Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 21
by | March 17, 2009 | 284 Comments

Three good episodes in a row! What is going on here?

Okay, okay. Perhaps if I were to take a coldly analytical look at this, I might concede that all three episodes in question (and then some) were mightily flawed and riddled with enough logic holes to make you think a Plot-Eating Moth had invaded the production’s Closet of Storylines. And maybe I’ve gotten tired of making excuses for (or criticizing the lifeblood out of) this drama and just wanna sit back and relax and admire the too-lovely-to-be-real bone structures of Lee Min-ho and Kim Hyun-joong. (My drama-analysis mode never fully turns off, but that dial can be turned down.)

But what it boils down to is this: If cold logic rules yer brain over pure entertainment and/or emotional reaction, what are you doing watching this drama anyway, right?


Jisun – “어떡하죠” (What Do I Do?) from the Boys Before Flowers OST 2. [ Download ]

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Jae-kyung walks in on the Jun-di embrace, her reaction speechless surprise. Jan-di fumbles to explain, but can’t find the appropriate words…

But that’s a moot issue, because OH CRAP now it’s Mama Kang who walks in. (Given her destructive potential, you’d think they’d have her business schedule more closely monitored, wouldn’t you?)

Talk about buzzkill. Jun-pyo can only close his eyes in chagrin as Madam Kang (who had entered the room cheerfully addressing Jae-kyung) takes in the sight of Jan-di in the maid uniform. (I guess we should just be glad Mummy didn’t see Jan-di lying on top of Jun-pyo?) Sputtering in rage, she demands to know who dared bring her into this house.

Granny Housekeeper calls out, “I did.” Lady Kang demands that she be kicked out immediately. However, while I wouldn’t say Madam Kang is intimidated by Granny, she does find her difficult to browbeat into submission, stemming from the fact that Granny’s position in this household pre-dates even her.

Granny is a crusty old broad, and says firmly that hiring and firing maids falls under her purview, not Madam Kang’s. It’s not time to let Jan-di go yet.

When Mother protests, Granny reminds her that she served the Gu CEOs even before Madam Kang married into the family, and asserts that her loyalty is to the Gu household. She will preserve its honor.

Jan-di follows Granny out and thanks her for stepping in. However, Granny tells her that she didn’t hire her because Jun-hee had asked her to — no, her motivation was related to Jun-pyo. After Granny left the household, she’d worried about Jun-pyo, knowing how he has a soft heart underneath his cold exterior. However, seeing him now, she’s noticed a change, and attributes the positive upswing to Jan-di’s influence. Granny owes this family, and feels it’s her last duty to serve him.

Also, her ability to size up people has served her well in the past, so she has to trust that instinct now. (Meaning that her gut is telling her that Jan-di is the key to Jun-pyo’s future happiness.)

Jae-kyung comes to talk with Jan-di, with a (surprisingly?) understanding attitude, even a little wistful. Maybe that’s why Jan-di feels even worse for not having told Jae-kyung about her history with Jun-pyo, but Monkey Girl doesn’t blame her. Instead, she’s able to see from Jan-di’s perspective why she couldn’t speak up.

However, she asks, “Wasn’t I your friend even before I became Jun-pyo’s fiancée?” As a friend, she wishes Jan-di could have told her; Jan-di apologizes, feeling guilty. Despite their friendship, however, Jae-kyung wants to make one thing clear: “I won’t give up on Jun-pyo. From now on, I’m going to try harder. I’m going to do my best so that I have no regrets. I just wanted to tell you that.”

Madam Kang encourages Jae-kyung along, promising to fire Jan-di. Jae-kyung tells her not to, although she does have a different favor to ask.

At pottery class, Ga-eul talks to Eun-jae after class to ask how her relationship with Yi-jung had ended. We don’t get an answer, but we do see that Yi-jung is waiting outside for Eun-jae, happy to see her until he overhears her phone conversation. From her words, it sounds like a call to a boyfriend.

After a moment, he decides to follow her, and arrives outside a café… where she walks in and enthusiastically greets…. Yi-jung’s brother! Omo omo! (I actually gasped; I wasn’t expecting this.)

This is a huge betrayal, and Yi-jung’s face crumples as he watches his brother’s cozy interactions with Eun-jae. Yi-jung calls him, and watches as his brother steps outside to take the call (though he doesn’t see Yi-jung sitting in his bright orange sports car right in front).

His brother sounds glad to hear from him, and suggests that Yi-jung call more often and drop by sometime. There’s somebody he wants to show him — someone he ought to be very glad to see. Yi-jung tries to keep the tears out of his voice as he asks, “You’re happy, aren’t you?” His brother answers that yes, he’s so happy that he almost feels guilty for it.

Two things: (1) Yi-jung obviously loves his brother, despite their rift. His questions make it seem he’d be willing — albeit with a lot of pain — to relinquish Eun-jae if that meant his brother would be happy.

(2) This revelation was set up to make it seem like a big brotherly romantic rivalry, but there’s a possibility Big Bro isn’t actually dating Eun-jae. True, it’s mighty suspicious given how affectionate they are together, but I don’t know that Yi-jung’s brother would be so eager to announce that he’s found Eun-jae if he was dating her now. We’ll have to wait and see.

