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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 5
by | November 14, 2011 | 167 Comments

This drama makes me happy. It’s adorable and hilarious, but even better, it has thematic cohesiveness.

In fact, I can’t believe that a show was marketed, promoted, positively hyped to be empty fluffery, and was harboring all this heart inside it. Why o why would you try to hide the best part of you? Do you really think we’re that shallow?

*Contemplates Lee Ki-woo’s glistening abs.* Okay, so maybe we’re shallow. But we’re also thrilled to embrace some genuinely poignant, hysterically funny storytelling too.

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EPISODE 5: “If It’s Eun-bi”

Morning. Omg, Eun-bi has a Shinhwa alarm clock, but the best thing is that it’s not current-day Shinhwa, but late-’90s teenage Shinhwa. Ha, well a girl never forgets her first idol crush.

She heads to the kitchen, where Kang-hyuk finds her, wearing nothing more than a towel, glistening from his recent shower. Humunah humunah. God bless army duty.

Eun-bi does a spit-take and asks him who he is. Kang-hyuk replies that that’s no way to refer to the man who’s spent the last three nights with you, and when she demands explanation, he laughs girlishly into his towel, pretending bashfulness: “Talking about our first night together first thing in the morning…gets me feeling hot.”

After belatedly recognizing him as the guy from school, Eun-bi brandishes a ladle and a whisk at Kang-hyuk and calls him a stalker.

And…we cut to commercial. I get that Korea’s trying to branch into the American style of mid-show commercials (sadness), but they have yet to master the art of the act break. I don’t think they understand the concept, actually, and are just sticking the commercials in whenever they feel like it. Get it together, Korea!

Kang-hyuk tells her that on that first night, they’d drunk together and done love shots: “This kind of ohayo makes me sad.”

Finally, he obliges her curiosity and starts explaining: “The way we came to be linked as spouses is…hey, this towel is really warm.” Distracted, he feels himself up with it and oohs over the scent, which he identifies as his own.

He gets lost in the pleasure of smelling his own self, sighing, “I love my smell. My smell is so awesome.” HAHA. Then he lies down on the wood floor and rolls around blissfully. This guy is a hoot. A hot hoot.

This kind of hot deserves to be appreciated, so here, have a few more:

 
Ahem. Fans self. Anyway…

 

Incredulously, Eun-bi reads a document written by her father, in crayon, giving over his rights to the store to his friend’s son, Kang-hyuk. Plus, there’s an addendum reading, “Have my daughter, too! Live happily, with understanding for each other!”

Eun-bi wonders at the onion lying on the ground, and Kang-hyuk tells her that “Kim Chi-soo” dropped by. Hee, is this gonna be his thing? To purposely misremember Chi-soo’s name every time?

A flashback shows us the end of the conversation from the previous night, when Kang-hyuk called him by the wrong name.

Kang-hyuk wonders if there’s such a difference between one last name and another. Chi-soo retorts, “Of course it’s important. Kim Chi-soo and Park Chi-soo are names, but Cha Chi-soo isn’t.” He spouts off names of locations like Seoul, Namdaemun, Han River, ending on Cha Sung, finally sparking some recognition with Kang-hyuk. He declares, “Cha Chi-soo is a proper noun.” Cha stands before all those brand names, so it should be treated as such.

Kang-hyuk returns, “You must not have learned grammar. All names are proper nouns.” HA! (Chi-soo briefly looks flustered, before regaining composure.) Switching to Japanese, Kang-hyuk says, regarding that lofty Cha brand, “Seems to me it’s a knockoff.”

Chi-soo fires back, “My name is like Dokdo. The moment you mistake one of its characters, you’re forever kicked out from Korea.” Pfft, like the island? Chi-soo throws an onion at Kang-hyuk and stalks to the door…which he briefly pushes before realizing it’s the kind you pull. Omg, that detail cracks me up.

In a pool, Chi-soo wards off unpleasant reminders of being called “Kim Chi-soo” and “Park Chi-soo,” finally coming back to the present with someone’s loud call, “CHA CHI-SOO!” He resurfaces just in time to pop up in the middle of a swimming lane, mid-race, HA! His friend can’t even complain about having his race ruined since this is the almighty Chi-soo, though his friends gripe amongst themselves, wondering what his deal is.

Chi-soo sinks back into the water, fixated on Eun-bi’s comments that he stinks. He relives the moment of getting hit in the head with a volleyball, and the gasp makes him choke on water. He flails until his friends spot him and pull him out.

Eun-bi contemplates the keys Chi-soo dropped off and wonders why, firmly rejecting Kang-hyuk’s suggestion that it’s simply the right thing to do. Sure it is, but Eun-bi scoffs that Chi-soo hasn’t learned that, calling him Dog Chi-soo. Or, in this context, perhaps Sonofabitch Chi-soo is more apropros.

