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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 12

Hey, Yang Eun-bi, what do you put in that kimchi of yours? I hear it’s hot. It’s kimchi-making day at the shop, which turns out to be a party in more ways than one. When you’ve got a room full of people with all their love wires crossed, and a flurry of nicknames mixed in for good measure, there isn’t much you have to do to bring it to a boil.

 
EPISODE 12: “Yang Eun-bi and the Flowers”

So, possibly-half-brothers-who-share-a-mom-GAH cook ramyun together, and Kang-hyuk points out that Chi-soo’s got perfect taste, just like him. Chi-soo asks if it means he can cook ramyun well, and Kang-hyuk says it means he can cook anything he wants, really really well. (He calls him Choi Chi-soo, his own name, but that seems to be a fake-out, since he then promptly calls him by another surname right after that, as is his habit.)

Chi-soo scoffs that it’s not really something he needs, since he’s got Daddy’s wealth coursing through his veins, which pretty much trumps any other trait he might have been born with. Kang-hyuk asks why he’s interested in making ramyun all of a sudden then, and Chi-soo smiles, “I said that I’d take your wife.”

Kang-hyuk throws the onions in a tantrum and stomps off, which would already be hilarious, but his giantness makes it extra ridiculous.

He lies in bed and talks to the photo of Mom, whining, “I thought I was the only one you gave perfect taste to, but you gave it to that kid too? Chhhh.” Oh, so you DO KNOW? Aw, man, now I’m even more disappointed, ’cause I wanted his kindness to Chi-soo to not be motivated by this knowledge.

The next morning Chi-soo heads out bright and early, and confuses Dad more than ever when he says he can’t be late for school. At Eun-bi’s house, the boys are rushing out the door as well, but Kang-hyuk stops them, repeating his mantra: missing first period is fine, but missing first meal is not.

They all sit down to breakfast like a cozy little family, and in walks Chi-soo to taunt them. Eun-bi gets up, startled that he’s here, and he just coos, “I wanted to see you all night.” He complains that she didn’t answer her phone, and that it’s fine now that he’s seen her. He turns to go with a trademark wink.

He adds on his way out that they shouldn’t eat smelly soybean paste first thing in the morning, and the boys wonder what he means, since there’s no such thing in their food. Eun-bi hurriedly checks her breath, remembering that she ate some last night before bed. They marvel that no one could smell that accurately, and Kang-hyuk sighs, “Tongue Chi-soo can. He’s the Ramyun King.”

Is it wrong if Tongue Chi-soo sounds, yunno, wrong to me?

As they hang laundry, Kang-hyuk tells Eun-bi about Chi-soo’s perfect taste, and she scoffs that there’s no way he has such a talent. Kang-hyuk says it’s possible if he inherited from someone, but then he’s quickly distracted by the bra he’s holding in his hand.

He just stares and stares, and Eun-bi gasps and swipes it from him as soon as she notices. She does remember something she wanted to show him, and they head inside.

She struggles to reach for an old album up on top of a dresser, and Kang-hyuk comes up behind her… and picks her up to get it herself. Hahaha. That’s adorable. And hot.

They sit down and look at Eun-bi’s dad’s old album, and she shows him pictures of her dad with his parents. She sighs that all her dad passed on to her is his temper, which Kang-hyuk points out is sexy, but she wishes she inherited something better like perfect taste.

He counters, “That’s why our kids will be perfect.” Mmm-hmm. She scratches her chin nervously in response.

She asks about his mom, so it’s timeline time: She passed away when he was 25 (so when Chi-soo was 13). He says she held on longer than they expected, since she was told she wouldn’t live more than a year. She lived with him in Japan for three years before she passed away. So she would have left Chi-soo when he was 10, for everyone keeping track.

At school, Ba-wool calls Chi-soo out to the schoolyard for a brawl. All they need is some tumbleweed and a pair of pistols, with all that posturing going on. Ba-wool demands for Chi-soo to stop whatever he’s thinking of doing with noona, whether it’s a game or revenge.

Chi-soo says he’s not thinking either of those things, and in fact, he can’t think of anything at all – when he isn’t with her, his mind goes blank, and when he’s with her, his mind goes even blanker. Ha. Ba-wool gapes, “That’s how I am when I’m with So-yi!”

Ba-wool can’t believe it, and tells Chi-soo to go see a doctor. Hahaha. I love that they’re pretty much equally matched on the compute-emotion-scale. Chi-soo says he’s been there, done that, and his doctor told him that he’s reached the fifth and final stage: Acceptance. HA.

So he’s going to give it his all, and really try with her. Ba-wool guffaws, saying that Hwanung can’t like Eun-bi noona. Hwanung is supposed to be with a fairy, or an angel. “Eun-bi noona isn’t even human. She’s a bear!” Hee. But Chi-soo won’t budge, so Ba-wool says whatever, he can try, but his noona will never reciprocate his feelings, because Chi-soo’s not her style.

Chi-soo points out that they’re beyond style anyway: “She’s not my style either, but I became like this.”

Eun-bi receives a cabbage delivery from the neighborhood cabbage vendor ajummas, who continue to supply the store out of loyalty to her father. As she speaks to them, Hyun-woo comes bounding up, calling her “Teacher,” and she explains how she knows him.

And then Ba-wool comes running up, calling her “Noona,” and they ask if she has a brother. She says no, he’s just a dongseng she knows, and then Kang-hyuk comes up, calling her “Wife.” The ajummas start getting upset that she got married without inviting them, and then Chi-soo comes up, puts his arm around her, and says, “Jagiiiiiiii!” Ha.

