, so next week’s double-bill should be pretty interesting.