Business Proposal – K-Drama Episode 11 Recap & Review

Secret’s Out

Episode 11 of Business Proposal begins with Ha-ri telling Chairman Kang everything, starting with her fake relationship with Tae-moo. He cuts her off before she can finish. Thinking their relationship has always been a sham, he orders her to stop seeing him.

When he gets a call about Tae-moo’s accident, he leaves. Ha-ri shows up at the hospital too, where Chairman Kang yells at her. Tae-moo walks in–fine except for a broken arm–and Ha-ri says she’ll be on her way. But Tae-moo stops her and tells his grandfather that he loves her.

Chairman Kang insists Tae-moo ends things with Ha-ri, but Tae-moo counters by threatening to never give him grandchildren. The chairman is upset that everything about Ha-ri has been a lie, but Tae-moo takes all of the blame. 

Ha-ri leaves but later returns, concerned about Tae-moo because it has started to rain. They stand at a window, staring at the rain outside while Tae-moo reminisces about his childhood. He thanks Ha-ri for being concerned about him.

He says his parents’ accident happened because of him. On his birthday, they were hurrying back home so they could go to an amusement park with their son. He still worries his parents resent him for causing their accident. Ha-ri then asks if he resents her for causing his accident–he doesn’t–and she insists that his parents love him, just as he loves her.

That night, Ha-ri falls asleep in Tae-moo’s bed. Her mom catches her sneaking back home, but thinks she’s heading out to work and ushers her out the door.

Young-seo later shows Ha-ri the comments on Ha-ri’s promotional video with Min-woo for GOFood. Yoo-ra commented on it to lambast Ha-ri, telling everyone that she has been crushing on Min-woo for years and yet is dating the president of her company.

Chairman Kang sees the comments and has the video taken down. At work, Ms. Yeo says the higher-ups have told their development team to stop their current project. They say it’s a bad idea to continue work with Ha-ri’s name on it, as she is getting bad publicity.

People talk about Ha-ri behind her back at work, but her own team stands up for her. Ha-ri sees this and sobs, going up to hug them.

Young-seo goes to Ha-ri’s family restaurant to try and keep her parents from finding out about the scandal. All the while, Tae-moo is oblivious to what’s going on.

He calls Ha-ri to say he feels relieved to have his grandfather know their secret. He now wants everyone to know. Just as he is about to suggest they get married, the call disconnects.

Tae-moo overhears his grandfather talking about sending him somewhere. He wants to send him to work in America for two years so he can take time to think about the consequences of being with Ha-ri. Tae-moo insists that he wants to marry her.

But Chairman Kang doesn’t give up. He tells Ha-ri he wants her to work in the Daejeon factory until things calm down. If this makes her unhappy, he suggests she resign. She refuses, listing off all of her achievements for his company. She then goes on a walk to process everything that’s happened.

Tae-moo finally learns of the scandal and worries that Ha-ri has been suffering alone. He learns from his grandfather about the plan to get Ha-ri to move or resign. The chairman says the board could demand Tae-moo’s resignation if he protests.

In a frenzy, Tae-moo searches for Ha-ri. He even shows up at the restaurant to ask her parents where she is. When he addresses them as “Mother” and “Father,” they demand to know why. They still think he is Ha-ri’s colleague, Mr. Gye. Ha-min corrects them, spilling that he is President Kang and is dating Ha-ri.

Meanwhile, Young-seo’s father shows up to ask her and Seong-hoon to dinner. At dinner, he says he approves of them dating and suggests that Seong-hoon could potentially inherit his company. He wants to make amends with Young-seo. She agrees, though she needs time to process everything.

On their drive back to the flat, Young-seo finds a diamond ring in Seong-hoon’s glove box. This leads him to stop the car, get out, and propose to her.

Ha-ri finally calls Tae-moo back, and they meet at the Seoul Tower, where he asks her to never disappear again. The episode ends with them getting a room. They kiss and start to undress each other.

