Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 9
by | February 2, 2009 | 192 Comments

I was mightily annoyed that one of the big moments in this episode was spoiled by, oh, practically every site out there. You couldn’t go anywhere on the k-internets without running into huge headlines — with pictures! — of said moment. I know the news was probably released to drum up interest in the episode (like that was necessary) — but it’s one thing to talk about something after it airs, and another to spoil it before it even broadcasts. Booooo.


Like somebody commented, this show is like crack. Maybe not the best thing for your brain, but OMG NEED MOAR NOW.


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The morning after, Jun-pyo rises to a large (by Geum family standards) spread, and Jan-di’s parents urge him to eat up. Mom takes particular care in attending to him, but to the fastidious Jun-pyo, it’s a bit hard to swallow (literally) when she uses her hands to tear up his meat before serving it to him. Commoner-style living has some unforeseen drawbacks.

What’s cute is that they call him “son-in-law,” and while it’s not that unusual to use the term with a daughter’s (serious) boyfriend, it’s a bit early for that. Still, cute.

Breakfast is an entirely different affair at Jun-pyo’s estate, where Mom (Madam Kang) joins Jun-hee for a rare meal together and wonders where Jun-pyo is. (“Do you know how rarely I have breakfast with you two?” Jun-hee: “Is that our fault?”)

Jun-hee covers for her brother, saying he’s still asleep, having been out late with his F4 friends last night. Madam Kang grumbles that he’s outgrown those childish friends, reminding her, “Even if the Shinhwa Group successor has friends, he doesn’t need them.” His position, after all, “requires him to be so cool-headed that he is capable of even cutting off his family.”

Mom heads to Jun-pyo’s room to fetch him personally, looking around in annoyance to see that he’s not there. The butler gulps nervously, hesitating when she demands to know his whereabouts.

At the Geum household, Jun-pyo watches in fascinated curiosity while Jan-di’s family prepares a massive batch of cabbage to be made into kimchi.

He stays on the sidelines at first, but seeing how much fun they’re having together, Jun-pyo soon joins in.

At school, Ji-hoo visits the empty pool, probably expecting to see Jan-di there and disappointed that she isn’t. With a rueful (?) expression, he remembers their boat ride together during their trip to New Caledonia. He floats a paper boat into the pool, then walks away with a sigh.

I think this scene is supposed to be… sad?

(It’s just that it’s so hard to read Ji-hoo’s face. An expressive actor can let you know how the character is feeling without words, but I find Ji-hoo always requires explanation to understand.)

Jun-pyo joins the Geum men at the public bath, and participates in that grand exercise of male bonding: scrubbing dead skin from each other’s backs.

(Having never had his back scrubbed before, Jun-pyo is particularly sensitive to the abrasive scrubbing rag. The expression on Lee Min-ho’s face cracks me up — even the veins in his chest are protruding.)

They emerge from the bath and beeline for some fish-cake skewers from a street vending cart, which Jun-pyo tastes for the first time. He likes them so much that soon, a mound of little skewers sits in front of him.

Reliving the moments of his family outing later makes Jun-pyo chuckle to himself. And just in case we’ve forgotten what happened a mere five minutes ago, a whole series of flashbacks fills us in on his memories.

Yi-jung and Woo-bin wonder what has him so happy, to which Jun-pyo asks whether they’ve ever made kimchi, or had their backs scrubbed at a public bath, or eaten fish sticks from a street cart. Loftily, he tsk-tsks that they’re missing out: “What do you know about life?”

Yi-jung quips, “I liked him better when he was messing up proverbs.”

Ji-hoo finds Jan-di after her swim, figuring that she must have a lot on her mind to be swimming so much. After the last time they met when she ran off to avoid Jun-pyo, he guesses that’s the issue. He notices her wet hair and gives her his hat, followed by a spot of advice: “Don’t avoid him. Someone once told me that avoidance is cowardly. Don’t avoid him, and give him a chance.”

Jan-di admits, “To be honest, being dragged along into Gu Jun-pyo’s world is uncomfortable.” Ji-hoo responds, “There’s no such thing as Jun-pyo’s world or Jan-di’s world. We’re in the same world right now. If Jun-pyo’s world is too much for you, go along at your pace.”

Because Jan-di has been feeling uncomfortable, she’s been keeping her distance, which drives Jun-pyo crazy. He’s determined to wait for her to make the first move, and paces in agitation. Woo-bin, ever the voice of reason, tells him to call her, but Yi-jung reminds him of the player’s code. Relationships require a certain give and take and it’s better if he waits.

