Drama Recaps
Me Too, Flower: Episode 1
by | November 9, 2011 | 102 Comments

Me Too, Flower premiered on MBC today and got off to a slow start, both ratings-wise and plot-wise. (It recorded a 6.8% viewership rating, against Tree With Deep Roots‘ 19.1% and Man of Honor’s 12.9%). It took a while for the story to get going, and the first half of the episode was lightly amusing, but also rather boring. I think the show took too long to introduce its characters and get to the “twist,” so I wouldn’t be shocked if a lot of people tuned out early, thinking there would be no improvement.

The second half made up for it, though, picking up the pace and delivering some actual plot. By the time the episode was over I felt like there’s some potential for a quirky comedy here.

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

Outside the police station, a lone policewoman stands wearing a sandwich board and takes the bullhorn… to protest the police station. Ha! Specifically, she’s protesting the grossly unfair and unreasonable performance evaluations, arguing her own low marks when she’s a perfectly competent police officer.

This is CHA BONG-SUN (Lee Jia), and she is quickly ushered away by colleagues and brought before the chief, along with her direct superior.

The chief looks at Bong-sun’s performance file and enlightens her on her review: She doesn’t follow orders and she has a bad attitude. A few quick flashbacks show us that yes, indeed, she is Officer Crankypants with no patience for dumb questions or sympathy for citizens’ complaints that fall outside of her job description. I kind of love how grumpy she is, actually.

Bong-sun’s temper flares, she snaps back at the chief, and her boss intervenes. He raises his hand to slap her, but he’s delightfully wussy about it and actually only taps her on the cheek — but Bong-sun screams in fury anyway.

She’s given the choice: Either receive disciplinary action, or get some therapy with the station’s new counseling program. So off Bong-sun goes to meet Dr. PARK TAE-HWA (Jo Min-ki), convinced this is a waste of time.

The doctor is good-natured and a little bit quirky, with his purposely messy hair (the look is trendy among the young folk these days, he hears), but he’s good at his job and coaxes responses out of her about her childhood and parents. Her answers are unhelpfully vague; she says that everything about her experiences have been “just like everyone, I guess.”

She leaves the session grumbling about such quackery and has a near-miss with a motorcyclist. He apologizes, and she points near his feet and tells him he dropped something. He looks around, confused, and she clarifies, “Your eyes. Watch where you’re going.” Heh. Okay, so she’s surly AND snarky? I am amused.

The guy is SEO JAE-HEE (Yoon Shi-yoon), and instead of being offended, he bends down and picks something up, calling her back. She’s tempted to go back to retrieve it, but she’s also suspicious that he’s pulling a prank to get her back, and walks on. He says he’ll keep it for himself, then, so with a grumble she runs after him and asks for it.

He holds out his hand to hers, and drops…a big handful of nothing. “You dropped your curiosity.” Then he flicks her forehead and zooms off, smirking.

Jae-hee meets with the manager of a valet service, looking for a job. The boss looks over his lackluster resumé, with only a high school equivalency and a number of odd jobs. Jae-hee answers the questions with a smart-alecky confidence that the boss finds irritating, since he can hardly get a straight answer out of him. Where did he go to school? The University of Confrontation, with summa cum laude honors. What kind of jobs have you held? This and that. What have you done most recently? Travel. No, I mean how have you been feeding yourself? With rice.

Nothing Jae-hee says is outright rude, but his attitude is definitely out of the norm for a guy wanting employment — he’s not trying to impress or supplicate — so the boss eventually just sighs and gives him the job.

The parking lot serves a building with upscale businesses, like a designer boutique hosting a VVIP collection sale. That’s the destination for KIM DAL (Seo Hyo-rim), a well-dressed fashionista who eyes premium goods with a connoisseur’s eye. She seems sweet, if frivolous.

Bong-sun is assigned a rookie officer to partner with: JO MARU (Lee Ki-kwang), who’s immediately smitten with his noona. She’s utterly unmoved by his fawning, shutting down all his questions with smartass replies, not unlike Jae-hee. For instance: “Can I ask your age?” “No.” “Where do you live?” “At home.” “Can I call you noona?” “There are two words I hate: noona and oppa.”

He asks if she has a boyfriend. She says if he’s offering himself for the position, no thanks — he’s too short. Aw, poor confused and crushed Maru.

They’re called to handle a disturbance in an office, which is housed in the same building served by Jae-hee’s parking lot. A woman is throwing a tantrum, literally kicking and screaming like a child, and it is hilarious. Probably doesn’t hurt that this is comic scene-stealer Jung Soo-young, who is such a pro at being wacky and eccentric.