Meanwhile, Chi-soo gasps for air and clutches at his throat, asking Hyun-woo to “take this thing off.” Hyun-woo points out that he’s not wearing anything, and Chi-soo asks, “Then why do I feel so suffocated?” Aw, is he just now learning that emotions make you feel stuff? He says it must be “that woman’s arm” still having its effect on his chest.

Eun-bi takes the crayon contract with her to verify, telling Kang-hyuk to stay put until she can figure this out. He hands her the school badge she’d dropped, adding, “But I think it’d be more fun being my wife than doing that.” Duh statement of the year, pretty boy.

She makes sure that “nothing” really happened between them, and he replies that actually, he doesn’t really enjoy that “thing” so much. Please tell me we’re not thinking of the same “thing.” He adds that it’s enough of a bother taking off his own clothes, but taking off someone else’s? Omg, too lazy for sex, really? What are you, a panda? That’s it, I’m back on Chi-soo’s ship.

Except then he adds, “But with you, I would. Even if it’s a bother, I could do it with you. If it’s Yang Eun-bi.” (That phrase is the same one etched into the table — “Eun-bi Ramyun” also means “If it’s Eun-bi,” as in, “If it’s Eun-bi, she can do it.” Or in this case, “If it’s Eun-bi, I could do it.” Snerk.)

Arg! Now I want back on the S.S. Kang-hyuk. Ship loyalties at war! Especially since Chi-soo is currently being ever-so-heroically gassed with oxygen by a paramedic from his recent brush with emotion. His friends wonder if that teacher drove him crazy, while Chi-soo sputters about how they can’t know how it feels since they haven’t been hit by her fierce arm.

Dong-joo’s lawyer boyfriend confirms that the contract is valid, which drives Eun-bi nuts. How could Dad leave her nothing, and hand over his entire store to some dude he’s not even related to? You can’t trust anybody in this world, can you?

Oh well, she may be deprived of Dad’s house to live in, but she can return to living at Dong-joo’s place. Except that makes Dong-joo fidget, and Coach guesses there’s a problem with this. Is Dong-joo… entertaining marriage plans?

Yup. The trio heads out to celebrate at a noraebang, and while sitting on the toilet wearing a headband made of toilet paper, Eun-bi blames Chi-soo for everything.

Deciding she’ll flush him out of her life, she storms to the school, tambourine still in hand, and confronts Chi-soo. She says it feels like taking a crap that’s interrupted (ew, and ha), so now she’s gonna end this: “Present your butt!” Which, sadly, is not nearly as saucy as it sounds in English; she means to spank him with a stick, like a misbehaving grade schooler.

He’s incredulous, but she grabs him and shoves him against the blackboard (rawr), then slaps his ass with the stick for ruining years of her hard work to become a teacher.

…and then Chi-soo twitches in his sleep, hooked up to an IV, dreaming of being spanked. And not in a good way. Bummer, it was just a dream? He wakes up sweating and gasping (again, not in a good way) and storms out, determined to end this.

Daddy Cha hears the diagnosis from his secretary: Chi-soo is suffering from… anger stress. (It’s the stress you accumulate from repressing your anger.) He tells Chi-soo to stay in bed and rest, but Chi-woo says this is not a matter the doctor can fix. Clutching his chest, he insists that Eun-bi’s arm is to blame, like it’s there blocking up his insides.

Daddy Cha orders his men to put Chi-soo to bed and tuck him in. He’s dragged off protesting, “I have to go see that woman!”

Kang-hyuk surprises Eun-bi with a delicious-looking breakfast, which takes some of the wind out of her angry sails. She starts to argue about her claim on her father’s house, but he effectively cuts her off by pushing the food on her.

She takes a sip of soup, and her eyes nearly cross. Kang-hyuk: “You wanna live with me, don’t you?” She downs breakfast, then resumes her argument about having a right to live here. Kang-hyuk tells her to go ahead, “Although it’s not a great habit to start off the honeymoon using separate rooms…” Hee.

Eun-bi declares that he can have the shop and she’ll take the house. He surprises her by asking why she’s just letting him have the shop so readily, contract or no. Doesn’t it mean anything to her?

Sure it does, but instead she replies coolly, “It means nothing to me.” She says that Dad gave it to him because she would’ve sold off “this miserable shop” at the first opportunity.

Neither of them believes she means it, and Kang-hyuk replies, “Fine, then take the house. I’ll sell off this miserable shop.” Bluff, called.

