Drama Recaps
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 1
by | October 31, 2011 | 129 Comments

Yesssssssss! Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is better than I was hoping. Admittedly my hopes were tempered — I expected it to be cute and frothy, but was expecting it to be purely frivolous, very little substance, like a puff of cotton candy. But to the contrary, there’s some meat to the story — not a ton, but more than the promos let on.

In fact, the promos left out quite a lot about the premise that could have been teased better. Perhaps they were expecting that they didn’t need to tell us much story to get us to tune in, and hey, you can’t argue with that point. I’m just relieved and thrilled that there’s a story, and an interesting set-up, and characters with potential dimension.


Milk Tea – “Ramyun King.” How is this not the drama’s official song? Seriously, it’s perfect. [ Download ]

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EPISODE 1: “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

Mood music, a pretty, pretty young man bathed in a backlit glow, a woman sipping from a steaming cup of coffee. Are we in a CF? Tell me what to buy, and I’ll buy it.

And then the sharply dressed airline passenger — CHA CHI-SOO (Jung Il-woo) — literally sparkles. Oh no, is he a vampire? Did I get the date wrong and somehow start watching Vampire Idol instead?

But no, he just turns to the woman looking at him admiringly from her nearby seat and says with a smile, “Good morning.” They converse over their breakfast, speaking in English about living in Manhattan, where he’s lived for the past three years — or rather, she chatters while he listens politely, until she wonders whether he’s having trouble understanding her English.

Chi-soo flashes his megawatt smile and says in Korean, “How pretty. Your lips,” flattering her into speechlessness. Oh, you shameless flirt, you.

Outside the airport, Chi-soo breathes in the fresh air and preens when women ogle his hotness, then spots a more problematic sight: Three black-suited men, beelining for him. They’re dressed sharply and wear earpieces like bodyguards, and Chi-soo’s reaction tells us this is a Very Bad Thing.

Then he spots a Very Good Thing: Flirty lady from the airplane is just getting to her car, so he smoothly takes the passenger seat and tells her, “Let me off…at your house.” HA! And also: Are we in Biscuit Teacher Star Candy now? Oh well, nobody ever said this drama was going to be original.

At Airport Flirt’s place, he gets up to leave after a short nap, surprising her. She asks, “Are you really just going to sleep and split?” in the tone of, What about MY fun? He feigns innocence like he doesn’t get what she’s alluding to, and then says in mock-horror, “You can’t do that with me! You’ll get in trouble.” With a wink, he goes. Aggggh, you cheeky adorable bastard.

Chi-soo rounds up the boys, and what we have is this drama’s version of F4, except they’re not all super-rich; rather, we’ve got a sampling of all the pretty-boy heroes of recent dramas: the Kangnam prepster, the Hongdae musician, the street-smart biker. They freely flirt with strangers, pouring on the charm that just manages to evade smarm by virtue of their confidence.

Chi-soo’s big problem for now is finding a place to crash where he won’t be immediately tracked down by Rich Daddy Dearest. They suggest he hit up their other friend WOO HYUN-WOO, who’s been out of touch lately.

Meanwhile, we meet YANG EUN-BI, a 25-year-old studying for the civil service exam (gosi). She sports that disheveled, wild-eyed look favored by so many gosi students, her whole life consumed with the need to pass the exam. To get a look into her future, she visits a fortuneteller (cameo by Kim Hye-soo, heh!), who warns her that she has to keep her temper in check if she wants to pass.

Madame Fortune reels Eun-bi in with one last tarot card reading: the card for Fate. It depicts lovers kissing with bells over their heads; the saying goes that when she meets her soulmate, she’ll hear bells.

Eun-bi protests that she’s got a boyfriend, thankyouverymuch!, but Madame shrewdly guesses that he’s off in the army, that he’s been out of touch for a long while now. Eun-bi huffs that he’s being released soon and storms off. Madame notes, “I said you’d fail if you lost your temper…”

Chi-soo heads to find Hyun-woo in his new neighborhood — which is gosi student central, according to Eun-bi — and runs into his bodyguards again. They bow respectfully, then advance like Terminators, and Chi-soo takes off running.

A messy race through the streets takes him inside a building, where he barrels into the ladies’ restroom — just as Eun-bi is heading out.

Chi-soo hurriedly pushes her back into the stall, then asks her to be quiet for just a moment. Eun-bi mistakes him for a pervert and starts to scream at him for his depravity, ignoring his panicked “Shhh!” motions. Finally, with no other way to shut her up, he grabs her and leans in close.

Suddenly aware of his proximity, Eun-bi’s struck speechless. As he pushes closer, she closes her eyes and literally hears bells (from the hallway, ha).

But Chi-soo doesn’t kiss her after all — he’s just whispering into her ear his trademark line, “How pretty.” Eun-bi actually puckers up, but he pokes the dot on her cheek: “The dot is pretty.”

Then he straightens and heads out, leaving her slack-jawed and stuttering. He shrugs carelessly: “Oh, I must’ve come into the wrong bathroom. Oops.”

Eun-bi tries to work up some indignation, but Chi-soo says with more feigned innocence, “But why did you close your eyes?” Wink.

Eun-bi talks it over with her roommate, who scoffs at the possibility of the tarot reader being right. The friend calls it a lame theory and guesses that Eun-bi had a run-in with a pervert in the bathroom — turns out there’s a long-time creepo dropping in on the ladies from time to time. She urges Eun-bi to study instead of listening to quack fortunetellers.

The 411 on Eun-bi’s friend: She’s KANG DONG-JOO, 24, a high school English teacher. Respected and steadily employed, she has a ridiculously high success rate on the dating scene, the type of woman with men falling at her feet to date her. Eun-bi thinks despairingly, “I’m crazy envious!”

In the Cha family mansion, President Cha receives the report that his men weren’t able to catch Chi-soo. Distractedly (he’s sitting in a jacuzzi, drinking wine and watching the nature channel on TV — as we do), he tells his man to make sure to catch him without hurting him.

Outside the academy, students puzzle over the strange sight just outside the door: Chi-soo crouches by the entrance, covered in newspaper, trying to keep out of sight. Finally he spots a familiar face and brightens — it’s his best buddy Hyun-woo.