The woman is drunk and wailing, here to confront her ex-boyfriend for dumping her. Bong-sun steps in and takes charge, demonstrating that she’s actually quite good at her job when silly complaints aren’t making her cranky.

The drunk woman sits up and looks at the lady cop, slurrily wondering, “Who the hell are you? You’re pretty. Who the hell are you to be prettier than meeeeee?” Ha. Bong-sun tries to take in the situation, while the woman just continues babbling, “You had plastic surgery, didn’t you? O, miserable world! How could you get plastic surgery with citizens’ taxes?”

The woman can’t understand why she was dumped when her boyfriend had formerly found her so cute, and wails about him cheating with another woman but denying that that’s why he broke it off. Bong-sun calmly but firmly tells the woman to get a grip, but she cries, “Then why did he get tired of me?”

That question stops Bong-sun momentarily, because it resonates with her. She wonders that herself — there’s a guy in her life who must’ve said the same thing to her, and she can’t understand what went wrong.

She doesn’t have a good answer for the woman since that question stumps her too, but this is where Jae-hee steps in. He tells the drunk lady to not put herself through this misery trying to figure out what happened: “His feelings just changed.”

He tells her to go home and sleep it off, so she can be one day closer to meeting the next guy who presumably will appreciate her better. Good advice for Bong-sun, too.

With this incident successfully managed, Bong-sun gets back in her squad car with Maru and starts backing out of the lot, and the conversation distracts her from noticing a car being backed out of a spot. Clunk. They collide. It’s probably more her fault than his, but she tells Maru to grab his neck to feign injury as they inspect the damage.

As luck would have it, Jae-hee’s the valet behind the wheel of a customer’s car, and the collision — minor though it is — totally spooks him. But the reaction isn’t from this accident; the crash triggers a flashback to a different incident. All we see are tires screeching, and people shouting in alarm. A woman’s screams ring in his ears, and we glimpse the sight of a bloodied man.

Coming back to the present, he accuses the cops of not watching where they’re going, and then he grabs HIS neck. Maru grabs his own like they’re in a competition, and both boys hunch over, moaning in fake pain. Ha.

Jae-hee picks up Bong-sun’s dropped pen and returns it to her, and then out of the blue guesses her bra size. “You’re wearing an A cup, aren’t you? You should be wearing a B.” He goes off on a spiel about women not bothering to measure themselves when buying underwear, and the random tangent confuses, embarrasses, and offends her. What’s with this guy?

Indignantly, she motions toward his own lower bits and tells him to worry about himself, although she’s not as good at flustering him as he is with her. He replies that he’s plenty endowed, thank you very much.

The valet boss sees the damage and freaks out. He’s incredulous at Jae-hee’s blasé attitude, and when Jae-hee waves aside his concern saying that he’s the owner of this entire building, the boss assumes he’s spouting nonsense.

The scene is interrupted by the arrival of the glamorous PARK HWA-YOUNG (Han Go-eun), the building’s V-est VIP and the owner of her own fashion company. Everybody drops what they’re doing to gape in awe — even Bong-sun marvels, “Wow, she’s so cool” — and Jae-hee dutifully bows to her.

The collision is deemed to be the fault of both parties and the police’s insurance should cover the damage. But Jae-hee’s boss fires him anyway, as we’d expect, so it’s odd when Jae-hee objects as though he can’t understand why he should take the blame for this. He tells his boss that the parking lot is configured all wrong, and that there’ve been lots of accidents there. He should file a complaint with the owner.

The boss is sarcastic and dismissive, and when Jae-hee heads off to seek out the owner himself, his boss holds him back and punches him. Suddenly, that triggers something in Jae-hee’s brain and he flashes back to another incident from his youth — a teenager gets jumped by a gang of hoodlums — and present-day Jae-hee loses his temper.

He just barely restrains himself before punching his boss in the face, then dances around challenging all his co-workers to take him on. This boy is one crazy chicken. He gets punched again and goes down immediately. Heh.

Jae-hee comes to the police station to tell Bong-sun he was fired and has no cash for his wolsae, a type of monthly rental used for cheap places. He declares that she owes him — since the accident was both their faults but he’s the only one who lost his job, she should find him a new job, or half his rent money. Ha, this boy is so deluded it’s funny. I hope he’s not serious, because if that’s the way he lives his life, he’s in for a rude awakening.

Irritated, she wonders if he likes her. He declares that she’s not his style, but then thinks again, leaning in close. He decides, “Now that I look, you’re kinda cute. You’re blushing. Do you like me?”

He leaves her flustered and stammering, denying that she likes him long after he’s left the station.