So-yi chases after a peevish Ba-wool, who’s miffed at being second choice again because Chi-soo’s sick. So-yi takes his hands in hers and smiles, “That’s why I’m here with you. Let’s go eat.” He’s still lovelorn enough that he’ll take what he can get, and huffs, “What do you want to eat?!”

They head to Eun-bi’s shop, only to find it closed. So-yi tells him she has to go, reminding him that she doesn’t eat stuff like ramyun. Ba-wool wonders why she said she wanted it then, and So-yi replies, “So I could spend more time with you.” Okay, that’s kind of sweet. She kisses him on the cheek, leaving him speechless and giddy.

I love his little happy dance, which gets cut short by Eun-bi slapping him upside the head, but even better is her imitation of his lame shuffle. Hee.

As she packs a bag in her room (where Ba-wool teases her about her old Shinhwa poster), he wonders why she’s being so mean to him today. She retorts that he’s just letting So-yi toy with him: “Why are you getting hit with the stones she’s throwing?” Ba-wool replies, “If it’s Yoon So-yi, I’m fine being hit by her stones.”

Ba-wool digs out Eun-bi’s old volleyball jersey and marvels at it. He admits that he was shocked when she announced her intention to teach, wearing a suit like all the other normal people in the world. She’s hurt by this, wondering why she can’t live like everyone else does — for her, ordinary is something she wants to be a part of, rather than something to cast off.

But Ba-wool contradicts her, saying that she can’t live just like an ordinary person:

“Because you’re Yang Eun-bi! If you’re Yang Eun-bi, you should live a little differently from everyone else. Even if you don’t have money, you should keep your pride and self-respect, getting angry, being impressive! If you’re Yang Eun-bi!”

Aw, Ba-wool, you’re the best dongseng ever. He declares that she was a zillion times cooler wearing that jersey than when she was in her suit trying to appease Chi-soo. “If Yoon So-yi is my goddess, then noona, you’re my hero!”

Awwwwwwwww.

Driven to subterfuge to escape his bodyguards, Chi-soo disguises himself as a janitor, with the help of a moony-eyed Cha Sung employee. He arrives at Eun-bi’s door and knocks (er, kicks), then calls her on his phone, where she’s labeled “Poop.” No answer, which prompts a hilarious whiny screech out of him.

A call alerts him to an Eun-bi sighting, though, and he perks up.

Eun-bi enters the high school gym with Coach, who eyes the familiar rubber band in her hair with a fond sigh: “Your dad used to collect rubber bands instead of throwing them away, saying you needed them for practice.”

Coach gives her the keys and the okay to use the gym. Chi-soo strolls up to the gym all puffed up with bravado, but the minute he steps inside he drops to a scared crouch at the loud smack of a ball. He gapes to see Eun-bi practicing her spike, lost in thought.

A flashback shows us in Eun-bi’s heydey, when she was the star player on her high school team (alongside Dong-joo). In the middle of the finals in the national high school championships, she’d gone up for a spike and purposely mishit it. Everyone had wondered at the miss, but Eun-bi had aimed for Dad, sitting in the balcony section, glaring with resentment.

Chi-soo watches Eun-bi from a distance, suddenly captivated at the sight of her, her breathing sounding loudly in his head. After one final spike, she turns to him and says, “Let’s go, Cha Chi-soo.”

Startled, he chases her outside, wondering whether she knew he was there the whole time. How could she know and still do that? She asks what he means, and he accuses her of purposely tying up her hair all weird and panting and sparkling in front of him. Ha.

He asks incredulously, “Do you still not get it? Do you really not know why I came to find you?”

He accuses her of causing his anger stress, then motions to his chest and says her arm has gotten stuck there. “My chest feels so suffocated it’s driving me crazy, and I can’t sleep at night. Doctors, medicine, counseling — it’s all useless!” I know, buddy, there really isn’t a cure for being human.

Eun-bi puts a hand on his chest to feel it, and it pounds. Not cluing in to the real source, she tells him she didn’t realize that she’d caused him that much grief: “I must really have no right to be a teacher.”

The touch sparks something in Chi-soo, who looks stunned at his own realization, like he finally gets it. She apologizes for hurting him, hands him something, and advises him to continue living like the whole world is his. She assures him that they won’t be seeing each other anymore and walks away.

Chi-soo glances down at the teacher’s tag she’d left in his hand, looking completely gobsmacked.

Eun-bi boards a train to take a trip, stopping at a pharmacy at the station beforehand to pick up a laxative for her constipation. She’s embarrassed about it, and looks around to make sure she’s alone before taking it… but hastily hides it when she’s joined by another passenger. Kang-hyuk.

She asks why he’s taking this train, and he replies that he has to make his last greeting to his boss before leaving — looks like they’re heading to the same place.

