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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 9
by | November 28, 2011 | 154 Comments

The writing continues to pleasantly surprise me for this show, although it really shouldn’t at this point given the previous 8 solid episodes, and yet I always get more than I expect. Despite the fluff trappings, there’s a thematic cohesion to the drama that ties each episode together in a way that really works. Plus, I’m a huge fan of musical relevance to narrative motifs, and we get tons of that in this episode. Yay for music/word nerds!

SONG OF THE DAY

Jung Il-woo – “너란 사람” (Someone like you) from the Ramyun Shop soundtrack. I don’t know who thought that bridge was a good idea, though the rest of the ballad is okay. Not my favorite, but fine. [ Download ]

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EPISODE 9: “You Insulted A Man Like Me”

We jump back a little bit from the end of the previous episode to find Chi-soo driving in his car, fixated on Eun-bi admitting that she can’t help thinking of her ex when she hears that song. So he heads to the music store to ask the clerk for help tracking it down, giving us our Gong Hyo-jin cameo. The sharp-eared (that’s a phrase, right?) among us will note that the song playing in the background is the theme song from her last drama Best Love, for a meta laugh.

Meanwhile, ex-boyfriend Jae-ho drops by the ramyun shop looking for Eun-bi, who’s out. He asks for Kang-hyuk’s help finding her, and Kang-hyuk directs him to the supermarket, but can’t shake his own jealousy and ends up heading out as well.

Too bad Chi-soo doesn’t really know much about the song and he just hums it for the clerk, earning him an exasperated look. She can’t recognize his tune and he says, “But I sung it exactly right. Thanks anyway.” Just then, an argument gets his attention — at the other end of the store, Jae-ho is making his “Eun-bi could wear hot pants and not look sexy” argument to his jealous ex.

Kang-hyuk heads to the supermarket and takes a detour to the nearby music store, asking the same clerk the same question about the same song… and demonstrating the same unhelpful humming. Hee. Her look amounts to: This, again?

Then an argument gets his attention and he looks over to see Chi-soo in the mix now, arguing in favor of Eun-bi’s hotness. I love the parallel construction of this sequence, which gives us multiple perspectives of the same incident while cutting out all the stuff we already know from last episode.

Kang-hyuk notices what Chi-soo has missed, that Eun-bi leaves the store while he’s busily arguing with Jae-ho. Kang-hyuk heads out to find her, followed by Chi-soo. They take opposite directions, and thus it’s Chi-soo who finds her first, crying in a bathroom stall.

When Kang-hyuk arrives, Chi-soo’s telling her not to cry in front of him because of another man, then moving in for a kiss. Kang-hyuk steps in and punches Chi-soo, telling him that Eun-bi deserves better than this kind of treatment in a bathroom, and pulls her away.

(Eee, now it’s Lee Ki-woo making the cutesy faces at us during commercial break! Equal opportunity squeeing FTW.)

Kang-hyuk’s so lost in thought that he doesn’t realize he’s still holding Eun-bi’s wrist until she asks him to let go. He comes back to the moment, apologizes, and excuses himself to pick up some ointment from the pharmacy. Aw, for Chi-soo?

At the store, Ba-wool frets adorably over Eun-bi, unable to get a hold of her on the phone. Hyun-woo confirms that both Kang-hyuk and Chi-soo are unreachable, but is much less worried. He holds up his half-knit scarf to Ba-wool’s neck, which threatens the latter’s sense of masculinity while Hyun-woo tells him he’ll catch cold. I love that Hyun-woo’s not merely beta male material, but straight-up mother hen.

Alone now, Eun-bi sits with her cup ramyun and egg (onto which she draws an angry crying face), puzzling over both men’s curious behavior. Why would Chi-soo have a problem with her crying, when she wasn’t even doing it in front of him? How did Kang-hyuk get into the mix, and why did he hit Chi-soo? Taking a bite of her scalding ramyun reminds her: And why would he call her “hot”?

So it’s egg (Chi-soo) in one hand, chopsticks (Kang-hyuk) in another. Eun-bi contemplates them both, wondering, “Could it be…that you…really…no way…for me?”

At the ramyun shop afterward, Eun-bi eyes both men warily, trying to figure out whether her suspicions are on the right track. Kang-hyuk joins her outside to help pickle the radish, and Chi-soo finds them with his challenger face on. Thinking the worst, Eun-bi bursts out, “NO!”… only to have Chi-soo reach for the onion, rather than for a punch. Oops. Well, that’s not embarrassing or anything, holding out your arms dramatically. She lowers them pretending she was going for a stretch.

Neither guy is acting that out of character so she’s left scratching her head, having expected way more drama than this. So why does it feel like she’s been totally cut out of the loop? Aren’t they supposed to be awkward around her?, she wonders. Whatever happened to the “hot” and the wrist-grabbing and the posturing?

So when Chi-soo wanders in, she’s hyper-aware of his presence and imagines this as a romantic buildup moment — with the pretty tinkling music setting the mood — and turns to him with an expectant look when he speaks to her. Only to have that mood crash down around her when he asks for the radishes.