Now they’re REALLY confused. They ask who this one is, and Chi-soo answers, “She’s my jagi. My Eebbeunie. Right, jagi?” Kekeke. The ajummas are like, so you live with a former student, a dongseng you know, your husband, and your boyfriend? All under one roof?

And then rather than explain it all, Kang-hyuk just calls them a modern, unconventional family. Well I’d say. Eun-bi runs away, mortified, but then trips and falls not five feet away. The boys all panic: “Jagi!” “Wife!” “Teacher!” “Noona!” And rush to her all at the same time.

She just keeps running as fast as she can, and the boys all turn back to the ajummas. Kang-hyuk adds, “Well she only sleeps with me.” Pfft. Chi-soo glares. I love that they’re still competing, in this fake universe that they’ve just invented.

Ba-wool watches So-yi practice, still accompanied by Teddy Girlfriend. He stews over Chi-soo’s crush on Eun-bi noona, and So-yi tells him not to worry, since Eun-bi’s just disposable slippers to Cha Chi-soo, who’ll eventually move on to shoes that fit him perfectly. “How far could he possibly go wearing slippers?”

Ba-wool doesn’t get what she means, asking if she’s going to take Chi-soo back if he comes around again. She reminds him that Chi-soo is her left arm, and Ba-wool has a fit, and rightly so.

But then Eun-bi calls him back to the store, and So-yi’s anger flares, that he’s ditching her here to go run to his noona. “Do you like her or something?” Ba-wool shouts, “Yeah, I do! So what?” He says he’s going to do what she does, and like two people at the same time – Front Eun-bi and Back So-yi, mimicking her Right Ba-wool / Left Chi-soo thing.

Yay, Ba-wool! He storms out, leaving So-yi fuming in a jealous fit. Haha. Karma! As soon as he gets outside, he catches his breath, and ponders the newfound knowledge that So-yi gets upset every time he mentions Eun-bi noona.

The ramyun team finds themselves swimming in a sea of cabbage, the result of horrifying the cabbage ajummas, to the point that they ran off, leaving them this massive heap of cabbage to deal with. So it’s kimchi time, and Kang-hyuk says they need to divide into two teams, one for sauce-making, and the other for cabbage-handling.

He suggests a game of rock-paper-scissors to decide teams, and when Chi-soo says they can count him out, Kang-hyuk says there’s no need for games then, since he’ll be a team with wifey. Ba-wool grabs her other arm, “No! I want to be a team with noona!” Chi-soo suddenly perks up, suggesting they play the game after all.

He totally cheats to try and get on Eun-bi’s team, but it backfires on him, and the brothers end up on one team, to their equal dismay. Kang-hyuk sighs that it’s uneven, but it’ll do, and So-yi walks in to say she wants to help.

Kang-hyuk readily takes her on their team, calling her Hap-nyun. They’re like, that’s not her name… “Really? Wife always calls her Baek-Hap-nyun.”

HAHAHAHAHAHA. Omg, I’m dying. [Basically Eun-bi takes her nickname and adds “nyun” at the end, as in “girl/bitch,” depending on how harshly you want to say it, and Kang-hyuk has just assumed that it’s a proper name. Hee.]

Chi-soo smirks, happy that she may have called So-yi that out of jealousy. Behind her, Dong-joo and Coach appear too, ready to help. Yay, kimchi party! Dong-joo swoons at the array of pretty boys, calling it a flower patch. She turns to Eun-bi, asking which flower she’s going to pluck (ha) – the sunflower (Kang-hyuk) or the rose (Chi-soo)?

She warns against rose-picking, as she might end up bleeding, and Coach offers that sunflowers are best. Dong-joo agrees, and asks if she’s gotten anywhere with Kang-hyuk. Eun-bi says they’ve held hands, and she thinks she felt something, not a tsunami, but a wave.

Dong-joo says that a wave is enough, demonstrating that you can grab a guy’s hand and feel absolutely nothing, taking Coach’s hand. But the charge startles them both, and Dong-joo runs to the roof. She tells herself to get it together – it’s certainly not the first hand she’s held, but her heart won’t stop racing. Coach sneaks up and asks if she wants to break for a drink.

Eun-bi works on a batch of radish kimchi, and then needs a second opinion on the seasoning. She feeds a piece to Hyun-woo with her hands, but he doesn’t know. Ba-wool is next, and So-yi watches with a stinkface on, as he asks for another and another, all smiles at his precious noona.

He doesn’t know either, so she offers So-yi a piece, but she declines, and then Chi-soo opens his mouth, ready for a taste, and she passes him right by for Kang-hyuk. Chi-soo feels totally kimchi-slighted, watching Kang-hyuk smile and eat her kimchi, suggesting she add more chili flakes.

She runs to the kitchen to grab more, and Chi-soo walks in behind her, whining adorably like a little puppy, why she gave Onion a taste and not him. She says, with a package of chili flakes in her mouth, that she’ll give him some when they go back then, and he says no, he wants a taste now…

And then he reaches for her kimchi-covered hand, and sucks her finger, licking the seasoning right off. Oh holy hell. Are you trying to kill me, Cha Chi-soo? You saucy little bastard.

He tells her it needs more salt, and she runs out of there in a daze. Out in the front of the store, she takes a moment to gather her breath, wondering what’s wrong with her. She forgets about her kimchi-covered hands and clasps her cheeks, wondering why her face is so hot.

She remembers the calming medicine and goes rummaging in the drawer in a panic, and Chi-soo startles her all over again when he catches her in the act. He picks up the little capsule and asks if she’s still going to argue that it’s head not heart, that she feels nothing, when it’s clearly got her rattled.