Kang-hyuk: “I have to apologize, too, for not keeping my promise. For not keeping the shop. For not being able to be with his only daughter. For not being able to persuade that only daughter in the end. That daughter who insisted she’d be fine on her own, selling off her father’s last legacy, that ungrateful daughter…”

Pffft! He totally knows how to lay it on thick and push her buttons, all while acting unconcerned.

Eun-bi asks about his injured hand, and he replies that he scratched it while carrying her father at the hospital when he’d collapsed. Eun-bi asks what his relationship was with her father, not buying the simple “our parents were friends” explanation.

Kang-hyuk takes her hand and presses it to his heart, answering, “This kind of relationship. The little kid whose mother left and dad died, who spent all day sleeping, ate your father’s ramyun and lived. He said that simmering ramyun also simmered people’s hearts.”

Thinking of Ba-wool’s words and her father’s encouragement to live freely, Eun-bi changes her mind and tells Kang-hyuk not to sell the shop: “Let’s make ramyun together.” He smiles widely and pats her head. Oh my god, that’s so cute.

Eun-bi’s stomach is still bothering her, so she takes out her laxative and readies to take it — only to have Chi-soo come flying at her from the next train car yelling her name, knocking the packet out of her hands.

Taking her head in his hands, he asks, “Are you crazy?!” Um, is that a real question or are you projecting your issues?

Kang-hyuk pokes his head back and recognizes “Park Chi-soo.” Chi-soo flies at him and punches him on the jaw, knocking him over. Eun-bi hurries to tend to his bloodied lip, and yells, “Sonofabitch Chi-soo! Are you crazy?!” He shouts back, “You’re the crazy one!”

Aw man, why is this episode over???

 
COMMENTS

Aw, I love today’s theme/title. It’s such a cute way of tying in the ramyun motif with Eun-bi’s character, but not in a hit-you-over-the-head way. I enjoy how “Eun-bi Ramyun” is a simple pun on her name, but thematically packs a solid punch: If Eun-bi’s on the case, she’ll do it. If it’s Eun-bi, she can change people. She can make a difference.

I love that Eun-bi aspires to normalcy because she’s always been a little different. To her, life would be grand if she could get a standard job with standard office hours that required her to wear a standard suit. That’s why she wants to be a teacher, rather than a deep desire to educate, as So-yi so annoyingly pointed out to her. It’s stable and comfortable.

Eun-bi seems to harbor insecurities about her differences, feeling as though the trappings of ordinariness will compensate for her flaws. But those are what her father and Ba-wool and even Kang-hyuk value about her, the reason they don’t want her to be a teacher. They don’t want her to lose her Eun-bi-ness, while she seems determined to get rid of it because that’s what’s holding her back. It’s also the stuff Chi-soo derides at first — he of so much style but so little taste — thinking she’s dumb, unappealing, common. Yet that’s why she gets to him and won’t let him loose of her hold.

So it’s tear-inducingly sweet that she decides to accept her father’s shop after all, because it’s not just an acceptance of his love but also an acceptance of self. I love that. “If it’s Eun-bi,” then it’s all good. She’s an ordinary girl, but she’s also a hero.

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167 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Jet

    LMAO my friend was quoting something from a past dramabeans recap and i freaked out assuming that you guys updated, and amazingly, you did! LOL <3 thanks dramabeans <333 off to read~

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      I convinced one of my girl friends to watch this with me and my god she’s hilarious. To paraphrase her,

      “What?! He walks around naked with that body and then says sex is too much work?! What if I tell him I would be willing to do most of it?”

      I died LOL. :D

  2. otchosais

    thanks for this one! :)

    • 2.1 otchosais

      and I really love that CS is getting NEARER to the fact that he likes Eun-Bi! :)

      another is KH always calling CS in different Surnames… :D
      the First Park then Kim.. what’s next? LEE?

      haha :D

  3. woohoo!!!(:

    This is soooo awesome. Thank you soooo much!! I love this drama so much, the plot and the characters are pretty amazing soo far. I really like it!

  4. Quarki

    time to start watching this!

  5. Kirst3n

    I luff it so much too! Thanks for rhe recap.

  6. Lindsay

    Love seeing the start to Chi Soo’s transformation! Il Woo’s facial expressions crack me up.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode ^_^

  7. Ashley

    Two things I look forward to these days: completing college apps and this drama.

    • 7.1 Jazz

      Samesies.

  8. Wonbinlover

    Thank you for fast recap..I’m totally sailing away on the Kang Hyuk ship..please let him end up with the girl..he’s so much cuter than Jung Il Woo..no offense to Jung il woo I haven’t enjoyed watching him since Return of Iljimae..Lee Ki Woo why are you so adorable and loveable..also I don’t like teacher student romances because I feel it’s so wrong on so many levels.