But he did call her hot, so she tests out her theory — now channeling the Wonder Girls’ “So Hot,” natch — by getting close and pointing him in the right direction with a suggestive gesture. Chi-soo gulps nervously… but then kills her sexy fantasy by telling her she’s got a pepper flake stuck between her teeth. Not exactly the kind of hot she was going for.

Embarrassed, Eun-bi heads to the bathroom for a furious tooth-brushing session, where Kang-hyuk bursts in all smiles. She tells him to knock first — who knows what she could have been doing? — and he cheerily answers that that’s the point.

Deciding to test her suspicions again, Eun-bi attempts a performance of sexy seductress that comes out more like the pee-pee dance. Kang-hyuk closes the door, sidling close and putting her hand on his ass (rawr!)… to pull out some more laxative medicine, saying she must have been in a lot of pain. HAHA. He walks away pleased with himself for having the foresight to prepare the medicine in advance.

But when he steps outside, he finds Chi-soo waiting for him, standing like a challenger in a duel. To the roof they go to hash out their issues.

Meanwhile, Eun-bi calls Dong-joo to get her opinion on what “hot” means in this situation, wanting to confirm that she’s not being crazy for thinking it’s a compliment on her attractiveness. Dong-joo figures the same thing, and Eun-bi says, “You think so too? It’s not a reference to being an H.O.T fan or something like that, right?” Hehehe.

Dong-joo is out eating pork skins with the Coach, who gets annoyed when she says she dressed up special for her fiancé today. He gripes that she ought to get her honey to buy her dinner instead of eating with him, and she retorts that she could hardly eat this (cheap, unrefined) food with him. They’re totally setting up these two to be an item, right? Since she’s completely fake with the other guy and totally frank with the Coach, right?

Chi-soo presents Kang-hyuk with his doctor’s report and tells him to pay him for the damages. How funny is it that he went to his personal doctor to essentially stick a Band-Aid on his lip? You’re such a prima donna, not that it’s a surprise. Kang-hyuk replies that he was expecting a fight, but Chi-soo holds up his fist, saying it’s too valuable to be used for any old reason.

Kang-hyuk points out, “But haven’t you already used it a lot? Because of my wife? Lee Chi-soo, what’s the reason you’re using that precious fist for her?” Chi-soo just says he needs her to treat an illness. Kang-hyuk asks if his association with her will cease after he’s cured of his condition, and Chi-soo agrees. Kang-hyuk’s pleased with that.

Now it’s Chi-soo’s turn to ask why Kang-hyuk’s acting the part of protector when he’s not Eun-bi’s boyfriend or real husband. Kang-hyuk answers that he made a promise to Eun-bi’s father and his mother to protect her as well as “some other things.”

Chi-soo scoffs at his commitment to a mere promise, to which Kang-hyuk replies, thumping his chest, “A promise made concerning a woman — it’s my heart.” Aw, that’s touching. (Kang-hyuk hilariously thinks so too; at Chi-soo’s unimpressed reaction, he tells himself, “I thought that sounded cool.”)

Chi-soo tells him to focus on paying him back instead of keeping insignificant promises, and leaves. Kang-hyuk takes out his ointment and bandages and muses, “But my Band-Aids were a lot prettier.” Aw, he didn’t have a chance to give them to Chi-soo.

And down below, Eun-bi emerges from the shadows, having overheard this conversation.

At home, Daddy Cha asks Chi-soo worriedly what’s up — the doctor told him he got injured in a bathroom. This is Chi-soo, who doesn’t even step foot inside public bathrooms! Chi-soo says that he went “Just to see what they’re like,” and tripped.

Dad’s listening to his song again, which he has to listen to in order to fall asleep, since “the song is your mother.” Chi-soo bursts out at that, wondering what’s up with everyone today: “A song is just a song, and a promise is just a promise! How can they become something else?”

Daddy Cha takes up his wineglass, sits back, and sighs, “When you care for a woman, she becomes liquor, she becomes the moon, she becomes a song. And then she becomes your world.” That’s so unexpectedly sweet. He tells Chi-soo he’ll understand when he meets a woman like that, who’ll make him feel the way Dad did when he met Chi-soo’s mother.

Chi-soo ponders this, thinking back to the times he’s hallucinated Eun-bi. I love that that’s a plural condition.

He scrawls notes, as though this is a math problem to be managed by solving an equation. (Have you not realized? Math solves nothing! Nothing!) One note reads “liquor = club,” equating Dad’s woman = liquor statement with the time he pictured Eun-bi with a volleyball at the nightclub. Another says “moon = rabbit, radish.”

He decides that some hallucinations could be attributed to culture shock, but there’s a blank spot in the “song = ???” category. That reassures him: “Yeah, you’ll be fine.”

Thinking back to the almost-bathroom-kiss, Chi-soo faces himself in the mirror, giving his reflection a stern talking-to. Then he picks up his new CD and wonders, “Why…did I buy this?” Oh, Chi-soo. I love how un-self-aware you are, which is remarkable given how self-absorbed you are.

He’s still mulling it over the next day on a date with So-yi, and he asks her whether she hears any particular song when she sees him. She laughs, wondering why he’s asking, and he lets it go. Instead he asks what she’s listening to on her mp3 player, and she shows him a program that selects songs at “smart random.” (I enjoy that Chi-soo’s selection — a ’90s Park Ji-yoon song — sings at him, “I don’t know anything… Don’t come close, stay where you are…”)

And then So-yi leans in and asks why he isn’t wearing cologne these days. Heh.

