Drama Recaps
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 3
by | November 7, 2011 | 179 Comments

That’s it. I love this show. It’s just so delightful.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a crack show digging its hooks into me and making me crave more-more-moar, but it looks like Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is gonna be it. Plus, today we get to see more depth to the story, with a more interesting side emerging from Jung Il-woo. Because as cute as his blasted charm is, it’s also kind of a pain in the ass. I much prefer this flustered, embarrassed, defensive side to him, as much for his character growth as for my entertainment value.

And! Lee Ki-woo!


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EPISODE 3: “Return of the Hot-tempered Woman”

After kissing her forehead, Chi-soo warns Eun-bi to leave him alone (“Or I’ll really date you then”). He leaves the gym and runs into his friends, telling them he was “just getting rid of something.” Agh, you really are asking for an ass-whooping, aren’t you, pretty boy?

Dong-joo finds Eun-bi in the gym still reeling from the shock and urges her to the hospital. Eun-bi agrees: “Even you can see that there’s something wrong with me, can’t you?”

But no, the real reason is because her father has been taken to the emergency room. Once there, Eun-bi finds Crazy Chicken (Ba-wool) crying over a heavily bandaged man. One look at the patient and she slaps Ba-wool upside the head: “That’s not my dad, punk!” Ha. Turns out her father has broken his arm, which is now in a cast.

In an airplane, a familiar scene unfolds, set with the same mood music and CF backlighting that marked our intro scene. It’s the same woman, too, who flirted with Chi-soo, and now she eyes the passenger next to her with interest.

Pull back to reveal: It’s our other leading man! HAHA. This show cracks me up.

His name is CHOI KANG-HYUK (Lee Ki-woo), and he says politely, “Ohayou.” Conversing in Japanese, she sighs about traveling alone and finding life so lonely, while he notices she’s got a smudge of food on her lip. He indicates her mouth, but she thinks she’s heard this line before and asks, “Were you going to say my lips are pretty?” Deciding he’s just a player like Chi-soo, she mutters to herself in Korean about the superficiality of men.

Kang-hyuk wipes the smear off from her lip and continues in Japanese, “I’d say your lips are warm, rather than pretty.” Zing — her interest is back in full force. Then he licks the sauce from his finger, frowning at its subpar taste.

Outside a neighborhood convenience store, Eun-bi drinks beer with Dong-joo, who heads back inside to buy a second round. There she bumps into a customer, ready to chew him out for his rudeness, and is struck dumb at the sight of the tall, charming Kang-hyuk. He murmurs, “Sumimasen,” and she barely ekes out an “Arigatou.”

Eun-bi tries to figure out if Chi-soo was just playing her, or if he meant some of his flirty words. She overanalyzes the life out of the scenario: What did he mean with the forehead kiss? And the threat to date her? When he refused her taxi fare, was he paying her off?

Eun-bi decides to work out her frustration on a punching-bag game, beating out the previous high score with one solid punch. The neighborhood ajusshis are impressed — and so is Kang-hyuk, who has paused (while drinking a whole jar of milk — how adorably wholesome) to watch her show that machine who’s boss. He smiles, we melt.

Kang-hyuk arrives at the hospital and asks to locate a patient. The nurse asks for his name and ID, and he starts to produce it…but then pauses…saying that he’ll have to open his bag…to get it…which is such a pain… He sighs dramatically, huddling on the ground at the immense effort involved.

Turns out he’s here to see his “Boss,” Eun-bi’s father, who knows Kang-hyuk well enough to scoff at all his exaggerations. Oh man, I love that Kang-hyuk is a lazy slacker who knows how to use his charm — no perfect prince charmings in this drama.

Dad tells Kang-hyuk to be sure to meet “that person” while he’s here, and Kang-hyuk asks how his “wife” is doing — “Does she still have that sexy temper?” Aw, that’s so cute. Also: Finally, a boy who appreciates Eun-bi’s feistiness!

On her walk to school the next morning, Eun-bi recalls Dong-joo’s advice about not taking the students’ flirty comments seriously, and she decides to be cool about it all. For about two seconds. Spotting Chi-soo strutting in with his posse, she leaps for cover until he passes. Yeah, real cool.

Today marks the first day that the teacher trainees get to lead class, and Eun-bi changes into a pink tracksuit to lead gym class. (Her coach gripes, “Why are you dressed like a Hollywood paparazzi magnet?” Ha.)

Too bad only two students show up to class, the rest electing to use it for independent study. And one of them doesn’t know how to play basketball.

Then Ba-wool struts in with his own posse…followed by Chi-soo and the boys. Dammit, and she was hoping he wouldn’t show.

Ba-wool isn’t pleased either and growls in Chi-soo’s face, ready to take on F4 in a game. Eun-bi tries to start the game and quickly bow out to avoid further interaction, but Chi-soo manages to rope her into it.

When she’s in possession of the ball, Eun-bi looks for a teammate to pass to, but Ba-wool’s being guarded by Chi-soo. It’s adorable how she and Ba-wool exchange a silent message via nose-scrunching and head jerks, and she passes to him, allowing him to score. They high-five, and Crazy Chicken taunts Chi-soo with a victory song and dance. Gah, he’s so cute.