Leaving the station, Jae-hee rides his motorcycle into a parking lot, gets into the elevator, and arrives at a VIP suite. Psh, wolsae rental my ass. You’re a chaebol prince, aren’t you?

He takes a shower — and to think, that was to be Kim Jae-won’s post-army abs scene! Not that I’m complaining about Yoon Shi-yoon nekkidness, mind you — just mourning the loss of Kim Jae-won’s.

When he gets out of the shower, who should be there to greet him but Park Hwa-young herself, Madam CEO. It’s his place, but she has a habit of dropping by, aided by his habit of not locking the front door.

They must be in the middle of a long-standing conflict, because she tells him that he’s rebelling against her. (…Mom?) But no, he just replies that rebellion is nothing new with him. He’s been called a perpetual adolescent, which is a comment that I think would make more sense if the actor didn’t look like he was still an adolescent. As in, the first time ’round.

They play a game of tennis in his personal court — nothing better for telling us, Here there be rich people! — and the voiceover clues us in to their recurring argument:

Hwa-young: “Why don’t you listen to what I say?”
Jae-hee: “I’m going to live the way I want. Don’t mess with me.”

He wins the game, which I’m sure is symbolic, and they go out to a fancy dinner where she resumes a long-standing argument between them. Hwa-young wants to go public about his role in the company, because she’s getting tired of being the visible half of their business partnership, which they set up together ten years ago.

People keep asking who the other founder is, who’s responsible for the designing, and she’s tired of lying or deflecting. She tells him she feels like his debt collector with their arrangement, referring to how she’s always hounding him and trying to get him to give in, and it makes her feel dirty.

Jae-hee sticks to his usual answer, telling her that he just wants to live quietly, that’s all.

Hwa-young wonders what his valet gig is all about, and he answers that he saw this program on TV called Undercover Boss, and it was entertaining. Apparently Jae-hee’s a sucker for things that entertain him, and he got it in his head to try living like his employees to see what it’s like to work for himself.

A waitress spills wine on him accidentally, and the restaurant supplies a jacket to replace the wine-soiled suit jacket. So he looks like a normal guy when Dal finds him in the parking lot, and since she saw him working there earlier (during the crazy dumped lady encounter), she assumes he’s on valet duty.

Dal slips Jae-hee a bribe and asks him for the name and number of another customer, since the guy has captured her interest. Jae-hee tells her that the money won’t get him to talk — but how about using him as a replacement? She assumes he’s pulling her leg and rejects him, and he calls after her, “I’m not so bad myself. All I’ve got is money.” Dal scoffs, “What, are you a chaebol then?” He isn’t, and she walks of disappointed, while Jae-hee muses that she’s kinda cute.

Bong-sun sits down for a huge dinner, and that makes her think back to Dr. Park’s questions. She’d answered “I’m just like everyone else” to most of his questions, but now we see that maybe she isn’t as “normal” as she claimed. For instance, she eats enough for three and sleeps too much.

Settling into bed, she thinks back to Jae-hee’s advice to the drunk lady about going to sleep so she can think of meeting her new guy, and Bong-sun sighs, “Whoever he is, I hope he shows up soon.”

Then, and as she sleeps, the idol boy in the poster above her bed disappears from the wall…only to reappear in bed next to her. Ha, he looks like an awful lot like her new partner Maru, though this version’s wearing eyeliner and a disgruntled expression. It amuses me that even in Bong-sun’s fantasy-dream, her idol boy is reluctant to be with her and tries to escape, but gets stuck in her embrace.

The next day, Bong-sun shows up at the parking lot to ask the boss for his phone number, only to find that he’s here at work. He’d asked Hwa-young to use her influence to get his job back, so his boss has reluctantly taken him on again, all the while grumbling about his secret supporter.

While on duty the other night, Bong-sun had seen a sign for a valet position, and now she says that she was going to tell him about it, although he doesn’t need it anymore.

They bicker some more when she takes exception to his use of banmal, and he encourages her to use it with him if she feels so unfair about it. She storms off, and Jae-hee muses, “She’s cute.”

Jae-hee’s boss fawns over Hwa-young’s car, determined to give their VVVVIP the very best service ever. She tells him to save the service for their customers, though, and dismisses his help. Too bad the valets have missed seeing a tow truck arrive to hitch one of their customer’s cars — the lot is maxed out on space today — which gets towed away for illegal parking. Jae-hee runs after the truck, but can’t catch up.

A short while later, he shows up at the police station like a man on a mission, and declares that he wants to file an official complaint. Bong-sun obliges, and starts taking down his information, noting his name, ID number, and address.