The Episode Review

If there is one villainous presence in Business Proposal, it’s–surprise!–Chairman Kang Da-goo. He’s gone from the romantic and pleasant-but-interfering grandfather to an intimidating obstacle to our favorite couple’s happiness in two seconds flat, it seems. It’s a lazy cop out to create conflict in the show, but it does at least instigate some confident action on the part of both protagonists.

This episode has a lot of sweet moments for Ha-ri and Tae-moo that culminate in some risky commitments between them. This makes for a nice change from so many misunderstandings and secrets. Going into the season finale, it’s time for them to step into the spotlight.

Overall, this episode has a sweet, wholesome feel to it–from Ha-ri’s team standing up for her, to Young-seo’s and Seong-hoon’s moment, and then Ha-ri’s and Tae-moo’s standing up for each other.

How do you feel about Tae-moo’s impending proposal and Chairman Kang’s interference? Are you ready for the finale?

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11 thoughts on “Business Proposal – K-Drama Episode 11 Recap & Review”

  1. I don’t think it was Ha-ri’s place to tell Min Woo about Yoo-Ra. He made his chose and used Ha-ri as a security blanket and I’d a been busted Yoo-are face she was too bold but I get it that’s not Korean culture I guess. They really care about status. Anyhoo I really don’t like Tae-Moo and Ha-ri acting like they 16 year olds who don’t have control of their own lives. No need to threaten anyone about their choices. They want to be together do just that.

  2. Yoo-ra opened Ha’ri’s eyes to the idea that no relationship needs a third person. Ha’ri was never just a friend to Min-woo and all her college friends thought that Min-woo and Ha’ri would get together. Time and time again, Min-woo ignored Yoo-ra, while turning his attention on Ha’ri. Ha’ri told Min-woo that he owed Yoo-ra an apology for this on several occasions. So, Ha’ri recognized Yoo-ra’s ire and social media comment was cruel, but justified. Tae-moo guessed that Min-woo was fond of Ha’ri but wanted to marry into a higher social class. Ha’ri was in between two men. Ha’ri was leaving her crush on Min-woo behind, with Tae-moo’s emotional support, even if Ha-ri did not recognize that Tae-moo’s affection was real.

  3. Chairman wanting great grandchildren right away, would have to accept Ha’ri at some point. First, the Chairman pressed Ha’ri to resign, but for the second time Ha’ri argued her superior service to the company and the injustice of pressing her to resign. (Firing a stellar employee for dating a superior is usually considered unacceptable and may have legal complications.) Following his encounter with Ha’ri, Chairman Kang argued with Tae-moo that his romance with Ha’ri caused dire consequences to the company; and the board, which the Chairman heads, might require Tae-moo’s resignation. Tae-moo calls the Chairman’s bluff by agreeing to submit a letter of resignation if the board were to require it (as Ha’ri had submitted her resignation when Tae-moo learned he was dating his employee.) Then he requested that the Chairman not punish Ha’ri because Tae-moo admitted responsibility. No doubt the Chairman exaggerated the damage to the company. An upper-level manager dating an employee might be improper or perhaps even unethical, but happens all the time and is rarely dire. Tae-moo, with his superior education and business experience, has endless opportunities for other employment.

    Ha’ri’s family is in shock trying to comprehend what it means to have Tae-moo as a possible son-in-law. I noticed that Tae-moo’s car did not appear to have any damage following the accident, as he searched for Ha’ri.

    Ha’ri and Tae-moo turned to each other for emotional support by spending the night together after a particularly difficult and emotional day.

  4. Chairman Kang was upset about the false identity and fake relationship of Tae-moo and Ha’ri. The Chairman cautioned Ha’ri that others would misunderstand the contract. At the hospital, Tae-moo informed his grandfather that the relationship was real and winked to assure Ha’ri that he would stand by her side. The Chairman seemed angrier about the real relationship than when he learned that it started as a charade.

    Ha’ri left the hospital at the Chairman’s request, but returned drenched in the rain to be with Tae-moo. Ha’ri received the ire of the Chairman as he was leaving the hospital as she was returning. As the Chairman was exiting, Seoung-hoon encouraged Ha’ri to go up to Tae-moo’s room. Ha’ri found Tae-woo staring through the rain at Namsan Tower.