Thus when Jan-di does finally call, Jun-pyo tries to calm his reaction before answering the phone. I admit, I cried tears of laughter at Jun-pyo’s abysmal attempt to play it cool. First, he feigns disinterest: “Geum Jan-di? Who’s that?”

The guys sigh that he’s overdoing it, so he corrects himself, saying, “Ah right, I remember now.” But in an effort to pretend he hasn’t noticed her absence, he assures her, “I’ve been SO busy, I haven’t been able to recall that you haven’t called in three days and thirteen hours.” Yi-jung grimaces, “It’s embarrassing calling him friend.”

Jan-di makes a suggestion which Jun-pyo finds disagreeable, and he balks, “Why would I want to go there?” and hangs up. And then crows to his buddies, “Did you see how I hung up first?” LOL.

Asked what he found so unpleasant, Jun-pyo answers that Jan-di had suggested a double date with her friend. (Yi-jung plays it off, but he says with some coolness, “Ga-eul? Good for her.”) Since Jun-pyo finds the double date distasteful, Yi-jung offers half-jokingly, “Want me to go instead?” (His reasoning being that it would be interesting to observe how common folk date.)

The next day, Jan-di tries to pretend she’s not disappointed that he turned down the invitation. When Jun-pyo makes his appearance, he pulls the old “I was just in the neighborhood” excuse and offers to stay as a favor to keep her from being a third wheel. Seriously, between the two of them, they’ve got enough pride to make a third person.

Ga-eul’s boyfriend, Su-pyo, makes a bad impression right off the bat, arriving a half-hour late and mocking Jun-pyo with what he probably thinks is good-natured charm. But his careless remarks come off rude and when he makes fun of Jun-pyo’s hair and tells him to call him hyung, the girls trade uneasy glances.

Sensing Jun-pyo’s aggravation, Jan-di says they can leave, but Jun-pyo grits his teeth and is committed to seeing this commoner date through to the end.

Things only get worse when the foursome go out to eat, and Su-pyo taunts Jun-pyo for his uneasiness at the food (it’s gopchang, or cow intestines). Goaded by Su-pyo’s patronizing remarks, Jun-pyo forces himself to eat with difficulty. He misstates another proverb in an attempt to warn Su-pyo to check himself (before he wrecks himself), but the mistake causes Su-pyo to laugh harder.

Things improve when the couples split up to skate on an outdoor rink. Jan-di admires the pretty lights, having never come to a place like this before, which she describes as fairy-tale-like.

Seeing Jan-di’s bare hands, Jun-pyo gives her one of his gloves, then tucks her uncovered hand into his pocket. Perhaps thinking of the display of lights, he suggests, “Let’s go someday.” She asks, “Where?” Jun-pyo: “Champs-Elysées.”

At Su-pyo’s suggestion, Jun-pyo reluctantly joins him to grab some hot drinks. As they head off together, Su-pyo answers a phone call while the girls chat.

Ga-eul apologizes for her boyfriend’s rudeness, but admits that she was touched to see Jun-pyo trying so hard to accommodate everyone. It was touching, really.

Wondering where the guys went, the girls look for their dates. They find them almost immediately: A crowd has gathered to watch Jun-pyo pummeling Ga-eul’s boyfriend.

Jan-di is appalled — she knows he was struggling to remain calm but beating up the guy is unforgivable — and grows angrier when he addresses Ga-eul: “If you’re going to date, pick a decent boyfriend.” Jan-di insists that he apologize, warning, “if you leave like this, we’re over.” Jun-pyo stalks off angrily.

In the following days, a dejected Ga-eul can’t get in touch with her boyfriend despite leaving numerous messages. Jan-di feels responsible for her unhappiness, deploring Jun-pyo’s rash temper. But Ga-eul reasons, “I don’t think Jun-pyo sunbae would do that without a reason.”

Vowing to extract an apology, Jan-di drops by the F4 hangout. The other guys, having heard none of the story from Jun-pyo, are alarmed at their chilly exchange, sensing that whatever happened was serious.

Jan-di: “Please tell him that this is my last warning. Thanks to his fists, my friend is crying. If he doesn’t apologize, we’re really over.”

Jun-pyo: “Why would I apologize when she can’t be thankful that I got rid of that trash for her?”