They catch up, and the news isn’t all happy on Hyun-woo’s end, although he talks about his life without any self-pity. In the time that Chi-soo’s been away, he’s been working lots of part-time jobs, like the one at this academy, since his dad’s in debt. It sounds like a failed business venture, and with debt collectors nipping at his heels, Dad took off and has been out of touch for a year.

Chi-soo hadn’t realized it was so bad, and he offers to pay that loan so Hyun-woo can have his family back together. But the sum is too huge to take the offer seriously: 300 million won, just shy of $270K.

Chi-soo looks perturbed as his friend sighs that he recently gave up looking for Dad, and that the more tired he gets, the more his worry turns to hate. Chi-soo repeats, “I’ll give it to you. 300 million. So don’t hate your father. If you hate him too, who will he be able to live with?” Aw, the playboy flirt machine just may have some daddy issues of his own.

In the morning, Eun-bi flips out to realize that the ramyun she ate last night has bloated her face. Not now, not today! Dong-joo guesses the reason: Today must be the day that “he” gets out of the army. She calls the dreaded boyfriend a bad guy and a jerk, clearly disapproving of Eun-bi’s relationship. Eun-bi sort of cringes, but pulls rank to get Dong-joo to shut up.

Eun-bi dresses in Dong-joo’s clothes to meet him at the station — the very same clothes she’d mocked as being frilly and useless — only to find out that he’s already home. Big reunion dashed.

She trudges home depressedly, saddened at the idea that her days of youthful romance might be over. Even so, she tells herself that she still believes in her “bubbling heart.” It’s bubbling over with emotion in this case, although the word she uses could also refer to simmering ramyun in another case.

She thinks back to their first kiss, under the streetlights, only to have that other face intrude on her fantasy. That weird perverted bathroom guy. What’s he doing in her daydream?

In the morning, Chi-soo arrives at the office of Cha Sung — his family’s corporation — and is taken to his father. The father who immediately tells his secretary to drag Chi-soo away, put him on a plane, lock him up in a dormitory, and make sure he doesn’t get out.

Chi-soo says he’s not a child anymore and that he can live his own life. President Cha begs to differ, reminding him that he was the one who sent him to the U.S. because Chi-soo didn’t want to go to the army, and when Chi-soo said he wanted to be a musician, Dad even gave him a band. HA.

Chi-soo can’t deny it (he winces, in fact) but he declares that this is how he wants to live his life. I love that Dad sneaks a look over at his secretary, as though asking for permission on how to respond, and the secretary shakes his head no. So Dad declares that Chi-soo has to take care of his own messes from now on. Back to the U.S. he goes!

Alarmed, Chi-soo grabs Dad in a backhug and wails pathetically, “I can’t go back there, Dad! Do you even know how scary it is there? It’s hard enough to order a hamburger in English, but they want me to write in English! And read it! And study it!!” Hahaha, he’s actually an English-challenged wimp? I’m dying here.

Dad’s all, Duh, what did you expect? Chi-soo actually admits that he thought he’d go to America, and then just magically be fluent. HAHA. (“That’s how it is in the dramas!”) I love how spoiled and silly he is.

President Cha isn’t giving in, so Chi-soo tries a desperate tactic: Fake ill. And Dad, soft-hearted as he is, totally gives in. Fine, Chi-soo can stay…but he has to go to school, and study, and take tests. You’d think that’d be a gimme, but clearly our spoiled prince hasn’t exactly taken his education seriously.

Aw, I admit that after watching drama after drama populated by Bad Daddy after Bad Daddy, I am thrilled to find one who’s a doting pushover.

Now Chi-soo turns his attention to locating a girl, SO-YI, who’s at a school festival. Eun-bi’s here as well, having planned to meet her no-show of a boyfriend, and leaves a message on his cell while wondering where he went.

Eun-bi bumps into So-yi accidentally and apologizes for knocking her down, but So-yi is so excessively apologetic for not avoiding her properly that Eun-bi ends up looking like the bad guy. Hm, so So-yi is sweet and pretty and polite? Aw man, how are we going to hate her as romantic rival?

Eun-bi sits down for a snack, only to see Chi-soo arriving at an adjacent table. Sure, he might be a bathroom pervert, but he’s also the guy who complimented the mole on her face, so she waits for him to notice her, tapping right at that mole to emphasize it. He doesn’t recognize her at all, though (to her indignation), so she engages him in conversation to jog that memory.

Assuming he’s studying for the civil service exam like her, she asks about his exam prep. He nods that he does have a test to take, actually, although we can guess it’s NOT the same exam she’s thinking of.

She talks superstitiously about avoiding the test next year (the zodiac sign is unlucky for her, born in the rabbit year), and asks what sign he is. He’s a rooster, and that confuses her — with a zodiac cycle of 12, that means he’s either six years younger than her, or six years older. She’s stunned: “You’re incredibly baby-faced.” Assuming, of course, that he’s 31. HAHAHA.

And then, Eun-bi spots her so-called boyfriend at the festival after all — with another girl. He meekly confirms the truth, that he was dating this girl for a while, even back when he was with Eun-bi.

She’s about to walk away coolly, telling him to have a nice life, until the girl makes a barbed comment about how she expected Eun-bi to cause a scene. So back she turns, to point out that the girl actually knows her, that they went to school together, that she should be addressing her as a sunbae instead of pretending to be a stranger.

Picking up the water balloon, she demonstrates how to throw it properly — right into the girl’s face. (Who wails, “My nose! It hasn’t even been set for that long!” Keke.) Watching in the crowd, Chi-soo laughs, impressed.

Her cheating ex confronts her, saying this is why he hates her — all she does is make him feel pressured, with her steadfast clinginess. How could she spend all that time waiting for him while he was in the army? Pfft, talk about cheater’s logic — it’s your fault for treating a relationship with respect!

Eun-bi spots Chi-soo heading to his car, and tosses out that her ex has the wrong idea — she’s actually got a new boyfriend. She gets into Chi-soo’s car and requests that he drive away without asking questions.