More surprises at Gu Manor. Jae-kyung pops in again (well, that’s not a surprise, since she always does that), but this time with luggage. Maybe feeling Jan-di’s presence to be a threat, Madam Kang is pleased to announce that Jae-kyung is moving in too. The parents have agreed to move up the wedding since they’re both adults, the union is going to happen sooner or later, and an earlier wedding is better for business. Jae-kyung’s parents have even already ordered the wedding invitations.

Jun-pyo refuses to cooperate, but his protests are ignored. Furthermore, he and Jae-kyung are set to shoot a CF for the new Shinhwa cell phone, since the media had picked up on their relationship at the launch party and public response was overwhelmingly positive.

Jae-kyung texts Jan-di to drop by her room, where she is excitedly trying on Madam Kang’s own wedding dress. In Jae-kyung’s defense, at least she has been completely up-front with Jan-di about her intentions, and has treated her with affection and understanding. On the other hand, it’s in rather poor taste to flaunt her happiness.

Jae-kyung asks for Jan-di’s opinion on the dress and shows her the jewelry Mama Kang had given her. To make this even more uncomfortable, she has a favor to ask — she wants Jan-di to be a bridesmaid. (WHAT? If showing off the dress was inconsiderate, this is straight-up MEAN.)

Now, this fishing bit is a scene I liked for its thematic purpose (if not for the acting). We start at home, when Dr. Grandpa comes out of his room and watches Ji-hoo packing his fishing gear. Eager for something to talk about, he offers advice about the equipment, then retrieves his own fishing rod and gives it to Ji-hoo, all with a childlike kind of hopeful anticipation.

Ji-hoo remains unresponsive, but asks at the last moment, “Do you want to come? I’m leaving in ten minutes.” Grandpa’s face breaks out into an excited smile, and as much as I don’t care about this story, this is so cute. And touching.

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A lot of people have asked about this song; it’s finally out on the second OST: “낯선 해” (Strange sun). And yes, it was also used in latter episodes of Goong S. [ Download ]

Grandpa Yoon reminisces about Ji-hoo’s mother’s cooking, then gives Ji-hoo a box, telling him that today is his parents’ wedding anniversary. Ji-hoo opens it to find a ring — his mother’s. Ji-hoo starts to break down as Dr. Yoon continues, “I’m sorry. I stole that mother from you, because of my karma.” (I assume this mention of karma is a general “I blame myself” sentiment that Dr. Grandpa harbors.)

F4 headquarters. Jun-pyo and Jae-kyung’s recently shot CF (during which Jun-pyo had remained cold, to Jae-kyung’s unease) is out, and Jun-pyo is pissed about it.

The other guys ask what he’s going to do, but he doesn’t know what he can do. Ji-hoo tells him, “You’re the only one who can find that answer.” Probably not as helpful as Jun-pyo would like. In frustration, he rips up the wedding invitation and storms out.

Jan-di has also seen the commercial on television, and it sinks her spirits further. Ga-eul reminds her (as if she could forget!) that Jun-pyo is facing marriage — this is for real. Since this is stating the obvious, I see this as Ga-eul pushing Jan-di to put up a last fight for Jun-pyo, before he ends up married and truly out of hope’s range.

Jan-di glumly indicates the fancy CF, saying, “That’s their future, and that’s where Gu Jun-pyo belongs.”

She also gets a call from her mother, and assures her that she’s doing fine. Upset at news that Mom is feeling under the weather, Jan-di urges the family to take better care of themselves.

She also gets a call from Dr. Grandpa, who calls her out — only to find Ji-hoo waiting instead. Both are surprised to see each other, and realize that Gramps is up to some matchmaking of his own.

Laughing it off, they walk through the park together, coming upon a crowd that has gathered for some kind of event. Jan-di learns from a bystander that a “couple wedding photography contest” is being held, where all couples are invited to dress up in wedding clothes and take pictures. Winner (by fan vote) gets a prize — and at the mention of that, Jan-di perks up. As we know, Jan-di likes free prizes, and particularly homes in on second prize: health food, which makes her think of her sick family.

I like that Ji-hoo notices Jan-di’s interest, but he knows better than to wait for her to suggest it. Instead, he announces that he’s bored and this looks like fun, and drags her along to participate.

While they shoot photos, a crowd of admiring bystanders recognizes Ji-hoo, and they quickly become the favorite couple. At first, their poses are stiff and un-couple-like, so the photographer (and the crowd) urges them to be more affectionate. Ji-hoo starts to lean in, hesitating as though he wants to kiss Jan-di — but she beats him to the punch, getting into the spirit of the moment by pecking him on the cheek first.

They’re so popular that they easily win first prize, which is a trip to Jeju island. Of course, Jan-di actually wanted second prize, and Ji-hoo clocks her disappointment, and trades with the runners-up. (Touched at his gesture, Jan-di grabs him in an appreciative hug.)

At home, Ji-hoo looks over the photos and takes out the ring, contemplating them together.

And then, everyone’s off to Jeju Island for Jun-pyo and Jae-kyung’s wedding.

(How did they all ship their cars over, and just for the weekend? I know they’re all rich, but that just seems silly.)

Also, poor lonely Woo-bin, who must drive all alone! At least he looks hot?

Upon their arrival, F3 joins Jun-pyo on the terrace, where he’s brooding. Ji-hoo informs Jun-pyo that Jan-di came along.