Ba-wool pesters Eun-bi to tell him what’s going on with Chi-soo, not buying her answer that there’s nothing. He wonders if Chi-soo likes his noona. It’s definitely what she’s wondering, but she isn’t ready to admit that and keeps quiet.

At the shop, Kang-hyuk gives the crew a recipe development project. First task: Split into pairs and cook a pot of ramyun for your partner, the kind to make their hearts “bubble” with emotion. Ba-wool chooses noona (so cute), but Kang-hyuk has already conceived of “democratic and extremely scientific method” of choosing.

Enter… a childish ladder game! (Basically there’s a mazelike structure of lines and each person finds their way from one end to another.) This results in the teams of: Hyun-woo and Ba-wool, and Chi-soo and Eun-bi.

While Ba-wool argues with Hyun-woo (who’s trying to interview him before starting the cooking), Chi-soo uses So-yi’s program to select a random song, and is pleased when it picks one he likes. Again, he misses the correlation as Weather Forecast sings at him, “I like you, I like you so much, I want to give you everything…”

He looks at the bickering Wool-Woo couple (or should it be Woo-Wool, even though that means Depressing Couple?) and taps the program again. Ba-wool has just declared that he’s tired of this exercise, so Chi-soo’s impressed when the program pulls up the hard-rocking, metal-influenced Seo Taiji song “Classroom Idea,” which growls, “Enough now with those lessons…” Right on.

Then he turns to observe Kang-hyuk and taps again. Out comes a children’s song. HAHA. Chi-soo’s both amazed and creeped out, dropping the tablet fearfully. Ha, somebody get this boy a Ouija board, please? His reaction would be priceless.

Eun-bi and Chi-soo sit down to work on their recipe, and when she asks him what foods he dislikes or can’t eat, he answers, “Yang Eun-bi. Yang Intern. Yang Poop.” She tells him to knock off the jokes, but he says, “What if I’m not joking? I have to find out why I keep seeking out food I can’t eat.”

Back to the river it is. She wonders why he’s brought them here when this place hardly holds good memories for them. (Note to Eun-bi: It never does for anybody.) Chi-soo says they’re here because this is where all the crazy started for them, and he needs to get to the bottom of it: “Even if they’re ridiculous, these things have happened, and I’m doing ridiculous things. So now that things have turned out this way, I figure I’d try believing in this ridiculous song.”

Declaring, “I have to know what my feelings are about you,” Chi-soo puts an earbud in her ear, and the other in his. It may be crazy, but he’s gonna give it a shot and see what the song says about their relationship: “The song that comes up is how you feel about me.”

Tap. Up comes Verbal Jint’s “You Insulted Me.” The main chorus goes, “You insulted a man like me. It’s too late to blame myself.”

Phew! Chi-soo feels relief, deciding, Ah, so that’s it! He smiles smugly now, concluding that his preoccupation is purely because Eun-bi was the first person to ever insult him. Thus the resulting culture shock is what caused his fixation. (It’s probably worth nothing that the song can also work in reverse — that Eun-bi’s own issue with Chi-soo is his disrespect for her. Naturally, Chi-soo doesn’t think along those lines and just applies the song to himself as victim.)

Eun-bi asks if he’s finished, and he says he is. She overheard him saying he’d be through with her when he was cured, so she takes this as her cue to cut the cord and gets out of the car.

One last gift: She hands him her egg, offering it as a hard-boiled snack. It’s the same teary-faced one that had represented Chi-soo in her confused egg-versus-ramyun debate earlier, and now she’s letting go. As she walks the river’s edge alone, she asks herself, “Yang Eun-bi, what were you expecting?”

Chi-soo drives home, pleased as punch, figuring all that worry was for nothing. Taking out Eun-bi’s sad-faced egg, he decides to eat it now and cracks the shell against his head… only to find out it wasn’t hard-boiled after all. Hee! Serves you right.

Eun-bi trudges home late that night and finds Kang-hyuk waiting for her. He teases her about going out with another man while leaving her husband at home, calling her “Hot Wife.”

Eun-bi tells him that she knows why he’s acting this way, but that there’s no need for him to continue: He may have promised her father to take care of her, but she’s an adult now and can take care of herself.

In response, Kang-hyuk picks her up and sets her on the railing in front of him (omg so hot), which gets her anxiously scratching her chin in a nervous tic. He points out that she’s just overreacted to simple teasing, so maybe she’s not a complete adult just yet.

Kang-hyuk asks, “Is it really okay for me to stop playing protector?” She says yes, and he replies, “Then I won’t be able to hold back anymore. Would it be okay if I didn’t?” With that, he leans in close to kiss her…

…as Chi-so watches from across the street, not quite so free of her after all.

 
COMMENTS

I love the way the songs played into the theme this episode, which added a touch of whimsy while still tying into the scenes. I’m not placing a lot of stock in the song choice beyond “Hey, that’s cool,” but it’s like Chi-soo to seek out a simple explanation and cling to that, no matter that his feelings may be way more complex than a simple lyric.

