Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 6
by | January 20, 2009 | 233 Comments

Oooh, things just got good. (Finally!)

Episode 6 got off to a rocky start (I laughed along embarrassedly for the first part), but then they kicked up the angst — and given how this drama fails when attempting cutesy or slapstick humor, this is a much welcome turn. The cast is much better as dramatic actors than comic ones, so that gives us some nice scenes from just about everyone.


T-MAX – “Lion Heart.” I’m usually one of those annoying music snobs, but I admit that after trying out some T-MAX lately, I’m digging their songs more than I’d ordinarily like to admit. Lol. I prefer their other stuff to the already-overused-and-bludgeoned-to-death “Paradise” from the Boys Before Flowers OST, though. [ Download ]

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Jun-pyo undresses. Jan-di nervously tells him to cut it out. Laughing at her reaction, Jun-pyo calls her a dummy and heads toward the water in his swim trunks.

Jan-di gets back at him by telling him there’s a snake by his feet, then laughs as Jun-pyo dashes off fearfully, believing her joke.

There’s a really clumsy transition as everyone lazes on the beach. Ga-eul looks out at the water and senses something amiss; she grows more concerned as she shouts Jan-di’s name, which rouses Jun-pyo from his nap.

Jan-di is struggling to remain afloat (in, like, FOUR FEET of water), suffering a muscle cramp. Jun-pyo tries to go after her, but his feet won’t budge in the shallow water. A brief flashback of a body struggling in the water tells us that there’s something traumatic in Jun-pyo’s past that explains why he can’t swim.

Instead, Ji-hoo darts past and swims out to rescue Jan-di. (Based on how far Ji-hoo swims, I think she’s supposed to be out in deeper waters, but the effect is totally ruined when the camera shows the ocean floor, and Jan-di is clearly tall enough to stand above the waterline.)

Ji-hoo brings Jan-di in, and now that she’s safe, Jun-pyo keeps at a distance, upset with himself for not being able to do anything.

Back in Korea, Jun-pyo’s mother asks Mr. Jung what Jun-pyo is up to. (Her name is Kang Hee-soo, but it seems disrespectful to call a Korean mom by her first name — so I’ll be referring to her as Madam Kang, unless someone has a better suggestion.) Feeling sympathetic toward Jun-pyo, Mr. Jung tells her of the weekend trip with F4, leaving the girls out of it.

Awash in self-loathing, Jun-pyo takes to the hot tub alone, and as he slides underwater, a flashback shows Little Jun-pyo flailing in water and crying out for help.

Woo-bin and Yi-jung explain to Jan-di that when Jun-pyo was six, he’d been kidnapped. The car was chased and went into the river — with Jun-pyo in it. Yeah, I think that would do it for me too.

Perhaps compensating for his inability to save Jan-di, Jun-pyo takes extra care with elaborate dinner preparations. He particularly fusses over Jan-di, saying that her muscles cramped because she’s not eating properly; he fills her plate and instructs her to eat up.

Quieter than usual, Ji-hoo leaves the table without eating. Concerned, Jan-di follows him out to the pier, watching as the flower girl from the village hands him a potted flower and tells him to give it to his girlfriend.

At dinner, Yi-jung teases Ga-eul, under the mistaken impression that she likes Jun-pyo. Confused, Ga-eul tells him that’s ridiculous. Referring to their hilltop conversation, Yi-jung asks why she cares so much whether Jan-di and Jun-pyo get into trouble, then. Ga-eul blurts, “That’s because there’s someone else Jan-di li…”

She cuts herself off, but it’s enough for Yi-jung to guess what she was about to say.

More horrible music (are we even surprised anymore?) as the group enjoys the party, until Jun-pyo draws their attention to his specially planned fireworks display. He sneaks a look at Jan-di, then looks away quickly when she glances at him.

Jan-di smiles in appreciation, her good mood lasting until she comes out of her bathroom later that evening to see Jun-pyo unexpectedly in her room. Immediately nervous, she backs away and remembers the psychic’s prediction that she’ll be losing “something important, as a woman.”

But Jun-pyo surprises her by kneeling at her feet and fastening an anklet on her leg. It’s a cheap trinket from the marketplace, but he warns, “It may be cheap but if you lose it, you’re dead.” His tactics may lack a certain finesse, but Jan-di looks touched at the gesture.

Jan-di heads next door to Ga-eul’s room, but when her knock goes unanswered, she wanders the pier. Spotting Ji-hoo alone on the beach, she heads down to talk to him.

Ji-hoo shows her the flower and explains that it means the recipient will be happy, which is why you’re supposed to give it to someone you love. She wonders what happened with Seo-hyun, and he answers, “I realized how pathetic I was. There was nothing for me to do but wait all day in an empty apartment.” Bitterly, he adds: “Do you know what it’s like being nothing but a burden to the woman you love? You called them pathetic fools who can’t do anything on their own.”

Those are the words she flung at him at the airport; he says she was right, and other than loving one woman (“like a habit”), “I don’t know how to do anything. I’m pathetic.”

Ji-hoo offers the flower to Jan-di. Knowing what that symbolizes, she declines it. She says it’s meant for Seo-hyun, but I think part of her is thinking of Jun-pyo, and she turns to leave.

Ji-hoo grabs her arm and whirls her around in a hug. “It’s so cold, I can’t take it.”

After a moment, Jan-di draws back and walks away, flustered.

She hurries back to her room, outside which Jun-pyo is waiting, worried that something happened to her. As soon as he sees her, he scolds her for going off without notice.

Feeling guilty, Jan-di tells him, “I’m sorry.” Jun-pyo tells her not to swim or go off on walks alone, and leaves Jan-di to brood about her encounter with Ji-hoo.

Back on the beach, Ji-hoo picks up her anklet from the sand (which Jan-di doesn’t realize is missing until morning).

Jun-pyo, however, sees it on Ji-hoo’s wrist at breakfast. He grabs his arm to take a closer look, but covers up his alarm and doesn’t elaborate.