And the name of the person he’s filing against? “Cha. Bong. Sun.”

 
COMMENTS

As I said, the show got off to a slow start. Around the halfway point, I asked myself what I was watching, and couldn’t figure out what the story was; we were seeing, essentially, a string of amusing scenarios. Entertaining, but sort of apropos of nothing.

What the show has going for it is a dash of whimsy that I really respond to, and witty, snarky dialogue. I LOVE that the two leads are smartasses with a ready quip for any encounter, and she’s got a bristly personality that is entertaining to watch. I noticed a lot of good songs on the indie-pop soundtrack. I do think the show could be funnier with better directing, because there were a few moments that I thought fell slightly short of their full comic potential, merely because the editing wasn’t as sharp as the joke called for. But that’s a quibble.

There were a few things I bumped on, though, and one of them is, unfortunately, unfixable. Yoon Shi-yoon just looks too damn young. Here’s a case where casting is the culprit, rather than the actor himself, because I actually really like his performance; he’s adorable, insouciant, irreverent. He’s playing the role perfectly, but he’s also supposed to be pushing 30. Instead, he looks 20, and that makes some of the dialogue ring false in my ear.

This isn’t a case where the hero just seems too young for the noona-heroine, because if they were playing nine years apart, I’d have no problem with it. The issue is that here’s Lee Jia calling him “ajusshi,” which would totally be appropriate if he were 30. But with Yoon’s baby face, it just makes it seem like Bong-sun is blind, or making a joke I don’t understand.

Then there are the scenes with Han Go-eun, which made me vaguely uncomfortable because I felt like we were watching mother and son; they reminded me an awful lot of Jang Geun-seok & Mom from Mary Stayed Out All Night. You’re supposed to get the sense that they’re business partners who may have had romantic flirtation in the past, but instead I’m squicked out at the thought that his mother (or aunt, or ajumma friend) is hitting on a child. The perception of age in an actor is just as valuable as one’s actual age, and in this case real life just works against the fiction.

This is just too bad, because it’s not like they can fix it easily, and I understand that the production was in a scramble to find a new leading man in a very short period of time. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it would have worked perfectly with Kim Jae-won, though, who would have been just right to play a mischievous 30-year-old (or 28, if you want to get technical) who’s a full grown man physically, but mentally got the playfulness of an adolescent prankster. Someone who’s as appropriately called ajusshi as he is oppa.

Before watching this drama, I was split between wanting it to be awesome (because who doesn’t want a fun rom-com, and especially from the Sam-soon writer?) and wanting it to suck (because I’m all booked full on dramas right now). So now I’m conflicted, because I like Me Too, Flower and want to keep watching, but I just don’t know where the time will come from. And even though I enjoyed what I saw in Episode 1, it’s not enough of an outright winner to commit to fitting it into the overextended schedule. I’ll probably keep watching, but am iffy on continuing recaps.

This is where a clone would come in real handy, so I could put it on backup recap duties. Alas, scientific impossibility aside, I’d have to overcome my fear of clone uprisings, fueled probably in large part by the old Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin whips up a clone to do his homework and chores so he can go play, but it turns out his clone is just as evil as he is — identical DNA, don’tcha know — and it goes around causing trouble and blaming it on the original Calvin. Yes, I worry about needless things.

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102 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jazza

    Finally!! I’m waiting for this drama! Yoon Shi Yoon~♥

    • 1.1 jazza

      Yoon Shi Yoon looks so young. :P

      • 1.1.1 pabo ceo reom

        I like him as an actor in general but I so agree that he is completely miss casted! That and Lee Jia’s lack of screen presence didn’t bode well for me. It might be a drama that I’d watch if I had absolutely nothing else……except I have lots of shows on my plate already. Pass!

      • 1.1.2 tegami

        this is where the k-drama watcher’s bestest friend comes in:

        SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF!!!!

        lol

        sure, Yoon Shi-yoon looks a little young….but you just gotta force yourself to believe he’s a really young looking ahjusshi…

        so just squint really hard whenever be comes onscreen and think to yourself,

        “He’s a young-looking ahjusshi! He’s a young-looking ahjusshi! He’s a young-looking ahjusshi!”

        • 1.1.2.1 fifi

          i’m weeping over the whatcudhavebeen.

          kim jae won~~

          *wails*

        • 1.1.2.2 jazza

          he really is miscasted. i’ll perfect if his role is really younger than lee ji ah. then will have a noona-dongsaeng romance here. :))

  2. smiles

    I’m so excited! I’ve been waiting for this!

  3. 79%

    I don’t like Lee Jia. I don’t think she’s engaging as an actress. Too bad.