    So, what is the real story behind the car crash that killed Tae-moo’s parents? Tae-moo’s story, told through the view of a small child, only makes sense from a child’s viewpoint. The reason for his parents going out was never explained. The reason for going to an amusement park on a cold rainy night seems unusual and was never explained. The earlier explanation given by Young-seo that the crash may have resulted from a family member actually made more sense, but she was only repeating rumors. The accident could be the fault of a typical rainstorm with limited visibility and slick roads, but why would rumors spread that the rainy conditions could be a cover up for something more sinister? Suppose Seoung-hoon’s real job was related to security as a trusted bodyguard, knowing the primary business of the company, doing background checks of business contacts, and driving an armored SUV. Seoung-hoon has awesome fighting skills, and keeping fit was a priority for him. International government organizations (especially diplomatic and military personnel) and corporations often send their drivers to defensive driving education in case of criminal or terrorist activities. Threats against corporate entities is not uncommon. Let the story continue in a sequel.

    Later, Tae-moo made a comment to Seoung-hoon that Seoung-hoon would not give up his girlfriend, Young-seo, just because her father did not approve. The inference is that Tae-moo would support Seoung-hoon’s choice for a wife. Chairman Kang has not addressed Seoung-hoon’s relationship with Young-seo, who may come without a corporate merger if she married Seoung-hoon. How Chairman Kang would feel about this is unexpained.

  5. Pure craziness: Contrary to what she says, the grave mistake would be for Min-woo to actually spend just another second with Yoo-ra. I mean after Ming-woo had overheard them discuss the fact that she had cheated on him, something that, might I add, she did not tell him even as she was discussing marrying him. The girl had started to date him simply because she didn’t want Hae-ri to have him. Inexplicable how she would still treat her as a friend, or how she would assume they would still be together -even after he learned she cheated on him, let alone the s**t she pulled revealing their relationship. Their regrets my shapely behind, the girl admitted to cheating behind his back, and intentionally deceived him beacuse she didn’t want to give him the option of leaving her. She confessed as such.

  6. Incomprehensible why Hae-ri would still gaslight Min-woo: her friend had just demonstrated she was not a friend, by admitting she dated the guy just because Hae-ri liked him and she didn’t want Hae-ri to have him, in addition to basically confessing to deceiving her boyfriend because she didn’t want him to make an informed decision and correctly choose to leave her. Contrary to what she says, the grave mistake would be for Min-woo to actually spend just another second with Yoo-ra.

  7. Actually, I guess that Yoo-ra knows Min-woo heard Hae-ri, so that’s the reason she feels confident. Not that this isn’t stupid, since obviously she could have told everyone else as well (thought it would have embarassed Min-woo, whose status as a cuckhold would have been exposed.

  8. I believe that unless she really hated her friend enough to hide from him the fact that his girlfriend had cheated on him, rather than put him in a position to make an informed decision (and don’t waste time with someone who had factually demonstrated to be unworthy of his trust, by betraying and abusing said trust and deceiving him to this day).

  9. I think that on the whole, the relationship she has with the CEO being brought out in the open might be a good idea.

  10. Frankly, in retaliation to Yoo-ra messing with her Ha-ri should have revealed the truth (at least to Min-woo) about Yoo-ra having cheated on him… she should have told him ages ago, because she was his friend, and it’s a great disservice that she did not -he deserves to make an informed decision, he is not a child that they have the right to keep in the dark, he is the one that ought to decide what is good for him and who deserves his affections: for sure not his girlfriend-… but she certainly should have revealed it now that Yoo-ra has revealed herself to lack the self awareness necessary to realize that she is in no position to shame Yoo-ra given what she has actually done and the fact that the latter knows the skeletons in her closet.

  11. I mean, it’s hard to see how Yoo-ra would have the gall and stupidity of saying this about Ha-ri, when she knows about her betrayal of Min-woo. One would think that she wouldn’t dare to mess with her in fear that the latter would reveal her betrayal to the boyfriend she has been fooling all along -who, as far as she knows, should still be in the dark, when in reality he overheard everything-.

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