Trying not to jump to conclusions, Jun-pyo notices Jan-di isn’t wearing her anklet and asks where it went. Nervously, Jan-di lies that she left it in her room, since he’d give her hell if she lost it. He doesn’t really believe her but tries to let it go

Later, however, when the guys are having fun in an energetic game of volleyball, Jun-pyo asks Ji-hoo what’s up with the bracelet. Ji-hoo hands it over and tells him, “It’s Jan-di’s. She must have dropped it last night. Return it to her.”

At this proof that Jan-di met Ji-hoo last night — and worse, she lied — Jun-pyo is shaken so badly that he loses all concentration in the game.

Completely distracted as he puts together her lies, Jun-pyo doesn’t react when the ball hurtles toward him. It hits him in the face, bloodying his nose. He mumbles that he’s fine and stumbles away drunkenly, walking into the net before managing to head off to wash up.

(I suppose this is to show us how shocked he is, but come on — he’s heartbroken, not drug-addled.)

As he takes in the situation, Jun-pyo’s dazed reaction turns dark, and he sets off to find Ji-hoo, who is paddling calmly out to sea in a kayak. Jun-pyo grabs another one and paddles madly to catch up.

When he reaches him, for a moment it’s uncertain how he’ll act, but Jun-pyo passes him like this is some kind of heated race with no finish line. Maybe it is. Perhaps Ji-hoo figures it’s better to avoid provoking a confrontation, but I think it’s pretty wimpy for him to turn around silently and head back to shore.

When Jun-pyo turns around to see Ji-hoo paddling away, he throws his paddle in frustration.

I guess all that exertion wears out his anger, because the next thing we know they’re both back on the shore and nobody’s beaten to a pulp. While Jun-pyo sleeps, Jan-di finds Ji-hoo preparing a sailboat to head out for some fishing. He invites her along and (ignoring my repeated exclamations of “DON’T GO YOU IDIOT”) she goes.

Ga-eul is starting to find Yi-jung’s persistent attention aggravating (which I’m sure none of us understands, eh?), so when he finds her on the beach, she hurries away. To a TWO-PERSON BOAT. Good intention, but maybe you oughtta work on unmixing those messages.

Yi-jung hops aboard and brings up Ga-eul’s comment last night, asking about the guy Jan-di likes. He doesn’t seem too worried about it, since he’s fairly certain Jan-di’s type leans toward bad boys: namely, Jun-pyo.

Ga-eul retorts that the guy Jan-di likes might turn out to be her soulmate (then cringes at blurting out more info inadvertently).

Yi-jung doesn’t make an issue of that, though, asking instead whether Ga-eul actually believes in soulmates. She answers, “Of course. Playboys like you can’t understand, but there is such a thing as a true love who stays with you all your life.”

Yi-jung: “Have you met your soulmate?”
Ga-eul: “Not yet. But when he shows up, I won’t let go, because I’d regret losing someone like that for the rest of my life.”

Whatever anger Jun-pyo felt earlier, he seems to work it out, because he takes Jan-di along in a helicopter ride to show her something. In the air, he points out a field that’s shaped like a heart: “I’d decided that when I found a girl I liked, I’d bring her here.”

She registers the meaning of those words as Jun-pyo smiles, asking, “Can you see my heart?” He seems very pleased with everything, but Jan-di looks away uneasily.

That night, Woo-bin and Yi-jung announce a Ji-hoo emergency: They’ve learned that Seo-hyun is engaged.

This explains why Ji-hoo has changed, but Jan-di feels awful: “Ji-hoo’s going to hate me.” By that, Jan-di means her wish that Seo-hyun marry a famous foreign husband, which she’d told Ji-hoo before knowing of their relationship.

She’s lost in her distress when Jun-pyo finds her, and asks if she’s accepted his feelings.

He leans in closer as though to kiss her, but she pulls away. Disappointed, he stops, then tells her, “Don’t make me wait too long.”

Feeling bad for Ji-hoo, Jan-di heads down to the beach to find him. She asks with tears in her eyes if the rumors of Seo-hyun’s engagement are true, and tells him she’s sorry.

He sounds so defeated as he tells her he can’t compare to Seo-hyun’s fiancé that Jan-di insists he’s wrong. Seeing how much his pain affects her, Ji-hoo gathers her in a hug.

She entreats, “Please be happy… because if you’re unhappy, I am too.”

Wondering, “How could I not like a girl like you?,” Ji-hoo leans in and kisses her.

The kiss lasts for a few seconds, but when Ji-hoo pulls back, Jun-pyo stands there. Gulp.

Jun-pyo asks: “Is that what was going on?” He approaches slowly, then suddenly punches Ji-hoo. Jan-di pleads with him, but he turns to her in a cold fury. “I wanted to believe you.” He’d tried his best because he didn’t want to regret not trusting her.

Jun-pyo: “I showed you my true self. But this was your answer?”
Jan-di: “That’s not it. It’s not…”
Jun-pyo: “It’s really over now. Geum Jan-di, don’t act like you know me anymore.”

Ji-hoo tries to call him back. Jun-pyo yells at him to shut up: “If you say one more word, I’ll kill you.”

The next morning, Jun-pyo is gone. The others wonder what could have prompted him to ditch them all, and Woo-bin asks Jan-di if she has any guesses. Uncomfortable, she says nothing.

On the boat later, Ga-eul takes out a bracelet like the one Jan-di lost, which she’d bought it in the marketplace. Apparently it’s supposed to be given to the person you want to spend your life with, and Ga-eul wonders, “Maybe it’s like asking them not to run away.”

At home, Jan-di puts her anklet away in her drawer, which reminds her of the auctioned swimming goggles lying there that Jun-pyo had given her. That sends her down memory lane: she recalls the night they were locked in the cold together, how he saved her from the bullies, how he took her up in the helicopter to tell her he liked her… Sorrowfully, she says, “I’m sorry, Gu Jun-pyo.”

At school, Jan-di apologizes to Ji-hoo for the incident on the beach; she shouldn’t have gone looking for him. Ji-hoo says he should be the one to apologize. She replies, “I’m the one who hurt Jun-pyo.” I’m pretty sure they’re both guilty on that score, but I suppose she has a point.

Picking up a piece of chalk from the ground, Ji-hoo doodles a picture of Jun-pyo on the wall. Jan-di takes over, adding an angrier scowl and curlier hair. She laughs at first, but the smile fades and she fights tears.