The game continues. One by one, the playboys make a pass at Eun-bi to distract her, flattering her with cheesy lines like “I must be a sadist, Teach. Wanna scratch my washboard?” Rawr.

She manages to resist their charm, but then Chi-soo sidles up to her, wraps an arm around her waist and says, “Your arms are sturdy, but your waist sure is womanly.” Thunk. There goes the ball, and her sense of reason. I don’t blame her — it’s just as hot as it is infuriating, and that’s a conflict of mind-versus-body if ever there was one.

Watching from the bleachers are Dong-joo and the Coach, who tsk-tsk over Eun-bi’s state. Dong-joo urges Coach to ease up, since Eun-bi’s just now “become a person.” She refers to Coach encouraging Eun-bi’s hot-tempered personality on the volleyball court; it’s her fiery temperament that gave her a killer spike. Eun-bi’s only just coming out of that mindset, Dong-joo argues.

Coach turns around those words on Dong-joo about becoming a person, with all the work she’s had done to her face: “That’s not plastic surgery, that’s architecture.” HAHA.

Eun-bi gets reprimanded by a teacher who takes her to task for, yunno, actually making kids exercise in gym class. She doesn’t see what the problem is, but the teacher retorts, “What if one of them gets hurt?!”

Relegated to cleaning the gym, Eun-bi grumbles about the teacher being afraid of son-of-god Hwanung. She’s underneath the overhang and therefore goes unseen when F4 strolls onto the upper floor. The boys wonder why Chi-soo insisted on going to gym class today, wondering if he’s interested in the teacher, which naturally grabs Eun-bi’s attention. Then…maybe her instincts were right?

One of the boys — Hongdae rocker Hee-gon — complains about being pestered by a girl who won’t stop texting him, and Chi-soo offers him some advice: “Tell her she’s pretty.” Hee-gon doesn’t find anything about her pretty enough to compliment, so Chi-soo suggests, “Then tell her that her mole is pretty.” Then, to seal the deal, kiss her on the forehead, not the lips — that way, he looks sincere. Oh, you pretty pretty bastard.

Poor Eun-bi. Sure, she was entertaining ridiculous fantasies, but it’s got to hurt hearing the guys laughing over it now. She follows him into the hallway and orders him to stop, brimming with anger, volleyball in hand. He smirks, smugly — It’s great that you’re so into teaching but I’m too tired to play, Teach. Eun-bi pulls off her teacher’s badge and warns him that she’s going to count to three and deliver one blow, so he’d best prepare himself.

Chi-soo thinks she’s bluffing. Eun-bi’s not, and serves the ball right into his face, sending him sprawling and all the students gasping. She warns him to steer clear of her from now on — “Don’t you even dare step on my shadow.”

Chi-soo can’t have this, and he angrily lifts a hand — only to get it caught in someone else’s grip. Kang-hyuk tells him he ought not treat women like this: “Least of all my wife.”


Eun-bi’s just as startled as Chi-soo at the word “wife,” but Kang-kyuk just shoots her a smile. Gahh, I can’t think straight with all these hormones flying around. I need a minute.

The head teacher breaks up the scene and Kang-hyuk finds himself alone in the hallway — lying down, cuddling the volleyball, muttering listlessly, “Ah, this is all such a pain.” Haha, he’s such a lazyass.

Eun-bi is taken to the principal, who tells her to go home. He’ll let her know what the school board decides.

Chi-soo is examined at the hospital and deemed fine, although the doctor advises him to rest up. Chi-soo has a semantic objection to the doctor saying he “got himself hit” and requests that they call it “victim of an accident” instead. It’s a pride thing, where getting hit makes him feel like Eun-bi got the better of him, since he’d prefer thinking he’d never let anyone knock him down.

So when his father and secretary discuss his condition (“It’s a good thing she didn’t play baseball”), Chi-soo stews to hear them using the words “got hit” over and over, which dance around him like literal gnats in the air, tauntingly.

Dad offers to get the teacher fired, but Chi-soo peevishly tells Dad not to. Dad confirms with his secretary that Chi-soo’s angry, but the secretary clarifies, “It appears he’s humiliated.” Aw, poor baby. There there. Consider this a character-building exercise — which, face it, you could use.

Eun-bi sits with Dad in his hospital, and bristles when he guesses she got fired. He hasn’t heard the news, just deduced it when she told him she got off work early — that’s what happens when his expectations for her were so low that he was pretty much predicting she’d never make it as a teacher. He suggests she’s better off just playing volleyball.

Eun-bi points out that volleyball doesn’t pay for food, and she’s determined not to live eating ramyun; she’ll eat rice. She means it in the sense of ramyun being cheaper than rice and therefore the choice of the poor, but there’s also a nice echo in her relationship to Dad. She resents his love of his ramyun shop, which she thinks he’s more devoted to than his own family.

Dad worries over the new wrinkles in Eun-bi’s forehead, telling her to just live an easy life, not overtaxing her brain. I love his choice of words: If you can’t afford the Botox, don’t pursue such a stressful avenue. Ha. In direct contrast to Eun-bi, Dad grimaces at his rice dinner and wishes for some ramyun instead.

So-yi visits Chi-soo at the hospital and asks if he’s going to fire that teacher. Through gritted teeth, he pretends he’s soooo over it — firing her would be admitting she got to him.