Only, now it’s the other girl’s turn to get ragey, and she starts pelting Chi-soo’s car with water balloons. They peel out while avoiding water bombs.

Some time later, Chi-soo turns to Eun-bi to ask for some sort of explanation, and she bursts out that she knows it was wrong, okay? (Chi-soo: “Are you…getting an angry-like emotion with me?”) Chi-soo scoffs at her naive overreaction to getting dumped, and she retorts that yes, she may be old-fashioned — she stupidly waited for her first love, she’s stubborn about passing the civil service exam, and she uses a cell phone that’s been discontinued.

“But…there are things that should be protected in this world. Someone I know told me that no matter how tough things get, you still sit down to eat. That even though we trade in our cell phones, we don’t trade in our loves. No matter how dispassionate the world becomes, love shouldn’t get that way. That love happens here.” [touches her heart]

Chi-soo belatedly realizes she’s crying, then gets out the car to address this problem. She says she doesn’t need a tissue, but that’s not what he’s offering: “Get out. Do you know what I hate most in this world? Things splattering on my clothes. And crying women.” And she’s done both today.

He drives off, leaving her stranded. Well, what can you expect when he took you to the River of All Woe?

Eun-bi goes home berating herself for being foolish, then glares when roommate Dong-joo strings along a couple of guys on the phone in her little-girl pouty voice. She’s upset with herself for being naive enough to have harbored romantic fantasies, and throws out all traces of the ex.

The next morning, Eun-bi heads out for her student teaching session with some words of advice from her roommate. If she passes the teaching trial and the civil service exam, her whole life will open up before her. Eun-bi asks how it is Dong-joo attracts so many guys, and Dong-joo says she’s got her head on all wrong about this. It’s not some big romantic mojo, but merely a matter of dating whoever meets your basic criteria, asking if they wanna date in a casual way.

Eun-bi’s sort of amazed at her coolness, but totally unsuited to it herself. She attempts to affect a cool demeanor herself and scopes out the crowd at a cafe, scoring them out of 100 points. Her gaze lands on three friends — Chi-soo’s buddies — who send her their trademark playboy winks and get her all flustered.

She happens to run into Chi-soo on her way to work, and they share an awkward greeting after yesterday’s encounter. She starts to apologize, but he tells her he’d rather not dwell on the past, and she surreptitiously gives him the up-and-down and deems him an 88. Then he says he’s on his way to Cha Sung — a corporate employee, dressed in suit and tie? Her score ticks up to 93. Hee.

She assumes he’s studying for the civil service exam while employed full-time at a huge conglomerate. He answers, “Well, I’ve got to keep going if I want gas money.” He means it literally, while she takes that metaphorically. Ha. She’s excited to discover he’s a “financially stable thirtysomething,” and upgrades him to a 96.

She asks if he’s been to the army already, and he replies that he doesn’t have to, since he’s “Made in USA.” A perfect 100! Determined to keep this one, she launches into charm mode and thanks him for his help yesterday in re-examining her life, and calls him “oppa.”

He finally realizes the source of her confusion and starts to set her straight, just as a kid on a scooter zooms by, knocking Eun-bi over, and into his arms as he reflexively grabs her. And…the school bell rings in the background.

He asks if she’s okay, and she sighs, caught up in the romantic moment, “No, I’m not okay.” Recalling Dong-joo’s advice to just toss out the suggestion casually, Eun-bi asks, “Do you want to date me, Oppa?” He’s startled, and she adds, “Or not, whatever.”

Just then, someone shouts out Chi-soo’s name, and there stand four boys, dressed in school uniforms, waving him on. So Chi-soo tells her with a smile, “I like the Oppa part, but not so much the dating.”

Now he puts on his jacket, revealing that he’s not wearing a business suit — it’s a high school uniform.

He sends her off with another blasted wink and a self-satisfied smirk. Eun-bi realizes, “It wasn’t Cha Sung Corporation…but Cha Sung High School?”


This drama certainly didn’t capitalize on its plot much when promoting the show, which I wish it had done, because I think there are interesting dynamics play and they’re certainly worth mentioning. On the other hand, I think their marketing attack has its own logic, so who knows, maybe it did its job.

As a result, I’m pleasantly surprised to find that there’s an actual drama up in this drama, because frankly, the cute but totally uninformative teasers gave us very little idea of the story. True, it borrows from other dramas out there — Biscuit Teacher Star Candy is one, with almost the exact same opening sequence, and naturally Coffee Prince is the other obvious connection. (Hm. Is the Gong Yoo motif intended, or purely coincidental?)

What we have isn’t just a regular noona-dongsaeng romance, or a play on the teacher-student fantasy (which Jung Il-woo also flirted with in Unstoppable High Kick, although there it wasn’t a romance that would be realized), or a rich-hero-meets-poor-heroine. It’s also working with the concept of the modern trend of “cool dating” (Koreans use “cool,” Americans use “casual”) versus the idea of romanticized love, or Romance, capital-R, which most of the characters in this drama pooh-pooh as antiquated and quaint. Dong-joo calls Eun-bi’s thinking “so old,” while Chi-soo tells her she’s living in the “88 era,” which is a metaphor meaning that you’re out of fashion. (In the Korean calendar, year 4288 = 1955 AD. Another interpretation cites 88 Olympics. Yet another interpretation refers to 1964. Basically, you’re old-school.)

Plus, Lee Chung-ah is so good that she gives those moments some emotional grounding. She’s a great counter to Jung Il-woo’s boyish playfulness — although he shows flashes of seriousness in little moments too. I hope we get to see more of that, because although this is billed as a straight-up rom-com with a light comic tone, he’s just fabulous at intensity and gravitas, as we saw in Return of Iljimae.

So you’ve got the immature playboy who thinks he’s all grown up but quakes in his boots to order a meal in English (ha!), while Eun-bi’s stubbornly clinging to her ideals of “pure romance,” the stuff little-girl fantasies are made of. She flirts with the idea of trying the cool lifestyle herself, but despite her grubby tracksuits and unfeminine displays of strength, she still dreams of romance the old-fashioned way.

But is she gonna get it with her not-even-legal hotshot high school student? Ha, maybe she’ll start a new trend.