She stutters another denial and gets up, and he pulls her close by the waist. Rawr. He leans in close, “Do you need another taste to season?” And then he goes in for another taste of her kimchi, kissing the streak of sauce on her cheek. Humona. I know kimchi tasting has always been hot, but I’m pretty sure it’s never been THIS hot.

Bells ring in her head, as she loses all motor function, literally floored by the kiss. Startled, Chi-soo grabs her arms as she falls to the ground. Kang-hyuk walks in right at that moment, wondering why Eun-bi is kneeling on the ground and pleading with Chi-soo. Heh.

The team goes to the sauna to recuperate from the kimchifest. So-yi gives Eun-bi the hairy eyeball, while Chi-soo stares at her with his puppiest look ever, and Kang-hyuk sighs. The camera pans out to show Ba-wool hard at work massaging Eun-bi’s legs, which is what So-yi is fuming at.

She catches up to Eun-bi and tells her to stop playing around with Ba-wool’s heart. Dude, HELLO, kettle? Pot? Ring a bell? Eun-bi points out as much, saying that at her age, it should be enough to be pure of heart. She taps her chest, saying that pure love is what she should be concerned with, and not playing games.

So-yi counters by asking where all that purity went then, when it comes to Eun-bi. She says that she is pure of heart when it comes to Ba-wool, and offers that Eun-bi’s the one who’s left pure love by the wayside to become like everyone else, growing old and then counting people by their position, marrying off based on profiles at a matchmaking agency.

Haha. It’s infuriating how right she is. So-yi says that she’s technically turning Chi-soo away based on his qualifications too, because he’s not what she wants on paper – moderate wealth, average, stable guy to marry. Well, she’s not wrong.

Meanwhile, Chi-soo and Kang-hyuk sit across from each other in the sauna, all fired up in yet another macho contest. This time Kang-hyuk offers up that the winner who can endure the longest wins Wifey. Chi-soo doesn’t like that rule, since it won’t matter if he wins or loses – he’ll still have Eun-bi.

Kang-hyuk wonders if he’s lived his whole life that way, having everything he’s ever wanted. “Then what about a mom?” Chi-soo flares up at that, saying that she died when he was young, and he doesn’t NEED a mom, since he has Dad. Kang-hyuk muses that there’s no such thing as a child who doesn’t need his parents.

Eun-bi waits outside, re-swooning at the kimchi kiss. She rubs her cheek as if trying to remove the memory, wondering, “I scrubbed off the dead skin, but it won’t go away.” I’m pretty sure you’re gonna need more than a shower to rub out that memory.

Daddy Cha’s secretary shows up to ask for a meeting, and brings her to see Dad. He asks if she went to the pool, and she says no, she went to scrub off her dead skin, and that Chi-soo went too.

Dad wonders if they’re already at that stage in the relationship, and she jumps to clarify that they went to separate baths, yunno, for the nekkid part. Dad is adorably jealous, of course, since he’s never gone to the bath with Chi-soo.

He says that Chi-soo came home the other night “having made something,” and says that he made a girlfriend – her. She quickly denies it, saying that Chi-soo’s just young, but Dad says it’s already done, and just asks her to help speed it along, otherwise, someone will get hurt.

She thinks he means her, and assures him that she won’t be hurt over something like that, but he clarifies that he’s scared that Chi-soo will get hurt. Aw. He says that he knows women like Eun-bi very well.

He describes her as rice, and ramyun, and warmth: “Men like us are bound to fall for women like you. Because caviar has never experienced warmth.” He describes caviar as cold, and that it has to be eaten with a special little spoon. It can’t be grabbed at with plain chopsticks, otherwise it’ll spoil.

Aw, it’s a sad little metaphor that speaks to the reason why he fell in love with Chi-soo’s mom, but also the hurt he carries because of it. It’s both sweet and all twisted around, because he thinks that the two will never mix, will never work out, despite knowing what Chi-soo lacks by being caviar.

Eun-bi says she understands what he means, and adds that she doesn’t care for caviar anyway. On her way back, she asks Dad’s secretary why Chi-soo and Dad live at the company and not in a home, and he says that’s all they know. She asks about Chi-soo’s mom, and he says she passed away, in Japan.

Eun-bi returns to the store to find Chi-soo waiting for her, and no one else around. He says the other guys went to go eat beef, and she screams, “Without ME?” But he stops her, saying they have other things to taste. Rawr. Are we moving on to toes now?

She puts up a hand covered with an exfoliating mitt in defense, but Chi-soo just thinks she’s being kinky now, and sends her gulping. He laughs and reminds her that she’s the one who said he’d have to learn to make ramyun if he wanted to date her, and so sits her down to cook for her.

Aw. It’s his first real selfless gesture. Though, I suppose he thinks that cooking ramyun is a way to her heart, but well, it kind of is. She watches curiously as he makes the ramyun just the way Kang-hyuk taught him, a little impressed. There is something really satisfying about watching him work so hard at something.

She gets lost in her thoughts, thinking back to his confessions, and he brings her back to reality and presents his ramyun, eagerly awaiting her verdict. She goes to take a taste, and then notices a cut on his hand. Suddenly she gets up from the table and walks out, saying that she’s not hungry anymore. Aw, is it ’cause of what Daddy said about Chi-soo getting hurt? These people and their literal minds.

He chases her out, asking how she could refuse to even give it a taste, when she can see how hard he worked, how he’s covered in sweat, and he HATES being sweaty. Ha. She yells right back, asking why he’s cutting his hand, and getting sweaty, all to make her ramyun. She refuses, and tells him to go home.

He picks her up and takes her inside the house, and they argue some more. He tells her she’s scared – that’s the real reason. He pulls her by the wrist and says they’ll find out right now, what they are. She pulls away and tells him to get out.