Jun-pyo isn’t happy about that: “Do you think that makes any kind of sense? Both that the Monkey asked her to be a bridesmaid, or that she accepted?”

Ji-hoo turns to Jun-pyo and asks, levelly, “Who do you think is having it toughest right now?”

This is a lovely scene, even if the contents are a little frustrating (plot-wise). But I appreciate that the talk is open and frank, and both ladies address the issue head-on, instead of circling around the point, as so often happens in these conversations.

Jae-kyung thanks Jan-di for coming, as though she’d been unsure if she would. She says, “I know that Jun-pyo and you really liked each other. Even now, you may still care for each other. I’m sorry for pretending not to know. I’m not usually like that, but I was a little cowardly with you.”

Jan-di feels some responsibility too, and says, “No, it was because I couldn’t say so honestly.”

Jae-kyung: “It wasn’t that you didn’t tell me, but that you couldn’t. Even if you’d told me, nothing would have changed. I wouldn’t have been able to give Jun-pyo up.”

For what it’s worth, Jae-kyung honestly seems to feel bad. I think her balance between friendship and selfishness still tilts exceedingly in favor of selfish, but at least she IS aware. (Cold comfort, I know.) She takes Jan-di’s hand and says, growing more tearful:

Jae-kyung: “I really like you. If I had to choose the two people I valued most in the world, it would be you and Gu Jun-pyo. So I’m truly sorry. I’ll make it up to you for hurting you. Forgive me.”

More F4 sports! It’s soccer this time, which starts out fun and playful, but soon gets overshadowed by Jun-pyo’s aggression. He gets a little too into the body-checking, pushing his friends aside, until in the end he’s the only one still on the field.

The others call him in, saying he’ll wear himself out — but Yi-jung says perceptively that that might be what he’s aiming for.

Ga-eul thinks back to her conversation with Eun-jae, which we now get to see in its entirety. Eun-jae had told her that she did confess her feelings to Yi-jung — it was on Valentine’s Day, and she’d mustered all her courage to put everything on the line.

In the end, though, it wasn’t enough to get through to him, and afterward, Eun-jae had felt her feelings “empty out.” She’d thought to herself, “This is where it ends.” However, because she’d decided to face him honestly and live without regrets, it didn’t actually hurt. So Eun-jae had encouraged Ga-eul to go for it, so that she doesn’t live regretting it.

Yi-jung finds her in the field, at first approaching her with his usual light manner. Ga-eul can’t get her head around the idea of arranged marriage at such a young age, but the concept isn’t that shocking for Yi-jung — in F4’s position of privilege, it’s a concept they’re familiar with.

Ga-eul wonders if his future holds the same fate, and he responds that whatever happens, it’s all the same to him. (This recalls his father’s line about how once you’ve lost That One Woman in your life, all the others are pretty much the same.)

This does not go over well with Ga-eul, who bursts out, “How can you be so irresponsible with your life? That’s why nobody can stay by your side.” At this, Yi-jung’s expression darkens; he thinks she’s playing with his weakness. She shocks him by asking why he never went to meet Eun-jae on that Valentine’s Day three years ago.

(They’re really taking advantage of the Jeju Island scenery, aren’t they?)

After walking outside with Jan-di, Ji-hoo ushers her indoors, and broaches the topic of the wedding tomorrow. By the way, I’m really, really digging how the characters are talking so honestly and frankly in this episode — I only wish they’d done this sooner.

Ji-hoo says that she’s running out of time — today may be the last day to get Jun-pyo back.

Ji-hoo: “After meeting you, there’s only been one thing I wish for — for you to be happy, and not cry anymore. I’m afraid that after tomorrow, you won’t be able to smile again.”

Jan-di responds, “Don’t worry. I will be able to smile,” but the lie is immediately apparent since she starts to tear up. Ji-hoo pulls a handkerchief out to wipe at her tears — but she rejects it. (I’d thought for a split second that he was taking out the ring, and maybe that was the intention. Perhaps he’d been considering giving it to her, but the way she reflexively pushes him away is a blatant reminder that she still loves Jun-pyo.)

Speaking of whom, later that night, Jun-pyo reluctantly sits through a family dinner, remaining silent as everyone chatters about the upcoming wedding.

Jan-di, taking the elevator down to the lobby, spots him sitting with Jae-kyung, and very briefly meets eyes with Jun-pyo. Thus he’s in a mopey mood when Jun-hee arrives that night, asking the somewhat cryptic question, “How much are you prepared to go through?”

Jun-pyo asks, “How much will it take?” Jun-hee answers, “Everything. Family, Shinhwa Group, and maybe even your name as Gu Jun-pyo.”

Jun-hee understands his dilemma and says, “I couldn’t do it. I wondered, what would I become if I abandoned everything? I didn’t have the courage to live as a nobody, as just one man’s woman… I suffered for that one moment of cowardice. I thought I could forget, but I couldn’t.”

I doubt Jun-pyo has ever talked this openly with his sister about this, and he wonders if this means she still feels sorry to the boyfriend she’d left.

Jun-hee answers, “No, not to him. I feel sorry to the twenty-year-old Gu Jun-hee, who I’d thought would always be forthright and pure.”

But she’s not here to tell him what to do; she’s here to offer moral support: “Whatever you decide, I’ll understand. And no matter what you do or where you are, the fact won’t change that you’re the little brother I love.”