At his unpenitent response, Jan-di retorts that this attitude is typical of him — it was clearly beyond him to adjust to suit someone else. But now Ga-eul has to suffer for his actions. She shocks the others with the severity of her words when she says, “Don’t act like you know me anymore.”

The next time Ji-hoo finds Jan-di at the pool, she’s on the verge of a cold from all the swimming (and walking around with wet hair). Jan-di cautions, “If this is about Gu Jun-pyo, I’m not going to talk,” then proceeds to complain all about him. Because this involves her friend, “This time, I really can’t forgive him.”

Ji-hoo hands her some cold medicine — he’d anticipated that she would need it — and leaves her with one last bit of advice:

“Guys don’t do things for no reason in front of the girl they like. There’s always a reason. I’m speaking from experience, so you can trust me.”

Su-pyo continues to ignore Ga-eul’s calls, so Jan-di proposes seeking him out rather than waiting for him to call. Arriving near the club where he works, they spot him walking with a pretty, older girl. From a distance, the girls overhear as he complains about his ridiculous double-date fiasco.

Su-pyo makes himself out to be the martyr, then proceeds to trash both Ga-eul and Jan-di, calling them unfashionable and dumpy. He’d suggested to Jun-pyo that they ditch the girls and offered to introduce him to some club babes — which is when Jun-pyo had attacked, saying, “If you call my girlfriend names, you won’t be able to eat gopchang anymore with that mouth!”

At that point, Su-pyo glances over and notices the girls. Jan-di asks, “Is that true?” Ga-eul is hurt at Su-pyo’s dismissal — he tells her to stop bugging him, like some kind of stalker — which enrages Jan-di.

With a howl, Jan-di hops a fence, leaps at Su-pyo, and delivers her trademark spinning back kick to his face. Stomping on his chest, she yells, “One was for Ga-eul, and one was for my boyfriend!”

(Honestly, she and Jun-pyo really are two of a kind, aren’t they?)

Afterward, Ga-eul attempts to look on the bright side: “I’m glad. At least we found out that Jun-pyo sunbae isn’t a bad person.”

Though in a glum mood, Ga-eul urges Jan-di to apologize and make up with Jun-pyo, assuring her friend she’ll be fine on her own.

And now, Yi-jung gets his own storyline! He receives a hysterical call from a woman threatening suicide because of his father — who is also a ceramic artist and professor, who takes advantage of his position to have numerous affairs, presumably with his students. Yi-jung witnesses his father romancing yet another woman, and turns away in disgust.

In the lobby, he intercepts the woman as she’s leaving, attracting her attention by speaking flirtatiously. But then his voice hardens and he tells her she’s just one in a string of his father’s girlfriends — she’s too beautiful for that kind of treatment.

We can see where he gets his playboy tendencies, although I suppose Yi-jung isn’t so far gone as his father, because he still has a conscience.

Afterward, Yi-jung happens to be driving by as a depressed Ga-eul trudges along the busy sidewalk, then sits on the ground and starts to cry. Yi-jung tries to ignore her, then decides somewhat unenthusiastically to approach.

He teases Ga-eul for crying on the street, telling her, “Sometimes girls think they look pretty when they cry, but they’re wrong.” Unfortunately, his words push her over the edge, and her soft cries turn into loud sobs. Hilariously, Yi-jung uneasily pleads with her to stop, while insisting to curious passers-by that he’s not the one who made her cry.

At F4 headquarters, Ji-hoo asks if Jun-pyo has made up with Jan-di yet. Not noticing Jan-di’s silent arrival behind him, Jun-pyo vows that he wouldn’t make up with Jan-di even if she begged and insists on his innocence in the matter.

Amused, Woo-bin addresses Jan-di: “I guess you’ll have to go home then.” Jun-pyo looks up, startled, to see her standing there with a contrite expression.

Jan-di says, “I didn’t know you were so angry. I was just thinking of myself. I’m sorry, I’ll go.” Jun-pyo leaps over the couch to stop her.

Working up her nerve, Jan-di says haltingly, “Gu Jun-pyo… accept my apology!” and holds out an apple. (The word for apology and apple are pronounced the same.) Jun-pyo’s obviously pleased, but he’s got his pride to think of, so he keeps a straight face. He wants three wishes before accepting her apology. Jan-di reluctantly relents — but he has to name his wishes within one minute. Go!