“You’re afraid that you’ll eat that ramyun and discover that I’m not cup ramyun, but the real thing!” She finally admits it:

Eun-bi: That’s right. I’m scared to death. You said it’s your first time, feeling chest pain, and nausea. Well it’s not mine. I’ve felt that before, and I know how crazy hot it boils, and how dangerous it is. And I know myself. I’m a Yang Eun-nem-bi [her Silver Pot nickname], so I boil faster, and hotter, than everyone else.

She says that’s why she’s trying not to be Yang Eun-nem-bi, to make more adult, sensible choices, but he keeps shaking her. “You keep turning me back into Yang Eun-nem-bi. It’s starting to boil for real. So I’m scared. I’m scared to death!”

He hugs her tightly, patting her on the back, telling her it’s going to be okay, actually giving HER comfort. It’s like a freakin’ miracle up in here.

He says it’s okay, over and over, and tells her to calm down, because when she gets mad, he starts boiling over, because she’s so pretty when she’s mad. Ha. He closes his eyes and hugs her tight, smiling. She closes her eyes.

And then he asks, “But… when did you last wash your hair?” Hahaha. I love a show that knows when to undercut its own romantic moments.

Cut to Eun-bi, out of the shower, and Chi-soo blow-drying her hair. HA. He complains that she’s the kind of woman who forgets when she last bathed, enough to walk around with smelly hair, and she sighs, saying that she didn’t have time what with his dad hauling her away…

She catches herself and says no, backtracking. But they’re interrupted by Kang-hyuk’s voice, calling for Wifey. Eun-bi panics and shoves Chi-soo down on the floor and covers him up with a blanket. She lies down just in time, as Kang-hyuk opens her door.

He asks if she wants ramyun since he’s cooking for the boys, and she says no she’s tired, so she’ll just sleep early tonight. Kang-hyuk: “Really? Then me too!” and makes a move to join her. Ha. And rawr.

She stops him, saying she’s REALLY tired tonight, so he smiles and tells her to dream of him, and leaves. Outside, he murmurs, “Did I just tell her to sleep with Cha Chi-soo and dream of me?” He shakes his head as he walks away. If you knew he was there, were you planning on jumping right on top of him?

Inside, Chi-soo comes out from under the blanket, coughing from being suffocated. He demands to know, “Why do I have to hide? And do you ACTUALLY sleep with him??” She rattles off all the reasons it’d be a disaster if they were discovered like this – Kang-hyuk would throw punches, then Ba-wool would get involved, throwing So-yi into a tizzy, and so forth.

He scoffs that she’s making it sound like she’s such a popular person, and she tosses her hair, “Well it’s true.” He asks if she’s really going to taste Kang-hyuk and him at the same time, and she counters why not.

He says fine, and then flips on top of her, making her heart leap to her throat. He leans in for a kiss, saying that she can do as she wants, but there’s a chance he’ll get mad. She closes her eyes and he leans in…

And then Kang-hyuk bursts into the room and throws Chi-soo off. He yanks Eun-bi out and tells her to go eat ramyun with the boys, and then goes inside, locking the door behind him.

Chi-soo asks if he’s here to throw punches again, but he just presents him with the picture of him with their mom. Chi-soo stops short and takes it in his hand.

“Cha Chi-soo, I’m your hyung. And that woman is my wife. So I’m the only one she sleeps with.”

 
COMMENTS

What Kang-hyuk means to do is protect them both, as Chi-soo’s hyung and Eun-bi’s guardian, but I love that he’s not above being cheeky about it, and turning Chi-soo inside-out in the process. She only sleeps with me. Pfft. Eun-bi’s kind of past needing to be rescued, since she can clearly handle Chi-soo herself, but Chi-soo DOES still need some rescuing, mostly from himself. And in that respect, I love that Kang-hyuk is around.

The thing is, I find the half-brother detail to be unnecessary. I prefer when ragtag families form out of friendship when there are no blood ties, and no real reason for a group of people to love each other like family. It gets me in the heart more. I don’t hate that they have to be brothers, since it doesn’t ruin anything or change the relationships that much, but I don’t like it because it feels unnecessary. I think their relationship would’ve been plenty heartwarming without the direct kinship, and for me, even more so. I liked the idea that where his real father failed Chi-soo as a parent, his new ramyun family would provide the kind of tough love and support he’d need to become a human being.

The family unit is forming nicely though, with Eun-bi and her flower patch, all “Noona” here and “Wifey” there. It’s so cute that they each have a different name for her, speaking to the various ways in which she’s loved. I’m happy that Chi-soo’s making steps toward learning how to show love, rather than just dealing with how to feel love. We’ve followed him to the point that he’s accepted his feelings, so now it’s time for him to figure out what it means to express that love to someone else, like slaving over one perfect bowl of ramyun just for her. It’s the first time he hasn’t acted out of selfish desire for what he wants, and though Eun-bi tossed it out to him as a metaphor, his literal interpretation ends up meaning more.

I like the various ideas of taste in this episode, to take a taste to see what someone is like, and the ways that Chi-soo’s, er… talent could be extended for people and not just food. I especially like that his intuition forces Eun-bi to confront her fears. There are so many ways that Eun-bi’s name works in puns and metaphors, but I really like the idea that because she’s a silver pot, aka because she’s her, her love boils faster and hotter than other people, and that scares her and keeps her guarded. I love how she describes choosing the sensible thing as what she thinks is right, but that it’s Chi-soo who’s forcing her to be herself. Chi-soo’s tsunami love scares her, sure, but it’s her own boiling heart that scares her more.

 
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I find it a little disturbing that the old Jung Il Woo is playing as a 18 year old student!! He looks too old!