I love this scene, because it shows that there’s actually one person in the world who knows exactly what Jun-pyo’s going through. Until now, we’ve seen their similarities in their circumstances, but now we can actually see that they share emotional parallels as well.

Jun-pyo meets Ji-hoo by the outdoor pool and tells him solemnly: “Ji-hoo. You’re a brother to me. You were in the past, and you will be in the future. I’ve thought from time to time how you could live on fine without me, but what would I do without you?”

Ji-hoo wonders what he’s getting at — he’s not asking for help in escaping the wedding, is he? Jun-pyo turns to Ji-hoo and instructs him: “Hit me once.”

At Ji-hoo’s surprise, Jun-pyo continues, “I’m not joking. I have to get hit by you.”

Ji-hoo starts to protest, but stops; after a moment, he punches Jun-pyo in the face, sending him sprawling to the ground.

Maybe this is an exercise in masochism, or maybe Jun-pyo feels he deserves punishment for his next words (because no matter what he decides, he’ll be hurting somebody). He says, “I can’t let go of Jan-di.”

Jae-kyung talks with Jan-di, trying to pick the right wedding dress to wear for the ceremony, again displaying either a lack of tact or a sugarcoated mean streak.

(Honestly, I’m inclined to go with supreme lack of tact, because on one hand, I don’t think she’s being purposely cruel — even though I do admit that on the other hand, it’s uncool of her to enlist Jan-di’s cooperation since she’s acknowledged that she knows how Jan-di and Jun-pyo feel about each other. But on the other hand — yes, I have three hands in this argument — her reasoning in the following scene does actually make sense. But we’ll get to that shortly.)

Jun-pyo texts Jae-kyung a message: “I have something to say.” From Jae-kyung’s expression, she already senses that this may not be happy news.

But she’s the queen of feigning ignorance, and when she meets Jun-pyo at the wedding chapel, she takes a light tone. Jokingly, she recites her vows, answering with her “I do” at the end, then asks him for his vow to take this woman to be his bride, etc.

Jun-pyo, stoic and grim, tells her, “I can’t.”

This isn’t how she wants this conversation to go, so she tries to laugh it off, saying that she was just joking around.

Jun-pyo: “It’s not a joke, Monkey. No, I mean Ha Jae-kyung. You can’t marry me.”
Jae-kyung: “Jun.”
Jun-pyo: “I’m sorry.”
Jae-kyung: “Is it enough to say sorry? Then why are there laws and police in this world?”
Jun-pyo: “There’s already someone I love*. She’s the first in my life, and for the rest of my life she’ll be the only one. You still want to marry me?”

Jae-kyung nods.

(* The word he uses is not sarang [사랑] but “like” [좋아]. However, in this context it really indicates love, not simply liking.)

Jun-pyo wonders if she’s crazy, and she replies:

Jae-kyung: “I know that woman is Geum Jan-di, but I want to keep going with you. It’s funny, but I like that you’re so devoted, and I like even more that you know what real love is. I can bear knowing that the person is Jan-di. She won’t be easily forgotten, but if I wait — if I keep waiting, I’ll have the next chance. You’ll love me like that too.”

He tries to reason with her, but she says, “That’s enough for me. It’s worth it for me to invest in that.”

And then Jun-pyo kneels, to beg her: “Forgive me.”

Jae-kyung says in a harder tone: “No. Listen to me. Tomorrow we will stand here and become spouses. Whatever the past, we’re going to promise to love each other until we die. So there’s no reason for you to beg for my forgiveness, or for me to forgive you.”

She walks off, fighting her own tears.

And then it’s wedding day.

The pews fill with guests, Jae-kyung nervously sits in the prep room in her dress, and F3 wait for Jun-pyo to emerge.

When he finally does, he’s wearing his tux and a dire expression. He asks Woo-bin for a favor: “Break my arm.”

HA! The guys gape in surprise, but he means it, and Woo-bin seems to get that he’s serious about the arm. Jun-pyo presses him, “There’s no time. With your abilities, you can do this in one blow.”

I find Yi-jung’s facepalm expression particularly hysterical as Jun-pyo sets his arm on the table and Woo-bin takes it, readying to deliver a blow…

I was actually hoping we’d get to see Jun-pyo chicken out, but instead, Jan-di appears in the doorway, upset at this display. She looks disappointed and irritated at Jun-pyo for sinking to such an avoidant tactic, and charges, “That’s all you could think of? If this is the only way you could stop this, then I’d rather you just went ahead with it.”

It’s not necessarily his intent that bothers her, but the methods. Jan-di faces him accusingly: “You’re a coward. You aren’t being forthright with anybody. You’re not facing things, you’re running away. If you run away like this now, it’ll happen again someday.”

So Jun-pyo approaches her, grabs her by the shoulders, and tells her intently, “Then tell me not to do it. Tell me not to go.”


Okay, this was:
(1) a FANTASTIC ending to go out on, and
(2) I HATE THIS ENDING!! (as a viewer)
(3) But also, I LOVE this ending! (as an appreciator of dramatic structure).

Okay, let’s talk Jae-kyung. Madam Kang’s enthusiastic reception of Monkey Girl makes me wonder whether she likes Jae-kyung genuinely or is mostly afraid of losing a merger. I think it can’t all be business-related; there must be elements of the former in there — perhaps she likes her because she’s so eager to play along, and thus seems like she’d be easier to manipulate.