  4. Sejong

    ThaNks for the recap!!! I hope it gets better and picks up more rating

  5. mina

    WEE! Kikwang and Yoon Shiyoon in one drama!! Pure <3 I can't wait to watch this!!

    • 5.1 422

      Kikwang and Yoon Shiyoon in one drama!!AGAIN?! They were in High Kick 2 together remember? And this is slightly off subject, but last week (i think) gf or jb posted how kim bum visited jung il woo on set and now these two are in the drama together…it’s like a high kick series reunion.

      • 5.1.1 bishbash

        oh yes!!! they were best buds in HK2 right! OMO OMO! *hyperventilates*

        • 5.1.1.1 Uca

          even GiKwang fell in love with YSY in HK2

  6. Diane

    It actually seems quite good. Can’t wait to watch it! Thanks for the recap!! (:

  7. alyssia

    The way they do his hair in here just makes him look less masculine. He looks a lot younger in here too.

    Han Go-Eun has been acting for so long, too bad she never really rose to fame. It’s quite sad.

    • 7.1 biankoy

      It’s funny that you noticed YSY’s hair, because my problem is Lee Jia’s Hair. She needs a new hairstyle!!!!

  8. Uca

    “Can I ask your age?” “No.” “Where do you live?” “At home.” “Can I call you noona?” “There are two words I hate: noona and oppa.”

    He asks if she has a boyfriend. She says if he’s offering himself for the position, no thanks — he’s too short. Aw, poor confused and crushed Maru.

    POOR GIKWANG! it’s like ‘Heyyy You’re short!’ ‘Oh, he’s short’ are everywhere for him.

    As for the leads, I like Lee Ji Ah and Yoon Shi Yoon but, I haven’t gotten yet to see them both as a couple. too strange, even more when the theme is not about an age-gap. HAHA

  9. zsa

    Rim Rim…you’re here!! Fighting girl!

    • 9.1 poopySeok

      Sun ah unnie is that you??? lol
      So far I like SHR’s character here, better than in Scent of A Woman. She should’ve been the lead!!!!

  10. 10 Birdie

    Thank you for the recaps, JB. I am sitting on the fence whether to start watching it as I like the writer previous work, but I have to say just from the screencaps, Yoon Shiyoon just looks too young to be 30. Having to imagine him to be 30 throughout the drama may be a challenge.

  11. 11 not too happy

    I think my problem was the lack of chemistry between the leads. and sorry to say this, but Lee Jia isn’t very fun to watch,

    • 11.1 jazza

      agree.

  12. 12 splgt001

    thank you for the recap. I really enjoyed the episode…. I had my doubts at the beginning as well… but it turned out to be quirky and fun :D

  13. 13 kay

    i can’t help but be saddened that we’re missing out on kim jae won’s abs. i remember in the last episode of CYHMH where he goes to visit the evil step daddy in the hospital and from the side view, his shirt exposed like an inch of his skin between the buttons and i was totally rewinding that scene. ahahah

    • 13.1 june

      LOL omg

      i remember watching a fancam of the last part where they were all under the tree and i was admiring his shoulder muscles hahaha.

      then yesterday there was some article about his “muscles that support his shoulders are strong so he doesn’t need an operation” yeah sad that we’re missing out ):

      • 13.1.1 kay

        LOL i read that article and was laughing about his strong muscles indeed. he said that he does try to avoid bed scenes, so i guess we’ll have to make do with the ones of him and maru. hopefully he’ll pick a new project soon, but this role really did seem perfect for him. gah.

    • 13.2 running_wild

      I’ve just watched eps 1. Yoon shi yoon is simply too young for Lee Ji Ah & Han Go Eun. No matter how hard i try to convince myself no no their characters are around the same age. I just can’t >,<
      And those scenes with han go eun. I thought she is his aunt T.T

      Everything just seems so weird for me.

      But yoon shi yoon & seo hyo rim look adorable together.

      OOT a lil bit. But the dress she wears in eps 1 is exactly the same piece as Goo Hye Sun's in PIFF.

      • 13.2.1 sangay

        just finished watching episode 1.

        i have to agree that yoon shi yoon is just way too boyish and youthful looking for that han go eun and lee ji ah.

        my initial thought was that han go eun’s character’s his aunt or something. :p especially that scene at the swimming pool … oh my, really reminds me of a mother/aunt looking at the son/nephew.

        a pity ‘cos i quite enjoyed yoon shi yoon’s acting in the 1st episode.

        not sure if i’d be watching the other episodes. but i’d definitely read the recaps if javabeans managed to get a clone ;)

        thanks for the recaps !