I’m also tickled to have Kang-hyuk stepping up to assert himself now that Eun-bi has written off Chi-soo. I’m sure there’s more to his promise with Dad, and while it stands, Eun-bi sees him as acting out of obligation. With her absolving him of that duty, perhaps she’ll start to believe he might feel for her beyond the half-teasing “Wifey” designation. Clearly he’s been forthright in declaring that he likes her, but his declarations haven’t exactly rung with sincerity, so it’s natural that she’d dismiss them.

I want her to see that there’s more there with Kang-hyuk — and I want him to show it, too, because I’m not totally convinced he feels for her beyond mere interest, either. Jung Il-woo has given us enough moments of emotional connection that I don’t doubt what he’s feeling, even though Chi-soo hasn’t quite figured it out yet. But I don’t get that from Kang-hyuk, and would love more depth from him, to better challenge Chi-soo to step it up. ‘Cause really, that’s the endgame for me: To see Chi-soo grow and turn into a real human being with real human emotions. Whatever helps get us there, I’ll take. And hey, if that requires more swoon-worthy scenes of Kang-hyuk scooping up Eun-bi and making the kissy moves on her, I suppose we’ll just have to put up with that. Such a trial, am I right? The things we do for this show.

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  1. Shukmeister

    Awesome recap! As always…

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    • 1.1 dom

      So sorry that I hijack the first post..
      but I need to see this :
      “Eee, now it’s Lee Ki-woo making the cutesy faces at us during commercial break! Equal opportunity squeeing FTW.”

      I demand Lee ki woo cutesy faces screen shot pics!! purdy pleaseee…

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      • 1.1.1 Shukmeister

        I totally agree!!

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        • 1.1.1.1 Dia

          Me 3!!!

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          • 1.1.1.1.1 Birthday Girl

            awesome

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      • 1.1.2 Marina

        Please…please…please with a cherry on top?

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  2. susan

    ohh i really love this drama

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    • 2.1 MeeisLee

      Heh, funny how you refer Wonder Girls in this recap when I recently read your kpop lip-syncing article where you stated you would avoid mentioning Wonder Girls again).

      And completely loving this drama. I’m considering dropping all of my load of assignments due in a few hours to watch episode 10. Sigh, the dilemma of drama addicts.

      >I apologize for what someone above mentioned as “hijacking” a post.

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  3. ...

    oh wow! this is so fast! thank you!

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  4. fugitiveruns

    omg2~ i waited for this for what seems to be like eternity~~!!!! god bless you

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  5. pumpkinattack

    WOW! I have to say, judging by the awesome earliness of this post… you must love this drama as much as I do. Thank you for enabling me. :D

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  6. Lemon

    Oh my god Javabeans you are SO fast! I decided to drop by for a second with the smallest hope that the recap would be out, and it was!!!

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    • 6.1 Lemon

      HAHA i love bawool and hyunwoo together. Bawool’s expressions are hilarious!

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  7. Kirst3n

    Wow, so early! Thanks so much for the awsome recap JB. This is such a crackstatic drama. :)

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  8. Carol

    Thank you for the quick recap! I couldn’t go to sleep before reading/watching this new episode, YAY!

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  9. otchosais

    kumawo! :)

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  10. 10 Yer Vang

    Thanks for the recap :)

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  11. 11 Sydney

    Thanks so much for the recap! I was waiting all day to read this ^-^

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  12. 12 Hypatia

    Isnt it funny and brilliant at the same time that Eun Bi likens Chi Soo to an egg (yet to mature), and Kang Hyuk to chopsticks (a refined instrument that supports us with food)?

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    • 12.1 Ashley

      I love the comparison. Cracks me up!

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      • 12.1.1 Molly

        Nice pun, Ashley! :)

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    • 12.2 kirst3n

      Where’s the like button when you need it? :)

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    • 12.3 Justine

      Haha I thought the chopsticks was because he’s so tall!

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  13. 13 smaher

    it’s kinda remaind me of greatest love when he though he overcome her but when he sees her with someone else it’s all back again
    and i can’t wait for ep 11
    thank you again for your recap

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  14. 14 Jans

    thanks so much…. love the recap..

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  15. 15 jazza

    thanks!! i’m happy to see this recap first thing this morning.. :)

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  16. 16 nikkyp28

    Another great kdrama that gets you hook up right from the very beginning that although you know who’s going to end with the heroine, you can’t helped but want the 2nd guy to have the girl too. This drama just keep getting better with each episode. So loving it!!!! Thanks for the recap.

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  17. 17 maya

    It’s so adorable the things EB did to test the guys’ feelings for her in the beginning, only to find out the reasons they did them in a hard way. CS is going to regret the things he said to EB by the riverside in the days to come. Poor EB, but don’t cry, KH is there. I am so glad KH finally stood up and expressed his desire for her.

    Although this episode is a bit slow, I still love it. I especially love the scene when CS and EB were in the car and the walking by the river by herself scene. EB finally (sort of) resolved her curiosity about CS’s actions toward her.

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    • 17.1 maya

      I wanna add something..but did anyone got teary eyes at the scene where EB walked out of the store as KH was watching over her?

