|A scene from SBS TV series "Protect the Boss" [SBS]|
SBS TV series "Protect the Boss" - Final Episode
Noh Eun-seol (Choi Gang-hee) had told Cha Ji-heon (Ji Sung) that she hopes he at least will not become a chairman who 'goes in for prosecutors' investigation on a wheelchair.' This was said again in the last episode to SBS TV series "Protect the Boss." Mrs. Song (Kim Young-ock) asked Mu-won (Kim Jae-joong), "What sort of businessman do you plan to be?" to which he pledges to achieve "a real shift in generations." Ji-heon too looks for the answer to become a "good businessman" who "will not be considered embarrassing by the one I love." And to carry out their resolutions, Mu-won deems himself as the "internal whistle-blower" to DN Group while being its successor and Ji-heon, who chooses to take on a new adventure, says he will become a 'surveillant' outside the group. That is how Eun-seol successfully ended her 'change the people of the boss' families' project. And yet it all just started from one simple question -- what sort of boss they want to become.
Hence, in "Protect the Boss," No Eun-seol, who can be compared to being the Alice in a 'wonderland' of chaebol families, raised a question to the rules of their world which is highly hierarchical and qualification-oriented, and due to that question, the characters within that world changed and matured. Even Na-yoon (Wang Ji-hye) who had said, "Everything is meant to go back to where it came from" becomes close friends with Eun-seol as well as a grown up who knows how to scold her mother. The reason that the ending to the show, which concluded with Eun-seol and Ji-heon's narration, was closest to what "Protect the Boss" was like instead of the ordinary epilogue, was probably because it kept an eye on how the characters think and gradually mature from that single question. The last question that was asked -- "What will our tomorrows be like?" -- may be one that is infinitely naive yet at least the show was worthy of ending with a resolution for "a clean tomorrow that is different from yesterday."
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