  14. 14 Cynthia

    Ahh — evil clone Calvin. Those were happy days – hot cocoa on snowy Sunday mornings and being immersed in the funnies, chortling along with Hobbes and their dare-devil adventures. **sigh** Kids today don’t know what they’re missing…

    Will probably wait and catch this one when the subs come out. But I have to agree with the age discrepancy. It’s bothersome and distracting.

    • 14.1 Rachael

      …You might’ve just convinced me to skip studying, make hot chocolate and dig out my collection of Calvin & Hobbes to stroll down memory lane.

  15. 15 cv

    This looks interesting enough. :) I’ll watch it when it’s subbed.

  16. 16 onie80

    when she said “a partnership of 10 years” i almost chocked to death …i was like wait 10 yrs ago? he was probably in middle school yo!
    he’s freaking too young 4 the role might as well have casted the police partner lol…
    that’s really an handicap i kinda feel bad…it’s so weird..

  17. 17 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap! I had forgotten this was coming out today! I feel like the writing should have been altered a bit to accommodate YSY’s young age. Why can’t he be a guy who is younger than Bong-sun? And the hair and makeup isn’t helping him look older. He has the hairstyle of a 40 year old trying to look young- which in the end makes him look really odd and womanly….

    • 17.1 Uca

      you catch the point! ‘Womanly’. sigh— that ruins baby-faced YSY.

    • 17.2 Alvina

      This reminds me of when everything was wigging out about Jung Il Woo and girlfriend in 49 Days, talking about how they dont match as ‘same-aged’ lovers.

      • 17.2.1 asianromance

        In 49 days it made sense why Yi Kyung would look older than Scheduler, since he was a spirit, stuck at the age that he died while YK got 5 years older. And whoever did the styling for Yi Kyung’s high school/college age for the few flashbacks did a good job. It also helps that she Lee Yo Won was high-school-scrawny.

        The styling for YSY is just all wrong. He looks younger than he looked in the Baker King drama 2 years ago. I think given more time to prepare and a better stylist, he could have been styled to look like someone in his late 20s.

  18. 18 dif.fu.

    LOL. This series is so wacky because of the age gap between the leads. It made some dialogues right out hilarious.

  19. 19 tinysunbl

    I think this is Kim Do Woo’s style nowadays. Her last two projects were pretty similar: starting slow, but the both get better and engaging when the conflict is introduced. Indeed, I enjoy the last two shows more than MNIKSS. Her characters are always a joy to watch.

    • 19.1 splgt001

      I agree about all the characters being a joy to watch.
      Btw- a question… Gi Kwang in her imaginary idol self.. was that supposed to be Nickhun at one point??
      That was so funny… only if my posters did that :P

      • 19.1.1 ris

        Ooh, I hadn’t considered the Nickhun angle. I was stuck wondering if that scene was just a little nod to Kikwang’s idol status, or if it was supposed to be an expression of Bong-sun’s subconscious (really, reeeeeally sub-subconcious) attraction to her new partner. Hmmm.

        • 19.1.1.1 splgt001

          lol!!

  20. 20 danni

    I also felt weird watching the interactions between Hwa-young and Jae-hee. Yoon Shi-yoon just looks so young, so it was hard to take the scenes seriously. It was the same when Bong-sun called him ahjusshi; Yoon Shi-yoon does not look even close to being old enough to call ahjusshi. I kept thinking, “Darn, if only Kim Jae-won wasn’t injured.”

    Ah well, can’t do anything about it and the story is what compels me anyway. Seems interesting enough still so I guess I’ll keep watching.

    Thanks for the recap, jb!

  21. 21 MeeisLee

    I was skeptical that a recap for this show would be made on DB. Since there’s a recap to follow along to, I’ll take the plunge and check out Me Too, Flower. Me, Too Flower now completes the 3×3 “Recapped Series – In Progress” square :).

  22. 22 Alvina

    *high five* for a Calvin and Hobbes reference.

    I like YSY but… oohh KJW, why couldn’t you have been okay? I hope he finds a better project as a replacement though :D

  23. 23 DJ

    I’m sooooooo glad you recapped this. I’m lovin this show so far, so I really hope dramabeans considers continuing to recap this!! I like it’s quirkiness.

  24. 24 AuntieMame

    Gee, no one told me they were writing a k-drama character based on me. hahaha

    I can perfectly understand how Cha. Bong. Su became the way she is. Just ask any veteran civil servant.