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Does Eun Bi ever scratches her chin when she alone with Chi Soo?

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No, only with Panda Pillar. And the one time, in this episode, when he made the veiled remark, she only pointed her finger at her chin but didn't really 'scratch'.

I think that shows her cooling feelings for KH.

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She always scratches her chin with Chi Soo - remember, he asked her if she was dirty.

She has scratched it with Panda, too, in the last couple episodes. Which I take to mean he's rocking her a bit. (Hope springs, and all that.)

The time she almost scratched but didn't...I think that's just because she's become aware of the nervous tic and that they know what it means, and she's trying to be less obvious when she's feeling that way.

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I will be gone for Christmas vacation when this ends, to a place with no internet. None. Zip. I really do not know how I will last.

Thanks for the recap!

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Kang Hyuk better hurry up and put the romantic moves on Eun Bi. Just because Eun Bi's dad gave her as "wifey" to Kang, Kang hasn't even kissed her yet. His brother Chi Soo has been licking and kissing up a storm with her.As they say," You snooze, you lose."

Jung Il Woo has sign to do Moon Embraces the Sun as second lead.Loved him with long hair in sageuks.He sure is working hard. Although I hate to see this one end, at least when he finishes this one, we can see him next in a historical drama. Can't wait.

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"...when he finishes this one, we can see him next in a historical drama. Can’t wait."

I can't believe I was squeeee-ing again just reading your comment ^^

And JB loves him so much, Jung Il-woo rules Dramabeans. Love it!! I never get this excited about casting news since CSW+HS

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thanks again for your wonderful recap...

yes, Hot hot hot...Jung IlWoo can definitely play that part any time!

i just love the 'family' time...esp the part where they were all calling her nicknames to the chagrin of the cabbage ahjummas!
and the part where she made them taste the radish and CS was left with his mouth open...ke ke ke...

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I didn't know kimchi could be THAT hot. ;-)

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This is so juicy I feel like I'm reading a fanfic.

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i'm guessing CS is going to be pissed off and sore about
1. EB and panda
2. the mere existence of panda as a blood HYUNG
3. that daddy cha possibly hid the existence of panda, or that his mother possibly left him for his brother.

then daddy cha is going to have to turn around to take over the building using CS as fuel for the fire.

and then we see how much CS really grows if he saves the ramen shop and stands up to daddy or not. daddy cha seems like he would be open to playing nice though so i wonder as to how crazy he can get.

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Great job on the episode recap as always. This is really a funny show. Plot wise, I also hope she ends up with Kang Hyuk, but since Chi Soo makes her heart "boil", I'll tell Eun Bi to hell with reason and just follow her heart. I'm curious though if "ahjummas" in Korea also find Jung Il Woo attractive. =) At any rate, the show's good looking actors is what makes FBRS a winner. Kudos to the writer(s) and the director. Such a refreshing romance/drama.

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I don't know about Korean ahjummas, but this American 40-year-old does! I like Lee Ki Woo a bit better, though, maybe because he's taller and more mature-looking.

Ah, forget it and let me take them ALL home...lol

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Is it Monday yet?

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Yay for your recap, girlfriday! LOVE this episode. I miss the slapstick a little, but they are bringing the heartwarming without being too treacly. (Also, they're on live-shoot now, judging by the old clips at the end. Hopefully the quality stays high.)

OK, trying to keep it short(er).

--Why is it that Chi-soo's obsession is so adorable and hot to me? That he thinks he's being so cheeky getting to see her in the morning, and bares his soul by doing so.

--Soooo, I really want to be Eun-bi in the ahjumma scene. So hilarious. And wonderful breakdown, girlfriday.

--So-yi is finally starting to get a clue THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS. I really wish they'd shown progress with her a little earlier, but I guess it had to coincide with this episode to be funnier.

--The kimchi-tasting skip cracked me UP...

--and then the Kimchi Kisses steamed me up. Where was that fire extinguisher again...? Chi-soo, you are so hot it is illegal. And I'm going to come arrest you with furry handcuffs. RAWR, indeed. (Same with you, Panda.)

--For the record, cooking is just about the sexiest thing a man can do, so Chi-soo is right on the money in getting to her heart through her stomach. It's so cute that even though it's such a literal translation of the earlier metaphor, he starts to understand the significance of the gesture through his own hard work. More of this growth, please. (And less of the manhandling, dude. Seriously. I don't care how hot it is.) Also his puppy face while she was getting ready to taste it was SO. CUTE.

--I'm with you on being annoyed at the unnecessary relatedness of the Brothers Hotness. At the very least, it takes time away from the main storyline and character arcs. I want to see Chi-soo growing and relating to Eun-bi beyond physical attraction, because that's still all they've got. Also, I think it lessens the relationship between KH and CS because even if you didn't know about your brother, finding out about it makes it somewhat obligatory. Plus, it gives both characters an easy out because they have someone to vent their Mommy Issues on- she apparently managed to leave BOTH of them. It's a much more compelling story to see someone pick up the pieces by accepting the absence of the parent and building a new family for themselves.

--I was reading the recap because there aren't subs yet, but Eun-bi's confession near the end was so heartbreaking and awesome. I know lots of people are annoyed at her for leaning towards Chi-soo, but really, love is never practical. I've been in that situation where the perfect guy on paper just didn't do it for me. Love makes fools of us all.

Still loving it, but it's becoming a little less manic and more introspective. I don't feel quite so MUST SEE IT NOOOOOOW as I have the past couple of weeks.

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i want to watch this episode NOW. ugh. killing me XD
lufff this show so much. please never end...