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  18. 18 laya

    Thanks so much for the recap!

    LOL that song game… I’ve done that too. Yes, very mature. =)) Chi-soo, we’re soulmates /holds out arms for

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  19. 19 stars4u

    I love the random player thing that Chi-soo was playing and how each song matched each person!
    I knew both Chi-soo and Kang-hyuk were just going to hum out the tune but still I laughed watching them actually hum to find more about the song!
    Kang-hyuk is such a cho-ding, from the colored pencils to the ladder game… how cute is it that he bought medicine for Chi-soo after hurting him… it’s the literal “hurting then giving medicine”

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  20. 20 Mrs. Cha Chi-soo

    OMG!!!! I think I’m in love…. I love this drama

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    • 20.1 westpointer

      You are certainly in love…Mr. Cha Chi -soo! LOL

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  21. 21 slipstreams

    Heh! Your comment about wanting “to see Chi Soo grow and turn into a real human being with real human emotions” made the song “A Real Hero” from the movie “Drive” pop into my head. So now every time I see Chi Soo driving alone in his car, thinking the deep thoughts, he’ll be subtly overlayed with the image of Ryan Gosling, driving alone and thinking the deep thoughts. Double the fun!

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  22. 22 Saima

    aww, Chi-soo’s out of the running, for now, according to Eun-bi! I saw tommorrow’s preview ==djasdkhasdakshadh!! yunno, it really is gonna kill me if Chi-soo doesn’t end up with Eun-bi. I JUST don’t see that genuine emotional heart tugging attachment b/w Kang-Hyuk and Eun-bi and we’ve already finisehd Ep 9….please, Drama Gods aka Director, let Chi-soo end up with Eun-bi ‘somehow’, notwithstanding the time jump!

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    • 22.1 Ashley

      There’s a time jump? Thank God! I couldn’t help but think several times “Of COURSE he can’t behave like a man! HE’S IN HIGH SCHOOL!!!” I have been asking the Drama Gods for a time jump so I could get behind them as a couple without feeling icky about it. I kept squeeing when he would almost kiss her and then shuddering when he did something that revealed his age!!

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    • 22.2 Jomo

      I would like the drama to NOT do the time jump where they meet up later and reconnect. It’s just not possible. That would mean we’re in soul-mates territory. So far we have been avoiding that and being more realistic:
      Girl sees hot guy. Guy disdains girl for a little. Guy falls in lust. Girl is confused about her attraction to a coupla guys.
      This is good. Nobody is in love because how could they be?

      Everything CCS wants, he gets. We cannot reward him by giving him the grand prize of Eun Bi, no matter how nice his lips are for kissing…sigh…Is his character really going to grow up enough in the next 6 episodes for that?
      I have to guess that is NOT how this growth arc will end up.

      Yes, I would like lots of kissing, though.

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      • 22.2.1 Ashley

        Yeah, I recognize that a time jump could ruin the whole tone of the show, since it has been absolute perfection so far, but I’m concerned because it looks to me like they’re setting CCS and Eun Bi up to be the “main couple” of the drama, and it bothers me that he, a high school student, could end up in a serious relationship with a woman in a totally different place in her life.

        I completely agree about the kissing. The preview for episode 10 tells me we will not be disappointed!

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      • 22.2.2 kbap

        Well, I could imagine it would be like a crush now, and serious(er) relationship…in the future? Or maybe it’s just my Jung Il-woo bias and that he MUST get the girl…But I’m not sure how much, really, a twelfth grader could grow…in 6 episodes. I’m not sure if the time jump is a good idea, but have lots of kisses and puns (and toilet humour) and I’ll be good, yes? :)

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        • 22.2.2.1 Jomo

          The most important lesson CCS can learn, sadly, is that he cannot get everything he wants.

          I wish I had the quote, but it was something like: CCS finally grows up and realizes that the love that EB and KH have is grown-up and real, not his “wanting to have her” crush.

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          • 22.2.2.1.1 kbap

            I know that Cha Chi-soo really needs to grow up, but somehow I don’t really like Kyun-hyuk…Or maybe it’s because this is a drama and I want all sorts of ridiculous things to happen (and plus, she ought to end up with one of the two guys). However I do wholeheartedly agree with you; he can’t have everything he wants. I know what you mean. It’s just my fantasies of kisses and fluffy and cuteness overload. Yep. :)

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          • 22.2.2.1.2 Jomo

            And we absolutely want to end up with him, too!
            OMG, I do.

            Kissing and dating is good. Just no “happily ever after.”

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          • 22.2.2.1.3 kbap

            …Or until he actually GROWS up. Haha.

            or yes, we can share him if Eun-bi doesn’t want him. Just sayin’, ya’ll know. :)

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    • 22.3 klove

      OH MY GOSH!! me too!!

      I seriously hope Chi-soo ends up with Eun-bi.
      Their chemistry is way HOTTER than how she is with Kang-hyuk. i mean i guess, its kind of equally the same, however how i see it throughout these few episodes, she seems like a daughter for father Kang-hyuk.

      This is also a good thing for Chi-soo and Eun-bi. They are both learning how to love correctly slowly. Too bad theres just not enough episodes to come by to enjoy them grow up..