During lunchtime, Jun-pyo strolls into the cafeteria with Woo-bin and Yi-jung and rings the bell to command everyone’s attention. He has an official F4 announcement to make: “Yoon Ji-hoo is no longer part of F4.”

Everyone gasps, and even Woo-bin and Yi-jung are shocked. Jun-pyo continues coldly, “In one week, Yoon Ji-hoo and Geum Jan-di will be expelled from this school.”

The mean girls assume this is Jan-di’s doing and blame her for messing everything up — it’s all her fault that F4 has been disrupted and Ji-hoo kicked out of the group. She must take responsibility!

Ji-hoo interrupts: “I’ll take responsibility.” He denounces the girls for ganging up on Jan-di, to which Ginger protests, “If you act like this, we can’t take your side.” He shoots back, “Who asked you to?”

So now both Ji-hoo and Jan-di are in the same persona non grata boat. Jan-di figures that Jun-pyo won’t go through with his threat — she may be expellable, but surely not Ji-hoo. Ji-hoo reminds her whose school this is.

She wonders if there’s a way out of the mess, and he responds, “I’ll have to find one, because now I have a reason not to sit back and concede quietly.”

Ji-hoo says that last bit with a meaningful smile at Jan-di, which she takes to mean that he wants to reconcile with F4. Ji-hoo laughs and calls her dumb, because that’s not what he was referring to: “I don’t care about that.”

I love this next scene: Yi-jung drops by to tell Ji-hoo in a hard tone that he’d always understood what Ji-hoo did, and even thought Jun-pyo was sometimes hard to take. That’s why he never expected to be saying these things now.

Yi-jung: “Why did you do it?”
Ji-hoo: “I just felt like it.”
Yi-jung: “Jun-pyo liked Jan-di—”
Ji-hoo: “—and I knew it.”

That angers Yi-jung: “I can’t tolerate you messing with a friend’s girl.” Ji-hoo says he is sorry to Jun-pyo, but he can’t let him kick Jan-di out of school.

Yi-jung: “So? What are you going to do?”
Ji-hoo: “I have to do something.”
Yi-jung: “You’re not going to have anyone on your side this time.”

Meanwhile, Woo-bin appeals to Jun-pyo, saying he understands his anger but that he’s going too far. He reminds Jun-pyo that Ji-hoo’s not himself right now, and that he’s acting out because of what happened with Seo-hyun.

Jun-pyo answers, “That jerk didn’t do that because he really likes Jan-di. He was just using her because of Seo-hyun. That’s more unforgivable.” When Woo-bin tries again, Jun-pyo snaps, “Don’t defend that jerk anymore. One more word and you’re out too.”


You know, Boys Before Flowers kinda reminds me of the whole Twilight phenomenon — which is surprising to me since I like Boys Before Flowers but remain staunchly anti-Twilight.

Both have this compelling story at the core but are obscured by flawed storytelling. The hunky lead males are by all rights not supposed to be hero material and yet are, perhaps largely because they’re just so damn beautiful and charismatic. It doesn’t hurt that they’re devoted to their ladies — to a near-disturbing extent, but which somehow becomes transformed in fiction as appealing. Also, both franchises attract widespread fervor among its core audience — and just as much disdain from those who feel superior to what they regard as trashy stuff.

Yet, you can’t deny that it’s got a mighty pull. For people who hate it, no amount of persuasion will convince them that it’s worthy, while for those who love it, criticism won’t keep them from loving it. In both cases, the material is told in a clunky and clumsy way — if only more skilled artists were telling the story!! — but is still undeniably able to tap into something deeper that stirs up intense emotions. While the target audience may be teenage girls, I think it’s reductive to say that that’s the ONLY audience. (Helloooo, points at self.) It’s part fairy tale, part escapism, and part basic human longing. Even if the first two don’t get ya, the last one just might.

Oh gawd. I think I just wrote a semi-defense of Twilight. Curse you, Boys Before Flowers!



I think that what’s been holding back the series in the first five episodes is a borrowed feeling it couldn’t quite shake off entirely. Personally, I think Boys Before Flowers is best when it takes its own spin on things — Jan-di’s entrance to Shinhwa, Jun-pyo’s character — and falters when adapting too literally.

But I felt a shift in this episode, which moved us from comic adaptation into (more of) a thing of its own. It’s starting to feel like its own series, with its own characters and own conflicts. Maybe it’s just me, but this episode was the first time I didn’t think, “Well the other version did it another way…” I hope this is a good indication of the future, and think (hope) that the comparisons may start to die now.

I like this plot turn, because just as Jan-di starts to enjoy all of Jun-pyo’s attention, it gets taken away. She was taking it for granted, and now that it’s gone, she starts to realize how much she likes Jun-pyo. Now the dynamic is all messed up and different and I really, really like that. Jun-pyo gets to be a cold-hearted bastard again (yet understandably so), while maybe Jan-di will have to exert herself a little now — she’s been on the receiving end all this time without giving. It’s not her fault because Jun-pyo has been giving without considering her opinion, so it’s like forced receiving, but the point remains — she’s gotta step it up now.

On the other hand, just as Kim Hyun-joong’s acting improves marginally, they give his character a pretty shitty turn. (Kim isn’t wonderful, but at least he’s not as distractingly bad as he was in the first few episodes.) How is he supposed to be Jun-pyo’s best friend when he seems to be actively undermining Jun-pyo’s relationship with Jan-di? In his (brief) defense, he’s being deliberately self-destructive because he’s so affected by losing Seo-hyun — lashing out at something covers up the hurt of the other thing. Well, he can be as SELF-destructive as he likes but that doesn’t excuse betraying a best friend willfully. Isn’t “bros before hos,” well, sacred male code?

Jan-di still sucks for not pulling away from Ji-hoo’s kiss, and I’m annoyed about that, but her betrayal of Jun-pyo is nothing compared to Ji-hoo’s. I hope this is resolved satisfactorily, because while I do love the angst — it feels real and palpable, for once — I hope they didn’t go too far in making Jan-di and Ji-hoo unlikable.


233 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Alimac

    What a wonderful recap, Dramabeans! This episode really made me cry. I think JiHoo improved in his acting skills. ANd Junpyo seems to get hotter in every episode. What a hottie! Lee Min Ho naked deserves a full 24 episode mini-series!