Jun-pyo sputters that that’s not fair, all the while Jan-di counts steadily. Flustered, he instructs her to sit, then stand — which Jan-di counts as two wishes. With five seconds left, Jun-pyo blurts out his wish — she has to apologize while calling him “oppa.” In a baby voice. (Akin to saying, “Oppa, I’m sowwy.”)

Cringing, she tries to muster the words… then exclaims, “I can’t! Take the apology or leave it!” Woo-bin says wisely, “You should have accepted the apology when she offered.” Ji-hoo takes a bite of the apology apple, which Jun-pyo grabs back possessively.

Yi-jung takes Ga-eul to his pottery studio for some tea and sympathy. He startles her by dropping a ceramic bowl to the ground, but instead of breaking, it remains intact. “It’s stronger than it looks,” he says. Using a pottery metaphor, he asks if she knows how long it took for the bowl to get so strong, and explains the process for shaping it, then baking it in fire. But if, at the end of all that, it still isn’t right, “You have to let it go, cleanly, like this.” With that, he takes the bowl, wraps it in a towel, and smashes it with a hammer.

Yi-jung: “What I mean is, there are things we have to go through in order to become stronger, and to find our true selves. Like what you went through today.” Ga-eul answers, “I think I know what you’re saying. Thank you.”

He suggests going out to have some fun, since he had a bad day too. After taking her out for a makeover — which is frankly a little ridiculous since she’s so pretty to begin with — Yi-jung takes Ga-eul to a club.

But it seems Yi-jung has something more up his sleeve than mere flirtation, because her ex-boyfriend Su-pyo is there (which suggests this is the club where he works).

Yi-jung leaves Ga-eul by the bar and heads to the front of the club, where he makes a splash with a grand entrance. Even Su-pyo’s new girlfriend is impressed, recognizing Yi-jung. Thus she’s flattered when he addresses her, and asks if he can take the liberty of performing.

And then he busts out the saxophone.

It’s not often that I find an Yi-jung scene unwatchable, and yet here we are for the second time. Yi-jung makes the ladies’ hearts flutter by announcing, “There’s a person here who’s stolen my heart. I’ll perform this on her behalf.”

(To Kim Bum’s credit, he delivers this admirably with nary a grimace or smirk.)

Jun-pyo calls Jan-di out, and she grumbles all the way, still chafing at his treatment of her apology. She walks past the darkened park, looking up in wonder when an extravagant display of lights suddenly flickers on.

Jun-pyo stands in the middle of the playground, which he’s decorated with yet more lights: This is his version of Champs-Elysées. He asks, “Do you like it?” Happily, Jan-di nods, “It’s pretty. It’s like Christmas.”

(Okay, I get that this is a romantic gesture. But PD Jeon, ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? He has used this exact same scenario not once, but TWICE in prior dramas. (Clicky here for comparisons.) Seriously, the man must be in a creative slump, or maybe he just can’t work without the Hong sisters. COME ON. Way to ruin a perfectly nice romantic moment. I guess we should be glad Jun-pyo didn’t present Jan-di with a random cake, apropos of nothing.)

But back to the scene: Jun-pyo wonders what’s so great about Christmas, and she responds that it’s a happy day. Jun-pyo answers, “I’ve never had a happy memory of it.”

A flashback shows us a lonely Little Jun-pyo, being entertained by maids and his butler, delivered impersonal gifts from his parents.

Jun-pyo asks about the kimchi he helped make, and says, “I’d like to eat some.” Also, he enjoyed her mother’s cooking and the vending-cart fish sticks her father bought him.

Jun-pyo: “You know, I didn’t know what family was, but looking at your family, I think I have an idea. Can I drop by again?”
Jan-di: “Did you ever ask permission before coming?”
Jun-pyo: “I’m not joking.”

Jun-pyo rises from his swing and kneels in front of Jan-di: “I want to go. I want to, every day.”


What I particularly like about Jun-pyo is that while I think it’s pretty clear his feelings for Jan-di exist with or without family (or friend) approval, their relationship has now introduced an additional, equally meaningful, aspect: a longing for family which I don’t think he realized he even had. Little Jun-pyo definitely felt his parents’ neglect, but I don’t think he’s ever really recognized the longing in a clear way.

Jun-hee, as the older sibling, holds more of a grudge against their cold mother, but Jun-pyo’s understanding of his loveless upbringing remains at an almost childlike level. That’s why he looks on at Jan-di’s family interactions with a naive kind of wonder — it’s not just the activities like kimchi-making or sauna-sharing that are new, but the emotions that underlie those interactions.