Chi-soo’s not in the mood to hang out with her today, so when Ba-wool walks by — here to visit Eun-bi’s father — he foists So-yi off on her other boyfriend. She’s happy to offer to have dinner together, but Ba-wool is still miffed at her for dumping him and storms off.

So-yi heads off, and curious Dad sidles over to Chi-soo to ask about his pretty girlfriend. Feeling up his chest, Dad tells Chi-soo that guys like him might look good on the outside, but they’re all empty and desert-like on the inside. You wanna know why? Indicating Chi-soo’s iced coffee: “It’s because you drink all that cold stuff. You should fill up on hot things…” HAHA. Here I thought he was going to offer actual fatherly wisdom, but he’s just working the opportunity to proselytize about ramyun.

Chi-soo throws Dad’s arm off in annoyance, knocking him back. Dad clutches his chest and gasps that he’s dying, and asks for something to revive him. Something energizing, warm, vital. One guess what that is.

He starts directing Chi-soo to his house, to the second cupboard, on the first shelf, in the silver pot… the hot ramyun Chi-soo sorely needs to warm his heart. “Eating it will turn you into a person.”

Chi-soo tamps down his temper and walks off, exasperated — just missing seeing Dad fall over, for real this time.

Ba-wool gets over his hurt enough to take up So-yi’s offer for dinner after all, where she suggests that they start dating again. That brings a huge smile to his face, until she clarifies that she wants to date him and Chi-soo both, using the metaphor about a river dividing into two streams, and how it’s bad to block off one flow, and this is all for his benefit, blah blah blah. She says that Ba-wool’s side will flow better if they open up Chi-soo’s side, too, which totally makes no sense in my brain, but then, I’m not the one trying to argue that two-timing benefits all involved.

Eun-bi relents enough to bring Dad some ramyun after all, and runs into Chi-soo in the elevator on her way up. She steps inside silently and ignores him, while he perks up — not pissy for the first time today — and fakes neck pain. Smugly, he says he thought she’d be by earlier — to apologize, of course.

But the elevator doors open and she walks right out, leaving him midsentence. Startled, he darts out to block her path: “You didn’t come to apologize?” She tells him he owes her one, not the other way around, and asks, “You don’t even know why you got hit, do you?” He has no clue, and she tells him it doesn’t matter, since his godly Hwanung self can live the rest of his life not knowing.

He rattles on about how her pride must be tripping her up and that he knows she came to apologize, but just then her father is wheeled by on a gurney, with an anxious-looking Kang-hyuk at his side. Eun-bi darts after him, only to have Chi-soo grab her arm, not done talking yet. She shakes him off and runs down the hall, leaving him holding the ramyun bag and gaping in confusion.

It’s bad news. Eun-bi stands in shock while Dong-joo comforts her, and Ba-wool arrives with his boys in tow, all dressed in funeral black.

Chi-soo is incredulous that Eun-bi dared to ignore him, and perks up at the sight of Ba-wool — he launches into a self-satisfied speech about that annoying intern teacher, but the boys zoom right past him, not even acknowledging his presence. If the situation weren’t sad, it would be mighty amusing seeing Chi-soo so annoyed at not getting the VIP treatment for once.

Chi-soo follows them to the funeral section of the hospital, and pauses in surprise to recognize Ba-wool’s boys bowing their respects to Eun-bi, dressed in black. And when he takes a look at the funeral photo, he recognizes the ramyun man.

Awkwardly, Chi-soo offers the bag to Eun-bi, trying to act unconcerned but faltering over the words. She tells him to throw it out, since she won’t be able to eat that ramyun anymore anyway.

A bit later, Eun-bi is shaken awake by an ajusshi friend, having fallen asleep at the funeral parlor. She returns the jacket that was draped over her, but it’s not his.

When the funeral party exits together, looking after them is Kang-hyuk, dressed in a black suit, sans jacket.

Chi-soo takes the ramyun back to his room, unwrapping the package to reveal the silver bowl named after Eun-bi (Her nickname, Eun-nem-bi, also means silver pot).

Chi-soo tosses the ramyun bag into the trash, but when the cleaning lady enters his room to clear it out, he fishes the bag out. Reading the print reveals that it’s from Eun-bi’s Snack Shop, with address and map printed on the side.

That night, Eun-bi sits alone in the store, eating ramyun and soju in deference to Dad. It brings back the old memory of Dad teaching childhood Eun-bi how to down a shot properly, only her glass is filled with milk (and is clearly how she picked up the cola-shot habit with Ba-wool). Dad does the proper toss-back-and-kyahhhhh process, and she follows suit with her milk.

The memories continue, like the time Dad caught her carving graffiti into the table (the one that’s still there, as we saw in the previous episode). And then there was the time Dad found her carrying cigarettes, and she’d accused him of not even thinking of her as his daughter anyway, and he’d slapped her.

Present-day Eun-bi imagines the specters of her younger self filing out of the store with a sad Dad watching mournfully. She thinks:

“Don’t go. Don’t leave Dad to be alone. Then Dad will be so lonely. When the door closed every night, did you stand there alone like that, Father? With Mom gone, and me, were you here alone every night? I thought I was the only one who felt Mom’s absence. I thought I was the only one who was alone. You were alone too, but I didn’t realize that.”