  2. Tired and Hungry

    Love the recap as always Javabeans!

    I think that it was a good thing for the orange hair guy to go to Paris, because his acting has gotten better in this episode! I am curious to find out how Jandi will fall for Jun Pyo now that she knows his feeling for her! I guess that she will realize her mistake later on! what do you guys think


  3. rochester

    I think this episode is the one in which everything comes back to bite the producers for not setting up the characters properly…and Jihoo and Jandi become what they were hinting at in the beginning…annoying characters. Jun pyo was too nice in the beginning, and now everyone feels sorry for him and mad at Jihoo and Jandi simply doesn’t show the integrity she’s supposed to.

  4. me

    isnt it weird that KHJ’s acting is better in the vacation scenes even though they were filmed BEFORE many of the scenes in the earlier episodes?? what the heck? So is it the director that we have to blame? Or the writers for not giving his character more screen time? The setup was pretty weird from the very beginning…JP was too nice/cute/goofy too soon…

    Also, werent the vacation scenes filmed by someone else? Who ever that was, they need to get him BACK! his style is so beautiful! I love the filters that he used for the camera….

    and they seriously need a new music director *sigh*

    but i cant wait for the next episode! things are getting juicy ^^
    I’m licking Ji Hoo more and more each ep….actually this is the first drama where i like both guys, except JP still needs to mature and learn that he can’t force JD to love him….but we still have plenty of episodes for that to happen XD

  5. sneee

    i too particularly enjoyed this episode. particularly the abounding angst when jun-pyo asks if jan-di understands his heart. i’m certainly looking forward to how this is gonna progress. the preview of the next episode has got me excited already.
    thank you so much for the review and the lovely caps ♥

  6. Debbie

    You are always right on on your commentaries and that is why I love reading your recaps and comments. Keep up with the good job!!!!!

    I am definitely loving all the angst and the fact that this version of HYD is slowly developing into something different from the other 2 versions. I can’t wait to see where they take it!

    OH! and also, why do korean actors kiss so unrealistically/unconvincingly on dramas??? They are supposed to portray people who have feelings for each other.

  7. ice chocolate

    Thanks a lot, I refresh it again and again 🙂
    Just wondering, how does Jandi find the bracelet? I don’t find any scene of that.. And heart shape field, is it a really one in Caledonia, or fake one like the duck?
    I can’t wait for the next ep. Fiuhh.. Six day to go..

  8. tlina069

    My favorite scene of all the episodes so far is the Yi-jung and Ji-hoo conversation. It was intense and I thought very well executed. ^_^ Thanks a bunch for the recap as usual, javabeans! ^_^

  9. shu

    wheee~~~~ I AM ACTUALLY FIRST. am i? am not. *depressed* apparently i took too long in reading the thing.. =[[
    haha. surprisingly although this is a major turn for the plot.
    i just cant help but keep my eyes glued whenever there’s yi jng and gaeul
    everything is not as bad anymore..

  10. 10 Lucille

    Thanks for the recap.

  11. 11 Rainey

    I agree with you completely. Jan-Di is wrong because she is in a relationship (note, she never tells Jun-Pyo that she isn’t his girlfriend) and shouldn’t be kissing other boys. I am also doubly pissed at Ji-Hoo cause he’s the supposed best friend who knows explicitly JP’s feelings for JD, he also lacks remorse for this quagmire that he’s created.

  12. 12 dkdi


    And also, the bad music is still there, but at least it has been reduced…somewhat.

  13. 13 meikisis

    man.. you’re good..

  14. 14 Sue

    amen to the failure of cutesy and slapstick humor.

    i thought this scene http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm96/javabeans122/drama/kkot/kkot6-119.jpg was GORGEOUS. the sunlight makes the two beautiful people (yijung & gaeul) even more beautiful. personally i’m much more interested in this relationship than the junpyo-jandi-jihoo triangle.

    also i’m not much of a fan of the writing.. the scene transitions, pacing, and overall storytelling, like you said, isn’t very satisfying. i was expecting a scene where junpyo would return jandi’s anklet and confront her about meeting with jihoo late at night. when there wasn’t one, i was like okay, i guess we can forget about it. but then later in the episode, she had it again. ummm ?

  15. 15 Airajuliafor

    I agree. This episode is the best so far.
    My guess was right about the beginning! He really did want to swim. =_=
    Oh man, oh man, oh man….. What’s gonna happen now..
    What’s Jan-di going to do now?
    One thing that I like about the plot is… normally, it’s the leading girl that first fall for the leading guy. In this one, it’s the leading guy who falls for the leading girl. Sure, leading girl liked another guy. But we all know she would most liekly end up wiht leading guy anyways. XP… I may not be making any sense.

    Thanks again and hope you continue on till the end… (YOU CAN DO THIS JAVABEANS! xD)

  16. 16 cholitaa

    i completely agree with you about the whole comparing with the original HYD aspect
    and BOO JANDI
    poor JP ): <//3

  17. 17 ichiru

    Thanks for the recap again!

    I love this episode, I feel like it only carried the title “Boys before flowers” this time but made their own story for this episode, which is good for the drama, i can’t even compare anymore.

    I love the the JunPyo and Jandi helicopter scene, where he showed the heart field, he looked like a little boy who was shy to show his new made drawing.. which is cute..and said “Can you see my heart?” haha so sweet.

    Also the kiss scene, although I expected the punch on the face I was waiting for JunPyo to hit him more! One punch is not enough to compensate for the betrayal he just witnessed! for JiHoo, all of the episodes so far I didn’t feel he showed that he was his bestfriend but just one member of the F4. And can’t blame Jandi like you said its “forced receiving”..oh well you realize something important until it’s gone!

  18. 18 Airajuliafor

    LOL. Sorry for the double post. But ROFL on: “Oh gawd. I think I just wrote a semi-defense of Twilight. Curse you, Boys Before Flowers”

    What exactly do you hate about Twilight? xD

  19. 19 sunny

    Your blog is one that I read on a daily basis. Thanks for the great recaps and your witty commentaries!