  25. 25 tubunny

    Tuesday’s preview was HILARIOUS. Can’t wait for that recap :}

    • 25.1 anantatoer

      Let’s hope the recap continue. Not asking just wishing here *fingers crossed* But it looks like I’m the minority here, I like the first episode (btw it took me 4 episodes to get hooked on FBRS). As for MT,F! well so far I like the plot and the characters, and imo LJA plays the snarky, surly, cranky and yet for me also a bit insecure quite well, I like her more here than in BV. And YSY is quite good also, and I also like him more here than in BK. But the two of them together? Yes I agree that he seems a bit too damn young for her, maybe they could change his hair do…maybe it’d help? No? Still going to watch episode 2 though. Thanks for the recap JB.

  26. 26 ajewell

    I was only intending to watch this drama because of Kim Jae Won, but now that’s he’s not in it, I find myself woefully uninterested – though, judging from the recap, that’s not an entirely bad thing, since it seems very lackluster. Since my schedule’s already jam-packed, I think I’ll just let this one go. But thanks for giving us a sneak-peek with the recap!! ^_^

  27. 27 Ani

    HAHAHA. I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes and I LOVE how you’re tying that particular comic strip into this (the whole clone thing I mean). HAHAHAHA. Who knows where this will go? Only time can tell… X)

  28. 28 otchosais

    thanks for the recap :)

  29. 29 Elizabeth

    I will love a clone of dramabeans anytime, then we will more recaps, more news, more drool worthy photos!
    hahah

  30. 30 K

    V-est VIP…VVVVIP…did I miss any? lol…

    will wait for episode 2 to see if i can take out the time to jump on this bandwagon..sigh..busy with life n stuff…
    Thanks for the recap JB!

  31. 31 mary

    If you had a clone, it’ll probably be maxing out your credit cards on fall clothes.

    And drinking. Always drinking.

  32. 32 Dorotka

    I had very similar impressions from this episode – very slow and I couldn’t kept from imagining Kim Jae Won as the main lead… the age/looks matter here (and the shower)…
    And to think that this is from the writer of Kim Sam Soon which episodes were funny and engaging from the beginning!!
    (Flower Boy Ramyun Shop did much better job here).

    If I’m still watching, it’s because I still have hopes for this screenwriter… and because I like Seo Hyo Rim.

    PS How come there was no shower scene AFTER the match?? :)

  33. 33 softworking

    24-year-old JIW is too old to convince me as a 18-year-old in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop.

    25-year-old YSY is too young to convince me as a 28-year-old in Me too, Flower.

    • 33.1 3pleX

      you got it right on both points… lol

    • 33.2 3pleX

      didn’t know jiw is only 24, i thought he is much older like 27 or 28

    • 33.3 pozi

      switch the roles, maybe???

    • 33.4 Birdie

      LOL Agree with you.

    • 33.5 Joy

      Agree. Switch roles wld probably be better.

    • 33.6 doublen

      No, I don’t want to see YSY in flower boy. JIW convincing not convincing is still amazing :)

    • 33.7 Jomo

      Yep!
      But both are very pretty.

  34. 34 Usi

    Ha, like I thought I liked her character very much. Very refreshing but I’m sure we will see soon because she is like that. Too bad that a heroine can’t be sassy just because.

  35. 35 Narahannah

    Hmmm.. yes, he looks to damn young.

    My current craze now is the weekend drama on KBS.. OJAKGYO BROTHERS… I watch it because of JOO WON.. Whoot whoot.

    I had an eye on him since Baker King Tak Go!

  36. 36 neener

    haven’t read or watched the episode but just scanned this page…and read the comment part of JB!hehehe

    I have same thoughts regarding the mother and son part in the comment of JB!! just saw the pictures and I just assumed…but I’ll be in touch with this drama!

  37. 37 V

    I just cant stop myself from thinking ” this could have been Kim jae won smiling, this could have been kim jae won that this that this that, this could have been….KIM JAE WON NEKKIND SHOWARRRR! AHHHHHH WHYYYYYY GOD MUST YOU TORTURE ME!!!! *kills over*

    anyways im just happy jae won is recovering well.<3

    This is a good drama, would have been per-*gets slapped*…ugghhh, its just that guy! not only he looks young but his overall figure is small and boyish rather than manly.And his nose is distracting and annoying looking.gkdjfkgdfjkg.

    If Kim jae won cameos in this drama im gonna cry wistful tears with a bitter smile.. TT______________TT.

    • 37.1 jazza

      i was thinking that way. especially in the shower scene. i was like it should have seen kim jaewoon’s abs here. i imagine him in most of the scene. -______-

  38. 38 adney

    I don’t know that his character is supposedly near 30. When I read they set up the company for almost 10 years, I thought, what?!When he was a teenager? lol

  39. 39 mary

    OH MY GAWD!! I tot the lady in the pic when she ruffled her hair was JANG GEUN SUK!!