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129 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ani


  2. marj


  3. Ace

    Yay! New recaps! Jung Il-woo!!!

    • 3.1 Ace

      Eating ramyun while reading this…

      He sparkles? Seriously? For the love of true vampires, let the sparkling start and end with Edward please!

      • 3.1.1 Ani

        Hahaha. I loved the Edward comment. Yes, let’s end it at Twilight please.

        • tubunny

          i’m pre-tty sure they wouldn’t have made the sparkles the same in ‘twilight’ LOL

          • sara

            Sparkle Sparkle

  4. Manila2011

    Should I start with this one? Hmmm…

    • 4.1 MJ

      Little information about the lead actress.

      According to asianmediawiki.com which was access on 01-NOV-2011 @ 12:46AM CST/CDT.

      the lead actress is Lee Chung-Ah

      Lee Chung-Ah Profile:

      ■ Name Lee Chung-Ah / Lee Chung-A
      ■ Hangul: 이청아
      ■ Birthdate: October 25, 1984
      ■ Birthplace: South Korea
      ■ Height: 165cm
      ■ Blood Type: A (stated by wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Chung_Ah)
      ■ Family: Father/actor Lee Seung Chul (stated by wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Chung_Ah)

      Lee Chung-Ah Filmography:

      ■ Finding Mr. Destiny | Kim Jong-Ok Chatgi (2010) – Ji-Hye
      ■ The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008)
      ■ My Tutor Friend 2 (2007)
      ■ Ssunday Seoul (2005)
      ■ Temptation of Wolves Neukdaeui yuhok (2004) – Han-kyung
      ■ Happy Erotic Christmas Haepi ero keurisemaseu (2003) – Hae-min Lee
      ■ Resurrection of the Little Match Girl Sungnyangpali sonyeoui jaerim (2002)

      Lee Chung-Ah TV Dramas:

      ■ Flower Boy Ramen Shop | Ggotminam Ramyeongage (tvN / 2011) – Yang Eun-Bi
      ■ Pure Pumpkin Flower | Hobakggot Soonjung (SBS / 2010) – Soon-Jung
      ■ Jolly Widows | Dahamkke Cha Cha Cha (KBS / 2009)
      ■ The Accidental Couple | Keujeo Bara Bodaga (KBS2 / 2009) – Ku Min-Ji
      ■ Going Together | Nadoya Ganda (SBS / 2006)
      ■ Summer Beach | Haebyeoneuro Gayo (SBS / 2005)

      • 4.1.1 Elizabeth

        the lead actress did some stuff to her face right?

        If you look at the drama – jolly widows and compare, she probably slimmed down her face and did something to her nose too. Now its so thin and distorted. Why must they do all these things?

        I wish they choose someone more natural for Jung il woo

        • SanPollie

          “I wish they choose someone more natural for Jung il woo”

          …..wtf >_> Being a fan is fine but it’s ridiculous how some fangirls think they have a say who’s “deserving” of being in a presence of their particular god.

          Btw guys do plastic surgery too. Lord knows nobody is saying Hero from DBSK or Hwanhee is “undeserving” of certain girls for getting plastic….” It sucks to be a female Korean celebrity that’s for sure; both “ugliness” and plastic surgery is considered some kind of moral failing *snort*

        • MeeisLee

          I don’t even know why plastic surgery is such a big deal at this point. If you watch kdramas you should know by now. I think it’s more of an issue with foreign fans because in Korea plastic surgery is huge. Did you not hear the cheater-girl say she just got a nose job? It’s quite common at this point. I actually watched the episode, I noticed some of her facial features but it’s seriously not going to stop me from watching a (potentially) great drama. I got through Protect the Boss with Jae Joong/Hero after all :P.


          Now back on topic, the first episode was fun. Didn’t feel like a first episode at some points, if that makes sense (?). I loved the bits about the English (I’m glad someone noticeshow magical it is that after a few years in America you become automatically fluent in English in dramaland). I like seeing Kim Ye Won again in a different character. So far I’m loving all the actors and characters :D!

        • Jack

          Um, am I only one who finds the whole “only Korea do plastic surgery” disturbing? When people talk like that, it makes me think you must have some kind of superiority complex because they go under the knife and you didn’t? What the fuck is that kind of logic? The whole “only Korea” is pretty racist. In fact, it’s pretty ethnocentric to think you are superior just b/c people have courage to do it and you don’t. Plastic surgery doesn’t limit to Korea. Look around, you will see plenty of them do it.

        • Totem

          How could you say that she doesn’t look natural at all? If you watch “Romance of Their Own/Temptation of Wolves” then you can say that she didn’t change at all.. Maybe matured a bit.. And that was like 7-8 years ago..

  5. Em

    I dont now why…I’m usually not shallow, BUT
    there’s something about the lead actress’ face that I can’t stand. I cant put a finger on it.

    Maybe i’ll change my mind when I actually see the drama.

    • 5.1 huama

      I think that too! I can’t put my finger on it too… hmmm
      somehow I think she looks like the ajumma in the ‘high kick 3′ show…. yoon yoo sun . don’t you think?

    • 5.2 mnstpdu08

      I can’t get over her look from Temptation of Wolves; I did not like how she looked in that movie.

    • 5.3 sally_b

      You’re not alone…I am going to reserve total judgement until I’ve seen a few episodes. (just watched the raw)

      First impresssion, from this and previous “Temptation of Wolves” is that she has a weak jawline…complicated by the way she holds her mouth…either pursed-up in a sour-pickle look…or openly slack-jawed/hanging open. Instead of looking at her eyes and also focusing on what she’s saying/emoting….I’m totally distracted by the odd movements of her mouth. (but that’s just me) I’m still going to give her character a chance to impress ~ :)

      • 5.3.1 Em


        I think that is it – her lower face. Whenever she opens her mouth, I get so distracted. But like you, i’ll give this a chance because it looks like fun.

    • 5.4 Timloo

      I don’t know about you but to me, in most scenes, her face looks about 5 shades whiter than any other part of her body..

      It got me too distracted to watch the whole episode. Despite Jung Il woo.