Now Eun-bi sobs, and says, “I’m sorry, Dad.”

A man steps in front of her, and she looks up to see Dad smiling down on her. Hopefully, she asks, “Dad, you’re not gone? I’m sorry, I was wrong. I won’t drink much anymore, or write graffiti anywhere. But those cigarettes really weren’t mine. They were Dong-joo’s. I just said that because I lost my temper back then. So don’t leave me to be alone. I was wrong, don’t leave me.”

Dad tells her, “I won’t go. I won’t leave you.” Eun-bi holds his arms and cries into him… only when the camera pans up, it’s Kang-hyuk standing there.

When Eun-bi looks up at Kang-hyuk again, she’s still stuck in her illusion and wonders how Dad got so young-looking. She asks, “Are you really my Dad?”

Kang-hyuk replies with a gentle smile, “No, I’m not your father. I’m your husband.” Puzzled, Eun-bi squints up at him and wonders, “My…husband?”

And watching from the doorway is Chi-soo, looking on with an expression that’s half-surprised, half-What-the-hell-am-I-doing?


So much cuteness, but with an extra layer of character depth and development. We can start to see how the ramyun shop starts to come together, and although this drama really laid on the Coffee Prince associations, I wonder if that does its story a disservice. It’s more than a Coffee Prince clone, and because of the vastly different reasoning behind operating the shop — and all the emotions driving that decision, which I presume will be out of respect for Dad — it gives us an entirely different facet of the pretty-boys-as-waiters angle.

I love seeing Chi-soo ignored and forgotten, because nobody in his life is willing to discipline the boy, not even his own father, who is as much in awe of his son as anybody else. And because Eun-bi’s neglect is a result of having much bigger, more important worries to focus on, it really highlights how shallow Chi-soo’s existence is — when push comes to shove, he just doesn’t figure that high on her list of priorities. His sputtering incredulousness is so satisfying to witness.

Plus, Lee Ki-woo! I love that as the “genius” second lead (in chef-dom, apparently), he’s not perfect. That’s too easy. He’s got a personality of his own, and quirks that make him adorable and endearing. We still have no idea what the basis of his relationship to Eun-bi is, but I’m certainly intrigued. In fact, I’m completely torn between the two boys, because I’m looking forward to seeing Chi-soo’s haughty self humbled and changed, but I already love Kang-hyuk. A guy who sees a heroine’s worth right off the bat, without requiring a magical makeover or personality transplant, is hard to beat. Plus, instead of being one of the multiple men who view Eun-bi’s strength as a detractor, he calls it sexy. What’s not to love about him?

And while I’m already feeling sad that he won’t get the girl, I’m excited to get a love triangle where both legs are viable and compelling. When the main pairing is so completely rock-solid from the start, the downside is that the second leads inevitably get knocked down to “annoying plot contrivance” status. It’s when both sides are strong and interesting that you really get the full impact out of the love triangle.

*waits impatiently for Episode 4*


179 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kate

    omg I love this drama so much! it’s daebak!

    • 1.1 Kamikari

      I love it too!
      The perfect combo of spunk and Charm and Comedy!
      Also, Lee Ki Woo, μ‚¬λž‘ν•΄μš”!

  2. kirst3n

    I am so shipping this drama. πŸ™‚

  3. Dalena

    I love this drama. <3

  4. hopesofgreen

    Lee! Ki! Woo! Why you so pretty?

    Is it horrible that I’m already shipping Kang Hyuk with Eun-Bi like no other. Oh, I’m so going down with this ship.

    • 4.1 Alvina

      We’re in that ship together so far!
      Let’s paddle to the island together! πŸ˜€

      • 4.1.1 Ani

        Can I join? I’ll do my fair share of rowing if it means we’ll get to see Eun-bi and Kang Hyuk arrive safe and sound on their romantic island TOGETHER. *grabs Crazy Chicken* Can I bring Crazy Chicken too? I want to make sure I get him a good love line if possible. If not we can spoil him with Noona love. X)

        • Alvina

          The more the merrier Ani!!! Crazy Chicken would probably bask in the Noona love πŸ˜€

          Though, knowing our luck, the Island of LURRV will probably be owned by Cha Corp, where soon after, a certain former reaper boy will arrive with his gang of pretty boy cronies, to wreak havoc upon all of our faint hearts.

          Poor Kang Hyuk. 5 against 1 (plus Crazy Chicken) are terrible odds.

          • Ani

            Argh! Darn Cha Corp, they’re everywhere! Almost as bad as Domyoji World Finance Group I tell you. Truthfully Chi-soo and his cronies wouldn’t get anywhere near my heart if they continue down the road of spoiled annoying brats, pretty as they may be. Poor Kang Hyuk and Crazy Chicken. Sigh. Well, as long as it’s NOT So-yi. That’s all I ask of you drama writer. No So-yi. *continues to try saving the sinking ship she’s on*

          • nonski

            lols @Ani… this one’s helping save that ship too.

        • MsKFetish

          OMG!! I WANNA JOIN THIS SHIP SOO BAD!!!!!!!!!! lets stop calling Kang Hyuk the second man!! hes the first from now on for me….hes the lead! i mean chi soo is cute and all but in truth i started watching this drama because of LEE KI WOO! NO LIE!!! ive been seriously waiting for him!