  40. 40 antonia

    with Kim Jae Won i would surely watch this… cause it’s Sam Soon writer, plus KJW is my newly adiction!
    but i can’t like the main lead… too young for me

  41. 41 Steamy Bun

    Hopefully this will be something I can watch while waiting for new eps of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop — hopefully it will turn out well!! My one problem with this show (and I haven’t even watched yet so fingers crossed I change my opinion) is the lead actress. I’m not familiar with her, but it was just one of those first-impression instant dislike things. I’ve only seen her in pictures though — hopefully she’s more appealing in motion.
    Hm. That’s a lot of “hopefully”s lol. Perhaps you can sense my trepidation about this show.

    • 41.1 Steamy Bun

      Omo, I didn’t realize she calls him ajusshi. I thought it was a noona-dongsaeng thing!! I don’t know about this other actor you guys are mourning over, and I pretty much adore Yoon Shi Yoon, but that’s just wrong! To be fair Uee calls Joo Won “Ajusshi” in Ojakgyo Brothers. It doesn’t really fit either (although YSY is way less convincing as a 29 year old), but hey, people seem to be liking that show well enough. So maybe we’ll get used to it? I can see what you mean though, jb. I’m going to be incredibly distracted watching the first ep.

      • 41.1.1 kay

        yea uee calling joo won ajusshi is pretty off but at least she looks like a young college student and joo won does look older(def. no where close to being called ajusshi though i admit). however with lee jia, who looks like she’s in her early 30′s calling out ajusshi to YSY, who looks like he’s still in high school… it’s just too ridiculous to pull off.

  42. 42 fm

    Despite the age difference between lead actors I love the chemistry between them but it does weird the interaction between Jae hee and PHY because they really look like noona-donseng…

    Other than that I think I will enjoy watching this drama…

  43. 43 nonski

    thanks JB for recapping this one. :)

    i always pick whatever drama you girls would recom, i think i would wait till you next recap and just start downloading the raws. so many good dramas lately.

  44. 44 Lilian

    If it weren’t for her role as Sujini, I think I would have lost hope in Lee Jia long ago. But because of that single great debut, I’m still holding out that she can work back that magic.

  45. 45 Joy

    Yoon Shi Yoon looked ok with Eugene in Baker King. That’s probably why the producers decided it’s ok to cast him here with Lee Ji Ah. Btw, your recap of this ep sounds interesting. Can’t wait to watch with subs. Thx!

  46. 46 Rachael

    “Jae-hee picks up Bong-sun’s dropped pen and returns it to her, and then out of the blue guesses her bra size. “You’re wearing an A cup, aren’t you? You should be wearing a B.” He goes off on a spiel about women not bothering to measure themselves when buying underwear…”

    This snippet is probably the best thing ever. There needs to be more lingere/bra information throughout this entire show. The world needs more actual information on these things! Not “I’ll say whatever so you’ll just buy something. Preferably three of these somethings.”

  47. 47 Mia

    she looks like a guy(?)

  48. 48 KimLuvv

    Everybody keeps complaining about the age of the actors or how the script is written badly, but I absolutely love it.

    I don’t know why but this show just attracts me and I’m already going crazy just waiting for the 3rd episode! In My Fair Lady, their age difference was 10 years old but I eventually forgot about it and became absorbed into the show.
    I feel that this show will also make me completely forget about the age difference because the acting will make me fall in love with the couple.

    I do wish that they had made YSY’s character a little bit younger but not younger than Ji Ah’s character because I’m really not into the whole the guy being younger than the girl couple.
    It just seems YSY’s character shouldn’t be called an ahjussi cauz he doesn’t look like one.

    I love the quirkiness, fun attitude, how Ji Ah’s character will slowly change because of the counselor (episode 2) and make YSY’s character fall in love with her.
    This show reminds me a tiny bit of Secret Garden, maybe that’s why it attracts me so much? In episodes 1-3, she ends up kicking him a lot and messing with him so that reminds me of Gil Ra Im and then also from a far in episode 2, YSY’s character’s valet blue uniform looks a bit like Joo Won’s sparkly blue track suit. Hehe.. yea, i miss Secret Garden a lot so I’m imagining things.

  49. 49 Jomo

    Thanks for the recap!
    If you stay on board, I will, too.
    I can’t resist YSY. He may not be the best dramatic actor, but he is appealing. For me, that is more than enough to keep me watching.

    That brings me up to 5 (!) trendies and one oldie!

  50. 50 tongan_ninja

    awesome recap!!

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