  6. danna

    damn Lee Chung Ah must have lost a ton of weight…she looks nothing like Hwang Jung Min’s li’l sis in That Fool/Acidental Couple….she also looks a lot like Lee soo Kyung…my problem with her was her acting in that fool but I’m glad to hear she’s good here…I think I’ll check it out a few eps down the line

  7. lovenwait

    I have been checking this site constantly for news on this show. Recap looks great!! Thank you! Can’t wait till both episodes are out and subbed.

  8. ziren87

    luv it….thanks for the recaps….

  9. cheerios

    is Jung Il-woo’s nose real? -_- His nose stands out more in pictures than when you see him in action ;p

    • 9.1 dulcedeleche

      while filming 49 days I think he might have broken his nose. So maybe there was some after-cosmetic surgery in play there?

  10. 10 urbanscrappy

    I was thinking about passing up on this one even though I really like Lee Chung Ah, but… he’s in high school? AWESOME! Consider me signed up.
    Thanks for the recap.

  11. 11 queer

    thks for the recaps!!!

    can’t wait to watch this^^

  12. 12 Alvina

    This is super adorable and kind of what I wanted from Biscut Teacher but, done better…?
    I dunno; I cant stand to watch grainy videos these days unless I’m a super fan of the picture, so I cant even revisit the drama to find out what I disliked.

    I LOVE the lead actress and seeing this without subs wasnt a loss because her emotions convey everything very clearly…

    I’m actually really interested in this “F4″. I think they’re cute. 😀

    Which dramas were they referencing btw?
    Motorcycle rebel= 49 Days?
    Hongdae Guy= Mary Stayed Out?

    • 12.1 Alvina

      wait, scratch that F5 lol.
      Doesnt one of the guys (Daddy Issues) look a bit like Kim Ji Hoon?
      It’s the eyebrows :)

    • 12.2 JoAnne

      Guy with the long hair…yum yum

  13. 13 Steamy Bun

    YAY!! I knew this would start well. Can’t wait to check it out!!

  14. 14 JoAnne

    So excited about this! Have watched both A Love to Kill and Sang Doo, Let’s Go to School within the past 3 weeks. I’m wrecked, and ready for pretty plus FUN. I swear to God if anyone chokes to death on ramyun in this drama I will SWIM TO KOREA and hurt somebody.

  15. 15 mooony

    yeah the ending was unexpected on her side but how can you say no to jung il woo?

  16. 16 dulcedeleche

    Ahhhhhhh darn it. I know i should not read the recaps BEFORE i see the show. Then i never actually end up watching the drama cause i already know what’s going on…

  17. 17 kingu

    thank youuu!.ive been waiting all day for this!.i will be looking forward to watching this, it had definitely catched my interest with the title and the look of the main leads.lol.
    i needa start looking for subbed ones!.xD.

  18. 18 eunha

    Aw, this is so adorable. I am definitely watching this one. Just after I go to the gym first and work out first.


  19. 19 memmy

    Loving this already!!

  20. 20 cv

    oh goodness! LOL This sounds like a good one to watch! can’t wait for it to be subtitled. Where can I watch it sub?

    • 20.1 alua

      Dramacrazy.net just added the first episode subbed.

  21. 21 Amanda

    asldjdlsjdksjdksjdksjska LOVED IT. no words. i love how the first episode ends XD hahah!!

  22. 22 DMKO

    This could be a fun ride! Jung Il-woo, so cute! Yum!

  23. 23 asianromance

    thanks for the recap!! sounds like a good first episode! i don’t think I will start watching until they bring the ramyun out!

  24. 24 kukkoo

    I like the daddy-son relationship, reminds me of Protect the Boss, the Gangster Daddy-Daddy’s boy son relationship kekekeke, imma watch this. If only Jung Il Woo is not a highschooler it would have been better!!

  25. 25 jazza

    i was surprised that the recap was pretty fast.. thanks!!!

    i’m liking this show. who would have expect that Cha Chisoo was just a high school kid from the start. lol.

  26. 26 xine

    Thanks for the recap! Watched it raw and it looks like loads of fun – lots of slightly knowing comedy and a bright upbeat tone. I hope it lasts – have never been so disappointed as when the quirky 60s spy vibe that set up Myung Wol went to hell in a handcart part way through

    • 26.1 xine

      And I love the scene by the river where they play with all the romance conventions and our expectations and he tells her to get out of the car and drives off hehe

  27. 27 MJP

    Thank you!

    I said to MJP Hubby, this opening is just like Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy!

    I am so glad that something light and fluffy has come along.

  28. 28 Bree

    Wait a sec, he’s 19 (totally legal in by books!) but still in high school? Did I miss something? Can someone explain?

    • 28.1 Ace

      Remember that Koreans count age differently than other many other cultures.

      High School in S.Korea’s education system: Typical age for 12th graders is 17-18.

      Note that this age is in Western years. For the Korean age, depending on when one is born, add 1 or 2 years on the above age.

      Subtract your birth year form the current year then add 1. Children born on Dec 31 is already 1 year old, by Jan 1 (next day) the child is 2 years old.

      • 28.1.1 Ace


        …Koreans count age differently than many other cultures.
        …Subtract your birth year from the current year then add 1.

        • Bree

          Oh, so he’s just an older high school senior. Good to know! Thanks

  29. 29 lw

    anyone knows where i can watched the subbed episode besides on dramafever?

    • 29.1 Saima

      the first raw episode got uploaded on dramacrazyDOTnet.

      • 29.1.1 alua

        …and subtitled now too.

  30. 30 Arhazivory

    Thanks for the recap. It really has started off nicely. XD

  31. 31 ilwoo_aein

    This drama is cute! I love it! And i’m totally in love with Jung Il Woo!!!

  32. 32 Noelle

    LMFAO. I love this show! He’s a perfect combo of being an ass and a dream boat. And thanks for the recap.

    I’m sorta sad cuz she’s already hearing bells with Chi Soo that the second lead won’t stand a fighting chance. Poor guy has already lost.

  33. 33 Joy

    I can’t wait to watch this one. YAY.