    • 8.1 gala

      same here. i think even if that ship sinks, i’ll go along with it. ha ha. since it’s cable, maybe the writers can pull off a major twist by having the main girl end up with the second lead guy. ahh~ i guess i’m just hoping. (i wanted that to happen in Saenghchori but it didn’t.)

    • 8.2 klove

      but then again, she’s not a teacher anymore haha :)

      im guessing so they could have a shipping/relationship between Eun Bi and Chi Soo, and to do that they had to not have her become a teacher at all.

      so it works out perfectly :Db

    • 8.3 LEE KI WOO IS MINE

      KANG HYUK shipper here too!

      i started watching this drama for jiw, but the moment LKW came on the scene i can’t see anyone else! i am totally bowled over by LEE. KI. WOO!!!

      i know he’s not the lead, so he’ll not end up with the girl, but I don’t mind … because i want him to end up with me muahahahahahha….

      where has this guy (lee ki woo) been hiding? he is totally awesome… adorable, cute – how can i use words like that on a giant of man? hehehe

      • 8.3.1 Marina

        Haha! I started off this drama on the JIW/Cha Chi-soo ship too! Once Lee Ki-woo graced the screen, with that charming smile – I immediately jumped to the Kang-hyuk ship!

        Chi-soo is going to have to work hard to drag me of the Kang-hyuk ship.

  9. tazanya

    I have never watched a drama episode raw, not the full episode, but I did with Episode 5 I cannot get enough of this show its wonderful, I LOVE IT!

    Thank you so much for the recap it filled in alot of gaps and (sadly missed sexual tension —DAMN YOU HIGH SCHOOL FOR NOT HAVING KOREAN!!!!!!!!)

    Anyhoo I am eager to find out how the others join into the mix. This should be loads of fun.

  10. 10 MJ

    The ultimate reunion with Lee Cheong-ah (Yang Eun-bi), Lee Ki-woo (chef Choi Kang-hyeok) appearing in front of her (Yang Eun-bi) topless and cause her (Yang Eun-bi) to panic.

    Laughing at their interaction to each other especially when chef Choi Kang-hyeok keep smelling his towel…crack up laughing hard when chef Chio Kang-hyeok when down fainting to the floor…with a smile on his face.

    Looking at Lee Ki-woo’s attractive shoulders man the guy has a very very very nice body.

    • 10.1 cheerios

      my god, what a nice BODY!

      what i don’t understand is the use of oil on his body? it makes him look so dirty~~~~~ ;p

      • 10.1.1 Pervynoona

        It’s okay if he looks dirty. I mean it would be a good excuse to give him a bath! RAWRRR!!!!

    • 10.2 Ojou_Belle

      OOOOHHHH! YES! The BODY!
      And what a body Lee Ki Woo has!

      I couldn’t read the entire recap as fast as I usually do becuase I kept on going back to his pictures in the towel.

      • 10.2.1 aslinn

        YES!!!! God bless army duty.

      • 10.2.2 JoAnne

        Holy Moly, he’s big and he’s beautiful and he’s half naked…I’m not sure anything else happened in that episode?

  11. 11 Haruhi

    I like that I’m watching this drama without any high expectation and ‘Baaaaam!’ This drama will be a new definition of a perfect k-drama after so long.

    • 11.1 Jomo

      I know what you mean. We expected a lot of pretty not a lot of heart!

      • 11.1.1 t-berry

        i think there are only 2 drama in 2011 which i watch with all my heart..dream high and this drama..act i was ready to say good bye to kdrama since i cannot find any drama that is interesting this year but fbrs totally grab me back!!finally!!

        *i’m not sure which ship i should choose kh or ch although in the beginning i’m in kh ship*

    • 11.2 Pervynoona

      Yup! Kdramas have been kind of “unsavory” lately. Good thing FBRS has the same “aftertaste” as MGIAG.

      Also, Lee Ki Woo is delicious. I’d be willing to lick off the oil on his body.

      • 11.2.1 Jomo

        And, thusly, you have eloquently earned your name.

        • 11.2.1.1 aslinn

          LOL Jomo!!!

  12. 12 cg96

    Thanks for the recap. I’ve been wanting to read this so badly .

  13. 13 Anon

    This drama is off the chain, crazy, delicious good… I love all the characters – in just a few episodes, they really have managed to convey a lot of depth to each. I keep telling myself that I wont read your recap and try to wait to watch the subbed episode, but every week I break down. But, oh… the joys of a must-know drama!

  14. 14 Raitei

    Thanks for the recap! Been hitting refresh for forever. Lol.