  20. 20 gia


    the heart view was true i think
    the place name call Le coeur de Voh in new Calidonia

  21. 21 javabeans

    “What exactly do you hate about Twilight? xD”

    You sure you want me to answer that? Hehe. Nah, I’m just picky about my literature and didn’t like how it’s written. I can see the appeal of the story, but couldn’t get past the writing. (I have found that there tends to be a lot of sneering at Twilight though, which I think also holds true for Boys Before Flowers.)

  22. 22 anna

    i don’t think i saw the scene when JanDi gets the anklet back, and I’m pretty sure she didn’t take her friend’s.

  23. 23 JOY

    I have been refreshing repeatedly to get to this screencap! I just finished watching and I must say, my position stays unchanged:
    Good pointss.

    -As of now, sadly, I fast forward to places with Yijung and Gaeul. High quality actors and amazing chemistry. It just works so well, and I wish they had more screen time ):
    i want a drama with just the two of them HAHA
    -BEAUTIFUL scenery. (:
    -Cute ideas.

    Honestly, the Junpyo Jandi situation is boring me to death, no offense or anything but they have ZERO chemistry. No click, spark, wink… not even a MINISCULE hint of love. I think it’s because of the 1- bad writing(a.k.a. lack of witty and realistic dialogue between the two without one of them getting ridiculously fakely angry or acting cutesy and pouting. or being unbelievable. like doll.) 2- WORST MUSIC EVER. i cringe. as in turn off the sound.

    Ji hoo. UH-
    he has no impact; sure his acting isnt bad but its not good either.
    at least when it was bad you noticed him a lot
    now hes just wallpaper.

    anyway thanks to dramabeans for the recaps
    they were wonderful.

  24. 24 JOY

    sorry to double post but did anyone else notice that in episode 5
    the outfit junpyo picked out for jandi…
    was it just me or did it look like a hamburger?

    I didn’t see the Twilight part but, I’d have to say, honestly, Twilight is a horrible series. Romanticizing abusive patriarchal relationships and obsessive boyfriends, mixed with 15 adjectives/ 1 noun.

    Not very pleasant.

    But i have to give it the lure of girly fantasies :]
    that always works.

    watch me swoon at kim bum <3

  25. 25 popcorn

    Really I don’t think that just by having Jandi kissing JiHoo is wrong. After all, from what I think she feels: a bit guilty that what she said was right and it hurt JiHoo, JiHoo has always been in her mind, and the fact that the one you first love is starting to give you attention. I mean if I were her I wouldn’t think that I did anything wrong.

    However, I do think that her actions are wrong. She doesn’t outright tell Jun Pyo that she doesn’t like him in that manner. Even when he said to her he likes her, she didn’t tell him that she only thought of him as a friend (if that is actually the case). She just remains silent and ignores his feelings. Now, that I think she is wrong.

    As for JiHoo, yeah the storyline here really makes it bad for him. I remember when I first watch the Taiwanese vesion, zaizai acted without much defense but just accepting that he did something wrong. I think I like his delicated features as Rui but I like Oguri Shun’s portrayal as Rui. Both are good, uhm this guy is actually showing improvment. 🙂 So I like him too. They are all different, so it’s good. I mean, as long as the acting isn’t bad, i want to see each of their takes on the role. That’s the important thing right? ^^

    I’m looking forward to next week and thanks for the caps!

  26. 26 rant mostly

    hanazawa rui was my favorite in the japanese version but in this one, it’s definitely gjp…one thing I can’t stand is how jh is dressed, I mean, isn’t it enough that he looks like a girl, does he have to dress like one too?

    also, jandi’s make-up is too light on her face, if you look at the helicopter scene, you can see the 2 different shades (b/w her face and neck)

    rave: ga eul is so pretty and i love her scenes!

    thanks for your wonderful recaps!

  27. 27 saryKIM

    Kim Hyun Joo in the preview! Whoo hoooo the sister appears!!

  28. 28 Pups

    Thank you for the an excellent recap, Javabeans. Keep it up.

    It’s so true about what the fortune teller said, “You will lose something important for a woman.” I guess what she meant was true/undying love, but then again, Jan-di didn’t realize it until she lost Jun-pyo. I too, find that the intense exchange between Yi-jung and Ji-hoo is one of the best scenes, the other being the chopper ride part where Jun-pyo showed his “heart” to Jan-di.

  29. 29 annieeee

    seeing how goo jun pyo is such an endearing character, i kinda foresaw people hating on jan di/ji hoo later on. i’m anticipating myself yelling at my computer screen, “look, woman! that guy loves u! open up ur eyes and give up on ji hoo already!” i think this is partially due to lee min ho doing an exceptionally good job portraying goo jun pyo, but imo, its mainly because geum jan di isnt that strong of a character. yea, she’s tough, but she lacks the wits to carefully assess her situation. as someone mentioned, she never outright denied that she was jun pyo’s girlfriend, and keeps assuming jun pyo is only using her as a toy, to be thrown out later when he’s bored. (which clearly isnt the case. dont u see how sweet he was to you?) it doesnt help when ji hoo seems to be so indifferent (or it could be the stiff acting at fault).
    but as always, dramabeans is right on with the analysis. thanks so much for the recap! now i cant wait to watch it with subs!

  30. 30 ayay

    waw,, thanks for the recaps,,,
    I agree with your comments,,
    I’m on Junpyo’s side but I thought that If I were JD I’d not push JH away when he kiss me,, it kind of OMG I kissed my lovely boy,,,

  31. 31 Eisa

    I really liked this episode but I really want this turn of events to be resolved soon and nicely because when watching it I felt myself disliking Jan-di and Ji-hoo very much,and while their situation is understandable, to a point, I just felt so bad for Jun-pyo that it overshadowed their pain, and disliking the leading girl is not good even if I love the leading man…really liked the plot and most of the acting on this one, thanks for the recap.

  32. 32 ice chocolate

    gia.. thanks..
    It’s beautiful..
    The anklet, well considering its color (blue one, GaEul’s is black-brown), its Jandi’s. When I saw it once again, maybe the only explanation is Jandi get it because JunPyo throw it in water after punching JiHoo..