(Speaking of whom, I really like the tense dynamic between Jun-hee and her mother, and I hope Jun-hee’s character sticks around for a while.)

One reason I dig this development of Jun-pyo’s character is because when the couple inevitably faces family opposition in the future and is threatened with separation, the loss is going to be felt on both sides. (This isn’t a spoiler, just speculation — but c’mon, we all see it coming, right?) It’s not just that Jan-di may lose her rich, caring boyfriend, but her boyfriend loses his source of familial rapport as well. Also, I have felt (particularly in episodes 5 through 7, for instance) that Jan-di has not really brought a lot to this relationship, aside from capturing Jun-pyo’s interest. She had until recently gone along with his plans, but never really initiated anything until this episode. Now, she offers him something that balances out their relationship, and I am relieved.


192 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kpopgirl

    Awesome. Can’t wait to read the recap! 🙂

  2. EmpressPnai

    OMG! I was laughing my butt off when Jun-pyo requested Jan-Di to say “Oppa, I’m sorry” in a baby voice. And I agree, the last part was such a recycled scene from the PD’s previous dramas.

  3. ice chocolate

    I guess the PD has a wife (is he already married?), or long time crush with lightning girl or something..
    And, surely this episode make me smiling wide and gigling all along..
    So cute and so romantic… Has cloning been succeeding? I want one of JunPyo, please.
    Thanks a bunch for the fast recaps, javabeans…

  4. EmpressPnai

    I like what you said about how Jan Di really hasn’t offered a lot to this relationship. I think in this episode the audience is able to see that although Jun-pyo is able to shower Jan Di with extravagant gifts and clothes and she really can’t return the same thing to him she is able to offer him something that he has been lacking in his life, which is a loving family environment. I really liked the parts when Jun-pyo was spending the time with Jan Di’s family and really seemed to enjoy it even though it was quite unfamiliar territory at first.

  5. soysause

    DANG! that was fast!
    thnx 😀

  6. sophie

    thank you so much for the recap!
    my girl had its own lights scene too 🙂

  7. Len

    Hmm… I was under the impression that the hysterical call Yi Jeong got was from his mother, based on this article: http://news.joins.com/article/3477722.html?ctg=15

    “Speaking of whom, I really like the tense dynamic between Jun-hee and her mother, and I hope Jun-hee’s character sticks around for a while.”
    Agreed. I think she will, especially when Kang Hee-soo/joo tries to actively stop Jun Pyo and Jan-di from being together… but then again, I can’t say for sure.

  8. meikisis

    I giggled like a little girl throughout this episode…

    Thanks for the recap!

  9. aoi

    hmm, maybe the PD had to go back to his old methods cuz filming was canceled at Chung Gae Chun. Heard too many fans had gathered, making safety an issue, so the staff had to improvise?

  10. 10 saryKIM

    This episode was so funny! I laughed so hard… I loved it.

    I’m also glad that the Yi Jung/Ga Eul arc is starting to get a move on. Thanks for the recap!

  11. 11 Akiddo

    Thanks so much. The recap is great. I haven’t watched the full episode yet as I thought of waiting for the english subs to be fully ready. Only watched the last scene at the playground..what a kiss!!

    In the upcoming episodes, the sacrifices that JanDi has to make will come through. Already in the last scene, the way she looked at him is different.

    The pictures of the next kiss are everywhere…luckily we only need to wait for another 24hrs for episode 10.

    GaEul and Yijung – such as super cute couple too!

  12. 12 cookie13

    I think I may have been the only few who did NOT read any articles about this kiss coming up, so the suspense in that last scene was actually there. thanks dramabeans! I’m so glad you didn’t post any spoilers.

  13. 13 Mel

    I liked this episode, it was so cute and finally they kissed…. well Sorta… ^^

  14. 14 Angie

    Java if its any consolation to you, Joon Hee or Kim Hyun Joo is sticking around for at least 8 episodes in total (although this is her 3rd epi so go figure). You and me both, i do hope they show the dynamic between Joon Hee and her mother.

    You can positively feel Joon Hee’s resentment.

    And I wholeheartedly agree with you, its about time they show JD’s “contribution” to the relationship.

    Im fascinated by Yi Jung’s background although between the four of them, they only really discuss Ji Hoo and Jun Pyo’s crux with their respective situations.

    I do believe it’s his mother that he was getting upset over in the car.