    I don’t know why, but somehow, I’m thinking Lee Ki Woo and Josh Hutcherson kinda looks alike. (sorry, I’ve just watched the “The Hunger Games” trailer ten times and can’t get over it >.<)

    That aside, this looks like a really awesome episode. The fight between the guys is starting, and I'm eager to know the tactics they'll use to win Eun Bi's heart. Of course, we know who she'll end up with, but…Kang Hyuk is too sweet. I'm already feeling heartbroken for him. :(

  15. 15 lovenwait

    I watched the raw version of this episode 3x already without understanding anything at all. Thank you so much for the quick recap. I absolutely adore this show.

  16. 16 Nars

    Nice shot there of all the shirtless, wet guys crowded around Chi-soo ;)

  17. 17 bqmonkna

    AHHHH LKW!!! why do you do this to me???
    Thanks for the recap

  18. 18 Carol

    YAY! I’m watching this ep right now, WITHOUT subtitles, because I couldn’t wait any longer. Thanks for the quick recap! Now I’m off to understand what it was all about… :D

    • 18.1 anantatoer

      Watched it raw too. One question though, when Chi-soo mention the word “Cha-sung” Kang-hyuk shows a startled expression, and after Chi-soo left the shop he said “appa keso?”(pardon the romanization) what’s it mean?

      Thanks for the recap JB.

  19. 19 slipstreams

    “What are you a panda?” HAHA! I totally spewed water when I read that, narrowly missing my comp. Lee Ki Woo=sex panda. so so awesome

    • 19.1 HalfALu

      So sex panda doesn’t sound too sexy, but the moment you add Lee Ki Woo to the equation – it’s HAWT!!

  20. 20 mnstpdu08

    OMG. I was waiting for this recap. Love it! Thanks!

  21. 21 jazza

    thanks for the quick recap!!

  22. 22 eunha

    Those. Abs.

    OMFG. *foaming at mouth*

  23. 23 Ani Setiawan

    Thanks for recap :)

  24. 24 Gachan

    aaaaWwwww,….LOve this drama so much,..so funny,.

  25. 25 JoAnne

    Sex Panda! Yes!

  26. 26 Jacky Ubiles

    Thanks for the awesome recap. I am in love with Kang-hyuk. I can overlook the laziness because the guy is: one tall glass of handsome, sexy, funny, can cook and is trustworthy. I was wondering was he was saying when he kept on smelling the towel and laid down on the floor, now that I know what he was saying, I find that part even funnier. Ba-wool is such a cutie, they need to bring in a female character that is worthy of him.

    • 26.1 Marina

      Kang-hyuk and Ba-wool are 2 of my favorite characters.
      I hope Ba-wool finds someone who isn’t flighty and will stay with him and not ditch him at the second Chi soo looks in her direction.

      I was at work reading the recap, so while I would have gladly spent the whole day looking at the pictures of a shirtless LKW in a towel, I was constantly looking over my shoulder so my boss wouldn’t sneak up on me and ask why I was staring at those pictures instead of doing work.

  27. 27 Rachael

    This. This is crack. Thank you so much on the recap!

  28. 28 ck1Oz

    Thank you so much. Now I can go on with the rest of my Monday routines.

    Thank you again :-)

  29. 29 Jade

    My first thought when looking at the pics without reading the recap was: I wonder if he had to put the oil on himself or if that was someone else’s dream job come true?

  30. 30 mel

    RAWR!!!! Thanks JB!!! YOU SO AWESOME, well, you and GF!!! Why, oh why does this have to be a 2 episode per week drama….?!!! Thanks, for the JB recaps… For now it’s HwangBi ship… ChiSoo still has to pay for all his selfishness and grovel to get Eunbi back…

    Love that you’re fangurling as much as the rest of us are for the abs and all F7s of this fun, fun drama!!!

    See you tomorrow, will you be early tomorrow too? Hope so, recap early tomorrow too..

  31. 31 Saima

    The rolling around the floor may be a Japanese thing…i’ve seen many a Korean shows and never came across the rolling thing….i remember watching ‘Hotaru no Hikari’ and when Hotaru would roll on the floor it would totally make me giggle!! Btw, loving the multi-lingualism on this show….Korean, Eng, Japanese–>awesome!!

    Usually Dramafever uploads subbed episodes on Friday. Gahhh, the wait is gonna kill me. LKW is the epitome of such dichotomy: has such a baby face and the bod of ummm, what was that, the vision makes me speechless, heh!! Waiting until Eun-bi sets up shop and all the craziness to ensue!!