I don’t hate Jae-kyung as many people seem to, but I did find her logic twisty and puzzling in this episode. For instance, the whole bridesmaid issue. If we give Jae-kyung the benefit of the doubt, I can understand (kinda) that as a friend she’d want her big day to be supported by her supposed best friend, and if they were truly good friends, the other party would be able to rise above her feelings out of love for the friend. In theory. However, the one glaring flaw in that logic is that Jan-di has never invited Jae-kyung to be her friend — she probably does like her, but she never agreed to this level of companionship so she shouldn’t be held to those standards.

Also, Jae-kyung may (selfishly) expect Jan-di to able to compartmentalize her heartbreak in service of friendship — but people can’t compartmentalize emotions like that, and we don’t play our roles out of our neat little boxes, and I think Jae-kyung is missing this, probably because she does actually compartmentalize as a sort of survival tactic. It’s how she’s able to remain so chipper in the face of a rather lonely and bleak childhood and adolescence.

As for Jan-di… I know she’s swept up by Jae-kyung’s strong gravitational pull and not really acting out of her own volition, so she has a hard time protesting. But really, what would it take for Jan-di to go Jerry Springer on her ass, just for a little while??

And finally, I have to say that I freaking LOVE that Jun-pyo actually kneels down in front of Jae-kyung. Omo! That’s something we could never have expected of him a mere few episodes ago, but it also shows how much he wants out of this relationship. And before we complain that he can still back out without Jae-kyung’s consent, I think that’s beside the point — the point is that this new-and-improved Jun-pyo wants, and needs, Jae-kyung’s consent. He has to do the right thing by both women, rather than taking what he wants and letting the other person suffer alone. It’s the price he pays for tapping into his humanity — he’s subject to its pains just as much its benefits.


284 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Yukuri

    thank you..

  2. DBSK

    refreshing the page every two seconds i was! thanks tons for the recaps! you rock!!!

  3. AnGeL

    Thanks much! ^__^

  4. annie

    yay thank u!!

  5. Linda

    Thanks for your dedication to the recaps, Javabeans!

    Kim Hyun Joong… You know I love you… I’ve been SS501’s fan since 2006….
    That is why, (I’d like to think..) me knowing you pretty well…
    I can’t help but giggle seeing you trying to cry…
    Last time, there was rain. Smart PD..
    But this time, I seriously think it sounds like someone else’s crying sounds were added on..?

    I’m teasing because..
    You’re such a manly-guy, doesn’t like to be serious, and loves to joke around…
    So I bet you were trying not to laugh. :p

    I know you’re trying, and you’ve improved greatly.
    I keep replaying little scenes where your eyes or the corners of your mouth expressed your emotions.. Ahh, I felt so proud. 😀

    I hope DSP gives you some kind of break after the drama finishes shooting..
    And please gain some of your weight back. T_T

  6. Leslee

    I loved this episode! and because I have no life and have been refreshing for an hour, might make the top 10!!

  7. maki

    totally great!!!! i loved it!!!

  8. lulu

    im the top few!!!thnks so much javabeans!!
    jaekyung knows that she gonna hafta give up on gjp..and she knows that gjp loves jandi…
    and the great gjp and kneeled to her..she should’ve accpeted!!
    and of course..jandi should say that she doesnt want gjp to go…
    as for the soulmates..i wish them a happy ending…
    yijung should realized that hte only one that was actually “standing by him” was gaeul “reminds me of stand by me OST”
    its gonna end soon sadly..but its gonna be a happy ending!!!
    <3<3<3<3 minho and kimbum!

  9. yay


    they’re good at choosing when to end an episode.

  10. 10 nov0607

    thanks as always!

  11. 11 JJ

    thank you so much! been waiting & looking forward to your recap!
    I actually liked this episode…even tho I knew what was gonna happen cuz I read the leaked script. I am so looking forward to next week!
    I love the new OST in the last 2 episodes. Thank you for the dl links to some of them =)

  12. 12 Alice

    I felt sorry for JK then after the church scene I snapped right back into JK=wench mode! For some reason I never cry in any of the JP/JD scenes but only the JiHoo/Grandpa scenes. Like the one at the funeral where little JH is crying, falls, while Grandpa drives away and the fishing scene with the ring. I feel like these scenes are the most touching… I can’t wait until the next episode!!!!

  13. 13 meikisis


    I was hoping that that will be your main picture in this episode! Yay!
    So nice to have them side by side like that..


  14. 14 jo_ajero

    I also love the part of ji hoo and grand father.

    The grandfather recounts how he gave such a simple ring to ji hoos mother and she was overjoyed with it. He asked her “how can you be happy with such a simple ring” and she replies, “I am happy because there is only one ring like this in this world and its mine”.

    Grandfather tells ji hoo ” im sorry for taking such a (kind) mother from you . . .”

    This scene is beautiful for me.

  15. 15 estelle

    Thanks loads Javabeans~

  16. 16 vivi

    yeah, it’s truly sad that jun pyo and jan di have to go thru all these
    i thought jan di have changed her heart to ji hoo, but man, when she rejected his hand, i realized she only has heart for jun pyo…
    Jae kyung on the other hand, i cant stand her…but I love Lee Min Jung acting skill, she delivers this spoiled ignorant brat really really perfect! I just wish they could do a happy ending for her too since she will be the savior for Jan Di and Jun Pyo 🙁

  17. 17 ohgeeze.