      • 4.1.2 wonbinlover

        I’m with you guys. I am totally shipping Lee Ki Woo because he’s so adorable compared to Jung Il Woo which no offense to him but i don’t find attractive at all. Lee Ki Woo is so darn tall though ha.

        • purplesheesh

          *starts rowing* are we there yet? *rows continuously* OHHHH MYYYYY KANG HYUK, Y SO PRETTY? <3 <3 <3

        • Lahlita

          You know what I think about shipping? I think shipping is what mental people do, and I’ve always prided myself on my ability to not ship. I am a higher-level being.

          And I’m mental. I too am madly in love with Kang-hyuk, and am shipping him and Eun-bi hardcore. I enjoy Chi-sook but don’t care at all about him, and am already sobbing in anticipation of plunging to the depths like the Titanic. Shit.

          Of course, full shallow disclosure, Jung Il-woo does nothing for me. Lee Ki-woo, on the other hand, makes my ovaries sing. Too much information?

          • Minnetter

            I’ll join you on this doomed trip on the Titanic… why isn’t Kang Hyuk the main? gaaah… can’t they change the pairing so that we can miraculously survive?

        • Valschanya

          Is it possible that she ends up with kang hyuk instead?????? Please oh please drama god……
          And yes, I’m willing to row….without an oar. Just me and these things I call arms. I’m that desperate *eeeek*

    • 4.2 Hipployta

      I’m on this ship along with everyone else…shall we grab our instruments and play as the ship goes down?

      • 4.2.1 t-berry

        i’ll provide safety jacket 4 everyone!!so we can swim towards the island even though the ship will sink…there is still hope!

    • 4.3 Alvina

      Oh boy, I love you guys for running with this.

      My sister just slapped my shoulder, berating me for starting rowing on the ship in the first place haha

      • 4.3.1 hopesofgreen

        *row, row, row*

        Oh, please drama gods, help us all.

      • 4.3.2 Severine

        Rowing right along with you guys!

        **Small side note based on an improbable condition: If Chi-soo shows up on the island donning a Return of Iljimae Mane of Glory, I might have to hop back on his ship and return to the mainland. Just sayin’.

    • 4.4 jessie

      COUNT ME IN. I figuratively drool over Lee Ki Woo whenever he appears on screen. He’s such a cutie. And you guys can take that Jung Il Woo boy I don’t really care… hahaha

    • 4.5 Marina

      Me too! As soon as he smiled, my heart melted!

    • 4.6 am

      Please let me sail with you gaiz!

  5. nonski

    omg! just so happy my refresh brought up flower boy! weeeeeeeeeeeeh!

    i love love this drama soooooooooo much, i think i am the only one loving in the Cadence residence so far…

    off to read and thanks mucho JB!

    • 5.1 nonski

      daebakness! awesomeness!

      Lee Ki-woo is just soooooooooooo apt for this! I love his lazyness. It just makes him so adorable. And isn’t he just overly cute, handsome and all the adjectives you can come up with, kekeke. I like it that he is the other end of the triangle, just makes it so believable and can contend with Jung Il-woo. Right now, I am intrigued with Kang-hyuk, how he came to call Eun-bi as his wife and Eun-bi’s dad as his boss.

      Oh and Cha Chi Su… ah, now i am seeing where this story is going forward. With Kang-hyuk around, my wish of Chi Su grovelling well soon come true, fingers crossed! LOLS, how utterly humbled was her for being ignored. Love, love it that he has to experience this early on in the drama.

      This drama is making me crazy about it now! I have never experienced this feeling since Dream High and My Princess where i wake up early in the morning to check your recaps of a drama and clicks on the refresh button like there is no tomorrow, keke! I already watched episodes 1 and 2 three times.

    • 5.2 nonski

      mmmm… and would like to thank you again for that super cute opening screenshot of Lee Ki Woo! πŸ™‚

      • 5.2.1 MsKFetish


  6. MJ


    Just to let you know if you are interested Drama Fever has a cation contest going on for:

    Flower Boy Ramen Shop Week 27 Caption Contest
    Posted on November 7, 2011 by kaedejun

    Hello everyone – it’s the first week of November! With the recent launch of new series Flower Boy Ramen Shop – we have a new caption contest centered around it!

    But first, we must announce the winner of last week’s The Princess’ Man caption contest. Congratulations Julie!

    And now for this week’s caption contest – we have the adorable Flower Boy Jung Il Woo and his noona lady-love Lee Chung Ah. I personally enjoy just how frustrating he can be, but once he smiles, all is forgiven (in my starry eyes).

    Come up with your most creative caption, and win a chance to get a DramaFever T-shirt! Enter by putting your caption in the comments below. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 14, and be eligible to win a DramaFever T-shirt.


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  7. jazza

    woooooaah. finally. you’re so quick with recaps. i’m addicted to this drama!!

  8. rgma

    Thank you so much for the fast recap! This drama is so FUNNY. And your narrative is just as adorable! Ahhhh….both Chi-soo and Kang-hyuk are cute. Can’t wait to actually watch eps 3!

  9. blahibloop


  10. 10 Alvina

    NOOOOOOO~! Not another lovable second lead!
    These two past seasons of k-drama have been killer with the “what-could-have-beens” of K-drama second leads.
    Please pull a Kim MinJong and do a switch up (even it’s not with this, then some other drama)…

    I’m curious as to why he is her “husband” though.