  34. 34 soserious

    i’m so excited for this drama. the first episode didn’t disappoint!!! I can’t wait until tomorrow~

  35. 35 Jade-Mei

    SOLD! Lovely and extremely entertaining recap, as usual. You got me interested 😉

  36. 36 cheekbones

    Thanks for the recap ! I haven’t been reading drama recaps lately, but I’m a sucker for immature, cheeky, adorable bastard, so I’ll follow this one. You’ll continue, right, jb ?

  37. 37 Kaye

    so excited to have a new drama to watch! thanks for the great recap. :)

  38. 38 jacqueline

    The daddy-son relationship is very refreshing to see! I love to see more of them in future episodes!
    Jung Il-woo is captivating as always. I cannot wait for the next episodes! :) thanks for the recap! :)

  39. 39 MJ

    Little information about the lead actor.

    According to asianmediawiki.com which was access on 01-NOV-2011 @ 12:46AM CST/CDT.
    The lead actor is Jung Il Woo
    ■ Name: Jeong Il-Woo (Jung Il Woo as stated by wiki.d-addicts.com/Jung_Il_Woo)
    ■ Hangul: 정일우
    ■ Profession: Actor and Model
    ■ Birthdate: September 9, 1987
    ■ Birthplace: South Korea
    ■ Height: 183cm
    ■ Weight: 63kg
    ■ Star Sign: Virgo

    ■ Love, First | Nae Sarang (2007)
    ■ GoodBye Sadness (2007)
    ■ The World of Silence (2006)

    TV Dramas
    ■ Flower Boy Ramen Shop | Ggotminam Ramyeongage (tvN / 2011) – Cha Chi-Soo
    ■ 49 Days | 49 Il (SBS / 2011) – Scheduler
    ■ High Kick! 2 | Jibong Ddulgo Haikick (MBC / 2009-2010) – Il-Woo / cameo ep 35
    ■ My Fair Lady | Agasshireul Butakhae (KBS2 / 2009) – Lee Tae-Yun
    ■ Moon River | Dolahon Il Ji-Mae (MBC / 2009) – Il Ji-Mae
    ■ High Kick! | Unstoppable High Kick (MBC / 2006-2007) – Lee Yoon Ho

    ■ 2009 Grand Prix in TV Drama Part, Korea Juniorstar Awards
    ■ 2007 Best Music Video Actor, Mnet KM Music Festival
    ■ 2007 Best New Sitcom Actor, MBC Drama Awards (High Kick!)

    ■ Education: Han Yang University majoring in Arts
    ■ Hobbies: Movie critiquing and online shopping

    According to –(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jung_Il_Woo)– #1. In August of 2006, Il Woo sustained injuries in a serious car accident while riding with childhood friend and fellow actor Lee Min Ho, who was badly injured in the accident.

    #2. Actor Jung Il Woo rose to fame for his role in Unstoppable High Kick in 2006, where he played a belligerent motorcycle friend named Lee Yoon Ho. He took the lead in the MBC historical drama The Return of Iljimae in 2009.

  40. 40 Eugenia

    I just threw up a little in my mouth when the F4 were sitting in a circle with crossed legs. Ew.

    When is Lee Ki-woo coming out?!
    We need more manly men in here!

    (Haha despite the title of “Flower Boy”)

    • 40.1 Kender

      Korean guys do that here, I’ve seen it a lot. It doesn’t really bother me anymore. *shrug*

    • 40.2 Jack

      Thank you for being homophobic and sexist. I applaud you having the courage to say something ignorant. You must have plenty of stupidity to say that.

  41. 41 Christy

    love love this drama! thank you for recapping.

  42. 42 Cookie

    Thank you for the recap <3
    Just wondering will anyone be subbing this drama? 😮

  43. 43 Crumblee

    88 era (쌍팔년도) refers to the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

    • 43.1 javabeans

      I have heard that, but apparently the phrase was in use long before 1988. It refers to the Korean calendar year of 4288, although there are a few other explanations floating around involving different methods of counting years.

      • 43.1.1 Crumblee

        The 쌍팔년도 used before 1988 means that, but the 쌍팔년도 that is often used today refers to 1988. Former was mostly used in the literary world, latter is slang. Even the dictionary makes that distinction — because 쌍팔년도 was in use before the Olympics.

  44. 44 Suzi Q

    Sounds like a fun comedy.
    Why do they always have a scene in the toilet? I hope they come up with something more original in future episodes.

  45. 45 Crumblee

    People just use it subconsciously without paying any attention to the real meaning. Ask most people what it means and they’ll tell you 1988, exactly why you see those posts on portals like Naver and Daum arguing that 쌍팔년도는 1988년이 아니다. Both uses are technically valid but the former is statistically irrelevant and far removed from pop culture. It was used in military literature to refer to certain aspects of the post-1955 Korean army, making the assertion that its use is a bit misunderstood a bit misguided. The dictionary even mentions a third meaning, the year 1964 (8×8), but again it’s a summary listing. Contextually you’re thinking pop culture slang, in which case only 1988 is correct. But have it as you wish.

  46. 46 ohwell

    Lee Chung-Ah does not look like an ahjumma. I think it’s just that she lost too much weight or she losses the baby face? She looks super cute in My tutor friend 2! Park Ki Kwang ftw! woot! haha.

    • 46.1 Rose

      couldn’t agree more. she’s not like an ahjumma. really love her and i’m enjoying her acting!

      to DB: thanks for recapping this drama good start and i hope it will continue !

  47. 47 lhivesshi

    I’m starting to love this drama since JUNG IL WOO is the lead actor ~~ i totally love him <3 ..hopefully it has a good ending…^^

  48. 48 deleliew

    Thanks for another brilliant recap. But show, where’s my 6′ 3″ worth of hot ramyun chef? Kinda disappointed here at episode 1’s lack of Lee Ki Woo, sob.

  49. 49 Dramalover

    I’ve been waiting so long for this to come out!!

    Thanks for the recap! Where can we download the English subs for the episode? Or does anyone know when they’ll be available?