  33. 33 Anonymous

    The story seems to have returned to Manga faithfully. The kiss, the threat of expulsion and a sports match (based on the preview) are all in manga and do not always make sense to me. The storyline in manga gets rapidly unrealistic after this , I am hoping that they skip those parts. I am somewhat disappointed since I was expecting to see some different variation of the storyline.

    Ji Hoon’s acting is improving but the character comes out looking extremely conflicted sometimes. While JH protects JD , he never really opposes JP. In this episode , he seems to avoid confrontation with JP. When he decides to protect JP , it is probably the first time we see him taking a stand on something but then again it was his fault. I wonder if JD had stayed first night out, would the hug finally end in a kiss then too. It just feels that since he is miserable, he is lashing out, breaking everything in his path including his friend’s heart. He irks me when he tells YJ he is not sorry….(BTW that was the best scene of the show).

    Now to JD , I fail to understand her, She is uneasy but she never lets JP know that she does not care for him even when the poor guy is showing his heart (A big one in green). It does not jive with her character which is supposed to be outspoken. In fact she glances admiringly and shyly at JP during the fireworks. It seems she is in love with JP until she sees JH. I hope she does not keep swaying between all the guys in her life as in the manga.

    As for JP, I was as heartbroken as him. Being brought up in a household with unlimited money and power, unable to trust anyone, it is no wonder that he is cold, distant and pushy. The one time he tries to reach out ….he fails embarrasingly and loses a friend in process. I can only wonder at his mental state at the moment.

  34. 34 Renee

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I like Jan Di & actually found Ji Hoo much more attractive this episode. I’m a Jun Pyo/Lee Min Ho fan all the way, but I did not like the way Jun Pyo treated Jan Di here. He’s so pushy & needy, it’s disturbing (even if he means well). Plus, there’s this whole “I’ve deigned to like you, now you better like me back” vibe that really puts my hackles up. Maybe I’ve been on the receiving end of that too many times, but…ugh.

    Plus, even though Jan Di didn’t protest much when Jun Pyo made her his girlfriend, it’s not like she had much choice. I mean, what happened to her right before they officially became a couple? Her classmates beat her & set her bike on fire–because of him. When he told her “Don’t make me wait too long,” my immediate thought was: or what? It’s like she has to make it work with him or be bullied & harassed to death–what kind of choice is that?

    Also, after this episode, I finally believe Ji Hoo understands Jan Di in a way that Jun Pyo doesn’t. When Ji Hoo talked about hating being baggage for the woman he loved, and how pathetic he felt waiting in an empty apartment, I thought that mirrored some of Jan Di’s ambivalence about Jun Pyo. JP wants to do everything for JD, but in doing so, robs her of the sense of self that comes from doing things for oneself. She doesn’t want to become someone else’s baggage, essentially, and Ji Hoo understands that. Plus, she can relax with him, which she can’t do with JP, given his personality & expectations.

    Finally, I just want to say it again: I know it’s a lot of work, but I love your recaps! The Twilight tangent was spot on.

  35. 35 JJ

    Replying to # 7, 14, 22

    I am pretty sure Jandi got her anklet back when Jun Pyo caught her and Ji Hoo kissing and he threw something into the water… and she looked down. It doesn’t show her picking it up but that is how she got it back…

    I loved this episode… and I love how this version is different from the other ones. I was so sick of hearing/reading about the comparisons from the other 2 series.

    Two things I am confused about tho… 1) So does Yi Jung like Ga Eul? He acts like he can’t stand her but keeps following her and tries to talk to her. Not to mention, he smiles so cutely around her (ah Kim Bum <3). If he does like her, that is def different from the other series, which is good! 2) Doesn’t Ji Hoo like Jandi now? So he didn’t kiss her to fill that void and hurt from So Hyeon but b/c he liked her and knew she cared about him? I think what Jun Pyo said to Woo Bin at the end is wrong… he wasn’t just using Jan Di. Am I the only one who thinks this?

    Btw: Thank you so much for your recaps! I always check your blog…I love the way you write & your comments are funny.

  36. 36 alice

    yeah.. the outfit was pretty not good haha. i think the first decent looking outfit, or at least one that draws my eye, is the white, off the shoulder knit top, with the bright poof skirt, and the lace up wedges. ga eul on the other hand, always looks cute. different characterization maybe?

    at the beginning of this episode.. i was like really? the snake thing was really silly (but minho flailing about was soo endearing), awkward transition to somewhat needless drowning episode, jihoo acting more like a casanova than the delicate boy flower he’s supposed to be!! and then jun pyoo acting really silly during volleyball (ROFL i laughed so hard at his excellent slapstick bc otherwise, it might have been unbearable), the awkward kayaking scene… which was also unnecessary… and then, i thought jandi was supposed to be sailing with jihoo, and then suddenly, she’s on a plane with junpyoo O.O it’s like i missed a beat, and i did expect a confrontation about the anklet, but no such thing happened at all.

    good things that happened this episode, yi jung’s acting in the last scene with jihoo! and his concern, his depth of character when he’s with ga eul on the boat, you can tell he’s really perturbed and worried for jun pyoo’s well being. first time you see the f4 connection. minho’s acting was also superb again, with the dorky faces he made when he showed her the heart, and then the last scene where he’s like, don’t you understand how despicable jihoo is, using jandi like that… swoons.

    on the other hand, i am seriously confused about how i’m supposed to feel. im TEAM JUNPYOO all the way, i almost want to say TEAM MINHO, bc i think it’s largely due to his compassionate portrayal of his character, or maybe the kvers is just biased towards him in terms of storytelling, but seriously, he’s just soo compelling as a character/actor. when i think abt the drama, i think 55/60% of my brain goes to him. jandi gets 10%, kim bum gets another 10%, jihoo gets like 5%, and the final 15% or even more is on scenery, sets, music, costumes.. the tmax character also has more lines this epi, and i actually find him very appealing. he sounds very reasonable and grounded next to everyone else, particularly jihoo.