    Reminds me of the manga “Maid-sama” where the second lead was equally as adorable (though I hated the manga).

    • 10.1 nonski

      ikr! speaking of second leads… remember our dear Dr. Pil-joo. πŸ™‚

      • 10.1.1 Alvina

        Now, let’s see… Second Leads…

        From what I can remember during 2011 alone there are:
        Kang-Ahh(49 Days…well, he ~was~ in the beginning), Junha/MaRoo (CYHMH), Pil-Joo (Best Love), Puppy or JinGook from Crack High (though Puppy avoided this fate by pulling a fast one on us), RYU (MWtheSpy), Suk Hyun (HeartStrings), MooWon(Protect the Boss), Ji Chang Wook, Um Ki Joon πŸ™

        Did I miss any deserving fellas?

        • nonski

          yay! thanks Alvina for listing them down… πŸ™‚

          tho, our Puppy JinGook too, ah the Crack High memories!
          Suk Hyun is second lead material but the role did not materialize for him.
          awww and you mentioning MooWon-nim, gah! I just fainted for my JJ.
          And the ever loved Dr Poopy-pants… ahhhh he was such a good person and anchor to our Yoon Jae.

          here we are again, second lead syndrome.

  11. 11 kbap

    This drama is making me excited besides the fact that I’ve got tons of work to do. This is gonna be my favorite drama for a while, I can tell πŸ˜‰

  12. 12 panda_cakes

    yup, I’ve found my new crack…thanks Javabeans!

  13. 13 lw

    does anyone know who is the writer of the drama?
    thanks in advance!

    • 13.1 javabeans

      Writer: Yoon Nan-joong, no credits listed. (Yay, new writers!)

      PD: Jung Jung-hwa. No dramas on his resumΓ©, but a few films: Sweet Lie (with Lee Ki-woo), When Romance Meets Destiny, YMCA Baseball Team.

      • 13.1.1 Alvina

        I LOVED Sweet Lie. Jo Han-Sun was such a cutie in that movie and I was always sad that he didnt act in more rom-coms. His bromance with the lead heroine’s brother was epic.

        It’s great that two “newcomers” to drama are able to crank out something so fun!

        • javabeans

          Me too! Such ridiculous fluff. I should really write a post on that… when I have time.

      • 13.1.2 lw

        thanks javabeans!
        great scripting for a newcomer!

  14. 14 DMKO

    Man, I love me some cute young hunks! Bring it on!! Thanks Javabean for the great recaps. I too cannot wait for the next episode.

  15. 15 Anvesha

    I already feel so sorry for the adorably tall chef… he is not going to get the girl! T.T

    I hate it when there are two awesome leads and I can’t figure out which one should I ship the main girl with!!!

  16. 16 anantatoer

    Okay now I can watch it raw. Thanks JB.
    And Yes! Lee Ki-woo!!

  17. 17 MJP

    I was so eager to see this drama I started “refreshing” all my websites periodically starting from 11:30 a.m. EST because “A Thousand Day’s Promise” was released for viewing then. But I had to wait until 1:30 p.m. before it came out… SIGH

    I have a feeling I’ll be the same way tomorrow too.

    I really like this drama. A LOT!!!

    By the way… Thanks Javabeans for the recap!

    I had guessed that nam-pyeon meant husband at the end since the preview of Ep2 had him calling her wife. So I typed husband in the translator and sure enough… I guessed right.

    • 17.1 nonski

      Hi MJP! I just too crazy with this drama… my crack!

      if you want, why not try downloading the raw and subs, you could find it in various sites too.

  18. 18 Angie

    Does anyone know the name of the theme song?? You know, whenever the boys make their entrance πŸ˜€

  19. 19 blahblah

    Thaaaanks! Love this drama!
    Just finished Scent of a Woman and this drama just uplifted my mood heehee.
    Willl be waiting for the ep4 recap:D:D

  20. 20 bqmonkna

    omfg went crazy when lee ki woo came on screen >_<.i think im in love lol.but seriously i think this is the first time ive chosen someone else over jung il woo.that being said i think im gonna stare at lkw for a little while longer…thanks for the recap!!!

  21. 21 Mee

    Thank you for recap!! SO satisfying but makes me want even more!!!

  22. 22 mirai

    I love this drama, but am I the only one that feels the main relationship is so wrong? I mean they have chemistry and look good together but the fact that he is in high school and she is a teacher feels wrong to me. I don’t mind the age difference but just that bit bothers me I don’t know maybe I’m the weird one. BTW I love Kang Hyuk I think he is so cute and I hope he gets the girl.

    • 22.1 seeyathecat

      she doesn’t stay the teacher does she?
      doesn’t she start working the ramyun shop?
      does she do both?

      • 22.1.1 mirai

        But even if she is not a teacher he is still in high school. Maybe they will get together after he is out that seems less wrong.

    • 22.2 Jinny

      Well she’s technically a student teacher/intern haha at least it’s better than a REAL teach-student relationship XD

    • 22.3 suitfetish

      It’s a version of forbidden love that after time can be no longer forbidden, so it’s kind of fun in stories.