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Did notice that Eun Bi's dad liked the same song as CCS/KH's mom and that EB commented that she didn't get his perfect taste passed down to her-another family connection? Father and mother brother and sister? That would make EB, KH and CCS cousins........just a thought.

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You may be right. It has crossed my mind too. But I hope hope hope it's merely a coincidence.

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Just had a thought...I don't think that they all share a Mom, but I think you may be on to something about her Dad and his Mom. Maybe that's why Dad pushed for the "marriage" between KH and EB because he loved KH's Mom, but was unable to make it with her, so he wants the connection through their kids. Just a theory. A weak one at that, but it's fun to speculate.

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OMO! I can't believe I'm saying this because I've been an all-out, hardcore Chi Soo-Eun Bi shipper since the beginning... But Kang Hyuk is just too adorable in this episode. I mean, God, how can he be super adorable AND super hot at the same time?

Sad to say, this is a Kdrama. Because in real life, I wouldn't waste a millisecond, I would definitely take Kang Hyuk home with me in a heartbeat. Gosh, I really wish someone like him existed in real life, his antics, his quirks, his cute lines. Sigh. I'm blabbing and melting at the same time.

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Reading on, I have to give props to Chi Soo's first act of real and heartwarming gesture to Eun Bi (cooking the ramyun).

Plus, licking her finger? Kissing the kimchi off her cheek? GIVE ME A BREAK. I'm hyperventilating!!! WHY IS HE DOING THIS???

For the first time, I'm having a hard time choosing between CS and KH. T_T Can they just both end up with her?

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They could both end up with her but that would be wayyyyyyyyy too naughty. ;-)

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That's a whole other French film, actually.

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So funny how there is this divide.

I would take hot and spicy CCS. Eventually we would become warm, familiar, comfortable anyway.

Why start there?

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Agree! You can get comfortable and secure after the hotness fades a bit. But you CANT get hotness and tsunami if it was never there to begin with. CCS makes her heart beat fast, sleepy guy doesn't. Why would she start with sleepy guy when statistically the odds of her getting the hot for him later in life is like ZERO. Go where your heart takes you and hope for the best.

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Me too. I've had Kang-Hyuk's in my lifetime. Once complacency kicks in and all the little sweet things he did to get you wear off it's like a relationship coma.

Imagine if EunBi did end up with KH and his lazy butt loses momentum? Eunbi is barely holding it together as it is. She's a passionate girl and her hot brother-in-law (who has pretty much made it his job to devour her at any given moment) is standing on the sidelines knowing that he has what it takes to make her drop to her knees (OMG)...there aren't enough episodes left to cover the poop-storm that scenario would generate.

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OMG! That would be a whole nother melo!

It's not like she could ignore him. What a great point!
She can never escape CCS now!

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See, and I would go with KH, because I think when it counts, he's got hot and spicy all up in that tower. PLUS he's already a human being. Less angst, plenty of spice, handy to have around when I need something up high - what's not to like?

But if I don't see some Panda lovin' pretty quick I'm going to have remind him that spices get dry and dusty on the shelf and lose their flavor...

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I love this drama, it's so sunny :) just like "me 2, flower!". It's making me happy, and i'm so in need for this feeling after watching "Man of onor" and getting depressed.
I really don't care too much who gets the girl, i like them both, maybe i would choose CCS (i'm married with the guy i meet at 18 :D ).
Love the fast recap! love dramabeans <3

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This episode made mi laugh a lot. And that's why I'm watching.
Loved the scene with the cabbage ladies and the kimchi party.
And the scene when Chi Soo is cooking for Eun Bi was very touching.

As for Chi Soo and Kang Hyuk being brothers, I saw it coming already long time ago and have no problems with it. I actually think that that's why Kang Hyuk was holding back for such a long time. Because he does have feelings for his younger brother. Blood is blood, no water.

I have more problems with the super-taste as I don't recall Chi Soo's sensitivity from previous episodes (or was it masked by his excessive use of cologne?? :-) )

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Well there hadn't really been much of a chance to bring it out. It could've just been assumed to be an extension of his picky personality, especially if there was no one else around him who would pick up on it and point it out to him. I have no problem believing he has a sensitive palate.

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I thought of that too. I really wish they sort of got this whole taste bud thing in the beginning for Chi Soo. Just some tiny clues about it. It's not really a bad thing since this drama has been all sorts of awesome, but I think I'll have more confidence in the writer/s if I know that they had these little character quirks planned out from the beginning. :)

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-...Hwanung is supposed to be with a fairy, or an angel. “Eun-bi noona isn’t even human. She’s a bear!” - relates to the bear who was found by Hwanung in a cave (along with an impatient tiger), who were always praying at Hwanung. Hwanung promised them humanity if they only ate from the given twenty bulbs of garlic and some divine mugwort, and stayed in the cave out of the sunlight for 100 days. Both tiger and bear agreed, but the tiger soon became impatient and hungry to continue, and so the bear was left for the 100 days. On day 101, bear became a beautiful woman, who eventually became Hwanung's wife out of sheer loneliness, and gave her a son called Dangun.
Sheer symbolism on these guys' roles; Eun-bi will be Chi-soo's eventually...

and oh fuck, here comes the siblings-plot. DA FUCK~!

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Whoa. That's totally interesting. I love how even tiny little lines like "...SHE'S A BEAR!" actually has such depths. :)

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thanks for sharing that.

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Remember, in a early episode, CS was described to EB as "Son of Hwanung", and was told he'd live a perfect life. She replied to BW, "yeah, but didn't he marry a bear?"

Last epi had BW describe EB to CS as "a bear" during their moment of connection.

So the scriptwriter is definitely tying the plot threads together very well.