      Overall, Chi-Soo <3 Eun-Bi FTW!!!

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  23. 23 Mel

    Thanks…sooo early!!! Does this mean that the next recap will be live? Oh, wishful thinking… Possible? But really love that you both love this like us!!! It’s fast and new with the adorable F4+3… Soo glad it’s not dragging nor predictable… Kang Hyuk go for it give Chi Soo a run for his money!!! Eun Bi–I love her innocent yet tough exterior… Keeps us all guessing, I’m shipping everybody cuz everybody just has a great part in this lovely fluffy kdrama….. Thanks sooo much, can’t wait til tomorrow!!!

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  24. 24 outofcontrol

    What a cute episode. Brace for the coming angst.

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  25. 25 bigwink

    Mercí! What a perfect way to start a new day ;)

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  26. 26 jeeves

    just my usual thank you for your “awesomeness”(did i spell that right?) oh well, it’s truly appreciated. :)

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  27. 27 Webfoot

    Kang Hyuk has all the hot moves and all the smooth words. Chi-Soo has the clumsy,dorky moves followed by the unexpected heat. Somehow ChiSoo is hotter.

    Maybe Lee Ki Woo is just not selling it hard enough, which is why we don’t feel that the KH-EB pair is the OTP. He certainly has enough opportunity, esp in this episode.

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    • 27.1 Leona

      to me Lee Ki Woo looks hotter, however in Cha Chi Soo is the whole conflict and that’s why I like Cha Chi Soo and Eun Bi as an item

      The Chef is the usual boyfriend – has a normal job, flirts normally (aka nothing out of the ordinary) even more he can be the gem that we ignore sometime and we go to flirt in another place with other ppl.
      I like this aspect about his char.

      However Cha Chi Soo is the one that makes us giddy, even though he is your everyday 12 grade student he is the one that makes me scream in front of my screen, even though he is wrong for EB in so many ways

      but my fav pair is BaWool and HyunWoo: they are everything that Coffee Prince didn’t show. They are precious and funny.

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      • 27.1.1 Saima

        I agree wholeheartedly!! CCS makes me giddy and how! Heck, I was literally doing a fist pump when I saw the Ep 10′s preview, heh!! Very mature, I know?! :D It’s exciting to discover WITH him all of these alien human emotions , haha!

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        • 27.1.1.1 Leona

          The giddiness is the only reason I watch kdramas. I watched tons of kdramas (in 2 years over 100) but just a few made me feel in the same way as FBRS, BBF or Queen Seon Deok.
          Rarely I yell at my screen, but love those dramas the most: no matter how ridiculous or unbelievable the characters are – if they push the right buttons I love them to bits.

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  28. 28 cv

    awsome recap as always! yay!!!! I’m going to wait this time for the subtitle to come out before watching it. heheh

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  29. 29 KDrama Fan

    Thanks for the recap JB. I came here for some relief after the most recent Vampire Prosecutor recap and got it. Shame about the song-too slow for me and the bridge was ‘WT?’ material. Hope it fits in the drama. Definitely can see Eun-bi’s bestie and the coach getting together. Totally looking forward to seeing GHJ in another drama soon.

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  30. 30 Josephine

    OMG! I Love this DRAMA and the characters. but so far i don’t really know whose ship i’m on. Yet i’m still hoping chi soo can step up and own he’s feelings for eun bi.

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  31. 31 gingganggolli

    …hot, hot, hot episode hehehehe to much hotness in here. Love this show!

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  32. 32 maram

    Thank you sooo much!!!
    I love this drama…i really hope that she ends up with Kang-hyuk

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  33. 33 suitfetish

    This is the kind of show I’m glad to be watching while it comes out–some of the awesome would be drowned out if I could binge.

    :she said, making jealous eyes at people not waiting for subs:

    Anyway! I’m so hoping nothing crops up to make this show less awesome at the climax, because when you like all the characters and can see all the sides the finish could be SO awesome.

    …and since I go for fluffy, a lot of the times that’s off the boards.

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  34. 34 sosoxrah

    Why did they have to end the episode like that?! I bet tomorrow’s will be even more awesome than today’s based on the preview. It just keeps getting better and better. I like the juxtaposition between Kang-hyuk and Chi-soo, especially when Eun-bi realizes that her thoughts about Chi-soo liking her were foolish and realizing that Kang-hyuk is different from Chi-soo and recognizes Eun-bi for who she is. Chi-soo deserves the raw egg in the face. Who makes decisions by selecting a song at random? It’s like using a magic 8 ball. He seriously needs to learn a few more things about love. Of course, Chi-soo’s gonna realize what Kang-hyuk already knows in the end, but I like how Kang-hyuk actually gets to be Eun-bi’s for some time. And he’s just so darn funny when he dozes off even while he’s cooking. Gahh!! How can someone exude so much cuteness and hotness all at the same time? And I love the budding bromance between Ba-wool and Hyun-woo ahahaha

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  35. 35 ava

    My sweet escape! Thanks much for the recap javabeans! *now, back to work*

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  36. 36 Neliq

    This drama brings a warm feeling to my heart. It’s entertaining and funny and the writers are doing a great job with it. I’m on the Chi-soo/Eun Bi team but love the character of Kang-hyuk – the perfect protector. I love the Wool-Woo pair. It gives bromance a new meaning.