  32. 32 Niki

    Its a riot. Thanks for the recap.
    To think that Chi Soo assumed that Eun Bi wanted to commit suicide based on her “we’ll-never-see-each-other-again-after-this”. But death by laxatives…? I’d hate to ‘go’ that way. XD

    • 32.1 gala

      with how his brain works, i wouldn’t doubt he thought that too.

      • 32.1.1 sam

        lol..

  33. 33 MJ

    Was @ Drama Fever FeverWatch. Looking up to see who won Flower Boy Ramen Shop Week 27 Caption Contest.

    Flower Boy Ramen Shop Week 28 Caption Contest
    Posted on November 14, 2011 by kaedejun
    16 comments for Caption Contest Week 28 so far.

    Click the hyperlink will take you to Flower Boy Ramen Shop Week 28 Caption Contest:

    http://blog.dramafever.com/2011/11/flower-boy-ramen-shop-week-28-caption-contest/

    Article from Drama Fever FeverWatch:

    And because of the popularity of Flower Boy Ramen Shop –here it is again this week! Hope you enjoyed the emergence of Lee Ki Woo in episode 3 – I think he’s adorable as the husband-wannabe for our Eun Bi.

    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 21, and be eligible to
    win a DramaFever T-shirt.

    Enjoy!

  34. 34 Amberscube

    I have to be quiet for a second and scream silently while talking to hubby on the phone while browsing this recap while swooning over some awesome abs. I can multitask, you know!

    • 34.1 Bluepiano2003

      o yes i can totally feel you!! i do the same!!!

  35. 35 Jans

    Thanks…I always love your recap..

  36. 36 Jans

    I watched the raw episode but I never thought the poster and alarm clock of Eun Bi was SHINWA BOYS..I’m avid fan of Eric…hahaha …cool Eun BI

  37. 37 Fiercediva

    Thanks so much for this recap. I am on the Cha Chi Soo ship because he has passion; as beautiful as Kang Hyuk is, the passivity and sleepiness doesn’t balance it out for me – although he and Crazy Chicken are just all kinds of adorable. That said, I am laughing so hard at the scenes where Princess Chi Soo completely loses it! This might be my second fave JIW role after Scheduler if the quality of the scripts and the acting stays high.

  38. 38 Lindsay

    Just watched all five eps again, I am obsessed. ^_^

    But am I really the only one slightly creeped out that he was LIVING IN HER HOUSE without her knowing about it? And this whole thing with the dad selling her off with the ramen shop, not my cup of tea.

    Having said that, Lee Ki Woo your body should be framed in a museum omg.

    CHA CHI SOOOOO. Hahaha I love how everyone yells it. <33333

    • 38.1 Ani

      I thought about Jang Hyuk being in the same house without her knowing and how creepy that is… If it were a creeper. But we’re talking about a guy we’ve come to know to be too lazy to do much of anything. It’s still a lame excuse, but technically the house is his so yeah… Another lame excuse. Hahaha. But at the moment I still prefer him over “Park” Chisoo. XD

      • 38.1.1 nonski

        ikr! captain of S.S. Kang-hyuk talking… :) :) :)

        • 38.1.1.1 t-berry

          i think we need a speedboat right now..eun bi and kh already had marriage contract and live together..: )

          *but i keep peeping to chi soo ship…now, i have a soft spot for him* save me!

      • 38.1.2 nonski

        i mean you’re the captain…

        and btw, i was scouring for your and Alvina’s comments

        • 38.1.2.1 Ani

          Hahaha. I’m more of the Co-captain, responsible for distributing RedBulls to the crew to keep this baby going. Alvina is the Captain. But pray tell, did she abandon ship already? XD

          • 38.1.2.1.1 Alvina

            Nope Nope, just that real life got in the way of reel life :/

            Ship is still sailing depite tumultuous waters. But, we already have a conventional contract AND housing arrangement for our favorite couple.
            In 2004, that would have been half the drama haha

  39. 39 intern

    Oh my god I looove this episode. Well I love the past episodes too hah. This show just keeps on getting better. I paid attention to this drama because of JIW but now I love all of them (except So-yi). Chi-soo cracks me up when he’s all bratty but I feel for him as well when he’s all serious. And Kang-hyuk being enamored by his own scent.. hahahaha. I was watching this raw yesterday and even though I couldn’t understand a thing, I was laughing so much at this scene.

    Can’t wait for the next episode. Thank you so much for the recap! :)

  40. 40 tessieroo

    Couldn’t care less about the “genuinely poignant, hysterically funny, decent storytelling”. I want more of Lee Ki-woo’s glistening abs.
    GAWD, what a gorgeous man.
    (Just kidding, the story is really cute too)

  41. 41 cv

    LOL! omgosh! Awsome…I can’t wait until it’s subtitled! Thanks so much for the recap! :D

  42. 42 nonski

    omg! omg! omg! am i late! i stayed up the whole night downloading the torrent and like watched the show 3x already, raw! i said to myself lemme sleep for just a bit, just a little bit, aaaaaahhhhh, now i am late for JB’s recap.

    off to read…

    thanks mucho mucho JB! been waiting for this in my sleep so i can understand more of what i saw. weeeeeeeeh!