We just gotta "bear" with it to the end...

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Such an awesome link! Thanks for talking about it. I hope it's intentional.

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I am so loving this drama.. Thank you for the recaps!

It was funny though how you described Chi Soo stating that Eun Bi allowing someone esle to 'taste' her Kimchi! lol I'm like wait!! Did this just turn into a porno?? Cool! :)

Love it! Love it!

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Sorry.. let me correct that. lol You said that after she gave the radish kimchi to Hyuk that Chi Soo was "...watching Kang-hyuk smile and eat her kimchi."

That's the very nasty, nasty part. lol

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I love Chi-soos audacity and his willingness to change and everything. That was like so damn hawt. Thankgod for cable television. His willingness just says so much about how deeply he feels for Eun-Bi. But I still can not shake the fact that he is only a high schooler and born in 93. Everytime I try to enjoy the drama cause it is sooooo goood (I love Kang Hyuk and Hyun Woo, even if we see less of the latter half the time) I just have this "Chi-Soo '93" fact in the back of my head :(

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heh, you've just made me realise that CS is of the same age as many of my students at school. (BTW I'm roughly EB's age hehehe) Now I understand why it grosses me out to see the sparks between them. Good it is only a drama :)

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this is a real life case.....when i was in high school (17 yr old), there is a high schooler (a guy at 18 yr old) who has a relationship with his teacher (30+ yr old)....... They are sincere and getting married later on......this is really a surprise in a chinese culture and it just happening...

love is something can be possible without any reasons...

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this episode is so HOT!! *squeeing*
I like that KH is not that dilly dally second lead that is only good at sulking..
he is the mighty pillar and he is assertive with his intention. and i like DJ nicknamed him Sunflower, it is so appropriate for a giant softie.

Can not wait for next week!!

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OMG, the ending just about killed me! Kang-hyuk is finally throwing some weight around and claiming his woman. Although, the moments with Chi-soo is amazingly hot, i still prefer Kang-hyuk.

And i really want a big ridiculous man child around to lift me up too. Why can't they sell those? :\

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I can't wait to watch it this weekend!!!! Great recaps, thank you so much ^_~

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It's so chilling cold here, but why does it feel so hot!!! Oh! my! God!! hahahaha

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I adore!!! Enjoyed this so much! Gawd I love the puns and metaphors of this show so so so much! Brilliant recap!!!! Thank you sooooooooooo much!

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I'm a KH-EB shipper, but now I dunno, I think it's better for KH to get another girl than EB. Because EB always doesn't appreciate KH's kindness to her !.
I'm sure, if this K-drama (story) really happens in a real life, I think the girl wants someone who loves her, like guardian angel, like Panda Pillar :)

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This show wow. Its like somebody had a light go off in there brain telling them that nobody buys the stiff open eyed kisses in K-Dramas cause oh my hotness this show is spicy! I really am rooting for Chi-Soo cause as much as I love Pillar I think Chi-soo is her destined honey.

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I'm still fanning myself over that LickFest... H.O.T!

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I'm so glad the brother relationship is revealed. First because I hate secret stuff being dragged out longer than it should. Weirdly, I think it's something Chi-Soo has always needed. He's been too much the spoiled only child. And in some ways, he has always wanted a brother. What with his crew and all.

I like Chi Soo and Eun bi together because they seem like two sides of the same coin and yet in many ways they are the same. Their gift for word-play and punning around. Both are extremely analytical about heart issues, always questioning their emotions and trying to figure their hearts out. She is passive and he is pushy. What one lacks in one area, the other has in spades.

But the best thing about the Eunbi-ChiSoo relationship is the way it challenges the accepted notion of "a girl being worthy enough to get the handsome rich boy." She isn't ugly but folks think she's ugly. She isn't all that old but folks think she is old. And no one thinks of her as a Swan. She's the anti-Swan Cinderella. The rich guy has picked someone whom the world considers wrong by all the world's shallow standards. It goes against the populist idea (and "Dad's" old-fashioned idea) that gorgeous should date gorgeous, rich should date rich, etc. (Not that Eun-bi is fat.)

And even if half-brother's financial fortunes are restored and he becomes "normal guy with money" it still wouldn't work for Eun-bi to stay with him. Not sure if it will go so far as to have Cinderella turn down the prince...but if it does do that, it wouldn't ring true.

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Am thinking and worrying more about that half-brother subplot. If Dad represents the verbal challenge to the relationship, the voice of aged wisdom, that two people from different backgrounds can never get along....then Kang-hyuk represents the actual in-your-face representation of Dad's warning that these kinds of relationships won't work out. Eun-bi and Chi-soo will see this "pillar of societal truth" in their midst. Will they rest on this pillar, accept the truism, and do what society thinks is wrong? Or will they go with their own heart and trust love to conquer all?

From what we know, it was Chi-Soo's mom that left Chi-Soo's dad, so it's not a money thing. But if it's Dad not wanting an imperfect kid and thinking his wife didn't know how the chaebol world would react to an autistic kid (if that's all true), then.... uhmmm...

Yeah, I'm seeing more and more why the half-brothers plot has to be here.

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Anybody else think Chi Soo doused himself in cologne, not only because he's a Mr. fancy pants, but also so he wouldn't have to smell everything. Now that we know he has perfect taste and smell, it brings a little bit of his prissiness into perspective.

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Uh, good catch!