    Thanks JB for posting this recap so fast. This is one drama we can’t wait for.

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  37. 37 zee

    Thank you for the recap. my day started great because of this.

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  38. 38 Ace

    Wow! So fast today! I was expecting this an hour or two from now so I didn’t refresh DB. Love this show! Thanks JB & GF!

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  39. 39 anglvue

    javabeans, i love you. ;D i’ve had this episode on repeat for a while and having you recap makes me squeal like I’m talking to my bff who hasn’t watched it yet.

    i want to see chi-soo squirm because his character deserves another punch in the face, more like in the chest. i adore the kang hyuk-eun bi pairing. he’s such a sweetheart.

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  40. 40 Ashley

    Thanks for the recap! It was very entertaining as always. I love this show, sometimes to the point of insanity, such as when I find myself willing a high school senior to make out with his former student-teacher. Its like the show just has so much whimsy and fun that I forget about things like age… Until he does something immensely immature and I am reminded he really, really isn’t mature enough to date Eun Bi, even if he IS the hottest man she will ever *almost* be kissed by ;-)

    Cannot wait until tomorrow!!!

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  41. 41 Jomo

    What a perfect jewel of a recap! It is a toss up whether the show or your take on it is better. Thanks for getting these out early, too.

    There is ONE place to download off AM Addiction. No wonder the site crashed!
    I actually watched it raw from Tudou. Takes me back to the days where I would wait an hour to watch an hour of Secret Garden.

    I am mad at KH for dragging things out. Does he or doesn’t he? Make a real move!
    I don’t like passive people IRL, either. In dramas, they never win!
    (Biscuit Teacher, Star Candy anyone? Are we going to go through that again here?)

    It is good that CCS is stepping back from his maddening crush. He needs to get some perspective, take a breath, and figure out with his brain and heart what he feels.

    OR, he could go RANDOM!
    It is interesting that he uses the word nonsense – maldo andoeneun – for what he is experiencing, but then goes ahead with his RANDOM song generator and attributes meaning to it.

    Good thing that rationale didn’t last. I guess he’ll have to use his heart after all.

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    • 41.1 momosa

      I just heard over the radio a phone-in who is as confused as CCS and he has this question. He has been with this girl whom he doesn’t think is attractive, whom he he has fallen in love gradually. Now they are taking this further by getting hitched and he is concerned that he might fall out of love/losing passion someday because he believes in looks & character comes together (he sounds like an idiot to me!) but surely he’s entitled to clear his doubts.

      From own experience, I would always ok the looks first before deciding to find out more (yeah..I’m shallow!). Has anyone here the experience of not knowingly/unwillingly fall in love/resisting love like in CCS’s case.

      Jomo, I’m really curious actually.

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      • 41.1.1 Jomo

        It is interesting that the caller says his thinks one thing, but acts like he thinks another.

        The attaction to looks only lasts when that person is new. Just like anything, after a while, we really stop looking at something vs. experiencing it.
        I don’t mean that something loses it’s shine because the thrill is gone, either.

        Say you decide to marry a guy even though he is out of shape. He looks good in his clothes, he has a really nice voice. Fine. But, then you start to notice he doesn’t take care of himself – doesn’t exercise, eats crappy food. He makes all the wrong choices. While he keeps promising to live healthier, he doesn’t. He is lazy.
        Now you are seeing the guy as he is. You don’t agree with his choices so you can’t like the guy.

        Same story, same guy only this time, “You decide to marry a guy because he is in great shape…” The rest of the above also applies to him. You still won’t like him!

        It isn’t the looks afterall. At least not in my example.
        You have to take the whole person into account.
        Of course if you are NOT attracted to a person, at all, there is no real hope for a relationship. But that first spark may not be just looks. I fall for voices before I fall for looks!

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  42. 42 saripah_supinah

    loving this drama and yay for GHJ cameo (love her)… awesome reacap, as always.. thanks jb

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  43. 43 Jambo42

    Great recap! Thank u so much! I’ve been waiting for this. It’s nice to look forward to something.

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  44. 44 Nokcha

    Do I read the recap or wait for the subs!!! Such a dilemma!!!!!

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    • 44.1 saripah_supinah

      read the recap first. minimize it in a much smaller window (just enough for u to read it), open the raw in a different window, put the recap near/beside the vid where you can scroll down while u watch and believe me, that works really fine with me coz i can just get what they’re saying. dl the whole drama when the subs are up…. at least thts how it do it ;)

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  45. 45 junie

    “In response, Kang-hyuk picks her up and sets her on the railing in front of him (omg so hot)”

    YES!! He is so HOT in this scene! I wish I am Eun-Bi on that time!!!!! Dang…I love this drama so much and why it has to be 40+ minutes plus?!!! Can I have more…more!!

    Great recap!! Thanks!

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  46. 46 swui

    Ok…Just realized I’m in the minority. I love KH-EB much much more. So sad they’re not the OTP. I always feel that there’s more to his feelings that a jokey exterior and I wish he’d hurry up and reveal it…

    So that at least he gets to be with EB for a while before CS claims her. Ah….the woe of second lead shipping. Why do I do this to myself….