    IDK WHY, but jihoo still makes me want to throw my popcorn at him….. usually, i feel sympathetic towards him and see his altruistic kindness and his compassion. and then i feel like he goes well with jandi, bc she has such moral character. but in this version, i totally feel like they are betrayers committing treason rather than jun pyoo. and even when jun pyoo kicks jihoo out and then announces the expulsion, i feel a little more sympathetic towards them and think that’s a little over the top for jun pyoo, but then…….. jihoo is all like casanova esque again, and is like, i’m going to take care of this, i won’t concede…. and junpyoo gives that compelling speech to the t-max character, which is totally how i felt when he hugged jandi and kissed her.. i was jumping up and down, thinking that he’s using her for rebound comfort. what a LOSER. you can’t do that to your best friend’s first love.

    i think, i just don’t understand jihoo as a character and what he’s doing. i also have no clue what emotional process jandi is going through. like she cries after drawing junpyoo more crazily, but i’m not exactly sure why. and isn’t obvious this guy likes you?!!! it’s BEEN obvious since like 3 episodes ago. are you dense?

    and what happens in a drama, when as a viewer, you feel for the guy you are supposed to hate, and despise the two characters you are supposed to be rooting for. it makes me feel so imbalanced.

    this also shows how different countries and maybe different trademarks influence a show.. like, the korean version is a lot sillier, and the girl is a lot more slapstick than i think other versions. and how much casting matters. bc as much as kimbum shows concern for jun pyoo, it’s in a very feminine way, i think. it’s very emotionally hands on. not that sort of, rough and tumble, man slap on the back sort of brotherly concern. and he’s so much less casanova than the tw version. and i love the tmax guy, who’s character’s name i still dont know :[ now that finally he’s had at least two lines of real dialogue, i feel like he’s the only, really removed from all the drama in some sense, which makes me like him A LOT.

    BUT I LOVE THIS ALL, A LOT >.< i’m more wrapped up in it than the inauguration.

  37. 37 Pauline

    I don’t know, I find myself in the low percentage of the mass audience of actually liking Jandi and Jihoo. There was something about Jihoo in this episode that made him so much more attractive, and while I was a supporter of Junpyo, it shifted to Jihoo. Even though Jihoo did betray Junpyo, I can’t bring myself to actually dislike him. He holds a special place in my heart. I think it might be his improved acting. I don’t know why, but this episode made me realize how much Junpyo WAS always the one giving and it’s good that you pointed that out. He’s a flawed man, and when he realized that giving is not always the answer, and when Jandi realizes how much she likes Junpyo, that will be a great turn for sure. I can’t wait how that will develop.

  38. 38 stargazer377

    i was about to give up on this series because i was laughing at all the wrong parts UNTIL the second half of the episode where the drama and the acting went up exponentially!

    anyone notice the foreign extras just hanging in the back like mannequins until woo bin and yi jung tap them on the shoulder while everyone is on the boat sans jun pyo and ji hoo? i thought that was hilarious, even though that’s not the main focal point of the scene…

    idk, i’m actually still on the fence with this series. i know i said i liked it but i think for me, there’s a fine line between tolerance and like and right now i’m leaning more towards tolerating this series rather than really liking it. but knowing me, i’ll stick with it anyway. and watching it for the F3 (now that ji hoo is kicked out) is good enough for me.

  39. 39 KTV

    Thanks for the recap. However, I really don’t understand why Ji Hoo did that. Did he intend to fight with Jun Pyo? Can anyone explain it to me? =(

  40. 40 christina

    i completely agree with you, javabeans. twilight is written sooo poorly. robert pattinson is what keeps the franchise afloat…

  41. 41 coollady

    sorry to say this, but is it wrong that i’m only watching this drama for the scenes with Jandi’s family and for Yi-Jung and Ga-eul relationship? I mean, this drama was funny in the beginning where Lee MInho’s character Jun-pyo stole every scene and was believable, but now i’m just bored at the same scenes over and over and over again. what is this repetitive scene? well, it’s Jun-pyo trying to win/buy Jandi’s love, Jandi getting annoyingly angry (really i like Goo Hyesun in other dramas, but her acting here drives me bonkers!), and Jandi liking Ji-hoo for a reason that’s obvious but still not convincing to me. it’s getting old really fast. I’m fast-forwarding almost every scene until something catches my attention cause i know i can always read a summary here. i don’t know. it’s just not as eye-catching as i thought it was gonna be. let’s just hope things get a little more interesting SOON. as for Ji-hoo and Jandi’s kiss…it was wrong but Jandi never acknowledge Jun-pyo’s feelings for her so it’s not so very bad. oh and also, most people think Jun-pyo’s actions towards Jandi is sweet and romantic…i just think it’s overbearing, burdensome, and downright freaky. And Ji-hoo, how hard is it to fake playing the violin?! haha.
    as for Jandi’s family, they might be a little over-the-top but they’re adorable and hilarious to watch esp. the dad and the little brother. and Yi-Jung and Ga-Eul interests me cause i’m curous to see how their storyline will go. Even Woo-bin is more interesting to watch! for now, i will be continue to watch this drama, but i’m getting sad cause my interest is dying…dying…dying…(even when i don’t want it to).
    oh and Dramabeans, T-Max’s songs are pretty good. though I’d never thought someone w/ your music taste would like them. haha.

  42. 42 ella

    I completely agree with you about the Twilight/HYD comparison. And even if I do understand the pull of HYD and how I’ve been a fan of all versions (Meteor Garden, HYD Japan and now HYD Korea), I was never tempted to read Twilight.

    In my opinion though, since HYD is originally in comics and not a book, people kind of think that, “Oh, it’s okay if it’s cheesy. It’s shoujo manga.” It’s kind of a given, if you know what I mean. But Twilight is a book, even if, say, it’s in the romance/fantasy genre. There have been better written books in that genre, so there’s an expectation by some readers that a bestseller should have been well-written. And sorry Twilighters, it’s not exactly the best written book ever.

  43. 43 blahhh

    omg T_T
    i love this.
    i am so confused about who to choose.
    i feel like JD T_T
    javabeans, hope you keep this good work up<3
    i always check after i watch the drama to clear up my misunderstandings<3

  44. 44 Sue

    i’m also not hating jihoo and jandi as much as most people are. atm, jh>jp for me.