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everythign is wonderful every thing has depth eveything has meaning the cloths they were, the hair style, everything they say, their expression, it is a sheer imagination of the director (last time i saw all these in one drama was secret garden) everything is linked that is why i just love this drama did anyone notice until recently intern was wearing a volleyball stud on one of her ear lobs but now she is wearing a black colored stud wonder why..........since everything has meaning there are so many things left unanswered and am very curious to know the answers that is why i reckon 16 episode is just too short for this drama it either needs to extend its episode or get us a second season hehe but lets see how they end the show then only can we decide whether it requires another season........oh my when cha chi soo and intern are together i bet you on this that my heart is racing faster than them......korean snl should feature the cast of this drama on their show i would love to see them in it......can't wait for the next episode........if you come to uk i am totally gonna stalk you cha chi soo you just come to uk i will gang up with all the fan girls and so gonna stalk you.....

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did anyone else notice that chi-soo's hand was right on eun-bi's chest before they got interrupted?

getting to second base in a drama?!?! first time i think i've seen that on screen. :P

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It was her hand, but yeah, I also thought it was his :)

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This drama keeps better and better...! It was a total RAWR episode, ne? I'm loving Cha Chi-soo, Kang-hyuk and crazy rooster!!! Can't wait to see how things will develop now the brother secret is out of the bag...I think it'll make for an interesting rift!

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Sad to say, Cha Chisoo is growing on me. I was totally on team pillar but this boy can create tension and chemistry. Now that's hot. I really hope to be surprised by this drama because it's been kind of different from the regular old plot lines. My love for this drama is kind of like Eun Bi. Boiling hot but scared to spill over

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Thank u so much for the recaps,they're like an anti-anxiety pill.Also,i enyoy the writing and jokes.Keep up the good work FIGHTING!! ^_^

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Holding Out for a Hero

Tsumanis leave nothing but devastation in their wake. If what Eun-bi is feeling is a tsunami named Cha Chi Soo heading her way then her heart will end up being declared a disaster zone. That's when she'll need a true hero to clean up the mess - Kang Hyuk. There has to be a reason why he was doing all those push ups!

Team Kang Hyuk! Fighting!

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Jung Il Woo officially wins the prize for sexiest on-screen kisser in a Korean drama in my book.

I am all for KangHyuk... but could totally see why Eunbi wouldn't be able to walk away from sexy Chisoo! haha

and "Hap-nyun ssi" LOL!!!!!!!!!!! rofl

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Jung Il Woo officially wins the prize for sexiest on-screen kisser in a Korean drama in my book.

Until I see better, I totally agree. LOL

You know you're hot when a girl swoons over just kissing her cheek.

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the writer is an expert or a team of experts who is so professional to show/ visualise one's inner feelings, like shy, anger, resistant, fear, love.......many spots and scenes are so up to the point, giving me a strong impressions that they really make this drama with heart. Thank you so much for the hard work!!!!

also, most of the actors/actresses are well done and have good talents in acting and ........the ultimate chemistry bring out from this drama is wonderful and stimulating.

A very good drama!!!!

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time jump could be : backwords, to explain the past
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army service, with a pun related to the beginning of the drama
my guess.

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still shipping kang-hyuk. please!!!

in terms of acting... i still don't get all the hype about jung il-woo. and he looks strange to me because of the weird combination of the orange hair and his complexion.... is it just me?

or maybe i'm just mad that kang-hyuk will probably lose eun-bi :p

thanks for the recap!!

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One thing's for sure....Cha ChiSoo has changed dramatically. Now he does not mind Yang EunBi crying and wetting his clothes while doing so. He also makes an effort to cook ramen for her. That's LOVE...

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Did anybody notice? Why EB faces in this episode keep reminds me to Park Sin Hye in Heartstrings?

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This episode almost made me jump my KH ship. That kiss on the cheek by CS was hot in all kinda ways. ;D

But this leaves me feeling really bad for KH because he deserves someone in the end. I foresee an inescapable operation for KH (because he has no one to support except Eun Bi, and therefore no other reason to be around if that role is taken up by CS) and if he is dead then CS and EB get to be together but I don't like or want that ending.

I don't even want a time jump. I just want her to be KH which is never going to happen!! DX

Thanks for the reviews. <3

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EB looked so pretty in this episode!

UNF, CS & EB are HAWT.

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getting impatient can't wait until monday and tuesday god help me get out of the FBRS mania until monday..........

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Not only do I really LUB this show but am also an avid reader of this blog and these recaps here.... I must admit, I did get that clue of them being siblings half of not a couple of epis back... what I really lubv too is all the We Got Married clichés incorporated here... just have to watch a few of them and their missions on skinship then you cannot but find all those clues... Isn,t it now obvious that our sensitivenosed leads' mother must have been a chef, thus no food at DogChiSoo's house ?

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oh yes I forgot... love the Darcyesque quality of ''I love you even if am superior to you.''.., ;-)

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can't wait `til the next ep!! my god, it's gonna be so good!. chwa chi soo!!! :DD

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Kimchi licks from Chisoo were H-O-T!

I love how streamy this drama gets without a lot of clothless scenes.

I am okay with the half brother idea. KH must have a lot of his mother's qualities and that can help strengthen Chisoo or at least help him grown up with KH's motherly/brotherly guidance.

It's about time, KH took action in the triangle. He made rather subtle movements now he gets to block. I felt his pain when he was talking to the photo about how Chisoo seems to have gotten almost everything. It'll be so bad when Eunbi ends up with Chisoo. I like Chisoo but he has yet to prove why he deserves Eunbi more than KH.

Bawool using Noona to get back at So-yi (about time!).

I guess this drama comes to Eunbi choosing a sort of gentle love(KH) verses passionate love (ChiSoo).

I love how when the guys get affectionate to her ...she chin scratches out of nervousness or thought process.

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does somebody know the song on Ba-wool's ringtone?
i can't find the information anywhere! thanks for the reply.

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