  15. 15 SuHyun

    LOL coffeebeans, I’m with you.
    Theres always beans spillin about what’s gonna happen and what.
    I love this site, it’s like that total ka-bam network that has all the dramas you like and can discuss about. I’m very gamdonged by this website you have made.
    It entertains me and I’m sure many others too 😀
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  16. 16 musicgoer

    dramabeans… one thing i always do after BOF airs is to drop by your thread to read your take on the episode. it’s like the next best thing other than watching the episode. thank you for doing this!

  17. 17 ank

    BIG thank you for summarizing this series! Always looking forward to your reviews!

  18. 18 Tired and Hungry

    I’m am seriously afraid to watch ep. 10 especially with the intense pictures of Jandi and Jun Pyo I might have a heart attack!

    Love the scenes with Jandi and Jun Pyo! (ice skating, the kiss ect..)

    Always love your recap Javabeans!

    It’s kind have become religious thing that after each ep of BBF/BOF I have to come in your site to read your recaps!

    It’s mean to say, but I do not care about the orange hair guy! I just don’t! He only has two face expression ; happy or sad! thtat’ it

  19. 19 tlina069

    Yi-jung plays it off, but he says with some coolness, “Ga-eul? Good for her.” Since Jun-pyo finds the double date distasteful, Yi-jung offers half-jokingly, “Want me to go instead?”

    Thank you for always recapping! LOVE YOU A TON!! ^_^
    Kim Bum captured everything I hoped Yi-jung would ever feel toward Ga-eul and of course, you put it so perfectly in writing! ^_^

  20. 20 deeta

    Even though a lot of his stuff are recycled, I feel that Jeon PD really does well to capture romantic elements in his dramas. It’s often cheesy, but you just go all squealing for it. The one thing I absolutely adored about the kiss scene is that instead of Jandi looking up (height difference) and all, it was Junpyo who squatted and looked up to kiss her. For some reason, that tiny detail just sort of struck me.

    BTW, whoever casted that kid actor to be Kid Junpyo is a genius, that kid’s hurt and disappointment when he only had cards (most likely done by mom and dad’s secretaries anyway) for christmas was really something.

  21. 21 orr

    i must say woo-bin is becoming A LOT more likable.

  22. 22 shinychopstick

    Thanks for the recap~ I always like reviewing what exactly happened after I watch an episode.

    I really like the pace of this episode. The conflict of ‘Why’d Jun-pyo irrationally beat up a guy?’ wasn’t stretched out too thin (they managed to fit it into one episode!), which makes me happy.

    I also like how Madam Gu actually intended to have a breakfast with the family, and that she herself went up to check on Jun-pyo (though she could obviously tell that something was fishy). She really does care.

    Overall, I found this episode…lighter, because of the immediate resolving of the conflict.

  23. 23 Airajuliafor

    I really agree with you on the fact that Jan-di hasn’t added much for the relationship. Aside from the family aspect (and yeah, more affection) what else is she to give, though? And it’s not as if Jun-pyo’s giving her lots of room to give….

    I can’t wait for the next episode. Wonder how Yi-jung and Ga-Eul story will turn out…. Cause uh.. (SPOILERS… I’ve watched the Jdrama and read the manga… and those two characters never REALLY end up together.. It always ends up with Ga-Eul’s character chasing after Yi-Jung’s…. xp) Sorry.. sorry.. I know you really hate the comparisons… but i’m just really curious.

    I want Jun-hee’s character to stick around too.. I really think though that she’ll be essential for the acceptance of their Mother on the leads’ relationship.

    And forgive me, but I’m starting to like Yi-jung’s looks (and possibly, character) mroe than Jun-pyo..


  24. 24 javabeans

    Was that really his mother in the car phone call? I swear I couldn’t tell who it was, but I’d assumed it was another dramatic girlfriend. Sharp ears, y’all.

  25. 25 sonam

    Looks like we’ll be seeing Paris-City of Lights -instead of NY in the future episodes.
    I liked how they dressed up Jandi’s friend. Fantastic bubble dress, cool shoes and soft waves for the hair. She looked great. I really like her. But why did they dress KB in a three piece suit for the nightclub???
    LMH just gets better and better. Jandi seems to have more chemistry with the Rui guy. Somehow they look good together. Things are heating up tho’ the kiss looked much better in the leaked picture than on screen. The second kiss looks more promising.

  26. 26 Luv

    Great episode.
    Thank you Sarah.