  45. 45 coollady

    sorry to say this, but is it wrong that i’m only watching this drama for the scenes with Jandi’s family and for Yi-Jung and Ga-eul relationship? I mean, this drama was funny in the beginning where Lee MInho’s character Jun-pyo stole every scene and was believable, but now i’m just bored at the same scenes over and over and over again. what is this repetitive scene? well, it’s Jun-pyo trying to win/buy Jandi’s love, Jandi getting annoyingly angry (really i like Goo Hyesun in other dramas, but her acting here drives me bonkers!), and Jandi liking Ji-hoo for a reason that’s obvious but still not convincing to me. it’s getting old really fast. I’m fast-forwarding almost every scene until something catches my attention cause i know i can always read a summary here. i don’t know. it’s just not as eye-catching as i thought it was gonna be. let’s just hope things get a little more interesting SOON. as for Ji-hoo and Jandi’s kiss…it was wrong but Jandi never acknowledge Jun-pyo’s feelings for her so it’s not so very bad. oh and also, most people think Jun-pyo’s actions towards Jandi is sweet and romantic…i just think it’s overbearing, burdensome, and downright freaky. And Ji-hoo, how hard is it to fake playing the violin?! haha.
    as for Jandi’s family, they might be a little over-the-top but they’re adorable and hilarious to watch esp. the dad and the little brother. and Yi-Jung and Ga-Eul interests me cause i’m curous to see how their storyline will progress. Even Woo-bin is more interesting to watch! for now, i will continue watching this drama, but i’m getting sad cause my interest is dying…dying…dying…(even when i don’t want it to).
    oh and Dramabeans, T-Max’s songs are pretty good. though I’d never thought someone w/ your music taste would like them. haha.

  46. 46 Renee

    Pauline: Jinx!

  47. 47 dramafreak19

    OMG, Javabeans, that last scene with Kim Bum and Kim Hyun Joong was FANTASTIC.

    Right there, Kimbum turned on the intensity SOOOO convincingly, I could feel how angry he was with JiHoo…that line about how he wouldn’t have been so angry if JiHoo had seduced his little sister and dumped her three days later…wow…excellent dialogue + excellent delivery….

    Thank god KHJ’s acting got a teensy bit better in the episode otherwise Kimbum would have made him look like HUGE joke…

    Yi Jung + Ga Eul = Looooveeee!!!!!!

  48. 48 belleza

    “(I have found that there tends to be a lot of sneering at Twilight though, which I think also holds true for Boys Before Flowers.)”

    “In my opinion though, since HYD is originally in comics and not a book, people kind of think that, “Oh, it’s okay if it’s cheesy. It’s shoujo manga.””

    This is very true; shoujo is mostly read by 10-15 year old girls. I’m WAY too old to watch shows like Hana Yori Dango and Boys Before Flower. And that’s why I love it so much, indulging my inner fangirl in this economy is chicken soup for the soul. 😀

  49. 49 WysteriaMagnus

    I am not sure why people are complaining too much about Jan Di’s and Ji Hoo’s actions. The storyline is so familiar, that it’s no longer surprising to see Ji Hoo have feelings for Jan Di (and vice versa) and act upon it. I suspect Ji Hoo has always had feelings for Jan Di even before Jun Pyo realize Jan Di was the girl for him. Ji Hoo just didn’t realized his own feelings until he can finally say his relationship with Seo Hyun was over. It’s like when you’re so used to a routine, you become so comfortable/satisfied with it, you don’t notice the little changes/problems with it until you look at it at a different perspective or someone else points it out to you. I think this is what Ji Hoo is going through when it comes to him, Jan Di and Jun Pyo relationship.

    This bring me back to Jan Di’s dream with the fortune teller. The fortune teller did say 2 guys: one’s her soulmate and the other one her future husband, and they are not the same person. Who do you suspect is the soulmate and then the husband? Because I think your soulmate and the person you eventually will marry does not have to be the same person. Real life isn’t a fairy tale and certainly not a fictional television drama. So although you may marry the person who you love the most in this world or means the most to you, you may click with someone else on another level beyond just mare emotions/feelings/love alone, basically beyond anyone’s else understanding. I think Jan Di’s soulmate is Ji Hoo and her husband will eventually be Jun Pyo. Ji Hoo’s is her soulmate because Ga-Eul bluntly told Yi Jung so. But also, because I think Jan Di has always have a connection with Ji Hoo regardless of her eventual love/connection/destination with Jun Pyo. It’s like the difference between fate and destiny. One is escapable, no matter what, you have a choice to accept it or not. But the other, no matter how much you fight it, it’s unavoidable. Sorry to go philosopical on everyone, but that’s just my thought.

    Also, I am enjoying the pairing of Yi Jung with Ga-Eul as most everyone is. I just hope in future episodes the storyline will go into depth more about them individually as well as a couple. I was seeing a glimpse of the Sojiro’s and Yuki’s pairing in the Japanese version but it was cut short. Hopefully with Kim Bum’s popularity rising, the producers and writers will spend more time on Yi Jung and Ga-Eul.

    • 49.1 sheilajsn

      Thank you WysteriaMagnus!!!
      As I was reading the recap I was actually thinking in a reply pretty much along the lines of what you said.
      I’ve seen this drama three times already and reading this recap (which is actually an ode to Jun Pyo) I’m actually thinking about watching it again.
      I think javabeans is being a tad unfair with Ji Hoo.
      There was a Jan Di/Ji Hoo thing going even before the Jan Di/Jun Pyo thing started. Granted, Ji Hoo didn’t realized he liked Jan Di, but he was probably the only one that didn’t know. Even Jun Pyo knew (Jun Pyo notes that Ji Hoo seems uncharacteristically interested in Jan Di and also the possibility of Jan Di “collapsing” after seing Ji Hoo kissing Seo Hyun).
      So why is it ok for Jun Pyo to get in the middle of whatever was happening between Jan Di and Ji Hoo, but not the other way around?
      Yes, maybe when Ji Hoo came back from Paris he was being “self-destructive” out of frustration. But I think he was honestly attracted to Jan Di, even before Jun Pyo was. The problem here was timing.

  50. 50 jong

    what i like about the korean version is your actually on domyouji’s side.. lol you actually feel bad for him… whereas im sorry Rui ruled the world in the japanese version.. a part of me actually wants to see some goods with rui (jihoo) in the korean version for a lil bit lol

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