  50. 50 nana

    Meh! It has no originality its just a Coffee Prince copycat even the PD admitted it:

    “I will watch CP again..then try to figure out a way to create a different feel” theme, title, characters, and etc. are so similar that they are twins

    Even the title makes it so obvious!

  51. 51 choco3

    wow new recap! thank you javabeans unnie ^^
    i’ve been waiting for this
    finally rom-com for fall season
    i don’t want to watch melodrama. it makes my day more gloomy T__T

    이렇게 보글보글 끓여주면
    너는 많이 좋아 할거야
    yupzz, i luv Milk Tea’s Ramyun King. really catchy & cuuuuute song :p their MV’s also cute

  52. 52 Laica

    Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

    I had very low expectations for this show because the trailers were so dumb and CF-like, but it was surprisingly cute and watchable. I like the 45-minute length, too.

    But oh my Lord, this show doesn’t have an original bone in its body. I know, I know, originality in a kdrama? But so much of this episode seems directly lifted from Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy that it makes me miss that show (and Park Tae-in).

    I also am not really a fan of Jung Il-woo. I think he’s a good actor, but his face really weirds me out, especially when he smiles. I just don’t see the hotness. (Am I going to be banned from Dramabeans now? lol) Plus his character is such an ass. The two things he hates the most are getting his clothes dirty and crying women? You poor baby, what trauma to have both inflicted on you at once.

    But I absolutely loved Lee Chung-ah in That Fool, and by the end of this episode she definitely had me rooting for her. I think it was the water balloon she threw in the new girlfriend’s face. And if she’s going to be Chi-soo’s teacher, I’m definitely on board. I like that at the end of the first episode she’s already asked him out, been turned down, and then found out he’s a high school student. This should be funny.

  53. 53 nonski

    omg! this show rocks!

    almost, as in almost every screencaps with JIW made me smile and I almost melted. gah! how can a guy be oozing with so much charm?

    and mind you, anything with JIW in it would make me happy, i just missed that charming guy.

    plus factor, Eun-bi is good looking and a good actress too… with his buddies too.

    • 53.1 nonski

      oooops… super excited that i forgot to say my thanks properly… thanks JB for recapping this wonderful fluffy show!

  54. 54 Kenna


  55. 55 Dorotka

    Well, it’s true that I watched it without the subtitles and thus didn’t understand much…

    …but the best scene still was the CF with Lee Min Ho :-)

    Sorry, too much fluff and overacting for me… hope for improvement.

    • 55.1 Laica

      LOL. Personally I preferred the one with Go Soo. :)

  56. 56 alua

    I hope this gets subbed really soon.

    I’m going to hold off reading the recaps, I want to go into watching at least the first episode blind but I’m glad to hear that the general verdict so far is that it’s good.

  57. 57 Linda165

    So… did I miss the cute gentle giant boy in the recap or he just didn’t show up in the first episode? Why?

  58. 58 yukisama69

    I wasn’t sure whether to watch this. Now I am! I will. LOL

  59. 59 megan

    oh I am so watching this drama. Jung Il woo being all cheeky and adorable?

    hook, line and sinker baby.

  60. 60 Venus

    WI WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!! YEAHHH..ok I can’t get ahead of myself..but if the 1st episode came out solid win, then I’m hoping the run of the drama can stay fun and solid. I like the color palets of this drama, they are vibrat and colorful just like young love/youth.

    OMG…Il-Woo is sooo damn mesmerizing I swear every camera shot was perfect.

    Do we know how many epiodes?

  61. 61 Jade

    Thanks for the re-cap. It looks like one to watch, but I think I’ll wait until more episodes are available. I’m suffering with “The Musical” enough as it is.
    I am new to Kdramas and have been using this site and the great recaps to understand A LOT of what is going on. I’m latina and find that at times Korean culture seems like an antithesis to ours. So, to me, at times watching Kdramas are like a sociology lessons. Anyhow,

    Question: In S.Korea when say a parent is in debt and runs off, is the child or next of kin legally or otherwise responsible for that debt?
    I’ve seen that often in dramas. Thank you.

  62. 62 iamTyrantPotsie13

    cant wait to watch this with english subs!!! JUNG IL WOO is AWESOME =]]

    DAEBAK!!! =]

  63. 63 Mett

    Can anyone explain me what means of gosi?? Pls

  64. 64 hpn88

    I really liked the feel of the drama. It was different for some reason that I can’t put my finger on exactly – or maybe I’m just a Jung Il-woo fangirl.

    and that Kim Hye-soo cameo was totally unexpected

  65. 65 tongan_ninja

    Ok seriously, can I just say I am a big fan of Korean dramas and this drama seems promising yeah? LOL

    anyways, just wondering, for no reason just being curious here… if I’m the only one from Tonga who’s a fan of this site? lol

  66. 66 Edolph09

    OMG! Love the feel of this drama so much!
    P by the S: Does anybody know the name of the song played during the airport scene; when Jung Il Woo’s character arrives in Korea? I need it on my ipod NAO ^^

  67. 67 Abbie

    LOVED IT! Jung Il-woo is so adorable! I love him!

    I hope this is a good series. Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

  68. 68 twowin

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG, ITS OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. I’ve been silently stalking this place for the day you post ep1 recap!(well, i mean, i do this almost everyday anyways, so it’s not stalking….) D: i can’t believe i missed this yesterday! *readsreadsreads* I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU JAVABEANS! cause without your recaps, or this site in general, i would be deprived complete of kdrama. stupid school.

    • 68.1 twowin

      pwahahahahahahaha, kyaaaaaaa, thank you so much javabeans sunbaenim!!!!!!!! *day made*

  69. 69 mscheng

    Can anyone tell me what song is at the end of the ep? The ending theme song i should say..it sounds pretty good! 😀

  70. 70 Thatgirl

    I find it funny, that Jung Il-woo oppa, is playing a character that is younger than me. TuT
    *Sigh* One more guy for me to be noona to. xC

  71. 71 kpt

    not to start an argument but she looks pretty much the same except that she lost a lot of weight. i think i read 4kg?
    she lost weight mostly in her face. theres topics on korean forums saying leechunga cheekfat gone.

    weight loss = slim face. baby fat lost in her cheeks make them flat making her nose look taller. and makeup does a lot too.
    even those korean netizens say that she lost a lot of weight but dont accuse her of surgery.

    but i recognize her friend! i ccan’t remember which drama though.
    that soyi girl looks pretty unnatural…

    • 71.1 Programmer ahjumma

      Her roommate is the viet maid from Romance Town – I loved her there but not enough to finish that drama

      I have another question: in a scene she throws pillows and mugs with their pics to the garbage – I’ve seen the same scene before : is it from Love Marriage or My Lovely Kim Sam Soon? or another one? I can’t remember exactly :((( My bet is Love Marriage but…..

