'Mystic Pop-up Bar' Episode 3 Review: Kang-bae may have found love, Weol-ju reconnects with her human side
Weol-ju (Hwang Jung-eum) has found a reason to help a man who had yet again failed an interview despite performing excellently. She comes to this decision after learning that Choi, the chairman of the company that he had been preparing to crack the interview for, only appointed men and women who have powerful connections. Their 'spec' (connections) was considered to help Choi of the company further his personal interests, considering the company that he works for comes under the public sector. She is reminded of the official who refused to investigate her mother's death in the past because she was a mere slave. He had said that Weol-ju should blame her ancestors for being poor instead of blaming him.
Choi in the present says something quite similar to the man he refused to employ despite having the required skills. This pushes Weol-ju to go beyond her usual ways to help him redress his grievances. Weol-ju, Kang-bae (Yook Sung-jae) and Manager Gwi (Choi Won-young) try to expose the chairman to ensure that his exploitation of hardworking people would be revealed to the public.
While they do succeed in getting the required evidence, he ends up using his connection with powerful people to cover up the reports of unfair recruitment practices. Thankfully, Weol-ju expects this much and hence ends up preparing for the same as well and gets more evidence that results in the arrest of Chairman Choi. The mission is completed successfully, but Weol-ju is also beginning to feel more than she used to in the past. She had locked her feeling and emotions away the day that people that she had helped had turned their back against her.
However, with just seven more humans left to help out of their grudge, Weol-ju might find herself an anchor that stops her from moving on.
While all of this happens, Kang-bae has also met someone who is not sensitive to his mystic touch. Meaning, when this particular individual touches him, she is not moved into confiding her fears and worries in him. In fact, there is no sound of a ringing bell, and she also continues to pat him down to check if he did steal from chairman Choi. This woman is Choi's bodyguard Kang Yeo-Rin. Before Weol-ju and Kang-bae had attempted to out the chairman, Yeo-rin had attempted to back out of the assignment but because of her contract with the security company, her hands are tied.
So when she captures Kang-bae while he attempts to escape after initially gathering evidence from Chairman Choi's office, she hears him out and even ends up freeing him. It is in this process that Kang-bae finds her intriguing because she is unaffected by his touch, unlike every other person that he has met in his life so far. He reveals this to Weol-ju and manager Gwi later and both of them are surprised but they chalk it up to the possibility of Yeo-rim not having a worry in the world that would need to be confessed.
Just when he thought that he wouldn't be meeting her again, the two meet at the mart that he works where she has joined as the guard. Fate does have a twisted sense of humor for sure!