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    • 46.1 gala

      no i dont think you’re in the minority. i think the shipping’s well-balanced, except the KH-EB shippers have accepted that in the end, EB will end up with CS. i’d be happy any other way, altho i’m KH-shipper. i’d give the whole production a standing O if EB ended up with KH, actually. i think she suits KH more, personality- and age-wise.

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      • 46.1.1 Jomo

        Somewhere – soompi maybe? – quoted a member of the creative team who said it would not be outside the realm of possibility that KH ends up with EB.

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        • 46.1.1.1 gala

          and i’d really be impressed with them if they really decide to do that. viewers like to see the main leads end up together. but since KH is selling it to me that he’s a suitable candidate for EB, i’d like for the writing team to go beyond what viewers want… it’s a risk for sure, but hey! it’ll be a “dramatic” risk.

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        • 46.1.1.2 tarianantatoer

          The director himself said that too :’(

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        • 46.1.1.3 sophie k

          oooh! i’m so excited to hear this!
          if only it’ll break out of the k-drama mold…
          for the first time, i’m actually rooting for both guys. usually 2nd leads are boring plot devices for me.

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          • 46.1.1.3.1 Webfoot

            I wouldn’t put too much stock in that. Directors like to keep things open ended to keep the interest going. It was the same in Scent of a Woman. They said she’d definitely die at the end of the series. And that’s a pretty safe statement, since, hello, EVERYBODY DIES.

            So “not outside the realm of possibility” is a total non-statement. Even if something has a 0.0000001% chance of happening, that makes it “not outside the realm of possibility”

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        • 46.1.1.4 luvmydramas

          I have been thinking that too for a few episodes now… as I just can’t see how CCS can have the girl already. He’s just too young at this point. It’s more likely to me it will be the story of his first love and how he learned to be a man. Eunbi probably needs somebody more like KH… even though we love CCS so much (it’s not so icky since we know he’s really older than his story age). Ilwoo is just so …mmmhhmm.

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    • 46.2 soserious

      girl~ you and me both. totally agree with you in that there’s much much more to KH’s jokey exterior. he was too hot this episode.

      but did anyone else get weary when he mentioned he had ‘other’ promises to keep. i just don’t want this couple to end ;A;

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    • 46.3 linkyo

      Dearest @swui, you are not alone being the KangHyuk-EunBi shipper. Jokey exterior: yes, I agree. I think he did those joking, half-meaning, not so serious and forgiving (as in tolerating “wifey” being out with another man or peeking at past boyfriend’s blog)…. he is not emitting that sexiness and sizzling chemistry because …. it’s not the time yet…. I mean, he is like courting EunBi in a more respecting manner. Yes, I admit that Chisoo-Eunbi’s chemistry is so hot, but, it’s like different with KangHyuk. His hotness and sexiness has the protective and safe feeling. Well, at least that’s what I can feel from him.
      Kyaaaahhh!!! I wish to see KangHyuk ends up with EunBi

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      • 46.3.1 Alvina

        I’m actually really interested in seeing KangHyuk’s backstory right now.
        Eunbi and ChiSoo feel more real to us because we know more about them, and where they came from. I hope they give the same opportunity to KangHyuk because he’s simply so mysterious right now…

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    • 46.4 kim

      yes!!! yes yes yes yes yes! i am in total agreement with you. why are there people who say kang hyuk is a character with undeveloped intensity? i see it loud and clear how he feels for eun bi. and hot dayum is the man dreamy.. WHERE CAN I GET ME ONE OF THOSE

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  47. 47 gala

    that is indeed amazing writing! i’m one of those “secretly” dramatic that I also put songs as a “soundtrack” in my everyday life. like, i tend to play a song in my head depending on what’s happening. so for the writing team to actually put songs into scene after scene, i love it!

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    • 47.1 Helen

      @Gala ~ So weird reading your comment, because I am exactly the same way. My quote on my office door is “life is a movie waiting for a soundtrack.”

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  48. 48 citra

    I just found out this series on last saturday,just watching like that and get into it,ridiculously addict to it yet fun :P
    I finished all 8 episodes until 2 am on sunday. thank you for the recaps anyway :)

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  49. 49 Noelle

    I love them both. This is Best Love all over again! So unfair. Am I horrible if I want this to be the show where the second lead gets the girl? I mean Chi Soo growing is the issue not him getting the girl. Maybe he needs to fall in love, get his heartbroken to be “human”.

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    • 49.1 widz

      I’m with you on this lol. IDK why, but I like KH more and he just seems more suitable for EB

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    • 49.2 Alvina

      Coincidence that ‘Best Love’ is referenced on the show? haha

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  50. 50 h311ybean

    OMG Hyun-woo is knitting. With circular needles.

    Also, Gong Hyo-jin’s facial expressions in those screencaps are priceless. I can’t wait to see the latest episodes.

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    • 50.1 h311ybean

      Also, why no screencaps of Lee Ki-woo’s commercial break faces? *puppydog eyes*

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      • 50.1.1 couchpotato_md

        yeah, i would like that too!

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        • 50.1.1.1 kim

          this sentiment is third-ed! equal love for all

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