      The element of danger is attractive, I think…

      • 22.3.1 sam

        exactly what I was thinking! but you were able to convey it better than me and in one sentence πŸ™‚

    • 22.4 sam

      yea..i felt it is a bit inappropriate too, despite the fact that they do have great chemistry together. But she is only a teacher in training and probably won’t be teaching in their school for long. I really hope when their relationship starts to take off, she will be finished with her training. I think the drama will be more focused on the ramen shop now rather than on Chi Soo’s high school(I like the high school though and will be sad when it happens). Also it seems Chi Soo is the one who has the upper hand in their relationship (at least for now), so she is not using her power as a teacher to manipulate him or anything. And their relationship is not really what you imagine an inappropriate romantic teacher-student relationship to be-its more like the student making fun of the teacher and using the teacher’s feelings for him against her. I know this does not justify their student-teacher relationship, but for these reasons I’m not as conflicted about them being together.

    • 22.5 riin

      Kang Hyuk is sweet and all but isn’t he the same kind as Chi Soo though? Using his charm to get things done. Not mentioning the “I’m your husband” thing. Come to think of it.. if you forget that he’s the second lead and what you know is about to happen and what not – just a random guy appearing and saying that he’s your husband.. a little disturbing for me. Besides – it’s the same kind of technique Chi Soo is using. πŸ˜› It’s just personality-wise that they are different.

    • 22.6 KinellaB

      Personally age kinda bothers me and seeing there’s this other guy who is just so absolutely positively thoroughly utterly most definitely GORGEOUS I can’t think of any other way to end this lovefest.

  23. 23 Therese

    Noooooooo….. Why is the 2nd lead so charming and endearing and… I’ll be rooting for the wrong team the whole run of this seriea i guess .

  24. 24 eunha

    Can I please have a handsome guy appear out of nowhere and claim to be my husband too?


    • 24.1 goddessoftaray

      that’s exactly what i was thinking!!! to have a man who looks like that call me “wife”…. so hotttt

    • 24.2 MsKFetish

      SERIOUSLY!! I WAS JUST THINKING THAT!! especially if that handsome guy were to be LEE KI WOO!!!! <3

    • 24.3 dom

      this post is in need for it’s own thread!! *crazy fantasizing lee ki woo barging my workplace claiming to be my husband*

    • 24.4 Gaeina Lee

      ….And a cute-adorable young man constantly always find a way to be near me, “annoys” me…

      Hmmm…., life is wonderful! πŸ™‚

    • 24.5 v

      my sentiments exactly!!
      i wouldn’t mind if he popped up halfway through my midterm later >.<

  25. 25 red

    omg i want to watch this now…but i dnt know when subs will be out!!!…argh i think ill just read the recap know, or ill go crazy waiting

    Thankyou for this!!

    • 25.1 canxi

      You can watch it on dramafever (= They update every week. A couple days after the episodes air, I believe.

  26. 26 Z

    My heart is already broken for Kang-Hyuk. I swear, sometimes I think I might prefer my second leads to be mere plot devices so that I don’t have to worry about getting attached.

  27. 27 seeyathecat

    lately there hasn’t been any dramas that I just love and cant wait for.
    One has come!!!!! I love this drama.
    Thank you for recapping.

    I read your recaps then usually the next day I watch it raw if subs aren’t done. Then when there are subs I watch it again.

  28. 28 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! I did not see Eun-bi’s dad’s death coming so soon!

    This sounds blasphemous, but I am realllly shipping Kang Hyuk with Eun-bi. I love Jung Il Woo, but Lee Ki Woo had won my heart back in The Classic.

    • 28.1 MsKFetish

      THIS IS REALLY FREAKY!!! THATS WHAT HAPPENED TO ME!!! LEE KI WOO HAD ME SINCE THE DAY I WATCHED THE CLASSIC!!! i love this!! there are actually people out there who think like me YAY!!!! i hope the writer thinks like me too!!! i want lee ki woo to get the girl!! I SERIOUSLY understand why the main girls never choose the second lead, its because the second leads are usually ugly and shorter but THIS TIME AROUND the second lead is WAYYYY TALLER( doesnt need to wear heels, i noticed cha chi soo wearing mens heels when running away from his father’s body guards).. and is WAYYY HOTTER AND IS A COMPLETE SWEET HEART! sooo EUN BI BETTER CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAN!!!! coz this is noo ordinary drama where the second lead is uglier than the first lead.

    • 28.2 birdscout

      I totally loved LKW in The Classic as well. He broke my heart in that movie.

  29. 29 TheJu

    Haven’t watched this drama yet, but reading the recaps! (I’m saving it for Thanksgiving break when I will actually have time and because I’ll have more episodes to watch). I’m really looking forward to it, gah, the main guys…I was seriously blushing while I read this and the first 2 episodes recaps!


  30. 30 anna

    I can relate more to Kang-hyuk! I feel like he’s more like me. Chi-soo is an ass, which I know will change as the drama goes, but right now, he’s an ass and I always dislike this sort of cockiness in the main character. I like quirks, and quirks never get the girl. πŸ™

    • 30.1 suitfetish

      It’s so FUN when they got knocked down a peg by their love, though!

      …Okay, so I am a bit into the cocky types, though. In this show where both of them are kind of self-assured it’s going to be hard to choose.