    “(How did they all ship their cars over, and just for the weekend? I know they’re all rich, but that just seems silly.)

    Also, poor lonely Woo-bin, who must drive all alone! At least he looks hot.”

    THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS SAYING TO MY FRIEND AS WE WERE WATCHING TODAY. Like wtf. They sent their cars over to Jeju Island?

    And wow, Woobin did look hot. It’s the new hair.
    Kimbum seemed to go back to his old hair style in the earlier episodes.

    But eee, it’s getting real intense.
    When’s the last one… episode 25 or 26?


  18. 18 shannon

    omg, thanks for the synopsis~
    i was refreshing the pagee like 70 times per minute. hahaha 🙂
    thank you soooo much~
    and i liked this episode too <3

    i hope 22 will be just as good if not more. 😀

    there’s only 25 episodes right?

  19. 19 ibako777

    THANKS A BUNCH!!! Cant wait for next week!!!

  20. 20 Japanese Drama

    Thank you Javabeans for your good job….

    KIM HYUN JOONG looks like YON-SAMA..hehehehe…

    I don’t know for the first-third episode..i like to see JUn Pyo..but now why it shifted to you…

    plus..your hair cut makes you more adoreable!!!!

    • 20.1 Bobbi

      I am glad I am not the only one who thought Kim Hyun Joong looks like Yon-sama!!! It’s the eyes….

  21. 21 Amanda

    hey babe thanks for the summary..
    but i think yijung’s car was orange instead. and the 2nd prize jandi wanted was the meat right?

  22. 22 findthisfacs

    I always come back to check up on the recaps and I get a kick out of reading it after watching it because my Korean is not that perfect and I get lost in translation.
    Thanks so much!

  23. 23 widhi

    I really like your recap. I’ve been following this since the very beginning. Keep up the good work.^^v

  24. 24 meikisis

    One more thing..
    i thought of you when they showed them playing soccer…

    we can now check off soccer from our list… lolz
    You`re hilarious! I got a chuckle out of that..

  25. 25 jassarah

    Great recaps and comments as always. Your how-the-heck-did-they-get-their-fancy-schmancy-sports-cars-to-Jejudo was *exactly* my thought during that scene 🙂

    All I could think of during the Jandi-Ji Hoo wedding contest was oh my goodness, KHJ looks so much better and happier with Hwangbo haha. Yep, I know this is just a drama and that WGM is just a TV show, but can’t help being a fan of the Ssangchu couple.

  26. 26 jongmin

    you stated that it was wierd that people would bring out their cars to an island for the weekend.. but there are ferries that take the cars to jeju island from the mainland. just thought i’d point that out. ^_^

  27. 27 Shuurei

    I just have to say a HUGE thank you, for all these updates; sharing the thoughts and emotioned triggered by the story. Really gives a lot of us a different perspective how each character or episode unfolds.

  28. 28 Lena

    thanks for the recap =)
    JK just confuses me. Maybe it’s because she never had friends before, but how she expects JD to remain her friend after she gets married to the guy JD loves.. is beyond me. When she was showing off her jewelry and and dress to JD.. I just wanted JD to punch her lol but of course .. JD’s too “nice” for that -___-
    JP annoyed me this episode. He’s trying to get others to bail him out. Asking his friends to break his arm, asking JD to hold him back, begging JK to let him go. Why can’t he just stop being such a coward and do it himself? Why is he trying to push the responsibility onto someone else. I’m sorry, but JP is going to need to redeem himself heavily in the next episode because I’m completely on the JH ship now. (I’m a bit sad that JD rejected his hankerchief.. lol)

  29. 29 Debbie

    I think the second prize was beef… When the camera panned to the prize table, Jan Di’s line of vision was directed at the beef.

    What did Jan Di not say anything when Jun Pyo asked her to ask him to not go through with the wedding? Jan Di just remained silent!!

    BTW, I LOVED your comment, especially this:
    “Okay, this was:
    (1) a FANTASTIC ending to go out on, and
    (2) I HATE THIS ENDING!! (as a viewer)
    (3) But also, I LOVE this ending! (as an appreciator of dramatic structure).”

    Anyhow, I think Jae Kyung is just mean, stubborn AND selfish… up to this point (I have this disclaimer because I know the storyline and know what’s going to happen next).

  30. 30 Alvina

    so beautifully laid out and planned. This episode flowed well.

    Thank you for your review javabeans! You’re the best.

  31. 31 myjkaddict


    I’ve been your silent reader for quite a while now and I think I should say my THANK YOU today cos I’ve realized how reading your recap really makes my day 🙂

    Keep up the good work!!!

  32. 32 Lara

    Have we finally solved the mystery of Jan Di’s dream in New Caledonia?

    The fortune teller said she was with two different men, her husband and her soulmate. Does “husband” refer to the mock wedding scene with Ji Hoo?

    That scene has been bothering me for months, if you can’t tell!

  33. 33 funniebones

    WOW I am so impressed that BBF is picking up again! For a while, I felt that everything was so lackadaisical, and that my mundane life was more preferable than this, which was meant to be an escape from reality…the giddy-fying moments had gone and all it had come to be was a HABIT.