    Hehe…I love reading your comments…

    “And just in case we’ve forgotten what happened a mere five minutes ago, a whole series of flashbacks fills us in on his memories.”

  27. 27 all4movies

    Wow, that was a fun episode.

    I loved the bath scene and watching Jun Pyo initially squirm while he was getting his back scrubbed. That was so cute.

    Aww, now I have an urge to visit my local jimjilbang (located in Coquitlam, BC).

    This episode absolutely brought this show up another notch in being the best current kdrama I have watched in awhile.

    Hope the ratings go through the roof (30% that is, and it’s close to happening).

    ps anyone else want to make kim chi?

  28. 28 Em

    Cute ep! Can’t wait to watch. Aww, Ga Eul and Yi Jung moments ftw. XD
    Oh my. Jan Di and Jun Pyo’s first kiss in the drama! Thanks for your review!

  29. 29 Ranting....

    LOL at Jihoo having a big bite out of JP’s apology apple from Jandi…..replayed that scene several times.

  30. 30 wandergirl

    LOL @ the lights scene also present in Witch Amusement and Delightful Girl Choon-hyang.

    Did the Hong sisters write for My Girl too? There’s also a similar scene where Gong Chan looks for Yoo Rin, then he spots her just as the lights are turned on in a park of some sort.

  31. 31 Cinamoroll

    I think Yi-Jung got his phone call from his hysterical mother instead of his father’s girl friend (by the way, his dad is also very very famous old rock singer! dang, how much money are they willing to spend on casting?). He went to see his father,so he can talk to him about his mother’s fragile state (threatening her own son with suicidal comments? wow!) , but finds that his dad is ever the same, he turns in disgust.
    Also, I think you should mention the scene where WooBin delievers bickering between JunPyo and Jandi

  32. 32 Chocolatetree

    Thanks for the recap! Although exhausted from school, this is the first thing I log on to when I get back home!!


    Haven’t watched it yet, but it sounds mind-numbingly awesome!

  33. 33 Gallivanter

    There was also a similar lights scene in MyGirl. Yikes. When they’re all put together in a row, it’s a little sad. I really liked the scene in all the dramas–but maybe I just think christmas lights are really romantic too^^

    YES THE CRACK. I WAS DOWNRIGHT GIDDY ALL DAY. Mondays and Tuesdays are definitely the best of the week.

  34. 34 lalalala

    “”””It’s mean to say, but I do not care about the orange hair guy! I just don’t! He only has two face expression ; happy or sad! thtat’ it”””

    Boooo at your comments, cuz you seem to not have much to say either; other than repeating the same thing over and over again. You’re even worse than the orange hair guy. At least he switch back and forth between those few expressions he has. You on the other hand are just plain boring with “that orange hair guy”….It’s Jihoo you dumbass. Have you been watching the drama?

  35. 35 Esther

    this was a cute episode.
    i can’t get enough of this drama…and min ho ^.^
    the bath scene was great!

  36. 36 javabeans

    wandergirl, the Hong sisters and PD Jeon worked together on Delightful Girl and My Girl. I didn’t mind the lights scene in My Girl because it had its own logic so it didn’t seem like a cheap reusing of the same scene, but when Jeon went on to use it in Wtich Amusement (which the Hong sisters did not write), it felt like a cop-out. And again here.

    Whoa, #34, no flaming please.

  37. 37 ob

    Do you know how cool you are? You are so cool that even though I already watched (and understood) this episode, I’m still tuning in to your (once again) insightful recap:

    “Seriously, between the two of them, they’ve got enough pride to make a third person.” (Ha!)

    You rock.

  38. 38 Pauline


    I replayed that scene so many times as well. Thanks for your recap! I always look forward to them right after I watch BOF.

  39. 39 annieee

    so true! i saw these extended previews for eps. 9 and 10 floating around the internet, and was sooo tempted to click on them. i hear we’re getting a more passionate kiss in tomorrow’s episode?
    i keep telling myself the drama’s not that worth getting excited about, cause after all there are some major problems with it. but as always, i still get uber impatient for mondays to come, and check for subtitles/recaps consistently throughout the day. this drama is really like crack! im totally addicted!
    speaking of which, i think jan di is also meant to teach jun pyo a lot of “life lessons,” as jun hee mentioned in previous episodes. jan di is supposed to help jun pyo realize alot of things he doesn’t and help him grow, melt his cold exterior, all that good stuff.