    • 42.1 nonski

      great, this episode is just great!

      and how i love that each episode’s title is not just a title but is representative of what the it is all about.

      okay, those abs, glistening, shimmering, splendid… ooops, yum, yum!

      now the ending was kinda abrupt, is everyone thinking what i am thinking? that the mighty chi-soo already realized he feels something for Eun-bi and is going after her for that purpose.

      I am a Kang-hyuk shipper, along with Ani and Alvina, he just seems to be the perfect husband material. Although I am seeing the light for Chi-soo. Yes, I would really love to see him changing for the better and best if he do some grovelling . yayness!

      Thanks again! Can’t wait for tomorrow, and the episodes are just too short for my liking.

      • 42.1.1 Alvina

        *high five* nonski.
        Cant wait to see what tomorrow brings us

    • 42.2 Jomo

      nonski –
      This isn’t a DSS question, but you may still know the answer.

      Which of the downloads are working for you?
      DSS says: subtitles synced to Bangsuk 450p video source
      but they were acting weird on my macbook.

      I did a couple three off of AM addiction and the picture was good, but the sound was all chipmunked.

      I may just delete and start over…

  43. 43 Sisa

    Thanks for those extra shots, madam, they are much appreciated.

    And really, when a guy is that hot, i’ll do the work!

    And it really is funny to me when Chi-soo feels something for a girl, its like the first time he’s ever had those feelings and he’s all over the place since he doesn’t know how to deal with it. Its kinda cute but he really looks crazed O_o.

  44. 44 Jomo

    Thanks for the recap. Lightening speed!

    My fav was KIMCHEE Soo!

    And you are right, JB, 45 mins flies by!

    I am asking for an extension. With 16 episodes of this length, we are cheated out of 4 HOURS of Lee Ki-woo, JIW, Chicken man and Eun-bi. Not fair.

  45. 45 judith

    OMG. That picture of Cha Chi Soo against the blackboard cracks me up so much.

    The expression is priceless :D

  46. 46 Joy

    Can’t wait to watch this! This is the best show right now of the season :) Lee. Ki. WOOOOOOOO.

  47. 47 Alvina

    oh boy haha.

    I hope this is more of a daily where people dont ~have~ to get together, rather than a typical drama.
    Really, I’m hoping that this is the growing up of Cha Chi Soo with the LURV of Panda Boy and Spike Girl :D

    • 47.1 nonski

      oi Alvina, here you are captain, i was looking for you and did not see your post, just below mine…

      Ani… captain’s here.

      • 47.1.1 Alvina

        Ani, let’s meet again on the high waters, tomorrow.

        Avast, ter be a new episode :D

        • 47.1.1.1 Ani

          Hahahaha. Oh you two. Aye aye capitan!

          P.S. I declare Cap, we should promote nonski to the position of First Mate. nonski would fulfill the duties readily, and is fairly committed to the ship. I say fairly because she’s been taking peeks of the other side.

          • 47.1.1.1.1 Ani

            Oops, it’s t-berry who has been peeking into the other ship, not nonski! Motion to make nonski First Mate of the “Kang-hyuk’s Silver Pot” Ship. XD

  48. 48 flowerboyramyunshop_fb

    they say eating too much ramyun is bad for your health.

    i really don’t mind at all if ill eat ramyun while watching this. too much hilarity served .more silver pots!!

  49. 49 sosoxrah

    I LOVE this drama!!! Each episode goes by soooo quickly, partly due to it’s 50-min run but mostly bc it’s sooooo darn gooood! Why is Lee Ki-woo so hot and cute and funny?? He reminds me of an anime character w/ his broad shoulders, hot abs, perfect face & hair, great personality, and ridiculous habit of being a sloth!!! GAHH! He’s too amazing! And Jung Il-woo is GREAT, of course! We need more dramas like this!! Can’t get enough!

  50. 50 Suzi Q

    OMO OMO.. each episode gets better and better!

    Lee Ki Woo makes Jung Il Woo look short. Also, he has a better physique than Jung Il Woo.

    Instead of getting slapped on the side of his head, Chi Soo has been hit by Eun Bi’s volleyball. He is still immature, and has yet to become a caring human being and to fall in love for the first time in his life. It’s going to be fun to watch his transformation.

    Thanks for the fast recaps.

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