    But now Jun-pyo’s decided to grow some instead of just fighting lamely and ending up throwing fits of frustration in isolation…Jan-di is getting out of that dependent, hopeless abyss, and when Ga-eul tell’s Yi-young what’s up, I’m find myself blurting out THAT’S RIGHT instead of having those “anime sweatdrop” moments…

    I really, really do hope that this remains consistent with these last few episodes! I find that with dramas I’m addicted to the ending leaves so much to be desired in comparison with the rest of the series … however BBF has been so illogically flawed more so in the middle that any ending close to the consistency of what’s going on now won’t look so bad in comparison… *crosses fingers*

    THANKS DRAMABEANS! You rock the kazba.

  34. 34 mems

    Great recaps as usual. Now I can go sleep (Finally!)…oh wait, I have midterm tomorrow 🙁

  35. 35 Rebeca

    This drama is draaaaggggging. IDK if they are actually following from a pre-set script of if they decided to prolong the Jae Kyung plot cuz she got good feedback from the viewers, but, reallly. Its TOO MUCH.

    Now, about the character continuity:
    Its just like Javabeans said about plot holes. There are so many character holes that i feel like i’m watching a completely different drama than when it first started….Joon Pyo’s change from crazy guy to responsible adult is pretty deep and has to do with his deceased dad and promises made that he would take care of Shinhwa….but JANDI??!? C’mon.

    We all know that she is in love with Joon Pyo. and in love girls act stupid and without common sense. But. NO. Jan Di is supposed to have P.R.I.D.E. can we please, please, please get some pride up in here? It’s like without Joon Pyo she has turned into some sort of soulless zombie. She just walks around depressed the whole time except when she is dealing with Ji Hoon/Grandpa…..that is not Jan Di. Please, writers. Can we see Jan Di doing someting more than moping all the time?! Please? PLEASE?!?! I’ll even overlook the fact that Joon Pyo’s hair isn’t even curly anymore…or Yi Jung’s bugged out eyes…….just give us Jan Di BACK…

    oh…and get rid of Jae Kyung. Cute girl. Good Actress. Draggy plot. Joon Pyo has got to tell off psycho-momma and fight to be with Jan Di.

  36. 36 yay!

    thank you so much! you are always right on about every recap! i know this is totally unrelated but i’m wondering why gu jun pyo’s hair is becoming less and less curly with every passing episode.. has anyone noticed that? i actually appreciated the curly hair 🙂

  37. 37 Sweetll30

    I can’t wait for the next episode – damn have to wait 1 week!! but yes finally more JP/JD scenes! More directness is involves whereas before it was more looks, subtle talk!

    Thanks for the recap as usual! and CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  38. 38 IcanhazGJPyo

    I didn’t care for episodes 13-20. At all. The lighter moments were incongruous with the main narrative, and the overall pacing, tone, and angst were terrible.

    This episode was finally what I had been looking–with character development, and of the kind that matters. The dialogue was heavy, important, and most refreshingly heartfelt. There was so much said by everyone–lol–it’s like the flood gates were opened after 7 episodes of silent moping.

    I am still not fond of how all the best lines in the drama have bypassed Jandi. She still has only filler dialogue (for the life of me i cannot figure out why the PDs did this to our leading lady–they even dress her in the frumpiest clothes ever.)

    I am amazed at how beautiful the men are. I kind of watch the high def episodes to pause on KHJ’s perfect, perfect face! Unreal bone structure. And that tiny scar under his eye adds to his beauty. (I loved-loved-love the fishing scene. I don’t like overtly sentimental plot lines but the fact that JiHoo just sobs without saying a word says so much about his pain)

    All in all, this was a great episode–after what seems like forever.

    Knowing the PDs, they will make a mess of the next episode–even though they have a perfect set up for a perfect episode. I am like the abused kid in a relationship with this drama: just when I think things couldn’t be better, I am horribly, horribly shown otherwise.

    Thanks for your recaps!

  39. 39 shan

    Really like your interpretation on Jun Pyo and why he doesn’t want to hurt both JK and JD:

    “He has to do the right thing by both women, rather than taking what he wants and letting the other person suffer alone. It’s the price he pays for tapping into his humanity — he’s subject to its pains just as much its benefits.”

    Have been silently reading your recap for the past 20 eps, can’t help it but to leave a comment today! Thanks for your recaps!!! <3

    Also, I keep refreshing the page even after finishing the recaps just so that I can read what others have to say. I have to admit that some comments give really great insight into the drama as well, so to these comment-leavers, thanks as well! =)

  40. 40 finally!

    lol thankfully i was one of the few lucky ones who couldnt stand this drama from the start and stopped watching after the first episode. i didnt want my remaining brain cells to be killed.

  41. 41 omo


  42. 42 Meeeee

    the second prize was a box of beef… Jan Di was on the phone with her mom or dad and said that they should also buy and eat meat. it seemed that she had her heart set on the box of beef…. maybe to send to her family.

  43. 43 SHIN

    does anyone know what song is playing on the last part of the episode..
    i keep hearing han madiman.. one word..
    im just not sure who sang it.
    and i downloaded the OST2
    at some good site who shared it,
    but i dont think the song im talkin about isnt there..
    help me out?