    • 30.2 Alvina

      I agree with you anna.

      The quirks are often interesting, have just as weighty backgrounds as the leads, while having the emotional stability (?) to face the world without being an ass.
      Perhaps I just find it admirable when people can live life despite their inner troubles, and find the brooding/arrogant lead to be a cliche.

      That said, the leads can be a whole lot of fun but I seemingly neat packages dont make for a good drama I guess haha.

  31. 31 IzOcha

    Oh, oh…this show is so cracktastic! Indeed, tapping foot, waiting impatiently for Episode 4; but, aargh, I can’t watch until this weekend! Falling behind so quickly!

    Thanks for the recap JB! Much appreciated! I hope I will be able to stave off my urge to watch…yeah, I don’t think so either.

    • 31.1 IzOcha

      I used the trick of watching the last 10 minutes. Hope this works (words and pictures out of sink, requiring reading of lips in a tongue still foreign.)

  32. 32 tubunny

    I love that ranteers are starting to sound like javabeans and girlfriday :}

    Still getting used to this ‘ramyun’ romanization.

    …Now if Yoo AhIn were here, this would be my 100% favourite drama of the year ^^

  33. 33 suitfetish

    I was really excited by the layered expressions at the end of Ep. 2, because I think there’s a reason lil daddy’s boy is so cavalier of feelings.

    I don’t know, but I’m excited about seeing where this show goes. …and trying not to read the whole recap before I get to watch it myself. Hah.

    V. addictive show.

    • 33.1 riin

      omg me too!! I totally got the feeling that there’s some kind of a hidden reason why he thinks feelings are like that. Cause there is no way in hell people say something like that just out of the blue.. especially in kdramas πŸ˜›

  34. 34 Jinny

    I’m loving the recaps but I really didn’t want Eun Bi’s dad to die :((( asldfkjasldf whyyyyyyyyyy T_____T

    Husband?! Interesting plot development..hmmmmm
    I can’t wait for english subs haha…

  35. 35 Melody

    because it takes awhile for each episode to be subbed, i completely love coming here and reading your recaps. i am IN LOVE with this drama & it’s only episode 3.

  36. 36 jeeves

    i love your recap—sooooooo enjoyed reading it.
    komawo πŸ™‚

  37. 37 linsay

    can’t wait for the next recap…
    thanks a lot ^^
    luv FBRS n ilwoo of course :))

  38. 38 Dee

    omg, omg!! the recap is here!! woohoo!!!
    that’s so quick! thanks for posting it so quickly!

    oki, now time to sit back and read the entire post! haha thought i’d squeal first and write a comment, and then read…

  39. 39 Steamy Bun

    Yay!! Can’t wait to watch it! I enjoyed last week’s episodes well enough but was surprised at how eagerly I’ve been waiting for the new ones. And YAY for second male lead!! He’s so fine.

  40. 40 QT

    loving this drama very much!
    I squeal while reading this recap & I love Lee Ki Woo’s character and how it’ll be like in the next episode πŸ˜€

  41. 41 sxilireyoh

    ZOMG!~! πŸ˜€ I Love itt! I love them! I love her πŸ˜€ <3333

  42. 42 tomobuddy

    Thank you for such a fast recap πŸ™‚

  43. 43 v

    squeeee!! thanks for the recap πŸ˜€ I’m loving the drama!

  44. 44 Coolsmurf09

    I think I’m going to prepare myself sooner for LKW’s heartbreaking moment when he loses the girl.

  45. 45 Ani

    OH WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! Lee Ki-woo! LEE KI-WOOOOOOO! Woot woot. I loved him in Outrageous Women. Sigh. I wish he were to get the girl here too. I’ll wait patiently for tomorrow. WOOOOOT!

  46. 46 ttalgi

    There goes my heart in puddles yet again. Kdrama cracks like this make me suffer from so many inappropriate crushes all at once. whyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  47. 47 karen

    I agree, I’m totally hooked onto this show. I decided to give up on A Thousand Kisses cause it’s way too drama filled. This drama on the other hand is so fun to watch and I love the main female lead. Her expressions are so funny and not at all annoying. I think she could have been a better Jan Di in Boys Over Flowers compared to Goo Hye Sun, just my opinion. Oh and the 2 male leads are soo eye candy πŸ˜€ They are both just too good looking, I even like the 2nd male lead only because he looks so dashing. sigh haha Thanks for the recap!

    • 47.1 Christy

      haha, i love her expressions too! she’s a natural!

  48. 48 So-In-Luve

    I so never thought that on a day like this I wud get my JUNG IL Woo bak!!!!
    i soo missed him!!!

    Havin had colg for past 3 months I missed out evry fun,….but now I am bak!!!
    and I nevr knew that a drama wud be der waitin for my Arrival!!!!!!

    I m soooo———— in ——-luveeeeeee wid dis draaaaamaaaa!!!!

    damn I want da nxt episode fast!!!

    with al lda HEARTS!!!

  49. 49 otchosais

    waahh!!! glad that this drama NEVER fails to endear and entertain me every secind,, i am also impatiently waiting for the next episode πŸ™‚

  50. 50 tiffanyshin

    omg KANG HYUK shiiiiiiiii ~ β™₯.β™₯ !!!!!!!!!!

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