  40. 40 stargazer377

    javabeans, you always manage to put into words what i’m feeling after i finish watching episodes. and i was relieved too when Jandi finally brought something to the relationship. this drama just keeps getting better and better!

    one pet peeve of mine: ji hoo’s face when he doesn’t have any lines. for example, after he gave the cold medicine to jandi and was leaving, his face was a total blank like, “i’m done with my lines, time to get out of here.” i wish he was better at emoting w/out words. even kim joon who plays woo bin is doing a better job! and woo bin is supposedly the ultra noob!

  41. 41 mehreen

    Javabeans, you are the best!! I’ve been refreshing this page over and over just to read ur recap. Finally, FINALLY Jandi looks at Jun pyo with more affection than disgust.

    Love the developing storyline between YJ/GE!! And now that we see a bit more of Woo Bin, I’m hoping he’ll have some more interesting screen time too.

    As for Ji Hoo, I think I’m about ready to give up any hope of liking him.

  42. 42 Miki

    At least you admit your guilty pleasure, Javabeans. ;P Lovely recap, and I love your little snide inputs and comments at the end. They actually enlighten my appreciation of the particular drama.

    Though reading your recap, it almost seems as if you’re reading too much into THIS drama (but for force of sheer habit or as a reasoning for your senseless liking?)

  43. 43 amanda

    Yi-jung trying to deny responsibility for Ga Eul crying was hilarious!
    I’m so glad he and eul are getting their own stories, i think i’m falling towards being more interested in their relationship then to Jp+Jd.

    I did fast forward through the sax performance, just unwatchable to me.
    I always heard Kim Bum was a good actor, etc but he really is i wish he had a bigger role in the drama

  44. 44 kdramafan

    Thanks for the detailed recap…this is definitely one of the best k-entertainment websites that I’ve seen……providing latest information on the k-entertainment and kdrama reviews .Thanks a lot.Keep it up!

  45. 45 Debbie

    Thanks very much for your recap!

    I really loved Jan Di and Jun Pyo’s conversation leading up to the kiss. It was very sweet and personal. It expresses how much Jun Pyo longs for a real family and I’m glad that Jan Di and her family can give that to him. The last scene was definitely well acted.

    Speaking of acting, I really, really loved the acting of the two main characters in this episode. Lee Min Ho was awesome as always. Loved his child-like expression when he was witnessing the Geum family making kimchi, and the many other scenes that he was in. Most of all, I loved Gu Hye Sun’s acting in this. She did not over exaggerate her acting in this episode and thus, made everything looked really well. With her downplaying her acting, I can really see and feel the chemistry between her and Lee Min Ho.

    Keep it up!!

    OH! And I just read somewhere that Gu Hye Sun and Kim Ji Hoon (Love & Marriage) have been dating for the past 4 months. Truth or rumor??

  46. 46 hagrid

    LOL at your recycled scene comment… actually he’s done it in all his dramas… even in MY GIRL… Remember when YR was pranking GC, he closed his eyes only to open it with the parade of lights con-incidentally lighting up at the same time… then he saw YR… haha tsktsk someone give the director new ideas…

  47. 47 Cinamoroll

    oh one more thing, when they mentioned Ga-Eul’s boyfriend’s name Gong Su Pyo, I laughed so hard because obviously his name means “returned check (empty check) ” lol also I found Ga-Eul’s boyfriend choice very surprising because dang, high school girl dating a guy who works at club?

  48. 48 BOFfan

    Thanks for the recap javabeans. i always look forward to your comments. I thought Woo Bin was really funny here when he played the messenger between Jun Pyo and Jan Di. and personally, i think Ji Hoo’s acting is improving. And Ga Eul looked so beautiful… i hope Yi Jung and her get together.
    You’re right Javabeans, this drama is like crack. Mondays and Tuesdays just don’t arrive fast enough!

  49. 49 GG

    I was giggling through the entire episode…it was awesome and as always I checked right in here to read the re-caps…
    I love your recaps javabeans, it’s the the icing on the cake.
    Can’t wait for episode 10, only a few hours left. YES!

    PS: I loved the lights…but then again, I haven’t watched the other two dramas you mentioned.

  50. 50 Tired and Hungry

    #34 I am sorry If I offended you by saying those remarks, but there’s no need to start calling me names. Everybody has different thoughts about this drama! Not everyone will have the same opinions ! So just chill and relax= chillax 🙂 lol!

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