  44. 44 sunox18

    Thanks for the hard work you do….this was a very touching/heart crushing episode…well…any way Jandi may end up with either Jong Pyo or Ji Hoo…if the rumors come true that the Korean version is going for a different ending than that of Hana Yori/Meteor Garden???? As always, thanks Javabeans

  45. 45 bspanda

    Gee is it really only 4 more eps to the end? Seems like the PD is cramming all the ‘good’ stuff for the end! Maybe that break allowed the PD thinking time LOL

    Shame that Woo-bin still hasn’t got his ‘own’ storyline. Oh well can’t cram too much into last 4 eps.

    Thanks (again) for the recap – honestly this blog is like a drug! Clicking refresh like mad for latest recaps.

  46. 46 stars

    thanks for posting the song by jisun – it is so pretty!
    hi-five to all 3 of your hands. 🙂

  47. 47 Aye

    I say better late than never, Jun-pyo. Yes, I admit it was frustrating watching him be an indecisive jerk. But I can understand why it took him so long to take a stand. We’ve seen instances where every time he wavered back to Jan-di, something stopped him from doing what his heart wants. He was forced to refocus and do what was “right.” He thought he was strong enough to leave Jan-di. He probably had to feed his mind constantly about what would happen to Shinhwa, his family, etc., if he followed his heart. It was a wall he built to close himself in and he had to take a long time to do that. Then, just when he was about to put the last brick in to complete the wall, he realized he simply couldn’t go all the way. It would mean never seeing Jan-di again. It was at that moment that he realized there was no way he could let her go and not regret it. It must have been enlightening and terrifying at the same time for him.

    I understand what you mean by Jun-pyo needing Jae-kyung consent, Javabeans. I didn’t like that Jun-pyo and Jae-kyung “got along” decently just because I’m a supporter of Jun-Di. But Jun-pyo being lenient and decent to Jae-kyung is because of Jan-di’s influences. Like what the Grandma said, Jan-di brought a change in him. He has learned to be more considerate towards others’ feelings. And his relationship with Jae-kyung is proof of that.

    Thanks for the recap!

  48. 48 Sue Noona

    My heart pounds super fast…. Please let this week pass by and we can see the upcoming progress! It’s been tough! It’ll get tougher!

    Jiho & Jandi looks good together in a wedding suit!
    Woobin…. he’s something eh!
    Soccer scene… Just showing of their skill…. They are sports addict eh! We’ve seen skiing, Ice hockey, Rugby, Shooting, now soccer!

    I love this recaps!

  49. 49 Two Cents


    I always appreciate your recaps and your viewpoints, but I will have to disagree on your take on several matters in this episode.

    First, I think this episode goes far into showing that Jae Kyung is really not a likeable character at all. If you want to give her the benefit of the doubt, at best she is a selfish, clueless, egotiscal brat with no consideration at all for other peoples feelings or emotions. She compartmentalises friendship to only focus on her selfish wants. If she truly considered Jandi a friend, she would never in her wildest dreams has told Jandi to be her bridesmaid. However, I think what we have seen so far of Jae Kyung goes to show that she is actually the worst kind of manipulator- the kind who never seems to show her true face and acts like she is your best friend to manipulate Jandi and guilt her into giving up on Junpyo. What could be more humiliating for Jandi than being a bridesmaid at Junpyo and Annoying Monkey Girls wedding? That’s really rubbing it in her face. I think, given the fact that she knows about the relationship and never even mentioned it or showed her jealousy in front of JunDi, the latter is the more likely possibility and also why she gets along so well with Mommy Dearest.

    Second, I HATE that Junpyo kneels in front of Monkey. I’ve said this before and I will say this again- Junpyo, GET A BACKBONE. He is a coward. If he professes to love Jandi so much, then he should stand up and fight for her instead of cowaring behing Monkey’s skirts and expecting her to walk away from the wedding so that he doens’t have to face Mommy Dearest. I know we’re not supposed to be comparing HYD, but just to illustrate the point about the glaring lack of backbone, Tsukasa actually faces monkey and when she threatens him saying that she has a back-up plan, he says with confidence: “I’ll take you on.” And Tsukasa was actually going to face both sets of parents and tell them face to face that there would be no wedding rather than coming up with childish ways to get away from the wedding or expecting Monkey to be the one to walk away. I think Jandi was absolutely right in telling him off and that he is a coward and he is not doing right by anyone with his jellyfish tactics.

    Someone in the comments to the prior episode commented that Junpyo breaks promises all time. I would have to agree. He is all talk and no action and a huge disappointment. In that respect he is very much like monkey girl- selfish. He wants to keep Jandi around (like when he said during the truth or dare game, that he couldn’t let her go). Well, he wants to keep her and yet he is too much of a coward to do right by her and admit to the world that Jandi is the person he loves, including to Monkey. In the process, the only person who gets hurt is Jandi. That, in my view, is extremely selfish. And this is exactly the point I was trying to make in my comment about Junpyo just letting Jandi stay hidden in the closet while sitting there presumably for hours watching a movie with “the other woman.” A real man in my book would have stood up for his woman instead of hidding her in the closet.

    And those are my two cents.

  50. 50 Asmaa

    I *love* the wedding contest pictures of Ji-hoo and Jan-di.. Is that just how far they will go!!?

    *Javabeans* you didn’t mention how you felt about these two *now*

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