  72. 72 Locturne

    I think you need to have a strong Jung Il Woo bias to watch this drama. If you don’t, it’s just… torture.

  73. 73 Fatemeh

    thanks for the recap. not sure if i am gonna watch the whole thing or not but i will try the first episodes anyway.

  74. 74 Mae

    i didn’t expect to like it. but it’s growing on me. she really reminds me of sandara park.

    • 74.1 Victoria

      I knew it wasn’t just me! lol I kept thinking, who does she remind me of? Dara! The same cute baby faced features. I believe they’re the same age as well.

  75. 75 otchosais

    waahh!!! I’m DEFINITELY and SURELY BUYING this ramyun anytime!!!

    thanks for the recaps! :)

  76. 76 Jomo 143∞

    Thanks for recapping it.
    I liked it right away. It is all very shiney and pretty.

    JIW is adorable in this role, but I am looking forward to some heavier moments. I hope he took this job to increase his acting skills, and not because he could just bring his pretty. JIW has shown he is serious about improving before. Remember, he was disappointed in his MFL role.

    I liked that actress immediately. I did not recognize her from That Fool. The character is realistic and romantic — loved that she stood up to her ex instead of sobbing before him.

    The age difference will be tough to get around. I am curious how they write that conflict.

    Thanks, Dfever for putting this up, but can you be a wee bit faster with subs?

  77. 77 Van

    Oh my gosh! Anyone else noticed the purple coffee shop from 49 Days!? THAT WAS IT, RIGHT???

    Anyways, loving this drama so much already!

  78. 78 Cclia

    This drama reminded me so much of Taiwanese dramas, right from the opening sequence. The music, pacing, tone and sometimes even the camera work, although it seems slightly more polished. Bright.

  79. 79 chel

    so cute and funny! im totally hooked

  80. 80 ayreesa

    29 /30 years old and 17/18 years old should be year of the rooster. I should know, I’m a rooster. :) Not unless the setting of the story is 2012.

    • 80.1 greyskies

      They’re using Korean ages, so it’s 31 and 19.

  81. 81 Lili

    I love the drama but the first part it seems like my lucky star a taiwanese drama… love jung il woo.

  82. 82 Concettina

    About to watch the first episode tonight. Excited to see how I feel about this one.

  83. 83 jam

    thanks for the recaps! it helped me to fully understand the plot of this series.. (com’on, the subtitles aren’t understandable at all) lol. 😛

    anyways, this is the first time i watched these two actors (i’m referring to jung & lee respectively).. i haven’t watched their previous series but i assessed these actors are good and with regards to their tandem, they have chemistry. though i’m anticipating that the girl will transform from an ugly duckling to a swan..

    on this first episode, the plot is simple. not complicated. i bet this thing will surely arise from the others..

  84. 84 sharon

    the lead actress is cute!! why so much hate for her?? This is her second drama where she hears bells ringing…first one was Lets Go TO The Beach…anyone caught that?? :)

  85. 85 KZ

    Haha. What’s weird is that I think Yoon Shi Yoon could have pulled off the lead male role because of his baby face.

  86. 86 honeyjet

    1. I absolutely love this show!!! Not disappointing at all.
    2. What’s the relationship between Coffee Prince and this? Hello Teacher yes. Boys Over Flower also yes (except now it’s F5 LOL).
    3. Lee Chung Ah looks so different since last i saw her.. Did she lose weight or had plastic surgery on her jaws to make her chin more pointed looking?

  87. 87 Calannie

    I know I’m not the only one who heard it. I actually replayed it for my son thinking I didn’t hear what I thought I heard. Eun Bi was in the coffee shop and there was a song playing and in the lyrics of that song I definitely heard the “f” word .. We all know what the “f” word is. But when I go back to recheck it, the song is no longer played and its just background theme music. Did they change it? or what.. I know I’m not the only one who heard it….

  88. 88 Calannie

    NM i found it, was the scene with I’m Sorry girl in episode 4 lol

  89. 89 Leina

    So I’m beating myself up for just starting to watch now! I’ve been so caught up with a lot of personal things that I have stopped watching k-dramas after Best Love! But my, what a big welcome back! I have almost forgotten how absolutely gorgeous JIW is! Thank you so much, JB and GF for recapping this! You made this girl from Manila happy yet again! :)

  90. 90 moon

    the bell ringing scenes are so good!!

  91. 91 NewKDramaAddict

    I’m probably the only one to say this but I’m not feeling this drama…yet! I’ll keep watching in the hopes it gets more interesting but I am struggling here finding it interesting.

  92. 92 Nanako

    I love this show and watched twice.

    Jung Il-woo is not the most handsome to me but he is so seriously sexy and has that special x-factor for me.

    Lee Chung Ah is like a second Matsuyuki Yasuko – they look alike right down to the mole and even Chung Ah’s acting in the first 2 episodes totally reminds me of Matsuyuki’s. Spooky ~ is Chung Ah Matsuyuki or did she undergo the knife to look like the Japanese star? No I don’t dislike her I think she did a commendable job in this show. Just wondering if she’s consciously trying to model herself after Matsuyuki.

  93. 93 Shawn

    i’m over-reacting. I know i am but i can’t get over it. The fact that he’s like a 17 yr old Senior (amirite?) and she’s 25..shudders.
    I was really liking this drama till i found out he was a highschooler, really it kinda creeped me out. And yes if the roles were reversed, He being the 25 yr old and she the 17… it wouldn’t be that bad and now i’m being old fashioned and biased.
    But honestly, am i the only one who thinks like this?

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